World Cup 2007 March 19, 2007

Inzamam was right to go but not now

Inzamam has settled most of the debate about his future
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Inzamam has settled most of the debate about his future. He got it half right by stepping down from the captaincy and calling it quits in one-day cricket. It is time for a new approach in Pakistan cricket and he has finally realised that.

Despite a few flashes of his old self in the last year he now looks a misfit in one-day internationals. His decision to play on in Test matches is one he will have plenty of time to reconsider since Pakistan's next Test is months away.

Where Inzy got it half wrong was in his timing. But he was already clearly devastated by the loss to Ireland and the death of Bob Woolmer must have made it harder to think clearly.

Even so, at times like this, I worry about the advice that our players receive. I'm sure Inzamam received heartfelt views from his family and friends, but one of the team management, the media manager perhaps, should have advised him to delay his announcement considering the awful events that were unfolding in Jamaica? Perhaps they did but Inzy wanted to let it all out?

Asian cricket heroes have a habit of leaving the stage humiliated. They can't want it that way and it can only mean that their cricket boards do not offer them the protection they deserve at the end of their careers. This must change and they must retire with dignity.

For now, it is hard imagine how this World Cup campaign, beginning from the end of last year's England tour, could get any worse.

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

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  • hamza on January 16, 2008, 17:18 GMT

    This world cup will be a major turning point in Pak cricket. Hopefully for better. By the way, kamran, you should have titled your previous article "Only Ireland stand in the way of pakistan's cup".Not Australia.

  • Suzaal from Bangladesh on April 15, 2007, 22:18 GMT

    To be very honest with you, Cricket would not be in this place today if there were no Sir Gary Sobers, Viv Richard, Sunil Gavasker, Imran Khan, Javed Mimandad, Sir Richard Hadly and many more great great players those who not only played cricket but also forced people to love and put the attention in cricket in the modern days, their magical, smart & charismatic performance gave cricket a top gentleman status in the world. So undoutedly todays stars like Sachin Tendulker, Injamam, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid, Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly and many more would not be created without greatsness brought by the great cricketers I have mentioned above. I know, retirement is always painfull and mind burning for the cricket fan like me. As I have totally shattered to know the decision made by Inzi.My personal view is, Inzi is still in form, still can make 50/100 in both side of the cricket & not even loosing too much balls. His strike rate is still wonderfull, His place at his order is still looks empty, which could not be filled anybody better than Inzy, He is still quite strong and decisive stroke maker, He is still a hard hitter, He is probabbly the best bats man against fast ball I have ever seen in last decade & I always rank him after Viv Richars for making finest stroke against fast ball. So my question is why Inzi has to retire now when he can still play couple of years more? We all millions of fans want you back Inzi & please re-consider your decision. If Imran Khan could come back after retirement, why not you Inzi? If Jaysuriya could come back, why not you Inzi? & every body knows about Imran & Jaysuriya's performance after their return.

    Finally I am not a pakistan cricket fan, but I love the talent like Inzi, the gentle man in the gentle man game.

    Suzaal From BAngladesh.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on April 2, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    I feel that there was no alternative to Mr Woolmer, and to Inzamam, during their tenures. Inzamam, was rather endearing at a press conference that I viewed, on TV, recently. He invited his audience to be understanding, when he said, in answer to a question, "I am a slip fielder, now where do I field?". All credit to the Pakistani press, for treating him well.

  • Ghufran Ahmad on April 2, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Yes, his decision of retirement was right and timing was wrong because he had to retire more earlier. Because during his captaincy Pakistan was suffering of selections and performance problems. Pakistan was needed for a long time a captain like Imran Khan.

  • SS on April 1, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    I don't think India has any involvement in the Woolmer's case. It is just a rumour. This is completely stupid and baseless news.

  • Bala on March 28, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    it is very surprising to note criticism about Dravid's captaincy and the comparison vis-a-vis saurav.there is one major difference between the 2 captains...saurav as captain had a very trusted and dependable deputy in dravid who was only selfless towards the cause and the poor dravid as captain had none..

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on March 26, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Selection should be based on "Cricket" and not on regional represantation. If all the best players are form one small village fron interior Sind, so be it. Its all Pakistan. I think the most important thing needed is "Honest" people to run the board, and in today's Pakistan it is harder said then done.

  • sulaiman on March 25, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    i think, pakistan's first class system isn't right. here in australia you have got players like mike hussey who have played for 10 years ,than get a chance and are the best players in the world. pakstan team doesn't give chance to players who deserve it, like yasir hameed, he is the only guy who uses his feet as an opener, he played quite well in S.africa and then they take butt to the world cup, who hasn't played internationals for a year. iw ould like to thank kamran who is giving us good understanding about pakistan cricket

  • khansahab on March 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Mr Gulab Khan,

    You are very right in what you assert and your analysis is spot on. For anyone from Karachi or Peshawar to make a permanent place in the team, they will have to either have strong links with Punjab (Saeed Anwar) or have backing of someone with authority (As in the case of Younis who is there because of fellow pathan Imran Khan).

    Otherwise talented players from Karachi and Peshawar will have to be as good as Miandad. But Miandad is someone who had the toughness to hit a six on the last ball of a match and someone who averages more than Inzi in both ODI's and Tests. Players like him can only emerge once in a lifetime.

    I reiterate what Gulab Khan has said. I hope Younis Khan as captain will mean that more players from Karachi and Peshawar will gain representation. Pakistan need Anwar Ali, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam and Yasir Hameed badly.

  • Fahad Khan on March 25, 2007, 19:24 GMT

    Come on guys give Inzy a break , not a great captain not a good batsmen huh .. you will see what this team will do without him . what your standin captain has done ? huh shame shame and just utter shame on how we treat the people who have given the best years of there lives to give us quality entertainement a source to joy , all we end up is abusing . You think they are being paid fine how many of you professionals who are being paid are all honest with there work . we all tend to screw up one time or another so what if inzi did so , . We have a habbit of criticizing , How many times all of us have failed in there quest for being the best... come on guys accept it failure is a part of life but that dosent mean that if you fail you will end up being any less of a man . Only that they are playing and everyone here seems he is a better cricketer .. trust me if you guys have been cricketers you would have been playing out there in the field .. what if they collapsed . Not an issue we are the same nation even this team had reached the final and failed still we be abusing them . Huh its a shame where we have to speak we never speak up and where we feel we can say a few harsh words sure go ahead .. Give people a break whats the big deal if the team lost we are already in country where there is a live CIRCUS on constitutional avenue now and then . huh ruled by a ridiculous joker with a bunch of dumb retard ministers who abuse on National tv ... ahh so this sums it up we are a nation that is suppressed and we have to blame others of our failures. Now its inzis turn blame him abuse him for winning you matches .

    I respect inzi and i respect for all you have done for this cricket i loved they way you played . Pakistan cricket can never see again a Inzimam ul Haq . God bless you man. I am ashmed at least they way we have killed of your cricketing carrerr.

    Go find another INZI without him this team is not even worth making 132 .

    Bless ya Inzi

  • hamza on January 16, 2008, 17:18 GMT

    This world cup will be a major turning point in Pak cricket. Hopefully for better. By the way, kamran, you should have titled your previous article "Only Ireland stand in the way of pakistan's cup".Not Australia.

  • Suzaal from Bangladesh on April 15, 2007, 22:18 GMT

    To be very honest with you, Cricket would not be in this place today if there were no Sir Gary Sobers, Viv Richard, Sunil Gavasker, Imran Khan, Javed Mimandad, Sir Richard Hadly and many more great great players those who not only played cricket but also forced people to love and put the attention in cricket in the modern days, their magical, smart & charismatic performance gave cricket a top gentleman status in the world. So undoutedly todays stars like Sachin Tendulker, Injamam, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid, Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly and many more would not be created without greatsness brought by the great cricketers I have mentioned above. I know, retirement is always painfull and mind burning for the cricket fan like me. As I have totally shattered to know the decision made by Inzi.My personal view is, Inzi is still in form, still can make 50/100 in both side of the cricket & not even loosing too much balls. His strike rate is still wonderfull, His place at his order is still looks empty, which could not be filled anybody better than Inzy, He is still quite strong and decisive stroke maker, He is still a hard hitter, He is probabbly the best bats man against fast ball I have ever seen in last decade & I always rank him after Viv Richars for making finest stroke against fast ball. So my question is why Inzi has to retire now when he can still play couple of years more? We all millions of fans want you back Inzi & please re-consider your decision. If Imran Khan could come back after retirement, why not you Inzi? If Jaysuriya could come back, why not you Inzi? & every body knows about Imran & Jaysuriya's performance after their return.

    Finally I am not a pakistan cricket fan, but I love the talent like Inzi, the gentle man in the gentle man game.

    Suzaal From BAngladesh.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on April 2, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    I feel that there was no alternative to Mr Woolmer, and to Inzamam, during their tenures. Inzamam, was rather endearing at a press conference that I viewed, on TV, recently. He invited his audience to be understanding, when he said, in answer to a question, "I am a slip fielder, now where do I field?". All credit to the Pakistani press, for treating him well.

  • Ghufran Ahmad on April 2, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Yes, his decision of retirement was right and timing was wrong because he had to retire more earlier. Because during his captaincy Pakistan was suffering of selections and performance problems. Pakistan was needed for a long time a captain like Imran Khan.

  • SS on April 1, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    I don't think India has any involvement in the Woolmer's case. It is just a rumour. This is completely stupid and baseless news.

  • Bala on March 28, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    it is very surprising to note criticism about Dravid's captaincy and the comparison vis-a-vis saurav.there is one major difference between the 2 captains...saurav as captain had a very trusted and dependable deputy in dravid who was only selfless towards the cause and the poor dravid as captain had none..

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on March 26, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Selection should be based on "Cricket" and not on regional represantation. If all the best players are form one small village fron interior Sind, so be it. Its all Pakistan. I think the most important thing needed is "Honest" people to run the board, and in today's Pakistan it is harder said then done.

  • sulaiman on March 25, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    i think, pakistan's first class system isn't right. here in australia you have got players like mike hussey who have played for 10 years ,than get a chance and are the best players in the world. pakstan team doesn't give chance to players who deserve it, like yasir hameed, he is the only guy who uses his feet as an opener, he played quite well in S.africa and then they take butt to the world cup, who hasn't played internationals for a year. iw ould like to thank kamran who is giving us good understanding about pakistan cricket

  • khansahab on March 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Mr Gulab Khan,

    You are very right in what you assert and your analysis is spot on. For anyone from Karachi or Peshawar to make a permanent place in the team, they will have to either have strong links with Punjab (Saeed Anwar) or have backing of someone with authority (As in the case of Younis who is there because of fellow pathan Imran Khan).

    Otherwise talented players from Karachi and Peshawar will have to be as good as Miandad. But Miandad is someone who had the toughness to hit a six on the last ball of a match and someone who averages more than Inzi in both ODI's and Tests. Players like him can only emerge once in a lifetime.

    I reiterate what Gulab Khan has said. I hope Younis Khan as captain will mean that more players from Karachi and Peshawar will gain representation. Pakistan need Anwar Ali, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam and Yasir Hameed badly.

  • Fahad Khan on March 25, 2007, 19:24 GMT

    Come on guys give Inzy a break , not a great captain not a good batsmen huh .. you will see what this team will do without him . what your standin captain has done ? huh shame shame and just utter shame on how we treat the people who have given the best years of there lives to give us quality entertainement a source to joy , all we end up is abusing . You think they are being paid fine how many of you professionals who are being paid are all honest with there work . we all tend to screw up one time or another so what if inzi did so , . We have a habbit of criticizing , How many times all of us have failed in there quest for being the best... come on guys accept it failure is a part of life but that dosent mean that if you fail you will end up being any less of a man . Only that they are playing and everyone here seems he is a better cricketer .. trust me if you guys have been cricketers you would have been playing out there in the field .. what if they collapsed . Not an issue we are the same nation even this team had reached the final and failed still we be abusing them . Huh its a shame where we have to speak we never speak up and where we feel we can say a few harsh words sure go ahead .. Give people a break whats the big deal if the team lost we are already in country where there is a live CIRCUS on constitutional avenue now and then . huh ruled by a ridiculous joker with a bunch of dumb retard ministers who abuse on National tv ... ahh so this sums it up we are a nation that is suppressed and we have to blame others of our failures. Now its inzis turn blame him abuse him for winning you matches .

    I respect inzi and i respect for all you have done for this cricket i loved they way you played . Pakistan cricket can never see again a Inzimam ul Haq . God bless you man. I am ashmed at least they way we have killed of your cricketing carrerr.

    Go find another INZI without him this team is not even worth making 132 .

    Bless ya Inzi

  • andrew on March 25, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    such a sad buisiness, the position of manager of the pakistan cricket team was always going to be a huge challenge particularly from a foreigner, but I daresay Bob knew what he had taken on, though I find it very sad that Inzi could not relinquish more ultimate responsibility to the coach. ultimately that was to Pakistans detriment. Inzi himself, surely in the top five batsmen in the past ten years, will be wholly missed but I think it best he go, and I believe from test cricket. It is time for a new and clean start from the PCB and the players. a new chapter transparent and devoid of controversy if possible!

  • just go inzi on March 25, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    finally! this guy by far was the worst captain in pakistan history! lost 11 test series, worst in pakistan history! his world cup record was dismal, 2003 in six WC games Cancer(inzi) scored 19 runs.. this wc he acrobatic fielding and his aggressive captaincy did not worked.

    good riddance.. finally we will see a captain without a beard.

  • Shahjah Ahmad on March 25, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    I think he should take back his retirement... come back..... Its not all his fault... and all pakistani fans should be with team and not against... our team needs us.. we should with them in good and bad..... Take it as a sports guys,,,

  • Taimur Shaikh on March 25, 2007, 12:13 GMT

    No doubts that curtains on one of the greatest player Pakistan has produced, Inzamam-ul-Haq, will be missed. But its not the end of the world, life goes on. Same were the feelings when Javed Miandad retired, and people started saying after Miandad, who now? Lets hope we find another Miandad or Inzamam soon. Coming to his retirement it is surely a decision made in frustration and dejection. He could have announced it after returning home from the World Cup. Though he was not a natural captain but even then Pakistan did achieve some laurels under his captainship. People criticize him for not playing Kaneria in the game against Ireland. I must say first of all Kaneria doesn't deserve to be in the team whether they are ODI's or test matches. Record speak for themselves and Kaneria record shows him a very successful bowler BUT against Bangladesh. Against the rest of the world he's a piece of cake. Look what he did against Zimbabwe in the last match of the World Cup, even such a lowly rated team such as Zimbabwe went after his bowling & dispatched him to the boundries. Mind u in the game against Ireland its not the bowlers that let us down, its the batsmen who were the main culprits. Setting a target and chasing it are two different matters & the game plan is also different. Especially when u have a target of less then 3 runs an over you can play the whole game by using test match techniques by leaving the ball outside the off stump alone & thats what Ireland did. I think its time that changes are desperately needed. Not in the team for the moment but in the cricket board. People who know modern day cricket should be included in the board. No hard feelings for the players of 1970's or 80's but i feel that cricket has taken a huge turn after the 1996 World Cup. So people who r well aware of how ODI's, test's & 20-20 are played should be brought into the Board. Its time we should forget whatever happened in the World Cup & look forward. The 20-20 World Cup is also coming by the end of this year, test tours of South Africa & Australia are also to follow so I think we should look forward to this now. Last but not the least, its a big tradegy to loose Woolmer in this way. He was surely a father figure in the team. His presence will surely be missed and I'm sure especially by Inzamam who was very close to him. In the end I would like to wish Inzamam best of luck for his future & thank him for his services for cricket & country. And yes I think Inzamam would be needed when South Africa & Australia come here for the test series. It will not be a good idea to induct a raw talent when these 2 teams come here coz if that talent doesn't shine then that guy's career will be finished before it could actually get started. Also a second team should also be made and given international exposure very much like the national side for he sake of back-ups. Lets hope things get better and in the next World Cup our team would fight like Imran Khan's 1992 "Cornered Tigers"

  • M. Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. on March 25, 2007, 6:42 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM,

    Dear brothers, we should not indulge ourselves in an absurd discussion like being Sindi, Punjabi or else at all. Rather try to be a true Pakistani patriot. Whoever is representing Pakistan any where in the world should be respectable to us whether from Karachi or Lahore. We are human beings and do make mistakes. Nobody is faultless. Our past teams have always been represented by the players from different provinces. Whoever shines on the first class level game, definitely gets the attention of selectors. Selectors are also human beings. They do heir best but still they may err sometimes. It is natural.

    So, please I request you not to spread the discrimination among the nation. We are all Pakistani brothers. We should behave like a unit and not like scattered goats.

    Please throw away all the narrow types of thoughts and be open minded. Make your comments in a way not to hurt anybody's feeling. Don't name any personal names/sects etc. Please forgive me if anybody is hurt with my comments. Allah may put us on right path. ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM

  • Adnan on March 24, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    Inzi,

    We were angry (na mad) at you for getting Pakistan out of this world cup so early. But the sight of you leaving the field against Zimbabwe in tears was too much. The ovation you got from the Zimbabwe players, Pakistan team, and of course from the crowd and commentators reminded us again how good a batsman you were and how short a memory we have as a nation. We forgive you and I am sure that with the passage of time, we will only have fond memories of you.

  • Gulab Khan on March 24, 2007, 17:59 GMT

    Wasim said above

    Fazil Hasan! One should do their homework before they speak, ShahID Afridi YounIs khan Kamran Akmal mohammad sami Danish Kineria These players are not from the province you are talking about. So think before you write.

    who is Kamran Akmal? He is from Lahore.

    Mohd Sami and Danish have never permanent position ih the team in Inzi regim.

    But Kamran Akmal can get place in the team after dropping 14 catches in one match. Same theory for Rana Naveed, Azhar Mehammod, A Razzak, Shoaib Malik, Inzi (himself), Imran Nazeer etc.

    Shaid Afridi was out from the team. (at least onr year, after he performed well in India). he has no permanent position.

    Yes, its only Younis Khan got his permenant position by hard working and performance. But PUNJAB is not ready to accept him as a captin. They did politics against him. He was verbally warned by Razzak & Malik twice.

    Please do not forget Younis was physically beaten by Inzi in SA. This video came up in the tV. But no action was taken against wrestller Inzi.why??? Domicile is a matter. Karachi is a current Quaid-e-Azam trphy winner, how many players are representing Pakistan from that team answer is 0.

    We won under 19 world cup and most of the players who performed well in the world cup are not punjabi.

    But they are not in the team. Stars were Anwar Ali , Najaf Shah(Fast Bowlers), Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain & wicket keeper batsman), Fawad Alam (ALL ROUNDER) etc. Also Khurrum Manzoor & Khalid Latif are doing very well in domestic cricket as a opener. Actually Kahlid Latif is performing well from last three years but never called by PCB. In last four years they tried all PUNJAB base openers.

    But so far we do not find any opener. Asim Kamal scored 9 fifties out of his 12 test career. And he waqs not called by his captain. He was with the team in SA and our batting including Inzi done very bad but Inzi never gave chance to Asim Kamal. Asim Kamal is from Karachi. (NOT PUNJABI) But Inzi called Yasir Arfat for the world cup. He is from PUNJAB. He took four wickets in his seven one day match career. His total scored in seven matches is 48. But Inzi did not call karachi base all rounder Fawad Alam. Who is conyinously playing good in domestic`cricket. He took man of the match, best batsman, best bowler, best fielder award of ABNO 20/20n tournament. He hit sixes to the Pakistan team bowlers like Asif & Rana. After that he performed very well in Quid-e-azam trophy with bat and bowl. But OCB and Inzi called punjab based Yasir Arfat and Imran Nazir for the world cup.

    MERIT, MERIT, MERIT

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Sri Lankan on March 24, 2007, 7:33 GMT

    JAVED A. KHAN -Just stop trying to be someone whom you are not. Kamran knows exacly when to write what. You are only supposed to coment on his articles

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on March 24, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM,

    Thank you INZAMAM-UL-HAQ. Once again, you have shown the world a glimpse of your top class game against Zimbabwe and I was dead sure of this win. No problem for WC, you had some bad luck this time. But, we are still with you regarding your ability, honesty, noble mannners and above all being the best example of a Practical Muslim Captain of Pakistani team. Your Cricket achievements are for this world only but your Islamic achievements within the cricket circle are forever. We salute you for this. No matter what the people are saying, you are still a great batsman. We shall never forget you. Our prayers are always with you & your family. But, we still would like to see some more good innings from you in Tests at least. Keep on your good work and don't look back. Allah may always be with you. ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM

  • Murtaza on March 24, 2007, 4:00 GMT

    our cricketers are always heroes for us - but our nation never treats them with respect when its time for them to call it quits.Its a sad ending to another great hero - Wasim, Waqar, Miandad to name a few..

  • infobeat@london on March 24, 2007, 0:39 GMT

    To the owner of the blog and the people arguing in favour of inzi’s retirement, let’s make a rational assessment of inzi’s case considering some of the other international figures in the same deep end during their career.

    Didn’t Tendulkar fail to deliver dozens of times but it did not result in his career being shortened, he was removed from captaincy and regained his form. And what about Jayasuriya? He had a bad patch as a captain but returned as a mighty force as a player. And Ganguly. And Shaun Pollock, only a few to name. Captaincy is a tough job, becomes even tougher if you are captaining Pakistan team, toughest when you’ve taken over from a bunch of bookmakers’ favourites (Wasim Akram & co. back in 2003) and have been given some kids who make a century every 7 years (Imran Nazir) and irresponsible players like Afridi and Hafeez to play with (not to mention the drug duo).

    I reckon inzi has done a great job in keeping that bunch of non-performers together during his tenure as a captain. How unthankful and unforgiving we are as a nation. There wasn’t anybody up to the job at that time. If there is one now, give the job to him and keep the best player the country has ever produced in the team until he comes to a natural end of his career.

    One argument made by a lot of people against inzi was his laid back approach, well, that’s how he’s always been. Why does the WHOLE team become his follower in this approach? This didn’t happen to Srilankan players who used to play with Ranatunga, he used to be the slowest of movers on the field at times, but that didn’t stop Messrs Dharmasena, Muralitharan, Mahanama and others to show unbelievable acrobatics in the field. Why blame inzi for the inherent laziness of the entire Pakistan team.

    The truth is, we needed a scapegoat for this failure, poor inzi offered his name himself and we happily accepted to cut short the career of one of the most entertaining batsmen in the world, contrary to what would have happened had he been in any other team in the world.

    I’m not saying he should continue as a captain, atleast he has a lot in him to continue as a batsman. Barring last year, his performance in home and away series’ against India are a well documented evidence to that.

  • wasim on March 23, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    Fazil Hasan! One should do their homework before they speak, ShahID Afridi YounIs khan Kamran Akmal mohammad sami Danish Kineria These players are not from the province you are talking about. So think before you write.

  • Junaid Dar on March 23, 2007, 17:15 GMT

    To, Mr. Asif ... dude get off your perch and learn to take criticism. There is nothing wrong with pointing out the obvious favoritism to Punjab players. Its creatures like you that are the bane of cricket politics.

  • Afaq Gul on March 23, 2007, 17:09 GMT

    No, its perfect time for him to go. Actually, he is off by more than a few years. He should also take his cronies with him. Players like Hafeez, Rana, Akmal and other mediocre players from our favorite province should go as well.

    Good riddance...

  • Gulab Khan on March 23, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    Inzamam is the great player aginst weak bowling site. His highest avergae is against Bangladesh (80).

    Accept two innings in the 92 world cup he never palyed good in any worl cup (SO CALLED GREAT PLAYER).

    His total avergae in world cup is lower than lot of lower batting order players. (just 19). Is he a great player?

    He scored only one century against Austrlia n Pakistan. He has no cenury against Austrlia in Austrlia? Is he a great palyer Pakistan ever produce?

    Shame on you blind followers.

    The true is he is a worst captain Pakistan ever produced.

    He is good batsman in Pakistan, India wickets. But aborad he is coward.

    Please take retirement from test cricket too. Inzi never played for the team. We lost world cup (99) match against Bangladesh in his presence. Now we lost against Ireland in his presence. We never won the world cup against India in his presence.

    Is he a great player? (SHAME on U BLIND FOLLOWERS)

    He never scored century against South Africa? Is he a great player? South Africa and Austrlia are best team in his time and his avergage is worst than most of the tale enders agaisnt them.

    is he a great player Pakistan ever produced?

    He got punjab support, this is the one of reason he was a dectatior.

    Alway players from Punjab get extra support from PCB.

    Stop this punjabi culture, its destroying our nation. We should proud to be a Pakistani not a punjabi. In the field players talked in Punjabi. several time Younis Khan, Omer Gul and Afridi protest but one there to listen.

    Ban on Inzi for any cricket activities after his retirement. he alreday damaged our cricket structure a lot. He brough racisim in the cricket. he discriminate only non punjabi cricketers. For punjabi cricketers, he always give them regard less of thier poor performance. (Kamran Akmal, Rana Naveed, Imran Nazir, Azhar Mahmmod, Sohaib Malik , by himself etc).

    They played one good inning in two years and become national PUNJABI hero. we for get to see thier performance in rest of matches. Imran Nazir scored century against Zimabave after he played whole serise against south africa (no performance), first two matches of world cup but now he scored his second century both against zimbave. Now he will be in the team for next four years. we just talk about next four years about his century in this world cup. Inzi scored in 92 world cup and we just rated him great in every world cup on behalf of two innings in the world cup 92.

    Thanks ALLAH he is not with the team any more.

    his performance killed our Bob Khan.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Faisal on March 23, 2007, 15:56 GMT

    Well Mr. Asif, NO actually it is creatures like *you* who have destroyed Pakistan cricket. Forget this patriotic crap and speak the truth. We sent a team to the world cup made up of medicore players from punjab and NOT Pakistan.

  • Caribbean Cricket Dude on March 23, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    I agree that the winners of this world cup will not be able to enjoy it as much because of what happen to Woolmer - I know I can't enjoy watching it as much

  • kamran on March 23, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    mr atif u say that islam and being religious brought shame for pakistan...jus a questiona re u ashmed of being a muslim probably if u say yes you wouldnt be liked by anyone then :) or probably you could say that in front of your own people they might have hated you for saying that :) dont udnerstand if someone follows his religions whats wrong with it if inzy does whats wrong yousuf does look at his score how many records did he break last year,......... the problem is tht guys like you shoud be given a kick rather than them who expect every match to be won by pakistan every player to perform who can speak from outside i woudl say go and play a first class match be a captain of a local club and when a situation comes right when your bowlers get hit for every over then illa sk you how good is your matsh when calculating overs heheheh bahar se hoshiyari maarte hain adnar jaake kuch karo naa koi laayeq nahi team ko support karne ke jazba hi nahi team support karna ka kisi mein na hi apne deen ko embarrasment for being a muslima nd representign islam probably you shoudl leave pak too coz paksitan is a muslim country isnt it ?????????? dont give me that its secular thats just a rule

  • Shoiab Khan on March 23, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    hi every1. Well i think that the only way to improve Pakistan cricket is bring Imran Khan to coach pakistan and other pakistani player. We a player like Imran Khan to coach Pakistan and i think is the only one who can do so or inzi should become pakistan coach. i think pakistan cricket will miss inzi for the good work he has done. thankyou

  • xyz on March 23, 2007, 7:30 GMT

    In this World Cup true cricket fans are not able to Enjoy Cricket.this World cup is marred with Controversies.

  • mohamed sharief cassim on March 23, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    Dear sir being a south african I must be the most devastated person in the world at the state of pakistani crickets demise because I live to support only and only Pakistan.On the question of inzy's timing it was always on the cards,though it may be difficult I think its for the better so we can carry on with the the task at hand of rebuilding instantly.Inzimam is and not was a great player as some people might say.I wish I could speak to people like Mr.Rameez Raja and give them an opinion from a non Pakistani perspective.I hope we move on soon an Pakistan Zind-a-Baad.Shukran

  • Pieter on March 23, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    Not much to say anymore, not much dignity left in Pakistan cricket. The tragedy of Bob Woolmers murder will always be a reminder of the 2007 world cup, a legacy that will be with Pakistan cricket forever. Since following this blog, I realized that Pakistan cricket is in a mess. Sorry the players are without talent, they are made to believe they have talent, because of the pitches the play on. Any team with some talent can beat Ireland. Hopefully Pakistan can turn this around, but who wants to coach a team, that may cost you your life?

  • ahamed sharif on March 23, 2007, 5:37 GMT

    Islamisation of the cricket team didn't had any affect on the performance. U see the long bearded Yususf, he is the highest run getter in an year and got highet number of centuries in an year. Best batsman in cricket rating. The team's rythm was affected by the absence of shoaib and asif. They took drugs and did boozing. That is against Islam. They did not participate in sermons and prayers.

  • YOU on March 23, 2007, 3:50 GMT

    If Pakistan had won the 1996 World Cup, Wasim Akram would have been the best cricket captain Pakistan has ever produced, no doubt that he is the best allrounder so far. Imran Khan .. Dignity and TEAM captain ? What would you call a captain who doesnt mention the name of EVEN ONE player (inspite of all squad standing infront of the dice) .. but MY CANCER HOSPITAL (No doubt it is a good cause) ...I would call him SELF CENTERED and THANKLESS bugger

  • Asif Siddique on March 23, 2007, 2:08 GMT

    Inzi,

    Thanks for being the backbone of Pakistan Cricket for more then 10 years, for saving so many matches for us, for standing up against Darrell Hair and his antics against us, and most of all for being yourself through out your carrer.

    May the next phase of your life be prosporous, delightful and complete. I have this hunch that we will not be seeing you in the commentators box anytime soon, or ever. So my friend until I hear the anything on TV which starts with “ Bismillah, First of all, thanks to _____”, I wish your meals be tasty, your beard be full, and hospital in Multan be complete, and your friend Mushy be with you step-by-step.

    God Bless.

  • Zohair Ahmed on March 23, 2007, 1:24 GMT

    Inzimam: run away when the team needs him most but I will say Inzimam u r again run out

  • HASEEB - KUWAIT on March 22, 2007, 22:02 GMT

    Many middle order pakistani batsmen were groomed with inzy. He is truely a legend and best of the best like lara and tendulkar & undoubtly the best ever batsman in pakistani cricket history.

    I won't comment on his retirement timings because he is human afterall. Best thing about his captaincy was "the team unity". It would take ages to fill his batting place.

    I will miss his flicks over square leg, shuffling cover drives and the way he attacked on spin bowlers.

    Long live Inzimam ul haq

  • Asad Rana on March 22, 2007, 18:06 GMT

    Dear Kamran i have a question.Why no one have the balls to tell the icc of their dis honesty regarding pitches served to pakistan? I hope at some stage you will mention it in one of your articals may be not as your opinion but the opinion of a keen cricket observer or observers.Why we were given a green top and not to all the first round matches? I hope some one will raise this issue and there will be an action taken in that case for the future. Best Regards,Asad Rana.

  • Naveed O on March 22, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    INZAMAM-UL-HAQ, INZI Need anything further be said. The man has underpinned Pakistan cricket since the early 90s. He was Imran's trump card in the 1992 World Cup and got them through the semis to the final where he also made an immense contribution. Imran was and still is the icon of Pakistan cricket, but he has too easily forgotten the huge contribution Inzamam has made to the National team. He has brought Pakistanis pride the world over. His stats speak volumes. Thank you Inzi for a generation of wonderful cricket. There will never be another like you. You and Bob transformed the team. Any team can have a bad run. Let us all hope the PCB is overhauled and "the boys" can become what everybody knows them to be what they are. The best cricket team in the world

  • san on March 22, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    Get this one to Inzi one way or the other. We want you back Inzamam ul Haq. The whole world wants you back. The retirement announcement was a personal and emotional eruption. That is a normal thing to do if nobody is there to support and advice rightly. We all truly appreciate it! But now we the people of the world want you to come back. People have come back after announcing retirement, it dosent matter if they havent. You are the one we want back. Don’t care about the world we are with you. Those who laugh at us we’ll kick their ass together. For now Focus on your batting and inspire the whole team. All of you go and get in the form, don’t stop even if the whole body shakes with pain. There is no pain until you make a double century in an ODI. Then leave if you want, we won’t say a word. Hay Inzi this one is straight from my heart. “Come Back to make a double century in ODI - don’t say no”.

  • An Indian on March 22, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    Inzy came across as a gentleman - admittedly a rare breed in Pakistani cricket and probably the only recorded instance after Zaheer Abbas. One feels for the man since he brought an old world charm to the game with his mild manners (Toronto '97 notwithstanding), modest demeanour coupled with breathtaking ability.

    It may have been appropriate not to burden him captaincy. It may just have been the poison pill that, at best, shortened his career or, at worst, impacted the runs he could just have got as a batsman. Far too often he looked to be in the wrong place but to his credit he stuck at his job as captain and did justice to the responsibility that his team and country had placed on him.

    I remember watching his innings against NZ at the WC92. It was savage, it was raw, it was pugnacious, it was cheeky, it was an education.

    I do hope that his modest record as captain notwithstanding, Pakistani cricket will grant him his rightful place when he calls it quits.

    For the moment - good on ya mate Inzy. You may have been a bitter rival but you gained our respect.

    Cheers

  • kunal savarkar on March 22, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    as an indian, but more importantly a fan of cricket, i am truly saddened by inzi's retirement. i have followed his career since when he score 2 hundreds against Lanka in 1991 - i think it was his first series. too much is made into his 'apparent' lack of fitness, his paunch, his running out of himself and partners. truth be told - he was the batsman of true class, the one that took away games without the opponents realising it. a pity he had to go this way. he deserved better. i can never forget his 37 ball 0 against the kiwis- and innumerable innings of note against us Indians. also the commercialisation of cricket in india and pakistan must stop. india too is almost out of the cup. who will watch the matches after this is anybody's guess!

  • Fazil Hasan on March 22, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Well!! Good riddance.

    But then again, what difference does it make. The team composition will always remain 9 medicore players from punjab and the rest from other places; until we get this mentality out of the way the talent level and professionalism will always remain the same.

    For God's Sake even our international empires are named Dars and Butts (well actually Rauf :) not to mention the selectors and the entire PCB and its academies. Its about time the favorite province acts like we are playing for Pakistan and not for the local districts and provinces.

  • shoaib on March 22, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    I love Inzi but nothing else

  • Amyn Habib on March 22, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    Inzi is a great Pakistani cricketer and one of the best batsmen Pakistan has produced. He deserves respect and dignity during his transition. He should continue to play test cricket until a suitable replacement is found.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 22, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi, its time to move on to a new thread:

    1. Formation of a new young Pakistan team and building it for 2011 World Cup and the forth coming twenty20 WC in SA.

    2. Choosing a new captain with a long term view.

    3. Choosing a new coach from with in the country.

  • shaan on March 22, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    i hate those who hate inzi..... its not right to critisize on his captaincy alone... why don't you see what he had suffered in last 8 months... may Allah bless him

  • SAMI SYED on March 22, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    Kamran, YOU HAVE THIS GREAT ABILITY TO FIND NEGATIVITY in everything PAKISTAN DOES... for that I commend you.

    For me, Inzamam has been the best and the greatest player in Pakistan Cricket. In a team always full of turmoil, he brought stability, leadership and UNITY.

    The farewell and respect that he received when he got out against Zimbabwe was overwhelming. All the players came to shake his hand and his own teammates gave him the guard of honour and true RESPECT and APPRECIATION he deserves. For our former cricketers, this could almost be envious that a man is respected and loved so much by his teammates.

    We are the OUTSIDERS trying to look in and shouldn't be so quick to make judgement. The guy has had to go through a lot in recent times, but his CONTRIBUTIONS TO PAKISTAN IMMENSELY OVERSHADOW everything.

    HATS OFF to INZAMAM, a true PAKISTANI HERO and LEGEND...

    Sami

  • Anawar Hassan on March 22, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    Inzi bhai thanks for the good memories. Have nice time off. We & cricketing world will miss you.

    Inzi da best.

  • KAMMY MODEL (OLDHAM) on March 22, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    The problem with Pakistans & Indian Fans is that they never appreciate the fact that cricket is a game, you win and you lose. Inzi has been around for 15 yrs and if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have even had 92 world cup in our mist. Inzi has done awful lot for his fans and country in his healthy 15 yrs of career. It's true what Wasim Akram said " If you win, you're a National Hero and if you lose, you're not welcomed, appreciated and get stick from your own country...your own people". What i suggest to the people back home to give a respectable warm welcome to our National Hero who has had enough stress over the past few months and getting grief from his own country will be the last thing he deserves. 1 man stuck up for his entire country's pride and the entire country can't even stick up for the same 1 man? I am extremely heartened by the loss of our Leader and immensley Proud of him (Inzi) for what he has done for us (pakistanis).

    Farewell Inzi Bhai.....

  • Amir Saleem on March 22, 2007, 11:50 GMT

    It digusts me to see how people are being unthankful to a hero. This is for you Inzi. You still are a hero.

  • Saj on March 22, 2007, 11:35 GMT

    I saw the Brillance of Inzi yesterday, I will miss you from One Day cricket. The way the pak team played yesterday is how Inzi and gang should have played from the off. The first 10 Overs from Gul and Sami, Unplayable by any standard. The tribute to bob was a fitting one, which I applaud Inzi and the team. Well done Pakistan. It hurts me your no longer in the W/C. I have numerous cricket friends both asian and gura who tell me Pakistani is a refreshing team to watch. For me the world cup flame has been distinguished. To many good and bad memories. All the best Inzi.

  • MFK on March 22, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    Inzi, the batsman, will forever be my favoutite. Inzi, the captain, a NO NO! I believe he did the right thing, otherwise he would have been humiliated just like Saeed Anwar. The real culprit is the PCB and they should go...to hell, I suppose, from where there is no coming back! There will never be any qualified person in PCB...mark my words and you will see some old fools coming back on board. I just wish that Imran Khan would come to his senses and leave his stupid poltics and do what he knows best.

  • Salman on March 22, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    After looking at Inzi bhai in tear, i also started crying. So what if he wasn't a good captain but he was a legend and speically a match winner. When it comes to match winninf perfromance i rate him better than Tendulkar etc

  • Riyas on March 22, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    as a total ouside i dont see the problem with inzi's announcement. once hes made his decision what difference does it make when he makes his annoucement. unless you are trying to insinuate that he did it to draw attention away from Bob Woolmers tragic death??!?!?!

  • Sajjad Qureshi on March 22, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    It is not Inzy who is responsable for all that happened, Pakistan has played well in the past and they are playing cricket, which is ofcourse a game. One looses and the other wins, so Ireland did. We should support them because they are our heros, they let us up in the past which they could not do this time. Condolence to Bob's family, Pakistan team and last but not the least Pakistan's nation because he gave us a good name in past. Best regards to Inzy, hats off ya man....

  • Asif Khan Afridi on March 22, 2007, 8:31 GMT

    Good Batsman Inzi is exit for pakistan cricket.i miss for inzi.but inzi captainship is not good remarks.he is poor for captainship.but he is great batsman

  • Ali on March 22, 2007, 8:04 GMT

    i was wondering why people are blaming Inzy when he was on the field representing his country, but not Shoaib Akthar and Mohamed Asif for their misbehaviour and bad conduct. i m sure if they had played the situation would have been so different.

  • Ali on March 22, 2007, 7:55 GMT

    people can say many things abt Inzy..I'm not a Pakistani,but i just love the way he played his cricket,and what he had done for his country over the years. Every cricket lover(esp Pakistanis) should respect the great Man. Look at his career in both forms of the game. His one of the greatest batsmen every to play the game, but u cant expect wonders from him all the time. Nor from great ppl like Suchin,Ponting,or Lara.They are all humans.

    I think he was very right to retire immediatelly,as he was badly hurt loosing his coach, and also his country out of the world cup. Cricket is a team game,and its not only his fault that they lost to Ireland. But he was the captain and he took the responsibilty by showing that its his fault and quit.

    Talking abt Pakistans future cricket, u dont have Inzy now, but to be successful u need to produce young cricketers with the same talent,abilty and character,just like Inzy.I feel that pakistan cricketers are full of talent, but other not other qualities to perform at the top level with consistancy.

  • Hassan Mir on March 22, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    I sort of agree and disagree with Kamran's article although I strongly disagree with the comments of Mr. H.Malik at March 19, 2007 1:12 PM. Inzamam has given so much to Pakistan that can't be repaid. Statistically he's one of the leading match winners the world has seen and certainly the best ever to play for Pakistan. Comments like the one by H.Malik at March 19, 2007 1:12 PM are insane. I mean how can you say something about a person who has been winning you every other match all tehse years. I think people like H.Malik should shutup and enevr comment ever. Inzi we loved you and now we love u even more for everthing that you have don't for this country.

  • Aijaz on March 22, 2007, 7:28 GMT

    Inzamam is a gentleman and a class act. I agree with the comment that that we won the 1992 world cup because of him. I love Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. But, I respect Inzamam much more than both of them combined together. He is man enough to announce publically and take responsibility for Pakistan's poor performance. While, Imran and Javed always blamed someone else. Inzamam YOU ARE A HERO and ROLE MODEL! Bob Woolmer served Pakistan better than some Pakistani's. Some of our cricketers should stop taking part in politics.....it is not their cup of tea. They should dedicate their time to restructuring the domestic cricket. Inzi and Bob...Thank you and GOD bless you both.

  • Azfar Shahzad on March 22, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    Well I believe Mr Sam is right. Just look at ourselves, I keep on seeing faces of Miandad and Imran Khan, still criticizing the performances of our team and Bob. The fact that a human being has died is great enough cause to be silent and pay tribute, but this man was a coach of Pakistan team. He tried his best to take Pakistani cricket at a better place, and as i see it he took this team to wins vs England, West Indies and India. He gave us magical moments in India, some superb planning vs England and one of the best teams in the world (our ranking in both one dayers and tests says it all). I am sorry to say this, but our media and former players have gone mad with all the issues of Pakistani cricket. Shame on you......Maindad, Imran and Geo. Summing up, I can easily say that Bob was as much Pakistani as I am and Imran and Javed are. My feelings go out to his family, he was a great coach and a great human being.

  • Aisha on March 22, 2007, 6:14 GMT

    for so many, Inzi's retirement is the end of an era. for me, i started watcihng cricket back in the worldcup '92. Inzi has been the constant. for all the run-outs, he had a knock to shut critics up with, for all the early-wickets, he had a match-winning inning and then some...u dont become the second-highest run-scorer by fluke....

    Inzi, you will be missed immensely. Quite frankly, i cant imagine Pakistan batting or slip fielding without you i still find it hard to cope with opening bowling attack being faces other than Wasim & Waqar's. Something will always be amiss without our greats.

    wish it had been on a better note Inzi, you deserved a full-house standing ovation. not the disgrace, dissapointment and tears of unfulfilled dreams. u didnt win us the world cup (quite far from that) but for 15 years youve been the solid pillar that our middle order relied on.

    When you came on to bat on a hard pitch with quick wcikets fallen in succession, the whole nation would be calmed and think theres still a very good chance. because if anyone could do it, Inzi could and did (so many times)

    we cried inzi, the last few days everyone cried. we cried for the dissapointing performance by our heroes and we cried for woolmer and we cried because club cricketers took our glory away, we cried because a 'human-development minister' didnt have it in him to develop a team that could shake the world-the way it was meant to be, and last nite we cried, because one-day internationals will always miss your presence. the gum-chewing, beard-stroking flicks all over the ground and the small chuckle that escaped you when a bowler didnt know what struck him... the burly bear of Pakistan cricket will be missed!

  • Raja on March 22, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    Inzimam openly discriminate Asim Kamal, & Yasir Hamid.

    He also did not pick under 19 talent like Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali, Jameshaed, Najaf Shah, Khalid Latif and Sarfraz Ahmed who won the under 19 world cup for us.

    He did not give chance to resrve wicket keeper Zulqurnain in South Africa after horrible performance by Kamran Akmal with gloves.

    He sent back Asim Kamal and Zulqurnain with out play single match against South Africa.

    He also eliminate role of great Waqar Younis as a coach. He prefered Mustaq Ahmed (his tabligi Sati) on Waqar Younis, while he went for Hajj.

    He start his Captain ship from the back door. He pushed away Rashid Latif, who brought back him in a team after the last world cup.

    Raja

  • Nadeem, SHAME ON YOU INZI. on March 22, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Inzamam proved that he is a worst Pakistan captain in the history.

    In his Captain ship Pakistan lost first time series against India in Pakistan. Pakistan lost series against England after 26 years in England.

    In his Captain ship we lost series against South Africa.

    In his Captain ship first time we kicked out from the world cup in the very first round.

    In his captain ship we lost world cup match against the weakest team we ever played. I think in cricket history no ICC top rating team lost world cup match against Ireland or any other team of that level.

    SHAME ON YOU INZI.

    In his Captin ship Pakistan lost all serise aboard.

    He developed this kind of attitude which was never be the part of Pakistan cricket in last 30 years.

    SHAME ON YOU INZI Nadeem London

  • wasif on March 22, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    dont think the timing was bad.......lets suppose he didnt announce his retirement ....what would have happened is that:- teams comes back gets a shower of anday tamatar and posters burnt etc etc,,,,,what he just did was to cool down all of us ....yes every1 coz he understands we are an emotional nation and wont forget untill he was ripped off his captaincy, so i think its purely a good decision with timing ..........or he could delay it untill the end of zimbabwe game.....i dont know .cheers

  • Good Riddance on March 22, 2007, 4:32 GMT

    finally !! pakistan team can now focus on cricket instead of ladoos and praying,

    sorry to sound harsh but we need another imran khan!

  • Shishir on March 22, 2007, 4:23 GMT

    First of all, with all due respect to the intelligence and freedom of speech of Mr. Abassi, I would like to say that Hind Sight is always 20/20. We can sit here today and express as many views as possible about Inzy's departure (and yeah should I add that opinions are like certain oriface in our anatomy)or get up and applaud the giants contribution to the game of cricket. I am sure you will say that you are not taking anything away from him but spare me your political correctness. How people face pressure and how they react is not your forte and I suugest that you stick to reporting cricket. I am an Indian and an Indian cricket fan but if there is one player/captain from Pakistan I have never regretted India losing out to, that was Inzy. His respect and love for the game made me forget everything but the elegance of this beautiful game. I request you to use your talent to come up with some constructive criticism which will add to the game of cricket and not be a forensic specialist and dig on the dirt.

    A true Inzy fan

  • Ali Memon on March 22, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    In the begging i would say that pakistan team was unlucky. on the other hand, the incident Of Bob. But i think inzi would have to servive in team Odi and Test becuuse no dought about that.. he did alot for pakistan cricket team.. i think he deserve some time.

  • Wasiq on March 22, 2007, 3:12 GMT

    Inzi is simply class! Period.

  • Sakul Gupta on March 22, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    Hello, Great play by Pakistan today against Zimbawe, Surely they are world beaters, the will, Wish Inzamam had raised the team earlier to win the previous matches so that they could go on further on the winning road. Inzamam is agreat player, wish he comes out of his ODI retirement & plays atleast 2 years as a team member & mentor. The news about Bob's suspicious death, leaves questions. Wish teh case is investigated fast & the truth is known. I think strong men just don't die with defeat. The man who went to the teams rooms to cheer folks up, I think he himself would be able to raise himself up & look towards the futue, to do better in future tournaments. May teh Graet man Rest i Peace. Wish he was there now & wish the team had had the will to win earlier too, We would be happier, Take care

  • BlackStone on March 22, 2007, 1:49 GMT

    Whatever you or other critics may say, I still believe that Inzimam has a lot left in him. He should play on, maybe not as a Captain but as a player.

    Where will you find that depth that he used to provide in the middle order. Today, everybody is overfilled with emotions surrounding Ireland defeat and Pakistan's humiliating exit from the World Cup but some months down the road, we will all miss him, I'm sure of that.

    I know there is criticism surrounding his authoritarianism, but Kamran, can you name one non-controversial Pakistani captain? Inzimam, unlike his mentors and predecessors, was neither trained for captaincy, nor did he ever fight over becoming one. He, for once, was imposed captaincy after the 2003 grand event that too after getting dropped from the team on fitness grounds. Such has been the course of cricket in our country. We make captains to bring them in form. (Next captain seems to be the disgruntled Shoaib, provided he escapes the ban). Learn something from Sri Lanka, India and South Africa.

    We still want Inzimam playing for our country in both forms of the game.

    This is the time the nation must come up for his support for all the good he has done for the country. You just can't ignore his sixteen and a half year of prolific career over just eight months of blackened period, where everything that was happening to Pakistan cricket was not just Inzimam's fault.

  • Farid Ahmed on March 22, 2007, 1:40 GMT

    All I want to say is Inzi we are going to miss you man. You are one of our bests. Dont worry about what people think of when you retired and if the timing was right or wrong.

  • tasneem on March 22, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    plz its happen in cricket inzy shold no retir its a emotion decisson very very sad what happend but plz inzy come back

  • Ahmad on March 21, 2007, 23:39 GMT

    hello. all i have got to say is that Bob was the best and most sincere coach we got . . . and imzimam was the most sincere captain we had since Imran. now i read people saying that Inzi's timing was not right. how good of a timing you people have to criticize one man who's career ended not only in shambolic defeat but also the death of the best coach we will ever have.

  • Maha on March 21, 2007, 23:20 GMT

    I must say I was proud to see Pakistan team take to the field today, and fight for the match, even when they've been knocked out... And they way they fought today... We have all (the team and public) dedicated this match to dear Bob... May he rest in peace... Watching Inzi leave the field today with the flicker of emotions and tears on his always so calm and composed face was heartbreaking today :( Inzi has undoubtedly been through a lot of pressure recently...and losing his coach has hit him hard. What with the crazed public back home chanting out his name insanely over and over... I must say Im sure he didnt want to leave captaincy and ODIs this way... I doubt he'd even have had dreamed it... Inzi, I really am sorry for all you've had to go through. Inshallah the public will forget the anger and madness soon... and instead will remember the wonderful 15 years of cricket you've presented us with. We all love you Inzi man.

  • usman Qidwai on March 21, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    Its so funny to see that Inzi made changes to the batting line up for their last meaningless game. He came at # 4 man..Why on earth would you change your batting order now..whats the point..i can just laugh on this.

  • Junaid on March 21, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    Its really sad to see Inzi get retired. I am worried about the world of cricket now. With retirements of Shane Warne, McGrath and now Inzi, whom would I watch cricket for...

  • Semeen on March 21, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    Inzy deserves a better send off from an ungrateful nation!!! Yes, he failed miserably in this world cup but let's not overlook the fact that he's still managed some victories with the most mediocre teams Pakistan has fielded in recent times. I hope the cricket authorities in Pakistan do something right and give him a chance for an honorable exit at home ground, something like Shane Warne's farewell test...

  • yonas on March 21, 2007, 22:28 GMT

    salmailakom Inz janab was a such gret player. we will mis him a lot of. he is one of the best player in pakistans history, and there will never came a player like him. he was unlucky in this world cup,but it is happend some time in cricket. it is also part of cricket. we wish a such good life for you inzy with your family and Allah blees you .. love from all my freinds

  • Atif on March 21, 2007, 21:39 GMT

    well deserving end of an idiot. look at this team, they are paid and meant to be there to play world class pro cricket, not to grow beards. if they want to be a Tableghi party, we have special town for them called Raiwind. i m just sick these bunch of toons, they are simply causing humiliation for whole nation. i reckon we should ban cricket and close this chapter for good.

  • aamir on March 21, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    Thank you God!!! It's about time.

  • Faisal Saeed on March 21, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    Dair aye durast ayee: He should have quit ODI long time ago, why wait for WC. No one can be like the great Imran Khan. I saw Mr Wasim bari's interview on Score (Geo) the other day. Wasim Bari is a moron: he is simply a moron-no wonder pakistan can never stay with one opening pair. its because the selection comm, and he had the nurves to come on National TV and Blame Inzi for everything. He said, its inzi who tried to buttin in our selection and said, giveme this player and that player.

    But question for Mr bari: If you think that it was all inzi's fault and lets involve the coach too, then why are you resigning from the post? Answer that!

    Hell with the PCB and selection commette: they are all freakin morons.

  • Asif on March 21, 2007, 20:05 GMT

    Faisal, Narrow mindness at its peak in your comments about Punjab. They are Pakistani not some local creature like you.

  • Rahimm Khann,UK on March 21, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    Hey guys what happens in bangladesh looses badly to SL and just manages to win against Bermuda. and if india defeats SL. Who goes to super 8. bangladesh or india????all will have 4 points then>??? how do they decide then

  • mazhar on March 21, 2007, 19:34 GMT

    inzimam is one of the greatest batsmen pakistan has produced and indeed a legendry figure in pakistan cricket . we must not forget that he has won us many matches. he has done us proud . i think that a great cricketer is a great cricketer . it is said by the entire world and indeed inzimam is acknowledge as one.

    greatness apart i think that his time has finished in cricket and he should leave cricket to allow room for a youngster.

  • 13 year old trying to put a smile on dad's face again on March 21, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    i feel that inzi is making this descion not just for him but for whats best for the team i think him leaving means more open spaces for more and more youngsters to become invloed in the game i know they tragic death of bob was bad but everyone will have to get over it sooner or later i mean bob''s spirit will alaywas be there for the team he will always and forever be apart of the team no matter whaat happens. They are all a talented bunch of people and amazing people inzi is doing what he must doo he wants to do it for bob even though after him leaving it means more hard work needs to be done. i dont want him leaving because of what happpened to bob i want hoim to leave because he is ready to leave and if thats his decison then we should all back him up 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! inzi has gone through some hard times and he still is i think his mind is ready and his heart feels that he is ready aswell soo good luck to him in the future and pakistan's future aswell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gulab Khan on March 21, 2007, 18:31 GMT

    Impeach Inzamam for his unlaw full selection.

    IQRABA PARVERI or RACEISISM. You decided.

    He always backup cricketers from Punjab.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Rehan Yazdani on March 21, 2007, 18:10 GMT

    I think the timing was right because no human can take so much of mental stress. Inzi has been under mental stress since the Oval test. After that the doping scandal of Shoaib and Asif. These two things alone are big enough to emotionally drain the captain of a team. Then the drama of this World Cup. If I were in Inzi's shoes, I too would have retired. None of us can understand the stress that this man has had to face. I wish Inzi the best of luck in his remaining test career, and thank him for the wonderful things he has done for Pakistan.

  • Krish on March 21, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    I am really shocked and saddened with the happenings, World cup is not the same any more without Pakistan in it. Inzy, all those who love the game of cricket will miss you, Woolmer, may your soul rest in peace. Good luck to the Pakistan cricket team, I hope they are able to pull themselves up and excel from now on. Pakistan, no matter what you are the most talented and the most feared team in the world!

  • Shahzad on March 21, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    This is just to cherish and acknowledge all those GREAT things and innings "INZY" has done playedand.

    He was one of the BRAVEST and finest batsmen Pakistan ever had, and he has won more matches for Pakistan than many of his international colleagues.

    His retirement and departure from ODI today is a sad end to a golden period that started in 1992, (remeber?). His leaving the arena has ended the era of greats like Wasim, Waqar, Saeed, Amir, etc. We'll miss him as much as we miss those fine players and the sad thing is, I cannot see anyone even near matching their class and charisma.

    I salute you Inzy and wish u all the best in life and tell you that you surely will be missed by all and no one can take your place in Pakistan cricket.

  • Ali on March 21, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    I still love the crickter Inzi and wish we can see more him in the way he played today. He is a natural stroke player but had to go into a shell to protect the brittle batting and that took sting out of him.

    Wishes seldom comes true and now the hope is that he will play good test cricket and bow out after defeating the Aus and SA on their incoming tours to Pakistan.

    There is still no better batsman in whole of Pakistan. Luck always have the last laugh....No matter what anyone saysss

  • dr pena on March 21, 2007, 15:35 GMT

    is it not unfair with ZM, there is not grass on the pitch and pitch looks batting pitch and pak and india are kings on the batting pitches but they both can't play on the grassy pitches. Even he is unhappy today, he said the pitch in pak vs ireland match had mountains of grass but this one is flat pitch. he thinks its unfair with ZM.

    i think also the same its unfair with ZM. ZM can beat pak on the grass track but its hard for them to beat then on the flat track.

    btw way i gussed before the match it will be flat track. even i also guessed before the irlanad it would be very grassy track.

    now i can easily guess every tricks of icc before the matches start against pakistan in big trournaments. PCB should also think about it.

  • Shahid Rasool on March 21, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    HYPOCRISY AT ITS WORST! I have known Younis Khan's brother Ayub Khan for a long time in Karachi in Steel Mills. I called him last night after 5 years to convey my condolences at the loss of Bob Woolmer, whom Younis decribes as a loss of a father. I was shocked to learn that his brother conveyed a message to me along with an invitation for Younis's wedding which is expected to be taking place upon his arrival back to Pakistan. Not only that, he informed me that Younis is also planning a BIG celebration for two things. 1) the wedding and 2) the captaincy. It is extremely shocking to learn that how the person, who doesnt deserve to be in the team for ODI's assumes his next assignment. It would be a sad day for the Pakistan's cricket future, if a character like him is appointed the next leader.

  • Ali on March 21, 2007, 13:57 GMT

    Inzi is one off the best batsman of this era. He has done a lot for Pakistan cricket. On many occasions he has single handedly rescued Pakistan team from embarrassment. Inzi does not deserve all this criticism. Inzi is definitely not the best captain and fielder but most definitely he is one of the best batsman we have in our team. In game against Ireland, whole batting lineup failed; therefore, we can not single out Inzi for criticism. It is the right time for him to retire, but he could have announced it after the World Cup. The timing of this decision seems to be emotionally driven. THANK YOU INZI FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO PAKISTAN CRICKET and BEST OF LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEVOURS.

  • Bilal M Awan from ITALY on March 21, 2007, 13:37 GMT

    hello eery on, many dissapointment for pakistanis in last week, it realyhave been a terrible week in pakistan history. well i agree u Mr. Kamran that Inzy would have waited, bcz all what happened, no doubt is unaceeptable but it was a badday on crucial match. we all should remember Inzy s whole career of almost 16 yrs, his performances, and his importance in middle order which was created by him of his excellent talent, he has done not less than any other star in pakistan history so all what i request all of u is that we should acknowledge and respect his career. we should not forget all his career just by conciderig this world cup. Bob n Inzy have done alot in last few years, Bobs tragic death made me more sad than losing the worldcup: Pakistan team is full of talented players and still able to beat any one in the world its time to back up the team and encourage to get there moral back and make them able to feel their status: we should remeber that icc is not favoring us as seaming pitches r just for us; for none else n u ll come to know further that it was plannng to throw pakistan out nd they succeded;

  • M. Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. on March 21, 2007, 12:56 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM, Mr. Javed Khan of Montreal, I have read your friend Mr. Paracha's letter. If your friend is trying to prove that practicing religion minimizes the quality of game, I am sorry he is wrong. What an absurd calculation! Rewind to history. Do you think all those great Muslim fighters, who defeated the largest armies of their opponents, were not good believers of Allah and were only practicing & polishing their fighting techniques all the time and that is why they were the conquerors. No, my dear sir, No. They were the best in obeying the orders of Allah too. They were praying to Allah in the night and fighting the whole day through. And they proved themselves the best in the fighting methods, techniques and even intelligence which was admitted by their rivals even. So, you cannot blame religion for the decline of cricket in Pakistan. If Inzimam and his team mates are trying to be good Muslims, they have all the rights to do so. While they are putting all their efforts for cricket training then what's wrong if they are praying five times too. Their coach BOB Wolmer himself admitted that the religious practice has increased their concentration & dedication to cricket. If there are one or two defeats in the matches, would do you advise them to leave praying and start strengthening their cricket technique. What a philosophy? My dear sir, if you declare yourself Muslim, it is your duty to be a good Muslim and make tableegh to your family, friends, team-mates, and colleagues to act upon the religion. You will be asked by Allah on the doom's day for this. No matter how many World Cups you won would be of no value at that time. Yes, it is everybody's right to act upon his religion (whether Christian or Hindu etc.) according to the available facilities. If he can fulfill them in certain stipulated time, it's OK. Otherwise, he may carryon at another time. We, being Muslims have fixed timings of prayers, so the priority is that we have to pray in those timings, if possible, otherwise, one can pray afterwards. But, there is no excuse to miss the prayers. I remember, we used to play league cricket at first class level in Jeddah and always trying to pray in time. Sometimes, we used to pray ASAR Prayers during the Drink Breaks.

    And let me tell you that when Pakistani team came to Saudi Arabia for Umra and played two matches against Indian team we were very happy. I cannot forget that occasion when Indian innings was finished at the time of Maghreb and their players were making photographs and taking some drinks while all the Pakistani players were praying Maghreb and Mohammed Yousef was their Imam. Believe me even Saudis were at praise for them. They were saying "Pakistanis are good Muslims". But, they don't know that there are some Pakistanis who prefer to be better cricketers than good Muslims. You gave the example of Mr. Saeed Ahmed that he was once a "party animal". My dear, anybody could be anything in his previous time but if Allah gives him Hidayat and he makes Tauba then he becomes a successful Muslim in the eyes of Allah. You don't have to criticize him then for his past mistakes. Rather, he should be admired for achieving the right path. I congratulate Mr. Saeed Ahmed's for reminding Pakistani players of their ultimate duty. I hope this is enough and also I pray for you to be a good Muslim first and then a cricketer. Grow your beard, offer the five times prayers, read Quran and see how satisfied your heart and mind will be. And I bet your cricket will also improve. Once you have firm belief in Allah you will be relieved from all your worries. I request you to please concentrate sometimes on winning the favour of Allah and not only the cricket matches.

    I am still with my team against Zimbabwe. Allah may give Pakistani team a good win. ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM.

  • Adnan on March 21, 2007, 12:44 GMT

    This world is a test, Inzi's class is no doubt superb. And Yousaf, He was our pride just few days ago. These guys were tested with huge pride (and most often flattered by us) Now they are facing other side of test, I wish them steadfastness and success in this challenge. And By the way, Inspite of being a die hard fan of pakistan cricket, i do not take this expulsion from world cup that seriously. It is game and game is name of upsets.

  • Faraz rizvi on March 21, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    Inzi was one of those unnoticed creatures of world cricket who despite being world beaters came into the news for all the wrong reasons, I do agree with K. Abbasi about the mistiming of annoucing his retirement but also strongly believe that a player of his stature shouldn't have humiliated himself any further by playing on, he has embraced the tradition of Pakistani players leaving in a bit of disgrace but one thing is for sure, if there was a match winning batsman in the post World Cup 2003 team it was INZAMAM.....

  • Usman on March 21, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    If Australia manage to win this World Cup - don't forget they lost the one day finals in Australia to England 2:0. And then lost the Chappell Hadlee trophy 3:0.

    No one took to the streets here in Australia to protest. Ponting did not retire (although he didn't play in the series in NZ). The selectors did not resign. The ACB did not fall apart.

    Some people say Pakistan were lucky to make it to the final in 1992, and lucky to win. England could have won that final. England have never won a World Cup.

    New Zealand have never won a World Cup - and yet in 1992 NZ won every single match they played - except for two matches to Pakistan, the second match just happened to be the semi-final. NZ was extremely unlucky to not win the cup in 1992. They were robbed. Again no one took to the streets of NZ as far as I know.

    Can't we just say Pakistan were unlucky to drop out this time.

    Does it have to be someone's fault?

    Does everyone have to be fired?

    It wasn't meant to be - just leave it at that.

  • Ahmed on March 21, 2007, 11:25 GMT

    Cant believe so much of negatove and hatred filled comments for their own people............ What are you gusy ashamed of being a paki or being a muslim........i bloody cant belive you gusy laugh over the fact that a guy holds joint prayers and if someone who doesnt follow the religion has had a laugh over it its understanble as he may not understand the priority of prayers and who was that who says that by reading quran does it make you a better fats bowler someone said it in his comments and i suppose that brother was a muslim justa piece of advice for u mate i am sure you would have faced situations where youw oudl have prayed to pover come that situation next time dont pray coz it wont help you to better it as it cant better someone by praying to become a fatst bowler ....kal se awam ko bhi kehdena ke duaein na kare jab pakistan haar raha hoo ya Allah apksitan ko jeeta de hehehehehe theek hai and javaid khan you did say read it with open mind i tried alot i really like your comments and you seem very respectful man i tried alot to read it with open mind but cant just agree with your nadeem piracha reports which are all wrong not one thing was true in there seems like nadeem sahab just heard things and pulled out an article its more better to go to these places and then find what is the real issue.....sorry pakistan haarta hai to haare cricket ki aysi ki taysi islam ke baare mein burayi to bardaasht nahi karsakta cricket se kaheen ziyada hai yeh uper......... if some says inshAllah is notign bad in it ......... dont you gusy says inshAllah and then go outside and start staring at girls what shoudl be said about you and before saying that these players go to night clubs that is plain lie coz this aint the team which was in 1996 or 1999 who were drunkards........ for goodness sakes just fro cricket dont blame your religion i think its everybody's duty to follow it rather than blaming it think twicebefore using your words :) atleats look into yourselfs.............

    and who says 15m fidn a keeper shoudlnt be an issue tum dhoondlo yaar apni gali ka koi nazimabad gali number 5 ka uthaa ke mat dedena ke yeh lo issye khilalo mere chacha ka larka buhtu acha keeper hai yeh ya tum aajao captaani karlo phir jab haarogay naa pir um bhi tumhe gaaliyan dengay sab tab maz aayega tab ehsaas hoga gaaliyan dena kitni asaan aur andar khelna kitna mushkil hehehe :)

  • Usman on March 21, 2007, 11:23 GMT

    If Australia manage to win this World Cup - don't forget they lost the one day finals in Australia to England 2:0. And then lost the Chappell Hadlee trophy 3:0.

    No one took to the streets here in Australia to protest. Ponting did not retire (although he didn't play in the series in NZ). The selectors did not resign. The ACB did not fall apart.

    Some people say Pakistan were lucky to make it to the final in 1992, and lucky to win. England could have won that final.

    England have never won a World Cup. New Zealand have never won a World Cup - and yet in 1992 NZ won every single match they played - except for two matches to Pakistan, the second match just happened to be the semi-final. NZ was extremely unlucky to not win the cup in 1992. Again no one took to the streets of NZ as far as I know.

    Can't we just say Pakistan were unlucky to drop out this time. Does it have to be someone's fault? Does everyone have to be fired? It wasn't meant to be - just leave it at that.

  • Jibran on March 21, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    I personally feel the decision was expected, when the tragedy had its crescendo, thats the only point at which Inzy could have left.

    People on here, and even some foreign commentators saying that the 'timing wasn't right' should realise that it can't really get worse. So, instead of creating another headline why not just get over it all at once?

    Come on Inzy's boys. Do it one last time, until you come back and everything falls apart. Lets tell the world what we are really made of.

  • Joe Bloggs on March 21, 2007, 10:20 GMT

    The biggest mistake on the part of PCB was to make Inzamam the Captain of Pakistan team . Thinking was evem more of a strain for Inzamam as compared to running between wickets . With only few exception , he did not trust people without beard . He would have given more chances to appear for Pakistan to Sami and Salman if they had kept beards .

    Incidently , no member of the Pakistan 1992 World Cup team kept a beard . The decline of Pakistan cricket started after 1992 with the Maulvis taking over Pakistan team .

  • Mohammad Masood on March 21, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    Inzamam's retirement from one day cricket and as the captain is couple of years late that have led to humialating defeat at the hand of ireland.

    Pakistan should completely shrrugg off old guards, like Younis, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzak, Shoaib Akhter, Rana Naveed and may be Shahid Afridi should go. I have said this in the past and will repeat it again that there is a lot more cricket being played now. The intensity has also increased many fold. In addition to be technically correct, the players require both mental and phsical toughness. In Pakistan, people do not play regular sport, they do not do not also indulge into physical fitness program on a regular basis. The result is that their bodies cannot cope with the intensity of the game. Hence the decline of a Pakistani cricket player starts from 25 years of age. In actual fact a 25 years player in the Pakistan team has probabaly less fitness that a 35 years old Australian or South African player.

    It is therefore inperitive that we should build a new team around in the age group of 20 to prepare for the next world cup and repeat the same exercise every four years at the end of the world cup event. We will have to move out of the old habit of keeping relying on old hands, who have become a liability rather than asset for the team.

  • secret revealed on March 21, 2007, 8:21 GMT

    Gen Musharaf wanted to divert the pakistani nation attention to some thing else and he ordered pak team to lose against ireland. Late Woolmer found out about it and paid the price. This drama will be revealed (Insha Allah). Watch the match again. See the body language and also see when kamran akmal gave his wicket away he was close to tears. Now listen to sarfraz nawaz that if Mr woolmer is murdered then Macth fixer are behind it. I will not buy match fixing allegation but a strict order from a dictator who wants to save his government.

  • kanwal on March 21, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    I totally agree with Nishant above. Inzi, he has done great service to Cricket and Pakistan over the years. The man is depressed and down, who wouldn't be. He has made his decision and I still have the same respect for him, as would cricket lovers all over the world.

  • TK on March 21, 2007, 6:48 GMT

    Inzi and Woolmer have done a lot for Pakistan cricket. They transformed the team from a chaotic bunch to a winning unit. The avalanche started after the oval fiasco, and during the last 6 months the incompetence of Dr. Naseem Ashraf put Pakistan cricket in tail spin.

    All Pakistani players and fans are mourning the death of Coach Woolmer; all fans are dejected at Pakistan’s exit from the world cup. Has anybody observed how the chairman of PCB is grieving these tough times? He is hunting wild life in Sindh. Hope those poor birds/animals are not on endangered species list. What a way to mourn your own incompetence!

    Pakistan is a galaxy of very talented players. They need to be groomed and managed in a professional manner. They need to be taught how to manage stress and how to formalize winning strategies. And, no more one-man-shows in form of ad-hoc morons.

    With a professional and democratic cricket set-up, Pakistan cricket team will bounce back; as Allama Iqbal has said in his famous poem “hope,”

    Ghumee naa hoo kay bhohat daur hain abhey ba'key Naiy sita'roon say kha’ley nein supher-kabood

    English translation/gist is as follows:

    Do not loose heart/do not be dejected; they are many more opportunities/many more periods to come The blue sky will see the dawn of new stars/the new stars will bring the new environment/change.

    P.S.: 1. ICC’s undeclared/invisible “cold war” against Pakistan needs to be taken seriously. 2. Cricket fans all over Pakistan, especially in Layari, Karachi should arrange a Gad’ha parade to” honor “Dr. Naseem Ashraf’s incompetence.

  • srivathsan on March 21, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    I am surprised after reading JAVID.A.KHAN,S letter that evangelists assisted by inzy are running the cricket in pak.Being religious is no crime but stretching too far is not correct.Cricketers should be proffesionals in sporting arena to bring results & not ultra religious & showy(long beards). Pakistan has immensly talented cricketers & i hope that new sream will wash away the old one & once again pak. team will have glorifying days ahead without jammat character.

  • omaima.W on March 21, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    i know what happenend made millions upset but theres really nothing that can be done, everything happenend so fast.i think that everything that happenend was ment to be, its no one fault. and if you wanna blame it on some one then blame it on the whole team, Inzi may be the capitan but he the only one on the feild, it team fault.all i can say is that we just need to improve on our playing skills.and pluse every one has there bad days and i guess it was our turn. i hope pakistan wins tomorrow not for themselves but for there coach.pakistan never give try in the next world i know we can make it.GOOD LUCK PKISTAN, I M WITHE YOU GUYS ALL THE WAY....I LOVE YOU

  • Salman on March 21, 2007, 6:11 GMT

    Are we happy with anything? We are a nation that just criticizes no matter what!! If he retired earlier then it was his fault cuz the world cup was coming. If he took the responsibility of failure and retired, it was too early, if he had delayed it, it was too late..so here we go. If we are not performing we are wrong, just wrong!! I think we should give full respect to this great player who has served our country for decades and has been one of the great players. It is no way to let go such a player!!!!

  • Sajid Ahmed on March 21, 2007, 5:36 GMT

    I am shock to learn that Yunus Khan is line for the captancy? why? he played some of the most reckless shots in the first two matches. Mohamed Yusuf was no better. They both need to be given a big kick in the back side and shown the door. Along with Inzimam they are both highly over rated and good for nothing when it comes to the big match.

    On the administration side I hope to see people like Aqib Javaid, Waqar Yunus, Rashid Latif and Sikandar Bhakt.

    Salaams Sajid

  • Asim Hafeez on March 21, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    I feel that Inziii is stil a legend!!!Even Lara and Tendulkar dream of playing a world cup winning role...Although he is nt as natural captain as he is a batsman!!I feel sad at what former criketers say about his demise....Someone should shut the dirty mouth of Sarfraz Nawaz as he has only played a winning role once in his lifetime whereas Inzii has played this role countless times.... Salute Inzii Bhai n keep playing Test m lookin forward to it...

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 21, 2007, 4:48 GMT

    O' MY, MY, MY .... now it is murder! And Pakistan is not playing against Zimbabwe tomorrow! What has Mr. Kamran Abbassi to say now? Was I right in saying Pakistani team always steal the news headlines except for "winning"?

    This World Cup is like a mystery movie with so many twists and turns and no ends! God only knows whats coming up next! I am more sad and shocked than before and really don't know what to say.

  • Prabal Subedi on March 21, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    I a Prabal from Nepal and I just love Pakistan team. Lets not talk whether the timing was rite or wrong. Pakistan;s luck seems its not with Pakistan- The downfall since England's tour- ball tampering, inzy's banning, then champions trophy- akthar and asif, south africa- South A beat the hell out of us. Then finally it ended with this World Cup- the sad demise of Bob- Condolences to his family. Well, lets hope that now luck once again comes to Pak team. Since Ashraf, Bob and Inzy will not be available from now on, lets look forward on how can we develop this team. Well- First of all, we need a coach, a captain and a good middle order. The opening slot has to be maintained. Play someone like Butt and Afridi as the openers( Remember the India Series- we beat india 4-2, afridi 102(46). Go with some ace players- get some bowlers who can maintain good line and above all- FIELDING. Fielding has let us down so many times. TEach these Pakis to dive and save runs, catch spectacular catches and only then we can beat teams like australia and South Africa.

    And laslty, BOB- U have lived for cricket and we will never forget u

  • John Beamish on March 21, 2007, 3:29 GMT

    I just noticed that cricinfo had a headline (removed now) that Woolmer might have been murdered. That's the height of yellow journalism. The only other source of such wild allegation have been Indian "news" sources. Every respectable news source has simply reported that the death is being treated as suspicious but of course cricinfo knows better. Shame! Have some pity on the poor man's family and don't print such unsubstantiated rubbish.

  • Ram Kumar on March 21, 2007, 3:20 GMT

    It's so ironical that one fan says this current Pakistani team lacks the ability to think on the field. Thinking on feet was exclusively Pakistan's trait during the ODIs from 80s to mid 90s. They used to so easily assess the match situation was on the fly and plan & execute the victory. Even Viv Richards' WI had to struggle to fend of them in those days..Remember Nehru Cup? Times have changed but these things do occur in cycle. Thanks Inzi for all the good times. You were a master batsman and I was never sure of any Indian victory unless you got out. But truthfully I always wanted you to make a century but lose to India. That almost never happened because if you scored a century your team won invariably. Greatness about you is the decency you maintained during your all conquering days and even against high pressure and hostility, which so starkly contrasted with many of your team mates. That's a fundamental reason why you will always be the most favorite pakistani batsman of any Indian. I will surely tell my grandchildren that I watched cricket during the times of Lara, Sachin and Inzi.

  • Tahir Naqqash on March 21, 2007, 2:38 GMT

    Reports are emerging after the post mortem that Bob Woolmer may have met an unnatural end. You were wrong - this campaign can get MUCh worse! Oh my God!

  • calgary highlander on March 21, 2007, 2:19 GMT

    Just when you thought there would be no more twists, something comesup. Woolmer may have been murdered. I wonder who did it.

  • Sam on March 21, 2007, 1:55 GMT

    Inzi should have retired a long time ago. anyone who says that 'fate was not on their side' has to be a bit deranged. what does fate have to do with a game? do they really think that God has the time to come down and start playing their game for them? i have nothing against religious people but it;s high time the team realized that they need to shape up or ship out. Thank God the bearded, self absorbed man, who thinks that everything has got to do with God, has resigned. GOOD RIDDANCE

  • RSN on March 21, 2007, 1:48 GMT

    i don't see any point in faulting inzi's decision.it is true that it is a knee-jerk, emotionally driven decision and not a cold,objective decision.

    Anyway, his head would have been in the altar once the team returns home.

  • Ashaq on March 21, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    Javed.A.Khan. Thanks for the article you posted. Found it quite amusing. So know it is Waqar younis Who introduced theocracy to the cricket team.

    The author seems to be another one off these boarding school educated. Brown Sahibs who has a deep hatred for the religion of the majority off people in pakistan.

    People have claimed that we need to remove religion from the cricket team. I say remove the these Boarding school,Brown Sahibs first.

    I think these Pseudo-intellectual, native colonialist agents, should be banished for good.

  • Hammad Alam on March 20, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    I'm beginning to sympathize with Inzamam and the team. They're a talented bunch, just extremely unlucky. I'm with the guys all the way, and I'll always love them because they're my team, they're Pakistan, and I'll always love Pakistan. Go out there tomorrow and end on a high note is all I ask Inzi. Do it for Bob.

  • Tanveer on March 20, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    Not sure if Inzi was ever the problem. Pakistan cricket has a lot of NATURAL talent but what they seem to lack is the ability to THINK on the field. Pakistan criket team is full of individual natural talent that lacks discipline and the ability to play as a team. They are the most volatile team due to this combination of TALENT and no lateral thinking in any shape or form. They have the ability to be one of the best team in the world... once they learn to think. Good luck Inzi (the unfortunate scapegoat) and condolences to Bob's family.

  • Nishant on March 20, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    Expected but very sad. I was hoping that he would at least continue as a player in the ODI team. He is leaving the team at a moment when it needs him the most. I can understand people in Pakistan are angry at him for his performance as a captain but I still hope he gets a respectful exit from the playing arena. After all, Pakistan would not have won '92 WC w/o the great man. He has been an exceptional player and a fearsome competitor for the opposition teams. I wonder what good management and administration around him would have made possible. Even though tactically and strategically he is not the best captain around, lets not forget the job he did in last couple of years with Bob Woolmer in actually creating a team out of bunch of individuals. Yes, he failed in some of the aspects but give the man credit for his achievements. I think he still has couple of years of cricket left in him and it will be really sad to see the champion player leave under such grave circumstances. I hope he leaves the game on a high tomorrow, by scoring runs and winning the match.

  • Dawar on March 20, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    Kamran please do not ask Inzi to stay more in the cricket.

    From last few years, he already damaged our cricket a lot.

    Inzi should be out from test cricket also.

    The reason he wanted to play test are:

    He wanted to break record of Great Javed Miandad. Highest test scores from pakistan. He is 22 runs behind it. But Inzi played more innings than Miandad. Inzi has highest average against Bangladesh, 80 %. You can see how great batsman he is. He has no century aginst austrlia in austrlia.

    Pakistan will play very first home serise after the world cup against zimabave. So Inzi thinks he can play thier bowlers easily.

  • Karthik Kannan on March 20, 2007, 22:01 GMT

    Hi Guys... how about floating the idea of a IND- Pak series starting next week... ICC or no ICC blessing... who cares... I am sure this will be more interesting than the WC 07.. Just trying to lighten our hearts... with all thats going on to India and Pak at this WC thats all... Not trying to offend anyone... Cheers!!

  • Dr Khalid Husain on March 20, 2007, 20:43 GMT

    Dismal as our defeat was to Ireland, we would have got past it. Bob's sad demise puts things in stark perspective. All said and done it's just a game. Too bad my whole nation had to dump on their cricket team to make up for their collective 'nakami'. When Inzy scored hundreds and won games single handedly he was all gold, now he is being made the goat. Give the man a break and leave him alone. He earned the right to resign anytime he choose fit thousands of runs ago, none of us can presume to know what is going through his mind at this time. The only thing left to do now is to clean house, let fresh air in and begin working NOW for the next world cup....Thank you very much!

  • Khalid on March 20, 2007, 20:31 GMT

    all said and done inzi was one of the best pakistan had, i had honored the name of this country many a times and which should give him a full honour retirement even a tamgha imtiaz.

  • Asif_602 on March 20, 2007, 19:50 GMT

    Timing sucks he should have waited until after the tournament; doesn’t Pakistan have any PR consultants? Nevertheless Inzy retiring was still the right thing to do. The PCB has to share the blame for the debacle in the World Cup. As soon as they can take politics out of cricket we might be able to field a competitive team.

  • Shahzab Bukhari on March 20, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    I think Inzi was never good enough to be a captain and I would blame pakistani cricket board for giving him so much pressure as a captain, that he had a hard time controlling his own game. look at dravid from india, he is going through similar transition. but i feel as team was really lacking Shoaib and Asif , which was a huge disappointment to the fans and the team. They didn't seem interested in the game at all, especially after losing a game against ireland.. unbelievable.. I think cricket board should fire everyone from the team and consider bringing under 19 team and I can bet you that they can do a better job than our pros. We need new talent in pakistani team, just like bengladesh and if we keep playing old players like inzi, Mohammad yousaf and younis khan, we will never make it anywhere. This is such a humiliation for us to be pakistani fans. Pakistani cricket board is sold out and they get paid to play whoever they want, otherwise karachi and Lahore is full of talent, but they never get to recognized and thats our biggest problem. we should replace the cricket board and bring people who can recognize young talent. Thanks

  • MSR (Boston, MA) on March 20, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    Posted by: anser azim at March 19, 2007 7:38 PM TO MSR (Bosto, MA): I think you are dead wrong and you need better schooling. It was neither Urdu, Bengali, sindhi and Punjabi either. The partition was the fight between people who speak these languages. It was Kibr or feeling of superiority of one over the other. These are the attributes of Satan. Our religion stands against these evils. best wishes anser

    I mostly agree with you, and don’t want to divert the attention from cricket to other topics; but ’71 was not a fight, that was an assault from then West Pakistani to then East Pakistani people to impose their will!………………. Of course, these are the attributes of Satan, wants division between the brothers!

  • S Malik on March 20, 2007, 18:27 GMT

    My vote is for Asif Iqbal for the PCB Chairman, cause he can handle the gora & the desi mentality alike...and Shoiab Malik for the Captain, since he did a fine job of leading the Sialkot team recently & is not the tableeghi style/morbid looking fellow....

  • Syed Zaki on March 20, 2007, 17:55 GMT

    I read a few comments. Those of you who are saying Inzy's timing to announce was right are mistakenly WRONG. The news of Bob Woolmer dying should be of paramount importance, not a freaking game of cricket and its player. Who gives a "hoot" whether this Inzy retires or not, what a bloody shame to talk about cricket when someone of importance to the PK team just died. So stop talking about this trivial retirement. He shouldn't be allowed to play against Zimbabwe either.

  • Sam on March 20, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    what is really sad is how little the pakistani media and the pakistani nation has mourned th national hero. Condoling a man's death is not enough, are the pakistani people so bereft of emotion and affection? this man gave his time, his life and eventually died to make these boys, this pakistani team look good. Is Pakistan so tragically divorced from reality that they cant show pain over the death of a favorite son. That is the sadness, your coach died on the job, instead of empathy you show apathy.

  • Mashhood on March 20, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Please leave Inzi alone!

  • Ommar on March 20, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    Typical Paki.. always outstaying their welcome.. Inzi is no different. Problems are deep rooted based on sociological, psychological and economical make up of the country. It’s a poor place and when rags to riches stories come true then from the dictators who run the country to prominent people in sport would rather sell their mother than part with the ‘chair’ and position of influence and authority. It all stems from greed… whether it’s the policeman on the street, cricket captain or the countries politicians. As from cricketing perspective; how can you have your so called best player batting at number 6 and still claim that he is on top of his game? In one day cricket the idea is to get your best players in early, not sit around till number 6. Inzi was a spent force a year ago as far as one day cricket was concerned, and I suspect it was Bob who enabled him to linger around till now. Inzi stated almost 14 months before the world cup that he would play in the tournament and then retire. No other cricketer from any other country could have said that with such certainty, whereas ours seem to dictate and set agendas whether they can perform or not. In cricket you can either deliver or you cant; and once the hand eye coordination start to wane then one should walk away, unless you are a Paki that is.. they have to be pushed out and then the door slammed shut after them… just in case…!!! On top of this everyone in the world is able to reconcile their faith and their normal ‘day’ job but oh no… we have to bring Allah into cricket whether he wants to or not! What has a game of cricket, a mere sporting event, has to do with being a Muslim? Does the ability to recite the holy Koran by heart make you a better player of fast bowling? I think not. Faith is personal, whereas playing a sport is a public event and one where you are representing yourself, your country and putting on show your ability and not just say aloud ‘inshallah’ like a parrot at every given opportunity. I’ve known of our past captains who started with all their interviews with bismillah and inshallah only to be found drunk at the local night clubs… again a wonderful Pakis only trait…!!!

  • Naveed Mirza on March 20, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    No doubt, the decision of retirement came a little bit late. Inzi should have retired before Worldcup with dignity and respect. Inzi is the greatest (in my book) batsman Pakistan has ever produced. However, as a captain he was timid, gun shy and negative. In the world of sports, being humble is a deadly sin. Other teams took advantge of his short comings. We all are devastated by the humiliating defeat and an early exit from Worldcup. This is truly the worst period of cricket in Pakistan. It is going to take a long time to rise from the ashes.

  • Monty on March 20, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Since I could pick up a bat, I have adored this game. The tales of all past, Bradmans, Huttons , Sobers Worrels Pataudis,Gavaskars, Richards (of both countries), Lillees, Chappells.......etc etc etc have been constantly, for me, a complete fascination. Happily, my wife is also a cricket tragic.

    Unhappily, the passing of Bob Woolmer is not well received here, but moreso, the apparent collapse of cricketing morale of Pakistan.

    With incredible due respect, get the house in order!!!!!!

    While cricketing success is, in deed, a matter of national pride, not to prevail in a match or competition is no cause to self flagelate. Pakistan has produced over the years, outstanding cricket and hockey sides, the peer to no one. Do it again!

    Your country may have its problems at the moment, but they will get better with your aspiration to next generation cricket.

    See ya soon mates!!!!!!

  • Ayub on March 20, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    When all this is over and behind us (as there are still a lot of un-answered questions to answer yet) we will yet again be able to reflect on the passing of another Pakistan cricket legend leave the field in unceremoniously.

    We must remember other heroes like Waqar and Akram did exactly the same in the last world cup. But that is Pakistan for you. In the Orient, this is the common mode of the passing of an era. We do not dwell on the past glories of an individual. Perhaps this reflect s the fickle, dare I say it temporary thought pattern of the sub-continental Cricket fan.

    Just as with the 2 W’s, Inzi is irreplaceable, he was a unique once in a generation player, with ‘‘Mark Waugh like lazy elegance about the Cut / Flick shots and Sheer Power on the Pull’’. The irony is whilst Mark had some flaws such as liaisons with the Bookmakers; horrendous drop in form at the end of his career, to their credit Cricket Australia backed him and ensured he left with dignity. Pak players have no such luck with their board who are the real villains of all this.

    Also I have seen / heard a lot about other teams moving on ‘innovating’ all the time, well none of them have mastered ‘reverse’ just yet.

    As for the defeat on Saturday, I have just one thing to add: I bet we will not see another greentop for the rest of the tournament, as long as the Windies are in anyway – Its interesting that it is Andy Atkinson who prepared the pitch- he of the Multan debacle in 2004. For which he was sacked and no doubt still bares a grudge against Pak.

  • waqas a. on March 20, 2007, 16:19 GMT

    theres only so many times a man can save matches for his team.....its unfortunate that every match he had to do that. he's a legend and there was no better. respect Inzi.

  • Sameer Sheikh on March 20, 2007, 16:16 GMT

    Whatever happened on March 17th & 18th will go down in the history of Pakistan Cricket as the worst two days.....no doubts on that. The challenge is what now?.... As expected heads have rolled with the Chairman and Selection committee resigning following the captains resignation. In my mind only one person can resurrect this already sunken ship. It is someone who understands the game, players and the lenght and breadth of the entire scheme of things. He thinks and has a vision plus also knows how to fulfil that vision as he has already proven and He is Imran Khan. From Day one I have believed that he is the only person who could lift this spineless and indifferent outfit to a new level. In the light of what has transpired the President should put aside his personal and political differences for once and think about the integrity of the game and also about the disappointment of millions of fans and for once Imran should also be not rigid about his passion which got him all this fame and glory and try to see the bigger picture. For this Imran would need the power in his hands and for the President to make sure he gets that. I am sure that what I am saying would not be agreed by many....but like all of you disappointed people out there I am just writing as a concerned fan.

  • Inzi gone woohoo on March 20, 2007, 16:00 GMT

    better sooner than later.. this guy had a become a cancer to this in recent years.. waqar, shoaib, religious incidents have made this team a laughing stock of cricket

  • Miten on March 20, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Inzamam's retirement brings end to a disastrous era for Pakistan. In one way this is part of the evolutionary process that every person, place and organization goes through. Evolution isnt pretty but is ultimately necessary. We will see a new era in Pakistani cricket, we know they have a good core of young cricketers and Pakistan will be a force within a couple of years. As for Inzamam, this was the perfect time to retire, if things are going to change they might as well change now, there is no point in half measures. Inzamam should however play a part in guiding future cricketers by playing Test cricket and serve even as a mentor.

  • Atif - United States on March 20, 2007, 15:41 GMT

    Retirement or not does not matter, Inzi like us to remember him as a batsmen not as a captain, we have seen some glorious innings from Inzi. Let us give the credit where it is due...now whether he was a good captain, that is very subjective in our part of the world, if they have won from the top team like Ireland the history could have been written different about the retirement of Inzi but that was not the case, rather a disappointing performance all the top order batsmen. The issue in hand is "Whether Yonis Khan" can replace him as he is the only one groomed for the job, but after watching the irresponsible batting in two games, he does not deserve to be a Captain....following are some suggestion:-

    - PCB need a proper formal policy to run the org. - A talent hunt for Opening batsmens immediatly. - Imran should lead the effort in PCB and formulate a proper board and then elect rather appoint a PCB chairmen. - Shoaib Akhter, Rana Naveed, Kamaran Akmal need to go.... - A new keeper/batsmen need to be found from 15 million people, should not be a big task. - Only few 1st class teams needed, so they can be monitored by the PCB, a advise record all the games and watch the highlights atleast to find the talent..we have a lot of talent ..example Salman Butt was scoring run in domestic cricket but was not cosidered. - Aqib Javed to be appointed as Bowling Coach, as he has done a good job with under 19's. - A Chief coach should be selected within Pakistan and hire as consultant top players from all over the world to come for week/month to provide the coaching all that effort should be filmed and used for other players and local clubs. - Club/school/College cricket need to be promoted by having more facilities.

    One more thing which I like to vent is that Pakistan Woman team need to be promoted as they could have done better with Ireland then our so called Prof. players...........

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on March 20, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi I am sorry but I cannot agree with you, I think what Inzy did now should have been done last year after the Oval fiasco. Inzamam was never a good captain right from the start. He never knew the rules, something which was evident against his first tour of New Zealand as captain where we almost lost a test because of his lack of knowledge of the use of mandatory overs in the last day of test matches. Imagine some one who has played so many tests and still didnt not know this basic rule. We have also noticed his limited knowledge of using the power plays and his bowling sence lacks the vision. He may be a good batsman(his present form does not justify this too) burt as a captain he has always failed and that is why he always made sure that pitches in pakistan were always featherbeds so that we do not have any results when other teams toured Pakistan. Apart from all this he always used to be unfit during the last three years, and I have never seen any Pakistani Captain sitting in the dressing room while the team is left to be handled by the his deputy. His being the captain was a mokkery really and I am lost to think why all the pundits and the sports journalists in Pakistan keep projecting him as a good captain. I agree that Pakistan won some matches under him, and if we look at these victories, but let me assure all of you that all these were just due to good performances of individuals and also due to the strategies that the Late coach planned, none of these victories can be attributed to imaginative captaincy of Inzy.

    Since the last tour of Englad Inzamam started becoming too big for his shoes and his constant interfearence in boards affairs, sellections, ignoraning the advices of the coach had gone too far resulting into the present crisis. Players ceased to be sellected on merits and were only picked if the captain liked them, the playing elevens also consisted of the personal sellect XI of Inzy, he even started poking his nose in the sellection of the team management, had Waqar sacked and replaced by Mushtaq (a decleared gambler and none other than the highest judicail authority in pakistan)and as if that was not enough, he also was redesignated as assistant coach. Does he possess any Coaching qualification to justify his redesignation, and if at all we needed an assistant coach we could have sent Aqib javed who is a qualified coach. Can anybody in PCB answer this question, the chairman once made a sweeping statement on GEO that he was there just as a person who was helping create harmoney amongst the players. Dosent it sound like a sick joke, may I ask the stupid chairman as to why did we need some one to ensure harmoney in the team for is it not a Pakistani team who are supposed to play as a unit. In case the PCB had any apprehensions of them not combining as a unit then why were they sellected at all to represent Pakistan. Dr. Ashraf please let me know if you do posses anything in between the two ears of yours, for I am having serious doubts about it.

    Finally now that this bugger is gone (thanks God that he has finally gone), we must move ahead and try rebuilding the team and we must adopt following steps apart from the immediate ceasure of ad hochism in Pakistan Cricket.

    1. Complete revamping of PCB and new set up be formed with proper Constitution and rules of business. 2. Restructuring the domestic cricket with emphasis on developing the schools/university as our main nursuries. 3. Ellect a sellection committee with all time and paid sellectors. 4. Formation of talent hunt scheme and spotted players must be awarded scholarships to carry on their educations as well along with the development of their cricketing abilities. 5. Education plays an important role in character building and a lot of emphasis must be paid to ensuring that our country produces educated cricketers worthy of being real ambassadors of our beloved homeland and not un educated buggers like Inzamam. 6. Invest heavily in the academies both National and regional. 7. Develop cricket coaches locally and accord them scolerships to attend cources/clinics in England and Australia. 8. Look for an Australian coach to fill out the vacum created by the sudden and sad demise of our dear BOB. 9. Discipline is another area where we need to work hard and ensure proper implementation of discipline code.

    These are some suggestion and the PCB must ensure to follow same failing which things will not change and we may end up having some other idiot coming in as Chairman and again the same saga will be repeated.

    Pakigreen

  • Hamid on March 20, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Great man

  • Faisal Riaz on March 20, 2007, 15:14 GMT

    its sad i mean really, zaheer abbas, abdul kadir, wasim, waqar, saeed, and now inzi, if this is how we gona treat our greatest sportsmen and the ppl who bought joy to millions of us pakistani's then iam very happy that i didnt grow up to be a cricker that i dreamed of as a kid, i'm happy i not very good at the the sport i love the most. this country of ours is full of hypocrits who will only support you when ure doing well and run and be critical of you when ure down and puch even deeper. and until our board is run by people who dont have a clue about cricket we will not get anywhere. i mean think about it how good will a cricker be at running a doctors surgery?? i guess as good a doctor running a cricket board. anyway inzi i salute you for being an amazing cricketer an amazing person and thanx for giving me all those memories, everything you acheived makes me a proud pakistani. and its not ure fault that this has happened its the ppl who were running the board, and i want to wish you the best of luck, and i hope to see you soon cross that 10000 runs mark in test cricket and inshallah i will be there at the ground supporting you jus like today and all the best

  • sharon on March 20, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    i think that he has announced it very late indeed as he was unfit to play one dayers considering his fitness.i dont know why cricketers in pak-india seem to wait for retiring humiliatingly rather at peak.had he sticked to test and retired from onedayers he would have been more appreciated.take an example of warne he is more fitter than inzi but due to prolonging his career he sticked to test and made his matrk.pak-indian have this habit of not deciding at right point as far as cricket is concern.

  • Zakir Khan ,Ireland on March 20, 2007, 14:42 GMT

    First of all my deepest condolences to the family of Bob Woolmer. he was a thorough gentelman who will always be missed by the entire cricket fraterniy.I still can't believe that he is no more with us.his untimely demise was heard with huge shock and disbelief all over Pakistan. secondly,Kamran Sahib I just saw couple of ur previous blogs and was amazed to see that all those so-called cricket fans,who consider themselves cricket lovers have gone over the top and are asking for heads to be rolled.despite of the fact that,being a Pakistani,I was also deeply hurt when I saw Pak lossing to a much weaker side but after a while I realised that at the end of the day its just a game for our entairnment & winning and lossing is part of the game.no hell has broken. I will blame the MEDIA HYPE for all these emotions and anger which people have expressed. my advise to all of you is that control ur emotions.its not going to be the last world cup nor is it going to be the last tournament in the history of world Cricket. Inzamam remained a great servent to the game of cricket in Pakistan for the last 15-16 years.we should give him a fare-well which befits this great player. we should not taunt the Pak players for their poor performance as they didn't play poorly intentionaly.they need our support at this time.I have no doubt that these guys are outstanding players but unfortunatly luck didn't favour them this time. only one team out of the 16 competing teams will win.so I can't understand why to creat such a hype.the only reason which seems to me is that print and electronic media has to sell Multi national companies products and for this reason they won't hesitate to play with the peoples emotions & this is particularly true in the context of the Sub continent i.e Pakistan,India,Sri Lanka etc where majority of the people are poor and emotional and start considering a mere game a matter of life and death.you will find efigies burning only in countries like Pakistan,India etc and not in developed countries.the people of these countries laugh at our emotional immaturities and stupidities. I will blame the MEDIA HYPE for the loss of Bob Woolmer.we loose a staunch supporter of the game of cricket becuase of this organised media hype,and Kamran Sahib, I would like to pin point this aspect through ur blog and will hope that something is done about it in future.we can't afford to loose precious lives just for a mere game.

    regards, Zakir Khan

  • Rizwan Khan on March 20, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran with the timing of his retirement plans but do you really think that Pakistani people would've accepted his stay in the upcoming series with his present poor form and mind boggling team strategy. With the Board all gone I think this will be a good time to start from ground up. Cuz no matter how hardcore of a fan you are you know that our team lacks strategy!....we are just Galli cricketers and I think that in pressure situations we always poop!

  • Rashid Jilani on March 20, 2007, 14:37 GMT

    Enough has been said and done about Inzy and Pakistan, I think the last chance to gain redemption is to beat Zimbabwe with big score. Above all Inzy should open and lead the way with no pressure.

  • Shahid on March 20, 2007, 14:36 GMT

    Lets spare a thought for Inzi, we cant even think what must be going through his mind. He was under a lot of pressure and at such moments you cannot even think straight. I think he did the right thing and really cannot be blamed. Woolmers death is a shock and such shocks take away your ability to think. now lets get together and pay tribute to one of the greatest batsman of modern day cricket. He has brought a lot of happy memories for Pakistan cricket and i think he should be remembered for those. We will miss you Inzi, there may not be another one like you and you too Bob

    Thanks Shahid.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 20, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    Here is an interesting article titled "RAIWIND XI" by Nadeem Piracha.

    Those who have already read it please pardon me for over stuffing it to them, but I am sure others who haven't yet read it must read it with a broad minded approach and analyse it. Whether you agree or disagree is not important. But, do read it with an open mind. Thanks

    Quote:

    The bear hug as a wrestling move ...

    During a talk show hosted by former Pakistani cricket captain, Rameez Raja, (on a local sports channel), Inzimam-ul-Haq suggested that along with the usual cricket training, cricketers should also be given “deeni taleem” (religious education).

    This says two things. First of all, it proves that to be in the good books of the captain, a Pakistani cricketer has to tamely submit to Inzimam’s Raiwind regime in the dressing room, something the burly skipper has been accused of, (but denies).

    Secondly, Inzimam, like Mushtaq Ahmed and Saeed Anwar before him, (and celebrities like Juniad Jamshed), have willingly let themselves be turned into poster-boys for large evangelist groups who in the last many years have been preying on the insecurities (and spiritual confusion?) of known personalities in the show-biz and cricketing circles.

    Last year during the ICC Champions Trophy in India, Inzimam was taken to task by the new Pakistan Cricket Board chairman for insisting to hold joint prayers with his team on the ground they were holding a pre-match training session at.

    Just imagine what would have happened had the Indian team decided to pray to Ganesh or Hanuman on a Pakistani ground or an English team had held a mass at Gaddafi Stadium ?

    PCB asked Inzimam to cool it a bit with his Islam thing, while some cricketers discreetly complained that they were being forced by Inzimam to follow dictates according to the school of Islam that drives the organization of which Inzimam is now an active member (Tableeghi Jammat).

    Inzimam vehemently denied any wrongdoing (rather “right”-doing), in this respect, however, his idea of imparting deeni taleem to the team suggests that the accusations seem to be rather valid.

    How Lucifer fell ...

    Some people are also of the view that this is, (at least one of the many), reasons why flamboyant characters like Shoaib Akhtar have remained in the bad books of the bearded skipper.

    Ironically, coach Bob Woolmer, has had little problem with the team’s re-born-Muslims status and his reasons are attached to what Inzimam gains from his Raiwind regime: Discipline and submission from the cricketers.

    Discipline not exactly based on a willful belief in the importance of professional order, but rather a grudgingly submitted fear gained from the players by playing the ever-useful “Islamic card” and a strict code of conduct and ethics based squarely on the Tableeghi Jammat’s idea of Islam.

    During the controversial tour of England last year, a Pakistani weekly reported how when soon after the sudden death of former Pakistani cricketer, Wasim Raja, the team management decided to hold a one minute silence for the deceased batsman, Inzimam refused (and thus so did his team), saying that he can’t do such a thing without first asking a Tableeghi Jamaat elder whether the practice was Islamic or not.

    Supposedly, the elder had no problems with this and it is only then that Inzimam finally decided to hold that simple, one-minute silence.

    It is no secret that players like Shoaib Akhtar are an awkward anomaly in Inzimam’s Raiwind IX. Shoaib is the sort of player and personality who would have been more at home in a team run by the likes of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Not that those teams were full of raving irreligious men, but they were led and made-up of flamboyant, aggressive, independent characters who were also not immune to having a bit of fun.

    The reason behind Shoaib’s falling out with both Inzimam and Bob Woolmer has certainly to do with things more than just pulled hamstrings and tantrums.

    Shoaib is said to be disgusted with the nature of Inzimam’s manipulatively religion-driven ways of gaining loyalty from his players, and it is only natural that a personality like Shoaib is bound to feel isolated, misunderstood and persecuted in the morally self-righteous and judgmental make-up and psyche of the present- day Pakistani cricket team.

    Late last year a Pakistani Urdu daily reported how Shoaib Akhtar gets back at Inzimam’s self-righteous ways.

    It said that how Inzimam, who makes sure that Pakistani cricketers pray together all five times of the day, sometimes misses the early morning prayers himself!

    Shoaib, who is an off and on participant of these joint ventures, when told that the loudest and staunchest advocate of joint prayers in the Pakistan team, Inzimam, himself usually misses out on the morning prayers, Shoaib made it a point to wake up at least an hour before the fajar prayers and call Inzimam’s room, wake him up and ask him to kindly come down so they can pray together!

    Shoaib is supposed to have done this on a couple of occasions during Pakistan’s series with India early last year until Inzimam finally confronted the temperamental fast bowler and accused him of trying to mock him.

    The mob rules ...

    So when did it all began? A veteran sports journalist suggests that the onus lies with former Pakistani cricketer, Saeed Ahmed, (whom Ahmed’s former county cricket mate, Tony Graig, described as a “party animal” in the 70s), suddenly saw the light in the early 90s, grew a beard and joined the Tableeghi Jammat.

    He then started visiting the Pakistani dressing room during the team’s matches in Sharjah in the late ‘90s and delivering impromptu lectures to various team members. The team management surprisingly tolerated him and he managed to hand over a few tapes to a couple of cricketers. These tapes were of lectures given by the Jammat’s most famous speakers.

    The cricketers most impressed by these lectures were the bubbly leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, the innovative off-spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq, and stylish opening batsman, Saeed Anwar. By the start of 2002’s World Cup, all three had become active members of the Jamaat.

    Waqar Yunas, who replaced Wasim Akram as captain a few months before the World Cup, became a sort of a defecto member of the preacher squad (minus the beard), and was in fact the one who started the tradition of saying “Thanks to almighty Allah” during post-match interviews.

    He is said to have actually encouraged the practice of his cricketers being lectured by evangelists (most of them imported from Raiwind), and also including former pop star turned preacher, Junaid Jamshed.

    Junaid was also seen accompanying the Pakistan cricket team as recently as during their tour of England in the summer of 2006.

    However, these lectures, sudden beardings and tapes did not help much as Waqar’s team crashed out of the 2002 World Cup in what became the team’s worst World Cup performance thus far.

    However, Jammat’s recruiting agents made greater inroads into the team when after the World Cup debacle, the team saw a string of firings and Rashid Latif was named the new captain. Though a man of secular outlook, he could not stop men like Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Junaid Jamshed from looking to exercise greater influence on the team, an influence that went beyond delivering a few lectures or distributing a couple of tapes.

    Eventually, once Rashid was removed from captainship (in 2003), and replaced by Inzimam, the recruiters got their biggest fish in this respect: The burly skipper himself!

    There is a very interesting photograph, which appeared in the newspapers of the time. It shows Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Junaid Jamshed leading Imran Khan, Inzimam and a couple of other cricketers at the famous annual gathering of Tableeghi Jammat members in Raiwind.

    Even though they failed to get Imran Khan in their circle, Inzimam-ul-Haq became an enthusiastic participant and member, eventually turning the team into an influential bastion of the Jammat’s ways and teachings.

    After “converting” most of the regular players of the team, the only ones deciding not to toe the line in this respect were Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and, of course, Danish Kaneria (who is a Hindu).

    Even Yusuf Yuhanna, a Christian, converted to Islam (and became Muhammad Yusuf). Even though he insisted that, there was no pressure from Inzimam for him to change his religion, insiders and much of Yusuf’s own family members think otherwise.

    By early 2006, Shahid Afridi too had become a member of Inzimam’s religious clique, leaving only Shoaib Akhtar to face the music.

    On more occasions than one, Afridi has hinted that he has not had the skipper’s full confidence, so can it be assumed that his move into the Raiwind camp has more to do with him wanting the skipper’s approval than religion? After all, none of the Pakistani cricketers was ever atheists requiring deeni taleem , now do they?

    Inzimam’s Raiwind regime may have turned the Pakistan cricket team into a (seemingly) well-knit unit, but it operates at the expense of ostracizing talent that refuses to bend to the dictates of this regime.

    Many also believe that it has softened the team’s innovative and competitive nature that was rigorously nourished and encouraged by the likes of former captains, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram.

    The new attitude have left them looking and behaving more like cricketing ambassadors of the Tableeghi Jammat but with an on field outlook that smacks of a lackluster approach towards competitive cricket; an attitude startlingly apparent during the team’s recent tour of South Africa and feared to come up again during this year’s World Cup .............. Unquote.

  • Furqan Rahim on March 20, 2007, 14:16 GMT

    I was just nine when i witnessed the WC 92 semi final innings of Inzi. Since that dya i became a fan of Inzi. He along with few more players like wasim, waqar, Saeed anwar and afridi was the reason for watching pakistan cricket matches. I dont know whether i will watch Pak cricket again. All the Pakistani legends have left now and Pakistani team is now a club team. Mr. Kamran now our team will be on equivalent level with Bangladesh. We dont have any match winer left with us and it will take atleast 2 years to come back to same level as day before WC. As far as the timing is concern i think its the best timing and could not have been better. I think no javed miandad or wasim akram had the guts to come forward and tale all the burden. Inzi is brave man and he will remembered. Yesterday i was watching imran khan programm and he was talking stupid about inzi. Mr. Imran khan if you are respected in pakistan that is because of only players like inzi and wasim akram that won u world cup otherwise you would have been disgraced like this. I feel very sorry for Inzi. For the player of his calliber/class it is sad departure. And the loss for pakistan is even greater than getting out of world cup or loosing to ireland. Inzi you will be surely missed for lon long time to come. and i pray for you. You are the greatest batsman Pakistan ever produced.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 20, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    Which team is this without " their Captain, Coach, Chairman and Selectors..." --- Timbuktu?

    Its true that Pakistan's team is always stealing the headlines every now and then except for "winning". Anyways, since they are all gone I would say 'good riddance' but, what is PJ Mir and Talat Ali doing out there? Are they waiting at the Kingston port for a ferry to take them to Kemari?

    I am sorry I must have missed the headline about the boxing game, hence asking this question: So, is it true that Mushy's fractured nose is NOT due to a ball hitting his nose during the practice session, but it is due to a left jab or a right hook from one of the players?

    The way West Indies had to struggle to win against the Zimbabwe, it will not be easy for Pakistan to "decimate" them as someone has used that word here. I would say that they have to sweat blood to win against the young Zimbabweans. Indians are celebrating their highest world cup total which is against the "Sumo Wrestlers" of Bermuda, but the Lankans are very sharp and very smart and may give them a tough time, so they should hold their horses till Friday evening.

  • syed on March 20, 2007, 14:02 GMT

    I think Inzamaam anounced his retirement not because Pakistan lost to Ireland but because of the loss of Bob Woolmer.I mean these jerks will only go if somethingh of this height has to happen.Poor Bob, a foreigner,lost his life for Pakistan cricket and these jerks are still moving around.I mean Inzamaam should have retired from all level of cricket.The guy just doesn't want to let go off it.Can you belive it!They call themselves pious and muslims but what they have done is hypocrisy which is not Islamic.If Bob Woolmer did die if heart attack then it was soley because of stress that he got from the losses that Pakistan team incurred.The question is why did'nt Pcb Chairman Naseem Ashraf,Selectors and Captain die of heart attack?The answer is simple they never had an honest heart and thats why Bob Woolmer died. Glad that Naseem Ashraf has resigned and I hope he is gone and not that the next report comes in saying that President Musharaf didn't accept his resignation and wants him to continue.I am happy that selectors have finally taken the responsibilty and have resigned. In the end I must say for them to leave a postion requires someone's death as a rescipe.What inhuman personalities we have in the cricket administration.People with no moral or character.Same will go for people like Javed Miandad who after being kicked out twice is still howering aroung to get the job and that too at the demise of Bob woolmer.I mean for these guys all matters in the end is money.They are like vultures sitting there and getting ready to sieze any opportunity comming to them. FINALLY PAKISTAN CRICKET IS GOING TO SEE MORE BAD DAYS SO GET READY FOR ANOTHER RIDE TILL 2011.NOTHINGH HAS CHANGED ACCPET FOR RHETORIC AND THAT WILL BE THE MAINSTAY OF THIS NEW ADMINISTARTION URDU SAYING"YEH LOG GUFTAAR KEY GHAAZE HAIN KIRDAAR KEY NAHI"Charios!

  • Simon on March 20, 2007, 14:02 GMT

    As an Englishman who follows cricket avidly and wants to see all countries (well, perhaps except Australia) strong I hope some good comes of the tragic events of the last few days, with a complete review of the Pakistani cricketing structure, coaching and selction. On paper Pakistan are probably in the top 3 sides in the world at test and ODIs. As an outsider it is apparent that what is needed is stability of selection and the discovery of a solid opening partnership. I think Butt is a good player but many seem to disagree - who ever is chosen needs to be given the relaxation and confidence that a guarantee of, say, 5 tests gives. You cannot play natuarally when each innings could be the last. Similar thoughts apply to bowlers. Selectors and supporters must be prepared to a period of pain when players are given a run and backed.

  • Raheel Mir on March 20, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    I should also mention, that Inzi has been and will remain one of my all time fav batsman. His lack of will is whats most disappointing. In any case, one cannot forget his contribution to the 1992 team that brought home the world cup. Yousuf however should NOT be made captain, let the guy bat.I dont see him as a leader with an attacking mind. Someone earlier mentioned Shoaib Malik as captain, tht to me would be a smart move. We need to rebuild this team and regain respect that has been lost. WE SHALL RISE!!!!

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 20, 2007, 13:47 GMT

    Man. Just leave the poor guy alone. Stop castigating him all the damn time. Man. Inzi fought for Pakistan, was never involved in issues like match fixing (unlike Wasim and a host of other 'superstars'), united the team and led Pakistan to victories over India and numerous other countries. So what if he didn't do too well in a couple of games in this world cup or the debacle in South Africa? He was only human and more a Pakistani than any of could ever aspire to be. A brilliant batsman at his peak and a wonderful, down to earth man. Just leave him alone.

  • inqlabi on March 20, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    Mullaism in pakistan cricket has led them to this debacle. Hopefuly with inizi this mullaism will also end.

  • srivathsan on March 20, 2007, 13:42 GMT

    Friends, I can understand ur angry &frustration of pak exiting in a shamefulway.I agree with most that thorough overhaul of cric.admn. is reqd.in pak.But dont blame inzy alone for the debacle.It is the entire team that let u down.Inzi's contribution to cric. is immense.But for him 1992 WC would have gone to NZ.Even in test cric.he has single handedly won matches for pakistan.Give him due share.Infact i rate him above sachin whose match winning innings are very few.He is one of the legends produced by the subcontinent in gen. & pak. in particular.He has now chosen to retire. Pl bid farewell in a dignified way befitting his status.For bob's death tension may be one of the reason ,but blame the team is not correct.INZY the gentleman cricketer-I BID U FARE WELL FOR ONE DAYERS.

  • YOUSAF on March 20, 2007, 13:32 GMT

    I think the timing of his announcement is right as he can now apply for the PCB chairman's position.......... I say good riddance and he should have gone last year........ PJ Mir??????? where did this idiot spring from, jus cos the geezer can speak a lil english..... hes a joke jus like the pakistan cricket. I thought the speech by Shahid was so funny but correct...... Cheers Yousaf Mcpaddy

  • Faisal on March 20, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, the Pakistani fans have been through enough already, they are heartbroken. I would appreciate if you could use your blog for constructive criticism rather than criticism for the sake of it. Now tell me what good have you achieved by saying that Inzi's timing was not right when announcing his retirement. Can you think of anything or anyone who would have benefited from you saying that Inzi was not right to announce his retirement when he did.

    Ok we have been humiliated after losing to Ireland but this does not mean that we forget the innumerable occasions where the very same players have given us the joy of success.

    I would like to wish Pakistan, Pakistan cricket team all the best for the future. Me and all my friends are with the Pakistani team through their lows and highs.

    I also wish Inzi all the best, thanks for providing us with years of entertainment. You have been an absolute joy to watch for years.

    I wish and pray for Pakistan cricket team to be the best in the world.

    Regards

  • Ali on March 20, 2007, 13:00 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs Imran Khan. President should request Imran Khan to become chairman of PCB.

  • ehtisham on March 20, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    First of all, my deep condolonces to Bob's family and friends for his shocking detah in such circumstances. I think inzi should have taken retirement after the world cup. it should be postponed until pakitan team reaches at their homes. No doubt about it, he was a legend as his record tells. i might be agree with those who blames him as a captain but as a batsman he is the ebst batsman paksitan ever produced. For me he shluld play test cricket and inshallah he will be the first batsman ever for Pakistan who will cross 10,000 runs in test cricket.

  • Ammar on March 20, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    Inzy, i still think is a one of the best batsman in cricket world and he will never be forgotten.I salute him for serving Pakistan for this long time and dont 4gt hes the only batsman who has played more match winning innings than any other batsman.

  • Mudassar on March 20, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    I don't support a particular team as I'm against any forms of nationalism, my parents are from the sub continent and I have been following the game for a long time. This disaster has been appauling, the pakis lack fight, decency, self esteem and self respect. Unless Pakistani cricket takes leaps forward it will remain a mere joke, probably competitive to Zimbabwe, underline probably. You put it correctly Kami, he should have gone but why reveal it at the time he did? It reminds me of a word my dad uses sometimes 'Begairath'!

  • Richard on March 20, 2007, 12:24 GMT

    The retirement has come a bit too late. ......at the cost of losing the chance for the World Cup. The captainship of Inzi was always in question and the match against Ireland was not an exception.

    When you are trying to bowl a team out you have to use all your imagination and skills to unsettle the opposition. Instead our captain relied on the same formula of 5-6 overs from the first two bowlers and then change them and another 5 overs each from the next two. when Gul was unable to get a wicket he should have been replaced after 3 overs max. Plus when Hafeez got a wicket he should have bowled a couple of overs more.

    All said and done the team deserved the fate it met. The World Cup for which other teams (even the newest of them) seemed enthusiastic and confident about eager to do well, we were not sure till the end as to who willl play and it was evident on the field. The team looked like going through the motions and very very disinterested.

  • Alex Muller on March 20, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    Inzi was a great!

  • Iftikhar on March 20, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    I am an Indian but very closely following the Pakistan cricket from 1984 when Wasim Akram hit Viv for a 6 in the last ball of the final in Nehru Cup at Calcutta to win .Yes, it is true that Pak is the most unpredictable team in the world; but at the same time this team played some wonderful cricket too of which Inzi was a part. Laid back he was, domineering also(in his realtion to the players, selectors and PCB) , sometimes arrogant (never listened to the advices of the well wishers), but these things cannot take away the fact that he was one of the finest batsman the world has ever seen. He is also a human being and so naturally full of short-comings. But let us give him his due and remember him as someone who was the main architect of 92 WC win and many other wins.... Timing is not a issue...Every cricket lover is stunned by the loss of Bob.... The vitriolic critics of him will at least now know that he tried his best but just could not transform this side which is full of club-level cricketrs, assisted by a useless Asst Coach and backed by a shameless Board. We will miss you Bob, and we will miss you Inzi....

  • Muhammad Muttahar on March 20, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    dear kamran, this guy is disguisting i mean inzi, he dont know what to do?and our board made him our captain, he should have the feelings of all pakistanis,and he should announce his retirement after zimbabwe's match. and why is he not resigning from test cricket?

  • K N Rehman on March 20, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    Really cannot understand why we’re bickering about this??

    People fall while in battle – what’s important is that they RISE, learn and get on with it…..

    There’s enough ash to forge some brilliant diamonds.

  • Zubair on March 20, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    Inzamam should also retire from test cricket.......he also needs to serve a 5 year ban from playing any form of cricket...Reason: unacceptable performance and decisions made..

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on March 20, 2007, 11:29 GMT

    Someone above have mentioned that for the Pakistani Cricket .... it can’t get any worst, can it?

    Well my friends, the things are happening so fast one after the other that we don’t even have time to adequately mourn on them all. First defeat to West Indies, then humiliation at the hands of Ireland and out of World Cup, Bob’s death, Inzi’s resignation, and now PCB Chairman has resigned and so have the Selectors. I will not go into debate of these things being good or bad, but I am sure of one thing, that in the Cricketing World, we have become a laughing stock.

    I would repeat, what I said after our lost to West Indies in this tournament…….

    Hold on guys …….. You Aiant Seen Nothing Yet !!

  • Owais on March 20, 2007, 11:20 GMT

    I think his timing was JUST RIGHT. He has shown that he is ashamed of his own and his team's performance. This was the minimum required of him. The fact that this bunch of shameless disgraceful Pakistanis has played so bad and brought a bad name to this country, most of them should be kicked out of Pakistan national team. People like Akmal, Rana, Nazir, Hafeez and to some extent Mehmood and Younis deserve no sympathy whatsoever. If we were in Roman times, we should have sent them packing to gladiator arenas, to consume one another. Fortunately for them this is not an option so the minimum is a kick in the butt and no contract for coming year. Yousuf, Shoaib, Gul, Kaneria, Rao and even Sami escape my wrath because of their good showing in this match or previous two or three series. We should invite applications for openers, middle order batsmen and wicket keeper in newspaper. For bowling, we still have a few like Gul, Asif and Kaneria and the remaining slots can be filled with new crop of promising bowlers from under-19 team.

  • mansoor on March 20, 2007, 11:10 GMT

    yeah right. almost every one is saying that he was a burden to the team and he should have announced it earlier. when you will play without him then you will see. i challange you in this blog and my point will be proven in years to come. if inzamam doesnt perfrom, pakistan loose. last year when yousaf made nine centuries, how many mathes pakistan won, only two. only two. he was given a gift of performing for pakistan in winning games. how much he will be missed you will soon see. and for all those who are saying that he was a bad captain, i challange you. give the same team to imran khan who visited india in 2005 and see the results. inzamama led pakistan in those conditions when no body could have taken this resposibilty. he took this team from no 6 in both form of the games (no 7 in ODIs) and put it to No 3 infact very close to no 2 at one time. without superstars, without heros, and the way he performed is perhaps the best in world as captain and by far the best as captain for Pakistan. we do not have the habit to respect our heros. i think not only he was a great crickter but a very very dignified person. WE ALL WILL SURELY MISS YOU INZI.

  • Ghulam Ahmed on March 20, 2007, 11:10 GMT

    Its really pathetic to see comments against a man of character...such people dont become history...ratger they make history... Inzi the world best batsman and very humble man was let down by his colleages... he lonely won atleast 26 matches as i can count... and never forget the combination of uncle bob and Inzi.... The paki team was at number 7 when they joined and promoted it to number 2 at one stage...how can we criticize this great guy for just losing two series and unfortunately world cup.. we r very emotonal as a nation... one single century from any one can take him to sky and one single bad performance can bring to earth.. come on people, sallute to the legends like bob and inzi...

  • Khurram on March 20, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    Kamran, It seems like you have an opinion on eth. It's raining where i am now. Any opinion on its timing? Keep it simple dude. Hats off to Inzi for being who he has been for PK cricket. One bad day doesnt take anything away from the amount of greatness he has acheived.

  • Jupiter on March 20, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    Something that I forgot to address in my previous two posts and that is Inzi's resignation.

    Kamran, it i very easy to point fingures and this also goes to most people writing and complaining about untimely announcement of his retirement; gentlemen for a moment please put yourself in his place and analyze everything going around him. We get a small bruise and we scream, Inzi has just gone through hell. He is still a world class player. Do not forget that the last time Pakistan won a test match, it was because of Inzi's heroics with the bat and not because of Shoaib, Asif, Yusuf, Younis or anyone else and my freinds I am talking about the recent past in South Africa. To me he will always remain a hero, sorry Miandad but he is better than you and better than anyother batsman that Pakistan has ever produced. Sorry inzi for all the bantering from the blog, I am ashamed that we are thankless beings.

  • baskar on March 20, 2007, 10:57 GMT

    A sad end to a great & illustrious career. Inzy will always be known as a stylish, sweet timing & graceful bastman and should rank among the all time greats. It is time for pakistan to rebuild its cricket with a new management which only recognizes merit & performance, clear selection policies and building a team which can work together. Bob woolmer' is a great loss to the cricketing world. Ironic that Irish team that he helped build was partly responsible for his death. Now what will the likes of Imran & Javed Miandad will say? Imran always used to critize Woolmer whatever decision was taken. If he was a "laptop" coach as he claimed, how come the pakistan team feel so attached to Bob Woolmer? People like Imran should know that it is easy to criticize and give advice in newspaper columns & interviews but it is a another thing to guide a team. Gone are the days when teams were led by fear (which was his style. Recall his 1992 world cup win acceptance speech-there was more about his cancer hospital than about the team that won the cup) Modern day teams need modern techniques and tools which is what woolmer was trying to do. Will Imran take up the responsibility of the coach of this devastated pakistan team? May be he will not. One needs to have the skin in the game to claim greatness.

    I feel happy that someone like Greg Chappel is continuing to coach my own team (india).

    Best wishes to the new Pakistan team under a new captain (any one other than Shoaib Aktar will be good)

  • Glen Cain on March 20, 2007, 10:47 GMT

    With the whole nation cursing Woolmer, Inzi and the PCB chairman, and the apparent subsequent consequences of the hype and overemotional outbursts that have had an effect on Woolmer, it does not come as a surprize to me why Inzi has retired now. He obviously does not want to die!

  • Haroon on March 20, 2007, 10:16 GMT

    Inzy did a lot of great things. Winning the cup in 1992, good match winning test matches against India . But the point is in ODI he was never a good fielder, nor a great inspiring captain. He was also aging(37). If you look at his last few innings he was never the same force he was once. He was getting caught in slips on so many occasions that means picking the length & hand eye coordination was gone. He shall have bitter memories of WC 2003 and WC 2007, but then playing cricket is not always rosy and so is life. Pakistan shall be grateful for his invaluable contributions,All the best to Inzy for future. He was a very good and gentle person by heart.We'll miss his presence.

  • anand on March 20, 2007, 10:14 GMT

    Cricket no doubt is highly emotional event,specially in sub continent( i am Indian fan),but i am very disappointed and disturbed by bob's hevenly abode.We have to learn to accept and digest the defeat in proper spirits.Was the loss to Ireland more important than Bob's life?And what a proven performer Inzy has been for pak.He had been a delight to watch always and certainly deserved better treatment.Pak batting lie up motored along him for quite some time.I request pak fans to take up the defeat in good spirit and help their tem to rebuild to great strength,so that we can have the good old fun of great INDO-PAK encounter.But again,we have to take it just as a GAME and nothing more...........RIP Bob......

  • Evan on March 20, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    I never really saw Inzi at his best, A glimmer here and a tidbit there, but always felt he gave his wicket away a little easy. It's fitting he exits the game as he played it.

  • Bilal Dogar on March 20, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    INZI is a great player no doubt about it.the decession of retirement form oneday cricket is not a bad decesion but the condation in whic he decited to leve ODI'S is very painful.ALLAH SWT will help us to bear this worst lose ever in cricket history of pakistan (Aimen)

  • Jupiter on March 20, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    With Bob gone, Inzamam retired and the PCB chairman and the selection committee having resigned we are going to get a new system. I hope this time our President get it right. I would give my strange choices for the captain and the coach. I would like to have Abdul Razzaq as captain. Fast bowlers have this flare and they always show a bit more commitment than a batsman. I might be completely wrong but we had better days than this under Imran, Wasim and Waqar. Abdul Razzaq has the exerience behind him but I am not sure if everyone will rally behind him.

    As for coach there is only one guy that comes to my mind. I know he is not a coach but he had everything in his cicketing career that we are lacking these days. My choice is the great Dean Jones. Whoever comes in, please get him on board. I know a lot of guys will laugh at my choices, honestly it doesn't hurt anymore - I am used to it now.

  • Abdulhak Gardee on March 20, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    To put things in perspective ,at the end of the day it's just a game . We have more important thing in life to worry about . Inzamam has been a great servant to Pakistani cricket . It's no use moaning about what has happen in the past . Let's the legend be and give him the respect he deserves . The current team need to be lead by Mohammed Yusuf . He is the only other player that can mould and motivate the team. INZI you are one of crickets legends .

  • Harry on March 20, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Incredible!!, but On 17th march there were two giant killings. India and Pakistan goliaths and Bangladesh , Ireland the Davids. I hope both have learnt lessons forever. Good Bye WC 2007. India, Pakistan see you in 2011 Wc to be played in subcontinent.

  • Saad Masood on March 20, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    Yes I totally agree that this was not the right time and occassion for Inzamam to anounce his retirment, any how Inzi was one of the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced. This is a sad day for him but this day has to come in every players life, Inzi made his decision and one should respect it. My best wishes to him for his future assignments.

  • drmanish on March 20, 2007, 9:43 GMT

    hi friends ...get imran khan as ur selector.and inzi was the best batsman in pak cricket i have seen..but by allowin unfit players like him u seem to have set a bad example..get ur pitches like mohali...improve ur u 19 and u 17 get coaches for that ..india too needs to do that

  • Khansahab on March 20, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    Hopefully the resignations of Selection Committee and Chairman will be accepted and implemented. I hope the times ahead are bright for Pakistan, with a new captain and new faces in the team.

    I hope Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved and Imran Nazir are given a long, long break for international cricket.

    I do not want Inzi to retire, but the more changes that appear in the team, the better will be the commercial prospects for PCB. The public want to see a new captain and new players taking on the world now.

  • md on March 20, 2007, 9:19 GMT

    Hi, Inzi will be missed.

  • Joe Bloggs on March 20, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    Inzi was a great batsman and amongst the best batsmen Pakistan has produced . Howver , he had many shortcomings . He was a poor athlete with the result that his fielding suffered and we all know his greatest weakness . His running between the wickets was atrocious . He could not run for a second run leave alone a third one . He had an uncanny ability of getting himself or his partnerts on the crese run out . He never worked at removing his weaknesses . And as for his captaincy , he was a very poor captain . It was a huge mistake on the part of the PCB to appoint and then retain him as a captain foir so long .

    I doubt very much he is physically fit for test cricket . To continue with him in testt cricket , he would come in the way of further grooming and devcelopment of several promising cricketers . He should xall it a day from test cricket as well .

  • ruchit on March 20, 2007, 9:05 GMT

    I am really appalled by some the vitriolic comments made by Pakistani fans about Inzy. It is ludicrous. Inzy was never a great leader and everybody knows it.Nor was he a brilliant tactian. Yet he was thrown to the wolves by Pakistani selectors by making him the captain a responsibility that he accepted and handled for close to 3 years. He remain one of the great batsmen of his generation and nice gentleman in my eyes. He made blunders as a captain but I dont think his timing was wrong. Let me assure you Kamran had he retired any later you yourself would have been critical of him and called him a lame duck and other names.

    I am Indian supporter and yet Inzy remains one of my favorite crickets not just for his brilliant batting but also for his genial nature. It is a shame that he has to leave the stage like this.

    I though Indian fans were really stupid but reading some of the comments I think Pakistani supporters are no less.

  • sreedhar on March 20, 2007, 8:49 GMT

    In your understandably emotional piece for Dawn yesterday, you took a gratitous swipe at Indian cricket,presumably because this kind of reporting goes down well with your audience.But by lumping the sad tracails of pakistan cricket with those of India and the mess they find themselves in In the World Cup, you are surely not helping the cause of pakistan cricket. This requires a searching look at all aspects of its cricket and not hide behind the misfortunes of others. Unless you folks look at yourselves as you really are,and not through the sel-satisfying India obsessed prism, not much good will come out of the opportunities that now exist to take Pakistan's cricket forward.

  • Dr Faizullah Khawaja on March 20, 2007, 8:47 GMT

    Inzis performance over the last year has washed away all his past performances. Except for his first world cup he has never performed on the big stage. He was the wrong choice as a captain from the beginning. At the very least he should have gone after oval fiasco. We have to be carefull in picking the next captain. Yunus is not an automatic choice by any means. I would suggest afridi for one dayers and probably shoaib akhtar, if he clears dope charges, for tests.Iwould bring yaser and salman butt as openers in tests and salman and aafridi in ODIS.gIVE KAMRAN A BREAK AND BRING ZULQARNAIN.The team for ODI would be Salman,Afridi,yusuf,yunus,Shoaib malik,Razzak,Zulqarnain,Asif,Gul,Sami,Shoaib akhtar.My test team would be Salman ,Yasir,yusuf , yunus, malik,afridi/razzak,Zulqarnain,shoaib akhtar, asif, gul/ sami and kaneria

  • Kris on March 20, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    INZI is undoubtedly the best batsman Pakistan has ever had. His age does not permit him to be a superstar as he was 10 years ago. But he still is a fine batsman and the world fears of him. It is just a bad patch that is going through him. Unfortunately, a very bad one. I dont know how many of the last 1 year's incidents in pakistan cricketing history are linked to his inability to handle things. It is just that he is unfortunate that they have turned up when he was leading.

    It is tough for a player to digest a few things when criticism starts flowing in. It happened the same with Saurav Ganguly and he suffered a lot too. But he is back in business after he got the much needed break. I believe Inzy can do the same. It becomes his responsibility to set a few things straight and then leave the stage. Get a decent farewell. He surely deserves one. Did Pakistan ever expect such kind of an innings from a young lad in 1992 world cup ?? Well, I did not, honestly. But he turned it on. He moved the masses with the 2 innings. A complete unexpected brilliance from a young lad. People enjoyed such surprises to the fullest from him. Enjoyed every bit of world cup victory. Now because that he is a bit low in confidence, does that actually mean that you have to start protesting on the roads. It is unfair...utter unfair...they dont do such things wantedly....it was just not their day...that's all....cheer them...More than anything else, they need your support.

  • Dan of Brisbane on March 20, 2007, 8:32 GMT

    It may not have been the right time to announce his retirement, but I don't blame him for doing it. The lack of support from the Board is a valid point, but we'll never know what advice (if any) Inzamam recieved prior to his decision. However his decision should not be dismissed as being merely irrational and misguided. Some are claiming that he should have waited until after the World Cup, but maybe that's exactly what he was trying to avoid. The manner in which he made the decision suggests to me that he wanted to attract as little attention as possible, and given Bob Woolmer's death, he may have decided to finish the issue now so that the team and public can resume mourning Bob's death. Hindsight will tell us whether or not he was right.

  • HASAN HASHMI on March 20, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    Think it was the right time...INZI BHAI! I SALUTE U, u r one of the Best Batsman world has ever seen. Your Stylish shots none other can play. Had you been more dedicated in ur early career you could have surpassed Tendulkar & Lara, cuz u have more talent & style. You are a true Match winner, proven again & again & again...

    You & your team are great Ambassadors of Real Peace for the whole Humanity. Thank you very much for providing so many of gr8 moments of Joy to us all.(accept few days)

    Captaincy though is a different thing, you came so close to be a great captain but One bad day took it all away. I am One of few people who seriously believed that ur team has the ability to lift the Cup. Anywayz, i feel so sorry 4 Bob & just wish may be in his last moments of Life, he would have realized & accepted that There is only ONE supreme being controlling everything, -in His Hand is the success & failure... to put our best effort is up to Us.

    And for all of us brothers , u know in world cup 2007 warm up match Pakistan beat South Africa, but it is of no use cuz THEY FAILED IN REAL WORLD CUP,...similarly brothers we have to make preparation 4 hereafter life...least we fail a Cup (of our life)...which will Never come again!

  • Daud Malik on March 20, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    I will quote Mr Kamran Abbasi's article in Dawn on March 19, with Bob Woolmer's death confirmed. He said: "Now Inzamam-ul-Haq is under immense pressure to resign. The World Cup made a hero out of Inzamam the boy. It has brought humiliation to Inzamam the captain. There seems little logic to allowing him to continue as captain in either form of the game....." Now when the fallen hero has obliged, he is being criticized for timing. Mr Kamran, please write when you have something worthwhile to write about! Cricinfo is also worried about timing. What petty minds.

  • Mr Khan on March 20, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    inzi wud have made the decision nyways...i agree timing was off, but he was probably too emotionally depleted to do anything....he looked like he wanted to cry after the ireland game, and i think his time was up. he will still be solid inzi in tests but his one-day career started sliding a year ago. never give up on pakistan...good luck 4 south africa in pakistan :D

  • Shehzad Ghani on March 20, 2007, 8:15 GMT

    The timing was good, otherwise everybody would have just waited impatiently and anxiously for it. And knowing our stars, he might have changed his mind after he reached Pakistan.

  • NLS on March 20, 2007, 8:09 GMT

    First things first. Let's learn to handle sport as sport, inspite of the passion it raises. This is a problem in whole of the subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and to some extent SriLanka). The English also criticize their players when they perform badly, but do not bay for the blood of their team as we do. Inzi was a fine player. He should be allowed to retire when he likes. Rest in piece, Bob Wolmer.

  • Imran (Dubai) on March 20, 2007, 8:01 GMT

    Thank you Inzamam for some of the most glorious and unforgettable moments of Pakistan cricket. You have everything to be proud of and deserved a much better send off. There is life outside cricket. Enjoy it. Praying for a peaceful and healthy post cricket life for you. Thank you Bob Woolmer for all your sincere efforts. Sorry for letting you down so badly. May your soul rest in peace.

  • Abul Hassan on March 20, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    Sad that Inzi the gr8 decides to leave also. I agree to with the articel. He has perhaps made the right decision but, a touch sooner. He will be a man who will be remembered for his politeness, gentlemanliness and his attitude. It is disgusting to see how our nation reacts when we lose. One should not forget that Its just a game. Greatest can lose and minnows can win. BTW, WTF was Hamid MIR throwing out on an Indian TV last night. Atleast media personalities should wash their mouth with soap before they speak !!!!

  • Muhammad Rizwan on March 20, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    Cricket should be played as a game, unfortunatly in this part of world we donot realize this and therefore players are under stress and pressure, pakistan teams captaincy is the thankless job and inzi paid the price for being the captain. It is his decision to retire and we don't need to comment on its timing. Inzi will be remebered as a great batsman and a humble man, lets not judge his career from what happend in last six to eight months. Only a year ago he was regarded as a captain leading from the front by comming to rescue when ever his team was in trouble but the slump in his form has erased all the good work he did in his entire career!! how cruel is this game, my advise to all the pakistanis never allow your children to play cricket or become crickter as it is no more a game in this part of world.

  • Abbas Basravi on March 20, 2007, 7:48 GMT

    Ahmed shah mian, i'm really surprised that you think we should adopt the strategies of the British armed forces of the 18th and 19th century, considering that they were dictators who ruled the subcontinent peoples with a ruthless iron fist.

    we hail our cricketers as heroes if they win, but we are ready to stone their houses and beat them up if they lose. has this policy made pakistan or india the top 2 teams in the world? NO. we need a PROFESSIONAL cricket board that properly trains and selects players, treats our coach well, and makes our players into proper fighters without them living in fear of losing their jobs and their homes after the next match!

    Inzamam's is clearly very distressed due to Bob's death and i think he should not be captain anymore but should still play in bothe tests and ODIs PROVIDED he is willing to fix 2 problems that he has: (1) not to be a dictator anymore and (2) Take responsibility for his actions instead of blaming it on fate. This is not what Islam teaches. He is not showing the right image for Islam, by blaming fate instead of taking responsiblity for his own actions. After all, God helps those who help themselves. The team should pray in earnest, and then give it their all on the cricket field to get the results they want. So Inzi should stay on in both forms of the game for a few years if he is willing to change.

    Otheriwse, thanx for the great memories you gave us since 1992 but please retire.

    I say Shoaib Malik for ODI captain and Younis Khan for test captain.

  • Ashwin Raj on March 20, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    Kamran bhai nobody realised the implications of the ridiculous format for the wc till ind and pak suffered. u can't throw out 2 top 8 teams out of cricket's premier tournament after just one bad match...the flaw in the format is that a team can afford to lose 1 or 2 matches in the super 8, but not even one in the group stage !!! how crazy is that ??...truth to tell, this cud have happened to anyone, except perhaps aus or s.a...and it's not fair even for the minnows- what if pak and ind had won as expected ?? then nobody wud have given a thought to these poor teams who need to be encouraged (esp. good teams like bang and ireland)...this is an eye opener for future formats-u must give any team (including ind or pak)a decent run before expelling them from the sport's biggest tournament. after all, criket isn't like football which goes on only for 90 minutes- it's more likely the stronger teams will acquit themselves better in the later stages.

  • duthu on March 20, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    I really pity you guys if you think Afridi is the best hope you have...cmon people, the captain has to have brain and not just brawn...and also, his place in the team is not too secure..Younis Khan looks like the best man for the job for a couple of seasons atleast.

  • olmert on March 20, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    Inzy should have waited until the zim match...he should have respected Bob Woolmer's dead...the same Bob who supported Inzy thru thick n thin, when the PCB and public lost faith in him...too late now.

    The future...Inzy should be playing Test Cricket bc Pakistan is not ready without him splcy with the Aus and SA coming to Pak later this year. PCB should think rationaly and select him in the playing 11. Inzy will be a better batsman now that he is not the captain anymore.

    The Captain...PCB please DO NOT select Younis or Yousaf as the captains...both have been tested and both failed! its time for a change , new ideas , fresh mindset. My pick would be either Afridi (as put forward by Kamran) or Malik.

    The coach...I hope Miandad is not recalled back for the third time!!! no foriegn coach will coach Pakistan team after Bob. AND PLEASE SACK MUSTAQ AHMED THE ASST COACH cum PLAYER!!!HE IS USELESS TO THE TEAM. or someone prove me wrong and state what he has done for Pakistan...so my pick would be either Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis or Aqib Javed. with wasim leading the picking order.

    The PCB...now that the Doc has resigned. Imran Khan should be associated with PCB is some way or the other. The Ad Hoc system should be discarded. Aamer Shoial should head the selection similar to one after the 2003 world cup.

    The players... Sack the following for Good 1) Azhar Mahmood...has failed in all comeback games and the shot he played against Ireland when the chips were down... 2) Rana Naveed...has totally lost it and until he proves himself in the domestic sceen , should be not be played. 3)Kamran Akmal...enough changes , time to axe. Younis Khan can do a better job keeping. I think he will drop the same number of catches and score more! 4)Hafeez...useless opener outside the sub-cont. Shouldnt be in the team as an off-spinner , better spin options out thr like Rehman. 5)Imran Nazir...let him flash all he wants in domestic circket and maybe a few 20/20 games!

    Recall the following: 1)Yasir Hammed and Salman Butt...but are much better than other openers.Yasir scored 40+ in the last four ODIs and yet not selected!! 2)Asim Kamal...to anchor the middle order 3)Rehman...should be playing in the ODIs for sure 4)Saqlian Mustaq???...y not better than other options.

    The real test starts now...

  • rafiullah khan on March 20, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    inzy must not pak team in this criticle time he must be strong wall for indian team if he leave then the team may loss their moral and Bangladesh may win the world cup

  • M. Nawaz Janjua (Jeddah) on March 20, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM, I want to ask Mr. Javed Khan of Montreal if he has never eaten NIHARI by himself. Then why not Inzimam and any other player can't eat it! What an absurd & low level comment on a person who will be remembered as a great Pakistani batsman in the history of cricket. Shame on those who have been enjoying his game in the past and now abusing him when he needs our support cause he is not in his form recently and shattered by the sad performance of team in WC and death of their beloved coach. Tell me which of the captains of other world class teams have never tasted defeats in their carriers. But their nations have never treated them like what we use to do with our captains and players. I think this is only because we are an emotional nation and don't know how to react according to the situation. For a long time Tendulkar & Lara have been out of form so what if Inzimam is? For God sake, learn to respect your heroes and give them a way out if they are unable to come up to your expectations sometimes and be with them in their hard time. Don't leave them alone. Tomorrow, again, you will be the one praising their game and enjoying the time. I am sorry Kamran, you may not be agreed with some of my views but anyway we have to realize the situation. This is the time that we should think positive. Get together with our team in their bad time and let them not be alone. Yes, we must learn lessons from our mistakes and follies and take the necessary steps to improve the future of Pakistani cricket. As far as Inzimam is concerned, he is badly dejected and shattered at the moment and that is why the decision of his retirement from ODI cricket and resignation as Captain has come up. It is a natural reaction to the situation and tremendous stress on him. I thank God that he did not resign from the Test status. Our junior players still need to share the experience with senior batsmen like him. He may play a few more series and then get his retirement on an honourable note. At least, we should learn to give our players the opportunity to retire in a respectable manner.

    I again request you to be with the team in the match against Zimbabwe. We have to be with our team who is playing in a sad situation and without BOB. It is a good idea that a Cricket Stadium should be named for BOB Wholmer. He has given his life for our cause so that could be a good tribute to him. ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM.

  • SJ on March 20, 2007, 7:23 GMT

    What's wrong with you media people. Always ready to create headlines no matter what. I am not defending Inzamam or anyone else here but the fact is that now or couple of days later would have made no difference. Considering the seriousness of the emotional nature of our people back home in Pakisan his early announcement might have saved few more tragedies.

    How about your (Kamran and your counterparts) timing of these kinds of criticisms. Are you guys being sensitive enough about the current situation. You might very well cause another death or something of that nature if you keep making issues just for the sake of writing something.

  • Athar Naufeez on March 20, 2007, 7:01 GMT

    Well....his retirement contradicts the famous saying 'its never too late' as it is very late in announcing his retirement. He should have done this immediately after the Oval fiasco. OR he should have been sacked by the authorities. Had it been the case, we could have avoided the day of absolute shame. Had he not retired now, he would have definitely been sacked now. Let go him, and we already have had enough.

  • Shafiq on March 20, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    INZI, the best batsman pakistan ever had, and the most humble super star, was the most unluckiest to find himself in these tough circumstances,yes the stupid board --- the racist ICC, and green pitches! Anyways INZI You made the right decision at right time--- We uderstand that the double devastations ,death of bob & the darkest day of pak cricket, must have runined your "the best soul" in world sports--- We will miss you INZI, we are ofcourse proud on you--- It is loss of a nation and a cricket board and its ptahetic system--- Bob & u have showed how great you are! I am waiting the new law, new board and new selection commitee---!

  • Zain Kazmi on March 20, 2007, 6:42 GMT

    My friends I salute u on making some great comments on kamran abbasi’s blog. I don’t want to say my views on that rite now (since saying for the last 1 year on this blog) but I ve selected few comments made by few gentlemen which I thought really portrayed this nations feelings. some are very “funny” and some are related to “future cricket planning”. It took me an hour to select , edit and paste those. Anyway u got to read those and once again well done my friends. i supported with my views in brackets.()

    By: FahadQ at March 19, 2007 1:54 PM Bhaijan, I feel sorry for you at the moment. You are cranking out an article almost daily since the last couple of days. Aap na stress leyleyna! ( the most hilarious comment, good fahad)( kamran bhai that shows how much we care u and worry abt u)

    By: Sohail at March 19, 2007 2:51 PM All I know is this team has a blood on their hands. …….How self centered Inzi can be. A stubborn, lame and coward leader, who has turned the game into nothing but promoting his agenda and friends. retiring only from 1 day. Look at your belly "Aloo" and then look around, do you even fit to be considered as athlete. Spitting out few nice words will not wash away the blood this team has on their hand. They know in their hearts they are responsible for his death. (totally agree sohail. Players are responsible for bob’s death)

    By: Dealabc at March 19, 2007 4:55 PM When I saw Mushtaq Ahmed sitting with the Pakistani team during the opening ceremony, I knew that team had no chance. When will Pakistani cricktet get rid of such useless former cricketers? They are still in the same old mindset with same old tainted players. For God's sake, Now on Inzimam's retirement. I think he was thinking too much …………………. Except for Muhammad Yousuf, Younus, Sami and the rest don't deserve a place in an International team. Who the hell selected players like Rao, Anjum, Imran Nazir…….. They don't even deserve a place in a club team let alone an international team. Such club level cricketers have been given too much importance by the board and even public…….. Just look at Azhar Mamood. The guy thinks he is Viv Richard. (funniest haha) very well done dealabc

    By: Shahid at March 19, 2007 5:54 PM Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim First of all, thanks to Allah Yes, I means da boys they play well and they try the best but it is not the will of Allah that World Cup is ours………………. ( these opening comments were great , giving a familiar feeling of someone.. )

    By: ARZaidi at March 19, 2007 9:38 PM NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Inzi must go from test cricket too. He is unfit and does not fit in Pakistani side on merit. For God's sake Inzi, let some youngster take your seat . You did play well in yester years but everyone who touches peak has to come down too. …. By: Ash Zed at March 19, 2007 1:43 PM With Pak elimination……….. With regard to Inzi, if he has made an emotional press conference, that does not mean he should be forgiven aqnd absolved of all the wrong doings. (U r absolutely right) He has inflicted irreparable damage to Pak cricket and its reputation. He must be eliminated from ODI and captaincy. However, I would like to see him playing in Test provided he is willing to bat at #4. Majed Khan should be appointed PCB head (totally agree). Although Imran is the best choice but I doubt he would accept the position. Afridi seems to be the only logical choice for captaincy for at least 5 years. Qaddafi Stadium should be renamed after Bob Woolmer.( best tribute really. Well done zed) Why do we need to name this beautiful stadium after Libya's...

    That sums up hope u people must have liked and enjoyed these.cant wait for kamran's next article! regards. thanx

  • Virani on March 20, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    When Mr.Bari is resigning, I have heard he has said that he will not resign, I think the Board should fire him and he should be the first person to be fired. Also Mr.Saleem Altaf and all the other PCB management should be fired too and fresh faces should be brought into the PCB management and the PCB constitution should be finalized and approved. The demestic cricket infrastrucure needs over hauling and requires restructuring.

  • Sabeen Syed on March 20, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    now is the time to support our team in the last game not to criticise that can be done later so pakistan can give bob woolmer a fitting tribute. they had a bad world cup campaign. winning and losing is all part of the game. pakistan cant always win every game. instead of dwelling on the loss we should be thinking of how to improve and i have seen this time that even before the world cup criticm was being directed at pakistan yes theyve had a bad year but give them a break theyre human beings. pakistan never had support from all of its fans the criticism began even before they played there first match. however i was disappointed with their performance but u get over it. support pakistan in the last game for the sake of giving bob woolmer a proper tribute

  • Najam on March 20, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    I dont know what ppl want?? when team was going every one knew this may not go even in next stage and i think everyone was ready because the team was too weak.. but now look that inzi had the best team in world and its his mistake that this best team could not progress further.. First time in my life i feel ashamed but not because of the team but because of the nation.. We are not great team becausse of the nation.. you know why,, because of our tremendous emotionalism nobody try to experiment because of loosing and face this foolish ppl. We are very short sighted nation... Inzi you are simply great and what you have done.. in 92. in West Ind Series, In India, against Bangladesh,, all these are fantastic.. this nation can forget all this thing because of the stupidity of other 10 players but we are still with you.. because you are simpley the greatest cricketer pakistan ever produced... and yes our next great captain (who even does not deserve to be in the team).... ppl you will see now another curse... and yes please dont behave like this with our heroes otherwise all world will laugh on us.. and we will not going to produce any more hero... and yes cricket is not a matter of life... so pls dont say death to one and death to some other.. they are also brother and son of some one and just think if they are your brother then can you think like that ?? they are also very very upset and need our support... ohhhh poor ppl wake up..

    Najam

  • Saeed Ahmad Lodhi on March 20, 2007, 6:25 GMT

    Two GREATS have left the Arena

  • Bilal Mansoor on March 20, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    Kamran, whats with the timing of the retirement, can you make your point a lil more visible. Its a total seperate matter and your line that HE HAS FINALLY REALISED din make sense to me at all. As if you were sujjesting that he should have done it ages ago. Just dont get you guys, a month ago you were praising him for his innings against SA and now all of sudden you think its all rubbish. unbelieveable. Atleast he had the decency of annoucing his retirement and if you look back intime then who has eva taken responsiblity of a failure in Pakistane eva...you wont find many names there. So i think you are sadly mistaken the way you have painted the picture here. Its a couple of games and you are out of the tournament. It can hardly undo what ppl have achieved in their life times which you just equated to zero with a single stroke of your pen. Try pointing out the real problems instead of just treating things on the face of it. Starting from Waqar Younis departure as the asst. coach and the arrival of mr. Nasim ashraf was in reality what went wrong. Or if you have forgotten then look at the ICC team rankings they are still ranked 3rd in Tests and 4th in the ODIs. Maybe that ll serve as an eye opener.

  • cmp on March 20, 2007, 5:58 GMT

    Iam an Indian fan of Inzi,even when it was our team at the receiving end of his elegant blade..any fan of cricket will rise above nationalistic fervour and agree that this gentle giant deserved a much better farewell from the game

  • Harish on March 20, 2007, 5:44 GMT

    I am from India. I have no two opinion about inzy's decision to quit. He did the right thing. A lot of things went wrong. Starting with selection and horrible batting display. Absence of Afridi also made a lot difrence. From the very beginning I have been posting the blogs that decision to leave salman butt is going to hurt. Why on the earth did they take Azhar mehmood. He was already a spent force. And you made young and energetic Yaseer Araft sit out for him. Pakistan had to pay for its follies. Only positive from the WC campaign is , the young bowling attack is good with Rao Ifetkar and Gul with sami the future prospects. As a sincere well wisher here is my advice, Drop forever, Imran Nazir(rash), Younis Khan(test match player),Mhd. Haffez(slow and low scoring ), Azhar Mahmood(unfit, aged , good for nothing). All the best for future.

  • Asim on March 20, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Does Inzi's retirement make any difference in team Performance, I think No; infact BIG NO NO. Pakistan produces 3 extraordinay things 1) fastest blowers 2) Slowest Pitches 3) Worst Players to play fast blowers on fast tracks. Pakistan deserve that lost from Ireland bcaz they didn't have 10% world cup preparation. For the past 4 years they were testing their palyers. We saw so many faces bating at 1 and 2 and guess what they all dissappeared in the world cup matches and Imran Nazir and Mohd Hafeez came from nowhere. They put shoaib Malik on #6 because they knew that in case of collaspe, Poor Shoiab Malik will do the miracle again. Afridi Ill Behaviour is another example of PCB committment and service to the natiorn. Inzi is a good player but he has to get some lessons from Miandad that how to take responsibility in case of collaspe. Rana Naved was replaced by Sami......owow what a team. One day Rana Naved started the blowing and next day he was replaced, thats what you prepared for the worldcup. Comeon TEAM PAKISTAN..... Sham on You.... still testing the blowers in worldcup. Can PCB tell us when the last time these 11 palyers played together in a match before worldcup? Top of that Inzi was saying we will try our best to win this worlcup... Inzi boy, who are we? can you please name atleast 11 players or you were counting on extra players also. Thats not the preparation and team management. One should know their 11 best. Anyways we will going to see so many changes now and they gonna claim that we will going to change and restructure the PCB and cricketing in Pakistan. President will make some statements also. Blah blah blah... Last but not least, where is Younis Khan? I think he should also make an announcement for retirement. Please PCB dont make him Captain.

  • Fahd Shafiq on March 20, 2007, 5:25 GMT

    On your comments:

    "Asian cricket heroes have a habit of leaving the stage humiliated."

    I can't remember any great player in Pakistan, except Imran Khan, to leave the game with grace. The worst were Miandad, Wasim and Waqar!

    Problem with our cricketers is that they start out humble and once they acheive greatness, they think they are gods! Why don't we just have well grounded players who play for team and the nation?

    Why can't have the pontings, the tendulkars, the cronjes and people like imran khan?

  • Azhar on March 20, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    i think his decision is right and keeping in mind the affiliation he had with bob woolmer i think and we all must accept the hell time he is going through. i must say it is sad but our old test/odi players like sarfraz nawaz, imran khan abdul qadir and some others right from the start were against bob woolmer they were trying to get him out of the coach position. they all want to be the part of coach/management and selection committee but unfortunately they are not getting a chance. that is the reason when pakistan team unable to get runs or lose a match they (names i have mentioned before) are the first to put fingures against them i dont know why. any how i pray that pakistani team do well in future and best of luck to inzi. Inzi u r still THE BEST.

  • Kashif Qadir on March 20, 2007, 5:20 GMT

    I said this in yesterdays post too, what the hell all special people sent with Pakistan team are doing?, What is media manager or Team manager doing. How is public money being used? I agree that Inzi should have retired but after world cup, taking responsibility for his laid back approach. It is all about morality within a person, seems like we have a habit of side lining our morality for the sake of glamour and money. I believe Younis Khan is the best choice for captaincy, For Heavens Sake to all people concerned with cricket, Please don’t make a blunder by making anyone else as captain apart from Younis. Inzi should have retired from test cricket too, we have seen that two different captains for One day and Test cricket has never worked, and we all know, Younis is always a better captain then Inzi in any form of cricket. I have heard Dr Naseem Ashraf has resigned , Well if he has then that man has some morality left in him, now what ever Mr. Perfect (General Musharraf) says he should stick with his decision. We all Wish a very good luck to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. Long Live Pakistan.

  • razi ahmed - USA on March 20, 2007, 5:11 GMT

    I paid my full respect to Inzi as a best batsman in the history of cricket. We know that you are an inspiration and hope for young generation. I feel sorry that you have not been rewarded by your comrades. They let you down as usual. We know that you are a very good person but your team mates are a bunch of loosers and they always looked a place in team but they never tried to be Inzimam. I know that you are a great person and a very nice human being with few weaknesses that we all have those moments. After WC-2003 you gave us ray of hope and so many moments of cherish and happiness. We know that we wont be able see a player and person like you again in this cricket team. We are sorry that we did not give a farewel according to your status. We feel guilty that you have sorrunded by cowards, incompetent, druggies,selfish, mean, team mates. We know that it is not your fault but our system never give us enough security. We wish you everything in life and Allah will guide you to the true path.

  • Robert on March 20, 2007, 5:03 GMT

    Poor old Inzy... seems the poor guy just never gets a break. That said, I can't really commend him on much if anything for quite some time. Again it is more the whole cricketing setup than anything else that is killing Pakistan Cricket.

    Is Inzy to blame? I don't think any more than any of ther other idiots in this setup. As for the final playing 11... well surely they can't be the best Pakistan have to offer?! Some might say that if Shoaib and Asif had been there then things might have been different - even they are as much of the problem as anyone else!

    I think too many players have simply passed their sell by date. Others just aren't cutting it, while a few handful are just out of form (and should be rested). But who can replace them?

    Simply put, lets not blame Inzy on his own. He is but one man and although team captain even he had very little say!

  • Rahul on March 20, 2007, 4:54 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, Inzi's retirement's timing is neither right nor is the bad taste it leaves the cricket loving world after the sad demise of Pakistan's coach. In the last 20 years of Asian Cricket I have only seen IMRAN KHAN and SUNIL GAVASKAR Retire gracefully on their own terms. I hope that other great players like SACHIN, DRAVID , SHOAIB should not go out this way. All said and done, though being an Indian i have always admired the Killer Instinct of the Pakistan cricket team, and Inzi shall remain one of my cricketing heroes. Inzi!!!! you have done the Asian Fraternity proud many times, performed out of the skin day in and day out, please don't take the defeat too seriously - After all it is only a game..

  • Imad on March 20, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    I am so sick on Inzy bashing. Pakistani cricket fans are always looking for scapegoats. We like using fancy words like team work, collective effort, performance but I doubt most know the meaning.

    No captain in Pakistan cricket, after Imran Khan, has gone out with dignity. Inzy has at least ensured he did. No one thinks clearly after such a devastating and personal loss. I think Inzy was trying to put an end to the madness. We already had people shouting for his and Woolmers resignation and death. Bob is no more with us and Inzy has assured that fans can no longer claim a lack of action on the part of the "authorities".

    I am so sick on a wonderful career being boiled down to a few innings in the World Cup. This man literally won us the world cup in 1992. Had it not been for him we wouldn't have made in the semi-finals. It was him and Wasim Akram who got Pakistan to a fighting total. Imran Khan can talk all about leading from the front from the no. 3 position in 1992, but all he succeeded in securing was a painfully slow run rate.

    Not all men are born leaders. Not all are Imran Khan. Statistically, Inzy has a better record as captain than Imran in both forms of the game and Wasim Akram tops the list. If Pakistan had such a problem with his leadership, then the so called guardians of the game could have replaced him. Yes they did nothing.

    Only in Pakistan can the oldest player be captain. Our Sir, Sahib, Bhai culture is what is killing us in the field.

    Pakistan is a talented team no doubt. Former players, please stop asking them to be you or play like you. Bob Woolmer said it best, let the players be themselves - don't expect them to play like you or do what you did (from interview on Geo).

    Will we learn? Doubt it.

  • sobia khurram on March 20, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    Absolutely right ,Inzimam has the right to step down if he so desires but he also has a resposibility to lead in times of crisis,he may be too devastated,dejected and depressed but he has to rise to the occasion and emotions need to be in controll this is not a personal matter winning and losing is part of the game and taking accolades and slack is too.The team neede to know that they still have a committed leader, and think ,if Inzizmam is selected for the test team but Shoaib or someone else is the captain how will he adjust or will he announce a second retirement?

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on March 20, 2007, 4:37 GMT

    Dear All, Inzamam retires from ODI when the coach BOB is no more in this world. It is not the right time to announce his future, but it is time to offer tribute to the departed soul. It can only happen in Pakistan. It is a shame for us that such a wonderful player retires like this. Another failure of PCB. Another lack of planning. It is hype of media, which created a lot of pressure to our players and somehow or the other they were under heavy pressure and hence depression. Let them play cricket and cricket itself. Why we pressurize them unless we have a proper planning. It is a bad planning from top to bottom. It is bad administration that such a nice player announces his retirement like this. It means that there the Board has no views on their player. It is high time to dismantle all those who do not understand cricket. There should not be ifs and buts in cricket. A complete rehabilation planning is essential. There should a transparent policy in the recruitment of PCB as well as the coach, captain and player. Let us introduce an innovative policy whereby there is no complaint. In my opinion, the players should be also be interviewed before the selection for all the post (position) and for which the man who will conduct the interview must also understand what all about cricket. At the time of selection rigorous question should be showered them so that they are mentally prepared for the eventualilty if any come up and they face bravely not timidly. Now a days cricket has become a mind game. There is no place of emotion in cricket. If we start planning from A, I am sure, there will be no problem reaching at highest level with no complaints. I have a feeling that modern cricketers are thinkging that I am God and they are making fools out of us. The players like Hanif Mohahmmad,Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas and so many others were playing cricket in the interest of nation, but today they are playing for fame and that is why they are brittle and not mentally tough. Imran has offered PCB for his advise, but I am sorry it is too late. Imran Khan must understand that one swallow can not make...... It is the infrastructure which is taxing for us. Why the Chairman and the bunch of selectors is not announcing their retirement. What is Wasim Bari is doing???? He is the man responsible for this debacle. In short, Inzamam should not have retired like this. Come PCB and do a WONDERFUL AND GRACEFUL FAREWELL. Inzi will be surely missed and he will be remembered forever being a part of the WC 1992 and it was his innings of life, which brought us the only WC. He deserves more and let us send good wishes to him. He is a fantastic player and one of the greatest batsmen ever to watch..

  • Faridoon on March 20, 2007, 4:33 GMT

    I don't see why the timing of Inzi's announcement is an issue. It's not like he's have a birthday party or anything.

    With the team's dismal performance, Bob Woolmer would have resigned after the world cup anyways but I guess he couldn't bear it having, the only job he ever failed at was coaching pakistan. But I guess the resylt was a lot more serious than a simple resignation.

    Inzi, similarly had to retire/resign. To me there was nothing wring with the timing. He failed his team, he failed his coach, he failed his country. There was no way his retirement announcement would would have been any more ausppicious even if he had done it a couple of months later.

    Kudos to Bob for sticking on for so long. I'm sure he'd faced a lot of situations in his tunure when he must've wanted to quit. But he didn't quit, Bob was not a quitter, I guess this is the only way he'd have left the team.

    Very tough times for pakistan cricket up ahead. New coach, new captain, young players. good luck to them.

  • Nauman on March 20, 2007, 4:29 GMT

    Absolutely right timing. Events of last couple of days has shown one thing, life is uncertain. Deep inside he might have got this feeling that he himself may not see next morning's sun or he may be sacked prematurely and won't even get a chance to announce his departure (anyone remembers how Ganguly was kicked out). Its better that he chose to do it at his first opportunity. That relieves him off the pressure and now he can concentrate and enjoy his last game. I wish for once he comes in early and bats at number 3 (which is virtually opening the innings) and plays an inning that gives some comfort to the wounded nation...too little too late it would be, but as a player, no one would doubt his ability and I would just hope he bows out on a high note. I wish he had stepped down from captaincy long ago, that would have elongated his career further, but I strongly agree that NOW was the right time. The team is already shattered, his announcement won't make much difference. For once, these players have an opportunity to honor their departed coach and departing captain.

  • Vidhu Balakrishnan on March 20, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    Like all pisceans inzamam is an emotional person and not rational in his thought selections.He was not an articulate person like imran or gavaskar but an emotional person like perhaps kapil dev.so his heart took over since he was close to bob.

  • aamirakhund on March 20, 2007, 3:44 GMT

    kamran i think enough is enough. we have seen what does rubbish press report do to players and the management. Inzi did the right thing. One day is no longer his cup of tea. it should have been done a few months ago but i guess it was fate. Bob there are no words that can express any pakistanis love for you. i pray to God that you have a good life hereafter. a And finally i would want the media, specially pakistani media to shutup and instead of throwing up stupid suggestions and conclusion they should work on some constructive assighnment.

  • Abdur Razzak on March 20, 2007, 3:44 GMT

    Unfortunately in Pakistan this is the way a legend quits his game.He is not the first even the great Wasim one of the key figures in 92' WC winning squad had go through the same.Pakistani fans often forget the heroics of their heros for just one bad day.With the timing of the decision it reveals two things.None would have have backed Inzi except Bob during his tenture as the leader this would have caused him to make this decision, then of course the shocking news of Bob's death.What ever is said & done no point regreting on the defeat it's time to look for the future.May be Younis Khan can fill in the leaders role.Appoint Abdur Razzak as his deputy with a long term plan.Also it's high time for the authorities to re-structure the domestic cricket.One last thing well done Inzi you are a loveble figure world wide.No doubt every cricket fan knew about your batting talents.You are indeed one the greats to have reopresented Pakistan.In my opinion you are with the legends like Hanif,Javed,Imran & Wasim..

  • MJ on March 20, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    And so it comes to pass that one of the world's true legends fades into ignominious obscurity. I think that it's a shame that Inzi--in my opinion the one batsman in the world who most often justified the confidence that he inspired in his fans--is retiring. Any why is he retiring, when he still is so clearly ahead of his colleagues in the Pakistani team, and remains the most feared and respected—even if respect is bestowed churlishly by his opponents—batsman in the world? I don't see what choice he has, the poor fellow. His adulating fans have left him—as have Tendulkar’s and Dravid’s, for that matter—on the mat, writhing under the grips of an untenable metaphoric half-nelson: they’ll worship him, so long as he wins matches for Pakistan; otherwise, they’ll burn him in effigy (or tear down his home, if he’s MS Dhoni). What hope do the true stalwarts of South-Asian—particularly Indian and Pakistani—cricket have? They must live in constant dread of running into bad patches of form, when the teeming fans tear asunder their false whiskers and pussycat costumes to reveal their true identities: slavering and frenzied monsters, capable of tearing a good, talented cricketer limb from limb in a tragically misplaced sense of nationalistic hubris. It is much better for them to retire and take up a less volatile vocation. And if cricket should be the poorer for their loss, we adulating fans should draw comfort from the knowledge that we, who are incapable of respecting or even fully comprehending greatness when we have the supremely good fortune of encountering it in our lifetimes, do not deserve anything other than mediocrity.

  • Shahmeer on March 20, 2007, 3:01 GMT

    I don't think Inzi really had much of a choice. We all knew he would retire, and he was aware of this. The official announcement was only a formality, and formalities surely could have waited until we got over with the shock of Woolmer's demise. So yeah he did get it half wrong here but I wouldn't give him a star for getting the other half right- my 8 year old brother knew as well as Inzi that it was (beyond) time for the 92 hero to let go. Inzi surely was a gift to Pakistan cricket. He has won countless matches for Pakistan (not to forget a World Cup outing) in his days. And we salute him for that. But his days are long gone. He should have bowed out long ago. It may take great skills to become a legend which no doubt Inzi had, but it takes a strong heart to let go while you are up there. Inzi failed here, and persisted too long on his path downhill. That's too bad for him, he will not live with the respect he would have had he retired a few years ago. Not to mention how different Pakistan cricket would have been had he done so. I am not doubting his intentions, he was a great person, but he was overambitious, to an extent that he (unintentionally) was blind to what harm his lingering around was doing to Pakistan cricket. And now he realizes it a little too late.

    And looking at the big picture, its obviously time for major changes in Pakistan Cricket. Most people might not agree with me but I think Younis Khan should also go. He has never been a great batsman, only an above average one. Remember a few years ago, when eyebrows were raised as to why Younis is in the team- I don't think his batting has improved much since, it only seems better because everyone else has declined. Come on, his ODI batting average is 31 (and around the same in the last 2 years), and he is supposedly our second strongest batsman (after Youhana). And I don't see him as a great captain either. He's somewhat cold like Inzi was. We don't want to make the same mistake twice. We need someone more energetic and dynamic like Imran was. Afridi has the right attitude (just not the right aptitude) for the job. And then of course we need openers. Yaseer Hameed is one and maybe Salman Butt. Get rid of Shoaib Akhtar for once and for all. Yes hes a match winning bowler, but his attitude (and injuries and doping) all these issues render him too volatile for what we want to be a stable team.

  • Nishant Iyer on March 20, 2007, 2:51 GMT

    Kamran jee, with all due respects-the fact that you have posted this making the timing of Inzi's retirement is a non-issue altogether-C'mon-give the poor guy a break, he has been to hell and back inthe last 72 hours. His decision is entirely his, he will be remembered inour hearts as a magnificient batsman and an icon of Pak cricket. He was always calm in a crisis, the most recent example being the IInd test in- S Africa which pak won, he batted with the tail and managed to keep the SA bowlers at bay which enabled pak to win - do those people who burnt effigies- spoke ill about him- can manage to remember that far back???. Regarding the general status of pak cricket at the moment-the silver lining is-it cannot be any worse, thisis probably rock bottom-and the only way is up and pak cricket will surely improve and regain a good stature. But if the likes of you media wallah's continue to hype up non-issues like these for the sole aspect of earning $$'s-i can't see this happening. Kamran jee-i've gone thru many of your posts-and found most of them-sensational, over hyped, certainly not befitting for the stature of cricinfo's website to host-for e.g the rubbish (sorry, article) you posted on Abdul Quadir(no disrespect meant to either individual) being greater than Shane warne-which would struggle to find its place on even a third grade tabloid. Sadly, this penchant for sensationalism is symptomatic and possibly more prevalent in my country-India-where the media hype pervades almost anything. I hope you take this criticism constructively.(frankly, i dnot know that my writing will be posted or not) Re-Inzi-you were a true champ and wish you all the best from your indian fans.

  • Nabeel Ghayur on March 20, 2007, 2:35 GMT

    Sorry Kamran, although I religiously agree with most of your comments and your views, I dont think if I agree with you this time. I think Inzi's announcement of his retirement is apt and surely timely. I think he is the only Pakistani ever in our beloved country's history to accept his responsibility and step down by himself. We all saw how Wasim, Waqar, and many others were literally kicked out of the team. Infact I think many a times we just act too much like our ownselves (as 'Pakistanis') to criticize even without noting what we are criticizing. Had he not announced his retirement, then we would have been saying that he is such an idiot that still we wont retire. But now that he has accetped and said that he is quiting, we still say that it is not the right time. I think, this is the right time to move on.

  • khaan on March 20, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    I dont know what to say about the timing of Inzi retirement but one thing I can say for sure that the TIMING OF THIS ARTICLE WAS DEFINITELY WRONG. Cricket fans were paying tributes to BOB on your earlier thread and you put this one here. Could you have not waited for a little more??

    And to Inzi: despite all your short commings as a captain, yuo were a great player and human being. God bless you and good luck.

  • Mohammad Imran on March 20, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    too bad inzi had to go this way.we can never evre forget what he did for Pak cricket.Guys i really dont think we can blame inzi for anything.the only bad apple we have in pakistani cricket is PCB.

  • Bharath on March 20, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    Inzy is the only modern great in current Pakistani cricket, and the almost lazy elegance and timing with which he dispatches the best of bowling to the ropes, is a celebration of the very sport of cricket and one of the reasons why cricket and a reason why cricket should be watched by money paying spectators.

    Individually, his humility and honest commitment to the game will always be an inspiration to all cricketers who watched him. One need not necessarily relate languidity in pose to imperfect leadership, but the fact remains that he was not the leader that Pakistani cricket needed and its unfortunate that the Satraps were not able to find a more capable alternative. And given the disarray and lack of commitment with with Pak cricket is being run, I'm constrained to think who would be the right person to withstand these forces of gravitation and bring purpose, sense and commitment to the team.

    Probably the whole thing was too overwhelming for Inzi and he threw in the towel; And this very act is what is wrong with Pakistani cricket today. We're inspired performers and not consistent, strong willed ones. When its our day, even the number 11 batsman clobbers the opposition for sixes, and when the chips are down, we let emotion befuddle and bamboozle our playing abilities. On the darkest day for Pak cricket, Inzimam was needed to show that he can take the blow and get up and move on. He was required to salvage what remains of Pak pride in the remaining matches,as a homage to his coach and then plan ahead. What was the Pak Board and Team management doing when they knew this was about to happen?

  • Tanveer Butt on March 20, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    What a weekend...Sadness... 1 - "You can never understand the true value of something until you don't have it anymore." 2 - "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

  • Faisal on March 20, 2007, 0:53 GMT

    Good for him to leave!!

    In fact its time to kick all the politics and players from the team; especially the players who are in the team because they belong to Punjab.

    If Inzamam was such a religious man then why did he favors his cronies and choose players not on merit but based on his old connections and Punjab ties.

    Players like Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, Azhar Mehmood, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez are an embarrassment to Pakistan. They are at best bits and pieces utility players. Kind of players you would play in your Muhallah teams. Not the ones to represent PAKISTAN. They (along with their captain) made Pakistan a laughing stock of the world.

    For God's sake get the team right this time. The whole Pakistan can use some good, from its beloved sports.

  • moin on March 20, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    Inzamam retiring in a hurry does not look good. I still remember his innings against New zealand in 1992 world cup semi final. He was such a good player, the cricketing fraternity is going to miss him a lot. He probably may have been one of the softest captains but with the bat he was a lethal batsman. Hope to see him in test cricket for some more time.

  • R.S.B on March 20, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    Everybody has their own perspective to view things. Kamran can view the same things differently than i do. Being logical, we could argue that Inzi should have waited until Zim's game to declare his retirement. But, putting myself into circumstances that Pak team is facing now, i would say the game against Zim is of no importance. Players are human too and doing always right things with 100% accuracy is desirable for any human but not necessarily achievable. For me Inzi would never have gotten any better time like this and he did the best decision looking at the circumstances around him. But, we need to have some heart to feel it or understand it or appreciate it. Lets be human and put aside all our logic and then respect the decision of a man who had dedicated his life to cricket. Declaring retirement from ODI after winning or losing to Zim does not polish his words or make it better. Inzi's retirement was pre-declared that he would retire from ODI after world cup. Looking at the circumstances around Pakistani team, Inzi's retirement came just one match before the end of Pakistan's jorney of world cup. And this one match has no meaning to me and i completely put all my logical thought aside and respect Inzi's decision. You will always be remebered for your honest dedication to cricket, Inzi. At this point of time, as a Pak fan, i would definately want Pak to win over Zim. However, i am so torned that it really make no difference to me even if Pak will lose to Zim. Life has always been bigger than cricket. We can analyze the pitfalls of Pakistani cricket in near future and come up with the solution to amend it. For right now, i personally feel that we have to support Inzi's decision and appreciate watching Inzi playing in colored pakistani uniform for last time. Bob was very popular in international circle as an honest man. He has also acknowledged the respect and obligation to the cricket fan by replying all the questions related to cricket and pakistani cricket. Now, its the time for fans to show the same respect and dignity to the man who had immense respect for cricket fans.

  • FUO on March 20, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    Oh for goodness sake, leave the man be! He has just had the greatest sporting shock of his life and to top it off, he has lost a friend. Your potshots at how inept the PCB is at handling everything can wait. Let him mourn the way he wants, even if it is by retiring at the wrong time. It is his right when he wants to go, no matter what you or anyone else thinks about it.

  • Abhishek on March 19, 2007, 23:59 GMT

    What an idiotic comment by ahmad shah mian! You've already killed one man - do you really want the blood of somebody else on your hands too! It's people like these who don't know the difference between a military force like the British Navy and a Cricket Team who have caused the death of a honest, well-meaning man who tried his best, had a fair amount of success but ultimately couldn't deliver the final prize...

  • Ilyaas Malik, Dallas Texas on March 19, 2007, 23:54 GMT

    This is not the first time Inzy made wrong decision at the wrong time. Lets not go too far. In the first match against W Indies he choose sorry alex, Rana Naved over Sami and in the second match Azher over Kaneria. In the second match we needed Kaneria more than ever against rookies. It is not easy to play a leg breaker even for an experienced batsman. I think the result could have been different if Kaneria was in 11 even with 132 score. Every good batsman can not be a good captain. This is what the problem is with Inzy also. PCB could not see that. We sure will miss you Inzy as a good batsman. Good luck to you in future and please stay away from cricket because we do not want to see you coaching or managing any team.

  • Bunnays on March 19, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    I totally agree with Karthik artical about Inzaman. Give this man the credit that for what he has done for Pakistan cricket. If it was not for his ings against NZ in the semi WC92, we would not have won the world cup. Look at his battting record and that speaks for itslves. It is high time that people like Dr Naseem Ashraf,PJMir as well as General Musharaf step down from thr cricket comiittee and hand the job over to some one with a decent knowledge of the game. These guys are as good as asking a blind man to take us for sightseeing.

  • Arsalan Khan on March 19, 2007, 23:26 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, why are you trying to create an issue out of nothing?

    Can't you see he's announced his "retirement" not wedding.

    Inzamam-ul-Haq.. you will be remembered amongst one of the greatest batsmen cricket has ever produced. Thankyou so much for your services. You've made my nation happy a lot of times.

    Dear PCB,

    There are more records to break; more champion trophies to contest; more rankings to conquer; more players to produce; More standards to set. Failure doesn't mean it's the end-- it means you have to begin. Better. Higher. Faster.

    R.I.P Bob Woolmer.

  • shabir khan,Milan,Italy on March 19, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    Most of us are asking for U-19 team players to be drafted becasue tthewy won the U-19 World cup. We seem to beleive that there is lot of talent there.REALITY CHECK. They just managed one incredible win only in the final against India.

    The same talent was whipped by the same U-19 Indian team 3-0 in Tests and 4-0 in ODI in Sept 2006 when the same India U-19 team visited Pakistan.

    So we are again going to place our confidence in kids who managed to win just one good final match and failed in the long run.Its a talent just good enough to deceive

    We are under a denial state. Talent is not as much as we like to think it is in Pakistan.

  • Navin Shah on March 19, 2007, 23:19 GMT

    It is a very sad time. But Khurram's comments were a joke. A doper like Shohaib Akhter the next captain? I guess Khurram does not want Pakistani cricket to prosper, that would be just fine by a fan of Indian team (somewhat depressed right now).

  • Asif on March 19, 2007, 22:42 GMT

    Let's ask an honest question from ourselves. Would we have not yelled on him had he delayed the decsion? Everybody back home was calling for his resignation and now when he has done it we are complaining about the timing. Kamran Sahib, if you had any sense of circumstances around this whole thing you should not have comlained about this. Let him leave alone. Just put yourself in his position and think for a moment.

  • daniel on March 19, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    Inzi's words at the presentation ceremony had me almost in tears. A batsman i rate more than our own sachin, is brought down to earth. And his retirement is certainly a jolt.

    Inzi,we miss you...

  • Dhoosra on March 19, 2007, 22:23 GMT

    When is PJ Mir resigning ? creating jobs for the old boys !!......I used to see this guy in my local Sainsburys & now he is the official translator for the Pakistani team. Sack the lot of them, from the water carrier to Musharaf (who is the Patron of PCB)

    I would have thought Musharaf has enough on his plate with his ongoing dictatorship, censoring the press, curbing the legal institutions etc etc & he still wants to get his hands on the Pakistani Cricket board. Well if he wants a piece of the cricketing action he should do the honourable thing & declare.

  • faisal khan on March 19, 2007, 22:13 GMT

    Oh COme on, let the guy have some life now. These Writers just want something to write about, because it is their profession.

    This article is meaningless. Inzimam had the right to retire and he did, what's the fuss all about. If he had not done it now, then people would have demanded it.

    But, is this the solution, WHAT's NEXT is the question?

    I think law of avergaes is telling us that Pak cricket would remain in darkenss for a few more years (I hope I am wrong) as it has seen a few years of glory in the past.

    We may be able to see the U-Turn if one of the following happen,

    a. the cricketing infrastructure becomes so professional that we start producing ready made cricketers like Australia. No major coaching required.

    b. We find another Imran who can combine a team of extraordinary talent to overcome the infrastructure deficencies.

    With a sigh, I will leave it at that.

  • Karthik kannan on March 19, 2007, 22:08 GMT

    I first want to declare that I am an Indian supporter to the core. But it is just so strange that indians and pakistanis treat their heros alike. Want to jump on the celebrations train when they win and make them gods but the moment they loose are ready to burn them. Inzamam has been gracious to accept responsibility. He was responsible in part for Pak's loss, but I think he has paid a great price (I would think more than he deserved) for it. I think it is shameless on the part of Kamran and Dilip premachandran to say Inzi was selfish in retiring the day Bob died. These guys would have no clue what Inzi must feel be going thru. One one hadn you have fans and journalists baying for your blood and the other you have a just witnessed your coach dead. For a change it would have been nice if they had written abt Inzi in the same glowing words as they wrote abt Bob. Do ppl need to die to get respect. Would these guys have written nice abt Bob if he were alive. Grow up guys. You are journalists and need to behave in a more responsible manner. A cricket fanatic like me and million others can say what they like in private but ppl like you should behave responsiblty since what you write is read by thousands. So please stop making sweeping statments. All said and done.. Inzi has done a thousand times more for Pak than you Kamran... so dont judge his motives... After it was the same Inzi that ppl like me feared when India played against Pak.. it was the same Inzi who was the toast of Pak when he won th 92 WC for you.. the same Inzi wo hit the 100 in Blore to win the test for you, the same inzi who hit the 100 in Multan to save you frm defeat agaisnt Bangladesh... I can go on and on... so please give the big man the respect and credit... and let him be in peace... dont increase the agony for him for i personally think a person shud not suffer like him for loosing a game of cricket. Cheers!!

  • dini on March 19, 2007, 22:07 GMT

    inzi. he played with grace and power and made use of his talent, pakiz besteva batsman, the world salutes you.

  • Irfan Maqbool Rana on March 19, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    I think now the time is to be unite with the team as they are all shocked and depresed with the death of Pakistani Teams coach

  • ahmad shah mian on March 19, 2007, 21:54 GMT

    You know why royal navy(British) army in 18-19century was so powerful and successful?

    Cuz when they would go out to war, the instruction would be given to them by chief,, KILL THE ENEMIES OR WE WILL KILL YOU. One should adopt these sorts of thoughts in pak cricket and the result will always be 100%.

  • Tay'yab-Ali on March 19, 2007, 21:43 GMT

    I am so proud that Inzamam played for Pakistan and for all he has done & will continue to do as a test player.

    I salute the Sultan of Multan

  • ARZaidi on March 19, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Inzi must go from test cricket too. He is unfit and does not fit in Pakistani side on merit. For God's sake Inzi, let some youngster take your seat . You did play well in yester years but everyone who touches peak has to come down too. Plz go gracefully. In my opinion u should have left few months earlier, well before the World Cup but u stayed on and Pakistan has suffered because of it. So your decision should be to retire from ODI's and test cricket both.

  • N Khan on March 19, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    Inzi decision to quit was somewhat expected and the timing I think was appropriate. There is now nothing to lose even playing the last game of the World Cup. Maybe they can salvage some speck of pride and get a win for Bob. Hopefully the decline of Pakistan cricket since 2003 (or even 1999) will see a new structure in place as it is this that has most contributed to the demise of Pakistan cricket and had a major bearing on the stress and pressure endured by dear Bob. Bob was supplied a bunch of players with no say-so on selection, and so he had to muster this disparated lot into a winning combination. He had the prefect balance with an opener short a year ago, but Shoaib Akthar, M Asif drug debacle ruined part of it. The selectors shredded the balance of the remaninder of the team. Salman Butt's exclusion was criminal after his match winning knocks! Yasir Hameed exlusion after a 40+ average was unbelievable, his fending around the off-stump may have been problem, but being selected and de-selected plays havoc with any batsmans confidence. Suprisingly none of the talented U-19 World Cup winners were ever given a chance. If internationals and pressure games are anything to go by, then the World Cup Final win by the boys against India ranks up there. Most definetly Pakitan have the talent but unfortunately the cricket fraternity there do not have the brass cahonies to tell the sponsers, politicians and other interfering busy-bodies where to go. Build cricket from the grass-roots, play on any concievable pitch (bouncy/flat) and select the best from anyone no matter where and who they are. Once they get past these obstacles, maybe then they can do some justice to the memory of Bob Woolmer.

  • Ahmer on March 19, 2007, 21:04 GMT

    Here's to the big man. Its sorry way to go and most sane pakistanis' would've like to hav seen a more deserving exit but it was not to be. The man is a hero, he has won us a world cup, he has give hope to overweight sportsmen everywhere, he had bonded the most explosiv and erratic team and actually gav us some credibility, he has saved us from amany embarasin defeats, he took a test team with afridi init and beat india, he took a team to SA with the possibility that we may actually win but more than all of that, he gave us pakistanis' someone to proud of to call their own.

    Lets face it, inzy is a small drop in ocean of problems that are facing pakistani cricket. Anyways, inzy's tenure is simply a product of the PCBs castastrophically bad selections, strategies and 'behind-the-scenes' wrk.

    Inzy is just a humble, villiage-minded old-fashioned player. The PCB made him captain (and who in their right mind would turn down the chance to lead their country?), they couldn't sort out an openin pair, they could sort out our the fitness of our bowlers, they didn't bring up our players to be profesional sportsmen, they never had enough faith in woolmer (rest in peace) and they destroy all our youngsters confidence.

    And thats just the start of it! Enough complain, rid the PCB of them all. Bring in ex-players and ONLY ex-players instead of the presidents friends.

  • Sabika on March 19, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    i love your last comment and you are quite right cant get any worse can it can it?

  • wasim saqib on March 19, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    The green top pitches were only for Pakistan as Zimbabve and west Indies are playing today on a perfect One day pitch,Kamran heres an Idea for your next Blog right about the discrimnation being done by Icc with Pakistan are we at war with ICC and is it fair,I raised my suspicion after the India and WI match that we will get Hard and seaming pitches,which we got later on,and looking at Irish team it appeared that the wicket was tailor made for them and the way they played and had their field placing from the word go it seemed as if they knew before hand what type of pitches they were going to get and the fact that south African coach giving them tips about our players I dont think that those tips would have worked if the pitch was a normal ODI pitch just like the ones every other team is getting.I am not looking for a conspiracy theory over here but this has become so evident that its almost disgusting,only our players are being target of random dope testing why jacob Oram is not tested he came out of an injury and it seems that some miracle is going on with his finger same goes for andrew symonds. Imagine if a tournament was being played in India or Pakistan and one of these countries had gotten bad pitches in a row you know what would have happened after that,ICC makes a lot of money from India and Pakistan they should not discriminate against our teams.

  • Hassan on March 19, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    PCB Chairman Naseem Ashraf resigned. We just need one more resignation (of Musharraf).

  • Naila on March 19, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    Well i was saddened by Inzimam's news.No doubt of his recent failures as a captain but he is a Good man. And respected among team mates. Well the good news for me at the moment is the PCB Chairman Naseem Ashraf has resigned toooo.... so i will not say that i am unhappy because i am too much happy and relieved that atlast a good thing happened and the thing that we all wanted.

  • tughral t ali on March 19, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    will nothing satisfy you sorry lot of perpectual critics?? get a life for Gods sake, and let it go now. enough has already been done

  • Umair Imran on March 19, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    I officialy proclaim the death of Pakistani Cricket today. I will never support Pakistan again and I say aloud I am no longer proud to be Pakistani. Who would of though 60 years ago we Pakistanis would feel so low, I wonder why Pakistan was ever made. We have no respect for others and I give my condolances to Bob Woolmer and his kin. If any of us have some respect it is all in this apology. Inzamam has gone but it has changed nothing. Take Care and Im So Sorry. Umair Imran

  • Yusaf Khan on March 19, 2007, 20:02 GMT

    Inzi - you are the man! you have provided us with some fantastic cricket and I am proud of you. I supported you when you forfeited the Oval match and I support you now because you have shown courage and taken full responsibility. I dont think Pakistan will ever see someone like you again (i hope i am wrong)

  • Blue Devil on March 19, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    Inzi must quit all forms of the game. It was very insensitive of him to announce his retirement decision right after Bob Woolmer's tragic death. He has lost the plot. Over the last year or so, he destroyed the team's fighting spirit through his negative and defensive captaincy on the field. Off the field, he has proved to be an even bigger disaster - playing favorites, bullying junior players, ignoring sound selection advice, and spending more time prosetylizing (and measuring the size of his beard) than working on his Cricket - he was paid to be a cricketer and not a preacher!!!! It was incredible to hear his explanation after the defeat to Ireland - 'it was just fate'..How stupid is this guy?? Instead of owning up to all his mistakes, he has the cheek to blame God for this fiasco. What a self-righteous moron!!! Dr. Ashraf, kick this idiot out of our national Test team so we don't have to listen to his humiliating nonsense ever again.

  • Nabil on March 19, 2007, 19:49 GMT

    Inzi's legacy and time, as palyer if not captain, should be honoured and looked back upon with great pride. As a player, I feel, along with Wasim and Waqar he led Pakistani crickt through the '90s with some stellar performances. He may not have been an angel but he was probably our best "potential" captain after the legendary Imran Khan but the politcs of Pakistani Criket and its weak structure will never let us succeed on or off the pitch unless we get another Imran Khan but since this is virtually unlikely I feel the best situation will be to get rid of Ashraf, Altaf, Mir and Co. and bring in the likes of Imran, Rameez and Wasim as admin people and coaches <--- people who know what cricket actually is and how it should be run succesfully!!!

  • Muhammed Imran on March 19, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    Assala mualaikum This is an Indian Inzy Fan,Inzy u were a true Champ , team player and a match winner , its really impossible to fill in the gap which you have left , but for every rise there is a Fall , but you would never fall in the eyes of the cricket Lovers as your we love u Direct Dil Se... Bonne Chance Imran

  • Syed Rizwan on March 19, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    I bet after 2 ODI series every one will be missing Inzi already, we dont have a replacement for him as a batsman in ODIs too. He should have continued playing as a player cuz i know we will be missing him, there is only one Inzi and no 1 else can be like him!

  • Shahz on March 19, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    Regardless of timing of his announcement and all the unfortunate events that has unfolded over the last few days, today we must salute Inzi and thank him for his great services to Pakistan. Memmories of his so many great innings can easily get blurred in the wake of these sad events but we must never forget the times he won and saved games for Pakistan. Thanks much Inzi and all the best to you.

  • anser azim on March 19, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    TO MSR (Bosto, MA): I think you are dead wrong and you need better schooling. It was neither Urdu, Bengali, sindhi and Punjabi either. The partition was the fight between people who speak these languages. It was Kibr or feeling of superiority of one over the other. These are the attributes of Satan. Our religion stands against these evils. best wishes

    anser

  • wasim saqib on March 19, 2007, 19:35 GMT

    The comments on this blog reflect how emotional our Nation is,driven by our emotions we can change on a flip of a coin,there is no need to give any importance to the retirement decision of Inzimam he made a good choice he is way past his prime as a batsman and he didnt had the skills to be a good captain. I watched the whole match where we lost to Ireland regardless of the pitch and the low score we could have still won the match if Inzimam had shown some leadership skills, his bowlers were bowling back off the length making it easier for the Irish batsmen to leave the ball all the balls on which we got wickets were bowled up,I never saw Inzimam or Bob woolmer sending a message to the bowlers to change their length, the biggest mistake he made was he didnt tried to prevent singles on the last two balls of the over during the whole innings Neil obrien was taking single off the last two balls I never saw any eagerness on the part of Pakistani team to prevent those singles. Porterfield survived too long and he was clearly not comfortable out there.If we had targeted him we could have made further inroads into their batting.

    Also guys please stop linking Bob woolmers untimely death to the loss and hence making Pakistan team responsible,control your emotions we dont know the cause of death yet,he had vomited blood in his room,we all know it was saint Patricks day,It can be related to drinking or any of his earlier medical conditions,bcz those of you who are related to medical field would know that stress does not make you vomit blood,If it was due to intoxication that has to be ruled out yet,so lets not be speculative about a serious issue, Life is a precious thing and he was a part of Pakistan team,he chose to serve our country although the goals were never achieved but we should pay him respect for his services while not exaggerating things beyond proportions.

    Our team has three main problems,one our batting fails on hard seaming pitches, Two under Inzimam we turned into a defensive minded team. Three selection and administration. We need to find a good coach now, has to be from Pakistan so much for technology when the basics have gone wrong. We need to find a good Captain,I will say a big No for Afridi and Younis as many have suggested both of them are highly inconsistent and would be lucky if they find a place in the team,younis in the Media has been the strongest candidate,folks lets not reward him for his poor bone headed display of batting, I think in both the matches he was our worst player,In my opinion, Shoaib Malik or Mohammad yousaf are the best candidates.

    Nasim ashraf should have the decency to resign, we need Majid khan,the selection committee should also be replaced as their poor selection led to our poor performance. In the end I would again say control your emotions and lets give every body what they deserve, BoB woolmer our coach our final respect and Inzimam despite his recent failure has served the nation well in the past he should be given an honorable farewell and from both forms of cricket.

  • Kamran Niazi on March 19, 2007, 19:33 GMT

    Another lamentable example of Pakistani individualism and self-interest rising above what is good for the people and the nation. True leadership is never bestowed or gifted, its earnt through respect, delivering results and driving your team to success through adversity, by continuous improvement. With Inzy half-resigning now, things obviously can't get any worse for The Pakistan Crapping Board (PCB) - so lets see what words of wisdom (in Punjabi presumbly) they come up with this time. In fact, I think the whole team should retire and forfeit the next match to Zimbabwe - that would be a fitting gift to the late Bob Woolmer (God rest his soul) lest our "cornered tigers" lose that game as well and complete this Shakesperean tragedy. Poor old Bob and the rest of us who have travelled the world shouting "Pakistan Zindabad" and waving the flag actually believed in the farcical notion that this World Cup was going to be our second.

    May God grant us all a little more wisdom. Amen.

    Kamran Niazi (Toronto)

  • G. Mustafa New York on March 19, 2007, 19:20 GMT

    Slute to Inzi for entertaining us with good cricket for long time. The timing is right for Inzi to exit and now it is time for PCB to take corrective actions to let it not dismantle the the time. Younis and Yousuf are still needed. They are in good form and team can utilized their great experience.

  • Naaz on March 19, 2007, 19:08 GMT

    I wonder what makes someone presume that Tableeghi Jamaat had anything to do with the present state of Pakistan cricket. If this comment is made by someone who doesn't understand what TJ profess then I may excuse them. But if the comment is made by someone who belong to a nation the birth of which was based on seeking a religious identity it is a shocker.

    Inzamam Ul Haq was the best batsman in Pakistan post Javed era. Is there anyone who disputes that? You simply cannot and you should not. Who can forget the way he used to set himself for chasing big totals. I am sure opposition used to be lulled into thinking that asking rate is climbing too rapidly only to find that presumption crashing like a building in controlled demolition.

    Now talking about the timing, while I agree that Inzamam could have chosen another day to announce his retirement (even a day later was not a bad choice) however I simply disagree with the assertion that it is a good riddance. After all we all know what our "puppet captain" did during his reign of few weeks.

    I'll miss you Inzamam. In an era when we saw Tendulkars, Waughs, Laras I always admired you for the way you approached your game.

    Will miss you always.

  • Bosco Martyres on March 19, 2007, 19:06 GMT

    What a terribly sad time for Pakistani cricket.I hope it will be back to the drawing board where every aspect will be reviewed and corrective action taken. One of these is certainly proper relations with the media. Whatever we may think, the fact is that English is the language of communication and the next captain should be one who is fluent in the language and comes off well when dealing with the media. I hope Inzi compensates for his gaff by having each team member wear a black arm band and dedicate the team's efforts in the Zimbabwe game to the memory of Bob Woolmer.

  • I on March 19, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    Good Move Inzi, But too little too late.....

    Bring on the New Blood in Pak Cricket Ranks

  • Murtaza on March 19, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    Inzi retired. It was about time that he should quit cricket and this is a fact noone can negate, but even if Pakistan lose badly I believe that Inzi never actually deserved such a bad quit from the game, he is a hero still and can be listed among the greatest batsmen of all times. It is indeed sad that a great player like Inzi is retiring in such manner. He was a great player, he is a great player and will definately be acknowledged in years to come.

  • Rahimm Khann,UK on March 19, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    Wow India has scored 413. That takes care of the run rate factor. Will they win against SL now.

  • Yassar on March 19, 2007, 18:43 GMT

    Why are we always looking to blame people and always looking for faults. Inzamam and the Pakistan cricket team is more devastated than most people upon hearing Bob Woolmer’s passing.

    His decision to announce his retirement from ODI cricket and to step down as national captain became easy for him when Bob passed away as it meant he would no longer be working with an innovative genius. Inzamam’s timing in announcing his decision was in no way meant to be insensitive this is something the media have simply decided to latch on to.

    The relationship the Pakistani team have had with Bob has been tremendous and no one knows the pain they are feeling so to call someone insensitive who has been so closely linked with Bob over the last few years is actually insensitive in itself.

    In regards to Inzamam retiring from the ODI game I actually think it is a great loss to that format of the game and in particular to Pakistan. He still is Pakistan’s best batsman and most consistent…so what if he is off form, his class will always remain. Most people wrote him off after his poor run in the 2004 world cup and we all know how brilliantly Inzamam came back from that. I agree with him stepping down as captain but I think he should have continued on playing as a ODI player as he still has so much to offer.

    Every player would like to bow out of the game on a high and Inzamam was no different. He planned to bow out after a successful world cup…unfortunately this was not to happen but this by no means tarnishes his career. He is still a legend and always will be!

    I hope he continues playing test match cricket because again he is Pakistan’s best batsman and has plenty to offer but more to the point there is no one able or good enough at the moment to fill his shoes.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Inzamam for his contribution to Pakistan cricket and to cricket in general. His performances have always been honest and it has been an honour to have him represent Pakistan. I hope to see Inzamam continue his test match career as Pakistan certainly need him.

    I would like to sign off on the sad demise of Bob Woolmer and would like to thank him for his contribution to Pakistani cricket. He conducted himself in dignity and was a thorough professional. Bob passed away whilst serving Pakistan and as a result I hope the people of Pakistan honour him appropriately. Bob you will be sorely missed and I hope your soul rests in peace!

  • M Jibril on March 19, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    Whats wrong with his annoucement? Every body is crying foul of his timming. I believe this is a ridiculous discussion. Pakistan lost because Ireland played an excellent game on that day

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    I think inzi's timing is perfect. People think it is selfish and an attempt to get the spotlight on himself, but I believe its the contrary. He just quietly slipped out and did not want to make a big deal out of it. Pakistan's cricket is in a state right now where this decision will not impact things much. Inzi was going to get the boot from captaincy anyway and pakistan isn't playing any more part in the WC, so this was the right time to step aside and let things settle down. Anyone who thinks that this decision is going to take the focus away from the sad demise of Bob Woolmer is not thinking clearly. As inzi said himself, his retirement is an insignificant event compared to Woolmer's death. Inzi was the best cricketer paksitan produced in the last 20 years, and we owe it to him to leave on his terms and wishes. Ali - Seattle

  • Adnan on March 19, 2007, 18:39 GMT

    I tend to think the same as Aizad at least some part of it. The blame for Pakistan’s poor performance lays on the PBC. As long as we have the bad politics in PCB, none qualified and persons that only look for their own interests and winning we can never become a good cricket nation. As the Imran Khan sad we have to people in PBC who is there only because they love cricket, are qualified and have been elected to be there.

    As for Bob Woolmer and imzamam they will be missed by not only by Pakistani but I think all of them who loves cricket. I hope that we can learn something form this sad incident and really do something about our team, we owe them.

  • Waseem Aslam on March 19, 2007, 18:36 GMT

    I believe Inzi made the right decision. No body wants to loose the power and the position. It takes courage to step down when you are at your best. And in Pakistan's cricket history, only Imran khan had that courage. It is right time for Inzi to step down but this is unfortunate for Inzi to say good bye to one day cricket in that fashion and i really feel sorry for Bob Woolmer that he had to go forever because of some very poor crickrt by so called professional cricketrs.

  • Inaam ul haq on March 19, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    Who are we or for that matter Mr Abbasi to decide whether it is the right time or not for Inzi - give the person who has been the best batsmen for pakistan to decide for himself what is the right time. I feel for Inzimam who just lost just a coach whom he and his team respected. The media can come out with things when there is nothing. Pakistan lost a match to team who played better - its just a game not a war. Our teams in history with much better batsmen have done as bad on seeming wickets - relax it has happened before

  • momin on March 19, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    after so much of hype tense this weekend... and sitting with my family....... my mum does not watch cricket neither she has interest in the game at all rather than shouting at us as to why are we wasting our time... she said that froma ll the captains inzy did one thing which all the ret captains could not do......... atleast he himself and he made his teammates realise themselves of what they are muslims!!!!!!! nomore drunk cases.... no more charas cases..... their first duty of namaz in front of Allah he and saeed anwar both of their hardwork changed the minds of paki players towards islam.......and i think this game and cricket would not help us by winning jannah or save us from hellfire!!!!!!!!!!!!!! probably our good deeds would do...... and imagine the people lookign at them and started praying even those deeds go to them....humble man and he started thanking Allah in front of the world..........I thibk if someone denies this or critisces this point probably needs to check his background that no doubt tableegh did make them atleats humans no more match fix scandals coz no oen is doubting their integrities anymore.......coz everyone knows that this team is piuos religious......... and i dont recall any captains era the team was so together.... and had so much of unity...... dont say imrans khans time........ i can count you the cold wars between miandad and imran the 280 not out of javed and imrans declare.....qasim omar salim jaffer wasted... just because of egoes..... but this team had love for each othe just for the sake of Allah and only a truthful man a pious man a leader can stand up in front of the nation and say yes my mistake i accept i could not win the world cup for you pakistan and cry with that....this is greatness ...i dont know but for me this reason that atleats reminding all the players and turning them towards namaz and making their habit of praying 5 times for people like afridi who used to flirt with girls in karachi in cabby restaurant and the other lads caught smoking cannabis making them realise how to please Allah ........ I am giving himt he credit coz he was first made realised by Saeed Anwar and sicne beign the captain everyone woudl listen to hima nd respect him and he communicated and for that I salute him................ coz to hell with world cups but if he makes one single human religious thats more than achieved....... i cant believe but this has to be true that their habits were so gooooood that it made the christian guy realise the beauty of islam and look at him now how good he has become that is some achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2007, 18:29 GMT

    On Inzamam's retirement:

    Sub kuch lutaa kay hosh may aye tou kya kiya? Din may 4 nihari kha ker dieting ki tou kya kiya?

  • Usman on March 19, 2007, 18:24 GMT

    Leave Inzi alone..he made the rite move..we dont need to argue whether it was the rite time or not.

  • Taimur on March 19, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    Its a good thing he left he has proven time after time that he was never a good captain. Its time for fresh blood in the team these old players have disappointed us on almost every big stage , we can look it his performance in last world cup and also in this one, so its good for the future of pakistan cricket that he should retire and rightly he did.

  • Dealabc on March 19, 2007, 18:21 GMT

    Good Riddance!

  • Haqnawaz Habib on March 19, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    If we look at the Inzi facts then we one will admit that he was a hero for his contribution towards WC 92 and many other matches. You can campare his qualities and abilities with the any world top bastmens. He deserves the fairwall but not with the stage that he has created around him. I remember the Damyn Martin retirement when he was failed in one of the home series last year. Our players might be professional as an individual but I think they are not professional dealing with their profession.

    I only regret the fairwall of one of the great bowler, Wasim Akram. Inzi took too much burden on his shoulder. He spoiled his batting and spoiled world cup for his country as well. I am not sure if he will regret it but I am sure he will always regret the death of his coach. How professional and sensetive that man was with his profession.

    After the defeat I think nobody was interested if he is going to retire or play so it does not matter if he stepped forward and announced his retirement. I am going to blame him as he took the responbility of something he was not capable of, although he apologized for the defeat but his apologies will not bring back anything. We might need some good heads in the PCB.

  • E on March 19, 2007, 18:12 GMT

    Such a shame!!! Only one sport that we play and call ourself good at, since squash and hockey is history. It is athleticism that is dying in Pakistan not just cricket.

  • Nabeel Siddiqui on March 19, 2007, 18:06 GMT

    Don't agree with Imran on the "HUMBLE" comment for Inzamam. Inzi is mulish and for a person with an IQ of 25, bolshie attitute was bound to be disasterous.He didn't even like to take advice from his mentor Imran Khan, and neglected the former captain's tips on selection and strategies.

    It would be fair to say that in a country like Pakistan, where a 10 year old could come up with the conclusion that Danish should have played against any of the minnows due to their lack of experience in facing spinners like Kaneria, Inzi's tiny brain could not calculate the distribution of 50 overs among Pakistan's pacers and spinners. Same issue we had with another of dumb capatin Waqar in the 2003 world cup where we lost a nicely placed game in favor of Pakistan to Australia.

    It just sad that it took the coach's life for the most incompetant captain in Pakistan's cricket history to call it a quits. Thanks for the favor Inzi and now please don't be any more selfish and say goodbye to test cricket as well. Your dream of breaking Miandad's test runs' record probably will cause the nation a few more set backs and heart aches. So, Adios Inzi, adios!

  • Mike Rosario on March 19, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    Folks ..perhaps this is not the time to debate on Inzamam.

    The world at large and cricketing world in particular have to realize cricket is just a game . Passion or lack there of should not translate into humiliation for anyone.Bob Woolmer was perhaps more loyal and honest at his coaching assignment than any of his critics.For some reason it seemed like just about every Tom , Dick and Harry had a misdirected criticism of Bob. He was not playing for the team ..he was coaching. He did his best ..but the team he spent so much time on was just not disciplined and talented enough to perform. Throughout his tenure for Pakistan he was between a rock and a hard place , under undue pressure and critique. Give it a rest people , nobody has to die for just a game. Nobody should be subject to abject humiliation just because they are so nice that they don't engage in cheap shots. Most importantly , nobody and certainly not Bob Woolmer needs to exit the world arena like this. It is time to ponder . Are we completely desensitized to human decency and regard ?

    Regards

    Mike

  • Shahid on March 19, 2007, 17:54 GMT

    Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim First of all, thanks to Allah Yes, I means da boys they play well and they try the best but it is not the will of Allah that World Cup is ours. Yes definateley they are the trying their best and it is just not being our day today. Yes definateley the Ireland play well but still da boys they should have won but it was just bad Kismet but definateley they try their best but it is not to be. Yes definateley I am being retiring now and I have been played for 17 years Inshallah and I am being happy with the work that I am being doing. I think I am the gud batsman for the Pakistan and I am think that the people will judge that I am gud captain also. Yes I know I can have to leave the captuncy long ago but this not the my nature that a big batsman of my height should be have to play with other captun so I am not doing that. Yes definateley I am slow on the field physically and mentally and I am interested more in doing jugaali on my gum than the thinking about the strategy because that is the hard on my knees. Yes definateley I am being the selector for my team and you are being in my good books then you are being playing in the matches. And yes Inshallah if you are not doing the good things I like then you are not being in the team, not mattering what you are doing in averages or talent. Hello Asim Kamal! Yes definateley Bob Woolmer is my great friend and I am very much hurt by his loss and I wish the best for the family of Bob. Yes definateley over the last 7-8 months he is being just a figure head and dummy coach and I am not being listening to his advice ever since the Oval test match when the Hair is thinking I am doing the cheating and when Bob is telling me to take the team out I am telling him to shut up and then we are being polite since then but I am not being listening to him and Inshallah you can see results. Yes definateley the PCB chief is being my big friend and is the person who is the making changes to the team on my saying and making the good steps to ruin the game of kirkit in the Pakistan even more than before. Yes definateley I am being told by all the previous people what the things I have been doing wrong and I am not listening to any one becaz I am being the gud captun and the great batsman. Hello Imran Bhai! Yes definateley I am the like to bat on the flat track wicket with no grasses and Inshallah I am the making runs in Pakistan to get my average up high. Yes definateley I am liking to bat at 5 because then the ball is not new and I am being easy to play then and that’s why I am the not wanting to play up the order because I am the gud batsman in the team and I am the captun. So I am being not retiring from Test kirkit because I am increasing my average by playing in the Pakistan more and then I am being the best batsman in the Pakistan ever before. Hello Javed Bhai!

    Good riddance, Inzimam. Yes you were a great batsman, maybe you still are, but as a captain you destroyed my beloved Pakistan team over the last year and for that I hope you rot in hell.

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 17:54 GMT

    When will you jounalist start thinking like a human? Give the man a break! He's been thru so much in the past 2 days in particular and past 8 months in general. It's always easy to criticize but hard to put oneself in somebody else's shoes & impossible to feel the same as them.

    The team is heartbroken! We need some sensitivity. Any criticism is seems distasteful. The loss against IRE is the lowest point in PAK cricket history but there are things more important in life than this. We can analize, criticize at the right time as much as it's needed but now let's give the boys & Inzi a break!

    May God rest Bob's soul!

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on March 19, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    Timing is of no essence and I can't say if the untimely death of coach Woolmer led to a spill of emotions. The fact is that Inzy did not play his best cricket in any of the World Cups, except in 1992. Lately his batting desired a lot and finally the stress of playing at this level must have got to him.

    The future is wide open and a new management and fresh team needs to be built to make the Pakistani fans rejoice and be proud of their Cricket team.

    So long Inzy, none can deny that you played well and left a deep impression on both ODI and Test Cricket and will be remembered as an exciting Batsmen by one and all.

    You did not have the leadership qualities and the selectors did not do justice in appointing you as the captain. There were victories, when your players raised the level of their game and defeats when everybody expected you to come up with miracles.

    As you have drawn the curtain, on your ODI career, you may be better off not playing Test Cricket either and let youngsters take your place in both versions of the game.

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on March 19, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    To all the sympathizers of Inzi and the team, it not just the defeat, it how you loose. Almost entire team lacks professional, no one has the common sense to play according to the situation of the game. I think one thing that each player should be made very clear is that they are employee of PCB. They are not doing a favor to Pakistan or any one, it’s there JOB they are getting paid to play. I think we should also stop treating them as heroes for two reasons; one, heroes are not selfish, and the heroism they do is not for a reward its just that they do. The second reason is that it gets in their heads.

    To be very honest, despite of all this I don’t believe for a single moment that things will be any better six months from now. When you have the chairman who was appointed just because he is a friend of a very powerful man in Pakistan, when you have people like Bari who put their personal interest ahead of the national, when you have captions like Inzi who can go around the selection process to get players HE likes, nothing good can come out of it, and to be fare, nothing good should come out of it.

    My prediction is that PCB will bring back Miandad, change Bari with Amir Sohail and may change the chairman to another friend. I don’t have much faith in the leadership of PCB or of Pakistan for that matter. I and a majority of the nation knows what needs to be done, will it going to happen, don’t bet on it.

  • Senthil on March 19, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    Inzi is one of the rarest of cricketers.. A gentleman.. Quite rare in a pakistani team..

  • ajr on March 19, 2007, 17:42 GMT

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

    I don't think there was a better time for Inzamam to announce his retirement than this. He is who he is; we expected miracles from him, which he could not give. But he did give us some wonderful moments for which we should thank him and move on.

    Bob Woolmer was a hero, a great man and a great coach who really cared about Pakistani cricketers. Again we expected miracles from him as well, but it is the players who have to perform on the field. He could only do so much. There was never a dull moment in the Pakistani cricket in the last year or so that finally culminated in the tragic events in the Caribbean. As a final tribute to his great services to Pakistan, the PCB should consider naming an enclosure in one of the stadiums after his name. This is just to remind ourselves that we do care about our fallen heroes and a further reminder of this dark chapter in Pakistani cricket.

    So long Bob and Inzi.

  • Dr. Rashid Ali on March 19, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    Strange but true...I had an txt message on sunday that read"

    "Pakistan cricket died this morning....Inna lillahe wa inna elaahey rajeoon. Funeral will be held on March 21 after the match against Zimbabwe. Maulana Inzi will lead the janazza prayer."

    Little did the sender know of how grave a situation was about to unfold.

    I am utterly shocked at the passing away of Bob Woolmer, it is a loss to the game and to our team. The team was heading in the right direction. We all now have to look at the future.

    1. The PCB management needs to be consistent, and draw up a ten year plan set in STONE.

    2. Domestic infrastructure has to be brought in line with the national priorities.

    3. Remove of POLITICS from cricket.

    4. Training of batsman with balls that swing. A normal 5-1/2 oz ball with slight mass im-balance will do the trick, ie slightly heavier on one side. This should be introduced at the lowest form of cricket. At the first class level, one game should be played with normal ball, and the next one with a ball that swings.

    5. Do not let players become media stars!!!, plenty of financial rewards should be given so that they are not tempted. Once chosen to play for PAK, players must sign an agreement with the boards, that curtails what can be done or said in public.

    6. The board needs to get away from the MAALI culture for pitch preparations. They should enlist help from experts in soil mechanics to help prepare pitches.

    7. The board should not levy any admission charge, to encourage people to attend international games. Revenue should solely be generated from TV and Advertisement rights.

    8. Cricket is a mental game, and every cricketer must be made to attend the accademy. A diploma in sport science to be awarded at the exit. During which the technical aspects of the game should be taught, in formal classroom envoirnment. The guest lecturers should be invited from all over the world.

    9. Our cricketers should attend elloqution classes so that they can conduct themselves in public.

    These are only a few points that will help PAK cricket in the long run. I am a die hard cricketer myself, and believe that a failure or two is no reason for despair. We have to look at the bigger picture. What is important is what we leave behind for our next generation. We all have a duty to rectify the situation in any way we can, and ensure that our next generations cant allege that we left them with nothing.......

    Regards

    Dr. Rashid Ali

  • Aditya on March 19, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    I feel sorry for Inzamam...definitely. He is a very cool character, and no matter what some people say about him he is still unfazed. I still think he has a lot to offer to the cricket world as a Test player. Obviously in the aftermath of Woolmer's passing away this seems like an insensitive thing on the part of Inzy to do, but in the end it's probably something he had decided before anyway. Being from India, he will always be one of my favourite Pakistan players along with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Ramiz Raja and Saeed Anwar. He deserves to be lumped together with those greats of Pakistan cricket.

  • Kamran on March 19, 2007, 17:38 GMT

    just leave them alone! they're human beings not some robots like you guys expect them to be. Sheeeshh!!

  • Adeel on March 19, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    I think Inzi's decision to leave wasnt really insensitive, he was close to Bob Woolmer and felt he'd leave with his presence in time. But that wasn't the case and came much earlier. Inzi has done all he can for the team. When world class players dont mesh together, it is unfortunate that a great legacy like Inzi takes the rap. He is by miles above Javed Miadad in Play, and a great mould from Imran Khan.

  • Aizad on March 19, 2007, 17:33 GMT

    This game is a professional sport and our main failings is that we do not treat it as such.

    Pakistan's track record in the recent past is A) failed to qualify for Super 6's in 2003 World Cup B) Failed in the Champions Trophy C) Beaten by England in England D) Beaten by South Africa in South Africa E) Humuliated in the World Cup 2007. So before you all react, note that by the next World Cup it will be almost 20 years since we won it and 12 years since the 1999 humuliating Final.

    In between during Inzi's era, some very positive wins in flat-track dead pitches in Pakistan and India divert attention from our failures.

    We have failed to secure a moderate to decent opening partnership. Failed to nurture the next generation of bowlers. Failed to teach basic discipline to the likes of Afridi and Akthar so that the former can dance on a pitch to scuff it up and then be banned, and recently fan his bat at a fan so miss W.Indies and Ireland -- how much is Afridi's pathetic ego also at fault here? Failure to introduce many members of Pakistan's Under-19 World Cup XI (who have by the way defended the trophy) into the main team.

    Inzi is not the problem, since he is amongst the Top 5 batsmen that Pakistan has ever produced. The PCB and its elite-members are the problem. Paksitan's cricket is declining and for decade was nurtured on a generation of geniuses (Wasim, Waqar, Mushtaq, Saqlain, Inzi, Yousaf, Javed M, Imran K, Shoaib) but now the future looks very dire. Imran passed the flame to Wasim. Who has Inzi passed the flame to?

    The players need to look at themselves and go and learn their trade in England and Pakistan. It is no conicidence that the a very large portion of the past greats of Pakistan (Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Javed, Saqlain, Majid) spent time abroad to learn their game.

    I am mighty glad that Inzi has retired to make way for others. Pakistan has been in it's Autumn and Winter for some time, reflecting on past Summer glories rather than grooming new blossom. It is time to build again a world class team.

    Aizad

  • MAHMUD on March 19, 2007, 17:31 GMT

    one really feels sorry for the coach, for the team and for the captain for what all has happened in the last few months. apart from their follys, they also remained very unlucky. just think of the tied match between ireland and zambabwe. had that not happened, they still had a chance. but anyway its past now and bad luck was only one of the minor causes. the major causes r the short sightedness of our managers, lack of professionalism, undue favours at the cost of merit and discouragement of the new talent. there r many others but i think our major problems fall in these four heads. so we should seriosly think about our shortcomings and try to eradicate them if we really want to rise again in international cricket. otherwise let me tell u still we have not reached the depths which are awaiting us if we continue in the same manner. and remember that inzamam is not the only one to blame. everyone associated in anyway with this team is responsible for this debacle. inzamam was no doubt a great player who earned so much for pakistan and we must salute him for that. he was a great player and yet a very humble and down to the earth person. u dont find many people like that.

  • Imran Zia on March 19, 2007, 17:28 GMT

    But Now than later. Inzamam and company has must feel guilty about the incident and Inzi may have thought that taking responsibilty for the debacle and stepping down should lessen at least their guilt and agony. There is nothing wrong with the timing. The Oval incident had made a definite impact on Inzi's confidence and Pakistan's. The events that followed never helped but after the England tour Inzi was not the same player any more. He may have continued for the sake of stability but he should have stepped down as Captain then!

  • Hamza Ansari on March 19, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    It was sad to see Pakistan, with all out experience and talent being crushed like college amateurs at the hands of a team that was not even a cricketing nation. What further deepened our wounds was Sir. Woolmers death (I would refer to the late man as Sir for all his services to our dismantled team). It was a tragic loss and very very unexpected. Inzis departure was expected, and personally I was glad that he had called it quits. I wouldnt want to comment on the timing of his announcement, its the end result I am more concerned about. But the question still remains, why does the PCB wait for the worse to happen BEFORE it pulls its socks up? When it knew all along, that Inzy was not as good a captain as he was a batsmen, then why did it not have him changed for someone better? When the PCB knew Pakistan team was tumbling down the performance graph, why didnt it identify the problems and rectify them in first instance? You dont wait for your car to crash before you change the breaks, then why didnt PCB apply natures simple logic of being safe than sorry, and get its head down and avert all the misfortunes our team has had to go through over the past months, possibly years? To be honest I blamed Inzy for all that had happened, but the root cause of all this HAS to be and is PCB!

    We saw it in '99, '03 and now '07 and yet we as a nation start pin-pointing at one individual, who just happens to be doing everything in his capabilities, but we never think outside the egg-shell and look at the bigger, brighter picture that stares us right into our eyes. We need to change the way PCB manages the team and most of all itself. Only then we might have legends not quitting humiliated, coach's not passing away due to immense stress and pressure and most of all, Pakistan not loosing to a rugby playing nation.

  • Gollumbird on March 19, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    Kamran, if you don't have anything to say about something, that's ok. You don't have to write a column. This is really a non-issue about when he should or shouldn't have quit. The writing was on the wall as far as his departure from cricket is concerned. It's unnecessary to criticize for the sake of writing a column. There is no doubt that his contributions to Pakistan cricket far far outweigh his shortcomings and he'll be remembered as the second greatest batsman Pakistan ever produced.

  • Mubashir Hanif on March 19, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! I dont think Inzi did it at the wrong time. He is going to play in the last game. I think its perfectly timed. What should he have waited for?It will take a lot of time if some one honestly wants to do some thing about cricket in Pakistan. If I was him I would do the same.I think he is still brave enough to step down. Its not all his fault, you have to go back to the basics. Sacking Captains or coaches will never ever help until you you change the whole package. Basic infra-strcuture, schooling, technicall assistance etc NOT when you are 35 and you have TIDD (belly) but as you are learning (may be at nurseries, as kids learn ice hockey or foot ball in EU). Again I have to get back to where I come from, Pakistan. Every thing is up side down, its a miracle that the country is running. I salute Inzamam-ul-haq that out of no where he made his name. I very strongly believe that every one is unique, if I think of Inzi, let me shout out loud, you can not match no body to him. He is a class of his own. I think we can take a good stat by starting educating our people back home, you know what I mean?

  • shahid sattar on March 19, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Loosing to Ireland is crimnal.Poor Bob lost his life aftermath.It is destiny.Inzi has committed lots of mistake in the selection of the team for the world cup.He was favouring few players inspite of their poor form.His affiliation and passsion of Tableegi Jamaat made him blind.Afridi,Mushtaq(kept as bowling coach because of Tableegi affiliation),Yousuf(he only deserved the place),Rana,shabbir etc belongs to his Tableegi syndicate.Saeed Anwer is responsible for this.He favoured Hafeez,Kamran,Rana as well.Why they carried Asim Kamal,Zulfikar Hyder and Yasir Arafat to South AFrica.As a player he was wonderful.Please do not forget the 92notout he made recently in South Africa.Unfortunately we have short memories.We should not criticize Inzi as batsman.He is still good.A sad end to otherwise a wonderful career.It will be hard for PAK to replace inzi,atleast the class. Last thing,the time has come to replace the set up in PCB.All those people of Musharff's Adhoc commitee,chairman Nasem Ashraf,PCB officials,selectors etc must be kicked out.It is shame that Except Iqbal Qasim no body has step down.They have no vision.After all they are after Vitamin M. Too much cricket to too bad.Is in't it! Go back home,watch world cup and learn how to play cricket.Like Newzealand,Australiaand South Africa. Let us watch the world cup minus pakistan. Enjoy!

  • 3rdina2horserace on March 19, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    Why do you have to be so critical all the time, Kamran? You have been made to chew on your words time and again over the course of the last few weeks. Yeah, the timing was ill-advised and insensitive, but it has already been talked about. I am no fan of Inzi, his batting or his persoanlity, but don't kick the guy when he is already down. All they can do is go out there against Zimbabwe, and pour every single drop of energy in their bodies to try and put on an incredible perfromance in the memory of Bob, that is the least he deserves.

  • Pakistan Cricket Lover on March 19, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Bob Woolmer took it to heart and passed away. Inzi did not have to retire. He still has 2-3 productive years of cricket left in him. The problem with Pakistani Cricket is with the board. PCB has to be blamed for the humilating loss against Ireland. PCB is not developing cricket in Pakistan. I fail to understand that the team in West Indies is the best talent that Pakistan can offer. Bob and Inzimam were given a very weak team. Yes coach and Captain have a say in the selection process. So if Inzimam is retiirng so do all the selectors and chairman of the board need to resign. But I guess Inzimam has character and all the other godfathers of the Pakistani cricket donot. Lets learn from the US professional sports. The Gm and Coach have the final say on who plays and when a team has a losing season these guys are fired first. Not the Quarterback, the star player or the main slugger. I would want the President of Pakistan to fire all the high ups of PCB. If he can fire the CJ he can do this also. Gen Musharraff it is time to be a military man and fire them all.

  • Amin on March 19, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    Cut poor Inzy some slack guys. The man has probably been to hell and back in the past couple of days.

    Also, I think the tragic death of Woolmer should teach us to treat cricket in a more sane manner and not turn it into a matter of life and death. The loss against Ireland was hard to take, but the passing away of Bob Woolmer just demonstrates the amount of pressure and stress players and coaches go through. I followed Woolmer's column with great interest and am certain he wanted nothing but to enjoy success with the Pakistan team. A big loss for world cricket.

    As far as Inzy is concerned, he was by far the greatest ODI batsman Pakistan ever produced. I do feel that he will be sorely missed and am glad that he will continue at the Test level. We need to move forward firstly by sacking the entire PCB management team as change will have to come from the top. We can't expect to become world beaters again if our policies continue to be those that are currently in place.

  • Abdullah-Al-Mamun on March 19, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    I, from Bangladesh, a fan of pakistan cricket team, have shocked at Woolmer's death and Inzi's retirement. Inzi's contribution to Pakistan Cricket Team cann't be washed away from mind within a day or a month or a single year. It is unfortunate to pakistan that after failure of every wc, some BOSS players r vanished. I wish another eleven Inzy team as a leading team all d time.

  • Muhammad Khan on March 19, 2007, 17:05 GMT

    The death of Bob Woolmer is a sad sad news. May Allah bless him, and reward him for being so honest to his job, May allah forgive us too, as we all never mssed a chance to blame the coach, but yes off-course we did so cause we love our game. I think the only way to re-surrect the paki team is to give it a fresh start, with a fresh system altogether. I believe the cricket affairs should be given to cricketers like Ramiz, or Zaheer, and the rest of the ppl, President Musharraf should have got nothing to do with it, nobody should be appointed on the basis that he is close to the president. A constitution for the cricket board is a must. We must take this oppourtunity to raise it to the authorities that we need a system and the right system, niether a country nor a game should be run by any dictator, "THE SYSTEM HAS TO BE CHANGED". Believe me we deserve nothing but the BEST. Condolance to the family of Bob.

  • Aamir on March 19, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    first of all, my deepest sorrows to Bob and his familly. he was a great man and a great coach. we cannot blame a person for trying to fix a corrupt system such as the PCB. secondly, inzi's timing of departure does not matter. he was clearly unfit and out of form for the past 6 months. i think he was a coward to leave at such a critical moment. as far as the world cup is concerned. noway in hell were we prepared to enter the WC after the atracious news of asif and shoibs.

  • Nasir Jamal on March 19, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    Timing is right or wrong this doesnt matter. I want here to salute the greatest batsman of our generation. He was underrated because he was not from Australia or England. In my view he is even better than the said Don Bradman or any other batsman who had taken the field in crickets long history. He won for Pakistan more matches than any other batsman in Pakistan cricket history. We should give him a fitting farewell like a hero. About his captaincy he tried his best with whatever was available to him. Cricket is a game at last somebody win and somebody lose. We should accept our defeat manly. But i want to mention here that whatever Pakistan team is facing in the past eight months is all due to foolish policies and internal politics of the cricket Board. Younis Khan was having the backing of the so called no professional chairman Naseem Ashraf and beleive me he was not performing to his best abilities under Inzamam. The future captain of pakistan should be Shahid Afridi because he has got the fire which is needed for a captain. With responsibilty on his shoulders his own performances will flourish accordingly. Younis Khan is better off with modelling designers clothes and he should leave cricket and take modelling as profession. In Last good luck to Inzamam with these words That cricket will never see again a batsman of your calibre and class and we all will miss u till we are alive.

  • Laloo on March 19, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    You cricket pundits should stop criticising everything and everyone. Inzamam took responsibility for the team's loss in the one way he could. Let us remember all the times he played golden innings to save Pakistan from defeat and his steadying influence on the team in times of turbulance. He was one of the greatest batsmen, if not the greatest of all time, the team has ever seen. Thank you Inzamam for the great cricket over the years. The nay sayers will only realize how valuable you are once you are gone!

  • zahir on March 19, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    Saddened to hear about Bob Woolmer- sympathies to his family I agree- Inzys timing could have been better. As a loyal fan, from Canada, thousands of miles away from Pakistan,hoping to see my favourite team soon in the Caribbean, I am deeply upset at the performance of the whole team- least against Ireland? I think the contracts of ALL players should be revisited,and payers picked on performance henceforth.Even a Pakistan B would have made the Super 8.The whole team should apologise to the nation for their disgraceful performance Zahir -Vancouver-Canada

  • Danish Khan on March 19, 2007, 16:59 GMT

    As I said in the previous thread, that yesterday was the most sad day for cricket or should I say my watching and following the game. I feared this would come and Inzi has left the arena with a way that he really did NOT deserve for his services expanding over a decade to not just Pakistan cricket but the world over! I have always been his fan, ever since 1992, when I as a kid used to emulate his batting style. Such a class player really deserved the occasion that was fitting, its really sad and I feel for the guy. As far as the timing is concerned Kamran Bhai, you really can't blame Inzi for this, I mean if you were in his shoes right now; think of what his mind would be going through, irrational decisions most definately arise. Yes, he could have been advised in a gentle way with a lot of support before actually making the decision and hence the announcement. I doubt that was the case as you question it on whether he was or not given mental support. Now that he has made it, I completely support and stand by Inzi.

    For the ways he has inspired me, for the moments of excitement he has skillfully created for us to watch, for his absorbing pressures in the most tight situations and coming out victorious, for his records, for his contributions to Pakistan and all such moments of glory that he has crafted and been a part of, I salute him!

    Human mind tends only to focus more on the ills and the defeats, sure Inzi has been a part of them as well, but then again so have other great names, and not just in cricket.

    I can not say enough or describe in any words that the moment wasn't fair for him, or Pakistan cricket, somebody needed to stand behind him and give full support. And for all those who like to lash out at Inzi for whatever reasons, put an end to it! He was a fine player who left in not so fine times, atleast give him the respect and dignity he so rightfully deserves!

    Sultan of Multan, what a player!

  • Atif Tahirkheli on March 19, 2007, 16:55 GMT

    Timing was right or wrong its of no question poor chap tried alot wid this team n v ve been blaming bob n inzi for this y not rest of the team n especially the selection committee which has been playin wid players in these 4 yrs. Inzi is still one of the best players in the world we cant overlook his stats in ODI and Test Matches, he has been a great servant of this game. Goood Luck Inzi

  • Dealabc on March 19, 2007, 16:55 GMT

    When I saw Mushtaq Ahmed sitting with the Pakistani team during the opening ceremony, I knew that team had no chance. When will Pakistani cricktet get rid of such useless former cricketers? They are still in the same old mindset with same old tainted players. For God's sake, we have had too much of Mushtaq, Waqar, Wasim etc. Just get rid of these and look for future. Such dubious characters shouldn't be allowed near the team.

    Now on Inzimam's retirement. I think he was thinking too much about "retiring like Imran" and less about the game. Except for Muhammad Yousuf, Younus, Sami and Shoaib malik the rest don't deserve a place in an International team. Who the hell selected players like Rao, Anjum, Imran Nazir. They don't even deserve a place in a club team let alone an international team. Such club level cricketers have been given too much importance by the board and even public. Just look at Azhar Mamood. The guy thinks he is Viv Richard.

    Pak board should immediately make Muhammad Yousuf the captain while Shoaib Akhtar should be the vice captain.

  • Mohammad Zaman on March 19, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    tragic last 2 weeks for Pakistan........

    wat an amazing win for the green color Ireland, but a sad world cup ending to the green color Pakistan, first Bob passes away, now inzi retiring, wats next?

    People would still like to argue that shoaib, asif, and razzaq are not playing and we are in the worst at the moment, we had inzi, the best batsman pakistan produced, yousuf, most runs in a year record breaker, younis, the batsman with consistency, and bowlers like gul, destroyed India in 2nd test match, naved, best bowler against india when we visited, sami, imran khan's favourite etc and i could go on and on....

    but the problem that even late Bob couldnt get it right is that pakistan cricket is full of crap, i was dreaming to play for pakistan because i would have played with pride, but the way inzi troops played against Ireland was like as if they played for granted.

    i would like to make my own XI and they would be as follows: salman butt, imran nazir, younis khan, mohammad yousuf, shoaib malik, sarfaraz ahmad, abdul razzaq, shahid afridi, jamshed ahmad, anwar ali, and mohammad asif....... this is a team with some potential and probably show some performance, forget shoaib akhtar, he is just a temporary, let him play for domestic or watever, kamran akmal just cannot be there forever just because he saved us from the test match series against india, salman butt would have made a good left hand batsman option to inzi plus i have always said and still say that mohammad hafeez and imran farhat should never be considered...ever again, taufiq umar was far more better opener than them, we could probably think of azhar mahmood and yasir hameed when someone gets injured or not showing performance, but salman butt and imran nazir will definitly make the best opening combination pakistan could produce, jamshed ahmad and anwar ali played with pride and integrity against anyone, just because they do not perform well domestically does not mean they will be bad against the team they need to perform, please kamran bhai, give my message to Imran khan or anyone in PCB to consider my proposal before it gets even worse....... i know it might take some time but trust me it will work, and for a fact that pakistan will become a winning combination again, this 2007 world cup is only showing me that the likes of wasim akram, imran khan, sarfaraz nawaz, miandad, hanif mohammad and others were just a myth and they never existed, it was just a story, if cricket need to be alive in pakistan, then please consider my proposal, again my XI after the world cup is....... salman butt, imran nazir, younis khan, mohammad yousuf, shoaib malik, sarfaraz ahmad, abdul razzaq, shahid afridi, jamshed ahmad, anwar ali, and mohammad asif. our openers need to be given confidence, look how sehwag got from dravid and now he is producing goods, just because salman butt got out of form for only 2 series he was replaced immediately, look at hafeez, wat good did inzi see in him that he was even considered in the world cup, between 2003 world cup and 2007 world cup, butt was the best opener we ever produced...EVER since Saeed Anwar left.

  • Luqman on March 19, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    It is easy for people to comment about other people's decision. What would you Kamran have done in a similar situation can be stated by you without having to live through the experience in Inzamam's shoes. Regardless of our team's performance in this World Cup, this individual blended the team together after the '99 World Cup, led it through tumultous times and achieved considerable success. He is bowing out when he should have, and has done it with grace, rather than be hard-headedly persistent. It is sad that Woolmer's demise was in the same time-frame, but Inzamam's resignation should not be held in light of Woolmer's death.

  • punch on March 19, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    Not the right time to announce. He is the best batsmen cricket has ever produced. 21 test winning hundreds to his name. Has been surrounded by greedy management and committees and some more players like younis khan who is dying for captaincy.

  • Haris on March 19, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    Retirement is simply a tribute to Bob Woolmer. No one can match both of their greatness. It's definitely Pak's loss, we lost a great coach and a great player. Most of all, we lost two great human beings!

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    Give him a break, he lost to a half drunk irish team, his coach dies that night and then he gives up a career that millions of us would trade in sec. Its not easy being inzy so accept his decision and let him pass in dignity!!!

  • suleman on March 19, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Inzamam is a very great player and he has tons of experience.He go after next world cup.

  • Riaz Haq on March 19, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    I think Inzi did the right thing by accepting responsibility and retiring. PCB chair and members should now do the same. President Musharraf as the Pak cricket patron should take the intitaitive to find a good strong leader with the love of cricket to pick up the pieces and rebuild a stronger foundation for a new cricket world order in Pakistan.

  • Tamerlane on March 19, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    Was inzi right to announce his retirement or not is secondary to the events in Caribbean. Bob Woolmer’s passing over shadows everything, I feel sorry for all the future team, players and institutions which will now never have an opportunity to learn from a legendary coach and from what I have read about him, a great individual. For us to discuss an insignificant decision, inzi’s retirement, is just an insult to the man. Inzi was on his way out, like it not. He knew it, we all knew it but no one wanted to accept it. We were all waiting for that amazing departing inning or a great tournament which never came. I think we all denied the facts that inzi is no longer hungry or interested in his cricket. You could see it from start of 2006, he hardly played the captains inning consistently to be respected by younger players, he never asserted himself as a captain and the worse thing for a fan like me was, he never took charge of games as a skipper as he should have. I am glad that he had one of the best ODI careers any batsman would like but I am glad that he has made up his mind about leaving. I think, not long in future, questions will be asked about the attitude of PCB about the way they run their business. My biggest concern is that this might discourage experienced foreign coaches from working with/in Pakistan. I am sorry to see Bob leave like he did and i pray to All Mighty to give him a well deserved rest in a peaceful place.

  • shakaib on March 19, 2007, 16:46 GMT

    As all south asian fans are very emotional and dont realize that pakistan cannot win all the time. Inzamam has led pakistani team to some astonishing and impossible wins and he virtually lifted a worthless pack of young buys and made it a fighting unit. When pakistan visited india, pakistanis were underdogs and we won handsomely. Anyway, I think his timing is absolutely right as further delay would have given his detractors a chance to go after him. Had he not retired now, they would have said he is shameless and now that he had, they are still trying to criticize. Same people like kamran who were crticizing bob woolmer are now writing obituaries for him. Does a person has to die in the sub continent to receive some sympathy. Why cant we treat our heros and remember their wins and good job that they have done. After inzamam, sadly, I see no natural heir and it will be a long rough road.

  • Tausif Rahman on March 19, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    I have always believed in this team what Inzi have been running because atleast this time around there was no betting which I believe was done, secondly more then what the whole country is depressed and sad I think the pakistan team is more down and depressed . To me it was just not pakistan's day and that's it. Inzi should not have retired from oneday cricket but should have get himself together and recoupe from this defeat for good. Pakistan team good luck and Inzi good luck.

  • Hiron on March 19, 2007, 16:44 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh and always supported Pakistan and that for Inzy. Most people think inzy should quit will only realise in the coming days what you have lost and the humiliation you talk about will just get worst. Why Pakistani and indian people take thing s so serious? it's just a game and everyone have a bad day, and not even one player nade runs, then why blame the captain and coach blame yourself for the pressure you cause to players. Most players comin to play know it very well, loosing can endanger family lives backhome!

  • fj on March 19, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    Didnt Inzi say that he had a talk with his dad before deciding when to announce his retirement? Great going Inzi's dad!

    Inzi has given a lot to Pakistan cricket. No one can forget his contributions in the 1992 worldcup. Lets give him a hefty farewell.

    I look forward to a new non-tableegi pakistan cricket era; return to the wonder years of the 80s and early 90s, something resembling Imran Khans dashing womanizing and on-field all around brilliance and Javed Miandads cunning strategy plans and altercations with opposition bowlers. Raw passion and aggression, its time to cut the religious cord and bring fun to the Pakistan cricket game.

  • kami on March 19, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    no worries lads..we are pakis after all one bad match one bad series since england tour we forget that what inzi had done when the team was uselss after 2003 world cup and how he made that team into a match winner fighting team until last 6 months since we were hit with the oval fiasco.... but since we are pakis we are used to it never accept or praise our own and praise the rest like imran khan does for other team sarfaraz nawaz does for other team and yes be happy lads we are big fools after a coupel of months everyone would be saying wow what a classic pull shot reminds me of inzy wish he would have had a nice retirement wish we were not angry at that time..hamari aadat hai yaaron achay player ki izzat karna aati nahi humay peeche pargaye banday ke akram was a good captain isnt it what did he do shall i recall his losing series but when he lost at that time everyone was critiscing him and made waqar the captain hehehe this is our habit.......inzamam scored 11000 runs for pak 85 fifties woww match winning ones ratios is higher all hundreds except one hundred against india the rest match winnign one wow inzy u are great now pakistani awam ko sukoon milega do mahiany baad jab score hoga naa 70 for 4 aur jab miandad sahab ke faisal iqbal aayengay to yaad aayega inzy had inzy been on crease we knwo we have a chance of winnign hats inzy........ till the time he is on crease pakistan is on winnign side once he is gone god help pakistan batting inzy you didnt get two openers its your fault........... why couldnt you go int he galis and find these gusy on here who play and pick them up........ next captain whenever you find a opener and if he doesnt score a fifty takw the wicket and shove it in his _____ probably then he woudl make fifty coz if u dont do and if our openers keep on failing then we are paki awam danda dedengay aur zaleel karke nikaalengay

  • Zarra on March 19, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    I completely agree with Jim Aldous. We should provide our support to Inzi, rather than critcize him in this tough time.

  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    The timing were wrong. Inzi always wants to be in news and this time also wanted to do whatever he think no matter how management explains him. He might be a good player in past but he was not a good person overall. The reason why we could not prepare an opening pair was because of Inzamam's selection and favouritism.

  • XYZ on March 19, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    In life everything goes and comes around as a cycle. Inzy is the best batsman and best captain just that he was very modest about it. Let us salute the modest, humble achiever.

    - Indian die-hard fan of Inzy

  • Mohd Ehtesham Uddin on March 19, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    This is not the way to leave the team alone in such situation. Inzi should stay at this moment of pakistan cricket team, he is one of most wise and senior person of pakistan cricket. any way, we're going to miss him alot.

  • Shoaib Hussain on March 19, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    First of all I want to offer my condolences to Bob Woolmer’s family. Secondly, it was bad timing (Pun for PK batsmen) by Inzaman to announce his retirement. However I do not for one moment think Inzaman did this out of lack of respect (no one is suggesting this). The PCB board do not help they image with lack of advice and support to players in these circumstances. We as PK cricket fans need to look to the future. Establishing an opening partnership should be made a priority. We should not be going back to previous players used i.e. Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed et al. They have had they opportunities and blown them. The players need to become acclimatised to various cricketing pitches i.e. swinging wickets. A captain who can adapt to the various situations. I can not think of a coach who could do the above except for Imran Khan, he will not leave politics.

  • Kalyan on March 19, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    I hope all these incidents help remind people that Cricket after all is just a sport supposed to be played for FUN! The media for me is to blame as are the administrators and corporates who are all after money and media spots. They suck time and money out of the common man and put up a lot of hype for their own advertising raising our passions and addicting us and putting unrealistic expectations and undue pressure on the cricket players and taking all the fun out.

    I don't see anything wrong in Inzi's retirement timing. I see his retirement as a tribute to Bob Woolmer in itself. Let them be, let peace reign and let everyone re-build.

    Bob Woolmer - Rest in Peace and thank you for all you have done.

  • Dan Smith on March 19, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    When shane warne retired, he told chappel that he wanted to hear "Why now ?" rather than "Why not?". I wished Pak cricketers can follow the same :)

  • Ashaq on March 19, 2007, 16:19 GMT

    Nice one Kamran.This reminds me off the words of the Earl Spencer upon the death of Princess Diana. When he talked about journalists being on the lower end off the Moral spectrum.

    I dont think the Journalists are in the position too talk about sensitivity. Considering that amongst their clan are people,Who go beyond the realms off constructive criticism. And engage in What amounts to demonisation, vilification and public lynching off people.

    Shame on you Kamran for deciding to follow the lead off such people, and jumping on the bandwagon.

    Inzimam was clearly distraught and in a state off grief when he made his announcement.It is quite clear that quite a few off the gutter journalists thought it would make the story more news worthy and have decided to make base less accusations off insensitivity against Inzi.

    I find it also quite strange. That very little has been mentioned as to the Shock and grief that I am sure the players in the pak team are going through. Especially the youngsters to whom Bob was like a father figure.

    But offcourse the first law off journalism is that controversy sells.

    If you wished to do a blog about insensitivity you should perhaps have concetrated on the ridiculous statement being made about Woolmer by Safraz Nawaz.

    As for Inzi it seems that people are not satisfied with the death off Woolmer alone and they want to give Inzi a heart attack.

    What you saw yesterday was a broken man at that press conference.So he did what many where asking and resigned.They should let him be now.

  • nasir on March 19, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    Inzi retirement, the timing of the announcement I do not agree with, will leave a huge hole in the team. I am not sure how they will fill this hole.

    He has been an excellent player and is sad to see him go in such fashion. He deserved a heroes farewell.

    As for the team, they need to come through this very difficult time and hopefully we will see some new and energetic faces now that they will no longer need to be covered by a beard.

  • Kamran Zee on March 19, 2007, 16:17 GMT

    Hi Kamran, This is my third posting and the previous ones were never posted, I wonder why? Hope this one goes thru! Well, Bob is Gone now! A shock for the whole nation..it simply tells you how much LOYAL he was to Pakistan cricket..As far as Inzi is concerned, Its WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU GIVE..remember what did he do to WAQAR YOUNIS's World cup team in 2003? Yes...exactly..After doing all that in the 2003 cup, he became a RELIGIOS MUSLIM..unbelievable...NEXT:: We just cant blame the players. Its the TOP Management at PCB. Start from that doctor until Saleem Altaf. All should not only be fired but be stand accountable for. Make Imran Khan the Chairman of PCB. Javed Miandad the Head Coach, Waqar Younis the Bowling coach, Ramiz Raja the media and or team manager..get five ex players as the selectors, include the selector of Junior Team, Abdul Raquib, than include Aquib Javed, Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan ...those sort of ppl..BE Pakistani and GET Pakistanis..BUT GET THE CRICKETERS IN CRICKET..

  • saaniya on March 19, 2007, 16:12 GMT

    its sad to wht had been a prolonged 7 months journey of scandals and crontroversies.but as we know afetr every sunset thr is a sunrise.and i hope fro the best captaion and coach to be selescted with a good unit who all can gel well.i hope thr will be peace and harmony in the team later.and remember everyday is not a sunday.and to faisal who said it could be worse and pak can get more worsed so i would say him is faisl a fan or a fanatic.think upon it.my heaartfelt condolences wityh inzi and boz and the team.i hope pak can wim a pay a tribute to pak fans ,bob and inzi

  • riz on March 19, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    I do not think it would make any difference. He wanted to get retired. We always criticize him even his retirement.

  • MSR (Bosto, MA) on March 19, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    When every single day there is some thin worse happening in Pakistani Cricket, why do people want INZI to wait for another day? For Bob there was no next day! ............I think INZI is absolutely right to get him out of the mess, and not waiting for another day to get things even worse. Reading some of the comments, and responses, it seems to me that changing Pak cricket from playboy image to a more spiritual image was one of his problems. I totally agree with INZI’s decision, and can’t help to see how some of the top officials are still shamelessly holding their posts……….....and making wired rules, like URDU only. Such a bunch of looses………….....did not learn the lessons from the history: URDU only cost then East Pakistan, …………..URDU only cost the world cup!................don’t ask me how…….just see the affects!

  • Naz on March 19, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    I totally agree, it is hard judge with the Pak setup and Inzi if it was a planned or ill-planned move to announce his retirement on a day so with much going on. However, we may need to forgive Inzi if the moment got too much for him to think clearly. I think the most disappointing element other than Bob's passing, was the way the team (including Inzi) showed a lack of fight and professionalism. Granted both of these virtues don't go hand in hand in Pakistani sportsman of today...but their display defies belief. Perhaps with all the other pressures of the job and travel it was too much for poor Bob's health to handle.

    Imran Khan has said such adverse times should be used positively by taking stock of the causes and effectively addressing those weaknesses'. Bob's task was always going to be difficult with a pool of players which came through inspite of the system! The U-19 teams of Pak have shown at junior level the talent exists, so clearly pointing to the senior domestic structure failing to harness or challenge this talent.

    I think it would be hasty to rid the Test team of Inzi, too many changes at once never workout and we should move for a phased approach. Both Yusuf and Inzi are more suited for the Test arena - and in Inzi's case his stay in ODI only prolonged for his captaincy.

    Knowing the volatility of Younis Khan (pathan mind) and ODI form, i would prefer Shoaib Malik captain the ODI side - whilst Younis being captain of the Test team. Ideally we require someone with Shoaib Akhter's passion but not his fitness!

    Surely it's time for the PCB to call back Salman Butt and nuture him. Also i would keep Imran Nazir with the ODI team.....he has not failed anymore than Hafeez or Afridi (in the past) but offers you age and agility. The ODI game is about efficient/fit players, not just raw talent. Jettison the likes of Rana, Azhar, Yusuf, Akmal.

    Perhaps with a fully elected board and a domestic re-structure (introducing of lively wickets) the younger talent can come through or perish at an earlier stage rather than a World Cup!

    Bob we'll miss your openess and dedication to the Pak cause - alas we failed you....hope not your memory.

  • Mehmood Cader on March 19, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    I am not from Pakistan (from India). I am not sure how any one can think that Shoaib Akhtar can be a captain (as some one mentioned here). He cannot play 3 tests or ODI's in a row on one pretext or another. I have great admiration for some of the Pakistan's cricketers especially for their fighting abilities which the Indians lack but Shoaib is the worst cricketer to have ever come out of Pakistan. His record speaks for itself. In nearly 10 years of playing international cricket he has had only 189 test wickets. Any other cricketer of his hype would by now have easliy taken more than double that. He has a poor attitude, work ethic and is cocky very much like our Shewag. I can't see him play for Pakistan for too long let alone being a captain. In my mind Younis Khan (inspite of all his ego from the last time he was made a captain, quit and then became a captain next day) is the best person to lead and get the team out of this situation.

    Mehmood, Chicago

  • ahmad fayyaz on March 19, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Well what ever the timing of inzi's retirement, He is one greatest talent the cricketing world has ever produced. i am really sad on the news of woolmer;s death. my condolences to his family. Inzi has got the plus that atleast he played the game with honesty........n that no one will doubt. never been involved in match fixing..... always played for the country........... i love u inzi ...n i will really miss u as i started watching cricket after ur herois in 1992 WC. i pledge u to dont leave our team in this situation.... the administration should go..not u.. Imran khan shud b given the responsibility of PCB.

  • Danish on March 19, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Nasar,

    dude whats wrong with you, and everything that has happened so far happened for a reason, let us not play a blame game here, just look for a bright future you morons(you know who you are), Pakistani Cricket change from the top to bottom

  • Gulzeb Niazi on March 19, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Inzi has been the hero of this team for the longest time. Ever since Maindad retired, he has been the heart of the team. We should pay homage to him rather than criticise him for getting his announcement a day or two off.

  • kassim bhimji on March 19, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Its sad tolose person like bob,but by retiring INZYis trying to take the blame of the defeat to himself. Now the time has come for PAKISTAN to have a professional approach to the game of cricket, and give all the respect to BOB WOOLMER and any other coach.

  • Zulfqar Hyder on March 19, 2007, 15:54 GMT

    A sad, sad end to an enviable career. A man who announced his arrival in the international cricket with a decisive role in his country's world cup victory bids adieus amidst vituperation from more than one direction. This is not an unfamiliar scene in a nation that has always failed to give its heroes what they deserved but never had the stomach to forgive them nor the dignity to bid them farewell gracefully – let it be Jahangir Khan, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sohail Abbass, Wasim Ahmed, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akran, Waqar Younis .... oh oh I would stop here.

    Yes, as a nation we are hurt and I am down in the dumps as much as everybody in the country is but does that mean we should make Inzamam a scapegoat? Well if you say yes, I would beg to differ. Perhaps we should not give vent to our accumulated frustration on someone who we know is polite enough that he would not even respond to what is being said. Inzamam had proved time and again that he was a cricketer in a class of his own, beyond comparisons, gifted with rare talents and certainly humility was one of them. Imran Khan said about him that he was the best batsmen against fast bowling, Sunil Gavaskar was of the view that perhaps Inzamam was the best timer of the bowl he had ever seen, Ian Chappel thought he had a calculator in his head and knew exactly when to shift the gears. How many batsmen can claim to have contributed to their country’s victories as many times as Inzamam had? How many can claim to have averaged 59 batting at number five in a limited over game? And how many can claim to stand up to the challenge so many times? Inzamam is in league with batting greats of all times. All you need to do is to look at his records and contribution to Pakistani cricket.

    It is easier to target someone as humble as Inzamam. All I am trying to say is that we should not think he was any less hurt by the defeat. Who would like to end an illustrious career at a sad note and live with regrets for the rest of life? Did anyone see those drooping shoulders which, when opened, would make MacGraths and Brett Lees sweat? Pakistan's exit from the World Cup is, no doubt, un-heroic but it was not villainous by any stretch of imagination. Yes, our cricketers failed the nation, yes it broke our hearts yet I have no hesitation in saying that I share their sorrow and their misery. I believe they are more hurt than I am and I would not heap any criticism on them and add to their suffering. If this was not the time for Inzamam to announce his retirement this is not the time to bash our team with criticism either.

    Six months before, Inzamam was considered among one of the best captains this country has ever had. If we analyse the systematic demoralisation of the cricket team over the last few months and how it was dragged into one scandal after the other, perhaps it would shift the onus of the performance in the world cup on more than one people. His role in Pakistan’s victories is proven by a simple fact that out of his 25 test hundreds, 17 times his country won and it alone testifies his commitment of his team, his country and his people. Just for a change let us not be thankless and stand by him in this hour when he needs our shoulders more than ever.

    In one of his interviews, great Sohail Abbass said that he would be the happiest man in the world if someday his countrymen stood by him in his defeat. Well, the poor chap should have known that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is like an orphan” and we in Pakistani sports scene know it better than anyone else.

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    To Nasar, Please refrain from making such racy comments.

    Inzimam is/was a great batsman and it takes a big heart and courage to accept the blame for the defeat and a bigger man to apologize to the nation.

    I think it was the right time for the decision as most of us and news papers in Pakistan has started making comments as to why he has not resigned.

    It infact is a sorry tale that he had to go in this way. He was a man of crisis but eventually in a strange twist of ironic fate, crisis took him out.

    His only liability or weakness was his ability to learn the leadership and being overcautious. I think the blame has to be shared by the PCB as leaders have to be taught as this is the modern way.

    I hope he still plays test cricket as he still has a lot to give and goes on a high note. He has been a fighter and has flourished in adversity and has come back before so better not close our doors on him.

    I/we would want him to go with a hero's sendoff not a losers.

    Once a man apologize and understand it, we as a nation should forget what happened and remember him as he was one of the main cornered tigers of Imran...

  • Anser Azim on March 19, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    I am sure he will be back like Afridi. Its a typical imotional reaction. Loss to Ireland should be taken sportingly and move forward. Pakistan is still one of the best unpredicted side. This has been true since I started following this game. But they always have the potential to beat the very best in the world at anytime anywhere. Having said that they also surprise us with these kind of stupid losses!!!.Remember the very best of Pakistani team lost to Bangladesh in 1999 but they went on to qualify for the finals and then played a horrible final game. I bought a $25 ticket that day to watch the game in a theater and the match was folded in less that four hours!!! aik do zakhm nahin sara seena hai chalni mera! dard bechara pareeshan hai ki kahn se uthoon! Anser Azim, Chicago

  • KJ on March 19, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in Inzi's timing. Clearly he was shattered by Woolmer's death as we all are and showed that he is only human. I am all for people being what they are and wearing their heart on their sleeve and not stage managed machines. Thank you Inzi for all you have contributed to Pakistan including her only World Cup win.

  • Shahid H. on March 19, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. But I think this man lacks the mental maturity to even consider his announcement insensitive, at a time when his coach had passed away just a few hours before. I suggest all cricket players need a mandatory civility grooming training which they have to pass with at least 70% marks.

  • kassim bhimji on March 19, 2007, 15:41 GMT

    Its sad tolose person like bob,but by retiring INZYis trying to take the blame of the defeat to himself. Now the time has come for PAKISTAN to have a professional approach to the game of cricket, and give all the respect to BOB WOOLMER and any other coach.

  • imran prasla on March 19, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    It is a shame that Pakistan is out from WC. In last world cup they fired 8 players saying they want to build a new team and get them prepare for next WC. Is this what they have prepared? I am disappointed from team's performance and their attitude. They must have done something really wrong in analyzing the strength of the minnow team. And the question still hangs about the next captain and coach. Javed again? might be. Younis again?....Another shame!

  • Mani Thangadurai on March 19, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    Hello Dr. Abbasi (hope it's fine if I call you that!)

    I must say that as a non-Pakistani cricket fan I do enjoy reading your pieces for Cricinfo, which sometimes mix emotion with wit rather brilliantly!

    I think you've hit the nail on the head when you talk about how Asian sports stars are often humiliated as they leave the scene, that certainly seems to be the case with many of Pakistan's legends too.

    I can only speculate that Inzi must have had persistent words in his ear from the management and other guys that he was about to be pushed anyway, and coupled with the demise of the coach it contributed to an emotional decision. Inzi has always been proud to play for Pakistan and despite his calm exterior, he has a passion for the game and a great sensitivity like almost no other. I think it's fair to say that he needed to have some wise words from trusted people, and maybe he just didn't get it.

  • Imran Iqbal on March 19, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    Its well know that you cannot make everyone happy. But with Pakistan's perspective you can't make Pakistanis happy ever. If Inzamam has decided to go, then let him go. His campaign is over and it does not make any difference when he steps down or retires. Kamran you must be happy though as your dream came true earlier than expected and you do not have to worry for more comparisons with Imran. A sad fact and traditoin is that most of Pakistani greats go in this sorry manner. And responsibility goes partly to them and mostly to our system that firmly believes in "experience is the key" before major events and " kick their asses" after failure.... Any way I can only hope though this does not happen again. Pakistan must select someone younger, wiser and energetic for long term probably for next adventure. No Younis no Yousuf and so on....

  • MAI on March 19, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    Finally, all the legends of '92 WC have now retired (from ODI). People should stop comparing current cricket team with '92 because cricket has changed tremendously over these 17 yrs. Gap between raw talent and professionalism has widened. In today's cricket, discipline, hard work and dedication led to success. Raw talent is just like wastage without above ingredients.

  • nasar on March 19, 2007, 15:34 GMT

    Asian Batting Hero'es and Bowling Hero'es are not having good brain...

    Dont Compare with Europeans and Australians, Americans with this bloody Asians

  • Ch V Kalyan on March 19, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    Hi - I commend you for stating that asian cricket boards rob the stars of an opportunity to exit gracefully. Too many times, we have seen the retiring star shown in bad light and the admin does not give the ecosystem a chance to celebrate the career that was.

    I don't think that Inzy's decision was wrong as it was made of a man who has had emotional up-heaval over the last 2 days. Please leave him alone.

    Disclaimer: Indian fan here!

  • Javaid on March 19, 2007, 15:30 GMT

    It is a bad time for Pakistan cricket and we should stop our negative critisism and support our team to do well in the future.

  • Naser on March 19, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Need a good captain who can lead the Pakistan team. Also they have need good coach. First of all they must needed improve their team spreat & good understanding between playres & coach. If they follow above those hope they will be lead World Cricket. Thank's...

  • Pragya on March 19, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Although Inzamam has announced his retirement at a very wrong time, we must take into account the circumstances he must have been in. It must be a very trying time for him and it looks like he's let his emotions rule over his thoughts. Lets spare the poor man.

  • Fahd on March 19, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Its a sad end to a great career.....a great batsman but a poor captain.....Thanks Inzamam for all the great moments u gave us....we will miss you.

  • Abdul Wahab on March 19, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Watevr happened in this worldcup for Pakistan was no way good. But we must not forget how inzamam as a player, single handed has won us hundreds of matches. He wod always be a hero and one of the very best Pakistan has ever produced.

  • zaeem on March 19, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    I think he was just on the twilight of his career, already. And its sad to see the end, from One Day Cricket like that, if it remained like that. But, however i think Generally speaking he was always been a tramendous batsman, amazing pressure taker and awsome planner (of his own innings). But at the same time i am sorry to say that he hadn't been as good captain. I think it must be a lot happening in his mind due to: 1. Lately, not delivering to the expectations of pakistani people and 2. Of what recently happened about loosing from teams like Ireland and then death of the Coach.

    Well i can only wish him a good luck in future, and rest only Allaah knows the best.

  • Usman on March 19, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    I dont really know what to say about this retirement. I think if i was in his place i wouldve probably done the same thing. Only he can know what is he going through. Woolmer and Inzmam were attached for almost 3 years and it will be really hard for Inzmam to forget this worldcup for the defeat and Woolmer's demise. I know he did let the nation down due to some poor decisions but i think the blame should equally go the board and his excellency the President. He appointed a general, then a diplomat and then a doctor to run the board!!! None of them had ever played international cricket. How can they understand what players go through? Inzmam was the wrong choice for captaincy in the first place. That was the time when a yougster shouldve been made captain. If they had made a mistake, they shouldve been bold enough to admit and change the captain. I can assure you under Woolmer, Younis Khan wouldve become a great captain but now we have lost that chance. Samething happened last time when Waqar Younis was captain. He shouldve been changed before 2003 WC and Wasim Akram shouldve been made the captain.(I dont care what the report said about not making him captain since all the country is run under people who are mostly worst than a cricketer who is suspect of match fixing. He should be made coach and Afridi the captain now, we dont have a better choice than that) I think we should accept Inzmam's apology and let it go since life is above everything (yes its above cricket). If these events are going to haunt him through out his life then we need to let him know that even though he failed us, still we will remember him for what he has done for the country. Inzmam i accept your apology and i wish you best of luck for your future.

  • Hassaan Saad Tariq on March 19, 2007, 15:25 GMT

    No i dont agree with you here. Inzi should play ODI cricket for atleast one year. He is a great player and legendary players should retire in a style. Pakistan would miss his services for sure. I personally would consider Inzi a better one day player than a test player.

  • Hamza on March 19, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    you are absolutely wrong, inzi is a pioneer and he should play on and settle pakistan's youngsters and i believe he should become the coach. Pakistan's main problem was as usual their opening pair i thoroughly support Imran khan's view that Salman Butt and yasir Hamis and i also believe that the person most responsible is wasim bar who is the head of selectors he was also the person who choose the 2003 team and made horrible choices he should be sacked

  • saad on March 19, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    Its not a surprise and was expected to happen either late or earlier. Well, its relative to say that whether he should have resigned from the ODI cricket earlier or a bit late.....because on the other hand people would start chirping of his late-reisgning. Actually inzi is deemed to be criticized in both ways.

  • Ali Wazir on March 19, 2007, 15:21 GMT

    Very rightly said Mr. Abbasi: when a player like Inzamam leaves cricket, people will refer to him as the captain who left Pakistan cricket as a coward, who couldn't handle situations. No one will remember how he stormed in, in 1992. The PCB should definitely tribute their players and advise them at which stage to retire so that the future public admire the player rather than referring to them as a weak cricketer...

  • Hassen Khan on March 19, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    I regret for the tragedy news of Pakistani coach, his death is really heart breaking for all the fans and codelecence for all his families and a sad news to end the carrier of great cricketer his ODI's in this fation and I'll really miss you.

  • Saad on March 19, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    Inzamam is a great player and has always been a team winner for Pakistan.Although Pakistan is out of the world cup but it the whole team that failed to perfom and Inzaman should not be the only player to be blamed.I think its the management that needs to be blamed before we team as well.Changing the bowling coach Waqar younis at the time when the team was performing well was the worst decision that PCB has made and I think someone should be asking the management why such a decision was made!

  • Iqbal Khan on March 19, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    I am waiting for Naseem Ashraf, Saleem Altaf and other Chamcha's to come forward and offer their resignation voluntarily before they are dragged out of their offices by the crowd. This shameful performance is not only by the team but equally responsible is this gang of incompetent group who think they know it all.

  • Asad Tirmizi on March 19, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    I do not think that we should make an issue of Inzamams retirement timing, as has been the case in other columns. We are talking about an exceptional cricketer's, choice to retire from a game in which he is extremely saddened by current events, under very exceptional circumstances. So lets just pay our respects to Bob Woolmer, and appreciate that he had very close ties with his players, especially his captain, who has every right to step down now, rather than carry a guilty conscience on his shoulder for days to come. He has been brave enough to accept responsibility for his teams losses, taken all the burden upon himself as senior player, and reminded us what a fantastic man and coach Bob Woolmer was. Lets give Inzamam the heroes exit from one day cricket that he deserves. He has been a brilliant player throughout his career, getting the Pakistan team out of deeper holes than this one time and time again. He can't always be our saviour. Maybe its time for all the other players to take a deep look at themselves and accept some responsibility for the teams failure. We should be more than just a 2 man team. Well done Inzamam...it was a pleasure to have been alive to watch such a wonderful player in action. Pakistan Zindabad. Inzamam:(world cup winner 1992, finalist 1999).

  • Amjad on March 19, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    The timing, one has to say, is unfortunate given what has transpired. But does it not speak of our volatile nature - we (and i mean the subcontinent) have a habit of acting first and then worrying about the consequences. our jazba and junoon gets the better of us. Given hindsight (and as you rightly point out) and good advice Inzi may reflect that this announcement could have waited till after the final group game - After all, it was not unexepected, rather a foregone conclusion as we now begin the prospect of naval gazing and ad hoc committees and inquiry boards are formed to reach the simple conclusion that we were just not good enough on this occassion and our preparation and squad selection left a lot to be desired. As they say, the fat lady was gargalling with hot water when we landed in the Carribean, and the game against the West Indies was the rehearsal before she actually belted out the final aria's in the game with Ireland.

  • Adeel on March 19, 2007, 15:01 GMT

    The question is He is down and out, and Bobs death is a mega downer for someone like Inzi, if he wouldnt have retired he would have been axed so its better to go than being pushed out, which he we going to face in a couple of days.

  • Sam on March 19, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    Another big loss to pakistan cricket. I hope you will post this letter because last few you didn't.

    We never had a batsman like INZI and we never had a coach like Bob, first of all make it clear and check the stats also

    My letter is about all people taking sports in a different way.

    Why you play something when you don't have guts to accept defeat. Imran Khan and several other( miandad, Amir shohai, Aqib, ....) they were crticising Pakistan even before world cup just for the cause of nothing. and i remember Imran Khan in India praising Indian team and rating it as one of the best team with best coach and best captain! ( they last against Bangladesh) But pakistan didn't loose only a cricket match but also a great chap and a great sportsman Bob Woolmer ( Really a sad news to hear, can't digest until now).For me loosing is part of game.

    I didn't expected those undue critics from Imran Khan and Miandad even before the start of worldcup and many other tournments.

    Imran Khan- I can't forget and forgive what you did in india by making fun of your national team, captain and coach and at the same time rating Dravid and Chappel the best in market!

    You were good in ground but in politics and speaking about cricket you are not that good.

    You don't know how you can get hurt and loose confidence in such tournment when you hear something like this from some one like Imran and Javed Miandad ( famous in such remarks when he is not playing or not coaching or not getting his part)

    Very bad show!

  • Mohd. Vaseem khan on March 19, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Very frist I'm very shoked the way he left the world M also belong the province (Kanpur)Uttar Pradesh India,from where he born yes indeed its a shok to all cricket lover,... Good By Bob... It's is tooo late to decide you don't have enogh pasion for inspiring the team, Bob Wollmer did not prove his mettel to pakistan but indeed he was fantastic, I am very hurted by the way he left the world, The Asian should understand that no single person is responsible for anything, the dificulty of Bob was that player could not understant the message what he wanted to say, Now Afridi should me made captain for the batterment of cricket, Good By Bob, May God Give you space in Heavan......, am very shoked and

  • KS on March 19, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    How could you say media manager did not gave him advise to not announce his retirement at the moment ? what we Pakistanis do is to speculate. and that all we know. Inzimam is not a 15 year old child who does not know what is right and wrong. He did what was expected of him. He did the same stupid thing in oval test when he refused to take the field. Didn’t bob or the manager advised him to carry on with the game ? it was his own decision not to. PAKISTAN cricket can never improve unless they make a long term plan of improving this game from the lower level. Its been over 50 years that pak cricket started but the structure is the same, mentality is the same. After the 2003 world cup, PCB started planning for this year WC, and when time came to pick the 15 players, they were not sure till the last moment. and then they picked up imran nazir, azhar mahmood, danish kaneria. WOW,, what a selection. These players were not even in the picture till the SA tour. Anyways... its a pathetic situation with PCB. All should be sacked. Specially the selection committee.

  • Jawad on March 19, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    Kamran, although you are right about the timing but considering what has happened in last 24 hours, I don’t blame Inzi about it. Situation as this can put lot of mental stress on an individual. Also, you cant under estimate Pakistan cricket when you say "For now, it is hard imagine how this World Cup campaign, beginning from the end of last year's England tour, could get any worse."...since last year we have out done our selves every time we thought it cant get any worst.

  • alimohammedkhan on March 19, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    as-salamualaikum inzy bhai aur ek chance leke khelo bhai aap ke upar hee poori team hain wapis aajao plz allah aap ko insha allah kamyabi denge. eoh ek aazmaish thi aap pe samaj kar aap wapis aajao hum sab ko aap ka intezaar rahega

  • Sohail on March 19, 2007, 14:51 GMT

    All I know is this team has a blood on their hands. A blood of man who tried his best to make them worth of something. Bob couldn't handle the trauma, this team has inflicted on him pushing to the lowest point of his life. How self centered Inzi can be. A stubborn, lame and coward leader, who has turned the game into nothing but promoting his agenda and friends. retiring only from 1 day. Look at your belly "Aloo" and then look around, do you even fit to be considered as athlete. Spitting out few nice words will not wash away the blood this team has on their hand. They know in their hearts they are responsible for his death.

  • Bilal Yousaf on March 19, 2007, 14:43 GMT

    Everyone might have been saying that the timing was inaccurate, but personally I don't see anything wrong with it.

    All of us may blame inzi for this defeat, but as they say we realize the value of things once they are gone. I dont see any good batsman coming up to replace inzi in the middle order atleast for the next 5 years. we all saw the dire state of our domestic cricketers during that 20-20 cup.

  • Sadaat on March 19, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    His facial expression when match stop coz of rain shows he was crying & comentator was also sayng TEARS FROM INZAMAM EYEs somthng like this. i dont believe that Career of such a legend will finish in such a disapointing way & that he compell to cry in midle of match in ground.

    INZAMAM UL HAQ, U R STILL OUR HERO & HERO NEVER DIES..U WILL B IN OUR HEART TILL LAST BREATH BUT V WILL ALSO NOT FORGET 17 MARCH... INZAMAM v r proud of ur mother that She(Late) give birht of such a legend that v can proud raise our head to the world. Salute to Inzi's Late mother & Inzamam Inzamam ul haq u r great, Pakistani nation is proud of u

  • Wajid on March 19, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    I agree. Its about time Inzy left the Pakistan cricket team to someone else, but the timing of his announcement is nothing short of a disgrace. It may just sum up the man - clueless!

  • Sohaib on March 19, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    I would like to ask Does it matter either Inzamam stays or not? As its already been clear that his career ends with the loss to Ireland. He clearly seems to be most unfit(both professionaly and Physically) player in the team. No doubt he put all his efforts but our legends should think wisely about their careers. We have many examples like miandad in 1996 world cup, then waqar younis didn't deserve a place in 2003 worldcup squad if he wouldn't be a captain at that time and now same was the case with inzamam. Players should have courage to step down and announce retirement. Nathan Astle did just before worldcup otherwise he could play worldcup. Our so called selectors should have courage to select players on their current form rather than their past. But everyone knows how couragious our selectors are. Its always better to leave rather than being a burden.

  • Zafar Mehdi on March 19, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    Inzamam was a gifted batsman and nothing else, he was captaining the side by default, thanks to PCB who in their infinite wisdom has been unable to groom a captain to captain the side since the retirement of Imran Khan, but that also doesnt allow Mr. Inzi to do something which he is truly uncapable of. He doesnt have the foggiest of captainship is. Captaining is an art rather than a science. A captain need to be thinking all the time, devising new strategies to outsmart the opponent, consult with his experienced player on the field, and take bold decisions in a timely manner, but all this is a long ask for Mr. LAZY Inzi, if a person is lazy by nature, he will be lazy on the field, both physically and mentally, and records can be seen to prove that. There are number of matches which anyone could have won, but inzi lost it becasue of his laziness and carefree attitude. I am greatful yet sad because of this blessing in disguise (Woolmer's demise), that Inzi has finally come to senses and calling it QUITS, but is my elation a temporary one, because the main culprit of all this ....PCB can appoint Younis Khan or some other dumbo who doesnt have the clue what Captainship is. Allah we really need your divine intervention to save some face if we long to remain a cricket playing nation

  • Theossa on March 19, 2007, 14:32 GMT

    I agree, Inzi did the right thing but not at the right time. Everything happened so fast that he must have lost it. He was a misfit in ODIs but is still a great test cricket player. As far as Pakistan Cricket Team goes, it’s the same tale of an unfortunate nation where ethics and accountability is almost nonexistent. I’ll blame the structure most. Pak needs facilities, academies, green top surfaces, domestic cricket, fair selection, and management that know cricket not the president. Ahh, Imran had to do politics, Come on Imran you belong to cricket.

  • Asad K on March 19, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, you raise some good points and it's unfortunate that the PCB does not read your blog. The past few days have been crazy. The death of Bob Woolmer still hasn't sunk in yet. In the light of his death and the humiliating defeat to Ireland, I could care less about Inzamam's retirement and yes...his timing was wrong and inconsiderate. Everybody knew Inzamam was going to leave ODIs soon but he probably should have waited a little and not let emotions get the best of him. I feel really sorry for the common man in Pakistan because living amidst poverty, unemployment and hoplessness, supporting his cricket team was something that gave him some degree of happiness. Our cricket team has even taken that bit of joy from him.

  • mashood qadri, MD on March 19, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Kamran! I agree with most of your comments. I would like to wish Inzi best of luck in his post-retirement life. Being a Pakistani cricket fan, I have lot of respect for Inzi as a cricket legend. I am sure, he will still be an asett to the country. I hope, he is going to serve his country by establishing Cricket Academies or basic cricket structure in Multan, as was well done by Greats; Rashid Latif, Moin Khan, Abdul Qadir and many more in their relative home towns. He may be able to transform his great talent to the youngster with more peace of mind. Inzi! Time heals everything, provided you cure the disease. As far as PCB is concerned, the situation is more complex than ever. PCB needs reforms in all sections, it will be hard to say, from where and how to repair the damages.

    They should select cricketers purely on merit basis, rather than on influence from personalities outside the board or the influence from the buddies list of the playing cricketers. In nut shell, this whole picture simulates the overall culture of Pakistani Politics.

    Surely, our team is going through the worst nightmere and turmoil. All we need as a nation, is to be patient, behave like a decent, respectful, considerate nation and pay tribute to Great Bob Woolmer

  • Farrukh on March 19, 2007, 14:24 GMT

    Well I must say that this is really unfair decision by Inzy. He just follows his heart but not his mind and the low mentality people of Pakistan that what they say. They people don't even see the past of our great hero’s like Inzy and I am 100% agree with Kamran's Point of view, this is the right time PCB should think about this matter seriously they must retire our hero’s with dignity. At the end i must request to Mr. Inzy that he shluld consider his decision again.

  • DanQayyum on March 19, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    The man's clearly too devastated to think clearly and yes it would've been best to delay the decision by a day or two, but you can't fault him for being worried that fate similar to that of woolmer might await him if he delays his decision? (That may not be true)

  • haseeb bajwa on March 19, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    i dont remember people slating inzi 2 matches a go actually 1 match a go, things cant turn pear shapeed in 1 match, i can exsept a defeat no matter how low. i say change the rejects in afridi, 2 openers, younis khan is not the middle order don that people say. your see with out inzi we r done for another 2 years waiting for lame players like hasan raza to become good, breing back salman butt

  • hamza on March 19, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    sad day for cricket...putting this world cup performance aside..inzamam has been a legend and we must appreciate the quality of cricket that he has given us. He is a living legend and deserves respect and a proper send off.

  • Muzammil Mushtaq on March 19, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    First of all I am as hurt as anybody else who follows Pakistan Cricket Defeat to the Ireland was one of the most low point of the Pakistan Cricket... The death of Bob Woolmer is a loss to the Cricket he was a cricketing genius... Inzamam retirement and everything else happened in the last 2 days I am speechless.... May God bless Bob's soul..... Pakistan Cricket... InalillAllah wa Inaellin Raggioon

  • Wajahat Mateen on March 19, 2007, 14:20 GMT

    Kamran,

    I agree, this is the worst world cup campaign rather these have been the worst past six months for Pakistani cricket. I just want to add that may be this team of ours reflects what our society is going through. Incoherent with no synergy, may be to get a good team all we need to do is to have a self analysis, try and correct ourselves, may be we shall get a good team, may be!

  • Hammad Fayyaz on March 19, 2007, 14:19 GMT

    Kamran, I think Inzi has made a right choice.I always has believed that Inzi can never be a good captain,u can see that the series that he has drawn,most of the time he was on the defensive foot rather than to have that killer instinct that has to be put on...Bevan has given cricket the 'Scientific Touch' which is adopted by every player today except Pakistanis...i still remember when Imran Khan suggested Younis Khan as a vice captain in Australia tour,every one laughed as then Younis had not been placed properly in the side,but u can see that most of the time..captains wont perform best but doo well with the bat...u can take the example of Michael Vaughan and Hansie Kronje...Inzi lacked that killer instinct.... Yes ur rite that Asian cricketers have a habit of leaving the stage on a downfall...but its only because they dont want to leave it on high note...(with inzi the case is different) but with Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Amir Sohail and Ramiz Raja thay all have had their good times to say good bye but they didnt opted to go then...Only Imran Khan was a player who has left cricket when he gave Pakistan Team the most valuable gift of cricketing world... I think now we need to focus on our 1st class cricket format...as the fault is there...we were crying for the limited bowling options...but here we see that in both the matches, bowling has always been on the spot...its just the batting didnt click...and it happened in Austalia...and now i WI as well...

  • Rayo from Kentucky on March 19, 2007, 14:17 GMT

    Both Kamran and Anand Vasu have questioned the timing of Inzimam's announcement of his retirement from ODIs. I fail to see why that should be so. In bad taste because of poor Bob Woolmer's passing? I disagree about it being bad timing because everything is inextricably interwoven in the whole passage of time and emotion. Inzi probably had decided to retire any way, but the grief of Bob's passing obviously was a trigger point. In its own way, it was a respectful way to say goodbye. There is no shame or indignity in his announcing his retirement after the Zimbabwe game, and I don't think it affects the team any more than the recently unfolded catastrophic events. I believe the team will rally round for its last hurrah in Bob's memory. On another matter, those of the guys in the team who play the last game will know that it is Inzi's last and they will have shared in it, for posterity's sake. He is a shadow of his former talent, but I believe he has become a cricketing legend for Pakistan. For those of you who watch the Zimbabwe game, remember also that this is the last you will see of him in action (or inaction) in ODIs.

  • aditya on March 19, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    i never liked inzy when he was playing against india beczuse he was so difficult to be bowled out.I just cant imagine one of the all time greatest batsman of the world to leave the stage in this manner.Inzy reconsider your decision since this decision would that u r a coward but u must remember 1 thing u r a real hero!!!

  • Mahmood on March 19, 2007, 14:09 GMT

    The nation has to back the whole cricket team.. Enough humiliating them with criticism. Healthy criticism is always good, but that hasn't done anything good to pakistan cricket. They were down in the ireland encounter due to the pressure of whole nation wanting them to win, n that made them lose the game.. The way they were fighting with the ball, I havent seen them many times fighting till the last ball have been bowled. We need to back them up now, the pressure of losing has already cost Woolmer's life..

  • Kamran on March 19, 2007, 14:05 GMT

    i agree-right decision but awful timing. However, now that inzi has decided to step down lets just give a just farewell to an aunforgettable player-captaincy issues aside, we must, as a nation, honour a truly great player.

  • Shoaib Nursumar on March 19, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    17th and 18th of March will go down as worst memories for Pakistan Cricket History. I am really sad with what has unfolded. Surely Inzamam could have waited to call it a day, there was no pressure on him to do it there and then. For now I would like to forget all these events as fast as possible and just pray for the best of the whole team. I still support Inzamam and his side and am really disappointed with the role the media has played in all this. Their role has been like killing a wounded soldier of their own country. I have seen pictures of Inzamam and Bob being burnt down by a bunch of illiterate idiots (who laughed while doing it). Then Geo Tv showed a young boy (12 years) cursing Pakistan players, clearly not understanding the situation, and media had no problem in presenting this. The people who are prepared to act in this way are clearly doing it to gain attention and their pictures in newspapers. I think media should draw a line and stop humiliating Pakistan any more. What they should be doing is supporting every single player and conveying a message that we are still proud to be Pakistanis. The changes have to be made, surely, but they have to be made on a bigger picture. Sacking any player won't resolve the issue, Pakistan has to change its domestic structure and implement what Imran Khan has been saying since the last 2 decades. A country with intelligent people will learn from these events and strive for changes within the root of the system. For now please support the players and welcome them back whole heartedly. Just try to picture yourself in their shoes, No one wants to lose. Most of us are muslims, and we should understand this is how God intended it to end for one's life.

  • kamran on March 19, 2007, 14:02 GMT

    i dont think inzamams timming was that wrong that everyone should complain about it.I wonder why people dont think like that he was so shattered by loss and by Bob's death that he couldnt resisted to reveal this news.After all he is a human first and then a cricketer.Even though the end was sad but critics and public shouldnt forget he has served cricket for 17years and cricket lovers and crictics should admire him rather than just trying to find his weaknesses.

  • Masaood Yunus on March 19, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    Kamran, these two days have been a roller coaster ride of sadness, shock and stress for all of us. Once again, the PCB management failed to manage issues properly and the announcement of Inzi's retirement is part of this blunder. His departure from cricket is as stunning (1 score in last game, defeated followed by Bob's sad demise) as his arrival was. An announcement on Wednesday morning or after the game would have been a very ideal timing but well ... poor management.

    Will this ever change is the question !

    Pakistan's last best batsman has bowed out of cricket today. We salute you for your wonderful contribution to the Pakistan Cricket as a player but your tenure as a captain especially the last 8 months will always overshadow your greatness along with this defeat.

    Bob, you will be dearly missed as well. What a loss to the cricketing world.

  • Kamran on March 19, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I am regular reader of your blogs and I see your positive critiscm about pak cricket and PCB, but today you last line doesnt fit in quite well........ let inzi retire with dignity.. do you really mean that...... do you expect that our nation who takes a sport as if its a war if you lose burn them, hang them, kill them i think these were the words of Sarfaraz Nawaz the great innovator of swing bowling, probably how nice would it be if i would recall the tours he made and pakistan lost a test because of hims hall we burn him to death or kill him or probbaly hurt his family...I think inzamam has taken a right decision coz he knows that if he would have thought that after teh world cup series have another series of one dayers and retire ona high note pakistan public would have not let that happen. they would have forced himt o retire and demoralise him...insult him and force him to retire.atleast he is now retiring with his own decision rather than being forced down by the public and atleats he wont face the humiliation pakistan public has always given to its crickters liek wasim akran, waqar younis, saqlain mushtaq, saeed anwar, aamir sohail, these were all great pakistani players sepcially wasim what dignity did pakistani public give him opne bad match and our illiterate nation..yes we are the one who are jaahils rather than calling them jaahil the players we are jaahils that because one bad match we tend to forget the victories that inzi brought us i think the 1992 world cup is there because of him had he not played that innings against new zealand we werent in first place int he finals isnt it???? 11,000 runs he made it for pakistan how many victories series wins btu we will all forget and swear at him say taht he is useless his strategy is not correct possibly our strategy is correct thats why we are here and the players playing in the field hehehe :) I think If inzy woudl have died then probably the pakistani nation would have understood the pressure the stress players take when they play........ rather then playing free mind they play on nerves coz tehy know if something happens in the game our children oru family will be getting hurt........ so i think we should appreciate his work and his services for pakistan cricket he is one of the great middle orders in the world the best batsmen of fast bowling after viv richards and i think he deserves a bit more respect than the people have given in ur earlier blogs......... its just a game one good ball even bradman gets out even sachin gets out come on take it as a game so much of intense pressure that a coach died now the peopel started blaming inzy and now he retired and asked forgiveness in front of his nation just for a game come on its a game dont make a man steep so low that he asks forgiveness he hast committed a crime that he pleas to a nation for what for giving 100% of himself!!!!!!!!! I think we are the people t blame for his retirement and not having a dignity and ending a career on a a high note!!!!!!! coz h knows if he wouldnt have retired the public woudl have forced him to do and that woudl be more humiliating!!!

  • khansahab on March 19, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    Mr Abbasi,

    Inzi has been thoroughly humiliated (and deserves the humiliation) but I completely disagree with his retirement decision. In this time of sorrow and instability Inzi can provide Pakistan with the vitality the batting order desperately needs. Inzi needs to stay there until they find an able and suitable replacement for him. In fact Inzi should stay there until his batting average drops below 35, because Inzi has rescued Pakistan well from sticky situations in the recent past and his experience is badly needed.

    Yes, Pakistan will benefit for the longer term because Inzi won’t be the captain now. I hope Yousuf is made captain with Younis his deputy but that is unlikely. I hope everyone who has contact with Inzi convinces him to forfeit his resignation and stay with the team. He will come good if he does not have the pressure of captaincy. Inzi just needs to stay away from any decision making.

    Inzi has probably taken into account the humiliating prospect of losing to Ireland and the uproar caused in Pakistan owing to the sorry defeat. But he should now leave that behind; in any event I don’t think Inzi is capable of staying in the team after 2008. Until then Inzi has to focus on the positives, however rare they may seem and do his best.

  • jaheer on March 19, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    Inzy decision is this will help to pakistan cricket a lot.But he could not think what time he should step down.

  • irfan safdar on March 19, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    Kamran , lets give the players a break, i can not let go the feeling that some how we are all to some degree responsible in Woolmers death. It seems like we have a habit of criticizing every move the players/coach make. GIVE THEM A BREAK. If Inzamam thought that this is the right time to go, so be it. If you really care for Pakistan cricket, then criticize the PCB. Make sure that Woolmer and Inzamam are not made the escape goats. Why would not Naseem Ashraf, Saleem Altaf or Wasim Bari die of stress? Write about them Kamran, make sure they do not get an easy ride, criticize them not Inzi. They are the real culprits, they are the source of all failures, be a true journalist, look for the roots of the problems, leave the team alone. I hope your next article will be about the PCB, analyze the causes of the failure, criticize Naseem Ashraf who has be nothing less than a disaster for Pakistan cricket, criticize Saleem Altaf who has done no good for cricket , criticize Waseem Bari whose incompetence has cost Pakistan again and again. Please Kamran stop writing these kind of articles about the players and the coach, go for the big big fish, the causes of all the problems. I dare you to write the next article about the three roots (Ashraf, Altaf, Bari) of failures in Pakistan cricket

  • Arsalan on March 19, 2007, 13:56 GMT

    Sack them all...they dont deserve to be pakistan's represntitives and humilate the nation like they have in this world cup if not before.Job not done kick them out for good.Its about time that this squad face the reality and leave this game.Lame people dont deserve to represent any nation.we should have no pitty on these corrupted faces. we are better off without cricket at all thn this humilation every now and then.

  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 19, 2007, 13:56 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's tragic death puts the numbing defeat into perspective. It is just a game after all - not life and death.

    I have restrained the vitriol, but it is clear that now is the time for a total re-think. Inzi's exit - although poorly timed - is appropriate. But it cant stop here and Inzi should not be the scapegoat. I think I speak for millions of Pakistan cricket fans when I say that Cosmetic surgery is no longer acceptable. No one has the right to toy with the emotions of the cricket loving public. Stunning though it was, the dismal failure was always on the cards, was it not? In a country where cricketers lack basic discipline and the Board stumbles from crisis to crisis like a drunken sailor on shore leave, you must succeed in spite of the system. That has got to change. I suggest a total boycott of the Pakistan cricket team until and unless the entire setup is changed. The board, selectors and the ad-hoc system everything has to go. The team should be selected on merit alone, and a youth policy must be adopted. We the supporters are the lifeblood of the game. DO NOT PLAY WITH OUR FEELINGS!!

    Saima Kamal New Jersey

  • FahadQ on March 19, 2007, 13:54 GMT

    Bhaijan,

    I feel sorry for you at the moment. You are cranking out an article almost daily since the last couple of days. Aap na stress leyleyna!

  • ABDUL WAHAB on March 19, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    it's blowto pakistan cricket i ask inzy not to retire because it happens incricket .but pcb should defend the players because inzy has done lot for his country pls help pakistan in gentle manner . no problem if we exit from world cup . but what next is the end of the world . i ask mr charmain to look forward resolove the matter and insitutilized this association pcb and the time not to crictized anybody but help cricket in gentle ,sad of hurt of bob wolmer is no more in pakistan side god bless him . i am just the citizen of this country pls define cricket best way we have enogh legends pls make coah local person who understand cricket . be think of pakistan first then else . allah guide us to right path a.wahab pakistan zindabad take care everybody

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on March 19, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    Passing of Bob Woolmer is such a bad news that it’s been almost 24 hours since the news and I am unable to take my mind off even for a few minutes. May his soul rest in peace. I think the level of his professionalism can be judged from the fact that he gave his life for cricket. He was the only one in the entire team that took cricket seriously. Without any shadow of doubts any and every success that the team achieved during his tenure was his doing. He was such a great man and such a great ambassador of cricket. My thought and prayers are with his family.

    As for the timing of the announcement, it shows how insensitive and self-centered Inzi is. In one of my last comment in a different blog I said that I have lost respect for him, now I hate him. To me Inzi and Bari are responsible for the losses and Bob’s death. The media manager should also be fired for letting this happened, not now, once the so-called team is back in Pakistan (although if I had it my way I’ll send the entire team to Guantánamo Bay)

  • Razi Rizvi on March 19, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    It was not the right time at all.He has shown time and time again since Oval fiasco that he is very selfish.He cannot let Woolmer to rest in peace even after he is with us no more.I am disillusioned with the whole new islamist ideology Pakistani cricket team has.We never were a team with religious bigotry.Not anymore.We treat our real heroes badly.Look what happened to Waqar,Waseem Akram and Miandad.And we allow no gooders like Shoaib and Inzamam to make an idiot of Pakistani Cricket time and time again.We need someone with moral values and personality to help us emerge from this mess.And Inzamam and his stooges( Mushtaq Ahmed et al.)are not the ones who should be allowed doing that.Bob Woolmer was helpless and side lined by Inzamam in his life and was only there to accpet the responsibilities.Inzamam wanted to emulate Imran Khan but didnt realize that Imran worked hard to earn respect and stature that he enjoyed.Inzamam wanted to bully his way to a glorified end.Alas that wasnt to be.Finally we as a Pakistani community all over the world owes an apology to Bob Woolmer's soul and his family for never giving him the chance or respect he deserved.

  • sahil on March 19, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    what else do u want inzi to do? u talk about the team,what team?u give him two batsmen and ask him to get the world cup! imran nazir,if u call him a batsman then romesh powar is a bradman! hafeez,what is role may i ask? kamran akmal,if he can bat then dinesh kartik is a his God, azhar mehmood,plays as his mood desires. gul,can collapse anytime sami,cant find his line since he lost it the days he debuted! kaneria!, hello tendulkar is better leg spinner than him THE TEAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN YASIR HAMID(WHOSE LAST SIX INNINGS HAD BEEN GOOD) IMRAN FARHAT(WHO PLAYS BETTER THAN IMRAN NAZIR YOUNIS,WE ALL KNOW HIM YOUSUF,THE BEST PAKISTAN HAVE AFRIDI,IF FAILS WITH BAT,HIS BOWLING WILL BE ENOUGH ZULKARNAIN,AT LEAST HE WOULD TRY TO PERFORM TO FIND A PERMANENT PLACE IN THE TEAM SHOIB AKHTAR,THE BEST ASIF,THE BETTER SHOIB MALIK,THE ALL ROUNDER RAZZAQ,THE ACE AND THEN INZY give him these players and then put a sword on his neck! let us all be practical so what pakistan is out! dont you think it would have been a shame to world cricket had pakistan even made to semis! at a cost of the better team and talent IT IS GOOD FOR CRICKET AND I FEEL WE ALL SHOULD SYMPATHISE WITH INZI AND GIVE HIM HIS DUE FOR BEING AN ICON IN PAKISTAN CRICKET FOR LAST DECADE OR SO!

  • Akbar Warris on March 19, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    AS a Pakistani and a cricket lover I say just keep religion out and the team would be fine as this is their job to play .Plz dont think that by doning this you impress anyone as the world owes noone anything .Wake up and live in a real world.

  • Ali Imran from AlKhobar, KSA on March 19, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    The timing Inzi choose to announce the retirement was ill-advised. That goes to show that he lacks the common sense both on & off the field.

  • Rao Zahid on March 19, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    whatever who ever say but INzi we love you Bob we love you You both will always remain in our hearts We wil miss you both its sad time for us cricket fans bcoz of bob but inzi you were hero and you will remain hero we love you we dam care wat media and these journlist say about you but you were a legend you are a legend salute you you will be missed love you bob and inzi

  • MD VIRANI on March 19, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    Thanks Inzi :) You did it yourself, otherwise it would have been disgracefull if the selectors have dropped you like they did to other heroes, but I must say U should have resign before going to World Cup, you could have given some young and talented player a chance like Asim Kamal, Faisal, Misbah ul Haq,etc. Thank you once again for all you have done for Pakistan cricket and for which you were paid handsomely.One should not be selfish when serving your country. I hope Mushtaq Ahmad will follow with U becoz he was brought by U in place of Waqar and the team doesnot need Mushtaq Ahmed at all.

  • Ash Zed on March 19, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    With Pak elimination, I would support India. Yes, I am a Pakistani but that does not mean if Pak has crashed out, I would like India to be eliminated too. Someone MUST stop Australia and the only team that can do that is India or New Zealand.

    With regard to Inzi, if he has made an emotional press conference, that does not mean he should be forgiven aqnd absolved of all the wrong doings. He has inflicted irreparable damage to Pak cricket and its reputation. He must be eliminated from ODI and captaincy. However, I would like to see him playing in Test provided he is willing to bat at #4.

    Majed Khan should be appointed PCB head. Although Imran is the best choice but I doubt he would accept the position. Afridi seems to be the only logical choice for captaincy for at least 5 years.

    Qaddafi Stadium should be renamed after Bob Woolmer. Why do we need to name this beautiful stadium after Libya's dictator?

  • Ravi V on March 19, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    I am an Indian, but it never stopped me from admiring Inzi.

    Its sad. I agree that the timing is not right, but he is a man that has accompished so much in his career is wounded by unfolding of events as incredulous as these. Its easy to be confused and swayed by advice received from arbitrary people.

    I wish he had a better end. Great career, Inzi.

    Condolences to Woolmer family.

  • Umair Zaka on March 19, 2007, 13:39 GMT

    Asslam o alaikum kamran saab

    ur r ite in saying tht probably this wasnt the rite time he could hav waited fo soem time but this has been the same thoruhout whole pakistan cricket life...

    nd unfortunately looks like goin to continue....

    i wish somebdy like imran khan or wasim akram steps in management.....

    having sayin that v all know that wasim hasnt got a good name as he as been allegedly named in all the bookie stuff bt he together wiv imran khan can bring the pakistani team on track...

    PCB shud play a gamble nd shud name captaqin like shoaib malik or shahdi afridi cuz the circumstances v r already facing are cuz of our greatest batsman been transformed in to a captain nd this shud not happen to younis khan or m yousuf as southafrica did last world cup makin G SMITH a captain straight on... although he dint had such experience as shoaib or afridi hav rite now.......

    last bt not the least... condolscences to bob's family MAY HIS SOUL REST IN HEAVEN he was a gr8 coach nd did his best wht he could he was a gr8 man

    I WISH PAKSITANI TEAM LUCK although i m also one of those passionate cricket fan in paksitan as everybdy bt theres nuffin bt wishin luck fo future v can do .......

  • Raheel Mir on March 19, 2007, 13:38 GMT

    I, like many others, was shocked and saddened to hear about Bob woolmers death. From what i read in the media and saw on TV i can positively say that the pakistani players loved and respected him. The bond b/w the players and coach was cearly visible. Being a pakistani, i am very disappointed at the performance of our team. Inzi's announcement to retire is another example of PCBs poor management. Why could this announcement not have waited???? Bob did not fail pakistani cricket, but pakistani cricket failed him. Rest in peace Bob Woolmer

  • khalid on March 19, 2007, 13:37 GMT

    Really difficult to see what is wrong with Inzy's resignation now. Now is as good a time as any- it was time to show that he accepted responsibility for the team failures, and that he as the team captain had felt deep remorse at the passing away of Bob. (Now if he hadnt resigned, the same wise writers on cricket would be questioning why he didnt accept responsibility and resign). Anyway Pakistan is out of the tournament, the damage has been done, it was better to get over it. Any other cricketer who is feeling like retiring should also be encouraged to think on those terms (someone like Shoib Akhtar). Then we can come to terms with total loss and start the rebuilding process. And please, lets not talk about the great Imran Khan, he did captain the winning team, but one can see the fruits of the seeds of strife that he planted in the team in his days. Lets begin low key, and slow, and establish a strong base and a professional side, and that would be the best way to show our regards to Bob woolmer. Please dont keep discussing silly issues like whether Inzys resignation was appropriate at this moment or not.

  • Raheel Ghafar, New York on March 19, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    some of us would kill him regardless of what he does...this was the right time for inzamam to step down....i hope he doesn't consider himself responsible for BoB's death

  • Asif Saleem on March 19, 2007, 13:35 GMT

    I am really upset at inzimam's retriement, he is a great player and has been a great influence on the team.

    He needs to regarded and treated the way he deserves and has earned it over the years.

  • Mansoor Iqbal on March 19, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    Its sad to see that pak cricket has a history of great players having a tragic end to their careers. Inzimam didnt want to be in that list.... no one does, the dream exit for every pak crickter is to go out like Imran khan.

    But i do belive it was the right decision for inzimam to resign as captain. Disappointed ,he would not be there in ODI's , but glad he hasnt left test cricket, pakistan needs his solidity in test matches.

    Now the million dollar question... who would be pakistan's new Captain?hmmm

  • alizai on March 19, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    Things should not be done in that way.After all its a two matched defeat.What pakistan thinks if inzi go then there all worries are ended ?No its a big mistake.We did the same technique in last world cup and lost wasim,waqar,saeed quicky and the result was same.So the need of hour is that to stay calm and cool and look for future .This world cup is not the end of our Cricket.Insahallah we have to do more...

  • Ridwan Hamza - London on March 19, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    Can we just give poor Inzi a break? The guy probably is not thinking straight. i dnt blame him.

    Yes the team hurt the fans - but look at the price being paid - Bob has gone for ever - RIP Bob.

    And Inzi has been humiliated - a national hero for 92 looks destroyed person.

    ITS ONLY A GAME - our team is not good enough but let us not savage our heroes like Inzi.

    The management of the team inc Dr ashraf and all other Musharraf cronies should be the ones who are made to pay the price.

    Musharraf has run the cricket the way he runs the country - an absolute shambles/laughing stock.

    I think we fans should direct our anger towards the BIG CATS - the setup is infested with bias and favouritism.

    P.S. to those who burn effigies of Inzi and other players - pls change the effigies from Inzi to General Musharraf

  • Mushtaq Rahim on March 19, 2007, 13:33 GMT

    Well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets take the game as game. It has already taken Bob away. Don't try to make someone else to go away. Inziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is something very very littel to use for the batting maestro. He has served the game more than one could expect him...... Look at the great record he has got. Look at the matches he has won us. Don't you remember 1992!!! This was he who took your flag up. This was just because of him that we had "THE Flag Up" (The words from 1992 world cup theme song that I remember that I heard when I was only 12 years old). If minnows don't beat the top teams how the game will spread. Had sirilanka not beaten top teams, how would they have lifted the 96 cup? Had Bangladesh not beaten Pakistan in 1999 would you imagine that they would have been able to produce an amazing game of cricket against India? The Tamim Iqbals, Mushfiqurs hail only watching their weaker teams beating stronger teams. This is the charm of this great game of uncertainties in which you never know even until the final bowl is bowled. I agree that it is thoroughly unacceptable to loose in such a way..... but this has happened and has helped us our several week points.

    Let’s cheer the guys who have been bringing in glory after glory. Trophy after trophy..... They have beaten India on their home soil for us many times. They have been pounding England in England etc.

    Let me just sum it by saying that this is not the end of the road. Every loss is stair to success. There are a lot of little heroes waiting in the ranks who really want to take the lead and make us forget the shameful day.

    Inziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are GREAT. We are proud of you. We are proud of your performance. We want to see you in Test outfit scoring century after century and want you get to 10000 Test Runs.

    I Cheeer You!!! I give you my Thumbs up!!!!!!!

    Allah Bless You!!

  • rahim on March 19, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    i am amazed by the response of people. yesterday i read at many places that inzi should resign. now he has resigned, but people are criticizing his timing. i think all the people who are criticizing pakistan team right now, are not true fans of the team. it is the time when we need to lift our team and our captain. but alas, i belong to a very emotinal nation. next shock will come for fans lik me when younas khan will be the captain who has scored 1 in first match and 0 in second match.

  • FK on March 19, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    Inzy made the announcement becuase he was bricking himself. He thinks whoever did that to Bob had Inzy next on the list, so he just wanted to make his position clear.

  • Zafar ullah khan on March 19, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    i feel very sorry about the pakistan way the things happening wright know the captain of pakistan team inzamam leaving one day arena and the death of a pakistan coach bob woolmer over a stress .

  • haider on March 19, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    well ... so what if he could not win Pakistan the World cup he still is a legend and always will be. humans have more importance than sports nothing can make us feel he is not a legend i mean if you see the statistics he has won his country more matches than anybody has.statistics show that after sir viv richards inzamam has won his country most matches.meaning the amount of match winning innings he has played for his country is brilliant and 2nd in the history of cricket.

  • ADDAS KHAN on March 19, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    First of all, no doubt I would like to send my condolences to Bob Woolmer and his family.. He lived for cricket and maybe in a cruel way even died for it too! The timing of Inzis retirement could well have been in front of the domestic press in lahore in a weeks time, but what done is done and we can now close the chapter and lay to rest that the legacy of Imran Khan is now over he was the last of Imrans boys and I dont think we will ever see talent in the Pak side they way Imrans youngsters had... sure inzi has not been himself in the last 2 series in ODI cricket, but he was the best that this country has produced in ODI (after miandad )he should now have his eyes set on becoming the first pakistani to score 10,000 runs in test cricket! maybe thats too big a target, how about the handful of runs he needs to become the highset test scorer in Pakistan by overtaking Javed himself.Inzi was the last of our truly world class players we dont have any more and it will be very difficult for this current team to play without the colusses figure of Inzamam Ul Haq

  • Mustafa on March 19, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    Defeat against ireland in the worldcup will undermine all the contributions he had made in his long career. Hopefully he does not leave cricket alltogether as saeed anwar. I really feel sad for this guy he deserved much much better than that.. all my respect to inzi..

  • feroz karmally on March 19, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    May I suggest that the Pakistani players save themselves ridicule and possible physical abuse by defecting to a small nation like Grenada. They can then quietly sink into oblivion

  • Saj Shah on March 19, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    What ever happened to the Inzi, we all new and admired. The one thing that annoys me in the current light, as Kamran states is the the "Timing". In a confused team with emotions high the Pak unit need to Consolodate and unite for the respect of Bob Woolmer. The next game I know will be a tribute to Bob, we have to prove to Bob that all his teaching efforts were not in vain and prove to the Cricket World Pak Cricket is still Dangerous despite the recent failings.

  • Saud Faruqi on March 19, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    Inzi is my hero but ever heroes are mortals. I cannot agree more that the timing was absolutely wrong, even if Inzi had decided to call it quits before Bob's passing away. Best thing would have been to wait till at least Bob final rights had been observed. Inzi like most Pakistani ex-captains (with the exception of Imran Khan) are not great thinkers, so why criticize him for a poor decision. Inzi is merely a reflection of our society.

  • Sheraz on March 19, 2007, 13:26 GMT

    After the recent performance..it was evident. I think he announced it now because of the pressure from Pakistani fans. I am wondering what made him think that he ll a part of pak test teaem in future....!

  • Shahzad on March 19, 2007, 13:26 GMT

    I dont see any reason to make the timing such an issue here, it can not get worse than it already is, this is a no win situation, at least this annoucement will take some wind out of the sails of all knowing critics. I think it was right to get it out of the way. I must add, it is pitty that for Inzi, it had to end like this

  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Bye Inzi. Thanks for all the smiles you've put on the face of our often grief stricken nation for the past couple of decades. Its a shame that you have to bow out in such a way. You, although weren't a very good captain, certainly deserved better. Rest In Peace Bob Woolmer. Maybe, just maybe, your death will teach Pakistan cricket a lesson in professionalism and loving and living our job.

  • Saadat Ali Zia on March 19, 2007, 13:24 GMT

    YES - it is right to say that the timing of the decision was not great. But Inzi may have been thinking about the extreme reaction he was ought to receive back home. At the end of the day we have to say that it shows really poor management from the “higher ups” at PCB. From the Oval fiasco to this day we have seen a continuous decline of Pakistan cricket and incidents have happened one after the other. And a lot of issues are off-the field issues, affecting, on-the field performance. And twice worse has happened when the top management was there on the front – both in Oval & now Chairman of PCB was as pedestrian as any of us here – more concerned perhaps with stupidity of promoting Pakistan through Urdu than some of the important issues. As a fan though I wonder why we put so much pressure on the players and why do the officials get away with their lack of imagination. I think as a nation we should also realize that Cricket after all is a game and may be we are putting a little too much pressure on our guys and that they are not enjoying it as a game anymore. Lets face it, our guys are mostly young, not properly educated, and not very well trained by PCB once they arrive in the international arena. We were really very critical of Bob Woolmer and did not respect him enough for his integrity & sincerity when he was with us. Perhaps now is the time to reflect on that but we should leave the hypocrisy aside “cough Jawed Miandad cough” claiming that he had a great relation with Bob. Come on Sir, we respected you for your efforts in your playing days but where is your integrity anyway. How desperate are you for a job to come down to this level.

  • amer on March 19, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    hii just wanna say that inzi was a great player .. but hes not a good captain , not at all. if u go throught his captain carrer he had very bad loss all theteam specially against india, some huge records like 309 sewag ... surely he was not a good captain .

  • Jim Aldous on March 19, 2007, 13:20 GMT

    I'm rather surprised by all of the negative comments surrounding Inzi today. If I were him, I'd be feeling like "damned if I do, damned if I don't." Less than 48 hours ago people on the streets of Pakistan were asking for him to be arrested, holding protests and being generally unruly. I'd go so far as to say their treatment of their team was disgraceful. And in light of that, Inzi does what is expected of him and stands down as captain and says goodbye to ODIs. OK, so the timing is not the best and maybe he should have put more focus onto Bob in that press conference, but inside Inzi is probably emotionally and mentally shattered after the weekend's events. Indeed the whole Pakistani side is in turmoil and disarray. Instead of criticising and throwing stones at Inzi lets just give him a little bit of support in a situation which has quite clearly affected him deeply and profoundly. Or are Pakistan cricket fans really not complete unless they're having a dig at someone?

  • saleem awan on March 19, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    the PCB is run by people who does not have a cricket head over their shoulders.Every one knew the problems with the openesrs but it was inzi who insisted on this team and instead of taking an extra opener he opted for more bowlers. Let us rejoice the fact that Inzi has finally retired as he was an extermly defensive person and there is no room for a defensive cricket in this competitive age of cricket.

  • Augi on March 19, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. I would not put the blame totally on Inzamam. It would have been all too much for him. I think the media manager should have stepped in and guided him. In close to three decades of avidly following this game, I have never felt so much in a day because of this game. It is a pity, a real pity.

  • Shahid on March 19, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    We cannot imagine how the team who have been with Bob for so many years are feeling, especially Inzy. Ths initial shock of the loss to Ireland was blitzed by the sad news of Bob Woolmers death, he had become part and parcel of our beloved cricket team. I hope PCB make the right decisions in this difficult period and make Pakistan stronger then ever before.

  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    The darkest weekend for Pakistani Cricket. I am a die hard fan of Inzy and will miss him more than anyone. Its a shame that a player of his standing is retiring like this but atleast he called it quits himself. His boots would be quite hard to fill. Innings that he has played for Pakistan on numerous occasions under pressure would keep reminding us in future that we are missing the great inzy in that middle order. I have seen him come into team and now reitirng. Its really sad but it was to happen. Atleast we can say that inzy played for the team. So less we saw him throwing his wicket. Alwas played for the team and according to the situation...Ahh we wil msis you inzy and I hope you play without any pressure in test and help us win the series against india and austrailia.. I salute your services to Pakistan

  • Adeel Lilani on March 19, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I fully agree to your point of veiw & hope in future such things dont happens with other players...

  • Yas on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    Indeed i feel it was pretty silly of Inzi to announce his retirement especially so soon after Bob Woolmers death. I dont think it was done in taste and surely he could have waited a few more days once the dust had settled so to speak. It just infuriates me that the PCB cannot and refuse to give sound advice to their players. Same thing happened last yr at the Oval when Inzi was told to come off the field. Pakistani cricket is nothing more than a joke at the moment, its very saddening.

    As for Inzi, its a shame that hes going but as your rightly said hes been so out of form in the ODI stage that its heartbreaking. He will be sadly missed thats for sure and i think the captains curse hit as well ie player who do well before taking on the captaincy seem to flounder when given the task of captaining their team and this happened with Inzi. If i was the PCB chairman i would say to Inzi, relinquish the captaincy but keep playing as i think he still has alot to offer. But then only Inzi knows whats best for him.

    I'll end it off here by saying, Thanks Inzi for your contribution to Pak cricket, especially during the '92 WC. You werent a very good captain but your batting prowess was a class above the rest. Thank you for your awesome innings that sadly became far in between as time went on.

  • Naeem on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    A sad day for cricket - those of us who play the game may use some techniques that Bob Wolmer brought to the game, especially the benefit of overanalysis.

    The only problem with Inzi was the fact that typical PCB - Younis Khan was the captain, then he wasnt and Inzi was back etc etc ie, this should have been resolved a while ago. If Inzi was not good enough to hold his place in the side, which his form showed, then PCB should have bedded in another Captain with Inzi still there.

    The issue now is, you have to replace a Coach, a Captain and a huge middle-order talent. The sooner the PCB get someone with decent understanding of the game and foresight the better - until then, Pakistan will continue to fail to fulfil their huge potential.

    As a last note - no player plays to lose - but essentially - in my mind, the events of the last 6 months - The Oval Test Match, Shoaib Akhter in S-Africa, the inabilitiy to play a ball on its merits and so bat for your team - all contrinuted to the stress levels on Bob Wolmer.

  • Abrar from Dubai on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    Mr. Kamram You are right this was not the right time for Inzy to announce his retirement,this is the problem with our hereos, infact they might began thinking from their corner about their future becoz our cricket BOARDS don't support them after they retire. One more thing people are forgetting that Inzy was one of players who 92 WC to us.

  • Rizwan Younus on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    I Feel that now there is no way back for inzamam and he should do the right thing and just retire from the game and end his career. I will find it amazing if he can continue to play in tests under a new captain with the heart and passion he once showed. I feel that for the good of pakistan cricket he should just let the younger generation come good. Inzi you have been one of my heroes and one of pakistans finest and the oval fiasco and the nandroline affair are the real reasons to blame. Best Of Luck for the futuremate and may Bob rest in peace.

  • Imran Tahir - Toronto on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    Kamran, I am not quite sure why the timing of Inzi’s retirement is being seen in the negative light and such a criticism is hurled towards him. A non issue is again being made into an issue.

    The past 36 hours events, the way they unfolded, can bring down the morale of any genius and can spin the person to make such an announcement; even after the short hours of Bob’s death.

    In short I am finding it little difficult to digest this uncalled criticism.

  • Muhammad Asif on March 19, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    I agree with you. But this is our national dilema. We are leg-puller by nature. Its our culture. Its how we are identified nationally & internationally. But hope for the best & prepare for the worst. Hats off to Inzi. Atleast he took the responsibility for bad performance & stepped down to give chance someone else.

  • Anil on March 19, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    A real pity to see Inzamam quitting the one-day game in such a situation. He would have done far better to wait for the Zimbabwe game, play as only only he can when he is at his best, dedicate the win to Bob Woolmer and announce his retirement.

    As a cricket fan (i'm not from Pakistan), i'd absolutely hate to see one of the greats of the game quit it in circumstances like these.

  • umar on March 19, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    Whats the problem he not done anything to damage Bob's memory he was going to go so what if has announced his intentions. but as i say dont forget what inzi has done for pakistan cricket.

  • Faisal Hassan on March 19, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    Dear Karman,

    You've hit the nail on the head here (finally). Although the timing of Inzi's deceision was not great, I personally think he got a bit carried away with all that was happening around him.

    Going by his past comments, Inzi was never one to heed to anyones advice (Imran's in particular) I therefore see no reason to believe that he was not advised in this case as well but just got carried away with the overall mood that must be prevailing in the Pakistani camp at the moment.

    Anyway, whatever the timings, I think this great warrior of Pakistani cricket deserves a thunderous departure. I can remember many a one day matches that Inzi won for us single handedly and although his form over the past year was not great, I'm sure he still was contributing to the team constructively, albeit in his own fashion.

    So there you go, hats off to you Inzi. Thank you for all the years of wonderful entertainment. You were a great asset and you will be missed. Pakistan cricket is poorer without you.

    Faisal Hassan (Lahore)

  • Nick on March 19, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    I think timing was wrong for Inzi's retirement . But i am skeptical of that also because alot of asian players tend to take back their decision after few months. I think only one soul that realy felt the loss of that humilated loss in pakistani Camp was Bob Woolmer,and alas he wasnt even Pakistani... thats a shame GOD Bless Him

  • Dr.Sarmad Qureshi on March 19, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    Basically the problem is that the players earn so much of money that it becomes really hard for them to leave cricket, unless they have properly invested their earnings in their prime times. Its only the economics factor which pushes the third world cricketers to sacrifice their dignity over earning more money. This trend has to be curbed by PCB, and it should do something about securing top players as well as test, ODI & First class cricketers future.

  • H.Malik on March 19, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    Dear Kamran , You are right , his timing was wrong , he sould have done it after the Oval fiasco or latest after loosing the series in South Africa , that would have been approperiate BUT you are right , ASIAN TIGERS always looked to the time to get the BIG KICK in the ASS , since there is no brain to either read or understand the Writing on the WALL . I am sure his intent to have him available for the TEST ONLY is once again a purely SELF CENTRED so that he can score a Dozzen or more Runs to Surpass Javed Miandad's highest run mark . ALL ALONG the selfish INZI BIG FAT potato , think if he is unfit to lead or play a 10 over game ( at the most he has been doing that in the past couple of matches ) in ODI how on earth he considers himself to eb fit to go for a 6 hours , 5 days 360 overs of 5 day match !!! I THINK WE WOULD SEE HIM LAST AGAINST ZIMBABWEY and I pray to God , we never see him and couple of more of his cronies in the national color on the TV screen again .

  • SQUARE_CUT FROM BBC TMS on March 19, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    inzi should have retired a year ago...he had his time, done his bit for cricket, should have retired with respect not like this....

  • Vamsee on March 19, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    First of all I am deeply saddened by the death of Bob Woolmer. His services and commitment to the cricket and Pakistan can never be denied or faulted.

    Inzamam's decision decision to retire was always expected after humiliating defeat agaianst Ireland but I personally think that the timing was bad. The best way to pay tribute for a great man like Bob Woolmer is by playing well but not leaving the arena at this time.

    It is very sad to even think of world cup with out India and Pakistan. I just dont like to watch it anymore. Game is a game, it must be that way. Inzamam has to accept this fact does not hold himself responsible. A crcket team consists of 11 members, realistically thinking captain is just one of them. He cannot do wonders. I hope time heals everything. People will forget this unfortunate mishap and accept the facts.

  • Saad Rehman on March 19, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    Hi, I think he did the right thing by steping down at this time...He is a gr8 cricketer and would remain one of the best middle order batsman in the history of pakistan cricket..Just leave him alone...

  • Majid in NJ on March 19, 2007, 13:10 GMT

    Inzy is right to go. Yes the timing could have been better but the circumstances are so extenuating. I support Inzy. He is a good and honorable man even and though his recent performances have not been the best he is still a good role model for us. We wish him well.

  • salman tanoli-london on March 19, 2007, 13:09 GMT

    well i think the decision from stepping down the captaincy is very rite. but i wud like inzi to play in both teams i.e. test and ODI eleven. & if PCB cud take a long term approach then they shud make shoaib malik the skipper. coz pakistan needs a person who has neveres to fight and who can dare to lead from the front and i can see this in shoaib very clearly.i feel sorry for a great batsman as inzi to have such a pooor exit. hopefully he wil make it better as a player in tests. too bad boys... but don forget its just a game and o dont doubt inzi's commitment with cricket pakistan.

  • anjum on March 19, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    First of all realy feel sad about death of bob woolmer, i just felt as some one realy close to me has died. and about inzamam decision its i think right timing and i agree that asian cricket boards do,nt allow their players to retire with some respect, and that would be in his mind as well, and also inzamam was clearly upset with Bob,s death as well, but no doubt inzamam will be remembered as a true hero who always tried his best, love u inzamam. And also Bob with his true love for game and pakistan cricket team, he could,nt deliver result in this world cup but we do,nt have any doubt on his efforts to improve, he did his best to improve. may his soul rest in peace.

  • Faisal on March 19, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    It can get worse. We can lose to zimbabwe.

  • Muhammad Owais, Karachi on March 19, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    A very sad end to a very good career spanning more than 15 years. One world cup made him a national hero and after 3 world cups the fourth one made him a ......... (this should not be written).

    Once again well wishes for the Pakistan cricket.

  • Usman on March 19, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    When pakistan plays next ODI and Test after the world cup?

  • aly on March 19, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    i think inzi has made the rite decision to retire from odis.this is high time for pak selectors to inject new blood into da team.y v pakis r reactive than proactive?one sud not forget inzis contribution towards pak cricket.if u r a good winner u sud b a good looser also.

  • nav on March 19, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    What poor timing from Inzamam i was hopeing for hime to announce his retirement straight after the defeat to Ireland im sure some pride what have still been left intact and on the matter of pride (Ghairat) as we say in urdu the humiliation of the defeat has taken Bob Woolmer away from us thats what a proud man he was

  • Shahid Afzal on March 19, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    Well, a sad end to a magnificent career. It all began on a smiling, shining afternoon in Christchurch and the love affair has ended in the gloom of Jamaica. I wanted to write some lines on the team's WC but as that is finished, no need now. Inzy was the man everybody loved to love until he started to make those dreadful mistakes as captain, the least of them being his decision to open all these years with a bowling all rounder, Hafeez whose average score is no better than 18. Well, all said and done, a colossus of a cricketer whose strokes were brilliant but whose timing in all cricketing matters failed him on the biggest stage ever known to cricketers worldwide...

  • Ajani on March 19, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Well Kamran another legend of our Cricketing History Bites the Dust! You surely are right this was neither the time nor the place especially keeping in mind the sad and untimely demise of our Coach Bob Wolmer. Inzi should have waited and discussed the matter with the Board and than made an announcemnet. I still feel he still has that special magic in it to survive and play competetitive cricket for another year or two. Let us wish him the very best for his future as he has given us more things to cheer in the past than this untimely hiccup against Ireland. Inzi for me you will still be one of the very best this Nation has ever produced.

  • C Khan on March 19, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    The timing issue has been raised by you and another of the writers on this website, and i think your being a little harsh on inzi. He was very upset and i think he wasn't thinking straight. The responsibility for this should firmly lie with the incompetent PCB and its media arm. They haven't got a brain cell between them. In this time i would like to thank Inzi for his contribution to Pakistan cricket over the years he has been wonderful but whatever his flaws he did his best and that can be said for Bob Woolmer. And a fitting end to this tragedy would be for the Pakistani players and especially Inzi to hit a 100 and dedicate it to bob woolmer. I think it would be a fitting end to an otherwise disastrous few days

  • Sachin A La Re on March 19, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    One of my all time favorites as much for his lazy elegance as for his composed demeanor on the field. Cricketing fraternity is poorer by his resignation. I was hoping to run into him in the carribean.:) Guess that will have to wait. Good luck Inzy and I hope to see you play test cricket for a few more years, you still have the ability and pakistan cricket needs a father figure like you to guide them in this hour of darkness.

  • Mohammad Arif on March 19, 2007, 13:02 GMT

    How would delaying his retirement make any difference, all this proves is how honestly Bob Woolmer was working for a better Pakistani Cricket Team. Whats more important is the state it leaves Pakistan cricket, i'm worried now as previous Pakistani player have not taken too well to tragic deaths, how these younger player will deal with it as they looked up to Bob.

    Good luck to Inzi and he has been one of the best batsmen in the world and has made us proud to be Pakistani at times.

  • Faisal on March 19, 2007, 13:00 GMT

    I think it was best that Inzamam step down now. No need for period news anymore. It's better we recieve all the news now and let it go. I don't want to see Pakistan in the headlines any more. Its time for Pakistan to take some time to think about the disaster which took place in the West Indies. Tragedies occuring left, right, and center and in the midst of all this we couldn't manage to even make ONE positive headline, nor win even ONE game. Complete chaos, distress, and wreckage lies amongst a World Cup campagin which lasted no longer than 5 days. Shambles. :(

  • Imran Shah on March 19, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    I tend to disagree with you Kamran. The way I look at it, Inzi highlighted the importance and differnce Bob made to to him by retiring. Obviously, this is no a time to celebrate his distinguished career as the sorrow is overwhelming but I am sure Inzi would have felt very disgusted and sad to have taken such a huge step

  • Rameen on March 19, 2007, 12:56 GMT

    I feel that perhaps the only guy that took some pride of being a part of pakistani cricket is dead (Bob).... I wish some of the other baigharat (and i dont mean Inzi here.....he is a man of ethics and dignity to me) feel the same about it.

  • concerned pakistani on March 19, 2007, 12:53 GMT

    Inzi no doubt is a legend and has won several matches for Pakistan, we shouldnt forget them. But because he was captain so he should take responsibility and good he has retired. Its tragic what happened to Woolmer.My condolences to his family. He was an A level coach but couldnt improve Pakistans performance. In 3 years he couldnt find a pair of openers as both openers were gone in the first over in both the matches of the W/C.

  • Haider Mahmud, Pakistan on March 19, 2007, 12:43 GMT

    Let us not blame Inzamam for selecting the wrong time to make this announcement because as Kamran Abbasi himself said he might have just wanted to let it all out. We must understand the immense stress Inzamam and team must be going through on losing Woolmer who was such a great coach and above all friend to all of them. As far as Inzamam's retirement is concerned, I wish him all the best. We should appreciate the services he made for Pakistan cricket. Yes his team has disappointed badly but he is right to curse luck. Twice in Champions trophy against South Africa and here against Ireland, Pakistan were exposed to grassy pitches. Now Inzamam is not solely to be blamed. Pakistani batmen have never ever been comfortable on such pitches. And just imagine, you lose 2 games and you are out of it. Something is definitely wrong with the format or it is just too harsh as based on it we would have never made it in 92 World cup.

  • Tayyab on March 19, 2007, 12:42 GMT

    Yes! its right to say that inzi is always late to react!! n same is the case here,i think he's a bit late to announce his retirement coz he's not performing at all for a year or so n he should have gone for retirement but another thing that come into play was the decision by PCB to retain him as a captain till the world cup! He would have e been well satisfied as a captain if he would have retired before than now!! So m agree with kamran that he's late.

  • shayaan on March 19, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    This team is now shaken by poor Bob's death and the pakistani team has to get assembled and fixed now. This was time for Inzimam's experience and seniority to get the Pakistan cricket back into shape irrespective of what happens in the world cup. People will give you the blame(which they shouldnt) but you should be preapared to walk through that. As a wise and senior captain he should have got them back into the groove but he decided to retire in ODI's and hand overt captaincy in tests which is an incorrect decision. He should go after a few months, with some pride and prove why he was one of the best, especially after losing Woolmer

  • S. Sheikh on March 19, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    Timing is right or wrong does'nt make any difference sooner or later it was expected, he took it on a chin like a man took the responsibility of the loses and step down from the captiancy and the ODI's may be this WILL quiten down his critics only time will tell in the future about this nice man. Noboby is perfect we all have our ups and downs. GOOD LUCK INZI. yOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED.

  • Salil on March 19, 2007, 12:33 GMT

    I think Inzamam had lost that confidence and love to play ODI cricket and thus wants to concentrate only on test cricket. Mebbe he can leave test cricket with dignity in coming years as for a struggling batsman test cricket is the right way to improve his form.

  • khurram on March 19, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    If the guy had some common sense he would have delayed his decision untill the game against Zim was over and Bob woolmer is laid to rest. He still want's to play test cricket which i doubt any new captin like Shoaib Akhter or Shahid Afridi approve for !!!!!

  • nathan on March 19, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    This world cup will be a major turning point in Pak cricket. Hopefully for better. By the way, kamran, you should have titled your previous article "Only Ireland stand in the way of pakistan's cup".Not Australia.

  • Bilal on March 19, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Last 8 months have without a doubt been the worst 8 months in Pakistans cricketing history. Just when something major occurs and you think this should be the end of the saga and a fresh start will occur, something else turns up. Last 8 months as a passionate Pakistani supporter have been extremely difficult, I'm sure some have even quit.

  • Amanzeb Khan on March 19, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Lets not read too much into it. The guy is obviously very depressed and gutted. He would not have wanted such an exit. He just wanted it off his chest. The sequence of events since the England tour has been so bad that it feels as if we are simply cursed. Each time we think it cannot get any worse something else happens. I just hope and pray something happens soon to dispel the gloom and distress we are all feeling. But honestly i dont see anything rosy happening soon. :-(

  • Omer Admani on March 19, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    Actually his timing is quite right-- any delay wouldn't have been met with a respectful end, but a bitter one. Fans would never approve of Inzi and let him have a dignified ending. Though I feel sorry for Inzi in that he wasn't naturally a captain and was yet selected, what I found unacceptable--and dissapointing-- was the fact that he never learned. The same strategies were used till the end which had failed all this while; the same defensive fields were put on the field despite their failure and constant criticism; and the same batting order was persisted with which had failed too many times. Kaneria's non-selection was extrememly dubious: Azhar was never a batsman, as I had said, and the likelihood of a seventh half-batsman playing when the top 6 had failed was always going to be very low. It might seem even more stupid because Irish batsmen wouldn't have had any defense against legspin, and would have been forced to slog. Razzaq's absence was dubious, apparently the medical reports were never showed, and I had always said that Razzaq was our ultimate balance in the team. He was the only player who usually rose in pressure situations, and you have to wonder with whose discretion was he compromised. Also, Inzi's compromise with the PCB to replace Waqar with Mushtaq was a big blunder; our slide started in SA, and we never got the momentum back. Rana should never have been with the team. We could have taken an extra batsman, someone solid as Asim Kamal. Eventually, the world cup is gone. But, we have the best bowling in the world-- injury-free-- and not a bad batting if we include Asim Kamal. All we need to do is get a new captain, and two solid openers-- I guess 2 out of Taufeeq Umar, Salman Butt, and Yasir Hameed.

    Apart from the team, if the team has to become better, then the head of the PCB, a foolish doctor, should be kicked and the first one to be disgraced. Bring Waqar back as well and get rid of Mushtaq. It will be some vindication, honestly, for the world cup if the team can rise up and beat Australia and South Africa in the coming year. No point looking back, as the great man said, "yesterday is history..".

  • sharath ram on March 19, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    a well said one..inzy must 've announced it after the world cup was over for rest of the world...

  • Murtaza on March 19, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    Imran Khan is the only pakistani captain who retired with dignity and the world cup.

    we must remember inzy was also part of that team its not 1 mans game

  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    You are right, he should've delayed this announcement. I think he is too devastated to think pragmatically, and was not guided properly from board. Bobs tragic death is painstaking, especially around the circumstances. He brought the best from an unrefined lot, too bad things didn’t go as one expected. Bob seems to be the only few who were willing to back Inzi while criticism was rampant towards him. Perhaps its a way of his tribute to Bob. No matter how much people bad mouth him or his leadership skills, he was the reason we won the WC 92. His captaincy was not outstanding but his demeanor was very humble, a rarity for Pak captains. All good things must come to an end. Good luck Inzi, you will be missed.

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  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    You are right, he should've delayed this announcement. I think he is too devastated to think pragmatically, and was not guided properly from board. Bobs tragic death is painstaking, especially around the circumstances. He brought the best from an unrefined lot, too bad things didn’t go as one expected. Bob seems to be the only few who were willing to back Inzi while criticism was rampant towards him. Perhaps its a way of his tribute to Bob. No matter how much people bad mouth him or his leadership skills, he was the reason we won the WC 92. His captaincy was not outstanding but his demeanor was very humble, a rarity for Pak captains. All good things must come to an end. Good luck Inzi, you will be missed.

  • Murtaza on March 19, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    Imran Khan is the only pakistani captain who retired with dignity and the world cup.

    we must remember inzy was also part of that team its not 1 mans game

  • sharath ram on March 19, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    a well said one..inzy must 've announced it after the world cup was over for rest of the world...

  • Omer Admani on March 19, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    Actually his timing is quite right-- any delay wouldn't have been met with a respectful end, but a bitter one. Fans would never approve of Inzi and let him have a dignified ending. Though I feel sorry for Inzi in that he wasn't naturally a captain and was yet selected, what I found unacceptable--and dissapointing-- was the fact that he never learned. The same strategies were used till the end which had failed all this while; the same defensive fields were put on the field despite their failure and constant criticism; and the same batting order was persisted with which had failed too many times. Kaneria's non-selection was extrememly dubious: Azhar was never a batsman, as I had said, and the likelihood of a seventh half-batsman playing when the top 6 had failed was always going to be very low. It might seem even more stupid because Irish batsmen wouldn't have had any defense against legspin, and would have been forced to slog. Razzaq's absence was dubious, apparently the medical reports were never showed, and I had always said that Razzaq was our ultimate balance in the team. He was the only player who usually rose in pressure situations, and you have to wonder with whose discretion was he compromised. Also, Inzi's compromise with the PCB to replace Waqar with Mushtaq was a big blunder; our slide started in SA, and we never got the momentum back. Rana should never have been with the team. We could have taken an extra batsman, someone solid as Asim Kamal. Eventually, the world cup is gone. But, we have the best bowling in the world-- injury-free-- and not a bad batting if we include Asim Kamal. All we need to do is get a new captain, and two solid openers-- I guess 2 out of Taufeeq Umar, Salman Butt, and Yasir Hameed.

    Apart from the team, if the team has to become better, then the head of the PCB, a foolish doctor, should be kicked and the first one to be disgraced. Bring Waqar back as well and get rid of Mushtaq. It will be some vindication, honestly, for the world cup if the team can rise up and beat Australia and South Africa in the coming year. No point looking back, as the great man said, "yesterday is history..".

  • Amanzeb Khan on March 19, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Lets not read too much into it. The guy is obviously very depressed and gutted. He would not have wanted such an exit. He just wanted it off his chest. The sequence of events since the England tour has been so bad that it feels as if we are simply cursed. Each time we think it cannot get any worse something else happens. I just hope and pray something happens soon to dispel the gloom and distress we are all feeling. But honestly i dont see anything rosy happening soon. :-(

  • Bilal on March 19, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Last 8 months have without a doubt been the worst 8 months in Pakistans cricketing history. Just when something major occurs and you think this should be the end of the saga and a fresh start will occur, something else turns up. Last 8 months as a passionate Pakistani supporter have been extremely difficult, I'm sure some have even quit.

  • nathan on March 19, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    This world cup will be a major turning point in Pak cricket. Hopefully for better. By the way, kamran, you should have titled your previous article "Only Ireland stand in the way of pakistan's cup".Not Australia.

  • khurram on March 19, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    If the guy had some common sense he would have delayed his decision untill the game against Zim was over and Bob woolmer is laid to rest. He still want's to play test cricket which i doubt any new captin like Shoaib Akhter or Shahid Afridi approve for !!!!!

  • Salil on March 19, 2007, 12:33 GMT

    I think Inzamam had lost that confidence and love to play ODI cricket and thus wants to concentrate only on test cricket. Mebbe he can leave test cricket with dignity in coming years as for a struggling batsman test cricket is the right way to improve his form.

  • S. Sheikh on March 19, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    Timing is right or wrong does'nt make any difference sooner or later it was expected, he took it on a chin like a man took the responsibility of the loses and step down from the captiancy and the ODI's may be this WILL quiten down his critics only time will tell in the future about this nice man. Noboby is perfect we all have our ups and downs. GOOD LUCK INZI. yOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED.