Politics June 12, 2008

Frustrated Ashraf fires a scattergun

Much of Ashraf's scattergun email at the team management fires bullets at targets that are outside his zone
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Some companies have a policy of avoiding emails to tick off employees. Emails often read more angrily than they were written. Cold words, delivered without the benefit of emotion or inflection, can sting and wound. But perhaps that was Dr Ashraf's intention with his furious email to Talat Ali about Pakistan's dismal performance against India?

As chairman of the board, Ashraf carries the ultimate responsibility for the success or failure of the national cricket team. He has a duty to hire and fire, encourage and admonish in the pursuit of excellence and a return to glory days. On the evidence of Pakistan's recent form and this email, don't expect anything glorious anytime soon.

Since we don't have the fortune to read all his emails we can only assume that the Ashraf that is revealed in this email is the true Ashraf. And this Ashraf is frustrated, and rightly so, at the failure of his team and their abject approach. As chairman he has every right to question the team's attitude, integrity, and the wisdom of selecting unfit players. Yet, much of Ashraf's scattergun email fires bullets at targets that are outside his zone.

It is interesting to consider where a chairman should interfere and where he should not. My concern is that Ashraf's email reveals a degree of interference in team selection and cricketing tactics that is unhealthy for Pakistan cricket and beyond his remit as chairman. It is a revelation that helps explain the floundering progress of Pakistan under his tenure, because with this degree of detailed interference it is hard for the team management to execute their duties effectively to plan.

Team selection, the batting approach, and the bowling strategies are for the coach and captain to decide. The selectors are next best placed to comment and offer guidance on these issues. A chairman might offer helpful suggestions, even ask the right questions, on cricketing tactics but not offer the angry tirade in his email.

Simply put, Ashraf needs to trust his management team or fire them. Either way, he should continue his pursuit of better attitude and higher standards but leave the cricketing details to the men he has hired to do the job.

The problem for Ashraf, of course, is that he is sinking under the weight of his relentless failure--and there is too much to put right before time runs out.

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

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  • Umar on June 19, 2008, 23:17 GMT

    Why has Kamran Abbasi not written any blog on Pakistan's win?? I suppose because he has no face to face those whom he critized a day before!

  • Umar on June 19, 2008, 23:17 GMT

    Why has Kamran Abbasi not written any blog on Pakistan's sin?? I suppose because he has no face to face those whom he critized a day before!

  • Fahad Khan on June 17, 2008, 14:08 GMT

    Very happy to see Pakistan win. However, I still want to see the team composition change. I don't have anything personal against Shoaib Malik, but this guy is a horrible captain (IMO). There are a lot of other people on the team who would make good captains (almost anyone else). A captain has to lead from the front, and the fact that he wasted Sohail Tanvir's last over in the previous Ind-Pak match and had Younis Khan bowl just so he wouldn't have to bowl is pathetic. If he was genuinely injured, why didn't they pick another spinner to play, or why would he play if he would be a detriment to the team? Maybe the Pakistan team is okay but they need to play more seriously and not be joking around when the opposition is batting them out of a game. IMO, its a combination of both factors. The captain and coach should be responsible for this. (If not, waht exactly are they for?)

  • Irfan-Dubai on June 17, 2008, 11:43 GMT

    hi all, Congrats to Mr. Abbasi and congrats to all Pakistanis, there were talks of being IPL fever on most of the players, that actually and really showed in the final on most indian players, eventhough i am big fan of T20 cricket, but sure this will have negative effect on one day 50 overs matches, didn't you see, india could have just walked pass the target, had they played sensible cricket with mostly singles and few odd boundries, instead they wanted to finish the match in 20 odd overs. Must thank God too, as luck favoured us with toss which was very important factor to have a big target on the board.

    Best of luck Pakistan and cricket Pakistan.

    Love Pakistan. never give up on that.

  • Adeel Azhar on June 17, 2008, 8:57 GMT

    What happened Kamran? why are you so quiet? something good has happened to Pakistani cricket after so long, i wonder whats the silence for?

  • PakFan on June 16, 2008, 14:12 GMT

    Just a comment on earlier post by Posted by: Chinni at June 14, 2008 4:59 AM - "Pakistan doesn't have a bench strength"

    Pakistan has talent strength - its just politics in selection don't allow the best talent to even make it to selection or even the bench !

    If a true merit selection is implemented, Pakistan's actual talent can probably take on Australia anytime and come out 5-0 to win series.

    A few good talents were seen but they disappeared eg Muhammad Khalil - he only got 1 ODI in the AUST tour 2-3 years back. Bazid Khan and Asim Kamal are good batsmen as well. Asim while did well in test - never got a ODI debut.

    Kamran Akmal seems to be the only wicket keeper in country ! If PCB think Sarfaz Ahmed is not ready yet, probably go back to Rashid Latif or Moin Khan - both with age factor can probably still pull a better job vs Kamran.

    Iftekhar Rao - what the is he doing in the team

    Merit based selection is needed.

  • Tayyab on June 15, 2008, 12:41 GMT

    I totally agree with Dr. Nasim Ashraf. He has the every right to make any decision at any level of PCB administration for improvement in Pakistan cricket.

  • Rauf on June 15, 2008, 12:22 GMT

    To all those blaming individual players like Butt, Younis, Akmal, Malik, Afridi etc... you miss the point.

    Pakistan has talent as proven by our win in Kiptly cup final against India. We just lack consistency as a result of poor management of the team. How could it be that the same team loose by 140 runs and then win it all in the same week.

    Looks like players are not motivated to give their 100% in every game unless their backs are against the wall. Classic case of talented yet undisciplined team. Whose responsibility is to fix that? Coach and captain for sure. Team manager definitely. Chairman of PCB... most definitely. If Mr. Chairman thinks that he has turned the team around with one leaked email then he is gravely mistaken. Unless the foundation and discipline is fixed, we will continue to see embarrasing defeats followed by an occasional good performance.

  • Music_Mp3_nismachiemear on February 5, 2009, 2:16 GMT

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  • John Williams on August 20, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    Pretty nice site, wants to see much more on it! :)

  • Umar on June 19, 2008, 23:17 GMT

    Why has Kamran Abbasi not written any blog on Pakistan's win?? I suppose because he has no face to face those whom he critized a day before!

  • Umar on June 19, 2008, 23:17 GMT

    Why has Kamran Abbasi not written any blog on Pakistan's sin?? I suppose because he has no face to face those whom he critized a day before!

  • Fahad Khan on June 17, 2008, 14:08 GMT

    Very happy to see Pakistan win. However, I still want to see the team composition change. I don't have anything personal against Shoaib Malik, but this guy is a horrible captain (IMO). There are a lot of other people on the team who would make good captains (almost anyone else). A captain has to lead from the front, and the fact that he wasted Sohail Tanvir's last over in the previous Ind-Pak match and had Younis Khan bowl just so he wouldn't have to bowl is pathetic. If he was genuinely injured, why didn't they pick another spinner to play, or why would he play if he would be a detriment to the team? Maybe the Pakistan team is okay but they need to play more seriously and not be joking around when the opposition is batting them out of a game. IMO, its a combination of both factors. The captain and coach should be responsible for this. (If not, waht exactly are they for?)

  • Irfan-Dubai on June 17, 2008, 11:43 GMT

    hi all, Congrats to Mr. Abbasi and congrats to all Pakistanis, there were talks of being IPL fever on most of the players, that actually and really showed in the final on most indian players, eventhough i am big fan of T20 cricket, but sure this will have negative effect on one day 50 overs matches, didn't you see, india could have just walked pass the target, had they played sensible cricket with mostly singles and few odd boundries, instead they wanted to finish the match in 20 odd overs. Must thank God too, as luck favoured us with toss which was very important factor to have a big target on the board.

    Best of luck Pakistan and cricket Pakistan.

    Love Pakistan. never give up on that.

  • Adeel Azhar on June 17, 2008, 8:57 GMT

    What happened Kamran? why are you so quiet? something good has happened to Pakistani cricket after so long, i wonder whats the silence for?

  • PakFan on June 16, 2008, 14:12 GMT

    Just a comment on earlier post by Posted by: Chinni at June 14, 2008 4:59 AM - "Pakistan doesn't have a bench strength"

    Pakistan has talent strength - its just politics in selection don't allow the best talent to even make it to selection or even the bench !

    If a true merit selection is implemented, Pakistan's actual talent can probably take on Australia anytime and come out 5-0 to win series.

    A few good talents were seen but they disappeared eg Muhammad Khalil - he only got 1 ODI in the AUST tour 2-3 years back. Bazid Khan and Asim Kamal are good batsmen as well. Asim while did well in test - never got a ODI debut.

    Kamran Akmal seems to be the only wicket keeper in country ! If PCB think Sarfaz Ahmed is not ready yet, probably go back to Rashid Latif or Moin Khan - both with age factor can probably still pull a better job vs Kamran.

    Iftekhar Rao - what the is he doing in the team

    Merit based selection is needed.

  • Tayyab on June 15, 2008, 12:41 GMT

    I totally agree with Dr. Nasim Ashraf. He has the every right to make any decision at any level of PCB administration for improvement in Pakistan cricket.

  • Rauf on June 15, 2008, 12:22 GMT

    To all those blaming individual players like Butt, Younis, Akmal, Malik, Afridi etc... you miss the point.

    Pakistan has talent as proven by our win in Kiptly cup final against India. We just lack consistency as a result of poor management of the team. How could it be that the same team loose by 140 runs and then win it all in the same week.

    Looks like players are not motivated to give their 100% in every game unless their backs are against the wall. Classic case of talented yet undisciplined team. Whose responsibility is to fix that? Coach and captain for sure. Team manager definitely. Chairman of PCB... most definitely. If Mr. Chairman thinks that he has turned the team around with one leaked email then he is gravely mistaken. Unless the foundation and discipline is fixed, we will continue to see embarrasing defeats followed by an occasional good performance.

  • Umar on June 15, 2008, 3:35 GMT

    My question really is, who holds the captain, coach and a the slector team accountable? who should it be and who ever he is why is he not doing his job. Would the chairman not be elegible to tell people if they are not doing thier job and if he is unhappy.

  • Victor Trumpet on June 15, 2008, 0:15 GMT

    Great to see Pakistan step up and put on a great game against India. One of the best things about the IPL was seeing guys like Tanvir and Gul playing with all the rest and showing that Pakistanis are still up there with the best. Lot of chaos seems to follow the Pakis but all the fine skills are there. Well done.

  • A-Hussain on June 14, 2008, 21:08 GMT

    They worked hard preparing and they won..

  • Rizzy Khan on June 14, 2008, 20:09 GMT

    Congrats to our very own Pakistanis on a delightful win against the Indians. For once it seemed that Pakistan were playing to win. The Captain was finaly up for the chalenge: to defend a big score against a formidable batting line up on a good pitch. Maliks field changes today were for the first time in a long time, actually feasable and the sight of a think tank meeting to discuss situations was a briilliant thing to see. The bowlers bowled well, especially Alam who i thought did an exceptional job in tying one end up. The Pakistanis looked passionate and focused, finally. I read on Cricinfo that Geoffrey Boycott thought Pakistan was an undefeatable team when and only when they have a point to prove. That seemed apparent today, they had a point to prove, so is it blasphemy to suggest that Pakistan will return to the shambles of the previous match if they dont have a "point to prove". Let us rejoice in Pakistans success but hope that they have more "more points to prove".

  • chinni on June 14, 2008, 4:59 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't have a bench strength. Thats why. Just look at India. Don't be surprised if I say India has the largest bench strength in the world. Look at INDIA. Replacements for every player. If one doesnt play well, another one will occupy his place. sehwag - sachin gambhi - ganguly y.pathan/raina/rohit - uthappa/asnodkar ishant sharma - zaheer khan praveen kumar/I.pathan -R.P.singh/sreesanth/goni piyush - harbhajan

    Never ever india had such a big bench strength.

  • Rauf on June 14, 2008, 0:31 GMT

    To Mikso Mocha

    Pakistan has talent which is why all time test/ODI stats between Pakistan and India are still in favour of Pakistan. Don't forget that.

    India has improved a lot within last few years and that is a good thing for Indian fans. Pakistan's current demise is mostly attributed to poor management of the team and poor selection. It's good that most Pakistani fans are frustrated at the current situation because we are not used to loosing to India... definitely not by that margin. Frustrated and angry fans will hopefully result in better management/selection of the team.

  • Pakibaba, Talebanbasti, Taleabnistan on June 13, 2008, 23:02 GMT

    Knee Jerk reaction is a typical paki trait. Havent we heard the same ranting and apocalypse now statements after every defeat from 1996,1999, 2003,2007 the latest World Cup molestation?? Sure, things have changed,shaoib malik & company enjoy it now. Its reflection of Paki society there is no religious/tableeghi fervour in this paki team, maybe this team should try 10 namaz a day,instead of 5 and 20 for khatmal akmal. Headsup to you guys to be ready for lashing (15o+) on ur glutosmeximas (ass) for the finals. Finally, why do pakis (outside pakland) put their location besides name eg. Fakir Ahmed USA,KSA does it make them standout from the native uncouth pakis? SAcking everyone is not the solution u morons, haven't you guys learnt?? Army sack PM, new PM sucks/sacks army it's goinon since 60 years. U see mess everywhere, cause now is the rubber meeting the road, trust me it's a looooooooong road..... P.S Kamran if you can post Joker Javed(Montreal Mohajir) comments, am sure u will mine

  • Usman Wahid on June 13, 2008, 17:43 GMT

    This entry focusses solely on the Chairman's remarks and the wider issue this reveals about the PCB set-up. That Ashraf, who in a previous life was a doctor (and to my knowledge, although I stand corrected if proven wrong) has no professional cricketing management experience lamabasts the team about precise strategies they employed is, to my mind, deplorable. It shows his mind, his lack of temparament for the role and his inexperience. Pakistani cricket players, are like other sportsmen prone to lapses, failures, technical errors. This is not a Pakistani specific trait; other sports teams are exposed to this. Ashraf's response is to focus on areas outside of his sphere of expertise (whatever those expertise are, certainly not judgement for one). Commenting on team composition, spinners, why the captain (who has an injured shoulder) didn't bowl. This is farcical at best! People in public office in Pakistan are at best disfunctional. We need to change this!

  • Ahmad on June 13, 2008, 16:50 GMT

    When a non professional can point things in real time that the captain could not, its the captain's fault. If the Chairman tells him he was out of line and appeared paralyzed, he was quite right, in fact Malik was 'senseless'.

    What Kamran Akmal did was again a matter of prestige for the country, it affected our image world wide and its plain cheating. If you say you can not always tell when you drop a ball you are right, but when you say the ball was touching the back of your hand and your other hand was nowhere near it, and you still did not know you dropped the ball you can be nothing but a willful compulsive cheat.

    I am a very patriotic Pakistani supporter, but I was extremely disappointed in Akmal's behavior, if you don't think you can compete and win without cheating, don't win. Put up the fight instead. The fight was missing and so was head on top. And Lawson made a complete idiot of himself with his boastings before game, why do we get stuck with such characters?

  • dOn on June 13, 2008, 16:45 GMT

    i thought that indian team was playing with pakistani street team...i think ppl espacially like rao, and akmal dont deserve the place in the team ...these type of players hav source in the board n with the chairman thts y they get selected so ahsraf has to no rite to get angry until and unless board dont select the players who comes with the source...by the way it was a drama by ashraf and shoaib akhtar was saying rite that ashraf take the share from the players salary n match fees....

  • Dawar on June 13, 2008, 16:26 GMT

    Board should appoint Rashid latif coach of a Pakistan cricket team. He is talented and much important he is honest. Captain role should be eliminating from selection. Malik recent blind support to Kamran Akmal and unfair treatment to Fawad Alam, Khalid Latif, Yasir Hameed, Khurrum Manzoor, Noman ullah, Anwar Ali, Jamshed and Sarfraz Ahmed is a proof that Pakistani captain is not an honest person. In past we seen other captains did the same thing. Inzi eliminate cricket career of talented Asim Kamal and Danish.

    I also agreeing with Rizwan, Truth, Saima and Razi above.

    Dawar

  • Tanveer Khan on June 13, 2008, 16:23 GMT

    I disagree with your assessment Abbasi.

    This is a step in the right direction and at the right time. Inaction is not an option at this time and Chairman is rightly criticizing the mundane effort. I think the game was lost before a single Indian wicket fell. However, the lack of strategy, courage and imagination on our Captain’s and seniors part was simply a disgrace.

    This team is the best Pakistan has to offer. Trust me on this one. With big tournaments coming our way in near future we cannot afford to juggle too much. We need a confidence booster win and things will get better.

  • iftikhar on June 13, 2008, 15:34 GMT

    Selection committee should be changed at least player who played 50+ test matches and 150 odi’s should be in it. Replace malik and kamran atleast kamran is not a wicket keeper. Malik have better pace attack now then the Inzimam aera. pplz like waqar, wasim, amir sohail, moinkhan, saeed , aqib,Ejaz, Saqlain, Mushtaq, should be in cricket infrastructure not in national academy. Those who serve Pakistan are out in Pakistani cricket. pplz I see 15 year back in cricket infrastructure revolving on paki cricket seems there is no one left after them. salim jafar played 14 test , Salahud ahmad 5 tests, talat ali played 10, Zakir khan played 2. Wot a mess with Pakistan cricket.

  • suresh on June 13, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    Hey guys i think this is ridiculously overeacting just for one loss, and that too not against weak team also not with a stong team, just support your team, dont discourage your team. that ll hurt a lot. Might be the guys who posted here are all{OOPHS Not All mostly} kinder garden cricket fans. If pakistan wins the final, see these all the same guys will praise the same cricketers.

  • Kannan (Indian Supporter) on June 13, 2008, 14:45 GMT

    I feel that Pak team has some aged/unfit players like Yousif, Younis and Shoib in the team. They may be better fit for Test Series not for ODI or 2020. Bring on the youth who won the under 19 world cup few years. The transition will be difficult but it will yeild dividends later. Also, Akmal is a misfit and definitely not an opener. Have good hitters with good technique up front. Also change the coach who hade to put his foot in the mouth after India beat Pak by 140 runs after he predicted that Pak will beat India by that margin.

    Coach either underestimated his oponents or became overconfident which is both wrong. Have a coach who can motivate and not under estimate the opposition. Also have a captain, who can bring the best in the team member such as Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. I think in the current brigade Misbah may fit that. I am sorry at this rate, the other team supporter think of Pakistan as equalent to Zim, BD or WI. Have a plan and execute well with good players

  • Umair Tajammul on June 13, 2008, 14:24 GMT

    Ashraf has been accused of not knowing enough about cricket but I think he has also proved that he knows very little about corporate management. In the history of PCB we have gone through countless mishaps but the occurrence of fiascoes has increased dramatically in his time. His policy to deal everything in public or inability to keep things private has pushed us into one humiliation after another. If he has an ounce of self respect he should resign, otherwise he will be kicked out anyway.

  • Zeeshan, Tooting on June 13, 2008, 14:22 GMT

    Good article, it's very clear that Pakistan are in some serious trouble. People will say we have only lost 1 match and we shouldn't panic but just looking at the team it’s pretty apparent we have lost all of our flair and character. This loss mark my word's will not be an isolated incident, if things don't change dramatically we will continue to lose and fall in world rankings.

    We have a weak captain who is underperforming, no real match winning bowlers who have been instrumental in previous Pakistani teams, a coach who lacks any real steal, fielding which is a complete shambles; the list just goes on and on.

    Ashraf has to go there is absolutely no question about it from the drug scandals to the team selection the PCB has failed the team on every level.

  • Kashif Ali on June 13, 2008, 14:00 GMT

    For me, the most concerning and disturbing fact is that the senior members of the team are not realizing their abject performance and approach. Just "A Bad Day" is not justification to this situation. Kamran Akmal needs to be fired instantly, since apart from his miserable performance, he is frustrated to the extent that he has kept aside the true gentleman's sporting behaviour. Shame on him for claiming that catch which was in fact, spilled by him. We can't say that he was ignorant. When he stood up after falling trying to take the catch, he would have all the senses and judgement about what he was doing. Standing up himself with ball in the gloves or picking up the ball from the ground as well. Other wicket keeper should be tried and given opportunity.

  • PIER WASIF on June 13, 2008, 13:55 GMT

    Pathetis Pathetic & Pathetic performance by the Pakistani Team, idian B team can easily beat this present Pakistani Team, But again i would think where is the institutatio to groom the player? where are those heroes gone who can really take some honest responsibilities to get involved and train the team so we can get some pride back, at present we are taking nose dive & if not taken care we will not survive all the good players will play in the IPL or elsewhere & Pakistan will be left with no attraction

  • Mikso Mocha on June 13, 2008, 13:20 GMT

    Its really humorous to see Paki fans here whacking out their brains to find a lethal winning combination + tying to convince themselves and others that there is loads talent . I know its useless asking to get some logic to you guys , but the sooner you accept the fact that Pakistan is going downhill,the better it will be. Only during Wasim/Waqar time Pakistan team was strong( just strong mind you not world leaders). The wins of those times were attributed to individual talents like Wasim/Waqar rather than team effort. But the Pakistani fans pysche has refused to move forward and still dreams of those good old days. The sooner you guys face the truth , the better for you or 140 run losses will be a common factor in future. One more thing . Afridi is an over-hyped player who just swings his bat blindly. Some day he gets lucky and wins a match and then the next 25 matches he just swings the bat for mediocre scores.Thats not a match-winners ratio i.e 1 match won in 25 matches.

  • Saleem on June 13, 2008, 12:44 GMT

    The sad state of cricket in Pakistan is direct reflection of the sad state of Pakistan. The team is being run as a dictatorship just like the country is. There is nothing else to it, you may talk about the lack of cricket strategy or the lacke of cricket talent all you want.

    saleem

  • adi on June 13, 2008, 12:31 GMT

    hi all,

    well i am an indian, but let me tell u all people some thing... it is not the fault of the team ...but the just that they were not well prepared ...i think it is time for pakistan to restructure the domestic circuit so that good player get chance to play good cricket !!! ... in the asian cricket playing countries ... well india pakistan and srilanka ... if we see the population and the number of youngsters we should be geeting more good players than not ... well give them some time they will do well...

  • Fahad Khan on June 13, 2008, 11:52 GMT

    I agree with everything Nasim Ashraf says and I think he was right to point it out. The email was supposedly meant to be private but was somehow leaked to the media. I think that Shoaib Malik should not be captain, and probably not playing. How can the captain of Pakistan's cricket team not be good enough to play for Delhi? If I owned Delhi, I wouldn't have played him either (or signed him for that matter). I honestly think we need to get rid of at least Akmal (I feel for him but its costing PK to much), Malik and Rao. We have people like Miandad, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif who are always willing to help Pakistan cricket. The "match" against India was pathetic. I have never seen a captain like Malik, who looked like he didn't even care that Pakistan was being humiliated. He didn't bowl *even* when a bowler was needed towards the end when Riaz was removed, he started saying his shoulder was injured (so why did he play?) Would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

  • A-Hussain on June 13, 2008, 11:30 GMT

    The statement by PCB that IPL performances will not reflect upon selection for this or future tournaments is laughable at the least. It seems the PCB was covering their own skins knowing that most of our batsmen were not in the playing eleven for most of the matches while our keeper was given the unenviable job of warming the benches. Kamran Akmal's stint in the team is bemusing to me. How has this inept person managed to keep his place? Does he give a killer massage? Does he make great tea? Does he tell cracking jokes? Is it some kind of un mentionable skill of his, one which requires use of lips and tongue and makes you look like :O ??

  • Bharath on June 13, 2008, 11:19 GMT

    Though Pakistan lost to India it is not proper to comment after one bad match.After all any one can have a bad day at the office.When India lost to Bangla desh in the WC everyone was up and against the team.Today when our team is doing well everyone is singing praises.One must reserve one's comments if the performance is say bad for 3 or 4 matches.If tomorrow Pakistan were to win the final then everyone will start praising Pakistan and India will be at the receiving end.Why these double standards

  • Robert on June 13, 2008, 10:45 GMT

    Well... that wasn't very constructive. However, when you see how poorly they played someone had to have strong words! Is Pakistan cricket really that bad? I hope not.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on June 13, 2008, 10:43 GMT

    Usually, a kick on the butt often wakes slumberous talents. But, the Talentless Talat Ali's biggest pleasure is to wear dark sunglasses so that no one cannot make out whether he is watching his players on the field or slumbering on? Even after receiving an angry email from his boss, he responded to the media like a cool guy: "The board takes notice when we lose and even when we win, so it is not a big thing. It is the right of the (PCB) chairman to know what's going and what is happening wrong." Seems like he is still dreaming and talking in his sleep. When asked about the team, he responded: "the players' morale is high and the team would go in the final fully confident of beating India". Just like Lawson Nostradamus the prognosticator, predicted a 150 run victory - which turned out to be a 140 run defeat! Jean Baudrillard, a French philosopher said: "A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth - either epileptic or dead." One needs to experiment this by letting a few flies crawl on his poker face or may be a few maggots and see what happens next. But the gem of the words he uttered are: "if it be necessary for Malik to bowl, he will certainly bowl in the match." Wow - what a favour Malik would be doing for his team.

  • Abbas Rafiq on June 13, 2008, 10:10 GMT

    Comming through that email made by naseem ashraf: i think we are not the team, we are the buntch of some scattered players who doesnt know that wat to do, we are simply missing the quality. we better have to give chance to young players who are rather tallented, devoted and cofident than existing players such as younas khan and shuaib malik. Not even the player must be especialize in his particular field but also be a cofident,devoted and enthusiastic.

  • David on June 13, 2008, 9:57 GMT

    The only thing worth reading in Ashraf's letter was the announcement that he was going to Dhaka!!! Another joyride. The man who came to Pakistan to give the country "human resource development" is only telling us how small a human he is. With Mush, he will also sink and disappear.

  • Hassan Abbas on June 13, 2008, 9:39 GMT

    I dont know how people dare to say that Afridi should be sacked form the team. For God's sake people, Afridi is the leading wicket taker this year in ODIs, get a life. He is by far the best bowler for Pakistan for the last 3 years or so. Even if he doesn't perform with the bat, his performance with the ball is enough to justify his place in the side. If anyone deserves to be kicked out of the team, its Kamran Akmal and ofcourse Younus Khan should also not be considered atleast for the ODIs.

  • Hassan Abbas on June 13, 2008, 9:35 GMT

    The only good thing that Naseem Ashraf has done thus far is the sacking of Saleem Altaf. He really was a villain and his only motive was to earn good money. The next good thing that can happen to Pakistan Cricket would be the sacking of Naseem Ashraf himself.

    P.S. I wouldn't mind sacking of Kamran Akmal and Yunus Khan form the team either.

  • Adnan on June 13, 2008, 9:22 GMT

    Sorry to say I would like to reveal the whole pic. The PCB is a reflection of our country. Nasim Ashraf the leader says and does what he likes without any logic. He is just worried about his own seat. Suddenly the goverment has changed and he is calling on kamrn akmal to quit.This is actually an insult on the nations intelligence . Is that how naive our leaders think the general public is ????? .its just so sad.

  • Nadeem Mohammed on June 13, 2008, 9:19 GMT

    Reading through the responses I can assertively deduce that the predicament lies within the administration and management. The players are out there doing a task of winning matches, but this is not helped by persistent jibes and pleas for ‘changes’ within the team. The Australians kept with the constant outfit for years and results have shown.

    The other point is to phase in Imran Khan to establish and arrange the management of the PCB. It is not a radical change but something, which I personally believe, will reap rewards.

  • Deb on June 13, 2008, 8:47 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Asraf. Whatever he said that was correct. Pakistan team was not looking good. There is no intensity in the team to perform. Except Yunis,Yusuf and Gul other players are not eligible for international cricket. Pakistan should bring any senior players like Akram, Moin, Inzamam, to be coach of the team. So that they can bring some urgency in team.

  • Ravi on June 13, 2008, 8:40 GMT

    Shoaib does not appear to be a confident captain. He looks so apologetic on the field. If Younis does not want to captain the team, do not play him. Both he & Yousuf seem to taking every one for ransom like Shoaib Akhtar. Let Pakistan play only guys whose heads are on their shoulders.

  • salman ahmed on June 13, 2008, 8:38 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf has now realized that his own seat is in jeopardy, PK cricket didn't fall off the roof overnight, its strategically fell to whims and desires of the Urologist who doesn't know the ABC's of managing cricket in Pakistan, he now knows that he will be questioned in Senate and his staunchest supporter in presidency is on his way out, sensing his own demise he is making the team management a scapegoat. Shoaib Malik & Akmal have no room for improvement now both as a player and as a captain, Nasim Ashraf should gracefully seek an exit rather than being impeached at senate, and accept his flaws to deteriorate PK Cricket, and please return to his US land of where he is the passport holder, this shows the nepotism based appointments shouldn't be allowed to take roles which are a conflict of interest.

  • NomiShah on June 13, 2008, 8:35 GMT

    This is what happens when the board structure itself is flawed. And on top of that there is no talent available, period. This is the best lot that could be selected, its not as if players were being wasted on sidelines.

  • Fahad Imran Butt on June 13, 2008, 8:35 GMT

    Kamran i don't agree with you.When we lose we all are after the board and want it to be changed.If we make Ashraf responsible for the debacle then he has every right to write any sort of email. Winning against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is not something we can be proud of.Even a club team of Pakistan can beat both of them any time. Look at the body language of Shoaib Malik,when younis khan bowled last over for 4 runs only,our skipper was smiling. What was he smiling for?331 runs on the board. Is it something to smile about?They are professionals and so highly paid that they should sense the responsibility.Look at the way Yousaf,Younis,Shoaib,Akmal got out.Why Younis and Yousaf are rated so highly?They are the best players along with Inzi Pakistan have ever produced.They have so much talent and potential only thing required is responsibility. Believe me this team has lot of talent they only need to take the responsibility,change attitude.Let's hope our team wins the Final in style.

  • Zaid_SRI LANKA on June 13, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    I'm happy to see mir's comment that Imran khan should take care of pakistan cricket,and also masood's comment where he is backing ,asim kamal,razzak andmansoor amjadh,in addition safraz ahmed should play,misbah should be captain and Wasim should be coach

  • Irfan on June 13, 2008, 8:02 GMT

    I agree on one thing; Pakistani cricket is in really bad shape. We don't have talent we possessed in 70', 80' and 90'. No one great batsmen. Yousuf is not a great in that sense, he is only good and needs someone to support him. Our last great batsman was Inzy, he could make #11 to play safe and save or win a match.

    Back to main topic. It is typically Pakistani, first everyone (experts and ex-cricketers) asks that cricket should be run by someone with knowledge of the game, but when Ashraf is showing some kind of insight (and correct one too), then same experts and ex-cricketers are telling him to stay away from the cricket matters and concentrate on just administration.

    Anyway, we Pakistanis have to accept that our current Pakistani cricketers are not in the top league of the world. We probably will face same problem as West Indies and Indians (in 90's). Hope I am wrong on that. I feel sorry.

  • Faisal Ali on June 13, 2008, 7:27 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf you need to do some introspection, don't act like you were not aware of these problems,you created most of these problems and now you are trying to save your own face by making others your sacrificial goat.Here's your charge sheet: Appointed and supported Dummy captain and coach. Failed to kick out old & under performing players. Fired Waqar Younis.Responsible for too many self created controversies.Most Importantly Shoaib's Inquiry.Lost all the bench strength to ICL. Failed to get along with the Pak cricket think tank and never took their input.Humiliated all the ex-greats.Gross mismanagement of funds at PCB,Associations and clubs do not get any funds. Failed to negotiate the Australian tour to Pakistan.Failed to make the selection process transparent,still default selection is being awarded to senior players regardless of form.PCB academy remains closed most of the year, Have no knowledge or experience of cricket.Your own appointment was due to nepotism and jobbery.

  • Arshad Khan on June 13, 2008, 7:19 GMT

    Leaking of Naseem Ashraf's email is nothing but mere propaganda. How can the email be leaked from one of the two email boxes i.e., Talat Ali and Naseem Ashraf.

    My point is: Naseem deliberately gave a copy out to the local newspaper - this is nothing but a crude shot at 'spin doctoring'

  • ksn on June 13, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    It is after all a game . Only thing need to make sure is that team has the right attitude and spirit. Result will follow . Learn from Australians how they came back and sustained their success. Any game nourished in the true spirit will be successful . Pakistan has talent . Only thing is some one has to " find them" and nourish them . That will need an unbiased strategy and will need some one who has the experience to define and implement the strategy .

  • sajeel on June 13, 2008, 6:58 GMT

    Despite some contradiction whether Ashraf has sensible approach to criticize or not, I come to agree at least the criticism he imposed recently. Though Pakistan have experienced Akmal many time for his poor performance, he is still in the team opening for Pakistan. For me, he is the worst cricketer who doesn't know how to drive his shot. He plays all the shots in the air. It is quite ridiculous to see Nasir Jhamshed out of 11. He is the future of Pakistan who possess a skill, may fear Australia. He has an attacking power and love to play without taking pressure. Butt is the key for Pak who stay on a picture and drive the shots to guide Pak having good run Rate. But we have no attacking player in top of the Order. Akmal the worst batsman and Afridi is the gamble. We had better, therefore, bring Nisar Jamhsed to open with Salman butt and I am sure that will the break-through combination for Cricket World.

  • Abdul Khalique Qureshi, DHA, LAhore on June 13, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran,

    This is first time I am writing to any cricket website.

    I will not discuss anything related to Pakistan Cricket Board or their policies, my only concern is with Pakistan Cricket.

    I think that only one decision can change Pakistan cricket, and that is SHAHID AFRIDI should open the innings for Pakistan, when you are down and facing aggressive behavior from strong oppositions, the best and simple policy is to answer that aggression with double and dangerous aggression.

    When other teams will see that AFRIDI is there to attack them they will know that Pakistan is there to win not for tamed losses.

    History shows that he has won matches only when he opened for Pakistan, I did not see him winning matches for Pakistan batting at No. 7 or 8.

    Just give him 5 innings in a row at no.1 position I can bet that he will win couple of matches for Pakistan, he is more dangerous then Gilchrist & Jayasuria. Please tell the world that we are still a power in world cricket.

  • Jehanzeb on June 13, 2008, 6:37 GMT

    I completely agree with you that Ashraf should not interfere with team management decision. He should trust the people he hired.

    But at the same time the questions he asked are very valid. On a spinning track, why Shoaib Malik didn't opt to bowl himself? He knows he is not capable enough to bowl and doesn't want to expose himself to a strong batting attack like India. Remember he completed his quota of overs against Bangladesh when they visited Pakistan.

    I believe Razzak should be brought back to the side and a new captain should be selected. Afridi is not a right choice, he does not have a cricketing brain. We have recently seen in IPL how a good captain can make a difference to a team written off as underdog.

    Last if we are willing to hire external coaches, then I think board should opt to hire Shane Warne. And make him responsible to make strategies for the match. But still we need a shrewd captain on the field.

  • Rahim Jan on June 13, 2008, 6:35 GMT

    All those who are supporting Afridi or Younis khan for Captaincy here are some stats from the crunch matches to refresh your memory.T/20 finals: Afridi came into bat at 76/5 and got out on the 2nd ball,gave away 30run/4 overs o wickets was most expensive pak bowler.Younis Khan got the well set Imran Nazir run out who was slaughtering the Indian bowling and then threw away his own wicket on 24. The home ODI series against SA: it was tied at 2-2, in the last match 14 runs were required of 4 overs,Shahid Afridi threw away his wicket again to an irresponsible shot and Pakistan lost by 14 runs.He was the second most expensive bowler and took no wickets. Earlier Younis khan who was batting at 58 played an irresponsible shot and got out and triggered a collapse.In the last Odi series against India, Pakistan was trailing by 2-1, in the 4th match, Afridi scored 1 run and gave away 67 runs in his 10 overs and again took 0 wickets,he was again the most expensive bowler for Pakistan.

  • Hamza on June 13, 2008, 6:23 GMT

    Pakistan cricket does need a board at first place. The board itself is a waste of important resources. Pakistan cricket only works when you have a fearful responsible authoritarian captain like imran hurling abuses every-time a player makes a mistake.

  • Zuhair on June 13, 2008, 5:20 GMT

    For once I agree with you Kamran. Ashraf has no right whatsoever to interfere in such technical matters. He is the residual of our President Musharraf and needs to be fired as he was selected merely on personal contacts with Musharraf.

    But wait. When are we going to stop giving Akmal all those last chances? He drops a catch every two matches. And stumps 50% of the chances that come his way. We can play him in the test matches as a regular batsman, but we cant afford a shoddy keeper in test matches. Whatever happened to Nasir Jamshed? Why do we have to keep playing Younus Khan despite his consistent non-consistency and non-professional approach. He never seems to have any signs of sorrow or regret when he gets out on poor balls. We got to have a revamp in the board and in the team sooner before it gets too late. Razzaq will be horribly missed in the near future with the loads of ODIs coming our way. GOD bless our cricket.

  • MIR on June 13, 2008, 5:18 GMT

    1. Fire PCB Chairman 2. Get rid of ad-hoc committee and make a permanent board. 3. Ask Imran Khan to leave politics and take care of Pakistan Cricket and make him responsible. 4. He ll do the rest.

    Current Pakistan team is only good enough to play with Zimbabwe, Bangladesh. There is no international cricketer no star all rubbish.

  • wamiq on June 13, 2008, 5:17 GMT

    Once again Pakistan cricket is in dreadful state. From top to bottom no one really knows what's going on? After the world cup Debacle we were suppose to start over a new strategy but it seems like after a while we make the same mistakes. In my personal opinion since 1996-97 Pakistan team is not the same as it use to be. We only able to produce couple of world class players like Inzi, Saeed Anwer and maybe Aamir Sohail. In bowling some might argue that we produced Shoaib Akhtar but honestly how can you compare him with Akram and younis? I even take Aaqib Javed anytime over Akhtar because he was the match winner! Wicket keeping is an art and after Salim Yousuf and Rashid Latif we are unable to produce a world class Keeper. yes we had Moin khan who was made into a make shift Keeper and now we have Kamran Akmal who is not of Keeper material at all. Poor Chap is forced to Keep but come on lets not kid ourselves he is a above average batsman and thats all!

  • rabbit on June 13, 2008, 5:13 GMT

    i m Indian but just curious why Pakistan has not played a batsman like Naumanullah so far? he is 33 and going by his records appears to be a genuine talented batsman

  • zaid_SL on June 13, 2008, 4:43 GMT

    Mr,Abbasi,I'v been having a bad impression about Mr.Ashraff for long because of the way he has handled the Pakistan cricketers,but this time i see his mail [POSITIVELY.it shows his interest and keen on Pakistan's success.there should be changes in the team: 1.Play ASIM KAMAL or another good opener,instead of YOUNIS KHAN 2.PLAY SAFRAZ AHMED instead of KAMRAN AKMAL,also plat his(safraz) under 19 world cup winning bowlers.

    3.use AFRIDI ONLY AS A BOWLER

    4.Change the ODI CAPTAIN,Yousuf or Misbah

    5.Make Misbah one down

    6.Make WASIM AKRAM the coach.

  • Moin Madraswala on June 13, 2008, 4:34 GMT

    It was frustrating to see Pakistan losing like this but it even worse to see Ashraf's email. It tells me that no one in Pakistan Cricket has a clue. Ashraf's job is to run the all cricket program not decide on one match. From his email it seems like he is micro managing, trust your people. He is pointing out selection and coaching issues, he should not care about those, from his email it indicates that he does not trust his people. I think if there needs to be something good for Pakistan cricket they need Ashraf out. One other thing about poster who are saying India has shown Pakistan, India and Pakistan they are both bad, India did not beat Australia, it is Australia is gone bad even WI is giving them hard time. As I told people before, it is not India that have improved, it is Australia that has gone bad. I do not think anything good can happen in Pakistan Cricket, lets just bring 20/20 where no brains are required and Pak and India will do great.

  • Kamal Hasan Kamarsalwi on June 13, 2008, 4:26 GMT

    Dear Nasim Ashraf Sir, Please sack the coach and the captain.You cant win if they are there to lead the team.I love this team please dont destroy it.Make Yousuf the captain and Wasim Akram the coach then you will see the results.I bet...

  • Akshay on June 13, 2008, 4:24 GMT

    Yeah, it is wrong to over react for just one loss. As somebody has mentioned, there is lots of talent in the Pak team, but something is missing. That 'something' was the one the great Imran had nurtured in his wards fiercely and made them world beaters. I still don't understand why the PCB isn't making use of legends like Imran or Wasim Akram. Wasim Akram, in all probability has to be the greatest left arm bowler of all times and the coach of Pak team is Lawson? What a joke!! And Imran, what can I say. Under him, even a low performer would become a dangerous opponent to the opposition team. Lawson got it into his head that after beating a motley crew of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, his team would defeat India by a margin of 150 runs. I think he forgot, us Indians beatthe Aussie recently in the CB series comprehensively.

    Anyway, I hope sanity prevails and the PCB takes some really meaningful actions to improve Pak cricket.We need a strong Pak team for world cricket.

  • Asif Iqubal on June 13, 2008, 4:18 GMT

    Hi, Kamran I am a die-hard fan of Pakistani cricket team. I have some reservations about the team. This team can never win until you drop players like Shahid Afridi,Kamran Akmal,Unis Khan forever. Sir they don't have the desire to learn.Please change the captain of my team too.This team cant win under Shoaib Mallik. Do not consider their 12 match straight win as we know the teams against which those wins came.Sir please ponder over.

  • raza Karamat on June 13, 2008, 4:07 GMT

    Finally someone steps up and says the obvious. Malik and his great 12 game win streak. Every time that bum spoke about the win streak I cringed. That 12 game win streak is the most meaningless win streak in all of worlds sports. Malik beat the hell out of that and hopefully that will be his legacy as he should be sacked any day. I hate to lose in the finals against India but changes are needed and either injury or a loss to India will prompt the board to make those changes. Jamshed and Khurum should open with younis, yousef, misbah as middle order and Alam, afridi, ahmad, gul, tanvir and asif

  • Tiger Victory on June 13, 2008, 4:02 GMT

    @ above. good for you and your India that u have too good batsmen and crazy bench strength.. Lol forgotten are the times, when India refused to play PAki for the longest.. So basically if your so sure India will win the final too, i would say the perfect time to become a millionaire? lol G'luck Betting!

  • Basha Khan on June 13, 2008, 3:43 GMT

    It might have been inappropriate to send a widely circulated public email to criticize the team's performance against India. However, I wholeheartedly agree with the substance of the email.

    Sadly, Pakistan as a country, whether its cricket or something else, is rapidly going down the drain. At one time, we naively believed that we were competing with India. We are in no shape to do so and are outright silly if we think we do.

    We are rapidly joining the ranks of countries in sub-sahara Africa. We are a failed state but so arrogant that it is hard for us to swallow the truth. With the political and economic leadership like ours, I wonder if we deserve to remain independent, and I wonder how long we can continue to remain so. With the lack of sincere and serious leadership over a long sustained period, it is hard to imagine our survival and independence in the longer term. We need to worry about bigger problem haunting us than worry about a minor issue like humiliation in cricket!!

  • Taimour on June 13, 2008, 3:31 GMT

    I disagree with all of you , forget about what the other chairmans do , we do what we require to do , the chairman has the right to say and write what ever he wills , and he did the right thing by shaking the team up now rather than when its too late, on the other hand our players are too over confident that they will stay in the team no matter what , specially Afridi, Younus, Akmal.

  • prashob prem on June 13, 2008, 3:22 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Pakistan Team its now looking like Pakistan playing like India at the time of 96-99. Those days Pakistan were unbeatable they were the strong team i have seen i have been praying those times that India should win but now case is so different i even don't watch the full match i know India will win easily but its boring i want to see a strong Pakistani line up which can put up a good fight before i hate Pakistan winning but now somewhat i want my neighbor to be strong enough to compete for the next world cup and i want to see another India Pakistan a 50-50 world cup final it will be amazing. ALL THE BEST PAKISTAN REBUILD YOUR TEAM QUICKLY ACCORDING TO INDIA ALMOST THEY HAVE DONE IT JUST THEY HAVE TO CATCH UP IN SOME AREAS LIKE FIELDING AND CONSISTENT BOWLING. BATTING I AM HAPPY WITH THE LINEUP THEY HAVE AND THE BENCH STRENGTH TOO WE HAVE GOOD BATSMAN'S.

  • Abdur Razzak on June 13, 2008, 2:47 GMT

    it proves the quality of the person & the knowledge he possesses about the game.. is this worse than the world cup 07'. why doesn't he leave with respect ...

  • EAMIRAN on June 13, 2008, 2:38 GMT

    While the lashing was deserved, it does not exonerate the good doctor for allowing things to deteriorate thus far. However to suggest that he is not qualified to criticize the team based on the fact that he has not played top class cricket for umpteen years is foolish. While technical aspects of cricket require a certain level of expertise, any semi-intelligent cricket follower can understand basic strategies. This is not rocket science folks!. I already notice that chants for Afridi as captain are growing. A word of caution to the chanters - just do not utter the same sentiments at Dubai airport unless visiting Asif is high on the wish list. I also feel Fawad's tag as an all rounder is unjustified. He seems a fairly pedestrian bowler - judgment on his batting skills is suspended till such time I see him bat for more than 2 or 3 overs! Let me also lend voice to the growing chorus that demand the removal of Malik, Akmal, Rao and Kaneria(in tests) from the team.

  • Yasir on June 13, 2008, 2:21 GMT

    What the hell is this, my cricket league team is better than, Pakistan team. Why is Shoaib Akhtar banned for 5 years,for god sake bring him back, we need him. Please change the captain and the coach.Make Wasim Akram the coach, and make Mohammed Yousuf,Younus Khan,Shoaib Akhtar, or Shahid Afridi the captain. Try this, maybe our team could come on track

  • Pradeep on June 13, 2008, 1:29 GMT

    being an Indian, i secretly was a big fan of legendary imran and the two ws and who forgets the likes of inzi, razzak,sohail, anwar , nazir...used to be glued to the television just to watch the Ws do the talking with the ball even though India is playing...good old days....i wish Pakistan Cricket Board all the best and hope they can re-ignite the passion and love for the game when the two teams clashed...wishing the two teams all the best and play cricket as it should be played...with passion, commitment and for the glory for playing for your respective nations....no use in pointing fingers at anyone.....play with pride and let the best team win on that day.....PEACE BROTHERS

  • Imran Razaq on June 13, 2008, 1:19 GMT

    Kamran I usually love your opinion about Pakistan cricket but this post was disappointing. How can you say that Chairman of our board cannot ask our guys to perform? He has every right to criticize his team because he is the ultimate boss. Our players always forget that they play cricket as a profession rather than a hobby. They have to perform every time they enter the field just like any other job. I totally agree with naseem asfraf for once, that email shouldn't have made it to the public. Now back to our team, as most of people mention that there are many issues in the team starting with the captain. I am guilty of supporting Shoaib malik for captaincy from the very beginning but now I feel that he is not capable of that honor. Kamran akmal is disgraced to wear Pakistan shirt as we lost many series due to his non-catching abilities and yet he manages to find his place again and again. Roa iftkhar is another player never seized to amaze me that how ordinary a bowler he is

  • Shaan on June 13, 2008, 1:14 GMT

    We will thrash you again in the final. India rules the cricket world now with the money and performance. You Pakis (Ashraf and co) should learn from India. This current Indian team is the best ever, sorry Pakis, Nasim and Kamran, no hope for you at all, India rules! Good luck Dhoni and boys, thrash 'em again in the final. Jay Hind!

  • cv on June 13, 2008, 1:06 GMT

    Chairman should have gone to Dhaka and talked to the team instead of sending an email. He needs to set up policies that would produce expected results.

  • Bharat on June 13, 2008, 1:02 GMT

    Guys, this is a serious overreaction to *one* loss. It would not surprise me if Pakistan bounced back and beat India in the finals (I am Indian btw). Guys, don't overreact so much. Every team can have a bad day. Of course, you guys have to make some adjustments, but "fire everyone" type reactions never help. That said, I also feel the entire idea that Pakistan is very talented, but lack something else, is outdated. That may have been true in the past, but it does not hold anymore. I think your team needs some professionalism, and they are a competitive side. Any sort of hype - positive or negative - is bad.

  • Main Hindustani on June 13, 2008, 0:07 GMT

    Paki bros You guys are reacting too much. Every team goes through cycles. Remember the 90s. Pakistan used to beat the pants out of India even in their sleep. Now the tables have turned. But India will be fooled to assume that their hay days will last long. But as long as it lasts no one can deny that there is no greater satisfaction than beating the Pakis as badly as they did. Oh..wait perhaps the 6-4-4 by Tendulkar against Akhtar (2nd over) in the SA world cup was probably more gratifying.

  • Martin Hook on June 13, 2008, 0:04 GMT

    So much has been said on this topic that my two cents are not really necessary but being a fan I ca not resist the temptation of offering my advice. To me the culprit seems to be the captain. I agree with Javed Khan on this one. He and not DNA should be removed from his post. A chairman does not bowl or bat. But may I remind all that Shahid Afridi is not known for his brains either. However I do agree that almost anyone would be a better captain. My pick would be the Haq guy who seems to be such a calm and strong character.

  • Fight da Kaliph on June 12, 2008, 23:39 GMT

    New Captain - Misbah? New Lieutenant - Afridi Old Rock in the middle order - Asim

    Out Malik Dukmal Wahabi

    Rest Younus

    In Alam Arafat Asim Kamal Bazid Khan Sarfraz Anwer Ali

    I am amazed that of all the no. 6's we've tried since 2001 (in test cricket) that Bazid and Asim in particular have not sold out to ICL unlike, Hasan Raza, Farhat, Sami, Razzaq, Nazir, Rana Naveed etc. (Amazed Faisal Iqbal did not go... pity) Lets not lose them...

    Losing the final is the key...

  • 123 par laanat on June 12, 2008, 23:36 GMT

    Ironically - we may end up winning the final - and then all's well and nothing will change!!

  • Rishi on June 12, 2008, 23:25 GMT

    The head honchos of the boards (India and Pakistan) should focus on improving the game at the grass root levels , not trying to interfere with a team playing at national level . Where is the next keeper is something the chairman should ask himself not the personals at helm of the current squad. A good Pakistan team is very important for world cricket and we need more Miandads , Waqar , wasims to name a few .

  • Jawed Iqbal on June 12, 2008, 23:18 GMT

    Why don't we just get rid of this disease called nasim ashraf and EVERYBODY will be happy! It's his failure that has brought so much trouble to Pakistan. Get rid of bureaucrats and make any cricketing hero the chairman..

  • Imran on June 12, 2008, 23:14 GMT

    Shoaib Malik was never of captain material. He doesn't deserve a place in any test team. He was not even included in the playing XI of his IPL team.

    the solution to the problem is to make Misbah-ul-Haq our team's captain. he has been consistently performing for past several months and in fact only consistent performer. He is an experienced captain from domestic and above all he knows how to keep his nerves cool and keep his emotions in check at tight and crucial stages of the game. I hope this message will be read by some responsible board official.

  • Bilal on June 12, 2008, 23:09 GMT

    Well well well...i am amazed till this day that PCB chairman must be the only one who is always so vocal unnecessarily in media compared to other cricket board's chairmans. What he wrote in the email to team management was spot on and well overdue for a long period of time. Majority of us pakistanis who have been watching cricket for over a decade who understand the game inside out thoroughly have been advocating issues that dr nasim ashraf the PCB chairman has raised and the fundamental ones he has'nt. The fundamental issues are regarding the whole domestic infrastructure needing overhaul, revamping,innovation,revitalising and continuous improvisation. Unfortunately we as pakistanis always leave things to be done right at the eleventh hour rather having them done in advance according to discipline,planning and immaculately.This disaster was always on the cards always. Body language of players showed they were not happy under malik,coach and team management due to unprofessionalism.

  • Manu on June 12, 2008, 23:01 GMT

    As an Indian and a cricket lover, I feel the problem with pakistan is they are persisting with "has been" players. As I have seen, the Pakistani players have a lot of attitude problems, everybody is playing their own game. Players like Afridi, Yonus khan, muhammed yosouf, and many others does not look qualified to play for an international side. Just think, even in IPL, saving Misbah, all other pakistan batsmen were mostly in the reserve benches. Now if they can't make it to the final 11 of a club team, how can they hope to play for an international side.

    In my view the only option for pakistan is make Misbah captain, drop all the Afridis, younous, and all other has beens, bring in fresh blood. There may be failure initially, but they will surely come up, which is ultimately good for world cricket.

  • Baba on June 12, 2008, 22:46 GMT

    Something is rotten in the state of Pakistan.

  • shuja on June 12, 2008, 22:36 GMT

    Fire Naseem Ashraf,Geoff Lawson and Talat Ali Shoib Malik does not deserve a place in eleven and he is our Captain, Shahid Afridi is the right choice for one day captaincy he has righ attitude like Dhoni aggresive bring Javaid Minadad back as brain behind Afridi.

  • M Hassan on June 12, 2008, 22:30 GMT

    unfair comentry, im surprsed what you wrote, if he wont who will be telling them what to do? actually as a matter of facts this will be the first time i have any respect for him, by saying these things to his management, to his players and the coach, the entire pakistani cricket team, players and management deserve to be atleat be demoted, or let go, they were winning against bangaladesh and zimbawe, it was actually your magazine who was writing about pakistans last 12 odi wins, to me it was a laughing matter, for a sport journalists, to congratulate winnings against those teams, unless if you think of paksitani team or see them in their level.

    nevertheless, he was a wrong promated captain, he was promoted by asharaf, so he should be angry within himself, i relly think younus should be the captain, and wicket keeper has to go now now i meant now, in pakistan not just cricket merrits never plays what plays who you know.

  • Hassan Farooqi on June 12, 2008, 22:25 GMT

    My Dear Abbasi, you disappoint me when you show your obsession against Mr. Ashraf. I am not his fan, I am your fan. However it bothers me because then you seem to lose rationality and reason.

    How can you criticise Ashraf for being involved at low level while he admonishes the Manager (not the coach and/or Captain and certain not the players). Then you go ahead and blame him for everything. I think the culprit in the home game was Saleem Altaf. By leaking the letter to the media, he has done a great damage to the Pakistani cricket team. I am sure the players are not feeling nice reading in the newspapers. They certainly would not have minded if Ashraf had scolded them (which he did not) directly.. If Saleem Altaf really did it, shame on him.

  • imran on June 12, 2008, 22:16 GMT

    I think that people are making this pakistan team look worse than they actually are. Yes there are some problems in the team, akmal needs to be changed, the captain needs to be changed and a proper opener is needed. But pakistan had younis, yousuf, misbah as there middle order and that is an extremely strong middle order. If they have a fully fit bollwing line up asif gul tanvir and if they make the right desicion to unban shoib he will play.

  • True_Pakistani on June 12, 2008, 22:04 GMT

    I feel Pakistan deserved this kind of "TRASHING" which they got from India which is superior team than us. Lawson and the team was so OVERCONFIDENT thinking that they will beat India with more than 140 runs but sadly it was the the other way round and that also from a team which did'nt have Tendulkar,Ganguly,Dravid & Zaheer khan. India showed us wher we stand in world cricket. Beating weaker teams like Bangladesh and Zimwabe and that also at home is not a big achivement. I think we should learn from this defeat and perform well.

    As far as Dr Asraf is concerned, he has every right to get angry and ask for an explanation from the team management after this performance. To add to the performance,apart from sohail Tanvir nobody performed well in IPL too. Shoaib malik does'nt deserve to be a captain and they should drop K akmal and yonis khan.

    THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL OF PAKISTANI PLAYERS IS ABSOULETLY ZER0 COMPARED TO INDIANS.

    I hope we give a good performance in the finals.

  • Ahsan on June 12, 2008, 21:23 GMT

    Just Look at the difference b/t both teams india n pakistan after the loss of wc 2007.. they hv da backup of every player n every player has a pressure to perform e.g sehwag knws if he will not perform sachin will come..gauti not perform saurv will come but here is not such pressure on both Y,s n our Weak n ill capton n specially our wicket keeper.. we neeeed razzak back with hasan raza in da middle order to put pressure on both Y,s

  • Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on June 12, 2008, 21:22 GMT

    I never thought the day would come when I would be ashamed of being a Pakistan supporter. over the last couple years, this team has lurched from one crisis to another like a drunken sailor on R & R. When I realize that we lost to India, the whipping boys of yore, by 150 runs, it makes me sick. Though I sincerely believe that Dr. Ashraf's interferance sets an ominous precedant, theres no doubt in my mind something needs to be done. Someone has to bitch-slap these guys to make them realize that while the rest of us poor schlubs work our asses off in dreary offices, theyr lucky enough to be out in the sun playing sport for obscene amounts of money. Having the Star on your shirt is an honour theyv obviuosly started taking for granted. Pathetic, Pathetic, Pathetic. Out of his element Malik, hopelessly out of form Akmal, cocky for no reason Younis, simply not good enough Rao and schoolyard bully Butt have to be sent packing. a crash course in fame management needs to be instituted for all.

  • sanjesh on June 12, 2008, 21:18 GMT

    This just represents the wide gulf that separates a new India from Pakistan. India has moved to bigger and better stage and Pakistan has regressed. With the advent of IPL more and more exciting new players will be uncovered and in future a second India X1 will be easily able to beat Pakistan. I do not mean it in a derogatory way. That's how the things work. Any Univ team in USA ( FORGET A NBA TEAM)will beat India's national team in Basketball. The reason being that there is so much competition and money in basketball in USA. The same thing is happening in India now and will happen in England with arrival of Sanford money. On top of that no respected team is willing to play in Pakistan. I see a future where more and more talented Pakistani players will leave for IPL/ICL or any other league where they get better opportunities, more financial security and respected as a professional.

  • Farazdak Cutlerywala on June 12, 2008, 21:11 GMT

    All non-sense. Sack Shoaib, Younis, Akmal and bring in new blood....Fawad, Naumanullah, Sohail & the new wicketkeeper

  • Bilal on June 12, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    i dont know why people dont consider Mohammad Yousuf as captian material, i mean what more does the guy have to do, or is it the fact that its got to do with hes got a big beard so we dont want anybody like that captaining the side, hes been left out of the 20-20 without any genuine reason, he should be captain of both test and one day, hes got the cricketing inetligence, so why not consider him. On the coach front, i think pakistan should get rid of lawson and bring in Moin Khan or someone whose got a bit of umph about pakistan cricket, but once again i fear it wont happen. Pakistan even if they beat India will only paper over the craks, the team is on a downward spiral. Sohali khab is being rested, i dont know what for, maybe pakistan like him as the twelveth man, he looks good bringing out the drinks, come one pakistan, you were once champions and a team people feared playing, now youre the laughing stock of the world.

  • Gaurav on June 12, 2008, 20:55 GMT

    If the current Pakistan team play against the ICL Lahore Badshahs team, I am willing o bet the Lahore Badshahs would win easily. Pak has a real crisis - their team has never been this bad. Worse, the players are lazy and selfish. This attitude is the biggest problem. No team spirit is visible, and the so called seniors are just not putting in their 100%. The utter lack of team discipline is blindingly obvious to anyone. With that goes any commitment - even Misbah seems to be mailing it in now, instead of the fully committed player we saw in South Africa earlier this year. Hard work and self-discipline are needed to win- talent alone is not enough. This Pak team simply does not get this simple truth.

  • A KHAN on June 12, 2008, 20:55 GMT

    THE PROBLEM IS SIMPLE... MALIK IS NOT CAPABLE OF BEING CAPTAIN.HE IS NOT AWARE OF EVEN SIMPLE TATICS.so any one another senior player like yousaf younis misbah or afridi should be appointed as captain of pak team.while from the very first day i cant understand the use of LAWSON.he can only give predictions which re marely wrong.in his period pakistani batting line is became slumber of opium which dont have fire and sparkle..he should be asided and new coach from X PAK CRIC TEAM SHOULD be given charge.while nasir jamshed or yasir hameed should be cal back to pakistani team who can face strong and challenging opponents not like butt,hero against bangladesh and zimbabve and dumb against ind etc.IF RAZZAQ IS CALLED BACK SO PAK BOWLING AND BATTING WILL BE ON HEIGHTS and iff shoaib is given chance then obviously there is always danger on the heads of opponents.

  • Madhu Ranganathan on June 12, 2008, 20:39 GMT

    Common guys.... Its just a game. Agreed Pakistan had a bad day and were beaten all ends up, but do do we have to skin each and every player for the defeat. Me thinks the main problem lies in the FITTNESS levels of the players. They looked totally underprepared mentally and physically. Make em sweat man.. We all know they are a bunch of really talented cricketers and they have proved it before. Team selection is another problem area (politics as usual I guess) With 4 pacers (almost of the same kind) and a rookie to boot. Pakistan desperately needs the likes of Shoib Akthar and Mod, Asif, but then they insist of doing things silly outside the field and get themselves booted. That points to another of Pakistan team's problems. Commitment to the game and disipline.

    Let me summarise. Pakistan has a huge talentent pool of players but do they have someone who can make this bunch FIT, COMMITED and DISIPLINED?? Bring Imran/Miandad/Lateef/Gen Musharaff or whoever it takes to do it.

  • Tejas Patel on June 12, 2008, 20:31 GMT

    I would like to comment on the comments made by Mr. Aatif Nawaz and Mr. Anas. Firstly, Mr. Nawaz. That you see a disparity in the quality of cricket between the two teams is for a reason. First of all, the Indian cricket team has grown really really strong over the past year and half while the Pakistani team has seemed to lose the plot and dont have the same intensity as the yesteryear teams. Now, Mr. Anas. Of the four options you suggest, only the 3rd and 4th one can actually work. Rashid Latif or whoever from Pakistan will end up fighting with the senior management in a month or two and resign. Making Younis, Misbah or Shahid a captain might be an easy job. the tougher job would be to make them willing to accept this position. Hasnt Younis turned down the job numerous times already. In a nutshell, I think the intensity and ferocity that was associated with the Pakistani teams earlier is not evident anymore. The players seems to have gone milder in their approach.

  • Khatri on June 12, 2008, 20:28 GMT

    I disagree with you here Kamran. May be out of my frustration with the pathetic state of Pakistan cricket at the moment. I was really delighted to read this email. I do`nt understand why you call this as interference. He has every right to question the pathetic display by our dim-witted Kaptan and his buddy the keeper he refuses to let go. Selection of the playing eleven is tour committes remit but when they are being stupid, the chairman would not be doing his duty if he does not question that. He is not giving the dumbo malik a strategy, just pointing out the lack of one. It is high time someone has realized what damage malik and his buddies are doing to pakistan cricket. All Pakistan fans have been crying out for it for along time and I am glad the chairman of PCB has now realized that. Hopefully something will be done soon. Once again I am completely at a loss to understand your response to this long awaited development that will be welcomed by all Pak fans.

  • zaka khan on June 12, 2008, 20:23 GMT

    I am glad everyone is finding out the team we have out on the field is not the real Pakistan talent. The talent of Pakistan is sitting back in Pakistan while these club level players play for the country. I am glad Ashraf took some responsibility and actually got some words across. The likes of Younis Khan who have plagued Pakistan cricket for as long as I can remember a bunch of average cricketers who play only because of there last performance. We need people who have passion for the country who wan to play for the country. When was the last time you saw a India vs Pakistan match with no aggression from one side. Shoaib Malik is just another inzi he picks the players he likes instead of the players who would actually help the country.

  • Abdul Waheed Khan on June 12, 2008, 20:16 GMT

    The appintment of Ashraf is the mercy of his God father Musharaf who himself has destroyed Pakistan very much and so has been done to cricket by this person. He doesn't even know what is cricket and is Chairman of PCB. Suck Mangos.

  • shaukat Malik CPA on June 12, 2008, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan team should only play against Zimbabwe,Bangla Desh, Kenya & for a challenge Ireland and stay away from professional teams. We should bring back Inzimam, Shoaib, Razzak. Also help Mohammad Asif--He was probably set up by racist Dubai police and bring him back in our attack. Focus should be cricket & not bureacratic endeavors.

  • Imran zia on June 12, 2008, 19:53 GMT

    If Inzimam was a defensive captain i am not sure what to say about Malik. The point is this team is ill balanced and Malik is a an un-allrounder. I am sorry for the vocabulary but i dont think there are words to describe the surrendered approach of our captain.when bangladesh is the oppnent the captain leads by example and when the going gets tough the captain keeps going down. This team does not have the fire power to score quick runs.Afridi is being wasted Imran Nazir Mohammad Sami and Abdul Razzak has been lost due to our amazing central contracts. Th neext best allrounder, Yasir Arafat mysteriously stays out of the team. Nasim Ashraf should send some e mails to himself also.

  • Pervez P Masud on June 12, 2008, 19:52 GMT

    I agree in principle for the chairman not to interfere, however, it’s good in way to get the message across. I know Pakistan probably will win the Cup but the problem will remain as pointed out by AussieRocker. We have to get rid off Younis, he stinks the place out, very arrogant, next strip Mailk of captaincy it’s obvious he is not cut out for it,, Malik looks like a weak personality ,,too easy going….okay this may sound crazy but please MAKE Shahid Afrid the captain ,,laugh you may, But THINK! Shahid Afridi has a very strong character, well respected and he has impressed many as captain of some team in Pak T20.. Please check his record...Afridi is one of a kind, he is one of the very few in our current team who always gives 100%, ..After all he is a Pathan, you know, like the two Pakistan greats who made our cricket proud, I’m talking of AH Kardar and Imran Khan., both strong characters like Afridi...need I say more .But seriously, Lawson is soft., Malik is hopeless., Youins is

  • Fahad Yaqoob on June 12, 2008, 19:40 GMT

    I am sorry to say but Pakistan team has gone to worse in contrast to Indian team which has improved significantly. IPL has boosted the performance of the individuals and the team and i can see a good future for the team. I really feel sorry to see the decline of Pakistan team thanks to Naseem Ashraf policies. Players are corrupt and addicted and most of them are average players. I cant see Pakistani team reaching again the heights of Imran and Wasim's Era!!!!! After Hockey and Squash.. Bye Bye Pakistan Cricket...

  • Dr. Nauman Niaz on June 12, 2008, 19:34 GMT

    Ijust can't agree more with Shoaib Malik. I think he has shown enormous character in standing up to his chairman. I have known Malik since long and I personally feel every inch of what he has said is true, truer still. Instead of meddling into team's affair, an outfit that has been beleaguered by Dr. Nasim's horrible policies. And about the PCB affairs, would Dr. Nasim mind telling us that why did he appoint a man who underwent Summary Court Marshall and thrown out of Pakistan Army in 1980 as Director HR. How could he justify picking another doctor and installing him as Director Marketing and Director Communications whose brother a retired colonel served in the NCHD. How could he explain paying Inzamam Ul Haq Rs 10 M and then denying it openly on television whilst Inzamam's hand written reciept and the copies of the invoice are available. Actually Dr. Nasim has made cricket a trademark of ineptness. Kamran Abbasi, you were simply brilliant, as always. Chum, I think you are too good.

  • Mehdi on June 12, 2008, 19:33 GMT

    I do agree with Naseem Ashraf's concerns and I believe that time has come for the management to take some bold actions. Players who have not been able to perform should be shown the exits and new talent on the benches should be tried especially the wicketkeeping slot. It’s the first time in my memory when India seems to be an insurmountable foe. I dont agree with Kamran's view above. Naseem Ashraf has all the rights to yell at the dismal performance of players. The only thing is it should not be made public.

  • JAS on June 12, 2008, 19:13 GMT

    First comment ... why did Malik use Sohail Tanvir to finish up Wahab's over? Beats me...

    Second comment ... Malik is not a captain material. Replace him with Misbah ul Haq. That guy is sharp. Third comment ... Have a LONG MARCH to oust Ashraf Last but not the least ... Sack Talat Ali and Lawson as well. Replace Talat Ali with someone who has a brain and a manager's personality and Lawson with someone who knows cricket and not just the English language

    Get it?

  • Indian on June 12, 2008, 19:13 GMT

    C'mon guys give the chairmaon a break..he is only trying to save his neck! As an Indian cricket team fan I am enjoying this period of Indo-Pak cricketing history because i remember too many matches where Pak team MAINLY (Wasim&Waqar) had outplayed India...so may Men in Blue keep winning for as long as possible.

  • A-Hussain on June 12, 2008, 19:12 GMT

    We have a right to speak, but speak only. What effect that has on the outcome of the issue? The jury is still out at it. The issue at this stage is not, in my opinion how Pakistan messed up but, at the risk of sounding fatalistic, why? Before accusing the players it is important to notice the glaring failure of the board as an organization. Not only this time, but on a consistent basis since its installation the present regime has failed to take a team of champion players (with a few exceptions of course) anywhere close to their potential.Crucial evidence of this fact are the kneejerk and fierce reprimand, management shuffle and player chops in the middle of a tournament right before the final. This time However, I believe Mr. Ashraf has shot himself in the foot. The end is the nigh for an overdue stint at the helm of affairs. After this latest episode compounded by the Asif fiasco it is hard to imagine how even President Mushy, the patron, would not consider a change at the top.

  • JAVED A KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on June 12, 2008, 19:00 GMT

    Kamran probably you are not aware of the fact that when you go out duck shooting you don't use a rifle, you need a shotgun and DNA wasn't hunting outside his zone, ambit or periphery he was, and he is very much on target and neither is he frustrated and he has all the right to be angry like ALL of us. I think he did the right thing by lashing out at the "Snoozing Talat Ali." Finally DNA's ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude towards Shoaib Malik has also come to an end when he noticed his antics on the ground by holding his right underarm and trying to show the pain in his shoulder, he nearly blabbed out the truth that he has pain, then he thought of the consequences and uttered; "I did not bowl because we have 5 regular bowlers." And Younus Khan was the 5th bowler? Apart from being a lousy captain, Malik himself doesn't have the balls to bowl only 4 balls. On top of that he came up with a stupid answer of 5 regular bowlers, assuming everyone is a dolt like him. Saleem Altaf should have been fired last year, its too late to fire a senior citizen who has gone bonkers years ago. I think its about time for Nasim Ashraf to replace the captain and appoint Shahid Afridi in his place, also Kamran Akmal needs to be replaced by Sarfaraz Ahmad. Otherwise, Pakistan will only the champions among the minnows. Last but not the least, who is this lost case Geoff Lawson? I am ready to give him a one way ticket to Sydney.

  • karamat on June 12, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    I dont know what is more embarrassing, pakistan losing 1 meaningless match to india or the re-action shown by the so called supporters. what do you expect when the team has been deprived of serious competition for so long? Of course they will be rusty,drop catches like Younis Khan who normally is a brilliant fielder. Pakistan team has a history of being pathetic one day and brilliant on another. What did the so called greats like Imran, Javed etc do in the 1992 cup? they were down & outs and would not haven made it to the final had it not rained in the match against England. There is a lot of LUCK involved in this game. The Indian openers survived due to their GOOD LUCK more than their skill. Any Opening pair thats given 4 lives and a team that gets a start of 180 odd due to LUCK is bound to win. I think all of you writing in this blog should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Omer Admani on June 12, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    Seems like Nasim Ashraf has finally seen Pakistan play a cricket match. Akmal has been dropping catches since 2 years, Malik has been a spineless captain ever since his appointment (doesn't deserve to be in the team), the fielding has always been poor. Team selection has been awful and the coach's redundant statements are very unhelpful. If we just reverse what Lawson said and apply it to Pakistan, Pakistan did win the match. 182 were needed to avoid a 150-run defeat and in my mind it became a thrilling contest towards the end, with Pakistan on 179-9. But, ironically, with the same captain, the same keeper, and the same set-up, the doctor does no justice by saying the same team should put up a better performance in the final. It is bleeding obvious that by continuing with the same policies he has purposely leaked this statement by whatever means to distance himself from the dismal performances. Otherwise he has the power to fire people and correct what is wrong.

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on June 12, 2008, 18:32 GMT

    Induct players like Sarfaraz Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Naumanullah, who are raring to go and eager to avail any opportunity. We need a more proactive captain whose body language can boost up the moral in dire strait scenarios and definitely knows how to make his pack fight! Its high time we should think beyond Akmal! Younis Khan needs to be more responsible. I suggest that Afridi must Captain the ODI team while Mohammad Yousuf must command the Test side!

    Finally, involve and get services of legends like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Javed Miadad, Saleem Malik, Sarfaraz Nawaz and so on! They should be inducted on a long term bases instead of mere assignments of a couple of weeks!

  • Jawad on June 12, 2008, 18:22 GMT

    i am very happy at last akmal has been criticized , its because of him pak has lost so many series off late

  • Praks on June 12, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    The Pakistani players and board are vying with each other to make fools of themselves. First Asif foolishly enough gets caught with drugs in his wallet and now the board president has his fiery communication "leaked" to the media. When will they ever learn and stop? On the other hand this is exactly what makes Pakistan such an interesting team to follow and the reason why your blog is popular Mr. Abbasi!

  • JamJar on June 12, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    Geoff Lawson's comments about Pakistan matching Australia's unbeaten ODI record are hysterical. Well actually, if Pakistan were intending to play the likes of Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Scotland (Ireland could be a bit tricky for the Boys) for the next 6 months then maybe, just maybe that could be achieved. Put up against some decent opposition and they crumble.

    Kamran, your post is very contradictory. On one hand you assert the ultimate responsibility of Ashraf over the team and then you critise him for his involvement.

    Lets be clear here that healthy challenge, which in my opinion Ashraf was doing after the defeat, does not wholly constitute direct interference. It would be completely different if Ashraf was directly involved in team strategy and selection. There is nothing wrong with challenging decisions of the team management once things go horribly wrong.

    I actually commend Ashraf for airing his views as he did - they will most likely be shared by many Pak fans!!

  • Amer - Canada on June 12, 2008, 17:57 GMT

    Kamran you have commented: 'The problem for Ashraf, of course, is that he is sinking under the weight of his relentless failure--and there is too much to put right before time runs out.'

    I will disagree only slightly by saying that the time has already run out. Unfortunately, under his tenure not only has the national team gone backwards, nothing has been done to build a domestic infrastsructure in which young cricketers can be 'blooded' so that they enter the international scene as professionals. Also, there are clearly problems in identifying talent because frankly, this Pakistan team is not worthy of that status.

  • Sudhey on June 12, 2008, 17:50 GMT

    I think most of the Pakistan cricket fans (and unfortunately Mr. Ashraf) are over-reacting on this defeat(though I, being an Indian team fan, would probably have done the same thing if my side had lost that badly :) ). The fact that Pakistan had to play those 11 matches against ZM and BD was not something they'd themselves asked for; the circumstances were to be blamed for that. And, with match practice like that, coming on to play a team like India which had beaten aussies at home and competed at top levels in the IPL, the result was not too unexpected. The pak team has some youngsters and the public & Board needs to show faith in them. Changing the side, coach and captain regularly won't do any good to the team. As far as Malik is concerned, true, he didn't look as bright as Dhoni, but a captain is, after all, as good as the team. His deficiencies are overhyped because his team lost. I hope that the top officials adopt a more long term approach instead of being rattled like this.

  • SaleemSahab from Peshawar on June 12, 2008, 17:46 GMT

    Its so depressing that we always gets defeated by India. Look at the Indian team, they are more younger then Pakistan team and yet we always loose. Look at infrastructure in India and look at ours for cricket and we will know why they always kick us. As far as DNA is concerned, he is a big slap for pakistan. He dont know his responsibilities. As for malik, he is not even capable of wearing 12th man shirt. Akmal looks like a big joke and bowlers looks like coming from Sudan or weakest country in the world. Where are we going?

  • Shayan on June 12, 2008, 17:40 GMT

    Nice fiery email from the Chairman. Maybe players should also play like that on the field.

    And...FINALLY somebody said drop Akmal. Phew...enuff already. Cant we get somebody who is a half decent keeper who can catch something other than a cold.

    From his email it looks like he must have watched at least the highlights of the match. A Pakistani Cricket Board official...actually watching a cricket match involving Pakistan...now thats rare.

    Love that email from Ashraf. We should get more of them in public. Too bad Altaf is gone.

  • Mustafa Habib on June 12, 2008, 17:33 GMT

    I infact found it very impressive that the chairman watched the match so closely and his comments are fair. He deserves respect for this email.

  • mumbai indians on June 12, 2008, 17:30 GMT

    Come on guys present pakistan team is no where even close to the team led by imran khan or forget even the team led by wasim akram. its just saddening to watch such a match.i dont think over the years the infrastructure or domestic crickets quality has gone down but u can clearly see pakistan team deteorating after naseems ahsraf has taken the post. i dont understand why he still continues to be chairman. i guess he does not have any cricketing knowledge he is just trying to secure his job by blaming others for his failures.

  • Ketan H Mayecha on June 12, 2008, 17:24 GMT

    It is cumbersome to fire so many players - it would be easier to fire the chairman. But who will bell the cat... I think the Pakistani chairman should be invited to play one ODI the player dropped in his place should do the write up on his performance. I promise you it would be not only be interesting to watch him play but also read the article the player writes on his performance !!!!

  • amaan on June 12, 2008, 17:18 GMT

    Captain of pakistan team should be immediately changed...he has no tactis.

  • Shan on June 12, 2008, 17:12 GMT

    Unless Pakistanis play against stronger sides like Aus, SA, India or SL, they cannot get better. You must concentrate on touring these countries as often as possible (because not many of these tour Pakistan as there is always a explosion going off somewhere), and forget those 'glory days' of rigged matches at Sharjah. You have very limited resources, but you have to maximise these. Wasim or Waqar or Imran are only one per generation, and you cannot dream of having them all the time. By the way, it beats me why you allowed Razzaq, Hasan Raza and almost Mohd Yousuf to drift towards ICL and have them banned. Gul, Younis, yousuf and may be to an extent Misbah are the only classy players you have, but you need others to support them!! For sport's sake get a competent team in place. Otherwise India v Australia will replace India v Pakistan as the marquee competetion of the game!

  • m.shahzad alam on June 12, 2008, 17:11 GMT

    the first and foremost thing is to replace captain, who is un-inspiring and has no idea what to do in such a situation like that. In cricket captains count a lot and he is not worthy of National team cricket captain m.shahzad alam madinah, ksa

  • sunil sebastian on June 12, 2008, 17:03 GMT

    email leaking is very common in india and pakistan.mr ashraf should expect that it was coming.and ali want it to publizise the issue so that pple in pakistan and players will be against DR. seriously its all utter madness..bcci used to have such madness but they sort it out and now its decent looking board with lot of power. what pakistan need to do is get rid of old players or make senior player captain. there is serious junior- senior issues in pakistan team(india used to have that but now they have brains).younis khan,yousuf all typical cricketer who cant cope with changes or cant accept young leadership and they dont listen to anything that shoib have offer and also his captaincy lack modern visions and aggressiveness. cricket has changed and he need to adopt to out of box thinkings.this email going to be an issue for nassim if pakistan win the final and if they loose lot of pple getting sacked(like player).the rivalryis longgone and as a indian fan idnt wana c IND beating Weak pak

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on June 12, 2008, 16:51 GMT

    Don’t know when DNA will realize it’s not the team but it’s him who is the main culprit. He must go along with Shoaib. Get rid of all non-professional managers at PCB, bring genius cricketing brains and Pakistan can still regain its position to some extent.

    Otherwise, the day has come when Pakistan is only being compared with teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Watch out for more disgraceful incidents and humiliating defeats. At least DNA has established one record no one could even think of that. He has more shameful achievements to his credit than any previous PCB boss, yet he is still going strong because of obvious reasons known to everyone.

    This is only possible in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and not in a civilized society!!

    In short, Pakistan has unfortunately no future in any sports.

  • Lallu Lal on June 12, 2008, 16:43 GMT

    C'mon guys just one big loss and the knives are out! Didi you expect anything different from a board that is corrupt and bows to blackmails. You need to keep Younis in the ODI team because he will not play in the tests, if he sacked! What a joke. Time to fire anyone who lacks commitment and rebuild. There is no dearth of talented players!!!

  • Bismillah Khan on June 12, 2008, 16:41 GMT

    I bet I will make a lot better Chairman than Mr. Ashraf. I am willing to bet my life on it, any takers? Dr. Ashraf?

  • Cricket Deevana on June 12, 2008, 16:40 GMT

    Kamran, I agree with your comments. It is understandable how Nasim Ashraf might feel as a Chairman; but his execution of seemingly constuctive message leaves a lot to be desired. -As usual, a short-term "Boil in the Kettle" approach is taken. I am not sure what will it do to the team's morale -If everytime something goes wrong on the field, and the Chairperson has to shout; maybe, then it points to his own and the Board's shortcomings in managing -Rather than hearing the chairman's analysis, I would have liked to hear a real cricket expert's analysis as to what might have caused the failure. -Unless the Cricket Board looks into the root causes of re-curring failures of the Pakistan team against good teams with a cool head, I do not expect a sustainable positive outcome. -The Chairman (or his replacement) should maybe focus on improving his/her own management skills; and bring in people who know the technical aspects of the game; and, can recommend a specific long-term action plan

  • Kashif Naveed on June 12, 2008, 16:37 GMT

    Enough said on the issue. I will just add that Shoib does not deserve even a place in Test 11. Moving on I want Kamran to start another THREAD on "whats the future of Pakistan cricket". Since last 20 years we have been producing extraordinary bowlers and batsmen. Every now and then, out of blue, some Waseem or Waqar or Saqlain used to emerge and mesmerize the world for coming years. Looking at the team now I see abover average or at most very good players but do we have any extra ordinary player? have we produced any one in that league since, probably , Shoiab Akhtar? Perhaps Asif and Yousaf are only names close to that but still not in that league? Is there any one with such talent left in domestic circle? Looking at the 20/20 etc. in domestic pakistan cricket I do not see any one. Nothing to worry as all the great players mentioned above were just discovered over night. Do we have such unexplored talent still there? Do we need some real talent hunt programs? Kashif

  • financial advisor on June 12, 2008, 16:35 GMT

    i wish inzi and razzaq were there :'(

  • Faisal New Jersey - USA on June 12, 2008, 16:30 GMT

    Lets read the resume of our team compare it to Team India. Captain - Shoaib Malik vs Dhoni. Dhoni has played many match winning, saving innings, Shoaib has yet to reach such a milestone. Wicket Keeper - Kamran vs Dhoni - again a no brainer. All rounders - Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Yuvi vs Afridi, Malik. Forgodsakes! Its not getting any better! Opening Batsman: Kamran!!!! - again! Butt - arghhhh~! versus Gambir and Sewag! oh lord have mercyyyyy! Batting core - Yuvi, Sharma, Pathan, Raina and Dhoni and we got Younis - who laughs everything away! Yousuf - looks good but has not won a single odi! Misbah - some solace! Malik - is not even included in the IPL playing side! Bowling: PARVEEN KUMAR takes 4 freaking WICKETS! for the love of GOD! please stop this embarrasement!

  • marghub on June 12, 2008, 16:22 GMT

    dear MR naseem plz resign.u r the worst chairman ever.

  • Rizwan on June 12, 2008, 16:21 GMT

    Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Rao Iftikhar are not worth of spot in pakistani team. These guys are under talented and will not be picked by India/Australia/England/South Africa/West Indies/Sri Lanka/New Zealand teams although these guys are experienced players. We need to replace these players.

    I suggest Sarfraz Ahmed for Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam for Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed for Salman Butt and Under-19 hero Anwar Ali for Rao Iftikhar. Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan should be used interchangeably. For Second opener bring Khalid Latif or Khurram Manzoor. If Umar Gul fails then bring Abdul Rauf.

  • Shamim on June 12, 2008, 16:20 GMT

    Medical Doctors may be qualified to treat patients but Pakistan's Chairman who has only played in two matches in his lifetime(See Crickinfo for details) is as qualified as any keen spectator of cricket. Appointed by his friend General Musharaf, the Chairman should quit while the going is good. Bureacratic committees, Suited-booted news conferences and e-mails do not score boundries or clean up good batsmen. In the end affairs on the ground are better understood by the Captain & his manager. India are simply a better team & their best are not being sued, tested, prosecuted & then executed by their own board. Why was Inzimam-ul-Haq driven out by Dr. Ashraf. Shoaib cannot be blamed for his lack of experience. The Chairman should do the honorable thing & resign. Lets appoint Saleem Altaf in his place. At least he understands bowling.

  • Arjun on June 12, 2008, 16:08 GMT

    anybody can criticize bad performance... it takes a leader to point out good things that a team is doing. Someone at Ashraf's position sending such an email to a team will only serve to demoralise players, not make them play better. that is just fundamentals of handling people. He would be better served to affirm his belief that the team and the management are capable of reversing their performance. I think this is true not only in cricket, but also anythign else in life.

  • asad rana on June 12, 2008, 16:06 GMT

    I think it is time to make Yousuf the captain for a six months, groom misbah and later on hand it over to him as far as malik, kamran, afridi, butt, and yonis please bring them in on merit and fitness.

  • Faraan Qureshi on June 12, 2008, 16:01 GMT

    Who cares about the match Pakistan just lost. They are going to beat India in the final

  • Zeeshan, London on June 12, 2008, 16:01 GMT

    Ashraf is shameless! He sits on his throne barking down orders after the team goes from one disaster to another like I’ve said in my previous posts who his he answerable too?

    He must be accountable for some if not most of the problems the PCB and the team is facing. I say bring back Shaharyar Khan at least Pakistan went through a couple of years of stability and success the current slide just defies belief. We deserved to lose the match against India and I almost feel we need to lose the next few matches just so people begin to realise how bad it’s really got.

    The board has failed to provide a calendar of cricket yes I appreciate Pakistan has had a torrid political time but even so not 1 test match in 2008 how can that be explained? Why didn’t we have any away matches scheduled?

    The good Doctor can continue to fire and point fingers at others on the PCB but without his resignation Pakistan are not going to improve and that is clear.

  • Vin on June 12, 2008, 15:59 GMT

    Only one solution.... Have a stronger capable captain with lot of heart. Some one who can lead by example and bring the team up. Malik was not even first choice for Daredevils and he is the captain of a Test Playing nation. That to me was odd. Make the leader strong and team will have some pride. Misbah has heart he has the courage although luck eludes him but to me he is a true sportsman making me his fan rather than anyone else. BTW i am Indian supporter... but cannot understand why Akmal and Malik are still there...just feels wrong. Hopefully things will sort out for Pakistan team. God Bless.

  • Kalyan on June 12, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    Ashraf's comments were right (although he did not speak about the terrible ground fielding) but he need not have made it public. Every time we hear something about Pakistan (cricket or otherwise), it is some incident or other where the whole country stands embarrased. Some of the Pakistanis (like Akthar, Asif, Ashraf, Musharraf) need to realize that the whole world is laughing at you and the whole country is let down by you. The only way forward is to get your act together and deliver in your area of work and let action speak louder than words.

  • Billz on June 12, 2008, 15:57 GMT

    Well,I guess this was expected!Nothing is going right in Pakistan cricket for the past few years.We've been drowning further and further by controversies,awful performances and other issues. In my opinion,what Mr.Ashraf said was out of sheer frustration and I wont blame him. Being the head, he can advise/critisize about the operations which includes team performance as well.If Pakistan cricket board and team have to rise again from the dust they need to make some drastic changes IMMEDIATELY.Few of them includes: 1.Bringing Imran Khan as the chairman (He is the best choice) 2. Misbah-ul-haq should be handed over the captaincy and Malik should be the vice-captain( Earlier i thought Malik was the right choice but i guess he cannot perform for right now) 3. If not Malik,time to hand over the V-C to Afridi (trust me, he will become more mature) 4.Sarfaraz Ahmed is an extremely deserving Wicket keeper.He should be given a proper run! 5. Wasim Akram should be the coach instead of Geoff.

  • M. Khan on June 12, 2008, 15:53 GMT

    Doesn't this reflect the Pakistani culture? Its called micromanagement on the part of the top executive or rather incompetence,lack of will and hesitation on the part of the middle management to take initiatives on their own. Middle managers are spineless and scared to take independent and bold decisions as they fear that they will be hanged for any wrong decision or in the case of cricket for any embarasing loss. This is the reason that the top executives are surrounded by yes-men to nod at every decision they take and in fact the mid level managers purposefully get the top management to take the tough decisions so as to avoid getting the blame. This led to the mess we see in Pak cricket today.

    My question is why the heck we are running the PCB as a semi-governmental body???? Doesn't the chief executive of the country have better things to do than get tangled in the affairs of cricket. The PCB should be an independent body run on corporate lines accountable to a board of directors

  • Rizwan on June 12, 2008, 15:53 GMT

    I think its just a matter of changing or enlightening the 'Think Tank'. Pakistan's preparation for the game was not good at all. A flat tracker missing an extra spinner, Aridi batting down the order when he can belt the likes of Praveen Kumar out of the park during the power plays (why didnt Sehwag bat down the order whenever he was out of form? cuz he is more useful on the top!!) We should play Afridi as a 'Bowler' and make him open and play an extra batsmen then things mite have been different. Naseem's actions depict haste. Everyone needs to sit down and talk, Lawson needs to realise this is Pakistan & not Australia he is dealing with, you cannot have 4 pacers and one spinner doing the job. I think Pakistan has the potential, its just direction and confidence that is required.

  • Zeeshan on June 12, 2008, 15:48 GMT

    Come on fellows, let Ashraf do what he can to fix let the Pakistani Team criticized let them fell the pain we are getting by loosing from india from the past few years.

  • Jibran on June 12, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    The one who yells the loudest, is always the guilty one. Who the hell is Nasim Ashraf to know any thing about cricket. How many Test Runs does he have in his career. If he just look into the mirror, he'll get the answers to all of Pakistan Cricket Teams problem. Because he appointed the coach, the captain and he is the one who banned and mistreated many good players. So Shut Up Mr. Idiot.

  • Saima khan on June 12, 2008, 15:41 GMT

    For the sake of ALLAH, remove Malik, Kamran Akaml and Naseem Ashraf.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • miten on June 12, 2008, 15:41 GMT

    Nothing wrong with the message from Ashraf however I do see your point that one has to trust their staff in making the correct decisions and if that trust and if that trust doesn't exist anymore then its time to bring in some changes. The Pakistani team still look good on paper but why they aren't able to perform is beyond us all. The enigma that is Shahid Afridi is such a key part of the batting line up but seems content to throw his wicket away with the assurance that he is worth his place in the side with his leg-spin and fielding. There should be a way to make this man realize that Pakistan need him to spend time at the crease, the runs will flow naturally. He has to be more responsible at the crease or else he is no good to his nation.

  • Razi on June 12, 2008, 15:40 GMT

    It does not matter who points the weekness of this weakest pakistani team. Our team is so smart and profession only in making money. It is the outcome of non-professionalim which is visible in every area. Whether is it Hockey, Crciket or any other game. We have produced a bunch of morons in politics, performing arts, Sports and education. We have our esteemed lawyers on street fighting for justice and at the same time branding Akbar Bugti as Patriot person what kind of justic they will bring ... All the nice people have been produced by out big brother who define our educational system, move our capital to Islamabad, gave us Salim Malik, wasim Akram, Asif and Kamran Akmal

  • Raja Pakistani on June 12, 2008, 15:40 GMT

    Malik is a nephew of a former speaker national assembly.

    Malik marriage scandal, he thrown the match deliberately, suspect bowling action, unfit issues and other disciplinary actions were ignored by same PCB but not hey are changing because UNCLE is not speaker any more. Impeach Naseem, Malik and Talat Ali.

    Raja

  • Truth on June 12, 2008, 15:35 GMT

    Please note:

    There is no single Urdu speaking player from Karachi in the team under malik captainship and Naseem presidency. What Malik is doing with Fawad Alam, we all can see/ It is more than two years he was never given proper chance to represents Pakistan cricket team. Opener Khurrum Manzoor scored half century not out in his first one day debut but after that he is out from Pakistan team. How we lost Asim Kamal, who scored 9 fifties in only 12 matches.

    Why only player from Karachi been treated like that????

    Truth

  • Dawar, LA USA on June 12, 2008, 15:30 GMT

    I think Naseem Ashraf is also responsible for this situation. He gave absolute powers to Malik & Company. Kamran Akmal is not performing well from last two years. Once in a while he scored well with the bat but dropped multiple catches in the same match. I do not understand but credibility of our players is very low. Malik played well again weak teams and especially in sub continent only. Fawad Alam can not be use properly under his captainship. He thinks he will take over him. Malik marriage scandal, unfit problems from years esp. against strong teams, he thrower the match in local 20/20 tournament, his improper interview in Nadia Khan talk show etc why Naseem appointed him Captain and why he backed him all the way? Naseem and Malik should impeach. No place for Kamran Akmal, Malik, Rao and Butt in the team. For 20/20 we need to think about Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan. They are not fit for 20/20.Yousuf should be play tests only. Noumanullah, Khurrum Manzoor, Khalid Latif (Ka

  • Shahid afridi #1 on June 12, 2008, 15:11 GMT

    let malik be captain so he can gain experience. just think wat good of a captain hell be 5 years from now. and the abysmal performance by pakistan, its just too bad. they need to do much btter batting. and bowling is getting crap too. bowling is wat pakistan is known for worldwide!! after 2003 pakistan has slumped. im verry disappointed

  • Noor on June 12, 2008, 15:09 GMT

    Salaam Kamaran. I think he is trying to run some kind of dictorial camp where every body just say "Oh Bhuddha you are the God .Your wishes are our commands". Ashraf and Musharraf rymes together brothers. Well enough of the jokes now the serious matter .Please tell me why does he have to follow the team every where ,why R U wasting money on your high expensive trips which R not neccssary at all.That shows your team mangament is not capable at all .Your senseless email would have been enough .Y 2 go.Has any board chairman ever followed the team NO.

    Now it is proven that this what happens when somebody clueless is made the head of a prestigious Dept .Why do U have to ask or even suggest the the team planning and that to in an email, wasn't a phone call or going is enough.Do U really have to enhance the mockery of Pakistan team.Can't U just zip your mouth & say infront of the boys when U go to enjoy the trip on our money.You are just frustrated by the senate that they treat you like junk.You jsut wan to show off tha you also exist by yelling on the team or sacking a respectable cricketer Saleem Altaf .Oh please some body should put a a stop to the misery of PCB employees from Naseem Pharo.

  • DesiHungama on June 12, 2008, 15:08 GMT

    This is to Mr. Tariq from Riyadh...

    1) Appointing a chairman who has the knowledge of cricket and experienced as an administrator who has history to deliver.....Recalling our past history, I do not to see anyone who has ever delivered with the exception of a lone Word Cup title which was sort of a fluke.

    2) Appointment of a coach who has the knowledge of our domestic structure.....Domestic Structure? We have no domestic structure. It is in shables. 3) Captain should have leadership qualities and honest.....The last leader we as people produced was Jinnah and speaking of honesty. We are probably if the not the most then one of the most dishonest nation on this planet. Somalians should put their stock into PCB.

    Pakistan all out in 35 overs. I guess they were confused between 20/20 and 50/50. Ah! the good ole days of 50/50. (The show must go on)

  • Saim on June 12, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf is the most incompetent of the whole lot. After reading his email one has to ask this question "look who is talking?". How did not nasim get to where he is?. without any credentials,without any merit the only reason he is there is because he is the friend of the President. He has done injustice to people like waqar Younis,shoaib akhtar, inzamam ul haq, now saleem altaf. These are individuals who have proven their abilities for Pakistan Cricket. This man must be replaced immediately in order to save Pakistan cricket. Unfortunately accountibility starts from the bottom whereas it should start from the top when will nasim ashraf and the likes of him start taking some responsibility on themselves and stop throwing the blame on their subordinates. This man is pathetic and a failed doctor who must not be allowed to practise his brand of medicine on Pakistan cricket.

  • HAseeb Ahmed on June 12, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    Naseem is the biggest idiot in history of Pakistan cricket. From removing Inzi, to appoint Loser Malik as capitan, to destryoing the careers of Shoaib and Asif, DNA has done more damage to Pak cricket than all ther drug scandals combined. DNA should be shipped off the Minnetonka or some small US town where he spent his career being the local village doctor.

  • Cloverfield on June 12, 2008, 14:47 GMT

    We can find a hundred faults in the Pakistan team (140 actually) but the root cause remains an incompetent board with much politics and little cricketing merit.It is ironic that the Chairman, who to my knowledge is neither a cricketer nor has the responsibility or jurisdiction for technical advice to the team, lashes out at the players pointing out technical problems. Or is it simply a manifestation of his frustration at the results of his mismanagement? The result against India was expected and predictable for clear shortcomings in the team. Had this been a board concerned with team performance rather than establishing their authority (in which they failed, too) they would have seen and tried to correct the problem in the last few months. Simply put team selection was not based on true merit and needs, team management was horribly incompetent and the board has little concern for and knowledge of Pakistan's cricketing potential and needs. Doctor,it's time you had yourself examined.

  • waleed on June 12, 2008, 14:32 GMT

    i agreee with all of naseems ahsrafs points .....pak team shud be widely criticized on not playin well .......our teams spirit is gone down ..n we saw tht on the feild n on the pitch !!

  • DesiHungama on June 12, 2008, 14:29 GMT

    Worst is yet to come!

  • Sarmad Qureshi on June 12, 2008, 14:29 GMT

    Email or face to face, pakistani cricketers need a big kick up their arses. There is no sports in the world where you get so highly paid for such abject performances. The strength of our team is clear from the fact that our national captain was relegated to the dugout during IPL. The way we dropped catches specially the wicket keeper, we can hardly beat any one. Shoaib Malik is adamant on playing Akmal which is a mystery for me. Tony Greig was right when he commented during the ICL that Lahore Badshahs team is stronger than the Pakistan team. His analysis was spot on. The only change we need is changing the captain and bringing in a better player, and give the captaincy to someone who deserves his position as a player. Shoaib Malik was not even picked in 20-20 by Delhi team, so how can we imagine that he should captain Pakistan in test cricket. I wish the team is formed on the basis of merit and performance and winning 12 games against Zim and Bdesh does not count as performance.

  • astaghfar on June 12, 2008, 14:27 GMT

    I hope someone marks his emails as junk or spam. ashraf does not deserve to eb taken seriously. For a blissful moment I thought the article was about his suicide ....but here we are...sigh

  • Irshad Shirazi on June 12, 2008, 14:20 GMT

    It is palpably evident that the salvo fired on Talaat Ali et al by Nasim Ashraf is aimed at clutching at straws, when he should for all good purpose be submitting his resignation without further let or delay, as anyone with an honourable streak in him would do. It is both laughable and ironic that the man should be telling the team how to play the game when he has only a superficial knowledge of it himself. It must have been a sorry spectacle how the team buckled timidly to an archrival that had no Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly or Harbajan in its midst. Anarchy is plainly obviously in the ranks and since it seems that the good doctor has no intention to go voluntarily, it behooves the powers that be to show the door to the clueless Chairman whose innings should have come to a close a long time ago. The Board needs insightful leadership by someone who has played the game at the highest level; otherwise, graver calamities await the affairs of Pakistan cricket.

  • Fahad Salim on June 12, 2008, 14:10 GMT

    Kamran,Due apolgies on one side, but I must say your comments are very much one sided and directed at somehow unnecessarily critising the Head of the affairs. PCB is a corporate organisation, or atleast one that Naseem Ashraf wants to run it as. Unfortuantely, his management team or the people around him, often exhibit a clear notion of bring unable to adjust to this forward looking culture that so much lacks in the board. Its high time things enter into a more mechanised and structured mode in Pakistan Cricket board (ALBEIT in every department in Pakistan). Claims of People not having cricekting knowledge and sitting at the helms of the affairs seem to be unjustified, as any organisation (for a turn-around) required dynamic and visionary individuals with a brilliant idea and the determintation to implement. Unfortunately , too many cooks are there for the broth when it comes to AUTHORITative positions in Paksitan and this is what hampers the growth of every public sector organisation.

  • Rimtu on June 12, 2008, 13:59 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi, you should not make comments on matters that do not concern you. Nasim Ashraf's email was confidential PCB content. You have no right to make use of its content and then write whatever you want in your blog post. It is unprofessional to the extreme. The context is everything, and you as a non-PCB employee are completely out of context to make any comment on the email that was never meant for you. Thanks. Regards, Rimtu

  • Omer Chaudhry on June 12, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    Personally I seem to agree with the chairman for this one, which proves that there is a first time for everything. I really do think that he was asking questions rather then trying to instill his own cricketing strategy upon the team. As to the harshness of his words, well deserved I say. To this day I can not fathom sympathy for players of this calibre. These guys are being payed, handsomly at that, to go play cricket and that too for their country! There are literally thousands of Pakistani's who would do anything to get this chance. To make this short, quite simply the players are getting out of hand. They need to be reminded that they can be replaced and I for one am much happier supporting a squad who understand the gravity of their role.

  • Rauf on June 12, 2008, 13:48 GMT

    It's ironic to see Mr. Chairman frothing at the mouth on one defeat. Which parallel universe does he live in.

    It's the same Mr. Chairman under whose leadership Pakistan cricket team is now ranked next to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, an excellent captain was forced to retire before his time, some excellent players were outcast because they signed up for ICL, a world class fast bowler (Shoaib) ended up as a joke... and another one (Asif) is next in line, selectors can't even select a best goolie danda team let alone a cricket team. The list goes on and on.

    Maybe Pakistan cricket fans should send an angry email to Mr. Chairman with only a few words. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, YOU ARE FIRED!

  • aziz mengal on June 12, 2008, 13:43 GMT

    absolutely right. failures make a person to speak anything as naseem is the obvous example. from the word go i was not in favour of malik to captain the talented bunch of cricketers, i think misbah or yousuf are two different personalities could influence this erratic pakistani outfit in two totally differnt styles. malik is still infant in this regard to lead persons like shoib, younus, asif and etc. also naseem is the not a right person to hire a wise man to control the guys of different nature. at this moment naseem is in a state ofa mind that only frustrated advises can come from his side. as he leaving dhaka in a day or two but the results would not be much different unless india perform poorly. another aspect which jolted the outfit badly is asif's incident, though commentators and wroters are avoiding to discuss this matter for some reasons but the incident is showing its full effects. God know where our team is heading but the near futre is showing no good signs................

  • SomeGuy on June 12, 2008, 13:42 GMT

    I totally agree with the article. It is true that Pakistan has performed poorly but this kind of attitude and interference from Ashraf will only make it worse. Being a leader one should be able to effectively convey his vision to his organization but not in this manner. It makes the individuals feel more defensive and then they only tend to play for themselves. Furthermore, Ashraf talks about the not changing the "tactics" however, if this kind of micro-management is in place how can the captain or coach have confidence to change the tatics on the fly.

  • Salman on June 12, 2008, 13:42 GMT

    "Since we don't have the fortune to read all his emails..".

    I think the chairman is:

    a. Trying to let Senator Baig et al know that he too is capable of giving a dressing down, and

    b. Dangerous ploy, but the convenient leak may be a way to parry the onslaught of criticism on his own self (and subsequently his office) and pass it on to the team management.

    Either way, Mr. Ashraf needs to enrol in a management program to be educated about (at least) some norms of 'effective management'. 'I'm OK, You're OK' just will not do anymore!

  • Nadeem on June 12, 2008, 13:41 GMT

    And this is what happens when a non cricketer uses their openly known connections to get one of the top jobs in Pakistan.

    He has little knowledge in my opinion of the game and should stay out of selection protocols.

    Our cricket is a headed into the dark days with so much scandal, shame and seemingly no accountability at any level.....

  • Akram on June 12, 2008, 13:36 GMT

    The image Ashraf is building up of himself is that of a 'bully' - he carries an attitude which is now turning into arrogance. Most of the time he is seen 'cooking up' some kind of conflict either with the players or board officials. It looks like he is running a 'terror cell' not a cricket board! Maximum controversies have arisen, and continue to arise, during the period he has been at the helm of PCB affairs. TIME TO FIRE HIM than the other way around!!

  • Sreeni on June 12, 2008, 13:29 GMT

    I can empathise with Dr. Ashraf and partake in his consternation as will every self appointed cricket pundit from the sub-continent whose answer to the lack of cricketing acumen and appreciation of its technical intricacies is mouthing the choicest expeletives, venting anger by burning effigies or in this case firing a missive which incidentally like the aforesaid does little to assuage the problem.

  • Daniyal on June 12, 2008, 13:27 GMT

    Umm.. I'm a bit surprised and shocked! The Pakistani team has been tripping over themselves like lame sheep for years and no better example than their loss to Ireland hi-lights this fact yet it was just yesterday that Nasim Ashraf discovered that the Pakistan team has made it a habit of playing uninspired, third class cricket that can be out done by boys on the street.

    I'm in shock and awe ... perhaps his wife gave him an earful that morning.

  • zeeshan on June 12, 2008, 13:23 GMT

    naseem ashraf needs to show some integrity and should step down from his position ASAP. enough of this drama with pakistan cricket and pakistanis.

  • alex Rajani on June 12, 2008, 13:23 GMT

    We dont need ashraf as chairman, we need somebody like imran khan who can curse and give our player some beat down for losing against india. Shoail tanvir was the best in IPL now he can't even pick bangladeshi wicket. How come Asif and shoaib get injured or NA or get busted before the big tornaments. Why can't the board let shoaib play they have some kind of excuse for him not to play people are losing faith in our team most of my friend dont even watch pak vs india match.

  • Sreeni on June 12, 2008, 13:22 GMT

    I can empathise with Dr. Ashraf and partake in his consternation as will every self appointed cricket pundit from the sub-continent whose answer to the lack of cricketing acumen and appreciation of its technical intricacies is mouthing the choicest expeletives, venting anger by burning effigies or in this case firing a missive which incidentally like the aforesaid does little to assuage the problem.

  • Mansoor Mahmood on June 12, 2008, 13:21 GMT

    I think Naseem Ashraf should be the one who should be fired.

  • Tariq Salman Alvi, Riyadh on June 12, 2008, 13:20 GMT

    I agree with your comments on this frustating email, a every one should be working within his domain. other wise system can not run properly. His observations may be correct but solutions lies with the coach and amd captain. We needed a strong captain to lead the ship. I still can not understand that before any tour we rae always in news for something which trnish the team and nation. I am refering to Asif's imcidence in Dubai, who was part of the team. Let me give you my views about he solutions to these problems: 1) Appointing a chairman who has the knowledge of cricket and experienced as an administrator who has history to deliver. This can be acheived if we involve our local boards who run the the domestic cricket and the retired cricketers. 2) Appointment of a coach who has the knowledge of our domestic structure and experience to deliver whether from inside or from outside the country, but local coaches have delivered. 3) Captain should have leadership qualities and honest.

  • Gugu on June 12, 2008, 13:20 GMT

    Dr. Abbasi, will you send the copy of the blog to Dr. N Ashraf? His job is to run the board and his performance on that is even worst than Shoaib Malik's leadership of the team. Who is going to sack him? Why is Younis Khan so out of form or am I being impatient? I don't understand the value of Shoaib Malik the bowler? Or he must bat up the order and score consistently. otherwise, he should leave for Pakistan's sake. Saleem Altaf is fired. Gosh, is my all time favorite fast bowler Waqar Younis having a laugh? Geoff Lawson must be disappointed at himself for taking the offer of a coach and working for a non-professional cricket board. Bring Wasim or Waqar as a bowling coach and get some veteran domestic batsman (not necessarily international) for a batting coach. I am badly losing my interesting in Pakistan's cricket and I can bet to be one of the biggest fan of the game. What a mess we are in?

  • Hassan on June 12, 2008, 13:15 GMT

    Saleem Altaf sacked for allegedly leaking the email. Pakistan cricket is like sick soap opera.

  • Umar on June 12, 2008, 13:14 GMT

    and when will we as a nation learn not to wash our dirty laundry in public?!! I'm getting fed up of these antics - our management is just as much of a joke as our team right now. These matters need to be dealt with internally and positive results need to be demonstrated rather than daft thoughts being broadcasted

  • Baz on June 12, 2008, 13:09 GMT

    I really dont know what to make of this latest incident. The board and chairman are a joke. Can not even for once anything good come out of Pakistan cricket? You are right with your concerns on the contents of the email and his involvement but I guess in Pakistan an autocratic leader always has a right to everything.

    What can you expect from PCB which is lead by the head of the state!

    It's pathetic, like the county, Pakistan cricket is in shambles. Both are have fallen behind the rest of the world at an alarming pace and there is only one solution to both Imran Khan!

  • Khan1 on June 12, 2008, 13:09 GMT

    As Kamran quite rightly points out, now everyone can see for themselves the destructive interference from Naseem Ashraf which has led to unnecessary pressure on not only the players (the World Cup 07 was a prime example with his unwanted presence in the dressing rooms) but also officials lower down who are obviously making their decisions with their eyes closed and their ears open to the instructions that come from up above without any regard for what is actually best for the team on the field. PLEASE get rid of Ashraf (since his Godfather (who put him there in the first place, you know who!) will be on his way out from his high chair soon anyway) and bring in someone who actually knows a bit about cricket but most important can manage and lead from the front with some energy and vigour which can hopefully rub off on the rest of the management and most importantly the players. And Lawson, well, don't expect wonders from him or any coach when you have a chairman like Ashraf. God Help Us

  • Pathan on June 12, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    Hail Nadeem Ashraf! I agree with all his comments and I am delighted his email was leaked to the public. It is refreshing to see as an abject Pakistani fan that the blatant strategical, tactical imcompetence of the Pakistan management team is so wonderfully exposed by the Chairman. Every one of his points is correct.

    Afridi will NEVER learn and his shot was outrageous. Akmal blantantly cheated yet, surprising, there was hardly any reaction to the incident in the media. The body language of the team was appalling. I frequently wonder why the Pakistani players are smiling whilst being thrashed. Its a slap in the face to every Pakistani supporter who is watching the match - a disgrace. This team is a complete joke and they deserved to be slated in public. Enough is enough

  • Naeem on June 12, 2008, 13:06 GMT

    Can Pakistan sink any lower? The captain is a joke, sack him. He has the personality of a wooden spoon and comes accross as totally weak. He has no fire or skills to motivate people. The team is a massive dissapointment.

  • SHAHID KHAN on June 12, 2008, 13:02 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has be lowered to shameful levels by the mismanagment of PCB and lack of attention by the sports giverning bodies to develop the game in the grass root level of Pakistan.This process has left a huge gap since the ''dream team'' of the mid 90's.We are struggling to produce queality players and this provides a chance for individuals whose entire focus and pride is not Pakistan cricket to abuse the green cap and play such shameful cricket.As a Pakistan cricket fan I am disgusted by the situation currently and am embaressed to say that the team has lost my interest and passion.I hope this changes soon as I am following Rajisthan royals more closely now compared to non performing Pakistan Royals!!

  • Di7y on June 12, 2008, 13:01 GMT

    Thank you to person that leaked this wonderful insight into our beloved Chairman’s mind. It’s a great snap shot of the circus that is Pakistan cricket. We have so many individual stars that they keep attempting to steal the limelight from one another. It’s an act of comedy of the highest order, from King Clown himself. Marvel at how each word of his letter beautifully weaves into a rope which he has tantalisingly placed over his own neck. This genius is the captain, wicketkeeper, fast bowler and team motivator, all in one! Pity India for not having such a sensational chairman. Make no mistake this is entertainment of the highest order. A large proportion of 20/20 money should go to the PCB for the endless amount of entertainment it provides to the sport. I can feel the noose tightening, but is this the final act? The beginning of the end? Or a sign of things to come? I urge all you Pak fans to laugh and join all those who laugh at us because the clowns will never end.

  • Yassar on June 12, 2008, 12:54 GMT

    If anyone needs to be fired it is the chairman and the board. The whole system needs overhauling.

    To make such an email public is completely unprofessional. I think everyone associated with Pakistan cricket was dissapointed and frustrated at Pakistans performance against India.

    One of the reasons could be that there is too much interference within the team. Once the team is selected then the captain and coach should be left to game strategy, who to play and who not to.

    Nasim Ashraf should instead look at his performance as chairman. He has led Pakistan cricket to an alltime low. He is so far up the Indian boards backside that he can see no way out.

    He has banned a number of valuable Pakistani players for playing in the ICL yet no domestic Pakistani team is invited in the proposed champions league.

    Sack the chairman and the board and overhaul the whole system. That is the only answer.

  • salim sahriff on June 12, 2008, 12:50 GMT

    Don't know what the Chairman is on about, we were fantastic the game against India managed to drop only 4 catches, we could run any body out as the Indian batsmen kept on hitting the ball really hard!!! Our poor bowlers kept of bowling wide of Indian batsmen as every time they bowled straight to them they Indian very unsportingly kept on hitting the ball over the boundary which I think is very unfair and we should complain about this to the highest Indian authority as quickly as possible. The cheeky Indian bowled straight towards our stamps causing confusion and panic amongst our poor undernourished, shortsighted physically disabled players again I request we should take this complain to the highest authority possible perhaps expel some Indian high official from a Pakistan. The final straw came when they asked a 18/19 year old boy to bowl against us he would use his tricks and magic by gripping the bowl in the right hand and making the bowl move away from our confused batsmen.

  • Vino Vincent on June 12, 2008, 12:47 GMT

    rightly said Mr. Abbasi. Mr. Ashraf should have asked for better performance than the 11 wins against Weaker opposition. We all know the amount of extras bowled by pakistan bowlers. Its the wayward bowling which didnt had great impact with zinbabwe and Bangla., but against India with the backdrop of IPL they went at it all. So the difference in result. Ashraf should try to keep his firing within the team and not display it to media 'coz these media increase the pressure that it only helps in worsen the situtation.

  • Munir Abdullah on June 12, 2008, 12:44 GMT

    The Pakistan team performance or rather lack of it is nothing new. So what happened to the 10 or 11 straight one-day wins - to me that was a joke to start with - you beat less than mediocre teams like Zimbabwae and Bangla Desh and then claim that the team is performing well and is successful. Shoab Mailk to me has been a wrong choice to be captain. We need to realize that accountability comes from the top - the whole nation historically has suffered from the approach that certain individuals think it is their right to be at the top and lead the country or an organization. There is no proper system to hold individuals accountable. Cricket players/teams are no exception as some feel it is thier right to be playing for Pakistan and the team can not do without them. They don't think it is an honor to be playing for Pakistan - I say fire the entire team and start over - what is the worst outcome if we do so? We will loose games so that will not be anything new.

  • Umar Roshan on June 12, 2008, 12:41 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf may also have just exposed himself as the true politician that he is. Such a loss to India at a stage when his job is already on the line will not go well for him.

    Also, why the selectors continue to stick with Iftikhar Anjum I find difficult to comprehend. When is Sohail Khan or any player with something special to offer be tried.

  • Tauqeer on June 12, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran, but unfortunately this is how things work in Pakistan.Rather then improving process, bosses tend to take things in their hands.Every thing is person centric.Rather then bullying team, Mr Ashraf should concentrate on process managment i.e over all current behaviour of Pakistani cricketers including junior teams, women teams, history of team behaviours and planning for individual or collective improvements in future.

  • Bert on June 12, 2008, 12:34 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf, for his position, is engaging in micro-management, a policy even junior managers should know better than to engage in.

    As head of the Board, his strengths clearly should lie in superior management skills and a broad vision, rather than minute details.

    He's trying to be captain, coach, selector, fitness instructor, judge and analyst all at the same time.

    Nothing has changed for the better in Pakistan cricket administration.

  • Haroon Hashmi on June 12, 2008, 12:32 GMT

    When the chairman himself was appointed only because he was a great friend of the General Musharraf, then what would you expect from the organisation he runs???

  • Tanweer Bukhari on June 12, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    The words from Nasim do matter at all. He has taken the least possible actions for team's development. When we look back at Shoaib's saga, it was Dr Ashraf himself who first harnessed Shoaib despite knowing what material Shoaib is made up of and then started pulling him down when it came to personal vendetta. We should not expect the of a person act effectively if he can not take effective actions. I agree it was bad of the whole team who lost to India quite embarrassingly. We saw Butt, Younis, Yousef, Kamran and Afridi throwing their wickets before the fielders and bowlers showed their KINDNESS to the Indian batsmen. Malik's captaincy was pathetic and his inability to understand the dynamics of one day cricket yet got exposed once again. He didn't bother bowl or introduce other slower bowlers and kept watching the fast bowlers being battered by the Indians.

    I guess Bangladesh will pull a thriller today and ruin Nasim's expectations of Pakistan playing vs India in the finals !!!

  • Adam Gul on June 12, 2008, 12:27 GMT

    Common guys! show our team some love, afterall they broke a national record by winning 11 staight one day matches. LOL. Hey, look at the postive side, we are unbeatible when we play teams like BD and ZB. LOL.

  • Usman on June 12, 2008, 12:26 GMT

    Ashraf stop making bad excuses to get away with things, your just bad at what you do, and step down.

  • S Khan on June 12, 2008, 12:25 GMT

    I have always felt that Shoaib Malik was highly over-rated as an All rounder and Captain. He is a mediocre player who does not merit the All rounder tag as his bowling has deteriorated significantly since he was forced to change his action. As a batsman he is batting so low down the order that he can have no impact on the game. As a Captain he is a disgrace, and his coming to bat low down the order in a crisis is just pathetic. I also believe he would fail to get into any of the Top 5-6 sides in the world. We should sack him asap and groom Salman Butt for a long term Captaincy role. He is the only current player in the side apart from Younis who could be banked upon as a regular in the side for the forseaable future.

  • Rezwan on June 12, 2008, 12:24 GMT

    After reading the chairmans email on the dawn website my theories about how pakistan cricket is run have come true! In no way, as Kamran as suggested, should the chairman of the PCB interfere in tactics, especially Nasim Ashraf. He didnt even play international cricket so what does he know! Seems like he's an armchair pundit like most of us. No wonder Younis Khan didnt want to be pakistan captain, and Shoiab Malik is the 'dummy' captain. We need to get rid of Geoff Lawson and bring in Wasim Akram, and make Afridi captain!!

  • Farhan (California) on June 12, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    I don't think there is anything wrong in the Chairman expressing his views to the team management. However, I have an issue with this fool sharing his comments to the media. You are right that since we have an established structure (selection committee, coach, manager, and captain) we have the foundation for a think tank and by him expressing himself so publicly, he undermines their existence and more importantly surfaces again a perception that there is little independece and a whole lot of meddling. On the face, I agree with most of his suggestions in his email, but again, since he has probably never held a cricket bat, who is he to tell cricketers what to do... of sorry, I forgot, he was the "SAHIB."

  • Wasim Bhatti on June 12, 2008, 12:23 GMT

    Ever since Pakistan lost to the great test playing nation Ireland in the world cup I felt disgraced by the attitude, lack of fight and lack of pride the Pakistan team shows on the pitch.

    Many of my friends and family who have been like me passionate and a determined supporter of the Pakistan team over the year have now lost total faith and belief in them, if they are not getting hammered on the pitch then they are disgracing the nation of it.

    Their attitude and lack of passion, pride and determination to win when playing for their country against India is the ultimate example. The Pakistan team is more interested in making friends with the Indian team rather then working hard to beat them, smiling and joking with them on the pitch. I don’t see any Australian team doing that.

    I totally understand where Dr Ashraf is coming from and at most agree with it (except for the issue regarding selection of four pace bowlers final selection should be down to the coach and captain).

    Our team has no steal or will to win, how I miss the glory days. There was a time where even if we got bowled all out for 120, we would come back and bowl out the opposition for 100 and win.

    My my how far we have fallen.

  • Shoaib Mailk on June 12, 2008, 12:20 GMT

    Dear Mr. Ahraf Since when did you become a pitch expert? Devising strategy, eh? Whats the point of Coach/captain? Now how about you concentrate on running the PCB, and let cricketers worry about playing. We might be pathetic but do not have a hiding place provided to yourself by Head of the State. You dont like Kamran Akmal, you want him out. Well, nobody likes you, why dont you take a cue? Infact nobody likes the person who hired you. Enuff said. You want to know why am I not bowling. Well people would like to know what you did with Rs. 2 billion President provided you for Human Development, that you wold'nt let Auditor General of Pakistan audit? How about provide us all an example of transparency. At least Pakistani Cricket team still consists of Pakistani players. We were not the ones who took a Pakistani theatrical production, Anarkali, to America and had it performed for the Westeners to project pakistan's soft image, by the INDIANS. Contd

  • Sami Siddiqui on June 12, 2008, 12:16 GMT

    Naseem Ashraf should think about the boards role before he goes writing stupid letters like this. Surely they organise tours so they should know that you cannot go from playing Bangladesh adn Zimbabwe (no disrespect) to the likes of India and expect to get a result. Afridi's batting is defined as inconsistent and its too late for him to change, he's very much a bowling all rounder. Shoaib Malik has a lot on his shoulders being the captain of a sub-standard side, he's a key batsman, expected to bowl and is one of the better fielders in the side. Kamran Akmal does not need criticism he needs help to rediscover the form he had against England and India in 05/05. I've said it before, if we carry on the way we're going India will beat us in any form of the game for at least the next 10 years unless we sort out the infrastructure of the side and start playing fixtures against proper teams on a consistent basis, when Misbah, Yousuf and Younis retire who will step up? Dark times for Pakistan..

  • Rameen Hashmi on June 12, 2008, 12:14 GMT

    This is what happens when you have a chairman who has nothing else to do. May be Nasim Ashraf thinks that their are no pending issues related to administrative management of the PCB, and therefore, all he can point out, through his sheer wisdom is the wrong tactics employed by the team management on tour.

  • Farooque Azam Khawaja on June 12, 2008, 12:13 GMT

    It was disappointing to see the Pakistan team fold in the second innings of the second Kitply tri-nation series however we must also have foresight. The dismal performance was somehow expected as Pakistan has a youthful unit which is however less talented than M.S Dhoni young brigade. Add to that a team devoid of the pace of a fully fit and ready to fire Shoaib Akhtar and the late swing of a Mohammad Asif, it left little chance of a victory considering that this is not T20 cricket. Asraf is in the right to send an e-mail to Talat Ali but unless we have a bowling unit with variety, a captain that leads from the front, seniors that contribute to the cause and a wicketkeeper that has some ability our only hope will be another series of back-to-back matches with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh albiet it would be better to have a six match series now.

  • umar on June 12, 2008, 12:12 GMT

    since when has Nasim ashraf played any first class cricket, None i guess so he sould go a sthe chairman, he right about Akmal crap keeper.

  • theossa, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on June 12, 2008, 12:12 GMT

    Ok, when Nasim was silent he was a bad guy and now when he is going after Malik and Talat for their poor tactics and performance, he still is the bad guy? I think as an administrator I would warn my subordinates first and then would fire them so he did the right thing by sending them an email. I personally don’t like Nasim as his tenure is not a successful one and it is full of controversies but I feel he is criticized no matter what. On a positive note he should be credited for introducing central contracts and a full time selection committee for the first time in PCB history. He has been silent but had enough of Talat’s and Malik’s tactics and what he wrote in the email are what every learned cricket fan felt during the game. India, no doubt is a superior team than Pakistan, they have probably the best openers and some of the best batsmen in the world but what surprised most was the strange selection and lack of fight by Pak team. I personally think that all 16 players should be selected by the selection committee and coach and captain should have a say in the final eleven. Pak selection committee headed by Slahuddin is doing a decent job but it’s the manager and captain who look at the domicile and recommendation of people in power to select the final eleven. If Nasim is one of the worst PCB administrators, Malik is no doubt the worst captain ever; he should be gone along with Talat, Akmal and Iftikhar. Bring Sarfaraz Ahmed (Best keeper in Pak), Sohail Khan (Best domestic bowler), Fawad Alam (Potentially best allrounder), and Numanullah (Best domestic batsman even if rather old).

  • Faisal Shabbir on June 12, 2008, 12:09 GMT

    This Pakistan team and the Pakistan Cricket board sucks badly, they have no discipline in the side (look at Mohammad Asif & Shoaib Akhtar)and no motivation to play competitive cricket .Pakistan cricket board has no practical Management skills to handle any kind of issue comes in their way. This team will definitely up in the ICC points table before Kenya or Zimbabwe(not because they are losing now but they were the losers even Inzimam was their)Pakistan's best Crickting era was when Imran left the team with Wasim and Waqar after 1992 and Pakistan's worst nightmare started after the World cup 1999. Nasim Ashraf is a joke in Pakistan cricket with other bunch of jokers including the team.Thats all I can summarize this team and this management.

  • Ziyad Qamar on June 12, 2008, 12:08 GMT

    Granted that our cricketing structure has some fundamental flaws, however we also have to realise that the current team is a group of mediocre players. Pakistan team has always had brilliant players in the past like the two Ws, Miandad, Imran, Anwar etc who could win them matches single handedly. This kind of talent is currently lacking in the Pakistan Team. As Kamran rightly points out, the letter from the Chairman suggests increasing frustration at the lack of any meaningful progress. I think fans of Pakistan cricket should brace themselves for at least a few years disappointment until some naturaly talented players are discovered. The system unfortunately is not likely to change.

  • Zeeshan Shah on June 12, 2008, 11:58 GMT

    Whats new. Ashraf's involvement is something very typical to Pakistan cricket. Another lost cause..

  • Gauher Aftab on June 12, 2008, 11:52 GMT

    i have yet to find a single post by Mr. Abbasi about either the PCB or its chairman that doesn't seem biased against their hierarchy. His email should never have made it to the press, I agree, but Mr. Abbasi doesn't contradict any of the valid points made by the Chairman. In other countries, the Board Chairman's job security has much less to do with the team's win/loss record and more with the state of cricket in the country. In Pakistan, that has never been the case historically, and in many columns by this very author I've read scathing attacks on the Chairman (whoever occupies the office at that time) and his staff on a team failure i.e. a cricket issue. Commentators need to figure out what they expect from a board running cricket in a country no one wants to tour, who's team has been sitting on the sidelines for over a year. That is a PCB problem, but in Pakistan cricket, winning counts too. Mr. Abbasi should make up his mind and try to be a little more objective.

  • Rashid on June 12, 2008, 11:51 GMT

    At every failure mr Nasim Ashraf acts as if he is not a pakistani. He should leave the team to its own way. he might not know that he has put the whole team in a tremendous pressure by his letter. and why is he questioning his own team's character, i thought that was only for the opposing teams. For last, the commentators says too many things but you have to have your own plan. Pakistan's performance should be critisized but leave that to the public and former players. the captain needs his managment's backing in order for him to concentrate on the task. these kinds of remarks are disheartening and can lead to further failurtes. No offense to anyone just a kind opinion. thanks

  • Humayun on June 12, 2008, 11:49 GMT

    Is he just realizing about Kamran Akmal poor form with the glove? After 3 years of bad wicketkeeping records. I want to see Naumanullah play.

  • fahim aziz on June 12, 2008, 11:48 GMT

    Yet again, the doc Ashraf chooses to make a fool of himself in front of the world. For gods sake it was just one match. His feelings are not something to publish for the world to see. I think the real problem is that he has no clue about wat cricket is, and more importantly, neither does he have any man management skills. He also has a problem delegating responsibility to the people incharge of assignments. Which is precisely why he chooses to butt into affairs which dont concern him. My message to the doctor is " butt out and let people do what you assigned them to do, if not fire them. if you cant even do that then fire yourself. He would be better off looking at the domestic structure of cricket in pakistan and improving it, or giving this responsibility to professionals with a track record of achievement in cricket. But he will not do that because of his dictator type style of mangement, and his relish for complete control.Which is precisely why he spends more time fighting.

  • suleman on June 12, 2008, 11:40 GMT

    Agree with you on this but to go further, why make such an email public? It's not acceptable for a chairman to go to the press and call the keeping pathetic. Ashraf is stewarding the kidn of chairmanship we've been trying to move away from. Bring back Sherry Khan.

  • Mohammad Shahab on June 12, 2008, 11:37 GMT

    Agreed, and I wonder what prompted our dear chief to disclose this letter attacking specific players publicly?

  • Cricket Expert on June 12, 2008, 11:34 GMT

    I totally agree with you Mr. Abassi on the fact that he is out of his jurisdiction on this topic. In hindsight it is very easy for one to criticise, but having said that one needs to learn from their mistakes and thus use the critique recieved constructively. However Ashraf has decided not to criticise in a constructive manner but to create another charade on his part in order to bigger his ego by venting his frustrations personally on grounds that he should remain logical. This is not a charatcer who should remain in the PCB for any longer as the chairman himself has to accept respoinsibility not delegate it. In addition to this, Ashraf has failed the PCB on one too many occasions and the PCB should remember that "A good team leader instils confidence in himself but an exceptional leader instils confidence in his team." It is very disappointing to see the PCB crumble and wither away as they were once a formidable force not to be reckoned with. In conclusion, a new era needs a new PCB.

  • Imran Mir on June 12, 2008, 11:31 GMT

    Generally, I dont like Ashraf, but in this case he is 100 percent correct.

  • Riz on June 12, 2008, 11:30 GMT

    I was gob-smacked while reading Nasim Ashraf's letter to Talat Ali.It is unprecedented even by Pakistani standards to air such disatisfaction in such a public way.Believe me there will be a backlash to this we could very soon be without a coach, a captain, and a team manager.I just a had a couple of issues with the whole saga.Why was the issue made public?Mr Ashraf is not doubt trying to save his job at the PCB.I do not have any issues with the points he raised in his letter, but please remind me who chose the coach and the captain?If the coach needs to be changed and the captain where does that leave you Mr Ashraf?Mr Ashraf can not have been surprised at the of lack of fight by Pakistan against India the other day, did he really believe that Pakistan would beat India?I would love to be at this think tank meeting of the Pakistan set-up on Saturday it is going to be the meeting of decade I imagine!And Envair Beg will be crying all the way to the Senate! The PCB itselfneeds reform!

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on June 12, 2008, 11:29 GMT

    Better late than never. At least Dr. has been able to do surgery. Now he should understand that nothing is going right at the moment with the Pakistan Team and it should stop. Dr. Asharaf should understand that you have not diagnosed the disease in the team. Mentally they are not tought. Physically they are unfit. There is a lack of planning. The Captain is out of plan. I have been advocating that Malik would be a good captain but he has failed to become a good leader. At this moment, only Misbah is capable to ship this boat. He is qualified and he has completed his Management. A coach is nothing but a symbol and rubber stamp. Warne the best cricketer of the world is against the coach and he proved his theory in the IPL that in cricket only A GOOD CAPTAIN COULD WIN MATCHES FOR YOU. It is high time to groom a captain not in a day but in succession so that one goes and another is ready to take rein. The PCB must think very seriously on this issue otherwise embarassment will continue in .

  • Arshad from kashmir india on June 12, 2008, 11:26 GMT

    Hi kamran..I agree wit u that chairman shouldn't interfere to such minute extent and leave it to management and selectors... But watching the match against india was very frustating on many accounts.I as a supporter wanted to call malik and advise him, He along wit rest of team were absolutely pathetic.But height was his cowardly act of not bowling himself,when ppl like wahab were going at 10 per over.he was sacred to bowl, not even 4 deliveries.And he has audacity to give absurd reason that he played 5 bowlers.wat excuse is tat for God's sake.Doesn't he realise that without his bowling he doesn't deserve place in one day team.Why didn't he bring afridi early and delay power plays.. He's so Damn defensive minded, just wants to complete formality of power plays..he cant think.. Just look at him..he looks so uncomfortable on field.He should be freed of his burden at earliest, preferably after asia cup.Fielding n catching was poor, but nothing new in tat.Second main culprit in my humble view is akmal..He started rot wit so many byes.He drops atleast 1 catch per match on average for last 1 year.I dont know how he can retain his place for so long... He's a disaster in true sense.he sets bad examples.The team doesn't want to fight they seem happy to lose..Nobody has confidence in captain.. Team's in shambles.So chairman is correct in blasting the team.

  • raj on June 12, 2008, 11:24 GMT

    That is the game, one day you will have luck and one day other team will have luck. you can always win or lose, doesn't matter how you play but how you win or lose. GOOD LUCK FOR FINAL.

  • Asif on June 12, 2008, 11:24 GMT

    Kamran, its clear you have never liked your fellow Dr - this posting supplies further evidence in case we needed it. I agree in principle, the email should not be public knowledge. What he said however - is absolutely true. In fact I'm surprised you (or the normally brilliant Samiuddin) did not provide such a report. He has shown he has a cricketing brain, and cares for our team and nations image. Given the PCB heads in the past, this is not such a bad thing, is it?

  • Faraz Ahmed on June 12, 2008, 11:14 GMT

    I think i would disagree with Kamran on this issue. I believe this is by far the best decision he has made (to interfere) this time. Selection is pathetic, captain isn't calling the correct shots and the fielding was horrible. Infact we felt ashamed at the difference in cricketing brains between MS Dhoni and Malik. Whereas Dhoni is so proactive that he changes a field or tactics on a single shot, Malik doesnt even bother after the same bowler gets taken to the sword for 4-5 overs! I mean why wait for something to happen instead of making it happen? And I am extremely happy that Akmal's brought to notice. Before the start of any match, the Pakistanis are prepared to let go of two catches atleast courtesy Akmal. You dont even see bowlers disappointed now when akmal drops them.

  • PakPassion.Net on June 12, 2008, 11:07 GMT

    This is typical DNA, I'll bet he bcc'd the e-mail to the Dawn paper himself. I dont think there has ever been such a shameless self publicist in the history of cricket board chairmen!

    Ever since this man has taken over, he's turned Pakistani cricket into 'The DNA Saga' and our resulting decline can in many ways be pinned on him.

    That's what you get for putting someone in charge of a cricket board who doesnt know anything about cricket!

  • AussieRocker on June 12, 2008, 11:06 GMT

    For once i agree with you mate, it certainly doesn't make any sense for the chairman to interfere with selections and team tactics. Your team needs to go back to the basics, undergo a complete makeover in all depts. They were thoroughly outplayed by a superior team. Even if Pakistan has a good day on the final and win the cup, it still has a problem in hand. It's nowhere near where the past teams were, and the present team is incapable of reaching those heights. So much for it's dozens of wins over minnows! Sack Malik, drop Kamran, Butt and Younis and bring back Inzy. He is still the best you have got.

  • Sav on June 12, 2008, 11:02 GMT

    I agree with Ashraf 100%, Malik and Lawson do not know what they are doing, playing only one spinner in the last match was criminal, especially knowing how well Afridi bowled. Their days are numbered.

  • Andy on June 12, 2008, 11:00 GMT

    Long story short, the Indian team held a mirror to the Pak team. What was seen was true reflection. Pak cricketers are massively overhyped, and are actually extremely undertalented. I mean come on. Afridi? Butt? Akmal? Riaz? Rao? .. Are these even good enough to play international cricket? You got to be joking. I think the only way out for Pak team is to bring back Razzak, and try some new batsmen and spinners. Till then Ashraf is going to happily fire away :)

  • Anas M on June 12, 2008, 10:58 GMT

    Pakistan Team is beyond anybody's wisdom! How is it that Shoaib is unfit to bowl but able to score a 50? How come Younis who has been out of form, for quite a time is not being rested so some new blood can be tried? Isn't that how we "rediscovered" Misbah-ul-Haq. It is funny that all commentators and cricket lovers has been asking for Kamran Akmal to be rested for over 2 years in which he has not been able to perform good and Ashraf's board kept giving him "final" chances. Ashraf is frustrated but I think revelation of email is nothing but political propaganda as well, and this has been seen so many times over the years in PCB no matter who is running it! If anybody is paying attention at the board here are some suggestions: - Fire Lawson and get some Pakistani (Rashid Latif?) to coach. - Make Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi or Misbah the captain.... somebody who actually understand opponents' tactics and make decisions timely and wisely. - Rest Akmal. - If nothing works, fire everybody

  • Aatif Nawaz on June 12, 2008, 10:53 GMT

    Kamran, You've hit the nail tight on the head. The management should not interfere with the strategic and selectorial matters.

    However, I do share Ashraf's concern about the manner or Pakistan's loss to India. For the first time in the history of this great rivalry, their seened to be a disctinct disparity between the teams. The Pakistani's seemed a class below their Indian counterparts in batting, bowling and fielding.

    A proud nation of Pakistanis must have been sharpening their intelectual knives with the though of tearing our the team, the players, the management and indeed our Chairman, Mr Ashraf, a new one!

    Mr Ashraf, if only to save face, HAD to take some action. The only way he could do this, was by very publically (he copied a Pakistani newspaper in on his email?!) criticise his teams performance and tactics. By doing so, he has very shrewdly pre-empted any criticism from landing on his doorstep, or at least begun damage control.

    Covering his own back? Count on it!

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  • Aatif Nawaz on June 12, 2008, 10:53 GMT

    Kamran, You've hit the nail tight on the head. The management should not interfere with the strategic and selectorial matters.

    However, I do share Ashraf's concern about the manner or Pakistan's loss to India. For the first time in the history of this great rivalry, their seened to be a disctinct disparity between the teams. The Pakistani's seemed a class below their Indian counterparts in batting, bowling and fielding.

    A proud nation of Pakistanis must have been sharpening their intelectual knives with the though of tearing our the team, the players, the management and indeed our Chairman, Mr Ashraf, a new one!

    Mr Ashraf, if only to save face, HAD to take some action. The only way he could do this, was by very publically (he copied a Pakistani newspaper in on his email?!) criticise his teams performance and tactics. By doing so, he has very shrewdly pre-empted any criticism from landing on his doorstep, or at least begun damage control.

    Covering his own back? Count on it!

  • Anas M on June 12, 2008, 10:58 GMT

    Pakistan Team is beyond anybody's wisdom! How is it that Shoaib is unfit to bowl but able to score a 50? How come Younis who has been out of form, for quite a time is not being rested so some new blood can be tried? Isn't that how we "rediscovered" Misbah-ul-Haq. It is funny that all commentators and cricket lovers has been asking for Kamran Akmal to be rested for over 2 years in which he has not been able to perform good and Ashraf's board kept giving him "final" chances. Ashraf is frustrated but I think revelation of email is nothing but political propaganda as well, and this has been seen so many times over the years in PCB no matter who is running it! If anybody is paying attention at the board here are some suggestions: - Fire Lawson and get some Pakistani (Rashid Latif?) to coach. - Make Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi or Misbah the captain.... somebody who actually understand opponents' tactics and make decisions timely and wisely. - Rest Akmal. - If nothing works, fire everybody

  • Andy on June 12, 2008, 11:00 GMT

    Long story short, the Indian team held a mirror to the Pak team. What was seen was true reflection. Pak cricketers are massively overhyped, and are actually extremely undertalented. I mean come on. Afridi? Butt? Akmal? Riaz? Rao? .. Are these even good enough to play international cricket? You got to be joking. I think the only way out for Pak team is to bring back Razzak, and try some new batsmen and spinners. Till then Ashraf is going to happily fire away :)

  • Sav on June 12, 2008, 11:02 GMT

    I agree with Ashraf 100%, Malik and Lawson do not know what they are doing, playing only one spinner in the last match was criminal, especially knowing how well Afridi bowled. Their days are numbered.

  • AussieRocker on June 12, 2008, 11:06 GMT

    For once i agree with you mate, it certainly doesn't make any sense for the chairman to interfere with selections and team tactics. Your team needs to go back to the basics, undergo a complete makeover in all depts. They were thoroughly outplayed by a superior team. Even if Pakistan has a good day on the final and win the cup, it still has a problem in hand. It's nowhere near where the past teams were, and the present team is incapable of reaching those heights. So much for it's dozens of wins over minnows! Sack Malik, drop Kamran, Butt and Younis and bring back Inzy. He is still the best you have got.

  • PakPassion.Net on June 12, 2008, 11:07 GMT

    This is typical DNA, I'll bet he bcc'd the e-mail to the Dawn paper himself. I dont think there has ever been such a shameless self publicist in the history of cricket board chairmen!

    Ever since this man has taken over, he's turned Pakistani cricket into 'The DNA Saga' and our resulting decline can in many ways be pinned on him.

    That's what you get for putting someone in charge of a cricket board who doesnt know anything about cricket!

  • Faraz Ahmed on June 12, 2008, 11:14 GMT

    I think i would disagree with Kamran on this issue. I believe this is by far the best decision he has made (to interfere) this time. Selection is pathetic, captain isn't calling the correct shots and the fielding was horrible. Infact we felt ashamed at the difference in cricketing brains between MS Dhoni and Malik. Whereas Dhoni is so proactive that he changes a field or tactics on a single shot, Malik doesnt even bother after the same bowler gets taken to the sword for 4-5 overs! I mean why wait for something to happen instead of making it happen? And I am extremely happy that Akmal's brought to notice. Before the start of any match, the Pakistanis are prepared to let go of two catches atleast courtesy Akmal. You dont even see bowlers disappointed now when akmal drops them.

  • Asif on June 12, 2008, 11:24 GMT

    Kamran, its clear you have never liked your fellow Dr - this posting supplies further evidence in case we needed it. I agree in principle, the email should not be public knowledge. What he said however - is absolutely true. In fact I'm surprised you (or the normally brilliant Samiuddin) did not provide such a report. He has shown he has a cricketing brain, and cares for our team and nations image. Given the PCB heads in the past, this is not such a bad thing, is it?

  • raj on June 12, 2008, 11:24 GMT

    That is the game, one day you will have luck and one day other team will have luck. you can always win or lose, doesn't matter how you play but how you win or lose. GOOD LUCK FOR FINAL.

  • Arshad from kashmir india on June 12, 2008, 11:26 GMT

    Hi kamran..I agree wit u that chairman shouldn't interfere to such minute extent and leave it to management and selectors... But watching the match against india was very frustating on many accounts.I as a supporter wanted to call malik and advise him, He along wit rest of team were absolutely pathetic.But height was his cowardly act of not bowling himself,when ppl like wahab were going at 10 per over.he was sacred to bowl, not even 4 deliveries.And he has audacity to give absurd reason that he played 5 bowlers.wat excuse is tat for God's sake.Doesn't he realise that without his bowling he doesn't deserve place in one day team.Why didn't he bring afridi early and delay power plays.. He's so Damn defensive minded, just wants to complete formality of power plays..he cant think.. Just look at him..he looks so uncomfortable on field.He should be freed of his burden at earliest, preferably after asia cup.Fielding n catching was poor, but nothing new in tat.Second main culprit in my humble view is akmal..He started rot wit so many byes.He drops atleast 1 catch per match on average for last 1 year.I dont know how he can retain his place for so long... He's a disaster in true sense.he sets bad examples.The team doesn't want to fight they seem happy to lose..Nobody has confidence in captain.. Team's in shambles.So chairman is correct in blasting the team.