Politics April 13, 2007

Younis Khan, a committee, and a circus

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Pakistan's cricketers must be quite confused. One minute they are appearing before a parliamentary committee, the next it's one set up by the PCB for reasons of "performance evaluation." In between there are ad-hoc committees on television, where the multiplication of channels has spawned an orgy of pontification and inquisition about the malign state of affairs in Pakistan cricket. Oh yes, and let's not forget the burning effigies.

In the wake of all this angst Younis Khan has declined the captaincy. Nothing predicts behaviour like behaviour, as any good psychiatrist will tell you, and Younis has already shown his reluctance to take on the captaincy unless he is perfectly happy. I wonder how somebody could refuse the leadership of his country at a moment such as this? When Younis turned it down before the Champions Trophy I received an email from Bob Woolmer that described how baffled he was by Younis's behaviour. And Bob always supported Younis.

I think Younis should have taken the job if it was offered to him. As Imran Khan said, why become vice-captain in the first place? But whatever the true reasons behind this decision at least he had the good sense to clear the air and the battle between the rest can begin. What I can say with certainty is that this isn't a problem that will be resolved by the performance evaluation committee.

Many of us have been through this movie before. When you don't know what to do but want to look proactive, form a committee. I can't remember anything good ever coming out of one of these committees, largely because they comprise people whose opinion you couldn't care less about and who don't really know what they are doing. Consequently they fail to hit the mark or be taken seriously.

The current mobile inquest, the one supposedly designated to investigate performance, has only produced one piece of wisdom (the stuff PJ Mir came out with wasn't a revelation to anybody who has observed this team closely over the last year or so), and that wisdom was produced by somebody who hasn't appeared before the committee. Shaharyar Khan, the former diplomat and chairman of the PCB, asked a simple question: Why is Salim Altaf, a key player in the World Cup debacle, now sitting in judgment upon himself?

Well said, Mr Khan. His successor Dr Ashraf mumbled some platitudes about integrity in his first major press conference since his boss refused his resignation. Integrity isn't just a word to toss around to impress your listeners with, you have to earn it through your deeds and your actions. Salim Altaf's seat on the performance evaluation committee is a bad start to this age of accountability and integrity. Indeed, his committee is a touring three-ring circus whose conclusions will be consigned to the dustbin of history like all the other committees-cum-circuses that went before it.

What a cracking start. Things can only get better, you might think. But then again, that's what Tony Blair sang a decade ago and look what he did.

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

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  • Abu Faissal on April 19, 2007, 8:11 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs a complete overhaul. The entire cricketting structure needs to be replaced. Pak ha salways banked on a few good batsmen and bowlers and dragged them in the team for decades. Most of the senior players are included in the team because of relationship with one official of teh board or the other. Some of them turn out to be good playes, and others fail but because of their "contacts' stay in the team. Out there are scores of good batsmen and bowlers who are far better players than teh most in the team. There is no system of talent hunt in the country. Board members use their position to enjoy their life on the official expense. What has an army general got to do with cricket? Just because he loves cricket does not make him qualified to run the nation's cricketing affair. The prsident has to use his power to let cricketting affairs run by the specialists, not by any of his friends or stooges. Board should be run by professionals who know ho wto run an organisation successfully. Cricket is now a buisness but it needs a different marketing style. You have to have a team with good players who can perform under all circumstances and pitches. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE A GOOD AND PERSISTENT TEAM UNDER THE PRESENT BOARD OR THE SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY. First of you should get rid of old cricketrs like Saleem Altaf who have nothing to contribute to the team now except enjoying because of their position. These are old players with old techniques an dthoughts and they are making merry because of their closeness to the board. There is a solution to this problem. A very strong personality with good cricketing brain must run the board. If I had a choice I will hanover the entire management of the board to someone like Imran Khan, who is not only loved by all because of his record, he i smore respected for his style. He means business and has no mercy for any underperformer. He gets the best of teh players. Being chairman of teh board, he will run cricketting affairs more professionally. He will accept this position or not (because of his political career) it is a different question. i can suggest a way to convince him: i will seek help of the media and support of the masses to FORCE him to accept the job. he is a nationalist and i doubt if he will disgaree. Th eproblem will be if he is given a free hand. If he accepts this job, you can have a tem before the next world cupp that will challenge any other team in the world. Secondly, there should be someone, an industrialist, who loves cricket and is willing to invest money in cricket development. How? By creating a sceond unofficial Pak team (a la Kerry Packer). Pak has talent that can surprises even Pakistanis. i have known a few Pakistani cricketers during my college time in Pakistan who were brillian but could not get into team because they had nobody to recommend them. Back to the team capatain problem: Capataining a tema is a special job that requires a strong personality. You may not be a good batsman or a bowlers, but you may be strong in getting the best out of the players. The capatain has to have a good crciketing brain too, and think like a captain and now cow down to any player or board members's pressure. right now there is not asingle player in teh team who has all these qualities. i like Shoaib Malik, he appears to be a decent person, but I see him very SOFT and he will find it difficult to get the senior players' cooperation. I think Younus is a lost case, if he does not feel confident then it will be like making a sick horse carry a heavy load and then he is bound to fall soon. Younus can contribute by concentrating on playing well, he will be loved by all. Yousef lacks personality and does not appear to have a charisma that a captain must possess. He must forget his poor form inthe world cup and continue to concentrate on batting well. Shahid Afridi may prove to be a better captain if he can controll his temper. He is a senior player and looks to be getting along well with otehr players. Sometimes a person like Shahid Afridi can become better performer when given responsibility with free hand. I like Shoaib Malik, a very decent and pleasing person but that is not enough to be a good capatin. you have to be good with the players but "ruthless' when it comes to performance, and I do not see that in him. At the end may I request all Pakistani brothers, and I say say a cricket lover (I am not a Pakistani), let us forget about what happened in the world cup and think and plan about future. Best of luck to Pakistan cricket.

  • Gulab Khan on April 17, 2007, 22:37 GMT

    Is Osman Samiuddin belongs to the big province?

    Why is he working hard to bring Shoaib Malik Captin on Pakistan national team?

    Shoaib Malik has a attitude problem. Thanks Raja for your links. Specially ur number two link showed, how he throws the match and saying that he wanna make happy to ALLAH only. Another extremist. They think ALLAH will glad for your this action. I think this is the reason he broke his engagemnet without any reason. SELFISH, COWARD candidate for the captin.

    I think PCB needs to take aggresive steps to solve this issue for ever.

    Brings up Pakistan uder 19 world cup as our national team and select the same captin for the national team, who led the the under 19 team to won the cup for us.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Dave on April 17, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Captain should be good looking like Imran Khan. When the captain is good looking results are good too. I think Yasir Arfat should be the Captain. he is good looking & belongs to PUNJAB.

    I think because of that PCB include him in the world cup squad.

    Dave Punjabi

  • khansahab on April 17, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Mr Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada

    I composed a comment in the morning regarding why Afridi is not a viable choice for captaincy. However, I decided against posting it for fear of Mr Abbasi getting fed up of my repeated rantings and deleted it. Now your post about Osman Samiuddin’s report on Malik had irked me insofar composing this comment.

    I spoke about short term losses for long term gains and how the decision needs to be a balanced and well-thought out one. I appreciate your argument that Afridi would undoubtedly become a more responsible cricketer if he is offered captaincy but I believe “how responsible” he will become is the million dollar question.

    You can’t make someone a captain for one series or a few months. You need time for a captain to settle down and gain confidence and respect of his players. Pakistan team is not busy until the end of this year so if PCB want to try Afridi has captain they will have let him remain as captain for about a year. Can we afford to risk that amount of time? Yes, we can experiment to an extent but should our experiments not be with those decisions that are less risky than making Afridi captain? International cricket is competitive and Afridi is not a suitable Test option if he cannot improve his batting. I think I am being too lenient if I say that, knowing Afridi’s volatile and vagarious personality, there is perhaps a 60% chance Afridi will improve his batting if offered captaincy. We can’t risk a year’s worth of time and resources for the sake of a 60% probability EVEN if we state that this is the time to experiment.

    For 11 years Afridi has shown no intention of changing his playing style and becoming more consistent. By no means do I believe it is reasonable to assert that Afridi is a bowling all-rounder. His bowling needs to become much more consistent if we can categorise him as a bowling all-rounder who deserves a place in the side. We can say Abdul Razzaq is a bowling all-rounder too but anyone who has been following cricket closely for the past two years knows that Razzaq does not even deserve a place in the team. Calling Afridi a bowling all-rounder is like calling Danish Kaneria, Shane Warne or calling Mohammad Asif, Glenn McGrath. I am aware that Afridi’s bowling has improved of late but he needs more consistent bowling performances. So I think we can dispel with the argument that Afridi is a consistent bowler. If he plays against South Africa or Australia, he is likely to get thrashed.

    So then we come to the argument that he is has sound leadership acumen. I admit that he is ambitious and has leadership skills. You might state that Michael Vaughan is not a terribly effective batsman but is the captain of the England team. Whereas I am willing to accede to that, Michael Vaughan is a shrewd captain who has the magical ability to remain calm even in the most unnerving situation. Afridi is neither shrewd nor calm. So Afridi is not a consistent bowler and neither a shrewd and calm individual.

    Now we come to the argument of Shoaib Malik being a volatile and careless individual who threw away a domestic match because of his personal prejudice. What is that conduct in front of Afridi threatening the spectator with the bat in front of millions of spectators worldwide? What about scuffing the pitch? Afridi’s supporters can call that whatever but the rest of the world would call that “cheating”. Someone thought that Malik suggested Afridi to engage in that disgraceful behaviour. Afridi should have told Malik to do it himself if he is so concerned. So if you think Afridi has a cleaner profile than Malik, think again.

    Finally we come to the question of Malik being a “Tableeghi disciple” as you stated. Sir, Afridi’s religious exuberance is such that he went to perform Hajj on the day of the final of the Twenty20 Cup. He could have decided to perform Hajj the next year. He instructs his wife to wear a Niqab and has commented that he would make his kids Quran Hafiz before making them gain any educational qualification. If anything, Afridi is more Tableeghi than Malik. Malik is associated more with fashion/open-mindedness than religious extremism although he is religious to an extent.

    Mr Javed A Khan, I stated that you are the Undisputed King of this blog and I still stand by my assertion. However, I’m sorry to say that your argument about Afridi deserving captaincy is not very convincing to me. Well, at least we disagree about something! Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise as it may cause Euceph Ahmed and others to believe rightly that we are not the same person!

  • Zakir Khan, Ireland on April 17, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    PCB should advertise Pak team captaincy in an international newspaper.all should be allowed to apply,national and non national.what a pitty.can Pak cricket go down any further??

  • Raja on April 17, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_3-5-2005_pg2_3

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6846012691398407951

    http://archive.wn.com/2005/03/27/1400/televisionpakistan/

    After that he brook his engagement without any good justification. (CHILDISH)

    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/may2005-daily/03-05-2005/sports/s1.htm

    http://www.dawn.com/2006/04/22/spt2.htm

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerOverview.asp?PlayerID=2879

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerOpponents.asp?PlayerID=2879

    Is he ready for the captainship? You decided----

    Raja Sailkot

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 17, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    People who want to influence the PCB decision makers in choosing a captain are trying their best to use the media the way they want a captain to be selected of their choice. Osman Samiuddin is doing just that, he wrote an article on cricinfo, here is the link:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/290945.html

    Mr. Samiuddin has not only put up Baby Shoaib Malik's picture on the web, but is also advocating and canvassing for him and showing a very strong support in his favour and even gave the verdict Malik likely to be named captain. At the same time he has not even mentioned the name of Shahid Afridi, who is another contender or campaigner for this post.

    By doing this, Mr. Samiuddin is not doing a fair job as a journalist. Au Contraire, Mr. Kamran Abbassi in his previous threads has made equal comparisons of both these players and gave his views about why he think Afridi would be more suitable to lead the team, and he asked the bloggers to express their views as well. This, I think is a better approach. Everyone on this blog has a right to express his/her feelings and compare between the two choices or vote for anyone of their choice. I gave my vote for Afridi, for the reasons I believe are right to me. By vote, I mean support, and not actually a VOTE. That will be the day in the history of cricket when the PCB will ask the public to choose a Captain or the team through a referendum. But, that will be a chaos for sure!

    From the article of Mr. Samiuddin, if that is what is gonna happen i.e., if Shoaib Malik is named as a captain, that will be only up to September 2007! This is so ridiculous and its sounds so very typical and so stupid of the PCB, yet it is possible because, the Chairman and the selectors are suffering from chronic, persistent, Pendootitis.

    As a country Pakistan never ever had any long term plans for the nation. Every country has long term plans and short term plans. First, five year plan and second five year plan and so on........ but in Pakistan's history, there is no such thing as long term planning, in fact there is no such word as planning. Because, politicians and bureaucrats they all work with a belief that there is no tomorrow or tomorrow never comes.

    Back to Malik, if that happens, its really a shame. Malik is one of Inzi's favourite Tableeghi Disciples. In one of the recent TV programmes, when Malik was asked by the TV compere whether he would like to give any message for the young cricketers of Pakistan? Malik replied: They should say prayers 5 times a day! That was a cricketing message that he gave to the youngsters! If Shoaib Malik is made the captain, there will be more of Tableegh and more sermons and more religious talk and nothing on cricket. Cricket ka Khuda Hafiz.

    PS. John the Baptiste, keep your words of wisdom for yourself and speak at the next sermon at The Church of England. Pakistan is looking for a young captain and Mohammad Yousuf's case has nothing to do with religion, past or present. As regards respect, the team and the nation respects Mohammad Yousuf more than ever, so tez toi s.v.p.

  • Sheraz Malik on April 17, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    Good news Younis khan is out of the race for captaincy. He justifies his place in Test squad but his ODI career does not even justify his place in the team. So, if PCB aims to appoint one captain for both teams then it must be someone who is a regular in both forms. Shoaib Malik, although not a perfect choice, is the only player in the team who has the performance and the personality to lead the team consisting of young and experienced players. He may face problems getting respect as a captain from senior players, espacially shoaib akhtar. But his calm and collected approach could work in his favour

  • John on April 17, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    First of all it seems, Pakistan does not want the most consistent and well known batsman, Yousuf Yohana just because he was a Christian before. There is no particular reason why they did not go for Yousuf even though he suits to current team. Pakistan will never come up as a team when it considers religion as the most important thing. I guess not considering him as a captain is a stupid decision.

  • JT on April 17, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    i think Younis is being very intelligent, the Pak captancy is a poison chalice that no one in their right mind would want to accept. well that and a coaching position.

    the rep of Pakistan cricket has declined significantly over last 2-3 years...

    also who wants to play for a team where they need to fear for their lives when they loose...

  • Abu Faissal on April 19, 2007, 8:11 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs a complete overhaul. The entire cricketting structure needs to be replaced. Pak ha salways banked on a few good batsmen and bowlers and dragged them in the team for decades. Most of the senior players are included in the team because of relationship with one official of teh board or the other. Some of them turn out to be good playes, and others fail but because of their "contacts' stay in the team. Out there are scores of good batsmen and bowlers who are far better players than teh most in the team. There is no system of talent hunt in the country. Board members use their position to enjoy their life on the official expense. What has an army general got to do with cricket? Just because he loves cricket does not make him qualified to run the nation's cricketing affair. The prsident has to use his power to let cricketting affairs run by the specialists, not by any of his friends or stooges. Board should be run by professionals who know ho wto run an organisation successfully. Cricket is now a buisness but it needs a different marketing style. You have to have a team with good players who can perform under all circumstances and pitches. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE A GOOD AND PERSISTENT TEAM UNDER THE PRESENT BOARD OR THE SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY. First of you should get rid of old cricketrs like Saleem Altaf who have nothing to contribute to the team now except enjoying because of their position. These are old players with old techniques an dthoughts and they are making merry because of their closeness to the board. There is a solution to this problem. A very strong personality with good cricketing brain must run the board. If I had a choice I will hanover the entire management of the board to someone like Imran Khan, who is not only loved by all because of his record, he i smore respected for his style. He means business and has no mercy for any underperformer. He gets the best of teh players. Being chairman of teh board, he will run cricketting affairs more professionally. He will accept this position or not (because of his political career) it is a different question. i can suggest a way to convince him: i will seek help of the media and support of the masses to FORCE him to accept the job. he is a nationalist and i doubt if he will disgaree. Th eproblem will be if he is given a free hand. If he accepts this job, you can have a tem before the next world cupp that will challenge any other team in the world. Secondly, there should be someone, an industrialist, who loves cricket and is willing to invest money in cricket development. How? By creating a sceond unofficial Pak team (a la Kerry Packer). Pak has talent that can surprises even Pakistanis. i have known a few Pakistani cricketers during my college time in Pakistan who were brillian but could not get into team because they had nobody to recommend them. Back to the team capatain problem: Capataining a tema is a special job that requires a strong personality. You may not be a good batsman or a bowlers, but you may be strong in getting the best out of the players. The capatain has to have a good crciketing brain too, and think like a captain and now cow down to any player or board members's pressure. right now there is not asingle player in teh team who has all these qualities. i like Shoaib Malik, he appears to be a decent person, but I see him very SOFT and he will find it difficult to get the senior players' cooperation. I think Younus is a lost case, if he does not feel confident then it will be like making a sick horse carry a heavy load and then he is bound to fall soon. Younus can contribute by concentrating on playing well, he will be loved by all. Yousef lacks personality and does not appear to have a charisma that a captain must possess. He must forget his poor form inthe world cup and continue to concentrate on batting well. Shahid Afridi may prove to be a better captain if he can controll his temper. He is a senior player and looks to be getting along well with otehr players. Sometimes a person like Shahid Afridi can become better performer when given responsibility with free hand. I like Shoaib Malik, a very decent and pleasing person but that is not enough to be a good capatin. you have to be good with the players but "ruthless' when it comes to performance, and I do not see that in him. At the end may I request all Pakistani brothers, and I say say a cricket lover (I am not a Pakistani), let us forget about what happened in the world cup and think and plan about future. Best of luck to Pakistan cricket.

  • Gulab Khan on April 17, 2007, 22:37 GMT

    Is Osman Samiuddin belongs to the big province?

    Why is he working hard to bring Shoaib Malik Captin on Pakistan national team?

    Shoaib Malik has a attitude problem. Thanks Raja for your links. Specially ur number two link showed, how he throws the match and saying that he wanna make happy to ALLAH only. Another extremist. They think ALLAH will glad for your this action. I think this is the reason he broke his engagemnet without any reason. SELFISH, COWARD candidate for the captin.

    I think PCB needs to take aggresive steps to solve this issue for ever.

    Brings up Pakistan uder 19 world cup as our national team and select the same captin for the national team, who led the the under 19 team to won the cup for us.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Dave on April 17, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Captain should be good looking like Imran Khan. When the captain is good looking results are good too. I think Yasir Arfat should be the Captain. he is good looking & belongs to PUNJAB.

    I think because of that PCB include him in the world cup squad.

    Dave Punjabi

  • khansahab on April 17, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Mr Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada

    I composed a comment in the morning regarding why Afridi is not a viable choice for captaincy. However, I decided against posting it for fear of Mr Abbasi getting fed up of my repeated rantings and deleted it. Now your post about Osman Samiuddin’s report on Malik had irked me insofar composing this comment.

    I spoke about short term losses for long term gains and how the decision needs to be a balanced and well-thought out one. I appreciate your argument that Afridi would undoubtedly become a more responsible cricketer if he is offered captaincy but I believe “how responsible” he will become is the million dollar question.

    You can’t make someone a captain for one series or a few months. You need time for a captain to settle down and gain confidence and respect of his players. Pakistan team is not busy until the end of this year so if PCB want to try Afridi has captain they will have let him remain as captain for about a year. Can we afford to risk that amount of time? Yes, we can experiment to an extent but should our experiments not be with those decisions that are less risky than making Afridi captain? International cricket is competitive and Afridi is not a suitable Test option if he cannot improve his batting. I think I am being too lenient if I say that, knowing Afridi’s volatile and vagarious personality, there is perhaps a 60% chance Afridi will improve his batting if offered captaincy. We can’t risk a year’s worth of time and resources for the sake of a 60% probability EVEN if we state that this is the time to experiment.

    For 11 years Afridi has shown no intention of changing his playing style and becoming more consistent. By no means do I believe it is reasonable to assert that Afridi is a bowling all-rounder. His bowling needs to become much more consistent if we can categorise him as a bowling all-rounder who deserves a place in the side. We can say Abdul Razzaq is a bowling all-rounder too but anyone who has been following cricket closely for the past two years knows that Razzaq does not even deserve a place in the team. Calling Afridi a bowling all-rounder is like calling Danish Kaneria, Shane Warne or calling Mohammad Asif, Glenn McGrath. I am aware that Afridi’s bowling has improved of late but he needs more consistent bowling performances. So I think we can dispel with the argument that Afridi is a consistent bowler. If he plays against South Africa or Australia, he is likely to get thrashed.

    So then we come to the argument that he is has sound leadership acumen. I admit that he is ambitious and has leadership skills. You might state that Michael Vaughan is not a terribly effective batsman but is the captain of the England team. Whereas I am willing to accede to that, Michael Vaughan is a shrewd captain who has the magical ability to remain calm even in the most unnerving situation. Afridi is neither shrewd nor calm. So Afridi is not a consistent bowler and neither a shrewd and calm individual.

    Now we come to the argument of Shoaib Malik being a volatile and careless individual who threw away a domestic match because of his personal prejudice. What is that conduct in front of Afridi threatening the spectator with the bat in front of millions of spectators worldwide? What about scuffing the pitch? Afridi’s supporters can call that whatever but the rest of the world would call that “cheating”. Someone thought that Malik suggested Afridi to engage in that disgraceful behaviour. Afridi should have told Malik to do it himself if he is so concerned. So if you think Afridi has a cleaner profile than Malik, think again.

    Finally we come to the question of Malik being a “Tableeghi disciple” as you stated. Sir, Afridi’s religious exuberance is such that he went to perform Hajj on the day of the final of the Twenty20 Cup. He could have decided to perform Hajj the next year. He instructs his wife to wear a Niqab and has commented that he would make his kids Quran Hafiz before making them gain any educational qualification. If anything, Afridi is more Tableeghi than Malik. Malik is associated more with fashion/open-mindedness than religious extremism although he is religious to an extent.

    Mr Javed A Khan, I stated that you are the Undisputed King of this blog and I still stand by my assertion. However, I’m sorry to say that your argument about Afridi deserving captaincy is not very convincing to me. Well, at least we disagree about something! Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise as it may cause Euceph Ahmed and others to believe rightly that we are not the same person!

  • Zakir Khan, Ireland on April 17, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    PCB should advertise Pak team captaincy in an international newspaper.all should be allowed to apply,national and non national.what a pitty.can Pak cricket go down any further??

  • Raja on April 17, 2007, 18:35 GMT

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_3-5-2005_pg2_3

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6846012691398407951

    http://archive.wn.com/2005/03/27/1400/televisionpakistan/

    After that he brook his engagement without any good justification. (CHILDISH)

    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/may2005-daily/03-05-2005/sports/s1.htm

    http://www.dawn.com/2006/04/22/spt2.htm

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerOverview.asp?PlayerID=2879

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerOpponents.asp?PlayerID=2879

    Is he ready for the captainship? You decided----

    Raja Sailkot

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 17, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    People who want to influence the PCB decision makers in choosing a captain are trying their best to use the media the way they want a captain to be selected of their choice. Osman Samiuddin is doing just that, he wrote an article on cricinfo, here is the link:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/290945.html

    Mr. Samiuddin has not only put up Baby Shoaib Malik's picture on the web, but is also advocating and canvassing for him and showing a very strong support in his favour and even gave the verdict Malik likely to be named captain. At the same time he has not even mentioned the name of Shahid Afridi, who is another contender or campaigner for this post.

    By doing this, Mr. Samiuddin is not doing a fair job as a journalist. Au Contraire, Mr. Kamran Abbassi in his previous threads has made equal comparisons of both these players and gave his views about why he think Afridi would be more suitable to lead the team, and he asked the bloggers to express their views as well. This, I think is a better approach. Everyone on this blog has a right to express his/her feelings and compare between the two choices or vote for anyone of their choice. I gave my vote for Afridi, for the reasons I believe are right to me. By vote, I mean support, and not actually a VOTE. That will be the day in the history of cricket when the PCB will ask the public to choose a Captain or the team through a referendum. But, that will be a chaos for sure!

    From the article of Mr. Samiuddin, if that is what is gonna happen i.e., if Shoaib Malik is named as a captain, that will be only up to September 2007! This is so ridiculous and its sounds so very typical and so stupid of the PCB, yet it is possible because, the Chairman and the selectors are suffering from chronic, persistent, Pendootitis.

    As a country Pakistan never ever had any long term plans for the nation. Every country has long term plans and short term plans. First, five year plan and second five year plan and so on........ but in Pakistan's history, there is no such thing as long term planning, in fact there is no such word as planning. Because, politicians and bureaucrats they all work with a belief that there is no tomorrow or tomorrow never comes.

    Back to Malik, if that happens, its really a shame. Malik is one of Inzi's favourite Tableeghi Disciples. In one of the recent TV programmes, when Malik was asked by the TV compere whether he would like to give any message for the young cricketers of Pakistan? Malik replied: They should say prayers 5 times a day! That was a cricketing message that he gave to the youngsters! If Shoaib Malik is made the captain, there will be more of Tableegh and more sermons and more religious talk and nothing on cricket. Cricket ka Khuda Hafiz.

    PS. John the Baptiste, keep your words of wisdom for yourself and speak at the next sermon at The Church of England. Pakistan is looking for a young captain and Mohammad Yousuf's case has nothing to do with religion, past or present. As regards respect, the team and the nation respects Mohammad Yousuf more than ever, so tez toi s.v.p.

  • Sheraz Malik on April 17, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    Good news Younis khan is out of the race for captaincy. He justifies his place in Test squad but his ODI career does not even justify his place in the team. So, if PCB aims to appoint one captain for both teams then it must be someone who is a regular in both forms. Shoaib Malik, although not a perfect choice, is the only player in the team who has the performance and the personality to lead the team consisting of young and experienced players. He may face problems getting respect as a captain from senior players, espacially shoaib akhtar. But his calm and collected approach could work in his favour

  • John on April 17, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    First of all it seems, Pakistan does not want the most consistent and well known batsman, Yousuf Yohana just because he was a Christian before. There is no particular reason why they did not go for Yousuf even though he suits to current team. Pakistan will never come up as a team when it considers religion as the most important thing. I guess not considering him as a captain is a stupid decision.

  • JT on April 17, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    i think Younis is being very intelligent, the Pak captancy is a poison chalice that no one in their right mind would want to accept. well that and a coaching position.

    the rep of Pakistan cricket has declined significantly over last 2-3 years...

    also who wants to play for a team where they need to fear for their lives when they loose...

  • Muhammad AJmal on April 17, 2007, 13:47 GMT

    To: Fahad Siddiqui About we should select team from Karachi.

    Karachi is too big a city bravo; why dont you name your club which should represent Pakistan at international level?

    You must be happy then..........

  • A Y Durrani on April 17, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    I can not name a single person who can be a captain but in my point of view it shouldn't be a batsman. A batsman has no chance to make a mistake and his inning is over, while a bowler can live with a couple of errors. Being a captain is not easy. Besides guiding his team he also has a pressure on his own performance. Think about Inzy who played much better when he was not a captain. We need a man lik Wasim Akram.

  • Ishfaq Bhatti NZ on April 17, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Well good on you younis, what a great way of thanking Pakistan nation in worst crises of cricket history, by refusing nations captaincy you really have paid off the investment which Pakistan have don on you not only in monetary terms but also emotionally, this nation has give you everything as if you remember when u first came to play match you wont have 10 busks in your pocket and look at now…….i guess we need Hitler in these times rather then the previous decade……Somebody call 911

  • Suhail Hamid on April 17, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    The biggest stakeholders in Pakistan cricket are the people of Pakistan. Its only logical that they select the PCB chief. It can be as per the following procedure: - PCB patron to announce the names of 10 people from among whom the one getting most public votes gets the post. The 10 can be senior cricketers (over 10 years since retirement), retired army officers, bureaucrats, professionals etc. To cover a varied spectrum, for example, the 10 can be Dr. Nasim Ashraf, Shahryar Khan like retd bureaucrat, Tauqir Zia like retd army man, Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, Majid Khan, Arif Abbasi, Salahuddin, Mushtaq Mohammad, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chishti Mujahid. The choice of the 10 to be the discretion of the PCB patron. 2- On line poll be held with all Pakistanis eligible to participate. Essential information to be given be the name, e-mail address and NIC no. - Results checked with the NADRA data base and any illegal votes rejected. I'm sure this will kick start the revival of Pakistan cricket.

  • Abrar, Bradford on April 17, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    To most people captaining your country is a great honour, but clearly not to Younis Khan. This tells me that he is ashamed of Pakistan and leading Pakistan and i think if the People running Pakistan Cricket had the B*£$& they should throw him out of the team completely. It is the fault of the Pakistan Cricket fans who hold their team in too high esteem. Also pakistan fans beleive they have a god given right to win every game which they don't.

    Come on England, Win the World cup, Inshaallah.

  • V.Chandrasekar on April 17, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    The PCB should not allow Ramiz Raja to do commentry in the Television. He has always been very negative in his comments and he will always tell about the wicket falling when Pakistan bats. Invariably wickets will start falling when ever he is on the air. He is totally an unlucky fellow and he dosent talk anything sensible about the game. People might not accept the reason which I give but it is very true. You watch the CD's of the matches and you will realise what I am saying is true. Moreover he will pose that he is very neutral while doing the commentry (It is not at all commentry. It is pity that he is Pakistan's leading commentator in television.

  • Owais on April 17, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    On a second thought, I have following to say to Mr. Touchy Khan: What else do you expect, 160 Million fans waiting since last shambolic performance in 2003 worldcup only to see an even worse performance by our flat track bullies. Even Bangladeshi batsmen are better at hooking then Mr. Touchy Khan. In spite of that you keep on hooking and getting out, turning yourself and the team into a laughing stock. Despite all his past greatness Inzy along with our current stalwart Younis are the biggest culprits. Inzy kept playing arguably the worst wicket keeping batsmen in all the cricket playing nations and also the worst in Pakistan history. Yes I am talking about Kamran Akmal. And I am also talking about couple of others. Inzy you failed as a captain big time and you were failing for last 2 years. Whenever we won under your captaincy, it was your batting, not your captaincy and the fact that you were well respected by your team. You are the one who chickened out in Australia, only for Yousuf to lead the team in crises. I look at Ponting and I look at you - the difference in approach and attitude is like black and white or zero and one.

  • Tariq Ashfaq, Dubai on April 17, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Dear All:

    every one has their views about Team, Coach, Captain. But why dont we go back to our roots. the domestic structure which is absloutely rubbish. we do not have decent pitches and thats y we strugle in UK, SA, Aus. PCB, one of the biggest laughing stock of all times. Nasim Ashraf is the biggest looser on this planet as he is solely responsible for all the deep shit we are in. All he does is travel with the team, drink tea, go to Commentry boxes and comments which dont make any sense. I agree with Wasim that Inzi was a dictator. But pls tell me one thing. Didnt we won the WC in 92 via a dictator Name imran khan. so whats wrong with that. out whole nation needs dictator to do things right. the only issue was inzi didnt have the cricketing sense to materialize his ideas to a game plan. Wasim himself was a dictator, thats why we had a revolt against him.

    My point is we need some 1 who knows game well and have full authority on the field irrespective of seniority. All players should know their role in the team and perform accordingly like Aussies. we should develop players according to positions and ask them to develop their game. it might take some time but eventally pay pak cricket in longer run. Captain: Shoaib Malik: he is a good option after Younis. Younis attitiude prooves his background and character. He is mentally stressed coz how the crowed behaves. Comon what does he expects. Cricket is one of the only entertainment avalible in our country and our players are paid well. He shouldnt had to run from responsblity. We need to change our one day team and bring youngsters in the team and with Malik as Captain. I really appreciate all the suggestions by follow countrymen and hope Kamran can forward this to PCB.

  • Zeeshan Momin on April 17, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    I am just a reader on cricinfo but for the first time there is something that really clicks my mind and that really make sence, the stuff that Mr Amer Hussain has posted. very well said. i really hope this kinda thing to be implemented in pakistan cricket. this is what very much needed. God Bless Pakistan Cricket

  • ajaz on April 17, 2007, 8:57 GMT

    They did'nt have balls to lead from front.They are coward.

  • mohd asim mohd on April 17, 2007, 8:55 GMT

    Shoaib malik is an excellent option, as we need someone who can handle pressures and i had seen this agility in shoaibs baheviour. We do need a mix of aggression and calmness in leadership and shoaib possesses both.if he become captain he will perform much more better.trust me.salman butt should come back u can give chance to taufiq umar as a wicketkiper come batsman. God have mercy on Pakistan !!

  • Cap10Ahab on April 17, 2007, 8:18 GMT

    I see MoYo has thrown in his candiadature into the ring. Expect bigger beards and even more comical fielding. Malik needs to be the Captain - prepare for the future instead of sticking with the present and the past should best be forgotten. Our Seniors need to retire gracefully, look what has happened to Inzi, Akram, Wasim

  • Efti on April 17, 2007, 7:36 GMT

    I agree to all of those, who are sophisticated enough to understand the fact that religious should not be mixed with professional career. Every one has its own unique way to cope with their faith and career. However, our players hould not be making mockery of religion in the cricket grounds. In any sports, ups and downs are part of learning and improving, but those WILD BEARS (Inzi and Yousuf are trying to promote), will attaract religious critiscim. There is place for everything and obviously, these guys are mislead with recent religious fundamentalism in Pak.

  • Blue Devil on April 17, 2007, 7:34 GMT

    I think Shoaib Malik would be a good choice as captain. He is consistent and can lead by example. With Younis Khan declining the captiancy, I see no other possible replacement. Shaid Afridi needs to cement his place in the team before he can even be considered for a leadership role - the same goes for Salman Butt.

    Wasim Akram slammed Inzi as the worst dictator in the team. He confirms what we already know that Inzi was running a one-man show, and selecting his cronies and favorites - Mushy being just one example! It pisses me off that despite calling the shots, Inzi is unwilling to take responsiblity for his failures. It is incredible to see this loser continue to blame the media and 'fate' for the disastrous showing in the World Cup. PCB would be well advised to show him the door in Test cricket as well - Inzi's days as a cricketer are over. Perhaps he should start exploring job opportunities with the tablighis in Raiwind!

  • Khizar Hayat on April 17, 2007, 7:32 GMT

    some of the honourable coleagues are advocating Aamir Sohail; shocking. Don't u people remember how he made laughing stock of himself some times back when in a oneday match he was waving and begging to inzi from boundary line in favour of giving bowling to the crown prince, Junaid Zia. All this was telecast live. As far as his temper is concerned don't forget the Prasad episode in Bengalore Q final.

  • Abdul Qadir Jaillani on April 17, 2007, 6:33 GMT

    I prefer Younis Khan as a captain for the future of Pakistan. based on his Flixibity and Cricket IQ . Moreover, Afridi is the best Condidate for the ODI Captaincy.

  • Captain Required in Pak on April 17, 2007, 6:23 GMT

    Ladies and gentlemen, In this world cup, our team was looking like we were from Afghanistan with Talibans as our team players. Most of our players were out of shape (and winning prize went to Inzi)and it seems to me that Inzi was establishing a bad and laid back culture in the team. He was embarrasement for Pakistan team as a player and messanger. His recent out look is way too fundamentalist. Religion and faith is a private thing, and this force should ignite you to be the best and fighter in difficult times. However, in Inzi's and Yousuf's case its pushing them to have BIG BEARED competition. (probably winner would be next captain :) ). In this world, First impression is every thing, and looking at both of them, it does not look that these guys should be making international athletes appreances on cost of our national name. Their appearnces and speech skills are not up to international standards. They are making mockery of the out look of our religion. Board does not want to say anything because then mullas in our country will make a NOISE. However, we know that this is not who we are. Shoaib sound good choice for next captian (in my opinion). He has been playing for pakistan for a while. He has smart cricket brain. He is skipper of the Domestic team which won couple of championships in Pakistan. In my view, most important part of the rebuilding should be a strong Coach who can work out the plans with captain to strategize against competition. Over by over planning should be chalked out and every single player should held responsible for doing their job or not. In other words, NO NON SENSE CRICKET for each and every player. Why cant we do that?????????????hmmmm, oh, now I got it, and answer is that if we have been palying sensible cricket we should have not been out of last two world cups in first rounds.

  • No One on April 17, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    well i was wondering why Yuni has declined to be the captain of Pakistan. is it being selfish or being a wise man i think he is wise that is why he decided not to lead the team at this time, Yes this is a very difficult time for Pakistan team but if you see this matter of captaincy you will notice that all the senior players are after captaincy even some players who dont look fit in the team, i dont need to name those. so if yunus decides to take the challange its not only captaincy it is also that most of the senior players will be unhappy with him and board and this happened to Pakistan cricket lots of times I think at this point this is good strategy to sit and watch the show... I am sure after 6 months or so PCB will be looking for a new captain as it is PCB's Tradition, what Pak team really needs a good strong captain who doesnt look misfit in the team Better Luck Team Pakistan

  • NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL on April 17, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf is also among those so called "Super Stars" (Inzy, Younis, Shoaib & Kamran Akmal) who threw his wicket against the minnows Ireland in the vital match thus depriving Pakistan to proceed in the Super 8. The way Yousuf threw his wicket in that particular match is sufficient to prove that he did not have any sort of realization that how vital had been that match for us and how important it had been for him to stay at the wicket! The way he threw his wicket was simply disgusting, shameful & ridiculous. The biggest dilemma is that non of the above mentioned so called super stars have shown any sort of responsibility, dedication & patriotism at all!!! After coming back to Pakistan, Yousuf gave the statement that we have been outclassed by the Irelandians in every department of the game while the truth is that we have been outclassed only in batting department. No blame can be given to bowlers. They did their best under the circumstances. So we can say that he is perfect liar. Mr. Mohammad Yousuf has been a TOTAL FAILURE in four consecutive mega events. 1999 world cup final, in all the matches of world cup 2003, in all the matches of Champions trophy and last but not the least in all the matches in the on going world cup 2007. What a shame this person has brought for himself & for the country and still he is BEGGING & GIVING JUSTIFICATIONS to be the best choice for the captaincy. SO, IT WILL BE THE BIGGEST INSULT TO THE ENTIRE NATION IF ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED SO CALLED SUPER STARS – INZMAMUL HAQ, MOHAMMAD YOUSUF, YOUNIS KHAN, SHOAIB MALIK & KAMRAN AKMAL BE CONSIDERED TO REPRESENT PAKISTAN IN ANY SORT OF CRICKET BOTH AS A CAPTAIN OR AS A PLAYER….

  • Fahad Siddiqui on April 17, 2007, 4:29 GMT

    Cricket was and is a game of politics. The only thing that has driven pakistani team to this position is interference. There is a lot of potential in the pakistani youth. MERIT should be allowed to play its role but in our county might is right. This phrase has dropped us down to this position, not only in sports but in every aspect of life. Three cheers for MIGHT IS RIGHT hip hip .................................

  • NASIF ALI on April 17, 2007, 3:58 GMT

    I think that we need to select a team from Karachi. That is the only solution for better team.

  • Adnan on April 17, 2007, 2:07 GMT

    Younis Khan did the right thing. People wnat someone to abuse and younis is not ready for that. He just wants to play cricket not to take BS. He is the most capable player to become a captain, but he rejected it. which shows his charactor. that he is not after fame it could also confirm his place in the team . on the other hand players are dying for it. I wish younis khan good luck. Adnan

  • UFF_RUDY on April 17, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    TO JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA

    SAME OLD SAME again!! Back to that old AFRIDI thing!

    “Do you think if Shahid Afridi is groomed as a… .. a shot according to that?” You still need to groom him!! Hmmm, lemme c, 10+ years, 238 matches, foreign, local… etc coaches! What else now?

    “…he curbs his animal instinct of hitting sixes and fours on every ball, , do you think that will make him loose his other skills or his ability to…” that’s not animal instinct that’s “tukka” (blind, “donno what I did” shots) ! and what abilty and skills are you taking about!!?? please.. explain!

  • Ashaq on April 17, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    Khansahab point taken my brother,I will bear that in mind in future.

    Javed.A.Khan. I dont believe a person under goes a brain transplant if they are brought up in a particular environment.However I do believe that an individuals personality is influenced by the environment they grow up in.Traits such as raw aggression,e.t.c. are in my opinion conducive to a certain type of environment.How ever I think we will have to agree to disagree on this issue.

    Your other question concerning Afridi whether intensive coaching,and help of a sports psychologist would have helped him make a better cricketer.I think this again is a very complex issue to which there is no simple answer.

    In my opinion If an Individual player recognises his technical flaws and puts in alot of work to improve he will benefit.As in the case of Imran Khan who was able to recognise that his bowling action was wrong,Although everybody else told him it was fine,nobody was willing to help improve his action.So according to Imran himself he spent an entire winter in the indoor training facility during his time at worcester,working on his action.But there is a but as it is dependent on the mental capacity of the individual.In the words of Imran Khan "The Mind is the most powerful weapon you have".

    To recognise whether an individual has the ability to change and improve you have to look at different types off coaching philosophys,and styles of coaches. Which in my opinion are common to most sports.

    For example the deep seated belief in most sports is that when a player reaches a certain age and level of experience then the need of coaching is diminished. The reason being is that if that player has been participating in a sport since childhood say.Then his style of play becomes set.A Professional coach will try to change certain flaws, add a few minor improvements.But not the overall style of that player.Cuz if you try to overhaul the style of a particular player completely.It is believed you diminish what made him strong in the first place.

    On the otherhand you may have a player who recognises his flaws and works hard to improve in training. But in a match situation when the pressure is on he will react instinctively and make the same mistakes over and over again.The type of player I can cite in this example is Imran Farhat who according to most observers including Kamran Abbasi looks impressive when in the nets.The problem arises when his out there in the crease.

    You have another type of player who recognising his flaws makes too many technical improvements.So whilst his out there in a match situation he rather than acting instinctively, thinks too much.It is similar to a person who has recently learned to drive a car as opposed to a person who has been driving for years.The new driver will not have the same automatic reaction of an experienced driver.The player I would cite in this example is Mohammed Hafeez who in my opinion although he has improved his technical flaws since his first time in the squad.He is still inefective due to concentrating too much on being technically correct,he is unable to react instinctively.

    Similarly with coaches who are succesful at a Junior level they are able to take an athlete from scratch,and teach him the necessary skills to be effective as a player.Yet the same coaches prove ineffective at the senior level, They try to rebuild the senior players from scratch rendering them ineffective. Aaqib Javed has been accused of ruining several bowlers by completely changing their actions.

    Similarly you may have a coach who is adept at coaching players at a senior level.But do not have the patience needed to teach at a junior level.

    Finally you have a coach who has the ability to do both.Build a player from scratch or make the minor technical adjustments required at a senior level.I would put Bob Woolmer in this category.

    So the point is that if you want the players to become refined and more technically astute you have to do it at a junior level.Expecting the likes of Inzamam or Afridi to learn new tricks ,at this late stage in their careers, is in my opinion quite naive.

  • Bismillah Khan on April 16, 2007, 23:17 GMT

    YK's refusal to take on the captaincy reflects his character and lack of leadership. I failed to understand why he was made vice-captain in the first place and that too replacing Yousuf, when he did a fine job while standing-in for Inzi in Austrailia (he lost both the tests, but if you watched that series all the commentators were full of praise for his leadership). And as far as cricketing abilities go, YK does not even come close to Yousuf's. If he was not vice-captain, he did not even deserve to be in the team. I agree with one of the comments that a professional firm should be hired to restructure the cricket and it's affairs in Pakistan, but unfortunately it is not going to happen, what can you accept when a military dictator is running the show based on nepotism not merit. Funny to see Nasim Ashraf resigning, it was all an eye-wash to fool the public. And why won't the patron accept his resignation? There is a lot of money at stake in Pakistan cricket, and when there is money, there is always politics. I do not see any future for Pakistan cricket in near future. One other thing that struck me is Salmat Butt being named as a candidate for captaincy, would somebody tell me on what basis? He is not even a regular member of the team, has played only 14 test and 33 ODIs in over 3 years of career. His name being mentioned for captaincy is a mind-bogling.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 16, 2007, 21:50 GMT

    Khansahab- It’s true that nobody can learn a language over a fortnight, but the players who are selected and have access to the cricket academy are not there for a fortnight, as far as the overseas schedule of the players is concerned, I think the media manager can help them while they are on a foreign tour.

    Javed A khan is so right when he said "a player is a product of his environment and education." It’s a shame that in our country, sports are being neglected at college and university level because of lack of funds and focus, PCB needs to allocate some funds for the development of cricket in colleges and universities and should closely monitor the Inter collegiate and Inter university tournaments, unless we invest in this area we will not produce any educated players.

    Coming back to the question "whether language should be a criterion to judge a sportsman?". Let me ask a question to all of those who are involved in this debate if you have to select a player in the team and you have to choose between Mohammad Yousaf, and Rameez Raja who would you select? Will you select a better player or you will select somebody who can give a better speech after losing?

    I wish some day our universities and colleges start producing good cricket players, it will be a heartening change, until then we will have to live with these players who either come from the streets of big cities or from small towns, and with the exception of a few most of them do not belong to affluent families. So we can’t expect them to be refined. Rameez and Amir Sohail both belong to affluent families both of them has done MBA and this is the main reason that they have good communication skills in English.In the past we have seen some of the players took the initiative on their own and improved their communication skills, I hope that some of the senior players in the current team do the same and stop embarrassing themselves in front of the microphone.

  • Ghalib Taimur on April 16, 2007, 18:44 GMT

    I dont get it why u guys keep backin players like Malik and Afridi and then when Salman Butt is proposed for captaincy u say he is too inconsistent.Afridi and Malik to me are the most inconsistent players in the team.The thing is Pakistani cricket standards have dropped so much tht these guys think if we score 25-30 runs we will keep our place in the team.Those are the type of players Malik,Afridi,Hafeez and Imran Farhat are.Salman Butt is a match winner.he is the only opener we have got who has scored centuries at dificult times in tense situations and all those have been matchwinning centuries.Malik and Afridi shud be scrapped frem the team.Maybe theyre worthy of maximum being substitutes.At this stage we gotta think abt playin well on the big stage which obviously is the world cup and most importantly foreign tours where ur mettle is tested.If we lose a couple of matches now here and there its no problem but if we lose at the WC at such an early stage its most dissapointing.Now on Butt being captain Pakistan have gotto look to the future and he has experience in captaining local club teams and he is well-educated which helps in dealing wid other players and keeping ur cool over emotions.

    Coaches:Zaheer Abbas as manager aswell as batting coach,Aaqib Javed as head coach,sum fielding baseball coach from Australia or US.

  • Aftab Qureshi on April 16, 2007, 18:33 GMT

    I am deeply ofended by the remark by the person who calls himself "lala from usa" (see above), that maulana yousaf has converted to Islam for gaining greater influence". Do you, know, Lala, for sure that this indded is the reason for conversion? If you do, then share with us please. If you dont know, then dont offend those who have reasons to believe that his conversion was 100% voluntary. If it wasn't, it would have been obvious by now. I plead with all who contribute to this blog to please do not hurt the religious feelings of others, and I mean feelings of people of all faiths. Let's talk only about cricket here.

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on April 16, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    I am amazed at some of the names proposed for the job in this blog like kamaran and Raza. What is this about? It reminds me of a TV show here in which ordinary people are put in front of the camera and are asked to do certain acts or tasks and when they mess it up every one laughs at that. But that is the purpose of the show to make fun and have fun. Is this what you are suggesting?

    As for as afraid, Look at any skipper of past or present, does he remind you of any. The only other person I can think of is Shoaib Akhtar.

    MY GOD HELP THIS NATION AND ITS TEAM.

  • Zubair Ahmad Saad on April 16, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    I have done PhD in management. I am a chartered accountant and got MBA degree as well. I got very high IQ level and above all being a honest person, I am the candidate to chair the PCB. Trust me I can better than Ferguson's consultants and 100 times better than Dunger Doctor Nasim Ashraf who has no personal qualities other than a close friend of a dictator. It is clear that unless we bring honest and sensible people to the management, we can't win in any aspect of life.

  • Shazad Ali Khan ( Johannesburg, South Africa) on April 16, 2007, 16:16 GMT

    Oh please nobody must go with what Mohamed Ghazannfer is saying. We do not want eleven Pakistani players playing in Shilwaar Qamees. Everything has a time and place. Islam is beautiful in the mosque, We have damaged the religion enough and lets not humiliate our religion. Because if anything that goes wrong on the field people will blame it on islam. Lets keep the cricket and Islam separate. Why doesn't Mohamed Ghazanfer bring Islam to all the corrupt offices and politicians in Pakistan?

  • Baqar on April 16, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    who is the most succesfull captain in Pakistan domestic cricket? I dont know but whoever it is must be considered. Think we need fresh faces - how about Hasan Raza? When the captain is finaly selected all other team members must accept him or not be considered for selection irrespective of how good players they are.

  • Riz... London on April 16, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    so many wrongs for Pakistan Cricket... 1) PCB Chief Patron... a serving general with no knowledge of Cricket taking all the decisions. 2) PCB Chairman... no elections... no previous track for cricket... just a good friend of Chief Patron. 3) Rest of the management with so many failures in the history. 4) Players in the race of captaincy have so many disciplinary issues like Afridi with attitude and discipline problems who has been banned twice. firstly, for scrathing the pitch to get undue advantage and secondly showing his bat to spectator. Akhtar the speedster who is always unfit and also has been found using illegal drugs. Malik the young prospect who threw a match in domestic circuit on purpose and on record to show his anger against the organizors. If the management had come through proper cricketing channel and through elections they would have noticed all these especially the drug issue which made pakistan a joke in international community. PCB management and the players all are wrong for me and two wrongs cannot make a right. Please change all the management starting from the top (Patron) and than the team and the captain if you want to see any future of cricket in pakistan. PCB should be answerable to Sports ministry instead of Chief Patron.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 16, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    Ashaq I can see from your writings and understand about your passion for boxing. My dear, thats a very different sport and you may compare it with wrestling or even with Chess, but not with cricket. There is completely different planning and strategy for games involving individuals and games involving a team. To see the difference you have to see this from outside. I mean not as a player or even a lover of that sport, but from outside the arena and that too with neutral and unbiased approach.

    This technique of seeing ourselves from outside and to make amends in our flaws was developed through video technology. I was reading in one of the sports magazine about Sarah Virginia Wade, the 1977 Wimbledon Champion. Before she won the championship, which was a very crucial one for her, as it was Wimbledon's centenary and Queen's silver jubilee year, she had this tendency of choking up in big matches and more than the mental block, there was also a technical mistake that she used to commit and that was spotted by someone else who saw her video and that was NOT her coach. She admitted that when she saw that weakness, she was able to rectify it and that really helped her in over coming that problem and she won the championship of her life.

    Now, you might say that like boxing, tennis is an individual sport, and by quoting this example above I am agreeing with you, yes to a certain extent an individual player, be it from cricket or soccer team may learn from these techniques and tips, but in team games the over all strategy is different and it also remains at the mercy of others and it does not apply in the same way as boxing or tennis.

    To answer your question about street fighting and killer instinct qualities which you believe gets diminished if one's upbringing and grooming takes place in sophisticated environment. First of all I don't buy that theory, because you are assuming that if one grows on streets, has no inhibitions and therefore, the animal instinct and raw aggression is pure whereas, if one grows in a sophisticated environment is like Taming of the Shrew ? Ashaq, do you think if an individual grows in different environment there is a total brain transplant? No, the brain still remains the same, only a few aspects and qualities are honed and refined or developed which helps in the utilization of those skills better.

    Do you think if Shahid Afridi is groomed as a captain and trained by experts like sports psychologists and advised to play shots on its merit rather than hitting them at random, and he curbs his animal instinct of hitting sixes and fours on every ball, do you think that will make him loose his other skills or his ability to see the ball early and play a shot according to that? And do you think that, if Inzamam's communication skills are improved through teaching, that will take away his ability to play the ball late? He is one player whom I admire for playing the shots so late, as if he has all the time in the world to execute a late cut or to go for a pull shot.

    Interestingly the human brain is more ingenious and mysterious than what we generally assume or take it for granted. Therefore, to say that raw aggression and confrontation qualities might deplete or diminish due to a change in the background of upbringing and grooming is incorrect. In my opinion if Javed Miandad had the opportunity of going to the same school, college, university and had he been groomed in the same environment as Imran Khan he would have been better than the later, and his raw aggression in batting and game planning would have remained the same or may be even better, and definitely he would have controlled his emotions better and may have curbed that confrontational attitude that he posses, the example I am quoting here is the incident between him and Dennis Lillee.

    Younis Khan, I have nothing against him personally but, it appears that he has some personality traits, which may be the reason of some genetic disposition or due to circumstances or a combination of both. But, every time when he was asked to take on the responsibility he backed out, whether it is his own methodology to bargain for more, or to become more popular or its a basic flaw in his personality, but whatever it is, its not a good thing for a leader. Besides, I have been saying this for a long time that he is not an ODI player. So, its good and I appreciate his straightforwardness that he has decided not to take up the captaincy role and also to retire from the ODI games.

    Some Indian friends are asking this question again and again that why do we hate Mohammad Yousuf ? No one hates him, its the opposite. He is a great batsman and he proved this last year and everyone acknowledge his greatness as a batsman. Pakistan needs a young captain to lead the team beyond 2011, Yousuf is already 31 and a few years left in his cricketing career. Besides, he is too humble and soft, the team needs an aggressive captain. The kinda respect Yousuf gets from his team mates will never diminish even if he doesn't score once or twice, no captain will drop him for that.

    I believe that Indians have ruined Rahul Dravid by making him a captain, Tendulkar was smart to move in to the back seat and still drive the car. Ganguly was definitely a better captain than both. But, he is nearing the fag end of his cricketing career so India must focus either on Yuvraj, Kaif or Pathan. Like Mohammad Yousuf, Dravid should play as a batsman for a couple of years more, that will be a comfort and a morale booster for the youngster to have a player like Dravid in the team. And Tendulkar must retire gracefully, but he can't, he has 400 million dollars worth of endorsement contracts in front of him and that keeps bringing him back to the game at the expense of young players and thats a shame for the game of cricket that his focus is not on the game or even for the country but, only on money!

  • Imran Mohammad on April 16, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Well, if younis doesnt was the captaincy thats his choice. if anybody says he is not a good captain thats just wrong he has shown that he is better captain then inzi in odi's and tests. very good attacking captain who can bring the team together (eg, the karachi test against india).if he doesnt want to be the captain the next in line whould be shoaib malik or afridi. malik is better option coz he is a much responsible player then afridi, and could be with the team on a long term. dont wanna say anything about PCB, coz everybody knows and has the same opinion about it. Kaneria IS NOT AN ODI PLAYER, SAMI IS SECOND FASTET IN PAKISTAN BRING HIM INTO SIDE, RANA'S AND RAO'S ARE BACKUPS NOT WORLD CUP WINNERS. AND PLEASE BRING YASIR, SALMAN, AND ASIM KAMAL INTO SIDE.

  • Zaheer Abbasi on April 16, 2007, 15:25 GMT

    Hi, I agree with some of the comments and hence was thinking what is the point in us worrying about something and wasting time over something which will never materilise. No matter how much anger we vent in these forums, nothing will make any difference because as said many times everyone is related to one another and this is why they apoint their kin so that in the face of adversary they and their position is safe. In my humble opinion an individual who has no moral and faith and is corrupt to their creator will never be accountable to anybody else. All the PCB officials are corrupt and downright swines. If they had any dignity they would have stepped aside themselves but unfortunately their genes lack those chromosomes. why we persevere with these old corrupt people is because the very man on the top is corrupt and he wants to place people in all main posts who are like-minded with him, i.e, corrupt. Quite honestly I have no more faith in Pakistani cricket and in the future I may not bother to watch them perform as in real life they never do anyway. Congratulate your president for screwing up the cricket in your country. Stop whinying too, the whole country is corrupt why blame just PCB.

  • shahzad moin on April 16, 2007, 15:16 GMT

    I think the best choice is SALMAN BUTT,WHY??? because he had an ample experience of captaincy of Pkaistan junior teams spealliacy Pakistan under 19 and he is been playing as an opener since his selection in under 15.

  • Faisal Niaz on April 16, 2007, 15:16 GMT

    I really dont understand why we criticize without having handful analysis. I am not a supporter of Younis Khan but I back him in this particular situation. No one can lead the team in this particular situation. Just have a look at Inzi, such a great player of all time and he has to leave the team in such a shame. Blame shouldn't go to one player or Captain or a particular person. This is the failure of whole system and if some one was expecting any good performance by this team, was living in the heaven of fools. This is the most predicted result we can have from the team sent to Carrabian. Please dont waste these talented Shoaib Malik or Salman Butt. This is so awful to learn that even they were given a thought to be given the cap of Pak Team. Please Malik dont accept this position. The best choice which no one has discussed is Shoaib Akhtar. If he manages to get clarified from this Doping Issue, give him the cap. He is natural Captain. Lot of People will talk about his aggressive nature. One way or the other, this is a good point for him to be chosen as a captain. A fast bowler is a natural captain. Atleast in our case. This is what I think.

  • Imran Ahmed on April 16, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    I think regardless of what anyone says YK was obviously the best choice for captain. With Yk rejecting the captaincy I believe the only alternative is to make SM captain and MY vice captain similier to south africa younger GS captain and more experienced JK as vice captain. This will help SM gain valuable international captaincy experince with the experienced MY giving him able support until one of the younger lads eg SB can establish themselves in the team and become the next vice captain. To all those saying SM can't gaurantee his position in the team name me two better batsman currently available for selection (batting averages)? not to mention his bowling and superb fielding abilities. With regards to test matches I believe it won't be long before Inzi retires and do you seriously believe there are four (apart from YK and MY) better batsman than SM?

    Now down to World Cup07 reasons for abysmal failure include: poor captain (Inzi) YK should have been captain form mid05, DK is not a good ODI bowler yet why wasn't he taken to south africa if he was going to the word cup he's economy is too high and top quality batsman can easily lauch into him AKA Lara. SM should have been promoted to No3 and YK to No6 due to pitch conditions. Why wasn't Fawad Alam tried out earlier, MS has failed too many times and shouldn't have been taken to world cup, Waqar Younis should have been reatined so close to world cup, AM, RIA, UG, YA are all to similiar....................Tere you go I've had enough don't want to be depressed further all that planning leading up to the world cup yet end up planless couple of weeks before world cup.

  • Hasan Ali on April 16, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    I think Shoaib Malik should be the captain.Butt and Afridi are not conistent enough while Mohammad Yosuf is too soft

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on April 16, 2007, 14:05 GMT

    I have a Joke to share. Yesterday Kaneria was reported saying that if he is offered the job as skipper he is ready and would be an honor for him. Come oooooooon it is funny. (I think he is thinking that he is an automatic selection in the team).

    I think now, Rana and Hafeez should also make such outrageous statements, I mean funny statements. I mean these are the players that have no place in pak cricket but are dreaming of leading the team

    On a serious note, PCB should select a captain sooner than later and in my opinion it should be between Yousuf and Malik. If it was up to me, it would be Malik for ODIs and Mo Yo for tests.

  • Gernail sing chokanda on April 16, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    The failure of Pakistan as a nation state and their inability to run a small entity like PCB speaks volumes about this corrupt nation. Can we indeed trust such incompetent people with nuclear weapons when they cannot control a cricket ball.

  • M. Z. Mashreque on April 16, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    I strongly believe that Muhammad Yusuf is the best choice when it comes to capataincy. He is a man of morality and conviction drawing his strength--amid antagonism around him--from his utmost faith in the Almighty, not to speak of his being the best batsman of Pakistan. He is also the most experienced. He may be soft-natured, but he is firm and unyielding. What more do you want!? I know some detractors are unwilling to consider him solely because of his allegiance and devotion to Islam, but given a chance, he shall prove them dead wrong, InshaAllah!!

  • baray aba on April 16, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    Faisal Hussain ! imran khan corrupt? where do you get your ideas from ? and your candidate for captaincy, shoaib malik or salman butt! its actually people like you who deserve what cricket has come to symbolise.

    Imran was a born leader. even before he became captain he had won the mantle of a fast man and won it well... corruption is just a flimsy nation that you all play with. if you want to know what corruption is all about go spend some minutes in the parliament house. and shoaib is a partying sort of lad, his life is his business and considering the fool's run up it is no wonder that he is unfit most of the time. he needs to work with a fast bowling coach. sami, rana, asif these are the classic fast bowlers. shoaib is different and needs to devise a run up and action that would save his body from undue injuries.

    and next time you want to discuss imran khan get your facts right.

    captaincy is for a fearless predatory player. not these spineless worms who get scared of bounce and pace. shahid is a good choice considering hte present circumstances. shoaib malik and co can go for a swim in the ravi for all i care. A ravi buffalo would make a better captain.

  • Saif on April 16, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    well, if Younis Khan doesn't take the captaincy then he should not be in the ODI team cause there is no position for him. I don't know when was the last time he performed in a ODI match for Pakistan. I believe, the only reason why he was on the team because of his vice- captaincy role. other than that i don't see his position in the ODI team.

  • Faisal Salah-Ud-Din on April 16, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    Guys lets send younis khan to a school where he can attend a crash course to learn some english and leadership skills. I cant believe our players have been playing internatinal cricket for so long and they even cant speak a good english as well as they dont learn from international exposure.

    Faisal Salah-Ud-Din ( Toronto, Canada )

  • Usman on April 16, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    Just to be a pedantic psychiatrist - "Nothing predicts behaviour like behaviour, as any good psychiatrist will tell you," should really read, "Nothing predicts future behaviour better than past behaviour."

    Which is what you meant, of course.

    The statement is true of the public, the players, the administrators, the politicians, the journalists...

    To follow old patterns is easy - it sometimes goes beyond generations. To break those patterns and to try new ways of solving problems is what is required.

  • Hameed Ajmal Sheikh on April 16, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    WE are quite sick of so many channels all praising their own favourites and some of them like Miandad praisng themselves or their nephews in Totli urdu and saying cirkit cirkit and pressing their points.I dont know why they dont look at LARA,Ponting or Tndulkar and compare themselves with them.Have anybody see them praising themselves or calling himself as great batsman or greatest batsman of their country.Our these so called experts are immay\ture and childish in their behaviour.

  • waseem on April 16, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    Hi, I just want to request our so called Team players to stop giving there names as captain.As so far it seems Afridi,Yousaf and even Kaneria has shown there willingness to captain the Pakistaini team and that will not help any body specially the new captain as he can easily think of that these players are after his job. Even the cricket board should come forward and ban all these players to give any coomment about captaincy.

    The board should handle the Younis rejection issue privately ie they should ask Younis about captaincy before being offered to him and in any circumstances younis should not be given a small hint that the board is making him a captain so that he can come in a public to refuse it.

  • khansahab on April 16, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    In response to some individuals who are commenting on language not being a criterion to judge a sportsman, no one is saying it is. Mohammad Yousuf is an excellent batsman but the point is that he probably will not be an effective captain.

    One of the factors taken into account when assessing a person’s education is his command of a language. Cricket is an international sport and hence, English speaking players would be more aware of the world around them, would probably understand technology more, would probably have more lucrative opportunities to consult their seniors around the globe and seek training. Hence education and English speaking ability helps but it is innate talent which takes precedence.

    I don’t know what people have against Rameez Raja, who is an affable and erudite individual who knows a great deal about cricketing strategy. I was impressed by his knowledge when I saw his programme “The Final Analysis.” The point is not to compare him to people like Sunjay Manjrekar or Ravi Shastri who would arguably be more cultured than him owing to the country they hail from, but to compare him with duds like Aamir Sohail and Wasim Akram. Rameez is the only Pakistani cricketer who can represent Pakistan to our pride, amongst international commentators. I know Imran Khan was an excellent cricketer but apart from that I don’t have much respect for him. He ruled the team like a dictator and now he calls for democracy and consultation. Imran Khan did not have a smooth relationship with some of his team-mates either. I don’t have a problem with Inzi adopting a dictatorial stance, but what matters is what decisions he took when he was adopting that stance. Despite being brash and dictatorial Imran took the right decisions. But as a decision maker he is often over-rated. He is often credited with making Wasim bowl those two deliveries in the WC which made the latter a superstar. However, all he told Wasim was to bowl the fastest Wasim has ever bowled. The fact that those two deliveries turned out to be deadly swinging deliveries was more attributable to fortune than anything else. Wasim himself says so. Plus, I find it hard to comprehend why he seems to struggle with his English occasionally despite being educated at Oxford. (Sometimes I wonder if it was “Oxford Brookes” instead.)

    Don’t forget that despite Pakistan’s continuing opening crisis it was Imran who asked Younis to bat at no 3, which has tainted Younis’s importance in the ODI side. I always knew that decision would not work in the long run. Either Younis should open and play the role of the “stabiliser” from the first ball. Or he should bat at no. 5 or 6 where he is more suited to playing his natural game-cautious starts, singles to rotate the strike and occasional extravagant shots. Playing at no 3 just means that openers will fall early as expected, Younis will come and face attacking bowling and fielding, will be confused whether to attack or defend and will edge the ball to the keeper, slips or gully in the process. So he ends up being neither an “opening” nor a “stabilising” prospect. I think people are erring when they state that Younis is not an ODI batsman. The problem is that he does not know what his role is. You can never have certainty and stability if you have a captain like Inzi or a board like PCB. Now if Younis was slightly more educated and could communicate more fluently with Woolmer, then this problem might have been remedied by now.

    Mr Wasim Saqib, PCB did try to arrange English classes for players but a language is not something you can learn in the fortnight. The reason why that initiative flopped was because our Pay&Do players are so thick that they need extensive training and the hectic international schedule does not allow that. I concur with you over the point that our players need not be Ghalibs or Iqbals and need to be excellent sportsmen instead. Even Karachi based players such as Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria and Shahid Afridi don’t speak Urdu “properly” but speak it in slangs and “jagged” dialects. I know this despite being a relatively bungling Urdu speaker myself.

    Ashaq, I don’t mean to sound overly astringent but I would request you to keep your comments limited to cricket. Boxing may be your favourite sport but for most fans on this blog, citing boxing examples and strategies in cricket somehow undermines the significance of cricket.

    I have spoken at length about captaincy in my previous posts. Some individuals have expressed their preference for Shoaib Akhtar as captain. Even if Shoaib Akhtar pledges to improve his fitness, does he really deserve captaincy? The decision to award captaincy must take into account all of these factors: deservedness, man-management, relatively clean profile, energetic fielding, reasonable cricketing awareness, sportsman spirit, aggression, adaptability, flexibility, decisiveness, leadership, organisational skills, unbiased approach and fighting spirit. I think deservedness is a broad term obviously which takes into account the talent/ability as well as clean profile etc. However, most of the attributes I have delineated here do not describe Shoaib Akhtar unfortunately. So I don’t see him as a future captain. He is not even “aggressive”; he is more “intimidating” and “bullyish” which leads to batsmen getting angry more than becoming fearful.

    Sadly for Afridi supporters like Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada and Mr Abbasi, most past players are not considering him to be a viable choice for captaincy. Jalaluddin and Wasim Akram have both stated that Yousuf or Malik are more suitable for the job. I hope Afridi regrets his stance on not changing his playing style, at the expense of losing his unique grandeur and “sex appeal.” I know that he can improve his ODI average to late 20’s if he is willing to reduce his strike rate to about 85-90.

  • Azmeena on April 16, 2007, 11:46 GMT

    t goes from bad to worse....can Pakistani cricket sink any lower? They have to throw out the politics and the religion. Cricket is a game. There are many who have played it and many more that will. Surely the Patron of the PCB must realise that politics is ruining our beloved sport.

    So what is the solution? Its simple. Disband the PCB, get rid of all the politics and politicians, hire a consultancy firm who have experience in sports management and get them to build a cricket infrastructure - board, coaches, players etc.... from scratch. Give them a blank sheet of paper, draw a map of Pakistan, give them 6 months and all the talent in the country and get them to come up with a system that works. But they must have 1 sole objective - MAKE PAKISTAN INTO A SUCCESSFUL CRICKET NATION - nothing else, forget the past, forget the World Cup, forget the infighting, the squabbling, forget everything other than PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • Niaz Khan on April 16, 2007, 11:27 GMT

    Kamran,

    First of all through this forum i would like to ask PCB as how come atalented player like Shahzad Malik (from Sialkot who played 1-2 years back in Pakistan-A team)has disappreared and was notr selected in Pakistan team? This wonder boyplayed in UK county and made 403 runs from just 137 balls ( with 38 sixes and 26 fours)in two hours and 31 minutes!! Woh!!Plz give me e-mail adrees of anyone in PCB or pass my query to them as i have not got their e-mail address.

    Now back to your forum of Captaincy i agree that Shoab Akhtar would be a better choice with Shahid Afridi as Vice Captain.

  • Kamran Afzal on April 16, 2007, 10:20 GMT

    I for one think that Younis Khan is brave in what he is doing. the man has been through torture and when he looks at what the future may hold if he was to be captain (the scrutiny, the taunts) it is enough to put you off taking the job. hes been vice captain long enough now and he is a great player and those who can find a better potential captain then him should stop fooling themselves. here is a player of ricky pontings caliber - great with the bat and excellent in tactical displays - even his fielding isnt bad!!! this is a revolutionary perios for pakistan - and with younis declinin captaincy for now, it may prove to b wise. the public will come to understand that they hav to let the cricketers handle themselves and not interfere evry time sumthin happens. i say we wait and see what happens with the team and then reassure younis of his position and reoffer him the captaincy tht way he'l kno hes the main man and no1 can change his work routine. salaams

  • Riz... London on April 16, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    Only problem is see is in the management. People working with PCB are not trained in current management related issues starting from human resource and even public relations. If we take Army out of the setup everything would come back in to its place. President should not be the decision maker its not a border related issue and cricket setup should be answerable only and only to Sports Ministry. I dont know why these solders have made it their birth right to spoil every setup in the country these id***s are every where. Anyways i feel sorry for poor cricket lovers and still fans of Pakistnai cricket cause with Army sitting at the top and rest of the management with no management capabilities i do not see a bright future of Cricket in Pakistan.

  • Ghulam Muhammad on April 16, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Mr Kamran, I think you should try to filter out comments which do not have any base or lack any truth. I have seen many comments which display unproven crimes on part of players. Secondly, you have to include just few relevant comments in the list, twenty comments on shaoib malik as captain, 10s on salman Butt, 30 on Yousaf not becoming captain, does not make any sense. As I read in one of the articles, cricket is fully destroyed, 'Our beloved Army' should interfere, and establish a corpse of sports, recruit around 100 jawans or others, with some captain as a captain, i think they can find one, (may be as all women and few childish men would like Salman Butt or Shahid afridi to be) and a Major or Lt Col to be the Mnaager and some suitable retired army officer who served in the pakistan cricket as well to be the Coach. I think we can thus prepare ourselves for the 2015 world cup.

  • Taiyab on April 16, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    Younus Khans decision according to me is the best thing to have happend to pakistan cricket in recent times. Tell me how many one day matches has he won for pakistan. None atleast in the last 3 years. I never considered him a good one day player. I think Md Yousuf is the right man for the job with Kamran Akmal or Razzaq as a vice captain. Also they should first find a pair of good openers. They have to persist with somebody like salman bhutt and bring in another young player for the role. Till they find some useful openers which they have not found since Sayee Anwar left the stage, they cannot win matches consistently.

  • Adil Qasim on April 16, 2007, 9:55 GMT

    Well i should begin with the match of Ireland vs pakistan in WC 2007. When Mohammed Yousuf got caught in gully region the reaction i saw on his face clearly shows that pakistan has lost the match. It is fact if anyone notice that. Match was not fixed but ICC force pakistan to play on an unplayable pitches during the cup. I dunno people are blind or what, no saw the movement of the ball during the match no one saw the surface that was full of grass and cracks. What people saw was the pakistan players getting out of the ground by some cricket kids who never been to grounds before, who not even delivering the ball with line and length. Anyway lets talk about Australia, NewZealand, Britain and S.Africa. when their team losses we never see any changes in captain or team management, but yes we see changes in their strategies. So if we need a winning track then we should not change whole team. Younis does not deserve to be part of ODI and he don't want it to so leave him alone, but don't insult him , but leave him with a Thanks. Yousuf to seems to be not better choice, pakistan need a yound and energetic player for this post and i guess Shoaib Akhter and Shahid Afridi will fit that spot. We can't make shoaib because he is always away because of his injuries, so Shahid Afridi is better. Look at Imran Khan what average does he had in ODI. he was only averaging 23. But he was energetic and know how to control the team. Making captain of players like Salman Butt and Shoaib malik will be a idiotic decision once again. If not afridi then only other candidate will be Abdul Razzaq. Opener should not be changed on regular basis, one should give enough time to openers to come out of pressure and play good game. I don't understand where is Taufeeq Umar? He is one of the best opening combination with either Shahid or Salman Butt. Imran and Imran farhat should not be placed in the team again. Imran Nazir is some how good for second option as a 12th player. Asif and Gul should be straike bowlers. Azhar should be banned from playing any sort of cricket if possible should not allowed to hold a bat rest of his life. My opinion for sleection will be

    Captain (Afridi, Razzaq)

    Selectors Javed Miandad, Rashid Latif, Aqib Javed

    Bowling Coach Waqar Younis

    Batting Coach Aamir Sohail or Rameez raja

    Fielding Coach Ejaz Ahmed

    If these all can be possible then i guess next world cup will be ours INSHALLAH

  • Musstanser TinauliI have on April 16, 2007, 9:39 GMT

    A adhoc comittee can only define an adhoc captin! I am sorry for many Pakistani cricket lovers. Younis Khan made a good choice. I dont think he deserves captaincy anyway! Whistling in the field doesnt make you a captin. Younis hasnt performed for a long time and he has alot of technical defecencies in his batting. Better to say no then to loose your name. Well done Younis.

    The rest Shoaib Malik!! Are you kidding me? Yousaf is a good batsmen but well I dont see him as a captin but given the choices he might do fine. Atleast he can start performing. However his beard might not let him catch that big HAT! A captin needs attitude, control, vision and performance under pressure.

    I recon Shoaib Akthar, Shahid Afridi and Yousuf are better choices.

    Its time we learn to enjoy cricket! not just Pakistani cricket.

    Signing off! Musstanser Tinauli

  • Zahra on April 16, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    First off, the whole team needs to be sent home! Second, take a few months, even a year, look for new players...there are hundreds playing in domestic cricket, dying to get a chance n prove themselves. For the guys in the team right now, its not about the love of the game anymore. Its personal! And no pro ever made a mark with personal issues being all over his/her mind! Pakistan deserves better. These guys have been given their chance. Its only fair to make way for people, who might just give it their all!

  • Faisal Hussain on April 16, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    i think v need to think abt 20-20 captain as well, cuz v hav a 20-20 world cup cuming in sept.........Shahid Afridi seems the best possible 20-20 captain!! as far as 50-50 and test cricket is concerned, we need to hav same captain for both the forms, and Shoaib Akhtar is the best choice, mainly cuz he is strong, and captaincy will make him more responsible and he will improve his own fitness (lets not forget what captaincy did to Imran Khan, who was even more corrupt than Shoaib Akhtar)!! but wid Shoaib, we need to employ a gud Vice captain as well cuz Shoiab's fitness, as of now, is questionable! I think any of these is a gud choice: Shahid Afridi, Shoiab Malik or Salman Butt!!!

  • Ahmed on April 16, 2007, 8:11 GMT

    For heaven's sake do not make Mohammed Yousuf the captain of pakistan cricket team. Its going from bad to worst. Yousuf is highly unimaginative when it comes to thinking as a captain. Besides he has shown hardly any capacity to lead either as a player, or as an inspirational captain. If i were the chief of PCB, i would have said to both yousuf and younis, thank you for your services in the ODI's. I think you guys should retire from ODI's to concentrate on test. As it is ODI's is a fast paced game where agility counts for as much as ability, and mr. yousuf has continuously shown the lack of it. Be it running between the wicket or fielding. I think its high time we give these older statesmen some rest and inject some new blood. This will not only help curb the issue of "player power" but also help us build for world cup 2011. Do not forget we won U-19 world cup just couple of years ago so there is bound to be some talent around.

  • Waseem Nabi Khan, Lahore, Pakistan on April 16, 2007, 7:52 GMT

    In my humble opinion, Younis Khan has sensibly refused to take over the captaincy. In Pakistan Cricket, nothing is sure and nobody is aware of whats happening. Who is playing dirty and who is not. Nobody actually knows what to do? I beleive everybody should refuse to take the captaincy for now and make it a point that our nation should except defeat and treat it as an excepted norm in any sports. when two teams play only one team can win. There is no win/win situation in any game. A defeat has always a lesson behind it and as early as one excepts it and moves on and starts working on the weeknesses gets guaranteed success in the future. By getting angry or showing your anger has never taken anybody far, only positive things takes you farther. We as a nation should cool down and support our players. These are the same players who have won our hearts on numerous ocasions WITH THE SAME SORT OF CRICKET BOARD. When ever we loose, we try to find every possible fault in everything that relates to cricket, even the prayers were not spared. For God's sake, if anything needs to be changed then "Our attitude should be CHANGED."

  • sadeem on April 16, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    Thank god younis khan didnt accept the captaincy.... all hes good for is to smile in the field... pakistan need a leader right now.. sumbody wid determination, sumbody young not a lapdog of inzi

  • S.N . Kazi on April 16, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    Kamran ,

    The problem in Pakistan is that our General is wearing too many hats : He is Chief of the Army Staff , the President , the Real Prime Minister and Patron in Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB ) . The Chairman of PCB is a mere stooge . We should understand that there is no question of the General being accountable for anything . The performance of the Pakistan team at the previous World Cup in South Africa was equally pathetic . What happened after that ? Some stooges were appointed to do enquiry . Nothing new came up , no change . We have had one poor Chairman of PCB after another . As for Inzammam , he has been the worse Captain in the history of Pakistan cricket . Thinking for him is a greater strain than running for a second run . I believe Yousuf would be a much better Captain than Shoiab Akhtar , Shoab Malik or Afridi . At least he has never been involved in match fixing the way some of the previous Captains have been involved such as Asif Iqbal , Waseem Akram and Inzimmam ( see Justice Qayyum report on PCB website ) .

    I do however believe ther is no hope for Pakistan cricket unless , instead of cosmetic changes , real change takes place .

    It would be wonderful if our General resigns as Patron in Chief of PCB . We get a well qualified Chairman of PCB and PCB becomes an accountable Instituioon .

    Isn't it a joke that Salim Altaf is on the committee to investigate the debacle of the Pakistan team at the world Cup ? Wasn't he the Director of Operations of PCB ? Wasn't Ijaz Butt, who has been made Chairman of the investigation committee , mentioned repeatedly in Justice Qayyum 's report on match fixing as being one of the players heavily involved in betting ?

  • Mohammad Ghazanfar on April 16, 2007, 6:26 GMT

    how can some people talk of not bringing Islam to the game of cricket....

    don't forget, Pakistan is by name an Islamic republic, than why should it's cricket team look different, should'nt it be one representing Pakistan in true sense..

    Pakistan is an Islamic republic, and the Pakistani team should be no different than a Muslim team..!!

    kitni assani saay laog apne aap ko bhool jatte hain, kuch pal dekhi chammak dhamak aur apna ghar chorray chal diay dosray kay ghar..

  • Waqar Sarwar on April 16, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    I think we should have people vote here who should be captain or wether we can Naseem Ashraf as PCB chairman like cricinfo have Australia Cricket Section

  • Zeeshan Shukr on April 16, 2007, 6:13 GMT

    Younis Khan is the most funny character I've ever seen in the history of Pakistan Cricket. Whenever he has been asked to take some responsibility, he has run away citing very stupid reasons. He was the Vice Captain of the team when Inzamam had to sit out of the ICC Champions Trophy last year and he refused to lead the side. Then, God knows what happened and he decided to lead the side at the elevent hour. Younis, being the skipper got out in the most pathetic way in all the three innings he played there. He should have shown some responsibility! We had never seen Inzi getting out with such disgrace even when the chips were down. Then, after the Champions Trophy, he again played some useful innings before the World Cup. Coming to the World Cup, if Pakistan had to do well, the three middle order giants had to fire, but they didn't. Yousaf and Inzi are also the culprits but they never got out in such a stupid way like Younis. Can anyone imagine the Vice Captain of a team getting out like Youins got out in the first match against West Indies? Even a Club level player would have stayed on the crease for a while and have shown some responsibility. Now, after the World Cup debacle, he was the obvious choice for the post of Captain. But again he has let everyone down by refusing the captaincy and again he is giving mind boggling reasons. Mr. Younis! Were you expecting the people to shower flowers at you when you came back after such a pathetic performance? These are the people who have turned you into a National Hero. They give you all the respect whenever you do well and they have all the right to show their anger when you perform like this! You don't deserve a place in the ODI team anymore and you know this fact. That is why you want to retire from ODIs as you want to salvage some pride and avoid the disgrace of being dropped from ODI team. This was a time to come forward and lead the team in the most difficult time in the history of Pakistan's Cricket. Once again you have disappointed all of us. I think you should better play on the streets of Mardan because you are a very ill tempered person who cannot take the pressure of International Cricket anymore. Finally I suggest the PCB to drop Younis from the ODI team at once not just for his poor form, but to give him a lesson for his poor attitude. Game is bigger than the players and Younis should know that! PCB should appoint a youngster as the next Captain who can lead the team for many years. I guess someone like Salman Butt or Shoaib Malik may be an idea choice. And if the senior players don't support the younger captain, THROW THEM OUT OF THE TEAM! This is the right time to eliminate player power from our system and we should clear this dirt once and for all!

  • Imran A Javed on April 16, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    Just read that Mohd. Yousef has thrown his hat for captaincy. Surprisingly an act for which he previously had a very mellow and soft stand? Remember when previously in the Champions trophy there was confusion about captaincy and then Younis announced as captain Yousef said it does not bother him as this has never been his preference. Suddenly now he is a candidate showing his willingness? How come? I don’t know may be I am wrong but I have a feeling that its not his decision, it’s a direction and dictation from either Inzi or Saeed Anwar who do not want the influencing seat of captain to go to some one other then a tablighee. PCB….BE CAREFUL IN DECESION MAKING……..Sorry to every body and any body annoyed by my gut-feel.

  • m.kamran kazim on April 16, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    only bcz of 1 defeat we should'nt forget the the great innings played by legend inzi though he could'nt perfome in world cup but still he is star of our cricket team.in captancy issue,in my view younas is not right choice.we need agressive captain who can take bold steps like imran khan.shahid afridi n imran nazir could be good choices 4 this post bcz they are the captains of thier region 4 long time n performed well in 20-20 ABMRO cup as captain.

  • Farrukh from karachi on April 16, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    Ahhh Immature memory we have.... How soon we forget last year when Yousuf was the big mannnnnnn... player of the year.......... was awarded millions of Rsssssssssssss........ now we are claiming that he shoiuld be out from team (after reading todays newspaper)if this is the case i m damn sure same result will come in forth coming series and matches.... Infact |Adhoc Committee wish to appoint new blood at once so as to avoide any criticism on loosing

  • salman on April 16, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    Hey ....I just want to ask one thing Do u tink S.Malik is a good choice for captaincy..he who can not play test cricket in australia, England or S.africa can be a captain?Stop balming Inzi as a bad captain bcoz now we know theer was no one worthy of it...and yeah inzi was a lesser Sin.

  • Sanjay Balakrishnan on April 16, 2007, 4:54 GMT

    Why are you guys against Mohd Yousuf...........?!!

  • Ahmed Khan on April 16, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    Bangladesh’s humiliating and disgraceful defeat on the hands of even smaller minnows, Ireland, should cut the ego of their captain Habib-ul-Bashar to proper size.

    Its seems, after defeating South Africa, Bangladesh could not digest the ecstasy and their captain started blowing his own horn a bit too early. Bashar started blaming India and Pakistan for bad show, and openly said that India and Pakistan teams deserved to be out of World Cup. However, he forgot the very basic point that this is the most unpredictable game and there is no consistency in cricket.

    Habib-ul-Bashar started the celebration too soon and was even dreaming of reaching semi-finals, but Bangladesh is being shown the door, and thrown out of it, by another minnow.

  • Ashaq on April 16, 2007, 4:11 GMT

    Javed.A.Khan. Thank you for your concern about the state of my brain,and the link you posted. I am sure you will be pleased to know that I have had an M.R.I as part of my medical whilst I was considering switching to the professional,code several years ago.I did however pass with flying colours. Although my plans were scuppered by an unrelated Illness .I am well aware about the dangers of brain damage one should look no further,then the fighting Hilton brothers Alex,Mathew and Davey who I think are from your homecity.

    However back to the issue at hand.The point I was trying to make perhaps not so eloquently is that as you said a player is a product of his environment and education. I think you gave an excellent example of Javed Miandad.

    I believe the streetFighting qualities of Miandad were directly related to his background and environment he grew up in.So the question I was pondering was whether Javed, Would still have had that raw aggression,the confrontational attitude had he say come from a more refined background. He may have ended up like Rameez Rajah completely devoid of Killer instinct.

    On the flipside would Rameez Rajah have had more Fire in his belly say he had come from a similar background and environment,as Miandad.

    Although as you stated. Imran Khan came from a cultured and refined background yet he was both a tactical genius,and had excellent fighting qualities in his psychological makeup.Imran Khan in my opinion was a one off a kind.

    So the question is how much affect does the environment have upon,the psychology of an athlete,are particular personality traits and qualities more conducive to a certain background.

    I was hoping that some Social scientist may have carried out a study on this unfortunately I have been unable to find,anything on the web related to this.

    Although I know this topic has been discussed by various boxing journalists and historians.With the General consensus being that the more difficult the background ,upbringing of a fighter the more likely he is to have a burning desire and hunger for success. The more cultured and refined the more likely he is to fail.Although there are exceptions to the rule.However I think the Psychological makeup required in the ring is different to what may be required on a cricket field.

    My consistant remarks concerning Shakespeare,Lord Byron and Tennyson are not related to you but concern an article I read a couple of years ago by a Journalist.Who believed that the Pakistan cricketers needed to go back to school,and study European Literature,and 'post rennaisance philosophy' what ever that is.So that they could be better ambassadors for Pakistan.

  • Fawad Khan on April 16, 2007, 2:53 GMT

    Would any one in his right mind become a captain of a team when his family has to live under a threat? I know that Younis had recieved threatning phone calls at home. Guys, this is not a war where your country is going to be wiped off the map (God forbid). This is a sports and sometimes you have a bad day or a bad week, no matter what you do. You can not control the pitch, the weather and that odd ball coming off that rough spot. If you have played cricket, you will know what I am talking about. The difference is that Australia can have a bad day and still win but than we all know that Australia is a great team at the moment.

    These players were not trained as soldiers in a military academy, for God's sake. Stop making it an issue of life and death. If Younis does not want to be the captain, just leave him alone. Don't be so childish so as to call him unpatriotic.

    Fawad Khan

  • guymed from NYC on April 16, 2007, 2:00 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar if they need some one for a short period and definitely Salman Butt for permanent job. Shoib Malik, Afridi have no place in side except when playing in sub continent.

  • Shoaib Nursumar on April 16, 2007, 1:35 GMT

    I am sorry Kamran Bhai, this may be a little off the topic. I have no other platform to get my concern forward. Younus Khan Captain? fair enough if he does not want to be one, I am excited if Shoaib Malik gets the job. My real concern is, Dr. Nasim Ashraf made it clear to the public that every member of the national team has to participate in domestic cricket, to make it more competitive. By allowing Younus Khan, Danish Kaneria, Azhar Mehmood and god knows who else to sign contracts with County teams, how does he expect them to participate in Pakistan's domestic cricket? According to his speech, players that do not participate (Younus, Kaneria and Azhar Mehmood), will not be considered for Pakistan's selection. I want a reality check in what he said at the press conference. The healing has not started, and mixed messages are being heard. Please ellaborate on this matter, or do I have some misconception?

  • Khawaja Ikram Ul Haq on April 16, 2007, 0:18 GMT

    obviously the responsibility for the whole fiasco is initially bad selection and obviously bad captaincy....our best batsmen seem tobe shoaib malik and imran nazir...when there is such a collossal failure than obviously the whole team and the PCB must be at fault...the general obviously being from the pakistan army and an indian type must regard defeat as similar to kargil where he had said we have been very successful...the jokes we have heard coming out of the musharaf camp is to blame the capatain and not the immature management...nasim mirza's blunders are so many that musharaf alone can tolerate them... when such things happen it is always best to replace the management and than rebuild a team from scratch...the present players will be useless in 2010 and they seem to have no shame and are only concerned about what happens to them...and might be one of them is bob woolmers killer...considering shahid afridi and mohammed yusuf is useless as both didnt play too well...shahid afridis batting is in tatters...there is no point in keeping experienced players in the one day squad...start with talented players and make them play just one day cricket...learn to hit every ball and how to hoist the ball over the boundary...that is the only way for pakistan as the senior players have always failed barring one or two occasions...

  • shahid on April 16, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    i think one name that can provide solid leadership is kamran akmal

  • shahid on April 16, 2007, 0:04 GMT

    i think we should leave younis khan alone as he has lost three members of his immediate family in past year or so.. he is not ready. perhaps any one think about his personal life? poor man is doing a favor by playing yet we want him to lead a nation of unpricdictable sorry ass players...

  • Rizwan Liaqat on April 15, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    Was just reading through the comments and I noticed people saying Inzamam spoke embarrassing english and therefore we should have someone like Salman Butt or maybe Afridi. Now I ask why is his english referred to as 'embarrassing'? Its not our national language, therefore there is nothing embarrassing about not speaking correct english. Imagine if Chinese was the universal language, would we say 'oh look at Ricky Ponting, he speaks such embarrassing Chinese'.

    Choose a captain on merit, not on their command of english.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 15, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    The statement:"The Indian selectors are a bunch of jokers!" has been used and quoted by so many people and so many times in the Indian cricket history perhaps no other statement has been quoted as often as the one above. But, Jimmy was the avatar of that statement.

    Ashaq; I need to take a cover before I get a left hook and a right jab from you. :-) I am sure you must be a fan of Amir Khan, the famous cousin of Sajid Mahmood, but I don't wanna discuss your favourite sport boxing here on this blog. I didn't say that to be a good cricketer one must read Shakespeare, Lord Byron or Lord Alfred Tennyson, so please don't try to put words in my mouth and reduce this debate to immature digs.

    Most guys here and everywhere else often say that the players (especially the captain of the team) are the ambassadors of their countries and they must reflect a good image of the country.

    Therefore, I feel that some basic level of education and understanding of the language in which they speak is a must, and in case of Pakistani players, they definitely need a lot more than others.

    The person asks a question from the captain after the toss: 'What do you think about the pitch, do you think its a good decision to bowl first after winning the toss?" The reply comes, "Inshallah the boyz work very hard and iz playing good so this time we play well so Inshallah we will win." We all know who said this. In one of the other matches when Inzi was not playing and the "Dummy Captain" gets a chance to captain the team for the first time. The question: "So, you have won the toss and elected to bat first, why did you choose to bat first? "Inshallah I am going to WIN because WINNING is my habit." Dude that was the first match you were going to lead and WINNING is your habit? What a shame he lost that very first match due to his arrogance.

    My reference to accents was only to prove a point that Rameez Raja is not appreciated by many because of his English which we all know is better than other Pakistanis and he is more like a Andhaon may Kaana Raja imo, Sanjay Manjreker is a better commentator than Raja. Not only his English, but his analysis and synthesis of the game is better than him. But, again this is not the criteria for a Captain to posses good English, it will only be an asset and to some degree it will help him in making a game plan and a strategy. Neither Inzi nor YK have this ability to use their resources to the optimum and according to the situation. YK proved that in CT by not using Umar Gul against SA, he should have continued with Gul when Mark Boucher came in. In the end Gul could not even complete his 10 overs and Pak lost that match. Inzi did the same mistake against Ireland.

    If the Captains have studied or even receive some kinda training in man management, planning, formulating strategies, game plan, back-up plan etc., for using it to their advantage, would have made a hell of a difference in their performance. Javed Miandad was a street fighter, he possess a great cricketing brain, even Imran Khan has acknowledged this quality in JM. Now, imagine if Miandad had the eloquence of a great orator he would have been in the limelight as long as he is alive. The poor chap is often ridiculed for not being able to express his feelings in a profound manner and the same goes with Inzi.

    Therefore, the point I am trying to make here is, education is very important, not only for the image building but, also to use one's gray matter to the best of his abilities in formulating strategies and game plan and in articulating it for better communication. Ashaq bhai, boxing causes serious brain damage and common sense suggests it is true. As long as you are only following it, I guess its OK, but I doubt that you are a mere spectator, it seems that you have received some serious blows on the Frontal Lobe. :-)

    Please read this article by clicking on the link below:

    http://www.wbaonline.com/medical/article10.asp

  • Omar Nabi on April 15, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    Mo Yusof for captain, Shoaib Malik for vice captain.

    Afridi may be an option if he could cement his test place. I think Afridi could get some of the players into line.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on April 15, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    Think for a minute before dismissing this as a prepostorous suggestion: Why not bring Imran Khan Niazi back as captain? He would be sort of a Mike Bearly type father-figure with unquestioned authority. And the sheer force of his personalty may spur the remaining ten jokers to deliver some results. Okay, I know most of you are not going to take this seriously, but I really do think there is some merit here.

    On a different note, it's important that the disruptive element that he is, Inzamam is never allowed to wear a Pakistan cap ever again in any form of the game. Those of you Inzi fans out there, can you recall a signal occasion when he has won for us a game under difficult ciscumstances abroad? Nay, Inzi is no different from the scores of subcontitental flat track bulleys, and with a lousy temperment at that.

  • Abid Khan on April 15, 2007, 21:01 GMT

    JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is correct that the original statement about selectors being a "bunch of jokers" was made by Mohinder Amarnath. However, I distinctly remember his father Lala Amarnath elaborating to the press when asked to comment on his sons statement !

    Yes, firing all the players would be a costly action to take. But one that is necessary. It would hurt Pakistan cricket in the short term but would help in the longer term. No player or individual should be bigger than the game. If there aren't any good enough players, then so be it, there should be no cricket. At least, the country can get back to working hard towards development which is needed urgently.

    Cricket is an extremely costly diversion in terms of lost productivity in all fields but I am not sure if we, as a nation, realise that. Its a colonial left over which we have hung proudly around our necks, that we can beat the gora sahibs at their own game. That was fine 50 years ago but now we must be competing with the gora sahibs in science & technology rather than on the cricket field but sadly we are lacking in that.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 15, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    Javed- I agree with you that most of our players speak Urdu in a Punjabi accent, and none of them is eloquent in English, but I don’t think that language is any criteria to judge a sportsman, their main job is to speak with their bat or ball, however it would be an added bonus if our players learn English, I strongly suggest PCB should arrange classes for them.

    I have had the opportunity to work with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Italian people on different occasions, they were all highly qualified professionals in their respective fields but almost all of them spoke broken English, or with a thick accent, but as far as their expertise in their respective field was concerned they were all up to the mark, and I think when it comes to professionalism that’s what matter. Speaking Urdu in a Punjabi accent is a trivial issue in fact it is not even an issue. Our team is currently facing issues which are much more important than their inability to speak in a proper accent. I think we should all focus on those issues and these trivial matters should be taken care of when every thing else has been taken care of. I think most of the people don’t care if our new Captain speaks Pashto, Balochi, or Punjabi as long as he delivers on the field, because this is what matter the most. We watch these players because for their cricketing skills and not for their Linguistic skills. You are raising the bar too high,and nobody in the current team,whether from Karachi or Punjab meets your standard.Do you know of any person in the team,who is eloquent in English and speaks urdu in a proper accent without ranting,and is a good player.

  • Faisal Rashid on April 15, 2007, 20:50 GMT

    Agreed that this is a tough time for Pakistan Cricket - Players, team management and even PCB bosses are under pressure. Still we need not loose our nerves.

    Younis has not done the most rational thing by refusing captaincy. It is true that he and his family may have suffered in this situation but he should not forget that he owes a lot to this land. players like him have done a lot for country but this country has also given them a lot of respect. The blessed ones in a society should also be ready to take some criticism and blame as well. They should not get disheartened by this temporary outburst of anger by public. Things will again be normal if we this situation is handled properly. I really liked the courage and keeness shown by Muhammad Yousuf.

    PCB also needs to take stock of its role in promoting club cricket in cities like Lahore. The City Cricket Association has been made a hostage by a gang of fame hungry elites, who are not serious with the game. Despite its mandated role, the cricket tournaments arranged by PCB./LCCA have been few and far between. where do we think the players are going to come from? Domestic cricket is a simple rubbish. The gang holding important positions in the cricket associations ensures that only there favorites play first class cricket. So an ordinary Lahorite has no incentive to play club cricket in the city.

    What has been the role of PCB's wing mandated to promote grass root cricket in the country. Somebody needs to take a look at that as well. Why are we maintaining in a full fledge wing in PCB if we have not been doing anything for promotion of grass root cricket in the country.

    Let us undertake a holistic review of the whole situation and try to turn this debacle into an opportunity to take Pakistan Cricket at a level where we can all be very proud of our cricket. This is not just emotional thinking. We have got the talent and capability to do this. Let us undertake a sincere and concerted effort to achieve this end.

  • Ali Asim - Saginaw, Michigan USA on April 15, 2007, 19:32 GMT

    Not a single bloke in this huddle stipulates a worthy leader. None of them are prepared for the job and neither does their current mental state and lack of confidence does them any good. Even if I overlook all these drawbacks, none of these "international players" fit the pretty picture of a worthy leader. Some people argued in this blog about why should speaking english be a prerequisite for the top job. Well, no matter how much you disagree with me on this, the only thing that broadens, enhances, brightens up your mind is education. And I'm sorry to admit that most of our bearded angels lack almost everything in that department. I know it is useless beeting around the bush again and again and again, but I have to get it off my chest, we will not be able to produce another Imran unless we start looking for one. For Gods sake, please bring in some educated players in and then you will see the difference. We will continue reaping this pain until we attend this root canal abruptly. I know the current scenario is'nt pretty, but we can start from the junior level. We can set a certain educational standard as a prerequisite to play at first class level. This way we will not only improve our national literacy level, but also will create a huge pool of worthy national heroes. On the other hand, the gravest of problems the PCB is entangled with at the moment is the lack of democracy. One of the most lucrative bussiness organisations in the country is being run by an ad-hoc committee, what a shame. But I guess it is the word "shame" that has gone extinct not only among our leaders, but also as a whole nation. My advice to those people who yearn for extremism, go read Quran and try to find out how much emphasis has been laid on education in our beloved religion of Islam. But I wouldnt comment any more on that matter as it will open a hell hole of a debate.

    Kaa'ba kis moon se jaoge ghalib Sharm tumko magar nahin aati

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on April 15, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    PCB always looks for short cuts and are so wary of negetive results that they do not want to go for a long term plan, mainly because of the adhochism and uncertainty that hangs on the board officials. This is why they always go for a short remedies and as Greg Chappel mentioned that you can't put band aid on cancer. Pakistan cricket has dropped to it lowest level and I think this is the time when we should be looking for a long term remedy, take drastic steps and put things right. PCB cannot dream to have a better opportunity then this one, we have waisted four years since the last world cup only becuse of the fact that Mr. Shaheryar Khan didnt have the guts to confront some defeats and fell pray to the system where all we need to do is to have some cosmetic changes of the situation and try to engineer some good results so that the nation is happy and the organisation gets applauded. Had he stuck to the bold steps taken by AAmir Sohail and kept the failed super stars (who were shown the doors)of the 2003 world cup away from the team then we would have solved the matter. But that required guts which Mr. Shaheryar didnt have, instead he wanted to have some positive results and prove to his God Father that he has managed the things properly so that his position in the adhoc set up is cemented. We can do that now as well, just plan some quick tours of Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and invite teams like Sri Lanka, West Indies to Pakistan and have them played of our home made feather beds where ourso called super stars love to pile up runs......get positive results and the whole nation will be happy. Its a policy of win at any cost that the PCB believes in, failing which the appointing God Father of this adhoc set up may sack the incumbants and bring in some one new. This is what has been going on in PCB for the last 10 years and look what it has done to Pakistan cricket.

    It is therefore about time that we must take drastic measures and avoid going for a cosmetic surgery for that will take us no where. Captaincy issue now is of far less importance, there are other important issues that have to be dealt with and without any waste of time.

    Dr. Ashraf has once again promised to implement the constitution and so far we have not seen any step on part of PCB in this direction. The media is also conspicously quiet on this issue, instead they are busy projecting the world cup villians as innocent people and that the public reaction is not justified. One stupid journalist wrote in Jang column that Inzamam and pakistani team created history by praying in Jamaat on board a Air Jamaica flight ovet Atlantic and 33000 feet above the ocean (Jang 5 apr 2007), this stupid person should be made to understan that Inzamam and party are not being paid to create religious history instead they are supposed to perform on field with bats and balls.The other important thing that this foolish journalist should know that on each and every Saudi Airlines flights you can hear prayer calls (AZAN) as well as people pray in Jamaat and there is a specified place on each Saudia aircraft. What ever Inzamam and party did was nothing special and/or unusual instead they are guilty of not doing of what was expected of them and what they are paid for.

    Coming back to PCB, I have already mentioned in my comment earlier that the need of the hour is to focus on long term plan and then ensure to have same implemented.

    Rgsd......pakigreen

  • Tariq from Maryland on April 15, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    kamaran,

    This is to follow up on my previous message regarding suggesting Muhammad Yousuf for the captancy of Pakistan Cricket Team. He has earned this position as a main scorer and now this is his time for him to demonstrate leadership. It appears that he is mellow and soft hearted person and infact these are the qualities a captain should have and we must give him this opportunity. I would not be surprised if he turns out be one of the greatest.

  • Amir Zia (U.S.A) on April 15, 2007, 18:10 GMT

    I think Shoaib Malik, should be given the caps hat. He has been in the team for quite some time and should be diven the role as the till the next world cup. More-over, I strongly think that Pakistan's team needs a full time coach.

  • Ketan H Mayecha on April 15, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    Pakistan cricket and cricketers are beyond repairs. Throw out the entire bunch, including the officials and give a new birth to it. The best way to stop a loss making factory is to burn it down, start fresh and look forward - same should be applied to Pakistan cricket. Let no one from the present lot be guaranteed a place - everyone must prove their worthiness and the selectors must be accountable for non performers. This will automatically separate the milk from the water.

  • Farhan Anis on April 15, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    Very selfish stuff from Younis!

    but then, Pakistan have to convince him to lead or else they're gonna do worst than this in their next World Cup.

  • Bilal on April 15, 2007, 17:39 GMT

    younis khan has that big ego thingy going on with him...he thinks he is wanted but in reality he is the most over-rated batsman in the history of pakistan cricket.. sometimes when he is playing i feel like i m watching catch practice in the slip quadrons..i have never known such a selfish and cunning pathan who thinks that he is the top notch...it kinda made m suspicious that maybe he aint pathan and prolly a bengali mixed with pathan afte the 1970 war lol as most of the karachites pathans are lol

  • Kamran Zia on April 15, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Well first of all Younis Khan never deserved to be a Captian specially in the presence of Mohammad Yousaf. Mohammad Yousaf deserve to be a captian he is senior, he is a better player then Younis, and his record is a proof. If PCB made any other player Captian then Yousaf then it is totally politics, racial act.

  • Muhammad Asif on April 15, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Hey guys you wanna see cricket or your favourite personalities wearing kits?

  • Ashaq on April 15, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    Javed.A.Khan. You are absolutely right about Finesse and refinement.So how about a compromise they can study shakespeare,omar khayam ,and rumi e.t.c. to get more refined.

    And they can be sent to the hood. to gain a bit of attitude, we need the Brothers to get some street in them.Or what is alternatively referred to as a Killer instinct, or an eye of the Tiger.I think too much refinement can take that away from you.

    In the words Muhammad Ali "Smokin Joe Frazier" fought every guy like they stole somethin from him.I never met with a more uncompromising attitude no matter what the odds."

    Can you Imagine a refined Joe frazier he certainly would never have been "Smokin".Yeah the screen shot off Rocky Balboa pounding a piece of Raw Carcass.It was actually Frazier as an up and coming fighter who worked in a slaughter house,and practised his left hook.on the raw meat.

    Javed Bhai,one of my favourite movies from the 1980s was trading places.I think what we need here is a bit off both.

  • Arey Tension Kaiko Lene Kaa... on April 15, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi... I totally agree with u... i cant understand wats going on in this system..nothing is going well at the moment for pakistan cricket...i dont have words to describe younis khan's behaviour...when we needed him alot , he is no more there leaving his team in trouble...Off he goes to play county far away from all this tension and trouble so that he is no more part of all this... then why we need him for the team when is not availble fot the team...we dont need him boss... give chance to some yongster ... i think malik is best for captaincy with due reapect to Mr.Mohd Yousaf... its time to make some quick changes... i hope our boaard make a good decision this time...we wish them all the best.................................

  • Arsh on April 15, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    I think, Pak team is better off without Younis khan. Worst player in Pakistan history. Just take him off the list.

  • Shazad Ali Khan ( Johannesburg, South Africa) on April 15, 2007, 15:34 GMT

    This is addressed to all the readers of this blog that we should make our effort and that is to have a combined voice to stop Mohammed Yousuf from becoming the pakistan Captain. We have hardly gotten rid of Inzimam( though at a high price). Some may label me as a conspiracy theorist but as Yousuf has thrown his hat in the middle for the captaincy, i am sure he has been instructed by his Tablighee colleagues to be the captain so they can still interfere in the day to day running of our national team. As Muslims we believe Rizqe halaal ain ibadat hai. As a cricketer their main job is to play cricket and do it as a very good professional. There are many people in pakistan to do the tableegh work. I think Shoaib Malik is appointed the next captian and is given a clear mandate what is required of him.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 15, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    Abid Khan at April 15, 2007 8:47 AM says: "As Lala Amarnath once said of the Indian Cricket Board, they are a bunch of "Trump Card Jokers."

    Abid Khan, without any malicious intent and only for the records, it was not Lala but, his son Jimmy or Mohinder Amarnath who said that, in fact it was not for the Indian Cricket Board but, he said: " 'The national selectors are a bunch of jokers!' He said that outta frustration, 'coz he was dropped from the Indian national side playing against New Zealand in 1988.

    You are right about Saleem Altaf, but the suggestion to fire all the players would be a very costly one for Pakistan. They already did that before and it took them sometime to rebuild the team. Phasing out the seniors in a gradual manner helps building the juniors confidence and they also get an opportunity to learn by playing along with their seniors. So, I am not of the opinion that ALL the players should be sacked, that will be a total injustice for so many players in the current team and it would be a foolish decision on part of the board and selectors if they do so. Once bitten twice shy is enough to learn.

    Ashaq - there is no complex about speaking English or Urdu here, the point is, there is something called finesse and refinement that comes not only through education but from grooming in the right environment, and that is what is lacking here. Even when 'they' speak Urdu which is the national language of Pakistan, they are raving, ranting and rambling incoherently, so don't tell me they should be allowed to speak in Pubjani, Seraiyki and Multani, then whats wrong with Sindhi, Baluchi or Pushtu? Will the PCB provide them with translators and interpreters?

    And please don't assume that everyone appreciates "Rambo Raja" 'coz of his English, his vowels are as flat as twiggy's bust. He says: A-gray-shun for aggression and aik-chew-lee for actually and, V-cut for wicket and so on.......the list is endless ..... you get my drift? :-) I think he has shortened his hair after reading so many play cards on the ground. But, I enjoyed the way he responded, he said: "I know where they are coming from and I sympathize with them for the lack of business in their profession." And yes Inzi was fun and yes, "I miss the boyz and the Bob." :-)

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 15, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    Younis Khan should be honest and upfront and should tell the nation what is the real deal behind his refusal, because the reasons he has been citing in the media are just BS. I wish he had the courage and guts of Rashid Latif to blow the whistle.

    We had a judicial Inquiry at the end of 1999 world cup where we reached the finals, I fail to understand why we are not having a judicial Inquiry right now, these players need to be grilled by somebody like Justice Qayyum only then they will speak the truth.

    If Younis is so mad at the fans for the reception the players received after the world cup why is he retiring from ODI cricket only he should have retired from the Test cricket too.

    Younis also quashed the rumors that there is any internal rift amongst the team, in fact in his different statements he has praised all the senior players and have declared them eligible for captaincy, he has also accepted in his last statement that all the conditions he set forth to become the captain were accepted. So why set up conditions when he was not going to accept the job.

    Younis is almost 33 years old(that’s his real age) he just got married and one might think he wants to spend more time with his family, but he himself stated once in an interview that he is married to cricket only, he wanted to be the captain that’s why he accepted to become the vice Captain.

    I think he does not want to be the part of ODI team because of Match fixing and corruption and their fallout. Somehow he believes he cannot do anything about it even after getting all the powers, because either the high authorities are involved, or it is the player power he fears, my guess is the high authorities because if we look so far no judicial Inquiry has been ordered, no PCB official has been fired in fact some of them got promotions and the way this PEC is formulated and functioning clearly shows it’s a big cover up. The truth might never come out and we will keep on guessing.

  • Ammi on April 15, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    I think one of the best suited person to lead pakistan out of this present crisis and assure stabilty is SHAHID AFRIDI. We need a agressive captain who is willing to take risks, have the support of the players, command over the ball, bat and field and at the same time represent Pakistan as an aggressive team

    There are doubts over his batting ability, i personally think with the responsibilty of captaincy he will mature, the captaincy will instead imrpove his batting and overall ability. He always talking on the filed and motivating fellow team members, something which inzi lacked. Shoaib malik also seems similar, While salman butt is not even in the team. Yousuf on the other hand, i am happy that he is willing to take on the responsibilty, but his captaincy ability will not gain be agressive. Imran khan and Wasim were all good captains due to ferocity in their cricket, Shahid seems similar.

  • Z . J on April 15, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    If we look at the Australian team management What do they say to thier players, You perform you stay you dont OUT you go there are players in line to perform. No wonder our team has talent but they lack professionalism. people are saying India has also lost. Why are you comparing it with india. when they loose to Pak they say no problem we will try to win the tournament. when they do there community forgets that they have lost to Pak. Our team is saying that media is not supporting us, When you win we support you when you loose we support you. What can be done of a Dead man. So pakistani team is DEAD. Pakistan lost to Bangladesh in the worldcup but no one objected because they qualified for the next round comfortably. This time when you knew it was important you lost to an ameture team. When you loose to a team like IRELAND how do you expect the people to support you.A player with 10,000 runs, a player with 9 test centuries in a year etc etc. this is not at all acceptable. WORLDCUP is once in 4 years, it is not a joke but they made a joke out of it. 2 things about Younis khan Good he did not accepted the Captaincy BAD he is still in the team. why did Inzamam announced his retirement because he did not had GUTS to face the PAKISTANI people. A Captain should be like IMRAN KHAN.

  • Ashaq on April 15, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Mr.A.Kamran. congratulations for putting across a perfectly valid argument.We Pakistanis seem to have developed an inferiority complex about everything.

    Would speaking English make a cricket player a better performer.Would it improve his performance.If he cannot speak English then will it affect his performance negatively.

    Let the cricket players play the cricket.We can have the likes of Shariyar Khan quote the classics,and talk about the 'SWORD OF DAMOCLES'.

    What I found amusing was that when Shariyar Khan used that quotation,majority of the British journalists didnt have a clue,as to what he was on about.

    Next we will have people stating that all the players need to study the works of Shakespeare,Byron and Tennyson if you are going to play cricket for Pakistan.

    No matter that the majority of British public themselves have never studied the works of Shakespeare.

    Or perhaps we should equip the next captain with a Thesaurus so he can prove his Intelligence by using terms such as Erudite and Elucidate. That way he will be able to prove that pakistanis are .

    Inzamam was pretty fun in front of the microphone. If any body comes across as a buffoon when speaking in public it is George Bush.I dont see the American public having an inferiority complex about it.Hell English is the mother tongue of Bush and he cant speak it.

    Hell if you must teach them English then send them to the innercitys of the U.k. It would far more entertaining to hear a player speaking like Naseem Hamed rather than Naseem Ashraf.

    Imagine the expression on Rameez Rajah's by being greeted with "Whats up Rudeboy,Cant you afford no Haircut."

  • Kamran Karimi on April 15, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    I actually think that it is a good thing that Younis Khan has declined the captiancy spot, a blessing in disguise if you will. Younis Khan's performance has been erratic at best and some of his dismissals of late have been downright appalling. This is someone whose right to a spot in the playing eleven needs better scrutinized and here we are offering him the captaincy on a silver platter. Younis Khan needs to bounce back from his own failures and live up to his talent and potential before he can be considered worthy of this job.

  • hussain on April 15, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    younis is good and should have the job because i like him. but yousuf iz great ad he should be vice captain.

  • Razi Ahmed - USA on April 15, 2007, 13:55 GMT

    Younis Khan never demonstrated quality of a consistant player and he does not have any competitive advantage[quality, leadership, mental toughness] with other competitor captain. We should comapare our future captains with their competitors - Flemming, Ponting,Smith, Flintof- rather with Shoib, Afridi.We should expect them to deliver as per international standard not Sialkot or Mardan standard. We need good listeners, observers, self regulated, self- appraised, emotionally intelligent and emphatic leaders. We need to rise above the Chak, Tehsil level and think about the quality not the availability. We need somone who can learn and listen then deliver like U-19 delivered twice but we need to ask, Is Aqib javed can handle such pressure?

  • pape on April 15, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    what would happen to cricket in England, or elsewhere, if the Christians were to go to church on Sundays

  • khana kharab on April 15, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    the only option is afridi. i read somewhere that the captain should be able to speak english. I think that is just ridiculous. A captain should be an honourable ambassador of the nation. English is only a language not a criterion. Urdu is just fine. As a nation we need to instill in ourselves pride and dignity. We can not be slaves forever. And I also read from a less than gracious authority that yousaf is not honourable enough as he changed his religion. Such remarks are purile, offensive and irresponsible. Religion is a private matter and a quest for spiritual fulfilment is ultimately the measure of mankind. It is not our business what religion Yousaf practices as long as he is true to his profession as a cricketer.

    Coming back to PCB. I wish the lot of them are burnt on a stake after a lifetime on a rack. They do not have it in them to accept defeat or to take the battle to the opposition. They begrudge the players the fighting spirit they show albeit rarely. PCB indeed are jackals as pointed out by another reader of this blog. Why do we not have faster tracks ? Why do our batsmen always struggle on livelier pitches? Why do we preach decadence and death and why do we still make these pointless committees ? What end would they accomplish? These fat cat bureaucrats and pot bellied generals and their posse of yes men. Do you seriously believe they want to serve pak cricket???

    I am so glad one of the readers has drawn a parallel between squash/hockey and cricket. This conniving and sly mentality which destroyed the aforementioned sports must be held accountable for the death of cricket. Just as all our rulers were greedy liars all our pcb chairmen are slithering practitioners of intrigue and blame games.

    Pakistan needs a revolution, needs peace on fridays, needs to banish the molvis, needs to bring back the culture of reading, needs to kill off these silly channels on the cable and bring back the values from the bygone age. We are not a nation of wanna bes. We must never forget the lesson of '' khuddi'' and must always keep the concept of '' momin '' in our hearts if we want to make it past square one. See what it leads to, cricket is just symptomatic of what has gone wrong in pakistan. Is it any wonder that our very existence is subject to ridicule ? Look what we are... a flock of sheep babbling away in the name of religion and not even knowing what the word religion implies. Intolerant, narrow minded, and '' jahil '' ...how can we even understand the ethics at the root of sport..... . Damn you pcb for killing fast bowlers.. damn you all....may hellfire be the lot of you

    I thank people like Kamran, Nauman niaz, etc, for they always try to make some sense of this chaos. Kamran why don't uyou head hte pcb ? Let us just assault their palaces and throw them over the balconies....let us run our own pcb and fight like warriors and true sportsmen.

  • Ash Khan on April 15, 2007, 12:56 GMT

    I don't think we should be too harsh on Younis Khan for turning down the captaincy, there is too much fanaticism around Asian cricket and so-called cricket lovers behave very unreasonably and erratically when their team loses. Its a shame for Pakistan as he may have turned out to be a good captain, but to be honest I admire his honesty and integrity for saying what he really felt about the hassle of leading such a talented yet volatile team, when the media reaction is so chaotic to everything that happens, even the slightest thing. When he is on song, he is a joy to watch. I wish him well.

  • A Mangla on April 15, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    I haven't played cricket since High School. I think I will be a good candidate for a captain! What do you think?

  • Zubair Ahmad on April 15, 2007, 12:21 GMT

    Imran Nazir can be very good captain. He has showed loads of maturity as captain when he lead Sialkot Stalions. He is intelligent, aggressive and very good leader. Few permanent members of Pakistani cricket team has played under his captaincy and performed well. He can lead from the front. The only weakness is that he cannot speak English and no one in Pakistan wants P J Mir to be there for translation. Muhammad Yousuf can be one of the best option. I have read comments here that religion must not be involved in cricket. Many will agree to me if I say that Muhammad Yousuf would be the first choice captain for current PCB, if he would still be a christian.

  • Matt Johnson on April 15, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Who should be the next captain? Well the obvious and only choice must be Shahid Afridi. He is an inspirational player and leader, which is rare if not single in this Pakistani team. Too those who question Afridi's performances. Watch some of his centuries and the way Shane Watson reacted in shock and laughter, amazed at how he hit the six off the first ball. He is gifted with the bat, more than useful with the ball and a great fielder. Questioning his temperament? well didn't Inzy try too hit a spectator, but he was oright too lead Pakistan? We have too face reality here. Pakistan do not have too many options. They have too learn and implement a captain who is inspirational unlike the last. This leads to Afridi. He is an integral part of the team in both ODI's and tests. He is the only choice, and the only choice that could produce some good results. Pakistan's only option in these confusing times is too rely on Afridi's talent and hope that his inspiration and unpredictability brings Pakistan too the top. Which i think it may just!!

  • Srinath on April 15, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    I think Younis Khan has done the right thing by refusing to be captain. Captaincy requires not only leadership skills but also a team that is ready to support the captain. Regarding Yousuf Youhana, the lesser said the better. I am sure he is not captaincy material. if you look at history, there have rarely been captains in Pakistan who have been allowed to lead for long firstly and secondly, infighting has played a major role. What Pakistan needs is a captain who is cool, calm, collected, a good people manager and over and above all has the best intrests of the game that one is playing. Looking at the current scenario, I think Younis would have been the best choice. Unfortunately he has declined. I suggest we give the captaincy to Shoaib Malik. We need to involve players such as the undisputed best captain that Pakistan produced viz. Imran khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar and Rameez.

  • Maqsood Rehman on April 15, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    There is never a good time take the captaincy. I dont think Younis Khan refused to take over the captaincy because Pakistan cricket is in crisis, he refused because its not a good place to be the captain. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!!

  • tariq on April 15, 2007, 11:49 GMT

    what i feel is that it is good that he has refused himself. This man does not even deserve a place in team and is being offered captaincy. Strange.

  • Mohammad on April 15, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    Any way no need to go further debate on the people and politics its part of the Government, i feel Shahid Afridi should be the caption for ODI and Test at give him chance atleast for one year not less than that.

  • rao anjum on April 15, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    i think Yousuf Youhanna is perfect for the job. Just because he was a Christian earlier, does not mean he doesnt have the right to lead the cricket team of an Islamic State...he deserves this position more than anyone else.

  • umair on April 15, 2007, 11:30 GMT

    he is a disgrace to pakistani cricket. if not been named the captain, he has no place in the team any way. he should be sacked from all fronts of the game and be sent packing !!

    get the oldies back, im sure they would do better.

  • Niaz Khan on April 15, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    I wonder why Younis then accepted captaincy earlier? WHat was different then? The PCB has filed in producing a reliable Captain replecement for Inzi.

  • bank on April 15, 2007, 10:23 GMT

    I support you all the way Younis, you cant trust any of these officials. Why should you become a scap goat? Good on you mate!

  • maruf on April 15, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    Why is everyone so surprised about what is happening to Pakistani cricket? What is happening to cricket in Pakistan is exactly what is happening to Pakistan. Both, built on hollow foundations like mussallahs and other soft stuff, are coming apart at the seams. Cricket is playing with your bat in hand, not a prayer rug. And as for the country, we will not compete with a ruthless, modern world where only the fittest will survive by going back 1,600 years in time but forward. The same for cricket. Our skills will improve only by diligently working on them with modern techniques, not prayers.

  • Saqib Khan on April 15, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    Pakistani players play only ven they r given a stick.. Their r only to agressive players rite now in the team .. like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram vich proved to b the most successful captains of our team.. Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar.. Akhtar should b captain.. And Afridi Vice Captain.. Mohd. yousuf is just like inzamam.. no 1 will listen to him.. and like inzamam.. he wont even react even when a catch is dropped.. a wicket is lost or on a misfield.. Younis is a good playr.. gone crazy these days.. Shoib malik should b kicked on his back.. a player of his calbire.. plays till the 48th over .. and we lose the match.. hes trying to get agressive ven its virtually impossible to win.. againts westindies i mean.. Salman butt is Mr Nick.. every ball is Nicked by him.. never a captain.. out of sight .. for a long time now.. and he's out of mind.. Abul Razzak.. ven given the captaincy in of the the recent matches.. we had 200odd posted batting first.. the bowler got hit for a four first ball of the match and Abdul razzak held his head like we lost the match.. he got very tense.. cant handle pressure at all.. will even loose his batting if hes made captain.. Mohd. Asif again is a simple man.. not very agressive.. Kamran Akmal.. Dont want to say anything.. hes a good player.. let him stay.. Rana naved.. lolz... nothing againts himm..neither for him.. Only ppl left are either Akhtar or Afridi.. make them and see.. i am sure.. they will make us proud..

  • azam on April 15, 2007, 9:00 GMT

    Salman Butt as a captain ?? u gotta be kidding me ? guy doesnt even has a confirm place in team nad plays crap and thinking bout bein captain ?? i can even play better than that guy.. and for heaven's sake dont compare mr butt with greame smith .. thats a big insult to smith .. that is insane and seriously i really believe now its Punjab Cricket Board not Pakistan Cricket Board . for Gods Sake these kinda things can happen in Pakistan only .. where no merit nothing as long as ur from Punjab , ur good for pakistan cricket team .. corrupts and bias people .. good job .. we deserve to be losers !

  • neil srinivasan on April 15, 2007, 9:00 GMT

    Make way for the first catholic to captain Pakistan. He's a much better choice anyway and he may help to stop the horrible influence of religious fanaticism that currently grips the team. Yousef Yohannah here he comes.

  • Abid Khan on April 15, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    Fire all the players AND the NEW board. The new board is a just a reshuffling of old faces. Pakistan can live without cricket for one year. No international commitments until the team can be sorted out.

    Find a good captain, even if he is made captain on debut. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Inzamam, great batsmen though he was, was never captaincy material. You do not need an introvert or lazy player as a captain. Captain has to set an example to the other players. If the captains favorite past time is sleeping, what does that convey to the rest of the team ?

    Fitness should be 50% of the criteria for selection. By fitness, I do not mean being able to bowl 10 overs or bat 20 overs. I mean being able to chase down, dive and save runs. Athleticism should be a better word for this.

    Pakistan team always appears reluctant to chase down the ball. Its almost that they expect someone else (a servant perhaps) to field as its too much work for the superstars.

  • Abid Khan on April 15, 2007, 8:47 GMT

    As Lala Amarnath once said of the Indian Cricket Board, they are a bunch of "Trump Card Jokers", whatever that means, but it sounds right ! And the same applies to PCB, past, present and presumably the future.

    Mr. Salim Altaf has been in and around the PCB for ages. And as you rightly say, having him on the debacle panel (there isn't any other way to name it), is like letting a criminal be his own judge, jury and executioner. The debacle panel should have been totally independent consisting of past players ( & captains) of prominence who had played a minimum of 50 Tests and 100 ODIs.

    As far as I know, Mr. Altaf has played cricket, perhaps with his grandchildren or on the Playstation. One thing is certain, he has bloody good contacts or perhaps is great at lifting balls (and thats not cricket balls I am referring to again). Unfortunately, people in Pakistan do not realise when they are past their "sell by" date.

    Come on, Salim Altaf, be a MAN, and resign from the panel and the board, even if they have renewed your lucrative contract. You have had your turn and made a mess of it, let someone else make a mess of it now. The new person couldn't possibly do worse than you ! Is money worth the abuse from 150M Pakistanis ? In your case, I guess it is !

  • Amir on April 15, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    Younis Khan's comments are very sad indeed. His complaint about his treatment on return from a disasterous world cup are laughable. Did he expect a heroes welcome? Better to axe him from all international cricket as he comes across as arrogant, spoilt and unhelpful to take Pakistan cricket forward. As for rejecting the captaincy that is unbelievable.. shame on him

  • Ubaid Younus on April 15, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    why is every one commenting on test captain. Inzi has not retired from Test, he should be leading Test team (full stop). As for the ODI I would say lets give Abdul Razzaque a try.

  • Usman Paracha on April 15, 2007, 8:07 GMT

    As odd as it may seem but i have always been of the opinion that Pakistan as a country or a nation need sto be run by an aggressive person , and i personally think , pakistans best performances have come under fast bowlers or all arounders who tend to be more aggressive than the batsmen , you can look at the history and you would understand what i mean , i somehow feel the best captain for Pakistan has be to Mohammad Sami , even though we know his place is not guaranteed int he team and all but he is a team man a true fighter and a thorough professional , and these qualities make up for his lack of talent as compared to the likes of Asif and CO. , i am not sure whether this will ever happen or anyone would even consider my suggestion but somehow i will always in my mind be sure that this would hacve been the best move Pakistan cricket could take at this point of time

  • Khizar Hayat on April 15, 2007, 7:52 GMT

    Glad to see Dr Nauman Niaz's name on the blog. He is a knowledgable person as far as pakistan cricket is concerned. He muat have first hand knowledge of events as he has also been in PCB. PJMir is not even a patch on him. Dr Sahib! I endorse every word you said in your piece.

  • Sohail Azmi on April 15, 2007, 7:49 GMT

    There are tengential comments on Mussharf in this forum labelling him one of the many bad Generals and rulers from Army and therfore responsible for all the illis in cricket.He is the first urdu speaking Ruler Pakistan has after LiquatAli. He is a decent civilised gentelman who is taking the country and society forwrard in the most admirable way possible thru a fog of confusion , religious strife and plain stpudity and ignorance which is the hallmark of Pakistan Society. What else you guys want another cerebrally vacant Shalwar clad mullah, fuedal lord or crook from Punjab, Sind and Sarhad to rule you over. In no time you will be crying for an Army men again.

  • Taimur Qidwai on April 15, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    Why one earth people are after DR Nasim Ashraf and labelling him a crony of Pervez Musharraf. In a country so devoid of sensible and reasonable people it is no crime to pluck a decent civlised bloke and put in charge of criciket. He has been in post for less than six months. I cant see what he could done about the likes of Inzi, Younus and the rest who could not go past the waekest team in the world cup despite years of experince and reputation to go with it. Equally what could he have done to prevent Shoab and Asif experimenting with the banned substance The criticism of indivisduls should be fair and borne out of reasoning and not dogmatism.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 15, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    This is for: A Kamran at April 14, 2007 10:46 PM

    Mr. A. Kamran, B for Boy, C for Confused and "D" for "Desi." My Dear Sir - you are most welcome to add anything else after the word "Desi", I mean whichever metaphor suits your personality and you can amuse yourself as much, As You Like It." I must say that it wasn't a bad effort on your part in trying to impress us with your vocabulary, lexicons or should I say jargons of the English language?

    And in trying to paint a detailed picture of this canvas called Pak Spin and in ridiculing the posters of this blog, you have made a point or two with your "King's English" or should I say "Shakespear English" unfortunately for you, you have erred in the last stanza of your poetic prose by misspelling, "Shakespeare" neither "grammar" is spelled as grammer. ;-) But, I am glad to see that you can spell both Mirza & Ghalib correctly, and that too in English.

    Although Mirza Ghalib or our Wali Shaikh Peer was born 175 years after William Shakespeare's death and both poets are a world apart in language and style yet Ghalib's prose (Khutoot-e-Ghalib) is as rich as his poetry and he was aware of Shakespeare's existence in the land of His Master's motherland through The British Raj so he wasn't ignorant my friend.

    Remember Shakespeare said: All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages and blady blah ........

    Ghalib has also said something similar in his "English Poetry": I perceive the world as a playground; Where dawn and dusk appear in eternal rounds, In His Universal form is a plaything the throne of Solomon; The miracles of the Messiah seem so ordinary in my eyes.

    The Urdu :-) translation is: Baazi cha-e-atfal hai duniya meray aagay, Hota hai shab-o-roze tamasha meray aagay; Ek khail hai aurang-e-suleman, meray nazdeek; Ek baat hai ajaaz-a-maseehah, meray aagay.

    So my dear friend there is Ghalib's poetry in English, if you are unable to find it, then I must say that, ignorance is a blister. Albert Einstein said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." I think "Albertto" was ignorant too, and his Theory of Relativity was nothing but mere stupidity. ;-) But, he had a great sense of humour and thats why I like him and remember him as a 'Sitcom Artiste' rather than just a Scientist.

    Having said all that, only to amuse you and not to amaze you I must say that I have to agree with your views on the Butt side of the story, 'coz just a couple of days ago on the previous thread, I have aired similar views about Salman the Butt Sahab. I said, "recommending Salman Butt to be the Captain, is like talking about the museum of a non-existent person. That poor guy is out of the team for the last one year and suddenly he is considered for the post of a captain? He is too young and not ready for the job." So, I am glad to see that you are sharing the same views of Mirza Ghalib in your Shakespearean style. Au revoir. :-)

  • Tahir Rashid on April 15, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    Put the whole PCB management and the players in a punching bag and throw as many punches as you can!

  • Sultan Akhtar Patel on April 15, 2007, 7:15 GMT

    What a fantastic piece from Kamran! It's very outright and straight from the heart! Well, Younis Khan is the fitting candidate and he should be exhorted to wear that uneasy crown not for himself but the country and cricketing interest of the country that is going through the bad patch. Once upon a time, he was pitching for the captaincy and had raised heat and dust and now relented seeing the shabby treatment he had been meted out to upon his reaching the Karachi Airport after the early elimination from the tournament. This is purely a selfish move from Khan whose area is known for "manliness"! Isn't it?!

    Moreover, those who spread a word of caution rather an abjure that Pakis are getting an overdose of religion is also out of place. In fact, religious factor and practices have bound the team as a well-knitted unit enough to take up the challenge and crisis and handle the victories in a more mature way. Mohammed Yusuf is a glaring example. If the country boasts of coming into being on the strong notion of firm execution of religious practices and that's how it has been named as PAKISTAN then why all such a fuss?!! Religion doesn't rob a person of his talent and the purpose of what is he doing. On the contrary, it makes one more focussed and thereby talented and efficient and on top of that with his feet firmly grounded without going astray at the slightest amazing moments which are fleeting any way in this transient world.

    It would be better if Pakistan's cricket administration realise this stark reality else they will go to further doom and get lost into oblivion without a trash of their existence ever be on the pages of history.

  • RAO NADEEM on April 15, 2007, 6:37 GMT

    I think among these playres Razaq is best option.Shoaib Malik should not be an option.He had already shown his character previous to last year in Domestic series when he ?gambled/fixed or lost willingly a game.I think we should learn from this &should not repeat match fixing again.I dont think yunis should be asked to take this position as he become under stress soon¬ stable personality at all.I suppose Razaq is the only alternative at this stage.

  • Asif (Seattle) on April 15, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    This may surprise someone - How about giving Mohammad Sami a chance as a captain? this will help Sami to not worry about not finding a place in team. He is a very good player, yes I agree have not been consistent.

    I believe have Sami has a captain, and Razzaq as a Mohd yousuf as a vice-captain.

    I am not sure what is going on with Younis, but I agree with what he said (These idiotic fans needs to grow-up, win/loss are part of the game - Pakistani so-called idiots criketing fans need to learn from losses, not burn uffigies or threating players family memebers. So I apprieate Younis for standing up to these idtiots.

  • Shah faisal Pathan from peshawar on April 15, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    First of all my salam to all. Pakistan cricket team is now in difficult time and in difficult time brave persons are fighting. Pathans are brave but Younis is pathan and he is not brave unbleavable.Yousuf has a good player and also a good person and my request from PCB that yousuf has a very good choice for capatining of pakistan and salman butt is good choice for voice captain and feature captain.

  • Umair from San Francisco, CA on April 15, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    Leadership is almost always changed when the ship encounters rough waters and the leader loses credibility. No corporation changes leadership just for the heck of it. Younis Khan should have seized the opportunity...too bad for him. Hopefully this time around a captain would be appointed based on leadership skills and not on seniority (example: Graeme Smith of RSA. Appointed captain at 22 yrs with very little international experience...and he has done a hell of a job) Lets not kid ourselves, PCB has a bunch of egoistic folks who are too proud to look at other organizations as benchmarks to redefine the current PCB model. For the past two decades Pakistan's performance has be erratic and inconsistent at best...and I dont think anything is going to change unless sometime drastic happens. For starters, take all the authority away from the captain...his responsibility should be to lead the team on the field. Hire a Head coach who can not only coach but is also responsible for studying opponents and coming up with a game plan. Hire assistant coaches for each specialty areas. Put together a team of scouts to scope out the country looking for talent. Create a pool of 30 players to choose the National side from. Keep the pool busy with matches. Any player who has not performed at the National level and pool level should be replace with the next talent.

    I have been itching for someone to come up with a discussion item on the current stupid world cup schedule/format. As we all know, one day is a game where in any given day any side can beat the other. A freak win should not decide who gets to go to the next round...So here is my suggestion on the format...I call it the Pyramid Format.. - 14 teams - 2 groups 1st round ---------- - each team plays 10 games (140 games) ; 4 games/day = 35 days / 7 = 5 wks

    2nd round (knock-out round) ------------------------------ - Top 4 teams qualify from each group - each group competes within to determine #1 for that group - 3 matches within each group ie a total of 6 games; 2 games / day = 3 days

    Final round ----------- - #1 from each group to compete in best of 3 finals; 6 days

    Total competation duration = 5 wks + 3 days + 6 days = 6.5 wks

  • salman ali rai from beijing, China on April 15, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    i am a 18 year old circket fan who kept watching pakistan's dismal run in world cup despite of the fact that the matches started at 12.00 in night.Although it was very shameful that we lost to Ireland but this is past now.Now it is the time to start from the begining.I think we must take bold steps if we want to achieve glory once more.As a matter of fact Younis khan must be kicked out of the team after all our team doesnt require a player who has no will to improve the team. This was the time for him to say that i 'll come forward and lead the team in this difficult time and try to bring glory-rather he he's damn care abt the team.i propose following peaces of advice: captain: Shoaib Malik coach: Aqib javed ODI Team:salman butt,nazir,hafeez,yousuf,hasan raza,shoaib malik,afidi,razaq,kamran,umar,asif

    TEST TEAM: yasir,hafez,shaoib,yousuf,asim,hasan raza,kamran,umar,shoaib,asif.danish

  • NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL on April 15, 2007, 5:06 GMT

    All of our so called super star batsmen Inzy, Yousaf, Younis, Shoaib & Kamran have brought immense disgrace for the country time & again especially in mega events. The situation is already worse for the Pakistani cricket. Rather to consider any one of them for the captaincy there should not be any role of them in any sort of future cricket of Pakistan. All of them must be given forced retirement and non of them should be selected for any kind of post whether as a captain or a team member. It will be the continuation of extreme corruption if any of these batsmen is selected in both one dayers and test matches any more...NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL FROM RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

  • farhan & waleed on April 15, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    We think that young players should captain the team in the past every senior and old player has captained the team and they didn,t give results now youth should be tested at the present time salman butt and shoaib malik are good choices

  • Hassan Raza on April 15, 2007, 4:59 GMT

    I'm ready to captain the paki side. Thank you all for support. :)

  • Hasnain Akhtar on April 15, 2007, 4:57 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi, it is always refreshing to read your comments. Having said that, in my view, Younis Khan should not have been made a captain. Here are my reasons: 1. If i were the selector, i would not pick Y. Khan for the team, becuase he is well suited for Test. 2. I belive he does not have support of all the players. 3. Personally, he lacks the leadership skills, certainly lacks communication skills. To lead a Pakistani side, you have to be assertive, consistent with your performance and have confidence of the team (confidence of Pakistani beauracracy does help).. Solution: Afridi is my chioce...here are the reasons: 1. He is young and senior then Y. Khan. 2. He can turn the game around in no time. 3. Has led his local team and he is very energetic. 4. He reminds me of Imran Khan . 5. Afridi being a senior possesses the confidence of his teammates. 6. He appears to take no nonsence from anyone. 7. He is a Pathan, so there you go. Hoping you continue to enlight us of your opinions.

  • Shahab Shamsi on April 15, 2007, 4:35 GMT

    I really think that Yousuf needs to be given one more chance and let Shoaib Malik be groomed under a senior. Making a junior as a captain may create bad feelings among seniors who may choose not to cooperate (remember how Miandad) was treated badly when he was made the captain by some of the senior players. I am glad that Younis is not going to be a captain. He seems very seflish. His recent acceptance to go and play for Yorkshire at the time when country needs him make me very worried about his committment. In fact, I think both him and Inzamam should not be allowed in the test sides. All they do is complain about their personal feelings and nothing more than that. I was also surprised to read how much Imran talks, but he never tries to help Pakistan cricket in a genuine way. If he really think it is in bad shape than he must take a position in Pakistan where he can help the cricket.

  • Chris Hanley on April 15, 2007, 3:54 GMT

    A country sporting board cannot have this much political clout. Its obviously pushing pakistani cricket into the shadows in favour of the managements own self-preservation. Its time for the president to change its structure, remove all the figure heads & chiefs from public view & make up a new coaching staff of ex-players with a minimum of management but most importantly ensure the complete minimum of public exposure. That way those working for pakistan cricket can only be there to work on pakistan cricket & nothing else.

    Having done some consultancy work for Cricket Australia I can see how their system runs, all cricket fanatics which shy away from the limelight. All dedicated to the team & not themselves is key

  • Rameez on April 15, 2007, 3:31 GMT

    By refusing the captaincy, Younis has shown his weak side and selectors should not even consider him for one day team. I would support Salman Butt for the role but looks like fingers are pointing towards Yousuf. To heck with everybody else, give Afridi a chance, may be captaincy would bring some brains to him.

  • Tariq on April 15, 2007, 3:29 GMT

    Kamran,

    Regarding selecting a new captain for national cricket team, I am hoping, PCB will be making a wise and practical decision of appointing Yousuf Yohana for this task for his experience and seniority in the team. Statistically, Yousuf is the senior most among all contenders for this position. PCB had appointed juniors for this position in past a number of times and every one is aware of the consequences and the conflicts that came up with such dicisions. If PCB offers Youhana this opportunity than this will be a good start and the next will be to develop and implement a stretgic plan. Also, PCB needs to establish a workable and unified environment for players and captain so they can communicate and demonstrate their skills and abilities. There should be a respectable and realistic relationship among the players and capatin and every one should aware of the consequenses of crossing the fine lines. This is about time to learn from past and estabish fundamentals of success.

  • rameesha on April 15, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    i think dat no body else except muhammad yosaf shud b made da captain of pakistan cricket team.all votes 2 muhammad yosaf!

  • salman ali on April 15, 2007, 3:14 GMT

    well captaincy is not a game.its not the vaccancy on which any body could be tried and wait for the results.I dont support the idea of making neither salman butt captain nor any other youngster.If u have to make a young player a captain i would go with shoaib malik but i give my all votes to Mohammad Yousuf.

  • salman on April 15, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    well it is really disgusting to see the present state of pakistan cricket..specially i really feel bad for younis khan whom i suppose should have acccepted the captaincy bcz its the most sacred place for a player to be.To lead ur country is a most proud thing and what the mess younis khan is making with it.I think after this younis khan should not be included in test team nor the one day team bcz he lacks patriotism.Whatever he says that he is very much devoted towards Pakistan cricket is all rubbish.His original face is seen now.I think Salman Butt should be given the captaincy with all authorities.No other change should be made in the team except droppig Azhar Mahmud.THis team needs a back up now.May glory return one day

  • naseer on April 15, 2007, 2:31 GMT

    Salim Altaf seems incapable of tying a shoe lace let alone run a board. Australia with a population of 22 million can consistently produce champion teams due to 'talent management' and good people in the board not schumks like this Altaf clown.

  • tim on April 15, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    Younis Khan is a handy player in test games yet he has always been a burden on pakistan team in ODI's. The point I am trying to make here is that, he never ever deserved to be in the ODI team, giving him captaincy is out of question. Yasir hameed is the guy who is a true batsman and deserves to play where Younis is playing right now. Now, if they don't want to make a "mulla" captain, then the only choice is the man who has been a good performer and the back bone of pakistani team together with Inzi, Yousaf and malik from the past few years or so, and he is Abdul Razzak. He has the leadership qualities and is the only man right now who can bear this responsibility together with Mulla Yousaf.

  • Muneeb khawaja on April 15, 2007, 1:57 GMT

    Let a junior player like salman butt or shoaib malik be the captain while a senior player should be the vice captain to help the captain so that by WC 2011 we have a team that is capable of atleast qualifying to the semis

  • Syed on April 15, 2007, 1:44 GMT

    Younis declined the captaincy offer hmm now its yousuf's turn to be a captain? oh well experience is not everything you need to be a captain.. you need to have a right tactics, need to think smart and cricumspectively as well... I am not saying that he doesnt have those qualities but i dont see him being a leader of the team. He is lacking leadership qualities. So who could be a unanimous choice guys razak, shoaib malik, shoaib akhtar , afridi, or salman butt ? well if i have a power to elect a captain, i would either go for salman butt or shoaib malik because of couple of reasons: shoaib akhtar cant be one coz he has some ego problems, afridi like someone said in the post that he is not mature enough but he is aggressive though and it could be a main element that can put him on the front seat so i said 50-50 for Afridi. Salman Butt, he is mature and reads the game well He does think circumspectively.He had few bad games and he got kicked out of the team, few bad games dont mean that he is a bad player. He has class and maturity as we all know .We should learn something from India they still have sehwag in the team even though his performance has been really absurd and uncouth in the past but they still gave him a chance in the world cup and in few matches he did perform well. I am not comparing two players over here all I am saying that give him a chance again and he has ability to bounce back in form. Shoaib Malik is another mature cookie in the team so yeah two thumbs up for him as well..... So guys is someone there to vouch my statement...... So my strong candidates are Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt for captaincy...

  • shiraz s.rattani on April 15, 2007, 1:37 GMT

    May be iam little harsh in posting this comment, but iam very upset the way they are playing game, first of all this game is not fair anymore, the team are sold out to icc people like Ahsan Mani and shahrayar Khan sold it which is destroying the moral of this game, like I give the example of USA I remember we used to wakeup whole night to watch the game and every Pakistani/Indian resturant used to buy pack no matter price but every person think it is just waste of time. About pakistan time leadership I would say that none of the member eligible for that, because none of them has any kind of comment and application of cricket player they are just enjoying the money fiesta which game, my suggestion is that try to adopt cricketers from every part of pakistan, they will find lot leaders. I quote a great statement from great Clive Loyad which is says pakistani cricket "If iam allowed I can pick a whole bunch of ready to play world class crickers from city of Karachi"

  • MAX on April 15, 2007, 1:28 GMT

    when i was listening to YK's interview in which he declared stepping down from captaincy, i thought we is being decent enough and Genuinely agrees to most of us that he doesn't deserve the role BUT to my shock, he goes like a 3rd class man saying 'i am a family man and bla bla bla ... i might retire from odi's as well but i want to play test cricket for 6-7 years Q K dunya b tou chalani hai' Where the hell he got this idea of 'dunya chalana' by playing with emotions of 160 million people. i am sure he wants to play test cricket just to stay in int'l cricket for the sake of getting a test player's salary from any county he plays for. Before his silly and selfish declaration, i would think of no body else than YK for captaincy but now i am biggest supporter of chucking him out altogether from pak cricket

  • zeerak on April 15, 2007, 1:21 GMT

    No matter who takes over for captain it won't change a thing the Pakistani team is hopeless Younis even if he was captain it wouldnt make a difference to the shattered Pakistani team they will never win a world cup again.......

  • Omer Admani on April 15, 2007, 1:12 GMT

    I agree that the best captain that Pakistan can have is Shoaib Akhter. It is a big risk though-- he is drug-tainted and our international reputation will suffer. Secondly, how often would he be available?

    Mohammad Asif is a very shrewd bowler, who shows that he understands the game better than anyone. His discipline and very good bowling should, in theory, earn him the respect from the players as well. Again, the problem is that he is drug-tainted. Also, the risk would be compromising his bowling ability under so much pressure. I say either of these two are good bets-- lets just wait for the results of their bans. Meanwhile, it would seem reasonable to appoint Mohammad Yousof for a short period. But Inzamam has to be taken out of the test team.

  • Fizaan Farooq on April 15, 2007, 1:06 GMT

    Why are people saying Salman Butt should be captain. Not only is he too young but he has been in and out of the team because of inconsistant performances, in ODI's and in Tests. How can you give captaincy to a player who still is not guaranteed a place in the team. Also i think Mohammad Yousuf is not the right sort of character for a captain. He is an oustanding player but is too 'soft'. I think Shoaib Malik Should be captain with Abdul Razzaq as his vice-captain.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on April 15, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    Guys, there's something to be said about giving the captaincy to someone who really wants it. The discipline, determination and sheer perseverence Yousuf has shown over the past year through his batting augurs well for this captaincy credentials. One thing that is often forgotten is that Yousuf did not have Inzamam or Maindad's talent and yet is now at the same batting pedestal as these two tragic heroes of Pakistan cricket. I for one can admire much a person who has overcome clear shortcomings, both in his upbringing and his natural gifts, to achieve what Yousuf has. Go Mo Yo! And bring back for us the Glory Days of Pakistan cricket,.

  • Ali Akram on April 15, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    Hi, Now that younas has refused 2nd time, i belive he should not be aked the third. Pakistan team needed him the most now, its high time to skip on to the next one. Possibilities are Yousaf , Malik and Butt. With Butt being out of team for over a season he needs more time. We should start with Yousaf for a yr appointment and groam Malik or Butt.

  • bilal ahmad on April 15, 2007, 0:18 GMT

    i dont think younis khan even deserve place in odi,and i dont want yousaf as captain bec this is sport not religious fucntion which thay have to attend.salman butt is good choice than shoib malik bec he is a match fixer as he did in qd tropy,so make salman but captain, wasim akram coach.and one army officer who can give tough phisical training bec our players are so weak and thier bones almost broken..one profesor that can teach them work hard and make feel that they representing thir beloved country..dont do silly thinks like throughing bats on fans and pray in your rooms we u muslim but make religion as a show peice.and i request choose nice selctors like javaid mian dad .imran khan.aqib javaid..not club crickters..thanks

  • Shakir Hussan on April 15, 2007, 0:09 GMT

    I don't blame Younis Khan for not taking captaincy. Why go through all the stress? You people take cricket too serious! Why do you think South Africa & Australia are the two best teams in the world? Maybe it has sumet to do with their houses not being set on fire and family threatened! Need to get a life and just enjoy cricket as it iz, which is a game! & oooh yeah, Afridi for captain! Pathaan power!

  • Manhal Ali on April 14, 2007, 23:33 GMT

    Let Salman Butt have a go. He has got geniune leadership qualities and reads the game very well I believe he is the future of Pakistan cricket and answer to all this current problems.

  • Nayab Zafar on April 14, 2007, 23:22 GMT

    C'mon guys. Show some love for Hassan Raza. "Hassan Raza" for captain................ Not even Hassan is reponding to his campaign :-(

  • Yazi on April 14, 2007, 23:19 GMT

    These are bunch of losers walking around, I see more spirit in the players of Ireland, Canada, Bangladesh to name few.. than Pakistani players This have become a Zee TV Soap opera, episode after episode, a JOKE

  • S A M Naqvi on April 14, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    Captaincy means Leadership and a leader is one who can get things done while maitaining self esteem and reasonable relations with one's team members. Pakistan cricket is in deep crisis but as they say crises create leaders, so lets hope for the best.Younis Khan does not appear to be leader anyway as he has buckled under pressure.Salman butt's name makes me laugh.A cricketer who cannot win a permanent place in the team for himself,how could he return as a Leader?Shoab Malik is not mature enough, let him play a few more games and he might earn his place in future.The uncertainty around Shoab Akhtar rules him out for the time being. Razak could have been a good choice if he were a bit more proactive and aggressive with his mannersism (not just with bat in the one dayers). So who could be the one. I personally feel a senior and experienced chap like Yusuf should be a good choice in the given circumstances especially when he has shown eagerness and courage to accept it. There is nothing absolute and final in anything and let the time decide. Giving captaincy to raw and inexperienced will be too expermental and dangerous.

  • Munir Zaman on April 14, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    Holy G! After half-comatose Inzamam, another Taliban( not to mention,guy with long ackward beard) became Pakistan captain! I'd better stop watching cricket game.

  • Ray Bob Terry on April 14, 2007, 22:48 GMT

    Whole cricket debacle reminds me of what happened to Pakistan hockey. See where we stand in the world of field hockey? Same fate awaits us in cricket. I think we are going down and sinking fast. No matter who you make captain we don't have much of talent to be a contender in the world arena. It is a shame and we have to face it. To have a team that can stand up shoulder to shoulder with likes of Potings and Bonds of the world you have to have nurseries to produce them. You have to have institutions to groom them and an organization to lead them. It is a system that works and produces world class player. Those days are gone when few kids playing in the streets of Karachi and Lahore would blossom into quality talented player and these kids were picked up and groomed in the English counties to become world class players. In those days fieling did not matter. And atheletesism did not matter. It was just a "game" where lack of prfessionalism did not matter. But now it is a totally different "ball game". Cricket has becme an industry where big money is at stake. You need talented player who are atheletic and professional. And guess what, we still think cricket is just a game. And above all neopitsm is killing it. Got that Doc, I mean Dr. Ashraf. Doc you have a helluva tough job. If you sir are into it for the fun then enjoy like other cronies did. If you want some results then show that you mean business. Do some real fact finding and take some concrete steps. Hope you can deliver. Good luck.

    (Kamran you think Doc will read this?)

  • A Kamran on April 14, 2007, 22:46 GMT

    Sir,

    I am once again AMUSED ( and amazed ) a few times over reading some of the blogs. It is good as any amount of joy from what ever source under the current state of Pakistan cricket is welcome.

    For starters there is a heavy contingent of bloggers responding to your article who are suggesting Mr. BUTT as the future captain of Pakistan cricket team! WOW! I am no sage but Mr. Butt is not even in the team. Although being a lay person I am in no position to judge a test cricketer and will not do so. But when was the last time Mr. Butt captained Pakistan cricket team and showed his brilliance as a leader?

    Some have suggested his name for his reasonable English speaking skills. And then have gone on to equate speaking English with intelligence and ability to think analytically and strategically on a cricket field and in life ( without providing any evidence to support their claim ). As far as I can remember when Mr. Butt played for Pakistan, he played some very good innings but was able to analyze the fact that he can get himself out caught in the slip and gully region trying to cut an away moving delivery. I MUST agree that he used his deductive reasoning prowess to the max and was successful in losing his place in the team.

    Now the matter of speaking English and intelligence. If they are synonymous with each other as many have hinted at, then the world at large has a big job at hand. Few hundred million Chinese, French, Japanese, Portugese, Nordic people,Russians, Germans, Spaniards, & Poles etc. should be good company for our few cricketers ( as no one mentioned this "logic" applied to Pakistani people in general). All the advances in all spheres of scientific discovery and research must have come from English speaking people. Thank you for making our lives so comfortable my Anglo-Saxon friends. We would still be living in stone age were it not for your ingenuity to INVENT the wheel.

    I have come across many "intellectuals" who magnanimously laugh and smile with pride when an English speaking person speaks Urdu with an accent. But the same "intelligentsia" is very quick to deride any one ( Pakistani in this case ) who speaks English with an accent or with out "proper grammer". No matter what the achievements of the person are in any field, he or she is open game for ridicule. This is RIDICULOUS!!! A case in point is when one of the highest run getter in ODI's ( Yes I am referring to Mr. Inzamam-ul-Haq ), a hero on countless occassions in winning matches for Pakistan, a world renowned and respected cricketer mis-pronounces English words he is treated as if he was an idiot. Far form it. O' ye all who maketh fun of Inzamam for not speaking "good English" buy a mirror and use it.

    And what a sight it would be to watch world class Pakistani cricketers sitting behind desks looking at a black board and rhyming with their teacher,

    "A IS FOR APPLE, B IS FOR BOY C IS FOR CRAZIES AND D IS, WELL FOR DOG".

    We should find a broader forum to get this message across the non-English speaking world or else this planet would only be the abode to the genious and the slow in the mind. We must not let this happen and let us join hands, HUG each other, and light candles for the UN-INTELLIGENT. Oops is that a word in the English lixicon. I stand exposed. Shame on me.

    Sri Lanka is a country with a close to 100% literacy rate. The other day when Mr. Vaas came up to claim his Man of the Match award he must have "shamed" all his country men ( and women ) by not speaking "good English".

    Mirza Ghalib must have been an ignorant person as I have so far not found his English poems or prose. What a loser!

    Go Shakespear.

    A Kamran

  • Nabeel Siddiqui on April 14, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    My two cents on the Pakistan Cricket team captaincy issue: Turn it around 180 degree and have Shoaib Akhtar as the new aggressive captain. Someone who can really light up Pakistani camp and represent it properly as well. As right now the Pakistani camp looks like a bunch of chin down, demotivated, sluggish, mentally challenged, unable to communicate, losers. We need the charisma, the pride, the JOSH back in the team to lift the Rai-Wind squad up. And Shoaib seems to be the only person who through his personality, may be performance, and inter-personal skills, can bring back first of all some life to the team, international respect, aggression, and most of all smiles on faces of our cricket team. He may not be available for the next WC, and for that we can start grooming someone like Hafeez or Asif or even Gul or Afridi as the second in command.

    I honestly think we should be done with Younis and Yousufs who really won't be bringing anything new to the table. And to be honest, I don't think that people who can't even communicate properly (and I'm pointing at their English language skilss, rather the difficulties Inzi, Younis and Yousuf face in even composing their thoughts and giving the right relevant answers),posses the brain and intellect to lead and make spot on decisions in critical situations. They just can't. Their Nervous Systems goes into hybernation and into an "I quit" mode when they are faced with decision making situations.

    So, Younis and Yousuf, pleae focus on scoring runs and keep up the good work with fielding (for Younis only), and let the real man handle the task of captaincy. Someone who deserves to represent a smart nation.

  • roomi on April 14, 2007, 22:36 GMT

    I think Yunis has made a Statement by turning the captaincy down. Family is more important. In a country where Cricket gets far more importance than the real isues and defeats gets so badly blown out of proportion his reaction is understandable. People should also understand his close association with Woolmer.....he was closer to woolmer than anyone else in the team. To me hius staemnet seems honorable and decent under the circumstances and also is a comment on the poisoned crown the Pakistani Captaincy has become and politics and intrigue one has to deal with in the scenario.

  • Imran Khan on April 14, 2007, 22:17 GMT

    Hello,

    Its a real shame to hear that younis khan refused the captaincy for the second time. Thats the silliest thing and he did it twice, no need to make him captain AS WE DON'T WANT FAINT HEARTED TO LEAD OUR NAITONAL TEAM. he is better off playing in streets of mardan and should be excluded from the squad of both ODI and test teams. Mindless creature.

    Yousuf is not a natural leader as well. It will be a repeat of Inzi mistake, so leave him out of the erquation. The only two reasonable candidates for captaincy are Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt. They should be Interviwed by the PCB and then one of them should be appointed as captain for at least 2 years. It will be hard and tough time, but i'm sure that anyone of them will do a better job, than those two Yo-Yo's.

  • Kazi Saab on April 14, 2007, 22:15 GMT

    Personally, i don't agree with Younis Khan's decision to turn down the captaincy but i can understand why he did it. See the problem with pakistani public is we don't know how to take our losses. Though the whole country was disheartened by pakistan's early exit in the world cup, it is no reason for the mass public to burn effigies, threaten players families etc. I think if anything, Younis Khan's decision presents us with an excellent opportunity to pump some new blood into our captaincy. Lets try afridi, lets try malik.. lets try butt, hell things can only get better.

  • Usman Zia on April 14, 2007, 22:14 GMT

    First of all i would like to say that instead of criticizing Younis, let us accept the fact that he would not have been able to get the players together. If you look at his performance iin the near past, he didnt looked like the player he used to be. He looked like under a lot of pressure. I think after taking the burden of captaincy off his shoulder he can serve the team much better. And to be honest he is the best batsman in team technically. Yes even better than M. Yousuf. He is a hard worker. He made the right decision. If he cannot take the pressure he should not take it. This is what Inzmam should have done an year ago. Its not about team needing you. He is there for the team but just not as a captain. Yousuf is ready to be the captain but i do not agree with him. We need a natual leader, a fighter, someone who can not only lead from the front but also brings in the smart captaincy factor too. Stephen Fleming is not the best batsman in the world but he is the smartest captain in the buisness. I would say no to Razzaq. He is just simply too lazy. As Wasim Akram said in one of his interviews that Razzaq used to get mad like a child in his time. We do not need a kid. So we are left with Shoib Malik and Shahid Afridi or even Shoib Akhtar. No to Shoib Akhtar as he is usually unfit. Afridi might not get the support of the players but could be good candidate. Shoib Malik looks like to have a good head on his shoulders but after the 20/20 stupidity i would not support him. I think Shahid Afridi will be the best choice. Unfortunately we do not have Saqlain Mushtaq any more. He wouldve been the best choice. And as i said before Wasim Akram should be the coach. I do not care what Justice Qayyum committe recommended. The whole country is corrupt, and it was not even proved that he fixed any match. Shane Warne was proven to have offered money in 94, still he was made vice captain later in his career. PCB chariman needs to go right away. In the end i would just say i do not know why people are against Younis Khan. He is the hardest working Pakistani player. He has taken a bold step the one that nobody in Pakistan has taken before. Abolut Islam i think PCB should not get involved with people doing it for cheap publicity. Players represent our country. And they are representing us in the right way. Will it be better if our players are caught in clubs or on the beaches smoking crack? or be in a mosque praying?

  • Paki on April 14, 2007, 22:01 GMT

    Well i think Younis Kahan did a only right thing giving up the captincy for Pakistan in my opnioin they should give chance to MAlik or Yosuf these are the guys right now who have expirinced the pressure i mean these guys can handle the pressure, as for younis he should give up the ODI and play test....

  • Omer Admani on April 14, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    I am a bit skeptical about Yousof. Inzamam will play in test matches, Yousof will remain a dummy captain, Inzamam will remain the daddy of the team, and the old order will remain. The best way is to build a good test team and one-day success will come along. I am all down for Yousof-- for a short period-- if Inzamam is not in the team. Inzamam's presence will only undermine the new captain and let the old order prevail. Dammit, if it has to come down to Malik and Afridi (I was hoping not), then I choose Afridi. Afridi is more deserving of his place in the team, based on his bowling. But the future seems bleak.

  • bharat on April 14, 2007, 21:46 GMT

    good article mr. Kamran, as an outsider from india, not exactly outsider coz we too are sailing in a similar boat-leaking from all sides, atleast dravid is ON. Well, to say the least, YK's recent outbursts seems justified but that cannot be a case for him to show his rejection of captaincy with a pretext that he had to vacate his holtel in carribean early in the morning.

  • Nayab Zafar on April 14, 2007, 21:39 GMT

    Oh by the way ! With all names being tossed around for captaincy how come nobdy has looked at "Hassan Raza" The guy is young. He has led at all levels but the test matches with a certain degree of success. To some extent he will fill the void in middle order left by Inzimam's departure. He will perform at least at the level of our current batsmen if not better and even if he is average he may well become Pakistan's "Mike Brearley". Anyone interested in joining me in starting a "Hassan Raza campaign commitee" ? ..... No.....How about you Hassan ?

  • khansahab on April 14, 2007, 21:27 GMT

    I have stated before that the current situation of Pakistan cricket is exceptionally tragic, confusing and amusing. We have Inzamam who has stated that he is a patriotic person who has attempted to make all decisions for the benefit the country. We have Younis who has now exceeded the limits of peculiarity insofar no one can be sure what he has on his mind. We don’t know what Younis fears, we don’t know whether he wants more money, whether he wants PCB to surrender to him, whether he wants removal of the senior players in the team; we don’t know anything, we can only formulate opinions.

    Now we have Yousuf who wants to be captain. I don’t fathom the attitude. After all the humiliation and angst how can one of the “harbingers of doom” smile on the camera and state he wants the captain’s job?

    Take a look around. BCCI has the guts to straighten out its key players. Look at their attitude towards Tendulkar and Yuvraj. Why is PCB so incompetent and ineffectual? Look what BCCI has already planned for the sake of some “injection of stability;” the appointment of someone qualified and respect-worthy (Shastri) to temporarily mentor the team. I know Pakistan’s schedule is not as hectic as India’s in the coming months, but this Performance Evaluation Committee only exacerbates the current plight; it has been a woeful start by the PCB. The incumbency of the dark actors (Naseem Ashraf, Saleem Altaf) has resulted in the continuation of this ruinous charade.

    I look at the way New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia are playing and two notions are constantly haunting my damaged mind: gameplan and spirit. These four teams want the WC real bad. They have a gameplan and fighting spirit. At the moment NZ are on their way towards victory against South Africa. They are inching forward in singles, they are not playing silly shots or taking risks. They are performing clinically and have a calculated and comprehensive strategy. They want to be heroes, but sensible and solicitous heroes, not daredevils who seek divine intervention to further their cause. Their sensible, calculated and solicitous approach to play their game has resulted in their triumphs so far and may well grant them the World Cup.

    You call Inzamam a great servant to Pakistani cricket? I am aware of his tremendous achievements but under his captaincy Pakistan could have scaled great heights. Look at Fleming- he opens and has been the backbone of his team’s many victories. Look at Ponting, who hails from the team where everyone, from the opener to the tailender, is a match-winner but he comes to bat at no 3 and is not worried about how the challenge of batting at the top of the order will affect his batting record. For the sake of stability I don’t mind Inzi even being in the ODI squad. But I was greatly shocked when he stated after his ODI retirement decision that he still wants to represent Pakistan in Tests. It does not matter whether he really deserves the place or not. What matters is that after being a huge player in Pakistan’s failure he must not even dream about hinting that he should be chosen in the Test team. That is called “shamelessness.” He should go somewhere desolate and must not show his face to anyone for a long time.

    People have made some comments regarding what players must feature in future Pakistan teams. Now is not the time to list playing XI’s but I think we should generally have these contenders for their respective slots:

    Opening: Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik. After the departure of Inzi and Younis from ODI’s, no one is left. Forget all the nonsense about relying on Salman Butt or anyone else. Just learn to live with the fact that domestic openers will never succeed internationally until the domestic structure is drastically changed which will take a long time. Forget defensive strategies such as Mohammad Yousuf batting at no 5 to salvage the batting. The best batsmen play at the top. Period.

    Middle Order: Misbah-ul-Haq (excellent domestic record), Yasir Hameed, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez (can play when ball is old and not swinging as much, plus good fielder and his bowling has improved lately, so can be a good ODI player but must not bat above no. 5), Hasan Raza (despite past international failures, has a solid first class average of 50 and deserves another chance), Fawad Alam (brilliant), Asim Kamal (left hander, good temperament, consistent)

    Wicketkeeper: Zulqernain slightly better prospect than Sarfraz because of greater experience, but both worthy contenders. I have researched wicketkeepers but I don’t think there is anyone else worth mentioning

    Bowlers: (assuming Akhtar and Asif are banned or unfit) Umar Gul, Rao Ifthikar (handy slogger and in form bowler), Sajid Shah (experienced fast bowler with good strike rate, has been overlooked), Anwar Ali (brilliant form, good swinger of the ball), Rajesh Ramesh (in form bowler), Jaffar Nazir (experienced and good strike rate), Abdur Rauf (experienced and good strike rate), Danish Kaneria

  • Nayab Zafar on April 14, 2007, 21:25 GMT

    Dear Kamran I have read this particular piece oof ours with great interest and most of the viewers have very rational and indightful comments. Let me add my two cents worth of opinion too. I am absolutely baffled at the tunnel vision and closed mindedness of our policy makers in this day and age. Why cant we use an integrated model based on other sports like baseball and American football and apply it to one of our biggest industries ie Pakistani National Cricket Team. I suggest one head coach/cum manager who acts as an "advisor" to the captain and is not the co-responsible authority for the on field decisons by policy. This will clearly identify the captain as the "major accountable" party for on field debacles. There should be a team of coaches (at least one per position and ideally one per position with an assistant)i.e for batting, bowling, fielding and physical fitness. These coaches will strictly be responsible for their respective technical aspects of team's training the game and by policy "not be a part" of game planning. there should be a team psychologist for regular individual sessions and his report should be available to team captain/manager and selectors "only". The slectors may have played a limited number of matches but they have to be more contemporary and must have played in the last 16 years or so. (This is even more important for selecting the one day team). The selectors should select the final fourteen and leave the actual eleven to team captain, vice captain and coach cum manager. This segways nicely into the current circus of accounatbility committee. Just the mere composition of this committee is a big joke. The folks on the committee must have been great cricketers at one time but do they even understand the concepts, rigors and demands of the modern game.I am not trying to undermine or insult any previous greats but you want to cross the finishing line in < 60 sec you'd rather have a 2007 Ferrari than the first Mercedes built by Carl Benz ! Regarding the captaincy. I may be the only one who thinks Younis Khan did not deserve the captaincy in the first place. His temprament is too volatile and not even an automatic selection for the one day team. Contrary to what Imran Khan says he may be an ideal vice captain...someone who may be called upon in an emergency and has the necessary experience and seniority to perform an amicable make shift job. I tink he is born to be a "vice captain" Ubfortunately we are left with only one viableoption as a captain and that seems to be Yusuf. Afridi is too tempramental like Younis and not even a regular member. Razzaq is immensely talented butat times he doesnt even seem interested in the game... too much of a loosey goosey approach. I dont know how well Shoaib Malik is regarded as a thinking cricketer. Inzimam may still be the best available choice for anothe year or so, till we groom the new captain. Why should Inzimam be made the scapegoat for world cup fiasco when all batsmen failed. I sincerely hope that people like Nasim Ashraf have really learnt something from living in the USA (Although he hasnt shown it thus far). Its time to bring in professionals to do the job as professionals and be held accountable as true professionals.

  • Razoo badmash from New Jersey, USA on April 14, 2007, 21:02 GMT

    I think Younis Khan made a smart decision! You say why, becuase he knows that the PCB is still in shambles and is a nightmare of an organization. We don't have much cricket except for possibly the abu dhabi match with Sri Lanka and then the twenty twenty world cup in September. Khan knows that Pakistan cricket is a mess and if they lose the sri lanka match and Twent twenty that his head will roll as captain. So Mr younis Khan will wait until Pakistan Cricket sinks further into the pit of hell and Pakistan will be calling for a savior and by default he will be the only one left! BRILLIANT move by Younis, he's a smart man, don't underestimate the man, after all he got shyarar khan fired!! Plus I agree with his reasoning that he doesn't feel its worth it when his family has been threatened and insulted! Cricket fans let set aside our fanaticism and look at the real world for a second! If you and your family were ridiculed, insulted and threatened and you knew the PCB was the worst run organization in the universe, would you want to join them. I think his rejection of the captaincy illustrated that! Think before you condem the man abbasi! I am Pakistani and I firmly believe that Pakistani fans are the worst fans in the world, It's only a game, why burn effigies and insult the palyers as they come home, just another embarassment display by pakistanis and another stain on our reputation!

  • FARID S on April 14, 2007, 20:34 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi must never critcise religion on pooor performance. I beleive he is muslim himself and he is giving a negative image about the country and specially its religion.. BIG SHAME ON YOU KAMRAN

  • BINU SAMUEL on April 14, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    Forget Younis Khan,never give to Yousuf aka Youhanna, i suspect he turned to islam for this moment.Bring in rashid latif as PCB president, make Aquib coach and make afridi as the interim captain, because I believe pak have all the best prospects to have a world class team

  • Bilal AHMAD on April 14, 2007, 20:25 GMT

    First of all my condolence goes to the Family of Bob Woolmer. Who is Younis Khan to captain Pakistn and what good has he brought to the team except his performace in india on flat pitches, he should be totally excluded from the national team from both forms of the game and Yasir Hameed brought in as a replacement. In my opinion Shoaib Malik would make a great captain OR Shahid Afridi they both have great leadership skills and ARE ToTALLY AWAKE WHILE FIELDING. Muhammed Yousaf is lacking in fitness but a great batsman. Although Miandad was a great batsman of all time PLEASE DO NOT BRING HIM BACK AS A COACH AS HE BRINGS WITH HIM TOO MUCH POLITICS, WHICH PCB ALREADY CONSISTS OF.

  • Kabeer on April 14, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    I reckon 85% of the comments here have been written by a bunch of Freshies. Kamran, you really should be more selective when choosing the comments that get put up. An example is the post by Javed A Khan of Montreal. Subhanallah, find something better to do with your time Akhi.

  • Jahanzeb Zafar on April 14, 2007, 20:08 GMT

    The biggest problem Pakistan cricket has is the PCB itself. A complete overhaul of the governing body is necessary to begin with. Our domestic cricket needs to be popularised and PCB should pay some foreign players to take part in it. Maybe start with our ODI domestic tournament. The only way players are going to be groomed is by making them come through competitive domestic cricket, as all the new players who come through the ranks are very fragile minded and lack the mental steel to win big matches. As far as the captaincy is concerned i think they should give Afridi a go as at this time we desperately lack confidence and aggression in out team and Afridi has plenty of both. Afridi should always be evaluated as a bowler who bats a bit rather than the other way around. He should be given a longer tenure but that doesn't mean he should be made a dictator in the team. A strong selection committee should be made and all the selection should be done by voting with the captain having a vote aswell. We should hire a high profile fielding coach for the national team and also all the domestic teams should also be provided with a fielding coach. No one regardless of who it is should be in the team on just the reputation alone. A big enough pool should be made with like to like replacements for the first 11 in the national team. In the end no one who is reluctant to captain or play should be asked to do so, and only the players who are passionate about the game and their job should be allowed to wear a Pakistan cap. We have enough talent in the country to give the Pakistan cap to someone who really dreams about it and wants it desperately.

  • adnan on April 14, 2007, 20:07 GMT

    I think as usual we have forgotten the people who have led us to this state. The PCB is responsible for the dire situation the Pakistan cricket team is facing.

    Tell me, if an organistation can not even get its own constitution sorted, what can it do ? I have said it before and will say it again until the game is run properly we can never compete at the highest level. Look at the way the various contravosies have been handled, not one has been dealt with in a professional manner.

    Now the PCB and its cronies such as PJ Mir are pointing fingers at Inz and the so called religion factor rather then examining there own failures.

    Inzi has served Pak cricket with distinction for 17 years. He was probaly the greatest batsman pakistan has produced and we treat him this way.

    Younis Khan is quite in his right to reject the captancy. Why should he take it. he is a human being and no one deserves the response the Pak cricters got after there loss. Death threats , abuse this is not acceptable no matter how much the nations people love the game.

    As Bob said after the loss to the Irish " its only a game "

  • Mulla Syed Allah-Rakha on April 14, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    kick out all the present cricketers and bring in new blood

    or

    dont playt any international matches till we have a world class team

  • Valavan on April 14, 2007, 19:58 GMT

    Kamran, Better write someother journals. If you have talent, dont waste your time speaking about PAK Cricket. I wait for the next Pak series defeat.

  • Tabish Ali Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    Its surely delima gor paki cricket. Now wht i sugeest is a toung captain like salman butt to take over frm these players and start from scratch. Shoib malik is also being considered as a strong contender but should the board make a captain who has thrown away a match willingly (20 - 20 incident) well one can only hope that someone knock some sense into the brains of PCB members

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 14, 2007, 19:49 GMT

    This one is for: "Younis Khan at April 13, 2007 5:29 PM.

    The poster is trying to be an impostor by emulating Younis Khan and is showing nothing but his own frustration by saying Let someone else take that job and get humiliated by media. I am not ready yet.

    My dear Younis Khan; fake or real doesn't matter but, I have a question for you. What would be the right age for you to take on responsibilities in your life? very soon you will be 30 years old and you think you are still not ready? Not ready to take over the job of captaining the Pakistan cricket team and also not ready to get married? You have been a late bloomer in test cricket, but do you think it will happen in every situation of your life and this phenomenon will last for forever? Dude, if you don't change your attitude, then very soon you would be sitting on the chair next to the ghost chair of Bob Woolmer, (where you used to sit a few years ago next to Bob) and you would be singing Madame Noor Jehan's Naghmay "Omariyaa Beeti Jaye koi Rishta na Aye!

    This one is for : khizer Posted at April 14, 2007 12:19 AM "Wat as bunch of losers you guys dont you have anything better to do with your lives, i mean wats with posing all these comments. seriously man get a life."

    khizer, don't put on this holier than 'cow' mask on your face and tell us whats better in one's life. Why the HELLO are you here? Do something better in your own disgustipatingly pathetic loife."

    Finally LOL at MOYO throwing his hat in the field and offering his services to lead the team! Not only the whole team, but everyone in Pakistan (even those living abroad like myself) respect MOYO for his contributions. He should not do this "Dravid Act" and spoil his own career and his image. Whether he captains or not he will still command respect from ALL. So, he should not even think of getting in to this loose sand and ruin the last few years of his game and his name. He should simply focus on batting and thats all. This is my humble advice to him.

  • Dawar on April 14, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    Hasan Raza is the better choice than Sohaib Malik, Salman But and Mohd Yusuf. He led Pakistan A and junior team several times.

    But still I urged PCB to break power player politics from the team. Hopefully this will make Younis Khan to change his mind.

    He is the best choice for the Captain.

    Dawar USA, LA

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on April 14, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    Dearest kamran, a wonderful piece, as usual. Lot of sense, lot of depth and presumably this is one reason you can't ever serve Pakistan cricket, in any capacity. You are well-educated and extremely sensible. I must add that one has to clearly get into Younis Khan's decision not to captain Pakistan. One, he may well have been really disillusioned or he's playing the power game, trying to convince the authorities to give him as much support as Inzamam Ul Haq drew in his times. Knowing Younis personally, one can confidently see his outrage. He has high morals, a very very sensitive soul and a brilliant, up front gentleman. Anyone who can help Pakistan cricket come out of the mire is him. Now, a word about Mr. Shahrayar Khan. Thanks God he got one right here. Salim Altaf shouldn't have been on the committee but Dr. Nasim Ashraf needed to put him at work, having sacked him as Director Cricket Operations. It seems to be in house politics. However, one must ask Mr. Shaharyar Khan was he not a direct player in disruption and destruction of Pakistan cricket. He was at the helm of three years and the one giving Inzamam the free play-field. Selectors were mocked and no bench strength was evolved. The National Cricket Academy was made redundant. I must once again appreciate your piece on Younis. I don't think so Mohammad Yousaf or even Shoaib Malik at this juncture would be able to take control. Younis, a vice captain for three years should rise above the self and take the responsibility. What he needs to understand is the fact that redemption, like recrimination, comes cheap in Pakistan cricket. The Pakistan cricket fan is demanding, but he is also easily satisfied. It will take no more than a couple of wins to wipe away the blues. But for Pakistan cricket to not heed the warnings would be self-defeating.

    Keep on writing such wonderful pieces. Kindest Regards Dr. Nauman Niaz

  • Waseem on April 14, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    Younis Khan is a DISGRACE. Being captain of your country is an honour and priviledge and by turning this down he has shown his true colours. if it was down to me, i would never select him again for either Tests or ODIs - he obviously lacks passion for Pakistan. He was one of the main reasons for our world cup failure and what does he expect, fans to line the streets to welcome him home with garlands?!!

    I note that Shoaib Malik is getting a lot of plaudits re the captaincy - my view - stay well away - this is someone who has already thrown a match and admitted to it so that makes him wholly unsuitable for the captaincy - its about time Pakistan moved away from such people and began to repair its reputation in the cricketing world.

    I would give it to Shahid Afridi - i know he is not consistent but talent wise it is all there and maybe this is the encouragement he needs to buckle down and show us what he can do on a more consistent basis. He is also Pakistan's most vocal and energetic person in the field and this is critical as a captain and an area where Inzy really let us down.

    In my view, there is no one else in the current team suitable for captain.

    Oh and bring back Wasim Akram - as coach!

  • Mani Thangadurai on April 14, 2007, 19:32 GMT

    I think tmfkayy (the man formerly known as Yousuf Youhana) deserves the opportunity, at least in the short term. Appointing a youngster expecting him to perform miracles like Graeme Smith will not work, the South African was really his team's only choice after their stupid decision to sack Shaun Pollock, and the so-called no.1 ODI team in the world are in danger of possibly not making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup. In Tests they've also not done too well either.

    Moreover, for all of Salman Butt's talent he has no consistency, and needs to cement his place in the side before even being considered for the role of deputy. Smith at least did that, and was unlucky in some parts to have been initially omitted from the 2003 World Cup Squad. Shoaib Malik's situation is likewise, and until Shahid Afridi learns to know when and when not to be aggressive like Inzamam did, he can never be trusted to perform in pressure-cooker situations.

    Far from being an overbearing Tableeghi preacher, I think Yousuf will certainly unite the side and at least make his team-mates realise that playing for the country is an honour and a privilege and it is their duty to do justice to it.

  • Mubashir Mahmood on April 14, 2007, 19:30 GMT

    asalam-o-alaikum i think shoaib malik should be made captian, he is a best choice becuase he always play for the team, always score in difficult conditions, can play at any position, has a clever mind, and is also a good friend of shoaib akhtar and afridi :):):)

    inzi and y.khan have done the right thing. i think they are the only players in pakistan cricket who have taken responsibilty after defeat.

  • ADNAN HAIDER on April 14, 2007, 19:27 GMT

    Well, I fully support Younis Khan, his decision is absolutely correct as far as I am concerened, please consider urself at his slot,he has lost two of his brothers and a father recently...yet he was playing for Pakistan,how many of us wrote condolences for him or even reciete surahe fatihah...not me, i m sure none of you, then Bob was killed..Imagine you fail an exam and your family members burn with pictures and put it on the donkeys... I wont like that...Please understand it is just a game.Besides we as a nation have struggled in every aspect of life, We are a bunch of hypocrates, thats what we are.He has made an examplary decision unlike Javed miandad who is always willing to make a come back for "MULK AND QUM" and charge a million Rs.

  • Munawar Khan on April 14, 2007, 18:59 GMT

    Yunus has chickened out once more. Apparently, he is not the man to depend upon anymore. Why should he even be a vice-captain now? Look at his performance in the match against WI,when he dropped Sarawn at the crucial stage, and then the way he got out. he didn't perform against Irish. Maybe he is thinking he is indispensible. he should be shown the highlights of these performances and asked why he should not be dropped for some time. Game is not bigger than the players, should be the 1st lesson taught to all our players.

  • Uzair on April 14, 2007, 18:56 GMT

    Well, Pak cricket is following our Hockey, Squash debacles as a nation.

    I don't think Pak cricket will ever win a wc again and will steadly drop to the lowest ICC rankings before they loose their test cap (like zimbabwe is about to).

    And why should cricket be any different than hockey or squash in this nation??? it's run by same morons who finished the other two mentioned sports. Another sad thing is that people who are actually doing something about cricket (running cricket clubs/academys etc) are the ones that should be brought to lead. NOT some ex army stiff or even the guddie parast Mushy or for that matter any such moron.

  • Kashif on April 14, 2007, 18:46 GMT

    All comments are very well defined, but no one has actually analysis the situation correctly i guss. At this time there are fewer candidates for the captaincy. Younis Khan's place like Salman Butt is not sure in one day side and he has attitude problem too. Pakistan lost to Ireland, its history now, it was due to bad peroformance of team or just a bad day for them, what ever it was we can not change it, but what we can avoid is not to be in this situation again. Captaining Pakistan is an Honour and should be given to those who are willing to take responsibility. Successful people are those who have an ability to take on responsibilty not the ones who shy from it. PCB should give this honour to either of these Yosuf,Razzaq, Shoaib Malik or even Shahid Afridi. Infact one name we are missing here is infact Shoaib Akhtar (if stays fit and clear Dope test. They have the ability and respect of the players too.

    Now about the Ad Hoc committee and Chairman, they all should be replaced by elected (Qualified) memebers under new constition of PCB.

  • khan22 on April 14, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan cricket is every player is selfish. Yousaf, Afridi, razzaq and shoaib akhtar all have been asking for captaincy, even though these players know Younis Khan will be the captain. All these players are soo much worried about being captain. Y dont we kick these individuals out of the team and have them replace with new talent. Yousaf is inzi part 2. Shoaib Akhtar is always injured, Afridi has not a permanent place and Abdul Razzaq is always injured before any series. Younis Khan is a great man. Everyone from coach to team players all praise younis hard work and profesioalism. Pakistan cricket has become a joke, they should stop playing international cricket for couple of years.

  • Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 18:26 GMT

    Younis Khan has no performance basis to be the captain. Inspite of being in the team on batting basis he still goes out there and starts like he'll wet his pants. It doesn't look like he has what it takes to become a competent bat and very unlikely that he can be a competent captain. So Imran Khan or whoever is pushing for his captaincy has no clue of what he's talking about.

  • Hassan Farooqi on April 14, 2007, 18:18 GMT

    Younis made the logical choice and so did Yousuf. Younis realized that while he was ready for the captaincy, the country was not. Yousuf realized he was the only acceptable choice for the moment and showed the guts to come forward. The country is not ready to forgive any member of the team or any official except Yousuf. Maybe next season we will see Younis back as captain (or maybe not).

  • Muhammad Ajmal on April 14, 2007, 18:17 GMT

    We should respect Younis Khan's decision, and anyway he wasnt wrong about the treatment being meted to the team at arrival. He was hussled by the fans at the airport and the entire nation had only one moto 'Just criticise the team'. About captaincy, you cannot appoint Shoaib Malik as captain after recent revelations. Otherwise, the match-fixing saga would come back to haunt us thru out his tenure. We havent got any choice but either to appoint Afridi as captain or bring in a youngster who have the guts. But whoever that youngster would be, he should have captained a domestic team for a while. And now, a request to our very highly respectable journalist community, who people and govt alike respect ( becaz they are afraid) only due to their brainless coverage of events. Most of these are stupid, mostly corrupt, ill educated and ill mannered. I am saying this all becaz I myself was a journalist in Pakistan for over three year, and I know how learned(?) class it is. I got only one request that plz plz do us a favour and stop your stupid analysis for a while. You were equally a party in this debacle. The way you people scandalised everything before the departure of team was one reason of defeat.

  • jahid on April 14, 2007, 17:54 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf is not only the performer but also the backbone of Pakistan batting. He should be elected as a captain until 2011 world cup. Young blood won't do any good for Pakistan team. Most of the time those young players did not perform good as they were expected to be. In that kind of cases, two players take the team home. They are: recently retired Inzama ul haque and Mohammad Yousuf. Inzamam was the greatest asset for the team. Pakistan team won't understand what they have lost until they play their next game. Now don't loose Mohammad Yousuf. Shoaib Malik can be the vice captain for the team. Yousuf and Malik combination will be the best for the team. Yousuf is experienced and He can groom the young players to their finest.

  • Lala from USA on April 14, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    New twist in Pakistan cricket, Molana Yousuf has pleaded his case as the next Pakistan captain. We respect Mohammad Yousuf for his classy strokes and run getting performances. However he is known to play for himself and has demonstrated selfish behaviour at various occasions. A guy who can change his own religion to get more influence can not be trusted. He should play the role of senior in team and support new captain like Tandulkar does for India. We do not need any more tableeghi culture in team than what we already have. Inzimam will obviously back Yousuf after Younis to insure his place in the team. We need a fresh start, a captain who can set example in both batting or bowling and fielding and Yousuf's fielding talent we all have seen! Dr. Naseem Ashraf is a GI specialist, he is experienced in examining people from front (endoscopy) and back (colonoscopy). I am sure he will take a rationale decision in captaicy and coaching. Though I do not agree but majority of Pakistanis take Imran Khan as a Gold standard for captainship. In the present team any player who is comparable to Imran is Shoaib Akhtar. Imran was the fastest bowler of Pakistan, Shoaib is the fastest of the world, Imran had attitude issues so does Shoaib. If Shoaib is badnam for his night outs, Imran practically made the slogan famous that "big boys play at night"! So please be open minded and if Shoaib is fit and does not have any doping issues, give him a chance with a strong selection committee and coach. Afridi would be a good captain for 20/20 team, not for Test or ODI. Him or Shoaib Malik are good choices for vice captain. Groom talented players like Yasir, Faisal, Butt, Asim Kamal, Raza, Fawad and a new wicket keeper batsman for the national team.

  • zoyahadid on April 14, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    i hate pcb because they always encourage our so called cricketers to fight like reptiles and scavengers. they make dead wickets, they kill the fast bowlers and sponsor the culture of cowardice and intrigue.

    shoaib malik??? get real, a coward who ducks out of situations where the ball starts whizzing...he should be put in jail for that. disgraceful character with no sense of honour, ask his neighbours in lahore what he is made of, younis, well if he doesnt want it ...yousaf...i am not so sure... why dont we make allama iqbal team captain, i am sure he could do a better job from beyond the grave than these ginger bread fools running the show ...

    zoya

  • RSN on April 14, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    I don't see any fault on Younis Khan's part. Declining the captaincy might well be the smartest decision in his best interests and the team's. Younis now has all the freedom in the world to focus on his batting and play like he had in recent past.

    Captaincy, I feel must be taken up by people who have good man-management skills(and a great deal of PR sense with media:-))and not Statistics. If he is not comfortable for whatever reason, he won't do a good job.rhetorical questioning won't do.

    A good example is Tendulkar from across the border.He was the lousiest captain that nation ever produced and he stepped down citing pressure on batting ending a notorious reign.Ganguly put his hand up, and did much better than anyone else before him.

    First thing PAk must do is that stop all the nonsense reg committees etc. give the folks a break. they will bounce back harder.

  • Amanzeb Khan1 on April 14, 2007, 17:46 GMT

    I have absolutely no doubt that Younis was the best candidate for the job. Both foreign ex coaches Bob Woolmer and Richard Pybus always favoured Younis for the job because of his commitment and energy. However, you cant force a job on anyone. The players have been through a traumatic experience and we must understand this. All of them may not be able to focus back on cricket immediately with any degree of positiveness. It is good that he came out with his intentions and we must not begrudge him for it. He remains a valuable member of the team and i hope he can come out of this a more determined player.

  • Tariq Javaid on April 14, 2007, 17:43 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is smart, brilliant, aggressive, experienced, friendly and above all seems to always play for the team and not a selfish person. So I think PCB should consider him in the running as well. As I mentioned all of his qualities he does have some negatives as well. He had played some very good knocks for Pakistan but they are very few. I think PCB should give him the assignment and ask him to prove as well that he can perform all the time. My vote for Shahid Afridi

  • Gulab Kahn on April 14, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    I am totally agree with Altaf (above).

    Replace the current team with the Under 19 ones that just won the world cup again.

    No power player politics, no match fixing, no match throwing policy (thanks Dawar for ur link about shoaib malik), no unfit issues, no mental strenght issues against tough oppenents (always abdur razzak become unfit prior to any serise against strong oppennets or the big events like WC) to reserver his space in the team, no catch drops behind the stumps (wicket keeper), no hockey free penality kick in the bowling (Rana naveed), No drugs (Shoaib & Aisf), No coaching from mushi, No gropuping from Inzi.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • mohd ali on April 14, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    salam,well i understand why yonus khan would decline captancy at this point in time.Look what we did to great players like wassim.waqar and inzi.They have won as so many games but when they fail we blame them which ok as long as we dont forget that we cannot make personal comments as normally do.This is our culture anyways we are quick to forget the good and dwell on on bad to judge people.We need to change and act in a manner that civilized people should.Infact we should be glad that atleast Yonus is willing to play.I hope we change and recognise our heros and stand behind them when they need as most.

  • Habib Kazmi on April 14, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    This world cup was quite disappointing. I think Mohammad Yousuf is the man who has the calibrer for the job. Some of the candidates don't even know if they deserve place in the team. Either MoYo or Shoaib Malik for captaincy. Razzaq for vice-captain.

  • Baber on April 14, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    If they ask Younis Khan one more time, I will never watch cricket again. Why do they always suck to him. He is not a very great player anyway. Very sensitive person I must say after all he is a phattan(stereotype).

  • Hassan Piracha on April 14, 2007, 17:26 GMT

    Life is a struggle everyday, yes our players struggled and were defeated, however this team needs to get back up and should be encouraged not broken down, The politics should not be brought up since it is a game. Simple solution would be to remove players who show resent towards politics as a true cricketer shows his game not his attitude( Younis Khan)

  • TALAL on April 14, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    whatever younis is doing if i was in his place i would do the same, yeh qoam is laik he nahi hai ..look at what the people of pakistan r doing ..when we dotn perform they threaten their family and all the other ignorant stuff so who woudl want to risk their family ..i would certainly not ..and this is the only way to teach these people is to let them handle this S!@#% themselves .. i am with younis khan ...no one deserves this

  • f .r .a on April 14, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Our nation does not value sincerety,integrity and genuine effort. People at meaningful leadership positions(including cricketers) have to constantly deal with nepotism,corruption and incompetency. Younis Khan has rightly visualized the future and taken an appropriate decision. Unless we are lucky to get a sincere group of leaders in the cricket heirarchy, Pakistan cricket is doomed to an irrelevant fate. Pakistanis need to support their heroes (including cricketers) through thick and thin and not abandon them when things get sour. We are getting exactly what we deserve.

  • faisal ukani on April 14, 2007, 17:09 GMT

    Where to start?. a dramatic change would be very unnecessary and too early. With uncertainity in batting line up, unfit fast bowlling attack. Only person with confirmed place in side is Yousuf. And until we can train Shoaib, Salman or whoever as a vice captain of the side, Yousuf would be the best choice. Openers, i think we should have two sets of opening pairs in playing 15. One set aggrasive more suited in subcontinent, one defensive like mudassar nazar used to be, to bring options for captain when playing abroad. Exposing youth so early in international cricket will always make our side inconsistent. Look at Australia or SA, with average age of players more than 30. We need maturity in Opening spot to bring more consistancy. 18year old kids who cant be trusted with driving license should not be given responsibilty to represent pakistan continously. And we need a wicketkeeper that can bat better, comparing Akmal with Gilchrist, Sangakara or boucher, I think Pakistanis need a more reliable batsman as a keeper.

  • Altaf on April 14, 2007, 16:57 GMT

    Replace the current team with the Under 19 ones that just won the world cup again.

  • Aftab Qureshi on April 14, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    Thanks to Kamran for bringing this issue to the limelight. I want to put my comments in perspective. The real issue underneath every single problem praesently faced by Cricket Pakistan is that the Board is the extension of Patron-in-Chief's autocracy. It is governed by persons neither known for their expertise in the game nor for their personal qualities, whether technical,managerial, diplomatic or public relations. In short, there is a huge credibility gap in whatever the Board does or avoids to do. So, I wont be surprised if people see this evaluation committee as a sham, a farce, and a cover-up. I certainly do think so. And I agree entirely that Salim Altaf's presence in this committee makes it look even more dubious.

    Turning to Younis, I firmly believe that people should have to right to choose. I may not agree with the choice Younis has made but I respect it. He may have declined the captaincy at this time for a variety of reasons. One may be that he found the challenge too daunting at this time (read in the aftermath of the recent debacles and tragedies). Another may be that he simply preferred to play county cricket this season rather than lead a team that is disgruntled, defeated and still in shock. I say this because I believe that, in view of the upcoming assignment against Sri Lanka, he would have been prevented from playing English county cricket this season. And the county probably wanted all or nothing of him and may not have been willing to release him for the assignment. Finally, like many compatriots, he might be looking at the prospects of making some legitimate money and pursuing permanent residency in UK. Given the unfortunate and deteriorating circumstance in watan-e-aziz, I would not blame him for this.

    So, we have no choice but to look forward and beyond Younis. While I remain skeptical that things will improve under the present set up, I would back Yousaf to take over the captaincy for now. He is the senior most in the team after Inzamam (who in any case has retired from ODI cricket). And he has already thrown his hat in the ring. At the same time, with an eye to the future, I would back either of Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq for vice captaincy. Both of them seem to have a permanent place in the team. As to Salman Butt becoming captain, give me a break, his selection even as a player is far from certain!

  • Khurram Dawood on April 14, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    ONE AND ONLY SHAID AFRIDI - GIVE HIM CHANCE AND HE WILL TAKE IT A SHER. INSHALLA. otherwise i cant find any other captain in Pakistani team. Thats how good our cricket is. GOOD LUCK

  • Sara Shah. Canada on April 14, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    OH Come On! Younis .. what are u grumbling for. you dont mind when this nation gives you the honour and you are selling from Pepsi to Bank's products. and by the way you get money for what you do if you were doing out of love and no money then may be you were right. You should be asahmed of yourself for what you have done Allah gives honour to those who deserve it I am glad you know that you dont desreve it. Please stay out of Pak cricket you will serve us better. Yousaf way to Go and I am sure Allah will bless you with greta success. make Salman your assistant.

  • KHURRAM SHAHBAZ on April 14, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    i think younis khan do not deserve to be a part of a pakistan team any more.how many times he had played well when pakistan is loosing.he is not a match winner and i really think we should give a chance to any other youngster.salman butt is good looking guy , he can be a long term captain.it dosent matter if we win or lose because if by making inzi a captain we cannnot win than give these youngster a chance.and about the board i think all of them should b fired.

  • Buddy shah -Toronto on April 14, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    Short and Sweet splution : Captaincy is an honour so give it to one who takes it like that yes I mean Yousaf is the right choice and get shaoib malik as his deputyy. younis is too arrogant the guy disrespected the national sentiments by rejecting an honour and a chance to convert CHALLANGE in to OPPORTUNITY.. WHAT A COWARD CANT BELIEVE HE REPRESENTS THE BARVE PATHANS. hope PCB will put him im his right palce. let him serve county cricket where he feels pride.

  • Fouad Khan on April 14, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Yousuf wouldn't have been my choice for captaincy, but his proactiveness to take over the job shows that he means business. I think he should be given a shot.

  • ark on April 14, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    Dear sir, I would like to apply for the post of Pakistan Cricket Team. I never played Cricket but my name is also BUTT and I belong from Punjab. I hope you will give me one chance. Thank you and Regards.

    Sincerly Yours

    S.BUTT

  • Saqib on April 14, 2007, 16:24 GMT

    Younis did the right thing. Most people will want to avoid the wrath of crazy and fanatic fans of pakistani cricket. Being caption will mean that you will be judged on your every move, your every decision will be scrutinized by "expert cricketers" sitting in their drawing rooms. The Pakistani fans need to get some sense knocked into them. Get a life and find other ways to let out their frustration.

  • Rabiya on April 14, 2007, 16:15 GMT

    In the light of Yousuf's approach to the captaincy issue and Younis's decline, the team seems to be heading for another retake at history. In my humble opinion, it only seems fair and perhaps foresighted to kneel towards the senior player first trend - for now. I'd make Yousuf the captain for a head start giving him a clear short-term objective of stabilizing the situation making way for Malik (the vice) in a year/year and a half's time. In this way, I'm hoping Malik would be spared by the rest of his team and give him time to place his feet firmly in the ground for his destined role. As for S. Butt, yes I know he can speak English and personally, wouldn't miss mimicking our players' linguistic skills. There is, however, a big BUT (no pun intended) in his case. It is still early days for him and maybe it would be better if he started by securing his position as more of a Anwar first.

  • Esaam on April 14, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    hi i think younis khan made the right decision, b/c family is important to everyone and they should be first in someone eyes.i think yousaf will lead the team and he can lead it.

  • farooq on April 14, 2007, 15:45 GMT

    great news, younas khan got more chances than any other player in pakistan and still has the modest average in one day game. PCB should not stress him to take the captaincy if he dont want to be a captain. i hope this deceision will benefit pakistan and will open oppertunities for new players. Younas khan has created a history of accepting his weakness and lets hope he will stick to his deceision.

  • MJUNAID on April 14, 2007, 15:44 GMT

    YOUNIS KHAN AND CAPTAINCY PEOPLE its a Responsibility, KHAN cannot take it JUST FOR TEH SAKE OF anything. WHEN adhocism rule, when all is at the will of one person and mush more that we dont knwo and Khan Knows......He says NO! Becasue he knows it wont work, let someone else fail rather than him. Remember its not a responsibility At teh moment U NEED a LAMB to sacrifice, Younis Khan does not want to be that. THE Whole system and the ones ruling it are in mess, U talk of country needing you. Country needs us in many more quarters rather than Cricket only!

  • A Mirza on April 14, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    Salim Altaf is one of the most responsible person for this debacle. He should have been kicked out long ago. If he stays in along with Wasim Bari and Nasim Ashraf, you better kiss good bye to Pak cricket. It is shame we still do not know who are the culprits.

  • Nusrat Hussain on April 14, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    I would respect Younis for not accepting the captaincy and honestly revealing his incapability or disinterest in the job. Yousaf has now shown his interest and very rightly he is next in the line. But captain requires a different material, not necessarily the most senior--- the job requires experience, knowledge, performance and above all the gifted nature of taking the right decisions at critical times. I would agree with the choice for Shahid Afridi; he is three in one with batting under a question mark, but no confusion about his bowling and fielding. Captaincy will bring maturity to his batting too. We need a dynamic captain at this time who could build a severely damaged team having lot of potentials.

  • M. Khan on April 14, 2007, 15:30 GMT

    Well - I am glad that Younis didn't take the captaincy as we don't have to deal with his emotional and weak character later - no matter what the reasons were - if he had been a strong character, he should have considered an honour to lead his country at a tough time even if he had to do it with some pre-conditions. Good that we found out about his deficiencies now than later if he had been in charge. I also wonder as to why he clung on to vice captaincy if he didn't have the mettle to lead the country through tough times.

    Now to alternate candidates - Yousuf - even though he is an automatic selection in both forms of the game doesnt have the personality to lead the team - maybe he is looking to use the position of the captain to further his tableegh work in the team and outside. Razzaq and Afridi are not always automatic selections - specially in the test team and they don't seem like captain material to me. Case in point - watch Afridi's interview for Champions to know that he doesn't have the maturity and mental level to lead the national team - maybe his departmental team or Karachi side but not the national team. Razzaq also doesn't seem to be captain material. The two Shoaibs do show some leadership potential and mental capacity to be the skipper but they are not always an automatic selection due to performance, fitness and other issues. Salman Butt's name has been mentioned but we don't know much about his capabilities. Maybe its worth the gamble. South Africa did it with Graem Smith. I know that SA and Pakistan are two different cultures. Pakistan team is still not a group of true professionals. They still follow a hierachical structure where the juniors have to follow the seniors and a junior can't ruffle any feathers. I believe that PCB should be run as a professional organization and the team should also reflect as a true professional organization instead or run like a military institution where the seniority takes precedence over capability and intellectual capacity.

  • faisal on April 14, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    I think PCB should appoint a strong coach without any captain.May be that will be the solution of this looooooooooong standing problem

  • aftab on April 14, 2007, 15:14 GMT

    Damn it stop this drama now.We are sick of watching this drama for last year or so after oval conteroversy the things never look good for Pakistan cricket.I think we at the moment have got one of the WORST cricket administration in the world.Look at our PCB chirman and his cabinet all of these people are just trying to look after their job.No one is really sincere about Pakistan Cricket.Everyone want to be powerful as said by JEWEL of Pakistan cricket Mr Younis Khan LOL.I dont think this guy really deserve the captaincy at all.Even his position in team is in doubt. I dont understand what they have senn in YK to make him the captain of Pakistan team.We have already seen his behaviour during last years mini world cup in India. As far as Pakistans world cup exit is concerned I dont think it is sometype of upset.They deserve this type of result.Look at the attitude of senior players.Nobody really sincere with cricket.So thats the lowest. Lets now think about future.What to do now.I think we need to filter pakistan cricket and get rid of the rubbish, first from cricket administration ,then from cricket team.People like Nasim Ashraf and Salim Altaf should be shown the doors,thats enough.Make some body who should possess some cricketing sense PCB chairman and lay foundation for some solid constitution.Secondly give the players some confidence they are humans as well.Leave the IN and OUT policy for some time.Inject some fresh blood in Pakistani cricket team.So I will pray and hope that Pakistan cricket will soon regain the top spots in the Test and One day cricket. Inshallah.

  • Nusrat Hussain on April 14, 2007, 15:14 GMT

    I would respect Younis for not accepting the captaincy and honestly revealing his incapability or disinterest in the job. Yousaf has now shown his interest and very rightly he is next in the line. But captain requires a different material, not necessarily the most senior--- the job requires experience, knowledge, performance and above all the gifted nature of taking the right decisions at critical times. I would agree with the choice for Shahid Afridi; he is three in one with batting under a question mark, but no confusion about his bowling and fielding. Captaincy will bring maturity to his batting too. We need a dynamic captain at this time who could build a severely damaged team having lot of potentials.

  • kami-dallas on April 14, 2007, 15:12 GMT

    spin queens for pakistan is only solution guys. Has anyone considered the name of danish kaneria as captain? he is aggressive too.

  • chudhary on April 14, 2007, 15:08 GMT

    We need Majid Khan as the chairman PCB & he should appoint the new selection committee.

    Ofcourse Nasim Ashraf & Salim Altaf out of PCB

    Yousuf as captain & Shoiab Malik as vice captain

  • SALMAN on April 14, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    Younis did the right thing. People call him selfish? do you guys know younis Khan? He is considered the most selfless players in Pakistan team. People are dying to become captain but he is refusing it. What is the selfishness in it? country needs him in this time? what is country is it the map of Pakistan or the people? We saw how they treated those players. now without any apology they want them to play like nothing happened. If it were only the demonstrations still they are acceptable. Howcome people call their homes and threatening them to kill them or their family members? when people act like that then they deserve that. I wish good luck to Younis Khan for his brave decision. The problem Pakistan has is not this team its the management. there should be democracy and the firts class cricket should be played between cities or provinces not between some departments, where nobody knows whats going on. when the cities play you will get spectators for that and when players play infront ofthousands of people they will perform on heigher level too. thats what Imran Khan says and I agree with it. Salman

  • Maxal on April 14, 2007, 14:47 GMT

    He is grown out of his boots. He thinks of himself something whereas it is totally otherwise. I wonder how would he get into the team on performance alone. Captaincy might have ensured that.

  • Sreenidhi Vasudevan on April 14, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    In this frame of mind and with the histroy of declining captancy behind him I was surprised that he was the vice captain anyways. Goood riddance. I think Pakistan would benifit from someone who is interested in the job and not someone who just doest care. Stories about retirement from one day cricet are going around. I think it would be best if he retires from all forms of cricket

  • Asim on April 14, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    Another great start to Pakistan's continuous rebuilding process. Not surprised at all that Younis did not take the captaincy, another example how under pressure he always falters. In a sense it is a good thing, without his status as the next captain,his place in the team will only be judged on his ODI performances . Useless to say the least, and reason enough to remove him altogether.

    With Inzi's departure and Younis's hopeful booting or retirement spaces will open up . This is where the new selection committee will need to learn that continuously recycling the same players will not be the solution. Pakistan will now need an infusion of youth with a blend of experience to bring their cricket back to respectability. They will need to learn and adopt from the selection systems in place for the power countries the likes of South Africa and Australia.

    With plenty of time until a major event, the board has started with one thing right, suspending contracts and giving performance based ones. However in order to make those work they will have to implement terms for each and every player especially the youngsters coming in. A term such as 3 months for the younger and 6 months for more experienced players to give each player a fair chance to prove themselves. Upon completion of the term the player should be evaluated and extension given for those who have performed well, and removal of those who have not. Too many players have been wasted by being kicked out for one or two failed performances, only to reappear years later when no one else is available. A prime example is Imran Nazir who not being in the team for years reappears to open in the biggest tournament in cricket. While other players have played poorly for months and remain because they performed well a year or two years ago. This system is not to uncommon in North American sports. In all the major NA sports, a player is drafted from youth systems or acquired through trades/free agent market and then given a run. If the player doesnt work out majority of the time he is traded/released midway through a season or at the end of the season not a week later.

    Hopefully we will see something new from Pakistan now, but knowing full well that something will come go and then come back again only repeating past failures.

  • Altaf Nazim on April 14, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    First of all, let me say that Kamran Abbasi is doing what he does best: put up a fan where there is a lot of smoke! He has a penchant for doing so.

    In the west there is something called "separation of church and state" meaning keep religion out of politics. Taking a similar analogy, Kamran decided to add that into this whole affair, which frankly is no one's fault but those 11 players who couldn't concentrate on cricket. Kamran, who found nothing interesting to write, decided to put religion in the whole thing, knowing quite well that Muslims around the world can be riled up in the name of religion (no wonder we have problems with ALL other religions, and EVERYWHERE we decide to migrate to!!!) He added: "Things can only get better, you might think. But then again, that's what Tony Blair sang a decade ago and look what he did."

    Let's pretend we all are engineers and do a little reverse engineering. So what did Tony Blair do and what does it mean in this context? I am assuming Kamran is talking about the "debacle" where "poor, benevolent" Saddam Hussain was dethroned in Iraq. Oh, don't worry if he was killing hundreds and thousands of Iraqis in his country and not letting anyone practice their fundamental rights, or for his PROVED connection of supporting any and all terrorist connections (including our home based Al-Qaieda). The trend now is to be "bush/blair hater", coz how dare someone say anything against Islam? So what if we attacked those poor people as PLOs, in 93 on WTC, in Bosnia, in Kashmir, in UK... Basically the actions taken should have been much stricter, but they are not perfect too...

    So, you see, Kamran's analogy goes down the drain about the "debacle". Pakistan cricket should seriously see a pattern of each player's performance and have the balls to put them on the bench if they are below par. How about thinking all those below par performance support Bush or Tony Blair? Maybe that would help in showing them a way out? But maybe people will not burn effigies this time for them, they might just kill them. After all, our peace loving religion surely teaches us this...

  • Abdur Rahim Khan on April 14, 2007, 14:29 GMT

    Every body is talking about captaincy.first we must know why do we need captain? we need captain to do man management.Man management mens to control and use their man working under him in diffrent ocassions,countries,crisis,atmosphere, and cirumtances. the manager/captain can be 2 types, Inborn manager like Imran Khan or Wasim Akram and learned manager/captain like Inzamam or waqar. here I must say we need Inborn Captain to take out our team from crisis. Who is inborn captain now in our team??

  • Zain_toronto on April 14, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    Give Mohammad Yousuf the Captaincy. End of story. No matter the outcome, if he WANTS it give it to him. His feats in the past year deserve whatever he asks for, and if he wants captaincy, so be it. There is no other obvious or jaw dropping candidate.

  • alisikander@hotmail.com on April 14, 2007, 14:24 GMT

    He who leads is Captain. To solve this imbroglio we should take a look at past strongest Captains. All of them were leaders in their own area atelast either Bat or Ball. All round performance is the need of new era's cricket. This is not a prediction in anyway but a clear forseeing that after some 15-20 years this game will entertain allrounders good bowlers and batters! Lucky enough for a few leaders PCB can pick one of them who we can count on fingers..Let's count them and check if they are captans material. Yousuf - Leading Batsman, but he is a kind of another Inzi hence not suitable for captaincy at all.. Afridi - He could be an Orthodox leader just as his Orthodox bat n ball!, could be the best choice. Red Alert!!!If Provided with Pashto translation of the bylaws of powers the Captain!, bats well, bowls well and fields extremely athletic, burden of captaincy might settle him calm on the crease 'the only thing he struggled throughout his entire career'. Younis- He is ambitious, full of zeal but only as Vice Captain or Acting Captain and never a leader in any aspect. His disapproving behaviour proved that he doesn't hold his head on the Captain's shoulders. He is more like Salim Malik. When Inzi is out team need him to strengthen middle order and even more if Yousuf is selected as Captain..

    Kamran Akmal: Hmmmmm He is the strong nerve energetic hunk..He can handle the pressure very well. In such a situation he won't be close to the last choice.

    Abdul Razzaq: His inactive dospoition disqualifies him of this seat contrary to that he is most wanted player forever!

    And we can't count on Asif Akhtar or Rana...and even Butt..

    Hello PCB we are left with many fingers.. No no-- I am not that mean, we are just counting wh cdould be the captain.. in a team there should be atleast 5 players capable of Leading from the front.. we have at the moment got none.. bring in the new kids.. we want to see Cricket not Politics..

    Qualification of Irelnad and Bangladesh in Super8 has blemished the interest.. If India n Pak were to replace them-every match would have been a thriller. Now semifinals will be like Super8s and Final just like Semis... Pakistan and India has tarnished the WorldCup2007..Let's get ready for the next big one!!!

  • Raz on April 14, 2007, 14:19 GMT

    If Yousaf is happy as a captain he should get this chance he proved himself in 2006 as a wonderful batsman. As far as Younis and his behaviour is concern he not more then a circus whether in or out the field, one should be proud to lead his country regardless of the circumstances.

  • Faraz on April 14, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    We Need Shoaib Malik As Captain!!!

  • zaigham shah on April 14, 2007, 14:06 GMT

    In my view younis khan's decission will serve good for the future of Pkaistani cricket. He might be a team player but history suggests that he has the following traits: i) Fickle Mind ii) Hot temper iii) False arrogance

    captaincy is an honour for the one who takes it like that. as for pakistan cricket we are perhaps going through once again a very troubled time. as for our Mr. Nasim ashraf well he has learnt the art of making a fool out of our nation rather quicly. appointing an inside man in Mr. salim altaf so no team member can speak his mind.. grow uo. if he was an honest man should have never resigned and once resigned should have never taken back.... God bless our team and everyone associated with it.

  • Asad on April 14, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    The only best option : MOIN KHAN, he has proved before and a hard hitter too. at present crisis he can manage the pressure well and lead team in aright successful path. In the mean time Mohammad yousuf be retained as Vice captain to get groomed to take post 2011 WC.

    Neither Afridi nor malik has leadership capabilities and it's not age what matters but interpersonal & man management skills definitely matter in this present crisis.

    Wisihing a good luck for Pak team.

    Asad - Hyd, India

  • Mudasir on April 14, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    Captain? I think these poor guys need an Imam sahab to lead them or better a psychiatrist. Younis, I think has taken the right decision. If you can't do justice to the responsibility then it's better to decline it rather than make everyone suffer. Inzi should never be a captain of any cricket team. He never possessed any leadership qualities and to top it all, he has poor communication skills which bring embarrassment to the whole nation. If he is so religious why did he insist the he made the captain? Younis is a good player and he knows his limits. He is being honest that he can't do justice to the role this time.

  • musharraf naveed on April 14, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    i have just read on cricinfo that yousuf tableeghi is begging for captaincy by saying that he is next in line and has scored runs also. in this way he will prove his critics right , when he converted to islam and joined inzi tablighi group some critics and especially his family said he has done it to take top job in team. only God knows what is in his heart but by begging captaincy two or three times after world cup he is making his impression bad. i think at present only shoaib malik is right choice, afridi is also good but has not cemented his place in team but after becoming leader he can become more responsible . some people on this blog and sarfraz nawaz also are favouring salman butt for captaincy,poor guy has not permanent place in team and they are talking about his captaincy. don´t expect every one to be Graeme smith these south africans and australians are truly professional cricketers and much more mentally tough than paki moulvis. they never blame kismet or pitch for their defeat. actually pakistan team did not deserve to win this world cup because they are more suited to be in Raiwind and do tableegh. i would appreciate pj mir for his bravery , he has told the nation that these highly paid guys are actually serving for Tableeghi jamaat of Raiwind doing tableegh most of the time than focusing on cricket . to pray during flight is not a bad thing but to pray it bajamaat and not on their seats is just DAKHAWA they can pray it after completing or before starting jorney if journey is not so long like in caribean islands (it is not so long journey from one to another island) and as mentioned by javed a khan that how many times in his daily life inzi moulvi says salamo lakium bismi.... first of all thanks to Allh.........before talking to everyone then why he says it to non muslims especially europeans who does not even understand it, it is just DAKHAWA because it is being told to him to do so by bigger moulvis of Raiwind .

  • Imran Jamil on April 14, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    Salim Altaf should just be kicked out literally. His attitude is of someone who owns PCB and Pakistan cricket in general. On top of that I just can seem to understand that how can they all just walk away from taking responsibility when PCB and the team management just simply did not prepare enough and completely refuse to listen ignored all the concerns that were brought up ahead of the world cup. Now they must bear the burden and take responsibility and someone should also ask Inzimam to stop crying and and simply apologise without making excuses. He should remember when you become a dictator like figure and admit it that there is nothing wrong with it either then you must also have the brains to be able to exercise that much power smartly. I request all the blind in power people to please throw Saleem Altaf, Wasim Bari and that idiot Talat Ali completely out of the scene. They all have the attitude of Vultures. As far the new captain is concerned it should either be Shoaib Malik or Shahid Afridi. No matter how Afridi is he has that type of personality which can manage people.

  • sabbir mahmood on April 14, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    dear cricket lovers,salam i reckon shoaib akhtar should become captain.if he become captain he will perform much more better.trust me.salman butt should come back u can give chance to taufiq umar as a wicketkiper come batsman. hasan raja,yasir arafat can be brougt back.u should give more chances to asim kamal.thank u.khoda hafej

  • AMIN S on April 14, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    Younis Khan should have accepted the job. He is the best available Captain in the team. As far as M. Yousuf's wish to captain Pak team, well, we do not need another religious Captain otherwise the team will be in the same condition as it was in the recent past. We all practice and believe in our religion but Cricket now is like a professional job which you have to do very professinally if you want to achieve success in the highly competative cricket world. Look @ Aus and SA how professinaly they play and achieve success. I am sure to achieve that success they must work very hard. We need to adopt the same hard work and professinal approach which I believe the religiouis leaders like Inzi, YOusuf and Mushtaq cannot bring and they should be kept away from any leadership position in the team. M. Yousuf is a great batsman, no doubt, but I think he will not prove a good leader. If Younis do not accept then we should go for Shoaib Malik. I don't know anything about Sulman Butt so no comments for him. Can someone consider Kamran Akmal for this job?

  • M. Hafeez on April 14, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    Mohammed Hafeez should be named captain! Please do this!

  • Wasim Jamal on April 14, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    I think Shoib Akhtar is a good option but he is always out of the team, but IF he is fully fit, and has improved his attitude, then i think he should lead the team because he is a strong man, with loads of ideas in this head,and also will be able to lead the team in his difficult time, other option, i would say that can be big gamble aswell, Shahid Afridi, he is very strong man and can be a very good leader, but again it will be a big gamble, Shoib Malik i am not sure, yes we can follow the trend of South Africa but i think its too early for him, he should be vice captain, Yousuf is average option aswell, as this buy is very honest and he is a man with principles and also he has done alrigh as a captian for Pakistan in the past.

  • ali - birmingham on April 14, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    First of all i think Pakistan should have 2 captains...1 for the ODi team and 1 for the Test Match team - this model can work successfully as proved by the Aussies who had Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting as their respective captains - with the younger ODI captain going on to replace the Senior Test Match further down in the future.

    The test match captain should be a senior player with a solid temparent and understanding that it is a 5-day marathon and keeping a cool head under pressure...i think Mo Yousaf should get this.

    The ODI captain should be a more dynamic and younger captain due to the speed of the game - he should be able to inspire in the field leading from the front (fielding well...unlike inzy!!)......looking forward to the future...the names that come to mind are: Shoaib Malik - very reliable batsmen, handy bowler, decent fielder - with captaincy experience from the domestic level (although his tantrums are well highlighted!!)

    Shahid Afridi - unpredictable batsman , very good one-day bowler and very good fielder...would definitely have the personality to get the team playing his way...maybe too temperamental though.

    Salman Butt...a very good ODi batsman (who should have been in the world cup squad) - made matchwinning innings against Australia and India, good fielder, i am unaware of his captaincy experience at any level but he can speak english which does help....although i feel he may too young this time around - he could be a darkhorse though and a very BOLD selection.

    the name i want to throw in here is HASSAN RAZA - the guy is a good middle order batsman, good fielder and close catcher, a vocal charcter in the field and he has captained the Pakistan A-team successful,he is only in his mid -20's - lets not forget the guy made his international at only 15 - so he must have talent...and with Inzy retirng from ODI i think he would defintely fill the middle order role aswell (better than Faisal Iqbal and the like!!)

    As i Pakistani supporter - i will back whichever captain is appointed - i just hope a forward-thinking decision is made and the youth is given a fair chance - Razzaq, Akmal, Rana, Shahid Nazir, Faisal Iqbal should all be be selected solely performances and not reputations (and connections.)

    i would like to see either Butt, Malik or Raza as the ODI captain.

    Finaly Younis - has insulted the country by refusing to lead a team when Pakistan is in a crisis...i hope he retires from ODi because he was never a One day player and he has had more than enough opportunites - give the youth a chance.

    khuda hafiz

  • hemi on April 14, 2007, 12:56 GMT

    yusuf is the only clear candidat that should captain pakistani. pbc is playing into politics too much they just a puppet of political and religious factions.

  • Ahsan on April 14, 2007, 12:54 GMT

    I dont think no one is happy with Younis khan, and the way he passed comments about pakistani public aswell, he made the world laugh on on pakistani public, i live in england and here in england they laugh on us pakistanis just because of his stupid comments, i undertsand his feelings but he should not go out in the media and mention this again and again, he spoilt pakistan's name, and also i dont think he wants to play for pakistan any more, i think he just wants to go england and play county and make money there, that is why he want retirement from one day cricket aswell, he wants to play county cricket in england and make money and i tihnk thats all he wants to do now and I am very happy that younis khan will captain the pakistani side as he is not performing well as batsman, have a look at this one day average which is just above 30, and that is not good in one day cricket and personally i belive that the main reason why pakistan lost those important games in world cup was main because of him because he came one down, and he should have played in a more sensible way not like he played, i think he doesnt even deserve a place in pakistani side as batsman or as a selfish player, I think either Mohammed Yousaf or Shoib Malik should get the captancy, and i hope that Pakistan cricket board will improve there structure atlast as it crap from last many many years, they should stop politics in crickets, if they do that i am sure 100% sure the team will improve by far and very soon.

  • Shakeel on April 14, 2007, 12:35 GMT

    too much talking any thing what is happening inside PCB, and younis decision is showing all the things.

  • Pradeep on April 14, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    Younis khan is matuared enough to know what he has to do. Well it is nothing like leading your country. The real challenge if younis calls him self a gutty cricketer who has given his heart and soul to pakistan cricket would be to lead the side take up the challenge and start winning matches and win the next world cup for pakistan..... Younis is negative from the start. i dont think he should be given captaincy. further i dont hink he should even be in the team with such a negative and demanding attitude. I think shoaib Malk should be the next captain and Abdul razak should be his deputy. I also think the PCB and the Pakistan govt. should take every step to provide security to the teams and their families, you cant expect any player to perform when your families are getting death threats as younis khan says.

  • Rangu Subrahmanyam on April 14, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Kudos to Younis for admitting his disinclination towards becoming captain. Its a brave move, considering he wouuld have definitely known the repurcussions and the bad press (selfish, cowardly, etc., etc.)I don't think that any cricket follower would ever argue with the fact that captaincy should be yearned for. Probably Yousuf then. Solid record against the best, and a thoughtful student of the game. In the absence of Bob, Pak cricket needs someone who is passionate about his team and bullish about his leadership potential. All the best to Pakistan. Something on the lines of the phoenix rising from the ashes springs to mind...lets hope for the best!

  • Imran Zia on April 14, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    At the end end of this commission's inquiry we will find out that they will come up with such general type of suggestions which you an I can assess and eventually rest the blame on the selectors and Inzi. What is the use when Inzimam has already taken the blame for the debacle. The suggestions would be improve the domestic cricket give the selection committee more powers and improvement in pitch conditions. A circus it is! Younis Khan has refused the captaincy and I think he is still affected from Bob Woolmer's death. From what we have seen he seemed to be closest to him and is really saddened. If someone could send this message across to Younis the people who burn effigies, wait for them at airports and threaten their families are not at all cricket fans. They are usually people who would have lost betting their money on Pakistan and are a mere minority. Shoiab Malik seems to be the most evident choice at the moment as Mohd Yousuf, Salman Butt and Abdur Razzak are absurd choices. All three are from Lahore that goes in there favor but all three are very poor fielders. You need the Captain to stand in the 15 yard circle and all three cant stand in slip, galli, point, covers and vice versa. and you cant have ur mid on mid off in for the whole match. All three belong in the outfield.

  • Faheem,Chicago,USA on April 14, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    Yestarday,I gave some names for test & one day team.Now here are some names for management.:

    Chief Selector :Amir Sohail Selector :Rashid Latif :Azmath Rana :Aquib Javid :Shoib Mohammed :Tousif Ahmed

    Coach :Javid Miandad Asst.Coach :Asif Mujtaba Bowling Coach :Waquar Younus

    Stay with these peoples until next world cup.Watch them with patience,evaluate their performaces after 2 years and renew it for next 2 years.

  • Dr.Usman Khan on April 14, 2007, 12:22 GMT

    I have played school cricket, and I scored lots of centuries.I went on to play club cricket but due to studies was not able to go on to play international cricket.Perhaps I should be made captain of the team.I am as much qualified for the job as was Dr.Naseem Ashfar for head of PCB. Remove this man from the job and find some expert,perhaps why not hire someone from Austraila.More then foreign coach we need an expert foreign head of PCB.

  • A Mangla on April 14, 2007, 12:16 GMT

    I am reading some of the responses where the readers are complaining about lack of security and players working with bad pitches etc.. well, ... they're professional. That's why they make the big buck! Rest of the countries stayed in the same hotels and played on the same pitches. However, I think it is waste of time to "investigate" the cause of their earlier exit. In the end, it is just a game. Better teams won. I do admire Afridi as a player, but he will not be a good captain. Shoaib? Yousuf? Hafeez? ... oh and.. I think Aqib will make a good coach!

  • Ray London on April 14, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    Asalam U Alaikum To all, i almost read all the comments, everyone got there own choice but i wil stick to most of the people who says younas is not worthy of captaincy, wel i m very close friend of him but stil i dont want him to lead pakistan in one day cricket because i personaly think he is good for nothing in one day as he accepted ystrday in press conference that he wil stick to test matches i think its a gud decision from him he should have done this couple of years back anyway i think SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI or SHOAIB MALIK they deserve to be a captain of Pakistani Team and they already has experience of captaincy as Afridi lead karachi couple of times and Malik did that too by leading sialkot i guess, they both young got good future so i guess its worthy to give it try and PCB should think abt all this too because i guess there is a problem with our selection committe too i simply dont undrstand that when some is giving good performance in domestic than why dont they give them chance in pakistani team rather thn sticking to these old chaps? and whn its come to perform they do shit? they play with whole nation emotion they play for fucking money not for country? sponsors? money money and money thts wht they play for? (i think most of u wil stick wit me on this), just to make it short i think PCB should get rid of all old chaps and make some young pakistan captain and inshalah if they wont perform straight away no problem but i bet they wil be able to give everyone hard in 2 years time (bcoz the recent team is not doing anything either so its best to get rid of them lot and get someone who is going to play for pakistan for next 10 years) i hope this time PCB wil make good decision in favout of pakistan cricket, May Allah give all of them hidayat and himmat that they play for pakistan not for money Ameen

  • Bilal Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 12:01 GMT

    I know Younis Khan for more then 15 years now and i know that he can't do this without force, as I m thinking there some thing going on in the PCB. and with Kamran Akmal's performance being the way it has been I would suggest to bring back Moin Khan not only in the team but as captain of the ODI and Test. He had the guts and leadership qualities and at this point Pakistan Team need a Person who have played under Imran Khan.

  • Aamer Ali on April 14, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    how bout givin kenya or ireland the test status instead of turkey?!

  • Aamer Ali on April 14, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    well...in short....we need a young captain...prolly someone like shoaib malik or abdul razzaq....

  • sami on April 14, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Personally, i dont think there's anything wrong with younis rejecting the captaincy. We're not in his position and so we can't say what's right or wrong or why he actually refused the job. It might have been better for the team had he accepted, but if Younis Khan doesn't want to take the post, it's his choice at the end of the day. Not many people have sacrificed themselves for the team before, so why should Younis do so now?? If you want to focus on what's good for the team, why don't you ask Nasim Ashraf depart? Now, that would be a good start. As for the captaincy, I'd go with Shahid Afridi or Shoaib Malik..

  • Kailash on April 14, 2007, 11:47 GMT

    Im not surptised about Younis' decision. What Im surpised is the fact that you had mentioend how Bob Woolmer was baffeld of Younis' decision during the Champions Trophy.Its a known fact that the players are not happy with Younis being at the helm.They definitely feel Mohamamd Yousuf is a much senior player. Morever they know that Younis Khan does not have a great one day record.How can one accept a captaincy when he does not ahve the team's backings??The past couple of weeks has also seen Afridi in teh Captains race!!He is one who ahs a public spat with Younis Khan in the carinbbean during their earlier tour.I only feel that when a person like Afridi who does not hold a definite position in the team is ready for Captaincy, your team still has got lots of headaches to overcome in the near future.

  • Junaid on April 14, 2007, 11:41 GMT

    I would personally like to congratulate PJ Mir for his statement and especially Younis whom i believe took the best decision. I mean really, take a look at other countries besides Pakistan and India and see how their fans react when their sides are loosing. For heavens sake, its just a game not the end of the world.....and the players must get a grip about religion. They were just desperately showing off repeatedly....i mean the pakistan cricket team has a history of match-fixing allegations against them and now all of a sudden they have become religious?? one who is truly a godfearing person tries to apply standards in every aspect of his life instead of being hypocretic and showing off about it. Pakistan cricket has a long way to go truly and thats why i believe Australia is the side they must attempt to imitate in terms of infrastructure, domestic cricket and most of all-way of thinking. As far appointing a capable captain, lets not make rash decisions and keep all options open. have rust in our players, i believe theres enough talent available and with Professional handling rather than political, Pakistan may fight its way out this crisis

  • Ramsha on April 14, 2007, 11:37 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a JOKE! They are definitely turning out to be the laughing stock of cricket. What a shame!! My view: Pakistan should be banned by the ICC. Reason: Doping scandals, match-fixing scandals, zero professionalism shown by people at top management positions. Final verdict by me: Get all the corrupt individuals and politics out of the cricket system if you need Pakistan cricket to prosper!

  • Malik on April 14, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    Salaam to all the brothers & sisters.

    Firstly let me start of by saying, could we people stop blaming our Religion for being knocked-out of the World Cup.

    PJ Mir is a complete fool for blaming an "overdose of religion" as the cause of being knocked-out.

    Let's not forget that we are Muslims first then Pakistani if someone choose's to wear Islam as a badge of honour then let them, all muslims should, however, people should not be presserised.

    Religion is personal, lets keep it that way, Islam was not forced on the millions of people in this world, people are muslims by choice.

    Regarding Pakistan Cricket, we should shake-up the whole setup, this should be done in consultation with ex cricketers who actually know the game, played-it, & have been successful, a bit like how India have done now post World Cup.

    We need to take a leaf out of Australia's setup.

    We need an independent PCB who are paid and know how sports administrations are run.

    We need a good domestic setup including pitches, & facilities.

    We need a professional fitness coach who can get the players in shape this includes stamina & conditioning.

    We need technical coaches in the 4 key disciplines, i.e batting, bowling, fielding & keeping, Names which spring to mind are Javed Miandad (Batting), Wasim/Waqar/Aaqib/Sarfraz & Qadir/Mushtaq (Bowling), Jonty Rhodes type person for fielding, & Moin/Rashid (Keeping)

    Then we need a strategist (The Great Imran Khan) type person as Head Coach/Team Manager.

    We need to choose a captain for the Future, one who has the ability to lead, & also has a killer instinct.

    Choose a squad based on Merit.

    Put all this in place, along with paitence & then inshallah we should see the fruit of all the hardwork & new infrastructure by winning the 2011 World Cup along with a whole host of other series & tournaments.

    Many Thanks,

    Allah Hafiz.

  • asim akram on April 14, 2007, 11:30 GMT

    Having witnessed the two Pakistani matches live in Sabina Park, I strongly think that Younis should have been fired. This team needs to get rid of players like Inzi, Younis, and Yousaf. We need young players who were literally busting their butts during these matches while these three were casually walking.

    We need Captaincy from a young player and be allowed to take risks and given the full support of the team. Politics and grouping should be banned. I witnessed that at the Hotel where the team was staying...

  • Hassan on April 14, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    First of all, in Pakistan why are captains and coaches such an issue. A coach is supposed to teach the players the skills, and how to improve their game, and a captain is to implement all the planning that has been done prior to the game, which he should be a part of. However, the real person behind the team should be a thoroughly professional 'Team Manager', like for eg. in soccer. The manager should be solely responsible, for the selection of the team, backed by good scouts, and should also have the responsibility of selecting the captian. The PCB should have no concern watsoever in all these things, and should work on improving the depleted infrature of cricket in Pakistan. All the day to day decisions regarding the team should be the managers responsibilty.

  • Zakir Khan, Ireland on April 14, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Kamran Sahib I don't agree that Younis should have immediatly accept the capataincy if it was offered to him.u played the same emotional drum of patriotism etc. ''I wonder how somebody could refuse the leadership of his country at a moment such as this?'' I don't buy this idea any more. first make a correction in ur statement.u r not offering him MUSHARRAF's job as I don't think Musharraf has any intention of leaving his job for the rest of his life. Younis comes out to be a very clever person out of this whole captaincy issue and honestly, I doubted him to be such a clever person before.he saw his predecessor Inzi and the way he was mauled by the media and people after the WC debacle.he knew that he can't be a dictator captain like imran khan so no point accepting a job which will eventually lead to a debacle like that of Inzi. I feel that now as Younis is out of the competition for captaincy,AFRIDI will be a better choice.honestly speaking I never thought before that AFRIDI can be a choice for this job but now I feel that he is the only person at the moment to captain Pak side. he is a person from the Trible belt and myself belonging to the same Belt I know that the people of these areas have got the agression and the fighting spirit which can compell them to raise beyond the limits and thats the killing instinct and fighting spirit which is missing in Pakistan cricket at the moment.he gets reckless at times but give him responsibility and he will tame down according to the requirement of this job.

  • Khizar Hayat on April 14, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    I wonder whether salim altaf is lucky or very influential; even he escapes the pakspin contributors. Hardly a single line about him although there are pages over younis.

  • Javed Arshad on April 14, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    Younis Khan might have been a bad performer,but he is certainly not a bad captain, and definately not a selfish man. Look at it this way, the board concededs on all powers to the captain, offers him a free hand in everything..complete power and authority...i dont know too many paistani's who would refuse this.. but he did. so the question is not about him its about wht brought him to the stage where he refused. To go against a natural instinct (and all men are power hungry) is not an easy thing to do. So, kamran for a change, why dont you stop complaining and try to explain this. With the power you wield as a more than ordinary coloumnist who ppl read, Why dont you try to give this side of the story as well..or do you believe there is no other side to it?

    And all thoes hailing Shahid Afridi for captain..ill say this much.. "Its not most brute strength and ferocious fighter that makes a good General, But bravery, valor & boldness to know when to conceede in order to succeed" ..and ordinary Generals lead you into battle..Good Generals Lead you to Victory..

  • Malik from UAE on April 14, 2007, 10:52 GMT

    Sir, i wanna ask why to ask Mr. YOUNUS the role of captain? As he has already rejected the offer before Champain Trophy. I think Shoib Malik is offcourse a better choice with the support of players like yousuf, butt, razzak etc. And as to keep the DR. as PCB Chairman, so i think that Musshy thinks that Pak cricket needs a Doctor. I think captian should be like Fleming or smith, lead fromt the front.

  • Murtaza on April 14, 2007, 10:51 GMT

    So you're asking why Salman Butt should be made captain while he isnt even in the 1st eleven? have you ever checked your ignorance and wondered WHY he wasnt in the 1st eleven? when you're blaming the failure of Pakistan cricket's admin, selection committe & the infastructure - dont you think that MIGHT be related to Salman Butt's exclusion? pick an argument.

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on April 14, 2007, 10:49 GMT

    PCB, the (Pathetic Catastrophic B......s) ..... Must all be fired (fired as in shooting).

    This ‘free-fall’ saga of PCB’s hopelessness is a never-ending tale. For GOD’s sake, someone should stop this misery.

    I hope the next big news should NOT be that one of our ‘boys’ is charged with the murder of Bob Woolmer.

    God have mercy on Pakistan !!

  • Mohsin Khan on April 14, 2007, 10:46 GMT

    Salam Kamran Saab,

    You seem to be promoting the idea that religion is the reason for the performance decline in nearly every babble you write. Could you please provide a clear argument for how praying in the Plane or saying bismillah can affect your ability to hit a ball. Could you also please explain why the less religious players of the team also failed?

    The reason for our defeat was because it was the natural conclusion of the year long drama PCB had been entertaining us with. Naming and Shaming players after surprise dope tests, Hair issue, Younis refusing captaincy at the champions trophy, shoaib pushing and slapping bob woolmer and what not. Poor captaincy, fielding and lack of strategy also played a part in our demise. It is really shameful that people such as yourself feel the need to take a shot at religion and make something a scapegoat which is totally unrelated the debacle.

  • Dr.Faisal on April 14, 2007, 10:44 GMT

    I can't believe that Younos Khan is a pathan.Nothing could be honourable than to lead your country.It's a cricketers dream.I am stunned that Younis have turned down to lead the team.Well what will the jokers in the bloody committee would do now.Have any thing came good out of this committee since 1992 after the retirement of Imran.Isn't there anybody who would fix thingsup and cure the wounds of billions,billions of fans outside Pakistan.

  • Ahmed Sheikh on April 14, 2007, 10:42 GMT

    I feel very proud today that I admired Younis Khan and he has the Courage to show this whole nation the Mirror, how they treat their national Hero's. I was reading the comments of most of the writers Criticizing Younis and his personality, I know you people have been demoralized by the defeat but there is no threat to you or your families is it?, but what about these players who are first questioned like Criminals and their nation is letting them to die, Threatening them burning their pictures only because they were not able to win a Dam World cup!. This World Cup and Cricket is a small thing but the real thing is the behavior which we as nation don’t have. He showed us our Ugly face and Ugly behavior and now we have nothing to do but to criticize him rather than accept the reality. I am Really Proud of You Younis.

    People say that Younis doesn’t Deserve place in ODI's tell me does Stephen Flaming a Top World Class batsman. there may be many better players than him but no captain like him, look at Michael Vaughan does he deserve a place in ODI's but he is the captain, New Zealand has lost twice in Semifinals to Pakistan in World Cup 92 and 99. But their public admired them; South Africa lost to Australia in 99 Semi Finals but their Nation Praised them as if they have won the WC when they arrived. We must realize this is a game. A Game in which some one has to win some one has to lose. Like any other Fan I am also disappointed but this is not the end of the World. Countries Win and Lose Wars, but still lift them; Nations are destroyed but still have the Courage to Build from Scrap and Reach Skies. But Wish we have the courage and Temperament to understand.

    I believe that the best and rather choice PCB has is and will be Younis khan, since he has shown even in this matter that he has the courage to stand tall. And that’s we want. Those Guys who are in Favor of Malik or Butt must remember that this is Pakistan a country in Subcontinent not South Africa, even in South Africa when Smith was made the Captain, Boucher and L.Klusner didn’t accept him, same happened with Wasim Akram after Imran Khan retirement when there was a whole group who revolted and this is law of nature this will happen again. As said by J.Minadad you have the player power in the team which will not be easy for any young captain like Butt or Malik.

    I would request and Say a big sorry from the whole of Nation and Public to Pakistan Cricket Team Especially Inzi and other Boys for Our behavior. I hope Younis Bahi Would like to forgive us and accept the Captaincy since we really need you. You are rated by Imran the person who really knows how to discover the hidden talent and I know you would not disappoint us.

  • Freesia on April 14, 2007, 10:38 GMT

    I don''t know why PCB is sticking with this avergae player for captaincy. Look at his ODI records, Avg:31 , SR:73 .... he is a below average player by todays standards. India's Kaif has a better record than this so called pillar of Pakistan batting. This shows the lack of talent in Pakistan. This is also a shame for the whole pakistani fans that such a low calibre player is refusing the much honoured captaincy role. He must be asked why he accepted the vice captain role. Also PCB bosses should be taken to task for wasting time and efforts on such a low calibre, less talented individual. Younis should be kicked out of tests as well.

  • Saima Kamal, USA on April 14, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan cricket will go the way of hockey - unless we can make swift and meaningful changes. Why do fans like us have to suffer these nightmares and heartbreaks? A lot has been said about Player Power. How about Fan Power? Lets all write letters to national dailies calling on Gen Musharaf to sack the ad-hoc committee. Lets have a proper constitution and a proper board. The so-called performance evaluation committee's farcical nature has already been exposed. Salim Altaf sitting in judgement on himself! The result will be nothing but pure drivel. Witness Talat Ali's answer when asked about the reasons behind the WC debacle - batting failure. What brilliance!

  • Faiz Khan on April 14, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    Well.... here we go again. I really dont want to say anything coz its just like beating our heads against walls.... THEY ACTUALLY CANT HEAR... But I wish that this ends up as a wake up call for the people of Pakistan at least... GUYS DONT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, COZ THESE GUYS DONT EITHER!!!! But I hope with all my heart that we can live and see similar times which we saw with IMRAN & WASIM as Captain.... This would be my playing eleven if I could select them 1-Salman Butt (Has to work on his off-side) 2-Imran Nazir(Give him some time people) 3-Shoaib Malik(Can be a legend) 4-Mohd Yousuf(Already a legend) 5-Asim Kamal(HIGHLY under-rated) 6-Kamran Akmal(Has to fix a position-not like a yo-yo) 7-Abdul Razak(Has to be more consistenet) 8-Shahid Afridi(Whats the point he never listens ;( ) 9-Danish Kaneria(Needs guidance) 10-Mohd Asif(Backbone of Pak-Attack) 11-Mohd Sami(Theres no other option till Shoaib returns) .... What do you think !!!! Awaitin you response....... AM STILL PROUD TO BE A PAKI !!!

  • S A Raja on April 14, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    Hello Mr. Kamran,

    This is Raja writing from India and am also a regular reader of your articles and comment posted by fans.

    Believe me, we were so happy for Pakistan when they won the world cup even though India were ousted in the semi finals. The commitment the players had during that time and the great captaincy of Imran won the WC for pakistan, but the present bunch lack the same commitment and the desire to win is not there at all and it is very dissapointing when you the same happen to the Indian team as well.

    As long as we allow petty politics interfere in the game of Cricket, like they happen in India and Pakistan all the time we will still be watching the same tamasha being doled out to us, perhaps even till the mext WC in 2011.

    I think we need to take a leaf out of the Sri Lankan team if we really want to be at the top.

    Raja

  • T on April 14, 2007, 10:20 GMT

    The last time i checked the dictionary Journalism didnt have 'critic' or 'nonsense' in its definition. I made a post in a previous article saying the same thing. I remember Australia losing to Bangladesh not that long ago. But i dont remember criticism beyond hell or major effigee burning. Nothing of the sort infact. Being in Australia at the time, the local media actually got behind the team (something i doubt you have heard of) supported them and no where did i see harrassment of players or their relatives. Even when they lost the ashes, it was bad, but the media actually encouraged the aussie players to go and do it next time. Little harrassment, big results (guess who won the ashes next time around). Its very easy to blame in the face of defeat. Had we won the world cup im sure you would be the first to say 'i told you they could do it....' but since we got knocked out its all backlash and retaliation. Quit the harassment, start the solution process!

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on April 14, 2007, 10:10 GMT

    Mr Zarak Khan's comment is interesting (posted on 13th April) and I genuinly feel that he is right, for it is about time that we must take some drastic actions. There is another comment which really sounds reasonable is from Lala from Usa (again posted on the 13th Apr). One fails to understand why are the players upset and why should we try to pacify them, they have not performed well as such they definately deserve all what is being done and said. what the players should do now is to jointly address a press conference and appologize to all whole nation for their bad performance as well as their misconduct this should also include the sellectors, the others in PCB. After this the PCB should pledge to the nation to ensure accountability of each and every step/act of theirs in the future. This is the paramount requirement as all the players and the PCB officials are guilty of letting the nation down. They have been letting us believe that what ever they did during the last 4 years was something of a plan towards the build up for the world cup and see what they have achieved.

    Some body also suggested here that Ramiz should be made the PCB chairman, a sound advise indeed, but I think that Ramiz enjoys the current job that he has more than being the head of PCB. This does not however mean that we cannot have his services for PCB, what we can do is make him a member of committee to oner see the cricket affairs in Pakistan and also have people like Aamir Sohail, Asif Iqbal, Haroon Rashid and Mudassar Nazar in this committee which shoud have a consultative status. This committee must also have at least one representative from each association and a qualified one, not just a rubber stamp representative who acts more of a HMV rather than a true representative. The associations also need to streamline their house and set some order in their functionings as well.

    Captaincy issue at the moment is not the most important matter, there are other things that has to be sorted out first and then the PCB should ponder about such non issues.

    We must wait and see what the performance evaluation committee's findings and only then kick up such issues, for if we dwell into all these matters then the hot issue of the performance evaluation will die its own death and that is what the PCB wants and I have a feeling that such issues are being orchesterated by PCB simply to divert the attention of us all from the high profile issue of performance evaluation.

    1. Once this is sorted out then we must have the constitution in place. 2. Appoint full time paid sellectors...an independent body with full authority and the coach to act as a co opted member of this committee. 3. Finalize the appointment of a coach alongwith his support staff. 4. Then comes the sellection of the team worthy of representing Pakistan. 5. Then we sellect a captain and vice captain. This should be the last priority. The captain should have full on field powers and nothing to do with the type of pitches that should be prepared as well as sellection affairs. 6. We should have good cricketing pitches with a decent ballance between bat and ball, and not like the pitches that Inzamam used to dictate the feather beds on which he could show his batting prowess and pile up tons. 7. PCB should appoint a secratary of the board again a full time paid professional who should also have the additional charge of Media managing and he should be the only one who should be allowed to release statements and comments in the media. 8. The Chairman should try and keep his big mouth shut and concenterate on managing the PCB only. Statements relating to policy matters should be handled through the secretary only.

    Above steps are necessary and must be implemented immediately.

    Rgds............pakigreen

  • Aamer Waqar on April 14, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    I think the whole situation is hopeless. If there was any hope (with the resignation of Nasim Ashraf) that has also diminished with him back at the helm of affairs. But I can say one thing with alomost surity that with this type of circus going on, Pakistan will repeat its history of WC 2003 and 2007 in 2011 as well. I can't understand that why in the first place people like Nasim Ashraf has to be appointed again and again? Is there any dearth of capable and deserving people in Pakistan? If a "competent" person can be appointed in case of organisation like PIA then why can't be it done in case of PCB? Perhaps PCB is treated like an absurd organisation and is a big source of obliging personal friends. With this type of thinking I am afraid the things will never improve, instead it will go further down.

  • raheel on April 14, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    i think younis khan is the good captain for pakistan or second option afridi hes young and energetic m sure he can be a good nest captain for pakistan .

  • Tariq Mehmood on April 14, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Hi to all,i am absolutely shocked after reading some of the recomendations such as giving top job to salman butt,, R u guys insane that guy canot bat at any number and you giving him the captaincy GIVE ME A BREAK...he is v v v week on balls bouncing just from a good lengthand swinging slightly,, and any coach will confirm this,, As far as younis khan is concerned if he does not want to do give it to shoaib malik,, he is a decent bat and a mature lad by now,, Thumbs up for Malik:)

  • Haseeb Sadiq on April 14, 2007, 9:54 GMT

    Pakistan should consider themselves a very lucky nation to have a tremendous player like Younis Khan in their side.He is a great team man a fantastic batsmen who will go on to be one of the greatest ever talents the nation has ever produced.PCB should do everything in their powers to make Younis Khan change his mind and lead this team.He is a great ambassador for Pakistan and will go on to be the greatest captain we have ever seen if appointed.We must hold on to these players, give them the respect they deserve and support them.I hope Younis will lead us because under his leadership it is our destiny to be the best in the world.

  • Kamran Khan on April 14, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    Im ANGRY, I have to say this, Younis Khan is an idiot if he does not want to be captain, and like Imran Khan said why did he become vice captain? and also he has refused it before at the champions trophy, what i say is if you are so hurt by the Pakistani fans why play cricket at all! This man makes no sense and same old Pakistani Cricket something is always going on, cant we just play cricket as it is only a game at the end of the day.

  • Hassan Abbas on April 14, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Well, Younis Khan is a gutless guy. Nothing has been done here by the fans as compared to what the Indian fans have done to their cricketers. Wasim Akram had to go through all this in 1999 and if you remember well,we lost to Australia in the finals and not in the first round like this time around, but Wasim continued to be the captain cuz he had guts and dats y he was such a great player. Anyway, a lot of people here are suggesting that Salman Butt should be the captain, I dont think so, cuz Greame Smith was a regular team member of South Africa when he was made captain, Salman has been out of the team for almost a year now, he must be under a lot of pressure if he is chosen as an opener in the first place, let alone the captaincy. Besides, I have a gud memory and I remember how people cricticised Salman when he was performing badly, everyone wanted him out of the team specially after Pakistan's home oneday series 4-1 defeat to India. I think Afridi is the most deserving guy at the moment, if we do want to take a big gamble then I think Afridi is the man to go for. The only bad thing about thi decision would be that it would either make him or break him, but one thing is for sure the team will survive, it has survived for so many years in such bad situations. I know it is the worst crisis time ever for Pakistan but we will get out of this too INHALLAH. I do want to thank all the people who r supporting this wonderful game here in Pakistan even after the team failed to perform miserably and broke their hearts. Thank u Pakistanis and thank u Kamran Abbasi.

  • Rehan Najam on April 14, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    Fawad Alam should get a chance now.As he has shown his success in domestic cricket and hopefully the tour of Bangladesh will be a good for him to cement the place in the national team.

  • Mir Mohammad Ali on April 14, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    Good. Now AFRIDI should be the captain. He is more energetic and more mentally and physically fit. Its the best way you can hold the horses if you put responsibility on AFRIDI's shoulder. IMRAN KHAN was just like him until he was named captain of the side and then he groomed tremendously.

  • Adnan on April 14, 2007, 9:31 GMT

    atlast, a wise decision from younis khan. he was a burdon on team, in ODI's. why didnt he performed good in world cups or any other matches before world cups, coming one down. Your best player should come one down, and he is no where good in ODI's (he is a good test player though). and why does the stupid PCB went after him, they should have left him out of squad. younis knew that most of public will not accept this, thats why he retired from ODI's. I think Afridi or Malik should be captain and vice captain. And why is their name of Salman butt as captain? He is been out of team from months, and his experience is less also? why ? Because he can speak english ? or why ? I m feeling happy because a burdon on ODI team has gone down. and the PCB were selfish not to select inform yasir hameed(38 avg), instead they took out of form Hafeez(17 avg). and what did he did in first two games ? as usual. PCB behaved liked children from past few months, hope this changes soon.

  • M.K.Beg on April 14, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    If he (younis khan)dosnt want the captaincy of our country,(he may have his reasons, which i am un-aware of)then, he is not good enough to don the green cap of our country. he should play for yorkshire only.

  • Owais on April 14, 2007, 9:17 GMT

    Like my comments when Inzi decided to throw in the towel (in terms of captaincy and one day cricket), I guess Younis did the right thing. I agree with him that his performance as captain in the past and as a players in one days in general and world cup in particular was shambolic. He is not a captain material and he seems to agree with my comment. Good riddance ( I mean only Younis the captain only). As for his credentials with respect to test cricket, no one can challenge that and his place is secured in the test set up along with Yousuf, Akhter (if he is fit), Asif (if he is fit), Gul (if he is fit) and Kaneria. On the fringes you have players like shoaib malik who if apply themselves properly, can be permanent in test cricket like one days. So where do we go from here ? I guess Shoaib Malik or maybe Afridi. Mohammad Yousuf is too nice a guy to lead Pakistan team, he should concentrate on his batting just like Younis and maybe Inzi (if fit enough). Razzaq ? well this guy has no brains, he sometimes fails to manage himself, let alone managing/leading the team. I would like to see Salman Butt stepping up but based on his last 1 year performance, he should be happy if he can only become an automatic choice. Another radical step could be to bring in Moin or Latif as captain. That would solve wicket keeping issue as well as captaincy issue. But I guess induction of these guys will bring in politics and groupings of the past. Malik or Afridi. Finally please get rid of Akmal and Farhat. Only one amongst Razzaq and Mehmood should play, the other being the 12th man (and vice versa, depending on conditions, fitness etc)

  • Kashif Zaman on April 14, 2007, 9:17 GMT

    unfortunately no one can help pakistan cricket unless the crcikters themslef realise what professionalisim and dignity is.

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman on April 14, 2007, 9:16 GMT

    Nothing will happen until PCB becomes a professional body. There should not be any place of personal linking and disliking above country's interest. Time has come to take harsh decisions to revive Pakistan Cricket. Many actors of the drama must leave the play, now the questions is who will ring the bell?

  • roomi on April 14, 2007, 9:04 GMT

    Give Younis Khan a break. Notwithstanding the diastrous results and the public anger he was also the one player who was closest to Bob Woolmer. Its understandable that Cricket captaincy is not his priority right now. I think some of the pple who are commentating could be a little more sensitive to this fact.

  • Abdul, England on April 14, 2007, 8:55 GMT

    Younis Khan is correct to decline the captaincy. Anyone who knows anything about cricket, can clearly see younis is a team man, but not a puppet. After being treated with so much disrespect after playing his heart out for pakistan cricket, why should he take it. If people understood that, maybe then they would begin to understand how to treat cricketers as human beings, and not verbal punching bags. Finally, Kamran Abbassi, u seem to have a complete negative outlook on all aspects of pakistan cricket. It really does surprise me, and makes me wonder whether you actually know anything about cricket at all!

  • mansoor on April 14, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    bring back inzamam. i wrote some days ago in this blog that you will soon see how important is inzamam for keeping this team united. now he is not around and already we are in a pickle. everyone who critised inzamam had forgatton that inzamam united this team, a job which no body had done during last 15 years. now he is not around and you are going back to the pre-2003 situation where no body was willing to move along with others. i think it will become even worse. Shoab Akhtar will never play under the captaincy of Razzaq or afridi and so on. i think we can make new captain for one dayers but for Test, we should persist with inzamam as long as he is playing. if naseem ashraf s resignation can be rejected why not inzamam's.

  • Adnan Nawaz on April 14, 2007, 8:48 GMT

    Salam, the nation has been same over the years, in fact we still have a lot better sense of hospitality as compared to our neighbours. The decision announced by the younis khan has really generated number fo questions in evryone's mind. First of all i believe younis donot even deserve this honour, as i was sure he will be offered for CAP. Infact i will back younis decision for retiring from ODI, because he is not a kind of ODI sweet. I think younis has taken a good decision for himself and Pakistani cricket. Once the pefformance based contracts will be introduced, i guess as a captain younis will be the one, with a hell of pressure and ofcourase everyone knows about our nations baheviour(Excellent excuse) Shoaib malik is an excellent option, as we need someone who can handle pressures and i had seen this agility in shoaibs baheviour. We do need a mix of aggression and calmness in leadership and shoaib possesses both. Salman butt and yasir hameed should be given chance and with once shoaib akhter and asif will be back, InshahALLAH team will be on track.

  • Waqas Hussain on April 14, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    There is now a need for an innovative captain, who is young, and has fresh ideas. Pakistan have absolutely nothing to lose in any case as to who they actually chose. Let's be honest, how can Pakistani Cricket sink any lower. Salman Butt cannot get into the team, so how can he be the captain? There are only two valid candidates. Not Younis Khan, because he has already demonstrated his captaincy skills, most notably a first round exit in the Champions Trophy. Not Yousuf, because as good a player as he is, captain he is not. That leaves Shahid Afridi, and Shoaib Malik. Both young, and adventurous players, who bring the excitement back into Pakistan Cricket.

  • Adeel Sarfraz on April 14, 2007, 8:32 GMT

    He made the correct decision as he is wary of internal politics within the team. Unless Inzi completely leaves cricket at all levels, I dont think any one in their right mind would take up the captaincy. Inzi has been playing politics in the past and he is doing the same right now. If some one else becomes the captain and Inzi is in the team playing then I can predict the results of the team right now. I just hope that politics is eradicated from the Pakistan cricket setup.

  • Khurram on April 14, 2007, 8:17 GMT

    Kamran for heaven sake, stop advocating Younis Khan case... he can be a good captain only in ur eyes and other fools like Imran Khan who are just going by emotion and have just closed their mind after making a pre-conception about him.

    1)Younis is not tactful and discerning. Can't be flexible enough to adapt his mind to changing conditions. CAN NOT think with an open mind. 2) He is childish and just goes by emotions. 3) Above all his one day record sucks big time. Just one century in hundreds of matches? what kind of batsman he is in ODI then? look at his average, simply pathetic, shudnt be even in the one day team alone with this record. 4) he is not motivated at all nor dedicated enough to lead the team.

    So why oh Why he's been dubbed as future captain? just coz of his impressive cameos in Pepsi Ads and billboards?

    Theres a limit to everything and we Pakistani nation shud use some mind at least when favoring someone so blindly!

  • Asim Kawal on April 14, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    Younis should go back to Multan and make adds stating " I am Younis Khan, I am a loser, I am a failure, I am a childish wimp and....I am part of HBL' ! Thank God we're free of this loser. I never wanted him to be Captain anyway...he doesent even deserve a place in the One day team. Bye Bye Younis.

  • Hussain Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    Hey guys, I feel that Younis should not be given another chance with out any doubt and even his wise captaincy should be taken away from him. I don’t believe that its due to any internal politics or any thing. Every body was aware that he will be given the captaincy whether PCB or the whole Pak or the whole world so no surprises but instead of taking the opportunity he has rejected it second time. He should be allowed to play as a normal player and give him few opportunities and if he doesn’t perform throw him out since realistically he doesn’t deserve it in any case. He has only made few centuries (double centuries) against India and that’s about it, however give him few chances. If he fails throw him out. Job done!!!

    Concerning captaincy Malik is the right man for it any day and train him and give him the responsibility. I am sure he will perform as he has earlier at any stage of the game. Inshallah

    Hussain

  • Khizar Hayat on April 14, 2007, 7:28 GMT

    I think its a bit unfair to judge younis by oneday record; for long he toiled at no.6 and 7. it was only after his vice captaincy, he got no.3 that too after malik got injured. besides his overseas record is good in ODI'S.

  • Selina Khattak - Islamabad on April 14, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    I am glad that Younis'Pansy'Khan will not be the next Captain. I still have not forgotten his disgusting behaviour before the Champions trophy when he disgraced himself and the whole of Pakistan with his childish actions. Pakistanis unfortunately have very short memories and as such we let him keep the Vice Captaincy and now the PCB made the cardinal mistake of offering him the Captaincy as well. However, thank God, that while the PCB continues to remain incompetent, the Pakistani cricketing public, fans and experts have publicly questioned Younis's suitability for the position. I am glad he had the decency to step aside, although being Younis Khan, he had to throw in his two cents of crying and whining into his statement. Nevertheless, good for Pakistan. The next Captain should be a young player without the Tableeghi baggage and someone who has the ability to stay in charge for a long time. This rules out the likes of Yousef,Razzaq,Afridi,Akhtar - because none of them are Captaincy material and never will be. Yousef has tried and failed before, and that was before he became lazy and lethargic and joined the tableegh so you can imagine how bad he would be now. Razzaq does not even deserve a place in the team going by his performances since 2004. He is a lousy fielder and looks like a loner rather than a leader. Afridi should not even captain a club team let alone the national side. And Akhtar's issues should not be forgotten in the current crisis...he is a basket case on the best of days and has no business coming near the leadership of the side. That leads us to the best 2 candidates - Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik. I would go for Salman Butt as the Next Captain because he shows the leadership qualities, and the intelligence that very few young players possess. Malik would be a good deputy to Salman Butt, and together these two players can help rebuild the team. Salman Butt, also has the advantage of going through the Academy structure, he is a very good student of the game and he can be Pakistan's Graeme Smith, and even better if given the opportunity. With the appointment of Salman Butt as the Captain, however, the PCB should also draw a line in the sand for the seniors such as Younis,Yousef,Razzaq,Afridi,Akhtar etc that if they do not cooperate with the new Captain, then they would be out of the team. We must support the new skipper and if the seniors want to play politics, their butts should be kicked out of the team immediately.

  • Arsalan Hamid on April 14, 2007, 6:45 GMT

    Thank God Younis didn't take up captaincy and i seriously hope that he decides to retire from one day cricket. In 146 innings he has an average of 31.15 and he was part of the Pakistan's so called heavy weight middle order. Ok, he has been performing well in the test arena let him play there but for GOD sake let him go in ODIs he is not worth it. He has been given so many chances, if any of other talented players would have been given so many chances they would have grabbed them by both hands.

  • ME on April 14, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi you are the stupidest journalist i have seen in my life.... r u just trying to get attention to ur self? No wonder ur not a popular journalist because all u find are negative things. Younis made the right choice and he has always given his all in the field..when he is fielding or batting. I think it's time to give captaincy to shahid afridi as he shows imran khan type leadership qualities and vice captain should be shoaib malik. Razzaq and Yousuf are defensive captains. Also Salim Altaf needs to be fired just like kamran abbasi!!!

  • farrukh on April 14, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    I am not very religous(I wish I was) but I understand very well that religion if practiced makes you more disciplined.In my opinion being religous does not prevent one from winning cricket matches!!In any case I wonder why PJ Mir did not see this issue before accepting the job with all the priveleges.Now PCB is disowning Mr Mir(he is not part of PCB administration anymore!!)

    I suggest Pakistan should voluntarily withdraw from International cricket to get time to fix the problem.

    Shoaib Malik(one who avoids going to countries where pitches are fast) and Salman Butt(another substandard player possibly future Ramiz Raja) have strong support from Punjabi lobby!! One of them shoud be selected as the captain to complete the destruction of Pakistan cricket!!

    Cricket teams from Sindh and NWFP shpuld apply for membership to ICC!!

    Inzi should be the Chief of Army Staff while M Yususf and Yunus Khan should share the spots for Chief of Naval and Chief of Air Force, so that integrity, discipline and accountability can be achieved as mentioned by Dr Nasim Ashraf last night, after meeting the " honourable" President.

  • Atif Yousuf on April 14, 2007, 6:09 GMT

    Salaams Kamran,

    Well I am not surprised at all on the latest actions and manner in which Mr. Younis Khan has declined the captaincy and hinted on ODI retirement. Younis, as most of you people wud agree to me has always been on the selfish side rather than a true patriotic who wud dare to live by the sword and die by the sword for his country. Wheather he is a true patriot or not? well I say it doesnt matter especially after his actions of the past and now at present to step back from all the responsibilities of a professional cricketer and also the senior one in the team. Well most people including the great Imran Khan might have thought Younis to be an ideal captain but amidst of all there assumptions and judgements they forgot that a captain who leads doesnt lead only a 12 man squad, he actually leads a nation and thats the reason why its so important to have a captain who is not only honest but a man of substance, dignity, honour and someone with a wholesome character. Poeple in our country had made Younis a false hype for a long time without even realising his true character traits. He might be the most honest and straightforward person in the team at presnt but there is more to a leader than just these two mentioned traits, which im sorry to say younis lacks big time. He runs from responsibility everytime (because he wants to enjoy according to him)and instead of concentrating to help lead pakistan team he is more concerened with the politics of the PCB Board as if its a new one for our nation. There always has been a great influence of politics in our country's cricket and everyone knows about it and yet still people like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim akram, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Inzi atleast had the courage to say YES when the country looked to them when it mattered. And in my personal view Younis doesn't even deserve the captaincy or the vice captaincy in the first place as I have always thought of Muhammad Yousuf to be the worthy successor of Inzimam since the very first day. Forget about the captaincy role as far as Younis is concerened, I wud say he still has to prove his place as a proper batsman in the ODI for Pakistan for as long as my memory is concerened Younis has never delievered in ODI when the big stage has been set for pakistan be it World Cup, World champions trophy or anyother important tournament including more than 2 countries. Once again, I wud personally recommend Shoaib Malik for the captaincy as he is young, athletic, full of character and determination, brave and daring and he has tried his best to deliver and showed he has the heart to play when everyone else in the team is flying back to pavilion in this present failed worldcup campaign for pakistan and in past tournaments whenever he has been given the chance and also he has the age and time on his side. We can have a real "GRAEME SMITH" like character in the captaincy role for Pakistan if Shoaib Malik is given the confidence and backing of the people and the miserable PCB. Muhammad Yousuf is best choice for the vice captaincy role and I assure you if this pair which will be the mixture of youth, energy and experience is given the chance together then Pakistan cricket will be in some kind of stable form after all. As far as other names like shahid afridi, shoaib akhtar and abdul razzaq is concerened according to many of my country mates then I have a sad news for them cuz none of these people have stabilised there position in the Pakistan team for a long time and they still lack that extra effort either in the batting, bowling and fitness levels which either keep them out for a long time or they click once in a blue moon to save Pakistan in crunch matches. Likes of Azhar Mahmood doesnt suit the present setup of Pakistan cricket team for the future at all. And last but not the least I dearly want to mention the sad name of Mr. Salim Altaf as to ask him and request him to gently and with dignity resign and step down from the PCB finally as he does not belong at that position and he does not deserve to play and harm Pakistan Cricket anymore as he is equally a pure villain in this whole sad demise of Pakistan cricket structure since the past and his ongoing presence with such ingnorance will only make things worse for pakistan cricket. Mr. Salim Altaf is a man without any shame or moral character and if he does not want to leave PCB then I demand the Goverment or the PCB to take action and make him resign as soon as possible. If everyone else has resigned then he should also resign. I still hope that my comments dont go unnoticed and that atleast someone responsible in the PCB shud agree and do something about this once n for all to help save Pakistan cricket.

    Regards,

    Atif Yousuf, UK & Karachi, Pakistan.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 14, 2007, 5:52 GMT

    One question baffles my mind what is the urgency behind appointing a new captain, our next series is in October which is five months away, why can’t PCB first implements the new constitution first, and let the new elected committees take charge and let them pick the new selection committee, Captain, Coach and manager, at least this way there will be fair representation of all the provinces and everybody will be content. Why again the ad hoc committees and the chairman are taking the decisions, I think the senate or Parliament should look into this and Nasim Ashraf should be stopped from taking any major decision before the new constitution is made and implemented. This whole performance evaluation drama is a waste of time and energy, it’s the same old "Look busy do nothing create confusion and Leave" type of thing. The Ex-Players and the committee members will make some TA/DA other than that this committee is not going to yield any results we all know that.

    After his last meeting with Nasim Ashraf Younis Khan said that "he was willing to take the job of Captain, only if he is given more powers.” Whereas today in his statement he said "They offered me the captaincy with full powers," Younis said. "The PCB said they would also be appointing a strong selection committee to back me up. But I refused after thanking them for their offer."

    He further said "I am still hurt and upset at the sort of hostile reception we have got since returning from the World Cup. I have always given 100 percent for my country. But when your family gets threatening calls and our effigies are burnt and our pictures put on donkeys, then I can't lead the team in such circumstances." I have been a strong critic of Younis Khan bcz of his recent performance, and his emotional outbursts. I think he is playing dirty mind games bcz first he demanded more powers now he is blaming the public behavior for his reluctance, I think behind the scenes something else is going on bcz his statements are in contradiction. Furthermore the revelations made by PJ Mir raise the issue of players involved in Tableeg while at Job,this is the most important issue right now and PCB should take disciplinary action against the players.

  • Shahzad Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    Dear Kamran

    I have been a regular reader of ur blogs and appreciate ur deeds of bringing crucial issues for open debate.

    My views are following:

    1- Younis Khan has never been deserving for ODI squad. He remained part of it, just because of the fact that Board was grooming him as a definite captain for the side in both forms of the game. By rejecting captaincy offer, he has done un-juctice to all the favors and grooming of board. Investment wasted.

    2- It would be foolish on board's part if he is still made captain for Test's side as he has proved himself non-worthy for this responsibility.

    3- Inzi was a forced leader, not a natural one. But he was daring enough to take on the job and did his best. Look what is happening to him now. If we disgrace such a man like this, it's logical result would come in current scenario "Jootiyon mein daal batt-na" isey hee kehtey hain.

    4- The Greats of Pakistan (Javed, Sarfaraz, Qadir, Rashid, Aqib, Waqar, Waseem, Amir Sohail) must remember how they had behaved on their time. Every single one them was "Daada" of their time and since they have got TV Screeens to be appreared (that too with money earning), they have got a tool and licence to disgrace others.

    5- While criticising Inzi, why Miandad forgets the cheap act of his own, for playing 1996 world cup.

    6- For Inzi, don't be dishearted, man. By criticizing u, beyond limits ... all these Biggies are, infact, acknowledging how great u are and how much "small" they feel of themselves.

  • jhony on April 14, 2007, 5:15 GMT

    i agree with you 100% but is there ne 1 listening in this country

  • EAMIRAN on April 14, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    Younis turns out to be delicate flower and rejects the captaincy offer - Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt and Razzak are being bandied as possible captains, when 4 out of the 5 cannot even justify their place in the team?

    Holy *#@% ! Can it get any worse than this for Pakistan cricket? How many times have we asked that question in the last few months thinking this is it - this is rock bottom ? The answer just keeps slapping us in the face, reminding us that this is just the beginning of the end. In my opinion Pakistan cricket is hurtling towards oblivion - still in free fall - 10,000 feet in the air with no parachute and just a 4 inch thick moltyfoam mattress on the ground to break our fall. May death be swift and painless!

    P.S. U-19 skipper(whats-his-name)as skipper anyone?

    P.P.S. Could the aggrieved party responsible for trying to blow up the Generals motor cavalcade, blow up the good Doctors'instead?

    P.P.P.S. Please make sure Saleem Altaf is seated next to him. More bang for the buck.

  • David Wijekoon-Pereea on April 14, 2007, 5:06 GMT

    Do you actually read all the comments? I love the one from the Khan guy in Montreal - Political Cricket Bureau. But really, Pakistan have got what they deserve. Religion is a private matter, but to fawn it in public the way the team did is showing off a nation's inferiority. Pleased that Mir had the guts to mention this. So, Pakistan, hile you contempalte your next step, get rid of the Miandad rubbish and t-shirt junk. No wonder your former coach, Richard Pybus quit. Politics and religion (or is it the other way around)are ruining the sport. There was none of that even in the first days. It is only since the old BCCP was scapped anf replaced by this toady organisation that your country has fallen prey to its own narcissim. Davis

  • Faridoon on April 14, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    Why is the PCB in such a frenzied hurry?? They are only making things worse. Why not let the World Cup get played out. Let the players be with their families, they need a good support system around them and time. Tell them all to take time off.

    Instead there are chaotic ad-hoc committees being formed and meetings being held seemingly everyday!! If the captaincy had been offered to Yunis maybe a month later, maybe he'd have accepted it. Who knows even now maybe he will. But the point is that the players are mentally very disturbed at teh moment. The board instead of understanding that is putting more pressure on them by trying to investigate reasons for the World Cup failure and making players worry even more about their places in the side.

    At a time when our stressed out players need support from the PCB, all they are getting is more pressure. The PCB is irresponsible, disjointed, and immature. I wouldn't be surprised if more players are not so psychologically affected by what's been happening in Pak Cricket of late that they are unable to ever perform well on the cricket field again.

  • zarrar on April 14, 2007, 4:57 GMT

    Finally!! someone noticed this farce abt saleem altaf...

  • Shiraz Mohamed on April 14, 2007, 4:31 GMT

    I am an ex South African and a die hard South African supporter, of course. Pakistan is my next love after SA and have I have supported them since with sincerity since I first saw them playing England under Intakhab in 1971. After all the sadness surrounding their World Cup campaign in the WI and now the captaincy dilemma, I really believe that the PCB has to take a serious look at themselves, the game in Pakistan then the personal protection of the national team. Under such chaos and disorganization, I am not in the least surprised that Younis Khan declined the captaincy and thinking of quitting ODI's. Had he been an Australian, South African, Kiwi or even Sri Lankan and been offered the captaincy of his national side, would he have declined? Of course he would'nt! He would have gotten solid support by the board, fans , players and even the media at least in the short term to guage his results. In other words , he would have received more than a fair chance to succeed.But in Pakistan , it would not be so especially in the current circumstances. I do not believe his decision is unpatriotic at all. If he refused this offer while playing for any other country, where you truely respresent the national spirit, then it is understood. Captaincy in the current setup where the 'patron' is in fact the military ruler is absolutely unbelievable. Who are the players really representing? the people or the existing ruler of the country. Well done, Younis. You have endured enough. Your decision is intelliegent and unselfish and very wise. You are an amazing Test player and thats where you shall leave a legacy to rival Miandad, Imran and Inzamam where one day you will be truelly appreciated.

  • noman on April 14, 2007, 3:54 GMT

    pls be kind to the player in pakistan team,they have tried their best to win the world cup for pakistan,u should be with pakistan . u say that sulman butt should be the captain he is not even in pakistan team. i say shoaib malik shoauld be the captain of pakistan as he is soing a good job for pakistan. pakistan should find a good opener pair sulman butt and imran farat in test matches and in one day matches i think it shoaul be imran nazir and sulman butt.

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit on April 14, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    I know there was a time Pakistan was going to tour WI in seventies or eighties. Javed Miandad refused to lead becoz that was the mightiet WI and not like the current one. Javed was captain at that time. Imran Khan came back from retirement and he accepted the challenge...led and actually won the series but for WI umpiring. This is a chracter of a great man. But this Khan is a pussy cat. Shame on him. He should have offered himself to lead his country out of the crisis. Bur alas what has he done. Now even if he begs, we should not give him the captaincy. Why was he the Vice Captain, if he was going to decline and lead this country out of crisis. These are all idiots. We should have an educated non-TABLIGHI JAMMAAT captain......let us go find out....it might take months.....what a debacle...what a shame.....let us make Shoeb Akhtar the test captain and Afridi the 1-day captain.

  • kami-Dallas on April 14, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    We can now get rid of him, and bring back wajahatullah wasti(vc) and imran farhat (captain). I personally believe that wajahatullah wasti would be a great choice because of his brave personality and wonderful outlook on life. He is also really versatile and can bat at any position. Plus he can bowl his gentle offbreaks and join the spin queens in our team (i.e. danish, mushtaq,arshad khan). Nobody seems to be taking my idea of spin queens for pakistan seriously. But i believe that is the only way for pakistan. If we play arshad, danish, and mushtaq in one days (like bangladesh strategy), and have imran farhat and wajahatullah wasti at the top of the order, then there is nobody that we can't beat. Another idea i have is that we should kick out kamran akmal, and play younis khan as a keeper. We also need to drop rana, and bring back ata-ur-rehman to bolster our pace attack. I believe that only with these radical changes can we be world beaters. Thanks guys, and please let me know what you all think. Peace!

  • basit on April 14, 2007, 3:24 GMT

    Respected Kamran,

    It's just another twist in the tale and doesn't seem to affect me much.As a cricket loving nation we can only prosper if an educated,strong and professional leader is picked.To be honest, Salman Butt is the obvious choice.I have played under him during my school days and particularly knowing that he has also captained Pakistan under 12-15 and 19 to various succesess is enough for his selection.I know it's a big decision but it has to be taken now otherwise we are leading to long-term destruction.As you write for DAWN, I would request to publish an article which emphasis the issue players education and experience for the leadership role so as the dumn heads of cricket in Pakistab can read and act.

    Regards,

    Basit

  • waqas a on April 14, 2007, 3:24 GMT

    This rejection is well deserved by Pakistan....in a time of need? Don't think so.....was vice captain and recevied death threats to his family who has nothing to do with the WC performance. Southeast Asia is a place where people are quite immature and irresponsible. Why would Younis Khan want to represent a country that threatens to kill your family over a game? If he takes captaincy and the 2011 WC is a disaster.....i can't imagine how much danger him and his family would be in. i DONT BLAME HIM for rejecting to represent a country that would kill innocent parties over a game. its just rediculous.

  • sohel khan on April 14, 2007, 3:13 GMT

    Younis told that that he is hurt and upset at the sort of hostile reception they have got since returning from the World Cup. He also claimed that he always gives 100 percent for team. But when people try to burn their effigies pictures put on donkeys, then he can't lead the team.Mr. Younis, this is natural. The socio-cultural environment of sub-continent you should have to accept these.There is no question of committment of u or others players of ur team.But question arises about the quality, capability of the team members. Whether they r fit & capable & competitive in international level- this is the question.Today modern cricket is reached that a tough level where u & ur most team mate are not capable to compete.Your team will again perform badly in international competition, People will again burn team members effigies until or unless quality, body power, physical strength,level of education is improved of your team. If Dr.Ashraf or President Musharaff is elected as a captain of your team they will do as you did in West Indies. This is real true.

  • ahmad shah mian on April 14, 2007, 3:00 GMT

    we, rather the whole nation , dwelling on too much expectations,wether it be a ploitics to find a true leader or a cricket captain. At least he was honest to made it public the he hasnt got the ability or courage to lead the team. BTW i have been following this blog for a while now,and i gathered that lots of people were not in favour of younas to be captain. it think you should appreciate rather than criticise has decision. AND why not starting competing against 140 countries by playing football than hanging around those 8 nations.

  • Naeem on April 14, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    Oh sigh!!!! don't you guys feel sorry for Younis? I don't. First because he is an International cricketer, second because the tough nature of sport should make him even tougher. Tough times require tough mind and tough attitude. We can't cry godless because Bob Woolmer died or that people are treating us badly. It doesn't make a hint of sense why our Pakistani cricketers call themselves International cricketers and I have rarely seen them display confidently in the field. During my history of watching cricket, Pakistan has rarely win convincingly and confidently. They have rarely made me proud because they played professionally. They have rarely clicked as a unit, rarely have they looked brilliant in the field, and rarely have they loved their job as cricketer. I don't blame the Pakistan public for condeming the performance of their team. They have the absolute right to do so.........Yes, how could one digest losing to Ireland? And then there is Mr. Younis talking about not been able to digest the hate. People only hate because they love. We freaking love this team and want it to perform but we instead get a bunch of religious fanatic concerned more about praying a million times a day then actally and really focus on the job ahead. They have made a mockery of International Sport by displaying their religion in the stadium and having foot long beards. I have no problems with anybody practicing their religion but the recent public transformation and forcefull anology that every body else should do the same is JUST OUT RIGHT OBSURD. We need eleven players that absolutly cherish their damn job as cricketers of the nation, as the chosen one. We need a captain that wants challanges, that live on competition, that require tough and rough moments to rise up....... Will it ever happen in Pakistan? I hope so but not likely at all.

  • Y.Raj on April 14, 2007, 1:38 GMT

    I know, I know the answer to all this!! Get all the arm chair critics and form a committe to run Pakistan cricket. May be the the critics and so called "experts" should form part of the cricket team. May be then Pakistan will be never beaten in cricket!

    Get real you paki fans. Its only a game of cricket. First rule enjoy sports what ever the outcome.

  • umar on April 14, 2007, 1:30 GMT

    Why not Kamran Akmal??? Young, Posesses the talent and never shuts up behind the stumps

  • Ramzi on April 14, 2007, 1:29 GMT

    Hats off to Younis Khan, he is a man of courage and his own mind - There is no point being a puppet with the strings being pulled by idiots - ultimately he will only get the bickbats and not the bouqets !!! It is time Imraan, Wasim and company do something positive for Pakistan Cricket other than sit on their achievements and throw only 'expert' comments whilst working at fancy TV stations for filty lucre.

  • Danish Khan on April 14, 2007, 1:19 GMT

    The thing I don't understand is; why the rush to announce a captain and coach? When you have got enough time to ponder on this -and even if the candidate (Younis Khan) was the obvious choice in many quarters, time should have been given in making such announcements. There shouldn't have been pressure on him or anybody else at this point in time.

    Truly is a circus!

  • ali on April 14, 2007, 1:16 GMT

    guys....i would say younis khan doesnt even deserve a place in the team. He stepped down rightly... he must raise his game and fight for his position in the team rather than thinking about leading the team which would worsen the already screwed up one day record.

  • Imran Iqbal on April 14, 2007, 1:05 GMT

    I am so disappointed to read various comments where my Pakistani friends are unable to think beyond Akhtar (controversial & fragile) / Afridi (brainless aggressive and childish) & Younis (whimsical and pressure intolerant) for Captain. None of these deserve a place in team for one reason or other. Think fresh and bring fresh people in team who can excite nation with their talent, youth and passion for the game.. These old asses have already achieved what they were able to and we must not expect more from them. Take it easy....

  • Imtiaz Ahmed on April 14, 2007, 1:02 GMT

    This decline from Younis Khan is nothing more than a Drama just same as what he did before Champions Trophy and this is just like the resignation of PCB chairman. Sooner or later he would accept the captaincy and would say that he only accepted the captaincy on for the sake of National entrust. Though the way he got out in each innings he played in WC he doesn't deserve a place in the team.

  • Omer Admani on April 14, 2007, 0:51 GMT

    Quit with the drivel about Younis Khan. He has lost his two brothers, a coach that he endeared, and faced constant criticism thruout his career despite his selfless and decent performances. If he didn't want to take the captaincy role, fair enough. The guy has been thru quite a bit, both personally and as a cricketer, so just let it be his decision. I wouldn't want all this pressure if I were Younis Khan as well. Who should be the captain? Well, none of them are fit enough. Bring someone from domestic cricket who is a fit captain. Not Salman Butt, please.

  • usman on April 14, 2007, 0:29 GMT

    pakistan should have their test status removed for a while so they can sort things out and realise where they should be instead of half way down the rankings list. the pakis can beat every team in any tournament prior to the big games, but when it comes to the main stage they get injured, politics need to be shot down if pakistan is to ever have a strong side.

  • Rashid on April 14, 2007, 0:23 GMT

    Why not MD Yusuf. He has the most consistence batting record as well as work ethic.What good it does to have a captain like Vaughan who is a batting liability for England.Yes, rest of the batsman in Pakistan squad, except Younus has 90% probability to become Vaughan.I am sure English fans doesn't mind.He never acted crazy.He deserve this as previous vice captain.I want to see Pakistan jump back during Australia / Pakistan test series.

  • khizer on April 14, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    Wat as bunch of losers you guys dont you have anything better to do with your lives, i mean wats with posing all these comments. seriously man get a life.

  • Tariq Saleem on April 13, 2007, 23:52 GMT

    I am really disappointed at Younis Khan not taking up the captaincy, I though he was real captaincy material and would have been a good leader, specially in this time of need. By not taking up the captaincy he's put Pakistan cricket at square one again, we'll have to look for a new captain where the choices are very limited if non existent, Shoaib Malik is the only one who remotely looks capable of leading the side with any skill, but even with him there is this issue of throwing away a match in the domestic comp.

    But I also can't blame Younis Khan for not taking the captaincy, when the coach of a team gets murdered because of a loss, when you and your family gets threatened with their life becuase of a loss, when the whole country forgets the hard yards the players have put in and their past achievements and starts burning your effigies because of a loss, then any sane man with any respect for himself would do the same thing.

    I think you need to add one more thing to your blog, to turn the cricket around in Pakistan we (the fans of cricket) need to change our behavior, and support our players when they need it the most, so that there is less pressure on the players to perform and they don't have to worry about people stoning there houses if they lose a game. May be this is the reason Australia is #1, they have a relaxed mind which is only worried about cricket and not the reception they get after losing a game. At the end of the day, it is still cricket, not a religion.....just a game.

  • Sitarah Anjum-London on April 13, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    I do not understand why PCB is bothered abt Younas Khan at all. What attributes has he got to be the good captain? Just because he has been a vice captain for few years does not automatically make him eligible for this post which requires leadership skills, good strategy brain, tolerance and capability to gel the team together and lead from the front. Younas Khan hasn't got any of these qualities. I'd be happier if he moves his arse away from the Pak cricket altogether as we do not need any thick headed, arrogant and temperamental players like him. He's a bad influence. What special did he do that he should have been given a warm welcome! He should realise that whatever he is today it's due to us public and media. He should apologise to the whole nation for letting us down so badly. Remember how he gave away his wickets in WI and IRE matches. Was he blind or dumb who did not know how to play when players are standing in slip and galley to take his catch but he was playing in such a way that made me suspect his commitment and sincerity to be honest.

    Yousaf, oh NOOOO this man is so soft and weak that nobody is going to listen to him. He perhaps bullied bowlers on dead wickets but he's a pathetic fielder and too old and is not a long term solution. He does not have the personality to lead the team like Pak!! Shoib Malik is still young, inexperienced and worst thing he's also short tempered. Remember how he gave away a local match in 20-20. Is it worth taking the risk with him?

    Now what options are available? May be Shahid Afridi or a totally new option Salman Butt... It would be a lottery for Butt as he is currently not in the squad in the first place let alone be a captain of Pak team. I know some people said about Afridi that he's got temper and not consistent with his batting. But think about the others and compare who has got more positives and then accordingly consider them. In my opinion I find 2 negatives in Shahid that's off course his batting and temperament. But do not forget that he's a good fielder as well as good ODI bowler, 200+ wickets! He has been captain of local team and I think he did not gain enough confidence due to in and out policy in the national team so he should still be considered as a strong candidate. I am not too sure about Salman Butt except that he's young, handsome guy who has got good command over English and if made captain then won’t speak embarrassing English in the media like Inzamam, Younas, and Yousaf! I agree there must be some kind of educational training for all the players and they must know how to speak, read, write and understand English.

    PCB should make a list of potential contenders for captaincy and then invite them one by one for a long interview and ask them competency based questions just like in any job interviews. Assess their personality, mind, performance, ability and hunger to succeed and motivate the team and then accordingly select Captain and vice Captain. The only way to success is MERIT. If PCB still did not learn from their past mistakes and used the same old ways of selecting captains and players in the team then I bet this chaos will never end. Only faces will change not the performance. The problem lays within the system not the individual. If they adopt a sensible strategy and system and make everybody to follow it then there’s a hope otherwise I do not see any change just like the Politics of Pakistan!!

  • me on April 13, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    why dont we all thank our luck nothing could have been better than YK declining. lets get past this ridiculas concept of seniority in a game where we need a leader and age does not creat one!!!! look at the IT industry and you have the example. look at what Australia is doing to groom their next captain bypassing many senior players. Lets accept that most of our team are appointed not because of talent but connections so our results are predictable. I can safely say that the winners of the QA domestic tournment will do the same to the ODI team as the Irish did should tell us something.

  • khansahab on April 13, 2007, 23:22 GMT

    Someome stated on this thread that Ramiz Raja should be Chairman PCB. I think Mr Raja is a broad minded and learned person who would do well if he gets involved with the PCB somehow instead of commentating. I think he would prefer to stay an international commentator or cricket analyst but if someone like him can coach the national side, Pakistan ought to benefit in the long run. If you saw his program “The Final Analysis” you would have noticed his insightful assessment of cricketing strategy. I know he has served the post of PCB Chairman without much success but he deserves a chance as a coach. He is the only Pakistani cricketer who speaks English properly and if you ask me he, at times, makes more sense than Imran Khan.

    On the other hand I think it’s best Aamir Sohail stays in the darkness and does not become involved. I was amazed at his arrogance when I saw some of his shows where he answered questions from callers. He does not seem to be a very cultured individual to me and neither were his answers particularly lucid. The less said about his English commentary, the better. I despise him most for his obdurate stance on the doomed philosophy of “keep inconsistent openers in the team because that is the only way they will develop in confidence.” I have explained many times why that strategy is ill-fated and I am surprised that a former captain of the team makes such silly comments.

    I find it rather entertaining that some commentators are condemning Younis for his decision whereas others are praising him for taking a stand. There is so much controversy and uncertainty that we find ourselves trapped in this complex web. It shows, like most of the recent events have, what a dire time this is for Pakistani cricket.

    Finally I would urge people to look at the wider picture. Every captaincy candidate has negative attributes, some owing to personality while others owing to ability. In my previous posts I have attempted to condemn as well as commend all the contenders so that we can look at both sides of the argument. Mohammad Yousuf is humble, experienced and a good man-manager, but is Tableeghi, lethargic and an uninspiring role model when it comes to fielding. Malik is dynamic and has good temperament but can be careless and is fairly inexperienced. Afridi is energetic and ambitious, but too inconsistent and incompatible with Tests. Razzaq is, er, reasonably tall and thin but is inconsistent, inaccurate, confused, lethargic, uninspiring, incompatible with Tests and unfit. The latter is quite experienced but sadly has not learned anything from that experience. Butt is young and exciting but too inexperienced and also too inconsistent.

  • Ali Khan, Cambridge UK on April 13, 2007, 22:52 GMT

    If Younis Khan decides to concentrate on test cricket it is for the better. He is better suited to the longer version of the game and may even turn out to be a great test captain if he decides to take up the role. In the shorter version I think we need a young gun who can lead the side till the next WC and even beyond. Shoaib Malik comes to mind as he has been very consistent in the ODIs throughout his career. He has the potential to build the innings at no. 3 and that's the position he should bat at. Being an allrounder and an energetic fielder he would be able to lead the side in all departments of the game. And there is no reason why he cannot be a successful test match batsman though his technique has room for improvement.

    The other contenders Yousuf, Razzaq, Butt and Afridi are not without their merits and demerits. While Yusuf is the most experienced guy around I can't see him playing one day cricket till the next WC. Unfortunately the same is true for Razzaq. Butt is too raw and inexperienced. Probably he can make a good vice captain if he can cement his place as an opener. Finally Afridi is in the side for his bowling. I don't think he is a better bowler than Hafeez and a full-time spinner like Abdur Rahman or Fawad Alam can easily replace him. Shoaib Akhtar can claim to be a contender but who would be stupid enough to hand him the capytaincy when his career hangs in the balance for all the wrong reasons.

    By the looks of things Malik seems to be the next in line after Younis' refusal (I think the PCB thinks so too). But then there are match fixing allegations on Malik though not at the international level. But he seems to be a good bet among the current lot.

  • Atif on April 13, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    Forget Younis Khan. What has he done? Maybe he should consider retirment. Pakistan need more positive players. I think Shoabi Malik should be the next capitan and not Shahid Afridi or Razzaq and not Mohammad Yousaf. Azhar Mahmood deseve a proper chance in the team. Pakistan need a good youngster captain and good middle order batsman.

  • Rafakat Khan on April 13, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    pakistan need to make a bold brave couragous choice and pick someone who is young , willing to learn and gives nothing but 100% pakistan, we need someone with experience also , we need someone that can both bat and bowl effectively , we need a fighter, we need someone couragous , we need someone with a good cricket brain and excellent cricket skills, two names come to mind ABDUL RAZZAQ or SHOAIB MALIK

  • saad on April 13, 2007, 22:19 GMT

    the irony is.... that such a funny little game this cricket is....that even with all this nonsense thats going on at the top level...you never know....Pakistan cricket team start winning once again...no matter who the captain is...or the selection commitee members are ..or whatever...... and the nation is gonna forget all about wat has happened and start taking interest in wat is going on........ therefore...speculate..we must not..... there is this proverb in urdu .... 'teil daikho...teil kee dhaar daikho' .... which means that let the events unfold themself and the questions would automatically be answered !

  • Jibran Baig on April 13, 2007, 22:07 GMT

    Low Morals and Weak Minds, that is what describes people in Pakistan. In all our cricket history there were only two players who were actually tigers in the skin of the sheep, and they won us numerous battles even the world cup. Now, all we have are heartless, and mindless sheep; and need I say any thing about our Shepard. Yes, people are being ignorant when they burn effigies and threaten our players, but why give them the chance. I wonder when was the last time someone burnt effigies of Javed Miandad and Imran Khan. I had been a fan of Younis Khan and wanted him to take up captaincy but not any more, the guy too weak minded to be given the captaincy. It is our dilemma that we lack leaders, not just in cricket but in all departments of Pakistan; however, that is another topic. For now I would go a head and make Shoaib Malik captain. Yes he is a bit raw but that is exactly why he would lack hidden agendas that Yousuf, Razzaq and Afridi may harbor. Having said that, desperate times call for desperate measures and if we make Shoaib Malik Captain; he will need Javed Miandad's strategic head as a coach. KIlL THE PLAYER POWER AND LET MIANDAD DO HIS THING. I would n't have asked for Miandad if Younis Khan was made captain but with Shoaib Malik to be a shrewd captain; he'll need his help. But then again I can only hope or stop caring about cricket. For now later is a bit difficult but I am trying to lean towards it

  • Zalim on April 13, 2007, 22:02 GMT

    Well I personally did not think that Younis khan was a good choice for captaincy. I still don't see that Fire to win at any cost in him. Honestly, the whole Pakistan team is a sad story. They don't look focused at all. You need someone with fire in you to be a captain.

  • azeem on April 13, 2007, 21:53 GMT

    i am somewhat surprised by younis descicion.I totally agree with the point that why become a vice captain when you cant be a captain.But atleast his honest.I feel that either shoaib malik or razzak should get it.Lets make a new , younger and better pakistan.

  • Tanveer Imam, M.D. from Pennsylvania, U.S.A on April 13, 2007, 21:41 GMT

    By rejecting the offer of captaincy, Younis has baffled many. But drastic situations need drastic measures. How successful will he be as a captain when PCB's affairs are being run on an adhoc basis. I believe not only Younis but the rest of the team should refuse to play till PCB's constitution is put in place and the board is chosen by it's constituent bodies. The farce should end soon so that Pakistani cricket can be salvaged. Who would like to drag one's name through dirt, while PCB officials like Salim Altaf and Nasim Ashraf continue to hold office unconstitutionally. To deflect attention from their own pitiful performance, PCB's sycophant officers are pitching one player against the other. I cannot blame Younis!

  • sameen rana on April 13, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    i think younis has done the right thing .our history tells us that we never care about our heros .. look what we are doing wit greats like akram , waqar , Inzi etc...why will younis accept this job? so that after 2011 WC people can blame his for another disaster ?as inzi mentioned in his press conference that if we did not change our attitude no one will be ready to play for pakistan ... at the end its the game.. All the hype all the noise is created by media is this the first team to loose the world cup NO Inzi was instrumental in winning the only world cup we had ...I think our problem is that we dont play like professionals .. thats the one thing missing in pakistan.. If a player get a 100 or score a 6 on last ball we think (and the said player also think that he is doing a favor to pakistan) thats not true they are getting paid for it and there job is to go out and try there best to win the games for their country ...How many times an austrailian gets such kind of semi god status .. thats only the problem of India and pakistan may be because of our culture ? but whatever the reason is we need to changed this mentality we need to make sure that we dont produce shoaib akhtars... we want professionals we take this game as a job if you performe well then well done. don't make them as god ... if we can resolve this problem our 90 % problem will be resolved but who is going to do that ? DNA? Wasim Barri ? Col Noshad? i think the answer is system not individuals untill and unless we will not have honest people we will never improve .. and in current circumstances younis decision is absolutly correct ... i support him and wish him best of luck

  • akram on April 13, 2007, 21:35 GMT

    good riddence younis khan all he did was fight and make trouble, we need fighters in the team (like those young bangladesh players) and not ego maniacs.

    i think Inzi, younis, akhtar, afridi and razzaq should be chucked out of pakistan cricket there nothing but trouble rarley perform and past there best

  • Jillani Ghulam on April 13, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    who does younis think his. he was 1 of the so called big three and does nothing in the most important time which is the world cup. for a captain he's big headed and thinks he knows everything. shoaib malik should be captain becuase hes young and a very good thinker of the cricket game. the pcb chairman must be younis khan's family or business partner becuase he keeps on going back to him even after he said he didnt want to be a dumby captain. younis made pakistan cricket team look like a bunch of fool's which the pakistan cricket board are!

    ramiz raja for pcb chairman dav watmore for coach shoaib malik for captain and hope hes like stephen fleming

  • Dr. Jafri on April 13, 2007, 21:29 GMT

    I believe Mr. Kamran is a brilliant and smart person, if the big bosses of cricket have 10% of wisdom like Mr. Kamran, Pakistan can do much better

  • Syed Mehdi on April 13, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    Honestly Kamran, you, me and the rest of the nation can only come up with predictions of why and what has just happened. But what actually goes on in Younis' head is only known to God, and perhaps MAYBE himself.

  • alexbutt on April 13, 2007, 21:16 GMT

    can't agree more. Word accountability is non-existent in a pakistani dictionery.The PCB can only do one good thing about pakistani cricket and that is get the hell away from cricket matters and forget that they have any job to do. Just earn their haram ki kamai and sit in their air conditioned offices, it will be a big favour for a nation who is used to catastrophes. If they dont do anything I am sure the autonomous nature of pakistani cricket can earn them more success.

  • Taimur Huk on April 13, 2007, 21:13 GMT

    younis khan isn't a good choice for captain. i would definitely go with mohammad yousuf as the captain for TESTS because he has played in the team long enough and has the experience. for ODI, i would go with shoaib malik as he is very reliable and in ODIS, a batsman needs to show that he can be counted on every time he steps out to bat. and speaking about the future of pakistan cricket, INSHALLAH, the good days are not far from here and we will bounce back strong.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on April 13, 2007, 21:06 GMT

    Kamran, expecting things to ameliorate under Nasim Ashraf's term is like flogging a dead horse. I think you have hit the nail on the head with your 'integrity is earned by deeds and not just empty words'. I think it’s blatantly obvious. Nasim Ashraf is oblivious of the connotations of words like 'integrity and self-respect'. As for Younis Khan, I am at a loss for words. Declining the captaincy and even inkling at a premature retirement from the game...His absence will dent our chances of wriggling out of this dark period in a positive manner. There is no doubt about that. We needed Younis Khan at this point in time to steer the ship out of troubled waters. Alas. That won't be the case. With regards to the post-world cup examination party, I couldn't agree more. What is the point of this exercise? As you appropriately say, 'Who takes these people seriously?' It’s a futile attempt to sway our attention away from the real issues that need to be addressed. But I’m not surprised one bit. Nasim Ashraf. His tenure says it all. Argh.

  • Dr. Omar Khan on April 13, 2007, 21:02 GMT

    Great article. I do want to emphasize that I agree that the problem of Pakistan cricket won't be solved from the top down. Pakistan cricket has never depended on who the selectors were or the board chairman or even what sort of Government was running PCB or even the coach for that matter. So why the fuss? The root of Pakistan cricket success is in the grassroots; natural talent and it's unexpected and unpredictable grooming. The single most definitive step that can be taken to cure Pakistani team failures are making equal number of fast and bouncy tracks. Let the batsmen be exposed to them, and let them learn. And let the bowlers learn how to use these pitches, and not just hurl balls down at a million miles an hour. But don't kill the spinners. Keep some slow wickets and keep alive our long legacy of quality spin. Simply said, provide oppuruntiy. Unrestricted. The upcoming cricketers will learn and evolve themselves. And then simply looking at track records of how batsmen do on bouncy tracks, selection can be made before they are sent abroad for tourneys. In all the smoke since the world cup, let's not forget the source of the fire. It's not failure of Pakistan team in every dept of cricket no matter where they play. We've done amazingly well at home, in India, in Sri Lanka. Failure abroad is not new and should not have come as a shock. To succeed abroad we need to groom surfaces where upcoming players become natural. We got to stop depending on English county cricket to train our players to become better abroad.

  • Shahan Durrani on April 13, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    Kamran i totally agree with you, its sad that there is not a single player in our team who has the gutts and brains to take over the challenge of captaincy, unite the team as one and do the best they can for the country.

    On top of that, to make things worse than ever before, unfortunately we have dr. ashraf still presiding over the PCB. I havent seen any1 make such enormous management blunders, i mean for heavens sake, why is a buffoon doctor managing a cricket board, which is already in disarray. Why is it so difficult to have a proper corporate structure to the PCB? why can it not be privatised, since our govt. is already infamous for not being able to make profits from the industries they deal in.

    All this brings me back to the problem with younis khan, i do think abt how one can lead a team into the stadium and win matches when we have such mis-management in the PCB, they actually are a mockery to the term 'management', the only thing they can manage is your road side 'dhaaba', who sell 'doodh patti' and 'daal-e-maash'... infact, even that i cant say without some serious doubt!!

    The only favour Dr. ashraf cud do for pakistan cricket, is to accept his blunders and tell the president to accept his resignation since he does not have wat it will take to repair the damage done to pakistan cricket, the team and the reputation of PCB on the international level.

  • Nadir on April 13, 2007, 20:56 GMT

    Kamran, you have done a good job of highlighting the accountability dilemma that the PCB faces but you have forgotten about the players themselves. You have forgotten how hard Younis has fought for us over the years, remember the special test that we won against India in the last half hour in India? Younis was the one who fought the most whether through his batting or fielding. You and I cannot imagine the mental stress that hes under. I mean why the hell should he captain the side when everybody is calling him a donkey and threatening his family. Maybe after Bob he has learnt that cricket is not worth giving his life over. In the end it is not his cowardice that his detracted him from captaincy but maybe his sensibility. And in the end its a shame because Pakistan will lose the best captain who actually wasnt.

  • michigan highlander on April 13, 2007, 20:42 GMT

    Lol. I like the picture and the comments underneath it very much.

    Anyways, no one is surprised. We all know Younis Khan and how he has a way of ruining our day either with terrible batting or declining captaincy. I can't say I'm surprised, but we now have a VERY REAL captaincy problem. Before, it was gonna be YK no matter what, but now that we have mentioned the name of Salman Ass, Oh sorry, Butt, for captaincy. He hasn't even played cricket for like a year and is one of the ppl being considered for captaincy? Gimme a break. *Goes downstairs to get a Kit-Kat*

  • Kabir, From LosAngeles on April 13, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    Well . Here we go again. Younus is not the captain Pakistan need. Pakistan always served well under All Rounders. So in this case Shohaib Malik would be a good choice. However they still need to drop some players from the team. Just new captain is not the answer. They should drop Younus at once. He will be a big distraction to this team. They should have dropped him for good When he refused to be captain before the ICC cup in India. They must drop Younus, yousuf, Shoeib Akthan, Sami, Shahid Nazir and others. Kerep only Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Yasir hameed.

  • Dummy Commentator on April 13, 2007, 20:34 GMT

    Dummy captain is pretty selfish. The only reason he said: "I think Test matches are real cricket and I will decide soon if I should continue to play ODIs" is because he sees playing county more lucrative. Retiring from ODIs would serve the dual purpose of keeping his place in Pakistan's team while freeing-up enough days in the calendar year for him to mint a lot of county-cricket money. It's logical, and sadly self-centered. Unfortunately we can't hold an individual's selfishness against them. It's a personal choice. Dummy Captain will have to live with this for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, all eyes on Malik now.

  • Muhammad Usman Janjua on April 13, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    I couldn't agree with Kamran any more. In all this mess, my favorite "green" cricket keeps getting hurt more n more.

    1) The man who was once (not even long-ago) our hero helping us become world champions in 1992, the tall bulky calm guy called Inzamam, now sits in the parliament answerable to those, most of whom deserve ehtisaab on much graver aspects of life. Does the parliament have nothing else to do? Is the "chief justice suspension" issue not enough for them OR is it just a way to overlook incidents like "attack on Geo TV"?

    2) Indian public was supposed to be a much more radical group about cricket, but we don't see any such reactions from them. The BCCI handled their situation in a much more professional and appropriate way than what happened in Pakistan. Isn't this behavior a sign of pure ignorance, illiteracy and intolerance on our nation's part? It is us who make them DemiGods in glorious moments and it is us who make them fall on their faces. IT IS US WRONG BOTH TIMES. Who made cricket beyond a game of wins and losses, none other than us.

    3) Is it a given that a match is fixed when we lose drastically to someone? The same people who are heroes one year become devious match-fixers and non-patriots next year. Wasn't cricket famous to be a "game by chance" which could turn on its head any moment? Was Pakistan not famous already to be the most unpredictable side in the world, capable of beating Aussies one day and succumbing to a defeat from Bangladesh the next? What happened anew this time that we must start the blame-game? Well let me correct myself, it would be something anew if we don't start the blame game after every fall.

    4) The aura of the religion became a gift from above when we defeated West-Indies, when Mohammad Yousuf broke world-records and when the team was tied strongly in a string of religion. Now the same religion is blamed to be the cause of our fall just because we fell. Is it just another scapegoat to put the blame on? Can we ever learn to accept our fall with a big-heart and try to rebuild, re-emerge? Wasn't it all about falling and then rising again? Isn't it so in every part of life?

    I don't seek answers to these questions for I have my answers. I just wanted Pakistani people to see if they had answers for themselves.

  • Imran From Rawalpindi on April 13, 2007, 20:07 GMT

    We are nation in turmoil including PCB. Nobody knows for sure what PCB is trying to do with that entire circus. I never been this personal ever in my entire life specially when I am angry or not angry but I would say this That Mr. Ashruf has become Mr. Dandruff for our cricket. Please leave us all alone and appoint a chairman who seriously cares about Pakistan cricket. I don’t care if that person is corrupt and has other personal short coming. We have become joke of the world. We need to get grip of these sore circumstances in Pakistan cricketing history. Mr. kamran once I said in your blog that if pakistan cricketer wants to improve their batting or bowling all they had to do is to come and read some of the material that your beloved reader put on this blog. So Mr. Kamran no matter what you or anybody do or say even if we spill our precious blood for alligators of PCB they still won’t listen to us. So I decided to keep mum on all this from now on. But I will keep on reading your interesting blog. Please forgive me for calling Mr. ashruf Mr. Dandruff of our cricket. Thank You

  • Amyn Habib on April 13, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    While Salim Altaf may have done some bad things that have made you angry with him, may I suggest that we talk about the central issue facing Pakistan cricket.

    Since there seem to quite a few medical professionals in this forum perhaps one should start with a medical question.

    What is the differential diagnosis for what the disease(s) that afflicts Pakistan Cricket? Why did we lose in the first round?

    Is it because: A. We have a bad team full of mediocre players. In this case you would look closely at the people who have built this team over the years, make changes in the selection process, and throw some of the losers out.

    B. We have a high quality team that played badly in two matches. In this case, you do not need drastic change. Maybe a new captain and some other adjustments.

    I would argue that the answer is A. The measure of a team’s quality is the ability to win consistently. Not occasionally. So for example, if Bangladesh and Australia play 100 times, and Bangladesh wins once, could we say that Bangladesh has as much talent as Australia, but did not play to its potential 99 times?

    I am pleased that Younis Khan has declined the Captaincy. He is not that good, and clearly does not have the temperament for the job.

  • Ali on April 13, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    Utterly Disgusting but what else can we expect.

    And any comments on the state of Pakistani nation with the circles of a mobile virus that causes bleeding and guess who can be behind it...Amrican.

    I just don't know how much we have to go down before we realize our state of decline...

  • Eric M. on April 13, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    I have not liked Younis Khan from day 1. He is not a captaincy material, neither has the technique or the mindset to be a captain. Yes, he is aggressive in the field and some what good at batting but I don’t think he has the charisma to be the captain of the Pakistan team…well then again…Inzamam did not posses that charisma either but he did lead them to several tours.

    Here are the qualities that I would look at when I pick a captain for Pakistan.

    1. Should be able to speak proper English. Should know the difference between moisture on the pitch and moisturizer on the pitch (Remember Inzamam?) 2. The captain should be able to separate religion and cricket. There are clauses in all religion for special circumstances where you are excused from following your religion practice temporarily. Playing cricket for your nation, I assume, is one of them. PLEASE NOTE that I am not saying not to follow your religion. I am just saying that you can defer things like Bismillah …. Faast of all…inshallah and Allah Allah Allah from your interviews. We know you are a Muslim and we trust that you follow your religion to your heart. Please do not make a public mockery of Islam. 3. Should have the Charisma to lead a pack of 11 players just like Imran Khan, Aamir Sohail, Waqar Younis Wasim Akram did. By the way, not only they spoke good English, they all became cricket analyst on TV after their retirement. 4. As a leader, he should be able to control his players (and I mean players…not boys) in a way that those players look up to him for guidance, council and technique. Players should be intrigue by their captain’s aura and hold his decisions in greatest honor. (Yes Mr. Afridi, if a captain asks you to go open the innings, you should go open the innings instead of running a rout about the decision) 5. Similarly, the captain should respect each of his players, know their strength and weaknesses so he can harness their best and avoid the worst. 6. The captain should be physically fit, emotionally strong and mentally tough so he can survive the elements of wins and loses and melt down like Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq did after Bob Woolmer’s death. 7. The captain should have the brains to create a case for each of the members he wants on his team and hence, get the selection committee hand him the players based on his arguments instead of ordering them to include those players in the team. 8. Finally, the captain should be an active member of the team. Note that I am not saying most senior or the best player…he should just be active and practice on the field what he preached in the dressing room.

    If any of the current Pakistani player fit this role, please feel free to toss his name in this blog.

    Eric M.

  • Zarrar on April 13, 2007, 19:52 GMT

    Well said Kamran, I totally agree with you. Zarrar

  • waj on April 13, 2007, 19:52 GMT

    I can't blame Younis Khan for denying the captaincy. becoming captain of Pakistan right now is basically committing suicide. I would have done the same thing if i were in his shoes.

  • qaiser on April 13, 2007, 19:43 GMT

    Younis khan did good thing by not accepting the captaincy and he will do another one if he resigns from the one day side. Shoaib is a good choice in both forms of cricket Afridi could be a could captain but his place is 11 is not always confirm. Lets bring some new guys. We should say good bye to Akhter also. my heroes at the moment are bengalies :)

  • Umer Naim on April 13, 2007, 19:41 GMT

    I have nay want to say so much but I will say only one thing. Politics and politicians cannot be involved in sports, period. The destruction of Pakistani cricket started when we started having players who were more interested in keeping their bosses happy instead of winning matches and I wuold that was somewhere in 1995 onwards. I ask this question, why is that our most talented former cricketers are being hired overseas to help improve our competition?? Wasim Akram spends time with an Indian Bowler and all of sudden he is a phenom and that guy is not even talented. I will stop writing now as I am getting mad at people (pakistanis) who have no desire to be the best and understand that before they earn our respect, they must learn to respect themselves.

    Good luck to Pakistani Cricket and may Allah bless us all.

    Umer Naim Ocean City, NJ USA

  • James Bond on April 13, 2007, 19:41 GMT

    I don't blame Younis Khan for refusing captaincy. If he is thinking of retiring from ODIs, it doesn't make any sense to take captaincy anyway. Besides, he is correct in saying that he and his family have gone through a lot of mental trauma over the past month, and it can be very hard to see things clearly at such times. Pakistan cricket should follow suit of South Africa and put in a good young talent as the captain. Its about time we break the shackles of 'seniority' and just let the senior players do what they do best - play cricket. While younis khan might be a better choice for captain than inzamam (which begs the question as to why he wasn't the captain for the past 3 years), he clearly doesn't seem 100% invested in leading the team at the moment and atleast he is honest about it. I certainly hope that they don't give it to Yousuf and the reasons for that are too many to discuss in this post. Bond - Seattle USA

  • Ali Ahad on April 13, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    This shows how immature Younis Khan is. He always talk about the team and team work and when the team really needs him he chickened out. He should always remember that nothing is easy in life as nobody cannot get a cheesecake on a plate. It's never an easy ride in Pakistan Cricket. I think to be a captain of Pakistan team is a big honour and that honour only be given to those people who really deserve it and are true Pakistani.

  • Dil pai mat lai yaar on April 13, 2007, 19:29 GMT

    I am positive that younis khan, Inzi, DNA[who reads email after a week cus he is a doc] and who so ever have never thought of reading your blog. We treat Pakistan as a land of opportunity for the loosers. We have tons of old fashioned BA pass executives who does not have an idea about management and they never heard of Kotler,Christenean and Porter. They are ready to bow infornt of anyone who give them some money. It does not matter and they dont need to go back to school and learn some basic material which may help if they have some over thier head. Why Malaysia, Singapore and Japan are economic power beacuse they believe in themseleves and they delivered. We have beaten by some minnows who has been thrashed by everyone on this universe, Our players need dempotion of this performance they should go back to Inter Collegiate tournmanets and start playing as a 12th man. Will someone let me know when and where Younis khan has performed in a big tournament against aus,SA. He should buy a Rickshaw and start running it from Lasbela.

  • A Kamran on April 13, 2007, 19:27 GMT

    Sir,

    First and foremost I would ask that you consider tightening your criteria regarding what is fit to post on your site. Your last blog had some nasty, ethnically based comments that should not be encouraged. Freedom to express your views is great, but shouting fire in a theater is a crime.

    There are a few "sages" who comment on your site with answers to all the problems facing Pak cricket, and they are not modest either about spreading their wisdom in great detail. That notwithstanding, Younis Khan has made the right decision in declining the Pakistan Cricket team captaincy. He is right because every human being deserves respect regardless. Respecting your fellow humans is an inherent right of all. Even the vile ones who commit heinous crimes should not be automatically striped of all respect. You may disagree with this but a book by Bob Simon, "Bad men do what good men think about" may help explaining my point of view regarding respecting all, with some qualifiers in some extreme instances.

    Mr. Khan's statements about how he does not like his effigy burned, his family being threatened, and being compared to an ass for not playing well should be taken without any grains of salt even in the palace of intrigue that PCB is, was and will continue to be.

    Players do not promise success, they take on a job and give it their best. It may not be enough on a given day but that should not be attributed to their lack of effort or intent and lower their status as human beings worthy of respect. We will love and adore you if......does not work. Respect should be unconditional or it is not respect.

    I am not a sage and hence do not have any suggestions to offer on how to improve cricket in Pakistan. But people like Imran Khan who are very quick to jump up, flail their arms (and tongues) and criticize PCB, players,etc., need to come out of their fantasy lands where they are "greats", & "legends", etc and help out and put their money where their mouth is. But when they are asked to provide more than just criticism they decline. They should keep their opinions to them selves if they are not ready to contribute positively in finding solutions and providing help. Talk is cheap.

    A Kamran

  • haepreet bhinder ladi on April 13, 2007, 19:27 GMT

    Off younis is as captain he is worse one day player ever i seen who will be captain why not try sarfraz ahmed give him a chance

  • JD on April 13, 2007, 19:25 GMT

    Mr Kamran Abbasi. Why do you bother yourself with the Pakistan team. Please enjoy Australia, NZ, SL and SAfrica go at it in the World Cup. These are the teams worth worrying about.

  • Bilal Naqvi on April 13, 2007, 19:17 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Abbasi. First of, let me tell you what a huge fan I am of your column. 95% of times I agree with your opinions.

    Anyways, I agree with you that Younis Khan should have accepted the captaincy. It doesn't matter if you are happy with the current situations. His country needed him to lead the team. Look at Imran Khan, he came out of retirement just because at time Pakistan needed a good leader to lead a very fragile team. At this moment Pakistan was in dire need of someone with experience and aggression like that of Younis Khan. I was very dissappointed when Pakistan got knocked out in 2003 and 2007 World Cup, but I do realize that its part of the game. Players should be blamed for this pathetic display, but their life should not be affected by it. I just hope PCB can find a captain for long-term and have faith in him to carry us through. I believe Shahid Afridi or Shoaib Malik are the best choice. A lot of people said the Mohammed Yousuf, but he along with Abdul Razzaq do not have the leadership qualities. Abdul razzaq does not give his 100% in bowling and Mohammed Yousuf his in fielding, how can you expect them to be leaders. I just hope that Pakistan cricket does not meet the same end like West Indies cricket. We have one sprt we are good in and the whole country follows.

  • Attish on April 13, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    May be he has his points but at this time of chaos he should have come stood up rather than adding to the chaos. As far as candidates beside him concern picture is pretty bleak so I think he should reconsider and cool his Phathan Head down and rather show his Phathan aggressive leadership skills.

  • Ray on April 13, 2007, 19:13 GMT

    Salim Altaf, Sallahuddin Sallu, Zaheer Abbas, Sikakdar Bakth, Imran Khan (who would do anything to not let the team be stable, or else he won't remain the unmatched king--more about him later), Wasim Akram (Imran's prodigy); all these guys have done nothing for Pakistan's cricket since retiring, except BS. The best for everyone will be if they keep their noses out of cricket affairs. Imran always had an agenda after retiring, he backed Wasim for captaincy after Miandad lost the three nations in Australia (Imran I believe had never won it, why was he never dumped?). The team would have been world beaters with Miandad, Salim, Wasim, Waqar, Aqib, Mushtaq, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, Amir Sohail, Ejaz, Rashid, Moin and the list can go on and on. But Imran sowed the seed of grouping and disunity and rest is history. He has always played for himself, and will always be the same. For those who argue we need a danda, folks, please wake up, this is the 21st century. Just look at Australia, I remember when Kim Hughes and co. opted to play in SA and were banned, Allan Border took over. Man was he a fighter, and how he transformed the team to win the world cup (By the way Imran is the only captain in cricket history to have had three attempts at the cup before winning it..correct me if I am wrong, ..maybe Lara is the other guy, without offcourse winning). Border wasn't lucky to have been suceeded by Taylor, Waugh and now Ponting (all performing better than the preceeding captains). It was excellent planning by the board, the dedication of players. Every team has talented players, its how they are utilized, its how honest and sincere they are with their game and nation. Wasim was perhaps the most talented of all cricketers, but he got involved in so many other things that he couldn't achieve what lesser cricketers have (Ian Botham--please don't be offended English fans, I am bashing Pakistani cricket right now). I hope we get a good PCB chairman, not some stupid Dr. who knows nothing about cricket. Send him to treat patients in a village. I hope Yusuf is made test capt after Inzi and one day captain right now. You don't need to clap your hands and chew gum to lead well. Stephen Flemming anyone....Mailk is a good choice as deputy, he should be groomed for one dayers only, unless he performs dramatically well in tests. Bring back Yasir Hameed and Salman Butt and persist with them for atleast two years, Bring Taufiq Umar in tests and Asim Kamal (request him not to score 9 fifties in 12 tests, ask him to score some ducks and then dump him, atleast we won't be complaining, but please let him NOT perform so that you don't look stupid). Where is Saqlain, maybe he still can bowl the doosra? And a word for the Indian friends, the board made the most stupid mistake by dumping Ganguly for Dravid, no matter how good Dravid is. Atleast you were matching Australia very well under Ganguly, and ran over Pakistan for the first time in Pakistan...Ganguly was stupid to ask for Greg Chapell, who off course had a bigger agenda, i.e. to widen the gap between Australia and their challengers (India). Bring Gavaskar as a manager and/or a coach, the guys has solid cricket brains. Sorry if I have offended anyone, except Imran Khan.

  • mallak on April 13, 2007, 19:10 GMT

    Well well well, that was sort of predictable. Maybe they should start betting on how Pakistan cricket can top this one? and so on and so forth. My first reaction, being an an ex-hardcore fan, was to ditch Younis Khan. What is a good captain but someone who can get the team out of this mess. He was too weak to start with. Or maybe too smart. Its all gone pete tong for pakistan cricket mate.

  • Dr. Muhammad Imran on April 13, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    The way things have been happening since pakistan teams poor performance at the world cup, it's becoming clear with the passage of time that downfall of pakistan cricket has begun in true sense. Downfall not like when Pakistan team could not perform in last world cup but thats a decline which the other two sports in county has suffered. Hockey and Squash are the clear example of the fact that how things can get worse and only worse. Younus Khan has done a sin and a good thing at the same time. When he feels that he cant lead the time , he has made his decision public...thats a good thing coming out from his side, but when he cant take the pressue of captaining pakistan cricket team , why he opted to be a vice captain . He had suffered in the past because of dirty politics in pakistan cricketing world before his promotion to vice captaincy, he knew that things can get worse anytime after a disaster on or off the field in this county. Still he opted to be vice captain and making it public that he gives more than 100 percent everytime he plays. In this sceniaro , he should have taken the burden of captaincy. It was a challenge for him but after all younus khan was all about taking the challenge and fighting all the time, was not he? Bob was proud of his as a fighter, He was like a third son of Bob, why he is not making the bob's dream come true. For an instance if we assume that he is hurt by public comment, but its the public who made him hero, its the public who loved him when he thrashed india, its public who loved this guy from mardan and he with all his teammates let the people of pakistan down. As far as committe is concerned, any move coming out of pakistan cricket headquarter under Dr. Naseem Ashraf's 'rule' will prove fatal. Mark my words. He does not know how to run the cricket affairs. Mr. President must be observant enough to appreciate his skill with gloves on and knife in hand in surgical gown but whole country including all our cricketing legends doubt his ability and one should give weightage to their comments and opinion. Salman Butt seems a better option for captaincy since he has a wise head on his shoulder , he is young and knows how to take pressure and deliver. His some match winning long innings prove it. Shoaib Malik is a nice option too but I still doubt his fitness and place in test team. Afridi can be a risky gamble which has potential to prove worthy. But provided his aggression and some time non sense approach on the field, Salman Butt looks an ideal option. We can keep our fingers crossed for nothing....since pakistan cricket has the reputation to surprise the audience on and off the field with its unpredictable results. Only for this reason , I am waiting eagerly to know some good and wise decision coming out of Dr. Naseem Ashraf's Office.

  • FARAZ JAVED on April 13, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    I personally feel none of the present lot has what it takes to be a good captain especially Yunus. I remember what he has done before champions trophy decline and when a captain is appointed he changed back and taken captaincy.

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on April 13, 2007, 19:01 GMT

    There is no crises in Pakistan cricket. Our cricket board and team both were like this before will remain like this in future.

    Younas khan not accepting the captaincy is not wonder to me, he has no capability to lead the team in pressure. To me the best person is Abdul Razzaq , he has capacity to captain Pakistan team. Razzaq is a well respected and great all rounder.

    In Pakistan commettie means just joking around and passing time, we have five months before we have full series to play, so PCB in this time will play around as it played around in last 15 years.

    Its no wonder no surprise.

    Nadeem.

  • Aziz on April 13, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    Personally, I feel that since Younis has declined the captaincy, the PCB should not even consider giving him the Test Captaincy. Regarding ODIs, Younis doesnt even justify a place in the side and I think his declaration to think about continuing ODIs comes naturally because the guy isnt even confident of his place/performance in ODIs.

    I agree with Miandad for once and feel that players who think they are above the cricket board or cricket for that matter deserve no place in the side. The time is ripe for PCB to build a young team of dedicated individuals rather than old proud horses who cannot support the team when the team needs them most. Leadership skills are not just about winning, but stepping up the performance when you are losing, its about being there.

    As far as what next, its a choice between Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt. I personally feel that Salman Butt might edge out over Shoaib because Shoaib has shown some susceptibility in the past. It about time that the team starts playing cricket, as opposed to individuals as had been the case in the past.

  • M.Nasrullah Khan on April 13, 2007, 18:39 GMT

    The Defeat from Irland was a real sham-ful, So being a Pashtoon , Younas Khan is right to not accept the captaincy.He was Second-in-Command in the team suffered.He is also right to say that he is a test player as his batting concern.I think Pakistan ( A ) team plus some senior players who do not mind to mix with A team.A captain should be an al-rounder , So that he have a permanent Place in the team.An Al-rounder having leadership abilities should be given responsibilities of captain

  • Intoxicated on April 13, 2007, 18:37 GMT

    Dear Kamran, I think a "team" doesnt and shouldnt depend upon one player, its a unit and it will succeed if it remains a unit. Shoaib Malik is not a bad choice. The only thing pakistan wants to do at this stage is to be agressive. We want o send Muhammad Yusaf at number 3 in big chases instead of sending him at number 5. The matter of Saleem Altaf is unexplainable but one thing i can tell u, i ve been listening about him from the time i was a kid and i m pretty sure i will be listening about him for a long time from now in different forms on different posts. He and many like him are eating pakistan cricket and nobody is gonna question them...........

  • Yusuf on April 13, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    The boundless criticism and scorn heaped on the Pakistani team is more a reflection of the sad state of a section of the cricket viewing public then it is of the Pakistan cricket team. I side with Inzamam and Younis -- enough is enough. We need to be magnanimous in defeat. Criticism is very important -- but only when it is focused and positive -- like that of Imran Khan. When just about everything is criticized and that too with excessive emotion, it is hard to get anything positive out of that.

  • Hesh on April 13, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    I think its a mind game. Though as you say, it was bad on his part to reject the offer. You also ought to think about how much it takes to do so too!

    I think captaining your country comes out of sheer passion, commitment to the game and fearlessness. Even if there is a slight tinge of hesitancy in one of these, then you shouldn't be involved. I support younis' decision.

  • Jaa on April 13, 2007, 18:25 GMT

    Younis Khan has created a big ? Whos next? No one discussed the root of the problem. Since Imran Khan many major players have been lost in the controversies of match fixing or with in team disturbances. Almost a generation of cricketers which I have seen leading pakistan are NOT TO BE TALKED about. Because of that we are going to cricketers who are from the gone times. No Malik, Ijaz, rashid latif, moin khan etc to name a few can ever lead the comiitees . Because of this Pakistan will take some time to gain back the experience the hard way rather then directly learning from THE MEN. Waqar seemed the only person combining quality and integrity but a pity the OLD timers couldnt create a conducive environment for him either. WHAT we need is fresh faces, meaning who has been playing and involoved in proper cricket recently other wise wait for atleast 10 years to be back on track.....

  • pak fan on April 13, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    I won't be suprised if tomorrow there is an annoucment that Younis has now accepted the captaincy and apologised for his earlier statement.

    Pak should just get more adventurous now, maybe Shoaib Akhtar or Afridi as captain. I can't imagine Shoaib Malik as captain, doest show the leadership qualities.

  • Farrukh Jilani on April 13, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    In adversity your true character is revealed. This is what Mr. Younis Khan is proving. When the team and entire country needs a true leader Younis Khan is backing off from responsibility. Time to atleast try Afridi for captaincy and see how he handles the pressure.

  • Zafar on April 13, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    PCB should NEVER EVER consider Younis Khan for Captaincy again. He had refused it before and did it again and it's time that PCB get tough on the players and send them the message that no one is bigger than the team. Have Afridi (if he wants) to lead the team in aggresive way just like he did Karachi in 20-20. We want to see aggressive Cricket from Pakistan and it's about time we bring forth the young blood (U-19 bowlers) and get rid of the cancer (Shoaib Akhtar).

  • Abu Bakar on April 13, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    Well Mr.Kamran as you said the burning effigies, that alone is reason enough for Younis Khan to turn down the captaincy. Who in their right minds would want to take a job which results in people burning your pictures and placing them on donkey's. I completely agree with Younis Khan's stance of not taking captaincy.

  • AM on April 13, 2007, 18:15 GMT

    Perhaps you should remember that the pakistani cricket board is a mess because no one will actually sort it out. anyone and everyone, even medical journalists, seem to have an opinion on the PCB, but none have the guts to stand up and change it for themselves- if you're such an expert and so well known in the establishment, why do you not go for it. Is it any wonder that a perfectionist like Younis Khan diddnt want the captainly, with the board he has to deal with, and the sheer amount of opinionated critics? Perhaps it is simply that his head is screwed on and knows that its a poisoned chalice. also, people like you should actually think about peoples records and the substance of there performances, then you wouldnt make such ill informed comments about Younis Khan (and Tony Blair)

  • balesh from toront on April 13, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    Younis khan has once again shown that he is not satisfied even given position for a captain. When he is playing and scoring runs he gives unlogic statements which does not make any sense. All the cricketers from india and pakistan are going thru bad patch but this does not mean you decline to be a captain of a team when team or when country needs you most. he says his family is more important then captaincy. i will or any other person will think that he is trying to say his family is more important than the country because your country needs you at this time of devastation. What a pathetic no by Younis. it shames me beyond comprehension.

  • Shahid Iqbal, Canada on April 13, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    Well, this is nothing out of expectation as far as the string of events that are happening in Pakistan Cricket. We all have seen such things before. I expect decisions will be made that will not make sense to most of us. People will be put in jobs that they least deserve in the opinion of the common and most people. even pakistani players will join the party and make aggressive decisions and announcements only to take a u turn in the near future.

    I wonder if pakistan can find some good administrator who an at least do the basics right.

    PCB should take some guidence from what South Africa did a few years ago when they put smith in charge as a long term captain. there were many senior choices at that time but they went with the person who can lead and run the team on the field. Younis Khan has proved to be not consistant in his behaviour and in my opinion no one should try to convince him to take on the leadership of the team.

  • Imran Manzoor on April 13, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    I think you hit the right nail by mentioning Saleem Iltaf. I think he can be a practical example of , "Divide and Rule" strategy.

  • Imran Butt on April 13, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    Discussions, talks, review panels, evaluation committees….As a nation we are more prone to these sort of activities haven’t we?. Lets face it we are a nation of just talkers and that’s it. What have we achieve in all these 60 years of our so called in-dependence?? Just talks and reviews? These bunch of PCB buffoons think that just the change of heads (or faces whatever you like to call) is and will not be a long term solution. So many times critics and including among them our revered late coach Mr. Woolmer had said in the past that the only concerted solution of our under par performances is to overhaul our cricketing structure, including the domestic cricket format and to introduce lively and supporting stripes in order to transform our flat track bullies into jack of all conditions and pitches. Even our so called strength in bowling department need to be more disciplined and need to be get more sophisticated in terms of line and length, avoiding giving to much loose deliveries in the shape of no and wide balls, to inculcate the spirit among the bowlers to remain fit and strong etc.. Our teams fitness levels are so low that even we are often termed as the worse fielding side in Test playing nations. Sounds boring to PCB officials who don’t give a damn about these sort of suggestions, cause they know they have the backing of the likes of Mushy & Co…so do whatever should they need to do…Baat Khatam Paisa Hazam..(End of matter no need to give a damn) After every debacle they set these dramas and after some useless dabbling with the unconcerned issues. You will normally observe in the end , in the words of our famous premier of PPP in the past, SAB ACHA HAI….

  • Haider on April 13, 2007, 17:33 GMT

    Younis no more. woooooohoooooooooooooooo Kick him out of the team. and lets not make Yousuf captain now.

  • Syed Hussaini on April 13, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    Good article. But I would like to know exactly why Younis is being so reluctant to take this job most people consider an honor.

  • Faseeh Qayyum on April 13, 2007, 17:30 GMT

    i dont understand 1 thing. Why does PCB kiss younis khan's behind? he already said no to them before and then they went back to him and looks like begged him to take the position. I never understood why he became the VC in the first place. PCB should stand up for itself and act like all the other boards where players are afraid of it not the other way around. I say dont even pick this guy. For as long as i can remember he never had a place in ODI's until they made him VC and then he had to had a place. This is just outrageous.

    WHere is Imran khan now? he always defends younis but i would like to know his comments on this.

  • Younis Khan on April 13, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    You guys must be crazy to think i would ever wanna be a captain. Didn't you all see what inzi went through, do you think i would ever wanna go thru this path. Our whole cricket organization is corrupt and until and unless mr musharraf and nasim ashraf are out of the organization, i won't even dream about leading this team. Let someone else take that job and get humiliated by media. I am not ready yet.

  • anser azim on April 13, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    Why to discuss captaincy in the first place? Pakistan team has many other issues that need be resolved before this. Yunus has a point in declining the captaincy. I think the PCCB should call Imran and Miandad and other stalwarts to find a genuine solution to the basic problems that are associated with the team. For 140 million people this is the only sport where they have some pride. In hockey, since the introduction of astro turf the glory days are gone. This is the only sports that fits into the Pakistani geo-political-economic circumstances. And there is no dearth of talent. I hope Pakistani team comes out victorious from this mess.

    Anser Chicago

    anser azim Chicago

  • nadeem on April 13, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    Younis has shown the right way. The cricket crazy neighbours have always been harsh on their players. I think Shoaib Malik is the right choice for captaincy. Only one mantra for the future captain is prevent any kind a groupism in the team and be a good man manager.

  • Hussain on April 13, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Now we can see how much of a coward Younis Khan is. he is not willing to become captain because of the hostile reception the team recieved.

  • Jabran on April 13, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    ??? Don't totally understand the decision, nevertheless I dont think he was a great one day player anyway when he came back into the side i felt it spoilt the balance of the side, if he retires good riddance

  • kamran on April 13, 2007, 17:16 GMT

    Dear Kamran, i cant bleieve how rubbish pakistani cricket is going.Honestly..we'v got a bunch of specialists on our PCB board.who specialise in other than cricket.i feel like swearing.and im so annoyed..so im going to stop here.i love reading your blogs by the way.

    p.s.AFRIDI SHOULD CAPTAIN...imagine at the toss,PONTING TOSSz..and AFFFFFRRRIID CALLS TAILS..how intimidating ayn? better than having Pointing tosses,and shoaib malik calls..BOOOO BOOOO all around the crowd.his a good player.personally i dont like how he plays...too slow for me.COM ON AFRIDI..PCB OFFER HIM U DIM WITS!!

  • haji on April 13, 2007, 16:57 GMT

    I completly agree with what you have said. Forming a committe is neither first nor last time since country got independence in 1947, but what remains to be seen any outcome of committe's investigation and more importantly actions on that basis. Probably 2107 pakistanis may get some result but no chance in 2007. Is it rocket sicence to identify the team weakness!?, the three member committee is just enjoying visists of diffrent cities at board's expense. Apart from publicity its nothing. the real reasons for failure are 1. player politics (for get the country just selfishness to perform or not perform under certain captain), i am sorry to say that in pakistan players are bigger than team. 2. Lack of professionalism. If our big player performs its favour to country and if he doesn't still its ok because he has the right to be selected anyway. credit must go to Bob woolmer, he tried to change unprofessional attitiude of players and the result was that we climbed to 3rd in ranking from 7th, however the big new is that next coach will local, so 2011 world cup expect 8th because bangladesh will be ahead of you!.3 every board chariman talks about grass root changes to domestic cricket since 1980's. I just wonder if that grass has grown by even a centimeter!. 4. Incmpetent management. what does Nasim Ashraf know about cricket? I agree that cricket is in emergency ward but let me tell you its not a hospital ward! PJ Mir is another Pal of president Musharf I wonder when Mrs Musharf will be pcb chairwoman! the net conclusion is that all these committees are just a publicity stunt to waste money and look busy do nothing. However one glimmer of hope is we have abdundant of talent and once these old cricketers(poloitcians) are gone, may be some talented cricker will again raise cricket in Pakistan.

  • AZFAR on April 13, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    I thought I would give up on Pakistani Cricket! Depsite losing $200 on my Dish Network Subscription for World Cup here in US, I was taken aback by the death (murder?) of Bob Woolmer, and then burning of effigies, Parliamentary Committe, PCB performance evaluation etc. etc. Gee we know we are not winners, but boy am I ashamed of how sour a loser we are! Pathetic is the word!!! Look at our neighbours actually they are moving forward despite public outcry.. They have Ravi Shastri (I believe he is a great person and cricketing mind)among the management. What do we have? Losers and below par and less then average cricket players like Salim Altaf, (and who the heck is "Sallo" and what do he knows about modern day cricket) in front to cover the whole pathetic performance. What my gripe is why do we have players like Salim Altaf and this Sallo guy in these positions ? What is their experience with the modern day cricket. What do they know about the pressures of playing cricket day in day out? I think we need someone in recent past to lead. They coach/manager needs to be a people eron and in y opiion needstoe an ALLROUDER so he can provide insight in both areas. Also nohing will work if we are not going to change if we are nt going to change the kind wof wckets we have. Remember my words if we have the same playing conditions and wickets, no coach or player will ever be consistent! We must start making or think of making Seaming Wickets for our first class Venues. WE HAVE POOR SELCTION OF SHOTS AGAINST SEAM BOWLINGS. Any can drive a over pitched delivery or cut a short of length ball but the class comes when you can cope with swinging deliveries and work them. This is where you will get the meat of efforts put in. Rest later!

  • Sharukh on April 13, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    From the South African series to the World Cup. I have eaglerly waited and read every single blog made by Kamran. I never got an urge to make a comment on any of the previous topics, but this one is what i was waiting for.

    Younis Khan is not a good one-day player. He doesnt even rank in the top 5 strong bats of our team. Neither can he bowl. I had always questioned.. THIS GUY CANT EVEN find a spot on the team, and hes our VC ? Thank God something happened ( which totally revolves around politics) and he rejected the captaincy. The team that went to the world cup was split into 2 sub-teams. Few members of the team supported inzi, others wanted inzi out. Shoaib Malik is a very strong member of the team. It is almost certain he is our next captain. But i wouldnt be surprised if somehow if Shahid afridi or Abdul Razzak become captains.

    Its so sad because end of 2006. we were only 2nd to australia.. now wer like.. near zimbabwe and ireland.. Sad P.S Imagine Afridi captaining. Wow.

  • Irfan on April 13, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    I think it is good that Younis has declined the captaincy and I sincerely hope so does Yousuf. At least it will give somebody else a chance to go out in the morning for a toss and make up his mind about whether he wants to bat or bowl and run the gamut. Do not understand all this fuss about Salman Butt. The GUY is not even in the playing eleven!!! How do you go from here to there??

  • Shehzad Khan on April 13, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    Its agreeable that at this critical juncture, Younis should have risen above his personal ambitions and took over the reigns of captaincy. But at the same time, who can blame anyone of the current team to be afraid for their lives and their integrity (read burning effigies, life threatning calls etc). Why should anyone risk their career or even their lives when maybe, just maybe they are sincere and do their best for their country.

    We seem to get so patriotic in judging these players which is typical third world mentality. We dont play any other sports, even hockey gold is thing of the past, and tie all our emotions to a game, A GAME!!...WHY DONT WE REMEMBER THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A LOSER IN A GAME!...if minnows were always to be defeated by the giants, will they for ever and ever be minnows??

    Think people, if we were to be judged for every failure we have at work and had to duck out of back door for every failure?. You do bad on a test or exam and a mob stands out to belittle you?...and chore you do at work fails and there is a gathering outside your house to humiliate you and your familiy?...Would we like to face the same?...do we become unpatriotic if we fail at work and have to answer to "fixing" allegations as to why we failed?

    Younis might be a power hungry person who is just pushing for more and more authority and keeps refusing to take captaincy until it confirms to his ideals, but maybe JUST MAYBE, he just wants to avoid the burden of carrying the unwanted expectations of millions who dont have anything else to do but to carry donkey processions with players pictures.

  • waseem on April 13, 2007, 16:35 GMT

    My preference will be

    Captain Shoaib Malik Manager [Overall Responsible for everything including team selection,cordination ] Bowling Coach Waqar younis bating Coach Saeed Anwar Fielding Coach

    Selection Commatte Javed Miadad Aaqib Javed Rashid Latif

    Players Out : Shoaib Akhter, Azher mahmeed, Younis [NO coward player]

    My test side : Yasir hameed,Salman batt,shoaib,Yousaf,asim kamal,[New young batsman],kamran[or keeper who can bat],GUL,Asif,kaneria, [new Pacy Bowler]

    One day

    Yasir,Nazir,shoaib,yousaf,asim,razak,afirdi,kamran,gul,asif,[young bowler with good pace]

  • Irfan on April 13, 2007, 16:35 GMT

    When I heard about Saleem Altaf's presence in the committee it became crystal clear that this is just a blatant attempt at saving face instead of a fact finding mission. Many a committees in the past sat down and kept sitting until the grass grew around them and till the matter they were investigating died.

    It is no surprise now that Mr. Chairman is saving some of his faithfuls for the days to come. You think this is the end of troubles for Pakistan? you think that most painful issues will ever be tackled in any shape and form? you think Pak cricket will ever be run by somebody with any kind grit and vision, will there ever be a book of guidelines and policies as opposed to the ad-hoc bases that it is right now. To the pragmatist, to the faithful, to the street vendor the answer is a clear emphatic NO!

    Compare our scenario to what happened in India, who were running almost the same story line as the Pak is. They actualy came out with some rally good and meaty decisions and made everybody understood where have they drawn the line. In a quick turnaround they tackled the player power, tackled the complacency by reverting to performance based remuneration system, they also fit to see that too many changes at this precarious stage will not be in the interest of the game so they kept the captain(not advocating Inzi ) Pak cricket is mired into the deep troubles, there is all that talk about changing the infrastructure and all but can somebody look at the obvious failing which is plain as the nose on the faces of the these administrators.

    Where did our batting line up failed? It failed on a bouncy and green top track! Can we not give our youngsters such tracks so they play their cricket on seamer friendly conditions and learn to survive. Master the technique of batting on hard and bouncy tracks. Please dig out these sponges all across the country you call WICKETS! if technology can grant you the ability to spray a pitch with glue to keep it intact how much of a technology will be required to install some hard and bouncy tracks? Provide training at a younger age pull players from junior teams such as U-19's and U-25's. There is a lot of money spent to get them the international exposure for what? so that they could play for a department for the rest of their lives and never see an international arena. Likes of the current chairman will be gone from the scene and the memory like a flash but people like Air Marshall Noor Khan stay in the memory because of their strength and courage to take bold decision in the face of adversity. Right now, I think all that is going through the mind of current chairman is stay on for as long as he possibly can without implementing the constitution that he so vehemently promised.

    Somebody please come and rescue us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shahzad Arif, England on April 13, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    Another very well written blog Kamran bhai. I think the biggest dilema with Pakistan cricket isn't the players or the fans, its the PCB. I've been following Pakistan cricket since late 80s and PCB has always made sure they do what they want. We've players like Salim Altaf and Wasim Bari serving PCB and getting paid in millions every year who have no knowledge or hardly any knowledge of cricket and what's going on around them. Whereas people like Waqar Younis are humilated by these idiots. When a genius like Waqar wouldn't get the right treatment from PCB how could we expect people like Wasim Akram would even think of doing something for Pakistan cricket under PCB? We seriously need to get rid of all these people forming useless and stupid committees in PCB and bring in people like Wasim, Waqar, Ramiz...who could take our cricket to next level. May Allah show us and the PCB the right path. Ameen

  • ZAFAR on April 13, 2007, 16:26 GMT

    Why is supporting Pakistan such a headache? I'm happy Younis Khan has declined the captaincy cus his dismissals in the Champions trophy and World cup were just shocking for a batsmen with his talent the team's under pressure and there he goes hooking and pulling the ball its as if he was giving his wicket away. There has been stuff said about why he refused 2 be captain last time and i agree with Younis khan he wanted 2 know why Faisal Iqbal was been picked ahead of Asim [our mr cricket] Kamal. Any answers anyone? I'd just like to add another comment on the opening pair i think Asim Kamal should be given a chance in one days to open the batting his role should be 2 bat the 50 overs what have we got to lose its not as if the openers we've got r any good anyway. [i know its never gonna happen]

  • Shakeel on April 13, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    yk is a good batsman. But i doubt he could be a better captain with all the turmoil going on with pakistan cricket. I think it is a good decision by yk not accepting the captaincy. I think shahid afridi can be a good captain. Everyone knows how brutal he can be in odi.

  • Noman Aziz on April 13, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    My advice to the team and the selection board;

    1- Search for the captain; So Younis declined the captaincy offer, how coward of him. This is the time we he should have volunteered for captaincy to bring the team out of trouble. In my opinion Shoaib Malik should also be given a go. He seems the type of character who could make decision under pressure. He probably is the only one in recent times who showed some sort of consistency and fight when other just crumbled; lives to fight another day kind of characteristic. I leave that with the selection board to decide.

    2- Search for the openers: This should be the priority. Pakistan has been long unsuccessful in finding solid openers since Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwar left the scene. I think instead of dwelling on young teenage blood, Pakistan should now adopt a new strategy. Look for reasonably mature players in the national level teams, players who could be in their late 20 rather than early 20s. Idea of bring a young player and then grooming him hasn’t really worked. Leave the grooming to be done at the national level not international.

    3- Find better fielders: Up till now fielding has been considered as an additional skill that a player possesses. It has not been given the due recognition. Selection criteria should also incorporate good fielding. A system of say bands should be introduced whereby a player falls in a band of crap fielding, he shouldn’t be given chance at national level. Calculation of the band should be based up on at least 50 days of cricket that a player had played at the national level. Bearing in mind that a moderate player with outstanding fielding can make a difference and can put extra pressure/doubt in the minds of batsmen, Jonty Rhodes is the best example.

    4- Similarly, a system of points should also be helpful where points would show recent batting/bowling form of a player. For example for a player up for selection, a minimum of say 50 points should be required. Calculation of point should be done based on their current performance and also their consistency. One off performances shouldn’t weigh that much, if a player is going through a bad patch, someone else with more points should be given chance immediately.

    5- Spot the raw talent early; In Pakistan you need to be player at national level to catch the selectors attention. Hunt for a player should begin a lot earlier than that. For example at school level. PCB affiliated coaches should teach at school level in order to spot the talent as earliest as possible

    Noman Aziz

  • Raghu Menon on April 13, 2007, 16:08 GMT

    Who can blame Younis for refusing the captaincy? Pakistan Cricket is at its rock bottom in every sense of the term and it will need a brave man to be Captain of a team that is engulfed in murder of a coach, the most vicious politics imaginable, religion dominating the dressing room and abunch of individuals who cannot function as a team. Younis is wise if not brave.

  • Imran Iqbal on April 13, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    Accountability is one thing our nation & politician want only for others not for themselves, that's why we never can hold any body accountable. PCB's performance evaluation is nothing new or different.. Just a farce... Now Younis Khan had shown his behaviour about captaincy before and I do not get it why people insist to make him captain time and again. What achievements he has which make him the fittest? Looking busy on the field does not make someone automatic choice. Excuse he has this time around clearly shows how able he is when it comes to handling pressure. Fan's reaction is not new to Pak cricket which is not only for captain but entire team. So why he think he can still play for the country on his choice only? Why does not he quit Pak cricket altogether? If he has conflicts within team / board then those are going to stay even in test cricket. It's time to kick this lad out.. And PCB should focus on appointing someone on merit (ah.. which they don't know themselves) instead of seniority...

  • Gugu on April 13, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Everything is so true but to blame religion and then supporting this reason is not true. Were we not world champions in Cricket, Hockey, Snooker and Squash, all at one time so has religion and offering prayers destoyed everything. Why is our government not doing the best, when supposedly it is led by hideous enlightened moderation which finds every thing almost problemetic in Islam? Don't get me wrong, I am not a supported of suicide bombs or many things that are done wrong in the name of religion but to blame religion and offering prayers for losing out in World Cup is utter crap. P J Mir asks what are we trying to prove by offering collective prayer in business class flight? What does he expect, to put cricket nets in the flight and break the windows. Please, do not make your religion feel so shame that others have open ground to criticise our identity. This is my request to every body. Thank you.

  • Affan Qureshi on April 13, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    Wow! What a weak character at display. Youngsters, please do NOT follow the example. Where are the Imran Khan's or Javed Miandad's or Wasim Akram's of Pakistan cricket who never never give up under any circumstances? Who have a backbone and are willing to face the heat.

    I am glad Younus Khan showed his character (or lack of it) at home instead of on the field. (Although he showed it there as well).

    Come on guys! You lose to WI and Ireland in the ugliest manner and you expect people to welcome you with bouquets and chocolates? Look at NZ or SL. Even if they lose the World Cup I am sure the country would be proud of them. At least they played their best game. The difference between Aus and other countries is strength of character. BD is an example.

    I know this subject has been (over)beaten so I should stop here. :)

  • Yassir Ashraf on April 13, 2007, 15:51 GMT

    There are times in a person's life when he has to stand up and be counted. This was such a time in Younis Khan's life. Here was a golden opportunity for the man, to look past whatever has gone wrong in the past and zero in what needs to be done to pull Pakistan cricket out of these dire straits. However, it was not to be. Woolmer moulded Younis into a world class batsman, but couldnt mould him into a leader. But I guess leaders are born, not created. Thank you, Mr Khan, for adding your two cents, for this never ending saga.

  • Zarak Khan on April 13, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    Solution out of this mess:

    1) Disband the entire team except Mohd Asif, Salman Butt and maybe Yasir Hameed

    2) Convert the Pak under 19 team to become the Senior team representing the country in Test matches etc. Include M.Asif, Salman Butt in this team

    3)Deport Nasim Ashraf back to USA on PIA economy class

    4) Fire Salim Altaf and his sycophants

    5) Send senior members of disbanded team ( Inzi, Yusouf etc) to Ireland for extended stay, training and Tableeghi mission

    6) Persuade Imran Khan to give up politics, since it is not getting him anywhere,and concentrate on Pak cricket affairs and Shaukat Khanum hospital projects

  • Khizar Hayat on April 13, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    Well Kamran! Salim Altaf is brother of our dear Naeem Bokhari. The rest is anybody's guess. For Younis, I won't say he is indespensible but if our future captain (Malik) fails in the short term then who to rely on? The failure is obvious in the face of player power. Whether afridis, razzaqs and shoaib Akhtars of this world would let him? The logical outcome would b asif becoming captain which will be very premature. I think we have a Kim Hughes in the making.

  • Abdullah, Abu Dhabi, UAE on April 13, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    I dont agree with you on that Kamran Sahab. Sure the team mucked up pretty bad. Sure their performance was miserable. But how many of us succeed in life, in whatever we do, always and perfectly? Exactly - none of us. We all muck up now and then. The way we have insulted, degraded and totally run down the entire team is way below the belt. I can understand Younis - in his shoes, I wouldnt want to lead the team either. Not because the team is unfit, but because this country and its people are. We're not humane enough to forgive and not decent enough to deal with our emotions, keeping those of others in mind. Criticism must always be accompanied by respectful undertones.Otherwise it is just plain hate-mongering. Something we Pakistanis are experts at.

  • Cricket Fan on April 13, 2007, 15:45 GMT

    Wait and watch the same old scenes get replayed, I mean to say that there is like a 70% chance of Younis Khan taking a U turn once again and take the captaincy. Or maybe Dr. Naseem Ashraf just decides to "refuse Younis' declinination", you can just about expect anything to happen. The State of Pakistan cricket is just a representation of the state the whole country is in. The pathetic drama serial just keeps on running. May God help us.

  • Lala from USA on April 13, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Well said Kamran, this committee invstigation is not focussing on the main culprits who are responsible for the current pathetic performance of Pakistan cricket team during world cup and recent foreign tours. Top few names in PCB administration who led to post world cup blues are Sharyar Khan, Salim Altaf, Ramiz Raja, Inzimam, and Bari. I am sparing the name of Bob Woolmer since he passed away. Salim Altaf instead of asking questions should be grilled himself. All these people supported Inzimam as all powerful captain despite his behaviour in England tour of 2006, terminated Miandad and Aamir Suhail from PCB when team was being rebuilt and was going up in Test and ODI ratings (If you recall Miandad's previous assignment as a coach, he built a world class cricket team which reached 1999 cup final but since he was a hurdle for match fixers in that team, he had to leave just days before world cup 1999). I have heard about criteria of team selection recently by Inzimam has been praying behind him or Mushtaq that is why players like Yasir Hamid and Salman Butt been out of favour. Middle order batsmen of quality - Asim Kamal, Raza and Faisal Iqbal to some extent were not allowed to florish since it risked Inzimam's own spot in the team. I am amazed to read Younis Khan's reaction over the reception players got on return from West Indies. Was he expecting rose petals showered at players and he be lifted on shoulders after getting out cheaply on reckless shorts in do or die WCC 2007 matches. Inzimam and others who arrived in Lahore missed grand reception since they went out through Cargo area (People had jootas in their hand at Lahore airport). When you play well you get all the credit, fame and money but when public is told for every bad result during last 2-3 years that team is being prepared for world cup and then team looses to Ireland and West Indies whom every other team is knocking out, what else players expect. (Yeh toe abhi kisi khilari ki pitai ki khabar nahi aayi hae, khocha zara unko public mein aaney doe!). With Younis Khan out of captaincy race, top candidates are Shoaib Akhtar, Afridi and Malik. Among these Akhtar is a definite selection for both Test and ODI. He is energetic, chrismatic, and few years left in him for Pakistan crcket. Give him a chance with either Afridi or Malik as his vice. Rashid Latif as coach will handle the team very well. Other sincere ex players like Miandad or Aamir Suhail could be the chief selectors. I tell you with the best bowling attack in the world (with Shoaib, Asif, Gul, Sami and Kaneria) all Pakistan needs is good top order batsmen, and a wicket keeper who can keep & bat like Gilchrist/Sangakara/Boucher/McCallum/Dhoni. We will be on top again - inshallah Lala

  • Ashaq on April 13, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    I would like to thank Wasim Saqib for your kind comments concerning the debate between myself and Javed.A.Khan.

    Being a notorious hothead I think credit goes to Javed bhai for approaching the debate in a non-confrontational manner.To which I only reciprocated.

    Javed Bhai I have re-read your post concerning beards. Also perhaps the word admonish was not the right one to use so apologys on both counts.

  • Niss Khan on April 13, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed and amazed with comments made by Younis Khan on not excepting the captaincy. If it is really for the reasons he has stated then that is baffling to say the least, Surely Mr Khan was well aware of all the pressures which come when playing for either Pakistan or India, Did he really think that burning effigies and players getting abused is something recent in the the sub-continent? Come on Younis, who are you fooling? It has been happening for years and will continue as that is the nature, emotions of our people. Like you I don't agree with it, however it is part & parcel of being an international cricketer in the sub-continent.My main disappointment is that someone who majority thought had makings of a good captain has lead on the PCB and fans over the last few years when excepting the position of vice-captain, what was the point in expecting that? Surely we could have groomed someone else during this period instead finding ourselves in a situation where Mr Younis Khan has left us.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on April 13, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    Kamran Sahib do u really believe that this blog or the millions openion of the cricket loving fans of Pakistan appearing in the media can change the attitude of PCB. Shaheryar Khan along with so many others have rightly felt the conspicous presence of Salim Altaf in the performance evaluating committee. I think Dr. Nasim Ashraf thinks that Pakistanis are stupid people and as time passes by this whole thing will die down, that is why this eye wash is being planned.

    Coming to Younis khan's reluctance in accepting to lead Pakistan, I think there is no doubt in the fact that he gives his 100% to Pakistan cricket, that he really developed under Bob and a very valuable player in the team. The reason that he cited for not accepting the captaincy is very foolish. Firstly PCB pays all these cricketers a very handsome salary plus the match fees and they get these salaries to put in their 100% to their job, which if Younis Khan does then it is what is expected from each one of them. Cricket now is a profession the bread & butter earner for trhem and all the professionals are required to carry on their job in the best way that is required. I must also advice Younis that it is not just a game that he is playing instead its his job and when you carry out your job then you better do it with the fullest devotion or else you must go, so Younis has to realize this. The treatment that was metted out to them was fully deserving and they should have known this from before. The news of how our players behaved in West Indies are filtering in and believe me ....its not very good so the reaction of cricket fans is justified. You have played badly and you really deserve all this, when you perform well you also get the showers of blessings alongwith cash incentives, so I dont think you should start cribbing about the treatment that you have recieved now. This goes for all the team members and not only Younis. This out burst of Younis and the last interview of Inzamam is nothing but a campaign in the media to soften down the emotions of the cricket loving Pakistanis and nothing else.

    Now about the captaincy issue, I think the most important factor for a captaincy candidate is his willingness to accept challange and committment. Younis now has failed twice on that count and we simply cannot have a team led by an individual who is so indecessive in this area. The next important thing is that going to the media about it is also a breach of the discipline code and Younis has been found guilty of this misconduct twice so to me he certainly does not deserve to be even an outside contender of this honour. Strange though it may sound but I have a feeling that eventually the PCb will decide to give this honour to him only and all what is happening is just an eye wash campaign and like Inzamam we will again have an unworthy and immature captain leading our team.

    The names that are circulated are also not worthy of this honour for the simple fact that Shoaib has a big problem in his technique and cannot be a certainty for the greentop and bouncy wickets and may prove to be an excess baggage on tours outside the subcontinent. As regards Shahid Afridi well he too is very temperemental so he should be counted out. What we need is some one with a ballance mind, young and with a sound educational back ground and to me Salman Butt looks to be the ideal choice. Having mentioned I must also inform the other contributers in this blog that my choice is based on merits only and not because of any polerization. (I have noted some comments indicating that people from karachi are supporting shahid and the punjab segment is backing Shoaib and the frontier wants Younis)I definately do not belong to any such category, I am from Karachi and a Pakistani only, and dont believe in any sort of polarization. With Salman Butt incharge we can look towards future and he really has impressed me with his conduct and attitude, he also looks confidant while facing the media.

    Appointing a captain only will not serve the purpose, and we also need to finalize the sellection committee, the appointment of a coach and the trainers. The coach and trainers should be qualified foriegners preferably from Australia. The coach should be a strong person, someone with a Greg Chappel type opf a no nonsence approach, he should have more powers than Bob Woolmer and with more say in the teams affairs. He should also be a co opted member of the sellection committee. Perwaiz Mir should be made the secretary of the board and Dr. Nasim Ashraf should be asked to lock up his big mouth and let PJ do all the talking, for he looks to be a guy with guts and is not scared to speak the truth.

  • Saad on April 13, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    Thank God Younis is retiring from ODI and not taking captaincy either.

    His record in ODI is awful. He has scored only two centuries. One of them against Mighty...Hong Kong and other one in Eng last year. He thinks he bats like Hayden in ODI...Mr Younis...you dont.

    This was an ideal time to become a captain. Morale is so low that he cuold have asked for all the powers and PCB would have been more than happy to give it to him. Yet he had cold feet again. Again he got chickened out. He can not handle the pressure its as simple as that. I think he thinks of himself too much...he is not Mike Brearly or Imran Khan when it comes to being a captain. He is yet to prove himself as a captain. All his test wins came when Inzy was sitting in the dressing room. All he has proved so far that he is dangerously tempramental as a captain. The argument which later turned into a fight with Afridi two years ago in WI tour showed how immature he is. We dont need a captain with mood swings and poor man management skills.

    Lets bring on the new guys. Like Shoaib Malik as captain. Fresh ideas. Include the guys from Under-19 teams for last 2-4 years years. Lets drop Kamran Akmal the non-performers. Lets look ahead other than drama-queen Shoaib Akhtar.

    For god sake...once in a while make a green top pitch in domestic cricket. Only once in my lifetim I dont want Pak batsmen to wet their pants when they see a green pitch like they did against Ireland.

  • Abdul-Basit on April 13, 2007, 15:18 GMT

    Kamran, Gem of an article, I really acknowledge and appreciate your thoughts, you have spoken after my heart. Really this committee is useless exercise and more ridiculous when Salim Altaf is included in it. He has been at the helm and one of the responsibles for malign affairs in cricket. How he could be in the committee??? its mind boggling. I once critisized you for unfairly dragging Dr. Naseem Ashraf but now I realize that You had better sense of Nasim Ashraf's caliber and events to come. Now we acn only pray for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. Regarding Younis Khan's declining, I think its better he is exposed earlier about his capataincy material. It clearly shows he is not mentally strong enough to take the hardship of captaincy so its better he is out of the race. My gut feeling says Shahid Afridi should be given a chance. There is every chance he would be a better player under responsibility and can instill enthusiasm and spirit in the team.

  • Dawar on April 13, 2007, 15:16 GMT

    Hello All,

    The situation is created by Inzi & his group. Inzi was very late to take his retirement. I wish he could take this retirement one year ago, things could be different today. He was a dictator and never allows any one to become leader of the team in his short period of time of his captainship. I think people who support him blindly are equally responsible to create such situation. Now times come people are suggested to make Salman Butt Captain of Pakistan Cricket team. Please note Salman does not have permanent position in the team. Some folks are talking about Shoab Malik, who thrown the match on purpose as a Captain. And his character is doubtful. He is not very mature. Please see the video below: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6846012691398407951

    Mohd. Yousuf does not have Captain Personality. He is our best batsmen; I think it’s better for him to stay away from Captainship. Abdul Razzak is always unfit against strong opponents or in the big tournament. Not very strong mental strength and his performance are declining.

    Younis khan is the best choice for the captainship. But due to players group politics (which indicated by Javed Miandad & others also) he is very frustrated. For the long term solution we need to come out from this situation. We should remove all players involved in any kind of power player politics. We are not sorry for them after their performance in the World Cup. Our needs it’s to be have a new team with the new motivation. We can keep only few good players from the old team, who were really good & gentle. Such as Shoaib Akthar, Younis Khan, Mohd Yusuf, Sami, Yaisr Hamid, Danish Kaneria, Omar Gul & Afridi. PCB should removed Mohd Hafeez, Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Inzi, Abdul Razzak, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Iftikhar Rao, and Rana Naveed & Shahid Nazir.

    PCB should include young players like Khalid Latif, Fawad ALam, Khurrum Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed, and Anwar Ali & Jamshead in the team. They are doing great in the domestic cricket from long time.

    I think after these changes Younis Khan will accept this responsibility.

    If the same players will be in the team, same issues result will come.

    Also Bring Rashid Latif or Javed Miandad or Aqib Javed as a Coach.

    Dawar USA, LA

  • avais on April 13, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    Younis has disappointed me. He was born and raised in Pakistan and should be well aware of the crowd and media's reaction to defeat in Pakistan and India which although is not right but is reality there. He should not have demanded to change the whole society before he is handover the captaincy. He has shown he is not mentally strong enough to meet all the challenges a captain of Pakistan team can face. Its a captain's job to lead from front and rally the players behind him and he should not be asking others to lay a bed of roses for him. Even he is made captain, he will be looking for excuses and complaints in future, so better look beyond Younis now.

    Shaoaib Malik is not a bad choice, he seems to be a mentally strong person. And, like it or not, Sulman Butt is also a good choice. Agree he doesn't' have his own place secured in the team, but just look around, who has a permanent place in Pakistan team other than Yousuf at the moment. He has been a captain of under 19, Pakistan A and always thought to be a future captain and giving him a run of one year or so is a risky business but worth trying. He has the potential to be a very good captain and a good opener.

  • the maniac from milwaukee on April 13, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    Kamran, your good intentions are misplaced and your advices falling onto deaf ears.Why to even worry about anything when the'sab chalta hai'culture is so much evident. You have hit the nail on the head repeatedly but no one appears even slightly perturbed. I must admit I got it wrong, its not skill versus the unskilled or the organized versus the disorganized, rather it is the honest versus the dishonest. May God have mercy on us.

  • Muhammad Rehan Ghazi on April 13, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran on most of the points. Younis Khan had disappointed many people with his antics the first he got the captaincy. He's a volatile charatcer and he's not in control of himself. Captaincy is an extremely difficult job. And that too of a cricketing nation like Pakistan. Its a very tricky job to pick the next captain. One who can take the team to the next level and get Pakistan's rightful place in the cricketing world. In my view, Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt are the only wothy candidates. Muhammad Yusuf, though a great batsman and person will prove to be worse than Inzi.

  • Akhlaq Hanif on April 13, 2007, 14:48 GMT

    Younis Khan - I have to say Im bitterly disappointed by him turning the captaincy down and the reasons for it. He was upset by the way the fans treated him after the WC return? What did he expect? Huge banners, a party atmosphere? Its not as if it's something new, Pakistan fans turning abusive, he's grown up with that kind of treatment. To me, it sounds like an excuse, maybe he can't handle pressure as well as we thought he could. He has got a contract with Yorkshire so maybe he doesnt want to be captain, then leaving for England. I, am not impressed or satisfied with his reasons.

    Performance Evaluation committee - I agree, its a joke of a committee. If the PCB really wanted to analyse things, why not get Imran Khan, Aamir Sohail, and Javed Miandad to analyse things. These are the people who've played and understand cricket. This PCB committe has been designed to fool the Pakistan fans into thinking that something will be done, and things will change.

    How we've heard the same things for many years now..

    I have to say, PCB is a joke of international cricket. Its full of admin flaws, and always the joke of cricket.

    Nothing will change unless ideas brought forward by Imran Khan are implemented.

  • Tahir (Toronto) on April 13, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    I cannot tell you how relieved I am that Younis Khan declined the captaincy. Nothing personal against him but neither his actions (starting from the champions trophy) nor his play justifies him as being the right choice as the captain. He seems to have a good personality but he isn't the right man right now. I honestly think more than ever that Shoaib Malik has to be the captain! He is young, versatile, extremly talented with the ball and bat, and seems like a good person also.

    I hope that Younis Khan and Inzy both play tests together again, it would be nice to watch and they both leave together from ODI's.

  • Q Zaman on April 13, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    Hello Kamran,

    What a mess Pak cricket has become....WC debacle...Woolmer's murder?.... any one known in Pak cricket is in resign mode.... And now the last straw is Younis's refusal to accept the captaincy..... The same thing happened to India ...they lost in the first round to the WC.... LOOK how civilised they solved everything in 2 Days........

    What is happening in Pak... accusations and counter accusations..... committees being formed... for everything..... to do with ...Evaluatin/captain/coach...... WHY HAS PAK BECOME A LAUGHING STOCK IN THE WORLD

  • Ashaq on April 13, 2007, 14:39 GMT

    I feel quite sorry for Younis Khan. The guy is going through a difficult period emotionally.

    He seems to be the only one to show integrity in this entire saga by refusing the captaincy. He has also shown a willingness to resign from the odi squad.Whilst we have the likes of saleem Altaf and Naseem Ashraf refusing to relinquish their position. Well having Saleem Altaf head the Post mortem is quite bizarre. The Ashraf Character is a strange fish . Naseem Ashraf seems to be acquiring a Phd in the art of Trickeration's.

    Trickeration's is a phrase coined by the boxing promoter Don King, To proudly show his ability to hustle and deceive everyone from Joe Frazier to President Mobutu.

    The way Naseem Ashraf has managed to acquire the position of Pcb Chairman seems to directly mirror the rise of Don King.

    Don King a smooth talking street hustler, conman and convicted murderer. Fresh out of his stint in prison. Became a hangeron around boxing circles. Managing to gain the confidence of several top ranked fighters.

    Don established a friendship with Joe frazier.For the fight between the Heavyweight champion Frazier and Foreman. Don King arrived at the Arena in Joe fraziers limousine. During the fight according to the great man himself."I was enthusiastically cheering for my friend 'smokin'Joe Frazier.As the fight went on I realised that Frazier was going to get hammered by Foreman.So I slowly inched my way towards Foremans corner and started shouting enthusiastically in Support of Foreman. George Foreman gave Frazier a beating and became the new Champ. After the fight I managed to enter Foremans dressing .I ended up leaving with Foreman in his limousine. I arrived at the arena with the Champ(Joe Frazier) And I left the Arena with the Champ (George Foreman)hahaha."

    A couple off years later still as a virtual unknown he managed to convince Mobutu the President of Zaire that a heavyweight title fight would bring prestige and tourism revenue to his country. Mobutu agreed to finance 'The Rumble In the Jungle'.Muhammad Ali established his legacy as "THE GREATEST OFF ALL TIMES".By beating Foreman to regain the Heavyweight title.

    It was also the night the Don became a King.Zaire as a country managed to lose alot of money.(Seems similar to the debacle of the World cup in the carribean).

    To this day Don King has by and large remained the king of the Heavyweights.Yeah he still arrives with the champ and leaves with the champ.

    What would be the odds on Naseem Ashraf managing to hustle a position at the White House. He can then stand next to Bush and rather than making statements against Pakistan cricketers he can make ones against Pakistan.Arrive with a president(Musharraff)and leave with a President(Bush).Now if he could manage that definitely I would rank him ahead off Don King as the Master off 'Trickerations'.

  • Nadia Khan on April 13, 2007, 14:33 GMT

    Change your picture. You look like a fat Squirrel.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 13, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    WOW, a few hours ago after reading the DAWN newspaper, I wrote in the previous thread that there is no news to write home about and cited the example of Khalid Khan's article. Right now on cricinfo and BBC sports I read the breaking news which is like a bombshell on Younis Khan's decision. Although I am calling it a bombshell, yet I am not surprised at Younis Khan's decision. His decision to reject the captaincy offer confirms more about his emotional personality. Like Kamran Abbassi has rightly pointed out, "I wonder how somebody could refuse the leadership of his country at a moment such as this?" Especially more so when he was NOT gonna be a dummy captain, according to him he was offered the post with full powers.

    I concur your views Kamran that nothing predicts behaviour like behaviour but, one doesn't need to be a "shrink" to predict that reaction, since we all are familiar with his behaviour in general. Probably he is trying to follow the footsteps of the PCB Chairman and hoping that the President of Pakistan will ask him to accept it! I hope that is not the case and he stays away from the podium and let the Three Musketeers Committee announce their findings and let the cat outta bag. And let us see who bells the cat?

    Saleem Altaf was a mediocre medium pacer and he was a square peg in the round hole in the PCB administration and still is a PITA in some form or the other, like a cog in the wheel which needs balancing. But, you can't teach an old dog new tricks! Intikhab Alam is another such loyal and faithful performer in this Pak committee circus. He is more than a HMV trade mark, he can sit, stand or roll-over at the first gesture by his circus trainer or His Master.

    The interesting news is Javed Miandad has been giving interviews to the media and asking to curb player-power and also saying that, "the next captain must be strong, but not allowed to dictate to the selectors or the board." that means he wants to share the power as a coach i.e., in case IF he is chosen then he wants to be a member of those committees which in my opinion are just like the Politburo of the former USSR where the power is rested between a few and no individual's "effigies are burnt or their pictures put on donkeys, i.e., in case of a failure" that is a nice way to cover up each others A$$.

    BCCI stands for Board of Control of Cricket in India and I have always asked my Indian colleagues, why do you guys wanna control cricket in India? You shouldn't control it, in fact you should let it flourish and prosper. The simple reply was politics. But, then the PCB stands for Political Cricket Bureau, where cricket and politics go hand in hand. You retire from cricket you go into politics.

    I would like to hear soon the names of Shahid Afridi or Shoaib Malik is announced as the future captain of Pakistan. I won't be surprised if Malik says, 'who plays cricket for the rest of his life, if I can please my Allah for a while that is some achievement for me' takes retirement from cricket and joins the T-Team club of Multan.

  • Shahid Baig on April 13, 2007, 14:21 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, Please don't wate your time on these dishonest and corrupt administrators. I was die hard fan of Pakistan but will not watch cricket any more.

    Musharraf brought this idiot doctor from USA. Could he run any corporate in USA? The naswer is no. He is PCB chief and Human development chief. He doesn't qualify for either of them (how many doctors in USA run these specialized jobs). Mushy has brought these suckers as prime minister and PCB chief. You will ask question what is the interest of Mushy or what is he getting from these (knowing Pakistanis, there must be self interest for everything).

    Younis Khan was over rated by Imran and others. He doesn't deserve to be in ODI team. He realized this and should retire from ODIs.

  • Amir Baig on April 13, 2007, 14:18 GMT

    You are right, committees only make sense if its members are highly respected by all. I dont think thats the case here.

    IMHO, the only solution is to restore the constitution of PCB, bring former players to run it in a professional manner.

    One of the first steps should be to create fast tracks accross the country and domestic leagues should be played on these ground. The core issue is, Pakistan is not producing high calibre batsmen who can perform under high pressure situations.

  • Muhammad Asif on April 13, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    Now its becoming more & more obvious that the need of the hour is a "System" (Just follow the sequence of events). Go back to the basics, put your asses together & develop a System. And then let the system to decide enerything (best 15 crickters, captain, coach,etc;...) rather than the popular nominations. Lets throw a System and discuss its prons & cons. Promote, school, college & university level tournaments & make it interesting enough for spectators (Sponsors can do this job) & lets set the thresholds the only players entertained at national level would be the ones performing consistantly for a couple of years. Have supporting wickets in place & broadcast these matches on your national TV channels (again sponsors can do this job). Just come up with some new workable ideas... And stop talking about these few cricketers that you watch on TV. We all know about them. So no need to repeat the same thing time & again. There are millions more that we cannot see due to the lack of any system in place.

  • Aftab, New Jersey, USA on April 13, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    Pakistan needs to clean it's cricket house. It cannot occur with all the bureaucrats still hovering around. Honestly, I have no hope. Pakistan cricket has come a full circle since the 2003 World Cup and there's no light at the end of this tunnel.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on April 13, 2007, 13:58 GMT

    Kamran Sb.

    Honestly speaking very interesting topic in nature. Actually it is a circus and I do not know how many j..... since I do not want to use unparliamentry language but performance evaluation committee, it is beyond thinking. We are back to square one as I said in my earlier comments that things are going to be bad to worse for Pakistan Cricket. And here we must remember Late Bob as well as Inzi for serving the Pakistan Cricket by knitting the team. Hats off for them. Younis Khan is not that kind of person who can lead the team and in my opinion instead of building the team, he will destroy the team. The problem is at top level who is not ready to understand what all about cricket is and how to handle the situation. They really do not know the crisis Management and it goes without saying that barring SL neither India nor Pakistan can take brave steps to improve their cricket. If some one is not ready to lead the nation, and it is a good example of “administration failure”. Show courage and pick the captain from outside. There should be a combination of administration and cooperation so that things do not go beyond control. But the petty politics is hampering our progress in the department of cricket and I am afraid that cricket will be ruined like hockey in India and Pakistan. People are very fed up with the dilly dally tactics since there is no concrete and solid steps are being taken. We need good Administrator as well as a courageous Selection Committee at first place and they should work like a team and do not get into unnecessary dialogue. What will happen if “Insaaf karne wala hi Mujrim ho”.

    There is no argument that there should be a performance base agenda in Cricket Board, it should be transparent without malice. As we know incentive does play a major role to dig out the best from anyone, but how and where. We can not improve our cricketing problems in one day it is a long term process and you can not solve all the problems in one day. Identify the problems, take a necessary action to solve it. But the way the problems are being tackled by PCB, my assessment is “Less solution More problem” in the coming days like Drug Issue. We really fail to understand that people are not ready to learn from their mistake.. Shakespare was right when he said” Life is a drama, Man is an actor and world is stage, but here we should say “ Committee is a drama, Younis Khan is an actor and PCB is stage”. We only pray that common sense will prevail soon……and I must say you are right.

  • waseem khan on April 13, 2007, 13:54 GMT

    The debacle contunies!! Pakistan cricket is a joke - in fact its gone behyond the joke! Kick this lot out and get overseas professionals (e.g. Allan Border, Graham Goach etc) to run Pakistan cricket.

  • Sunil, UK on April 13, 2007, 13:47 GMT

    I say that Younis Khan is right in turning down the job. He is a proud, upright man and has every right to express his displeasure at the way everyone in Pakistan has reacted to the world cup exit. Younis has given his all to the game and to have him / his family grossly insulted in just not on. Loyalty works both ways, and Asian fans consistently cross the line.

    I am an Indian supported and applaud his stand. I only wish the Dravid had the same sense and not accept a second term in office. I am all for critising, dropping non-performing players, but dishing out personal insults and threats goes to show just how foolish our fair-weathered fans are. Well done Younis, Respect!.

  • Zubair on April 13, 2007, 13:44 GMT

    Salim altaf is happily making money and talking in his stupid english accent as he usually does...giving stupid excuses for our losses...and saying there is plenty of cricket left to be played...(he means there is plenty more money I can make for myself and my 7 generations so please everyone let me just eat cash)....Mr PCB head Ashraf is also enjoying the opportunity presented to himself to make more cash while Musharraf is there....Musharaf on the other hand is busy with the Judge episode so he is asking his friend Ashraf in a letter which he wrote below to take care of matters: "Dekh Ashraf...hum nai aap ko yeh position dai di hai...ab army aap kay sath hai...players kai paisay kum kar dain...jitnay bhi paisain hain aap khud khaeein araam say....aur apnay bachon ko bhi khilainn...Grass Root level say paisay lootna shuru karein is martaba....sab players ko sack kar dein..sirf rishwat kay bases par ab players ko rakha jaii..meri recommendation hai rana naveed...thanks Ashraf"

  • Asjad Mir on April 13, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    I am shocked Younis has declined the captaincy again. His rational that 'they have not been treated well by fans after the world cup' to decline the captaincy was even worse in my opinion.

    First it was Inzamam who showed a lot of temperament in his recent press conference and now its Younis. I think Pakistani cricketers should stop playing cricket and start working for some Soap Opera if they are that keen on showing their non-cricketing talents.

    Miandad recently has been quite right in highlighting that the board needs to control the player behaviour. Our players are clearly failing to respect the great game by putting their personal issues first.

    Everyone expects the fans to behave and learn to be gracious in defeat but recent behaviour of our players shows there is a lot to be desired.

    India had been in the same situation and one feels BCCI have handled the situation much better but on this side of the border PCB is constantly churning controversy after controversy.

    My message to everyone associated with Pakistani cricket ie., fans, players and PCB would be to calm down and contribute in dealing with this situation rather than creating new situations. Losing a couple of games in the WC is not the end of the world cup. It has happened to us in the past, we lost more games in the 1992 world cup but fortunately the format/points system then was different.

    Lets leave this defeat behind us and move forward. Lets concentrate on developing our cricket rather than wasting time in digging ourselves to new lower level every day.

    All the best

  • Aamir Ali on April 13, 2007, 13:33 GMT

    Good riddance! Younis Khan does not even deserve to be playing in the One day team, let alone to be Captain. He has played over 150 ODIs and has never won one single game for the team. PCB should get rid of these seniors who are all politically minded and a burden on the team. My choice for Captain now is Salman Butt - the opener. Butt has shown good Captaincy potential and he can also speak english - which is something to celebrate looking at the dark days of Inzamam's reign. Butt should be the Captain for ODI and Tests. PCB should also look for a foreign coach like Dean Jones or some other Aussie...if we have a young captain like Butt then we can get a good foreign coach because communication will now be easier and we can rebuild the team properly.

  • Masaood Yunus on April 13, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, When will this musical chair program end ? People who should be held accountable are holding others accountable !

    First of all what surprises me is PCB's inefficiency in providing counseling to the players after their highly stressful world cup trip. You as a Doctor would probably agree with me. We don't know whats going on in the players mind right now and a professional counseling will soften the things for them. I am afraid PCB has neglected this until now and it is already showing in player's reaction.

    PCB is run exactly as the govt of Pakistan is run so there are no surprises how the administration is working.

    We are over with the World Cup premature exit and life should move on. We know our players have let us down but they are still our asset. Our Nation, sorry to say just hasn't matured enough and we all should come to agreement that its a sports ... after all !

    Lets give our players a breather and ourselves too and look to future. Our team is in crisis especially after Woolmer's death and a wise person will lend a shoulder and support rather than lashing out on the team in the media all over. This has to end.

    Saleem Altaf ? This guy dont even deserve a mention. He was knocked out by Waqar Younnis's toe crushing yorkers in a TV program. He is a failure and so will his evaluation committee be. Talk about evaluation or accountability commission ... we all know how that works in Pakistan.

    The latest decline of captaincy by Younis Khan, I believe, effectively ends his ODI career even though I still hope that he will show some wisdom but his sour relations with a few players is no hidden secret. All said and done, even though I am a fan of Younis Khan, the captaincy should be assigned to a younger replacement as I mentioned in my previous post as well.

    Lets watch as the events unfold in the next few days.

  • shakir hasnain on April 13, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    younis has at least given an honest reason why the curse of captaincy is not his to bear. I believe we need some one with vision, passion and a certain subversive madness which can shatter these bureacuratic shackles once and for all.

    Salim Altaf in the committee! its like giving Zodiac charge of the crime scene. Listening to Mr. Altaf summing up a situation is a nightmare in itself. He meanders, he latches on to a tangent, he never returns, round and round he goes losing sense , threads and coherence as if they were his fair weather friends.

    I saw him having a go at Waqar Younis once in a discussion on coaching or whatever, and I was left flabbergasted at the way he could not impart any sense to his assessment of what went wrong...let alone where.

    and yes these committees can only be likened to the Roo itay Hilal committee. They scale the towers to sight the moon and braid the nonsensical with the spiritual wasting millions of ruppees in the name of eid and all the hogwash eid has come to symbolise in pakistan.

    A startled look is the only ' stock and store ' of Dr. Ashraf. Accepting / rejecting his resignation means nothing ....

    we need some revolutionaries. We need imran khan , salim yousaf, and all those who exhibted character in the times when the nation expected them to rise above the game.

    shakir

  • jaffar jassim on April 13, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    I wonder Mr. Abbasi, why a learned person like you attack our players to be overly religious for our performance? YOU NEVER once had a problem with religion when Mohammad Yousuf broke all those records last year. You didnt have a problem with religion when our team won against England last year. Damn it, criticize the players for not playing good cricket, dont you dare say it was because they focoused more on religion. WE often talk about irresponsibe journalism, and it is usually the English/American journalists we talk about but you have also followed in their footsteps. You have made some preposterous statements. Raligion should, in face be worn as a badge of honour, and it is the duty of every Muslim to do so. Just because you and i fail to do so, it doesnt mean that we can deny our duties. I am just baffled to read your comments, not once, but twice. I am sorry, but i was a big fan of your blog, but unfortunately, you have hurt my feelings and the feelings of many other people too.

    You are helping people spread a bad image of Islam, just like that silly man P J Mir, and i request you apologise to the people for doing so.

  • ravindra Kumar on April 13, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    I dont understand it. In your previous aritcles, you were dead against his captaincy. Now that the poor guy made his judgement call based on very good reasons, you are writing against him. Are you guys ever happy or just want to be a crying baby ? I mean for God sake's, it is very understandable why does not he want to be captain. He does not want to be explaining everything to parliament, committee whenever there is a defeat. First you accuse him of playing without spine or what not, then the poor guy refuses, you are still not happy. You journalists make everything worse than actually it is like.

    Ravindra

  • Waqas Hasan on April 13, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    Rightly said Mr. Kamran, as the situation is very confusing for all of us as well. The committee is nothing more than waste of time and causing suspecious confusion among the team mates. Decision should be taken on as soon as possible basis and also taking in account the suggestions of great legends of Pakistani cricket. I may disagree with the opinion of author on younis's case as his suggested reasons of declyning the captancy are quite valid but there still some back-door diplomacy should be in progress and we may hear a different story in next couple of weeks. By the way I support Aqib Jawed as the new coach with a seperate bating coach.

    regards, Waqas

  • Kabeer on April 13, 2007, 13:05 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be made skipper, he's the only choice. Younis can drop down the order in ODI's to take Inzi's place, and put Malik at number 3 again where he was so successful previously in Woolmer's reign.

  • Kiran Shah on April 13, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Thank God Younis will not be the Captain. I think it was a DISGRACE that he was even considered for the Captaincy after his behaviour in the days leading up to the Champions trophy. But because he was Nasim Ashrafs blue eyed boy he was kissed, cuddled, and as a result was given the Captaincy once again after his pathetic display of indiscipline by pulling out as Captain just a few days before departure. That this sorry excuse for a professional was once again in line for the Captaincy shows the mis-management of the Chairman PCB and his team, who are still awarding positions based on their own personal likings and dislikings instead of merit. An unstable person like Younis should never be given the privledge to Captain the national team of Pakistan. Now, Pakistan FINALLY has a chance to start afresh. They should appoint SALMAN BUTT as the New Captain of the Pakistan team, and give him a stable vice captain in Shoaib Malik. Furthermore, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousef should not be in the ODI team, they should only be playing Test cricket alone. This is a chance for the PCB to appoint a new and young Captain in Salman Butt and give him a young team that can include players like Hassan Raza, Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Adnan Raza, Khalid Latif, Yasir Arafat, Mansoor Amjad etc. Youth that is inducted today will be experienced tigers by the time the next world cup comes up. If we continue playing chachas and uncles like Younis,Yousef,Razzaq then we are going to be in the same position in 2011 that we were in 2003 and 2007.

  • khansahab on April 13, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    I know Mr Abbasi is greatly agitated by this Performance Evaluation Committee and I can understand why. What a waste of time and resources! I laughed when Talat Ali was questioned as to why Pakistan suffered in the WC. His answer was, “batting failure.” My oh my! What an almighty surprise!

    Of course, getting all out for 130 odd vs Ireland is a goddamned batting failure.

    The issues should have been: Why there wasn’t any gameplan? What was Inzi thinking? Being one of the most experienced ODI batsmen why could he not control his players from poor shot selection? How much discussion was there on gameplan and strategy? How much focus was there on Tableegh? Why did the players not listen? Are they stupid? Do they lack mental strength?

    Salim Altaf is one lucky clown. When he had a debate with Waqar Younis on Fakhr-E-Alam’s show, it was apparent that there is a miscommunication and ego problem within the PCB. Altaf didn’t know what Bob Woolmer wanted. He didn’t know what the Chairman wanted. In fact there was hardly any dialogue between Altaf and the Chairman. Waqar was smirking at PCB’s incompetence when it comes to communication and planning. Altaf expected to be informed of everything without taking the pain of asking. That is not the way responsible people conduct jobs they get handsomely paid for.

    I am very confused about Younis. I don’t know whether to respect or malign him. On the one hand he seems to be the natural and suitable successor to Inzi, being experienced and having a definitive role in the batting line-up, being an energetic fielder and good motivator. On the other hand he was responsible for Pakistan’s loss to West Indies when he dropped Sarwan. Yes we can say that such things happen and catches are dropped, but then we can also say that well, good teams are humiliated and thrashed by minnows every now and then so why worry about Pakistan’s loss to Ireland? He is also a volatile character and his recent behaviour demonstrates that he is selfish and unconcerned about the success of the team, which contradicts Imran’s statement that he is the most selfless player. The excuses Younis has provided for his decision are lame. Does he expect to be gifted sweets after his miserable performance in the WC? Of course Pakistanis will lambast him; that is how it works in Pakistan and if he is not happy with that he should move to Yorkshire.

    I am also amazed at how these cricketers have quickly forgotten everything and are reappearing on the cricket stage. Do they not have any sense of shame? Younis could not care less about what is happening to Pakistani cricket and has signed a deal with Yorkshire. Afridi and the rest are actively taking part in the domestic tournaments. Players who are participating in the national tournaments should have been prevented from doing so by the PCB as a penalty.

  • Abdul Waheed - USA on April 13, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    All I can think about this post WC 2007 saga for Pak cricket and Pak Politics is,

    'Leave It to Beaver'

    Good Luck Pakistan

  • Mohammad Athar Hameed on April 13, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    I am with younis Khan, I think he is very intelligent man. He should not play one Day cricket. He is very hard working and intelligent player. He has tried his luck in one dayer but if we see his record last 150 one day he has played , he scord only one hundred which is against HK. I am not against Younis Khan playing one dayer but evry player should know his limits and younis has made very good decision. He should concentrate only test cricket. I think he can be very sucessfull test player for pakistan. Salim Altaf, I don't know what this man is doing in PCB.He was involved in every decesion before the World Cup. Especially when he sacked Waqar younis. Shaharyar Khan was chairman and he knows that salim Altaf a key player in the World Cup debacle. But no one questioned his position.Actually he should be sacked before anyone else.

  • ubaid on April 13, 2007, 12:43 GMT

    This is nothing more than a temper tantrum from younis khan. Just like a nine year old. " you treated me badly since I have been back, I won't be captain". It most likely soothes his ego and gives him a chance to get even with the nation in a twisted way. Well, I have news for you younis, I am glad a hothead like you is not captain. Mr. Altaf is also in a league of his own. He finds his way back into the addministration, again and again, and again. Despite multiple faliures, and meddling in the team affairs ( starting from the tour of india), repeated blunders, and incompetence at cricket administration, he still is incharge. what madness is that. Are these people on Opium. Please, somebody get rid of these leaches. They won't leave by themselves.

  • AMBER on April 13, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    Bob Woolmers death has saddened players, and lovers of the game all over, it is unfortunate we still do not have a conclusive result after all the deliberations. Mr Kamran abbasi seems to be one journo who instead of being reporter of facts and truth thrives on spineless reporting, it clearly is indicative when he starts to target people with out any substance,it infact is a clear message that the gentleman has not played the game of gentlemen, and when one starts to get to read garbage then I am afraid cricket will not have a bright projection. Lets please keep cricket clean of all politics Mr Abbasi and get on to write facts than fiction, there are plenty of such writers around. I hope you will take this in the positive spirit, its nothing personal at all.

  • Aman Singh on April 13, 2007, 12:15 GMT

    Well, atleast we know that one issue is resolved. It has been a roller coaster, specially in the case of Younis Khan. He NEVER deserved to be given such importance. It is even more dramatic to notice that how Younis is hyping the issue. He is behaving as he is the ONLY individual who is being treated unfairly. Lets not forget the incidents when Pakistani Team came back from the England in 1999 and then in 2003, treatments that some of the Legends of the game (i.e. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saaed Anwar.....MUCH MUCH Bigger names than Younis Khan) recieved. I don't recall anyone making such a fuss. In India, Dhoni's house was burnt down and I dont think that he even made a single comment. He knows that it a part of the whole package for being a cricketing star in the sub-continent. This is certainly sad in this part of the world, but lets not forget, IF they (the cricketers) do well, the public is the one, who praises them and gives them the love, support and respect that they deserve, or perhaps at times much more than that. Younis should realise that he is living is the same universe, where for example in a corporate world; if an employee does well, he/she gets rewarded for his/her efforts and if an employee performs in a fashion that degrades the pride of the firm; that employee simply gets released. If that company does have the right to reward them (sometimes beyond what they deserve), the same firm should have the right to demand the justification for the poor performance as well. In cricketing world, such company is the public/nation and the employees are the cricketers, who are HIRED (paid heavily) to perform in the best interest of the nation. I have never come across any company, that wishes to keep the underperformers as a part of the company in any form; and at the same time considers such irresponsible character as the CEO of the company. Younis Khan is clearily a twit character. He should be thankful that the public of Pakistan forgave him for his amatuer and irresponsible behaviour prior and during the ICC Champions Trohpy. YK also knows very well, if he doesnt get appointed either as a captain or VC, his role in the team, particularily in ODIs would be limited to the water boy, who might keep extra chewing gums in his pockets. That is why he is hinting towards retirement for ODIs. YK never deserved such status, however, its about time to say ADIOS! The cricket followers are very thankful of you (Mr YK) for atleast clarifying one outstanding issue. Atleast we know, it is NOT YK.......At last, GOOD LUCK to Yorkshire fans, guys don't keep your expectations too high!

  • Aafat from Toronto on April 13, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi, after 40 years of backing Pakistan I have given up. I support Younis 100% for not interested in the captaincy, however he should come out and say the 'real' reason, i.e is the Chairmanship of Mr. Ashraf, I wouldn,t say Doctor, because a Doctor is supposed to save an ill patient and NOT kill a healthy body.

  • H.Malik on April 13, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran, What else you could expect From The chairman PCB , being a buddy of the Musshy the wisshy washy general as the others who ruled Pakistan , what else could be expected . Rest assured this commiti of slef appointed slef confessed righteous Imoral people ( Selu excluded )the findings will be wisshy washy too even it is made public , no action would be taken like the Hammoodur Rehman Report , the Ojri camp report , hundreds dies , thousands killed country dismembered , IF ANY ONE FORGOT , TWO GNENERAL PRSIDENTS were at the helm of the affirs, DID ANY BODY Resgined , did any action happened ? Wishy Wash Genral & his cornies will do the same here , so why expect any good out of BAD INTENT by the WORST PEOPLE and their findings EXCEPT the they are boarding and lodging in a 5 star hotel , business class travel , TA/DA given , milking the COW called PCB like all these Gnerals have been MILKING THE COW called Pakistani nation . Blame is already Out , if no one heard , I repeat it here like Mullah INZI said loud & Clear " Qismat or it was divine choice that we did not play good cricket and got kicked out " . I am glad Younus have the courage and heart to Decline the CAP , he deserves a good pat , I think it is also his good intention to drop out of the ODI and just concentrate on the Test . I hope the sense will prevail on the PCB & the poower to be NOT TO APPOINT a Tanited match fixer as the Captain , if they want the ICC & corruption unit of ICC to be kept a safe distance and away , SHOIAB MALIK must never be given any job CAP or vice CAP .Him at the help you will be asking for uncalled for attempts by every body in the cricket world to suspect every time the team goes out and palys its usual game ( I mean lousy and unerpar performance ) .. Bring in Acquib Javed as a coach and Sarfraz ( CAP of WC2006 winner of under 19 ) or if you feel experience than bring in Hassan Reza as CAP , for God sake , do not give the job to any one in the current team ,, no one in the current corps of national crickets, deserves it after this debacle at the 2007 wc

  • M.A HYDER on April 13, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    when a crony Urologist runs the affairs of Cricket what else you expect! Kamran you missed to mention the stage drama of Dr Ashraf resignation Performance of our team now asks for an upgrade to Proctologist.Hey Musharaff find another crony to put him in LINE OF FIRE ali

  • mustafa hasan on April 13, 2007, 11:52 GMT

    To a certain extent this was expected I guess. Younis Khan never did appear to be leadership material so, in a way I think it is good for Pakistan cricket. Whether he retires from one day cricket or not it is an indication of not being able to handle pressure. They should give a chance to a new face to establish himself altogether and send a signal at the same time that if ones total effort and dedication is not in cricket itself whether it be ODI's or tests then one doesn't deserve a place in the team to start of with. From the current crop Shoaib Malik seems to be the right choice with Mohammad Yousuf as the vice captain. However, with Kamran Akmal's performance being the way it has been I would suggest to bring back Moin Khan not only in the team but as captain. He had the guts and leadership qualities, so as it seems. However, I am not sure if that is doable specially after his well publicised home feud? Thus the drama continues! MAH, Atlanta - GA.

  • Harish on April 13, 2007, 11:30 GMT

    If younis khan is not intrested in captaincy, leave him alone. Even otherwise, he is does not fit into ODI team after his disaster performance in WC. It is a good development .That he declined on account of angry reaction and lack of support from fans is very amusing.But who would not be angry if performance is so bad. Who would have dreamt that they are going to lose to debutant Ireland. make Mohd. yousuf the captain for inital 2-3 series. Make Shoib malik the vice captain.He has good temperament.This way Malik shall gain experience and can then be elavted to captain within a year. Show cause notice of extreme bad performance should be issued to following 1. Inzamam 2. Younis Khan 3.Mod. Hafeez 4.Imran Nazeer (first two crucial matches)5.Kamran Akmal 6.Rana Naved and above all Azhar mahmood(he should be banned from playing altogether for pakistan).

  • Sitarah Anjum-London on April 13, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    I do not understand why PCB is bothered abt Younas Khan at all. What attributes has he got to be the good captain? Just because he has been a vice captain for few years does not automatically make him eligible for this post which requires leadership skills, good strategy brain, tolerance and capability to gel the team together and lead from the front. Younas Khan hasn't got any of these qualities. I'd be happier if he moves his arse away from the Pak cricket altogether as we do not need any thick headed, arrogant and temperamental players like him. He's a bad influence. What special did he do that he should have been given a warm welcome! He should realise that whatever he is today it's due to us public and media. He should apologise to the whole nation for letting us down so badly. Remember how he gave away his wickets in WI and IRE matches. Was he blind or dumb who did not know how to play when players are standing in slip and galley to take his catch but he was playing in such a way that made me suspect his commitment and sincerity to be honest.

    Yousaf, oh NOOOO this man is so soft and weak that nobody is going to listen to him. He perhaps bullied bowlers on dead wickets but he's a pathetic fielder and too old and is not a long term solution. He does not have the personality to lead the team like Pak!! Shoib Malik is still young, inexperienced and worst thing he's also short tempered. Remember how he gave away a local match in 20-20. Is it worth taking the risk with him?

    Now what options are available? May be Shahid Afridi or a totally new option Salman Butt... It would be a lottery for Butt as he is currently not in the squad in the first place let alone be a captain of Pak team. I know some people said about Afridi that he's got temper and not consistent with his batting. But think about the others and compare who has got more positives and then accordingly consider them. In my opinion I find 2 negatives in Shahid that's off course his batting and temperament. But do not forget that he's a good fielder as well as good ODI bowler, 200+ wickets! He has been captain of local team and I think he did not gain enough confidence due to in and out policy in the national team so he should still be considered as a strong candidate. I am not too sure about Salman Butt except that he's young, handsome guy who has got good command over English and if made captain then won’t speak embarrassing English in the media like Inzamam, Younas, and Yousaf! I agree there must be some kind of educational training for all the players and they must know how to speak, read, write and understand English.

    PCB should make a list of potential contenders for captaincy and then invite them one by one for a long interview and ask them competency based questions just like in any job interviews. Assess their personality, mind, performance, ability and hunger to succeed and motivate the team and then accordingly select Captain and vice Captain. The only way to success is MERIT. If PCB still did not learn from their past mistakes and used the same old ways of selecting captains and players in the team then I bet this chaos will never end. Only faces will change not the performance. The problem lays within the system not the individual. If they adopt a sensible strategy and system and make everybody to follow it then there’s a hope otherwise I do not see any change just like the Politics of Pakistan!!

  • Omer Admani on April 13, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    I feel No-one from the team deserves captaincy. Someone from domestic cricket-- with leadership skills and tact-- should be made captain. Even if he averages 20 with the bat. And if that person really understands the game, then he will improve himself. Among the options we have: Shoaib Akhter seems like the best option, but he will never be there in the team. Malik barely deserves a place in the team. If PCB ever learned anything, they should be selecting batsmen with better technique right now, so that we can bat on green pitches, and in moist and swinging conditions. Mohammad Asif is a very good choice. But, again, ethics will remain a question and his appointment will only bring further international controversey (btw, who won the case in the dope case?). Afridi is neither tactful, nor does he pass the integrity test. And neither the patience one. Mohammad Yousof-- no. Asim Kamal?

  • mdvirani on April 13, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    What a drama played by the PCB chairman Mr.Naseem Ashraf, sending his resignation to the President who duly rejects it and ask him to continue to further ruin the game of Cricket in this country, I was not surprised by this at all, the same management is back, nobody is fired, nobody took the blame of the defeat, only Inzi was targeted and the management of the PCB was left alone.This was done to others sports as well like Hockey, Squash and others, friends and relatives are given top slots without relative qualification. All the sport bodies in our Country our corrupt and an Operation Clean Up is required to save Sports in Pakistan.Investigation should be made against all the officials of the Sport bodies and check their bank accounts and why they are still serving when the sports is being destroyed in our country. Take an example of Saleem Altaf, what he has done for Cricket or for Pakistan, he is now been made Director Special Projects! I request the President to make Zaheer Abbas the PCB chairman and fire all the exisitng officers and built a new management and like wise all the Sport bodies should have former sportsmen as their head which have served their country with distinction.

  • Zain on April 13, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    What is he doing? Pakistan need someone to help them recover and Younis sure looked like the man to do it. But here we go another Pakistani dilemma

  • waseem on April 13, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    Hi, I am now fed up with Younis Khan's childish behaviour. First he refuse captaincy in championship but then he accepted it once chairman resigned. I am prity sure he is doing same dirty politics again to get rid of few players. I think make young player like Shaob malik a captain and as these players will not support him so try to build a new team around Yousif,Asif and Razaq type of players who don't involve in team grouping etc .

  • shabz on April 13, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    Time and time again it all boils down to the same root cause. The pakistan management is a farce and should not be involved in any future matters. The problem is not the players its the management. Have a look at bangladesh or Sri lanka why are these sub continest teams doing well and not havin these problems because their management does not play politics in cricket like we and india do. If it was up to me i would kick them all out and let the players solve the problems for themselves watch the improvement if this was to happen.

  • Fareed Nasir on April 13, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    Thats quite a change from your "bring on the calypso" blog. When you wanted the players to hurt more. I wrote in response " bend it dont break it". That is what we have done to the players. I am sure you have heard of PTSD. A lot of the players who went through that hell in Jamaica will never be able to compete and play at the highest level. There has been no support for the players whatsoever. As I have been saying, yes they lost a match to ireland. The punishment is far exceeding the crime. Now we get the results, Younis has declined captaincy. And no Kamran he hasnt made a mistake. Good for him, I hope other players have the sense to do the same. No one so far has defended our players, no one so far has written about security lapses in jamaica, No one so far has written about the sub standrad pitch, no one has questioned the inept and below par investigations by jamacain police, NO ONE HAS MADE OUR PLAYERS FEEL LIKE PLAYERS AND NOT CRIMINALS. That is what Younis Khan wa trying to say. Its easy to crticise everything, however criticism without any suggestions for improvement is the easiest and perhaps worst form of Journalism. No wonder we have so many articles against players. All negative none suggesting any solutions.

  • Amer Hussain on April 13, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    It goes from bad to worse....can Pakistani cricket sink any lower? They have to throw out the politics and the religion. Cricket is a game. There are many who have played it and many more that will. Surely the Patron of the PCB must realise that politics is ruining our beloved sport.

    So what is the solution? Its simple. Disband the PCB, get rid of all the politics and politicians, hire a consultancy firm who have experience in sports management and get them to build a cricket infrastructure - board, coaches, players etc.... from scratch. Give them a blank sheet of paper, draw a map of Pakistan, give them 6 months and all the talent in the country and get them to come up with a system that works. But they must have 1 sole objective - MAKE PAKISTAN INTO A SUCCESSFUL CRICKET NATION - nothing else, forget the past, forget the World Cup, forget the infighting, the squabbling, forget everything other than PAKISTAN CRICKET.

    Anyway, Afridi for ODI captain and Shoaib M Test Captain - better than YK any day.

  • Rizwan Younus on April 13, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    Salam To all. Well the behaviour of younis khan does not surprise me. He seems to me to be a selfish moody man. the country needs him to take our team forward and instead of taking it on as a challenge he had rejected it yet again. He seems to be a difficult individual and should look at Inzi who even when he took over was not a natural leader tried his very best. You should be ashamed of yourself younis khan Bob always showed faith in you as a player and you would not be in the team if it was not for him how do you repay him??? act like a kid. I would give Salman Butt a go. Look at South Africa Graeme Smith took over when he was only 22 give salu a chance at least that way he would guaranteed to be in the team too (why he isnt in the team answers on a postcard please?)Allah Hafiz

  • Hamit Altintop Kerimoglu ,-Türkiye-Istanbul on April 13, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Hocus Pocus....pufffft! Turkey gets Test status inplace of Pakistan. Chapter Closed!

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  • Hamit Altintop Kerimoglu ,-Türkiye-Istanbul on April 13, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Hocus Pocus....pufffft! Turkey gets Test status inplace of Pakistan. Chapter Closed!

  • Rizwan Younus on April 13, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    Salam To all. Well the behaviour of younis khan does not surprise me. He seems to me to be a selfish moody man. the country needs him to take our team forward and instead of taking it on as a challenge he had rejected it yet again. He seems to be a difficult individual and should look at Inzi who even when he took over was not a natural leader tried his very best. You should be ashamed of yourself younis khan Bob always showed faith in you as a player and you would not be in the team if it was not for him how do you repay him??? act like a kid. I would give Salman Butt a go. Look at South Africa Graeme Smith took over when he was only 22 give salu a chance at least that way he would guaranteed to be in the team too (why he isnt in the team answers on a postcard please?)Allah Hafiz

  • Amer Hussain on April 13, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    It goes from bad to worse....can Pakistani cricket sink any lower? They have to throw out the politics and the religion. Cricket is a game. There are many who have played it and many more that will. Surely the Patron of the PCB must realise that politics is ruining our beloved sport.

    So what is the solution? Its simple. Disband the PCB, get rid of all the politics and politicians, hire a consultancy firm who have experience in sports management and get them to build a cricket infrastructure - board, coaches, players etc.... from scratch. Give them a blank sheet of paper, draw a map of Pakistan, give them 6 months and all the talent in the country and get them to come up with a system that works. But they must have 1 sole objective - MAKE PAKISTAN INTO A SUCCESSFUL CRICKET NATION - nothing else, forget the past, forget the World Cup, forget the infighting, the squabbling, forget everything other than PAKISTAN CRICKET.

    Anyway, Afridi for ODI captain and Shoaib M Test Captain - better than YK any day.

  • Fareed Nasir on April 13, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    Thats quite a change from your "bring on the calypso" blog. When you wanted the players to hurt more. I wrote in response " bend it dont break it". That is what we have done to the players. I am sure you have heard of PTSD. A lot of the players who went through that hell in Jamaica will never be able to compete and play at the highest level. There has been no support for the players whatsoever. As I have been saying, yes they lost a match to ireland. The punishment is far exceeding the crime. Now we get the results, Younis has declined captaincy. And no Kamran he hasnt made a mistake. Good for him, I hope other players have the sense to do the same. No one so far has defended our players, no one so far has written about security lapses in jamaica, No one so far has written about the sub standrad pitch, no one has questioned the inept and below par investigations by jamacain police, NO ONE HAS MADE OUR PLAYERS FEEL LIKE PLAYERS AND NOT CRIMINALS. That is what Younis Khan wa trying to say. Its easy to crticise everything, however criticism without any suggestions for improvement is the easiest and perhaps worst form of Journalism. No wonder we have so many articles against players. All negative none suggesting any solutions.

  • shabz on April 13, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    Time and time again it all boils down to the same root cause. The pakistan management is a farce and should not be involved in any future matters. The problem is not the players its the management. Have a look at bangladesh or Sri lanka why are these sub continest teams doing well and not havin these problems because their management does not play politics in cricket like we and india do. If it was up to me i would kick them all out and let the players solve the problems for themselves watch the improvement if this was to happen.

  • waseem on April 13, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    Hi, I am now fed up with Younis Khan's childish behaviour. First he refuse captaincy in championship but then he accepted it once chairman resigned. I am prity sure he is doing same dirty politics again to get rid of few players. I think make young player like Shaob malik a captain and as these players will not support him so try to build a new team around Yousif,Asif and Razaq type of players who don't involve in team grouping etc .

  • Zain on April 13, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    What is he doing? Pakistan need someone to help them recover and Younis sure looked like the man to do it. But here we go another Pakistani dilemma

  • mdvirani on April 13, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    What a drama played by the PCB chairman Mr.Naseem Ashraf, sending his resignation to the President who duly rejects it and ask him to continue to further ruin the game of Cricket in this country, I was not surprised by this at all, the same management is back, nobody is fired, nobody took the blame of the defeat, only Inzi was targeted and the management of the PCB was left alone.This was done to others sports as well like Hockey, Squash and others, friends and relatives are given top slots without relative qualification. All the sport bodies in our Country our corrupt and an Operation Clean Up is required to save Sports in Pakistan.Investigation should be made against all the officials of the Sport bodies and check their bank accounts and why they are still serving when the sports is being destroyed in our country. Take an example of Saleem Altaf, what he has done for Cricket or for Pakistan, he is now been made Director Special Projects! I request the President to make Zaheer Abbas the PCB chairman and fire all the exisitng officers and built a new management and like wise all the Sport bodies should have former sportsmen as their head which have served their country with distinction.

  • Omer Admani on April 13, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    I feel No-one from the team deserves captaincy. Someone from domestic cricket-- with leadership skills and tact-- should be made captain. Even if he averages 20 with the bat. And if that person really understands the game, then he will improve himself. Among the options we have: Shoaib Akhter seems like the best option, but he will never be there in the team. Malik barely deserves a place in the team. If PCB ever learned anything, they should be selecting batsmen with better technique right now, so that we can bat on green pitches, and in moist and swinging conditions. Mohammad Asif is a very good choice. But, again, ethics will remain a question and his appointment will only bring further international controversey (btw, who won the case in the dope case?). Afridi is neither tactful, nor does he pass the integrity test. And neither the patience one. Mohammad Yousof-- no. Asim Kamal?

  • Sitarah Anjum-London on April 13, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    I do not understand why PCB is bothered abt Younas Khan at all. What attributes has he got to be the good captain? Just because he has been a vice captain for few years does not automatically make him eligible for this post which requires leadership skills, good strategy brain, tolerance and capability to gel the team together and lead from the front. Younas Khan hasn't got any of these qualities. I'd be happier if he moves his arse away from the Pak cricket altogether as we do not need any thick headed, arrogant and temperamental players like him. He's a bad influence. What special did he do that he should have been given a warm welcome! He should realise that whatever he is today it's due to us public and media. He should apologise to the whole nation for letting us down so badly. Remember how he gave away his wickets in WI and IRE matches. Was he blind or dumb who did not know how to play when players are standing in slip and galley to take his catch but he was playing in such a way that made me suspect his commitment and sincerity to be honest.

    Yousaf, oh NOOOO this man is so soft and weak that nobody is going to listen to him. He perhaps bullied bowlers on dead wickets but he's a pathetic fielder and too old and is not a long term solution. He does not have the personality to lead the team like Pak!! Shoib Malik is still young, inexperienced and worst thing he's also short tempered. Remember how he gave away a local match in 20-20. Is it worth taking the risk with him?

    Now what options are available? May be Shahid Afridi or a totally new option Salman Butt... It would be a lottery for Butt as he is currently not in the squad in the first place let alone be a captain of Pak team. I know some people said about Afridi that he's got temper and not consistent with his batting. But think about the others and compare who has got more positives and then accordingly consider them. In my opinion I find 2 negatives in Shahid that's off course his batting and temperament. But do not forget that he's a good fielder as well as good ODI bowler, 200+ wickets! He has been captain of local team and I think he did not gain enough confidence due to in and out policy in the national team so he should still be considered as a strong candidate. I am not too sure about Salman Butt except that he's young, handsome guy who has got good command over English and if made captain then won’t speak embarrassing English in the media like Inzamam, Younas, and Yousaf! I agree there must be some kind of educational training for all the players and they must know how to speak, read, write and understand English.

    PCB should make a list of potential contenders for captaincy and then invite them one by one for a long interview and ask them competency based questions just like in any job interviews. Assess their personality, mind, performance, ability and hunger to succeed and motivate the team and then accordingly select Captain and vice Captain. The only way to success is MERIT. If PCB still did not learn from their past mistakes and used the same old ways of selecting captains and players in the team then I bet this chaos will never end. Only faces will change not the performance. The problem lays within the system not the individual. If they adopt a sensible strategy and system and make everybody to follow it then there’s a hope otherwise I do not see any change just like the Politics of Pakistan!!