November 11, 2007

Blood him now

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Even the Pakistan Cricket Board has now realised that Kamran Akmal requires some time away from international cricket. Akmal's wicket keeping lapses have become a chronic disease--and a costly one for Pakistan cricket. There are psychological and technical issues that beg urgent attention, not just for the sake of Pakistan cricket but also for the future of Akmal, a former shining talent. Catches win matches is perhaps the oldest wisdom in cricket, and if your wicket keeper persists in dropping them then there can only be a harmful effect on your results.

The time to try somebody different arrived weeks possibly months ago but not a further moment can be wasted. Akmal's form is too wretched to risk in the Test series, while it would be equally unfair to plunge a rookie straight in. The only logical conclusion is to give Sarfraz Ahmed the remaining one-dayers to settle in before the Tests.

Kamran Akmal is young enough to win his place back but the only criterion for selection can be form. It should never be a nostalgic memory of what a player was once capable of. The PCB has often talked of its desire to ape the Australian system. It has even appointed an Australian coach rumoured to perfectly espouse that system's mentality. If either the PCB or Geoff Lawson hesitate even now, they should ask themselves what Australia would have done with the same problem? My guess is that the answer would be based on ruthlessness not sentimentality.

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

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  • phone zappers on May 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    And what about adding some more pics? No offence, page is really great. But according to the scientists humans acquire information much more effective when there are some useful pics.

    Whitney Nixon

  • Olivia GFKStricker on May 10, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Indeed cool story you got here. I'd like to read a bit more about this matter. Thanx for sharing that material.

  • Irfan Khan (UK) on November 17, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    A lot of people must be happy who do not like Afridi because he is returning home after one day series. Well stupid selectors should have sent Kamran Akmal with Fawad, Afridi and Imran Nazir, so Kamran can also take part in domestic cricket. Keeping two wicket keepers is a stupid decision because both will play under pressure and just to secure their place and not for the team.

    Afridi's omission is another silly decision which Pakistan will have to pay in test series. This has become a habit of PCB to use someone to blame for the failure instead of addressing the real reason and coming up with improvements next time.

    A disastrous tour by Pakistan team so far – I remember when Australia lost Ashes in England, Steve Waugh blamed Aussies for being too friendly with English mates on their tour. Not exactly the same reason with Pakistani team but look what ShahRukh Khan has done, showed them his dance with Karina ( he pulled some of them on stage to dance with him) and some of young cricketers have been seen quoting “SHAH RUKH KHAN SAY MILNA HAMAR KHOOS NASEEBI HAY”.

    What a lot of crap. I am not against entertainment but on field there should be intensity which Pakistani team has been lacking through out this tour so far.

    Rubber stamp match will be won by Pakistan team to keep their heads high and to allow few players another chance to keep their places.

  • Yaser on November 17, 2007, 11:57 GMT

    Im sorry to say this but as a pakistani cricket supporter im absolutely ashamed of our team. We cant bat, sure we can bowl but to not much use. Pakistani cricket is a complete and utter shambles with Akmal being a very weak link behind the stumps...get rid of him, hes cost us a few games with his dropped catches and his batting isnt up to much. If hes trying to be like Gilchrist then he has an awful lot to learn to be honest. Our openers Butt and co are absolutely useless, if it wasnt for Yousef...we wouldnt even make 100 runs in the games we have played since hes been back. Thank god hes still hitting on all cylinders but the question remains...how long is he going to be expected to prop up our innings when everything around him is falling apart. Younis i still feel is a decent batsman although he hasnt been very consistent like Yousef. Afridi needs to learn that he cant every freakin ball out of the ground. Misbah is good but hes gettin on a bit and doesnt really add much...fine hes had a few good games in the 20/20 WC but he cost us both matches against India in the group stage and final with some pretty stupid shots.

    Bowling wise??, Im glad Shoaib is back and i hope he behaves now although in the last odi recently, he got hurt so was out for a bit. Umar Gul??, what the hell happened to him??..hes been absolutely terrible since the 20/20 WC...mind boggling at how leaky he has become. Afridi as well hasnt bowled very well either. Asif in injured which concerns me as the Tests are coming up so we could do with him.

    All in all i think the Pak team is getting worse and worse since the 20/20 WC, first we lose a home series both in tests and ODI's against SA and now we just recently lost an ODI series against the Indians. It makes for very sad viewing in my opinion. I dont think appointing Lawson was a smart move, i mean who is he??...never heard of the fella before. Fine we had a good run in the 20/20 final but we cant seem to win any tests or ODI's so the buck stops with him. Personally i would have liked to see Dav Whatmore in charge..someone who has a good pedigree in cricket ie Winning the WC with Sri Lanka and also coaching Bangladesh to some pretty big wins. Pakistan cricket needs a good kicking up its backside..get rid of Akmal for a start...get rid of Butt, whos pretty useless i think. Get some of these U19 WC winners into the squad...for gods sake stop perservering with these useless older players...its no wonder we have become literally the laughing stock of world cricket these days.

  • Omer Admani on November 17, 2007, 8:11 GMT

    Javed Khan, I disagree on the issue of Malik's captaincy. If the PCB made a mistake in appointing him the captain, they should immediately come forward and appoint a new one to minimize the damage that the next few years might bring. Apart from that a rule should be set straight that whoever doesn't deserve a place in the team shouldn't be in the team and certainly shouldn't be the captain. What would you rather have, a team playing defensive, timid cricket for the next 4,5 years or a change of captain that might turn things around? Shoaib Malik was always an experiment in sight of the lack of leaders and the decision should not needlessly demonstrate the continuity property. Afridi might just be the right shoice to change him with. But of course that won't happen now since it is the PCB that leads the show. Pakistan will lose 4,5 consecutive series and then the PCB will scapegoat Malik and ditch him altogether, quite unfairly when he wasn't captain material in the first place. I have been waiting to see some good tactics from him, a change in his mental attitude, but it hasn't happened. When Dhoni and Youvraj came to batting, he had only 4 fielders in the circle and didn't give the Pakistani team a chance (what was he thinking, he will defend the score from there?). Apart from that he is making it quite miserable for the team by chopping and changing the batting and the bowling orders each game. He seems to have this idea (that is if he has any idea at all) that a good team has players who can bat on all positions each time and bowlers who can change their roles each time. The skill and the worth doesn't seem to matter, and thus we see less of consistent strategy and plan and more of this so-called versatility and apparently random changes. Lastly Fawad Alam has been on the bench too long and Kamran Akmal has been hurting the team. But Malik obviously doesn't think that some new players need to blooded in, replacing a 33 something and a person who keeps on dropping every other catch. If this will continue to be, then these results will continue to be. And the dissapointing aspect of this all will be that the team is not building (not that a few new and younger players are making the adjustments), just that the old errors are being persisted with.

    If Malik is a learning captain, then so is Dhoni. But Dhoni is a much better and more aggressive captain, and actually a captain who is 'learning' as well.

  • Paul Joshua Mtathew on November 17, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    I am amazed by the way in which people in Pakistan do not fancy Mohammed Yousuf's batting. Ramiz Raja mentioned in his audio comments after the Ind-Pak 4th 1 dayer that Yusf was being selfish in not making more runs and faster. I do not understand what should the man do more than making 99*(105) in a total team score of 254. His rate was not bad and he is not at fault for the team losing. The other batsmen if he hasn't nboticed didn't lend him support and he played it to the best way he plays. Does Rameez expect him to play an Afridi knock, 100 in 45 balls or something which comes once in a blue moon, or rather red moon, and that too if he manages to cross 50!!! I just do not understand these people . I am an indian, and I should express my conceren that this is exactly the problem with the Pakistani supporters, they never give any leeway for their players. If anyone should be criticised, it should be Kamran Akmal. He is sich a pity. Its long time they changed him. Although Shoaib Malik doesn't seem to have any sense of direction, I believe he should be given faith for minimum 1 more series before people start criticising him. Had Younis Khan should have taken the mantle, the picture would have surely been more rosier. Bowlers like Shoiab Akhtar and Mohammed Sami should be stopped given chances as they have failed to deliver tiem and again. Shoaib due to his ego and lack of fitness and Sami due to his lack of commitment. Bowlers liek Rao Ifthikar rightly deserve a place in the team. Where's the young prodigy who rocked the Under 19 youth world cup in Sri lanka in the final last year i think. Try giving him some chances. Don't expose him completely though, give him chances in teaspoons and see where he goes on. Afridid needs to get a kick in the backside, he just doesnt seem to understand the value and responsibility a senior member of a side needs to bring.Malik needs to assert himslef with his batting. Salman Butt has rightly said that openers should be given a long run. India atleast is better on the persistence area, but still lacks promise. Anyway hope Pakisatn sorts all the creases out. A well wisher.

  • Kamran on November 16, 2007, 23:14 GMT

    Hi,

    one of the first things that I learned in parenting was never to compare your child with another child :) We should stop comparing EVERYTHING to Australia! Even the latest comments by Lawson about Salman Butt having an ethic like the "australians" are sooo lame. We should have our own character and our own style and professionalism....not just copying Australia.

    -Kamran

  • Tay'yab-Ali on November 16, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    AWAZ

    Salman Butt has played like Lara before. Remember when he couldn't stop scoring runs against Austaralia in Australia on those bouncy seaming wickets against the likes of Mcgrath, Lee, Gillespie & Warne.

    Jahangir Murtuza

    Yes I agree with you, Akmal has only thrice tormented the Indians-then again he has only played three series against India. You will agree thats a 100% record

  • khansahab on November 16, 2007, 18:17 GMT

    Awas, Thanks for your message. I got bored of writing the letters after my name. When I started posting on this blog (seems like decades ago) I didn’t think I would be bothered enough to continue posting and become a regular member. Hence I started with “khansahab” (instead of my real name) which is what my father occasionally refers me as. Both my maternal and paternal grandfathers were called “khansahab” by their acquaintances and my father is also at times referred to by that title. It has passed on me to somehow and since it sounds distinctive, I decided to carry on with it. :-)

    There have been so many salient justifications I have attempted to provide to Wasim Saqib and Javed Khan, amongst other bloggers, but my posts have constantly been blocked. I try reading the Pakspin rules and although I do break a few of them occasionally, so do many other bloggers, some even on a regular basis (I abstain from mentioning names). I know Pakspin is not a popularity contest and if there is anyone who knows that it should be me, considering the flak and ridiculous accusations I have faced for a few months on this blog. However, when learned regulars like Wasim Saqib and Javed Khan expend time and energy focusing on a point regarding me they have fundamentally misinterpreted, I do feel a duty to justify my stand.

    I don’t know why the blog owner has developed an agenda against me and what I ever did to him. For instance, people on this present thread have been discussing politics and issues that do not relate to the topic of the thread, yet those comments are being allowed. But no matter what comment I make, it is dealt with apathy and bias. I don’t consider myself as the best writer here (I have mentioned this numerous times) and I do not have the “celebrity” status that seems inextricably attached to Javed Khan’s name. However, I do occasionally get praised and encouraged by some selfless and decent individuals like yourself and I do believe I have a good cricketing mind. Sure I have made controversial statements on this blog, but who has not? I am not very concerned about what Wasim Saqib or Javed Khan think of me, but when Mr Abbasi, whom I have deeply respected, supported and wished well so many times, starts to act upon a biased agenda against me, I know there is a problem. I believe in compromise over conflict and I hope we see the prevalence of peace and equality soon on this blog.

  • Prakash Kalanjeri on November 16, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Jack Welch in his book "Winning" talks about a specific group of employees that most organizations are likely to have. They are called the sliders.

    Sliders are those who have performed admirably in the past, but for some reason seem lost and unproductive now.

    Most often, their current state is precipitated by an indiffernt leadership which takes these individuals for granted and does not invest time in grooming them for superior and challenging responsibilities.

    Kamran (Akmal) is a slider. Some time off from the game will work wonders for him.

    The last thing that we want is Akmal being treated as a leper owing to his new found replacement.

  • phone zappers on May 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    And what about adding some more pics? No offence, page is really great. But according to the scientists humans acquire information much more effective when there are some useful pics.

    Whitney Nixon

  • Olivia GFKStricker on May 10, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Indeed cool story you got here. I'd like to read a bit more about this matter. Thanx for sharing that material.

  • Irfan Khan (UK) on November 17, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    A lot of people must be happy who do not like Afridi because he is returning home after one day series. Well stupid selectors should have sent Kamran Akmal with Fawad, Afridi and Imran Nazir, so Kamran can also take part in domestic cricket. Keeping two wicket keepers is a stupid decision because both will play under pressure and just to secure their place and not for the team.

    Afridi's omission is another silly decision which Pakistan will have to pay in test series. This has become a habit of PCB to use someone to blame for the failure instead of addressing the real reason and coming up with improvements next time.

    A disastrous tour by Pakistan team so far – I remember when Australia lost Ashes in England, Steve Waugh blamed Aussies for being too friendly with English mates on their tour. Not exactly the same reason with Pakistani team but look what ShahRukh Khan has done, showed them his dance with Karina ( he pulled some of them on stage to dance with him) and some of young cricketers have been seen quoting “SHAH RUKH KHAN SAY MILNA HAMAR KHOOS NASEEBI HAY”.

    What a lot of crap. I am not against entertainment but on field there should be intensity which Pakistani team has been lacking through out this tour so far.

    Rubber stamp match will be won by Pakistan team to keep their heads high and to allow few players another chance to keep their places.

  • Yaser on November 17, 2007, 11:57 GMT

    Im sorry to say this but as a pakistani cricket supporter im absolutely ashamed of our team. We cant bat, sure we can bowl but to not much use. Pakistani cricket is a complete and utter shambles with Akmal being a very weak link behind the stumps...get rid of him, hes cost us a few games with his dropped catches and his batting isnt up to much. If hes trying to be like Gilchrist then he has an awful lot to learn to be honest. Our openers Butt and co are absolutely useless, if it wasnt for Yousef...we wouldnt even make 100 runs in the games we have played since hes been back. Thank god hes still hitting on all cylinders but the question remains...how long is he going to be expected to prop up our innings when everything around him is falling apart. Younis i still feel is a decent batsman although he hasnt been very consistent like Yousef. Afridi needs to learn that he cant every freakin ball out of the ground. Misbah is good but hes gettin on a bit and doesnt really add much...fine hes had a few good games in the 20/20 WC but he cost us both matches against India in the group stage and final with some pretty stupid shots.

    Bowling wise??, Im glad Shoaib is back and i hope he behaves now although in the last odi recently, he got hurt so was out for a bit. Umar Gul??, what the hell happened to him??..hes been absolutely terrible since the 20/20 WC...mind boggling at how leaky he has become. Afridi as well hasnt bowled very well either. Asif in injured which concerns me as the Tests are coming up so we could do with him.

    All in all i think the Pak team is getting worse and worse since the 20/20 WC, first we lose a home series both in tests and ODI's against SA and now we just recently lost an ODI series against the Indians. It makes for very sad viewing in my opinion. I dont think appointing Lawson was a smart move, i mean who is he??...never heard of the fella before. Fine we had a good run in the 20/20 final but we cant seem to win any tests or ODI's so the buck stops with him. Personally i would have liked to see Dav Whatmore in charge..someone who has a good pedigree in cricket ie Winning the WC with Sri Lanka and also coaching Bangladesh to some pretty big wins. Pakistan cricket needs a good kicking up its backside..get rid of Akmal for a start...get rid of Butt, whos pretty useless i think. Get some of these U19 WC winners into the squad...for gods sake stop perservering with these useless older players...its no wonder we have become literally the laughing stock of world cricket these days.

  • Omer Admani on November 17, 2007, 8:11 GMT

    Javed Khan, I disagree on the issue of Malik's captaincy. If the PCB made a mistake in appointing him the captain, they should immediately come forward and appoint a new one to minimize the damage that the next few years might bring. Apart from that a rule should be set straight that whoever doesn't deserve a place in the team shouldn't be in the team and certainly shouldn't be the captain. What would you rather have, a team playing defensive, timid cricket for the next 4,5 years or a change of captain that might turn things around? Shoaib Malik was always an experiment in sight of the lack of leaders and the decision should not needlessly demonstrate the continuity property. Afridi might just be the right shoice to change him with. But of course that won't happen now since it is the PCB that leads the show. Pakistan will lose 4,5 consecutive series and then the PCB will scapegoat Malik and ditch him altogether, quite unfairly when he wasn't captain material in the first place. I have been waiting to see some good tactics from him, a change in his mental attitude, but it hasn't happened. When Dhoni and Youvraj came to batting, he had only 4 fielders in the circle and didn't give the Pakistani team a chance (what was he thinking, he will defend the score from there?). Apart from that he is making it quite miserable for the team by chopping and changing the batting and the bowling orders each game. He seems to have this idea (that is if he has any idea at all) that a good team has players who can bat on all positions each time and bowlers who can change their roles each time. The skill and the worth doesn't seem to matter, and thus we see less of consistent strategy and plan and more of this so-called versatility and apparently random changes. Lastly Fawad Alam has been on the bench too long and Kamran Akmal has been hurting the team. But Malik obviously doesn't think that some new players need to blooded in, replacing a 33 something and a person who keeps on dropping every other catch. If this will continue to be, then these results will continue to be. And the dissapointing aspect of this all will be that the team is not building (not that a few new and younger players are making the adjustments), just that the old errors are being persisted with.

    If Malik is a learning captain, then so is Dhoni. But Dhoni is a much better and more aggressive captain, and actually a captain who is 'learning' as well.

  • Paul Joshua Mtathew on November 17, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    I am amazed by the way in which people in Pakistan do not fancy Mohammed Yousuf's batting. Ramiz Raja mentioned in his audio comments after the Ind-Pak 4th 1 dayer that Yusf was being selfish in not making more runs and faster. I do not understand what should the man do more than making 99*(105) in a total team score of 254. His rate was not bad and he is not at fault for the team losing. The other batsmen if he hasn't nboticed didn't lend him support and he played it to the best way he plays. Does Rameez expect him to play an Afridi knock, 100 in 45 balls or something which comes once in a blue moon, or rather red moon, and that too if he manages to cross 50!!! I just do not understand these people . I am an indian, and I should express my conceren that this is exactly the problem with the Pakistani supporters, they never give any leeway for their players. If anyone should be criticised, it should be Kamran Akmal. He is sich a pity. Its long time they changed him. Although Shoaib Malik doesn't seem to have any sense of direction, I believe he should be given faith for minimum 1 more series before people start criticising him. Had Younis Khan should have taken the mantle, the picture would have surely been more rosier. Bowlers like Shoiab Akhtar and Mohammed Sami should be stopped given chances as they have failed to deliver tiem and again. Shoaib due to his ego and lack of fitness and Sami due to his lack of commitment. Bowlers liek Rao Ifthikar rightly deserve a place in the team. Where's the young prodigy who rocked the Under 19 youth world cup in Sri lanka in the final last year i think. Try giving him some chances. Don't expose him completely though, give him chances in teaspoons and see where he goes on. Afridid needs to get a kick in the backside, he just doesnt seem to understand the value and responsibility a senior member of a side needs to bring.Malik needs to assert himslef with his batting. Salman Butt has rightly said that openers should be given a long run. India atleast is better on the persistence area, but still lacks promise. Anyway hope Pakisatn sorts all the creases out. A well wisher.

  • Kamran on November 16, 2007, 23:14 GMT

    Hi,

    one of the first things that I learned in parenting was never to compare your child with another child :) We should stop comparing EVERYTHING to Australia! Even the latest comments by Lawson about Salman Butt having an ethic like the "australians" are sooo lame. We should have our own character and our own style and professionalism....not just copying Australia.

    -Kamran

  • Tay'yab-Ali on November 16, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    AWAZ

    Salman Butt has played like Lara before. Remember when he couldn't stop scoring runs against Austaralia in Australia on those bouncy seaming wickets against the likes of Mcgrath, Lee, Gillespie & Warne.

    Jahangir Murtuza

    Yes I agree with you, Akmal has only thrice tormented the Indians-then again he has only played three series against India. You will agree thats a 100% record

  • khansahab on November 16, 2007, 18:17 GMT

    Awas, Thanks for your message. I got bored of writing the letters after my name. When I started posting on this blog (seems like decades ago) I didn’t think I would be bothered enough to continue posting and become a regular member. Hence I started with “khansahab” (instead of my real name) which is what my father occasionally refers me as. Both my maternal and paternal grandfathers were called “khansahab” by their acquaintances and my father is also at times referred to by that title. It has passed on me to somehow and since it sounds distinctive, I decided to carry on with it. :-)

    There have been so many salient justifications I have attempted to provide to Wasim Saqib and Javed Khan, amongst other bloggers, but my posts have constantly been blocked. I try reading the Pakspin rules and although I do break a few of them occasionally, so do many other bloggers, some even on a regular basis (I abstain from mentioning names). I know Pakspin is not a popularity contest and if there is anyone who knows that it should be me, considering the flak and ridiculous accusations I have faced for a few months on this blog. However, when learned regulars like Wasim Saqib and Javed Khan expend time and energy focusing on a point regarding me they have fundamentally misinterpreted, I do feel a duty to justify my stand.

    I don’t know why the blog owner has developed an agenda against me and what I ever did to him. For instance, people on this present thread have been discussing politics and issues that do not relate to the topic of the thread, yet those comments are being allowed. But no matter what comment I make, it is dealt with apathy and bias. I don’t consider myself as the best writer here (I have mentioned this numerous times) and I do not have the “celebrity” status that seems inextricably attached to Javed Khan’s name. However, I do occasionally get praised and encouraged by some selfless and decent individuals like yourself and I do believe I have a good cricketing mind. Sure I have made controversial statements on this blog, but who has not? I am not very concerned about what Wasim Saqib or Javed Khan think of me, but when Mr Abbasi, whom I have deeply respected, supported and wished well so many times, starts to act upon a biased agenda against me, I know there is a problem. I believe in compromise over conflict and I hope we see the prevalence of peace and equality soon on this blog.

  • Prakash Kalanjeri on November 16, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Jack Welch in his book "Winning" talks about a specific group of employees that most organizations are likely to have. They are called the sliders.

    Sliders are those who have performed admirably in the past, but for some reason seem lost and unproductive now.

    Most often, their current state is precipitated by an indiffernt leadership which takes these individuals for granted and does not invest time in grooming them for superior and challenging responsibilities.

    Kamran (Akmal) is a slider. Some time off from the game will work wonders for him.

    The last thing that we want is Akmal being treated as a leper owing to his new found replacement.

  • Under_House_Arrest on November 16, 2007, 15:59 GMT

    This is how javed Khan misrepresents the fact. Blalaji has disappeared because of Afridi? That is funny. may be Javed Khan would next say that Afridi broke his Shin too ! What a non-sensical guy !

  • ruchit on November 16, 2007, 13:44 GMT

    Hi Javed Khan,

    Please back your statements with fact. Pathan lost place in the Indian team not because of Afridi but because of consistent poor series in West indies and Kualalampur. Infact his last major success came on Pakistani soil in the ODI series. As far as Bhajji is concerned he was dropped after poor world cup. Where was Afridi involved in all this. You talk a lot of nonsense sometimes.

    Hi Kamran,

    Please publish this. Regards. Ruchit.

  • Roshan on November 16, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    Javed Montreal Khan....I feel sorry for you...Please recollect all your previous posts regarding Afridi, Combine them together & make a big heavy book to present it to your Test team selectors....Like me they are also not impressed by your super hero & they have now decided to drop him!......& I think Balaji will surely ask who is Afridi as you advised him to do.

    Awas

    I have always enlighten everyone on cricket here but it seems you have opened your eyes just now, stop following your idol (idle) Javed Khan & come out of Darkness to face the light!

  • Stephen.philips on November 16, 2007, 11:29 GMT

    PCB has sacked Afridi for the tests. So finally they have recognised his class (or lack of it). Finally they acknowledge he is just a batter who swings his bat around and it it connects well good and it it does not connect then Ya allah;). Of BTW Javed Khan on Montreal has selective memory. Pathan has got Afridi 2 times in this series and once in T20 final and in T20 league match too and couple of times in 2004 series whereas Afridi has manged to hit him for few in inconsequential matches after series was lost or when Pathan was out of form. Its more like Pathan toys with Afridis ego, fools him again and again into throwing his wicket pathetically. Pathan may not be a great bowler but he has managed to outwit the dimwit Afridi in big matches many times.

  • Mohamed Hanas on November 16, 2007, 11:06 GMT

    It is sad to see Pakistan loses. But it is purely due to poor thinking of the management and the players. What is the role Mr. Lawson. If Aaqib Javed (I Think he is the best to coach Pakistan.)Keeps on giving right strategy for pakistan in headlines today Mr. Lawson keep on giving wrong strategies.

    Kamran Akmal should take a rest poor guy. Overburdened with opening keeping and scapegoat for all defeats.

    Mr. Lawson should take active part in pakistan cricket. Otherwise remove him and replace him with Aaqib Javed who is in my terms a good coach. Records speak for himself.

    Keep faith in Pakistan. They will win. Good times will return

    Hanas

  • Khurram on November 16, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    Shoaib Malik's Comment that Kamran Akmal is best keeper/batsman after Gilchrist is ridiculous. He should be removed from captaincy after making a nonsense statement like this. Is he joking that Kamran Akmal is better than Sangakkara? The man who made double and triple centuries in tests against a man who can't play moving ball? Boucher is worse batsman than kamran by any standard? And what about Dhoni? the captain of India is even not as 'good' as Akmal? Even Brendon McCulum is better keepr/batsman than Kamran. How can a captain make statements like this and noone points out so much non-sensical thinking of our captain?

  • Faesal on November 16, 2007, 5:23 GMT

    Some people over here do not have any grey matter in their heads. By going through some of posts over here one would think that almost everybody in the team is Shoiab Malik's friend and that’s why they are being included in the team. Get a grip Knuckleheads! You know there is something called a "selection committee", which "selects" the 15 or 16 players for the team and even the playing 11 has to be confirmed by 3 people; Coach, captain and a selector accompanying the team on the tour. So it is not just the captain's decision as to who plays or who's kept out. This is not to say that I am a fan of the current selection of the Pakistan team but people need to act and think more rational and less idiotic.

  • Raza Karamat on November 15, 2007, 23:18 GMT

    Typical of Pakistan not to play Safraz Ahmad. Its time for Pakistan to reverse its game plan and put in the youngsters. Fawad Alam needs to play, Safraz Ahmad needs to play, Butt needs to play, Khuram manzoor needs to play, najaf shah, anwar ali, mansoor amjad needs to play. Butt, Malik, Khan, Yousef, afridi, Alam, Ahmad, Amjad, Gul, Asif, tanvir

  • Irfan on November 15, 2007, 22:02 GMT

    It was a real disappointment to see Akmal in the side today. I thought that Sarfaraz would be in but it looks to me like this blind trust on Akmal will be one of the reasons of Malik's downfall. During the Pak batting today lack of planning was evident, shuffle in the batting order which was also to be expected couldn't work again. Both Ys never played attacking enough to make any impact at the end as the total of 255 was never going to be enough for this current Indian batting line up. Kudos to Sachin he truly deserves the mantle of little master. I wish that they could put Sarfaraz in for the next one with Fawad Alam no Abdul Rahman please! Rao should also be given an extended run. The bowlers had an average day. Malik's bowling changes and his field placing leave a lot of be desired. But I imagine that he is a guy trying to find his groove. Good luck to him for the test series.

  • Irfan Khan (UK) on November 15, 2007, 20:31 GMT

    As expected a disastrous performance, a poor performance from a poorly managed team. The only good thing today was Malik decision (finally) to open the innings which could have paid more, had Butt not left him so soon. There will be a lot said about such a poor performance but there are few things that I don’t understand:

    • Ever body knew Akmal will play (although he didn’t drop any catch but he has become a “KHATMAL” who think Pakistan team is a bed and he wants to stick to it regardless of the consequences. • What on earth poor chap FAWAD ALAM has been doing outside these four matches. • Why Geoff Lawson don’t send a PANI WALA MUNDA with some instructions when Malik was busy in killing (bongiyaan maarnay mein masroof) so many bongiyaan in the field and Gul was giving so many runs away.

    I guess our performance is true reflection of state of the country at the moment. We knew this result was expected why we raise our expectation so much WHY WHY WHY

    Javed A Khan Canada, do you want to say something about your favourite incosistant performer Mr BOOM BOOM once in a moon.

    The only relief of the day is that Nasim Acchoo did not become care taker prim minister.

    I don’t have any answer – may be some one will have

  • junaid on November 15, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    India is definitely a better team these days like Pakistan was in 80s and 90s under Wasim and Imran. Yousif, Younis and Misbah played really well but none was able to produce the match winning magic. Main culprits were Shoaib Malik for throwing his wicket and Shahid Afridi for failing badly with bat and ball. For Akmal haters no he has not dropped any catch so don't blame him for this loss as well.

  • Tanveer on November 15, 2007, 18:32 GMT

    OK, the 4th ODI has finished on Indian win. Indian team has proved that they are a better team than Pakistan as of today. In 80s and 90s Pakistan dominated over India - records speak for it. But now India is making records and improving their win success against Pakistan. Even though Pakistan team is not stronger than India, I still think that if they play as a team - like they did in the 2nd ODI - they could still beat India. In today's match, there was no need to play slow and take pressure on yourself. You have to play aggressive Cricket. Nowadays on a decent pitch, 250 - 270 is no winning score. Pakistan must know that, they must have to make 300+ runs batting first to put pressure on the solid Indian batting line up.

    With Shoaib at the brink of getting unfit, the test series will also go Indian's way. Oh well, these days we have little to cheer for and a lot to mourn for. Let's hope Pakistan beat India in the last ODI and ends the series 2-3 rather 1-4 (now that would look real bad).

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 15, 2007, 17:58 GMT

    When you win, you brag and you also become complacent. And when you loose you shouldn't make any excuse. Because, that is considered as whining. But after a defeat, it is always better to make an introspection of what went wrong and try to rectify those mistakes and improve oneself from that loosing experience. Therefore, it is imperative for Malik & Co. to look back and see what went wrong in this 4th ODI and before that.

    Starting from the toss: In Kanpur after winning the toss Malik opted to bat and lost the match. Therefore, in Gwalior after winning the toss he was expected to bat first and he did not disappoint many. It is a well known fact that if there is a day match, then it is better to bat first after winning the toss. If it is a day and night match, owing to the dew conditions it is better to bat second. I don't understand why Malik can be so thick headed that he cannot make an assessment of the conditions and the situation rather than going according to the stats or by the law of averages?

    The positive thing he did was he opened the innings, but Salman Butt the hero of Kanpur became a zero of Gwalior and that slowed down the proceedings, Malik managed well with Younus Khan initially, but soon got bogged down and went defensive and later he needlessly threw away his wicket. This is the third time in this series that he has done this. The series defeat against India in India is after 24 years, so Malik must have had that pressure on his mind even before the match started.

    The negative thing he did was, right from the third over when Tendulkar started to bat aggressively he went defensive once again, like he did in the previous matches. And, in the end when he saw the dew factor was not helping the spinners, Shahid Afridi in particular, he availed his captaincy privilege and himself he did not bowl at all, which is a bad example. He looked so disconnected and resigned completely from the game and in the end asked Salman Butt to bowl the last couple of overs to complete the rites. His body language and the expressions he was carrying throughout the match was telling that he is about to cry. It reminds me of Mirza Ghalib's poetry:

    Dil he tou hai na sang-o-khist dard say bhar na aaye kyon? Royengay hum hazaar baar koyee humay sataye kyon?

    Heart it is, not a brick or stone why shouldn't it feel the pain? Let none tyrannize this heart or I shall cry again and again!

    Although at the awards ceremony he said, 'we are professionals and we have to live with that' and he even played down the dew factor as the main problem. In fact he thought that his fast bowlers did not achieve good results with the new ball and that is the main reason, even 256 was a total that he could have defended. I think it was the decision to bat first did not pay off and the batting that let down, they scored at least 30 runs less on a wicket that was helping the batsmen. It may sound like whining but, the fact is Ms. Saheba's umpiring was below par once again and I wonder why the neutral umpires are not selected for international matches?

    Tendulkar played one of his best innings today, some brilliant strokes but, by getting out once again in the nineties he has proved that personal records are more important for him than the over all team's goals and objectives. Although after the match was over and upon winning the MoM award he tried to talk like a philosopher that, "it is not important for him, but the most important thing is India had won." The fact is he hit 16 boundaries in his 77 but, after that all runs were scored in singles. And, when he got out in the nineties for the sixth time this year, his expression was like he is about to puke. Mohammad Yousuf on the other hand starts his innings slow but, when he is in his nineties he plays big shots and twice he scored a century with a six and today also he came very close to repeat an encore, a six and a two in the last two balls of the last over of the match to leave him 99 n.o., is a proof that the man is not afraid to get out. And personal milestones are not as important as the over all goals and objectives of the team.

    I think, Pakistan team will now make drastic changes for the 5th ODI, perhaps they will try out Sarfaraz Ahmad, Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam etc., only to give these youngsters a chance as the series is already lost. But, Pakistan should not do this, they should play their best side and make every possible effort to win the 5th ODI because, a series defeat of 3-2 is better than 4-1, especially since there is a 3 test match series is to be played with a different set of players coming in. Perhaps Sami will be called in as Asif is not fit and Khalifa too is running out of steam and may burn out in the middle of a test match. Danish Kaneria will be in, so the new players joining in shall be playing in with a different frame of mind. Therefore, there should be cautious in team selection and in making drastic changes.

  • Nadeem on November 15, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf finished the innings on 99 not out - but ultimately, they paid the price for their diffidence in the Powerplay, when only 79 runs were scored.

    Misba and Yousuf played inning for them self. Once again, they did not play for the team. Misba has limited shots.

    Inclusion of Kamran Akmal was another shock. Actually surprise shock. Looks to me Selectors and team management have some major diffrence. This is clear Malik has special realtions with Misba and Kamran Akmal.

    Fawad Alam should play instead of Abdur Rehman. Wicket was slow. Fawad is not touring India to meet his relatives only. He should be given chance like other players.

    Nadeem Rajput

  • what happens? on November 15, 2007, 17:44 GMT

    We thought Kamran Akmal is out. I was sure that Sarfraz AHmed and Fawad Alam will make thier one day debut.

    But what happens?

    WHY WHY WHY?

  • Muhammad Asif on November 15, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    We have more or less same kind of batsmen in the past but ahich thing made the difference, wicket-taking-delivery bowlers. They used bowl here & there but inbetween has some exceptional wicket-taking-deliveries. The problem is we are going for disciplined bowlers without exceptional-deliveries. Period.

  • ali on November 15, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    congrats! pakistan has lost again...but not an issue though :) shoaib malik is a learning captain how many chances will we provide to shoaib malik ? he is not captain material needs to step down asap . The most defensive captain on earth ..his captaincy today was rediculous ...he was trying to defend 60 odd runs @ 4.50 an over with 6 wickets remaining ...he is surely a genius .Under his captaincy there seems to be no game plan and he has made the entire unit defensive...he keeps on shuffeling the top order every match ..he gave pakistan a very slowish start ...and slowed down the tempo of the entire match by being negative ...the ground was so small and india had made a blunder by opting to go with an extra batsman and pakistan couldnt capitalise on it because they were too defensive never used their feet to step down the wicket and have a go at the spin..the ground was amazingly so small that even mis timed sdges would have gone for six its a real pitty..this was a 300 wicket and even toward the end they dint have any vigour , fire power nor desire to increase the run rate ...shaibs descision to open was pathetic ..he has absolutely no foot work and can never survive there ..imagine the pitch was doing absolutely nothing ..if there was movement he would have edged evey ball had he stayed there...i think you can not even justify his team in the place ...when you have so many others like fawad alam..asim kamal etc ... his old school friend misbah ul haq is preffered over razzak which is pathetic ..some ppl have the tendency to look at averages ..which dont walways speak the truth ..i think he has told misbah to make sure that he scores 30-35 in match at his pace so that he can stay in the team..razzak was a mtach winner ..he played under pressure when it mattered at this ground ...its size and pitch razzak would have made 80 in the time he consumed fr 40 in the death overs with the team in urgent need of runs

  • Shame on you Malik on November 15, 2007, 17:20 GMT

    Kamran Akaml is the most strongest person in the country.

    Kamran Akaml is the worst wicket keeper of Pakistan cricket history.

    We need to stop Talat Ali & Shoaib Malik for wrong doings. Shame on you Malik. Your performance and Captain ship is not enough to select you in the playing eleven team.

    You trained by Inzi. Please join ICL with your Inzi Bhai. Leave Pakistan team alone.

    You guys create grouping in the team by IQRIBA PERVARI.

  • Roshan on November 15, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Finaly the series won by India, Fist time in years it was a foregone conclusion. Tendulkar after a very very very long time played like a master & showed who is the boss out there but I still suspect that all Indian fans will have to wait for 6 months now before he plays like that again! Malik misread the pitch again & threw away the initiative....Afridi's bowling is a major disappointment in this series...Just like his jackpot like batting displays...He must be worried because as a batter if u cant score against Indian bowling than there is hardly any hope for you....Pakistan did play out of their skins in Mohali to steal the big run chase but overall I think the area that they lacked were middle order batting which was too slow in all matches, I dont blame the two Y's for that because they were the only two holding the innings together & I think their lack of trust in lower order batting caused them to play too cautiously....This is the same area where Dhoni-Yuvi combo made the difference with some aggresive batting...All is not lost for pakistan though...one match to go & a test series so I am expecting a tough come back from them.

  • Why Kamran Akmal again? on November 15, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    Why Kamran Akmal again?

    Is there any one who can stop this captain to choose Kamran Akmal?

    what is the secrete?

    Limit is over already.

  • Raja on November 15, 2007, 17:05 GMT

    Kamran AKmal (Brother in Law of Malik) again in the team. Once again Misba & Mohd Yousuf played inning for them self. To be stay in the team. 34 yaers old Misba have only selected shots. I can not go more than 40 runs in One day and more than 20 runs in test. But he is fav choice of Bhai Malik.

    Does Karachi born player allowed in Pakistan cricket team?

    Advice to Sarfraz & Fawad Alam

    Please learn PUNJABI. TC to Talat Ali and Bhai Mailk.

    Asim Kamal, Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Hasan Raza, Kahlid Latif did not follow my advice, They are out. I live in Sialkot, I know how things work in PUNJAB. PUJAAGI --- AAG (GEO Network)

    Raja Sialkot

  • raja on November 15, 2007, 16:37 GMT

    shoaib malik is a lost cause his avg in the seies in india is under 20 relive him of his captancy and get a new captin who can actually think plans and stratagies the pakistanies are lost sachin is master class well done india pakistan better luk in the test i belive we can win the test as long as akmal does not play

  • Muhammad Asif on November 15, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    We don't have a legspinner other than Afridi & Danish........Legspin needs fresh blood & thinking.....

  • Kamran Akmal on November 15, 2007, 16:17 GMT

    The 4th oneday has been lost because of one selfish innings from M. yusuf. Imagine him playing at such a pathetic strike rate? what was he thinking of ? personal glory? its time he made way for youngsters..he should retire..he is now selfish!! and its hurting pakistani cricket!!!

  • srivathsan on November 15, 2007, 6:05 GMT

    I have been advocating to rest akmal as he is not in any form for quite some time.A break will help him to correct his mistakes & as you have rightly said that he can always make a come back, being young.A bad keeper can demoralise even your best bowlers & a crucial catch dropped can make you pay dearly.Though akmal has taken some outstanding catches (like sachin's at 99),he has dropped more crucial catches which proved very costly for pakistan.Even if akmal were in great batting form,I would have suggested for his dropping.Pakistan can try sarfraz for the next two onedayers as it will help him to gain not only experience but also confidence before the test series.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA. on November 14, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    With less than 12 hours remaining for the Gwalior ODI to start, previews are being uploaded on cricinfo website along with captain's quotes and chit-chat about who is fit and who is not and who will win and how the pitch is going to play etc., etc. There is also a much awaited news on cricinfo about the mid-pitch collision between Gambhir and Afridi. Both have been fined, but there is no fairness in the amount of fines, one is charged 65% the other 95% of match fee which is not fair. As the Urdu expression goes, "bud accha bud-naam bura," there is no equivalent of this phrase in English, but it is something to do about reputation. "Having a bad reputation is worse than being bad." If it was Abdul Rahman or Shoaib Malik in place of Shahid Afridi, perhaps the situation may have diffused even the match referee may not have intervened and fined.

    But, it is quite obvious from the replays that it was Gambhir, after hitting a four on Afridi's bowling, swear at him to be more precise he used an "F" word for no reason. Later, in the same over, the collision took place and Gambhir was deliberately running into the bowler's line and asking for trouble. Shahid Afridi could have easily avoided that but, him being a hot-head Pathan did not move and when Gambhir came crashing towards him, he elbowed him - not just to protect himself but to poke it in his chest - both are wrong and the fine must have been equal.

    Gambhir is not all that sweet and goody goody, he too has a reputation which is not as obvious as Afridi's, but sometime back while fielding in the deep against Australia, he stopped an obvious four and threw it back to the keeper and stood there uttering "F off" for no reason. Its a kinda habit that most youngsters say this word for no reason and now, in the English language it has come to be a verb for the amatory act and may be used literally without considering it as a four letter or a derogatory word.

    It is interesting to see that the total number of posts on this thread, instead of increasing have decreased since yesterday and yet there are some posts which have nothing to do about cricket are still there. Some people love to write and criticize me and a few other bloggers and that is ALL their contribution is on this blog and not a single word about cricket. I sympathize with such underprivileged and deprived jeepers "may they live in interesting times."

    The same old question(s): Are they going to play Abdul Rahman again? Is it worth playing him? Is he a match winner? Or Malik has lost his faith in his own bowling? Rao Ifti would be a better choice than Abdul Rahman.

  • Tay'yab-Ali on November 14, 2007, 20:20 GMT

    in response to jhangir murtuza

    yes; akmal has only thrice tormented them, then again he has only played three series against them-you would agree thats a 100% record.

    Mr Tanveer

    Everyone goes through a pad patch -unfortunatley he was'nt rested when he should have been. A break now will do him good and he will come back stronger. However, I doubt it very much whether he will be dropped (if fit)during the test series.

  • best wicket keeper on November 14, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Rashid Latif was the best wicket keeper Pakistan ever produced. Look at his records. If he played same as Wasim bari, he could easily hold many world records. He has best average in keeping amongst all Pakistani wicket keepers.

    He is my favoraite Wicket Keeper, Sir Vivian Richard (England 1996).

    Best Wicket Keeper

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 14, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    Akmal's achievements and his stats compared with 3 other wicketkeepers namely, Wasim Bari, Rashid Latif and Moin Khan.

    A performance is better assessed if compared with wicketkeepers from other countries during the same era rather than the past heroes. But, the motion was on the floor that all of the above wicketkeepers were better than Akmal hence, I had to present these facts.

    Akmal's batting in both forms of the game is far superior than all other wicketkeepers i.e., in terms of 100's, 50's, number of 4's and sixes scored and not to mention his batting average which is better and higher than all of the above wicketkeepers of Pakistan. Here is the comparison of dismissal ratio per match:

    Akmal: Test: 35 matches 132 dismissals and per match ratio = 3.77 ODI: 76 matches 78 dismissals and per match ratio = 1.03

    Bari: Test: 81 matches 228 dismissals and per match ratio = 2.28 ODI: 51 matches 62 dismissals and per match ration = 1.21

    Rashid Latif: Test: 37 test matches 130 dismissals and per match ratio = 3.51 ODI: 166 matches 220 dismissals and per match ratio = 1.32

    Moin Khan: Test: 69 matches, 148 dismissals and per match ratio = 2.14 ODI: 219 matches, 287 dismissals and per match ration = 1.31

    Akmal's test dismissal ratio is better than all other wicketkeepers, his ODI dismissal ratio is marginally lower than others. But, to say that Bari was the best of all the wicketkeepers is not fair. If a wicketkeeper's selection is based on batting prowess then Bari would have never made it in the Pakistan team. His batting was pathetic. Bari's compatriot Taslim Arif was an excellent batsman-wicketkeeper who on his debut against India made 90 and 46 in Calcutta test and during the same winter he scored 210 not out against the mighty Australians and his test average remained at 62 plus. In the only 6 tests he played he took 9 catches, his dismissal ratio is 1.5. Bari was senior to Arif and a blue eyed boy of Imran and Sarfaraz Nawaz, hence Taslim Arif could not pursue his career at international level despite being so talented with the bat.

    Another aspect to remember is, during Imran and Sarfarz's days, and even during Wasim and Waqar's era, bowlers used to bowl a nagging or disciplined line and length and it was easier for the keepers to catch the ball at a decent height. Whereas, these days there is so much variety in fast bowling that it is hard for the wicketkeepers to judge whether the bowler is going to bowl a slower one or a faster one. The difference between Shoaib Akhtar's express pace and his slower one is almost 40 kmph and thats a lot. Then, there are yorkers, bouncers, indippers and too many wide balls that swing away from the wicketkeepers. Among the spinners, Danish Kaneria and Shahid Afridi both generate a lot of pace and bounce compared to the past spinners like Iqbal Qasim and Tauseef. Also, the wickets (pitch) is prepared differently compared to the past and it is very unpredictable, hard to judge the bounce and variation in the speed when the keeper is standing right behind the stumps.

    I am not trying to defend or justify Kamran Akmal dropping the catches, but people should be realistic in making assessments and in passing a sweeping statements or in ruling judgments. One needs to be a reasonable in making comparisons and passing judgments. Akmal needs a thinking hat and also some counseling to rectify his anomalies - whether it is good for him to catch the ball with his body behind his gloves or a side on action like Adam Gilchrist or Marc Boucher would be better? Whatever he decides to choose he has to work hard to be able to get into the team. Another observation is, he is 'fraction of a second' slow in getting up for the ball. His weight is mostly on his heels rather than his toes and that makes him a little slower in leaping for the ball especially when it is towards his left.

  • WASIM on November 14, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    After all pakistan is not winning because Ramij Raja like player are offering the absurd advice, he was still in 80's when every team used to make 220 as a great score and 20 run without wicket in 17 over, OH MY GOG help pakistani out this trouble, SRI LANKA won world cup by hittng in 15 over, and this is new era we don't need batsman who can stay there but we need like afrid and nazir who can fire. Tell me had afridi not batted well in mohali could pak win never, the result would be like kanpur, so what we can have with these kind of SALMAN Butt inning nothing these are for selfish people he wants to remain in team and can win the Ramij like people word, but Had he made 60 in 40 or 45 delivery what would be the result , We need to p

  • me again on November 14, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    salam tomorrow is a biggie! we have to treat tomorrow like a final and not even look at the fifth odi. i believe malik will grow into a good captain. we need to give him time. the way he bats shows intent and agression and i believe that he is the man for pakistan. we can't expect him to do great things at once. ANYWAY back to tomorrow. I have a feeling malik may open himself tomorrow and lead from the front, (which is something we didn't see in inzi) and this should hopefully lay down a marker to the rest of the boys. I would also play Fawad in place of Abdur Rehman purely because he is new to the indians, so they may take time to adapt. I believe that if we win the toss tomorow we can win this game easily, as we are due a complete batting performance whilst batting first. A flying start, a decent middle over partnership, and a grandstand finish propelling us to a score of 320+. Good luck pakistan. I predict a man of the match performance from the captain.

  • Owais on November 14, 2007, 8:01 GMT

    I am dead sure Kamran Akmal would be back because of strong lobby in team management and selection committee. To be fair with anyone replacing Akmal, at least two series should be given to them. Also please play Fawad Alam and rest Abdul Rehman. We should also consider Mohammad Sami with his recent form in first class crickt and where is Shabbir Ahmed? Trust me a lot of past bowling discards will look much better with a better keeper behind the stumps. I cant believe that we play mediocres like Rao and Abdul Rahman when we have better strike options in Sami, Shabbir and Fawad. I hate to say but I guess there is some lobby in our management looking to play only a select group of players. As for batting, we should stick with Salman on one end and try some NEW face or may ask either Younis or Shoaib Malik to open. All the others like Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Taufeeq Omer, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Hafeez have proved to be crap players. Maybe Omer and Hafeez are slightly better and can be considered again after a year or two. But Farhat and Hameed are surely crap, lacking temparament and shot selection. Is there no opener in any of the first class teams in Pakistan. Time to infuse new blood and forget these half a bunch of "also-ran" cases. Kamran Akmal is the worst international wicket keeper (if you call what he does behind the stumps wicket keeping, i.e.!) and his batting also does not add any thing to his credentials. I think Shoaib Malik and team management must be morons to think that his batting makes him any better. Salim Yousuf, Moin Khan and to some extent Rashid Latif were fighting batsmen as well not Kamran Akmal. In the beginning Kamran Akmal was good batsman but now he is zero as he has been found out by most above average international bowlers.

  • Awas on November 14, 2007, 7:55 GMT

    Javed A Khan

    On censorship, I wonder what you meant by “it is very difficult to explain or elaborate this point on this forum”. Now I really am curious as I would have liked to know more but never mind perhaps some other appropriate time. By the way, my own experience on the other blog is the same as yours which I did mention in a previous thread.

    Even though you were at top of the tree in my thought when I mentioned “some are lucky enough to have all the time in the world” but trust me it was not at all said in sarcasm but more in covet as I can only wish to be a profuse writer and write as well as you do. Even though I am not such a slow coach, I can see you something of a Speedy Gonzalez as I do have a couple of good friends who are like that ;-). Jealous ones will always have something mean to say but they are perhaps the first ones to look for and read your comments. So carry on the good work.

    Wasim Saqib

    Very well said about dictatorship and strong leadership in reference to Imran Khan and all very agreeable indeed. But such a principled man that Imran Khan is, I don’t think he is heading anywhere in politics. It is such a dirty game that you have to lie through your teeth every step of the way. Look what George Bush and Tony Blair did on the pretext of Iraq war.

    khansahab

    A very likeable and wonderful piece of sarcasm on Emergency. By the way, what happened to the additional letters after your name?

    Roshan

    O’my o’my you can actually enlighten us on cricket too. The Festival of Lights must have done some good to you ;-)

    I think you are being a bit modest about your fast bowlers because on the contrary, I think for once India has one the best pace attacks they have ever had. These are the same bowlers who turned tables on England in England and on South Africa in South Africa. The reason your bowlers are not doing so well now is not because they are mediocre, it’s because they are playing on flat tracks. That is why “a player like Salman Butt is playing like Brian Lara”.

  • shabbir tareen on November 14, 2007, 7:37 GMT

    well the replacement here for kamran akmal is a intelligent decision right now, but i am very dishearted to read the comments here posted about kamran akmal because ever body have forgot the performances of kamran akmal and abdur razzaq together when several times they both saved matches for us and this is our biggest problem that we are following european style which destroyed our game as we did this to our hockey. what we have done in the past to miandad and waqar younis as a coach??? and what bob wolmer gave us??? (the first round worst defeat for the pakistan) i cant understand what the problem is with our officials

  • Zafar on November 14, 2007, 6:42 GMT

    I feel for Kamran and sad that he had to go through this rough time. I hope he, if he's dropped, comes back better than ever and take his slot, if not he's good enough as a batsmen only to take the roster.

    One thing I have to tell you is never forget the contribution this man has made in the past, remember the test match in India he saved along with Razzaq, and who can forget the classic Karachi win. Most will remember Asif for that match but Kamran was the real star of that game who saved the first inning from emberrassment. So yeah, give him the break if he's really injured or he's good enough as a batsmen to be in the team.

    I wish the very best to whoever is going to take his place.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 14, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    Omer Admani I would definitely like to see Sarfaraz Nawaz sitting on the sidelines, in fact I don't even want him anywhere near the cricket ground because of his ill reputation and his foul language. Unless, you are talking about Sarfaraz Ahmad the young wicketkeeper? J.K. I know you meant him and not, "The Sarfaraz Nawaz." Yes, the kid deserves a chance but, in my opinion during the test series only. Since Kamran Akmal's non-existent injury has been announced, they will have to play Sarfaraz Ahmad in the 4th ODI at Gwalior. It will be a very difficult task for the debutant, in any case my best wishes to him. Regarding Malik's statement on dropping catches, please ignore it, because he said that in English. :-)

    Wasim Saqib The bottom line quote in your post, "Education can't make us all leaders, but it can teach us which leader to follow," array bhai you are simply quoting back my previous quote back to me, as if I don't understand what it means? Secondly, me thinks either you haven't read my post well or you haven't fully understood the message that I was conveying about Imran Khan on the leadership issue. I do not have any negative views about him. I am very practical, pragmatic and realistic and I have very clearly indicated that, "I do respect him for the cricket he played for Pakistan and somehow managed the team in his own way towards success, perhaps thats what the team deserves - a danday baaz."

    Whether you agree with me or not Wasim, it is a fact that Imran Khan did not create a deputy in cricket arena when he left.

    Yes, he used Miandad's advise but, who wouldn't have? Any team in the world would have liked to have a player like Miandad in their team. Instead of making the other players believe that he (Imran) considers Miandad as his deputy, or an automatic choice to lead the team, he created doubts in their minds about Miandad's leadership ability and partially there was a regional tug of war and we saw the mutiny in the junior ranks after Imran's sudden retirement that lead to chaos.

    Ramiz Raja was never captain material, period. Wasim and Waqar's captaincy era was a shameful period and their vested interests were somewhere else and both disappointed in one way or the other, do I need to spell the obvious? Saeed Anwar was, and is a gem of a person and he played cricket, honestly, sincerely, selflessly and without any motive. For him, leadership wasn't the issue and he never showed any inclination towards leading the side. And the less we talk about the Ijaz Ahmad and Saleem Malik the better it is. So, who is left from your list now, Inzamam?

    Inzamam was a pappoo when Imran retired, no formal training was given to him by Imran and, Imran or his cricket supporters (I am one of them) and "a handful of political followers" (I am not) should not even think that he instilled that quality in Inzamam. So, please don't ever say that he created the leadership qualities in Inzamam. We all know that, Inzamam looked-up the leadership thingi as a "post" that he will never acquire or achieve in his career. It was thrust upon him by the PCB and he had no choice but to accept it. Although, Inzamam's leadership qualities and abilities were torn to pieces prior to, and after his retirement and I have always given Inzamam his due by saying that, somehow he managed to gel the young team well and, himself he lead the team from the front and won so many matches. And I don't have any negative views about Inzamam either. In fact I have a lot of respect for him.

    Although I criticize Malik's leadership qualities but, I am very much in favour of retaining him as the captain not just up to Dec. 31, 2008 but, till the end of the World Cup in 2011. Because, I believe that if you keep changing a captain every now and then, there is no stability in the team. Unfortunately most people only think of today's egg and not tomorrow's chicken. They have to think of long term and not just the immediate present or short term.

    In order to gain control over the players Malik needs to play well, score more runs, he must promote himself up the order and also bowl regularly and must also play aggressive cricket. To me, so far as a captain he has appeared very shy, timid and a hesitant person. He goes defensive very soon. Even in this 3rd ODI when Ganguly was dropped and a few edges went past flying over the slips cordon and within 3 overs the score was close to 30 runs, he removed the second slip and the next ball went past the first slip (Younus Khan's left hand) a second slip would have easily taken that catch. It was Younus Khan who asked Malik to bring back the second slip and he did that. But, the opportunity was missed. These are the things Malik needs to learn. Obviously when the team wins these faults, flaws, anomalies go unnoticed or ignored.

    It is such a common phenomenon that whenever a side wins, the captain of the winning team is showered with praises and accolades as if the captain is the most genius and intelligent person on earth - thats what they are doing with the "Cow & Gate or Amul Milk poster Boy." Those who have not witnessed Irfan Pathan thrashed by Afridi can talk with such ignorance and pseudo-authority now because, he got Afridi twice recently, but they don't remember the past. It is only a matter of couple of sixes that change the whole complexion of the game like it happened to Malik and Abdul Rahman when Yuvraj and Dhoni were batting two sixes each and there you go.

    Likewise, not so long ago, it was Afridi who made Pathan and Harbhajan dispersed, diffused and made them redundant and they both were dropped from the team for several matches expanding over a few months. And it is Afridi who made Balaji disappear from the cricket arena, forever! Who is Balaji by the way? I think one should ask Balaji who is Afridi? Then he will tell you who he is.

  • Shibili Ahamed USA on November 13, 2007, 23:47 GMT

    Let us draw a final line on Kamran Akmal issues for the time being. Let us wish him the best. And hopefully for himself and Pakistan cricket, let him correct his mistakes and be back.

    On Dhoni's comment, though I accept it as a good move from a captain, I will certainly look at it as 'failure' by Shoaib Malik as captain. A captain has to think on rival team's terms as well. The same way Dhoni did. Dhoni thought about what Pakistan Team Management is going to do, but unfortunately Shoaib Malik did not do his homework. Referring to the record books is not a bright idea. Two years have passed. Pitch must been changed, Bowlers have changed. what did he expect? A replay of the 46 ball century. If so, then he neither a good captain or a good cricketer.

    The game plan that won the Mohali ODI for Pakistan was steady runs. No adventures. And the assurance Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and Misbah had in their that Afridi and Tanvir is going to follow them. Here in Kanpur, that plan was totally buggered up. Moreover Salman-Akmal gave a not so bad opening stance in Mohali. Here the management did not allow them to do it. That's poor cricketing decision.

    Now for Afridi, what he did was absolute suicide. What was reason for that slog. It was not an unplayable ball. Pakistan was having 13 as run rate. Another 6-8 runs from Irfan Pathan would have been seeing taken off, as he has already allowed about 15 runs in his first over. A straight drive would have easily fetched Afridi a 2 or a four. To make things more worse, Afridi was all burning from his 'bay day' at bowling and verbal exchanges. The captain and the coach must have allowed his some time to relax.

    Now this put pressure on people who followed. Yousuf also committed suicide when he pushed the ball to the left of Yuvaraj and ran. Indians who mis-fielded a lot on that day had a heck of a luck when Zaheer Khan failed to collect it and the ball went on to hit the stumps.

    Shoaib Malik has to perform with his bat as well. Also he has to believe in his bowling abilities. Bring in Fawad Alam to open as a replacement for Adbul Rehman. That should balance the team.

    Pakistan team's 'think tank' is vacant. Neither the captain nor the coach is having any noodles in between their ears.

    Any game must be played with a game plan. Once you have a game plan, please stick to it. And also think of what your opponents are thinking about you.

    Once again, good luck Safraz Ahamed. Our prayers will be with you and your team.

  • Jemima Khan on November 13, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    Kick Kamran Akmal out from the team.

    Talat Ali and Shoaib Malik are giving chances to the player from PUNJAB. Misba, Kamran Akmal and Abdur Rehman are the examples.

    I saw lot of comments about them but still they are in playing eleven. Younis Khan is a best choice for the captain. Who thinks for only Pakistan not for Pathan or Karachi.

    Big shame on racist PUNJABIES, not every one is racist. Most peoples are good in PUNJAB. This is just an illiterate small gang who thinks PUNJABIES are better than others (Evil Thinkers).

    Unfortunately our Captain and manager Talat Ali have same ideology.

    Is Fawad Alam just visiting India to see his parents family?

    I urged UK & US govt. to cancelled memebership of Pakistan from ICC.

    Jemima Khan

  • khansahab on November 13, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    Wasim Saqib, Your last post is one of your best.

    I liked your quote regarding "education". Please don't mix politics with cricket though :)

    I am agree.

  • Imran Quraishi on November 13, 2007, 20:54 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has to make way for Sarfaraz as he is responsible for our loss in the last one day against South Africa back home and also the last one day against India. In short he "gotta go". I hope the selectors are not blind folded and can see how he is hurting our team and demoralising Shoaib Akhtar by his keeping. I think if selectors can't give him the pink slip then Shoaib can do their job by hitting Kamran with the same bat that he used to hit Mohammad Asif and get him out for good.

  • khansahab on November 13, 2007, 20:12 GMT

    My comments are being blocked anyway so I will keep this short and sweet so that if it doesn’t get through I don’t end up wasting much time and energy.

    People have recently raised concerns regarding a) Why Malik does not open b) Why the “selection committee” does not give chances to youngsters like Fawad Alam and c) Why Younas Khan is not made the ‘keeper

    The answers to the above are thus: a) Malik would be a much more reliable opener than any of Pakistan’s stock openers but since he is captain he wants to bat at no 5 because he wants to co ordinate the team’s batting position from that number. b) The selection committee’s job is to select a squad and look for replacements. They do not take part in deciding the playing XI. I recently watched an interview of Chief Selector Salahuddin and he was asked whether Younas would manage the wicketkeeping or would Sarfraz Ahmed be played? His answer was that the decision is entirely the captain’s and the team management’s. In that interview Salahuddin also stated that when the committee decides who should be in the squad they take into account the captain’s preferences. The selection of Masbah over Yousaf in T20 and the general selection of Masbah, coupled with the regularity of Rehman’s selection, are predominantly Malik’s preferences (as has been reported in the press every now and then). So if anyone is bothered about why Fuad Alam is not in the playing XI, blame the captain and Talat Ali (the team manager), not the selection committee. c) Younas is not made a regular or replacement keeper simply because the team management does not want to overburden him. I don’t think he will be overburdened but that is how the management feels. Maybe they have taken into account that he (Younas) struggles with consistency in batting anyway so why burden him with another responsible role? Having said that it is being opined Sarfraz is too inexperienced to handle the pressure in the remaining two matches so Younas may well get a chance to keep.

  • Gulab Khan on November 13, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    No more chance to Kamran AKmal. Sarfraz Ahmed Should be given chance in last two one days and all test matches.

    Sarfraz has a impressive records in first class. He played on 16 First Class matches. In 16 matches he scored eight fifties, he is a wicket keeper not a batsman but impressive batting record.

    In 16 matches, he caught 45 and stumps eight times. Good record for any wicket keeper.

    Safraz has had a terrific start to the 2007-08 season where he has racked up three fifties in the first five matches with 21 dismissals behind the stumps and is now looking a serious threat to Kamran Akmal's position as Pakistan's first-choice wicketkeeper.

    Good Luck Sarfraz Ahmed.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Pakistani number one on November 13, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    Javed Khan is unemployed and bored. He writes 500 words comments on friday evenings that shows he is bit lonely as well. As for as Dhoni's comments are concerned he did correctly pick his best bowler to bowl to Afridi. Since Irfan Pathan does not open bowling these days but he did for this match shows it was a plan to counetr Boom Boom. Now , he did not say he predicted this or that. It is Javed Khan from Montreal..Caaneeedaaa who is doing that :)

  • Under_House_Arrest on November 13, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Can someone please tell me if Javed Khan from CANADA follows cricket or lives in his own dream world. His predictions are often wrong and he thinks he knows everything about anything under the sun. I remember his posts during the world cup where he predicted that pakistan will win the world cup ! His quotes are outrageous and more to the point of showing he has now learned english.

  • khansahab on November 13, 2007, 18:08 GMT

    Awas,

    I am agree with you. Mr Abbasi has become very evil and is not allowing my reactive comments too to individuals like Wasim Saqib and my beloved friend Irfan.

    **********ANNOUNCEMENT OF EMERGENCY*******************

    This is to announce the imposition of emergency on Pakspin that has been effective for about a month. The blog is not being updated regularly despite the unanimous democratic wishes of the blog members. Individual rights are being curtailed such as freedom of expression and right of retaliation. Justices Awas, Javed A Khan and Khansahab have seen their posts edited and blocked with relentless apathy (Javed A Khan is the Chief Justice not only because he is probably very old). Abusive protestors like Mazhar have faced editing of their comments and threat of future blockades to their right of (abusive) expression. Wasim Saqib (Chaudhary of Gujarat, Punjab) and Dawar/Saima Khan/Nadeem/Raja/Pakistani (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) who are in coalition with the government of President Abbasi have benefited from their controversial posts being allowed.

    END THE EMERGENCY. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR BLOG? WAS THIS THE VISION OF THE QUAID (FOUNDING FATHER) OF CRICINFO (WHOEVER THAT WAS)?

  • Tanveer on November 13, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    Mr. Tayyab Ali, you think Akmal has class and he is just out of form? What class are you talking about, 3rd class? :-)

    Anyway, Akmal has been given chances too many, had he had any class, he would've recovered by now. Not only his keeping is bad, his batting is also going haywire. Why? Because, he has limited shots and opponents know that very well, they trap him and he gives away his wicket. He does not improvise his shots, he just goes for it with no footwork. So I do not understand how come people praise him so much for his batting. He is just an ordinary batsman. Yes, in the past he has played a few good innings but just because of those few good innings, he can not be justified to be in the playing eleven. I am very hopeful that the new talent will be good for the team. But one thing is for sure that Malik and team management should let Sarfaraz have a long go. Not drop him after a one or two bad games. Once the young Sarfaraz gains confidence, I am pretty sure he can be a good asset to the team. Let's hope for the best.

  • SAM on November 13, 2007, 15:57 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmad, welcome to Pakistan team i hope you get to play some match as there are rumors that Younis might keep wickets for next match. And i don't think its the end of Kamran Akmal's career, he surely will come back, as he has some real good supporters in the team and selection committee, plus he is the central point of all the jokes in the dressing room (Poor Chap) Talking about Malik, he certainly doesn't look like a captaincy material, after every defeat it seems like he will cry any second, he should be confident and bold enough and he has to look like and act like a leader. Although PCB has appointed him captain for next year as well, but i think his captaincy completely depends upon the next two ODIs and somehow Test series as well. In the recent past, Pakistan doesn't look like a threat as a test team and chances are bleak that Pakistan will go on and beat India in test series, the only realistic chance we have is to beat India in the next two ODIs and win the ODI series at least. Malik being extremely emotional, plus his batting is also being affected due to captaincy, he might resign from captaincy after the series defeat from India. Despite having a lot of problems, i still hope Malik stays the captain, because changing captains so often effects the team badly and it doesn't let the team combination and unity prevail, plus other players become greedy for captaincy if one captain is not completely settled in. I really really hope Pakistan wins this ODI series and at least draws the test series. and i really wish kaneria doesn't get selected for test series either, his match figures of 5 for 250 will never let Pakistan win the match as India have strong batting line up. I would say , play Sohail Tanveer instead of Danish in tests.

  • Nadeem on November 13, 2007, 14:53 GMT

    I am agreeing with Saima above about PAWA MISBA.

    I can not see any future in 34 years old Misba. He is not a good filder and can not score more than 40 runs. He put Paksitan in problem again in third one day by his slow inning in the begining of his inning. Looks to me he wants to reserve his place in the team. It was not the team inning at all. When he came to play, Pakistan needs 5.5 run per over to win the match. When he outs Paksitan needs over 9 runs per over to win the match.

    PCB should replace Misba by deserving Asim Kamal. Asim Kamal doing well in domestic too.

    Nadeem Rajput

  • EucephGhol ki Bhoosi on November 13, 2007, 14:43 GMT

    EucephGhol ki Bhoosi ha ha ha ha

    Javed Khan man your posts are hilarious and from where the hell do you get these ideas and names? I must admit that you are very creative, carry on the good work we all need to smile sometimes and you make me laugh. Mr. Euceph Ahmed do you have something to say or has he trapped you lbw with his googly?

  • cricket on November 13, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    To all Mushy "lovers"

    This is a cricket forum, where we discuss cricket NOT politics. DONT think that everyone here agrees with you.

    People are just getting dumber, but more opinionated.

  • Roshan on November 13, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    A word of caution for all pakistan fans. "Please do not be over enthusiastic over pakistan's batting performances against India", The truth is they are playing against a realy poor attack(Barring Harbhajan) which in my opinion is a club level attack. Zaheer khan is our lead bowler & the way he is bowling I think he is making mockery of the word leader. Player like salman butt is playing like Brian lara....no wonder he is proving my point of a poor bowling line up...one important fact here is Shoaib akhtar is bowling way below par that he is capable of, I imagine he is bowling only 50% of what he is capable of & yet his figures are far better than our "in form" bowlers. So my advice is dont raise false expectations unless these batters scores against some one else....I never seen salman butt scoring so freely against any other attack....I think who so ever is getting out cheaply is surely missing out a great opprtunity to cement his place in the side.

  • Jahangir Murtuza on November 13, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    Posted by: Tay'yab-Ali at November 12, 2007 9:57 PM

    Akmal has tormented the Indians on a few occasions in the past, mohali, karachi & lahore. They will be happy to see the back of him despite his recent form. YA Right buddy .Only thrice he has tormented them. Rest of the time his is busy tormenting Pakistan and Pakistan's supporters and helping the Indians win again and again.

  • Imran Ali on November 13, 2007, 9:00 GMT

    So, finally it will be the end of bowler's misery. Celebration time for Shoaib, Gul & above all for Kaneria.

    I suggest few things: Younis should keep the wickets. Imran Nazir should play in the middle order (like Uthappa plays for India) because there are too many slow players in the middle order (Younis, Yusuf, Misbah) and it is hurting Pakistan in the last overs. Fawad Alam should replace Abdul Rehman. Rao should play only if pitch assists swing bowling otherwise he is an ordinary bowler on flat pitches. Every now & then Sohail Tanvir should be send at 3 or 4 position as a pinch hitter (like Pathan does for India). Yousuf should be given coaching on how to run between the wickets (He makes Inzy look Jonty Rhodes) or drop him. He looks disinterested, probably his mind is still in ICL.

    I think Shoaib Malik should try to be different rather than following Inzy's foot steps.

  • Khizer Irfan on November 13, 2007, 8:58 GMT

    Did anyy of you see the shot that Afridi played? His head was god knows where and his bat wasn't even close to the ball ! ! I mean even the mediocre cricketers in ourr club criket manage to get the bat near the ball when going for a big shot Good posts by Mufti Wajid and Osman Ali khairi. I agree- What was the thinkining behind sending a slogger like Afridi at the top when he had somehow managed to do well in the previous game!? ?!

  • WASIM SAQIB on November 13, 2007, 8:02 GMT

    The new keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, I think he will play in the final ODI match, I am not too sure how good of a keeper he is, but he is definitely inexperienced and will be under a lot of pressure,I hope that he performs well, but I was a bit surprised at his selection as he is not considered to be the best keeper in the country, there are a few others who have been rated above him by Rashid Latif. I hope that he lives up to the task if he is given a chance to play.

    Awas

    You are right, Wasim Bari was the best Keeper, and after him I liked Rashid Latif, Moin was a better batsman than all the other keepers but was an average keeper.

    Javed A Khan:

    What does leadership means, does it mean the ability to hold a position or an office or it means to become a master in your field and then be able to teach others what you have learned by becoming a role model.

    Imran Khan sure was a leader he did produced other leaders in the field of cricket, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Saeed Anwar, Rameez,Aamir sohail, and Inzimam. All of his pupils became masters in the end. So he did produced other leaders. I am surprised that on one hand we all acknowledge that Imran used to take advice from Javed Miandad, Mudassar Nazar and Malik, but then again we call him a dictator just because he used to stand against the selectors because he always wanted to play the right players and almost 90% of the times his choice always proved to be right in the end, On a few occasions he did made poor choices and he always acknowledged his errors of judgment on those few occasions. Standing up for your own right and for the rights of others is not called dictatorship it's called strong leadership.

    All of us have expressed several times on this blog that Shoaib should have a say in the selection matters because at times we have seen that the selectors do not make the right choices and in the end the team loses.We want Shoaib to be more vocal and more strong. Do we want him to be a dictator or a strong leader?

    Similarly Imran with his honesty and his philanthropic work has touched the hearts of millions, he has displayed same honesty and integrity in Politics it's true that we don't see corrupt and powerful landlords and business tycoons in his party but that doesn't mean that there are no leaders in his party? All those common people who stand up with him for a cause , sacrifice and dedicate their time, energy and money are all heroes and future leaders and I can assure you they will be far better than the corrupt but popular landlords or businessmen.

    If you like and follow somebody else that is fine, I respect that, but since I consider you as one of the most knowledgeable and educated person on this blog , I was a bit curious as to why you have negative views about Imran Khan.

    "Education can't make us all leaders, but it can teach us which leader to follow”

  • AZFAR on November 13, 2007, 7:15 GMT

    I guess there has to be some method to the madness. PCB and Cricket Pakistan was responsible to let Akmal go un checked for so long and now right before the most crucial match deciding to bring a fresh, very young (though may be deserving)keeper in with very little experience for such a high voltage, high profile game (due respect does go to under 19 world cup win). This needs to be thought about, tossed around. My two cents are that get some quick tips and bit of psychological guidance for Akmal and simply get him in again. If Akmal still messes up, so be it!chnage him without any fear! But if Akmal gets better keep him on for India but give and MUST TRY Sarfaraz in Zimbabwe Series without fail!

  • Mufti Wajid on November 13, 2007, 6:30 GMT

    This is in reference to following posts. Posted by: Nadeem at November 11, 2007 12:03 PM Posted by: Saima Khan at November 12, 2007 2:54 PM How come both of you have similar miscalculation or I may say similar bad memory. Both mention when misbah came into bat runrate required was 5.5 when it actually was 7.31 You(whoever you are) can check the link below. It contains full match commentary. http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/indvpak/engine/current/match/297803.html?innings=2;view=commentary

    PS: Akmal got injured.LOL!! PCB da jawab nahin!!!

  • Muhammad Tariq on November 13, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    Yes I think Kamran Akmal need some rest and should be rested right now. There are more talented Wicket Keepers in Pakistan like Zulqarnain, Sarfaraz and most i like ZULFIQAR JAN of KRL. If we see the career of Zulfiqar Jan He is well ahead of all W/Keepers in Pakistan as far as W/Keeping is concerned. So i request PCB that please consider him for even Pakistan A firstly. He will prove himself as a Top W/Keeper of the world. Thank You.

  • Omer Admani on November 13, 2007, 5:53 GMT

    Did anyone notice that Malik said, 'the match was lost because of Youvraj's dropped catch'?

    I can't believe he is the same person who said after the SA series on Akmal, 'Anybody can drop catches'.

    So, he got hit for a few sixes and it indeed hurt this time. But what about the actual sufferers, our bowlers who have to bowl and know that the wickets are not counted if they are stumpings or edges behind the wickets (as Malik is miserly on slips as well)? Kamran Abbassi, dropping Akmal wouldn't exqactly be ruthlessness. Lets take a utilitarian approach towards sympathy (that is, base this decision on whether we can maximize sympathy for everyone): dropping Akmal means being sympathetic to the new keeper, our five bowlers, our team, and most of Pakistani cricket fans. We have had it all wrong, Australians base their decision on sympathy only, but they maximize it and take a utilitarian approach towards it. Apart from that it would be unjust, too, to Sarfaraz Nawaz to keep him on the sidelines while Akmal plays. End this Akmal torture. I get so emotional and sympathetic for the rest of the Pakistani world when I watch Akmal keep that I come here to weep. ;)

  • stephen.philips on November 13, 2007, 4:48 GMT

    Mr Javed khan thinks Dhoni brags about having predicted Afridi would happen. Mr Dimwit Javed aaf Mantreal ( on EI),in cricket when one thnig works briliiantly, people tend to use the same strategy, for eg bring a bowler on when he has consistently taken wickets of the batter for eg Asif is brought on when Sehwag bats, Warne when Cullinan came to creas was imedieatly brought in.

    Shoaib Malik is a predictable captain and he thought Afridis last innigs would prey on Indians mind ,but Indians were prepared as it is easily predictable ploy. Oh I guess you just had to write somethnig to brag so you wrote it,so I guess not time in expalaining dimwits like you about the game. All you can think is REASONS on how and why Pakistan lost the game rather than accept defeat by a better team like Australia,India with grace.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 13, 2007, 4:40 GMT

    Awas

    Something that you have demanded or asked from Mr. Kamran Abbassi to explain about the censorship on this blog. It is very difficult to explain or elaborate this point on this forum. And I do not have your co-ordinates to address you privately. So, you better let it go. And whether people agree with me or not, is not important, but it is a fact that, "Pak Spin" is the best blog on cricinfo. It is also obvious from the readership and the number of posts that appear on every new thread that is created. It is because of the substance that comes from Mr. Abbassi's keyboard and also in terms of him being tolerant and liberal than others.

    Omer Admani once tried to convince me that, on the other blog you can write anything over there and it is published or posted without being edited. That was so wrong, because I have experienced that it doesn't happen. The level of tolerance over there is very low and the other thing is those blogs appear dead and not updated for weeks. Therefore, please don't get "miffed up and frustrated" if your post goes to the dead letter office. Keep writing if you are interested in contributing and sharing your views with others. It doesn't matter if people agree with you or not. I often say that I am not here to win a popularity contest. There are some people who will always criticize you when you write something different or something spectacular. That is because they cannot write like you, me or like a few others.

    As regards your view that some people have all the time in the world to write, I don't know towards whom you are directing that sarcasm, but I can make my "un-educated guess". And you know this is a very old nagging problem that I have been dealing with and people have often directed this comment towards me, instead of replying to them I tell them to go on the FAQ page of the website and read it. I don't know about other people but, I have excellent typing speed and my hand-eye-brain coordination works very well. There is nothing to brag about, but its a fact that the amount of work I do in one day, most people do that in weeks.

    People should also criticize Mr. Abbassi for spending so much time in not only creating new threads, also for updating the blog which is a tedious and time consuming job. Perhaps most people are not aware that he is a doctor and a CEO of a big company and he has been writing for cricinfo, Wisden, Dawn, BMJ etc. since ages. So, it is a matter of one's multi-tasking abilities and their energy level. Some people cannot write one small paragraph and they think it is the most difficult thing in the world. I would say that if a purblind nocturnal mouse sees not the sunlight its not the later to be blamed, and I am not directing this comment towards you Awas. Its only for those who think like that about others.

    But, I must give credit to the bloggers for participating on this blog. It is a known fact that the level of education in Pakistan is lower than almost all the other cricket playing nations, yet they contribute their views on Pak Spin, never mind the language or the substance, the interest, enthusiasm and excitement about cricket is there and they write without inhibitions and that is something to appreciate. Some people say that Pakistan is a poor country, "I am not agree" because for the last 60 years the politicians and the opportunists are robbing and stealing the country and it is still not empty. This is being said in a light humour but, there is also some truth in it, that Pakistan has enormous natural resources. With permission, I would like to digress a little more in the next two paragraphs and I hope Mr. Abbassi will let it go.

    The way the global political scenario has changed in the recent past, I won't be surprised when there will be a time that the cricket governing bodies like, the ICC and other important or rich cricketing boards would be dictating the and interfering in the affairs of the smaller or weaker cricket boards and demanding them to do things or select a team the way they want. An example: Pakistanis have always felt that their country is run by remote control from Washington. In the past this was done with a wink and a nod, this time it is being done out in the open.

    I mean you read the world news and see it for yourself how the Texas Chicken is poking its beak in other farms and how the UN Secretary General is spouting at the Ambassador of Pakistan or the way the Common Wealth Ministers are threatening a suspension if the state of emergency is not lifted in 15 days. Who gave them this right to poke their nose in the internal affairs of a sovereign country? Who is to be blamed for that? That is why I have emphasized the need of introspection, education and more awareness is needed. The cricket players, especially the captain is the ambassador of the country and this is implied for them as well.

  • fhs on November 13, 2007, 2:33 GMT

    Ok Akmal is history. Lets talk about the 4th ODI. This is what I think Pakistan should do in order to win the 4th ODI:

    1) Bring Nazir in for Akaml’s place and bring Alam in for Rehman. 2) Play positive and attacking. In top 3 positions, I like to see Butt, Nazir anf Afridi coming to bat and making the best use of power plays. 3) Younis will stay behind the gloves. 4) Fielding should be extra ordinary. No drop catches! 5) Our bowling attack would include Akhtar, Gul, Tanveer, Afridi, Alam and Malik. No “NO” balls and try not for wide balls.

  • Ahmed Abdul Quadeer on November 13, 2007, 2:13 GMT

    Well, atlast PCB decided that they atleast need a BACKUP keeper. Lets hope that Sarfaraz plays in the next ODI. It seems though that Akmal has a very strong 'PARCHI', otherwise I don't think he deserved a place in the team after England series.

  • Khalid Shaikh on November 13, 2007, 1:44 GMT

    I saw so many people saying Akmal need break. I think the whole Pakistan need break from him. I am sick of him, and all of them who support Akmal. I can not beleive that we do not have a better wicket keeper in the whole Pakistan. I have a brother who is 9, and he never drops and catches behind the wickets. Akmal is useless and we are not loosing matches but we have lost so many series just because of AKmal. We lost the series of England, and South Africa just because of him.

  • Irfan Khan (UK) on November 12, 2007, 23:13 GMT

    .....Further to my previous note.... AAJ KI TAZA KHABARA Dr Nasim Ashraf's name is being considered by Mushy for Caretaker Prime Minister

    Apparently he has done so well in cricket that Mushy has decided to give him a bigger chance. PARCHI head of PCB has a big PAWA (bulkay PHAJJAY ka PAWA)... Nasif ACCHO should be very pleased with him for doing so well in short span of time. He will bring great things for the country....News finished!!and good luck to the nation.

  • Awas on November 12, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    Having read 80 odd comments, it’s quite amazing that for once there is a universal agreement on Kamran Abbasi’s new thread. This must be a first. I have never seen it before. On the previous thread, I touched on this development. I bet Gulab Khan finally got someone to destroy the hand that couldn’t catch a ball ;-). PCB should heed the popular outcry as no doubt public can see the obvious what the board couldn’t for a long time. But I think the drama is not over yet. It is now being said that Yasir Hammed is likely to keep in the next match and from the sounds of it Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to remain a ‘Water Boy’ for the rest of the tour because the fear is Kamran Akmal will come back for later in the series.

    Those who mention Kamran Akmal has the talent are disillusioned. He may be a talented batsman but never a wicket-keeper. He worked on his keeping but is not a natural in the keeping department. Euceph Ahmed, I believe you are wrong when you mention that Moin Khan was a “star” keeper. Wasim Bari was the best of the lot and Rashid Latif was more capable keeper than Moin. But I give a lot of credit to Moin for sheer hard work that he put in his wicket-keeping and earned a place for himself in the team. Moin’s batting though was definitely better than Latif’s.

    Kamran Abbasi

    Sir, you mention on your website that “some rules are required to ensure that the blog is respectable, reactive, relevant, and rip-roaring fun”. So, I am a little perplexed how some of the comments are allowed that contain abusive words. I can only imagine you have been lenient and accommodating through your generosity. However, I have never been abusive or discourteous but at least a couple of times my comments were disallowed. The prime example being, in the last thread, at the half way stage of the third ODI, I posted comments where first two paragraphs were purely on the state of the match as I mentioned that Pakistan shouldn’t have changed the winning combination. Only the last para (choosing your own rule) was “reactive”. I can only surmise it was this “reactive” comment that resulted in my comments not getting posted at all. That reaction, by the way, was only on some earlier discussion on the matter of resumption of Indo/Pak bilateral series (I dare say no more for fear of censor). So, I am a little miffed and frustrated for not getting my comments posted which all related to “relevant” cricketing matters. Unlike some regulars who are lucky enough to have all the time in the world, it is difficult for some to spare some time to write on cricket that we love so much. So, Mr Abbasi kindly consider editing than not posting at all. After all its many diverse and interesting comments that make Pak Spin so popular.

    Euceph Ahmed and Javed A Khan, you seem to have had similar experiences and Javed A Khan you are lucky that your posts are at least being posted after being edited ;-).

  • Irfan on November 12, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Whoever is replacing Kamran has the upper hand in knowing that he is being called because he is needed. That can do wonders for the confidence and honestly speaking whoever is going to come will do a much better job behind the stumps that I am sure of. It has become so aggravating that I'll take anybody who can do a better job of keeping than batting. Because a bad keeper could cripple our bowling line up to a mush albeit what has been happening. All those who think mid series switch could create a problem is utter rubbish. If anywhere it will go up from here and not down.

  • Tay'yab-Ali on November 12, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    Akmal has tormented the Indians on a few occasions in the past, mohali, karachi & lahore. They will be happy to see the back of him despite his recent form.

    He needs rest although I actually belive his batting form was returning. He did a admirable job for pakistan in the last test against SA. To keep wicket for a day & half and then open the batting successfully is extrodinary.

    He has had more success in test cricket opening as a batsman than any of the other openers tried in the last 18m. Is he good enough to partner salman Butt in the test series on the flat tracks, possibly, however he needs complete rest to regain his form and confidence after the ODI series. The next game is too important to try a rookie. The pressure will too great and it will unfair on the new kid.

    furthermore Akmal opening during the test series gives the team more options-it makes room for Afridi in the middle order.

    Finally, we all know form is temporary and class permanent. Akmal is top class.

  • danish on November 12, 2007, 21:34 GMT

    yes akmarl time's up he has dropped so many catches in the last year and the runs have dried up as well. Good luck to safraz ahmed an emrging talent I hope he does well.

    Despite Salman Butt's inning's pakistan's performance was shocking why change the strategy after mohali victory keep afridi down the order. Why haven't Pakistan got a quality spinner in odi side . Afridi and Rehman have stuggled in the series . We need to find someone like mushy or saqlian.

  • Irfan Khan (UK) on November 12, 2007, 20:39 GMT

    I wonder if it takes that long to take some bold decision. Since Imran has left the team, no captain has courage to challenge selectors (PARCHI) players. I guess other then Imran every captain used to play some of his buddies like Malik has Misbah, that is why they have to accept some parchi players from selectors.

    Like any job in Pakistan, there is sense of insecurity in cricket team. Although Malik has been given extension in his captaincy, he has still not been able to show what he is capable of. I don’t understand what sort of fear he has in his mind.

    He can be very useful to open the innings and bring the batting line up on track but he is scared of failure. Imran used to come one down or two down in difficult situations to set an example of leading from the front. Malik can do the same but one rightly said Talat Ali is not helping him either.

    There are some CHANKANA players like Fawad Alam who are with the team to BAJA CHANKANA on the boundary line and if team lifts the cup, these type of poor players are in front of every body to be in the photo. I hope and sincerely wish this talented young man is given a chance along with Sarfaraz Ahmed.

    Finally for your kind information Euceph Ahmed, Pakistan has history of best wicket keeper like Bari, Yousaf, Rashi and Moin Khan. Please update your record.

    ….also last but not least - some body told me teams will win in turns, so on this basis next match is Pakistan’s turn…..something to cheer about….!!!!!

  • Rashid on November 12, 2007, 20:27 GMT

    They should bring Inzi back, I am sure he would play better than Kamran Akmal and we know how good he is with batting and catching. ;)

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 12, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    Removing Kamran Akmal from the side is a talk like the "Rising Sun" or the tide of the day - everyone is talking about the same thing. Everyone is after his blood, even the avatar of this blog created a new thread captioned "Blood him now." Sentiments and emotions are running high and it appears like it is the order of the day and it not obligatory but mandatory and must be complied with. People have drawn comparisons between him and his predecessors that they were like this or, like that. But, the fact is, none of them have a better batting record than Akmal. May be there is a marginal difference in terms of catches held i.e., if you compare Akmal's stats with them now. But, the point is you are comparing a 25 year old who made his debut 5 years ago with those who have spent their lives and ended their careers stretching over a period of 11 - 14 years is not fair.

    Also, people talk about Imran Khan's great leadership skills and cite him as the benchmark or a yardstick to judge one's performance as a captain. The truth is Imran Khan was and still is, a dictator. If that is what the country wants, then they should not rue or complain against the General. When Imran Khan was a captain he never paid any attention to the selectors or the team manager - there was no designated coach during his days. So, he had a carte blanch to do whatever he wanted. It is also obvious from his political career that there is no one else besides him in his party (Tehrik-e-Insaaf or Movement for Justice) who can be called as his deputy or a leader who can lead the party during his absence.

    I have earlier mentioned that, "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders and, not more followers." Unfortunately, Imran Khan did not produce any other leader in the cricket arena or even in the political arena - in fact he hardly has any followers in the political arena. I guess his political career will also end up like his retired cricket life where he remains a back seat selector by airing his comments through the media and keep ruining the careers of some of the youngsters. That is what he is good at. I do respect him for the cricket he played for Pakistan and somehow managed the team in his own way towards success, perhaps thats what the team deserves - a danday baaz. (The one who gives a stick and no carrot). Malik is too soft and not the captaincy material for Pakistanis.

  • Junaid on November 12, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    Ok so after 3rd one day everyone is ready to criticise Akmal but no words of appreciation for Salman. Salman has proved yet again that he is the most talented young player in Pakistan. Coming back to Akmal, I agree that he is out of from so we should call a back up but than what is the selection criteria for that? Why Sarfraz, why not Zulqrnain or Mohd Salman ao any other wicket keeper? I have seen Sarfraz in couple of matches. He is pretty ordinary with bat and his wicket keeping skills are normal. I have nothing against the young Sarfraz but I am surprised to see that support for him on this blog is only based on ethinicity. Can you guys give me some records or stats to prove that Sarfraz was performing best in domestic cricket for last 2 years and he is better than others available at domestic level.

  • ubaid on November 12, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    What is it about Selective ruthlessness. How about being ruthless with Afridi. The slog that he attempted was up there with the likes of Courtney walsh. He has made enough money. Why don't we be ruthless with him?. He is in need of psychological help way more than Akmal. Atleast Akmal is not doing it intentionaly.

  • ubaid on November 12, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    These guys that everyone keeps talking about. Sarfraz, zulqarnain, adnaan akmal are simply not good enough yet. They are OK wicket keepers, and may be better than Kamran but they would be a liability to the team when it comes to batting. Do we want to make our batting line up more fragile than it already is?

  • SAM on November 12, 2007, 17:43 GMT

    In the 3rd ODI, Kamran Akmal was down right after dropping the catch on first ball, and he remained down and emotional throughout the match, i felt pity for him, someone like Malik was supposed to consolidate him as he was still part of the team and 50% match depends upon the keeper, although it was almost certain that Kamran wont get the next match. Malik, somehow got lucky and won the toss then took a pathetic decision to field first, it was so evident that pitch will favor spin bowling in the later half of the match (it did) and we were playing with an extra spinner, Abdul-Rehman, frankly speaking he seems a waste to me , just being friends with Malik can't justify your place in the team. Although Salman Butt played very well but i wont rate it as a good innings for the team because he stayed on crease for 47 overs and still he couldn't win the match for Pakistan even he couldn't put Pakistan into a winning position. This particular innings of Butt reminded me of why we love Afridi so much, believe me if he had stayed just for 15 overs then India would never have come back to the match and all these Yousufs and Misbahs would have easily sealed the win for Pakistan, but Afridi couldn't stay longer, a bit of recklessness and he got unlucky a bit as ball kept little low, lets hope he performs in next matches otherwise......

  • stephen.philips on November 12, 2007, 17:39 GMT

    Reasons Reasons Reasons That all they are that bloggers here can give. Plain simple Fact.India played better and won 3rd ODI clinically and at no stage did Pakistan look like winning despite Butts vain 129. Afrdid was once again fooled by Pathan who played on Afridi's ego once more to get him out.

  • Sitarah Anjum-London on November 12, 2007, 16:56 GMT

    There is hardly any game in which Kamran Akmal does not drop any catches. First ball drop catch of Gnguly was a sitter. He took a brilliant catch of Tendulkar and as mentioned sarcastically by Ramiz Raja that Tendulker must be very angry with him that he drops catches of other players but always takes his catche even if it looks difficult! Karmran Akmal has problem moving his body on his left and Tendulkar’s catches were taken on his right side. Akmal has problem with his body movement and also he does not keep his eyes on ball. When he dropped Ganguly on first ball, it was not just Akhter who must be fuming but I was thinking that if I were Akhter I’d have gone to Malik and said, listen buddy if you want me to strike and perform for the team then get me a proper keeper. I can not get you wickets with this pathetic puppit who has been dropping Kaneria and Afridi before but now even the fast bowlers pray before bawling and feel so thankful every time Akmal holds a catch in his gloves. Also drop catch of Yuraj Singh cost Pakistan but atleast Salman Butt compensated it in his batting. PCB should have included Akmal’s back-up in the beginning but now they are realising that they made fool of themselves and cheated the nation by not showing courage and initiative before. It is not easy to drop an old player but in cricket one should not use sentiments or personal connections. PCB and selectors can not continue to fool the entire nation and millions of fans abroad who can see that Akmal needes much needed rest and technical training to rid from all his problems. Those who’re giving an excuse that Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed will be under tremendous pressure at this stage of tour. I dismiss this fear because I heard the same from people even at the beginning of tour that PCB should not try a new keeper because he and the captain will be under pressure. I think these players make their selection in the national team after playing and performing in domestic games for a long time. The team coach and captain should be there to tell these new lads that they are playing the same game so they should not take unnecessary pressure. It’s all about psychology and mental strength. PCB never trained their players to be mentally tough and have faith in their ability. If we keep showing our fears and stop trying young players and come up with the old lame excuses again and again then I think we will only harm ourselves and what we can see at the moment is the result of same fear. Why PCB has included Fawad Alam in the squad of they are not giving him chance. These thick headed selectors say that we take new players to tours so that they can learn! How can they learn without playing a game? If watching a game in stadium is called LEARNING then all those spectators who watch the game live should be more experienced than players like Alam! What a silly excuse not to give chance to a new boy! Also if Asif is unfit for the whole tour then Sami should be included in the squad as he is currently performing in the domestic matches. He has taken his career best 8 wickets for 39 in Quide- Azam trophy round against Sialkot.

    Shoib Malik is looking like a rabbit and he was again reluctant to admit in the post match ceremony that match was lost due to below par bowling and lack of partnerships during run chase. Except Butt and Misbah nobody played with the same killer instinct that was visible in Mohali. At least Pakistan team should be able to figure out that it’s not just the poor fielding or drop catches that is hurting them but it’s the combination of everything that is not working well. This is why cricket is a game of team effort. On a given day 1 or 2 individuals can single handedly win the game but most of the time teams require all-round performance from more than just one or two players. They won in Mohali because almost everyone contributed but this time they were not good enough. Younas who scored century got out in a weird way. He did not know where his stump was! Similarly run out of Yousaf was a turning point and disastrous run out of Tanvir in the end was also a difference because he can hit fours and sixes. Why Jeff Lawson is not working on these weaknesess? After Inzi, Yousaf and Younas are most of the time involved in run outs at crucial stages. It badly hurts Pakistan. It should not be allowed to happen again and again!!

    About Afridi, what to say, one day he suddenly becomes sensible but the other day he comes back to his norms! It was a gamble to send him as an opener considering his previous record of quickfire in Kanpur which did not work on this occasion. Afridi should have realised that Pathan always traps him and Dhoni has a reason to open with Pathan so he was required to hit the ball on it’s merit but he was swinging his bat on almost every ball which is not possible in the early overs because ball moves and swings a lot. This is the common sense that is spiling all his talents and good work in bowling. Also our spinners were not as effective as Indians in this inning. Butt played beautifully and I had a feeling he would score big and he did but alas, this time his century couldn’t stop the defeat. Pakistan team needed more than one partnerships and contribution from its seniors like Younas, Yousaf or Malik. They all failed and why Pakistan lost, tells the story!

  • Nadeem on November 12, 2007, 16:16 GMT

    Being out of touch with the domestic scene, I am often left to deduce conclusions from the way things and events pan out. When PCB continued to persist with Akmal, I had surmised there was a severe dearth of wicket keepers in the country - not one keeper to replace a woefully out of form keeper - as far fetched as it seemed, it seemed to be the only explanation.

    After the third ODI, I was convinced that desperate times call for desperate measures. Perhaps, there was a case to be made for Younis keeping while Akmal made way for Imran Nazir. After all, Younis couldn't be worse than Akmal, and Nazir would certainly be a better bet with the bat than Akmal.

    Now that it has come to fore that PCB was sitting on a good prospect all this time, I feel it should be PCB and not Akmal who should be held responsible for the keeping woes of the team.

    Here's wishing all the best to Sarfaraz, and wishing a speedy return to form to Akmal.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 12, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan team management, captain, players, media and in general the public is there is no such thing as introspection, there is no patience and endurance in engaging into deliberate thinking and finding the faults or the solution. They always jump to the obvious and take a decision without realizing the after effects or the results of that action.

    They either continue to drag that liability, load, luggage, extra baggage burden whatever one may call it, till the end and, to the extent when it is impossible to continue, then they send SOS messages and jettison the drag. A player is not a luggage or an extra baggage that you can throw him off and ruin his career. Akmal's poor form does not justify in ruling him out of the team completely and forever. Like Harish has pointed out Akmal's achievements, we also know that he has contributed very well against India and even against Australia, in Australia. He is a talented player, he needs counseling and he needs coaching and guidance to correct the anomalies that he is making these days. What is Lawson's job? He is a coach with fast bowling experience and Pakistan never had a fast bowling problem - except for Shoaib Actor's drawmay baazi's - so shouldn't Lawson find someone else who can help Akmal? I think everyone in that camp wants to escape from taking the responsibilities whenever there is a defeat.

    It is very easy for anyone to comment at hindsight and say we have predicted this and it happened. Like Dhoni can brag about this win now and say, "the decision to give Irfan PathanWa the new ball in the third ODI against Pakistan was a ploy to silence Shahid Afridi and dismiss him early." Everyone knew that Afridi would open the innings in Kanpur and we also know that in Gwalior Shoaib Malik will not send Afridi to open the innings. And that will be a big mistake. I am sure Dhoni also predicted that Akmal would drop Ganguly on the first ball and Butt would drop Yuvraj when he was on 26, right? Shoaib Malik's mistake was not in sending Afridi to open the innings at Kanpur, the mistake was in opting to field first after winning the toss.

    Baray miyaan Euceph-ul, you better be sure and decide kay bathroom aaraha hai - ya aap jaa rehay hain? Also, make up your mind whether you need "Immodium extra strength" or EucephGhol ki Bhoosi? (isogel or Ispaghula) Because you don't know whats causing the rectal aneurysm and aggravating your pain in the ... and btw, zor kis pay howa? :-)

  • Saima Khan on November 12, 2007, 14:54 GMT

    Thanks ALLAH at last PCB decided to drop Paksitan worst wicket keeper in the history. But why they are keeping him with the team, is it Malik wish for his buddy?

    Malik another buddy Misba also needs to go. I can not see any future in 34 years old Misba. He is not a good filder and can not score more than 40 runs. He put Paksitan in problem again in third one day by his slow inning in the begining of his inning. Looks to me he wants to reserve his place in the team. It was not the team inning at all. When he came to play, Pakistan needs 5.5 run per over to win the match. When he outs Paksitan needs over 9 runs per over to win the match.

    PCB should replace Misba by deserving Asim Kamal. Asim Kamal doing well in domestic too. Even though he does not need to proof any more that he is a good batsman with wonderful records/average. I appreciate PCB decission to give break to Kamran Akmal. Please do this break with Uncle Misba too.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • Gulab Khan on November 12, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    PCB should send Kamran Akmal along with Misba, Abdur Rehman and Imran Nazir to the Peshawer for Performance tunning. They need it.

    Shoaib Malik is also needs regular check up.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • Majid Siddiqui on November 12, 2007, 14:36 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I totally agree with your suggestion to immediately induct Sarfaraz in the team for remaining one day internationals before putting him into the test team. This will certainly provide him some needed experience at this level and also helps him building his confidence for upcoming challanges.

    You are too lenient to suggest that the change has arrived weeks or months late, it must arrived at least a year earlier. The glovework of Kamran Akmal was so pathetic that it has become a strain on Pak team. I was failing to understand what kind of backing he has been enjoying that everybody was keeping a blind eye towards him. But I believe everything is not lost and we could build from here onwards and hope that Sarfaraz would be able to prove himself at this level with same gusto as he has been demonstrating during his earlier assignments.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on November 12, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Hmm. I know Akmal's form has been awful and that is easily, one of the biggest understatements of the year. But is replacing him mid-series the solution? I think we should let him continue till the end of the ODI series at least, and then let Sarfaraz take over for the test matches. As it is, even though Sarfaraz hit a half century against the Australian A side when they were touring Pakistan, it remains to be seen how he will fare with the bat in the remaining two games, provided he is given a chance. Also, with regards to the previous game, what was the point of sending Afridi up the order? We had just won the game at Mohali with Afridi finishing it off in grand style...so what was the rationale behind changing a successful batting order? A ridiculous move. Even worse than the crazy shot played by Afridi.

  • ashhab on November 12, 2007, 13:17 GMT

    Every sensible cricket follower has been asking questions of kamran's form/ability/low morale since the England tour last year. Following on from that horrible show PCB sent a reserve keepr to SA but he was not even tried in a single match. Then the home series against SA and again we stuck with him and catches and stumpings went begging. Then came India tour and wise men like Rameez Raja were saying "It is too important a tour and would be intimidating for a ypung keeper" and we had to again bear with the buttered hands of Mr. Akmal. Initially I used to think it was loyalty to Inzamam which was keeping Kamran into the playing eleven but after yesterday match a frined of mine said "It must be Pervez Musharraf who wants him in, otherwise on present form he doesn't even deserve to be in Model Town club team".

  • Farooq Y Butt on November 12, 2007, 13:10 GMT

    There is a simple answer to this Kick Kamran Out of the Team , so much of new selection Committee. I am really disappointed with what Pakistan Team is doing right now. They players needs to Perform and especially the Pakistan Captain after hearing that he will be the Captain for Next year. what does he do try to be a INzamam ul haq. Stop every ball. He was successful coz he use to attack the team the same way he did it in last INdian series. Pakistan Lack real Match Winning players. ONly Afridi and Shoiab are the Match winners. But what can Shoiab do if Keeper doesn't catch the Ball. He did the same thing in first ODI and Now in Third. Come On Kic Kamran out PLease. I think his Injury is blessing in disguse. Kuda key liyey Aqal karoo.

  • Saaz on November 12, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Kamran was playing like SUPERMEN he never injured or unfit. He should take rest at least 6 month after that he should proof again in domestic cricket then comeback. Hope our selector not do some mistake again. If any captain wants to success he should have good wicketkeeper cum batsmen. Hope Sarfaraz will perform good in India. ALL THE BEST TO SARFARZ AND GOOD BYE TO KAMRAN..

  • Tarique on November 12, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    I would like to say something about the present pakistani team:- (1).if asif is undoubtful for the full tour of india then mohammed sami should be called back. (2)younis kahan should be given test captaincy instead of shoaib malik or it should be given to mohammed yusuf (3)afridi should be made a regular opener in one day & T20's.In tests he's ok in middle order

  • Mohammad Ghazanfar on November 12, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    trUe!..

    i wAs a kAmrAn aKmAl suPpoRter.. bUt thAT drOp oF gAngUlY, and sUbseqUent lOoSing oF teAm pAkistAn, chAnGed my thoughts. hE nEedS rEsT.. and pAkistan should try a new wicketkeeper.. some-1 who can atleast keep well!! if not bat wElL!!

    lOoking forwArd tO thIs nEW wIcKet kEepEr!!

  • stephen.philips on November 12, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    How conveniently akmal got injured in middle of a tour. Did Shoaab akthar break Kamrans fingers with the bat after 3rd ODI LOL:P

  • aj on November 12, 2007, 11:49 GMT

    salam, yes i have been a stauch akmal backer since 2005 but now i feel he must be given a break. he has cost us DEAR in the last 18 months. Although I feel we may miss his batting in the test matches, we can not afford to be dropping the likes of dravid and tendulkar in the longer version. However if the new wicket keeper is also not in good touch with the gloves in the remaining odi's i would bring back kamran for the test matches, in the hope that he finds good form with the bat which in turn produces better glovework.

  • Muhammad Islam on November 12, 2007, 11:37 GMT

    Yes I think Kamran Akmal should take some rest. May be he is having a bad patch or so. He is not agile and active as he was before. He made some very basic mistakes in the last two three months. And its evenly better to give chance to Sarfaraz.

    We should back them both and wish them luck.

  • Mian Muhammed on November 12, 2007, 11:34 GMT

    Akmal is becoming a liability for the team, I would not say that we lost the 3rd ODI to Indian due to his poor keeping but who knows what the result would have been had he held on to that catch of Ganguly. He has been very good in the past but I guess, we need to find an alternative and that needs to be done at once. PCB has given him enough chances. We cannot afford any lapses in our keeping it is as simple as that. Younas and Youssaf also need to sort out their running between the wickets. They both are very qucik betweeen the wickets but not very good judge of runs. They got to work on this and find a solutio asap, otherwise we will keep on lossing games due to poor runouts.

    Mian Muhammed

  • Tahir Khan on November 12, 2007, 11:25 GMT

    I think it would be a sensible move to rest Kamran Akmal because there is no way he is going to improve, it looks he has taken his place for granted, he is making mistakes in his keeping as a result of that his batting has also suffered, it would be good for his own sak and Pakistan's sake. Previously he was dropping catches off spinners and missing easy and crucial stumpings and now poor fast bowlers are also suffering,Afraidi and Danish Kneria have suffered a lot due to his keeping, look at Dhoni when he started his keeping was no way near Akmal and now he is miles ahead of him, I am not against Akmal I am his great fan and am sure his time away from international cricket will serve him and he will come back better and stronger. If we look back his keeping has not only helped one batsman to score lots of runs but have resulted in Pakistan loosing the series......please please drop him if he is good a batsman then pick him as a batsman but do not let him go behind the stumps may be hewill learn from the new wicket keepr.

  • Khozema on November 12, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    Sigh .... Finally, PCB has come to its senses and have decided to replace Akmal. .....better late than never.

  • zafar on November 12, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    I dont know how to put this, but Sarfaraz i think is too young for this role, we have so many keepers who are playing first class cricket, and doing well for years now.

  • saad on November 12, 2007, 11:01 GMT

    its about time that thy decided to replace Kamran Akmal he has cost pakistan many important matches such as yesterday and the final against south africa when he dropped Kallis on 2. Kallis scored 86 in that match. There are numerous occasions when he failed to do his job such as in England he missd important stumping oppurtunities. It is first wise decision the PCB has made in a long timw. I wuz bitterly dissapointed over yesterday's match what were thy thinking wen thy sent younis khan and afridi to open?? By losing the match we basically lost the series Afridi hasn't been opening the batting for ages so whts the point of sending him to open th same goes with younis khan thy shud hav persisted with kamran nd butt if thy alredy chased down such a big score with the same batting line up y wud thy wnt to change the batting line up this time. Pakistan basically gave the match away by needless run outs I'm hoping against hope that pakistan win the last 2 matches

  • Ali Ahmed on November 12, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    Totally agree with the fact that we need a new keeper. But this should have happened in the home series against S.Africa, where the new boy would have felt less pressure as compared to the furnace that is Pak V India.

    Also another comment....and i know this is a huge debate already. Speaking strictly about the ODI's, isnt Abdul Razzaq a better all-round option than Rao Iftikhar. I think he would be a bigger and better contributer, if not a match winner as compared to the above mentioned. 8 an over in the last 10 doesnt seem a problem if you know a dynamic hitter is still waiting for his turn. PLus the fact that it would take a lot of pressure off the present hitters which include Afridi and Malik.

  • KJ on November 12, 2007, 10:51 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has enormous talent but for now it is well hidden. He needs a break from International cricket and perhaps that talent will return. But it may not. I remember Azhar Mehmood and how he started with centuries against a powerful South Africa. I thought Pakistan had found a star but his talent never resurfaced. Hope that doesn't happen to Akmal but we should be prepared to sadly admit that his days may be over.

  • Iqbal Malik on November 12, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    Historically Karachi has provided good wicket keepers like Bari, saleem yousuf, Rashid, Tasleem Arif. There is something to it.

  • Sami Sardar on November 12, 2007, 10:27 GMT

    It is a good move to give Akmal a rest. Competition for places is healthy and keeps players keen. A wicket keeper's primary job is to keep wickets and runs are handy only as a secondary reward. The morale of a team where the keeper drops catches can only go one down. It is no coincidence that there is a direct correlation between Akmal's dip in form and the lack of positive results for Paksitan.

  • raza Karamat on November 12, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    No need to discard akmal forever, he needs the rest and he needs to regroup technically and mentally. PCB finally has made the right choice whether its truely a hand injury or just reality hitting the board that akmal needs a rest and some new blood needs to be introduced to the squad. In my opinion the wickte keeper is a key leader on the pitch. If the keeper is struggling and lacks the confidence then it feeds off to the cother players in a negative way. Under 19 world cup winning captain wicktkeeper. This could be a postive for the team and its future. Now its time to bring up more youngsters like Kurram Monsoor and Mansoor Amjad to the national team and start to play them. Give Fawad Alam a shot. LOOK at what GUL, ASIF, TANVIR, and BUTT have done for the squad. I love Mohammad Yousuf batting but something about him causes me to think that hes more a detrament to the team then a positive. And what is Pakistan doing by opening up with Afridi, a terrible ploy by Malik and coach.

  • stone khan on November 12, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    well said kamran ..it was call of the time PCB should have done it before long..and i wish that sarfraz should play the next ODI and the entire series.PCB should cofide him that he will not be dropped for the entire series then i think we can get the best out of Safraz Ahmed otherwise if this move is to show that Kamran Akmal is the best wicket keeper avialable then please dont ruin this young blood .PLease PCB dont play with him for playing him in one ODI and throw him out and bring Kamran again and starts again our (pakistanifans) frustration.I am not against Kamran but all we can see that he is frustrating the bowlers the team the cptain the coach and all of us .

  • Yaser on November 12, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    well PCB have finally realised that Akmal needs a rest. New wicket keeper cannot be worse than Akmal. Lets hope Pakistan can win both ODI and Test series with this change.

  • Bilal Shah (Denmark) on November 12, 2007, 10:16 GMT

    Usually you should not put a blame on one player, when it comes to losing a cricket game, since its a team effort, surely one player can win the game for a side, but rarely is there a player, who actually succesfully manages to loose one for his side. Yes, i am talking about once regarded a talented wicket keeper Kamran Akmal. I have never been bothered by the fact that, he does not score consistently, or does not play longer innings more often, but the fact which plagues me, (and a few million others) is his declining performence BEHIND the stumps. Alone in this series, he has made countless mistakes, and has spilled regular catches, (Yes, he has also taken a few) but remember, that is his reason of existence, that is his job. what makes things worse is, his slump in FRONT of the stumps as well, he has not been able to score many runs lately, because sometimes a mistake made behind the stumps can be compensated in front of them, by soring some runs. Sure it will be a big risk to try new keeper in such a huge profile series, specially when Pakistan is behind, trailing by 1 game. but even now is a good time to replace Kamran Akmal, and try a new option. Because he IS actually costing Pakistan the games.

  • Talha on November 12, 2007, 10:15 GMT

    i can't believe we are in a position where we would have to rest/sideline Akmal for dropping catches. I mean look at it from a different angle. WE have the services of 2 best wicket keepers ... moin khan and rashif latif.. now why cant pcb (if not hire) atleast ask them to come to training sessions and try to rectify what problems akmal is facing. i dont think there is much of a problem.. as looking at the replays it is clear that he gets up late.. and has a hard palm.. which causes the ball to pop out..

    i m sure rashid latif or moin khan would def. help akmal get over this... however, in the context of the situation i think giving akmal a rest is the right decision.. as we talk about player burnout etc.. keepers i think could get even more burnout than batsman / bowlers... as they are on the field for a long period of time..

    so i think we should rest akmal for some matches.. and get services of our senior wicket keepers and i m sure akmal will be back and start to perform the way he did in 2005.

  • Owais Ehsan, Bradford on November 12, 2007, 10:12 GMT

    Agreed. The Akmal should have been replaced at least before the SA(home) series. Anyways , fingers crossed at how Sarafarz Ahmed would shape up , coming straight into one of the biggest rivalries in cricket. Best of luck to him.

    For Akmal i would say , work hard chap , everyone knows you have the talent.

  • Raza on November 12, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Akmal couldn't catch a cold in Antarctica

  • Sheharyar Malik on November 12, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    Look at the revival of Irfan Pathan after being "allowed" a sabbatical from international cricket. I'm confident Kamran Akmal can rediscover his form too, but for now, he should be dropped. Sarfaraz Ahmed deserves his chance.

  • Asad Ali on November 12, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    I think, the time to replace (rest) Akmal had arrived during the disastrous England tour. Although, before that tour, his batting form was good, his wicket-keeping, his primary role in this line-up, was sliding down. This became more evident during the Engalnd tour. A few years back, the pakistani selectors used to rotate players too much. The common complaint was that the younsters are not given long enough run to prove their worth, especially in case of openers. Now, they're doing totatlly the opposite. Persisting with Imran Farhat and Mohammed Hafeez for so long didn't do any good to the team progress. And now persisting with Akmal when even his batting (his secondary function) is not up to the mark. The problem with our selectors seems to be overdoing everything, just like it seems to be the norm of people in our country. We need to be ruthless, but in a justified manner. We need to be considersate, but also with some good reason. Unless we find the right balance (or come even close to it) we won't be able to make any serious progress.

  • faraz.a on November 12, 2007, 9:50 GMT

    Good job.PCB must have done it a long ago ...

  • Khurram on November 12, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Akmal has been given a lot of chances. And he has been the difference between Pakistan winning and losing on many occasions. Even though he is a talent, he is very under confident now, and it will be better to rest him so that he can regain his former self.

    It will be nice to see a fresh face behind the stumps, and if he is handy with the bat, then that will be really interesting, we need some big hitters down the order (Razzaq's hitting is being sorely missed)

  • Harish on November 12, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    Yes catches win matches. But Akmal is a terrific player in test matches against India. I remember his 2 innings one in Mohali where he along with Razzak saved the test from a certain defeat. The second one was in Karachi, where Pakistan recovered from 0 for 3 thanks to akmals agressive innings and went on to win the test. Akmals contribution in first innings was invaluable, it gave confidence to all other players. Akmal like sehwag is out of form. He is not catching straight ones, he should be able to soon sort it out. Dropping him in test and taking a young inexperinced player would a huge blunder.!!

  • sahil on November 12, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    wow! right on Mr.Kamran. were was pcb till now,it took them almost three lost series to realise that akmal wasnt fit enough! i still beleive pakistan should try younis or someone like yasir hamid as a wicket keeping option for the one dayers, they will have a great depth in the batting line which an unpredictable team like pakistan always needs or even an extra bowler or an all rounder! that gives them lot of chances! if pakistan win the next game...the last one will be a killer! let us hope for that but i am impressed how pakistan approached chasing the big total again, they were always in hunt....only for a late order partnership! good luch pakistan!

  • ASIF SOFI on November 12, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    i quite agree with you, Sarfaraz has the talent and has shown glimpses of what he can deliver for the team Kamran dropped Ganguly off the first ball at Kanpur, just imagine what telling effect it must have had on the team morale and you just cant feel enough sorry for the hard working Shoaib Akhtar. Bowlers in sub-continent conditions merit a sharp keeper.

  • irobot on November 12, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    Akmal must surely be replaced for the rest of the games as he requires some time out in the domestic arena to iron out his deficiencies which seem to be multiplying rapidly. I think its more to do with his psychological attitude.

    Being from India, Im not sure how sarfraz is as a batsman but by what is being said, it seems like he is the best wicket keeper available in pakistan at the moment.

    In India vs Pakistan games theres usually nothing like momentum shift after one victory, but right now India are looking in ominous form. Pakistan would help their cause by dropping akmal with immediate effect.

  • Usman Nazar Rathore on November 12, 2007, 9:36 GMT

    I think it was high time that Kamran Akmal was shown the door by PCB. He has missed so many critical and "EASIEST" of catches that my grandmother could have caught them and that too without gloves. Cricket nowadays demands merit, if Kamran is not performing then one should not care what he did in past. Cricket is about present form through which we plan the future. I wish Sarfraz BEST OF LUCK and really hope and pray that as everyday goes by he becomes better and better. The flame and eagerness to learn more and become a better cricketer is something our team needs to adapt.

  • DizZy on November 12, 2007, 9:28 GMT

    Atlassssttttttttt .........

  • Adnan Kapacee on November 12, 2007, 9:26 GMT

    Kamran has to step down. Its best for the team. Lets face it, his mischances really deflate the team. We very well know that he has made the most errors when Danish is bowling. So I would not have him in the test side at all cost.

  • WASIM SAQIB on November 12, 2007, 9:20 GMT

    What is the unluckiest form of dismissal in cricket? Caught Akmal!

    Kamran Akmal should have been axed from the team month's ago and I suspect this time the bowlers must have put pressure on the management to rest Kamran Akmal as nothing is more frustrating for a bowler when all his hard work is squandered by a dropped catch. I fail to understand why the selectors and the management took so long to figure out that he is completely out of form and can no longer perform at International level, I would like everybody on this blog to write and grill the selectors and the management for their inability to take prompt action in this regard as they are the real culprits behind this crisis.

    I don't buy this that none of the other keeper in Pakistan is ready for International level, it's a strange new development at PCB that since the last three or four years PCB is strangely not showing any confidence in the young players, even if they are selected they are not given a chance to showcase their talent, other than Tanvir, Rehman and Fawad Alam they have not picked and played any new player from the domestic Cricket. As a result of this policy our bench strength has become extremely thin. We still haven't found openers, our middle order is fast approaching retirement and we have no replacement ready for them, other than Rehman we have not found any other spinner, we don't have any quality all-rounder, and if Shoaib Akhtar is not playing our pace attack looks toothless.

    Yet we are spending millions on foreign coaches and Domestic Academies and each time we select a youngster we use him as the towel boy and after one series without trying that player we discard him. I don't think we are following any system, Australian or indigenous, because if a system was being followed we should have replacements ready for most of the players. None of the foreign coaches hired so far have delivered anything and the current one is also not showing any promise. I remember when Imran was Captain he was never reluctant to show faith in a youngster his success as a Captain was primarily because of this quality. It is a complete rubbish idea that a young player should not be exposed to a major team like India or Australia, I believe the youngsters should be given confidence and a degree of immunity so that they should go out and play their natural game without any pressure.

    If the current state of affairs persisted for another two years, I can assure you we can all say goodbye to Pakistan Cricket.

    The current selection committee and the management is comprised of cowards they themselves do not have any confidence in their decision making because of their job insecurity and lack of professional knowledge. They will continue to play a game of musical chairs with 12 to 13 players, Isn’t it the easiest job on the planet.

  • Gohar on November 12, 2007, 9:06 GMT

    As opening was a Hot issue for Pakistani Cricket, now Wicket keeping is becoming a same!! After exclusion of Moin khan and Rashid Latif from the International cricket Arena, No one is settelled in this position. The main problem with PCB is that!! they never have the back up plans!! now they sent sarfraz in the middle of series which is as harmfull as kamran's recent performance!! All the xpectation's are now with him and if he not perform which is quite evedint that for a debutant's it is equal to impossible!! Anyways!! being a pakistani supporter our all prayers with the New Blood behind the stumps!!! May Allah gives him the sucess and he shines like Gilli!!!

  • Shaz Amin on November 12, 2007, 8:57 GMT

    Yes the selectors need to be decisive and DROP Kamran Akmal. He has not repaid the selectors , he is a talented wicketkeeper no doubt, but needs time out of the game. I think Sarfraz Ahmed has the ideal mentality for International cricket, a gutsy determined confident keeper. We need him in the side now. We also need to groom another keeper so we have competition for this place. Zulqarnain should be next in line.

  • Mufti Wajid on November 12, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    What Malik needs to do. Suggestions from core of my heart:

    [b]Salman Butt –[/b] Tell him we are playing domestic cricket and Indians are fielding their Ranji Team.[Anyway he considers Indians so] [b]Kamran Akmal -[/b] He is Indispensable. Whatever he does (or for that matter does not), he will remain in the side. Nothing Malik can do. [b]Younis Khan -[/b] Tell him we have already lost the match / series and whatever he does will not affect the result. [b]Mohammed Yousuf -[/b] Request ICC to introduce a new 10-day format for him to show his patience, temperament and skill. [b]Shahid Afridi -[/b] Arrange counseling sessions after every ball he faces. [b]Shoaib Malik -[/b] Give him an Oxford English dictionary and show him the meaning of word "aggressive". [b]Misbah ul Haq -[/b] Tell him we are playing 20-20. Also make the target larger by 5 runs. [b]Abdur Rehman -[/b] Make him a spin bowler. Teach him right from scratch. He has the potential, just needs to learn. [b]Iftikhar Rao -[/b] Tell him not to bowl. Save himself and save us. [b]Umar Gul -[/b] For every over tell him this is the last over(50th). [b]Shoaib Akhtar -[/b] Tell him Asif is batting.

    Ps: My TV, PC, mobile, radio are on sale. 110% off. Any takers please.

  • Hassan Abbas on November 12, 2007, 8:52 GMT

    Sarfaraz Ahmed is going there as a backup to Akmal, not as his replacement. Anyway I wish loads of luck to the young guy and I hope that he impresses so much in these two ODIs that he takes up Kamran's place permanently atleast for a few years. We need a settled side to start winning consistently. Still, I think it very unfair with the youngster because we are under great pressure right now in this series. He should have been tried in the home series against SA, I really do pray to ALLAH that all luck be at Sarafaraz's side and may he perform exceptionally well in front and behind the wicket in the remaining two matches.

  • Mufti Wajid on November 12, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    At last Kamran writes something against Kamran. I thought you were in love with your namesake but...[i](kya karte wo tou naam miti main mila raha hai[/i]

  • Usman Riaz Qazi on November 12, 2007, 8:49 GMT

    Finally a goooooood decision from the borad. Kamran Akmal was in a bad form from the last one year, his bad keeping cost us the series of SA vs PAK. He dropped Kallis when he was on 0 and after that he played a match winning inning which not only cost Pakistan the match but the series. Same thing goes in the India vs Pakistan Series, he almost droped two catches in all three matches, in last match dropped Ganguly on the very first ball. Lets hope that the new wicket keeper will play in the fourth match and will be a much better than Kamran Akmal.

  • Hafiz Muahammad Mudasser on November 12, 2007, 8:46 GMT

    I think Pakistan Should look For Two keepers One Sarfraz Ahmed and other one is Muhammad Salman.

  • Iftikhar Hassan on November 12, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    I cant agree more to Kamran on this one, the dismal show presented by Akmal needed to be addressed, however Sarfaraz although a blooming talent and have performances under his belt, should be given sometime before his evaluation for the future. I also dont understand why we keep some other talented players on the bench instead of sending them home to play domestic cricket. Likes of Fawad Alam are mere support staff and dont get any chance to play and we have witnessed in past that these kind of talented players lost their touch by sitting on the benches for too long. by the way where is zulqarnain, the other talented wicketkeeper?

  • Imran Mohammed on November 12, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    Thank heavens this has finally happnened. This decision to allow Sarfraz Ahmed a chance should have happened months ago, I dont think any other board would have persisted with him so much. Look at the ECB for example... they droppped Geraint Jones and then Paul Nixon quickly due to poor form. Although this late decision is partly the reason our fielding is so poor by international standards, now Sarfraz can show Pakistan what has made him such a star on the domestic scene.

  • Mohammad Fouzan Alvi on November 12, 2007, 8:30 GMT

    Very true but i feel replacing Akmal with a 20 yr old lad and most imnportantly debue against INDIA, u can anticipate the pressure on him.

  • Adnan on November 12, 2007, 8:21 GMT

    It has been mind boggling that the board, the coach and the captain persisted with someone like Kamran Akmal, whose ratched form cost Pakistan not only the matches but also series. Dropping catches of batsmen like kallis really makes a team pay. Given that he was struggling to keep wickets, he was promoted in the batting order and was opening. Failure with bat aggravated his forw with keeping wickets further. He definitely needs a break from International cricket.

  • Ashar Ahmad on November 12, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    I think while every body keep blaming the selectors for such stupidities,the major part of it has to do with the sympathies that a particular person gains if he spends even half the time of what Kamran has spend in the Pakistani team. I think for selectors to be ruthless with their job we first have to ensure that all who are playing in the team are "colleagues" to each others and not friends! ,especially, when it comes to purely cricketing affairs like selection or rejection.

  • Imran Zia on November 12, 2007, 7:33 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is injured. This is very good news for Pakistan. Kamran Akmal has lost it and if he plays any more his career could have ended. His bad patch had started in England and more than a year has passed where Pakistan has lost Abdul Razzak, Inzi, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Mohd Sami,Mohd Hafeez, Shahid Nazir, Azhar Mahmood and even Bob Woolmer, but suprisingly Kamran Akmal has held his place. One seems to believe he might have been performing better than those who have been axed. Sarfaraz Ahmed must be over the moon and Zulqarnain under the sun feeling its heat. Well for me the choice of Sarfaraz is a very good one as now I can proudly say that I had Uprooted his middle stump in a 25 over match!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 12, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    I don't think that the decision to replace Kamran Akmal with any other wicketkeeper could be referred as, "ruthless or sentimental," but, it is simply a professional one and that too based on the situation and circumstances. We all know that he is not injured, but his replacement is eminent especially since the last couple of months he is a rogue keeper. Before the final ODI against SA, I was of the opinion that Akmal should not be replaced for that crucial match, because the new cap would be under more pressure than Akmal himself. However, I was expecting that for the India tour they would keep a back-up wicketkeeper and I was rather surprised when they didn't.

    My suggestion to throw the gauntlet at Younus Khan and he should pick up the gloves as a challenge, its a fact that it will give the team an additional batsman or a bowler depending on the pitch and the conditions. My choice for a batsman for ODI is Imran Nazir. I don't think Younus Khan would be as bad a keeper as Akmal with his current form is, and as a batsman too he is not doing any good. So obviously at the moment Akmal is a drag and a liability in the team and that too a big one. I have not seen Sarfaraz playing and I have no clue about his keeping /batting abilities so, I cannot comment on him. Whatever the case may be, the Gwalior match would be a real pressure cooker situation for the new cap. I would try Sarafaraz in the test matches, but for the ODI I would ask Younus Khan to keep the wickets and include Imran Nazir in the team.

    There is a Chinese expression: "A man with pebble in his shoes, cannot look at the stars." meaning, when you are supposed to be looking inwards you are looking outwards. A good captain should be able to see (inside) the available resources and make use of them to the best of their abilities, rather than looking (outside) for reinforcements. Malik needs support staff and I wonder to what extent Lawson and Talat Ali are providing him the kinda support that he needs.

    Talat Ali is the manager of the team, and I am sure his role is not just to be there like a weak-link between the players and the PCB. Or managing their tour needs such as, hotel and flight reservations or catering for food etc. His role should be more defined than Lawson's. Because, Talat Ali is a former test player and he is old enough and experienced enough to understand the game and the weakness and strengths of the players better than Lawson. Besides, he also speaks the language and understand the players better than Lawson, who is new and hardly knows the players or the environment. Him being Australian does not mean that he will bring the Australian mentality into the system, "de plus trānspīrāre tout le équipe into a winning team like the Australians? No sir, c'est pas possible within this short period of time.

    Right now we are talking of short term cure for a malady and that is for the remaining two ODI's, in fact winning the next one is more important than playing the last one to salvage some pride and vanity. Therefore, bringing Sarfaraz at this crucial juncture is a BIG gamble. Not that I am against him, but I reckon Salman Butt was thrown in by Woolmer at Rose Bowl against the WI which was a very crucial match for Pakistan and Butt, got out on a duck as he was very nervous and under tremendous pressure. Therefore, I am not in favour of throwing a débutant in a crucial match. May be in the test series, but not for the remaining ODI's. For the test series, Pakistan needs a fast bowler because, the Rawalpindi Express would be parked in the junkyard of the railway cantonment due to lack of steam and heat exhaustion.

    Finally something for the "Old & Eucephool." Sayeen tusi, once again started nagging, sulking, brooding, lamenting, whining and complaining that Mr. Kamran Abbassi has reduced you to a mere petit bourgeois by converting your textual diarrhea into a mere flatus? If you think moi je déféquer, mais Monsieur vous manger bien. And that is, "À bon chat, bon rat," pour toi. Now, you can go back to your "Bankrupt Relationship" avec Musharaf. Btw, I don't like him either but, is there a replacement? And who is not corrupt there? You mean the old (maasee) cat that ate 900 rats or "Takloo The Liar"? According to the BBC, at the moment, the General is doing the most difficult job on this planet. So, you better stick to cricket and forget about politics, let them do what they are doing because thats not your forte.

    Ps. Before I say what I have to say let me LOL first .... cricket is also not your forte! ;-)

  • Kamil Yousuf on November 12, 2007, 7:13 GMT

    Right on Kamran, the Aussies would have been ruthless and if it were Gilchrist he would have been back to the sheild cricket to regain the lost form. I wish we go ahead with Sarfaraz and have a back up like we had for Rashid and Moin

  • Osama Siddiqui on November 12, 2007, 7:12 GMT

    I fully agree with you Kamran (not Akmal, because his perfomances in the last year have been horrifyingly disagreeable). Although I have to say I'm still bemused by the Pakistan selectors' undying loyalty to Kamran Akmal. They made it clear that young Sarfraz has only been called in as a back up! This undying loyalty to Akmal seems to have done him no good. He obviously needs a rest and needs some time to work on his technique. Their loyalty extended so far as to try and turn him into an opener so as to justify his spot in the side. Anyone have any explanations?

  • Owais on November 12, 2007, 7:11 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi - in context of "Aussy Mentality" the time to change arrived not weeks or months ago, it was more than a year ago in England. When he was kept in the team by Inzi despite early signs that he is having some technical flaws. Rashid Latif offered his help, to play a couple of side matches to give Kamran Akmal some rest. But Mr. Akmal would not let that happen as he thought that this way he will lose his place in the team. He kept playing and Inzi kept him on the team and only if he had taken 80% of those dropped catches/stumping opportunities, that test series would have been Pakistan's. Yes, I am convinced, if you are not, look at the numbers and see how much Cook, Peitersen, Collingwood and maybe Bell scored after their catches were dropped.

    My estimate: Akmal has dropped at least 50 international catches (tests and ODI's) in last year and a half. Let alone countless byes. Richie Benaud, a leggie giant of his time, explains in detail how the whole game plan, line lenght of a leggie gets derailed once a wicket keeper misses a stumping chance or a cathcing opportunity. That's what we have been doing to Kaneria. With all due respect to the batting greatness of Inzi or to some extent shoaib, I think a lot of this has to do with low IQ level of our captains and lack of assertiveness of Woolmer and now Lawson to make the right changes.

  • Kazi Saab on November 12, 2007, 7:07 GMT

    SPOT ON Mr. ABBASI!!! I think Kamran Akmal should have been given the shaft when he dropped Jacque Kallis. Pakistan has such a rich history of amazing wicket keepers (rashid latiff, moin khan, wasim bari, etc). I understand that we are all human, and make mistakes but for a wicket keeper to drop simple catches justify immediate exclusion from the team. A Wicket keeper who drops catches is like a cancer infected body. The more time you allow it, the more damage it will do. Pakistan's recent fielding fiascoes is a clear cut example of that. Bring on the rookie. I would rather have a rookie behind the stumps than a seasoned pro who drops sitters.

  • Irshad on November 12, 2007, 6:57 GMT

    Thank God, finally Pakistan Selectors have given importance to the brain than the heart in cricket. Sarfraz is a good keeper and should be selected to play the next couple of oney dayer.

    "Australia would have done with the same problem? My guess is that the answer would be based on ruthlessness not sentimentality."

    I don't agree with the above. In recent times I have seen the australian giving chance based on past performance on not on merit. I'll quote 2 examples.

    01. Giving preference to Brad Hodge instead of Brad Haddin in India. In the first couple of matches Haddin was simply superb and Hodge was far from his best, yet they selected Hodge based on his World Cup performance ahead of the in form Haddin.

    02. Selecting Macgill instead of Brad Hodd in the omgoing series against Sri Lanka. A week before the match started Macgill was torn apart by a state side and Hogg bowled is side to victory with a 10 wicket haul, yet theypicked Macgill. Even in the concluded test match Macgill took 2 wicket and he didn't make and impact.

    Why should we always follow the Aussies. If teams in 80's had the followed the West Indies by having 4 fast bowlers and no spinners they will be nowhere now.

    "By following the best you can the only equal him anf not beat him." - A saying by Me, Irshad the Great

  • ashu on November 12, 2007, 6:45 GMT

    i was waiting for your blog on kamran akmal.i cant forget the way kamran akmal took away the test from india at mohali and in pakistan after pathan had shattered them to shreds.but even then as is true a keeper must do his job first and then comes batting.but excuse me i think he must be given the chance to complete this indian tour given he is physically fit.on a tour every team needs to back their players.and india had almost paid the price by keeping pathan out though he has come back but his prodigious swing has gone and now he is just bowlig like other bowlers sooner or later every team is going to find that.so please dont follow the same with akmal .i like his batting,his fearlessness ,dont disrupt that.at least give him the chance to complete the whole tour, who knows he might be able to win test matches this time as well.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on November 12, 2007, 6:40 GMT

    I am relieved that the PCB is finally showing some sense. Sarfaraz must be given te rest of the tour to prove himself.

    I, and a lot of other people, have been questioning Akmal's place in the team for ages. He needs some time to rediscover his form in the domestic game. Age is on his side, and I hope he gets back soon.

    As far as the match goes, I am truly baffled why Afridi opened the innings. Did we learn nothing from the 2nd ODI. One just wonders what may have been if Afridi was coming in Akmal's place in the death overs.

    Salman Butt is finally beginning to deliver the goods now, and I hope he continues to do so.

  • azam on November 12, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    kamran you are right !! pakistan cricket board has been doing that for a long time and they have killed lot of talent because of their favoritism . Once again PCB has proved that no matter what happens they would not give a chance to other players if they dont have enough support (sifarish) or if they are not from punjab. i guess you would be kidding if you dont believe that. Kamran Akmal WAS a good player but he is not anymore but how many chances he has been given ?? everyone knows that , it is so shameful that our system rolles on this criteria .. finally Sarfraz ahmad is given the opportunity and hopefully he is gonna be heck alot better than Mr Akmal.I really wish him Best of luck and pray that disease akmal stay out of pakistan cricket other than PCB (punjab cricket board) apply their policy again and bring him back and kill our countrys talent as they have done before !!

  • Daaniyal on November 12, 2007, 6:34 GMT

    The PCB is sending a 'backup keeper' for Akmal as he is injured... so I would conclude from this that had akmal not injured himself....the Genius's who run the PCB would have let this abysmal player continue... that is amazing... why cant they say that Amkal is just not good enough and we are sending a new keeper who will play the last 2 ODI's... Just how does akmal go back into that same dressing room match after match after match and explain himself to Shoaib, Gul and just about every bowler that Pakistan has.....

  • Zia ul Haq on November 12, 2007, 6:33 GMT

    Well said Kamran Bhai, I am also in favour of playing Sarfraz instead of a kamran who is down in confidence and form. Cricket is a game of confidence and wicketkeeper is a main charter in confidence building of a team. How can a team perform well when a bowler is bowling with a mindset that if I get an edge it might be dropped and then he starts to think differently and tries to get batsman out in other ways. Its better to give Kamran a rest and bring in the inform mate Sarfraz who has impressed everyone. I think the PCB selector have picked Kamran on basis of his previous two centuries against India (one in Mohali and one in Karachi) but it is also important to see his current form. You cant expect him to do the same having seen his current form with bat and gloves. On Indian wickets if you drop sachin, dravid or gangualy they will make you pay and it also can cost Pakistan the match. So it is worth to give way to new guy.

  • James on November 12, 2007, 6:33 GMT

    Its was inevitable that we had to bring someone to push Akmal for the keeper role, and someone we can put in to spell him. I hope Kamran will be able to recover his form with the glove and continue his heroics with the bat. Must say with was most bizarre the Shoaib tinkered with the batting line up after have completed as amazing chase with a duplicate condition in the 3rd game. Everyone watching the game with me had the same question and continued to dwell on it as the game progressed. Would like to see Fawad Alam be given a chance after having been taking for the 20/20 WC and other tours, he just has not been give a fair shot. He is a delightful and agressive batsman from what I can see, and a competent spinner probably in the mold of an Asif Mujtaba. He would be worth trying instead of Abdur Rehman. Its not like our best bowling combinations have been able to hold India back, so what's the risk...that we'll give them another 300 total, so what. At least will have the additional batting to chase it down.

  • Akmal Out Please on November 12, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi Saheb I agree with you 100% (or 110% as Musharaf, Inzy, many others in Pakistan say). Please replace this bloke with ANYONE as anyone would be better. Good luck new kid on the block - Sarfaraz.

  • Iftekhar on November 12, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    Yes I totally agree with you Mr. Kamran. The dropped catch of Ganguly in the last ODI off the first ball of the match was a real costly mistake. If he had held on to that catch India would have been on the back foot right from the start and probably would have made 30-40 runs less than what they managed. Moin Khan and Rashid Latif have had lapses with the bat through poor form but I can't recall any of them dropping dollys like Karam did. He clearly needs a break and sort out his poor batting performances aswell. At the moment Pakistan always seem to be 1 wicket down with next to nothing on the score board. A replacement would surely boost the batting as well as help Shoaib get the early breakthroughs.

  • Dani on November 12, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    As an Indian supporter it is dissappointing to know that beloved Kamran bhai might not be part of the playing XI and it might hurt a bit for the Indian Xi not to have the contribution of a 'critical' player ;).

    Jokes apart, Kamran is a good talent and it would help to give him a break to rediscover himself. A recent example is Parthiv Patel who went through a similiar experience but now is back with a bang knocking for selection with fantastic performances infront of and behind the stumps.

  • Agha Mahmood Ali Khan on November 12, 2007, 5:28 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal needs a rest and we should come up with a back up keeper. We always had someone waiting in the wings. So its time to bleed a yongster in.

  • Hassan Ehsan on November 12, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    Agree with you!.. Its been long overdue... give someone a go... on form he does not deserve to be in the team - it is killing him and the team!...

  • Dawar on November 12, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is over rated by his captain and some PCB board officials. Shoaib Malik is a good friend of Kamarn Akmal. And every one knows how IQRIBA PARVERI works in our system.

    Sarfarz Ahmed, Amin-ur-Rehman and Salman are the best choice for the wicket keeper. Sarfraz Ahmed is youngest and already won under 19 world cup for us as a Captain. We can see bright future from him.

    Please remember Kamran Akmal has a highest drop catch rates amongst all time wicket keepers in the world, who played at least 20 matches. He is not a wicket keeper.

    I amazed to see comments from Shoaib Malik about Kamran Akmal after losing third one day. He still thinks he is the best wicket keeper in the country. Board should take his comments seriously. Shoaib Malik wants to create his own lobby in the team. He is favoring another friend Misba too; whose average is 17 in test. PCB should bring Asim Kamal for the test series.

    Dawar LA USA

  • Sakeb on November 12, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    I just wish I could say some curse words here! I dont once blame Kamran Akmal for this. The PCB is to blame for not listening to critics the world over that Kamran Akmal needs a rest. Why does the PCB react to situations as opposed to acting to prevent the situation in the first place.

  • fhs on November 12, 2007, 4:41 GMT

    Agreed, Mr. Abbasi! Akmal's poor form “embarrassing” has cost us few games. If your wicket keeper has started dropping catches, then he should be out. I think PCB reacted little late but it is good that they did it finally. The move is not only good for the team but also for Akmal. He simply has lost his confidence with gloves!!!

  • Naveed Abid on November 12, 2007, 4:31 GMT

    I believe it is a very good dicision to bring sarfaraz ahmed to give some rest to kamran akmal he drop the catch on very first ball and it make upset the bowlers we need to have two options like moin and latif so they have competition with each other so they will perform better.

    We need a wicket keeper how should be hardhitting batsman who can come in late overs to give quick runs because we have good middle order like yousaf,younis and misbah i guess shoaib should open the innings with butt so he can give good start to team.

    I want to make your attention in one point that soahil tanveer should open the bowling attack so right and left hand combination will make problems for batsman and for this series put your best bowlers when dhoni and uvraj batting.

  • Faisal Jafri on November 12, 2007, 4:30 GMT

    The old adage 'if it aint broke dont mend it' has been taken to a new level by the Cricket management in Pakistan. They perhaps believe that if it aint totally wrecked dont mend it. Kamran Akmal is being allowed to wreck himself as a confident cricketer and the performance of all those around him as he spills catches, misses stumpings and bats like a tailender. Salman Butt as the reigning vice-captain sat out a major portion of the 20-20 and the South Africa series and that seems to have worked for him. If the cricket gurus in our country were more proactive than reactive Sarfaraz would have been part of the initial package leaving for India instead of Kamran having to prove again that all his not well with his game at the moment. We also need to decide whether we need a wicketkeeper who can bat or a batsman who can keep. I think that wicketkeeping is a specialist job and even India gave up the Dravid experiment after a while. They have been luck with finding Dhoni as a replacement but the credit goes to them for getting him into the main side at the right time. I totally agree with you that Sarfaraz should be in the playing eleven straight away and no excuses about injuries etc are required. He is being dropped on form and that is alright as it happens to the best of them. Example Dravid cant make into the Indian one day side at the moment, Pollock is out of the SA test side etc. And if injury is going to be sited as the reason Sarfaraz should be playing the next one day anyway!

  • Iqbal Santrith on November 12, 2007, 4:28 GMT

    I think this is one of the best moves Pakistan has ever made. Akmal needed a break and Sarfraz is the best replacement at the moment. Maybe Moin Khan should come out of retirement!

  • Nadeem Khan on November 12, 2007, 4:28 GMT

    I think that Kamran has enough time to make a comeback, but certainly he needs rest now (Probably for long time), If Sarfraz proves to be a safe hand just like Rashid Latif, then Pakistan cricket can face the same problem as in the nineties with Rashid and Moin. One is valuable in batting and the other in the keeping. Lets hope that Pakistan gets some better prospect in terms of wicketkeeping in the form of Sarfraz Ahmed. Wathing ot the first class record of Sarfarz, its not that impressive.

  • Tommy P on November 12, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    I saw Akmal get a hundred at the Gabba a couple of years ago, and his keeping looked pretty good too. But now, he seems to be dropping regulation catches almost every time he plays, and his batting form is ordinary... What went wrong?

    Give Sarfraz a go, certainly. But if he is obviously brought in as a stop-gap measure, it will damage his confidence no end. I suggest team Pakistan drop Akmal and give Sarfraz an extended run in both forms. Get some competition back into the selection process.

  • sydd on November 12, 2007, 4:19 GMT

    CHAK DE INDIA !!! A fascinating win at Kanpur. Too bad, you forgot to mention it, Mr. Abbasi. Any way, time to go for the kill and wrap up the series. Akmal might like watching it from the dressing room though.

  • Khurram Khan on November 12, 2007, 4:17 GMT

    Kamran, i was waiting for your piece on Kamram Akmal and was only amazed when he was initally selected for the Indian tour without a back-up keeper. During the last 3 ODI it seemed that Pakistan was playing vs India and Kamran Akmal..... give the guy a break we cannot afford to drop sitters in every game.

  • Ash Zes - Saudi Arabia on November 12, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    If Akmal can still play with such horrible form, trust me I can perform better than him.....why not me???

  • salman on November 12, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    yes i agree kamran got to go .he needs rest so that he can concentrate .. to fight back .. to improve .. and comeback in the team

  • Jayavelan on November 12, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    Shaoib is on learning process but Kamran Akmal place is seriously questioned by his poor keeping & lacklustre batting, it is now the right time to try alternative keeper otherwise Akthar, Guls efforts are in vain & frustrating because of repeated failiures of Keeper.

  • Farhan on November 12, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    We have been doing well enough in one-days without a full-time keeper in the team. Perhaps we should try Yasir Hameed or Imran Nazir as one-day keepers, both of them have experience in domestic cricket as keepers.

  • Asim Khan on November 12, 2007, 3:42 GMT

    Kamran i agree with you. Akmal should be given rest for some time. Replacement should be called sooner than later. I am 100% confident, that the day PCB adopt Australian system, the percentage of the Pakistan wins will rise exponentially.

  • praveen on November 12, 2007, 2:50 GMT

    good for pakistani cricket. they atleast got rid of one major problem of their team

  • Euceph Ahmed on November 12, 2007, 2:01 GMT

    The question for Geoff Lawson (because Malik doesn't have the noodle in his skull) is this: Has Pakistan ever had a star wicketkeeper? I would venture to say that, with the exception of Moeen Khan for a brief period, the answer is a big, resounding No. While spirited sides build their fielding strength around this pivotal position, Pakistanis have always ignored it due to their preoccupation with 100 mph bowlers and slog-hitting showboaters. Gilchrist, Boucher, Sangakara, and Dhoni are all big names in current-day cricket. PCB, on the other hand, never bothered to invest anything into making a star wicketkeeper, because that would require glorifying work ethics and professionalism - not exactly a hallmark of desi society. And when they did, they put their money on the wrong horse.

    The primary mistake was to take just one keeper for the tour sending a message of complete job security to Akmal. And now this feigned injury to call up a reserve only adds to their reputation of utter disregard for the rules and of cheap haram-topi. I bet you, no Pakistani fan would ever give it a second thought that a reserve keeper is called by flouting the rules. Lack of form, mind you, is no excuse for getting replacements on tour.

    I better get out of here before Jaidee A. Khan aaff Mantriyaal, Can-da, starts to empty his bowels here. Jaidee Bhaiyya, bathroom aa raha hai buhut zor ka......

  • Aizaz Hussaini on November 12, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    It was sad to watch Kamral Akmal's short lived 2-ball innings, and I couldn't help but wonder if he would've been a better keeper had PCB given him some time off after his awful performance in England last year. It's PCB's reluctance to give Pakistan's former players (in this case wicket keepers) any chance to make an impact that's hurting the current Pakistani team the most right now. You've got two of the most talented and accomplished wicket keepers of their time in the form of Rashid Latif and Moin Khan, why not have at least one of them groom your current and upcoming wicket-keeping talent? Waqar and Wasim were two of THE ODI bowlers of their time, why not pay them a little for their services? Umar Gul and Asif reached their best form when Waqar was the bowling coach and we all know what PCB did to Waqar. Shoaib Malik is slowly learning the making critical decisions on the field, but couldn't PCB have arrange a couple of meetings with him and Wasim Akram who isarguably our best ODI captain, atleast the most aggressive. I understand Malik learned most of his captaincy knowledge from Inzimam but he was as defensive a captain anyone can be, and we all know how that worked out for Pakistan Cricket. Look at Dhoni's field changes today, he basically out-foxed Afridi and Younis by changing the field after every ball making them think more about fielders than the next delivery. It was brilliant to watch even as Pakistani supporter, I couldnt help but admire how two innocous deliveries got two of our top batsmen out. I dont blame today's loss on our captain, or our bowlers or our batsmen, I think Dhoni won the match for his team today, and he did that by listening to one of the most shrewd cricket mind; Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Shibili Ahamed USA on November 12, 2007, 0:30 GMT

    Finally PCB (though still half heartedly) is sending in another keeper. Sarfraz Ahamed or who ever is coming in will be be having a baptism by fire. The series is poised and more titled towards India. so the new keeper will be starting under pressure. Let us how much the seniors is going to help the cause. The PCB should have been trying this in the home series against South Africa. Anyway hope this works for Pakistan Cricket.

    Kamran Akmal needs to work with some nice wicket keeper and correct his techniques. Time being he needs to forget about his batting. Let him correct his basic flaws in his original role and prove himself worthy enough to be back.

    Being said that, I am not seeing any replacement for Mohammed Asif till now. Along with the new wicket keeper send in Abdul Razzak or a good all rounder (for heavens sake not a spinner who can bat).

    My true belief is that, it will be great if Fawad Alam (replacing Abdul Rehman from the Kanpur playing 11) can open with Salman Butt.

    Also if someone knows Mr.Rameez Raja personally, please pass this message to him. 'Sir, you known no nothing about managing a team or making a team strategies. So will please SHUT UP."

    Further, it was sad to see Shahid Afridi got entangled in a row with Gautham Gambhir at Kanpur. Aggression should be done with your game. Not with your mouth and body. Even if others says something, please only retaliate through your game. Always aggression has worked against Pakistan. Kanpur also was no exception. Afridi lost his cool and It ruined the day for Afridi and Pakistan. So please play with cool mind, head and approach.

    Let us hope that Pakistan returns to winning ways in Gwalior.

  • paKi Boy on November 11, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    i was shocked when he dropped the catch first ball i think shoaib akhtar was may be telling himself i can't ball like that and kamran akmal i don't remember when the last time he scored more than 20 come on pcb gotta think its time to change the wicket keeper i don't understand everybody knows pak vs ind its a really big serious why they didn't give a chance to any other keeper in serious vs southafrica akmal need to go

  • Muhammad Asif on November 11, 2007, 23:19 GMT

    Kamran Akmals topic is over. We should fix the opening now. And theres an abundance of middle order players now which makes Shoaib Malik redundant, He must open the innings with Butt.

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  • Muhammad Asif on November 11, 2007, 23:19 GMT

    Kamran Akmals topic is over. We should fix the opening now. And theres an abundance of middle order players now which makes Shoaib Malik redundant, He must open the innings with Butt.

  • paKi Boy on November 11, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    i was shocked when he dropped the catch first ball i think shoaib akhtar was may be telling himself i can't ball like that and kamran akmal i don't remember when the last time he scored more than 20 come on pcb gotta think its time to change the wicket keeper i don't understand everybody knows pak vs ind its a really big serious why they didn't give a chance to any other keeper in serious vs southafrica akmal need to go

  • Shibili Ahamed USA on November 12, 2007, 0:30 GMT

    Finally PCB (though still half heartedly) is sending in another keeper. Sarfraz Ahamed or who ever is coming in will be be having a baptism by fire. The series is poised and more titled towards India. so the new keeper will be starting under pressure. Let us how much the seniors is going to help the cause. The PCB should have been trying this in the home series against South Africa. Anyway hope this works for Pakistan Cricket.

    Kamran Akmal needs to work with some nice wicket keeper and correct his techniques. Time being he needs to forget about his batting. Let him correct his basic flaws in his original role and prove himself worthy enough to be back.

    Being said that, I am not seeing any replacement for Mohammed Asif till now. Along with the new wicket keeper send in Abdul Razzak or a good all rounder (for heavens sake not a spinner who can bat).

    My true belief is that, it will be great if Fawad Alam (replacing Abdul Rehman from the Kanpur playing 11) can open with Salman Butt.

    Also if someone knows Mr.Rameez Raja personally, please pass this message to him. 'Sir, you known no nothing about managing a team or making a team strategies. So will please SHUT UP."

    Further, it was sad to see Shahid Afridi got entangled in a row with Gautham Gambhir at Kanpur. Aggression should be done with your game. Not with your mouth and body. Even if others says something, please only retaliate through your game. Always aggression has worked against Pakistan. Kanpur also was no exception. Afridi lost his cool and It ruined the day for Afridi and Pakistan. So please play with cool mind, head and approach.

    Let us hope that Pakistan returns to winning ways in Gwalior.

  • Aizaz Hussaini on November 12, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    It was sad to watch Kamral Akmal's short lived 2-ball innings, and I couldn't help but wonder if he would've been a better keeper had PCB given him some time off after his awful performance in England last year. It's PCB's reluctance to give Pakistan's former players (in this case wicket keepers) any chance to make an impact that's hurting the current Pakistani team the most right now. You've got two of the most talented and accomplished wicket keepers of their time in the form of Rashid Latif and Moin Khan, why not have at least one of them groom your current and upcoming wicket-keeping talent? Waqar and Wasim were two of THE ODI bowlers of their time, why not pay them a little for their services? Umar Gul and Asif reached their best form when Waqar was the bowling coach and we all know what PCB did to Waqar. Shoaib Malik is slowly learning the making critical decisions on the field, but couldn't PCB have arrange a couple of meetings with him and Wasim Akram who isarguably our best ODI captain, atleast the most aggressive. I understand Malik learned most of his captaincy knowledge from Inzimam but he was as defensive a captain anyone can be, and we all know how that worked out for Pakistan Cricket. Look at Dhoni's field changes today, he basically out-foxed Afridi and Younis by changing the field after every ball making them think more about fielders than the next delivery. It was brilliant to watch even as Pakistani supporter, I couldnt help but admire how two innocous deliveries got two of our top batsmen out. I dont blame today's loss on our captain, or our bowlers or our batsmen, I think Dhoni won the match for his team today, and he did that by listening to one of the most shrewd cricket mind; Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Euceph Ahmed on November 12, 2007, 2:01 GMT

    The question for Geoff Lawson (because Malik doesn't have the noodle in his skull) is this: Has Pakistan ever had a star wicketkeeper? I would venture to say that, with the exception of Moeen Khan for a brief period, the answer is a big, resounding No. While spirited sides build their fielding strength around this pivotal position, Pakistanis have always ignored it due to their preoccupation with 100 mph bowlers and slog-hitting showboaters. Gilchrist, Boucher, Sangakara, and Dhoni are all big names in current-day cricket. PCB, on the other hand, never bothered to invest anything into making a star wicketkeeper, because that would require glorifying work ethics and professionalism - not exactly a hallmark of desi society. And when they did, they put their money on the wrong horse.

    The primary mistake was to take just one keeper for the tour sending a message of complete job security to Akmal. And now this feigned injury to call up a reserve only adds to their reputation of utter disregard for the rules and of cheap haram-topi. I bet you, no Pakistani fan would ever give it a second thought that a reserve keeper is called by flouting the rules. Lack of form, mind you, is no excuse for getting replacements on tour.

    I better get out of here before Jaidee A. Khan aaff Mantriyaal, Can-da, starts to empty his bowels here. Jaidee Bhaiyya, bathroom aa raha hai buhut zor ka......

  • praveen on November 12, 2007, 2:50 GMT

    good for pakistani cricket. they atleast got rid of one major problem of their team

  • Asim Khan on November 12, 2007, 3:42 GMT

    Kamran i agree with you. Akmal should be given rest for some time. Replacement should be called sooner than later. I am 100% confident, that the day PCB adopt Australian system, the percentage of the Pakistan wins will rise exponentially.

  • Farhan on November 12, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    We have been doing well enough in one-days without a full-time keeper in the team. Perhaps we should try Yasir Hameed or Imran Nazir as one-day keepers, both of them have experience in domestic cricket as keepers.

  • Jayavelan on November 12, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    Shaoib is on learning process but Kamran Akmal place is seriously questioned by his poor keeping & lacklustre batting, it is now the right time to try alternative keeper otherwise Akthar, Guls efforts are in vain & frustrating because of repeated failiures of Keeper.

  • salman on November 12, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    yes i agree kamran got to go .he needs rest so that he can concentrate .. to fight back .. to improve .. and comeback in the team