Champions Trophy September 24, 2009

Afridi's captaincy of luck and judgement

Shahid Afridi has been an eager captain short of opportunities
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Shahid Afridi was impressive in his stint as captain © Getty Images
 
Pakistan escaped their tussle with the West Indies with points on the board and a sense of relief. Had the West Indian captain asked Pakistan to bat first we may have been considering a nightmare scenario and a disastrous captaincy debut for Shahid Afridi. This match was something of a lottery and the team batting second would hold a major advantage.

As it turned out West Indies aptly demonstrated why their cricket requires resuscitation. A weak team requires all the help it can get, and that help ended the moment West Indies won the toss. Pakistan should also pay close attention to the pitiful state of West Indian cricket. A few more wrong calls by cricket adminstators and Pakistan could be hurtling to join Bangladesh, West Indies, and Zimbabwe in the bottom echelon of the international game.

Good fortune apart, Pakistan can take some heart from this encounter. The bowlers were outstanding, bowling with excellent control to extract maximum bounce and movement from an unsusally helpful track. Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer are becoming formidable, while Rana Naved looks in better shape and form than prior to his ICL flirtation.

But two other performances fascinated me more. First, Shahid Afridi has been an eager captain short of opportunities. A previous outing leading the 'A' team suggested that captaincy was beyond him. Nonetheless, Afridi has focused his energy and his mind to become a responsible cricketer. Individual success, as ever with Afridi, has settled him, and his captaincy was refreshing for his encouragement of his young charges and his aggressive approach as Pakistan sensed a rout. This began as an easy day at the office but Afridi excelled when the going was easy and knuckled down when the tough needed to get going.

It was, however, Umar Akmal who added most to his reputation. A stunning entry on familiar tracks has been seen before. Many Pakistani batsmen have thundered into town only to be shot down by the first serious challenge. Umar came through a tricky situation on an unhelpful track, which is a sign that he may have the right mentality to blossom. Clearly, he has a long way to go but all Pakistan fans will be excited to see how he performs against stronger opposition.

Pakistan are now well placed in the group, one good win away from a semi final. India and Australia are both strong but beatable. Once more, Pakistan's bowling offers hope that the team can be competitive while the batting remains a worry, although Younis Khan will be back to strengthen the top order.

Now for the big one.

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

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  • haider ali dogar on May 7, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    crict is not a game this is a live move and prform 25 actars.i like crict but i am very disheard

  • Asif Rathod on September 25, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    After having extra responsibility of captaincy, approach of Shahid Afridi is totally cahnged. Now he care lil bit more abt his game. He understands value of his wicket. In few of his latest innings he took calculated risks. This version of Afridi can set new standards for Pakistan cricket.

  • Muhammad Arif Butt on September 25, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    My team for India:

    Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Younis Khan Muhammad Yousuf Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Muhammad Asif Muhammad Amir Rana Naveed Umer Gull

  • abdullah on September 25, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    this team does not look good and its going to loose to india as always it did in the past in icc worldcup matches...sorry for the cric fans of pakisthan..

  • Muhammad Arif Butt on September 25, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    I think Misbah and Shoib Malik are now burden on team, not only with their performances but also with their body language, which shows that they are not enjoying playing cricket for Pakistan. Droping Abdul Razzaq is not understandable, while Fawad Alam, who is with the team is sure will not get a chance. In the recent T20 W Cup, with the inclusion of Razzaq, the combination of the team changed completely and looked a better team, which was reeling at that time. Anyhow, we pray for Pakistan and back them up strongly.

  • M Khurram Shahzad on September 25, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    people here are talkin like there was only one team in the match. we should give WI some credit guys. they tried there best. standouts were miller and tonge. and tonge did bowl relly well lets not take it away from him. apart from the wicket of yousaf all were on very good balls. also there is something that when some new players come on international scene they are always a surprise package. also we are forgettin the performance of misbah n malik in the warm up matches. misbah scored 82 against srilanka while malik scored 130 against SA warriors. its just that every day is not ur day. even the best players fail at times. young akmal was brilliant reminds me of michael bevan. rest assured he has a great future also aamir i think we hav another wasim akram. younis will come in place of nazir n no room for asif. his best chance was againt windies i dont think we would see him in the rest of the tournament. i would hav loved to see india in full strength with yuvraj sehwag n zaheer.

  • BROKEN HEART on September 25, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Dear Karthik September 25, 2009 6:03 AM india doesnt hav all the trophies in ther bag...they shared the champions trophy in 2002 they didnt win it...so it doesnt count...pls keep that in mind thanx

  • muhammad on September 25, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    I think we must play asif against india in place of rana navid;rest of playing eleven shud stay unchanged n all players must focus on fielding.

  • Imran on September 25, 2009, 8:59 GMT

    PCB should Drop Malik and Misbah permanently as they play pathetically, cheaply and without any confidence on themselves. Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam and Razzaq should be given chance. Akmal and Alam should be the opening pair for at least 10-15 ODIs so they can settle, where Akmal already is well set.

  • Moss on September 25, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Looking strong team deosnt mean will win the cup! its the way you show courage even a weak team e.g. Kenya in 2003 worldcup qualify for semis so keep it up Green shirts !!!!

  • haider ali dogar on May 7, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    crict is not a game this is a live move and prform 25 actars.i like crict but i am very disheard

  • Asif Rathod on September 25, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    After having extra responsibility of captaincy, approach of Shahid Afridi is totally cahnged. Now he care lil bit more abt his game. He understands value of his wicket. In few of his latest innings he took calculated risks. This version of Afridi can set new standards for Pakistan cricket.

  • Muhammad Arif Butt on September 25, 2009, 9:41 GMT

    My team for India:

    Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Younis Khan Muhammad Yousuf Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Muhammad Asif Muhammad Amir Rana Naveed Umer Gull

  • abdullah on September 25, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    this team does not look good and its going to loose to india as always it did in the past in icc worldcup matches...sorry for the cric fans of pakisthan..

  • Muhammad Arif Butt on September 25, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    I think Misbah and Shoib Malik are now burden on team, not only with their performances but also with their body language, which shows that they are not enjoying playing cricket for Pakistan. Droping Abdul Razzaq is not understandable, while Fawad Alam, who is with the team is sure will not get a chance. In the recent T20 W Cup, with the inclusion of Razzaq, the combination of the team changed completely and looked a better team, which was reeling at that time. Anyhow, we pray for Pakistan and back them up strongly.

  • M Khurram Shahzad on September 25, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    people here are talkin like there was only one team in the match. we should give WI some credit guys. they tried there best. standouts were miller and tonge. and tonge did bowl relly well lets not take it away from him. apart from the wicket of yousaf all were on very good balls. also there is something that when some new players come on international scene they are always a surprise package. also we are forgettin the performance of misbah n malik in the warm up matches. misbah scored 82 against srilanka while malik scored 130 against SA warriors. its just that every day is not ur day. even the best players fail at times. young akmal was brilliant reminds me of michael bevan. rest assured he has a great future also aamir i think we hav another wasim akram. younis will come in place of nazir n no room for asif. his best chance was againt windies i dont think we would see him in the rest of the tournament. i would hav loved to see india in full strength with yuvraj sehwag n zaheer.

  • BROKEN HEART on September 25, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Dear Karthik September 25, 2009 6:03 AM india doesnt hav all the trophies in ther bag...they shared the champions trophy in 2002 they didnt win it...so it doesnt count...pls keep that in mind thanx

  • muhammad on September 25, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    I think we must play asif against india in place of rana navid;rest of playing eleven shud stay unchanged n all players must focus on fielding.

  • Imran on September 25, 2009, 8:59 GMT

    PCB should Drop Malik and Misbah permanently as they play pathetically, cheaply and without any confidence on themselves. Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam and Razzaq should be given chance. Akmal and Alam should be the opening pair for at least 10-15 ODIs so they can settle, where Akmal already is well set.

  • Moss on September 25, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Looking strong team deosnt mean will win the cup! its the way you show courage even a weak team e.g. Kenya in 2003 worldcup qualify for semis so keep it up Green shirts !!!!

  • Imran on September 25, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    For country's sake DROP Malik and misbah as they are liabilities for Pak team. They have not performed in a long time! I would bring Razzaq who is ever reliable. My selection for Pak Xl would be: 1Akmal 2Alam 3Y Khan 4U Akmal 5Yousuf 6Afridi 7Razzaq 8Naveed 9Gul 10Asif 11Aamer Afridi

  • Muhammad Ali on September 25, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    @nabeel ahmed Please be more broad minded. We are all Pakistani. No one in the team has come up with the clumsy conclusion that you have made. There is no issue like punabi or pathan in the team... unless one is habitual of seeing things in that perspective. Peace

  • Jawad Ali on September 25, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    It would be unfair to Pk team to use the words like Luck or lottery for their win against WI.

    Also i would disagree with the columnist on his assessment of the pitch being more dangerous in the 1st inning. Infact the ball was more bouncy in the 2nd one and WI bowlers for the first time in their lives were swinging the ball wildly.

    Younus khan has never been that effective for our top order batting. His career stats proves that he better should retire from ODI.

    @Broken heart and others speaking in support of Salman butt well here are some statistics... His average in last series was 22. His best ODI avg is against BD i.e. 96... the next two are also against Asian teams on dead sub-continent's pitches. How can he ever play on S.A. tracks? His Test Avg is merely 28 and he has not scored a single century for almost four years now and the average is on a declining mode. Salman butt can not use his feet effectively thats and thats one interesting reason why he HAS NEVER BEEN STUMPED!

  • Haroon Rasheed Butt on September 25, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Well it was absolute a matter of luck that Pakistan won agaist a club level team. Afridi was absolutely proved himself kind of those people who made their plans a week before and never change them. I still cant understand the reason for allowing teams to score more than 100 where we already had 6 or 7 down before 50 runs. Sometimes I feel it is just in the honour of their opponents. Icc once again tried its best to give Pakistan a shock by selecting a wicket which in my opinion was absolutely dangerous. Welldone South Africa great hosts always select wickets for their own choice. Best of Luck for the next matches as i still believe that Pakistan can win this tropy without losing a single match provided that Misbah and Malik are droped. Yousaf is playing his last big tournament so let him play with all his weakness.

  • nabeel ahmed on September 25, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    pak vs we, is not that a nice victory as i can say that pak will have to beat them with a marginally runrate but they dont beat them impressvely as far as our team member is consirened misbah ul haq , shoaib malik and other punjabis playes is takin down the captaincy of afridi they dont perform that well since younis and afridi is there as a captain they should have to if they want to win this champions trophy and get this to our home pak and they should have to play combindly otherwise we will defainatly get beat from india and aus in our matches....otherwise take misbah out from the team and put fawad alam in the team ..

  • Mudassar Siddiq on September 25, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Umer Akmal`s performance has proved it yet again that Pakistan is much better off without Big names like Younis, Misbah etc.

  • Raheel on September 25, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Pakistan will win against india inshallah.Team is good batting need to have some confidence to break the shakle of low scores. Induction of younas would be plus sign.we need to be more aggresive in approach.

  • Ali Yasir on September 25, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    Its true that a win is a win and Pak may be a victory away the semis but is it really a victory worth celebrating? Afridi needs to be criticized for letting the Windies off the hook at 47/7. Whether its inexperience, error of judgement or his ego getting the best of him, the Windies should have been dismissed within the next 20 to 30 runs. The fast bowlers could have been brought back once the spinners didn't make a mark. Coming to the batting, the whole talk about the middle order not firing is fine but the real problem remains at the top. I think the Pak team missed a trick by not trying Fawad Alam as an opener in one of the warm up games. Kamran having scored against SriLanka could have been rested (in batting) and Alam and Nazir put head to head in fighting for the second opening slot. In the middle, no brainer, Misbah has to go to make way for Younis, wouldn't drop Yousuf just yet. Sat should be a good contest but the bowlers can't win it alone.

  • Nazimudding Rangela on September 25, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    India is decidedly much stronger and experienced team that depleted West Indies that Pakistan overcame on Wednesday.

    While Pakistan's bowling seemed solid, batting is vulnerable and much to be desired in the fielding.

    India's bowling and batting look pretty good on paper but fielding is as poor as Pakistan's.

    India go into the Saturday's contest as fancied team but Pakistan are sitting pretty and need just a win to qualify for the semis from the group.

    There is no doubt cricket is a funny game and what happens on a given day nobody can forecast with certainty.

    With Australia, host South Africa and India being termed as favourites, my gut feeling is underdogs Sri Lanka, a fighting unit, can surprise all.

  • Zain on September 25, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    Why is it that Pakistan team always has great back of bowlers and we find new promising bowlers being tried out ever so often BUT at the same time, new promising BATSMEN who can be able replacements are so so few. The batsmen who control the team(Caption and vice caption are usualy batsmen) dont allow fresh talent to come in to the team becauase they dont want to be fighting for their positions with younger players. Here again is a situation where the batsman including younis, yousaf, malik and misbah have created a strong alliance and group in the team who is dominating the team selection. PCB must develop a better selection system which reduces the senior player power and allows new talent talent to come in. PCB has to stop this unfair system where all new emerging batsmen are not allowed to settle in the team because they are always sent as openers on difficult pitches. HOw is it fair that a new batsmen with no intl experience is thrown into the fire as openers on swinging tracks

  • faisal on September 25, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    asak all , after listening to such a wide variety of supporters i'd say that i'm enlightened.it is indeed strange to see the reactions of the public to afridi's captainacy ranging from "exceptional" to"pathetic", i'd say that overall he was ok with the captainacy but the decision to bowl himself(when the pacers could have wrapped up windies for 60-70) was hyorrific and nearly cost pakistan the match. About the next game i'd say that pakistan should stick with malik who averages 34+ in ODI's as compared to many others who average under 25(though he didn't score much against windies he looked in good touch and was timing the ball),give nazir another chance(i know people would think i'm foolish but my point is that he can change the pace of the game just like virendra sehwag or afridi) and should drop misbah for younis khan (it would be a bit harsh) as to the best of my memory misbah hasn't made a match winning knock for pakistan in ages besides he really struggles against west indies

  • Ali Yasir on September 25, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Its true that a win is a win and Pak may be a victory away the semis but is it really a victory worth celebrating? Afridi needs to be criticized for letting the Windies off the hook at 47/7. Whether its inexperience, error of judgement or his ego getting the best of him, the Windies should have been dismissed within the next 20 to 30 runs. The fast bowlers could have been brought back once the spinners didn't make a mark. Coming to the batting, the whole talk about the middle order not firing is fine but the real problem remains at the top. I think the Pak team missed a trick by not trying Fawad Alam as an opener in one of the warm up games. Kamran having scored against SriLanka could have been rested (in batting) and Alam and Nazir put head to head in fighting for the second opening slot. In the middle, no brainer, Misbah has to go to make way for Younis, wouldn't drop Yousuf just yet. Sat should be a good contest but the bowlers can't win it alone.

  • Hassan Sadiq on September 25, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Firstly to put all the Misbah haters at rest Misbah has an ODI Average of 39 with a Strike rate of 81 the 2nd highest after Yousaf with 42 (players with over 500 ODI runs). As usual most of the people have asked these two or one of them to be dropped clearly they do not have any understanding of cricket. Misbah has a great temprement and has scored in both the warm up matches and should defintely be in the side if anything drop Imran Nazir as he is useless ask malik to open the batting and slot in Younis Khan at three. Fawad Alam will get his chance we should stop this undue attraction with youngsters let them get exposire and pay their dues in the domestic circuit and then Play for Pakistan, Misbah has paid his dues and earned the right to represent Pakistan and has performed nobody can go and make a hundred each time so people need to relax.

    Kamran Akmal Shoaib Malik Younis Khan M. Yousuf Misbah Ul Haq Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Rana Naved Umar Gul M. Aamir Saeed Ajmal

  • Ranas on September 25, 2009, 7:16 GMT

    My team for match against would be

    KAMRAN SHOAIB YOUNUS YOUSUF UMAR MISBAH AFRIDI RANA GUL AJMAL AMIR

    PAKISTAN WILL WIN AGAINST INDIA IF EVERYONE GIVE 100% PERFORMANCE....

  • Hassan Sadiq on September 25, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    Firstly to put all the Misbah haters at rest Misbah has an ODI Average of 39 with a Strike rate of 81 the 2nd highest after Yousaf with 42. As usual most of the people have asked these two or one of them to be dropped clearly they do not have any understanding of cricket. Misbah has a great temprement and has scored in both the warm up matches and should defintely be in the side if anything drop Imran Nazir as he is useless ask malik to open the batting and slot in Younis Khan at three.

  • Talha Bin Ali on September 25, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    I think Asif's selection is biased. He should have been given adequate time along with Yousuf in the domestic circle.I would go for dropping Shoaib Malik and opt for Razzaq. Further giving a chance to Shoaib Akhtar can be helpful in the next series. For opners I would go for Imran Farhat, Khalid Manzoor and Imran Nazir(high risk)

  • AR on September 25, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    honestly it's too early to comment on SA's leadership qualitis. but some postiv signs. i hope and pay electors give him some time to groom as the next captain.

  • Mark on September 25, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Since you have Shahid Afridi and Shoaib malik in the side as spin bowling all rounders, I wonder why pakistan are too keen to have Saeed ajmal in South African condition. Great waste!! instead why not include Mohamed Asif icase of bowling friendly track ahead of Rana Naveed. and Fawad alam incase of batting friendly track instead of Saeed Ajmal.

  • Bouncers & Yorkers on September 25, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    younus or afridi both are the good captains and have a very talented players in their side who can perform well in ground against any team. @ absar whatever you say and do Pakistan will defeat india on saturday Inshalla, suggest, indian should concentrate against WI or Aus for staying in champions trophy till Semi finals.

  • amir on September 25, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    team should be like this trust me 1,kamran akmal bat/keeping 2,imran nazir bat 3,younis khan bat /bowl 4,shoaib malik bat/bowl 5,misbah ul haq bat 6,umar akmal bat 7,shaid afridi bat/bowl 8,rana naveed bat/bowl 9,umergul bowl 10,aamir bowl 11,ajmel bowl 12 or extra men yousef field first,field perfectly,keep pressure on new players and keep low score, win is in pakistan hand..

  • ReD LiTe on September 25, 2009, 6:04 GMT

    afridi and younus are boths the good captains and Pakistan cricket is well balance side in media and as well as field. @absar, whatever you say and do Pakistan will defeat India on satuday's game. suggest india should concentrate against WI and aus. for staying in champions tropy's semi finals

  • Karthik on September 25, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Hello Broken heart, We already have all the trophies in our Bag. Its India the country to have all. Please have us in your mind when you write somewhere else. Karthik

  • manzoor ahmad dar on September 25, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    A/A mujay lagta hai ki Pakistan aur India ek hi group mai nahi honay chahiay, agar Pak toss jeet gaya to us ko chahiay ki phalay batting karay, kunki pak nay aj tak nahi chase kiay hai koi bhi score low total or highest total. oping ke likay Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi ki ana chahiay, wo phalay 15 overs mai 130 tak lay jaye gay scores ko, bad mai middle order ko asani ho jagay gi. Aur target 285 kafi hai.

  • Umar Qadeer on September 25, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    In my opinion, Misbah should be dropped for Younis in the match against India. The rest of the combination is good enough to compete in this big match. Pakistan need to forget about their past record against India in all the ICC events and should play positive and aggressive cricket, All players need to give their 100% as Pakistan is in badly need of a victory in this particular game. Pakistani nation cant bear a defeat against india and will never forgive them for that. Mohummad Yousaf was unlucky to be given out against West Indies, he was playing very nicely and he will be the key for pakistan in this match. Best of luck pakistani team.

  • Muhammad Umar on September 25, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    My Team against India............... 1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Younis Khan 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Muhammad Yousaf 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Rana Naveed 9. Muhammad Aamir 10. Umar Gul 11. Muhammad Asif and agianst Austarlia.... One Change Only Rana Out and Ajmal Inn

  • Muhammad Umar on September 25, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    I have my all doubts reserved on Shahid Afridi's captaincy. I saw his captaincy skills in Domestic Games. He is emotional and with lose temprament. these two things can be counted as Qualities and as well Weaknesses depends on scenario. I remembered when Younis was made captain every one was praising Yunis and that Decision. But what Happened.......... It is Pakistani Nation Bhai jee. Charhatee be bohat jaldi hae aor utar kae phaikti be utni he jalldi hae......

  • manazir on September 25, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    a +ve approach for the tournament, bowlers done te best. the next is the best tough for them, need to concentrate more on battingit is good to see that open by malik and imran nazir, some times kamaran akmal will strengthened the late middle order with aggressive format i like to see the batting order as follows shob malik and imran nazir (open) younus khan mohamed yousuf umer akmal kamaran akmal shahid afridi naveed ul hasan mohamed aamer umer gul saheed ajmal

    ther is no need to change the bowling team with india. asif will be smart but others are accurate and performed well on recent past again aus and sl fawad alam is a good batsman but he is not a good allrounder, he should be wait out until his bowling will get in to work

    wish all the best for the entire pak team for the title.

  • Hasan Cheema, Daska, Sialkot,. Pakistan on September 25, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    i think we have found a pakistani ricky ponting 'the way umar played a beautiful combination of defense and agrassion

  • meer from USA on September 25, 2009, 3:31 GMT

    Lets hope people of both countries can ventilate thier hates onto the TV screens and bring down the mercury of grudges. Indian team has an definit edge, they have played almost 3 times then Pakistan, their batting and fielding is predictable. It will be very disappointing for more then 1 billion people if India looses but on the other hand Pakistan need this win at all cost as the war on Terror and apathetic leaders had made ordinary Pakistanis life a living hell. So this win would be means alot during these times. I hope India and Pakistani teams will resume games against each other and defeat hate and grudges and promote cricket rather then politics and hidden agendas.

  • Raja on September 25, 2009, 3:26 GMT

    @broken heart: Salman butt is a liability these days, it's a good thing they dropped him. He has turned into a complete non-performer.

    As many have suggested, the batting has to click and we probably should not get over-board. Do we seriously think that with this sort of batting performance, we stand a chance against aussies and the other big teams ? This isn't twenty-20. You can recover from a collapse with high probability in twenty-20 but not in 50 over cricket. If the batting woes continue, I am afraid we don't have a realistic chance . . . let us hope for the best but the fans should be prepared for the worst

  • illi on September 25, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, u r again too optimistic... Don't know y this Imran Nazir has been selected on a seaming wicket... That means No stable opening combination for Pakistan again in the near future.. & have a look at Misbah, he can't judge singles, he can't play on seaming tracks, he can't hit sixes on bigger grounds; he is at his end, for God sake get him out somehow.. Like u I believe had it been Pakistan playing 1st, it would have been a replay of that fateful Ireland Match in WC 2007... I am fed up watching this nonsense ill planning, immature cricket & above all the total biased selection which seems so obvious now, by the influence of our "worthy PCB".. Ok we won T20, but that was just 3 good matches, & it was just "T-20"... Me as a traditionalist love ODI (in its original format) and tests, & I get so hurt in the core of my heart, when I see Pakistan playing well below their potential in Tests & ODI, particularly when there is so much talent being wasted... lolzzz

  • Samad on September 25, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    wow! what an interesting game!! The bowlers as I thought they would be were terrific. I agree that they should have probably played Asif against the West Indies. Weaker opposotion would have been a perfect test to see what sort of form and fitness he could produce at this level of tournament. I would be alot more nervous throwing him in against India or Australia. However a win against India would be a good chance to see Asif thrown in against the Aussies for the final group game.

    Only change I would make is dropping Misbah, who looked his age. I see his time coming to an end very soon. The emergence of Umar Akmal and return of Yousef means that barring some sort of remarkable return to form, Misbah must make way for the teams future.

    Btw...kudos to Shahid Afridi for captaining from the front. He became a legend much too early in his career. Now finally he is going to get a chance to earn that status.

  • Tahir khan on September 25, 2009, 1:14 GMT

    Yousuf should have been dropped from ODI long time ago. His pathetic selfish batting has contributed to several defeats. Both Misbah and Yousuf have very defensive technique put undue pressure on batting. Both should be dropped and Younis and Fawad Alam should come in. I don't agree that Pakistan is one win away from semifinals. It is still a long way to go.

    TK

  • turabh on September 25, 2009, 0:54 GMT

    afridi's captaincy is not that good. when west indies were 47-7 and both umar gul and mohammed aamer were threating to bowl them out under 60, he introduced himself. even after going for boundaries in the first over he was persistent. And the batting collapsed like always. if pakistan would have batted first, this would have been another loss just like against ireland. I don't think Javed Miandad gave them enough practise on makeshift bouncy pitches in pakistan.

  • rashid on September 25, 2009, 0:32 GMT

    congrats.I would like to see one change in pakistan side which is Imran Nazir who will be replaced by Asif and the new opening partner of Kamran Akmal will be Shoib Malik because India struggle against Asif.

  • Hassan on September 25, 2009, 0:25 GMT

    Pakistan is going to win this 100% if they bat first. and if they bowl first 50 %

  • redneck on September 25, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    simply i think the pakistan bowling was good and their batting woeful! however some credit must go to gavin tounge, he may be a C grade bowler but that was some spell to capture 4 wickets of which were all decent batsmen, i dont think many other sides would have done much better facing that spell. @ Umair at September 24, 2009 3:29 PM this is very early season to be playing in south africa, the centurion pitch is probably under done and in jo'berg (where pakistan played) they only have 2 pitches for the whole series so the groundsman needed to leave some more grass on it so the pitches would last the distance! nothing sinister!

  • Anil on September 25, 2009, 0:15 GMT

    I do not think, too much should be read into Pakistan stumbling or win against Windies. They should see how they perform against a developing, depleted Indian side? Then the greater test against Australians. That would truly show if Pakistan has started to believe in themselves to win against the best. However credit must be given to Young Akmal the way he handled himself coz though at best a z string team, but it has some good bowlers who bowl good pace. Anyhoo, By Saturday day end, answer should come.

  • Assad on September 24, 2009, 23:41 GMT

    For all the gentlemen on this forum advocating salman butt's inclusion in the side, I would like to point to his absolutely horrible recent record in all forms of the game. He is a gutless,self-satisfied cricketer who simply does not have the dedication or the talent to progress to the top level of cricketers. If we give Imran Nazir the amount of chances that have been given to Salman Butt, I am pretty sure his brand of hitting will come off at some stage. It is a sad situation because quite clearly neither Butt nor Nazir are permanent solutions to the problem. Butt, with his selfish, snail-paced batting (except on the flat sub-continental wickets) and Nazir with his wild adventurous slogging. Are there no other openers in Pakistan other than Nazir, Butt, Farhat and Taufeeq Umar?For this tournament Younis Khan should stick with Imran Nazir( so that he can't complain that he didn't get enough chances) and besides...do we have anyone else lined up who can lay a claim to the opening spot?

  • Imran on September 24, 2009, 23:17 GMT

    People are comparing Younis with great IK, he's not a good captain, he has been lucky to have skilled players and it was individual briallance that won us 20, similarly Afridi's didn't go for the kill, he let the game slip away when WI were 7/47 down, please don't get your hopes high, he's the same Afridi who has done nothing to improve batting average despite been given like hundreds of chances,people should not get their hopes high. Just hope for the best

  • Imran on September 24, 2009, 23:09 GMT

    Yes our batsman did play bad but we have to remember it was a seaming and difficult track to bat on. I play cricket in New Zealand and Australia at competitive level, I know it's very hard and requires a lot of skill and luck to survive seaming tracks. Reading most of the comments above have disappointed me, give our senior players a break, Misbah is an awesome batsman and he's going through a bad patch, he has been under a lot of pressure. It was not long when everyone was praising him and now they think he's bad. Yousuf got out to a bad decision. To be fair what has Younis done in the past year in batting, Afridi has been around for almost a decade if he contributed to T20 win that's good but people should not criticise quality batsman like Misbah and Yousuf, specially ones who just watch it and have absolutely no idea about competitive cricket yet they say lot of non sense. Best of luck to Pakistan team.

  • nkishore on September 24, 2009, 23:05 GMT

    pakistan is the most unpredictable team and only as a pak of foxes they can win the matches if they are united otherwise they will wither under pressure and make a mockery of themselves...

  • Ashfaq on September 24, 2009, 22:44 GMT

    Yes Abbasi you are right, as Ramiz said Some Senior Batsman looked like they never hold a bat. I think yousaf was ok with a strike rate of 74, shoaib malik was ok with the situation, whereas kamran looked out of sorts. Main failure is Misbah, he was not going anywhere. I think he should be dropped to give way to younis against India. Not sure about Imran Nazir, he may prove match winner but Fawad Alam is a safe choice if they opt for shoaib mailk and kamran opening the innings. Younis, Yousaf, Fawad, Umar, Afridi, Rana, Gul, Saeed, Aamir is my choice of team against India. Muhammad Asif is a gamble which we should avoid.

  • Aurangzeb Akhtar on September 24, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    The biggest problem Pakistan faces is consistency at top of the order . I would rather bring the players with the best First class average in top order . With Fawad and Umar Akmal having average above 50 , it would make sense to let them open , followed by Rest of the team . Here is my lineup

    Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Younis Khan Muhammad Yusuf Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal Gul Aamer Asif Ajmal

  • Jibran Khizar on September 24, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Big tourney history shows dat when ever we take relatively bad start WE WIN!!.. so chill guys and lets enjoy the thrilling encounter on this coming Saturday...

  • Rashid Khan on September 24, 2009, 21:28 GMT

    Conratulations aside, Pakistan missed a trick in this game. The pitch was green top and it was an excellent opportunity to play Asif to give him match practice and evaluate his match fitness. Shahid should have played Asif instead of Saeed Ajmal. Though Saeed needs to play against India in Centurion but this was a great opportunity to play 4 seamers. Now you cannot replace Umer Gul, Naveed or Aamer - it seems Asif may not play any game at all unless one of these bowlers get an injury or their form slides maically.

  • AbbasPakFan on September 24, 2009, 21:20 GMT

    Afridi should lead in ODI and T20 cricket. It will boost our chances for the 2011 campaign. He has an aura about him that even when he does not perform, he demands respect and gets it. I did not like the performance against a low level Windies. It looked like hard work. 47/7 should have had the curtains drawing already. Keep Malik in the lower middle order. Imran Nazir had a fair chance... 130 run target... he should have played 150 balls if need be to get a score and justify his selection. Grow up Nazir... look at Afridi... Asif should have played... good match practice before India. However, it can prove to be a good ploy if they did not want to expose his bowling to the Indians, and use him as a secret weapon. Amer is amazing. Yusuf got a tough call, but comeon MOYO its been a long time since you scored. (barring Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.)

    Keep your head up and always play BRAVE. that is when you are most dangerous Pakistan!

    Go and bring it home!

  • syed sajid hafeez (phoenix, Arizona) on September 24, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    i wish Pakistan best of luck in the clash against India, this game is not only the matter of points but our pride which we got from Lords is also in the hands of our stars. well i think Mohammad asif should get a chance to play against India instead of Saeed ajaml. i am pretty much agree with broken heart that salman butt should have been in the squad...but still best of luck to them again!!! :D COMMON STARS ITS TIME TO SHINE!!!

  • desihungama on September 24, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    The other question is who will make way for Asif the Great?

    Sheraz-

    You wouldn't want to see Gul, Aamer and Asif running in tandem?

    I think it would be treat.

  • desihungama on September 24, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Why in the world Umer Akmal is not opening?

    Very Poor order of playing 11.

  • broken heart on September 24, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    well...not a good performance against windies..i really miss salman butt....how can they drop such a good player..but anyways best of luck pakistan...win this trophy....this is the only icc cup which we dont have in our bag...if we win this cup, i think we will b the first team to have all ICC trophes.....cheers

  • safwan on September 24, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    without being too pessimistic, lets not expect too much from this side, i mean yes they r a committed bunch under younis, but it was torturous to see our batsmen struggle against an average westindian quickie, difficult to imagine what would have happened on this pitch against the australians. for us 2 have any chance of going thru to the semifinals, the batting has to click, and click quick.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on September 24, 2009, 19:39 GMT

    Afridi almost cost the match for Pakistan, it was simple, 47/7, finish the game man, go for the kill man. Please see Imran Khan in world cup 1992, what he did, to win the cup. Perhaps, younis khan can make a phone call to Imran, and then play right combinations against India and Austrailia. Players with averages in mid 20's like that of Imran Nazir, afridi are simply ordinary players, and those in mid 30's like malik and misbah are slightly better. Anwar, Inzi, yousuf are all 40 plus average player, hence they perform mostly. I feel Fawad Alam should come as opener with Kamran Akmal, with the batting in following order, younis khan, mohd yousuf, umar akmal, shahid afridi, rana, asif, amir, ajmal & umer gul. I promise Fawad Alam will compensate for both Misbah & Shoaib malik. 3 pace men, will mentally kill the opposition, and two geniune spinners will be just brutal. This is my team, mohd yousuf, umer akmal, younis will anchor the team between 10-40 overs, after a solid start.

  • Sitarah Anjum - London on September 24, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling was good but batting was wobbling. It reminded me of last word cup match against IR. They were lucky to have won this game against a weak WI. They had to earn the win. Openers and middle order batsmen were disappointing. It’s a shame that senior players can't do what a rookie like Umar Akmal did! When would they learn to bat according to the wicket and situation?? Miandad must make a note of it. Afridi should have continued with fast bowlers even if he wanted to give himself and Ajmal practice then 6 overs b/w them were enough. WI should not have been allowed to pass 100 in the first place. Afridi was either egoistic or unwise but he motivated the team so congrats to him and Pak. Mishab has become a liability and its time he must leave as he thinks he's an automatic choice. Asif should come in place of Misbah. My playing 11 Vs Ind would be: Kamran Akmal Shoib Malik Younis Khan Mohd Yousaf Fawad Alam Umar Akmal Shaid Afridi Rana Naved Mohd Asif Mohd Aamir Saeed Ajmal

  • Bilal on September 24, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    "his aggressive approach as Pakistan sensed a rout."

    You're kidding right? I sppreciate your columns and more often than not they hit the mark. But this time I ask again, you're kidding right?

    His aggressive approach as Pakistan sensed a rout? After 47/7, I saw no urgency what so ever. It was frustrating to watch. It did not even look like they were making an effort to get the Windies all out for as low a score as possible. Aamer and Gul had three wickets each and three overs left and one wonders why they were not brought on to wipe off the tail Bringing them back would have been an aggressive approach. instead he kept on bowling himself, gave away a boundary an over on average, took the least wickets and surprisingly, bowled the most overs!!

    I was happy with the win and was looking for the positives, but with all due respect, you turning away from the negative forced me to be this critical.

  • faisal on September 24, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    I think Saleem is right. Misbah looks out of sorts and his position should be given to Umar who paces his innings better than most of the Pakistani batsmen.

  • Dr Rafay Khan on September 24, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    I think Afridi flighted the ball quite a lot and he also bowled a bit slow, he is a quikish legspinner whose main weapon is topspinners, had be bowled his normal self with the field set for topspinners rather than flighted legspinners outside off stump, Windies would have been bundled out for 70 or 80 max.

  • kamran qureshi on September 24, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    I still believe in specialist for 50 overs.I think current Pakistan side can win anyside if their openers can give 50+ start.Our bowling always have performed and this one is no different.Aamir,Umer looked great and I would play Ajmal on any surface.I agree Malik should open with Kamran,even Younis can open with Kamran.(remember Younis came as an opener).Asif can replace Rana Naveed.Pakistan never wins if it comes down to no 7 or 8 position allrounder to deliver.This time around our top 6 to 7 order batsmen have to perform and trust me bowlers will do their part.

  • Amir M. M. on September 24, 2009, 18:59 GMT

    Afridi was not a good captain in this match. Folks please stop praising mediocre performance from Afridi (they were playing against a very weak team that was beaten comprehensively by Bangladesh). If Afridi was a good agressive captain then he should have gone for the kill instead he preferred his bowling over pacers. This sort of performance will not get them anywhere. These days either you should have talent or skills to beat your opponents. Pak does not have batting talent so they have to use skills - for that you need smart captain/manager.

  • Ahad on September 24, 2009, 18:59 GMT

    next match, rana should play, remove yousuf or misbah, asif shouldnt play because if he come he will remove a batsman who we need. our batting line-up weak so we need batsmen. nazir should play and malik should n ever come as opener as he is not good and not suited for in that position. Play Rana, he is all-rounder. so in my opinion, same XI but no misbah or Yousuf in place of Younis.

  • lal anar on September 24, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    Lets talk about TOSS for Sat game folks. If Pak wins the TOSS should they bat first ? ( obviously PAK always likes to bat first ) but i think if India wins the TOSS they will make Pak to bat first. I think India is good in chasing.

  • Ahad on September 24, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    First of all welcome back Pak Spin. Secondly, i believe there were many mistakes in the game and can be improved for Indo-Pak.

    1.Remove Mohammed Yousuf from the team and put in Younis Khan. I would say both are equally good but YK is a better fielder, better runner between the wickets, rotates strike and above all.. a good captain. 2. Keep Imran Nazir as opener or bring another specialist like Ahmed Shehzad or Shahzaib Ahmed. DO NOT make the mistake of bringing malik into opener position. he is good at number 3 and he will fail as opener. And plus Imran Nazir, even if he gets 30-40 runs its good enough, because he is very fast. 3. Asif i believe shouldnt play against India. No match practice and also if he comes in he will take out a batsman. our batting line-up has failed and therefore we need extra batsman. My XI for the next game:

    Nazir Kamran Malik Younis Yousuf Misbah Umar Afridi Aamer Gul Ajmal

  • lal anar on September 24, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    love all comments. Asif is always good against India. Like Salam Butt bats good against India. I am sure Asif will play on Sat. Rana is always expensive against India. Shoaib Malik is playing good. He scored 130 in warm up match, thats the good sign of good form. Yunus Khan still has no confidence in Fawad Alam. We have seen Yunus not using Fawad in T20 except 1 costly over, bad luck for Fawad that time. Rana will be out for sure against India.

  • Asrar on September 24, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Guys just ignore this article because pakistan can never become a WI or Zim. The following is my team which i firmly believe can win the trophy if they play the way they can play. 1)Imran Nazir 2)Kamran Akmal 3)Younis Khan 4)Mohammad yousuf 5)Shoaib Malik 6)Umar Akmal 7)Shahid Afridi 8)Rana Naved 9)Umar Gul 10)Mohammed Aamer 11)Saeed Ajmal/Mohammed Asif(Depending upon pitch)

    You need shoaib malik in the team because he is the only one who can bowl few overs if any bowler is having a bad day.

  • alamgir khan on September 24, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    first of all thanks to ALLAH that we won the match aganinst a weak team of w.indies because we lost five wkts on 76.but umar akmal and shahid afridi play a responsible innings.but the big question is that who will be drop for younis and asif because the boys played very well in the first game,but in my point of view misbah should be drop for younis not imran nazir.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on September 24, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    Is it the habituated tendency to cut the bowl outside the off stump whenever Pakistan batsmen use to play against opponent bowlers ? It has been performing for many years to touch bowl throwing the valuable wickets for taking a foolish shot something like needless, immaturely, unnecessarily. Pakistani Batsmen were very much lucky that they could have been all out under 100 runs while chasing low scoring targeted just 134 runs made by west-indies. So, if the Paki batsmen take needless foolish shot which was not extremely important for team, it would cost few more valuable wickets thrown away next remaining matches-- especially India & the professional Aussie. Pakistan team require more disciplined, honest integrity, crucial responsibilities when they will be chasing or batting first of any match. And finally, they should respect each other with showing their true patriotism not comparing or differing the captaincy whoever he is-- either Younus Khan or Shahid Afridi.

  • Salman on September 24, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    For IndiaVsPak match, the key would be winning the toss. If toss winner bats first and hold their nerve for the first 15 overs and not throw away their wickets can put on a big total. It would be difficult to chase a big total under the lights.

  • Fahad Ullah Khan on September 24, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Afridi is agressive captain & he proved It... I think Afridi should continue his captaincy in remaining matches coz I've seen his agressive captaainship in domestic tournament...

  • Shoaib on September 24, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    All Pakistan batsmen are so inconsistent that it is hard to select one over the other. I don't understand what difference in batting it will make to add Younus. I would really hate to see Imran Nazir get dropped. If he gives a good start, the match is over. I would want to drop Misbah and Yousuf (on current form) and add Fawad Alam and younus khan (just cause he's the captain). If inclusion of Misbah and Yousuf is a given, then Pakistan cricket is still backdated as we still go by the stature of players and not on performance.

    ASIF: No one knows how hes bowling, but probably the team management would be able to tell from practice sessions and experience that is he good enough to replace Rana? I don't see any other changes in the bowling department. I think Asif will be left out, cause if he was playing, probably would had played against West Indies.

  • Owais on September 24, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan!! Is just so happens that Pakistan always get the green top against weaker oppositions!! I think the team should remain the same except for Younis in for Misbah. M. Yousuf got a terrible decision from the umpire, he looked good otherwise. Asif should continue to sit on the bench like he is now, I dont know who picked him in the squad; He should've atleast played a few domestic game after the ban was lifed to be even considered for selection. I would replace Asif with Razzaq any day of the week simply because Asif has been sitting around without any cricket for over a year....

  • Mesam Shah on September 24, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    If somebody ask from me that who is the luckiest cricketer in all time cricket history I shall say that it is Shahid Afridi,God bless him with many qualities the biggest quality is that every pakistani truly love and beleive on him.I pray for him that in coming years Shahid bhai will improve more perfomance Inshallah.

  • Abdullah on September 24, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    The victory was always welcome, but it was more of a relief. Umar akmal showed his class, but Afridi still needs to mature in terms of leading a team. I'm not saying I can handle his job better than he can, but I still think that he should have gone for the kill with the pacers when the score was 47-7. He should have atleast taken himself off the attack, if not ajmal. We were expecting a comfortable 7-8 wicket win but our seniors didn't perform while batting. Nazir should be dropped for Younis and Misbah for fawad alam.we could see better performances against India and Australia.

  • danny on September 24, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    come on guys,it was a lucky spree against a WI C team.be realistic, this Pakistan side is not going to make any miracle against India or Aussies

  • mk49 on September 24, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Too much hulla-gulla about this post. Look, this is a so-so Pakistan team. The batting is OK, the bowling is improving. It was closer game than expected with the Windies. It will also be a close game with India - they are without Zaheer, Viru, and Yuvraj. 60-40 India.

  • danny on September 24, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    come on guys,it was a lucky spree against a WI C team.be realistic, this Pakistan side is not going to make any miracle against India or Aussies

  • Ikhlas Ahmed on September 24, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Hey guys! First of all big respect to Pakistan for giving the biased ICC a slap in the face by lifting the 20/20 world cup!They tried starving us for 2 years of cricket, but we still came and smashed it! They should know, we muslims are used to fastin :D haha The ICL was a blessing in disguise for us, because big names went there, allowing new stars to be born. Now the experience is back, we have the team of the tournament by far! Openers.. Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal

    Middle Order.. Younis Khan Mohammed Yousuf Umar Akmal Misbah Ul Haq

    All-rounders... Abdul Razzak Shahid Afridi Rana Naved Fawad Alam

    Bowlers... Umar Gul Mohammed Asif Mohammed Aamer Sohail Tanvir Shoaib Akhtar Saaed Ajmal

    Raw Talent thats what makes you a Pakistani!!! GOOD LUCK!!! Ikhlas - England - Bradford

  • Koushik Biswas on September 24, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Eid Mubarak all my Pakistani friends, looking forward to the old intensity from Saturday clash... whoever wins, it is a game, and should not breed ill wills. Pakistan in unpredictable, India is weakened. Pakistan has exciting characters, India has some greenhorns thrown in with some pros. Imagine Sehwag and Yuvraj both out of the team due to injuries at the same time when we do not have Zaheer in the office. That's what I call triple whammy. Young Akmal is a great find, Pakistan should let him bloom - he should not be overly criticized if he fails for a few times. Afridi is unstoppable when he plays with responsibility. It's indeed going to be a clash amongst titans. Do not underestimate Dravid friends. Sachin has an uncanny knack of stepping it up against Pakistan. Gambhir would want to prove a point, and Ishant is on the same boat. You guys shouls play Asif - he must be itching to perform. Jai Ho!

  • Nileshkumar on September 24, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Both younis and afridi are bad statesman for Pak team. No one would take so much pressure on themselves by making outrageous statements.. I mean .. common, Afridi thinks the current Pak side is stronger than that played in 2003 WC..!!! What an insult to legends like Wasim-Waqar and Pak greats like Inzy, Saeed, Saqlain...! And don't forget the fastest bowler too...

  • nasir on September 24, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    Malik has no place in team, he should go when Younis returns. I will also argue that Naved should be replaced by Asif, and that should have been tried in WestIndies match. Asif is a much better bowler.

  • imtiaz from Canada on September 24, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    I really think it is a hit and miss thing with pakistan as we are match winning team when we have a good day other then that our batting lacks the commitment the way they go chasing after the ball makes me wounder. I really think this is a mental thing i really think all these guy know everything and are being told everythin but the application and mental toughness is not there.

    they need to play fearless and could beat the world best 11 as well.

    come on boyz lets win this for all

    play with the zeal to perform amd play with good shot selection

    pakistan Zindabaad

  • khalil on September 24, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    Cricket has always been a chance game. We should not worry because we cannot change that attitude of the game. Especially when making the No 2 team in ODI,s labelled as chokers & Eng the pioneer of cricket, waiting so long to win the WC of cricket.We should give more chances to youngsters & cut to size those not giving thier 100 per cent irrespective of their stature. Encourage the likes of Aamer, Akmal & Fawads. In the long run it will be better for our cricket.

  • lurockz on September 24, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    india going to crash pakistan out............ njoy the game.

  • Osama From Paris on September 24, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    My pakistan XI vs India wd b..

    1. Kamran Akmal 2. Shoaib Malik 3. Yunus Khan (capt) 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Fawad Alam/ Misbah ul haq 7. Shahid Khan Afridi 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Umar Gul 10.Mohammad Asif 11.Mohammad Aamer

    if Pakistan play wid this XI InshAllah they will definately win the match vs india ..

    Wht do u think guys?

  • PakFan on September 24, 2009, 16:52 GMT

    Kami bhai - one more comment (sorry).

    Also I think we should not put too much pressure and expectation on Umar Akmal. Great he is a good potential for Pakistan but he's not a Javed, Inzi yet. Go easy on him, let him play his natural game and we should be banking on him to win us the India game.

  • PakFan on September 24, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Couple of delima for the next game : 1. Younis is back - who to drop ? Misbah ? But would be a gamble since not all the youngsters (Umar, Ajmal etc) have played in high stake, arch rival vs India Games. Misbah some how clicks well against India (of course not when it comes to taking the winning runs - memory that still hurts)

    2. Whether to play Asif ? If yes, which bowler to drop ?

    If my decision : - Younis In, Imran Nazir Out. Play Akmal and either of Afridi / Malik as opener. - Don't play Asif. Rana, Gul and Aamir are doing well already. (Asif should be played only if either of the 3 are not available). Consideration - pitch will not be as bouncy as the W.Indies game, we're expecting a sub-continental pitch and spin could be a factor - remember what Mendis did in the SA / SL game.

  • Faisal on September 24, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    What a shame, guys give your team a break....they were your super stars two weeks ago and now they are BAN & ZIM to you. Anyways inshallah they will look like superstars to you guys again soon. Younis should not take too many risk, but i have confidence in him, you can't compare Afridi with younis, yuounis is a genuine leader & Afridi is a good player and there are some good changes in him for us to see but it's too early for that. Younis Khan is in his prime & is a good and honest man as well.....team line up to me should be. Eventhough imran nazir is risky but as long as younis can get him to bat through 9 to 10 overs he can change the game for you...the rest is if Afridi can play like he did And then we should be ok. 1) Imran Nazir 2)Kamran Akmal 3)Shoaib Malik 4)Younis Khan 5)Umar Akmal 6)Md Yusuf 7)Saeed Ajmal 8)Rana Naved 9)Umar Gul 10)M. Amer Gamble with either playing misbah or Fawad alam. Inshallah we will win if we play agressive & positive.

  • Waqas Ather Saeed on September 24, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    In my opinion Imran Nazir should be dropped to make way for Younis Khan in the crucial game against India. Shoaib Malik can be slotted in as an opener. And if the pitch is bouncy and lively for the fast bowlers, then I'd like Asif coming in for Ajmal (although it'll be unfair to him as he has been performing decently for a while). Four fast bowlers seems to be the way to go. Good luck Pakistan!

  • shah on September 24, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a class act. His batting is a breath of fresh air. His biggest asset, his supreme confidence and great reflexes. Watch him win the trophy for us. Inshallah.

  • Hibs on September 24, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Come on, no way can Pakistan beat India or Australia on the back of yesterday's performance, you kidding. Unless and until they bat like an International team Pakistan have no hope whatsoever for reaching the semi final. The inept PCB has not been able to resolve the 'opening' issue yet, how long will they keep trying useless batters to open? There are so many capable youngsters in the country but!!!less the say the better. All the talent Pakistan has, gets wasted due to the chronic mismanagement at PCB!!!

  • Mustafa on September 24, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    It think Imran Nazir should be dropped for Younis. Imran has not performed at all in SA, even in the warmup matches. Shoaib Malik can open the batting with Kamran Akmal. Does Asif play or not and at whose expense??? that is the 64 thousand dollar question.

  • Naeem on September 24, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    This was not a great victory or great captaincy by Afridi. This game was a narrow escape from an embarassing loss, thank to Umar Akmal. Afridi should forego his ego and should have continued withe seamers instead of introducing himslef at such a critical stage. From 47/7 to 134 is very bad captaincy. A good captain would have bundeled the WI tean at 65 or so after a result of 47/7. Replace one of the seniors to accomadate Fwad Alam. I als wish Razzak was there instead of one of the senior players.

  • Saif Zia on September 24, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Captaincy is an art which not every one is good at.Botham a genius could nevert be a good captain. Border,a legend was not a natural leader. Many people have their own claims when it comes to captaincy. My fellow Indian blokes might say kapil but with due to respect to ,Iwould like to say that great leaders never win 2-3 tests in 8 years.People sayBrearley,Bradman,Ian Chappel,Lyoyd etc.BUT STEPHAN WAUGH IS THE WORLD S BEST CAPTAIN EVER. THE ICEMAN REMAINED COOL IN ALL SITUATIONS.TUGGA WON THE ASHES A WORLD CUP ETC. HIS GUTS MAKE HIM THE BEST CAPTAIN EVER

  • SadiJee on September 24, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    I will say that Pakistan Team need to get rid of the Senior players like Yousuf, Misbah and Shoib Malik, these guys are not performing for long time now, and being senior is not enough, you have to perform also for the Team. If someone is not performing they have to be shown the door. I wish Pakistan Win the Champions Trophy.

  • Syed on September 24, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    It is always great to see Pak win. I think we should appreciate the players for their overall performance against all odds. While PCB administration is putting more efforts in begging for match fees, restoring PR and which no different than what we are doing on all top levels. Credit goes to our team players. One thing I continuously noticed that new comers performs great in initial stages of their carrier and as they think their inclusion in the team is 'guaranteed' then their performance ratio suddenly drops. They then just make sure that they should just hang in. If we make very clear to all other "senior" players that their place is not guaranteed and prove it by action and drop them for few games then I think we get consistent results. If we loose we better loose by trying young players. Long live Pakistan!!

  • RAZA on September 24, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    Yes Mr. Usman I myself hope is our betting clicks, We'll be in Sami's. Bowling seems very strong now, although Mohammad Asif is not playing, I hope he can be more helpful on such wickets as South African as they support bowling as compared to batting. And Pakistani bowling would be much stronger. Let's se the traditional Cricket war.

  • Ray on September 24, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    I agree with the comment made by Sern above. How did WI manage to score these many when they had lost 7 for 40 odd. This could have been Afridi's ego getting ahead, although I'll give Afridi the benefit of the doubt and say it was his inexperience as a captain (this shouldn't be the case as he has played more ODI's than the rest in the team). A couple of questions come to mind, why wasn't Asif played against a weaker opposition? And who will be dropped once Yunus is back. I'd say Imran Nazir. For all of Imran's fans, please look at his average and his stats in general, its very ordinary. Just playing in a flashy, I don't care about the bowler style doesn't make you a good player. Malik should open with Akmal. And for Yusuf's critics, he received a bad decision folks. He's still got it in him. Lastly, how ironic, when Aamir Sohail criticized Javed Miandad'd for practicing on a green wicket. Is this a coincidence that Pakistan gets to play on green tops in big tournaments???

  • Nazir Burki on September 24, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    WEll done Pakistan, and well done Afridi as captain I think Imran Nazir had been so irresponsible. he was kept on side for long time to learn, but he still looks immature. He should be out in India game and younis should be in. Shoaib can open with Kamran At the End of the day the Pakistanis need to be sensitive, especially in batting

    Good luck

  • sarath on September 24, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    I think Afridi is a good cricketer and captain, but at the moment younis is doing good job...yes afridi is same as dhoni and probably better as he himself agrees he is a bit fluke at times which dhoni doesnt agree,as far as I know dhoni is the luckiest and fluke captain I have ever seen...where as afridi is a smart cricketer who bats,fields and bowls well so he is a great choice for captain...but he will need dhoni kind of luck for sure as no one can beat dhoni in luck...

  • Sheraz Alam on September 24, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    AoA, Well everyone is blaming the trio of Yousaf, Malik and Misbah. To be fair, Yousaf was given out when he wasn't and Malik looked in really good form until that shot. Yes the pitch was assisting the seem bowlers but What about our openers. Imran Nazir, Since his debut till today he has one big Flaw which was never got removed, HE can't play in a V. As an opener on seeming pitches this is the major requirement and adjustment. Kamran Akmal has this tendency of becoming over ambitious by driving on the up,agian you can not play such shots when there is bounce and seem movement int he pitch. AS an intenational cricketer both of them are old and experinced enough to judge the picth and adjust accordingly. Believe me as a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket like you brothers, this things are very dis-heartening. I wonder if a batting coach cannot figure out there minor flaws in the technique of openers than what wort of coaches they are? yet everyone is blaming Malik, yousaf and Misbah.

  • Imran Ahmad on September 24, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    It is a surprise that no one wrote about Imran Nazir. His selection as the only specialist opener was a surprise especially when Champions Trophy is being held in South Africa where tracks are bouncy and supports seam bowlers. His performance in 3 matches (including practice matches)has been lackluster & he seems to continue with his habbit of throwing his wicket unnecessarily by attempting pre meditated shots. His inclusion would be a waste of one important slot of specialist batsman. I think Malik should open with Akmal and Younis to be included in place of Nazir and Mohammad Asif to replaced Rana Naved if Pakistan wants to give tough time to India and Australia.

  • absar on September 24, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    whatever you guys do or say

    you will NOT beat INDIA come saturday...

    you should try and concentrate on the aussies.

  • ateeq on September 24, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    will someone explain me the reasons why Abdul Razzaq is out. Had he been in the team we could have better options. But this is PCB which always run on favoritism. Can you compare Rana, SHoib Malik , Fawad alam or even any other player of this team with Razzaq in this format. His career is being slaughtered like many others in past. He has shown his class taking max man of the match awards match ratio wise. Then for GOd sake include him in the better interest of country and cricket.

  • chokkashokka on September 24, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    Kamran and Osman Inc in full effect lately....the team and their savvy handlers surely creates enough news off the field to guarantee an endless supply of topics to write about. Drug violations, bans and subesequent pardons, spinach diets, neem-hakeems, STD's, captaincy acceptances then resignations the next day, power struggles within team and handlers, dead coaches, drug smuggling by players, bribery allegations, lawsuits for slander between players and handlers --- exciting times for Pakistan cricket and these writers alike.....who said Cricket was not entertaining....LOL....

  • bhanu on September 24, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    pak can easily beat westindes but not india

  • A win is a win on September 24, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    Guys,

    A win is a win. Pak won yesterday and got the points. Sometimes you win easily and sometimes you don't. Give credit to WI bowlers as they bowled well but our senior batsmen always choke in these kinds of situation. Misbah has got to go...this guy is not helping pakistan. He cost us a 20/20 WC back in 07 and literally hasn't done anything since. We need to let him go and bring some younger players. Umar akmal has been a blessing for pakistan so far. Hopefully he'll be a consistent player and doesn't follow the path of our senior player who take their positions in the team for granted. Good luck to pakistan!!!

  • Umair on September 24, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    The thing to be noticed is that Pakistan were mae to play on a green top pitch with bounce and seem. The pitch for Africa-New Zeland Game was flat with no grass and was a good batting track. It is a kind of thing that had been done to Pakistan even in the past. It's cheap from the ICC management and the people responsible. How long we would keep quite for this unjustice. I think, PCB should raise their voices. If Pakistan are made to play on such track, then S. Africa and rest of teams should also be made to play on such green top wickets. To play one team on such wickets and not others is wicked. How cheap the Africans are on moral ground!

  • fhs on September 24, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    1st game /1st win. Good start! Kudos to Afridi and his men! No need to criticize loud. Here are the positives - we were at 75/5. It become a tough chase at the end but we prevailed. Lessons learned. We would have not got this experience had we bowled out WI under 80.

    On a side note, I can not believe why Razaak is not in the team. Just few month ago, his inclusion /performance made the T20 successful for us.

  • cricket_fever on September 24, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan remain the most exciting and unpredictable team in cricketing history! They can lose t Ireland but the can beat the top teams of the world! Good luck Younus, may you win this cup, may dil dil pakistan blare once again!

  • lal anar on September 24, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Salman Butt must be regular opener for Pak. If we look at batting record of Yuvraj Singh, it took him over 2 years before performing consistently. Sachin Tandulkar scored his first one day century after 17 one day he played. Salman Butt is good opener. Imran Nazir is good for T20 format.

  • Captain Cool on September 24, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    I think with Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer missing and with Gambhir not fully fit, Pak have a great chance of beating India, ICC history notwithstanding.

  • Akhtar from Sweden on September 24, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    I complete agree with Muhammad as he commented above. I would request to read who see my message. Also Misbah should be dropped from the team as Naveed can bat far better.

  • Mustafa Moiz on September 24, 2009, 15:12 GMT

    The fast bowlers were exceptional, but maybe if Asif will be playing against India or Australia, he should have been played just to warm him up. Pakistan will need a full-strength side for the next match so that, if they win and go through, someone like Aamer can be rested for the last match against Australia. Shoaib Malik should have been bowled more, definitely, much more. If he'd been given the ball, West Indies could have been bowled out for 100-odd.

  • Naeem Kamran from AUSTRIA on September 24, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    well done PAKISTAN - i wish u good luck for your future - umar akmal played very very well and with our pressure-carry on ..............

  • Salman on September 24, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    Afridi made only one mistake: With WI at 7-47, he did not go for the kill. By introducing himself in the attack, he let the tail wag. All these cricket and news websites are buzzing with ideas of putting Pakistan in Tier-2 category. Huge mistake! No country generates more cash than Pakistan (after India) for cricket. One has to give some time to Pakistan to recover from its current political situation.

  • rizwan habib on September 24, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    firstly, i cant understand what was the greatness about afridis leadership imean how could he not bring aamer or gul & instead bowled himself.pathetic decision. lastly can we get rid of Mr. misbah .he is a liablity.

  • Mohd Owais on September 24, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    Asif should not be in playing eleven against the indians.coz rana can bat a little bit.

  • ernie on September 24, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    Afridi's captaincy was fine the only mistake was to not carry on bowling the seamers when the windies were 47/7. In terms of batting suprised that Misbah played so poorly as he did well in the 2 warm up matches but if Younis is coming back in then it has to be for him and not Yousuf who got a bad decision and was playing the anchor role when he was dismissed. I agree with R malik one of the previous posters that Butt should have been in the squad and opening in place of Nazir as his record in 50 over cricket is far superior and he seems to have been left out because of not performing in 20/20 which seems to be a bizarre decision as he is the one opener capable of batting through the majority of the overs and getting a hundred, plus he seems to play his best innings against the ants. I was at the 'battle of edgbaston' in 2004 R malik were you?

  • Amjad on September 24, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    some of you are continuously criticizing the decision make by the captain to bowl the spinners while he should have gone for the kill with his pacers..i ask you gentlemen this simple question. had afridi and ajmal not bowled their overs, how on earth would have they got THEIR MATCH PRACTICE? this is a very sensible approach by the skipper. you have to keep the balance for next matches as well. we all saw that WI will never ever go past 150 mark had he asked others to come n bowl. so it was obvious that he wanted bowling practice for himself and Ajmal as the pacers did their part of practice.. c'mon guys you gotta understand these tactics, they r not kids, they r not amature, they have been playing for quite long now and they know what they r doing. its easy to criticize such decisions from ur TV lounge having snaks while players play for their lives on the field. Go Pak GO.MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU ALL.. OUR PRAYERS R WITH YOU.. THE COLOUR IS GREEEN...

  • zul on September 24, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    Plz guys keep my proud country up by playing your best.Learn from your failure.

  • umer ali on September 24, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    afridi good captain

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on September 24, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! I was suprised to see Afridi coming in to bowl himself when the ball is seaming/moving around so much and with many overs of his main bowlers left, what was that?nerves?pressure?over confidence? I cant understand. A lot needs to be changed at all levels in pakistan, we all know that. If we look at the guys that we have now in the side, why asif was not given a chance to practise?You wanna toss him around in a big game?better not. When ever the ball seams aorund, we have problems (dont forget the world cup night mare). And some how all of Pakistans matches are at this very ground. We have a history of falling down on these kind of tracks. So the selection and order for batting has to be very precise. Thats why the match between Pak-Ind is so important. For me if my boys beat India and loose champion trophy, my soul can rest in peace inshallah till the time we meet india again. CHUK DIYO PHATTAIY.PEACE

  • Rehan Ahmad on September 24, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    I agree with Kamran, yes it was all luck and judgemnet. This match was something which can tells if the luck was not there then. We have to consider something else now whatever is happening in the world of Cricket Pakistan is the country left out because of the money rich board (BCCI). We all criticize our player or management but most of all we all forget that if we won and our team use their mind, heart and soul to win all the majors, no matter is it BCCI or any other board they will have to play us because they cannot be better if they cannot compete with the Best. Rightnow our team and board needs to be mature by thinking of this face rather then pointing fingure on any one. We have to support our captain and our captain has to deliver so that we can claim we are the best in what we do. They took worldcup from us, right now rather begging or asking for matches against India, its better to slap them by winning the majors and let them beg for the matches.

  • Shahid on September 24, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    Afridi did the right things as player but his choice to bowl himself for 9 consective over was a total flop. Had he persisted with the fast bowlers, WI could have been folded out for less than 100. It was a considerable mistake and against any other team could have been a decieding factor. So now against India Imran Nazir and Said Ajmal should make way for Younis and Asif as India wont be troubled by a spiner and specially if the wicket a grassy one.

  • sameer on September 24, 2009, 14:12 GMT

    guys let them settle down n see in thier next matches n plz do have faith in our seniour players n watchout for malik he has lot of talent n he can prove as well i hope they will do thier best against thier arch rivals india lets c how they goes this is my final 11 for next match imran nazir kamraan akmal shoaib malik younis khan mohammed yousuf umar akmal shahid afridi rana naveed umar gul mohammed amer mohammed asif

  • Ron on September 24, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    This article demonstrates precisely the reason why Pakistan can never be world beater (forget the T20 thing). Afridi captains a full fledged side, which wins against Windies B or C team and immediately people start writing the dawn of a new era under Afridi. He further fueled the emotions by expressing his liking for brave players. Well for one what's brave in cricket ? There is no risk of life or getting hurt in this game. You stop thinking about your team, play for the crowd and to hit few boundaries and call yourself brave. Brave is the one who stands on the pitch against all odds and think only & only about winning the match. Does Afridi do that or can he do that ? An average of 23 after 280 matches with 22 ducks. Add to this an average of 11 in 3 World Cups and 12 matches and an average of 15 after 3 championship trophies and you get just an overhyped cricketer, which media these days look for. Is this how you want Pakistan captain to be ?

  • afzaal on September 24, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    i still waiting for imran nazir to show his talent but i think he will not be given chance as his performance was not so good in previous 3 matches, but he really is a good player, i think mohammad yousuf or misbah should have some rest, Umar Akmal is really the best good luck Akmal brothers,

  • Moin Khan on September 24, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    Pakistan got unlucky with there game against the West Indies. The pitch was very bad. However the pakistan team did show that thye were pressurised, got knows for what reason. But thats Pakistan for you. Pakistan should now look ahead and improve there performance with the following team and batting line up:

    Kamran Akmal Shoaib Malik Younus Khan Mohammed Yousaf Umar Akmal Misbah Ul Haq Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Mohammed Amer Mohammed Asif Saeed Ajmal

    In this competition I think they should not have any one else to come in e.g. Fawad Alam. This team is great and has the potential of beating any team

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • Shahriar Hoque on September 24, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    I was thinking of last WC IRE vs PAK match. However, this time the players overcame the pitch. Against IND PAK should play: -Kamran Akmal -Shoaib Malik -Younis Khan -Md. Yousuf -Misbah -U. Akmal -Afridi -Gul -Asif -Amer -Rana Imran Anzir should be dropped. Ajmal is doing good but PAK needs seam attack in this track. PAK will easily beat IND.

  • Rohit on September 24, 2009, 14:00 GMT

    Hi, Pakistan looks very balanced side on papers but lacks the application on field. This is the team who can beat any team on his day. I am sure match against India will be a tough one n looking forward for a tight finish. @imran Chandio Eid mubarak to you and whole cricinfo community .....as we Hindus in India also celebrate Eid with same ferver. Looking forward for a great game of cricket on 26th.

  • jamal on September 24, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    I still do not understand why they drop A Razzaq and what is use of fawad alam does not make sense

  • Reddy on September 24, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    What the Pakitanis need at the moment is maturity. That is being provided by Younis who is a fine leader and human being compared to a few others. Afridi is from another planet. He is gung ho, trigger happy and highly immature. He plays with his heart and not his mind. Leaders are not like that. This attitude pushes individual needs ahead of a teams and is a recipe for disaster. Unnecessary talk puts unnecessary puts pressure on the team and individuals. Afridi hardly merits a place in the team and will do well to shut his mouth and play his cricket.

  • usmy on September 24, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    Well analysed!! Its true that Pakistan has been struggling on trough like the yesterday's.But i feel that Umer Akmal's addition to the team will reduce the misery to quite a good extent.The problem Could be dealt with completely if one more batsmen can follow his track or even only give him stand by just rotating strike and taking less chances. I think optimistically speaking, we have some really good experience in our Batting line-up involving Yusuf,Younis,Misbah and transformed afridi. Regarding our Bowling line-up, I think it will be even stronger if Muhammad Asif (expected to return in the clash against India) shows rythem.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on September 24, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    Well its been pattern that Its the Pakistan who gets the tracks which we saw against WI. If you look at the previous tournaments since 2002, Its only Pakistan who gets this sort of pitches. I bet that we will not see this type of pitch for the rest of the tournament. The problem with this kind of track is that it always help the lesser teams. I think that was another attempt to keep Pakistan out of tournament. I'm saying this because you will not see this kind of pitch again for the rest of tournament.

  • Umair Pervaiz on September 24, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    Afridi still has 5-8 years left in him and if he stays fit can play the next couple of world cups. He has the pathan factor and is naturally agressive, perhaps two agressive over the past. But responsibility seems to have matured him which allowed him to channel his aggresiveness properly. I loved a moment in WI game when 11 was required and he encouraged Umer to get them in singles. Afridi of old would never have done it. This shows his maturity, he relishes responsibility and it affects his game in a good way, unlike other players who suffer under captaincy burden, including Younis. Its still early days, but I think Afridi is mercurial and our biggest assett, To get the best out of him, he should either be a vice captain or captain. I firmly believe he can be the next person to win us the World Cup as captain after Imran.

  • amer on September 24, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    Where is Fawad Alam?? He has got to be given a long run in the team to establish himself. I cannot understand why they are persisting with Shoaib?

  • sikandarniaz on September 24, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Afridi was commendable in the field,He batted sensably and un believeably if he will keep this kind of attitude,it will help pakistan shining on international scene.We need some more new batsmen like Umer Akmal he is simply Exellent,what a courge he has.Kaaaash Misbah should have shown 50/%of it.God Bless Our Batting.

  • farrukh shad on September 24, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    I completely disagree with the writers view that Pak can join Bangladesh,Zimbabwe and WI due to few poor calls by the administrators. Pakistan is a 'force' in Intl cricket and the team proved this recently with the T20 WC win. Being inconsistent and mercurial are the traits of this team which Younis Khan and the administrators are working hard to rectify but still Pakistan has come up with raw talent - Mohamad Aamer and Umar Akmal being the latest examples. Shahid Afridis captaincy was aggresive and fresh which is excellent because Pakistan team never had an excellent captain backed by an excellent Vice captain. The team has all the ingredients to be succesful in the Champions trophy as well.

  • lal anar on September 24, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Misbah looked very nervous playing fast bowlers of WI. This is not a good sign of experienced player. M.Yusuf is struggling in one days for long time. I wish Pak should new bat by dropping atleast one of them probably Misbah.

  • EAMiran on September 24, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Absolutely disgraceful batting display. Younis for Malik Fawad for Misbah Nazir wants to continue playing like Afridi did for the first 13 years of his brainless career. I guess this is what happens when we do not invest in specialist openers for longer formats of the game. Is Asif to remain cover for an injury to a main pace bowler? If so what is Rao doing in the squad? Surely the shortened format of this tournament does not encourage rotation of bowlers. Towel boys perhaps.

  • Mezba on September 24, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan's unprofessionalism remains though. A target of 133 should have been overhauled with ease had the top order not gotten themselves out. What should have been a walk in the park was actually a tussle.

  • ali on September 24, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    Good Win- Batting needs to be strenghten- My question is who will make way when younis Khan comes in- In my opinion it should be Shoaib Malik as he has not played any useful inning in a long while. Looking forward to Pak and India encounter, that sure will be a cracker.

  • EAMiran on September 24, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    In what way was Afridi impressive as a captain? When he opted to go for spin when the opposition was less than 50 with 7 wickets down or when he continued to bowl himself when the ball was not really turning? An impressive ploy would have been to play an extra seamer like Asif who might have been devastating on this track - form or no form (Even I might have moved the ball of the straight on this wicket). Perhaps his insistence ,as confirmed in the post match interview, that Pak batsmen attack on a seaming track was impressive? All I can say to that is well left Umar Akmal. Aggression without intelligence is just plain caveman thinking. It may work in T20 cricket but not in the longer formats of the game. Shahid Afridi was just plain lucky that West Indies decided to bat first. As for his "responsible" knock - lets face it he just couldn't handle the moving ball as witnessed by some wild hoicks early on in the piece. As usual Afridi's non-performances also get extolled.

  • R Malik on September 24, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Well what a lucky escape1 If Afridi had gone, then Windies would have sniffed la victoire! Our batsmen really need to step up, especially Messrs Yousuf, Malik and Akmal (snr). As for the bowling, you can't really fault them, and they'll try their best all the way through, especially a talismanic figure like Rana Naved, who'll give nothing less that 100%. A boost for Pakistani cricket that one of the best performers on the County circuit is back where he belongs. Now lets see Imran Nazir being kicked back into the rubbish bin along with your Hameeds, Hafeezs and Farhats where he deserves to reside, and put Mr Butt back into 50 over cricket, which is the only format he seems to be good at. India on Saturday, and lets re-ignite the spirit of Edgbaston '04, aka 'the battle of Edgbaston', a Champions trophy classic, with Yousuf batting through cramps, and Afridi shifting the balance with punishment of Irfan Pathan. Yuvraj out for India, so minus 50 runs for them already! Come on BOYS!

  • faisal on September 24, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    Clearly, Umar Akmal has strengthened the middle order but the top order remains a problem with the openers having failed two games in a row and that too against weaker bowling attacks. Our exceptionally good bowling cannot compensate for our poor batting all the time.

  • imran on September 24, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Yes,Umer Akmal is real Gem for Pakistan Batting,truly amazing.the senior batsmen have thrown their wkts cheaply while it was the umer akmal who played an amazing innings on green pitch..the time is come that we shud fire the senior players from the team & hire some new young guns from domestic circuit because our senior players are not playing for the team,they are just playing for themsleves.

  • Atif on September 24, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Senior players need to shoulder batting responsibility, they looks like chokers or shall i say jokers ?, Yousuf & Misbah seems like past their glory days while Shoaib is struggling as well. Imran Nazir is more like lottery which everybody is waiting for but never gets it in whole life.

  • Shahid on September 24, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Shahid Afridi was very energetic and showed responsibility in his first ever ODI match captaincy. I love to see him captain after Younis. Go Pakistani team and win this cup for us.

  • Sharif Ahmad on September 24, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    I don't know what this column is about. It seems like he wrote for the sake of writing.

  • Khalil on September 24, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    I first noticed Umar Akmal on the Pakistan A tour to Austrailia and if you can make hundreds against the Aussies in their back yard you're not going to be a bad player. I like his positiveness as opposed to those before him (Yousuf, Malik and Misbah). He did not get bogged down and just played his game.

    I do like Yousuf but and think that he does have a role to play in the 50-ovr game. We need a calm head in the middle overs or else Pakistan will hardly ever bat out their overs!

    Misbah and Malik I'm afraid are not playing for the team and no matter how good they are if they are not playing for the team they should not be in it! Pakistan dropped Butt for the same reasons....if they can't be bothered drop them bring in Fawad and Umar and let the youngsters loose!

  • bishart on September 24, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    Umar akmal was superb....and Yousaf was also good that day but bad decision from umpire... i wish success for pak

  • Kashif Naveed on September 24, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Well I don't believe he is to be a good captain. He is aggresive which is good but then he often looses his mind. Selecting good team for Pakistan would be a dilema. Weak batting and options as well! I guess we would be better off by dropping non specialists like shoib and Misbah and bring in Younis and Fawad. Bowlers are doing great and I see it very tough for captain to drop any of the 3 fast bowlers for Asif (though he is a great bowler). There is no way we can drop Gul or Ajmal. Can't drop Rana as he is god in batting and with the batting we have, he would be needed against stronger teams. So tie is between Amir and Asif! Can we drop Amir with the exception form he has shown?

    Kashif

  • m sohaib on September 24, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    yeah you are rite.Afridi was outstanding in his debut match as captain but still Pakistan has to improve their batting because the target was not a huge task and it could be achieved in just 2 or 3 wickets but they loss 5 before 100 with those windies who are not of full strength.

  • Sajad siddik on September 24, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    Well pakistan's bowler done a excellent job in the last.Batting is the problem of pakistan.Senior players must take a little bit of responsibility when batting. We all r looking for the crucial game b/w india. SAJAD SIDDIK

  • FA on September 24, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Well done Afridi and best of luck Pakistani team for the rest of tounament.

  • Syed on September 24, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    Pak's survival at the top level (so far) is a miracle. WI don't have the law and order problem. So credit goes to the dedicated people who are somehow keeping Pak at competitive level. Having said that, especially in Pakistan we put too much emphasis on the national team performance, rather than putting more emphasis on sports development at grass root level and providing opportunity and encouragement to enjoy and experience variety of sporting activity for fun, fitness and to build healthy society. If we do that along with good infrastructure for competitive level, we should be confident that once large number of people are active many will make it their primary objective and many among them will have natural talent. I have some involvement in sports in the US. The objectives are always having fun, self improvement, building the base, not to break the world records. But we know some do go on to be world champs others use the experience in other aspects of their lives.

  • Harpreet S Bhinder on September 24, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Go Afridi GO......and If you fail it should be last one,The cricket History repeat agian Captain should out when team need changes... Well for Afridi die hard fans it also included me want to see untill 2015

  • Sheikh on September 24, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    I liked the way Afridi led his troops in the field, but at the same time inexperience reflected from his decisions e.g. he did not go for the kill after having their opponents 47/7, he cloud have carried on with seamers like there was opportunity for young Aamer to get his first Fiver. Moreover, he brings himself on a track where nobody was expecting him to bowl.

    I'm sure he and our leaders will learn from these mistakes but overall it was a team effort in the end

    Best of luck for the rest of the tournament!

  • usmy on September 24, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    Well analysed!! Its true that Pakistan has been struggling on trough like the yesterday's.But i feel that Umer Akmal's addition to the team will reduce the misery to quite a good extent.The problem Could be dealt with completely if one more batsmen can follow his track or even only give him stand by just rotating strike and taking less chances. I think optimistically speaking, we have some really good experience in our Batting line-up involving Yusuf,Younis,Misbah and transformed afridi. Regarding our Bowling line-up, I think it will be even stronger if Muhammad Asif (expected to return in the clash against India) shows rythem.

  • Taimur Khalid on September 24, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    Its amazing how short memory and short sighted people could be....this is a team which made the whole country proud not so long ago by winning the T-20 world cup against all odds, and the writer is talking about them joining the bottom teams of world cricket...absolutely ridiculous...I say whatever these heroes do, if they go down with a fight, we should still be proud of them

  • Imran Sherazi on September 24, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Afridi and Pakistan.

  • M A Jaffar on September 24, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    If Rameez and Amir Sohail are calling for the senior batsman to be dropped then there is some truth in that i think young batsman should be given an opportunity

  • Samir on September 24, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    I was really surprised to see at 57/7 (WI), Mr Boom Boom Afridi introduced himself into the attack with Deep Long On, Long Off and fielders deep on Square Leg and Point.

    More horrible was the scorecard with spinners going 4 an over and still 12 overs remaining b/w pacers.

    I feel Afridi should have given a chance to Aamer to complete his fifer or Rana / Umer could have winded up the Windies under 100.

    For me, Pak got out of jail, 30/40 more runs and it could have been all over.

    Hope they learn and do not repeat such errors.

  • Wasim Abbas on September 24, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    [" A few wrong calls by cricket adminstators and Pakistan could be hurtling to join Bangaldesh, West Indies, and Zimbabwe in the bottom echelon of the international game."] pathetic article if you are a Pakistani it doesn't give you the right to lambaste Pakistani team. tell me exactly when did pak cricket administrators made the right decision in the history of pak cricket but the team always performed well and has been amongst the top team of the game through out its history .

  • Adeel Siddiqie on September 24, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    In my opinion our batting order lacks confidence and real match winners.Umar Akmal is a revelation. Hopefully he does not go the same way as others and throws it away.Countless Pakistani batsmen have squandered the gifts with which they have been blessed. I think this is a trademark of the Pakistani psyche. Even Inzy and Anwar,two of our most successful and feared batsman,have not done justice to their talents to be brutally honest.Inzamam became great at the fag end of his career,while he could have been as great as Sachin, Lara, etc… . Saeed also seemed to be hit and miss at times.I can not bracket Mohammed Yousuf as a great because he does not seem to score runs when it matters most and wins us enough games. Sheer volume is no measure for quality.Why don’t our batsmen have the mentality of say a Miandad?Why do batsman of a country like India and Australia form more of a threat to bowlers, even if less talented.Where is our killer-instinct?

  • Anwar Husain on September 24, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    Nice article 1 Replace Md Yousuf as he is burden on feild and can't score. 2. Miandiad should concentrate misbah's off side game. 3 Why can't try Ahmed Shahzad as opeaner. 4 Md asif should have been tried against West Indies. The team combination agianst india can be in case of batting track

    1 kanran Akmal 2 Shoaib malik 3 Shahid Afridi 4 Younus Khan 5 Umar Akmal 6 Mohd Yousuf 7 Fawad Alam 8 Misbah Ul Haq 9 Mohd Asif 10 Umar Gul 11 Mohd Amir

    The team combination agianst india can be in case of bowling friendly track

    1 kanran Akmal 2 Shoaib malik 3 Shahid Afridi 4 Younus Khan 5 Umar Akmal 6 Mohd Yousuf 7 Misbah Ul Haq 8 Rana Naveed 9 Mohd Asif 10 Umar Gul 11 Mohd Amir

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on September 24, 2009, 11:53 GMT

    I am very hopeful that Pakistan will go long way in the tournament. InshaAllah.

  • Naz on September 24, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    Rana Naved ... how come he has a full head of hair this year when last year he was almost totally bald?! I think we need to be told - particularly us baldies ...

  • ALI DOST on September 24, 2009, 11:48 GMT

    Very impressed with U.Akmal who showed exactly how to play on a live pitch, just could not understand all the other seniors who had so much experience & have played in this sort of pitches before could not bat & where just throwing their wickets away, so BRAVO young Akmal for showing your seniors how to play & finish it well for Pakistan. I'm wondering once Younus comes back how & where will Akmal fit in as i would like to see this young lad in the team against IND & AUS. Congrates Pakistan & all the best with the rest of the tournament. GEET KE GEO...GEO TO AISE

  • syed ali on September 24, 2009, 11:46 GMT

    pakistan has a chance to reach finals but....batsman has to play their role and show responsibilities on the field.....opening pair must bat with sense.

  • Ali on September 24, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    Totally agree with you Kamran, Afridi indeed did a pretty decent job. When Pakistan were 5 down for 75ish, things looked pretty bleak at that stage. Especially with the mental frame Misbah and Yousuf got the team into (the way Misbah was playing, it appeared as if someone has tied his shoe laces, while Yousuf clearly looked short in confidence). It was Afridi who came in and started talking to Umar Akmal after which the two took a more positive approach, Umar clearly looked more at ease playing his natural game. I believe in times when the wicket is tough and runs are not coming, it is better to look for some boundary shots rather then just being totally defensive. As being over defensive encourages the opponents as well as puts you in a rather negative frame of mind. Scoring runs is always the best way to relieve pressure. Hence, I give the credit to Afridi for instilling his positive approach in Umar, who eventually along with Afridi helped Pakistan win the game.

  • Mushy on September 24, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    Here i would like to say that though pakistan won the match due to some sensible batting by umar and afridi, here point is to be noted that had afridi not skippering the side, he would not been showing any sense of responsibility, and would have offered his wicket by playing some reckless shot. but all is well if end is well, let us see what the green shirts do against Dhoni's men on 26th sep,

  • Milan on September 24, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    Pakistan made heavy weather chasing a small total against such a second string Windies team but the condition was entirely different from the sub continent and Pakistan seems lacks match practise. But they now have match against India at Centurion and the pitch seems batting friendly. Pak bowlers are world class and if the top order batting cliks for some early overs only, there is no way Pak can not beat India.

  • Sheraz on September 24, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    It is still beyond me how we continue to play Misbah instead of Fawad Alam. Umar should be promoted to Misbah's spot, who should be dropped altogether in favor of the ever performing Fawad Alam. With YK back it will be interesting 2 c who gets dropped. Malik & Akmal shud open, then YK, MY, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam/Afridi depending on the situation. This team is a balanced side on paper, the batting needs to click. The other question is who will make way for Asif the Great? Would love to hear ur thoughts on that Abbasi Sahib..... :)

  • Ali on September 24, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    Out bowling attack is balanced...But when will our senior batsman perform....Also playing Imraz Nazir is gamble..only he is a good fielder but from his past ODI stats he is not eligible to be in ODI team.

  • Gohar on September 24, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    Well, Praise to Young Akmal who bated sensibly and seems like a player from Old School of thoughts!! his techiniques were simply supereb!! No doubt he'll be the Future of Pakistani Cricket. Afridi Lead side tremendously, although he seems of colour in his bowling, but hoping him perform well against India.

  • Jitendra Ved on September 24, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    Pakistan generally flounder at initial stage, but blossom at final one.In fact,they proved once again.Shahid Afridi has leadership quality.He requires proper opportunity.Whenever he got,he proves his worth.He can play as complete bowler.Whatever he does as a batsman,may be considered as a bonus.He is a guy,who likes challanges.

  • fahad22 on September 24, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    i think your right 1 wronge call from west indies and it would had been a ll different ball game but i have one question why isnt abdul razzak in the team he should be in the playing XI but lets see wat happens next because our match with india we need a stronge batting line up ...i would chose razzak over naveed ....

  • Eesa on September 24, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    That was a streaky lucky win against the Windies C team.

    Comon guys we don't have any hope of beating India or Australia.

    Lets get real!

  • Haroon Afridi on September 24, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan can beat India & Australia and will progross to semi-final InshaALLAH. Pakistan is always slow starter. I was concern even before the match that West Indies might beat them. But now Pakistan will be stronger InshaALLAH. It was a big mistake to bring spinners as the seam bowlers were doing extremly well. West Indies could have bundled out for 60 runs. But we should take positive reaction from this win. Well done to Pakistan and good luck in the future.

  • sern on September 24, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi you must be kidding , you have great art in describing a total disaster as a great perfomance.

    How in the world can you let third grade team who were tottering at 47/7 score 140 and chasing it your team lost half of the side for 60 odd it is pity that Westindies didnt have any decent bowlers otherwise they would be talking about massive defeat rather than praising afridi whose bad capttaincy let WI off the hook.He should have continued with his fast bowlers but his ego was too big , he had to come into limelight.

  • Wisal on September 24, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    LALA Zindabad, He seems busy in ground, which is good sign of captaincy. Looks very mature and responsible now. Long Live Pakistan...

  • Asim Shahzad on September 24, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    Afridi really did well in the field. Best of luck in future for Afridi. but the real sensation is Umar, really a star in the making, looks tough mentally which most of the pakistani batsman lack. He is a future of pakistani cricket. If we able to find few youngster like him in th future then world cricket crown will come to us.

    Best wishes for Pakistani cricket.

  • imran Chandio on September 24, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    Asallamu Alikum, firstly, great to have Pakspin back and in action, and Eid Mubarak to all Muslims on this forum, and to others of course, after waiting for a long time we get to see Pakistan play on Sky Sports? what a brilliant bowling performace by the bowlers, even though I would have played Mo Asif in this game, no piont in taking him to this tournament and not playing him, but I am not sure whose place he could take as all bowlers, Naved,Gul,Aamer all bowled really well, once thing I would piont out is Afridi should have continued to use the seamers and should not have switched to the spinners, and should have let the seamers clean up the Windies tail. Glad Younis is back for the next game, roll on India, I think we have a very strong chance in this Champions Trophy, inshallah we can bat well, first or second and chase down as well as put up a good target and bat as we did in the warm up against Sri Lanka and we can win this for Woolmer. Allah hafiz to all.

  • Mohsin Butt, Abu Dhabi on September 24, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    I think Afridi is the best choice as captain of Pakistan cricket in ODIs and T20s format specialy. As he is aggressive and smart cricketer and I will be proud to say that most of Pakistani cricket fans love him as a player and icon of Pakistan cricket. Afridi wants to deliver and try his best in every game. Some times his batting didn't click but he proves in bowling in the same match. He is really a world class team man. About Younas, I think Younas has to give up captaincy for Afridi.

  • Wajid Shah on September 24, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    I hope Mohammad asif and Yunus khan will be back in the team, it will automatically put pressure on the indian side.. though i am getting this feeling that we can beat India this time, however they are a stronger side under the form of Tendulkar, though absent Yuvraj would be hurtful.

  • Saqib on September 24, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    It was indeed nice to see Pakistan holding the nerves at the right time. Umar Akmal and Afridi played sensibly, however if Mohammad Yousuf was not giving out, Pakistan would have won much early. One thing to notice is that Pakistan has been blessed with ICC gift of getting green top wicket whenever we play in South Africa, especially in Champions Trophy. Weaker team should not get advantage like this, if they are weak, they should look weak. South Africa does not play a single match at Wanderers, something to ponder. Let’s wait and see the pitch condition when there are other matches played on the same venue and check out the techniques of other batsmen.

  • Mehdi Singapore on September 24, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Congrats boys!! well done.Great interview by the way Younis Khan with Osman.You have a long way to go.Keep yourself fit till you are 50.Pakistan needs you.GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE MATCHES.We will pray,you do the rest.

  • Syed From Australia on September 24, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    Indeed it was a great show of talent with combination of patience and aggression from Umar Akmal which proves that we need young guns replacing some unimpressive performers like Misbah or Shoaib.

  • alim on September 24, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    u can say luck and judgement, but there were too many +ves...he hadled the fast bowlers very well and didnt let team to get relaxed, i think the only mistake of him was the late inclusion of Saeed Ajmal(might have been some tactic but didnt look fruitful becoz he is the strike bowler)...apart from this, his captaincy was far better than malik...Well Pakistans batting collapse, hmmmm, its usual...but again the afridi's handling of Umar letting him to play naturally and of course changing his style of batting shows his talent and tempermant as senior player in the team

  • Muhammad on September 24, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    Pakistan was lucky that WI chose to bat first; they did that miserably. Afridi overplayed himself and Ajmal, both giving away a lot of runs.

    Nevertheless, the way Afridi captained proves that a naturally talented side like Pakistan, which is managed by corrupt administrators in a country run by corrupt politicians, it is best to play naturally. In Pakistan's case, that means to play with a brave and aggressive mentality.

    Being aggressive doesn't mean to play attacking, its more of an attitude than playing style.

    Whenever Pakistan play bravely, without worrying about losing, like they did when they had already lost ODI series against SL and Australia, they will win.

    I hope Younis and Afridi manage to mentally prepare the team for India and Australia. If they play aggressively, I have no doubt they will beat a weakened India and dying Australia.

    Even if they lose, they will do so with pride.

  • Saleem Sabir on September 24, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    The Big Question now is who will be dropped to Include Younis for the next games?? Misbah was pathetic yesterday and looked completely out of touch specially when on the Other End Young Akmal was Showing how to Judge the line and lenth of the Ball. Its high time we say bye bye to Misbah we cant just keep people in team based on their reputations.Shoaib malik and Yousaf should also understand their responsibilities as Senior Batsmen and take this as their last Chance.

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  • Saleem Sabir on September 24, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    The Big Question now is who will be dropped to Include Younis for the next games?? Misbah was pathetic yesterday and looked completely out of touch specially when on the Other End Young Akmal was Showing how to Judge the line and lenth of the Ball. Its high time we say bye bye to Misbah we cant just keep people in team based on their reputations.Shoaib malik and Yousaf should also understand their responsibilities as Senior Batsmen and take this as their last Chance.

  • Muhammad on September 24, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    Pakistan was lucky that WI chose to bat first; they did that miserably. Afridi overplayed himself and Ajmal, both giving away a lot of runs.

    Nevertheless, the way Afridi captained proves that a naturally talented side like Pakistan, which is managed by corrupt administrators in a country run by corrupt politicians, it is best to play naturally. In Pakistan's case, that means to play with a brave and aggressive mentality.

    Being aggressive doesn't mean to play attacking, its more of an attitude than playing style.

    Whenever Pakistan play bravely, without worrying about losing, like they did when they had already lost ODI series against SL and Australia, they will win.

    I hope Younis and Afridi manage to mentally prepare the team for India and Australia. If they play aggressively, I have no doubt they will beat a weakened India and dying Australia.

    Even if they lose, they will do so with pride.

  • alim on September 24, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    u can say luck and judgement, but there were too many +ves...he hadled the fast bowlers very well and didnt let team to get relaxed, i think the only mistake of him was the late inclusion of Saeed Ajmal(might have been some tactic but didnt look fruitful becoz he is the strike bowler)...apart from this, his captaincy was far better than malik...Well Pakistans batting collapse, hmmmm, its usual...but again the afridi's handling of Umar letting him to play naturally and of course changing his style of batting shows his talent and tempermant as senior player in the team

  • Syed From Australia on September 24, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    Indeed it was a great show of talent with combination of patience and aggression from Umar Akmal which proves that we need young guns replacing some unimpressive performers like Misbah or Shoaib.

  • Mehdi Singapore on September 24, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Congrats boys!! well done.Great interview by the way Younis Khan with Osman.You have a long way to go.Keep yourself fit till you are 50.Pakistan needs you.GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE MATCHES.We will pray,you do the rest.

  • Saqib on September 24, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    It was indeed nice to see Pakistan holding the nerves at the right time. Umar Akmal and Afridi played sensibly, however if Mohammad Yousuf was not giving out, Pakistan would have won much early. One thing to notice is that Pakistan has been blessed with ICC gift of getting green top wicket whenever we play in South Africa, especially in Champions Trophy. Weaker team should not get advantage like this, if they are weak, they should look weak. South Africa does not play a single match at Wanderers, something to ponder. Let’s wait and see the pitch condition when there are other matches played on the same venue and check out the techniques of other batsmen.

  • Wajid Shah on September 24, 2009, 11:19 GMT

    I hope Mohammad asif and Yunus khan will be back in the team, it will automatically put pressure on the indian side.. though i am getting this feeling that we can beat India this time, however they are a stronger side under the form of Tendulkar, though absent Yuvraj would be hurtful.

  • Mohsin Butt, Abu Dhabi on September 24, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    I think Afridi is the best choice as captain of Pakistan cricket in ODIs and T20s format specialy. As he is aggressive and smart cricketer and I will be proud to say that most of Pakistani cricket fans love him as a player and icon of Pakistan cricket. Afridi wants to deliver and try his best in every game. Some times his batting didn't click but he proves in bowling in the same match. He is really a world class team man. About Younas, I think Younas has to give up captaincy for Afridi.

  • imran Chandio on September 24, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    Asallamu Alikum, firstly, great to have Pakspin back and in action, and Eid Mubarak to all Muslims on this forum, and to others of course, after waiting for a long time we get to see Pakistan play on Sky Sports? what a brilliant bowling performace by the bowlers, even though I would have played Mo Asif in this game, no piont in taking him to this tournament and not playing him, but I am not sure whose place he could take as all bowlers, Naved,Gul,Aamer all bowled really well, once thing I would piont out is Afridi should have continued to use the seamers and should not have switched to the spinners, and should have let the seamers clean up the Windies tail. Glad Younis is back for the next game, roll on India, I think we have a very strong chance in this Champions Trophy, inshallah we can bat well, first or second and chase down as well as put up a good target and bat as we did in the warm up against Sri Lanka and we can win this for Woolmer. Allah hafiz to all.

  • Asim Shahzad on September 24, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    Afridi really did well in the field. Best of luck in future for Afridi. but the real sensation is Umar, really a star in the making, looks tough mentally which most of the pakistani batsman lack. He is a future of pakistani cricket. If we able to find few youngster like him in th future then world cricket crown will come to us.

    Best wishes for Pakistani cricket.