Captaincy April 17, 2007

Malik rises above hierarchy

Later this week the PCB is expected to confirm the rise of Shoaib Malik
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Later this week the PCB is expected to confirm the rise of Shoaib Malik. His appointment as Pakistan captain will be a welcome change to the tried and failed method of handing the job to the most senior player.

Younis Khan's perplexing decision to snub the captaincy left the PCB with a testing decision. In the seniors corner, Mohammad Yousuf was expressing his willingness to lead his country. In the less-seniors corner, Shoaib Malik was keeping quiet. Elsewhere, Shahid Afridi (with some justification) and Abdul Razzaq (with no justification) were probably wondering why they'd blown it. Salman Butt might have begun to picture himself as Pakistan's first non-playing captain. And Shoaib Akhtar will have been regretting nandrolone more than ever.

In the end, the PCB has done well to choose a young captain, a smart cricketer, and a star of Mobilink Jazz adverts and Hum Aik Hain videos. If ever there was a time for Pakistan's cricketers to heed the words of a song this is it.

Factions and disloyalty should be greeted with a zero-tolerance policy, a young captain requires a clear demonstration of confidence from his cricket board. It is disappointing that the first leaks about Malik's elevation have been accompanied by an official stating that "there isn't really another suitable candidate around." This new era has to be launched with positives about the new captain and not any grudging excuses. Let's hope for better at the press conference.

Similarly, the PCB has to rethink its decision to appoint Malik on a "series by series" basis. A captain can be sacked at any moment and this series by series approach simply breeds uncertainty and disloyalty. Indeed there are hardly any series to speak of over the next few months and this policy becomes a way of undermining the new captain's authority right from the start.

Malik has to face a few challenges of his own too. It takes skill to handle people who are more experienced and win their full support--particularly in a culture steeped in hierarchy--but it is by no means an insurmountable problem. Imran Khan faced similar challenges when he took over but he quickly established his authority as his own performance jumped to a new level.

But Malik, unlike Imran, is yet to convince everyone that he fully deserves his place in both teams. His footwork--or lack of it--is a particular worry. Nonetheless, Malik strikes me as the kind of cricketer who will lift his game, fight, and accept the responsibility. I don't expect captaincy to propel him to the level it did Imran but I'd be hopeful that he can quash any doubts about his selection.

Malik's leadership is unproven on the world stage although he has captained with some distinction in domestic cricket. Unfortunately any good work was undone by his decision to deliberately lose a Twenty20 match. But his critics are being unfair. Malik's behaviour while unacceptable was a protest against the way the rules of the competition were being implemented and not a case of match-fixing in the sense that we understand it. Still, Malik's conduct will be under strict scrutiny and he needs to restore some credibility for himself and his country.

For the first time in months Pakistan cricket has moved in the right direction. It feels good to write that. It will feel even better if Pakistan begin to display urgency, bravery, competitiveness, and above all professionalism. The talent, we know, is there already. Can Shoaib Malik make the most of it?

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

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  • Steve Waugh on November 15, 2008, 22:11 GMT

    Pakistan loss a great tallented Player and Captain.Hassan Raza, proove himself one of the best Captain with winning A teams World Cup,Champions Trpohy,Asia Cup and much more.He score triple centuries 4 time as a captain.I don't know how PCB misuse this talented guy.After 5 years they give him chance against strong bowling attack and he unfortunately made 3&27 in two innings.And after that they drop him.Why they not give him full series?.They tried Taufeeq Umar,Imran Farhad,Imran Nazir in 15 complete series while for a player under whom captaincy Muhammad Yusaf,Yunis Khan,Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik played they neglect to Hassan Raza.If they used him nicely than I can say today Pakistan may be in Number One or Two position.

  • Asif on June 4, 2008, 7:42 GMT

    I think this is a poor choice by the PCB. There are many great cricketers like, Razaq, Afridi, Younis, Akhtar they are all senior to Malik, so i think its not correct to appoint this man to be captain of Pakistan team.

  • Shahid Khan on April 23, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    Shoaib Malik; Rana Naved, Shabbir Ahmed.. What is common among them??? They are all paindo and they all have a very strong Jack behind them.

    Go figure!! Shahid Pathan

  • Dawar, LA USA on April 23, 2007, 19:01 GMT

    I am glad to see some right direction from PCB in the selection of new players. This is not 100% correct but its better.

    Selectors name 39 probable for the national training camp for incoming one day series, which starts here from Saturday for next month’s three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

    Probable:

    Openers: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Khurram Manzoor, Taufiq Umar, Babar Naeem, Khalid Latif. Very good inclusion of deserving players like Khalid Latif, Khurrum Manzoor & Babar Naeem. I think our new captain should try new openers.

    Rests of the openers have been tried and they failed. Please note: Khalid Latif & Khurrum Manzoor playing for the same cricket club in Karachi which produced Pakistan best stylish opener Saeed Anwar.

    Middle-order batsmen: Mohammad Yousuf, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asim Kamal, Hasan Raza, Naved Latif, Yasir Hameed, Riffatullah Mohmand, Shahid Yousuf, Adnan Raza

    Good to see come back of deserving players like Asim Kamal & Yasir Hamid. Asim kamal should be given chance in one day cricket also. PCB has to pay a lot to Asim Kamal & Yasir Hamid. Especially Asim Kamal was set against the wall by Inzi & his group. Nice to see new young players in the list like Adnan Raza, Sailkot born Shahid Yusuf & Peshawar born Riffatullah Mohmand. I think Misbah-ul-Haq & Naved Latif passed their prime time.

    All-rounders: Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawwad Alam

    Nice to see name of another outstanding young player in this list, Fawad Alam. He has been doing great performance from last one or two years. He is leading a Pakistan Academy team in Bangladesh. He was the best batsman, best bowler, best fielder and the man of the match of the final in ABNRO 20/20 tournament. I think he is the best found of 2007. Good Luck Fawad Alam. Old fellows Abdul Razzaq & Mohd Hafeez should be out. Abdul Razzaq has a habit getting unfit against tough opponents and we saw the performance of Mohd Hafeez in the World cup.

    Fast bowlers: Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Shabbir Ahmed, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Khalil

    We are missing young fast bowler Anwar Ali from the list. This is the bowler who won the under 19 world cup for us. He performed well in recent Quaid-e-Azam trophy and took 10 plus wicket in one match. He should be in the list. We do not need Shahid Nazir, Shabbir Ahmed (chucker), Abdul Rauf & Mohammad Khalil.

    Spinners: Abdur Rehman, Tahir Khan, Atif Maqbool, Mansoor Amjad

    Thair Khan doing very well in domestic cricket. Day b4 yesterday he did well with bat & ball both. I do not know very much about Atif Maqbool & Mansoor Amjad. We do not need left arm bowler Abdur Rehman in the presence of Fawwad Alam. Fawwad is an excellent left arm young bowler. Abdur Rehman already passed his young time and he is not an all-rounder.

    Now this is a test for new captain Shoaib Malik. How he will pick his playing eleven team? Keep Merit and justice should be his first priority, this will take him the way of successes here & hereafter.

    Dawar LA, USA

  • Saad Asif on April 23, 2007, 17:36 GMT

    Malik is good but afridi would have been better

  • Kiran Ahmed - Toronto on April 23, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Kamran, Im amazed you still allow Javed Khan, the Babu from Montreal, to post on your blog. I've heard of free speech and all, but theres also a law that says people have to be sane to post on public forums! Well, at least there SHOULD be a law like that...until it comes along though, can you please spare us Javed Baba's ramblings? His fascination with Afridi is ridiculous. If he likes him so much, he should invite him to captain Montreal's club team and watch the French kick his butt all over the province.

  • saif Ahmed on April 23, 2007, 16:22 GMT

    I couldn't agree more when I read Mr. Javed Khan's comments about Miandad being less popular than Imran Khan. I felt the same all these years. Javed Miandad had not only been denied his rightful place but been humiliated numerous times. The irony is that the person who was responsible for humiliating this great son of Pakistan took all the credit by somehow winning the 1992 WC. Javed Miandad was the main architect of that WC, he scored 499 runs. His presence at the non striker end gave the world of confidence to younsters like Inzimam. No one gives Miandad credit for that. Since 1992 Inzimam appeared in four more WC events, can someone point to one significant innings. Please do not dare to compare Inzimam with Javed Miandad. We have seen both of them play and we know the difference. Inzimam has been a great batsman over the years but he is not the greatest Pakistani batsman, please! Again, it is Imran Khan who made the comments of Wasim Akram being the best as his successor when he left cricket. Javed Miandad was the deserving candidate as he proved himself as the most intelligent cricketer. His captaincy record is a living proof. It will be worth mentioning that he never enjoyed the support of Imran Khan whenever he captained Pakistan. He has been criticised for being unprofessional coach by the same league just because he is not articulate and not able to speak English fluently. As far as I am concern I think he is very effective in making his point across.

  • venky on April 23, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    The only reason Yousuf was not made the captain seems to be that he was not a born muslim and not for being religious. India made Azhar as captain. Wake up, cricket has nothing to do with religion. It is a game after all.

  • Ali Majid on April 23, 2007, 14:42 GMT

    Mr. Khurram Sultan - Mate, what on earth are you trying to say. No offence but can you please (with all due respect)contribute in a language we can all understand.

  • khana kharab on April 23, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    In my previous comment I lauded Mr. Saqib for his views on why a reasonable command over english langauge is a prerequisite for captaincy. Mr. Saqib writes from the heart but I had him confused with ASif from Switzerland. Asif thank you for highlighting the english factor in a precise manner.

    the rest is just a shake of the head and a roll fo the eyes for this team that has no fighting spirit and likes to roll over and play dead... even on prayer rugs..

    and the rest of hte nation...oh they want one day cricket.. it is because of fools like them that test cricket is almost forgotten. test crikcet is the real thing .. and for the love of god cowardly pcb .. if you are listening with oyur weasel's ears ... make some god damn sporting pitches...

    I wish this ptv and the load of crap on cable a quick death...can anyone bring back the 70s or the early 80s... tv was good then.. cricket was so beautiful.

  • Steve Waugh on November 15, 2008, 22:11 GMT

    Pakistan loss a great tallented Player and Captain.Hassan Raza, proove himself one of the best Captain with winning A teams World Cup,Champions Trpohy,Asia Cup and much more.He score triple centuries 4 time as a captain.I don't know how PCB misuse this talented guy.After 5 years they give him chance against strong bowling attack and he unfortunately made 3&27 in two innings.And after that they drop him.Why they not give him full series?.They tried Taufeeq Umar,Imran Farhad,Imran Nazir in 15 complete series while for a player under whom captaincy Muhammad Yusaf,Yunis Khan,Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik played they neglect to Hassan Raza.If they used him nicely than I can say today Pakistan may be in Number One or Two position.

  • Asif on June 4, 2008, 7:42 GMT

    I think this is a poor choice by the PCB. There are many great cricketers like, Razaq, Afridi, Younis, Akhtar they are all senior to Malik, so i think its not correct to appoint this man to be captain of Pakistan team.

  • Shahid Khan on April 23, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    Shoaib Malik; Rana Naved, Shabbir Ahmed.. What is common among them??? They are all paindo and they all have a very strong Jack behind them.

    Go figure!! Shahid Pathan

  • Dawar, LA USA on April 23, 2007, 19:01 GMT

    I am glad to see some right direction from PCB in the selection of new players. This is not 100% correct but its better.

    Selectors name 39 probable for the national training camp for incoming one day series, which starts here from Saturday for next month’s three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

    Probable:

    Openers: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Khurram Manzoor, Taufiq Umar, Babar Naeem, Khalid Latif. Very good inclusion of deserving players like Khalid Latif, Khurrum Manzoor & Babar Naeem. I think our new captain should try new openers.

    Rests of the openers have been tried and they failed. Please note: Khalid Latif & Khurrum Manzoor playing for the same cricket club in Karachi which produced Pakistan best stylish opener Saeed Anwar.

    Middle-order batsmen: Mohammad Yousuf, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asim Kamal, Hasan Raza, Naved Latif, Yasir Hameed, Riffatullah Mohmand, Shahid Yousuf, Adnan Raza

    Good to see come back of deserving players like Asim Kamal & Yasir Hamid. Asim kamal should be given chance in one day cricket also. PCB has to pay a lot to Asim Kamal & Yasir Hamid. Especially Asim Kamal was set against the wall by Inzi & his group. Nice to see new young players in the list like Adnan Raza, Sailkot born Shahid Yusuf & Peshawar born Riffatullah Mohmand. I think Misbah-ul-Haq & Naved Latif passed their prime time.

    All-rounders: Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawwad Alam

    Nice to see name of another outstanding young player in this list, Fawad Alam. He has been doing great performance from last one or two years. He is leading a Pakistan Academy team in Bangladesh. He was the best batsman, best bowler, best fielder and the man of the match of the final in ABNRO 20/20 tournament. I think he is the best found of 2007. Good Luck Fawad Alam. Old fellows Abdul Razzaq & Mohd Hafeez should be out. Abdul Razzaq has a habit getting unfit against tough opponents and we saw the performance of Mohd Hafeez in the World cup.

    Fast bowlers: Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Shabbir Ahmed, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Khalil

    We are missing young fast bowler Anwar Ali from the list. This is the bowler who won the under 19 world cup for us. He performed well in recent Quaid-e-Azam trophy and took 10 plus wicket in one match. He should be in the list. We do not need Shahid Nazir, Shabbir Ahmed (chucker), Abdul Rauf & Mohammad Khalil.

    Spinners: Abdur Rehman, Tahir Khan, Atif Maqbool, Mansoor Amjad

    Thair Khan doing very well in domestic cricket. Day b4 yesterday he did well with bat & ball both. I do not know very much about Atif Maqbool & Mansoor Amjad. We do not need left arm bowler Abdur Rehman in the presence of Fawwad Alam. Fawwad is an excellent left arm young bowler. Abdur Rehman already passed his young time and he is not an all-rounder.

    Now this is a test for new captain Shoaib Malik. How he will pick his playing eleven team? Keep Merit and justice should be his first priority, this will take him the way of successes here & hereafter.

    Dawar LA, USA

  • Saad Asif on April 23, 2007, 17:36 GMT

    Malik is good but afridi would have been better

  • Kiran Ahmed - Toronto on April 23, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Kamran, Im amazed you still allow Javed Khan, the Babu from Montreal, to post on your blog. I've heard of free speech and all, but theres also a law that says people have to be sane to post on public forums! Well, at least there SHOULD be a law like that...until it comes along though, can you please spare us Javed Baba's ramblings? His fascination with Afridi is ridiculous. If he likes him so much, he should invite him to captain Montreal's club team and watch the French kick his butt all over the province.

  • saif Ahmed on April 23, 2007, 16:22 GMT

    I couldn't agree more when I read Mr. Javed Khan's comments about Miandad being less popular than Imran Khan. I felt the same all these years. Javed Miandad had not only been denied his rightful place but been humiliated numerous times. The irony is that the person who was responsible for humiliating this great son of Pakistan took all the credit by somehow winning the 1992 WC. Javed Miandad was the main architect of that WC, he scored 499 runs. His presence at the non striker end gave the world of confidence to younsters like Inzimam. No one gives Miandad credit for that. Since 1992 Inzimam appeared in four more WC events, can someone point to one significant innings. Please do not dare to compare Inzimam with Javed Miandad. We have seen both of them play and we know the difference. Inzimam has been a great batsman over the years but he is not the greatest Pakistani batsman, please! Again, it is Imran Khan who made the comments of Wasim Akram being the best as his successor when he left cricket. Javed Miandad was the deserving candidate as he proved himself as the most intelligent cricketer. His captaincy record is a living proof. It will be worth mentioning that he never enjoyed the support of Imran Khan whenever he captained Pakistan. He has been criticised for being unprofessional coach by the same league just because he is not articulate and not able to speak English fluently. As far as I am concern I think he is very effective in making his point across.

  • venky on April 23, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    The only reason Yousuf was not made the captain seems to be that he was not a born muslim and not for being religious. India made Azhar as captain. Wake up, cricket has nothing to do with religion. It is a game after all.

  • Ali Majid on April 23, 2007, 14:42 GMT

    Mr. Khurram Sultan - Mate, what on earth are you trying to say. No offence but can you please (with all due respect)contribute in a language we can all understand.

  • khana kharab on April 23, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    In my previous comment I lauded Mr. Saqib for his views on why a reasonable command over english langauge is a prerequisite for captaincy. Mr. Saqib writes from the heart but I had him confused with ASif from Switzerland. Asif thank you for highlighting the english factor in a precise manner.

    the rest is just a shake of the head and a roll fo the eyes for this team that has no fighting spirit and likes to roll over and play dead... even on prayer rugs..

    and the rest of hte nation...oh they want one day cricket.. it is because of fools like them that test cricket is almost forgotten. test crikcet is the real thing .. and for the love of god cowardly pcb .. if you are listening with oyur weasel's ears ... make some god damn sporting pitches...

    I wish this ptv and the load of crap on cable a quick death...can anyone bring back the 70s or the early 80s... tv was good then.. cricket was so beautiful.

  • khana kharab on April 23, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    I had always believed that English is a mere language and trials of expression are as relevant to the linguistic wastes as they are to any other form of expression namely music, painting, football, cricket...the point is command over english is not a pre requisite for captaincy. most of the great sportsmen of eras past and present could scarcely put two words together in the white man's language. that was my naive understanding of the role of language in cricket. Then I read Wasim Saqib's comments and I understood why cricket is different. Captaincy has a lot to do with communication skills . Then umpires such as Daryl Hair etc. can only be brought in line if the captain is assertive and adept at stating his case. English sadly is the language of the cricket realm and those who speak it have a better chance in leading their respective teams. Thank you Wasim Saqib for addressing this issue in a pithy and fact based manner.

    Now I would like to discuss the plagues our nation has wished upon itself.

    There is an obvious lack of grace in the way we celebrate our victories or stomach our defeats. We are undisciplened, uneducated, conniving, intrigue happy set of worms and maggots who did not deserve independence. Do you wish to differ ? Go watch the filth on the cable tv in pakistan. I am sick of it. I myself do not care who captains this lot of twisted morons. Inzamam could be the next submarine and all these little molvis around him could be the pocket missiles... who needs cricket when a safe distance away from the battelfields one can bask in the ill contrived glories of jehad and the nonsense that has swallowed the ideals thereof. Who needs cricket when self styled custodians of the higher moral ground like Farhat Hashmi can churn out versions of islam that can make one smash one's head into the next wall. This is a cricket forum ...but cricket sadly is symbolic of what went wrong where in this nation of fools.

    I ll quote a friend '' who is the fool? the fool or the fool who follows him ''

  • Biju on April 23, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Hi Mr Abbassi

    I am a cricket fan hailing from India.I believe that MD Yousuf did not get the opportunity to lead the team because of fanatic approach by the PCB.He would have been a much matured option than Malik.No doubt he is a good future for Pakistan.But he could have served the team as VC and proved himself before he took over.Politics is a curse for India & Pakistan cricket.Let us hope at some point of time there will be an end to it.

  • santosh on April 23, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    i was totally shocked.PCB is making mess of everything .but giving soaib a chance is a good move.but he must rather be given a long term pcaptancy.the major thing that made me surprised is younis khan.who is he ??he is not willing to take the responsibility of captaining his team then why was he made vice captain.there is no other candidate than malik to handle the job.but he himself is unsure of his place in the tean.I think he could face problem in handling seniors.I support malik and best of luck

  • Faridoon on April 23, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    Stop it, I say, Stop It!

    Shoaib Malik is a Pakistani, just like any other member of the team. Every time we talk about being punjabi or sindhi or muhajir etc., we are moving further away from being a civilized nation. "Divide and Rule"- remember the strategy used by the British Empire? It seems to have become inherent in our culture. So much so that we don't even need outsiders to instigate the divisions, we have become self sufficient in doing that. It's a fact that u can't make everyone happy all the time. If a Karachite captain had been appointed, all the punjabis would have been up in arms. Forget your biases for a little while. These boys who represent us on the cricket field need our encouragement and support. If we ourselves don't believe in them then what are they playing for? They need to feel that we're with them no matter what. I'd be really demotivated if I were playing for Pakistan or even India right now. What's the point in playing for your country when your country thinks you're no good.

  • Amjad on April 23, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    Well, PCB has made a good decion, PCB made Younis Khan voice captin for last two years and in this period his betting average is less than 30,if any one wants to check he can check thorough cricinfo statistics,More over he refuse to captin the pakistani team, can any one ask him why he was the VC from last two years, if he has to refuce this after two year, Now the PCB has made the SM as captin and PCB must give him full confidence and shut up call to those players who are not supproting to SM and PCB. we will see him at a fixed number rather than floating in the batting order and the best way to earn respect for a less than senior guy being a captain is to lead from the front by showing performances, the example is Grame Smith of SA and Imran Khan in 1992 when Saleem Malik totally failed to score runs at number 3 and Imran moves himself on this postion. Shoaib Malik should bat at number 3 position, Good Luck to Malik and Pakistan cricket team.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 23, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    If the current WC format of preliminary rounds between 4 teams in each group and the second round of super 8 was implemented in the 1992 WC, forget about winning the cup, Pakistan may NOT have even reached the second stage!

    If India and Pakistan were still in contention for this cup, all of us would have been discussing about the game, planning and performance of the players. Its a shame that most people have lost interest in the game, and I don't blame them.

    With the exception of a few exciting matches, so far this World Cup has proved to be a very dull event, most of the matches have been one sided. The semi-finals and the final is yet to be played, they may or may not be that exciting. With Australia being so dominant so far, the outcome of the final is expected to be the same as that of the last two world cup finals.

    From the financial aspects, as most experts claim, this WC is a complete fiasco. Television companies have tried to sell the super 8 package including the semi finals and final for less than half the price originally advertised and were unable to get any response from the viewers. The reason being both India and Pakistan are out of the tournament and apart from their own respective countries a majority of the viewers across the globe are also Indians and Pakistanis.

    The venue, price of tickets, traveling between the islands and hotel accommodation etc., remained another problem which the ICC and West Indies Board of Cricket are jointly responsible for it. The West Indies board was already in dire straits even before the commencement of the WC and may go into deep shit after this financial debacle. But, the major fault in terms of planning and execution of the matches especially the new method of preliminary rounds with 4 groups lies only and solely with the ICC.

    It appears that the ICC must have also thought (like most people) that neither India nor Pakistan would be eliminated before reaching the super 8 level. Some people might say that we are raising this point only because of India and Pakistan not qualifying for the super 8, otherwise we may not have been complaining about it. VERY TRUE, an average person or a lay person may not have that kind of vision to see whether there are such possibilities and probabilities and such things can actually happen to ruin the interest of the World Cup which could also become a serious financial debacle.

    BUT, how can you expect this from a team of so-called experts and professionals of the ICC, getting big fat salaries and perks, end up with such poor, pathetic planning? Also, the lack of security for such an important event and Bob Woolmer's incident has added more concerns about their planning. It means that the ICC officials are not pro-active, creative visionaries, imo, they aren't even professionals. There must have been some contingency planning, which they thought they did by keeping a spare day for every match in case of rain, but they completely ignored the financial resources and spectators interest component of contingency planning and screwed up the whole WC. Therefore, in my opinion Malcolm Speed and all others responsible for this poor and pathetic planning should be sacked with immediate effect.

  • Azfar Shahzad on April 23, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    Well first of all to all those sectarian comments!

    Grow up guys this is not about Punjabi, Sindhi or Pathan. It aint about a Sialkoti becomming captain of Pakistan. This man has been selected on the basis of his cricketing brain! Captain in this current Pakistani team is a rear state of mind. I believe this man has it.

    Secondly, It aint about performances either! When Smith was selected as South Africa's Captain, he was no where an automatic selection in SA's team.

    A Pakistani has been selected to lead our team, who in the selector's opinion, has the best cricketing brain. Lets accept it and back him up.

  • Gohar Hasan on April 23, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    ur Article reflects that u are not happy internally with the decision of PCB, so do most of the peoples. As far i think Shoaib first prove his talent as player and show a good recent form, and in the mean while will play under a senior player like Yousuf or Shahid. I think Chairman will overlook his decision again, before he has pay for it.

  • akmal on April 23, 2007, 4:37 GMT

    very good decision. really very good decision. i think Malik can do rebuilt pakistan team. congragilation malik

  • Shazad - Washington DC on April 23, 2007, 4:12 GMT

    Resolution of new Pakistan team/captain/selection ------------------------------------------- * We will select the best 11 players to play for pakistan on a given day * We will be honest and upright about our fitness and maintain it at a certain level * We will create a pool of best player irrespective of their race,cast, creed, religion, language. * We will be playing for our country pakistan not for getting rich in limited amount of time and we understand that we are ambassador of pakistan. * If we need more money then we will do a career change * We wont assume that after selection in the team we are forbidden to do good performance. * We as a player will be own judge of our performance and we will sit with the coach or manager to set a performace goal for on-going year and me and my coach or manager will review the performance after 6 months to determine that whether we are achieving our goals or not. * I will assume the captainship as a responsiblity not as a lisence to blackmail dictate the 16 crore people of pakistan * We will be learning essential communication skill as compare with other asian teams * We will be ready to listen any postive SWOT analysis[Strength/Weakness/Opportunites/Threat] * We will not decide about wicket top * We will not be whinning about a lot of cricket and make it as an excuse for loosing matches.

  • Nasser on April 23, 2007, 3:57 GMT

    Under the circumstances, Shoaib Malik is the logical choice and I wish him the best. However, the history of Pakistan cricket and young captains is not a good one. Both Miandad and Akram failed in their first stints even though they were well established players in the side. Malik is clearly a key to the ODI side but it is not clear where he fits in the more important (in my view) version of the game. Comparisons to Ricky Ponting (by some readers on this blog) getting the nod over more experienced colleagues are foolish. If Pakistan cricket had any similarity to Aussie cricket, then we would not be here in the first place.

  • Rahat on April 23, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    If we are Pakistanis we should support our own cricket team in spite of our differences of opinions.As the most deserving candidate has been selected. The only so-called deserving pathan Younis Khan refused the capitancy so where is the punjabi conspiracy? Who is the Karachi based cricketer who could be made the captain in this team? Its so unfortunate that captainacy issue is being projected as an inter-provincial controversy on this blog after 50 years of independence though most of the writers are supposed to be mature and educated indiviudals. This is the time to support our team and create inter-provincial harmony as it hurts the people like us deeply who are living away from the country and love our motherland, that when will our people broaden their visions. Look at the postives that appointment of Shoaib malik carries. Are we Pakistanis only negative in all appraoches and prochial to this extent that we would harm our overall interests for personal prejudices? Shoaib Malik has an excellent record if people make the effort to go through both his test cricket record and first class record. Have people forgotten that he came in the team in 1999 at the age of 17 years primarily as a bowler and because of his unbelievable hardwork he has developed into one of the best batsmen in the present Pakistani team.He was called for throwing and since then he has corrected his action and is an important all-rounder as well. This emphasizes his capabilty to improve, learn and adapt new cricketing techniques even at this level. Moreover he is an aggresive and proactive player and contributes mostly when he is required to do!!!So,, cant we see the writing on the wall,, that based on his past record he is the most deserving candidate.He has the youth and fresh approach that over powers Mohammad Yosuf passive approach that looks quite apparent.

  • Omer Admani on April 22, 2007, 20:50 GMT

    I think we are ignoring our biggest weakness amid all this: The batsmen can't play on green pitches, moving pitches, because of their inferior techniques. If a long-term plan were really devised, we would get rid of batsmen like Malik who aren't any good on those pitches. All this just shows that we will be seeing more of the same. In fact we have taken a step in a new direction, after all: Made the technically inferior batsman a permanent fixture in the team.

    We kept on talking about the big three; it really should be the big six! We can't go in South Africa or England or Australia and rely on and expect to win because of three batsmen. Usually one or two are out of form by the next series. So, it is one or two taking the load. And, what happens when they fail? The World Cup. Hail the doctor for his brand new version of stupidity.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 22, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    My dear Khansahab:

    I appreciate your statement regarding match fixing,it was Asif Iqbal who introduced this menace in Pakistan Cricket, and anybody who is involved in this practice should be condemned. Well I have stated in my previous post that all the Politicians when it comes to Power or money bear the same character, whether it’s the Waderas of sind, Tribal Maliks, Nawabs of Baluchistan or Chaudries or Mians of Punjab, but what is surprising for me is that people living outside of Punjab either think that their politicians are free of corruption or they just don’t want to accept it.You referred to the Ex chief Minister of Punjab and his corruption, I will give you the example of the Husband of the former Prime Minister generally known as Mr 10%.The surrey palace, foreign accounts, extortion, and the list goes on, if after the elections of 1970 the power was transferred to the Bengalis the majority, Bangladesh would still have been East Pakistan, but you failed to quote this Key event in Pakistan's history and the true culprit behind this event. In our recent history twice the PM was from Punjab and the other two times it was from Sind but the general plight of common Pakistanis remained the same, the national exchequer was plundered by both, so blame the rulers equally don’t blame a culture and brand it corrupt and illiterate as we don’t do that. My late father had a business in Karachi, but in late 80's he had to leave that business because his office was vandalized many times his employees were beaten up as he refused to pay Batha, and finally he was told either pay the Batha or else you wont get the visa for Karachi, and he was not the only Punjabi receiving threats and being vandalized their were many other families who migrated back to Punjab after receiving such threats. So my brother the Picture you are Painting of Karachi is not true. Its nothing personal, I still love Karachi and its people its just that some Corrupt elements have taken Karachi and its people as hostage. We can only pray that one day we have the strength and the vision to get rid of such problems.

    Coming to your reference that Lahorites become discourteous if some body speaks Urdu in a Non Punjabi accent is simply laughable, I don’t know whom you met it might have been a personal problem that you encountered but for Lahorites language is not a problem, but I do admit that some times we do speak Punjabi in the presence of Urdu speakers, as we are conditioned to it, please don’t take it personally as it is not intentional.

    I have been to Peshawar many times people some time Un consciously start speaking Pushto, but I never took it personally as I am mature enough to understand that its their mother tongue and their mind is conditioned to speak in that language. But what is the obsession with the Language cant we accept all the cultures and languages and respect them as different colors of Pakistan.

    Your reference to Film Industry has no relevance to the debate as it is strictly a business issue, Most of the cinemas in Karachi have been turned into Shopping markets bcz of business decision by the owners over the last two decades, the Sind and Balochistan territory is too small in terms of cities which have theaters and the gross amount they generate, similarly in NWFP most of the theaters either show pirated movies or Pushto movies, the amount generated by Urdu movies is not enough for the producers as it does not even cover the costs, In Punjab for Punjabi movies the circuit consists of over a thousand stations, whereas for Urdu movies it is only 300.So don’t take it personally, ask your city Nazim’s not to allow the demolition of cinemas any more and try to build a Studio in Karachi. Movie industry has always been in Lahore even before partition, personally like most of the Punjabis I would also like to see more Urdu movies but the producers have to put their money where the maximum return is.We need more actors from Karachi and more theaters in Karachi only then Urdu film Industry can flourish. We can only bridge our differences if we have a debate without prejudice and educated people like you and others try to look beyond the divisions created by our Politicians.

  • Nadeem on April 22, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    I totaaly agree with " JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA ". Keep it up, you have valid facts in ur writing. People who can not able to give u answer says nonsense (uncle etc) Actually there are .....

    Nadeem UK

  • Raja on April 22, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    The captaincy can sometimes have an adverse impact on a batsman in terms of his own run scoring performance perhaps it is just as well it is not going to Yousef.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 22, 2007, 14:02 GMT

    srivathsan thanks for your nice reply, not only that I appreciate your sincere effort in explaining your point, but am happy to see that you also understand my point of view about Mohammad Yousuf's ability as a captain which not only Ravi but, a lot of our own nitwits have been pursuing it very forcefully without realizing what should be the prerequisites of a captain. They missed the point that not only Pakistan but, most countries are thinking on those lines and have actually implemented that theory i.e., appointing a young talented captain to lead the team for a longer period of time. Michael Vaughn has proved this point yesterday that despite people labeling him as a failure ODI player, he captained his side with grit and determination, imo not Pietersen but Vaughn deserved the man of the match award for not only scoring 79 runs and 3 wickets for 39 but he captained his side brilliantly.

    Previously, on my comparing the statistics between Afridi & Malik someone criticized that is not the criteria to choose a captain and once again cited the example that MOYO is more qualified and a deserving candidate for the role of captaincy - if choosen on those grounds. I know that and in the past wrote so much on the prerequisites of a leader and his qualities and blady blah. That stats comparison on test matches performance was a mere reply to one of the posters on this blog who was ridiculing the later that he isn't a worthy case on the basis of the stats. Hence, the stats were posted. Anyways there is no need to make any comparisons because that chapter is behind us now.

    As regards my comments on the Indian Captains, we all know who was Azharuddin's back seat driver and how powerful he was in choosing and selecting the team. The current example of one of the most powerful backseat drivers until his injury was Sachin Tendulkar. The only Captain in the whole of the sub-continent who never really cared about the selectors decision or coach's advise was Imran Khan. He used to field the team of his choice. An example of Mansoor Akhtar's repeated selection despite his constant failures is just one example of how strong he was. If some Indian friends are upset on my comment that Indian captains are or were dummy, should learn to swallow a bitter pill or take a spool full of sugar.

    Some people are making me laugh by citing the example of Shahrukh Khan. SRK is not just an actor on the screen but, he is also acting in the real life too, and has succeeded in making fools - not just a few but hundreds of millions of people - i.e., only to earn money and fame and that too, by hook or by crook. I do not want to go in to the morals, ethics and religious faith of those individuals who performs Hajj and upon landing in the country and before even going to their home, takes a flight straight to another city to perform Durga Pujaa. I don't need to name those people but definitely they are either trying to make fool of the entire nation or they are such ignorant idiots that they have no faith in any religion or they are just crooks. I don't claim to be a very religious person but, I know my religion better than most and my faith is stronger than many and I would never do this kinda thing only to please the majority and get famous. In my opinion, these are the people who have lost their faith and their identities in their own homeland and its not us who are thousands of miles away. Most of us are still very much desi at heart and holds not only our religious faith, the cultural and traditional values steadily and firmly but, we also have a very clean thinking and clear perception about who we are and what we believe in. So, people back home or working in the Muslim countries should not view us as changed people only because we appear to them as different, isn't it possible that it is the other way round?

    For, those who envy about the writing skills of others including mine, just a quote to pacify them "some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them." if you are one of those mediocre or under performer / achiever, just accept it gracefully. ;-) Finally, my comments are mostly light hearted, so don't take 'em seriously. After all cricket is just a game and this is only a blog in the virtual world.

  • Aqif on April 22, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    It is disheartening to see that we all are a bunch of twisted conspiracy theorists. Younis Khan refused the captaincy, for a 2nd time around. Instead of thanking the Almighty that the captaincy didnt go to this moody excessively aggressive individual, some people are hinting at Punjab vs. rest of pakistan clash of interests. Isnt it funny, that cricket is supposed to be a GAME and the seriousness that prevails with Pakistan cricket may well be a source of civil war!

  • Khan on April 22, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    Malik is a good choice but the problems faced by the team will become worst if PCB excludes the key senior players like Younis and Yousaf from the ODI squade. In fact the most important issue is the opening batsmen. Is PCB going again for HAfeez? That would be ridiculous!

  • Nadeem Altaf on April 22, 2007, 11:51 GMT

    Assalamu Alaikum everybody, good decision by the PCB. and best of luck... for Shoaib Malik.

  • Ghalib Taimur on April 22, 2007, 11:27 GMT

    Respect to Raja Pakistani!!Pakistanis as one..not Punjabis,Sindhus,Pathans..

  • M Ajmal on April 22, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    To Ali Imran, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia. Sorry brother I have nothing to do with problem of being Indian or Pakistani, but I just want to draw your attention to a survey report conducted by The Economist about the failing economic conditions of Indian muslims, and that survey interviewed various muslim leaders in India as well as tried to make the point through facts and figures over the last few decades. I hope this would enlighten you a bit. I must say once more that I have nothing to do with being Indian or Pakistan, becaz my best friend is an Indian muslim, and another one is Pakistani hindu.

  • Ali on April 22, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    How crazy is this? An under-performing player as the next Pakistan captain? I met Shoaib Malik, in a lift in the PC Karachi. He was out for a duck against England and he couldn't look me in the eye he was so embarassed. A Pakistani captain, who is shy, will not sucseed. I fear that our team will get worse, before it gets better. But in the crazy world that is Pakistani cricket, maybe a crazy decision is what is required...

  • Fareed Nasir on April 22, 2007, 10:43 GMT

    PCBs decision to appoint Malik is not much of a surprise. Once Younis had declined the offer he seemed the obvious choice. However PCB should make sure that the senior players who have been superceded should be treated with respect and dignity. Yousuf, Younis, Razzaq, Afridi even Inzimam (He hasnt retired from Test cricket) have served Pakistan cricket for years. They should be made to feel a very valuable part of the set up. I agree going for a young captain is commendable but lets not go overboard and become too youth oriented. Australian selectors have been mentioned by some readers, yes they are strict but they do treat their senior players very well and that in part explains the reason for their success. Shoaib will have to strike a fine balance, enough authority so everyone knows he is leading the side but he will have to give respect to the views of senior players at the same time. He will also need the support of PCB and a good manager. Rameez Raja I think will be a good choice, I would have preferred waqar but i have a feeling his appointment will result in grouping in team. We also need a good fielding coach and a team of people to look after the fitness of players lead by a properly trained sports medicine specialist. We have lost too many tournaments due to injuries to key players and we need to cut this down to minimum. In essence contempt for all that is old will be bad for pakistani cricket and should be avoided at all costs.

  • khansahab on April 22, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    Muhammad,

    I don’t work anywhere; I am in my final year of Law and my exams are approaching so my participation on this blog will be subdued soon. Since I only have nine lectures and two seminars a week and do not have a part-time job, I have time to post sizeable comments. However, my passion for cricket is such that even if I was much busier I would still post frequently. At the end of the day it boils down to passion.

    Wasim Saqib,

    I think you will realise that people have some justification for criticising Punjab and are not doing it for the sake of it. I request you to read comments from all critics. Don’t let your love for your roots blind you; adopt a reasonable and prudent approach in your response.

    Mr Abbasi,

    I am not pleased with the possible appointment of John Wright as Pakistan’s main coach. He could not elevate India to the status of a “serious competitor” to Australia as I believe Australia must be the benchmark for every coach and player. Woolmer worked wonders with South Africa but could not alleviate Pakistan’s flaws. I have stated before that the problem is not with the coach, but with the players’ attitudes, the cricketing environment and the PCB. Indian players have less ego problems, are more educated and more flexible. Wright couldn’t make them serious contenders to Australia; will he even develop a reasonable rapport with Pakistani players? The whole point of this rebuilding process is that the mistakes committed in the past are not repeated, whether those mistakes relate to the captain’s gameplan, player selection, coach selection etc. There is not much to differentiate between Woolmer and Wright. I believe a Pakistani coach must be appointed to begin with so we have someone who knows the players, who understands the players and who is familiar with the cricketing environment of Pakistan. The players may not take him seriously in which case they should be disciplined. No nonsense or inconsistency should be tolerated. If the players don’t perform for two series, they must be kicked out. This should not be too hard to implement.

    My request to fellow bloggers is to forget Aamir Sohail, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal and never mention their names again on Pak Spin. Sohail is a total buffoon, arrogant, uncultured and prejudiced. Razzaq and Akmal’s time is over; they have been given plenty of chances, so much so that it’s funny now.

  • Khurram Sultan on April 22, 2007, 7:32 GMT

    well well well! Mr Abbassi wot I feel now is that we are entering the same cycle that we had a decade and a half ago..A bully of a man leaving his office after some credible success..and his pack of fools vying to be his successor..resulting in we all know what! This time a billy of a man emulating to be the successor of that bully; fails miserably and booted. The successor to the throne chickens out leaving the seat to be filled..and the pack of fools phobicised of being electrocuted in case of a failure button pressed...the fools here have grown their insight and feel themselves to be too young to be offered for this slaughter!

  • M. SHAHID GUL on April 22, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    I am amazed that Mr. Javed A. Khan is comparing records of Malik and Afridi in the discussion about captaincy. Let me clarify one thing. I am personally a big fan of Afridi. I always wanted him to be a permanent part of the Pakistan Test Team, not only in ODI. Reasons I thought were that (a) he totally deserved it because of his all round skills (batting + bowling + fielding + AGGRESSIVE & POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE), and (b) this would surely improve his ODI performance. But performance only cannot be considered as the requirement for captaincy. You need a wise head too apart from performance. Ricky Ponting was made captaim while seniors (and excellent performers of all times) like Shane Warne and McGrath were still in the team. I strongly believe that when a player is made captain, the most important factor is adaptability. In that regard, I think that Malik has and Afridi hasn’t. Like Afridi, Malik has played at almost all positions and performed, whereas, whenever Afridi does not perform, he has the excuse of the shuffling batting order. By the way, Afridi himself has expressed that he wants to open in the sub-continent and play at no. 6 elsewhere. It’s a lack of confidence on Afridi ’s part. Dear Mr. Javed, if performance were the only criterion, what about Mohammed Yousuf who has far better average than both of them, in both forms of the game. Let me clarify another thing. It’s unjust with Kallis and Jayasuriya to be compared with Afridi. Both of them are excellent batsmen who bowl well too, but prime responsibility being batting. I have to think twice weather Afridi is a batting allrounder or a bowling allrounder. Apart from all of this, Afridi totally deserves to be a permanent member of both ODI & Test squads. He has improved tremendously as a bowler. Only thing I would suggest is that let Afridi be considered primarily as a bowler. Now whatever we get from his batting, should be considered as a bonus. It will reduce pressure on him and he will win many games for Pakistan. Captaincy needs a combination of aggression, decision-making, braveness and a cool head. I remember my days when I was the captain of my team for almost a decade. I was neither an excellent batsman nor an excellent bowler. Some boys in my team had either of these qualities. The team members were from all parts of Pakistan. I had the skill to keep them together and get the best out of them and I always performed well in extreme pressure and difficult situations. I was not always a great performer but I was consistent and 95% I used to get the highest runs on difficult batting pitches and get the team out of trouble. I am a Mechanical Engineer and I moved to Dubai 5 years ago in pursuit of my professional career. In my farewell party, my team members and captains of other teams gave me the title of Life Time Captain of Ghauri Cricket Club (LTCGCC). They respected me and I was not the eldest. Why I stated all this is because I request all the team members to co-operate with Malik and play for Pakistan. I know that PCB is still playing cards and has been doing so for ages now but what could be done about it. Lets look forward to positives and not negatives. In so many other teams, juniors are made captains and i have not seen any single player under performing because of that. They play for their countries. Then why not us the so-called "Proud Pakistanis".

  • Talal Hasan on April 22, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    I don't care what mr abbasi thinks. Surely the captain should either be the best player in the team or have the most astute cricketing mind. For god sake this should have been Yousuf. The man is foward thinking he wants more sporting pitches in pakistan knowing this will make them more competitive abroad.

    I only remember two innings of shoaib malik where he was a match winner/saver. One against the south africans 4 years ago where he played a very attacking brand of cricket. The test match against sri lanka last year in which he made a a very mature century.

    I do wish shoaib malik my fellow sialkoti the best of luck. I do think that pakistan needs to do a lot more things in their first class system and their administration if they are ever to become the poerhouse of world cricket.

  • Dawar on April 22, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif should be the Coach of Pakistan Cricket team. Recently he became a coach of the Port Qasim.

    He is running succesfully his Academy. He was the Captain of pakistan Cricket team. He is honest and was a great player, best wicket keeper Pakistan ever produced.

    Dawar USA, LA

  • SDH Naqvi on April 22, 2007, 6:40 GMT

    Wasim said above: The new selection committee chief also hails from karachi and so is Salim Jaffer, if these guys don’t do their Job honestly or presumably they are not allowed to do their job properly, then either they should quit the first day or at least raise their voice against any coercion.

    Wasim, Kofi Annan Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan was muslim at the time of US invasion of Afghanistan & Iraq.

    US and Isriel done so may strikes to the muslim nations at the time Kofi Annan was a Secretary General of the United Nations.

    So same a Salim Jaffer & other ( One of Prince Aga Khan & Imran Khan fav or Salauddin who destroyed cricket in Karachi by its corruption)they are pupit of PCB they will do what majority wants? did you see any changes in the attitude of PCB? Same team, Same openers & same type of captain etc.

    SDH Naqvi

  • Raja Pakistani on April 22, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    For WASIM SAQIB:

    We need to think as a Pakistani but its not mean that we should not discuss our issues, inshallah issues will solve by our positive discussions. Very important we need to admit our mistakes. I am PAKISTANI from Punjab but I realize some of our mistakes as a Punjabi. Please tell me, why Pakistan capital move from Karachi to Islamabad in 60s.? No problem in Krachi those days. Very peaceful city. We belongs to third world country and we built completely new city. Its looks like very poor person who lives on welfare borrow some money to built a house in Defense, Model town or any other expensive part of the city.

    Why do we need that? On the security point of view Islamabad is very near to the India. Its wheather is not suitable for the 24 * 7 working city, which we expect for Capitals.

    Most of us think Punjabi are the 50 % of Pakistan, so there should be more players from punjab in the team. First of all this statistics are wrong but even they are correct. How many Bangalis were in the team when Pakistan & Bangladesh were one? There were more than us.

    There is no proof that last ball of sharaja match had fixed. If it is fixed than 92 world cup was fixed too. Becuase Miandad sored five fifties in all matches which Pakistan won. By the way Pakistan only won those five matches. Miandad is our natinal HERO. And you should be feel shame to talk about this great servent of Pakistan. He done a lot for us.

    Why we moved all sports head quarters to lahore? why we moved all business centers to Faislabad? Why we have a Capital in Punjab? This is only a sea which makes Karachi still our business center, otherwise we could take this sea port to lahore or multan also.

    What about Quetta, Hydreabad, Peshawer and Sukkur? Are they not the part of Pakistan?

    Unfortunately players from Punjab never speaks Urdu in the sports ground when they representing Pakistan. They preferd to speak Punjabi in & outside field. How Punjabi will feels if Afridi ,Omer gul & Afridi speaks PUSTOO on front of them and we do not understand.

    Punjabi please become Pakistani and love ur national launguage more than our regional launguage. Did you see any American from California speaks different launguage than people from New Yourk???

    This is the reason all western countries are on top. they learned by thier mistake but we continue to do mistakes. Please learn from DOWNFALL OF DHAKA.

    Raja Pakistani From Sailkot

  • Dawar on April 22, 2007, 5:30 GMT

    We still did not not learn from our worst world cup defeat in the world cup history. First we nominate wrong person for the Captain.

    Now, we are trying same players. Every one knows that our openers are the main reason for the failures. Imran Khan even pointed out before the world cup.

    Now we are trying same openers.(Pl see the link # 1 below).

    Where are the deserving openers like Yasir Hamid, Khalid Latif (ex under 19 Captain), Khurrum Manzoor, Faisal Ather (from Hydreabad). They are perfoming continously well in domestic cricket.

    Just yesterday, Kahild Latif performs well again. See the link below. He is performing well from last three years but official at Lahore can not see performance of another Malir base player (Karachi sub area which produced players like Saeed Anwer, Rashid Latif, Asim Kamal, Tausif Ahmed etc).

    He is getting same treatment from PCB as like Asim Kamal. Yesterday Asim Kamal also again played brave inning of 95. He came to bat when his team was in big trouble. Please see the link (#3) below. He did several time same performance for Pakistan Cricket Team but he was put against the wall by Mulana Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    #1 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=52448

    Opener Imran Nazir, however, is all set to get another chance mainly because of his electric knock of 160 in the World Cup win over Zimbabwe. Imran finished the World Cup as Pakistan’s highest run-getter in the event mainly because of his career-saving innings against the Zimbabweans and is expected to be selected as one of three openers in the team.

    Left-handed openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt are likely to make a return to the side provided they prove their fitness in the training camp. Muhammad Hafeez, who opened for Pakistan in the World Cup, would only be considered as an all-rounder.

    #2 Khalid Latif hits ton in Academy triumph http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=52455

    #3 Asim Kamal’s near-ton helps HBL rise to 315 runs http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=52460

    Dawar USA, LA

  • Hameed on April 22, 2007, 4:55 GMT

    Hi I wish Shoeb and pakistan team the same fate the first round exit in the next world cup. A guy does not have automatic place in a test team and will now lead the team he is neither bowler nor a batsman his only qualification is a Punjabi. I have raised my suspicion much earlier Younas Khan will near get full time captaincy of the Punjabi Nominated Pakistan. No one is bother Why Younas Khan refused the offer? never mind this captaincy won't last more than a series.

  • Sikander on April 21, 2007, 22:15 GMT

    I think everyone is getting bogged down with the idea of seniority. yes it is part of pakistans culture to reward age with leadership roles but in most places in the world management/captaincy is awarded on merit, not the best batsman or bowler but the ability to lead, organise, orchestrate and motivate all types of personalities for all three aspects of the game. For all the people who want MOYO as captain can you honestly say he would be able to lead the team to great feats of fielding? shoaib malik has shown himself highly capable in all three areas of cricket. I honesttly believe under jis stewardship we have the chance to instill a proffesional approach to the fundamentals of the game not just relying on raw talent.

    Shoaib Malik if given the backing by so called older wiser players can drag this team into playing consitant 21 century cricket.

  • duthu on April 21, 2007, 19:51 GMT

    Mr. Javed A. Khan, I really pity your Mr. Khan. Do you realize the situation in your own country where there simply is NO place for minorities ??? Its not as if Pathan and Kaif are the only people who have been ignored...Pathan was the darling of the nation when he was playing well ..but now he is not. He was primarily chosen as a bowler who could bat but his bowling disintegrated (and you Pakistanis were the first to point out that he bowls slower than 120 and was still in the team, if you remember). Obviously there is a lot of politics in the way selections are made, but it is not based on religion but more on region (as is the case in your country, the above posts would make me believe that). Its really stupid assume that there are resereved places for muslims in the team. Grow up Mr. Khan. Khuda afis

  • Qasim Hussain on April 21, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    It is sad to see some of you people critise Malik being appointed as captain.

    As we all know, most of Afridi fans are blind and do not think with their brains. Am not saying Malik is the best option but to want Afridi as captain is downright insane! Afridi and Younis Khan have no common sence! They act immature and do not think before making a move. Am glad Younis Khan or Shahid Afridi is not appointed captain of Pakistan!

    Yousef no doubt is a class act, probably the best batsman in Pakistan Cricket history but to have him as captin at this time would be going around in circles. Inzi was appointed in 2003 as captain and we will be doing the same thing this time around. M. Vaughan is in the team mostly because of his captaincy and not because he is a batsman. A great player generally doesnt make a great captain!

    As far as the people saying that Malik fixed a 20/20 match, I just want to tell them to wake up and pay attention to what is happening around them! Malik did not fix the match, it was thrown as a protes! I do not know if what he did was right or wrong but atleast he showed that he had the guts to stand up against wrong.

    Its heart breaking to see some people critisising Wasim Akram helping out the bowlers, well for their information, Wasim Akram is not yet appointed as a bowling coach, he is only helping them out for two weeks. Although I would wish Akram was selected as the bowling coach. The guy is a Legend and deserves allot more respect then Pakistani's give him! When Wasim Akram was around, Razzak was not pathetic of a bowler he is now! Wasim with his experience and skill could make many great bowlers for Pakistan.

    Its even worst to see fellow Pakistani's arguying over which province or city should get more or wotever. Learn to get along! Pakistan is Karachi, Lahore or wotever. Even without one of them, Pakistan wouldnt be Pakistan!

    I just want to say now that Malik is our captain, you should give him some support! Forget the players who are playing because of their past glories like Afridi or Razzak. Its time to move forward and Malik, Asif, Gull are the future of Pakistan Cricket!

    Hopefully, the selecter will try out some new players like Fawad Alam and Shahid Yousef and not persist with the useless Asim kamal's or Faisal Iqbal's!

    Australia was last beaten by Pakistan and will next be beaten by Pakistan in the next world cup!

  • Arslan on April 21, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    Ahmed aka Phil Jackson - spot on dude, there are people on this blog like Javed A Khan Uncle who didn't even bother reading the rules let alone following them. Our beloved uncle is only good at calling people names (such as tatpoonjia, batmeez) please bear with my spellings as I hardly ever used words like this. However, Mr. Khan seems to be pretty good at it. He calls every other person with a beard 'Maulvi' although I am sure if he had known the real meaning of this word he would also know where to use it.

    Uncle Javed - Don't think that by using a few impressive words (obviously with the help of thesaurus) you have the right to ridicule others on this blog who had something misspelled may be due to a typo. I have also noticed you calling people Urdu medium; if you are so against our national language why don't you change your name to something like Jackson instead of Javed. Do you think by using a few verses from Persian or adding a couple of French words in your comments you have become the most learned person on this portal?

  • Asif - Switzerland on April 21, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    Why education is important in modern cricket -------------------------------------------- Some of the respectable on this blogs are pitching the idea of an illiteate team. Remember we are living in 2007 where you cant ignore the importance of education. Can some explain me how you can do the following - Communication with other team and captains - Communication with Umpires and match referees - Communication and discussion with cricket analyst - Communication with ICC We have bunch of Meera, Reema and Moammer Rana in our ranks who are not yet ready for modern day cricket which involves powerplays, robust strategy, competitive advantage over other team and how to sustain it, strength/weakness/opportunities/threat of opponents.

  • yousuf youhana on April 21, 2007, 17:16 GMT

    good thing wasnt youhana, otherwise u couldve kissesd pakistan cricket goodbye cause the whole team wouldve turned into one big CULT..

  • saaniya on April 21, 2007, 16:24 GMT

    it feels good after a long time.all the best shoaib malik

  • Haseeb Ahmed on April 21, 2007, 16:16 GMT

    Another suggestion. We need a strong manager to support the new captain through the upcoming travails. May I again recommend that the PCB request Imran Khan to take on this role for now, if only to guide us through these difficult times. A can't imagine a better person for this job than the Great Khan himself.

  • Shazad - Washington DC on April 21, 2007, 13:55 GMT

    Saqib: We dont have selective amnesia, we are fully aware that they have awarded captainship to Younis twice but ... Remember Champons trophy, nobody provided him the support he needed it. Regarding selection committe, Bob woolmer, and PCB they all have been ignored by INZI and CO. What you can do when a certain group of people blackmailed based upon thier numbers. Regarding Shoib Malik, he need to learn a lot to bat on standard pitches and play against genuine seam bowlers. Can you tell when he socred a century in England, South Africa, Australia abraod. He has serious flaws in his batting and you cant command a team with your weak batting that is a fact. You have to deliver either in batting or bowling gain respect of your fellow player. Regarding your comparasion of three thousand Danda bardar force which has been condemned by every section of life with democratically elected party by millions of voters is a true mentality of your orignial thinking. You dont need danda in 2007 to enforce your views and shame on those people who are endorsing it. If by breaking the relationship with Dawood and condemning of having associationship with betting mafia will resolve all of the issues then I will request Asif Iqbal and Javed Miandad to come forward and save our cricket.

  • Ali Imran, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia on April 21, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    I fully agree with Mr. Khansahab's comments. I am an Indian Muslim and proud of that.

    Contrary to popular belief, especially with Pakistans, Muslims are doing much much better than the Pakistanis in Pakistan & elsewhere.

    In India, if you are talented/skilled you can go places and excel in your field irrespective of your religion. I can give you thousand examples of muslims achievements in India, which Pakistani people cannot even think of.

    Until now I thought Mr. Javed A.Khan is a sensible person & like his comments on this blog, but his latest comments on Indian muslims made me laugh and felt that he is as much ignorant about Indian muslims as most of the Pakistani seems to be.

    As per Mr. Javed, Indians had dummy captains. My friend Md. Azharuddin was one of the most powerful captain for a decade. Shahrukh Khan is as much admired & liked as Amitabh Bachchan by both Muslims & Hindus. India's two companies in top-20 are owned by Muslims, the list goes on......

    Mr. Javed, you don't have to worry about muslims in India, we are doing excellently. Just speak for your Pakistani brothers who lags way behind of fast developing world including India.

  • Saeed Ahmad Lodhi on April 21, 2007, 12:34 GMT

    Mass exodus of seniors never solves the problem ….. look what Amir Sohail did to Pakistan Team after 2003 world cup ..... I hope that the PCB doesn’t make too many changes just for the sake of it .... only time will tell weather to appoint a young chap at helms proves right !

  • Amran Yousaf on April 21, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    A very good choice, I think the PCB has given this a lot of thought. I think Mohammed Hazeez as vice captain would be a good choice. Early beginnings for him but he has an unflustered personality and should complement Shoaib well.

    I personally would now look to appoint separate coaches for the team, I think Dav Whatmore would be an excellent choice with Aaqib Javed working as the bowling coach and also being groomed for the main job as and when it should arise. Both have good track records and are very disciplined which should iron out any potential problems there may be with so called senior pro's like Razzak.

    I am impressed with the new selection panel and feel that this with the above coaches if appointed should take our country forward and challenge the dominance of Australia.

    This i feel can be done because of the sheer talent that is available at the selectors disposal. Asif, Gul, Sami, Shoaib when fit and avaialable, Shabbir, Arafat not to forget the up and coming Anwar Ali, Jamshed Ahmed and Akhtar Ayub show that our fast bowling resources are plentiful, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal and the enigma in test cricket that is Hasan Raza are batsman that are all able to replace Inzamam in the team and provide good support for Shoaib Malik. The talent is undoubtedly there and I now feel can be harnessed.

    Lets get behind the new dynamic thinking captain and the team that he will lead for what I think will be a long time. Lets unite behind Pakistan not bicker and be devisive, These are qualities that make Pakistan what we are against all the odds. I for one feel that things are now going to get better.

  • khansahab on April 21, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Wasim Saqib,

    I can understand that you hail from Punjab and you consider that the allegations against Punjab are a consequence of prejudice as opposed to reason and prudence. Since you belong to Punjab I can understand that you feel passionate about your roots and do not want them to be tainted by accusations which you claim are baseless. I know we have had a debate about this before but I think you err in understanding the reasons that cause people to make these comments. You have to accept that Punjab is the dominant mechanism in Pakistan’s machinery and hence most of Pakistan’s shortcomings (as well as positives) would be the result of the Punjabi dominance. Without sounding biased and demeaning I think you should also accept that Punjabis are traditionally conservative and non-conformist. That is a genetic trait, akin to say the genetic volatility and hot-headedness of Pathans. Being an Urdu speaker I may have the genetic trait of perhaps being too pedantic or formal in my demeanour. Let us firstly accede that we all have our fundamental weaknesses. Mr Saqib, I agree with you fully in your assertion that Asif Iqbal was a non Punjabi and is rumoured to be involved in match-fixing. The Urdu speakers and Pathans who claim that only Punjabis are involved in match-fixing are wrong hence. But you will also have to realise that most of our country’s rulers have been Punjabi and have been ruthlessly corrupt. I will not mention names, but I find it amusing to notice that most Punjabis revere the younger brother of the former PM who has been one of the most corrupt rulers in the history of Pakistan. This younger brother was the Chief Minister of Punjab and developed Punjab which made him popular with the grass roots. But the tragedy is that his brother, the ruler of the government, diverted all the financial resources his brother, the Chief Minister, so that only Punjab could prosper to the detriment of the other provinces. You will have to accept that Punjabis seem to have an obsession with parochialism and “apnayism” which can never take the country forward. It is my passion for Pakistan and my desire to live in harmony with Punjabis and consider them my brothers which makes me state these comments, not my prejudice or bias. I consider myself to be Pakistani first and Urdu speaking/Pathan next. But that does not mean that I can’t point the flaws of the Pakistani society. No matter how many prejudices there are between Punjabis and non Punjabis, they will have to work like brothers and sisters and take the country forward, since we don’t want a situation in the future whereby Balochistan has been taken by Iran, Sindh taken by India, NWFP taken by Afghanistan and Punjab either desolate or taken by India.

    I would also exemplify the film industry in order to further my argument. There was a time when our movies were abstemious, decent and our film industry was prosperous. This was the time when the principal figures in the industry belonged to Karachi. However ever since Lahore took control of the industry, the standard has dropped so much that Lollywood has become a global laughing stock. Even the film industry of India’s Kerala makes more money than Lollywood. Bangladeshi cinema is more prosperous than Lollywood. I am sorry to state this, but our film industry has been completely “Punjabised”.

    Finally, in Pakistan cricket, much like the media, showbiz, industry etc is everything to do with politics. I have been to Lahore and noticed that when people see you speaking in Urdu in a non-Punjabi accent, they become rude and discourteous as they realise you are a Karachi-wala. I told you before that Karachi has a 15-20% Punjabi population; if someone lives in Karachi that does not mean he has alienated Punjabi ideals or his Punjabi roots. I knew a Punjabi businessman in Karachi who is one of the biggest fruit & vegetable exporters in Pakistan. I overheard him talking to one of his friends (in Punjabi) that he wants to call people from Punjab to work for him in Karachi as he does not want the local Karachiites to take up his jobs. I remember you stated before that Punjabis are the most open hearted and broad minded people. Let me tell you there are many Punjabi businessmen who have the mentality of that man, in Karachi. They want to come to Karachi so that they can live with people who have “finesse and refinement” and they want to take advantage of the developed city and the sea port, but they don’t want the unemployed people in that city to flourish. That is the sad story of Pakistan, Wasim Saqib.

  • muhammad on April 21, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    Khansahab, Javed A Khan, Ashaq, you guys write so much.. no work??? where are are you all workign pls let me knwo if there are any vacancies

  • srivathsan on April 21, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    Dear javed I appreciate ur effort to drive home ur point to mr.ravi about Md.yousuf's captaincy.You perfectly right that it is his ability & age that mattered & his beard has nothing to do with.I dont know why ravi is so much upset with the selection.But while driving home the point you have certain facts mistaken.As for as cricket is concerned the captains (I hate to use the word hindu or muslim)were never dummy yaar.THere is quota system like in pakistan only for regions not religion.There is no bias on the basis of religion but may be for some otherreason.I fully concur with you on the selection of sachin ,sourav etc.it is due to lobby & nothing else.Thank god they have amended that now.As regards politics like president & prime minister let us not discuss it here. One thing for sure if only few individuals had shed their ego, partition wold not have been there. Javed bhai iam sure your writing was more to correct an individual rather than discussing/debate the matter which yourself may not agree fully.What you read in media is totally distorted than the reality.I have great regard for your writing & this one i was bit surprised.My request to you is please dont believe the so called PSEUDO SECULAR PARTIES STATEMENT OR REPORT THEY PREPARE ONLY TO GARNER VOTES AND AWAY FROM THE REALITY.I conclude that i continue to read your writings as i like it & god has given you uncanny ability to put forth your points forcefully & also to call spade a spade.

  • waleed ali on April 21, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    pcb has made right choice of appointing shoaib malik as a captain as voice captain is concerned then he should be shahid afridi or mohammad yousaf

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 21, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    Shahzad:

    Its very easy to play the blame game and point fingers on others, but such behavior has never solved any problem. I am fully aware of Pakistan’s socio-political environment. But are you? Interestingly your history of Pakistan begins in 1999 but for me it starts from 1947.

    All the rulers have reflected the same character when it comes to money and power regardless of their geographical background or ethnicity, whether it’s the Military rulers or the family owned poltical parties, its unfortunate that the politicians of smaller provinces in order to hide their failures always blame Punjab, their politics thrives on ethnicity, and race and its even more unfortunate that the people living in these provinces get brain washed.

    It is human nature that we don’t want to accept our own shortcomings mistakes our ego does not accept it, my advice to you is always think on national level and not regional and first look at your own faults and then point finger at others.

    You mentioned the names of some Ex-Captains but also referred to match fixing, ironically the name Asif Iqbal and his association with Sharja (betting ka Adda) didn’t ring a bell in your mind also the fact that Miandad and Dawood Ibrahim are now related does not bothers you is strange (Mere bhai Iss Hamam mein sab Nangey Hein).

    You were complaining as to why the new captain is not a Non Punjabi, I think you are suffering from selective amnesia, you already forgot that Younis Khan was offered the Job twice and he declined on both occasions, now if you believe that the captaincy should go to a non punjabi player by default then I would suggest that you got some serious issues.

    My only reason to respond to racially charged and biased posts on this Blog is that Cricket has nothing to do with Politics , religion or language. I understand that everybody is frustrated at the poor performance, we are too, but we don’t just curse out and ridicule the whole cultural background of a player, as it is totally unjustified and unethical.

    There are people on this blog who criticize the players for lack of education, Punjabi accent, and religion, just because they want to see more finesse and refinement an displayed by these players but when it comes to criticizing others on this blog they display none of these attributes. Also when they root for other players for captaincy all of a sudden all these criterions of merit along with performance are deliberately forgotten, isn’t it the worst form of hypocrisy and prejudice.

    We should look at the team as whole and criticize it as a whole, everybody sucked in this world cup, but amazingly nobody talks about younis, sami, kineria and Afridi its a shame.

    Coming to selection, it was a blunder and I criticized it the most on this blog, but amazingly selection was done by three People from Karachi but the blame has to be taken by Punjabis.

    The new selection committee chief also hails from karachi and so is Salim Jaffer, if these guys don’t do their Job honestly or presumably they are not allowed to do their job properly, then either they should quit the first day or at least raise their voice against any coercion. We all want to win and that is only possible when the selectors do their Job honestly and the players justify their selection through performance.

  • Dr Khan, Australia on April 21, 2007, 6:26 GMT

    Dear Kamran

    I apprecite the authority you always write with. To be using something like it, it is very vivid you wish your 'powerful pen' always become Master to drag the Pakistani Cricket Board the way you want. Is it n't? - as clear as day!! Sometime the PCB as silly as nothing to compare with, when it is against your precious most wisdom and thinking, and sometime, oh no all of sudden, the PCB makes a right , rather very right decision to appoint Shoaib as Captain. The least interst I got in the affair, but the most in your ways of depicting things.............your blog may be called wisdom cornor - Again beg to my ignorance about Cricket and its players, but it is writing on the wall that Yousaf is not considered for the job because ................any boddy guess.. should we ask you, no you always tell us revealaions, of ur ingenius mind.

    Last but not the Least,would u allow my message to go through.............if so i wld be around, to benefit myself from your wisdom and englighemnet, though in cricket only Kind Regards Dr Khan

    ainst you,

  • Sultan Patel on April 21, 2007, 6:11 GMT

    Until now I believed it's only the political leadership that dances to his master's tunes. However, after the appointment of Shoaib Malik as Pakistan Cricket Team's Captain, it's my firm convictions that the PCB officials (patronized by Musharraf)also toe the same line of action. In fact, it's an injustice to Mohammed Yusuf who is clearly a level-headed person with good, clean cricketing record has been left out most extensively for the reason that he is keeping a long beard and looks Muslim from all angles unlike other 'yobs' in the team. Malik can be a good all-rounder but captaincy is a bit heavy dose for him. In the situation, Mohammed Yusuf was an ideal option Pakistan Cricket Administration ignored on the grounds that 'moderate' muslim factor has made the mincemeat of Pakistan's so-called leaders (stooges is the right term) who are castrated by their masters even after having the Islamic Bomb Bhutto once touted!

  • NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL on April 21, 2007, 6:01 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is not the best choice for the captaincy. It should be either Abdul Razzak or Shahid Afridi as both of them have brought more laurels as compared to Shoaib. In my view, Shoaib may not have the full support of both of them and understandably so. By appointing Shoaib as the future captain of Pakistani cricket team PCB have shown that they are not serious to work in a professional way! It is learnt that Mr.Wasim Akram has been appointed as the bowling coach who had been involved in match fixing allegations during his tenure both as a captain and as a player. In my view, Waqqar Younas is the best choice for this post whose carrier is without such allegations.

  • Nadeem Raza on April 21, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    Nice to see Malik as a Captin. Lot of critics spreading rumour that it is not a good decsion anyway. lets go four years back when in 2003 Worldcup South Afriqa is one of the best contender to win the world cup but the are out in first round.

    In that mean time Smith is not know well in int'l cricket. SA announced Smith as a captain of the team. It's strange for every one, look like very bold and risky decision. in the beginning the play poorly and smith also take very dangerous decision independently like getting out Closner (a world reknowned alrounder) but now, everything is infront of you. they are at No. 1 spot.

    So, don't criticise it please. lets wait and see the result. if a man is working hard and not getting success, don't replace him and try to support him.

    Malik is a great individual, he can win matches on his own shoulders. So, he also has psychological tempo on all team.

    Just pray for our team, we all are with you Malik. May Allah bless you and grant you all the success. be rigid worker.

    Regards

    Nadeem Raza

  • Faridoon on April 21, 2007, 4:48 GMT

    If I remember correctly, a good while ago when Inzi was captain and MoYo was vice captain, it was upon Imran Khan's recommendations that Tunis Khan was made vice captain and ever since he's been continuously supported by Imran Khan for teh job of captaincy. But look what happened, he refused the captaincy! Nothing being taken away from Yunis, he may have had his reasons but I think for once Imran Khan was wrong about somebody.

    Imran Khan is undoubtedly the greatest cricketer Pakistan has produced, but PCB should tell him to take responsibility by getting appointed to a suitable post in the board or keep his opinions to himself.

    As for Shoaib Malik being made captain over MoYo. I think the majority felt that MoYo's style of captaincy would not be very dissimilar to Inzi's, if anything MoYo seems even more laidback, and its ironic that exactly that makes him such a great batsman. MoYo should focus on being the cornerstone of the batting line-up and leave the captaincy to others.

    Shoaib, do Sialkot proud!

  • Rahat on April 21, 2007, 3:18 GMT

    I want to congratulate the PCB for promoting Shoaib Malik...it's an awesome decision to promote him as captain.Some people are critcising the all round performance of Shoaib malik (which also speaks about their poor knowledege of these individuals regarding the stats) his record speaks for himself and he has performed better than any other existing super star in the recent past in practically any crises type situation.How he has developed his batting though he had just came in the Pakistani team on the strenght of his off spin bowling, shows his capablility to rise to the occassion, as now he is one of Pakistan's most reliable batsman. I am sure he deserves it as he has always been successful in all roles in the past which he was asked to do, that speaks enough for the character of this man. People who are suggesting Afridi as captain should look at his tempremental behaviour and inconsistencies of actions throughout his career.Can we give the leadership of this weak team to a tempremantal and unpredictable person, only thinking that he may be an aggressive Captain!!! Some people are vying for Mohd Yosuf as captain, as most of the people must have observed that his personality is as docile as Inzamamul Haq's which is not at all required for the fast and pacy cricket revolution that is brewing in this world of cricket. Moreover we are looking at our country's future captain for the next four years and need a change from the past,needing fresh ideas and promotion of youth relects in the personality of Shoaib malik therefore this decesion by PCB is an excellent one.

  • Ahmed aka Phil Jackson on April 21, 2007, 2:39 GMT

    Hey Kamran I have a question for you.. I was just reading the Rules in your blog..such as ppl cant have arguments nor people can start there own new topic that rule is broken everyday by you lovely Mr Javed and a few others why did you put such rules out if certain ppl would of been allowed to break them... Are we following the PCB here too... please let this post on ur blog so people know whats good in this blog

  • Ahmed aka Phil Jackson on April 21, 2007, 2:34 GMT

    Like I said before we should get phil jackson from the LA Lakers to come coach the pakistan team it will not be such a bad idea, he can bring the team to whole new level lol...Mr.Kamran Abassi why do not you quit this blog and hand it over to chachu Javed from Montreal..

  • Bob Woolmer on April 21, 2007, 0:13 GMT

    Hello There

    Me up here. stop squabbling. This is a disgrace. For godsake its only game. Not a life and death issue (never mind it was for me).

  • waj on April 20, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    I really hope Dav Watmore will be assigned as Pakistan's next coach. Not only did he win with Sri Lanka he did an amazing job with Bangladesh. If the PCB can hire him and as they have already hired Malik for captincy, they can lay a strong foundation for the team. If not than i hope they assign Pakistan's U-19 coach because he seems to know what it takes to win and can probably groom the younger players better.

  • khansahab on April 20, 2007, 23:17 GMT

    I am not too pleased with Malik stating that he has learned captaincy skills from Inzi. However, it is hard to imagine any player who has been a part of the national side to not get influenced by Inzi. I saw Afridi’s interview this morning and he uttered the usual nonsense when he was asked about the humiliating WC defeat: defeats are a part of life and so on and forth. What we really want to know is why the same botched gameplan was repeatedly implemented, why the players showed no fighting spirit and why wrong players were selected for wrong matches. I am bothered by the attitude of our players following the disastrous campaign. They show no sign of remorse or repentance. Indian players seem sorrowful whenever they appear on the screen and you can see they have taken defeat to the heart. Afridi, Yousuf, Inzi, Malik and Younis are the players I have seen on the news post the WC disaster and they seem indifferent from their general demeanour. This is regrettable. Yes I know the players must look to the future now but they must also have some sense of shame and responsibility. Maybe all of them have been influenced by Mushtaq and Saeed Anwar to such a huge extent that they believe that it is only their personal relationship with God which matters and other matters are trivial. Australia thrashed NZ today and this match, whereas inconsequential for both sides as regards qualifying for the semis, can have a significant bearing on the possible outcome for the forthcoming semis. NZ’s confidence can shatter insofar facing a convincing defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. Australia may become complacent and lose the plot against South Africa, although history dictates the opposite might be the more probable result. I suppose most people would be predicting Australia to lift the Cup as they are the only undefeated side and have a history of keeping their cool and winning in big matches.

    Mr Javed A Khan talks about the quota system in India. I don’t believe that quota systems have detrimental effects as regards team performance. I have continuously advocated a system in Pakistan where a minimum of four players must be selected from outside Punjab, preferably two from Sindh and two from NWFP. That would keep the mouth of anti-Punjabis shut and would also result in better team performance so we can kill two birds with one stone there. Mr Javed A Khan, you seem to be criticising India’s secularism or pseudo-secularism as you call it. I fathom the general gist of your comment but I think you are not looking at the wider picture. First of all India has an 80% Hindu population which is substantial. Muslims feature about 12% of India’s population. If you look at the representation rate of Muslims in Indian politics, showbiz, media, industry, sports etc, you will agree that Muslims are satisfactorily, if not over, represented. For a Muslim to become a President of a country with 80% Hindu population is a tremendous thing, regardless of whether he is a pious Muslim or not. Please don’t tell me that you expect Muslim Presidents to construct “Muslim agendas” and work off them in a country substantially dominated by Hindus. A Muslim CAN become PM of India; he has to be the leader of a majority party and has to follow and implement party’s manifesto. I am sure you have the insight to appreciate that an “Islamic Party” can’t win majority of votes in India so that an “Islamic government” can be formed which will consider the interests of the 12% or so Muslims. It’s strange that a supposedly learned individual like you makes strange comments like these. The President of India may only have ceremonial powers but is an immensely seasoned and respected individual, and many would argue that he deserved the post for his contributions to Indian society. I think you should appreciate that Indian Muslims are given the opportunity to succeed and reach a certain pedestal, whereas in Pakistan the majority of Muslims classify Hindus as “kafir” and many perceive them to be the archetypal enemy. You make the point about the new Chief Justice; there have been innumerable challenges by individuals in Pakistan who state that a non Muslim can’t become the Chief Justice. Pakistan was meant to be an Islamic Republic but the Quaid was a secular man who wanted the minorities to be given their rights. But the Pay&Dos didn’t like that and thus we have the tragic situation in Pakistan, a country which has become a global laughing stock. I think Irfan’s form has been haphazard of late and there are many more consistent players who deserve selection for this Bangladesh tour. There were times when I felt that there were more deserving (non-Muslim) players than Kaif (who also suffers from the inconsistency problem) but Kaif was kept in the team because the selections did not want to upset the Muslims. Now you’re going to attempt to justify your stance and subvert my assertion but any reasonable individual can perceive that basically you are insinuating that Muslims in India are deprived. They may be deprived in some respects (I find it hard to imagine any at this moment but I would want to keep this possibility open) but in other respects, they have been given a fair deal. Don’t bother saying that a lot of Muslims still live in ghettos and do not have contact with the wider society because that is the Muslims’ own fault. A lot of Muslims in France live in ghettos and belong to low socio-economic groups. Muslims in some part of Britain are not particularly affluent either, such as Bradford or other parts of Yorkshire. Muslims worldwide have refrained from seeking education and broadening their horizons and are facing the consequences of that idiocy now. Muslims that belong to ghettos don’t want any contact with non-Muslims, they don’t want their kids learning about Hinduism in schools or befriending Hindus. If they have a problem with that they should shift to Pakistan or Bangladesh. But alas they have reservations (rightly or wrongly) with doing that as well so they are stuck. You have to feel for these people.

    I know some Indian Muslims rather well and they often tell me that they would prefer to remain committed to India than Pakistan, a land where they fear they would be classified as “outsiders” and second class citizens. In my previous post when I responded to “Asif”, I opined that he should refrain from the general use of the term “mohajir” as it can amplify the “lineage crisis” we have in our society and can sound inappropriate to the Urdu speakers who are fully committed to Pakistan. Some British people classify me as “Pakistani” whereas others use the term “British-Pakistani”. The so called “mohajirs” wouldn’t like to be called anything which can potentially hint “Indian-Pakistani.”

  • Salman Khan on April 20, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf has been the most successful Pakistan player over the last two years.

    He is a stable, humble, and disciplined man who has not been involved in any controversies ever.

    He is interested in taking charge as captain while others are being offered the honour and refusing it.

    He is the most senior and experienced Pakistan player after Inzamam.

    What is his crime? That he was not born a Muslim.

    People of Pakistan should feel shame at the sort of discrimination they dole out to minorities in their country.

  • Awas on April 20, 2007, 22:51 GMT

    Javed A Khan – I like your writing and good sense but is it really necessary to have such an obsession witch people’s misspellings? After all it’s only blog….writing quickly without paying much attention to correct English. It’s not a competition for good English….more like writing a quick email….or perhaps most of us don’t write on a Word document beforehand for a spell check. I am only pointing this out because you have been correcting people’s spelling a lot.

    Coming to the point I wanted to make. Why do we slag our cricketers so much? So many bloggers have been critical of one player of the other. Is it really necessary? Why not just congratulate and support Malik and give him a chance. For goodness sake, he hasn’t even started yet. Unnecessary criticism at his appointment is not going to help him or the team. If such is the state of mind of people of our nation then what do you expect from the senior team members? The general public is never so critical of their sportsmen in countries other than India and Pakistan. Flintoff performed really poorly in this world cup but we never heard anyone criticise him….even after his binge drinking. So why we Asians have this vibe?

    Usman – very good analysis of why Australia is such a good sporting nation. Let me add. A country can achieves success in any field but the prerequisite is economic susses. Only economic power brings all other successes. America is super power because of its economic prosperity; all other successes achievements including in sports just follow. That is the case with all other developed nations.

  • Qaiser Rashid - Auckland on April 20, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    The role of captaincy is characterised by a number of attributes - vision and skill being the most important ones. The captain should be able to expand his thinking to the level where he can hypothise several ways of continuously improving the team's performance level.

    How can we make our players as leaders? I guess one of the shortcoming of our players by default is their education level, rather literacy level.Most of them are early drop-outs from the school and don't adjust very well when exposed at the international level, despite of having great cricketing skills. Hence they are easily shattered or flatterd when dealt by the media, public and so on. I have always noticed a serious level of ignorance in the players when I have met with them while on overseas tours. Many of our national team players don't realise their level, and don't look after them selves in terms physical training, sleep time etc.

    I often think that there is a strong need of a vocational training / course for our elite cricket players - or for all the elite players of different sports for that matter. The program should be tailored with regards to the professional environment on the international level. It should also cover communication, culture, drugs', leadership, sport's knowledge (detailed-text-knowledge) and other issues which are relating to players' personal development. Such a program will not only enhance players' professionalism but also help produce better ambassadors of Pakistan.

    Let's do some thing different for our players and gain the competitive edge. The issue of leadership is not just with Pakistan team, but it is a problem with many good teams at the moment - West Indies, Zimbabwe, and India are one of them. New Zealand and South Africa have tried to resolve these problems and succeeded to some extent too, but these countires have players who are far more literate and professional to start with!

    What made Imran a great leader was the fact that he had this extrinsic understading of the sport as well as intrinsic ability to get the job done from the players. I hope that Shoaib or any other leader is able to put some thought together and then work with the goal of developing the team as a focused and unified group.

  • jani on April 20, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Dearest Usman, you present a good observation, but there is a certain flaw in it. Third world countries like brazil produce the best soccer leagues inthe world. it all depends on what kind of environment and following there is for a sport on a domestic level. Pakistan has undoubtedly produced one of the most talented players. In bowling alone we are reponsbible for coming up with googlies and reverse swings and reverese sweeps in batting. The problem is management, pure and simple.

  • debal on April 20, 2007, 22:23 GMT

    I am waiting for the coach to be assigned... a good coach is very important.... i think Dave Watmore has proved he is by far the best coach right now in the cricketing world..... i mean he took Sri lanka to world cup glory... and then Bangladesh he has good set of experience in dealing with desi mentality... i assume... he is probably a very creative coach.. but Bob was way damn more innovative.... I guess John Wright and Tom Moody would also be good options as well... lets see what decision does the PCB take and who are they successful in getting .....

  • Nadeem Shafee on April 20, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    For PCB:

    why not Mohammad Yusuf? Your best batsman in the team and he is a senior player but not the baba jee. He is not such old. He can easily play next world cup (inshallah). He is atleast 6 years younger than Inzamam. Same people who think he is old, they support Inzi for the captainship.

    This is wrong. Look at his character. Ysuuf never involve in any kind of scandals (match fixing, chucking, lost the match on pupose, fighting, sex, night club, grugs etc) He is a nobel cricketer like Seed Anwar & Rashid Latif.

    Nadeem

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 20, 2007, 21:29 GMT

    LOL @ inqalabi's comments. I think matric fail would be too harsh, you can say 'may be' matric second division + Urdu medium baatameez! The point that was raised earlier about the desired education level of Pakistani players was nullified by a few people here on this blog on the pretext that to be a good player education is not necessary, and they have cited the example of Javed Miandad.

    True that Javed Miandad has proved that point, but he is a player with exceptional qualities and such players are not born every day! In the previous thread I had tried to express my opinion using the same old IF & Butt theory that, Miandad would have been more popular and respected in Pakistan, if he was educated, more eloquent and if he could have articulated his thoughts better, like Imran Khan who is Oxford educated. But, people have different views on that. There is another important factor which most people recognize it, but won't admit and i.e., the tendency to like people who are good looking as opposed to those who are ugly or plain and ordinary looking. And one of the reasons, Miandad is not liked like Imran is because of the looks. Believe it or not, but this is a fact.

    By saying Urdu medium baatameez here, I am not trying to ridicule the Urdu language per sē but, the attitude of some dudes. They just don't wanna improve any of their skills, abilities or qualities. IF, they have this negative attitude in learning anything from academic point of view and that too, right from the school level then, how can you expect them to learn something new about the game, or to take advise from someone in rectifying their mistakes?

    During the Bab-ul-Omar period or Bob Woolmer era, the techno-savvy coach tried to bring changes in this kinda attitude especially among the Taleban group of students, but Inzi being such a headstrong and dominant leader in terms of faith building (not on the field as a captain) that he refused to make any amends in his attitude or in any of his team mates and it was due to the influence of his Moulvi Mushtaq Ahmad. Therefore, Bob was unable to bring about any changes in educating them.

    Now, that the selection of captain is done, we need to discuss about who will be the new coach?

  • ramnath on April 20, 2007, 21:21 GMT

    Atleast pakistan has the sense to put a guy like shoaib malik but our BCCI has gone with the same dravid and people like tendulkar,ganguly,doni & yuvaraj singh who care a rat's ass about cricket and who's first love has been their endorsements. let the cricket loving public give empty stands and zero tv ratings for a couple of series to get these paper tigers back to their basics and start playing cricket.

  • Pak Fan on April 20, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    With a few seniors (at least senior to Malik), the job of captaincy will be a tough one especially managing the peer pressure. Any one remembers Afridi's refusal to open batting despite it being Younis (Captain) instruction. Think it was vs India couple of years back. Frankly, thats peer pressure.

    Unless PCB plans to drop the rest of the seniors - which again is a no brainer.

    We still have and probably need for couple of years more the Afridi's, Shoaib Akhtar, Yousuf etc. Thats a reality check PCB needs to be sure of.

    We did the same in hockey, dropping seniors all at same time in mid 90's and since then we've never won any major tournament.

    Regards,

  • Omer Malik on April 20, 2007, 21:07 GMT

    I would agree with Imran khans comments..why do u be the vice captain of a side for such a long time if you dont want to fill the captains boots? Younis khan is a disappointment and nothing but an over rated player who took things for granted..Although under the circumstances that no one of wasim or imrans potential is there to lead the side..i think shoaib malik is da appropriate choice..a step taken in da forward direction and changes are good..lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best..!!

  • guru on April 20, 2007, 20:56 GMT

    I want to congratulate PCB for making a good decision about the selection committee. If you see the new selection committee, 2 out of 3 selectors are from Karachi. This is a good move, since there are very few players selected from Karachi. I think player like Fawad Alam will get selected now. At least there are few good decision made after the WC disaster. Shoaib Malik is a right choice for captain. I think they should bring John Wright as coach and Wasim or Waqar as a bowling coach and make an opener as a vice captain. May be Fawad Alam or Salman Butt should be vice captain. This will also give long run to at least one of the opener.

  • saif ahmed on April 20, 2007, 20:16 GMT

    I hope it turns out good but I have doubts. I am not sure where this notion of Malik being the best choice came from. Hardly anyone seen him leading a side at even national level. Besides he does not even command a place in the test side. Anyway, if he has been chosen to lead the side in this crisis, why not give him enough time to prove. Short term stint isn't good for the team.

  • Shazad - Washington DC on April 20, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    Only for WASIM SAQIB -------------------- If I were you I will check our political system, economical system, social system, justice system, overall corruption, sports, educational system, finance system, energy resources, law and order situation, then I start thinking about who is responsible for it. I try to get answer of following questions. -How many players belongs from Punjab since last two world cups and what they had delivered? - Why the hell someone from other parts of the country are not getting into the team. Were Mushtaq Mohammed, Asif Iqbal, Javed Mindad, Rashid Latif, Saeed Amwer were bad captain. - How many times we are going to humiliate ourselves by Satta,Doping, Match Fixing, Ball tempering, Match forfeiture, Not obeying court order - What our leaders are delivering - Horse trading, Abba ji, 12th october 1999, Supreme court attack, Geo Attack, CJ attacke, breaking country,assigning inefficent people to PCB, Shameless selection commitee, Park lane, Khar, Ramey, Shiekh Rasheed VS Reema, Meera ji dying to work in Indian movie

  • Haroon Farooq on April 20, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    In addition i want say.... i hve doubts abt malik's full command on some of de arrogant players in the team which would hve been successfully done by Afridi. anywz wat is done is done, now Afridi shud be atleast the V. Captain of da team.

  • Haroon Farooq on April 20, 2007, 18:00 GMT

    Afridi would hve been a better choice. i have a strong reason to support dis arguement.

    what we have to look before making a decision abt a job...... earlier record of same job for da candidates.

    now, malik messed it up when he wz captain of sialkot by deliberately losing to karachi zebras and accepting da cheating in post match presentation......... on the other hand Afridi lead a team with only one exceptional young player i.e. fawad, into the finals and his team fell like anything in finals without him. he lead from front deir and in my opinion Afridi should hve been announced as a captain becoz we needed a strong personality like him in dose shoes.

  • Omer Admani on April 20, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    bad decision-- you don't select captains for the sake of undermining older players or traditions or whatever. You select captains on merit. I was hoping we would get rid of players like Malik who can't play against the moving ball and get better batsmen in the team and groom them. Shoaib Malik simply isn't captaincy material, period. I am glad that he is appointed for a short-run; hopefully, Mohammad Asif or someone will be appointed later.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 20, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    RAVI Although I was against the decision of appointing Malik as the captain but, I have extended my support for him, wished him good luck, 'coz there is nothing one can do now, that issue is done and dusted and we all have accepted the decision. Only time will tell whether it was a good or a bad decision. But, what I don't understand is, why do you have to keep on repeating, crying, complaining and whining non stop on this issue? And Mohammad Yousuf will be 33 in August 2007 whereas, Malik is only 25 and don't you understand that Pakistan is looking for a young captain? Man, we have been saying this in plain English that, there is nothing to do about his beard or his past religion. He is the most respected player in the current team.

    I think your reaction is based on covering up what has happened and is still happening in India. The authorities in India always make a political move to prove a point in displaying Secularism, which actually is nothing but a farce. Thats why I call it pseudo secularism. The appointments of dummy Muslim captains in the Indian cricket team in the past is similar to the appointments of the Presidents of India. Right from the independence time people like, Abul Kalam Azad, Zakir Hussain, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, Abdul Kalam et al were / is nothing but puppets or figure heads. The President of India has no powers. Its just to show it to the world that the 150 million Muslims of India are represented by a so-called Muslim holding the so-called highest post in India. I would like to see a Muslim Prime Minister in India and I don't think that will ever happen. And please don't come back with a similar question on Pakistan. Because, Pakistan has never claimed to be a Secular country - it is Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Yet, Pakistan has recently made Rana Bhagwandas, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, which is the highest Judiciary post in the country.

    Back to cricket. Why has India not included Irfan Pathan in the team to Bangladesh? He has been playing very good cricket, especially his batting in the past few matches he played he scored 60 to 70 runs in every innings and that too very useful runs at a good strike rate. They took him to SA and sent him back. They took him to the Caribbean and he took 3 wickets in the warm up match and they did not give him a chance to play in any match. Why what was the problem? They kept playing Sehwag and even Tendulkar who let the nation down by scoring a zero and this is not the only score. Tendulkar's performance during the last 2 years is "disgustipatingly" pathetic. I am surprised to see Tendulkar's name in the test squad for Bangladesh.

    This is the first time in India that there are 4-5 very talented Muslim players like, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Kaif, Jaffar and Munaf Patel. But, the quota system in India does not permit more than 3 Muslim players at a time in the playing eleven. Why is that? Do you have any answers for this? So, Ravi, first look in to your own backyard before raising your fingers at others and pls. don't try to make a mountain outta mole. Thanks.

  • M Ajmal on April 20, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    Well this guy bismillah, who said, "god i just hope malik does not pray to "maalik" after and before every match.. inshallah he will perform more play than pray. You must have gone mad, dont know what are you saying......... telling somebody dont pray to God and in next sentence using word Inshallah .......Probably you dont know yourself what you want to say...... but whatever you said is tooooooo much.

  • AbuBakr on April 20, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    I was surprised at Aly Bokary's(whoever he is)criteria for a captain...That he should not have a beard and should speak English and he has said that although he does not speak good english, "there is alaways a beginning". Classic case of slavish mentality. How many Europeans (from the mainland)speak English,for example.We Should be proud of our own languages and culture and it does not make a difference whether we speak English or not. as far as the religious element in the team is concerned, its been blown out of proportion...nobody talked about it when Pak bt India or when Mohammad YOusuf broke Sir Viv's record last year.It just an excuse to malign the team..

  • Irfan on April 20, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    The popular vote(entries) supporting Malik definitely outnumber those for Yousuf. But I think you can not resolve this issue on the basis of popular vote. I think Malik should have been 1-2 years removed from the skippership. Why do I say that? Precedence for one and Malik's inexperience second.

    If you take a look at Pak cricket history it becomes very obvious that any attempts to upset the senior players or the hierarchy for the captaincy has resulted in disaster. Each time a younger man had donned this mantle regardless of how good a cricket mind he was it failed. Ask yourself why? Ironically each time the cricket board had more or less the same rationale i.e. they wanted a younger person for the job with a fresh perspective and they looked at what would be beneficial in the long term for our cricket. Didn't work! Back to the current situation. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, when, while making decisions like this one! should we remember our(Pakistani) psychology, traditions and customs. Some people would think that I am making it sound like a psychology/sociology exam but it is true.

    We are just a group of humans who behave in certain ways, our brains has learned to function in certain ways and here, in this situation, if I am Yousuf what would I think. That, I am the senior most player in the team who have made all the sacrifices, who has served his country well and not treated particularly well for it! I would think that this is my time. I would raise my hand at the first chance of getting the leadership. How good or bad I am or my leadership ability I will let somebody else decide.

    Yes I will groom next Pakistani captain! yes I will be happy doing so, I will do my utmost to become a good leader by having all the players working as a unit. BUT I don't need to prove my worth to the team! I did that long time ago, and still doing it.

    But IT IS MY TIME, please make no mistake about that. That is like the eldest in the family who is the most respected, and here I am the eldest and demand respect!

    Earlier I mentioned that Malik should be 1-2 yrs removed from the captaincy and that will be the time when Yousuf will have his stint and be ready to retire. Now you can argue that what is going to happen to the team building? how are we going to get our youth to take responsibility and all that and the answer to that is that THIS IS PAKISTAN CRICKET WHICH HAS SEEN NOTHING BUT CRISIS EVER SINCE IT'S EXISTENCE AND ALWAY MANAGED TO BOUNCE BACK. This time is no different. WC is four years away, in 1-2 years Yousuf has either retired or tired of captaincy, hands the reigns over to the person he has been grooming for this position i.e Malik. Malik gets the captaincy, give him a go for another 2-3 years, let him hone his skill and get his own feel of it and he would be raring to go to the WC.

  • Nabeel Siddiqui on April 20, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    Will he be sent for Spoken English, Interpersonal Skills Development,and Cultural trainings?

  • Javed - California on April 20, 2007, 14:19 GMT

    We always live in a state of denial beacuse 56% population of the country has always denied the right of rest 44% of the country in every field of life - Sports, Politics, Jobs, resources, education. In sports we have appointed Civil servants, Army offices and politician to run the infrastructure. It is so easy to hide things under carpet instead of appointing a captain based upon his performance we decided things based upon population. I think debacle of pakistan cricket is the result of reliance on so-called allrounders and inclusion of two openers from punjab[missing yasir Hameed. We want a fair policy beacuse we generate 70% revenue of the country and we want our fair share in every walk of life.

  • S A Raja on April 20, 2007, 12:22 GMT

    If Shoaib Malik is offered the captaincy, good luck to him and believe me he will need all the luck in the world.

    I think that the PCB is at last for once moving in the right direction, but having said that if they are going to appoint a captain series by series it is like going one step forward and taking two steps backwards.

    That's the way it works in Sub continent countries, atleast in India and Pakistan.

  • Usman on April 20, 2007, 12:17 GMT

    Can't really say whether Malik is a good choice or not, and whether he really has a good cricketing brain as everyone says so. So for me it remains to be seen how this decision unfolds. Secondly, please do not compare this decision with appointment of smith, he was appointed under totally different circumstances and entirely different reasons.

  • Usman on April 20, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    Australia has the best atheletes playing international cricket today.

    The Aussie selectors are the harshest around.

    Australian cricketers generally don't stick around so long that they have to be dropped because they are losing their fitness and drive to succeed.

    They are the number one side with one of the smallest populations around for a cricket playing country - so have to produce more top cricketers per capita to stay at number one.

    They also lose a lot of atheletes to swimming, football (AFL, rugby league, rugby union, soccer), basketball, tennis, etc.

    Almost all Australians play some kind of organised sport as children.

    And a lot of Australian adults play grade cricket on a weekend in an organised manner for their club, all through the cricket season. As amateurs of course. For love of the game.

    Australians are obsessed with sport and sporting achievement.

    At the last Olympics, if you look at the medal tally - Australia came fourth overall, behind the USA, China, and Russia.

    At the last Olympics, India got one silver medal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh had no medals between them.

    Of the test playing countries - Australia was 4th, Great Britain 10th, New Zealand 24th, South Africa 43rd, Zimbabwe 49th, India 67th. (The West Indies are not really one country - and aren't represented as one country at the Olympics).

    And for anyone who is curious Ireland was 56th.

    Look, lets face facts - Pakistanis don't love participating in sport as much as Australians, or alternatively don't have the money or the time to do so.

    Pakistanis don't have the access to clean water and nutritious food that allows young children to reach their full physical potential, in terms of height and weight. Especially if you consider the poverty in rural areas.

    Australia is a rich country with a higher standard of living, where people have a better chance of making a decent wage and therefore more people can buy their children expensive cricket equipment and more people have leisure time and disposable incomes available to them to pursue their interests outside of just working, studying and putting food on the table.

    Australia also has one of the best climates - which allows them to play outdoor sports for a larger portion of the year - unlike places like Great Britain.

    If someone wanted to they could write a PhD thesis on why Australia is currently number one and why no one has managed to beat them consistently of late.

    As Pakistanis, we should look to better our country, we should look to raise our standard of living, to be fair to each other, to respect the rule of law, to embrace democracy, to respect freedom of religion (which includes the freedom to not be religious), to emulate what Australians refer to as "mateship" and the concept of a "fair go."

    If we can do all that, then maybe we'll have the time to really enjoy our team beating the Australians at cricket. And if we lose, we can still look around and see that we haven't failed as a nation just because we lost a game of cricket. (Like the 1999 final - where we made it to the final despite all the handicaps I've listed above).

    And in 1992, where we won, but Australia missed out on the semi-finals), was our country in better shape back then? Economically, Culturally, Socially?

  • Wasim on April 20, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    Malik is the best choice Pak cud hv rite now along wid salman butt.i m wid malik and best of luck MALIK.

  • ENGINEER AKBAR BALOCH on April 20, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    GOOD AFTERNOON. Congratulations to Malik. i think, no doubt he is a talented player and has the ability to carry on but i like his game as a whole,but there are too much other things involved in captaincy from which he must be familiar. may he do good for pakistan and forhimself. but our selection comittee is facing real problems of leadership. it must b improved as malik has got a chance for improvement. goood bye . cell # 03349727620.

  • hafeez khan on April 20, 2007, 11:04 GMT

    Although this is a good choice of PCB for the future of Pakistan Cricket, but same methiod also apply 9in fast, when Javed Barki and Javed Mindad were put on the halm of the pakistan cricket team, but there was rable against the both captains, and have to quit the leadership. A captain supposed to be fighter against all odds, but we find when there were fast wickets than Mr.Malik some time found injured, take the example of Sauth Africa last team, He even not play in any game but remain in team member, because he was close relations with Late Bob Woolmer, they havew business intrest, bob son is business partner with malik, they setup and company for export and import of items from Pakistan and Sauth Africa. He will fased very hard time with senior plares ,Inzi is still intrested in playing Test cricket (if he selected) and there arer other players such Abdul Razzak, Shoib Akhtar, Shahid ( by there is no probelem with Mohd Yousef althouugh he was also intrested in the captauncy but he is gental man, he don't be invloved in the Policitcs. Younus khan was not intrested in the captancy but he will be with the snior players. We wish that Sohiab Malik will be successful as captain. hafeez a.khan

  • haroon (south africa) on April 20, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    Iqram abbasi, above has a good point ......... look at the support jayawardene got from the manager and coach and officials, when deciding to drop Attapatu ,

    now attapatu at present would walk in the pakistani team, purely on ability alone, but sri lanka gambled with chamara silva

    he's no attapatu and will never bne, but has done the job for sri lanka......

    same thing must apply for malik, he must get the support to do whats best for the team

    and if seniors arent performing then he must persist with juniors, and if the juniors perform , then the seniors must wait their turn if they still desire representing pakistan.....

    over the years pakistan have carried way too many passengers, and now its time to shape up or ship out

    irrespective whether you are younis , akhtar, akmal, rana or for that matter butt, you get a series and you must perform

    theres light at the end of the tunnel,

    just stop picking your family and friends i say

  • inqlabi on April 20, 2007, 9:10 GMT

    Another (i suspect Matric fail) choosen for most prestigious spot in pakistani cricket. Pakistan is heaven for incompetent people. They alway strike gold in this country. saleem jaffar is one of them. barbadiya gulistan kernay ko bas aik hi ullo kafi tha Har shakh per ullu baitha hay injaam e gulistan kia hoga.

  • waqas on April 20, 2007, 8:13 GMT

    Another point, I would like to make here about Shoaib Malik lossing that 20/20 match. At that time, Shoaib was captianing the Sailkot team, and what happened that they won against Lohare eagles in the field, and 10 min after winning that came to know that they have lost this match according to DL system because of their slow over rate. So what shoaib did in the Sailkot match was to give the impression that what happened before with them in the last match was injuctice. So, now it is you who have to judge that what he did is right or wrong. I have read alot of comments over here, and most of people needs aggression. I think this was the sign of aggression.

  • sulaiman on April 20, 2007, 7:55 GMT

    i think other players want to be captain becos they want the money, i can never remember pakistan playing for pride or country except for the winning team of 1992, there is always sumthin going on, if malik is captain give him a bit of time and he will mature as a captain and a player, he shouldn't have to be thinking that his job is under scrutiny all the time, also why do pakistan always play their best or want to play thier best cricket against india, they are not the best , i know we are die hard rivals but the best cricket is needed against australia, S.africa. look at australia, they have ponting, Mcrath ,hogg, gilly and warne are older than him, hodge,hussey,hayden,symo, lee are similar age as him, we never hear anything about those guys not following him, we really need to support this guy, he has got what what it takes to be a great player and one other thing ponting after he was made captain has always been top 5 batsmen in the world,

    GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN AND SHOAIB MALIK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mohammed Rafi on April 20, 2007, 7:32 GMT

    i think malik is a smart and sharp person able to work with situation of the team requirment and deliver, the responsibility to his country side and i think nobody will have problem with him many sr. and jr. person are there but i think they want to play for the country rather than any indiviual person.

  • Faisal From Landi kotal on April 20, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    Hi Very good decision PCB. Shoaib akhter not respect older before (example is Bob).How can its possible that he will respect new and young Captain ?

  • TK on April 20, 2007, 7:15 GMT

    A myopic decision by a mediocre CEO! What else one can expect from Dr. Naseem Ashraf (DNA)? What a way to prematurely shorten the career of a young cricketer! The one man show continues at PCB. Who will reform the PCB? It appears that the PCB Patron is too busy in fixing his PM/CJ blunder!

  • Shah faisal Pathan from peshawar on April 20, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    First of all my salam to all. I am very happy that PCB give Captaincy of Pakistan cricket team to a young and intellegent allrounder Shoiab Malik.we will pray for the best of pakistan cricket and for Malik and hope that Malik will be a successful Captain in History of pakistan cricket but my request from PCB to give voice captaincy to Classic M.Yousuf. My Specail request to Pakistan players to give full Support to S.Malik and play for Pakistan.

  • Zia-ul-Haq on April 20, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    I think a great decision to appoint a young player like Shoaib Malik as a Captain. Some people may think that one of the senior players should have been appointed in place of Malik but for the long term planning its a bold and good decision. After the debacle in World Cup Pakistan Cricket Board have to start everything from zero. I really feel that now things will get better as they started it on a good note a fine full time selection committee will also help the cause. I am afraid younis Khan doesn't deserve to captain Pakitan he himself dont know what he should do. For once he shows himslef a very committed and devoted player and then he excuses to accept the honour to captain Pakistan. People are speculating that some of the senior and more established player may not support a young captain. If this is the case they need a strong kick on their back side. It itself a big honour to represent your country among more than 160 Million people on the cricket field. We have the exaples of South Africa and Sri Lanka under young captains these teams have gained passion and come so far ahead. I am 100% sure that Australia's next captain will be another youngman who can be Misheal Clarke. Lets hope that Malik will bring a new era of success for pakistan Cricket.

  • Ibrahim on April 20, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    As long as either Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf or Abdul Razzaq are captain, I'm happy because they are all sensible and experienced cricketers. I don't know where Kamran Abbasi got the notion that Afridi could possibly make a captain--do you drink, Mr Abbasi? Abdul Razzaq has way more justification to be captain than Afridi: all Afridi has in his favour is aggression. But I think Shoaib Malik is a good choice. By the way, as to the keeper of the side, whatever happened to the good old warhorse Moin Khan anyway?

  • Ravaid Khan Illonois Chicago USA on April 20, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    i think thats a good decision after that younis rejected to take the captaincy malik is a good player with all round and young and deserve to be captain but need help from the team if the team play with honesty under his captainsy then i dont think that the team will be in the winning combination.

  • Arjun Vikram-Singh, Bangalore, India on April 20, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    From across the fence...........Yawwwwnnnnnn !!!!

    However, our turn is just around the corner - good luck with yours.

    What we should do, is give up cricket for a couple of years and invest our time, energy, resources, passion and khunnas in other sports. Hockey, golf, polo, squash, tennis, ateletics, swimming.........the list is endless.

    This cricket junoon is waning in India - you guys should give it a try too.

  • Farhan on April 20, 2007, 4:22 GMT

    YASIR HAMEED!!!!

  • tony on April 20, 2007, 3:21 GMT

    yes -just read that lara has retired-abt time tendulkar retires-so that at least some memorys of his great days remain.he is pathetic now and over the last 2 years his only 100 was agst bangladesh-maybe he will get another one on coming tour.he is just playing for the endorsements and not for the futura of indian cricket which will be best served if he retires gracefully

  • Ashaq on April 20, 2007, 3:17 GMT

    Javed.A.Khan.

    If the reasoning presented for the inclusion,promotion or exclusion of a certain player in the team is flawed then it must be opposed.

    For example Their are those myself included who opposed the choice of Mohammad Yousuf as captain.Cuz of his age,(we need younger vibrant captain for the long term). cuz of his fitness,he was never the most sprightly of fielders but sadly his ability has dwindled more with age.Due to his meek and mild personality,We need someone who is more strong willed to deal with the egos in the team.e.t.c.

    But sadly their are those on this very Blog,and Journalists within Pakistani who have presented non cricketing reasons,the main one being that Yousuf has a beard,In their opposition to him being made captain.Even though the end objective of these individuals is the same as mine.I still have a duty to oppose them.Cuz the reasoning of these individuals is based on bigotry.The end does not always justify the means.

    We must not support the bigotry of others just because they have a similar end objective as ours.

    As for your other comments.I am sure you are well aware of the power the media yields. It is called repetitive brainwashing you take a message and repeat it over and over again,until even the most cynical of individuals comes to accept a totally baseless allegation as fact. This is how the media opperates.

  • ahamed sharif on April 20, 2007, 2:33 GMT

    Expected dictats from new captain 1. No more prayers in open. Pray individually at hotel room. 2. it is legal to consume liquor openly. 3. visiting night clubs is legal. 4. Visiting beaches is legal. 5. Female physio-theraphists will be recommended. 6. Use foul languages during communication.

    That will get us the 2011 world cup.

  • Ali Akram on April 20, 2007, 2:31 GMT

    Hi Its a freh start, it i extreemly important to give him time and support. Uncertainity can be a big factor here.

  • zeeshan on April 20, 2007, 2:12 GMT

    well...i felt happy when i heard about shoaib but i think its not the best choice .. we do have some other players who can handle the driving seat. anyways.. im a big time fan of shoaib malik .. not for his techniques ofcourse.. but his attitude in the field.. i wish him gud luck...!!!!

  • Rohit on April 20, 2007, 1:18 GMT

    Good Luck to Shoaib Malik, and the Pakistan Cricket Team.

    But looking at the number of retirees, and resignees that this World Cup has produced, it is kind of sad that the prized trophy has to be the yardstick for failure, and disgrace even. It just reflects the pressure, and not the skills of the players and coaches involved.

  • Umer Farooq on April 20, 2007, 1:12 GMT

    Can we please get Cricinfo to publish a better picture of Shoaib Malik. This one is so queer and effeminate.

  • Salman Riaz on April 20, 2007, 1:10 GMT

    Hold on ! what has salman butt done to be mentioned as the future captain. This dementic guy Sarfraz Nawaz mentioned his name just because he always does such kind of BS or even Master BS , lets tell Salman Butt to Captain his Mohallah eleven for 6 months atleast AND then start dreaming.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 20, 2007, 1:03 GMT

    In response to: Ravi at April 19, 2007 9:17 PM

    Ravi Please keep your facts straight before you jump on to conclusions, Yousaf is a devout Muslim and not a Non muslim as you have suggested in your Post,the only reason he has not been appointed Captain is that PCB wants to go for a younger Person and Yousaf is 32+.

    IN response to: People from Karachi at April 19, 2007 1:45 PM

    Dude go take history lessons first before spreading hatred on this blog,The country was divided because of the greed of one person who used to live in 70 clifton karachi.Secondly you could come up with only three names in Hockey,try to figure out where the rest came from. You mentioned about the danda force in Islamabad, but failed to mention the Bhata (Extortion) force in your city. You are entitled to express your opinion,but it would be nice if we discuss only cricket,and try not to spread hatred.As we all love our country.

  • Ejaz on April 20, 2007, 0:56 GMT

    How is he going to handel Afridi and Shoaib if he needs to get something reasonable? That is why I was suggesting Afridi to be captain and Malik to be vic.

    bili kay galay mein ganti koon bandai ga.

    I wish tons of luck to Malik and Pakistani team. Go kick some bunnsssss

  • Zeeshan on April 19, 2007, 23:54 GMT

    Finally PCB made a smart move, i belive malik will do well , we need young smart cricketers to take the pakistani team fwd, malik still has a lot to prove but i think given a chance and some time he will do well, we still need to make a lot of changes to the team, find a good opening pair and not switch it around every F---KIn game , give these guys some time and settle down, find a good team coach ( LOCAL becuase most of the players dont speak any english , whats the point of having a foreign coach when we cant communicate with him, the whole pakistani team needs to get in shape , look at all the other teams australia , south africa their players are well built , and thats why most of them can play every game and are not injured for half of the year ahem ahem shoiab akhtar , are players are fat and lazy they need to seriously get in a good shape if they want to continue playing international cricket

  • Salman Arshad on April 19, 2007, 23:49 GMT

    good luck to shoaib malik.....few straighforward suggestions for PCB, selection committee, and new captain 1. Why pakistan didnt manage to get a good opening pair is solely due to nonsense cricketing policies.....if taufeeq umar can perform against australia and south africa for a few matches then what went wrong......if salman butt can perform so well in australia where most established batsmen sometimes struggle then he has the skills and talent.......yasser hameed is another promising batsman mishandled by our cricketing policies.....it was the responsibility of the coach and captain and other senior batsmen to help them out with their minor technical flaws which bothered them. Please bring them back for first three batting positions. I dont understand where imran farhat came in.......what is hafeez doing in the top order?.....why imran nazir just before the world cup? 2. Captain undoubtedly should be on longer terms.....give him power.....and whosoever be it junior or a senior tries to mess up should be OUT. 3. We dont need shoaib akhtar anymore. 4. No place for younis khan in ODI 5. We badly need a bowling coach. Wasim or Waqar.

  • Aqif on April 19, 2007, 23:38 GMT

    Credentials or no credentials. This is a positive bold move by PCB and i am hopeful it will work. I have failed to understand why people support Yousuf for captain and then try to use his beard and former religion as an emotional blackmail tool. How on earth are batting records linked with captaincy!!? Malik was the obvious choice from day one. Bestaluck Shoaib.

  • bismillah on April 19, 2007, 23:27 GMT

    god i just hope malik does not pray to "maalik" after and before every match.. inshallah he will perform more play than pray.

  • iqram abbasi on April 19, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    I want to say good luck to Shoib Malik and to Pakistan team.According to me PCB have taken a step in right direction after very long time.If we consider the other cricket playing nations they always take positive steps,like South Africa have oppinted a young caption 'SMITH',there team's performence is in front of us.Sri Lanka JAVARDANA's is one of the best leader.I don't know why our senoir player would,t wellcome young guns to perform as a leader.I think and WISH that MUHAMMAD YOUSAF,SHOIB AKHTAR,AFRIDI,Y KHAN and all other will support MALIK for the intrest of pakistan.Because pakistan comes first we all are due to this pakistan.wish pakistan team goodluck.

  • Calgary Highlander on April 19, 2007, 22:46 GMT

    To, Ravi from OZ

    Ummmmmmmmm... just a heads up, all of these "Shoaib Maliks" are imposters. Malik probably feels a lot different.

  • abdul rehman on April 19, 2007, 22:33 GMT

    I think PCB took a good decision for malik as a captain of team but give him chance for a series i think he need some time for rebuild that team also he need full suport of his teammats n we pray for them good luck malik

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 19, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    Sameer at April 19, 2007 7:48 AM

    Sameer I understand your team was humiliated by Bangladesh so you might have sour feelings about Bangladesh but your comments about Srilankan team, first On Mukul's Blog, and now here are pathetic.

    Bangladesh and Srilanka are playing better cricket than India or Pakistan right now that’s why they are in the next round and hopefully Srilanka will go all the way.

    Since you were so concerned about Pakistan's Pace Options, I would like to reciprocate the favor, by giving you some advice about the Indian Team.

    First of all I think you should shut down MRF pace academy as it produces Fast bowlers which are only a yard quicker than spin bowlers, you guys have always produced great spinners and in the past Bishen Singh Bedi has even opened the bowling, so why waste time and effort why not go with an all spin attack, open a spin academy or turn MRF into a spin academy, I understand that for a predominantly Non vegetarian country its hard to produce express fast bowlers, as far as Wasim Akram is concerned if you guys want him, take him, but I doubt he would be able to help much because if the bowlers don’t have the Physical strength to be fast bowlers then I don’t think he would be able to do much for you guys..

    Now coming to the batting, Sehawag, Ganguly, and Sachin, are history now learn from Pakistan and get rid of these fat cows, they will not leave on their own as they have millions in endorsement deals at stake so you will have to force their exit. If these players are not replaced soon enough with youngsters then don’t be surprised if you loose to Bangladesh again.Think positive and try to rebuild your team rather than being a sour loser.

  • abdul rehman on April 19, 2007, 22:29 GMT

    I think PCB took a good decision for malik as a captain of team but give him chance for a series i think he need some time for rebuild that team also he need full suport of his teammats n we pary for them good luck malik

  • Zuhair on April 19, 2007, 22:22 GMT

    Nicely written, i agree. MR .Kamran you still havent responded to me about why imran khan shouldnt be coach???

  • mullah on April 19, 2007, 22:07 GMT

    Why not Mohummad Yousaf ?.Cause he is not Punjabi or he wasnt born a muslim.Poor kid even converted to islam so that he can become a captian in the future

  • burhan on April 19, 2007, 22:01 GMT

    Wow, I like shoaib malik is our new captain. I think it is good for us to have a young captain. I just hope all the Pakistani team will help him to succeed and keep the politics away from cricket. They should do their job, which they are getting paid for. I just want our team to play like professionals, and give respects to shoaib malik as Pakistan team captain.

  • Mani on April 19, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    Hi,

    I am really happy that pakistan cricket is going in the right direction after a long time. Though , I am from india I love the way pakis play cricket. To be frank, they are the bunch of most talented indivuals in the cricketing arena. But its sad to see that things like ego, jealousy, hatred and selfishness haddnt allowed them to be in par with Aussies.

    I truly support the decision of appointing Shoaib Malik as the team captain for ODI's and Tests. But the worrying thing is that the senior players will definitely not help or co-operate with him. Anyway, I wish him good luck.Keep going..

    Being an Indian fan, I say there are very few paki cricketers I really do admire. Though I really like Afridi's big hitting and Akhtar's firecy fast bowling, I dont admire them. so as of now, i could say just 3 names.. Wasim bhai, Saeed anwar and this guy Shoaib Malik.. Wasim would be in the minds of any one who knows about cricket. If not, he must be the biggest fool playing cricket. Anwar, mainly bcoz of his calmness and the way he truly respects india and our cricket. Malik has that same calmness and till date, I have never seen him abuse or show hasty reactions at any of his opponents. He would be a real gentleman for the game.

    And by tmorrow, Indian team for Bangla tour would have been selected too. I hope it would be a good one too with lots of young n fresh faces. And I really want the Indo-Pak rivalry in cricket( I dont want it in real life, as we all should be united and work hard to be a dominant force in this world). Our tussles are the best cricket has seen for ever. Though Ashes is touted to be the crickets best spectacle, I havent seen any good performances from an England team in the last 30 years barring the 2005 Ashes victory.

    But when it comes to Indo-Pak matches, even if any one of the team is weaker than the other, they would lift their games and put up a real big challenge. I have seen it inummerable times.

    In an interview before the '99 WC final, Saeed Anwar was asked by a reporter about the pressure of being in a final and how to handle it. The reply he gave was so amazing "The games we play against India are the ones with maximum pressure. As I have handled them so well, I dont think this WC final would have such pressure on any one in our team and so its not that hard to handle it"

    Though the very next day, Pakis went on to lose the match badly, I took the fact that Anwar really treasures the matches against India. Its the same with Sachin, which really makes me like him even more. Anyway, I wish Indian and pakistan cricket team to go out guns blazing in the season ahead and if possible knock out the aussies regularly.

    Thanks, Mani

  • shakir hasnain on April 19, 2007, 21:47 GMT

    Ms. Kiran seems to have said it with the due flair and flourish. I ll sweep the cliches aside and urge mr khan to think objectively. Cricket is not about prose or the traumas thereof. We do not need a professor of linguistics at the helm. Urdu is just fine.

    Pele, baggio, zidane, jehangir khan, jansher khan, ..do you get my drift ? an interpreter can take care of our supposed lack of education. get your inferiority complex sorted. english is a compromise. if you really want to know what languages are all about, go study arabic , persian, german, french....learn to respect yourself.

    and religion ....do you even understand what the term means? we do not need a beard...a beard will not assist a batter in dispatching outswingers...the spiritual quest asks for harmony and balance in life not a skewed and twisted sense of moral superiority...

    We need someone who understands the game and represents the country with dignity. someone who will fight and deliver under pressure. and you seem to be ashamed of miandad's so called antics. I am proud of him . He is our hero. and he did not back away from lillee.. he was as much of a warrior as lillee will ever have the right to be. this colonial drawing room based sense of manners is so out of line...miandad was a dashing batsman and he made no excuses for his english or whatever...

    javed... tata

  • Imran Anwar,Calgary on April 19, 2007, 21:46 GMT

    Good luck Malik! Hasty, good and wise decision has been made by P.C.B.

  • Fahad on April 19, 2007, 21:46 GMT

    Farhan, The whole point is that they are supposed to be representing PAKISTAN, not Punjab. And if everyone player bar one or two is from Punjab on a consistent basis, how is that a proper representation of Pakistan. The captain doesn't need to be from Karachi, but surely there can be more players from Sindh including "Urdu speakers", NWFP or Balochistan. It's not that a quota is needed to ensure more non-Punjabis are on the team, but it seems like being non-Punjabi is a major reason for certain players not being selected. This is not a new phenomenon in Pakistan and is certainly not limited to our cricket team. And just to prove a point, I dont normally say this sort of thing, but you say Karachi is nothing without Pakistan, but in every way (inc economically) Pakistan is nothing without Karachi as well. I don't mind the whole team being Punjabi or Sindhi or whatever if there are no good players from anywhere else, but when the players from Punjab are consistently performing poorly and there is decent talent available in people from Karachi (Asim Kamal is a prime example), why not look beyond ethnicity. And if you think this is not something Punjabis do to other ethnicities, please don't forget that is why there is a Bangladesh today.

  • Imran Khan on April 19, 2007, 21:25 GMT

    Hello,

    its a bold decision and we all have to wait and see how the team performs under the leadership of Malik. All Youth needs the time and backup and it will deliver!

    But PCB has to do two more things !

    1- devise a strict decipline policy for every player, no revolt or grouping against the new captain. such players should be thrown out as soon as possible. 2- at least appoint the new captain for the duration of 2 years if not more. few months or 2,3 series are not enough!

  • Ravi on April 19, 2007, 21:17 GMT

    Don't you guys think that PCB just could'nt handle the issue of NON-MUSLIM Captain....otherwise Mohammad Yousuf was the best choice, who has a great record. I am not saying that it is not a bold move...but when PCB was begging Yousuf Khan to lead, why can't they go Mohammad Yousuf, who has better record then anybody in Pakistan Team right now ?

  • hasan khan on April 19, 2007, 21:16 GMT

    i think this is very good for pcb malik is a very talented cricketer and has a very clever cricketing brain i think pakistan have chosen the perfect man for the job he is an aspect in the field a brilliant batsmen in both forms of the game he can bat nearly in every position in the line up and is a very smart off spin bowler this is a very good thing for pakisstan and now they should boost on the help that malik will hopefully give them.

  • Arshad hussan lala on April 19, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    i think it is a good news after long from pcb letus hope this work for them and for us

  • Ajmal khan from Michigan on April 19, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    I agree 100 % with Ravi from OZ , its all about Politics. Would somebody persuade me (inluding Kamran Bhai) Why Mohammed yousuf is bieng ignored? specailly when he showed his interest to be a captain of Pak's team. I know Shoaib Malik as good cricketer but he can not be a good leader , how somebody can forget him throwing a domestic match deliberately? Who is going to assure us that he wont do it on international level? why we should care about cricket since nothing is going right in Pakistan itslef, President Musharf is a God of pakistan, lets him lead the cricket team!

  • imran on April 19, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    yess i think it was gr8 making malik captain because hes sum1 at a very young age with all that expereince can be a great high for pakistan in the future and just lik southafrica make this bold decision after the 2003 wolrdcup making a younger lik greame smith captain it paid off so well and just look at the southafricanz in 4 yrz r ranked number 1 in da world....pakistani supporters wud b lukin for the same 2

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on April 19, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    Kamran, I always liked your writings but I think, now I have started to love them. Another incredible piece. I must say, captaincy to Shoaib Malik may well have come two years in advance. It would have indeed be better for him to serve as an apprentice to some senior guy. Fact, is that in Pakistan we just can't expect the PCB stirring the environment by turning things upside down, such has provision of creditable bench strength, adequate support to Malik, creating pplayer pathways, putting at place some sembalance of balance, thumping down player power, disciplining people like Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak. We don't have a sporting culture; we don't have a cricket sensible masses. In case, if the PCB had decided to invest in youth, they should have let go people like Akhtar, Afridi and Razzak. I must acknowledge, I have been with most of the boys on tours. The three mentioned previously have been eccentrics and not at a level to come out of their selves. Malik has a test. It will show his character. I personally know Shoaib. He is an outstanding, youthful, fun loving, conscientious, spirited, self-less and enterprising guy. What he needs to do now is to lift his game, and also the spirits. He needs to master human interactions. He needs to have courage to take on stronger, senior players, coercing or convincing them to direct their energy to make Pakistan a winning combination. Malik,besides being an intelligent man is also hyper-sensitive. Nevertheless, I must clarify, contrary to the reports and impression about this 25th captain of Pakistan. He has no business interests, he is a pro to the hilt and knows his priorities. And one last thing about the PCB. Malik's appointment is a brave step forward. We needed such a decision at this crucial juncture. However, we have once again quenched the balance sacking eighty employees and then taking a U-turn, rehabilitating thirty-five. One believes, some of the appointments are bewildering. One of the brothers of Punjab NCHD's Director is the Director Marketing, a friend is a Chief Operating Officer, a sedate, unassuming man comes in as a Chief Finance Officer, the General Manager Finance is now without an office and likely to shift to seocnd place from the position of authority, Zakir Khan more renowned due to the Imran Khan clout is now Director Cricket Operations and another man, a Director of HR from NCHD now PCB's Director HR. The latter is known to be extremely close to Dr. Nasim Ashraf. A word about the selectors-Salahuddin will be a hard man to handle. He has his own style and method of operation. Shafqat Rana, all elegant in white hair and beard and proud of his filmstar son and the third, a real gentleman Salim Jaffer...it seems it will only be Salahuddin all the way...one ends up bewildered...to rebuild one must not foreget couple of things...you just can't take steps forward when a team is on the losing spree...you just can't rebuild when the going is tough...you can only experiment and litmus tests at times are scratchy. On the contrary, one can develop when the team is successful, trying right combinations at the right time....rebuilding becomes a farce when the team is not supported by strong-willed, intelligent, competent, powerful and sensate sports workers...let's keep our fingers crossed... I end by wishing my dearest friend Shoaib Malik, all the best... I must tell you that it was in 2000 in Sri Lanka when jokingly I told Malik, well it seems that you'll be captain of Pakistan...it was not intutive...it was said just like that, and it has happened...I wish I would have predicted rejuvenation of Pakistan cricket...it would have happened...may be! Kindest Regards Dr. Nauman Niaz

  • Kasim Jiwa on April 19, 2007, 20:42 GMT

    Hi Kamran

    I have to point out about the credentials of Shoaib Malik, in connection with gaining cooperation with the rest of the team:

    How can he when he isnt at BHAI status??

  • Ray on April 19, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    All the best Shoaib. I do think it was premature, and that Yousuf should've been captain with Malik as deputy, but aren't we a nation that lack patience. Sigh!! I am sure Malik will try hard. Hopefully he has the mental tenacity to correct his flaws as a test batsman and establish a place based on merit. He's fine in one dayers. For someone who mentions his average home and abroad, Malik has over 100 wickets and is a smart fielder. Should qualify....but tests...

  • asad malik on April 19, 2007, 20:17 GMT

    firstly i dnt no y people are thinking afridi shud b captain.....it wud be an absolute shambles.......ofcors i like afridi but he can NEVER be a captain.....shoaib malik iz a gud choice but where iz abdul razzaq???? he cud folow in footsteps of wasim akram/imran khan who were allrounders.....i think he wud make a gud captain nd he iz quite young but i think shoaib malik iz a true gentleman....calm....relaxed....nd he has become a very established player recently.....and please can u stop writing bad comments about the new captsin....u are here 2 support us not give us bad luck and i think u should also stop these blogs because some people write pointless and strange comments

  • Khalid From Toronto. on April 19, 2007, 20:03 GMT

    Strangely there is not much of a support here for Mohammad Yousaf. Suddenly @ age 32 he has become old and close to retirement and not fit enough to even play with his 41 + average in the ODI's . Get real people!!!. A couple of bad innings and we are totally forgetting whatever MOYO has done for this team & This Country.Less then 4 months ago all of us were praising him for whatever he did last yr. Why do we want to get rid of accomplished seniors and want to go with only the youngsters. Going with the young & inexperianced is not the right formula for success as the youngsters always look for the veteran help. Having said that, I do like Shoaib Malik as a player as he has proven himself as the most dependable ODI bastman Pakistan has got. My call is to hire MoYo as Captain and then groom Shoaib as his successor. And stop crucifying Moyo for being a devout muslim.

  • Hassan on April 19, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    I am willing to write a software that can select a squad based on merit. A merit may include, overall career, recent form, performance against certain opposition, performance in the certain pitch condition, team balance, weakness of opposition, feilding etc. Doing this would solve the issue of ineptness of our pathetic selectors, and also any sort of ethnic prejudice.

  • Nabil on April 19, 2007, 19:42 GMT

    Please stop asking these questions again and again: why not yousuf and why malik I'm kind of pleased it's not a tablighi who becomes the captain of the pakistani team. Shoaib malik is an allrounder and I think his chart looks better than few others on the pakistani team. We'll all have to wait and see what happens.

  • shahrukh akhlaq on April 19, 2007, 19:39 GMT

    Thats the most dumest decision i have seen in short pakistan cricket history,frankly speaking a guy who even doesn't how to play in test cricket or even doesn't know his off stump is ,u have made him the captain of the team.Oh god ,i can't even think that this bloke would be the leader succeding fat inzamam,but younis khan would be the ideal choice ,second Mohammad Yousouf ,no doubt about the class of that player and if not that than who ever but not dumb Shoaib Malik ,

  • bill on April 19, 2007, 19:26 GMT

    it dont matter who the captian,selectors, players or chariman is, at the end of the day they all want to get rich and the only way to do that is not by winning matches but by spot fixing matches (you get more money).

    i can predict the next 100 years of pakistan cricket, win 2 series and loose 1, a semi final here a group stage knock out there, few wins with india here and a few losses there, the effect being that we all are kept interested that they may have a chance of being the best, and that they get money from the fixing

    pak 3rd-4th ICC rank forevea...

  • Arslan on April 19, 2007, 19:16 GMT

    Lol - Uncle please don't take it personal but to be honest you should be sorry. It's good that you realized your mistake although at such an old age but we still accept your apology as it's never too late to say sorry.

    I am really impressed with your knowledge of Bollywood, why don't you start writing on a movie blog and leave this place for others who know what they are talking about and just not filling up the space for the heck of it.

    Another advice, it will be OK if you don't respond to each and every person by mentioning their names. I know you can't resist it since you have an opinion for everything. Ciao Uncle ... ;)

  • DesiHungama on April 19, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    My personal favorite:

    Afridi has the strongest handshake in the cricketing world yet he cannot hold a bat for more than two overs?

  • Habib Kazmi on April 19, 2007, 18:55 GMT

    Well, if the players show an attitude of superiority just 'cause they are older and hate following a younger one, then they should be kicked out of the team (Shoaib Akhtar).

  • DesiHungama on April 19, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    Here are few things to ponder on:

    You don't mix religion with politics. Shouldn't same be apply to cricket?

    Yousuf Yohanna (was encouraged)changes his religion to become a captain for sufi cum mullah team- yet he is not even offered the captaincy.

    Younis khan accepts the vice-captaincy(therefore in the process depriving a potential future captain) and then refuses to lead.(This one is even mysterious than Bob Woolmer's death, Sorry! Murder)

    Bob Woolmer was asked(forced) to take special courses to learn Urdu during his short 4 year stint yet players in the team since mid 90's can't speak a darn word in English. (jittery)

    World Cup squad of 99 was blamed for parting late morning before the Final and the squad that exited in the first round of 2007 has been blamed for indulging in off the field religious activities? (baffling)

    Bloggers here blaming Shoaib Malik for throwing a Twenty20 Match and for bringing disgrace to the country yet Twenty20 is played only among the cities. (so if he's brought joy to lahore and shame to Karachi, How is Pakistan embarrased. I guess cities can be different countries too)

    Imran Khan seem to have all the answers to the Pak Team troubles yet he wants to stand underneath the tree and wants to fuit to drop on him? (Dreamer)

    Here's one for the house :

    A captain does not need to be the best player or lead by an example(a myth). A captain is like a glue who job is to glue the tram together and make sure all other 10 players play to their potential. You may ponder on:

  • Shahiq Ahmed on April 19, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    To Ali Siddiqui, NYC, USA I don't think people in US follow cricket too much . It's visible in your comment that "Mohammad Yousuf is at the end of a great career" . Hmmmmmmmmm ............. how can it be justified ???????????? I think it's the beginning of a great career , not an end ! And to all those , who think Yousuf is ultra religious , so what ???? Let him be , but at least he's scoring & scoring big ! Does it matters that he is too religious , is too humble or anything else . The fact is that he has been a great player & until he's scoring & saving Pakistan from Defeats , he shouldn't be blamed for being ultra religious . Let him be what he is , what he wants to be , BUT expect from him what he should deliver , & I'm sure he will ! Let's hope the rumours of sacking him from ODIs aren't true !

  • prakash sivaraj on April 19, 2007, 18:41 GMT

    hello there, its great to know that pakistan cricket board have taken bold and brave decision after a decade to get young blood to lead the team. whether its shoaib malik or someone else youngster with attitude to fight, to have pasion to win should lead.. days have gone when experince counted ,now are days when agreesive attitude hungry for success matters. hope young malik will bring the excitement back in pakistan cricket.

  • Mo Husen on April 19, 2007, 18:39 GMT

    A bold choice by PCB, forced or otherwise, unlike ICC's "play it again, Sam". I bet, the new re-vamped "young" Indian team will look exactly the same as the last disgraced Indian team. Will the PCB do any different?

  • Rizwan on April 19, 2007, 18:31 GMT

    what malik did in the 20/20 match may not be acceptable by law, but that is a reason enough to take the captaincy away from him.

    that just shows that he is a man of principle and is capable of taking string dicisions and then stick by them. best thing abt that was he did it himself and didn't get any 1 else to do it for him.

    i actually became a fan of him after that.

  • inqlabi on April 19, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    I feel sorry for Mohammad Yousuf .Allah is bestowing his bounties on him but people on earth are pulling his legs. Lets see who wins. I am sure Yousuf will take it as a challenge he has already shown strong mentality.And i wish him best of luck. As far Malik he is not good choice not logical just a gamble. Asif would have been better choice as if PCB wants to appoint young player becouse bowlers have always been great captains for pakistan but malik is very weak choice. Malik not only has to fill inzamams shoes as batsman but also as captain i dont think he can do both. Pakistan is yet to find some one to fill Saeed Anwars place leave alone Inzis that gap is too big.

  • zazz on April 19, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    Shahid Afridi can be a good captain, if he can manage to stay in the side. The figures given by cricinfo are those of entire career. These are not of last performances. Within last 2 years, shoaib malik has proved his capabilities by getting team out of bad situations many times. This is why he deserves.

    Considering shoaib Akhtar or Shahid afridi for captaincy even if they perform well would be a wastage of time. They lack temprament and patience to behave maturely, the most necessary qualities required to lead. The situation could get even worse with the appointment of any of these two, because of their unpopular acts in cricketing world and intolerable behaviour with the peers.

    For Mr. Javed A. Khan, our nation must now start accepting realities and pay tribute to the ones who deserve. C'est mieux, et peut-etre la meilleure choix.

  • Muhammad Ihsan Chatha on April 19, 2007, 17:42 GMT

    I guess its a good decision. Now its responsibility of all the contenders to cooperate with Malik and move Pakistan cricket forward

  • Nabeel Shehzad on April 19, 2007, 17:37 GMT

    Congrats to Malik! But I hope he can speak English better than Inzi...if not he should atleast try to learn it before coming to the international scene... In any case he has been a good choice for me since I saw him even before the 2003 world cup ... All great captains ..Steven Waugh.Imran Khan, Wasim Akram happened to be all rounders rather than just batsmen or bowler so they have better understanding of the job ... and Malik above all is a good fielder as well so I assume he knows his job really well... For me he was the best choice 4 years ago and still is ...

  • Farhan on April 19, 2007, 17:25 GMT

    I would only say that we didnt get any lessons from our past. In next next 4 years there would be 3 or 4 captains playing in Pakistan team and we will have same problem we had in 2003 World cup.

  • Amyn Habib on April 19, 2007, 17:03 GMT

    Those who adore and worship the Clown (poor fellow, still trying to cement his place in the team after 10 years) should not be too disappointed.

    As we all know, he has a lifetime membership in the team regardless of performance (courtesy of Sugardaddy Wasim Bari). His time will come.

    It is difficult to rejoice at the choice of Malik. He may have the mental toughness and the temperament, but whether he has sufficient cricketing talent to be able to lead by example remains a question.

  • atta-ur-rehman,md on April 19, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Pcb takes a biggest gamble to make Malik as a captain for both test and ODI over the senior players . Because Malik has no background in test cricket. he even not made a test century yet. he is already involved in controversial match fixing incidence in 20/20 cup. i have seen people are already comparing him with great Imran Khan. But Imran was already established as big international player and had a track record and Mullick has nothing in his record. it is a recipie to disaster. PCB is doing the same thing with CRICKET whatever going on with PIA. If you need the captain that much. they should make him odi captain and retain inzi as test captain. we have to play three toughest series ie home against AUSSIES AND SOUTH AFRICA and India abroad. i dont think mullick can handle and our decline continue. look at India they keep dravid as captain and we get rid of inzi as we are looking the excuse which we got it. dr Rehman

  • NASRULLAH NAWAZ on April 19, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has got a new direction now. Its really good feeling to write about some thing that has changed an old culture of pakistan cricket.I think Shoab Malik was the best choice that pakistan cricket board had and i say the decision right. Its good to see a pakistan cricket captain as an enegetic one. He is perhaps a not a class batsman as yousaf or inzi niether as good bowler as saqlain was but as a player he is the most figting member in the team. Especially when uyour captain is good fielder it lifts the game up. Other thing that goes in his favour is his consistency throug a couple of years. He is the most consistence oneday player in the team. A thing that he should improve is to prove himself right as a test captain. This need consistence runs through series.Innings like he played aginst srilanka last year perhaps lift him as best captain. I dont think he could have any problem with joniors. To deal with seniors especially persons like Akhter is a real test of him. it is to see how he gets best from his seniors.

  • Jafar Akram on April 19, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    I would of preffered ODI captain as Shahid Afridi as he seems more of a fighter in the faster game and more enthusiastic with more venom then shoaib malik which is required in ODI cricket and shoaib malik as vice captain.... but for test cricket i think mohammed yousaf as captain would be a better choice as its a slower form of the game and he is highly experiance in it with shoaib malik again as vice captain as Afridi isnt a regual in test cricket.

  • Irfan on April 19, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    For god sakes,

    As is our tradition, being the spice eaters of the world, here we go again. Can we be a little objective about this new turn of events. Ok so Malik got the nod, Good for him! Would it really have made all that much of a difference if Afridi, Razzaq or any other player would have been in his place, I don't think so! because all of them would have been left with the exact same situation and would have started on the same foot.

    Malik, let's see, has inherited three senior players in 2 Y's and Inzi at the top and one at the bottom in Razzaq. Openers are still a suspect, he doesn't have a new stock to work with so I think he may have to experiment with the with old ones. Bowling with Asif, Gul, and Kaneria looks half decent obviously Razzaq is there but I am talking about specialist bowlers. I omited Shoaib on purpose because if you talk about future then really I don't see him playing any crucial part except for cameos every now and agian. A wicketkeeper who has played more crucial part in losses as oppose to wins and hence is quite suspect for his primary role. You have three fair to middling all rounders in himself, Hafeez and Razzaq.

    So, this is what he has got to work with.

    Now, there are tests and there are one days!

    Let's talk about tests firs! I feel that no matter how much critics are going to bombard Inzi he still is a valuable resource for runs and making the middle order robust. Between Inzi and Yousuf you have two of the best middle order batsmen in the world. One down position can still be left to Younis, or may be Mailik could try himself there also. But I think Younis's spot should be left untouched. Now, there is a toss up! whether or not Malik should get another specialist batsman to strengthen the middle order or should he come at number six. Given our recent bad luck with the openers, If he chooses to go to the top as an opener with Hafeez, that will give him another batsman and I mean an Asim Kamal type or whoever is performing at the time! This move could create more depth in the batting not to mention any support you get from the batsman lower down.

    In one day Malik should have two specialist openers and should bat at Inzi's position which could give him a larger role to play. If he plans on keeping Kamran around do not bother with position change with him and let him bat at his slot during the slog overs as it suits his batting style. He definitely needs another good fast bowler and the selection committee as they are paid full time employees now should be able to get him at least a couple of good bowling options and two better openers. Pakistan should hire a North American baseball coach to improve the fielding, or as it may each department should get themselves the services of fielding coach so that over all level of fielding goes up.

    I offer my support to new Pak Captain and wish him good luck in his future endeavors.

  • Muhammad Ajmal on April 19, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    Decision is made, Malik is officially the captain of Pakistan till the end of 2007. Its time for all to support him, and offer suggestions for the squad and the coach. Either he is good or bad, he is our captain now, and being responsible citizens we should back him, and pray that he may turn the things around. To those who have started turning this blog into battleground, I should say try be sane otherwise plz dont bother others.

    Good luck Pakistan, Allah may help you all

  • Usman (Chicago) on April 19, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    12 reasons why we should prefer Shaoib malik as next Captain. Because..... 1. Inzamam has retired. Great career Inzi! 2. Younis has refused to become a captain. A bad move for the team but a good one for personal reasons! 3. Yousaf's batting is more important for Pak side at this time than him being a captain and losing that edge. A nice guy to have in the team! 4. Afridi plays by his emotions and is a very independent minded player. He is more popular than any captain so why bother becoming one. Go Afridi! 5. Shoaib Akhtar has proved to be an inconsistent player when it comes to his fitness. He can not become a captain at this age of his career. Go Bollywood! 6. Salman Butt is not a regular Test or ODI player. But he can be a choice for the future. A good guy! 8. Razzaq is consistent bowler and an emotional batter for most part. I would rather have him play for Pak for a long time in the future than seeing him captain. He is a good guy. 7. I dont think any other players are even considered at this time. 8. Shoaib Malik was favored by the late "Great" Bob Wollmer to become captain. 9. Shoaib Malik is adaptable to different situations and that is a good virtue if you are playing for a side like Pak. 10. He is favored by the "Great" Imran Khan. 11. He is young and energetic. 12. He is a great fielder.

  • vinay on April 19, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Although S.Malik being the captain was always the most likely outcome, I just hoped that, maybe Md Yousuf might trigger a change. But, unfortunately - in my personal opinion, it was not to be. S. Malik is undoubtedly a talented bloke. He's young, bats well and is decent with the ball. But I seriously doubt he's proved his credentials at the highest level on a consistent basis and here I mean - test matches. I just am a firm believer that its very, very difficult to lead a team when you are not one among the top 3 players in the team. In the Pakistan test team, I dont think S.Malik comes in the top 3 - at least not for me. Also, I dont understand the rationale behind why Md.Yousuf was kept out. He's definitely classy, a proven match winner and has atleast a couple more years under him for both tests and ODIs. S.Malik could have benefited greatly if he served as vice-captain for that time. Ultimately, S.Malik could actually prove to be a great choice,and he may as well put to rest all our doubts about him. But that said, it does not mean that at this point its a big gamble, and again, in my personal opinion, an unwanted one as well. I know the public mood is for change, but change for the sake of it can do more bad than good. Its for everyone to understand that for Pakistan and India to get back on track, its going to be a long methodical, treatment than a hasty quick-fix. Captains are extremely important figures, and they can influence the quality of play even from their off-field abilities. Think of a decade of strong captains Pak was blessed starting from the early nineties. It was what made a truly talented team, a force to reckon with in world cricket. Its sad that today they dont seem to have plethora of choices, but then you should be grooming leaders and backing them - like the aussies do isnt it? I am an Indian, but have always been fascinated by the Pak cricket team. It is, in my opinion, without doubt the most talented bunch of individuals. So I hope they come back strongly, with whatever decisions they make. Its sad to see that the cricket crazy subcontinent has to see teams - India & Pak - so far behind.. with so much to catch up.. I hope for the best - let us see an India-Pak WC finals sometime soon :)

  • mohsin on April 19, 2007, 15:16 GMT

    Very well said Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. at April 19, 2007 6:58 AM

    Who can argue with Imran’s judgment and as he said there was no better choice after Younis other than “Shoaib Malik” at the moment and most of us here believe in it then we should support him as a captain from now on.

    And I would request other team members to support him as well vigorously. To play for Pakistan is a pride in itself and you should all give your 100% regardless you is appointed captin.

  • Nimra on April 19, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    Finally PCB announced it!! It's really nice to see that PCB took a right step after such a long time! ALL THE BEST TO SHOAIB MALIK!

  • Muhammad Faisal Khan on April 19, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    I wish Good luck to Shoaib Malik !!!!

    But I think PCB should do more to help him out to start as a new Captain

    Setting a time line....

    Instead of telling everyone that he is the captain till end of 2007, PCB should have only told him about the time line of his reviews not the end of his captaincy even before it has started. This puts a lot of pressure on him. Questions like

    Should I be bold and show my authority to all in the team including the senior players like Yousuf, Yunis, Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and for that matter Shoaib?

    What happens after 2007? What if one of them become a captain and they don't like what I said or did in 2007? What if I loose my position in team, not because of performance but some personal grudge of 2007?(As it has happened a lot in our cricketing history, people lost their careers)

    A senior Deputy ....

    They should give him a sensible senior vice captain like say Yousuf or Abdur Razzaq. And if one of them support him this will have a great impact on the rest.

    PCB should become very serious about discipline, players cannot fight or push coached or captains around. There should be very serious consequences. This will also give coaches and captain the confidence that they have some authority and say.

    Stop worrying about winning for now......

    For now winning should not be the criteria for captains or coaches performances and aim for PCB, it should be team building. For that they should be ready to shun out any player including the super stars if they do not want to be part of this process or show even the smallest of the NAKHRAs. We simply don't need them.

    So I hope PCB will do its part and Shoaib Malik will give his best to the nation. Unlike some of the so called senior players, who were man enough to step up to the challenge, I really like and appreciate the confidence and commitment of Shoaib Malik. And So should our nation...... by providing him support and encouragement .... and not by telling him he is too young and can not do it

    As my fathers says Muhammad bin Qasim was only 17 when he conquered Sindh .... So age is not a factor its the conviction, commitment and the effort which matters.

  • fazal on April 19, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    Haroon (South Africa) mate what you said just a huge smile on face, your spot on we are the clowns and we do get upset but we just can’t help it but God willing though we will win something some day.

    I wish Malik the best of luck, we all know how Pakistani ppl act and we all know they cant take someone telling what to do, helll my own family is an example, its true they don't like it when someone younger tells them to do something and when that happens then they do what they are best it and that is ruin things. I hope it works form, good luck mate.

  • Dummy Commentator on April 19, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    I second Kiran Ahmed's comments. Purge both the team and this blog of mediocrities.

  • Khan on April 19, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    Younis was too emotional and mediocre to be captain. A very good choice. I wish Malik best luck!

  • abduk basit on April 19, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    A positive decision and malik i think deserves it more than any other pakistani cricketer.abdul razzak could have been captain but has absence from the world cup sidelined him probably.afridi and salman butt both are a bit to inconsistant to be incharge of the team.needless to say that one must first show passion towards what he does,only then can he stand out from the others. shoib malik has the selfless attitude and the calm attitude one would expect to find in pakistan captain. these matchless qualities are rare to find in other players so it is correct to say that there wasnt much of a choice while choosing the new captain.yosaf was another man who would be in the minds if the board as he has already experssed his desires to take up the job but i think by watching him captain 3 tests (scoring a hundred in one of them)he might not be able to provide the spark required for the fresh new start required by pakistan cricket i wish shoib best of luck and to pakistan cricket

  • Ahmed Majeed - Toronto, ON on April 19, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    Done is done! Now Shoaib Malik should look forward to gain support from senior players. Unfortunately, due to the lack of formal education and absence of professional structure, none of our sports personalities are groomed in a professional corporate manner where they even attempt to gain some formal education and knowledge in interpersonal and communication skills. Javed Khan mentioned that Malik is a meesna, well if he is mentally strong and has the capacity to bear stress and produce good results (not necessarily wins all the times) then he is a better option than our ball-by-ball-avenger Afridi. I believe Shoaib must take some courses from LUMS and blend his experiences with the education of understanding, analyzing and dealing with sensitivities of senior players. Like a young CEO has to win over several senior higher ups in the organizations, Shoiab has to be very well versed in dealing with Political agendas of certain people who are great performers but more Meesnas than himself.

  • D rKM Husain on April 19, 2007, 14:33 GMT

    Good choice, now be sure to back him up too!

  • anser azim on April 19, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    Was captaincy a problem with the present Pakistani side? I do not think so. Its again a wrong diagnosis BOJO's. Address the batting issue with common cold medicine (the talent has always been there )instead of this big heart transplant!!!! Anser Azim, Chicago

  • Mohsin Raza-UK on April 19, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Very well said Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. at April 19, 2007 6:58 AM

    Who can argue with Imran’s judgment and as he said there was no better choice after Younis other than “Shoaib Malik” at the moment and most of us here believe in it then we should support him as a captain from now on.

    And I would request other team members to support him as well vigorously. To play for Pakistan is a pride in itself and you should all give your 100% regardless you is appointed captin.

  • ZULFIKAR. A. DARUWALA on April 19, 2007, 14:25 GMT

    It may be a good move to the Pakistan cricket board & the people there. A younster who has full of talent & enthusaism. May miracles turn up into his good captaincy.

  • aftharb (sri lanka) on April 19, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    MALIK seems 2 be the best choice coz as you've seen this guy has been a great fighter and a very important all round performer 4 PAKISTAN in the last year or two.Opting 4 MALIK ahead of YOUSUF looks like a very good invesment 4 da future.GO MALIK,ROCK THE WORLD!YOU ARE THE BEST!WE ARE WITH YOU 4EVER!

  • Ravi Nalluri on April 19, 2007, 14:16 GMT

    Good Luck Malik!!! Good Luck Pakistan Cricket!!!

    Well, about the debate on Afridi and Malik, I know Afridi has more charm and fan following than Malik across the world. Afridi looks like a tiger on the field. However, I vote for Malik for his cool and calmness on & off the field. But I am afraid that how much support he'll be getting from the senior members of team.

    I wish Malik all the very best. Hope we could see Pakistan playing wonderful cricket again as they did in 80's.

  • shahid on April 19, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    politces again WON the game in paki cricket!! can't we hire a new CHAIRMAN?

  • People from Karachi on April 19, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    Yeah we have been chilling while you are - returning every hockey title which have won by Islah, Hasan Sardarm Hanif Khan - Exited World twice very gracefully - Disgraced pakistani passport everywhere - Broke the country in two pieces - Read Humood-er-rehman comission report - Mushtaq ahmed, Wasim Akram, Salim Malik, earned money by HALAL Satta - Shoib Akhter,Asif introduced new ways to disgrace pakistan - Rana Naveed, Akmal, Hafeez,Farhat Won heart of other team's bowler and batsman - Women in Islamabad have DANDA for dictating their terms Do you need more MR FARHAN .....

  • zaigham shah canada on April 19, 2007, 13:39 GMT

    Hope this would bring long lost performace in our team.. big challange for malik first to prove he is worthy of his palce in the team and then he is a captain material.. keeping our fingers cross end of the day its all about maliks courage.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 19, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    Ravi by citing the examples of McGrath, Bracken et Hogg that they are not good fielders, you have supported my point even more - none of them are captains. And yes from the 1992 WC team that won the cup, the biggest khadda fielder of that time is a famous commentator of today and he tries to give messages across about how important fielding is and i.e., just because he doesn't have to run after the ball now. Anyways, the water is over the head and shoulders now so lets not ask for an imaginary re-election till Sept. 2007.

    Kiran bibi, like most desis you have also confirmed that definitely you are a pay&do too by spelling it definately. I know you will be disappointed upon hearing this but sorry, I am looking for someone who has more finesse. And this rejection will make Euceph Bhoy very happy 'coz now he will display his e-album and a collection of his e-gems from his e-Brokerage.com on-line business. Good to know Euceph bhoy that you have this business plus on-line suttay baazi dak khana. LOL. ;-)

    Now, the news is official that Malik has been appointed as a captain, whether it was a good or a bad decision, only time will tell but, I would like to rest this debate here and extend Shoaib Malik my best wishes and good luck in his short term endeavours.

  • Salman Qayyum (UK) a on April 19, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    @Paul

    I agree with you that the only person who can really know whether he became a Muslim for sincere reasons is Yousuf himself, however I think you have missed the part where I was trying to justify to Mr. Andy statement that once a kafir always a kafir that people in Pakistan as I must say majority of them think he is a good Muslim. It might be true that he became Muslim for captaincy but people of Pakistan don’t think like this. We all don’t think him as kafir. So keep religion apart from captaincy greediness.

    I also agree with JAVED A. KHAN that imran khan should rediscover him as a cricketer. Personally I feel he doesn’t watch much cricket now days that’s why he keeps on supporting a raw bowler like Sami who has the worst strike rate than anyone else in last 50 matches in both form of game.

    Comparing SM with Afridi, Afridi was better choice according to me as 20/20 tournament was quite close. SM technique supports him mostly in sub-continent where afridi can be dangerous on his day against any team. He is superior and enthusiastic in fielding and much good bowler comparing SM. The good thing he is captain for a short time so who knows who will be the next captain.

    One more thing Pakistan is quite a liberal state where our female minister of tourism can kiss to any Frenchman to promote tourism. Especially since after mush I don’t think to anyone has to change the religion to live in Pakistan otherwise Danesh Kaneria would have done it uphill now.

  • Umer Wash DC on April 19, 2007, 12:42 GMT

    Give a man a chance. Stop being so freaking negative with out giving him the opportunity to lead. on paper he looks a sane choice. much better than tribal leaders and religous fanatics that we have in the team. GOOD LUCK MATE

    Umer wash DC

  • haroon (south africa) on April 19, 2007, 12:17 GMT

    i feel for shoaib malik,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    poor bloke just landed the job and is already criticised..............

    how good can a pilot be without his helicopter.....

    pleae get this poor pilot a helicopter, or he will still be riding his bycicle with a pilots licence.....

    i think evryone knows what i mean...

    pst for those that don't.............

    Its impossible to captain a bunch of physically and mentally unfit misfits, irrespective of talent to win anything .............

    you changed the captain, take the entire under 23 squad and let them play, even they will lose, but at least we can say, they're learning.....

    shit ..... for the first time i think south africa will land in pakistan and have the home crowd advantage,,,,,

    seems like pakistanis have lost their nerve.

    Malik go boy , perform miracles give rana the new ball, and pick akhtar to partake in 10 overs of a test match, whilst you are at it take afridi, and ask him to be sensible, or ask younis to show some courage, as for kaneria tell him to stop turning the ball so much because akmal is struggling , and hide the entire team as non athletes at third man, because they cant run...... who have i forgotten, oh yes Mohammed Yousuf does well and they criticise his religion, damn the squad is so thin i cant even think of the other members, at least inzis big presence made the team photo look like a team, without inzi .....shame the tale begins at three with the captain

    what a joke, and whats worse is i support these clowns, and get upset evrytime they lose, sell, walk off, take drugs........ maybe i'm the clown

  • nwak on April 19, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    i dont really know how to react. its just the great pakistani habit we have to deal with here: compromise. couldnt think of anyone else to captain the team. but i really do hope kamran that this is the beginning of a new era for pakistani cricket. when graeme smith was handed over the captaincy it was a shocker for most of us and much wasnt expected out of him, nevertheless, he did well enough. age really isnt a barrier. wat matters is that if malik is "leadership material"...for that we'll have to wait and see.

  • Farhan on April 19, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    People never stop complaining, everyone has got their own Captain ready, people from Karachi want someone from Karachi, people from people from Punjab want their own, but everyone keeps forgetting that these players are not representing your individual cities, they are representing Pakistan. No one in international community gives a crap where Shoaib Malik or Hasan Raza or Afridi are from, what they do care is how we perform.

    After World cup, everyone was saying follow the footstep of SA and AUS; take example of SA, Smith was named their captain when he didn’t have any International experience, it was huge risk they took, no one knew how he would perform, everyone questioned his batting, his captaincy, if he would be able to coupe with the pressure. AND Now Pakistan is doing the same. Shoaib Malik is the best candidate and he deserves captaincy. So people from Karachi or whatever city you are from, take a chill pill and learn to live as a Pakistani, because without that You are nothing.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 19, 2007, 11:33 GMT

    Certainly a good decision to appoint Malik as captain. However, I strongly disagree to put him inchrage on series to series basis. This approach again shows lack of consistency and mindset of ad-hockisim on part of PCB where the only thing that is constant is shortsightedness.

    Just to remind PCB that Greame Smith was appointed captain of South Africa in 2003 when he was only 22, had played only 8 Test matches, had no experience of leading international or national teams. When he first played a Test as captain, he was one of the most junior players in the playing eleven in terms of age and experience. His first major series was against England that was drawn 2-2 and the second one against Pakistan was lost 0-1. However, the South African Cricket Board had taken a decision keeping in view the next 10 years. I do not need to speak about the outcome of this decision by the South African Board. Today we all can see that Smith has turned SA into a team that is capable to topple Australia more often than any other team.

    Remember, the key to success is CONSISTENCY in you actions. Inconsistence performance/actions can never take you on a successful position.

    Confidence and authority do not come overnight. Shoaib Malik can only be proved a good captain if he is given the position for the next 5 years. He will start yielding good results maybe after a couple of series. One should NEVER expect that he would be a world-beater from the very beginning.

    And one should not forget that we have too many “khalifaas” in the team in terms of Inzamam, Mohamad Yousef, Rana Naveed, etc. and it is not an easy job to clean the team from such rubbish champions of Islam. Time and again it has been proved that some players have more belief in Allah’s will rather than their own hard work and decisions. It’s just the right team to launch an operation cleanup and get rid of people having tablighi mentality.

    I wish all the best to Shoaib Malik and I really hope and wish he will lead the team for the next 10 years and his short speech during cricket matches will not have any religious colour. He will act like an international athlete rather than a tablighi leader.

    Good Luck Shoaib !!

  • Kiran Ahmed - Toronto, Ontario on April 19, 2007, 10:50 GMT

    Can someone please tell the born-again Muslims to quit posting on a cricket blog and find a religious forum instead? I'm sick of hearing how Yousef should have been Captain coz he was senior, devout muslim and what else - just face it - Pakistan does not need another Maulvi captain.

    Javed Khan - I think living in Montreal has definately messed up your sense of reality and perception. All I would suggest is - head to B.C, enjoy the weather, see a shrink, and when you feel a little better and are ready to talk some sense then I'm sure Kamran will be ready to welcome you back on board his blog. Remember, out in B.C - anything can happen to primsy delicate little people from Montreal - so please do be careful - I do not know what the blog members here would do with your permanant absence - I'm sure they would be quite inconsolable!

  • Jumana on April 19, 2007, 10:42 GMT

    Hey!!!! so much conflict going on. where is the suport for a new era and a new player? Btw i think it was a gr8 choice and he is smart and sensible. And having spoken to him personally several times i believe that his English is good and he has the quiet confidence. And besides there arent really other options.anyway all aside, GOOD LUCK malik.

    p.s. there are 2 people on the forum who are posing as Shoaib Malik.If is it is Shoaib Malik then he will recognize me for sure.

    : )

  • Mohamed on April 19, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    Pakistan are being impulsive and making a decision based on emotions. Malik is not going to be respected and making him captain is undermining the other senior players, which will efect their game. Malik is NOT Greame Smith, Smith was talented and an agressive opening batsmen, who can dictate a match from the word go. I am afraid malik wil not be able to do dat. M Yousuf shud be captain...for now, until another younger player stabilizes him self in the team, give malik a couple years, until he can be considered senior.

  • Ali Siddiqui, NYC, USA on April 19, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    It's good that the Pakistan team has a new captain and as it seems right that player is Shoaib Malik. I think its a step forward by the PCB to take this step, but we should also take into account the fact that Pakistan cricket is full of talented players and the only way to demand the other players loyalty is to either perform as on of the the best players on the team or outrank them in experience. I think Malik is a "solid" player but the fact that he is only 25 and has no statistical records to his name will hurt him. With the likes of Asif, Nazir, Afridi and hopefully with the rise of other U-19 players no more in Anwar Ali and Fawad Alam, Malik will be in a tough spot to control these talented players. If Malik had a stronger presence he would be able to command authority on this kind of a team, but he lacks that too. In all he's a better fit then Younis Khan, but clearly it should have been give to Afridi. When you look at how Afridi elevated his play in the 20/20 domestic cup under his captaincy, not many people can critic or even match that kind of performance. Yes he is streaky, but atleast he has stats that support him in international cricket and he certainly has the experience over everyone else in the side as Younis Khan is on his way out and Mohammad Yousuf is at the end of a great career. My prediction Malik will not be captain till the next WC...that is set back to Malik, actually any captain taking the job right now probably will not be captain at the next WC.

  • zulfikar chaudhary on April 19, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    I think Shoaib Malik can be a good captain.But it remains to be seen whether he can work with PCB,S pathetic choice of selection committee.Total number of test matches played by all members of committee hardly reaches 20 and two of them have never played in a one day interntional.I think the Pakistanis deserved a better committee after the world cup debacle to work with the new captain.So all this seems to be going to end in another flop.

  • Sara Aslam on April 19, 2007, 9:08 GMT

    I was the happiest person on earth after i heard Shoaib is being appointed as the new Pakistani captain! Younis should neer again be approached with this offer. He does not deserve it as I feel a player should be honoured to take up this job despite the fact that it is an extremely challenging job with HIGH amount of pressure. He, after declining the offer, shows how laid back n how scared he is of the criticisms. Shahid Afridi has never performed consistently. Although there is no doubt he is one of the best bowlers in our team currently. But as far as his batting is concerned, he is NEVER reliable! A captain with zero-reliability is not our option for sure. Considering Salman was the most wierdest thing I have ever heard of! He does not even have a permanent place in the team. How can any one even think of him being the captain??? Yousuf would surely have been a good choice. I guess if not captain, then at least him being the vice captain would be a great deal! As Shoaib in one of his interviews also mentioned that he shares a very close relationship with Yousuf. So probably is Shoaib ends up being the captain, this combo would be able to come up with great innovation and coordination of course! Shoaib is an experienced captain (domestic). The match which he gave away shows how firm and stern he is. It also shows his passion for cricket; rather FAIR cricket! It shows that he can stand up for his team. Moreover, he accepting it publicly shows how honest he is. He surely is a very loyal and a very passionate cricketer. This is what we need in our captain! Yooooo SHOAIB!!! lotssssssssssssss of good luck! May you do your best!!! insha ALLAH :D

  • Gohar Ayub on April 19, 2007, 8:30 GMT

    There is no doubt that Shoaib Malik is a very good team player. But the main concern lies in his pathetic batting technique; he is a street-walker on bouncy tracks. In my opinion, technique can't be corrected when you are on the international level. To correct the technique you need coaching from the very start. Kamran this is a very valid point…if you go back and evaluate Pakistan performance for the last three years you will see that they played exceptionally well on slow wickets and never won a series in Australia, England and South Africa. How Shoaib will command respect when his batting technique is faulty and he can’t bat on bouncy tracks. Technically this is absolutely wrong decision. In my opinion, pcb should have made captain to Shoaib Akhtar for the initial period of six months or one year and groom someone like Fawad Alam or any other talented player from domestic scene. Fawad Alam in my opinion is a genuine opening batsman with very sound technique as well as a very good spin bowler. The main reason why PCB is unable to take bold decisions is that they fear media and ex-players. With this sort of negative mindset we are not gaining anything in the long run. The selection of slahudin as chief selector is also totally wrong. Chief Selector should be somebody like Aamir Sohail who has the passion for the game and energetic. Dr. Nasim Ashraf is trying to run PCB as some sort of financial institute and going through his notions. What good a chief selector in his 50s could do the game.

  • Ravi from OZ on April 19, 2007, 8:13 GMT

    Dear Ashaq,

    Thanks for Enlightening me. It is sad If Mohammad Yousuf was not considered for captaincy because he has a beard or he is Christian turned Muslim.

    Dear Javed Khan from Montreal, if age or fielding is a factor, you only need to look back to 1996 world cup & Arjuna Ranatunga in particular. You can also look at 1992 world cup in Australia, which Pakistan won, where majority of the players were not the greatest fielders.

    The team has to have a balance. Even in the Australian team, not everyone is a great fielder (McGrath, Bracken & Hogg).

    To be a successful captain, one needs to command (Not Demand) respect & lead by example by his own performance. He has to unite/motivate his own team by being compassionate, sympathetic, fair, and encouraging during tough times amongst other things. As a team you need to create doubt/fear in the opponents’ hearts & minds (Not by sledging).

    The subcontinent teams still suffer from that Master/Slave, Senior/Junior culture. The captain needs to turn this in to Mateship/Friendship culture. Shoaib Malik will have tough job if the senior players feel jealous or betrayed. Captaincy has less to do with cricket & more to do with people managing skills to get the best possible from the team.

  • Daniyal on April 19, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    I think in Malik Pakistan have made a sound choice in a sound cricketer. Thank the Lord Afridi wasn't chosen don't know why people consider him a worthy candidate lets see he's useless in ODI's and can't really be considered a test cricketer. Lets see he's whimsical, temperamental and often accused of mischief and tampering with the pitch... in retrospect I think he's the ideal candidate.

  • Sameer on April 19, 2007, 7:48 GMT

    Unless Pakistan doesnt take stern steps to clean out liabilities and the ppl who take self intrests more than team interests, they aint going to succeed in the world cricket like they did before. The drug betters who have constantly kept the Pakistan in news for bad reasons need to be shown the door, no matter one of them is a young upcoming rookie or the other one is fast laned glam sham immature boy who more often misses than plays and has a selfish attitude for the team. Unless some one becomes a strict disciplaniran like Imran Khan doesnt take reins of the team, the likes of drug betters and Popeyye Abdur Razzaq who doesnt have a common sense not to speak curse about slained coach, the maverick Afridis, the chickening Younus Khans are going to dig deep hole for Pakistan cricket and it would be too bad for the subcontinental cricket. Unfortunately the same things hold true for my country too, but for the sake of the game and for the great rivalry that this 2 countries share (strictly on field), Pakistan cricket has to return to its glory days...

    In Inzy s tenure, the religion has assumed overdue importance in the Pakistan team. Its important and mandatory too, but why show in public ? If religious factors come in selection issues then its pity on Pakistan cricket...No wonder Pakistan have struggled for a quality off spinner of class of Saqlain Mushtaq after he turned to a preacher in the ground...Where is the fast bowler of half the quality of Wasim Akram. Pity that PCB doesnt bother about him, but he s keen to help Indian bowlers and he has helped Irfan Pathan a great deal and so to Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan and Nehra.

    The day he steps into the coaching set up all the problems that the young turks of Naved, Gul, Shabbir are going to vanish, but the big question is wud PCB approach and if yes then would Akram step in. He was the last street smart cricketer Pakistan produced and now the aggression has suddenly disappeared from Pakistan team.....

    And every one in PCB should stop running to the President for any small petty issue....For the health of cricket in Asia and world its necessary we need stronger India and Pakistan teams than the likes of Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, who at best play boring, unattractive cricket.

  • Khizar Hayat on April 19, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    for Kiran and Javed: un peu de calme!

  • Muhammad Farhan on April 19, 2007, 7:42 GMT

    Malik, Afridi, Yousuf or Akhtar? I don't think any one of the above can make a huge difference unless the big boss Nasim Ashraf is out there. The menace of Adhocism is destroying Pakistan Cricket like hell.

    However in the present circumstances i feel Afridi would have been a better choice than Malik simply because of his approach and his aggressiveness towards the game. Malik has alwys been a circumspect and defendive kind of a player. In most of his innings he has score many runs for Pakistan on a loosing cause and the intensity to win is just not there. In Test matches he has made big runs and stayed for longer periods of time at the crease but to draw the matches not to win them. I feel he cannot bring the right atitude and the winning buzz that's required right now for Pakistan Criket team.

    Afridi on the other hand is just the right man with his Pathan type mind set that knows one way which is to do or die. We have seen Inzi's defensive approach and the results are infront of us and we cant afford it more by the hands of Malik.

    Yousuf and Younis should not be in the one day team as shouldn't be Mr. unfit (Akhtar) because it might not be possible for a younger Captain to taccle these players well.

  • Farooq on April 19, 2007, 7:42 GMT

    Well! I am sick of listening that Shoaib Malik threw a 20/20 match. First: It was a domestic match Second: Shoaib was a child then Third: He has proved on numerous occasions that he is capable enuff.

    So peoples, please stop accusing him for throwing that damn 20/20 match. And did any body bothered to know the reason behind that incident ????

    Go and read

    And Shaoib Malik is the best choice with Asif as Vice Captain and I want Shoaib Akhter out of the team. When Inzi was unable to handle him, how Malik will handle him. Shoaib Akhter can only cause trouble in the team and dressing room. Throw him out and find any other good QUICK bowler

    BEST OF LUCK TO SHOAIB MALIK, MOHAMMAD ASIF and PAKISTAN TEAM

  • Khizar Hayat on April 19, 2007, 7:11 GMT

    Well Javed! I had added the proviso "Insha'Allah" to my statement. I think chances are brighter to hope so if you are also a follower of the political situation in Pakistan. Even if not (God Forbid) then many persons including Kamran have eaten their words; why should't I be allowed to eat some words. But let's hope for the best.

  • Mustafa Moiz on April 19, 2007, 7:10 GMT

    You really worship Afridi don't you Mr Abbasi? If, as you say, and which I highly doubt, Razzaq has no justification to be captain, then Afridi shouldn't be in the team, it's as simple as that. Yes, Shoaib Malik is the best choice for captain, though, as long as it has no effect on his bowling.

  • Waqar Khan on April 19, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    No disrespect to Shoaib but he does not deserve captaincy for his role in delibrately losing a domestic match. PCB should have zero tolerance policy for such antics also, if ever it is going to have zero tolerance policy for anything. Shoaib's betrayal of the public is an act that should not be condoned whether it was a protest or match fixing. If he is made captain and any such thing happens again, even if it is perceived as such, the whole world will be going over this domestic incident. It is too big a baggage a pakistani captain should be carrying.

  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on April 19, 2007, 6:58 GMT

    ------- without offence to anyone -------

    Now that it’s more or less clear that Shoaib Malik shall be the new captain, there are various responses from different quarters to his appointment. He may not be the most suitable captain and may lack in certain areas, but realistically speaking, how many genuine choices did we have, and as the saying goes, “Beggars can not be Choosers”.

    If PCB is still chaired by Urologist Ashraf, it still continues to be on ad-hoc basis, president of the country is its patron, Saleem Altaf is on the committee, team is couch-less and etc. etc. than at least captain issue is in much better shape and well resolved.

    Shoaib Malik is going to have a really hard times in front of him to manage the team and satisfy the PCB and critics, but his biggest challenge will be to meet the expectations of ‘us’ fans and 15 crore Pakistanis. Reading some of the comments above, I am sure, Shoaib Malik is starting at a negative note as many of us already seems to be totally unhappy with him, for our own reasons, as below.

    - Peshawar-walas and Pathans in general do not like Shoaib because he is from Punjab. - Karachi-walas and other Sindhis do not like him for the same reason as above. - Karachi-walas and other urdu-speakers also do not like him for the same reason again. - Baluchistan do not like him because there is no one from their province in the team. - Lahore-walas do not like him because he threw a match to keep Lahore out of a domestic 20-20 tournament. - All Punjabis (except from Sialkot) do not like him because he is from Sialkot. - Punjabis from Sialkot do not like him ….. well just for the sake of it. - Modern Muslims do not like him because he is a ‘tableeghi’. - Tableeghis and strong-Muslim do not like him because he a moderate and not-enough ‘tableeghi’ for them. - Some do not like Shoaib Malik because he reminds them of ‘saleem MALIK’. - While some others do not like him because he reminds them of ‘SHOAIB akhtar’.

    And finally all Pakistani do not like him because he married an ‘Indian’ girl.

    Wow .... what a country and what unity we have, we all should be proud of ourselves, isn’t it?

    As for me, I LIKE SHOAIB MALIK because he is young, sensible, good cricketing brain, dependable, moderate, and most importantly because he is PAKISTANI.

    By the way, I like the following players more than I like Shoaib Malik, but “BECAUSE – I – LIKE – HIM” is not a pre-requisite for being a successful captain.

    * I like Shahid Afridi for his aggressive style, energy on the field, and all round ability of batting, bowling, and fielding (not because he is Pathan). * I like Shoaib Akhter for his speed, venom, winning-power, and hair-style (not because he is Punjabi). * I like Mohammed Asif for his bowling, line & length, wicket takings and potential (not because he is from Sialkot). * I like Mohammed Yousef for his batting, politeness, passion and highest runs in 2006 (not because he is from Lahore). * I like Asim Kamal for his batting, stability, and confidence (not because he is from Karachi). * I like Abdul Razak for his all round performance, hard-hitting and economical bowling (not because he is Panjabi).

    Besides these, I also like many other players for various reasons, but do not consider them all the captain-material.

    There is a fine line between being passionate and being personal, I can be passionate about the game or a certain player, but his selection or otherwise, shall not be based on my personal liking, but to the most suitable and beneficial way for the country.

    Selecting a captain is a package deal, there may be many players who are better then Shoaib Malik on one or two things, but not on 'over-all' basis.

  • Euceph Ahmed on April 19, 2007, 6:57 GMT

    Kamran... I'd say it's a bit presumptuous using phrases like "a new era" and "a move in the right direction". As far as I'm concerned, all I see in the near future is simply more of the same. I wish I could share your optimism, but I just can't see any turnarounds (let alone miracles) happening with Shoaib Malik in charge.

    And what's this obsession with naming a captain anyway? Whatever happened to team-building? I would like to know what would be Malik's plan to get some semblance of allegiance from Inzamam, Yousuf, Yunus, Afridi, Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and co. if he's named captain of these people. Is he going to run to Naseem Ashraf everytime a fielder refuses to be placed at silly mid-off? How is he going to overcome in-fighting for batting spots if Inzamam couldn't do it and Yunus Khan had to be in a fistfight with Shahid Afridi to change batting orders? What would be his plans to overcome the opening conundrum? And these are only basic questions. I don't even want to go into the more philosophical ones for all I know the guy can't even put together a coherent argument in whatever language or dialect he chooses. I won't even talk about his plans to recruit and introduce new talent because the guy himself is there on a series-by-series basis and that power is not in his hands anyway.

    This gets me into another joke of a phrase I've been hearing lately - "captaincy with full powers". Yeah right!!! Somebody help me 'cause I don't understand this. Is it something like the Prime Ministership of our country? The Prime Minister enjoys "municipal" powers while the real power rests elsewhere. What other powers apart from field placing powers does this "captaincy with full powers" phrase encompass? Hah... talk about a microcosm.

    And now a bit of a "chuska" for Javed A. Khan, Daak Khana Montreal, Thana Quebec, Tehsil Canada... Jaidee Bhaiyya, what do you think this is, eHarmony.com or what? I mean all the religion, politics, philosophy was just fine but now this attempt at online dating is a bit over the edge, don't you think? We always knew you were a bit "rangeen mizaj" but these innuendos on a cricket blog??? Bhai Sahab rating lagana paray gi iss blog pay ab tu :) :) :)

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 19, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Ashaq, on your advise to Ravi, I wasn't expecting this narrow minded approach from you i.e., to even think that Mohammad Younus is being opposed for the post of captaincy on the notion that he has a beard, or he was disliked before because he was a Christian. Its a very parochial attitude and I don't think you seriously mean it, do you? I know you will come back with a quote from a few journalists. But, a few tutpoonjiya journalists do not represent the whole nation. So, for your 'Boxing sake' bhaijaan please do not throw your punches in the air. Mohammad Yousuf, when he was Yousuf Youhana was still a good solid middle order batsman and he retained his place in the team on merit and was and he is respected by all. As regards his captaincy at this age, please remember he will be 33 in August, already he is down the hill and it is obvious from the way he fields and runs around. Do you think its a good idea to make him a captain now and look for a new captain soon after he retires in a couple of years or earlier?

    Posted by: Arslan at April 18, 2007 5:49 PM...

    Boy Arslan, I feel sorry for making your life miserable and pathetic by forcing you to read my posts. I know that you can do better in your life with a name like that. I guess you are doing more productive work in your loife like watching Govinda movies and leering at Manisha Cowrilla or Catwariya Rai's cheap thrills or listening to some Bollywood remix such as, pia gaye rangoon!

    And Kiran bibi before you forward me your proposal please take the approval of your elders and then send me your CV with a photograph and I will think about your proposal, and for your info. BC is not head down from here or even from Toronto, its up north. So, get your geographical sense right and I know a lot of people are desperate to go to BC for their honeymoon!

    Dawar you are right in predicting the future of cricket in Pakistan.

  • Syed Aziz Shah on April 19, 2007, 5:30 GMT

    I think aggressor like Shahid Afridi would have been the best choice for Pakistan.Earlier aggressive players like Imran and Wasim had dominated the World Cricket by their positive approach.unlikely of these two defensive player like inzamam had poor,dim and dull strategies against the opponents.Shoid malik too is like inzi.i think to demolish the opposition,captain like Shahid Afridi is suitable choice to dent the opponent.

    Best Wished for Pakistan Cricket Team, Syed Aziz Shah azizshahics@yahoo.com

  • Saleque Sufi on April 19, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    I think Pakistan is finally going to take a correct decision. After a disastrous WC venture and various controversies they must find a young leader who can justify his place in side through performance and lead from the front. Malik among the younger group probably meets both. However, Pakistan team needs commited players . Trouble makers may be pruned . veterans like Inzimam and Yusuf will continue for a while but there should serious talent hunt for match winning bowlers . Danish Kanera needs a quality spinning partner. Asif needs a new ball partner of class and calibre . Shoab Akhter is a spent force . Pakistan also needs a capable Leader to lead PCB. Domestic cricket structure also needs to be overhauled.

  • Paul on April 19, 2007, 5:06 GMT

    They've stuffed it up again the ol' PCB. Now only if we could dear ol' Musharraf to go back to running his dictatorship, and keep his nose out of cricket, and if we could replace the board, things would go ok. Sadly, not going to happen. The fact is the PCB has now appointed the only guy they could, they've left themselves in a situation where there's been no choice, and that's their fault. Salman Butt has been kept out of the team, mainly because Pakistan wants to change openers as often as most guys change women. If he was in the team, as he should be purely for his batting potential, he'd be captain-simple. And Younis, who for all his dullness as a person, actually has good tactical acumen, would have agreed to be captain, if as everyone has said, he hadn't been taken for granted all these years. The reality is there should have been a handover a couple of years ago (we all know Inzi is awesome as a father figure, but awful tactically, therefore by handing over a couple of years ago Younis could have led the team on the field, Inzi off it, and he could have helped the players accept their new leader). Instead, he's now being asked to be a sacrifical lamb, which rightly, he's refused. And Afridi, as many have said, tactically and with his take it to them attitude, is the best captain, but he's been shunted in and out of the team so many times it'd never be credible to make him captain now. And Shoaib, since they've spent years decrying him for being a 'bad Muslim', they could never appoint him now either. Malik's not being chosen coz he's the best candidate, he's being chosen coz he's the only one. I hope for his sake he's a success, i doubt it.

    Posted by: Salman Qayyum (UK) at April 18, 2007 10:39 PM If you please read all comments in current and previous topic you will understand as fact that mostly people have strong aversion to captain Muhammad Yousaf. Because he is like Inseam A very much religious and scrupulously faithful person who will try to preach Islam even on cricket grounds in preference of acute interest in cricket, even I am pretty sure that PCB did not make him captain because of his monastic activities. This contradicts your statement that he transformed into Muslim to become a captain is totally deviating from truth. Salman, i hate to get personal, but as i've mentioned previously, the attitude of people like you to Yousuf really annoys me. First of all, as i've said many times, the only person who can really know whether he became a Muslim for sincere reasons is Yousuf himself, so we ought not to judge him on what we don't know. But as i've said, for anyone who knows how hard it is to live in Pakistan as a Christian, let alone in the Pakistan Mosque (err sorry, cricket team) cannot be naive enough to think he didn't know how much better he would be treated after he became a Muslim, and that it didn't come into his thinking, is a naive idiot, and has obviously never experienced this situation for themselves. And people like you reinforce my contention, because you only ever laud Yousuf for being a great Muslim (which i'm not disputing his being), not a great batsman, which is why you all never came out in droves to praise him when he was a great batsman in the past and not a Muslim. Please people, if you want to have some credibility, laud Yousuf the batsman as much as you do Yousuf the Muslim. You might then earn some credibility, and his long ignored brilliance on the field would be justifiably recognised.

  • EAMIRAN on April 19, 2007, 4:20 GMT

    Malik as captain - at best it may be termed as a safe descision. The descision is not surprising given the abuse (and deservedly so) the PCB have been subjected to recently. However, it would be a descision made for optical purposes only. It would neither be bold, visionary, nor particulary intelligent. Coming from the PCB, that again is not surprising.

    Much has already been written about the worthiness of the available candidates, none of it convincing. Most of those being promoted are fringe players (either in ODI's, Test cricket or both). The same set of players come and go with monotonous regularity, vie for, and then become "kings" for a day only to become "dummies" 24 hours later, cross themselves one day and bow in submission the next. They are subjects of endless discussions such as this. The same incestuous set of players. The bold move would be one that looks beyond this rabble - a complete outsider. Instead of being frightened of the criticisms that can be heaped upon them should they choose this option, the PCB should realise that this is the perfect time to do so. The concept is sound since most of our " paper tigers" are fringe selections anyway (good for this, but not for that)and can be discarded en masse and without prejudice should they act up. The 2 or 3 seniors (and matchwinners)i.e. Yousuf, Younus and Akhtar, do not have much time left in International cricket and will probably be keen to continue. If Asif (another matchwinner) is cleared to play I am sure he would be raring to play under anybody! As for Kaneria - well he simply appears desperate to play under any and all conditions. The rest are all immaterial thrash.

  • Habib from UAE on April 19, 2007, 4:07 GMT

    Salam, Yes i believe PCB took right decision to appoint Malik as captain of the team. The same happened in the past when Miandad took over the charge when Asif Iqbal resigned after failure in the Pak-Indo Series. We wish Malik good luck.

  • aamir akhund on April 19, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    i dont think we should be getting to any conclusion about who will be appointed as captian although i will have no doubt of shoib malik being captian now that yonis has steped out of the race. i have folled shoib from his start as a pakistani cricketer and he has improved greatly. Making him the captian will be the best thing for pakistan cricket. But there is just one problem. I dont trust our cricket board and specially its president.

  • Rohaan on April 19, 2007, 3:40 GMT

    Friends most of us think that BOOM BOOM Afridi should be appointed as captain of struggling Pakistan team. But folks we know that it’s not in our hands and let’s see what PCB decides.

  • Muhammad Khan on April 19, 2007, 3:38 GMT

    I dont think Malik has a good techniq, I doubted if he has ever performed well outside sub-continent, but he seems like a very matured and a lot of time quite sensible player, he seems to hold his nerves and try to stay around till the end while he is batting.But I doubted if I have seen him performing under difficult conditions. But hopefully he will do good after becoming the captain of PAk side. I wish him luck, I hope he will bring new talent to the Pak side. I think Afridi was a better choice, but even Shoaib is good. New players should come in the side, PCB should support new captain, and give him strength, I dunno how Shoaib can improve his english?????, I believe the manager of the side and the PCB official should work out the issue, as no matter whome do you select as captain, we can not find ppl like Imran or Wasim all the time who can speak good English, all of our players come from our system, and english is not even our third or fourth language,,,,,,so the pcb official should come up with the plans to boost the confidence of the players, so that they dont hide from the media, or dont feel shy of going to the interviewer, THere has to be a formula, they can be taught. The bottom line is, English cant be a criteria of being a captain of the side, buut the performance and the cricketing smart mind, and leadership skills should be, how can one be a good leader if he is shy of speaking poor english?????, if most of us cant speak good english, well thats OK, buut english is still the most common language, and a leader should be able to over come these sort of issues, and show the team mates that he can tackle it. I hope SHoaib proves to be a real smart PAkistani.

  • Farrukh Koraishy on April 19, 2007, 3:01 GMT

    Hi Kamran!

    Dont you think that Malik, Afridi and Razzak are purely one day material and making one of them as test captain would be wise?

    The only players who automatically qualify for both test and ODI teams are Yousuf, Younis (althought retired from ODIs!??), Asif, Gul and Shoaib Athtar (when fit!!!)...

    of these Yousuf should have been made captain...maybe make Malik vice captain to groom him plus give him time improve his batting to replace Inzamam at test level...This seems more logical..

    By assuming that senior players (which is half the team) will play fine under Malik is like fooling ourselves. Pakistan is not SA, and in our culture and traditions (although wrong), seniority (in terms of age) is a huge thing! We all know this!

    However, in this case both age and ability make Yousuf far superior to Malik! We need a captain who is also a world class player and lead the "boys" from the front!! Only practically seeing him lead will show us how good a "cricketing mind" he has. Plus very importantly, he is perhaps the only one who was never banned and is controversy free!

    I remember in the early eighties, PCB tried a similar misadventure by making Miandad captain, which quickly resulted in a revolt and removal of Miandad! History as we all know repeats!

    Please give me your views!? Thanks!!

  • mishal kashif on April 19, 2007, 2:48 GMT

    i would've given captincy to afridi and have malik be a vice-cap. because afridi is aggressive and as his domestic record shows he bats better as captain and makes very good, aggressive tactical changes. Malik should be vice-cap. so he can learn as he goes on and also afridi has been in cricket for 10 years and is a senior player. He is only 27...

  • Shahid on April 19, 2007, 2:47 GMT

    Oh yeah they are all so pious and religious.. NOT!! They would refuse to share a room with Youhana because they would claim he was a "dirty kafir" These are your so called pious and fair Muslims in the Pakistan team. They are hell bent on converting Kaneria as well. It is an embarassment. I dont see Zaheer Khan, or Mohd Kaif changing their religion. Why does it have to happen in our team?? As far as the comment about the 20th floor. Listen Bro, we are hear to discuss cricket and I am going to post and call out every non cricket post again and again to show all of you how you deviate from the topic. Commenting on non muslims has NOTHING to do with this topic. Mohd Yousuf may be simple and sleeping in mosques, but does he know when to pull fine leg up and when to send it back. His simplicity is admired - IN THE MOSQUE. Our most successful captains (Imran, Wasim, Miandad) all were not "simple". Steve Waugh was not a mormon. Get over it.

  • ShoaibMalik on April 19, 2007, 2:13 GMT

    Oh god. How long will I last now that I am given the captaincy ? How soon they will start burning my effigies and insulting me and my family ?..

  • Ravi from OZ on April 19, 2007, 1:30 GMT

    Dear Shoaib (Shoaib Malik),

    You are making a mistake by saying that "YOU DESERVE THE CAPTAINCY MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE".

    What gives you this right? It's ARROGANCE to say that others don't deserve as much EXCEPT YOU.

    Kamran Abbasi says

    Quote

    But Malik, unlike Imran, is yet to convince everyone that he fully deserves his place in both teams

    End Quote

    If he is right, you should aim at holding your place in the team first before making comments that you deserve captaincy more tha anyone else.

    You have already started putting other people down in your team. You are creating divisons.

  • Waqar Sarwar on April 19, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    Very wise decision choosing Malik as a Captain. Now its comes to peoples who want Afridi, Akhtar and Yousaf to be captain.

    Afridi - dont even have permanent place in team. Akhtar - fitness, attitude, ego problem. Yousaf - Too soft for players like Pakistani team.

    Reply to Khan - before saying Malik involved in match fixing in domestic go and give and proof for that just saying doesnt make him bad player.

    Malik is good choice because he has led the side well in domestic cricket won even 2 twenty/20 tournament and some domestic trophy.

    Atleast appoint him till Twenty/20 World Cup coming up. He will prove how can he play.

  • Jaanasheenster on April 19, 2007, 1:19 GMT

    Now that we have a punjabi captain, let's wait for another avalanche of players from our dear province with 1-chance players from elsewhere. We'll never learn will we? Still the "zaat" of the players prevailed over their cricketing abilities!!! Other provinces, minorities, heck even new Muslims need not apply...

  • Rafakat Khan on April 19, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    afridi as captain , what a JOKE

    i dont know why you are saying afridi as a possible captain , especially you kamran abbasi, for sum reason you seem to hype up afridi and im sure if it was up to you he would be captain , open the batting and open the bowling , lolz , his a liability and the fact he has been in and out of the team his whole career lies testament to that , furthermore the fact he gets himself banned for stupid reasons like dancing on pitches and waving bats at spectators cuz his got out for another duck is criminal esp since it got him banned from the first two matches of the world cup

    well done pakistan , shoaib malik was a great choice for captain , abdul razzaq should be made vice captain and personally i think the likes of afridi , shoaib akhtar , younis khan ect should be disregarded forever we dont need heroes with big egos , we should also disregard the likes of imran farhat , hafeez, salman butt, taufiq umar, kamran akmal, imran nazir, azhar mahmood ect they have had their chances and messed up over and over again , they cant handle pressure and got no passion , guts or fight in them

    we need good consistent brave passionate team players

    lets make a new pakistan and BRING IN THE U19 PLAYERS WHO HAVE WON 2 WORLD CUPS , their is such an abundance of talent in pakistan , i gaurantee that if pakistan can bring out the talent and surprise the world in 4 years time like they did in the 1999 world cup where new talent was bred into the team

    then we can win the next world cup

    like everyone is saying

    OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW!!!!!!

  • Gary Niblock on April 19, 2007, 0:50 GMT

    Given the logic behind the PCB's thinking, the real surprise is that they have not approached Michael Vaughan yet to captain the side LOL

    Malik in odis:

    41 avg in Asia 17 avg outside

    Will PCB have one captain for the tracks Malik doesnt fancy it on?

  • Ahmed aka Phil Jackson on April 19, 2007, 0:16 GMT

    "spot on", "u have hit the nail" "amazing post kamran" lol no one said it in the Post we cant miss that in here. Malik is a good choice for now I would rather see Afridi to captain the side...but afridi isnt that reliable or what no he is left out..Kamran can you please give us an update on Asif and Akhtar thanks.

    LOL !, ok arslan u took the words out of my mouth.

    Posted by: Arslan at April 18, 2007 5:49 PM

    This dude Javed A Khan should be on FBI most wanted list for twisting the facts and talking so much. Are you retired dude? do something productive, get a life.

  • Faraaz on April 19, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    Making Malik captain was a fantastic decision, he seems to be the most intelligent cricketer on the team at the moment and clearly there are very few players who have a problem with him. Obviously he will need a lot help in his first several outings, but with Younis declining there was no time to groom him as vice-captain. Malik is one of the best players on the team, he bats with a purpose, handy with the ball and his fielding is the best on the side. A captain serves to lead by example and though he may not be the most vocal player, he provides that powerful influence in the field. I always felt that Inzamam was partially resposible for Pakistan's terrible fielding. Players watching him field would follow his example of laziness and that has really dented the team. Malik should provide Pakistan with a powerful example on the field and the players will be more willing to raise their game.

    Mohammad Yousuf is a great batsman, but in my opinion not captain material. He seems very disinterested in everything but batting (in a similar mold to Inzamam). Obviously he has seniortiy but it does not seem that he will bring anything new to the table, just another version of Inzamam's captaincy.

    In all honesty, I cannont understand the "debate" about Afridi being captain. The answer is no, just no. At this stage in his career he still has shown little sign of having a cricketing brain or even maturity to command respect. Keep in mind, Afridi is a vital assest to the team and one of my favorite players, but as a captain? One noticable problem with him is his anger- he seems to have one of the shortest fuses of any player I have ever seen. There is a difference between passion and anger, and Afridi frequently crosses this line, obviously not something a captain should be doing. If Afridi was appointed captain he would do too much with himself, at the expense of the team.

    This decision will be nothing but positive for Pakistan and ever since he has started playing it was clear he was being misued as a player. Hopefully Malik will start using himself to his full potential (battting higher up the order and bowling more overs- especially in ODIs) because he honestly has the capability to handle the pressure and will add another dimension to the team.

  • Muhammad Akram on April 18, 2007, 23:56 GMT

    PCB is going to do an another blonder if they appoint Shoib Malik as Pakistan Captain. No dout Malik is one of the key players of Pakistan cricket team but he is too young to ahve this big job, specially at this tragic problem with Pakistan cricket team. The PCB should be bold enough to appoint Muhammad Yousuf as captain and younus or Malik as vice captain. there was a news that the new captain would be appointed in preparation to the 2011 world cup. Let me clear one thing, Pakistan never ever prepare few months before the start of any world cup, how can they say that the appointment of captain is in the preparation of the next world cup, which is four years away. Finally, I can only pray for Pakistan cricket team. Good luck Paki's.

  • Zafar on April 18, 2007, 23:47 GMT

    This is a disrespect to Mohammad Yousuf. Is this what he deserve after having a legendary year? Malik may have been a better choice but he lost my trust when he deliberately lost the game. Who knows what was the real factor behind it but never the less what stops other to believe he will not do this again?

  • peter pan on April 18, 2007, 23:43 GMT

    Deja vu: Miandad was once made the captain after a disastarous tour of India when he was fairly young in very similar circumstances. Asif Iqbal had retired, Mushtaq was out of favor, Majid and Zaheer out of form and Imran Khan not interested. Sounds familiar. Guess what happened next. Everyone ganged up against Javed Miandad who had to eat humble pie and was removed after a solitary series. The more things change the more they stay the same or so it appears in Pakistan Cricket.

  • Shibili Ahammed on April 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    Well, first of all Good luck and prayers for Shoaib Malik and his future team. This is an experiment and it is not a bad time for an experiment. I am not a fan of making senior players the captain, but again the senior players must follow the instructions of the captain. We had several bad experiences in the past. Let that not be repeated.

    One way this helps the seniors players as they can concentrate better on their performances, but Shoaib Malik also has to take in the stirde and respect the seniority and thier knowledge in the game. Seniors has to help him out in getting the job done.

    Let us pray and hope for the best.

    Inshallah, we will strike back

    Shibili Ahammed

  • khansahab on April 18, 2007, 23:27 GMT

    In reponse to Osman Ali Khairi,

    Dude, chill out. I did not state in my post that I use that particular word for Pakistani players. I may, under my breath, use the English equivalent to vent my frustration which I hope you will agree does not sound as pungent. You think I have a “serious problem” but I think you need a reality check. Some of us feel so passionate about the game that we can utter some unpleasant words every now and then to curb our angst. If you feel so passionate about someone who lets you down, you can lose your temper and resort to swearing; it happens to everyone. As far as posting on this blog is concerned, I have never used debased words in my posts and neither have I made any insinuations as regards swearing. So I don’t know why your blood pressure is getting out of control.

    In response to Wasim Saqib,

    You have wished Malik well and hoped that the new Selection Committee carries on its job with honesty and without prejudice. I agree with you and I do really hope this Committee looks at merit, as it seems that the previous committee and most past committees have been looking for other criteria in selecting players. If Asif has recovered that is good news. But he should not be made vice captain by any means. He does not have the awareness and I think the rest of the world will see Pakistan as a debauched society yet again if a player arguably still carrying traces of drugs in his body is promoted to vice captain.

    In response to “sayeed”,

    Dude, the first and foremost reason for why Yousuf is not the frontrunner in the captaincy competition is because he is not leadership material. Look at his personality; he doesn’t have the dynamism. That is the criterion most people consider when they think about Yousuf. I don’t think this criterion matters that much for me personally. However, Yousuf’s Tableeghi mentality does affect my stance. We don’t want our overseas cricket trips to be “conversion missions.” There is nothing wrong with being religious. But when religion is promulgated like what Inzi & co do, that takes the focus off cricket.

    In response to Asif,

    You are advocating unity and harmony which is commendable. But can you refrain from using the term “Mohajir”? It is perceived inappropriate in some circles as can lead some individuals to assume that there is no sense of “belonging” for these people. The matter is not easy to articulate as it’s controversial but perhaps you should stick to the term “Urdu speaking.” Unless you are referring to Afghani migrants that is :-) Also, Asif, I would love to believe that cricket brings everyone together but sadly that isn’t true. The Pakistani team has a history of language/ethnicity based factions and alliances, which is pathetic considering that in the neighbouring country India the Muslim and Hindu cricketers are so unified and committed in their purpose. The truth is that this “controversy” exists in every sinew of our society, whether it is our politics, our media, our sports etc. I know I can be blamed for bringing this topic out in the open repeatedly but I don’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. As Pakistanis we should all have freedom of opinion and freedom of criticism regarding the way we believe our society is run and controlled.

  • MOS on April 18, 2007, 22:58 GMT

    Quote "Posted by: Fahad at April 18, 2007 4:10 PM

    hahaha is it just me or is Shoaib Malik actually posting on this blog aswell? I find this quite hard to believe "

    ^ Its just you. I am not Malik and neither are the other posters. Grow up!

  • MUBASHIR on April 18, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    i would have opted for afridi to lead the side---but lets see wht malik can do--i guess he might be the perfect choice in the end---u never know u might see malik on 24thseptember holding the 20/20 debut W.cup!!afrid should be the vice captain according to me--check out both of them gud spinners gud fielders--one gud finisher (malik)and the other can be a surprise package on his day:P:P:P(afridi)--the cornered tigers will claw back again INSHALLAH mubashir

  • Salman Qayyum (UK) on April 18, 2007, 22:39 GMT

    For Mr. Candy oh sorry I mean Andy!

    If you please read all comments in current and previous topic you will understand as fact that mostly people have strong aversion to captain Muhammad Yousaf. Because he is like Inseam A very much religious and scrupulously faithful person who will try to preach Islam even on cricket grounds in preference of acute interest in cricket, even I am pretty sure that PCB did not make him captain because of his monastic activities. This contradicts your statement that he transformed into Muslim to become a captain is totally deviating from truth.

    Second thing as all of us here including me, we are born to be a Muslim, I can easily say that my religion or believes might not be that strong as compare to Muhammad Yousaf, because he has embraced Islam by comparing all other religions whole heartedly. Islam has nothing to do with his cricket or personal interests. He had cleared it so many times in interviews that because of Islam he has been strictly observant of commitments and rediscovered himself, which come up in a result of good temperament for his batting skills

    I tell you what when he was in England last year, my friend met with him he was so humble and down to earth. All I can say about him in this glamorous and fascinating life of cricket where everyone love to live in five star hotel or spend time on beaches, Yousaf bhai was sleeping in the mosque on carpets instead of his five star hotel room.

    Once a kafir always a kafir isn’t true these guys when they see non believers like you, they think you like a child on the roof of the 20th floor building who is creeping towards the edge where he can easily fell down , but the child is totally unaware of this fact . So non-believers are same that they moving towards hell slowly and steadily. These guys are just trying to save that child, which could be one of us.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on April 18, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    This is in response to the posts by: khansahab at April 18, 2007 2:48 PM. Firstly, Malinga does not THROW. Unlike Shoaib who has a major kink in his bowling action, Malinga has a very LOW ARM action, resulting in an impression that he throws. It is reminiscent of Waqar's delivery style, when he would be running into bowl with an old ball. As it is, Malinga’s action is within the 15 degree requirement set by the ICC and hence, the whole notion that the non-Asian umpires are apprehensive to confront him does not emanate. Secondly, with regards to the use of foul language, I totally agree with Mr. Nawaz Janjua. Yes, we have all used that term but to use it here, is highly inappropriate and well, should be censured and not condoned. Just like we avoid using such terms at work or even in classrooms primarily because of their negative and derogatory connotations, I believe Kamran Abbasi shouldn’t permit posts encompassing such abusive expressions. As for Khan Sahab and his justification for calling the team ‘Ch***’, it’s preposterous and absurd to read that resorting to this term is what makes him feel better about himself. Yes, the team played poorly. I was as disgusted and dejected with the team’s performance as many others here. But that does not give us the right to call them disparaging terms. If cursing them (whether here or at home) is what Khan Sahab needs to sleep well at night, then I think he has a serious problem.

  • RSN on April 18, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    I am not sure whether this is the right move. Whatever be the justifications, the fact remains he "threw away" a match. And I don't think he has established himself well enough in both forms of the game to command and demand respect and performance from his mates.

    Clearly, PAk doesn't have options/candidates worthy enough to stake a claim. Giving the mantle to Mo.Yo will seem like backpedalling into more religious domain(which the team wants to shed badly). And "series by series" concept is ridiculous if you want some tangible improvement over a period of time.

    the board simply had to pick someone and is crossing for some serious miracles to happen!

  • RA (Chicago) on April 18, 2007, 21:42 GMT

    This Afridi vs Malik debate is useless. Neither one is capable, but if you put a gun to my head, I would choose Malik over Afridi. There are generally 2 types of captains:

    a. Do as I do, and b. Do as I say

    Imran Khan was definitely in the ‘a’ category like Wasim, Ponting and Smith - they lift the team by their own performance. On the other hand someone like Michael Vaughan, Mike Brearley or even Stephen Fleming to an extent are in the ‘b’ category, they are master tacticians.

    As far as Malik and Afridi go they are neither IMO – neither great performers nor great tacticians. Afridi is plain stupid if you ask me – the way he bats, the way he acts (swinging bat at a spectator, dancing on the pitch, “retiring” from tests when dropped for a match or 2 etc. etc.), imagine if he did something like that as captain! Malik is also blotted with the throwing of 20-20 although it’s not as embarrassing as Afridi’s antics.

    Moving on to fighting abilities and the “tiger” label that goes around so freely in Pakistan cricket talk (IMO there was only one real tiger and that was the guy who lifted a world cup and drew 3 consecutive series with the best team of the time when all others were being blown away, rest of the so called tigers are just pussy cats). Afridi is only a tiger when the wicket is flat and the ball’s trajectory is straight. Malik’s footwork against the moving ball is not much better, BUT he did make that 148* vs Murali and co. on a last day pitch under immense pressure. Somehow I don’t see Afridi ever doing that (he was backing away towards fine leg when Harmison was on song at Old Trafford).

    In conclusion, whichever way you look at it, the future looks pretty bleak for Pakistan cricket. We have 2 good batsmen (Y & Y) and one decent bowler (Asif). I started watching cricket around 1986-87 and through the 90s. There were players with the X-factor who could change a game in minutes (Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Saqlain). There is no one of that caliber right now, the one person who had the potential chose to flush it down the drain (surely you know who I’m talking about). I hope I’m proven wrong (sigh!).

    And please guys, take the Toronto v Montreal v Nova Scotia v who-the-hell-cares debate elsewhere and keep the wives / religion out of it!

  • Virginia Boy on April 18, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Well first of all mr andy or whoever you are that comented that once a kafir, always a kafir..should stop bothering about others in religious matters. coming to point...Malik is definetly the best choice and for his deputy I would put razzaq as he is only famous for his aggressiveness on and off the field. He is the one who can really stand by Malik and lead the team to the direction that they should...BE RUTHLESS you are on field to win not to test/try like AUSSIES they don't try/test even if they are facing young teams like Ireland. No offence to Ireland as they beat Pakistan but it's more because of Pakistan's unstability rather their (Ireland's) good performance.

    So ya I would say Malik should be the right choice.

  • sayeed on April 18, 2007, 21:15 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf should be made captain for the following reasons, 1.most senior player 2.best batsman in pakistan 3.in form 4.mature the reason he is not made captain is because he is very religious and has a long beard. Unfortunately, that's the state of the so called muslim country.

  • Abdul Baseer on April 18, 2007, 21:06 GMT

    How come the things are moving in the right direction when all the brave policy level decisions are not taken? Just appointing one person as a captain is no indicator of improvement. All the PCB management is the same which implies that nothing is going to change on long term basis. Same favourism and corruption culture is going to prevail for future years also...at least I can't see any thing positive out of this decision... we need to take some practical steps instead of shutting our eyes and thinking everything has become alright.

  • Abdul Latif on April 18, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    Is this the guy who demanded money for an interview with the media? now he may have to pay them for interviews :)

  • Faisal from LA on April 18, 2007, 20:51 GMT

    PCB has made an excellen decision. Malik and Asif are down to earth kind of guys. They are young, talented and have future in pakistan cricket. Younis Khan wasn't worth a spot in the team. he shoudl retire from ODI. Pakistan cricket will be starting from scratch, we all need to stay calm and shouldn't panic on this decision. I think out of all the players malik was the best choice (Yousaf was another good option).

  • Bota on April 18, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    This is the only possible solution..I think Malik will not be a great caption to start with, but its the best PCB has for the moment. Younous might be a better decision maker but may not turnout to be a good captain. Afridi and Razzaq ... Don't even think about it.

    PCB shoulld make sure that they are consistant with their captains I remember a Pak team with 9 former captains and VC's. They also had a reserve Wk Rashid Latif who captained, the wk on the field was also a former capatin by the name Moin Khan, Pak certainly have a lot of captains. PCb should make sure the past is not repeated.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 18, 2007, 20:47 GMT

    If PCB is going to appoint M.Asif as the Vice Captain it means that they are sure he has fully recovered that's good news. The biggest job which lies ahead is for the new selection committee,they are the ones who are going to build this new team,and I hope they perform their job with honesty and without any prejudice. The new selection committee must consider a few things before they select anybody.

    They should not soley rely on averages,as everbody knows that the standard of our domestic cricket is not very high,the amount of challenge or adversity these players face while scoring those runs is nothing as compared to what they will face in International Cricket. This is one of the reasons that players like Salman Butt,Hassan Raza,Misbah ul Haq,and Faisal top the batting charts in domestic cricket but whenever they are given a chance in International Cricket they fail miserably. In short if a batsman scores 100 against a weaker bowling attack, he should not be given preference over a player who scores 35-40 runs against the top bowlers.

    In past we have seen most of the young players who are selected, their game is only single dimensional,which means that they can play only a few shots and they score most of their runs on those shots,hence their game becomes predictable and the opposing teams exploit their weaknesses by bowling in certain areas. We have seen Imran Farhat getting out trying to cut the bowl outside off stump,now imagine if he was able to pull the same ball Like hayden will any body dare to bowl him in that area, I dont think so. Their is nothing wrong with Imran Farhat,Hafeez, Butt and some others its only that these players should work hard to add more shots to their game and play according to the field placed. All these new players are going to step into some big shoes so they will have to make their game more dynamic if they want to succeed. Good luck to shoaib.

  • Brian in Toronto on April 18, 2007, 20:38 GMT

    Hello Pakistani cricket fans,

    I am still mourning the death of Mr. Bob Woolmer and Pakistan's premature exit from the world cup and have lost interest, just like many of you, about this world cup. Anyway, about the captain of Pakistan, I am stunned that Yousef wasn't chosen. He has been the vice captain for a number of years, and also the captain a couple of times. Under an effective coach, he can correct his past mistakes or whatever is needed to be a useful, intelligent and hopefully sucessful captain. With a junior and unproven player like Malik given the captaincy of both tests and ODI, it is sure to create divisions in the team. Even Afridi and Razzak are better choices as they have more experience and the personalities to produce under pressure. Malik had a good worlk cup compared to all other Pakistani batsmen, but that doesn't mean he should be given the captaincy. Even though Mr. Bob Woolmer suggested that Malik would be a good captain one day, I'm sure he wouldn't have agreed that Malik be given the reins right now. I sincerely hope that the PCB reconsider their decision and give the captaincy to Yousef or Afridi or Razzak (the senior most players) and the vice captaincy to Malik. And what would happen if Malik, as captain, gets caught with his suspect bowling action and gets banned for a year? The PCB should also give the captaincy for a minimum of 4 test/ODI series to allow the captain enough time to lead his team sucessfully. Anyway, all the best to the Pakistani cricket team and best wishes to its fans and supporters.

    Cheers, Brian

  • Atif - Florida on April 18, 2007, 20:27 GMT

    Shoiab may be good choice at this stage, but will not work out in future, specially when you have players with lot of attiude around you. Shoaib Akhter will be on the top of the list and will create lot of issues within the team. Mohammed Yosif is the only player who is consistent in this team along with Asif, the rest of them need to be retired from ODI's and fresh blood need to be given chance with a comprehensive training in the game along with behaviour management. I play with one of the top batsmen in Westindies team, one key thing why he is a great player, got a down to earth attitude and fighting sprit. These players, captain need to be told in a very clear tone that we pay you for this job and it is a job, if you dont do it you will be sacked forever...set some examples ...Good Luck Shoaib Malik hope you can take this responsibility.

  • Khan on April 18, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    Shoaib Malik in involved in domestic match fixing. How can u make him a captain?

  • Ateeq Bajwa on April 18, 2007, 20:15 GMT

    Pakistan team really need new blood to change the situation what younis has done its his choice but i cant belive some one can not take the honour to lead his country.As much as Malik he is the best choice he got enoungh experince on international scene got very good cricketing brain and I hope he gets all the support from the team as well he should be given full chance to prove himself which I think he can.Malik and yousaf has good relationship and we al hope Yousaf will do what he has do to help the younger team mate GOOD LUCK MALIK MAKE US ALL PROUD

  • aftab on April 18, 2007, 19:50 GMT

    I dont agree with the idea of a young captain and i can bet that oyr future capatin will be Younis khan or M Yousaf.We all know that that we change our mind very quickly after a bad performance.I remember when inzi won a crucial test match single handedly against Bangladesh (the than minnow)everybody was saying that he is a historian Skipper.But know what happend the only thing that we are out of the world cup and we lost to the minnow Ireland thats why we are looking for a change.Why we had a VC from the last two or more years because he was a young one by that time and if today he is refusing on some principal grounds so why we are not taking them serious and try to resilve them for ever.Why every time when we lost a match we want some different. The only on consistancy as a nation we have is to bring changes. My suggusion would be to appoint Inzi as test Captain and Younis Khan as ODI captain. I know they both are reluctant but you acn give them a chance.

  • Hamza Naqvi on April 18, 2007, 19:49 GMT

    Captaincy is given on series by series basis! We all know that it's complete foolishness. PCB doesnot know it?? Obviously they do. But they are clever enough not to declare a long term captain in order to avoid criticism from senior players/ media etc, in case the new captain turns out to be a blunder. Shoaib Malik looks like a good choice. But things will get very clear after the first series itself, either Malik will be bye-bye OR handed the proper responsibility of permanent captaincy. Hopefully it's the latter.

  • Anjum Islahi on April 18, 2007, 19:39 GMT

    According to Islamic traditions, I believe the most pious should lead the faithfull. Therefore, with due considerations of the length of beards, I believe Mo Yo is the right choice. We cannot have a different imam during jamat prayers and another guy to lead us on cricket field. If Malik is given captaincy he better grow a bigger beard than Mo Yo.or PCB needs to appoint a touring molavi with the team (kind of a non playing imam as opposed to non playing captain like S Butt).

  • junaid on April 18, 2007, 19:39 GMT

    kamran..i tink u have jumped the gun here. malik's aapointment is mere speculation as of now...so lets wait till the official announcment is made before we start praising PCB. u can never be too sure with anything when its the PCB ur talkin abt. before you know it..youni khan mite be announced as the new skipper. so lets wait ..and seee

  • Naeem on April 18, 2007, 19:32 GMT

    I like Malik as a player. Those fighting spirits are always handy however I would say we badly need afridi as captain and Malik as vice captain. No one can match the aggression of afridi which the whole team needs at the moment and we know from the past that his performance improves when he is given responsibility. Malik will find it hard to handle the seniors whereas Afridi will not have such problems and even if he does I think he will be sort them out quite nicely and in his own ways. Malik as captain is going to be good only if he gets full support of his team mates. I wish him well if he gets the captaincy. Naeem

  • Shahid on April 18, 2007, 19:30 GMT

    I have never posted before. I am only posting because I am quite disgusted by some of the religious preaching going on this blog. Listen we have a right to oppose the OBVIOUS over religiosity of this team. It has destroyed the good name of Pakistan Cricket and it was nothing but a sham for them to make some more money.. the beard was a disguise. Save the preaching for the mosque. There was a post from a chap from Jeddah, my message to him is - STAY THERE. Pakistans youth is moving on. We believe in educating our women, and empowering them. We want to be part of the world community- like many other intelligent Muslim nations like Jordan, Egypt etc etc. I am sick and tired of living in a country acting like it is a clone of Iran and Saudi Arabia. They can afford to be insular, they have more oil than they know what to do with. We dont. Neither do Indonesia and malaysia. If these guys want to preach they should retire. Excellence in sport requires single minded sacrifice. It takes priority over family, friends, personal choices and yes...even over religious preaching. And in any case, anybody in the know has the real information.. and that was that the real reason Mushy was made coach was that he was the man who recieved the cash by hand. Another reason to keep religion out of the team, religion can be abused and used as a smokescreen

  • adeel khan on April 18, 2007, 19:15 GMT

    i a pathan , hails from Karachi , living in dubai and a devote to islam and dawaa. but i support shoaib . he is best choice. yousuf is great great batsman, but not the guy who can give you a motivating speech with anger. thats what we need now.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 18, 2007, 19:11 GMT

    Sameer: Thanks for showing your concern about our fast bowling options,but I think you should be more concerned about India's fast bowling options right now,as far as Pakistan is concerned you will be surprised to know their are several bowlers in pakistan who can bowl around 90 mph,but when I look at India's fast bowling options they are as depleted as ever.

    Muhabatullah Ghamgeent April 18, 2007 2:23 PM :

    I think you are mostly observing the body parts of cricketers while watching a match if you had ever focused on the game itself then you might have had remembered that Salim Malik was one of the best Wristy batsman produced by Pakistan after Zaheer You forgot his innings against WI where he batted with a single hand against the likes of Walsh and Marshall, but however I do agree with you on the morality Part.

  • tony on April 18, 2007, 19:08 GMT

    why was mohammed yoosuf not given the captaincy.he is the best cricketer by far.i believe in the pcb set up his islamic values went agst him and the ad man malik was given the preference.pls re member that pakistan is a muslim country and being religious shd never be held against you- shoaib will fail as captain because he does not deserve his place in the side. tony

  • Dr Faizullah Khawaja on April 18, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Making Malik captain is a good choice but he should be given a long run. PCB has already shot him in the leg saying that it is temporary. Our so called seniors will make sure that he fails so in few months we will be back to square one.We should make him captain full stop like south africa did with smith.Those who do not perform should be rested and not the captain.Inzi should be dropped altogather. Younis should be rested. Kamran should be replaced. The rest probably retained.Ofcourse Rana has to go .

  • Ali on April 18, 2007, 18:51 GMT

    Good Luck Malik. I personally wanted Malik to be the captain not because of his performance but because of leadership qualities. If we talk about Imran khan alot is not because he was outstanding player but because he was leader and knows exactly what to do. Malik, a little bit younger, dose have some of the leadership qualities which needs to be polished. Therefore PCB should also focus on personal gromming of the players as well and for that there should be team coaching for non crickting things like commmunication skills, self believe, confidence and body language. We Pakistanies are born cricketers but we lack right attitude. I was reading somewhere, probably on Cricinfo, when Imran was captan, he was not only a captain but also a spokes person for the team and Nation. I guess the captain should be taught communication skills,confidence, body language and attitude to lead the team from the front.

    Keeps uur thumbs Up and hope for the best.

    Ali Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Sitarah Anjum-London on April 18, 2007, 18:43 GMT

    I would still back up Afridi for captaincy. It's true he does not have consistency in his batting and no control sometime over his boiling head but think who's responsible for it? It's the PCB, selection committee and Captain who never tried to work on any player to improve them. There are problems with every single player. Who is perfect? Nobody... PCB have to see positives and negatives as well as use their brains (if they have any!) before deciding the future captain, vice captain and coach. They should not go by just the statistics on papers and do not go for seniors and juniors thing. Those who deserve whether junior or senior must be given the opportunity. The decision to select the captain until Sep indicates that PCB is not sure about their own step/decision they are just about to take and want to see what it brings and if they see any revolt/chaos within the team then revoke their decision and change the captain. However it's a fact that this will only bring uncertainty in the mind of captain and he would be looking towards all the other players for their support and if they did not co-operate then he is going to fail! In my opinion Afridi should be in the whole process whether as captain or vice captain. If PCB has to play gamble with immature player like Shoib Malik who said after throwing 20/20 match that nobody lives forever and play cricket all his life. He just wants to please Allah! This was his answer when asked by Ramiz in the post match ceremony that how his forfeiture would affect his chances of future captaincy. You can imagine how he would be leading the team if become the captain!! What to expect from a cricketer? They are paid heavily to play and perform and earn Rizq-e Halal by this profession and if they do not do any justice then they're infact displeasing Allah and living on Haraam earnings! Message for all those who mix up religion with sport and talk big. There’s nothing wrong being religious but being honest with your first priority in the ground, is it what religion Islam teaches or would some people say that Sports is not important compared to religion? I'd suggest in this case then please leave cricket and join the missionary and see if you get millions of rupees by doing that? What a hypocrisy!!!!

    We Pakistani’s are so good in giving lame excuses and applying Islam only where it suits one individual. Nobody talks about honesty, integrity and sincerity. I am not a fundamentalist but practice Islam in a moderate way however it does not mean that when I’m at work I start preaching others and neglect my work. My boss will either give me a warning to focus at my work or kick me out!

    So why cant PCB take tough action against those who are becoming extremist and trying to impose their religiousness on others and not doing justice to their job which is performing in the ground and showing their skills and experience when it matters the most.

    Now what do you people say about the new selection committee announced today? Salahuddin Mulla Ahmed, Shafqat Rana, Saleem Jaffar!! Can they really understand today’s fast cricket? I thought they will chose new and recently retired players who know more about the demands of modern cricket but PCB that is consisted of hand picked officials is following the same criteria. Go by name, use nepotism, favouritism and parchi!!! No way this selection committee can do any better than their predecessor! I’m sorry to give negative opinion but it’s the fact. Accept it or not…….

    About M.Yousaf, why should he not be considered for captaincy is 1. He does not have leadership qualities/skills/aggressiveness/sharpness, etc 2. It will affect his own batting performance as extra pressure and burden of captaincy would be too much for him to handle. See Rahul Dravid, he’s another example. 3. He’s already 30+ and is not suitable for this post in the long run.

    Let’s see what comes out from PCB’s bag tomorrow bcos they’re announcing the captain in few hours time! Good luck to Pak team…

  • Nila on April 18, 2007, 18:42 GMT

    Malik is the best choice for captain.

    But I have an issue with the press and pundits coming down hard on Younis Khan for refusing the top job. What is so wrong about turning down a position of resposibility when you think you cannot take the pressure, criticism etc. After all he must rank as one of the few Pakistani cricketers who turned down the glory of the top job. I cannot think of many. And Imran Khan is a bit disingenous when he asks why Younis didn't turn down the vice captaincy two years ago if he did not intent to be captain? Well, let me think, some not so minor developments took place in teh last month. The team's coach (to whom some players were very close) was murdered, it lost in the first round of the World Cup, was accused of match fixing and got pelted both physically and mentally by the fans. If Younis then says that he does not want it because it is not worth it for him, then I for one can sympathize with him. Why the outcry? Move on. Maybe he is not an Imran Khan (who badly wants to lead) but rather someone who wants to concentrate on test cricket.

    Give Malik a try. And I agree with you, he should have been made captain for two years. I only see bickering and infighting continuing with this match-to-match appointment as captain.

  • Umair from San Francisco, CA on April 18, 2007, 18:41 GMT

    Good choice in Malik. But appointing him for just a few months is a recipe for failure. Appoint him and a new coach for a duration of 2 years provided Malik can maintain his place in the side. Consistency is a key to stability and this is exactly what Pakistan Cricket needs. But as history will tell us PCB is a master of screw-ups and I am sure that tradition will continue. BTW now is a good opportunity to get rid of old farts like Salem Altaf. I watched an interview/debate of Salem Altaf and Waqar Younis on youtube.com...and tell you what Salem Altaf wants all the power and does not want to take any responsibilities...he is just talk, talk and talk but not walk. A major kiss-up whose opinions are simily non-sense.

  • SHEEJE on April 18, 2007, 18:40 GMT

    Something realy good done by PCB after a long time. I am against the policy of selecting captain on series by series basis as this would not lead to any good decision. If the policy is to select a young crickter then PCB should trust one and go for atleast one year.

  • Mahmood Hassan on April 18, 2007, 18:33 GMT

    S.Malik should have been the first choice all along. Y.Khan did not have what it takes. At this point in time Pakistan cricket needs a person with a balanced personality, a person who can be trusted and most importantly some one who can lead from the front. As we have all witnessed that Y.Khan does not have the mental strenght to take this role, i beleive S.Malik is the best option. We all know he is a clever cricketer, has good attitude, is an all rounder and has many years of cricket left in him; this formulae might result in one of the best leaders Pakistan has ever had(On and off the field!). To give S.Malik an honest chance a compatible coach has to be appointed now.

  • Habib W. Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 18:23 GMT

    Kamran Please add a voting system on your blog, so that people can select yes or no and then they could see the results. By the way another excellent column.

  • cb fry on April 18, 2007, 18:20 GMT

    dear kamran,

    firstly, let me correct your dodgy english. the word "hierarchy" should not be used as a ranking term. so malik cannot "rise above" it, as your headline suggests. the hier- part derives from the greek word meaning "sacred" or "priestly". the fact that hier- sounds like "higher" is no doubt why ignorant people have let it stray from its older meaning and now have it include the notion of ranking or order.

    secondly, what do you make of mushy ahmed's unbelievable start to the county championship? he's one the bearded brigade you've recently been slagging off (the softest of targets in this day and age). his open displays of his islamic faith have clearly not hindered his performances, nor moyo's. so let's debunk that myth once and for all.

    yours,

    cb fry

  • Kiran Ahmed - Toronto,ON on April 18, 2007, 18:14 GMT

    To: Javed Khan - Montreal Rambler - I would suggest a counter proposal. Why dont you leave Montreal and head down to B.C - I think the cold has gotten to you! Please get of the Afridi bandwagon. The man is a loser. Over-rated and under-performer - these are two words that describe Afridi. Maybe you can get him to Captain a high school team in Quebec - thats all he's good enough to lead. For the national team of Pakistan, we prefer sane people with talent and ability and Afridi does not qualify so thank you very much.

  • AZFAR on April 18, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi please start a thread to debate the new " SELECTION COMMITTE". The people it comprises off are at best once again, below par cricketers with no idea where this modeern day cricket is. Saleem Jafar, give me a break.. what is he doing as a selector. GEEZ.. Mannn it is so STUPID.. Hell with PCB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kashif on April 18, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    This is a great decision! We will only be able to succeed with an all-rounder as a Captain. Someone who understands bowling and batting. IK was an allrounder, WA an all rounder...Inzy..clearly displayed the defensiveness of a batsman in his captaincy...what we need is aggressiveness, a trait most often seen in attacking bowlers...now only if they could get it right with coach...Aaquib Javed seems to be the right choice...again, the aggression of a bowler!

  • Happy Always on April 18, 2007, 18:10 GMT

    Hello every1 gr8 article gr8 to see so many ppl with so positive comments indeed malik is a good choice and should be supported. and andy plz keep religion out of this yousuf is a gr8 player but changing religion is his personal decision its not at all related to cricket he did what he thought was right for him.we don't have any right to comment on that so plz avoid these kind of statements next time,and sry if any1 is offended Good luck cricket Good luck pakistan

  • Ali From Houston, USA on April 18, 2007, 17:59 GMT

    Hello Kamran, I think making Shoaib Malik as a captain is teh right choice. People saying Mohd. Yousuf as captain, all i want to say is " A good player does not mean he will be a good Captain". We saw Yousuf captin 3 test matches in Australia and he was lazier than inzi. I would luv to see Afridi as VC to give the team some aggression. Better to have an agrssive VC than a Cheerleader VC. Also Shoiab need to lead from font, i would luv to see him bat at #3 (one down) like Ricky Pointing as we Malik's avg as #3 is way better than his avg at #6 and he can lead from front that way. Also bring in a new player and replace Younis in ODI (he becoming more of a cry baby) and maybe start looking for a new Wicket Keeper, Kamran should not take his place as granted. recently his skills are going down (keeping and batting). Good luck to Malik and CO.

  • Rashid on April 18, 2007, 17:57 GMT

    Who stabilize Pakistan's batting? Who have the Experience? Where Pakistan's batting line would be without Yusuf? And Finally what did he do wrong? This will definitely effect Yusf's batting. If I were Yusuf , I would quit.

  • Rashid Khan on April 18, 2007, 17:56 GMT

    The decision to appoint Shoabi Malik basically points to two things: 1. Though Shoaib seems to be the right choice, he has not been appointed by PCB as first choice and hence has not been given the backing that a captain deserves. Hence, chances of success are remote though that will not be result of his leadership. 2. Younis does not deserve to be a captain. He had the best opportunity and the backing of PCB and yet he declined it. It is now apparent that he does not have the courage to accept the daunting challenge of bringing the team together. Lets accept one thing - the politics and the other pressures in Pakistan cricket and on the captain were always there and will not go away anytime soon. Good captains in the past, like Imran, Mushtaq had the courage to accept those challenges heads on and navigate the team accordingly. Every time Younis got the opportunity to captain the side he blew it. Once he got into confrontation with players (like Afridi) and for the ICC Champions trophy he made a mockery of the captaincy and failed as well. It is time that we fully support Shoaib on a longer term basis and also groom another youngster like Salman Butt to ensure cntinuity. My fear is that the senior players will not cooperate with Shoaib and he would not be able to ascertain his authority because of the limited mandate given to him. The captaincy would again fall back on Younis and then perhaps he will accept it gladly as he would have nothing to lose then. And the same old story will coninue. Rashid Khan New York, USA

  • ubaid on April 18, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    Boy!!!poor old Mohammad yousuf must be feeling pretty silly right now. Lets just set aside thee merits of shoaib malik being appointed to the post. But here is a guy (M.yousuf) who has been treated like " Ghar ki murghi daal barabar". we had been lifting younis' balls to be the captain before champion's trophy last year and he threw a temper tantrum, M.yousuf stepped up, and we didn't appreciate the gesture. This time around, once again , younis stank up pakistan cricket ( or he liked the lifting balls feeling the first time so much he wants it being done again and again). Yousuf stepped up, and we spit in his face again. Once again I am not debating the merits of of M. Yousuf being captain. But come on! lets show the guy some respect here. There are some things that are more important than winning, ( australians will have you believe otherwise) and this is one of them. We all like cinderella stories. Shoaib's is no less. We have this fantasy that he will do a great job, and I hope that he does. But some major losses , and everyone will find faults ( including Abbasi), we will go back to pleading with younis while he will sit on his high horse once again, and thats the way it shall be.

  • a pakistani on April 18, 2007, 17:50 GMT

    What in the world is ANDY talking about. Dude, you need to get off that pipe you are smoking. Yousuf was not selected a captain because firstly he is getting old, secondly he does not have aggressive approach and i dont think he'll be a good motivator. Shoaib malik at this moment seems like a good pick and we'll have to wait and see how our team does under his captaincy until september because that's when they evaluate his performance as a captain. But for crying out loud mr ANDY, stop saying that crap that you just said above or dont bother writing a comment.

  • Arslan on April 18, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    This dude Javed A Khan should be on FBI most wanted list for twisting the facts and talking so much. Are you retired dude? do something productive, get a life.

  • Dawar, LA USA on April 18, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    I do not see any changing in the attiude of PCB. Salim Altaf is still there. In last few years this man destroyed Pakistan cricket more than any one.

    If same team will play, you will get same results.

    I do not know what is the criteria to choose captain.

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

    After this kind of criminal act, you can still be a captain of Pakistan Cricket Team. What a bad example for our new generation... This is shame for us, I am very disappointed from the decission. Where are OUR QUAID PRINCIPALS?

    Here I think about PCB, They have no principals, no values and no character.

    I think we already lost next world cup. This was the way we destroyed our national game Hockey, now we are destroying cricket. I think time is very near when Bangladesh or Ireland beat Pakistan in Lahore.

    Regards, Dawar, USA

  • Aftab A. Qureshi on April 18, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    I think by appointing Shoaib as captain PCB will do what it had to do. There simply was not a better option. I am, however, disappointed with the gossip that he would be given just six months. In other words, Younis may still raise his hand and grab the captaincy after he has played through this English county season. He has now snubbed the Board twice on the captaincy offer. I dont think he should deserve another chance for a while. I would have preferred that Shoaib was given a longer term, at least two ODI and test series each. What can he do in six months with this battered team that has lost Inzamam (at least in ODIs)?

  • Osman Ali Khairi on April 18, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    Hmm. I have my trepidations regarding Malik's appointment. He might have the leadership qualities necessary to guide Pakistan out of the current crisis. But from where I see it, I doubt if his position in the side is guaranteed. In other words, I have my reservations regarding whether he is currently an automatic selection in the team and imperatively, whether he can develop into a consistent match winner for the squad in the near future. For as things stand today, I am yet to see Malik play a match winning innings or turn the match on its head (His innings against South Africa in Lahore being an exception). Malik has a perturbing tendency to score big in hopeless and abysmal circumstances (hitting an odd fifty when Pakistans chasing 300 but not so astonishingly happens to be loitering around at 90 for 8) and falter when Pakistan really needs him to stick at the wicket and play an important knock. So in hindsight, all that talk of him leading from the front goes out of the window. I have met Shoaib Malik personally and he seems to be a great guy. He even offered to buy my friends and I dinner when we went to visit the team at their hotel!! However, as nice as a person he may be, I doubt if Malik the captain is really the answer to our perpetual and never ending issues. Also, I don’t mean to digress, but the news regarding PCB firing 80 odd low level employees, boiled my blood. I’m surprised and rather disappointed that you (Kamran) have overlooked this nonsensical move. Firing the gardener, driver and other people that have absolutely no say in the administration of cricket in this country…really its another futile exercise. Accountability starts from the top. As much as I loathe resorting to the bashing of Nasim Ashraf, I really don’t see how this man can still continue to be the head of the most inefficient sports body in the country. Our problems will persist and aggravate, the longer the man’s tenure. Mark my words.

  • Avais Khalid on April 18, 2007, 17:36 GMT

    I think we should wait for the final decision to be formally released by the board. Nevertheless Shoaib would probably be one of the better contenders. He bats well at various spots and is an inspiration in the field. However I do agree that given the presence of senior players in the team he would have his job cut out as a captain. Having said that I would like to point to Srilanka who are doing so well under the captaincy of Jayawardene in the presence of senior players (Jayasuria, Muralitharan) and other possible contenders for captaincy (Sangakkara). I think the team can learn a thing or two from them as they all have been selfless in pursuing their objective of bringing pride to their nation. Lets hope that this fresh start really is a fresh start for the team and for their supporters. What has happened has happened ... The need of the moment is to think about the future and not repeat the mistakes that we have made over and over again the last decade or so

  • Asif on April 18, 2007, 17:23 GMT

    I would just like to comment on a few messages that I have read on this blog in this and the previous article about Younis Khan not accepting the captaincy. A few people made references to him being a pathan or things like "go back to mardan" etc etc which I think is totally inappropriate. Disclaimer, I'm not a pathan. Being a Pakistani I'm really offended that anyone would bring this out to critisize Younis. What he did was wrong but lets be fair., we don't know the whole story, he may have a valid reason or he may be traumatized from our ejection from the world cup and the loss of Bob Woolmer. Whatever the reason, his being pathan has nothing to do with it. This is Pakistani team, not mohajir, not punjabi and not a pathan team. Don't drag his ethnicity in these discussions. It only creates hatred in our already divided country. Cricket is one of the few things in Pakistan that brings people together so lets keep it this way please. Peace.

  • Tahir Khan on April 18, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    I notice that Kaneria has bowled over 36 overs for Essex today. Why was this allowed? Kaneria is a national asset that should be preserved and not frittered away on something as trivial as Essex Vs. Derbyshire.

  • A Kamran on April 18, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Sir,

    There are plenty of nay sayers including some "giants" from the past and people who write on your site. They will always be there with their "wisdom" and "solutions". How ever I think it is a good step in the right direction. Shoaib Malik is a cricketer who is hard working if not naturally gifted as a cricketer. In the end hard work always pays off. Natural ability and hard work together is genius, and genius is a commodity not too readily available, any where.

    Not to take anything away from Mr. Malik, all who know him will speak for his character and good sense ( read intelligence ). He is polite and treats every one with due respect whether it is a doorman at the Cricket Accademy, or the coach. He is also a reasonably good cricketer who can learn, improve and rise up to the challenge (his maiden century in Sri Lanka for instance). I believe that through his respectful manner he can win respect of the team including the senior players. This should help ease possible tensions in the team with his selection ( if indeed he is selected as the cat is not fully out of the hat yet and we know PCB and its workings ) as the captain. The big egos would need to be curbed for the sake of team unity.

    Sahibzada Shahid Ali Khan Apridi (there is no "f" sound in proper Pushto) or Shahid Afridi if you prefer, has been mentioned for the job as well. His aggression has been mentioned as the quality that makes him fit for the job. There is nothing more scintillating and thrilling then watching Mr. Afridi in full swing in the sport of cricket. But then there is aggression and there is aggression. Misdirected and uncontrolled aggression can be self destructive and also can be determental to others around, in this case the Pak Cricket team. That is the Achilles heel that can undo Mr. Afridi. Controlled, well directed aggression (you can think of a few international names but this blog is about Mr. Malik and Pak cricket) like a well directed ball can get a scalp, but even a viciously turning or lethally fast ball can be dispatched to the rope with ease if not pitched in the right area.

    Mr. Malik, in my view has the goods and he can deliver, but he will need support from his team mates and the gods of cricket in Pakistan. He would need a balance of support and advice from his senior colleagues and autonomy in order to be able to mature into a seasoned leader. His youth is on his side. In any case if history is any guide he has a long curvy road ahead of him with more than a few bumps in it. God speed Mr. Malik.

    A Kamran.

  • Omair on April 18, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    I think PCB has made a good decision in putting their trust in a youngster, however, to make it a short term stint is again backward thinking on their behalf. If we are building for the future, it is imperative that they create a sense of longevity amongst the team and more importantly the captain. I don't think that they should axe all the veterans as Malik will definitely need some experience players to guide him. Yousuf is a very good player but I don't think he could be a good captain. In addition, PCB should develop a plan that should entail the entire team taking English classes as all these guys haven't even completed high school education. As a captain, you should be able to communicate your thoughts in a proper manner without emphasizing on words like "Boys played well". Good luck to Shoaib Malik as I know he will do a good job but expect a few hiccups before we put together a solid team together.

  • Awais on April 18, 2007, 16:56 GMT

    Malik is a good choice..No way Butt, man is not even guaranteed a start.

    Afridi thoughdespite his baggage was shrewd captain in the recent 20-20 domestic tournament before he left for Hajj. Intelligent fielding placement..his team strolled into the final just like Malik's Sialkot before afridi-less team were dispatched ..albeit against the best bowling side inthe competition.

  • BHATTI on April 18, 2007, 16:46 GMT

    SALAM everybody.i think it is the time to take some bold dicisions from PCB.any member of PCB when reading this block U shold think about PAK CRICKET above all UR individuals,likes and dislikes if U have a little LOVE 4 PAKISTAN.plz think possitive.plz make UR job with honesty and dignity or leave it.plz dont make QURBANI KE BAKREY.lets have some ex good who have good name and respect and most of that who have good knowlege of cricket like RASHID LATIF,IMRAN KHAN&have some use of their experience.let first announce 30 to 35 top players & let them choose the caption.choose the caption who can take bold & brave dicions.who has a hunger to perform & leed from front not like lazy inzi & lara who want to watch the match sitting in dressing room.choose a man who has the ability to take the match till end not like Yousouf who take the match like to peek & right at top loose their wicket when team needs most of to stay at wicket and jAB MANZIL 2 QADAMKI DOORI PE HO.we need a caption like PONTING,SMITH,FLEMING and like the living legend THE only KING KHAN IMRAN KHAN,VIV RICHARD,WAUGH who fight till the last ball is boweld.who give the courage the youngsters,man it is till not over.we will win and we have to win.NOT like yousouf when asked (after he achieved 1788 in 1 year)which team is the tough team to beat,he replied AUS is the toughfest team to beat but we will wi (with the blessings of GOD) KABHI NA KABHI.SHAME at ur courage mr Yousouf.i hate this KABHI NA KABHI.man U have lost ur courage & lost the goal before the game is started.we need tigers & fighters .we need game planner,best stragedy planner according the sitution.plz choose so kind of players 4 kemp. HASAN RAZA/ADNAN RAZA,SALMAN BUTT, YASIR HAMEED,IMRAN NAZIR,M.YOUSOUF,MISBAH UL HAQ,ABDUL RAZZAQ,SHAHID YOUSOUF,YASIR ARAFAT, SHAHID AFRIDI,RIAZ AFRIDI,SHOAIB MALIK,FAWAD ALAM,ASIM KAMAL,ABDUR RAHMAN,KHALID LATIF,M.ASIF,M.SAMI,RAO IFTIKHAR,SHOAIB AKHTAR,ANWER ALI,SARFRAZ AHMAD,ADNAN AKMAL,KAMRAN AKMAL,danish. plz don!t forget SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ. And some good players from DOMESTIC & Under 19 tea Let the caption make 2 teams.one 4 ODI&one 4 test. in my point of view let make caption SHAHID AFRIDI & let him choose vice caption.i think he will choose SALMAN BUTT or SHOAIB MALIK. plz dont make hin caption 4 one or 2 sieries.make him cap at least whole one year or more. take that risk once plz. he will take the challenge.he has ENERGY,SKILLS,POWER OF BRAVE DICISSION,THINKING,TEMPRAMENT & all the things which i have mentioned above.He is not only a dangerous batsman but also very intelligent leg spin strike bowler.plz plz plz take this suggetion at the moment we need a person with so kind of character. thanks 4 reading. best of luck AFRIDI & good luck PAKISTAN. ALLAH HAFIZ RAB RAKHA:

  • andy on April 18, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    Poor Yousuf, he changed his religion to become a captain. It seems in Pakistan, once a kafir always a kafir.

  • Nick on April 18, 2007, 16:19 GMT

    If his application as a batsman is a guide Malik will be a great captain.

  • Ashaq on April 18, 2007, 16:13 GMT

    To Ravi from Oz.The primary reason that Yousuf is being opposed by most observers,is cuz he has a beard.There has been a major campaign launched by our Boarding school educated journalists to remove all religious elements from within the team.Also to include only players who have a good command of English.

    Most of these Journalists have never played cricket or any other sport competitively.Many of them write on other matters such as Politics. They occasionally take a foray in to the world of sport.

    Due to them having little knowledge about the technical intricacies of sport,or the Psycholgical elements important for an athlete to perform at his peak. They rile the masses by bringing up issues such as the "Islamisation" of the team being bad for the image of the Pakistan.Or the need of the team to learn "English" so they can present a more modern image of Pakistan.

    One has to feel sorry for Yousuf their were those narrow minded individuals that opposed his inclusion in the team in the past.Purely because he was a Christian,and I have met such people.Whilst now we have narrow minded individuals who seem to oppose him primarily cuz he is a practicing muslim.

    May be the question we should be asking is whether these journalists the Boarding school educated pompous twits,with their colonised minds deserve to be taken seriously.Next what these Enlghtened journalists will be telling us is that the players should anglocise their names,so that the image of Pakistan can be presented as moderate. With the likes of Yousuf being called Joseph or Joe and Younis being called Jonah or Jon.

    It was an English colonialist during the Raaj who stated that "Though an Indian may remain an Indian through heritage.Our objective is to ensure that he thinks like an Englishman,behaves like an Englishman and acts like an Englishman and we must establish an educational policy to ensure that".It all just goes to show that after many years since the end of the Raaj, how effective the old Colonial missionary, and boarding schools have been in producing individuals with colonised minds.

  • Fahad on April 18, 2007, 16:10 GMT

    hahaha is it just me or is Shoaib Malik actually posting on this blog aswell? I find this quite hard to believe

  • khalid on April 18, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Strange decision, one can see the continued strife within the Pakistan team; Imran Khan's legacy of creating splits in the team continues. It would have been far more sensible to appoint someone like Youssuf as the captain and plan to groom someone like Butt on a long term basis and make him vice captain. But Malik for Allah's sake- what leadership qualities has he shown till now? How do we think he can manage a team consisting of the likes of Shoaib Akthar, Youssuf and Younis Khan. Comparisons with Imran Khans time are again odious. Imran never had such seniors to take along with him. Even though he had people like Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas etc in his team, he had a reputation and personality far above these guys. Its doubtful as to what Shoaib Malik can acheive. My guess is, we would be looking for a new captain in an years time.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 15:56 GMT

    Well, I agree that Mallik is a good choice under these unfortunate circumstances. And I certainly agree that a stronger mandate was desirable. I also do think Yousef should have been given a shot, but that's okay: it would have been at least as risky a venture, and I can imagine the PCB wanting to avoid that. I suspect Younis Khan will create problems for our new captain in the coming months. If so, he should be duly disciplined.

  • Main bhi Pakistan hoon on April 18, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    Select a Pakistani Cricket Team captain not Punjab cricket team captain ----------------------------------------------- I guess we dont have much options left in any area. We have leadership crisis from top to bottom. We are forced to choose someone based upon number of popular votes but not on consistent performance. We should have two captian one for sub-continent wickets and one everywhere else. Shoib malik, Razzaq, Afridi are the result of of your allrounder policy. These three folks cant compete with any world class all rounder. We weren't able to find specialist batsman at number 1,2,5,6. How long we are going to mangage things on majority basis rather merit basis. We will keep doing thing based upon domicile, quota, language and source basis and we have already seen the deacle of Punjab Airlines. In past our punjab hockey team has demonstrated thier ability to loose every title which has earned by joint effort of pakistani team. It is wake up call after two times world cup exit in earlier round.

  • Abdul-Basit, Calgary, Canada. on April 18, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, I think you have started this debate a bit earlier, didn't you? Unless you have inside information of PCB. Because no official announcement is made yet about Malik as captain and you never know about PCB like the weather of Calgary.. Any ways, I still feel it should have been Shahid Afridi due to many reasons; He brings the element of urgency and enthusiaism in the field, he is aggressive and reflects a feel of tiger, and also is among the senior players although young and agile. It could be still ok if he is made vice captain so that it will give every one a chance to see his leadership skills whenever he gets a chance in the absence of Malik. I totally agree with you Kamran regarding the time period issue. We all know it never has mattered in our system to remove any one from his post whatever term he is promised. So it would not be a problem for PCB to remove any one from captaicy if he couldn't prove. But hanging sword on his head in the very 1st place will not give him any confidense rather encourage grouping which is not gonna serve pak cricket already under this cloud.

  • Farhan on April 18, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    Going away from the mainstream - I think Yasir Hameed should be made the captain. He deserves a place in the team, has captaincy experience and also has a cool temperament.

  • guymed from NYC on April 18, 2007, 15:41 GMT

    I think its a right choice, He has been around for a while , understands and gets along well with his team mates and above all he is always looking to improve, these are few things that are missing in Afridi,Besides Afridi is only a sub continent player and has no place in test side. Razaq has lost his Mojo..Salman Butt would have been ok too but He may have been complacent dealing with senior players. I Believe its a right move. Good luck To Shoaib Malik.

  • Muhammad Asif on April 18, 2007, 15:37 GMT

    Another nomination! The begining of another end (more or less the same what we are experiencing now). Being from Sialkot I should be more than happy just like you but I am not. The reason is its just another gamble (could be a successful ending like Imran or an embarrassing one like Inzi or Akram). And last but not least, the students(Akram, Inzi) of a dictator(Imran) would be dictators. Voice for a System instead of personalites.......

  • Shahid Iqbal, Canada on April 18, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    I agree Kamran that it appears if PCB is making the right decision (for a change) to appoint young Malik as the captain. But it is also evident that PCB is not fully sold to this idea and they are making an ad hoc decision here. Well, everything is ad hoc in PCB anyway, why not captain also.

    First of all appointing on a series to series basis is a very defensive approach and shows lack of confidence in the decision. If there is doubt about Malik's leadership skills then do not appoint him at the first place. Please do not spoil another player with power politics. Secondly, the comment that "there is no other choice" is really below the belt. It is like saying we do not want you to lead but at this point in time we are stuck with you. Get us through this until we find the real captain. This is starting on the wrong note. PCB spokesman should come forward with assertive statements and highlight the strengths and trust in the new captain to alleviate any doubts and foster team building.

    Third and most important piece is the appointment of the vice captain. I pray that PCB do not select Yousaf for that as it will be killing for both Malik and Yousaf. PCB should show some consistency and select another young potential as the deputy. Afridi or Salman Butt may be the right choice there.

  • Masaood Yunus on April 18, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    A new beginning .... A new era ... Goodluck Shoaib Malik.

  • Ali Shah, Manchester England on April 18, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    This seems is really good decision to appoint Malik as a captain. i agree with the most of the people that he should be given more period at least an year to establish the team. i don't know why PCB is not considering at least Mohammad Yousaf. He is still one of the best in one dayers.

    As far as selecting new players from domestic cricket is concerned i have a different opinion on it averaging about 50.00 doesn't mean their automatic selection perhaps PCB should consider their other positives and negatives as well. Perhaps the most important thing is the current form of a player and the attitude of the player and also the conditions on which the domestic player is performing.

  • pendoo on April 18, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    Personally I really like the choice, Malik seems like a level headed person, not rash, and a humble person. Unfortunately, in our pendoo surrounded PCB a humble pendoo like Malik will not survive. He will be crushed with idiots like the official who commented "there isn't really another suitable candidate around". As much as I like Malik as captain, I think for the PCB & the players in the team, you need a "IN YOUR FACE" kind of guy, but also a passionate guy, fiery guy. AND the only person I see in the team to do this is Younis Khan or Shahid Afridi. Younis, for the life of me I cannot figure out why he delined, he would have been pefect with his attitude. Shahid Afridi would have been a great choice, if...if ...only if. There is a political reason behind it as well. PCB wanted someone they could walk over and around, and they will be able to do that with Malik, but not with Afridi.....DAMN the FU@#$% PCB, hope you rot in hell for playing with our emotions.

  • Ali Imran, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia on April 18, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    I think Shahid Afridi would have been the right choice. He is aggressive and positive and would have changed the Pak cricket fortune.

    By contrast Shoaib Malik, though a fine cricketer, is a down to earth person ala Dravid. Anyways, best luck to him.

    In the end, I have observed most of the writers on this thread are trying to give religious color for not giving captaincy to Yousuf, which is not correct. I think they are ignoring the facts that PCB is trying to build a young team & young captain and Yousuf is on the wrong side of 30's and he doesn't fit into PCBs long-term planning. Please refrain from posting such articles. This a cricket blog not a religious one. please use your sick-minded logics somewhere else.

  • khansahab on April 18, 2007, 14:48 GMT

    I attempt to speak for the country’s interest and have the intention of posting unbiased and prudent comments. It seems to me that intentionally or unintentionally, a compromise has been struck insofar the Selection Committee, the majority of which hails from outside of Punjab and the captain who is from Punjab. As much as I would like the captain and selectors to work in harmony, I fear there might be potential conflict between the two think-tanks. Saleem Jaffar coaches Sind at the moment as has expressed his desire to include Sind players in the national side, a measure that was long overdue if you ask me. Something tells me my Punjabi friends might not be pleased with the composition of the new Selection Committee. After the inclusion of Nazir as opener, the continuous inclusion of Abdul Razzaq, the inclusion of Hafeez as opener (he would make a sound middle order batsman but should not open), the inclusion of Rana Naved etc in the World Cup squad, I do believe that this new Selection Committee is a welcome move.

    There is something I have wanted to post for a long time. Does Lasith Malinga not throw? Why are not any umpires calling him for throwing? Owing to his action he appears to have an unfair advantage over the batsmen; I doubt the extension of his arm is within the tolerable limits. If it is within the limits, he has modelled his action very cleverly. I think Asian umpires are not pedantic enough to challenge him and non Asian umpires are afraid to confront him or the authorities for fear of being labelled “racist” like Darrell Hair was. If his action is not challenged he can give a tough ride to Pakistani batsmen; he can swing the ball at a high pace. Luckily for non Sri Lankans, his action and pace are likely to get him injured frequently.

    Mr Nawaz Janjua, I accept that you are concerned regarding the standard of language used by someone to describe Pakistani cricketers. Yes, using foul language is a sin and an unpleasant act.

    But when I think about the lethargic and reactive (as opposed to proactive) attitude of Inzi and the stupidities he and his men engaged in during their brief WC campaign, I feel like using such words for them myself. Reading that word has actually relieved some burden off my shoulders. After having so many expectations from our beloved cricketers whom we love and respect as if they are our family members, we did not deserve this level of performance. The WC campaign turned out to be a Tableeghi mission. The players looked unconcerned about the stakes; they had no spirit, no character and no respect for our expectations, prayers and adulation.

  • nonaan on April 18, 2007, 14:24 GMT

    good chose i think malik is a good chose.

  • MUHABATULLAH GAMGHEEN on April 18, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    Need one remind you all another Malik (Salim) from Sialkot and his shenanigans as captain. He was a good and smart cricketer too. Any way why does sialkot produces cricketers with weak wrists and ankles? The previous Malik had wrists like a little girl and morals like a bad girl.

  • Samuel on April 18, 2007, 14:16 GMT

    Shoaib Malik has always been the more compound cricketer than either Afridi or Razzak.Pakistan's trouble finding an opening pair of batsmen prevailed simply 'cause of Malik's unavaililbilty.After that match saving century against Srilanka he got injured then he returned and never got a chance to open which was completely ridiculous.Then in ODIs he's been slotted lower down the order and been left stranded all alone in the other end with more than 100 runs to win in numerous accasions.It's quite illogical and meaningless to bash a player of substance like the way some of the posters are attempting to.Of course Malik is a good choice, let's hope the farce of a cricket board will be behind him and give him time to settle down.Im sure he will get support from Yousuf,Younis and Inzi(who must be in the Test team) but the biggest task will be to see how he handles Afridi and Shoaib.Graem Smith lasted this long simply 'cause he had a well educated tacticians in the SA board behind him.So,I'm saying just be patient.But not that patient like the way you had wasted your time with players like Hafeez,Rana,Sami,Akmal!

  • Omar Ansari on April 18, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    Wow, looks like my prayers have been answered : ) I was rooting for shoaib malik to be the next Pakistani captain even before the World Cup began. He is an intelligent player, doesn't have awesome talent but does have an awesome brain. He improvises really well.... and what he did during the 20-20 tournament impressed me haha By doing what he did, he stamped his authority and his actions also pointed out that he sticks to what he believes in....

    Good luck Malik.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 18, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    I can see the reactions from so many people on Malik's appointment as a captain is very lukewarm, its neither loud nor subdued. I think the post number one by Wasiq is perhaps the best analysis of the current situation. I couldn't have said better than him. Good one Wasiq.

    A lot of people are still talking about bringing Shoaib Akhtar as the captain or Salman Butt, both of them are absent from the playing eleven for quite sometime and their appointment as a captain makes no sense. Akhtar with his injuries, tantrums, age, reputation etc., deserves no place in that slot, may be as a bowler for a couple of years more. And Butt, - do we have the privilege to talk about Butt?

    Khizar Hayat's post dated April 18, 2007 9:12 AM; is an example of what I said in my opening paragraph (a subdued reaction) and he believes that by Sept. 2007 "the dust would b clear." This reminds me of something I have heard recently and I would like to share it here.

    The Minister at a Sunday sermon started his prayers with "Dear Lord," extending his arms toward heaven and with a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have continued but, at that very moment, a little girl who was listening, leaned towards her mom and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old voice, "Mom, what is Butt Dust?"

    Brother Khizar Hayat, what makes you so sure that by Sept. 2007 "the Dr and his mentor would b gone."? They are not so polite, whoever comes, stays there till he is sacked or kicked out. Finally, for Kiran bibi, it seems like Toronto / Montreal rivalry echoing in your post. Why don't you come mid-way i.e., upto Cornwall and we will sort out the rest.

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on April 18, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    I think and hope it is a good choice for cricket in Pakistan, but his deputy (as the rumor has it, Asif) is not such a smart choice. PCB could have asked Mo Yo for the slot and Malik could have benefited from his experience.

    PCB now should stand behind him and support him. A full cooperation should be demanded from young and old.

    One side comment about Razaq’s comment regarding Bob that “all he cared is money” What a knob, I hope PCB will take very serious action against it.

  • S. Sheikh on April 18, 2007, 13:31 GMT

    Now that PCB is finally moving in the right direction couple of sugessions the skipper should not be made on series to series basis guranteed we will be back to square one and after 4 years it will be the same story. You are right Imran Khan was young when he was appointed capitan and did raised his game level that is why he was so successful, another example in the middle of the carribean tour Indian captian Narri Contractor got hit by a beamer from Charlie Griffth never to play cricket again Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was appointed captian he was only 22 years old while senior players like Polly Umrigar, Chando Boarde and Sleem Durrani etc etc were still around what a captian he turned out to be. Pakistan team needs a captian on long term basis not on short term I am pretty sure with the responsibility Malik will do a better job he is young energetic and looks like a resposible person a bit of advice senior or junior players should cooperate best of luck to Malik.

  • MOS on April 18, 2007, 13:14 GMT

    I agree. Malik should be the right choice. However, likewise, PCB's right choice would be administered more soundly if they stop this weasling around and appoint the Boy for 1 year ateast. Give him their full support. They need to show that they have a back bone for a change. As regards Malik's Captaincy, let me list some of my observations in retrospect of a recent interview given to a Pakistani TV channel.

    1. He does not have a chosen role in mind as far as batting. He wants to perform for his side. Period. Evidence are his reponses to batting position. So if the time comes (and this won't happen tomorrow - PCB has to persist with him and let him get groomed) he will definitely lead from the FRONT. I am 100% sure of this. 2. He is organized and not bound to a lethargic lifestyle of eating and sleeping as his predecessor was perceived to have. 3. He motivates the team and keeps them laughing. Very important characteristic for Pakistan! When the team will be down from a loss, I am sure Malik will be looked towards to provide the comic relief. And I am sure he will pull them out of ruts. 4. He is a very hard worker. Extremely fit and has the same metallity as a sprint runner. He will lead in running b/w wickets and fielding by example. 5. He is non-eventful off the field. Absolute GOLD for team descipline. You don't want galmour seeking captains who distract the team such as one such Wasim Akram. You might think he is too much of an islamic evagelist. I hope he can get out his own wings and come out from the shadows of senior religious players in the team. This could be a concern I agree. 6. He is not playing for money. So you won't have the matches thrown away for money. 7. He is very laid back. This is what comes off as dull to some. However, I think it will be helpful & important in conflict resolution and managing player tempers in the dressing room. 8. He admitted his match throwing although in his mind was the correct thing, however, was immaturity of his age. Excellent response in my book. 9. He knows all the players. His character sketches of other players, shows one that he is very observant and this will help him spot talent and use players accordingly. 10. At the end I would say he is definitely Captaincy material. Those who want to look at stats and argue against this, let them. I think his stats will improve as well. If he lets us down, then be it may. Nothing is certain in life.

    Good luck to Malik and Best wishes and prayers!

  • nadeem on April 18, 2007, 13:00 GMT

    This is the right decision taken by pak board after a long time. I think shoaib is a good cricketer. I think he should be a good man manager as Imran was and he should try to lead by example. He should lift his game and try to shed his ego if he has any.

  • Mansoor Mahmood on April 18, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    I think this was a very good decision on the part of PCB to make Shoaib Malik the captain of Pakistan Cricket team. I think we need a competitive, young and energetic captain in the shape of Shoaib. Good Luck Shoaib.

  • Englebert on April 18, 2007, 12:49 GMT

    Afridi could never be captain for the simple reason that he would guarantee a controversy and that's the least thing Pakistan could afford at a time like this.

    Shoaib Malik seems a decent choice, but would have to gain favor with the seniors. One way to accomplish this is to assign a noteworthy ex-cricketer coach to work with him in tandem.

    The interesting question is who would be the vice-captain. Inzi, Younis could no longer be considered. If Yousuf could be persuaded to accept this, that could possibly bridge the gap between the captain and his seniors.

  • Rizwan on April 18, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    well said Mr.Kamran

    good luck 2 mailk, hopefully he will rise to the occasion. and he needs some support from PCB to keep pushing the seniors.

    the coach, manager and the deputy also need to be selected wisely.

  • Shahzad on April 18, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    If this decision is taken it might be good to start with. But the rumour about which I am worried the most is: the axing of all senior players especially Yousaf and Younis. That will be a big disaster. Young players get experience by palying along with seniors not by replacing them at all. Especially Yousaf who is one of the best batsmen Pakistan ever produced for both type of cricket, his termination form one-day team will be like a losing diamond after finding him. He has run-average in one-day is only second to Zaheer Abbass and better than other big names like Miandad, Inzi, Saed Anwar. Even thinking this way to replace all senior players by younger ones would be the most stupid and one more disasterous decision by PCB. This young captain will need help of experience of senior palyers at any crucial stage for his success other wise Pakistan cricket will be going further down with more disasters.

  • Yousuf on April 18, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    I think it has been a good decision to choose Malik. Given our cricketing state, he was the most suitable person if not the perfect one. I have confidence in him, and I support him as a Captain of Pakistan. Mhd. Yousuf maybe a great player but it lacks the captain material. Younis would been a clear choice but he made his decision. So a risky decision but would prove worthwhile. I will wait and see, how Malik finds his way around other senior players.

    And a good article by Kamran Sahab.

  • khan sab on April 18, 2007, 12:18 GMT

    hello kamran bhai plz tell us about shoaib akhtar and asif, are they still going to get banned or what?

    come on kamran bhai u work for cricinfo, u must know the lastest on that story, i miss ASIF so much. i cannot think of anything else

  • Sami on April 18, 2007, 12:12 GMT

    Already mistakes are being repeated. A new captain should not be appointed on a per series basis, it should simply stated that a captain has been appointed and that the appointment will be reviewed from time to time. 2nd to state that his appointment is till September is stupid. We play nothing major till September!

    I think Malik should be made captain indefinetly I think his position should be reviewed after the South African series. I believe the YK does not belong in the ODI side. In fact looking at our Academy team performances in BD and domestic performances, I would have guys like, Babar Naeem, Fawad Alam, Adnan Raza, Najaf Shah, Atif Maqbool, Tahir Khan in the ODI team. I think guys like Razzak, YK and Afridi are not mature enough to accept Malik's authority, once his authority has been firmly establsihed they can be reintroduced to the team.

  • Shibin on April 18, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    I am from India and has been watching closely the Pakistan's post-world-cup-debacle happenings [and comparing with India's :) ]. Pakistan's case is bit similar to India except that even the captain is being changed. There is no doubt you need to consider a person with captaincy capabilities, but there is more to it. You also need to give people,sports and team management related education to the person. Ideally this should happen for all aspiring new players so that they are ready in case they need to be considered for higher responsibility like captaincy. Graeme smith, Ricky ponting and now Michael Clarke are probably few example where the cricket board is behind such talents and making sure that they progress as good leaders and players.

    Its time India and pakistan board's follow this approach in future. I was puzzled why this didnot feature in India's or pakistan's performance evaluation discussions :)

  • waqas Saeed on April 18, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    hi Kamran! hope u r good in health and high in spirits as one of your favourite man is bout take over da things.... As i think im the biggest opponent of Malik but im happy as well to look at new Drama Serial whose stage is set by PCB [specially da seudo intelligent think tank of Naseem Ashraf ] and written by Writters like Kamran Abassi late bob nd others nd produced by Younis Khan ,Rameez Raja nd Wasim Akram nd others......... im sorry to say that i dono like PCB chairman how many games u have played at any level includin da backyard of your home.. Listen im big fan of you kamran bahi but beatin Australia once in a blue moon doest mean that you better team then Ausses or even near to it..(Prime example bangaladesh) To be like Aussies you must like Aussies ..follows the brain bench of Aussies Think Tank.... nd dont try to publish your own dictionary .. like Musharaf nd Naseem who got all the wisdom of the universe.. Think and think big we got big pool of talent and we can do much better then what we normally do and tell people . As we are not short of talent niether of resources as PCB is one of the richest board in ICC and also richest sporting body in pakistan.. but let assume for a minute that we have lack of resources compare to Aussies even then atleat we can Think like Aussies... whats wrong with our Thinkin.... do we also lack in intelligence and common sense?? This is not new era or not a new step from PCB its old shit story ...but Sorry Kamran Bahi writers like you always present such things as new and best as big Positive twist for future.. just like PJ MIR who in the end rewarded a promotion from an anchor of News Channel to PCB Media Manager... Shame on US............we dont learn from our mistakes

  • M. NAWAZ JANJUA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. on April 18, 2007, 11:46 GMT

    ASSALAMO ALAIKUM,

    Dear Kamran,

    To choose Shoaib Malik is not a bad decision. A young, energetic and courageous captain is the need of hour.

    But, he should be given the full power & authority. It's not going to do anything good to appoint him up to September first and then again gather up to decide differently. It will diminish Malik's confidence and may also have an adverse affect on his personal performance. He must be supported fully in order to lift the team from present crisis.

    As for Younis Khan, his reaction was very natural. Returning home under the fearsome circumstances of suspicious death of Pakistani coach during World Cup and a warm welcome at home along with burning of effigies of players has left no choice for Younis Khan to accept the captaincy. He has seen clearly what happened with the previous captain and one of the best batsmen of cricket world, the poor guy INZAMAM UL HAQ. He came out of the ground weeping in his last ODI.

    It has become our habit as a nation to humiliate each other in daily routine showing negative behaviour, putting blames, speculating anything through air for others. The same is true for the players and captain after each lost match/series. They are human beings too. They cannot perform always at a high note. You can hardly point out any player who has not been out of form for a period of time. And if a half-fit team is sent to a tournament then it is totally unfair to blame the captain for a loss. Even at the start of WC, many of us knew what is going to happen. Then, why we expected too much from the team.

    What kind of guarantee or security can be given to the captain, his family members and home/car etc. after the defeat in a match or the loss in a series or WC? I wonder in this type of situation if any player is going to take a risk to become a captain ever. It's like standing over the fire. No body is so brave to take the burden while nothing is visible and all the things are shaky. Try to be brave, at a situation like this, is something but to be realistic is else.

    Younis Khan knows well what will happen to him when he shall return home after losing a match or series. So, we should not have any doubts for that. I think only a fool will carry the burden of being a captain in these circumstances prior to solving other important issues involved. Let us see who else has the enough courage. We should always learn to behave moderately. Don't make the players god like figures when winning and then making them the ugliest creatures of earth while losing.

    PCB can surely do anything but without merits. The captain will again be chosen and team selected with high expectations but with same old story of non-performance, defeats, getting humiliated badly, captain resigning and then starting a fresh search for a new captain. Better to privatize PCB or give to Australia on contract basis.

    Some of the blog writers (I don't want to mention their names cause they start making blames on others) have said that Islam looks beautiful only in mosques. I feel sorry for these people if they have this type of faith & understanding about Islam. I would only request them to make some more study about what the religion requires from its believers. Islam is not confined only to the mosques but it covers all the aspects of life including sports and games too. And it does not spoil someone's qualities rather it enhances the abilities to go successfully through the difficult situations. And this could only be understood if someone develops the real and complete spirit of religion. Please make some more studies and stop blaming the followers (relating to any field) of religion

    I seriously object for some people using bad words and indecent language in this blog. Don't we belong to an honourable race and country? Can't we express our annoyance and wrath in a better manner? We should learn to use appropriate language even when speaking against someone. I am quoting a letter posted by one of the respected writer in your blog "Asian Giants become Minnows". Just watch the language.

    QUOTE:

    Posted by: Mohammad Ali Ilahi at March 26, 2007 6:12 PM in your blog "Asian Giants become Minnows"

    "wat v need 2 do rite now is 2 put off hte slippers and buy 2 dozen eggs and g8 thez pakistani cricketers beards off................the best word 2 describe them is Chutiyay"

    UNQUOTE:

    Did u see that? He is using the word "CHUTIYAY" for Pakistani Cricketers and asking to remove their beards too. If any good Muslim can use such language? I am feeling sorry even to repeat his words again. Since you have published his letter so everyone would hold you responsible for this. This guy doesn't seem to have any respect for cricket and even for human values. If I am at your place I would rather never have included his comments in this blog.

    I would expect from you, Mr. Kamran, being a responsible writer, to delete any bad and abused words/sentences or remarks being used by the understandard people in their letters. And advise them to mind their language while writing for open forums.

    I would like to appreciate that you are giving equal opportunities to all kinds of comments whether against or in favour of certain subject but for Allah's sake it must be written in a decent tone & respectable language. Being Muslims, we should always show our respect to others whether Muslims or Non-Muslims.

    ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM

  • Abu Jabaali on April 18, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    It's good news that the PCB have decided that the role-model for the next generation should be based on a smart batsmen, sharp fielder, useful bowler and tactical thinker. Shoaib Malik almost reminds me of Steve Waugh in the sense that he started out as an all-rounder, and has emerged as a key batsmen and will develop into a long-term and hopsefully succesful captain. Best of luck to Shoaib Malik!

  • Amir on April 18, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    Yes i think it will be a good challenge for Malik but i don't think Asif should be considered as a deputy,i think Razzaq deserves a role also

  • razee on April 18, 2007, 11:43 GMT

    Shocking! Shoaib Mallik was not, is not and will never be a certainty in Pakistan team (well, if he is made the captain, the team will be forced to drag him along). He is going to under huge pressure because of lack of own performance. Why, become like the pommies, choose the captain first then the team. Look at Australia. They are champions, because the captain is there is the team because of his performance, not because he is the captain. We should choose a team first, and then the captain among the selected players. This PCB run by Busharraf and his cronies, is taking Pakistan cricket down the hill to hell. I do not understand why Shahid Afridi always gets a raw deal from the authorities.

  • shabz on April 18, 2007, 11:41 GMT

    I would suggest shoaib akhtar as new captain i know u must think im mad but i think this will bring the best out of him. He will relaise that he is incharge and will become more responsible and will know everyone will be looking for him for advice and his opinions. Plus he can communicate well with media which i think is important.

  • F Sheikh on April 18, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    when PCB attempt to do something right they always manage to do something wrong at the same time. Malik is the right choice, but he will need time to adjust to this position and other members of the team need time to get used to their new captain then why are they following a strategy of appointing a captain series by series???

  • Robert on April 18, 2007, 11:34 GMT

    Finally a step in the right direction. Pick a captain that might actually lead the team rather than just try not to do anything wrong.

    One fear here is that it will be all for nothing if a similar minded coach is not appointed.

    Could this finally be the break that the side desperately needs?

  • Atiq Ahmed (Hong Kong) on April 18, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    Plz Plz Plz Dont let that Son Of Mr.Akhtar enter the team ... For God Sake..He'll ruin everything... he cant respect his elders So how will he respect his capt. much younger and junior them him...God bless u malik...If he enters then u r a gonnar

  • khansahab on April 18, 2007, 11:23 GMT

    Mr Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada

    We speak about the mentalities and decision-making ability of cricketers so I don’t see why we can’t talk about their wives or family to prove a point. I don’t know why you call my comments “immature digs” whereas all I’m doing is attempting to prove a point about Afridi’s religious outlook since you commented that Malik is a “Tableeghi disciple.” I am of opinion that using the “wives” argument is a justifiable measure if proving a point. I can just as easily say that you shouldn’t discuss players’ religious zeal because that has nothing to do with their performance on the field. Your standard of reasoning and prudence is dropping, Mr Javed A Khan. For the record, when I saw the gorgeous Dr Faryal Younis for the first time when she had recently wedded Waqar in that Sharjah final when Waqar won a car and lots of money, it was a love-at-first-sight affair. Waqar is one lucky dude. :-)

    Afridi’s inclusion in Tests has been haphazard. A significant chunk of his 37 odd average is due to playing against India in the subcontinent. He is not a Test regular; I think it futile to compare him with Malik in Tests as the latter has been more regular and consistent. As far as bowling record goes, I consider Malik to be a batsman, not a batting all-rounder. He is capable of greater achievements if he condones his bowling and only concentrates on his batting. His bowling is below average anyway; Hafeez is a far better bowler. Afridi has played 101 more ODI’s than Malik, but Malik has won more matches for Pakistan than Afridi has. I think that tells the whole story.

    You stated that Afridi’s record of 5000 runs odd and 201 wickets has only been matched by Jayasuria and Kallis. Afridi has been an ODI regular for 11 years now. Big deal. Both Jayasuria and Kallis can bowl and bat much better than he can. I am not anti-Afridi but I think we need to realise that he only just makes it into the ODI squad and that also only because of recent improvement in bowling. When was the last time Afridi was instrumental in a Pakistan ODI victory? The times Jayasuria and Kallis have recently been involved in their teams’ relative successes are plenteous. Again, we talk about “consistency” which is the magic word. These two players are a class apart. Afridi doesn’t even come near. This is not to say Afridi has not the talent. He is supremely talented but he has the wrong mindset. You might state that Afridi is a “tiger” on the field; he looks more like a spoilt bully to me. There isn’t a problem being aggressive. It’s when you become intimidating and boorish when the problem arises.

    Someone stated that Mohammad Asif might be made the vice captain. Surely that’s a joke? How much international cricket has Asif played? Is he even going to play any more as he might be banned?

    I agree with Mr Abbasi that for the PCB to state that Malik is the likely candidate because there isn’t any alternative, is an attitude of negativity. It’s funny how Inzi said before the WC that Pakistan would find it difficult to go ahead because of the absence of Akhtar and Asif, but then faced criticism for his negative attitude and later changed his statement saying that the team can still go ahead despite the absence of his two key bowlers.

    I would also concur with Mr Abbasi insofar drawing out positives from this and looking towards a bright future. I suppose Malik would be a flexible captain and I hope he puts the interests of the country paramount when he makes his decisions. I also hope that unlike Inzi he leads from the front and bats high up the order. What I don’t agree with is the decision to keep him captain until September. As I stated before the right mode of action is to appoint a captain after much consultation and thought and to appoint him for a reasonable period of time.

    Mr Abbasi is also right in asserting that Malik does seem to be the sort of cricketer who will elevate the standard of his performance if bequeathed with responsibility. One thing I don’t like about Malik is that he likes to have a bowl although his bowling lacks penetration.

  • ALI on April 18, 2007, 11:22 GMT

    HI After so many years finally the PCB have made a bold decision and broke the ever old senior captain system it was more like monarchy and people use to stand in lines for it and not supporting a the captain of time.Look at Grame smith aint he young,got the they Kallis,bouchers and others then why Mr Smith,this is a question we should think hard on and the answer lies in realizing the fact that "captains are born not made" also "skills can be groomed not developed from the start" we desis should realize it and then think over or even comment on the captaincy issues... people who are talking about Mr Afridi to be a deserved candidate have i guess forgotten the nature of his game its not 110% attacking cricket its 200% carefree and irresponsible cricket... SO i think Malik a very wise choice a calm and collected personality who just needs the support of other seniors to take pakistan to a new era.

  • Yassar on April 18, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    In the present circumstances Shoaib Malik is the right choice as the captain of the Pakistani cricket team. In order to make this appointment a success what Malik undoubtly needs is the full backing of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    It’s no secret that seniority has ruled the roost in the recent and distant past of Pakistani cricket and as a result has led to appointments that were not good for the game within Pakistan.

    Shoaib Malik can be a very good captain and i hope the extra responsibility enables his own game to reach a higher level. He is highly thought of by those who know him well and has been earmarked before as a future captain, non more so than the late Bob Woolmer.

    The key to his success will be how he manages to knit the team together and how he gets the mavericks such as Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan to perform beneath him.

    It would be also worth considering a able deputy for Shoaib Malik, a deputy that will complement him and not rival him. I think a good choice would be Shahid Afridi as I think responsibility will mature him as a player and let’s not forget he does captain the Karachi team and successfully I might add!

    Younis Khan would have been the better captain at this stage but his refusal is not only bemusing but also shows that he probably does not have the mental strength required for the job. In my opinion Younis Khan has ‘bottled’ it and lost his nerve and some of the excuses he came out with for him not accepting the position are ridiculous. He stated he was not happy with the reaction in Pakistan to the teams failure etc. I would like to ask him what did he exactly expect, the cricketing public in Pakistan are very passionate and emotional and though I do not agree with some of the treatment the players get from the passionate following I still think Younis Khan would have been used to it by now. The over the top reaction of supporters is almost a part of cricket in Pakistan and something the players expect so to use that as an excuse is a non brainer.

  • Habib - Dubai on April 18, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    PCB always eats its words...PCB mischief Mr. Ashraf said few days back the captain will wii be the person who will be FIT....SM went to Englan renained with the team as an unfit player...went to SA remained with the team as unfit player.....if he the FIT player then....i dont know who is unfit.....

    Pakistan has no future in cricket at least for next 5 years...as there are not many match winners are in the offing...

  • Atiq Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 11:15 GMT

    Its a good decision to appoint Malik...Its a new beggining...All we can say is Good Luck Malik... All the Best brother... May Allah bless u with alot of success and happiness...

  • Zubair on April 18, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    From reading some comments I can clearly see that some Pakistani fans just want to moan about things...and pakistanis in general want to moan about life....be satisfied now....shoaib has been apponted....good decision by PCB for a change...and credit goes to them for it....one more good decision would be to sack saleem altaf....and bring back shoaib akhtar as vice captain.

  • M. Saeed on April 18, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    Malik has all the ingredients to succeed here and yes Kamran, it is no confidence builder when PCB slaps the series by series proviso. Give the young man the reins to lead without provisos. Look what SA did with Smith as Captain overlooking a few senior players along the way. Malik's potential as an all round cricketer has been in evidence for some time.

  • Mani Thangadurai on April 18, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    For the record, I am not a Pakistan fan but an England supporter, smarting now after our dismal exit from the World Cup.

    Now to business. I must say right now that I AM SICK TO MY STOMACH of this philosophy of getting rid of the seniors en masse after World Cup failure. Why? Simply because the idea very rarely works. We've long heard the famous quip "You don't win anything with kids" as a reminder of just how difficult it is for a really young side to try and impose themselves against top-class teams. Now with news that there could be a massive clear-out of the senior players, all I can say is that it's back to square one. Okay, the team failed as a unit and the seniors never really stood up to be counted. But how do you equate a bad fortnight to years of distinguished service for the team? IF anything, given that the likes of Yousuf and others were so instrumental in helping the team to so many triumphs, I think Pakistan needs them more than ever.

    Secondly, the choice of Malik as skipper, if it comes to pass-STUPID!! Comparing his leadership credentials to that of Mohammad Yousuf's is like comparing diluted juice concentrate to the finest vintage wine, and yet the selectors went with the younger and more raw option just for the sake of 'building for the future' a la South Africa and Graeme Smith. Well, as Geoffrey Boycott said, "To hell with the future, what about now?" You need to select a good team led by a good captain with a better chance of winning, and you won't do that if you simply pick younger players for the heck of it. And as many people have said, I'm sure that the man once known as 'yo-yo' feels every inch treated as such!

    I would have gone for Yousuf to lead the team for about 1 or 2 years, within which time Malik or whoever would have been gromed for the job. To label Yousuf as a Tabhleeghi preacher who would just bring about more emphasis on religiong as was there during Inzi's final days is as stupid as it is presumptuous. Even as a Christian YOusuf has always struck me as being one of Pakistan's most committed young players, and if anything it's been enhanced over the years. Given his exploits the team would certainly have looked up to him, and I'm sure he would have at least provided a good sense of direction for the side.

    Now though, the team has a young captain who is expected to perform miracles a la Graeme Smith, while most people who mention his name forget that Smith was not really the wanted man at the time, and that the team isn't really as good as it was under Cronje or even Pollock!!

  • Imran Zia on April 18, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    Captaincy is not rocket science. It is about having good instincts, common sense, and composure when things gets difficult. We all hope Shoaib Malik has the following qualities. He seems to be a good choice and one thing is for sure that he will grow as a captain as he has done as a player. Both Malik and Younis have improved drastically as batsmen over the years because they do not repeat their mistakes too often. I hope the race for captaincy is over by now but the place of vice captain has to be decided.

  • Shehan on April 18, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    Younis Khan will be a good captain for Pakistan

  • gazi on April 18, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    yeah.......pcb is trying to pick someone like shoaib malik, who is not regular XI members in test. is pcb is trying to encourage player to fix matches by appointing malik as a captain?

  • Tauseef on April 18, 2007, 10:40 GMT

    zap javed A. Khan from Montreal is right! Dudes and dudettes what has Malik done so wrong that he doesn't deserve the captaincy? I dunno who considered or nominated salman Butt, as much as i like to c him pray before facing every ball, he is not captain material. The man doesn't even have a place in the team. AND FOR ALL U WHO BLAME MALIK FOR GIVING UP A 20/20 GAME and 4 ALL U SUPPORTERS OF AFRIDI may i kindly remind u that it was Afridi who sat out for a couple of matches because he was stupid enough to make a hole in the pitch. He treats cricket like gooly danda. And i also balme Afridi for Pakistan's early exist. If it wasn't for his actions in south africa he would have been playing that match against West Indies. Afridi has never performed when his team has needed him Malik has. And Malik is also an underused bowler because of the emergence of other allrounders i.e Hafiz and Afridi. Personally i think the reason he's underused is that his place is rightfully secure in the team and in the past he's been willing and considerate enough to give up bowling so that other players (such as afridi and hafeez) can perform with the ball and secure their place. (he seems like such a person.) As for the vice captain i think Imran Nazir would be a good choice based on his performances with Sialkot. The Stallions and the team he controls has many senior and regular players for Pakistan et there are no problems. Maybe its his leadership skills and for all those looking for the aggressive nature in the Pakistani team, as a vice captain he would bring in that nature. Younis never deserved captaincy, personally i always have believed that he doesn't deserve a place in the ODI team. And Hasan Raza never seems to perform on the international level at all. Yousuf should be included in the ODI team and Akhtar out :p *P.S. y doesn't musharraf just hand over the PCB to Imran Khan? I'm not familiar with the political situation of Pakistan like that as i don't live there. Cricinfo & DishNetwork r my cricketing sources xox

  • Atif Yousaf on April 18, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    Salaams Kamran,

    Well I think the PCB should be very careful again and i quote yet again in the words they choose to represent and justify the selection of Shoaib Malik as the next captain of Pakistan Cricket. Statements like " Shoaib is the only choice for a captain at this time" can do more harm rather than good for pakistan cricket and the new captain's mental aproach towards the new job and game itself. Rather they should be confident and welcome there own decision with some good backing up reasons and atatements if they are to impress the whole nation under the new management and same old failed PCB chairman, Dr. Nasim Ashraf. They should take back the decision of naming the captain on series by series format because then again this shows the uncertainity and the level of confidence they have on there newly named captain and also shows the shaky and unreliable character of this new but same old faced PCB Managament with the same old failed PCB Chairman. Here I do want to mention that by saying "same old failed PCB Chairman" I want to remind everyone that first of all Dr. Nasim Ashraf has not been appointed on merit and niether does his character shows that he can really be promising towards Pakistan Cricket after his dismal performance as a Chairman since last year and also as an active member of Pakistan Cricket management for several years under past PCB chairmen. As far as Shoaib Malik as a captain is concerened, well its the right decision and then again on behalf of PCB, IS IT A CONFIDENT ONE? cuz if the new captain is appointed on series by series format, it raises many questions about the seriousness of the PCB backing up there own newly appointed captain. The second most important thing is for Shoaib Malik if appointed the new captain should get himself mentally ready for the Pakistan Cricket's toughest job and work for it with sheer sincerity and dignity and more over for the HONOUR of representing his and our own country PAKISTAN and the money issues along with personal grudges against anyone should always be thrown away outside the cricket playing field. And as a captain, he can only be successful if he has the hunger to learn from not only past mistakes of other people and himself but also the day to day mistakes of himself and his team. Clever and smart tactical agression on the field and also being friendly and down to earth human trait will be the most important and sucessful quality he has to build upon his character as a captain of Pakistan. IN SHORT, IF THE PCB AND THE NEWLY APPOINTED CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET DO NOT LEARN FROM THE PAST MISTAKES DONE IN PAKISTAN CRICKET THEN THEY ARE DOOMED TO DISASTER IN FUTURE ALSO.

    Regards,

    Atif Yousaf. Karachi & UK.

  • Sameer on April 18, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    its sad to see Pakistan possessing no great fast bowler. They have been your strengths and we have been constantly tormented by one or the other fast bowler since 1980s. Aqib Javed, Waqar Younis and the king of them all, Wasim Akram....ANd now no one is even half capable of this great men. The sight of seeing Waqar run from long runup was enough to give battsmen jitters and the 6 different bowls from Wasim in a single over would test any batsment in the world.....

    But that tradition has gone and now we see mediocre fast bowlers who cant even stand the full match coming in the team. And if Pakistan has to avoid the repeats of events of last 8 months then they have to do away with an enigma called Shoaib Akhtar. This guy cannot rob an entire country of its superb tradition of playing attractive cricket along with us. I am an Indian fan and it pains me to see the 2 of the world s greatest rival teams are out......This is what we call "Hum Saath Saath he"....LOL

  • Shoaib Malik on April 18, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    Thanks for your support people. I will try my best to better my techinque agnst the moving ball outside the offstump on pitches offering slightest seam movement.

    Also I will try to better my suspicious bowling action as well.

    However please note that I did throw away a match in the 20/20 tournament a couple of years ago at the Qaddafi stadium becasue I didnt want one of the team to benefit from our win.

    I have been made captain till September and will lead a side that include 4-5 players who have made the mistake of making their intenetions known of becoming a Pakistani Captain.

    They all like me and will stop in their endeavors for the next 4 months and will work with me so that our team can win and my career as captain is prolonged.

    Wish me luck cause I deserve it more then anyone else and thank you Imran Khan for picking me as your choice once Younis refused as this board eventually does what you say without much success.

  • Chacha Koora Kirkit on April 18, 2007, 10:27 GMT

    @ A Malik.

    Does that mean you have to do your religious rituals on a cricket field?

    Inzy & his Ri-Wind Co. are show offs! It's funny that all the ex-cons like Mushta Ahmed turn to religion to get promoted in Pakistan cricket.

    Tablighi Jamat are not the bastions of Islam.

  • Imran-Lahore on April 18, 2007, 10:27 GMT

    Well interesting comments about religion. I guess even the prophet (peace be upon him) would not endorse the idea of leaving the world and going for the after-world. Whatever it is, the afterworld or the world, only those succeed who take it seriously. Namazes and wazeefas were not the weapons with which early Muslim fought against the great odds. They had great discipline and they fought two mightiest empires of that time with greatest of courage, their belief in God and not to mention of their great fighting skills. They only succeeded with hard work and keeping their eyes on ground realities. I am not against religion, but I am against those who don't take things seriously and leave everything to Allah. So I think, it is not about religion, it is about taking things seriously whether here or the next world.

  • Sam Khan on April 18, 2007, 10:21 GMT

    What? No Afridi?? He would have really energised the team and the country and it may have been good for him too. A Malik, if you dislike sport, what are you doing on this site?? And for those Muhammed Yousuf supportes - nice chap, the religion isn't really the problem, he's just plain dim (even dimmer than Inzi!).

  • Khalid Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 10:20 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    Could you please give us an update on whats happening with Shoaib and Asif's case in the CSA?

  • amirali on April 18, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    i cant beleive people say wat malik did in 20 twenty cup was wrong and hence he should not be made captain insted afridi should be....a man who after wvery few months gets banned by the officals bcz he still does sstuff he would have done in a skool match...he is irresponsible is an understatment...he's way beyond that...critisizing malik's test career is foolish he hsa hardly been there as a batsman....please people wait n see hopefuly he'll turn good.... mr malik best wishes

  • A Malik on April 18, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    Religion is firs then sport because this world is for preparation to next world. sport and other think are one second number. it is for those who are against religion.

  • Q Zaman on April 18, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Good decision to appoint Malik as captain...... now PCB should bite the bullet and appoint a strong coach....and also a strong selection committee... and they should never go back to Bari again like they did after the 2003 WC... after sacking Bari went back to him within a year....

    After this PCB should never go back to appointing the most senior person in the team as captain.... as everyone knows Inzi was never as captain material.....

  • Imran-Lahore on April 18, 2007, 10:02 GMT

    In addition to my above comments, I would like to say that Afridi, Razzak, and Malik are the spearhead of any Pakistani quest for victory, but my vote is for Afridi as a captain. The only reason Pakistan did so miserably in World Cup was the exclusion of the two of the strategic winning trio. If one takes up the history, it would show in any crunch match that Pakistan has won in ODIs in recent times, at least two of these three clicked, but once again Shoaib Malik seems passive and erroneus. He has to work on his batting technique, though I have no doubts regarding his bowling skills. He really gets wickets where it matters most, the middle overs. Afridi needs to be a bit more consistent, Razak is good in batting and sometimes bowling.

    All in all, these three are crucial members. No matter who is the captain, I believe these three need to be there when Pakistan needs to achieve something.

  • Shahiq Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    To NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL

    Dude , was Yousuf a complete failure in Champions trophy ???? You better go & see the stats first ! As that of the Ireland match , I agree that the manner in which he got out was deplorable . BUT for God's sake , how many times Yousuf have to be there to save the day for Pak team .

    Also , this might seem a decision in right direction but me thinks this is only gonna discourage unity in the team . Yousuf have already shown his desire to lead , & being a senior to Malik and also (obviously) better than him , he may not take it in the right way . Earlier also , he was appointed the captain after YK refusal & within one day was scrapped from it . No matter how humble a person is , it is surely gonna hurt him . He has given so much to Pak cricket but was always considered second to Inzamam , sometimes undeservingly . But if you have a look at his record , it is even better than Inzamams !!!!! Even some past greats like Imran Khan do not really appreciate him as they do others . Imran has always supported Younis & also Inzamam (as a batsmen) , but I have never heard him saying something good of Yousuf . Now , rumours are that he might be axed from ODI side . Now , tell me what wrong has he done ??? He's having a decent overall average , and is average in 2007 ain't any bad either .

  • Adam on April 18, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    Well, I am just a cricket Fan who enjoys cricket, regardless which nation is playing. I have read all the comments on this blog and noticed that there are few people who are in favor of Malik and some who are in favor of Afridi and some who are asking why not Yousof. personally I like Yousof as a player, he is a class player, he has the experience against most ODI and Test Teams and he knows the behavior of the pitches around the world. This will help him to mold the team with regards to the conditions but somehow he lacks the leadership qualities.

    On the other hand, Malik is a smart cricketer, I like him too and support the decision of PCB to appoint him, he may change the typical approach and may bring positive change in the team. But he was to mentally prepare himself to lift himself as a player and as a captian to prove his worthyness and that will take some time to do it.

    Afridi, he has aggression without direction, he don't have a thinking hat yet as Malik or Yousof do. He don't deserve that spot. He isn't bothered about the game plan and playing conditions. I have seen him walking in the pitch and going back within same over more than any other player. As for Salman Butt, I want to know who nominate his name? That person is out of his mind.

    At this junction, things are very much uncertian, there are so many things to work on, Malik approach as a Captian, Malik approach as a Player and Other players approach towards Malik. Even I am sure Malik will be drawing a strategy to handle senior players and junior players. Nevertheless, my best wishes for Malik, PCB and to the Cricket.

  • Imran-Lahore on April 18, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Well. I think it is not a bad decision, but one needs to take into account that Shoaib Malik has not been able to perform in crunch matches. He just throws it away when it is most required. Whereas, Afridi has bailed out Pakistan on a few outstanding occasions. I would like to say, Shoaib Malik is a fair-weather performer, whereas Afridi has the ability to crush the opposition when it is truly his day. Also, Afridi has a more aggressive approach, which is much needed against all sorts of oppositions. We do not need another passive actor on the play like Inzamam. We need someone who really has the passion and who is burning to achieve something. This is the spirit that takes you to the tops of anything. I would still like to say that Afridi should have been given the chance. We need to keep our fingers crossed and let the events unfold. But the end is too predictable. Another passive captain, one to two series wins, and total failures in any significant tournament. Only a maneuverable guy is able to get to something when it comes to playing multiple nations in the same tournaments. Passive captains are good for series between two teams, not for tournaments.

    However, being a Pakistani, I will like to shut my eyes from reality and expect that I am wrong, coz it is the desire of all Pakistanis that their cricket team should at least fight for it even if they can't win it.

  • Adeel Azhar on April 18, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Thank God! Finally something good coming from PCB... lets just hope the seniors give their full support to Malik, which i hoenstly doubt. PCB must not shy from droping the players no matter how many runs he has scored in a calendar year, if they do not support the new captain but most importantly Malik must earn the respect of his seniors. My best wishes and prayers are with Malik.

  • Jinn on April 18, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    yeah yeah malik was the right choice...but come on people, we are a nation that thrieve on excitement and plain craziness!!! just close your eyes and imagine...afridi the captain... i mean wow!!! yes he'd probably mess up...but when he didnt...whether u guys admit it or not, i know 3/4 of the nation decided they werent going to watch test cricket when he decided to retire from test cricket... love him or hate him, there'll never be another afridi...ever!!! so live for the moment and give him absolute power.... one thing you can be sure of...fireworks!!!

    as a footnote...kamran, i think ur being a bit harsh on razzak...as a nation we dont value him, but i tell u this, had he played against west indies..and when malik was trying to save the game but the run rate was too much..he was the man who couldve won that for us.. and as for ireland, well i remember when a couple of years ago the bengalis were performing good against us, razz came out of injury and blew them away with the ball... not because of talent or anything...simply because of arrogance..he was too arrogant to let a minnow get the better of him...everyone can say we missed asif and shoaib...but in essence if you looked at both the situations when we lost, it was razzaks slot that we missed...theres a reason why we call him razzmatazz... and finally in his defence, he looks bored of cricket,been there done that kind of attitude without much recognition, he needs the captaincy perhaps to revitalise his interest... id at the very least have him as vice captain...

  • Talha on April 18, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    Shoaib Akhter for the captain! No matter what his attitude is towards the team, no matter how many drugs he's taken, he would've been my first pick! We need an agressive captain and Shoaib fits the category perfectly.

  • Tariq Ashfaq Dubai on April 18, 2007, 9:28 GMT

    @Shoaib Malik

    I just read a blog from the Future Captain Himself. I was really amazed by the English written. Far better than what we are used to read/hear from our stars.

    Anyways Malik we will support you to our fullest. I think thats what we have been doing since 1947. But i am afraid my freind that we never got the desired results other than 92, when the brilliance if Javed and Carismatic Imran bring the trophy home. I really hope that you bring best out of our team and gave fair chance to Asim, Salman, Fawad alam, Abdul Rehman. You should not stick to your mates coz you are the new captain (Rana and Company). Good luck to your new venture.!!!!!!!

  • haroon (south africa) on April 18, 2007, 9:27 GMT

    Congratulations , Shoaib ..... or is it just a pcb gimmick, and then they say akhtar is captain

    anyway shoaib is a good choice

    but whilst doing the clean up deadwood must be out of the system

    See you shoaib akhtar, promise you if akhtar plays on malik is gonna have a torrid time.....

    akhtar couldnt respect elders, and the whole of pakistan

    wheres he gonna respect malik

    feel malik really sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THROW THE NANDROLONE CHUCKER , out and start over watch pakistani cricket thrive

  • Mr.Zaidi on April 18, 2007, 9:27 GMT

    I would like to propose Shoaib Akhtar as a Captain he could sticket and fighter leader like Imran Khan and able to make a disiplen

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on April 18, 2007, 9:19 GMT

    Dear Kamran Sahib,

    In my earlier comments, I was of the opinion that Shoaib Mailk be made the captain of Pakistan Team keeping in mind the present situation. My calculation was simple that he is “one of the most committed” player at this juncture. People are raising fingers on his behavior i.e. 20/20. Let us forget this at the moment. To err is human, but I am sure, he must have learnt lesson from this mistake. Life goes on. It is still not official that he is going to lead the nation, if he is appointed the captain, I think PCB will be able to win the battle but not the war. There has been rumor that the captain will be installed on “series to series” basis. This would be the biggest blunder by appointing captain on short-term. It means that PCB has only short-term policy and not long-term policy. Let us, through this blog, pressurize PCB that at least captain be appointed on long term so that he could be able to manage things without any fear that the sword is hanging. There should be no ifs and buts as far as appointing a captain is concerned. If PCB is not satisfied, delay it, no hurry, but choose a captain on long-term basis.

    My best wishes to him and I am sure, he has the courage, temperament and other qualities, which can he handy for him to lead the team. But I do not know, if he is a good administrator, and it will be a Herculean task to handle this bunch of Pakistan cricket since there are more senior players. But here PCB has to back him up and they have to show – Confidence, Faith & Trust in SM. I agree with you, Kamran Sb that Malik has a big task ahead and he has to show his ability on the ground as well as in the dressing room.

    Now another area where PCB has to decide is about the coach. If we have young captain for long a long term then it is essential that we have a young coach who can understand modern cricket. Let us hope for the best but Aaquib Javed is the only and genuine contender for this post because he is not a big name but he was also one of the committed cricketer I have had ever seen. Being a coach he will definitely bring back the glory of Pakistan cricket. If we are able to sort out these two areas, we will be able to solve 50% problems automatically. If they two youngster are chosen for these two posts, then PCB should not indulge or involved in their system and planning. A very strong selection panel is necessary to back the Captain and Coach. In my opinion, only recently retired cricketers should be made selectors. I am saying this because there is a big difference between the cricket of 60's and the modern cricket. Today's cricket is very fast and full of technology and there is no margin of error. At present, cricket is being played not only with the bat and ball but with mind also.

    At the end “ if big names can not do anything, let us try something new”. Why not we try separate captain for ODI and Test and Shahid Afridi may be considered for ODI so that we can judge the performance of these twos.

  • Khizar Hayat on April 18, 2007, 9:12 GMT

    Till sep 2007 it's not bad a choice. By then the dust would b clear and the Dr and his mentor would b gone, Insha'Allah. The one should have some serious discussion. Till then everything is on ad hoc basis

  • MANSOOR on April 18, 2007, 9:07 GMT

    Yet another joke of decesion from PCB. a man, rather a boy who cant really speak a complete sentence properly in front of cameras will be made captain of the side. i think PCB has no base line for any decesion. a captian of today s cricket has to face the media all the time. he should be articulated and sensible enough to deal with this challenge. shoab malik is a good cricketer but i dont think he has the guts to represent the whole pakistani team at least now. and needless to say that by making a young captain in the presence of many senior players, we are sending our team to the same grouping and teams within the team bull shit that prevailed within the team pre inzamam ul haq times.

  • Harish on April 18, 2007, 9:05 GMT

    I am little shocked at the new developments. I thought Mohd. yousuf should be the first choice captain. He has been totally ignored. This is insult to this senior top player. Why this ill-treatment to him?. Is it becasue he is religious. ? or it becasue they fear burden of captaincy shall affect his batting ?. He should have been given captaincy for at least a year or so. Also by Announcing Malik as vice captain, he would have gained valuable experience. This is totally baffling. Only PCB can explain.

  • Nawab-Bai-Shah on April 18, 2007, 9:03 GMT

    I do not mind Who is the next Pakistan Team's captain, one thing is for sure that PCB should selete a coach who is a Pakistan and not a Englishmen or a Aussie as they have very little understand of the Pakistan culture, religion and most important of all the pakistani players feeling. Pakistan has great players like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram who showed great commitment on and of the field for Pakistan. PCB should turn to them for change is team's fortune and help.Rashid Latif is another person who will have a good commands over players as a coach as he is the person who does not take shit from others (Pakistani & rest of players from other countries). These three will make Pakistan a major force in the world of cricket. That is my dream and hope it comes true.

  • Ahmed sheikh on April 18, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    Nice Decision by PCB for the First time Since appointing Imran Khan as Captain. I hope Malik will learn from the mistakes his Seniors made and will prove himself worthy of this Post. He has to come out of his shell and lead the team from front, bat higher in the order and make an example for others by proving himself as a leader and a fighter. Now he must have some Strong Coach with him, i am in favour of Aaqib Javaid but i would like pakistan to consider some foreign coach as well the likes of some Ex-South African or Austrailian Players since they have played cricket and they have the idea of todays cricket. Also the Deputy of Malik is also important he must have some one whom he can rely and i guess Salman but should be brought in team now as his deputy, this Gives two results. 1. a deputy who is also young and has lead teams in domestic competition successfully as well as under 19 teams. 2. He must be part of the team pakistan must have some left hand batsmen in their top and middle order. i would favour Fawad Alam as well in the ODI's since you need to focus on your resources and Pakistan like Willis said today must check the birth certificates of all players of and over 31 and must retire them. Pakistani Fans must embrace this reality now that the results will not be rapid and may be pakistan and malik will lose many competitions in the beginning but they have to be patient other wise no one will ever lead pakistan cricket team. and finally Board i emphasize must must support Malik in Team selection, in team discipline and in players attitude. There must not be any division in the team and no matter how big the names are if some one is found involved in such an activity he must be banded from Playing cricket. we cannot afford these jokes to go on.

  • Cloud 9 on April 18, 2007, 9:00 GMT

    Oh Good!!

    This should be perfect. A Punjabi captain for the Punjab team. At least, now there wont be any issues addressing the media or the team in English or Urdu, hehe.

    Good Luck to all the players outside Punjab.

  • Shafiq on April 18, 2007, 8:55 GMT

    Hmmm! good article.... But I like Malik since his 46* against SriLanka in Sharja----- but again Afridi is the surprise element of Pakistan Cricket. I will again go for Shahid Afridi Captain and Shoaib Malik Vice Captain ---- For two years, afterwards we can move with Afridi on till WC2011 or make Shoaib Malik Captain with ant Butt, Raza, Sarfraz, Akmal as Vice----- Not a difficult thing PCB & Journalists. Best Regards

  • rameez hanif on April 18, 2007, 8:53 GMT

    I think that Shoaib Malik is the best choice for the captain after refusal of Younis Khan. The ideal choice was to appoint Younis as captain and Malik as his deputy but it seems that Younis is not brave enough to take the challenge. i am sick of people who think that Shoaib Alkhtar or Shahid Afridi should be made tha captain. I think they think that they are selecting some one for the lead role of DON movie and not a national team captain. How many matches Shoaib Akhtar has missed during the last 2-3 years ?? nor he is fit enough and nor has the attitude and discipline to lead the team. Afridi don't merit his place in test matches and how much of a cricket brain he has got is apperant from the way how he has failed to add any sort of consistency in his game. He will walk in and start slogging across the line irespective of the match situation. For being a captain you need to have a godd cricketing barin and for me shoaib malik is a very intelligent cricketer. he is not the most talented but he is hard working and will never give up in any situation.

    PCB should act wisely and don't make any radical changes in the team like not playing yousuf or younis in the ODI. To have our cricket back on track we need to win the coming series against SA, India and Australia so that confidence can be build among the players and the people pakistan. If they want to make changes then they should nake it stepwise. First replace Inzamam in the ODI and when someone cement his place in ODI only then replace him for the Tests. Same can be considered for Younis (ODI) and Shoaib Akhtar.

  • shiraz on April 18, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is the right choice. Whoever thinks Afridi can be a captain ....Please take a break.

  • Rizwan on April 18, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    What Malik did in the Twenty20 game is unacceptable, hence he shudnt be the captain, Afridi on the other hand will provide the fire power needed. Malik himself is a laid back personality so I dont expect something agressive from him, we need an agressive captain and Afridi fits the bill. Malik and Razzak are similar in their cricket approch, they are relaxed and thats not what Pakistan requires now.

  • Kashi-CHINA on April 18, 2007, 8:31 GMT

    Malik is good chooise since he has good cricket mind, smart, young and determined. Hope after he getting captaincy, he won't go crazy and respect seniors and in turn seniors will respect him too. Hope a new beganning of Pk cricet is about to start. Best of luck Malik!

  • Usman Majeed RWP, Pakistan on April 18, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Well Mr.Abbasi i completely agree with you with the pathetic statment made by the PCB i-e"there isn't really another suitable candidate around."This only lowers the confidence than anything else on Malik as a captain. But as a player Malik needs to improve on his basic technique of batting, needs to bowl more and his fielding is fine. Hopefully being a captain, we will see him at a fixed number rather than floating in the batting order. And the best way to earn respect for a less than senior guy being a captain is to lead from the front by showing performances, the example is Grame Smith of SA. Good Luck to Malik and Pakistan cricket team.

  • Salim Shariff on April 18, 2007, 8:26 GMT

    The King is Dead! Long live the new King...

  • srivathsan on April 18, 2007, 8:15 GMT

    Shoab malik no doubt fits the bill, but i feel it is bit early to take on the mantle.But if there is no choice what else can be done ? One thing baffles me as to why yunis khan refuses the captaincy ? The PCB has to ponder over this aspect.If there are genuine concern/aprehensions,is it not wise to discuss with him & find a solution ? Even after this if he refuses to don the mantle then it is a different matter.My only worry is whether malik will be able to handle the seniors especially shoab akthar?.PCB has to give him sufficient support/power & make it known to individuals that they will not allow players to undermine the captains writ.I agree with JAVID.A.KHAN that afridy has the courage /performance to lead the side but his only problem is sudden rush of blood which may prove counter productive in a given situation.I suggest that he be made vice captain.One thing most of the viewers agree is that mohd.yusuf is not fit to lead the side.

  • shoaib malik on April 18, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    hey guys its shoaib malik here, thanks for all your support, i know pakistan team has had a bad year but these things happen in cricket! we all support pakistan & we should not change weather pakistan losses or wins! through the good time and the bad we should all stick together & support the team! as far as the captaincy goes i will not be commenting on the issue, may the best candidate be choosen & we should all support him through the good & bad times.

    i hope u will not forget that we all are pakistani supports who should support the team no matter what the result is.

    thank u

  • Kashif.K on April 18, 2007, 8:06 GMT

    Good choice i guess. I had two people in mind Malik or Afridi. Personally i was hoping Afridi will get selected....because of the aggressive nature of his cricket. For the past few years Pakistan had lacked the aggressiveness in their cricket...which in today’s times has become such a vital aspect..look at the Australians, South Africans etc. But appointing a captain on a series to series basis just doesn’t sound right..and will do more harm than good. Also i hope Pakistan Cricket takes their time and appoint a suitable coach(s)...all candidates should be considered either Pakistani or Foreign.

  • Rohaan on April 18, 2007, 8:04 GMT

    Before the 20/20 World Cup I think Afridi is a better choice than Shoaib. And if PCB appoints Afridi the captain then all of us will surely see his batting ave around 40 not in 20z; his domestic captaincy records gives us a good example.

    All the best PCB with your decision

  • NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL on April 18, 2007, 7:57 GMT

    Its really height of helplessness that we are forced to choose SHOAIB MALIK as the new captain who is also among those batmen who brought huge disgrace for the country.

  • Rash on April 18, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    I think pcb made a right decision as younus declined the captaincy, it seems to me younus trying to pose too much so its better pcb should not suck his arse to give this assignment, and it would be better to kick him out from ODI also so as not to repeat by others same senario

  • Shehzad Ghani on April 18, 2007, 7:43 GMT

    I like the choice. He was always better than Younis as a choice anyway. I also like the fact that blog writing skills are getting better. One thing is left: Rashid Latif as a coach!

  • Sohaib Salman on April 18, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    Pakistan team will never be able to rise if we continue with old ways of jobs for the boys. Pakistan Cricket is in such pitiable state because of politics and money. Who cares about Cricket and the country. After Imran Khan we have yet to get a Captain who could lead from the front in thick or thin. He had guts so ge got glory. Inzamam was a great batsman but he was never a great fielder. He would rather have a great meal after a great innings and then take a nap. He could have been a great Captain but he never really made the effort to be a real "Captain". We all wish he had, he just somehow lost the way. Nobody really knows what really happened. Some blamed it on his digression to the righteous path. But this is an unkind comment. Maybe he just got tired of it all, maybe he did not had enough to sleep. Maybe he just missed Multan. Maybe we were too demanding and he never had it in him to do it. No! I dont think so. Not the Inzi we knew of the old days. Alas! He has given up and we are now looking for a new leader. Young Younis Khan, might not be very young for too long so he just ran as fast as he could and as far his legs could take him. Let us make money and why bother about Captaincy. Maybe after concentrating in county cricket might just stay on and get the citizenship that most of us crave for nad have a rich peaceful life. Now comes the news about Malik! Wow! Shame! Shame! Shame! How can we contemplate such stupidity!. Maybe let us all pray for Pakistan cricket.

  • NASEERUDDIN SUHAIL on April 18, 2007, 7:28 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….

  • muhammad adil qayyum on April 18, 2007, 7:18 GMT

    well this decision seems to be right so far to me. Because yousuf if appointed captain could affect his batting skills and afridi definitely DOESNT SEEM TO BE THE WRITE PERSON TO LEAD THE TEAM EITHER. i dont understand how salman butt could be considered as captain when he is finding difficult to find some batting form. hopefully this new era for the pakistan team turns out to be a succesful one agfter lots of tragedies. Another suggestion i would like to make is kick younis khan off and appoint three youngsters at the top of the order for batting. stick with two openers and give them a go for a while and find a yopungster to play one down then yousuf and so on.

  • Furqan Ahmed on April 18, 2007, 7:11 GMT

    The question is why Malik as Captain? Is it because he was the blue-eyed boy of Inzamam. Is it because of his impeccable record? Is it because he is very smart and deliberately lost to Karachi in the local matches? Is it because he looks good in the ads? Why not Yousuf? What is wrong with him? Is he not part of the inner sanctum of Younus & Co.

  • Ravi from OZ on April 18, 2007, 7:09 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I'm an Indian settled in Australia. It's strange to hear that no one else was suitable for captaincy.

    Why was Mohammed Yousuf "Vice Captain" before if he was not "Captain" material?

    What's wrong with Mohammed Yousuf in being the captain? May be I'm missing something. May be you should enlighten your readers. He's an extremely talented/devouted cricketer. Looks like the Vice Captaincy is just for name sake (Feel good post).

    My opinion is that the team needs to be picked first & then the captain named.

    Otherwise it'll end up in disaster. India/Pakistan - Politics, Politics & more Politics.

  • ali on April 18, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    cant we have a captain who deserves place in team. malik by no means fits in this team with his poor batting techinque n impotent bowling.

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on April 18, 2007, 7:05 GMT

    I am very very pleased to hear such a news that Malik is more likely to be the next captain. That means pcb has made a sensible decision after a very long time. I still feel they would have been even more sensible by appointing him at least for next 3 years so that senior players get the message that if they want to continue playing, they will have to play under him. We need to kill players power in Pakistani culture and that is the only way we will progress. Leaving out all old players at once from ODI team will be a bad idea, both ys should be included till suitable replacements are found. Good luck Malik and Pakistan Cricket

  • Kiran Ahmed - Toronto, Ontario on April 18, 2007, 7:00 GMT

    Can someone please *Zap* Javed Khan from Montreal's insane ramblings? He sounds like a typical Afridi follower. Anyway, coming to the MAIN point - Shoaib Malik. GREAT decision by the PCB. Malik brings with him decent ODI experience..137 games, lots of runs considering he's been floated up and down, 5 100's, and a gritty approach to batting. He's also young and less of a tableeghi compared to Yousef and Co. I think he will be a good captain. Salman Butt should be made his Vice Captain, and both of these guys can build a young team for Pakistan. Furthermore, if ANY of the seniors do not cooperate with Malik, they should be tossed aside. Its time for people to play for Pakistan and not for themselves and if any senior player is doing any dramas then they should be kicked out of the team, be it the low life Razzaq, Afridi, Yousef or Younis.

  • M.K.BEG on April 18, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    How can we appoint this guy as captain of pakistan whe he has admitted to throwing a domestic 20/20 game and was fined for it. what makes us think that he will not do it again?

  • Ali Bokhary on April 18, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    I think it is the right decision considering that Malik has proven his talent as a cricketer. It is true that he is not as good a test player as he has been a one day cricketer yet I feel that this assignment will motivate him to be a much better performer than he has already been. From what we have seen of Pakistan cricket lately we can only be hopeful and thats that.

    As for other elements, here are a few suggestions. The board has to give the new captain 100% backing to maintain order and discipline in the side. The board has to make a concious effort to keep all tablighi and religious elements at bay. Those players already intoxicated should be clearly told to mind there own business or leave. Every player representing Pakistan in its national cricket team is an ambassador of the country. The captian has to therefore show Pakistan in the right light. Cricket is a game of the common wealth countries therefore english is and will always be a very important element of cricketing environment. It is therefore suggested to train the captain to speak appropriately in English and represent the country well in front of the world audience. I know this will be a big challenge and will not happen overnight but with time things will improve. If I am not mistaken Shoaib Malik cannot even speak Urdu let alone english at this point but there is always a beginning.

  • Sameer on April 18, 2007, 6:50 GMT

    Malik s choice as a captain is quite surprising one and a bit unusual too. He isnt being the most livewire cricketer on field and doesnt incite excitement in watching him play. Some one like Afridi or Yousuf are the better cotenders for the job, but given the fact that Afridi is as hot as a potato (the incident that lead to him being banned for 4 games) and unsure of his place and Yousouf being on the wrong side of 30s, there seems hardly any choice for them.

    Pakistan would need some one like Wasim bhai or Imran Khan to turn their fortunes. Inzamam was too soft and he laid more stress on religion than the actual game and in the end of his tenure the religion seemed more of a show-off than a ritual.......

  • azeem on April 18, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    shoaib malik is the best choice.One thing i dont understand is that why do we have to rush to choose a captain.Our first priority should be getting a coach and board of selectors.After the 2 join with pcb, put their cricketing minds to use and select a captain so as to avoid any disputes amongst the 3.Though i am backing aqib javed for it and waqar should be bowling coach.abdul qadir could think of chipping in with spin tips. The future looks unknown for pakistan but hopefully we will find light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Azam Farooqui on April 18, 2007, 6:21 GMT

    Well Malik seems to be a sensible choice. He seems like a thinking cricketer and shows great commitment in the field. It's probably the first time a Pakistani cricketer is probably thier best fielder as well, which might help lift the spirits of the side, thats one area he can certainly lead by example. He definitely commands a place in one day internationals but he surely needs to improve on his test match skills. However the most disturbing issue as mentioned in the article is the appointment of the captain on a series to series basis. The captain should be nominated for a longer term so that he can work around that. Also it instills some stability in the side where every second player wants to become the captain.

  • H.Malik on April 18, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    Dear Kamran ,, Your comparison of SM with IK has an element of surprise yet truth in it too . IK only admited "Ball tempering with a bottle top" years after he had done it on the field WHILE SM did admit throwing away the twenty20 match , right there infront of the TV cameras during the post match briefings SO there the Comparision ends with SM doing good thing UPFRONT ( admiting one's guilt is a good thing ) while IK did it only to enhance his own book selling ( if we take his words for , he did it to thwart off the ball tempring accusations and the 2 Ws !! ) .

    In my humble opinion , going for a young lad is a good thing but perhpas PCB should have gone for a young lad with prooven credentials too on th einternational stage and who can match the expolites of Hassan Reza ( under 19 captain with international exposure too in Tests & ODIs , it is another thing that PCB & Team politics had played havoc with his carrer ) or Sarfaraz ( 2006 WC winning captain ) , both had far better credentials than a Known Match Fixer ( regardless of the reasons , these are no excuses rules were knwon to the teams before thtwenty20 tournament started !) . With fingers crossed , GOD HELPS the team from now on . When such a person on the helm of the affairs , ICC anticorruption team will be ready with the tickets in hand to followe the team where ever they go and when ever they show their true colors i.e lame duck loosers in any tournament or any series ,, the knives will be out and head lines will be splashing more often than they did in the past ,,,rest assured ..... Pakistan cricket is destined now to die the same death , it had happened to First HOCKEY , THEN SQUASH . The trio of the sports, Pakistan had made a name for itself , will soon be completed .

  • Suleman on April 18, 2007, 6:11 GMT

    By chosing Shohaib Malik PCB has made a bold decision. The bold decision has somehow been marred by the statement that they had "no other choice". My concern is how senior players would react. When Javed Miandad was appointed captain of the Pakistan team, senior players like Imran, Wasim and others revolted leading Javed resigning the post as PCB failed to back him. Are we going to see a similar situation?

  • Syed on April 18, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    Hmm.. don't know who this credit goes to, but finally pcb got something right. Well youngsters been yelling their throat out to nominate shoaib as a captain. Person who leads from the front, not just by his batting or bowling, but for a change by his feilding. Something new eh? I hope this would also bring a change in pakistan's feilding. Congratz who ever thought about this, but he must have a heck of gutts to go against the prevailing system of PCB. although a lot of people say about him "throwing a match as a captain" but that just shows his intent of aggressiveness. You rock Shoaib!

  • aqeel on April 18, 2007, 6:04 GMT

    i think it is big decsion as far as pakistan cricket is concerned. after imran it is first time we are choosing captan on th bases of ability and leadership skills not on the bases of number of matches. we need to have best person dor a job.Malik is a fighter and he can induce his emotions in the team it would be interesting how seniors like Shoib Afridi yousuf and inzi in test will play under this young capten. In my view the best for Malik is to play like Malik's way dont copy any body and he will be success full

  • sahab on April 18, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    Very good decision, I wrote about Afridi being captain in my last comment, but I think Malik really deserves it.

    I still want Rashid Latif to be coach, but I don't mind Aaqib Javed.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 18, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    When I was writing my previous post in the "Younis Khan's circus" thread, I had a very strong feeling that Kamran Abbassi will start a new thread on this burning issue of appointing Shoaib Malik as the future captain of Pakistan team. Especially since his counterpart Osman Samiuddin left no stone unturned in praising and exaggerating the leadership qualities of Shoaib Malik.to the extent of hyperbolizing it and making us believe that Malik is the only choice that Pakistan has. And how can he crow until the votes have been counted? I mean there is no official word about it yet, but the verdict is on the cricinfo.!!!

    According to DAWN newspaper Malik, when approached by the media did not vaunt or bragged about his new post, obviously its too early for him to croak. He has to break a few eggs before he makes his omelette and celebrate his mini-breakfast and by supper time there will be a new skipper? I am unable to comprehend this stupendously stupid decision. Why on earth they have to choose a captain for a few months only? If a captain is good for short term, he should be good for long term too. In fact it is all the more important to build his confidence by telling him that he is a captain for a very long time. Not only will it give him the confidence that he needs, but a message for other team members that the PCB has faith in the captain and it will back him irrevocably and unconditionally, so that there is no room for any conspiracies neither hidden nor transparent.

    If Younis Khan declined to be a dummy captain for lack of power, I would never accept a temporary post with a sword hanging and dangling over my head with a message perform or get lost. In fact this kinda decision making will create more insecurity in the leader's mind and will encourage others to gang up and fail him by not performing. Cricket is not "Boxing" ;-) it's a team work, if the leader feels insecure about his own future then, he cannot motivate his team. This is not the time to experiment. There is no choice, either choose him or the other and stick with the decision, period.

    And what is this load of cow manure that is coming outta PCB office? Who is this most reliable source leaking this information from the smelly diapers of Naseem Ashraf? How come a confidential information always creeps out like a skunk's stench outta the caucus? Or, is this PCB's deliberate ruse to ask one of their ghost members to be one of their guinea pigs and blab out the secret in the open only to suss out the reaction of the people and the media? Whatever it is, it appears like a very cheap and trivial modus operandi and a very shameful one too.

    khansahab I have read your post in the previous thread. Its nice of you to clarify that you are not me or vice versa, I don't care what the pea brain of Euceph Ahmad thinks about me and I am not here to win a popularity contest that you perform a coronation service in my honour. I prefer criticism over flattery and I am not saying you did that, but my purpose of being here is only to express my feelings like everyone else on this blog, c'est ca.

    As regards your views about Afridi's performance, its kinda unending debate, like in the province of Quebec the subject of referendum is referred as "neverendum." Neither of us can convince each other, so better leave it. However, the TEST matches comparison between Afridi and Malik on cricinfo is as follows: AFRIDI MALIK

    Matches 26 18 Runs 1683 941 highest 156 148 Average 37.40 37.64 100's 5 1 50's 8 5 Wickets 47 13

    Currently Malik's ODI average after 137 matches is 33.56 as opposed to Afridi's 23.13 in 238 maches. And we all know the reason. Afridi has been in and out of the team so many times because everyone expects him to score the fastest 100 or at least 60 -70 runs in 30 odd balls with a flurry of sixes and fours. The selectors and the captain are responsible for his batting performance and for dropping him every now and then. Still he is only 2 runs short of 5000 runs and 201 wickets in ODI a feat that only Jayasuriya and Kallis have achieved so far. Neither the greatest all-rounders like, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Ian Bothom or Kapil Dev have achieved this feat. Malik is way behind. Anyways, like I said, there is no point in comparing statistics. The fact remains imo, Shahid Afridi has definitely better leadership skills than Malik. Personality wise Afridi looks like a tiger on the field whereas Malik is a meesna!

    Finally my advice to you khansahab is to please leave the wives of the players outta this discussion, I don't know why you need to take these immature digs at player's wives? Please don't even try to clarify this point with any further explanation - thanks. Its not nice to discuss them here in a public forum and they have nothing to do with the game.

  • Ali on April 18, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    Good luck to Malik!

    A wise decision if it is implemented correctly.

    We have Smith as an example of a young captain backed by the board therefore I don't agree with setting a timeline for a captain as it is a hanging sword.

    One important thing, Malik should be groomed and taught to carry himself and the team in the world. Unlike what has happened before. There should be workshops, training and sessions with previous captains and successful managers from the business world to make him better.

    He needs to work even more on his abilities as a cricketer and take it as a challenge. He has in the past shown the tendency to put team ahead of himself.

    We should all support him and hope that this is not the begining of the end, rather a first step towards curing the ills of the past.

  • Nomaan Baig Los Angeles, CA, USA on April 18, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    Well written! "In with the new, out with the old". Best wishes to Shoaib Malik! I'm all for him!

    Nomaan

  • Qasim on April 18, 2007, 4:22 GMT

    Resposibility with Authority will works & now its time to set a long term goal. Good Luck Shoaib Malik !!! Good Luck Pakistan Cricket !!!

  • Ashaq on April 18, 2007, 1:52 GMT

    P.C.B. by offering the captaincy on short term have made a major blunder.It seems less of a case of looking to the future. One expects Michael.J.Fox to ride up in his time machine from Back to the Future.

    A return to the 1990s and a game of musical chairs being played with the captaincy.It is strange to appoint a captain and then to undermine him as soon as you do so.With previous history of players deliberately underperforming to get the captain sacked.We can expect major mutinys being organised by opportunists within the team.

    I also agree with Kamran Abbasi concerning Maliks behaviour in that 20/20 game. Yes the behaviour of Malik was Foolish.But it was the Foolishness of Youth rather then anything more sinister.How many of us have behaved Foolishly in our own youth.Other players have been appointed Captain with far greater clouds hanging over them,Wasim Akram in particular.Yet we have many people on this very blog who are passionately advocating the appointment of the great Wasim as coach.

    I say now that Malik has been appointed we should give him the opportunity to prove himself.Rather then casting stones at him.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 18, 2007, 0:22 GMT

    It’s not confirmed yet but rumors are that Shoaib Malik will be the new captain and Mohammad Asif will be his deputy and this appointment is not for a longer period only until September 2007.It is also being rumored that Yousaf and Younis khan along with some other senior players will not be considered for the ODI team.

    Apparently it’s a good decision but is bound to fail as the exclusion of Inzimam, Yousaf and Younis from the ODI team at the same time, would seriously affect the prospects of the new team.

    Although PCB will get a chance to test some new players, but the chances of this team winning without any of the experienced batsmen will be remote, and as a result after six months we will be looking for a new captain again, possibly Younis Khan and I can bet any money at that he will be ready.

    I can’t understand why do we have to axe all the senior players at once, although we do have some good young players in our domestic cricket who are consistently performing well, but we have seen in the past that players who are averaging around 50 in domestic cricket fail miserably at International level, keeping in view the fact that the team will be playing without a coach, it will make even more hard for some of these youngsters to adjust.

    It’s quite clear from the above facts that Shoaib Malik will be handed over a raw and inexperienced team with no coach and no long term contract guarantee, so in reality he is not being honored with the captaincy, in fact he is being made the sacrificial goat as he is being handed over a huge task with all the Odds against him. That sure will test his leadership skills, but it would be fair if he is handed over a balanced team with a blend of youth and experience, only then we can judge him in all fairness.

  • Wasiq on April 18, 2007, 0:11 GMT

    What a dilemma for PCB. They are dammed if they do and they are dammed if they don’t! This is the situation PCB finds itself in whether they appoint Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt or Mohammed Yousuf for captaincy. After reading most of the views on this Blog I feel there isn’t a consensus on any one of these candidates and maybe rightly so because none of them meet the criteria completely that Mr. Abbasi has outlined.

    The fact of the matter is Pakistan does not have any competent candidate for this job and everybody took Younis Khan for granted. I feel he was only hyped because he was the opposite of Inzi and carried a very cheerful persona that everybody so badly wanted to see in Big Ez Inzi. Bottom line is Younis Khan is simply over rated and we have been fool to think otherwise. Being friendly and cheerful shouldn’t be the only reason for this important job.

    Given the circumstances PCB has no choice but to experiment with all of these candidates in the near future to test waters and see where they all stand in terms of leadership skills, tactical cricketing strategies, innovative ideas, commitment and the type of environment they can create for the team to come together and start performing consistently. I predict it will be a very difficult task to ask but we have to start somewhere.

    Looks like the new chapter has begun with Shoaib Malik getting the nod! I have got my fingers crossed but I know I will not be satisfied anytime soon.

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  • Wasiq on April 18, 2007, 0:11 GMT

    What a dilemma for PCB. They are dammed if they do and they are dammed if they don’t! This is the situation PCB finds itself in whether they appoint Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt or Mohammed Yousuf for captaincy. After reading most of the views on this Blog I feel there isn’t a consensus on any one of these candidates and maybe rightly so because none of them meet the criteria completely that Mr. Abbasi has outlined.

    The fact of the matter is Pakistan does not have any competent candidate for this job and everybody took Younis Khan for granted. I feel he was only hyped because he was the opposite of Inzi and carried a very cheerful persona that everybody so badly wanted to see in Big Ez Inzi. Bottom line is Younis Khan is simply over rated and we have been fool to think otherwise. Being friendly and cheerful shouldn’t be the only reason for this important job.

    Given the circumstances PCB has no choice but to experiment with all of these candidates in the near future to test waters and see where they all stand in terms of leadership skills, tactical cricketing strategies, innovative ideas, commitment and the type of environment they can create for the team to come together and start performing consistently. I predict it will be a very difficult task to ask but we have to start somewhere.

    Looks like the new chapter has begun with Shoaib Malik getting the nod! I have got my fingers crossed but I know I will not be satisfied anytime soon.

  • WASIM SAQIB on April 18, 2007, 0:22 GMT

    It’s not confirmed yet but rumors are that Shoaib Malik will be the new captain and Mohammad Asif will be his deputy and this appointment is not for a longer period only until September 2007.It is also being rumored that Yousaf and Younis khan along with some other senior players will not be considered for the ODI team.

    Apparently it’s a good decision but is bound to fail as the exclusion of Inzimam, Yousaf and Younis from the ODI team at the same time, would seriously affect the prospects of the new team.

    Although PCB will get a chance to test some new players, but the chances of this team winning without any of the experienced batsmen will be remote, and as a result after six months we will be looking for a new captain again, possibly Younis Khan and I can bet any money at that he will be ready.

    I can’t understand why do we have to axe all the senior players at once, although we do have some good young players in our domestic cricket who are consistently performing well, but we have seen in the past that players who are averaging around 50 in domestic cricket fail miserably at International level, keeping in view the fact that the team will be playing without a coach, it will make even more hard for some of these youngsters to adjust.

    It’s quite clear from the above facts that Shoaib Malik will be handed over a raw and inexperienced team with no coach and no long term contract guarantee, so in reality he is not being honored with the captaincy, in fact he is being made the sacrificial goat as he is being handed over a huge task with all the Odds against him. That sure will test his leadership skills, but it would be fair if he is handed over a balanced team with a blend of youth and experience, only then we can judge him in all fairness.

  • Ashaq on April 18, 2007, 1:52 GMT

    P.C.B. by offering the captaincy on short term have made a major blunder.It seems less of a case of looking to the future. One expects Michael.J.Fox to ride up in his time machine from Back to the Future.

    A return to the 1990s and a game of musical chairs being played with the captaincy.It is strange to appoint a captain and then to undermine him as soon as you do so.With previous history of players deliberately underperforming to get the captain sacked.We can expect major mutinys being organised by opportunists within the team.

    I also agree with Kamran Abbasi concerning Maliks behaviour in that 20/20 game. Yes the behaviour of Malik was Foolish.But it was the Foolishness of Youth rather then anything more sinister.How many of us have behaved Foolishly in our own youth.Other players have been appointed Captain with far greater clouds hanging over them,Wasim Akram in particular.Yet we have many people on this very blog who are passionately advocating the appointment of the great Wasim as coach.

    I say now that Malik has been appointed we should give him the opportunity to prove himself.Rather then casting stones at him.

  • Qasim on April 18, 2007, 4:22 GMT

    Resposibility with Authority will works & now its time to set a long term goal. Good Luck Shoaib Malik !!! Good Luck Pakistan Cricket !!!

  • Nomaan Baig Los Angeles, CA, USA on April 18, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    Well written! "In with the new, out with the old". Best wishes to Shoaib Malik! I'm all for him!

    Nomaan

  • Ali on April 18, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    Good luck to Malik!

    A wise decision if it is implemented correctly.

    We have Smith as an example of a young captain backed by the board therefore I don't agree with setting a timeline for a captain as it is a hanging sword.

    One important thing, Malik should be groomed and taught to carry himself and the team in the world. Unlike what has happened before. There should be workshops, training and sessions with previous captains and successful managers from the business world to make him better.

    He needs to work even more on his abilities as a cricketer and take it as a challenge. He has in the past shown the tendency to put team ahead of himself.

    We should all support him and hope that this is not the begining of the end, rather a first step towards curing the ills of the past.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 18, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    When I was writing my previous post in the "Younis Khan's circus" thread, I had a very strong feeling that Kamran Abbassi will start a new thread on this burning issue of appointing Shoaib Malik as the future captain of Pakistan team. Especially since his counterpart Osman Samiuddin left no stone unturned in praising and exaggerating the leadership qualities of Shoaib Malik.to the extent of hyperbolizing it and making us believe that Malik is the only choice that Pakistan has. And how can he crow until the votes have been counted? I mean there is no official word about it yet, but the verdict is on the cricinfo.!!!

    According to DAWN newspaper Malik, when approached by the media did not vaunt or bragged about his new post, obviously its too early for him to croak. He has to break a few eggs before he makes his omelette and celebrate his mini-breakfast and by supper time there will be a new skipper? I am unable to comprehend this stupendously stupid decision. Why on earth they have to choose a captain for a few months only? If a captain is good for short term, he should be good for long term too. In fact it is all the more important to build his confidence by telling him that he is a captain for a very long time. Not only will it give him the confidence that he needs, but a message for other team members that the PCB has faith in the captain and it will back him irrevocably and unconditionally, so that there is no room for any conspiracies neither hidden nor transparent.

    If Younis Khan declined to be a dummy captain for lack of power, I would never accept a temporary post with a sword hanging and dangling over my head with a message perform or get lost. In fact this kinda decision making will create more insecurity in the leader's mind and will encourage others to gang up and fail him by not performing. Cricket is not "Boxing" ;-) it's a team work, if the leader feels insecure about his own future then, he cannot motivate his team. This is not the time to experiment. There is no choice, either choose him or the other and stick with the decision, period.

    And what is this load of cow manure that is coming outta PCB office? Who is this most reliable source leaking this information from the smelly diapers of Naseem Ashraf? How come a confidential information always creeps out like a skunk's stench outta the caucus? Or, is this PCB's deliberate ruse to ask one of their ghost members to be one of their guinea pigs and blab out the secret in the open only to suss out the reaction of the people and the media? Whatever it is, it appears like a very cheap and trivial modus operandi and a very shameful one too.

    khansahab I have read your post in the previous thread. Its nice of you to clarify that you are not me or vice versa, I don't care what the pea brain of Euceph Ahmad thinks about me and I am not here to win a popularity contest that you perform a coronation service in my honour. I prefer criticism over flattery and I am not saying you did that, but my purpose of being here is only to express my feelings like everyone else on this blog, c'est ca.

    As regards your views about Afridi's performance, its kinda unending debate, like in the province of Quebec the subject of referendum is referred as "neverendum." Neither of us can convince each other, so better leave it. However, the TEST matches comparison between Afridi and Malik on cricinfo is as follows: AFRIDI MALIK

    Matches 26 18 Runs 1683 941 highest 156 148 Average 37.40 37.64 100's 5 1 50's 8 5 Wickets 47 13

    Currently Malik's ODI average after 137 matches is 33.56 as opposed to Afridi's 23.13 in 238 maches. And we all know the reason. Afridi has been in and out of the team so many times because everyone expects him to score the fastest 100 or at least 60 -70 runs in 30 odd balls with a flurry of sixes and fours. The selectors and the captain are responsible for his batting performance and for dropping him every now and then. Still he is only 2 runs short of 5000 runs and 201 wickets in ODI a feat that only Jayasuriya and Kallis have achieved so far. Neither the greatest all-rounders like, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Ian Bothom or Kapil Dev have achieved this feat. Malik is way behind. Anyways, like I said, there is no point in comparing statistics. The fact remains imo, Shahid Afridi has definitely better leadership skills than Malik. Personality wise Afridi looks like a tiger on the field whereas Malik is a meesna!

    Finally my advice to you khansahab is to please leave the wives of the players outta this discussion, I don't know why you need to take these immature digs at player's wives? Please don't even try to clarify this point with any further explanation - thanks. Its not nice to discuss them here in a public forum and they have nothing to do with the game.

  • sahab on April 18, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    Very good decision, I wrote about Afridi being captain in my last comment, but I think Malik really deserves it.

    I still want Rashid Latif to be coach, but I don't mind Aaqib Javed.

  • aqeel on April 18, 2007, 6:04 GMT

    i think it is big decsion as far as pakistan cricket is concerned. after imran it is first time we are choosing captan on th bases of ability and leadership skills not on the bases of number of matches. we need to have best person dor a job.Malik is a fighter and he can induce his emotions in the team it would be interesting how seniors like Shoib Afridi yousuf and inzi in test will play under this young capten. In my view the best for Malik is to play like Malik's way dont copy any body and he will be success full

  • Syed on April 18, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    Hmm.. don't know who this credit goes to, but finally pcb got something right. Well youngsters been yelling their throat out to nominate shoaib as a captain. Person who leads from the front, not just by his batting or bowling, but for a change by his feilding. Something new eh? I hope this would also bring a change in pakistan's feilding. Congratz who ever thought about this, but he must have a heck of gutts to go against the prevailing system of PCB. although a lot of people say about him "throwing a match as a captain" but that just shows his intent of aggressiveness. You rock Shoaib!