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April 21, 2009

Age of Khan

This could be your moment Younis

Kamran Abbasi



After many false dawns, Pakistan cricket will confront its new way of life. It is fitting that the moment arrives against Australia, the country that plunged Pakistan cricket out of its period of glory with the double blow of the 1999 World Cup Final defeat and the match-fixing controversy whose flames were lit with approaches to Australian cricketers.

Now, while the rest of the world's cricketers strut in the surreal atmosphere of the IPL in South Africa, Australia have honoured a commitment to play Pakistan in the desert. Too little too late, will be the reaction of many Pakistan fans, but Pakistan cricket is currently eager to dine out even on breadcrumbs.

Nor is this time for self-pity. Pakistan's cricketers may justifiably feel that domestic and international circumstances are conspiring to crush their spirit, yet the Age of Khan must also be the Age of Pragmatism. Here is where the survival instinct must kick in and a desire to hold your head up high in the face of the storm.

Pakistan's players must seize any opportunity to compete on the international stage, and play with the passion and flair that will make their supporters proud and fill them with hope. Ironically, Pakistan may benefit from playing fewer matches as each contest will be seen to be precious rather than the excess that they had become used to.

Ultimately, this period will be a test of leadership. We cannot expect any from the PCB, hence Younis Khan must seize the day and lead the fight for Pakistan cricket's recovery.

This could be your moment Younis. Take it.

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Posted by bala on (April 26, 2009, 0:33 GMT)

@OMAR

"and btw alot of pakistani also believe BCCI deliberatly tried to sabotage the PAK-SRI series and when they couldnt stop it from happening they sent RAW agents into pakistan to attack sri lanka so that pakistan would not be able to host international matches." the BCCI made RAW do that!!OMG I guess the even the BCCI would be completely flattered and floored to hear that.

Posted by dujon on (April 24, 2009, 3:46 GMT)

Typical Pakistan comment, trying to find a saviour in one man. You guys need to fix your country first, cricket is just a sport - it can wait. With all the violence in your country, you guys still talk about the aggressive "Pathan" quality - what a shame. What you really need is a quiet and calm environment to show the world that you guys, even though you're not smart, but you are atleast decent people. But there's no point in showing a donkey the ipod.

Posted by Sri on (April 24, 2009, 0:33 GMT)

@omar - LOL .. you mean everything happening bad in Pakistan cricket or Pakistan in general is because of India????? Still living in denial. I think countries are correctly not visiting Pakistan anymore for sports tour. Until you accept ground reality and sort it out for your own good (and not for anyone else) , you will not have any improvement.

Posted by Whats in a name? on (April 23, 2009, 20:15 GMT)

@Omar

ROFLMFAO

Posted by Osama Malik on (April 23, 2009, 16:44 GMT)

Pakistan has supported BCCI/other Asian boards in the time of need. However, Pakistan players were not only kicked out of ICL but also IPL. How does one justify that issue? If there were terror attacks, they were not committed by Pakistani players! Hence BCCI should have backed Pakistan, just like the PCB did when it was time to ban ICL.

Posted by Taqveem Ahsan Siddiqui on (April 23, 2009, 8:38 GMT)

The Cornered tigers have struck.. well done Lads, whatever may be the result of the series but the message has been sent. I loved to see the SPark back in the team yesterday, and no matter if you win or lose the instinct should be the one you all were and are famous for. I hope yesterday's win goes a long way to get you all back in the business. And for all those who are trying to undermine the efforts by claiming "oh that was a weak Aussie Side". Mind you this pakistani team is the team DEPRIVED of any Significant international cricket be it test or One days for the last 20 months or so, dont forget we are ALSO operating without our three BESTS Namely Muhammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir, so it virtually evens up the odds on the weaker aussie side debate. they are the team CORNERED by every cricketing nation and undermined by all around the world. but i believe this is just the begining of a Come back. There is still a long way to go, but well done for yesterday Lads.

Posted by omar on (April 23, 2009, 3:45 GMT)

@james

alot of pakistani believe tht the insurgency in our western borders is being funded by india. alot of pakistanis(including the lahore police) believe indian secret services were behind the attack on SL cricketers. sometimes its better to read between the lines then take the word on the street, accoridng to official sources 9/11 WAS NOT an inside job, but does tht mean its the truth?. in the sub continet everything is a conspiracy because there is so much corruption tht no one can be trusted. the indians will blame pakistani even if a little boy get bitten by a rat, thts india's knee jerk reaction to EVERYTHING bad tht goes on inside india so i think its fair for pakistanis to feel the same about indians. and btw alot of pakistani also believe BCCI deliberatly tried to sabotage the PAK-SRI series and when they couldnt stop it from happening they sent RAW agents into pakistan to attack sri lanka so tht pakistan would not be able to host international matches.

Posted by safwan on (April 23, 2009, 3:15 GMT)

Cant blame the indians for being so cocky, yes they are one of the best cricket teams around and a very fast upcoming economy......on the other hand, a lot of our problems are down to our own shortcomings.....however, maybe this is the time for change, and based on today's result.....im pretty hopeful younis has what it takes to turn around our cricketing fortunes......there is nothing wrong with taking a blow and being knocked out cold....instead its wrong if u cant summon up enough courage to stand back up again!!

Having said that, i must admit cricket is a lot poorer with the advent of this quick cricket (2020) thing.....its just a glittering show put together by ignorant, pretentious celebrities who know next to nothing about the game.....they r KILLING THE GAME....anyways, there is not much worth watching cricket thesedays anyways....all the greats like lara, inzi, yousuf, mcgrath, warne hav left the international game....so no charm left! no offences meant.

Posted by mukesh kunal on (April 23, 2009, 2:48 GMT)

hello friends it has been long since i last read the pak spin but yesterdays win against the "Aussies" has given a ray of hope and a new life to the newly pakistan.And according to me this is the time to show the world that they are a healty and a strong unit that can give nightmares to the opposition be india or aussies . And younis would be very pleased with the performance specially Shahid who ended with a carrear best figures of 6-38 and he carry on this form so as to win the series and revive the team which is going through a tough times. With this hope i'll end wishing "Good Luck" to the team so that they can beat the aussies.

Posted by Sam on (April 23, 2009, 2:10 GMT)

Saad u have hit the nail on the head. Actually the franchisees were keen to take in the pakistani players after the shift of venue. However that would have still meant that they would not have played bcos of national duties. I am sure they will be back next year. Hope that shuts up the conspiracy theorists.

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

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