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
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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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  • Haroon Syed 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).

  • Mustafa Moiz 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.

  • Amer 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.

  • M. Imran Ansari from Perth, Australia 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

  • Faisal 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!

  • rupert 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?

  • Junaid 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.

  • Saima Khan 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

  • Azfar 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.

  • Rajesh 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.

  • Haroon Syed 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).

  • Mustafa Moiz 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.

  • Amer 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.

  • M. Imran Ansari from Perth, Australia 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

  • Faisal 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!

  • rupert 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?

  • Junaid 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.

  • Saima Khan 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

  • Azfar 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.

  • Rajesh 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.

  • WASIM SAQIB on August 21, 2007, 4:54 GMT

    This is going to be a really testing time for PCB's management, all of their plans regarding rebuilding and curtailing players power has received a serious blow because all the senior players who were on PCB's hit list have found a new life because of the ICL, although PCB wanted to phase out these players gradually and during the transition PCB wanted to strike fear among the new players by adopting strict disciplinary measures against some of the senior players but it seems that now it will not be possible as some of them have already signed a deal with ICL and some are contemplating joining right now this has put PCB on the defensive which is evident from the fact that PCB suspended the fine of Shoaib Akhtar and is trying to convince Mohammad Yousaf not to join ICL which is quite in contrast with the earlier statements of the PCB officials.

    If ICL succeeds to survive then in future PCB will not have any strong hold over players as they will always threaten to join ICL. The current situation means that the remaining rogue players will become more bold, and this is the time PCB management can stick to its guns and issue a warning that those who want to come back within in a certain deadline will be welcome otherwise they will be banned for life there should be no bluff, we cannot risk the future of Pakistan cricket just for the sake of Mohammed Yousaf.

    Secondly PCB might have to revise the contracts of the players and include more strict clauses in it so that it should become more difficult for the players to join the ICL in the future. In my opinion ICL will not survive in the long run as it is a huge threat to Indian cricket board and their whole domestic cricket structure so if PCB can weather this storm for one year without giving up any thing it will save Pakistan cricket in the long run. Only a strict action against all those who have joined ICL will prevent others from doing that otherwise everybody will be joining the ICL.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 21, 2007, 3:11 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbassi started this thread on a pessimistic note and right from the word go he said: I'll keep this short because I'm fed up of Pakistan's cricket administrators spreading dejection instead of hope. He seems to be totally disinterested, disenchanted and cheesed off and it is quite obvious from the way this blog is not being updated regularly or even a new topic coming up, which is very much due now!

    Omer Admani, I agree with you that the trend of the PCB and Pakistani nation in general is not to give their heroes a graceful farewell or shower them with petals upon their retirements or, remember their achievements and contributions and praise them, instead they are insulted, ridiculed and sent off in disgrace. Your suggestion about Razzaq is a valid one, but Mr. Abbassi has just written a piece on Abdul Razzaq titled, "Ruin of the Razzler." So, what more can one do?

    Today's news that: "Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam head ICL list" is very confusing, because neither of the two have confirmed or denied it. On one hand there is a news that Yousuf is going to attend the twenty20 camp when the new coach arrives tomorrow and, the other news is Inzamam is in England to fill up the gap created by Younis Khan in the county and reportedly he has taken up this offer only to prove to the PCB selectors that he is fully fit for the test matches.

    The recent news in DAWN dated August 18th that Asif has been offered Rs.100 million (for three years) by the ICL and today on BBC and cricinfo the news is, the other players like, Inzamam and Yousuf etc. have been offered Rs.30 lakhs each per year! This doesn't make any sense to me. Because, there is a big disparity in the amount offered to them and Asif. Rupees thirty lakhs is only 3 million or $72,600. The other thing that is not clear is, how on earth this ICL thingi midget would be attracting viewers or spectators? Especially since the ICL team cannot play against the regular players of any of these countries, they would probably be playing against the Indian players who have just joined the ICL from India's domestic circuit and among the 44 names appeared in the list, the only name that I have heard before is of Dinesh Mongia. And he has not been able to regain a spot in the Indian team because he is a mediocre player. So, what kinda competition that would be?

    So, these superstars like, Inzi, Lara, Yousuf, Razzaq, McGrath, Shane Warne et al shall be playing against the young, inexperienced, unknown zonal players who have not been able to get a place in the Indian team, they will play against these legends? What kinda thrill, excitement or fun that would be for people? People don't mind watching young, new, inexperienced and unknown players when they are representing their own country. But, this is not for the country, it won't be like a India vs. Pakistan match nor a England vs. Australia match or South Africa vs. West Indies, its just League matches, may be the players are motivated because of the financial booty that is in front of them. BUT, what about the crowd, the spectators? Who will they be supporting? If someone is going to say that they would only like to see good cricket and c'est ca, I would say it is BS. I think it would be better if they play cricket on XBOX where they can name and choose their own team and play as long as they wish.

    I don't remember whether Kerry Packer's move was an all time success or was it just an instant hit but it just couldn't last for long. But, then the ODI games came into existence and people say he is the creator of ODI cricket? Or, whether ODI games were invented or originated in the British Counties? Someone else can enlighten me on this (please). But, what is the future of the ICL? Is there anything good or positive that is going to come out from here or is it going to break homes? I mean getting the retired players is OK but, attracting those who are on the brink of retirement (inzi) or forcing premature retirements (Yousuf, Razzaq), or luring the young ones (like Mohammad Asif with huge sums) would be any good for cricket? There are so many questions that come to my mind and I don't find any answers yet. But, one thing that is becoming more obvious to me is, the future of Pakistan cricket team is very bleak, despite the fact there is no dearth of talent but the way the PCB is handling this whole issue is "disgustipatingly" pathetic and they would be losing their talent, rather wasting it down the drains in the slums and, thats a shame!

  • Miten on August 20, 2007, 20:37 GMT

    I saw Misbah in a friendly game that was held in Toronto couple of months ago. The game was India vs Pakistan and it consisted of players from the near and distant past. I distinctly remember that Misbah scored like 5 runs in this game against some slow medium pace bowling and I remember that he was bowled by a completely mediocre delivery. Some may argue that it was a friendly but we al know that India vs Pakistan is always played competitively. His body language while batting, attitude on the field was pitiful. To hear that 33 year-old Misbah who has a forgettable record against top bowling is replacing M.Yousuf is mind blowingly silly. This man has practically no experience in the international arena, has done nothing impressive in the past is replacing one of the Pakistans best? What is going on folks? Has common sense also left this world along with dear bob?

  • Asif Sarfraz on August 20, 2007, 19:43 GMT

    Ive just heard that Abdul Razzaq has retired from Pakistan cricket team.

    You don't know how angry I am feeling with the Pakistan Cricket Board I went onto the website, but they had no way of contacting them so I can vent my anger with them.

    Why is it before two major tournament that we have had controversy.

    All the people in Pakistan look up to cricket no matter what crises is going on in their lives.

    And our cricket board does not respect our people.

    Very angry Asif.

  • Abbas on August 20, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    I am so glad Inzi, Razzak,Farhat,Yousef joined the ICL. Pakistan Cricket is all about corruption and greed. Like it not, cricket is a business then sport. Individual players need to look out what's best for them, no one else. This includes a country's alligence. PK players stand to make double or triple the salaries playing in India, and I applaud that. We live in a free enterprise world where supply and demand are rewarded. If these players aren't paid accordingly in their home countries and rejected on tours, then, they need to seek other avenues, and ICL is the perfect league.

    To upset PK fans, I say this. Patriotism is a great thing and support PK, but you need to understand simply economics. Players need to maximum their earning potential in a short span of their careers before calling it quits. If there is an opportunity to earn huge figures, why are fans so upset?

  • Rash on August 20, 2007, 10:33 GMT

    Well its a good news that Abdul Razzaq has quit the international cricket. In my opinion he was no more usuful for the future tournments in both forms of game. Well PCB has got rid of a burden after his retirement. Now youngster can get a chance to expose their talents, these so called seniors can not last long for as razzak was expecting, PCB should not polish him to change his decision for his arragance, how can a player like razzak can expect automatic choice even without performance. If he played for 10 or more years he is already been paid for that, well its good that PCB kicked him out one way or another. Regarding Yousuf he is good for test and ODI but no more suitable for 20/20 format so its a wise decision to keep him out.

  • Asad Rashid on August 20, 2007, 8:52 GMT

    There is no question in my mind that Yousuf can adapt to 20/20. His stroke play when he goes after the bowling is nothing short of devastating. For a player of his stature the decision to rest should be his own. As for Razzak perhaps the only form of the game where he is still viable for selection is 20/20. Now he has retired in protest. The rot stems from the top. This chariman being accountable to no one will wreak more havoc in the days to come.( maybe they will name a hurricane after him) He is so clearly unsuited to the job it is beyond comprehension.

  • Omer Admani on August 20, 2007, 8:26 GMT

    'Razzaq Quits International Cricket'. Can't help but feel sorry for him, I thought the 20/20 world cup was his stage. I have always felt that when it comes to hitting, Razzaq was better than Afridi. Afridi hits too blindly, Razzaq had his strengths in his mind, and though premeditated in thought, he knew where to hit depending on where the ball pitched. You should write an article honoring Razzaq's contribution to Pak cricket, as hardly ever anything caused more delight than to watch him hit Mcgrath for 5 consecutive fours. Yet he wasn't just that, he saw thru time on difficult pitches and was a good pressure player (eg in Sri Lanka just recently, against Aus after the 99 world cup, against India in the Karachi test, and so on). Who else got Tendulkar more often, or who got a wicket when the team needed it most? The most unfortunate part is that his contributions were largely unnoticed, and were he chirping like Rana and Akmal all the time, he would have played till he lost his hair, too.

    The PCB will never learn to honor its players, it is time the fans do.

  • aftab on August 20, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    I am surprised you have not written about ICL yet. All cricket channels have become PTV in this case - as if nothing has happened. In fact, if ICC page were to be your sole source of cricketing news, ICL never happened, and that is a proof that ICC is not about cricket the game, it is about 8 cricket boards. Hopefully, other private ventures in non-Ausie, non-English countries pick up the hint and make cricket a game one sees on TV every once in a while without paying $250 and risking watching WC07.

    Regards.

  • Junaid on August 19, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    If PCB want to win coming series against SA and Australia than they should mkae sure that all greats like Inzi, M Yousaf, Saqlain and Razzaq are back. It is good to groom youngsters but team should be a balance of seniors and juniors in the team.

  • Ali Asim - Saginaw, Michigan USA on August 18, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    By the way things are shaping and un-shaping on the national and international arena for Pakistani cricketers may seem like a termoil to the most of us, but what I see is a litmus test for all our priceless, or should I say overpriced, players for the metal they are assumed to have possessed. They argue that they're being treated badly by the board. Well, boohoo, they are employees of Pakistan Cricket Board and are lawfully bound to abide by the laws laid out by the PCB and if they act towards breaching any of those laws or claws then I'd say PCB has every right to act upon those misconducts. I know PCB's approach is a bit harsh, but these so called heroes arent that precious afterall. Did everyone forget the World Cup already? It was us, the public, who were calling for a major flushout. What was Razzaq expecting? that he would be provided a place in this current team on a platter regardless of his current form and committment? And on top of that he went about shilling filth against PCB for not granting him an automatic place in the team, "PATHETIC". Same goes for Yousuf and others who missed out on 20/20 tournament. I just don't understand, why is playing in this freakshow tournament is a matter of life and death for these players? They missed on this one "big deal" If I was a player like one these then I would sit out volunterily to save by goodies for ODI's and Test matches. Then came yet another dejavu sort of incident involving Shoaib and his misconduct, "AGAIN". Well in that case I do believe that PCB over reacted but who are we fooling here? Shoaib has a rich history of tearing the disciplinary rules apart. I think the board just got fedup this time and finally decided to teach him a lesson that he's not bigger than the game itself and he needs to follow the rules as all other players do. Apart from all that, a lot of our "ex" and "untried" players are lured towards ICL, well, I'd say why not? If they sense they have no future with their national team anymore then there is no shame in playing for the league to better their lives financially and to get back into action. But if you are contracted, or are offered one by the PCB to represent your country, and if PCB has clearly declared that signing up with ICL would deny them a place in the national team for life, then it would be shameful for them to prefer ICL over their national team. PCB is justified in forcing a ban for joining ICL because it has invested vast enough time and money in these players. They have invested a fortune in thier fitness, thier coaching, and tons of other things to pamper them. And all they are asking in return is just to be loyal to them and not to play for any other organisation for fitness or any other reasons PCB feels would put their interests in harm. They are ABSOLUTELY justified in this cause and there is no questioon about that. So, as I said, this would be a litmus test for a lot of our so called heroes to prove us if they're worth putting our faith into them or else?

  • Omer Admani on August 18, 2007, 7:28 GMT

    I always disagreed with Malik's appointment and it is not his fault that he was appointed captain either. The guy is just not a test batsman and if he is useless in bowling (as he is now), then he doesn't deserve a place as a batsman in the ODI team either. Neither is he a matchwinner like Afridi or Razzaq, nor is he a graft player like Yousof or Younis. I had said earlier that if the choice came between Malik and Afridi, I'd pick Afridi. Afridi is more deserving of a place than Malik and his attacking nature would have furthered team spirit. No doubt he would make hell of a stupid decisions on the field, but who wouldn't in the Pakistani team playing now? An exception would perhaps be Asif because of the way he answered questions in an interview recently posted on cricinfo. In any case, that has been done and dusted for now... I agree with Javed Khan that the PCB banning players because of joining ICL is unjust. While it might make some sense that players on contract may be disallowed, to ban players for life just doesn't seem right. If someone is not selected in the team, either a youngster or a senior player, and wishes to make money from the alternatives available, he should be abe to... Asim Kamal has been ignored too long and he should be allowed to join ICL without a lifetime ban, so should Razzaq or Farhat (And so on). The point being that if in the future the players could be selected in the Pakistani team on merit, they should be... According to DAWN 7 players in England are meeting or about to meet because of the ICL offer. If players like Mohammad Yousof and Asif (!) join the league, then the ban ought to be reversed. I don't personally even mind if the players keep the central contract and play for the ICL (just as is the case with county cricket). However, PCB as a signatory to the ICC might not be legally allowed to let the players do so (though I don't really know).

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 18, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    How is Mohammad Asif going to assess and react in the next few days? That is a 100 Million Rupees question. Yes, it is an offer too good to refuse! Earlier Shoaib, Asif & Afridi have reportedly declined the ICL offer and I have been raving and ranting in my previous posts that, had this been any other time the players may not have refused. Now, the ICL has come back with a bumper offer of Rs.100 million for three years for Asif alone. Is Asif going to accept it? Or, playing for his country is more a matter of pride, vanity and honour for him? We have to wait and see which side the camel will sit. Also, the news in today's DAWN that, "Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Shahid Afridi are all in England these days where a former Test captain and wicketkeeper is intensely lobbying for the ICL." sounds like a recipe for cooking the potpourri.

    Actually, it is the PCB who created this mess and they are creating a corridor for these players to break away and revolt against them. Because, the PCB has given them cold shoulder and by treating them shabbily and with such disrespect. IMO, had Mohammad Yousuf been selected for the twenty20 squad; had they given Inzamam the central contract offer or at least some kinda assurance that he will play for the test matches for Pakistan; had Shoaib Akhtar not been fined Rs.300,000 for a reportedly petty misconduct or bad behaviour, things would have remained under control. Razzaq and Imran Farahat's plight may not have created such ripples. But, right now it appears like a "Mutiny on the Bounty" against Shoaib Malik and Nasim Ashraf. Things appear to be totally out of control. Should Mr. Kamran Abbassi create another thread on this subject? Is another priceless question which I am posing at him.

  • WASIM SAQIB on August 17, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Asim Kamal has a test strike rate of 47.23 he has only played 8 20/20 matches in which he averaged 25 his average and strike rate are much lower than Misbah ul haq, some guys should understand that its not about politics its about a new format of cricket where we need players which are suitable to that form of cricket, Asim kamal is good for test cricket and he should have been invited to the camp for conditioning and regaining of fitness he is out of form currently which is evident from his recent domestic performances,and he needs time to get backin form but he is only a test player with a strike rate of 47 he is not even suitable for ODI cricket and if he wants to join ICL its his own right if players like Yousaf, Razzak, kallis, Tendulkar are not selected for 20/20 by their respective teams then I guess Asim Kamal never had a shot at 20/20. If Karachi will ever make its 20/20 team even they will not select Asim kamal for a 20/20 game. Because selectors do not think on regional basis they look at the current form and the current domestic record.I think Karachi should make its own team of 2nd grade National Discards and send them all to play ICL.

  • Pakistani. on August 17, 2007, 3:38 GMT

    As i say in last message apart from Muhammad yousuf and Younis khan all other have low average than asim kamal. his last inning was 99 against south africa.

    mat runs hghst avg 100's 50's younis 53 4291 267 48.21 12 19 Muhammad Yousuf 75 6553 223 56.00 23 27

    Shoib Malik 18 941 148 37.64 1 5 asim kamal 12 717 99 37.73 0 8 imran nazir 8 427 131 32.84 2 1 misbah 5 120 28 13.33 0 0 hafeez 10 642 104 35.66 2 3 salman 14 777 122 29.88 2 4 yasir 20 1292 170 35.88 2 8 kamran 33 1521 154 29.82 4 5 imran farhat 27 1655 128 33.10 2 11 faisal 18 773 139 25.76 1 5

    Maximum avg from shoib malik to faisal is 37.73 which is for asim kamal. Asim kamal averages more against south africa and australia and india. Not with week opposition. after that he not in the team. In inzi arena he was out just to accomodate shoib malik ( who also get scarifice of salman butt, yasir hameed places in the team) shoib malik still dont deserve to be in test team specially. his most runs only in south asia wickets.

    in Australia 1 97 87 48.50 in India 3 199 91 39.80 in Pakistan 6 315 99 39.37 in West Indies 2 106 55 26.50

    The reason i am saying the players with sources like Salman Butt , Misbah ul Haq, Imran Nazir, Shoib Malik , abdul Razzak, Faisal Iqbal cut the chances for a desrving place.

    I am not going to say something about regional but that is definitely comes into play faisal iqbal is lucky to have in team but he also not having chance to play cuz now they induct misbah in place of inzamam. If he not in here u can see all pakistan team is from Lahore around area and we say we are pakistani. I am from lahore too but i am pakistani too and when people say this i have to say yes with no hesitation.

    Dont say abut younis khan and shahid afridi they are from NWFP.

    So why Asim kamal should not join ICL ? any reason ? comment.

  • saif ahmed on August 16, 2007, 17:31 GMT

    The moment of truth has arrived. I believe all of us by now must have read the story in the national news papers about the fallout betweeen the players and management. I saw it coming as soon as I learnt about Shoib Malik's appointment as captain. This was a joke to me at the time and I still consider it as the same. The man does not even command a place in test side, it's just ridiculous. A conflict was on the card, it was only a matter of time that it surfaced. I believe the management did a total injustice by not offering the crown to Yousuf when he openly showed interest in leading the side. He could have proved to be a great leader in the field. I also think it was a big mistake on Yousuf's part that he went on national media and showed his interest for the job. He should have been well aware that these dignitaries do not for a second take a common man seriously. If you are not from a certain class, you do not qualify. If do have to attend HSN or the like to captain the side successfully. Inzimam got lucky, I don't know how? I am not pessimist but I certainly have a feeling that the bad times are ahead in Pakistan cricket. Good Jeff Lawson, enjoy while you can!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 16, 2007, 13:37 GMT

    To play or not to play is another issue, BUT why ban them? Once again this is a glaring example of double standards and hypocrisy in the PCB's stance. After all the PCB allows, rather they have no objection whatsoever on any of the Pakistani players playing for the British Counties or for the Australian Sheffield Shield tournaments. I guess its because of the British Raj's domination for so long that has inflicted the psyche of the government employees and the effects of enslavement are still visible, especially among the bureaucrats.

    There may be so many other examples of Pakistani players appearing on TV ads in India yet they came back and played for the country. Intikhab Alam is another living example - he accepted a coaching job in India and worked there purely on financial grounds and for personal gains, later he was appointed by the PCB as one of the members of the "kitty committee" dealing with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif's doping case. This clearly contradicts and negates to what Nasim Ashraf in one of his interviews vauntingly blabbed on August 02: "Those who are working for us will not be given permission." The stupid notion he gave is, "because the ICL is not recognized by the ICC."

    Obviously, they won't recognize any parallel organization, and the ICL is a threat to their existence and it will ruin their monopoly and dictatorship. In order to create a balance and check on the ICC and to stop them from using their dictatorial powers and actions which are often so biased and unjustified against the Asian teams and players, formation of the Asian Block is the only answer to stop this partiality business. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh must do something in this respect, sooner the better. Especially if they want to get a better and fair treatment not only in demanding for the right panel of umpires but, also in implementing a uniform set of rules for ALL and not a different set of rules for Australia, England, NZ and SA and a different one for the rest.

    Ps. LOL @ the Lunar Eclipse.

  • Pakistani on August 16, 2007, 1:21 GMT

    I agree with AAAchicago. That not only in cricket or medicince field anyfield the people who went outside and didnt able to qualify there came back and good position due to had people in top or like president.

    Asim Kamal , Muhammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzak, Inzamam-ul-Haq all can join the ICL for different reason.

    Asim Kamal-- Due to cold treatment. His average is higher than all the batsman in the contract other that Muhammad Yousuf and younis khan. Shoib malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, yasir Hameed, Imran Nazir, misbah-ul-Haq. He is also the technically better than too all these batsman.

    Inzamam-ul-Haq-- He is now overaged to play for pakistan and he should give time to youngster ( not Misbah-ul-Haq if you go for him inzamam is better)

    Muhammad Yousuf: Cold treatment and his turn will be come quickly after inzamam despite saying he is great batsman by PCB. I want him to captain of Pakistan.

    Abdul Razzak: I believe he can join ICL because to me he is finished to play cricket for pakistan.

    Bye.

  • Zohaib on August 15, 2007, 21:29 GMT

    Well for me i dnt think that the selectors even consider the backlash their selections are going to have as they are really very unprofessional.

    The only justification for misbah might be that he has an average of 50 in domestic 20/20 tournaments... however international cricket is totally different.

    You are basically leaving out one of your best batsman and a person who smashed Mcgrah for 6 fours in an over,,, yes Razzaks bowling hasnt been that great as of late but his batting has improved a lot.

    I am really concerned and if Pakistan donot perform well there will be more worries.

  • Wasiq on August 15, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    And the pattern continues! Psyche of Pakistani cricket fan will never transform into logical reasoning. Enough with this emotional crap and start thinking with some logic otherwise you will always be in denial. Common sense would tell us that 20-20 is indeed a different ball game, which requires different skill set. Besides let’s criticize PCB’s selection policy after the fact if it is indeed bound to fail. If I was in Mohammed Yousuf’s shoes I would have opted out myself without a hesitation.

    On the other hand Razzaq would have been ideal candidate for this format of the game even though his performance has been in decline in the recent past, which I think is due to the fact that he has been batting way down and always comes out at unworthy situation and time.

    The two domestic 20-20 tournaments so far should have given PCB enough pool of talent for this world cup.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on August 15, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    With reference to Javed Khan's latest admission, I think this administration has not only taken steps, detrimental to the interests of Pakistan cricket, but the treatment that it has metted out to some of the current and former players has been despicable to say the least. It is however, indeed heartening to see these players still wanting to play for Pakistan despite 'everything' that has happened since Nasim Ashraf's arrival.

    On a sidenote, Kamran, I was wondering why the link to Pakspin gets removed from the main page within a day or two after you have posted a new entry. It is by far, the most popular blog and yet, gets pushed into the background. Whats the deal on that end?

  • Gulab Khan on August 15, 2007, 17:15 GMT

    Abdul Razzak does not desrve in any type of international cricket. I wish PCB could also remove permenatly following players from our national squad.

    Kamran Akmal (worst wicket keeper Pakistan ever had), Imran Nazir (Score in one inning out of 20 innings only against weak bowling attack),Rao Iftikar & Iftikar Anjum (has no class for the fast bowler), Rana Naveed (he is completely out of form) and he is too old to recover., Misba-ul_haq (does not desrve to replace any batsman in Paksitan cricket, thanks for uncle Mudassir he replace Mohd Yousuf, terrible average and no class against any good bowling attack, he is not even in the list of ICC list) How PCB included 33 year old Misba from Faislabad.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Nadeem Shafee on August 15, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    For Sakul, Jammu

    Inzi is a dump player for the fast pace game. Inzi always scored against weak bowling sites and mostly he scored in Pakistan. Look at his average against Austrlia & SA. Strongest team in his time period. His highest average was against Bangladesh, Zimabave, New Zeland respectively.

    But if see the records of great players like Viv Richards & Javed Miandad. You will notice that they scored better against good bowling attack or better bowling site. Miandad scored double centuries against all world champions on his time. His lowest average against zimabave,even he did not play whole serise against zimabave and give chance to new palyers but against Austrlia (WC) , West Indies of 1980 (WC), Sri Lanka (WC) and India (WC) he led the team from the front. He scored double century against all his strong components.

    Inzi never scored century in Austrlia. He palyed for records. Javed palyed for Pakistan team, he was decleared on 280 not out but he never stopped winning the matches for the same captain who declared unneccessary when he was 280 not out against India.

    Nadeem UK

  • Bob Woolmer on August 15, 2007, 14:24 GMT

    I just would like to add in what Javed. A. Khan said. In the top 45 Batsman's of ODI table, Pakistan have 3 Batsmans only...

    19 Mohammed Yousaf 24 Shoaib Malik 41 Abdul Razaq

    I think PCB has messed it up. I think Abdul Razaq and Mohammed Yousaf must opt for ICL. This is a stupid way to treat a players who have served the country for decade or so. PCB will bend the rules like they did for Imran, Asif, Majid and Mushtaq. There is no harm in playing for ICL. What is the problem.....its not recognised by ICC....who cares.....ICC will be recognising this very soon. Just let the league start. They are already looking into this.......

  • Moon on August 15, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    I think all these dumped and ditched cricketers of Pakistan should start their own league or even their own team, i am sure they wont have finance problem, they will get sponsors easily. Then they should arrange couple of matches with current Pakistan team (man, that would be some match)

    Mr Abbassi, either you completely discard my posts or you edit them, why do i have a feeling that this blog is becoming biased as i dont see any alteration in very long, boring and crappy posts by some of your favorite bloggers

  • Nazia on August 15, 2007, 7:04 GMT

    I think appointing Lawson was the right thing, if we want fair/white skin coaches we have to go foreign, no doubt.

    Still PCB could have chosen a brown pakistani coach and we could have lighten his black face by manipulating his digital photo with a white filter.

    Nazia Hijab Hijab City Mooslimabad Mooslim Dictatorship of Democratic Azad Pakistan

  • Sakul, Jammu on August 14, 2007, 21:58 GMT

    I guess Pakistan will miss Inzi's gutsy hitting in teh 20-20 WC. Men like Inzi are champions, when they want to do some winning they do it. & guess Mohd Yusof was out of form, so Misbah Ul Haq who has been in very decent form is a righteous selection. If these selected folks play to their best teh team should do good. When Younis Khan also needs to hit, he can pull & hit teh balls to sixes, there should not be a problem. It is on the mental strength also. He for one has it, so it will be a good tournament to watch. & I guess it's good the question of raising an emergency in Pakistan is a non-entity now(surely hope so!!), otherwise it may have put to question the upcoming domestic series againgst 3 other champion countries.

  • Moon on August 14, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    I think Yousuf is dumped on merit of 20/20 but the way of dumping him is ridiculous, i mean working him out in long camps and then dumping him after everything is painful, i think board should have explained him right at the start and send him off for vacation. But dumping Razzaq is a bad decision and it will backfire, we will see that in the 20/20 worldcup, he is worth playing for his batting alone in 20/20.

  • Abdul Naseer on August 14, 2007, 6:54 GMT

    The logic behind the omittion of M.Yousof and Razzaq has become an ambiguous dilemma, and stretching it toward any direction does not pave the way for any sort of positive spark. The selectors have cited, M. yousouf will be reserved for upcoming series, This is totally anti-common sense, because it means that 20/20 WC has no importance, and is wasted; this is something that Indian selectors also seem to be of the same point of view as their Pakistani counterparts. But fact of the moment is that cricket in its either form on international level is of great significance and these sort of events organized by ICC and participated by its members should be given extraordinary attention and care. And if the reason of axing is their disability to perform well in TWC then it is even worse and baseless, because if a player like M. Yousof does not have the ability to swing his arms and perish the ball over the boundaries, then there is no batesman in Pakistan. He is a classic batsman who can turn it around with his classical drives and well placed powerful shots. As far as Razaq is concerned, he has proven his ability on the ground, with the sort of ability he has to perish any bowling attack, and win the matches on his individual performances.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 12, 2007, 14:18 GMT

    Last week when Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Asif rejected the ICL offer, I wrote that they must have made a few Pakistanis proud. I've also mentioned in the same post that: "I have a feeling that right now after going through so many crisis in the recent past, the Pakistani players do not wish to take any chances and hence rejected the ICL offer. Had this been any other normal time perhaps some of them may have opted out for money.

    Now, the news in today's DAWN that the break-away fraction of the Pakistan cricket team comprising of Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Inzi. Asim Kamal and Farhat are considering to accept the ICL offer is not a surprise. Especially with the kinda cold treatment rather the usual stupid attitude shown by the PCB official this was expected. Even if the former "Dummy Captain" Younus Khan or the Big Boy Bully Akhtar decides to join them, I won't be surprised. The former has shown his dissatisfaction over the captaincy issue and since then focusing more on the county cricket and the later has a latest bout with the PCB officials on their imposing Rs.300,000 fine on him for not attending the Karachi camp!

    As usual, there is ambiguity and double standards in the statements of the PCB officials and one contradicts the other or make no sense to the reader. For e.g., when Abdul Razzaq showed his recent dissent on Geo TV by saying: "If this is the way I am going to be treated after serving the country honestly and diligently, I should be the one now to decide when to make myself available for national selection." The reaction from the PCB's rep. Shafqat Naghmi is that, he will be punished because there is a breach of policy or the code of conduct and if you criticize the boards policy. And, in the same breath Naghmi he is saying: "He (Abdul Razzaq) has the freedom to say what he feels and certainly we understand he must have been disappointed."

    The lucrative offers from the ICL is going to create more ripples all over the world as it is opening a corridor for some to escape from the tyranny or break away from the shackles of bondage. If the PCB is not going to change their attitude towards their own players they are going to damage the future of cricket in Pakistan. As it is I am beginning to agree with some of the bloggers ( can't remember their names) who have expressed their feelings that Shoaib Malik i s a weak captain (which I have also mentioned earlier) and in order to retain his place in the middle order he did not oppose the idea of Yousuf and Razzaq's exclusion. Malik is that sort of a player who has bend over backwards so many times in the past by agreeing to bat at any position. And the comments made by someone else on this blog that, the PCB wants a weak captain and vice captain to twist their arms as they like it is also true. It is also true that the PCB is screwing up the future of Pakistan cricket with their stupendously stupid decisions and there is no ending to it.

  • AAA Chicago on August 11, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    All doctors who can not pass their exams to practice medicine in the States can very easily qualify to head PCB. PCB motto: “We excel in mediocrity.”

  • Muhammad Uzair Attock City Pakistan on August 11, 2007, 2:38 GMT

    All people should know that Misbah is a very stylish and attractive batsman and can easily hit huge sixes but he normally takes at least 30 minutes to settle on the wicket and I don’t think that he is an ideal choice for this twenty 20 world cup.

  • noor on August 10, 2007, 22:50 GMT

    Another reason, apart from the religious zealot of Mohd Yousuf's ommision from the 20/20 is his fielding. Pakistan's feilding was always a joke. The worst fielding of a major test playing countries. Its like watching keystone cops

    In Inzamam, Pakistan had a pot belly lazy looking captain, not a captain to inspire fileding excellence on the pitch.

    I am glad the PCB have taken fielding seriouisly, and players who can not feild and drop easy elemenary catches should be made dropped.

    How many time we have seen Pakistani players fumbling easy catches and costing 100, 150, 200 runs for the team.

    I beleive fielding should start with a lean fit captain on the field. Under Imran Khan Pakistan had that, and hence they were a very successful team. Inzamam got fatter and lazy and, that I am afraid did not bode well for the natioanl team.

    PS

    Akthar, Fined again for missing training camp. I dont understand why PCB persist with Akthar, this guy has no respect for rules. I wished they drop him and never pick him. Akthar has a nasty habit of de-stablizing the national team. Mark my words, Akthar plays in 20/20 In SA he will cause trouble. Akthar will do nothing for Pakistan, most likely he will try to bowl too fast and most likely will get clobbered by the batsmans, a good accurate medium pacer more useful to Pakistan in SA.

  • Salam Majid on August 10, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    A very very bad decision from PCB to drop Muhammad Yousuf. But on the plus side a very good decision to drop Abdul Razzaq. Brothers pause for a second and your ask, When is the last time Razzaq played as a match winner? When is the last time he was man of the match?.

  • Mehtab Shabir on August 10, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    As a response to the article and to the tons of comments posted by readers i would just like to say that fundamentally i am in agreement with Mr Abbasi and 99% of those commenting. Yousuf is a world class batsman and a world class batsman can play in any form of the game. So to drop Yousuf, on the face of it, seems to be a decision that beggars belief. But if the rationale behind the decision is that Pakistan have a very hectic cricketing schedule coming up and they want to rest there main player (now that Inzi seems to be all but gone) then for me, this is perfectly justified. After all it seems that, in this instance, both the PCB and the BCCI are looking at Twenty20 more as a chance to experiment with the squad as opposed to go into the tournament with all the big guns. Pakistan will be sending a "stronger" squad than India as we have a recently appointed new captain and have certain players coming back from injury. So to help the squad settle before the "real" cricket begins it seems that Pakistan have adopted this approach.

    As regards the inclusion of Misbah-ul-Haq, at first glance i was rather surprised but when looking at his current domestic Twenty20 form (an average of nearly 50) his inclusion is not without foundation, as after all he has previous, although not so successful, international experience.

    The other matter of the exclusion of Abdur Razzaq, doesn't surprise me so much. Although i am a great admirer of Razzaq and believe him to be one of the most destructive hitters in the game today, it does seem that he has lost that spark recently. His bowling speeds have dropped again (his now military medium would wet the appetites of many of the batsmen on show) and his batting form has plummeted. This may be the push that Razzaq needs to know that his place is not guaranteed and that he needs to work for it. I have no doubt though that Razzaq will be back, and back with a bang.

    Finally, i have noticed since the squad was named that 99% of people have been angry/upset/letdown/baffled etc etc. I feel that it is high time that we as Pakistani's try to get behind our national team as much as possible. As baffling as some decisions may seem to us, we are not inside the selectors room, we are not in the squad set-up and we are not in the training camps so we do not know and see what those on the inside do. And regardless of who plays, the team that is put out is one that represents Pakistan and we as Pakistanis should get behind that team 100% and not throw stones and criticise those players that are picked.

    Good Luck Pakistan, and i hope when matchday comes everybody will be behind the 11 players that walk onto that pitch.

  • Luqman Mansoor on August 10, 2007, 4:55 GMT

    Its a shame for pakistanis, to leave MOYO out, he is better tahn any,in any form of cricket, still we are comparing him after his last year mind blowing performance, its a shame, we have left out a legend...

  • Jhonny on August 9, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    I disagree with Mr. kamran, yousuf doesn't deserve to get a place in 20/20 .he is a genuine odi and test player but not suitable for this kind of cricket.

    For the 1st time selectors made the right decision after long time, and i believe pakistani will not make it an issue.

  • SID JAMES on August 9, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    Conjecture, hysteria and speculation combined with an innate ability to 'read and see what we would like to rather than embrace the reality’. Thus spoke a sage not so long ago on the average Pakistani cricket punter’s mindset. And I do not disagree as unfortunately, these traits are cultivated and accepted in every other walk of our life so why not cricket.

    However I am slightly mystified to see some venerable names recently joining the average punter’s club or if not then at least taking some bold steps towards becoming fully paid up subscribers. Consider the latest article by Osman Samiuddin and this one by Kamran Abbasi. Add to these some very esteemed in house contributors like Javed A Khan, Euceph and others whose comments ought to be food for thought [albeit only if taken with a pinch of salt].

    I am amazed by this ‘Shroud of Yousuf’ which appears to be obstructing logic and clarity which ought to be expected, at least from the worshipful company of the few above. It is abundantly clear to any pragmatic person ( and I proclaim to be one ) that 20/20 may not be the arena where we would expect Mohd Yousuf to deliver the goods for us . Not for one second am I doubting his record and ability in both tests and one-dayers. Indeed his is indispensable to us. But to apply the same cookie cutting logic to 20/20 format is a folly. While he may score a few runs he is a liability in the outfield not to mention his running b/w the wicket. And in this format of cricket you need someone who would not only contribute with the bat but save at least 10 runs in the field and failing which at least look sharp and focussed. His replacement Misbah may turn out to be a flop but then again he may not. Would 20/20 be the format where this eternal misfit of a player finds his niche. Only time will tell.

    20/20 is a mutation and will feature players who can mutate and adapt very quickly. Yousuf and Razzaq are natural players and struggle when required to rapidly respond to a situation. I do feel for Razzaq . He is perfectly suitable to this format of the game yet finds his seat taken by Arafat. Whether Arafat delivers the goods or not, but if he does then it surely is Pakistan’s gain not loss. And we are not alone . Seemingly bizarre decisions continue to erupt from around the globe. Dhoni to lead India, Vettori to lead NZ. No Fleming, imagine that !! Could it be that everybody else is onto a point which we must overlook because of our zeal to see and hear what we want to and not what is required

    The cricket board while populated by strange specimens does from time to time flummox us by taking the right decision. Excluding Yousuf is the right decision ( the jury’s still out on Razzaq exclusion). Embrace pragmatism not hysteria. Its not because of Yousuf’s beard , Islamic zeal or lack of it. Its not about how good a player he is and that a good batsmen is a good batsmen in any form( typical aussie brash hyperbole if there was one !) Its about whether he fits in the format. Better for Pakistan to have a Misbah or any youngster than to have Yousuf who by pedigree is miles above from the lunacies of 20/20.

  • Zaina on August 9, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    I understand their mentality,oh no old legs on the field. Why the #&$& dont they understand what is required is not an extreme change over but a balance,obviously more youngsters are suited to the game but any team would require experience. I dont understand the inclusion of misbah ul haq?Or they want to take the maulvi culture out of the team,why does PCB have to take extreme measures in order to bring a change. I think its a big mistake. And they will pay for it,20 20 is about the batting,about the afridi's and the razzaks,which brings me to mention his exclusion,now thats baffling to say the least! he might not be a good fielder but he is an explosive player!! We all know that,he has proven it all over the world. They are trying to concentrate of fielding,true but this is certainly not the team I had in my mind,the bowlers will get a hammering for sure since 20 20 is all about sixes and fours. So really no hope,but as a Pakistani I can only pray for the best.

  • Shariq on August 9, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Who said that having full time selectors will solve our selection dilemas? A full time idiot is still an idiot. He is more of an idiot than a part time one! Only an idiot will drop the best batsman in the team and select a whole bunch of spinners based on their performance on flat-zero bounce pitches. We saw what happened to Abdul Rehman in the last tour of SA!!! Pakistani selector should have taken a leaf out of Sri lanka's selection; six fast bowlers. Sri Lankan selectors have done their homework about SA pitches and grounds. Of course, you don't have to be an idiot to recognize the playing conditions in SA! You just have to be an idiot to ignore them!

  • ubaid on August 9, 2007, 14:43 GMT

    Misbah must have some serious clout behind him. Maybe the president wants him in. All of a sudden you started seeing his name popping up everywhere. He gets a contract. He gets to the camp, and now he is going to SA. Lets not keep talking about age . If a 40 years old can play better that a 20 years old, he shoould be in the team. We have served up injustice in the name of " future" for too long and it never ends. The team should be made up of the best players in the country at any given time, and I am not even going to insult anyone's intelligence by comparing Misbah and yousuf ( except maybe the selectors). Misbah is only behing faisal iqbal in terms of getting more chances that they deserve.

  • zohair on August 9, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    the administrators are a bunch of jackasses.. i think i'll write a letter to the chief justice about this

  • Nadeem on August 9, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    I wonder If Mohd Yusuf is from the same family class as like Imran Khan, could board treated him same?

    Generally we think (Pakistani) non-muslim are from lower class. For christians we use term "KURENTEE". This is all nonesense.

    I think Pakistan culture does not accept Mohd. Yousuf family class (This is against the Talimat of Islam).

    Even though he contain punjab domicle which is gurantee for stability in Pakistan (upper class) but he came from lower christian class, so we are treating him badly. I read Wasim Akram's wife refused to sit on same dininig table as Mohd Yousuf's wife.

    Why Misba-ul_haq? What is good in him? Why Imran Nazir , Salman Butt & Kamran AKmal? None of them select on merit.

    Nadeem UK

  • Amjad Khan, New York on August 9, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    This is unbelievable - once more the Pakistani selectors have not failed to amaze me. How on earth can you drop Yousuf from ANY team that represents Pakistan?

    The selectors argument that Yousuf is not the most agile fielder and as such does not warrant a spot is hogwash. If any of them had an understanding of the game or knew anything about 20/20, they'd not have committed such a blunder.

    Let's figure this out - there are 120 balls to be bowled by the fielding side. Out of those, how many would actually go in Yousuf's direction? Let's say 10. Ok, out of those 10 balls that he has to field, he MAY concede 5 extra runs. So, what is the big deal? I know every run counts, but a player of his caliber can knock off those 5 runs in one single shot. End of the story.

    Besides, they don't seem to have a clue of how 20/20 is played. For the first 6 overs, there are field restrictions (only 2 fielders can be out of the 30 yard circle). So the idea is to maximize your scoring during those 6 overs and in a sense go haywire. That's why you have guys like Imran, Hafeez, Malik who can score between 50-60 runs in the first 6 overs. After that, you need guys who can consolidate and score between 6 to 8 runs an over until the 16th over. This is where Yousuf is a master of rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary. After the 16th over, you go beserk, try and hit everything out of the park (because Yousuf would have helped you keep wickets in hand) and take the total upto 200. This is a simple and logical way to approach 20/20. A guy like Afridi or Razaq during the last 4 overs can easily fetch you 40-50 runs.

    On the other side, when you are chasing, Yousuf on one end would have ensured solidity and let the others keep knocking the runs off. Besides, Yousuf himself can smack any bowler out of the park. He is just a class act and the selectors have done a disservice not only to him, but to the entire Pakistani fan base. I can see another World Cup like fiasco hitting the South Africa bound team. May god help them.

  • Amjad Khan on August 9, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    This is unbelievable - once more the Pakistani selectors have not failed to amaze me. How on earth can you drop Yousuf from ANY team that represents Pakistan?

    The selectors argument that Yousuf is not the most agile fielder and as such does not warrant a spot is hogwash. If any of them had an understanding of the game or knew anything about 20/20, they'd not have committed such a blunder.

    Let's figure this out - there are 120 balls to be bowled by the fielding side. Out of those, how many would actually go in Yousuf's direction? Let's say 10. Ok, out of those 10 balls that he has to field, he MAY concede 5 extra runs. So, what is the big deal? I know every run counts, but a player of his caliber can knock off those 5 runs in one single shot. End of the story.

    Besides, they don't seem to have a clue of how 20/20 is played. For the first 6 overs, there are field restrictions (only 2 fielders can be out of the 30 yard circle). So the idea is to maximize your scoring during those 6 overs and in a sense go haywire. That's why you have guys like Imran, Hafeez, Malik who can score between 50-60 runs in the first 6 overs. After that, you need guys who can consolidate and score between 6 to 8 runs an over until the 16th over. This is where Yousuf is a master of rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary. After the 16th over, you go beserk, try and hit everything out of the park (because Yousuf would have helped you keep wickets in hand) and take the total upto 200. This is a simple and logical way to approach 20/20. A guy like Afridi or Razaq during the last 4 overs can easily fetch you 40-50 runs.

    On the other side, when you are chasing, Yousuf on one end would have ensured solidity and let the others keep knocking the runs off. Besides, Yousuf himself can smack any bowler out of the park. He is just a class act and the selectors have done a disservice not only to him, but to the entire Pakistani fan base. I can see another World Cup like fiasco hitting the South Africa bound team. May god help them.

  • Muhraz on August 9, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    I think the decision is just to say Yousuf, please limit your allegiance to Islam, I curse Pakistan cricket for doing such a thing, Yousuf can hit the ball long way, and he would be better than Younis or Misbah

  • aj on August 9, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    salam u are right mr abbasi, moyo can hit a cricket ball to the boundary without slogging of good balls. Nobody else in the team other than younis can hit a boundary without slogging. Why don't we understand that 20 20 is also about craft rather than Just slogging!

  • Haroon on August 9, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    It's just 20/20 cricket...infact there should be a rule, like football in the Olymipics, and players under a certain age should be allowed to play...so we can see some fresh faces...

  • rizwan shafique on August 9, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    why do we always end up with selectors who have no common sense? misbah has already been given a lot of choices. m.yousuf may not dive around but he can still field reasonably well. you dont have to dive around or skid to prove that u r a good fielder. wen u think about t20 cricket the first thing that comes to ur mind is allrounders! and here we have a bunch of foolish selectors who discard the best allrounder after wasim akram. i think its time these great players joined icl so that we can see them in action.

  • Tazz on August 9, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    Dropping Yousuf is Criminal, but inclusion of Misbah-ul-haq aint a bad move. I can assure that Misbah-ul-haq is best 20-20 middle order batsman in Pakistan at the moment. His team Faisalabad won the first ever International 20-20 in England . Although he is 33 year old, he is fit as a fiddle, or may be his age in books is Genuine (a rarety in Pakistan).

  • Abdur Razzak on August 9, 2007, 10:23 GMT

    wow, typical pak style of selection.always expect the unexpected.

  • MKBeg on August 9, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    great test batsman, lousy limited over fielder. where are we going to hide him in the 20/20 format? razzaq's absence is definately confusing. great hitter of the ball.

  • YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW (maybe) on August 9, 2007, 9:10 GMT

    HEY HEY HEY, it's very simple. Listen PCB.....YOU SUCK!

    And umm Noor, since yousuf converted to Islam and brought it into cricket, he has turned into a world class batsman. SO U CANT BLAME RELIGION WHEN IT MADE HIM A BETTER PLAYER.

    About the world cup, if u reckon pakistan lost because of religious stuff, what about India losing in the group stages?

    Were Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel Holy Maulana's? Were Agarkar and Kumble Hindu Guru's? Were Yuvraj and Dhoni Sikhs keeping a beard or turban?

  • srivathsan on August 9, 2007, 8:33 GMT

    The selection should be based on present form & not on previous records.This is what Isaid in the previous blog also.I do not find any thing wrong in not selecting mohd.yousuf as he is not in form.Even in the WC his performannce was dismal.PCB's decision is right in this direction but selecting M-U-H ,a 33 years old in his place is definitely a crime.Any day M.Y. is better than the later.There are so many young talented cricketers in pakistan, unlike india,PCB should have selected one of them.M.Y. is not cut out for 20/20 as he is a technically sound player like dravid .It is difficult for such people to go for slogging.In fact bowlers may score more than batsmen as they are used to such type of playing -just whack at any ball they get.Coming to india, yuvraj should have been the captain instead of dhoni.Cricket boards be it pcb or bcci are full of mad people & you cant understand their rationale in any thing they do.20/20 is a new experiment & let us see how our teams fare in the tournament.LET US WISH THEM ALL THE BEST.

  • india on August 9, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    for all the indians bashing our system and selectors discuss the omission of the big 3 for india before acting like buffoons here! as for the reasons for razzaq being dropped all i have to say is thank god. yousuf needs the rest and we dont need him to waste 20-30 balls and run out 5 batsmen and drop a catch. there are only 20 overs for gods sake. as for misbah ... stop favoring punjab for everything!! we have talent all over pakistan!

  • Ahsan Ullah on August 9, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    All of you people have said much about selection. Let me say one more thing about the inclusion of Misbah. [b]Bring him in front of a quality spinner like Shane Warne or Muttiah Muralitharan and see the break dance he performs on the pitch in front of there deliveries.[/b] This is the quality of his cricket. Poor selectors.

  • Adnan on August 9, 2007, 7:15 GMT

    I think the selectors have done the right thing , You cant get selected if you are not scoring runs. Mohammad Yousuf is a great batsman but if he is not scoring runs he should not be in the team. The guys selected are young and have been playing twenty 20 for a long time so they are just as much experienced. I feel sorry for Khurram though , he shouldve been included too. About Abdul Razaq i think he should be dropped more often. They should give yasir arafat more games , he is a better bowler and has a better attitude.

  • Muhammad Umair - Attock City - Pakistan on August 9, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    A worst decision from PCB to drop both Muhammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq. I think they have laid a way for other teams to win the 20-20 World Cup easily. Another inclusions of Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan are also too much poor. Our bowling is excellent but the main problem is batting and our batting will be worst by the inclusion of Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan. Younis Khan is a kind of person who can score only in test matches but he cannot score in limited form of game. Muhammad Umair Attock City - Pakistan

  • Irfan Rizvi on August 9, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    For all those great philosophers of cricket who thinks yousuf cant play fast only for your information yousuf has third fastest in tests in 27 balls and a century in 67 balls, and will Australia drop its premiere batsman ponting, NO!!!! because class players can perform anytime in any conditions, as Ponting has a 100 in 20/20 what do you say about that. And for all those who thinks that Yousuf and Inzi should be dropped because they practice religion, I ll say "PLEASE CUT THE CRAP AND GROW UP".

    Kamran Bhai i would like you to blog on our director of cricket Mr Zakir Khan, whose infamous bad behavior is bringing PCB into spotlights again.

  • Daniyal on August 9, 2007, 6:33 GMT

    I'm just wondering why doesn't any one question Shoaib Akhter "Worlds fastest bowlers" inclusion in the team?

    I mean what has he done lately to merit inclusion? gotten injured? took 'roids? gave some interviews? did he play any cricket in between all of that? oh yeah he got knocked outta the park by the boys..

  • Daniyal on August 9, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    the 20/20 format calls for young legs not ageing veterans regardless of their talent or ability. It is as close to muhalla cricket as modern day cricket will get as such one needs young legs to dive around in an attempt to save every run possible.

    Look around all veteran cricketers have opted out Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly decided they could do without the 20/20 world cup on their resume and would rather rest. What's wrong with our cricketers? Are they so desperate for exposure that even after playing over 200 matches they still feel the need to be included in every gimmick the ICC throws at the cricket world? Yousaf or Razzaq don't need the stress of 20/20, Razzaq has horrible knees and Yousaf would be a waste in the slips its better that they get some time off before the hectic season begins and we start hearing people moan about the amount of cricket played and the effect it has on the modern cricketer.

  • Kamran Malik on August 9, 2007, 6:14 GMT

    This is really unbeliavable that Md.Yousaf is not in the squad for 20-20 world cup.How come a class player like him be excluded from a world cup,doesnot matter what version of game it is.He is THE BEST BATSMAN Pakistan have ever produced.He can be as devastating as any player in the Pak team.The one who is replacing him just knows how to block the deliveries.If Yousaf would have replaced by a hardhitter batsman then there might be a bit of logic behind it.How come they can select Misbah over Yousuf.This will be a big loss to Pakistan which they will only relaised after getting into those situation where they would desperately required the class of Yousaf. With regards to Razzaq,they have made another blunder,though he is not at top of his bowling but batting has been good.20-20 was the right version for him to get into form. This selection committee should only talk and talk rubbish.they are all failures. I want to ask one thing from Mr.Mushraf being the head of PCB,cant he see whats happening.Cant you even handle PCB and then how come you can handle the whole country. One more thing which i would like to say is about our captain,cant he use his sense and urge selectors to include Yousaf in the team.He seems to be a dummy one with no power in selection but if he has got power than this means he himself want to get rid of Yousaf from the team. I will really request Mr.Abbasi to have an interview with Pak Captain and ask him about his opinion in this matter.

  • jackson on August 9, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    for me 20-20 is a waste of time.it devalues the game of cricket.i am not too worry about moyo not playing this b.s. form of the game.all i want is for him to score 2000 test runs and 10 test centuries for me every year and i'll be happy.

  • WASIM SAQIB on August 9, 2007, 5:33 GMT

    A lot of hue & cry is being made over the exclusion of Abdul Razzak and Mohammed Yousaf from the 20/20 WC, both the players have been out of form which is evident from their performance in the practice matches, its true that Mohammed Yousaf was the most prolific batsman for Pakistan last year but 20/20 is a completely different ball game and we need Power hitters with a higher strike rate, Mohammed Yousaf is a slow and nervous starter he is stylish and elegant but his game and style is not suitable for the 20/20 format,and I would say the same for Younis Khan.The notion that a good batsman is good for any format is in my opinion not true, test cricket, ODI and 20/20 require completely different skills, if I am not wrong India is not selecting the Big three for the event New zealand has not selected Fleming for the 20/20 WC and I am sure other teams will make some changes too. I think people are being unfair with Misbah Ul Haq he is the highest ranking batsman in domestic cricket his average and strike rate for 20/20 are also quite healthy, its strange that when Fawad Alam failed miserably in his first match everybody criticized Shoaib Malik for not giving him the ball and shifted the blame. But if Misbah couldn't live up to the expectations in his few International appearances he has been labelled as a complete failure,if domestic performance means any thing then Misbah deserves every chance and if not then no body should mention the names of those average performers in domestic cricket, i.e Khurram Manzoor,Khalid Latif etc.Asim Kamal is just a test player so I don't know why people bring up his name,some of the posters keep on criticizing the inclusion of Salman Butt which in my opinion is laughable as in all the practice matches his performance was pretty good.

    However I do believe that PCB should have found some other way to deal with Mohammed Yousaf inviting him to the camp and discarding him like an ordinary player was certainly a disrespect and will definitely hurt his pride.

  • ABC on August 9, 2007, 5:27 GMT

    I thing your pakistani board is on mission to perform ethnic cleansing...No beard...

    Useless bunch of idiots!!!

  • Amir Khan on August 9, 2007, 3:49 GMT

    Yusuf has always been a flat track bully ala Javed Miandad,Zaheer Abbas and Inzi !!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 9, 2007, 2:26 GMT

    There is always a lot of ACTION when Kamran Abbassi launches a new thread. There are lostsa, lotsa views, opinions, voices in their purest and crudest form, starting from "I am agree" to "I am agree, nat." Then there is REACTION to what has been said and what shouldn't have been said. And I love the second part of the thread which is not so Kosher and where the reactions are born of actions. So, lemme start with:

    Hassan - Bhai, we are talking about real cricket and not the XBOX cricket so please save your software. Perhaps if you change the language from C++ to P++ where P stand for pay & do then, Peut-être Nasim Ashraf & Co. will ask you to submit a bid. And don't forget to add commission for Mr 10% as the future belongs to him and his wife who are roaring to come back.

    Omer Admani you still don't know who makes the team selection? You should have asked how do they select a team? The probable answer is through the proverbial expression of Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo, Catch a Player by his toe, if he screams let him go....... BUT, who is gonna confirm that Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq screamed? A question, what is the Punjabi version of Eenie, Meenie, Minie....? :p

    Mabsoos Bhaiya Mushi & Saqi (Comrades in Beardhood & Tableegh) bowled out young, novice county cricket players in that twenty20 game, bowling against the Pro's like, Gilchrist, Symonds, Hayden, Ponting, Smith, Gibbs etc., is a different ball game, so your analogy on "maturity and experience" is not the only thing for a winning criteria or a winning combo. And, in a twenty20 game the slow bowlers often pay a heavy price, they tend to give away more runs especially on SA's fast and bouncy wickets. Am I "korr-act" ?

    Sir - Osman Ali Khairi, I am not an Erudite, especially not on the subject of transparency in Pakistan. The females over there, when they talk about transparency it is often about chicken, mul-mul, nylon and see through cotton lace items, and then there are the mullahs and the fundoz who go after such transparency vaghaira and wants lack of it. Actually they don't want any kind of transparency in anything, they want them to take it off. In their opinion it is un-islamic! Perhaps that is the reason there is lack of transparency in Pakistan. As regards common sense, the common man has it in abundance at least that is what he thinks and the "literati taqba" is still trying to figure out whether there is any commonality between sense and non-sense? Like, I am trying my best to make a complete non-sense of the subject. Most P-dots would jump to the conclusion here with, "I am agree."

    Anyways, this last one is for the learned of the lore, the old folklore artist and the most Eucephul blogger of Pak Spin, who loves dissing Kamran Abbassi, most of the times just for the heck of it i.e., only to get some attention from other bloggers and see their reaction. His latest obsession is to count human hair, be it on anyone's head, cheeks, chin or anywhere he doesn't care, he loves to sniff, smell, touch, feel and then count. Perhaps it is due to His Own Baldness! Rarity and abundance often creates passion and jealousies for some and I am not sure which one prompted him to take up this arduous task of redoing Mohammad Yousuf's makeover and rebirth? He is also very keen and desirous of taking up the job of a "Desi Jurrah" or a Plast-tik Surgeon and is sheepishly willing to perform live surgery on Geo TV. Let me put it in more concrete words rather than beating it in abstract terms, he is leeringly, anxiously keen to perform circumcision on MOYO! Because, he has some kinda skepticism and doubts about his conversion and in the execution of his uppish late cuts in the third man region, in his elegant cover drives and may be in his deflective and deceptive nasty leg glances in the deep fine leg region. May I advise you that it is not a very Eucephul idea to poke your nose near his "bat" especially when you are sitting on your haunches and fielding so close in the silly mid-on position without any protective gears!

  • Imran Iqbal on August 9, 2007, 1:43 GMT

    Every time I decide not to comment on this blog, PCB comes up with another "Shosha". Such is PCB's market appeal and reputation that you can't resist to slap its face. No more comments on PCB!!! Yousuf ranks among the best in the world cricket and and people love him because of his game and nature. PCB cannot change his fate by any means. I'm glad vast majority of fans on this blog share the same feeling. I don't know Misbah-ul-Haq and won't waste my time on him but the thing that really bothers me is Younus Khan's selection. He might be a little younger than Yousuf and might be a little quick in fielding BUT HE IS NO CLASS AND DOES NOT HAVE GREAT REPUTATION AS ONE DAY PLAYER EITHER. On top of that the guy not only has declined captaincy but also expressed his intent to give up one day cricket. Why he is so dear to PCB?????? I am very positive this is about politics within team & board. Yousuf is the guy who openly expressed his willingness for captaincy and while other players have shaved their beards he is still sporting one... Not a brainer!!!

  • Rashid on August 9, 2007, 0:11 GMT

    I am just wondering did the Pakistan team thought about Australia how they were able to extend cricket carier of australians and thus won the world cup and never mind that we have test to play Australia and South Africa to play. Yes, the determination that yousuf has can be learned from young players and with proper care he will be a great asset on Next world Cup also.I am tired of this Selectors , please bring Imran as chief selector. He won us world cup once and as a manager he will do it again as a manager.

  • Ammar on August 8, 2007, 23:41 GMT

    My gut feeling was that this decision was made as a wake-up call to Yousuf and Razzaq, to improve their fitness and fielding standards (following the Australian was, phooah). But I get the feeling this was the incorrect approach and will backfire with serious ramifications.

    Already Inzy has been denied a central contract and if I were him, I would join the ICL, and I wouldn't be surprised if he and the other 2 choose to do exactly that. It will be a nice retirement package, plus you get away from the constant scrutiny that follows the PAK cricket team. Not to mention the changing POLITICAL landscape in the PCB, with Musharraf and his kidney specialist in charge.

  • Jibran on August 8, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    I am done talking about Pakistan, forgot Pakistan I am backing India from here on or may be Bangladesh, they have more hope these idiots. At least their boards are backing their players. On the other hand Pakistani players always play two teams at a time. One that of on the field and other of the board members off it. Freaken Crack heads.

  • Shamit Raj on August 8, 2007, 22:56 GMT

    I agree with all the people who have commented on this. I respect you Mr. Kamran and agree totally with you. Mohammed Yousuf is a great cricketer; no two ways about it. And a great cricketer is so called because of his ability to adapt and excel in any situation. If the PCB felt he was not suited to this format then I would just like to give them the example of Shiv Chanderpaul. He's one of my favourite and most under-rated cricketers on the world scene.

    If you realise, he can score at any pace depending on the situation. He will adapt and excel. Same with Mohd. Yousuf. And if there were doubts over his fielding abilities then I would defintely for a top class batsmen who's limited in fielding than a good fielder whose batting is incomparable to the former.

    And Razzaq was a shocker. I think the cricket board has lost all its screws and the board members should go on a holiday to revive their non - functional brains. Maybe the change of fresh air shall do the trick. This is Razzaq's forte and they decide to not let him display his mastery in this format. Only the Lord above knows the reason for these exclusions and to give the board some credit we can say these selections were "masterstrokes" - how I wish!

  • Anser Azim on August 8, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    This time its the Generals order to exclude bearded people. In our own lives we treat people differently who speak and dress unlike English!!!!. anser azim

  • Sajid Kheshgi on August 8, 2007, 21:59 GMT

    I believe one of the major issue is the selection of our Captain. Since he is not an automatic selection in either forms of the game, players will be sacrificed to make room for him. Razzaq and Yousuf are much better players than Shoaib Malik but Shoaib needs to bat in the middle order so the sacrifice game has started and will continue into 50 overs and Test match cricket depriving more talented and deserving cricketers of their places in the team.

  • Saima Khan on August 8, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    Players should be in twenties in 20/20 cricket.

    Khurrum Manzoor and Khalid Latif perfomed very well in recent 20/20 selection matches. We have been told that team will select from the performance on those matches.

    Why are they out?

    PCB should needs more clean up. kamran Akmal does not deserve to be in any type of team.

    Misba-ul-haq is not the right person to replace Yousuf. No doubt Yousuf is a best batsman in the team but he is not better than Tendulkar & Dravid.

    Tendulkar & Dravid realized 20/20 is not for the classical players, it is for the players like Afridi or Dhoni or any austrlian players.

    We have lot of cricketres in our country, who deserve to be in the team. Probably thier level is equal too but unfortunately we are limited to 11 players in the team. And we have only one popular game in the country.

    PCB should make seperate team for all type of cricket. So most of our deserving players will have a chance to play for Pakistan cricket team.

    For e.g: Asim Kamal for the test, Yasir Hamid for one day and Shahid Afrid for the 20/20.

    Shoaib Mailk for the test, Yasir Arfat for the one day and Fawad Alam for the 20/20.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • Gulab Khan on August 8, 2007, 21:43 GMT

    Yousuf & Razzak are paying for their player grouping mafia.

    Same player mafia enforced twice deserving Yonius Khan to decline captainship offered.

    Inclusion of Misba-ul-Haq is not correct but removal of Razzak and Yousuf is correct. PCB should break players power.

    PCB could bring Asim Kamal to replace Yousuf instead of Misba. Asim Kamal is a victim of player mafia. He was out of the team after he scored 99 runs in his last inning.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Dawar on August 8, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    Razzak exclusion is fine. Actually it’s good for the team.

    But Yosusuf is the best batsman in Pakistan cricket team.

    He was replace by Misba-ul-Haq (Thanks for Uncle Mudassir Nazar & Aamir Sohail once again).

    Yosusuf is 32 years old and Misba-ul-haq is 33 years old. I do not see any bright future of failed uncle Misba. There is no comparison btw Misba and Yosusuf.

    After we lost world cup, first PCB includes Salman Butt in the team without merit and made him vice captain, after that once again they gave chance to old horse Imran Nazir.

    He scored well in one inning out of his 15 innings. He contained 25.42 ave in his 70 one day matches. Not good for any opener.

    Once again PCB also kept Kamran Akmal as a Wicket Keeper. Please note Kamran Akmal kept the world record of dropping catches in one match, Now PCB replaces Mohammad Yousuf by Misba-ul-Haq.

    This is disasters.

    PCB should include Mohd Yousuf , Khalid latif (Opener), Khurrum Manzorr (Opener) , Asim Kamal (for test) , Zulqurnain Haider (WC) and Anwar Ali in the team.

    They all are deserving players.

    Dawar USA , LA

  • ahsan khan on August 8, 2007, 21:07 GMT

    bang on target man !

  • Rashid on August 8, 2007, 21:02 GMT

    Why Pakistan selectors want to make Yusuf, so upset that will eventualy lead him to bad performance.But why??#.

  • Javaid Abbasi on August 8, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    The Pakistani selectors have gone crazy. Somebody needs to keep a check on them and if they start actig as psycho as they are now, then surely something must be done about it or they will cause more disaster in this fairly talented Pakistan team. I don't remember the names of the selectors - except Salauddin's - but I know for a fact that none of them were quality test players, including Mr Salauddin. The PCB is stupid too. Do they look at the credentials of an individual before entrusting them with a job as responsible as an international selector. The PCB seriously needs to look into the selection of this team and bring back Yoususf as well as justify the selection of Misbah and Rehman. I don't see any place for these two players in the present one-day team, whereas Yousus should be an automatic and sure selection at this time, more sure and more automatic than any other player in this team. As for the selection committee, they are the ones who should be dropped for doing such a sloppy and substandard job.This is gross injustice to Yousuf.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on August 8, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    " The shock that most people have got is not just about dropping or excluding Mohammad Yousuf, it is also about his replacement Misbah ul Haq who is such a big failure " - Javed A Khan I think that pretty much hits the nail on the head and expresses what an overwhelming number of cricket lovers in this country are feeling at the moment. Adnan Khaliq, Usman Majeed, Tariq Ashfaq and Euceph also offer some very interesting views. heh. I couldn't agree more. Also, though I loathe the fact we Pakistanis are so credulous and gullible that we buy every emanating conspiracy theory, I cant help feeling that this decision by the selectors to drop Yousuf gives weight to all those crying out : Inzi's influence in the team is being curtailed by marginalizing his so called lobby. I am frankly, disappointed with Shoaib (and we’re not talking about the Ferrari aka doper here). In fact, this is precisely the reason why I was never in favor of him becoming the captain. Essentially, because he will never stand up for his players or deprecate any action that is initiated by Nasim Ashraf and company. As someone in this blog mentioned, he has become what Younis (in retrospect) abstained from becoming. A dummy captain meant to accept, embrace and please every wish of the MOST INEPT PCB administration ever. Hats off to a great future for Pakistan cricket. cheers!

  • mubashir 4rm dubai on August 8, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    guys u all think misbal ul haq will get a chance!!just think which batting order-one down is younis --2 down is malik then afridi then fawad alam then akmal--so can any one tell me wheres the place for misbah--we might see hafeez in some matches--but i dont think so misbah will be given a chance except they might try him agaisnt scotland on 12th--tht also i doubt they will!! ANYWAYS I THINK PAKistani new team should be given full support then critizing for no use!!anywasy best of luck!!20/20 w.cup will take place in the month of RAmadan--so i guess if our players fast and then play any match there will be no chance of losing then:P--inshallah they will win !!AMEEN

  • Irfan on August 8, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    WOW! What a rush of sentiments! Kamran you sure stirred up an anthill and they're a coming faster than a tsunami. I could see and feel a psychotic twitch in many a posts. If they could, they would rip out the jugular of all the members of this selection committee. We are a nation of masala eaters aren't we! Now I am not on board's side but I do think that for Yousuf there are bigger and better things in store than a glorified form of street cricket. Even I don't consider it as worthy of him. There is plenty of cricket to come and important one too. Save him up for that, now the fact that he participated in the camp will only make him fitter for the next onslaught. I am very sure that it will do him a world of good.The rationale of this Selection committee to replace Yousuf is very bogus. Razzaq is a different story, he was almost on the verge of waning and I think this omission should work as a defibrillator for his career. Misbah is no spring chicken and Rehman, absolutely is redundant.

    They would have done a far better job by sending Khurram Manzoor, Shahid Latif or some other youngsters in the place of current two faux pas.

    Shoaib is another suprise

  • tewari on August 8, 2007, 19:27 GMT

    Paki selectors are not thinking good of Pak Cricket. There was only one good batsman worth watching and you drop him..I being an outsider see no stars in this pak batting line up now with both razzaq and yousuf out..and shoib malik captain..whats happening there ??

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on August 8, 2007, 19:20 GMT

    Gentlemen please talk sence. Yousuf is almost 33 now and an asset to Pakistan cricket. It is therefore imparative that he should be more sellective about his outings and should not over play himself. To me he is best suited for test matches and maybe also for one dayers so he must not be wasted by being pitching him in this instant brand of the game. Almost all the other countries have adopted this policy, why then we in Pakistan are becoming so critical about it. I personally feel that the sellection is fair enough barring of course Misbah which to me looks like a puzzle which I am unable to understand. He is one players who has been given so many chances and each time he failed, yet he remains the blue eyed boy of the board (not only the current board but also during Sheheryar Sb and Gen. Tauqir times.

    May be he too has a midas touch similar to Haroon Rasheed another blue eyed guy of the current and the previous PCB bosses.

    Rgds...........pakigreen.

  • chudhary on August 8, 2007, 19:09 GMT

    how can you select Misbah ?

  • Shaka on August 8, 2007, 19:06 GMT

    For me the only major surprise in the team was the inclusion of Misbah-ul Haq. Yousof is a great batsman but his fielding is poor and every time he plays all I hear is how Pakistan need to hide him in the field, hardly what's required for this type of cricket where every run is important. As for Razzaq, I think his fans just have to accept he's just not performing anymore! Sure he can be explosive on the odd occasion but he WILL concede at least 20 runs every time he fields and his bowling is going to be at least 40 runs conceded with no wickets so unless he scores 60 plus, he is a liability! Pakistan really should've taken a younger, hungrier player for this (possibly Shahid Yousof or Khalid Latif), after all it is only a 20-20 tournament and not exactly that important!

  • yasir on August 8, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    u r rite! i am tired of pakistan cricket! when this selection committee came i had some hope! but dropping of yousuf bhai is shocking, more shocking is the replacement! misbah ul haq averages 13! and does not have a great strike rate as well and is not dat young, infact a few months older than yousuf! they shud have selected shahid yousuf, khalid latif or some youngster instead of him!

    stupid ppl!

  • Muhammad Asif on August 8, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    Catch you some time in September. Hope that everything would be fine by then & you as usual would be keeping the bloggers intact.....Have a nice time. See you.

  • Muhammad Asif on August 8, 2007, 18:52 GMT

    In the previous thread one of our pay&do fame blogger wrote that "The rumour of Mohammad Yousuf to join the sidelines is also there and, its one of the reasons that he left the camp with some other reason as a face saving device. It is a known fact that twenty20 is very different ball game." And in the current thread he takes an about-turn & writes that "based on the analogy of a Rose, he quoted Ricky Ponting that: "a good batsman, is a good batsman, is a good batsman, be it over five days, 50 overs or 20." True, "I am agree" :-)" And purposely he avoided the pay&doism of slectors, the reason may be it back-fired.......

  • The Tooting Trumpet on August 8, 2007, 18:24 GMT

    I'm disappointed, if not surprised. Yousuf is a great batsman who would grace the tournament. There are few batsmen I would back to hit boundaries consistently off the 70mph - 76mph merchants, but he and Razzaq would have been two of them!

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on August 8, 2007, 18:16 GMT

    Was it necessary to play Yousuf in the Twenty20 Cup? This is the million dollar question. There seem to be equally cogent arguments going for and against that proposition. Yousuf is the team’s premier batsman but on the other hand his style is incompatible with what Twenty20 requires. If I was planning a team for Twenty20 I would keep only two batsmen who are expert in keeping the strike rotating and absorbing pressure (the rest being batsmen who keep playing their expansive shots). In my opinion Pakistan can manage with Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam to do that. Both can also play attackingly if required. Now that Yousuf has been sidelined Shoaib Malik has to let Fawad Alam take some responsibility and show his talent. Since both of these players are also bowlers, they offer an added advantage. When you consider the fact that Yousuf is not the most eligible Twenty20 player AND ALSO that his fielding is a big let down, you see the picture in a different light.

    This is not to say that Misbah is a viable replacement for Twenty20 format. I have supported Misbah’s inclusion in the side previously but primarily for Tests, not for Twenty20. The only thing going in his favour as far as this particular selection is concerned is his impressive showing in the practice matches. If you look at it Misbah has only been given few chances and that also a few years ago. I think he deserves a place in the current Test squad as a replacement for the inconsistent and undisciplined Younis Khan. Similarly Asim Kamal is the ideal replacement for Inzamam.

    Most of us have shared our views about Razzaq. My opinion is that he is history whether that is ODI’s, Tests or Twenty20. The longer he is kept outside international cricket, the more likely that he will grow more hungry for success and return as a more mature and seasoned player. I fail to discern why Mr Abbasi supports his inclusion especially in the light of his unimpressive batting performances in the practice matches played on flat, hard and batsmen-friendly surfaces.

    Can one really be too critical of this new era of PCB? Shoaib Akhtar has been fined a hefty amount for his negligent attitude to training. We never thought Abdul Razzaq would ever be excluded from a squad. It has finally happened. Inzamam is not being treated as a certain inclusion in any form of future international cricket and has been informed that he has to maintain his fitness if any inclusion is ever likely. Fawad Alam has not been hopelessly disgraced like Asim Kamal and looks like he will get a chance to perform after all. Misbah ul Haq was frequently sidelined and the inconsistent Faisal Iqbal and Younis Khan were preferred to his detriment. Even though Misbah is not a young man, he deserves a chance to play owing to his outstanding domestic performances. I don’t understand when people say that domestic performances don’t matter in international cricket. If that is so, why was Imran Farhat played continuously for one year under Inzamam despite giving ordinary performances? He was selected because of his impressive domestic record. I am not stating of course that Misbah is set to become the next Miandad, but PCB selectors have been unjust to him for a long time and finally he is experiencing some respite.

    So in my opinion, this new era so far has been a more fair and just era than we have seen in recent times.

  • nasir on August 8, 2007, 17:58 GMT

    Being left behind could be a good thing for MoYo. It would at least mean he won;t eb part of yet another embarrassing World Cup performance. Which team would make the mistake of leaving out their best batsman? At least it would give them an excuse for not performing well.

    Razzaq was struggling but is till a much better players for 20/20 than Shoaib Akhter who seems to injure something as soon as he is anyhwere near a cricket ground. I think he needs to resume his doses of whatever he was taking.

    I feel sorry for Shoaib Malik since he will be striiped of his captaincy and used as a scapegoat upon return.

    As I said earlier, anytime the Pakistan team depends on Shahid Afridi, who is the team's most experienced player, to win the World Cup for us, "God Bless Us".

    Razzaq was struggling but could have

  • Waqar Ali on August 8, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    I think people just need to start accepting a change once in a while. Don't make an issue out of Yousuf not playing Twenty20 Cricket.

    His average doesn't do him any good , plus, Misbah-ul-Haq never really got his hands to play proper International cricket.

    Give the guy (Misbah) a break, let him show his talent. Just because of Inzamam and Yousuf, don't grind players that probably deserved some chance in the past. Even if he's a failure, 'who cares' - just be a good sport.

    A least, look for positives, for once stop showing the same gheesi-peeti whinning.

    "Try to reason yourself by being in their shoes"

  • Javaid Abbasi on August 8, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    The Pakistani selectors are insane and I am surprised that Shoaib Malik is not doing anything about it. Imran Khan would have put these insane selectors in their places. There is a lot of stupidity going on in the Pakistan Cricket set up right now and the omission of Mohammad Yousuf is the most supidist decision ever taken by any selector any where in the world. Not only should Yousuf be an automatic choice in the Pakistan team, he probably should be the captain right now and he is not that old. For God's sake he is younger than Misbah - that Misbah definitely has connections. They picked Misbah over Yousuf - thats the biggest joke and truly illustrates how bad the present selectors are and may be even corrupt! Where is Imran Khan - the biggest voice and authority - right now? I would like to hear his views about this unfair omission of Yousuf.

  • Galib. Virigina on August 8, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Mr Euceph Ahmed, I think you have a problem with Beard and Islam. if you do, take up with religious leaders not on this Blog. This is just for Cricket and Seems to me that you have no Idea and knowledge to criticize one of the best batsmen of our time "Mohammad Yousuf". We, in this blog, are not interested in his beard but his fantastic batting. I am very dissappointed that PCB did not include him in the team.

  • Amyn Habib on August 8, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Ah, the genius of Pakistani selectors!

    At the end of World Cup 2003, a fan may have reasonably thought that things could hardly get worse. Then came the utterly humiliating World Cup 2007 and the loss to Ireland. That would have seemed to be the absolute bottom. But no, there is a lot more to come.

    Perhaps there is a competition among Pakistani Cricket Administration and Selectors over the years as to who can inflict the maximum damage to the team—and use the most outrageous and stupid ways to do it.

    As you and many others have noted, the exclusion of Yousuf from the 20/20 team is hard to understand. As for the retarded cretins who run Pakistan Cricket—this move sets a really high benchmark for bad decision making- which even they might struggle to top.

    Or perhaps, it is a deliberate attempt, the first move to demoralize and remove Pakistan’s best (and only world class) batsman from the team.

  • Farhan Aziz on August 8, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    Misbah is a nice guy, perhaps the only guy with an MBA, but he certainly cannot replace Yusuf at any form of the game, even if he can field better. Yusuf is a class act with the bat. Full Stop. As many of you have already pointed out, Salu made a huge fuss when Bari was in charge, but Salu starts is tenure with perhaps the most stupid move ever. And he follows it up by stating that Lawson was not consulted as he does not know the boys. Ever heard of courtesy, Salu bhai? Oh sorry... non one should complain when you're in power.

  • Umair Muzaffar on August 8, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    I agree ... this is ridiculous. Yousuf has a problem with his throwing and chasing after the ball ... he is weak in that arena. I would have sent to some corrective school for fielding rather than just drop him from the side.

    He is the type of palyer that needs investment in his presence on the field.

    Until his fielding is on par with others ... I would put him in slips ... it really does not require a throwing and rarely do the fielders have to chase the ball.

    He is THE BEST BATSMAN in the team ... and need to treat him like one.

    Regards, Umair

  • Youhanas exclusion on August 8, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    my take is this.. new management wants to send a message to overly religious people in the team.

    which is good thing for pakistan cricket and secular pakistan.

  • Zafar on August 8, 2007, 17:05 GMT

    I am really surprised that you did not write a single word on how the Pakistan Cricket Board is treating Inzamam. Regardless of his weight and his religiousity, he is still one of the best batsmen of test cricket. Let me make a prediciton here, that if on one pretext or another, PCB is able to keep Inzamam out of the test squad, Pakistan's performance in all the three upcoming series (against South Africa, India, and Australia) would be miserable.

  • Jack Murphy on August 8, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    Well folks all this should be no surprise. Conspiracy theory is alive and well.There is a quota system in place for cricket selections , disproportionate with the demographics.95% of the players have to be from around Lahoristan. Nice work PCB. You dare not agree to this post or be damned as a Ghaddaar.

    Thanks

    Jack

  • Nabeel adeel on August 8, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    How in this world can u drop razzaq and yousuf from any Pak team.Razzaq might have been a lil out of form bt just on his batting he can win matches single handedly.misbah for yousuf wow this can only happen in Pakistan. This leaves no doubt tht selection in the team is based heavily on "Sifarish" or may be even money.I saw misbah playing once and he had prbs rotating strike or finding the boundary in tht ODI, how can the selectors even compare him to yousuf who is so fluent on both sides of the wicket.As long as the selectors get their share of the money it does not mamter to them if Pakistan wins or not. Rightly so Indian guys in here in USA are laughing at this selection

  • Khalid Jalil Baig on August 8, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    I hate to say this but I’ll because I am hurt by the exclusion of Yousaf in particular and Razzaq in general. Pakistan lost its chance to get to the semis by not having these players. Trust me, may be they will save the shame full exit from towent20 world cup (like the one they had in 2007 world cup) but wont go farther than that. I don’t even want to compare the player who was replaced by Yousaf, only feel pity for him, this poor guy has been put to such a great situation that he’s not capable of. The selectors are out of their minds, there must be something going fishy in pcb (permanent chaotic board). Look who are giving their selection views and being consulted, Shoib Malik n Salman Butt, who’s total (runs, centuries, matches played) in between not even the half of Yousaf total, forget about the stature and class. I can sense the religious factor might have played a role also in case of Yousaf exclusion. Yousaf is an automatic selection he doesn’t need this below par selection stooges.

  • Farjad Tanveer on August 8, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    Are the selectors really clear about why they did what they did?!?!? Can any selector really let us know as to the EXACT reason why Yousuf was omitted?? Its totally illogical to take 15 "young" ppl and not 14 "young" and 1 "old" i.e. if criterion for old is number of international matches a person has played and NOT his age!!!!!!

  • Muhammad Umair Yasir on August 8, 2007, 16:12 GMT

    Add one more question to it, Kamran.

    What about Younis Khan's inclusion (specially when he was hinting at retiring from One Day cricket a few months ago and played only two Twenty-20 matches for Yorkshire this season).

  • anwar on August 8, 2007, 16:06 GMT

    There can be no justification for leaving M yousaf out of the team and including a failed international player like misbah in his place. You need a consistent solid batsman to hold the innings while others can use the short hanlde. Yousaf and Inzimam probably are the best for that. Leaving them both out for one reason or other is simple unjustifiable. The team morale decreases once everyone knows that the best are not out there and this is what exactly happened in last world cup and Pakistan made a disgrceful exit. When best openers were omitted and poor selction let to teams demise. Why cant we learn from our mistakes.

  • Ali on August 8, 2007, 15:54 GMT

    true that!

  • nadeem on August 8, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    I am tired of pakistan cricket. I was a big fan of the team, but the silly board which always takes wrong decision really gets on my nerves now. How in the world can they drop Razzaq for 20-20 cricket. We all know how destructive he can be. Well as far as yusuf is concerned, i think they want to decrease his growing clout on the team. The selection committee is filled with crooks i say.

  • KJ on August 8, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    Although I am sad to see Yousuf left out, let's face it, 20/20 is a slogger's game and Yousuf is a classicist, probably not suited to such cricket. In fact playing 20/20 may actually harm his skills at Test cricket. let the youngsters get a chance. The result of the tournament is mostly about lucky slogging. Misbah is a mystery. Perhaps he can hit a long ball in a short innings. Razzaq is a lazy player and has no future in Pakistan cricket. It has become a certainty for the Pakistan selectors to be maligned but perhaps in this case they are not far off the mark. Look at the England selection which on paper looks as crazy as Pakistan's.

  • noor on August 8, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf got booted out from the Pak team because he was bringing relegion into cricket.

    After Inzamam, there has been is a purge to remove players who brings religion into the Pakistan's cricket and disrupt the normal way a team prepares themselves for major games.

    I applaud the PCA for a bold and couragious move. I have said this before that relgion should be in one's heart not ostentatious displayed in front of millions people watching all over the world.

    Inzamam, Yousuf and co made the Pakistani team looked like fumdamentalist mullahs. Not a good image for the national team in the current political climate.

    Players who are picked for Pakistan should focus solely on cricket, thats what they have been paid to do not preach relgion otherwise a conflict of interest arise whence affect the team's performance e.g. the debacle way the Pak team was ousted out of last World cup.

  • vijay on August 8, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    When there is always the talk of looking ahead in cricket after every selection it is surprising that the wise selectors invest in Ajit agarkar instead of Sreesant. Atleast being with the team would do a world of good to the Youngsters confidence. God knows how Agarkar manages to hang on in every team. It is not only with this set of selectors. He's been the literal blue eyed boy of all the selector panels.

  • waseem from karachi on August 8, 2007, 15:13 GMT

    what a great decision by some stupid selectors who know nothing about test and odi cricket,how can they understand 20 20 cricket..outclass batsman is out and 3rd class selectors are in for playing with prolific players'careers..Mohammad Yousaf,outstanding player,not selected for a worldcup team for pakistan then what about younis khan,,how is he eligible for 20 20,when yousuf is not eligible?selectors should be asked about it.i guess they are doing all this to show mr.Bush their ROSHAN KHYALI AND NO DAARHI...no inzi,no rana naveed,no yousuf,no asim kamal,everything is so clear.i wish 2 see this ROSHAN KHYAL team being involved in even worst results in 20 20 worldcup than westindies'worldcup2007..aameen

  • Dr. M. Z. Mashreque on August 8, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    Selectors coming from Pakistan's Cricket Administration, by traditon, have been tragically myopic for which talented Pakistani cricket team, time and again, suffer the consequences. This time around, despite our hopes to the contrary, we see no exception. Among their other misdirected actions, we also see the same pattern of sacrificing the class and experienced at the altar of inexperience and "fresh". These so-called selectors have actually added a new item to their senseless world of ineptitude: irreligiosity. They seem to have a pathological hatred of the religious,and it is no wonder that they are hell-bent on destroying the great Inzam and now Yusuf. Heaven help us!!!

  • Hammad Siddiqi on August 8, 2007, 14:59 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, you call Misbah-ul-Haq "an old has been" I beg to differ sir, Misbah-ul-Haq is what would better be termed as a "never was"

    Success in Pakistani domestic cricket has never been a benchmark for success in internationals. I don't have a clue what the PCB selectors are smoking!

  • Mian Muhammed on August 8, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    Very well said Kamran. Infact Pakistan has made a biggest mistake by not including M Youssaf. Selectors have infact shot in their feet by ignoring the best batsman of the year 2006 and deprived off spectators of not watching him in action. Misba a failure in the past and will always fail in future as well as he does not have what it takes to compete at the internaional level. If for some reasons he has to be included in the team, it could have been at the expense of any other player not at the best batsman. Pakistan would have been a real force has Youssaf been included becuase he is well capable of staying at the crease and guide others to play strokes around him. Now we got no stable player who can fullfill that role. I just dont understand what is happening, God must save Pakistani cricket but God also helps those who want to help themselves. I m not sure with pakistan at the moment.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on August 8, 2007, 14:45 GMT

    I couldn’t have voiced it better myself, Kamran. However, the question that’s whizzing through my mind is whether Nasim Ashraf and his sycophants are accountable to anyone in this country? As evident from their infuriatingly baseless selection policies, this administration is incredibly proficient at fostering irrational and needless controversies. I personally feel, a selector should be someone who has played a substantial number of games for Pakistan so that the credibility of the person at least, is a non issue. What we have here is that Sallu( And why the hell is Fakhre Alam always buttering him up in Bolay Kia bat hay) and Salim Jaffer, both with minimal exposure at the international level, are hardly credible and competent selectors with colossal doubts over their integrity and authority. Correspondingly, absurd selection policies ranging from preferring Misbah Ul Haq over Asim Kamal in the contracted list of players to dropping Yousuf for Misbah in the squad for the Twenty20 world cup are merely inevitable. What is even more vexing is to hear these idiots justify their selection policies by resorting to the clichéd ‘It’s high time we give the youngsters a chance’ rhetoric. Misbah, not only by virtue of his unsatisfactory experiences at the international level, but also by the age factor, completely contradicts this justification of the selectors. Also, As Osman Samiuddin, appropriately points out in his article, if the logic behind his inclusion was the need for a player who could play the anchor role and carry the team around him, which sane person on this planet would prefer Misbah to do that job or play that role over Yousuf (the most consistent batsmen for us in the recent years) ? To say that Misbah has an impressive average in the ‘domestic’ twenty20 games, which he actually does (49.34), is unfortunately not enough for him to merit a place over YOUSUF. This is Yousuf that we are talking about, not Imran Farhat. Yousuf, the highest ranked Pakistan player in the official ICC rankings, the man who shattered all batting records in the previous calendar year and perhaps, the only current Pakistani player who could walk into any world class team without any question asked is dropped for Misbah? In hindsight, Nasim Ashraf and his goons have hijacked Pakistan cricket and there is nothing we can do about it. Blah.

    p.s On a side note, im looking forward to what Mr. Euceph, Javed Khan and the other regulars have to say about this lack of transparency and common sense in all cricketing issues under the reign of Nasim Ashraf.

  • Ardent Supporter on August 8, 2007, 14:38 GMT

    The idiotic brokers of powers in the military are ruining every national institution by posting incompetent people at important posts. The PCB and the selection committee has risked alienating the only batsman in the country to appease their cronies. Why Misbah ul Haq and why Junaid Zia??

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg Virginia, USA on August 8, 2007, 14:32 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board like its sister and brother organizations is poorly run, mismanaged and an autocratic institution. Far from being a democratically elected body it is composed of appointed officials, who remain in office at the whim and caprice of his majesty (The patron in Chief). I could not agree less with you Kamran and with Osman Samiuddin.... whose side are the selectors on? They are out to ruin careers and destroy Pakistan Cricket and any chances it may have of winning matches at competitions.

    Pakistan Cricket is so much poorer failing to recognize the value of players like Yousuf who ranks among the top batsmen in the circuit and Razzak whose batting at the bottom can still change the complexion of a game.

  • Aatif Irshad on August 8, 2007, 14:23 GMT

    I think i differ with Kamran on this one.There is no doubt in my mind that Yousuf is the best batsman we have got in the current team,with Inzamam well in his twilight.Howver Twenty20 is a totally different form of the game and for me yousuf doesnt exactly fit in to the scheme of things.India too left out there top 3 i.e. Dravid,Ganguly & Tendulkar.I think the selectors have got it right here.As for Misbah-ul-Haq's selection like every one i too am baffled to say the least!!! cheers..

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on August 8, 2007, 14:17 GMT

    I am baffled with the policies of selection. First Asim Kamal vanishes then Misbah-ul-Haq from no where emerges; what a mockery! I can confidently place my bet on saying that there is no one atleast in our part of the world who have such a late order hitting capability as do Razzaq. He has been a prolific servent of Pakistan and often bailed them out of jail on his own brilliance. He is still young and to exclude him in 20Twenty format is a crime and absurd. Mohammad Yousuf on the other hand has been ill-treated on the bases of the World Cup performace. It's like forcing to fall from a hero to zero. I really feel sorry as our cricket is in dire straits; following a pattern of squash and hockey!

  • CP on August 8, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    Pakistan lives up to its reputation as a country whose selector's main focus seems to be to kill careers.

  • Shoaib on August 8, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    Dejection seems to be a strong word for someone who is dropped for an event that even the Australians are not taking very seriously. Firstly I do not think this is the end of Yousuf's career. Being dropped for a twenty 20 event does not translate into a big deal in my opinion. If the selectors felt that they needed specialists for this event then so be it. England has left out some of their best batsmen in their squad but I do not hear a lot of criticism in their selection. I think the squad is balanced with a bunch of all round players which is what you need for an event like this.

  • Z on August 8, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has always been frustrating for the fans. Some of the decisions the selectors make are so mind boggling and we often think that who is selecting these kind of selectors. They seem normal people but for some reason when they become selectors, something happens to them. I can't even understand their logic. Had they used a new talent to replace Mohammad Yousuf, that was Very understandable...but they have replaced him with even an older person?!?!? Do they take out names out of a big hat? Razzak SHOULD have been selected just because he is a big hitter. Out of 3 regular games....he is bound to click in one of them and we all know that when he clicks...the other teams weep. Man...I seriously think that my 5 year old kid has a better logic, than these so called selectors of Pakistan Cricket. This is pathetic.

  • KAMRAN on August 8, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    this should be called Punjab Cricket Club rather then pakistan cricket team - RAO IFTIKHAR IN PLACE OF SAMI - MISBAH in place of FAISAL IQBAL or ASIM KAMAL - what a joke - HYPOCRITES

  • saif on August 8, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    Reasons are quite obvious. Its his fielding prowess, lack of it of course, that decided his fate.

  • Usman Nazar Rathore on August 8, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    I agree with Kamran here and i am as irritated as him with PCB selection committee's "TOO MUCH BRAINY" ideas, sometimes too much logical thinking brings out the most illogical and bad decisions as well. I think the board is trying to justify its "Question Mark" decision of giving a central contract to Misbah Ul Haq by selecting him rather than Yousaf which is another "QM" decision. Needless to say Misbah himself is no Jhonty Rhodes in the field as fielding was the main reason given by PCB for dropping Yousaf. After Inzamam, the backbone of Pakistan's batting whether Test or ODI is mainly dependant on Yousaf, players with such talent and responsiblity demands confidence and this decision will definitely dent it. In my view a bad fielder has no place in ODI or Test as well so if Yousaf is so bad, then PCB should be bold enough to drop him in these two formats as well. What good is fielding if Pakistan batting musters up less than 120 runs or even much lesser in the 20 20 matches. Yousaf is not a good fielder, i agree but he is not bad either, Also with a 105 batting strike rate in 20 20 and abt 80 in ODI i would pick him any day for this format.

  • asif khan on August 8, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    This is the reason why the pakistan board and selectors are the laughing stock of the cricket world. Basically they are a disgrace, joke. I feel like crying. Their should be some sort of accountability. They way stars are treated is comical, dont they realise class is permanent form is temporary. Mohammad Yousuf would get in any side in any form of cricket. Hate jumping on bandwaggons however the way Inzamam was treated considering what he has achieved a joke. Any way would rather have a hasbeen then a never was. Pakistan journalists have to put pressure on the board that they can not treat players and fans like this. Dont they realise a strong board will result in a strong team.

  • ITAINTE on August 8, 2007, 13:33 GMT

    I just don't understand what has gone into the Pakistani selectors head? Mohammad Yousuf is the new tycoon of cricket and since Inzamam's gone you need at least 1 guy to hold together the middle order due to the vulnerable top order batsmen. And guess who is the replacement a 33 year old fart and the selectors justify by saying that they have brought fresh legs in. Abdul Razzaq- How can anyone forget he hit 5 4's to McGrath in Australia and Razzaq and Afridi are sort of guys who can single-handedly change the momentum of the game in the matter of 5 overs. So, all I can say about the Pakistani selectors is that I am sick of them. Although I am not a Pakistani, I've always liked Pakistan and favored them through their ups and downs. But these sort of political drama makes people lose their faith in Pakistan cricket and make them hopeless. I am afraid that Pakistani cricket is gonna get rid of Yousuf and Razzaq just like South Africa got rid of Klusener who was the best. I think then I would have to start supporting Kenya or Canada or Nepal in cricket cuz at least I believe they treasure real talent and handle cricket and politics separately.

  • Imran on August 8, 2007, 13:32 GMT

    mr. abbasi

    has ur logic gone out the window? its for Yousufs own good to miss this championship!! yousufs fielding wil never make up for his batting in this game!! if he drops dhoni and dhoni goes onto make a big score, wel im sorry but he cant bat as quickly as dhoni so he cant make it up. His running between the wicket is horrible, if 5 of our players get runout wel goodluck winning this thing. As long as misbah is fit he is better than yousuf!! nobody is asking misbah to make a hundred, this is 20-20 not a test match!! and my friend misbah isnt coming into the test team he is only coming into a 20-20 team!!

    as for all the records, well they mean nothing in this form of the game!! especially since u talk abt test matches, well what do test matches have to do with 20-20!! Are england taking vaughan although he is a better fielder! Do you think sri lanka would take attapatu?

    Razzaq did have a case, but this is a serious wake up call, his batting cannot be of any use unless he improves his bowling!! he needs to bowl well otherwise his career is pretty much over!! Razzaq cant pick up singles and doubles when he bats what use would he be in our batting line up!!

    Hopefully Razzaq will improve his bowling and yousuf will take this as a break before the SA series and the hectic tours following that!!

  • Tahir Hassan on August 8, 2007, 13:31 GMT

    Pakistan selectors for lack of better word destructors once again lived up their image of irrational influence by "sfarash" have axed a batsman of the calibre of Yousuf. Who the hell is Misbah -- never heard of him in international arena. Is he related to some bigwig!!

  • Zeeshan on August 8, 2007, 13:07 GMT

    I am in complete shock! What on earth is the PCB doing to Pakistani cricket? It is complete lunacy leaving out your best batsmen on grounds which are as unclear to us they are to the PCB selection committee. This current crop of Administrators from the PCB has done nothing but cause humiliation and mistrust within the team and internationally.

    Under Nasim Ashraf Pakistani cricket has seen some of the worst decision making I can think of, I honestly don’t believe I could have made worst decision if I tried. Here are just a few that come to mind:

    1. The doping scandal. Banning and reinstating Asif and Shoaib making the PCB look like a bunch of cowboys.

    2. Making Salmaan Butt the Vice Captain even though he can’t hold a permanent position in the team, this in turn has probably isolated him from the more senior players.

    3. The hiring of Lawson, ok fair enough he still has a lot of time to prove me wrong but was wrong with Watmore? Who has proved himself everywhere time and time again.

    4. This amazing belief that Islam was the reason for there downfall in the world cup.

    5. The treatment of Inzamam, who has been a true hero for Pakistan since 1992.

    This list is could go on and on! (please add to it)

    Could it be that the PCB are determined to rid the team of any strong or established members who will challenge there authority and are over compensating for there supposed mistakes with Inzamam and Bob?

    Who are they answerable to?

    I would just like to congratulate the PCB on behalf of all the opposing 2020 bowlers who will sleep that much better knowing that there is no Yousuf and Razzaq to worry about!

  • amjad on August 8, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, this is an attempt by the PCB to "de-islamacise" the Pakistan Cricket Team. There is no cricketing reason for keeping Yusuf out - He is a steadying influence in the middle order, and is a very effectice "nudger and nurdler" which is something that will be needed in the Twenty20 competition. You cannot always blast an overful of boundaries and you always need to keep the scoreboard ticking over - something that Yusuf excels at. I think this is a major loss for pakistan and i don't know what the ramification of this will be, especially since he hasn't signed his PCB contract and there is an offer from the ICL, allegedly. It is ironic that the ICL, in a Hindu country, does not have any problems with Yusuf and his observance of his religion, whilst Pakistan(a muslim country)or rather the PCB (run by pakistani's) appears to have issues with his observance of religion. Very strange and sorry state of affairs.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on August 8, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    And of course Chief Jester Naseem does it again. Pakistan cricket is headed for diaster, unparalled even in its not-so-chequered history. Few people will question that without Yousef and Inzi, we have the worst batting line up in international cricket with the possible exceptions of Bangladesh. What is more, people like Shoiab Mallik, salmn Butt, etc would not make it to any internal 11 save pakistan; Salman Butt would not quality for 3rd grade league cricket in Australia. We're headed for diaster not only in the Twenty20 but also in the subsequent tests later this year. There is no aternative to Inzi and Yousef. NONE! So somebody kick Naseem back to the medical profession please and force some sanity upon the selection committee.

  • Badar Siddiqi on August 8, 2007, 12:53 GMT

    I'm really baffled by the selectors' argument that both Yousuf and Razzaq needed a break. Just how much international cricket are we playing these days to warrant a break? Infact,their first game in the Twenty20 Championship will be their first in almost four months. You simply can't cast out such immensely experienced players especially when playing in South Africa. If the selectors wanted to do any experimentation, they should have waited till the Asia Cup next year since that tournament will be played on Pakistani pitches on which our domestic players flourish. Come Twenty20 Championship and see how much Pakistan is going to miss the solidity of Yousuf in the middle, especially since Inzamam is no longer around, and the slogs of Razzaq in the end. That's the difference between matches lost and win.

  • ali on August 8, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    i am speechless. when i read the news i felt like punching my laptop. in terms of administration and selection the pcb is on the level of wicb and zcu. more importantly i would like to say that shoaib malik has shown himself to be what younis khan didnt want to be. A dummy captain that has no power and brain of his own. Step up and resign malik.

  • Imran Zia on August 8, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    The selectors have done a good job and a brave one. One thing is for sure that the did not defend themselves as one would like but the reasons are obvious. Both the players missing are poor fielders. By now they should know that they would fail to be part of the Pakistan limited over side if they keep on fielding the way they have. Misbah ul haq's last innings is a half century against the mighty Australians which includes a couple of sixes off Warne. They is no doubt that this guy can bat and is a good finisher and even at his age fit enough to play for Pakistan. Probably he made the mistake of giving his real age to the cricket board (believe me he looks a lot younger than most of our 26 year olds).

  • Faisal (Lonodon) on August 8, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    I will disagree with you on Mohammad Yousaf, I think his exclusion have some reasons behind. 1. He broke that viv's record in test cricket which is no way closer to 20twenty. 2. He is not a hard hitting batsman who can make a quick fifty in 20 25 balls. 3. His fielding is not up to the standards of 20twenty cricket. 4. If you think he can play an anchor role, then there is already Younis, whose fielding is much better than yousaf. 5. If you compare the team selection with India and England, you can easliy observe that its not only Pakistan. 6. One reason could be his mother who is in hospital I think.

    As far as razzaq is concerned, I think his chance in the team was fifty fifty.

  • Adnan Khaliq on August 8, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    live on TV yesterday, the chief selector told the media that Mohd Yousuf "is a world class batsman but we are trying new ideas and looking to some of the youngsters" what nonsense a team never drops its best batsman! I do not want to start a conspiracy theory but it seems anybody who prays namaz and has a beard in the Pakistan team is going to have a serious witch hunt against them and be marginalised for future selection. This also evidence that Inzamam ul Haq one of my heroes of pakistan cricket will never set foot on a cricket field representing pakistan again!!! We seem to have a habit and a knack of treating our champion players with contempt! Nothing new then!

  • Syed Saif (Sialkot) on August 8, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    The reasons for Pakistan's bad performanc in Icc World cup 2007(westindies) was the exit of big and experienced players like Shoib akhtar,Razzak and Asif. And in this case Pakistan again missing some big names like Yousuf and Razzak it.Pakistan certainly will miss class of Yousuf in the middle order. Players like Misbah included in the team who will be under immense pressure while making his comeback. Lets pray for Team Pakistan to do well in Championship

  • Zuhair on August 8, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    Nothing new with the dropping of a in-form batsman & instead picking an 'old has been', the pakistan selectors & board have been doing this over the last few years. Until PCB run professionally with accountability like a business this will continue endlessly.

  • Muhammad Asif on August 8, 2007, 12:08 GMT

    Why I am always vocal to quality domestic setup, because I don't want to be so vulnerable that someone's single bad decision would disheart me upto the extent you are in. I want a quality domestic setup which would give us tens' of Mohammad Yousaf's if not hundreds'. Then Whichever Yousaf is selected I won't lose the hope. Just have a look at hockey, lack of astrotroughs resulted in a below average team from unbeatbles'. Same thing would happen to cricket if domestic setup is not improved.

  • Malik Khurram Shehzad on August 8, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    Chairman PCB has come from USA with only one point agenda i.e. destroy the cricket in the country and demotivate the legends to that extent that they consider to leave the field. Since his appointment, Pakistan cricket is in jeopardy. Champion's Trophy, Doping issue, World Cup 2007, Bob Woolmer, Coach, Shoaib Akhtar, Inzamam, ICL and now Yousuf and Razzak - all these happened in the short span of current chairman. How could you prefer Misbah over naturally talented players like Inzamam and Yousuf. Razzaq is considered to be one of the lethat final overs batsman, who could destroy any bowling attack with his immense powered hitting. He could be the match winning player in such form of cricket. Such decisions create disappointment among the legends. Who will accept the responsibility for downfall of cricket in Pakistan?

  • ahmed on August 8, 2007, 11:41 GMT

    killers of careers, that's a touch harch is it not. in saying that, yousuf being dropped is a surprise, though a few surprises were expected. misbah's selection seems disboliqal on the face of it, tough he did score heavily in the recent domestic season- especially in the T20 championship.

    there are 7 changes in this squad from the one sent to the world cup, so where careers have been killed , some have also been given another chance...yasir rafat, misbah et al.

    rarely has a paksitan team been selected without a touch of controversy and this team is no different.

    t20 cricket is a new thing, let the youngsters have a chance. Yousuf is a certainity in the test and one day side. lets be honest here, T20 isn't the cricket he grew up planning to play, neither did others, but yousuf's style of play is most suggestive of his distance from the T20 way of things.

    this seems a high risk startegy, a failure like we recently had in the world cup 2007 could spell the end of the present administration, but a good run could spell the start of a new dawn.

    exciting times i tell thee

  • asgar on August 8, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    ithink the look was the criteria as simple as that. crazy selectors

  • Disappointed Follower of Pak cricket on August 8, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    Whole nation is in shock, Misbah is miles behind Yusuf in batting and as a fielder also is no better than him. I am unable to understand selectors reasons for omitting him. I would like to ask two question from selectors: 1) If they want to rest him and keep him fresh for future series then why the hell he was part of the 20/20 practice matches in such hot and humid conditions. Take an example of Shoaib Akhtar what happened to him during one of the matches. 2) If selectors want to deploy young blood in the team, in that case Misbah has no place since much more talented and younger players than Misbah are waiting for an opportunity to prove their talent and credentials

  • Miraz on August 8, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    To be frank, Yousuf and Razzak should have been automatic choice for the Twenty20 World Cup. Razzak is a destroyer in shorter version of game and Yousuf is a class for any version of cricket. I am afraid Pakistani cricket will never come out of political correctness and this will cause sufferings in coming years. I hope Geoff Lawson will make some difference here. BTW, I am not a Pakistani but follows pakistan cricket.

  • Bis on August 8, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Kamran I share your bewilderment. You, however, are better informed than most and I am surprised you are not at least giving us a hypothesis about why you think Yousuf is being treated like this?

    Is it completely unrelated to his recently acquired religious enthusiasm and his closeness to Inzy?

  • omar hussain on August 8, 2007, 11:17 GMT

    Let's not get pent up about the exclusion of Yousuf and Razzaq!It is only a 20 overs tournament and the real games are the Test+ODI against South Africa!A rest might be the best for both players though i think Yousuf has not been treated according to his status.

  • zameer uddin on August 8, 2007, 11:16 GMT

    Please find below e-mail address for cheif justice of pakistan. Please send him e-mail and ask him for somoto action on this stupid selection. Please do it as soon before its too late.Also pass this to as many people as you can. cjpakistan@yahoo.com. Please ask him to take action.

    Zameer

  • ruchit on August 8, 2007, 11:16 GMT

    I guess Pakistan cricket selectors have gone total nuts. How can you leave out your best batsman and best finisher. Ridiculous selection once again.

    Regards. Ruchit.

  • Gauhar Sharih on August 8, 2007, 11:14 GMT

    As an unashamedly fanatical pakistan cricket lover, I would like to make 2 comments. Firstly, it is high time that Razzaq was left out of the team. His performance in the field and whilst bowling has been below internationally acceptable standards for some time now. On occasions, it appears like he feels his place in the team is guaranteed, and he treats it like a 9-5 job, completely devoid of any passion. His batting is now also failing, so this is a fair decision by the selectors. However, I am utterly baffled by Yusuf's exclusion. He would probably make any world eleven, and although he is not always the quickest scorer, even in twenty over matches you do need players with stickability in the middle order, so that the dashers can thrash out at the other end. And I am sure he didn't need a break - he hasn't played since June! The selectors, I am pretty sure, will regret this particular decision.

  • Saj Shah on August 8, 2007, 11:12 GMT

    The Pakistani selectors have to look to the future. Razzaq and Yousuf lack 100% commitment in the field. Okay Razzaq is a wicket to wicket bowler but at his pace he will leak runs like Thames Water's leaking pipes? Plentiful? 20Twenty is only 120 balls, M Yousuf take 20-30 balls to warm up, different style of cricket all together. From what I have read of Fawad and co, they will have a spring in their step which pakistani miss. Let's build for the future. Pak could by in May against the Sri Lankans without Inzi and Khan, but still won the series, the Sri Lankans in my humble opinion despite playing a weakend line up would of still struggled at full strengh.

  • Naseer on August 8, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    The logic behind the omittion of M.Yousof and Razzaq has become an ambiguous dilemma, and stretching it toward any direction does not pave the way for any sort of positive spark. The selectors have cited, M. yousouf will be reserved for upcoming series, This is totally anti-common sense, because it means that TWC has no importance, and is wasted; this is something that Indian selectors also seem to be of the same point of view as their paksiani counterparts. But fact of the moment is that cricket in its either form on international level is of great significance and these sort of events organized by ICC and participated by its members should be given extraordinary attention and care. And if the reason of axing is their disability to perform well in TWC then it is even worse and baseless, because if a player like M. Yousof does not have the ability to swing his arms and perish the ball over the boundaries, then there is no batesman in Pakistan. He is a classic batesman who can turn it around with his classical drives and well placed powerful shots. As far as Razaq is concerned, he has proven his ability on the ground, with the sort of ability he has to perish any bowling attack, and win the matches on his individual performances.

  • Jamie Dowling on August 8, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    As an outsider I can only say I'm stunned that Yousuf isn't in the Twenty20 squad. Yousuf might not be a Viv Richards but who is? He is undeniably a top class player and Osman's already said how purple was that patch he's just come off.

    Maybe Pakistan's selectors are convinced this squad will win the Twenty20 world championship and they don't need Yousuf.

    That's either massive confidence or massive arrogance.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on August 8, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    I would just like to know who's "parchee" (source) Misbah just got hold of? He is older than Muhammad Yousuf !!!! He hasnt been in the team for 3 years...

    Yet he suddenly gets the central contract... and not only that... he actually gets into the 20/20 squad ahead of MoYo!!!

    No offence guys but... his inclusion might be part of the political deals that are happening in Pakistan. (that was a joke :D)

    Alas, we still have not learnt how to handle assets... Once again merit has been hit out of the ground like Barry Bond's record-breaking 756th Home Run... when will we learn ?!?!?

  • Irfan Rizvi on August 8, 2007, 10:47 GMT

    I am so annoyed and disappointed with this decision to drop Yousuf that i am ready to go to streets and protest against it. What the hell are they thinking, i seriously object to 2 inculsions 1. Misbaul haq 2. Younis Khan.

  • Qaiser Khurshid, NJ, USA on August 8, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    There's no doubt about Mohammad Yousuf, a great batsman. Why he and Abdul Razzaq are omitted, no reason. I would like to ask that question to Mr. chief selector, and we all should take stand for them. Thankyou.

  • Malik Saeed on August 8, 2007, 10:42 GMT

    Well Kamran they have thrown out of the team an "untouchable"(Yousuf) and the inept bunch of selectors is saying they are "resting" him. The story of gross mismanagement by PCB of the national "resource" continues; who is Misbah related to? Why are such blatantly ignominious decisions condoned by Mr. Ashraf. Wake up Sir. Malik Saeed Toronto Canada

  • Abdul Waheed - USA on August 8, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Each time, anywhere in the world when selectors announce a team there are few surprises. Fortunately this time, there are not many but one and 1/2. Where, unfortunately one has to be none other than class act Mohammad Yousaf. I would call Razzaq’s omission ½ as his is a surprise but no surprise

  • suresh kumar on August 8, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    i always have felt that Imran should play a big role in pakistan cricket. he's the man. the current Pakistan selectors don't see class just as indian selectors fail to see class in the form of vvs laxman. Can you imagine a player of laxman's class not playing in the last world cup?

  • Zain on August 8, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    As usual the pakistani selectors re-invent the wheel when they say things, "like new era promised merit and transparency". What a load of Cods-wallop. I would like to vent my frustrationon, however i am sure that my post would then be censured.

  • Waseem on August 8, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    Hi, What a blunder from PCB. How can even they think of dropping their far far best batsman and replaced him by a proven failure like Misbah.

    Our selectors should think about the conditions in south Africa as over there you need a good technique to score runs and we have a history of our allrounders and batsman failing there so how can they seclect only three batsman i.e Salman,Younis and Misbah.

    May Allah give our selectors some logic .....

    Regards Waseem

    Rergards

  • Rajkumar on August 8, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    BIG BLUNDER!!!!! Another bad decison by the PCB.I have seen yousuf playing very big shots, he had proved that he can score runs at any pace without compromising his classy touch.remember he is the future of pakistan cricket for atleast 4 to 5 years.

  • Prasad on August 8, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    I certainly feel that Pakistan Selection board has sent wrong signals by sidelining one of the most talent world class cricketer Mohammad Yousuf. If one has to select World XI, I would expect him to be a part of even that team....I would imagine in South Africa, this mistake would cost Pakistan cricket dearly.

  • Arshad Zaidi on August 8, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    Reason is MADNESS !! cant you understand such a simple reason?

    Razzaq is basically a Twenty20 man and he is not selected.....I just can not believe this madness.

  • Rizwan on August 8, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Who hires these guys by the way ???? Are these guys like brain dead or something??? I have never been this disgusted in my entire life !!! I am boycotting the 20-Twenty world cup as far as Pakistani cricket team is concerned. I wish I could bitch slap some sense into the heads of these selectors. I better stop typing before I really start cursing them. May GOD help us ALL !!! Rizwan, Houston, Tx

  • Ponting The King of cricket. on August 8, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    The reasons are simple : Ther is really no talent in Pakistan. The only people who claim to have a lot talent is the Pakistani people and no one else says the same. The facts also prove it. If there is talent,where are the results. In simple words ,the talent lies in the imagination of the peoples mind and not in relaity.

    The only time Pakistan had talent was for a period 5-6 years when Imran,wasim and akram were at the peak but even during that period except for few sensational victores between a string of losses ,Pakistan cricket has nothing to show.We all know how much rain helped Pakistan in 1992 or the real finalists that year were either SA and NZ with Eng.We Aussies have won 3 worldcups in a row and have steamrolled every opposition in that period and not won world cups with help of rain. only, Pakistan played great in Sharjah which was tailormade like subcontinental pitches and hence the subcontinent teams have a win ratio. Besides till neutral umpiring was introduced,Pakistan had a great record at Sharjah. Neutral umpires came in to the picture and voila the Loss ratio increased,. See cricinfo statisitics.The moment Neutral umpires came into picture,we started winiing more frequently in Sharjah, is a fact proven by statisitic

    It is a proven fact that the subcontinent teams come to Australia,England,SA and are ususaly beaten balck and blue with a occasional consolation win. Please see statisitc for Pakistan,India,SL tours to these countries and you have real picture in front of you.

    I have always read articles posted on major subcontinental newspaers before a tour to Australia ,for last few years. The trend is as follows

    Pakistanis create a lot of hoopla hooo in their newspapers on how strong their bowling attack is and how they will shred us apart. Eventually what happens our so-called-medicore-bowlers by Pakistani media, win matches for us. Our batters hit the bowlers confidence so hard that they come down to earth and realise they are medicore.(Exception bieng Akram).

    The Indians in similar fashion ,gloat over their batsman and our bowlers dent their averages and confidence when they tour.THe only exception bieng in last Indian tour where the batters played brilliantly and upto the expectation.Anf from what we are seeing ,even though their bowling is not hyped by media,it is performing and getting wickets atleast nowdays.

    The simple fact is teams dont becomes champions ,because the people ignore facts and in their mental subconcious they think they are Champs. To be branded champions ,you need to prove it to world again and again and again like we did 3 times in a row World cup at differnt corners of world and reaching the finals too in 1996.

    Wake up dreamers.Accept reality. The pain will be lesser.

  • Satish Iyer on August 8, 2007, 9:07 GMT

    Mr Kamran, you have time and again hit the nail on the head. I'm confused about Mr Younis Khan's inclusion and Yousuf and Razzak's exclusion. selectors pls justify. kamran pls comment

  • Omar Ahsan on August 8, 2007, 9:01 GMT

    Why is it that we Pakistanis always have to prove that we are smarter and better, specially better than the people incharge. I am a regular reader of tis column and am baffled at your comments.

    Why is dropping of Mohammad Yousuf such a big shock. It is no secret that he is not a good fielder. And he is not getting any fitter or better at fielding. Maybe by resting him, the selectors are really resting him for the big season coming ahead. Why ae we so heel bent on critisizing the administration in each and every move they make. This does no good for the team or the player. I am a very very big fan of Yousuf and have not sen Misbah play too often and being from Karachi and having played with some of the guys, I dfinitely would have loved to see Faisal Iqbal in the team. But yet I am not dejecting Misbah's inclusion. Why do we have to be so pessimist and remind each other of Misbah's failures at international level in the past. Why not look at his success in the domestic season and hope he will perform. Pointing out his failures will only put added pressure on him, pressure that he does not need. If I am not mistaken, Attapatu's career did not start too well either. I think in his first six test innings he had five ducks and a single. Had the selectors always kept those figures in mind he would never have got another chance, but yet he went onto captain Sri Lanka. Yes Misbah is not young, but maybe the selectors are eyeing the seires against S.Africa, India and Australia. With such a packed season, Misbah might be part of the selectors plans if Yousuf or Younis get injured. Misbah has a lot of experience and at his age is mature enough to carry the middle order if needed. Now will he be able to do it or not, only time will tell. What good would Yousuf have done in the 20/20. Big performances there would have done is confidence no good but if Misbah gets a chance and does well in the shorter version of the game maybe it might do him a world of good in the series to come, if needed. It seems that every one is ready to critisize the selectors, administrators, chairman.... who so ever it might be. Why not back them and hope for the best. I once read a saying "A pessimist sees a difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty." Why cant we as a nation become optimists?

  • Rizwan Younus on August 8, 2007, 8:52 GMT

    Questions have to be asked about big mo's exclusion. razzaq is a average cricketer barrig the last 5 overs hitting that is acceptable but keeping one of the worlds best players out that is just plain ignorance. Remind me again despite his constant failures in limited overs cricket why younis khan is still in the team? and 20 20? your having a laugh.

  • Tariq Ashfaq on August 8, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    Its Simple: Nasim Ashraf is An A** Hole. Selectors are Dummy and its one man show like the whole senario of Pakisan. His Inclusion make absloutely no sense as he have never performed in International Circuit. Although people who have performed on intl circuit have been dropped (Asim kamal is one prime example). Coming back to Yousf and Razzi. How can you drop those guys who have been great to pak cricket for so long. fielding is never our strongest part?? then why sacrifise two players for that reason only. I think razzi is good enough player just to bat in the middle then misbah and i cant say anything about Yousuf coz we all know about his class. Suddenly the selection criteria is the warm games in Pakistan not the performances of last 5 years.

  • Vikas Srimal on August 8, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. To leave out a player of Mohammed Yusuf's class and pedigree is - to put it mildly - baffling. This decision will only warm the cockles of opposition teams and more specifically, their bowlers. This says as much about Mohammad Yusuf's class, as it sadly does about the Pakistani selectors.

  • Rash on August 8, 2007, 8:42 GMT

    Well dropping Yousuf does not make a big difference because this format does not suit him, regarding razzaq ommision thats perfect, but PCB should have taken proper and aggressive replacement of yousuf as Misbah is not the right choice, they could have gone for younger who could last in coming in series also. You can not justify the places on the basis of past performance both these guys are not suitable even younus should have been rested. Anyways best of luch pakis...

  • Q Zaman on August 8, 2007, 8:30 GMT

    i am baffled by this selection.... ok they have dropped Yousuf ... but why was he replaced with Misbah ...who is older than Yousuf .... mind boggles.... if they had picked Shahid Yousuf or Khalid Latif or any other younger batsman i would have said they had picked someone for the future... what is the future as far as Misbah is concerned NONE what so ever..... when Misbah was played 3 years back he failed horribly and internationl bowlers found him out very quickly of his flowed technique and he was a sure cheap wicket for them .....This is a backward step taken by Pakistan selectors..... but i am not at all surprised about it.......

  • Haroon Hashmi on August 8, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    Well, what do you expect from incompetent board. As I said months ago, do not expect anything from the board whose chairman is the boss because he is a very good friend of General Musharraf. Just look at the root cause of the issue as the General used to say!!!!!!!!!

  • Fardan Khalid on August 8, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    I guess the entire cricketing fraternity is baffled by the decision to omit 2 performing senior players from the 20/20 squad. I presume they are just as unpredictable as our current military regime of buffoons running the show. A great saying says "Bandar key haath mey machis do gey to saare jungle to aag laga dey gaa".

  • Usman Majeed RWP, Pakistan on August 8, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    I Completely agree with u. The most important thing to note here is the batting style of Mohammad Yousaf. He is not of the category of Geff Boycott or Shoaib Mohammad. He is a modern day free flowing batsmen, that can bat according to the situation , so if there is some hitting required he can do that.(Strike rate of almost 75). I admit his fielding is not that great but its not that bad that we kick him out of the team. I will call it a blunder by the selectors.

  • sandip on August 8, 2007, 8:21 GMT

    I think you should write a special 2 part article on teh failures of pak selectors - one that drives teh needle into them and shows them to be the inept paagals we know them to be.

    Now anyone that foolishly thought things would be beter (such as yourself Kam) is faced with a reality that many should have known. Change at the top is neded for any progress.

    A special piece about Mohammad Yousuf - Selectors: If you have a problem with a muslim in the team then go hang yourself butameez kom! Yousuf - please join th eICL and sho wthese foosl whatthey are missing, they are stupid enough to thenm double the amount teh ICL offer you. that is probably the only place we can indeed see a proper pakistan team - if a millionare sports investor puts one together!! Yousuf is the man, for campaign enquiries please call 0092 42 583....

  • Syed Masood on August 8, 2007, 8:12 GMT

    Killers of careers? Please. Enough with the melodrama. Mohammad Yousuf's career is in no jeopardy because was excluded from the Twenty20 Pakistan side. To even suggest otherwise borders on the insane.

    Since when did players become objects of such reverence that they cannot be dropped if their style of play does not suit a particular format?

    It is true that Yousuf is a great player - however, that record of Viv Richard's he broke? That was in Test cricket. Hardly the kind of slogfest that a Twenty20 game is designed to be. Why would Pakistan want to send out its aging star batsman to a tournament that has little true meaning, and not save him for a grueling season coming up soon enough? This is especially so considering that, as Waqar Younis once pointed out, if you're going to get Yousuf out, you have to get him early. One would think his only chink in his armor would be devastating in a Twenty20 game, the nervous twenties are not really an option.

    Further, Twenty20 is a game where more than one skill is required. Yousuf is a one trick pony, no matter how impressive that trick may be. He is hardly a great fielder and he cannot bowl. So, when it came down to choosing between him and Younis Khan, Khan with his aggression and good slip work one out for the one spot that was put aside for a specialist batsman.

    Ah, you say, why replace him with Misbah-ul-Haq then? Misbah-ul-Haq is not being brought into the side as an orthodox batsman. He's being called in to hit the ball. Bash him all you want, but he has played 13 Twenty20 games, In those 13 games, he has scored 345 runs with a century, and two fifties to his name. His strike rate for those innings was 133.2, his average as near 50. Mohammad Yousuf, by the way, has played 9 games in this format, averaging only 19. It is curious that neither you nor Mr. Samiuddin actually mentioned that fact in your articles.

    I'm not a big fan of the PCB and I don't even know who the selectors are. However, I can see that given the the totality of the circumstances before them, why they chose to make the decision that they did. Reasonable minds can differ, and you may think that they're making a mistake - to moan about it like it is the end of the world, and to imply that no rational person could have made this decision is just irresponsible journalism, in my opinion.

  • imran ahmad khan on August 8, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    i am not sure if dropping yousuf was the right decision.like osman samiuddin says;a good batsman is a good batsman-in any version of the game.

    one selection that has baffled me the most is abdul rehman;the left arm spinner.why would you want 5 spinners in your squad-afridi,hafeez,malik,fawwad alam and abdur rehman. plus rehman's batting is not that great and his fielding too isnt that impressive. they couldve easily fitted in yousuf instead of rehman. i feel razzaq should be dropped from the team for some time so that he gets his hunger back.

  • Mohammed on August 8, 2007, 7:42 GMT

    The stupidity of the Pakistani Selection Committee if it can be called that, knows absolutely no bounds. To drop one of the world's leading players, a player who has touched ehights which haven't been touched in 3 decades for mediocre domestic bashers is beyond stupidity.

    As for leaving out Razzaq, Razzaq could have played solely as a power striker in the top 4 and any questions of how effective he would have been would be nullified. Only Afridi can hit a ball more cleanly than Razzaq perhaps not as often. 20-20 generally requires that, ball striking from the off, with someone rotating the strike for about 3 overs in the middle.

    I've given up hope on Pakistan, we have the most corrupt politicians, we have the most cricket administrators, the PCB and everythign to do with it isa complete and utter disgrace.

  • Owais on August 8, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    Sir - I agree Yousuf is the best Pakistani batsmen, in league of selected few like Hanif, Javed and Inzi. However, I would like to consider this as a rest and maybe trying to give chance to different combinations. I think Yousuf is valuable for our team in 5-days and 1-days, and we should save him for that top class cricket. To me 20-20 is not the real cricket anyways and I can live with my best batsmen enjoying some vacations. As for Razzaq, there is only so many all rounders you could have on the team, with Afridi, Hafiz and now Yasir Arafat (who bats on harder and seamier pitches in England), I dont see room for another "specialist" all rounder. WE have others like Rao and Shoaib who can be considered bowling and batting allrounders respectively. Razzaq is still usefull for one-days and 5-days when the conditions are right. Unfortunately his bowling is cannon fodder to the likes of worlds good batsmen and mind you each team has got 2 to 3 top hitters. Razzaq's bowling will be useless in 20-20 setup. His batting can be useful if he is given a couple of overs to block first. Hence on Razzaq, they have gotten it right but Yousuf, it is a 50/50 decision and for 20-20 I am not too bothered about who is being selected from within the squad of 20 players that we have. But please drop Kamran Akmal and replace him with some good wicket keeper who can maybe bat 80% of Kamran. We just cant afford 2 dropped catches every innings and countless byes given to the opposite team. If you are a bad wicket keeper, you batting score actually starts at some negative number. Like in SA, Akmal "won" us a match by his batting scoring a 50, but what about the dropped catches in the previous innings that resulted in 100 extra runs to score ??? I am baffled at this deafening silence from you and other commentators on our wicket keeping conundrum !!!

  • MAZHAR DAR on August 8, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    I really surprised with Yousuf omitted from the Twenty20 squad, Were the selectors really serious about younger legs, a new spirit and all that, then any of Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif or Shahid Yousuf - all of whom impressed in spurts during the practice matches - made more sensible replacements. Even if they had not impressed, at least the selectors could have shielded themselves behind the mantra of giving youth its day..Think about it

  • Khurram on August 8, 2007, 7:33 GMT

    The reason for exlusion of Yousaf is baseless in the first place, both Younis and Hafeez have much lower averages and strike rates in shorter version of the game, even then they are preferred over the legendry yousaf. Even in the game of 20 overs, we have seen a side can easily collapse if you put all the strike players in. There has to be stabilizing decent player in the team. For sure, its going to backfire on Pakistan.

  • Farhan Arif - Sydney on August 8, 2007, 7:22 GMT

    Exactly true kamran! Although the PCB chairman professes complete dissociation from selection matters, this seems like a step to root out anyone with Inzamam-like thinking style from the team. Yousuf compansates all shortcomings with his batting, and Misbah , I can say is no more than a "More of a benefit than a doubt" kind of inclusion in the team. Abdur Razzaq, if he has not been performing has more probability of performing in the next match he is chosen to play. "Sifaarish" and corruption seem to keep deeply rooted in our Selection committees matters, as there is "NO OTHER REASON" this can be justified. Imagine Australia dropping Ponting and Andrew Symonds from their twenty squad in favour of a Greg Blewett and a Dan Cullen. Outrageous!

  • salman ali rai frm china on August 8, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    absolutely right sir!!! m really shocked, furious and dejected and feel very sorry for the ommission of two of the gr8 legendary players pakistan has ever produced....it is beyond imagination that Mohamad yousuf( the star of last year) is no more a part of pakistan team.well i would ask the selectors that 1.on what basis younis khan is there in the squad.that man is busy playing county cricket for yokshire, isnt present in pakistan.

    2.well world cup is going to take place in south africa where in the recent tour mohammad yousf was the top scorer( 2 fifties, 1 hundred) ,besides all other expalnations he doesnt need to prove his past records.how can he be left???????????

    3.the selectors have given priority to yasir arafat on abdul razzaq.well i am afraid i would say something extremely bad about the selectors now....even a lay man who doesnt know the little aspects of game like my honourable selectors know cant think of a pakistan team heading for 20 20 world cup without the most destructive late order batsman....well i dont remember any innigns of yasir arafat that could earn him a place in thw world cup squad...

    4.respected selectors, for ur kind information misbah ul haq isnt near to danish kaneria in the field.....from where have u picked misbah

    may god help pakistan

  • Mohson Hussain on August 8, 2007, 7:12 GMT

    Salaam, I couldnt agree more with Mr Abbasi's comment. What are the Pakistan Cricket Board upto? I'm forever baffled and dejected when the PCB make these unsound decisions. Maybe there are not any thoughtful members on the board. A decision to replace Misbah Ul Haq for Mohammed Yousuf borders on the ridiculous. Whilst I can understand the decision to get rid of Abdul Razzaq, I still believe he has the pedigree to succeed in this brand of cricket. This seemed tailor made for his abilities. Maybe get rid of Razzaq from the Test Match and One Day Arena, but he should have his day in this 20/20 WC. I am a keen, avid and loyal Pakistan fan, but sometimes I wonder why. Can I just add, we dont have a world class batsman going into this tournament. Mohammed Yousuf was our main and dependable batsman where everyone could play around him. Yousuf is and can be a calming influence.I do not feel Younis Khan is adept at playing 20/20, though his fielding will be an asset. Inshallah, I wish Pakistan the best and hope they get far and possibly win the tournament. Pakistan are known for their unpredictability and as Geoff Lawson stated, this could be their strength. Only time will tell. Allah Hafiz, Mohson Hussain

  • Abbas on August 8, 2007, 7:04 GMT

    Hopeless... is the word best suited to PCB Selectors and Administration. Actually now they are making grounds to omit Inzamam by bringing this nincompoop Misbah, if he performs then I think Inzy Bhai is a goner (I hope not). By taking such stupid steps these imbeciles destroy the morale of a person and then when he doesn't perform - who gets the blame??? The other blunder they made was to insert Yasir Arafat, he is also a tried and tested failure, Sami would've been better. In the end for the sake of Pakistan and Shoaib Malik's so called "young" team, I wish them all the very best.

  • Haider on August 8, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    i totally agree wid u..i think tht the selection committees lost it..the third selection i oppose is of ifthikar anjum...like cmon.. hes the worst bowler pakistans ever had. i think najaf shah or even sami would be a better choice

  • Saalim Akbar on August 8, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    Yousuf's exclusion from the 20-twenty WC squad is a surprise for everone. Whats worst is his replacement. Yousuf's presence in the team sends a strong signal to the opposition and creats a psycological pressure which increases chance of winning. Why would a batsman of such calibre be dropped specially when he is at the peak of his career. Time will tell how much will this decision of the selectors going to cost to Pakistan.

  • Basit on August 8, 2007, 6:14 GMT

    Selectors decision is shocking ,I cant believe they are choosing Misbah Ul Haq for Moyo,the best player in the world and he is not selected . I don't understand if Razaq cant play 20 twenty then which sort of cricket he is going to play .well if he chooses to play Indian cricket League then selectors should be responsible for that . These selector got no sense .useless and waste of time and waste of money .

  • Basharat on August 8, 2007, 5:40 GMT

    i was naive to think that after pcb hires paid selectors, there would no longer be any stupid slecetions. But i was wrong.... May be its time to stop watching the pakistan team altogether!!

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on August 8, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    The announcement of Twenty20 team is bizarre because the selectors are in position to explain some of the most important questions. Razzaq is out and so Mohammad Yousuf but we have Younis Khan and Misbahul Haque. It is ridiculous. The Doctors prescription is going to ruin some of the great cricketers. If you are a good cricketer you can fit into any form of game. The twenty20 game is not for youngster but for the experienced players. I can cite an example here while I was watching one of the game 20/20 in this season in England. The match was going out of control and when Mustaque Ahmad and Saqlain came into picture and bowled superb spell of spin bowling and they were about of win the match so, any form of game is all about maturity and experience.

  • AUR on August 8, 2007, 3:59 GMT

    WOW . PCB is playing by putting the gun on the shoulders of Karachi selectors as they do in the past and our innocent karachi selectors just for fame do this. I think Muhammad Yousuf at any cause should be in team and even if they want to drop him he should be replace by someone who can be our future cricketer not 33 years old Misbah-ul-Haq. Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif, Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Shahid Yousuf any two of them should be in team in place of Salman Butt ( didnt deserve to be in team on 20/20) and Muhammad Yousuf( should be in team but if have to).

  • Sameer A Malik on August 8, 2007, 3:48 GMT

    I will also keep it short, PCB management and Selection Committee should be taken to Cleaners

  • Junaid on August 8, 2007, 2:50 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed by this selection. Even a child knows that main weakness in Pakistan team is batting. After Inzi we had only one world class batsman in M.Yousaf and he was not selected. I could not believe my eyes when i saw the team. After dropping our number one batsman they dropped 20/20 specialist Razzaq. 3-4 overs of deceptive medium pace and 5-10 overs of hard hitting at the end is the best part of Rzzak's game. God bless Pakistan team and I wish that Yousaf and Razzaq will not get too discouraged to make the mistake of joining ICL.

  • Muhammad Asif on August 8, 2007, 1:45 GMT

    "a player who often promises much in domestic cricket but fails to look the part on the international arena", You have iterated my words so again I will request you guys to vow for quality domestic setup instead of raising voice for some individuals otherwise you will get hurted time & again. So to maintain your as well as ours interest for the game vow for system.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 8, 2007, 1:27 GMT

    I understand why Mr. Abbassi wanted to keep this thread short and brief. However, the grief and sorrow that has been inflicted by the PCB selectors on the psyche of Mohammad Yousuf may not be short or brief or momentarily but the scars are gonna remain there forever, after all he is he best batsman of the team at the moment treating him with such disrespect is definitely gonna hurt him. To give him some comfort and to make him feel better Osman Samiuddin has dedicated a whole column and based on the analogy of a Rose, he quoted Ricky Ponting that: "a good batsman, is a good batsman, is a good batsman, be it over five days, 50 overs or 20." True, "I am agree" :-)

    Like Mr. Abbassi says, and we all know that last year Mohammad Yousuf broke the world record of Viv Richards by scoring most centuries and most test runs in one calender year. Its hardly eight months of his achieving this feat and they are treating him so shabbily and with such disrespect by discarding him from the team for the twenty20 world cup. Mr. Sallu-uddin has the audacity and the cheekiness to defend his "Sallu" action. Was he speaking with tongue in cheek? Its so weird of him when he said: "This is not the end of his career, let me assure everyone, we haven't treated him with any disrespect by dropping him and he is a great asset to the Pakistan team. It shouldn't be made into an issue of pride, because we haven't dropped him as such." He is trying to sugar coat his words by saying that he hasn't dropped him, but excluded him! By saying this Salahuddin has dropped a load of cow dung behind him and that is why he is appearing so confused! Mr. Salahuddin is now playing the same tune which the pied piper wants him to play, when he was not in the selection committee on such occasions he would scream like a city crier, make a big hue and cry and write in the local newspapers that the PCB is doing total injustice and what not. That is only to get personal attention from the people through his cheap journalism. Now, when the real testing time came he failed and trying to cover up the mess.

    The shock that most people have got is not just about dropping or excluding Mohammad Yousuf, it is also about his replacement Misbah ul Haq who is such a big failure. They brought him in Yousuf's place based on a few good knocks in the domestic circuit? Every person reaches to his level of incompetence and Misbah ul Haq's level of incompetence is International cricket, he is a total failure at the International level. He can only play and score at domestic level, we all know what his achievements are at the International level and he is not that young either, in fact he is a few months older than Mohammad Yousuf and as Osman Samiuddin says, he is as fresh as last month's pizza." LOL ... thats a good one!

    Another silly inclusion in the team is Abdul Rahman, before the world cup when Pakistan was in SA, they played him the 4th ODI and he bowled two overs and gave away 27 runs. As a batsman he is hopeless he played 18 balls and scored a DUCK. In a twenty20 format he is certainly and definitely NOT needed. If the idea behind his and Misbah's inclusion is only to keep them on sidelines then they should have taken some other youngsters for this job, perhaps they would have learned something by being there in the thick and thin of the dressing room atmosphere and watching their seniors from the ropes. Obviously the PCB couldn't have done that with Mohammad Yousuf in the team that he sits there on the sidelines or bring them drinks or gloves! Across the border BCCI has also done something similar by appointing Dhoni as the Captain instead of Yuvraj Singh. Lets see how these boys play against Ricky Ponting's men.

  • Euceph Ahmed on August 8, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    Abbasi Sahab, I marvel at your naiveté. The reasons are as obvious as the daylight. Mohammad Yousuf's career ended with that royal six million rupee bounty that the General Sahab paid him when he broke Viv Richards' record. Since then, he has only grown more hair in his beard than he has scored runs. He should be thanking his lucky stars that it won't be a bullet in his behind that will end his career. The only thing that can stand in the way of General Sahab's "enlightened moderation" is General Sahab himself.

    The only thing that can save Mohammad Yousuf's career is an Abbasi-style reverse gear, or should I say a U-turn? Bring on the scissors, or better yet, get a high profile naii (Tariq Amin anyone?), get Geo TV to cover the event, and get that long black broom styled into a pretty little goatee. In this renewed circumcision of a ceremony he should announce that he's been born... yet again. He should release videos on youtube showing himself singing Indian songs and smoking a bhara hua soota. That is the only way he can salvage his career unless, of course, he gets married with a UK citizen and in about seven years time England will eagerly recruit him!!!

  • Omer Admani on August 8, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    Who makes these selections? Misbah, what's he going to do, except that he could be a replacement for Akmal behind the wickets? So unfair to Yousuf. And Razzaq was ideal for 20/20. Ridiculous.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on August 8, 2007, 0:16 GMT

    Abbasi Sahib, I think the team sellected for the 20/20 is fairly good except of course the sellection of Misbah ul Haq. At 33 he cannot be termed as a youngster as such his being in team is really mind boggling.

    As regards Yousuf, well he really is a great batsman but I doubt if he could have been productive in this instant brand of cricket. Resting him is a good decession and may be beneficial for Yousuf.

    Abbasi sahib, you mentioned that Razzak can be a hurricane......I think you ought to re phrase this and write it as "Razzak was a hurricane" and i bet many would have gladly agreed with you. We as Pakistanis tend to live in the past and I agree that Razzak was an asset in the pakistani out fits till recently. His form and his attitude in his recent outings has been terrible, he must realize this and bow out graciously.

    Let us all wish our team the best of luck.

    Rgds..............pakigreen

  • Hassan on August 8, 2007, 0:03 GMT

    Please do not give us punjabi cricket board bs. The Pakistan Cricket Board is corrupt and incompetent like any other institution in Pakistan, and only "parchi" works. It does not matter if you are punjabi (Yousuf, Abdur Razzaq) or from Karachi (Asim Kamal), if PCB wants to make stupid decision, the ethnicity does not bound them. Misbah is crappy old player, for God sake, I am willing to give my time to make intelligent software that would make team selection, and would be totally transparent to see that how did software come up with this selection.

  • Ali Saleem on August 8, 2007, 0:01 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. I can't believe that MoYo hasn't been selected in the team and that the board rather used someone like Misbah-ul-Haq to replace him... that really annoyed me as well as Razzaq not being in the squad. We all know that Razzaq was struggling with his form and all but Twenty20 cricket has never been much about form. All you need is an aggressive technique and you'll automatically find the tempo in this format. At least I am glad that Afridi is there because his aggressive approach might help Malik's captaincy too in this format considering that he led Karachi dolphins with excellence in the ABN amro twenty20.

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  • Ali Saleem on August 8, 2007, 0:01 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. I can't believe that MoYo hasn't been selected in the team and that the board rather used someone like Misbah-ul-Haq to replace him... that really annoyed me as well as Razzaq not being in the squad. We all know that Razzaq was struggling with his form and all but Twenty20 cricket has never been much about form. All you need is an aggressive technique and you'll automatically find the tempo in this format. At least I am glad that Afridi is there because his aggressive approach might help Malik's captaincy too in this format considering that he led Karachi dolphins with excellence in the ABN amro twenty20.

  • Hassan on August 8, 2007, 0:03 GMT

    Please do not give us punjabi cricket board bs. The Pakistan Cricket Board is corrupt and incompetent like any other institution in Pakistan, and only "parchi" works. It does not matter if you are punjabi (Yousuf, Abdur Razzaq) or from Karachi (Asim Kamal), if PCB wants to make stupid decision, the ethnicity does not bound them. Misbah is crappy old player, for God sake, I am willing to give my time to make intelligent software that would make team selection, and would be totally transparent to see that how did software come up with this selection.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on August 8, 2007, 0:16 GMT

    Abbasi Sahib, I think the team sellected for the 20/20 is fairly good except of course the sellection of Misbah ul Haq. At 33 he cannot be termed as a youngster as such his being in team is really mind boggling.

    As regards Yousuf, well he really is a great batsman but I doubt if he could have been productive in this instant brand of cricket. Resting him is a good decession and may be beneficial for Yousuf.

    Abbasi sahib, you mentioned that Razzak can be a hurricane......I think you ought to re phrase this and write it as "Razzak was a hurricane" and i bet many would have gladly agreed with you. We as Pakistanis tend to live in the past and I agree that Razzak was an asset in the pakistani out fits till recently. His form and his attitude in his recent outings has been terrible, he must realize this and bow out graciously.

    Let us all wish our team the best of luck.

    Rgds..............pakigreen

  • Omer Admani on August 8, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    Who makes these selections? Misbah, what's he going to do, except that he could be a replacement for Akmal behind the wickets? So unfair to Yousuf. And Razzaq was ideal for 20/20. Ridiculous.

  • Euceph Ahmed on August 8, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    Abbasi Sahab, I marvel at your naiveté. The reasons are as obvious as the daylight. Mohammad Yousuf's career ended with that royal six million rupee bounty that the General Sahab paid him when he broke Viv Richards' record. Since then, he has only grown more hair in his beard than he has scored runs. He should be thanking his lucky stars that it won't be a bullet in his behind that will end his career. The only thing that can stand in the way of General Sahab's "enlightened moderation" is General Sahab himself.

    The only thing that can save Mohammad Yousuf's career is an Abbasi-style reverse gear, or should I say a U-turn? Bring on the scissors, or better yet, get a high profile naii (Tariq Amin anyone?), get Geo TV to cover the event, and get that long black broom styled into a pretty little goatee. In this renewed circumcision of a ceremony he should announce that he's been born... yet again. He should release videos on youtube showing himself singing Indian songs and smoking a bhara hua soota. That is the only way he can salvage his career unless, of course, he gets married with a UK citizen and in about seven years time England will eagerly recruit him!!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on August 8, 2007, 1:27 GMT

    I understand why Mr. Abbassi wanted to keep this thread short and brief. However, the grief and sorrow that has been inflicted by the PCB selectors on the psyche of Mohammad Yousuf may not be short or brief or momentarily but the scars are gonna remain there forever, after all he is he best batsman of the team at the moment treating him with such disrespect is definitely gonna hurt him. To give him some comfort and to make him feel better Osman Samiuddin has dedicated a whole column and based on the analogy of a Rose, he quoted Ricky Ponting that: "a good batsman, is a good batsman, is a good batsman, be it over five days, 50 overs or 20." True, "I am agree" :-)

    Like Mr. Abbassi says, and we all know that last year Mohammad Yousuf broke the world record of Viv Richards by scoring most centuries and most test runs in one calender year. Its hardly eight months of his achieving this feat and they are treating him so shabbily and with such disrespect by discarding him from the team for the twenty20 world cup. Mr. Sallu-uddin has the audacity and the cheekiness to defend his "Sallu" action. Was he speaking with tongue in cheek? Its so weird of him when he said: "This is not the end of his career, let me assure everyone, we haven't treated him with any disrespect by dropping him and he is a great asset to the Pakistan team. It shouldn't be made into an issue of pride, because we haven't dropped him as such." He is trying to sugar coat his words by saying that he hasn't dropped him, but excluded him! By saying this Salahuddin has dropped a load of cow dung behind him and that is why he is appearing so confused! Mr. Salahuddin is now playing the same tune which the pied piper wants him to play, when he was not in the selection committee on such occasions he would scream like a city crier, make a big hue and cry and write in the local newspapers that the PCB is doing total injustice and what not. That is only to get personal attention from the people through his cheap journalism. Now, when the real testing time came he failed and trying to cover up the mess.

    The shock that most people have got is not just about dropping or excluding Mohammad Yousuf, it is also about his replacement Misbah ul Haq who is such a big failure. They brought him in Yousuf's place based on a few good knocks in the domestic circuit? Every person reaches to his level of incompetence and Misbah ul Haq's level of incompetence is International cricket, he is a total failure at the International level. He can only play and score at domestic level, we all know what his achievements are at the International level and he is not that young either, in fact he is a few months older than Mohammad Yousuf and as Osman Samiuddin says, he is as fresh as last month's pizza." LOL ... thats a good one!

    Another silly inclusion in the team is Abdul Rahman, before the world cup when Pakistan was in SA, they played him the 4th ODI and he bowled two overs and gave away 27 runs. As a batsman he is hopeless he played 18 balls and scored a DUCK. In a twenty20 format he is certainly and definitely NOT needed. If the idea behind his and Misbah's inclusion is only to keep them on sidelines then they should have taken some other youngsters for this job, perhaps they would have learned something by being there in the thick and thin of the dressing room atmosphere and watching their seniors from the ropes. Obviously the PCB couldn't have done that with Mohammad Yousuf in the team that he sits there on the sidelines or bring them drinks or gloves! Across the border BCCI has also done something similar by appointing Dhoni as the Captain instead of Yuvraj Singh. Lets see how these boys play against Ricky Ponting's men.

  • Muhammad Asif on August 8, 2007, 1:45 GMT

    "a player who often promises much in domestic cricket but fails to look the part on the international arena", You have iterated my words so again I will request you guys to vow for quality domestic setup instead of raising voice for some individuals otherwise you will get hurted time & again. So to maintain your as well as ours interest for the game vow for system.

  • Junaid on August 8, 2007, 2:50 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed by this selection. Even a child knows that main weakness in Pakistan team is batting. After Inzi we had only one world class batsman in M.Yousaf and he was not selected. I could not believe my eyes when i saw the team. After dropping our number one batsman they dropped 20/20 specialist Razzaq. 3-4 overs of deceptive medium pace and 5-10 overs of hard hitting at the end is the best part of Rzzak's game. God bless Pakistan team and I wish that Yousaf and Razzaq will not get too discouraged to make the mistake of joining ICL.

  • Sameer A Malik on August 8, 2007, 3:48 GMT

    I will also keep it short, PCB management and Selection Committee should be taken to Cleaners

  • AUR on August 8, 2007, 3:59 GMT

    WOW . PCB is playing by putting the gun on the shoulders of Karachi selectors as they do in the past and our innocent karachi selectors just for fame do this. I think Muhammad Yousuf at any cause should be in team and even if they want to drop him he should be replace by someone who can be our future cricketer not 33 years old Misbah-ul-Haq. Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif, Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Shahid Yousuf any two of them should be in team in place of Salman Butt ( didnt deserve to be in team on 20/20) and Muhammad Yousuf( should be in team but if have to).