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January 26, 2009

Captaincy

Malik is no Mike so end the misery

Kamran Abbasi
Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir get running, Mirpur, June 13, 2008
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International cricket captains come in many varieties. Many are born leaders, others are quiet and calculating. They may be aggressive or defensive. Some exude calm, while others are frenetic. A lucky few are first among equals, but the unlucky ones are the last viable option.

These men of contrasting personalities, intellects, and motivational powers, do generally have one aspect in common: their place in the team is unquestioned. A rare captain has the wisdom to be an inspiring leader without matching the cricketing skills of his men. Mike Brearley is the most obvious example.

Now Shoaib Malik is no Mike Brearley, which would be his only ticket out of this mess. The agony and the misery of his captaincy term needs to be put to an end. Pakistan cricket needs to be forged anew with strong leadership. It will be a rocky road to a stable, consistently successful team. At the very least, Pakistan's play requires great heart and consummate passion. It may be time for everybody to draw a line under the past and give Younis Khan the job he has already twice rejected. If Younis doesn't want all the responsibility, the PCB could indulge Shahid Afridi's captaincy dreams in cricket's shortest form. Unconventional times require unpredictable solutions.

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Posted by Betti on (November 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

That's not even 10 minteus well spent!

Posted by Gohar Hasan on (February 4, 2009, 10:50 GMT)

Hello Kamran,

Most of the comments i read is opposing your Idea of suggesting Afridi as a captain, This is a general reply to all of them,

If we talk about his performance he was the leading wicket taking bowler for Pakistan last year! with a very good Average & Economy rate. but, there is a lack in his batting strengths but he is a crowd puller and entertainer, presence of player like him inside team lift up the sprit of the team as well as crowd. He might be not a good player but I must say he proves to be a good Leader as he has potential to Lead the team. He has agression, attitude and crickting knowledge which is a must requirement for the team. But frankly speaking, i don't see any leadership rising for Pakistan in near future.

Posted by Terrence on (February 3, 2009, 12:59 GMT)

Pakistan's first priority should be to immediately arrange some real matches and by matches I don't mean circus shows like 20-20. Either test matches or ODIs, be it against teams such as Bangladesh who I am sure would relish the opportunity of getting their first test win. Remember they did well against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, even against SL despite their loss. The next thing is they should immediately STOP tagging the Indian ICC on every matter. Thirdly, remove the players ban on ICL (they are not going to play in ICL anyway) and let them back into the test team if they are in form and fit. But foremost, organise some games even if it has to be in Timbaktu.

Posted by irfan on (February 2, 2009, 15:46 GMT)

Don't expect too much from the captain because he will still have the same old bunch of non sense. But things might be different if we give him a new look team. For instance Malik should go because if he stays he will only cause rift in the players. If the ICL players get reinstated then we have a huge pool of talent to dip into. Yousuf should be back so is Razzak, Akmal should be looked at really closely as I haven't seen any wicket keeper batsman with good batting(although he lacks basic wicketkeeping skills i.e his raison d'etre) Shoiab and Afridi should make way for some other promising players. We have a classic tradition of letting good talent go to waist like Aasim Kamal, Fawad Alam etc as they go past their prime. I think we can still piece together a decent side if we select on merit and are ready to take tough decisions.

Posted by SHAKIL AHMED on (February 2, 2009, 7:44 GMT)

i think afridi can handle the captancy. if he is a captain for pakistan all player will do their job togather.

Posted by ASIF on (February 2, 2009, 4:17 GMT)

As usual every one started blaming afridi for the debacle against srilanka although yunus,mizbah,akhtar & tanvir were the real culprits.Afridi at least bowled reasonably well.In the 1st match he just gave 47 runs with a wicket & in the 2nd one two catches were dropped off his bowling including the crucial one of kandamby & he gave 42 runs in 10 overs.People should realise that afridi is playing as a bowling allrounder.He should be part of both one day & test teams.His average in tests is 38 with 5 centuries in just 17 matches & also has 47 wickets. The team for the tests against srilanka should be salman,jamshed,younus,mizbah,malik,afridi,sarfaraz,gul,akhtar,sohail khan & kaneria.If shoaib is not fit then sohail tanvir or rao should be in the team.

Posted by Asif Sarfraz on (February 1, 2009, 9:40 GMT)

Yeah hurrah younis khan the captain! But will he ever captain the country, in his own country! Like other factors in the world against Pakistan, the game of cricket itself is turning on Pakistan! I mean who cares about the oval test result! Damn that was nearly three years ago! Has everyone forgotten that we whooped England straight after their ashes victory at home! And the icc not giving Pakistan a chance of hosting the champions trophy, I'm sorry but that is just rude man! I ain't got nothing against India, but come on England touring just after the mumbai terror attacks and every player being up for the ipl it's just not on! Sri lanka just toured Pakistan no hitches! I'm hopping out of this paranoid world of cricket!

Posted by Ahmad Khan on (January 31, 2009, 20:15 GMT)

Gulab Khan ... Tussi Great Ho

You are Da Man !!

Posted by Irfan on (January 29, 2009, 18:16 GMT)

A player like Afridi shouldn't even be in the team let alone considered for captaincy. Judging by your own statement Kamran, he doesn't qualify to be in the team. He has himself admitted to be a bowling allrounder and not a batting one. Enough chances has been given to this batsman put the past where it belongs and move on to new blood as there are plenty and raring to go! Good luck to Younis who should have been the captain couple of years ago.

Posted by SO_SO_FABULOUS on (January 28, 2009, 19:20 GMT)

does it matter whose the captain? for god sake we havent played a test match for a year and half and all you guys can think about who should be the captain...i think the first priority should be to play some cricket...be it anywhere, against anyone....lets just get on with trying to arrange some cricket matches...

then maybe only then we should look whose captaining the side...

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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