New age May 18, 2007

Afridi's joy crowns Malik's debut

A tournament in Abu Dhabi may never rank as one of the most important in international history but this one does matter greatly in the bruised world of Pakistan cricket
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A tournament in Abu Dhabi may never rank as one of the most important in international history but this one does matter greatly in the bruised world of Pakistan cricket. There are many reasons why we shouldn't read too much into this victory but we can enjoy it.

The best part for me was that a bunch of young players realised that their time had come. The route to success is tortuous and wildly undulating but if Pakistan can consistently muster today's spirit they will keep their fans with them. It has been a long time since a Pakistan team looked so full of energy--and if any Australians or South Africans were watching, yes this was energetic for the boys in green.

But the crowning glory was the adrenaline rush of Shahid Afridi's innings and the joy it returned to fans and players alike. Afridi, the man who could have been King, began the Age of Malik with a show of daring and unity that was a symbol of the team's spirit. Let's hope it continues.

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

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  • Nazia on November 14, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi perform in dubai. Afridi performance is not well.

    Regard www.livecricket.pk

  • arsalan khan on June 30, 2007, 4:57 GMT

    yap i wana see afridi back in action bcz he is such a good player i am lovin to see him in afro asia cup

  • bushra ANWAR on June 19, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    ASSALAM O ALAIKUM 2 all I THINK SALMAN BUTT IS BEST CHOISE FOR V.CAP ALL THA BEST Pakistani TEAM MAY god BLESS U....

  • kamaal khan on June 17, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    hi friend i feel very happy coz we won the afro asian cup odi and 20 20 ,i think malik is a gr8 cap and a gr8 player ALLAH shoaib malik ko hamesha aisa hi rakhy AMEEN OK T.C BYE ALLAH HAFIZ

  • waj on May 20, 2007, 21:01 GMT

    Paki's have won the series! Good to see Hameed, Butt, score big. Afridi also bowled very nicely. Still no Najaf Shah or FAWAD ALAM(who better get a chance to play in the next ODI after the monster season he had).

  • Sitarah Anjum- London on May 20, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    Afridi rocks! He makes me a proud Pakistani when his bat fires bullet like a gun. After fireworks of 4’s and 6’s with bat he shows the magic with ball and helps Pak seal the series by 2-0. This proves if Afridi is given confidence and assurity that he will be a regular member of the team he can be brilliant either with batting, bowling or both. Not a bad choice at all. In my opinion much better than Abdul Razzaq at present. He should be played permanently now and you all see him blossom. The real test for Shoaib’s captaincy would be when Pakistan plays against Australia and SA at home but a good confidence and morale boosting win for the team and players like Nazir, But and Hamid. I really want to see Fawad Alam and Najaf in the final game otherwise there’s no point taking them with the team. Now when Pak has won the series they should give these 2 a chance and expose them to the international cricket. Kamran Akmal is getting the message that he has to perform or give more reasons to selectors to try Hyder or any other keeper. Hope our players are awake now or is it just the temporary display of energy?

  • nasir on May 20, 2007, 20:16 GMT

    Well Kamran, unfortunately we have a very short erm memory and we forget things very easily. Afridi is making yet another comback and has been in poor form in the last year. As usual he will comeback with a bang and then slip into failures again.

    Same goes for the team. Each time changes are made, fresh blood brought in and a capain is changed, the team plays well for a while before going downhill again. I have no reason to believe that this will not happen again. We are after all playing with a tired and experimental Sri Lankan side that has come here for nothing but to try some players and earn some money.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 20, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    Second ODI - Afridi failed with the bat but, he excelled with the ball. What else do you expect from a bowling all-rounder? He was unlucky that his catch wasn't dropped whereas, Razzaq the simpleton's two catches were dropped finally he got clean bowled. Afridi's 3 for 37 should actually be 3 for 28 as three boundaries were given away by Omar Gul and Abdul Rahman. Omar Gul is a good bowler but, he has played this tournament with butter fingers, dropped a simple catch and gave away too many runs with his poor bowling. Prolly the Abu Dhabi heat is too much for him, he should take a break and give Fawad Alam a chance. And Razzaq should join Rana Nayee as a partner.

    Ruchira Parera, another Sri Lankan chucker!

  • Indian on May 20, 2007, 19:41 GMT

    hi pakistanis.....(plss read this and plss try to giive some comments on this) congragulation!!!! hi firiends..... I cant digest the things which have been said against The Greate Mohammed Yusuf!!!He is the second or third best batsmen after Inzimam,anwar or Javed ........ One more thing..if u have some brain...let me tell u one thing....Yusuf is the player who will play greate knoks when the bowl is moving in fast pictches and great oppositions...... Abt Afridi.....If he use little brain...he will be a greate and consisitent player.........

    Abt Malik.....have to be careful abt how to handle players like Afridi....thier attitude towards him......

    Abt kamran.......great going......

    Abt Razzak.....i dont know y peole blame him.....he is also a gud criketer and team needs him,,,,whenevr there is tough suituation...plsss , dont decide on one match.....

    plss write some comments on this post... Best regards with pak team....

  • Manohar Karki on May 20, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    The roles are reversed now. Openers firing and bowlers performing!

  • Nazia on November 14, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi perform in dubai. Afridi performance is not well.

    Regard www.livecricket.pk

  • arsalan khan on June 30, 2007, 4:57 GMT

    yap i wana see afridi back in action bcz he is such a good player i am lovin to see him in afro asia cup

  • bushra ANWAR on June 19, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    ASSALAM O ALAIKUM 2 all I THINK SALMAN BUTT IS BEST CHOISE FOR V.CAP ALL THA BEST Pakistani TEAM MAY god BLESS U....

  • kamaal khan on June 17, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    hi friend i feel very happy coz we won the afro asian cup odi and 20 20 ,i think malik is a gr8 cap and a gr8 player ALLAH shoaib malik ko hamesha aisa hi rakhy AMEEN OK T.C BYE ALLAH HAFIZ

  • waj on May 20, 2007, 21:01 GMT

    Paki's have won the series! Good to see Hameed, Butt, score big. Afridi also bowled very nicely. Still no Najaf Shah or FAWAD ALAM(who better get a chance to play in the next ODI after the monster season he had).

  • Sitarah Anjum- London on May 20, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    Afridi rocks! He makes me a proud Pakistani when his bat fires bullet like a gun. After fireworks of 4’s and 6’s with bat he shows the magic with ball and helps Pak seal the series by 2-0. This proves if Afridi is given confidence and assurity that he will be a regular member of the team he can be brilliant either with batting, bowling or both. Not a bad choice at all. In my opinion much better than Abdul Razzaq at present. He should be played permanently now and you all see him blossom. The real test for Shoaib’s captaincy would be when Pakistan plays against Australia and SA at home but a good confidence and morale boosting win for the team and players like Nazir, But and Hamid. I really want to see Fawad Alam and Najaf in the final game otherwise there’s no point taking them with the team. Now when Pak has won the series they should give these 2 a chance and expose them to the international cricket. Kamran Akmal is getting the message that he has to perform or give more reasons to selectors to try Hyder or any other keeper. Hope our players are awake now or is it just the temporary display of energy?

  • nasir on May 20, 2007, 20:16 GMT

    Well Kamran, unfortunately we have a very short erm memory and we forget things very easily. Afridi is making yet another comback and has been in poor form in the last year. As usual he will comeback with a bang and then slip into failures again.

    Same goes for the team. Each time changes are made, fresh blood brought in and a capain is changed, the team plays well for a while before going downhill again. I have no reason to believe that this will not happen again. We are after all playing with a tired and experimental Sri Lankan side that has come here for nothing but to try some players and earn some money.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 20, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    Second ODI - Afridi failed with the bat but, he excelled with the ball. What else do you expect from a bowling all-rounder? He was unlucky that his catch wasn't dropped whereas, Razzaq the simpleton's two catches were dropped finally he got clean bowled. Afridi's 3 for 37 should actually be 3 for 28 as three boundaries were given away by Omar Gul and Abdul Rahman. Omar Gul is a good bowler but, he has played this tournament with butter fingers, dropped a simple catch and gave away too many runs with his poor bowling. Prolly the Abu Dhabi heat is too much for him, he should take a break and give Fawad Alam a chance. And Razzaq should join Rana Nayee as a partner.

    Ruchira Parera, another Sri Lankan chucker!

  • Indian on May 20, 2007, 19:41 GMT

    hi pakistanis.....(plss read this and plss try to giive some comments on this) congragulation!!!! hi firiends..... I cant digest the things which have been said against The Greate Mohammed Yusuf!!!He is the second or third best batsmen after Inzimam,anwar or Javed ........ One more thing..if u have some brain...let me tell u one thing....Yusuf is the player who will play greate knoks when the bowl is moving in fast pictches and great oppositions...... Abt Afridi.....If he use little brain...he will be a greate and consisitent player.........

    Abt Malik.....have to be careful abt how to handle players like Afridi....thier attitude towards him......

    Abt kamran.......great going......

    Abt Razzak.....i dont know y peole blame him.....he is also a gud criketer and team needs him,,,,whenevr there is tough suituation...plsss , dont decide on one match.....

    plss write some comments on this post... Best regards with pak team....

  • Manohar Karki on May 20, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    The roles are reversed now. Openers firing and bowlers performing!

  • Frank on May 20, 2007, 18:41 GMT

    I think Afridi should be drop from the team while in the forum everyone is praising him ... Afridi is not a batsman he plays once in every 10 games ... He played well now forget him dont expect any performance from him till next ten games ... He should have been dropped long time ago .... Give young player a chance. I think Hasan Raza should be brought back

  • Muhammad Asif on May 20, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    It was good to see that all the players making some kind of effort & contributing as a team. Keep it up, win the 2nd one too. We are looking forward to see Fawad & Najaf in the 3rd one. Someone quoted "Haqooq Ullah and Haqooq Ilibaad but this perhaps is not the right forum. A good Muslim is who follows both but later has priority over the former." Being a muslim one would have to be a human being in 1st place & Haqooq Ilibaad is all about to be a human being.

  • drwjeha on May 20, 2007, 16:09 GMT

    i lked your topic indeed but we should beaware of that afridi is a great player he always tries his best but many times he dont succed with the batting but he is always there with the bowling indeed. i read through the comments of someone about to dump yousuf youhana i would tell that person to mind his language and dont say anyhting to him as he is a blessed person more than you and no one else are allowed to say anything to him not even that guy so try to mind your language and make sure of before saying something also think u can face the same situation that someone call u like than

  • Pem on May 20, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. It's great to see Afridi's big hitting. I still remember how he tore the Sri Lankan attack into pieces in Nairobi as a 17 yr old. Pakistan is the most exciting cricket team in the world.

  • WASIM SAQIB on May 20, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    Javed A khan

    You quoted me out of context,I did mentioned that Afridi,Razaak,and Kamran should have been rested as this is not a significant series,look at Srilanka they have rested their key players,my main concern was to give chance to young players so that we can effectively move towards rebuilding the team by identifying new players. In one of the previous threads in response to Khansahab I did mentioned that Afridi is Justifying his selection as he performs well with the ball but I think you overlooked that Post. But anyways its good to see him score but we shouldnt get too excited as we all know Afridi he will score in one innings and fail in the subsequent 10 innings.He is consistent with his bowling and that is why he is selected.

  • borat on May 20, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    Stop dreaming Kamran! the pressure was off, the boys excelled. P.s. do the pakistani players accept spot bets from bookies?

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 20, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Finally, I see a lot of people on this blog are appreciating Afridi's performance which is a good thing. What Afridi haters should understand is, performance is temporary and class is permanent and Afridi is a class player, he is one of the best all-rounders in the world today. His records in ODI's and tests matches speaks in volumes. The reasons of his inconsistency is little to do with his own madness and, a lot to do with the game politics and incompetence of the selectors, tacticians, coaches and captains in the past.

    Any player when he is selected at the international level has proved something to the selectors that is why he is there. And when he starts his career with a bang like, a century or a five wicket haul on his debut, that means he also has gained the confidence that was placed in him. And when he repeats those feats, he is considered as a class player. The question would be asked, how many times has Afridi repeated the feat that he achieved on his debut? Achieving a world record on your debut itself is a big thing, repeating it again or improving it is extremely difficult. Lara did that in test matches (375 - 400) but, he did not create a world record on his debut. Afridi came closer to breaking his own record a few years ago in Kanpur. According to the law of averages and probabilities he may not be able to do that, but my gut feeling is, he will do it again.

    The reasons for his inconsistency is not just his form but, due to the number of times he was not selected in the team for reasons best known to the selectors and the captain. He has been unlucky in this respect still he is more lucky than many and in so many ways. Let me quote this example of how heroes are made. In the 1992 world cup Inzi emerged as a new find or a hero for Pakistan. Who was that who publicized that issue? It was Imran Khan, he retired after the world cup, but he wanted to tell the whole world that he has not only won the highest cricket tournament in the world for Pakistan, but he is leaving behind a team with players like Wasim, Waqar, Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar and a new puppo face, chubby tubby Inzi.

    If you look at Inzi's innings in the semi final and final of that world cup, he scored 60 in the semi final and 38 in the final. In all other matches of 1992 WC he did not even cross 30. It was an OK performance for a debutante but, Imran created that controversy of comparing him with Tendulkar and rated him above that made him more famous. The point, whether he is actually better than Tendulkar can be discussed later, but Inzi was not consistent later on in his career. In fact in SA and Australia he failed miserably but they did not drop him. Firstly, because of the status or the league in which he was placed by the media and the selectors. Secondly, he was calm, composed and submissive as opposed to Afridi, who is known for being a hot head Pathan who seldom takes any sh!t from anyone, also he is not like the other Pathan Younis Khan who knows which side of the bread he has to butter.

    Amir Khan at May 19, 2007 7:38 AM says: "Afridi has proved yet again he is a real flat track bully. He should only play in meaningless tournaments like in Kenya,Sharjah & Abu-Dhabi. "

    Amir; only to make a point you have mentioned these three very unimportant venues. I think you have deliberately ignored India, South Africa and the Caribbean. In India he scored not only that 45/100 at Kanpur, but a great test hundred in Chennai. His match winning performance in Bangalore. His own fastest test hundred (78/100) in the Caribbean. His recent 34 balls 78 n.o. in South Africa and not to mention his heroics at home where Harbhajan Singh was sent across the border to learn how to bowl again. Please be realistic and don't hate a person on the basis of colour, creed or caste.

    Awas Your statement that, 'one is allowed to eat anything for survival', yes my dear I know that Islam is a very flexible religion, but that condition is applied ONLY when you have NO other choice. Besides, there is a BIG difference between drinking alcohol such as wine or vodka for pleasure and consuming alcohol IF it is added in any medicine. Today, you have many choices, there are many other alternative medicines which are free of alcohol and not only Muslims but, a lot of non-Muslims also prefer it. Even alcohol free mouth wash is available in the market. And for your information earlier insulin was purified very crudely from the pancreas tissue which they used to extract it from animals and not just from pigs but, also from cattle. But, for the last 2 decades insulin is mostly made bio-synthetically by recombinant DNA technology or 'genetic engineering,' so please get your facts right.

    Thanks for the hint of searching those interviews on u-tube, I am aware of it but, I was looking for a short cut that someone post that link here. :-) Regarding highlighting the text, if you have made basic websites using java, you would have known it anyways its simple, just use the alphabet "b" inside these brackets < > i.e., when you start the word or the sentence and to end it use a slash /b to end it in those brackets. Same applies for italics with an "i" I am not a software guru, but I am sure there are people on this blog who must be more experienced and competent than I am in this field and they can help you better

    About the 2nd ODI, if Pakistan bats first then they must put on a BIG score to defend. Its time for the other IFridis and Butts to move in their groove rather than expecting from Shahid Afridi to repeat the same feat again. Because, Jayasuriya and Jayawardene may have failed once but they won't fail for the second time. In the first ODI, apart from Shahid Afridi's blistering knock, the more pleasant sight was a big scream of joy from Afridi upon meeting Malik when the later approached him after the match was over and gave him a big tight hug. It proves that these two players are not in any kinda politics or professional jealousies, especially since they both were strong contenders for the captaincy post. Seeing them in perfect harmony is a very healthy sign and its very important for the team spirit and the game.

  • mateen on May 20, 2007, 12:51 GMT

    Wonderful Afridi knock and great delightful comments by Mr. Kamran Abbassi , hopefully more to come from both f them .

  • cb fry on May 20, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    great win to start the malik era. afridi zindabad.

    but to airbrush inzi's achievement, as so many morons are doing, is ridiculous. we got to number 2 in the test rankings and no 3 in the odi rankings under inzi. pakistanis have short memories, are overly emotional, and only care about the last result. even intelligent ones like you, mr abbasi.

    yours,

    cb fry

  • syed faraz aqeel on May 20, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    i think the real moment of the match is at the end when afridi came as winning worrier and the way he and malik responds tells the whole story

  • khansahab on May 20, 2007, 9:54 GMT

    Rauf, You are condemning me for talking about players’ beards or religious extremism. I don’t think you’ve been following the news lately. You are unaware that Tableegh was a major reason why Pakistan was humiliated in the WC and a major reason why the team lacks consistency. Yousuf has a bushy beard but I don’t condemn him because he has not let that affect his personal performance (yet). However as regards team performance, these mullahs need to talk and preach about cricket as well, not just religion. Teams have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and the like, they study players’ weaknesses extensively and keep their focus on cricket. What Inzi and co did was to leave it all on kismet and Allah, insisting that if the players read namaz regularly and involve themselves in Tableegh, they will succeed. We all saw the outcome that resulted owing to the players’ religious zeal. Also do I look like I care whether you agree with my analyses or not? And by the way my wrath is not only reserved for when Pakistan “loose” any match, neither is it reserved for when they “tight” any match. :)

    Jamjar, They say Pakistanis are fickle. They win you one match, you hail them as gods. They lose a match and you stone their houses. Read my initial post again and see why I’m not terribly pleased with the outcome. For many years Pakistan has been the 3rd or 4th best ODI team in the ICC rankings. Yet they have problems with opening, inconsistent players, bowlers’ injuries etc. Pakistan has the talent to remain as the 3rd or 4th best team regardless of the problems the team regularly faces. In any event this is a considerably weakened Sri Lanka side because of the absence of their three top performers. No big deal even if Pakistan win all the three matches. As I have stated earlier, I am not pleased with these inconsistent performances and the team hovering around the no 3 or no 4 rank. What I want to see is Pakistan being the no 1 or no 2 team. And that is why I tend to sulk and complain. The stock opener Pakistan recruits is a young, immature lad who has little idea how sporting pitches play. He is inexperienced and lacks the temperament to keep his strike and perform consistently. He is very talented and can tumble the opposition’s bowling, but only on very rare occasions. Hence he struggles to maintain his consistency. The answer is not to recruit from your domestic stock openers (Farhat, Butt, Nazir) but to play experienced middle order batsmen as openers (Yousuf, Malik, Younis in Tests) as they possess the mental strength, experience and understanding of how to tackle formidable opening bowling attacks. In the international environment mental strength and experience subvert domestic specialisms. This is what the PCB don’t understand. When you mention specialist openers like Gayle, Strauss, Smith, Jayasuria, Hayden etc you fail to take into account that their pitches and domestic structure are much better than Pakistan’s and that is why they produce consistent openers. But our domestic structure will not improve for a long time; it isn’t something that can change overnight.

    Awas, Thanks for your continued appreciation.

  • Fatir, Italy on May 20, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    A good match. Well done Pakistan. One question, if anyone can help me with this. Was I imagining this, or was Afridi, towards the ed of the Pakistan Innings, trying to leave the strike to Kamran Akmal and help him get his 50 ? If so, I think this was a big positive in terms of team spirit.

  • hameeduddinkhan on May 20, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran Abbasi Kindly, review the comments before you publish. I was feeling shame while reading the comments of someone like Dump yusuf yohenna, he should not and he dont have any right neither to comment on religious (islam) or anything personal. He can request in the other way to remove Mr. Mohammed Yousuf from the team, but, not in this way. You son of the Dump be careful to say anything about the islam. ok

  • Sameer on May 20, 2007, 6:08 GMT

    All the credits to PAK team.. but dont forget this Sri Lankan team is missing some of their fine players and this team look mentally really tired after a long world cup. I am sure Sri Lanka will bounce back its matter of time.

  • pukden payanagin on May 20, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    what a wonderful game it was so delighted after the huge turmoil within pcb.afridi was great and always so exited to see him play that calibre. well this is life some times hero become zero then after while zero becomes hero and what i was trying to tell is that after the world cup how these guys were treated.some times we all forget that its just a game one got a loose and the other party gonna win and it is so hard to see our team loose but have to admire good old days.i like the way he plays but we all know consistancy is not very good with him last few years.well like i said we cant expect him to score big at all events but there are other players in the team should come forward. i still dont know why pcb not appointed afridi as the vice caption since he been quite some time with pakistan team.and i sincearly wish pakistan go all the way and win all games and become elite team.

  • Alee Emran on May 20, 2007, 4:45 GMT

    Well really great knock but what will the result be Afridi and Akmal will get to play for another year based on this one innings and for one whole year people will keep saying why the selection committee is giving them the chance and when the odds would have turned against them and both of them would have been on the verge of being dropped they will come up with another such innings and thus a license to play for one more year

  • WASIM SAQIB on May 20, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    I already wrote in one of the previous threads that Pakistan will feast on a Srilankan team without four key players,Good to see Afridi and Akmal scoring some runs hope that they continue this form. I couldnt watch the match as I am on vacation so cant truly comment on individual performances. I am happy for Malik that he won his first match as a captain,I hope that pakistan wins the series I think if Pakistan wins the next match they should give a chance to Najaf and Fawad in the final match.I am not to concerned that the middle order failed,I think Yasir will settle down in a match or two,Yousaf is having a bad Patch we should not forget what he did last year,he should play his natural game without taking any pressure and he will be alright.

  • Ahmed Khan on May 20, 2007, 3:24 GMT

    I feel that Afridi should give half of his man of match award ($1500) to nazir . because nazir looked he could made a 50 thus reducing lower order batsmen (afridi , akmal , razzaq) chance of scoring 50.

  • Jith R on May 20, 2007, 2:09 GMT

    wat annoys me about some ppl on this blog is that they r still too critical even after pakistan win...come on! praise your players when they win and stop being so harsh after just one loss...they r just normal humans believe it or not...n e wayz im sick of hearing pple saying drop sami, razzaq and kamran akmal. Believe it or not without Sami pakistan have no variety in their pace attack and he moves the new ball off the seam and in the air whereas Gul and Asif are hit the deck and move it off the seam bowlers. Razzaq is a very good player and very handy with the bat at the death stages and when pakistans Req Rate is high...he is more consitent than Afridi...Akmal is very decent batsmen but needs to improve on his keeping a little... sangakarra used to b like that when he started his career.

  • Hadid Omer on May 20, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    It was a good cricket game. I am not crazy about cricket but i like it though. But when pakistan is playing i am little crazy about the match. So it doesnt matter if its yousef Yohana or shahid afridi, to me it doesnt matter cuz they are both paki. So some nonsense comment posted by my fellow pakistani about "true muslims in the team" are very ill thought and insane. Please dont speak your negative & destructing criticism on ou national team.

  • Gohar Tareen on May 20, 2007, 0:38 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistani Cricketers & Fans. It was a great match my only complain is tht our senior players like Muhammad Yousuf need to set higher standards & be a model in front of youngsters & also if they cant perform good in next 5 matches I would say let Yousuf retire before he messes up hihs stats. As far as Younis Khan he needs to be out & stay out no room for him in the team. I cant bare a player in the team who has let us down by refusing captaincy at # os occassions now. I think we need to stand 2gether & support our new players for better future other then criticising them. All tht criticism should be left for Senior players. One other thing Imran Nazir should always open & let him stay there for a year or 2 n play with Salman Butt or someother youngster until we have a set pair but there shouldnt be any question bout taking Imran out he is perfect opener all he needs is little time. Good luck to Shoaib Malik & Pak Team. I wish them good coming years & hopefully Yousuf realises his responcibilty otherwise we should start fresh.THX

  • Awas on May 19, 2007, 22:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Pak team and all Pak cricket lovers for the 1st win after the world cup nightmare. But it’s just a beginning. Let’s hope and pray they carry on like this. I missed the match but tell me did anyone see after the match how our new skipper conducted himself? Did he continue in Izamam’s mode to talk about Allah or cricket? Khansahab in his posting above explained aptly how not to blame kismet and let cricket be only about cricket. I always agree to a lot of what khansahab says. He seems to mirror my thoughts in a very eloquent and convincing way. By the way, khansahab deer, I didn’t “over look the humour” on your Mushy joke. That’s why I mentioned it made me laugh and used the word “brilliant”.

    WAQAR-USA

    My friend you totally misunderstood or perhaps skim read me in my previous thread. I was criticising power hungriness whether it was current government, CJ or ex PM. I never condoned the “role played by Sindh government”. Did you ever consider Sindh govt would ever have done what it did, if an ex CJ hadn’t landed there. Aren’t you being a bit naive by not seeing that a CJ is behaving like a seasoned politician by touring up and down the country? Judges should be judges.

    When did I say I like to drink like a skunk? If you care to read again, the debate was about Flintoff. Am I “ashamed” to say Pakistan Zindabad? Not at all. But, it’s just completely unnecessary when a herd of people like you are seen shouting about it whether it is in Qaddafi Stadium, SCG, Lords or Eden Gardens. I would be doing the same if I had a “complex” about it. I don’t because I don’t doubt Pakistan’s survival. On the contrary it is perhaps you feel insecure.

    Ashaq

    My friend, please quote me where was I “trying to justify the consumption of alcohol” for the Muslim? It was mentioned Asif likes a bit of it. Who are we to care if this may have given him some solace? That is his business with God. I went on to say in that blog “It’s only for God to judge who is better than the others”. So, please don’t misquote me with selective reading. Would you not agree we mere mortals are not qualified enough to judge each others sins. Just for a moment consider, how many sins you and I might have committed in the last 24 hours? Consider not just the number of lies that we say without realising, think of all kind of bad thoughts, your behaviour with the people around you, missing Nimaz and many others. I can spend hours and hours discussing and writing about two very important aspects in Islam. Haqooq Ullah and Haqooq Ilibaad but this perhaps is not the right forum. A good Muslim is who follows both but later has priority over the former.

    Thank you for explaining what was said in an interview between PJ Mir and Sanjay Suri. I wasn’t aware of that. However what I stated was what PJ actually said in Panorama. Whether he made “these allegations because they would be financially rewarding” is after all an opinion.

    JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA

    We all know alcohol is forbidden in Islam. Yes, it’s just part of diet for non Muslim but I never said their dietary norms are better than ours. On the subject of diet though we can start a different discussion here. For, example, olive oil and seafood rich Mediterranean diet is considered much better, resulting in lower heart diseases and diabetes, than our cholesterol rich diet. This just leads me to mention that under certain circumstances even eating Haraam is allowed for us. Before, I mentioned alcohol and hard drugs in medicine. Consider also insulin for diabetics. It’s extracted from pigs. When it’s a matter of life and death and you are in the middle of nowhere you are allowed to eat anything for survival.

    By the way, you wanted to know how to watch Nadia Khan’s interviews. When you are on You Tube just enter Nadia Khan in the search bar. You will get all her interviews with Afridi, Malik, Imran etc. By the way, how do you make use of bold letters in your blogs? I tried it but didn’t work.

    Lastly what can I say about one fundamentalist idiot. He always begins with AOA and ends with ALLAH HAFIZ, as though cricket is for Muslims only, but usually scorns people like khansahab and me for not being good Muslims. Yes you guessed it…..Saqib. If you don’t like it, go to some other forum.

  • jamjar on May 19, 2007, 22:45 GMT

    Having read a few responses to your thread Kamran, I would just like to say that we really need to lighten up a bit here. Pak got off to a winning start which is what was desperately required after the spineless performances witnessed not so long ago.

    Khansahab - You really need to lighten up here dude - who needs enemies when we have supporters who slate the team win or lose. After the shambles of the World Cup, a victory here was desperately needed and a comfortable win would have been a bonus (which it was). So as far as I'm concerned it was a job well done, forget taking more negatives away than positives - We won the match after a string of dire performances and shameful defeats. Granted, their two bets bowlers weren't playing but nevertheless, SL still did play a strong batting line up with the exception of Sangakarra. We could also argue that we were without our one of our best bowlers (arguably) Shoaib.

    Afridi's knock is a 1 in 10 innings (or even 20) but we all know when it clicks for the Pathan it clicks good. The match was just one of those days. Even without his knock and from some judgemental extrapolation, I'd say Pak were still in a decent positon to have gone on and win the match.

    As far as openers goes, i dont see Pak producing a whole load of options. Its like the usual suspects on a rotation policy. Both top order players came good and i think its a good start. Australia and SA on their home patch is a different scenario and one to build for the future. We need to work towards that.

    And for the Fawad Alam calls, lets just remember this is a 3 match ODI series. I'd be disappointed if the youngster didn't get to display his talents in one of the matches but i never expected him to play all three as a total newcomer. If i can bring football into the equation, when Wayne Rooner burst on the scene at Everton, he didn't become an instant regular - he was gradually introduced and worked his way on to the starters' team sheet. I'm sure Fawad too will have his chance so lets just relax on it.

  • Zia Ansari on May 19, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    Great batting by Afridi and Akmal. When he is in the hitting zone it does not matter who is bowling. His fastest hundred was against the best sri lankan bowling line up. Afridi is an all rounder, if he scores big every six outing and bowls consistently well he has done his job well.

    I thought sami bowled really well. We have to understand that he is quick and the bowl flies a lot quicker of the bat against him compared to Asif. Excellent move by Shoaib Malik to give new ball to sami. He need to bowl flat out fast and let Asif control the runs at the other end.

    Aggressive cricket is what made pakistan great in the nineties and thats the recipe for success.

  • calgary highlander on May 19, 2007, 22:12 GMT

    The pakistani players looked happy. Not just after the game but during as well. A positive attidude is the first step to becoming champions. They were very jacked up for this. They have a point to prove and getting something from players like Akmal n' Afridi is absoutley fantastic.

  • Hussain on May 19, 2007, 21:58 GMT

    Too early too soon to jump to conclusions. However, it's exciting to see the youngsters put out a good show on the field. My prediction: Until we get rid of the corrupt management and set up an insitution, we will always remain as unprofessional as we have always been. Let these same youngsters win a series or two and you will see them slack cuz they know they have secured their places with a few good performances.

    Someone tell paki players not to prepare their speeches and LISTEN to the questions the presentation guy asks. Not knowing english is no big deal but totally irrelevant answers are such a turn off

  • Nasur Ullah,Sweden on May 19, 2007, 21:37 GMT

    Assalam-O-Alaikum, Don't disappointed from Abdul Razzaq.He is playing after few months.He will get his form back very soon Inshallah.The team is perfect.Players are only need to concentration on every discipline.bye

  • Ahsan on May 19, 2007, 19:13 GMT

    they will be the best team in the world in Odi's until the next world cup arrives where they will play crap as usual

  • Mudassar Rana on May 19, 2007, 18:33 GMT

    afridi showed again y it should be him who be made captain! and i think had he been prepared to shave his beard he would have been. those who had pointed to inzi's lack of ability with english then im sure they would have been not so happy with shoaib's!!!!!

  • Zeeshan Panhwer on May 19, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    It wz stunning batting display as v all know dat, the way he batted throughout his inning, Initially he rotate the strike sensibily then changd his gears quite dramitically, but i love it whn i saw his confidence in his 1st few sweap shots n my sixth sense starts working as always it works b4 his blistering knock ...

    But today I don't wana to talk more about Afridi coz every1 is talkin about him. I think We shud give equal credit to Kami as well, coz his batting wz culculating indeed, i think he played better than all specially in those circumstances underpressure, and in the last power play when he gets the momentum onn wid Malik, it wz a crucial time of the match, but again its Afridi who encourge n calming him down after every ball, and when Afridi took his cue, the srilanks were clearly looking helpless but Afridi showd NO MERCY .... !!

  • Shaq Toronto on May 19, 2007, 18:24 GMT

    A job well done, and i hope that they don't lose the energy. I wish that we try new boys for the rest of the games, and don't worry about losing games.

  • Pakistani on May 19, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    Great job guys. Fantastic team work. Lets hope consistency is maintained in upcoming matches.

    I want to comment about this guy "Dump Yousuf Youhana". Because of people with his/her mentality, our Pakistan is already suffering. May Allah show you the right way.

    Posted by: Dump Yousuf Youhana at May 18, 2007 8:53 PM

    we need fresh faces in this team.. and i mean that literally. lets hope his career takes a nose dive from here on..

    we need true muslims in pakistan, youhana is a true joke, cant field, cant run, cant bowl.. lets hope he goes against shaun tait without a helmet and takes one on his face.

    good luck pakistan.. down with yousuf youhana

  • Vineeth Rai on May 19, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    Well I almost lost my breath seeing Afridi Bat. As an avid cricket follower I just love this lad simply because of the immense joy he gives back to the spectators and viewers of any age. Cricket is a game of pure entertainment and we tend to spend our hard earn currency on the sport merely to be entertained and to me no one does it better than Afridi. Vivian Richards, Adam Gilchrist and Sanath Jayasuriya are some of the most accomplished bashers along side Afridi that always played to entertain the crowd regardless of their position in the team. These guys as much as I remember never played or plays for themselves. Most of present day batters forget their rightful duty " That is to entertain the paying public " and in that context Afridi stands tall. Well done Sir and I can confidently walk across the border just to see you in action and get my monies worth. Good luck to the young side of Pakistan and our best wishes to new captain Malik.

  • mohammad yousaf the great on May 19, 2007, 17:31 GMT

    mohammad yousaf is the best batsman of pak team.He should remain in the team he is a true muslim that guy who said some nasty things about him that yousaf should be dumped that idiot should mind his own business and go to hell.Mohammad yousaf is great.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 19, 2007, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan has won the first of the Abu Dhabi farcical ODI matches, thanks mainly to the dare devil madness of Shahid Afridi, which is so often and so soon forgotten, as people expect him to perform in a similar fashion in every single match he plays. What I don't understand is that the compliments are being showered over Shoaib Malik for his "good captaincy", what exactly did Malik do? Just 'coz he lost the toss which was a blessing in disguise and turned out to be his good luck that Sri Lanka opted to bat first, or is it really a fact that some people are reluctant to give the devil his due and thats 'coz he doesn't have the Royal P-type blood in his veins?

    Wasim Saqib in his previous post was asking why Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal are in the team? And some people are demanding that the team selection must purely on the basis of jingoism, regionalism and trying to justify it in which ever way they think is best. Like Shoaib Mailk has openly announced on TV about His Royal Punjabi Bloodiness in his veins and, one Mr. Faraz Asim from PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA has also announced in a similar fashion on this blog that originally he is from La' HORE ! Ahem, Mr. Faraz, why don't you enlighten us about your pichwara? I mean from the back are you a Butt, a Rajput, a Moghul, a Wattoo starting with a T?

    Ashaq Pra (imagine that I am calling you in Arabic accent where P is pronounced as B) don't get medieval at ne bro 'coz I don't need 'back seat mothering' from you and you don't have to cheer me up for using the jive, slang lingo or hip hop street expressions 'coz ebonics was one of the minor subjects that I had taken at CEGEP level. The other thing is that 'bro' thingi is my sarcasm especially for you to remind you of your halaqas. And, I don't need these jargons here to communicate avec toi, just like I don't need Mehdi Hassan, in fact, je déteste son visage. As regards age, yeah I know who is always talking from his times i.e., 1907 and quotes of Muhammad Ali the Boxer and you are so often living in your own world avec Elvis etc., shows how ancient you are. ;-)

    Bilal, in your opinion if Afridi is a spent force at the age of 25 then, are you suggesting players under 13 to represent Pakistan team? The induction of the younger players in the team must be very slow and gradually they should bring them in instead of sacking every senior player after every world cup debacle. At least this time, the PCB selectors did not act in panic and did not change the whole team. Were you expecting to bring in a whole bunch of teenagers to be lead by Baby Malik? That was a mistake when Pappoo looking Inzi was made the captain and all senior players were sacked. It took them a few years to gel as a team and get in to the groove of a tableeghi mission.

  • swamy on May 19, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    well played pakistan good bowling by gul and asif anf fine finishing by akmal and afridi. kudos to selectors for persisting with the inconsistent yet dangerous nazir and afridi

  • Adnaan on May 19, 2007, 16:56 GMT

    Dump Yusuf Yuhanna? MAN YOU ARE 1 STUPID GUY! how could you drop a man who will have such a calming influence on the team. As shown, pakistan's batting is weak and we need a senior head t sort things out which he will do. LETS HOPE YOUR CAREER TAKES A NOSEDIVE TOO YOU IDIOT

  • waj on May 19, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    I agree with JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA at May 19, 2007 2:41 AM that "I don't understand such biases and prejudices against any player and especially for a player who is the only Pakistani player and third in the world to score 5000 plus runs" Shahid Afridi can single handedly destroy any side in the world and over the past 2-3 years he is becoming more consistent and a better leader each series. He is a MAN. Fawad Alam and Najaf Sha h need to be substituted in for Razzaq and Sami.

  • farhan lahore on May 19, 2007, 15:51 GMT

    This win was very important for pakistan cricket as people in pakistan losing faith in our team. This win will cool shoaib malik nerves and he will settle down as captain.The opening pair looks good as salman is good in his defence and imran is good in attacking.I think fawad alam should be in team instead of yasir hameed. I think yasir hammed is not suited for one day cricket. Fawad alam also strength up our bowling option. Overall it was a great victory fot pak and now sri lank has to work hard to save his world cup reputation.

  • Zakir Khan on May 19, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    honestly speaking I totally lost interest in Cricket.I was one of the ardent fan of this game once but this recently concluded world cup changed my opinion about this game as a whole and Pakistan cricket in particular.cricket has become more of a game of chance.if u win the toss and u have a reasonable team than ur chances of winning the match is 70% confirmed.Pitch decide the whole match.early moisture in the pitch helps the bowlers and so the toss wining side get a huge advantage.that in my opinion is not a fair Game.give both oponents equal playing field like in Football.I am getting attracted to this game.the good thing about this game is that there is no extra advantage for any side.only that side win who plays well.

  • Taha on May 19, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    I really do not understand the concept behind people posting that Afridi should be made vice captain. It seems really childish and based completely on one knock. Nothing to take away from him but why only consider his innings on a pitch that hardly assist bowlers. Plus, was it me or did you see his reaction to Malik's hug after they won the match. He utterly dismissed Malik like he was one of the spectators rushing to hug him. Maybe he is upset about not being offered the captaincy. I noticed the same attitude of Mohammed Yousuf when Malik was batting with him. This did not seem like a team that has happy senior players. But I got to admit. Afridi did make sure that Akmal got his 50 and did a lot of encouragig when Akmal was barely getting a boundary to reach his half century. Overall, a poor running between the wickets but goot batting from the openers and tailer enders.

  • aj on May 19, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    aoa, why is everybody back on the afridi bandwagon. i know that i won't until he starts being more consistent. Well done to my man Mohammad asif and also Kamran Akmal who has got what it takes to be real good.

  • ubaid on May 19, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    Lets not get carried away here. Its fine to appreciate the performance but by reading your post I feel like there is no better team than this one. Stop being Bipolar, find a middle ground. Being this happy after a win like this is just as bad as the exagerated reactions we recieve when we loose.

  • Atif - Florida on May 19, 2007, 13:26 GMT

    Afrid did it for team, we have wathched more sprit in the team, specially playing under lot of pressure. We should beat Srilanka in all 3 matches to have a better new start. I did notice better team work ...thats what is missing in Pak team ....hope they leave differences and move on to make us proud.....

  • Gohar Ayub--Bahrain on May 19, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    No. doubt Malik is smarter captain than Inzi. Atleast he knows which batsman should come on which position. But the real worry is he is neither a worldclass bastmsn nor bolwer. In other words he is not an automatic selection in the team. Playing on slow tracks was never a problem for Pakistan. Their real worry lies in playing on lively pitches. Salman butt has the same technical defeciences as before. I am failed to understand why our players don't improve their skills; is it because of the their picking power or un-qualified coaches. We should now get rid of Abdur-Razzaq he is a spent force . There should atleast be 4 frontline specialist fast bowlers; that is the only recipe to win matches regurarly. Fawad Alam should be tried as an opener; he seems to be a bright prospect. Imran Nazir or Salman Butt can't be a permanent solution.

  • BHATTI on May 19, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    First of all thanks to GOD and then conguratulations to all team of PAK and all the viewers. I have some ? and some suggetions for the long bright future of PAK CRICKET. Q No 1.where are is the yound blood? QNO 2.where is the different captaioncity? one GOOD thing is that Shoaib let the bowlers to finish their full kota.He gave them confidence that they have to do it & they shall do it properly. in inzi times only one or two bowlers did their kota of 10 overs.They did not had the confidence what they needed from Caption & they under pfrformed. Nowsome suggetions. No 1.Asif should not do a spell of 8 overs in any conditions & speacilly in diese HOT conditions.Shoaib R U MAD? INZI did this mistake a long time. This U can do ONLY when U have at the depth a lot of choices.And please use them in short spells(4 overs maximum)U have wasted 4 overs of ASIF.$ U Shoaib plz watch AUS matches specially in W/C how Pointing used his OLD & YOUNG guns speacially Mc Grath.Let him do first spell of 4 overs.Second spell of 3 overs in middel when U need it much to break the partnership or to stop flory of runs.and the third & final in the end.it should be 46th,48th,& 50th. NO 2.U should urself do 10 overs and bring somebody in the middle order a complete batsman instead of RAZZAQ or gul or Sami.Let it try we need more batsman like Hasan Raza,Misbah or etc.but of course no more Younis who can!t bat can!t bowl. Now we are going to talk about batting order. NO 1. plz let these two openers to play continously from 8 to 12 months.and than watch the results.I think U will get the + results.And this pair will solve opening problems. NO 2.brig Yousof at no 3.Yasir is a very GOOD PLAYER.He needs more confidence.Let him play at No 4.And minimum 4 whole of the year.U will get + results from this great gay.I cant select the team but i can tell U to select the team from this selected squad. When U R playing with old bowlers like Asif Sami Gul than U should include urselelf as a fifth bowler.When U are playing with some new bowlers like Najaf,fawad or etc U should put urself as sixth but reserved till U R most needed. Now the team should be in my point of view from this squad. NO 1.BUTT NO.2IMRAN NO 3.YOUSOUF NO 4.YASIR NO .5 SHOAIB NO 6.GREAT AFRIDI NO :7 FAWAD/RAZZAQ NO .8AKMAL NO .9 ASIF NO .10 SAMI/NAJAF NO 11. GUL/NAJAF. SHOAIB when you are reading this plz let it happen.when U are playing with Asif,Sami,GUL combition then play with Fawad now and later hasan or Misbah or etc. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .....

  • Ahmad Hassan on May 19, 2007, 12:49 GMT

    Highly incorrect to believe it was a professional performance. It was just a fluke. I don't see any improvement in anything. And why the hell was every youngster playing for his place??

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on May 19, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    For all the detractors of Mohammed Yousuf, I would like to say that not too long ago, everyone was praising him as one of the greatest batsmen Pakistan ever produced. A few poor performances, and people are questioning his religion. It just shows how emotionally unbalanced we are. It is this sort of unnecessary pressure that has gotten the better of our players.

    We can win a few matches in the subcontinent without Yousuf. The question is, on English, South African and Australian soil, can we expect to play well without him.

    In England last year, only Inzi, Yousuf and Younis made any runs. The youngsters failed miserably.

    Except for these three seniors, no player in the team has a proper technique. So I think we should wait a bit before booing the seniors of the cricket field. They kept this team alive for quite a number of years. They deserve a more honorable exit.

  • saadia on May 19, 2007, 12:44 GMT

    afridi played really well he played with his natural style shoaib malik done a great job as a captain i saw da whole match LIVE when afridi comes pakistan needs 90 runs in 5.06 run rate the main difference b/w pakistan n srilanka was afridi he played brilliantly and it is good 2 see salman butt in the team and we don't forget kamran akmal he took responsbility n played muture inning i think afridi should b vice captain and hope hewill maintained his consestaincy BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN

  • S A Raja on May 19, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    Let's hope that a new trend has begun in Pakistan Cricket and let's also hope that this perfomance is not a flash in the pan.

    If Pakistan can keep up and improve on this perfomace constantly many team will find it difficult to overcome the Pakis, except of course the Auusies.

  • Muhammad Ajmal on May 19, 2007, 12:15 GMT

    Kamran bhai, I dont understand at times, what material you are made of. Posting comments like "Dump Yousuf" were disgusting, abhorable and cynical. I dont want to comment on this man's mentality, becaz then I would also stand next to him. But at least we expect you to be sensible. Nobody has the right to hurt others feelings, and off course this hurts many people, and that is why you are getting so many requests. To me this is a crime. Even in most most democratic societies, such comments are not published. Then how could you post them on this blog. Healthy criticism is okay, but such cynicism, God may forbid and save me from such things. I hope you would consider this request

  • Musthafa on May 19, 2007, 12:14 GMT

    Posted by: Dump Yousuf Youhana at May 18, 2007 8:53 PM Replying to this man, Mr Dump what you know about Muslims if you know about that you cannot do like this, Mohammed Yousuf is the man who can win your teem with single hand, When you are writing something just think first. The performance in abudabhi was very good, pakistan keep it up

  • Khawar on May 19, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    I cannot understand why we are not dumping Sami. He is a total liability on Pakistan team. Throw him out and bring some fresh faces in the past we have great fast bowlers why not now?

    Also the second person I want to see is Fawad Alam. Pls pls pls give him a chance instead of Yasir Hameed or Butt.

    Good Luck Pakistan, Long Live Pakistan. Go the Green

  • Amanzeb Khan on May 19, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    We are all delighted by the result but we should not draw a lot of conclusions from it. It is important to critically analyse all aspects of the performance. As far as the captaincy is concerned the early dismissals and run outs meant that Malik was not truly tested. To me it seemed that he was working on exactly the same formula as Inzi had. There was nothing new in his approach. The biggest issue Pakistan faces while bowling is that they only have three strike bowlers. And by bowling them through the first 20 overs of power play we lose flexibility and aggression in the middle overs. We need to follow Jayawardene's footsteps and use the power plays more intelligently. We cant let Afridi and Razzaq trumble through the middle overs waiting for a wicket to fall. I feel we should hold back the final 5 overs of the power plays and use it as an attacking tool rather than a liability. Support bowlers should be introduced after the 15th over and the last power play should be taken around the 25th over reintroducing two of the quicks. My analysis of each of the players is as follows; 1. Asif: Bowled very well, though his pace has gone down from the mid 130s to below 130 which has limited his wicket taking ability 2. Sami: His position in the team is questionable but bowled reasonably well. 3. Umer Gul: Bowled well after the first two overs. Needs to open the bowling to be more effective. 4. Razzaq: His bowling has deteriorated to the extent that he becomes a liability in the middle. His position in the team needs to be reviewed. 5. Afridi: Tried to reduce his speed of bowling which was not working for him. Needs to maintain his usual bowling style. Was sensational with the bat but we all hope he can do this more consistently. 6 Salman Butt: Good to see him back in the team 7 Imran Nazir: I hope he starts scoring against top bowling attacks too. 8 Yasir Hameed: Needs to extend his scoring options as can become restricted in certain areas. Was unlucky to be given out. 9 Yousuf: Needs to redefine himself in the one day game. Should be more fluent at the start of his innings 10 Malik: Played well till he was stupidly run out 11 Akmal: Good to see him back in the runs. Should not be elevated to the top of the order as his game is more suitable to the middle and end of the innings.

  • Syed Muhammad Arsalan on May 19, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    This is in reference to the comments "Posted by: Dump Yousuf Youhana at May 18, 2007 8:53 PM about Mr. Muhammad Yousuf credibility, a dedicated cricketer and a true muslim who reverted to the truth. He is no doubt got the true spirit of islam as he has exerted himself to get it. We shameless muslims who are muslims by name only as we were born in a muslim family, are by no means allowed to challenge the credibility of any muslim. I strongly support the stance of Mr. Sohail Shad from UK who in his comments Posted by: sohail Shad UK at May 18, 2007 11:37 PM, went against that remark to say that personal remarks like those should not be made public as those who pass these don’t know what they are saying. Muhammad Yousuf is no doubt a great cricket as well. I know those allergic from religion of islam having 'moderate' minds following 'enlightened moderation', will not accept a 'maulvi' with a beard in paki green in cricket field or anywhere. For your information he broke all test records last year. Most centuries, Highest run scorer and consecutive scores and what not. There also he every time spoke of help from Allah Almighty and said he is the nothing without help of Allah. If he failed in one match this is not the type of treatment one should give. I personally feel that 'muslims' should speak and should not remain quiet on issues like this. In fact the driving force to write this was the comment written by Mr. Sohail Shad as mentioned above. For Muhammad Yousuf I pray for him that he sees more glories in life in cricket and after it too, as people will not accept him for too long in his muslim appearance. This is what forces reverted non muslims to convert back to non muslim. Mind it.

  • khansahab on May 19, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    My dear Javed Bhai,

    My view on Afridi will change once we see some consistency from him. Look at all the established players around the world and see how they have changed over time. This guy has played for 11 years and still is not an automatic selection. I’m a sucker for consistency as that is what makes you a top team. I know excitement and unpredictability is “fun” but at the end of the day how frequently you score match-winning knocks is what matters.

    Javed Bhai I have supported Sami previously in my blogs and he has a good attitude to the game which merits something (He isn’t egotistical like Akhtar). He is a team man and possibly the best athlete in the current team. However most people would agree that he still needs time to become the indisputable force he was once upon a time. Abdul Rauf or Mohammad Irshad should have been selected in place of Sami. Again Javed Bhai I care more for the consistency, the statistics (strike rate, bowling average, economy) than the thrilling sight of Sami bowling his 90mph thunderbolts.

    Why didn’t we see Rao in the place of Razzaq? Rao has been a consistent bowler in the recent past! He has to take over Razzaq as a bowling all-rounder.

    Javed Bhai I’ve written a poem about Abdul Razzaq. I apologise if I hurt Razzaq’s fans:

    “I am Abdul Razzaq, I am Pay&Do and so very useless

    Everything apart from spinach is so bloody tasteless

    Gone are the days when I used to be at the top

    Oh! How Inzi Bhai missed “the Boyz and THE Bob”!

    I am so confused: can’t tell one, two from three

    Should I be maulvi? Is Inzi’s Bhai’s Tableegh for me?”

    Hope you liked my poem :)

  • Haroon Rao on May 19, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    Fantastic Pakistan! You have done good, but a lot more to do......! Don't get your sox losen. I lthink Sami should be give rest and Najaf must be tried, along with Fawad Alam getting back by replacing Yasir Hameed in remaining two matches.

  • harun rasheed indian on May 19, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    dear All Pakies, if pak won one match you commenting somany pssitives,i will tell you without Danger Akther ( shoaib) ur pak is not complete Like without Imran there is no Pakistan team

  • Rauf on May 19, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    Good win. Afridi did as Afridi is known to do. I hope he keeps it consistent.

    This was a good win albeit Sri Lanka did not have couple of their top players. Still... this is a confidence building win for the young team. The key is that they keep it consistent. We have seen an impressive win from Pakistan in the past only to come back in the next match with a miserable effort.

    A win over under strength Sri Lanka on a neutral venue and dry pitch can still be counted as a win but the real test is yet to come. Australia and South Africa will not be this easy.

    To khansahab:

    I don't agree with your analysis as you seem to criticize every bit of the team unless the selection and the outcome is exactly to your liking. I am glad that you did not mention someone's beard or lack of it in your post. Could it be due to the fact that they won the match. Maybe your "beard" wrath is only reserved when they loose the match. In any case, it's best to keep a players faith, or lack of it, out of your analysis in the future. Let's just stick to their performance on the pitch.

  • M.ObaidUllah on May 19, 2007, 9:11 GMT

    Malik Afridi is best

  • Jamal on May 19, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    Dear Kamran I think much of said abt the match, pak winning and malik captaincy etc. but i'd like to draw ur attention towards "Mr. Dump Yousaf Youhan" comments. I rather feel disappointed rather than annoyed that what criteria is fixed for publication of comments by u on ur blog. I belive that this blog is only for commenting on cricketing matters and one should b never allowed to talk in such a manner towards our religion or our respectable players. The freedom of opinion must b observed but it should not touch other's nose. In the end i dearly request to all the people alongwith u to plz condemnry these comments to discourage the culprit. I also request u to please publish my post ASAP. Regards

  • Noman on May 19, 2007, 8:49 GMT

    Bah! I will never understand the hot and cold nature of our people, which seems to seep into our writers as well.

    "The best part for me was that a bunch of young players realised that their time had come."

    It was just one match. How can you make such a judgment based on one outing?

  • Sri Lankan on May 19, 2007, 8:44 GMT

    the real test would be when we (pak, sl and india) play on bowler friendly wickets. cannot read much into this result. pak and india seem to play a lot on batting pitches and pile on the runs, but strugle when they tour aus,sa,nz. guys we need to wake up

  • balal on May 19, 2007, 8:44 GMT

    i would like 2 say wot a nok my afridi mashallah it was very good. he is one of the only players that put his heart in wen batting and bowling and it was truly magnificant 32 in an over was magnificent and i think he is getting better and more consistent(b4 world cup 75* against south africa) and he is playing sensible(more sensible then normal) he is hitting shots then baking them up with nice strokes.

  • Syed Masood Kazmi , KL, Malaysia on May 19, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    Good day...! i really like to see new talent been introduce in the team in place of Razzaq, the new lads , it will give the youngsters confidence & in the future they will be great asset to pakistan cricket. & also please Mohammad Yousuf should be batting at no. 3 other wise there is no place for him to bat in the batting order.

  • SULTAN REZA on May 19, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    Beaware and be afraid of Pakistan.Afridi has been allowed to play again.When he swings his bat,there is no telling where the ball will land. 32 runs in 6 balls is only 4 short of Hershille Gibbs 26 in the World Cup. But that was against Netherland and this is against Sri Lanka, after they just lost the finals. Only if Afridi had not swung the bat at an audience. He would be playing against Ireland and could have been the first one to hit six sixes int he World Cup and that would be enough to take Pakistan to the second round. Well done Pakistan. Well done Shaib Mallick. Well done Afridi.This victory is a moral booster that Pakistan team and its supporters badly needed.

  • ami on May 19, 2007, 8:33 GMT

    Inzi was missed.......Though since long he had not given any of his prime performances. yet his burly figure which remained part of Pak cricket for amost 15 years will be missed. Congrats to Team Pak for a much needed win. Wish good luck to Shoaib Malik in his captaincy. Inshallah Pak team will further improve with the inclusion of Shoaib Akhtar. However sel committee should think twice about Younis Khan, whose personal idiosyncracies have compromising effects on Pakistan team. In my opinion say thanx to him with a big NO for good. Let him play the counties. Probably England needs him more than us.

  • gojjo on May 19, 2007, 8:31 GMT

    here we go again; zero to hero again

  • Afzaal Khan on May 19, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Re: Dump Yousuf Youhana U know y dun u just keep it to cricket who r u to question his faith? Y dun u shutup and talk abt cricket. Mr. Abbassi I realize that u believe in freedom of speech and all but y does ur blog dun advise users to talk abt cricket n not religion? after this is a cricket forum. I guess if this stupidty continues then we reserve the right to protest. I sincerly request u to advise ur blog visitors to keep the issue on cricket and not religion itself. Will be very much appreciated.

  • Ash Zed on May 19, 2007, 8:20 GMT

    I have always said Shahid Afridi is the most valuable player in the team. I think he should have been appointed vice captain in place of Asif. Afridi has a genius cricketing brain also.

    Well done Shahid !!

  • AHMAD JAWAD on May 19, 2007, 8:20 GMT

    A well done job by PAKISTAN.It was really a good win after a long time. Best wishes for pakistani team for next matches too.A good knock by afridi after a long time.A wellcome win for skipper too.

  • Silmy on May 19, 2007, 8:17 GMT

    The difference was Afridi.... what an innings. I was watching his hammering away.

    One thing bothers me. His eyes when he was hitting the ball. It looked very queer. Just like Ben Johnson when he won the 100m beating Carl Lewis. It is up to ICC to keep vigil and find whether he is legal.

  • Javed Arshad on May 19, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    Well, there comes every once in a while when afridi plays a knock which makes you wonder why is he not the leading batsman in world ODI cricket..unfortunately its only once in a long while..

    On an other note..did someone notice the fire-less, energy-less, commitment-less, lethargic..performance by Razzak? the only bounce about his action was his hair!! i sincerely think he does not deserve a place in the side. So his exclusion opens doors for Najaf Shah a promising talent needing to be aclamatized to the rigors of international cricket. I think yasir hameed can make way for an apparently more technically sound Fawad Alam.

    Lastly, Shoaib Malik..so good to see our captain standing at covers, an action packed fielding position rather then mid-on or mid-off. And i think his exuberance and calming yet keen sense about things..with just the right amount of that youthful happy-go-luck attitude..is gonna be an excellent mix for this team. Which i still think need a couple more youngeters Ciao! oh yeah n..AFRIDI, dude you rock! ask bandara! ;)

  • Arif on May 19, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    Boom Boom Again Proved The He Is Da Best Yet For The Team & The Country....

  • Junaid Saeed on May 19, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    Hey: This just shows the ammount of ability we have. Lets face it, it wasnt a full strength sri lanki side but nevertheless it was a victory and a win is a win right? With regards to Mr dump; i think u really need to keep this opinion to yourself. Religion has got nothing to do with cricket. Sure Pakistan is a muslim country but it doesnt mean we are disgusted by other faiths does it? Isnt this what our "proud" nation is about? So i think you really need to look in the mirror dude.

    Back to the match :). Afridis innings was fabulous and a delight to watch ( especially for young 13 year olds like me). Kamran akmal showed his ability. Lets face it this isnt a spectacle of an innings so we should give the youngsters a chance.

    Inzamam i hope you watched the match :)

    take care everyone

    Junaid :)

  • Mohammad Ali on May 19, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    i like Shoaib Malik Captaincey he is brilliant can u beleived Yesterday Shahid Afridi RISKY batting this is not fair but every body like him if has gone early on this style every body criticize him because He is BOOM BOOM BOOM

  • Abdul Raziq on May 19, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    As we all know that pakistan team did not play well in world cup so may be this will be very crucial for all pakistani they may be player r spectatore so the plaryer should hard work like the first ever play in the sries and they may won the hearth of thier people as they r upset due to world cup loss

  • Anthony on May 19, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    The press reports really are right...Indian and Pakistani fans really are a shrill and moody bunch...one day you are burning their homes for losing to Ireland...the next day you are celebrating your team beating Sri Lanka without its best two bowlers and the second best wicket-keeper batsmen in the game...oh...and an Afridi knock...we know how often those come along...

    I've always been a Pakistani fan (I'm also a Sri Lankan)..but the sheer lack of logic on this comment page may keep my green shirt in the closet...

    Pakistani cricket is one of the game's greatest joys...please dont make a mockery out of it by celebrating this hollow victory so loudly...

    I'm sorry...i have to blame you fans for the state of the Pakistani team...in an atmosphere of irrationality and hero-worship...normal human beings can never do a job of work...which is what professional cricket is...grow up Pakistan fans...only then will your talented, teenaged cricketers do the same..

  • Razzaq and sami ,out on May 19, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    Bring Fawad and Najaf in for Razzaq and Sami. Why Sami is playing again, again , again, again again , again again, again, and again, phir again, again. Oh my god. damn damn. Include sami again in the squads, means their is still a lot of corruption. Now this is an action time to take against them.

  • Amir Khan on May 19, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    Afridi has proved yet again he is a real flat track bully. He should only play in meaningless tournaments like in Kenya,Sharjah & Abu-Dhabi.

  • Adeel Qureshi on May 19, 2007, 7:36 GMT

    wowwwww!!thats it i think afridi proved again he is a match winner on his day he can change the game with the blink of an eye last night inning is the proof to his critics he performs 2 times out of ten but that 2 times is unbelievable. team looks in good shape now hope things will be better for pakistan cricket congrats to all cricket lovers

  • Saud Faruqi on May 19, 2007, 7:33 GMT

    It was heartening to see Pakistan win against a competitive team like Sri Lanka. As much as I detest Afridi for not utilizing his potential to the fullest, this was a good knock. If only he can learn to curb his enthusiasm and try to play ground strokes at the beginning of his innings and not go for sixes from the start, he can be very destructive. I rate him much higher that Andrew Symonds in batting and bowling (Symonds is a better fielder though) but the stats prove me wrong when it come to his batting. Shoaib Malik seems like a good Captain in the making. I have seem him marshal his troops well in 20/20 cricket. Asif was on target as ever. I would like to see Asim Kamal brought back for the test matches at least. The poor fellow deserves a few more chances as he has not been handled properly by PCB think tank (if there is any). Welcome back Pakistan Cricket. Bravo!!!

  • saadia on May 19, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    great thanks 2 afridi who save da country.He played a brillant n amazing inning he played with his natural style n that's what we want shoaib malik done a great job as a captain i saw da whole match LIVE n when afridi comes we need 90 runs and our run rate is just about 5. something and what a knock he played and pakistan won the match 10 overs before well done afridi and it was a good sign 2 see salman butt in the team i think he is agreat opener and a good inning by kamran i think shahid afridi should b a vice captain and i pray afridi will b consistent in his game BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • inqlabi on May 19, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    Its begining of Mohmammad Yousaf era.

  • Rahat Minhas on May 19, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    Lets give the devil the appreciation that is due. One is surprised by some people's view that this Pak team has not been tested on fast wickets in SA or Australia or what will this team do in the future? Dont you realize that Sri lanka are the runners up of the world cup 2007!!!They are also playing on the same slow pitches in Abu Dhabi. Sri-Lanka are themselves very dangerous side on slow wickets so they have a similar advantage as Pakistan have in Abu-dhabi. One must also realize that the same Pak team has beaten Sri-lanka today which Pakistani team was beaten in the first round in the world cup!! Please appreciate what the Pak team has done, cose most of the people had righten this team off. For instance if you go through articles written in your various blogs etc. If one can criticize one can also appreciate when the team performs.Future expectation is dependent on the present efforts and the present efforts of the Pak team looked promising!!! So why not appreciate and enjoy when the going is good???

  • Sajjad on May 19, 2007, 7:28 GMT

    In short wounderful captaincy, wounderful bowling from Mohammed Asif and above all Shahid Afridi's fantastic knock. Our best wishes are with you pakistani cricket team.

  • saadia on May 19, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    great thanks 2 afridi who save da country.He played a brillant n amazing inning he played with his natural style n that's what we want shoaib malik done a great job as a captain i saw da whole match LIVE n when afridi comes we need 90 runs and our run rate is just about 5. something and what a knock he played and pakistan won the match 10 overs before well done afridi and it was a good sign 2 see salman butt in the team i think he is agreat opener and a good inning by kamran i think shahid afridi should b a vice captain and i pray afridi will b consistent in his game BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • Haqnawaz Habib - Dubai on May 19, 2007, 7:19 GMT

    I think Afridi can better play without Coach and senior captain :) well that was just a welcome line .. Afridi inning was no doubt special one. Though he made few mistakes in the field but his come back was superb. I don't understand why do we have Salman Butt in the team. He always look so tense while batting. Imran Farhat was performing well and it's always good to have one left hander in the beginning.

    Afridi did perform his role as a senior player. So many times he bumped Akmal head with his hand (carefull Afridi, you have a big hand).

    Pakistan has proved that they are still a good team after beating one of the finalist team of WC. There is no doubt that Pakistan is home of resourcefull player. I think it's a perfect stage to give time to new bowlers and possibly batsman. It's a great start of a new Pakistani team and hopefully the rythm will continue ...

  • kashif on May 19, 2007, 7:18 GMT

    i am very happy to see Imran Nazir in action.and shoaib mailk is a fantastic captain.imran nazir and salman but r good openers.Afraid is a sexiest person in team and cricket is alive due to this person.

  • Fahad Yaqoob on May 19, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    Overall a very good performance but i doubt if there were Murli and Vaas, what difference would have been created? Afridi was awsome as always! I also agree with a post i read. He should be the vice captian of the team. He is only 27 (Which i doubt) but his agressivness can be fruitful to Pakistan. I wish best of luck for the next match and waitng to see Fawad Alam, who is left armer and can create some variety in batting, bowling and even fielding.

    Cheers!

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on May 19, 2007, 7:09 GMT

    Barring Sami's inclusion in the team, I am delighted at whatever happened yesterday. No offense, but including Sami in the team, is not agression... it is SUICIDE

  • Mohammad Mansoor on May 19, 2007, 7:08 GMT

    I was present at the stadium after waiting for 2 hours in the heat waiting for the match to start ! It was Afridi's day, a blistering knock made every Pakistani day a memorable one.I was still upset by Butt, Yousuf and Malik's performance.But I appreciate the captaincy by Malik.We need unity and responsibility in the team and we will be number one soon in the ICC rankings.This team has a lot of talent.Apart from that, Najaf and Fawad should be given a chance in the next match so that they could prove what they have in themselves.All in all, BOOM BOOM AFRIDI rocks.

  • Meesum Raza on May 19, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    Good match overall, yousuf body language was a bit worrying sign, Shoiab malik seems to be a good future captain, Afridi took all the credit but i believe Kamran Akmal played excellent cricketing shots and a wonderful knock.

  • Nabeel Kamran on May 19, 2007, 6:53 GMT

    I hope like our cricket history this doesnt come to be one-off win in the one day series (remember South Africa series)? It seems to be a good start but clearly still there is a humungous room for improvement. Shoaib Malik was nervous in his first match as captain. I wish they make it successfully through this series so that it gives the nation the much required morale booster.

  • ASIM SHAMIM on May 19, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Pakistan side on their remarkable win over runner-up of World Cup Sri Lanka after the embarrasing show in the World Cup. Thanks to the selectors we didn't have the monotonous and laid back captaincy of Inzamam who used to be a bit more cool minded than he should have been. Razzaq has been the biggest disappointment. He is really out of practice and is not properly match fit. A chance should have been given to Fawad Alam as well as Najaf Shah. We don't also have good death bowlers who can remove the tail of opposition which Wasim and Waqar used to do so well. Gul needs to learn the art of bowling maximum number of yorkers rather than length deliveries in last overs of the inning From ASIM

  • sunny fernando on May 19, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    well as a good sl cricket supporter and always highly regarded good cricket all around.first of all im so sad cause i didnt have any chance to watch the game due to my injury. well to me afridi is one hit wonder which he make century and next ten games he go for duck.his shots are realy un authodox andhe just swing the bat and luckily ho got bat most of the times.the only pakistani batsman i ever loved was great zaid anwar was fantastic to watch his shaots.if i compare afridi and anwar afridi is like a kid who plays cricket. and over roll it was nice to finally pakistani winning and i was so hated to see that imam inzamam playing.pakistan players always look good with clean cut which they look like athletes and i saw that inamam look like some fat religious leader than a sportsman. we all love our religion and we all have respect of their beliefs but i hate to see pakistanis in to islam too much and not concentrating on winning.i wish all the best to sl and go ahead and win next two games thanks

  • shahid on May 19, 2007, 6:45 GMT

    shahid khan afridi wonderfull perfromance yersatday thanx kamran good batting suppoting malik ok

  • Chaudhary Iftikhar on May 19, 2007, 6:45 GMT

    Amazing to watch Afridi Going Berserk & achieving an unlikely victory for Pakistan. Akmal Supported him well by playing his stylish drives.Malik's captaincy was reasonably well. Hope our team maintains same spirit in the future tours & tournaments. Lastly, would like to see Fawad Alam play in this series.

  • Naeemullah Khan on May 19, 2007, 6:37 GMT

    Good looking young team and good captaincy as well by Shoib Malik. now atleast give chance to these young players up to end of this year. Should consider Hassan Raza in test matches in place of Inzimam... Naeemullah Khan

  • Fahad Jalil on May 19, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    Regardless how the team performs during the calendar year, it was good to see a young and energetic Pakistani team with only one senior batsman. Hopefully, it would rest responsibilty on the shoulders of the younger talent alnog with hope of a spot in the playing eleven subject to performance. However, they should still play an experienced test side. Another thing, please get prone to unpredictability people, this team has won Malik's debut without a coach. Do not lose hope with Team Pakistan.

  • SALMAN on May 19, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi....hey guys it was gr8 inning from BooM BooM Afridi but lets not forget that Srilankan have no Vass & Murli coz they both have done very well for Lanka...i would have liked pak to just give chance to the new faces..pak should give cnace to Najaf Shah and Fawad Alam so that they can know how they can perform on this level coz its not easy to perform on this level ...lets hope selectors give them a break to show what they are capable of...any how its long way to go and malik needs to get the boys together and give their 100%.. BooM BooM Rock the Party ...wow

  • ali on May 19, 2007, 6:25 GMT

    i like shahid afridi no metter he score 0 or 100

  • Hafiz Fahad Nazir on May 19, 2007, 6:22 GMT

    Congratulations to all Pakistani after this burning success and may God bless Pakistani C.T with some more such a rollicking wins.Definitely the debut of Shoib Malik as Pakistani skipper is remained better but there should be consistency in it in future which normally does't seen in Pakistani C.T.Afridi Bhia carry on such a blazing form in upcoming matches.

  • sajdi afridi on May 19, 2007, 6:20 GMT

    yeah its again afridi the fastest century maker, one of the best striker of the ball in cricket world, played very well for his team and helped pakistan to win. Congrates to pk & shoib malik. i think vice captain should b afridi it has 2 reasons: One is that he is now senoir player in team Second is that he is attacking player, he attacks on the opposition, if whole team attacks on opposition then what u people think? just like austratillia or south africa. Main difference is that v take pressure and they give pressure. NO pressure if their both oppnners bowled down on 0 score but pakistan v know that. So guys i think afridi should b vice captain reasons i told u. tc

  • Bilal Ahmed on May 19, 2007, 6:15 GMT

    Sadly jumping to conclusions is a very old habit. Lets just wait for the tough envoirnment or series, only then we can rate the class of our team. Wait and see how good is the performance of Afridi in next matches.

  • basim cheema on May 19, 2007, 6:12 GMT

    well... i think pakistan team played well... afridi played well.... shoaib malik captaining well.... nazir open well.... butt supporting well.... all the players performed well..... but i love "inzi"

  • john carapiet on May 19, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    Loved those earlier comments by some crackpot asking that yousuf "yohana" be dumped in favour of "real" muslims. It's nonsense like this that keeps pakistani cricket in the doldrums. Our wise guy just needs to read last year's statistics to see why mohd yusuf must be in the team. He will also see why our team selection is such a nightmare. Be that as it may, our team is still the most exciting bunch to watch/support. Their very unpredictability is their strongest asset, no matter how many times they have broken my heart with their excruciatingly brilliant flashes of ineptitude. Mohd yusuf has another 10 years in him....by our standards!

  • Hassan on May 19, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    All is well that ends well. But that isnt the case in cricket for sure. Malik has just opened the captaincy inning and yes, successfully as well. Important thing is to continue it and pay attention more towards his batting. Because that is the area where he has to improve a great deal. And that will be the point that can make his captincy and pakistan team successful and consistent. Good luck malik and lead from the front.

  • Malik break your friendship please on May 19, 2007, 5:53 GMT

    Good captaincy but because of abdur razzak their was a lot of pressure on Malik. Razzaq has bowled his first 3 overs so bad. but malik was unable to remove him from the attack in time after a cauple of overs. What can he say to Mohammad yousuf for his lazy batting? We must not include these 2 old horses in the team. This is a time to give a chance to the fresh legs like fawad alam, Najaf shah. Not razzaq and nor a Sami. Slecters knows malik bhai knows & every one knows Najaf is far better bowler then Sami. So this is a time malik has to break his friendship with Sami and Razzaq. U must include najaf and fawad.

  • Shahid's fan on May 19, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    I saw the whole thing LIVE in Abu Dhabi!! Alhumdulillah, it was absolutely awesome. We hadn't stopped cheering for one sixer that the next one came, from Afridi. I predict they're going to lose in the next match though, and let Sri Lanka win. It's always like this. So that it'll be suspenseful about who will win in the 3rd match.

  • zia ul islam on May 19, 2007, 5:42 GMT

    well thanks to allah first of all who gave pakistan a needed breakthrough . this victory is all because of afridi's great knock , over all statistics shows that pakistani players have to lift their games 1000% more from here , salman butt, yasir hameed both are so keen to stay on the pitch runs come or not , they do not have target in mind when they were playing game almost gone from pakistan , first fifty done ball to ball and second fifty in 100 balls , this shows how keen our players to play their own game and stay more on pitch rather runs comes or not , slection of team was again a question mark there are four opners playing in this match . but botom line is we won the match , all happened because of afridi ,afridi done it before many times , but if afridi gone as usually result will be diffrent . so we can not depend on afridi everytime , once in a blue moon it happens not in every match .

  • Nauman on May 19, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    Hats off to Afridi & Akmal for leading the fight, but I would hold off the celebrations as both of them have proved time and again that they are capable only of ocassional sparks. Clouds of concerns still loom... First, despite being a low profile game against a tired team resting few very classy names, this was a perfect opportunity to throw in a couple of new faces, and have given them a run of 3 games in similar conditions against similar opposition. Instead, now they 'll get a game, may be 2 if they are extremely lucky. Second, the complacency that set in after getting 5 top-order wickets. A game that was totally under Pakistan's control, went swiftly away...what looked like a 170 run target, stretched out to highly competitive 235. They need to be concerned about such instances. Third, what was our top order batting all about. 3 run-outs in top 5. The comedy of errors (I would rather call them crimes) almost cost us the game. What was a solid, quickfire opening stand, eventually got dragged to 5 down for 130 odd, extremely unacceptable. Fourth, why would Shoaib Malik not bowl himself...he is capable enough to roll his arm for a few, I really dont see how Razzaq or Sami merit bowling 10 overs each, someone needs to take a few off their weak shoulders. Then, why would Asif, who happens to be most disciplined bowler, finds himself out of his overs by 35th over of the game, why not have him bowl atleast 3 at the death. Part of the reason was the late fightback that prompted Malik to use Asif, part of the reason was that Malik realized Asif was the only viable choice he had, which again raises the same 2 questions...why did complacency set in after 5 cheap wickets, and what are Sami & Razzaq doing in this squad. Teams like Australia have achieved great heights not b/c they celebrate outrageously for every little victory of theirs, but b/c they study all the small mistakes that they commit and work very professionally to eradicate them. Its mistake the first time, its blunder the second, and its a crime if it happens subsequently...thats what seperates great teams from mediocre, I hope our unit starts looking at these small points more seriously. Then only can we talk about JOY and CROWN

  • sudhakar shetty on May 19, 2007, 5:34 GMT

    pakistan are a good one day side. they can beat the best in the world. only thing missing is attention to basics & team work. once they manage that they have potential to beat any team in the world. in shoib they have innovative captain who will lead by example

  • asif nadeem on May 19, 2007, 5:32 GMT

    Gr8 i m 2 happy with this win gr8 nation gr9 team jagta pakistan

  • international gorrilas on May 19, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Young new team? unfortunately all the old names played. Good win lets see how consistent paki team can be. After WC cant expect SL to motivate for this meaningless series. Paki team not selected on merit. Rao was one bowler who was one of the better bowlers in WC but he was dropped? Batting order Kamran Khatmal should bat at 8 due it his performances last year... Afridi at 6 and Razzak at 7. Shoaib Malike better start bowling some overs... Pakis need him as all rounder not just batsman.

  • Sameer A Malik, Michigan, USA on May 19, 2007, 5:30 GMT

    @All Anti-Afridi Mafia: At least he performs sometimes and i am sure of one thing he has his own style he plays his own way regardless of being afraid of his place in the side and most important of all he brings smiles on the faces of audience, and provides entertainment which is the basic purpose of sports.

  • Uzair Atif on May 19, 2007, 5:23 GMT

    Well done,Shoaib Malik ,I think you have trained ur players by Professional way and ur players are over active.....I mean that now they know how to play with full potential,I want to tell Shoaib Malik that dont make them much over .because yesterday's result tells us,that how they got run out,half of the players were run out

  • Ranjit Canagaratnam on May 19, 2007, 5:13 GMT

    Boom Boom has arrived. If Afridi was able to play all the matches at the World Cup, Pakistan cricket would not be in shambles. Vancouver, Canada

  • Nookey on May 19, 2007, 5:08 GMT

    By and large a good performance by Pakistan. Though in the middle it looed as if they will not make it... but thanks to a promising inning by Afridi.

    One more thing I want to add here is that, after recovering from the bad habbit of going after the ball, wide on the off stump... it looks as if now our boys will get out by run out more often :-D

    Haan one more thing, Afridi was supposed to bat like that after leeting his partner down by his poor running...

    Go Pakistan Go

  • md abrar nadeem on May 19, 2007, 4:57 GMT

    asslam alaikum to all my brothers pakistan played very well. they show that they can do anything .specially shahed bhai played very well. what a inning was that!

  • Nusrat Hussain on May 19, 2007, 4:52 GMT

    congrats to all Pakistanis. But, don't be overjoyed-- there is still a long way to go

  • mohd abrar nadeem on May 19, 2007, 4:51 GMT

    shahed bhai played really fantastic inning i m big fan of your shahed bhai

  • alok on May 19, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    Although I am an Indian but I am a great fan of this man....he simply changes the match in 1-2 overs that is what he did last night.......I stay in hostel n whole my hostelmates know that i am big fan of him...so all were waiting for him to get out...but he was different....aah amazing over that was in which he made 32....great man...just be consistent....all gilchrist,dhoni,chris gayle,mathew hayden would be nothing in front of you

  • Imran Panjwani on May 19, 2007, 4:44 GMT

    Great knock from afridi, but we want consistancy in afridi's batting, but asif is realy good we hope that it will continue in future and we will win the 20 20 worldcup with afridi went to open in 20 20 worldup

  • Abdur Razzak on May 19, 2007, 4:42 GMT

    good start. i guess only younis khan is missing in the line up.well done shoaib, keep up the good work.

  • AAMIR JADOON on May 19, 2007, 4:37 GMT

    I think this is a satisfactory performance by Pakistan but still Pakistan needs one good bowler with Mohammad Aasif and Umar gul I think they also try Mohammad Khalil or Samiullah Khan lashari because they are left Arm bowlers and Left arm Bowlers are very Important in the attack.

  • Faisal on May 19, 2007, 4:33 GMT

    Yessssssssssss Mr.Boom Boom Afridi thnak you. and also thnx super talented Kamran Akmal.

  • m i shohel on May 19, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    i congratulate to pakistan cricket team.they have done a very good job.

  • Shah faisal Pathan from peshawar on May 19, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    Hi to all Thanx to Mr.Shahid khan Afridi Pathan for a match winning inn.and thanx also Kamaran Akmal who win alots of matches for pakistan in his short career so far. congragulation to Malik and all pakistan team and all pakistanis . My wish to pakistan win series by 3/0 .onece again thanx Mr.Boom Boom Afridi.

  • Faisal on May 19, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    After this innings of Afridi it has become clear where one day cricket is heading. Gone are the days of "good timers of the cricket ball" like saeed anwar or rahul dravid who would just play with their timing and accumulate runs. It has all come down to brutal dominance, aggression and power. look at australians with the likes of hussey, gilchrist, symonds, hayden ; all powerful strikers and all extremely dominant and thus successful. look at south africans with gibbs, smith or englands's peterson or flintoff. all of these players have one thing in common and that is they hit the ball pretty hard with brute force and this aggression takes the opposiotion apart just like how afridi took apart the world cup finalists today. we need to produce aggresive and hard hitting players if we have to rule the world of cricket like australia is doing today. we don't want defensive minded cricketers like inzi or dravid. gone are those days. this is a new era....

  • FAHAD on May 19, 2007, 4:24 GMT

    We hope that pakistan repeats this performance

  • rehan on May 19, 2007, 4:23 GMT

    boom boom afride blowed the dubai!!.yes this is the thing afride did to world cup finalist .he taken them to all park of the ground and make pressure out of maliks head.his 32 run over was amazing thing to watch with 2 consecutive four and four six's.

  • Ali on May 19, 2007, 4:12 GMT

    hi.Y u post the comment by da nme of DUMP YOUSUF YOUHANA?there should b a criteria for posting a comment.

  • Af on May 19, 2007, 4:05 GMT

    Great job Pakistan team! Lets not forget that Yousaf is a great player and only a few months back created a couple of the greatest world records. And Mr. Kamaran Abbasi please make sure that people do not post any hate mail or hate blogs under your column (Ref: "Dump Yousaf Yohanna" blog). There has to be a difference between healthy criticism and hate mail/blog. And a hate mail should be immediately removed.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on May 19, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    First of all, my heartiest congratulation to Shoaib for winning the first ODI under his captain.

    Winning and loosing, I think is part of the game. But winning habit makes a different. There are people in our blog, who tends to criticize whether team wins or loss. If Afridi plays good, they will say it was flat wicket, but they will not appreciate that he is one of the best hard hitting batsmen in the world on his day. He is a great entertainer of the game and we should appreciate and show confidence in him. Please do not expect him to play every innnings like electrifying, he could fail but it is the team game he fails other should shoulder their responsibility.

    As I said earlier Shoaib will prove you all wrong by his good captaincy, who criticized that he will not be a good captain. He is very very smart cricketer (clever). Under his captaincy, you will see changes in the fielding area where Pakistan has been struggling for many many years because he is a very smart fielder.

    I am not reading too much but for cricketing reasons, he has that kind of capability to egg on this bunch of team. I think Fawad Alam deserves a place in this side. Let us hope he plays next game, because we should try him earlier, the better.

    Good Luck for the next two games Shoaib.

  • SriLankan on May 19, 2007, 3:58 GMT

    Pakistan need to build on their morale, their confidence and then their skills; this is a good start. Although a diehard SriLankan fan I am still delighted by this result. Afridi seems always to be at his manic best against us. Question. What's with all the runouts?

  • Shahab Shamsi on May 19, 2007, 3:51 GMT

    Let's get not excited about Afridi. He did well today but he was dropped at least twice. I wish sometime he could use his brain while playing. If he does that and be defensive on good ball he may end being the best batsmen in the world. I wonder how many people have said this to Afridi. Would he listen. I say no and I guarantee that he may play like this only in few games, the rest is only in 10-20 runs. The way batsman got run out today is also very much to the ooncern and they will have to work on it hard. Again, the real test of Pakistani batsman can come on fast pitches or when they play against Australia or South Africa.

  • Uzair on May 19, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    The perfect win to enter a new era! The best aspect (apart from the Afridi over) was the scenes of celebration after the win, after which any qualms regarding the amount of support the captain has from such players as Afridi have been laid to rest. This is not the real test for this team; that will come against better bowling attacks and in the longer version of the game this winter. However, every win is important for this team at this point, as the need is to get back to winning ways. Afridi's blitzkrieg should not hide the fact that there are many things to improve upon: the three run-outs (all utterly rediculous) at the fore-front. There seemed to be a general lack of communication during the batsmen, which is surprising given the amount of cricket these guys have played together. Sami is another dilemma: he HAS the talent (and the pace), and I hope a captain who isn't afraid to back him will give him the confidence he needs to fulfill the potential. Fielding was better, as seen by the three run outs that were, unlike the Pakistani ones, all close affairs, but a long-term fielding coach is an essential for this team. And finally, Asif is a god with a ball in his hand

  • Tamim on May 19, 2007, 3:39 GMT

    Fascinating victory!!! I entrilled to see the young pakistani cricketers performing as a team with great spirit. Well no doubt they have the talent to beat anyone but all they have to have is consistency and hunger of winning.

  • Hafeez on May 19, 2007, 3:37 GMT

    I dont understand what Pk Cricket 11 players selection doing, they pic 4 similar pacer all are wright hand high arm bowlers, should be some variety like one mediam and one left hand pacer, i hope then it can work very well Insha Allah, there are no captaincy shown here, I mean he didn make special and tracky spel. Hope he will learn soon and he will do better n better in future. all are Akmal and Afridi dunn some extra job wot they do some time.

  • salman on May 19, 2007, 3:35 GMT

    I just donot understand what you guys are talking about behaving like a big burger family kids. Kick Inzimam out ok and get who In ........... look in the mirror this guy inzi is the man who has for so long battled alone and now are you banking on people like shoaib malik whose technique might be OK for 20/20 matches , on flat low bounce wickets against srilanka and India but not against real pace and swing. Its like comapring Rolls Royce with VolksWagon. So stop the "B S" against Inzi. He should play till we have an alternative and It can be one to two years.

    Matches like today prove nothing unfortunately.

    salman

  • aziz saqib on May 19, 2007, 3:15 GMT

    WOW""""""""""""'''

  • shoaib on May 19, 2007, 3:11 GMT

    It was a great team performance by the pakistani team. Good captianship and over all good effort by all the boys. Koddos to shaihid afridi for great knok.

    But Kamran please do not post any more comments from this guy who call himself DUMP Yousub Youhanna. Man it was disgusting to read his comments. Brother grow up and get some life. Life is too short, dont be so hateful.

    If any one dont know what i am talking about, please read his comments. This guy is full of BS.

  • afridi on May 19, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    afridi.......afridi.......afridi.....even i play pro cricket,but one thing i dont underdtand is how can someone start slogging from the word GO?awesome pathan.....n guys dun forget what kamran akmal did, n critics said give others like zulqarnain and co. a chance.........hahahahaha.......shame on everyone who din support kami

  • Faruque, IL, USA on May 19, 2007, 2:45 GMT

    The way Afridi plays simply doesn't warrant consistency from him. If it would, then Pakistan simply would have ended up wining almost every game. If wining only matters, then Afridi probably have brought more wins for Pakistan sigle-handedly than many of his illustrious teammates. If Pakistan really wants to look forward, guys like Fawad should be given a regular place in the playing eleven. He should get chance ahead of Yasir.

  • mazhar minhas on May 19, 2007, 2:42 GMT

    this is the first time i m saying some thing but feeling great. that im saying on this great victory.

    however, this is not the end, its a good start, however, i would say with the young team this is good efforts. as we try to appreciate, guys really need that now.

    However this is just a short term, i want to raise few points with this opportunity.

    1. our bolwer are very good, no dought, however they can be more grome, Look Australian, once their bowler retire, they assign them the task. legend like waseem and waqar are really no dought, i have no words for them. but these heores are insulted by our board. they must be part of board, or at least one must be continosly with the bowlers. in past pakistan won the game most of the time with the bowlers. although telent is there..but .......with polic. diamond is not diamond.....i m afraid

    2. wining or losing always team afforts. so u can't throw to the others. like we seen that board did.

    at the end i would say that we should more pressure on our board, that they should work in right directions.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on May 19, 2007, 2:41 GMT

    I TOLD YOU SO........... not that I am saying that I said Pak will win and they did, I am referring to khansahab's pathar ki lakeer vali verdict, where he doesn't wanna change his views and opinions because he has said it once and wanna stick to it like a, 'fataan ka zabaan ek' and would never change his stance about what he has earlier said. This is called "arriyal-ism or should I say Akhroat-ism?" Forming fixed opinions on a permanent basis about people is not the right thing, just because you have said it and formed an opinion about Afridi or anyone for that matter, it means that it can never be changed and in your opinion that person can never improve, change or become a good player!

    I don't understand such biases and prejudices against any player and especially for a player who is the only Pakistani player and third in the world to score 5000 plus runs and 200 plus wickets in ODI's. It means nothing to you? And single handedly he has won several matches for Pakistan, in fact outta all the wins in which he has played,17% of them are due to his solo efforts, either bowling or batting or both, that is another thing that he was not awarded man of the match in a few other matches like, his 78 in 34 balls not out in SA. I am not an admirer of his big hitting but, he plays like a MAN. Although he didn't get any wickets in this match, but he bowled better than Razzaq and Sami, Gul got 3 wickets but he was the most expensive bowler. As usual, Asif was impeccable.

    It was very obvious how Shoaib Malik was playing so cautiously, his 11 in 26 balls were due to the captaincy pressure, he should thank the man who crowned him his first success as a captain. In a way I am glad that Afridi is not the captain, even if he was, he wouldn't have changed his style. But, to predict that he will not play the same kinda innings for the next 10 matches is ridiculous. People have said this before when he played that 37/100 in Kenya that its a fluke innings and its an innings of his life time and, he will never play such an innings ever! Seven years later he came closer to improving that record in Kanpur, imo, his Kanpur innings was even better and more classy than the Kenya innings. Recently people said the same when he scored 78 n.o. in 34 balls that he will not play another innings for the next ten matches. If one knows how to count, start counting how many matches were in between that innings and this innings. His consecutive 4 sixes to Bandara will make him forget his bowling at least for a few months, like Harbhajan Singh lost his line, length and rhythm and was not in the playing XI for almost three months after Afridi smashed 4 consecutive sixes of his bowling in that test match in Pakistan. Thanks God that Kamran Akmal made a fifty he needed that very badly to boost his confidence. His efforts were over shadowed by Afridi's 32 runs over, the second highest runs in a six ball over.

    So, I was right about the toss and restricting Lanka under 240, Malik should thank his stars for losing the toss, had he won and batted, they would have lost the match. When I saw the score at 80 for 1, I said, if the play sensibly they can win, but Pakistan team has a record of collapsing like a house of cards and very soon they were 137 for 5. Then someone played an insensible innings to turn the tables.

    Mohammad Yousuf is an excellent player but, for the last 3-4 matches he seems to be putting himself under too much pressure for no reason and in doing so he is appearing tense and losing his wicket cheaply. He should not worry about taking the solo responsibility on his shoulders to make runs, we all know he is a great player and no one can score big hundreds all the time, he did, but he cannot continue for ever. So, my advice to him is to slow down and just play like a cool cucumber which he is, his presence on the field would be enough for the other players to perform. Thats what Inzi used to do. I do give Inzi his due for what he was, no matter how people talk about him now thats another matter but, as a player we cannot ignore his contributions.

    In the next match they should try Fawad Alam in place of Butt or Yasir Hameed. This is a very good team for future and Pakistan can afford to play a batsman short if Shoaib Akhtar when he is fit, I mean when he is fully fit, actually I mean when he is super fit he can replace either Butt or Hameed. He should open the attack with Sami. I know khansahab will not agree with this idea because, he has a fixed notion about Sami and his bowling. Same is the second fastest bowler Pakistan has to terrorize the opposition along with Akhter, then there are two tacticians Asif and Gul. I dunno what would Razzaq's role be when Shoaib Akhtar comes in? A fully awake Abdul Razzaq is an asset in the team, he should be guzzling soda spiked with caffeine.

  • adnan on May 19, 2007, 2:11 GMT

    Kamran - please put this in the right context. These are meangingless games, with no importance, played as exhibitions for a wealthy Sheikh Nahayan who has no interest in cricket but wants to extend his Pakistan business empire (Warid, Bank Alfalah etc). To play games in May in 40 degree heat in Abu Dhabi is dangerous to the players health and certainly nothing that improves anybody's game. The money grabbing antics of the PCB by taking 750,000 USD for such nonsense might distract attentions from their immediate failings, but playing exhibition matches like this just makes Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket a laughing stock - that the games are classified as official ODI games for records is ridiculous.

  • Ejaz Sabir on May 19, 2007, 2:07 GMT

    Dear Mr. Dump Yousuf Youhana: You are either a 10 year old kid, or a real jerk. To say something like that about Yousuf ("we need true Muslims") is very low. Any moron like yourself can sit behind a computer and post nonsense like that. We don't need any ‘true Muslims’ in the national cricket teams, son. What we need are real cricketers, regardless of their faith. Christian and Hindu Pakistani's are just as much Pakistanis as you are. Keep the religious crap away from the national team, and if you don't have anything intelligent to contribute, then shut the hell up!

  • Ayaz Alam on May 19, 2007, 2:07 GMT

    Since we have won the first game, we should try some new faces like Najaf and Fawad in place for Sami and Hameed respectively. Inclusion of Fawad would give us 7th bowling option. Salman Butt has no footwork at all so why don't we try new opener instead? Remember this wasn't our real test coz Srilanka was missing vaas and murali. Anyway well done and good luck

  • Umair from San Francisco, CA on May 19, 2007, 2:06 GMT

    A good and much needed win for Pakistan. Hopefully the winning ways can be sustained !!!!

  • essa on May 19, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    WOOOOOOOOOOW.. what a match thats a match we are waiting. my parents saw this match in the abu dabhi satdium i didnot go bcz of my exams. about Afridi i and accept my whole family really proud of him. i am hope to be like aaaaafridi . and Kamran Bahi i request please do batting sincerely in the coming match or in the future. we are proud of our team

  • Masroor Mahmood on May 19, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    Here it goes. Yes this kind of performance was due. Woh khata han na ka " Bahat Deer Ki Meharban Ata Ata"

    New Jersey, USA

  • Adam on May 19, 2007, 1:48 GMT

    Well, Its too early to say anything, one match dosen't prove anything to me. Bringing Sami up first is not aggression, it is just an experiment and thats all, why there is so much of hype about this win. We didn't beat the full strength Sri Lankans. No Murli, No Vaas. We only win because Afridi managed to connect his bat to the ball otherwise the Top order failed once again. We had good openning by Nazir and Butt and after that we choked for a while untill akmal and afridi came to rescue. I think that in the next match, we should bring in new face but i don't think that it should be seen as replacing one of the senior player because he is not doing well so replace him, i think it should be seen as giving a chance to youngsters to showcase their potential. Well in the end, we won the match and thats what count most but we can't relax because SL will lift their game in the next encounter. Good Luck to my Team, Good Luck to Shoaib, Good Luck to PCB.

  • Bakhti on May 19, 2007, 1:39 GMT

    Shabash Shahid yuo brought the Pakistani team out of depression and for sure one can see that the Pakistani crowd woulld have been very enthusastic and I am sure the whole nation is and so are we the ones outside. Bravo, for doing such a superb job and thanks.

  • Goraya007 on May 19, 2007, 1:26 GMT

    MR."Dump Yousuf Youhana", You are totaly wrong. Yousif is one of great batsman in the world.He should play for pakistan till next world Cup. I don't think you are pakistani and muslim. i might be wrong but i think that is the case. You just afraid of yousif and Pakistan. He is Pakistani and Pakistani never afraid to anyone.

  • Laiq Ahmed on May 19, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    I am so proud of our team. They played with energy and sprit. They had lost 5 wickets at one point but Kamran Akmal showed his intentions to win the game clearly. What can I say about Afridi, he is the king of cricket. Four consecutive sixes....wow... I love it.....

  • EAMIRAN on May 19, 2007, 1:15 GMT

    An inconsequential Mickey Mouse tournament featuring 1 semi-talented, yet depleted team, and another largely depleted of talent, played on a pancake of a pitch.

    If it wasn't for the latter teams dwindling fast bowling asset(s) the match might have been lost, despite a lunatics rare day with the bat.

    This is not the time to be

  • Sana on May 19, 2007, 1:08 GMT

    shoaib malik is big cheater he can never be good captin he lie to me and slept with me in australia and also i herd his inetrview when he marryed and now he is saying he is not when he cheats so much with people how he can be good to his country i wish afridi was captin malik i do dua he dies ameen

  • Nasur Ullah on May 19, 2007, 1:08 GMT

    Hi,I am very happy to know the success of Pakistan Cricket Team.But,there is still lack in our middle order batting.We have to improve our middle order batting for farther competations.Either return back to Inzmam or bring a new batsman for middle order.We are missing to Great Batsman Inzi.

  • Faraz Asim (PERTH,WESTERN AUSTRALIA) originally from LAHORE! on May 19, 2007, 1:03 GMT

    Salam alaikum Kamran bhai. Im happy to see Shoaib Malik in his first odi as a captain. Afridi is a match winner, most of all i missed shoaib akhtar, im his fan! i miss Inzi bhai as well! i hope i get to cee inzimam in the tests inshallah!

  • Imran on May 19, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    I am sick of Pakistan and Pakistani cricket. They should stay at home and we all cannot get excited that they won one match. Bunch of jokers - cricketers, the PCB and all the other katlus

  • Nasur Ullah on May 19, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    Hi,I am very happy to know the success of Pakistan Cricket Team.But,there is still lack in our middle order batting.We have to improve our middle order batting for farther competations.Either return back to Inzmam or bring a new batsman for middle order.We are missing to Great Batsman Inzi.

  • Miisa Ajhnar on May 19, 2007, 0:47 GMT

    Lets save our jubilation till the end of this tournament. There seemed to be a bit more energy perhaps due to events of the last few months...they all had something to prove. But, lets see if they can win a few more games with this new found vigor. Shoaib is going to be a good captain in the long run - this was exactly what he needed for his first game. Thats probably why they didn't play the new players - Fawad Alam, etc. I wouldn't be surprised to see the new faces in the next game however.

  • Shahzad on May 19, 2007, 0:44 GMT

    The wounded Pakistani tigers have come up with flying colors. Although during the day, the aggression was not there as it should have been but the the men in green kept their heads up. Now such a bad beginning to a new start. Afridi played a cameo in today's evening show. Bravo! but next time watch your feet before you run for somebody else.

  • sam on May 19, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    G'day there !The time has come when we laid back and see our team to win iNSHALLAH.i didn't have much time so i just blitz through the scorecard though i've read Kamran Abbasi's article.Well done mate that was a good one. cheers SAM

  • Ahad Haq on May 19, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    Our batting is still very weak, we should find a replacement of Inzimam, it can be Yousuf who takes the responsibility and stays at the wicket or Younis Khan someone like Rahul Dravid of India....

  • amin on May 19, 2007, 0:40 GMT

    good victory in my honest opinion we need players wid better fighting spirit and to play for national pride rather than jus personal pride and in the next game i would like to see najaf and fawad replacing gul and sami

  • Pran Kurup on May 19, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    Its interesting that Malik didn't open the batting (nor come in at number 3) and chose not to bowl either while Afridi bowled his full quota of 10 overs. While its too premature to pass a judgment, I get the feeling that Pak cricket is going to turn around for the better.

  • Yasir, Verginia, USA on May 19, 2007, 0:31 GMT

    A wonderful spirit shown by green guyz. Once again they proved that if they are united then there is no thing of politics in cricket. Malik is the lucky guy who got so much reward for his first game. May Allah give him more respect (Amin)

  • Freesia on May 19, 2007, 0:18 GMT

    Good show by Malik and Co. One change is required, Fawad Alam should be in playing eleven instead of Salman butt or Yasir Hameed. Why these below average players are in the team, i can't understand.

  • calgary highlander on May 19, 2007, 0:05 GMT

    I was very optimistic that Pakistan would do well, exremley well. But what i saw was mediocre performence at best. Without Afridi's Pathan"ness" and Akmal's... well... his "ness", we would have lost this match for sure. I hope these two manage to do things like this more often.

  • Cheri Powers on May 19, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    A day like this makes you hope again...and yes, Afridi was great and once again, the legendary words "not out" come after his name on the scorecard. Truly inspiring and Kamran Akmal and Nazir did great too. Yousuf is still a great batsman no matter what is said and he should be kept on. One makes allowances for a bad day or two. And Afridi has something to prove at this point so let's hope he keeps on doing what he did today - slog yes but also some sensible playing and a good show of team spirit.

  • Cricketime.com on May 18, 2007, 23:58 GMT

    The future looks bright, although not sure about our fielding our Abdul RazzaQ,

    Afridi indeed , came to the rescue when things were looking a bit bleak .

  • abbbas on May 18, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    wasim akram and aqib javid have done well for pak and waqar younis.but let the guys play at the like it..... and they will find the way tooooooooo winners

  • Absar Khan, London on May 18, 2007, 23:42 GMT

    I was very upset as all the pakistanis were at our dismal WC performance. I ve almost read all the comments and I am not happy about some people making clueless statements about Pakistan cricket and Inzamam. If that enquiry panel had more to say they must have blamed Inzamam for Judicial crisis in Pakistan as well. Come On guys! open your eyes. Why the head of PCB has not been fired, why there is no major change in the style of selection and overall running of board.

    We are cursed people. We don't want innovation. We can't implement a fair policy in our system, from top to bottom.

    I want to make certain points here;

    1) Inzamam was not a dictator even if he behaved like one then this is Pakistani captaincy style. Don’t forget Imran Khan and Wasim Akram who we hail but they were even more authoritative than Inzamam especially Imran Khan. 2) I am really happy for Pakistan winning this game but there are major practices need to be done. What will happen when we leave these flat surfaces and go to Australia or South Africa and play with them. Don’t forget Sri Lanka is without its 3 major players. 3) We need to give chance to new players as Fawad or whatever performs extraordinary in domestic cricket. 4) We need to be more focused on cricket academies giving training according to the Australian cricket style. We need to build fast cricket pitches if we ever want to beat Australia 5-0 5) We need to change the overall PCB structure. FIRE the PCB Head. Make a Board of Governers committee comprising Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Rameez Raja and make Imran Khan Head of this Committee. Make Imran Khan functional head of cricket board. Imran has some great ideas about prospering cricket in Pakistan with Australian style. Mr. President should stop interfering in Board decisions. For God’s Sake keep politics and cricket separate

    Some body please show this to Mr. President or it will be too late as it is the case with every aspect of Pakistan.

    I am a true Pakistani and I am coming back to Pakistan to try to create some difference. But you guys won’t see me in Politics, for sure. Long Live Pakistan

  • sohail Shad UK on May 18, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    With Due Respect to kamran abbasi and every body

    "Posted by: Dump Yousuf Youhana at May 18, 2007 8:53 PM

    we need fresh faces in this team.. and i mean that literally. lets hope his career takes a nose dive from here on..

    we need true muslims in pakistan, youhana is a true joke, cant field, cant run, cant bowl.. lets hope he goes against shaun tait without a helmet and takes one on his face.

    good luck pakistan.. down with yousuf youhana"

    i or for that fact nobody would like to see personal comments on players .. we are here to discuss all this cause we all were neva gud enough to make it but still this dosent take away the rigt to criticise professional life of cricketers but personal comments .TRUE SHAME. i believe you moderate the blog and comments and then they are viewable but either you ignored it or it dosent matter to you if kind of personal remarks come as comments on this blog. hope we wont see kind of things again and atleast not on someone's faith ... my friend who wrote this seems a true muslim who calling a convert by his old name which implies he has decided that Mohammad yousaf is not a true muslim and he is coz of watever reason i guess people agree to me on this i m not bein personal here but something i felt ... thx and as far as game winning and loosing part of game but spirit in which guys played this awsome thats wat pakistan cricket is all about

  • awais on May 18, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    I think Pakistan team came out with a solid performance with a strong positive attitude,something which was missing during the later half of Inzamam days. Shoaib malik appeared to have maintained composure even though the situation did not get auckwardly out of hand when Pakistan was fielding but It still provided Malik with a good test in his first ODI as captain. And last but not least, Afridi provided the icing on the cake by not only winning the game but also the way he won it for his team. I am sure it left everyone in the dressing room on a morale high and gave pakistan cricket fans the oppurtunity to be involved again after the CWC debacle.

  • khalid on May 18, 2007, 23:21 GMT

    A good start for Mr Malik and his new team (Which comprises of all the same faces). Why didn't Shoaib Bowl a single over himself? The team looked kind of weaker with not many specialist batsmen or bowlers. Instead there were All-rounders, Mind you one of the All-rounder almost single handle y defeated the opponents today but this team's batting without Inzi & Younis looks very weak on the paper. Lets see how they are going to perform in the next game.

  • AR on May 18, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    Kamran bhai, you might be hopelessly optimisitc, and I admire that...sadly I cannot be like that.

  • Adil Khan on May 18, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Let's not forget Akmal's contribution. Afridi's belligerence came off, but one most days it wouldn't have. Kamran's knock was far more responsible for setting the platform for Afridi's blitz. Let's keep our fingers our crossed for games two and three.

  • Atif Waraich on May 18, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Wow, what a win.. It was just a that kind of win Pakistan needed after a desasterous world cup. I think this batting line up has still some faults in it, though. Yousuf should come at no 3 where he has the best average in the world on no 3 with his 55 from many ODI matches. Yasir Hameed would be well set if he comes later in the innings at no 5. At that time he can play as sensible he wants to and become an important backbone of Pakistans batting line up. The combination of Akmal and Afridi is simply perfect..they are fast between the wickets and Akmal is in reasonable hands of an experienced guiding senior player called Afridi. Afridi can hit from the one end while on the other end Akmal just keeps on getting the quick singles. But on one thing Afridi needs to get credit is that he has proven to be a great sportsman. While most commentators didn't realise why Afridi stopped and defended the last ball he faced it was for me pretty obvious that Afridi was doing it for Akmal. 2 runs were needed and Akmal was on 47 and needed at least 3 to get to his fifty. Afridi was backing him wonderfully and cheering him up and when he blocked the ball he laughed with Akmal about his defense..the rest was just too good to be real but it still was. Akmal got his fifty with a four and ran to Afridi. The peak was when Malik greeted Afridi coming back to the dressing room..simply a perfect ending! Inshallah we will see many more stunning innings of Afridi like that one today. It was in fact the 2nd big one this season after his 77 vs SA. Both were not outs and who knows how many he would have gotten from both these innings if he had played for another 10 overs or so. But this is the way Afridi should play now which is even more important now with Inzi gone. With brain and clear hitting ability.

    Wassalam Atif Waraich

  • Zaeemuddin Husain on May 18, 2007, 22:55 GMT

    I would like to extend my sincere complements to the entire Pakistani Cricket team, and the fans all over the world. This match was a delight. But I will be very careful in appreciating the new makeup of Captain and the Players. Remember they are the same players who let the Pakistan Cricket down not long ago with their problems created by themselves. Shahid Afridee played a wonderful innings to save Pakistan today after a long long time but he took advantage of the two chances the Sri Lankan team provided to him due to miss catches. Even though the Track was good, again the top order managed to peter out. We have to really work on the top order in order to provide strength to the middle order, which in turn provides support to the lower end. From my point of view one thing is for sure for this present Pakistani Team. When the pressure comes from the top authorities, everyone align itself and perform for his place in a do or die scenario. Amazing? Why don’t they make it a habit of playing good cricket like they use to play in the not long ago when every damn player would have provided his 200% to his Country.

  • Gugu on May 18, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    A good victory. I did not understand why did the captain not bowl a single over though?

    Dr. Abbasi, we all know you are a proven Afridi supporter but I hope his another fifty does not come after 50 more matches. I wish him all the best.

    To insult Inzi in the manner PEC is doing is 'syasi-jahalat.'

  • duthu on May 18, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    Well, I would say this innings again demonstrates the potential Afridi has, but he needs to be more consistent. One big plus for Pak is the return of Asif, this man is going to be one star. All the best to Pak. Batting is still shaky.

  • Omair Choudhry on May 18, 2007, 22:49 GMT

    Its a new start for the Pakistani's under the young leadership of Shoaib Malik and it was a great victory for the new era, it seemed like everbody TRIED to give their best and thats all you can ask. We need the team to give 100% effort and show character, and the wins will come. We should understand that we are not going to win all the time but if the effort is there the desire is there then as a Pakistani cricket fan thats what I want from the team. Lets hope we continue with this kind of fight, team spirit & effort.

  • Imran on May 18, 2007, 22:46 GMT

    Word!

  • Jalal on May 18, 2007, 22:45 GMT

    You need young blood; need to get rid of old school(too much baggage); especially Inzamam!!!

  • Kumail on May 18, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Cheers to that Kamran. I too hope, as all fans of our cricket team, that this bang of a start doesnt fizzle out soon. It is too early to speculate about furture performance of this yet a victory is always a reason to celebrate.

  • Khurram Dawood on May 18, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Feilding was better. Salman Butt has opner and Sami looks alot better.

    Malik should bring Sami when Siri L. were xxx/7 .

    I hope to see najaf and fawad . I tink they will be good for Pakistan. Asif and Najaf in attack

    Afridi CHA GIYA.

  • fawad on May 18, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    Even though it was Afridi who stole the show at the end, but to me it was Akmal whose innings made the difference to begin with. He was the one who brought the match back into Pakistan's hand by playing sensibly and quick. All other batsmen apart from Nazi have played drastically slow and were pathetic in getting out. The three run outs were just un-digestable. Full credit should be given to Akmal for making a well deserved half century at a crucial stage. and yess off course thank you Afiridi for showing what you are really made off.

  • Asad Akram on May 18, 2007, 22:42 GMT

    Hey, Kamran, the match was refreshing but come on, the scares of 2 embarssing world cups speak that we need a new bunch..Seriously, what do you say about a major overhaul of the team? or do you still think this patching up of the team is good enough..? Pakistan is drenched with talent ins't it, then i believe isn't a big talent search due...?

  • Amjad Khan on May 18, 2007, 22:41 GMT

    Well played Pakistan!!

    However, I'd be careful not to read too much into their victory today. The reason being simple - They rode on Afridi's temendous knock. As we all know, Shahid Afridi will win you a match, but the frequency is so far and few that I would not rely on him to perform another match winning act anytime soon again. I hope he proves me wrong and makes me eat my words, but he has flattered to deceive several times before.

    Anyways, let's not take away the great work done by the entire team. Their fielding was good, manufacturing a few run outs - on the flip side, their own running left a lot to be desired. As for Shoaib Malik, he needs to lead from the front and show what he is capable of. That means that he has to bowl more regularly (he didn't bowl today) and be positive when he bats (he seemed subdued while batting).

    So let's hope they continue their winning ways and bring some more well deserved joy to their fans, including of course me.

    - Amjad Khan, New York, USA

  • Rashid Khan on May 18, 2007, 22:41 GMT

    It was the team unity in Pakistan that came out victorious. Clearly it shows that all the boys were behind Malik and that really counts. This should give him a lot of confidence and could lead to further improvement. However, one word of caution - don't expect miracles from this team though. There will be losses on the way and instead of being too critical we should be supportive of the changes that come along.

  • Rizwan Nasar on May 18, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    Afradi has always been a team player and he brings positive energy to the field... I am not surprised at the way he played today. I hope our selectors keep are kept honest and keep playing players who have potential. Congratulation Shahid! Congratulation Shoaib! Congratulation Pakistan! We have no doubt if the Pakistani Team plays like a "team" they can beat any team on a given day! Keep the spirit...

  • kakar on May 18, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    v true i think its the perfect start pakistan eagarly need at the time of crisis not only in cricket field but also internaly.its the time of joy and happiness for the whole nation.cheerrrsss afridi for giving us something to cheerr.

  • Amad on May 18, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    Amen to that brother!

  • wasim on May 18, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    was impressed wiv kamran akmal, inshallah he keeps it up, we need him to perform, really does have amazing talent mashallah, and afridi what can u say? allahs blessed him..

  • anser azim on May 18, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    Six bullet shots!!!. Two fours and four sixes. Worth remembering!!. Good sunject for telling stories to grand-kids!!!

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on May 18, 2007, 22:33 GMT

    Awesome innings by Afridi... It might just be either of the signals he wanted to send everywhere...

    Probably he wants everybody to know that he's happy with how the latest setup of Pakist cricket is and he would support it through his mature performances.

    OR

    He wants people to stand up and take notice of his attacking genius and WHY he thinks he should lead the Men in Green on the field..

    tough to know whats going in his head .. more so in the mysterious world of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Jalal on May 18, 2007, 22:32 GMT

    You need young blood; need get rid of all the old school(too much baggage); especially when it is Inzamam

  • zayed on May 18, 2007, 22:32 GMT

    It was again one of the matches of Pak-Team that I will never forget! Everything went right for Pakistan, the just in return of Mohammed Asif, the outstanding knock of BOOM BOOM AFRIDI and not to forget the g r e a t captaincy of Shoaib Malik, the way how he used his bowlers! And nevertheless the good-inning of Imran Nazir who unfortunately fall to a missunderstanding!!! Thank to the cricket god that we WON after a long long time again but the series is still not over there is plenty work to do but I hope that it will have a great end!! (Guys the big boost is still to come when Shoaib Akhtar returns on the big stage Shoaib & Asif will ROCK!!)) We r ready now;-)))

    just pray for pak-team!

  • Sanjeev on May 18, 2007, 22:31 GMT

    Afridi was awsome. I wish he was in World Cup Squad...

  • Rohit Loomba on May 18, 2007, 22:28 GMT

    Flat wickets of Dubai are not going to test the real mettle of these cricketers. We Indians and Pakistanis like to overindulge ourselves in what Afridi and Dhoni produce on these tracks. But we should not forget that real test comes later, where our big hitters invariably fail.

  • Bader Khan on May 18, 2007, 22:25 GMT

    Pakistan's victory today in hind sight reminds us why the Ireland loss was soooo painful for the Pakistani fans. Good things is that it seems like the younger players 'HAVE' moved on and looking for a bright future again.

  • Waqar on May 18, 2007, 22:25 GMT

    I seem to be the first one to comment on this! :)

    No comments on how Shoaib's captaincy was? Osman Samiuddin said that it was definitely more agressive than Inzamam's (having Sami open the bowling). What do you say?

  • mansoor mahmood on May 18, 2007, 22:25 GMT

    hi i think afridi palyed a great part in batting even though he had a slog around the park it was great to watch.i also think pakistan bollers bolled well too.pakistan my be weakned younis and inzamam. thank you bye

  • zubair shah on May 18, 2007, 22:19 GMT

    after long time i have seen a good dynamic young blood with old experience players in real cricket game and i hope they gonna do the sa,me in up comming games work hard in the field section then you can beat any team of the world glad to see todays game

  • Bilal on May 18, 2007, 22:19 GMT

    I would caution against premature celebration. The bedrock of our bating lineup did not stand up, once again. Afridi is a spent force. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, as they say. Celebrate when the win is the result of our top order performing well. I am afraid until the team management remains the same there is no hope. Even in a useless match like this, they did not bring in a singl new player.

  • MKK on May 18, 2007, 22:15 GMT

    Are we getting our winning streak back when the "dictators" are gone?

  • Ashaq on May 18, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    Well we may not be the WORLD CHAMPIONS,we are still the most colourful and entertaining side in the world.

    Shoaib Malik did okay for his first match hopefully he will improve with experience.Afridi,Akmal and Nazir really set the house on fire,Lets see if the fire keeps burning.

    Only real disappointment for me was not getting to see Najaf Shah and Fawad Alam,there has been a lot of hype around them, like to know if there is any substance to it.

    Javed.A.Khan good to see your starting to pick up the lingo and learning to use expressions like "Bro" and "Get my drift".How ever I fear your attempts at gaining the 'street cred'have come a bit late to attract any attention.Besides for someone who is in their 50s,it is time for you to wile away the lonely evenings listening to Mehndi Hassan and forget this "chaskaay baazi".By the way the expression "get my drift" is no longer in use:-)

  • Muhammad Ajmal on May 18, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    A wonderful and admirable performance, and finally fans got some entertainment after chain of PCB fiascos. I hope the team spirit witnessed on field would last forever in their ranks. If it is the case, surely we would see many more such performances.

    And to Afridi; come on man, just become a little consistent, and we are the world beaters. You can single handedly tighten up screws of many team.....

  • waj on May 18, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    Yes this was a much needed win, Afridi played great and responded to all his critics, the only thing missing was the presence of FAWAD ALAM. After the season this guy had how do you not include him in a low key ODI series? All shoiab Malik and the selectors need to do is replace Razzaq with Alam and this team's playing eleven are perfect. I will be extremely dissapointed if Fawad Alam does not get a chance to play at least one ODI in this series.

  • Sameer A Malik, Michigan, USA on May 18, 2007, 20:59 GMT

    Many Thanks to Afridi, who saved the day for our new Captain, some of our batsmen were just playing for their own place in the side unaware of the target ahead, and believe me it almost slipped, but again thanks to Afridi who single handedly stole the show and brought lots of pride for Malik and glory in the waiting, and yes he has silenced all the critics who were thinking that senor players might under perform because a junior player is handed over the captaincy.

    well, i missed the live action as i am in the office, can't wait to go home and see the recording of match. Boom Boom Afridi.

  • Dump Yousuf Youhana on May 18, 2007, 20:53 GMT

    we need fresh faces in this team.. and i mean that literally. lets hope his career takes a nose dive from here on..

    we need true muslims in pakistan, youhana is a true joke, cant field, cant run, cant bowl.. lets hope he goes against shaun tait without a helmet and takes one on his face.

    good luck pakistan.. down with yousuf youhana

  • Zain Yousaf on May 18, 2007, 20:28 GMT

    Gr8 nok my Afridi! Boom Boom strykz agen! But az 4 da team they luk'd better 2day in da field, not perfect but better den da world cup campaign. Shoaib Malik did good in captainin in the field but as the captain he also has to perform gud with the bat wich may tayk sum tym. I hope the pakistan team puts the world cup bhynd them & jus lux 4ward. Wish them the best!

  • Yousuf on May 18, 2007, 20:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan team on good performance. This Pakistan team has a lot of potential and Inshallah if they keep playing like this Pakistan will again be one of the top three teams in the world.

  • khansahab on May 18, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    So the piece of rotten crap (PEC) has come out with its verdict. Big deal. We all knew what the problem was. As much as I detest the way Inzi behaved in the WC, it is not right to leave the blame with him solely. The PCB are as much as to blame. We have some educated and enlightened individuals in the PCB who are a stark contrast to Inzi in that respect. However they are ineffectual and incompetent in their decision making and administration too, just like Inzi. In any event Inzi is a dunce and I just don’t see how people can support him to keep playing Test cricket. Why is breaking Miandad’s record so important for him at a stage where his strategies played a huge part in the WC debacle?

    As far as today’s match is concerned, Afridi redeemed himself with a match-winning knock after he foolishly got Nazir our earlier. I have stated before Afridi is not a bright bunny; how many times have we seen runners getting batsmen out? When a batsman is running for someone he is usually extra cautious with his runs because he does not want to get his batsman out. Anyhow it is a good beginning for Malik but not such an inspiring beginning for the future of Pakistani cricket. First of all we went ahead with three specialist bowlers, one of whom is struggling (Mohammad Sami). This match only makes the case of removing Sami and Razzaq stronger; they both bowled at an economy of 5 and took only 1 wicket. Trust me this is the best bowling performance we can see from them. We again relied too much on Asif; Asif will not always be there to bowl his full quota of overs and concede 2.6 runs an over. I don’t understand why Fawad Alam was not played. He should have played instead of Butt, Nazir or Hameed.

    In fact I feel there are greater negatives than positives to pick from this match. Afridi will not play a knock like this for the next 10 innings he plays. It was a fluke Nazir didn’t edge the ball and made it into the 30s. Same goes for Butt.

    What really irks me however is that this is a dry and flat track where Pakistani openers are not as incompetent. The real test for Butt and Nazir is not how they play Sri Lanka (without their best two bowlers) on a flat track. The real test would be how they can play against Australia and South Africa in their respective countries. As far as Nazir goes he already failed that test earlier this year.

    As Wasim Bhai said, same faces will produce same results.

    Let us see whether we see some consistency from Nazir, Butt and Afridi in the remaining two matches.

  • Dr KM HUsain on May 18, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mustafa Moiz on May 18, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    Good captaincy by Shoaib Malik. It was good to see him open with Mohammad Sami. But I have an idea that could be further proved with today's performance. Why not make Shahid Afridi the vice captain? It would be the novel thing to do. Save Gul's economy, all the bowlers bowled well.

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  • Mustafa Moiz on May 18, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    Good captaincy by Shoaib Malik. It was good to see him open with Mohammad Sami. But I have an idea that could be further proved with today's performance. Why not make Shahid Afridi the vice captain? It would be the novel thing to do. Save Gul's economy, all the bowlers bowled well.

  • Dr KM HUsain on May 18, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • khansahab on May 18, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    So the piece of rotten crap (PEC) has come out with its verdict. Big deal. We all knew what the problem was. As much as I detest the way Inzi behaved in the WC, it is not right to leave the blame with him solely. The PCB are as much as to blame. We have some educated and enlightened individuals in the PCB who are a stark contrast to Inzi in that respect. However they are ineffectual and incompetent in their decision making and administration too, just like Inzi. In any event Inzi is a dunce and I just don’t see how people can support him to keep playing Test cricket. Why is breaking Miandad’s record so important for him at a stage where his strategies played a huge part in the WC debacle?

    As far as today’s match is concerned, Afridi redeemed himself with a match-winning knock after he foolishly got Nazir our earlier. I have stated before Afridi is not a bright bunny; how many times have we seen runners getting batsmen out? When a batsman is running for someone he is usually extra cautious with his runs because he does not want to get his batsman out. Anyhow it is a good beginning for Malik but not such an inspiring beginning for the future of Pakistani cricket. First of all we went ahead with three specialist bowlers, one of whom is struggling (Mohammad Sami). This match only makes the case of removing Sami and Razzaq stronger; they both bowled at an economy of 5 and took only 1 wicket. Trust me this is the best bowling performance we can see from them. We again relied too much on Asif; Asif will not always be there to bowl his full quota of overs and concede 2.6 runs an over. I don’t understand why Fawad Alam was not played. He should have played instead of Butt, Nazir or Hameed.

    In fact I feel there are greater negatives than positives to pick from this match. Afridi will not play a knock like this for the next 10 innings he plays. It was a fluke Nazir didn’t edge the ball and made it into the 30s. Same goes for Butt.

    What really irks me however is that this is a dry and flat track where Pakistani openers are not as incompetent. The real test for Butt and Nazir is not how they play Sri Lanka (without their best two bowlers) on a flat track. The real test would be how they can play against Australia and South Africa in their respective countries. As far as Nazir goes he already failed that test earlier this year.

    As Wasim Bhai said, same faces will produce same results.

    Let us see whether we see some consistency from Nazir, Butt and Afridi in the remaining two matches.

  • Yousuf on May 18, 2007, 20:28 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan team on good performance. This Pakistan team has a lot of potential and Inshallah if they keep playing like this Pakistan will again be one of the top three teams in the world.

  • Zain Yousaf on May 18, 2007, 20:28 GMT

    Gr8 nok my Afridi! Boom Boom strykz agen! But az 4 da team they luk'd better 2day in da field, not perfect but better den da world cup campaign. Shoaib Malik did good in captainin in the field but as the captain he also has to perform gud with the bat wich may tayk sum tym. I hope the pakistan team puts the world cup bhynd them & jus lux 4ward. Wish them the best!

  • Dump Yousuf Youhana on May 18, 2007, 20:53 GMT

    we need fresh faces in this team.. and i mean that literally. lets hope his career takes a nose dive from here on..

    we need true muslims in pakistan, youhana is a true joke, cant field, cant run, cant bowl.. lets hope he goes against shaun tait without a helmet and takes one on his face.

    good luck pakistan.. down with yousuf youhana

  • Sameer A Malik, Michigan, USA on May 18, 2007, 20:59 GMT

    Many Thanks to Afridi, who saved the day for our new Captain, some of our batsmen were just playing for their own place in the side unaware of the target ahead, and believe me it almost slipped, but again thanks to Afridi who single handedly stole the show and brought lots of pride for Malik and glory in the waiting, and yes he has silenced all the critics who were thinking that senor players might under perform because a junior player is handed over the captaincy.

    well, i missed the live action as i am in the office, can't wait to go home and see the recording of match. Boom Boom Afridi.

  • waj on May 18, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    Yes this was a much needed win, Afridi played great and responded to all his critics, the only thing missing was the presence of FAWAD ALAM. After the season this guy had how do you not include him in a low key ODI series? All shoiab Malik and the selectors need to do is replace Razzaq with Alam and this team's playing eleven are perfect. I will be extremely dissapointed if Fawad Alam does not get a chance to play at least one ODI in this series.

  • Muhammad Ajmal on May 18, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    A wonderful and admirable performance, and finally fans got some entertainment after chain of PCB fiascos. I hope the team spirit witnessed on field would last forever in their ranks. If it is the case, surely we would see many more such performances.

    And to Afridi; come on man, just become a little consistent, and we are the world beaters. You can single handedly tighten up screws of many team.....

  • Ashaq on May 18, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    Well we may not be the WORLD CHAMPIONS,we are still the most colourful and entertaining side in the world.

    Shoaib Malik did okay for his first match hopefully he will improve with experience.Afridi,Akmal and Nazir really set the house on fire,Lets see if the fire keeps burning.

    Only real disappointment for me was not getting to see Najaf Shah and Fawad Alam,there has been a lot of hype around them, like to know if there is any substance to it.

    Javed.A.Khan good to see your starting to pick up the lingo and learning to use expressions like "Bro" and "Get my drift".How ever I fear your attempts at gaining the 'street cred'have come a bit late to attract any attention.Besides for someone who is in their 50s,it is time for you to wile away the lonely evenings listening to Mehndi Hassan and forget this "chaskaay baazi".By the way the expression "get my drift" is no longer in use:-)