Age of Khan February 3, 2009

Reluctant Younis picks his moment

It could be any other moment that Younis Khan has been offered the captaincy
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It could be any other moment that Younis Khan has been offered the captaincy. Pakistan cricket is in crisis and Darrell Hair is making a play for the headlines. Yet this occasion is much different. Hair's most recent rant is a sideshow and Younis has grabbed the captaincy with both hands. Indeed, his previous reluctance has meant that this ascendancy to the captaincy comes when Pakistan cricket is at the most crucial turning point in its history.

Pakistan's form has been variable for years, nothing new there. Its administration has been dysfunctional, nothing new there either. But this last year has questioned the viability of Pakistan as an international cricket nation. Form and organisation become secondary issues when your very existence is threatened.

Sri Lankan has ridden to Pakistan's rescue when all other major nations have turned away. It is a debt that Pakistan cricket must remain mindful of and repay at the appropriate time.

But as Shoaib Malik discovered, a drought of cricket is accompanied by a deluge of expectations. We should be clear what those expectations are. They are not that Pakistan should crush Sri Lanka into the dust, though a victory would be a joy. The real test of Younis Khan's Pakistan is whether or not it can fight its corner with pride and passion.

Younis, the best batsmen in the current team, has no reason to doubt his place, and the captaincy should bring out the best in his competitive nature. As captain, he is naturally an encourager and cajoler, involved in every development of play.

His example will count for much but he will require the support of his senior colleagues. This is not a moment for Pakistan's cricketers to indulge their private agendas. The condition of Pakistan's cricket is too perilous. It is a moment for unity, spirit, and a reminder that pulling on a green cap is the most important occasion in a Pakistani cricketer's career.

Sri Lanka will be formidable opponents. Younis Khan will need time to settle into his leadership role. But the success of this forthcoming tour should not be judged by the result. It should be judged by the attitude and resolve of Pakistan's players. Reluctant Younis has picked his moment with care. Can he seize it?

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

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  • Leidy on June 24, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Geez, that's ubneleivable. Kudos and such.

  • tanweer haidar mirani on May 12, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    we need all senior cricketers in the team cause, ur youngster r not yet grom by the pcb, when ever any team is having back up they will be successfull in the international cricket. we were having back up of Muhammad yousuf, and inzamam ul haq, but lost, we even dont knw where they r, Asim kamal and Bazid khan were to great replacement of yousuf and inzi, but they ignored them, now they r having few players, they even dont have proper opener in the team.

  • Waqar on February 16, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    I wish good luck to Younis as he is the last hope for the team at this point in time. Appointment of Shoaib as captain at that time was not a bad choice looking at his domestic captaincy record and ability. Unfortunately he was unable to bring the same energy and connection to the national side. What we are in dire need of now is self belief in the players and in the team. Both India and SA who are dominting the cricket charts these days are doing so becuase each and every player in the team has a belief to win and to play for the team. no matter what situation they are in, they are still looking to attack the opposition. Younis will have to bring out all of his agression to bring a spark to the team. I'm not expecting the team to win as soon as he takes over, but we can surely give anyone a good fight. Let them know that we wont lose until the match is officially finished.

  • Normal Human on February 15, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan as a country in history,is at a very critical juncture,the country is facing tough questions from all directions & whatever aspects one can imagine.Perhaps, the scenario is so so bad, that there is hardly anything worse that can happen to this country.It is really sad, and who is to be blamed? Well instead of blaming the administrators of cricket or politicians it is time that the pakistani ppl become accountable and blame themselves,and change their pity conditions themselves rather waiting for others to do it.They got 2 believe and implement this believe,its definitely high time. Cricket, just like everything else is also at its crossroads,and whether its younis or afridi or anybody else,their mettle will only b tested when they r up against worthy opponents.It is sad y these neutral venues cant b worked out to save cricket and the cricketing style of pakistan.In times to come,v as viewers r up for some kind of challenges even more unexpected?

  • waterbuffalo on February 13, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    So the PCB are organizing another "committee" to look into the Oval debacle. Seems like the only thing the PCB is good at is forming committees, but are they aware that no one is listening to them? Not the the MCC, nor the ICC, nor India, England or Australia, with this latest execise in futility, the PCB has confirmed that they are withoubt doubt, the most useless cricket board in the world. And this most useless board is in charge of Pakistan Cricket. God have mercy on all of us.

  • irfan on February 12, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    This goes out to Mohammed Yousuf.

    Yousuf you are the best batsman in the current Pak set up BUT Let’s be candid! The choices you made in the past or were made for you were not that great! Every body in the world has a right to earn the most they can (especially a man like you who is the master of his skill) but somehow it did not work for you. So, you see you did your thing but none of it penned out, did you ever stop for a moment to think that may be the god did not mean it for you? You are an enlightened man you should have seen it by now! I have seen people make better choices and end up worse then you are so count your blessings. Please think, you are at the twilight of your career, and there isn’t much time left. Wouldn't it be better if you bury the past and start fresh? Come back to where you are the strongest, most loved and what made you who you are today TEAM PAKISTAN. Brother please think, think of all the duaain you will get from the people. Come back PLEASE!

  • faisal on February 11, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    yes difenatly he will sieze it. he is the one of best player in the team but addionely he is a fighter thats why he is the best choice for captin at the time i hope he'll bring back the teams reputation. Second thing, this the right time we need to bring back yusuf and razzak if we could do that then difinatly our team is gonna be back on track

  • Amer Ahmed on February 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Short and sweet! Younis is the right candidate for this job, Misbah should have kept the position to lead Pakistan if need be. Afridi needs to be handed a written warning to perform or take a hike. Yasir Hameed needs to come in, he is daring. Amongst ICL players, Yousuf is an automatic choice as the world class bowlers meet and sweat over how to get him out so its a no brainer and Yousuf has proved it over and over again. He also deserves more respect than what he got from previous leaders and administrators. Other than Yousuf, maybe Imran Farhat can be considered, you can look at his records before he was saked...... and rest should be history. Kanaria deserves to be a permanent member of Test and ODI team, he's probably not the best in the world but in Pakistan he is and deserves a chance.

  • JamJar on February 6, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    Irfan,

    Firstly, I wouldnt say I'm a cynical about Younis's appointment. I am relieved that he has finally taken up the post but at the same time, cautious of his long term position as captain. Lets be frank, his track record of accepting the captaincy hasnt been great. Secondly, anybody who would let Pakista's cricketing fortunates to detoriate to such an extent so they could 'seize the moment' is just plain selfish in my book. Regardless, we are where we are so full support to Younis...lets just hope he does a fine job as captain.

  • Mubashir Hanif on February 6, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! I dont think younis would be able to seal the moment, sorry. Sealing a moment does not come just by picking another bloke to lead, a lot more is needed. You see its simple, if there is something worng with your backbone, you lie down, unable to move, right? The constitution by which Pakistan and PCB runs is the backbone of them both. PCB is lacking it.On what grounds did they sack tens of x-players?On what grounds Musharrafs Poodle (Nasim ashraf) was selected? No one has answers to these queries. Look how Asif (referred to asias Mc Grath) has fooled himself. I can bet you no Paksitani player would have read the ICC code 2000 by which the cricket is played. This is the result. And on top of everything the attitude of so called developed nations is not helping much. The time that Paksitan was supposed to rule the cricket world is gone, it needs lots of thinking and re-building. HOR CHOOPO GANNAIY PEACE

  • Leidy on June 24, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Geez, that's ubneleivable. Kudos and such.

  • tanweer haidar mirani on May 12, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    we need all senior cricketers in the team cause, ur youngster r not yet grom by the pcb, when ever any team is having back up they will be successfull in the international cricket. we were having back up of Muhammad yousuf, and inzamam ul haq, but lost, we even dont knw where they r, Asim kamal and Bazid khan were to great replacement of yousuf and inzi, but they ignored them, now they r having few players, they even dont have proper opener in the team.

  • Waqar on February 16, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    I wish good luck to Younis as he is the last hope for the team at this point in time. Appointment of Shoaib as captain at that time was not a bad choice looking at his domestic captaincy record and ability. Unfortunately he was unable to bring the same energy and connection to the national side. What we are in dire need of now is self belief in the players and in the team. Both India and SA who are dominting the cricket charts these days are doing so becuase each and every player in the team has a belief to win and to play for the team. no matter what situation they are in, they are still looking to attack the opposition. Younis will have to bring out all of his agression to bring a spark to the team. I'm not expecting the team to win as soon as he takes over, but we can surely give anyone a good fight. Let them know that we wont lose until the match is officially finished.

  • Normal Human on February 15, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan as a country in history,is at a very critical juncture,the country is facing tough questions from all directions & whatever aspects one can imagine.Perhaps, the scenario is so so bad, that there is hardly anything worse that can happen to this country.It is really sad, and who is to be blamed? Well instead of blaming the administrators of cricket or politicians it is time that the pakistani ppl become accountable and blame themselves,and change their pity conditions themselves rather waiting for others to do it.They got 2 believe and implement this believe,its definitely high time. Cricket, just like everything else is also at its crossroads,and whether its younis or afridi or anybody else,their mettle will only b tested when they r up against worthy opponents.It is sad y these neutral venues cant b worked out to save cricket and the cricketing style of pakistan.In times to come,v as viewers r up for some kind of challenges even more unexpected?

  • waterbuffalo on February 13, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    So the PCB are organizing another "committee" to look into the Oval debacle. Seems like the only thing the PCB is good at is forming committees, but are they aware that no one is listening to them? Not the the MCC, nor the ICC, nor India, England or Australia, with this latest execise in futility, the PCB has confirmed that they are withoubt doubt, the most useless cricket board in the world. And this most useless board is in charge of Pakistan Cricket. God have mercy on all of us.

  • irfan on February 12, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    This goes out to Mohammed Yousuf.

    Yousuf you are the best batsman in the current Pak set up BUT Let’s be candid! The choices you made in the past or were made for you were not that great! Every body in the world has a right to earn the most they can (especially a man like you who is the master of his skill) but somehow it did not work for you. So, you see you did your thing but none of it penned out, did you ever stop for a moment to think that may be the god did not mean it for you? You are an enlightened man you should have seen it by now! I have seen people make better choices and end up worse then you are so count your blessings. Please think, you are at the twilight of your career, and there isn’t much time left. Wouldn't it be better if you bury the past and start fresh? Come back to where you are the strongest, most loved and what made you who you are today TEAM PAKISTAN. Brother please think, think of all the duaain you will get from the people. Come back PLEASE!

  • faisal on February 11, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    yes difenatly he will sieze it. he is the one of best player in the team but addionely he is a fighter thats why he is the best choice for captin at the time i hope he'll bring back the teams reputation. Second thing, this the right time we need to bring back yusuf and razzak if we could do that then difinatly our team is gonna be back on track

  • Amer Ahmed on February 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Short and sweet! Younis is the right candidate for this job, Misbah should have kept the position to lead Pakistan if need be. Afridi needs to be handed a written warning to perform or take a hike. Yasir Hameed needs to come in, he is daring. Amongst ICL players, Yousuf is an automatic choice as the world class bowlers meet and sweat over how to get him out so its a no brainer and Yousuf has proved it over and over again. He also deserves more respect than what he got from previous leaders and administrators. Other than Yousuf, maybe Imran Farhat can be considered, you can look at his records before he was saked...... and rest should be history. Kanaria deserves to be a permanent member of Test and ODI team, he's probably not the best in the world but in Pakistan he is and deserves a chance.

  • JamJar on February 6, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    Irfan,

    Firstly, I wouldnt say I'm a cynical about Younis's appointment. I am relieved that he has finally taken up the post but at the same time, cautious of his long term position as captain. Lets be frank, his track record of accepting the captaincy hasnt been great. Secondly, anybody who would let Pakista's cricketing fortunates to detoriate to such an extent so they could 'seize the moment' is just plain selfish in my book. Regardless, we are where we are so full support to Younis...lets just hope he does a fine job as captain.

  • Mubashir Hanif on February 6, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! I dont think younis would be able to seal the moment, sorry. Sealing a moment does not come just by picking another bloke to lead, a lot more is needed. You see its simple, if there is something worng with your backbone, you lie down, unable to move, right? The constitution by which Pakistan and PCB runs is the backbone of them both. PCB is lacking it.On what grounds did they sack tens of x-players?On what grounds Musharrafs Poodle (Nasim ashraf) was selected? No one has answers to these queries. Look how Asif (referred to asias Mc Grath) has fooled himself. I can bet you no Paksitani player would have read the ICC code 2000 by which the cricket is played. This is the result. And on top of everything the attitude of so called developed nations is not helping much. The time that Paksitan was supposed to rule the cricket world is gone, it needs lots of thinking and re-building. HOR CHOOPO GANNAIY PEACE

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on February 6, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    SWAMI G wake up it ICC stands for Indian Cricket Council for quite a long now.

  • Aditya on February 6, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    I feel it is the right choice because any team needs a stable captain.Pakistan is not having a stable eleven.Only YOUNUS place is secure as of now.So i feel it is the obvious right choice.I also feel MALIK is going to excluded from the side and hence they first removed him from his captaincy .

  • jilani on February 5, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    Pakistan should learn a lesson from India. There is no such thing as a viable strategy for Pakistani cricket that leans heavily on India. THAT IS A FACT.

    Personally, I thought the denying players visas was unfair. If India choses the low moral ground-which is their nature--Pakistan should have chosen the high moral ground. Let us play on Indian soil, get their investment and keep the players sharp. This is a missed opportunity.

    My position has always been that no cricketer should be denied salary. There can be 100 leagues in the world as long as the palyers commit to the FTP-plain and simple.

    I really like the idea that was mentioned earlier to get heavily involved with the minnows.

    Perhaps a Pakistani league will involve teams from the minnows including Srilanka and West Indies.

    jilani

  • Khalil on February 5, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Pak cricket has always been in a crisis.We have not seen changing the captaincy that frequent in any nation as is done here.Replacing the captain may not be the answer to the crises.Instead we have to think something else. We have to abolish "player power" and give confidence to the captain as a long term measure. Regarding the SL gesture of coming to Pak,I think SL remembered, it was almost in the same situation,when AUS & NZ refused to visit the Island sometime back and the asian teams helped them out.

  • Irfan on February 5, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    Quite a bit of wishy washy on this thread! "I hope this! I hope that" You don't wish and things materialize. You work on them to achieve your desired results. Lack of alternative can some time become a blessing in disguise as it can make things crystal clear and make your choices for you. Younis has to step up, he has to raise the team from the shambles, has to rid the team from mediocrity. No doubt that it will be a test! But more so of his character then anything else. Some cynics such as Jamjar seem to think that Younis will pull another one of his specials! He can’t because this is his moment. If anybody could pick a moment to leave a lifelong impression on Pak cricket it is now and it is here!

  • Martin Hook on February 5, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    Orientals unlike English are fickle in nature. One year from now, with Younis Khan proven as mere false dawn, they all will be posting hateful comments on this very blog about him. Alas ! how euphoria turns into angst in this part of the world. It seems some of us have not learned anything from history hence the demand to make XYZ a Tsar of some sort. The only reason the society and cricket is in decline in your world is because of this 'Tsariness' gone wild syndrome.

  • Farce Follower on February 5, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    Good to note that the ban on ICL players is being contested. Also, good to note that Pakistan will be playing Sri Lanka and Australia. Disappointing to note that Pakistan will be playing 5 ODIs with Bangladesh ! All the best, Younis Khan. Hope you kill all politics on the field and in the dressing room.

  • JamJar on February 4, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    Per my last post on your previous thread Kamran, I'm just relieved that Younis has finally taken the mantle of captaincy.

    You note that Younis is the man to rescue Pak from its dire situation. It is true that he does hold the fortunes of Pakistan cricket in his Pathan hands, but I also fear that he can plunge Pakistan cricket into further turmoil by walking out of the job within months. Given his previous attitutude of rejecting the captaincy and the shambolic administration of PCB, I do take some caution with Younis's appointment.

    On fixtures, the PCB need to wake up and take note that no 'Western' team will tour Pakistan. They must seriously consider holding 'home' series abroad, perhaps even in England.

    On the ICL, I simply cannot believe that people are still calling for the return of the usual carousel of tried and tested has-beens (with the exception of MoYo)!! Farhat and Nazir do not hold the key to Pakistan's success and future! Its youth does. Well said Raza Karamat!

  • Field Marshall Victor Hugo Massingberd on February 4, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    The captaincy of Pakistan has often proved a poisoned chalice for those who accept it. Whilst it would be foolish not to dispute his suitability of the job role, the board need to help him as much as possible, they could start by considering neutral venues as a viable option for test matches in the short term. Paksitan needs to start playing test matches quickly, this is the arena where they still struglle and it is imperative they play at least 10 test matches this year even if this means playing Austrilia in the Bahamas! Good luck Younis you will certainly need it and inshallah you can prove to be the kind of captain that Javed Miandad once was.

  • Ravi on February 4, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    I wish all the best and good luck for younis and his team. I have been following this blog for over an year now, and there seems to be a general consensus among posters here, that the current Pakistan vows are because of other cricket boards. I feel that PCB is the main culprit, for not being able to improve on the amount of interest and money it generates with an Indo-Pak series or Aus-Pak series. I know that Australia has not played much cricket with pakistan, but India always had. I commend Sri Lankan board for sending their players to Pakisthan at a such a crucial time.

    Though I am not a supporter of the ban rule on ICL players, I am surprised that no one seems to understand that these players who are playing for ICL have chose to do so, while knowing that they will not be playing for their country anymore. Though its unfortunate, Mohammad Yousuf knew very well that he will not be playing for Pakistan if he plays for ICL, but he went anyway, let them play where they want to.

  • Kash on February 4, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    I think Misbah-ul-Haq should have got the captaincy as he is the only one that knows something about management (Management degree). I cannot see Younis as a hard man, able to take and give back. His big test will come against Australia in April and i hope he and the team are involved in sledging with the aussies. However, its time he stands upto his mate Afridi and tell him 'Your fired'. Afridi does not deserve a place in the odi team. He had a chance in tests but declined to play tests himself.

  • AN on February 4, 2009, 15:23 GMT

    Ali: ECB has decided against an EPL set up due to the global economic crisis. Where is the money for PCB to set up a 20-20 league? One has to be realistic and not live in a fools paradise. There has just been an election after a long time but the army still holds sway. The country runs on IMF loans and so the general economy should be fixed first. I am not saying cricket should be shut down but a tough period has to be endured. And Daredevil(Melbourne) dont blame the BCCI for everything, for Bonds' decision was his own. Legitimate critiques of all Boards and ICC is in order, but care has to be taken, or the critic will lose credibility. Having said that, I think ICL and IPL will eventually merge in the next year or two at most, to a total of fewer teams than now. It is a simple practical matter (money) and history has proven it. It is also not good for the game if Pak, WI go bust. I think the world body will take action provided the political situation stabilizes.

  • Adnan Ahmad Khan on February 4, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    I know it is too early but I have already started comparing Younis Khan with Imran Khan. Both are pathans, both got captaincy in a similar situation and I pray that the end result will be the same! InshAllah ..way to go Younis! Do not disappoint!

  • Gemini on February 4, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket has suffered alot. Although we can blame on the internal security situation but I think India has been extremely selfish. It used Pakistan in ICC meetings, to get ICL banned and use it for all its gains and look what they have done to the Pakistan cricket. Even before the Mumbai tragedy, they had started uttering of not going. No place on earth is safe but if somebody begs to provide full proof security, then you should not doubt that. I think, one day, we will only see India playing Australia and the new generations will ask what are these 22 players doing. So Autralia and India, wake up. If you dont support Pakistan's cricket, your cricket will also suffer. Dont bring Politics to Cricket. We have seen recently that most of the Indian players have been trying to gain popularity by uttering against Pakistan. So try to support each other rather than trying to isolate each other as time will tell who gains and who fails.Money is nothing at the end of the day.

  • Wasim on February 4, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    "last year has questioned the viability of Pakistan as an international cricket nation."

    Why because we lost to SA and India, didn't Australia lost to same countries, I think to question the viability of Pakistan as an International cricket nation is a strong statement,if due to political or whatever reasons Pakistan has been isolated in sports it doesn't mean our team is no longer of international standard, I think the Pakistanis would like to hear more from you on ICC's continued discrimination against Pakistan rather than questionining Pakistan team Viability as an international team. Its too early to shower accolades on Younis I don't think he deserves any as he has been the #1 culprit in our ODI defeats against SA and SL. Playing mindless and brainless cricket does not equate to aggresion it equates to stupidity, I wish if somebody can explain this to Younis and Afridi.

  • bala on February 4, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Surely, they have their work cut out against the Lankans.While M and M may not be so lethal in ODIs they become doubly dangerous in tests as they go all out for wickets.Vaas and Malinga are no push overs either in tests. The Pakistan run machine would be sorely missed.

  • W S Rehman on February 4, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Sri Lankan has ridden to Pakistan's rescue when all other major nations have turned away. It is a debt that Pakistan cricket must remain mindful of and repay at the appropriate time.

    Hey we did repay by purposely letting SL win the last 2 ODI....or else we would have thrashed them like we did in first ODI. Personally I feel SL team is rubbish. If you look closely, they shiver when Afrdi bowls or bats. The sight of Gul / Akthar makes them sweaty. However we are good hosts and we let them win because they toured Pakistan when no other country is touring us. Now look at India...they are such spoilsports....and SL learns good hosting lessons...they let India win or else why would Mendis and Murli purposely bowl so badly. BCCI must have paid SL board huge amount to loose because if India win they will be no 1. Indians are not playing good but are buying games so they can be no 1 team.

  • Shoaib Amin on February 4, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    I agree with Kamran, this is best possible selection but the point which is not highlighted in discussion that this shows the down turn of Pakistani cricket I am not very satisfied viewer of Younus batting, he average just in mid 30's which is never acceptable as a dependent batsman if you talk about reliable batsman, but droughts of good player in pak comes to this point where we have to accept these average level players as best possible option. Jig saw happening in PCB is an other aspect which makes shame to all of us, the weakest stance by ICC against BCCI is an other worst happening in cricket world, I especially annoyed by weaker PCB stance we can give better response to BCCI in many shapes, We are falling and we have to make every attempt for the survival of this game. Well to be honestly I am still not very optimistic about good performance by current team neither in srilanka series nor in near future. Hope for the best nd expect ray of hope which is not very likeable right now

  • Pathan on February 4, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    Younis is definitely the right man to lead the team. The team has frankly lacked "balls" for years and have failed to show any fighting spirit or temperament. If these issues can be sorted out then the Pakistani players have the natural talent to prosper - they just need to show some grit when the going gets tough. Nobody since Imran Khan has been able to address such a fundamental issue. Too many players like Afridi have been allowed to cruise along, do their own thing, show no commitment to the cause and tot up hundreds of matches without showing any real improvement in temperament. This has to change and needs an inspirational no-nonsense leader. I think Younis can do it but I am not holding my breathe.

  • omar hussain on February 4, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in dire crisis due to being denied serious cricket in a long period and because of the bungling of the PCB.Younis is our most competitive player and the bravest and despite his immature outbursts in the past he is our only hope for redemption.I just hope he is aware of the challenge and will bring out the best in our youngsters by his own example.If the PCB can let him have his head and pick a team himself he will mould them into one unit,hopefully,and stop the internal feuds and get on with the job.I wish him well.

  • abid on February 4, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    yes,its crucnh time,another corner,another tiger,but will this out fit fight like a cornered tiger?Somehow,i dont think so.We have to look at the combination of the teram to full appreciate what i am saying.This is by no means the best combination of players.On the one side we have some very promising players who have contracts with the ICL.Then we have all boards bowing to the whims of BCCI.Surely pakistan should say enough is enough,and get back those players on board.If PCB does this im sure other boards new zealand onwards will follow suit.Pakistan needs these players,what with the current ban on mohammad asif,injury to akhtar.Lets not forget that with some of these players pakistan inflicted a heavy defeat on india in karachi,when they were down and out at 39/6.We need mohammad yousuf,shakeel ahmed,razzaq,and a few others from the ICL,and im sure pakistan will go down fighting rather than a tame surrender.

  • Atiq on February 4, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    Kamran Bhai-as ever your comments are spot on. Younis is the best we have. However, I would like to suggest a more radical solution. The ICC should ban the PCB & Pakistan cricket team from international cricket until the PCB becomes a democratically elected institution with a proper constitution. This is the only way that Pakistan cricket has a viable long term future. ICC should act in the same way as FIFA does in football, in that any Football Association that is politically influenced is thrown out. Otherwise Pakistan cricket is going the way of Zimbabwe cricket. There is a reason why the President of Pakistan is the 'Patron' of PCB and makes his own political appointments. This is so that the valuable foreign exchange that the cricket team generates can be siphoned off by the PCB & the President. The 'Patron' system may have worked in amateur days (i.e. before Packer) but now is just another means of fleecing the country. The mess is directly attributable to the structure of PCB.

  • Imran Chandio on February 4, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Assalamu Alikum, The best news in Pakistan cricket for some time now is that Younis Khan is now the leader of our team, it should have been a senior player who should have stepped up after Inzi bhai who done a fantastic job, he was a great captain and the players respected him. I still feel malik has been the captain in difficult times and luck has not been on his side. Pakistan now with a strong leader and also the best batsman in the team also need our best players back, YOUSUF - RAZZAQ - UL HASAN - NAZIR -FARHAT -ASIF - these players have been wasted, ASIF not so much due to the board but his own mistakes, we need rid of Shoaib Akthar, he played well when he played and I think after the 2005 series against England where he was amazing and also in the same year against India, we were a superb unit, but things have changed since then, India are now a leading team alongside SA and we need to step up, so much talent in the country and no one to nuture it, PAKISTAN SORT IT OUT, SALAAMS

  • Kamran Riaz on February 4, 2009, 7:51 GMT

    Well Younis Khan is a good player and got friendly nature. In current senario of Pakistan cricket the only guy can rescue the team and pride of pakistan is the one who got respect and support of the team mates, I think Younas Khan has got those qualities. He has good behaviour to all the team mates, player like Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi they understand and respect Younas Khan. I think he ll be able to unite the team. Just give him some authority to select his eleven and come up with good result. Giving the authority to the captain is a good thing by this you can argu with the captain for the bad results and captain ll also be more comfortable and determinant by that. Just give him some time and hope for the best.

  • Raza Karamat on February 4, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Why do we need these tried, tested and failed ICL players back on the Team. Sick and tired off seeing these aging stars on the national team. Maybe Imran Nazir and Imran farhat as middle order batsman but we have 2 years till the next world cup and wasted 2008 without much cricket. Its time to give major roles to the youngsters, let them play, let them have success and failure, I don't want to see Razzaq, Mahmood, Moyo, Akthar, Shabbir, Afridi on the next world cup team, they have been their and failed, and failed miserably at that. I want to see Alam, Kurram munzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Safraz Ahmad , Mansoor Amjad, mo Tallaha, Mo Aamer, Sohail Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Umar Amin, Adil Raza, its time we blood in our under 19 stars, remember, they have won world cups, they have shwon that their winners and they need to be given a fair chance at the national team, again I repeat they have shown to be winners more then our aging ICL stars!!!!!

  • Mohammad Aslam on February 4, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    I think Younis will INSHALLAH bring out the pakistan Cricket out of Crisis.But he must be given full authority to select the 15 and 11 as well.I am sure that all juniors ans seniors players will cooperate with him and should cooperate for the beterrment of Pakistan cricket.PCB should invite asian teams for test/odi and T20 and give them assurance of security.PCB should also invite Ireland Scotland Zimbabwe UAE CanandBangladesh and Keneya.And PCB should take firm stand at ICC for the teams not visiting Pakistan just for nothing.PCB should take bold decesion at ICC and should stop begging them after all we are Independent cricket nation.Good luck Younis Khan and good lcuk Pakistan Cricket. Thanks.

  • Swami on February 4, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Regarding ICL, the guideline for not allowing unauthorised leagues and tournaments comes from ICC. Its not just BCCI that has the position of banning ICL, but other boards as well like Cricket Australia. Tomorrow, what should stop another television station to start a rival Twenty20 league in Australia. There is no end to it. All other sports are monopolies as well .. there is no competition to Olympic Games, Champions League soccer or ATP tennis tournaments for example. And what are the ICL players supposed to do when ICL clashes with FTP ? Is the ICC expected to consider ICL and negotiate with ICL for FTP ? And what if there is a third such league ? It would all go quickly out of control. Players are simply greedy .. they know they would be banned and yet want to pocket the money from ICL, while not giving a damn to play for theuir country. Its not as if they are poorly paid by the respective boards.

  • Fayyaz on February 4, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    I think younis will turn out to be a very good captain if he is given the authority to select 15 players by himself and then select final 11 out of it. He should be made Tsar of Pakistan cricket just like Imran Khan. I am saying this because if that happens younis will put his heart out to win every match and he should be fully accountable for any eventuality. Lets try it how it goes because patience is a virtue and it might pay off.

    Thanks

  • Ali Khan on February 4, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    If Pakistan cricket is threatened, than Bangladeshi, Zimbabwean, Sri Lankan, Kiwi and West Indian cricket should be considered extinct.

    Sure this is a hard time financially for PCB but it is crisis like this which PCB should use to come up with new money making and advantageous schemes. I propose: . Invest heavily in domestic cricket structure. Create equivalent of IPL in Pakistan. . Get together the boards of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Zimbabwe and come up with a year-round itenary to keep busy. Minnows (beside Sri Lanka) they may be but it will keep Pakistani players busy. Play test matches with the test playing nations and 3 day matches with minnows.

  • Daredevil (Melbourne) on February 4, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I think he will be able to forge a winning combination, however what remains to be seen is how the PCB manages to get back its ICL players. If that could be resolved players like Muhammad Yousaf, AbdurRazzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Imran Nazir, Shabbir Ahmed would be really handy. The other lot have been tried and tested and dont deserve much mention. However, they give Pakistan more available options. Sitting in Melbourne, i cant wait for the Pakistani team to arrive next summer and see whether the famous tigers in a corner psyche still prevails or not. Whatever the outcome, i must say i'm amazed at how all the Boards are towing BCCI lines with respect to their own players. I mean NZ players like Shane Bond would have added so much to International cricket, but now due to the whims of the BCCI, they are not being allowed to play anymore. Shame on BCCI.

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  • Daredevil (Melbourne) on February 4, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I think he will be able to forge a winning combination, however what remains to be seen is how the PCB manages to get back its ICL players. If that could be resolved players like Muhammad Yousaf, AbdurRazzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Imran Nazir, Shabbir Ahmed would be really handy. The other lot have been tried and tested and dont deserve much mention. However, they give Pakistan more available options. Sitting in Melbourne, i cant wait for the Pakistani team to arrive next summer and see whether the famous tigers in a corner psyche still prevails or not. Whatever the outcome, i must say i'm amazed at how all the Boards are towing BCCI lines with respect to their own players. I mean NZ players like Shane Bond would have added so much to International cricket, but now due to the whims of the BCCI, they are not being allowed to play anymore. Shame on BCCI.

  • Ali Khan on February 4, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    If Pakistan cricket is threatened, than Bangladeshi, Zimbabwean, Sri Lankan, Kiwi and West Indian cricket should be considered extinct.

    Sure this is a hard time financially for PCB but it is crisis like this which PCB should use to come up with new money making and advantageous schemes. I propose: . Invest heavily in domestic cricket structure. Create equivalent of IPL in Pakistan. . Get together the boards of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Zimbabwe and come up with a year-round itenary to keep busy. Minnows (beside Sri Lanka) they may be but it will keep Pakistani players busy. Play test matches with the test playing nations and 3 day matches with minnows.

  • Fayyaz on February 4, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    I think younis will turn out to be a very good captain if he is given the authority to select 15 players by himself and then select final 11 out of it. He should be made Tsar of Pakistan cricket just like Imran Khan. I am saying this because if that happens younis will put his heart out to win every match and he should be fully accountable for any eventuality. Lets try it how it goes because patience is a virtue and it might pay off.

    Thanks

  • Swami on February 4, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Regarding ICL, the guideline for not allowing unauthorised leagues and tournaments comes from ICC. Its not just BCCI that has the position of banning ICL, but other boards as well like Cricket Australia. Tomorrow, what should stop another television station to start a rival Twenty20 league in Australia. There is no end to it. All other sports are monopolies as well .. there is no competition to Olympic Games, Champions League soccer or ATP tennis tournaments for example. And what are the ICL players supposed to do when ICL clashes with FTP ? Is the ICC expected to consider ICL and negotiate with ICL for FTP ? And what if there is a third such league ? It would all go quickly out of control. Players are simply greedy .. they know they would be banned and yet want to pocket the money from ICL, while not giving a damn to play for theuir country. Its not as if they are poorly paid by the respective boards.

  • Mohammad Aslam on February 4, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    I think Younis will INSHALLAH bring out the pakistan Cricket out of Crisis.But he must be given full authority to select the 15 and 11 as well.I am sure that all juniors ans seniors players will cooperate with him and should cooperate for the beterrment of Pakistan cricket.PCB should invite asian teams for test/odi and T20 and give them assurance of security.PCB should also invite Ireland Scotland Zimbabwe UAE CanandBangladesh and Keneya.And PCB should take firm stand at ICC for the teams not visiting Pakistan just for nothing.PCB should take bold decesion at ICC and should stop begging them after all we are Independent cricket nation.Good luck Younis Khan and good lcuk Pakistan Cricket. Thanks.

  • Raza Karamat on February 4, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Why do we need these tried, tested and failed ICL players back on the Team. Sick and tired off seeing these aging stars on the national team. Maybe Imran Nazir and Imran farhat as middle order batsman but we have 2 years till the next world cup and wasted 2008 without much cricket. Its time to give major roles to the youngsters, let them play, let them have success and failure, I don't want to see Razzaq, Mahmood, Moyo, Akthar, Shabbir, Afridi on the next world cup team, they have been their and failed, and failed miserably at that. I want to see Alam, Kurram munzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Safraz Ahmad , Mansoor Amjad, mo Tallaha, Mo Aamer, Sohail Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Umar Amin, Adil Raza, its time we blood in our under 19 stars, remember, they have won world cups, they have shwon that their winners and they need to be given a fair chance at the national team, again I repeat they have shown to be winners more then our aging ICL stars!!!!!

  • Kamran Riaz on February 4, 2009, 7:51 GMT

    Well Younis Khan is a good player and got friendly nature. In current senario of Pakistan cricket the only guy can rescue the team and pride of pakistan is the one who got respect and support of the team mates, I think Younas Khan has got those qualities. He has good behaviour to all the team mates, player like Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi they understand and respect Younas Khan. I think he ll be able to unite the team. Just give him some authority to select his eleven and come up with good result. Giving the authority to the captain is a good thing by this you can argu with the captain for the bad results and captain ll also be more comfortable and determinant by that. Just give him some time and hope for the best.

  • Imran Chandio on February 4, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Assalamu Alikum, The best news in Pakistan cricket for some time now is that Younis Khan is now the leader of our team, it should have been a senior player who should have stepped up after Inzi bhai who done a fantastic job, he was a great captain and the players respected him. I still feel malik has been the captain in difficult times and luck has not been on his side. Pakistan now with a strong leader and also the best batsman in the team also need our best players back, YOUSUF - RAZZAQ - UL HASAN - NAZIR -FARHAT -ASIF - these players have been wasted, ASIF not so much due to the board but his own mistakes, we need rid of Shoaib Akthar, he played well when he played and I think after the 2005 series against England where he was amazing and also in the same year against India, we were a superb unit, but things have changed since then, India are now a leading team alongside SA and we need to step up, so much talent in the country and no one to nuture it, PAKISTAN SORT IT OUT, SALAAMS

  • Atiq on February 4, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    Kamran Bhai-as ever your comments are spot on. Younis is the best we have. However, I would like to suggest a more radical solution. The ICC should ban the PCB & Pakistan cricket team from international cricket until the PCB becomes a democratically elected institution with a proper constitution. This is the only way that Pakistan cricket has a viable long term future. ICC should act in the same way as FIFA does in football, in that any Football Association that is politically influenced is thrown out. Otherwise Pakistan cricket is going the way of Zimbabwe cricket. There is a reason why the President of Pakistan is the 'Patron' of PCB and makes his own political appointments. This is so that the valuable foreign exchange that the cricket team generates can be siphoned off by the PCB & the President. The 'Patron' system may have worked in amateur days (i.e. before Packer) but now is just another means of fleecing the country. The mess is directly attributable to the structure of PCB.

  • abid on February 4, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    yes,its crucnh time,another corner,another tiger,but will this out fit fight like a cornered tiger?Somehow,i dont think so.We have to look at the combination of the teram to full appreciate what i am saying.This is by no means the best combination of players.On the one side we have some very promising players who have contracts with the ICL.Then we have all boards bowing to the whims of BCCI.Surely pakistan should say enough is enough,and get back those players on board.If PCB does this im sure other boards new zealand onwards will follow suit.Pakistan needs these players,what with the current ban on mohammad asif,injury to akhtar.Lets not forget that with some of these players pakistan inflicted a heavy defeat on india in karachi,when they were down and out at 39/6.We need mohammad yousuf,shakeel ahmed,razzaq,and a few others from the ICL,and im sure pakistan will go down fighting rather than a tame surrender.