New age October 26, 2008

Played none, lost none, you're fired

The stats speak for themselves: Pakistan haven't played a single Test match this year
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The stats speak for themselves: Pakistan haven't played a single Test match this year. In these circumstances you might wonder how the coach could have failed. But failed he has, according to the scapegoat logic of the new Pakistan Cricket Board regime. True, it is hard to say that Geoff Lawson succeeded, but it is equally hard to say that he has failed. The evidence is insufficient for either argument to be tenable. Hence, the treatment of Lawson is one of the most diabolical chapters in the painful modern history of Pakistan cricket.

If that wasn't enough, his replacement is likely to be Intikhab Alam, a man whose coaching days ended before many of the current generation of Pakistan fans were born. Indeed, how much he "coached" in the modern sense is open to question. Turning to Alam is a further sign that the PCB is without imaginative solutions, and without any understanding of what today's professional sports administration requires.

Whenever I raise such concerns, a few readers are invariably offended by this negative view of Pakistan cricket. My answer to them and the Lords of the PCB is do something that makes us think you know what you are doing and we will give you a break. But first of all, you need to give Pakistan fans some respite from this unending deluge of miserable decision making.

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

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  • Owais on November 12, 2008, 16:13 GMT

    This is utter stupidity. Why does a new administration have to undo everything previous administration did ? Who does Mr. Butt think he is ? Did everything Shehriyar Khan and Nasim Ashraf did was wrong ? Why blame coaches Woolmer and Lawson for all the failures ? why no blame on jerks called Shoaib Akhter, Mohammad Asif (and complete loser), Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal ?? I mean for God sakes, if nothing, Lawson tried his level best to market Pakistan to foreign teams. If he was not good enough for the team, atleast he could have been utilized at the cricket academy. After all he produced future the top class Aussie captains while leading his state side. What makes us think that Javed Miandad would be a good coach ? I think foreign coaches have given us a lot - and they had the sense of "izzat" as well. After World cup debacle, the only izzat-daar person in the touring party died of heart attack. REst of them were all losers, izzat farosh bunch.....

  • Anil on November 11, 2008, 19:05 GMT

    Posted by: Ismail at November 5, 2008 8:45 AM

    Maybe the global recesssion has had serious consequences on the PCB which forced it to retort to extreme steps like downsizing & Lawson had proved to be the firsty major casuality. ----------------------

    I liked ur comment man,but R U SERIOUS:))

  • Muhammad Haris on November 6, 2008, 14:45 GMT

    I certainly feel that Rashid Latif should be the coach of Pakistan Cricket Team.. His academy is doing pretty well under him, I think he will be a great choice for now.

  • Mohamed Jameel padikkalkandy on November 6, 2008, 5:36 GMT

    it is high time pakistan cricket authorities learnt the hard fact that coach is a panacea for all the trouble plauging national team.The problems facing pakistan cricket is deeper. There need to be a complete restructuring of domestic cricket infrastructure to make it more professional.Undoubtedly, pakistan has pool of talent, but it need to be harnessed in a systematic and professional way. Erlier pakistan cricket rode on the glorious leadership of Imran Khan, who spotted many talent and nurtued them, After the departure of these players, pakistan cricket has not really recovered. Therefore, the help of criketers like Imran Khan should be sought by the authorites in the restructuring. Imran Khan with his wealth of experiecnce and uncanny ability to spot talent can again bring glory to the pakistan cricket.But he should be given authority uninfluenced by poliitcs.

  • DesiHungama on November 5, 2008, 21:48 GMT

    Readers! This is very interesting. Javed Miandad was the first choice as our national team coach, a statement came from the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Now, nothing is wrong with that statement. Sounds like a statement coming from a chairman who really truely cares for all the ills our cricket is facing today. Now, listen to this. Javed Miandad has been banned for sometime to enter the country of India indefinately. Reason, he married his daughter off to this gangster Chota Shakeel who is wanted in India on terrorism/rackateering charges. Now, lets get back to what our PCB chariman said: Miandad was his first choice as the coach? I feel like hitting my head in the wall right now. What do you say?

  • amer on November 5, 2008, 17:00 GMT

    Wasim should have been appointed the coach. Apart from being inspirational he would have attracted sponsors given the lack of star quality in the team. Now, if that is not an indictment of the current crop of players then I do not know what is!

  • Ismail on November 5, 2008, 8:45 GMT

    Maybe the global recesssion has had serious consequences on the PCB which forced it to retort to extreme steps like downsizing & Lawson had proved to be the firsty major casuality.

  • shafiq on November 3, 2008, 10:29 GMT

    Pramod Thanks alot for Excellent post! Posted by: Pramod at November 1, 2008 7:02 PM I'm an Indian. Over the years, I've transformed from a guy who was taught to hate the idea of Pakistan, to one who thinks of Pakistanis now as lost brothers who I'd love to know better. Maybe I've grown more able to think for myself as I've grown older, or maybe we have actually grown closer as peoples, maybe a bit of both

    The single biggest difference in my mind, between Pakistan and India, is the strength of the feudal mindset in Pakistan. I'm just a lay person mind you, not some expert sociologist who's studied all this in detail, but in little bits and pieces every day, every week, I see it

    The feudal mindset in Pakistan is still very strong. It may not be driven by land ownership as in the old days of Europe, but it's like a mai-baap culture, where things get done only through influence and power

    Lawson did not have a mai-baap any more, simple as that, isn't it ?

  • AK Khan on November 2, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    Malik should keep the captaincy for now, until at least the second T20 World cup, there is no doubting he is the best T20 captain around at the moment, but there is no denying that he also has a defensive mind and a "Me first" attitude, today against Federal Areas, Malik pushed himself down to number 7 from number 5(where he batted in Punjabs first innings) because Akhtar was on fire, wat a pussy.

  • JamJar on November 2, 2008, 11:21 GMT

    Kamran,

    unlike the majority of sheep on this blog, i completely disagree with you. I think your melodramatic statements are well over hyped. The combination of lawson-malik hardly set the world alight, barring the fluke of reaching the World Twnety20 finals. We didnt see anything inspiring in the little we did see of Pakistan against top class opposition. And indeed, we shall see further changes after Pak get whalloped by India next year, namely the captain.

    Coaches are always being hired and fired. You seem to think this is always PCB's illness. But this sort of thing clearly happens in other sports. Cue Tottenahm Hotspur's sacking of Martin Jol last year, a man who led them to 5th in the premier league one season and shambolically sacked the next!

    The choice of coach seems right up PCB's policy of the re-hiring the tried and tested. In terms of coaches, why not try the legends of waqar or wasim as coaches or even Dav Whatmore to whip the 'boys' into shape!

  • Owais on November 12, 2008, 16:13 GMT

    This is utter stupidity. Why does a new administration have to undo everything previous administration did ? Who does Mr. Butt think he is ? Did everything Shehriyar Khan and Nasim Ashraf did was wrong ? Why blame coaches Woolmer and Lawson for all the failures ? why no blame on jerks called Shoaib Akhter, Mohammad Asif (and complete loser), Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal ?? I mean for God sakes, if nothing, Lawson tried his level best to market Pakistan to foreign teams. If he was not good enough for the team, atleast he could have been utilized at the cricket academy. After all he produced future the top class Aussie captains while leading his state side. What makes us think that Javed Miandad would be a good coach ? I think foreign coaches have given us a lot - and they had the sense of "izzat" as well. After World cup debacle, the only izzat-daar person in the touring party died of heart attack. REst of them were all losers, izzat farosh bunch.....

  • Anil on November 11, 2008, 19:05 GMT

    Posted by: Ismail at November 5, 2008 8:45 AM

    Maybe the global recesssion has had serious consequences on the PCB which forced it to retort to extreme steps like downsizing & Lawson had proved to be the firsty major casuality. ----------------------

    I liked ur comment man,but R U SERIOUS:))

  • Muhammad Haris on November 6, 2008, 14:45 GMT

    I certainly feel that Rashid Latif should be the coach of Pakistan Cricket Team.. His academy is doing pretty well under him, I think he will be a great choice for now.

  • Mohamed Jameel padikkalkandy on November 6, 2008, 5:36 GMT

    it is high time pakistan cricket authorities learnt the hard fact that coach is a panacea for all the trouble plauging national team.The problems facing pakistan cricket is deeper. There need to be a complete restructuring of domestic cricket infrastructure to make it more professional.Undoubtedly, pakistan has pool of talent, but it need to be harnessed in a systematic and professional way. Erlier pakistan cricket rode on the glorious leadership of Imran Khan, who spotted many talent and nurtued them, After the departure of these players, pakistan cricket has not really recovered. Therefore, the help of criketers like Imran Khan should be sought by the authorites in the restructuring. Imran Khan with his wealth of experiecnce and uncanny ability to spot talent can again bring glory to the pakistan cricket.But he should be given authority uninfluenced by poliitcs.

  • DesiHungama on November 5, 2008, 21:48 GMT

    Readers! This is very interesting. Javed Miandad was the first choice as our national team coach, a statement came from the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Now, nothing is wrong with that statement. Sounds like a statement coming from a chairman who really truely cares for all the ills our cricket is facing today. Now, listen to this. Javed Miandad has been banned for sometime to enter the country of India indefinately. Reason, he married his daughter off to this gangster Chota Shakeel who is wanted in India on terrorism/rackateering charges. Now, lets get back to what our PCB chariman said: Miandad was his first choice as the coach? I feel like hitting my head in the wall right now. What do you say?

  • amer on November 5, 2008, 17:00 GMT

    Wasim should have been appointed the coach. Apart from being inspirational he would have attracted sponsors given the lack of star quality in the team. Now, if that is not an indictment of the current crop of players then I do not know what is!

  • Ismail on November 5, 2008, 8:45 GMT

    Maybe the global recesssion has had serious consequences on the PCB which forced it to retort to extreme steps like downsizing & Lawson had proved to be the firsty major casuality.

  • shafiq on November 3, 2008, 10:29 GMT

    Pramod Thanks alot for Excellent post! Posted by: Pramod at November 1, 2008 7:02 PM I'm an Indian. Over the years, I've transformed from a guy who was taught to hate the idea of Pakistan, to one who thinks of Pakistanis now as lost brothers who I'd love to know better. Maybe I've grown more able to think for myself as I've grown older, or maybe we have actually grown closer as peoples, maybe a bit of both

    The single biggest difference in my mind, between Pakistan and India, is the strength of the feudal mindset in Pakistan. I'm just a lay person mind you, not some expert sociologist who's studied all this in detail, but in little bits and pieces every day, every week, I see it

    The feudal mindset in Pakistan is still very strong. It may not be driven by land ownership as in the old days of Europe, but it's like a mai-baap culture, where things get done only through influence and power

    Lawson did not have a mai-baap any more, simple as that, isn't it ?

  • AK Khan on November 2, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    Malik should keep the captaincy for now, until at least the second T20 World cup, there is no doubting he is the best T20 captain around at the moment, but there is no denying that he also has a defensive mind and a "Me first" attitude, today against Federal Areas, Malik pushed himself down to number 7 from number 5(where he batted in Punjabs first innings) because Akhtar was on fire, wat a pussy.

  • JamJar on November 2, 2008, 11:21 GMT

    Kamran,

    unlike the majority of sheep on this blog, i completely disagree with you. I think your melodramatic statements are well over hyped. The combination of lawson-malik hardly set the world alight, barring the fluke of reaching the World Twnety20 finals. We didnt see anything inspiring in the little we did see of Pakistan against top class opposition. And indeed, we shall see further changes after Pak get whalloped by India next year, namely the captain.

    Coaches are always being hired and fired. You seem to think this is always PCB's illness. But this sort of thing clearly happens in other sports. Cue Tottenahm Hotspur's sacking of Martin Jol last year, a man who led them to 5th in the premier league one season and shambolically sacked the next!

    The choice of coach seems right up PCB's policy of the re-hiring the tried and tested. In terms of coaches, why not try the legends of waqar or wasim as coaches or even Dav Whatmore to whip the 'boys' into shape!

  • Pramod on November 1, 2008, 19:02 GMT

    I'm an Indian. Over the years, I've transformed from a guy who was taught to hate the idea of Pakistan, to one who thinks of Pakistanis now as lost brothers who I'd love to know better. Maybe I've grown more able to think for myself as I've grown older, or maybe we have actually grown closer as peoples, maybe a bit of both

    The single biggest difference in my mind, between Pakistan and India, is the strength of the feudal mindset in Pakistan. I'm just a lay person mind you, not some expert sociologist who's studied all this in detail, but in little bits and pieces every day, every week, I see it

    The feudal mindset in Pakistan is still very strong. It may not be driven by land ownership as in the old days of Europe, but it's like a mai-baap culture, where things get done only through influence and power

    Lawson did not have a mai-baap any more, simple as that, isn't it ?

    Maybe the better way for Pakistan - who can say that western methods are the best for South Asian people ?

  • zaid_SL on November 1, 2008, 16:21 GMT

    oh my gaod,when in the world will see something good in pakistan cricekt??why cant IMRAN be the CHAIRMAN and WASIM be the COACH?,cant we do something as hardcore paki fans?

  • Faridoon on November 1, 2008, 6:20 GMT

    We don't need a coach, really. We need to put the captain's neck on the line. Give the captain some authority to choose players and bring them together as a team and improve performance. How will the captain ever grow if he is constantly mothered by the coach, selectors and the board.

    The team had its best years under Imran and Wasim. I bet not many fans can name the coaches during the Imran/Wasim days. Why? because the captain took on the responsibility for team performance and was hence more prominent. We need to make it clear to Shoaib Malik that he needs to win 90% of ODI's and 75% of tests in the next season, failing which he would be axed.

    Having said this, I do miss Bob Woolmer; he was a seasoned cricketer and a professionally qualified coach; a rare combination.

  • Imtiaz on October 31, 2008, 8:25 GMT

    Look it does not matter who is the coach or a captain, we are not playing cricket as it is why do we appoint old fart like Mr BUTT and Alam. Tell Imran Khan the honest truth that he will never b the president of the country so move on here as a chairman. Trust me we need someone with a brain to run PCB or Rameez Raja Also i would think as far as coach is concerned there are so many choices, Wasim, Younis, Aqib or Saeed anwar. lastly Mr kamran can you change your picture you look very gay, and please avoid smiling.

  • waterbuffalo on October 31, 2008, 2:52 GMT

    Whatever happens I hope Waqar Younis will be the bowling coach for Pakistan. Being dropped just before the World Cup was a portent of the disaster to come. How a team like Pakistan that depends on pace could use Mushtaq Ahmad as bowling coach, I'll never know. That is the sort of decision that makes Pakistan a laughing stock in the world or cricket. A spinner being the bowling coach of swing bowlers and seamers. I hope Waqar will return, because Pakistan used to excel in bowling, that is what separated her from the rest of the world. Without fast bowling, Pakistan are nothing, we need Asif and Gul back, and with Kaneria still around, we can look for someone new to be the third seamer. As for batting, we need a couple of boring batsmen in the middle of the order, especially at number three, all these flamboyant types are killing us, and have set Pakistan back ten years. If I never see Younis Khan again , it would be too soon. Thank heaven we still have Yousuf. I hope his heart is ok.

  • Faisal Riaz on October 30, 2008, 19:21 GMT

    why cant wasim akram. or waqar younis or aqib javed be the the coach ok pakistan team!! i would love to see wasim akram as the coach he may fail miserably but atleast its a fresh idea!! and atleast our bowling will change, look at india doing so well in their bowling i wonder who gave them tips on the reverse swin!! stupid PCB!!!!!

  • Mudassar Rana on October 29, 2008, 15:45 GMT

    The PCB runs its affairs like the rulers run the country - i.e. like their own personal fiefdom.

    We have abundance in resources yet cannot run a country and we have abundance of potentially great players who either have yet to be discovered or have been driven out as they could not get into the team due to lack of patronage.

    We are an ummah that governed the world yet today we cannot even run a cricket board.

    Sports should be used by the nation to represent the country on the world stage and the PCB is doing its best to reflect the state of our nation!

  • PakFan on October 29, 2008, 14:46 GMT

    In combination of Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Aqib Javed we have the best bowlers the world has ever seen. Except of Aqib at junior level, all 3 of them have been wasted talent - who can help our team. Instead we have Wasim giving tips to Irfan Pathan...not his fault and nothing wrong with it, but we should utilise these talent in the coaching arena as well. Its been 6 years since Wasim retired, except of conducting ad-hoc clinics / coaching session, I've not seen if we have utilised him. Waqar was unfortunately caught in ego fight when he was appointed as bowling coach.

    For batting, the worlds best Javed and Inzi - whose elsetalent would we want to have...combination of these 2 has the codes for all batting skills.

    Again, Pakistan - world of nepotism, chamchay, bhai banday.

  • Ashar Raza Khan on October 29, 2008, 12:11 GMT

    Dear Readers: Yup, i feel sorry for Geoff. Really bad manners, what impression we are gng to give the world. As already our Image is not good. Shame, feel real shame and my sympathy are with Geoff. I think nobody will like to coach Pakistan in future. Well I can’t see Pak side improving it will be a miracle. How long we'll wait for miracles. I think team should get lesson and be loyal with the country, and finished politics inside the team. It seems they don’t have any care for the country. They just play for them self. If somebody good comes they made him run. See how we waste great players like misbha. And now Asif’s controversy and Anwar Ali has already been fined for gng in club. My request to Pakistani team is plz come on track, think for country. They are the only hope which can make Pakistan’s image better. By wining some tournament, and being good ambassador.

  • MickeyMouse on October 29, 2008, 10:05 GMT

    Hi,

    I believe that Lawson has been sacked due to financial reasons. PCB is short of money and with the "Pakistani Team Brand" not bringing in any money they cannot afford to keep spending money on a "White Elephant" (excuse the pun).

    Lawson wasn't great and there was nothing on the horizon to suggest that things were going to change. EVEN IF Pakistan played enough Cricket Lawson's influence was still going to be limited.

    But I agree that I shouldn't have been fired in the manner that he has been.

    A bit of professionalism would have been nice but Hey we are talking about Pakistan...where else do you see Professionalism? And why expect cricket to be any different?

  • Someone-fix-PCB on October 29, 2008, 2:32 GMT

    On one hand the new coach anounces discipline will be his first priority, on the other he himself and the PCB are "looking forward" to Asif joining the team.No doubt he is a great fast bowler but his misadventures are far larger than his cricketing talent. If he is found guilty of the charge, the PCB should not help him fight the verdict rather help him with rehabilitation in order for him to return without any question. This is the course any other sporting body will take. Otherwise forget about discipline. Already enough infamy has hit Pak cricket, please, don't degrade our reputation any further. If the coach believes that winning and losing depends on one individual then it's a lost cause already, for he is not playing cricket--the greatest team game of all.

  • Sohail Waqar on October 28, 2008, 23:25 GMT

    Obviously the Chairman should have been Imran Khan, the batting coach despite their beards Saeed Anwar or Inzimam and the coach should have been Wasim Akram. At the same time Waqar Younis is shining the upcoming talent in the Academy and we shall experience the 1992 succes again.

  • metalingus on October 28, 2008, 18:52 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, this is probably the first time, I have to agree with your statement. I think the scapegoat logic has been part of Pakistan Cricket for a very long time. We can argue about this back and forth but the truth of the matter is, it is not only the individuals in PCB but it is also the team itself, does not have the right attitude to be part of modern cricket. These are times when cricket has become much faster and aggressive. TONS of cricket matches are being played all throughout the year, and when we look at the discipline and fitness of the Pakistan team, it is no where close to being of an international cricket team. PCB can move forward or backwards, bring in coaches from all over the world, it will not make a difference. The team needs to step up, the captain needs to step up. Appointing Malik was the worst idea, there were times, when I don't even remember him actually captaining the side. PCB needs to look at having a new Captain and the idea of having NO COACH at all.

  • Imran Zia on October 28, 2008, 18:23 GMT

    Pakistan cricket did not see any positive changes in Lawson's stint as coach and he was due to go. but this was no the best possible way to do it. It could have done in a more timely, professional and dignified manner. For me the most annoying aspect is the return of MR. (Illogical big mouth) Salim Altaf at the helm of things. Pcb is not more than a game of musical chairs. As for the appointment of Intikhab Alam, he was manager of the pakistan team in 1992 not the coach. Aqib javed should have been made the coach he has coached the under 19 and A teams successfully and knows the players coming from the junior level. And I have a question for you Mr Kamran. What did Shoaib Malik do to stay on and for how long?

  • Nadeem Mohammed on October 28, 2008, 17:22 GMT

    (continued..) in sports and well as politics. This itself was proof that conquering all begins from the heart and mind.

    Pakistan is in a sad and in grief. We need permanent voices, real men, who have passion, love, the mentality to change Pakistan cricket from all its woes and despair into hope and happiness.

  • Nadeem Mohammed on October 28, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    This again points at the wisdom behind the minds and mentality of our “leaders”. Never has Pakistan cricket been on such a low as it is today. There is no single figure in the country that can stand up not just for the PCB, but for the whole of the political world too, to help its cause, its grief, its tribulations. There have ONLY been voices and that’s all. Voices that come and go just to please themselves and no one else. Pakistan, as a whole is in turmoil, its people are in pain, the country is suffering from the hands of our leaders.

    They have no other motive or purpose then to destroy this country of passion, love, humility and preservation. We have been blessed with tremendous talent, but only corruption stands in between real talent and officials. Even so, on field players, like the great Imran Khan, who had the mentality, the passion, the generosity, the strive, which all could strike anyone, any team, for a winning formulae that changed Pakistan (contined..)

  • Irfan on October 28, 2008, 13:39 GMT

    One thing for sure, with Lawson gone and Inti in; the huge foreign exchange savings falls precisely in line with PCB's cry about no money honey! I think he the “Butts” did the right thing; although I certainly disagree with his method (way he fired the coach! As he should have been treated with a little more dignity) but am completely instep with him on the need of the hour basis. Inti is old, he is out of touch, but at the least he has some coaching experience behind him. Even so if you want to call him an utterly wrong choice is fine by me but the same argument could be made for Lawson as well. Nothing penned out that was expected of him. Effectively it would be an exchange that is doomed from the word go, however only this time around it will be inexpensive. Also, there is a remote chance that Inti might be able to do some good.

  • zahid on October 28, 2008, 6:45 GMT

    One of the most important points that everybody is missing out here is Lawson's salary; he was being paid $30,000 a month - there is no match between his paypack and his experience leaving his appointment faulty in the first place. Now, move to his contribution during his stint as Pakistan coach if you closely see the performances of the players both in tests and onedayers the performance remained and players' attitude of field remained the same - no Australian brand of cricket infused in the team which was expected of him`- so if the performance remains the same with no visible sign of improvement why bother paying him such exhorbitant salary if the state of the team approach and performance remain the same why bother paying such exhorbitant salary in foreign currency - better hire services of local coach which will be far cheaper than Lawson.

  • Amir Naqvi on October 28, 2008, 6:24 GMT

    Decision of sacking Lawson is not only bad but embarrassing.It's illogical and non professional approach reflects the true picture of the flaws of PCBs administration and the governing body. There was hardly any cricket in last 15 months of Lawson's era to judge the productivity and capability of a coach. It appears that the new PCB authorities are no different to the unstable and non professional political powers of the country. I feel sorry for Lawson who in the end looks like the victim of political unrest and the un realistic FTP for Pakistan cricket where the side was only scheduled for three tests in a year, also cancelled due to security concerns. The appointment of an already tested coach is not going to help Pakistan cricket in this modern age. I would question the authorities as to why he was removed in the past when he is too good to be called back. Amir Naqvi, Sydney-Australia

  • Ali on October 28, 2008, 0:35 GMT

    The state of the PCB is merely reflective of the state of the whole country. Things keeps getting worse, if there was any chance of creating some good opinion about Pakistan internationally it died with Woolmer- and took a severe hit with sacking Lawson. I agree that Lawson was not a particularly good coach- but to replace him with an old man who hardly had anything to do with coaching us to world cup success back in 1992 (that was all Imran Khan leading from the front, and a damn talented team!) we've done nothing to go forward. Crap domestic cricket, nepotism politics and favoritism keep coming up. The players have no rapport, a divided team is not a team. A captain that does not command his players respect- Lawson was just a scape goat for much deeper problem: one's that will not and can not be solved by this administration. If you ask me, the PCB itself should be abolished and a new organization needs to be made, made by cricket players- not a corrupt government

  • rafi ullah on October 28, 2008, 0:12 GMT

    Intikhab Alam is a bad choice to coach Pak team.Nowadays its a fast cricket, and he isnothing to do abt this, Wat does he can do for T20 cricket. First of all just have a look at the chairmna of the borad who never played that much cricket.So i will say that He is a useless person.He should give a chance t LAWSON to improve.And more i can say is that a coach cant wan matches for you.Its totally upto the player how he plays there in the ground.The coach only can improve your faults and till the main things and more and on can guide you but that is totally upto the player who is inside the ground and playing.I would say that Pakistani players should realise that how they playing......... Allah Hafiz

  • ChanaMasala on October 27, 2008, 23:43 GMT

    Breaking News --------- PCB Chairman Ijaas Butt & Coach Itnikum umar Alam, while addressing a press conference announced a new dashing pair of Paki openers. Their names are Hanif & Sadiq Mohammed. They happen to be brothers. Coach Itnikum umar alam was elated with this new selection and is working to get some bowlers like "Sar fira Nawaz" and "Mooo dus ar Nazar" for his raw pace & aggression (has to be there, otherwise Pakis will get annoyed. Chairman('s) Butt will make the announcement soon as he is plannning for Indo-Pak series (if India is stupid to go to Pak).

  • qazah on October 27, 2008, 23:14 GMT

    typical Pakistan cricket

  • Sultan Mahmood on October 27, 2008, 21:16 GMT

    It is a complete disgrace what has happened to the PCB since the exiles have returned. The call for cavalry has been answered by 'Dad's Army'. You got a chairman whose in his 70s and then you got a coach who is 66, these guys will take Pakistan into a new dawn. Pakistan has yet again proved to the world, how mentally unstable the thought process of people who think they are in the know how. It is a Pakistani trait I am ashamed to say that we have absolute minimal patience, the new so called chairman has not even stepped into the office and his already ultimately sacked the coach, you would think at his age he would have picked up some wisdom but alas no. A wisweman would have at least checked the contract before spitting feathers and letting off sporadic spray. In the day of media every move is watched by every sole and these people have made Pakistan a laughing stock. Never mind the cricket, God Help us all.

  • Khurram D on October 27, 2008, 20:51 GMT

    Good to have a Pakistani coach. Maybe new captain who knows how to talk and look confident not shacky as Shoaib Malik. My choice is Afridi

  • Aftab Qureshi on October 27, 2008, 20:41 GMT

    Another one of those knee-jerk reactions, in which displaesure with Geoff Lawson may have played as important a motivation as to do favor to a former team mate (of the new PCB Chairman). I am disgusted! If this is the way Mr. Butt is going to run things, then expect more, not less, blunders.

  • Kamran Saeed on October 27, 2008, 20:39 GMT

    The vision of the new pcb chairman can be judged from the fact when he said that javed miandad was his first choice as a coach. This is such a rudiculous statement considering the fact that Javed has had 3 unsuccessful stints as the coach.The selection of intikhab alam is really beyong imagination. He is atleast 10 years past his sell-by date. i think aqib javaid would have been a good choice considering his young age and a very successful record with pakistan under 19 team. I agree with you with Mr Abbasi that cricket is once again destroyed by the cricket illetrate and politically motivated pcb chairmans serving their own vested interests.Butt's appointment seems to be the last step in the demolition of cricket in Pakistan...May God help Pakistan Cricket

  • umayd on October 27, 2008, 19:53 GMT

    *sigh* well all i can say is that from on, i think all Pakistan Cricket fans should give up any sorta hope of improvement. I wonder if thes PCB brains work on volunteer basis, as these decisions cannot be of a professional who actually get paid for his job.

  • Usman on October 27, 2008, 19:39 GMT

    Dear Mr Abbasi, I love reading your views all the time and I respect your oppinon. With that being said I thing Inthkab Alam is a decent choice because he will get a respect of players by just being older in age and has a cricketing back ground and on the same not you have Jaffar in selection commette who is a bowler so I think with both of these old players working for PCB will bring us good results. As far as Lawson is concerned in my view he was the wrong choice from first place, since he does not posses the right skills and dealing with Pakistan players you need to be bold and at the same time diplomatic his down fall was also having a shity Capt like Malik and yes I said shity because that's what he is a as a Capt, he is affarid of making decision and I just hope new PCB managment sack him ASAP and make Misbah the Capt and Afridi the VC, and I am sure our results will be different. If I was Lawson I would have never taken this job in the first place, i agree that how PCB fired

  • Assad Hasanain on October 27, 2008, 19:28 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    Foriegn coaches are a failed experiment in Pakistan. As the great Imran Khan puts it, as long as the domestic culture of Pakistan cricket is not changed it really doesn't make a difference who you put as coach of Pakistan. A few victories here and there are usually flashes in the pan but the root of the problem lies in the pathetic domestic system and pitches in Pakistan, not in the coach. I believe that Intikhab has been appointed to instil discipline because there really isn't anything a coach can do with players that have been bred in the Pakistani system. And that remains the most enthralling aspect of Pakistan cricket; its' ability to keep producing match winners inspite of the poor system, poor planning and poor leadership. I pray that Intikhab can instill some discipline in these cricketers , because I believe that is the only role any coach can have with this Pakistan team.

  • Q.Zaman on October 27, 2008, 19:20 GMT

    The decisions that any PCB makes are bad, previous borads / the present board / or any future boards ... they are all likely to make bad decions all the time. i think it is in their blood,

    PCB = " muppets headed by a joker"

    now that this new board has made all these decisions but they forgot to make one important decision which baffles me why have they not sacked

    Captain = Shoaib Malik.

    i say to them sack the captain and start with the new slate....

    bring in new blood like

    Khurram Manzoor Sohail Khan Mohammed Talha Anwar Ali

    and get rid if players like the following for good

    Shoaib Akhtar Shahid Afridi

    these 2 players are the biggest problum in the team....

  • DadhiBaba on October 27, 2008, 18:48 GMT

    PCB has officailly been renamed as "Pareshaan Cricket Buddhaboard". Aunty (Inti) is the new coach, PCB is still being run as some "Mom & Pop" store, while the world is going 'WAL MART' way. No wonder it will be failed state soon, everyone has phobia against modern technology & change. Any thing/place/object with the name 'Pakistan' in it is down the barrel...

  • Nadeem on October 27, 2008, 18:41 GMT

    Fact: The teams are not playing with Pakistan. Reason: The most important reason is the ability to attract crowds around the world which is caused by the defensive attitude of our team. Analysis: The team has lost its attacking teeth. The coach has a major role in setting up belligerent goals and then, preparing the team for those tough goals (like Imran Khan did when he took up the leadership of Pakistan team by declaring that he would like to win a series in every test playing nation). Lawson’s lack of ability to turn team into a fighting squad is a brutal and honest fact. Mr. Kamran Abbasi, please write for PAKISTAN. We, the Pakistanis, are your primary audience. So please have some mercy on PAKISTAN. Please don’t project Pakistan as a country of less intelligent people just because you lacked an understanding of business administrative issue. Please save your pretty emotions for some other phase in your life.

  • Amran Yousaf @ London on October 27, 2008, 18:40 GMT

    What is happening to my beloved country?

    First Mr Musharraf is treated as a complete pariah by the unelected leaders who call themselves politicians.

    Then Geoff Lawson is treated very shabbily by the PCB. We have played no meaningful cricket in ages and a decision is made that Geoff Lawson has been unsuccessful!! By Ijaz Butt? He is hardly in Imran Khan's standing is he!!

    Initikhab Alam is a fine man and a proud Pakistani so maybe this may help. But somehow I cant see it.

    Pakistan Cricket needs a dynamic person to bring back the good times, And we have had them, We have produced greats as much as the next country, We have won the world cup and made countless Pakistanis smile cheer and shout PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!! we have some smashing young players who WILL make Pakistan proud, We now need someone to lead Cricket Pakistan as a coach who will help make Pakistan proud. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad where are you, Our Pakistan really needs you right now

  • Waq on October 27, 2008, 18:18 GMT

    The new PCB Chairman seems to be even worse than the outgoing one - he seems too keen on getting his name in the papers. First he spills the beans on the ICC discussions on the ICL and their legal position - thanks for initiating a spat with the ICC and BCCI. Then he picks a fight with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on their silence in not supporting PCB in Dubai. Follows up with a public confrontation on Lawson's "utility". And finally, the need to let Intikhab Alam, a poor choice for a coach anyway, know that he was the second on the list. The only area Pakistan excels in is finding useless people like Butt to run its affairs - cricket just reflects the state of the entire country in that way.

  • wakeel on October 27, 2008, 18:17 GMT

    I always agree with Mr.Kamran and appreciate his balanced view. Someone got to question our new chairman's vision,his direction? i m really surprise that how cud he termed someone useless?and still want him to coach and complete the contract NO way in the world could he produce results. Though it was expectd that new admin would bring changes like these but Lawson should hav got more time as his real test was abt to begun,Series with India. Wat i believe is that only best administrators could run PCB better..no offence bt i wud rate Mr.Nasim as a better adminstrator. things didnt went his way but atleast i could see a direction, a try to make pak cricket better. But still i am very optimistic and hope that MR.Ejaz would bring positive changes.

  • M. Irfanullah on October 27, 2008, 17:57 GMT

    It is unfortunate that PCB administration has chosen Alam to take the reigns of pak coaching. His days of coaching are over. The true worth of Lawson was yet to be tested, since pakistan never played enough cricket of Lawson's appointment. It would have been better to continue with Lawson till his term was over or appoint aquib javed as the national coach. God save pak cricket

  • Abdur Rahman on October 27, 2008, 17:39 GMT

    Hi I'm Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka. I like tell something about selecting coach for my favorite country & team. My opinion is that Inthikhab is not suitable coach for Pakistan at the moment. Because of Pakistan is very poor form now. So PCB has to select a Coach who was Play for Pakistan as a brilliant, when he was play. Like Javed, Wasim, Waqar or Aaqib. This is not only my opinion. But all the supporters (my friends) from Sri Lanka. Mr chairman! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T IGNORE IT!

  • Shahid Ahmed on October 27, 2008, 17:19 GMT

    We are a nation making our decisions on emotions, and not on open-minded wisdom and facts. You have hit the nail right on the head. Intikhab for coach? Please give me a break.

  • Fehzan on October 27, 2008, 16:24 GMT

    Good point there Kamran. The PCB can't really prove that Lawson had indeed failed,but he was'nt of a success anyways. So it's interesting to see how Pakistan will work out with the new management. Maybe with another coach,Pakistan will prosper.Hopefully the PCB will sort things out !

  • MNET on October 27, 2008, 16:17 GMT

    I wish Pakistan cricket well,there does not appear to be a single professional within the PCB. I wonder why the sacking of Laswson in the traditional PCB way, via the media has Altaf written all over it. The old boys network is alive and well, and appointments within the PCB are made based on who you know rather than what you know. The new PCB Chairman as far as I am concerned does not even qualify for the job.

    Alam is appopinted the new coach then.I ask myself when was the last time he coached? Goodluck to the Pakistan cricket team, only your talent and ability can revive Pakistan cricket, it sure as hell won't be the idiots running the circus which is the PCB.

  • Azim on October 27, 2008, 16:12 GMT

    Since Pakistani players lack professionalism due to lack of education; only because of this reason discipline needs to be forced rather than professional coaching for the non-discipline bunch. Acquiring professional coach has a prerequisite and that is the literacy rate of the team else likes of Intekhab Alam are more to the point and need.

  • Adeel on October 27, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Abbasi. This is just insane. He is too old to coach now. Why was Rashid Latif or Aaqib Javed was not an option?

  • Nasar Farooq, Leicester, Enland (UK) on October 27, 2008, 14:54 GMT

    Well, well, well.........where does one start!Agreeing whole heartedly with the author is probabaly a good start.The new PCB leader comes across as a brash and arrogant man who has no idea of the finesse and diplomacy required to carry out this sort of a role objectively and successfully.He has already shown his idiotic temperamant by leaking confidential discussions within ICC meetings regarding ICL and BCCI.Does Mr Butt have any sense of responsibility that his current position commands?I very much doubt it...but i hope, for the sake of pakistan and pakistan Cricket that i am proven wrong in due course.The way Geof Lawson was sacked and the way the news was communicated to him was extremely uncivilized to say the least.But then what can we expect from the arrogant, ignorant and uncoothed!Agreed that Pakistan cricket has declined, but its not all the coach's fault.The political turmoil is also to blame for which our so called leaders take no responsibility and carry on regardless!

  • Man on October 27, 2008, 14:10 GMT

    It is truly sad for us die-hard fans to see such an old man like Ijaz Butt at the helm. Instead of picking someone younger and more dynamic (God knows they have at least 10 good ones to choose from), they made a choice that has a lot of us actually yearning for Nasim Ashraf. He may know nothing about cricket, but at least he handled things semi-professionally and probably had a pretty good understanding of game's organization as it stands today.

    I was shocked to hear that Miandad had been offered the coaching slot; he has demonstrated time and time again that he is out of touch with how the game has evolved, he tries to mold the style of even experienced players to his own liking, and he's been known to indulge in favoritism and breed divisions within the team.

    Why aren't Pakistanis crying out against all of this? I think it is simply because we haven't seen the team fail on a regular basis...had we been playing our regular schedule, we would have corrected course a long time ago.

  • Riaz ahmad on October 27, 2008, 13:47 GMT

    I think you are right on target. Butt is 81 year old and Alam about 90 years biologically ? so they can relate to 16 and 18 year old is beyond. I was less then fifty and I couldn't even relate to even 20 year olds. I guess about Pakistan cricket what can you say ? The more things change the more they remain the same. Cricket is reflection of society. Nepotism is a virtue and not a untreatable cancer that it is that kills every living organism in a human body. It is ok to change someone but they way they did it, is complete shame and continues the perpetual joke known as PCB.

  • Aurangzaib Chawla on October 27, 2008, 13:47 GMT

    Its a shame even a stubborn like Lawson didn't deserve this attitude. PCB needs lead by example. This is another example of how things are done in subcontinent. He was never a worthy coach. But he should have been fired on reasonable grounds. Appointing Mr Intikhab Alam as replacement is a joke itself. Lawson is much better and brings fitness to team. Mr Alam on the other hand is a conservative and indulges himself too much into personal lives of players. He is a big criticiser of Shoaib’s lime light life. PCB will never learn from its mistake. Nobody knew of Mr Butt before. It’s a prediction, Malik is getting axed, if Yunis doesn’t take charge as next captain then Misbah or Afridi will be made captains. Malik wont even get to play in first 11s. They say in Urdu/Hindi "he who wields the CANE gets to keep the buffalo" “Jis ki Laathi uski Bhains”.

  • Shabir on October 27, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Lawson was a bad choice in the first place, a foreign coach cannot cope with these Jutt's. You need a local coach to deal with them, I strongly believe Aquib would have been a better choice as he has a proven track record.

  • Afridi on October 27, 2008, 12:48 GMT

    This will be the right step but the wasim akram has to be coach for the pakistan because it will the bowler and the bestments to learn somthing good for their own and for the country. May God remove the Team difficulties come and past. AAmin

  • Aatif on October 27, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Spot on! There has never been a clearer case of someone being amde a scapegoat. On behalf of all Pakistan cricket fans, i for one would like to extend an apology to Geoff Lawson for the disgraceful behaviour of our cricket board. He deserved far better and his continued professionalism i the wake of his dismissal shows what the man is all about: Class!

  • Zahid Altaf on October 27, 2008, 12:37 GMT

    I couldnt agree with you more Kamran. No one ever comes in to job with a magic wand, they have to implement lengthy procedures and systems, which only start to bear fruit after a few years. The PCB is not doing itself any favours by making these impulsive decisions.

  • Ovais on October 27, 2008, 12:32 GMT

    Shouldn't it have been a good idea to use Lawson to train our first string of fast bowling brats (and if not possible) then to work with the best second string of fast bowlers and utilise his coaching skills (especially his strongest area - fast bowling) rather than breaking his contract and paying the severance pay. We should have let him complete his term and then releave him quietly.

    Now there will be a negative media coverage and lawyer's fees...yet another distracting mess!

    Unfortunately like other things in pakistan it somehow seems to a case of being out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    I find it most disgusting that the chairman does not have the courage to tell him of Lawson's sacking to his face and then when Lawson calls him asking if he wanted to tell him something - he says "No, not really".

    Shameless! Expect Pakistan cricket to reach a lower ebb if that was ever possible to reach such a level..be we are the best in the world to easily go where no one can!

  • Ali Majid on October 27, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    This entire episode is nothing but a joke keeping in line with most of PCB's activities and the general direction in which the country as a whole is headed. Without talking about Lawson's conyributions I would just like to point out that the appointment of Ijaz Butt as chairman is another nail in the coffin for Pakistan cricket. Butt is without a shadow of a doubt ill equiped to take Pakistan cricket in the right direction and one of his first actions as chairman show just how sad this appointment has been. Khan, Ahraf and now Butt - if no one has the sense to realise that this is just totally unacceptable and all these appointments have been nothing short of shocking then I am afraid Kamran you will be back here in a few more months writing something similar. Ijaz Butt is not the man for the job. For a second just stop and think - forget the coach and the captain for a second, the position of chairman in this board is turning about to be a merry go round and quite honestly a cheapone.

  • kashif on October 27, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    I entirely agree with Kamran this latest abnoxious effort by our board. Rather than puttin in more efforts to bring more and more cricket to Pakistani cricketers and the coach to test them they are trying to overshadow the underlying concerns. I hope this brings some unexpected positive changes to our side. We had lately been in cricketing world news headlines but not for our positive and bright performances but other extra non-curricular activities.

  • Sami on October 27, 2008, 11:46 GMT

    I could not agree more with you regarding Alam's credantials as a modern coach - he would have been an ideal Manager. What we need is a new thinking (out of a box) in PCB, but unfortunately it is not happening. Aamar Sohail or Waqar Younus would have been better choices. Thanks!

  • daniel on October 27, 2008, 11:45 GMT

    I completely agree with you on this, being a Bangladeshi and fallen in love with the pakistani team of the 90's makes it very painful to see the current team. I understand the frustration the PCB faces today, its a very simple thing, in the past they had 6 to 7 players in a squad who could win the match on their own, but times change and you do not always have a dream squad. Unfortunately the PCB doesnt get it, instead of providing the team with the best facilities and means to gain competetive advantage over other major teams PCB has gone back to its old shameless tactic of 'scapegoating', but for how long should this be allowed??? till pakistan loses its dignity as a force to be reconed with??? In contrast to Pakistan her arch rival India has progressed to challange the best team in world, if that does not provoke the 'out of date' PCB officials and their lame tactics then nothing will. I really hope PCB does change its style and start operating as a sports management organisation...

  • Mubashir Hanif on October 27, 2008, 11:22 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!Govt after Govt, board after board, same ---- each time. Who suffer, people with nerve cells, not the idiots who know only one thing, be in fools paradise. I am very much in favour of local coaches but would not Aqib Javed be more suitable?This is simple, a new guy comes and brings his own team rgardless of anything. O yar, its 2008 come out of your caves, look at the ICL/IPL mess. Look at Mushy 1400 plus wickets in first class and being sidelined from Pk side since 2003. WHY?Now ECB has hired Waqar and Mushtaq as their coaches, what a waste for Pakistan. All these fuedals, beaureaucrats, the Generals, ruling elite has a made a mess of pakistan including PCB. Till we write down WHO IS WHO? and till the RULE OF LAW, its a wastage of time to even discuss these issues. peace

  • mo on October 27, 2008, 11:15 GMT

    Proof, if it was ever needed that the PCB is run by a bunch of attention seeking incompetent idiots who only have the best intentions of their wallets at heart. The treatment of Lawson leaves such a bad taste, that i for one, cannot see any coach of any substance wanting the job ever again. They have put in charge a telly tubby who will not make the slightest difference to any players performance. The saddest part of the whole sorry mess is that i expect this sort of crap. The PCB reflect everything wrong with Pakistan!

  • Rauf on October 27, 2008, 11:08 GMT

    "Hence, the treatment of Lawson is one of the most diabolical chapters in the painful modern history of Pakistan cricket"

    Comon Kamran. Aren't you a bit over dramatic with your statements!!

    Old saying in American sports is that coaches are hired to be fired. When desired results are not achieved then someone must be thrown to the dogs (mostly unceremoniously) and coaches are generally the easiest target so stop making this out to be some sort of a doomsday scenario. It has happened before in other places.

    I have never been a fan of foriegn coaches in Pak cricket. Foriegn coaches tend to go by the book and Pak cricket players are like wild horses (on/off the pitch). You need "local" knowledge to tame them. Intikhab may or may not be the best choice but let's give PCB a chance to prove their decisions.

  • Khan1 on October 27, 2008, 11:04 GMT

    To appoint Lawson was a mistake. To get rid of him in such a fashion was an even bigger mistake. It looks like the new management is more eager to SHOW themselves as a revamp team rather than take steps which are actually beneficial to the team. You don't always have to fire people to make it look like you are on a mission to improve the current situation. Appointing Intikhab Alam as a "Coach" isn't exactly going to bring the Charisma which Pakistan Cricket so badly needs right now....*Sigh*

  • Zeeshan Ali on October 27, 2008, 10:55 GMT

    The best man suited for Pakistan Coach position is none other Javed Miandad. Intikhab Alam would have been a good manager, i think his age factor will again create problem & Pakistan would looking for another coach soon.

  • syed umair on October 27, 2008, 10:53 GMT

    look the thing is that the coach is only responsible for the prepration on the side for matches and i don't blame jeff lawson i don't think that he should have been sacked as pakistan cricket coach the reason is that this quick change of coach may effect pakistan cricket and it has effected pakistan cricket in the last decade i dont understand why they keep changing coach, it means that the pcb management is too weak in handaling such problems. i have a request that pakistan cricket needs a new vision and those players who have served pakistan in the last 10 years please come forward and do something for the country cricket because there is alot of talent availiable in pakistan. wee still love our cricket and we have alot of passion for our sport of cricket. and i hope pakistan plays 100 to their strengths and beat india in both test and one days because pakistan has not won a test series againstt india over some time i think 7 years.so please do something dont let pakistan cricket die

  • mohan on October 27, 2008, 10:52 GMT

    Nothing new for a country which is known to blame its problems on others. Its tradition isnt it???

  • Giovanni Torre on October 27, 2008, 10:50 GMT

    I have never seen Pakistan cricket in such a sorry state. First of all - Pakistan MUST play tests. I don't care if it is in the UAE, New Zealand, Canada or Peru. Without regular test cricket, the side ceases to be a side. Pakistan cricket is in a potentially terminal crisis. Blaming Lawson - no, blaming him suggests someone has put forward a coherent argument for his dismissal - simply firing Lawson will not improve anything.

  • Tauqeer Malik on October 27, 2008, 10:13 GMT

    Favoritism and Nepotism is at its peak.It is question of ''WHO YOU KNOW'' .Mr Ijaz Butt is cousin of Ch Ahmed Mukhtar(Defense Minister) .What do you expect from him, take decisions on merit?

  • Mash Khan on October 27, 2008, 10:02 GMT

    Kamran:

    You are absolutely spot on again

    In addition to the totally unjustifiable sacking of Geoff and a totally unfathoamble selection of Inti and Salim Altaf, Mr. Butt seems to be on a mission to undo whatever had been happening in PCB without any regard to descency and fairplay

    I for one, when Mr. Butt was appointed Chirman, had hoped, he would embark on rebuilding. It seems clear to me he has chosen the role of a one man demolition squad -- can he not find a single execuitive worth retaining? Surely, that smacks of vindictiveness

  • shafiq on October 27, 2008, 9:52 GMT

    Agreed! I cann't imagine how long this painful disgrace to pakistan cricket and TRAJIDIC COMEDY DRAMA with the PAK crickt fans will continue. Do PCB officials want us to hate cricket?

  • Fonz on October 27, 2008, 9:50 GMT

    I am an Australian of Indian ethenic background. I think that the treatment of Geoff lawson is not only apalling but is typical of the short sightedness and studity of PCB who haven't any idea of how to define success. That is why such a talented side like Pakistan are languishing somewhere at the bottom of the ICC ladder in ODI and Test ratings. Look at their handling of Shoab and Asif - that is a joke - Ijaz butt is not much of a cricket when he played and much less of an administrator - I would say Pakistan have "NO UTILITY" for him.

  • Wasim on October 27, 2008, 9:41 GMT

    There you go again! For your kind information Pakistan played 5 tests under Lawson lost 2 and won 0, Pakistan played 15 ODI's against established teams under him and lost nine, now take a look at the record of preceding 15 months Pakistan won 7 and lost 4 tests out of 18 tests and the rest were drawn and all these matches were against top teams, the record speaks for itself but either your vision is blurred or you are deliberately ignoring the facts, If Intikhab is old and obsolete then do you think that Woolmer and Lawson belonged to the current generation.lol Even if you want to judge his performance just on the basis of the team's current strength as compared to the strength of 15 months ago, again the result will not be in his favor.Our team was runner up of T20 cup in 2007,(that was the standard of the team when he took over)do you honestly think that now the same team can win or be the runner up in T20 WC? Name a single player who improved under him. you will find none.

  • Khalid Pervez on October 27, 2008, 9:36 GMT

    Not for the first time I find myself in total agreement Mr Abassi, it is rather sad and pathetic that a national coach of the Pakistan cricket team can not be told in person about his 'sacking' but after the coach finds out on TV the chairman of PCB refuses to speak to him. How unprofessional and discorteous is the new chairman, Mr Butt, and to replace Lawson with Intikhab is even more shocking. I have a feeling that Mr Butt himself will not last long as the chairman if he carries on as he is. Anyway, as a Pakistani I would wish Geoff the best and I truly hope he indeed saw some positives in Pakistan as a country and in the people of pakistan, if not in the cricket boards that run cricket extremely poorly. I am sure better times were yet to come under the helm of Lawson, but now we shall never know. Lets hope Intikhab is dreamning the same dream he dreamt in 1992 when Pakistan won the world cup.

  • Mehrban Hussain on October 27, 2008, 9:27 GMT

    I agree with Kamran,Why do we keep picking the same old Pakistan coach's. While rest of the cricketing world has moved on, we keep going backwards. I feel Wasim Akram would have been a better coach.

  • Amir Ali on October 27, 2008, 9:25 GMT

    Pakistan crikcet admin hits an all time low with this decision. Sacking Lawson just goes on 2 affirm the fact that the admin is full of people who cant work without involving their biases.

  • hania on October 27, 2008, 9:15 GMT

    Agreed, Lawson was fired for no good reason other than that he represented the Nadeem Ashraf regime--and mind you in Paki Psyche, this is a good enough reason! My question is, who should PCB have hired as a coach this time? Wasim Akram, anyone?

  • Ashfaq Shah on October 27, 2008, 9:14 GMT

    This is story of Pakistan Cricket. We ve shot perhaps the only aussie who supported Pakistan's stance on security issues. No dis respect to Intikhab but hiring him means three steps in backward direction. If thats the kinda decisions a 'technocrat' and 'ex cricketr' as Chairman of PCB is going to make, then perhaps we were better off with a dictator's friend.

  • Abdul on October 27, 2008, 9:13 GMT

    Indeed I am agree with 100% of what you have said in this lively thread.Yes it came as a sudden suprise to many Pakistan fans that Lawason had been sacked. He never succeded but never failed in Pakistan's empty international schedule. However, I new from his appointment a year ago that this former fast bowler was never going to be able to excel the skills, motivate the team ,communciate , select the right combinations,improve and develop the game of the talented young players and also come up with match winnings strategies.And I fimrly belive that an outside overseas coach is no good for the development of Pakistan cricket.

    I would like Javed Miandad to be appointed in replace of the Aussie wonderer. I feel Javed is the right joice to help get Pakistan cricket on the right path. Inthikhab Alam has already has hid chance and age might affect him and I don't know why the board is looking back at history.SO JAVED'S THE MAN!

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on October 27, 2008, 9:09 GMT

    Excellent piece Kamran. 100% in agreement with you. Ijaz Butt, Intikhab Alam or even if had been Javed Miandad, these are some of the most unimaginative picks one could have had. This is what the PCB should have done, Appointed a proper administrator has head of the PCB, have him appoint an advisory council on cricket affairs, made up purely of cricketers. Aaqib Javed as Coach, Asif Mujtaba or Shoaib Mohammed as Batting coach and a Manager like Yawar Saeed or Haroon Rasheed. But this is all just the same. Intikhab has no idea about 20/20 very little idea about ODI and is clueless on things like fitness, technology etc. Change comes from the top and Ijaz Butt was a bad decision

  • wasif on October 27, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    The Oval test, 2006 -- that is the day Pakistan cricket died. The dominoes started falling..the chairman, captain, coach, players, ICL, World cup debacle, Nandrolene, drugs, Afridi ...all after that fateful forfeited test match. It seems as if Hair's "badd-dua" is killing Pakistan cricket

  • AussieRocker on October 27, 2008, 8:20 GMT

    But i do wonder if you still would have criticized your board had they retained Lawson. Mate, seems that you like to butcher them, no matter what their actions.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on October 27, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    This is indeed a world record no other cricket board can match. This truly reflects total lack of consistency and continuity which is so vital for success in any field let alone cricket.

    With this sort of troubled history, who will ever step into Pakistan for business ventures /sports/tourism when they all know the favorite pastime of any new regime is to ridicule the previous regime.

    May I ask what are the credentials of Mr. Butt that make him the most suitable candidate for this top position within PCB?

    Furthermore, what is the logic and wisdom for appointing a coach who is 66? No doubt he is a super coach but we have to look at his age also. The age of 60 is considered for retirement because it is felt a person in our region is not likely to be fit and agile for work. How can you expect a 66 year old man to be physically active for a position of national coach?

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on October 27, 2008, 7:43 GMT

    Since Sep 1998 until Oct 2008, i.e. in a period of 10 years, PCB changed coaches a mind-boggling 14 times! During this time period eight different coaches were experimented.

    Below is the list of coaches and their duration during the last 10 years.

    Sep 1998 – Apr 1999: Javed Miandad (7 months)

    April 1999 – Aug 1999: Mushtaq Mohammad (4 months)

    Aug 1999 – Nov 1999: Wasim Raja (3 months)

    Nov 1999 – Dec 1999: Richard Pybus (1 month)

    Dec 1999 – Mar 2000: Intikhab Alam (3 months)

    Mar 2000 – Apr 2001: Javed Miandad (1 month)

    Apr 2001 – Sep 2001: Richard Pybus (5 months)

    Sep 2001 – Sep 2002: Mudassar Nazar (1 year)

    Sep 2002 – Mar 2003: Richard Pybus (6 months)

    Mar 2003 – Jun 2004: Javed Miandad (1 year 3 months)

    Jun 2004 – Mar 2007: Bob Woolmer (2 years 9 months)

    Mar 2007 – Jul 2007: team without a coach!! (4 months)

    Jul 2007 – Oct 2008: Geoff Lawson (1 year 3 months)

    Oct 2008 - ??: Intikhab Alam (guess???)

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  • Pak Fan on October 27, 2008, 2:00 GMT

    this is bad. Apparently lawson only got to know he is sacked through tv. Butt had nothing to say when lawson called him. More so no impression of his service not required was given when lawson met buttttt on friday. On what basis was he sacked? Come'on ! the basic issue with pak team is beyond any local or foreign coach. I dont think the fielding will improve in our lifetime or even if the "tu chal, main aya" batting partnership style will see any significant improvement in our life time. After all pakistan always wins by individual brilliance on that day. So only reason he was sacked as soon butt took over is i recogn is for the same "bhai banday chamchay" reason. Okay fine lawson may not have been the best choice but the new pcb mgmt could have given him a chance to show his worth. Now we have a coach who is mid 60s and old school. Again pakistan only wins by individual brilliance so why bother to have a coach. Over all very bad n unprofessional.

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  • Pak Fan on October 27, 2008, 2:00 GMT

    this is bad. Apparently lawson only got to know he is sacked through tv. Butt had nothing to say when lawson called him. More so no impression of his service not required was given when lawson met buttttt on friday. On what basis was he sacked? Come'on ! the basic issue with pak team is beyond any local or foreign coach. I dont think the fielding will improve in our lifetime or even if the "tu chal, main aya" batting partnership style will see any significant improvement in our life time. After all pakistan always wins by individual brilliance on that day. So only reason he was sacked as soon butt took over is i recogn is for the same "bhai banday chamchay" reason. Okay fine lawson may not have been the best choice but the new pcb mgmt could have given him a chance to show his worth. Now we have a coach who is mid 60s and old school. Again pakistan only wins by individual brilliance so why bother to have a coach. Over all very bad n unprofessional.

  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on October 27, 2008, 7:43 GMT

    Since Sep 1998 until Oct 2008, i.e. in a period of 10 years, PCB changed coaches a mind-boggling 14 times! During this time period eight different coaches were experimented.

    Below is the list of coaches and their duration during the last 10 years.

    Sep 1998 – Apr 1999: Javed Miandad (7 months)

    April 1999 – Aug 1999: Mushtaq Mohammad (4 months)

    Aug 1999 – Nov 1999: Wasim Raja (3 months)

    Nov 1999 – Dec 1999: Richard Pybus (1 month)

    Dec 1999 – Mar 2000: Intikhab Alam (3 months)

    Mar 2000 – Apr 2001: Javed Miandad (1 month)

    Apr 2001 – Sep 2001: Richard Pybus (5 months)

    Sep 2001 – Sep 2002: Mudassar Nazar (1 year)

    Sep 2002 – Mar 2003: Richard Pybus (6 months)

    Mar 2003 – Jun 2004: Javed Miandad (1 year 3 months)

    Jun 2004 – Mar 2007: Bob Woolmer (2 years 9 months)

    Mar 2007 – Jul 2007: team without a coach!! (4 months)

    Jul 2007 – Oct 2008: Geoff Lawson (1 year 3 months)

    Oct 2008 - ??: Intikhab Alam (guess???)

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  • Ash Zed - Saudi Arabia on October 27, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    This is indeed a world record no other cricket board can match. This truly reflects total lack of consistency and continuity which is so vital for success in any field let alone cricket.

    With this sort of troubled history, who will ever step into Pakistan for business ventures /sports/tourism when they all know the favorite pastime of any new regime is to ridicule the previous regime.

    May I ask what are the credentials of Mr. Butt that make him the most suitable candidate for this top position within PCB?

    Furthermore, what is the logic and wisdom for appointing a coach who is 66? No doubt he is a super coach but we have to look at his age also. The age of 60 is considered for retirement because it is felt a person in our region is not likely to be fit and agile for work. How can you expect a 66 year old man to be physically active for a position of national coach?

  • AussieRocker on October 27, 2008, 8:20 GMT

    But i do wonder if you still would have criticized your board had they retained Lawson. Mate, seems that you like to butcher them, no matter what their actions.

  • wasif on October 27, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    The Oval test, 2006 -- that is the day Pakistan cricket died. The dominoes started falling..the chairman, captain, coach, players, ICL, World cup debacle, Nandrolene, drugs, Afridi ...all after that fateful forfeited test match. It seems as if Hair's "badd-dua" is killing Pakistan cricket

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on October 27, 2008, 9:09 GMT

    Excellent piece Kamran. 100% in agreement with you. Ijaz Butt, Intikhab Alam or even if had been Javed Miandad, these are some of the most unimaginative picks one could have had. This is what the PCB should have done, Appointed a proper administrator has head of the PCB, have him appoint an advisory council on cricket affairs, made up purely of cricketers. Aaqib Javed as Coach, Asif Mujtaba or Shoaib Mohammed as Batting coach and a Manager like Yawar Saeed or Haroon Rasheed. But this is all just the same. Intikhab has no idea about 20/20 very little idea about ODI and is clueless on things like fitness, technology etc. Change comes from the top and Ijaz Butt was a bad decision

  • Abdul on October 27, 2008, 9:13 GMT

    Indeed I am agree with 100% of what you have said in this lively thread.Yes it came as a sudden suprise to many Pakistan fans that Lawason had been sacked. He never succeded but never failed in Pakistan's empty international schedule. However, I new from his appointment a year ago that this former fast bowler was never going to be able to excel the skills, motivate the team ,communciate , select the right combinations,improve and develop the game of the talented young players and also come up with match winnings strategies.And I fimrly belive that an outside overseas coach is no good for the development of Pakistan cricket.

    I would like Javed Miandad to be appointed in replace of the Aussie wonderer. I feel Javed is the right joice to help get Pakistan cricket on the right path. Inthikhab Alam has already has hid chance and age might affect him and I don't know why the board is looking back at history.SO JAVED'S THE MAN!

  • Ashfaq Shah on October 27, 2008, 9:14 GMT

    This is story of Pakistan Cricket. We ve shot perhaps the only aussie who supported Pakistan's stance on security issues. No dis respect to Intikhab but hiring him means three steps in backward direction. If thats the kinda decisions a 'technocrat' and 'ex cricketr' as Chairman of PCB is going to make, then perhaps we were better off with a dictator's friend.

  • hania on October 27, 2008, 9:15 GMT

    Agreed, Lawson was fired for no good reason other than that he represented the Nadeem Ashraf regime--and mind you in Paki Psyche, this is a good enough reason! My question is, who should PCB have hired as a coach this time? Wasim Akram, anyone?

  • Amir Ali on October 27, 2008, 9:25 GMT

    Pakistan crikcet admin hits an all time low with this decision. Sacking Lawson just goes on 2 affirm the fact that the admin is full of people who cant work without involving their biases.