Captaincy April 21, 2008

It's a record Shoaib, but not as we know it

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Shoaib Malik's Pakistan have set a record of successive wins in one-day cricket. A few more home series against sub-standard opposition - before the ICC Champions Trophy - and the record will be unbeatable. This is a Pyrrhic victory made possible by the decimation of Pakistan's international itinerary. To compare Shoaib's captaincy with Imran Khan's is unworthy.

Indeed, the decision-making during the series has created plenty of controversy. Why were the new batsmen given little opportunity to play a substantial innings? Why were the new bowlers under bowled?

A series against Bangladesh - one that has been easily won - would seem an ideal opportunity to develop young players but not, apparently, in the minds of the current decision makers in Pakistan cricket. Yes, you can only beat the opposition presented to you. Yes, a record is a nice-to-have and a source of much welcome cheer. But why is it the development of Pakistan cricket that suffers at each turn?

On a positive note, Salman Butt and Mohammad Yousuf made as merrily as they should have, with Salman's application an encouraging omen. Shahid Afridi maintained his form as an influential wrist spinner. Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul were important returnees. But I was most fascinated by the easy actions and pace of Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz. Bangladesh batted poorly but these two looked to have considerable potential, and it was disappointing that we saw so little of them--even in games that they were picked for.

This reluctance to properly test new players has become something of a feature of Shoaib's captaincy and betrays an insecurity and inexperience that bodes ill. If you can't take risks when you have outplayed Bangladesh then your captaincy will struggle to break free of its inhibitions.

Worryingly, Pakistan's reluctance to properly examine its newer players has left the opening batting slot unresolved. Who opens with Salman Butt remains unclear, and anybody who thinks Kamran Akmal can fill that role on more testing tracks is sadly mistaken. Indeed, a new keeper would have relished the opportunity to challenge Akmal, but Sarfraz Ahmed was completely ignored.

With Younis Khan's mood swings eroding confidence, Pakistan's bowling once again looks more optimistic than its batting. And if we chant the unholy trinity of opening partnership, middle order, and wicket keeper, we find that it is the same lament that Pakistan cricket has been singing for years. How to correct this triad of failings seems to be beyond the wit of those in charge.

No number of manufactured records will mask these fundamental failings.

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

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  • nomi on April 30, 2008, 12:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Abbasi when he points out the sense of insecurity Shoaib Malik exhibits as a captain. It was absolutely mind boggling to note that players like Fwad Alam who has been with the Pakistani squad for months are still to get a fighting chance of proving their mettle. He is constantly been sent at No. 7 & 8 with just a couple of overs left to play. Wahab Riaz was seriously underbowled. In the fifth ODI, once the opening bowlers bowled the initial 12 overs, it was a foregone conclusion that Wahab will be introduced into the attack being the third pacer. I was then shocked to see Shoaib Malik taking over from one end along with Afridi. What point he was trying to proof at that time. Series was already won with a comprehensive margin and he still was adamant on exhibiting his at-best-ordinary off spin. In the T20, debutant Mansoor Amjad was introduced in the 17th over of the inning for eventually a solitary over. Absurdity at its worst.

  • Faridoon on April 29, 2008, 7:00 GMT

    We needed a clean sweep of the Bangladesh series at any cost. Ban is a team that is expected to be beaten by the second string sides of most test playing nations. Hence, imagine the uproar had we lost a couple of games to them.

    This is also why we couldn't risk blooding new players too much. A 5-0 scoreline was essential.

    If we'd been 3-0 up agaisnt Australia, India or South Africa, then it would be perfectly acceptable to try out new hands. A 3-2 win agaisnt any of these teams is good. A 3-2 win against Ban would've been pathetic. A 5-0 win re-asserts that we can still beat the low-ranked teams by a good margin, just like any other world team would have.

    Further, I don't think it's the Pak captain or the team who are singing their own praises for making a record number of wins; they know that its not much to brag about when playing Zim and Ban back to back. Its the media thats shouting about the record, comparing it with past victories etc. We all know the truth.

  • Salik Ahmed Shariff on April 28, 2008, 1:21 GMT

    Its true that the pakistani team can write their name in the record books as much as they want, as long as they are playing minors such as zimbabwe and bangladesh. Its a lost cause for pakistan, i dont really see where Pakistani cricket is going. Big teams like Australia dont want to tour our country for security reason, A lot of dirty politics in our country unfortunately. The record broken by malik is some achievement for him, its amazing how greedy one can get. Just because he wanted that 11th win he played the same winning 11 in the last odi. Made one change giving naumanullah a stint, made his debut in that 5th odi and didnt even bat. Pakistan were 6 down and he didnt get a chance to bat, why not send him up the order. Malik is a yes man and thats the reason why Ashraf likes him as captain. All of Ashrafs propositions are geefully accepted by Malik and thats why we are ranked 5th in ODI's abd 6th in Test matches. Its about time someone does something about Pakistan cricket

  • khansahab786@gmail.com on April 24, 2008, 23:08 GMT

    Junaid Shah, "Substance" is actually what Mr Abbasi's threads feature profusely and please don't confuse Pakspin with those other pathetic sites where site managers adopt a policy of propaganda and keep on sending postcards to themselves. Junaid, there is a difference between ticking a box to send someone in a playing XI and actually motivating him and making sure he gets an ample opportunity to show his talent. How many balls has Fawad Alam bowled or faced while batting, that has led you to assume he is an "average" player? What has made you so confident that Fawad’s supporters are calling for him to replace Younis or Afridi necessarily- if he is given reasonable chances he can replace Malik and even Misbah

    Jamjar, Nice to see your return to PS-you were missed. It is nice to see regulars chipping in every now and then on PS. Jamjar, we all have our strengths and weaknesses and if I ever offended you with any statement, then that was my weakness and please do forgive me. God’s honest truth is that I saw a lot of logic and intelligence in your comments.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 24, 2008, 21:06 GMT

    I really like and enjoy all the humorous writings from Jawed A. Khan of Montreal, Canada,

    His observations about Shoaib Malik are very true and the way he described the reality and true value of Shoaib is truly commendable.

    Javed, keep writing in your typical style. I know lots of people don’t like you but just continue. You certainly are doing a good job.

  • M. Y. Kasim. Houston. Tx. on April 24, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi,

    I thought you were old enough to have heard this masterpiece of (Late) Madame Noor Jehan's Punjabi song of early fifties.

    " Tere mukhre pe kala kala til we,

    O' moondia sialkotiaa....... "

  • Junaid Shah on April 24, 2008, 20:02 GMT

    In your next thread why don't you identify& highlight the so called "deserving Youngsters" and also the players whom they should replace.

  • Junaid Shah on April 24, 2008, 19:54 GMT

    Kamran criticism for the sake of criticism is all you can do, your blog lacks substance,you are only stirring up the pot of jingoistic emotions to get more responses,what were you expecting Malik to say after the series?As far as trying out youngsters in all fairness after a long time PCB is really trying to identify and groom young talent,who says Sohail Khan or Fawad Alam were not given any chances, do you actually think Fawad can replace Afridi or Younis Khan his bowling is below par and his batting is average, Sohail Khan has pace but no swing,Nasir Jamshed was given too many chances he is a good find but still needs time,and who says Sarfraz Ahmed is better than Kamran Akmal,his bad patch is over,Sarfraz can't bat like Akmal,Afridi failed at the top order just the way he failed in lower middle order,but it seems all the flak for his failures will go to Malik,its a game Malik can never win.Its people like you who are destroying Pakistan cricket by unnecessarily pressurizing selecto

  • Valiyah Khan on April 24, 2008, 19:50 GMT

    One who hasn't seen the "marketing band waggon" for the Paki Cappy,Malik, on Geo T.V, is surely missing on the whole point.There is such a strong media lobby in Pakistan,which is in favour of this bloke,no matter how unworthy we may feel he is.So Javed A Khan aka Omar Admani,please try to refrain from the art of self praise and concentrate on the fact of the matter instead of your judgemental puns.

  • Raja Pakistani on April 24, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    Malik has a same class of captain as Inzimam. Tiger against weak team and Fox against strong team. Also depends on home ground. Paksitan best captain was Miandad who was never got proper chance because of his background. All Imran success could not be reached with out Miandad performance and master planning. Imran just got credit (Sign of end of the world, people will get credit for the things they do not desrve). In 92 world cup Paksitan won only five matches and Miandad scored 50 plus in all five winning matches. If he was out team out, if he scored team scored. Does any media brought this to you? Does Imran ever mention? We always hear from media/Imran that Inzi, Wasim and Imran won the WC for us. Punjabi Media never mentioned Miandad name. If Miandad name is Javed -ul-haq or Javed Niazi or Javed Ayub Khan etc probably history could different.

    Raja Pakistani

  • nomi on April 30, 2008, 12:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Abbasi when he points out the sense of insecurity Shoaib Malik exhibits as a captain. It was absolutely mind boggling to note that players like Fwad Alam who has been with the Pakistani squad for months are still to get a fighting chance of proving their mettle. He is constantly been sent at No. 7 & 8 with just a couple of overs left to play. Wahab Riaz was seriously underbowled. In the fifth ODI, once the opening bowlers bowled the initial 12 overs, it was a foregone conclusion that Wahab will be introduced into the attack being the third pacer. I was then shocked to see Shoaib Malik taking over from one end along with Afridi. What point he was trying to proof at that time. Series was already won with a comprehensive margin and he still was adamant on exhibiting his at-best-ordinary off spin. In the T20, debutant Mansoor Amjad was introduced in the 17th over of the inning for eventually a solitary over. Absurdity at its worst.

  • Faridoon on April 29, 2008, 7:00 GMT

    We needed a clean sweep of the Bangladesh series at any cost. Ban is a team that is expected to be beaten by the second string sides of most test playing nations. Hence, imagine the uproar had we lost a couple of games to them.

    This is also why we couldn't risk blooding new players too much. A 5-0 scoreline was essential.

    If we'd been 3-0 up agaisnt Australia, India or South Africa, then it would be perfectly acceptable to try out new hands. A 3-2 win agaisnt any of these teams is good. A 3-2 win against Ban would've been pathetic. A 5-0 win re-asserts that we can still beat the low-ranked teams by a good margin, just like any other world team would have.

    Further, I don't think it's the Pak captain or the team who are singing their own praises for making a record number of wins; they know that its not much to brag about when playing Zim and Ban back to back. Its the media thats shouting about the record, comparing it with past victories etc. We all know the truth.

  • Salik Ahmed Shariff on April 28, 2008, 1:21 GMT

    Its true that the pakistani team can write their name in the record books as much as they want, as long as they are playing minors such as zimbabwe and bangladesh. Its a lost cause for pakistan, i dont really see where Pakistani cricket is going. Big teams like Australia dont want to tour our country for security reason, A lot of dirty politics in our country unfortunately. The record broken by malik is some achievement for him, its amazing how greedy one can get. Just because he wanted that 11th win he played the same winning 11 in the last odi. Made one change giving naumanullah a stint, made his debut in that 5th odi and didnt even bat. Pakistan were 6 down and he didnt get a chance to bat, why not send him up the order. Malik is a yes man and thats the reason why Ashraf likes him as captain. All of Ashrafs propositions are geefully accepted by Malik and thats why we are ranked 5th in ODI's abd 6th in Test matches. Its about time someone does something about Pakistan cricket

  • khansahab786@gmail.com on April 24, 2008, 23:08 GMT

    Junaid Shah, "Substance" is actually what Mr Abbasi's threads feature profusely and please don't confuse Pakspin with those other pathetic sites where site managers adopt a policy of propaganda and keep on sending postcards to themselves. Junaid, there is a difference between ticking a box to send someone in a playing XI and actually motivating him and making sure he gets an ample opportunity to show his talent. How many balls has Fawad Alam bowled or faced while batting, that has led you to assume he is an "average" player? What has made you so confident that Fawad’s supporters are calling for him to replace Younis or Afridi necessarily- if he is given reasonable chances he can replace Malik and even Misbah

    Jamjar, Nice to see your return to PS-you were missed. It is nice to see regulars chipping in every now and then on PS. Jamjar, we all have our strengths and weaknesses and if I ever offended you with any statement, then that was my weakness and please do forgive me. God’s honest truth is that I saw a lot of logic and intelligence in your comments.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on April 24, 2008, 21:06 GMT

    I really like and enjoy all the humorous writings from Jawed A. Khan of Montreal, Canada,

    His observations about Shoaib Malik are very true and the way he described the reality and true value of Shoaib is truly commendable.

    Javed, keep writing in your typical style. I know lots of people don’t like you but just continue. You certainly are doing a good job.

  • M. Y. Kasim. Houston. Tx. on April 24, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi,

    I thought you were old enough to have heard this masterpiece of (Late) Madame Noor Jehan's Punjabi song of early fifties.

    " Tere mukhre pe kala kala til we,

    O' moondia sialkotiaa....... "

  • Junaid Shah on April 24, 2008, 20:02 GMT

    In your next thread why don't you identify& highlight the so called "deserving Youngsters" and also the players whom they should replace.

  • Junaid Shah on April 24, 2008, 19:54 GMT

    Kamran criticism for the sake of criticism is all you can do, your blog lacks substance,you are only stirring up the pot of jingoistic emotions to get more responses,what were you expecting Malik to say after the series?As far as trying out youngsters in all fairness after a long time PCB is really trying to identify and groom young talent,who says Sohail Khan or Fawad Alam were not given any chances, do you actually think Fawad can replace Afridi or Younis Khan his bowling is below par and his batting is average, Sohail Khan has pace but no swing,Nasir Jamshed was given too many chances he is a good find but still needs time,and who says Sarfraz Ahmed is better than Kamran Akmal,his bad patch is over,Sarfraz can't bat like Akmal,Afridi failed at the top order just the way he failed in lower middle order,but it seems all the flak for his failures will go to Malik,its a game Malik can never win.Its people like you who are destroying Pakistan cricket by unnecessarily pressurizing selecto

  • Valiyah Khan on April 24, 2008, 19:50 GMT

    One who hasn't seen the "marketing band waggon" for the Paki Cappy,Malik, on Geo T.V, is surely missing on the whole point.There is such a strong media lobby in Pakistan,which is in favour of this bloke,no matter how unworthy we may feel he is.So Javed A Khan aka Omar Admani,please try to refrain from the art of self praise and concentrate on the fact of the matter instead of your judgemental puns.

  • Raja Pakistani on April 24, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    Malik has a same class of captain as Inzimam. Tiger against weak team and Fox against strong team. Also depends on home ground. Paksitan best captain was Miandad who was never got proper chance because of his background. All Imran success could not be reached with out Miandad performance and master planning. Imran just got credit (Sign of end of the world, people will get credit for the things they do not desrve). In 92 world cup Paksitan won only five matches and Miandad scored 50 plus in all five winning matches. If he was out team out, if he scored team scored. Does any media brought this to you? Does Imran ever mention? We always hear from media/Imran that Inzi, Wasim and Imran won the WC for us. Punjabi Media never mentioned Miandad name. If Miandad name is Javed -ul-haq or Javed Niazi or Javed Ayub Khan etc probably history could different.

    Raja Pakistani

  • Saima khan on April 24, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    Misbah does not want to come on higher number. He is very close friend of Malik. I met them several times together in parties. If you tried him number three he will fail. That happened when he starts his career for Pakistan. In 7 test matches his total was under 100 runs. If you notice the time he come for bat talender also scores well for any team (quite often). he is clever he knows how to stay in the team.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • Hijab Worshiper on April 24, 2008, 13:35 GMT

    So another 5-0 win over Zindabadwe and we are still way behind India in the ODI rankins, may be we we should schedule a series against Banglasatn soon.

  • Imran Sajjad on April 24, 2008, 3:05 GMT

    Board has to be resolved. New board members shoul take over, those who have brain not coconut on the top or not there to grab money. It can't be possible to make a good Pakistani cricket team with these type of board members. New people should come & takeover from these AZAMS. Guys if this can happen in future then we have plenty of talent in pakistan. Talented players will come in make the team stronger & stronger.

  • Jonny Janardan on April 24, 2008, 2:59 GMT

    All this talk about Malik and Imran Khan reminds me how outdated and jaded cricket has become in some circles. While here is a raging debate going on about same characters who are hanging around for some time now, in India at the same time Shane Warne has discovered couple of attacking leg spinners such as Dinesh Sankhule and after getting trained under Warne he would be best he could become. IPL has also managed to produce atleast 10 players that can easily deseat pakistan 's first eleven as it stands now. IPL is going to produce future stars for India while Pakistan's future looks bleak.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 24, 2008, 0:46 GMT

    In my previous comments I had mentioned to Kamran Abbasi that, if people are comparing Imran Khan with Shoaib Malik, then it is the biggest joke of the century. Now, the blog jester Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudharay day sand is trying to make everyone laugh by saying Malik as a captain is better than Imran Khan. Mai Ka Chaudhary K. B. aiss tusi kabbadi khelo and keep your expert comments to yourself, cricket is not your forte. By now you should know that you are singled out like always because now every single person on this blog except for you and your ten other nicks is against Shoaib Malik's captaincy. And the whole of Pakistan minus Sialkot is demanding impeachment of Malak Tutankhamen. Even Nathoo Halwai has offered that he will distribute one million ladoos to the masses IF Malak is kicked out.

    Theossa you have squeezed the water out of the Buffalo Soldier pride of America. Jamjar welcome back to the blog.

  • SAM on April 23, 2008, 21:41 GMT

    This guy Malik is ruining the careers of lots of players specially Misbah & Afridi, he comes to bat before them just to improve his personal records. Had Afridi been handled properly he must have gone far beyond the Most Sixes record of Sanath Jaysuriya, and Misbah i should admit he delivers whenever and wherever given a chance. I am glad Afridi didn't make any batting records during BD series (btw, he didn't get to bat much, thanks to Malik's planning), otherwise everyone would have been jumping on him that he performs against weaker oppositions. Watch Out, all your Maliks & Butts will be badly exposed in IPL if by any chance any of them gets picked up in the final XI. KA, please release some material over IPL, forget the boring Pakistan Cricket for now until some other controversy takes birth (thanks to Shoaib Akhtar). Every single match of IPL is pulling more crowd compared to Pakistan's last 10 ODIs combined (Malik won all 10 of them to secure a page in Guinness Book).

  • Zain on April 23, 2008, 21:14 GMT

    One of the posts here suggested comparing Shoaib Malik with Imran Khan and the other thought it was not fair. Imran achievements spread over a period of much longer duration than Shoaibs and with the help of some outstanding individual batsmen which seem to be in short suply these days. More to the point, comparison should be done on he basis of capabilities and not on records only. The numbers don't always tell the truth. And if you go by the numbers only Shoaib has not done badly so far. In fact he has a better record of win/lose percentage than Imran. He also is a much better fielder than Imran with 56 catches against 36 or so of Khan for slightly shorter number of ODIs. Whatever data is availble of the two, there is nothing to suggest why Malik should not be as successful as Imran if not more, given time. I don't think Shoaib should be too happy about it because in my opinion, whatever his attributes, Imran was a glamorous captain and that is the long and short of it.

  • Awas on April 23, 2008, 21:01 GMT

    We have discussed these things so many times that there isn’t anything new here.

    Having read the posts, many have been promoting the idea of Afridi as captain and I am not averse to that but the fact is he is not a universal choice either mainly because of his indifferent batting which has been more of a concern recently.

    The fact is no one in the team at the moment is any near to Imran Khan or even Miandad for that matter. Before his recent antics of knocking at the doors of Chairman at every little that happens and before that refusing captaincy offers, universal choice was no doubt Younis Khan. Sadly, that never happened. Now Malik has really disappointed us all by not giving the youngsters a proper chance. This and many other weaknesses that he has shown has rightly changed people’s views about him. Afridi, I am Afraid, is not less Jahil than many like him that we have in the current team, not forgetting that he is short tempered too. A captain of the ship needs to have certain qualities that most of the current crop lack. The ship at the moment is rudderless and without an inspirational leader. At the moment it seems to be a choice between a lesser evil. That may well turn out to be Afridi.

    Khansahab, very agreeable views and I have read the full text of the article that you mentioned which addressed very well all current problems from various angles.

  • Faiz Hanif on April 23, 2008, 19:44 GMT

    Isn't testing players the whole point of domestic or first class cricket? If the argument is that the first class cricket in Pakistan not good enough then I believe the focus should be on improving first class cricket not dilute Pakistan team with one cap wonders. I believe Pakistan cap should be earned not received because of experimentation. Major powers do not test players in international matches. Setup more A team tours if you want to test them.

  • JamJar on April 23, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    Hey guys

    Pak cricket has been soo depressing recently that i've tried to avoid putting too much effort behind the team with the bleak outlook and the continuous frustrations and disappointments that hover around the team and Captain Shaptain Malik.

    Its good to see the regulars posting away though.

    Any idiot can see that glory lies in the youth of Pakistan cricket and therefore I applaud you Mr Abassi for creating this thread. The current crop of tried and tested players are like a stuck record, singing when they are winning against inferior opposition, but silent when it comes to testing opposition.

    I was hoping to see some new faces playing consistently in the series against Bangladesh. Sohail Khan looks promising but i'd like to see some more young batsmen being tried out in the hope we can muster a decent blend of youth and experience for the coming ICC Champions Trophy.

    Still cant believe Akmal kept wicket for the entire series!

    Later all

  • Moin on April 23, 2008, 18:28 GMT

    Its Deja Vu

    I do remember in the last decade, India was a bit like this. They could not blood youngsters in the team and on the other hand, Pakistan used to get players who would fit the team like "T". Now the roles have reversed.

    But one more thing, Indian Sub continent people behave in a strange manner against their cricket captains. No matter what, the captain is blamed for everything. Shoaib Malik may not be the best but he is not worst as being depicted.

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on April 23, 2008, 18:07 GMT

    Philip John Joseph

    Good observation and comments there. ICC is very loosely run sports governing body; I would say one of the lamest around. If some of the revenue was allocated to improve the cricket infrastructure and on youth programs, cricket would be more competitive today. I guess what you proposed to introduce young talent is not very different from working on good backups. It’s worth noting that good backups will always promote competition. In any country cricket needs good governance and investment to yield any results.

    Waterbuffalo

    Javed’s comments about “Butt gyrating his butt” were not meant to amuse a waterbuffalo Butt. Frankly, “Butt gyrating butt” is very hilarious and Khan Javed precisely notices such acts on TV screen. So there is no need to act like Miss Etiquettes, just chill. I agree with you on your comments about Malik. Well said.

    Salman Ahmed

    People are entitled to their opinions against Shoiab as you do in favor of him. I’ll leave everything aside but look at the following picture of Malik and then read your own comments below, because it gives the picture the perfect title. http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/image/334093.html Salman Ahmed wrote, “Isn’t this being aggressive?” Javed, that’s like one in a million pictures of Shoaib Malik, what a sissy. Looks like the footage from Animal Planet when a lion takes on weasel deer or a girl is getting ….

  • Nadeem Shafee on April 23, 2008, 17:36 GMT

    Why cricketers from karachi ignored by Malik from Sialkot? Fawad Alam even he played malik never gave him him bowling and batting properly. Fawad Alam played 6 one days and I think he not out in all six. Total runs 65. He bowled only in one and two matches. Even against Bangladesh and Zimbave Malik is not giving him chance. Same with Khurrum Manzoor (who scored 50 not out in his only one day) but after that he is out completely. Deomestic best batsman got chance in last one day but Malik sent Nomanullah on number 7 or 8 in 49th over. he is from karachi too. On other hand he gave Bazid Khan at number 3 (Two chances). Kamran Akmal non stop chances. But always chance. Rao, Tanvir Chance, Chance Chance, Anwar Ali hero of wining under 19 and doing better than Rao, Yasir and Tanvir never have chance to represent Pakistan. I remeber when Malik said on nadia kahn talk show about his PUNJAB proudness. Some one needs to kick him out.

    N Shafee Islamabad

  • Zakir Khan Saheb Chaudhary on April 23, 2008, 17:28 GMT

    Malik is a better captain than Imran Khan. Imran always had great players in the team (Like Zaheer abd Miandad) who supported him through all trials and tribulations. Shoiab has no one; Younis khan is always sulking and shahid afridi always plotting to become captain. Soiab Akhta is of no use and Youhana is plain weird. Given this team Imran record would be much worse.

  • abdul on April 23, 2008, 16:29 GMT

    Record are records and are there to be broken. Quantity comes before quality on this one we take victories no matter what opposition they come agianst and am supporting Shoaib Malik of breaking the record of the most consecutive one day international victories.

    The series was inspiring from my point of view. Salaman Butt scored but consistency is the key for the lefthander.Mansoor Amjad is an eciting find. He looks techniqually good and good fill in the boots of the specialist spinner we require. He's an intresting developed and mature prospect who should be given many more chances by Malik and the PCB.

    WELL DONE THE CAPTAIN MALIK CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

  • omar hussain on April 23, 2008, 16:02 GMT

    We must remember that the ODI series against Bangladesh come in default and has nothing to do with Shoaib Malik.yes his captaincy is not that perfect but he is neither that bad.Possibly he is afraid to lose which may be he does not have faith in his players.I believe our young bowlers Tanvir,Riaz,Sohail Khan,Amjad are very talented and should have been tried more throughly.The chaps look responsible and trusting them as strike bowlers can encourage them to perform to the maximum.Boldness is required.As the proverb goes" no risk no have".

  • Salman Ahmad on April 23, 2008, 14:51 GMT

    What is it that people have got against Shoaib Malik? He might not be the greatest captan but at least he does his job, from the looks of it he is ready to give his opinion to the bowler and is pretty intelligent in his field placings(when did inzamam or anybody else employ 4 slips when the oppoistion was 6 wickets down), isnt this being aggresive, i recall him doing this againts south africa and during the t20 world cup. It seems that idiots and bagwaas log like Javed A Khan have latched onto one thing and are determined to bash them down, well my advice to you is stick your opinion where the sun dont shine. As for Afridi being the best allrounder, WHAT, a mad hatter who swings his bat and can get only the tailenders out with his crappy legspin is a good player, whoever said thats needs to get a reality check, Afridi is nowhere near international class let alone a captaincy candidate. As for Salman Butt, Ipl is where he will be tested against quality opposition in Mcgrath and Warne.

  • Owais on April 23, 2008, 14:51 GMT

    Agreed with Kamran 100% (or 110% as Inzy used to say or that big loser Musharraf says). Apart from that I think Pakistan fans are also responsible for the way our batters bat. We have to rid ourselves of boom-boom Afridi culture. Dont get me wrong here, Afridi is very valuable, but more so because of his bowling. As a batsman, almost all the big hitters in world cricket are better bats than Afridi technically and can potentially be as devastating as Afridi is once in 25 outings. Compare Afridi with say, Gilly, Symonds, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Mckullum ( i am not sure if m spelling his name right) and Boucher etc. The sooner we get ourselves out of this fluke mind-set of ugly mishits the better. Take any of this 30+ scores, there will be atleast 3 or 4 mishits, sixes on third man, top edges, ugly down the ground axe-work.

  • Philip John Joseph on April 23, 2008, 14:33 GMT

    Umer Saeed:

    Just wanted to second your statement that the goal of major cricket playing countries should be to develop international caliber players on the domestic circuit; and then use the national team as the showcase of the best eleven players in the country. In other words, the idea that the national team should be subject to multiple experiments in terms of testing various "prospects"; is not the right way to approach the international game. Establish your best eleven players according to mathematically sound principles; say the LG ICC ratings as a hypothetical example; and then cycle in the best of the rest on the domestic circuit as replacements for the weakest performers only, in the mathematical "best eleven" to see if any of the domestic only stars, can make the jump to international cricket; by knocking off the weakest players on the national "best eleven" side.

  • anand on April 23, 2008, 14:22 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and am sincerely hoping that some sense prevails in PCB. As far as victories against poor opponents are concerned, we need to think that even against them you need to score from your bat and take the wickets. Its not simply the case of ready to eat food and what else could have Pakistani cricketers done! They do not choose the opponents! Its PCB who needs to be blamed and no credits should be taken away from beleaguered Malik and his poor fellow team members. Though, i accept the fact that new and fresh legs should have been given enough chance and exposure. This surely was a breeding ground for them, but pity it didn't happen. Pakistan has wasted talents like Azhar Mahmood (at least I feared always that he could take the match away from us), Abdul Razzak, Asim Kamal. But lets hope, things revive and we could see more and more Wasims, Waqars, Imrans, Miandads, and many more. List is long. Spread peace.

  • Ehtasham Usmani on April 23, 2008, 13:18 GMT

    I think thats the things going on currently in pakistan cricket resemble much to the political condition of Pakistan where people sacrifice national interest for personal interest. The point made by Kamran Abbasi regarding the lack of opurtunity to the youngsters is totally justified & I agree with him. Perhaps, Malik realises that if he was not the captain, his position in the team would have been under threat, So I guess he is trying to seek support from the current players playing in the team though the are not performing that well, those players are obliging malik by giving their full support to malik for his position as captain of the team. Pakistan cricket is becoming more & more political as everyone is looking 4 personal interests, there are different strong lobbies which try to overcome the other, where is the national interest??

    I guess a dynamic chairman of PCB needs to inducted who can lead ny example . may b some body like Arif Ali abbasi....

  • Zain on April 23, 2008, 13:16 GMT

    Imran Khan has got only one solution for everybody that he cannot stand. Kick him out, he would say. I doubt anybody takes notice of his political or any other suggestions. He is not alone in this, we make suggestions and hope that our favourite cricketer is in he team. But the PCB go for their favourites. As for the wins against minnows. A win is a win however small, as there is always a chance of losing. Winning and losing are habits you can get into and Pakitan were very close to becoming a habitual losers and these wins have come at a right time to stem this tide by stringing some decent results. A captain is as good as the charges at his disposal and if Shoaib could manage a few more wins, whoknows where he might be standing in the success table as a captain. I have seen enough talent in the present squad to be hopeful. By the way Wahab is the one for the near future. I would stick my neck out.

  • Takiya on April 23, 2008, 13:02 GMT

    Our pakistani cricket has improved from early days, it is improving and will be the best team in the world of cricket inshAllah. I'm a big fan of cricket. I know Shoaib Malik's captaincy is the best at the time. Just hope them good luck for there future series. Allah bless them!!!! (Ameen)

  • rups on April 23, 2008, 12:31 GMT

    Watched Asif bowling with Mcgrath ...feels good... good learning for him!!!!

  • Aamir Sohail on April 23, 2008, 12:22 GMT

    Winning against lowly teams is better than not winning at all

  • mansoor amjad on April 23, 2008, 12:20 GMT

    There is a need to clean-up the whole cricket set-up and mind-set of the team management. There are players in the team who controlled what they want irrespective of the implication on the team performance and future. You said that current captain did not provide enough chances to the newer/younger players because of his conservative approach. I am disagreed to it. The reason is that, there is a deliberate intention by him and others senior team players to not provide the chance to relatively younger and newer players. They fear if any of such players will show a good performance, then their own or perhaps their friend team-mates position will be affected. This is as simple as that. There are several examples, such as sending Namullah at almost end of the innings to bat, while open with Kamran who is not a regular open. Continuously playing with Afridi, who performs great against minnows, while rest against strong team like recently against South Africa.

  • Jamshed Ghauri on April 23, 2008, 11:19 GMT

    yes Wins are Wins. Shoiab Malik is Great Captain. The captain of any Team nothing do if is team not perform well. Pakistan team now look like a New team that is under develpment. Pakistan have also now Back up good blowers. But they have to find good bestman like Shoiab Malik & Misbah-ul-Haq. ...

  • Asad on April 23, 2008, 10:50 GMT

    I agree with Kamran's comments. Underplaying newcomers is a feature, albeit a very unwelcome one, of Shoaib Malik's captaincy. For example, Fawad Alam made his debut this time last year and has played a handful of games. However, I cant recall a single occassion (maybe there was one against India) when the captain has given him any responsibility. He looks like a very talented cricketer but doesnt get opportunities despite being in the team. What did we learn from the Bangladesh series? That Yousuf can bat at number 4, Afridi cant bat, Salman should be a regular opener. Now how many fans didnt know that already?

  • Ahmed Siddiqui on April 23, 2008, 10:08 GMT

    I feel that the fans need an excuse to vent their anger and frustration at an incompetent cricket board that pretty much reflects the ethics and sentiments prevailing in a society that lacks tolerence and sensitivity. Since teams do not wish to tour Pakistan, please do not criticise the team for winning against Bangladesh......what were they suppose to do....not play ...or lose..... this is supposedly the same Bangladesh side that gave India a tough time...and they didn't take them lightly. Having played cricket myself I know how difficult it is as a team to click if you have 3 or 4 new players playing.....and not mention the pressure nthey have...ie Bazid Khan who happens to be a brilliant and a gifted player who is normally very fluent in his game.... the point I am trying to make is the team needs to gel....especially now that they wouldn't get another chance till the Championship Trophy. There were some positives Sohail Khan, Wahab Raiz, Manzoor Amjad playing well into induction..

  • sohaib on April 23, 2008, 10:01 GMT

    it is very sad to see that people have the thinking of AZAM who want to live in the 18th century. what is this nonsense about Punjabi and Urdu speaking. i myself am an Urdu speaker but i would be the last one to complain about racial injustice in selection. its true that kamran akmal deserves to be kicked in the backside, but the reason he is being persisted with is not because of his origin but because the PCB and Malik are generally insecure people who wont make big decision. In the last couple of years pakistan has lost majority of its games due to the crucial lapses of Akmal but having said that this situation is similar to karachis very own Mohammad sammi(thank god went to ICL) who was presisted with again and again, his average makes him the most pathetic bowler of all time but he was still persisted with, it would be better for people like Mr. Azam to shut up and look at the facts before showing off his complex as some one of a superior race.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on April 23, 2008, 9:52 GMT

    I think what happened to Naumullah is a travesty, first the picked him against Zimbabwe and never played him, then they picked him for BD and gave him 9 balls to play. That has got to be a killer of motivation if I ever saw one. Lawson and Shoaib should be ashamed, what exactly did Yousuf get of out this series why was he played in all the games? Pak cricket is a joke!!

  • khoso on April 23, 2008, 9:40 GMT

    Malik is neither a batsman nor bowler. A person who was struggling for his position in the team, Board has made him captain. And now people are blaming him for his decision making capablities etc. For every action Board should be blamed for stupid decisions nor the players. If the board members are not coming on merit, how once can expeect from them that they will select players on merit? The people who are responsible for running this body, have no respect for Pakistan. They can think for their positions only, they can not plan anything good for the honour of country.

  • Raza Karamat on April 23, 2008, 8:41 GMT

    Where is Pakistan coach Lawson in all of this mess. Is this guy a puppet, does he have any say and where is his judgement. Alam comes in once and brings nothing but positive impact in fielding, batting and bowling but doesn't get a good run. Safraz sits on the bench as Akmal has an okay series but where is kurram monsoor, nasir jamshed, sohail khan, anwar ali and why is Malik scared to bring these players into the playing 11, where is Lawson. This 11 game streak is meaningless when we exit the champions cup in the 1st rd or get whitewashed by the aussies. Malik, PCB and Lawson seem very selfish here, they celebrate the streak but they don't play youngsters and instead focus on beating zimbabwe and bangladesh in meaningless series. All the seniors should have been dropped and let the youngsters play. I question lawson everyday now, doesn't he see it, why are his eyes closed.

  • Nalin on April 23, 2008, 7:49 GMT

    Well it may be a record but How can you compare the Imran's side with malik's. This Pak team will have to face the consequences of not giving enough opportunities to the new faces soon.

  • Adam on April 23, 2008, 7:35 GMT

    I would like to invite people to analyze the Pakistan’s last 10 years performance and you will realize that our graph in the last 10 years is marginally better than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh against quality oppositions. Pakistan has not won many series against quality appositions in last 10 years. If you look at itinerary of other cricket boards, they rather invite Sri Lanka, India to host a series than to invite Pakistan. To them Pakistan is no longer a team to worry about because they can be beaten on any ground including their home grounds. On papers no doubt Pakistan has the potential to beat any team on any surface but in reality that has not been happening convincingly and consistently. The credit for this should be given to PCB stupid policies and inability of our players to apply themselves as true cricketers.

  • Mazhar Dar on April 23, 2008, 7:21 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi We all need to wait and see how Shoaib team play against New Zealand since they are agree to tour Pakistan for 3ODI plus Asia Cup and Champions Trophy. Pls Stop Criticism as a shoaib's captaincy give him some time to prove him self.

  • Socrates on April 23, 2008, 6:32 GMT

    Excellent comments. It was particularly perplexing to see Naumanullah, a specialist bat, coming in at no. 8, and then the captain bowling himself and Afridi, before bringing on Wahab Riaz in the fifth ODI.

    As far as Salman Butt is concerned, I do remind the readers that his first Test hundred came at Melbourne, and his second one at Multan against England in 2005(who were ranked no. 2 at the time and were fresh having just won the Ashes). Perhaps check the record, guys, before commenting.

  • abdullah on April 23, 2008, 5:57 GMT

    i think there's nothing wrong with the article, its rather creating awareness amongst the paki cric fanatics. there was a time the pakistani cricket team was full of stars; be they controvertial or not. but whenever the team came out to the ground, once never felt bored to watch them. However now its entirely the opposite. Not even those who shined once are inspirations anymore. look at the captain, i know he's young but does he have that enthusiasum, vigour, passion ..? can he motivate the whole team rather the whole nation who expects heroics from their representatives? NO.. NO.. NO.. the lack of consistency in every player at present has left the nation with no option other than NOT WATCHING cricket when their national team is playing.. bcz they're simply BORING and NON PROFESSIONALS..!

  • Umair on April 23, 2008, 5:12 GMT

    (Part 2 of 2)

    We all should remember that its a winning habit and a positive attitude that the great Pakistan captain always spoke about (IMRAN KHAN). So while we criticize our team, I implore you to be proud of your boys and congratulate them on their record and pray that our team builds from this in confidence, in attitude and in the WINNING HABBIT.

    Let our team know that we are behind them, that when they go on a field they don’t have to worry about who is going to burn their pictures or stone their houses back home. When they go a field they should know no matter what as long as they fight till the end, we the Pakistan Supporters will always be by their side.

    God Bless the Pakistan Team – My Team – Our Team

  • Umair Ahmed on April 23, 2008, 5:11 GMT

    (Part 1 of 2)

    Dear Fans of Pakistan Cricket,

    I usually don't reply to columns, but while reading Kamran's views and the views of the Pakistan Cricket Fans, I couldn’t help but wonder, is it our cricket that has the flaws or our fans.

    Don’t take me wrong I agree that the record made by the Pakistan team is not based on a proper testing of the teams skill, but as we all know Pakistan has the ability to make a mess out of easy matches. I agree we should have tried the young blood a little more, I agree that Shohaib Malik’s captaincy is a lot to be desired, but what I urge all our fans is, to be proud of the team. We won 11 games in a row and we should realize that this is no easy feat.

  • Indeed on April 23, 2008, 5:00 GMT

    Thats nice...even when we are winning we need to indulge in a witch hunt...

    So remove him, and replace him with?

    You are talking like hes holding a gun to someones head and staying captain...

  • Saud on April 23, 2008, 4:10 GMT

    Let's not even compare the dummy of Shoaib Malik with Imran Khan.............PLEASE!!! He is not even worthy to be put on the list of players with Khan! And to see some records being created after playing the crappy teams as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.....Jeez Washington Cricket League can beat those teams any day...with the cream of our crop! Guaranteed!!! Who is next for Pakistan, Holland, China (LOL!!!), Let's not even talk about Ireland ;- or whoever!!! Let's get over that we do have a captain...the sucker doesn't know how to be a leader! On the brighter side Salman Butt has shown his power...I don't care who do you play against 100+ is always a great thing that will rank you among the stars!!! Salman Butt is a STAR, not so sure about Kamran Akmal though...LOL!!!

  • Dawar on April 23, 2008, 4:05 GMT

    I urged PCB to call Kenya and Holland for next two serise so Malik can break of Rick Pointing also. It will also helps Kamran Akmal, Butt, Malik and Mohammad Yousuf to reserve spot in one day criket.

    Dawar LA

  • Junaid on April 23, 2008, 4:03 GMT

    Great performance by Salman. Everyone plays against Bangladesh but not everyone scores 450 runs in a one day series against Bangladesh. Kamran Akmal was also brilliant with bat and gloves as well. Yousaf as always was consistent. Misbah and Shoaib were in good form. Afridi was good with the bowl. Great to see Asif back. Pakistan needs Shoaib Akhtar and Razzaq back against stronger sides. Malik Captaincy was acceptable, he is not a Imran Khan by far but still one of the better choices at present. May be Misbah can be a better leader but first he needs to prove himself against all the teams

  • Jay on April 23, 2008, 3:19 GMT

    Shoaib should resign as a captain. He may be get his form back. If Shoiab Akhtar's ban is lifted, I think there is no better choice than him. Has anyone thought about making Omar Gul the captain? Who knows what could he do as a captain. You all may disagree but remember how Imran was criticized after he was appointed captain in I believe 1982 series against england. Misbah can be a good choice for a short-term while grooming a new captain.

    I know you all are disagreeing with me but I had to add my two cents in there. Oh by the way, Kamran, Naseem Asharaf? If you ever contact him, let him know that he is not needed at all. May every country has a non-cricketer chairman of their respective boards but at least they all have brain and not a coconut on their top. What a loser...

  • Monem on April 23, 2008, 1:48 GMT

    Totally agree, the "thinking" behind at the PCB it flawed. What about Fawad Alam? He's a frontline batsman with a serious domestic average, has played some amazing innings in domestic firstclass, one-day and 20/20 matches and yet he keeps on being sent at # 8 or 7 with just a handful of deliveries to face.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 23, 2008, 1:47 GMT

    Theossa

    LOL@ your comments, especially the title you gave "drama queen." You never know this bloke might ask someone to write his memoirs (because himself Malak is a Niraa Paindoo) and it will be titled after that movie, "Confessions of the Teenage Drama Queen."

    For the cover page of his memoirs, I will recommend this picture of Malik taken from cricinfo.com

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/image/334093.html

    This is a must see picture of Malik.

  • Waqas on April 23, 2008, 1:25 GMT

    In reply to mr Waqas, though my name is waqas as well, please donot sport with politics,and if you do then get your facts right, as far as i kaneria is from karachi, as far as i know afridi n sami are from karachi as well how more karachi players do you want.... or since afridi is a khan you donot count him as a karaciite.. dont get me wrong . i m from karachi as well but i hate ppl making comments like yours.. and ruin a good discussion .. i have played professional cricket n believe you me peshawer, lahore n sialkot have alot better players because they have more pitches then karachi.... unless u doo some thing abt it its gong to stay that way ...

  • Same old Same old on April 23, 2008, 1:17 GMT

    I have a great idea, Since law and order situation in pakistan is not going to resolve soon,( probably never ) why Dont we "RENT a GROUND" or "RENT A VENUE" in UAE ( dubai sharjah etc).This will make everybody happy including PCB officials who enjoys night life( Ahemmm Aheeem :)and sleeps during the day when they have to make sensable decisions.

  • shahid afridi on April 23, 2008, 1:14 GMT

    PAK need to play against strong teams with their senior players but i did not agree with playing of senior players with weaker teams.the PCB should give chance to their national players to make their position in the TEAM.

  • azeem ul haque on April 23, 2008, 1:14 GMT

    I think problem starting from the PCB. There are all selfish people.Those people who don't have brain & knowlidge of cricket. 1) Who make the captain. 2)Who select the players & dummy selectors. 3)Who run the cricket structure in Pakistan. There is only one answer "PCB". Who has courage to through out these illetrated people. If Shoaib Akhter can be throw out on a deciplinary basis then some one has to throw out these fake board people who are continiously playing with Pakistan cricket future. If some one can ban PCB board members from getting job in pakistan then they come to know about reality, as they did with those players who are playing ICL. Who the hell are they to ban any Pakistani form their services. They should know that they are not running Pakistan or Pakistanis, But Pakistan & Pakistanies running them. As pakistanies they are our servents and getting paid for their jobs which they are capable of.

  • pappu on April 23, 2008, 0:16 GMT

    well what's their fault if only ban and zim agree to play against them...so what's better pakistan winning all these matches or losig some and then get critized more. now player's job is to play against whichever team...so why is it bad when they score some runs..yeah agreed against lesser oppositio but still. and what happened to nasir jamshed..is his career finished already

  • waterbuffalo on April 23, 2008, 0:02 GMT

    Just a short message to Javed Khan in particular; sir, if you want to criticize players by all means do so without constantly referring to their derrieres and lack of mental ability, doing so only makes it that much harder to take what you say seriously. Your fascination with Salman's last name is a joke that is getting old fast. Which is a shame because you obviously know a great deal about Pakistan cricket, but very little about manners and class. Your hubris will come back to bite you one day I fear, and you do not need me to tell you where. As for the record recently set, I am sure the majority of fans here agree with me that Shoaib can't bat, can't bowl, can't speak and can't captain.

  • Ashaq on April 22, 2008, 22:57 GMT

    Well what to the Asim Kamal fan club, since noone has mentioned him in a while. I will do the Honours Asim Kamal is great player, why he is not allowed to play?

    PCb is Punjab cricket board, Karachi players are treated badly, Faisal Iqbal is a legend of domestic cricket he should be made captain.

    The players are going to nightclubs regularly so how come the performances have not improved?

    Younis khan what a legend, refused to captain the Icc tournament, got Sharyar Khan sacked. Managed to find us the greatest Chairman ever, in DNA.

    Refused to take over captaincy, after world cup. Retired from ODI, begged by DNA to reconsider.

    refused the captaincy in shoaib Maliks absence in India. Begged by DNA to reconsider, refused to play in Bangla series begged by DNa to reconsider.

    The future he will refuse to play in the Champions trophy, and will be begged to reconsider, refuse to play against Australia and begged....

  • Junaid on April 22, 2008, 22:26 GMT

    You know why Pakistan have difficulty with bringing in youngsters? because the youngsters claim to be 21 when there around 27ish, PCB is failing big time, they can't control players and there actions, i agree Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz should've been given more of a chance, Shoaib Malik on the field is not Aggresive enough, he doesn't have that body language, he needs to find it soon..

  • Zubair Shahab on April 22, 2008, 22:24 GMT

    I see where you come from but I think you should realize that the so called "experienced" players are not very experienced either. Asif, Gul, and Tanvir have played a grand total of 29 tests. You can't jump to grooming a second attack when the first is just as inexperienced.

  • Owais on April 22, 2008, 21:36 GMT

    Agreed. When you play Naumanullah, why do you send him when only 2 overs are left, same goes for Fawad Alam ? to make them fail the test ? when your two new fast bowlers are bowling okay, why let them bowl only 6 overs and let Afridi who is already established leggie bowl ten overs or make himself (ie shoaib malik) bowl 6 overs ? why not give Sarfraz a chance, even in one lone ODI ? Why not Let Mansoor Amjad bowl more than one over ? I thought both Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz were outstanding. Though Asif and Gul remain the first choice, these two new finds are far better than Rao or others like Sami etc. Seems like these two series were used to make sure that Kamran Akmal gets to play another three or four series and make Shoaib Malik number 1 all rounder on ICC list for all rounders. I would surely NOT consider it a Punjab-vs-restofPakistan thingy ( I am from Karachi) but it is surely favorable treatment to one's buddies or in other words nepotism.

  • Fahad Khan on April 22, 2008, 21:23 GMT

    I would agree with the statement that Shoaib Malik feels threatened by Fawad Alam. Everytime Alam is chosen to play, he ends up bowling very little (or not at all) and usually sent to bat very low down the order and hardly gets to spend any time at the crease. I'm not sure if this is a regional/ethnic issue but I think it may just be that Fawad may be more useful as a batsman and bowler than Shoaib and he doesn't want Fawad as a permanent member of the team (replacing him). Definitely Fawad should be on the team, and I honestly think Afridi should be captain. People say his temperment is not right but Shoaib Malik actually admitted that he intentionally lost a domestic match, how can someone like that be captain? Also, he always gets some mysterious injury before any match with a quality team.

  • Muntaha Wali on April 22, 2008, 20:58 GMT

    I guess any cricket's better than no cricket

  • Shahid on April 22, 2008, 20:29 GMT

    Imran Khan needs to drop his stupid political ambitions and take over the PCB. He is not helping ANYone with his political party. At least as the autocratic no-nonsense leader of the PCB who knows cricket inside and out, he would be able to pull Pakistan cricket out of the doldrums, just like Kardar did once before. Lets see Younis Khan pout and ask to be dropped in front of Imran, or Shoaib Akhtar's numerous antics etc. They would be out of the team forever before you can say Qasim Omer.

  • Tariq on April 22, 2008, 19:25 GMT

    It is a conpiracy to ignore Sarfraz Ahmed by the terrified God father's of Kamran Akmal, because he can Take on Kamran any where any time.

  • Aftab Qureshi on April 22, 2008, 19:25 GMT

    Wins are wins, even if they are against ordinary teams. They help restore confidence of players who have been struggling. But i agree with you that Shoaib Malik doesn't look like the captain we want to see. I have not seen Kardar's days. But captains like Imran, Miandad, Wasim and Inzi in have looked far more confident. And I am not sure if Shoaib is capable of instilling the confidence in the team in situations where you need to recover from a setback and the position yourself in a winning position. But, for Pakistan's sake, I wish him all the success going forward.

  • Imran Qamar on April 22, 2008, 18:59 GMT

    If Aussies came inplace of Bangladesh then you never made this record ... For records we need to play with Zimbabwe,Bangladesh and kenya.

  • irfan on April 22, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    Froget Kamran opening, knowing Butt's performance on sub continent pitches this issue will come alive in all its glory once the opening takes place in foreign conditions where the ball seams, swings and cuts. Salman Butt will be completely revealed with all his flaws. After Inzi's era it's all but nepotism. This display of regionalism is so brash that not even a semblance of propriety is maintained and it is done at the highest level.

    All because of a weak captain the new prospects can not be fully explored as they immediately become threats to either to an individual or the whole gang and thus pushed way back on the burner to wait till they are past their prime and no use to any body. Team Pakistan in all her present glory is nothing more than a club team.

  • shahab on April 22, 2008, 18:49 GMT

    congratulations on the record ...winning is a good habit...

  • Bushra on April 22, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    I agree with you 100%. Pakistan team needs to play with better teams before we can rejpice in their success. CA has announced a series with PK in 2009, now, how do they know that the atmosphere will be any better in 2009 then it is now. As far back as I remember Pakistan has always had problems with law and order, maybe not as bad as it has gotten now, but still. Maybe it's time to look to other venues for Pakistani cricket. It may nto be an ideal solution but atleast our team will get to play with batter teams and a series will have more excitement then this past series. However, i also believe that our board should make all the teams sign a pre-nup of sort when they decide upon playing in PK, so that in case of them backing out we can have some compenstaion for "pain and suffering".

  • Shahid Iqbal, Canada on April 22, 2008, 18:42 GMT

    I do not totaly agree with your anlysis on Malik's leadership in the recent series. I fact I think Pakistan had a number of positives in this series. First of all, they stayed away from a lot of experiments and still managed to provide opportunities to youngsters. The argument that Bangladesh is not a power house and it was an easy series is not all that valid. Bangladesh play will all counties and they give tough times to all. Winning 5-0 convinvingly is an achievement. Salman was brilliant. Why Ponting, Sachin, Dravid, and Smith can't do the same against Bangladesh? Asif returned to international cricket and looked as relaxed as before. Kamran did good glove work and he is a much needed spark at the opening slot. I still believe that Malik should open regularly and team should include a permanent middle order in hte mix. May be a Fawad Alam.

  • Raju, USA on April 22, 2008, 18:25 GMT

    Excellent, excellent record by the greatest team Pakistan ever produced. Let's have a few series against Kenya, Holland, Malaysia and Hong Kong on the dead wickets in Pakistan and the World record will be unbeatable. Great job PCB, Long live Naseem Ashraff....

  • faizullah on April 22, 2008, 18:08 GMT

    Though the oppostion has been weak but the team is looking better. the batting lineup looks more settled .only one opener to be decided rest of the lineup is pretty much settled.the bowling looks really nice with umer gul and asif back and sohil tanvir and the two new . we should not try anymore. the only objection to the team played was that the new opener should have continued instead of kamran akmal and another keeper given some chance.

  • Nauman on April 22, 2008, 18:07 GMT

    I would back selectors in not throwing a debut to another half a dozen kids. Its important testing new players, but equally important is giving regulars time enough to gel together as a unit. A new unfamiliar face everyday doesn't help. Ideally, we should pick a core and then a couple of players per series to groom. Sohail, Wahab will get their chances, and if they have it in them, they 'll make the most of them. Sorry for Sarfraz but I would again back the decision of including Akmal as he was showing some form at the top and wasn't spilling chances behind stumps. Ideally I would have preferred giving a senior(Yousuf) a rest, play Akmal as batsman(opener) and Sarfraz as keeper for the dead-rubber. It was essential to play Asif & Gul as they are trying to make it back. Great to see Butt making some runs, hope he does it against quality oppositions as well. Overall, fairly satisfactory selection, I still think Shoaib and Yousuf should bat higher than Younis & Misbah; Shoaib should open.

  • Ano on April 22, 2008, 18:01 GMT

    Why should pakistan spend their time playing the likes of Bangladesh is beyond me. I understand ICCs stand of developing new countries but are we really developing them with one sided boring cricket? Maybe its an excercise in futility but I see no light for countries like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya etc ...

    Eventually, I think its just going to be the nations that can pull crowds and put a little bit on sanity in the competition. Seriously, who wants to watch pakistan playing zimbabwe? Raise your hands...

    I am an avid football watcher aside from being a cricket fan and I must say cricket is no competition for football, not even close. I am not even sure whether to like 20/20 or hate it. I started liking test cricket more than one dayers (only between strong countries) such as india/australia, australia/england etc .. now I have to do with 20/20 ... I am not even sure what to feel about mindless hitting and battering of bowlers ... Is it really entertainment?

  • Umer Saeed on April 22, 2008, 17:57 GMT

    In my opinion, too many experiments at the top level is also not the way to figure out the future. The real problem in Pakistan cricket is not the tactical level fine tunning. One should build an international caliber player in the local circuit . We lack a connectivity (people, infrastructure, financial resource) between strategy and goal execution. But again, this phenomenon exist in almost all aspects of Pakistani institutes under regulated ownership. I put the responsibility on people (cricket lovers). Make a call for change the system and its managers if they have failed to respond to the defined objectives in due time.

  • khansahab786@gmail.com on April 22, 2008, 17:50 GMT

    Excerpt taken from legslip.com: “A year has gone since Malik took over and Pakistan cricket is still suffering. A year is a long time and under Malik we have seen no substantial changes. One of the things people expected from the Malik era was that he would be able to encourage more youngsters into the team on accounts of being a (relative) youngster himself, but his shabby treatment of Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed goes against that expectation. Butt was considered Pakistan’s premier opener this time round last year and he is still in the team despite only performing against minnows. Pakistan has slipped in the Test rankings and in ODI’s it’s still at the same level as it was last year.” This time last year I supported Malik hoping that he would change the landscape of Pakistan cricket. However Malik has been given enough chances now and has failed. The best point Mr Abbasi has raised is regarding Malik's reluctance to promote youngsters like Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed. We won't know just how good or how these youngsters are unless they are played in more matches and used higher up the batting order.

  • Imran_Texan on April 22, 2008, 17:26 GMT

    Very well said. I think your critical thinking has improved alot. Shoaib Malik is basically scared that once these youngsters like Fawad Alam, Naumanullah and even Misbah really start performing well his own place will be at stake. Shoaibs bowling capability we all know is very poor so the only thing he can prove his worth is through his batting. I also think that Yousuf should have decided to rest himself instead of playing every game. May be Younis's decision is due to his fluctuating mood but still his decision allowed some youngsters to be tested. If now we have any series with Bangladesh or Zimbabwae the board should rest Shoaib Malik.

  • Imran Ahmed (New York) on April 22, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    Well said, I was so optimistic about Shoaib when he was given captancy. But for this record its just a joke. 10 out of eleven wins against ZIM and BANG come on.

    I think its not the captain, Pakistan Cricket needs a big change and permenant structure in management. (PLEASE CAN SOME ONE MAKE PEOPLE LIKE DR ASHRAF AND SHAFQUAT GO AND BRING SOMEONE WITH CRICKET SENSE AND A REAL HEART FOR PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN AND PAKISTAN CRICKET).

  • Omer Admani on April 22, 2008, 17:15 GMT

    Malik seeks indifference in the new-coming players: They shouldn't be good enough to threaten his place or his buddies, but not bad enough so that Pakistan comes close of losing. Indeed, this two-pronged insecurity decides Malik's course of actions. Secondly, Malik never seemed confident against Bangladesh and his fear of losing to Bangladesh was always visible. It is this lack of confidence that will always carry the team now-- the ideal opposition for Malik being that from which the team is not expected to win or from which the team is not going to lose. Indifference all around is ruining Pakistan cricket.

  • Philip John Joseph on April 22, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    Greetings Mr. Abbasi,

    While I agree that Pakistan playing against Bangladesh is indeed an example of a situation where Pakistan could win with untested players; in general, I prefer to think of international cricket as an arena where only the best players play; where "best" is defined as the establishment players with the best LG ICC ratings. The next best players should then be cycled in one at a time, to see if they can dislodge the weakest player in the establishment eleven. In other words, a sort of mathematical formula whereby a prospective replacement has a specified and constant number of matches in which to beat the rating or performance of the weakest relevant player in the national/international eleven. That said, I think an even better system would be to appoint Waqar Younis as coach cum selector, whereby he selects his own team according to his requirements/perception of how the game should be played, sort of like football, for say a two year renewable contract.

  • Same old Same old on April 22, 2008, 14:20 GMT

    Very True , its kinda same story. This team and the captaincy is becoming Melancholic.I was thinking the same What did we get out of this sub standard series, Uncertanity and Doubts prevails. As soon we will play with top five teams we will go through the same cycle. Sometimes i feel like current selectors and specially Shoaib has borderline IQ (malang). In my opinion they should have tried Most of the younger players, should have sorted out sarfaraz and kamran akmal's issue as well as opener's. Infact in a series like this (home ground and weak team) ideally they should have given chances to newcomers in first 2-3 matches, so they can develop fighting spirit and handle some pressure etc,contrary to that they were given half hearted chance in the 4th/5th matches and under utilized. It is hard to understand HOW ARE THEY GOING TO find new talent with this RETARDED approach.

  • Pritam singh on April 22, 2008, 14:13 GMT

    Hi Kamran, It's good to see pakistan fast bowling in good health again; well it's always been but dodged by selection policies all the time. I don't think you guys need shoiab now. Let Asif and gul form the core of pace attack with riaz and tanvir and khan around them. Well there are a plenty of critics of IPL but there was a great sight yesterday. Jaipur crowd booed Sreesanth ( Kings Punjab) for being aggressive towards local lad Kamran Akmal (Royal rajasthan). It was wonderful, wasn't it. An indian being jeered for a pakistani by indian crowd....made my day...and to go with that Kolkata crowd cheering Andrew symonds and silence of mumbaikars upon jaysuriya's runout sums up IPL so far..it's not all that futile excercise

  • Mustafa Moiz on April 22, 2008, 14:09 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with Malik's captaincy. You're just doing what you usually do, looking for something bad to comment on. Other than Younis Khan's mood swings (spot on), there isn't anything worth reading in this article.

  • Adnan Ahmad Khan on April 22, 2008, 14:03 GMT

    I do not agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I think Pakistan team looks to be gelling up nicely. And as far as Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz are considered we need to be cautious we do not want another mohammed sami who has serious talent but still does not know how to use it. So in my opinion introducing these players slowly to international cricket will lessen the burden on these players and they will be better equipped to play good international cricket in future. We just need to back them up that they are the future they just need to be polished for better results.

  • Farooq Siddiqui on April 22, 2008, 14:00 GMT

    Well Said, Mr. Abbasi. I always liked Shoaib Malik, the cricketer, but I am beginning to despise his captaincy. He especially seems threatened by Fawad Alam. I think Fawad is an exceptional talent, a true 'cricketer' and a winner. Shoaib has repeatedly left him down the order even in the meaningless matches. Naumanullah finally gets a chance at age 32 in an already won series, with the game comfortably set, and he comes in at no. 7. Sarfraz Ahmed fails to get even a single match???

  • Arsalan Ghouri on April 22, 2008, 13:51 GMT

    Yes ! its strange situation that media and paki officials take this record as major breakthorough in paki cricket, how shameful is this. and what about m. yousuf who play against bangladesh with injury and im sure if some other opposition played there he would take rest or may be withdraw from series. M. yousuf is a selfish player he takes every chance and willing to not give any young player to groom himself. he just want his statistics more Presentable.

  • Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on April 22, 2008, 13:48 GMT

    I think we need a one day series against Canada, followed by another against Namibia and maybe we can even squeeze in Kenya. This will give us a winning streak the likes of which no one has seen. Please note the sarcasm. I played school cricket with Bazid Khan so I was glad he got a couple of knocks in, however there was not enough rotation of players because I feel Malik, Akmal, Butt, Yousuf and Misbah were trying to pad the hell out of their batting averages. Good young players lost the chance to cut their teeth as a result. Sohail Khan is the real deal. I saw him in person on my last trip to Pakistan this past March playing for Sindh vs Punjab. He's quick, moves the ball around well and has a nice, easy run-up and action. He needs to be exposed to better teams so he can hone his craft. I think he did'nt do justice to his skills against Zim and Bang because he was trying to get batsmen out with sheer pace. With a full bag of tricks he should be an exciting and overdue pace prospect

  • Hasan on April 22, 2008, 13:46 GMT

    Really Mr Abbasi? Kamran Akmal cant play under testing conditions? What about his century on a green track in Karachi against the old enemy just a few moons ago? His keeping may be sub-standard, but to lambast his batting is below the belt. Perhaps if Pakistan kept opening with him instead of shunting him up and down the order he could be more consistent.

    As to your suggestion of trying new players, well Mr Abassi, a team must gel together, especially when they are playing little or no cricket as the Pakistani's currently are. Take a leaf out of the Australian's book; no matter who the opposition, they will play almost the same team and let them gel. At most they blood 3-4 players a year, if that. Perhaps we should do the same.

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on April 22, 2008, 13:44 GMT

    Kamran, this is the best you wrote this year. I have exactly the same feelings. This whole Pak-BD series was a big waste of opportunity, I mean what we had to lose to introduce youngsters and given more chances to rookies? It’s clear to me that team is divided and Malik is by far the shadiest and shoddiest captain Pakistan ever had. He lobbies for Kamran Akmal even though Akmal is the biggest liability we have, a master of converting victories into losses, and one of the top reason for misery in our team. I guess Malik does not believe in “catches win the matches”. He wants to get rid of Afridi and Younus. If it was not for the fear of backlash from fans, these guys won’t be in the team anymore. Younus may be an underachiever in ODIs but so is Malik in tests. You can’t ignore the hard work and passion of Younus. Malik on the other hand has a tendency to get injured against strong opponents and perform 110 percent against weaker opposition. Do you guys remember Shoaib Malik sat out the entire series against England for an injured thumb? I mean come on, just for an injured thumb? If Shoaib Akhter is the drama king then Shoaib Malik is the drama queen and that also an ugly one. Afridi is by far the best allrounder in current Pakistani team. He has it all, he bats well, bowls well, and fields well, and bring life and energy to the team. I know, fans expect him to score 40, 50 on 19, 20 balls but that expectations are the curse he carries each time he comes to bat. Just imagine the pressure he would be under when people chant and demand six on every delivery he faces. I don’t know who decides his batting order? He should open in all ODIs played at subcontinent wickets. He will be more useful at No. 6 in Australia, England, and South Africa. In all tests he should be playing down the order. He had a very good series so far. Being top wicket taker is another statement for his all round capabilities. Afridi for Captain!

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on April 22, 2008, 13:33 GMT

    Geez when Pakistan played 9 debutants against Zimbabwe you complained of too many new faces. And now when they play some of those same players against Bangladesh you complain as well! Why can't you take a win and think of the positives? Wahab Riaz *did* play, Sohail Khan *did* play. Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul both got some valuable match practice, which they desperately needed. Only 11 can play and it is more important that the unit gels as a team and maintains a winning habit.

    I know for sure that people like you would have made more scathing remarks if Pakistan had fielded 11 debutants each game and lost at least one game.

    Hey, how were we to know Bangladesh remains to be so poor?

  • Saad Saleem on April 22, 2008, 13:08 GMT

    I completely agree. The selection dilemma has been a mystery in Pakistan for ages now when it comes to testing new blood. What actually shouild have happened is that atleast 60% of new faces should have been tested during each game while the seniors should have comprised of the remaining 40% on rotation basis. Looking at Bangladesh´s current form, it was just like killing a bird with cannon when you could have used stones. If the yound blood cannot be tested against the cricketing minnows on our docile pitches then God knows when our local talent would be revealed.

  • AJ on April 22, 2008, 12:25 GMT

    I was disappointed that they did not give chance to Fawad Alam in batting. He bated for 2 - 3 balls only. This is ridiculous. Why not send him before youusuf to test his true potential. I think they missed the chance. Shoaib is a defensive captain. We need someone like Dhoni, who is willing to take risk and be aggressive.

  • Muhammad Shafiq on April 22, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    it wasn't Malik's fault that PAK was playing BD & ZIM. Anyways Record is a record and we would love to prolong it. Bring Ireland and Kenya and beat AUSTRALIA's 21. And let them know this wil happen if then won't come.

    2nd part is frustarting , that is not giving enough oppurtunity to Unlucky BAZID, Poor Naumanullah, Golden boy Mansoor Amjad, haerworking fawad alam and exciting sarfraz ahmad. and wonderful Sohail khan and Wahab riaz. I just had few glimpses to see of these guys because after office timing, loadshedding of electrity starts. Anyways one of the boucer of wahab was brutal. Good yaar. it is sad these guys were not given chance in favor of yousuf, malik, younis, butt and akmal. It was a shame even Afridi is being wasted and being "pocessed" for only last 5 overs. i am sure Afridi will regain his "top spot" after IPL. Anyways the error is in the sytem, in the board---- Naseem Ashraf is the trunk of the problem while Malik's , sallu are just the leaves.

  • Zeeshan, London on April 22, 2008, 12:20 GMT

    Good article but perhaps a little over critical of Shoaib Malik.

    Yes I agree that he hasn't proved himself to be another Imran Khan but he is young and might still prove us wrong. But as fans we have to realise that he did the best he could and with the opposition he had. If Pakistan had lost any of the matches with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe then there probably would have been an outcry.

    In respect of the opposition we have to ask questions of the administration. Why didn't they see the risk of major countries cancelling as they have done historically and have a contingency plan in place? Why do we have such huge gaps in our calendar this is not just a current problem but it’s a ongoing thing plus Pakistan just doesn't play enough test matches.

    Shoaib should have given new players a longer run once the series was over, but the whole team is lacking match practice in particular the bowlers i.e. Asif and Umar so his decision is perhaps justified?

  • Naeem Afzal on April 22, 2008, 12:15 GMT

    Twenty years ago, Imran khan restrained himself and some other key figures from facing half strong kiwi side. This opened up room for experimentation. But more importantly, it exhibited mental and moral strength that is essence of development. Two decades down the line, our terrified team leadership mustered full strength sides throughout the series to defend home ground against "Mighty" Bangladesh and "Rampant" Zimbabwians. I wonder why iconoclasts like Kamran go after our "record breaking" captain and board? We must arrange such matches and give all the chance to talents like Salman Butt, Akmal, Bazid, who stood with our board in all clamities. These are the noble ones who will one day(in any decade) win us a game against Australia. We shouldnt be narrow minded. Stick with them for few more years before they could find some new ICL(like Farhat and Taufeeq did). ... and you dont bother too much about records and national pride. DNA is there to ransack whatever is left of it.

  • shezy ali on April 22, 2008, 11:57 GMT

    it good to see that team pakistan won 5-0 , 5-0. But still there is manythings to work on it. 1st the most sieneor pro MYK is got out cheaply in first two innings. 2nd again shifting of there oppners. That was the right time to interduice your yong guns to prove a point as they proved ealier in the home series against Aus "A". and one last thing atleast the 5th oneday had to be given to the voice captain to lead the team to build his confedance in the leadership tactics.

    thanks

  • Adil jafry on April 22, 2008, 11:45 GMT

    I agree with the fact that young blood should have been a bigger part of the Bangladesh series. But in Shoaibs defence I would like to say that a defeat to the Bengali Tigers would have ticked off the ever so unforgiving public. Cries of changing the captain, dropping certain players and match fixing would have taken center stage yet again. There is already a lot of controversy around Pakistan cricket, Shoaib Akhtars case, ICL, Australia not touring etc. Losing to Bangladesh would have been too much to handle which is why I feel that Pakistan was reluctant to trying new players. As for the opening dilemma, I think Kamran should open doesnt matter what he scores. With him opening, it leaves a spot in the middle order, strengthening it even more. Shoaib, Yousuf, Younis, Misbah, Afridi and possibly someone like Yasir Hameed or Arafat would be a mouth watering treat. Around the world opening partnerships seldom last more than 5 overs, I think Kamran is a good enough player to accomplish it

  • Omar Zia on April 22, 2008, 11:42 GMT

    you have rightly said that Shoaib is a very weak captain. If you recall he bowled very little against India but against opposition like Bangladesh he completed his quota of 10 overs each time. By ignoring talented people we have already seen the injustice done to a player like MisbahulHaq. Hope it doesnt happen anymore but if you have players like Shoaib as Captain, who do not deserve their own place in the team then we cannot expect any better and undeserving players like Kamran Akmal, who is best friends with Shoaib, will continue to be selected

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 22, 2008, 11:42 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi

    To write this: "To compare Shoaib's captaincy with Imran Khan's is unworthy" is the BIGGEST JOKE of this century.

  • Zakir Khan on April 22, 2008, 11:25 GMT

    Kamran records against Bangladesh has no meanings what so ever.Pakistan cricket is in shambles. honestly speaking I am loosing interest in this game gradually and so are many of my friends. we have got no big stars in the likes of Imran,Wasim,Waqar any more. one can say for sure that this team cant perform against the likes of Australia and S Africa. we need atleast couple of players who just burst in to the international cricket and take everybody by surprise with their raw talent.it doesnt seems to be the case till now.

  • obaid shaikh on April 22, 2008, 11:16 GMT

    with due respect pakistan has beaten two low ranked teams so we shouldnt expect a lot when we play tougher opponents as all the weaknesses will again surface and pcb will be shell shocked. all the players have scored heavily against bangladesh but to shift 50s to 100 is not seen too often only salman butt played as an operner but others were still in doubt of their places . naser jamshed should have been given all five matches and should be told he is the no 1 choice but should also be guided and groomed

  • Maiwand Majboor on April 22, 2008, 11:15 GMT

    I think most of the things you have mentioned are true, and your criticism of the PCB is very justified. How can they see the Pakistan Team play so few matches, especially tests, in the coming two to three years? It shows thier inability and they are not fit for the job.

    Maiwand Mohmand, Kabul Afghanistan

  • obaid shaikh on April 22, 2008, 11:12 GMT

    weel to be honest i dont think this record matters considering that pakistan is playing very low sides. what should have been done ws to give more chances to paksitan a team players given them a taste of international matches and also looking at their potentiel. kamran akmal is not at all suited at the opening slot thats for sure i think naseer jamshed is a more better choice plus afridi has been not given a batting practice , he should have been promoted to let him have the feel. afridi bowling has been remarkable for a nice time but he needs match batting practice so younis khan should have rested for all five odis. wahab riaz and sohail khan are a nice find they have to be played more giving rest to other permamnent bowlers in the pakistan side . fawad alam is a nice prospect feature in pakistans future programes.naseem ashraf should resign and shoaib akhter should be picked for the champions trophy as we desperatly need his experience and fire power against tough oppositions

  • M N on April 22, 2008, 11:04 GMT

    What pakistan needs is a change of attitude not just cricket but the whole society. They must for once stop thinking about themselves but think for the country. Pakistani also celebrate independce days and what nots but are you guys truley pakistani. do you actually believe that you love this country. Coming back to cricket, in pakistan cricket is only for the elite class no average pakistani can play the sport because their uncles and cousins are not political leaders.who can ifluence there way into cricket teams. every thing in pakistan is politicised. Pakistan needs to stop bring politics into everyday life. from sports to paying electricity bills. I urge some of the affluent pakistanis to create a cricket league within pakistan to promote cricket and let people from poorer backgrounds into cricket. i believe there is endless amount of talent in pakistan it just needs to be found. Another thing i like to ponit out is that let crickters run the sport rather then some doctor. Peace

  • Salman on April 22, 2008, 10:59 GMT

    I think we pakistani's will keep on whinging about no matter we lose or win.I am keen follower of your article's mr.abbasi and i must say that what you are pointing out is fairish.But then again cant we just support our team and hope for the best in the future???

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 22, 2008, 10:32 GMT

    The next IPL match is in Hyderabad India and it is between Delhi Dare Devils and Deccan Chargers. The ex-Damaad of Hyderabad (son-in-law who out lawed his in laws) i.e., Shoaib Malik TutanKhamen shall be representing his team DDD under Sehwag's captaincy. Before his departure from Pakistan Malik told the reporters that may be Sehwag may not include him in the playing XI because, there are already 8 overseas players in that team. So, Malik is now finding himself in shallow waters and started to understand his true worth that, if he is not the captain of Pakistan side then he should be feeling the same as he is feeling now about assuring his place in the playing XI for Delhi Dare Devils. Sialkot di gully da Sher hai baki sab hair phair hai. LOL @ Malak coming to terms with reality.

  • 'A Fan' on April 22, 2008, 10:31 GMT

    I totally agree, this series was the ideal opportunity to try out new, younger players. But as always, the current hierarchy didnt disappoint!! My question for Kamran is , when do you think will there be a new PCB in place? Ultimately that is what is needed. New approach, fresh ideas, renewed enthusiasm etc. I feel Safraz Ahmed should be the wicket keeper and Shahid Afridi the captain for ODI. With Misbah -ul-haq the captain for the test matches. It is high time that a group of 4/5 FAST bowlers was introduced along with 3/4 new batsmen for next 12 months. The last two ODI series were the perfect opportunity, but that is history now...

    Why did they have to win the series then introduce a few players, why not introduce a 4/5 players from the start? It would have really tested the new players and separated the men from the boys....

    Well done PCB, when will you guys go and give some real cricketers the chance to shine...

    A very sad 'Fan'... :(

  • Usman Syed on April 22, 2008, 10:31 GMT

    True, it's too early to compare anything right now, due to the opposition. But we've got to look at the fact the team has already gone through numerous difficulties since the 2007 world cup that right now and I'm sure if Australia would have come to Pakistan instead of Bangladesh, they would have clean sweeped the local boys and none of the new players would have made their debut. Honestly speaking, it's surprising that the series wasn't as close as I thought. Bangladesh, on many occasions, slipped ahead of Pakistan but just couldn't capitalize. If the experienced players weren't there to rescue the team, the series would have been 3-2 in either teams favour.

  • ruchit on April 22, 2008, 10:28 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    Pakistan cricket has become a joke now. And it is unfortunate. As an Indian I always looked forward to an India-Pakistan series but the last time Pakistan toured India I was not at all excited. Pakistani administrators have killed the game. I really wonder if it would be possible for us to see the exciting Pakistani teams of yore- in 70's,80's and 90's once again. And it is not the administrators only. I think a lot has to do with the fact that in Pakistan there is national obsession of producing only super fast bowlers. Let batsmen,spinner etc. go to hell. Batsman at the max. is there just to hit 6's and 4's not apply himself. Did Miandad,Haneef etc. became great by hitting just 4's and 6's. The mentality resonated with one found in my land albeit in India the focus is only on batting. Bowlers are just time pass fare. We don't believe in balance like RSA and Aussies do.

    With Regards.

    Ruchit.

  • Naeem Afzal on April 22, 2008, 10:07 GMT

    Well said Kamran! Malik and board can be in record books for ever if they arrange a few more series like these. Extraordinary talents like Akhtar and Afridi feel suffocated under PCB and Malik(rubber-stamp dummy Yes-man). Hello, DNA! I will be your yesman, so make me captain. Captain must be someone whose own place in team is beyond doubt. Watch out for Afridi tonight in IPL epacially if he could get a chance against Malik on pitch. He will look to expose Malik's incapability as a player and his credential to head Pakistan team. Just a hunch.

  • Ali on April 22, 2008, 10:04 GMT

    You're absolutely right new players should have been tested more, but at the same time it was important to get our first choice 11 into some kind of rhythm particularly the openers (both batting and bowling). I think that the limited yet spirited performances of the two quicks, Riaz and Sohail Khan along with the application and temperament to play long innings shown by Salman Butt are significant positives for the rebuilding of our team. Playing a decent bowling attack in the absense of Shoaib and with the injury proneness of Gul and Asif may be possible with the likes of Tanvir, Riaz, Rao Iftikhar, and Sohail Khan. Similarly our long-standing achilles heal that is our opening has shown a glimmer of half-a-hope. I mean Butt's performance during this series albiet against weak bowling is still encouraging. As for the second opener I totally agree that Kamran Akmal is not the answer and neither is Jamshed, perhaps Younis Khan should try out, he's at the crease by the 5th over anyway.

  • srivathsan on April 22, 2008, 9:48 GMT

    I agree with your views in toto.I have been writing in this blog that captain need to be changed.While not taking out any credit from their recent victories,as you have rightly said youngsters were not given adequate oppurtunities.Fawad alam is one such person who is highly talented but not persisted .WHY ? Malik is a good player but not a good captain.Coach plays an important role & you can see the difference in both pakistan & bangladesh.Pakistan was formidable under woolmer untill WC & bangladesh beat all the good teams under Whatmore.Though Talent is available in abundence both in pakistan & bangladesh,they are sliding down not only because of good captain but also a good coach.Iam not at all impressed with Lawson & india has shown that local coach can do a better job than a foreign coach.This is not to belittle them as some of them have done exceedingly well but to emphasise that we need not be desperate to appoint them.At present only afridi appers a good choice for captaincy.

  • irfan Waheed on April 22, 2008, 9:45 GMT

    I agree with the fact that Pakistan made the records against the weakest teams around and also not giving enough chances to the juniors. i reckon Pakistan cricket is heading nowhere as the whole board is full of controversies and mishandling of the players. In this mist they found a perfect "YES MAN" in the shape of Shoaib Malik,who is not more than a puppet to the higher authorities of the Pakistan cricket. They screwed up big time with the batsman of the year.Mohammad Yousaf with his IPL case as I don't see him playing from any side as far as current season of IPL is concerned. Look at Afridi,he si still brave enough to claim that he is eyeing on Macullum's 158 in IPL20-20. C'mon mate,think before you say stuff like this.If you remember you said sort of same stuff before the T20worldcup.I can bet my life on the fact that pakistan still cant beat Aussies,Indian,Srilankans and even Kiwis easily so making records cant please the cricket lovers in Pakistan. Well mate, now invite Holand

  • Nabil Hoodbhoy on April 22, 2008, 9:30 GMT

    I completely agree with your article Mr. Abassi. It seems that Pakistan Cricket missed a Golden opportunity to blood new cricketers in the series against Bangladesh. New players were not given a chance to play long innings e.g. naumanullah who was sent in at number 7 in the only match he played instead of higher up the order and mansoor amjad only given one over in the 20/20 match where he could have been brought on earlier to bowl his full quota of four overs. At times I do not know who is making these decisions the Board, the captain or the coach. It seems that Pakistan Cricket is always full of nonsenical decisions made by equally inept people. I just don't understand it. If a lay person or a cricket afficiando can know what decisions should be made why does it always escape the PCB. The salaries that the board officials draw is bordering on the ridiculous in comparison to the amount of work they do or in this case not do. The future indeed looks bleak for Pakistan Cricket.

  • Hussnain S on April 22, 2008, 9:29 GMT

    It is really unfortunate that we are not seeing any risisng star or star in making. I think personally that the management of cricket board has played a very negative role in the whole scenario. Where are the greats in coming days? In India or ........

  • Sajjad on April 22, 2008, 9:26 GMT

    As like earlier I said this team is waste, management is waste. We need new team thinking; especially this person Shoaib Malik is really a selfish captain. He never give proper chances to youngsters, see Fawad Alam he is great talent but not getting any proper chance, same is happening with Nasir Jamshed and Sohail khan. Shoaib Malik doesn’t want to see any settle opening pair for Pakistan because he only wants to see Salman and Kamran Akmal as openers. Again like earlier please get rid of these fellows and appoint Mosbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan captain and include all new players. We need fresh approach and ideas, try them in ODIs.

  • Ami Ahmed on April 22, 2008, 9:16 GMT

    Chill man, lets watch some IPL!!!

  • Omer Khawar on April 22, 2008, 9:10 GMT

    I agree with you almost 90% The new spinner should have been tested.Resting Jamshed I think was ok because he is just as crazy, if not more crazy than Imran Nazir. He needs to mend his batting which will take a couple of years. Misbahulhaq is one such example and Hussey and many more who have mastered the art of staying on the wicket for long periods of time. Well I think that Kamran Akmal is the best second option we have after Salman Butt. He is technically gifted and plays shots on merit which is the basic thing an opener should do. I think that if given more opportunity he will be a better opener than Salman Butt, both for Tests and ODI's. Malik needs to do his homework. Leadership is natural but I am sure their are ways to develop leadership skills.Read cricket books on strategy, look at past matches of Imran Khan to look at his strategy with the players he had. Look at the field setting that Pointing does when Sachin, Yousuf are at crease.Lawson needs to teach Malik; Strategy101

  • Faisal Malik on April 22, 2008, 8:51 GMT

    Could'nt agree more. The insecurity is also highlighted by the fact that even he did not let go of his captaincy during the 'thrilling& exciting' series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. After the hue and cry over vice captaincy between Salman Butt and Misbah it was high time that either of the two could have been tried as the Captain during the dead 4th and 5th rubbers. Seems that Shoaib will only let go when there is a tough series aka India around before giving someone lese a chance for GLORY.

  • khawaja naveed zafar on April 22, 2008, 8:48 GMT

    Kamran Sb you are absolutely right apart from testing the new blood one thing which completely bamboozle me is the reluctance of our team and board management to have lively tracks even against weaker oppositions. Dont take credit of 5-0 victory over a weaker opposition on placid pitches. You must remember the Multan test against the same opposition on a lively track when we were about to become the first test nation to loss against Bangladesh but thanks to the Great Inzy who saved us. If our approach remains the same i am afraid not much to chear for Pakistan Cricket in near future

  • Riz on April 22, 2008, 8:42 GMT

    I dont know what it is about Shoiab Malik that I cant get over.I remember him in one interview saying that his policy as captain was to always attack, in reality he is a defensive captain.He just seems to be out of his league when it comes to being captain.I think reason for that is he is not sure of his own place in the team.

    I think you should also have mentioned Alam in your article.As for the problems with management it is going to be a wait and see situation if Pakistan do well in the Asia Cup and Champions Trophy then nothing will change, if Pakistan dont do well then there will be changes.As for Younis Khan I was a supporter of him being captain but now I am glad Mr Sulk is no where near the captaincy.Lawson needs to be replaced soon

  • Shariq Syed on April 22, 2008, 8:34 GMT

    Never though of commenting on the blog but I guess temptation has grown on me now. As for aforesaid thread, the team should realize that they are at best a mediocre team lying in the lower middle of the ranking, so just stop being phony & concentrate on basics…. We shouldn’t need to live in a fools world else forget about the improvement than.

    I suggest stop breaking records (whatever they are:), and start winning matches against the big guys. They and we will feel better….

  • Shoaib Mailk on April 22, 2008, 8:05 GMT

    I am the best captain. Gotcha suckers. Kamran, you are a paesant in my world. Cherish or perish.

  • Zaid_sl on April 22, 2008, 7:52 GMT

    Well said its sad to see the pakistan going like this but for me first the cricket board should change.their should be a cricket board which is ready to give chances for the talented. Already the talented misbah's youth days are wasted,abdul razzak,azhar mahmood,shahid nazir,ASIM KAMAL are a few examples.

  • Owais Bin Laiq on April 22, 2008, 7:23 GMT

    Zimbabwe n then came the Asian Tigers- Bangladesh. I think the time has come to play n perform against some tough oppositions. If Aussies n the Lankans r not in the mood 2 play on the PAK soil, worry not. Call the Irish. Ireland can give Pak tough time. So call them n try 2 beat them. Hahhaah! A 3-2 win against the Irish will be quite respectable.

  • Cric-fanatic on April 22, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    Isnt it about time Pakistan start opening the innings with Shahid Afridi? All 4 of his centuries have come up the order and he would have loved the Zimbabwe and Bangladeshi attacks... he is being wasted down the order.

  • Asim on April 22, 2008, 6:34 GMT

    I fully agree with Kamran that this record of victories will count for nothing..but had we lost to BD or Zimbabwe, that would have mattered a lot.

    Shoaib Malik is an unsecure and technically poor captain. He does not like to give chances to talented cricketers as they can can cement their places in the team and will oust his unperformaing favorites like Kamran Akmal and Kaneria from the team.

    There is no doubt that Sarfraz Ahmad can compete with the best of International keepers and his batting average in first class cricket is much better than Kamran Akmal. Kamran Akmal is the reason for 50% of Pakistan's lack of success over the last 3 years against the better teams. If we take the average of his dropped catches, it is 2 dropped or missed chances every match in one day cricket and every innings in test cricket. A dropped catch by a keeper demoralizes a bowler more than a dropped catch by a fielder.

    Then Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan both have pace as well as brains and are much much ahead of the likes of Sami, Rao and Sohail Tanvir. Yasir Ali is another talented quickie who I believe will never be a given an opportunity. Besides, the 15 year old left arm pacer, Muhammad Amir has loads of talent.

    Bazid Khan, Khurram Manzoor and Nasir Jamshed just need regular chances to cement their places. Salman Butt is a flat Track bully who loves to play mediocre bowling atacks only.

    Apart from Younus, Yousuf, Misbah, Gul and Asif, the rest of the spots are up for grabs.

    Another surprising element which no one has highlighted so far is the lack of test cricket for Pakistan over the last 3 or 4 years. In 2007, Pakistan played only 6 test matches. This year, they are scheduled to play only 3 tests if India proceeds with the trip. It seems we are heading to the decade of 60's and 70's while rest of the top cricketing teams play 14- 16 tests every year. PCB has a lot to answer, but are they interested?

  • Xill-e-Ilahi on April 22, 2008, 6:13 GMT

    What worries me the most is the PCB's continued reliance on Shoaib as captain without any evident succession planning especially in the Test team - where, at least on a statistical basis, he doesn't even merit a slot. Since the departure of Imran Khan except for brief spells of intelligence under Wasim and Inzy we have lacked captains with acumen and pure old-fashioned guts. The PCB took way too long to blood Misbah who might have been an option but the age factor rules against him for any long term planning.

    Even with all the mood swings and inconsistencies in temperament, Younis is the only viable option at the moment for a Test captain.

    Crazy as it might sound, my man for the limited overs captaincy was always Afridi. I wonder if I have any supporters on that one.

  • Imran Ali on April 22, 2008, 5:49 GMT

    You are on spot Kamran. I am appalled to see the way Shoaib handled the new players. He came on to bowl 1st change in the 5 ODI and 20-20 when he has the bowlers in Wahab Riaz, Mansoor Amjad & Fawad Alam to bowl, who were eventually underbowled. Suhail Khan was also underbowled in the previous match. In the earlier match Naumanullah made his debut but came to bat at No.8. where is Sarfaraz, why we have to persist with the problem called Kamran Akmal. Why don't we just get rid of this selfish captain. In the end, how come Younis Khan can go and come back into team anytime he wants is beyond my understanding.

  • Swami on April 22, 2008, 5:48 GMT

    Virtually everyone in Pakistan has been asked to open the innings and still a regular cannot be found. The problem seems to be weakness in technique. Generally the batsmen seem to great at driving through the line when it doesnt deviate, but look lost and clueless when the ball moves ( including Younis Khan and Mohammed Younis ).

  • Hassan ahmed on April 22, 2008, 5:34 GMT

    Criticism of shoaib's captaincy is partly correct but the thing is that what other options do we have? An erratic Younis Khan or an inconsistent Shahid Afridi who cannot justify his place in even the one day team with his batting falling apart.

  • Daniyal on April 22, 2008, 5:31 GMT

    I have to disagree with you about Kamran Akmal not being an opener I feel he has never been given a long enough run as an opener and he is the best option for ODI and 2020 cricket. As he is someone that is willing to bat out a bad situation rather than giving up which most of our batsman do on green wickets And bringing in a youngster in ODI where he has to hit out and ruin his technique over a period of time. Is something we have done with many openers that have passed through are lineup recently.

  • Haseeb on April 22, 2008, 5:15 GMT

    Kamran you are correctly point out a number of things regarding the flaws in the Pakistani system and Shoaibs captaincy. Misbah for me, right now, might be the *best* potential batsman in the line. The two sad things about him are (i) that he hasnt been tested on Australian, English or New Zealand pitches (could turn out to be a Yasir Hameed - although he plays a greater % on merit rather than trying to flick deliveries to leg off middle stump) and (ii) that PCB / authorities let him be 32 before giving him a chance.

  • Saif Ahmed on April 22, 2008, 4:17 GMT

    Great assessment of pathetic captainship. This guy is totally insecure of his own place in the team. This is why he does not allow any youngster enough opportunities. A case in point is Fawad Alam, he has never been given a good run in batting or bowling. His contribution in the field had been exemplary though. Bringing Naumanullah in that game was no less than joke, poor guy.

  • azam on April 22, 2008, 3:20 GMT

    Part 2: Mr Butt and Akmal scored centuries against bangladesh ,but have they performed against decent teams NOOO !! and now they wud be good for an year , and i dont even consider PCB as Pakistan Cricket Board , Its PUNJAB Cricket Board !!! , we criticize other folks , their policies and how they deal by not touring, but they are alot better than us, atleast they dont have that monopoly , I mean i m tired of this S*** and as much as i love my country but i dont give a hoot and have no respect for my team and thats right and i m not ashamed of it ! As long we have this Punjab Cricket Board , we cant be better !

  • azam on April 22, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    I would make it short as i know who give's a hoot to what we write , its just we show our expressions but if you think we can make a difference by writing than we all are mistaken.

    The column is well written and to the point , and we know for a fact why our team struggles and its because of no merit in the system, The team is full of punjabi's and yes i kno you would say its crap but we all know this is truth, for instance take an example of Mr Kamran Akmal , absolutely pathetic performance for a long long time with both gloves and bat but was he dropped ?? thats right No he wasn't , who could have been his replacement , Yes Sarfraz Ahmad, and where does he play from , indeed Karachi !! , This is just pure politics , Sohail Ahmad from karachi but was he given enough chance , no he wasnt , Naumanullah another youngster , first debut and where did he bat at ?? number 7 or 8 .. i mean simply pathetic... Part 2 ...

  • Waqas on April 22, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    He played majority of his cricket under inzamam captaincy, and he thinks like no other than him. He is a captain who want things to happen rather than making it happen.

  • Waqas on April 22, 2008, 3:13 GMT

    I couldnt agree more. He played majority of his cricket under inzamam captaincy, and he thinks like no other than him. He is a captain who want things to happen rather than making it happen.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 22, 2008, 2:59 GMT

    Kamran it is good that you have exposed this monkey praising his own tail drama. Malik was being hailed as the most successful Pakistani captain by his fans and worshipers for winning 11 matches in a row. I would concur Omer Admani's views in the previous thread in which he mentioned that Pakistan should invite, Kenya, Holland, Bermuda and Canada then, Malik will complete a half century of successful wins in a row, and no country or any captain on earth would ever beat that record.

    What a ding-dong nincompoop captain Pakistan has produced he not only goofs up on the ground but after the game in his speeches he proves that he is an incurable simpleton. People have often laughed at Inzamam's English but, this dimwit dolt is a good for nothing bloke. Poor Inzi is a humble giant whereas Malik is a meany, miry, slimy, monster. The reluctance to properly test new players is a deliberate ruse to keep the young talent away because, he feels threatened of his own place. If Malik is removed from the captaincy he cannot justify his own place in the team. I am surprised at your asking: Who opens with Salman Butt remains unclear. You should have been asking who replaces Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal? Salman can gyrate his Butt against weaker oppositions and at the domestic circuit only, he has always failed against stronger teams and on bouncy wickets.

    This victory against the minnows will not change the ICC rankings. You have rightly mentioned that it is a "pyrrhic victory" but, the debrach Malik considers himself as King Pyrrhus of Epirus. Look at the way he is smiling with that cup as a solo winner of a rat race. The wins under his "ijaar-bandh" are inflicting more damage to his own performance as well as to the game of cricket in Pakistan and thats just because of his jingoistic philosophy. Its funny to see him when he stands for his speech, clears his throat, makes his "Adams Apple" more visible and blabs: " Friends Romans Sialkotians......"

  • EAMIran on April 22, 2008, 2:19 GMT

    Spot on. Shoaib the captain is an insecure little so-and-so who continues to be supported by larger so-and-sos in the PCB. I did not see Sohail Khan in action, but did manage to see Wahab and he seems promising. All the more reason he should have opened the bowling with Gul or Sohail Khan, with Tanvir as 1st or 2nd change.On the batting front there was no sign of the promising youngsters tried out against Zimbabwe. Instead we had to endure "The Khatmal", who is probably as insecure about his position in the team as is Shoaib - outrageous given the fact that Pakistan is trying to find a specialist opener or two. When will we blood our young batsmen? Against Australia? Instead a 32 year old is given a debut and is then sent at # 8?!? Naumanullah should have told Shoaib to effoff, since his international cricket career was going to end after this ODI anyway. Finally, where was Sarfaraz the keeper? Rotting in some 3rd rate grade 2 championship game no doubt. PCB Zindabad

  • Martin Hook on April 22, 2008, 2:15 GMT

    One of the ways Pakistan can improve its cricket and leverage coaching/training is by PCB accepting ICL and not endorse IPL exclusively. IPL will not play many players of the current pakistan team and there is no reason why they should not participate in the ICL with gusto. PCB has no sustainable model for first class players financial well being and ICL will keep these under 19 players going as they currently gets lost through PCB created confusion come system. Almost all ICLIPL teams have their own physio. trainer and support staff while pakistan doomestic infrastructure in disarray. They should take this opportunity or pakistan cricket will die slow death by playing bangladesh and Zim.

  • nizar akbar on April 22, 2008, 2:11 GMT

    played against Bangladesh and Zambabve in a home ground, I dont thing its a record performance.

  • Ali Hasan on April 22, 2008, 2:06 GMT

    Hear Hear!

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  • Ali Hasan on April 22, 2008, 2:06 GMT

    Hear Hear!

  • nizar akbar on April 22, 2008, 2:11 GMT

    played against Bangladesh and Zambabve in a home ground, I dont thing its a record performance.

  • Martin Hook on April 22, 2008, 2:15 GMT

    One of the ways Pakistan can improve its cricket and leverage coaching/training is by PCB accepting ICL and not endorse IPL exclusively. IPL will not play many players of the current pakistan team and there is no reason why they should not participate in the ICL with gusto. PCB has no sustainable model for first class players financial well being and ICL will keep these under 19 players going as they currently gets lost through PCB created confusion come system. Almost all ICLIPL teams have their own physio. trainer and support staff while pakistan doomestic infrastructure in disarray. They should take this opportunity or pakistan cricket will die slow death by playing bangladesh and Zim.

  • EAMIran on April 22, 2008, 2:19 GMT

    Spot on. Shoaib the captain is an insecure little so-and-so who continues to be supported by larger so-and-sos in the PCB. I did not see Sohail Khan in action, but did manage to see Wahab and he seems promising. All the more reason he should have opened the bowling with Gul or Sohail Khan, with Tanvir as 1st or 2nd change.On the batting front there was no sign of the promising youngsters tried out against Zimbabwe. Instead we had to endure "The Khatmal", who is probably as insecure about his position in the team as is Shoaib - outrageous given the fact that Pakistan is trying to find a specialist opener or two. When will we blood our young batsmen? Against Australia? Instead a 32 year old is given a debut and is then sent at # 8?!? Naumanullah should have told Shoaib to effoff, since his international cricket career was going to end after this ODI anyway. Finally, where was Sarfaraz the keeper? Rotting in some 3rd rate grade 2 championship game no doubt. PCB Zindabad

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on April 22, 2008, 2:59 GMT

    Kamran it is good that you have exposed this monkey praising his own tail drama. Malik was being hailed as the most successful Pakistani captain by his fans and worshipers for winning 11 matches in a row. I would concur Omer Admani's views in the previous thread in which he mentioned that Pakistan should invite, Kenya, Holland, Bermuda and Canada then, Malik will complete a half century of successful wins in a row, and no country or any captain on earth would ever beat that record.

    What a ding-dong nincompoop captain Pakistan has produced he not only goofs up on the ground but after the game in his speeches he proves that he is an incurable simpleton. People have often laughed at Inzamam's English but, this dimwit dolt is a good for nothing bloke. Poor Inzi is a humble giant whereas Malik is a meany, miry, slimy, monster. The reluctance to properly test new players is a deliberate ruse to keep the young talent away because, he feels threatened of his own place. If Malik is removed from the captaincy he cannot justify his own place in the team. I am surprised at your asking: Who opens with Salman Butt remains unclear. You should have been asking who replaces Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal? Salman can gyrate his Butt against weaker oppositions and at the domestic circuit only, he has always failed against stronger teams and on bouncy wickets.

    This victory against the minnows will not change the ICC rankings. You have rightly mentioned that it is a "pyrrhic victory" but, the debrach Malik considers himself as King Pyrrhus of Epirus. Look at the way he is smiling with that cup as a solo winner of a rat race. The wins under his "ijaar-bandh" are inflicting more damage to his own performance as well as to the game of cricket in Pakistan and thats just because of his jingoistic philosophy. Its funny to see him when he stands for his speech, clears his throat, makes his "Adams Apple" more visible and blabs: " Friends Romans Sialkotians......"

  • Waqas on April 22, 2008, 3:13 GMT

    I couldnt agree more. He played majority of his cricket under inzamam captaincy, and he thinks like no other than him. He is a captain who want things to happen rather than making it happen.

  • Waqas on April 22, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    He played majority of his cricket under inzamam captaincy, and he thinks like no other than him. He is a captain who want things to happen rather than making it happen.

  • azam on April 22, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    I would make it short as i know who give's a hoot to what we write , its just we show our expressions but if you think we can make a difference by writing than we all are mistaken.

    The column is well written and to the point , and we know for a fact why our team struggles and its because of no merit in the system, The team is full of punjabi's and yes i kno you would say its crap but we all know this is truth, for instance take an example of Mr Kamran Akmal , absolutely pathetic performance for a long long time with both gloves and bat but was he dropped ?? thats right No he wasn't , who could have been his replacement , Yes Sarfraz Ahmad, and where does he play from , indeed Karachi !! , This is just pure politics , Sohail Ahmad from karachi but was he given enough chance , no he wasnt , Naumanullah another youngster , first debut and where did he bat at ?? number 7 or 8 .. i mean simply pathetic... Part 2 ...

  • azam on April 22, 2008, 3:20 GMT

    Part 2: Mr Butt and Akmal scored centuries against bangladesh ,but have they performed against decent teams NOOO !! and now they wud be good for an year , and i dont even consider PCB as Pakistan Cricket Board , Its PUNJAB Cricket Board !!! , we criticize other folks , their policies and how they deal by not touring, but they are alot better than us, atleast they dont have that monopoly , I mean i m tired of this S*** and as much as i love my country but i dont give a hoot and have no respect for my team and thats right and i m not ashamed of it ! As long we have this Punjab Cricket Board , we cant be better !

  • Saif Ahmed on April 22, 2008, 4:17 GMT

    Great assessment of pathetic captainship. This guy is totally insecure of his own place in the team. This is why he does not allow any youngster enough opportunities. A case in point is Fawad Alam, he has never been given a good run in batting or bowling. His contribution in the field had been exemplary though. Bringing Naumanullah in that game was no less than joke, poor guy.