Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 July 15, 2009

Pakistan rediscover the challenge of Test cricket

Pakistan's opportunities to win both matches in this series illustrate the fascination of Test cricket but were false hopes
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Pakistan's opportunities to win both matches in this series illustrate the fascination of Test cricket but were false hopes. Test cricket is an examination of skill way beyond the Twenty20 variety. A win in this series would have been even more remarkable than the events in England, and Pakistan fans should reserve their judgment.

The fundamental problem for Pakistan's players is their lack of international cricket, and in particular Test cricket, over the last 18 months. There is no substitute for match practice and Pakistan's cricketers have suffered. Add to this an inadequate domestic structure and you have the recipe for the kind of failures that Younis Khan's team has just experienced.

Clearly, there are areas for improvement, and they are the same ones that have been discussed for a decade. An unsure and unsettled opening partnership. A middle order that fires sporadically but rarely when it matters. And a collective psychology and spirit that can turn victory into defeat rather than the other way round.

Younis will work on these areas. He will be bitterly hurt by these defeats and the failures of his senior colleagues, players he should be able to rely upon. Yet he is right to say that his team deserves time. Failures of technique and temperament can be masked in a Twenty20 sprint but Test cricket exposes the slightest weakness.

Pakistan's plan in Test cricket has to be set over the next two to three years. It will require that amount of time to build a team that consistently challenges in Test cricket. What's more, success in Test cricket cannot be achieved without a proper coach and management to support Younis and that requires the PCB to get its house in order.

Yet Pakistan should take away some positives. Mohammad Aamir impressed in the first Test, and can become a bowling hero. Fawad Alam was finally awarded an opportunity and it says something about his mindset that he scored a debut century in a crisis situation.

Pakistan could have been crushed in this series. In the end, both wins proved comfortable for Sri Lanka but Pakistan did compete enough to suggest better days ahead. The fact that they might have won both matches was the biggest surprise of all.

Pakistan have simply rediscovered how tough the challenge of Test cricket truly is.

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

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  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on August 24, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    In the batting line up, there are two types of Batsmen. The First type of Batsmen are who either put the team on top or when they are failed put the team under pressure. The examples are Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Aamir Suhail, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazeer. The other type of Batsmen are who either put the team on top or able to recover the position from under pressure. The best example for this type are Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq.With some grace points we can put Imran Khan and Younus Khan also in this catagory. Recently we have noticed Shahid Afridi is switching himself from catagory first to second which is a good sign for Pakistan. Considering the abilties and their success ratio, the Batsmen should be selected with a fair amount of combination of both catagories. These Batsmen should be told what are their duties. First catagory Batsmen come naturaly and we can find any where but the second catagory is the one we need badly.

  • Usman on August 23, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi,

    Please hurry up and write a blog about your thoughts on Pakistan's squad for the Champions trophy.

    I am very impatient to hear your thoughts about it! :)

  • kamran on August 15, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi: You are at vantage point to make our voices heard by atleast dabbling into how England refused Pakistani blind cricket team to go to England. This is not only unjust but biased and inhumane. I wish you or someone has the heart to write something about it... Where is ICC now

  • Talha Khan on August 10, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    first of awl the middle of Pakistan cricket team is going through the worst time of ever...the experience players like misbah and shoaib malik are not performing at regular intervals...they are failing again and again..misbah who is a senior member of the side needs to take responsibility and play sensibily...and if he can't do so than leave the space open for players like umar akmal, azhar ali and fawad alam...secondly pakistani team desperately needs a specialist batting coach that could help improve the batting of the side..and could teach some useful lessons regarding the traits of international arena to youngsters like umar akmal and fawad alam...who are genuine talents...and just needs some shining. And talking about Aqib Javed he has really disappointed us with us work..a bowler like umer gul which shined and emerged as the main bowler for pakistan when waqar was the coach but aqib has failed to shine his skills more..and the result is obvious in the test matches.

  • MK on August 7, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    I think there must be complete overhauling of the system / structure which has never done before. So far, we dont have any PCB legal struture / constitution. It has been running on Adhoc basis. We always looking for a change of management whenever team performing bad. There must be transparency in all that. Cricketers need to do more than what they are doing today. The game has changed so much than what it was previously. Technically, mentally, physically, psychologically, etc all do matters. Our players should cope it with that take it as a great challenge. one man show or single handidly performance by a player will only lift the team to ceratin extent or for a short period after that its all team work. . . participation frm all is required as we see in case of aussies.

  • Ali on August 6, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    I am disgusted at some comments from former players after the tests and 3 one days. Abbass statement of sacking everyone tells a tale of a sick mindset. System based problems need system based solution while personnel based needs personnel based. We lacked in both and solution is not change of gaurd rather fortification of it. The team feeding source of domestic cricket does not prepare them for the big show, pressure games on unfamilliar circumstances. Lack of opening partnership stems from technique errors which are rooted from domestic pitches and our batsmen inherited sence of what to expect. Lack of penetration into opposite rank can be looked at lack of venom in line, length, patience and speed of bowlers in that format. Solution to pb is not chopping of head rather diversifying coaching methadology and system of error check and responce placement.

  • abdul haseeb on August 5, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    i havnt seen our team(pakistan) like this before... they hav everythng, good bowlers (Gul, Ajmal, Aamer), good allrounders like (Afridi, Razzaq, Rana), good middle order (Yousaf, Misbah, Malik, Younis), good opener (Nazir), good wicket keeper (Kamran), good youngsters (Fawad, Aamir, Umer Akmal)... after all these players, no one is expecting such poor performance they hav shown soo far... the spark is not there, the kind of energy, enthusiam is missng... hunger for victory z missng... i think they havnt choosed right team composition

  • Eesa on August 5, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    Kamran where are you?

    We are dying to get your take on the shambles that has been the Sri Lanka tour!

  • Muhammad Saied on July 23, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    I am afraid that there is huge chance for Srilanka to make world record chasing the targeted score 493 runs, in the fifth day of the last test seemingly will go for better to bat easily for Srilanka's remaining batsmen already 7 wickets intact, and they should do this, as a Pakistani fan, I am really get disturbed, distressed, anxious and wondering the performance of Pakistani Batsmen what they had done in previous 2 test matches, throwing their wickets very nakedly, disruptive mannered way and especially strongly batting like a irresponsibility character they are. Pakistan cricket board should inquire the full investigation about the nasty /unbelievable defeat what Pakistani Batsmen had just recently made and also to very important that are the all players are friendly organized, co-operative minded and honesty exists on them ?!

  • syed fayaz ali shah on July 19, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    i love cricket.but in present day pakistan senior player like misbah and yousof will break my heart. i like younas captancy but why he dropped razzaq & in abdurrauf.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on August 24, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    In the batting line up, there are two types of Batsmen. The First type of Batsmen are who either put the team on top or when they are failed put the team under pressure. The examples are Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Aamir Suhail, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazeer. The other type of Batsmen are who either put the team on top or able to recover the position from under pressure. The best example for this type are Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq.With some grace points we can put Imran Khan and Younus Khan also in this catagory. Recently we have noticed Shahid Afridi is switching himself from catagory first to second which is a good sign for Pakistan. Considering the abilties and their success ratio, the Batsmen should be selected with a fair amount of combination of both catagories. These Batsmen should be told what are their duties. First catagory Batsmen come naturaly and we can find any where but the second catagory is the one we need badly.

  • Usman on August 23, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi,

    Please hurry up and write a blog about your thoughts on Pakistan's squad for the Champions trophy.

    I am very impatient to hear your thoughts about it! :)

  • kamran on August 15, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi: You are at vantage point to make our voices heard by atleast dabbling into how England refused Pakistani blind cricket team to go to England. This is not only unjust but biased and inhumane. I wish you or someone has the heart to write something about it... Where is ICC now

  • Talha Khan on August 10, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    first of awl the middle of Pakistan cricket team is going through the worst time of ever...the experience players like misbah and shoaib malik are not performing at regular intervals...they are failing again and again..misbah who is a senior member of the side needs to take responsibility and play sensibily...and if he can't do so than leave the space open for players like umar akmal, azhar ali and fawad alam...secondly pakistani team desperately needs a specialist batting coach that could help improve the batting of the side..and could teach some useful lessons regarding the traits of international arena to youngsters like umar akmal and fawad alam...who are genuine talents...and just needs some shining. And talking about Aqib Javed he has really disappointed us with us work..a bowler like umer gul which shined and emerged as the main bowler for pakistan when waqar was the coach but aqib has failed to shine his skills more..and the result is obvious in the test matches.

  • MK on August 7, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    I think there must be complete overhauling of the system / structure which has never done before. So far, we dont have any PCB legal struture / constitution. It has been running on Adhoc basis. We always looking for a change of management whenever team performing bad. There must be transparency in all that. Cricketers need to do more than what they are doing today. The game has changed so much than what it was previously. Technically, mentally, physically, psychologically, etc all do matters. Our players should cope it with that take it as a great challenge. one man show or single handidly performance by a player will only lift the team to ceratin extent or for a short period after that its all team work. . . participation frm all is required as we see in case of aussies.

  • Ali on August 6, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    I am disgusted at some comments from former players after the tests and 3 one days. Abbass statement of sacking everyone tells a tale of a sick mindset. System based problems need system based solution while personnel based needs personnel based. We lacked in both and solution is not change of gaurd rather fortification of it. The team feeding source of domestic cricket does not prepare them for the big show, pressure games on unfamilliar circumstances. Lack of opening partnership stems from technique errors which are rooted from domestic pitches and our batsmen inherited sence of what to expect. Lack of penetration into opposite rank can be looked at lack of venom in line, length, patience and speed of bowlers in that format. Solution to pb is not chopping of head rather diversifying coaching methadology and system of error check and responce placement.

  • abdul haseeb on August 5, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    i havnt seen our team(pakistan) like this before... they hav everythng, good bowlers (Gul, Ajmal, Aamer), good allrounders like (Afridi, Razzaq, Rana), good middle order (Yousaf, Misbah, Malik, Younis), good opener (Nazir), good wicket keeper (Kamran), good youngsters (Fawad, Aamir, Umer Akmal)... after all these players, no one is expecting such poor performance they hav shown soo far... the spark is not there, the kind of energy, enthusiam is missng... hunger for victory z missng... i think they havnt choosed right team composition

  • Eesa on August 5, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    Kamran where are you?

    We are dying to get your take on the shambles that has been the Sri Lanka tour!

  • Muhammad Saied on July 23, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    I am afraid that there is huge chance for Srilanka to make world record chasing the targeted score 493 runs, in the fifth day of the last test seemingly will go for better to bat easily for Srilanka's remaining batsmen already 7 wickets intact, and they should do this, as a Pakistani fan, I am really get disturbed, distressed, anxious and wondering the performance of Pakistani Batsmen what they had done in previous 2 test matches, throwing their wickets very nakedly, disruptive mannered way and especially strongly batting like a irresponsibility character they are. Pakistan cricket board should inquire the full investigation about the nasty /unbelievable defeat what Pakistani Batsmen had just recently made and also to very important that are the all players are friendly organized, co-operative minded and honesty exists on them ?!

  • syed fayaz ali shah on July 19, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    i love cricket.but in present day pakistan senior player like misbah and yousof will break my heart. i like younas captancy but why he dropped razzaq & in abdurrauf.

  • Mo on July 19, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    Even though Pak will end up losing THIS series, inshallah we will win the last test. I think Kaneria, Razzaq, and, yes, even Afridi are needed for the international test team. Unfortunately Shoaib Akhtar is not in his top form (apparently?), otherwise he would've been a formidable asset against Sri Lanka's batsmen. :(

    And pleaaase don't blame Akmal for the collapse--remember him in Dubai? Kept hitting sixes.

  • Irfan on July 18, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    The pattern of failure is so black and white that a blind can read it. And yet these idiots (selectors) are ready to temper with bowling. It's the batting and not the bowling fools!!! Inclusion of Shoaib? At a considerable expense of time and money and somebody up and coming? Please spare us this agony. Asif yeah you can think about him but only in tests not in any other format. Fix the batting! FIX THE BATTINGGG!!! Please continue with Khurram for a while to determine his worth. Like some of our great openers of the past Fawad could be naturalized in an opener’s role and could cause inclusion of an all-rounder or a specialist bat lower down such as Afridi. Misbah should make way for Faisal and Malik for Razzak. Not to say that this would be a fool proof method to avoid the heart break but at least you will be moving forward with some kind of resolution. Moreover I agree with Chishty.

  • Sorcerer on July 18, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    FACT: Shoaib malik on the last tour to SL saved a Test batting out for hours and hours against Murali etc scoring in the region of 150 in the last innings.

  • Sorcerer on July 18, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Also rediscovered so quickly upon a couple of defeats what opportunists are some of those ex-cricket players from our nation who are all too happy maligning and damaging the team and thumping down the national cause, even when they have no iota of evidence to defend their cowardly accusations...

  • Wasim on July 18, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    Younis Khan is looking for just excuses. What do you expect from the lower middle order when you are reeling at 4/17. If Misbah and Malik failed in three innings so did Younis, Yousaf and Khurram.Younis has played 62 test matches and only 7 times his batting made material contribution toward Pakistan's victory. He played 186 Odi's and has an average of just 33 only 30 times he scored 50 or above when Pakistan won. He is more inconsistent and irresponsible than any other player. Those who remember his shots in the 07' T20 WC final and the 2007 Wc will agree with me just scoring on flat tracks for draws don't make a player great he is far from it. Under him the team has adopted a strange behavior of throwing away matches which they are almost certain to win and his team comes back strongly in the last few matches so that everybody retains their place in the team.Did anybody questioned him why he chose to bat first on a wicket which was only going to assist the bowlers on the first day.

  • junaid on July 18, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    where is asim kamal by the way.yasir hameed or the people who got the temprament as well as technique to play longer version of cricket.

  • Dr Hasnat on July 18, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    Pakistan team threw away two matches,they should have won both of them, they threw away two matches in the ODI series against Australia. Looks like Match fixing is back.

  • Abdullah Ahmed on July 18, 2009, 6:37 GMT

    Shoaib Malik: The Hard Facts...

    - Shoaib Malik’s Test Batting average is 35, with 1 century in 25 Tests, while he took 16 wickets at an average of 70.

    - Shahid Afridi’s Test Batting average is 37, with 5 centuries in 26 Tests, while he took 47 wickets at an average of 35. (This is only for comparison).

    - Even Kamran Akmal have Batting Average of 33, with 6 centuries in 42 Tests (and he a wicketkeeper).

    Other Issues …

    - Abdul Qadir, ex-Chief Selector, openly named him for petty Politics in the team and playing below his potential.

    - Abdul Razzaq and Mohammed Yusuf blamed Malik for their ousters from the team, when he was Captain.

    - Malik have openly ‘thrown’ a domestic match to ouster Lahore Team from RBS Tournament and accepted it.

    - Had problems with an Indian girl about his marriage and then declined.

    Conclusions …

    1- Shoaib Malik is NOT good for Tests Cricket, NO WAY !!

    2- He is NOT even a good and honest person.

  • KamranS on July 17, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    Mr. Adam I don't agree with you. The liked people you mentioned are the great fast bowlers. I agree they were successful captains, but unfortunately at present we don't have a great bowler to lead the team. Younis is a good batsman with great temperament. He has a positive and tough cricket mind. He always leads from the front. As a batsman scoring match winning double century in India, and as captain playing 2nd - scored triple century while chasing 550 odd runs are examples of of successful batsman as vice captain and captain. As captain he has likes of Mushtaq Muhammad and as batasman he has Miandad's temperament. Please don't compare him fast bowlers. We need young blood under Younis direction. We need more cricket. But please don't declare that he is not the right skipper. Like all successful skippers he needs to have full say in TEAM player selection.

  • Amer Khan on July 17, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    Not playing test cricket for a year is a sorry excuse for Pakistani senior players, who have been around for the entire decade. You can't forget to bat in test cricket after you have played professionally for years just because you haven't played in 18 months. I disagree with you Mr. Kamran Abbassi, that lack of international cricket is the biggest issue for Pakistan. The biggest issue is what it has been for the past several years, and that is the political nature of the game in Pakistan. This has damaged all levels of cricket in Pakistan, from the selection of players to the wayward performance. Granted, they won the T20 WC, and thats a huge achievement, no matter what you think about the format, but no one will take them seriously if the behind the scenes politics continues to affect their game. Sometimes I wonder why I still cheer for Pakistan, no matter how poorly they play.

  • Ray on July 17, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Asim Kamal - 8 50's in 12 tests. Decent I guess - but not good enough for the Pakistani team. Yasir Hameed was dropped because he constantly flashed outside the off stump-are you guys serious. Taufq Umar, Hassan Raza, had good techniques, but weren't groomed - they wuld've been good players. Kaneria, over 220 wickets, he's out because he's a poor fielder. I am sure he doesn't drop as many as Kamran Akmal who is in the team because he's supposed to catch the ball.Kaneria would've been a better attacking option than either Saeed or Rauf (even though the two did a good job, given the wicket Kaneria would've been more succesful Imran Farhat - the only good decision the selectors have made - keeping the useless guy out. Please have a look at his record before suggesting to bring him in. Same goes for Imran Nazir in tests and ODI's - maybe he's OK for T20s. My humble appeal to my fellow Pakistani fans - please read and analyze players records before suggesting to include or exclude them.

  • Noman Aziz on July 17, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    Match practice or no match practice, there is no excuse for 3 colapses in three innings. They are professional cricketers and excuse of no match practice wont earn them any sympathies... not mine anyways!!

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on July 17, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    Yousuf and Misbah have done enough services to Pakistan Cricket. Secially Yousuf's service are very valueable. Now there are significant signs of their physical inability not to match up with young upcoming players. Yousuf is spending more time to prayers and preechings, this is also one reason, he can not do justice to the game. Now it is time for both honorable players to call it a day.

  • Irfan on July 17, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    Continuation, Because every body wants to keep their job! During the first test I told my self that it could happen to anybody, any one session could change the fortunes of a team. I was quite convinced that Pak team is capable of coming back strong. Even their first innings performance (in second test) didn't dampen my spirits but what happened later was utter madness. You know, on paper this is not a bad team! Why is it not performing? Is it the captain? Is it some of the players? One might argue about a couple of players which is acceptable, still the team seemed to have the right mix of experience and youth. One of the debutantes came big yet a spinner with a new ball killed them! Unbelievable! I think it’s the players’ temperament. They seriously need to segregate the test and the shorter format teams. Handling of the team by Younis Khan should be scrutinized. Careers that of Misbah and Malik should end. We have back up players in Faisal and Razzak. PCB should act tough now.

  • Jawed Saleem, Karachi on July 17, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    “Shouldas, Wouldas and Couldas”! Mr. Abbasi, I "disagree" with your version ('lack of international cricket' ) and/or Younis explanation after ‘gutless’ ( rather “shamefull” ) performances. Q : How much “INTERNATIONAL TEST CRICKET” Fawad Alam, Mohd. Aamer, Ajmal , Rauf and Yousuf (in recent past ) had played prior to ‘the debacle’ ? A : Fawad Alam, Mohd. Aamer, Ajmal -- NONE Yousuf --( Virtually ‘none’ a/-with the added mental fatique of dealing with ICL & PCB ). Expl. : Alam, Aamer, Ajmal ( & Rauf ) gave their best ( and cashed in the opportunities) to CEMENT THEIR PLACES. Expl.: ‘Struggling/half-fit’ Yousuf ‘luckily survived’ to score the century only TO JUSTIFY HIS INCLUSION. Crux of the matter is “POLARIZATION/FRAGMENTATION” among the team . “THE NEEDLE” b/n Shoaib Malik and senior players ( Mohd. Yousuf /Afridi /Shoaib Akhtar)over “Captaincy” . Scenario was evident in the earlier stages of 20/20.I agree with Chishty, PCB let us get our act together.

  • Irfan on July 17, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Complete and utter nonsense! Kamran I expected better then this from a seasoned journalist like you. The captain used this excuse of lack of test cricket and you lapped it up. I didn't think you’d be that naïve. IT's a weak and pathetic excuse for a sad performance. Where are those Pakistanis on this blog who all of a sudden expected miracles from a twenty over champion team playing into a test format???? What were they thinking? Here there are talks of player burnout and in the same breath you are complaining about lack of Tests. The problem goes much deeper then just lack of practice. Internal politics, senior player discords and groupings could be responsible for this. Not to say that it didn't go on during earlier times but the players were a lot more maturer and showed it. Systematic capitulation of middle order batting at critical junctures is no ordinary incidents. It reeks of Machiavellian tactics. I am quite sure that the insiders know it all too well but nobody is saying it.

  • Rauf on July 17, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    Pak cricket fans are best described as yo yo's. Extreme reactions after wins/losses. I don't like to judge how people comment but looks like most fans like to change the entire team after one loss. Drop him, include him etc etc. Please give it a break.

    Pakistan lost two matches which they were in a comfortable position to win. There is no excuse for that. "nearly won" does not count for anything. We cannot blame this meltdown on a single player. Test cricket is where boys are separated from men. For that look no further then the first Ashes test. England is not a strong team. Atleast not stronger then Pak on paper yet they were able to save a match which they almost lost and that too against the Aussies.

    Lack of playing time can be blamed but when 9 batsmen go out with combined total of 40 runs then there are other more serious flaws. Someone need to teach these kids, yes kids, test cricket dicsipline that you cant win a match in 10 overs so don't try to swing your way out of it.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on July 17, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    I think Younis khan should also develop some leadership qualities. Look at his TV interviews in the recent times. He should have more control over his words and should speak less and with some sense. His comments about some of his team mates will not do any good in bringing harmony in the team. I read a lot of comments about bringing back Asim Kamal, He has played 12 test matches and still have no century and also in the 101 first class matches, he only scored 9 centuries. Not a good record to be in the team. We should give Khurram Manzoor one more series, and if he fails again, then door should be closed for him. Also Danish kaneria should improve his bowling to be in the side, his bowling average is around 35 and thats not good for any frontline bowler. We may also try some youngesters from A team who performed well in recently concluded series against Australia-A. Also I can't understand for selecting Faisal Iqbal again besides his poor test record.

  • shakthi on July 17, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. I like to see a white wash. Best of Luck. i am a serious SL fan.

  • tanvir on July 17, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    pak should have some changes. if afridi is ready to play he should play in for Khuram Manzoor. and Abdul Razzaq should play in for abdur rouf & fasial in place of mishba this will also strengthen the batting line up. pks should play with....

    SALMAN BUTT FAWAD ALAM YOUNIS KHAN M. YOUSUF FAISAL IQBAL S. AFRIDA K AKMAL ABDUL RAZZAQ UMER GUL M AMER S. AJMAL

  • Faisal Jamali on July 17, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    It is blatantly obvious that Misbah ul haq and shoaib malik need to be kicked out. Younis acknowledged thi sistuation. I do not understand why the selectors drag non performing seniors for such a long time. I have not been following Asim Kamals latest performance in domestic cricket but he is a far better player than Misbah. Whilst Akmal is a good bat can you really justify his pathetic keeping abilities. A keepers job is to be a keeper first and batsmen second. Is Wasim Bari mentally challenged!!! We can possibly have the best team on paper after druggie Asif returns in Sept and it should be decided whether akmal is good enough to be a batsmen only...ortherwise he need sto be replaced. Nonetheless malik and misbah need to be shown the door.

  • khalil on July 17, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    cricket is on the decline.No body has time to watch it for 5 days,although the means to follow the game are there.8 ,6 ,5 days test matches & now imagine 4 day tests. 50 a side ODIs,20/20,Super sixes,double wicket cricket & may be it is reduced to 10 or 16 overs a side games.Is it cricket ? Test cricket is the soul of this game.MCC has rightly highlighted it to be preserved.Somebody may come up with the idea that 6 balls an over is too long an over, make it 4 ball an over.That will be the end of it. It will surely be, not cricket but some other game.

  • A. Adam on July 17, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    I would agree that Yunus Khan is not the right skipper for Pakistan. He lacks power over his mates. Why not give Mohammed Yousuf the job now that he has rejoin the squad. We like people like Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan or even Wasim Akram.

  • Neomal on July 17, 2009, 5:58 GMT

    I am of the view that Pakistan team is over rated by their success in the 20 20 format where one or two overs can change a match. In Test matches you can not do that. Also Sri Lanaka is not at full strength without Murali, Malinga and even our ageing Vass. So taking this into account Pakistan is quite weak in Test matches where your technique and judgement comes into play. I am of the view that the team selection of Pakistan is too not right for test matches where players like Malik and Misba are in and a player like Rassaq and Asim Kamal are not in the side.Playing too many youngsters too will not help a team where you need to have a balance of experiance and youth. Younis is not a good captain for test matches as his body language is not good when things are not going well for the side.

  • WASEEM on July 17, 2009, 5:05 GMT

    You are very right Ian Whitchurch at your opinion. Their is a problem with our nation which is that all of our people are selectors. I had an other idea to chose a team by elections just like we chose our leaders.. Every one had his own team in his/her mind..I dont know why they cant understand that players needs time to perform. If any one scored 100 they will say he is just like Inzmam or Miandad..But when he failed to continue they said just drop him he is rubbish.. its not good..let these guys give a full chance to prove themselves bcz when a person makes his place in national XI it means he has some thing in him which leads him into the national side.. so stay calm..dont be so emotional.. Its my personal opinion so i wouldn't say any one to be agreed with me..... Thanks

    WASEEM From Islamabad..

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on July 17, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    International cricket whether Test, One day or T20 all require skill and temperament. And if Pakistan did not had that, they would not have won the current T20 world cup. It is not a fluke, it is sheer determination with best of techniques. Now, loosing in test, from winning position in both of them, simply reflects the relaxation in mind set. Like our team in both tests gave their most (say 90%), but lost in the remaining 10%, so i just want to say to younis the feeling which he created in the team, in the T20 Worldcup, should be created, and 100% effort be made. And leave the rest to God, please no relaxation in any session of the test. Regarding players, razzaq injected the fresh feeling, and so his inclusion will do the same. Asim Kamal, great player should be in team. It is the records that count when you look at history, no body looks who was playing in the team. So make sure that winning records are made, and we are not written as loosers. Pakistan team is great. Inshallah

  • Zahid on July 17, 2009, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistani players need to strengthen their psychological ability. We undoubtedly have world class talent but they lack the smartness of mind.Test cricket is all about staying on the wicket and rotating the ends now and then. They need to concentrate on the difference between game formats i.e. Test,One day and T20. Zahid (Auckland)

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on July 17, 2009, 2:02 GMT

    Playing test cricket itself was a challenge to Pakistan. There can be certain reasons for Pakistan not able to perform in test match. During last two years Pakistan hardly played any test matches(playing marginal). It was again the batting let us down. It is approved apparent by 3 collapses.

    Also Danish Kaneria and Razzaq should have been played. Playing them would have helped Pakistan to win series.

    Urge to win needs to developed in Pakistan team if they want to win a test or series. Sadly what was missing in our team.

  • Azmat Siddiqui on July 17, 2009, 0:19 GMT

    Let us stop blaming lack of test cricket in Pakistan or isolation. The law and order situation is our responsibility. If we can't provide security to foreign teams, there won't be any domestic test or ODIs.

    We played bad cricket. Some of the big guns led by Mishab, Shoaib Malik and Yousuf and Kamran Akmal to some extent has lost their touch. Yosuf is no more a batsman he used to be. Failing in 3 innings when needed most is not acceptable. His fielding has gone down. It is time for him to retire.

    When Shoaib Malik and Misbah conspire against Younus Khan forgetting that it is not Younus but Pakistan who lost. We should make an example of these two.

    I would saay once again, Kaneria may be the best leg spinner around but with his poor fielding, he should never be considered.

    The young player will compete for their place in the team. They will be more motivated to perform. How indians will perform if they are isolated for 14 months is not our problem. We must improve quick.

  • R.Hariharan on July 16, 2009, 23:22 GMT

    Well I could not read all the comments as it would take at least couple of hours. My viewpoint may not be any different. Yes, I am an Indian supporter but that does not mean I don't fancy other teams playing well. Now losing inside 3 days is definitely not promising for any side. The selectors should decide before hand as to what the opening pair for the series would be. Just one failure and change the pair is not going to work. You watch your players for so many years before you pick them. After picking why you try to find fault with them just because they failed. If you have faith in the selected 14 or 15 players, then persist with them for some time (unless injured). You pick a new batsman and after one knock he fails you start pointing fingers at his selection. Well, the final call always rests with the selectors. They should have a reasonable good coach who understands the players potential then only you can have the required finesse to win matches.

  • salman khan on July 16, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    Well said Mr kamran. Here is the situation of Pakistan, depress, confuse, desperate to win a test match. What Pakistan need is a young talent, like Asim kamal, umar Akmal, Pakitan player has a problem in adopting cricket late in their career, when they come in their mid 20s most of them fail coz they don't get too many chances and Pakistan's domestic cricket is not strong to compare with international cricket. For a batsman more they play in little time they keep perform better and better, but for a bowler its a different situation, if we can bring young bowlers from under 19 why not the batsman and have them in a team for atleast year and so and eventually they be playing some good cricket. By the time they settle down in a team, they still be 21, 22, and they have more time to perform look at the history all the best players played their international cricket for atleast 12 to 14 years, it shouldn't be 8 or 10 years of cricket, atleast every player should be like Jayasuria.

  • Anran Yousaf on July 16, 2009, 21:47 GMT

    Osman, I agree, we have found it tricky coming back into test cricket. But like you I thought we would get battered by the Sri Lankans, and although they won, we have fought them and nearly won. The mentality will improve. Our bowling is fine, With Asif back soon it will be even better. Our batting needs sorting, Why is Khurram Manzoor there ahead of Nasir Jamshed? Nasir looks a class player Manzoor is ordinary to say the least. Why is Shoiab Malik in the team ahead of of Faisal Iqbal? Malik is not fit to lace Iqbals boots....And where is our future captain, Shahid Afridi? He is a wicket taking 5th bowler and maturing into a good batsman. We are on the right track. A couple of changes and I really think this team can improve fast in the test arena as well as winning the ICC rophy in South Africa. I honestly dont think all is doom and gloom. Pakistan Zindabad.....

  • AS on July 16, 2009, 21:47 GMT

    Change and change - too much change does not help. We have to give this team a chance, the management the opportunity to bask in their glory of creating the team Pakistan wants or digging their own grave. Opportunity NEEDS to be provided. This article clarifies we need to play more and only more cricket home (a distant memory) but mostly abroad now will nurture our team for the future. Was australia a force to reckon in the 90's and were is West Indies now?

  • KamranS on July 16, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Agreed.... But Sarfaraz and Inzamam still have reservations on Younis captaincy. Unbelievable...

  • tarek on July 16, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    All the guys calling for dropping Akmal need to be reminded that there is no back up wicket keeper on this tour. Sarfaraz is the future w/k, but not yet ready for prime time. You are stuck with Akmal for now.

  • Farhan 020328 on July 16, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    I like the captaincy of Younis Khan. Come on man, he's just started. He can be a very good captain. I have one question? Is Mr. Misbah-ul-Haq any close relative of Ijaj Butt or Asif Jardari??? I can sense something like that. Otherwise, how and why he is in this team??? He must be in an old home.

    I think Pakistan will come back real strong. So, guys don't worry much.

  • asif qamar on July 16, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    its not difficult to identify the problem,both matches were gifted to srilanka by our senior players, CURE is simple, define below

    out shoaib malik in faisal iqbal out abdur rauf in abdur razzaq out saeed ajmal in danish kaneria (saeed ajmal is no doubt good bowler but seriously he is a oneday bowler means he is run stopping bowler but not wicket taking or attacking bowler. Kaneria is pure test bowler)

    tell misbah and kamran akmal this is your last chance, if you fail again consider yourself out of next test series.

    after this CURE INSHALLAH victory will be ours. It may sound harsh to some people but guyz 3 out 4 times team collapsing 30/9...... this calls for bold and hard decision.

    Thnx want ur comments on CURE.

  • Azher on July 16, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Whats available on the tour should be utilized first and that will make up the team so: Khuram Manzoor Salman Butt Younis Khan M. Yousuf Fawad Alam Faisal Iqbal K Akmal Abdul Razzaq Umer Gul M Amer Danish Kaneria

    That will give you batting all the way down to number 8 where we need help. Also Razzaq is a mighty fine bowler so you are not really sacrificing the bowler. Shoaib of both kind should be avoided like they have a plaque. Misbah has failed consistently and should be dropped from test team. There are far more talented people sitting back home watching it on the tube. Also get rid of Ijaz Butt and make sure to ban Abdul Qadir for a long period of time for stirring controversy. Need the house to be cleaned up. Recommendation install Majid Khan to be the Chairman, a strict administrator and a respected and honest man.

  • JK on July 16, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    I am dissapointed with those who bring India into this discussion. It is absolutely irrelevant. Coming to the focus of the article, the fact remians that Pak have a good bowling side even today despite the lack of serious cricket. It is the batting that is a concern. They really need to beef up the domestic 3/4 day cricket to develop good batsmen. This holds true for India also. We have seen how the t-20 leagues have messed with batting techniques (ind vs eng/ wi in t-20 wc). Bottomline, if you practise for something, you have a chance of being good at it. If we all keep playing 100 t20 games and 3 yest matches we cannot expect the batsmen to perform

  • Junaid on July 16, 2009, 17:17 GMT

    Double standards. Younis himslef failed in 3 innings in this series and even in the 4th innings he played the most foolish shot to get out but all critisim is for Misbah, Yousaf, Akmal and Shoaib just because their language is not liked by most on this blog. If Salman was out of form in the first test than he should be out of the team for ever but Khurram Manzoor with a bad batting technique and a poor run in the series deserves to be in the team. .....

  • SKR on July 16, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    Younis Khan's Captaincy! As being an average player Khan is so is his captaincy. He is a slow starter in batting so is he in his leadership. He should have been more innovative, when he saw his batting line up failing, should try some other combinations even with in the batting line up. He could have shuffle the batting order to break the rythum of falling wickets. He did not tried enough. Even withthe bowling, he was less innovative then Sangakara. He did not used his resources well. He could have used Fawad at some time. Umer Gul been thrashed in first three overs and he persisted with him, while on the other hand, In the same hour, Pakistan lose so many wickets to a spinner with a new ball. Gul is a old ball bowler, whats point using him infromt. If has used Amir with Ajmal or RAuf with Ajmal would have been better. With a couple of wickets up front then later on Gul culd have used his expertise in reverse swing. Poor Captaincy, but unfortunately He is the best at the moment we hav

  • Asif Zia on July 16, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    Nothing to do with not having played enough cricket recently. Its all about the passion, self esteem, professionalism and above all honiur of playing for your country. A world cup winning team should be so high on confidence and yet Pakistan register 3 pathetic batting collapses in a row. Alternative motives are in play to settle egos and old scores. The PCB should be strong and behind captain Younis 100% and weed out the trouble makers who think nobody can touch them. Its better to blood new young hungry players who will at least go down fighting for their country like Amer,Alam, Ajmal rather than senior players who think no one can touch them. Please, please do not look into past tested players to bring back but look to the future. Also players like Yousuf , Razzaq should never have been brought back after turning their back on Pakistan to seek money only in the ICL- it is so easy to say sorry and comeback ! Take the plunge now and get rid of Malik, Misbah,Yousuf,etc . Be stong.

  • muzz on July 16, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    No shame in loosing a game- but the point is where is the desire to win ----------- playing a silly shot when you are set is not lack of match practice it is lack of common sense. Followed by 'some one will do it syndrome' but in the end no one does it ---------- no arguments 'lack of match practice'. Loosing is contageous/needs winning attitude.

  • SKR on July 16, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    I think its because of me, Paksitan lost - Every time I switched on TV got some one out. A crazy me would woke up every morning early (being in UK) just to see our batsmen are crumbling, so pathetic.

    Even today whenever I witched on TV On first day of 2nd Ashes, Got some one out. First - Cook, then Bopara and then Colli. Though I have no hand in Pietersen's out.

    Now serious, I think a full enquiry should be done into the fallout of Pakistan 's team in both tests, If I am not wrong Ijaz But - the Chairman was in Srilanka for test, he may knew the score himself, firsthand. More over team should be trained in pressure cooker situations any way, a sport psycologists is a necessary with Paksitan team.

    No one talking about Pakistan's bowling in the 4th innings, Lanka's just smashed them all round. Probably Younis was so shocked in with the batting performance that he even did not tried to use his bowlers properly and body language was pathetic. Truth must be brought before fans!

  • Ahmad Naeem Akhtar on July 16, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    Pak has never been a confident chaser in the 4th inngs of test matches. Before Galle also they have fallen short of low targets like 106/159 vs Aus, 92/145 vs SA, 95/8 including Miandad but rescued by gutsy Ws to achieve 141/8. In past they have successfully chases few in which we can clearly make out that Inzimam and Younus are only fighters in which they have exhibited once all others had failed in 4th inngs. How can one forget Inzimam's truimph against Aus once he denied their obvoius victory in 1994 at Karachi scoring 55 for the last wkt, then 138* vs Ban at Multan. He also made his mark in NZ when he and Younus saw us through while chasing 273/3.Younus scored 58* against SA to mark rare win when Pak were 92/5.Also in 2006 scored superb 72* out of 182/2 vs SL in SL.Thus in complete history Pak produced only two classy acts of 4th inngs.Younus failed in Galle early and no one else came up to score 30 runs to see us through.But the collapses in 2nd tests are not only the failures!

  • Muhammed Arsalan on July 16, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    Hey.

    Guys give me a break. Salman Butt shouldn't be included in the team. he doesn't desrve to be in the team. Can anybody tell me any of his match winning innings? Others in Misbah? Rauf? are they players?.

    Team should be Fawad Alam, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Younus Khan, Mohd Yousuf, Shoiab Malik, Abdur Razzak, Umer Gul, Danish Kaneria, Mohd Aamir, Saeed Ajmal &

  • Rahul,Indian on July 16, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    lack of match practice is just a excuse. See how Fawad batted in his 1st ever test match. Don't forget the way South Africa made re-entry into international arena in 1991 and even since they are among the best. For the current Pakistani team, I think, it's very good team. It's just bad days against SL. I think with the return of Mohammed Asif, will add another dimension into the team. At the same time, Pak need to find solution for their opening pair. I still doubt whether Shoaib Malik is talented enough to be in test side. And, Kamran Akaml only can play against India so Sarfraz Ahmed can be his replacement. Otherwise, I think Pakistan can easily be at par with other top test matches champions. Certainly Yousuf, Younus and even Misbah are back bone of the team and Fawad is also in the making in the middle order.

    Good luck

  • Asim Kamal on July 16, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    Bring in the young players, let the old ones retire-

    Misbah Malik

    please leave immediately!!!!

    Shame on YOU!!!

  • Jai Hind on July 16, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    Another insipid peformance has brough the pakis down to earth, all those so called greats of pak & their fans who were hailing this bunch of no hopers & day dreaming that they will become the best team in the world are made to eat humble pie,

  • Nash Khan, Nottingham on July 16, 2009, 12:24 GMT

    Good article as usual. I think we must move on from here and start looking to future tours. They should give Ahmed Shahzaad and Afridi a chance in Test and start grooming them from now. M Asif needs to come in the squad and A Razzaq. We need a good wicket keeper as there is no pressure on K Akmal to perform b/coz no competition.

    With regards to "senior" players or any one else, perform and play, no performance no play. They get paid millions from tax payers' money so why do they get chances after chances.

    In the long run, we need to sort our domestic system with more 4 day games, good pitches and not just big hitters as test is the best form of cricket both physically and mentally it tests you. We should go back to Inter school/Inter College level and groom young talent from there.

    I hope somebody listens but as Poet said. " Terey wadey pe jiyey hum, k yeh Jaan jhoot jaana, K Khushee se Mar na jatey, agar Aitebaar hota " Lekin Zindagi Jehad-e-musalsal ka naam hey.Geo Pakistan

  • Ahsan Tanoli on July 16, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    Shoaib malik has just scored 3 50s in his last 10 matches, n just 1 50 in his last 5 matches. he totally failed in last 3 test matches. He should b rested, just like sohail tanvir.

    Pakistan won the t20 world cup, but 2 key performers afridi n A Razzaq are missing in this test team.

    As for yousuf, he has the lowest average against SL in all the teams, n also the lowest average in SL in all the countries. he always faced difficulty against SL spinners, earlier murrali n now herath.

    there are certain signs of factionalism in team. some players want to make Younus Fail. its the same situation as was after the Pak-SL ODI series in Pak, team managements report saying that Senior players dont want shoaib malik as captain, (probably afridi, shoaib akhtar, yousuf was out of team). now the other group wants to make younus fail (probably shoaib, misbah, kamran, salman)

    Solution is rest the player out of team, who is not performing whatever the reasons are. Bad form or non cooperation

  • Ahsan Tanoli on July 16, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    if we agree to give 2/3 years to Younus, to show positive results. he'l b retired from international cricket at that time n we've to get another captain, n he'l ask again for time. if everyone will ask for time, than when they'l show results?? In my view, its not matter of time, just lack of committment.

    Fawad was good at his debut, but track record shows debutant century makers dont get their good place. Toufiq Umar scored a debu century, yasir hameed scored centuries in both innings at debu. but where are they?? out of team.

    Afridi has not been included in the team after 2006. he didnt performed in the last 3 test matches he played, n he was dropped from the team, but if we have a look at his last 10 test matches, he scored 2 50s n 3 100s including a 150+. but 3 test match failures n he was out of team. he has better record than salman, shoaib n misbah. salman is the opener n he has average of just 28.65 in test matches. after 2005, in 15 test matches, he has not scored any 100

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on July 16, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    We must not bury our heads in sand. It is time to call spade a spade. If India can sack & throw out of the team one of its greatest player of all times Mr. Kapil Dev, for playing a rash shot in a test match, why can't Younis Khan be removed from the playing XI for letting down the team by getting himself out with one of the most irresponsible shot ever played a captain in the history of test cricket. It is proved that he is not fit to be given the resposibility to lead a club side. In fact he has no sense of resposibility. Look the way he gave an over to spinner in semi final of T20. Be ready for more blunders from this............

  • Omar Choudhary on July 16, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    In my opinion there has to be a change in the selection of Test Cricket Team of Pakistan. (IN ORDER) 1.Salman Butt 2.Nasir Jamshed 3.Younis Khan 4.Mohammed Yousuf 5.Shahid Afridi 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Kamran Akmal 8.Abdul Rauf/Sohail Tanvir 9.Umer Gul 10.Mohammed Aamer 11.Saeed Ajmal Note:Please post your opinions on my selection

  • Ian Whitchurch on July 16, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    You can't go somewhere, play one practice match and then a Test match and expect to do any good.

    It is this lack of attention to the need to adapt to local conditions that is wrecking Test Cricket, and the development of Test-ready players.

    End this bullshit of one practice game, two tests then three one-day games. Make a tour a proper length with enough warmup games, or expect to get bad quality matches.

  • waseem on July 16, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    I think now as we already had lost the series so we should continue with same team and after that people who are very consistent on their poor performance can be droped easily as they cant say that they had not got any chance of showing themselves. And Good Luck Team Pakistan my prayers are with you.

    Thanks Wasim

  • Khan Bilal on July 16, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    First of all what a poor performance by pakistan team and a lot of wishes to the Lankans I think Younas should now give chances to other young palyers either than the ones palying with him,, as these (old) players are jealous of Younas(as he is the captain and has also won the T20 trophy). Younas should remove these kind of players and these are Malik,Misbah and Kamran and i gurantee you people that if these aren't removed ,,our team will continue loosing Tahnks

  • srivathsan on July 16, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Kamran I agree with you that lack of match practice is a reason for pak's defeat. winning & losing is part of the game & it is not an issue but how you lose is a point.only two teams in the world who are capable of turning victory in to defeat ie india & pakistan.294 for two ,a dictating position & who on earth could even imagine that they don't add even 40runs against an ordinary bowling ? lack of Match practice can be atributed to new young lads & not for yusuf,akmal ,malik & misbah.I pity yunis khan & what else he could do ?when an young lad playing in his first match & that too opening the innigs could apply so well ,why cant others . any way congrats to alam for his wonderful innings.Opening problems for pakistan should minimise.One should fight & even if you lose never mind but should not submit as is the case now.I feel sorry for the pak. cricket fans.

  • Rehan on July 16, 2009, 8:42 GMT

    There is definitely conspiracy. Shoaib Malik is a waste of space on this earth let alone in the cricket team. Misbah needs to sit out a few games to give him time to shrink his head juuuuust a little bit. He is being a total idiot!! PCB you have got to give the youngsters a chance!!! Stop being Duggaas and be Pakistanis. National cricket team is about players from all over the country and not just Punjab with a couple of east and west country players thrown in the team. You people are pathetic and prejudice and your mentality will never change.

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on July 16, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Imran Khan hand picked almost all the players that played in the '92 WC. They had one leader, one dictator and one mentor! With Younis, the situation is different. Shoaib Malik must have some regrets on losing the captaincy. There was always a power struggle between Afridi and Malik. I feel Akmal, Butt, Malik and Misbah are not playing in accordance to their potential. Malik has clearly indicated his dislike against Yousuf and Afridi has given full support to Younis. Its high time to show the door to Malik, Butt and Misbah.

  • sader ali on July 16, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    yes i believe dat razzaq should get a chance to cumback in 3 test .... khurrom manzoor and butt ,both should be kicked out from pakistan team in any format and shoaib malik.........he should get out of pakistan side ,,,coz der is no place for himm...

  • Ali Dost on July 16, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    I think people need to chill out a bit & give YOUNUS & CO some time to get their act straight, havn't we learned anything from WT20 that Pak team takes some time before it takes off. younus will figure out the right combination after few drawbacks so giv him some time & CHILAZ guys.

  • hasham on July 16, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    y dont ppl understand...its an based conspiracy...a well led...by shoaib malik and misbah...they r not playing for Pakistan..but for their own interests...and the fact srilanka crushd us...no way...its becuz of our own mistakes...i dont see...they thrashing us...but we thrashed ourselves....and anatha thing afridi aint a test cricketer... The MAin Collapse happened bcuz of malik and misbah...as we all knw there is factionalism in the team...and it will continue to happen unless misbah and malik is dropped out... Checking the score boards of these two players... MAlik since now just scored 1...100 in test matches... Misbah never performd further aftr t20 2007 so if they cant they shouldnt b in the team...

  • Dr. Taufique Ahmed on July 16, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    It does not matter what PCB (Ijaz Butt and his cohorts) think, the former players are right in their assertion that there is gross factionalism in the team. From my observation this is being created by Shoaib Malik, Misbah Ul Huq and a few of their cronies. The team performance would not improve unless these players who think their ego is somewhat more important than the repution of the Pakistan team are booted out. But, then again, I know this will not happen because what they are doing is only a reflection of what Pakistanis in power have done over the years and look at what this has done to Pakistan as a nation so far!It's an out and out sorry affair indeed!

  • Sohaib Khan on July 16, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    Hi,

    First of all to all of you - Please stop blaming and comparing India & Pakistan.

    Second, as far as this article is concerned, I don't belive there was a problem with the less cricket. If that were the problem then how Pakis played better cricket then the islanders all days except the LAST SESSION. So, please don't try to come up with irrelevant excuses.

    The problem which i realized is the lack of good selection for the test cricket team. As far as i understand the cricket, Shoaib Malik, Misbah & Khurram are not the Test batsman - no matter if they score centuries. Look at their foots. In Pakistan, we're still failing to choose the right player for the right time and for the right match. I won't criticize much on the performace but i wonder not to see Asim Kamal & Abdul Razzaq in the Test cricket.

  • Muhammad Zubair Pakistan on July 16, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Pakistan batsmen were undone by some strange / unknown hysteria. Before the fourth day of Galle test, Salman and Yousuf were batting sensibly to recover after early loss of Khurram and Younis. On fourth day, Yousuf was out first ball and Salman played a foolish stroke. Likewise, there was no sign of panic in Pakistan camp before lunch on third day of P Sara test. After lunch, Pakistani players found it impossible to play Kulasekra and Herath. No answers to the strange switch-overs displayed by Pakistani Batsmen. Can anybody tell about the real reason behind the collapses?

  • sarfraz ali on July 16, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Pakistan missed Afridi.He is a much better bowler than any other spinner in the squad.His batting is an added bonus.He can deliver with the bat as he showed in T/20 finals.There was no slogging.It was calm calculating innings.Given the responsibility,he shall deliver.His personality is inspiring.He is definitely one of the better fielders and above all posses leadership qualities and can be a very good vice captain to mercurial younis khan to eventually replace him

  • Ari DeAndrado on July 16, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    What is up with these Pakistani supporters? They sure are talking out their rear ends, based on comments being made here.

    Pakistani batting folded because of the constant pressure being appled by the Sri Lankans who are effectively led by Sangakkara.

    Tha Pakistani team was out for 117 in the first test followed by 90 all out in the 2nd test. Lets face it, Pakistan is a 3rd rate team and a mere blot compared to the glorious teams of the past led by Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc.

  • atiullah on July 16, 2009, 7:02 GMT

    pakistan is not looking like a test team .three collapses in three innings is too much. there are many things to be blamed . they had real; good chance of winning the first two test matches against sri lanka who were playing without malinga and murli. they must now rethink about there playing techniq and just forget about there t20 triumph. they must now go and try to win the third test ,to get the momentum on there way and they may compensate this loss by winning the odi series and t20. shahid afridi and razzak must be in the playing 11 .

    fawwad alam kamran akmal yunus khan mohd yusuf misbah ul haq shoib malik afridi abdul razzak umar gul mohd amer siraj ajmal

  • Imran Ahmed on July 16, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    i think usman is right.pakistan need to do more pracice now.pakistan has not played test matches for many months,especially yousaf has come after much time.so they need much matches to adjust themselves in a good position so that they will get much understanding among partners too.understanding is also very important thing.which can be bring after getting much experience.so i beleve pakistani team will perform well in future. have a nice future to pakistan in all field.

  • Muzammil Mohsin on July 16, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    I think it is unfair for anyone to blame Younis Khan's captaincy for this defeat. I agree with Younis's concern that we haven't played much Test cricket for long and unlike T20, TEST cricket requires real time concentration and temperament and their is no substitute other than international cricket matches for these factors to come. In T20, one can get away with brilliant performance from even one or two individuals, but in test match along with individual performance, the team should perform as a unit as well, unless the opposition team also plays very badly. But, there is no excuse for the way our team kept throwing 8,9 wickets for mere 30 or 40 odd runs. They are professionals. One can expect this to happen once, but not for 4 consecutive test innings. To be honest, Shoaib Malik simply has no rights to be in this team. He has no performance to show, even when he was a captain he didn't perform. Also Misbah needs 2 b dropped. FOR GODS SAKE PCB! BRING BACK AASIM KAMAL FOR TESTS.

  • Khalid Imtiaz on July 16, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    I would say Mr. Abassi is right in his opinion but truthfully his opinion is masking the truth. We did gain some positives from the both the games however the senior batsmen simply failed to deliver, Yousuf, Misbah and Malik all failed to deliver and of the three the biggest dissapointments were of Yousuf and Misbah one lone hundred in four innings hardly gives him the right to justify his permanent place in the side. Personally I think they can do better and they need to pitch in with the captain. Younis's decisions have paid off and the youngsters have performed over and above expectations. I think its time we tightened the noose and drop out all who simply dont perform coz at the end of the day its the Pakistan Team and image that suffer the most.

  • Chandani on July 16, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    I do not agree with the articale. I saw most of the 2 test matches. I think people like Malik and Misba should be kicked out very soon as they have a negative impact on the team and bring somebody like Razaq in to the side to balance the team. The SSC wicket will help bowlers like Razaq and he is a damm good batsman on his day. Having too many youngsters will not help the team and there should be a balance of youth and experiance.

  • saneindian on July 16, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    Oh Comeon!

    If they keep playing pathetically like they did in last 2 tests, they wont make any progress. BD never plays test cricket regularly , do you see them collapsing in 3 consecutive innings?

    There is no excuse for such collapses. Accept the fact that you didnt play well enough and crumbled under pressure.

    The more pak play, we will see more such collapses. After lanka series pak play in Aus and NZ.Two more 3-0 thumpings will shatter them more and kill whatever confidence they have.

    What they need to do is to play out the overs and not throw their bats at everything. in t20s , you can survive with little talent but in tests you will be exposed. And in the current pak line up , barring Yuonis and Yusuf, no one is there who will make the opposition fear him. Pak are at best a mediocre test team right now who will struggle against the stronger teams like SA, Aus, Ind and SL.

  • Pradeep on July 16, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    What Pakistan needs is obviously better Test conditions. take the SL test tour of Pakistan. give ten days on those pitches and you still won't get a result!! Pakistan need to play on real Test pitches at home to be better preaperd to play on real test pitches like the ones they are facing now ( both teams should improve though, considering both games lasted little more than 3 days apiece) What should concern Pak most is that they fell to 2nd string SL attack without Murali, Malinga and Vaas! Obviously much work is needed

  • Tarique Sayed on July 16, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    It is indeed very shocking and perplexing,that after sitting at 275 odd for two,the entire Pak team collapsed like a pack of cards,it is neccessary to inculcate the importance of delivering together,they have lost both tests from winning positions,very shocking to see Misbah,Malik,Mohammed Yousuf perish to left arm spin and military medium pace,it is imperative for Pakistan to keep aside petty squabbles,and concentrate on consistency in performances,Pakistan is one of the most entertaining teams in the world of cricket,but surprisingly never played upto expectations,have relied on individual brilliance to win games,prime example is Shoaib Akhtar,who could not handle his fame,and always met with injuries,even Mohammed Asif was a letdown,a talented test match bowler,please understand that the world of cricket just needs a small reason to castigate Pakistan Cricket,and therefore the bigwigs of pakistan Cricket will have to make the players forego their petty indifferences.

  • Pradeep on July 16, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    well, as a Sri Lankan , i am overjoyed!!! and the fact is guys we had 2 exciting games of Test Cricket, though neither lasted for the whole 5 days!..Who says Test cricket is dead?..true , BOTH teams could have played better , but still great absorbing cricket! That's the beauty of Test cricket, the amazing twists and turns

  • Md.Abu Dawood on July 16, 2009, 6:15 GMT

    I am from Dhaka ,loves cricket means only good cricket.Actually Pakistan may have lack of practice of test cricket but does it mean this type of performance?Asim Kamal can be a definate replacement for Shoeb Malik or Misba.Yunus khan is the only person who can lead Pakistan to a stronger position in test cricket.ALL Pakistan should be with him as he has the courage and potential to want the right thing from PCB .We only blame India for making everything complex by money but India is now the Top two team in all dimensions of cricket though they failed to qualify T2o semifinal.And one more thing should be confirmed why the brilliance of so many Pakistani cricketers last so few days? What is the problem with Sohail Tanvir? Pakistani cricketers should believe that people know you because you represent Pakistan and you must honor this.Play as a team can lead to a much better position and it is proved year after year for so many teams .Help Yunus specially senior playes and that is main.

  • NRaj on July 16, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Sorry to see this figure like 0-2 instead of 2-0, Mr.Abbassi i dont really understand how these players still in the playing eleven (Misbah,Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal)even their permance & bodylanguage are very poor or is any politics between players and PCB. I totally disagree with not playing too many test matches. What is PCB future plan?

  • saeed ak(hong kong) on July 16, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    i wish imran nazir could play for the team again .i want him to play the ODI,S AND T20I,S.i want the batting line up like this in ODI:nazir,akmal,afridi,younis,yousaf,misbah,alam,razzaq,gul,aamer,ajmal

  • ASIF on July 16, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    Salamalaikum,

    When pak can win 20/20 world cup without playing much cricket than why not tests.The fact of the matter is pak missed afridi badly.He would have made a big difference with his brilliant batting,bowling,fielding & also he motivates the players & instills fear in the opposition.It is high time now that pak should include afridi in their next test series.It is nonsense to say that afridi is not good enough for tests.He has performed better than others & his average of 46 in his last 12 tests with also crucial wickets is a clear proof of his abilities. When malik,salman,faisal & manzoor can play why not afridi.Also with the inclusion of afridi pak will have the option of the fifth bowler who can also contribute with the bat.I am also surprised at you kamran bhai because u did not mention anything about afridi in your article.I think people like u should write for afridi's inclusion in test team.For the next test pak should play razzak & kaneria instead of rauf & malik

  • shawn on July 16, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    I find some of these posting are very funny and lack any quality. pak fans rooting for themselves not giving Lanka full credit of thrashing their team inside 3 days, without Murali, Dilhara and Lasitha or Vaas.....apparantly, just abt month ago after winning the T20 w.cup, their were no excuses for not playing enough cricket.OOOPS!! I get it! bec Pakistan WON. On the other hand, Indian boys are bragging abt themselves as better cricketers abroad. Up until Dhoni came to the scene Sri lanka used to crush hell out of India frequently for about 10 years. Remember fellas' it's a cycle. Just like SL peaked and drained out India will too juuust like they got whooped in T20 world Cup. Further, SL are still the Asia Cup Champs and the last Asian representative to win a real World Cup. point being, let's give credit where it's due as the best team won.

  • Zahid Hussain on July 16, 2009, 4:22 GMT

    I understand Younus Khan wants to be a captain like Imran Khan. One of the first lessons that Imran Khan learnt as a captain was never to lose his wicket to an irresposible shot. That was when he lost his wicket playing an irresponsile shot in his first test as captain. Pakistan lost the match at Edgebaston. Imran, writes in his book, was unable to say anything to his players who had played bad shots to lose the match that day. After that he promised himself never to play an irresposible shot. And he layed down the rule for the rest of players. Just check out Imran's Test batting average as captain of Pakistan. I believe it is over 50, almost duble the average before he became captain. Younis when he plays correctly is a beautiful site, why bother with ugly reverse sweeps? As for failures, no excuses please, these were not matches lost, but victories given away. And that is unforgivable. The likes of Malik, Misbah, Kamran, AND EVE Yousuf must pay the price. No one is indespnsable.

  • Roshanaly on July 16, 2009, 4:08 GMT

    Do not blame Mohamed Yousuf, he has done his job in the 1st Test scoring century after being away from cricket for long time. What did Younus Khan do in the previous three inings?.Shoib Malik, Misbah and Kamran should be dropped.

  • blake on July 16, 2009, 4:06 GMT

    I think it was a promising beginning. test cricket is hard and I think at this stage Pakistan showed enough to inspire some hope. They did show fight in the second innings of that last test and many of the bowlers showed they can be dangerous. They must learn that to win a test it takes 5 days of good cricket, much harder than 40 overs but I think they have the potential to do so. Well done Pakistan and congratulations on a return to the cricketing world.

    PS. I think the team could really use Shahid Afridi, I would play him instead of Shoab Malik, perhaps he has finally come of age.

  • Sami Syed on July 16, 2009, 4:02 GMT

    I say restructure the team... Younis is a fine captain... The team is not fine... There have been reports from people I know in Pakistan that know of two separate camps. One with Younis, Afridi, and the new guns... And then there is Malik, Misbah, and other seniors that are one one side...

    I think it's high time for Pakistan to restructure... The following players should be included in a consistent Test match squad. 1. Yasir Hameed 2. Khurram Manzoor 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Asim Kamal 6. Fawad Alam (used as bowler as well) 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afrid (used as bowler as well) 9. Abdul Razzaq (used as bowler as well) 10. Umar Gul (bowler) 11. Mohammad Aamer (bowler)

    Bat deep... world class spinner in Afridi, and Alam can also bowl as per first class record... Razzaq, Gul and Aamer are you fast bowlers... DONE DEAL!!! WIN EVERY MATCH! And keep (Malik, Misbah, Butt and Rauf) in the 15 man squad. September Mohammad Asif is back as well.

  • Muhammad Tariq on July 16, 2009, 3:30 GMT

    I think there is only one reason that Pakistan lost the test series in SL and that is "Test Cricket" it is the nature of Test Cricket and Pakistan lost one session in the First test and Two sessions in the second one and lost the series. Over all their performance is satisfactory but when we say Test Cricket at its best. Eventhough i am a Pakistani i still enjoyed it because the Sri Lankans played really well in these three sessions in Two test matches. To me i saw great cricket test matches and which Sri Lanka won. I have very best wishes for Pakistan in the next Match. Inshallah they will come back hard.

  • Cricket premi on July 16, 2009, 3:17 GMT

    If there is indeed factionalism, then THROW the factionalists out. There can be absolutely no sympathy for them. Just imagine how gutted Fawad Alam must be feeling. As regards lac of practice, why did the PCB not insist on practice matches. Both India and Pakistan are shams : going onto big tours with no professional road map.

  • VIJAY on July 16, 2009, 2:32 GMT

    Please dont blame pakistan players as it happens in cricket once in a while. If anybody remembers last year india tour to srilanka you can find the indian star players collapsed in the same fashion like pakistan.In a whole srilanka is the most weakest team when they trave abroad. Maybe the pitches and few unfortunate decisions worked against pakistan. Being an indian i woulld like to see a young and energetic pak team compeating against india in the same hostile way in the past in near future. Younis you can go for some more young and new faces for the next series, but please dont play a arrogent reverse sweep like the last time, which i feel the turning point of the game. Absolutly sangakara won the the match aqs pak gifte to him, but hearth and kulasekara are not such world class bowlers. They can be sorted out as indian showed against mendis during their second one day series this year." Good luck pakistan play postive cricket and drub srilankan pussys in rest of the series."

  • Asif on July 16, 2009, 2:04 GMT

    Akram is 101 % correct, being fan of Pakistan we are use to it. I remember when Pakistan lost in Banglore 1997 that semi Final was almost in Pakistan hands but........so i think after that we are use to it.....

  • Shabut on July 16, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    You can not blame just one or two guys in the team. This team has been losing for long time now and every single batsman has failed including Younis Khan, the captain. I have said this before and will say it again, the real problem lies within the management of PCB. They are a bunch of thugs who are just busy plundering the national assets as their master politicians are doing every where else.

  • Sam on July 16, 2009, 1:22 GMT

    I am so disappointed with the Pakistan Team. We had 2 good chances to win. I don't agree that lack of match practice has gotta do anything with this. These are professinal cricketers and they are paid loads of money to perform. I strongly believe that our batsman lack skills required for test matches. May Allah help our team!

  • Razoon on July 16, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    Pakistan boast of versatile bowling attack in the world, but take this stat and see since 2000, Younis Yousuf, Inzamam and Now Alam have been involved in 4 double century partnerships, against India, England(Twice), Sri Lanka and still gone on to lose the match.

  • darklion on July 16, 2009, 0:58 GMT

    As a SL fan I am disappointed by the attitude of the Pakistani fans posting here towards the SL team. There are tons of comments to the effect of "SL didn't win this game, Pakistan lost it." I can see how this might appear, given that the most respected names in the SL bowling attack are missing. But anyone who was watching the second innings collapse knows that the bowling by Kulasekara and Herath with the second new ball was one of the best displays you'll see anywhere. The Pakistani bowlers only an hour later with an identically new ball were toothless by comparison.

    It's true that the Pakistani team has some problems to deal with, like a lack of Test cricket, and no proper openers with technique for dealing with good newball bowling. But that only goes so far towards explaining the losses to a team that has only lost twice at home to teams not named Australia since 2002.

  • Farooq Siddiqui on July 16, 2009, 0:55 GMT

    Sorry, don't agree with you Mr. Abbasi. Even in ODI and T20 you are not expected to get out in single digits. The difference in Test cricket is duration and concentration. If all of them had gotten starts and then failed to score big due to lapse in concentration, then you could blame the lack of Test match practice. In this case there is no excuse.

  • Saif Zahir on July 16, 2009, 0:45 GMT

    There is immense talk about Misbah, Shoaib Malik to be dropped, wonder who will drop them... the selection committee keeps changing so frequently that they themselves get dis-selected. Its about time we take the seniors for granted. Performing in pressure situation is the real talent of a player. Shoaib Malik doesn't even deserve to be in the team and we have some bright seniors suggesting him the captiancy. My heart goes out to Younis Khan.

  • lankan 4 lyf on July 16, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    i think that pakistan is a GOOD team.. its just that they need to learn how to finish a game... lankans have been really good but I SUPPORT PAK MORE THAN SIRLANKA EVEN AFTER IM A LANKAN..

  • Rehan ul Shafi on July 16, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    We must support Younis at this stage. we cant make a team in a night, it is a gradual process. the problem with subcontinents teams r that we a player makes runs we support him and when he fails we r frist to critcise them or even try to destroy their houses.First of all we have to make our domestic format very competitive and think seriously about the regular openers. simply dissolving the crickets board and firing captains is not going to solve any problem

  • Saud on July 16, 2009, 0:08 GMT

    no idea whats wrong with paki people. I have seen very few people supporting our team. What happened to all that talk from last month? This is the time, when u have standby with their decisions even if they went wrong. Its funny how people are talking here that younis khan have no leadership skills, whatever he achieved last month, you need more than leader to do that. There is definitely some problems with team selection, but overall if u look at the test series, there were many positives for the team.

  • Hamd on July 16, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    Sad , It is very sad to see that Pakistani team players don’t care for their fans, nation and country but them. It is very sad to see that group of only fifteen people is not getting along knowing that all cricket playing nations are watching. What a SHAME. It does not make any sense to me that all these so called senior players did not have enough practice. I am totally disagree with this crap. How about the new and junior players, did they have enough match practice? But they played much better than the seniors. A little kid will be able to point out that there is grouping in the team. Did any senior player performed in T20 world cup? Afridi, Razaq and new faces won the cup for Pakistan. Salman But, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-Ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal need rest or maybe permanent rest. There are some players I can point out can be very good openers for the future of Pakistan team are Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shezad. Why PCB does not give them the chance and let them play for year or so. I believe players from under nineteen team are much better choice than what we have now in Pakistan team. Shame on PCB or whoever is running the this circus.

  • Junaid on July 15, 2009, 23:14 GMT

    This is amnesia or what? We have just won the worldcup and now same players are critisized so badly for losing 2 matches. It was a low scoring series and batsmen from both sides have struggled. How many centuries were scored by Srilanka in this series? Pakistan also played well and that is why they were in winning positions in both the matches. Batting collapses are serious and that is caused by lack of practice,lack of concenteration and also bad decisions in some cases.

  • Ali on July 15, 2009, 23:12 GMT

    The selectors were chosen to select the teams. So i think people should stop saying who they think should or shoudn't play.

  • Asad on July 15, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    we have no one to blame but PAK. they lost both test that they should have won. PAK cricket wont improve until there is someone worth running PCB is in place. Opening is our main issue and needs to be solved. PAK needs to stop experimenting, Salman Butt got way too many chances, Khuram manzoor is not a good of a player. Players who should have gotten chances are left in dark. PCB have wasted Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, and other great players.

    After inzi retired, there was only one man who could replace him in test, and it was Asim Kamal. he should have been in the team long time ago but PCB wasted him. Pakistan needs to go outside Punjab and look for young players. Groom them, and bring them into the side. pick players base on talent not because of sources or political pressure. Thanks to Wasim Akram for bringing in Mohammad Aamer, he showed that he could be something.

  • Mr Cricket on Legslip on July 15, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    For me it is most important that the right individuals are playing.

    This debate of individuals vs processes is a time consuming one and a neverending one.

    It hurts me when people believe that Pakistan lost because of rustiness. Yousuf didn't play a Test match for 2 years but he hit a century at Galle. Fawad Alam has never played a Test and never opened, but he hit a superb century.

    Younis, Yousuf are class players who should be there no matter what. Fawad Alam has shown that fighting spirit and mental strength is above experience and expertise.

    The void is there because of Malik and Misbah. Malik has made plenty of 50's, but they have done nothing remarkable. Apart from 1 good series against India, Misbah has been mediocre. His average is only 18 if you take out that India series.

    If we want to ensure Pakistan becomes a top team, we need to place emphasis on individuals again. Saeed Anwar was a middle order batsman but he became Pakistan's best ODI opener.

  • Samuel on July 15, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    It was unlucky for Younis to not have Asif, Afridi and Razzaq in the final XI, I would say more so than Malik, Yousuf and Misbah not performing. The problem with Pakistan for the last few years has been not getting the batting-bowling combination right after the late Woolmer's sensible tactics had come to an end. HE GOT IT RIGHT! You MUST play Afridi in tests and open with Malik, majority of whose runs came while batting up the order in both tests and ODIs, HELLO(?). And without Asif, Pakistan aren't bowling out bigger teams anytime soon. All they need to do is for ONCE, to get the team combination right. Let poor Afridi play in tests, he will definitely prove to be a lethal weapon alongside Ajmal. Razzaq is still a handy 3rd seamer in any form of cricket. I repeat, get the team combination right. You can't start blaming Younis just 'cause his senior players aren't performing! Well, that would be the Pakistani thing to do I suppose, thank you Sharfaraz Nawaz.

  • Rehan Najam on July 15, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    In the 3rd and the final test match Pakistan should make 3 changes and they should include Faisal Iqbal,Abdul Razzaq and Danish Kaneria.

  • tarek on July 15, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    Malik and Misbah must be shown the door, they are a bad influence on the newcomers who are showing promise. "Rest" these senior players for the third test and send a message to the other seniors. Faisal Iqbal is a lost cause and so is Asim kamal. Need new blood. Butt's average is poor to warrant further consideration.

  • RIZWAN HABIB on July 15, 2009, 19:42 GMT

    discussuions discussions & more discussions, imean it is hard to understand for me as well as for many many others[i am sure]that howcome a shoaib malik or a misbah-shotless wonder i call him,can play in pakistan side & a guy like asim kamal sit in wilderness. this is a shame more so for the so called selectors.

  • Shahid on July 15, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    IT IS TIME to start bulding a team. Misbah is getting old and has been out of touch for a long time. Shoaib was always a 30 something player and no one expected him to score more than 40, thats where he gets exhausted. We have got a bunch of players who only perform once every 7 innings. If you noticed, a couple of months ago I called for Umar Akmal to be taken in the fold and now every one should see that potential after his 3 centuries in Australia. Fawad should be given an extended run to prove his consistancy. How many of you think that Afridi is developed as a wonderfull bowler for all forms of the game, I do. Yes I do believe that if he bowls 40 overs like kanaria used to, he will bag more wickets than kanaria. Let me give you a new look team: Fawad Alam Imran Farhat Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Mohammad Asif Mohammad Amaar Saeed Ajmal Abdul Razaq 12th

    I will like PCB to let Younis make it work on his way.

  • Shahriar Hoque on July 15, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    Agree with Kamran. To win TESTS you need bowling and PAK's bowling looked good against SRI who are very strong at home. There is a huge element of mental issue in batting. It showed clearly that PAK batsmen were simply not there and ready to play TEST macthes. Match practice is very important which PAK team lacked. Md. Yousuf and Shoaib Malik are good batsmen and I am confident they will find form soon. However, I am not so sure about Misbah in TESTS.

  • IMRAN on July 15, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    ASSALAMUALAIKUM , Please give this Team a time to settle down and do into the grove of Test cricket ,but again they cant be so lathergic and complacent , and there was no gusto or fire to go for the kill both in the last session of first test or the patience to build a Total in the second inings of the second Test ...this is my Team for the next two series Atleast.. FAWAD ALAM KAMRAN AKMAL YOUNIS KHAN YOUSUF FAISAL IQBAL/ MISBAG ASIM KAMAL SHAHID AFRIDI ABDUR RAZAQ SHOAIB AKHTAR UMAR GUL AMIR/ASIF Keep Asif at Bay and replace him with anyone btw shoaib Gul or Amir if they are not performing and Drop one of the them and Pick Ajmal according to the Playing condition to get a Xtra spinner apart from AFRIDI . Lets stick to Faisal and we need to look into future and nuture Akmal and Fawad for Opening the Inings as we dont have Quality openers for the Time Being

    All the BEST

  • Hafiz Mohammad Shahzad on July 15, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    Well to be very honest i don´t agree with any 1 here who wrote the comments here,some of them with some points have right but mostly like other typical people who opened the television watched the match and blamed almost every players,,its very easy to say the things like that but please don´t forget the truth that we are (WORLD CHAMPION)although that was a t20 but it means a lots and we all know that,now talk about test matches yes i agreed Pakistan played very poorly included the stupid shot was (Younus Khan)played in the 2nd test match when the thing was truly under control there is lots of other things also but its all gone we lost the series take the positive of t20 championship and step forward for more victories.I know we can change lots of things but this is not a time to do it please please please back up our players don´t forget what they gave us the time when we had nothing,younus khan lonely can´t change the things he needs lots of support,support from us please back him u

  • M Mahboob Hossain on July 15, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    It's quite logical that the T20 Champs should loose 17 for 72 in business hours, since T20 is based on slogging & you need temperment, thats why it's Test. I always wonder why Ashraful, Tamim & Aftab struggles in Test, since during nets, they look as good as anybody. Selection of almost same team for 20 & 450 over games don't work. This is not new, only that I have revised my bet to friends, anything over 100 (from 200), PAK chase is a lottary. Its simple, U can't select an opener, who can't leave 3 balls without slashing, keeper who drops more & "Allround" middle-orders.

    PAK Test team should be in 2 format, 5123 or 614. Depending on conditions (Nasir & Shehzad/Azhar Ali, Y, Y, & Alam, 2 all-rounders Razzaq & Afridi & 3 bowler or Mezbah/New boy @ 6 & 4 bowlers (Asif, Gul & Amer, Danish/Ajmal) & Sarfaraz.

    & Thanks to the hevens for a wonderful revenge on be half of this great game (& conspiracy to establish Test Crcket as boring) @ "FAST & BOUNCY" Karachi & Lahore

  • Owais Nasir on July 15, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    my team for final test (given the options we have) Fawad Alam Khurram Manzoor Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Faisal Iqbal Kamran Akmal AbdurrRazzaq Umar Gul Mohammed Aamer Danish Kaneria Saeed Ajmal

  • Chishty Mujahid on July 15, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    The PCB should reiterate and strictly implement their policy of NO ONE is bigger than the GAME.There should be zero tolerance on indiscipline in PRACTICE.No inqury commissions;no post mortems by parties with vested interests.Swift action with complete transparency.Unambiguos contracts: any breach punishable.For too long Pakistan cricket has suffered because people managing the PCB have brought a lot of baggage with them and have axes to grind.Let Sri Lanka be a wake up call;it is not a time to write an obituary of Pakistan cricket because Phoenix is known to rise from the ashes.A sense of professionalism,pride and selflessness must be incultated in the players. Talent must be awarded;dead wood chopped away. Nepotism and favouritism (I do not want to extend this....)should be history.Let us restore the glory of Pakistan cricket and the cricketers should take this task upon themselves.To quote the bard"I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips straining upon the start follow your...."

  • Chishty Mujahid on July 15, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    For too long we have wallowed in the title "unpredictable"given to us by those who "conspire"to put us off guard.We have started believing in this-how naive can you get?PCB has to act swiftly; stop this chopping and changing;no more musical chairs; get a permanent constitution;an elected council and a management team of professionals-marketing, finance, human resources,administration.Have an organogram with clear cut reporting relations in place; job descriptions;job values; key tasks; performance appraisals-accountability, responsiblility and authority.Is a selection committee really required when in the end the Chairman has to give approval to a squad and the captain has a say.We heard the captain the other day using "I" for selection.Is a coach needed? What is his utility? Apart from the medical team (two to three at the most and a "cricket manager")why should we have a bevy of foreigners in Pakistani colurs?We must instil a sense of national pride,dignity, committment in our player

  • Azfar on July 15, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    ULCER!!! Remember, I have teling it to all for past past 4 years, watching this team will give you ulcer. Also if you are fan of suspense and drama, it is great to be watching this team..up and downs, tragedies, happy endings mostly unpredictable. Good script for a TV series!! Anyhow we have players who are not technically sound and cannot adjust. They need to have strong mind and head to cope but as Pakistanis with lots of emotions we sometime shine and then fail..deal with it folks!! This is what we have, enjoy the fun when it is there.

  • Salman Saeed on July 15, 2009, 16:58 GMT

    Look at the opener slot; as soon as there was competition for a spot, one of them clicked. Players like Misbah, Shoaib and Yousaf know that there is not threat to their spot in the team thats why they are laid back and not taking the responsibility. Bring in another keeper and take him on every tour so that Akmal knows there is someone who can replace him. Bowlers are doing good. One of the reasons for that is most of the bowlers are new and don't have a permanent spot, so you actually see them trying their best to impress the team management.

  • Shahriar Hoque on July 15, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    ok...look at the all time record of PAK cricket. They are way superior to that of IND. In reply to Sheetal's comments, even if PAK is rebuilding they have a decent record against IND, let's not even go past ten years when PAK have always dominated IND. This is not an excuse but the FACT! You need to play to improve. How many TEST matches did IND, AUS and SA played in the last 5 years? How many did PAK play? It's not excuse but reality. The more you play the better you can grove your players technical and mental ability. Plus SRI is a very strong team at home. The way the first test was lost clearly showed that middle order batsman just didn't have the set of mind required to play TESTS. There is still another TEST and 5 ODIS remaining; watch out for PAK. PAK team has become from a great team to a mediocare team but even with this team they will be able to compete with SA, AU, IND, SRI. The last teo test matches are ABNORMAL scenarios and will be rectified easily. SUPERB PAK bowling+

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on July 15, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    If Team players are consistently failing, what Selectors and Coaches are doing. Do they feel the responsibilities of selecting right talent and removing the weaknesses of the players? Are these officials spending enough time with the players? How much they know the weaknesses of the Players? Do they know the Player's capability of judging the Bowler's grip on the ball delivery? Do they test the Player's Eye sight and Reaction time capability and also Player's reflexes conditions? I know these qualities to be judged by the Fitness Tests, but the Coach and Selectors should also keep an eye on these results. The Coach should make a coaching Plan according to these results. They should teach Player's how to read the ground and Pitche conditions. Unless these officials are not experts on these things, they should not be made Coach and Selectors. Now a days Computer literacy and how to read the Psychology of the Players are added qualities to be adopted by these Officials.

  • imran on July 15, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    reacting to Sheetal Gunjhal's comments.. WOW!!!you waited a long time get this off your chest...India crashing out in 20/20 is still hurting huh....but I do agree that when India goes to play Aus or SA, they play for the pride of there country. We still fight about how many cricketers will represent Punjab, Sindh, and Baluchistan and NWFP.

  • Kaiser Mukhtar from Hong Kong on July 15, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    Abbasi is right to an extent but the way they lost almost won matches and the way they lost nerves and looked like school kids who are just learning to hold bats. They missed almost straight deliveries as srilankan commentator suggested that straight balls are doing wonders and Pakistan batsmen were playing across the line towards mid wicket instead of playing straight. This is the basic technique but those giants of cricket were in a procession,come and go situations and habit. This was pure unacceptable and shameful. Shoaib Malik and Misbah don't fit into the side which needs fresh and committed blood who take a pride in representing their nation. Amen!

  • Faisal Sami Qadir on July 15, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    Perfectly true... Pakistan just lost coz of their own faults, it does indicate that this team has the potential to do well but it just makes what we call silly mistakes.. I back this team to be a very good one and a force to reckon in the following years. To start with, Pakistan will win the 3rd test for sure. Now on the -ves, 1.Msbah-ul-haq should be asked to either change his game plan and look more to score rather than getting bogged down or he should give up test cricket 2.shoaib malik, although am a big fan of his, does not deserve a test match place and rather faisal iqbal needs to be given a chance, he's there with an xcellent 1st class record and the reputation of being one of the best players of spin in pak. 3. Khurram manzoor dont look like an opener, his technique is far too faulty for an opener to survive. Perhaps, 3 changes needed.. either in mindset or in individuals

  • Kami on July 15, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    I don't know where to start. I mean in short, Pakistani team lacked spirit. I also got this feeling that the selected team was not cooperating with Younis Khan. I say bring the old T20 team back. They were not as skilled as other teams were but they fought with a single mind set and also with determination. Good luck Pak team for future. @ Sheethal Gunjal Noone asked your opinion about the best test teams. If T20 was such a fluke or easy, then we should have seen final between SA and Aus or perhaps India but that was not the case so better tell your Indian team to perform well next time and point out their weaknesses. Pakistan team is talented however as always lacks professionalism. Hope they will overcome this weakness in future.

  • Dr.Basharat Amin Kuthu on July 15, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    I think Mr.Kamran Abbassi Saheb is an optimist and so should every pak-crick-fan be. The only problem with the PCB is that they don't give any heed to the statements of legendary and charismatic former captain cum star of Pakistan,the great Imran Khan;when he advocates for an australian type domestic cricket structure for Pakistan too.In my opinion too,it would be far better to get a sheffield-Sheield like domestic structure than having a large number of club teams having club and school level cricketers.Look at the recently held seriesse between Australia and South Africa or for that matter even the recently concluded Cardiff test between Aus and Eng wherein Marcus North,a new comer but having a lot of experience in their domestic cricket, scored centuries with ease and confidence.You can sometimes see a Fawad Alam like century once in a while but cannot expect such miracles happen often. My reaquest may plz be forwarded to PCB officials.Plz restrucure on Sheffield Shield pattern.

  • absar on July 15, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    its the third tym pak batting collapse ..why the hell was our middle batting collapse ??what the reason was?pakisatan has a good first session and after lunch middle order collapse??what the reason for this??i can say misbah and shoib malik will be drop in the next match..if you cant handle the pressure what are you for??where is asim kamal?

  • Samir Yeshwant Hajarnis, India on July 15, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    The skill is undoubtedly there, the only thing missing is match temparament. That will come too. give it time.

  • omar hussain on July 15, 2009, 15:36 GMT

    I agree with you to an extent but this sort of pressure is nothing new to the senior players especially Misbah-ul-Haq and Yousuf.Ironically it is the newcomers Fawad,Khurram,Ajmal,AAmer and Abdur Rauf who were the more resilent.Younis is a fighter all right but why did he threw away his wicket so needlessly? The SRi Lankans are not that great but their professionalism paid off.Younis is right that this team needs time but he himself together with Misbah,Malik,Yousaf and akmal has been around a long time.For heavens sake where has their experience gone?? I fear there is something amiss internally....as usual.

  • Dr Dona- San Diego USA on July 15, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    All Pakistani fans here are saying senior players like Misbha, Malik and Kamran are not responding to captain. I don't agree with these all fans dull theory, the truth is actually their cricket is over. And now these players even can't make runs in domestic cricket then how they can make runs in international cricket? If you see their current domestic record for last 2 years their avgs are very low as compare to many new unknown players. Last year i was watching Khuram Manzoor playing in domestic 20/20 and he looked to me the most poorer players as compare to other all openers from other all teams. He was getting every third ball on his pads and beating by all very low profile bowlers from all other team.. and on those days there was a lot talk that this guy will be selected sooner for Pak national team.. Watching his batting in 20/20 I wouldn't select him for my local San Diego club team, it was shocked for me when he got selected for Pak national team after few weeks later.

  • Irfan Ahmad on July 15, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Saying the lack of test match practice is a reason of these losses against SL is some thing very strange. If this is the case then Fawad had not even T20 or ODI match practice. His approach towards playing has proved that the wicket was playable if you are determined to play. Secondly, I dont understand the reason of playing Misbah, Malik and Saeed in the side. We have so many guys like Faisal, Hassan Raza who are better players than him. Playing Saeed Ajmal against Sri Lanks is just like teaching Persian to the Iranians. They have the all time best off spinner in their team who bowls at their batsmen every day. Lastly, the reason of second test match loss,.. an immature short by an immature Captain that changed all the situation. I agree with Jawad's playing 11 with the inclusion of a Young Fast bowler Anwar Ali and a tie between Afridi, Razzaq and Malik depending upon the wicket conditions. Hope for a mature Captain in next match.

  • Pakistani_grrl on July 15, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    In my opinion, as bystanders, we don't know the mental barriers they are facing.

    I will stand by the team through this defeat and have faith that they will work through this. Inshallah inshallah inshallah

  • Ghufran Ahmad on July 15, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Pak lost to a team that has been in practice and is strong in bowling. Despite the loss, the team gave moments of joy, some hope, some excitement and some positives. It was not a total walkover by Srilanka, nor was it a one sided or boring contest. Pak kept the interest alive on all days and kept the fans glued.

    The only negatives were Shoaib and Misbah. After losing captaincy, Shoaib seems to have lost the interest in the team and it seems, he hangs on just enough to secure his place and does not look a fighter he was. Misbah has gone to his old self, a failure in Tests. He should stick with 20/20. Asim Kamal and Razzak were badly missed. For us World Cup is World Cup and is more important. Winning that has brought more fame, praise and recognition. Winning this series could not have done the same. World cup is beating the World against this one just beating a country and that too not Australia. Just hang on to see the wonders in future. because "Pakistan" naam he kaafee hai.

  • fhs on July 15, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    Malik needs to go away. I have been saying this from T20 and saying it again - he is hurting us. Razzak must replace Malik ASAP. Razzak is a must. No idea why he is not in the test team. Remember, the moment he joined the team in T20, we kept "on wining" until the T20 was over. This humble dude gives 100% - way better than most the players in the current team. can play at the top order. please include my comments in the post!!

  • Muhammad Haseeb on July 15, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    It was disappointing to see the collapse of Pakistani batting again and again. I don't agree with Younis Khan that its due to lack of match practice. The seniors including Younis khan ( he too failed three times out of four outings) has not performed well while the performances of the four debutants (Fawad, Amir, Saeed, Rauf) was excellent. At this point, I would also like to point out Daryl Harper's decisions. If a player can be dropped out for a poor performance, Why should not an Umpire be dropped. ICC needs to think about these lines. ICC too should get rid of old faces who are not performing well and should bring new faces.

  • blue ban on July 15, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    finally pakistan realising its own strengths & weakness. glad that people & specially journalists analysings pak cricket team's performance on it own merit. "Its extremely refreshing & satisfying that you all are not blaming INDIA or BCCI for its failures or just the situation.."or am I expcting too much too early????

  • harjinder singh on July 15, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    just one ques... where is asim kamal... a great batsman as we have seen in series against INDIA... where is he... he should be in team esp..instead of malik and misbah...two utterly rubbish players...

  • Shahzad on July 15, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    No 1 reason of Pakistan's batting collapse is very poor quality of pictches in domestic cricket, No 2 reason very poor quality of pitches in domstic cricket, No 3 reason very poor quality of pitches in domestic cricket....... so on so on. Look at South Africa who was isolated from international cricket for several years but Cricket remain alive there with its quality and after comming back to international cricket, South Africa was one of the best teams after a year only because they kept the quality in their domestic cricket.

  • Mohammed Khan on July 15, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    This is my very first time writting here. but with so much grief, I am very good even crazy fan of Pakistan cricket staying all night awake looking my country get so humilated. I feel there should be a change in the Top PCB selection commettie period and to give chance to the younger Asim Kamal. My prayers are with Pakistan always GO pakistan GO !!!!

  • Nadeem Mirza on July 15, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    Nothing new! This is very typical of Pakistan. They always blow HOT and COLD. This is no case of undercook team for test. These are very *well paid* NOT *well played* professionals. How could they fail three out of four times? Please don't blame domestic structure or give other excuses. Its all about temperament and mental strength. Same domestic cricket have produced world renowned players. Still producing great players. Twenty20 is *BAM BAM THANK YOU MAM* kind of cricket. Any team on its day could win. Real skill and temperament test is *test cricket*. BCCI/ICL did their best to promote twenty20 and ruin classic cricket(ers). There should be separate teams/players for all forms (i.e. Twenty20, ODIs, Test) of cricket. Not everybody is Michal Philips. There are very few cricketers who perform well and adjust in all three forms. You can't ask marathon runner to run and do well in 100 Meter dash. Can you? Having said all that, I will give them some more time. Other option?

  • Himayun Mirza on July 15, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    This lack of practice is an utter rubbish. The fact that a debutant like Fawad Alam played much better than those so-called great batsmen, speaks the truth.

    There is no team spirit and no confidence. Like other countries players should be on rotation based upon their current form and performance. It is amazing that Afridi after finally finding his batting form opted to rest! At his age if he is not physically fit or willing to play then drop him from test cricket. It is a job and a financial contract. Nobody should be allowed to choose when they feel like working and when they only want to get paid for extended rest.

    In the old days the tests were far and few. Yet even after several years of lay offs good batsmen always performed and never choose to take long paid vacations.

  • irfans syed on July 15, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    @ Sheethal Gunjal. The last thing we want right now is for an indian to tell us how bad our batsman are abroad. May be you forgot how your indian batting heros were exposed by the bouncy tracks in the T20 world cup in England. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS PAL!

  • Qambber Hussain on July 15, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    I dont understand why every one is after Shoaib Malik, Misbah ul Haq and Kamram Akmal.

    Ok I can live with Misbah out of the team since his only real obligation is batting and he's failing miserably at that (pre-requisite: we don't expect Misbah to be extreamly agile in the field when it comes to fielding) but Shoaib is a great all round asset who to add did score the highest (and stayed not out in 1st innings of the 2nd test), is always impressive in the field and can bowl when required where as Kamran Akmal unfortunately is the only wicket keeper worth being in the International side.

    Faisal Iqbal in place of Mibah ul Haq seems interesting ...

    Over all ... it is not just them that collapsed, its the whole team ...

  • shakoor on July 15, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    Great assessment Kamran,

    This to me is NOT the culmination of events that started in Oval in 2007 and the rapid disintegration of the team that ensued-courtesy ICL. It is a recovery.

    I thought that Pakistan fought well. We were on the verge of good outcomes twice and let it slip away.

    This is where the players that have proven their worth in the past should be reintroduced-Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt. I was further surprised by Kamran not opening the batting as well. There should be a permanent "opening squad" of 4 to 5 openers to open test, 1day and 20/20. That should be there ROLE. They should be managed using statistics i.e. where do they click-location, side etc.

    Rest is the matter of attaining form-mat (not just net) practice, batting coaches, fitness and reflex exercises and more test match exposure.

    I believe we have a good side that will get better as people come back-Asif, Nazir, Farhat, Hameed.

    -Shakoor

  • Mohammed naiem on July 15, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    Miss shetal gunjan v al know how many test series and matches india have won in australia and s africa. What happened to india recently in sri lanka test series .al ur big guns were blown away by mendis. Se how pak played mendis.

    Pak ckt fans

    if we look at pakistans team performance we saw that pak batting struggled against new ball.we al blame players but nobody blames PCB for nt providing batting coach to the team. What can intikhab alam do when pak batsmem struggle against in swinging deleviries.

  • JUN8 on July 15, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    TO Sheethal Gunjal

    I'd like to see how good India would be if they were isolated from test cricket for over 14 months??

  • Azmat Siddiqui on July 15, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    We must drop Shoaib and Misbah. Yousuf should be put on probation. Bring in younger players. We are loosing with big names. We may loose again with younger players. However they will learn and will get settled soon. Kaneria is a poor fielder, he doesn't deserve a come back. Ajmal has done fine. Let us keep him. When a wicket requires more than one spinner, Kaneria could be tried. He must imporve his fielding. The game is bigger than the players. But Shoaib, Misbah and Yousuf think they are bigger. No player should be an automatic selection. Each player should earn it.

    We need a batting coach along with Inthekhab Alam.

  • Ray on July 15, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Sarfaraz and the others have been vocal in naming Shoaib but no one else, who are these players? I remember Yunus fielding in a match under Shoaib's captaincy and was all smiles in a loosing position instead of trying to be in the center and help out the then new captain - maybe Shoaib is doing the same; am not trying to defend Shoaib here. What's done is done, Pakistan should look forward and sort out differences amongst the players, if any. Three teams for the three formats, with some overlapping players. A note for Sheethal Gunjal - what was India's result against Sri Lanka in the very recently concluded series? Excellent? If you don't remember, India lost, so please stop this constant propaganda that India is the best along with SA and Aus. India is good, but not as good. And if you can do a qualitative analysis, you'll find that the quality of opposition has gone down, in the past 5-6 yrs, including Pak. So India is more or less where it was, only the others have gone down.

  • hafeez on July 15, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    younis khan is a great captain their is no one better than him.it's 2 player who are letting him down and doing politics as every one know their name SHOIB MALIK and MISBAH UL HAQ.they both should be kicked out of the team for ever even if the both score two hundres each in next match to keep their places.plus salman butt should never be selected as well he don't suit any foam off the game be it TEST,ODIor20/20 forget about him scoring the runs with bat he gives away so many runs in the field even fielding know matter where you put him.i think he should be called THE CATCHE DROPPING PLAYER.and it's time for us to replacement for kamran akmal althought he did improve a bit better than what did in the last series.all the bowlers did a great job in the series so far considering the only guy with experience in bowling department is suprisingly YOUNIS KHAN and the rest of them were on debuts.

  • Tahir Khan on July 15, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Lack of test cricket is an excuse to some extent, why does it apply to batsmen only, bowlers performed exceptionaly wel, it were only the batsmen.You can ve one time failure but three times in a row,I can definitly smell some grouping. Look newer and junior batsmen showed some fight all the big names failed I ve gret respect for Yousuf but he even during Inzi's days had a poor record in second innings.Yes younis needs to be strong and may need to get rid of Misbah and Malik, I can nt remember last time he scored runs in a test match even when he was captin. If Afridi can play like he played during semi and final durring 20 20 he can be good.Hopefully sign of good things to come from Fawad Alam and hope Jimshed can do well too. Bowling does not ve any problem and yes Akmal's brother is doing wel in Australia give him a chance and give some dose to Kami and even Sarfraz is also scoring runs and he is very good keeper,drop the bad apples and make them fight for for a come back.

  • ANTI MISBAH & MALIK on July 15, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    MISBAH & MALIK - Good bye!!!

  • Usman Zia on July 15, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    I agree with you. If you dont play test cricket 1 1/2 test matches in 1 1/2 yrs, ofcourse this will happen. I was not expecting it to happen to this extent, but unfortunately our batsmen didnt take it seriously. If it was a 5 match oneday series, pakistan could have won easily because they had more better sessions than Srilanka. Its all about the mindset of the batsmen. Also i would like to mention here, we have to completely support Younis Khan. There should be a way to shut up Sarfaraz Nawaz. He talks completely non-sense. If tomorrow Imran Khan says Younis is doing bad, he will back Younis. Younis Khan is a fighter and a natural leader. I think if you give him a couple of more youngsters in the batting line up he will do much better. The problem is that the seniors are taking their place in the lineup for granted. I think Pakistan will do much better in the future. This team needs to play more and more test cricket and it will improve their cricket overall. Go Team Pakistan

  • aj on July 15, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    many players have made centuries on debut and fallen by the way side (yasir hameed anyone). how after 4 test matches can we start calling for the heads of misbah and malik- that is truly awful. we are to quick to forget the successes and jump on the backs when things go wrong. anyone remember shoaib maliks 141 on the last day of the test to keep us in the series last time in SL or when Misbah took us from 100-8 to 220 in the first innnings of a game vs india. this is fairly recent given the amount we have played. granted that the 3 collapses aren't good enough but you need to give the guys more time! how much preparation did they have after the T20 parties? just relax and let the boys play. I feel hurt that we have thrown away a series but we are not too far behind the other nations, all that is needed is some fine mental tuning. the next year will be sufficient evidence for that when we play NZ SA WI Eng and Aus.

  • Zuhair Anwar on July 15, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    I am sorry to say Pakistan lost both matches from winning positions. Its not the brilliance of Sri Lanka. Its just the politics that is going on. Everybody knows what Shoaib Malik and Misbah are upto. There is no reason why Pakistan batting failed right after lunch on a flat track. Sangakkara and co. also batted on the same surface.

  • Akram on July 15, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    I dont think anyone that has followed pakistan closely in the past, is surpised by what happened during the tests. As fans, we are used to it and hope for the best. There is no point of write comments and articles with the rights and wrongs. Pakistan will always be pakistan. No responisbility and no sense of accountability! Some days we'll hammer our opponents and on other days, we'll be crushed - get on with it!!!

  • Chishty Mujahid on July 15, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    Oscar Wilde said"to lose 1 parent can be considered a misfortune tolose both looks like carelessness."If Galle was a misfortune P Sara was carelessnes and this is an understatement.Will we ever learn to learn from our mistakes.The "excuses" held out by the captain and management are a lot of baloney.It seems they are coming from schoolboy cricketers rather than professionals.I hate to talk about money and never grudge sportspersons being amply compensated and rewarded for their efforts.But we tend to go overboard and pile on the silver without thinking of the consequences.The glare of the metal blind the players for some time and the results are for all to see.They are also not appreciated by the players who resent the fact that they are "paraded"no sooner that they return after winning.What are the contactual money fees and the allowances for-just appearing in kit?Selection remains faulty,committment is missing,and tensions are visible.Come on PCB let us get our act together.Act tough

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on July 15, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    Win & Defeat are part and partial of the game but the way Pakistan has lost recently is a matter of great concern. I do not agree with you that Pakistan did not play test cricket for a long time and that is why this kind of performance. They are professional cricketers and even at the time of leisure cricket is in their mind. But Generally speaking the weakness is somewhere. They are the one who have had played great cricket but all on a sudden such kind of collapse has never been repeated in the past. It is high time that these problems get fixed otherwise it is not a good sign for Pakistan Cricket. One day we are ahead and the second day we are too behind. There are numerous problmes that need to be addressed such as wrong selection, mental toughness, bad strategy, fraction, mismanagement and so on and so forth. Let us hope for better strategy and do the business. We in this era strategy is the game and the game is the strategy. One who follows this, will win matches more than others

  • khan on July 15, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    I Wish Afridi, Shoaib & Razzak comes in for 3rd test

  • vijay iyer on July 15, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    Further to my previous comments on Pakistan's batting, i think the bowling needs to adjust to the loss of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif. I agree with not selecting Shoaib but i,m not so sure about Asif If it's just the former, i think he should be selected. If it's the latter as well then he shouldn't, in my opinion. Also, does religion still play a role ? i believe that a player should have the right to pursue his religious beliefs freely, unless it affects his match preparation. Finally, on this site there was an article on the reorganisation of the pakistani selection committee. The article stated that selectors from NWFP and Baluchistan only have an advisory role. I think this will result in a reduced opportunity for players from these provinces to be selected as compared to players from Punjab and Sindh. If this is the case it can seriuously undermine the performance of the team at all levels. appreciate feedback

  • Nurulain on July 15, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    Its more will then skill required for success.T20 world cup was an example.I believe in supporting our national team no matter what, but when we lose from a very possible winning situation it hurts badly. We should identify players for tests only, like all other teams.I hope we win the third one at least for moral boosting.

  • Cricket premi on July 15, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    Great innings from Fawad Alam. And good bowling too. But Test cricket is the real thing. And the middle order failed when it mattered most. Shame on guys who did not even make useful 20-30s. The bowlers could have defended 250+.

  • Basit on July 15, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    I don't think I agree with you, no excuse can be made for 3 consecutive collapses, MAJOR COLLAPSES.

    Okay fine, maybe the final innings at Galle wasnt so bad, given the nature of the pitch on the last couple of days. But I don't see how Pakistan could manage two major collapses in the same Test, put Bermuda in place of Pakistan and im sure they couldve done better. Im very disappointed, just like every other Pakistani, these guys are professionals, so what if its been 18 months? Alam was on debut, if he could score 168, im sure Mohammad Yousuf, Malik, Akmal and the rest can atleast get to double figures.

  • Basit on July 15, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    I don't think I agree with you, no excuse can be made for 3 consecutive collapses, MAJOR COLLAPSES.

    Okay fine, maybe the final innings at Galle wasnt so bad, given the nature of the pitch on the last couple of days. But I don't see how Pakistan could manage two major collapses in the same Test, put Bermuda in place of Pakistan and im sure they couldve done better. Im very disappointed, just like every other Pakistani, these guys are professionals, so what if its been 18 months? Alam was on debut, if he could score 168, im sure Mohammad Yousuf, Malik, Akmal and the rest can atleast get to double figures.

  • shabbir bheda on July 15, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Politics or not, at last salman Butt is out of the way. salmans repeated failure in all aspects of the game reminded me of Sadiq Mohammads inclusion in the then Test team regardless of his performance. Those days were 'untransparent' but for Gods sake why was salman Butt given chance after chance in todays 'tranparent' era. I hope Fawad Alam takes it from here.He was the find of the Series and the only plus point of the Test Series.

  • vijay iyer on July 15, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    i agree with younis khan partially. i agree with the fact that Pakistan has not played any test cricket for such a long time has proven to be a handicap for batsmen because they have been unable to play according to the needs of Test Cricket. Perhaps Pakistan's selectors have been too impatient in selecting opening pairs for series over the years.But i think a major reason for Pakistan's inability to come up with a good opening partnership is the impatience of their fans. i remember watching a Pakistan match during the last 50 overs world cup in the west Indies, (i believe against West indies) where pakistan had lost 2 or 3 quick wickets and the situation needed a calm and long partnership between Inzamam and Yousuf and Pakistani fans are urging their batsmen to score faster !!. this creates needless pressure on the batsmen. Also, when Pakistani Selection committee selects the openers, do they go for players who occupy the crease or do they select the players with the highest average ?

  • Farrukh Touheed on July 15, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    There should be no excuse for not playing cricket in last 18 months..... i think in last 6 months we played enough cricket... including test matches against Srilanka... Problem is the smell of factionalism in team... and even we can see the body language of few players.. sp from Shoib Malik and Misbah....if we can try Fawad... dont we have new players who can play as replacement of these two guys

  • delta70 on July 15, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    I wanted pakistan to win the 1st match and atleast draw the 2nd one but they lost both the match. I firmly believe that they will show some character in the 3rd but there must be shahid afridi in the team because he is a good bowler and he is batting with more responsibility now a days. Fawad alam and younis khan played well in the 2nd test but rest of the batsman's disastrous performence help pakistan lose the match.

  • Bairam Hassan on July 15, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    I think that Pakistan should boycott the Champions Trophy and perhaps even the next world cup. Cricket is not doing to well internationally so let’s see how the ICC reacts to losing one of its most exciting teams.

  • Bairam Hassan on July 15, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    I think that Pakistan should boycott the Champions Trophy and perhaps even the next world cup. Cricket is not doing to well internationally so let’s see how the ICC reacts to losing one of its most exciting teams.

  • Saadia Anwar on July 15, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    I have got only one thing to add here, the players who are not performing should be kicked out of the team and they should gain their form by playing domestic cricket. We do not need the likes of Misbah, Shoaib Malik and Shoaib Akhtar. Lets bring in more Fawad Alams and Mohammed Aamirs in the team.

  • Huzaifah Butt on July 15, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Test cricket is far more demanding a format than 20/20 cricket and thus requires longer periods of concentration and endurance, and a consistent performance over five days to enable a team to win a test match. That is the reason why, as Mr. Abbassi has rightly put lies our problem that lapses in concentration and middle order weaknesses are being highlighted in this series that could not have been done so in 20/20 World Cup. However, to blame the defeat on the premise of not having played enough test cricket is not acceptable, given the fact that Pakistan had no problems in the first innings of this series in which they scored 342, which was in effect their first experience of test match batting for over 3 months. But then 3 consecutive collapses of epic proportions, culminating in a series defeat with Pakistan effectively on the brink of victory in both tests is outrageous. Underperforming players, especially Misbah need to be dropped and others given a go for the final test.

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  • Farhan(KSA) on July 15, 2009, 10:53 GMT

    I agree with you that the Pak team is lacking match practice but simply there is no reason a team would collapse in such a horrible way not once not twice. For once one can say OK fine,,, but three times in a row is a crime... I think the senior players are taking everything a bit too easy,,, Yousuf whenever he starts his innings in a positive way he departs fairly soon as if he has done everything. look at Misbah he should try and stay at crease...Kamran Akmal... well he is much like Afridi,,,, Pretty ordinary keeping and then with the bat he will not perform for long time and then one day he will score some runs and we will insist on keeping him in team..why did pakistan never achieve the consistency?? The professionalism ??? even Bangladesh is developing that....

  • Arif Bajwa on July 15, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    Younis has to think like The Great Imran Khan when he was the captain he flushed out the seniors Like Mohsin Khan Majid Khan Mushtaq and all those big names and brought in the young blood like Wasim Waqar Inzi and all who Played for Pakistan and brought in the fortune to the fans and the country. Younis have to take charge himself and be a Real captain he has what one needs in a leader he is new and need to learn it quicker or he wont last long and we will loss a good prospect. I do not blam him but if the other players are not with you with all the heart then you will loss like the one in Galle. Come on Youins Wake up man and take the charge forget about the past and think about the future You can do it we all believe you can good luck and hope you make some changes and win the one day series (God Willing).....

  • FRITZ on July 15, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    NONSENSE. YOU HAVE MISSED THE PLOT. THESE GUYS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HIGHLY PAID PROFESSIONALS AND NOT SUPPOSED TO FOLD LIKE A DECK OF CARDS. ITS OBVIOUS THEIR HEADS ARE NOT IN THE PROPER PLACE. IT IS TIME TO SIT OUT MALIK (SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT HIS BODY LANGUAGE) AND MISBAH AND GIVE FAISAL and RAZZAK A SHOT. ENOUGH OF THE PAMPERING PLEASE AND NO MORE EXCUSES OR COVER UPS.

  • Hasan Jafri on July 15, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    A very balanced article. Pakistan needs more match practice in the longer version of the game. The stress should be on the management team to improve and become more rofessional in order to bring maturity to the players.

  • Arif Bajwa on July 15, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    Well where should I start Shoib Malik has proved he is not intrested playing under Younis where is the sports man spirit was good to see Salman was finaly out did not know for long time why he was even in the team since Shoib became captian.The other one is Misbah since 07 20/20 how much has he proved himself what is PCB thinking they never played him when he was young but now he became a super star when he is ready to retire.He is only 20/20 kind of player and not even that anymore let the young blood come and prove themselves Shoib should be out and may wanna consider his options on the boundry rope if he is not ready to play for Younis he should think for playing for Pakistan.But before that he should be given a chance by sitting him out and making him think what his planes are if he is not redy then give him a long break and bring in people who will realy give a danm about playing for there country not ofr themselfs.Abdul Razzak is an option who is better than Shoib Malik.

  • Asif on July 15, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    i couldn't watch it after middle order collapsed so poorly, i dont want to do the surgery what needs to be done etc.... my openion kick the Shoaib Malik out of test with Misbah ul Haq bring Palyers from A team like umar Akmal younger brother of Kamran Akmal and Faisal Iqbal. i know lot of people in board wants to keep their relative and friends happy to keep their family friends in. i dont know about Indian board but around the world other cricket boards are having young and sensible managment with selectors. time is running out before the game dies totallay in Pakistan and these people who in the PCB wont like to blame them coz ICC is doing lot of things at the moment. so these people will blame the ICC did this and that ........

  • Satheesh on July 15, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Thats the character of this pakistan team. One Day they play like a champion. Next day they play like a local club. It will be fascinating if pakistan plays well to its potential.

  • Iram on July 15, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    Thank you Kamran, most Pakistani's are in shock wrt this series. One Calypso Callapse ok - but 3 - and from winning positions?

    I say bring back Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal and Humayan Farhat. Drop Malik, Misbah, Kamran.

    Bowling is fine - though I hope we continue to develop Tanvir (and Asif!) and do not let Kaneria become like Monty.

    Batting, we need to solid type players we were famous for years. My suggestions go long with this - and of course - we need solidity behindthe stumps - with someone who can bat. Why are we stuggling with openers so much when solid players like Hameed cannot get in. Why are we using bit part players like Malik when we have Asim Kamal in the wings?

    Afridi, Nazir & Razzaq must be permanents in the ODI's and backup to the test team.

    Lets hope we can win the final test, and the ODI's - the 20:20 should be easy!

  • Shafique on July 15, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    You are right Mr.abbasi. i will suggest to get rid of shoib malik and misba-ul-haq and should give chance to some youngster from under nineteen team.If we have to loose matches in this fashion why not give some young guys a chance to get used to the pressure of test cricket and eventually become good cricketers for future.PCB should also arrange a psychologist who can teach these players how to perform in tough situation as we have seen them playing just out of their mind in last three innings.I wonder we are the only team who turns the victory into defeat rather than turning defeat into victory.What will happen to this team in next few month?How longer Younis khan can lead his loosers?Any ways best of luck for Team Pakistan.

  • Irfan ashraf on July 15, 2009, 10:28 GMT

    I feel its more like you scratch my back and i will scratch yours. Pakistan won the T20 world cup and now Srilanka won the test series making records streight of not winning the test series against pakistan at home. Its good every one is happy both nations of the troubled countries are happy for atleast some thing. But really its more like Noora kushti

  • Shafique on July 15, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    You are right Mr.abbasi. i will suggest to get rid of shoib malik and misba-ul-haq and should give chance to some youngster from under nineteen team.If we have to loose matches in this fashion why not give some young guys a chance to get used to the pressure of test cricket and eventually become good cricketers for future.PCB should also arrange a psychologist who can teach these players how to perform in tough situation as we have seen them playing just out of their mind in last three innings.I wonder we are the only team who turns the victory into defeat rather than turning defeat into victory.What will happen to this team in next few month?How longer Younis khan can lead his loosers?Any ways best of luck for Team Pakistan.

  • sa on July 15, 2009, 10:19 GMT

    Well, definetly we need someone like INZI - When Inzi was arround team confidence was high as they knew that we have someone in middle order to takecare of situation. So they were playing natural cricket instead of stressed

    Bring inzi BACk and believe me even in his 50's he will better than likes of Shoib M , Salman, Faisal I, Younis Pathan

  • Xohaib Asif on July 15, 2009, 10:15 GMT

    it was indeed very disappointing to see Pakistan batting line up playing in such a manner. The big positive was a youngster Fawad Alam showing concentration and commitment. I hope they will build on these losses and do better in series to come . The other thing which is hurting me a lot is that in both these tests Pakistan handed over victory to Srilanka rather than SL winning them .No doubt they play good cricket and dont want to take any credit away from them.

  • A on July 15, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    Completely agree with your last three sentences. Just the fact that they were able to make a comeback (however short-lived) after the first batting innings, and kept fighting, is positive.

    Right now it seemed to me to be more a case of silly mistakes and psychological disadvantages.

    The pressure crumbled them.

    They have a huge job ahead of them, and we as fans should remember this. Instead of adding to the trauma and pressure, badmouthing the team, etc., we should have faith.

    The team should be supported through victories AND defeats. Take a leaf out of Bangladeshi fans' books :)

  • Sheethal Gunjal on July 15, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    This series clearly tells pakistan are B grade Test playing nation. Look at pakistan batsmen, they all do well when they play in pakistan. But when play abroad, their record is pathetic especially batting i.e. all the batsmen including Yousuf & Younis khan has got pathetic record against AUS & SA. Even Srilanka's batsmen including Mahela jayawardena has got poor record when they play abroad. THIS IS WHERE INDIA IS DIFFERENT. Look @ SACHIN, SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, DRAVID, LAXMAN, all has got very good record when they abroad especially AUSTRALIA. In the last 10 yrs, ONLY INDIAN team has got good record AUSTRALIA not even SA. I feel IND, AUS & SA are the BEST TEST playing countries at the moment.

  • Farhad on July 15, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Pakistan gives up, no fighting spirit. World Twenty20 win was just a fluke ( Twenty20 cricket is more of a gamble then actual cricket ) They must be the weakest Test side in the wordlwide ( now that even Bangladesh has won albeit against a second string WI team )

    They should learn through the Indian model which is reaping the benefits it sowed some 5 years back.

  • jawad on July 15, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    Shoaib malik and misbah should not be rested for next match and ODI series but both should also be sent back to pakistan right away. for the next match, razzaq should def. get a chance. since pakistan dont have any other batsmen for the thir test, i suggest salman butt should open. also kaneria should replace ajmal. although ajmal has taken wickets but didnt have a big impact on the outcome. my playing 11:

    salman khurram younis yousuf fawad alam razzaq kamran akmal gul aamir kaneria any other bowler

  • adnan on July 15, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    EX- players are talking about fractions in the team and many have blamed shoaib malik ..misbah is not performing so he needs a bye bye .... i AM ON YOUNIS KHAN SIDE he won the t20 cup and how could that not be bigger then a test match series ..i checked again this article has been written by kamran abbasi

  • Qamar Abbas Sipra on July 15, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi, let me add one more positive for Pakistan that in both the matches they lost instead of Sri Lankan brilliance, which means this team has the fire power but just need to apply themselves and finish it properly. We must give this team more time but should include a couple more youngsters in place of Mohammad Yousanf and Misbah. They are good but old enough to say good bye. I don’t remember any inning in test cricket by Mr. Mohammad Yousaf in crunch time together with facing the new ball. If we want to give time let us give it to Faisal or any other promising youngster.

  • Aamir Akhund on July 15, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Well Well Well. i remember my responce in on eof your earlier blogs during the world cup in england. Shoib Malik and Misbah should be droped now. I have complete sympathy for Yonus as he has to rely time and time on these senior players who dont deserve to be in the team. One question to every one Where the hell is Asim Kamal.

  • Shahid Qadri on July 15, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    I don't agree that lack of test match practice is the main reason behind these defeats. It's simply the fact that senior players aren't committed enough and are not taking things seriously. There is hardly any pressure on Misbah, Shoaib, Akmal and even Yousuf to perform, as there is hardly any competition for their spots in the team. (Only Faisal Iqbal posing a threat!) The intoxication of T20 victory is still there, and the fans are also willing to forget a few glitches, but only to an extent. Perhaps we need to "Rest" a few of the senior players and induct fresh blood in the team, if only to teach the seniors that nothing can be taken for granted. After all the performances of Fawad Alam, Aamir, Ajmal (and even to a certain extent Rauf)are heartening. Maybe better days are ahead for pakistan Cricket.

  • Rajit on July 15, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    I dont agree with Kamran's comments.Fact is Pakistan SHOULD have won both the tests.From what I have seen in this series so far is that even Sri Lanka is below par with their batsmen not in the best of forms plus No Murali.Hence the results should have been exactly opposite i.e. a Hard fought but a comfortable win in the end for Pakistan but it hasn't happened and for that there could be many factors including what some of the ex Pakistani players and ex Chief of selecton committee are highlighting.

  • A.D. on July 15, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Agreed. Give the team more time to find their feet. What really got to me though were the comments made by former captains. If they cant offer constructive criticism they should just keep their traps shut.

  • Khurram Dawood on July 15, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Hey. Team need time since Pakistan have not played many test matches.

    ICC should get Pakistan as much cricket as any other nation else world will loose a great cricket nation. Maybe Pakistan will became only twenty20 team

  • Ashar Raza Khan on July 15, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    My team should be for the next match is: Salman Butt, Fawad Alam, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf,Shoib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Abdur Razaq, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul and Muhammad Aamir

  • Maddysdad on July 15, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Finally, some positive writing by Kamran.

    This series is more Pakistan's defeat at its own hands rather than Srilanka doing something amazing. Having said that I would not take anything away from the Lankans because they pounced on opportunities.

  • Krishnan Iyer on July 15, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Kamran Agree with you, they need more time, but again the teams from the sub continent have lacked the temperment to last the five days of Test Cricket. Is this discipline, psychological or an indifference? I am a big fan of test cricket, for that brings out the true abilities in a player.

    Cheers, Krishnan, Bahrain

  • Saqib Abbasi on July 15, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Yes i agree with MR.Abbasi.I think Pakistan needds more test matches and also i think younis captiancy was super the way they fought back.My only concern the inability of our senior batsman to learn. look at the way yousaf got out both the time to hearth......he should have learn from 1st test match but e didnt. and also i think its time to look on misbah and shoaib ...both havent perofmred at test level..i think pakistan should enject some fresh blood which are willing to learn unlike misbah and shoaib. I still have faith in my team and i m sure they will come back strong in rest of the tour (INSHALLAH).

  • tariq saeed on July 15, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    well said, mr abbasi ! it is great to hear these positive and constructive remarks . such thought provoking ideas are a rare commodity and younis khan needs all the support he can get from us. pakistan has such preponderance of talent that no force on earth can stop the progress of cricket in pakistan. in my book they are the no 1 team and the results in srilanka could well have been completely different but lady luck had other ideas. but then the same thing has happened to srilanka in the past. all said and done, it is heartening to hear your encouraging remarks. well said, mr abbasi !!

  • Muslim Ali on July 15, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Younis is a successful captain; he has showed his captaincy on debuts. He can rectify the technique of new players. But the flats were in seniors. That is not his mistake.

  • Ashar Raza Khan on July 15, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Yes I am agreed with you. But i am worried about senior players, i think Fawad Alam show them the spirit and way we need to play in test cricket. Misbha should drop now and too much failure. And Faisal Iqbal should be given a go or Umar akmal who has scored back to back centuries in Australia. And people don't beleive but we have a great amount of players to make a different teams in test and one day.

  • muzzy on July 15, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    I think the essential ingredient to win any thing is 'desire' unfortunately the way the players played, throwing the wickets away ---- skill and knowledge is there but no pride or winning attitude like Aussies and Indians. It is a shame that debudants will be remembered as loosers and so call 'great players' are throwing the match away. Cruel fact of cricket world. Congratulations to Srilankan Captain who is psychologically so stable that he induced same mistake in Yunus (reverse sweep is suicidal??) which will scar him for rest of his career. Where is the light? it is a sign of dusk not dawn. sorry.

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  • muzzy on July 15, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    I think the essential ingredient to win any thing is 'desire' unfortunately the way the players played, throwing the wickets away ---- skill and knowledge is there but no pride or winning attitude like Aussies and Indians. It is a shame that debudants will be remembered as loosers and so call 'great players' are throwing the match away. Cruel fact of cricket world. Congratulations to Srilankan Captain who is psychologically so stable that he induced same mistake in Yunus (reverse sweep is suicidal??) which will scar him for rest of his career. Where is the light? it is a sign of dusk not dawn. sorry.

  • Ashar Raza Khan on July 15, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Yes I am agreed with you. But i am worried about senior players, i think Fawad Alam show them the spirit and way we need to play in test cricket. Misbha should drop now and too much failure. And Faisal Iqbal should be given a go or Umar akmal who has scored back to back centuries in Australia. And people don't beleive but we have a great amount of players to make a different teams in test and one day.

  • Muslim Ali on July 15, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Younis is a successful captain; he has showed his captaincy on debuts. He can rectify the technique of new players. But the flats were in seniors. That is not his mistake.

  • tariq saeed on July 15, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    well said, mr abbasi ! it is great to hear these positive and constructive remarks . such thought provoking ideas are a rare commodity and younis khan needs all the support he can get from us. pakistan has such preponderance of talent that no force on earth can stop the progress of cricket in pakistan. in my book they are the no 1 team and the results in srilanka could well have been completely different but lady luck had other ideas. but then the same thing has happened to srilanka in the past. all said and done, it is heartening to hear your encouraging remarks. well said, mr abbasi !!

  • Saqib Abbasi on July 15, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Yes i agree with MR.Abbasi.I think Pakistan needds more test matches and also i think younis captiancy was super the way they fought back.My only concern the inability of our senior batsman to learn. look at the way yousaf got out both the time to hearth......he should have learn from 1st test match but e didnt. and also i think its time to look on misbah and shoaib ...both havent perofmred at test level..i think pakistan should enject some fresh blood which are willing to learn unlike misbah and shoaib. I still have faith in my team and i m sure they will come back strong in rest of the tour (INSHALLAH).

  • Krishnan Iyer on July 15, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Kamran Agree with you, they need more time, but again the teams from the sub continent have lacked the temperment to last the five days of Test Cricket. Is this discipline, psychological or an indifference? I am a big fan of test cricket, for that brings out the true abilities in a player.

    Cheers, Krishnan, Bahrain

  • Maddysdad on July 15, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Finally, some positive writing by Kamran.

    This series is more Pakistan's defeat at its own hands rather than Srilanka doing something amazing. Having said that I would not take anything away from the Lankans because they pounced on opportunities.

  • Ashar Raza Khan on July 15, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    My team should be for the next match is: Salman Butt, Fawad Alam, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf,Shoib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Abdur Razaq, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul and Muhammad Aamir

  • Khurram Dawood on July 15, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Hey. Team need time since Pakistan have not played many test matches.

    ICC should get Pakistan as much cricket as any other nation else world will loose a great cricket nation. Maybe Pakistan will became only twenty20 team

  • A.D. on July 15, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Agreed. Give the team more time to find their feet. What really got to me though were the comments made by former captains. If they cant offer constructive criticism they should just keep their traps shut.