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June 7, 2009

Twenty20 World Cup 2009

Rubbish Pakistan make England look good

Kamran Abbasi



Pakistan not only lost to England but they also demoralised their supporters today. In their international return to The Oval, Pakistan produced an insipid performance that now endangers their chances of qualification for the next stage of the tournament.

The major problem for Pakistan supporters is that their team hasn't even come close to winning any of the warm-up matches or the opening encounter against the hosts. It is hard to pinpoint where Pakistan lost this match, as they lost it almost everywhere and every which way they turned. Pakistan, in truth, have looked below par in every department, with the biggest concerns around the fielding and batting.

A lack of ability could be excused but a lack of competitiveness cannot. Pakistan's team has given the appearance of taking this whole tournament too lightly, which is a shock as this is Pakistan's opportunity to remind that world that it is a cricketing power that should not be ignored. On these performances, Pakistan can be easily ignored.

Younis Khan described the tournament as "fun" and something not to be taken too seriously as its main role is to entertain supporters. The miserable expressions of thousands of Pakistan fans in the stadium would beg to differ.

These supporters have been brought up on the bravado of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Inzamam-ul Haq. The current approach of the Pakistan squad and its entourage is an insult to its millions of supporters and their heroic predecessors.

After all, this is a World Cup. Supporters pay to watch at the stadium, via satellite, and on the Internet. They want to see their team win. If not win, they want to see their team battle. Fun comes a poor third in the hierarchy.

Pakistan need to quickly get their priorities right. Even a win against The Netherlands may not now be enough.

Ultimately, though, it is hard to blame the players entirely. When a cricket administration is as hopeless as the PCB has been, how can we expect the players to be impeccable professionals?

A trivial match against The Netherlands has now acquired the flavour of a World Cup Final. Come on Pakistan, show some pride and passion.

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Posted by cricpolitics on (June 8, 2009, 15:00 GMT)

When Shoaib Malik was replaced with Younis Khan I had written that the move will not change anything for the Pak team since Younis Khan is an unreliable and non-serious character. My blood pressure was going so high when Umer Gul and Younis Khan were so amused by giving a free boundary. It has given encouragement to other players as well, you can see that for yourself when Saeed Ajmal dropped another catch and Kamran Akmal and Saeed were exchanging smiles. This is absolute utter rubbish by the captain as well as rest of the team. I am however still hoping against the hope that Pakistan somehow comes back strong against Netherlands and goes through the next stage. At least hoping is something in our control.

Posted by Raheel on (June 8, 2009, 14:59 GMT)

They are here to visit UK not to play criciket. Its a shame sitaution.

Posted by Mas on (June 8, 2009, 14:58 GMT)

I think the way the Pakistan played match against Engaland was simply not acceptable. The players in the team are taking it for granted, they should realise very quickly that the fan followers of Cricket in Pakistan is continuously reducing because of these stupid performances. I simply don't understand what the hell Shehzad and Butt is doing in the playing eleven, if you look at the opening slots of the other teams you can find the aggression however Pakistan have Test openers who even find hard to accelerate in 50 overs matches. I don't understand why Afridi is batting at lower down and he is even not in his batting form, he should bat at the opening slot and even if he gets out it doesn't matter but if he clicks then you can get the momentum which Pakistan is missing from start. PLEASE WAKEUP otherwise it will be too late and nobody will watch you in any format of the game.

Posted by Akbar khan on (June 8, 2009, 14:58 GMT)

Mr. Abbasi jumps up and down like a monkey when pakistan team wins a game and puts them down as pathetic loser after one game. Give them a chance and stop being no immature and emotional. It just a game. We as nation suck across the board and we are not going to be any better even if we win 10 world cups in a row.

Posted by sameer on (June 8, 2009, 14:56 GMT)

Wat a pathetic display.. Wat a shameful performance..I was really disgusted to see pakistan perform and with this same attitude i dont see them moving forward...even against Netherland...Selectors open your eyes and bring on Imran Nazeer, Abdur Razzak..And oh U wonderful captain why r u ignoring Fawad Alam..Bring him on..With this team lets open with Afridi and Akmal followed by Salman Butt, Misbah, Shoaib, Younis,Fawad Alam,Yasir Arfat, Sohail Tanveer,Umer Gul and Saeed Ajmal.So lets hope all goes well against Netherland and Pak qualify super eights.All the BEST..

Posted by Armaan on (June 8, 2009, 14:54 GMT)

Pakistan haven't their best team in this t20 tournament but right now what they have and what they can get best out from this team is if they suppose to play in this combination.

1) Shaziab Hasan 2) Shoiab Malik 3) Kamran Akmal 4) Misbah-Ul-Haq 5) Younis Khan 6) Fawad Alam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Sohail Tanvir 9) Umer Gul 10) Mohammad Aamir 11) Saeed Ajmal

Posted by Israr Ahmed on (June 8, 2009, 14:54 GMT)

I do not understand the opening pair of pakistan batting,Butt to his credit is a long inning player who needs alot of time threfore t20 is not for him, the 17yr old kid first time ive seen him he has not impressed not at all. Afridi he is out of form with his batting but i still think he must be opening and try his luck when there are fewer fielders out near the boundary, his partner must be kamran akmal who is very talented but must show more responisbilty. but i think this tournement is already over for pakistan even if they qualify for the next round they will face more humilty by the top teams! but a shuffle in the batting line up is a must misbah got to have more time he should be in 3 or 4 atleast. The openers must show aggression. Our fielding was the same as its always been "RUBBISH" there is always room to improve. I do hope that there is a miracle and pakistan atleast put up a fight in this series but after watching the performance yesterday May Allah have mercy.

Posted by Hasib on (June 8, 2009, 14:52 GMT)

It was a shame for pakistanis to watch their players playing like this. Atleast they should have tried to win. Pathetic

Posted by Arif Hussain on (June 8, 2009, 14:49 GMT)

I am done supporting the Pak team... Viva la India and viva la South Africa... they rock!!

Posted by zeeshan merchant on (June 8, 2009, 14:47 GMT)

I think its a simple case of being the time to give up cricket and letting india have it. Cricket is a dying game anyways. A shame about the rain though,

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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 editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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