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A vice too early

Kamran Abbasi
Mohammad Asif ended the tour as he started...Pakistan's stand-out bowler, South Africa v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Johannesburg, February 14, 2007
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Mohammad Asif, the McGrath of Sheikhapura, has been appointed Pakistan's vice-captain. This is a bold move by the PCB, who have now firmly stated their intention to invest in a new generation of Pakistan cricketers. Already, Asif has shown himself to be an outstanding fast bowler, somebody whose career might reach astronomical heights.

He is a feisty bowler with an engaging on-field persona. But just as early he has fallen into the snare of nandrolone, inadvertently if we are to believe his protestations - and there is no reason not to. A WADA inquiry hangs over him. If I were working for WADA I would consider only one thing worse than a suspect sportsman playing international sport, and that would be a suspect sportsman in a position of responsibility.

Mohammad Asif might well be a judicious choice as vice captain but it is injudicious to appoint him before the WADA business is done. A vice too early for the young man's good.

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

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Posted by sohan on (June 19, 2007, 9:45 GMT)

I think afridi is the best choice for vice captiancy.He is a world class one-day bowler. I like his bowling very much.He is the bright future of Pakistan.

Posted by zeeshan on (June 17, 2007, 7:55 GMT)

i think a bowler should not be given as a post of any captancy

Posted by tony afzal on (June 14, 2007, 13:38 GMT)

Want to solve Pakistan's growing and menacing "NWFP" problem ? Make Shahid Afridi the Captain of the Pakistan team. Everyone up there will drop their AK-47s and pick up cricket bats instead. Guaranteed!

Posted by Raja Pakistani on (May 15, 2007, 19:00 GMT)

Mahmmod Butt said above:

"Kamran Akmal learned lot of things from his mentor Inzamam. I am sure, he will improve his keeping skills as he grows. Keep it up."

what a hack? Is it our cricket team or child development program?

We need skilled players in the team, this is not a testing team. Kick him this keeper out, he can not carry ball in his gloves.

Raja Sailkot

First of all writing of Butt is not good. He thinks PUNJAB is a Pakistan

Posted by karim on (May 15, 2007, 18:40 GMT)

yahhh....best of luck pakistann..i hope that the team will support shoaib malik..BEST OF LUCK

Posted by Nadeem Shafee on (May 15, 2007, 18:38 GMT)

After the worst defeat in the last world cup, I do not see any big change in the team. Only two new desreving players include in the team. Now we need to see how new captain will give them chance in playing eleven?

Unfortunately after dropping more than 100 catches Kamran Akmal still the member of the team. Mr. Butt & Malik(above) wants to make him Vice Captain because of his background. Razzak still in the team. He always unfit against strong opponents, he also the leader of player power mafia. I do not see any big change in the attitude of PCB, only new some new names with same policies.

Where are deserving players like Khalid Latif, Khurrum Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Aziz ul haq, Jameshead?

Nadeem UK

Posted by Ashaq on (May 15, 2007, 18:32 GMT)

Awas chill out Bro,my remarks concerning Asif were made in jest,it was a spin on the word 'Vice'.

Your comment concerning Flintoff is incorrect. Dear old Freddy Flintoff was stripped of the Vice-Captaincy after his drinking escapade during the World Cup he was also given a heavy fine and was ostracised in the British press.

Although he was originally being touted as the future captain of England and a succesor to Michael Vaughan,his name is no longer in contention,due to his drinking escapade with Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood being viewed as the main contenders.

As for the Issue of religion Javed.A.Khan and I have already engaged in a very lengthy debate on the thread called 'Captain and Coach' 10 matters of choice.In which every aspect concerning the 'Islamisation' was discussed.

I also fully endorse your comments that a Muslims greatness should not be judged by the length of his beard,and those who ,do so are extremely narrowminded. Likewise I think the Beard Phobes who condemn a Muslim due to him having a beard are also extremely narrow minded, these individuals who have an inferiority complex and try to prove themselves westernised are totally repugnant,We 2 sets of fanatics the religious and the secular 'Brown Sahibs' both should be treated equally with caution.

Posted by Muhammad Asif on (May 15, 2007, 15:06 GMT)

Its only for those people on this blog who have started non-cricketing dicussions. I would rather apperciate if you would throw some light on your own life. What you have done for yourself, for your family & for your community.

Posted by Gulab Khan on (May 15, 2007, 14:53 GMT)

Dawar, you are correct. Kamran should write about Inzamam's future. Why he wants to come back?

Does he only want to break the record of his own country man player Javed Miandad?

Is it the good example for our new players?

Does Inzi current performance allow him to be in the test team?

Inzi always plays for his records.

Inzi scored only one century against Australia in Pakistan. He never scored century in Australia. Australia is one of the strongest team in his time. Against SA his record is not also impressive at all. Another strongest team of his time.

On other hand his average against Bangladesh is 80. He has impressive records against Bangladesh & Zimabave.

On other hand Miandad records against his strong components were always outstanding. He had few centuries (included Double centuries almost against every strong component of his time) against Australia (World Champion at his time), Sri Lanka, India (world champion at that time), West Indies (World Champion at his time period) etc. His lowest average was against Zimabave (the weakest team in his time period). Its proofs that Miandad always played for his team not for the records. I remember when Imran announced unnecessary declared, when Javed was playing at 280 runs not out. The way he was playing against world champion India its look he could break the highest total runs records. 280 without any chance.

Imran declared, but Miandad did not complain (no boycott, player power etc) or stop playing positive game for the same Captain and for the Pakistan. After that, he won matches for Imran Khan & Pakistan more than any one. Remember Pakistan won only five matches in 92 world cups and each match Miandad scored over fifty runs. This is called team innings. Unfortunately he was treated badly by PCB, Imran and later on young players like wasim, Inzi etc. They had never respected him. This was the mistake of senior players who brought their jealousy. I was in London when Pakistan Cricket team tour to England after the 92 world cup. Miandad was a Captain and two W's were booming. Imran invite whole team for his personal dinner but Miandad was not included in his guest list.

We as nations always forget our real heroes. Miadad was always our hero.

Please kick Inzamam out from any cricket affair. Looks at his records in all world cups, except two innings in 92 world cup, he never crossed 40 runs. He had a worst world cup average than any good batsman of his level.

Now we are bringing same attitude in the shape of A Razzak and other power player mafia.

Gulab Khan Peshawar

Posted by khansahab on (May 15, 2007, 9:49 GMT)

"Malik" either you're very naive or you're being sarcastic.

Awas, dude thanks for defending me. I have always stated that this blog is for broad minded and reasonable people.

Javed Bhai, thanks for sticking by me in these "times of adversity" :)

Wasim Bhai, Shoaib and Asif wear Gucci etc what does that have to do with their intelligence? Miandad probably has made more money than Shoaib, some people are just simple by nature. I have been brought up in a well to do family but I'm not interested in fashion/fast cars/lavish lifestyle. I hardly wear any branded clothes or use branded fragrances. Does that make me a simpleton?

If a Pakistani hangs around in Shalwar Kameez does that make him a simpleton? (Not that I wear Shalwar Kameez, but I'm talking about normal Pakistanis in Pakistan)

Wasim Bhai, please keep your cool, if we criticise anything is doesn't mean we are directly criticising Punjab. I mean look at the people's mentality on this blog- now if I say anything against Imran Nazir or Abdul Razzaq, they will say I'm doing it because of anti Punjab bias?

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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