Twenty20 World Cup 2009 June 16, 2009

Moment of joy after torrid two years

Pakistan produced a clinical performance to qualify for a second consecutive World Twenty20 semi-final
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Pakistan produced a clinical performance to qualify for a second consecutive World Twenty20 semi-final. Tougher challenges lie ahead but Younis Khan will be pleased to have avoided a potential banana skin.

As with other minnows who do not play regular international cricket, Ireland’s bowlers posed more of a challenge than their batsmen. Boyd Rankin, in particular, troubled Pakistan with his pace and bounce.

Nonetheless, a solid if unspectacular performance ensured that Pakistan posted a total that was way beyond Ireland. Kamran Akmal was the backbone of the effort, with Shahzaib Hasan, Shahid Afridi, and Abdul Razzaq playing handy cameos.

Still, there should be some disappointment that Pakistan failed to post a bigger total. The current batting approach is short of ingenuity and invention, which is something of a surprise from a Pakistani team.

Misbah-ul Haq, usually the prime architect of unusual strokeplay, has yet to discover his touch. His teammates will be hoping that he is saving his best inventions for the big games ahead.

Once more, Pakistan’s bowling proved formidable. And it was a day for unsung heroes to come to the fore. Saeed Ajmal continued his excellence in this tournament. His four wickets effectively snuffed out any challenge from Ireland. Ajmal’s combination with Afridi is proving critical for Pakistan in the middle overs.

Mohammed Aamer again wowed the crowd. His second over marked by fast bowling of the highest international standard. Aamer is improving with every outing and could become a truly special bowler for Pakistan.

As ever, Umar Gul finished off the Ireland innings with venom, the highlight being two consecutive yorkers that uprooted the stumps. Unfortunately, the first was off a free-hit delivery and did not count as a wicket.

It has been a tough 24 hours for Gul, whose world record-breaking spell against New Zealand has been tarnished by thinly veiled accusations of ball-tampering. It is an accusation that the New Zealand camp should hide their heads in shame over.

Pakistan have now banished some of the demons of their last defeat against Ireland. Several banners in the crowd urged Pakistan to win it for Woolmer. They did just that, and for themselves and their country.

Pakistan may have had one of the easier routes to the semi-finals but they had the worst 24 months of any team. It is a moment of joy and pride that they have gathered themselves to reach the final stages of a major international tournament.

The hard work begins now.

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

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  • Eric on March 2, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    I thought it was going to be some rinobg old post, but it really compensated for my time. I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful

  • Idrish on June 20, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Yes It is feat by chance and a click at the right time. But now on we must have a couple of sloggers and bowlers like Alam and stuff should be out and replaced. It is very astonishing that after Pakistan reached the finals, it is as if all the media has gone to sleep. No mention of any kind. Where is Chapples duo, manjrekar ???? they are only to beat drums for IN - Dia. Very shameful of the so senior but ridiculously partial 'great seniors' No a small mention to praise or even tell how they achieved this feat. Actually it wasnt wished at all !!!!!!!!!

  • Amer Ahmed on June 18, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    I think Pakistani team should play unchanged, we don't have any players said to be specialists of a certain number in T20 so Younus can play anyone at any number depending on the situation. We should have faith in our Captain and should back him up on the decisions he is making that has worked till now. To all those who are criticizing Fawad Alam, who can forget the game in Canada that Fawad won for us and let's also not forget the most recent domestic season in Pakistan and most importantly the RBS T20 competition which ended a few days before this world Cup. I think we are wasting such a talent by just touring him and not playing him but at the same time I can understand Younus has to make some decisions in Pakistan's interest. Fawad should get his fair share in SL without fear of what will happen if he fails in one game. I believe, one should only be criticized if he gets his chance to perform and then fails, obviously that is not the case here. Good Luck in Semis, Go Pakistan!

  • Amer Ahmed on June 18, 2009, 3:08 GMT

    I think Pakistani team should play unchanged and let's give Younus a chance to decide who plays at what number. We don't have any players said to be specialists of a certain number in T20 so Younus can play anyone at any number depending on the situation. We should have faith in our captain and should back him up on the decisions he is making, after all they have worked till now. To all those who are criticizing Fawad Alam, who can forget the game in Canada that Fawad won for us and let's also not forget the most recent domestic season in Pakistan and most importantly the RBS T20 competition which ended a few days before this world Cup. I think we are wasting such a talent by just touring him and not playing him but at the same time I can understand Younus has to make some decisions in Pakistan's interest and not players. Fawad should get his fair share in Sri Lanka without fear in back of his head of what will happen if he fails in one game. I believe, one should only be criticized if

  • Abas Zevrep on June 17, 2009, 21:35 GMT

    I am so excited for tomorrow's match. Pakistan vs South Africa! If South Africa has an edge over Pakistan in batting then we've got an edge over them in bowling! If we can field as well as South Africa then let me assure you, we're going to the FINAL!! I hope our players give it their all. It's another "do or die" match for us, Younus. We've had easy ride to the semis but lets prove to everyone that we're capable of beating the best! :D

  • Kamil from Malaysia on June 17, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    I would say Pakistan deserves to win this world t20. After all the hardships that they had gone through, it would be an eye-opener to the cricket world. Pakistan had produced great cricketing legends to name a few Wasim Akram, Imran Khan & Javed Miandad. Pakistan is still producing world class talents. Mohammad Amir is barely 17, but he has a composure of matured bowler. In the stark contrast, Sohail Tanvir who is much senior and "seasoned" than Amir could not maintain his composure during the game against Sri Lanka. I give him the benefit of doubt for a stiff back. Pakistan have a formidable side and I'm sure they will win again South Africa if Pakistan play as a unit rather than individual showcase.

  • Suhail Mustafa on June 17, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    Kamran, we need to get rid of this Usman S ediot. Read the article title ' Science and art in Clash of Culture'. Cricinfo should stop Usman Samiuddin to write about Pakistan Cricket. From his name it seems like he might have some insight about Pakistan cricket, but he is clueless, a chicken George, a man who is blind and cannot see beyond what is obvious. Who cannot write a book about inefficiency of Pakistani Administration at this point in time. But this man cannot see these men out performed so many great teams with shear talent and doing the best they can. At this point when Pakistan is going to Play SA this article was tasteless, a little recognition and encouragement is in order. Osman go back to Calcutta or where ever you are from, you are not needed here.

  • kamrul hasan on June 17, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    I am really surprised to see Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing ICC Twenty20 World Cup. This team was out of international cricket for long time. However, they have become one of the semi-finalist teams for the second time in this format of cricket tournament. However, they will face South Africa in this round. Let us see if they can make chance to play in the final round.

  • Aziz South African on June 17, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    I would love to chat to some of the Pakistan fans on this blog after the semi-final. South Africa are prepared and organized. Pakistan are more talented. The team that is disciplined and more hungry on the day is going to win. If Pakistan exploit South Africa's apparent weakness against spin,and take on the SA bowlers confidently, this will be the decisive factor. Shoaib Malik and Misbah need to come to the party and not waste scoring opportunities. I would be happy to see Pakistan win the final...they deserve it after being ignored at IPL.

  • srivathsan on June 17, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    While it is disappointing to see the lackluster performancw of india ,it is equally gratifying to see the performance of pakistan who have qualified for semifinal.They have come as a team with a penchant for success .The bowling has clicked beautifully. I agree with you that any subcontinent bowler doing well means either chucking or ball tampering in the eyes of western teams.They cant accept class & quality of subcontinental sides.Any way they are out & pakistan is in. I wish they win the cup & maintain the supremacy of subcontinental cricket. TO FARIDOON The comment of few individuals does not represent the view of majority & it applies vice versa.we should take the positives & leave out the rest.I fully agree with you that national anthem be played in all the matches including domestic so as to whip up the national pride.

  • Eric on March 2, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    I thought it was going to be some rinobg old post, but it really compensated for my time. I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful

  • Idrish on June 20, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Yes It is feat by chance and a click at the right time. But now on we must have a couple of sloggers and bowlers like Alam and stuff should be out and replaced. It is very astonishing that after Pakistan reached the finals, it is as if all the media has gone to sleep. No mention of any kind. Where is Chapples duo, manjrekar ???? they are only to beat drums for IN - Dia. Very shameful of the so senior but ridiculously partial 'great seniors' No a small mention to praise or even tell how they achieved this feat. Actually it wasnt wished at all !!!!!!!!!

  • Amer Ahmed on June 18, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    I think Pakistani team should play unchanged, we don't have any players said to be specialists of a certain number in T20 so Younus can play anyone at any number depending on the situation. We should have faith in our Captain and should back him up on the decisions he is making that has worked till now. To all those who are criticizing Fawad Alam, who can forget the game in Canada that Fawad won for us and let's also not forget the most recent domestic season in Pakistan and most importantly the RBS T20 competition which ended a few days before this world Cup. I think we are wasting such a talent by just touring him and not playing him but at the same time I can understand Younus has to make some decisions in Pakistan's interest. Fawad should get his fair share in SL without fear of what will happen if he fails in one game. I believe, one should only be criticized if he gets his chance to perform and then fails, obviously that is not the case here. Good Luck in Semis, Go Pakistan!

  • Amer Ahmed on June 18, 2009, 3:08 GMT

    I think Pakistani team should play unchanged and let's give Younus a chance to decide who plays at what number. We don't have any players said to be specialists of a certain number in T20 so Younus can play anyone at any number depending on the situation. We should have faith in our captain and should back him up on the decisions he is making, after all they have worked till now. To all those who are criticizing Fawad Alam, who can forget the game in Canada that Fawad won for us and let's also not forget the most recent domestic season in Pakistan and most importantly the RBS T20 competition which ended a few days before this world Cup. I think we are wasting such a talent by just touring him and not playing him but at the same time I can understand Younus has to make some decisions in Pakistan's interest and not players. Fawad should get his fair share in Sri Lanka without fear in back of his head of what will happen if he fails in one game. I believe, one should only be criticized if

  • Abas Zevrep on June 17, 2009, 21:35 GMT

    I am so excited for tomorrow's match. Pakistan vs South Africa! If South Africa has an edge over Pakistan in batting then we've got an edge over them in bowling! If we can field as well as South Africa then let me assure you, we're going to the FINAL!! I hope our players give it their all. It's another "do or die" match for us, Younus. We've had easy ride to the semis but lets prove to everyone that we're capable of beating the best! :D

  • Kamil from Malaysia on June 17, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    I would say Pakistan deserves to win this world t20. After all the hardships that they had gone through, it would be an eye-opener to the cricket world. Pakistan had produced great cricketing legends to name a few Wasim Akram, Imran Khan & Javed Miandad. Pakistan is still producing world class talents. Mohammad Amir is barely 17, but he has a composure of matured bowler. In the stark contrast, Sohail Tanvir who is much senior and "seasoned" than Amir could not maintain his composure during the game against Sri Lanka. I give him the benefit of doubt for a stiff back. Pakistan have a formidable side and I'm sure they will win again South Africa if Pakistan play as a unit rather than individual showcase.

  • Suhail Mustafa on June 17, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    Kamran, we need to get rid of this Usman S ediot. Read the article title ' Science and art in Clash of Culture'. Cricinfo should stop Usman Samiuddin to write about Pakistan Cricket. From his name it seems like he might have some insight about Pakistan cricket, but he is clueless, a chicken George, a man who is blind and cannot see beyond what is obvious. Who cannot write a book about inefficiency of Pakistani Administration at this point in time. But this man cannot see these men out performed so many great teams with shear talent and doing the best they can. At this point when Pakistan is going to Play SA this article was tasteless, a little recognition and encouragement is in order. Osman go back to Calcutta or where ever you are from, you are not needed here.

  • kamrul hasan on June 17, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    I am really surprised to see Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing ICC Twenty20 World Cup. This team was out of international cricket for long time. However, they have become one of the semi-finalist teams for the second time in this format of cricket tournament. However, they will face South Africa in this round. Let us see if they can make chance to play in the final round.

  • Aziz South African on June 17, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    I would love to chat to some of the Pakistan fans on this blog after the semi-final. South Africa are prepared and organized. Pakistan are more talented. The team that is disciplined and more hungry on the day is going to win. If Pakistan exploit South Africa's apparent weakness against spin,and take on the SA bowlers confidently, this will be the decisive factor. Shoaib Malik and Misbah need to come to the party and not waste scoring opportunities. I would be happy to see Pakistan win the final...they deserve it after being ignored at IPL.

  • srivathsan on June 17, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    While it is disappointing to see the lackluster performancw of india ,it is equally gratifying to see the performance of pakistan who have qualified for semifinal.They have come as a team with a penchant for success .The bowling has clicked beautifully. I agree with you that any subcontinent bowler doing well means either chucking or ball tampering in the eyes of western teams.They cant accept class & quality of subcontinental sides.Any way they are out & pakistan is in. I wish they win the cup & maintain the supremacy of subcontinental cricket. TO FARIDOON The comment of few individuals does not represent the view of majority & it applies vice versa.we should take the positives & leave out the rest.I fully agree with you that national anthem be played in all the matches including domestic so as to whip up the national pride.

  • Abdul-Jalil on June 17, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    salam. for pakistan to win they need to be really flexible and if the start is decent they need to send in some sacrificial lambs who are going to try and hit sixes from ball two. people who are out of form should be asked to do this like malik or even umar gul who hits a big ball. younus should come at three and misbah when younus gets out. we have the firepower to do this but do we have the brains. I think younis has- anything over 150 and we will ajmal afridi malik and fawad will put them in a spin- bearing this in mind i think umar gul should bowl a few overs in the first 6, as they are the overs SA will target to get off to a flier as they know spin is to follow. good luck boys

  • Aziz South African on June 17, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    The semi final is scheduled for Nottingham, and if last nights match between India and S.A. is any indication, SPIN is going to be the major factor. Pakistan have the advantage and should use their spinners early. My head says South Africa and my heart PAKISTAN. Akram Akmal,South Africa are always confident against Pakistan... wherever these teams play. Pakistan will have to do everything better than South Africa. Take out Gibbs, Smith, AB and Morkel quickly and keep the score moving against SA spinners.Handle the pressure better and Pakistan will win.

  • Gohar on June 17, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Well kamran, I think that Green shirts got their confidence back. They need some thing concrete for this match, they should promote Razzaq and misbah to # 3 and 4 respectively for the Semi's. Also inclusion of Sohail Tanvir might be a good option because he is the architect in Bowling. If he is fit he'll be in. A tough task ahead but I am sure! the CROWN belongs to them. Go green Go!!

  • prakash2007 on June 17, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    Faridoon, I am right here. Dont get too far ahead.... Yes Indians Played Pathetically and they deserved to be out.. Just watch out if Pak loses the SA match. Kamran Abbasi will write something different explaining why Pakistan is so bad..

    However either Srilanka or Pakistan shd win this.. Thaz my hope...

  • Abdur Razzak on June 17, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    the last week justifies two things which is associated with pak cricket , that is UNPREDICTABLITY & NATURAL TALENT. Undoubtedly pakistan boys are the most talented in world cricket what if they are sent through the system of academies and so on.. they would be deadlier than the aussies. then this amazing charactor of being unpredictable oppositions would'nt know when they fire up.. good work men in green keep it up.

  • Imran Yousaf on June 17, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    ...continued... The best batsmen at the top followed by the all-rounders / power hitters. Whether it Tests, ODIs or T20 the basic principles are the same Pakistan must wake up smell the coffee cause you cant expect the like of Kamran, Afridi n Razzaq to deal with the quality bowlers like Steyn, Parnell, Kallis n Malinga with the new ball!!! Pakistan batting “strategy” is complete bunkum.

  • Imran Yousaf on June 17, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    I can’t believe the comments about Misbah. He is our best T20 batsmen with an average of 50!. Problem is that he is being batted far to low for such a class batsmen between No. 5 to No.8 - that is ridiculous! He should face the vast majority of the balls while I think he has only faced ~ 60 balls in T20 WC!

    We need to stop sending non-batsmen in the top 4 i.e. Kamran, Razzaq and Afridi. Look at the top 4 of S.A(Kallis, Smith, Gibbs, De Villiers) & S.L(Jayasuria, Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayaweredene) all proper batsmen & that is why unlike Pak they are never 30 or 40 for 3. Just because its T20 doesn’t mean we should send sloggers up top.

    Although Younis Khan is the top scorer he is a waste at no. 4 or 5 where we need players who can hit 6s not tip n run. He should open (like Kallis or go home). My line up would be:

    1. Younis Khan 2. Shahzaib Hasan 3. Misbah-ul-Haq 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Abdul Razzaq 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Boom n Bust (Afridi) 8. Fawad Alam 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Aamer 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • Tamjeed Ali on June 17, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    Out of the major teams, Pakistan only beat New Zealand, who only beat Ireland and Scotland. So, in a way, Pakistan haven't really been tested in this World T20 and the first test will come about tomorrow in the semis. Good Luck to Pakistan.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on June 17, 2009, 7:57 GMT

    Improvement is still needed in batting. Specially the middle and last overs where it seems that no. 5, 6 and 7 batsmen are not improving. Haq and Shoaib are unable to play big knocks. They need to improve themselves in semi final if Pakistan want to play in final. Dear Younis, I think Alam is spinner too, if you use him for two overs, I think it would be beneficial for us. You can trap Africa by spinners as we have Afridi, Ajmal, Malik and also Alam (Slow left arm). If Sohail will play then five spinners option is there as he is also spinner too with left arm medium fast bowling. So one is leg spin, two off spinners and two left arm orthodox. Batting from previous sequence of us. Shahzaib with Akmal, no. 3 Captain, no. 4 Misbah, no. 5 Razzaq, no. 6 Malik, no. 7 Afridi, no. 8 Alam and then others. Batting order is depending upon your decisions. You can change it according to situation. My own suggestion is that trap them by spinners as we have totaly five spinners.

  • Mr.Moody on June 17, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    shoaib malik must be kicked out from pak team. he is doing politics as he did in 2007 by ignoring some great cricketers(yousuf, abdul razzak). malik is nowhere near to abdul razzak and yousuf

  • shafiq on June 17, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    India has showed their class and potential by beating Bangladesh & Ireland---and some 'the real' warm matches.... India is world beater----next time, they will try to win the cup by sheer force of money-----Ah India grow up---- In 2007, you were blown out by Bangladesh---now in 2009, 3-0 in super 8......! Don't worry, we all beliwve------2007 T20 was a fluke for you. And i still believe today---God prefered prays of 1200Million over 160 Million that cruel day...!

  • Mehreen on June 17, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    I don't want to sound pessimistic or anything but Pakistan definitely needs to re-assess the quality of its batting lineup. The chasing business has been pretty tricky for our team in this tournament. Barely any sound opening stands have been witnessed in the recent future. Not just that even our one-down batsmen have failed to live up to the mark, not to mention the chaotic shuffling of our middle order. This experimenting needs to come to a surcease because the performance of the team suffers as a direct consequence. Its high time we stop putting the entire burden on the bowlers and expect them to win the match.

    Another factor worrying me is our fielding. Its an upper edge for whoever has it and unfortunately the mishaps have been myriad in amount for our fielding side.

    Though our record has not been very good against the Proteas but if our batting and fielding gets even halfway as phenomenal as our bowling, its definitely going to be a tough job for the South Africans

  • Kumar on June 17, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    Hi Faridoon, I suspect most of the Indians are not even watching the rest of the tournament :-) I myself promised not to follow cricket after the 2007 ODI World Cup disaster but had to come back after the T20 victory. Such is the experience of cricket fans. Anyway, I guess it wouldn't be interesting if we were always winning or always losing.

    I will be supporting West Indies to win it all (since I badly want them to be serious competitors once again), then Sri Lanka (they have shown the most maturity and talent among the subcontinent teams). Good luck to Pakistan too :-)

  • israr on June 17, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    i think pak team got the rhythm at a right time, pak will have been much better team if salman butt and shoaib malik was replaced by imran nazir and rana naveed or muhammed hafeez.still we have a great chance if our batting click we can beat S.A and proceed to the final.

  • Faridoon on June 17, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    Umm... Has anyone seen any Indians around? where o where have all of'em gone? They seem to have disappeared from the comments (except u vikas). Where's that bloke who held up a sign saying "Pakistan, r u Scotland in disguise?' during the warm-up game.

    Just goes to show, big talk always goes against u if it's not backed up by actions. The Indian media is certainly doing their bit to their apart their erstwhile heroes. Dhoni's head is being called for. I feel bad for them, one bad tournament and they are being publicly ostracized. Typical subcontinent attitude. I hope and pray that the Indian team members and their families remain safe.

    The hard work certainly begins now for Pakistan. They need to keep it together and go all out now.

    PS: It's great that every game begins with the national anthems. Why doesn't this happen in ODIs or Test matches. It should.

  • Syed Jamal on June 17, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    The pitch will favor spin. SO, please have a plan Yunus Khan! If we win the toss, we bat and send Yunus, Misbah, and Razzak after the openers so that the spinners can be tackled. As regards bowling, I am baffled as to why Fawad Alam has not been bowled yet. Maybe he should be given the ball. Also, maybe reverse psychology will work and Gul and co. will finish off South AFrica Insha Allah! Fielding will be the key.

  • Imran on June 17, 2009, 1:15 GMT

    Pak team has redeemed themselves really well and provided good entertainment especially in bowling. Still thirsty to see batsmen fire on all cylinders. I honetly believe Malik should be sit out, he looks disinterested. I would love to see Pak hand SA their first defeat and dump them out. Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • Javed Zarif Canada on June 17, 2009, 0:49 GMT

    As i expected pakistan will play south Africa in the semifinal. South Africans are playing fantastic cricket and only way to beat them will be to bat first and post 150 plus. Pakistan will have difficulty chasing anything above 125.Good Luck my beloved land.

  • Akmal Akram on June 17, 2009, 0:42 GMT

    As far as batting is concerned, younis n misbah will have to lead from the front like Imran Khan n miandad in the world cup. The stage is set for a repetition of 1992 world cup. SA haven't lost a match like New Zealand in 1992 and its a semifinal match against a spirited Pakistan. Pakistan batting is capable of a sizable total for its bowlers to defend. Nothing wrong with the opening. I would like younis and misbah to promote themselves to pace the innings well and take on the spin of Ven Der Merve n botha with younis khans excellent sweeps and misbah improvised shots, whereas the likes of Afridi & Razzaq can come hard at the bowlers in the end. It will be a very exciting contest.Go Pakistan!!! Our team is perfectly set to redefine and depict character, mental strength,self believe, team work and Fearlessness.......Tu Shaheen hai, Basayra kar,Paharon ki Chatano par!!!! Tu Shaheen hai...

  • Akmal Akram on June 17, 2009, 0:22 GMT

    With reference to comments from Mr. Aziz our South African Friend...I disagree completely. No matter what South African say or think...they have too much pressure on them to make sure they get through. Instead of Pakistan South Africa needs to be mentally strong, as they have to erase the "Chokers" tag. Pakistan has no pressure, they have surpassed more than what was expected of them. The team is in high spirits. I see every aspects of Pakistan Team performance on an upward trend, where as South Africa is on a batting decline. Pakistan spin must not be introduced early as they are perfectly capable of pulling back the run-rate. Mohd Amir is a fast learner and has shown the mental strength to rise to the occasion. Razzaq is well experienced. A little bit of improvisation, flexibility and discipline from the opening bowlers will see to it that Ajmal, Afridi n Gul crush the South African batting.

  • Junaid on June 16, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Pakistan should plan well against SA. Good starts are always important and that is where problem lies for Paksitan. SA will target young amer and even razzaq to score 60 in first 6 overs. We need to start with Gul or may be include Rao or Tanvir in the team. In case amer gets beaten in first over than Rao or tanvir can be tried. They can play in place of Fawad who in any case is playing as a filder only. If we bat first than we have to score 150 plus and for that Akmal, Razzaq, Misbah and Afridi needs to face maximum deliveries. Young Hassan is a wild card so he should still open and may be he will get some bonus runs.Hassan, Akmal, Misbah, Razzaq, Afridi, Younis, Malik, Gul and rest. Above all no extras and drop catches. Looks too difficult but who knows....

  • faisal on June 16, 2009, 23:26 GMT

    pak should bat first then they have good chance to win other wise it would be a very difficult ask. their is one thing pakistan is slow starter once they get chances they improve day by day and they can beat South africa for sure. i think pak got the rythem

  • Qais on June 16, 2009, 22:56 GMT

    Pakistan's real test will be on Thursday. Pak vs NZ match performance is needed again. If India can restrict SA to 130 then definately we can do it aswell. So best of luck Boys. Just go for it

  • Akmal Akram on June 16, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    The route was never easy Mr. Kamran Abbasi. A team that has had no match practice and was written off after the loss to England has defied all odds n improved tremendously. The have found the right combination in the bowling dept within a time span of what 4 matches. This is pure character, quality and commitment to excel.The bowling department is well set to rip apart any batting line up with decent support from the fielders. The batting department is so far not very effective but they have certainly improved. They are able to build partnerships without the performance of Misbah n Malik, who we look up to for considerable contribution to the runs. Razzaqs inclusion has strengthened the hitting dept. Its a matter of players like Afridi n Misbah to live up to their reputations and no one can disagree with the fact that we are a formidable team.In my opinion South Africa although has always been a consistent performer but they definitely have to be at their best to beat a spirited PAK

  • Hamza on June 16, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    Too all Fawad Alam fans...what makes you think he is a talent? have you seen him Bat? the Bat seems to be heavier than him...Pakistan is just wasting a player..Rao should be bought in which gives Pakistan an extra bowling option also he can hit boundaries unlike Fawad Alam.

  • ati ullah on June 16, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    any comment on this batting order (plz give ur comments) shazeb abdul razzak kamran akmal fawad alam afridi yunus misbah malik umar gul ajmal amer

  • john smith on June 16, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Malik is useless he took 7 balls to make 4 runs and is embarrasing. He has no strength after the collision with Shahid Afridi 3 -4 years ago. He struggles to hit a 4 and in the last few years he has not hit one 6. He should be kicked out !

  • eddy on June 16, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be sent ahead of Shoaib Malik. There should be no changes in Pak side, the side has finally started to gell.

  • a on June 16, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    Go Pakistan!!! We are all praying for the team!! Cricket is one of the main joys every Pakistani can turn to these days..what with the bombings & political cr*p. Pakistani team will do us proud inshallah! :)

  • criclover on June 16, 2009, 20:06 GMT

    Cornered tigers came out of their den. Its a lesson for all that Pakistan is still a force to reckon in the world of cricket even after they were cornered by others.

  • Irfan on June 16, 2009, 19:54 GMT

    Younis should have fine-tuned the batting line up during the Ireland game. Meaning? He should have promoted Fawad to follow Afridi so he could get some taste of the big time. Afridi's ascension in the rank is a welcoming sign, which can restore his confidence. Now it looks as though, Younis himself has started to enjoy the game as a captain. The only loose end is Malik. I don't know why Younis tosses the ball to him and not to Fawad. You have to trust Fawad to be able to perform. Something tells me that he will come good at crucial times but the skip should show some confidence to boost his morale. Rest of the party is coming together well. Imagine if Wasim Akram calls Aamir and praise him over his performance and give him pointers, this kid will feel like ten feet tall. Same would be the case for Younis if Imran calls and gives him encouragement. C’mon guys show some camaraderie. I wish luck for the next encounter to Pak squad. Break a leg guys!

  • Muhammad Hammad Amjad on June 16, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    NZ lost the match against Sri Lanks. Blame Gul for this lolz

  • Aamir Akhund on June 16, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    This is just amazing. We are in the semifinals. Yonus should be proud of what he has achieved here and it should help him immensly over the future course of his captaincy. I still have my concerns about Mr.Malik but the rest as just all fallen into place. The team is jelling well and i can bet if we have a good start with the ball the South Africans will find it very difficult to score big. And for all those crazy people who keep on saying that we had an easier route to the semi finals, let me tell you with complete faith in the team that it did not matter which group we were placed in, we would have qualified for the semis. On a personal note i really have to say that Vettori has lost some respect alteast in my eyes. Go Team Pakistan. ye mera game hai

  • Muhammad Hammad Amjad on June 16, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Ask Daniel Vittori, what happened today against Sri Lanka? There was no Gul today but still they managed to make only little above 100. They should admit they don't have gutts to play Asian bowlers. Shame on you Daniel Vittori.

  • Aziz South African on June 16, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan batting has to be more aggresive. There is no time in this format to settle down. Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj, Bravo, Pietorson, AB De Villiers, Jayawardene get on with the job quickly. Why can't Malik and MisbaH too? Strike rates of 100 to 120 are average and not good enough anymore.South Africa are going to win unless Pakistan show more discipline in bowling and match the South Africans batting over by over.

  • jb on June 16, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    SA are definite favourites to beat PAK. PAKISTAN HAS A DECENT CHANCE IF THEY CAN POST 150 ODD BATTING FIRST BECAUSE IT IS NEVER EASY TO CHASE IN A KNOCKOUT MATCH AND PAKISTAN'S BOWLING IS REAL GOOD. WE BELIEVE!

  • Aziz South African on June 16, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    Glad to see the orphans of cricket have made it to the semi final, while most of the pampered IPL lot become mere spectators. SA are not chokers and are going to go hard at Pakistan. They want this badly and Pakistan have to be mentally focused. SA will exploit Ameers inexperience, and look to take Razzaq on quickly. Pakistan will have to change their bowling strategy and introduce spin very early. Afridi, Ajmal, Malik,Fawad Alam will be very effective against my countrymen. Gul can continue in his usual way. As for the batting, the strike has to be rotated frequently with occassional boundaries. Trust me, I know the South Africans well enough and their bowlers will come charging at you guys. They are more disciplined in line and excellent ibn the field. Pakistan tend to concede wsay too many extras with wides and no balls. This and the ability of sa to hit more boundaries,field better will be a problem. Dont give width or bowl middel and leg to Morkel. He is dangerous in long on area.

  • Wasim on June 16, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    Razzak should bat at #3 and Afridi #4 and the top 4 batsmen should score the maximum runs in the first 8 or 10 overs we will have enough batting in Younis, Malik, Misbah, Fawad and Umar to maintain the run rate in the last 10-12 overs.

    If Pakistan is going to use the same batting strategy then there is no point in playing Fawad Alam we should include Rao Iftikhar in his place.

    So far the problem is that the openers give a decent start but not one which could buy the middle order the time they like to get settled.

  • faisal on June 16, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    NZ is losing match against SL right now so start crying NZ, cry baby

  • Shahid on June 16, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Netherlands, Ireland and NZ without Tylor and Ryder are to be counted as some of the weekest opponents. England and SL were the only strong teams we faced and lost both encounters. Problems in our fielding and bating are very obvious and it won't be easy when we face a team like SA who will operate with 5 good bowlers and not just one as in case of match against Ireland. Kamran Akmal's nearly run a ball 50, Shoaibs 4 of 7 ball in death, and Misbah's off colour form are not the most positive signs. Razaq is a king of fast and a goat of spin and being so explosive is not given the opportunity to open. We need more faster start to innings. I was at loss to hear Younis praing fielding just because it was a bit better than the worst of the shows earlier. Non is ready to dive full length. So I am afraid I am not convinced that they can beat SA until something more positive happens. Inspite of these words I do agree to your blog and and feel proud to see us in semifinals.

  • Iqbal on June 16, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    In my opinion the team that played the last two games (i.e. against New Zealand and Ireland) appears to be the best Pakistan eleven at the moment, out of the 15 available for this tournament. Pakistan should persist with this combination in the semi-final and, hopefully the final.

  • Wasid Bhati, London, UK on June 16, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    I dont understand why Misbah in the death overs is only interested in rotating strike, it feels like he is also interested to remain unbeaten with a 10-20 score and increase his average.. I hope he reminds us soon that he is been picked to play for Pakistan and not anything else

  • atiullah on June 16, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    batting is still a concern for pakistan.and with prospects of facing south african attack in semi final,pakistan have to work hard and should make a strategy how to make runs quickly against the strong bowling opponent. if pak manage to top there group ,they will face west indies ,and i think they have great chance against them ,considering the great bowling form. still some players have to prove a point or two,like shoib malik and misbah.fawad alam has been used only to complete the playing 11.

  • abdul hussain on June 16, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    For the batting to cross 175, Misbah really has to perform. His batting so far has been pathetic, and I am beginning to wonder if it may not just be past him now. I defintely think that after this WC we need to push Fawad Alam up the order to next years T20 and then the 2011 WC.

  • imran chadio on June 16, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team all the boys done really well so far Inshallah Allah Paak will help them, they need to keep focused now and keep thier game strategy right for the next game, it will be against SA and what a challenge, they have a dangerous team, but how well they boys have done so far, Pakistan's talent cannot be ignored any longer, talk of ball tamering, Vettori has no idea, look for a moment at the history of Pakistan fast bowlers, argubly have produced the best fast bowlers consistently. Pakistan Zindabad, to hear those workds chanted in the cricket crowd, us the British pakistanis have done our homeland proud and have represented so has our team, Pakistan's talent is relentless, it's like Rocky Balboa we cannot be put down and ignored, Pakistan need to do this for Woolmer I agree totally!!!! In a way I am also happy India went out they were too arrogant in thier approach thinking they are better than other teams and also treating Pakistan like outcasts, enjoy the rest!!!!

  • Mohammad Azeem Dada on June 16, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    I hope they go on to win but they've already donbe more than was expected from them in this tournament. either way even if they lose there isnt anything to be disappointed about.

    Wonder why we only get accused of ball tampering in England though?

  • Umair Asad on June 16, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    A lot of people over here are criticizing Fawad Alams inclusion in the team.The thing is he is a type of player who can stable the innings if there is a batting slump and with the current Pakistani squad we dont have any one else reasonable enough to replace him.He is a capable batsman who can hit the ball hard as well(T20 at Canada where he won the match for us)

    If you say Rao Iftikhar should replace Fawad Alam it will only disrupt Pakistan's bowling tempo and consistency as he will most likely open the bowling and opposition players will throw the bat at him.Then at some point Pakistan will have to bring Razzaq who is another medium pacer and against quality oppoistion he can be quite expensive in T20.

  • Mohammad Azeem Dada on June 16, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    I hope they go on to win but they've already donbe more than was expected from them in this tournament. either way even if they lose there isnt anything to be disappointed about.

    Wonder why we only get accused of ball tampering in England though?

  • Sakib Ahmad on June 16, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    Dr Abbasi!

    Your latest post, and the previous two, have been spot on. The disgraceful behaviour of the NZ captain and some western journalists does not surprise me. In my opinion, the contemptible reaction of some influential people in the English speaking countries to breathtaking feats by Pakistani cricketers receives encouragement from our own servile attitude.

    It is almost 62 years since Pakistan emerged as a sovereign country. During this long period it has become clear that over 95% of Pakistanis prefer to express themselves in their own national language and they feel ill at ease when they have to converse in a foreign language that an obsequious Pakistani elite has imposed on the country. People in the West laugh at our cricket establishment and they show a distinct lack of respect towards our cricketers and the administrators of PCB. I think we would inspire respect if we could just speak our mind fluently in Urdu and ask the organisers to provide interpreters.

  • Irfan on June 16, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    well played Pakistan. After almost a year in isolation they have proved that they are not less than anyother team. They are "in the game". best ov luk for the Semi final.

    But there were really disappointing comments by the player like Vettori about Umer Gul, I think he should have appreciated him rather then criticising him. But it happens as a captain if you lose a game so cheaply.

  • DeadPinkOwl on June 16, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    "It is an accusation that the New Zealand camp should hide their heads in shame over." Absolutely spot on Kamran!

    However, one cannot help notice that Pakistan have had an easier ride to the semi's compared to other teams. They only beat one good team en-route the other two were associates. But Pakistan do need a bit of luck after all that has happened for the last two years. Its just the batting that worries me. They havent still come to grips with the conditions and pitches of England and a disciplined bowling attack like SA can open them up like a can of peas. It will be sad if that happens but on current form I doubt if there is any outcome of the SF

  • Mr Cricket on Legslip on June 16, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is out of form and he is playing negatively. He has shown no intent to score quickly and whenever he has tried to play a lofted shots, he hits into the hands of the fielder. As a result he is not playing aggressively and he should be replaced with Fawad Alam asap. Misbah is also out of form- he needs more exposure up the order. He should be sent before Afridi and Malik.

    It is a moment of joy for Pakistanis and now they must not be complacent. They will need to play out of their skins now. Hopefully the best is yet to come.

  • Ashfaq Shah on June 16, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    As you said, hard work begins now. They have had a kind draw, but lets hope they make their own way from here. Come on Pakistan, bring back '92.

  • webmasterdubai on June 16, 2009, 9:32 GMT

    yaa its really moment of joy, they won match for country also for woolmer, pakistan's good bowling always facing fake ball-tampering blames, its really heart's, nobody saying anything to any other country's blowing.

  • Vikas on June 16, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    I am Indian and sad to see Indian team out of even the semifinal race despite of being favourite to lift the cup again. Indian explosive line up is failed for due to over confidence and some faulty decisions by captains. Hard luck this time...

    However, I think Pakistan is the favourite to life the T20 world cup now with the return of Abdur Razzak, spin of Afridi and Umar Gul. Well, I think these 3 would have to give their best, if paskitan has to do it. I can predict Pakistan-Srilanka Final (I think pakistan would top the group). And look like Murali-Mendis would do their bit againt South Africa.

    Good luck.

  • Arsalan Iqtidar on June 16, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan's Hard work really starts from now onwards. They should look it in this way that two wins from here will make 11 players name in the History books with highest level of respect equal to if not more then the 11 players that played '92 final. Its just a matter of 360 minutes of best cricket from 11 players that can make Pakistan win first world event in 17 years!

  • Hashim Malik on June 16, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    Pakistan indeed had a rather easier route to the semi's with just one win against the Test teams but composition was NOT of their making and they could only ply against what's been presented to them. However, they have found their right tunes just at the right time and given their galaxies of calamities over the course of several months they should be bucked towards the ultimate glory to achieve a rare glean of happiness for the entire nation.

  • Hasan on June 16, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Pakistan has done remarkably won considering how little cricket they played the last year. However, the batting is still disappointing, they struggled to score 100 at one point against new Zealand. Butt, Misbah and Shoaib Mailk are simply not performing. I wonder if Imran Nazir was in, things would have been better. And more importantly Pakistan has won the match against only one good team i.e New Zealand. Anyway here is hoping we win it this time. Shame on New Zealand for doubting Gul, Its not the first time Pak bowling has devastated batting orders, I think the world’s short memory has forgotten how Wasim and Waqar used to destroy batting sides taking 5 or 6 wickets each. Gul is back and better than before. Unfortunately he is the only fast bowler we have left which is sad for a country of seamers and swing kings. We did it for Woolmer - I liked that! Good Luck Pakistan!

  • Jawad Khan on June 16, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    hmmmm.....the spirit of this team reminds me of the 99 world cup......the mood has really changed from extremely low to very high.....I just hope we can keep up the good work

  • Owais on June 16, 2009, 9:13 GMT

    Hats off to this Pakistani Team. Normally it would not have won them such accolades from me because they are supposed to be at least one of the best four cricket teams. However, given the situation in Pakistan, the state of Pakistan cricket and the fact that ICC has almost made Pakistan a pariah cricketing nation. To top it off, everytime these people play, there is some totally baseless, uncalled for, senseless allegation. Everyone is ready to attack the weak. So Mr. Vettori knew that he could not have done the same against Aussies/English/Indians/South Africans. Ponting/Smith/Dhoni would have given him some piece of their minds surely, knowing fully well that ICC would not have charged them for speaking up.

  • Owais Ehsan, UK on June 16, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Yes, its two matches now - From the looks of things Pakistans Batting is still shakey, but bowling is at par with the best , with GUL, Ajmal and Afridi taking wickets as well.

    Also im yet to know the role of Fawad Alam in the team? May be he is there incase there is a collapse and Pakistan looses 5-6 quick wickets?

    Aamir is fast improving - Malik and Misbah needs to fire big if Pakistan wants to Win this cup, it will be down to Pakistans batting i reckon because bowling is top notch.

  • Jawad Khan on June 16, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    hmmmm.....the spirit of this team reminds me of the 99 world cup......the mood has really changed from extremely low to very high.....I just hope we can keep up the good work

  • SR on June 16, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Congrats to the brilliant paksiatn team. Inshallah we will see repeat of 1992 WC.

    Crying cricketrs like Vetorri should learn competetive cricket and stop complaining and pointing fingers every time they loose. Otherwise they will be good only in catching the kiwi bird

  • Hissan ur Rehman on June 16, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    The hard work would have been much easier with Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed in the squad. But Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammed Aamer are filling the gap quite well respectively.

  • Ujjwal Pandey on June 16, 2009, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan will most likely be taking on South Africa, if Sri Lanka beats New Zealand, which they should and I sure do hope they will put the "Chokers" where they belong. Good luck to the Pakistanis. Misbah and Malik need to come up trumps now.

  • Eesa on June 16, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Thanks Kamran!

    Will you now please stand up and admit you were wrong regarding the PCB's decision to proceed with legal proceedings about the hosting rights for the next world cup?

  • HaMmy on June 16, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    the fielding was not good, we gave away too many singles and doubles and we should learn to give away singles and doubles easily.

    batting order should be improved which can improve pakistan batting and in this way pakistan can score 180+ because we have really good batting lineup, we require good strategy and tactics in batting.

    i suggest the following order in batting

    ahmed shahzaad/shahzaib kamran akmal afridi fawad alam yunous khan malik misbah(misbah is not really playing well and taking responsibility, hes a good hitter pak need him to perform in semis he is not hitting boundaries, his presence lowers the runrate for pakistan he should improve) razzaq

  • faizan Sarwar on June 16, 2009, 8:29 GMT

    Good work from pakistan team. this is the first time after a long time all are seing Pakistan playing as one single unit and figting as one single unit.Every player is playing ofr the team and even for the other player. On the field every one is chearing for every other player. this is the spirit we need even as nation. lets forget our differences and lets play and live for pakistan. Our players in our cricket team is showing this thing to us. long live pakistan. We are proud of our cricket team and we are always backing them.

  • HaMmy on June 16, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    over all pakistan had a great game against cricket minnows, the batmen performed well, but not well enough, i think some wrong decisions were made regarding which player should be sent at the right time, i think, Fawad alam is a great talent and hes extremely good in the field, and his batting is out standing too but i dunno why every time hes been neglected and hes not given chance if not to open then to play at least one down or two down, this batting strategy cost pakistan to make a more healthy total, i saied earlier that team management should take good steps to put up good organized strategy against ireland but one good decision was to send afridi one down and would not he had played the useless shot, he had played very well.

    also i like to highlight the fact that RAZZAQ didnt played well either with ball and ball, how silly is this to send a player who has to perform in bowling and to keep fawad sitting, this i think effected razzaq's bowling

  • Dawud on June 16, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    You have to give credit to Pakistan - despite all the turmoil that surrounds them (in political as well as cricketing circles) they have managed to reach the semi finals.

    The bowling is fantastic as always, Umar Gul is a star and Afridi is irrepressible. His bowling is great and in the last couple of innings he has batted sensibly.

    It looks like it will be South Africa next, the toughest challenge to date. If Pakistan bat first and post a decent score, they've got every chance of reaching the final - who would have thought that after their start to the tournament!

  • Roamer on June 16, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Very true Kamran ... this victory should be dedicated to Bob Woolmer ... agree with the article that you have written

  • Faisal Bilal on June 16, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistan still needs to improve there batting. Specially the middle and last overs. Misbah and Malik are totally unable to hit big strokes. They need to fire in comming matches if Pakistan are to clinch the title.

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  • Faisal Bilal on June 16, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistan still needs to improve there batting. Specially the middle and last overs. Misbah and Malik are totally unable to hit big strokes. They need to fire in comming matches if Pakistan are to clinch the title.

  • Roamer on June 16, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Very true Kamran ... this victory should be dedicated to Bob Woolmer ... agree with the article that you have written

  • Dawud on June 16, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    You have to give credit to Pakistan - despite all the turmoil that surrounds them (in political as well as cricketing circles) they have managed to reach the semi finals.

    The bowling is fantastic as always, Umar Gul is a star and Afridi is irrepressible. His bowling is great and in the last couple of innings he has batted sensibly.

    It looks like it will be South Africa next, the toughest challenge to date. If Pakistan bat first and post a decent score, they've got every chance of reaching the final - who would have thought that after their start to the tournament!

  • HaMmy on June 16, 2009, 8:23 GMT

    over all pakistan had a great game against cricket minnows, the batmen performed well, but not well enough, i think some wrong decisions were made regarding which player should be sent at the right time, i think, Fawad alam is a great talent and hes extremely good in the field, and his batting is out standing too but i dunno why every time hes been neglected and hes not given chance if not to open then to play at least one down or two down, this batting strategy cost pakistan to make a more healthy total, i saied earlier that team management should take good steps to put up good organized strategy against ireland but one good decision was to send afridi one down and would not he had played the useless shot, he had played very well.

    also i like to highlight the fact that RAZZAQ didnt played well either with ball and ball, how silly is this to send a player who has to perform in bowling and to keep fawad sitting, this i think effected razzaq's bowling

  • faizan Sarwar on June 16, 2009, 8:29 GMT

    Good work from pakistan team. this is the first time after a long time all are seing Pakistan playing as one single unit and figting as one single unit.Every player is playing ofr the team and even for the other player. On the field every one is chearing for every other player. this is the spirit we need even as nation. lets forget our differences and lets play and live for pakistan. Our players in our cricket team is showing this thing to us. long live pakistan. We are proud of our cricket team and we are always backing them.

  • HaMmy on June 16, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    the fielding was not good, we gave away too many singles and doubles and we should learn to give away singles and doubles easily.

    batting order should be improved which can improve pakistan batting and in this way pakistan can score 180+ because we have really good batting lineup, we require good strategy and tactics in batting.

    i suggest the following order in batting

    ahmed shahzaad/shahzaib kamran akmal afridi fawad alam yunous khan malik misbah(misbah is not really playing well and taking responsibility, hes a good hitter pak need him to perform in semis he is not hitting boundaries, his presence lowers the runrate for pakistan he should improve) razzaq

  • Eesa on June 16, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Thanks Kamran!

    Will you now please stand up and admit you were wrong regarding the PCB's decision to proceed with legal proceedings about the hosting rights for the next world cup?

  • Ujjwal Pandey on June 16, 2009, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan will most likely be taking on South Africa, if Sri Lanka beats New Zealand, which they should and I sure do hope they will put the "Chokers" where they belong. Good luck to the Pakistanis. Misbah and Malik need to come up trumps now.

  • Hissan ur Rehman on June 16, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    The hard work would have been much easier with Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed in the squad. But Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammed Aamer are filling the gap quite well respectively.

  • SR on June 16, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Congrats to the brilliant paksiatn team. Inshallah we will see repeat of 1992 WC.

    Crying cricketrs like Vetorri should learn competetive cricket and stop complaining and pointing fingers every time they loose. Otherwise they will be good only in catching the kiwi bird