Captaincy January 26, 2009

Malik is no Mike so end the misery

Shoaib Malik is no Mike Brearley, which would be his only ticket out of this mess
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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.

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

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  • Betti on November 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    That's not even 10 minteus well spent!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Ahmad Khan on January 31, 2009, 20:15 GMT

    Gulab Khan ... Tussi Great Ho

    You are Da Man !!

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Betti on November 12, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    That's not even 10 minteus well spent!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Ahmad Khan on January 31, 2009, 20:15 GMT

    Gulab Khan ... Tussi Great Ho

    You are Da Man !!

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Sid Khan on January 28, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    Dear Dr. Abbasi: Can you please write your next blog on 'rotu-ism' of Javed Miandad? As a doctor, shed some light on his personality, character and always ending his tenure in whatever capacity on abrupt terms. Also, what is wrong about earning money? Why do we need the rhetoric that I love cricket and I am willing to work voluntarily and then everytime resign because you are not happy with what you are to be paid? (Of course, not the only or the main reason but still!). And, isn't domestic challenge the bigger one in long-term context of Pakistan? I hope you actually read these comments and bring up this issue in your next blog. Regards, Sid Khan

  • waterbuffalo on January 28, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    Frankly, ever since the last WC I have been extremely suspicious of Younis Khan. I can't over the way he threw his wicket in the first three games,it was almost as if he was looking to get out; and he did. Now he is Captain, that's all well and good, but time to get rid of half the side, starting with Afridi and Akmal. The only guys I trust are Salman and Misbah, the rest can take a hike, if we don't bring back Mohd. Yousuf, we might as well send the Under 19's to Australia because any side that scores 75 against SL AT HOME is going to get trashed in Australia. Pakistan will never succeed as long as the cliquish mentality exists in the dressing room and field. I look forward to seeing Kaneria again, I have forgotten what he looks like. If, by a miracle, Asif returns at least we'll have Umar Gul and him in tandem, so that's 3 out of 4 bowlers, it's the batting and keeping that will be a nightmare.

  • saif ahmed on January 28, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    A bitter pill but it will possibly gie us some relief. Younus should be humbled by this event and should work relentlessly to make Pakistan a fighting unit in the world of cricket. replacing Malik as captain could be a blessing but we need to realize that actual force behind all this mess is not the players but the individuals at the helm of affairs at PCB. Please get rid of that sickening Saleem Altaf who has been there forever and done nothing but to hurt Pakistan's cause. I am pretty sure that he must have everything to do behind Miandad's resignation as DG.

  • JamJar on January 28, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    Kamran,

    Sounds like the Board may have actually taken heed of your latest blog and sacked Malik. And rightly so. Far too late if you ask me.

    Kamran, your continual support of Afridi to be captain is bordering on stupidity. You are full of contradictions when it comes to him. In your very own prose, you state that a captain's place within the team should be unquestioned. Your support of Afridi draws comparison to Malik's blinding support of that shambles of a keeper Akmal. Now are you actually saying that Afridi's place within the Test and ODI team is unquestioned? Are you actually saying that his performances over the past 2 years make him a solid ODI/Test player? When was his last significant contribution? Its nuts. Saying that simply because he is a firebrand pathan (hailing from Karachi) he has the aggressive characteristics to lead.

    Younis has taken this appointment two years too late! I hope he doesnt have a blow-out and resign from captain in another few months

  • Noor on January 28, 2009, 3:53 GMT

    Pakistan had two choices 1. Younis Khan 2. Misbah I think they made the right choice but time will tell as we all know anything is possible with Pakistan's cricket these days. Malik had one quality missing in his captaincy, and thats "guts" Younis Khan has that fighting spirit but only thing I'm worried about his temperament. He can expload when things are not going right and he will inherting a poor Pakistani team that are desparately in need of international matches against worthy opponents. Like I said time will tell how long Younis Khan will last?

  • Ali Dada on January 28, 2009, 2:06 GMT

    For the record, Younis Khan only declined captaincy as he was humiliated by the Pakistani public (even on his wedding night!) after Pakistan's poor performance in World Cup 2007. He had the right to feel betrayed and took an understandable decision. Younis Khan always has a positive attitude and is a good player. He seems to be a warm hearted and a brave person. I support making him the captain.

    Shahid Afridi on the other hand, I believe that he can make a good captain but for the past 1-2 years, his performance has really been unworthy of such a promotion.

    Another suggestion for Pakistan: Lift the ban on ICL and bring back Abdur Razzaq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammed Yousuf and Imran Farhat. Kick out Kamran Akmal and replace him with the new wicketkeeper from Karachi (Sarfaraz??) or Humayun Farhat.

    Please kick out the following players: Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal - these guys don't deserve to play. Shoaib Malik is a good player but has a horrible attitude.

  • Hussain Khan on January 27, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    Why are you so obsessed with useless Afridi. He has not performed in any recent matches and does not have the mindset of a good crickter. Why are you so keen to accept mediocrity...let it go. Afridi should not not even be in the team.

  • Omer Admani on January 27, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    The right decision has been made in appointing Younis the captain. Now a few other right decisions must also follow to turn things around: Kamran Akmal and Malik need to go. Sohail Khan and Fawad Alam should be given a proper run in the team. Afridi should open in limited overs cricket, as playing with powerplays he might edge his way into form. Afridi is useless down the order so there is nothing to loose. Without Akmal in the team, expect Kaneria and Afridi to come back in form as bowlers. Importantly the bits and pieces of Malik and Akmal must go, and genuine matchwinners and potential should be identified and given a consistent run.

  • Gulab Khan on January 27, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    What is the realtionship btw Kamran Akmal and Malik, please dislose it.

    Please send them to Peshawer, we will do tunning of both.

  • Qaiser on January 27, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    Unfortunately Pakistan does not have any good choice when it comes to captaincy. Afridi and Shoaib Malik both dont have any place in playing eleven. I feel offended by the fact that younis after declining captaincy twice has been appointed to lead once again. Well this really shows we are in a very bad position. I think talented young players should be given chance with out the fear of loosing and decline in the ICC rankings. Changing 3 to 4 players at the same time means we need atleast 18 months for the new players to consolidate. This time I want to see Genuine players not the ones who can score fastest centuries or imitate saqlain.

  • lal on January 27, 2009, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi as captain.Are you serious.I have never seen a more irresponsible bat.After all these onedayers he has never,not even a single time,assessed the match situation correctly while coming to bat.This is the biggest joke i ve heard.Whatever happened to MISBAH

  • Martin Hooks on January 27, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Younis Khan will turn out to be a better captain but not what Paksitan could hope for to make it a major force in world cricket once again. That is can only be done by appointing someone much younger than him like Salman Butt. In one of the posts I saw someone comparing Malik to Sehwag and I pinched myself. Do these people really follow cricket? I would not even compare Gordon Greenidge to Sehwag because Sehwag is so very very good.

  • Amyn Habib on January 27, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Ah! Another surge of passion for the Champion, Shahid Afridi! Our Great Allrounder--who sadly, can neither bat nor bowl. The suggestion that the perpetual loser Afridi should be made captain is of a stupidity not to be believed. Shouldn’t you have to perform a bit before you can be made captain? He has been a burden on in this team for decades and needs to be booted out quickly and permanently. Although I dont shed any tears for the departure of Malik as Captain, the manner in which it was done is typical of the hysteria and bad judgement that grips PCB when the team is defeated. What did you expect? Pakistan is a bad team, Sri Lanka is a better team, so the result is hardly a surprise. How long is Younis going to last? The PCB should find a way to get Yousuf back. The abrupt and arbitrary manner in which Lawson was removed, and now Malik shows that under Ijaz Butt the PCB is going to maintain its proud tradition of utter incompetence and making things worse with every new leader.

  • Aloke Mondkar on January 27, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    You have finally lost it. To suggest Afridi for captaincy shows the depth of your cricketing knowledge. Afridi can barely hold his place in the side, has less cricketing acumen than my left toe and instead of learning from mistakes, continues to repeat them for almost a decade. Either you know something that is not apparent to the rest of us or you need to stop writing. I mean..seriously..I used to like getting views on our neighbors across the border but after this article, I might need to look elsewhere. I had almost given up after an article to the effect - Qadir was greater than Warne (written either by you or Osman - cant remember) but I wonder which wa more ridiculous. Please tender an apology to Pakistan cricket. Suddenly all the previous administrators, managers and coaches Pakistan cricket that have served Pakistan appear like Brearley, Chappell and Benaud all in one.

  • Nasar Farooq on January 27, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    I have just th eread the news...Younis Khan is new captain of Pakistan....and quite frankly, 'about time too'.He provided gimpses of his potential when standing in temporarily, but now that he has taken over full-time it will be realy interesting to see how he responds to the challenge!Its not easy to Pakistan players in normal circumstances-let alone when things have hit rock bottom agianst Sri Lanka.Pakistan simply need to move forward and leave ageing baggage, such as Shoaib Akhtar, behind for good.Pakistan neeed to pick players who are good enough in the first place and then humble when victrious and graceful in defeat-ie players with the right attitude and aptitude-which was something sadly missing in the likes of Shoaib Akhtar. Finally, i hope that Shoaib Malik will make himself available to play for Pakistan because he is good enough and has the right attitude and aptitude.Good Luck to Younis Khan and to Pakistan.New captain, renewd hope for Pkaistan fans? InshAllah!

  • Rashid Chaudhry on January 27, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    Afridi, are you kidding me? How many years ago he won us a single match? His bowling was always below par....and sadly in the age of twenties he totally forgot how to bat, the format he should have owned.

  • Muhammad on January 27, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Well, you partly got your wish Mr.Abbasi. Malik has been sacked and Younis Khan named capitan. Its not Shahid Afridi but i'll take it happily. Its true shahid afridi is unconventional to say the least but I don't think its such a bad idea for ODI's and Twenty20.

  • Khalil on January 27, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    I was not in favour of changing Malik but since he has been replaced by Younas, let,s strengthen the new captain,s hands for the sake of cricket in our country. He is neither the senior most nor a junior player.He is a brilliant batsman and if he can unite the team by his own terms and coditions,we should prop him up. Atleast he is the one who,s place in the team is guarranteed. Refusing to lead the national team twice is a question mark, which has left a negative impression about his committment to the cause of the team. He should clear this impression. There is no doubt he can succeed as a good leader or else we should be ready to loose yet an other outstanding teamman to player power and politics.

  • mvent on January 27, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    With no teams coming to Pakistan, senior players joining ICL, key players having lot of "other" issues to solve to get into final 15 or final 11, and finally when selected, obviously not working according to the plan or unfit..these conditions can make any captain in the world "helpless" or "zero". Today, PCB announced Younis as a captain, and he has accepted it, I do not think it will change the fate of "PAK captain". Younis has rejected it twice because of the tense situations. The current situation is much tenser than those, and in future there is no sign of improvement, but it might be worse. Even after appointing Younis as captain, PCB should not stop searching "The Man".

  • waheed on January 27, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi I feel sorry for Malik. True, the team has suffered its worst defeat but honestly it was a collective effort by players and management. What about selection? Is Shahid Afridi worthy of selection on the basis of performance? Who decided to play with three spinners? Wasn't it a collective decision? I am disappointed that Mr. Younis is again offered captaincy. Can't we learn from past? And finally Mr. Abbasi, you must be kidding about Afradi being a vice captain. I hope some day in PCB corridors, sanity would prevail.

  • muhsin on January 27, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    To be honest with you all, as i observed Shoaib Malik's captaincy over the past few years, he made Inzi looked like a real genius. With Waqar, Wasim, Inzi, Young Akhtar, Salim Malik, Rashid Latif and few others, Pakistan were undoutedly a great team, but i guess none of the above have been replaced hitherto. I think captaincy is important but before that we need that invicible names on the team list as aforementioned. To cut the story short, Salman butt is no Saeed Anwar and Kamran Akmal is not moin or rashid

  • desihungama on January 27, 2009, 15:23 GMT

    He is what he is. A very good One Day all round player. It's good to see sense has finally prevailled over Younis and the whole sorry saga of Malik is over with. Now lets get on with the job. Shall we? Good Luck to the new Captian!

  • Jamie Dowling on January 27, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    The PCB has done it again and shown itself to be the laughing stock of world cricket. Can they get any more laughable? Any bets on how long it will be before the sitcom that is Pakistan Cricket gets another side splitting instalment?

  • Fahad K on January 27, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Afridi as captain? that's a no no, as a batsman the guy doesn't listen to anyone how can anyone listen to him, players won't respect as a leader and it will be even a bigger disaster than Malik, Afridi is a walking wicket, he cannot handle the responsibility with his batting and there's no one in hell he can lead a Pakistan side responsibly, Younis Khan should be made captain, he's a proven player in both tests and ODIs, hopefully they can bring Razzaq and Mohammad Yousaf back to into the side making it looked more balanced

  • nadeem malik on January 27, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Well, it seems to be a best choice having Younis as a captain for tests and one day cricket and appointing a young player like salmat butt as captain in T20 and grooming him as a future captain. Both of them have the leadership qualities. Younis must be given a full control like imran n inzi used to had. PCB also need to take some bold steps in getting rid of aging and non-performing seniors like akhtar, afridi who always show their wish to become a CAPTAIN but they never perform upto their potential and they dont return anythng to the nation.

  • Riz on January 27, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    Never thought I would say this after Younis Khan rejected teh captainacy last time, but I do think he should be given the job. He should also have final say on the playing XI. Drop the 3 A's - Akthar, Afridi, Akmal, and bring in another three A's - Alam, Arafat, Ahmed.

  • Madhu on January 27, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    am not from pakistan. few instincts turn out to be the best answers at time of crisis. may be afridi with his attitude might be a better choice than younis.

  • Parvez on January 27, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    There used to be one JAVED KHAN from MONTREAL, CANADA who never used to miss a post on this blog. Often his comments very ridiculous and therefore quite funny. I don't see his posts these days ... wonder if he is posting under a new pseudonym.

  • Faras on January 27, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    'Unconventional times require unpredictable solutions'... appointing Afridi as captain can only be termed a disastrous solution. He has failed to shine while captaining HBL and Sind (barring occassional onslaught with the bat) and since his place in the national side isn't confirmed, there is no point appointing him captain and robbing a deserving individual of a slot in the team. His captaincy on the domestic circuit was questionned by his own team mates and his laid-back approach to crucial matches did rob his team of victories.

    Kamran its easy to pinpoint individuals that 'can' captain the team just because they have been playing cricket for a decade. However, I'd suggest 'watching' some cricket, and these individuals in action, rather than reading about them and making the appointments.

  • suresh kumar on January 27, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    i am an indian and a big fan of imran khan's reading of the game and leadership qualities - he should be at the helm of pakistan cricket and all else will then fall in place.

  • Kashef on January 27, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    The state of pak cricket is pretty similar to the politics of Pak. Dearth of leaders. I tend to agree with Kamran. Younis has his apprehensions in leading the team. Misbah I feel is a docile character. Malik never deserved it in the first place and it is quite obvious in the field that he does not has a captain's attitude. Speaking of which neither did Inzy but his place was confirmed in the side. Under the circumstances, Afridi is a viable choice. Those who debate his place in the team should know that Afridi is a fighter. He is always involved in the game either through his bowling, batting or fielding. Since he is so passionate about leading the team who knows the gamble might pay off. Do we really have a choice. The best bet would be Younis leads the test team & Afridi the ODI & T20 team. I'm very glad nobody has mentioned Akmal's name coz that will be doomsday scenario. Imagine the captain missing chances in every match & making the team pay for it.

  • HANIF on January 27, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    I guess they shd bring Yousf back, and ask him to be captain till next WC. Or perhaps make Umer Gul the captain, as he turned out to be a good leader in the Pentangular cup, and is a first choice in all formats of the game. Salman Butt is another option but doesnt guarantee a place in the test side...but hey...how many tests does PAK play??? Anyone????

  • Taha Kaleem on January 27, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    Afridi do possess leadership qualities but the think is that he should not be in the playing XI on his current form. I am not sure about the captaincy but PCB must prepare Sohail Tanvir for future captain. Pakistan cricket needs superstar like Imran, Wasim, Waqar. Currently; Akhtar and Afridi are the only superstars who attracts public around the world but both of them are no more the force they used to be. Indian cricket is going upwards because of players like Dhoni, Yuvraj & Ishant Sharma. I think Younus can be a short term solution and tanvir must be given VC. Afridi, Akhtar and Akmal must be replaced by youngsters like Fawad Alam, Sohail Khan, Mohammed Salman. Waqar Younis must be reinstated as bowling coach, he deserves the credit for the success of Gul and Rao. There must be clear job description. Every player must be aware of his role. There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan but we just need good man management skills.

  • Sohail Khan on January 27, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    You may be right, Kamran, he may be no Mike, but then again, neither are you. Perhaps if you had something more relevant to bring to the debate than the typically irrelevant medical degree (from lowly Leeds), I might take your attention-seeking statements a little more seriously. There are those far more qualified to write on the topic than you, but it appears they have better things to do than parade their CVs in public, name drop and attempt, in vain, to be the 'first Asian....'.

    You advocate a man who has twice rejected the role for no valid reason, isn't exactly articulate, hardly has any captaincy credentials or an education to speak of and who himself has hardly distinguished himself recently or in the past against quality bowling. Then there's Afridi....Are you feeling a little under the weather, Mr. Abassi ?

    It seems you also suffer from this typically Pakistani public school obsession with the 'seniors' - let it go, we are better off without them.

  • Anand on January 27, 2009, 5:10 GMT

    These are hard times for Pakistan cricket. Malik needs to go, but wasn't giving him captaincy, a foolhardy decision ? Yunis rejected captaincy twice, what is the logic behind giving him one more chance? It similar to Sachin, who resinged twice and Indian selectors were gunning for him when Rahul resigned. Its not worth forcing an individual to do something he does not cherish. Sahid afridi might be gamble worth taking. Pakistan cricketin structure needs to change and more descipline brought in. Mike brearly would have hard times to captain team with 11 people playing a game with no purpose like this team does. Drastic changes from top is need of hour.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on January 27, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    Agree that Malik has got to go, but replacing him with Afridi, another whose place is not a certainty in the team, would be a mistake. Younis must be convinced to take the captaincy, and if he does not, he should be dropped. Bottom line country first, time to put your petty greviences and demands to the side.

  • Adnan Ahmad Khan on January 27, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    I tend to agree with the author. It is not about the poor record, Shoaib Malik is not showing the qualities of a leader. I do not know may be he is not getting support from senior players, that is for PCB to look into. I hope we can solve this problem soon, because it is sad to see such good talent go waste.

  • Fawad on January 27, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    Hello Mr.Abbasi, it is such a pathetic idea 2 be even mentioning Shahid Afridi as a captaincy candidate 4 Pakisan, i mean seriously he should be amongst few other players who all should be dumped in an instant not because of this recent humiliation against Sri Lanka but he should've been dropped from the side when Fawad Alam showed his upside when he first played 4 Pakistan. On what bases is Shahid Afridi is still part of the playing XI ? and ur throwing his name out there as a captain ? atleast Malik has performed way better than this useless cricketer named Afridi who have blocked the way of so many talented young cricketers like Fawad Alam. Yes so my vote is 4 Younis Khan as the next captain of Pakistan or Misbah. So for God's sake Mr.Abbasi plz stop suggesting these terrible opinions of urs and no disrespect 2 u it makes me question ur cricketing IQ hearing suggestions like tht frm such a senior cricket writer..

  • StaniArmy on January 27, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Agreed but I'm getting prettyy miffed by Yunus Khan and his captaincy rejections. I think he's being a little childish.

    I would be happy with Khan for tests and ODIs and Afridi for t20. The Pathan combination may bring some Pathan courage into our performances.

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  • StaniArmy on January 27, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Agreed but I'm getting prettyy miffed by Yunus Khan and his captaincy rejections. I think he's being a little childish.

    I would be happy with Khan for tests and ODIs and Afridi for t20. The Pathan combination may bring some Pathan courage into our performances.

  • Fawad on January 27, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    Hello Mr.Abbasi, it is such a pathetic idea 2 be even mentioning Shahid Afridi as a captaincy candidate 4 Pakisan, i mean seriously he should be amongst few other players who all should be dumped in an instant not because of this recent humiliation against Sri Lanka but he should've been dropped from the side when Fawad Alam showed his upside when he first played 4 Pakistan. On what bases is Shahid Afridi is still part of the playing XI ? and ur throwing his name out there as a captain ? atleast Malik has performed way better than this useless cricketer named Afridi who have blocked the way of so many talented young cricketers like Fawad Alam. Yes so my vote is 4 Younis Khan as the next captain of Pakistan or Misbah. So for God's sake Mr.Abbasi plz stop suggesting these terrible opinions of urs and no disrespect 2 u it makes me question ur cricketing IQ hearing suggestions like tht frm such a senior cricket writer..

  • Adnan Ahmad Khan on January 27, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    I tend to agree with the author. It is not about the poor record, Shoaib Malik is not showing the qualities of a leader. I do not know may be he is not getting support from senior players, that is for PCB to look into. I hope we can solve this problem soon, because it is sad to see such good talent go waste.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on January 27, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    Agree that Malik has got to go, but replacing him with Afridi, another whose place is not a certainty in the team, would be a mistake. Younis must be convinced to take the captaincy, and if he does not, he should be dropped. Bottom line country first, time to put your petty greviences and demands to the side.

  • Anand on January 27, 2009, 5:10 GMT

    These are hard times for Pakistan cricket. Malik needs to go, but wasn't giving him captaincy, a foolhardy decision ? Yunis rejected captaincy twice, what is the logic behind giving him one more chance? It similar to Sachin, who resinged twice and Indian selectors were gunning for him when Rahul resigned. Its not worth forcing an individual to do something he does not cherish. Sahid afridi might be gamble worth taking. Pakistan cricketin structure needs to change and more descipline brought in. Mike brearly would have hard times to captain team with 11 people playing a game with no purpose like this team does. Drastic changes from top is need of hour.

  • Sohail Khan on January 27, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    You may be right, Kamran, he may be no Mike, but then again, neither are you. Perhaps if you had something more relevant to bring to the debate than the typically irrelevant medical degree (from lowly Leeds), I might take your attention-seeking statements a little more seriously. There are those far more qualified to write on the topic than you, but it appears they have better things to do than parade their CVs in public, name drop and attempt, in vain, to be the 'first Asian....'.

    You advocate a man who has twice rejected the role for no valid reason, isn't exactly articulate, hardly has any captaincy credentials or an education to speak of and who himself has hardly distinguished himself recently or in the past against quality bowling. Then there's Afridi....Are you feeling a little under the weather, Mr. Abassi ?

    It seems you also suffer from this typically Pakistani public school obsession with the 'seniors' - let it go, we are better off without them.

  • Taha Kaleem on January 27, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    Afridi do possess leadership qualities but the think is that he should not be in the playing XI on his current form. I am not sure about the captaincy but PCB must prepare Sohail Tanvir for future captain. Pakistan cricket needs superstar like Imran, Wasim, Waqar. Currently; Akhtar and Afridi are the only superstars who attracts public around the world but both of them are no more the force they used to be. Indian cricket is going upwards because of players like Dhoni, Yuvraj & Ishant Sharma. I think Younus can be a short term solution and tanvir must be given VC. Afridi, Akhtar and Akmal must be replaced by youngsters like Fawad Alam, Sohail Khan, Mohammed Salman. Waqar Younis must be reinstated as bowling coach, he deserves the credit for the success of Gul and Rao. There must be clear job description. Every player must be aware of his role. There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan but we just need good man management skills.

  • HANIF on January 27, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    I guess they shd bring Yousf back, and ask him to be captain till next WC. Or perhaps make Umer Gul the captain, as he turned out to be a good leader in the Pentangular cup, and is a first choice in all formats of the game. Salman Butt is another option but doesnt guarantee a place in the test side...but hey...how many tests does PAK play??? Anyone????

  • Kashef on January 27, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    The state of pak cricket is pretty similar to the politics of Pak. Dearth of leaders. I tend to agree with Kamran. Younis has his apprehensions in leading the team. Misbah I feel is a docile character. Malik never deserved it in the first place and it is quite obvious in the field that he does not has a captain's attitude. Speaking of which neither did Inzy but his place was confirmed in the side. Under the circumstances, Afridi is a viable choice. Those who debate his place in the team should know that Afridi is a fighter. He is always involved in the game either through his bowling, batting or fielding. Since he is so passionate about leading the team who knows the gamble might pay off. Do we really have a choice. The best bet would be Younis leads the test team & Afridi the ODI & T20 team. I'm very glad nobody has mentioned Akmal's name coz that will be doomsday scenario. Imagine the captain missing chances in every match & making the team pay for it.

  • suresh kumar on January 27, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    i am an indian and a big fan of imran khan's reading of the game and leadership qualities - he should be at the helm of pakistan cricket and all else will then fall in place.