Age of Khan February 22, 2009

Sri Lanka win Pakistan's lottery

The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced a daily lottery to attract spectators
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The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced a daily lottery to attract spectators. The next marketing strategy might be to pay people to attend? If that didn't work, the PCB would have to admit it has a team that nobody wants to watch. The best marketing strategy, without doubt, is to have a successful and exciting cricket team. Younis Khan's new team may be some way from either of those labels but this is just the beginning.

Karachi's pitch has been easy paced and the bounce has been friendly, a graveyard for most bowlers, not just Pakistan's assortment of characters with something to prove. It is a pitch that allows a bowler of high pace or sharp turn to make a genuine difference. Pakistan have neither of world class in this match.

Yet it is tough to return to Test cricket after 14 months, and some of the disciplines will take a while to return. Add that to the excellence of Sri Lanka's batting, and you can see why the lottery of choosing an inexperienced attack might fail.

The real test of Younis Khan's team will come when they face Murali and Mendis. A huge total will offer Sri Lanka's world class bowlers the freedom to attack, while creating immense pressure for Pakistan's untried batting line-up. Indeed, Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria have shown that the pitch will become increasingly receptive to good spin bowling.

There can be few bigger challenges in international cricket - even for a team with a new found solidarity forged in an isolation camp. The Age of Khan begins with a monumental struggle.

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

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  • rahmat ali on February 20, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Give them some time, it seems like everyone knows cricket more than the Selectors

  • RSN on February 25, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, be honest!. Were Pak were to lose the test , Younis would have been under a huge microscope. Luckily he got a dead track, made some runs, bolstered his position!. don't go gaga over it.

  • samir, India on February 24, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    hey TB, hindsight is allways 20 20. But chill guys, your team is still WIP (Work in progress), put those knives away. let them sort themselves out.

  • TB on February 24, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Give them some time, it seems like everyone knows cricket more than the Selectors, Captains and Administrators. If Cricket was that easy you all were playing but alas you guys are nothing but armchair quarterbacks.

  • Ahsan Siddiqui on February 24, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    I can jump on the band wagon of blaming the pitch for the tonnes of runs piled up in this test match, but not to be missed is the selection of the bowlers in pakistani Team, i still feel inclusion of Sohail Khan was a wrong one and Muhammad Talha and Muhammad Amir should get a chance in the next test. Faisal Iqbal is another wet gun and khurram manzoor is no way near to the mark doesnt matter if they score but the exceptional talent required in both of these players is not there. Ahmed shehzad should have been given a chance. but any ways enough of criticism i believe Pakistan team and espacially Younis Khan has done a tremendous job to mend the damage and hats off to him who is inching towards his maden triple century. Well done boys after 14 months of isolation. That at least will shut your critics up. Excellent knock Younis, you dont get triple centuries every day even if thats the worst of the pitches...

  • Theelana kumudu from colombo on February 24, 2009, 6:46 GMT

    I am from Colombo and i write it becos i am proud of it. As expected Pakistanis did not prepare a track which would assist spin or seam becasue then they would have been 75 all out in tests. Even then SL tigers got 430 odd paretnership record. Incredible. But sadly no test match lovers exist in Pakistan. No wonder no one wants to vist Pakistan to play.

  • Fluent-in-english on February 24, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    Why Inti and Yunus speak pitch bad when match not finished? What if M&M bowl pakistan out two time? Pakistan lose match. Yunus look bad.Talk too much not good. Play cricket. Win match.

  • Hussain Khan on February 24, 2009, 1:21 GMT

    Where is the Pakistani patriotism?? In Australia and in many other countries,thousands of its citizens flock to watch and support their national team even if they are not doing so well. Without the support and backing of the public it will be a difficult task for the new captain to turn the team around.

  • faisal on February 23, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    one more thing about the pitch. Every body is criticizing the pitch i think its not pitch when their was no one day cricket same test cricket was so popular all over the world than one day cricket joined the test, so test cricket started losing grip with passage of time now Twenty20 cricket is going on alongside the ODI and Test so these test are becoming too boring becoz ODI and 20 cricket is too exiting/intersting and resultfull . however attandence in test cricket is still strong in England, Aus and india but thats not engouh hey ICC, if you want test cricket popular all over the world again you need to bring some innovation yes INNVOTION becoz people don't like these old cripled rules and laws how long are we gonna bare these Man. First i think start day/night test cricket with color clothes but the problum is that they say oh man we don't have the right color for ball becoz white ball discolors quickly so untill scientest invent that speciall color we can't start day/night test cricket man if white ball discolors early change the rules now we change ball after 80 overs reduce that ball to 60 or 55 overs like ODIs and when we get the right color change it back. Second get rid of the tea break so first and second session should be 45 over long, lunch break one hour long so we will get some consistency in the game and that is gonna benefit the batsman and it will improve the interest of game too. Third reduce the innings to 150 overs meaning that if team A is bating than team B will need to bowled them out in 150 overs or bating of team A is gonna last 150 overs after that their team will be atumatically declared. i think if we make these changes we can get 99 persent result from test cricket regardless of pitch condition and we will see some test cricket in the begining of the inings and some fast cricket like ODIS in the last 10 to 20 overs of the inings and we wll also bring back the spectators and excitment in the ground. ICC bring the innovation bring in bring in....

  • Rauf on February 23, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    I am with PCB on this one... to some extent. You play with the team you have not the one you wished you had so let's stop day dreaming. Two W's are retired and so are other past greats.

    Two things have hurt Pakistan cricket tremendously within last 3 to 4 years never witnessed before. a) ban on ICL players and b) lack of test cricket because teams don't want to tour Pakistan. While PCB has no control over who visits, they have the control to lift the ban on ICL players.

    They also need to manage the players correctly. How can you let a rising talent like Asif bite the dust is beyond me. It is player's responsibility to behave but when you take a kid from a lower middle class background and give him few $100,000 then chances are there that he may blunder.

  • rahmat ali on February 20, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Give them some time, it seems like everyone knows cricket more than the Selectors

  • RSN on February 25, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, be honest!. Were Pak were to lose the test , Younis would have been under a huge microscope. Luckily he got a dead track, made some runs, bolstered his position!. don't go gaga over it.

  • samir, India on February 24, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    hey TB, hindsight is allways 20 20. But chill guys, your team is still WIP (Work in progress), put those knives away. let them sort themselves out.

  • TB on February 24, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Give them some time, it seems like everyone knows cricket more than the Selectors, Captains and Administrators. If Cricket was that easy you all were playing but alas you guys are nothing but armchair quarterbacks.

  • Ahsan Siddiqui on February 24, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    I can jump on the band wagon of blaming the pitch for the tonnes of runs piled up in this test match, but not to be missed is the selection of the bowlers in pakistani Team, i still feel inclusion of Sohail Khan was a wrong one and Muhammad Talha and Muhammad Amir should get a chance in the next test. Faisal Iqbal is another wet gun and khurram manzoor is no way near to the mark doesnt matter if they score but the exceptional talent required in both of these players is not there. Ahmed shehzad should have been given a chance. but any ways enough of criticism i believe Pakistan team and espacially Younis Khan has done a tremendous job to mend the damage and hats off to him who is inching towards his maden triple century. Well done boys after 14 months of isolation. That at least will shut your critics up. Excellent knock Younis, you dont get triple centuries every day even if thats the worst of the pitches...

  • Theelana kumudu from colombo on February 24, 2009, 6:46 GMT

    I am from Colombo and i write it becos i am proud of it. As expected Pakistanis did not prepare a track which would assist spin or seam becasue then they would have been 75 all out in tests. Even then SL tigers got 430 odd paretnership record. Incredible. But sadly no test match lovers exist in Pakistan. No wonder no one wants to vist Pakistan to play.

  • Fluent-in-english on February 24, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    Why Inti and Yunus speak pitch bad when match not finished? What if M&M bowl pakistan out two time? Pakistan lose match. Yunus look bad.Talk too much not good. Play cricket. Win match.

  • Hussain Khan on February 24, 2009, 1:21 GMT

    Where is the Pakistani patriotism?? In Australia and in many other countries,thousands of its citizens flock to watch and support their national team even if they are not doing so well. Without the support and backing of the public it will be a difficult task for the new captain to turn the team around.

  • faisal on February 23, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    one more thing about the pitch. Every body is criticizing the pitch i think its not pitch when their was no one day cricket same test cricket was so popular all over the world than one day cricket joined the test, so test cricket started losing grip with passage of time now Twenty20 cricket is going on alongside the ODI and Test so these test are becoming too boring becoz ODI and 20 cricket is too exiting/intersting and resultfull . however attandence in test cricket is still strong in England, Aus and india but thats not engouh hey ICC, if you want test cricket popular all over the world again you need to bring some innovation yes INNVOTION becoz people don't like these old cripled rules and laws how long are we gonna bare these Man. First i think start day/night test cricket with color clothes but the problum is that they say oh man we don't have the right color for ball becoz white ball discolors quickly so untill scientest invent that speciall color we can't start day/night test cricket man if white ball discolors early change the rules now we change ball after 80 overs reduce that ball to 60 or 55 overs like ODIs and when we get the right color change it back. Second get rid of the tea break so first and second session should be 45 over long, lunch break one hour long so we will get some consistency in the game and that is gonna benefit the batsman and it will improve the interest of game too. Third reduce the innings to 150 overs meaning that if team A is bating than team B will need to bowled them out in 150 overs or bating of team A is gonna last 150 overs after that their team will be atumatically declared. i think if we make these changes we can get 99 persent result from test cricket regardless of pitch condition and we will see some test cricket in the begining of the inings and some fast cricket like ODIS in the last 10 to 20 overs of the inings and we wll also bring back the spectators and excitment in the ground. ICC bring the innovation bring in bring in....

  • Rauf on February 23, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    I am with PCB on this one... to some extent. You play with the team you have not the one you wished you had so let's stop day dreaming. Two W's are retired and so are other past greats.

    Two things have hurt Pakistan cricket tremendously within last 3 to 4 years never witnessed before. a) ban on ICL players and b) lack of test cricket because teams don't want to tour Pakistan. While PCB has no control over who visits, they have the control to lift the ban on ICL players.

    They also need to manage the players correctly. How can you let a rising talent like Asif bite the dust is beyond me. It is player's responsibility to behave but when you take a kid from a lower middle class background and give him few $100,000 then chances are there that he may blunder.

  • Wasim on February 23, 2009, 5:52 GMT

    Younis Khan coerced with the selection process and supported some below average players. On a dead wicket he chose to play with just three regular bowlers and didn't back his bowlers by plugging the third man and sweeper areas on the pretext of being aggressive as a result SL posted a total of 644, now he is blaming the curator. Wasn't he aware of the nature of the pitch before the toss? Isn't SL playing on the same turf? For the poor selection and poor field placement only he is responsible. As regards bowling I like Umar Gul but he is only good as a support bowler he can't lead the attack, Sohail Khan was all hype he consistently bowled in 130's and failed to move the ball he collapses on his front leg and his slow run up doesn't give him enough momentum to bowl around 150, Yasir Arafat bowled well but bizarre field placement and lack of support by other bowlers rendered him ineffective. Its a dead pitch and Younis will have to score big to redeem himself and to save the match.

  • Asim Muhammad on February 23, 2009, 2:45 GMT

    Salaam, I know its been a bad match for pak so far but I think it going to be better, becoz test is where u learn your trade and skills,yasir arafat and sohail did do that bad its just bad pitch with no help.If Pak batsmen score 400 in first innings it will make very interesting test and boost their morale.Dont be so negative about pak team, This team will bring glory day after few failure so lets support our young player on the fringe are preetty good and will prove world class but not overnight ,only after learning and honing the skills by playing more and learning by mistake , so be patient and be positive. Pak zindabad ,Asim

  • faisal on February 22, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    i don't know why people start bickering about the pak team this early, man team is back in teat arena after 14 months give them time half team is new after losing shoib(unfit),asif(banned),tanvir(selection misfit) and above all ICL. what can you expect from this team. i agree that their are some errer in selection but thats what we have i remember when Mohd asif appeard first time in test in australia he was erratic not on spot but after playing some cricket he is a best bowler so i think new palyers need some time to be good. however i think their is no place for kaneria in the team he was upset with last cricket board when they reduced his contract same thing yasir arafat his line and lenght is good but he isn't dangerious to batsman coz he is not quick enough to scare the batsman and i think shoil khan needs time, tanvir should not have been dropped at the first place and kamran akmal i wrote about him in prevois topic

  • Tirmizi on February 22, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    I think the team selection was poor to say the least and the pitch was docile and unworthy but then I can't remember even one incident of witnessing a good quality pitch in my country.The curators should be fired I would suggest. We had nothing to lose and we couldn't have been in a worse position than this one.We should have included Talha or Muhammed Waseem and Asim Kamal or Fawad instead of Faisal Iqbal.I know he's a nephew of Javed Miandad but come on,the guy had his share of chances and proved nothing.It should be someone else's turn now. We need express fast bowlers for our dead pitches and we had none in the team. Kaneria has failed to mature as a world class bowler and I think he had played enough as well. I suggest, we should move on and give opportunities to younger players in view of preparing a competent team 2-3 years down the line and stop persevering with the same old incompetent folk.

  • cb fry on February 22, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    look it's a terrible pitch. until groundsman in pakistan have some sense beaten into them, test cricket in the country will always be as dull as this: a completely unfair contest between bat and ball. pakistan could still capitulate due to the pressure of the mountain of runs, but that is a mental failing. The pitch is lifeless, terrible, hopeless. No wonder no-one turns up anymore.

  • Umair Asad on February 22, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    This is the right time for the likes of Sohail Khan , Yasir Arafat and the newcomer Mohammad Talha to prove their worth and establish theirselves a place in the Pakistan cricket team. The previous cricketing body looked out of sorts and produced no cricketer that one can remember of.

    Over the years Pakistans forte has been its bowling, now its high time that Pakistan finally produce a young fast bowler that can do wonders.

    I would want all you Pakistan cricket fans to be a little patient and let us find the right combination that will trouble batsmen from all over the world for years to come.

  • Sameer Mathur on February 22, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    Pak cricket is truly in doldrums. Your best batsman is not in the team for non-cricketing reasons. The rookie Sohail K. looks completely out of his depth. Kaneria is painful to watch. And it amazes me to still see Akmal in your team.

    The Lankans pounded you to the tune of 600+ runs. And the Murli, Mendis menace is lurking round the corner.

    Let us hope there is a silver lining. Gul and Arafat did try their best. Younis Khan is a great competitor. Malik, Misbah and the rest will hopefully fight till the bitter end.

    The end is unfortunately hardly in doubt. Baring some remarkable batting, the Lankans will be up 1-0.

  • Comeon Saqi on February 22, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    Tell me one thing Kamran, how long are you willing to give Danish Kaneria a place in the test team for granted!! The guy has let us down so many times and failed even to match any of his predecessors at home grounds.

    Saqi is just 31 and he has even innovated a teesra and you are not even willing to even consider such a match winner like him!!

  • khalil on February 22, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Gone are the days of Imran & 2W,s Or the gritty Miandad,to win matches single handedly.To win matches is a psychological barrier for us now. It can only be done by introducing discipline in the team.Neither We have world class fast/spin bowlers to actually depend upon nor we have any batsman of that calibre. Look at SA,it is the discipline which has made them No. 2 in the world.They perform in bits & pieces and everybody has some contribution towards the cause of the team.Individuals still may sparkle in our cricket but consistency can only be brought through dicipline.

  • tarique on February 22, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    Pakistan is lucky that they didnt play test match for last 14 months.The quality of the team is so poor that if they played they must lost every match. After Akram,Waqar,Inzamam era this team is so mediocre that any team of the world can easily beat Pakistan either in test or in one-day. This is real truth. Neither Yonus nor Malik can bring the team to international level until or unless real peace & democracy come in whole country

  • Abdul on February 22, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Tomorrow will be crucial day at the office which can have a constructive input on the overall outcome of the match. As Ramiz Raja said on commentary something along the lines of “ When u bat with a draw in mind it can have a daunting psychological effect on your mind and affect your performance “. I agree with this to a certain extent as u can’t just go in a shell especially with 2 unorthodox off spinners operating in tandem as pressure will build up and u could be defeated by the unplayable delivery. But then again u can’t be careless and give your wicket away. Can U? I and many other Pakistani fans will be Banking on Younis Khan (the backbone of the batting order) to deliver by playing a captain’s innings and start his leadership regime with a bang. Can he save the day and come to the party?

  • Abbas on February 22, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    You can not turn the spectators in the stadium without having a pitch that gives some results.. and in karachi...aweful pitch...Pakistan is playing at home..yet pitches seems to be favourable to srilankans....y cant u make hard pitches..is pakistani coach not confident on our fast bowlers...so boring match...i know tht pakistan gonna loose it...huh

  • EAMiran on February 22, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    I had mentioned in KA's previous blog that it would be interesting to see Pakistan's new pace attack. The interest wore thin after the 1st hour and a half when the pancake of a pitch rendered our pacers helpless. I am sure SL's pacers will be as ineffectual, although I expect M & M to be a constant threat. This does not take away from the fact that when Yasir Arafat looks to be the most dangerous bowler on our side there is something seriously wrong. The hype surrounding Sohail Khan has burst - he is neither quick nor does he have the ability to do much with the ball. Infact, as Waqar pointed out, he falls away when he bowls. This is a major defect. There is talk about Talha being quick, but if this is the same rubbish that was being written about Sohail then Pakistan will struggle to get 20 wickets against top teams on flatter tracks. Kaneria was par for the course - wickets and plenty of runs. At least there was no pre-match blab. Let's hope the batsmen make a match out of it.

  • Jabran on February 22, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    There was a time I remember use to flick channels looking for a channel showing the pakistan cricket matches, now that we got those channels i avoid flicking through them. It is just not exciting watching Pakistan cricket anymore. Young players totally unexciting or encouraging to watch.Squad sparing a few are plain medicore we have gone down badly and things are not looking to improve soon

  • mukesh kunal on February 22, 2009, 14:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is going through a tough time and these are the testing times for both players and also the management of the governing body.As due to lack of matches played on the pakistan soil there is shortage of money and the spectators are also there in scraps and patches.As we have seen in the Asia Cup presence of the spectators were felt only in the matches played by the host nation and India but that's past now. After 14 months there was life in karachi as after a gap of 14 months pakistan was playing a test match that too in pakistan but the going was tough for pakistani bowler as none other than Yasir Arafat was economical among the fast bowlers.Srilankan batsman showed excellent application on a batsman friendly pitch having something for spinners as we saw the way Danish and malik bowled and were rewarded by a valueable wicket of Sangakarra.Which is a clearly indicate that pakistani batsman will have a tough time out in the middle specially Younis.

  • kaiser 1 on February 22, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    This is the height of impotency as one looks at the composition of the current team. Younis khan may be a pro-active captain and man but the flaws in the team selection have come out openly after the 2 days of test match at karachi. No 1 shaoib malik has no place in the test side even as a player(off spinner). Instead Saeed ajmal should have been picked. No.2 Fawaad Alam should have been given a maiden chance if they are looking to build a solid team for the future and Asim kamal should have been an ideal choice for middle order in place of Muhammad Yousuf. SL 644/7 and Pak 44/1 and speaks alot itself. Thanks.

  • Faisal Ceasar on February 22, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    Monumental task indeed for the men in green !Thanks to the poor gambling played by the captain for selecting a worst product in the name of Sohail Khan.Instead of the dumb Khan, Tanvir would have been the right choice.Surely it's quite difficult a task for a team to come and play test cricket after months but Younis can't deny that he needed to have the best combination and the best plan to face a team like Srilanka.One might disagree with me but I think Afridi should not be left out.He is better than Faisal Iqbal and I don't think Faisal Iqbal would make any difference to the playing XI.At least Afridi's bowling could have been a bonus.Umer Gul looked good early on but as the Lankans cashed in with the mediocrocity of Sohail Khan and Yasir Arafat men Gul lost way so as the same goes for Kaneria.Onething Pakistan might do and that is which the legend Hanif Mohammad did almost 50 years ago against the WI.But again does the present Pakistan team have that spirit in them at present ?

  • Chandana DXB on February 22, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    PAK should smart at fielding. They drop few catches & paid lot. They should make presure to the batsman. Bowlers can't do everything. Let's see how they answer for this huge total.

  • Asif Abbasi on February 22, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan is no more a team, that can get others out on flat pitches... We need to keep in mind that this same sri lankan team was actually crushed by the indians... We are now the Indian team of the 90s infact worse since we cannot boast of a good batting lineup and we have a pretty innocuous bowling attack.

    I think the best match for pakistan right now is bangladesh...

  • Mubashir Hanif on February 22, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Assalmaoalikum! Ii have written it over and over and I write here again, THAT PCB does not have a written constitution, THAT the boundries of the selectors and the Captain are not defined THAT there is a jungle law and no one knows WHO IS WHO?You idiots first you pick Gull, Arafat and Khan and then you make a dead rubber pitch?you are fighting a war based on enemies strength/s?what are you aiming for?And now they wont be able to read what is written on the wall of fate:Murli-Mendis combo.Well done again PCB well done. I guess the realtionships have again prevailed over the skills. Hun tusy saraiy PANGRA pao. peace

  • Rameen Hashmi on February 22, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    I wonder why PCB was so eager to resume playing test cricket in Pakistan (at least it seemed so) when they had a cricket pitch like Karachi in mind. They did not do any good to Pakistan Cricket by having a test match on such a wicket, I never believed that ICC should have a say in preparation of wickets (as i thought that will negate the home team an advantage), however, now I think that there should be rules to penalize the cricket administratots for causing such harm to test cricket by making such pitches.

  • Hafiz M.Abid on February 22, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    our team missing is 1 trick for last several years is the Genuine Fast bowlers.they keep trying old coins. Yasir arafat is mere medium pacer like Razzaq, can he win match? Danish Kaneria starts taking wicket after conceding 100 runs 1st, is he match winner? our team should retun to basics that if bowling puts batsman in trap then match can be won. liek this we are only going to worsen our records and team repute. i feel Bangladesh team more balanced then Pak team, to be honest. return to basic instead of creating controvercies everyday.

  • Shehzad Khan on February 22, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Pakistan is one bowler short, to put it mildly.

    The selection strategy is hard to understand, making it obvious that Abdul Qadir and Younis would not be able to work together for long.

    Pakistan had to select a team not on the basis of talent, horses for courses or form but on the basis of compromise between their choices (Sohail Khan instead of Tanwir), past form from the last test (Arafat, Faisal 2007) and we had the 2 and a half test bowlers in Gul, Kaneria and Malik.

    Arafat had failed to impress in the 1st innings and i cant understand the strategy to play Malik as the 5th bowler. In fact, Arafat and Sohail khan are struggling to be the 4th bowler in the team. It was really demoralizing to watch Sohail Khan limping to the crease in his overs before tea.

    Is it the plot to drop Malik in the next match to bring in a regular bowler?

  • Aditya Mookerjee on February 22, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    I guess, the PCB has to do it's bit to promote Test Cricket. It's sad, that the average Pakistani in a test playing center in Pakistan, does not visit his stadium to view Test Matches. If this had been an India vs Pakistan series, then the attendance would have been better. I would like this current series to be hard fought. Who knows? Either Pakistan or Sri Lanka may yet win the series. The Pakistan batsmen may have no problem in facing Mendis. How about the Pakistan spinners? I did not think that Kaneria and Malik did a bad job, on the second day. But, The two batsmen did a great job to post double centuries.

  • AJAX on February 22, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    There is a global recession going on, but having said that it is also true that nobody attended matches when there wasn't a recession. So in that way, Test Matches in Pakistan are recession proof! Take that IPL!

  • Rashid M Ansari on February 22, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    I agree with your point of view on Pakistan Cricket team. It is at this moment can not be compared even with state team of Australia. There is no skill and talent in this team like we used to see in Wasim Akram or Waqar Younus. I used to watch test cricket of Pakistan religiously and now I don't have any desire to see that team playing at all. You are absolutely spot on by saying that PCB needs to pay the people to come to the ground and watch this team. Nothing is there to watch, bowling is just pathetic, aimless and there is no pride in fielding, catches are dropped so frequently that it seems to me as if we are watching a game in our backyard. Batting will soon be exposed by Sri Lankan bowlers as I don't see our batsman concentrating and staying on the wicket for a longer time. I think it will be very difficult task for Pakistan to save this test match. Finally, I miss Wasim Akram and Waqar Younus and only pray for Pakistan team.

    Dr. Rashid Ansari

  • pratheepan on February 22, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    nice lottery hence srilanka had won the prize because of mahela and samaraveera do any body think srilanka win all the test match in pakistan comeent on this

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  • pratheepan on February 22, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    nice lottery hence srilanka had won the prize because of mahela and samaraveera do any body think srilanka win all the test match in pakistan comeent on this

  • Rashid M Ansari on February 22, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    I agree with your point of view on Pakistan Cricket team. It is at this moment can not be compared even with state team of Australia. There is no skill and talent in this team like we used to see in Wasim Akram or Waqar Younus. I used to watch test cricket of Pakistan religiously and now I don't have any desire to see that team playing at all. You are absolutely spot on by saying that PCB needs to pay the people to come to the ground and watch this team. Nothing is there to watch, bowling is just pathetic, aimless and there is no pride in fielding, catches are dropped so frequently that it seems to me as if we are watching a game in our backyard. Batting will soon be exposed by Sri Lankan bowlers as I don't see our batsman concentrating and staying on the wicket for a longer time. I think it will be very difficult task for Pakistan to save this test match. Finally, I miss Wasim Akram and Waqar Younus and only pray for Pakistan team.

    Dr. Rashid Ansari

  • AJAX on February 22, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    There is a global recession going on, but having said that it is also true that nobody attended matches when there wasn't a recession. So in that way, Test Matches in Pakistan are recession proof! Take that IPL!

  • Aditya Mookerjee on February 22, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    I guess, the PCB has to do it's bit to promote Test Cricket. It's sad, that the average Pakistani in a test playing center in Pakistan, does not visit his stadium to view Test Matches. If this had been an India vs Pakistan series, then the attendance would have been better. I would like this current series to be hard fought. Who knows? Either Pakistan or Sri Lanka may yet win the series. The Pakistan batsmen may have no problem in facing Mendis. How about the Pakistan spinners? I did not think that Kaneria and Malik did a bad job, on the second day. But, The two batsmen did a great job to post double centuries.

  • Shehzad Khan on February 22, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Pakistan is one bowler short, to put it mildly.

    The selection strategy is hard to understand, making it obvious that Abdul Qadir and Younis would not be able to work together for long.

    Pakistan had to select a team not on the basis of talent, horses for courses or form but on the basis of compromise between their choices (Sohail Khan instead of Tanwir), past form from the last test (Arafat, Faisal 2007) and we had the 2 and a half test bowlers in Gul, Kaneria and Malik.

    Arafat had failed to impress in the 1st innings and i cant understand the strategy to play Malik as the 5th bowler. In fact, Arafat and Sohail khan are struggling to be the 4th bowler in the team. It was really demoralizing to watch Sohail Khan limping to the crease in his overs before tea.

    Is it the plot to drop Malik in the next match to bring in a regular bowler?

  • Hafiz M.Abid on February 22, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    our team missing is 1 trick for last several years is the Genuine Fast bowlers.they keep trying old coins. Yasir arafat is mere medium pacer like Razzaq, can he win match? Danish Kaneria starts taking wicket after conceding 100 runs 1st, is he match winner? our team should retun to basics that if bowling puts batsman in trap then match can be won. liek this we are only going to worsen our records and team repute. i feel Bangladesh team more balanced then Pak team, to be honest. return to basic instead of creating controvercies everyday.

  • Rameen Hashmi on February 22, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    I wonder why PCB was so eager to resume playing test cricket in Pakistan (at least it seemed so) when they had a cricket pitch like Karachi in mind. They did not do any good to Pakistan Cricket by having a test match on such a wicket, I never believed that ICC should have a say in preparation of wickets (as i thought that will negate the home team an advantage), however, now I think that there should be rules to penalize the cricket administratots for causing such harm to test cricket by making such pitches.

  • Mubashir Hanif on February 22, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Assalmaoalikum! Ii have written it over and over and I write here again, THAT PCB does not have a written constitution, THAT the boundries of the selectors and the Captain are not defined THAT there is a jungle law and no one knows WHO IS WHO?You idiots first you pick Gull, Arafat and Khan and then you make a dead rubber pitch?you are fighting a war based on enemies strength/s?what are you aiming for?And now they wont be able to read what is written on the wall of fate:Murli-Mendis combo.Well done again PCB well done. I guess the realtionships have again prevailed over the skills. Hun tusy saraiy PANGRA pao. peace

  • Asif Abbasi on February 22, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan is no more a team, that can get others out on flat pitches... We need to keep in mind that this same sri lankan team was actually crushed by the indians... We are now the Indian team of the 90s infact worse since we cannot boast of a good batting lineup and we have a pretty innocuous bowling attack.

    I think the best match for pakistan right now is bangladesh...

  • Chandana DXB on February 22, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    PAK should smart at fielding. They drop few catches & paid lot. They should make presure to the batsman. Bowlers can't do everything. Let's see how they answer for this huge total.