Politics April 23, 2007

A strategy for seniors

One solution to a tussle between seniors is the "Two captain strategy"

Despite public proclamations of unity, the Pakistan board (PCB) will have to find a way of keeping their venerable "seniors" on board. One solution to a tussle between seniors is the "Two captain strategy" (one in one-day cricket and the other in Test cricket). But the PCB has sensibly concluded Malik can do both, in which case I propose the "Two vice-captain strategy." In a nutshell, it goes something like this:

1 An age-old technique for reining in a delinquent elder is to give him some responsibility.

2 Pakistan has a few of these, so why not appoint two vice-captains?

3 Younis Khan has ruled himself out of both positions. In any case there's no point him being deputy to Malik since he has decided not to captain Pakistan. Younis's moment has gone (he remains a certainty for my Test XI though).

4 Salman Butt, the champion of the adolescent vote, has enough on his plate re-establishing himself as an international cricketer to have an extra distraction. Salman's moment is yet to come.

5 Abdul Razzaq has captained but it was a performance that helped his opponents rather than his own team. Razzaq's moment was best forgotten.

6 Shoaib Akhtar should have contaminated his chances of winning a position of responsibility just as he contaminated his blood and urine with nandrolone. Shame, he might have been a fascinating leader. Shoaib's moment is wishful thinking.

7 Shahid Afridi should be in every one-day team but he might miss the cut in Test cricket. Give the gusto of Afridi a blast. It is the moment to make him one-day vice-captain.

8 Mohammad Yousuf should be in every Test team though half an eye on the next World Cup might render him quickly irrelevant in one-day cricket. Give the lofty elegance of Yousuf another try. It is the moment to make him Test vice-captain.

9 Once a future successor (it may be a long time in the future) is identified he should take over from Yousuf as the Test vice-captain. The successor's moment is not now.

10 Oh yes. Inzamam should do a Lara, announce a farewell Test in the next home series, and watch the boys play well without him. The big man deserves a parting moment of splendour.

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

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  • testli5504537 on April 29, 2007, 21:12 GMT

    i do realize that malik has already been named as captain and we cant do nethng abt it. bt the plan is still gud since shoaib malik has been more reposnsible in planing long innings az compared by yousif or the stupid n dumb one day payer younis khan. you cant make a captain just because he his energetic in the field. after playing soo many one dayz the average is not very statisfying if you are such a seneoir player. and there is just one cenury in the whole one day careeree...briallantly ridiclous. the idea of vice captin my vote does goes for shoiab akhtar, only because so that he becomes more responsible for the cricket hez playing n stay fit. he has the potential to be a gud cricket player as compared to youis. yousuf is real gud bt i just dnt see the leadership in him. afridi will also be a very smart option

  • testli5504537 on April 29, 2007, 15:52 GMT

    Inzy must play test cricket.. he is still the one the best. captainship affected his batting but now when that is not his problem he can really concentrate on playing shots..

    his 92 in SA suggested that its not the time for him to retire..

  • testli5504537 on April 29, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    You have made some very valid points Kamran. I dont think Asif should be captain for obvious reasons. Do we really want a person who spends more time being questoned then bowling to lead our country? I dont think so

    Junaid Saeed

    Birmingham, UK

  • testli5504537 on April 28, 2007, 16:25 GMT


    Do you honestly believe that the Five star hotels built in Sialkot, gujranwala and faisalabad were built by the Government. I understand you want your area to progress,but blame your local politicians or your local businessman that they should pay attention to your city. Secondly You want some players from Hyderabad in the team but you failed to quote their names and credentials,when was the last time hyderabad won a domestic tournament,can you check.

  • testli5504537 on April 28, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    Surely by now Kamran, you would have realized you're wrong with your theory of 2 Vice Captains and even worse - to make Afridi one of those 2 VC's. Javed Khan is suffering from a lack of sanity, it happens to desis in Montreal, unfortunately the only treatment would be for him to pack his bags and return to his home in Lallu-Kheit. As for you Kamran, just remember that Pakistan cricket needs stability and youth at this stage - and a young VC like Salman Butt would certainly re-enforce the fact that the PCB is looking ahead not back. Kamran Akmal is another good choice - he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Nevertheless, Afridi should not even be in the picture, for he is a typical gallery boy - and not a person who the team can rely on to lead by example.

  • testli5504537 on April 28, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    Ali Majid at April 24, 2007 2:08 PM you have made some valid points about captaincy, leadership and team spirit. The example of Shane Warne and a few others are worth to be considered not only for the Pakistan team but for any team.

    There is a cultural difference between them and Pakistan, once I called it as bhai culture, that keeps the distance between the juniors and seniors and there was a debate on this issue. Until and unless this barrier is removed the junior players will not consider themselves as equal team mates and won't come up with their ideas and observations. There is also the desired level of education which is lacking in the team and that makes the difference. How can you expect them to be good in devising game plans, formulating strategies being fluid and flexible in making back up and contingency plans unless they are educated?

    Whenever there is a talk about education, refinement, improvement or finesse there is always a resistance from the inner circles. Even on this blog there are people who take so much pride in remaining complacent and call it a unique 'kwalty.' Being unique is different from being educated and people who are more religious must accept that the religion encourages people to learn more and to acquire more knowledge 'though it be in China.' But, whatever and whenever it suits them they like to remain complacent and call it a unique quality. You are absolutely right in saying that for the past 15 years or so the team is full of individuals who are power hungry opportunists and collectively fail to produce a team with a winning combination.

  • testli5504537 on April 28, 2007, 4:10 GMT

    Javed A. Khan you are doing a great job here on this blog by keeping the paindoos on the left. Those who are trying to make fun of you cannot match your wits or the expertise knowledge of cricket that you possess. I always find your analysis very balanced, fair and on the spot. Besides you have a good sense of humour that really hurts the paindoos on the right spot. I can see the inferiority complex some of the dudes here possess and try to make fun of you, actually the problem is with them and its so deep rooted in their psyche and they know that they cannot compete with you so they wish to remain a paindoo all their life. The same quality is reflected by most of the Pakistani players who do not wish to improve their skills in any department of the game, they only talk about improvement but never make any sincere effort. I salute the legendary Moin Akhtar for asking the Karachiites to stop mourning the early exit of the "Punjab - Pushtoon Cricket Club" from the world cup. He made a good point that there was no one from Karachi so the people of Karachi must not mourn.

    Mr L. Phakir I am sure your dog must be a Moghul or a Rajput from behind, so why don't you suggest the PCB to make him a Vice Captain? Oh, I see its not a him but a her, so you have a good chance to make her the Captain of the women's cricket team and you can be their coach.

  • testli5504537 on April 27, 2007, 23:10 GMT

    Mr Nabbu,

    Shoaib M scored against weak teams and speacially in the slow wickets of Pakistan & India. He always become unfit against strong teams specially outside Pakistan. He was unfit against SA (In SA), ICC Champiuons trophy and against Austrlia in (Austrlia). Same policy of A Razzak.

    i wrote this b4 serise against SA


    Dawar Most of his scores against Bangladesh, Zimabave & India. OR he scored against west indies in the world cup and Pakistan lost the match regardless his selfish innings of 75 runs.

    He played for himself not for the team. Javed is correct.

  • testli5504537 on April 27, 2007, 10:50 GMT

    I think the decision was very good.Shib malik still young good allround cricketer.also he saved more innings of pakistan.i think pakistan want to play strength game on coming every match. i wish shoib malik. i think we come with world cup to abudabi will see good young Pakistani team.

    siraaj ahamed sri lanka-kandy

  • testli5504537 on April 27, 2007, 6:13 GMT

    I think instaed of having two vise captains, more important we need contribuition of all centers on fair basis. Please bring players from Hydreabad, Sindh. They desreve to be in the team.

    As a city Hydreabad was always ignored by PCB and all Pakistan Govt. It is used to be # 3 city of Pakistan in size, population and facility but now it is # 9 by facilties and quality. Hydreabad does not have any five start hotel but smaller city than Hydreanad in population like Sialkot, Faislabad, Gugrewala (sorry for mis spell), Multan etc has five stars hotel and they are read for international matches.


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