New age May 22, 2007

A better beginning than expected


A clean sweep of this series would have been an unimaginable result--and so it turned out. Sri Lanka are a formidable one-day team even without their premier bowler. This series was a trip too far but today they roused themselves to give Tom Moody a happy send off.

Pakistan made mistakes. Malik made mistakes. There is much work to be done to polish the skills of this young team. But nobody should have expected a perfect performance so early. Each new formation requires some time to settle. New responsibilities bring new roles, and new roles take a little getting used to. If these players are to challenge the world's best they will have to advance their skills quickly.

But there was enough spirit and verve on display over this series as a whole to conclude that Shoaib Malik's captaincy has begun successfully, better than might have been expected. He was probably helped by the absence of Younis Khan and Shoaib Akhtar, which allowed him to rule outside the glare of captains-in-the-wings. Pakistan must build from this pleasant beginning and hold the thought that they defeated the World Cup finalists. The new age already offers much to fascinate.

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

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  • fanedlive on May 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material

  • fanedlive on May 28, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    I just wanted to mention the incompetence of our selection committee once again, which continues to amaze us. We get the point of having a young captain for the future but what is the purpose of having a young vice captain? Vice captain is normally an understudy of a senior captain but here even our Captain has no experience yet. Once Shoaib Malik has a few years experience on his resume, then it makes sense to appoint his understudy, a young deputy. At this time it looks like a joke to me and all the people I have discussed cricket with in the recent past. Mohammad Asif is a promising "medium fast" bowler with only 9 Test matches to back his credentials or no credentials. He had an utter disregard of discipline and respect to opposing team's captain. Mahela is a very respected captain and player around the world, a childish act by our vice captain should, in no shape or form be forgiven or forgotten. He should immediately be demoted to a player's rank and a senior player should be appointed a vice captain to Shoaib Malik. This is in all benefit to Shoaib Malik who is to be groomed as a Captain of our National Cricket Team with the help of seniors. Shoaib Malik can use a wise man's advice who can also act as a mature responsible adult and a player who knows to respect. Asif should have been sacked as a vice captain, mere warning sends a wrong message to our youngsters and our image goes down the drain in rest of the world. The selection committee never fails to amaze us, just as they have picked Mohammad Asif as a vice captain while several seniors who could help build Shoaib Malik as a future long-term captain are brushed aside with no say in the game. The other amazing thing which could have been prevented, should there be a senior in the decision making process is that five players were rested in the last ODI at Abu Dhabi in the last match. If you want to build a strong young side then the youngsters need to play in the presence of Seniors who can guide them as they grow. There are two points I would like to make here, first of all Mohammad Asif may be a vice captain but he is not a senior player. There is no way he could have tipped Najaf Shah to bowl better in this match, Umar Gul has better credentials and more seniority than Asif. Secondly, Abdul Razzaq has come into the side after such a long absence and he has not yet justified his selection in the side, why was he rested? Our cricket will never improve as long as we have officials who are incompetent in decision making, incompetent in making statements and to justify their ranks they demonstrate a show-off "authority" which is good for nothing. What happened to the players of the past who are proud sons of Pakistan cricket, because of whom Pakistan is know to be a Giant in cricket, who have done a great service to Pakistan, what happened to those players? Why do we forget about them and their services? Why can't they be brought back to serve Pakistan once again in a more dignifying manner than our current officials and selectors. PCB should consider bringing such ex-cricketers to ranks who were pride of Pakistan and the world knows them and respects them. They can still be assets of Pakistan, they might have retired from cricket but cricket has not retired from the blood of Pakistanis. Please bring them back to enhance the image of Pakistan. Lastly, I would like to say that Pakistan should pay special attention to it's players attitudes and mannerism. Actions speak louder than words, there should be stiff fines associated with fowl actions or reactions. Pakistan was known for it's players sportsmanship, players like Majid Khan, Late Wasim Hasan Raja, Mudassr Nazar, Javed Miandad and so many more. They never waited for an umpire to raise the finger, they always went half way to the dressing room before finger was raised. I just hope that our youngsters learn good things from our super stars of the past and enhance image of our great nation in the world of cricket.

  • fanedlive on May 28, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    In response to Irfan's post "May 25, 2007 3:20 PM," I had expressed my views and restricted it strictly on the subject of cricket but, for some it was just another post and no one really cares about who writes what on cricket, 'coz most people are interested in expressing their own views. But, when you spice it up with a few buzz words or create a few controversies or stir up the debate by opposing their views, then suddenly some people wake up. And, there is one guy on this blog when he is ignored he keeps rambling and digs out all my posts only to show that he has ALL the time in the world not only to read them but to collect, savour and cherish them. Its another matter that he is extremely impressed by me and by my writing skills to the extent of adoring me, just like the bibi who worships me and now gone into etekaaf i.e., in my remembrance. Sometimes, like an Atheist he doubts whether I exist? And sometimes he questions in disbelief like, he talks in his slumber and wonders if it is really me who is also the avatar of this blog? Well, I won't deny it and, I would rather let the ignorant be more intrigued and enjoy the mystery and pulling him out of his misery would be like depriving him from the pleasures of his bland, boring and insipid "loife".

    The funny part is like a typical pay&do when he alone cannot do anything, he tries to gather some support by dropping the names of those people (who may have disliked me or Kamran Abbassi or my views and his views for whatever reasons and who cares, as I am not here to win a popularity contest!) hoping they will join him in his trivial antics which obviously is a cheap desi ploy to show his clout in desi isshtyle. Otherwise, for sure he knows that no words of his own would suffice to convey his own grief. Poor soul needs hired mourners to mourn his own demise.

    I am sure khansahab must be grinning from ear to ear like a bushel basketful of possum heads, 'coz he asked the Punjaban to dance and suddenly we see this Bhangra from this Ashaq-e- na-muraad. Btw, khansahab you have corrected and spelled the obvious to someone and yet our pain-in-do pra made the same mistake, he didn't bother to open his eyes and see how it is spelled. And thats what makes him the one and only. And do you know why there is so much emphasis on dance or naach in this culture? You've mentioned the famous one in your post, and here is another one called, "nach lay, nach lay, kuriye nach lay! The booing, jeering and pestering to dance, gets the kuri hyped up and she starts dancing on the beat with a vengeance and a promise to dance all night (mai nachaan saari raat.... mai nachaan saari raat.) Here is something very apt, which I would like to add to complete the verse of that song:

    "Tundi-e-baad-e-mukhalif say na ghabra aye uqaab meno kotha kali kara de...mein nachaan saari raat." LOL.

  • fanedlive on May 28, 2007, 0:04 GMT

    I like to read most of the posts on Pakspin threads because I am a Pakistani cricket fan... however; in my endeavour to still be awake when I am done reading a thread, I tend to dislike the long winded posts that seem like to cover the entire cricket history peppered by some childish humour all rolled into one. Keep it interesting and to the point else open your own boring blog.

    I am sorry Javed, I did not realize you were being funny in your "Waqar Younis accent" post. I, like most people, enjoy humour only when it actually is humorous. Here is a clue, If it does not make you laugh when you tell it in front of a mirror then it's not worth mentioning in the public and oh... here comes the liberal usage of the word "paindoo" on even a faintest smell of the word "Punjabi". It's been a known fact that the word "paindoo" is mostly used by those "non paindoos" who are generally constipated by the false sense of being more educated/travelled etc etc then the rest of the people in Pakistan... specially Punjabis. These same "non paindoos" will trip all over each other to sing a badly written/performed/accented song in Punjabi as well as hilarious over usage of the "poorly accented" English language mixed in with some Urdu to make it neither Urdu nor English... but other then that... it's just those "paindoos" who are so "backward" from us "non paindoos". hehehehehehe

    I don't oppose someone from learning and using correct language... any language. I just like to periodically give some medication to the "non paindoos" of the Pakistan whenever they suffer from this constipation attack.

    I am not from "La'hore" but funny you mentioned "diamond market" out of the blue in your post. Did you actually have a point or were you just being a "non paindoo". hehehehehe.

    khansahab... your come back is hilarious. Please add some more words to your vocabulary so that the total count goes beyond 10 ... then try again :)

    Enough said. Back to everything about Pakistani cricket.

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 22:58 GMT


    I hope the following eradicates the doubt. I have copied it from an online database:

    "Statesmanship" is often used as a term of praise for someone in a position of power who deliberately avoids a short term political gain for them or their own party, choosing instead to take an alternative course of action for the benefit of their nation as a whole. For example if the leader of a government passed a very unpopular law which cost their party the next election but was later widely acknowledged to be the correct course of action for the country, this would eventually be seen as an act of great statesmanship, and such a leader could be described as "statesmanlike".

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 22:31 GMT


    Some of us are too busy pursuing intellectual objectives that we do not have the time to write books or participate in tournaments so that our talents would get publicly noticed. That is your answer to how many books I have written or what my cricketing achievements are.

    Despite your fluent English I detect a fundamental lack of worldly awareness and intellect. I am astounded you believe age is a factor to one’s relative achievements or underachievements whereas the developed world has woken up from that myth.

    As regards your assertion that I perhaps read Manchester Evening News, my astonishment at you not knowing the difference between the common contextual uses of the analogies of “statesman” and “politician”, compel me to assert that perhaps you should really stick your page out of Page 3 of The Sun and observe the wonderful world around you so that some of us do not pity your deplorable state any further.

    Contrary to your biased belief I am one of the more compromising and respectful posters on this blog. I do not perceive apologising to people or compromising as a weakness of my character, but its strength. I do get cocky and “defensive” when certain pinheads don’t know what they’re talking about, though :)

    I trust you will have found this post as entertaining and “amusing” as my previous ones? :)

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 22:20 GMT


    Brilliant satirical analysis on JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA. You must have set him up now. Wait for a long riposte on it. I bet he is working on it.

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 21:57 GMT


    I totally agree with your addition of Nassir Hussein in the list of good commentators. It must have slipped my mind. Not only is he unbiased, he also has a very good analytical mind and an ability to put thoughts into words. What a shame cannabis king is really going to be made into king….knighted :- I also vividly remember the failed court case which was instigated after Imran’s comments on someone being from downstairs, taking a phrase from a classical drama “upstairs downstairs”. If my memory serves me correct, wasn’t that the time also when Wasim and Waqar turned around the Oval test by winning with their lethal reverse swing that every English journalist and commentator started calling them cheats including Botham which resulted in Imran making the above mentioned remarks. What I do remember vividly though was the one English commentator who went against the tide and that was Boycott. His comments on two W’s were: even if you put an orange in these two guys’ hands to bowl at you they would still take a wicket.

    Rauf / Jamjar This blog becomes alive with people like JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA, khansahab, WASIM SAQIB and Ashaq type. I bet every one reads them which can’t be said for some of the other bloggers. Light hearted mimicking of Waqar with phrase like “A room” or someone being called a “Paindoo” (in the context this doesn’t necessarily mean a villager), or Inzamam being described as “Puppoo faced” (spot on :-) no doubt livens up debate a little. They keep saying that such comments are made in a light hearted way then who are we to argue otherwise.

    A 20 years old khansahab, if true, seems to have a good head on his shoulders with his ability of not only writing well but also with his understanding of the game of cricket. Correction of someone’s spelling in a blog is unnecessary though but lighten up guys…don’t take it seriously.

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    Khansahab my brother,I am not bothered about being regarded as an "intellectual lightweight" or heavywieght. I'm an 'unrefined', 'unsophisticated' product of the innercity environment, and I am proud of it.I have no desire to be seen as a great intellectual I have achieved tremendous success in my business life as it is.

    As for 'Respect'I learned something very valuable many years ago. As a 13year old I was due to take part in my very first Amateur Boxing contest. The night before the tournament I was so excited I could hardly sleep. The following day I arrived at the Leisure Centre were all my friends and family had turned out in force to watch me.Just before My bout I got cold feet,a massive case of stage fright, the thought of losing and being humiliated in front of my friends and family scared the life out of me,I did'nt want to take part.The coach from my gym came up to me and said he wasnt gonna let me quit on myself he said"I know your scared to go out there and lose more importantly lose the respect of your friends and family, I am not going to let you quit cos if you dont go into that ring your gonna lose something more valuable which is Self respect if you lose that you got nothing.If you quit now you'll always be a quitter.A real loser is someone who never even trys,just go out there give your best shot win or lose I'll be proud of you." So I went in to the ring the other kid was also having his first contest and just as scared as I was,I ended up winning.Went home with my friends and family being none the wiser as to what had transpired.

    The point my Brother is only thing that counts is self respect.As for you my Brother my sincere advice is and please dont take it the wrong way is to let the real KhanSahab standup and be counted for I feel we have yet to see the best of him..You dont need to emulate the mannerisms or terminology of Javed.A.Khan. Just be yourself bro, and if people dont like it so what.Why get hung up on how your perceived by others.

    Whether you call me "Bhai" or "Pindu" I dont care either way.Although I think the term Pindu is highly inaccurate in these times.The story of the naive villager,going to the big city,with great expectations and dreams of riches,but returning home penniless and with a broken spirit,Is in these times outdated.

    There are no naive villagers nowadays.What you have Now is the era of the 'PARDESI PINDU'.The dumb and naive foreigner returning to Pakistan for the very first time,with a very romanticised view of his spiritual and ancestral homeland getting totally played by the locals. However I will save the story concerning my "PARDESI PINDU" adventure for another day.

  • fanedlive on May 27, 2007, 17:12 GMT


    I have been impressed with your observations regarding Javed Bhai. Two people I respect on this blog, despite having my occasional differences with them, are Javed and Wasim Bhai. That is why I have started calling them "Bhai" which is purely a sign of respect, for me.

    I initially thought of you as an intellectual lightweight. But now my respect has grown for you. I will start calling you "Ashaq Bhai" if you don't mind.

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