2010: Summer of Pakistan June 26, 2009

2010: Summer of Pakistan

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It's been some week for Pakistan cricket. An incredible rush to the World Twenty20 title is followed by the wonderful news that Pakistan will be playing an unprecedented six Tests in England next summer. This is an unimaginable treat, even for somebody like me who has been watching Pakistan tours of England since the 1970s.

Delight, of course, is tinged with sadness that Pakistan will not be playing international cricket at home anytime soon, but I guess British Pakistani fans will not be complaining. Indeed, their passionate participation during the Twenty20 World Cup must have been the final clincher on a deal that has been cooking for several months. When the traditional Pakistani coach paraded around Lord's after last week's final, with celebrating supporters sitting on and hanging off every inch, it was a sign that the tide is turning favourably for Pakistan cricket.

Unusually for this blog, this is also a moment to congratulate all three cricket boards. The PCB has chosen an imaginative solution to a dreadful problem. Cricket Australia has been one of the least keen to visit Pakistan over the years but it has rarely been reluctant to play Pakistan elsewhere. It's not worth quibbling that it's only a two Test series. And the ECB has made an unprecedented decision in hosting a Test series between other nations.

Ultimately, the players did themselves the best favour by thrilling us during the World Cup. Star performances sell and Pakistan are box office again. Test series against Australia and England will be tough, especially for a sporadic Test playing nation. But tours of England are always invaluable learning experiences, and Pakistan have a good record in English conditions over the last twenty years.

2010 promises to be a dream come true for Pakistan cricket fans based in England. Indeed, it will be a relief for all Pakistan fans that their team will play the highest form of international cricket for a sustained period.

I'm finding this very hard to say but . . . well done Mr Butt.

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

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  • javaid ganaie on March 31, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    it is a good sign of pakistan cricket,but the people of pakistan is disappointing to see the home team to play in front of the home crowd.And i tell one thing that the mismanagement pcb destroys the pakistan cricket from the last 5 years and i hope if pcb will retain afridi as captain after t20 in all formats of the game then no doubt about that pak team vl come again back on track... and i see one bad thing in pcb, they don't respect senior players and also in pak team is lack of disciplined. this is the reason behind pak cricket's poor show and especially in pakistan domestic cricket is too weak as compared to other countries........

  • mohsin on September 13, 2009, 7:50 GMT

    well i think that india did try to isolate pakistan particularly in the IPL,when modhi refused to pakistani players to play in ipl.but when pakistan won wrld cup modhi said that he never refused to pakistani players.it shows that great nations can never be isolated and i hope world cricket nations have learned thier lessons particularly india.but all is gone and we should enjoy cricket and support cricket

  • Abdulrubgopunguthkan on August 9, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    After reading the result of the last ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Here is my sincere advise to the hierarchy of Pakistan cricket. please make sure that the following gentlemen are in the team for a good ending. . Younus Yousuf Afridi Shoiab Malik kamal

    In my opinion and also the record manifest that the above mentioned players are good enough to help the team with their individual performances for any kind of format. such as TEST, ODI and T20. Simple is that.Case close

  • Cricket premi on July 8, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    Just an observation to Pakistanis. Indians and Pakistanis, both hate the same people : the fanatics who disrupt daily life and spread hatred. Pakistani bloggers, please realise this. 99.99% Indians are not interested in seeing Pakistan isolated. Do you know when we hate Pakistan the most ? When they play stupid, irresponsible test cricket, like on Day 4 in SL.

  • javed Zarif Canada on June 30, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    Playing test cricket at a neutral venue is not new to pakistan. It may not be very good for the criket in Pakistan but it could give a new lease to the competitivness of the game. There were times when playing test cricket under neutral umpires was impossible to think, yet when introduced it was an immediate success. who knows playing test matches at neutral venues becomes order of the day in future. It will remove the home advantage(disadvantage sometimes) from the game which is good for the game itself. As we know most of the innovations in cricket satrted as a result of a necesasity may be this is the begining of another one. As a pakistani fan i am happy that i will get to watch some fantastic cricket, doesn't matter where.

  • khalil on June 30, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    In 1996 world cup, AUS, WI & NZ refused to play in SL courtesy security situation.Pak should refuse playing WC matches in India if ICC do not shift the matches to any neutral venue.Shifting of IPL matches to SA by BCCI is a sufficient proof of security situation there.

  • gav on June 30, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    Next summer's six tests are not just great for Pakistanis but also for those non-pakistanis like myself who love Test cricket and, particularly, love the Pakistan team for the skill and drama which they always seem to bring to the game. Long live Pakistan cricket and well done for winning T20 cup-and for the return of the best batsman in the world, Mighty Mohammed Yousuf.

  • AZ on June 30, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    @DEV-India Pakistan won the carlton united series in 1997 and that was the first time ever that Aussie team didn't qualified for the Finals, then Pakistan were in Finals again in 2001 in carlton and united series in which india were there as well and they lost 3 matches to Pak and all to aussies, Than we white washed Aussies in July 2002 in 3 match one day series in indoor stadium and indians loose the same series following year 3-0. Pakistan have beaten aussies @ their peak while indian did this with weak aussie team.

  • Abhyuday on June 30, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    Another session of Indo-Pak slanging match. Pakis just can't get the "india-bashing" out of their head even after winning the tt wc and indians are responding with equally stupid comments. I wonder, how come Mr. Abbasi allows these comments to be posted. No pakistani sees that India are ranked 3 in both test and odi while pakistan is at 5 or6. They are so full of themselves after winning the wc that they are forgetting that they were thrashed by India in the last test and odi series played between these two sides. Indians are so proud of the money powere, they do not even consider Pakistan a nation inhabited by humans. It will not be long before these two nations destroy each other unless they learn some humility and respect for each other.

  • Kumar on June 30, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    Jilani, You are even funnier, conveniently ignoring data. Here is a list of data you missed out:

    Shohaib Akhthar 425K M. Yousuf 330K Shoaib Malik 500K Shahid Afridi 675K Younis Khan 225K M. Asif 650K

    As far as I can remember, none of these made any impact either whatsoever.

    Ali Majid, You should direct your ire to Younis Khan who is reportedly begging for contracts with more money.

  • javaid ganaie on March 31, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    it is a good sign of pakistan cricket,but the people of pakistan is disappointing to see the home team to play in front of the home crowd.And i tell one thing that the mismanagement pcb destroys the pakistan cricket from the last 5 years and i hope if pcb will retain afridi as captain after t20 in all formats of the game then no doubt about that pak team vl come again back on track... and i see one bad thing in pcb, they don't respect senior players and also in pak team is lack of disciplined. this is the reason behind pak cricket's poor show and especially in pakistan domestic cricket is too weak as compared to other countries........

  • mohsin on September 13, 2009, 7:50 GMT

    well i think that india did try to isolate pakistan particularly in the IPL,when modhi refused to pakistani players to play in ipl.but when pakistan won wrld cup modhi said that he never refused to pakistani players.it shows that great nations can never be isolated and i hope world cricket nations have learned thier lessons particularly india.but all is gone and we should enjoy cricket and support cricket

  • Abdulrubgopunguthkan on August 9, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    After reading the result of the last ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Here is my sincere advise to the hierarchy of Pakistan cricket. please make sure that the following gentlemen are in the team for a good ending. . Younus Yousuf Afridi Shoiab Malik kamal

    In my opinion and also the record manifest that the above mentioned players are good enough to help the team with their individual performances for any kind of format. such as TEST, ODI and T20. Simple is that.Case close

  • Cricket premi on July 8, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    Just an observation to Pakistanis. Indians and Pakistanis, both hate the same people : the fanatics who disrupt daily life and spread hatred. Pakistani bloggers, please realise this. 99.99% Indians are not interested in seeing Pakistan isolated. Do you know when we hate Pakistan the most ? When they play stupid, irresponsible test cricket, like on Day 4 in SL.

  • javed Zarif Canada on June 30, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    Playing test cricket at a neutral venue is not new to pakistan. It may not be very good for the criket in Pakistan but it could give a new lease to the competitivness of the game. There were times when playing test cricket under neutral umpires was impossible to think, yet when introduced it was an immediate success. who knows playing test matches at neutral venues becomes order of the day in future. It will remove the home advantage(disadvantage sometimes) from the game which is good for the game itself. As we know most of the innovations in cricket satrted as a result of a necesasity may be this is the begining of another one. As a pakistani fan i am happy that i will get to watch some fantastic cricket, doesn't matter where.

  • khalil on June 30, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    In 1996 world cup, AUS, WI & NZ refused to play in SL courtesy security situation.Pak should refuse playing WC matches in India if ICC do not shift the matches to any neutral venue.Shifting of IPL matches to SA by BCCI is a sufficient proof of security situation there.

  • gav on June 30, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    Next summer's six tests are not just great for Pakistanis but also for those non-pakistanis like myself who love Test cricket and, particularly, love the Pakistan team for the skill and drama which they always seem to bring to the game. Long live Pakistan cricket and well done for winning T20 cup-and for the return of the best batsman in the world, Mighty Mohammed Yousuf.

  • AZ on June 30, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    @DEV-India Pakistan won the carlton united series in 1997 and that was the first time ever that Aussie team didn't qualified for the Finals, then Pakistan were in Finals again in 2001 in carlton and united series in which india were there as well and they lost 3 matches to Pak and all to aussies, Than we white washed Aussies in July 2002 in 3 match one day series in indoor stadium and indians loose the same series following year 3-0. Pakistan have beaten aussies @ their peak while indian did this with weak aussie team.

  • Abhyuday on June 30, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    Another session of Indo-Pak slanging match. Pakis just can't get the "india-bashing" out of their head even after winning the tt wc and indians are responding with equally stupid comments. I wonder, how come Mr. Abbasi allows these comments to be posted. No pakistani sees that India are ranked 3 in both test and odi while pakistan is at 5 or6. They are so full of themselves after winning the wc that they are forgetting that they were thrashed by India in the last test and odi series played between these two sides. Indians are so proud of the money powere, they do not even consider Pakistan a nation inhabited by humans. It will not be long before these two nations destroy each other unless they learn some humility and respect for each other.

  • Kumar on June 30, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    Jilani, You are even funnier, conveniently ignoring data. Here is a list of data you missed out:

    Shohaib Akhthar 425K M. Yousuf 330K Shoaib Malik 500K Shahid Afridi 675K Younis Khan 225K M. Asif 650K

    As far as I can remember, none of these made any impact either whatsoever.

    Ali Majid, You should direct your ire to Younis Khan who is reportedly begging for contracts with more money.

  • Krishna on June 29, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    It is very funny to look at the comments especially from Pakistani fans. Why don't you look at the facts? It is the great work of PCB and BCCI that brought 2 world cups to our region and one more coming in. IPL is a business venture and you should look at it as market dominated pricing. Perform well and you get good money. That is how soccer players get money too. No team is touring pakistan because of security reason. Players life will be at stake. Brothers, please look at the half million people are IDP's in your country now. You will have peace soon and we can have good cricket. We all can blame others from the cozy comfort of the home. Hope Pakistani's can show resolve to root out bad elements in your country. Our fight will make cricket go the hockey way. India and Pakistan are at the bottom of a sport they once dominated. Please read about the match fixing and you can see how many India and Pakistan players were involved. We had enough bad name. let us not have more.

  • waterbuffalo on June 29, 2009, 11:13 GMT

    I hope to see Younis at 3 and Yousuf at 4. I hope the Pakistan team can stay together through the next year. One year is a long time and I hope the PCB will be calm and measured when they make decisions over the next 12 months. No more favouritism, pick the best team and give the crowds in England a good show like you did this month. Doesn't matter if we lose, but give the Aussies and the Poms a fright and a tough fight. Above all, put Pakistan back to the top four in the world.

  • an indian fan on June 29, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    The Pakistan fans should thank Lalit Modi for keeping the Pakistani cricketers out of the IPL, it was a blessing in disguise.... It is a fact that the BCCI wields enormous power, but with power comes responsibility, something which is sadly lacking. If only the BCCI had used it's weight positively to lend a hand and uplift the PCB. Instead, it chose to ostracize it's neighbour. The problem is not the fans or the cricketers, it's the power hungry, money grabbing, BCCI who's ruining the relationship. Think back to the ODI World Cup in 1996, we had a joint Pak-India team play in Colombo when the Aussies, NZ & WI refused to come. More recently, in 2003 when Ganguly led India's tour to Pakistan, the welcome they received was unbelievable. It's Lalit Modi & his ilk who've become commercial mecenaries and are ruining India's name. Their arrogance & dismissive high handedness will cause the country's cricketing downfall. This is Pakistan's moment of triumph & celebration, enjoy it.

  • allblue on June 29, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    Woah, just reading through some of those comments above... As an England fan I think this is a great idea (under the circumstances). World cricket needs Pakistan to be competing at Test level. The global base of the game is not big enough that we can afford to lose a nation that has produced its fair share of the all-time greats of the game. Of course it would be nice if cricket could somehow rise above the horrible politics that blights all our lives, but that's not how it is unfortunately. Anyway, from a cricket point of view, what a fascinating encounter it promises to be! I also agree that a Test series should be a minimum of three matches, but that's not going to happen now is it?

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:56 GMT

    Also....the Pak players not playing in the IPL was a blessing in disguise....if the sorry fate of the Indian team is anything to go by.

    Pakistan should shun the IPL....players should refuse to partake in the league next year. IPL has done nothing for cricket and the novelty has worn off....this years tournament was clear evidence of that. The money that our players would have made if they played in IPL this year would have not bought the joy that winning the World Cup has.

    Lalit Modi now says that Pak players welcome????? lol...hahahahahahahaha.....what a loser.

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    A special note to all the Indian fans.

    Leave this board if you can't say anything positive. Its been a long time since Pakistanis have had something to celebrate. Don't ruin it by tainting it with ridiculous comments and socio-political comments.

    An Indian team won the IPL.....go celebrate that. (Sense the sarcasm?!?).

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    Its actually quite funny how a blog that is positive about Pakistan cricket easily ends up turning into a slanging match between Pakistani and Indian fans.

    Get a life guys.....grow up.

    I say that to people on both sides.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on June 28, 2009, 22:46 GMT

    Its a great news that England will host matches between Pak and Aus. It will be good for the supporters of Pakistan in England.I think PCB should try to get more tests. Its been long time that Pakistan has been playing two test series. And as far as ,so called, Asian block is concerned, I think its dead now. Now PCB must have come to know what they got in return by supporting BCCI blindly for past few years.We, in sub continent, know how a person behaves when he/she suddenly gets rich. SO no surprises to BCCI behaviour.

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:44 GMT

    Quick question.....how come six tests?

    Are Pak playing a series against England next year as well?

    Also.....can you imagine the response to a series between Pakistan and India in the UK??????????

  • Muhammad Haseeb on June 28, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    Its a great news that England will host matches between Pak and Aus. It will be good for the supporters of Pakistan in England.I think PCB should try to get more tests. Its been long time that Pakistan has been playing two test series. And as far as ,so called, Asian block is concerned, I think its dead now. Now PCB must have come to know what they got in return by supporting BCCI blindly for past few years.We, in sub continent, know how a person behaves when he/she suddenly gets rich. SO no surprises to BCCI behaviour.

  • Mahdi S. Mohammad on June 28, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    Assalamualaikum. Peace be to all. Anytime you point a finger, remember four point back at you! Just wondering if anybody has even thought of the fact, amongst this war of words, how imperative it is for Pakistan to keep playing international cricket to establish (or re-establish) themselves as an imminent part of the global cricketing community. And that of course doesn't mean playing Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya, etc. (nothing against those teams). Playing 3 or 4 series a year won't do much good in harnessing the abilities and qualities of the talent of our regulars and back-ups. Even though it is dissapointing that this home series shall be played about a thousand kilometers away, let's grab this opportunity with both hands. Charity begins at home (no pun intended), and so it would be wise to look within and smoothen out our edges before hollering out. An example would be the haste and disgust with which Abdul Qadir sadly quit the PCB recently. Here's to continued success!

  • E Ahmad on June 28, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi well said, but only 2 TEST, dont understand that .... as a Pakistani living in UK i am over the moon 6 test 5 ODI 3 T20 wow ... Bring on 2010 ...

    To all my brothers in Pakistan and every where, yes we are Champions, but we have to be humble with all GOD has given us .... by looking down on loosers is not our way, we are bigger then this ... Its not India who's stopping people coming to Pak ... we all know who they are ... so stop taking a dig at each other, it doesnt help any one ...

    Well don Imran a great idea, lets Support Srilank, the real heroes, who agreed to visit Pakistan when everyone else was saying no ... lets let them have our share of WC matches .. Thanks for all the good comments from everyone all over the world

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !

  • jilani on June 28, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    Ha Ha, Samir you are a funny guy.

    So let me cite here some facts from the IPL contract money- Andrew Symonds:1.35M, N. Bracken:325K, Jeese Ryder:0.160, Mark Boucher: 450K, Congengie Fernando: 150K, S. jayasuria: 975K, AB Devilleirs: 300, H. Gibbs: 575, Megina Mirando: 150K

    Most of these did not either play or if played made any impact on their team's outcome.

    Now let us see Pakistani Players- Kamran:100K, Misbah: 100K, Sohail T (best bowler in 08): 100K, Umar Gul (Really???): 100K.

    So Mr. Samir, you can take you IPL and "force it harshly" where it belongs.

    Modi has more than astute business sense to pay a loser like Andre Symonds 1.3 Million while cancelleing Shahid Afridi's contract-I say bravo-how astute.

    Just Jayasuria gets twice than Mishbah, Gul, Akmal and Tanvir combined-Ha Ha Ha Ha. Well done Modi.

    I am glad the contracts have been terminated. This means a fresh start for a lot of players.

    Ciao Samir

  • MARLO on June 28, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    HAVE A QUESTION: Dont you guys think that Afridi shouldi have been included in test team? He is bowlling much better than Kaneria and he is in form to contribute in batting. Actually I feel he is a much better bowler than Kanaria who always disappointed and I can bet if afridi was bowlling as many overs as Kanaria does in a test, then afridi will come up with far better results.

  • AD on June 28, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    A good move but the fact that it is just tw tests, contrary to your view, takes away the lurste from the series

  • Taslim Khan--BD on June 28, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    PCB have a big role to play in allocation of 14 matches of pakistan in coming world cup in Asia.They should put pressure on ICC to shift their matches to Dubai because they have the right to do that.And I think this should not be problem for ICC to hold matches in Dubai.Now BCCI is proactive to moving away matches from pakistan to anywhere else including in their own country.BCCI is mixing cricket with politics that will effect the cricket a lot.Pakistan Cricket Board should look for support holding their matches in dubai. I hope PCB will take necessary steps to hold matches in most favorable venues.

  • Faridoon on June 28, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    An Indo-Pak friendship can never be sustained. We will always blame each other for blaming each other! Lets be open about it.

    Really good to hear that Pakistan has test cricket in their schedule. This should be fun.

    There is also of course a small matter of the Champions Trophy in September. Wouldn't it be great if Pak can take that title too. But, being traditionally slow starters how they will fare in a knock-out format remains to be seen.

    However, if you go by the argument that they perform in do-or-die games then every game is do-or-die in the knockout format!

  • Shahid Pakistan on June 28, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    Grow up you all. Its just stupid talk throwing mud at each other. Even we won Wc but yes India is a top team and indian people are wonderfull cricket fans. All what some of these comments show is childrens talk. Thanks india for support and I hope better days of friendship will come

  • Steffen on June 28, 2009, 11:53 GMT

    I just want to tell Indian fans that power of running cricket placed in one single country is not a good thing and its what its happening at the moment. Being patriotic indian it will feel good but seen it from above will show you an other picture. Don't you think a champions trophy of internationally involved clubs should be run by ICC (just like European football). Just think if a single country being big in size and population with a lot of money due to its size runs the show and if you are sitting in an other country then how would you feel. I was always against Asian block, thanks God its broken but there comes a new era of Modiism, even worse. ICC is totally hijacked and have no powers at all. The game with fewer dollars would be more interesting and better functioning if the systems are right.

  • Samir, India on June 28, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    I GIVE UP ........

    You guys are so drunk on hatred that you choose to see things only one way ... When I said India-Pak ceased to be a competition for us, I meant economically, in terms or administration and progress ....not cricket alone... Yes We have all seen the performance of the Pak teams of the past and have appreciated their performances even when they were routinely beating India....

    We just do not think Pakistan is that big on the world stage right now that it decides how we feel as a nation... unlike you guys where everything must pass through the India prism...

    We do not have to destroy your cricket, you guys are very competent at that... one swallow doesn't a summer make...

    Cheers

  • DEV - INDIA on June 28, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Dont you all remember the thrashing your so called bowlers have received at the hands of YUVRAJ and SEHWAG in the last couple of years. We won both the 50 and 20 over WC's before PAK. You were absolutely thrashed in THIS WC by us. SACHIN hammered you all in 2003 WC. Your team have not competed against the AUSSIES in the last 10 years whereas we have performed the best against them. In one of your TESTS against them you were bowled for 59 and 53 in SHARJAH. Your batsmen were sittin ducks against MCGRATH and WARNE while SACHIN and co thrashed them

  • Irfan Rizvi on June 28, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    This is a great news, This is a fact that Pakistan is not in a state of hosting matches and England is the best option available, Playing on tracks like Lords Oval etc will give enormous learning experience to young Pakistani Players who struggle on seaming pithces, and It will also give our talented bowlers to show their real skills which unfortunately is not a case back home on dead dusty pitches. Cant wait for a season of good quality cricket. The only thing here is that the series should have been of at least 3 tests.

  • Tahir Rashid on June 28, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    Samir from India, I suppose making fabricated Bollywood war movies is manly? "India-Pak stopped being a competition for us a long time ago." That is right because apart from beating Pak in world cup campaigns India has been thrashed otherwise. I advise you to check oneday records between the two teams.

  • Shekhar on June 28, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    Cong! PAK. For both winning WC and hosting series in Eng.

    I totally disagree with Jilani, It were indian channels showing all abt. PAK victory, almost every big channel airing interviews of PAK Ex-cricketer, showing footage of celebrating PAK people. well comments Samir

    Shekhar, INDIA

  • Ahmed, India on June 28, 2009, 3:54 GMT

    I am bit surpised how can so many Pakistani can blame India for loss of their cricket. Firstly elemants (more importantly political mess) in Pakistan should be cleaned up to restore the peace and cricket in Pakistan then blame should come on India. I agree India has power in world cricket and India dictate the terms (like US in world politics and that's because of power). Well, India also has self-interests like not allowing to swap the world cup with 2015 one. Pakistani players are not allowed in IPL and that was Pakistan govt. decision not to send to their team in India. And, if Indian team is not travelling to Pakistan then it's because of safety and even cricketers are also not safe. Indian govt has reason for not send team to Pakistan. You need to understand that Pak cricket is suffering because of internal problems not becaise of India. I hope sooner of later things will be stablized in Pakistan and India and other team will visit Pakistan for cricket.

  • moazam rashid on June 28, 2009, 2:11 GMT

    i think pakistans t20 title saved pakistans existence in this harsh criket world........our team made us lose hopes of even getting thru to the 2nd round.....but our team made such a come back which shaked the kiwis as well as the favorites to win the cup...kiwi skipper made a disapointing comment agaist our best bowler while he deserved praised not suspesion ...going through all the odds pakistan did win the sup to show to the world that pakistan reli is a country which adds to crickets power around the world....i hope paistan get international assignmens which a great cricket nation surely deserves....we wont bow down against odds and we wont make others the cause of our defeats but will prove that we have the strength to be a top cricket playing nation . My message to all my pakistani brothers is that stay united and we surely will be the nation to actually succeed .

  • Adeel from Illinois,USA on June 28, 2009, 0:22 GMT

    I am so glad that Pakistan won the WC and even more glad that it was not India...I have nothin against the Indian people...but the way the Indian board treated the Pakistan board over the last few months was really eye opening... the asian block now exists in the history books...I agree that new alliances need to be formed...if Pakistan can show England that it can be a financial asset I am sure we can muster some support...money talks. And to Samir I would say that definitely in T20 cricket, you are right, there is no compitition b/w Pakistan and India.

  • immy on June 27, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    all this nonsense about pakistan playing at home has to end. Playing at home in front of five people in the 'heaving' stadium is utterly pointless and i'm glad pakistan will be playing in the uk, where they have real support from real fans

  • R Sivasubramaniam on June 27, 2009, 22:47 GMT

    Imran has a great idea. Instead of UAE or England, Pakistan should nominate Sri Lanka as their 'home' venue. Then all matches allocated to Pakistan can be played in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has stood by Pakistan in troubled times and have 'paid' for that. By adopting Sri Lanka as the 'Home' venue Pakistan can return the favours. Furthermore, since it is part of the sub-continent, the arguments used against UAE cannot hold. The Headquarters can also be shifted to Colombo. I hope Mr Kamran can use his influence to put this idea to PCB and Mr Ijaz Butt. Time now fo0r PCB ro reward its friend in need! Siva from Singapore.

  • Faheem on June 27, 2009, 21:03 GMT

    To Mr. Samir india, dude just a sentence for u. Grapes are sour. And also an advice, spend more money on IPL, and u might get a chance to get more money.but remember u cannot have the joy of WIN IN A WORLD CUP, thats our destiny, not urs. am not sayng it, its just the results. which are showning this.

  • MARLO on June 27, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    BUT why only two tests. Poor PCB can't even get them to play full 3-test series even its to be played in England? SHAME ON PCB for degrading status of Pakistan Cricket to Bangladesh/Zimbabwe level by accepting 2 test series even when low level WI gets 4 or 5.

  • Hassan Abbas on June 27, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    Great news that Pakistan is finally going to play a long test series and amazingly against Australia. 6 Test Matches in England seem like a real dream series as mentioned by Mr. Kamran Abbasi in his Article. Congratulations Mr. Kamran for writing another such a beautiful article. We love your remarkable writing skills, keep it up..,

  • faisal on June 27, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    i think pakistan needs to play matches no matter where to stay in international level its not ideal for pakistan to play overseas their home series but the situation is not good in pak so can't do anything about it

  • Adnan on June 27, 2009, 16:02 GMT

    You are right Samir, Jilani could get used to the fact. As Indian were used to the fact that they can't beat Pakistan during the era or W's, they fabricated reason after reason for not to face Wasim & Waqar. Just imagine if Indians played frequently wih Pakistan (As they did after both W's were retired) what would be the statistics of your GREATS...

    Think about it...

    Adnan , Pakistan

  • VB, India on June 27, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Ha, all it takes is a few Pakistanis to get together, for their favorite pastime, not cricket, but to heap hatred on India and play the victim card blaming India for everything going wrong in their country.

    It's frankly pathetic. For all these years, India has been a strong supporter of Pak in all ICC meetings/activities. It really takes a very delusional person (or a nation) to think that teams are not visiting Pak because of some conspiracy by India.

    Does any one in Pak bother to analyze the facts? It's your Pak govt that blocked your players from playing in the IPL, anyways. I was one of the folks who rooted for Pak to win the cup (after India crashed out).

    I've got news for you. We are not your enemy. Your enemy is inside your country, terrorizing your local population and sending 'teams' to neighboring countries to blow up hotels. Direct your anger against them & o.. pls grow up!

  • Manoj on June 27, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Dear Jilani, get a life. It isn't England or Australia touring Pakistan, but India. Get the fact in your head, take out India & you can start playing cricket as a hobby again, like the cricketers from Ireland or NZ. We are the guys because of whom you made some money in the 20/20 world cup. Take us out & you can start farming while playing for earning while playing cricket. Go & do your stupid politics with England or whoever for all we care. Your goverment has been trying the same politics against us with US & China, but has it had any impact?

  • Naz on June 27, 2009, 14:38 GMT

    There is no doubt the news of top-level cricket is important for Pak which ever shape/form it comes. This was the most feasible outcome in troubled times.

    With regards to India rooting for Pak, i think it should be a question of rooting for the best cricket played - an obversation from this recent tournament is that Indian fans have become too fickle, religiously rooting their own and booing others (i.e. Collingwood's comments). Followed by booing Dhoni after the loss.

    Pak cricket just needs fair opportunities, we have won the 20/20 without any cricket comparatively.

    With regards to India not regarding Pak as a competition; well you know how it was for Pak during the late 80s, 90s and early 2000, so much so India stopped playing in Sharjah despite there being neutral officials. Its this arrogance which reinforced the misguided delusion that India were champions before the 20/20 kicked off!

    I think we all know now, on who’s face the egg has truly landed ;)

  • Taslim Khan--BD on June 27, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    I think its a win win situation for ECB and PCB because PCB was Looking for a reliable friend with whom it can lessen their losses they suffered and PCB will help ECB when they need that .Mind you it is also better opportunity for British pakistanis who are crazy about cricket.They love to see pakistan playing in England.Pakistan showed in T20 that they have plenty of talented players,who could perform a good show. As a cricket lover i dont want pakistan to be isolated from international cricket. My special thanks to ECB for their helping hand they provided for PCB.They are really doing something to save pakistani cricket from being destroyed.I hope PCB will help ECB in future when they need them. thanks ECB

  • Hassan, Pakistan on June 27, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    Really nice Article. Looking forward to the summers of 2010.

    As far as Samir is concerned. You get a life man. Dont forget all the help Pakistan showed in electing Different ppl from india in the ICC.

    As for India being a competition- HAH.. you have to be kidding me. We got into the finals of both 20 20 world cups. Won the last one. Why would India be our competition, who couldnot even make it into the semi-finals?? Get your facts straight. And get well soon.

    Hassan, Pakistan

  • Hassan, Pakistan on June 27, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan can't host it's WC matches in UAE. To me this is all politics. I mean they would get so much hostility for playing in India. Who is going to guarantee their security. Just like Indians booed England in their home country, it will be much worse in India itself. I would consider opting out rather than put the team in danger.

  • Z on June 27, 2009, 12:35 GMT

    @Samir youre right there were a good number of indians who supported Pakistan, but there were also those who didnt.

    the point Giliani was essentially making was in regards to Lalit Modi. whatever way you look at it he (along with BCCI) have held the ICC to ransom, essentailly saying that if they dont play ball with them they'll pack up and leave. i think in the long term Modi is bad for cricket and through time it will show.

    2 final points. when have the indians shown support during the ball tampering row? (genuine question, as i dont remember any indian player sticking up for the 2 Ws) if i remember correctly it was Sachin who was caught in 98 before any pakistan player was found guilty of the same allegation

    Finally Pakistan may not be much of a competition for india now, but before then for about a good 50 years you werent much competition for us. i guess the moral of the story is what comes around goes around.

  • Noman Yousuf on June 27, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    @ Samir

    You go and get a life man!!! You almost lost a ODI to lowly West Indies defending 340; and Pakistan is no competition for you??? You couldn't make it to the semi finals; hell no, you lost all your super eight matches is T20 World cup, after all the hype of Modi-IPL show; and Pakistan is no competition for you??? You know, you're right Pakistan and India are no competition; Pakistan is way above.

    Pakistani Champions RULE!!!!!

  • Qasim on June 27, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    To Mr Samir from India

    "India-Pak stopped being a competition for us a long time ago"--------> EXCUSE ME??? Go check up on your statistics, friend....Pakistan owns your country 64-44 in ODIs(head to head) and 12-8 in Tests(head to head). Pakistan has completely dominated your country in cricket throughout its history...except for last few years that is.

    For the first 58-59 years after independance, Pakistani sides have been consistently mightier than your effeminate, choking & reluctant cricketers. Why dont u dig up your stats bro?

  • javed ch on June 27, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Its good for Pakistan cricket. also now the time has come when we make ties with the nations like england, australia, west indies and south africa.. instead of relying heavily on so called Asian group which betrayed us in recent past. Pakistan has always support indian board, for srilankan cricket from past 20 years we did every thing, from boosting of there cricket to getting the test status, however when the time come to support pakistan this asian group left us alone and even they didnt support us in neutral venues. Afridi rightly said that "in their hearts they thought otherwise."

    we have to make new partners. well done Mr Butt.

  • Mansoor on June 27, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Its a brilliant idea as the crowd would be perfect and the pitches would have init for both bowlers and the batsmen. I dont mind our team playing there at least it will keep them match fit.

  • Kalim Khan on June 27, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    Thanks PCB. I was planning to go to Pakistan next summer for some holidays when i finish my A-levels next yaer but now I am stuck and will be hard for me to decide that should i go Pakistan or support Pakistan here? Thanks Kamran Abbassi

  • Yasser on June 27, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Mr. Samir, there are many fools like you here speaking against pakistan, and saying there is no comparison b/w india and pakistan, actually you guyz are right, you guyz need to check your ICC ranking from 2001-2008 and see and analyze where you guyz stand in rankings and where we stand. (I HOPE YOUR MOUTH IS NOW SHUT)....what india can win is only warm-up games and IPL and Ranjhi trophy....

    Kind Regards

  • Abdul on June 27, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    Salam- too right mr abbasi So pleased to be playing the highest form of cricket against two of the stronger teams- and in england! can't wait and well done again

  • Dawud on June 27, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    "India-Pak stopped being a competition for us a long time ago"

    It did for us too mate, especially when you get knocked out before the tournament proper starts!

    Indian fans are the same everywhere - loud and proud when they're team is winning but unable to face facts when they've lost.

    I was at the Sri Lanka-Pakistan and India-Windies games in the Super 8 stage - the Indians wouldn't shut up after Pakistan lost but they started to get aggressive when they started losing - sore, immature losers as Mike Atherton recently said.

  • Shahid on June 27, 2009, 9:39 GMT

    You may be right but in my opinion Pakistan should have a long term planing for at least next 5 years because as it is more than obvious that there is not going to be any international cricket in Pk for some years to come. It should not just be arranged from series to series. What I would like to see is a permanent settelment with England or Dubai. PCB should have been working on possibilities to setup a 20/20 tournament of IPL class in Gulf or England. ECB and some oil dollars should be persuaded to go hand in hand with PCB to explore business possibilities and competitiveness of the project. Time is ripe to have a foot on Modi's neck so he also learns to share money and power with other boards. A consortium of some sheiks, ICL investers, ECB and PCB will do the trick. With inclusion of ICL, indian money can be attracted and the name ICL can be used as being International Cricket League. I just think PCB needs to come out of hiding and do aggresive planing to counter what we face.

  • shafiq on June 27, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Quite frankly! Two test match series is a lost cause for pakistan criket, as 'we are slow starters". The seies against australia in england is a fantastic news, especially with 4 test series against england. But i can't digest just 2 tests. It must be 3 test series----ODI;s are not there no issue,,, T20 doesn't matter much. We need 3 test against Australia, if England cann't manage, play it in Colombo or Scoland etc. I will think 1000 times before appreciating a fat bureucrate like Butt----.

  • Surya on June 27, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Khalil...

    Which news channel you were watching in india...

    It was quite irritating(frankly jealous) to watch all the channels in India lined up to show their victory...

    Even many websites congratulate them on their feat...

    Even when I am not supporting pakistanis on the final, so many of my friends were supporting for pakistan...

    So get a life dude... Be frank if not biased in your country's moment of greatness...

  • Imran on June 27, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    Pakistan's victory was a big slap on the face of India, Australia and South africa. These three nations had tried all their best through their agent Lalit Moodi to isolate Pakistan Cricket. Now enjoy the "Loosers league" tag on your face. Only time will tell where Pakistan cricket will go ahead but all the nations with sinister designs will never ever prosper. Now Mr Samir, we Pakistanis have never ever trusted you people, so shut up and put up whatever you have got now = Loosers are not choosers. Money is nothing at the end of the day. May Pakistan's cricket prosper. We dont consider India as worth to be our rivals. India is drunk with dollars. Once they come out of their slumber, it would be too late.

  • masak on June 27, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    Regarding the decision to prevent the PCB their right of selecting the alternate world cup match venues for their matches, I have only one comment....People in glass houses shouldn't really be throwing stones.

    Meanwhile, to my friends in India - you can run, but you can't hide - the fact that you feel Pak-India matches stopped being a competition is farcical (and a long time ago as well), but to be expected from a team that couldn't handle defeat well and feels that the only way to be considered great is to avoid playing one team.

    Of course that is one way of defining yourself, sticking your head in the sand and just hoping your arch nemesis goes away (almost worked in fact).

    Regarding your "support" - much appreciated, but as you could probably tell - not really required.

  • Sohail from India on June 27, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Get well soon Jilani....In 2007 when India won T20 we defeated Pakistan in final , many Pakistanis regardsed it as NOT bieng World cup.However now suddenly its become a World Cup. And its really hilarious how you bring BCCI.If india had even reached semifinal you would have called it fixing but now that Pakistan won ,fixing is myth right. Did it occur that to revive a sagging PCB this was favour from ICC to let them win. This is not my theory but would have been yours only if Pakistan had not won. Wake up buddy. Its good you won but pls be sportsmanlike. Stop blaming BCCI for all your problems,. It nrever was ur enemy and really all that matters to BCCI is $$$$ rather than PCB. If you feel ECB is bieng friend , you are welcome afterall wasnt USA also a friend once upon a time for you.

  • Fasial Taquie on June 27, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Get a grip Ms. Samir. I did not see anything wrong with Jilani's statements and he was stating facts. You, on the other hand are still belittling Pakistan. If India-Pak series does not matter, then why the heck are you on a Pakistani blog taking the time out to dish out negativities! Perhaps, your board is afraid of losing against the World Champions....again. As far as the World Cup, I think PCB is finally on the right track. Pakistan's games should be held at its home away from home like others. If not, PCB should bite the bullet and boycott the WC.

  • Samir, India on June 27, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    Welcome back pakistan....

    As far as Jilani is concerned, go get a life little brother. Calling people names isn't quite manly when its done in the anonymity of a blog.

    There have been a lot of Indians rooting for pakistan in the worldcup once India was out and I was one of them.

    I would say it was you guys who showed their true colours by completely ignoring our support during the ball tampering scandals etc. and harping on completely unfounded assumptions which you hold to be true in the face of overriding evidence to the contrary.

    But you know what.. it doesn't matter. because quite frankly, India-Pak stopped being a competition for us a long time ago. I wish you could get used to the fact.

    Get well soon Mr. Jilani.

    Samir, India

  • Farooq Y Butt on June 27, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Excellent news, In my oponion Pakistan have a best chance of beating Australia in England then any place else in the world. The kokoboura ball swings and spins so Pakistan has a good chance of beating Australia. Pakistan needs Mohammed Asif to be fit and ready and Shahid Afridi to play in Test matches. The Pakistani team for the tour should be with five bowling options. Asif Gul Daniesh/Ajmel Afridi and Razzaq. Anyways coming back to the point of playing cricket in neutral venue, I think Pakistan cricket team should consistantly play cricket doesn't matter where. This will improve cricket and give Pakistan's fans to cheer the team. Last night saw Younis khan's interview on Geo. Good honest interview and excellent Ambition of beating Aussie in Australia and SOuthAfrica in South Africa. I like the Spirit of the team but the selectors need to honest and without BIAS. Good luck Pakistan our support will be always there for you

  • Imran - Karachi on June 27, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    yes, well done mr. butt one more suggestion: as no team will agree to visit Pakistan and ICC won't allow shifting of Worldcup matches outside Asia, so tackle the situation tactfully and politically. As a host we have the right on these macthes and can ask to shift all 14 matches to Sri Lanka. This will help three ways: One, we will be able to pay back soemthing we owe to Srilankan nation. Two, it will give tit for tat reply to Indians on their conspriracies against Pakistan on every cricket issue, specially shifting of venues of worldcup. Three, in return, we can request Lankans to play a short series after sometime when things settle down so cricket can comeback to Pakistan.

  • khalil on June 27, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    Pak is against the odds keeping in view the security situation in our country.We will not make friends if we still stress upon shifting of WC from sub continent to some other place.Some of our close friends would not even like this idea.Whatever comes our way,we should avail it.It,s very sad that Pak will not be hosting any WC matches at home/abroad but one should keep in mind that there was no one to persue our case in ICC meeting.Atleast someone should have been there to represent PCB.Some boards are playing hand in glove & PCB should counter this sensibly & logically.The day Pak won T20 WC,our neighbour was airing breaking news of Eng Women WC victory over NZ & after Pak won WC its TV channels were showing the footages of Lahore terorist attack on SL team & talking of Tamil tigers.It is very hard to accept reality for some people but it is a reality that against all the odds Pak is T20 WC champ.ICC should also take a note of it and discourage elements bent on isolating Pak cricket.

  • Ali on June 27, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Precisely why is it not worth quibbling that it is only a 2 match series?

    What's the point of 2 matches anyway?

  • Samhouse on June 27, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    While a terrific temporary solution, one must not lose sight of the problem at hand. We MUST have cricket in Pakistan again or fear losing some of that passion that we are so famous for.

    good on the ECB, PCB and Cricket Australia though! :)

  • jilani on June 26, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    So I am wondering if this represents a shift in alliances and rift in loyalties in the strong "Asian Block" so-called community. India has shown its colors, as expected, when Pakistan needed help the most.

    Indian aka Lallu Modi have made sure that Pakistani cricketers do not get ANY benefit from money and contracts abound for far less talented or over-the-top aging cricketers (so much for the zenophobic, self serving group that excludes the domestic and the international champions)

    With that said, I see a days ahead when BCCI will have plenty of money to throw around but little voting power with PCB allied with ECB.

    Does that even matter to BCCI??

    Hmmmm

  • Maza786 on June 26, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    As suggested by the recent T20 WC, England can be an excellent stage for being a 2nd home to Pakistan cricket. The fans should turn up in their numbers and the team shall receive tremendous support and publicity.

  • Tahir Ahmed, Germany on June 26, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    Nice Article bro...

    keep it up...

    two thumbs

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  • Tahir Ahmed, Germany on June 26, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    Nice Article bro...

    keep it up...

    two thumbs

  • Maza786 on June 26, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    As suggested by the recent T20 WC, England can be an excellent stage for being a 2nd home to Pakistan cricket. The fans should turn up in their numbers and the team shall receive tremendous support and publicity.

  • jilani on June 26, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    So I am wondering if this represents a shift in alliances and rift in loyalties in the strong "Asian Block" so-called community. India has shown its colors, as expected, when Pakistan needed help the most.

    Indian aka Lallu Modi have made sure that Pakistani cricketers do not get ANY benefit from money and contracts abound for far less talented or over-the-top aging cricketers (so much for the zenophobic, self serving group that excludes the domestic and the international champions)

    With that said, I see a days ahead when BCCI will have plenty of money to throw around but little voting power with PCB allied with ECB.

    Does that even matter to BCCI??

    Hmmmm

  • Samhouse on June 27, 2009, 2:56 GMT

    While a terrific temporary solution, one must not lose sight of the problem at hand. We MUST have cricket in Pakistan again or fear losing some of that passion that we are so famous for.

    good on the ECB, PCB and Cricket Australia though! :)

  • Ali on June 27, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Precisely why is it not worth quibbling that it is only a 2 match series?

    What's the point of 2 matches anyway?

  • khalil on June 27, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    Pak is against the odds keeping in view the security situation in our country.We will not make friends if we still stress upon shifting of WC from sub continent to some other place.Some of our close friends would not even like this idea.Whatever comes our way,we should avail it.It,s very sad that Pak will not be hosting any WC matches at home/abroad but one should keep in mind that there was no one to persue our case in ICC meeting.Atleast someone should have been there to represent PCB.Some boards are playing hand in glove & PCB should counter this sensibly & logically.The day Pak won T20 WC,our neighbour was airing breaking news of Eng Women WC victory over NZ & after Pak won WC its TV channels were showing the footages of Lahore terorist attack on SL team & talking of Tamil tigers.It is very hard to accept reality for some people but it is a reality that against all the odds Pak is T20 WC champ.ICC should also take a note of it and discourage elements bent on isolating Pak cricket.

  • Imran - Karachi on June 27, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    yes, well done mr. butt one more suggestion: as no team will agree to visit Pakistan and ICC won't allow shifting of Worldcup matches outside Asia, so tackle the situation tactfully and politically. As a host we have the right on these macthes and can ask to shift all 14 matches to Sri Lanka. This will help three ways: One, we will be able to pay back soemthing we owe to Srilankan nation. Two, it will give tit for tat reply to Indians on their conspriracies against Pakistan on every cricket issue, specially shifting of venues of worldcup. Three, in return, we can request Lankans to play a short series after sometime when things settle down so cricket can comeback to Pakistan.

  • Farooq Y Butt on June 27, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    Excellent news, In my oponion Pakistan have a best chance of beating Australia in England then any place else in the world. The kokoboura ball swings and spins so Pakistan has a good chance of beating Australia. Pakistan needs Mohammed Asif to be fit and ready and Shahid Afridi to play in Test matches. The Pakistani team for the tour should be with five bowling options. Asif Gul Daniesh/Ajmel Afridi and Razzaq. Anyways coming back to the point of playing cricket in neutral venue, I think Pakistan cricket team should consistantly play cricket doesn't matter where. This will improve cricket and give Pakistan's fans to cheer the team. Last night saw Younis khan's interview on Geo. Good honest interview and excellent Ambition of beating Aussie in Australia and SOuthAfrica in South Africa. I like the Spirit of the team but the selectors need to honest and without BIAS. Good luck Pakistan our support will be always there for you

  • Samir, India on June 27, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    Welcome back pakistan....

    As far as Jilani is concerned, go get a life little brother. Calling people names isn't quite manly when its done in the anonymity of a blog.

    There have been a lot of Indians rooting for pakistan in the worldcup once India was out and I was one of them.

    I would say it was you guys who showed their true colours by completely ignoring our support during the ball tampering scandals etc. and harping on completely unfounded assumptions which you hold to be true in the face of overriding evidence to the contrary.

    But you know what.. it doesn't matter. because quite frankly, India-Pak stopped being a competition for us a long time ago. I wish you could get used to the fact.

    Get well soon Mr. Jilani.

    Samir, India

  • Fasial Taquie on June 27, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Get a grip Ms. Samir. I did not see anything wrong with Jilani's statements and he was stating facts. You, on the other hand are still belittling Pakistan. If India-Pak series does not matter, then why the heck are you on a Pakistani blog taking the time out to dish out negativities! Perhaps, your board is afraid of losing against the World Champions....again. As far as the World Cup, I think PCB is finally on the right track. Pakistan's games should be held at its home away from home like others. If not, PCB should bite the bullet and boycott the WC.