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

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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  • testli5504537 on November 14, 2008, 15:58 GMT

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


  • testli5504537 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

  • testli5504537 on June 19, 2007, 6:35 GMT


  • testli5504537 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

  • testli5504537 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).

  • testli5504537 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?

  • testli5504537 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.

  • testli5504537 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!

  • testli5504537 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....

  • testli5504537 on May 20, 2007, 19:00 GMT

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

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