Team sheet January 24, 2008

Pakistan's selection sickness

A bad process, a management consultant would tell you, usually produces a bad outcome
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A bad process, a management consultant would tell you, usually produces a bad outcome. Little wonder, then, that Pakistan's selection "process" rarely pleases anybody. The current bickering between board and team management is just another variation on the theme of internal division that prevents the key players in Pakistan cricket from developing the team in a coherent, constructive, and successful fashion.

At the heart of the problem lies a tussle for control, a power struggle that is eternally unresolved. Captain, coach, chief of selectors, and chairman of the board are all potential rulers of the rabble--and it will remain a rabble as long as the hierarchy fluctuates with a frenzied frequency.

The last time Pakistan's selection process worked properly was when Imran Khan was in total control. That was a fortunate time for Pakistan cricket but an unfortunate lesson was learned. Imran's success suggested that the captain should be responsible for all selection matters, indeed it is an approach he has strongly advocated since.

But Imran's triumph rested on at least two foundations. First, Pakistan cricket was desperate for world recognition, a recognition that any era before Imran's captaincy had never achieved. Second, and most importantly, Imran had the personality and the ability to pull off his dictatorial strategy.

Many of his acolytes tried to follow. Wasim Akram came closest to emulating Imran's on-field success while Inzamam-ul Haq was nearest to total control. Yet none could match his leadership and determination, inevitably leaving a large hole for bureaucrats, selectors, and coaches to jump in to.

Who can now say what Pakistan's selection strategy and process is? In publicly acknowledging a "healthy debate" Dr Nasim Ashraf is hiding a fundamental disagreement. Everybody wants to rule but nobody is capable of it. It is in this situation that a good process can mask the inadequacies of individuals. No such process exists.

Pakistan fans look on with dismay as whims, fancies, and power fluctuations dictate selection of the national team. Merit looks to be an irrelevance. Selection decisions baffle, disappoint, and infuriate.

Might not the Zimbabwe series have been an ideal opportunity to give experience to Sarfraz Ahmed to mitigate the risk of Kamran Akmal's chronic bad form? Why did the selectors even bother with Samiullah Khan, a player I last saw lying on his back at a net practice ignoring Bob Woolmer, who was pleading with him to join the net session? What was the logic in leaving out Shoaib Akhtar when he was in desperate need of match fitness?

Readers of this blog will have questions of their own. Some people might argue, though, that healthy debates about selection are the essence of cricket's fascination. But the selection sickness in Pakistan cricket has become a terminal disease that requires urgent intervention.

In the absence of a modern day Imran Khan, Pakistan has the Australian model to follow. And this does not mean simply paying lip service to it but implementing it properly. A successful process requires three fundamentals: a high-quality selection committee of impeccable integrity, a captain and coach willing to acquiesce power and desperate to succeed with the selected team, and a cricket board chairman enlightened enough to delegate responsibility to the selection committee but take responsibility in the event of failure.

Sadly, Pakistan cricket has none of these three elements in place. Worse still, none of the individuals involved has shown the guts or the selflessness to make it happen. Millions upon millions of supporters are desperate for a process that will nurture success rather than turn their hopes into dust.

The selection process is sick but we are all sicker for having to endure it.

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

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  • Suhail on February 9, 2008, 16:16 GMT

    I am totally disgusted by Ashrafs comment on punishing Keneria to express his discomfort regarding the central contract. Any player should be able to express their opinion about PCB decision without fear of persecution. PCB is not a private corporation, its decision are not holy words. They should be sued and should be fined from their personal account for bad decision they make. I believe Ashraf should be fired for this.

  • Haisum on February 7, 2008, 19:40 GMT

    I totally agree with the fact that you have provided Kamran. Imran Khan wass surely a personality which will be admired in the history of the Pakistani Cricket. Untill we have someone to take charge of the team who will think about the future of the team. Like Imran Khan who provided & polished two of the greatest bowlers in the history of pakistani cricket; Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis which gave Pakistan a deadly bowling attack for nerly a decade. It is unfortunate that Imran Khan can't guide the team forward in the current circumstances

  • PAK FAN on February 4, 2008, 17:25 GMT

    Just drop Akmal,S.Mallik,Kaneria & Co. Pakistani Spin departments is the weakest in the world. Search for best spin dept. and Wicketkeeper.

    Then only,we diehard Fan of Pak will be glad

  • Bismillah Khan on February 4, 2008, 16:46 GMT

    When the whole country and it's institutions are run on nepotism and favouritism, how can one expect cricket to be different? Everything is political in Pakistan, and one province has control all the resources, you know what I mean.

  • Faisal, Karachi on February 4, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    From complete 'selection sickness', the posts are getting focused on captaincy alone (along with scoring points on each other...good banter anyway!) MALIK: We need to decide weather he deserves to be in the team first. If he does, then as what? There certainly are better specialist batsmen around. This is probably the reason that he has started bowling more(which he avoided in India and the T20 World cup) to assert his claim to be an allrounder. Lets see him do that against Aus or India. His insecurity is showing even to viewers without being privy to the onfield talk! An insecure Captain is dangerous for the team. And why is he so insecure with the PCB firmly behind him?? Is it "chor ki darrhi main tinka". Other selection matters: Sarfraz has kept brillinatly. Even a blind can see that. Can the Captain? I would also like to invite comments about the spin department. It is becomming evident that Danish is no Qadir or Warne. At best he is a support bowler. so we need to keep looking.

  • Hassan on February 3, 2008, 21:18 GMT

    Awas, sorry to break this news to you that I do not know theosa or TTU, neither I am fan of Shoaib Malik.

  • Syed Shah Rizwan Hussain on February 3, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    Final thoughts on the series: Selection committee did not test young players enough. Only Nasir played all matches. Abdur Rauf should have played all matches. Taking Kahlid Latif out after just one match when he was not even out is just ridiculous. Sohail Khan needs to be enrolled with Waqar to fix his runup. He is an asset and should not be rushed. On this account I agree with selectors. Here in north america they have depth chart of players on each position. PCB should do the same thing. My depth chart would be : 1st & 2nd (Openers): Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Salman Butt, Khalid Latif 3rd (One Down): Younis, Shoaib 4th: Yousuf, Misbah 5th: Misbah, Younis 6th (All rounder): Shoaib, Fawad 7th (All rounder): Fawad, Afridi 8th (WK): Sarfraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal 9th (Bowler): Asif, Akhtar 10th (Bowler): Akhtar, Abdur Rauf 11th (Bowler): Gul, Tanvir

  • Hassan on February 3, 2008, 15:34 GMT

    There was a guy in last U-19 world cup team Jamshed Ahmad, a left hander with decent pace who could move ball in for right handers, what happened to him?

  • TTU on February 3, 2008, 14:11 GMT

    Omer Admani, you are very quick to point out that it is Malik who does not deserve his place in the team , but what has any of the other players done to deserve theres, bar Yousuf no one in that side deserves there place, not even Younus, who seems to only make 100s when were going for the draw in a test. you point out that he made his own personal 50s against SA, but you seem to forget the fact that in each of those 50s, he didnt have an able batting pertner at the other end, otherwise im sure he would have gone for the chase, but when ur 120-7 and have a partner who can get out at any time, would you go for the win or see out overs. As for zimbabawe, this was the whole reason for the series, to iron out the many flaws in maliks captaincy, at least he can make these mistakes against a weaker side and not get punished. when it comes to the real deal, hell hopefully have learnt his wroing doing. All i say is back the captain, he has been given the job because know else wants it.

  • Awas on February 3, 2008, 11:59 GMT

    Forget about what JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is doing or not doing but Hassan, theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. and TTU are definitely the same personalities in different guises. One may or may not agree with Javed A Khan but at least he has the guts to speak his mind under his own name rather than the same person signing the same tune under three different names.

    He is now talking about “bringing the new faces gradually”. Once I had a debate with him where he suggested that a lot of new faces should be introduced by Pakistan suddenly. I was opposed to this idea as a couple of new youngsters brought in the first two ODI’s were, I thought, the better strategy than wholesale changes. Having bagged the series, a lot more changes in the last ODI were more sensible than if it had been done from the first outing. India discarded a lot of their stars for the T20 and the result is for all to see. Hindsight is a very good thing that makes people smarter after the event.

    Omar Admani makes a good point “I can't see what these supporters of Malik see in him”. He is indeed very unimaginative and a meek captain. There is nothing great about Malik at all but for continuity sake, perhaps we need to persevere with him. Someone who refuses captaincy all the time (Younus) is not a reliable option and someone who has asked for it (Yousaf) is even meeker. Some people are not just suitable to lead and Yousaf is perhaps one of them. The supporter of Malik, that you mention, is one person in different guises.

  • Suhail on February 9, 2008, 16:16 GMT

    I am totally disgusted by Ashrafs comment on punishing Keneria to express his discomfort regarding the central contract. Any player should be able to express their opinion about PCB decision without fear of persecution. PCB is not a private corporation, its decision are not holy words. They should be sued and should be fined from their personal account for bad decision they make. I believe Ashraf should be fired for this.

  • Haisum on February 7, 2008, 19:40 GMT

    I totally agree with the fact that you have provided Kamran. Imran Khan wass surely a personality which will be admired in the history of the Pakistani Cricket. Untill we have someone to take charge of the team who will think about the future of the team. Like Imran Khan who provided & polished two of the greatest bowlers in the history of pakistani cricket; Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis which gave Pakistan a deadly bowling attack for nerly a decade. It is unfortunate that Imran Khan can't guide the team forward in the current circumstances

  • PAK FAN on February 4, 2008, 17:25 GMT

    Just drop Akmal,S.Mallik,Kaneria & Co. Pakistani Spin departments is the weakest in the world. Search for best spin dept. and Wicketkeeper.

    Then only,we diehard Fan of Pak will be glad

  • Bismillah Khan on February 4, 2008, 16:46 GMT

    When the whole country and it's institutions are run on nepotism and favouritism, how can one expect cricket to be different? Everything is political in Pakistan, and one province has control all the resources, you know what I mean.

  • Faisal, Karachi on February 4, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    From complete 'selection sickness', the posts are getting focused on captaincy alone (along with scoring points on each other...good banter anyway!) MALIK: We need to decide weather he deserves to be in the team first. If he does, then as what? There certainly are better specialist batsmen around. This is probably the reason that he has started bowling more(which he avoided in India and the T20 World cup) to assert his claim to be an allrounder. Lets see him do that against Aus or India. His insecurity is showing even to viewers without being privy to the onfield talk! An insecure Captain is dangerous for the team. And why is he so insecure with the PCB firmly behind him?? Is it "chor ki darrhi main tinka". Other selection matters: Sarfraz has kept brillinatly. Even a blind can see that. Can the Captain? I would also like to invite comments about the spin department. It is becomming evident that Danish is no Qadir or Warne. At best he is a support bowler. so we need to keep looking.

  • Hassan on February 3, 2008, 21:18 GMT

    Awas, sorry to break this news to you that I do not know theosa or TTU, neither I am fan of Shoaib Malik.

  • Syed Shah Rizwan Hussain on February 3, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    Final thoughts on the series: Selection committee did not test young players enough. Only Nasir played all matches. Abdur Rauf should have played all matches. Taking Kahlid Latif out after just one match when he was not even out is just ridiculous. Sohail Khan needs to be enrolled with Waqar to fix his runup. He is an asset and should not be rushed. On this account I agree with selectors. Here in north america they have depth chart of players on each position. PCB should do the same thing. My depth chart would be : 1st & 2nd (Openers): Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Salman Butt, Khalid Latif 3rd (One Down): Younis, Shoaib 4th: Yousuf, Misbah 5th: Misbah, Younis 6th (All rounder): Shoaib, Fawad 7th (All rounder): Fawad, Afridi 8th (WK): Sarfraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal 9th (Bowler): Asif, Akhtar 10th (Bowler): Akhtar, Abdur Rauf 11th (Bowler): Gul, Tanvir

  • Hassan on February 3, 2008, 15:34 GMT

    There was a guy in last U-19 world cup team Jamshed Ahmad, a left hander with decent pace who could move ball in for right handers, what happened to him?

  • TTU on February 3, 2008, 14:11 GMT

    Omer Admani, you are very quick to point out that it is Malik who does not deserve his place in the team , but what has any of the other players done to deserve theres, bar Yousuf no one in that side deserves there place, not even Younus, who seems to only make 100s when were going for the draw in a test. you point out that he made his own personal 50s against SA, but you seem to forget the fact that in each of those 50s, he didnt have an able batting pertner at the other end, otherwise im sure he would have gone for the chase, but when ur 120-7 and have a partner who can get out at any time, would you go for the win or see out overs. As for zimbabawe, this was the whole reason for the series, to iron out the many flaws in maliks captaincy, at least he can make these mistakes against a weaker side and not get punished. when it comes to the real deal, hell hopefully have learnt his wroing doing. All i say is back the captain, he has been given the job because know else wants it.

  • Awas on February 3, 2008, 11:59 GMT

    Forget about what JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is doing or not doing but Hassan, theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. and TTU are definitely the same personalities in different guises. One may or may not agree with Javed A Khan but at least he has the guts to speak his mind under his own name rather than the same person signing the same tune under three different names.

    He is now talking about “bringing the new faces gradually”. Once I had a debate with him where he suggested that a lot of new faces should be introduced by Pakistan suddenly. I was opposed to this idea as a couple of new youngsters brought in the first two ODI’s were, I thought, the better strategy than wholesale changes. Having bagged the series, a lot more changes in the last ODI were more sensible than if it had been done from the first outing. India discarded a lot of their stars for the T20 and the result is for all to see. Hindsight is a very good thing that makes people smarter after the event.

    Omar Admani makes a good point “I can't see what these supporters of Malik see in him”. He is indeed very unimaginative and a meek captain. There is nothing great about Malik at all but for continuity sake, perhaps we need to persevere with him. Someone who refuses captaincy all the time (Younus) is not a reliable option and someone who has asked for it (Yousaf) is even meeker. Some people are not just suitable to lead and Yousaf is perhaps one of them. The supporter of Malik, that you mention, is one person in different guises.

  • TTU on February 2, 2008, 16:53 GMT

    I respect your views theossa, i would also back Younis Khan ahead of Malik but only if he stoped moving in and out of the captaincy frame, would you believe in a captain who would be ther for one series and then back out owing to media presure,this is why i have backed Malik, he has yet to do this, but if Younis Khan is willing to take captaincy on a permanent basis, then i would back him but if not, why bother changing the captain? I also agree with Philip John Joseph over the fact that it is the coach which choses the team, this ausie coach thing that most cricket teams follow is rubish, the australians are good becuase they are disciplined, its not because every cricketer they produce is world class, so y are aussie coaches favoured over everybody else, and y did the PCB not apoint dav watmore as the coach. Against the Ausies, if pakistan can wrk as a team they can beat them. Also y is Javed alowed to rite more than 1000 words, we dont want to hear his verbal diarreah and malik bash

  • Omer Admani on February 1, 2008, 23:43 GMT

    I can't see what these supporters of Malik see in him. It is one good test performance against spin and Sri Lanka that is cited, but howny years has he been in the team? Then there is the matter of SA, in which he played for his personal 50s without ever trying to chase the big 300s, whereas all others got out trying to do so. How can that be a justification for either? Now people will put his performances against Zimbabwe as evidence which is totally ludicrous. Anyone talked about his captaincy, the learning curve? Aggressive and positive doesn't mean to put a slip in the 30th over--- rightly or wrongly-- to prove people a point against Zimbabwe at a juncture when the match has already been won. He was putting the fielders on the BOUNDARY against Zimbabwe as soon as the reistrictions would allow him to. Zaheer Abbas was smart enough to note that Zimbabweans were getting easy singles all the time, but not smart enough to note that it wasn't the fielders fault but where they were placed

  • SAM on February 1, 2008, 21:46 GMT

    Afridi is not playing in 5th ODI, so watch out the crowd is going to be very less. Awful Selection Process!

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on February 1, 2008, 15:39 GMT

    Hassan, I’m relieved to know that you were feeling the same way about this tasteless new Javed, who so far just expressed, to sum it up in a sentence, “I hate Shoaib Malik”. I do agree that the both new openers should be given proper chances to assess their worth.

    Faisal and TTU, I understand why you think Shoaib should remain a captain but recent Cricinfo reports suggested a division in the team and his tendency to become a “Khalifa”. Younus would be a better choice but he has to act maturely. As a player Malik is valuable though.

    ali_a, I agree with your idea to bring new faces gradually to have a chance to hone their skills under the experienced players while maintaining a somewhat competitive team. Younus is said to be the one who reach out in helping young players. I do not agree with your support of Shoaib though, I don’t doubt his skills but he brings extra baggage of attitude, arrogance, and “drama baze”. I think Shoaib is done and we should be looking forward to new faces to replace him.

    Philip John Joseph, you were bit harsh on the selection committee of PCB while praising the BCCI but like some fans here rightfully suggested, India still have their core players intact while Pakistan is in the rebuilding process. An all in one coach is not a feasible idea in Pak cricket, I don’t know well about soccer structure but here in U.S. the American Football is a franchise type sport where players are drafted from college level and coach train them as well as call the plays/captains the game. In cricket, one, we don’t have good domestic system to produce players yet alone drafts from schools or colleges. Second, on the field a captain has to make critical decisions not the coach. So, if done right, selection committee select the 15 players roster, while final 11 are selected involving the coach and captain.

  • Hassan on February 1, 2008, 14:46 GMT

    How come JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA is able to post comment more than 1000 characters consistently?

  • Philip John Joseph on February 1, 2008, 8:24 GMT

    As an Indian I can say that if Pakistan doesn't watch out, their selection nightmare will become something to rival India's. While I find it hard to believe that the PCB can ever rival the BCCI for mind-boggling incompetence and stupidity, half way to where the BCCI is, will be more than enough to wreck Pakistani cricket. As another poster has suggested, there needs to be one man accountability/leadership. Just as India could benefit from appointing Waqar Younis as an all powerful coach/chief selector/god of the Indian cricket team, if Waqar Younis would agree to such an assignment, Pakistan could also benefit from an independent coach, whoever that might be, who would also have the power to decide the composition of the team. The Aussie model is a failure and only exists because of the parochial status of cricket as a joke sport. In soccer, the coach chooses the team. That is the path that cricket must follow.

  • Naziri on February 1, 2008, 4:46 GMT

    Can't find a Chairperson who can do the job blah blah blah! The selectors don't have a clue blah blah blah! Can't find a Captain who can consistently lead blah blah blah! Can't find an opening pair of batsmen for over a decade blah blah blah! If this player was from Lahore instead of Karachi he would get selected blah blah blah!

    The problem lies with the system or lack of it. If you create a system that is people dependent you are setting yourself up for failure. Even a good player will get corrupted by such a system. However if you establish a system of doing things and hold ppl accountable then you can take ordinary players and make them do extra ordinary things. American sports are structured this way hence they function w/o these controversies and when problems do arise they are resolved systematically. Australia has incorporated that and results are obvious. India has also followed suit and their system is getting better day by day and the results prove it!

  • ali_a on February 1, 2008, 3:49 GMT

    Well just to add my 2cents. I totally disagree with Mike Rosario comments about Imran and someone's else about Lahoris or Punjabis. Everyone wants to bring all these new names and want to see them in the team. Is Aussie, SA or India doing that? We cannot simply have a team of all youngsters, can we? Test cricket is not a learning ground for every one. We could have one or two new faces per game and not more. I am amazed how Nasim Ashraf managed to sack Shoaib Aktar for his misdeeds (God knows what though) in India. Ironically Shoaib is the only pakistani bowler to make ICC top 10 ranking. How can you drop a bowler with such a ranking. Do we have anyone that is in ICC ranking (don't mention Asif or Gul as they have been out due to injuries).

    I agree Malik is not a brave captain, it showed in India - it felt though he was deliberately not playing the last test to save his record. But Afridi is also not a good test choice, he has failed Pak is crucial matches (only good for ODI- 2020 ex

  • RedNeck Ricky on February 1, 2008, 2:28 GMT

    Kamran,

    We all know the Pakisthani Selection Comittee is filled with idiots who are only interested in playing political games. I mean the short cut the careers of Saqlain, Mushi even Wasim and Waqar would have played more if it hadn't been for a board. I must confess the Pakis must now take a leaf out of BCCI's book as far as selection is concerned. For the first time, they are making mature and erudite decisions.

  • faisal on January 31, 2008, 20:25 GMT

    My bro Javed khan from Montrael is talking about jingoism, nepotism, chauvinism blag blag blag Yes this is absolutely right these are the root causes of all problems in pakistan, its everywhere and its even right here in this blog man every body else has a restriction of 1000 characters but look at javed khan's posts what is this. isn't it jingoism and blag blag blag. First look at yourself and then talk about others

  • TTU on January 31, 2008, 20:11 GMT

    I feel sorry for Malik that regardles of how they perform people are caling for his sacking, the single mindidness of some of the people on this post is apaling, we will never suceeed as a team unles we back the players in our team. Im prety sure that this much criticism would not be hitting Malik if we lost to a country other than India, you hide you own patriotic feelings behind a veil of the captains supposed insecurity,would you be after Malik so much if we had lost to Sri Lanka? let me tell everyone here, we r going through a renuilding stage, Yousuf is 34, another 2 or 3 years and he is gone,dito for Misbah. India are a briliant team(you dont chalenge the ausies at home unles your good), but they are quite close to there major 3 retiring, Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly are on there way out. Once they go, it will be good to see how the Indians react to MS Dhoni leadership skills without his wonder men, i assure you the indians will back the team even if they struggling, why cant we?

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on January 31, 2008, 16:57 GMT

    Miandad's record in Pakistan was impressive when umpires were in his pocket.

  • SAM on January 31, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    can someone please tell Zaheer Abbass to stop commentating on tv (Specially in English) that guy is simply ruining his own image of a good batsman by his pathetic commentary. Shoaib Malik is misusing his captaincy by putting himself infront of everything no matter its bbatting or bowling, he came to bat at no. 3 just to get some easy runs and gain respect, then he bowls during the final overs to earn cheap wickets because batsmen are looking for quick runs at that time so they end up losing wickets easily. I will admire Malik if he does this against a better opposition. I will see how he bowls final overs against Australia and how he dares to bat at no. 3 and get runs as well. I said this before too, this Pakistani team will use this Zim Series to improve their personal records and Malik has happened to be the most greedy one at that. Malik showed his jealousy when he didn't send him to bat in the fourth ODI and get the record of most sixes, on top of that he has dropped Afridi now.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 31, 2008, 15:38 GMT

    Pakistan's Selection Sickness Continues ....even after sealing the series, in my previous comments on January 27, 2008 6:31 PM, I had suggested that Malik should be rested for the last 2 ODI's. And, I had also mentioned that he would NEVER do that. Because, he is so insecure about his own place in the team, instead he will drop Afridi and he did, he is so predictable and did not disappoint the nation. This is only a ploy from Malik to improve his own averages like he did recently in India, dropped Afridi in the 5th ODI, in the India series. And, when he was heavily criticized by the media he said, "look at my average, it isn't that bad at all, in fact it is good, I did well except that I had put my foot in my own mouth!" The other thing that he would never realize or accept is, about his creating history by loosing the ODI series in India for the first time and, loosing the test series in India after 26 years under his captaincy. That has no bearing, no relevance and no significance to him because he is a baby and is still learning like a toddler in his diapers learning how to get P. trained. If the other senior players are rested to test the new comers then, Malik should also give a chance to his new deputy Misbah. It will help Misbah to hone his skills and abilities and, he will also get an opportunity a boost to his confidence to lead against Australia when Malik would put his foot in his mouth once again. Since Malik's place is secured not just because he is a captain till Dec. 31, 2008 which is because of the fact that he is so good at socking the selectors but, also he knows how to play his cards. For him it is all a game of politics, comparison of averages and choosing his buddies on the basis of jingoism to get a majority vote from the players. If this "young captain" is so keen to be called, a young captain and he is always bending on the learning curve, by saying, I am still new and I am learning. Then, why doesn't he bend more backwards on something which he is so good at i.e., by opting to lead the under-19 team instead of the national side? In fact, the current team for the 5th ODI excluding Younus Khan, looks like a under -19 team and they shall be playing against their equal, which is minnows of the world - Zimbabwe.

  • Saima Siddiqui on January 31, 2008, 5:46 GMT

    Well Played Malik in the 4th one day. 2 Man of the match awards in 4 matches shows that he is leading from the front. Malik has always been performing well other than recent india series.

    Imran Khan was definitely the best ever captain for Pakistan. No one has ever challenged his knowledge about cricket in the past but his recent involvement in politics is making some racists on the blog to write un-neccessary negative comments about great Imran.

  • Ansar Ali on January 31, 2008, 1:02 GMT

    Saad:

    If Miandad was the brain behind Imran then what happened to his brain when he himself became the captain, his record as a captain is average.

  • faisal on January 31, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    i've noticed that most of you guys are criticizing Malik as captain without any solid reason, at first place apointing Malik as captain was a wrong decision but who else could be captain? Youns..he refused to take charge then Yousaf..he is almost 34 years old he might play four more years and thats it. we needed a long term captain. some guys suggested above that Afridi should have appointed as captian but i think Malik is more better and consistant battsman then afridi here is prove....Malik ODIs Mt 154 Runs 4142 Ave 34.23 Now Afradi ODIs Mt 253 Runs 240 Ave 23.75 Now who else could be captain no one has that much experience and consistency so they appointed malik. the thing is we need to be patient and give him some time if he performs better then let him carry on, if he doesn't throw him away

  • Hassan on January 30, 2008, 23:36 GMT

    theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A, check my comment above, I felt the same way, this Javed Khan is not as eloquent as before. And thats what I meant when I said, please real Javed stand up (which he did not understand)

  • Irfan on January 30, 2008, 23:07 GMT

    OH WOW! So much sentiments! It is nice to see all the regulars alive and kicking. I have some disagreements with your thread Kamran but Whatever I wanted to say somebody else has also brought it up so no point in wasting my breath.

    M.Y.Kasim excellent post (the first one). Faisal your post about Saeed Anwar is impeccable. But regardless it is true that at the end of the day a man is judged by what he brings home. AND guess what Imran is and was the man who brought the title of WORLD CHAMPIONS to Pakistan despite the heroics of greatr Miandad. So may I suggest that let's forget the past and continue to look forward to the future failures. They are trumpeting up the team up to hold some spine against the Australians but I trust that they will fold like a cheap soggy noodle. We need nacromancers and shape shifters for this team who could turn themselves into a sponge or something similar when facing the Shaun Tait or Lee specials.

  • saad on January 30, 2008, 20:21 GMT

    Imran had the most under appreciated individual/player in the history of Pakistan cricket, doing all the grunt work, i.e. Javed Miandad, who was brain behind all the strategies and game plan, who stuck into the opposition psychologically, who had an eye for talent (brought in Wasim Akram). If it wasn't for Miandad Imran would not have attained even 20 percent of the success he eventually did get...

  • Hassan on January 30, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    I did not see the match, but I believe an opener should be given a whole series, and Khalid Latif should be tried in next 10 odis consecutively to be judged.

  • Ansar Ali on January 30, 2008, 17:22 GMT

    Malik has scored 158 in 4 matches and has taken 9 wickets and Moyo has scored 223 in the series so far,people on this blog do not even watch the matches and post their comments,I feel sorry for them.

  • TTU on January 30, 2008, 17:06 GMT

    Javed A khan: do you take pride in being a wally, it might compell you to know that your buddy afridi did what he did in an international match, Malik however has got more brains and didnt do that in an international match. As far as Afridi being captin, what performance of his warrants it, cricket is much more than hitting a 35 ball hundred, its about doing that and then remaining consistent, ehat consistency has Afridi shown? Malik has shown it, remember the 90,95,106 against India when no one else was bothered to stand up, how about the 50s against SA at home, dont forget the 148 aganist SLanka, this is all consistency, is Afridi capable of this, no, he makes a 100 and then 4 0s because he has brains less than a choco mouse, perhaps you should look at the biger picture in cricket before posting, Mr Khan. Why dont you tell us who the captin should be and give a good reason, i can tell you know there is no one in the pakistan team who deserves captaincy, Malik has it only by default

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on January 30, 2008, 16:57 GMT

    Javed Khana, olamba! Am I the only one or some other fans on this post feeling the same way that this is not the same articulate and thoughtful Javed A Khan whose posts we used to enjoy? Come on imposter bring back the real Javed A Khan. The argument over Saeed Anwer was whether he was good early in his career and whether Imran played any part in his career development, I did not question his greatness but regarded him as the best ODI opener for Pakistan ever. I presented my case and as “faisal” did with some facts to back it up and I never put Amir Sohail in Tendulkar’s or Lara’s class, all I said was early Amir Sohail was a better player than Saeed Anwer so the stress was on “early”. You need to take some nap bro if you indeed are the same Javed A Khan. “Rahul” you hit the nail with your post, good stuff, Pakistan team is indeed in rebuilding process, we can come up with a competitive team that can give other teams a run for their money, only if this power politics mess is cleaned up. I hope so. I think with Shoaib and Afridi you either love him or hate him. I do not like Shoaib as a captain but I don’t dismiss him as a good player. I love Afridi for simple entertainment reasons; when batting it’s like watching a movie full of violence and gore. If you think of him as a bowler allrounder there is no reason to hate him, he is good in the field and brings excitement in other players. Afridi brings colors to Pakistan cricket and without him it would be like watching black and white TV again.

  • Shoaib.A on January 30, 2008, 16:14 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter we , theoreticlly, should be delightd with another victory.

    Yet Javed.A. Khan IS RIGHT with regards to SHoaib Maliks captaincy

    Even if we take into account it is a period of learning from him COMMON SENSE would say bowl Tanvir at the death -

    Malik is a good player, but he has NOT demonstarted he is a good captain.

    Again I would ask who could replace him? Afridi would be a gamble (given his inconsistent form) Younnis khan - unlikely he would take it. Misbah - Has he captained?

    No-one would mind Shoiab malik if he were a GOOD captain (Brearly wasnt the best batsmen in the england team for example)

    But given the lack of BITE in the bowling (bar Tanvir) I worry the Austailia tour is coming to soon.

    Sarfraz (wk), Sohail Khan, Hussain, Alam (maybe shoiab feels threatened by him?), Arafat need time to grow, as do Asim Kamal and forgotten talents of the Pak setup.

    If these talents flourish it will probably be IN SPITE of MALIK not because of him and the setup..

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on January 30, 2008, 12:21 GMT

    JAVED A KHAN ur info about Imran/ saeed is very wrong. I agan insist that it was Imran who introduced the jayasuriya style batting to ODI with Saeed Anwer. This was a World series competition in Australia involving Pakistan, australia and sri lank. Don't trust me, ask Ian chappel ou bien see the record of that world series.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 30, 2008, 10:18 GMT

    Malik's bowling and Zimbabwe's frolicking.

    By virtue of the penultimate ball run out, Pakistan has for the first time in this series been able to bowl out the entire Zimbabwean time. Wow, what an achievement! For Pakistan, it was only Saqlain Mushtaq in the past who had the confidence to bowl the 50th over in the team without getting slogged and, it was an hounour and a trust given to him by his captain Wasim Akram and even Waqar Younus. But, Shoaib Malik being the captain and, after taking 3 wickets got carried away and gave 19 runs in the last over. Perhaps he thought that he would emulate Saqlain Mushtaq? This is the problem with Malik's captaincy, either he is a timid rabbit or an over-confident sly fox. He has no sense as a captain to judge or assess a realistic situation of the game. He ignored his fast bowlers for the last over, especially Tanvir who had an excellent bowling figures of 6-2-14-0, but he used his Captaincy prerogative and paid a heavy price owing to his selfish attitude. In one of the World Cup matches in Lahore, Pakistan lost to Australia and Imran Khan was the captain. He miscalculated the overs and finished off his quota of 10 and the inexperienced Salim Jaffer had to bowl the last over of the match to the experienced Steve Waugh who clubbed him 19 runs in that over. Pakistan lost that match by exactly 19 runs. Imran miscalculated but, here there is no such thing except for Malik's over confidence, inflated ego and absolutely no sense of judging the situation. He got carried away after taking 3 wickets earlier on. He has already paid a price and I hope its not going to cost the team dearly. Unless Pakistan's batsmen play sensibly there is a possibility that this would be the first time they might loose against Zimbabwe in this series. Younus Khan has been dropped but, Yousuf is still in the team. IF he fails again for the 4th time, then the PCB should seriously consider awarding his ODI spot to someone else who is more in form.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 30, 2008, 1:29 GMT

    TTU - Shoaib Malik is the product of this off-the-cuff management's sickening selection process, you suggest that everyone should support Malik in the hope of him doing wonders against Australia? This is, "fishful thinking." His performance against the minnows Zimbabwe is so pathetic and his failures against SA and India and on top of that his pathetic attitude in general does not warrant him a place in the team. You have rubbished Shahid Afridi because of tampering the pitch, right? What about Malik? Remember because of his inflated ego, he deliberately threw away the match and also arrogantly defended his action in front of the TV and even when he was on a TV talk-show, he again repeated his stance as correct and justified. He was banned for one test match which was like a slap on the wrist and then he has been crowned as the captain of the team purely on jingoism basis. Like Omer Admani says, the distribution of illegal power runs down to the bottom of the gut. And theossa, so what if Saeed Anwar was out on a duck? Tendulkar and Lara both, made their debut against Pakistan, Tendulkar was out on a duck on his debut and Lara made only 11. Does that make they any bad player? In fact both are legends. The only person who challenged Tendulkar's achievement mid-way through their career is Saeed Anwar, but then he ended his career abruptly due to a tragedy in his family. And please, don't even bring Amir Sohail in the league of these players because he is so full of arrogance, remember the Bangalore WC quarter final? And Imran Khan is no God to identify the talent and potential of every single player. He has this knack of taking away the credit from the player by saying, I spotted him! He has done enough damage to players like Sami and Younus Khan etc.

  • So, hail Tanvir on January 29, 2008, 22:49 GMT

    Rahul

    Pak team is not under rebuilding phase. Most of the players who played in WC 2007 are still there. Inzy is the only big loss and he was replaced by Misbah...the other players have been dropped due to poor performances.

  • faisal on January 29, 2008, 20:03 GMT

    i want to add more, one of my friend wrote about Saeed Anwar that he was a majestic, great and blag blag player he made this, he made that he changed the trend of batting in ODI and Australian were worried that how to contain Anwar but Imran didn't give him chances. i admit he was a good player against mediocre teams and we can say he was a average player, my bro go check the record book then write, here is some of his ODI performances against good teams, overall and overseas for your information Saeed v Australia 1989-2002 Mt 30 Runs683 Ave23.55 v South Africa 1993-2002 Mt 24 Runs 398 Ave17.30 v West Indies 1989-1999 Mt 17 Runs 534 Ave35.60 in Australia 1989-2002 Mt 26 Runs 582 Ave22.38 in New Zealand 1992-2001 Mt 11 Runs 231 Ave23.10 in South Africa 1993-2003 Mt 22 Runs 538 Ave25.61 and away 1989-2003 Mt 69 Runs 1873 Ave 29.73 remember his overall average is 39.21 in ODI's now compare it My bro Javed check these averages Now i think what imran said was right

  • TTU on January 29, 2008, 16:27 GMT

    Shoaib Malik doesnt deserve the captaincy, i agree but who else is there? Shahid Afidi, what is this rubbish, a guy who tampered a pitch and cant keep his emotions o himself as the captain, do we want pakistan to be a bunch of law breakers, Misbah ul huq??? one series and the whole world goes mad about him, but do you notice something, all those "HIGH CLASS" innnings came on FLAT pitches, in other words, the bowlers had nothing to help take hs wicket. I would like to see Misbah ul huq replicate these sort of test innings on aussie, south african and english pitches, if he can do it then he deserves the A grade contract and all this respect, i doubt it though, Misbah has the WORST technique of international batsmen, watch him and compare his techniq to the the proper technique described in the mcc book and youll see why, the flaw is what the ausies will exploit when they come, they did it five years ago. I say we have to back the captain ahead of this Ausie tour, who knows we might win

  • Afridi on January 29, 2008, 15:32 GMT

    I dont know why ppl are talking abt politcs here. This is suppose to be a cricket forum. If you dont like Mushraf, there are plenty of other places to write abt that! and not everybody agrees with u! and abt my indian friends, u know wut they say.. "There's no right, there's no wrong, there's only popular opinion". its not fault, its yur media! do talk abt pak cricket, NOT Pakistan!

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on January 29, 2008, 14:39 GMT

    Javed Khana senga ye? Imran kept Saeed Anwer out of the team because Saeed was simply not that good early in his career and that is especially true for the longer version of the game. In his first 2 test innings under Imran Khan, Saeed Anwer scored double ducks in 1989 against WI and in a batting paradise like Faisalabad. During the1990 tour of Australia Saeed Anwer had an average of 22 runs with highest score being 44 runs in the 3 warmup matches against Australian domestic teams and lost his place as a starter. His first 4 ODI scores are 3 against WI, 15 against Aus, 0 against Aus, and 42 against Ind, Saeed was particularly good against India. Historically, it is amazing that players from Karachi often perform well against India. Your statement that “Australian players had no clue how to contain Anwar in the first 15 overs” is not a true reflection of his performance against Australia. Here are his first eight ODI scores against Aus, 15, 0, 3, 37, 27, 43, 2, 5. You might be referring to that 37, 27, 43 scores, these are good but not spectacular. The introduction of Amir Sohail in 1992 solved the opening puzzle for Imran, his first four test innings scores, which were against Eng were 18, 73, 39, 205 and don’t forget his spectacular performances in WC 92 against good teams. Matter of fact is early Amir Sohail was better than Saeed Anwer in both formats of the game. This is not a true statement that Imran did not play any part in Saeed’s development, he knew the flaws in his batting and he pointed that out in order to be successful he needs to play more ground shots, in fact, I never heard of this “gulli danda” player comment but I have a more spicy one and I’m quoting this from Aqib Javed, according to him during a ODI match against Aus, Imran advised Saeed not to play airborne shots, but he did anyway and got out immediately, Imran got fumed in the dressing room and said, “Bandar chaahl marne se baaz nahin aata”. Saeed eventually became one of the greatest ODI payers and probably Pakistan’s best ODI opener ever.

  • Ali on January 29, 2008, 10:20 GMT

    Johnny dangerously:

    I feel sorry for your sister but the last name dangerously I am sure she shares it with you, can you please advise her not to live dangerously so that none of this s..t happens to her in future.

  • Rahul on January 29, 2008, 6:03 GMT

    It was interesting to read the views of the Pakistani fans, but the view that the Indian cricket team has risen after the t20 is not true at all. The reason India is doing well is because of the simple fact that while other countries have lost some of their great players and are in the rebuilding process, India still has its great players like tendulkar, dravid, ganguly, laxman, kumble playing in test cricket, and hence their ability to beat the lesser teams and close the gap on the australians. However, the tri-series in australia will provide a better view of the Indian bench strength and whether Indian cricket has changed in reality or whether they are winning due to the fact that all teams - australia, england, south africa, pakistan are in the rebuilding stage, whereas they have still not entered that phase.

  • HSH on January 29, 2008, 3:02 GMT

    Shoaib Malik knows he does not belong in the team or deserve captaincy. That's why all his efforts are to defend his own position only and not the team's interest.

  • HSH on January 29, 2008, 2:38 GMT

    It would be insane to expect sanity from the PCB. The Chairman has said, "..there is no pressure on the team to win....we are in the process of team building...' etc. If the Chairman himself does not understand that team building is done outside the Test and other official internationals. Team building is the process to build a team to win tests/ODIs. PCB uses Test matches/ODIs to build team which will then go on to win what, practice matches? Now victories against Zimbabwe on home grounds will be touted as the team success. I wish I could stop hoping for improvement in Pakistan cricket but unfortunately I just can't.

    As for this obsession of Pakistan Captains with "full power" it's beyond my comprehension. A captain is in charge of the team on the ground,selectors select the team and the Captain leads the team. That's the rule everywhere. But then if we don't behave unique then we are not Pakistanis.

  • Johnny Dangerously on January 29, 2008, 2:27 GMT

    Shoaib Malik has not only destroyed team spirit and sense of unity but has also destroyed the life of a young woman by lying about his very marriage to her. Is this the sort of bloke who should lead Pakistan?

  • Pakistani on January 29, 2008, 0:10 GMT

    AOA again,

    I am not saying whether imran makes a player or not or he bring any player into team but before 1999 if you see the format of the team its the combination of all cities. Even in imran he is fight for saleem yousuf, qasim omer ( who afterwards go against imran),iqbal qasim,tausif ahmed,shoib mohammad,iqbal sikandar , saeed anwer i am gain saying that whether they bring in by imran or not but they come at time of imran. I have certain problems with imran definitely everyone that he had preference but he had attitude towards game also whether he likes miandad or not but he never said miandad is not a player he always said the world best to him who know how to manages the innings. Secondly i want definitely malik and akmal out of team. Still i believe that Coach for Pakistan team is not better than Miandad make him coach make younis test captain and afridi one day- afridi should be or make fawad alam the vice captain in oneday. Misbah-ul-haq in test. tc AH.

  • faisal on January 28, 2008, 20:54 GMT

    Section sickness..great topic Kamran you pointed out a lot of things and you mentioned about Imran Khan, A lot of people are criticizing above his dictatorial type of captancy but i think he did great..why? he did what he wanted he chose players on his own. he axed players if he didn't want'em even they were good player and i want to add even more he selected/preferred cats instead of lions but you know guys he knew how a cat can work like a lion. he was intelligent and smart he proved that and showed the way of success which was never happened before and after him he has won WC92 he is a successful captin in pak history. Now the thing is nobody is like him in the present arena so it would be better if they make a powerful section panel and then they select player pure on merit basis and those player get a good time in team to prove himself as a good player then their would be no dispute but if they don't then their would be no solution

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 28, 2008, 20:00 GMT

    Btw, Imran Khan did not make any contribution in the development of Saeed Anwar's batting style. Au contraire, he kept him away from the action. And its a fact that he did call him a "gulli danda" player. Saeed Anwar made his debut in 1989 and Imran Khan retired immediately after 1992 WC in Feb. So, during this 3 years period Saeed Anwar did not get too many chances to play or prove his worth because of Imran's own views about Anwar. However, it was after Imran Khan, Saeed Anwar proved his worth as an opener. And those airborne shots which Australian commentators and experts referred as "airy-fairy" shots were Saeed Anwar's hall-mark of success in ODI matches. They said, the Australian players have no clue and don't know how to contain Anwar in the first 15 overs. It was Saeed Anwar who as an opener took advantage of the first 15 overs field restrictions and played those airy fairy shots in majestic style over the inner circle and changed the complexion and the style of ODI games. His partner Amir Sohail was also a good support and was aggressive too. And later it was Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharna of Sri Lanka followed the pursuit and thereafter we hear a few names in the opening slot like, Shahid Afridi, Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle etc., as entertainers. But Saeed Anwar was the pioneer of stroke play in ODI and even today his 194 against India is a world record. And he was not a slogger or a very big hitter like others, he was a stylish lefty with impeccable timing and used to entertain with electrifying strokes.

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on January 28, 2008, 16:45 GMT

    I couldn’t agree more with “Pakistani”, you go bro, very honest post, and I was thinking on the same lines that Karachi players are often ignored. The only selector who has been picking players from Karachi is the chief selector Slahuddin himself and although being one of the best selectors in Pakistan he has been in a rift with the team management for quite some time now. It’s unfortunate to see some fans portraying him as the villain but he is an asset, a good talent finder, remember Shahid Afridi? And about Imran Khan, I remember a match in Karachi or perhaps in Hyderabad when Salim Malik played a hideous shot and got out, instead of being in the pavilion, camera showed him sitting outside the player box, that’s how tough Imran Khan was on players to perform. And calling Saeed Anwer a Gulli Dunda player? That might be but do you guys remember the early days of Saeed Anwer? He played a lot of airborne shots and got out. Imran asked him to play more ground shots, because he could play some gorgeous drieves. Imran had his fair share of controversies but he transformed some raw talent into world class players. So Shoaib Malik wants to be next Imran Khan?

    Guys if you wanna make a change stop being lazy, go out, get registered, and vote! Persuade and take friends with you who otherwise prefer to stay home.

  • Dawar, LA USA on January 28, 2008, 16:36 GMT

    I agree with Rizwan and Saima Khan above.

    Dawar LA USA

  • abdul on January 28, 2008, 16:29 GMT

    Yes the order is right mr Abassi . GET A GRIP THE MANGEMENT AND SELCTORS WHOOSE WORK IN THE LAST MONTH HAS BEEN DIABLICAL AND THAT HAS BEEN THE FAULT IN PPOR RESULTS

    ABDUL

  • Aftab A. Qureshi on January 28, 2008, 15:16 GMT

    Selection sickness in Pakistan is not due to sickness of the selectors'minds alone. Regardless of how powerful the captains (and perhaps the coaches) have become, the buck starts at the very top, with the PCB president. This position is appointed by the Patron-in-Chief (PIC) based on his personal whims. And in recent times, things have gone from bad to worse because of the dictatorial stance of the PIC. Though not in the context of cricket, the PIC has, believe me, publicly uttered the imperial words "because I say so". If the PIC leaves PCB matters to PCB, and if PCB has a governance system that allows for it to function as a Board and not just by autocratic dictates of its chief executive, then the Chief Selector/Selection Committee, captain and the coach will all think twice before coming up with any unreasonable demands or pushing personal agendas. The real problem of Pak cricket is that there is no system of accountability. So, folks, dont waste your breath!

  • mohmmed on January 28, 2008, 8:55 GMT

    Give the rein of PCB for Imran Khan. Only he understands Pakistan cricket.

  • Ahmed Siddiqui on January 28, 2008, 5:17 GMT

    Welcome back....Javed A Khan.......long time.....the blog lacks the spirit without you....Good to have you back sir...now with the selection and farse..we all noticed that the weak link in the team has been the bowling......what ever happened to the so called potential young probables that were making history....ie Sohail Khan....Anwar Ali...Mohammed Arshad....etc....more over why do we see medium pacers coming in, whatever happened to genuine fast bowlers.....I read an article recently that stated that Pakistan had enough reserves of fast bowlers that the future looks very bright...supernova....The idea is good to try out all the combinations against a weak opposition...well lets see what happens when Australia tours Pakistan...

    Ahmed Siddiqui

  • Rizwan on January 28, 2008, 3:49 GMT

    Its fault of Kamran Akmal who continues to be part of Pakistani team when he should have been out long time ago. Its fault of Shoaib Malik who is not a good batsman nor a good bowler and certainly not a good captain and now he is ruining promising careers of other cricketers because of neoptism. Its fault of Younis Khan when he did not accept captiancy and pakistani cricket missed a good captian. Its fault of selectors who selects a good player like Fawad Alam but dont ask questions on why their selected player is not playing. Its fault of Nasim Ashraf who does not know about cricket but have ordered selectors that their selected players needs to be approved by him. Same way he is determining central contracts which result in such hilarious results of Shoaib Malik and Kamran Malik retaining their grade after playing so poor while Shahid Afridi demoted. Its fault of President Musharraf who selected Nasim Asharaf. Its fault of people that they dont object to injustices.

  • S. Ahmed on January 28, 2008, 1:47 GMT

    UBAID raises a most important point.

    I think though, MERITOCRACY with A FEW RISKS should be taken.

    So in squad of 15 you'd have 3-4 players based on a SPARK and the rest based on MERIT.

    But you have to judge WHERE you are playing ASWELL

    N.B: Butt in India and Sehwag in Austrailia.

    But despite what UBAID bhai has said what ASTOUNDS manyis how players are PERSERVERED with when they show NO DISCERNABLE TALENT for a PROLONGED PERIOD. I'm talking to MR.AKMAL!!!

    The problem with common sense is taht is not all too common...

    P.S: FOr God's sake give an ex fast-bowler and batsmen a coaching role PLEASE? Our bowlers LACK venom, (Even Gul, Asif) WHERE HAVE THE SWINGING YORKERS GONE? Specialist spin coach too.

    Damn politics...

  • Saima Khan on January 27, 2008, 23:56 GMT

    For Kamran Akmal,Dropped catches swayed Adam: Healy http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=93323 Shame on you (Akmal) you dropped catches more than any wicket keeper in the history.But still you are the part of your team because of your mentor and friend (Inzi & Malik).No one should have obsolete power otherwise we will never implement merit system.Our currect captain IQRAPERVERI http://www.dawn.com/2008/01/24/spt2.htm Inzi destroyed the career of many cricketers Please note: Wasim Akram was found by Miandad not Imran. He debute under Miandad Captainship. Imran Khan Kept great Saeed Anwar out from the team. Waqar was found by Alam.Inzi brought to Imran by waqar and Mushi, why every one gives credit to Imran for every thing.If we won one WC under his captainship, we also lost two WC under his captainship.This was the team work and great performance by Miandad who scored five fifties and Pakistan won only those 5 matches. But he was considered unfit by Imran b4 WC 92,

  • ubaid on January 27, 2008, 23:11 GMT

    People invoke Imran's name whenever there is a selectorial dilemma. Would the same people pick players the same way and still talk about merit? 1. He was a great judge of talent but players were not picked on the basis of first class performances. Wasim, waqar, aaqib, inzamam were not picked because they were performing brilliantly in first class cricket. It's just that he liked what he saw in them. Players who had been performing consistenly in first class cricket were never picked. ( whether you think that our first class is no good is a topic for another day. 2. Same people who talk about merit have problems when it is utilized. Sohail khan ( highest wicket taker in domestic seaaon). ( yet to pass judgement on him). Samiullah khan ( second highest wicket taker). ( pathetic waste of time in my opinion). So my question to all of you is which of the above two would you rather have. You can't have both. And you can't go back and forth.

  • Naveed Sheikh on January 27, 2008, 22:54 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on beating the lowest ranked team in the world. Credit must be given to Zimbabwe as they have battled hard & possibly could have won a couple of the matches had they had a powerful batting line up down the order.

    Pakistan is currently experimenting in departments of batting & bowling. The batting has done ok, but the bowling is worrying. On 3 occasions we have not been able to bowl out Zimbabwe, come on we are talking about Pakistan who used to have the deadliest bowling attack in the world! Currently we have medium pacers. I have not really seen any genuine pace bowlers being tried out. The only + is that Sohail Tanvir is bowling well.

    In my opinion we need to try Sohail Khan. I have heard alot about this youngster that he is raw & quick. I have heard that Mohammed Irshad & Yasir Ali are also quicks (150kph) is this true? If so why have we not tried them out? Also there are good prospects in the U19 team.

    Any comments on my views would be appreciated.

  • PAKISTANI on January 27, 2008, 20:58 GMT

    AOA all.I think all who are commenting in this blog are agree on one point that salman butt, malik and akmal should be thrown out of the team.

    Secondly, I never go in the regionalism but i agree with certain bloggers this is happening in the case regarding asim kamal, khalid latif, sarfraz ahmed if these player shift to lahore definitely they will be in team regardless whether they perform or not just on there past record. People blaming selectors but i definitely not cuz they are sandwich, one bloggers ask why they keep selecting AKMAL that just bcause of team mngement and one selectors who is behind the captain and all know he is shafqat rana and they are scared that if sarfraz perform kamran chances for comeback bleak. I again saying that cricket is going in the same direction where hockey and squash went after too many world title and in those years there is no discremetion people talk about imran but apart from 1-2 exmple most of karachi player get chance in his tenure.AH

  • Naziri on January 27, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    Hi Kamran:

    This is my first time commenting on your blog. Interesting article, although I have been away from Pakistan for about 25 years but I do follow our cricket closely. I agree that Imran Khan was a great Captain for Pakistan and it would be nice to find someone like him but that's like putting a band-aid on the problem. The problem with that is you are making your system people dependent instead of the other way around. A people dependent system is dependent on the character, emotions, integrity and feelings of the people these are subjective entities and hard to quantify. But when you create a system that is quantifiable then it becomes repeatable and predictable and now you have the ability to orchestrate a winning team and a winning organization. In order for all this to happen there has to be a radical shift in thinking. I cannot explain everything in this space but a good starting point for the powers to be would be to read the "E-Myth Revisited" by Michael E Gerber.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 27, 2008, 18:31 GMT

    Pakistan having won the series 3-0 so far, and they are bound to make more experiments and changes in the next two games. What I suggest is; Malik should step down and let Misbah take over the captaincy for the next two matches, it will give Misbah the opportunity to build his confidence that is needed as a new VC. Kamran Akmal should be replaced by Sarfaraz Ahmad and, Salman Butt to be replaced by anyone, because he is so slow and ruins the tempo of the game. Mohammad Yousuf should also be rested and Fawad Alam should definitely get a chance. These senior players in any case will come back in the regular playing X1 because of their clout and connections. But, this will not happen because, Malik is very insecure he will never step down and may be he will drop Afridi on the pretext to give a chance to some other new face like Khalid Latif. I think Sohail Khan must play for his bowling because, the Pakistan bowling department is so weak that so far they have not been able to bowl out the entire Zimbabwe team in the alloted 50 overs, which is a shame.

  • Samir, India on January 27, 2008, 17:40 GMT

    Gentlemen, This bloodletting is quite engaging, but frankly, useless. You guys seem to forget a very simple fact of history, or perhaps a succession of military dictatorships have forced it out of your collective national psyche.

    People-power, the likes of Gandhi and Jinnah did it for both our countries ( though the heart bleeds at having to call them separate countries). If you have a problem, and this is a serious problem, get out on the streets and let it be known. An army marches on its stomach, if you let the sponsors know that this just wont do, the money will dry up.

    Do you think our lot would have done anything about the sydney fiasco if it hadn't become so unpopular and people hadn't been more strident in their views??

    So get proactive as a population. get a few thousand out and see how they listen...

    Out of chaos will come order

  • Nadeem on January 27, 2008, 17:11 GMT

    Discrmination against Karachi born players is continues. Again Fawad Alam, Khalid Latif, Sarfraz Ahmed, Nomamullah, Anwar Ali, Khurrum Manzoor, Shahdab Kabir are not the part of team. We lost Asim Kamal.If he is from PUNJAB like Misba, he could be our hero.Why Yasir Arfat was in the team? Malik & Akmal can not desrve place in the team. PUNJAGGI Mafia will give chance to karachi players against Austrlia or no value style. They always done in the past.Fawad was out after his good performances.From last 3 years Latif performing well but he never played for the Pak team, he scored 153 against Aust A but never called for Pak team, 3 years ago he was the best opening batsman in the under 19 WC but lahore born last year under 19 opener scored good against Zim and he is in the team. Nomanllah, Khurrum Manzoor, Kabir perf was outstanding in last Quaid trophy but they are not the part of team. Anwar Ali (FB) hero of under 19 who played major role in winning WC not the part of Pak team

  • Ali on January 27, 2008, 17:09 GMT

    MIke Rosario:

    Its true nobody can't fix stupid you are a living example of that,criticizing the most successsful captain and a man full of integrity you have made yourself an example for your own statement.The fist person whose career Imran ended after becoming captain was Majid Khan.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 27, 2008, 15:28 GMT

    Omer Admani

    You are so right about Dr Jekylle Ashraf. Yes, he is on a witch hunt for a baseball coach from America ever since he arrived from the land of opportunities to the land of missed opportunities. Omer I have agreed with you on so many occasions so why would I be disagreeing with you now? Especially since we both have the same views on team selection and the way these bureaucrats are handling the affairs of the PCB with their own off-the-cuff management style and ad-hoc selection basis. You have very rightly said that the doctor got this illegal position from the illegal President hence he is distributing the power in the same fashion and playing with power. The expression is so true that, "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." And he is making best use of it. He talks about transparency while announcing the central contracts to players and their meager salaries whereas, he himself has never disclosed to public how much his big fat salary is and what are his perks? Central contracts are awarded to yes men like cash bonuses and he is making it look like a penalty for those he is unhappy with. This jingoistic attitude must stop right now to avoid further decay in the team performance.

  • Khizar Hayat on January 27, 2008, 14:44 GMT

    @Mike Rosario Majid khan still does't talk with IK for the for his sacking in 1982 Eng tour.

  • Owais on January 27, 2008, 10:20 GMT

    The real problem is Shoaib Malik for two very extremely positively obvious reasons: Nepotism and Timidity ! Yes Nepotism because of playing Kamran Akmal who cant do something what is supposed to be his job, i.e., wicket keeping. There are others as well perhaps but Akmal is obvious a beneficiary of dosti with captain and maybe selection committee as well. Secondly Shoaib is an extremely chicken hearted captain, stuffing the team with bits and pieces crickers, poeple who can bat and can bowl. As a result, we see dead wickets in Pakistan and also our fast bowlers like Asif, Gul and Akhtar keep breaking down - especially in case of Asif and Gul, when they bowl 35 overs per innings on heartless low bounce wickets, the natural outcome is that they get unfit. In today's one, they had so many bits and pieces cricketers that Yasir Arafat, who is supposed to be an all rounder was sent at no. 11 !! This is being unfair with Arafat as well.

  • Mike Rosario on January 27, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    Okay , the selection process is flawed and will remain as such .

    The following do not belong in the team or first class cricket :

    Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal

    As far as selection in Imran Khan's days ...no it was actually worse than it is now.

    He gave too many chances to Majid Khan with minimal performances. He made it impossible for Non Lahorias to be part of the squad . The only person who survived his crap was Javed Miandad ..that too via a lot of efforts.Imran was fortunate to have a warrior like miandad in his batting lineup. He was and still is the dumbest cricketer in the history of mankind. You know they say you can't fix stupid , Imran Khan is the perfect example.

    Very Kind Regards

    Mike

  • Omer Admani on January 26, 2008, 20:14 GMT

    Javed Khan, The doctor is trying to bring in the 'American system' of debate and 'healthy debate'. Maybe he should take into consideration the 'American sport' as well before realizing that 'healthy debate' doesn't work everywhere. And Maybe if he has to take something from America (didn't he say he was looking for a baseball coach?) he should be giving some advice to the illegal president who offered him his position not through 'healthy debate' but illegal power. If the doctor is so convinced of the American way of 'helathy debate' and meritocracy, then shouldn't he be the first one to resign (and his patient Malik as well)?

  • JAVED A KHAN MONTREAL, CANADA on January 26, 2008, 18:07 GMT

    Hassan are you a teacher by profession? In in any case this is not a classroom drill where people stand up on the bench for punishment or stand out to show who they are. Anyways, what is this incoherent "Bay-Niazi blabbing? And don't just point your fingers at the selection committee to hide the blemishes of the weak captain, like a majority of the bloggers here believe that the captain needs to be axed for his poor and pathetic show, there are a few million others in Pakistan who are demanding the same action. On the International news circuit the announcement of Adam Gilchrist retiring from cricket has taken away all the attention from the PCB's farcical & comical drama of central contracts. First they fired Shoaib Akhtar & 5 others & then they decided to retain them for one year! Actually the whole bunch of the PCB jokers are useless & they ought to be replaced with immediate effect. Faridoon, in Pakistan the Parliamentary type of democracy seldom succeeds because the people are used to getting stick, they need a danday-baaz sort of captain like Imran Khan.

  • vigu on January 26, 2008, 16:44 GMT

    i think Pakistan has to bring up some talented players against Australia where its not going to be easy

  • Khizar Hayat on January 26, 2008, 16:43 GMT

    I don't think Imran send anything like gullidanda about Saeed Anwar & in fact it was Imran who experimented the Jayasuriya style slog in ODI in Aus long b4 with Saeed and it worked. b4 that there was a tour of aus and on that occasion IK rejected the entire selection that also included moinul attique. the changed selection did bring Aaqib Javed to international cricket. BTW IK is not always right: example is Sami.

  • TTU on January 26, 2008, 15:43 GMT

    Why is everybody giving this much agro to Shoaib Malik. Bar India, on tour(t20, sri lanka in Abu Dhabi), Shoaib Malik has done quite alot as captain, kudos to him, he has done the best WITH WHAT HE HAS BEEN GIVEN. If it is anybodys fault why our team has failed it is that lalu salahuddin and his bunch of idiots, including Mr Ashraf, what sought of policy have they adopte, what do they know about cricket. They are srill naming butter figer Akmal in the squad, if Akmal is there of course L and M will go for him, he has done alot more than sarfaraz, how baout not naming him in a squad so M and L arent favoured towards him, as far as i know, the selction comitee totaly disregards what the captain or coach has to say(they say they dont, but this pakistan, theres no discipline), so how aboyt they drop akmal. As far as Malik being in league with Akmal and against, younus afridi, this is all bull****, desinged to create more turmoil in the tea,if akmal is so bad why not drop him from the squad

  • Hassan on January 26, 2008, 13:12 GMT

    Imran Khan Niazi, Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi.

    I am amazed how some people can be so racist and can easily consider guilt by association valid

  • Hassan on January 26, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    hmm, something does not sound right. Would real JAVED A KHAN, please stand up.

  • Pakistani on January 26, 2008, 12:40 GMT

    Hello all again, Hassan you said the we should blame selectors for selecting team but you are wrong, if selectors selecting the team than there will be no malik, salman butt and kamran akmal in the team. they want khalid latif in place of salman but malik denies they want sarfraz ahmed but again malik and co thinks if he performs than kamran will be gone and even kamran akmal also know thatz why he wants his brother to replace him in last 2 one days. Shoib Malik by luck, by dirty politics of pakistan cricket he is captain and selectors also know that so they not want him in the team. they also not want rao ifthikar want abul rauf, anwer ali in the team but malik want his own mates in team , as they cant throw out yonis and yousuf as they are performing and he is worry about that you will see one or two series of bad performance both will out. He is influencin otherwise no salman butt, no kamran akmal no rao ifthikar in the team. i alrady said we are now hockey and squash team. tc bye

  • Faridoon on January 26, 2008, 11:45 GMT

    I have strongly advocated against this in the past, but now I think Afridi should not only be made captain but given control over selection as well. Afridi may be the closest to the "pathan incharge, kick-up-the-rear discplinarian" example of Imran Khan.

    Whoever is captain should be given complete control over selection, with the clear understanding that the performance outcome will be his sole responsibility.

    After all, with great power comes great responsibility. Imran was always right, you can only blame a captain for poor performance if in the first place you let him pick his own players.

    Maybe we need to get "parliamentary", perhaps in a squad of 15 or 16 the captain picks 9 and the selectors pick 6 or 7; and captain picks the playing eleven.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 26, 2008, 11:19 GMT

    After a long time I am returning back to Pak Spin to see that, after a long time Kamran Abbassi has written a very sensible thread. Kamran, you've touched the raw nerve of the selectors especially the most unpopular man in Pakistan i.e., Nasim Ashraf along with his Sallu and Talat Ullu. I couldn't agree more with Ashaq's suggestion to bring in Rashid Latif as team manager or as a selector. I also couldn't agree more with what M.Y. Kasim wrote about Imran Khan's blue eyed player Mansoor Akhtar and his gulli danda comment about Saeed Anwar. Yet, Imran Khan was the most successful captain of Pakistan but, that is history. The present captain is not only very weak, meek and spineless, but he is like a sly fox. His first and foremost aim is to guard his back by keeping a bunch of yes men around him. The second is, whoever is a potential threat to his post, he wants to get rid of him by hook or by crook. Sinister Malik and Talat Ali work like a hand in glove style.

    The new central contracts announced yesterday is the biggest joke of 2008. They are playing it like musical chairs. Making Misbah a VC is OK, but giving him A category contract is a bit hasty and a biased decision. If performance is the key, then what is the basis of Mohammad Asif getting an A? Asif had a very poor performance and most of the year he remained out due to injuries and is still out. And, what are the reasons for Shahid Afridi's demotion from A to B? His 2007 stats are better than his previous years stats, on top of that he was rated by the ICC as the player of the series in the Twenty20 WC. And look at Malik's own pathetic performance, as a player and as a captain both. His own batting bowling averages have gone down the drain and as a captain he has created history in India and yet he is learning like a toddler? He had a B contract last year and should have got a C now instead of rewarding him with an A. Rizwan, Omer Admani et all, you guys are right in diagnosing the terminal patient he needs to be axed ASAP.

  • M Mahboob Hossain (Dhaka) on January 26, 2008, 10:13 GMT

    All selection problems are rooted in appointment of a captain, who, unfortunately, doesn't hold a place in the team as an automatic choice, certainly not good enough to be a member of 15 member Test side (Where does Nasim Ashraf going to fix him in Test, nor as a opener, 4/5 better middle order Batsmen are genuine candidates for No. 6 slot,& certainly not as a 4th bowler?). Malik might be a very good ODI player, but he knows his position in Test team, which reflects his on field nervousness & extremely negative match/run saving tactics. His inclusion reduces the batting depth of the team, which he knows & always interested to pick wicketkeeper with better batting capabilities & so called bits & pieces all-rounder. Whenever I have seen Sub-continent Captains are struggling for their own position, they have relied on existing setups, reluctant to introduce new talent or experiment new combinations. This was my conclusion of not picking Asim Kamal for Indian tour.

  • Azam Ali on January 26, 2008, 6:16 GMT

    You want Shoaib Akhtar to be in the team, how but are you not aware of his attitude? How many time this guys last full match?

    Enough is enough as far as Akhtar is concern, hopefully he would read writing in the wall and come back in the team with better attitude and fitness.

    Mind you he has job to keep himself fit not PCBs job to chase after him to keep him, if thing high life is more important to him then cricket then that is his choice.

  • ASIF on January 26, 2008, 1:40 GMT

    It is very surprising to know that shoaib akhtar has been discarded from the list of contracted players and also afridi demoted to B category. If seniority,performance,fitness & discipline is the criteria as the pcb officials say for selecting the players than shoaib malik should be in category B not shahid afridi.shahid afridi still deserves to be in A category as he is more senior,played more matches,is more fitter,won more matches,ranks higher in both tests & one days per ICC list,performed better than malik in both batting & bowling for the whole year.Instead of making afridi the v.captain & atleast retaining him in the A list the pcb is trying to humiliate afridi & wants to finish the career of the most popular cricketer in pakistan. The whole world knows afridi is better than malik in all departments,batting ,bowling,fielding & is much fitter than shoaib malik. The pcb officials should do justice & stop favouritism.

  • pakistani on January 26, 2008, 1:36 GMT

    Salam all,

    The contract announced and vice captain also.

    Double standards clearly showing there. they are saying that they announced contract on the performances wow. what is the performance of shoib malik,salman butt,kamran akmal and they still enjoying the contract and i think kamran akmal defnitely should be regulated to c category over his performance or even d grade. Shahid afridi atleast performance better than shoib malik, Salman butt and kamran akmal. And Kamran Abbassi dont acknowledge malik and coach or manager views i dont think so they are right cuz they all wants kamran akmal in the team thatz why they want him to open the innings otherwise he cant be in team on performance. I still believe shahid afridi should be given one day charge and yonis khan test matches otherwise the pakistan cricket will be finish like hockey and cricket.

    If this will continue i mean ' double standad' than i invite you for qull of pakistan cricket this year.

    take care AH.

  • Ruchit on January 26, 2008, 0:09 GMT

    Hello kamran,

    I just read this very stupid and narrow minded post from a certain Asif Iqbal at January 25, 2008 3:52 AM.

    He has mentioned about Samiullah Khan's last name Niazi and implies that all Niazi's are losers. So what about the great Imran Khan whose full name was Imran Khan Niazi. I am an Indian and still know that. This guy for cetain is prejudiced and stupid.

    Regards. Ruchit.

  • Mohammad Munnaf on January 25, 2008, 20:39 GMT

    Omer Admani

    you sound more like that Javed Khan of Montreal who was after Shoaib Malik and so full of praise for Afridi. Are you one and the same person? If not where is that Montreal Khan? This blog looks so different without him and the other regulars who used to make good debates.

    Asif Iqbal you too after Shoaib Malik? well i am not in favour of Malik but I am surprised to see so many people change their views so soon about Malik. Yes it is true that this young captain is so full of dirty politics that instead of keeping this game clean and flourishing it he is trying to play politics by protecting those who are behind him. It gives one a feeling that he is more like a political candidate whose interest is to keep those players in team who support him and keep away who are a threat to his own place. In any case I don't disagree with Asif and Omer both that Malik should be removed from the team ASAP before the cancer grows incurable and terminal.

  • Flipper on January 25, 2008, 20:34 GMT

    If the reports are true and Malik wanted Afridi and Gul out, then I have very little time for him. A person in any position of responsibility needs to behave in a responsible manner. It would appear that Malik does not have the best interests of the team at heart. His own personal prejudices seem to be at the forefront of his team selection. In such a scenario, the selection panel either need the bottle to remove him or pick the team as they see fit.

    I always notice the amount of posts regarding Asim Kamal. Why is there no clamour for Hasan Raza? The man is still young, has a great first class record and was initially picked perhaps too early. A 1st class average of over 50 tells you Raza is class. I believe that he can make the same impact as Misbah. I have always believed that a player's 1st class record is generally indicative of how well he will perform at test level. How many very good / great players have poor domestic recrods? Pick Raza and Alam. Drop Butt and Malik!!!!

  • Amyn Habib on January 25, 2008, 19:58 GMT

    The intelligence of some of the fans who post on this blog seems to closely match the high intellect of Pakistani selectors

    Changing the captain would be like giving an aspirin to a terminal patient with metastatic cancer. That is not going to solve anything. Making Afridi the captain (as some have suggested) would actually put this patient out of his misery completely- perhaps an act of mercy killing!

    The answer to Pakistan’s selection dilemma is simple. It is called merit based selection, and the selection is based solely on merit. In this revolutionary system, the best players are selected to the team, and those who cannot perform at a high level are removed permanently from the team after a reasonable trial. Only if a dropped player shows substantial and consistent improvement should they be allowed back into the team.

  • Kunal on January 25, 2008, 19:18 GMT

    All teams (except Australia of course) go through this kind of phase where they don't seem to win any matches. India faced such problems in 2006, under Chappel and Dravid. SL were losing matches under Attapatu in 2005-06. Even SA were losing a lot of matches. So Pakistan is just going through a bad patch. i don't think there should be any major worries. A few series losses don't turn good teams like Pakistan into minnows. Having said that, Pakistan must work on certain things to be competitive against Aus, but over the course of the year, they will only improve.

  • Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on January 25, 2008, 17:18 GMT

    In essence I agree with the belief that the Captain should have the final say in team selection. The proverbial buck stops with him and it's his ass on the line. However, the Captain needs to be a tried and tested player who commands the respect of both players and the board officials through his individual performances,man management and ability to guage the skills and temperement of other players. Imran was one of those rare individuals who had the right combination. Granted he made a few gaffes as have been pointed out and yes he probably had prejudices against certain players but the man gave you results. Even if you disagreed with him, you couldnt disagree with the results he delivered. The problem with having a Captain like Shoiab Malik is that he cant aspire to Imrans influence over selection unless he replicates the results Imran produced as well as Imrans ability on the field. When he does, he can start imposing his will on selection. At this juncture he has a lot to prove

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on January 25, 2008, 16:39 GMT

    A while back I wrote about benching of Kamran Akmal during the Pak tour of England and after numerous disastrous performances, to my surprise and probably to the surprise of majority of the cricket fans in Pak he is still in the team; that says a lot about the our team and consequently the team’s overall performance. I can’t believe there are still people out there who support him. You are what your performance shows, yeah I heard of going under a bad phase but it’s been years. Sack him and he will improve dramatically to get his job back. Competition promotes performance. I don’t consider Shoaib Malik as a bad player but he is not a leader. A leader leads from the front; he unites the team not divides. From the current players, Younis Khan is the best candidate for captaincy, yes he is emotional and act immaturely at times but he is a clever cricketer and is way more talented than Shoaib Malik. For vice captain Yousuf or Afridi may be a good choice. I don’t blame chief selector Slahuddin for being upset over management, coach, and captain taking over his job, which is selecting the15 players. I believe if Slahuddin is given a chance to select players without interference from top management, we’ll see more players like Basit Ali, Rashid Latif, Shahid Afridi, Asim Kamal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shail Tanveer, Nasir Jamshed to name the few introduced by him. The coach seems like a survivor type of guy who wants to be in the good book of people with power to keep his job. Statements from Shoaib Malik support that. I have a feeling that cricket is the next to hockey and squash raped by incompetent, power hungry people. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Ree on January 25, 2008, 16:06 GMT

    Kamran, you pose the question which everybody knows but fail to suggest solutions. With your knowledge you could have given more. The best solution is Imran Khan. Make him the head of the PCB. Afterall, Pak cricket is synonomous with his name. Talent is not the issue. Its unity, focus and leadership. Face it Pak cricket is insignificant without him. Unless Pak conceives a new charismatic dictator we wont anything in the future either.

  • SAM on January 25, 2008, 16:01 GMT

    Kamran, you sound little stressed out, so is everyone because of the current infrastructure of Pakistan cricket. I think PCB is trying to reduce the player power from Pakistan cricket by giving more power to the management and selectors which is not working at this moment and i dont have any hope that it will work soon. I said this before too, that Malik is appointed as captain because he is pretty laid back and PCB was hoping that he wont rebel against any decision by the management and selectors but he has started showing his wings. Right now it seems like every individual is a ruler of Pakistan cricket, no matter its captain, coach, selector or chairman of board, everyone is airing his own views and trying to prove that i am more powerful than the others. What i can understand is that selection committee's decision is never final unless its approved by our chairman which is quite ridiculous. Captain is making his own player pool in the team to become powerful.

  • Naeem on January 25, 2008, 15:26 GMT

    Give captaincy to Afridi and see the man do wonders. Sarfaraz should have been our keeper 2 years ago and fawad Alam is probably the most talented cricketer right now along with ASIM KAMAL. I wonder why the selectors and PCB are unable to adapt this when we so called 'IGNORANT' fans can see it working.

  • dr_x2007 on January 25, 2008, 15:19 GMT

    For a nation to succed in any field democracy and freedom of speech are essential-that is what is stifled in Pakistan and the results are there for everyone to see-I always wondered how Aussies from a bunch of twenty million people produce such world class players-the answers are simple-shun bureacracy,invest in technology and keep religion private --Saeed Anwar despite all his brilliance left behind an unwanted legacy of public display of overt religionism-it is no coincidence the decadence of Pakistani cricket began that very day

  • Bilal on January 25, 2008, 15:08 GMT

    Has anyone given a thought why Shoaib Malik was named captain...and not Afridi...or Yousuf...or Younus....I think we all missed a point there....as the PCP very conveniently stated that a young captain will ensure a safe future for PK cricket....LIERS....!!! Here's the game that they played....& we all played into it by not voicing our opinions back then... 1- By having a junior player as captain they (PCB) can have it their way...and dictate him around...keep him happy with "his" boys...& he will keep them happy..with "their" boys in the team...hence no rift in senior management. F*** the PK cricket. 2- As a senior team player (like Afridi/Yousuf)...you have seen it all....done it all....all you want then is to leave a legacy of a winning captain...for that.. you would not tolerate nepotism/favouritism.....this however....would have been highly conflicting with PCB rules/policies (e.g. Imran) 3- PCB has indeed found a solution to all "IT's" problems..in Malik..keep it up Malik/PCB

  • Salim on January 25, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    Pakistani Cricket and Pakistani Politics stink to high heaven where the all mighty properbley don’t want to know anymore and I believe it can't get any worse other then loosing to Zimbabwe in ODI’s so I have two suggestion:- 1. Lets Lease the country to INDIA on a 999 Year Lease – problem solved!!! 2. Let's rid of the Pakistani cricket and start supporting INDIA, INDIA - because let face all our players are "Rubbish" and I am sick and tied of supporting losers!!!! So I declare as a avid supporter of PAKISTANI Cricket lets change our colors from the "Slime Green" to the "Bright Blue" of INDIA.

    Pakistani Cricket is Dead – love live INDIAN Cricket…..(Sad, I know)

  • Numaan on January 25, 2008, 14:43 GMT

    The simple fact of the matter is the general selection processes in all of cricket not just in Pakistan are poor. The process must be made clearer, by that I mean the captain has no right of say as to who is selected or not as he himself is player and hence his own position is one that should be monitored and scrutinised just like any other player. The Board should be responsible for selecting a pool of say 30 players from which the COACH and only the coach should select his team from, but that is not to say the board should not encourage the coach to blood new players at all opportunities just because the captain and other members of the current team want the status quo. It's about time cricket around the world grew up and followed more of a professional football style of management.

  • Irfan on January 25, 2008, 14:04 GMT

    Couldnt agree more. The problem is at the top. In any kind of system, you need a proper person at the top. And everyone finally agrees that whether it be President of PCB or his boss acting as President of Pakistan, both are the worst things to happen to us!!!!

  • Hassan on January 25, 2008, 12:07 GMT

    Rizwan and others who are blaming Shoaib Malik, can you tell me who is selecting the team? I was under impression ever since world cup, and as the Kamran Abbassi pointed out, the selection committee is even selecting the playing 11, they may listen to Malik and Lawson, but the whole conflict is that they think they are not getting players they want. So blame Sallhuddin Sallu for any player in the team that you do not like.

  • shahid shah on January 25, 2008, 12:02 GMT

    Giving too much emphasis on youth and ignoring experience and mature players is not a good idea. Shoaib Akhtar needs matches to get fit. So to deprive him from playing matches is even worst. Right now there is no domestic cricket going on so where will he get his fitness. PCB should think about short term planing rather than long term. So some more players like Misbah should be given chances. Mohammed Wasim is another player who plays for KRL and deserve an oppurtunity. We need mature criketers who can play for 5 to 6 years. Australia do the same thing as they give oppurtunity to the mature ist class cricketers like Hussey, M.Clark, Hodge, Jacques etc. They are all into their thirties. I think short term goals would be better than long time.

  • Mairaj Khan on January 25, 2008, 11:50 GMT

    It is really unfortunate n shame that we are not giving a chance to greatest n talented people like waqar younis,wasim akram,aqib javed n many others to play a part in our cricket.We've seen ourselves the difference in our bowlers when waqar was bowling coach,he was only removed to bring captain's best pal.This could be done in other departments as well with the help of miandad,zaheer abbas,rashid latif n many others,we don't even need a foreign coach.

  • Omer Admani on January 25, 2008, 11:33 GMT

    Rizwan said what I would have said, so I'll paste his post: "The more I look at it the more it becomes clear that Shoaib Malik is killing Pakistani Cricket. Sarfraz Ahmed should have been the wicket keeper in the whole series but Malik is mindful that Sarfraz may succeed and Akmal may be out permanently (which should have happen long time ago). Then there is the case with Fawad Alam who is not giving chances because Malik's own position in team will be in jeopardy if Fawad succeed. Samiullah and Rao failed miserably against Zimbabwe (for God's sake) and Malik is still chanting praises for them just because he wants his own men in the team regardless of merit.

    Its high time we get rid of Shoaib Malik ASAP and save Pakistani Cricket. He is a cancer who will ruin promising careers of other cricketers based on his prejudices. Now he is after Afridi, Younis and Umar Gul. PCB please save us from this corrupt and incompetent man who may have racist feelings."

  • Another senior player on January 25, 2008, 10:15 GMT

    Somebody needs to fire the incompetent Nasim Ashraf, he's lacks character and decision making skills. In the US, he would be classified as a flip-flop moron. Malik doesn't deserve a spot in the team, because he's not good enough, also he's not tactical in his thinking. I agree that Kamran Akmal and his chronic poor performance should have resulted in his being dropped a while ago. His foot-work and glovesmanship are both horrid. But the onus lies on Nasim Ashraf who is not only an incompetent mediocre, but also devoid of any management skills. He just doesn't understand how to handle players like Shoaib Akhtar. The sooner all losers like him, Malik and Akmal are shown the door the better it would be for Pakistani cricket.

  • Gaurav on January 25, 2008, 9:59 GMT

    It is indeed frustrating to see what's going on in Pakistan and how the constant bickerings surrounding selection issues are undermining a country with such rich talent and cricket heritage. The only solution is for the Board to lay down the rules clear and straight as to who calls the shots (i.e. selectors) and penalize captains who don't abide by them. As much as I admire Imran, he set the wrong precedents, both in hijacking the selection process as well as masterminding the revolt against Miandad. For all the flak selectors get, they have to be allowed to do their job. In India, we realize now that selectors do know what they are doing and have regularly made the right picks. People have the right to be critical of selectors but a process which is consistently followed is essential. Kamran, you are spot on

  • AAMIR JADOON on January 25, 2008, 9:53 GMT

    Kamran I always say and once again I am saying some thing about the team selection. Actually we have the tobaco type selectors in the cricket board and the most Important is that our chairman of cricket board is tobaco (tumbacoo). Kamran first time I saw the Samiulla Niazi during this series and I was wonder that what the selectors have thinked about him and what they saw in his bowling. I stil wonder that where is Muhammad Irshad and Abdurrauf we have already waist the talent of Abdurrazaq and Shabbir Ahmad. Why we are selecting the players who are not capable. just before your post I read that Asim Kamal is also droped by selectors from the final 75 player's list I think he is far far better player than Shohaib Malik and also faisal Iqbal and alot of other players. So Pakistani cricket is going low and low day by day.

  • Farhan Ata Arain on January 25, 2008, 9:51 GMT

    I can't agree more with Abbasi. This whole setup is rotten and non-functional. Let's forget about Imran and what he achieved.. that's way in the past. We gotto worry about the future. For that, we need competent selectors first, and then a team of coach and captain who can deliver with the team selectors give them. Shoaib Malik is a very poor choice. He doesn't deserve his place in the side, much less captaincy!! Younis Khan is the only captain we have by default. Kamran Akmal needs to be 'rested' as well..enough is enough. We need to identify and form a pool of around 20 most talented players in the country, who should then play. As Australia, we need to have the Pak test team and Pak A team, both of which should be at par so as to switch any player with any when needed. The current lot probably stands at the bottom in world cricket right now, and it won't improve unless drastic surgery is done to the whole Pakistan cricket set-up.

  • Shahzad on January 25, 2008, 9:43 GMT

    In my view Malik has only place in Oneday and being allrounder, otherwise he dont deserve a place as a batsman and Younis khan dont deserve any place in one day, never performed consistency against a good team.

  • Rauf on January 25, 2008, 9:43 GMT

    In Pak cricket it seems like everyone wants to be the "ruler", except perhaps Younis Khan unless the conditions are right, but no one wants to win the matches. I mean they want to win the matches but the effort/planning/dedication is not even lacking, it does not look like to be returning any time soon. I don't know who to blame but normally in these situations you start from the top and clean your way down.

    Dr. Ashraf, it's time you go back to your real day time job and leave the cricket to experts.

    Malik, if you can't perform yourself and put "w" in the win/loss column then I suggest you go back and practice in the 1st class.

    If all we can show for our success is by beating up on poor Zimababwe in our own back yard then state of cricket in Pakistan is pathetic at best.

    Now where else I have witnessed this phenomenon in Pakistan?? Dare I say politics???

  • Shahzad on January 25, 2008, 9:41 GMT

    Kamran i dont agree to you pleading such a powerful illiterate caption, to match imran can only possible to match is vision, education, exposure. For an illiterate person you will only end up nepotisms as we experienced.

  • poor old bowler on January 25, 2008, 9:39 GMT

    sometimes you have to be patient,pakistan will get thier.

    they always have really good under 19s players,its turning them into test players.

    against zimbabwe you uncovered a new opener that scores at a good rate.over the next two years you have to uncover 2-3 good players and with the rest of the team your a fair chance of making the semis or final of the next world cup.

    in australia whilst most people have thier own ideas about the team and captaincy they except the selectors and captains choices and watch the game and enjoy it.crickets just a game between to 2 teams.

    i pet hate is umpires and the lack of lbw decisions they give when bowlers are bowling,billy bowden is the worst umpire in the world for given lbws i would refuse to bowl from the end he umpires at.

    part of the fun in watching cricket is pretending your selector and captain and seeing what you would different if you were selector or captain,but you carnt do much than watch cause only 11 are good enough

  • ALI on January 25, 2008, 9:37 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is a humble pakistani cricketer, the question is not if he deserves captaincy but rather is he able to captain a team like pakistan. Malik attitude of showing faith in players that are out of form, has more to do with loyalty and brotherly love than the merit and objectivity. Akmal dropped 12 chances in the test series against south africa, and many in India. Z. Haider and S. Ahmed were not tried just to keep Akmal confident and the useless show of faith.

  • mr a on January 25, 2008, 9:14 GMT

    malik should be removed.against aus we need four specialist bowler.so maliks place should b given to yasir arafat or sohail khan or kamrn hussain.take tough decision like indians.and rest yusuf

  • MK on January 25, 2008, 9:07 GMT

    The process is poor but the applicants for selection don`t exactly cover themselves in glory.The whole of pakistan reminds me of one those lootocracies in Africa.

  • Afzaalkhan on January 25, 2008, 8:31 GMT

    I believe in selectors choosing the squad and playing XI choosen by captain having last word. Its Captain's neck when team loose so he should have a power to select the playing XI. Its ridiclous to give a captain a team which he is not satisfied with & then ask him to win the match. Performance is a factor but chemistry of individuals do count a big part. Pakistan cricket team had huge talent, but only Imran Khan was able to bring abt the chemistry that make them consistently good. So in this I will differ that its a captain who should have a say on playing XI. Mr. Abbassi you say that there has to be a structure. I have many complaints abt PCB but this time they did. Malik accepted captaincy,coach accpeted his position fully knowing that selection comitte will be responsible for them now to bicker about it and on choices that r clearly wrong make them @ fault not PCB. So far neither Malik nor Lawson has done anything to improve thier standing, might not be better to perform 1st?

  • Rana on January 25, 2008, 7:47 GMT

    Why can't we give the team some time and let them enjoy their current winning streak against the "best" team in the world. Once it comes down to loosing to teams like Australia, India or such, then we can probably rue our fortunes or blame it on to the structures of our cricket board. It's not gonna change guys....let's just watch Pakistan team for the hell of it and move on!!

  • afzal on January 25, 2008, 7:32 GMT

    Shoib Malik needs to step down as captain.Younis khan should lead with Yousuf deputizing.Then give the power to the captain...ALL the power...there is absolutely no roles for I###t like Ashraf.Then you will see Pakistan rises.Just Like India.Just Like Australia

  • Rashid on January 25, 2008, 7:21 GMT

    After performing so well on domestic front, Sohail khan was not selected, he is a genuine young fast bowler. The selectors can not give us any reason. One of the most unpopular face in Pakistan is Nasim Ashraf; have no doubt about it. Shoib Malik's performance is so bad that he is a burden. Yes, he will score some run with Zimbabwe but against Australia! Younus khan has the performance and intelligent to lead the team, but what is the use of a dummy captain (PCB wants no opinion of him on selection process).

  • Mudassir Sidiq on January 25, 2008, 6:49 GMT

    Kamran Hussain played only 1 first class match in which he scored only 1 run why he has been selected for Pakistan team he didnt desire this position at all .

  • Sachin Fan on January 25, 2008, 6:05 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi you need to take chill pill or something. Get rid of Mushy and Ashraf first before you all start complaining about how bad selection process is . Dictators are not able rulers. Democracy rules. Pakistan will never have proper cricket team unless they embrace democracy and shun dictatorship. Sachin Rocks !! Peace out !!

  • Swami on January 25, 2008, 5:58 GMT

    Its no different from the political situation in which no two people who disagree with each other can seem to find a way to live in each others company. You need to dig into your psyche and ask why ?

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on January 25, 2008, 5:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran Sb

    What an amazing article! I think New Year's gift. In my opinion it is the best and memorable note not only for PCB but for all the cricketer lover across the world. The perfect scenario what happens in sub continent. It is all nothing but a bias, whom to blame-Selection committee, Captain or Coach. They have only Plan A but no plan B is in place. They are insisting to dominate the process but that is not in the interest of cricket. We are all witness of what happened in the world cup. I would like to underscore the fact that the only problem lies in the sub continent cricket is "selection policy". In most of the cases, the defeat comes in the wake of bad selection. We can not do justice till we have to make a better selection policy. We have an example here to quote about Misbah. At this age he has been selected and justify the same but how many days he will serve the nation and therefore it is all about to search the talent and get going Imran was master of this art.

  • Razi on January 25, 2008, 5:04 GMT

    YOur hopes are very high and you are trying the golden era of Imran khan when he murdered several player just to impose his dictatorship. By using his cousin in PCB he ruled the pakistan cricket. We never had any opportunity in our national history to see the right people at the right place.

  • Shafiq on January 25, 2008, 5:02 GMT

    Please stop all shit on Malik. He is the most capable & definately the most deserving captain available. The only mistake was to not make Afridi the vice captain or not making Yousuf captain for a year in test team. But now we can't change past. The best thing is to give Malik confidence, and 11 fit players. I am sure he will become the most successfull captain of the cricket team, and pride of the nation.

  • Mohammed Y. Kasim on January 25, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, I have high regards for you insight and comments but regret to differ on few points. You say Pakistan was desperate for world recognition before Imran Khan. It is not true. Under Mushtaq Mohammed, Pakistan toured Australia and West Indies and faced Lillee-Thomson and Robert, Croft Garner and put up a great fight and won at least one test each. # 2. Imran had his bad choices like Mansoor Akhtar, Manzoor Elahi etc. depriving deserving players and it is no secret he had a grudge against Wasim Hassan Raja, one of the best player of fast bowling and he once described Saeed Anwar as a " Gilli Danda " player when he played under him during a triangular series with Australia invvolving Sri Lanka. # 3. That set an unhealthy precedent for all the inept and selfish captains that followed him to ruin Pakistan cricket which we are suffering from to this day.

  • Hassan on January 25, 2008, 4:05 GMT

    The PCB reflects the sickness of the country itself. How can you expect a sporting board to work properly when more important institutions (starting from government) do not work properly.

  • senior player on January 25, 2008, 4:01 GMT

    Well said Kamran. You forgot to mention incompetence. None of the guys you mentioned (our captain, our chief, the coach(perhaps) and the selection committee have anything to show in terms of success. So these guys are out there to undercut each other. It was shocking to see Nasim Ashraf showering money over individuals while it could have been spent on stadiums and grounds in smaller cities. Malik looks so meek against good oppositions, so much so that it has psychosomatic effect on his fitness. The culture of cronyism has permeated at every level. Our captain cant let go his pals; a lesson he seemed to have learnt from his guru.

  • Asif Iqbal on January 25, 2008, 3:52 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi, in your exposé on selection sickness you did not mention a word about Shoaib Malik who is the root cause of all the current problems in the team. His performance is below par as a captain, if removed he will also loose his place in the team. Regarding Samiullah Khan once again you have not mentioned his full name which has a "Niazi" tag attached to his tail and that speaks a lot about his selection in the team. Niazi's are famous from bringing disgrace i.e., if one remembers the name of that General of 1971 who created history. Talking about who would be the modern day Imran Khan? There is only one name and only one man and he is, Shahid Khan Afridi. Its a shame that Malik tries to undermine Afridi's efforts by keeping him out of the test squad and even from ODI's. If Malik is afraid of senior players and so keen to captain a young side then, he should ask the PCB to appoint him as a captain of the under -19 team. That will suit his title or the labeling that he carries on his back "a young captain" even when is 26 and playing international cricket since the last eight years, he is still a baby!

  • Rizwan on January 25, 2008, 3:52 GMT

    The more I look at it the more it becomes clear that Shoaib Malik is killing Pakistani Cricket. Sarfraz Ahmed should have been the wicket keeper in the whole series but Malik is mindful that Sarfraz may succeed and Akmal may be out permanently (which should have happen long time ago). Then there is the case with Fawad Alam who is not giving chances because Malik's own position in team will be in jeopardy if Fawad succeed. Samiullah and Rao failed miserably against Zimbabwe (for God's sake) and Malik is still chanting praises for them just because he wants his own men in the team regardless of merit.

    Its high time we get rid of Shoaib Malik ASAP and save Pakistani Cricket. He is a cancer who will ruin promising careers of other cricketers based on his prejudices. Now he is after Afridi, Younis and Umar Gul. PCB please save us from this corrupt and incompetent man who may have racist feelings.

  • Ashaq on January 25, 2008, 2:20 GMT

    Nothings gonna change so why stress yourself Kamran? Anyways personally I would have Rashad Latif as team manager or selector. we need a strong uncompromising character in charge in some capacity.

    Wishful thinking to say the least.

    So in the meantime. we have....

    Malik Vs Afridi vs Younis vying for power.

    Malik lawson and Talat Ali vs salahuddin the selector............................

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  • Ashaq on January 25, 2008, 2:20 GMT

    Nothings gonna change so why stress yourself Kamran? Anyways personally I would have Rashad Latif as team manager or selector. we need a strong uncompromising character in charge in some capacity.

    Wishful thinking to say the least.

    So in the meantime. we have....

    Malik Vs Afridi vs Younis vying for power.

    Malik lawson and Talat Ali vs salahuddin the selector............................

  • Rizwan on January 25, 2008, 3:52 GMT

    The more I look at it the more it becomes clear that Shoaib Malik is killing Pakistani Cricket. Sarfraz Ahmed should have been the wicket keeper in the whole series but Malik is mindful that Sarfraz may succeed and Akmal may be out permanently (which should have happen long time ago). Then there is the case with Fawad Alam who is not giving chances because Malik's own position in team will be in jeopardy if Fawad succeed. Samiullah and Rao failed miserably against Zimbabwe (for God's sake) and Malik is still chanting praises for them just because he wants his own men in the team regardless of merit.

    Its high time we get rid of Shoaib Malik ASAP and save Pakistani Cricket. He is a cancer who will ruin promising careers of other cricketers based on his prejudices. Now he is after Afridi, Younis and Umar Gul. PCB please save us from this corrupt and incompetent man who may have racist feelings.

  • Asif Iqbal on January 25, 2008, 3:52 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi, in your exposé on selection sickness you did not mention a word about Shoaib Malik who is the root cause of all the current problems in the team. His performance is below par as a captain, if removed he will also loose his place in the team. Regarding Samiullah Khan once again you have not mentioned his full name which has a "Niazi" tag attached to his tail and that speaks a lot about his selection in the team. Niazi's are famous from bringing disgrace i.e., if one remembers the name of that General of 1971 who created history. Talking about who would be the modern day Imran Khan? There is only one name and only one man and he is, Shahid Khan Afridi. Its a shame that Malik tries to undermine Afridi's efforts by keeping him out of the test squad and even from ODI's. If Malik is afraid of senior players and so keen to captain a young side then, he should ask the PCB to appoint him as a captain of the under -19 team. That will suit his title or the labeling that he carries on his back "a young captain" even when is 26 and playing international cricket since the last eight years, he is still a baby!

  • senior player on January 25, 2008, 4:01 GMT

    Well said Kamran. You forgot to mention incompetence. None of the guys you mentioned (our captain, our chief, the coach(perhaps) and the selection committee have anything to show in terms of success. So these guys are out there to undercut each other. It was shocking to see Nasim Ashraf showering money over individuals while it could have been spent on stadiums and grounds in smaller cities. Malik looks so meek against good oppositions, so much so that it has psychosomatic effect on his fitness. The culture of cronyism has permeated at every level. Our captain cant let go his pals; a lesson he seemed to have learnt from his guru.

  • Hassan on January 25, 2008, 4:05 GMT

    The PCB reflects the sickness of the country itself. How can you expect a sporting board to work properly when more important institutions (starting from government) do not work properly.

  • Mohammed Y. Kasim on January 25, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, I have high regards for you insight and comments but regret to differ on few points. You say Pakistan was desperate for world recognition before Imran Khan. It is not true. Under Mushtaq Mohammed, Pakistan toured Australia and West Indies and faced Lillee-Thomson and Robert, Croft Garner and put up a great fight and won at least one test each. # 2. Imran had his bad choices like Mansoor Akhtar, Manzoor Elahi etc. depriving deserving players and it is no secret he had a grudge against Wasim Hassan Raja, one of the best player of fast bowling and he once described Saeed Anwar as a " Gilli Danda " player when he played under him during a triangular series with Australia invvolving Sri Lanka. # 3. That set an unhealthy precedent for all the inept and selfish captains that followed him to ruin Pakistan cricket which we are suffering from to this day.

  • Shafiq on January 25, 2008, 5:02 GMT

    Please stop all shit on Malik. He is the most capable & definately the most deserving captain available. The only mistake was to not make Afridi the vice captain or not making Yousuf captain for a year in test team. But now we can't change past. The best thing is to give Malik confidence, and 11 fit players. I am sure he will become the most successfull captain of the cricket team, and pride of the nation.

  • Razi on January 25, 2008, 5:04 GMT

    YOur hopes are very high and you are trying the golden era of Imran khan when he murdered several player just to impose his dictatorship. By using his cousin in PCB he ruled the pakistan cricket. We never had any opportunity in our national history to see the right people at the right place.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on January 25, 2008, 5:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran Sb

    What an amazing article! I think New Year's gift. In my opinion it is the best and memorable note not only for PCB but for all the cricketer lover across the world. The perfect scenario what happens in sub continent. It is all nothing but a bias, whom to blame-Selection committee, Captain or Coach. They have only Plan A but no plan B is in place. They are insisting to dominate the process but that is not in the interest of cricket. We are all witness of what happened in the world cup. I would like to underscore the fact that the only problem lies in the sub continent cricket is "selection policy". In most of the cases, the defeat comes in the wake of bad selection. We can not do justice till we have to make a better selection policy. We have an example here to quote about Misbah. At this age he has been selected and justify the same but how many days he will serve the nation and therefore it is all about to search the talent and get going Imran was master of this art.

  • Swami on January 25, 2008, 5:58 GMT

    Its no different from the political situation in which no two people who disagree with each other can seem to find a way to live in each others company. You need to dig into your psyche and ask why ?