New age November 12, 2008

Pakistan's rusty millionaires

It's been a barren few months
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It's been a barren few months. While India has stormed to the top of world cricket, Pakistan has almost been blasted out of it. In the course of those mad months, Pakistan has not only lost any hope of hosting regular international cricket, but it has also lost two of its most precious stars, Mohammads Yousuf and Asif.

These are deep, perhaps irreperable wounds, made more painful by a self-destructing start from Pakistan's new cricket administration. Ejaz Butt and Intikhab Alam might excite the sweet sellers of Pakistan but they do little to sweeten the vast majority of Pakistan cricket fans.

Yet, where there is life there is hope. And Pakistan meander back onto the international stage today, forced to relaunch their international programme on neutral territory. I don't care. It's great to see Pakistan's team back in proper international competition. They will thrill and disappoint in equal measure. They will lose as much as they will win. But we can gladly return to some cricketing drama because we've had our fill of the political and administrative catastrophe.

Pakistan's cricketers often play like millionaires, rash strokes and wild deliveries produced with such regularity that they might have been practising them. In this tournament they will be rusty, and the verdict may depend on the hunger of the newly-made millionaires in the West Indian team.

For once, though, the result matters less than the symbolism. Welcome back boys.

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

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  • Aamer Iqbal on January 20, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    Why do we persist with Sohail Tanvir? He is very expensive and his first class statistics are very bad. Other players like Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan would be much better. And they need to give Samiullah Khan a decent run in the team. Imagine if Wasim Akram or Waqar ahd been dropped after 2 average games.

  • shahzad rana on November 16, 2008, 22:04 GMT

    It is good to see pakistan cricket playing again and as for Asif he derserves what is hapenning to him and as for Yousuf he is simply greedy

  • Amer Ahmed on November 16, 2008, 21:31 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Pakistan won the series in convincing manner, 3 - 0. Congratulations to all Pakistani fans. Pakistani players played their hearts out and won the series for their country. It was good to see Shoaib Malik's rare smiles in the field and good co-ordination with the players. I was pretty disappointed in the selection of Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards. In my humble opinion Rao Iftikhar should have shared the award for Man of the Match with the great Younis Khan. I do not have any opinion in who should have been Man of the Tournament but I strongly feel Chris Gayle didn't deserve it due to his lack of sportsmanship on many occasions today. I hope your NEXT blog concentrates on that particular topic, one should know if the sportsman spirit is or should be considered in nomination for such awards. Good Luck!

  • Asif Sarfraz on November 16, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    Pakistan won the series 3-0! I am proud of our boys! For the first game and second game I was at work! Constantly hitting the refresh button on my browser! In the first game all though we had a lot to do I remembered kamran akmals batting in the ipl and still had hope! What people have to remember is that Pakistan have not had a lot of cricket this year! And too fight back in two games,all be it in the third as well because we had to get the magnificent chris gayle out! We have shown great strength and mental ability to have a clean sweep! Also had another eye on the icl match and we have to recall some of our boys back! Imran nazir, rana, and razzaq are quality players that we are missing out on! What I have noticed about our people is that we always think, of what other people would say! We have to think about ourselves and not what other people! I can't believe the moderaters that control this site let j d make comments like that! If u want to talk politics go 2 another site!

  • Faridoon on November 15, 2008, 6:09 GMT

    Pak has won the series against WI!! And I was there to see it! Knowing how rare international cricket has become for Pak, I made the effort to go see the boys in Abu Dhabi (from Dubai) for the second ODI. I was expecting to see the half-hearted complacent effort that is the norm after they have won one game. My expectations were fully met by the batting performance (232 runs). However, I was pleasantly surprised. You can always tell what mood the team is in when they take the field. They were lively and enthusiastic and very positive.

    It is definitely great to see the boys back. It was also refreshing to see the bowlers winning a game for us after so long. Gul, Rao and Tanvir were all pumped up and really steaming in every time they bowled. Yes, there were dropped catches and an occasional overthrow, they are still Pak players of course! But overall I am delighted to see the boys back.

  • Ali Dada on November 15, 2008, 2:13 GMT

    I am surprised how so many people, including the author of this article continue to under-estimate Pakistan and continue to listen to other's advices.

    Pakistan is a strong team. We are as strong as South Africa and certainly better than India and no doubt, much much better than England.

    What I see happening to Pakistan is a deliberate attempt by the international community to marginalise Pakistan in all aspects - politics, economy, sports, etc.

    Mark my words, India will create a HUGE fuss about touring Pakistan and I am optimistic that India won't tour Pakistan.

    Pakistan should ban both ICL and IPL. Those players who are playing can play for their beloved Indian leagues but at the end, these leagues have humiliated Pakistan Cricket Board.

    All the bombs,etc are happening in NWFP - place where there are no cricket matches anyways. North East of India and Indian occupied Kashmir are also unsafe - but hypocrites like Australians and British have no problems touring India.

  • Iram on November 14, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    Johnny Dangerously - U spoke to soon.

    Again Pakistan bewilders to confound!!

    Series over - all we have to do is relicate this against Eng, SA, Aus & INDIA!!

  • Umar on November 14, 2008, 15:22 GMT

    Something that has struck me in recent times is the sheer hubris and arrogance some Indians have started to cultivate. Yes, their economy is booming, yes they are orbiting the stars as someone here said, and yes, they now have the better cricket team, but I see so many Indian colleagues here at work walking around with chips on their shoulders. A lot of them also appear to take perverse pleasure in Pakistan's misfortunes.

    While it is true that the shenanigans of Pakistani governments are a cross that all of us have to bear to an extent, I would have thought that my Indian friends would show a little more grace, be more graceful winners and not judge individuals based on either the stereotype of the chauvinistic Pakistani or the acts of Pakistani governments.

    I am realistic and bracing myself for the hiding coming our way in January, but the naked antagonism that some Indians are flaunting hurts.

  • Irfan on November 14, 2008, 15:01 GMT

    I honestly don't understand this infatuation with Shoaib Akhtar. The guy is nothing more then a shell of what he used to be five years ago. Heck he can’t even cut it into a side game let alone in an international game. Are all these board officials deaf and dumb? Have they not followed his past few years progress? To our board and public past performances are the vehicles that this so-called hero is riding to waste time and money of all those who are involved. Please understand that there is nothing wrong in not having a world-class bowler in your line up. If you don't have it you don't have it simple as that! As a matter of fact, knowing that this mantle sits unadorned, may inspire some other talent to try and attain it and thus would start a healthy competition. Please do not make that an excuse to suppress other talent and waste money on this chala hua kartoos.

  • hpraj on November 14, 2008, 11:53 GMT

    Let PCB lift the ban on cricketers who have joined ICL and allow them to play for national side depending on their individual merit. Why PCB should oblige BCCI? Terming players who joined ICL as money minded is also not justified since all IPL players are even ready to forego national duties for playing in IPL. BCCI will neither help PCB or its players in any way. Let wisdom prevail on PCB and they can even allow ICL matches in Pakistan when many other teams are not touring now.

  • Aamer Iqbal on January 20, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    Why do we persist with Sohail Tanvir? He is very expensive and his first class statistics are very bad. Other players like Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan would be much better. And they need to give Samiullah Khan a decent run in the team. Imagine if Wasim Akram or Waqar ahd been dropped after 2 average games.

  • shahzad rana on November 16, 2008, 22:04 GMT

    It is good to see pakistan cricket playing again and as for Asif he derserves what is hapenning to him and as for Yousuf he is simply greedy

  • Amer Ahmed on November 16, 2008, 21:31 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Pakistan won the series in convincing manner, 3 - 0. Congratulations to all Pakistani fans. Pakistani players played their hearts out and won the series for their country. It was good to see Shoaib Malik's rare smiles in the field and good co-ordination with the players. I was pretty disappointed in the selection of Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards. In my humble opinion Rao Iftikhar should have shared the award for Man of the Match with the great Younis Khan. I do not have any opinion in who should have been Man of the Tournament but I strongly feel Chris Gayle didn't deserve it due to his lack of sportsmanship on many occasions today. I hope your NEXT blog concentrates on that particular topic, one should know if the sportsman spirit is or should be considered in nomination for such awards. Good Luck!

  • Asif Sarfraz on November 16, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    Pakistan won the series 3-0! I am proud of our boys! For the first game and second game I was at work! Constantly hitting the refresh button on my browser! In the first game all though we had a lot to do I remembered kamran akmals batting in the ipl and still had hope! What people have to remember is that Pakistan have not had a lot of cricket this year! And too fight back in two games,all be it in the third as well because we had to get the magnificent chris gayle out! We have shown great strength and mental ability to have a clean sweep! Also had another eye on the icl match and we have to recall some of our boys back! Imran nazir, rana, and razzaq are quality players that we are missing out on! What I have noticed about our people is that we always think, of what other people would say! We have to think about ourselves and not what other people! I can't believe the moderaters that control this site let j d make comments like that! If u want to talk politics go 2 another site!

  • Faridoon on November 15, 2008, 6:09 GMT

    Pak has won the series against WI!! And I was there to see it! Knowing how rare international cricket has become for Pak, I made the effort to go see the boys in Abu Dhabi (from Dubai) for the second ODI. I was expecting to see the half-hearted complacent effort that is the norm after they have won one game. My expectations were fully met by the batting performance (232 runs). However, I was pleasantly surprised. You can always tell what mood the team is in when they take the field. They were lively and enthusiastic and very positive.

    It is definitely great to see the boys back. It was also refreshing to see the bowlers winning a game for us after so long. Gul, Rao and Tanvir were all pumped up and really steaming in every time they bowled. Yes, there were dropped catches and an occasional overthrow, they are still Pak players of course! But overall I am delighted to see the boys back.

  • Ali Dada on November 15, 2008, 2:13 GMT

    I am surprised how so many people, including the author of this article continue to under-estimate Pakistan and continue to listen to other's advices.

    Pakistan is a strong team. We are as strong as South Africa and certainly better than India and no doubt, much much better than England.

    What I see happening to Pakistan is a deliberate attempt by the international community to marginalise Pakistan in all aspects - politics, economy, sports, etc.

    Mark my words, India will create a HUGE fuss about touring Pakistan and I am optimistic that India won't tour Pakistan.

    Pakistan should ban both ICL and IPL. Those players who are playing can play for their beloved Indian leagues but at the end, these leagues have humiliated Pakistan Cricket Board.

    All the bombs,etc are happening in NWFP - place where there are no cricket matches anyways. North East of India and Indian occupied Kashmir are also unsafe - but hypocrites like Australians and British have no problems touring India.

  • Iram on November 14, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    Johnny Dangerously - U spoke to soon.

    Again Pakistan bewilders to confound!!

    Series over - all we have to do is relicate this against Eng, SA, Aus & INDIA!!

  • Umar on November 14, 2008, 15:22 GMT

    Something that has struck me in recent times is the sheer hubris and arrogance some Indians have started to cultivate. Yes, their economy is booming, yes they are orbiting the stars as someone here said, and yes, they now have the better cricket team, but I see so many Indian colleagues here at work walking around with chips on their shoulders. A lot of them also appear to take perverse pleasure in Pakistan's misfortunes.

    While it is true that the shenanigans of Pakistani governments are a cross that all of us have to bear to an extent, I would have thought that my Indian friends would show a little more grace, be more graceful winners and not judge individuals based on either the stereotype of the chauvinistic Pakistani or the acts of Pakistani governments.

    I am realistic and bracing myself for the hiding coming our way in January, but the naked antagonism that some Indians are flaunting hurts.

  • Irfan on November 14, 2008, 15:01 GMT

    I honestly don't understand this infatuation with Shoaib Akhtar. The guy is nothing more then a shell of what he used to be five years ago. Heck he can’t even cut it into a side game let alone in an international game. Are all these board officials deaf and dumb? Have they not followed his past few years progress? To our board and public past performances are the vehicles that this so-called hero is riding to waste time and money of all those who are involved. Please understand that there is nothing wrong in not having a world-class bowler in your line up. If you don't have it you don't have it simple as that! As a matter of fact, knowing that this mantle sits unadorned, may inspire some other talent to try and attain it and thus would start a healthy competition. Please do not make that an excuse to suppress other talent and waste money on this chala hua kartoos.

  • hpraj on November 14, 2008, 11:53 GMT

    Let PCB lift the ban on cricketers who have joined ICL and allow them to play for national side depending on their individual merit. Why PCB should oblige BCCI? Terming players who joined ICL as money minded is also not justified since all IPL players are even ready to forego national duties for playing in IPL. BCCI will neither help PCB or its players in any way. Let wisdom prevail on PCB and they can even allow ICL matches in Pakistan when many other teams are not touring now.

  • waterbuffalo on November 14, 2008, 6:46 GMT

    Johnny Dangerously, you obviously have no clue about global politics. The US has made Pakistan an ally, and Afghanistan is an enemy, but nobody wants to side with a country that supports, defends and props up Israel. That is the US, my ignorant friend. The bombs bursting in Pakistan cities are a direct result of the govt's support of the US. Get an education before you mouth off. Especially in a blog meant for Pakistanis's and their supporters. Millions still care to see them, because it was not that long ago that Wasim and Waqar were bowling for Pakistan, and when India has a fast bowling tandem half as good as them, then the sun will rise in the West. Do you understand? Pakistan will never die. And learn some manners. Get a bit of bottle, indeed. By the way, if India is orbiting the stars, try to win a series in Australia and try to attempt to win 5 in a row in England.

  • Johnny Dangerously on November 13, 2008, 13:44 GMT

    Oh captain my captain, why must all your and other Pakistani media outlets resort to the ultimate comparison with India? Ok so you didnt play any tests, India played a handful, your other South Asian partner Sri Lanka played a couple as well, why is it that you and other Pakistanis revolve only around India's orbit? India in the meantime is orbiting the stars. Stop bombs from bursting in your cities, get a bit of bottle and get your house in check and then rejoin the cricketing fraternity. Face it and accept it, Pakistan is a has been, they were a great team, now they no one cares to see them.

  • Nadeem Mohammed on November 13, 2008, 13:09 GMT

    C0nGr4tU1aT1oN5 Pakistan! What a breath taking game of pure exiting cricket. This is what we miss, what we have been waiting for. The stars, the talent, the drama, no doubt, after yesterdays performance, this is all synonymous with Pakistan.

    Let’s hope this can be maintained and consistent, as we all know Pakistan cricket can be inconsistent and results and matched can change very very very quickly. But the scenes at the end of the match summed up Pakistan Cricket for me, the joys and the happiness after a turbulent year. Let’s hope this win is remembered in spite of everything that has marred Pakistan Cricket.

    Let the cricket to the talking. Welcome back boys indeed.

  • Noman Aziz on November 13, 2008, 11:46 GMT

    Yeah good to see Pakistan back in cricketing gears. Dont care if its an international venue, pakistan has a point to prove to the whole world: WE ARE NOT OVER YET. seeing yesterday's thrilling win against WI revived the same feeling that had disapeared since the 20/20 world cup final. Hope Pakistan finds proper talent to fill the gaps left by Asif and Yousuf. Who by the way have themselves to blame!

  • mohan on November 13, 2008, 9:21 GMT

    Hey shafiq good blind optimism . Hope you do have strength to recover from shocks and a pice of advise to you...if this is your judgment capabilities...you should never invest in stock market......

  • yugi on November 13, 2008, 7:22 GMT

    I am just happy to see a Pakistan team playing cricket again. Its the same way I felt when the Proteas could take the field again, after so many years of isolation. There's too few test playing nations, and a strong Pakistan is as important as a strong SA, a strong England, a strong Windies.

    Welcome back Pakistan. And congrats on last nights' win too!

  • Saddique Ahmed on November 13, 2008, 6:57 GMT

    Abbasi Sahib I am glad you are high lighting many issues. Many players like Inzi, Yousuf, have great talent and some time mistreated, the fact is they are still young and have home and family to look after and have long life ahead of them. Pakistan does not have any social services to help so I do not blame them for trying to earn the extra money when they can. All is not losts we have Mr Afridi who one day may score for Pakistan

  • alok on November 13, 2008, 6:20 GMT

    First, PCB needs to look beyond India and BCCI. IPL / ICL was great - the players made money , people enjoyed the spectacle and it was fun. BCCI too was a lethargic archaic organization till recently and things are not so rosy even today. But they are moving in the right direction and people involved are doing the right things. and we're seeing the benefits now. Its no secret that Pakistan has arguably one of the most talented playing 11. But the administration should take all the blame for letting careers go astray, not guiding controlling the players. They're decision making is what hurts Pakistani cricket. I mean these guys have the talent allright and EVERYONE wants to play for the national team , but the supporting cast is letting them down big time. Are they willing to hustle or not?

  • shafiq on November 13, 2008, 4:47 GMT

    Fantastic win---i enjoyed it. For those commenting pakistan is no match to India---well---Pakistan can beat INDIA on any ground on any day---even with this talent (and do not forget pakistan has the worst team in years and India their best in years)---- I fully believe the pakistan cricket team players & captain though the problem is PCB , its administration and dirty politics of Pakistan. Thank you Team Pakistan for keeping our believes alive. You can beat anyone, on anyday at any place. Let India come---They owe a cruching from us.

  • Ans on November 13, 2008, 2:42 GMT

    yeah it was great to see pakistan take to the field again, and i was surprised to see so many of ppl interested in too ... i guess ppl were indeed starved .. one thing that i've to ask.. what did kamran mean when he said we've lost asif too? havent been following taht a lot? he got caught for drugs right? What happened to that issue?

  • Jilani on November 13, 2008, 1:32 GMT

    One day, I imagine the following A team individuals to pick from once the ICL league issue is behind Pak Cricket. Imagine this lot -

    One Day: Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Yousuf, Younis, Malik, Razzaq, Akmal, Akhtar, Gul, Asif, Tanvir, Fawad, Khurram Manzoor, Misbah, Salman Butt, Rana Navid, Azhar Mahmood, Sami

    Just wish

  • iram on November 13, 2008, 0:17 GMT

    And what a match!

    Great as it is to see India topple Australia, there nothing like Pakistan driving you mad!

    Abu Dhabi, Canada, Singapore - all the same to me. WIdies near the top of their game with a lot of stars mingled in with unknowns - makes for an exciting series.

    Thank you Kamran - we should do an e-lunch!!

  • Omer on November 13, 2008, 0:02 GMT

    what an exciting welcome back to cricket for pakistan it was today...absolutely loved the match...i agree with kamran...we love the thrills and drama the pak team delivers...who needs star plus opera shows when we have the pak team to excite and thrill us with equal measure.

  • Gulab Khan on November 12, 2008, 22:53 GMT

    One thing confirm all cricket relgious people loves money. Look at Inzi he took 1000000 M Rs for his retirement. He played only one test for the serise and scored 21.

    Mohd Yusuf other money lover. Mushi & Saqlain are otehr good example.

    Saeed Anwar is exceptional religious player. He is a good muslim. Not a greedy like Inzi, Mushi, Saqi and now Yousuf. ALLAH bless him and his family.

    Gulab Khan

  • Akram on November 12, 2008, 22:53 GMT

    I am glad that some one has taken notice of Muhammad Yousuf's lost from Pakistan team. No dought he is one of the leading players in the world cricket. PCB shoud do everything to bring him back. Players like Yousuf born once in 50 years. The only thing I like in Dr Nasim Ashraf's tenure is that he brought Yousuf back from ICL. Now it's Mr Butt's turn to play a leading role to bring him back and give him a respect which he deserves being a seniour player. Honestly speaking, for me he should be a captine of Pakistan team for all form of cricket.

  • Rizwan Ahmed on November 12, 2008, 22:50 GMT

    Good luck to the Pakistanis with the rest of the series, they played well today and played like a team hungry for the win (although to be fair, they looked done and dusted when shoaib malik went). Kudos to Shoaib Malik, who played a good hand with his captaincy to restrict the West Indies to under 300 (although the idea of over bowling Abdur Rauf after he got smacked didnt click with me). I remember some1 saying that Malik never bowls in pressure situations, well if a rampaging Gayle is not a pressure situation then i dont know what is. He batted with a certain Inzamam like calmness aswell, a good captains knock from him. But what about Akmal, he batted superbly but his keeping flopped as usual. I reckon we should stick with him though, none of the other candidates can bat. All in all it has not been a dissapointing return to competitive cricket for Pakistan, when they get Akhtar back for the terrible Rauf (although Gayle got into him), they look set to take this series 3-0.

  • Farooq on November 12, 2008, 21:36 GMT

    Kamran, I read your blogs and opinions regularly. I was amazed to hear your one liner feedback of such great loss like Yousuf Youhan aka Mohd. Yousuf. Id take my time to Thanks Mohd.Yousuf for his hats off performances to the nation of Pakistan, He will be missed.

  • Irfan on November 12, 2008, 21:05 GMT

    Agree with you Kamran. Finally watching the national team back in action! I would request you to touch upon the ridiculous strategy of banning players joining ICL. We simply cant afford and neither is it fair to treat our national heroes in this insulting manner. I mean ban on even club cricket!! Just take the example of Kumble and Ganguly right across the border and I couldnt even imagine how PCB and our so-called cricketing fans & critics would have treated them had they been Pakistani cricketers! In fact, I can bet they wouldnt even have played in national team at this age!

    Anyways, it is my humble request to kindly touch upon the Pakistanis playing in ICL. Its may not be as glamorous as IPL, but the cricketing standard has truly improved dramatically compared to first edition. And you must cover the likes of Saqlain, Rana, A.Razzak and Yousuf. They could walk into our team based on their current performances! I hope there is no BCCI or even Cricinfo ban on journalist writings

  • pc on November 12, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    Great win by Pak.. though I just feel sad for the team..so much talent being wasted.. just have a look across the border.. equally stronger team is playing in the ICL.. I wonder if thats the future. for pakistani cricketers..

  • Nabeel on November 12, 2008, 20:48 GMT

    It's great to see cricket back in Pakistan. We were missing it in the camouflage in which are living in but the ICL's Badshah was there to entertain us. Though! a good win for Pakistan all around! Wellcome back to International Cricket.

  • Owais on November 12, 2008, 20:26 GMT

    Asif should be banned for at least 2 years and if he does that during or after 2 years, he should be given a permanent kick in the rear end. However, I am really disappointed in what Yousuf did, he has been my hero. But unless the whole world agrees to validity of ICL, we should basically kiss him goodbye forever.

  • Assad on November 12, 2008, 20:19 GMT

    And what a welcome back it was for Pakistan!!what a thrilling team they can be!! this match reminded us why we follow Pakistan cricket...why we refuse to give up on it, this is why we are the cornered tigers of the game...our ability to keep coming back in our very own 'vintage Pakistani' way....screw Mohommad Yusuf and all those selfish players who left their team and hung it out to dry... let's look with some optimism to the future...

  • Asim Khan on November 12, 2008, 20:16 GMT

    Very nicely put,it has been a long time coming but our boys are back!!!

  • AfterDawn on November 12, 2008, 20:13 GMT

    Rusty they are and millionaires not only through rash strokeplay or wide balls but also via the circus of IPL. I wonder if anybody cares anymore about playing for their country. Playing for the country could serve as a pass to play at the IPL. That could be the only motivation as much as it sounds politically incorrect. Again, its good to see Pakistan back in business. I sincerely wish them the best and hope they play some good cricket with a full strength team for once.

  • jawad on November 12, 2008, 20:04 GMT

    fantastic....pakistan won the match against WI.....your predictions...huh

  • Arshad on November 12, 2008, 19:56 GMT

    What a game of cricket, to all you prats out there who think ODI and Tests are boring, maybe you should watch the PKN Vs WI first ODI again.

    No 20/20 could match that for drama, skill, strategy or sheer entertainment.

    dont matter if you are WI, Pak, Ind, Eng or anything, that was a gr8 game.

    As I said earlier today in my comments, 20/20 is mickey mouse cricket should be left to amateurs and first class teams.

    International teams (real men) should play ODI and Test, where real skill is required and the true greats perform.

    No matter what 20/20 game i watch i feel deprived and robbed of the true skill and artistry of the great players.

    People who enjoy 20/20 and prefer it to TESTS and ODI, well i feel sorry for you, attention span of a goldfish!

    Leave 20/20 to the boys like 6 a side football is for kids.

    Cricket is a game of strategies and counter strategies. There is no substitute for this level of cricket! Arshad The Purist!!!!!

  • Aman on November 12, 2008, 19:21 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Kamran bhai...

    it was a sweet win, but like you I was just glad to watch our guys on the field.

    lets hope they don't stray too far away from it again

  • Arshad on November 12, 2008, 15:17 GMT

    yes it matters not that we are in Abu Dhabi, what matters is that Pak cricket is back on the cricket stage(for the time being).

    With regards Mohd. Yousuf,well,he is entitled to do what he wishes, a man has to earn his future and deserves respect, that has not been afforded to him by the PCB. Surely, the man to break Sir Vivs record deserved a bit more respect then the lies of "sorry your visa didn't come through!" (this man has visas to every cricket country in the world, why would Canada refuse or delay him?). We in PKN dont now how to respect our legends.

    If the ICC want to authorise disney 20/20 fa 20 (sorry,stanford), then what difference ICL, which seems far more regulated and structured. Chandra was not seen with Shane Bond's wife on his knee. About time the ICC told BCCI to stop throwing its toys out of the pram!

    One more point, why are Int'l teams playing 20/20? Professional footballers are not asked to play 6 a side! Leave Disney Cricket to the first class teams!

  • Alex Farooque on November 12, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    Can PCB somehow arrange games in India or Bangladesh for Pakistani team with other teams. Those pitches are Pakistan like. It is sad not to have international cricket in Pakistan but what media says is what the foreign teams see. So the media says it's dangerous to be in Pakistan.. hence no games. However I don't understand one thing. The other sports and their figures are constantly touring Pakistan for competition in their respective sports, like hockey, squash, snooker or volley ball. Teams from almost every country have and are visiting Pakistan without any inhibition. Then why cricket is becoming a step child. Anyways, I hope like the rest of us, that Pakistan gets to play more and more cricket because there's no team like Pakistan, which is full of surprises and entertainment. Unlike the clinical methods taken by Australia or India.

  • omar hussain on November 12, 2008, 13:06 GMT

    My sentiments exactly Kamran!No matter what happens the majority of us know Pakistan will never cease to surprise.Great players have come and gone but the eternal fire of enthusiasm still burns in the vast cricketing talents across our great land.The new crop of players are nothing to shout about but let us be thankful for the chance to see our team again in action and further bid them the very best for the future.I sense that Intikhab,as before, has come to calm down things before Aaqib takes over.Corrupt may be the government but a few good men still remain.Allah grants our boys do justice to their status.

  • tariq on November 12, 2008, 12:02 GMT

    frankly, my dear, i dont give a damn. you know when a dog has been run over and they give it the "injection". i fear its time to do the same to Pakistani cricket.

  • ash on November 12, 2008, 11:48 GMT

    yeah..pakistan is going down the hill in all the aspects....terrorism,politics ,government unless they rectify themselves..nothing will change in any of the fields including cricket

  • Atul Bhogle on November 12, 2008, 11:08 GMT

    You cannot but compare yourself against India, cant you? Grow up buddy. I'm saying this though I'm certainly half your age :)

  • Shuja-Dubai on November 12, 2008, 10:55 GMT

    you can say that again Kamran. Welcome back boys.. indeed the loss of Muhammad Yousuf will hurt Pakistan but atleast we'll get to see what the other players are made of. One more hour of work and then I'm off for the match.. Best of luck Pakistan.

    just one more thing Kamran.. I wanted to say it but cudnt find the right medium.. the way PCB has recently treated M. Yousuf by presenting him with that show-clause (whatever) for reimbursing them the 1 crore they spent on him... all I can say is.. SHAME SHAME SHAME... when will u guys grow up !!! and can you or Osman do an interview with M. Yousuf to get his side of the story of why he suddenly signed up for ICL. Altho I have been following this ICL and to be honest, its not bad at all.. I might be biased here.. but we have a complete team of Pakistani's who're actually performing rather well.

  • Sarim on November 12, 2008, 10:45 GMT

    Pakistan cricket one day will be more like pakistan's hockey team from top to buttom. We are losing our valuable players just because of our self esteem and arrogance. PCB was slapped once again when Yousuf joined ICL, and I believe its just a start and the way things are going in pak. Soon every single cricketer will be playing for ICL and we will be counted as minnows just like zimbabwe and kenya etc.There is no system no set up.Every player has right to play for his country, BCCI is just a money hungry organization looking for their own interest. I absoultly see no difference between ICL and IPL and putting ban on players is just ridiculous. I was fairy passionate cricket but the way things have been handled by previous management speically mr.naseem who was just a puppet sitting in the office putting ban on players followed by the current administration I think its time to say bye bye to pakistani cricket team

  • Adeel Azhar on November 12, 2008, 10:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran, i am glad to notice your postitve tone! Best of Luck Pakistan!

  • shafiq on November 12, 2008, 10:16 GMT

    instead of writing about yousaf & other political matters---- yoiu tried to write about cricket for rusty pakistani fans. Not a bad thought, but i find it hard to suddenly feel myself over the moon on a neutral 3 match series and a 'forced' article.

  • Mythsmoke on November 12, 2008, 10:07 GMT

    I thimk the ICC and the white boards should take note...and applaud..since there isnt much else they are capable of..that a competitive nation is abnout to resume its cricket. For all their talk of spreading cricket to the world..they went out of their way to kill it.

  • theflyslipdotnet on November 12, 2008, 8:56 GMT

    These are the countries that gave us Viv, Imran, Mushy, Ambrose.

    I’m sick of seeing Pakistan promise so much and deliver so little.

    I’m sick of seeing Gayle chew gum when the team is crumbling to pieces.

    The cricket worlds needs these two power houses to step and play to their potential.

    I want to see Shoaib and Taylor charge in with anger and send wickets cart wheeling to the boundary.

    I want to see ‘Air Plane’ celebrations from Akthar.

    I want to see Gayle pumping his fists after a 50.

    I want to see chest thumping , ‘who da man’ antics from the WI quicks.

    I wanna see some sledging, some ball tampering. Hell I don’t even mind a elbow or two thrown in their for good measure.

    I wanna see Malik take responsibility and lead from the front and not be a pussy on the field.

    Play some good cricket. Play it hard. Play it with passion.

  • Sikandar on November 12, 2008, 8:39 GMT

    I have this weird feeling that Pakistan is going both forward and backwards at the same time. Call me a bit extreme, but while Ejaz Butt's arrival has early departure written all over it, Intikhab has actually impressed me with his pragmatic and no excuses attitude. What we hoped Geoff Lawson would instill in "the buoys" is at least being suggested by Intikhab through the rare and simple quotes he's supplied us with up to now. Still, my expectations of Intikhab are not much higher than that of Ijaz Ahmed's as fielding coach.

    All in all, we've always survived the drama that surrounds Pakistan and its cricket by the magic that occurs few and far between on the field. Some new faces, a couple old horses and a young captain under pressure offers us something to chew on. I for one have been starving. Let the games begin!

  • Dan on November 12, 2008, 8:35 GMT

    I cant remember a time in the past 10 - 15 years when the Pakistan team was deprived of cricket for such a lengthy period of time.

    At a time when Australia, India and England are playing on average 10 test maches a year, its shameful to see that the previous board didnt envisage such a barren season for Pakistan.

    Maybe its because of this lack of test match cricket that we've lost our premier batsman Mohammed Yousef to the ICL. The PCB are trying to put a brave face on Yousef's depature but all Pakistan supporters know what a big blow his departure means especially with the series against India coming up. Now its up to the current board to ensure Pakistan have several packed seasons in years to come.

    Pakistan is literally begging other international teams to play cricket, even if it means playing at a neutral venue. If they are willing to do so now, why couldnt they do this earlier in the year against Australia?? Another sign of the previous boards failure and incompetence.

  • Irfan on November 12, 2008, 8:25 GMT

    It is great to see Pakistan team is back to play some international cricket, i do not care whether it is on natural venue or in home. but I am very excited to see them playing.

  • Dopamine on November 12, 2008, 8:15 GMT

    Same Ole Same Ole, I see nothing new in this Lethargic / depressive team except for the Adminstration. Same openers , same middle order. Once again afridi is playing down the order.

    we Need to get rid of this Lethargic and Dhella dhalla sa Cuppptaaaan ( Shoaib Malik). When he leads the team the whole team acts Melancholic.

    Pakistani Team needs new BLOOD /Energy and enthuthiasm.

    I like to praise MS DHONI.Shoaib Malik and Dhoni started Skipping around the same time.How smartly Dhoni sidelined Kumble and gunguly & Co. with respect and Dignity.

    When sarfaraz Ahmed will get a chance, when are we going to get rid of akmal and butt..

    I have noticed, therez lotta common in our politics and cricket......WE rarely see NEW faces. Nothing has changed since Zardari and Co, took charge of the country affairs.The Only change i see in our country and cricket is the Loss of public Interest. " People Care Less" We have become immune to this STATUS quo. "Laga ray tu Laga Ray" :)

  • Gohar on November 12, 2008, 8:06 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    Well, this is good to watch our team back in action, which is almost rare in 2008, security situation in our country is the main factor which almost demolished our cricketing structure. Well, you are a known Media person, kindly advise our high ups to get international matches whereever you get, and indulge ourselves in ICC future tour program, otherwise we'll find that our cricketers will start playing Fashion shows cricket(like IPL or ICL) instead of their Home team and what'll left is Player like Sale.

  • malik abdul on November 12, 2008, 7:45 GMT

    it does not matter about the pcb management, that comes and goes with every coming year what matters are the policies. Proclaimed offenders like shoaib akhter who distroy the morale of the team are included and recognized world class batsmen like yousuf are left out. There is absolute mayhem and anarchy among pcb policies. now pakistan has lost two match winners in the form of abdul razzak and mohammed yousuf and have added the worst morale boster mr shoaib akhter believe it or not the figures show for them selves!.

  • Tauseef Waraich on November 12, 2008, 7:38 GMT

    For many years Cricket was known as the "by chance" game. Today's Australian and Indian cricket teams have erased the "by chance" remarks from the game of cricket. It is both good and bad. Good in a way that whoever puts effort (in terms of hardwork, money and infrastructure to the grass root level of the country)will play with and win with a pride and street cricketers like most Pakistani cricket generation can no longer survive in the money making market of cricket.

    Pakistan is unfortunate to spend millions on players like Shoaib Akhtar, Aasif, Yousuf, Razzaq, Afridi, Shoaib Malak and others but they cannot show persistence in playing for Pakistan and bring a victory to the courntry, regardless of the PCB mismanagement and other issues.

    I am sad to write that Shoaib Malik, Khalid Latif and Afridi cannot stay at wicket for more than 25 overs and Iftikhar Rao, Sohail Tanveer and Danish are not capable of collecting 20 wickets for under 400 runs to win the test match.

  • waterbuffalo on November 12, 2008, 7:11 GMT

    Without Mohamed Yousuf I'm afraid Pakistan is in for another humiliation, and I'll bet my house that Inti Alam will lose his job before the series ends because if it is one thing Pakistan is good at, it is finding scapegoats. The way that they have treated Yousuf is nothing short of disgraceful. No visa? Talk about a Third World country and a third world mentality. We, (pakistan supporters) know that it was payback for Yousuf trying to join the ICL, because he could not get a game with Pakistan. This man was the best batsman in the world just 2 years ago, and look at how he is treated by his own kind.

  • SURESH KUMAR on November 12, 2008, 7:06 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN AS CEO OF PAKISTAN CRICKET CAN BRING PAKISTAN'S GLORY DAYS BACK! HE IS INTELLIGENT AND PLAYERS PAST AND PRESENT RESPECT HIM.

  • www.theflyslip.net on November 12, 2008, 6:24 GMT

    you know i wrote a similar article in my blog about this.

    pak and wi have been promising so much and delivering so little that its starting to really piss me off.

    its time they put on a show for us and show the world that the can compete with the best.

  • Sridhar on November 12, 2008, 6:16 GMT

    I am always amused by articles from Pak journalists who invariable devote a sentence or two on how Indian Cricket is doing and the resultant comparison with Pak Cricket. Hope, Pak returns to it's glory days and can deliver some gripping cricket in 2009

  • Mohammad Aslam on November 12, 2008, 5:50 GMT

    I would like to comment on Pakistan team.It is high time to select players on merit which will give moral to team and will start on wining the matches.2ndly for cancelled Test matches Pakistan board should rearrange with those teams to play on neuatral country.This will save Pakistan cricket/players.Of course cricker lovers will not be watch the matches on the ground but can watch on TV for the time being and of course when Pakistan will become free of terror (INSHALLAH it will become very soon)cricket lovers will be able to watch matches on the grounds.Last but not the least PCB must adher to discpline with all players whether he capatain or very good player without taking any pressure from the Goverment. BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN TEAM. AND LONG LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.

  • Amir Naqvi (Sydney-Australia) on November 12, 2008, 5:38 GMT

    Back in competitive & int'l cricket is definitely a positive and healthy sign for the Pakistan cricket fiasco.Neutral venue not ideal but better than nothing for sure.I believe there won't be a better neutral venue for Pakistan in terms of playing conditions and monetary aspects. I urge the PCB authorities to take some serious measures in rebuilding what could again be a tough side in international cricket. Pakistan has the players and talent to rise again and PCB should immediately think about how they can bring back players like Mohammad Yousuf and Asif. They cannot just sleep on the loss of these world class players where Mohammad Yousuf was for sure the victim of poor administrative policies of the board. His case was never dealt seriously and he was sitting and waisting his precious time looking at the board to define his fate and make him play. Pakistan Cricket needs Yousuf back, imagine if they have players like Salman,Yousuf,Younus,Misbah & Shoaib,Asif,Tanvir, Gul in one team.

  • Muhammad Nadeem Tayyab on November 12, 2008, 5:08 GMT

    Pakistan has lost not only Yousuf and Asif but last year they also lost Abdur Razzaq, Inzamam, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat and many other wnderful players just because of variation in administrative decisions. At least these players are performing very well in the ICL and their abilities should have been utilised for Pakistan. Pakistan should not follow the BCCI. In its own interest and in the interest of the right of players, he should put case in the ICC to allow palyers to play domestic cricket in any country. The main issue should be, when/where the national side of any country require the player, the player should be available without any hesitation. This should be the main point of any League in the world.

    Well ! after a long time we believe Pakistan will exert full efforts in all matches against the WI and results are not any issue and hope No New Issue

  • HAseeb Ahmed on November 12, 2008, 4:41 GMT

    I'm surprised no had much to say about the Yousef episode. It's clear he's a sensitive guy that feels he's been badly letdown by the PCB. I'm not trying to debate the merits of a 34-year old responding to perceived slights with apparent impetuousness. My point is simply that the PCB might have made an earnest attempt to revive his international career than revile him publicly. Yes, for the second time. Yousef remains, by some distance, Pakistan's best batsman. He was at the peak of his prowess and, indeed, may well have been on his way to a place among the pantheon of batting. His record over the past few years speaks for itself. Certainly, he might have ended his career perceived as Pakistan's best ever batsman. For all his faults, that might mean something to those of us still enthrall with Pakistan cricket, its limited and very ordinary recent offerings notwithstanding. And perhaps that should mean something to the PCB.

  • transparent on November 12, 2008, 2:37 GMT

    It's good to see Pakistan playing again but equally sad not to see players like Yousuf, Razzaq, Imran Nazir, and Imran Frahat playing for Pakistan. When will PCB abandon the policy of appeasing BCCI. BCCI will never truly support Pakistan for the poromotion of cricket in Pakistan. Why would BCCI want to see a strogner Pakistani team? It's a no brainer. It's true that some people will argue that BCCI had supported Pakistan on the Champions Trophy issue but I have my doubts since that support was for a losing cause. It was already certain that CT was not going to go ahead so that support was no support. I can also bet that Indians are going to stab Pakistan in the back again in January when they will abaondon their tour to Pakistan. If they can stop their Jr. Hockey team from coming to Pakistan just a day before the event was supposed to occur then how in the hell they will be ready to send the cricket team. Wake up PCB and stop destroying your team, our team!!!

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  • transparent on November 12, 2008, 2:37 GMT

    It's good to see Pakistan playing again but equally sad not to see players like Yousuf, Razzaq, Imran Nazir, and Imran Frahat playing for Pakistan. When will PCB abandon the policy of appeasing BCCI. BCCI will never truly support Pakistan for the poromotion of cricket in Pakistan. Why would BCCI want to see a strogner Pakistani team? It's a no brainer. It's true that some people will argue that BCCI had supported Pakistan on the Champions Trophy issue but I have my doubts since that support was for a losing cause. It was already certain that CT was not going to go ahead so that support was no support. I can also bet that Indians are going to stab Pakistan in the back again in January when they will abaondon their tour to Pakistan. If they can stop their Jr. Hockey team from coming to Pakistan just a day before the event was supposed to occur then how in the hell they will be ready to send the cricket team. Wake up PCB and stop destroying your team, our team!!!

  • HAseeb Ahmed on November 12, 2008, 4:41 GMT

    I'm surprised no had much to say about the Yousef episode. It's clear he's a sensitive guy that feels he's been badly letdown by the PCB. I'm not trying to debate the merits of a 34-year old responding to perceived slights with apparent impetuousness. My point is simply that the PCB might have made an earnest attempt to revive his international career than revile him publicly. Yes, for the second time. Yousef remains, by some distance, Pakistan's best batsman. He was at the peak of his prowess and, indeed, may well have been on his way to a place among the pantheon of batting. His record over the past few years speaks for itself. Certainly, he might have ended his career perceived as Pakistan's best ever batsman. For all his faults, that might mean something to those of us still enthrall with Pakistan cricket, its limited and very ordinary recent offerings notwithstanding. And perhaps that should mean something to the PCB.

  • Muhammad Nadeem Tayyab on November 12, 2008, 5:08 GMT

    Pakistan has lost not only Yousuf and Asif but last year they also lost Abdur Razzaq, Inzamam, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat and many other wnderful players just because of variation in administrative decisions. At least these players are performing very well in the ICL and their abilities should have been utilised for Pakistan. Pakistan should not follow the BCCI. In its own interest and in the interest of the right of players, he should put case in the ICC to allow palyers to play domestic cricket in any country. The main issue should be, when/where the national side of any country require the player, the player should be available without any hesitation. This should be the main point of any League in the world.

    Well ! after a long time we believe Pakistan will exert full efforts in all matches against the WI and results are not any issue and hope No New Issue

  • Amir Naqvi (Sydney-Australia) on November 12, 2008, 5:38 GMT

    Back in competitive & int'l cricket is definitely a positive and healthy sign for the Pakistan cricket fiasco.Neutral venue not ideal but better than nothing for sure.I believe there won't be a better neutral venue for Pakistan in terms of playing conditions and monetary aspects. I urge the PCB authorities to take some serious measures in rebuilding what could again be a tough side in international cricket. Pakistan has the players and talent to rise again and PCB should immediately think about how they can bring back players like Mohammad Yousuf and Asif. They cannot just sleep on the loss of these world class players where Mohammad Yousuf was for sure the victim of poor administrative policies of the board. His case was never dealt seriously and he was sitting and waisting his precious time looking at the board to define his fate and make him play. Pakistan Cricket needs Yousuf back, imagine if they have players like Salman,Yousuf,Younus,Misbah & Shoaib,Asif,Tanvir, Gul in one team.

  • Mohammad Aslam on November 12, 2008, 5:50 GMT

    I would like to comment on Pakistan team.It is high time to select players on merit which will give moral to team and will start on wining the matches.2ndly for cancelled Test matches Pakistan board should rearrange with those teams to play on neuatral country.This will save Pakistan cricket/players.Of course cricker lovers will not be watch the matches on the ground but can watch on TV for the time being and of course when Pakistan will become free of terror (INSHALLAH it will become very soon)cricket lovers will be able to watch matches on the grounds.Last but not the least PCB must adher to discpline with all players whether he capatain or very good player without taking any pressure from the Goverment. BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN TEAM. AND LONG LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.

  • Sridhar on November 12, 2008, 6:16 GMT

    I am always amused by articles from Pak journalists who invariable devote a sentence or two on how Indian Cricket is doing and the resultant comparison with Pak Cricket. Hope, Pak returns to it's glory days and can deliver some gripping cricket in 2009

  • www.theflyslip.net on November 12, 2008, 6:24 GMT

    you know i wrote a similar article in my blog about this.

    pak and wi have been promising so much and delivering so little that its starting to really piss me off.

    its time they put on a show for us and show the world that the can compete with the best.

  • SURESH KUMAR on November 12, 2008, 7:06 GMT

    IMRAN KHAN AS CEO OF PAKISTAN CRICKET CAN BRING PAKISTAN'S GLORY DAYS BACK! HE IS INTELLIGENT AND PLAYERS PAST AND PRESENT RESPECT HIM.

  • waterbuffalo on November 12, 2008, 7:11 GMT

    Without Mohamed Yousuf I'm afraid Pakistan is in for another humiliation, and I'll bet my house that Inti Alam will lose his job before the series ends because if it is one thing Pakistan is good at, it is finding scapegoats. The way that they have treated Yousuf is nothing short of disgraceful. No visa? Talk about a Third World country and a third world mentality. We, (pakistan supporters) know that it was payback for Yousuf trying to join the ICL, because he could not get a game with Pakistan. This man was the best batsman in the world just 2 years ago, and look at how he is treated by his own kind.

  • Tauseef Waraich on November 12, 2008, 7:38 GMT

    For many years Cricket was known as the "by chance" game. Today's Australian and Indian cricket teams have erased the "by chance" remarks from the game of cricket. It is both good and bad. Good in a way that whoever puts effort (in terms of hardwork, money and infrastructure to the grass root level of the country)will play with and win with a pride and street cricketers like most Pakistani cricket generation can no longer survive in the money making market of cricket.

    Pakistan is unfortunate to spend millions on players like Shoaib Akhtar, Aasif, Yousuf, Razzaq, Afridi, Shoaib Malak and others but they cannot show persistence in playing for Pakistan and bring a victory to the courntry, regardless of the PCB mismanagement and other issues.

    I am sad to write that Shoaib Malik, Khalid Latif and Afridi cannot stay at wicket for more than 25 overs and Iftikhar Rao, Sohail Tanveer and Danish are not capable of collecting 20 wickets for under 400 runs to win the test match.