New age August 7, 2007

Twenty20 selection: Reasons unknown?

The best cricketers can perform in any version of the game and Yousuf is a top international batsman

I'll keep this short because I'm fed up of Pakistan's cricket administrators spreading dejection instead of hope.

1 Only last year Mohammad Yousuf broke a record belonging to Viv Richards. Now Yousuf is no Richards but he is the closest this Pakistan team will get. The best cricketers can perform in any version of the game and Yousuf is a top international batsman. His batting powers more than compensate for any fielding shortcomings. I'm baffled, he's shocked, and the selectors already sound confused.

2 Yousuf's replacement is Misbah-ul Haq, a player who often promises much in domestic cricket but fails to look the part on the international arena. As my colleague, Osman Samiuddin suggested, if a new batsman was required it should have been a new hope not an old has-been.

3 I've already said my piece about Abdul Razzaq. He has been a player in decline as a bowler and fielder but his batting has mostly held up until recent months. He can be a hurricane in limited overs cricket but the selectors have condemned this twister to the touchline.

This new era promised merit and transparency. Instead the selectors have become the killers of careers, unfortunately for reasons unknown.

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

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  • testli5504537 on August 28, 2007, 5:59 GMT

    To Ponting the King of Cricket:Your comments,sounding much like your players' are only partly true. There is too much media coverage on these events since cricket is the main sport in these countries.However,it is the lack of Faciltites,domestic structure,reward system that is the problem rather than talent.Australia has an excellent balance of both,and that is why they have excelled.Just look at WI,they also won 2 world cups in a a row.What has changed since the 70s?Lack of fudning as these former colonies started self governance. So do question our grooming,but dont question talent.Waqar and Wasim were exceptionally good bowlers.Saqlain Mushtaq revolutionised Off Spin(his absence from national team is the kind of stpidity this article is talking abt).

  • testli5504537 on August 25, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    Neither Abdul Razzaq nor Mohammad Yousuf should have ever been dropped. Both of Pakistan's best players. Abdul Razzaq, his excellent bowling outweighing even his batting, has always had a great record and in Twenty20 he has bowled very well and batted well, too. One hopes that he will soon come out of his retirement. Your previous article was rubbish, he's and excellent bowler.

  • testli5504537 on August 23, 2007, 2:34 GMT

    PCB acts like a monopoly group who can strangle and strongarm players into feeling guilty about playing anywhere but Pakistan. What right does this group have over individual player careers? Each sport in USA has a Players Union i.e. baseball,football, soccer, basketball. The purpose of the union to make sure the rights of players aren't infringed. The Pakistani players should band together, hire some lawyers set up a PCPU (Pakistan Cricket Players Union). I would volunteer my legal services pro bono :) No seriously, I would.

    Seems to me, banning a player for life simply b/c he chooses to play in India is absurd. Players lik Inzi, Razzak, Yousef have the right to make a good living. If that means they are denied a spot on the national roster for whatever reason, then, they are free to look elsewhere including Europe, India,etc.. The only issue appears to be twofold. ICL is a non-sanctioned league and it's an Indian league. First, if Indians have embraced Pakistani talent to come to 'barat' and play, I say more power to the ICL and players.

    Secondly, ICL will be successful. The men behind the league are not small-timers by any means. They have money,clout and world class former cricketers. In my mind, it's an offshoot league with creditability and capital. It's a preceived threat to BCCI, naturally, but in this day of capitalism, competition is good and required. Indians and rest of cricket world should embrace the new league.

  • testli5504537 on August 22, 2007, 23:42 GMT

    Can you please pass on my thoughts to Muhammad Yousuf. All of us are deeply hurt by the selectors after he was not selected for Twenty20 Worldcup. But whats more depressing are the news that he may have signed up with ICL & might not be able to play for Pakistan again. Yousuf, we need you, Pakistan needs you & there is no one who can come in between you & Pakistan. We request you to decline the offer from ICL in the best interest of your country, which has given you so much. Selectors are not what you are playing for, You are playing for the pride, the passion, the energy, the motivation, the country, its people & most of all for your honesty & IIMAAN....Please don't go to ICL....its from every Pakistani who like to see you in Pakistani colors only

  • testli5504537 on August 22, 2007, 8:03 GMT

    Well Razzak's inclusion in the team has been a mistake for quite sometime. At no stage in his short career did he qualify to play in the tests-yet he did and failed. This has led to a decline in public opinion and selectors confidence in him in limited over cricket as well. Additionally, he is one of the lousiest fielder in an otherwise lousy fielding side. Perhaps this aspect was also a deciding factor in the elimination of Mohammad Yusaf... However, the manner this all has been achieved speaks of the poor administration and overall thinking of PCB! Yousaf could have been requested to pull out himself like the senior Indian players as this form of cricket is extremely intense and requires a very high level of fitness, and also, it wears you down. It is best to preserve Yousaf for tests and selective 50 over matches only. The PCB treats the players as if they own them. I keep hearing people calling on the players to only play for their country etc., but consider one thing; if the players get a feeling that they are playing for the board rather then the people of the country then they cant be blamed for taking the ICL offer. And, if ICL's impact on the cricket world results in returning cricket boards such as PCB and also ICC into humility, then I am all for it!

  • testli5504537 on August 22, 2007, 7:20 GMT

    hi, much has happened over the previous two weeks, please can we have some more words from abbasi on this blog, some words of wisdom and some more insight. what is your say on the lads joining the ICL. are they fakers? are they black mailing the cricket board sincce it has been in a bother over the last 6 months and taking it for granted?

  • testli5504537 on August 22, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Have we discovered any world class all rounder very recently in Pakistan?? answer is no. Than why PCB has discouraged Razzaq so muhc that he had to resign. He is still the best all rounder available in Pakistan. If Razzaq, Yousaf and Inzimam will actually join ICL and PCB will ban them for life than this will be a great tragedy for Pakistan. These arrogant PCB officials should contact these players to encourage them and give them security abt their careers with Pakistan team.

  • testli5504537 on August 21, 2007, 17:32 GMT

    Very good Razzak is out from Pakistan cricket circle. In his last 15 matches his average was 15.1. He always became sick against strong team or before big events. He was a trouble maker.

    Congratulation to Inzi, Yousuf, Imran & Razzak for joining Indian league for some money.

    I hope you guys will spend ur money ($$$) in Pakistan.

    This will open the doors for young players. Deserving players like Asim Kamal, Yasir Hamid, Kahlid Latif and Faisal Iqbal could be a permanent member of the team after long time.

    At last $$$ broke players group mafia.

    For them $$$ is important than patriotism.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • testli5504537 on August 21, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    The PCB selection panel and most of the people in PCB including its Cheif, COO, have never played cricket or are below average low level cricketers with no know how of modern day cricket and its punishing pressure on today's cricketers. It will be wise to make sure that we keep noursihing the players and their needs by using some form of Pshychlogical training embedded in phsyical training of the cricketers. It was nevr done and that is how record breaking cricketers like Inzi and Yousuf are labled as " Not fit for this or that kind of cricket". A good player is a good player and can adapt to any form of cricket. Have we not seen the need of rapid scroing in test cricket and have we not seen Inzi doing it many times. It is just a label that you give to these players and offcourse some of them somehow also start feeling the same and some loose their ability to play as such. It is the job of the PCB to make sure they seek out talent from their experienced assets and make them perform.

  • testli5504537 on August 21, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    So Mohd Yusuf joined ICL. Rumour has it that Afridi,Asif may be considering an ICL offer,which is very temptin financially. PCB says it will impose life bans on anyone joining ICL. But in true pakistani tradition of not keeping their word, PCB will take back the the players in the team after they have played ICL becasue else one can imagine what the already pathetic state of cricket in Pakistan is likely to go down all over.

    Watch the PCB twist and turn their own words and take these players back in the their team.

    A deja vu of the drama involving Asif/Akthar where , The PCB said one thind, did somethnig else and finally resulted in somethnig else.

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