Age of Khan February 19, 2009

A test of inexperience

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After a year of impatient waiting, Pakistan's cricketers return to Test cricket at a venue that has robbed them of more matches than any other. Taking on a variable Sri Lankan team would have been challenge enough but Pakistan's selectors and captain have added to the task by conjuring an inexperienced team from their immediate disagreements.

The relationship between Younis Khan and Abdul Qadir will be interesting to observe, as both have strong opinions and are prone to actions inspired by emotion rather than cool reflection. At least, there will be no shortage of passion.

On balance, though, the outcome is intriguing. Yes, Kamran Akmal's selection continues to confound reason. Faisal Iqbal is an unexpected recall. And Sohail Tanvir's omission seems unduly harsh. Nonetheless, the selection strikes a populist note by recalling Fawad Alam and Asim Kamal, and offering opportunities to Sohail Khan and Mohammad Talha. An out and out rookie, Ahmed Shehzad, adds to the fascination, a typically random Pakistani punt.

Surely, Pakistan's isolation camp will not be enough to transform this wealth of inexperience into a winning combination against the old hands of Sri Lanka? Yet the final fifteen all have something to prove, none more than experienced players like Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria, and Kamran Akmal.

With Sri Lanka focused on fond farewells to their excellent captain, Pakistan's hunger for Test cricket and success should give Younis Khan the opportunity to make a fighting start in a series that his team will not be expected to win.

Absence, however, makes the crowd grow hungrier too, and Pakistan's fans are notoriously unforgiving--and this is an occasion that requires patience. Pakistan have the right captain, and now they must find the right players. The question is how much tolerance and understanding the public and media will show as Pakistan cricket enters another era of rebuilding? But giving the current squad an opportunity is a decent enough beginning to the Age of Khan.

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

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  • waterbuffalo on February 23, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    To Sunny--"Tanvir deserves a spot in the WORLD XI"!!!??? What world are you talking about? The after world? I only wrote four lines apropos Theelana the so called Sri Lankan, that's it, just four lines, the rest of my posts I have been very critical of Pakistan and have not mentioned India at all. Obviously where there is smoke there is fire, but read my posts again, I don't like it when people laugh at Pakistan and use sophomoric logic. But I will trash Pakistan as hard as I can , much harder than any 'pretend' S. Lankan supporter. Why don't you guys just concentrate on your N. Zealand tour instead of crying about how bad you feel. I could not care less. Crocodile tears are not the real thing, and BTW, Theelana, whoever he is, has not responded, so some might say I hit the nail on the head. And for the record, my favourite batsman in the world ever sice he blasted that 300 against Pakistan with 6's for his 100, 150, 200 and 300 against the Rawalpindi Mail Train is Virender Sehwag.

  • faisal on February 22, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    i am really surprised that some people above critized kamran akmal's performance including abbasi but i checked that pak only produced just 4 to 5 world class wicket keeper and i am talking about who stood behind the wicket atleast20 innings, amoung them pakistan's best wicket keeper even one of the world's best wicket keeper wasim bari stood in 146 innings and his dissmissl rate is 1.561 per inings, Moin khan has dis/1.245 in 118 inings, Rashid latif has dis/1.884 in 69 inings now kamran akmal has dismisal rate of 2.000 in 72 inings so watching that i remember nobody critized those wicket keeper as akmal is being critized i think moin is the worest wicket keeper then akmal and guess what he was able to play 69 test matches but in kamran's case he just played 39 test matches and we are after him i don't understand the critizing criteria i remember moin khan droping catches consistantly and he was still preffered over rashid latif who was at the time better wicket keeper than moin khan.

  • Sikander Rashid on February 22, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    Hey Kamran, enough is enough, mate. What do you expect? Enough players have been sacked for their linsk with the ICL. Others are injured (AKhtar and Asif). If the selectors won't push in the new comers, then what else would they do?

    How about you, for once, start appreciating and backing the new talent? People like you in the media have the public's opinion biased towards your sentiments.

  • sunny on February 22, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    I am an Indian and have no shame in admitting that I admire Wasim Akram and Imran khan as much as Sachin, Yuvraj and Dhoni. I feel bad when I look at comments from guys like waterbuffalo. It is sad really, how far has this hatred gone. About cricket: It is sad to see that such a great team was sacrificed to the shrewd politics of Pakistani selectors. How can you leave Tanvir out? He deserves a place in the world XI. And I think sub continent cricket boards should now realise that it is useless to prepare spin friendly and flat wickets as rest of the world has now learnt the art of playing on these wickets. Afridi deserves to be out because he is little of a team player- we'ce seen that in IPL. I'm sure that Pakistan will find another Imran Khan soon who will then find another Akram. amin.

  • mukesh kunal on February 22, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    I do believe that these are the testing times for Pakistan Cricket.Many experts feel that this present team doesn't have in them to win matches for pakistan and bring laurels for themselves and for their country .But the positive that pakistan team is having at present is that they are returning back to longer version of the game after a span of 14 month which is a long time .So it will take sometime for these young and inexperienced players to settle down and be back on track.I think this team is missing a good allrounder of the likes of Shahid Afridi whose test record has been impressive.Selection of Sohail Khan also raises a big question mark on the selection of players .Now paid selection committee is appointed by the pakistan board .So now the question comes the survival of pakistan cricket and its players.Now there is an uphill task behind Younis Khan is to revive Pakistan Cricket and take it to new heights as it used to be during Imran Khan's time and we all hope for the best.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on February 22, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I do not like to watch the Pakistan Cricket Team, because they are a winning side. I watch the team, because they are such an attractive side to contemplate. I am sure, that the newcomers will do well for Pakistan.

  • waterbuffalo on February 21, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    The Age of Khan will end after the 2nd Test. To set attacking fields on a belter of a pitch with a super fast outfield is insane. No Sweeper, no third man, no deep point and 400 runs come in one day. So much for Younis being an intelligent captain. You will see what a smart captain looks like when Sri Lanka bowl. How Imran can rate this guy I don't know. Well, Imran, you look like the fool now, not Younis. Might as well start betting on who the next captain will be, everybody. Go back to school, Younis Khan.

  • Abdul on February 21, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    For any side to concede 400 runs on an opening day of a test match is an amusing act especially with the expense of 3 wickets and the shortened day format in the sub – continent. If there was a single phrase to describe the bowling performance it would be “plundered miserably”. Kaneria bowled poorly that’s a fact he was looking too predictable but as Bob Woolmer said Pakistan seem to be slow starters and takes them a few days before they can in to the swing of things and start delivering brilliance in which we know they are capable of producing such as this below from Kaneria :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQVAPycMS9k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSOY7g1_uSo&feature=related

    This is more like bowling rather than producing loose deliveries like an off day like today. I mean just look at them the first one spins sharply through the gate and arguably an unplayable wrong ‘un. The second one pitches in the rough patches and turns sharply through the gate of batsmen with goodtech.

  • venkat on February 21, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    y people here have to drag india even if we just dont bother about pak cricket at the moment. if anything we want them to do well and have a stronger than time which will b a great challenge for our cricket team like the good old days

  • khalil on February 21, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    We become too emotional,when it comes to cricket. If we could understand the trick that sport should be considered as a sport then we will not have to burn our midnight oil on it.Probably this is, in my opinion the answer to the cricketing worries of our team.England was out for 51 but no body asked that the captain of the team be sacked. Its always good to give time to,be it captain or the individual players but with a sense of responsibility.Let,s hope for the best.

  • waterbuffalo on February 23, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    To Sunny--"Tanvir deserves a spot in the WORLD XI"!!!??? What world are you talking about? The after world? I only wrote four lines apropos Theelana the so called Sri Lankan, that's it, just four lines, the rest of my posts I have been very critical of Pakistan and have not mentioned India at all. Obviously where there is smoke there is fire, but read my posts again, I don't like it when people laugh at Pakistan and use sophomoric logic. But I will trash Pakistan as hard as I can , much harder than any 'pretend' S. Lankan supporter. Why don't you guys just concentrate on your N. Zealand tour instead of crying about how bad you feel. I could not care less. Crocodile tears are not the real thing, and BTW, Theelana, whoever he is, has not responded, so some might say I hit the nail on the head. And for the record, my favourite batsman in the world ever sice he blasted that 300 against Pakistan with 6's for his 100, 150, 200 and 300 against the Rawalpindi Mail Train is Virender Sehwag.

  • faisal on February 22, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    i am really surprised that some people above critized kamran akmal's performance including abbasi but i checked that pak only produced just 4 to 5 world class wicket keeper and i am talking about who stood behind the wicket atleast20 innings, amoung them pakistan's best wicket keeper even one of the world's best wicket keeper wasim bari stood in 146 innings and his dissmissl rate is 1.561 per inings, Moin khan has dis/1.245 in 118 inings, Rashid latif has dis/1.884 in 69 inings now kamran akmal has dismisal rate of 2.000 in 72 inings so watching that i remember nobody critized those wicket keeper as akmal is being critized i think moin is the worest wicket keeper then akmal and guess what he was able to play 69 test matches but in kamran's case he just played 39 test matches and we are after him i don't understand the critizing criteria i remember moin khan droping catches consistantly and he was still preffered over rashid latif who was at the time better wicket keeper than moin khan.

  • Sikander Rashid on February 22, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    Hey Kamran, enough is enough, mate. What do you expect? Enough players have been sacked for their linsk with the ICL. Others are injured (AKhtar and Asif). If the selectors won't push in the new comers, then what else would they do?

    How about you, for once, start appreciating and backing the new talent? People like you in the media have the public's opinion biased towards your sentiments.

  • sunny on February 22, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    I am an Indian and have no shame in admitting that I admire Wasim Akram and Imran khan as much as Sachin, Yuvraj and Dhoni. I feel bad when I look at comments from guys like waterbuffalo. It is sad really, how far has this hatred gone. About cricket: It is sad to see that such a great team was sacrificed to the shrewd politics of Pakistani selectors. How can you leave Tanvir out? He deserves a place in the world XI. And I think sub continent cricket boards should now realise that it is useless to prepare spin friendly and flat wickets as rest of the world has now learnt the art of playing on these wickets. Afridi deserves to be out because he is little of a team player- we'ce seen that in IPL. I'm sure that Pakistan will find another Imran Khan soon who will then find another Akram. amin.

  • mukesh kunal on February 22, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    I do believe that these are the testing times for Pakistan Cricket.Many experts feel that this present team doesn't have in them to win matches for pakistan and bring laurels for themselves and for their country .But the positive that pakistan team is having at present is that they are returning back to longer version of the game after a span of 14 month which is a long time .So it will take sometime for these young and inexperienced players to settle down and be back on track.I think this team is missing a good allrounder of the likes of Shahid Afridi whose test record has been impressive.Selection of Sohail Khan also raises a big question mark on the selection of players .Now paid selection committee is appointed by the pakistan board .So now the question comes the survival of pakistan cricket and its players.Now there is an uphill task behind Younis Khan is to revive Pakistan Cricket and take it to new heights as it used to be during Imran Khan's time and we all hope for the best.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on February 22, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I do not like to watch the Pakistan Cricket Team, because they are a winning side. I watch the team, because they are such an attractive side to contemplate. I am sure, that the newcomers will do well for Pakistan.

  • waterbuffalo on February 21, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    The Age of Khan will end after the 2nd Test. To set attacking fields on a belter of a pitch with a super fast outfield is insane. No Sweeper, no third man, no deep point and 400 runs come in one day. So much for Younis being an intelligent captain. You will see what a smart captain looks like when Sri Lanka bowl. How Imran can rate this guy I don't know. Well, Imran, you look like the fool now, not Younis. Might as well start betting on who the next captain will be, everybody. Go back to school, Younis Khan.

  • Abdul on February 21, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    For any side to concede 400 runs on an opening day of a test match is an amusing act especially with the expense of 3 wickets and the shortened day format in the sub – continent. If there was a single phrase to describe the bowling performance it would be “plundered miserably”. Kaneria bowled poorly that’s a fact he was looking too predictable but as Bob Woolmer said Pakistan seem to be slow starters and takes them a few days before they can in to the swing of things and start delivering brilliance in which we know they are capable of producing such as this below from Kaneria :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQVAPycMS9k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSOY7g1_uSo&feature=related

    This is more like bowling rather than producing loose deliveries like an off day like today. I mean just look at them the first one spins sharply through the gate and arguably an unplayable wrong ‘un. The second one pitches in the rough patches and turns sharply through the gate of batsmen with goodtech.

  • venkat on February 21, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    y people here have to drag india even if we just dont bother about pak cricket at the moment. if anything we want them to do well and have a stronger than time which will b a great challenge for our cricket team like the good old days

  • khalil on February 21, 2009, 7:45 GMT

    We become too emotional,when it comes to cricket. If we could understand the trick that sport should be considered as a sport then we will not have to burn our midnight oil on it.Probably this is, in my opinion the answer to the cricketing worries of our team.England was out for 51 but no body asked that the captain of the team be sacked. Its always good to give time to,be it captain or the individual players but with a sense of responsibility.Let,s hope for the best.

  • Samir from India on February 21, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Waterbuffalo, you need a life bro. Get out of the India trip buddy, we have more important things to do than bash pakistan incognito on blogs. You guys are doing enough already .... read the papers.

  • Wickramasinghe,Candy on February 21, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Seems the pakis are hurt by my mate theelana's comments.LOL Anyways,the pakistani team is fit enough to play against the Zimbabwe or BD or Ireland only..LOL And guess wat, all three nations can beat them as they have done in the past..he he

  • M. Y. Kasim, Houston, Tx. U. S. A. on February 21, 2009, 0:31 GMT

    The selection of Kamran Akmal shows that somwhere, somehow, he has such powerful pull that nobody could dare drop him even after publicly admitting that his keeping is below international standard and we should look and replace him with another keeper.

    Similarly, Misbah is out touch, to recall Asim Kamal after four years as a late compensation and include Faisal Iqbal just to keep Miandad quite and ignore Fawad Alam, Ahmed Shehzad (after picking him ouside of 22) and not replace Sarfaraz Ahamed in place of Kamran Akamal is simply crimilal.

    What if lose the test? It will not be the end of world. We have already lost two ODI badly to the same side. If we dont experiment and re-build the team when do we do it? This is as good a time as any with Captain.

  • CRICKETEXPERT on February 20, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    Theelana, my freind its only a game you are taking things too seriously here.

    Anyway what happened against India recently if Murali and Mendis are so good???

  • waterbuffalo on February 20, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    First of all, I don't think Theelana is even a Sri Lankan, if he was he need not have put "from Colombo" in his user name. He is obviously an Indian, so it would be better to just ignore him. Most Sri Lankans have class and this guy has zero. Now to Kamran Abassi's post looking at the lineup I see Asim Kamal has been left out and Shoaib Malik is batting at 4. What a huge come down from Mohd. Yousuf. From one of the best in the world to a part time batsman. I know Shoaib averages in the 60's against S. Lanka, but remind me how many centuries does this mama's boy have? And he is at 4? Faisal Iqbal at 6 is another disaster waiting to happen, this guy is way too aggressive and is better suited to the ODI's, as is the majority of Pakistan's side. Asim Kamal is exactly the kind of patient and boring batsman we need in the side, not more pseudo Afridi's trying to get to 50 in 30 balls. I am glad Tanvir has been dropped, he is a terrible bowler who would have been massacred by Lanka's lefties.

  • faisal on February 20, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    i think selection is pretty good if it is not great except shoil tanvir. why coz after ICL banned palyer thats what we have. we are gonna depend on younis, sulman and misbah other then that batsman malik and faisal has to watch and kamal has a chance again to prove himself that he is a good test batsman. In bowling section we'r gonna depend on kaniria and gull but khan and talha has to watch. Main thing is if paks batting succeeded then thats it they will be able to give a tuagh time to sri lanka. somebody wrote above that afridi didn't get enough chances, my bro he played 271 ODI and 26 test matches only younis khan and akamal have palyed more test then afridi in the whole team so i think he had good enough chances. Afridi's problem is that he is not consistant one day he scores hundred then next 100 days nothing then again somthing then again old story i think we need some consistant test player who can make at least 30 to 40 not hundred in every match or every other match if one palyer makes score like 100 and 4 palyers make 40 and some contribution from the tail end, Score is gonna be more then three hundred. thats what we need, rest of the is almost doing same thing. world's all teams are performing like that one or two players make big and remaining contributs 30's and 40's then their bowler performs and they win thats it.

  • Sam Hasan on February 20, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Looks like our team is again in for a defeat.....Afridi wasn't selected against India and again he hasn't been selected...Pakistani management is more responsible for his poor run...not giving him enough chance to bat properly....

  • safwan on February 20, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    @ theelana.....take it easy mate.....its only a game.....and you are talking about humilaiting pakistan...lol.

    Probably we are gonna get beaten but i am quite optimistic with regards younis's captaincy....this could be the start of somthing great....though we need yousuf back in the side ASAP.

  • Farce Follower on February 20, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Nice language, Kamran, describing the inclusion of Ahmed Shehzad as a typically random Pakistani Punt. Found it an interesting phrase....

  • EAMiran on February 20, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Theelana:

    While it is true that Pakistan has been well below par (ok abysmal) for the last 2 - 3 years, they have only way to go now --- and that is up. If Sri Lankan batsmen have not been in great form, by your own admission, than their bowlers haven't fared much better lately. They were unable get a second string side out in the side match and eventually lost. Afridi, the walking wicket was able to score! Infact has Chaminda broken the 120kph barrier in the last 2 years? He'll soon be joining Murali and Mendis to form a trio of spinners. Pakisan may well lose but I doubt they will go down without a fight, like they did in their last 2 odi's. Beware the fearlessness of youth!

  • zahid on February 20, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    kamran abbasi once again hits the nail on its head. I would also second the above comments from eamiran. Some of the decisions have been debated endlessly in the press and fan forums but the inclusion of miandads nephew faisal iqbal gets barely a mention as though we are supposed to just accept this rampant corruption and nepotism in pakistan cricket as we accept it from our government.

  • EAMiran on February 20, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Pak selection criteria seems rather odd. I have no problem with the selection of rookies. Their performance will not be any worse than the players they have replaced. It is the selection of players like Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Shoaib Malik, and Kamran Akmal that defies logic. Faisal has been a largely tried, tested and failed experiment. Asim Kamal should never have been dropped in the first place but to bring him in now, when he is not in the best of form and advanced in years is not the wisest of decisions and seems more of a redemptive effort on the part of the selectors than any thing else. Malik is not a test player - his value (for some may argue) lies in the one day format where he can bat and bowl a bit. As for the "Khatmal" - the less said the better - he needs to be shown the door immediately. Gul, Khan, and Talha will be an interesting pace attack, although I suspect that young Mohd. Aamer, who has not been selected, is the most talented of the lot. His time will come.

  • Theelana kumudu from colombo on February 20, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka thrashed Pakistan in ODI. Pakistan did not last 50 overs in ODI. Can they even last a day in batting in tests ? ....and Mendis and Murali will have free hand and will make Pakistanis dance to their tune. Our batsman are not in great form but compared to Paki batters they are in enough form to get a 2-0 test lead and to humiliate Pakistan once more.

  • ASIF on February 20, 2009, 3:54 GMT

    Pakistan picked 5 new comers in its team but surprisingly axed afridi.Afridi should have been in the team.He showed his batting skills in the two day match.They again picked faisal iqbal instead of afridi.Afridi's test average is better than most of the current pakistan players.In fact he is next to younus & mizbah in averages plus he has taken 47 wickets.Afridi would have been a perfect fit at number seven.I don't understand the logic when they say he is out of form.What about younus,mizbah,kamran they were also out of form & failed miserably against sri lanka.I don't know why the radar is always only on afridi.In my opinion afridi should always be in the team as he is a three dimensional player.Pakistan team management & selectors are always unfair to afridi & are wasting his gifted talents.Also note that afridi's test performance is better than one dayers & he has scored 5 centuries & 9 fifties in 26 tests & his average in the last 10 tests is above 45 which should not be ignored.

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  • ASIF on February 20, 2009, 3:54 GMT

    Pakistan picked 5 new comers in its team but surprisingly axed afridi.Afridi should have been in the team.He showed his batting skills in the two day match.They again picked faisal iqbal instead of afridi.Afridi's test average is better than most of the current pakistan players.In fact he is next to younus & mizbah in averages plus he has taken 47 wickets.Afridi would have been a perfect fit at number seven.I don't understand the logic when they say he is out of form.What about younus,mizbah,kamran they were also out of form & failed miserably against sri lanka.I don't know why the radar is always only on afridi.In my opinion afridi should always be in the team as he is a three dimensional player.Pakistan team management & selectors are always unfair to afridi & are wasting his gifted talents.Also note that afridi's test performance is better than one dayers & he has scored 5 centuries & 9 fifties in 26 tests & his average in the last 10 tests is above 45 which should not be ignored.

  • Theelana kumudu from colombo on February 20, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka thrashed Pakistan in ODI. Pakistan did not last 50 overs in ODI. Can they even last a day in batting in tests ? ....and Mendis and Murali will have free hand and will make Pakistanis dance to their tune. Our batsman are not in great form but compared to Paki batters they are in enough form to get a 2-0 test lead and to humiliate Pakistan once more.

  • EAMiran on February 20, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Pak selection criteria seems rather odd. I have no problem with the selection of rookies. Their performance will not be any worse than the players they have replaced. It is the selection of players like Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Shoaib Malik, and Kamran Akmal that defies logic. Faisal has been a largely tried, tested and failed experiment. Asim Kamal should never have been dropped in the first place but to bring him in now, when he is not in the best of form and advanced in years is not the wisest of decisions and seems more of a redemptive effort on the part of the selectors than any thing else. Malik is not a test player - his value (for some may argue) lies in the one day format where he can bat and bowl a bit. As for the "Khatmal" - the less said the better - he needs to be shown the door immediately. Gul, Khan, and Talha will be an interesting pace attack, although I suspect that young Mohd. Aamer, who has not been selected, is the most talented of the lot. His time will come.

  • zahid on February 20, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    kamran abbasi once again hits the nail on its head. I would also second the above comments from eamiran. Some of the decisions have been debated endlessly in the press and fan forums but the inclusion of miandads nephew faisal iqbal gets barely a mention as though we are supposed to just accept this rampant corruption and nepotism in pakistan cricket as we accept it from our government.

  • EAMiran on February 20, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Theelana:

    While it is true that Pakistan has been well below par (ok abysmal) for the last 2 - 3 years, they have only way to go now --- and that is up. If Sri Lankan batsmen have not been in great form, by your own admission, than their bowlers haven't fared much better lately. They were unable get a second string side out in the side match and eventually lost. Afridi, the walking wicket was able to score! Infact has Chaminda broken the 120kph barrier in the last 2 years? He'll soon be joining Murali and Mendis to form a trio of spinners. Pakisan may well lose but I doubt they will go down without a fight, like they did in their last 2 odi's. Beware the fearlessness of youth!

  • Farce Follower on February 20, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Nice language, Kamran, describing the inclusion of Ahmed Shehzad as a typically random Pakistani Punt. Found it an interesting phrase....

  • safwan on February 20, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    @ theelana.....take it easy mate.....its only a game.....and you are talking about humilaiting pakistan...lol.

    Probably we are gonna get beaten but i am quite optimistic with regards younis's captaincy....this could be the start of somthing great....though we need yousuf back in the side ASAP.

  • Sam Hasan on February 20, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Looks like our team is again in for a defeat.....Afridi wasn't selected against India and again he hasn't been selected...Pakistani management is more responsible for his poor run...not giving him enough chance to bat properly....

  • faisal on February 20, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    i think selection is pretty good if it is not great except shoil tanvir. why coz after ICL banned palyer thats what we have. we are gonna depend on younis, sulman and misbah other then that batsman malik and faisal has to watch and kamal has a chance again to prove himself that he is a good test batsman. In bowling section we'r gonna depend on kaniria and gull but khan and talha has to watch. Main thing is if paks batting succeeded then thats it they will be able to give a tuagh time to sri lanka. somebody wrote above that afridi didn't get enough chances, my bro he played 271 ODI and 26 test matches only younis khan and akamal have palyed more test then afridi in the whole team so i think he had good enough chances. Afridi's problem is that he is not consistant one day he scores hundred then next 100 days nothing then again somthing then again old story i think we need some consistant test player who can make at least 30 to 40 not hundred in every match or every other match if one palyer makes score like 100 and 4 palyers make 40 and some contribution from the tail end, Score is gonna be more then three hundred. thats what we need, rest of the is almost doing same thing. world's all teams are performing like that one or two players make big and remaining contributs 30's and 40's then their bowler performs and they win thats it.

  • waterbuffalo on February 20, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    First of all, I don't think Theelana is even a Sri Lankan, if he was he need not have put "from Colombo" in his user name. He is obviously an Indian, so it would be better to just ignore him. Most Sri Lankans have class and this guy has zero. Now to Kamran Abassi's post looking at the lineup I see Asim Kamal has been left out and Shoaib Malik is batting at 4. What a huge come down from Mohd. Yousuf. From one of the best in the world to a part time batsman. I know Shoaib averages in the 60's against S. Lanka, but remind me how many centuries does this mama's boy have? And he is at 4? Faisal Iqbal at 6 is another disaster waiting to happen, this guy is way too aggressive and is better suited to the ODI's, as is the majority of Pakistan's side. Asim Kamal is exactly the kind of patient and boring batsman we need in the side, not more pseudo Afridi's trying to get to 50 in 30 balls. I am glad Tanvir has been dropped, he is a terrible bowler who would have been massacred by Lanka's lefties.