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Australia 2009-10

Mo and Inti's Book of Excuses

Kamran Abbasi

While billions of people have been working on their New Year's resolutions, Pakistan fans can sleep safe that instead of setting targets and goals for 2010 the Pakistani "think tank" have been cooking up a series of excuses for the team's plight.

Mr Mo Yousuf and Mr Inti Alam are making a decent late bid to become the pantomime clowns of the 2009-2010 season. Come on chaps, accept some responsibility and motivate your troops instead of saying: "Everything's messed up, it's not our fault, and we can't do anything about it." Here are three extracts from Mo and Inti's Book of Excuses, you might have some of your own to add.

Excuse Number 1: Don't blame us for the witless batting, blame Twenty20. Sounds plausible but forgets the point that most of the batsmen's careers predate the advent of Twenty20. In any case, these are professional players whose brains should be able to switch gears. I much prefer Shahid Afridi's view that Twenty20 has enhanced Test cricket. Indeed, much of Australia's domination of Test cricket was thanks to their one-day rate of scoring. Pakistan's batsmen like to give it a go but can't keep it up for long enough.

Excuse Number 2: Don't blame us for the hopeless fielding, blame Pakistani domestic cricket - and while we're at it how could a fielding coach do better than us anyway? Sounds half-plausible but the problem is that fielding is one discipline that really can be improved with perseverance and specialist input. Pakistan's main problem is that standards of fielding have risen in all other teams while Pakistan have stagnated. Generally, when Pakistan are playing well with a positive attitude, they hold their catches. Last year's Twenty20 was a prime example, when Pakistan went on a roll they hardly put a catch down and fielded as well as any team. They can do it, so complacent excuses don't wash.

Excuse Number 3: Don't blame us for the bowling, that's what we hired Waqar to cop the blame for.

With this excuse culture setting in, and Mohammad Aamer's injury, Pakistan's prospects aren't looking too clever for the Sydney Test. While fans continue to support their team with passion and are desperate for success, it hurts to see the country's cricket administrators and management of the team continually squander the natural resources at Pakistan's disposal.

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Posted by AfridiFan on (January 3, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

i think what MoYo meant with T20 is that in pakistan it has become the main form of the game, all young and upcoming cricketers are now wanting to hit out firstly because you become in instant hero if you pull it off and secondly because there is a lot more money in it for less work. Farhat, Faisal Iqbal both of the Akmals and to some degree misbah have changed there game to being aggressive which they may not have done if T20 wasnt around

Posted by javed on (January 3, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

Sir, with due respect I am not at all agree with your comments. I think Yousaf got all the talents in the world to lead Pakistan side as Cap & without any doubts he is one of the best batsmen around. Yes there is place for improvement on batting and fielding area where we need to concentrate immensely to perform well. Regd'n Inti, he was & is very good on his roll but know age is catching, so he has to decide to hand over his charge but without any question he served at his best. Another thing where I like our selection team to consider, Shahid Afridi can be better choice on Australian fast pitches where Afridi's ball can skid faster and produce better magic then Kinaria's, not saying Kinaria is not good but just looking at Australian condition and again Afridi can help our batting strength on a day and we all know he is excellent fielder too. At this moment, I request instead pulling anybody leg we should support them and hope for best.

Posted by javed on (January 3, 2010, 10:15 GMT)

Sir, with due respect I am not at all agree with your comments. I think Yousaf got all the talents in the world to lead Pakistan side as Cap & without any doubts he is one of the best batsmen around. Yes there is place for improvement on batting and fielding area where we need to concentrate immensely to perform well. Regd'n Inti, he was & is very good on his roll but know age is catching, so he has to decide to hand over his charge but without any question he served at his best. Another thing where I like our selection team to consider, Shahid Afridi can be better choice on Australian fast pitches where Afridi's ball can skid faster and produce better magic then Kinaria's, not saying Kinaria is not good but just looking at Australian condition and again Afridi can help our batting strength on a day and we all know he is excellent fielder too. At this moment, I request instead pulling anybody leg we should support them and hope for best.

Posted by Maindad on (January 3, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

well said Imran, Pakistan need to find more Umar Akmal's and M> Amir's in their under 19 team and domestic team, stop giving so many chances to Salman Bhat, Imran Farhat, Faisal, Malik and Misbah, come recruit new blood selectors. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by irfan on (January 3, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Good to see EAMiran back. Kamran Abbasi there is a time to joust and there is a time to hold your peace until the battle breaks up. You are really itching to let the on field administration and the selectors have it because they couldn't decide about Younis. Please! As an eminent writer it would have been responsible if you had wished good luck to Yousuf because who knows tomorrow you might be eating humble pie. I realize that it is well with in your right to dissent but not while all hearts pray for whatever team is playing on the ground. Every body is fair game before and after but not while a contest is under way. Let's all support our men!

Posted by Yousuf Zaman on (January 3, 2010, 4:22 GMT)

Kamran ,back to Your column reg Sami , looks like You do not check proper records/history .Sami is the best/fittest/fastest pace bowler in Pakistan.

Posted by Andrew on (January 3, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

I thought everything was Lawson's fault?

YK is a class player and it never should have got to that stage. Having got there, they should never have sent an SOS for him. And having done so, they should never be in a spot where the Board says "No, make him play FC cricket." That just makes it a circus, undermines the current squad, annoys YK a second time and did I mention turns it into a circus?? Would any other team do that?

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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