Australia 2009-10 January 6, 2010

Fear and dread in Sydney

 
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The drum beats for Afridi's captaincy must be growing louder © AFP
 

A thrilling day of Test cricket has ended in dejection for Pakistan fans and deserved joy for Australia. I say ended, but the gloom set in as soon as Mohammad Yousuf put two fingers up to the warrior tradition of Pakistan cricket by setting a field for 800 for 8 instead of 80 for 8. Cricket is all about numbers and their interpretation, and Yousuf misinterpreted the numbers of hope and anticipation for the numbers of fear and dread.

Captains are celebrated when they turn a match with a fortunate bowling change or a clever fielding position. When they fail it is often quite hard to pinpont the decisive moment unless it is an error at the toss. Yet, Yousuf did something remarkable. For a whole session he pursued such a glaringly flawed strategy that he killed Pakistan's ambitions of winning their first Test in Australia since the mid 1990s. He will always be remembered for it: glorious failures are the stuff of legend.

What goes on inside Yousuf's head is something of a mystery. What motivates him? Why does he choose defence when the whole world would attack? As a younger batsman, he would launch an all-out batting assault at the most inappropriate moments. He must empathise with the rash strokemakers in his team because he has been one of them, and was perhaps among them again today. What goes on inside his head that he can blame his lofted drive for Pakistan's defeat, an uncontrolled moment, but seem oblivious to the two and half hours of stupidity that eased the pressure on Australia, played Australia into form, and allowed them a winning advantage?

It is difficult to be too hard on the man. He blames himself enough, he hurts like the rest of us, and he does care. But is that enough to be captain of Pakistan? It is a position that Yousuf has coveted, and believed he was unfairly denied for too long. Sometimes, however, the ambitions of our hearts and heads overestimate the sum of our capabilities. A close observation of Yousuf's captaincy has been alarming viewing during this cricket season, defensive and uninspiring in the extreme, only serving to reinforce the suspicion that he is captain by default. This morning's session was Yousuf reverting to what he knows best at a time of pressure. At such moments are captains judged.

Yousuf remains Pakistan's best Test batsman but the concern is that while the captaincy has delivered a newfound determination to his batting, it may have also made him less prolific. Is this a situation that Pakistan can afford with the national team's poverty of batting riches? Pakistan's problem is that alternatives are few. Younis Khan is out favour and out of love with the captaincy. Kamran Akmal has plenty of problems of his own before saddling him with another responsibility.

Worse still, Yousuf doesn't have enough tactical support among his senior players and his management team. Pakistan captains have never turned to Intikhab Alam for advice, his non-interference is the reason they have always kept him. Even Waqar Younis, wonderful bowler that he was, found captaincy a struggle. Where does a rookie, naturally defensive captain find a mentor in the Pakistan camp? The answer is nowhere. It is every man for himself with the vultures circling for a kill.

Yet is it Yousuf's fault that he was appointed to a post that is beyond his capabilities? That responsibility of course lies with the Pakistan Cricket Board, its chairman and selectors. These are the men, and their predecessors, who have grown fat on the largesse of administrative perks while the cricket team has withered at their whim. When your country's cricket structure boasts a spine of Ijaz Butt, Iqbal Qasim, Intikhab Alam, and Yousuf you probably don't need any further explanation. Who will hold these people accountable?

Pakistan's cricket has been given a false veneer of progress by three factors. First is the excellence of Pakistan's bowling attack, which has developed into a major force over the last year. Second is the emergence of Umar Akmal to add some thrills to a declining batting order. Finally, New Zealand were poor and Australia have been below par too, keeping Pakistan's wobbling enterprise on the tracks.

Nor is it that Pakistan's problems are new or unpredicted: The openers, namely Imran Farhat. The number three position and absence of Younis Khan. A tail that has forgotten how to wag, especially with failures from Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal. Fielding and wicket keeping below top international standards. And a struggling captain. That's just about everything except the bowling. These areas of weakness have been obvious too, no stroke of genius to observe that Pakistan could do much better.

The first disappointment is that this is not the best of Pakistan that has represented us Down Under in Test cricket. The second is that the selected players, with notable exceptions, failed to put on the show of their lives to win the final day for their country. It's not the defeat but the manner of it that will be etched painfully into the brain of every Pakistani supporter who saw it. Defeat from the mother of all jaws of victory.

The deficiencies in batting, fielding, and wicketkeeping have been analysed to death. Change or improvement is required in all these areas. But the biggest loss that Pakistan has suffered is the loss of leaders on the pitch and in the dressing room. Umar, Mohammad Aamer, and Mohammad Asif deserve other warriors among them, and the top of my priority list would be recalls for Younis and Shahid Afridi. And if Younis is unwilling, for Yousuf is incapable, then the drum beats for Afridi's captaincy must be growing louder.

Would you prefer a coward's death or a warrior's? As I've said before, this is the most critical period in the history of Pakistan cricket. It has to be all not nothingness.

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  • hassan on January 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Now forget about the test series and concentrate on one dayers. I request the selection committee to replace Shuaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal by Sohail Tanveer and Abdul Razzaq. Give them enough time to show their potential. We need good all rounders in one day matches especially against Australia.

  • Imran on January 14, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    It was the worst mornings cricket I have ever seen the 2nd test day 4 and Pakistan had Australia where they wanted them, and for Yousuf to take such a negative approach an have such negative field placings, he has no idea, so dissapionting really fro us UK fans watching late at night, no piont really. Pakistan have so much talent but no one can tell them, they need guidence and help from past pros to say look you can catch, Aamir dropped Ponting on 0 in the first morning of the 3rd test and now he is 137 not out, what a joke Pakistan, dropped catches in every match, why should the bowlers try so hard and then be left deflated, a real joke and a really poor performance, after a poor tour of NZ. Pakistan need some help and need to get a new leader who actally knows what he's doing, please Kamran bhai, can you not have words with someone and sort this out, now in the 3rd test we have no Sami, and have Malik back,get the players contact lenses see the ball better, teach them how to catch

  • imran on January 14, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Assalaum Alikum brothers and Kamran bhai. I have stayed up all night now for almost 4 days of this second test and I must say a good toss to loose for Mohammed Yousuf, I was shocked when Ponting decided to bat on a green pitch, what happend in the next 40 overs just kept me awake and jumping in and out of my seat at 4am, I was thrilled to see Sami bowling so well and Asif destroying the Aussies. Pakistan bowled superbly and even though, the next morning the Aussies had Hussey and Siddle at the crease, I was thining Pakistan can polish off the last 3 tailenders and then chase 140 for victoey first in 15 years or more, Pakistan took the filed, Kammy dropped Hussey 3 times and Siddle made 35 odd, Yousuf's field setting was astonishing, he had no men around the bat sqare leg at the fence, and set 7 -2 offside feild and let singles leak all morning, awful unconfident captaincy and really dull to think Yosuf had the Aussies on the ropes and had such a negative approach, we need Afridi

  • Raza Javed on January 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    The first 2 overs of the 4th day said it all. Soon i switched off the TV as it was 2.40am, and slept. And i knew exactly what to read the next day on cricinfo.com

    This is what we expect from the Pakistani team since past 5 years. Feels awful being a Pakistani supporter! I prefer saying nothing to the captain or batsmen, and even the team management (PCB), because their minds work on the songs like Nothing else matters!

  • Amjad Husain on January 11, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    M. Yousuf must go down as the worst captain in Pakistan's history.80-8, 2 possible balls to finish the innings, yet it did not occur to any of he team or the likes of Waqar, Intikhab and Aiqab to tell Yousuf to change the field.What a lousy captain, a 12 year old would have done a far better job.

  • Andrew on January 11, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Don't know how Raj snuck in - but now that you bring up Sydney tests it was nice to see a visiting team lose without dissent, umpire abuse, racial abuse, somersaulting in front of the Members' Stand, threatening to abandon the tour, or the captain spitting his dummy at the press conference. PAK's self-conduct, unlike their batting, was a credit to them.

    As for the reason for the loss, it's not captaincy, catching or fielding - it's the batting. Surely no side in history has ever lost chasing 176 on what's effectively a day 3 track, in the sun, with the ball not swinging, and the pitch playing like a featherbed? They didn't even get close. It's one thing to be bowled out when the pitch is cracked and the ball darting along the ground but this was unheard of.

  • Mian Muhammad Shah on January 10, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Defeat from the mother of all jaws of victory; well said Kamran. Well it was quiet obvious when Yousaf was selected as captain, with all respect to his batting ability only on his day, he is person who can't control his personal flawful running and strategies and adding to his miseries has been handed over the ever increasing burden to lead Pak team. I think good cricketing minds and performers should be incorporated into PCB; from top to bottom, young blood with wise heads should be added. I would say that the present are old for the job as it requires prompt actions. On captaincy I would recommend Younas as Test captain while Afridi as ODIs and 20 20 team; long term chance should be given but must be held liable to the PCB on each and every actions that lead to disturb the cricketing craze in the country. PCB, please don't follow mindless retired Pak cricketers like big saif & Qadir etc but do make a strong system through which the selected players should be coming to the mainstream.

  • Faisal Wahab on January 10, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    There is another confusion now in the news that Kamran Akmal is saying that he is fit and raring to go into the hobart test with new zeal, and to forget the past which was unforgettable and unforgivable. He says that captain Yousuf is backing him, then why PCB sent Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia as his replacement wk. I have no doubt that this is player power which is harming pakistan cricket, and this should end pretty soon otherwise, performances like sydney will be coming in England later this year, or wherever Pakistan team plays tough oppositions. PCB should enforce its rules more strictly. My Question is that why PCB appointed kamran akmal as vice captain, when they know his past record as wicket keeper, and sending a second wk on NZ tour was totally a waste, as sarfraz was sent back from NZ tour. Mohammad Yousuf is a defensive captain, like so many past pak captains. He takes advise from kamran akmal, and if you dont play akmal in hobart how the captain is going to manage his team?

  • M.Tahir from springfield illinois on January 9, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Can someone please tell the idiot Inthekab to just keep his mouth shut,asking for different teams for 20 20 / one days/tests...and being critical of the shot selection of the only real batting talent we have(UMAR AKMAL).Does someone have to remind the absent minded Inthekab that wickets were falling right and left in front of umar akmal and he could'nt have adopted any other approach but to score.On the contrary Yousuf the batsman who scores at a snail's pace in one dayers(which is one of the reason he was omitted from playing one dayers)was hitting the ball like he was playin 20/20.Both of them have BIG BALLS to talk about shot selection.All yousuf had to do was just hold one end and let umar do the scoringand take pakistan home.But no u see he had to show off his "elegant style" that everyone talksabout and I personally think he did'nt want to look like 2nd fiddle if umar wold get all the runs.Please bring Afridi as captain as I believe in dying like a tiger than a jackal.Khuda hafiz

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on January 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    it is our batting, wicketkeeping and captaincy that failed us (like it did in NZ series)

    Sami was the main reason, Aussies lost their confidence in the 1st innings, Asif cleaned them, Gul and Kaneria picked up the slack in the second innings but even with our "frail" bating lineup, things could have been much easier, had Hussey, and Watson were not given repeated repreives in the form of dropped catches.

    I am calling for the heads of Kamran Akmal and Misbah specifically AND Yousuf to be sacked immeidately as captain. Next, Umar Akmal should never be in fielding in slip, point or gully region - extra cover position to make brave stops!

    Next Test: Asif should be given a break for the one-dayers and go in with Sami, Aamer, Gul and Kaneria - Ajmal should never play in a test match ever again!

    Afridi should be recalled as captain for all forms T20, Test, One-Day cricket. Fawad Alam should replace Misbah and Faisal be given another chance.

    Shoaib Malik should be asked to open with Butt

  • hassan on January 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Now forget about the test series and concentrate on one dayers. I request the selection committee to replace Shuaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal by Sohail Tanveer and Abdul Razzaq. Give them enough time to show their potential. We need good all rounders in one day matches especially against Australia.

  • Imran on January 14, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    It was the worst mornings cricket I have ever seen the 2nd test day 4 and Pakistan had Australia where they wanted them, and for Yousuf to take such a negative approach an have such negative field placings, he has no idea, so dissapionting really fro us UK fans watching late at night, no piont really. Pakistan have so much talent but no one can tell them, they need guidence and help from past pros to say look you can catch, Aamir dropped Ponting on 0 in the first morning of the 3rd test and now he is 137 not out, what a joke Pakistan, dropped catches in every match, why should the bowlers try so hard and then be left deflated, a real joke and a really poor performance, after a poor tour of NZ. Pakistan need some help and need to get a new leader who actally knows what he's doing, please Kamran bhai, can you not have words with someone and sort this out, now in the 3rd test we have no Sami, and have Malik back,get the players contact lenses see the ball better, teach them how to catch

  • imran on January 14, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Assalaum Alikum brothers and Kamran bhai. I have stayed up all night now for almost 4 days of this second test and I must say a good toss to loose for Mohammed Yousuf, I was shocked when Ponting decided to bat on a green pitch, what happend in the next 40 overs just kept me awake and jumping in and out of my seat at 4am, I was thrilled to see Sami bowling so well and Asif destroying the Aussies. Pakistan bowled superbly and even though, the next morning the Aussies had Hussey and Siddle at the crease, I was thining Pakistan can polish off the last 3 tailenders and then chase 140 for victoey first in 15 years or more, Pakistan took the filed, Kammy dropped Hussey 3 times and Siddle made 35 odd, Yousuf's field setting was astonishing, he had no men around the bat sqare leg at the fence, and set 7 -2 offside feild and let singles leak all morning, awful unconfident captaincy and really dull to think Yosuf had the Aussies on the ropes and had such a negative approach, we need Afridi

  • Raza Javed on January 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    The first 2 overs of the 4th day said it all. Soon i switched off the TV as it was 2.40am, and slept. And i knew exactly what to read the next day on cricinfo.com

    This is what we expect from the Pakistani team since past 5 years. Feels awful being a Pakistani supporter! I prefer saying nothing to the captain or batsmen, and even the team management (PCB), because their minds work on the songs like Nothing else matters!

  • Amjad Husain on January 11, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    M. Yousuf must go down as the worst captain in Pakistan's history.80-8, 2 possible balls to finish the innings, yet it did not occur to any of he team or the likes of Waqar, Intikhab and Aiqab to tell Yousuf to change the field.What a lousy captain, a 12 year old would have done a far better job.

  • Andrew on January 11, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Don't know how Raj snuck in - but now that you bring up Sydney tests it was nice to see a visiting team lose without dissent, umpire abuse, racial abuse, somersaulting in front of the Members' Stand, threatening to abandon the tour, or the captain spitting his dummy at the press conference. PAK's self-conduct, unlike their batting, was a credit to them.

    As for the reason for the loss, it's not captaincy, catching or fielding - it's the batting. Surely no side in history has ever lost chasing 176 on what's effectively a day 3 track, in the sun, with the ball not swinging, and the pitch playing like a featherbed? They didn't even get close. It's one thing to be bowled out when the pitch is cracked and the ball darting along the ground but this was unheard of.

  • Mian Muhammad Shah on January 10, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Defeat from the mother of all jaws of victory; well said Kamran. Well it was quiet obvious when Yousaf was selected as captain, with all respect to his batting ability only on his day, he is person who can't control his personal flawful running and strategies and adding to his miseries has been handed over the ever increasing burden to lead Pak team. I think good cricketing minds and performers should be incorporated into PCB; from top to bottom, young blood with wise heads should be added. I would say that the present are old for the job as it requires prompt actions. On captaincy I would recommend Younas as Test captain while Afridi as ODIs and 20 20 team; long term chance should be given but must be held liable to the PCB on each and every actions that lead to disturb the cricketing craze in the country. PCB, please don't follow mindless retired Pak cricketers like big saif & Qadir etc but do make a strong system through which the selected players should be coming to the mainstream.

  • Faisal Wahab on January 10, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    There is another confusion now in the news that Kamran Akmal is saying that he is fit and raring to go into the hobart test with new zeal, and to forget the past which was unforgettable and unforgivable. He says that captain Yousuf is backing him, then why PCB sent Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia as his replacement wk. I have no doubt that this is player power which is harming pakistan cricket, and this should end pretty soon otherwise, performances like sydney will be coming in England later this year, or wherever Pakistan team plays tough oppositions. PCB should enforce its rules more strictly. My Question is that why PCB appointed kamran akmal as vice captain, when they know his past record as wicket keeper, and sending a second wk on NZ tour was totally a waste, as sarfraz was sent back from NZ tour. Mohammad Yousuf is a defensive captain, like so many past pak captains. He takes advise from kamran akmal, and if you dont play akmal in hobart how the captain is going to manage his team?

  • M.Tahir from springfield illinois on January 9, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    Can someone please tell the idiot Inthekab to just keep his mouth shut,asking for different teams for 20 20 / one days/tests...and being critical of the shot selection of the only real batting talent we have(UMAR AKMAL).Does someone have to remind the absent minded Inthekab that wickets were falling right and left in front of umar akmal and he could'nt have adopted any other approach but to score.On the contrary Yousuf the batsman who scores at a snail's pace in one dayers(which is one of the reason he was omitted from playing one dayers)was hitting the ball like he was playin 20/20.Both of them have BIG BALLS to talk about shot selection.All yousuf had to do was just hold one end and let umar do the scoringand take pakistan home.But no u see he had to show off his "elegant style" that everyone talksabout and I personally think he did'nt want to look like 2nd fiddle if umar wold get all the runs.Please bring Afridi as captain as I believe in dying like a tiger than a jackal.Khuda hafiz

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on January 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    it is our batting, wicketkeeping and captaincy that failed us (like it did in NZ series)

    Sami was the main reason, Aussies lost their confidence in the 1st innings, Asif cleaned them, Gul and Kaneria picked up the slack in the second innings but even with our "frail" bating lineup, things could have been much easier, had Hussey, and Watson were not given repeated repreives in the form of dropped catches.

    I am calling for the heads of Kamran Akmal and Misbah specifically AND Yousuf to be sacked immeidately as captain. Next, Umar Akmal should never be in fielding in slip, point or gully region - extra cover position to make brave stops!

    Next Test: Asif should be given a break for the one-dayers and go in with Sami, Aamer, Gul and Kaneria - Ajmal should never play in a test match ever again!

    Afridi should be recalled as captain for all forms T20, Test, One-Day cricket. Fawad Alam should replace Misbah and Faisal be given another chance.

    Shoaib Malik should be asked to open with Butt

  • Kiran Kumar on January 8, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Please help Pakistan be a force they were in the 90s. The aggression and flair of the old team is sorely missed, even if they dominated India, they were fun to watch.

  • maqbool mohammad on January 8, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    I agree with one of the posts. It seems the match was fixed and some one made big money. There needs to be an investigation. Except Misbah and Faisal Iqbal, all other players are good enough to win this match. So even if the performance of a few players was bad, if the match was not fixed, we should have won this match. We have two problems, integrity of players and PCB.

  • Paki on January 8, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    What I think the team should be: Saeed Anwar Aamir Sohair Ijaz Ahmed Javed Miandad Inzamam ul Haq Imran Khan Shahid Afridi Wasim Akram Waqar Younis Saqlain Mushtaq Mushtaq Ahmed

    And Pakistan will be No.1 in a couple of years! :)

  • sharaf ullah khan on January 8, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    only man can bring pakistan cricket team wins.that is only younas khan just wait for his form.soon he comes back in form.and that day is near.we should not be disapionted.wait younas is the champion.he is a fighter.

  • sharaf ullah khan on January 8, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    only man can bring pakistan cricket team wins.that is only younas khan just wait for his form.soon he comes back in form.and that day is near.we should not be disapionted.wait younas is the champion.he is a fighter.

  • Ali Majid on January 8, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    It seems that there is no more any point to any sort of Inquisition. The way that we have actually lost this Sydney test is just plain pathetic. Since day 2 I was saying to everyone that I knew that if Pakistan have to chase more than 150 then we will loose. That is the kind of expectations that we have grwon up with from this Pakistan Team. It is sad that we have come to expect these sort of shocking, mediocore and pathetic performances from one of the teams that have been playing for the longest time and has a very distinguished history of test cricket. It does not seem that we fans will ever stop pouring our hearts out here at Kamran's blog. I remember the 2007 world cup and how innumerable Pakistanis came to this blog to vent their frustrations. I remember countless occasions before and after that where things have been so bad that we pray and hope for a new beginning at any glimpse of hope.

  • Cricket Watcher on January 8, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    This is the state of Pakistan cricket :

    1) Poor captain, he is timid and afraid just like Inzamam. 2) Poor batsmen like Faisal and Misbah. 3) Poor keeper - he dropped numerous catches of Kaneria in South Africa and England as well. His batting is no excuse for keeping, would we keep Aamer in the team if he scored fifties but gave away 150 runs for no wickets? 4) Players like Younis who 'opt out' of series - what a joke!! 5) Shahid Afridi who only wants to play the short form of the game. Why he does not play in tests? Too long for him? Too much work? probably. 6) Why isn't Razzaq in the side? 7) Flimsy openers like Imran Farhat - he is poor period. Butt is better and seems to have a better technique. Where is Imran Nazir? 8) If a bowler like Hauritz can pick up wickets thats a real shame. Pakistan has a habbit of giving no-hopers hope. In Sri-Lanka it was Herath now Hauritz - they are poor bowlers who would get tonked in street cricket.

    Shameful performance, again giving it all away.

  • Hasan on January 8, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    After watching the whole game, I have a strong feeling that few pakistani players lost the match intentionally and Akaml seems to be the leader with his drop catches and then reckless batting. Umar also did not apply to win, rather threw his wicket. Group and regional politics and division in Pakistan is well known and cricketers are famous for this starting from early 60s.

    If you want to see a better 3rd test here is MY SUGGESTION: All expatriates in Australia select a team and declare that now and tell if they do not play, you boycott the match by putting the blame on PCB and the selectors. 5 persons in PCB and selection, can not, should not and MUST NOT ruin a country's top game and the spectators' will. TEACH THEM a LESSON.

    Long live democracy over dictatorship. KAMRAN and SAMIUDDIN should take the lead.

  • daddy on January 8, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Sree we are here talking about Pak..and u know like everywhere else that if ur "NEW" indian team comes to say NZ or SA or ENG and face our bowlers ons eaming wicket (which is NOT dead) u guys wont do anything..so lets not go there..we need to get 1-2 batsman in the team and we are all set Alhumdulillah..u want a test match? ull get it..but itll only count if u play it OUTSIDE dead indian wickets!

  • billybob on January 8, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Hey Sree, you are a perfect example of a smug arrogant Indian I was refering too.

  • Sree on January 8, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan team is that there are 11 players who all think they are the captain! There is no respect amongst the players for the captain! Whether be it yousuf or younis khan!

    And secondly, after Inzy, there has been no real great batsman to emerge for Pakistan. Yousuf and Younis Khan, good, as they are, cannot be termed as "great" in the true sense of the word.

    There is , infact, significant question marks over even Inzy's greatness. So, the last undisputed great batsman for Pakistan is Javed Miandad and that is going at least three decades back!

    Pakistan's batting has never been its strong point! They have had lots of good and very good batsmen but not a Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag or even a Dhoni!

    In the past, they used to be able to mask their fraility in their batting with their fearless approach, which sadly, is missing in the current teams! And the result is there for everyone to see in the last years!

  • M Khan on January 8, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Replying to my above post, I agree totally with one of the above post where someone says'I guess what we will hear from That stupid captain now is that he will take everyone for a mug and say 'Yeh to ALLAH ki marzi hi' playing th religion card. YES as a muslim thats true. everything is by the will of Almighty ALLAH and not a feather moves wihout his will. But lets be frank here especially you Mr Yousaf who I think is totally screwed in mind. Almighty actually was kind to you to give u such wonderful opporunity for he 1st 3 days. Look how lucky Pak was in bowling first and then even more lucky when batting (so many times aussie bowlers missed the outside edge and even dropped catch. ALLAH Miah actually gave you this chance on silver platter only for you to behave like scared rabbit and let yourself and country down at this crucial moment. Think how much happiness it would have bought to our nation. M Yousaf, u neither look like a captain or act like one or speak like one. U R DISGRACE.

  • noor on January 8, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Mr. Javaud Abaasi, your comments "If Inzi thinks that by growing a beard his crimes will disappear he is wrong." Thats what worries me, these bearded mullahs have destroyed Pakistan and they want to put Pakistan back 500 years, no wonder Pakistan's cricket is so much out of touch with the modern day cricket. Yousuf is from the same cloth as "Aloo" Inzi a fool with his running and MOYO looks more like a terrorst than the captain of Pakistan. These people are a major embarrestment to the nation.

  • haroon on January 8, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Why was Kamran Akmal wearing a helmet when Danish was bowling, Akmal is bad enough without ant obstruction and with helmet he obsuring his vision, well if there was a dumb WK award of match, I know who my vote goes to. Solution to the problem first fire fat cat Intikhab, then those good for nothing personels at the PCA Ijah lazy-Butt and Iqbal "dopey" selector. Pakistan laughing stock of the world once again, thanks to the bearded idiot and the clumpsy butter finger Akmal.

  • nain tara on January 7, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    u knw wot M yousaf make the PATHANZ of pakistan embarrased.We feel no pride being called pakistanis , the way yousaf was defensive i held my head down wiv shame cuz no 1 of us cud eva dream of doin like dat... just brng dose two of peshawer either younus khan r shaid afridi.. CANT BEAR DIS SICK DEFENSIVE CAPTAINCY ANYMORE?

  • Javaid Abbasi on January 7, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    I wonder if any match-fixing took place here! I am probably wrong to think like that but you never know, specially with these Pakistanis you never know. Unfortunately, our cricketers have a history of getting bought off. Even players like Wasim Akram and Inzi have been guilty of this crime. If Inzi thinks that by growing a beard his crimes will disappear he is wrong. So, you never know. I bet some people, possibly including our Pakistani Cricketers, made a lot of money by manipulating the result of this Test. It is sad to think this way, but how can we not! Thanks to players like Salim Malik, Inzi, Wasim Akram and several others - who everyone knows took bribe to alter results of important matches - we have to think this way. I think ICC should look into this. Yousuf may be religious but I just don't trust these Pakistani players. Again, I am sorry to think like this but I just can't help it. I think the way certain events took place in this test match an investigation is warranted.

  • hammy on January 7, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    hi,i just want to say that inspite of the defeat we had in this sydney test, we should be proud of some players who have performed extraordinarily like muhammad asif with his stunning six wickets in the first innings, secondly umar akhmal whould played brilliantly and he played some spectacular shots, he seems to be an exceptionally talented and in both innings he came very close to his fifty.

    i think its better to make afridi the captain in all formats because hes aggressive and young. yusuf had his turn to prove himself but hes proved to be the worst, so afridi should get the chance now in ODIs and the tests.

    and one thing more, akmal should be rested for some time and sarfaraz who seems to be a good keeper and a good batsman should be given a considerable time to settle himself in the team and to prove himself as a worthy replacement.

  • Sree on January 7, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Billybob: We arrogant smug indians are yearning for another battle with you.Have you already forgotten the way you got thrashed in the last test series?

    Do you need another wallopping? We are ready to give it! Bring another test series on right now!

    The fact is: Australia is a very average team which will struggle to beat teams worth their salt. They are being made to look good by weaklings like pakistan!

    I reckon, West Indies, would have chased those 180 runs easily! Pakistan has become too weak to be a credible test force any more and there is no way up for them!

    Face the reality: Whether we are No 1 in ICC rankings or not, the new 'India' team will beat you aussies 8 times out of 10!!

    Only one thing fires us Indians more than seeing a Paki, and that is, seeing an aussie!

  • Adeel on January 7, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal should give up wicket keeping ASAP. Pakistan should consider him only as a batsman because he is much better than Misbah,Shoaib,Faisal & Imran Farhat ( all 4 should be dropped immediately) . He was the leading scorer in all 3 formats of the game for Pakistan in 2009. and since he hasbeen opening in ODI & T20 why not in Test. Shahid Afridi should be given a chance to captain Pakistan in all 3 formats atleast till 2011 WC.and Mohammed Aamer has shown he has batting sense as well so he could become a genuine allrounder. So for future tests the following should be the line up:

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Younis Khan Mohammed Yousuf Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi (Captain) Sarfraz Ahmed (Wicket Keeper) Mohammed Aamer Umar Gul Mohammed Asif (Vice Captain) Danish Kaneria

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 7, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Yousuf in his post match has indicated the need to have a batting coach. Surprisingly we have 3 coaches all of whom are or were bowlers. Intekhab who looks more like an executive masseur is the chief coach then we have the stupid looking Aquib and finally Waqar. Of the three I think only Waqar deserves to be there and the others must be kicked off and be replaced by a good batting and fielding coach. The need to have a batting coach is very important because the batting is failing regularly and Pakistan finds it difficult to cross 250 runs and the careerer batting averages of our top 7 batters are alarmingly low as stated here under: Imran: 34.22 Salman: 29.95 Faisal: 26.76 Yousuf: 53.63 Umer: 55.50 Misbah: 33.60 Shoaib: 36.00 Kamran: 33.55.

    With this kind of a line up how can we expect to produce good results, it is therefore imperative that we bring in a batting coach on SASPO basis. Keeping the over age and an unfit Intekhab and a stupid looking Aquib will not help.

  • Mr. Snodgrass' assailant on January 7, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    just a quick comment on cricket and religion - not sure religious proclaimations are appropriate. this is a game. sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Just ask Ricky Ponting how he feels about the Ashes twice. The Aussies earned their win, good luck to them.

  • Mr. Snodgrass' assailant on January 7, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    The most important thing Pak can do is to credit Australia for a superb performance!

    The team has shown it can give Australia a game, so why not keep the same players for the next test?

    I do agree that Afridi has a place in the test team but as a bowler and fielder, his batting should be treated as a plus. Calls for Imran Nazir to be in the team are misguided, he is a great fielder but as a batsman in Tests, well he throws his wicket away when in.

    It's clear to me that the current openers have got the talent but not the discipline - Pak has traditionally not produced openers of Gavaskar's quality, so why not ask Sunil over to coach our guys, or even Greenidge? It's no shame to be dismissed by a beauty, but blazing loosely as Imran Farhat did in the second innings was ignorant.

    One final point, I do enjoy reading the Indian fans comments; it's heart warming that so many of them root for Pak, and their slightly detached perspective makes their comment interesting

  • Muhammad Talut Ali on January 7, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Assalamulaikum First of all I would like to reply to the comment of Mr. M KHAN about his use of the word beard & ALLAH and Mullah etc.These things have nothing to do with the game.Every Muslim should fear only God, not the beard ones, because its not the license to either being an innocent angle or fearless and courageous man because these are the bunch of hairs, which grow under every males chin and face,no matter Muslim or Non muslims (Fidel Castro,Pharoh,Genghiz Khan,Sikhs). Now about the test Debacle.Firstly if Yousuf forgot to attack,what all the other players doing,were they sleeping,could nt they advice their captain. And secondly the wicket keeper were the main difference the teams for our defeat with Brad Haddin taking spectecular catches and so as Hauritz.And according to physics, two like charges always repel and force against each other,so as the two Akmals in our team and one of them should be out to maintain equilibrium, and the whole world knows who is that ONE !!

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on January 7, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    I live in Belgium,the time difference between places like New Zealand and Autrailia is of 12 hours meaning all over the Eruope when everybody was asleep long ago match started in these parts of the world.I stayed up all night to watch the match and while the following morning I had to go to work as well.That is the extent to which a lot of cricket fan would go to watch there team play and just look how do these insensitve bunch of money greedy pathetic and dismal crickters repay us. In my opinion people like Kamran,Misbah,Malik,Butt,Farhat and even Mohammad Yousuf although should be put in front the firing squad.Although I was and have been great fan of Mohammad Yousuf since the time he was Yousuf Johanna but he also has let down his cricket fans and also his country and country's pride by his dismal performance time and again.In agitation he joined ICL because he was not being picked,now he knows why.These cricketers have no sense of responsibility or patriotism of integrity.ImAshamed

  • ballubal on January 7, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    yousuf yohanna urf mohd yousuf was acting like a scared goat. he was feeling shy even asking for decision review and rasing fingers. his shoulders were dropping and it feel like he is wearing a burqa.

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Now that I think about it, I'm glad Pakistan lost actually. If they had won, Yousuf might have been placed permanent captain for several years and he would have had the chance to boast about how his tactic was right.

  • Ayaz Bhat "KASHMIR" on January 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Mr.Abassi,this is the third time I am writing to u. Please help us out. Please join them as a psychologist. They are struggling,they are loosing and people like me are crying and loosing faith. I cant see them like this. I know they arent capable enough to chase 400 in the second innings but I am not ready to buy that they cant chase 180.So,the question is why aren't they capable to win a match and the answer is once again their MIND SET UP. We can't have Yousuf as a captain and win matches.He lacks ability to deliver as a captain. He lacks agression and for sure lacks a leaders brain. Now the second question is "WHO WILL REPLACE HIM?". the obvious choice is Younis Khan because that Guy can get better and become the leader that is required.Next choice is Afridi but that guy lacks consistency and may lose the team control... So i have left it to Almighty Allah. May god bless them and give them a lot of success in the future..Belive me I have never felt so bad as I did that day.Take care

  • Shahid on January 7, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    TESTS INVOLVING PAKISTAN IN THIS SEASON ARE TREAT TO WATCH. VERY EXCITING AND GOING TO WIRE. They matches are good for test cricket. No other team can do so much of unexpecteds, They can just roll over any team and then get rolled over twice as heavily. hahahaha

  • qasemh on January 7, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    @M KHAN and the likes: We are all disappointed but please stop associating this loss with Mohammad Yousuf's religion. You's anger maybe valid but your choice of expression is disgusting to be honest.

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on January 7, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    There is a bright side to the defeat and it is much more a blessing in disguise for pak cricket. Because it is the defeat that prompted PCB to replace pathetic Kamarn Akmal,had we won that might not have happend. And I pray that Misbah will get a boot as well,as taking into account the New Zealand seris and tests he played in Austrailia he had not scored more than 150 runs altogether in five tests. And the defeat has raised the issue of Afridi,does'nt matter whatever it takes to bring him back to test squad.Under the present circumtances it would be best to discard all the five/six senior batsmen including Yousuf and replace them with completely inexprienced and new players form domestic circuit. We are losing anyhow with so much experience in the top/middel order. What harm would it do if for a short while we lose by playing young and inexperienced but in the long run will only be beneficial as it will set example for the future generation,that is:no performance no place in the squad.

  • Musstanser Tinauli on January 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    @ Jack hosnard: I think you missed my comments! "I salute Australia for pulling it out of nothing but I must say Pakistan lost because of its own madness and they just refuse to learn from their mistakes."

  • M KHAN on January 7, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I want to ask this Mullah captaion of ours who I lay blame solely for losing the 'won' game. With that beard of yours Mr, obviously one expected you to be fearless and couregeous (because you only fear Almighty ALLAH). But man the way you played the game last day(even last 1 hour of 3rd day), It seemed your God was not Almighty ALLAH but your god was fear, defeated mentality and poor character of person who has no faith and courage. I am mulsim myself so I can say this. I mean even a 10 year old kid wouyld know exactly the right thing to do last day play would be to attack, deprive the batsman of any 'Oxygen' by having fileders in the ring in catching positions. This is pathetic loss. Even if Pakistan had won, we have seen enough of this guy's captaincy potential to suggest he is only default captaain becaiuse of lack of choice available. He shoudl be sacked immediately. Pakistan is a young inexpereiened team with good talent and to move forward we do not need such negative captain.

  • DEPRESSED FAN on January 7, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    How many times will they do it?

    In Sri Lanka, they did the same thing. If they batted like sensible people, and not like street players (even they play a lot better!) the series would have 1-1 or they might have won it.

    In New Zealand, same story. They would have won 2-0 otherwise.

    In Australia, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF!

    I wonder why dont the bowlers commit suicide! The batsman put all their had work down the drain! Or is there something fishy...?

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, please don't erase my comments. I am 1000% over confident the 2nd test was match-fixing. The number 1 match-fixer was Kamran Akmal, number 2 was Mohammad Yousuf. And so called corrupt cricket board in the world is Pakistan cricket board. The Australians and Aussie fan certainly should not enjoy this victory. They should become grateful and give hearty thanks to Pakistani players to help Aussie victorious.

  • Wasim Saqib on January 7, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Just dropping Akmal and Misbah from the third test would not be enough, they should not be given NOC's to play in IPL or any other league this year let them rot in domestic cricket as a punishemnt. That is the only way these players can be taught to value national pride over their personal interests.

  • Anum on January 7, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    I think our team does not deserve to play test cricket. These players have no stamina, no self-belief and no fighting spirit. Australia proved to be the victors because they fully believed that they will win. But Pakistani team...well what can one say? If the captain is so defensive and lethargic, what can you expect from the rest?

    I guess Pakistani team is just going to perform well in T20 because that's their only worth. And yeah, giving more importance to IPL because they play for money only, not their country.

    Please, ICC, take away the Test status of Pakistan because they make a mockery of the game and they don't deserve to play it!

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 7, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    How many more chances be given to Mr Ijaz Butt? President must sack him too. He is incompetent and inept too

  • Kaarthik Subramanian on January 7, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    It must be frustrating for the pakistani cricket fans to swallow this bitter pill of defeat as even I can't believe what has happened.Yes there was mistake in part of Yousuf's captaincy but i feel that the selectors should give this team some time to settle down.And the team surely missed the services of Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi.I think that Yousuf should be given some time to showcase his results.i dont think that anyone apart fron yousuf can handle more pressure. As a cricket fan I dont want pakistan to involve in another controversy.We want good competetiveness in international cricket and for stability is the maost important factor.I hape that Pak players will display more courage hereafter

  • sana ullah on January 7, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Facts 1)Putting on color glasses doesnot make you a better player and fielder. 2)Tinted and dark glasses on a cloudy day will effect your visibility and you would look stupid when unable to stop or catch the ball. 3)A smile after dropped catch is the worst ever smile some one want to see. 4)If you dont know how to hit a cricket ball go back and do some GULLI DANDA practice. 5)If you dont know how to field a ball CATCH SOME HENS AND PIGGONS of your neighbour. 6)If you are too posh or embaraced to dive DONT COME ON FIELD IN KIT RATHER COME IN SUITE AND DESIGNER SHOES. 7)If you are not good at through and hitting a ball play BANTAY not cricket. 8)If you dont know the leadership and field tectics GO AND DO PAKISTAN POLITICS JOIN ANY PARTY. 9)If you dont know how to coach cricket WHY DONT YOU BECOME A COACH DRIVER/CONDUCTOR ON NEW KHAN. 10)If you cant manage the team and their attitutes MANAGE SOME GOATS AND SHEEPS IN CHAULASTAN NEAR BAHAWALPUR.

    Shame on you.

  • Wasim Saqib on January 7, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Australia won the 2nd test as they were playing with 13 players. Kamran Akmal and MOYO helped rescue Australia like Guardian Angels at every stage of the game. Moyo is being criticised for his field placements how come a player who was lauded for his field placements in the last test and someone who has played 87 tests didn't knew what to do at when the opposition was 80/8. He criticised the T20 format for poor display of batting but played himself like a T20 batsman, usually he likes to play slow but when it was really required he was trying to hit every ball out of the park. Why? Any keeper in the world can drop catches, but just tell me if you have seen any keeper in the world who doesn't remove the bails while attempting a run out,KA didn't even attempted to remove the bails instead moved his gloves away so that they don't accidently dislodge the bails. Those of you who haven't seen that play can confirm it by looking at the replays. That play tells the whole story.

  • Zahid Ashrafi on January 7, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Except MOYO all Pak betting has average under 30. Off course Umer Akmal is not playing for long to have any credible average to consider. I even doubt him because he plays like he is playing ODI or 20/20. I feel sorry for PK bowlers. They have no support in slips or Wicket keeper. What Pakistan needs is dependable Wicket Keeper NOT Gilchrist Clone. Our betting at best is a club level. I have crying to add Asim Kamal, Taufeeq Umer. Fasial Iqbal??? why why. We really need betting coach+psychologist to teach these buffoons how to stay at wicket. We had day and half to score 176. If they played with patience and scored one run per over they still would have won. Someone tell Imran Ferhat test is not ICL or IPL. Umer Akmal should be given tranquilizer. People are comparing him with Miandad. Wow!!!! He wants to score century in 3 overs???? If Kamran Akmal has friends in high places then play him as a batsman. Bring Sarfraz even he scores zeros and hold on to caches then he will justify his selection. Peace!!!

  • Shamus Khan on January 7, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    I watched the match....I was simply perplexed. Tactics were simply so bizaare and weird that it defied logic. Mr Akmal dropped dollys, he is technically weak, the catches he missed, his eyes were not on the ball on all 4 occasions. We are a unfit team and overweight team. PAKISTAN NEED TO GET PROFESSIONAL! professionalism goes a long way. Firstly get the right players to play, look at the domestic scene, and give a chance on MERIT. Develop a GET IN SHAPE program, hire a fielding coach, make this compulsary in domestic cricket, hire a batting coach!!!! LASTLY AND NOT LEAST HAVE A PLAN!!! Use laptops, analyse the players promblems and make them better. This list is a long as my arm. Cricket is really all about test match's...that is the ultimate game. Players need to drop their egos....Seriosuly I am still fuming....we should have HAMMMERED THE AUSSIES!!! I gurantee that nothing will come out of this. MARK MY words. The problems are deep rooted.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui - Jeddah, S. Arabia on January 7, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Yousuf proved to be a silly captain but I still cannot make out why Misbah nd Shoaib Malik are being retained in Australia nd awad Alam was sent back. Misbah has now played 14 test matches since 01 Mar 09 to Jan 3rd 2010 scoring only 295 runs averaging 27.69 with 3 fiftys only. He bats at # 6 which is very important position normally occupied by the 2nd best batsman in the team which he definately is not. His figures do justify his being there nd yet Yousuf is all praise fr him.....I think what is happening there is that Misbah, Shoaib, Yousuf nd Kamran Akmal have formed a strong group within the team nd are just manipulating amongst themselves which has become obvious now. It is because of them no youngster gets a chance nd if sellected they are made to warm the benches. It is about time that this group is shown the door without which the team wl never come up. Shoaib nd Misbah's presence there is a bad omen fr the team nd shud be replaced by budding youngster, the sooner the better.

  • m shahzad alam on January 7, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    The first sign that pakistan is losing the match was when they could not capitalize huge first inning lead after a reasonable opening partnership .Yusuf is not a captaincy material but unfortunately Pakistan has no option; Afridi will do no good as he is not a test cricketer(his record speaks). The best option is bring Yunus, kick out the players like Faisal,Shoeb, Misbah, Kamran. Bring new players- chance to settle- rather giving chance to these uninspiring cricketers.

  • M.Tahir from springfield illinois. on January 7, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I entire ly agree with ur anlaysis that the minute yousuf started setting the defensive field placements he was setting up Pakistan to loose the game.However there was one comment from a very observant fan wo mentionted that why were'nt there any signals or notes from the dressing room from the coaches,and Waqar in particular,who was avery attacking captain in his days.Why the hell did'nt he emphasize that being one of the main coach.I saw him talking to pakistani bowlers during the newzeland tour, when he was a nobody,in the unit,but it was amazingly bizzare to see him stay un involved while this fiasco of all time was taking place in front of his eyes.Afridi needs to return immediately to the team as captain.As radical this may seem it is the best option,as he has offered his services to play.Razzaq should be immediately drafted,as he has the best record in australia...I fail to understand what kind of idiots would leave him behind.Waqar needs to be more involved with the team.G.luck

  • Ghaus on January 7, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    I think the team for the next test should be:

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran farhat 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Yousuf 5. Umer Akmal 6. Faisal Iqbal 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed 8. Amir. 9. Umer Gul 10. Asif 11. Danish Kanaria

    The team should definitely bat in the above order. I think it would be nice to use Kamran Akmal as a one down batsman. If he can bat well why not use him. Lot of people think he is a very good batsman so lets find out by giving him an opportunity as a regular batsman. If he can't prove himself to be a good batsman then he should discarded from the team.

  • Srinivas on January 7, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    It was just an unimaginable loss for pakistan though, it was their own mistake. Unable to chase down 175 on a placid track when the other team scored 381 just a day ago, totally unacceptable. The batting appears good on paper with yousuf and the promising umar akmal etc.

    Coming to the case of afridi being made the captain. He has never been considered a test regular and he keeps shuttling in his opinion on playing test cricket. so, there lies your answer. so, persisting with yousuf as captain and hoping there would be a change in their attitude in the near future rather than going for big changes in the team. A psychological and batting experts would be the cure.

  • Atif on January 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Everybody is jumping on afridi should be captain bandwagon. Do you all know that afridi only plays when he wants to play. That means he doesn't play for the country, he only plays for himself. Pakistan showed in this test match that they can play toe to toe with aussies and that is a good sign however we need to start being consistent. I don't think appointing afridi as captain will resolve this problem. We need a very good motivator who can motivate our players and teach them how to win at any cost. We need to get used to winning and stop getting used to losing.

  • habeeb on January 7, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Dec 2009 Rating 1.India 124 2.South Africa 122 3.Australia 116 4.Sri Lanka 115 5.England 105 6.Pakistan 83 7.New Zealand 81 8.West Indies 77 9.Bangladesh 13

    Dec 2010 rating

    1.India 124 2.South Africa 122 3.Australia 116 4.Sri Lanka 115 5.England 105 6.Bangladesh 83 7.New Zealand 81 8.West Indies 77 9.Pakistan 13

  • Arvind on January 7, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Well, don't try to complicate matters too much.

    Australia won because they always believed that they could win it. Shane Watson's statements at the end of Day 3 (when Australia were effectively 80/8) tells you about Australia's mental strength.

    Pakistan lost because they never believed that they could win it. Even after they bowled out Australia for 127, it was Pakistan trying to "save" the game, not Australia!!

  • ash on January 7, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Didn't it look like Pakistan thre the match? The odds were 20 to 1 against Australia winning after close of play on day 3. Then Yousuff decides to bring back the field to allow the batsmen to settle. And all Pakistani batsmen try to play T20 type shots when they have 2 days to get the runs......felt a bit strange don't you think?

  • Blazing on January 7, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Well this looked like "A tale of two Captains" taking a aggressive early start to qualiy for "Captain Stupid" award of 2010. Both tried very hard....but Yusuf won the race in the end...

  • Al From Oslo on January 7, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    I will not take credit from Australian TEAM, but I can understand Pakistani fans.

    I will tell you guys, Pakistani team will not change their approach and the management is currupt. Change this change that, is just not gonna happen. PCB doesn't give a s!"#, they have their pockets full.

    This kinda collaps are now normal for Pakistani team, therefore Australian were sure to make 150+ and win this match, which they did.

    I saw when haddin flew and took that catch. CAtches win matches. Australia is a better team and they deserved to win.

  • Kamal on January 7, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    When there is a problem,people try to find a solution. TV commentators, spectators, ex-cricketers in Pakistan, even cricket lovers in India and all over the world understand that the current team has 4/5 players who has failed previously and are not up to international cricket. In cricinfo blog, people raised questions and gave names of players to try who have played before. But the thick skin, dull head, insane Ejaz Butt, Iqbal Qasim and Intikhab Alab did not listen. I think those 3 are the main culprits and they will go down in the history of test cricket as the worst managers. They will not resign as they do not have any good sense. I hope people of Pakistan take a collective efforts so that these group of people never get another chance to manage cricket anywhere in the world. ICC should also take a close look at the sentiment of the people all over the world and disconnect with these idiots of the 20th century. QADIR, MIANDAD resigned in protest of PCB's activities. SHAME ON THEM.

  • sumair on January 7, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    I am pakistani but I do support Australia more then pakistan. they have amazing style of play and courage to go beyond unimaginable. what they did at SCG was remarkable that i have ever witnessed.they all are border childs :p

  • Imran Yousaf on January 7, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    …Cont from above

    Yousuf and Kamran Akmal can take the plaudits for this mammoth failure. I thought Kami had got over his flapping but I guess when the serious pressure is on he cant hack it.

    Although he gave us a bit of a balance in terms of batting, agree that Sarfraz should now be brought in and Kami can take a back seat for at least a couple of years to sort himself out. He should be sent home but I would not want him discarded as I think his batting is crucial for Pak.

    Get rid of the useless tried and failed Butt, Farhat, Iqbal n even Misbah as his time is up. Oh & not to forget Shoaib Malik – why he is even the damn squad is beyond me!!!

    As per custom my team is:

    1. Fawad Alam 2. Younis Khan 3. Hassan Raza 4. Ahmed Shehzad 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Gul / Sami 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria / Ajmal

  • Imran Yousaf on January 7, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Here is my rant!

    Yousuf's defensive approach to Day4 at SCG is simply unforgiveable for me. We lost the game even before a ball was bowled on D4 as Yousuf lost the game in his head. At the end of D3 he wasn't talking about Pak wining but instead worried abt Aus fighting back. His disgracefully negative mindset would have spread to his player like SwineFlu and I dont think it would have matterd even if we had to chase 85 as thanks to Yousuf the game was lost in their heads.

    He will rightly be remembered for his woeful lack of leadership at the most important of times and everything he has achieved b4 means a jot to me and I imagine to 99.9% of Pak fans!

    I don't understand why people are so hung up about the batting collapse as Pak have a track record in this &were never going to chase down 175 even if the opposition had been Holland! Many a better team than this rag tag outfit have failed to chase lesser target than this. Chasing anything significant in 4th Inns is hard.

  • faisal on January 7, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Pakistan’s self inflicted wound might heal in the coming days but for the fans and the country this defeat will never be forgotten. As far as captain is concerned i will say Afridi is the best candidate since Younus has already said that team is not in his control and to lead the same team he might not earn the same respect. What we have noticed that Afridi becomes more responsible when he is leading and he does not drop his number down the order like others who are afraid to play when the going gets tough. He is not timid and a warrior, the only concern is that he looses his cools very quickly but once given responsibility he could be a different man altogether.

  • Javaid Abbasi on January 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    In Test Match Cricket you don't just need talent and skill you also need mental toughness, self-belief and aggressiveness, qualities that are missing not just from this Pakistan side but also from most of the Pakistan sides from the past as well except during the entire period when Imran Khan led the side and intermittently when Javed Miandad was in charge. It is not a coincidence that Imran Khan, and to a lesser extent Miandad, possessed those qualities of self-belief, confidence and mental toughness. I forgot Mushtaq Mohammad's period was a successful one too because he too possessed those qualities as well. The rest of the Pakistan history is full of disasters that could very easily have been triumphs but for poor application, lack of fighting spirit and good leadership. In 1971, Pakistan should have won the series against England 1-0 and in 1972-73 Pakistan should have beat Australia 2-1, but, due to all the above reasons we lost 0-3. Inti, the present manager, led the team then.

  • Daniel on January 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Pakistan had Australia on the ropes for the first three days of the Test match only to throw it all away in just one session of cricket. Poor captaincy. Mohammad Yousuf should have set an attacking field for both Hussey and Siddle. Hussey has been down in form all season and by setting a defensive field, Pakistan played him back into form. There should have been at least three slips, a silly mid-off, a silly mid-on and short fine-leg around both batsmen for that entire first session. Instead, by setting the field with seven men against the boundary it allowed both batsmen to pick and choose their shots. There was no pressure on the batsmen at all. What was Yousuf thinking? If I was a Pakistani bowler I would be furious at the captain. It made it look like he had no faith in the bowlers to do the job of taking those last two wickets. It sent the wrong signal to his players, and it ultimately allowed Australia to get back into the game.

  • Faisal on January 7, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    No they can’t….. Not often you see Australian giving away a chance of victory to opposition but since the beginning of this test it was the case. Just imagine both captains talking to each other and Ricky Poniting telling Muhammad Yousuf with austerity “Mr yousuf you have got to win this match and on the other hand Yousuf replying to ponting, out of humbleness no sir you are the boss you take it” and so did the Australian took it with pleasure. It was one of the most shambolic performance I had seen from Pakis. Many would say that pak lost the match when they dropped too many catches or when yousuf got out in the 2nd innings but I would say it was lost when Pakistan did not extend the lead in 1st innings when they had all the time and the conditions in their favour. What pak lacked in this match was a killer instinct, self belief and an attitude to win. I did not see super performance from Aussies to win this match but it was a super team effort to loose it.

  • vivek on January 7, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan will do good if Boom Boom Afridi is made captain. He is of course a player who has not done justice to his talent but may be if given a bit responsiblity, we might see the best of Afridi. Already as T20 captain, Afridi is showing some responsibility. There may be the odd rash shot or two, but it is a gamble worth taking. World cricket and Pakistan cricket will only be better place if Afridi decides to at least come back to the test side.

  • Saqib on January 7, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    @ Mabsoos Ahmed

    Some others flaws include; * Running between the wickets. Always a problem with Pak. * K Akmal could have run-out S Watson but thought the throw would hit the stumps. * Fielding positions - our slip dont know where to stand. * U Akmal dropped two catches (1 in each test) both above waste height because he was too close. Must think the wicket is a slow dead one like in pakistan.

  • Melbourne Man on January 7, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    If Ponting didn't gift Pakistan the green seaming wicket then where would Pakistan have been? Why did he do it? Why did Ponting give Pakistan such an edge? And why in the previous MCG test did he make such sporting declarations to keep Pakistan in the game? There is a reason that no-one in this blog has picked. Ponting put Pakistin in to bowl on a green seaming wicket because he wanted to build the confidence of his own team. The Australian team is in transition, lots of young fellows, he wants to build their confidence, the only way to do that is to stretch them. It's no good to just hammer a weak Pakistan outfit, in order to build his own team he needs to have them put under pressure to develop that winning ethic. He really believes they can do it, but until they see for themselves they can do,they don't know. Ponting is building the Aussie team ethos by giving Pak a chance. He said afterwards he bet Aus would do better in 2nd innings than Pak in 1st. He took a punt they would choke

  • Anneeq on January 7, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    People look at Afridi just on bare figures, tht is not the full story! Yes he hasnt gt the best of figures, but its the XFactor he brings to the team. Its his presence can bring the extra spring to everyone's step, much like Dhoni does 2 India. Hes a crowd favourite, and he brings tht fear 2 the opposition. And Pk dnt have many players that make Aus scared other than Aamer really. Thats why he should be captain, not to mention his fine fielding, maturing batting and great bowling!

    Another scenario could be Danish K! He reminds me a lot of S Warne! Plays good hard attacking cricket. Someone hits him for 6, he sticks to the task, challenges them to do it again. Hes loves a good scrap, and hes not scared of tossing the ball up and going for the magic ball. Hes got the Aussie mentality about him! Nothing he loves more than to win, no matter what the situation or the opposition unlike MoYo! Thats why he would be a great captain!!!

    Of course useless lot: Iqbal, Misbah nd Akmal shud b axed

  • fizul on January 7, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Remember february 1994 in New Zealand. New Zealand were 133 for 4 in the fourth innings, chasing 334, Pakistan had Wasim and Waqar in their lineup. New Zealand won with 5 wickets in hand. It's match like these that people from around the world accuse Pakistan of fixing matches.On the night before the last day of these matches, some people are being paid. It's about time the ICC step in & get Pakistan out of test cricket.

  • Khawaja Naveed Zafar on January 7, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Kamran Sb, Pakistan Cricket has been rested in peace with this loss. As a cricket lover i will continue to follow other team matches but will never see or notice Pakistan playing because they just dont even care for the millions of their fans who were praying at that time when they were busy in throwing their wickets away as if it was the last session of the final day in Sydney not the fourth day of a test match.

    Why on earth they didnt stick to a plan to chase 170 odd runs. Were they playing club cricket??

    This is the worst day in Pakistan Cricket History and as usual our cricket team and our cricket board will least bother to feel ashamed and will just put excuses to secure their jobs.

  • Saqib on January 7, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Whoever is captain will have to contend with other team members forming groups to undermine the captain for self interests. It happened to Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Younis Khan, etc, etc, exception was Inzi. A strong board backing a strong captain is the solution - that means banning players for dissent perhaps also not issuing NOC's for IPL??

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Australian test captains since 1989, well there was Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and now Ricky Ponting.

    Pakistani test captains since 1989, well there was Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saleem Malik, Rameez Raja, Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan, Inzi, Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan, and now MoYo.

    Australia have only used five captains in the last 20 years, Pakistan 14 - and now everyone wants our 15th.

    Sometimes changing everything everytime you lose a match isn't the way to go. With stability at the top - comes results.

  • arif khan on January 7, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    I believe everybody is disappointed and writing such harsh comments in this blog...Let me tell u..Yousuf has done a great job as Captain.He is the most successful batsman pakistan has ever produced and has a cool head over his shoulders...(including a long beard).Younis Khan , Shahid Afridi are just a bunch of jokers let me tell u..Two reasons pakistan lost were - Kamran Akmal in the past aswell has not been the best of the wicket keepers although a good batsman.He dropped 4 catches guys.was it an international test match going on or a club match. Batsmen failing to score 176 runs...Each and every batsman is to be blamed...A wicket which was still perfect to be played on...and two days to achieve these runs...Imran Farhat and Salman Bhatt are never a great pair eventhough they have scored some runs together..technically poor..Yousuf/Umer/Misbah/Kamran should have stayed till end..There was no agression required.Pakistan @ 133 for 7 could hv still done it..Umer shd hv stayed till end.

  • umer on January 7, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    pakistan team play with real players not promotional ones

  • Syed Hassan on January 7, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Dan and ruchit - we pak fan have abundance of praise for a team who can really win. Why would Aussies expect to receive any praise when they were given lives. At the same time players from Pakistan team are very hospitable and they simply cannot allow opponents team member to think against them by simply not accepting the chances they offer to pakistani players. Had Husseys'catches were accepted, I wonder Dan and Ruchit would have been reviewing the so called class of Aussies which at present moment no more than a club team. So at the end of the day, their courage under fire, or well to be honest was it ever there in the beginning?

  • deepa on January 7, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Aussie commentators and media are saying that the test match is "ONE OF THE GREATEST TURNAROUNDS IN HISTORY OF CRICKET". Either they should tell it as " ONE OF THE GREATEST TURNAROUNDS IN HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKET" or "ONE OF THE GREATEST STUPID CRICKET PLAYED BY ANY TEAM(PAKISTAN) IN HISTORY OF CRICKET". I am sure when Australia were reeling at 38 for 8, even a small kid from KARACHI would have setup a much attacking field than OVER-RATED YOUSUF setup the fielding in match. And to my knowledge, KAMRAN AKMAL would have dropped a minimum of 20 catches in his International career.Thats all I want to say.

  • Yasir Godil on January 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Booom Booom Time.

    The drum beats for Afridi's captaincy are growing louder and louder.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on January 7, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    No dearth of talented cricketers in Pak. It is the failure of the systems and the people managing PCB. There is no coordination and they are not thinking as to how resolve the problems/mistakes being repeated. We all know that batting department needs improvement but still nothing has been done and Waqar/Aqib are there but no batting coach. Besides the following flaws are in the Pak Team:- 1. Attacking Mindset for the cricketers 2. Good Techniq for Openers 3. A bowling alrounder 4. Fielding deficiencies 5. Mental toughness 6. Lack of Plan A,B or SOS. 7. Patience while batting in test 8. A good communication & understanding among the players 9. Bias selection 10.Domestic structure of Cricket 11. Repeat of the same mistakes and not to correct or diagnose the same.

    If the above flaws are not rectified, we will be making hue and cries and we will be facing more embarassing situation thatn ever before. Is there anyone who can these flaws and think if they are genuine in natur

  • jamshed on January 7, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I had posted here (a day before the last day) that I was praying for Pakistan and that they were fully capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.Sadly,I've been proved right.On top of that,I've had to endure the dreadful transmission of Geo Super for four days.One thing is for sure,I won't be watching the rest of the tour.Much better to watch DVDs.

  • Sulman Ahmed on January 7, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    This was crazy

    Sitting in the members stand at THE SCG

    it was like suffering in silence

    BAd captaincy; bad pathetic batting

    I could have done better myself

    I dont thin pakistan deserved to win

  • Aziz on January 7, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Pakistan team should give up cricket & start playing " Gulli Danda"

  • shahid on January 7, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    "Catches win Matches" so thanks for nothing Kamran. His days as keeper are surely coming to an end but i believe he should stay in the team as a batsman. Misbah lost us the Twenty20 against India and has never really done anything for Pakistan so i believe his days are finally numbered. How many more times do we have to see Sami, he has made more comebacks than i could even begin to imagine. What needs to be done for the selectors to realise that AFRIDI should be the captain for all forms of cricket for Pakistan. We need stability and Afridi should be given that chance NOW not when he is 35 like Yousuf. Afridi should be captain and we should stick by him win,lose or draw. The selectors and even Waqar Younis with his depth of experience should be blamed for this disaster, surely they could have guided Yousuf more during the days play. We need to get back that spirit in the Pakistan team which Imran khan once famously quoted as "The Cornered Tigers"

  • jehangir on January 7, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Australia have been fortunate at home this summer at home...they have been fortunate to face two inexperienced and weakened teams...surely if england, india, or even sri lankan were playing them currently results would have been different. Pakistan simply were unlucky due to drop catches that's all...australia didn't play better cricket...they were offered the match on the platter by kamran akmal's butter hands.

  • Waqas Ather Saeed on January 7, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Pakistan rush Sarfraz to Australia. Meanwhile Akmal has decided to stay on in Australia, even after the series gets completed. He is confident of attaining Australian citizenship.

    Such a disgrace. Kamran Akmal's catching, Yousuf's mind bogglingly defensive captaincy and the batters inability to bat for just 50 overs, were made fun of by the commentators.

    They said it was one of the greatest turnaround in test cricket history, I say it was THE greatest giveaway ever in the history of the game. Shame on everyone in our team.

    We have proved that we are good for nothing.

    We were living under a false impression of a bright future, mainly because of the emergence of Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer and the return of Mohammad Asif. But that shouldn't blind us. It is about time to throw away the non performers. Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah ul Haq, Shoaib Malik & Kamran Akmal should be thrown away immediately. Yousuf should be stripped of the captaincy. Time for Afridi now.

  • ali on January 7, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Despite all the disappointment of loosing this test and whatever is being said about Yousuf's captaincy and blah blah.. I would just pray that we don't loose the only "batsman" in our team. It is the time when he needs all of us to back him up, he made the mistake but all legends learn from their mistakes.. let's give him more time...

  • Amjad Farooq on January 7, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Dear Billy, well said everything but I dont agree on one point that in this test Australians were all out and they did not play good cricket they practically lost everything. It was us who kept on giving them chances and made them win. No doubt we wont have such a chance again as Australians play very well otherwise. I want to encourage my team as they can do it again so we must all boast their morale as much more cricket is to come in Australia. We ahve seen that Australians could not face our bowlers comfortable and we need to do very good fielding. We can win if you dont commit stupidities with this team even if we have objections.

  • billybob on January 7, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I read here that everyone and everything is being blaimed for this loss except one thing. Australia bowled very well in the 4th innings. Pakistan bowled well on a very lively track and rolled the Aussies for nothing. Well done Pakistan. They then batted and could have posted a big total but Australia fought back and kept the lead to 200 odd. Well bowled Australia and well batted Pakistan. Australia then got a lead of 176 and did so due to combined bad bowling and fielding from Pakistan and some good batting from Australia. Well done Australia. Needing 176 and two days to bat Pakistan should have crawled home with ease but Australia never gave up and bowled with fire and brains.Very well done Australia, brain fade Pakistan. Don't fool yourselves people, this Australian side is a good side and is getting better and better. They will still loose badly from time to time but this side will put those arrogant smug Indians back in their place, Don't be so hard on yourself Pakistan.

  • Amjad Farooq on January 7, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    many things have been written and we have to pacify our emotions but nothing crying over spilt milk. after all the frustration of losing I finally conclude it was bad luck a shear bad luck nothign more. No doubt some of the selection in the team is debatable and no dout some of the players did not apply themselves professionally BUT simply it was not our day. Cricket is not by chance as Aussies is proving to the world every time. Why dont they lose, why this rule does not apply on them. This means cricket is nto by chance. One lesson we must learn from this defeat that never become easy or casual in the game till the game is over, there is alwasy a slip between cup and lip. We must train our sportsman to be focused. Even if you lose lose with dignity, a competitive game. Remember many hearts are beating for your success.

    Now I would not like that our team be dejected and its morale gets down. Forget the defeat and play with new enthusiasm the last test and then there is more.

  • IndCricksOnUpswing on January 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I am at once bemused and bewildered that the vast majority of the reactions to this post seem to suggest that Pakistan was in a virtually unbeatable position. Maybe its a fallacy borne by Pakistan's recent results in that nudge-nudge, wink-wink 20/20 format. It is ironical then that the same fans who revel in castigating their team for adopting a "20/20 approach" while batting are guilty of the supposition borne by T20 results that seemingly dominating a test match for 3 days would rather naturally lend itself to winning it on the 4th. Bollocks! In my own mind I had no doubt in Pakistan's infinite bag of tricks to conjure up a defeat with the ease of a sorcerer. I think the people spewing vitriol here would be well served to remember that Pakistan have not displayed any meaningful degree of skill and competence in the most definitive form of cricket for a small matter of 10 years. You tried hard, you came close. Winning?? Aah, now that's quite something else in a 5 day game.....

  • bebarg on January 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Two wrong does not make a right bring afridi and we will have the oposite, COMEDY INSTEAD OF TEARS. We had a captan he was injured and he played, we objected "why is he playing when injured", then we put more pressure on him, a group of play ers asked for his replacement, the politions humiliated him and still v expected him to do wonders. The pressure was mounted so much that he foreget to even bat. huhuhuhuh what a nation.

  • Dr moim on January 7, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I think everyone is too hard on a genuine cricketer and a human being. It was yousuf who came atleast near to victory while none came so closer. He has managed to do it with a bunch of inexperienced and below par cricketers. And yet he is a man enough to take the whole blame on himself and protect his boys. Do we get to see such a great human being and a thorough cricketers these days . the answer is NO. I am sure he is very well respected and loved by his boys. Give him time . And stop barking at him. He is fine and far better than many. Results will follow. And restrain from useless accusations and jumping onto conclusions. Have patience guys !!

  • Imtiaz Uddin on January 7, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    v need to kick out kamran akmal n bring sarfraz as a keeper i believe he can also score 30 to 40 runs atleast he will not drop catches at a crucial time of a game.

  • Kashmiri on January 7, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I am from Kashmir, India and a big fan of Pak cricket, but sorry i am not gonna watch pak cricket anymore now, enough of corrupt selectors. Shame on you

  • Talha Naeem on January 7, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I think we should not be too harsh on Yousuf. Despite the poor decisions he made pak needed only 176 which should be gettable against a very ordinary Aus attack. Its the repeated poor selection that has caused the disaster. Players like Faisal, Salman, Farhat, Misbah should be dropped, and Plz Plz never bring them again. I still have my questions regarding Sami, i believe in the future he will again not perform. Younis Khan should be included in the test side but i am afraid selectors will bring him back in the one dayers, which to me would be another poor decision bcz younis has a poor one day record.

  • Mohsin Haque on January 7, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Forget about cricket.. I heard M.Yousuf giving interview on chanel 9 and ABC sport news... It was a double embarrassment that we induce so many illiterate idiots that have no speaking skills and dont know how to answer a logical question. I mean if we lost is another case but if we cant even represent ourselfs well after losing is a big shame. We need a reasonable spokesman to represent the Pakistan country ..someone that know how to answer questions and can speak a 10 grader english at least.

    Also on side note Pakistan cricket team is a devoted muslim team ... which is very good. However I will ask my Pakistani fellows a burning question; How would they feel if Ricky Ponting won a match and thanked Jessus Lord for the victroy or Dhoni saying thanks to SITA RAM for victory?

    I believe religious slogans should be left alone in cricket grounds and during commentaries as we all have diffrent beliefs. I am a devoted Muslim myself but we need to respect other beliefs.

  • Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on January 7, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    We frequently talk about replacing Captain after a humiliating defeat. Also we appoint Coaches who are bowlers. Our bowling was never a weakness. We always close eyes from the facts that our real weaknesses are, poor fielding and poor batting under pressure. We need coaching in these areas. Pak Batsmen play shots very high. Sometime it become six otherwise it become four. If it is six, it is ok but to make it four, batsman have to be lucky to get away from the fielder. If fielder is there, then the batsman is out. Our Batsmen have to learn how to hit four from Tendulker, Dravid and Sangakara. How to sneak singles, two's at your will, learn from Javaid Maindad. How to absorb pressure, learn from Dhoni. How to open the inning, learn from Gambhir. For Tailender Batting, learn from Jhonson. For the sheetancher role, learn from M. Hussey. For the all rounder role, learn from Jack Kallis. We have Imran Nazir, Afridi and Razzaq to match with Sehwag and Yuvrag but ours have no consistancy.

  • Rahul on January 7, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Cowardice is the last word ever attached to pak cricket in its glorious history. Agreed there is politics, player tantrums, loss of form etc etc but we are talking about pak team here who fought like cornered tiger in 92 to win world cup under imrans leadership, who won in sharjah by hiting last ball for six and won a test match in chennai despite an epic played by tendulkar. Yousuf has brought disgrace to such a wonderful tradition in sydney bt i am sure he must have discussed the tactics with coach and supporting staff. He is not such a stron headed a character to pursue a statergy on his own. This reflects very poorly on pask supporting staff also.

  • Jagan on January 7, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    I'm from India, but I was fully expecting Pakistan to win this match; couldn't believe it when the BBC reported they lost. Had to see the highlights to believe it.

    Why is Asim Kamal not considered for tests? When India toured Pakistan he was a very calm, solid, reliable batsman. Our then captain, Ganguly, praised him and Saurav is a good judge of talent (see all the youngsters he nurtured into the Indian team).

    Also, when Pakistan have a great batsman like Miandad why on earth can't they make him the batting coach? Remember his last-ball Sharjah six? He can surely teach them how to handle pressure and he would be a thousand times better than a foreign coach. Its so sad the way PCB keeps appointing Miandad and then firing him.

    Finally, its very disappointing that one of the world's most exciting teams is fading away like this.

    PCB: Wake up and act fast!

  • Stuart Kidd on January 7, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Why aren't many of you congratulating Australia for playing well when most other teams would have been gone after batting first and getting 127? Came home from work and saw Pakistani batsmen trying to win the game and Aussie bowlers and fielders doing an excellent job. Pakistan have hardly played any tests at all in a long time; so hard to have a winning habit when a useful and spirited team fire like Australia did in the 4th innings. The Pakistani team played the match in the right spirit but were beaten by a more confident and practiced team over 4 days. I hope that most Pakistani fans and the Pakistani management can see this - England proved in the 1990s that turning on each other leads to rubbish results.

  • Abrar on January 7, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    tch tch tch .... bunch of retards tried and subsequently succeeded in loosing a match .... heart broken

  • Indianfan1615 on January 7, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I dont understand all this clamor for Shahid Afridi. This is a guy who doesnt even like Test cricket. In 12 years of international cricket he has only played 26 test matches. He even retired from the format. And even if you play him, what role do you envisage for him? Test cricket is not for dibbly dobbly players. It is for specialists - an attacking bowler or a batsman with sound technique. Afridi is neither. His batting is so inconsistent that it drives his most ardent fans to despair. It is well reflected by his poor average. And his bowling, though much improved, is not Test class material. If he was in any other test playing nation, they would never consider him for selection.

    Pak team is not as bad as is being made out. Keep in mind that both test matches were close affairs. They have one of the most exciting bowling line ups in world cricket. Their batting is very unpredictable, but hasnt it always been so. I still think there is hope for this team.

  • emad on January 7, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    butt kamran(only batsman) his technique is far better than farhats, misbahs, faisal younis yousuf umar afridi(captain) sarfraz(w keeper) aamer(vice captain) gul kaneria asif

  • emad on January 7, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    i live in england and match starts at 11pm here...i swear i didnt miss a ball that was bowled in this match!! this was as painfull as loosing t20 final to india..

    as much as i love kamran akmal...i have to say he should be taken off as a wicket keeper but be kept as a specialist batsman coz he technique is far better than misbahs, faisal, farhats, Afridi averages 37 in tests and his bowling is at its peak...plus hes an inspirational man....i dnt get why hes not in the team... yousaf made a mistake....every one does....what i dont get it that what was inthiqab alam and waqar younis doing in the dressing room when they saw this blunder being taken place....the thing with yousuf is tat he is 35 hes gonna retire soon thus by the time he becomes a good captain hes gonna be retiring younis khan doesnot get along every one

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 7, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    When will PCB open its eyes when cricket is doomed like hockey and squash in Pakistan? PCB need to change the captain immediately alongwith giving marching orders for Misbah, Shoeb Malik and replacement of Kamran Akmal. This is high time if they want to save cricket in Pakistan, they MUST act. They should appoint a thinking captain who is not defensive and For God's sake inject new blood at the cost of batsmen like Misbah.

  • amanat on January 7, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    firstly salaam to all this has been pakistan worst performance ever given under any captain. From the very morningwhen yousuf set 8 fielder on the boundry line rather than going for an attack, at that point in time it clearly seemed that da captain has no hope watsoever or doesnt hve any faith on the players. Anyway as a substitute for misbah and faisal they should call upon afridi and shoaib malik.

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 7, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Just get rid of him and bring a new man. He does not deserve this job. Drop Misbah, Shoeb Malik too and bring a new wicketkeeper too who has a safe pair of hands. Inject new blood in batting because it is high time to make changes. Pakistan is in dire need of a thinking captain who is not defensive like Yousaf.

  • KKK on January 7, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Its better to kick their ass infront of all -Like Misbah, Faisal and Kamran akmal

  • khalid Anwar on January 7, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Yasir Hameed, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan,Yousuf, Asim Kamal, Afridi, Sarfraz (WK), Ameer, Umar Gul, Asif, Kaneria, AbdulRazzaq,Rana Naveed, Sohail Tanveer, Rao Ifikhar, Sami, Fawad Alam,

  • KJ on January 7, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Probably the saddest day for Pakistan fans but yet expected. There isn't much that can be done wit the talent around. Like someone said, Kamran Akmal dropped the match! My only suggestion is to keep Kamran as a batsman; bring in Sarfraz as wicktkeeper and for the moment drop Misbah. Kamran Akmal can be a very good batsman and not keeping could improve his batting further.

  • EAMiran on January 7, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Afridi as captain? Sure. What damage could a two year old with a case of severe attention deficit disorder do that hasn't been done already. Possibly the most disgraceful display of cricket I have ever witnessed. I Really do not feel like following this team anymore.

  • Salim Nasir Kazi on January 7, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Pakistani cricketers have a habit of snatching defeat deep from the jaws of victory . They never learn . Firstly , some of our players have not been performing all through in the year 2009 and since then such as Younus Khan , Misbah ul Haq , Shoaib . Yet , Yousuf committed the blunder of insisting on calling for Misbah and further calling for Younus Khan who in the last 4 innings in domestic crickett too has scored only 40 runs . Shoaib as of now can neither bat nor bowl and his only focus ids promoting dsisent and politics . We should sack all the " Chalay huai Kartoos " and begin team building . We need a wicket keeper . Kamran is too costly as a wicket keeper .

    Lastly , our abysymal under performers need to be punished . My request is that General Kayani shoul conscript Younus Khan , Misbah ul Haq , Shoaib and Kamranf as Jawans in the Pakistan Army . they should be sent to the South Waziristan for one year to fight the Talibans .

    Salim

  • Amir Masood (Sydney) on January 7, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Folks be realistic we shouldn't be blaming Yousuf alone.Pak lost when Akmal miss 5.Yousuf became captain accidently for a team equipped with test failures like farhat,Misbah,Faisal,Malik,k.Akmal and others with minimal test exposure.Yousuf the only class act in the team to perform with this bunch collectively.OK he should have stayed at the crease till the end and win it for Pak which he caould have easily done because of the calibre he has as a batsman but a careless shot and bad luck getting caught when bowler doesn't get the time to escape contributed.Poor fielding on 4th day don't know why and what others were doing no one to suggest??This is heart breaking!To improve make changes on board get rid of Mr.Butt(Bring in Majidkhan),Inti(Bring back Lawson),Misbah,Malik,Faisal,K.Akmal.Bring in a batting coach.My team Butt Yasir Younis Yousuf U.Akmal Afridi(Capt) Sarfaraz Amir Gul Asif Kaneria Fawad 12th man. Ajmal Sami The changes are imperative for Pakistan Cricket Plsss

  • derrida derider on January 7, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    As another aussie, I reckon Meety above is right. Choose the right captain and the talent you've got (especially amongst the bowlers) will do the rest. You need someone with an Australian attitude - fight as though yor life depended on it right to the last ball and whatever the score is, and don't be afraid to make yourself unpopular with the opposition.

    Oh, and that was simply the worst wicketkeeping performance I've ever seen in a Test - its not just the dropped catches, Akmal seems to have no technique at all. If he's there as a batsman, play him as a batsman but in a Test you need a proper wicketkeeper.

    That said, my commiserations to Pakistan - you were still unlucky to lose.

  • Ishtiaq on January 7, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    This defeat should not be a surprise to a lot of us if we have the recent one day series between these two sides in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on our minds, when Pakistani batsmen were chasing around 199 and were 94 for no loss eventually loosing the match. I guess no opposition(including Australia) would have been so confident of defending 176 with 2 days of play remaining against any other opposition other then Pak and almost every team would fancy their chances defending even a score of 150 against Pak. The pakistani players should realize the importance of Younis Khan especially in tests. The only exception in the Pak team was the bowlers who fought their hearts out to make it as easier as it can be for the batsmen. And yes we desperately need at least one batting coach rather then having 3 bowlers as coaches.

  • Amad on January 7, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    the idiots who are blaming wasim akram for hobart test in 1999 should understand that wasim was the last captain to win against australia in 1999. I am amazed by the lack of judgement some idiots have!!

  • R.Sankar on January 7, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    I was hoping and praying that Pak would win although I had more than a sneaking suspicion when they could not separate the 9th wicket pair on the 3rd day that they would probably lose. As a great admirer of MoYo's batting over the years, I am sad to see him shattered and dispirited. I am sure I am not the only India who feels saddened by this defeat. When India play Pak, I naturally want India to win but when Pak plays against any other side, I root for Pak. Hope they recover from this soul-destroying defeat and play positive but sensible cricket at Hobart. To the cricket lovers in Pak, I say "don't trash your team too much; they need your support when they are down." They will do well.

  • Ram on January 7, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    I'm an indian. I don't hate australia. But the 1st day's cricket in this match was one of the most exciting cricket that I have seen in recent times. The conclusion was however MOST shocking. This is the worst nightmare for any fan in any game anywhere in the world. The final day collapse was glaring...but I'm sure that everyone would agree, that after the 1st pakistani wicket fell in the 1st innings, everything that the pakistan team did kept Australia's hopes alive. Australia should have been batted out of this match. Then came the missed catches. HONESTLY..IS THERE NO BETTER KEEPER IN THE WHOLE OF PAKISTAN? And then comes the bizzare captaincy..WHAT A BRAIN FREEZE.IT MADE EVRYBODY STOP TALKING ABOUT PONTING'S WRONG CALL AT THE TOSS. The batting collapse was just final nail in the coffin. There was a pakistani team (including many in the current team) that won the 20/20 world cup not too long ago. It was no fluke. They had SELF BELIEF. BRING BACK AFRIDI&YOUNUS. KICK BUTT OUT

  • F.Waheed on January 7, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Disaster after disaster, a country where cricket is next to religion (atleast for some)how can a side side perform so poorly. Total resuffling of the cricket authorities and followed by sacking of libaility players like Kamran Akmal, Faisal Iqbal and may be Yousef as well for sure from captaincy. I am sure nothing will change in our cricket we will live like this God knows for how long, may until the return of new Imran Khans and Javed Miandads, who can dominate cricket where it matters (in the cricket field). For present I have no hope for cricket team but for two players Umar and Amer for pray for thier sucess.

  • Aleem Latif on January 7, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    I wanted such article from Osman Samiuddin. Good on you mate you have done well here. Now I also believe that somehow the point-of-views being conveyed here are also reaching to each member of Pak Team. And I like the word Panikstan for Pak team.

    Given that I have been living in Sydney since quite a long time and believe that I have a bit better understanding of the OZ culture – I can clearly see a lot of difference in the mindset of both teams. Australian team is true reflection of their nation and always give their 100% - irrespective of the outcome of their efforts. On the other hand Pakistani team is true reflection of Paki nation – do not miss a chance to get lackluster and lazy at any time.

    I cannot understand where is the bloody fighting spirit in this team. I am extremely disappointed from Yousuf, I think he lost the match right there when he had 8 fielders on the boundary for Hussey during the whole morning session. Look what Ponting did when he had to defend a small total.

  • H.Malik on January 7, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    PETER'S PRINCIPLE AT WORK , is the best one can say about Pakistan Cricket in General Yet the National saga as a particular ... When you appoint a person to a post which betrays his capabilities , You Derserve the result which BUTT , Yousuf , Zardari and Co brings in , Do Not cry on spilt milk Dear Kamran and Land of Pures . As you sow so shall you reap .

  • Aleem Latif on January 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Can anybody show me even a single integral inning played by Faisal Iqbal - thanks to Javed Miandad for taking advantage of the PARCHI culture in Pakistan.

    How much time is more needed by the players like Misbah, Kamran & Imran Farhat etc to demonstrate their worth in the team. Why these - so called senior players, have no confidence and manhood to handle even a little bit of pressure and sustain the situation. Yousuf should also blame each player of the team more vocally and harshly – and should not say that team lost because of his pathetic shot. Yousuf - you cannot tackle this Pak team until you start giving these players a real hard kick on the bum – like Imran used to do.

    Lastly for God's sake Paki players – stop treating OZ players like supper naturals while portraying yourself as very ordinary and inferior beings. Bloody hell guys – you are also equal to them in all aspects and are better than them in terms of natural talent. Rise your self esteem and be real men.

  • Rajesh on January 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    As an indian i am too very shocked to see pakistan losing....Its a weak side but 170 odd runs in 2 days is gettable with australia missing their bowling greats...I feel sorry for pakistan cricket and i would really like them play with fire....

  • mqi on January 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    One Pakistani president started flogging in that country in the 80s. May be this Pakistan PCB, selectors and few players need to have that law applied on them by the spectators. I really hope that happens to them. Idiots do not learn in decent way, they need harsh treatment to get lesson. What a shameless group. Do not have the decency to take responsibility and resign. Bring a B team from Pakistan, they will not drop 4 catches for one player and they can score 175 runs. I really hope that I do not have to watch KAMRAN as wicket keeper and Yousuf as Captain. The TWO BIGGEST HOPELESS players of the new year.

  • Muhammad Jehanzeb on January 7, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Well untill we dont came out of that negative mind set we cant win its the self beleif that is is missing in the leadeship and as well as in the team.Problem is we never found a fighiter who can guide them to victories and gave the team a winning habit.We tried younis which was a big flop and error made by managment by aapointing him and the worse they appointed yousuf which is another unpopular decesion they have made so there is no stopping and error after error in decsion making costing pakistan cricket badly.Time has come now to appoint shahid Afridi as a leader bcs his performance his attitude clearly make him a smart contender for the job i think cricket authorities should stop there stubbon attitude towards Afridi and appoint him captain in all forms of the game as he deserve for the job.He is naturally a aggressive person and it refelects in his bowling in fielding in his batting and ofcource in his captaincy.He will definetly bring winning habit into pakistan team.

  • Umair Tariq on January 7, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I think Pakistan should play with 10 bowlers and one keeper in the team. Because the amount of scores our renown batsmen have been getting, our bowlers should have no problem getting (Just dispicable in calling them selves batsmen)

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I agree with most of the comments, but you have to admit, that Ausies knows how to win games. There mind set is totally different from ours. They always have a plan for each and every game and for every opposition. There is no fear in their approach, and that's why they win most of the times. Until unless, we change our attitude , we will never be as good as Australia, no matter how many excelent players we would have. You can make Afridi captain, kick Kamran and Misbah out, but how you will change your mind set. Our team should take crash course from Australians on that. ....Aqil Siddiqi

  • Milan on January 7, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    So Congratulation to Pakistan for losing yet another match from brink of victory. This team has forgot how to win. Not only the captaincy is pathetic, every batsmen seems to be in such a poor frame of mind in pressure.So for the Hobart test, Pakistan shold play 5 bowlers leaving Misbah or Faisal. They are just liabilities to the team. Aamir is a better batsman than them. SO please play 5 bowlers for Hobart.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah, S. Arabia on January 7, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Yes Indeed Pakistanis were just a bunch of a jokers at Sydney. The Aussie captain was so confidant that this Paki outfit does not the teeth to bite that is why he choose to bat on a green top nd also his 2 declarations at MCG was based on his belief that we have a spineless outfit led by a scared captain. Our bowlers have been doing tremendous job nd deserve to have a better batting line up as well as a good captain who is capable to capitalize on their hard work. We also need to look into our fielding which has been the main reason for the two losses in Australia, at MCG we dropped Watson nd Katich who went on to score 93 and 98 a total of 190 runs nd we lost by 170 runs. Sydney again saw us drop Watson at 19 who went on to score 97 nd Hussey at 27, 45 nd 52 who stayed unbeaten till the end nd we lost by 36 runs here again. Kamran's performance has remained suspect fr over 4/5 years but he keeps finding a place in the team a mystry that no one can understand. Can sombody justify it.

  • Naimu on January 7, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Wrong player is given player of match. Kamran Akmal should be player of the mtach for winning the match for Australia

  • Shahil Saiyed on January 7, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    I WAS LAUGHING AT THE WAY OF M.YOUSUF CAPTAINCY. BEFORE BLAME ON HIMSELF HE SHOULD JUMP IN THE RIVER . THEY DESERVED FOR THAT. IF YOU ARE AT THE COMMANDED POSITION AND SPREAD 8 FIELDER IN THE BOUNDARY. JUST SHAMEFUL NOT ONLY M.YOUSUF EACH AND EVERYBODY ARE BRAINLESS. IF BATSMEN ARE RESUMING THEIR INNINGS NEXT DAY MEANS THEY NEW ........ITS NOT CONSIDERABLE WHETHER THEY SETTLED OR NOT. SHOULD BOWLED THEM POSITIVELY. I KNEW IT THAT PAK WILL LOSE COMFORTABLY WHEN THEY GAVE TARGET OF 176. POOR CAPTAINCY GAVE CONFIDENT TO TAIL ENDER SIDDLE. PAK WOULD BE 101% 3-0 IN THE TEST SERIES. I RECOMMENDED THAT TO ALL BATSMAN (BUTT, FARHAT, FAISAL, M. YOUSUF, MISBAH, KAMRAN) TEAM PLEASE STOP THE INSULT OF GREAT TEST CRICKET. THEY MUST LEARN FROM YOUNG KID UMAR AKMAL WHAT A BATSMAN HE IS ? NORMALLY , HE S VERY AGGRESSIVE BATSMAN BUT SEE WHEN HE ARRIVED THE TEAM WAS IN BIG TROUBLE AFTER SAMI FALLEN HE TOOK IT RISK AND GOT OUT. IF HE WORKED HIS RISK THEN DEFIANTLY THEY COULD HAVE WON. WELL DONE MAT !

  • HK on January 7, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Calm down guys. I know we all are aggrieved no limits, but we have to think seriously about our behaviours as well. We always start looking for saviours when our previously selected ones fail. Not long ago, there was shoaib, a young hope, then Younas, the great pathan, the fearless, then Yousaf, simply the best player in the team and now every one is looking for anoter saviour, this time afridi, the courageous and the aggressive. But you guys just need to tell me who after him? as he is bound to fail also simply because he is not as good a batsman as Yousaf or Younas. Then what could be the solution. Here it goes. 1. Bring back Younas as the captain. 2. Include afridi in the team as bowling alrounder. 3. Get rid of Shoaib, Misbah, Faisal. 4. Give sometime too these two openers as they achieved much more than expectations. 5. Replace Akmal. 6. Now here is the team:

    Butt Farhat Younas Yousaf U. Akmal Afridi Sarfaraz Aamir Gul Kaneria Asif

    Sami 12th man

  • zhaldev on January 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    more than aussies winning it pak lost it but in the end desire to win by aussies paid off.

  • javad raza on January 7, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    I am so depressed.I thought we had this in the bag.. There were so many factors which contributed to losing this match.Niggest of them all was Kamran Akmal...Dropping so many catches in 1 game is a crime....And yusuf is not aggressive at all...Hes so laid back....allowing the opposition to win at will.....This is gonna haunt me for quite sometime n im not interested in the series anymore...afridi should have been a part of the test side for a long time...im sure he could score 15-20 runs ina game(much more than misbah)and afridi is a wicket taker as well...

  • Muzammil Mohsin on January 7, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Talking of Afridi as a captain, I think he is over rated. Yes, his bowling has improved and looks quite threatening in one days and T-20's, but so is Saeed Ajmals bowling. But look at Ajmal's performance in the test matches he has played. I have said this b4 and will say it again that the biggest problem with Pakistani players, batsmen especially, is a lot more psychological. V can't even chase small scores. It is more in the head. That said, Yousuf's tactics on the 4th day was bizarre to say the least. Please drop Kamran Akmal. If ever there was a case of an opposition team player winning a test match 4 u, this was 1. Aussies did play well and never gave up but had it not been for the missed run-out chance of Watson (scored 97) earlier in his innings, 3 drop catches of Hussey way b4 he scored his century and also dropped catch of Siddle of the bowling of Sami, all courtesy Mr. Kamran Akmal, Pakistan wud have easily won n may b that 2 perhaps by an innings margin.

  • sridharan s on January 7, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    pak shd need capt. like dhoni we know his big hitting abilities but the crunch situations he is milking runs only 1&2,s ,yousuf shd piay with young umar like this,needless one shot leaving pak cricket in dark moreover chance to watch pak crushes Aussis on their home turf still a dream.

  • Shawkat khan. on January 7, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi expatriate living in Canada. Supports both Indian and Pakistani teams besides my Bangladeshi one. I really was very angry with Kamran Akmal/Faisal Iqbal/Misbah. They should have scored atleast 50 runs together. But look at faisal -how hapless he is-afraid of striking Johnsons delivery- Misbah do not know how to come forward and take time to settle. I do not want to mention about the other guys perfomance not worth mentioning.May be bangladesh could win it easily since the wicket was almost flat.Pakistan,s problem is they are not intelligent enough to tacle the situation on field though they have many capable individuals.India has both and that,s why they are performing better. The nations current political situation also demoralise players plus the usual nepotism plays its part. I hope and pray that they will soon get a strong captain as Imran Khan and defeat the Australians in England. is

  • maz3tt on January 7, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    why not give fawad alam the chance he deserve ,he is young ,talented and overall he is a good fielder.give him some confidence at least.

  • Asim Ghaffar on January 7, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Another chance should be given to Yousaf. We are crying because we think we might not get such an oppertunity again. but lets assume we can, so let Yousaf think about what he did wrong, let him discuss with his friends/mentors.. and hopefully he will learn from this experiance.. younis is from opposite camp they might have attacked when its suicidal. i think we lost match when we dropped hussy thrice.. next day bad decision just added to that.. so instead of yousaf it must be Kamran who needs to sit out.. we need a real keeper in test matches not someone who can do half-heeping and good-batting.. we would have won the match had any of the catch been taken..

  • Saksham Sardana on January 7, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    This is Beauty of Test Cricket.it allow u sessions to change game. Great effort from aussies as they BOunced back in 2nd Innings.Thank u Mr Cricket, M Hussey..wht a knock? i was not surprised at all by the match results. but i just felt that why Younis is Out of the team.I really missed Abdul rajaak.This is just stupidity of Pakistani selectors to AVoid All rounder Like Rajjak.He can do wonders in Test cricket as a Bowler.Good seemer n knows how to shwing a bit away from Left handers.WHy faisal iqbal is there i dont knw.Rajaab is Great batsmen also if he comes 5 down or 6 down in a test Match....wht u need then? we miss u rajjak.je always played for team. But these days selectors r just harsh on him.. he n afridi shud get back as they r quality all rounders. faisal n misbah shud b Kicked now.Limit crossed in prev match. Rajaak will b very exp bowler wid umar gul n asif.he woukd b a third bowler as bowling change. he is really flexible batsmen.he can bat at num 3,4,5,6,7.anywhere...

  • maz3tt on January 7, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Well as far as I know I at the end of day 3 I was excepting something extra ordinary from Pakistan due to their past records and the extra ordinary did happened.

    First of all I would blame Yousuf for playing that shot.He was the captain and at a critical juncture in the match why did he play something in the air.

    As far as kamran akmal is concerned this is not the first time he drop some critical catches.He should be done with.I don't accept Yousuf saying that this is part of the game(How many times gilchrist,boucher,haddin or as a matter affect dhoni drop catches) very few.If he is doing it and doing it again and again and again,then he should be dropped.

    Dropping Younus khan was a bad decision , he should be brought back even if he doens't perform well with the bat.

  • Faisal (London) on January 7, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    The moment Yousaf applied the defensive tactics, i knew its a totally different pakistan team which has come out to play today. And by the end i was so disappointed that i couldn’t bear to see the rest of the match. 1-After the match, Yousaf said that it was his wicket which was the turning point in the match! Get it right mate it was your captaincy which lost pakistan the Match! This "avoiding the reality” mentality will always be reason for the downfall of pakistan Cricket. 2-As another commenter Saima Kahn rightly pointed out all this so called “Mir Jaffar” approach by some player in the teams should be vindicated for ever! If a player conspires against any other player he should not be allowed to stay in the team. Remember its not your personal team.. you are playing for your country. 3-Players like Misbah/Faisal/Kamran/Shoab Malik/Farhat should never be selected in the team again. We need new blood!!!

  • Nadeem Shah on January 7, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    There is so much of anger and dissapointment. A keeper cudnt take the bails off for a damn RUN OUT? Scores like 12,13,14 wont do anything and that too from a keeper? REALLY? Akmal time ot go home and come back on merit..misbah..dont get me started..bring in people who are pure batsman if they can get umer akmal y cant they get others...Alhumduillah we r not shrot on talent..and anbody wo shows attitude shud be icked out of the team..ppl blame akhtar atleast when he comes back he performs..im not saying anything abt our bowling its jsut dissapointing for our bowlers..the keeper ruined asif and kanerias stats for YEARS! come on.Cant u forward our posts to PCB man so they can read this and probably this will knock some damn SENSE INTO THEM..I mean can u forward this stuff to them..or talk to them and find out about their logic, if any? Canwe start a petition..every game from SL, we cud have won but we lost..cant lose every series and find flaws.som1 gta fix it..HOW ABOUT A PETITION GUYS?

  • Qaiser Rashid on January 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Moving forward, we need cool heads to deal with the situation. Let it be an expensive learning curve for every one in the team; and most importantly for Yousaf. Let the team grow in self belief that we all have for our team. Just about every one is able to rightly identify the issues in the second inning of the game - I am sure team knows it better now. Think for a moment: is there any one talking about Ponting's decision to bat first? Not many if any! Victory some times covers obvious deficiencies.

    Our team is made of the very finest players and it has a potential to win any contest. Remember, this team did not play much cricket lately. Not to mention the number of young players who won't just grow up overnight!

    Folks, let's not give up on our team and continue to supporting it when our team needs our support the most ... Go Pakistan ...

  • Kareem Shah on January 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    No. I think uve got it wrong..you cant be changing captains again and again and again...its not a joke..this is how a captain is going to learn the main prob is our batting and fielding and kamran akmal..he needs a break and bye bye misbah. Bring sarfraz in asa keeper drop misbah and play kamran as a batsman, even if! FIELDING...come on seriously? no tell me..SERIOUSLY? everybody gives the other batsmen like 4-5 lives..wt is that about? And akmal just went crazy with that. Keep the same capatain, quit changing captains..its stupid to do that..bring afridi in test and if he doesnt come, so be it..we have razzaq..or ASIM KAMAL AND YASIR HAMEED, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid latif, shaehzad etc play pure batsman..y is it so hard for PCB to understand this fact..dont blame it ALL on Yusuf, the whole team is responsible..esp the batting (y r they doing this) and keeping (Tauba)..he cna come back later on but for now..we need a new one!!!!!!!!!!

    Our country Alhumdulillah is not short on talent!

  • Ashwath on January 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Bringing Afridi in as captain would be too radical a move. I would advocate dropping kamran akmal too.

  • Kareem Shah on January 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    No. I think uve got it wrong..you cant be changing captains again and again and again...its not a joke..this is how a captain is going to learn the main prob is our batting and fielding and kamran akmal..he needs a break and bye bye misbah. Bring sarfraz in asa keeper drop misbah and play kamran as a batsman, even if! FIELDING...come on seriously? no tell me..SERIOUSLY? everybody gives the other batsmen like 4-5 lives..wt is that about? And akmal just went crazy with that. Keep the same capatain, quit changing captains..its stupid to do that..bring afridi in test and if he doesnt come, so be it..we have razzaq..or ASIM KAMAL AND YASIR HAMEED, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid latif, shaehzad etc play pure batsman..y is it so hard for PCB to understand this fact..dont blame it ALL on Yusuf, the whole team is responsible..esp the batting (y r they doing this) and keeping (Tauba)..he cna come back later on but for now..we need a new one!!!!!!!!!!

    Our country Alhumdulillah is not short on talent!

  • Shayan Z Ali Khan on January 7, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    We have gifted the victory to Aussies. Yusuf is not a CAPT MATERIAL he may be good batsmen. As rightly said Misbah,Kamran,Faisal and also Shoaib should be called from Australia.These are the players who played politics for their own interest and was instrumental for YUNUS KHAN ouster. Though Yunus disappointed lot of his fans including myself by opting out of the tour but I think he is a real fighter and should be called back immediately. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PLAYER POWER SHOULD BE STOPPED. Last but not the least WE SHOULD HAVE COMPETENT PCB CHIEF!!!!!!!

  • SJ on January 7, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    What badly baffles me is that, Pak team had all teh time in the world to score those 170 plus runs. Even if they had slept on the pitch they would've achieved the target comfortably. Why were they in hurry and I dont find the answer...secondly I have absolutely no doubt in mind that Kamram Akmal is the worst ever keeper in the history of Pakistan cricket, from Imtiaz Ahmed to Moin Khan. Who say he is playing beacuse of his batting?? Please check out his records I wonder what forced and luck he has to stick with the for continuously 46 test in a row. This may not has happened with anyother cricketer in the history and specially when the player is a bad performer. There is no doubt the polictics in Pakistan has become a game and game become a real messy polictics...

  • mislam on January 7, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    # 1 culprit : Kamran Akmal, for dropping catches at crucial time to let Ausis get a lead of more than 100.

    #2. Culprit: Hopeless Captain, for very poor captaining quality.

    #3 culprit: Mohammad Yusuf for playing irresponsible shot. With 3/4 down, he should have scored the runs with Umar.

    #4 Culprit : Kamran Akaml. After the stupidity of his captain, he should have played sensibly with his brother to take the score close to 150.

    #5 culprit : Umar Akaml : He plays for 50 runs only as seen in last few matches. He think his job is done there at 49, so he can hit like Afridi.

    # 6 Culprit : The coaching stuff: They should have a discussion and strategy for the 4th day morning when the whole world saw a chicken shit captain setting field like a coward.

    #1+ culprit : PCB and selection board for their corruption in selecting the team.

    SACK YUSUF IMMEDIATELY and send KAMRAN back to his home for 5 years confinement.

  • khalil on January 7, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    It,s not too late,save a brilliant batsman before he is lost to the past. Save Yousaf from such an end .Acountability at all levels is the answer to this chaos in our cricket.It should be done from the gross root levels to give a sound foundation to our cricket. To lose from such a winning position is really heart breaking but one should think that with so many picnic,ers in the side,we were just asking for the moon. Danish was our trump card.But if we check his records, he takes 5 for 150 or 7 for 200 runs,Can we call him a TRUMP CARD ?

  • Turrab on January 7, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    As a Pakistani living oversees its pretty hard to adjust schedule to watch cricket, especially Test Cricket. However I have have watched alot of test cricket including MoYo through his record year when he broke Sir Gary Sobers record. But after seeing that display of cowardness yesterday, I felt sick to my stomach to be a fan of MoYo...Its time that we get a true Captain who knows how to lead and take charge of the game. No offense to anyone but I sometimes wonder why is it that the two biggest Pakistani accomplishments on the cricket field were done by some Pathans. Legends of cricket still talk about Imran to this day and his heroics. Then another Pathan comes to mind when Pakistan won a T20 world cup and funny enough two other Pathans did thier part, Afridi and Gul. Simple reasoning A pathan never backs down and rolls over dead like MoYo did. It is about time that Afridi is made captain of all three formats and leads us to some well deserved wins.

  • Nauman on January 7, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    What a pity for Pakistan,you dump Yousuf from captaincy and guess who is next in line: Kamran Akmal,the vice captain.If Yousuf is a man of honor, he should step down at the end of the series and not in the middle. I honestly feel so disappointed and dejected at the state of our cricket right now. I feel like pleading Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Salim Malik, Wasim, Waqar, Moin, Mushtaq Ahmed and the likes to come out of retirement and try to play cricket. I bet they are still better than the junk crop of Misbah, Butt, Farhat, Faisal and the other 2 dozen openers that have or will make their debuts in next few years. And I feel ashamed to make such absurd situation but my mind cant define sensibility at this point of time. ricket will never be pleasant again for me. NEVER.

  • Darren on January 7, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Rajesh, how can you say it was an undeserved victory for the Aussies? It seems like a tall poppy comment to me. Pakistan had this game in the bag and showed no batting sense or tactical nouse in their field placings and their fielding (especially keeper) was ordinary at best. Conversely, despite all the negativity about Ponting batting first (yes, media, I mean you - what is it with Ponting always getting hammered despite his record and unlike previous media darking aussie captains?) and having a shocking first innings with the bat, the Aussies remained upbeat and always gave themselves a chance to win and played the sort of cricket to back that attitude up. There is a reason we stayed so good for so long, and why we have not plummeted to last on the test rankings despite departures. It's called "heart" and the Aussies always play with plenty of it. The only other team to show it over a long period were the 70's-80's Windies. Lets see how long SA and India stay at 1 and 2. Oi Oi Oi!

  • Ashok Sridharan on January 7, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    As an uninvolved and neutral viewer, its hard not to feel that Pakistan actually showed impressive progress in the way they played over the first 3 days- not too many teams operating in a near vaccum would have managed to play the way they did. But having rooted for them throughout the game, the final implosion was frustrating.

    Sadly, Pakistan took two steps forward, only to retreat three backward. As an uninvolved supporter, I only hope this latest disaster does not leave the young talents permanently scarred.

  • Mark on January 7, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I really feel for the Pakistan team. A couple of catches held, a better bowling and fielding stratergy or more sensible batting could of won this game. The media would be praising the Pakistan team and Yousif would be a hero.

    Turning everything upside down and sacking the captain and half the team through a test match series is a panic reaction after a game that was closely contested. It shows lack of confidence, belief and sets a poor example for the rest of the team that remains.

    I agree questions need to be asked of all players in this Pakistan Team and changes will probally be made. The series is lost now so let those who are willing to learn from their mistakes step up and deliver. By overcomming this defeat with better performaces in the next test, Yousuf and players have an opportunity to make a statement.

    Make changes after the series and be willing to give long term support for the capatain (whoever that may be?) of this developing team.

  • Asghar Rana on January 7, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I have to confess that inside me I am ashamed to be a Pakistani. What uneducated people we have in control of this beautiful game. The game which is our soul and a source of pride and joy has now been turned into a source of embarrassment and shame. In England we have the most educated cricketers and spectators and when the team arrives here to play they will receive constant reminders of their doings. What a captain, touching his personal parts in full view of the cameras with millions watching. shameful mis-understanding of the game, no idea of what captaincy involves. God help us. We would be struggling to be in the class of Kenya, Holland or Ireland. There are players in the team that would not be selected in local pub league cricket. There are tactics that my grandmother would be able to better and there are catches that my 6 year child would be able to take. How these people get paid for what they do reminds me of the words: HARAM, THEFT.

  • FZ on January 7, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    yesterday was the last time i watched the pak team in action ... i m not sure abt you guys but its over for me ... i can't tamke this shit any more... this is not my team anymore

  • ruchititkhushu on January 7, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Pakistan fans must stop acting like cry babes and accept that they lost to a superior team. It was a team of over hyped bowlers who bowl well only on green tops otherwise are fairly mediocre. Their fielding is horrendous. And they only have 1 world class batsmen in their batting line up. In contrast Australians bowlers bowled well even when the pitches were flat, they have atleast 3-4 world class batsmen and their fielding is simply of top draw. Pakistani and Indian fans must learn accepting defeats gracefully by admitting that opposition to which they lost was superior. Anyways Pakistan is very ordinary side and their number 6th ranking is justified. They will continued to get thrashed for some time like this till they find atleast 3 proper classy young batsmen which other than MoYo they have none at the moment.

  • Mighty Khan on January 7, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Where's Shoaib Akhtar?

  • mir on January 7, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Oh, what a disaster. Nicely put sir. I think Mr. Yousf should quit captaincy and focus on is batting and fielding.

  • Andrew from Oz on January 7, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Hard to know what to say about this test... Australia certainly got out of jail with the Hussey / Siddle partnership and yes Yousuf's tactics were far too negative... Over the years Ponting has also been guilty of similar negative field placings which cause the team to retreat inside their shell and hand the initiative to the other team. This test howver, Ponting backed himself and his players to the max - winning the toss and batting sent a message to the team that Ponting believes in them. Yousuf sent the opposite message to his players.

    Batting is a problem for Pakistan - top and middle order.. How about Younis in for Faisal and Afridi in for Misbah? Question then is whether any dressing room is big enough to contain the egos of Afridi and Younis...

  • Rav on January 7, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    One or two points:- I knew the result even before the start of the day. I had predicted that if Pak. have toc hase close to 150 ,they will lose. I have seen last couple of series and the temparament of this side is worse than the Indian side of the 90s. People are calling for Afridi which I find laughable to say the least. For two reasons:- 1)He has shown absolutely no interest in represnting Pak in test matches. 2)He has not shown any great calibre in test match cricket. I wouldn't mind having him as a bowling allrounder, but one shouldn't expect much from him. And please for Godsake guys, test is not 20-20 cricket. It is a test of technique, skill and temperament. Now in the given the context, I would ask Younis Khan to come back into the side, maybe as a captain. I would also like to know te players who booted him out, since they are responsibile for Yousuf's debacle at captaincy and he himself is. Pakistani cricket could easily fall of the wagon at thi stage

  • Yousuf Rahman on January 7, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Talk about the wimps of the world! That's what Pak cricket is all about. They should now constantly play with Bangladesh to boost their morale. That too will be a struggle. First of all, other than the quickies and a couple of players on this current team, I find no one qualified to play Test Match cricket. God alone knows how a chap like Faisal Iqbal gets into that team and that too batting No 3. This fellow runs away from the line of the ball. Kamran Akmal, please do your country a favor. Find another job a give cricket a chance. Be a groundsman or something. Leadership - Oh dear! What a mess! Yousuf Sahab, please get on a brain masala diet. And talk like to lion to your team and to the media. Not like a stag. By the way, I am not a Pakistani and even I am embarrassed.

  • Sumantin bangalore on January 7, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Look no further than the under 19 Pakistan team....that's where the future is. Out with the old...except Umer, Younis, Yousuf and the bowlers. Give the captaincy to someone under 25 with his head on his shoulders. And, Pak Cricket fans...do not despair! From the ashes will rise the phoenix!

  • Max_in_Sydney on January 7, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    Win or lose, I'm glad it was an exciting test. Regarding the Pakistan performance, I couple of things stood out for me: 1) Skills: - You can't win if your keeper doesn't take easy catches. If Kamran Akmal is the best keeper that Pakistan has to offer, then he needs to seek help to improve his technique and concentration. Is his eyesight ok? - The lower order batting was poor, trying to slog their way to victory, instead of picking off the bad balls with plenty of time available. - You can't win if easy catches are dropped. 2) Tactics / Mind-set: - Pakistan need a captain with a more agressive attitude in the field. Make you own fate. - Australia never give up until the game is over. The nature of the cowardly defeat must hurt Pakistan fans the most. - Some posts mention match fixing. For aussies, the ultimate disgrace would not be to lose, or even to lack courage, but to deliberately underperform. Aussie fans could never imagine their team even thinking about doing this.

  • Amir on January 7, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    I just dont know why we play Misbah-ul-Haq and Faisal Iqbal? And why we dont give a chance to much better players like Abdul Razzaq,Imran Nazir,? Mohammad Yousal is good as a player and not as captin.

  • Gulzar Ali Jessani on January 7, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    We should sack Faisal, Misbah, Kamran right away. We should bring Afridi as the captain for all 3 teams.

    Faisal do not have the footwork to be on Zimbabwe's team and we are selecting him again and again. Misbah's time has already passed. Kamran can't even catch a football and still we are selecting him again and again.

    It is only Pakistan that they could lose a match like that. We keep dropping catches and still say we don't need a fielding coach. We won 20/20 and now think we can blast our way to wins all the time. All our players think they are master blasters and can hit the bowlers wherever and whenever they want.

    We should all do something to let the PCB know that enough is enough. When all teams are progressing we are just going down the drain. All the top bosses are flying around the world on expense paid trips when they should be concentrating as to how to improve the team.

  • Abdul Rehmani on January 7, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    I live in Sydney, I have played cricket here at club level, I hear Pakistanis in Particular make rash comments, there was an opinion that Faisal Iqbal is ill treated, I looked at his record and I thought he has been given enough chances, now he has proven he is not up to test cricket standard. Looking at Afridi as captain, you can not play a guy in the team just because he can be a good captain. He cannot hold his spot as a batsman nor as bowler, Should he play an specialist fielder to captain the team, that is odd in cricket. Sydney loss proves that this team lack discipline, technique, knowledge. Once the Kamran Akmal decided not catch the ball, moral of the team was below the grass of Sydney cricket ground. Some one needed to lift and it was not forth coming. Nothing Pakistan do at this moment other than changing the captain, however, it may still make no difference,!!!!!! if the manager/coach dictate and force field placing from the dressing room? I suspect it is happening.

  • Ali on January 7, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    We need a captain like Afridi to lead pakistan. We need agression with smart thinking. Younis should never be catain again.

  • sajid on January 7, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    I think all friends have pointed out all the problems with pakistan team. I would like to draw attention to Man of the match ceremony. I think the managment was little unfair with KAMRAN AKMAL. He was supposed to be nominated as Man of the match. He helped them to his best to win this test match from point of nowhere. I think the second biggest contender would be Yousef. LOL

  • Meety on January 7, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Hi, Pak team should be (in my opinion); 1. Butt 2. Akmal K 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Misbah 6. Akmal, U 7. Wicketkkeeper (anybody but K Akmal - maybe K Abbassi, LOL) 8. Afridi 9. Gul 10. Kaneria (Captain) 11. Asif If Younis is absent, move all batsmen up 1 place and Afridi to 6, and bring in another quick bowler. I would keep Akmal K in the team as I think he is a better batsmen than Faisal & Farhat. Captaincy to Kaneria because I think he is a real fighter, if not him than Afridi. I don't rate Afridi as a Test batsmen though, his bowling should be what gets him selected if it is good enough. Pakistan can't aford a specialist captain at the expense of either a batsmen or bowler.

  • fahim kazi on January 7, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    I still don't understand the logic of sending Fawad Alam back. Giver continuing poor performances of Misbah and Faisal Iqbal, Fawad could have been reintroduced in the middle order. He is a highly talented player with lot of enthusiasm and courage. Since we have already lost the series Hobart would have the right venue for younster like Fawad instead of keep trying the underperforming old names with so called 'experienced" label attach to them.

  • Shah G on January 7, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Few things which have been said many times, i feel them repeating them again. Looking at history of pakistan cricket, there hasnt been a clean 3 months period when there was a problem, either its 1: Scandal 2: Chairman/Coach/Manager or 1 of the senior management is changed 3: Team Captain is changed or stepped down in the middle of something 4: Selection Panel changed. The board is running on Adhoc most of the time. Present situation demands change of Captain who can understand/know leadership, who know how to handle presures and show aggression at times. Kamran Akmal need to be rested for long time.Guy doesnt show any responsibility at all. Look at 1st test 2nd inning-Pak lost when he throw his wicket away in bizzare way,B4 that there was some hope AND at same time epople can watch our Gr8 Mr Yousaf staying awaying from strike and trying to go Not Out. I dont know what Faisal Iqbal doing all these years. Bring a competant cricketer as head of cricket board and constitution as wel

  • Abdul Rehmani on January 7, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Losing the Sydney Test goes long way back to Pakistan Cricketing history. It is now managed and coached by Intikab Alam, known for losing test matches by making bad decisions and could not inspire team to win even after forcing a follow on. Today this old man brings so little to Pakistan team and yet at the age of 70 plus he is paid in mega bucks. It is the failure of the Pakistan Cricket board, picking players with such poor record, they be better of picking less known emerging player, after all you are going to loose. I profoundly believe Kamran Akmal wicket keeping must have been bickered and debated the night before the fourth day play, I 100% believe Mohammad Yousuf field placing was not just his brain child, he was coached by Intikhab and Younus, It back fired. Some of the faces from Sydney test must be banished, however, looking at the history of Pakistan cricket and politics, Duds are often rewarded at all level. Just look at your President and Prime minister.

  • Muhammad ali on January 7, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Yes I agree need to strong captain like Afridi and yousuf retained as a batsman because he world class batsman but he not a leader like same tandulkar case

  • Ronnie Irani ( Ex England cricketer) on January 7, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Every Pakistani seems to be in denial mode about the quality of their team and try to conjure up fantasy of their players talents.....Ok agreed you guys have a decent bowling unit....but its on par with England, SA or even Aus or India...not better than them definitely. But all other mentioned team have batting and bowling strength which is leaps and bounds better than that of Pakistan. I wonder how long before Pakistanis start consoling themselves with the match fixing theory.....Wake up....Aussies played better and deserved more to win and they did.They were tougher mentally and had more self belief.

  • Haroon on January 7, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    What as happened is now in the past. The question what Pakistan cricket do to remedy this major embarrasment to the whole nation. I have a few suggestions: Bring more young blood to the squad that will tour Eng this summer. Even if they fail its ok because they will gains valuanle exp and who knows their may be another Mohd Aamir or Umer Akmal waiting. another thing sending exp players hasnt work i.e. yesterday a 19 years old was the top score when the so called senior failed miserably. I hope the PCA dont make the mistake by bringing back Younis Khan he is past his best and I think PCA should look to the future and be frank that the team may lose a series or two but its better than losing winning games that does nothing but shatters confidence.

  • Aamir Jadoon on January 7, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Well Kamran I feel sorry for you and for all the Pakistani fans too, Honestly speaking I prepared my self for this defeat even before the test match, because I know that this Pakistani team consist of some culprits, likes of Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Misbah, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat. So the player like them can not won the match and they do not deserve to win the match as well. Kamran it is very obvious that yousuf is a very good batsman a pure talent but he is not a cricketing genius, he don't know how to handle the situation, I think its the time to kick out the culpirits like Kamran Akmal, Butt, Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, and let give the captaincy to Afridi and vise captaincy to Aasif and the bring the players like Ahmad shazad, Shazaib Hassan, Khalid Latif, Sarfaraz Ahmad, its a decisive time for Pakistan cricket and they have to take some bold steps like south africa did in case of ntini, Australia took in case of methew hyden, india took in case of ganguly, we mus do it....

  • Steve on January 7, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    It's not the team that is the issue, it is the structure of your domestic cricket. Australia have always maintained a structure where players are hardened verterens before embarking on a test career. the only time in our history where that wasn't the case was the "Packer Years" and subsequent Apartheid Tours back ine the 70s and eighties. Aust has had a structure in place for 20 years where we recognise tallent and nurture it through all aspects of cricket. Pakistan administrators are too busy playing politician and lining their own pockets rather than putting their country first. I don't care whether or not a player has a difference of opinion with admin. If he is the best player for the team he is in and petty squables are put aside. Afridi needs to be in there, he is the only one tough enough and good enough to swap spit with the Aussies

  • Noor on January 7, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmed is being sent to Aust to replace the clumsy Akmal. Thats good but I know what going to happen in six months time, Akmal will be back WK and guess what? He will be up his old tricks of dropping catches. Thats unfortunely how the cricket is run by those fools at the PCA. Its a merry-go-around with the captains and you can bet your bottom dollars same thing with Akmal. I would NEVER want to see Akmal behind the stumps for Pakistan in a test match, its blatantly clear the man is NOT a test WK. Iqbal Qasim, Ijaz Butt and Intikhab Alam should be sacked without delay. Kamran Akmal should be dropped like the way he drops catches. The selectors know about Akmal's poor record of drop catches why on earth something was not done.

  • Bogstick on January 7, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    I can only agree with a lot of what has been said and won't bother repeating.

    Two things though:

    1) Was it just Yousuf responsible for field settings at start of Day 4? Surely the backroom staff had all evening to help with plans? Their heads must be shamed too!

    2) As with Pakistani cricket, things are always a bit grey. Dropping Misbah and Iqbal are very valid on batting grounds but the irony is that they were arguably the two best catchers/ fielders on the team. I challenge the other fielders to take the catches they took? Catches are worth runs and should be factored into team contribution especially when standard of fielding is so pathetic!

  • Pakisthani's-Critics on January 7, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    It was wonderful to watch pakisthan lost a match that could be won easily. I was not surprise to see that loss a match that INDIA, NEW-ZEALAND or even Srilanka can win easily from that position. Pakisthan should quiet playing cricket. Pakisthan concentrate more on religion than playing cricket. People who pray good in Mosque can be in pakisthan cricket. Mr Captain Yusuf more looks like Mulla of Mosque and less look like cricketer. Go Get civilise pakisthani people.

  • sunny on January 7, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Yusef know how to bat. Didn't know how to use brain. He have no brain. No wonder he conver to a wicked religion.

  • SSS on January 7, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    all i have to say is: get rid of iqbal and Misbah, while make sarfaraz the keeper

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    SADLY, after watching that display, I cannot help but think there is something more to that unimaginable collapse and all those poor poor plays and decisions then lack of skill or talent. Imagine how much money you could have won, if, before the last day started, you bet on Australia to win?!?!?!?

  • sohail on January 7, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Look,this Pakistan side cannot bat or field.they lost even after bowling out australia for 127 in 1st inngs.if you cannot take advantage of this then u deserve nothing.Cricket is about a lot of things but primarily it's about how u bat,bowl and field.You can't be poor in 2 out these 3 departments and then expect to win.No matter how good your bowling attack is....this team will continuosly struggle because of poor batting and ridiculous catching.no leader or captain will make a big difference in this side which contains by far the worst pakistan batting line-up in ages.

  • Rizwan on January 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    I agree that Faisal and Misbah should be dropped, and agree that Younis, Asim Kamal and Afridi should come in with probably one more specialist batsman. Do we only have Taufiq Umar? Furthermore Razzaq should come in with all his experience. Akmal should be dropped, for number of years, we have lost because he has dropped 1-4 catches every match, if you look at his average of dropped catches pr. match, he doesnt even make it up with his batting, far from. Drop him and lets have a better wicketkeeper, who can also bat and more allrounders and specialist batsmen to the team.

  • nadeem on January 7, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Kamran,you are incredibly stupid.What is Afridi going to do?what magic do u think he wil perform to make this side hold it's catches?or transform it's highly incompetent batsmen.this is a side in which kamran akmal is lauded as a good batsman but his avg outside of the dead pitches in pakistan is in the low 20's.this really gives an indication of the level of 'talent' this team possesses when a batsmen with an abysmally low avg is seen as 'good'.i remember very well how the knives were out against shoaib,younis and predictably Yousuf will be next.but i don't expect ppl to learn and Afridi to follow a similar fate.pakistan and it's ppl have to be among the most deluded on this planet.you can't accept the fault of your system and instead of changing the structure to produce good fielders and batsmen u drum the usual mantra of 'we have lots of talent' and when team loses u keep praying for a leader or individual who will magically transform your fortunes.keep on dreaming.

  • Imran Khan on January 7, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    I WANT AFRIDI AS THE LONE CAPTAIN FOR TEST AND ONE DAY SIDES TOO,,,,

  • jupiter on January 7, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    All due to Yousuf. He has this natural ability(more like instinct) to bat. That's it. He does not even have brain of a chicken. Look at the decisions he takes.

  • Mani on January 7, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    What stupidity is going on to get Mohd Yusuf's head ? Why everyone is thirsty for the poor guys blood, while there are 6 other useless monkeys (batters) who could not make a combined 176 ? (Yes, the 4 bowlers did their job well - so let us spare them now). Those monkeys were deficient in technique and temperament. Deficiency in international experience is a lame excuse - yes, it was only 176, NOT 716. Of all the monkeys, Kamran Akmal has been a real disgrace; if he cannot catch a seamed cherry, I dont know how he is going to catch a slippery banana !! So don't blame the missing attacking intent; just blame the missed catches !! If you remember, Aussies held on to every single catch which came and did not come their way. That is why they won !! Not because of poor attacking strategy of Mohd Yusuf.

    I am a very disappointed Indian, on this particular performance of Pakistan !!

  • zohaib akbar on January 7, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    thank you for live superb commentry.Australia plyed really well.Their luck with them.Sydney is very lucky for them.Ponting hd opted bat first that the wrong decision.Congralutation to whole Australian team.

  • Alastair on January 7, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Excellent article - glad you took note of how Yousuf blamed his batting for the loss, when he should be aware that his captaincy was the real problem. Sure you can blame Kamran Akmal, and various batters (Misbah, I have no words) but it all starts with attitude. It was inevitable Pakistan were going to struggle with the bat because they started the day in fear. Yousuf knocked the first domino over with his field placings and general aura, and the rest fell on cue. It wasn't long ago I was gutted for NZ while playing Pakistan, now I feel just as bad supporting Pakistan.

  • IRFAN on January 7, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    If there is one team in the world who can pull of a win like this, "it's Australia". If there is a one team in the world who can pull a Fuck up like this, "it's Pakistan".

    However, i do wish that every test match wicket is like the one they had in the Sydney game. That's pretty much all i can say.

  • Usman Zia on January 7, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I urge all of you to go and check Pakistan's test defeats since 2006 english tour. I can promise you that most of them were due to Kamran Akmal. I dont know why he is being given chance after chance. It is very comical and embarassing the way he dropped 4 sitters. We lost the game when he dropped his 3rd catch of mike hussey. Yousuf has to leave this captaincy. It was absolutely pathetic since he left the field on day 3. REad his comments after day 3 and you will know we would lose. It was the worst captaincy ever. Bring Younus in, Afridi as captain for Hobart for God's sake. Even if we lost, we will not lose like this. Rashid Latif has pointed Misbah, Kamran and Shoib Malik behind the non-unity of the team and i agree with him 200%. They need to be kicked out of the team right away. Afridi for Catpain, Butt for vice captain, sarfaraz for wktkeeping. Younus and Yousuf ordinary players. Anyway Afridi is senior to both of them. Other wicse its all disaster nothing else.

  • Syed Jaffery on January 7, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Though Yousuf captaincy is questionable but we lost the game because of first inning batting collapse and second inning fielding lapses and drop catches. I noticed one thing about Kamran Akmal's wicket keeping. His glove work was Ok but whenever he heard some noice of the bat he got nervous and lost his concentration. One of my suggestion for him is to wear Ear plugs so that he cannot hear any sound from the bat and players shousting "catch it". Whatever changes we make in the team the truth is that our side is not very talented like the team of nineties. If the condition of our country remains the same, this sport is going to die very soon just like Hockey, Squash and Snooker.

  • Farrukh on January 7, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Kamran Akmal and M. Yousuf need to be sacked as player and captain. For GOD sake, we need an aggressive captain not a timid one. Fall at the feet of Miandad, Wasim and Waqar. Get them to coach these senseless morons and create Imran Khan like killer instincts in them. GOD help us!

  • Sam on January 7, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Ask Pakistan team to pack there bags and come back to Pakistan...Its better they don't play if a team doesn't know how to play and win then its better to leave the game rather then insulting whole nation.

  • A. Khan on January 7, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    My fear is that match fixing continues in Pakistan cricket. Nobody wants to admit it but the reckless way Pakistani cricketers have (under)performed leads me to believe so. No other country has players who lay down and die when they have a chance of winning. It was almost like Pakistani team did not wish to win.

    Like it or not, but lets face facts. Indian team has improved by leaps and bounds when they have seen that the money they make from endorsements as an Indian Test or one day player far exceeds their cricket earnings. Hence to be in the team, they have to perform and there is severe competition for places.

    On the other hand, Pakistan cricket team makes far less from endorsements. Hence the need to boost their earnings for what is essentially a short career lasting 10-15 years. And of course, it is the easy way to make money. No blood and sweat needed, just drop a few catches, play a rash stroke and you make tens of millions of rupees.

    Once again, just observe the "mistakes

  • Anneeq on January 7, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Massive changes are needed. Yusuf should be replaced by Afridi as captain immediately! AND Yusuf stays as batsman, hes far too good a batsman! Afridi brings in much needed aggression, hes a good fielder and God do we all know we need reinforcement in that department!! His leg spin bowling is high standard, batting has matured and is quite useful down the order.

    Imran Farhat and Salman Butt stay as they are, i see no reason why either should go, they were actually two bright sparks in this match! The best opening combo Pk has got!

    Misbah is to be replaced by S Malik, hes one of Pk's best fielders and adds to the bowling department. What he was doing watching the match, God knows!!

    F Iqbal needs to be replaced by Afridi. Iqbal's useless, quite simply. Hes never to be in the Pk team again!

    Oh and now for K Akmal, get rid of him, replace him with Sarfraz. Stick with this 4 the nxt year. Reinstate Geoff Lawson, dnt no why he was sacked! Players match fee shud be given 2 th fans as compo

  • Blazing on January 7, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Well I am an Indian, so you can imagine the diffulty I was having in choosing which side to support. Still at the end of Aussie innings I thought pakisatn has won....shameful.... that they actually lost. hahhahahaha..

  • Dr moim on January 7, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    I think everyone is too hard on a genuine cricketer and a human being. It was yousuf who came atleast near to victory while none came so closer. He has managed to do it with a bunch of inexperienced and below par cricketers. And yet he is a man enough to take the whole blame on himself and protect his boys. Do we get to see such a great human being and a thorough cricketers these days . the answer is NO. I am sure he is very well respected and loved by his boys. Give him time . And stop barking at him. He is fine and far better than many. Results will follow. And restrain from useless accusations and jumping onto conclusions. Have patience guys !!

  • Hamza` on January 7, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    man this is sooo depressing...our bowling attack is just being wasted....and what is wrong with Kamran...cant he catch?they were dollies that he dropped, FOUR!and dont forget the missed run out of watson..we need to play safraz in tests and kamran considered for only odis and 2020...bring back younis as captain, if he does not want it give it to afridi...and get rid of SHOAIB MALIK!he only performs against india...this is my line up for tests: 1.BUTT 2.FARHAT 3.YOUNIS 4.YOUSUF 5.UMAR 6.ASDAD SHAFIQ(OR AFRIDI IF HES CAPTAIN)7.SAFRAZ 8.AAMIR 9.GUL 10.ASIF. 11.KANERIA...

  • ash on January 7, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    even the players had no faith why did we think any different they have not won in years way before any of them started playing and the aussies got them scared at tea yousuf knew it would be differsnt after the break he did not want to go ofF .I FOR ONE DONT INTEND TO LOSE ANY MORE SLEEP OR MONEY WATCHING A BUNCH OF SPINELESS PLAYERS WHO HAVE TO LEARN TO PLAY CRICKET ...CATCHES DONT WIN MATCHES CRICKETERS WHO KNOW HOW TO CATCH DO...

  • arshad on January 7, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    hi all I am writing from australia, these guys specaially the captin was more intrested in doing the round of masjids and doing tabliq then thinking of plaing cricket. They had no plan or idea how to get any one out or what to do, when asked in melbourne.

  • Faraz Saeed on January 7, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    80/8 and Yousuf puts the field back? FIXED! Kamran Akmal dropping three catches off Hussey? FIXED! Body language of the Pakistani players on the morning of the 4th day was LAME? Fixed! Siddle was dropped by Kamran Akmal? FIXED! If Siddle could bat on that pitch WHY could'nt a few Pakistani players? FIXED! Why was Asif brought into the attack after upteen overs on the 4th day? FIXED!

    On top of this to the Aussies, they deserve no credit for winning this! Hussey is no super hero and Hauritz is no Shane Warne. They should consider themselves lucky! Oh then again... didn't I just mention...THE MATCH WAS FIXED!!!

    If you dont believe me go watch the match from fourth day onwards and you will notice very well what I am talking about!

  • Amir Balouch on January 7, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Well my comments would be pouring a drop in the ocean of furstration but my AU colleagues were celebrating at the end of the game and i's sitting back with an embarrassed laugh. True said that the Nephew of Javed Miandad,Misbah-ul-Haq and brother of Umar Akmal are not deserved to be in the squad. Let Yousuf give credit of taking the blame at least but he needs to prepare himself to perform as a senior player under Younis Captaincy in test battles and Afridi should be given a chance to lead ODI and T20.

  • MR. WHO on January 7, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Talk of Afridi coming in as captain is biggest stupidity, He cant score, and if he does it will never exceed 50 and that too every tenth innings. He is a good bowler but there is no vacancy for a spin bowler when Kaneria is arround. We dont have any captain stuff and I don't agree Meety in making Kaneria the next captain. It will never work, he doesnt have support base in the squad. I will rather send home Yousef, Younes,Farhat, Misbah,Malik, Faisal and Kamran. and bring in Hassan Raza, fawad, Naved Yasin, Ghumman, and some other new guys in the team and make Umar Akmal the captain. We have to change the guard as younis and yousef are over 34 we got to bring in young batsmen and then even if we lose, it wont hurt as we will be building for the futur. My chice for keeper is Sarfraz. Kamran and Shoaib can still play ODI and T20 just as Afridi does.

  • Anneeq on January 7, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Lets start with the positives (of which there are v few), that would be Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, M Asif, M Aamer, Kaneria and even Saeed Ajmal played well, i dnt understand why he was sent back!!!

    Right now for the onslaught. Someone please at least try and come up with some argument about how an international cricketer with over 10 YEARS of experience puts 8 fielders on the ropes when opposition is 80 for 8???? Some sort of theory, because i cant understand! My 13 year old cousin even asked me 'why is everyone so far back when Pk are winning?' Exact phrase btw im not making it up!!!

    After all the terrorism, the bomb blasts now was the time to give the ppl of Pk something to smile about. Akmal too, he owed 170 million ppl a century for those drop FOUR catches. I mean he's a keeper, if he couldnt hold onto catches like that and not make decent batting scores isnt he just a waste of oxygen? Get Sarfraz in NOW, replace this waster! Its hard to feel sorry for Pk, we all feel v v v angry!!!

  • Ahmed on January 7, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    yet again pakistan lost it well playing a team like this will surely fall short and having no allrounders after 5 wickets pakistan looks all out to me they should put razzaq and rana in cover for collapes like this...disgusting lost heart breaking defeat shame on pakistan team and selectors...

  • Lanat on January 7, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Lanat On Pakistan Test Cricket, Politics and Shit Team Selection!

  • Billa on January 7, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Jeez! Did all his gods desert him?! PBUH

  • redneck on January 7, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    pakistan dont have too much to fix, they were the better team for 3 days of the match! and i see they have already sent a reserve keeper over for the next test! pakistans bowling looks great! espechally if aamar comes back for the 3rd test, he, asif and sami have the makings of one of the best pace attacks currently in test cricket! however its vital they get a keeper that has hands as safe as a bank vault! this new asif lead bowling attack is all about getting batsmen knicking the ball, they therefor need reliable hands catching those knicks! if they can find a good keeper + someone that knows how to field at slip, results will start happening for pakistan! its certainly far from the doom and gloom that many of these pakistani posters seem to think!

  • Farhan on January 7, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I just don't get it. If a captain is doing something wrong, why don't someone ask him to do the right thing. Are all the high officials keep sleeping in pakistan while the match in progress? Some mistakes in the match just give away the match results to the opposite team. All the hard work is gone and never remembered or recognised in the record books. Its only the results that stays alaive. I have seen so many matches given away by the pakistan cricket team, that end of the day it hurts my spirit a lot. I don't know wether these msgs are even read by any one related to pakistan cricket. Pakistan should really try some players who are aged but matured enough to stay in the wicket and have the capability to win matches for pakistan, Not just look for the young ppls.

  • maqbool mohammad on January 7, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    We have had enough of the likes of Faisal, Misbah, Shoab. Keep the openers (Salman and Imran), bring in a good number three (Younas if willing), keep Yousaf (for now) at 4. Bring in Shahid Afridi as Captain, change the wicket keeper, keep the pace trio, Aamer, Asif and Umar (Sami should stay as the part of the 14 person squad and used as required), Danish and Saeed Ajmal could be the other members of the team and last but not the least outsource the team, get rid of PCB, and Pakistan will either win or loose honorably.

  • Muhammad Anwar on January 7, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    I think Pakistan team should be as follow: Salaman Butt Imran Nazir Yunis Khan Mohammad Yusuf Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Sarfraz Ahmad (keeper) Umer Gul Mohammad Aamir Danish Kanaria Mohammad Asif

    I gurentee you that Pakistan will not lose like this. Captain should be Shahid Afridi and he should open with Imran Nazir. Again, Shahid Afridi is a risk in terms of batting but if starts good, Pakistan will post a good total. Play like a one day match instead of test. Sehawg and Dilshan are examples for us to see even in test match, they play like one day and furstrate the opposition.

    thank you,

    Pakistan Zinda Baad

  • Dawar on January 7, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Cricket is playing a lot in many countries. Especially in Aust, Ind, Pak, SA etc .We has many players with same talent and skills. But only 11 can be in. Best way to select team it’s to implement merit system. Players should not be in because of their any influence. We should define the rules, best performer of the domestic must be given chance. Any top order batsman fails to produce result in row three test or three one day, or four T20 should be out from the team . He will be back from his performance in domestic not by .., (e.g.: malik did not perform well but still in the dressing room, he could replace Misba in next match, next time Misba will replace him. we need to stop this). Only team will win the match who brings players on merit. Unfortunately is not happening here, Asim kamal is out from team after he scores 99, Khalid is out after good perf in one day series (NZ). We need sep team for T20, Oneday and Test.Bring Younis as a capt,he is honest.Give him chance again like 2Ms.

  • shiraz on January 7, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Wow Wow Wow I had never seen a captain like M.Yousuf criket hisory is full dum crikers but this top the chart, he has no ethics of captincy nor he has cricketing brain, he should immediately hand over captincy to Shahid Khan Afridi for reviveal of cricket, if PCB will drag this guy more the future of criket is very grim.

  • Kashif Anwar, M.D. on January 6, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    like in any other professional world, fire those who dont perform fire kamran,misbah & faisal,fire yusuf from captaincy & ban Yonis Khan. Many would argue but realistrically he's the one who has always ran away when he is needed the most leaving the nation stranded behind him,for his personal differences with PCB. It happened 2 yrs ago & nation was left under dark ages of shoaib malik captaincy and now when things started to get in order with the introduction of young guns Yonis chose to fish rather then captaining and playing for pakistan,yet let the nation suffer again. Pls forget somebody who puts his own interests ahead of nations interest and gets emotional when reminds of that. IF U R NOT THERE WHEN U R NEEDED MOST BY UR NATION THEN WHATS THE USE OF ALL THESE RECORDS U MADE IN THE PAST. PLEASE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF KAMRAN AKMAL. DONT FORGET ALL THOSE SPILLED SERIES' THROUGH HIS GLOVES IN LAST 5 YEARS AND FORGET V FEW MATCHES HE WON WITH BAT PLs. SAD FOLLOWER OF A GREIVING NATION

  • Kamran on January 6, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    pakistan managed to lose a match that other team had lost AGAIN. How do they do it; nobody knows. Mohammad Yousuf has disgraced Pakistan. The golden opportunity to revive Pakistan's cricket has lost AGAIN. Kamran Akmal is a disaster. Somebody please tell him that his is not a wicketkeeper and neither a reliable batsman either. Afridi is already in Australia; why didn't we ask him to play and instead we called Sami? Isn't there anybody in the team who could have advised Yousuf how to place his fielders? So many questions but Mr. Butt would again come up with some excuse telling us that this was a practice and we would do better in the next game? What is Itakhab Alam doing? Just cashing the pay check? These bunch of losers have disgraced the country; they are giving us all bad name; they should be asked to answer in a court of law. HOW COULD THEY DISGRACE MY COUNTRY? This is so painful, so hurtful and so shameful. Do these losers have another face to bring to the nation?

  • Pri on January 6, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    To win a cricket match esp Test cricket you need 'guts'. Australians call it 'Ticker', the sheer will to succeed to matter what the circumstances. Mohammad Aamer has it and so does Umar Akmal. May be Asif to certain extent. The rest don't. Then again are we expecting too much of a poor batting unit. Perhaps some of these batsmen are simply not upto Test match standards (I believe clearly not), but who are the replacements. Furthermore the tail of bunnies is too long. Can a test side afford 4 bunnies in their batting line up at least 4 of your 7 specialist batsmen are not up to test match standard.

    Retain Kamran, he's good enough to be in this Pak side. He needs confidence and he's proven to be good when his tail is up. He needs it right now though. Bring in Afridi mainly for bowling and to shorten the tail and bat at 8. Aamer can then bat at 9. Get rid to Faisal and Misbah immediately. Draft in Usman Khawaja (haha wishful thinking)and emphasise fielding at the grass root level NOW.

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Need changes. My team would be:

    1)New Opener (who's never play for Pakistan) 2)New Opener (who's never play for Pakistan) 3)New bat (who's never play for Pakistan) 4)Mo. Yusuf 5)Me (captain, I captained my club 2nd XI in London) 6)Gilchrist (in 7 years we can naturalise him a pak player) 7)My brother (good allrounder - moves the ball both ways) 8)New quickie. 9)Mo. Amer (he should bat at 9, any higher & that is a reflection on the standard of batters above him). 10)New Quickie 11)New Leg spinner

  • Ali on January 6, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should go. He is the one who should blame for the defeat. 3 catches dropped by a wicket keeper is never heard before in a test match. Yousuf is good batsman and his captaincy is good, I think field placing on 4th day was not his idea, it was planned in the meeting room by seniors because from first day to third day it was very attacking fielding placing and change of bowling was very good.

  • Javed Zarif Canada on January 6, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    What a pathetic show. Although i knew they will faulter in the chase but it still hurts beyond imagination. problem is not that they don,t know how to play test cricket rather these newly rich millionaires stop working hard. They have failed in their chase even in 50/50 cricket. Did anybody saw Australlian bowlers being taken for a swimming drill at the satrt of third day. We just hail them as heroes and not as employees of the nation and of the PCB. Professionalism will appear all of a sudden when the palyers would fear that someone can fire them from the job. Regarding captaincy Afridi seems to be the choice of the moment and he should be in the team as a bowler and not as a batsman to ease pressure of him. As a captain he must tell the guys that God cannot win you games, let's play hard and fight for a win. There is no point in waiting for Allah as cricket is still a game and it's all about playing with the right spirit without fear of loosing

  • Farhan on January 6, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Kamran - how can you suggest AFridi as captain, when he can't even hold a place in any test team (anywhere). You point fingers, yet your suggestions are hollow. Younis is still the best choice, and now that we have nothing to play for, we should risk him for the third test.

    Farhan (California)

  • nasar ahmed on January 6, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Worst performance I have seen from pakistan even though there have been many. I stayed up all night hoping for a pakistan win but yet again they have let us down. Mohammed Yousuf should not be captain and he showed exactly why in the first session. Kamran,Faisal and Misbah looked nervious and clearly do not have the capabilities to play at this level.The way Umar Akmal played was a treat to watch but it was a shame no senior player could stick around with him for us to win the match. Afridi must come back in the test fold as captainm They need a strong leader who will not laugh when a player drops a catch, you will never see Ponting have a grin on his face if there was a droped catch either by him or any of his team mates. Some drastic changes must be made, bring in new blood who are fearless like amir and umar, surely their must be plenty of talent in pakistan. I hope for pakistans sake things get better, they have already lost cricket in pakistan and there is a danger they could lose the supporters aswell.

  • Ali on January 6, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    the leader of the team lacks leadership qualities and is an illiterate which shows in his field placing. the coach intikhab alam appear to be a dummy who have little or no interference in making strong team. why not make waqar younis a full time coach. the players dont seem to be communicating well with each other which is not new for pakistan cricket, or should i say not new for all pakistanis. it is not only the team but all depts. in the country lack professionalism and spirit of doing something for your country. the team needs to develop mental strength for which they need a leader and coach who can make them realize what they are and the job of representing your country is something people dream of so they could become more responsible. sorry to say but half of the team players are there only by 'safarish'. afridi is by far the best pakistani spinner and shoaib malik should have been played instead of faisal iqbal. too bad our best test batsman younis khan is not in the team eithe

  • Athar on January 6, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Still in shocked, No more cricket for me.Thanks Disaster for Pakistani cricket.

  • Afaq Khan on January 6, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I really have no comments for this defeat. It is just unbelievable stuff. Only God knows better what Mohammad Yousaf was having in his mind. Now I m ready to see a hammering at hobart from Aussies. Ijaz butt & Intikhab Alam should resign. It is just our management which is not capable of controlling players. Why our players r so strong that they take decision making in their hands. Any one, yes... any one who don't accept boards decision about coaching staff or captain should be banned 4ever for playing any kind of cricket in Pakistan. Javed Miandad is the best coaching option 4 Pakistan. Shahid Afridi have excellent record in test cricket. He should play more at test level, & lead the side. Say finally thanx to Misbah & Malik. Faisal needs more opportunities to grow in his confidence. Replace Kamran wid a wicket keeper please. He can get a place as a regular opener instead of Farhat. Captains also need some counseling from the former greats. God bless Pakistan.

  • Farhan on January 6, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Catches win matches and Kamran Akmal lost another match for the team.

    Is he a Keeper who can bat a bit or a batsman who can keep wickets? He has to be good at either one, bits and pieces cricketers have no place in Tests. And he is the vice-captain as well - he cannot even take the responsibility of making a batting berth his own (seeing that his inclusion in the team is justified because of batting) - how is he expected to take the responsibility of leading.

    Pakistan team will not move forward until they get rid of this plague behind the stumps.

  • Ehtisham on January 6, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    @ Mr. ali,

    With due respect, we are discussing cricket here as a ture and sincere Pakistani. We are not discussing Sectarianism as we are first Pakistani then Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi and Pathans.I hope you understand.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 6, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Australia has shown us how to come back & win from way behind. It is time for our Management, Coaches and Players to analyze the reasons for this defeat. Ponting did not contribute with the bat, but led his side on the field postively, encouraged his team to fight on, & inspired his mates to victory. Yusuf looked beaten and his mood was painted on the rest of the side. The Pakistan Coaches did'nt intervene nor advice Yusuf to change tactics as the opportunity to win gradually slipped away. Butt & Imran Farhat seemed to be in hurry and perhaps forgot it was only the 4th day. Faisal Iqbal& Misbah have been inconsistent and got out cheaply. Kamran Akmal missed his chance to compensate with the bat for his lapses behind the stumps. Pakistan tail with the exception of Sami were cleaned up quickly. One captain for all formats is a good call. Afridi is a good choice. He recently led Pak to a world title. Added responsibility of leadership will lift his game&help his mates find consistency.

  • Sav on January 6, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Kamran bhai - I urge you to produce with your contacts and also Osman's support, that you write a petition to the PCB, put it into the public domain and allow the board to see in plain black and white what 500 supporters from around the world see but they refuse to acknowledge - write a petiton to create changes in the team - a great use of social media, an experiment and a way to get this off our chest! who knows we could even inspire change at the top of our corrupt country (linked to the PCB no doubt!) - you have the balls to do this!

    Now, for my 2 cents on the match:

    Yousuf, you have rightly held up your hand to accept the blame for defeat, and you must surely have the mother of all tasks to lift the team for the rest of the tour, and apologise to your bowling war horses. But I am afraid that you must also accept the greater truth, that your leadership lost the match the moment you began to defend, when you were winning through attack. For this, I have to say:

    YOUR FIRED!

  • Samuel on January 6, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    I really feel for the likes of Asif and Aamer. All they do is bowl there heart out and the rest of the squad only keep taking the pressure off of the opositions. Yousuf's timid tactics to carry on with Kaneria even when he had been leaking easy runs was simply baffling which is where they lost the match given that there was no way they coul'dve chased a total ovet 100 comfortably. Kaneria gets wickets by the law of probability, if you bowl for 50 overs, of course you will get 4/5 wickets but for what, in expense of 150 runs? Everytime you have new batsmen on the crease, you must get your best bowlers in to attack from the fast ball! Why exactly was Asif underused? Ridiculous stuff!

  • Meety on January 6, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Hi, I am an Aussie, and I would like to make a few points from my perspective. 1. Akmal K, is not a test wicketkeeper, select him as an opener/keeper in limited over cricket. Haddin got bagged for letting a huge number of byes thru and people were talking about replacing him - Keepers need to catch. 2. Yousuf is not a good captain, make him vice captain and give the captaincy to Kaneria. Yes you read this right, I think Australians respect Kaneria more than in Pakistan. I would have him play for Australia, (although he would have an extensive date with the fielding coach). I think Kaneria has a hard edge about him - at least in matches I have seen him play against Australia in. 3. Faisal Iqbal is not up test standard, and I think NEVER will be. His technique is deficient. 4. The push for Afridi is fine as long as he is capable of being selected as a bowler. His batting is not up to standard. Take Andrew Symonds, he didn't play tests until he could prove he could grind out scores.

  • Javed Butt on January 6, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Two changes a must be made to avoid this from happening again. 1.: Appoint affridi as captain. 2.: Appoint new selection body & supply them fielding coach.May not help a lot as lot of them are over 20 but atleast will help some. When few of them got taking the airial route why the new batsman coming were advised to avoid such shots.

  • Nuwan on January 6, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    I am a sri lankan supporter, and the way pakistan lost unbelievably reminds me of the way my country lost in a similar situation to australia in 1992 in colombo. Australia r no longer the greatest test team anymore, but Pakistan is also no where near the level they should be at. the only thing that separated these 2 teams was belief. australia believed they could win, while pakistan floundered when victory was literally going to be handed over to them. I can't understand y mohammad yousuf would resort to those defensive tactics, when his nation was just on the verge of staring down the gates of victory. I had a feeling Pakistan would struggle a little chasing 175, becoz i remember how they collapsed against us in march 2009 when they needed to chase 160-odd to beat us and we ended up getting them all out for 119. As much as I love seeing my country win, a good, strong Pakistani side is always good for the game, and I hope they can improve in the future. good luck to them.

  • Sirknee on January 6, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    The Pakistan team have shown at times that they are every bit as skillful, even more skillful,than the Aussies. This was a game lost in the mind. It is only mental strength that wins Test matches by maintaining pressure. Pakistan need to acquire what Imran Kahn, Javed Miandad had in abundance. Use these past greats for inspiration.

  • Tayyab on January 6, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Umar's butter fingers helps Sifarshi Eleven snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory should be the headline. Send back Butt's boy Kamran Akmal, Miandad's sifarshi nephew Faisal Iqbal, Yousaf's buddy boy Misbah back to Pakistan. A Committe should sit and find out who were behind their selections and those people must be fired. Remove Yousaf from the Captaincy bring on Shahid afridi as a captain, Younis Khan as a No 3 batsman and Sarfaraz as teh permanent wicket keeper, I don't care if he drops eight catches in teh third test, he will still be better off than this Sifarshi Akmal. I think Akmal should be sent to SWA for some catching practice as a reward;)

  • H.KHAN on January 6, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    WHAT A DISGRACE..SHAMBLES..EMBARRASING..

    MY TEST TEAM WOULD BE..

    1.SALMAN BUTT 2.NEW BATSMEN 3.Y.KHAN 4..M.YOUSAF 5..U.AKMAL 6.S.AFRIDI 7..S.AHAMED 8..M.AMMER 9.U.GUL 10.D.KANERIA 11.M.ASIF

    MAYBE WE COUDL DROP AFRDI FRO A BATSMEN A NEW YOUNG TALENT..ALSO TRY 2 NEW OPENERS..

  • romi on January 6, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    This should be the end of Kamran Akmal's career. I have never wished this upon any cricketer but I sincerely hope Kamran is immediately dropped, not for a Test or two but indefinitely/permanently.

    It perplexes my mind and boils my blood... I mean when your main job is to catch and stump and you can't do either how do you still merit selection? how many more failures do we have to endure before we finally let him go? Haven't we suffered enough?

    This was such an important game and only God knows if we will ever have another chance like this to beat Australia in Australia and Kamran missed it... Thrice!!

    A deserving player should be given a chance & these parchee players like Kamran should be kicked out for good.

  • Shane on January 6, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Gentlemen Its enough what I had seen last night. Unbelievable so disapointing. Please learn from neighbour India. Please Please bring on SHANE WARNE as COACH. And PCB if you don't have money to pay myself and my friends would be contributing or we are ready to buy PCB as franchise?? We are so depressed and ashamed infront of our aussies, Indian and english friends that they are making fun out of us. Please bring on new blood. Afridi as a captian ummmmm not bad but not in english conditions. We are looking forward to your reply PCB. God bless Pakistan and Good luck.

    STILL WE ARE IN SHOCK

  • Nas on January 6, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Just some thoughts:

    1. Why is Intikab there? He should take some blame. Why did he not send any messages out to Yousuf about tactics. Me thinks he was too busy eating the free food.

    2. The problems with the team, are a result of a weak domestic system. How any of the players have played in the same situation before? how many times? How did they handle it?

    3. What is the standard of fielding in the Pakistan Domestic system? Does it even come into consideration with selections?

    The team is too unstable. Keep this current team. Let them learn from this experience, so that when they face it again, they can draw from it.

    A building is only as strong as its foundations.. rather than blame individual players, take a look at the domestic system they have come from...

    Sometimes I think the passion for the pakistan team gets in the way of logical thinking...

  • Zulfqar on January 6, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    A great player may not necessarily be a great captain and Yousaf surely fits the description. His elegance as a batsman is beyond doubt but I hardly remember him finishing a game and walking off the field on the beat of a victory anthem. He has the class needed to rub shoulders with all time greats but his courage deserts him when needed the most: be it a time to finish a match or to lead his side under pressure. Having lost a match which we should have won by an innings and a few runs will most certainly have a haunting effect for our cricketers and their supporters around the world. Enough has been said about our fielding, Kamran Akmal and Yousaf but something must be said and done about injecting mental strength in the eleven players on the field, especially the captain, whoever he may be. The team needs some serious psychological sessions to come out of a state of mind that depicts realities of a nation besieged, battered & torn by terrorism and uncertainties.

  • Javed Khan on January 6, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    A sad and heart-breaking day for Pakistan cricket and its millions of fans. Yousuf needs to shave his beard and have his head examined. What a loser...Fire the whole lot. We need fresh blood...blood that is fearless and proud to be Pakistani

  • Kris on January 6, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    As a neutral viewer from New Zealand, I agree with most of this article.

    Pakistan's new ball attack (Asif + Aamer) has been top class, and are arguably the best new ball partnership in the world. Gul provides a solid first change option. Kaneria is expensive but can really run through a side. If Sami and Rauf are the next best options there is a big problem as thats quite a gulf in quality

    With the exception of Umar Akmal who is one of the most prodigiously talented young players I have ever seen the batting has been paper thin including Yousuf and Kamran.

    Kamran is the worst keeper playing test cricket currently - drop him, drop the openers and Faisal and drop Misbah. Bring on Afridi, who adds aggressive captaincy, experienced batting and a dramatically improved spin option to the team. I also suspect someone like him (a strong mentor figure) could be the key to transforming Umar from reckless but gifted into one of the world's premier batsmen.

  • Terry Jones on January 6, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Austs win is a great result for cricket, only the 6th time that a team trailed by 200+ runs and have won it. However, amongst the excitement of a close match, you do have to ask the question, what relevance this result has on #1 position in world. Does a match like this qualify Aust for the Semi finals of a 4 year test cricket, going for #1? Nope, it adds some numbers to Austs rating, which is much more exciting! Test Cricket needs a 4 year competition with a beginning and an end as follows: Y1 Group Stage = 4 groups of 5 (1 home & 1 away X 4) Y2-3 Super Eights = Top 8 teams (2 home & 2 away X 6) Y4 Semis = 3 tests (#1 home to #4 & #2 home to #3). Y4 Final = 5 tests (w vs w, home higher pts stages 1-3). What excitement it would be if Aust vs Pak result caused Aust to qualify for Semis ... remember 1999 Semi final Aust vs SA, 1 run Semi final. Thats were excitement comes from, the context of the match. If this was a dead rubber, 2-1 or 3-0 would be meaningless. ICC Test World Cup please

  • Muneer on January 6, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has lost this match by himself, no other team member should be blamed for this loss. Spillig three catches is unaccepatable and they loss mattch for that reason. He needs to be replaced and give someother talent give chance. He should be man enough to step himself out of this team.

  • ammara on January 6, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    in my mind we need three changes drop misbah.faisal iqbal and sami bring mohammed amer.shoaib malik and sarfaraz as a wicketkeeper and i am sure we will win atleast last test

  • Rob Letchford on January 6, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    A lot of the comments talk of Afridi as Captain.Don't you have to want to play test cricket first. This test was not lost on the last day. It was lost late on day 2. 190 for 2 at tea to 331 for 9 at stumps. Good teams don't throw away opportunities to bury the opposition & that is what Pakistan did. It will be interesting how Pakistan plays in the next test. As at least 3 players are playing for thei futures. I think Pakistan already has the best man for the captain.I am sure he will be a very determined man in the next test but will he have enough support from the other players to beat Australia this time.

  • Tahir on January 6, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Pakistan batting was pathetic,dont forget first innings where lead could ve been stretched to 300+ only resulted in 200, every batsman played silly shot except Salman, Kamaran must go, look at his main ability which is batting, he played like he is on trial for 20 20, not willing to stay at the wicket and earn his runs,it does nt pay every time,Kaneria could ve at least 280 wickets by now if Kamran Akmal was not keeping, he drops the batsman misses as stump Danish suffers and we all know how he is if he gets wickets straight away,Kamran must be sent home and he soould quit keeping and concentrate on batting and if he can prove himself as a batsman he should be in otherwise he is one person he who has been responsible for Pakistans defeats,he scores 50 and his drops catches cost pakistan 0ver 300, what is the justtification,also time for Faisal and Misbah.Pakistan must ve a fielding and batting coach and fielding coach not from Pakistan and should be permanant.Afridi must play test cric

  • Bosco Martyres on January 6, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    For the future of Pakistani cricket. 1. Overhaul the PCB and get someone with brains. 2. Choose a captain who is a tactician and can motivate his players. 3. Get a specialist wicket keeper. 4. Develop a squad of up to 22 players and rotate them so that the team is always at peak physical condition.5. Get a fielding coach and practice, practice, practice. 6. Look into what can be done to toughen the players mentally.Sadly the petty intrigues will always be with us, and that is what contributes to our downfall.

  • Hameed on January 6, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Yesterday's session was a disgrace. One minute Pakistan is winning the next they lost 4 wkts in no time. I hardly played any cricket in my life, but even I would have put 4 slips and had Sami and Asif bowl...

  • Khurshid Khan on January 6, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    If I say it was a disappointment...it will an understatement, however I agree with most of the comments and would like to see Faisal Iqbal,Misbah and Kamran Akmal out of the equation. We need Younas in as a senior player and Afridi as a Captain. Let some new and young players come in as Umar Akmal and give some more practice of batting to9 the tail. We will be a fine team. It is not possible to change our fielding habits at this stage but our academies and domestic circuit should take up that responsibility. One word....get rid of the SIFARSHI TATOOS we will be ok. But that is US as a nation....look at our national leadership....we are a plane in flight without a rudder. Hope is the only consolation at this time.

  • ul-abidin on January 6, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    yeah dead right.... a team of warriors not the cowards.. thats what we want... from where i saw pkistan team playing they lacked the belief in them and in the situation that they were in ..... a simple example of it is the ststements that came out from both camps at the end of day 3.. SHANE WATSON sayinG .. "WE ARE STILL IN IT" on the other hand muhammad yusuf said " ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN WHEN U ARE PLAYING AGAINST AUSTRALLIA YOU CANNOT PREDICT ANYTHING" i the moment i read this i could feel what happened on the fourth day..

  • zhaphod on January 6, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    I have absolutely no sympathy for Pakistan. In fact I am happy that it happened to them. This is the best collective kick in the butt {pun forcibly intended} that they could have ever received to start becoming at least somewhat consistent in their performance.

  • saif on January 6, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    PLZ IT IS TIME TO LET MR AKMAL GO. we hav seen dis kind of stuff again and again . he simply cannot keep wickets behind a genuine spinner as v hav seen whnevr in any match kaneria comes akmal worsens his record. He never has deserved a spot in test side as a keeper . he shud alwz hav featured in tests as a batsman , a deprtment in which he has started to fail also. MISBAH shud b sent home as he has shown no signs of firing up in moment of need. the STAFF shud mainly b held accountable as v saw no strategy at all , especially in battting. everyone just came nd tried to throw their wkts away as quickly as possible xept fr umar and butt. the batting has again and angain let the bowling down. they jus dont hav the lkiller instinct to win a game . one pf the positives r dat i think v hav found a gud enuff opening pair in butt nd farhat at laest fr tests. but da middle order jus doesnt seem to fire off causing a major problem nd shame to da whole nation!!!!!!

  • khalid on January 6, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    people seem to forget the first three days and last few in melbourne.. they played pretty good.. give them a chance.. a little consistency would not harm

  • Raza Ahmed on January 6, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    ASAK – Another episode of absolute foolishness. Reasons: Wrong management at PCB, eroded domestic set up, erroneous selection of players, weak mindset on field, awful captaincy and the list goes on…..

    With all the above stated facts, PCB will prove yet again of being an inept organization of handling cricket in Pakistan…wanna bet. They will replace the current proven batting “zeros” of Pakistan (Faisal, Farhat, Butt & Misbah) with other “zeros” (Yasir Hameed, Hasan Raza, Shoaib Malik, Taufeeq Umar). Guys, its simple math, a zero adds nothing to the total. These “zeros” have been tried zillion times before with no real success, their technique is seriously flawed which also reflects their horrible batting averages at the test level.

    Shahid Afridi, the true captaincy material, will have to sit out & watch Pakistan team being humiliated by Aussies in the 3rd test as well. He must be wondering whats wrong with his test cricketing skills when the above listed “zero” players are tried on repeatedly. Younis Khan is a habitual run-away captain, so please don’t count on him again. Afridi brings in the aggression, authority & an all-rounder’s performance.

    As far Kamran Akmal, I still don’t get it….. taking catches is his primary job, but hey its PCB who is blind sighted by Kami’s batting. Absolute nonsense….. we don’t need Kami’s 20s & 30s at the cost of 100s scored by the opposition due to dropped catches. Kami must be surprised to not receive the man of the match award as he “single handedly” won the game for the Aussies. No team can afford a keeper like him at the test level, so why Pakistan?

    Unfortunately, PCB is a true reflection of the country’s current state of affairs. Got Sanity?

  • Ahdil on January 6, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    It's not just his captaincy, they should have chased 176 easily.

    There's one reason why they can't win, and that's Pakistan just can't bat consistently.

    It's time Faisal, Farhat and Misbah left. They need more solid batsman, not trigger-happy ones.

  • Azmat Siddiqui on January 6, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Yousuf, Kamran, Faisal and Misbah should be called back from Australia immediatley. They do not deserve to represent Pakistan any more.

    Intikhab Alam is too old to understand the demands of modern cricket.

    Yousuf is coward and clue less, enough is enough!

    Yes Younis Khan is a good batsman. But is he committed enough. He is no more serious with the game. He does not deserve to be back.

  • Humayun Khan Afridi on January 6, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Who is listening to us bloggers anyway? Who is listening to the heartache we felt yesterday. Corruption and dirty politics is what we are good at. Remember when SAfrica appointed a young G. Smith as a captain, and solved the captaincy issue once and for all. Why can't we do that. Pick one youngster with fire in his belly,(i.e Aamer) and start training him for captaincy(appoint him as a vice captain to Afridi in all formats of the game) please solve this captaincy issue once and for all so we can work on the other bigger issues like fielding and psychological problems in our batting. Make the following team as i write in every blog, Openers: Salman Butt(for now) and Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, M.Yousaf, Umar Akmal(W.keeper, move him slowly up the order as he grows older), Abulrazzak, Shahid Afridi, Kamran, Aamer, Asif and Gul/Kaneria depending if the wicket is fast or slow.Remove all fat people from international sports, like Inti,he should get fit,i wonder how he trains his players??/

  • Rizwan on January 6, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    The post emphasizes more on poor captaincy than poor batting skills, which I believe was the main factor behind Pakistan's loss. Not just yesterday, it's been the main factor for Pak's poor record throughout this decade. I agree Kamran's keeping was horrible but we've seen this after a long time. He'd worked hard on this keeping and we could see imporements lately. Faisal Iqbal should be kept where he really performs: domestic cricket. As far as Afridi as test captain is concerned, it's 5 day cricket, not the rash 20 over version, it requires more understaning of the game than that.

  • Dhump on January 6, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    YOUNIS KHAN DIDN'T LEAVE BECAUSE HE WANTED TO - HE WAS FORCED TO BY THIS BUNCH OF PLAYERS WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT HIM. WE DON'T NEED TO BLAME YOUSUF. THE POOR GUY WAS ONLY THERE BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE ANYONE TO LEAD. YOUSUF KEEPS SAYING HE WANTS YOUNIS BACK. BRING YOUNIS BACK AND SACK EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T SUPPORT HIM. BY FAR WE HAVE TO AGREE THAT HE IS THE BEST CAPTION WE HAD IN RECENT TIMES. HE WON US A WORLD CUP WHICH NOT MANY OTHERS HAVE DONE IN LAST 50 YEARS!! WHAT YOUNIS NEEDS IS FULL SUPPORT AND THEN HE NEEDS TO MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T QUIT ON ANY KIND OF PRESSURE FROM THE PLAYERS OR ANYONE. HE HAS TO STAND FIRM AND LEAD US TO MANY MORE VICTORIES. THIS DEFEAT MAYBE WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE. A SLAP ON THE PLAYERS OF THOSE FACES WHO DIDN'T WANT HIM TO CONTINUE......BRING YOUNIS BACK. YOUSUF WANTS HIM BACK TOO. LET THE TWO Y'S PILE UP BIG PARTNERSHIPS AGAIN. WE HAVE A MATCH WINNING BOWLING ATTACK. ALL WE NEED IS A SMART CAPTAIN AND WE COULD BE WORLD BEATERS!!

  • Khurram on January 6, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    I was watching the morning session and when the lead passed 130 i was at so much unpeace that I betted first time online against Pakistan and even though it hurts that Pakistan lost but i earned money and i had no doubt that they were going to loose. I must accept though that they got closer towinning than what i expected them to do.

  • IFTEKHAR, ALI on January 6, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    CATCHES WIN MATCHES, SO PAKISTAN DID NOT DESERVE TO WIN THIS MATCH. I THINK K AKMAL SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR MATCH FIXING.

    THIS WAS THE MOST SHAMEFUL DEFEAT THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MANY YRS IT IS TIME THAT PERCHEE SYSTEM SHOULD STOP IN PAKISTAN TEAM. I WAS WORRIED ABOUT DEFEAT WHEN PCB ANNOUNCED THIS TEAM. THERE ARE NO WORLD CLASS BATSMAN IN THE TEAM. NO OTHER COUNTRY WILL TOLERATE THIS SHAMEFUL DEFEAT. YONUS KHAN, YOUSUF, S.MALIK ,K AKMAL ALL ARE CONSISTANT POOR PERFORMERS AND THAY SHOULD BE REMOVED . IMRAN FERHAT, FAISEL IQBAL, SALMAN BUT AND MISBAH HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN ENOUGH CHANCES AND THEY NEED TO GO. PAKISTAN TEAM NEEDS AN AGGRESSIVE SEARCH FOR NEW PLAYERS.

  • Sharjeel Malik on January 6, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    I’m so fed up with the highly inept and unprofessional Pakistan cricket team. I’ve lost countless hours of sleep following their progress around the world. A number of players in the team do not consider it a privilege to play for their country and do not appreciate their fan following across the world.

    They cannot and will not learn from previous mistakes and failures. They simply, consistently, continue to underperform and disappoint. Kamran Akmal (dropped Hussey three times yesterday before he scored matchwinning 134*), Misbah-ul-Haq and Faisal Iqbal (so what if he is the nephew of Javed Miandad) must be dropped from the team with immediate effect.

  • Sohail-UK on January 6, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    disappointed, massively what a missed opportunity, so close yet so far again, i had belevied on pak winning this, i was in shock when checked the scorecard at 7am uk time! time for a change. change in approach, in players, in attitude Pak teams should price tag their wickets. with 1 and half days to go, what was the rush? why play studpid shots? Pak should be banned from playing test cricket from any country other than Bangladesh (that's the only team they can beat, only just) Misbah needs to go, Faisal needs to go, Look at Aus top 6 Batting averages, look at pakistan's tafeeq umar is a test batsmen, asim kamal is a test batsmen. afridi avgs 37 in test and is in a highest peak of his bowling. Pak selectors (what are you doing?) captain needs to go for training "how to be a successful test captain" kamran akmal- you saved the test against india in india, has ur time come to rest? isn't wicket keeping your MAIN role? or should no.12 do the keeping for u?keepers job is to CATCH! Change

  • tariq gul on January 6, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    I am really not surprised by Our team performance.By God i was guessing that Pakistan might loss a match and my guess was absolutely right.I am not surprised by our team performance,they had done it before also. First thing which comes to my mind is that Mohammed Yousuf is not a good captain at all.He doesn't have any qualities of a good captain.He is very cool.Captain should be aggressive.but today i saw that he was worse in his captaincy techniques + captaincy had also effect his bating. Second thing i should that It is really a big shame for PCB selection.Misbah-ul-haq,Faisal Iqbal,Kamran Akmal should be dropped permanently and should be replaced by Asim Kamal ,Younis khan and Sarfaraz.Kamran Akmal keeping was horrible.We lost match only because of him mainly.Dropping 4 catches and no scores from him.He is horrible.

    In the end i will say CAPTAIN should be changed either Afridi or Younis should be captain. and players like misbah,iqbal,akmal should be kicked.

  • Rajesh on January 6, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Incredible!! A pathetic and spineless display by Pakistan has handed a weak Aussie team an undeserved victory. The PCB needs to take a long-term view of things. Short-term fixes (Afridi for captain, get YK back, etc.) will not work or will only flatter to deceive (e.g. Sami's performance on recall in the 1st and 2nd innings).

    And, for God's sake, drop Kamran Akmal (so that your bowlers need only take 20 wickets in a test instead of 30). And somebody senior should take Umar Akmal aside and tell him that he is not yet Bradman incarnated, hence playing according to the demands of the situation would be very welcome.

  • Rauf on January 6, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Can't disagree with you more Kamran and here's why.

    SCG defeat was almost like MCG defeat and all other defeats that Pakistan have managed to claw out of jaws of victory. I will not blame single player for this as you have done. Pakistan team has basically boiled down to a T20 goolie danda team. T20 is out of the traditional descipline of test and to the most part ODI cricket. Batsmen are excused for trying to hit six off of every ball and bowlers are excused as it is a batsman's format.

    Pakistan tried to win this test match (as always) inside of 40 overs when there were 140 overs available. Reminds me of a story about two wolves. A dad and his son were overlooking a flock of sheep from a hilltop. Excitingly son yelled "Dad... let's run down and eat one of the sheep". To that dad said "No son... let's walk down and eat them all".

    Story of Pakistan cricket I am afraid. No discipline or direction. Just intermittent brilliance which amounts to nothing.

  • Mazhar Khawaja on January 6, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Come on guys its only a game of cricket. Winning and losing is part of it. As a Pakistani I would have loved to see our team win and ofcourse I was terribly sad when a match within our grasp was snatched by the Aussies. Heaping scorn on our players wont help. Lets hope they do better in the next match.

  • Rizwan Nasar on January 6, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    It is important that Pakistan Cricket Management wakes up and fast. It is pathetic that a team that that had Australians trapped at 80 for 8 on the third day went on to lose the game on the forth. It boggles any sane mind to see Pakistan play the way they did. There was no strategy to get the last two batsmen out as soon as possible. The defensive field set was crazy. In my opinion the Australians should have been pack up in both innings under 100, but our captain did not attack them as all. It is time for a drastic change. Get Shahid Afridi back in the test side as the captain. Bing in Rashid Latif as the head coach (bring in a dedicated fielding coach) and get players who have the mindset to win. We are a nation that is very comfortable with mediocrity. That is where our cricket is today, even below that (that is how our whole nation is at current time). Let us get out of that state and get the winning attitude going. That is our only salvation!

  • Tyusuf on January 6, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    When you are selected to represent a country and you know that you are the ambassadors of the country and should put country first before your ego. The entire nation watch the game with the expectation that you will perform with the best of your abilities and you are paid good some of money for it, regardless you win or lose. Millions of Pakistani living inside and outside of the country were watching the games, are atleast deserve a reasonable perfomance from our team. It seems that most of the team players have disregarded their affections to the game of cricket and the unconditional love and support for the team. I think the players deserve a severe financial penalty if they continue in this manner, like ICC slap penalty for misconduct and unprofessional ehtics . I think PCB should develop a similar guidelines for those players to slap heavy fines , may be I hope may be fear of financial loss(including revenue from Ads) may boost their performance.

  • Dil Shah on January 6, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    You know Kamran Bhai. When the stomach is full one needs to rest o digest the food .After few hours U R hungry again.Same is the case with Younis Khan ,some body should tell him please for fishing.What a shame that U as a captain need rest .What kind of professional player U R .Ok when U take rest then PCB should stop paying U to,but No U wan to be payed as if U R not less than Miandad or Inzamamulhaq or other greats.ounis should have been with the team from day one .I hope selectors should look at this & drop & get rid him. Late Wasim Hasan Raja leg was in cast & he came out to bat with a runner & we won the game against West Indies .Mr Younis when U were may be changing diapers.Shame oN you.There is no excuse for your rest .You think that U R indepensable ,sir U R wrong U can be replaced in no time .It is our Board who is favouring U .Making 300 on a dead pitch is no class.Calss is when U R needed U R there .

  • Sami on January 6, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Having Afridi bat down the order and contribute with the ball as a second spinner would be quite interesting, after all, he's done it in the past. And his batting average is not much less than PlayandMissbah's. Not to mention he's probably one of Pakistan's best fielders.

  • Nadeem Bhutta on January 6, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I must confess all pakistani supporters would be very sad so am i, but the problem with Pakistani team is not talent but confidence to win, I am sure if Pakistan were chasing a score of close to 300 they may have played much better,these scores along the range of 150-250 are scores that never are easy for Pakistani team that indicates they lack the mental strength.I honestly think Pakistan should get Afridi as the captain atleast even if he not ripe for test cricket he shows a positive and agressive atitude on the field. Kamran should be used solely as a batsmen and as an opener and Sarfraz should be brought into the squad as a specialist wicket keeper. Misbah should be axed.Let us a middle order which contains Younus, Yousuf Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik and the tail. We have class bowlers but terribble fielders and Batsmen, I have never had confidence in pakistans batting as as ian chappel mentioned Pakistan are more like PANIC STAN when in Australia.

  • Noor on January 6, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    AH what a game I should stand & salute Kamran Akmal for a such a wonderful keeping .I think this is another world record of dropping catches when you have the game in your hand.Mr captain is afraid of Aussies what a defensive field beautiful.Gave away 96 runs remarkable.Then comes the Mr pre madonna batsmen .Faisal,Misbah,Kamran.S Butt almost every body except Umar & the bowlers.What they are there for a joy ride .We as spectators spend money for this nonsence.Not evn one of them seemed like a professional player .They are worst than local club team. Problem is not Yousuf its the team and their horrible attitude. A captain is just one individal, its a team that plays.

    I am dissapointed as a Pakistani but I dont feel sorry for our team these idiots deserve what they got. A team that does not respect a captain when he tells them they are wrong , a team that shows no signs of being a team, a team whose ego is huge,performance zero. Shame On you all.Batsmen.This tour is bowlers tour

  • umair on January 6, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Yes Yousuf's Captaincy was poor. but Younus Khan is not a whiz himself. Its easy to make one scapegoat,and completely forget the failures of others. The only reason that Pakistan has lost this match is just because of Kamran akmal had he hold on to any of the 4 simple catches that he had dropped, Pakistan would have won the game easily. This team needs a complete overhaul, players like Salman butt, faisal misbah etc are good for nothing.

  • ali on January 6, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    only pathans can save pakistan cricket..shahid afridi, younis khan and umer gul...punjabis are in the team only to create drama..kick out all the punjabis and bring pathans and balaochi...

  • Hasan Zaman on January 6, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    You are wrong!! If I am the captain and opposition is 800 for 8 (not 800 for 2 or 3) I would surely go for the kill if not there is only 20-25 overs remaining of the match (As we could lose the match in that time if we lose all wickets).

    I guess, Yosuf's captaincy was very questionable. On the second day why they lost many wickets to score fast? They had plenty of time to score two hundred more in one additional day like both opener played in the first innings. Additionally, they should have started the second innings in the same way.

    Best solution would be: send Yosuf, Kamran, Misbah home. Tell the bowlers, they also need to be responsible otherwise for Pakistan five or six down means all out. Ask bowlers to learn from tail end batting from other countries even from bangladesh.

  • Whaat on January 6, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    The cricket team is the only thing that Pakistan does at an international level.

    So it is unfortunate that we can't even do this one thing well. By tolerating incompetence, nepotism and not working to improve areas we are sub-par at, the team merely reflects the country.

    At both levels, we need to change the way we think and to do the right thing, for the greater good. Can the country change for the better, with the leadership and corruption we have ? I don't think so.

    What galls me the most about the team is that they play cricket, but don't understand the game. There is no strategic insight, no cleverness, so leadership that motivates. There is a clubby chuminess that ensure mediocrity, which is why Yousuf called for Misbah and defended Kamran for his dropped catches.

    Would the Australians have ever done that? They dropped Mark Waugh when he was out of form, even though his brother was captain!!

  • Ehtisham on January 6, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    PCB needs courage and vision in order to take strong decisions soon otherwise our premier sports will die soon and our successes will become history. Our nation is always looking for some sort of happiness in our cricket team’s success especially at this time when we are facing war in every form. As a passionate cricket lover and being well wisher of Pakistan cricket team, following decisions should be taken soon: 1-Bring Younus Khan back as a captain; if he does not accept captaincy (as mentioned by you Kamran) then Shahid Afrid is an ultimate choice as being aggressive captain. 2-Sack current coach and if Possible the Chairman too on immediate basis as their planning is clearly based on very old methods and techniques. 3- Give rest to Kamran Akmal or only select him for Odis, T20’s and bring specialist wicket keeper. We need keeper who can held catches and batting is a bonus but not the priority. You are right this is the most criticla period of Paksitan cricket history.

  • muzz on January 6, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Misbah/fiasal are sell by date - donot put them on shelf again/bring in Afridi and yunus. sack Mr intikhabb Alam- useless/no input/a dummy/get a batting coach eg Jawaid Miandad/Zaheer or Inzi drop catches or poor fielding means - out of team and practice ---- practice-------practice to win donot dream to win ----- no pain no gain

  • Noman Yousuf on January 6, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    You're right on the money Kamran. Your namesake and our captain really let us down. I've been rooting for Afridi's nomination as captain in all three formats for sometime; and for the unfaithful, following are few of the reasons: 1. He's the captain courageous; people who've seen him captaining at the domestic level can vouch for that. 2. He's a much improved leg spinner and deserves a chance just on the quality of his bowling. 3. Tail-enders, who've become a nuisance for us in recent times, don't stand a chance against him. 4. And very importantly, I believe there's an anti-Karachi group in the team, which is evident by the absence of Asim Kamal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Kahlid Latif and Fawad Alam (btw chairman PCB ordered to change our U-19 team because it had 10 khi based players) and Afridi can improve the situation on that front.

    P.S. The way Kamran was catching in the Melbourne Test, especially Clarke's catch on Aamir's bowling, Sydneygate was ought to happen.

    Cheers!

  • Azeem Akhtar on January 6, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    This side is very poorly led, has a number of passengers, does not have enough matchwinners and the lack of professionalism exhibited in all disciplines of the game is almost criminal. It beggars belief that these 11 duffers are the best cricketers we can produce from a cricketing nation of 160m+ people. Barring India, the popluation of Pakistan alone dwarfs all the other Test and nations by some distance - yet we turn out a team that has the backbone of a parapelegic, inebriated worm. For me, there are only a very small number of players that walk into the Pakistan Test side. They are : Mohammed Yousuf (but most definitely NOT as captain) Umar Akmal Mohammed Asif Mohammed Aamer. The others are rubbish and do not deserve to wear the green cap. Make Afridi captain and build a team around these players.

  • AbdulRahman on January 6, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    @ Saqib=

    I sincerely pray that you go to India and get Indian passports.Seriously,you are a burden on Pakistan's land. Come on,teams win and lose.Why take it so seriously.Why are you forgetting that this is cricket,unpredictable.And the team under observation is too unpredictable.But come on man,it is the team that won us the World Cup.Why lose heart so quickly.I shall always support Pak whether it wins or loses.Pak Team Zindabad!!

  • Jo Kutty on January 6, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    As an Indian who is as crestfallen as Pakistanis (we have reason to really want Aussies beaten), I am saddened by the general trend of the comments here. These things happen. India once beat Australia in Melbourne despite setting the latter barely 100 odd runs. Oz regrouped, and became a force in Cricket. This is not the time to ask for heads to be chopped and people dropped. This is the time for good mentorship, coaching, and getting the support structure right. We Indians complain about the BCCI. It is amazing to realize that it is amazing compared to the Pak board. Rather than vent your anger against great players like Yusuf Youhanna, direct your energies to reform the way Cricket in Pak is run. You have enough people - Javed (talking about batting under pressure), or Wasim Akram, and indeed several others -- who can rectify this situation quickly. In the meanwhile, support your team in Hobart. They can still win if they believe.

  • Zeeshan on January 6, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    This was probably the most dreadful of losses Pakistan Cricket team has suffered and it will be remembered for years to come. It only goes to show that our leaders be it in politics or sports are cowards and serve their own purposes. And we have so many examples of careers ruined only because of political struggle in PCB system. I say we get rid of fat in PCB and bring professional management, people who can run it with more intellect and merit than power.

    As for the players, most of them are on sifarish and it clearly shows. The best opening batsman we could probably have groomed was Yasir Hameed and Asim Kamal was a solid middle order batsman. Unfortunately they both are in their 30's and dont have much international cricket left in them. These definitely have to go...Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Faisal Iqbal and Shoaib Malik.

    My Pakistan 11 should be:

    Yasir, Imran Farhat, Younis, Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Afrifi (C), Keeper, Aamer, Gul, Asif, Ajmal or Kenaria.

  • khurram on January 6, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Like always they raise your hopes only to crush your dreams at the final movement, such is our cricket team. My 5 yr old was asking my wife last night why was I not talking much after the game  Yes Yousaf made mistakes but we last the games for not holding catches and not batting well. I also felt mentally the team lacks self belief “will Asutralia lose” I think only Umar Akmal and Yousaf batted with confidence. Kamran Akmal has a great average as test opener, far better than all the other openers we have. He must not play as a keeper, we should try someone new. Here is my team. My team: 1. Kamran Akmal 2. Malik hameed, or any new opener 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammed Yousaf © 5. Umar Akmal 6. Afridi (VC) 7. New keeper 8. Ammer 9. Asif 10. Kaneria 11. Razzaq, Gull, Ajmal anyone of them ( Razzaq is a good allrounder can fit anywhere in the team, or we can go with a regular bowler)

  • Jai Ho on January 6, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Afridi does not deserve a place in the test team either as a batsman or as a bowler. As a bowler he is seriously overrated. Can he help the team take 20 wkts ????

  • Ehsan on January 6, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Mr Kamran Abbasi

    I am curious to find out what i said that you find objectionable in my post that it didn't merit being added to the comments section.

    Regards

    Ehsan

  • Anneeq on January 6, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Something drastic has to change, we cant have a captain that puts 8 ppl on the boundary when we're dominating! Yusuf has in affect put a dagger in 175 million Pk national's heart by showing those cowardly tactics! Heres what has to happen, Shoaib Malik should replace Misbah. Malik's a good fielder which is wt Pk need right now and can bowl, Afridi should replace Faisal Iqbal and Afridi should be captain. YK WAS a good captain but he obviously cant handle the pressure. MoYo should stay because above everything else hes a great batsmen lets not forget that!! The openers are fine as they are, theyv been the most consistent we've had, STICK WITH THEM!!! Afridi is a very good alrounder, alright batsman, good bowler and a fine fielder, which is more than can be said for Faisal Iqbal!! Im sure if Afridi was captain he wouldv gone for the kill! He's aggressive and his mere presence can lift the crowd and team. He has the 'XFactor' thts needd. K Amal needs to be replaced hes had enough chances.

  • DisgustedPakiFan on January 6, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    I think Pakis should stop playing cricket and start Gilli danda. The other option for PBC is to get a Captain who know how to lead and players who atleast know how to catch a ball.

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    To everyone who is saying Afridi is not test material...And Misbah IS test material? And Faisal? and our openers? And Akmal? I'm pretty sure Afridi can score a lot more than Misbah, Faisal, and Kamran COMBINED. Plus, he's always broken strong partnerships. That's in the records. And God knows Aussies build strong partnerships.

  • Navi Vashist on January 6, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Hi, I would never be able to understand what goes in your mind. In earlier article, you were praising Yousuf for it's captaincy. Infact, you gave one of his strategy a name MoYO line though we all knew that this was not the first time that somebody used that strategy. Now, you are talking of removing him from captaincy. It's just not him but a failure of whole Pak team. Captain is as good as team, everybody failed to chase a small total of 176 with the whole day left.

  • Muhammad Asim on January 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    I agree with most of the comments but do not agree that Younis Khan should be called back..He is a loser and he has no hunger for winning. The problem with Pakistan team is that they are least bothered if they lose every time or occasionally win - becuase they feel that when they will win only when Allah is willing, regardless of their efforts...bull shit...Today's loss is very shattering for the whole nation. i dont think they will in this decade also. We need players and specially captain who has hunger for success and who makes his team work hard for success and feel responsibility and then surely Allah will help. Afridi can be a good aggressive captain but I doubt him for test cricket...For God's sake please get rid of damn Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Faisal Iqbal from the team and bring in brave players like umder akmal. I don't understand why don't we get any left handed good batsmen? apart from openers....

  • Kamal Husain on January 6, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Pakistan cricket actually died in 2003-4 when I had the misfortune of watching them bowled out for 53 and 59 against Australia in Sharjah. Each and every player of that team should have been banned for life then and there a new set of youngsters cultivated. We, as a cricket team, as individual Pakistanis and as a nation, are incapable of any disciplned and sustained effort. It shows fully in Test cricket, somewhat in ODIs and very little of that is required in T20. The results bear that out.

    Younis is a zero as a captain and a losuy batsman now. Kamran Akmal should have been banned from Tests for wicketkeeping years ago. Whoever recommended Abdul Rauf should be fired. Yousuf should be stripped of Capataincy, but that is now after the fact. Misbah should have been banned years ago. Sami has never learned. Neither to swing nor about length. Now to the BCCP. Ejaz is a national joke. Wasim Bari COO? Lost to England 5-0 in 60s as captain. Iqbal Qasim a mediocre. So what do you expect???

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    When will the get Afridi to play in a test? They dropped him on the basis of ONE failed test match performance, whereas in the immediately previous test he had scored a 100 and 150 in the one before. Does the board have a personal problem with Afridi? He's winning it for South Australia right now so his confidence is at a high. We don't need Younis Khan! He's proven time and again that he's not really worth the effort. Akmal, Misbah, and Faisal should really sit out.

  • Tayyab on January 6, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    I fail to understand how Kamran Akmal keeps his spot as a wicket keeper after consistently helping Pakistan lose series after series with his dropped catches. He should be forcibly retired from test Cricket. I don't really know whose 'boy' is Kamran Akmal in the Cricket Board, he keeps on getting selected inspite of his poor pathetic keeping. As for Muhammad Yousaf, he can never become a good Captain, he does not have the aggressive attitude of Captains, he is too defensive, I think he is more concerned about saving his captaincy and his support within the team by calling his old mates like Misbah with zero performances in the last few years than having called young and good performers from the domestic Cricket.Yousaf does not even have the guts to criticize Akmal for his poor keeping, he is still supporting him. I think he is afraid that Akmal alongwith Shoaib Malik and Misbah may again start a rebellion within the team. Kamran Akmal!you should be ashamed of yourself!

  • fazal on January 6, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    i spent my last five four days just 2 wait for a win but our batmen let us down. Misbah-ul-Haq and fasil iqbal should be dropped from the team. fasil iqbal doesnt perform anywhere. i never him perform except for a century against india in 2005. his average 26.00 is very bad a for test career. shoaib malik and fawad alam are better then him. shoaib malik who has won alot match for pakistan is sitting out because of fasil iqbal sapari javed mainded nepew. in down we need our best player or a attacking in number 3 postion. fawad alam is a good choice for the middle order. we should sack fasil iqbal and mishbaq-ul-haq. i think sami is a better choice for bowling than fasil iqbal's batting. sami is a good blower but it's not his falut that his catches are being dropped. best fielder in Pakistan team are shahdid afridi, shoaib malik, younis khan, fawad alam and sami.

  • Zulfiqar on January 6, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Bad captaincy and fielding let us down but still failing to make 176 runs is no excuse for batting. Our batting is simply pathetic as well as fielding, topped by kamran Akmal. Kamran Akmal should have been kicked out few years back.he is an expert in dropping catches. Players like Misbah, farhat, faisal, and malik has no room in national side. Umar Akmal is a great talent but he also need mentoring and guidance as to how to play test cricket. Agression is a good thing but test cricket demands several angles of batting according to the situation in hand. Our team management is solely responsible of making Yousuf captain, which was a horrible decision. Why not Afridi? Surely we cant rely on his batting but he is an agile fielder , lively and energetic on ground, a very good bowler plus he definitely chip-in few run as well. Selection committee must also resign alongwith the board president. Yousuf for the sake of Pakistan cricket please resign from captainship, if board dosent remove yo

  • RP on January 6, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan didn't believe they could win this match. They were waiting for the shoe to drop and drop it did in the form of dropped catches and missed opportunities. The collective lack of belief comes from a lack of leadership; but mainly, it stems from lack of big match play. It is impossible for a captain to be a motivational leader if the team is inexperienced and full of self-doubt. This group has won 20/20 games but not test matches. And in the longer format, the lack of experience translates into a lack of self-belief. This team has all the raw talent. They need more exposure and leaders who don't turn petulant over the smallest issues. They remain an exciting team to watch. Hopefully, they'll be allowed to tour more; it'd also be terrific if teams would tour Pakistan as well - but that may be wishful thinking!

  • CRICKET EXPERT on January 6, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    My message to Kamran Akmal:- CATCH THE BALL!!!!!

  • Umar Khalil on January 6, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    The problem with Pakistani team is that every player who becomes a captian, in the end he is out of the team & his own career finishes. we saw this with waqar younis, rashid latif, moin khan, inzamam, shoaib malik & now with Younis Khan. & I am afraid that the fate of Yousaf or any other coming captian will be the same. I think after Imran Khan or most probably Wasim Akram we could not found any captian who can only only perform great captaincy skills on field but also boost his own personal performance.

  • farrukh on January 6, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Good article.Wonder why there is no comment on the mistakes of Kamran Akmal.Wonder if there is a TV in players lounge.Atleast they can listen to the comments made by Australian commentators.If Inti cant coach the players at least the 12th man can convey some tricks these commentators were trying to give poor brainless Yusuf.

  • Mani on January 6, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    KAMRAN AKMAL HAS TO GO!!! There are many reasons for this loss but top of the list is Kamran Akmal. Over the years he has been ordinary at best, he is single handedly responsible for demoralizing the confidence and careers of many bowlers (Sami, Kaneria etc.) They all got axed yet he stayed. During Inzamam's era, KA used to mess up supremely & still retain his spot but then selection was based on performance of prayers rather than on field. When Sarafraz Ahmed did replace him it was brief and he was unfairly dropped because KA had better connections. This kind of attitude points to corruption in the PCB & justifies effigy burning.

    Batting should not be the criteria for selcting Wicket-Keepers and even so his batting is below par and wicket keeping has been horrible for the longest time. Please, if some one is listening... STOP THE TORTURE!! KAMRAN AKAML MUST GO!!!

  • omar hussain on January 6, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    I am no fan of the Australians because of their boorish attitude and am always glad when these bullies get their due.Regarding bullies you have to bully them i.e- attack and give no quarter.Even yesterday after after the older Akmal had dropped Hussey 3 times i felt a direct and intimidating first half houe would be enough to get the remaining 2 wickets and Pakistan will win in no time.This is what this side lacks:agression.Honestly if they are not cowards Pakistan would have won the match yesterday had they attacked to the last.I agree with your article and would add that someone get it to our players' thick head that to be aware of the time they have in a test match and have belief in themselves.Had they batted sensibly in the first innings they might even have beaten the Aussies by an innings.The Australians have been lucky but dropped catches or not there is a lot to admired in their battling to the last.Wish our boys had that belief and were man enough.

  • Navi Vashist on January 6, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Hi, I would never be able to understand what goes in your mind. In earlier article, you were praising Yousuf for it's captaincy. Infact, you gave one of his strategy a name MoYO line though we all knew that this was not the first time that somebody used that strategy. Now, you are talking of removing him from captaincy. It's just not him but a failure of whole Pak team. Captain is as good as team, everybody failed to chase a small total of 176 with the whole day left.

  • Ali Ansari USA on January 6, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    What a sad day for Pakistan Cricket again. The whole nation wants big changes in our convoluted cricket mafia. We need a body like "SUPREME CRICKET COUNCIL" in Pakistan (as in USA) who can watch and advice PCB, Selectors, Coach and Captain. It should include reputable senior cricketers, cricket analysts/journalists, members of parliament (who know the game), professional sports critics & advisors, Psychologists, Sports Medicine Physicians and all the local teams captains. Give them power, authorities and time. Why the president of the country is the head of PCB and why there is no elected chairman. We dont want friends and parchi holders as a chairman or as batsmen what we have. Our cricket needs to be rejuvinated. I hope some one would listen to this advice.

  • Does not matter! on January 6, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    How can a country expect to win (raised) when the whole country is run theives and robbers, and almost 80% of country and team are made up of turncoats (hypocrites)?

    Indeed, this proves that GOD exists!

  • Mani on January 6, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    KAMRAN AKMAL HAS TO GO!!! There are many reasons for this loss but top of the list is Kamran Akmal. Over the years he has been ordinary at best, he is single handedly responsible for demoralizing the confidence and careers of many bowlers (Sami, Kaneria etc.) They all got axed yet he stayed. During Inzamam's era, KA used to mess up supremely & still retain his spot but then selection was based on performance of prayers rather than on field. When Sarafraz Ahmed did replace him it was brief and he was unfairly dropped because KA had better connections. This kind of attitude points to corruption in the PCB & justifies effigy burning.

    Batting should not be the criteria for selcting Wicket-Keepers and even so his batting is below par and wicket keeping has been horrible for the longest time. Please, if some one is listening... STOP THE TORTURE!! KAMRAN AKAML MUST GO!!!

  • M. Khan on January 6, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    One more thing regarding Kamran Abbasi's suggestion of brining in Afridi as a captain of the test team - phuleeeeeze! as it is we have all the issues we have with the test cricket bringing in afridi will be another liability - remember its our batting thats frail and any opposition can slice through our batting lineup like a hot knife slicing butter! Who in this world thinks that Afridi is test batsman? and his bowling is only suited to the shorter version of the game - do you think that if batsmen are not looking to to score fast runs in a test Afridi will be able to dislodge them? Then on what score Afridi should be brought in to the test team? Please dont add another liability to the team. In my opinion Pak lost sydney test in first innings - they were 100 runs short and the rest is history. Seems that Pakistnis were shaking their boots once Aussies extended their lead beyond 50. Pakistani batsmen dont have the techniq, temprament or the will to win matches

  • harsh on January 6, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Kamran sahab,

    Agreed that Yousuf is uninspiring and too defensive but the fact remains that inspite of his defensive tactics, Hussey still gave three catches and all three were dropped.

    You can make Afridi or Younis the captain but if you drop so many catches, you still cannot win a match.

  • wajoo on January 6, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I've seen Pakistan crumble down and throw away Test matches on a number of occasions (not to forget It happened 3 times last year) but what we all witnessed in Sydney is beyond human temperament...... This loss has not only buried the possibility of a series win in Australia but also the interest of the nation in the game!!!

  • Naeem Butt on January 6, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    I do not think Yousaf alone deviced this brilliant strategy to lose the 2nd test. There are team meetings where strategies are planned. So I do not believe Yousaf come up with this fielding strategy on the final day on his own. Apart from Yousaf´s blunder, the catching also made the difference. Australians took 2 almost impossible catches on the last day, where Pakistan dropped around 10 possible catches during the test. Like many others I lost a full nights sleep to go through this torture of seeing Pakistan lose this Test. I am not going to follow or watch any Tests Pakistans plays in future.

  • Asad Baig on January 6, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    I have been following Pakistan cricket for 30 years.Pakistan should have scored the 176 runs and they batted very poorly.Lots of people are blaming only Yousuf for Pakistan loss and yes he should be blamed for the loss, but what can one do if a player and VCaptain ,Kamran Akmal drops 4 catches at crucial period,and misses a run out and thus he allowed Australia to crawl back in the match and win it.If he had hold the catches given by Hussey on day 3,than Australia would be Defeated by innings margin.There is a saying in cricket "Catches Win Matches".Over the years Akmal has dropped a lot of catches of Kaneria,Sami and others.He is among the worst keepers Pakistan has had.He is a batsman who can keep,what Pakistan needs is a genuine keeper,like Bari or Rashid Latif.He should had been replaced a few years ago but was hanging on mostly through his batting,now his batting is going down the hill like his keeping.He should be replaced now.Pakistan needs batting and fielding coach to improve.

  • irfan ashraf on January 6, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    i cant begin to express the dissapointment and disbelief that pakistan managed to loose that match!! it is hard to belive that yousaf came out in the morning and decided for himself that they would use THOSE tactics....surley the team, the captain and the backroom staff ie waqar and mr intikaab would have sat down the night b4 and discussed the tactics they were going to employ. so its bit unfair to pin the blame on yousaf alone, rather everyone to do with the pakistan team should shoulder the responsibilty. And yes give a few youngster the chance to shine and get rid of this politics bulls*** within the team, choose the players on merit not on whose newphew or son he is. as for misbah, faisal and butter fingers kamran akmal...CHEAQUE PLZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!

  • M. Khan on January 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Nothing will change when it comes to Pak cricket. What do you expect when the board is running on ad hoc level on amateurish levels in this age. Younis left since the players dont like him as captain - HELLO - these guys are professionals - if these players want to perform these antics as if they are amteurs then they should not be paid as professionals - they have no pride in playing for their country - as you said - every man is for himself! If I was the board I had made sure that all the "rebels," who made Younis' tenure as captain impossible, were kicked out! I cant imagine that I can scheme against my boss if I dont like the way he/she operates - if I am a true professional I would still give my 150% - especially when its my country's good name that is at stake! Also, when everyone knows about our batting woes why dont we have a batting coach with the team? there are three bowling coaches with the team, i.e. inti as a coach - even raquib used to be a bowler - sigh! no hope

  • sali on January 6, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    It was mind boggling to see the Pak team's attitude after they took 8th wkt and Kaneria left the field. Any other team would have gone for kill but there was almost a complete lack of understanding that what a great opportunity our bowlers had handed to us. Where were experienced support staff like Aqib Javeed and Waqar Yonus? These guys were masters of cleaning up the tail and causing collapses in best of the teams in their times. Are they one unit or not? Why wasn't this discussed in the morning or a message sent to the captain? How could an inexperienced captain have such a power? We need a captain and coach with leadership quality. If the best indivisual perfromer has no leadership and fighting skills, he should be kept far away from this role. I am unable to overcome the massive opportunity thrown away by the incompetence of Muhmad Yosuf (as a captain) and Kamran AKmal (as vice captain& wkt keeper ). The question is what will be done to change the status quo?

  • Ali Mujtaba on January 6, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Regarding Gul. I was of the opinion that Sami should have been given the very first over. A couple of yorkers to siddle might have done the trick. What was Gul thinking. He peppered Siddle with bouncers which the latter ducked with relative ease. Man this is a hopeless team. No grit, no aggression, no nothing. Cricket is slowly and surely dying its death in Pakistan.

    @Oldmonk I second your opinion on Yunis Khan. He has earned the title of being a "Royal Deserter".

  • AtishG on January 6, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    I came back from work late and eagerly turned on my machine, only to see a scoreline of 133/7 chasing 176. My heart wept. I closed the website. An hour later, I logged on again only to see the inevitable. I don't know what to say. What must the players be feeling ? What must Asif, Gul, Sami and Kaneria be feeling ? Are the batsmen feeling anything, anything at all ? This Test showcased the best and the worst of Pakistan cricket. I long to see one against the Australians that will showcase only the best. Dare I pin my hopes on Hobart ? Please God let it be so.

  • owais on January 6, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    The real problem is not the captain, its Kamran Akmal. WE should have gotten rid of him 3 years ago. But guess what, in the next match he will drop only 2 catches and onw stumping/run-out and will score 40 in a losing cause and our defensive mind set will let us retain him for yet another series. Could somone tell me if Kamran Akmal has scored a good score on a bouncy and/or seaming track ????

  • Shazib on January 6, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Absolutely pathetic and most disappointing to see a sure victory forcibly manufactured into a defeat. Its not only the batting in the second innings, but after getting such a good start in the first innings a more sensible group of responsible individuals would have batted Australia out of this test match. Seven acts of suicides to give Australia an outside chance, and then what happened the morning of day 4 is beyond explanation. And then what irresponsible batting-don't find words to describe what was happening out there. There was something quiet obvious-how committed and proud were the Aussies fighting for their country against such heavy odds and how careless and irresponsible the Pakistani performance was. Shameful to say the least! Misbah, Faisal, Kamran have no place in this team and Yousaf needs to just worry about his batting and if he has any self respect left he should immediately resign. The captain and v. captain are the major culprits in gifting this test match away.

  • Sachins fan on January 6, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I think pak cricketers lack someting more than technique. They lack determination, hunger, character........ The list goes on.

  • roomi on January 6, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Pakistan lacked belief that they would win. Mindset was defensive and captaincy dull and allowed Aussies back in the game a number of times. rahid lateef disclosed on tv that when he set a camp for wicket keepers from entire Pakistan KAMRAN AKMAL was ranked no.7 in his ability and was not recomended for the job yet he is the chosen one for years. Pakistani selectors make glaring mistakes and (like playing Rauf over Gul in ist test) and keep sending players back and forth. That adds to the insecurity and lack of beleif in players.As for Younis Khan he chose not to be part of the side because strong lobby of players refused to play under him and PCB instead of protecting him encouraged such dissent. He is the only natural Test captain. I would also get Afridi back in the fold and discard Misbah Faisal and Kamran Akmal (Unless Kamran makes it on batting alone) Perhaps its high time that the management of Test and ODI teams is differnt. Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal,Hasan raza r talents too.

  • Imran on January 6, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    A devastating loss! However, the problems w/ Pak cricket are structural and institutional, not individual based. Look at Austra. and you will realize that when one player performs poorly, the others pick up the slack for it. Ponting looks like a genius even after choosing to bat on a tricky wicket, primarily due to his players. The Australian players come up from a domestic cricket structure that is extremely professional. They know how to win. Yes, Pakistan won the 20/20, but test cricket is a different ball game. It is a test of not only cricketing abilities but nerves. Test cricket is a game of trust not only among players but also key decision makers. Unfortunately for Pakistan, such stability has been missing. Our propensity to look for short cuts and excuses when faced with challenges knows no bounds.Look closer and you will find the story of Pakistan written all over the proceedings: individual brilliance and unfettered optimism encapsulated by organizational chaos.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 6, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Congragulations!Australia for coming back from behind to win. Their boys showed mental toughness & sacrificed their bodies to snatch spectacular catches. The Australian team was firmly behind their Captain. Ponting placed his fielders well and got results from his bowlers. The dismissal of Butt&Yousuf established, how far Australia was prepared to go to win. In contrast,Yusuf before the close of day3 looked subdued&surrendered. There was fear in the body language of Pak side. They forgot, Australia was on ropes for three days & led by only 80 on the 3rd day. "Cowards die many times before their death"-On the morning of the 4th day, we saw a tame Pak team low on spirit, led by a Captain taking defensive measures, which eroded the confidence of bowlers. Batting was not going to be easy chasing176. Yusuf's men had day5& no need to rush. By rotating strike&keeping wickets Pak could have crossed the line. Question is why the Coaches did'nt counsel Yusuf&what will they learn from this defeat

  • Rizzler on January 6, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    I agree wholeheartedly with what is being said here. Pakistan have lost many times before but mostly they have gone down like a lion, not a meerkat. The biggest problem was the FOUR catches dropped by Akmal in one innings. I think it is time for Sarfraz Ahmed to be given a Test run of atleast 6 months. He is a far more athletic and natural wicket keeper and I'm sure his batting will get better the more he plays. Pakistan needs young lion hearted warriors, Umar Akmal and Aamer have answered the call. We need some more.

  • Saima Khan on January 6, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Younis Khan should be appointed as a captain. And players who were involved against him to make him fail should be out from the team. We do not need "MIR JAFAR" in our team. By the way they did wrong with Younis Khan, today none of them is perfoming well. This is from "ALLAH". Malik, Misba, Akmal should be out from the team. Afridi is a second choice for the captain. First is always for honest Younis Khan. Some time I think he is not fit for our Pakistani culture but we need captain like him who could change this corrupt culture atleast in the cricket. My Support to Younis Khan.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • Muhammad Rashid on January 6, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    send the whole Pakistani team back to under-12 cricket tournement and even there they will not be able to chase 176. I am damn sure !

    they are just a bunch of idiots in the wrong place !

  • Nasir Butt on January 6, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    So much for Yousuf , just about everyne in the batting lineup perfomed poorly , without guts and concentration. That is the inherent nature of Pakistani psyche. It has been this way for the ages gone by.

    I have a wierd feeling Kamran dropped those cathces deliberately so Yousuf would not win and hold the captaincy . That makes him a Ghaddar and he should be sacked without pay and charged with treason.Actions like this make the human race look bad ...wonder what race is this guy ?

    They must dump Kamran , Misbah and Faisal immediately , they were puposeful in not batting to win as that would extend the reigns of Yousaf as captain. These folks belong to pathetic upbringing , very servile and below human dignity.

    Trash them now !!!

    Nasir Butt

  • shiven on January 6, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    and i'll like to say that mr.yousuf is not da right choice for leader (i'm telling this from starting not only today), if i select today's best paki line-up for test then it would be- salman butt, imraan farhat, younus khan(c), md.yousuf, umar akmal, shoab malik/shahid afridi, kamraan akmal(wk), umar gul, md.sami/md.aamer, danish kaneria/saeed ajmal, md.asif.. in ma point of view this looks much better, any wayz lets hope it'll 2-1 instead of 3-0, best of luck for pk (fingers are crossed)

  • chandra kashyap on January 6, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    As a sub-continent person, I was wishing for Pak victory here. Yes, Yousuf's captaincy was disappointing, ctaches dropped don't help but despite all this only 176 to get on a decent pitch with 2 days left with no extraordinary Aussie bowlers. This batting line-up doesn't qualify for test status. Batting is the single biggest problem in this team. Imagine a combine Indo-pak team with Indian batting and Pak bowling. Sehwag-Afridi batting togethe ris mind-boggling

  • MARLO on January 6, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Now that Sarfraz is on his way to Australia for the third test, Kamran Akmal should be kept as opening batsman with Salman Butt. Team should be like this: Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Imran Farhat Umar Akmal MoYO Shoaib Malik Sarfraz Aamer Umar Gul Asif Kaneria

  • Sohaib Hassan on January 6, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    One person is really responsible for this pathetic performance and that is Yousaf and his captaincy. When I switch on the match on the third day, I am really delighted to see the score card. Aus lead is only 55 and they have 8 wickets down, but the last half an hour is really agonising, i cant control my self to calling words to them. The field set is really on the defensive, with the fielders on the boundry, even the channel9 camera men were screening the whole ground a number of times to show their bewilderment about the yousaf head whats going on in it. The commentator whether cautious or patriotic that the things are going in aussies favour, are not so straight forward. At the end of match when I read the comments of the Kaneria, that even the target is around 150 we are confident to get it. Its a really pathetic statement. They didnt put 10 runs even in first innings and expected aus to add 70 more to overnight total. And australia not just added around 100, they also win.

  • aamir on January 6, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    MR.ABBAS PLZ SEND THIS POST TO PAKISTANS,SO CALLED BATSMEN AND WICKET KEEPER, IF U CAN .

    GUYS PLEEZ LEAVE OUR CRICKET TEAM . WE DONT WANT YOU TO REPRESENT US . JUST DONT PLAY FOR PAKISTAN. U DONT DESERVE IT . IT IS A REQUEST .

    U WANT IPL , U HAVE NO OBJECTION , GO THERE, IF SOMEONE DARE BID FOR U .

  • Dawar on January 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I totally agreed with kamran. Younis Khan is a best choice for the captain.

  • Hasib Rahman on January 6, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    It was 1987 and I was a little kid. I didn't know a thing about cricket. But people around me were talking about it because a guy named Qadar just hit six off Walsh and took a match away from West Indies. From that day on, I've been following Pakistani cricket. Mind you, I'm not Pakistani but I was probably one of their biggest fans.

    Yesterday, without any doubt, was the frustrating day in my life. Before the series started, everyone here (I live in Sydney) was talking about how one sided series it would be. But I know Pakistan has what it takes to take on Australia.

    I'm still in shock. How could you lose the match? Media will talk about Hussey and co. Give me a break. Australia didn't win yesterday. Trust me. Pakistan stupidity presented them the match.

    A lot will be said now about how they never played test cricket in 2009, this that. Come on man. Hell with all the excuses. During the entire Sydney test, Aus was playing like a sissy ..all you had to do is bat sensibly....

  • oops on January 6, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Bil(sic), fine way you have to dismiss a world cup championship winner in: 'yes he played well in 20/20 in england but' but what? how many people you know that have won world championships despite having team members who are a sorry lot without inspiration from someone like an afridi or an imran khan. if you are a yk lover, like kamran abbasi, then you need to look at his record with the captaincy when afridi wasn't around (especially since the world cup victory). the guy is a national embarrassment, frankly. he's a joker. at least yousuf is not a joker, pathetically meek though he might be. further, yousuf is not opposed by most of his players like younus is. afridi is maturing with the bat, albeit gradually. besides, the whole team admires him and love him and he can inspire them to do feats of greatness. even the improbable, as in england and since then many times again against SL, Ozzies, Kiwis. Show me anyone with that record, i dare you.

  • Castor on January 6, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I believe there should be a full investigation as to why Yousuf applied these atrocious tactics and why?

    Higher management should also be held accountable, they also remove Yousuf as a captain immediately, alongside players such as Faisal Iqbal, Misbah and Kamran Akmal.

    When is Pakistan cricket going to get their act together, for I have now given up on the test team.

  • Deepak on January 6, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Im glad that pak lost now atleast they have reason to replce kamran atleast

  • AZFAR on January 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    I am stunned! Captaincy apart (who was Captain in Sri Lanka)this is a miserable, spineless batting display. Pakistan showed what they can do, even if not great, in the 1st innings batting of Pakistan. With "VICTORY" staring in the eyes surely they could batted by applying themselves a bit more than they did. Like in any other job (let's not say sports or cricket is like this, if so why is this not true for other nations as often as it is for us). It is simply a act of PURE IRRESPONSIBILITY BY ALL OUR BATSMEN. Yes they have a very immature mindset, loose thoughts. There need to be a PLENTY on such performances and display or such nerves. On Yousuf's part his field setting is questionable but that is how he thought was good. He was aggressive with SIddle but that did not work either!. But we lost by 36 runs still a big margin out of 176 only!! What a SHAME, What a SHAME,What a SHAME,What a SHAME,! I am dumbfounded!

  • chandra kashyap on January 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    As a sub-continent person, I was wishing for Pak victory here. Yes, Yousuf's captaincy was disappointing, ctaches dropped don't help but despite all this only 176 to get on a decent pitch with 2 days left with no extraordinary Aussie bowlers. This batting line-up doesn't qualify for test status. Batting is the single biggest problem in this team. Imagine a combine Indo-pak team with Indian batting and Pak bowling. Sehwag-Afridi batting togethe ris mind-boggling

  • Faisal on January 6, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    I hope the NA members call Yousuf up at the supreme court. I mean in the history of Pak cricket I have not seen such bizarre tacttics by a captain. Aussies said, please win, Yusuf said no sorry we dont want it, you keep on playing. Was Yusuf thinking that he was paying charity to Aussies or was it out of respect that he did not want to disturb the Cricket force of the World. As Kamran said, 80 for 8 looked as if it were 800 for 8. Kamran Akmal has to go and I simply dont want that guy back on the cricket feild ever. Umar Akmal is the only prospect and it reminds of the situation India was in in the 90s when Tendulkar was the only one. Although its too early to compare Umar with Tendulkar but Umar has played pressure innings in such a short career. The guy hit the ground running. Yusuf shud be stripped of the captaincy, if I was given the charge on day 4 at this scenario, I would have atatcjked no matter what to take the last two wkts, instead these guys waited for wkts to come to them

  • oops on January 6, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Bil(sic), fine way you have to dismiss a world cup championship winner in: 'yes he played well in 20/20 in england but' but what? how many people you know that have won world championships despite having team members who are a sorry lot without inspiration from someone like an afridi or an imran khan. if you are a yk lover, like kamran abbasi, then you need to look at his record with the captaincy when afridi wasn't around (especially since the world cup victory). the guy is a national embarrassment, frankly. he's a joker. at least yousuf is not a joker, pathetically meek though he might be. further, yousuf is not opposed by most of his players like younus is. afridi is maturing with the bat, albeit gradually. besides, the whole team admires him and love him and he can inspire them to do feats of greatness. even the improbable, as in england and since then many times again against SL, Ozzies, Kiwis. Show me anyone with that record, i dare you.

  • aamir on January 6, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    WE AS PAKISTANIS DO NOT ACCEPT THESE SHAMELESS BATSMEN REPRESENTING US WE JUST DONT WANT THEM IN OUR TEAM CZ IT IS OUR TEAM . PAKISTANS TEAM HOW COULD SOMEONE WHO HAS DROPPED THREE CATCHES OF SAME BATSMEN AND NOT APPLIED HIMSELF ON THE PITCH SLEEP WELL AND HOW COULD HE BE IN THE TEAM.PLEASE PLAY ALL THE 5 BOWLERS AS THEY DESERVE TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT RATHER THAN SIT ON BENCH AND INSTEAD WATCH SOME SO CALLED BATSMAN SCORE LESSER THAN WHAT HE COULD DO .AND BRING SOME MEASURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. I DONT KNOW IF THERE IS SOME PCB STILL THERE IF THERE IS IT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETELY CHANGED AND SEE TO IT BATSMEN DONT TRY TO IMPRESS IPL TEAMS RATHER THAN PLAY FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY . AND ONE MUST KNOW CURRENT CAPTAIN NEVER EVER HAD ANY IDEA HOW TO LEAD IN THE FEILD .PAKISTAN DESPERATELY NEEDS SOME AGRESSIVE CAPTAIN EVEN IFIT HAS TO BE ASIF OR UMERGUL .THEY ARE AGRESSIVE .AAMIR HAS MORE CRICKETING SENSE THAN THE CURRENT CAPTAIN .ASIF ASKED FOR THE FEILD .NOT GIVEN.WHY.INTENTIONAL LOSS? WHY?

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    We need specialist test batsman not time pass like (Imran farhat, Misbah, and fasil score/fluke in one match and then play for the rest of the year that’s PCB promise to u) and at least on good all-rounder like afridi or A-Razaq or any good youngster not Parchi? It’s heart breaking when your team performs like that Please bro Kamran forget Younis Khan (Imagine he is retired) we need young players he and shoaib akhter have their time and it’s time to move on. Purany player pcb ki reach say door rakhin agar phir be aram na aay to kissi honest selector say rabath karain (Wazarat Cricket)

  • Nadeem on January 6, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    I am totally shettered today! The way Pakistan playing, it seems that they do not have belive that they can't beat Aus.. Today, I thought this would be my last day of a pain that I have Hobert's test defeat (1999 Tour). I think it's enough for M.Haq,Faisal and Kamran.. Misbah has not anythin since long.. NZL - Poor Performance, SRL - Pathetic, Aus - 63,0,11,0 - Telephone number only..It's time to move on and give chance to youngster.... But I know, it's Pak team and PCB.. They can only change the captain but cannot find good player. I feel they need Physiological who can help them out! They need to learn the basic and try to use their mind. Which they do not have.. They never touch the bat to crese they always try to come in the crease.. There are plenty of basic things that need to be applied. I am Pak team fan, Won OR Loose Part of the game but try to show your character before loose...Do not give matches that can be won.. I will remember this match for entire my life.. All the best.

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Yes Bro Kamran I am totally agree with your comments on opener (Imran Farhat) he doesn’t even deserve to be in 20/20 what he is doing in Test cricket? What is the calibre of our selectors (Must be big Parchi) and look at no 3 position Amazing. Why don’t they have a good batting coach like Bob (God Bless Him). Where is saeed anwar or even Inzamam get some help from them? By the way we have the worst tail at the moment except (Amer) why not someone tells them to stay at the wicket “its bloody test” not 20/20. They think their job is just to bowl and smash few four and their job is done? Like our incompetent batsman (Honestly what our coach is doing? or our players are really dumb which means selectors are hopeless) Bring back Afridi and can someone tell me “Misbah play for us or opposition” he wet his pants even before the bowler bowls. Kamran Akmal as usual in hurry ‘feels like he gona miss his train if he slows down a little’

  • asif on January 6, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    btw.. to all Younus Khan fans out there please stay quite, he is not even a has been and was and will never be good for Pakistan. I bet if he was the captain with this team we would be loosing by innings now... just look at his record... And just to remind everyone the man is mentally unstable... why do you want him back... Work with what you have... yes this is a bad loss but that is how you learn...

  • Atif on January 6, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    They are just pathetic losers. How can we send them hate mail? I am sure now that the players bet and take money. When there is no chance of Pakistan winning, they end up winning and vice versa. Very suspicious. Anyway, as I said they are pathetic losers.

  • MARLO on January 6, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    For me UMAR AKMAL lost the game at the end. You cant just excuse him because he scored 49. He did not need to hit rash shots. The way he gave his wicket away is pathetic. Kaneria and Umar Gul were not gonne be out like this if Umar stayed. After all only 36 more were needed. He is a cheep player in form. He doesnt know how to build innings in tests and go for long innings. It's Akmal brothers man.

  • NADERABBAS on January 6, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    PLX STOP DIS! FED UP NW! I WISH ICC COULD SUSPEND PAKISTAN TEST STATUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wasim on January 6, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Actually I am very happy now that we have lost this test and with that the series. Had we won this test than all the deficiancies that our team posecess would have been placed under the carpet, so yes I am very happy taht we lost this test. Deficiencies like Yousuf Mohammad as a captain, Misbah in the playing elevan and the BOGGEST OF ALL...THE WORST WICKET KEEPER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD our beloved KAMRAN AKMAL.

    Had we won this test than no one would have been talking about Kamran Akmal's dropped catches (one of the the main reason for our loss).

    I just do not understand why we keep include him the team as a keeper. I say play him as a batsman in place for Misbah @ one down. Fawad in @ 7.

  • asif on January 6, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    This loss was a disappointment. Here are my two cents, everyone is blaming Yusuf’s captaincy, and its not entirely wrong. But I have a question, we lost 10 tests before this and they were headed by all types of captains aggressive, defensive, experienced and otherwise. The result was never this close... I think that counts for something. This is the first time Pakistan team has stood up to Australia going back even to the Imran era. If Australia is weaker team now look at how strong Pakistan is today compare to its predecessors. Yusuf probably had the weakest Pakistan side than any other captain that lost to Australians earlier. For this reason I would let this team develop. I think there should be a 3 test series with South Africa and India with this combination and Yusuf retained as captain and then I guarantee you will see the tigers in Pakistan side come out. Or we can fire everyone and try to fix it that way...again… Yusuf and his team must be given time to develop.

  • shiven on January 6, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    hello, i can see a huge amount of anger in all of u guyz but this is juz a game and game is a part of life its not heart of life! winning or loosing both are 2 sides of a coin, everyone should accept lossing side as politely as winning.. har din ak jaisa nahi hota, agar pak ye match jeet gaya hota to yahan itni khaamiyon ke jagah tareefon ke pul bandhe hote! tab na kisi ko younus ki kami mahsoos hoti, na kamran ke missing catch hurt karte..so plz control the hard feelings for pk team!!

  • Noman Yousuf on January 6, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Here is my forecast for 2010. - Yousuf will continue to be the captain, or at best, Kamran Akmal will be asked to captain the test side. - Kamran Akmal will continue to be selected, he will continue to drop catches spacially off Kaneria. Some of thme won't hurt, but some of them will. - Miandad's presence in board will continue to ensure Faisal Iqbal's presence in team. - Misbah'ul Haq will be the next scapegoat, but deservingly so. - Sami will continue to be selected for a while. He will not be able to justify his selection, barring a good spell once in a while. Finally in April- May he will be shown exit door. - Rana Naveed will be back in side for both tests and one dayers. - We will do great against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Will fight well against West Indies. We will however loose badly against England, Australia, South Africa and India. - We will win 90% of our 20-20 matches, 50% of our one dayers and 10% of our test matches. - Salman Butt will stay forever.

  • kaser on January 6, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Reasens we lost this match are simple batting fielding and above all we got a brain dead captain. Any other person would have attacked when yousuf thought it's a good idea to defend at the end he blamed his battinhg what he should have done is blame his captaincy. The biggest problem is our coaching set up all are ex bowlers we need someone tocome in and help our batsmen. Also please someone tell me if they know any good batsmen on the domestic scene because i don't we got a lot of bowlers but no batsmen and leaders. Best pakistan team 1butt 2 farhat 3 younis 4 yousuf 5 akmal 6 afridi 7 ahmed(wk) 8 aamer 9 gul 10 kaneria 11 asif. I know batting looks weak but ahmed(wk) will not miss as many catches as akmal and afridi will score as many runs as misbah and he gives another bowling option also he is a good

  • NADERABBAS on January 6, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    PLX STOP DIS! FED UP NW! I WISH ICC COULD SUSPEND PAKISTAN TEST STATUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kalim on January 6, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    In the 25 years I have been watching Pakistani cricket team. I have never felt so shocked, angry or complexed before. Thise includes the matchfixing scandal and the 1999 world cup final. We need a new wicketkeeper to compete with Akmal to take him out of his comfort zone. I agree about Afridi, give him a chance. Players such as Mishba shouldnt be in the team

  • Shahid on January 6, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    IT IS A TOTAL MESS. You chose captaincy to write about but there are bigger problems in the whole thing. Not being able to chase 176 on a batting track and handing over 5 wicket second innings running to a second class spiner isn't a problem? Its time to build a new team with a new approach. Just look at these names and tell me if you can find a match winner in them. Farhat, Misbah, Faisal, malik and then add kamran's wicketkeeping, no allrounder, long tail and Yousef's captaincy. Is there any one who can play a long innings like Hussy. Batteries are dried up when they reach 40s. You say Yousef lost it, My son says Kamran Akmal lost it, My wife is sure its Misbah & Faisal who are to blame.But it's the system, the selction process where you can call back Misbah even if he had average of 24 with 2 fifties in last 12 innings, where you go on entertaining Faisal the nephew (26 average)for last 6 years to hang around and earn money as the most prolific cover up for playing batsmen. cont..

  • Zaeem Anwar on January 6, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    I really feel sorry for pak cricket and for myself, waking myself up and 1:30 midnight to see such a poor captaincy. Even though Mr. Yusuf is blaming himself for this loss, Kamran Akmal is equally to be blamed for dropping Hussey three times. If he could have taken first or second catch, Pak could have won easily. Why selectors are ignoring Shahid Afridi, he will be good captain and he is better batsman than Faisal Iqbal or Misbah ul Haq, better captain than Yusuf and a very good legspinner. Please selectors do something .............

  • Muhammed on January 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Slmz mr kamran bhai.u have always been critical of mhd yousuf so this artical is not a slight bit of a suprise..before we blame mhd yousuf y dont we look at da ongoing failures of kamran akmal..how many tyms has he cost pakistan?.had he held on to the catches pak wud have won n mhd yousuf wud have been celebrated as a hero.who agrees with me that kamran akmal is the man to blame?

  • KS on January 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    First of all, I think that we are being too nice to these losers, secondly, knowing our environment, no one can rule out any betting fortunes that this team may have benefitted from, and what kind of a pathetic excuse is akmal for a wicketkeeper, WTF dude!kya makhan laga kar aya tha? I promise not to waste my money on this frickin Titanic of a cricket team ever again!For Yousuf to say that he needs Akmal because of his batting, then get a proper batsman for God's sake! What a disgrace, Australia DID NOT WIN THIS, Pakistan handed the win to them on a plate.I guess whenever we desis see a gora, we just hand them over the kingdom! ONCE A DAMNED SLAVE, ALWAYS A SLAVE! Call the team back before it gets any worse, (if that is even possible!)

  • Talal Khan on January 6, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    I hurt like all Pakistani's who witnessed this self inflicted defeat. Yusuf like the most previous captains, was trying so hard NOT TO LOSE that eliminated his chances of WINNING. However I do not agree with the "heads must roll" philosophy. If, as a fan you enjoy a good win... you must be gracious in defeat. This loss was different though and requires a more strategic response. Afridi is an attacking player and quite an obvoius but we must be careful as history shows that as soon as someone is captain our "Holy Board" turns against him (as correctly poinited out by Moin Khan during the NZ series).Thats where the "heads rolling" is required. Resting Kamran,Younis an Malik for a few games is a valid idea but Misbah and Faisal should be shown the door. As futile it may be Butt and Farhat need to play together more. We are blessed with bowlers right now Asif, Amir, Gul, Sami, Ajmal, Tanvir and Kaneria, who could be played 4 a game on rotation basis so that all stay fit and competative.

  • Cric Fan on January 6, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    I have been reading comments of this & previous articles. Only praise I ever saw was for Amer, Asif, Umer, Yousuf. What happened to Kaneria? Took 5 wkts, should have been 7 if not for the dropped catches...4th heigest wkt taker in the history of Pak....best spinner based on no. of wkts taken, avg. per wkt...always gets the short end of the stick....hmmmm....u figure!!!!....other than Yousuf, others barely have enough accomplishments to get that kind of praise!!!

    GOOD LUCK PAK NEXT MATCH

  • obaid on January 6, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    That is what happens all the time, then that is exactly what we do after losing..we all comment, articles are written, team is criticized, solutions are given, all retired cricketers are interviews, the captain and players are blamed..but have we ever tried to solve this issue? you, me, Kamran, Osman, Ian Chappell, we all know what and where the problem was.. but have we ever tried to solve these issues? I think its time to bring changes..and not just talk.. not just in the PCB, but as a Pakistani nation we must be concerned with our country situation as well.. we need to bring changes..not just talk

  • aamir on January 6, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    The problem is they are just happy that they are playing test cricket .. pakistan batsmen have most of the times been unfair to their bowlers but this is absolutely irresponsible and insane .. they just didnt want to win . that is all i can say . absolutely shameful . there is no accountability . i heard dean jones saying that allan border dropped him out of test team after he played an unnecessary rash short .. that is what has kept australia going . with limited talent one can do wonders if they apply .. look at shane watson .. he is opening against the better bowling attacks in test cricket and look at his commitment and application . i thought australia thouroughly deserved this win cz we know that HE helps those who help themselves .. and pakistan just helped australia .. this is the worst batting side in the world frankly spoeaking they are just wasting that effort of australin bowlers . and pakistan bowlers should not feel let down they have done a commendable job

  • Gulab Khan on January 6, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Bring Younis Khan as a captain. He is not greedy for the captainship like others. He is hosnest Pakistani. Sacked Kamran Akmal, Misba and Malik on perm basis. Butt, farhat and Faisal needs some performance tunning, send them to Peshawer, we will take care of them.

    Gulab Khan Peshawer

  • sam on January 6, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Yusef is to blame for this. He is dump, in thinking and see all decisions in his life !!!!!!!!

  • niaz on January 6, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    In the first innings Butt and Farhat showed some composure regardless of some fishing. That is the positive part. Every pakistani batsman needs to see the vidoes of that period and compare that how with they got out. Yousuf and co did not need to go after the bowling in either innings. Umar, Butt, (to some degree) Farhat, showed promise. Younis Khan is Pakistan's best batsman. Its battig, not the captaincy. If Yousuf was wrong in field placement why could not the coaches advice in the morning? Australia's second innnings score is predictable given Pakistan's catching woes. Pakistan needed bat more sensibly in both innings. Afridi is all bout rush of blood [Pakistan's main problem]. He should not captain this side. It would be great if Pakistan can find a place to play him as an allrounder. Its not a must. Pakistan has 4 great bowlers in Aamer, Asif, Gul/Sami, Ajmal/Kaneria.

  • umair on January 6, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    What a result for Pakistani team 176 to chase.. coutesy Kamran and kaneria dropping simple catches..I dont undersatnd why Kamran akmal is been given extended run..his history of poor keeping and stmpings.. Also MoYO does not score when needed he plays without brains and his shot selection is awfull..Only good thing is his Test avg of 53.Team needs Great imran Khan to deliver some lectures and perhaps pass some of his cricketing acumen..For Hobart team should be changed ..i dont know what 11 they will select but farhat/misbah/faisal/K akmal should be dropped..even there contracts should be cancelled..Recall Younis, afridi, razzaq,Yasir hameed..Yousf please wake up and learn few tricks from Dhoni and Ponting..Lead from the front and take them to the next level..

  • atta rehman on January 6, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    continued.every captain blamed,but you cannot deserve to win with this type of keeping.most of blogers has no clue about test cricket.they still blame younus,but nobody sees why he was disappointed,you cant play with such a bad politics.where is asim kamal and sarfaraz ahmad.i bet you akmal will go and make hundred in odi or good batting and people forget every thing.somebody said he need practice.pls practice dont change donkey to horse.wk has lost skills in test cricket since last england tour and people are keep shouting but nobody care.now we should ask cj to take somoto action against pcb.miandad want yk out so his nephew can play cricket.nobody wants strong captain.then you will be pressurised to perform and work hard.they even not like afridi,then wk has to catch on his bowling,which he is not capable of.we didnt bring 2nd keeper bc of his politics.i bet you afridi be unsucessful.why yousuf asked for misbah not younus/asim bc nobody like them.we cant win test with this team gb.

  • salman on January 6, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    i think its time for PCB to say thanks to Misbah or misbah shuld take retirment in the larger interest of the cricket bec for how long we will see his zeros ....and our tale is aslo not batting well as compare to other teams theya re just throwing there wickets if they hang around they may able to win this match on there own by unfortunately this was not on the cards ...but it was great fight back by aus and i think this is the death of test cricket in pak ....

  • Sahil on January 6, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Even as an Indian i wanted Pakistan to win 2day but well they looked to be competing among themselves rather than Australia showing how to loose an almost won test match.Well some selections like Faisal amd Misbah points towards some favouritism in Pakistan.Where's Imran Nazir?...well that guy can change a match just on his own...As for Afridi i think i fail to understand how he can still be in Pakistan team just on the basis of his batting heroics almost a decade ago and has been failing continously since then with great consistency.He can't even bat properly on subcontinent wickets i wonder how he'll fare on foreign wickets in longer format?....Captaincy change is must but then who else to take over?.......

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on January 6, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    In one of my comments earlier when pak lost to nzl, i pointed out that mental exercises were needed, to make players mind strong in tough pressure situations. But, i don't think anything is done as yet. These 11 players represent PAKISTAN where nearly 170 million ppl live. What disgrace they bring they don't even fight to win, today was the fourth day, not the fifth, why they did not tire down australia, aussies were finished the first day, yet they won, unbelievable. Misbah you coward, you must be same with your family no self respect, that is why u disgrace the whole nation. There are only 2 players in the whole team who are fighters, one is mohammad amir and the other is umar akmal. So, make mohammad amir the captain and umar akmal vice captain, and give them full authority to select a team who fights till death. Cricket is in the blood of pakistanis, it needs not be learnt, that is why we ample talent, now is the time to choose the best team around umar akmal & mohammad amir.

  • NLS, Bangalore, India on January 6, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    What a shock it is to learn that Pakistan lost the match after needing just 175 to win it in the 4th innings. I watched some of the action on the first day and it was joyous exhibition of fast bowling by Sami and Asif (albeit in helpful conditions). And it ends as an anti-climax after earning a 206-run first innings lead, that too on a pitch that has improved (ever so slightly) throughout the match from the batting standpoint.

  • shabii on January 6, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    its is shame the blower did their job but our batmen always let down in all the matches. i will totally blame kamran akmal for dropping 5 catches 4 of them was Danish KAneria and one match was sami's. secondly i would blame Yousuf who told his batmen to go and play big shots. third i would all the batmen and then our blower like DAnish kAneria and ASif Who Dont know how to hold the bat. As a professional cricketer a player should how to hold the bat.i would praise peter siddle the way the supported hussey. i think we need some of that from blower. kamran akmal should focus on this keeping not batting. i think sarfarz Ahmed should be given a chance even thought i am kamran akmal's fan. i would like 2 open with imran farhat, salman, Yousuf, shoaib mailk, umar akmal, fawad alam kamran akamal., moh aamer, sami gul and asif. WE DOnt need DAnish kaneria, cuz a blower like nathan hauritz can take wikcets why not shoaib malik. in one down we need our best player or a attack player. not fasil

  • Fitz on January 6, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    I don't think its the captaincy that's at fault but a combination of atrocious fielding and a mental block(when it comes to beating Australia).Kamran Akmal has to be blamed for the loss.Period. And he should take a break and improve his wicket keeping. Misbah ul haq, Faisal Iqbal, Yunus Khan and Shoaib Malik should be kicked out making way for some new talent. Why was Fawad Alam sent home is beyond me? He's a good batsman than other guys around! Afridi should be included in both tests & one day sides as a captain cos Pakistan has always played well under aggressive captains. I'd rate this defeat equivalent to Pakistan's worldcup loss to Aus. I wonder if i'll follow Pakitan cricket after this awful loss.

  • Jamie on January 6, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Cheer up, every team goes through bad times, even (my) Australia. Look at last summer in England! But badly lawed captaincy (hard to put right), terrible wicket-keeping (who else is there?) (gutless and headless 2nd innings batting) and dodgy fielding (more work needed). Good luck!

  • Naveed on January 6, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    We need reshuffle our team and blood in some youngtrs in the Odi team and let them mature and then bring them into test team.....appoint a strong coach like greg chapell with some powers given........(let Afridi captain ODI team & younis test team).....m yusuf,younis khan,salman butt, shud be played only in test matches &blood some youngstrs in odi team.........HOPE THAT MR.EJAZ BUTT WILL MAKE THE CHANGES OTHERWISE PAKISTAN TEAM WOULD BE REIUNED.......THEY SHUD START PREPING FOR 2011 WORLD CUP FROM NOW ONWARDS WITH MAJORITY OF YOUNGESTRS IN IT.......................

  • zc on January 6, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    PCB should wakeup now. This is a good time to build new team. 1) Afraidi 2) Younis (Capt) 3) Umar Akmal 4) Shoaib M 5) Shoaib Akhtar 6) Aamar 7) Asif 8) Kaneria 9) Kamran A(as opener bastman) 10) Yousuf 11)Razzak

  • Shariq Ansari on January 6, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I do not believe Younis Khan's captaincy would have led to a better batting display by Pakistan but I feel he would have set a better field for finishing of Siddle and Hussey, nobody could have set a field as pathetic as the one Mhd Yousaf did. Nobody could have looked like a bigger part of a (womans anatomy) than Yousuf did on the 4th day of Sydney. Unfortunately Moyo is a coward and has always been one. He is too afraid of losing to actually win anything. Who is going to teach Pakistani's not to throw their wicket away? That there are shots for singles or for two's that might allow them to continue to accumulate. Whatever Umar Akmal is, at 19 he was still trying to score 1's and 2's until the arrival of the tail meant that he had no choice but to attack on a good length ball. He was fighting hard, which is more than can be said for the other players. I agree with others here, that defeat though bad, is not the worst indignity that Pakistan suffered; the worst was stupidity

  • pintu on January 6, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    DROP KAMRAN AKMAL, wicket keeper makes a huge difference now-a-days. Haddin took 9 catches as opposed to 2 for KAMRAN. He missed run out chances and at least 4 easy chances of Catch. He missed obvious chances while Haddin converted faint chance into a opportunity for Australia (ex. when he asked for referral for the catch of Sami, which resulted into him being out was the turning point for the match). Yousuf is supporting him saying he bats well, but what was his contribution?...14+11=25 while he let Australia to score at least 150 more than they would have got (Watson 50 + Hussey 100, if the missed chances were taken) So I believe Pakistan should give chance to Sarfaraz. In batting Faisal & Misbah should be dropped w/o question, Imran should be evaluated. Lets not favoritism & nepotism decide who will be in the Pakistan team rather neutral evalutation of the players.Otherwise Pakistan is slowly loosing its feet from the world cricket & supporters like me(although I am not a Pakistani)

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 6, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Inti sucked as a captain, and now suck as a coach. Abdul Qadir stated the obvious. Team's problem is fielding, and the coach (Inti) sucked as a fielder.

  • atta rehman on January 6, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    this is the last time i am writing this blog.because i am planing not to follow the pak cricket.i had stopped after pak lost against ireland in wc07.the way akmal through his wicket.but i became interested again because pak in aus.but we if you remember my lost blog i said this would happened when akmal dropped hussy 3times.ist time you can say it is bad luck,2nd time you said mistake but 3rd time it is obvious you dont have skills to be keeper in testmatch.then he dropped 4th morning to siddle and confirmed it.i think wk put us down so many times that nobody trust him.he cant play as keeper in any other test team except pak.because here you play because of politics not your skills.if you dropped hussey,ponting,clark,dravid,laxman,smith and kallis,they will not give you chance again.1st inzi support him,then malik support him than younus has to support him,when he was threatened by him,they played politics and took him out.now yousuf be blamed,but which team will win with this kind wk.

  • Farrukh Khan on January 6, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Cricket needs to evolve and factor in all aspects of the sport. For example every dropped catch should be counted against the player, that is how modern sports work, in Basketball, American Football, and baseball. So Mr. Kamran Akmal should have a negative 30 for each drop catch, each mistake needs to be factored in to show a complete contribution and then a player should be selected on this complete view factoring in defense and offense. Akmal's aggregate in this match is in the negative and some one needs to tally up his career aggregate for catches and runs and then truly judge his contribution, the same should be done for every player in the team. Yousuf is following Inzi's styly of captaincy in every way, being a nice guy to every one does not win matches. Afridi might be the answer, we would not know until we try him back in tests, no reason Yusuf should stay as Captain and Kamran Akmal should be in the team!

  • Anwar on January 6, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    People, forget that Pakistan couldn't chase a moderate total of 176. That is not the problem here. The fact that they CLIMBED DOWN from a position of dominating superiority in the match during fielding, after that it would be hard for them to even chase 130.

    Whether you're chasing 176 or 434, it all depends on mentality. This is not to debate on good captaincy, player performance or selection. But Pakistan cricket as a whole. You're talking about a team that actually doesn't know how the UDRS works when fielding. It shows that during their team meetings they didn't even go through the 3 criteria that can change the decision in their favor. Illiteracy is the problem here, along with teaching cricket in Pakistan Academies they should also provide them general education

  • Waheed in USA on January 6, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    All this and beyond was summed up by Ian Chapple in Cricinfo Talk. Commenting on Pakistan's loss, he said “You get what you deserve in life". I would like to add only this. Cricket, Hockey or Squash, performance of an individual player or a team is a mere reflection of all of US, Pakistan as a Country and Pakistani nation as a whole. No wonder we are, where we are. It is blunt and painful but, this is the truth.

  • Irfan Khan on January 6, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Dear all the friends who posted their comments above, Let me tell you one thing, if all the players are united, nobody can beat Pakistan since we Pakistanis are born cricketers. First of all the board must ask all the players that whom they want the captain. The team's 7 players were not supporting Younis Khan & now the same scenario is with Yousuf. How they are breaking our hearts? Loss & win are the part of the game, but being on such a great position, i can't imagine that pakistan lost their win game. Afridi is getting the support of the players, Why PCB is not appointing him as a captain for all the three formates? Since the players are not supporting Yousuf, we are going to lose the ODI series as well.

  • My Take on January 6, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    simply the problem is that most of these players have lost the love for the game. and they are not praying hard enough, seems like only yousuf is the only religious person on this team.

  • IQ_TO on January 6, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Pakistan can never win when sub-standard players like Farhat/Butt/Faisal/Misbah/Malik/Sami are in the team just because of their personal references. High time for Pakistan to kick these below par performer out of the team and inject the fress and deserving blood.

    Someone will ask our team management that on what gound they send back Alam, he is amazing hence didn;t get a chance to play as he has no personal refenence and parchi. God Bless our Team...

  • praveen on January 6, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    just a word of advice...please give the pakistan team some time to regroup.poor fellows havent been playing test cricket at all... they will surely find their feet again !!!

  • Abbas Ali on January 6, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    This sydney test match is the last nail in the coffin of pakistan cricket.I mean DEATH OF PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • Bilal Jabbar on January 6, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    well said. Yousaf is a lost cause not only as a captain but also a batsman. Lately he's only ever scored when theres no pressure and tends to suffocate when there is some. The whole of the batting line up I believe is to blame. Can anyone remember a time when Pakistan won a test because of Yousaf, Faisal, or Misbah's batting?? These clowns only ever tend to score in a losing cause. Also this new found sensation (Umar) is nothing but a batting gimmick, he will most definitely fail over time, not because he hasnt got talent but becasue of his batting temperament. As time will prove, Umar is going to become just another Yasir Hameed and shatter all expectations. WE NEED CHANGE. By that we need to bring fresh blood into the team get rid of Misbah, Faisal and maybe even Farhat. Bring back Younis, Afridi and Razzaq. The true warriors.

  • Oldmonk on January 6, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I don't agree that YK should be brought back into the team in any capacity. Granted - he is one of the best options at the top but you don't keep hiring a person who keeps leaving you when you need him.

  • praveen on January 6, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    i am an indian... not sure about these names,what and where are these cricketers of pakistan 1.abdul razzaq-very good allrounder 2.shahid afridi-wonderful leg spinner and batsman-inspirational 3.shoaib malik 4.imran nazir-better opener than faisal or imran perhaps

  • Fawad Masood Raza on January 6, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Alas ... where have Imran's cornered tigers gone??? It was in Austrailia, in 1992 that we made history and history was made again yesterday albeit to our loss. I am a huge fan of Yousuf's batting but his approach in captaincy is too defensive. He demoralized the entire team with the inexplicably defensive field placements. Kamran Akmal needs to be dropped for his own sake, just like Moin Khan was dropped a few years back. To Moin's credit, he came back as a better wicket keeper and a much improved batsman. I don't know why batsmen like Yasir Hameed and Fawad Alam have to sit out and are made to watch this batting debacle.

  • Muhammad Ali Sajjad on January 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Kamran, i guess you are a happy man now, not because pakistan lost , but because now you have a chance to take a swipe at m. yousaf. if the keeper drops hussey three times , is it yousaf's fault? if batsmen even kaneria and gul are dissmissed while slogging , .....any way but more important for you is that a pessimist like you can call for the head of the captain. Enjoy sulking in your hate for m yousaf, belive me , you have earned it i really dont care if you post my comment or not because i have seen that you are uasually biased in you views Regards

  • Bil on January 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Rain is to blame, it didn't come down when needed to save the ladies like Farhat, Butt and Iqbal

    BTW what's wrong with our tail not prepared to learn how to survive even a single delivery?

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 6, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    I agree with all the comments. I mentioned eralier too that "CATHERS WIN MATCHES".Dropping a catch 3 times for a class of M. Hussey means youn don't want to win. I agree with Kamran, Yousuf is my favourite as a batsman, Sadly, but not as a captain. There were numerous mistakes defensive approach, dropped catches,lack of concentration by batsman. I am quite surprised by the fact we had 1.5 days cricket left just need a R.r of may be less than 1 & still rash shots. Yousuf by himself said that the players are in t20 mood what he did?

  • Atif Butt on January 6, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Guys, we are crying cause we came close to victory and lost. Otherwise, give me your honest opinion, didn't you aware of Pakistan Strong bowling, and very weak Batting and fielding from the performances of last few year?

  • Abdul Samad on January 6, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Overall it has been a good test match. It had all the drama. I think we need a bold captain. Yousuf can not even talk with the guy in the post ceremony. He does not deserves to be the captain, never was. Also we really need to take bold steps, if we do not trust some one why are we pulling them again and then dropping them. Everyone should get a fair chance but if they are not performing they should never be selected. We can not select guys on the basis of their 'Names'.

    Afridi, I think will be a good captain just because of his positive intent. First thing we need is a keeper. A keeper who can keep does not matter if he can bat or not. If you drop catches and miss run out's then does not matter if you make 100's. It is really de-motivating.

    Saying all that, I don't think any thing will change we will have the same 'non-deserving' keeper. The same non-technical No.3. Ahh, I think this is the saddest day in Pakistan cricket.

  • Bil on January 6, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    AFRIDI?????????? OF ALL THE PEOPLE??????? FOR CAPTAIN?????

    HE CAN'T EVEN RESIST HIS TEMPTATION TO THROW HIS BAT ON THE VERY FIRST BALL HE FACES, YES HE PLAYED WELL IN 20/20 IN ENGLAND BUT THAT'S MORE OF A REDEMPTION FOR WHAT HE DID IN THE PREVIOUS 20/20 IN SA, AND ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER

  • BUK on January 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    PAKISTON NEED MOHAMMAD WASIM IN MIDDLE ORDER HE,S GOOD BATSMAN AND GOOD WICKET KEEPER.

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    China is an old and faithful ally of Pakistan. Could the Pak government approach the chineese & ask how best to "whip" our boys into shape? ;-)

  • me2 on January 6, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    This defeat is a disgrace to whole nation...if I have an option I would fire Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Faisal, Younis, Butt and replace them with the new faces. At least then it won't hurt when they lose.

    Stupid excuses from Yousaf - drop catches are part of the game...my foot!!! what the hell you are talking about? what planet are you from? drooping 5 catches in all matches can not be a part of game, it can happen once in year that you can expect but not every game... also this performance won't let you win against any team in the world...shame on backing up Kamran...he was never a good keeper and stupid selectors keep giving him the job .... if his batting that you are so after then why the hell he didn't score 50+ here to win this for us ... if every one is so in bed with Kamran Akmal then have him play as a batsman and give the keeper job to someone deserving...

    so disgusted to be a Pakistani team fan!!!!!!!

  • Ed Farr on January 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq should be shot dead! Also Faisal Iqbal should get lost somewhere! That is the only way we will get someone else in the team when some of these dumb players are dead!

  • Balaji Krishnamurthy on January 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Yesterday night I believed Pakistan would win. It was just a question of knocking two tailenders over and getting the nearly 100 runs to win. When I saw the score around 10 AM IST, I was shocked to see that Australia had added 95 runs. Right then I doubted Pakistan's chances. But this was unbelievable. The Pakistanis had close to 140 overs to get 176 runs. Just playing out time would have got them home. 38 overs is no Test innings. I frankly think that Pakistan has got so used to defeat by Australia that they froze at the prospect of a victory. There is no other explanation for this. The Pakistanis have given Hauritz a reputation he does'nt deserve. An up and down spinner has taken 5 wickets against a sub-continental team. Incredible.

  • Muhammad Usman on January 6, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Forgot to mention another point that Pakistan team did made a fight where as it could have been the scene easily that Pak was not fighting as in SL in Younis Khan being Captain. It is just giving me impression that this withdrawal from NZ and AUS series may just help him to regain his place although i feel he don't deserve it. AFridi do offer the option of All Rounder As well and we should bring in Abdul Razaq as well. I do remember his batting against WI who was at least keeping wicket held at one end. We are getting alternatives in Bowling like KAneria/Ajmal, Sami/Gul, Asif and Ameer. But nothing for Batting plus agree on KAmran should At least get some compition but he is among the best.

    Finally they should concentrate on fielding which is an ever green problem for Pak.

  • qasemh on January 6, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I think the most sickening thing about Pakistan team (since Inzi took over) has been the mediocrity and buddy culture. The only way you can become a captain is after you secure support of the seniors in the team. The captain ends up appeasing the seniors, looking after their backs even when they are out-of-form. Even though there has been chopping and changing, same players keep coming back. Umer and Aamer have shown that if you give them opportunity, there are younger players waiting who value representing Pakistan. To be honest, the batting averages of Pakistani batsmen being so low is not a fluke. They really are not good players. Kamran should have been dropped two years ago when he produced similar horror show in England. But his buddies saved him Same goes with Malik and Misbah. The presence of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal in the test lineup is confounding to me; reminds me of the time when Aamir sohail selected Junaid Zia (the chairman's son) in Pakistan team.

  • sam on January 6, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    As I said before, Pakistan will loose, if Australia score 200 lead in the second innings. Yusaf's head have clay instead of brain. That is why he coverted (religion).

  • Hunter on January 6, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistani players need to learn how to play cricket as a team and not as an individual sport. Its a team effort that wins the matches, not just come out on crease and slog for 1/2 to an hour and give their wicket by making the same mistake over and over again. We saw a collective effort in bowling and it produced results, which did not happen in batting. Poor fielding and irresponsible batting contributed to the utter failure.

  • Imran M. on January 6, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    cont'd 3. We need to look at our tail & get them to practice batting,we need to match top teams in every dept,not have 5 number 11 batsman.What has Asif been doing for 2 years on sidelines,why didn't he practice batting,same with Gul,Kaneria.Sami is ok but has the ability to get much better & develop attacking strokes, cricket has changed & other teams bowlers can all bat now so we should do the same,if not groom replacements. I know remember why Kaneria is dropped for odi's,he missed a sitter for Watson early on & gave so many runs in field.We gave so many runs thru naff fielding,its a crime.If you can't catch,dive, field,run fast, run between wickets,overweight/unfit then leave right now,its not the 70's/80's. Its a new era & the old tricks don't work. Groom the replacements or just stick them in,the series is lost & looks like we'll lose in Eng against hosts & Aussies again.Put the new blood in & give Imran Nazir a chance,i'd rather lose with good players than with no hopers.

  • Jam Aftab on January 6, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Whole nation is feeling the hurt, thats why so many threads of message. Everyone has already said, whatever needs to be told. I just wish one thing, FIGHT for a win, loss like a warrior. Cricket pitch is the only place where you can and you should fight, without killing anyone. Great victories of Imran Khan led sides in India, West indies and England would have never happened if not for fearless leadership and fight. All of those teams had frailties, deficiencies like weak fielding and at least few batsmen each who would have no role, no career otherwise aka Zahid Fazal, Mansoor Akhtar of the world but the TEAM WON!!! Let History be the witness, COWARDS CANNOT AND WILL NOT WIN. At least Yousaf could have won our hearts if not the match by going for the Kill.

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    There is a big ? on the captaincy of Yousaf.When your commander-in-chief lost the battle b4 the start then what to ask from soldiers.With Australia just 80 runs ahead with last specialist batsman with two tail enders at the crease the field setting was astonishing & where was coach`s input before the day`s play & during the 1st drink break,was coach sleeping & where is the imagination of a captain.What v need is an over hauling change right from IF TO BUTS.Bring the people of stature who knew what the international cricket is & its demand,New team management with Captain if not Younis then Afridi is the best,Chop heads of Malik,Misbah,Faisal as enough is enough bring back Younis,Asim kamal & go for a good reliable keeper who may score 20 or 30 runs not a 100 but hold the catches.All prays & salute to Bowlers who put their heart out in their performance but captain,keeper,fielders & batsman bring to the earth their whole hearted performance. HATS OFF TO SAMI,ASIF,GUL,KANERIA.

  • Imran M. on January 6, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    cont'd 2. Its high time the pcb & team were run profesionally. They don't train in morning cos Inti can't wake up,what stupid system do we have to not look into this mockery. Yousuf "we try hard but still we drop catches",yes maybe you don't simulate real match situations,most of them can't dive to save boundaries,slide just to show off when its not needed.If you are perfect in training that means you don't have the self belief to play on pitch & should sit at home with the ladies watching daytime drama. Don't bring Miandad back,he always causes infighting & is the idiot who keeps getting his useless nephew selected.He's been noticeably quiet of late,is it because Faisal is playing,normally you can't get him to shut up. I'm also waitng for Safraz Nawaz's latest hogwash to get some cheap publicity,this man should be imprisoned. K Akmal must go,the Aussies would drop him so lets start thinking and acting like our victors.Kaneria's catch drop & fielding is hurting,groom a replacement.

  • Sami on January 6, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Ridiculous, absolutely rediculous. Still can't believe Pakistan lost this match. Pakistan team can be far better if they play these 11 players: 1.Khalid Latif 2.Younis Khan 3. Mohd Yusuf 4. Hasan Raza 5. Fawad Alam 6. Umer Akmal 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) 8. Mohd Amer 9. Mohd Sami/Umer Gul 10. Danish Kaneria 11. Mohd Asif.

  • oseebhai on January 6, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    MAKE AAMER CAPTAIN, BRING IN U19 TEAM, WE WILL BE CHAMPS IN 4 YEARS.

  • Naveed on January 6, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan shud reshuffle there coaching staff and bring a strong coach like greg chapell with certain powers given to him....i think u will see the results ....for sure and Afridi shud captain ODI & younis TEST side......

  • Muhammad Haq on January 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I feel we should write an obituary for Pakistan cricket,I do not know whether the bottom has been reached yet,this may be very hilarious for commentators/pundits but is heart breaking for millions of people that yearn for a sporting success that will enhance the so tarnished image of Pakistan but alas,it is not totally inappropriate to withdraw from test arena for some time ,Akmal needs to be removed as a keeper as his keeping skills has long been substandard and he makes up with few high scores now and then,if batting is a concern they can keep him as a batsman,YK should brought back.

  • kedar pandit on January 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Good article as always Kamran. I was gutted to witness such insipid performance and I am not even Pakistani!! The Aussies were on the rack and ripe for the taking, but alas.......Kamran "Khutmal" is truly a joker, imagine dropping 4 catches and that too of Hussey!! As an Indian fan and a general supporter of good cricket, it hurts to see such mediocrity. I played a lot of league cricket in Surrey and came across a lot of talented Pak cricketers during the pomp of Pak cxricket in the early 90's, a lot of these were better than what I see on my screen. I think the flukey T20 was way too unreliable as a barometer of Pak batting. They just don't have tes class batting line up on seaming wickets. The value of this fact has borne India a lot fruit of late despite their seemingly mediocre bowling line up. It will be interesting to see where the next Javed M is to be unearthed from, be it the "gulleys" of Karachi/Lahore/Faislabad/Multan!! Good luck and keep it up.

  • Waqt on January 6, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    No question that its a psychological barrier, may be due to lack of practice or a number of reasons. Captaincy and batting failures, winning and loosing are the part of the game. Ponting also made a bad decision and if Aus would have lost, everybody would have blamed him. If Pak would have picked wkts early in the morning we would have praised Yousuf captaincy. In general we are bad leaders and bad follower. Every single captain of Pak had troubles.

    However, reality on the ground is: - Kamran Akmal was supposed to be kicked out of the team already 2-3 years ago. If he is the best available then select him as batsman. He is not even an average wkt keeper. It is not the first match Pak has lost because of him.

    - Pakistan fielding need serious work. This with our bowling can give us a margin where our batting line can gather some confidence.

    - Not sure if Pakistan can get a better batting line up on short notice but some people sure need to be left out.

  • Kashan Saeed on January 6, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Well for me personally it was not a huge surprise, just a confirmation that Pakistan team is not made for modern day test cricket. We can come up with all sorts of blames and reasons, but the reality is that Pakistan cricket has not kept up with modern day test cricket. In my opinion, we are only good for Twenty20 cricket and always were. Back in the day we did reasonably ok in test cricket because we had some god gifted players like Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Miandad etc., but our attitudes were the same. I remember in late 80s and early 90s when Pakistan should have dominated the world cricket we managed only to do well. Our style, attitude, behavior has not changed except we dont have genius players anymore. We will continue to see these collapses, losing from a winning position, etc., because that's what we have been doing throughout our cricket history. The only time we won test matches because some of our bowlers were able to get batsmen out either bowled or lbw (one on one contest).

  • shakeel on January 6, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Enough is Enough Kamran should be replaced in Test cricket. Misbah should be replaced with Fawad Yousuf should be replaced with Afridi A permanent Fielding Coach is needed PCB should place a reward for catches PCB should place a fine for dropped catches (specially sitter) Pakistan Players should work in some tesnse environemtnt o tackle pressure.

  • Aditya Anchuri on January 6, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Actually Pakistani fielding has always been a problem but it was never this bad. During the 90s you had Moin Khan who was an excellent keeper, and Wasim Akram was also a brilliant fielder. You need some good batters in there, but also those who field really well.

  • Nasir Ali on January 6, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Nothing to fear and least of all nothing to dread... if only the death came from warriors. To the Pakistan team a small thankyou for at least.. from a sporting angle placing the name of Pakistan in a sporting light instead of all the Worldwide attention it has recieved due to the turmoil the country is suffering. Now to those who administer/govern/select/all domestic or internation players/backroom staff/the hanger on's please just take a moment to reflect on all those brave, courages men, women in the uniformed services who have lost their lives an continue to protrect others from attacks... take strength from the sacrifices they have all made understand your own humility and sporting ability to justify how you play the game. If your skill is not up to the mark step valiantly aside allow others to shine while also work diligently to fight back for your position in the team. ALL I ask is the unselfish, fearless never take a backward step, honest man/women to represent Pakistan Cricket

  • Ijlal on January 6, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    I don't even know why I wasted my time watching this match. After so much promise once again we fans are left hanging. Just as in Sri Lanka, a measly finger spinner has been able to run through our batting line up and we are supposed to be "Great" players of spin. With a number three like Faisal Iqbal, it is a true sign as to how poor our batting line up is. The batting lost twice in this match, once not securing a bigger lead and then not being able to chase down 175. Misbah, Iqbal need to go. Kamran needs a rest but shouldn't be excluded completely as he has done much in the past that cannot be forgotten.

  • oops on January 6, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    AFRIDI, where are you when your humiliated country so desperately needs you?

    AFRIDI for PREZ!

  • Arif Khan on January 6, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    It has been so depressing to say the least. The problems are so many at all levels. The PCB hierarchy, the poor selection of players among the available lot (think nepotism), the timid, unimaginative captaincy, the batting and last but not the least the fielding. Gaping holes in the hands of Pakistani fielders need surgical repair. Watson dropped when he was around 12 or so by Kaneria who went on to make 97. Hussey was given 3 turns by Kamran Akmal to make a hundred. Kamran also made sure that Siddle will be counted as an allrounder from now on by dropping the dolliest of chances. What more will it take to replace him? You are right Mr. Abbasi, Shahid Afridi qualifies to be in test team on his leg spinning bowling alone. His fielding, aggression and fighting qualities are desperately needed. Can some one plead the selection committee to request Abdur Razzaq to come back to test arena? His ability to tough it out any where in the batting order are far superior than Misbah.

  • Bilal Saeed on January 6, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Pathetic, abysmal and an unprofessional performance by a team who was lead by an incompetant captain and contained some of the worst players ever seen at test level. Words fail me, call it denial but i just cannot come to terms with how abhorrent the performance was after being in a winning position for almost 3 days. Where to begin, K.akmal dropped the match 4 times, oppostion 80 for 8 and you see a retreat fielding, i just do not understand how can one do this and would probably get away with it. Our batting was lethargic, i have never seen such bad exhibition of mindset when chasing a target not that big. If i was the team selector i would have dropped K.akmal, F.iqbal and misbah-ulhaq from the team years ago and yet they still remain there is mind boggling. Fielding, oh my, depressed memories rush back as i say this was like that of a 9 year old with a fractured left hand,crude but thats how i feel. Well done Paksitan for letting another one slip, match and an ardent fan.

  • dipesh on January 6, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    being a pakistani fan,it was profoundly shocking for me to see them loose today even after being in a winning position. seeing thier tour ot srilanka,newzealand and australia, it seems as if they have forgetten how to win.yousuf's captaincy is totally absurd and players like kamran akmal, faisal iqbal and misbah are of no use..aren't there young aggressive talents?definitely, it's time to bring sahid afridi for he seems to be the only candidate to bear pakistan's captiancy at least for this moment.

  • Aditya on January 6, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    I think you should lay off Yousuf. Inzy also had his defensive moments but he still got pretty good results as captain. I think the blame goes to the appalling fielding and catching. Tailenders play well today and Pete Siddle is no mug but there is no way on that pitch the Aussies should have scored as much as they did in the second innings, even with eight men on the boundary.

  • Khan from Canada on January 6, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Kamran, After staying up until 1-2AM (when i had to work at 8 AM the next day) for four nights this test and for last test, i have finally given up on this team.

    Thanks but no Thanks PCB!

  • Irtaza on January 6, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    It is true that Kamran Akmal did not keep well and cost Pakistan an easy victory, however his keeping to every other bowler (other than Kaneria) as been pretty good. I think what really let Pakistan down was the fact that the selectors picked Sami for the tour of Australia. I have no problem with Sami in the team however what that hinted from the selectors was that they thought our batting is amazing however our bowling could use more firepower.

  • Fahd on January 6, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Well, please dont go back to Younis. We can't put him in just because we need a captain.

    The problem last night was that Yusuf didn't do bad throughout the whole match. The captaincy wasn't that much lacking but the last day was almost mind numbing. Anyone with some sense would have realised that. I still can't put a reason to it. If it was Wasim/salim malik, we would have all gone for match fixing to justify this (i do not believe that wasim was involved in any though) but with Yusuf, we are left with very itchy minds at the moment.

  • AM on January 6, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, I have been following Pakistan cricket before I was a teenager. It has been 43 years since. I really really wonder if it is worth following the fortunes of this sorry lot. Only during Imran's and to a certain extent during Miandad's captaincies did the players know how to fight. This defeat has certainly eclipsed the Sydney debacle of 1972-73. As for Afridi, what kind of Captain would he be when he deliberately skips test matches? The only noteworthy performance of Intekhab's career was in scoring 51 out of a partnership of 190 with Asif Iqbal in 1967 for the 9th wicket, to ensure Pakistan lost honorably. But it was during his captaincy that Pakistan team for the first time became CHOKERS BIG TIME. Check out the scorecards at Leeds 1971, Melbourne and Sydney 1972-73. Only a foreign coach like Bob Woolmer has the capacity to change the Pakistani mindset when chasing runs. It is beyond the capacity of any Pakistani coach to fix this. But then everyone will conspire to axe him

  • Zed on January 6, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    This loss is just too tough to take, its worse than the forfeited test. At this time we dont need the talk of how lack of test cricket (or plenty of T20) is hurting us. Its the same catches that have to be taken and runs to be scored in either form of the game. We must accept that throughout history Pakistani teems have lacked mental toughness and simply won games on moments of individual brilliance from great cricketers.

    - Yusuf needs to go as captain - Do we not have another wicketkeeper batsman? Kamran Akmal has let us down far too many times when behind the wickets.

    - Pakistan's fielding was worse then some of the pub team I have played for here in the UK.

    This loss certainly has left a very bad taste in everyone's mouth. No one would care anymore (or any less) if we forfeited the remaining test and just went back home. I dont think we even deserve to take the field against Australia.

  • Talha on January 6, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    It isn't a great feeling when you wake up as early as 5 in the morning to watch your team cruise to a win within the first session and you end up watching the whole day's play only to see your team struggle and lose it in the end. I definitely think that shoaib malik, abdul razzaq or shahid afridi would be better than the likes of misbah-ul-haq or faisal iqbal in any format. Afridi is a warrior, his only presence on the field means a lot more than that of misbah and faisal combined, let alone a 100 times higher fielding standard and YES he can bowl too, well all of the three named above can, which is why i think they should be brought back in place of players that have been tried and have failed in crunch situations again and again in tests. I don't know how to go about kamran akmal's performance but in simple words Pakistan could have been enjoying a victory against australia after 15 years had he held on to ANY of those chances that australia so generously offered.

  • Muhammed Afzel on January 6, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran Abbasi, After Compliments, I am also in pain for Pakistan loosing this match. I hereby authorise yourself to correct and change my both the notes to make it presentable to your Blog. ALLAH bless you....Aameen Summa Aameen

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I dont agree that Afridi does qualify for a test place. If you can have Imran, Faisal, Misbah, and Shoiab in the team then you can have anybody in the team let along Afridi.

  • Saad Ibrahim on January 6, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Totally agree with Ali Tahir

  • Sajid on January 6, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    It seemed, judging by our team members' body language this morning, that Yousaf had had a Divine hint that we were destined to lose. The skipper then discussed his dream with his team members at breakfast. I can not think of any other reason for the 4th day's play

  • Rex on January 6, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    The paucity of options is hurting pak more than they want to think. Who to replace Yousuf? Who for Akmal? Is Younis capable enough as a Leader in dark times, is Afridi a capable enough cricketer to command a place, and if not, is he in the league of Brearly to stay on only as skipper? more questions I am afraid than answers, Kamran. And yes, when 5 of your 7 specialist batsmen in a test team boast an average under 35, is it capable of greater days than this? What a travesty of fast bowling riches...

  • Dr. Islam on January 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    With my 40 years of experience watching international cricket and Pakistan cricket, this one is the worst I can think of. More than 100 runs in 9th wicket partnarship against some good bowing is unbeilevable. 4 drop chances against one batsman by wicketkeeper is definitely suspicious. The most pathetic part is the way Pakistani batsmen batted.It looked like they are running out of time/over and they have to hit the ball. Even the so called 54 average scorer captain is no exception. This target can be reached by Bangladesh and Zimbabaew probably. I can sense a match fixing, that is what I read by one opinion writer L Modi writes in another blog.

    Send back half the team home and bring new players for the next test. Sack PCB and the selectors.

  • Rex on January 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    The paucity of options is hurting pak more than they want to think. Who to replace Yousuf? Who for Akmal? Is Younis capable enough as a Leader in dark times, is Afridi a capable enough cricketer to command a place, and if not, is he in the league of Brearly to stay on only as skipper? more questions I am afraid than answers, Kamran. And yes, when 5 of your 7 specialist batsmen in a test team boast an average under 35, is it capable of greater days than this? What a travesty of fast bowling riches...

  • Krishna on January 6, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    This loss is typical of India and Pakistan. We can keep discussing. Unless the fielding improves any amount marvels in bowling and batting and captaincy, will NOT give victories. With such a super bowling attack, you must be able to win, but who is there take the catches.

  • Harish on January 6, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    This surely is unbelievable. First of all, I do not understand why Younis Khan needed a BREAK when Pakistan have played the least number of test matches (than any other team) in the last few years. And if Younis really needed a break, why is he being brought back to the ODI series against Australia? Seems like Younis likes to run away from responsibilities. And Afridi's inclusion in the Test squad would have been way too efficient. He would have batted a lot better than Misbah or Faisal Iqbal, and his legspin would have also helped. The selection of players is totally out of one's understanding. Too bad, Pakistan hasn't been able to cope up with pressure. Even during the first innings, the Pakistani middle order was just throwing the wickets away! There is really no need to play so capriciously when you have 4 days left in the game. The way Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, and Misbah threw their wickets away was really sad to see.

  • Pallathz on January 6, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Kamran..Absolutly spot on.Captains are born & not made.Why not try Afridi?Atleast his body language is positive.As its said its better to lead a team of sheeps by a Lion than viceversa.

    Kamran Akmal needs to quit as a wicketkeeper..If he can hold his place as a batsman its fine.Keeping is a specialist job.India faced the same when Parthiv Patel was the Keeper.That cost us the match in sydney in 2004.

    Hope the batting is seriously looked into..

    Where is Imran Khan/Zaheer Abbas or Javed Miandad?

  • junaid Khan on January 6, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I do agree with the article in terms of Moyo captaincy. No doubt, he is our best batsman at the moment, but I do not think he is a captain material. Seniority should not be the captain criteria. If that was the case then Sachin Tendulkar and Miadad would have been a sucessful captains and we all know they were not. Even during Imran's tenure, Miadad was a senior player but not the captain or atleast not a sucessful captain. A captain shoould be the one who can lead a teams and can think outside the box and India is a very good example of that. Dravid, scahin, Sehwag, Yuvraj are all senior to Dhoni, but still he leads. A captain should be smart and clever. After Imran, the only person Pakistan had who fit this criteria was Wasim. Even Inzamam was not smart, but it was his own perfomrance that covered this gap. Secondly, I do not understand why do they presist with Kamran behind the stumps. Bad wicket keepering was never a grass root problem in Pakistan and it is a big problem wit him

  • amer javed on January 6, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Except for Yousuf, Umar, Asif and AAmer none of the other members of the squad are above club level cricketers at best. What has happened to Pakistan cricket -- where are the Salim Maliks, Miandads, Imrans, Wasims, Waqars, Qadirs, Saeed Anwars, Salem Yousufs of Pakistan cricket. Surely, we can find current day cricketers that are only half as good as these greats. The selection is a total disgrace -- Malik, Farhat, Iqbal, Kamran, Gul, Sami, Misbah and butt, they are all the front-middle end of the male body.

  • imran on January 6, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    i agree that yousaf's captaincy was not up to the mark and he is a very defensive captain by nature but i dont think it is a good idea to change him. in the 90s we did the same and at a time six or seven captains were playing in the same eleven. the problems of pakistan cricket lies at the top and i dont think anybody can do anything about it. just making afridi the captain will not improve the overall state of our cricket. so lets hops the change starts from the top and for good this time....

  • Urooj on January 6, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    I've never felt a need to comment prior to this - not due to indifference, but simply due to believing that the game has its ups and downs - wins and losses. However, these past two years have been remarkably unremarkable. The decline in the skills (the talent is still there) is just flabbergasting. These men, the carriers of a nation's sporting pride, are supposed to be professionals. They are supposed to know the rules and intricacies of the game. They are supposed to win and know how to bounce back after a loss. But our sorry lot seem to accept the blame of a loss and then do nothing to change that. The definition of madness is to continue doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. Changes are needed - and quickly. Not to the team but to the attitude and the psychology of the team and the board that fields that team. Furthermore, the board needs to invest in a language coach. It is shameful that in this day and age the players are unable to communicate effectively.

  • Behroz on January 6, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Whatever happened in SCG is just too painful. While waking up at 4:30 AM just to see a Pakistan victory over Australia this morning the only doubt in my mind was the inconsistency of Pakistan batting line up, and they did it again. I Personally think that Intikhab is an obselete coach. He dont know the modern techniques and coaching. This important Job should be handed over to some one he is professionally trained Coach. Forget the Big guns of Past years. Muhammad Yousaf should himself should be brave enough to say that this Captaincy thing is not good for me. Bring Shahid Afridi, he has got the spark, a good Cricketing mind and with all the knowledge og when to Change the gears between attack and defensive moods and he has proved that in T20. We have enough of the Kamran Akmal. His 60 or 70s is of no use if he drop the cathes of the person Like Hussey who are not going to spare the opportunities. And Call a good Batting Allrounder in the team.It can be Razzaq, Azhar or even Rana Naved

  • Shaukat Ali frm Dubai on January 6, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    My dear if u read my comments of day b4 yesterday then u will understand that some players not capable of test cricket. Even if they can loft a big shot then what happened to them. They play like a club cricketer(better to say good bye to all oldie) and tell them pls forgive us. And selectors should also be accountable why they had selected such batters who even don't know the basics of technic. Secondly, nepotism should be stopped, I can still bet that Abdul Razzak can be a handy bat rather than these jackal. Kamran bhai if we would have won the match you would not have pointed out all fielding and batting problems. What I think even if the target was 176, Our batter should have passed easily as there was nothing wrong with the wicket. If u recall ur memory real problem in NZ was of batting and our selecters selected a same eleven, They should be answerable to nation.

  • Imran Saeed on January 6, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    I agree with Kamrans comments. The time is right to give the Pakistam team a new direction and appoint Shahid Afridi as captain in all 3 forms of the game. We need to get rid of the deadwood, namely Faisal, Misbah & Kamran and bring back the likes of Younis & Shoaib Malik. The tactics Yousuf deployed in the morning session were unbelievable! The ball was new and we had the perfect opportunity to take wickets by bringing the field in and forcing the bastsman to hit over the top but it just didn't happen. Dare I say it but were they trying to lose the match on purpose? I guess we will now end up losing a test series 0-3 against Australia yet again.

  • Ajaz Quddusi on January 6, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Pakistan has found some match winners like Asif,kaneria gul and sami. But we have more match loosers as well. Yusuf faisal Misbah and Akmal top the list. Mind games are won/lost in leaders minds. We are mentally a bankrupt team that's why we dont believe in winning even when it is so close

  • Mohammed T Sardar on January 6, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I am still in denial mode. I've seen Pakistan lose or should i say throw away matches in the past. For some reason this one is worst than the recent defeats agains SL and NZ. We had the Aussie on the floor for 3 days and we manage to find ways to lose the game. We are not playing as team, everyone is playing for their place. Lets face it, we are not equipped to play longer version of the game. We can't think beyond 10 overs. Lets bring some new blood, Umer & Ameer are the building block for the future.

  • Wajih on January 6, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This lost must have made Younus Khan gloat all over his fishing boat somewhere around Steel Mill area. Now he's in a position to once again dictate his own terms if lousy PCB comes back to him for captaincy role. Shahid Afridi used to cry out for not getting opportunities at test level when his place in ODI matches wasn't even confirmed. Since he became consistent with his bowling, he suddenly decided not to play test cricket, citing too much cricket as an explanation when Pakistan weren't even playing any cricket due to obvious reasons. It's like he's saying 'you didn't play me, now I care less'. He's NO different than softy Younus Khan who despite standing his ground firm against players who didn't want him as their captain, relinquished his position or Yousuf who hasn’t got the brain matter to understand his crippling limitations.

  • Amjad on January 6, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    176 to win! nearly a whole day to get them. captain made mistakes....but there were six specialist batsmen to get 176...surely if only one of them could have got stuck in...the defeat makes the 20-20 world-cup feel worthless...more than the defeat...we have lost credibility as a decent cricketing nation...even the West Indies were a match for the Aussies...

  • Imran Aziz on January 6, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Asslamuallikum to all Muslim brothers.The problem lies not in winning or losing a match,it lies in our attachment with the game.We should take it as a game,nor taking it as our life and death issue.I remind my self saying of our beloved prophet(may peace be upon him) that success will be granted to those who are honest and failure to those who are dishonest.we are Muslims and Muslims have something more to do.If a non Muslim do cheating he might not be punished in this world but if a Muslim cheat,failure is his fate no matter how much hard work he will do.Faisal Iqbal edged a delivery in the first innings,he should have walked of the field,but he didn't.And i am sure no one in the Pakistani camp had criticized him for doing that.As a result Pakistan lost the match.Same in galle cricket stadium in Sirilanka,Mohammad Yousuf was on 54 and he edged a delivery and was caught,umpire didn't given him out,and he stayed and didn't walked,the target was easy but Pakistan lost the match

  • Barry Stanley on January 6, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Fantastic and insightful article. Shahid Afridi would be a great captain. He may be inconsistent but his mere presence on the field clearly inspires his team mates and strikes fear into the opposition. He is a force of nature. He is Pakistan's Flintoff but they do not play him. It is crazy. Afridi should replace Misbah in the middle order. I feel their strongest 11 would be Butt, Farhat, Younis, Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (if he can improve his wicket keeping), Afridi (c), Gul, Aamer, Kaneria, Asif. With some better coaching, leadership and discipline that side would be a match for anyone in the world at any venue. It is easy to be despondent after Pak's run chase failures against SL, NZ and Aus but the talent is there and with time they will become a great force in test cricket again.

  • Khalid on January 6, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Its sad when you are sitting at 4am in the morning still watching cricket knowing that you have to get up in a few hours to go to work, and why, well because you have this misplaced hope that the pakis will do it, surely they could not mess this up, and despite all the problems with captaincy we have some good batsmen in the team, ok so the first two are out, we have a whole line of batsman to come, 34 for 2, not a worry, its a good start, go to bed and get up in a few hours to learn how the mighty Pakis roared their way through the measly total of 174. Glad i went to bed then and did not watch these professionals play like amateurs, again!! Maybe MY is right about 20/20 cricket, pakis only know how to play 20/20, if that is the case perhaps we should play test matches in the spirit of 20/20, i am sure we would have made the 174 runs needed if mentally we were in 20/20 mode! lets stop playing test matches and focus on what we are good at, bring 20/20 world cup!

  • Ghazanfar Abbas on January 6, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I absolutely agree will Mr Kamran. I think the selectors are simply being careless and overlooking Afridi for the test squad. Afridi has a very good track record in tests. Being a die hard fan of Afridi I went through statistics, which prove that the averages for the first 30 test matches of batting greats like Lara, Sehwag and Tendulkar, were lower than that of Afridi. Understandably, Mohammad Yousuf is a great player, but he just lacks the leadership qualities required to lead a team as a diverse yet skilled and raw as the Pakistani Cricket Team. It's a pity we lost a winning match. But then again, we have been doing that in our last four outings. When will we learn from our mistakes? In my opinion, not only do the batsmen need good coaches, but they also need an aggressive leader who has the capability of turning the match around on his own. I think Shahid Afridi is Pakistan's only hope and we musttake initiative before it gets too late.

  • Muhammed Afzel on January 6, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    A very good note of Kamran Abasi Saheb. We shall re instate Younas Khan as a captain and ask support from Imran khan,Asif Iqbal,Javed Miandad for training for body language,stratigies,decision making aggressively,how and what to think. Captain shall be leading from front, we must hear the reports of the tour managers who have been pullin strings of Younus,grouping spoil the team,players of this natureshall be penalised on disciplenary grounds,see how other countries are doing. We find talent either of bowling or batting but what about developin charactor,who will look inti these aspects.Players shall not play on inluence of other.....Please do not bring Shahid Afridi as a captain,see hois performance of batting,what5 average he has, bowlers laugth after trapping him, i8f he is a SLOGGER,bowler and captain shall afraid of him going for batting as is the case of Gilcrist, Yuvraj,Jaisuria in his time, Lets make Shahid mentally strong to know which ball to hit or blocked is basic incricket

  • Mani on January 6, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    I don't think Australia won that game. Pakistan won it for them. Why were all Pakistani Players so demotivated right from the start of the morning of 4th day when they were starting that day in position of HUGE advantage? Australia were only 38/8 at that time.

    Aahhh... i m still crying on how could Pakistan lose such an easily winnable game.

    I have to agree with Mr. Abbasi here, we need a more brave and "AGGRESSIVE" captain like Afridi. Plus, Afridi can keep is position in the team on the basis of his spin and his batting would get better also.

    PCB, PLEASE MAKE AFRIDI CAPTAIN OF THE ODI-TEAM IN AUSTRALIA.. PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kash on January 6, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I think there is a dark underbelly at play here. Cricket is like everything else these days a business. I wonder what the odds of an aussie win at the start of day 4 were, hmm.

  • Gokul on January 6, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Problem with Afridi is he does not qualify for a test-place. So if he's captain, he'd be in the team purely on the basis of his captaincy. Not sure if that'll work out well.

    It worked for Ray Illingworth decades ago because the other 20 players were top-notch. Pakistan have 4, maybe 5 test quality players today, so adding a non-test player like Afridi can be a negative move.

  • Nitin on January 6, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    i for one was terribly disappointed watching Pakistan lose out tamely in the end to a struggling Aussie side.This was a godsend opportunity for Pakistan to level the series and create history.The win could have fuelled their confidence to such a level that they may have gone on to win at Hobart itself. This Aussie side is succeptible to such loses,but Pakistani side has nobody but themselves to blame for this heartbreaking loss. As an Indian I was supporting the Pakistani team right throughout this series but this defeat has deflated even my passion. Iam sure many more fans would have felt the same. The beauty about Pakistan cricket is the kind of incredibly talented players that they can produce especially fast bowlers.Notwithstanding the final result i hope that this is the dawn of an era of Pakistan cricket that would bring back memories of the 80's and 90's.

  • Mazen Khan on January 6, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Totally agreed Kamran Bhai! What the hell is wrong with our team? I love cricket and my team but every time I watch Pakistan crumble like this, I feel like hitting myself. Well put forward Ali, we cant chase 176? 167? and around 250???? Remove Faisal, Kamran and Misbah...maybe we should bring in Hassan Raza, definitely Shahid Afridi, maybe some new names that are performing well in the domestic circuit. I think our openers are doing a fair job or at least they're getting the hand of it. I pray that Insha Allah we turn ourselves and at least win the ODI series to put our fellow country-men, who are under a lot of stress,to start enjoying and party-hard. I hope that we look at ourselves in the mirror and wake up one morning not wishing to play in the IPL but to take the name of our country, whom we faught really hard for, to greater heights. PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD! Aameen!

  • Nadeem on January 6, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    It has been such a heart breaker for Pakistani fans who has been supporting their team despite their failures. We all have been dejected. I think Pakistan lost it from the very first over when Yousaf set the field. It was such a cowardiace field. How could you do that? What was other senior members of the team doing.

    Yousaf has been doing blunders for a long time now. He has done it atleast thrice to get out in a irresponsible way when the team needs it. He should be sent to some Pscytrist for such a non professional approach. Kamran Akmal should be shown the door as well. He should have been wearing Austrailian colors. His 30,40 runs are useless when he can allow the batsmen of other team to score hundreds.

  • Ahsan on January 6, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Kamran, what is this love affair you have with Younis Khan? Move on, will you?!

    "Kuch ker kay jaana hai", the man said, and then he abandons Pakistan Cricket when it needed him the most. You and the PCB will be wise to realize that Younis Khan is not the future.

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    We can accept the fact that no international cricket will be played in Pakistan for a few years (with the possible exception of A tours, U19's, U21's etc). Is it not therefore the right time to invest in some bouncy tracks at Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Pindi, etc, etc so that the current/next crop of players are used to such tracks when they play for the national teams abroad? This is the perfect opportunity as the PCB has avoided such a move in past to protect their own jobs for fear of losing home series.

  • Azhar on January 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Also, a suggestion.

    It's been proven time and time again that Kamran Akmal just can not keep wickets. His mistakes are way too costly. I think we should retain him in the test team but as a batsman and relieve him of wicket keeping duties. Sarfaraz Ahmad whome we have been grooming should take Kamran's place behind the wickets.

    And Good job Kamran. You and Osman truly represent my emotions and thoughts. Keep up the good work.

  • Mohammed Khan on January 6, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    It all starts with the management. Why is Inthikhab Alam the coach? Waqar Younis is more than enough to help the bowlers, what pakistan need is a batting coach and a fielding coach. Why not Javed Miandad? He was arguably the best batsmen in the history of Pakistan. And he can also help Yousuf or who ever the captain is, with the strategy and how to go about chasing totals, as well as providing fielding tactics. Yousuf needs to become more confident with himself, and stop being so defensive minded. The bowling is still the best in the world, but they need run support from their batsmen, as well as sharp fielding and wicketkeeping. I don't know what has happened to Kamran Akmal in the past 3 years. When he started he was a great wicketkeeper and very reliable, but ever since that tour of England, He's lost his game. I think he should only be a batsmen and open the innings, and leave the wicketkeeping to someone else. And as far as Afridi is concerned, he should be bak into the test arena

  • CricFan1983 on January 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Well for one thing, Pakistan should bring back one and only test batsman in their country - YK. For other PAK writers should get over Umar Akmal, I havent seen anything technically from him that is different from any other PAK batsman. Yousufs correct when he says T-20 is destroying PAK cricket. But is that the only explaination? I am sure Umar Akmal could be good in future, but he needs to be in the nets and not in Sydney trying to learn how to play. Natural talent never survives.. look at Kambli, practice and hard work does.

  • Tariq Javaid on January 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    It was very painful to see Pakistan losing this match which should have been won very easily, not many opportunities like this you would get against Australians. Yousuf is joy to watching when batting but today no body could understand what he was trying to achieve. Is this the strategy they worked out in yesterday's team meeting? Hussy was given three chances, if you attack he will definitely give you 4th chance under pressure , anyone can work it out. Field placing from ball showed we can not win this match. As far as Shahid Afridi is concerned , he should be in the test team as an all rounder. Australian's have Shane watson, SA have Kallis, with afridi you will get a complete bowler (5th bowler in the team) and I am 100% sure that he can score more than Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal and Misbah.Moreover he will be a popular choice to become captain. I am sure he will become a very mature batsman if he is made captain and time is right to give him this responsibility.

  • Ray on January 6, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Very sad performance - I won't use the word pathetic. Yusufs tactics were mind boggling, he should have gone for the kill instead of waiting for the mistake. I am surrised that Waqar and Inti didn't send out a message to the captain - what were they doing? Anyone watching and/or listening to the commentators should have picked that up. Unbelievable. Kamran's keeping was the main reason for this situation as well - he should be dropped for a better keeper - I am a big fan of his, but this is way beyond reason. Farhat is an ordinary player with an ordinary mind. Misbah too unfortunately has to go. Faisal showed some fight for a position where no one 'dares' to bat, but his technique was lacking, maybe he should be at 6 where Misbah plays. Good to see the bowlers bowl so well, feel sorry for Kaneria though.

  • salim Shariff on January 6, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    “Pathetic” Pakistan is the only word that can describe what I saw last night in the freezing cold! Please get rid of the following players; Imran Farat, F Iqbal, Mis-bul Hal and sadly Kamran Akmal he has dropped around 100 catches over the past 3 or 4 years he has been around and must be dropped with immediate effect and if Mohammad Yousaf had an ounce of decency about him he would have retired with immediate effect tail wedged tightly between his legs…Unfortunately I know nothing will happen and we will have these blood sucking anomalies will around for the next match – How sad am I ?

  • Muhammad Usman on January 6, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Let me put Kamran At first about whom i Read couple of articles for holding on good catches in first inning. And now as there Was bad time on him it started to be Among The worse. Plus his batting that was really praised in NZ And In practice match in Aus is Also coming in line of fire.

    Now as far as Yosuf captaincy Is concerned i believe we lost chasing 176 and it is coming under Fire what happened when Pak lost in SL in Younis captaincy As Ali said in chasing 167 and got bowled Out in 117. Where was his captaincy And batting playing its part. Please take it as i don't Remember Pak going to a loose a match in That narrow margin of 36 specially Against aus.

    @ Afridi. it Is the only point i agree on you And the drums should be beating for him for captaincy as he is getting matured with time these Days and who Should get Some Support even If he Is loosing matches in Start. don`t only treat him in The same line as most of the you Are treating Yousaf.

  • Azhar on January 6, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Kamran, you hit the nail right on the head. We have problems everywhere except bowling and still we were in a very very good position to win this match. To me, only Umar Akmal, Mohd Asif, Aamir, Yousaf deserves a regular place. Everybody else is expendable. And Pakistan don't help themselves either. Afridi does not want to play test cricket and Younas has emotional problems. Why don't these players understand that they represent 170 million of Pakistan and half of these people would do anything to represent Pakistan in cricket. Its such an honour yet these players fail to understand this. Also, these players don't believe in themselves. They could not grasp the fact that they are about to beat Australia. At a point like this, you need a captain like Imran Khan. Since Imran Khan's kids are too young, I will be happy with Afridi as our test captain. Afridi gives us another bowler, a good fielder and he can score as Misbah, Butt, Farhat, etc.

  • Anu on January 6, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Its better to lose a match by a large margin without even giving a contest rather than losing a match the way Pakistan does i.e throw away a match that they are about to win! It causes more disappointment, anger and heartache for the fans. I mean what is the psychology of the players? Why do they have to bat irresponsibly when there's only a small score to chase and there are 2 days left to bat!

    And well if it hadnt been for Kamran Akmal, Pakistan would have securely achieved victory. Whats wrong with the guy? Dropping 4 catches is no laughing matter. He's been doing that for a number of times but has not been dropped even once. Why dont the selectors see this? They have dropped talented and promising cricketers such as Asim Kamal without any reason, then why cant they see what Kamran Akmal is doing? Younis Khan is quite better than the whole lot, then what is the logic behind asking him to play in Pentangular when the team needs him badly? At least he is a FIGHTER!

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    We keep blaming the selectors and players for making the same mistakes yet some fools, like me in London, stay up from 11pm to watch the same old mistakes being made. That makes me and millions of others no better than the selectors and players.

  • danish on January 6, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    In 100% agreement with you Kamran. Yousuf was terrible, to put it politely. Our battting order could be much better, we have much better players in Pakistan than some of those who currenlty represent Pakistan. PCB politics will never end! very disappointing!

  • Muhammed Afzel on January 6, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    I sent two notes yester day,did not appear here,went to know the guidelines for posting,realised I had written something a bit away from the subject,Its a history that we have become looser. I remeber the words of Imran Khan,he said our cricketers are not mentally strong, he pin poited that Javed Miandad,Mudasser Nazer and Waseem Akram. These cricketers are to go back to the academy,there they should have the system like Autralianhs,how they are calling Commandos for their fitness,eagerness to achieve the targets,to focus them in the game,concentration require to stay on the pitch,if the stay score will come,lower order even 9th,10th anf 11th man shall lerarn how to stay at creas and select the ball to hit,not to score all the required runs in one over only. They should learn to build confidence in themselves while playing domestic cricket. Ban these batsmen to play lower clas tournament,shall feel pride while going to represent country.MyYestertdays comments prooved true today.

  • Atif on January 6, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Problems with Pakistan are myriad but I agree that the two glaring reasons are Yousuf's defensive approach in the morning and Kamran Akmal's dropped catches. That the batting would struggle was WELL KNOWN. Batting would not change overnight even if we bring in Younis Khan but we COULD have had enough of Akmal long ago. At least we can give him a competition with Sarfraz Ahmad having toured Australia with the A team. Competition did wonders to Moin. Why is Kamran Akmal indispensible? The runs he scores once in a while are far overshadowed by the runs he gives away.

    Amid all this, this was not just a defeat; this was a heart break. Its the worse than the 1999 defeat (yes you guessed it, 2nd test against Australia).

    Expect yet another 0-3 i.e. if you have any interest left in the dead and buried rubber.

  • mayur kashyap on January 6, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Pakistan is the team which frequently falters when it comes to chasing low scores. Way back in 1997 at their home ground in faisalabad they, while chasing 140 odd runs got bowled out for just 92 runs. That too with the likesof anwar, ijaz, aamir sohail,wasim akram in the team!!! so consistently inconsistent!!!

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I don`t think Kamran Akmal deserve to be the captain of Pakistan team nor he has the potential moreover his role in deserting captains & country for his gains.At moment v have two choices Younis & Afridi & keeping in view the boards behavior with Younis in my opinion Afridi deserves to be the captain with showing doors to Malik, Misbah& Faisal alongwith army of If & Buts with there commander & to bring people like Imran, Majid, Aamir Sohail, Muddasar who can face the people in ICC,ACC & other forums as they are well recognized on international cricket forums due to there achievements & stature over there.

  • Saqib on January 6, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I only wish both sets of my grandparents decided to stay in India during August 1947.

  • Saami on January 6, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Pakistani team lacks confidence, faith and most obvious the cricketing skills. A debacle like this was always expected and more are bound to happen if PCB keeps on managing the way it has done this past decade. Why Misbah, Faisal, Butt and K.Akmal and others OLD FACES (but inexperienced) still in the team? They have been performing like this since ages. The techniques are flawed, minds weak and the TEAM fear Australians like no other. The battle has to be WON mentally first....As fans we were just hoping for a WIN after Asif's Masterclass the first day. We knew that the series is not ours - unfortunately Pakistani fans have adjusted their expectations but this was UGLY. A shattered, disgusted Pakistani - with no hope left. As far as Afridi - he has got the right mindset, agression but lacks batting technique and I think would struggle. But he can play as a bowler and score some 30 odds remaining in the lower order. Danish takes wkts but at a cost of 1000 runs Afridi can be the hope...

  • Kabir hasain on January 6, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    This was the worst defeat i have ever seen. Australia DID NOT WIN, they weren't majestic with the bowl and nor did they do anything extraordinary. The fact is that Pakistan LOST. The field placing were painful for me to watch with hussey taking singles without haveing to work for them. MoYo's captaincy was that of a 5 year old and was too defensive and too COWARDLY. He doesn't have the qualities of a leader. Kamran has lost the plot with 4 dropped catches and not even attempting a run out. Bowling is still our stand out feature as a team and with a keeper like this the bowlers are sson to be extinct just like the battting and fielding. Por middle order batting and lower order batting and slight poor opening and faisal iqbal isn't a no.3 and pakistan people are the only people to balmed. Younis kahn was a great captain and things started to look bright. however as always pakistan accused him of match fixing and now they can see the wonderful cause it has done to our cricket.

  • Syed Muhammad Azmat Shah on January 6, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Kamran Sahib i have been waiting all day for your post so that i can shed some of my anger.Our team has let us down yet again and that too in a very shameful manner.Please dont be "Decent" in expressing your views about today's loss.Come on sir..some of these players need to be punished for shattering hopes of millions of cricket fans across the country.Kamran Sahib..Be brave in expressing flaws in team/squad selections also...Why on earth have you been picking those trialed and tested dumb batsmen like Misbah,Imran Farhat,Faisal Iqbal etc..Why are we unable to explore more of Umar Akmal like batsmen?Is Misbah the sole savior of 17 crore Pakistanis?If Pakistani batsmen continue to play like this...i wish GOVT ban this cricket team from playing any international games...we dont deserve to even play..Plz stop playing with our hearts..and yes Younis should have been team member for test matches...but i am afraid he will be made available for ODIs..he isnt an ODI batter at all

  • oops on January 6, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    NO, NO, NOT that loser Younis, Kamran Sahib!

    ONLY SHAHID AFRIDI, who won us the World Cup, and is right now winning it for South Australia, will do. Is that so difficult to understand?

  • Zeeshan on January 6, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Captain clueless is totally at fault for giving all the impetus to Oz with his unbelievable tactics. He basically admitted from ball one today that he didn't think we could chase anything over 100 which is criminal.We all know Pakistan are mentally fragile but they took it to an unbelievable level today. There needs to be a complete overhaul from chairman, coach to captain. We were on the right track with woolmer and lawson but have gone backwards since alam took over and its time to get in a good foreign coach like duncan fletcher and build again with basic professionalism top of the agenda. Hopefully we will now see the end of iqbal, misbah and kamran akmal in the test arena as they are wholly inept. Maybe we can now see why Younis Khan gave up in the end.

  • Arfan on January 6, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Where is shoaib malik, why was gul not playin in the first test for the likes of abdul rauf (if thats how you even pronounce his name) where is younis khan where is kmaran akmal (the one who used to be good at keeping and batting), where is afridi, why is Moyo even the captain, Why has our fielding plunged even further than the ridicule state it was in before, what happened to our decent middle order, where is our CONFIDENCE in ability to beat teams. Scoring 180 odd wasn't hard despite the facts of rubbish fielding, captaincy. The problems of pakistan cricket are so scattered that it is in the worst state it has been in for a while. We can't play at home, we haven't won any tests. We're 6th in the test rankings. We're 6 th in the odi rankings.

  • bossman on January 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Sad day for cricket, Australia were allowed to get away with a substandard team and a substandard performance. The problem is possibly people like Abbasi who refuse to move forward. Why this clamour for Younis- when he has proved himself unequal to the task- several times. Yes, Yousuf doesnt have much support- why cant people get behind him. One only learns with experience. He at least has the capability to be a member of the team. Even if you have Imran Khan as the captain, and if you foist someone like Kamran Akmal on him, he would lose more often than win. And Afridi too- is a lost case. Best to build a team around the core of Yousuf, Umar, Salman Butt, Aamer, Umer Gul, Asif, and Kaneria. Get a few more new players, try out a new wicketkeeper- get the team right before next years world cup, and for heaven's sake dont call out like kids for Younis Khan to come back or for Afridi to take over.

  • Faz on January 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Totally agree with all your comments Ali. Never rated Faisal Iqbal, Misbah when he returned a few years ago I thought was a godsend, but he seems off the boil. Kamran is definately not doing Pk cricket any favours at the moment. The real question is whether there have been any outside influences with the Pk team. Time will tell.

  • TB on January 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    We lost this game when Kamran dropped Hussey numerous times. I was dreading 150 plus total knowing our batting line up. Sure, Yousuf was defensive but if you can not chase 175 than you shouldn't be playing test cricket. What happened to our spinners better than theirs?? Nathan destroyed our batting, unbelieveable. I think we need to give new players a chance and get rid of Misbah's of the world.

  • Faizan Khan on January 6, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    The way Pakistan batted showed signs of overconfidence and later lack of experience to tackle difficult test match situations in batting (an example set beautifully by Micheal Hussey). Even before we start talking about our batting we should remember that Hussey was dropped THRICE, twice before he reached 50. Siddle was dropped once. IF those catches were taken I reckon we would be chasing something below 100, chances would have dramatically increased.

    Offcourse we all blame Yousuf but like always this time he has become Pakistan's scapegoat. Problem is not Yousuf its the team and their horrible attitude. A captain is just one individal, its a team that plays.

    I am dissapointed as a Pakistani but I dont feel sorry for our team these idiots deserve what they got. A team that does not respect a captain when he tells them they are wrong , a team that shows no signs of being a team, a team whose ego is huge,performance zero.

    Pakistan team deserves this I hope they never EVER win.

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    I agree with you that Yousaf is a great batsman but it does`nt mean that he is a good captain.It is same like in the past Zaheer & S.Anwar,they were great players but not good captains.Need of the hour is a captain like IMRAN KHAN who should lead from the front & fight against all odds, should have the courage to point out the short comings of others not like Yousaf who took all the blame of defeat & not showing others their failures. He is responsible for the defeat due to his captaincy & defensive approach but he should have the courage to tell the players like Faisal,Misbah & Kamran their pathetic performance with the bat & gloves respectively which contributed a lot in the defeat & to the people at the helm that they did`t responded positively to his SOS for Younis .It looks from his post match conference that he is saving his captaincy by having non performers to his side & not pointing there performance as well as keeping the team & board management to his side.Very sad Yousaf.

  • Tahir Rashid on January 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Post-mortem for every Pakistan loss is a norm now but to no avail. Diagnoses and remedies are many but application is none. As always we were stymied by opening pair, one down position and now the captain and, wicketkeeper. Nothing will change with Pakistan cricket as PCB is headed by bunch of muppets, our pitches are useless and as a result our players have technical flaws which are passed down generations because no one seems to correct them. Hobart test is a dead rubber and Aussies will have their tails up for 3-0 whitewash and quite rightly so as they know how to win games and pin down oppositions with mind games. Misbah, Kamran, Faisal all should be shown the door and Yousuf to relinquish captaincy because he is too soft in his approach. Likes of Afridi, Asim Kamal, Mohammad Wasim and Younis should make swift comebacks to the side. Despicable captaincy, horrendous catching and inept batting display of first 2 tests is enough to keep me away from my TV set for the 3rd game.

  • Khalid Shahzad on January 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    I have been watching Pakistan Cricket since 1971 and have closely followed all the test matches which pakistan played in australia because this particular contest just fascinated me. We did got beaten but the cricket team always did us proud. I remember the team of 1976 and then the team in 1980s and 1990s. Wonderfully gifted team led by true champions. We did loose matches thought not always by lack of skill or fight. It just never left bad taste in the mouth as they were well fought encounters which were fought by perhaps to the two best teams. What i saw last night ( uk time) was just unbelievable. I couldnt believe that this team has its origin from Pakistan the land of warriors and champions. I am sorry but Mohd Yusuf was jut pathetic. FULL STOP. An pitiful figure muttering under his breath lonely standing in the outfield and had the rules allowed might have sent some fielders outside the stadium in case someome hit them there! Can anyone just explain his tactics. I WEPT TODAY!

  • Zaheer on January 6, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Winning is a habit which often brings win when all looks down to a defeat, and as Aussies showed why it matters to be positive, Watson said last night that they can still win and they did. I think we need to remove most of our top ladder, bring in fresh faces, and as we are losing anyway, atleast newer fresher players will lose with some fight or perhaps they will surprise us from the start and keep winning. Just like everything else PCB is utterly corrupt and seeks to place favoured or players who have paid well to get in or connected people. Can you honestly say that in the whole country we do not have 7 decent batsmen of international standard? Afridi should be given a long run with captaincy in all 3 formats, he has the skill, the will and fight to end it on the high, like he said " we're champions and we will play like champions" for 20-20 that was, but same will go for Tests if he was the captain.

  • Anees Razzak on January 6, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Great Post: Poor, Poor performance. Someone at the top needs to change things quick!It seems to me that certain players (Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and Kamran Akmal) have so much power that no one dare leave them out. I personally think if Imran Khan doesn't succeed in politics, he should become chairman of the PCB.The whole system needs a revamp. The defensive mindset of Yousuf was the most dissapointing thing. How can this guy be captain of Pakistan? We need a fighter like Afridi or Younis Khan. Also it's quite common nowadays that tailenders learn how to hold a bat. Why can't kaneria, asif etc do the same. Finally, I will not be watching test cricket for the next year!!!

  • Ahamed on January 6, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    With a management that doesn't respect past heroes like Miandad, what else can you expect? Why not use the services of past players like Saeed Anwar? The bowling looks good but the batting is terrible.

  • Alex on January 6, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    A total disgrace. Yousuf obviously isn't a brightest of cricketers! He is a very good batsman but not captaincy material. The Aussies must have been laughing at teh way the match was being gifted to them. Your best batsman isn't always going to make the best captian (look at SA and Kallis). Kamran Akmal needs to be shown the door. He lost us the series in England and despite MoYo's 1960's negative tactics, Kamran lost us this one single handedly. Faisal Iqbal is no Miandad regardless of any genetic link! He wouldn't make it into the village idiot's 11. I agree u need a fighter and a motivator. Back Afridi and let him have full reign like Imaran Khan did. Get a decent batting and fielding coach and also a decent sports psychologist. This team is drifting into the league of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. I was appalled at the way they went out with the mindset of AH Kardar's team that they are going to lose from the position that they were in! What a complete waste of time and disappointment.

  • Adnan on January 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Fortune favours the brave!

    How can Pakistan team win if they do not want to win. MoYO showed no intent of winning on the 4th morning of this test.

    It felt like if the captain wanted to loose the game, albeit not his intention but for the supporters it was a painfull experiance.

    I think questions should be asked off captain, coach and team management as to why this aproach was taken.

    The same sort intent was shown by the lower middle order on day three, they could not wait to get out, in case they get too much lead over Ausies.

    Bowling is the only good thing left to watch about Pak cricket. I'm afraid to say this that it has hurt so much that I do not feel like supporting Pak anymore.

  • sajjad mohd on January 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    i do not agree with kamran regarding the captincy. it is ok that yousuf is wrong in field placing n all that but then what happened in srilanka when pak loose 2 very easy game .younis was the captain at that time .even shoaib malik sacked officially because pakistan bundled out for 70 odd runs. i want to say that captain can not do any thing with this side.even if rickie ponting is appointed as captain of pak he also cant do any thing .if kamran made his mind to drop 5 catches per matsh then pak is not going to win the match. my advise for team is that please for god sake axe misbah n faisal n sami for life time. sami is not a wicket taker he spend 100 runs for a wicket . i blame yousuf for his stupid batting .kamran should get a 6 month exterme hard training of keeping .

  • Ahamed on January 6, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    With a management that doesn't respect past heroes like Miandad, what else can you expect? Why not use the services of past players like Saeed Anwar? The bowling looks good but the batting is terrible.

  • sheraz ahmad on January 6, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan is that the old adage that "if your good enough, you're old enough" does not work due to the mentality of our players. Therefore we are having to install captains due to their seniority rather then their capability. Maybe its a cultural thing but Pakistanis seems to take issue with taking orders from younger people even though they may have more leadership skills. I think this is a very big reason why we have had issues with dressing room mutinies , players refusing to play under certain people. They don't seem to understand the phrase "its nothing personal , its strictly business". By that I mean they do not seem to be able to take orders or censure from people who used to be their equal. When a person is elevated from their ranks , their attitude will have to change , become more aloof. We seem to take this personally. This has meant we have lost many candidates in the past such as Younus Khan. Until this mindset changes we are doomed to failure.

  • oops on January 6, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    AFRIDI, where are you when your humiliated country needs you?

    AFRIDI for PREZ!

  • Amir on January 6, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Bring back Younis, At least he was an attacking warrior captain not a coward regardless of Match result.

  • Azhar Din on January 6, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    A few years ago I watched Pak U19 pull off an amazing world cup victory over India after posting a lowly total of 109 runs. They bowled out India for a mere 79 runs. What was pleasing to watch (aside from the two opening bowlers) was the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed, all the commentators then were saying that he is a future Pakistan (senior) captain. His batting averages are pretty good, is an excellent wicket keeper is a strong leader and strategist. He is already captaining his first class team. There you have it, three problems solved straight away. If Graeme Smith can lead RSA at age of 22, Sarfraz can do it for Pakistan.

  • rajnarayanan on January 6, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    A bunch of jokers is what at best you can describe this Paksitan team. After Imran Khan, they dont have a captain who has the total team at his command. Individually, there are some good players but as a team Jokers.........

  • Miten Davda on January 6, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Pakistan lost this game due to the one and only Kamran Akmal. Had he pouched Mike Hussey early and then contributed with the bat, this would have easily been Pakistan's test. Pakistan has so many potential superstars but they always remain only that - potential.

  • Rashid on January 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Totally agree with you Kamran . It is not the defeat that bothers us it is thier attitude . I mean 80 for 8 and then they took it to 176 with out any one trying to stop them . Even in thier batting it seemed no body cared about the team,the fans,and the country . With this lethargic attitude forget about any competition. I have said in the past that winning and losing is a part of the game but how you are achieving these two results that matters. Bringing Afridi in might inject some adernaline into the players and they might be pressured into performing or staying out.

  • WASIM on January 6, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    The first session of day 4 was the worst session I have ever followed in test cricket as it took of all the gloss of a imposing drive from pakistan. I have never been critical of pakistan captains and agree that Mohammed Yousuf is pakistan's best batsmen but the fear and negative approach has really questioned the opionion of wethere he has the desired leadership skills both strategically and mentally. That said, couldnt the pakistan coaching staff take tips from the channel 9 commentary who were also so critical of Pakistans negative approach. They could have advised yousuf through a sideline gesture or during the first drinks break? what about Misbah, Akaml etc, cant they speak or are they so incapable also? then as always we saw only what panic-kstan are capable of during there batting, from sublime to the utter silly...I do dua that sense takes over this shambles!!

  • Usman on January 6, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    For God Sake CRICKET is the only passion,hope, a reason to smile and celebrate left for the people of Pakistan ...... so I think we the people need to take matters in our own hand and do LONG MARCH or ask CJ to also resolve our cricket failures as well. Bloody hell what the hells wrong with these players firstly its childish Younis Khan and now incapabale Yousuf and last but not least concrete hands Kamran Akmal. We need Afridi ...simple.... and induct yougsters in the team enough of these 1000 times tried and tested senior players the likes of ifs and Butts , Misbahs and Farhats ???

  • ali hashmi on January 6, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    It seems like heartache and disappointment is the destiny of those who choose to support pakistan in the most important of cricket arenas, test cricket. As always Hope is the only thing that is left. With the series lost, preparations must start in earnest for the return 'home' series in England. The following key chnages should be made as soon as possible, preferably for the third test: 1. Re-instate Younis as captain, (or Afridi if he is willing). In his place drop Misbah who is an unreliable batsman and shoddy fielder. 2. Drop Kamran Akmal and give another keeper a chance. We need a keeper first and batsman second. Also the batting is hardly Ghilcrist like, so as to cover up the erratic keeoping.

  • Faraz on January 6, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    It seemeed more like a script than a cricket match. Every one knows it. 1. Why wasn't Asif put in the start of the day why after the Australians scored more than a 100 run lead. 2. Why weren't yorkers being bowled to a batsman of Siddles caliber? 3. If the Pakistani's make an excuse about batting conditions; give me a break, if Siddle could bat on that pitch so could about 6 of our batsman.

    I have lost my faith in this team. They dont play for the nation, they just play for the heck of it.

  • Mufti Wajid on January 6, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Abt batting: why dont these guys look comfortable even when they are batting well. Every ball there is a danger of getting out. Do they really belong here or is this the wrong job for them.

    Abt fielding: if you are a good player, you are a good fielder. By good i dont mean xtra ordinary, i just mean fielders who do their job, hold on to regulation catches, stop deliveries within their reach. And if you are bad at it then your reflexes are bad. Remember gilchrist retirement after he had missed a stumping.

    Lastly to MoYo, where is your pride, or did you sell it at the ICL.

  • Abrar Ahmed on January 6, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    “The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy"- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    This is probably not a sentiment close to the heart of Md. Yousuf. Collectively, the team has acquired the difficult skill in being able to snatch repeated defeats from the jaws of certain victories.

  • Faheem on January 6, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Its so sad. 15 years and still not winning. Faisal iqbal , misbah , malik intikhab alam, what is logic behind their selection, why yousaf is the captain. Even why is ijaz butt our board chairman i mean these are bunch of people with absolute no capability to be selested for where they are now.

  • P Subramani on January 6, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    It is easy to find fault with Md Yousuf's captaincy when the real cause of this inglorious defeat lies in the team's inability to do anything worthwhile except in 20/20 cricket. Their batting failed repeatedly in Sri Lanka and later in New Zealand where too they were saved from losing the series because of bad light on the last days play in the third Test. So for all the hopes that an Aamer and an Umar may generate, it is perhaps more essential to instill confidence in a Captain not just because there is no one else around but because he is a great bat and is pretty experienced as well. The way to do that is in not making it appear that Pakistan would have won but for Yousuf.I wish the media and the selectors will remember this in their post humiliation analyses.

  • Mufti Wajid on January 6, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I am hurt and gutted too. What a bad moment to be a pak cricket fan. Had we lost just becoz of the mediocricy of our team, it wudnt have hurt much. But bcoz we lost for being stupid and coward, it pains more. And to rub salt over it is that MoYo doest even know why we lost. And then he talks of not playing too many tests which i fail to understand. If you dont know how to win the you dont play, it is as simple as that. For godsake you dont play to lose. Also this was your 8th test in quick time and if MoYo still doesnt know how to play then he should let everybody know how long (100-150 tests) it will take his men to get into the so called test mode. Contdd..

  • basher on January 6, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan tour Oz for just one reason:to revitalize the host team and bring their struggling players back into great form.

    Flashback 1999,first test. Aus were down and out in 4th Innings and Wasim Akram displayed similar defensive tactics. Imagine, with the bowling attack of Akram, Waqar, Shoaib Akhtar and Saqlain, he made strange bowling changes: Result, two totally new and inexperienced players called Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist won the test from an impossible situation. And from then on, they not only managed to whitewash Pakistan, but other countries as well. (Their winning streak ended (2 years later)with Laxman's knock at Kolkata.)

    So, let's not blame Yousuf's strange tactics, he probably wanted to play safe. The problem is in the batting; there are too many sloggers, every one wanting to play a nice lil cameo. (Cmon, let's stop glorifying Umar Akmal now. The way he plays,he's going to get out any minute )What happened to the good ol' virtue of building a partnership?

  • Ali on January 6, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    I can't believe the way pak lost this test match. It really hurts to see them from a winning position to a losing one. K. Akmal should be immediately dropped and Sarfaraz Ahmed should replace him.I mean the number of opportunities we have given Kamran Akmal is enormous, and its ridiculous of him to drop 4 catches and in the batting he FULLY owed to Pakistan fans to stay on the crease and ensures a Pak win but again he failed.They have to drop Kamran Akmal, ya maybe he scores once in a while, but okay he drops catches at the most crucial points too.He is the main cause of this pak's defeat..and Mohd Yousuf, that guy's captaincy just makes me laugh, how can you set such a field of so many men on the boundary when you are just starting the day? like beyond a person's imagination..Misbah, your game is over boy, u deserve no place in this side.This loss completely shattered me,i was a die hard fan of pak cricket, but i doubt if i would want to watch them anymore because they just dont care.

  • Sullster on January 6, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Despite being an avid cricket fan, an Aussie co-worker of mine didn't subscribe to the cricket coverage (CBN in Canada) suggesting that Pakistan won't put up a fight. Yesterday, I told him he better subscribe to CBN because the series would be 1-1 going into Hobart. Today I'm hiding from him.

    I feel broken and your article sums up the disappointment. This one really hurts, and I agree with you, its not just the loss that hurts, but the timid way in which they lost.

  • M S Rana on January 6, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    What was slow torture was 2 and half hours, 2 and a half hours of listening to Australian commentators on Sky asking what was Mohammad Yousuf doing with his silly tactics of putting fielders on the boundary and not attacking the batsman. They said "Australia is gonna win this", and they were absolutely right. What a waste of four late nights watching this rubbish, thank goodness for sky+ I was able to fast forward the pain of the final defeat. What's the point of the 3rd test, not wasting my time watching another defeat. Kamran and Misbah should be shown the door and Mohammad Yousuf should surrender the captaincy and perhaps we should get a batting coach who can teach them how to bat. Thank you guys for spoiling my enforced break from work because of the snow!

    Sigining off, one of the millions of angry, frustrated, blearey eyed Pakistan cricket fans.

  • tarique on January 6, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    No Afridi It would be better not to play test match with other countries except Zimbabew. Pakistan cricket should place in graveyard

  • Rehman Saiyed on January 6, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I am shocked and appalled at our loss. Even though our fielding and batting problems stem out from a pathetic domestic cricket set-up the implosion of our team yesterday is inexcusable. The world started to see the cracks in our armor after tea on the second day. Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Umar Gul (and even Faisal Iqbal) threw away their wickets - I guess they thought a 200 lead was insurmountable. I have been a fan of Kamran Akmal for the longest time but would like to see him relinquish the wicketkeeping duties - someone who scores 23 a game but takes catches and prevents the opponents from scoring 100 more than they should would definitely be better. And where is the accountability? "We will do better" and "catches do get dropped" is the wrong attitude. I would rather have a Jath fighter like Sehwag lead our team then a meek and soft Yousuf. That being said K. Akmal is to blame for this loss almost entirely. I was surprised that Hussey hugged Siddle and not Akmla after reaching his 100!

  • Khalid Nazim on January 6, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I am heart broken, angry, sad and mad. I watched the match online till midnight in Toronto and was forced to go to bed when the Akmal brothers were playing. I dreamt of waking up in the morning to see that Pakistan had won from where I had left. What a fool I was. When I woke up, I had text message from brother in law which read:” This is how you loose a match. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” It made me laugh and made me sick as well. The state of our cricket team just reflects the state our nation. We have become Mediocre as a nation so how can we expect our team to do any better? There are sparks of individual brilliance here and there and sometimes we click as a team only to become complete losers the next day. Like the country, our cricket team first needs a Captain with a sense of purpose. A purpose to win every game – mentally and physically. Someone who inspires team members and makes them shake in their pants if they waiver from the single purpose of winning a game.

  • sern on January 6, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    "Pakistan's cricket has been given a false veneer of progress by three factors. First is the excellence of Pakistan's bowling attack, which has developed into a major force over the last year"

    Mr.Kamran So when Pakistan dismiss opposition cheaply it is because of their great bowling attack but when opposition dismiss pakistan cheaply it is because of pakistan's inept batting not becuase of other team excellent bowling.

  • Jack hosnard on January 6, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Pakistan fans love to blame their players and its been months since I have been reading this blog.I find it funny that the fans comments always reflect the atitude that the other team did not win it ..we lost it.Otherwise its conspiracy theory..either the umpire or world.....for once and for gods sake once learn to digest and accept the fact that other teams have talent and can also fightback...just like australia did in this match...However i never saw a single mention of australia having played well....its either akmal or this or that or blah blah........Seriously if the pakistani fans dont respect opposition why would the players respect opposition and play accordingly...they think its their birthright to win and other team to loose asnd eventually exact vice versa happens. Australia played great and the better team won is a fact which u need to digest. But all i hear is.... if this had happened..if that had happened...remember..IF beggars were choosers HORSES would fly

  • Indo-Pak-Fan on January 6, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Very well said, Mr.Abbasi. It was really a very sad day for Asian cricket. Though an Indian and fan, I’m an ardent fan Pakistan against other teams. It was so evident how dreadful and uninspiring a captain Yousuf is. They really need somebody with a fighting and do-or-die attitude at this juncture.

  • Naeem on January 6, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Its funny how Ian Chappel said in the commentary box if Pakistan loses a couple of early wickets it becomes Panick-stan. And that is exactly that has happened. How on earth do we have such a crap leader is beyond anyone's imagination. I don't think the team has played as badly as you have suggested Kamran. Almost everyone contributed and Kamran Akmal contributed to the enormous failures in the field. Younus has to be brought back into captaincy. There is an urgency about Younus captaincy that has been lacking since Wasim Akram most recently and Imran Khan before him. Afridi is probably even a better candidate than half the Pakistani team to represent in the tests as well. His variety wtih the bowling would be invaluable. Much better he can do than Faisal Iqbal or Misbah-ul-Haq with the bat as well. We need some brave decision. This was the darkest day of my cricket fan life after Pakistan lost to South Africa in 1997 in Faisalabad chasing a small total of 133.

  • Musstanser Tinauli on January 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    It was an awful, under power and ridiculous performance by Pakistani team. Gosh! It just shows how most of the nation is scared, undeceive, pessimistic and it sometimes feel with no capacity to judge the situation. I am too a Pakistani but I had been shattered into pieces by this performance. I salute Australia for pulling it out of nothing but I must say Pakistan lost because of its own madness and they just refuse to learn from their mistakes.

    Kamran very sorry to say that I had written in favour of Afridi's captancy long ago but that time you had different ideas. Sorry to say that but your analytical skills put me in to doubt more than often. But then as they say its never too late.

    Yes, we need Afridi back for he was groomed under the best and he is a fighter. We need people with spirit, commitment, vision and all the positive energy to lead the team and our nation. Please do not give up readers, not yet! We have to change our attitudes towards winning and SELF BELIEF.

  • Zeeshan Khan on January 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    I am not at all surprized by this. It was on the cards the moment Pakistan gave away their chance to post a sizeable lead in their 1st innings. It was as if they did not believe that they skittled Aus for 127 and were eager to bowl them out twice under 150. The way our middle order batsmen gave away their wickets in the 1st innings was horrible at best. A lot of people blame Umar Akmal but for a 19 year old and a veteran of 5 test matches - please give him a break. He is the energy Pakistan needs and he will learn in due time. What is baffling and completely mind boggling is that why on earth players like Imran, Misbah and Faisal are in the team. Their days are over and maybe only good for 20/20 for they lack the discipline, technique, courage and temprament to stay longer in the crease and play to win. No point in blaming Yousaf as he is following in the foot steps of his mentor Inzi bhai (slow, sluggish, lacks motivation and the will to win).

    Afridi is the only hope for Pakistan.

  • tarek on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Certainly this is not the first time that Pakistan has extracted defeat from the jaws of victory. They have done this for the third time recently i.e. implode internally from rash shots. It was Butt in Sri Lanka and now Yousef himself here.

  • Siddharth Joshi on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Though I naturally support India in matches vs Pakistan, I have been an admirer and fan of the Pakistan team of the 1980s and 1990s. It is indeed sad to see a great team fall to mediocrity over the last 10 years. But where I disagree with the writer is in going for another round of musical chairs with the captaincy. It is indeed a brave suggestion to bring in Afridi as captain when he is not even a part of the current Test Match playing XI! Assuming that some thought process would have gone into making Yousuf the captain he should at least be given a fair chance before being discarded. Secondly I do believe Pakistan need to start aiming at lower and more realistic goals as far as Test Cricket goes. They simply dont have the quality and class in batting, and are nowhere near their own colleagues of the 1990s. They need to find good batsmen! There are at least 4-5 Test teams better than Pakistan at present and their current ICC ranking is indeed a true reflection of where they stand.

  • Shazzy - Dallas, TX on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should be sacked.. There has to be better keepers in Pakistan than him. If the administration trusts his batting so much, why doesn't he just play as a batsman? He has a better record than Misbah. I play club cricket and there were many occasions during that last day where I said to myself "my club can do better than this". I think Pakistan did nothing but raised the hopes of club teams with their sub-par performance. All I will hear from the club players is "I could have done better, or I think we're better than them etc. etc." T20 has ruined Pakistan and I'm going to strangle the next Pakistani that jumps for joy after a Pakistan T20 victory… I'm sorry to say partner, that's NOT cricket..

    My Pakistan Test XI

    Afridi can cover the spin dept. and gives Pakistan the 5th bowler.

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Imran Farhat 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohd. Yousuf 5. Faisal Iqbal 6. Shahid Afridi* 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed+ 8. Muhammad Aamer 9. Muhammad Asif 10. Umar Gul 11. Muhammad Sami

  • Hossain on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    What Pak team played today has once again reminded us nothing but their previous worse chasing records in the 4th innings.Is the pak cricket has no quality batsman in their domestic level other than the likes of Faisal,Misbah?As a non pakistani cricket supoorting this team is really a sheer disappointment.When will they learn to win a test series?-could someone plz give the answer.

  • hammad kalim on January 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    it's about time for some one to stand up and tell those stupid ... paksitani selectors and pakistani management to get rid of bad apples like faisal iqbal misbah ul haq and imran farhat. these players never going to be international material .they are just first class crickters who never ever going to excel on international level.it does not matter who is captaining the team these guy never going to have skils for test cricket standerd. the defeats in srilanka , newzealand and australia should be eye opener to pakistani cricket management .they should start looking for new players to train under people who are not ex pakistani crickters but people with qualified coaching resume and modern cricket knowledge.

  • ali on January 6, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Regardless of who batted badly and placed the fielding wrong the whole blame of loosing this match goes to kamran Akmal who dropped four catches three of hussey on day four. If he had caught any one of those the match would have been over with on day 4. Throw him and Misbah out of the team and put a water boy in. I am pretty sure he would play better than those two knuckle heads.

  • Shaukat Ali frm Dubai on January 6, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    My dear if u read my comments of day b4 yesterday then u will understand that some players not capable of test cricket. Even if they can loft a big shot then what happened to them. They play like a club cricketer(better to say good bye to all oldie) and tell them pls forgive us. And selectors should also be accountable why they had selected such batters who even don't know the basics of technic. Secondly, nepotism should be stopped, I can still bet that Abdul Razzak can be a handy bat rather than these jackal. Kamran bhai if we would have won the match you would not have pointed out all fielding and batting problems. What I think even if the target was 176, Our batter should have passed easily as there was nothing wrong with the wicket. If u recall ur memory real problem in NZ was of batting and our selecters selected a same eleven, They should be answerable to nation.

  • ali on January 6, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Regardless of who batted badly and placed the fielding wrong the whole blame of loosing this match goes to kamran Akmal who dropped four catches three of hussey on day four. If he had caught any one of those the match would have been over with on day 4. Throw him and Misbah out of the team and put a water boy in. I am pretty sure he would play better than those two knuckle heads.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 6, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    It ld be disillusioning to Fans there. A batting collapse now and then is acceptable but how come they do it almost every match or innings? Where is Afridi? I think he is only one who can inspire the side as off now. Younis is comedy really. Yousuf is unworthy. Malik is failure. Butt is yet to find his feet. Umar is too young. None of bowlers I hope can be ready. So recall Afridi. My line up would be Butt with another opener, Younus, Yousuf, Umar, Afridi, Keeper, Aamer, Asif, Gul, Kaneria...

  • Khusro Mir on January 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    A bit early to be calling for Akmal's resignation isn't it? He had a particularly good series in NZ. Everyone has his good and bad day. But I agree. Misbah and Iqbal have to be shown the way to the door. They obviously can't score outside Pakistan. And Yousuf should either use his brain or be dropped. He is determined to get Younus Khan, who can't score double-figures in the local series, but match winner's like Afridi and Naved (both of whom were willing to play if an SOS was sent out) aren't called. Yousuf thinks his wicket was the turning point. The proper turning point? The beginning Yousuf set the field. Oh sure Akmal dropped 3 catches, and Hussey went on to make 100, but Pakistan is like that. Farhat dropped 3 catches in NZ in one Test, and he is still here. Vettori at 0, and Vettori went on to make 99. Vettori at 10, (around) and Vettori made a century (another match.) Tt is time for Afridi to become the hero he is. And the fact that I agreed with before, Yousuf don't blame T20

  • Lallu lal on January 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Pakistan team broke my heart last night. I am Indian cricket fan who would love to see aussies being destroyed by pakistan. Pakistan let me down. I bought the Aussie-Pak series in the US just to watch Paki bowlers crushing aussie ego. Oh I was so wrong. I was more heartbroken on Pakistan's loss last night than India's to SL.

  • INDIAN on January 6, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Being an Indian I was hoping that Pakistan win this test but deep down I knew that Pakistan can crumble and give away wickets soo easily. As usual all the blame will be on Yousuf the captain but what about 4 dropped catches by Kamran Akmal and the failers of Misbha & F.Iqbal or for that matter the inconsistancy of the Pak openers. Can anybody explain that???

  • Vinod Krishnan on January 6, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Brilliant stuff, Kamran. It must be EXASPERATING being a Pakistan cricket supporter, indeed a neutral like me. I was up early yesterday & today here in Mumbai to watch this Test. And I was a bit exasperated at the end of it myself! But what can be done about this captaincy situation.??.it must be infuriating..and where is Shoaib Malik (just as a batsman & useful finger spinner, i mean)? Out of favor i suppose. I'll be up early for the first 2 days of the Bellerive Test as well, though. Because the cricket played by Pakistan can be riveting as much as it can be maddening. VK.

  • sharafkhan on January 6, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    now bring younas for the 3rdtest.he can come in form in this test.get out misbah and malik.bring asim kamal or hasan raza.it was poor field placing but 176 is 3 batsman,s score they should have score that.pakistan dont need bowler coach but bating coach in very very neceseery.bring foreigen coach.inti is just time pasing and enjoying himself there.

  • Saqlain on January 6, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    I am 12 years old. I totally agree with you. I have been waking up every morning at 5am just to watch my country play for a win. At the second last day I was waking up earlier thinking that Pakistan has an easy win up their belt. The 4th day was all Australia’s. It all started when Yousuf was being very defensive with the field positioning. I think the biggest issue were the middle order batsmen. Faisal is not performing but should get another chance, but Misbah should definitely be dropped and go back to first-class until he comes back into form and instead of him they should add another youngster like Umar Akmal. Pakistan have always had one bad session which lost them the whole match. The tour against Sri Lanka they should have won. The tour against New Zealand we should have easily won and this test they had the match in hand until the last two sessions. Australia did not win the match, Pakistan lost it. They did not play like a test match they played as it was a t20 match. The fielders really need practising in their catching. I feel really pity for the bowlers of Pakistan while trying so hard but firstly being let down by batting but mostly by fielding. Kamran Akmal was the main culprit by dropping three catches which were supposed to be taken by any keeper in the world, and that to of Hussey who then went on to making the winning runs.

  • Rash on January 6, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Good post, i think the two most important qualities in a pakistan captian are confidence and aggresion, these bring out the best in our often tempramental players. Yousaf seemed to have been mentaly defeated and more interested in praising the opposition at every oppertunity rather then fortifying confidence within his own team. The reason why Younis and Afridi are good candidates is because of thier confidence and aggresion, once this is there the catches will stop going down and batting should also improve. It has been proven time and again that good aggresive cricket is what brings the best in this team, not least in this very series. I guess its upto the selectors to learn from this or keep betting on a captain that chooses to praise and inspire the rival team instead of his own.

  • h.khan on January 6, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE, SHAMEFUL, PATHETIC PERFORMANCE, AND THIS IS BEING NICE..

    FOR NEXT MATCH PLEASE DRP FAISAL AND MISBAH BRING IN YOUNIS AND SHOAIB MALIK..ALL THE BOWLERS DID THEIR PART..THEY TRIED, BUT IF IT WASNT FOR YOUSUFS NEGATIVE THOUGHTS..WHY DIDNTTEH COACH, OR WAQAR YOUNIS DO SOMETHING AS TEHY COULD SEE WHAT WAS HAPINING..NEVER THE LESS 176 ON THAT PITCH WITH ALL TEH TIME..SHOULD OF GOT THAT TARGET WITH 4 WICKETS DOWN...IM ASHAMED, EMBARARSED..SOME OF TEH PALYERS LIKE IMRAN FARHAT, FAISAL, SALMAN, PLAY FOR FUN, AND MONEY..GET SOME PLAYERS WHO PLAY FOR PRIDE AND COUNTRY..BUNCH OF WOOSSIES..

  • Faisal Akhtar on January 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Kamran, this will go down as one of the most crushing defeats ever. You are absolutely correct about Yousuf's brain dead captaincy. What was he thinking?? Even the most casual fan would know how to set fields and juggle bowling to get the final two outs, but not our fearless leader!! Also, is it time now to get rid of Kamran Akmal. BEsides Yousuf, he is the person most responsible for this defeat. Dropping Hussey three times, missing stumpings, run outs and dropping a dolly of a Peter Siddle catch. Also, was it ME or was Kamran Akmal really caught behind?? This is the first dismissal I have seen where the HOT SPOT DID NOT SHOW A HOT SPOT !!!! Why did Mr. Genius not call for a review??? Pathetic.... Pretty much goes to show that we are lacking a leader with intestinal fortitude. I say BRING BACK OUR LION AFRIDI. He cannot do any worse than the current lot and he is a whole lot better fielder than anyone we put out there. But for now, let's pray for our team.

  • Jai Bheem on January 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Misguided post by the author. It was not the Yousuf's captaincy but the wicketkeeping of Kamran Akmal that did it. You keep on baming the wrong person. Afridi can not hold his place in the test side ; let alone be the captain. With all his captaincy related faults, all paki batsman had to do is to score 176 runs which they did not do. Umar Akmal is developing a serious attitude problem already. He plays as if he wants to impress channel 9 commentary team rather than win the match for his team. This is Sydney where Sachin Tendulkar scored 241 not out without even cover driving once. You need that kind of attitude,discpline and self belief to win in Australia not the pseudo-bravado of Kamran and Umar Akmal.

  • pardesi on January 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Altho Pak has always been a good bowling side but historically Pak almost always fails chasing runs.Reason-inexperience!Why?No formal training at academy level for most batsmen made it from streets to firstclass.Batting on Pak dead wickets is no achievement.Good bats study opposing bowlers, view their videos, learn to watch the bowl as soon as it leaves the bowlers hand and know where it is going.It starts at a dedicated and serious cricket academy which Pak lacks.We don't have a farm system where we can grow cricketers of tomorrow.Whoever makes it to the top 10% a local firstclass level becomes "Khalifa" and feals no need to learn anymore.They don't like to field.They love to play strokes regardless of conditions and situations.Most of these guys would not even make the 16 of any other national team.A pathetic bunch and a more pathetic Board.I say start house cleaning from the top.5-10 years from now we might have a team that can compete with the elites.

  • Hunter on January 6, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    I think that there is lack of team effort, everybody in the team try to play for themselves rathter the team/country. There is lack of patience and none of the players know how to handle prssure and be patient. Also they need to get rid of Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and also Kamran Akmal, their batting techniques have basic flaws. Above post from Ali Tahir put it exactly right there are some Psychological issue and all players need some counselling of some sort, otherwise they should go home.

  • Taemoor on January 6, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Afridi has a batting average of 37.40 in tests which is much better than most "batsmen" like imran farhat, salman butt, faisal iqbal, misbah and kamran akmal. Has an average of 34 as bowler. He is a great fielder. More importantly he is full of energy passion and much needed aggression. He should be there in the team instead of misbah. But I think Yunus is the best option for the captaincy in tests for pakistan right now. Forget about his form. Ponting hasnt scored in his last 6 or 8 innings and is out of form but that doesn't matter because he is the captain. His job is to get things done from other 10 members of his team. I think Imran farhat salman butt are fine but we need younus or yousuf at No3 and afridi at No6 with kamran akmal at 7 and rest. That is the only way forward to this series and future series.

  • Manccricketfan on January 6, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Pakistan didn't deserve to win the game having played so cowardly. Yousuf's captaincy will go down in history as a disgrace, and until the Pakistani players learn to unite as a TEAM rather than a bunch of selfish egotistical maniacs only interested in their personal success, they will never improve. Sadly that is the history of Pakistani cricket since its inception, and it will not change in a hurry.

  • ALIABID on January 6, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Well the problem with team remains same that they just want to be short of the target. weither it is 400/250/167/176 of today. our players suddenly blow their minds with 1 wicket and give more in that tension. Yousuf blames 20-20 but what he will say about himself? is he also plays 20-20? 20-20 also only gives to success to those who have good record in test n ODI.problem with the team is their mental strenght. they always think themself under dogs. see 80/8 and captian is saving runs.where was the management? he settled the Siddle 1st & attacked when it was too late? you beleive me even Aussies give them target of 120 and paksitanis would be laying around 90 odd.it is their mental problem.stop blaming dat less cricket dy r playing. less cricket means more hunger for prosperity and their current outlook shows dat even dy got gud players like Amir,Umer but dy r still afraid.2nd F.IQbal's which performance brings him evytime? never scored when required so as Misbah.try subs 4 these 2 now

  • Ali Siddiqui - Korea on January 6, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Misbah and Faisal Iqbal both lost wickets to poor shots.

    Time has come, we must Audit Accounts of Pakistan Cricket Board. About 5 Billion Ruppee curruption has been reported. This is the money of Pakistani People. This amount must be spent on sports infrastructure so Pakistani Young generation can compete the world.

    Imagine if this amount was spent on sports infrastructure in Pakistan, Ah our currupt leadership.

    Jagg Pakistan Jagg, its your Money your leaders are eating up!

  • Shaz on January 6, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Blame should be on fielding in this series and previous series specially Wicket Keeping and Slip Fielders. Captain can't do much when your so-called "Wicket Keeper" dropped catches four times and those chances were not even difficult. Unless Pakistan improves the fielding and stop favoritism and pick team on merit, there is no chance. Why Kamran Akmal is in the team and has full support of the captain is beyond me. Why Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal and Misbah are in the team? At least there should be competition for each spot. Australia "B" team can beat current Pakistan squad because all professional teams have backup players for each spot. Pakistan on the other hand just call their favorite players regardless of their performances. At domestic level, people like Miandad should start working on teenagers to make them quality/patient batsmen. Instead of Intikhab, get a coach who knows how to bat and field. We already have Aqib and Waqar for bowling.

  • Gulab on January 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Dear Kamran sahib and my countrymen what I feel is differently. What was my guess you all know. Actually there is politics and bad intentions among the senior players which is the main reason of decline. Younas removed shoaib and then after becoming captain he was always under pressure to not loss captaincy. Misbah, Kamran, Razzaq, Shoaib revolute against Younus and as he removed they become under pressure when lost to NZ and the performance of all these players are degrading day by day. What I feel all these are happening due to their bad intentions and when the intentions of your players are not right how captain can help to win. 176 is nothing in test. Now the only solution is to drop kamran, shoaib, misbah, razzaq, yousuf and younus and bring younger player the performance will be not better for two years but atleast we will get an exciting team after two years having right intentions for Pakistan and our nation. Thanks

  • fredwildebeest on January 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I'm fairly sure the Pakistani's players and their bookies are sleeping soundly tonight

  • Kamran on January 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I dont think we should concentrate on changing captains at this time. Despite all the flaws of pakistan listed in the article above, pakistan still managed to dominate most of the test match. All they need is just some word of encouragement rather then bashing every time they make mistakes. Every one knows the reality of Pakistan cricket and the flawed cricket infrastructure that we have. There is no point blaming cricketers every time they loose. Instead much can be written about tips and efforts needed that could positively impact the team.

  • waseem on January 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    yousuf should be removed from captaincy and players like misbah, faisal ,shoaib malik and kamran akmal should be dropped from the team

  • Syed Mohammad Rauf on January 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Yousuf cant be blamed. He is a person onto whom the captaincy was thrushed after Younis took a BREAK ! You see yousuf on the field with his men and you notice he is not a natural captain, infact very artificial. No one really to blame for this insulting loss except Kamran Akmal who should face the axe after dropping the Man of the match not once but THRICE but im sure he will score a 100 in Hobart and save his place. Misbah is too old and farhat is afraid batsman (just compare him with Watson or try)

  • waseem on January 6, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    yousuf should be removed from captaincy and players like misbah, faisal ,shoaib malik and kamran akmal should be dropped from the team

  • Muhammad Aman on January 6, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Mr. Kamran I dont have words to show my feelings. Cricket is a game and we should take it as a game but the way Pakistan played today was miserable. I feel so sorry that I am supporting Pakistani Team. Except Umar Akmal, all other batsman should be dropped because enough is enough. We can bring new faces from the Pakistani Dometic Teams. At least they will not lose in this manner. A complete change from No.1 to No.7 excluding Umar Akmal, who is a young, talented and promising Strokeplayer

  • Vimal on January 6, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    How long before someone suspects Match-fixing?

  • Wajeeeh on January 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    first of all, I do not see any place for Afridi in the test team. Over the years, his performances in the test have been miserable. Making him a captain will be another chaos. Only aggression in a leader is not an answer. You need a stable mind with aggression when needed. Yusuf did mess up in this match big time. Needs to learn a lesson there. Even with aggressive field, Australia could achieve a lead of 120 or more. Believe me Pakistan team would have failed chasing 90 runs if that was the total after aggressive bowling in the morning. That does not mean that Yusuf did the right thing. Problem is much bigger and whole team needs to lift their morale and get back into winning ways. Like Yusuf said, Pakistan batting is only good for 20-20 which is a hit or miss and who cares. Test batting needs application and temparent. I think all is well, just Misbah and Faisal definitely need to go. Openers and Kamran can improve, so can Yusuf in leadership.

  • Shahid on January 6, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Most teams would have sealed the match in the first inning. The way Pakistan threw away their wickets after getting a lead of 100+, was appalling. We had the wickets in hand to get a lead of 300+. Secondly, it was wicket keeping that has let us down and lets be fair that Kamran Akmal is not a great scorer that we should sacrifice a batsman for him. His keeping has let us down time and again in last 3 years and its time to replace him. Thirdly, it was yousuf's captaincy. Fourth, it was the irresponsibility shown by our batsman while chasing a smaller target. No doubt it is very psychological and all i can see is a downhill curve for Pakistan team. My heart sank when Pakistan lost last night and i am sure its not for the last time. Over the years i thought i have learnt how to take a loss after so many heart breaks but last night showed that i am still lacking in that area. What a heart breaker once again.

  • Muhammad Ali on January 6, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistani team have always had problem with their batting. It is not something new. It was our lower order and tail enders who have always managed to get runs when the whole batting order collapsed in the past. Now, except for Muhammad Aamer, none of our bowlers can wag the ball around. Even that is besides the point, it is not their job to first get wickets and then also make runs. I believe it is time to change our notion of including batsmen just because they are experienced. Misbah, Kamran, Faisal, Shoaib (just because of his non patriotic attitude during Younis captaincy and for throwing his wicket) need to be removed now. Bring in the youngsters and lets train them from now onwards. I think Miandad can be a good choice for batting coarch, but he needs to learn to get along with the team members. Since Yousuf cannot captain, and Younis is unpopular, lets make Afridi the captain in all forms of the game. I know his batting is sporadic, but you will atleast get good bowling

  • Shazia on January 6, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    well Kamran Akmal will remain in the team in all three formats. He single handedly cause lost the whole series in England yet he remain stuck in the team like a parasite. Now that he is vice captain and already let his brother enter in the team ahead of other deserving players. I bet he will leave the spot only until his another brother"Adnan Akmal" will replace him as a wicket keeper.

  • Dawar on January 6, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    If Younis Khan is not available for captain Ship, Afridi is a good choice. But board should remove following from the playing eleven. Misba, Malik, Kamran Akmal and Faisal Iqbal. They should be replace by Asim Kamal, Afridi,Sarfraz Ahmed and Khalid Latif.

    Dawar

  • Kool Kat on January 6, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Pakistan left their Dravid like # 3 at home and hoped to win chasing low totals in pressure cooker situations. Test cricket is all about sustained pressure. I am not sure if Afridi with his limited over pyrotechnics is upto it. Where the hell is Asim Kamal?

  • Ali Hassan on January 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    I almost vomited – with bomb blasts, death, destruction, high unemployment, inflation, a crook president the last thing I need is more misery and stress from Pakistan cricket.

  • Raman on January 6, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Pakistan lost due to atrocious fielding on the 3rd day and lousy captaincy on the 4th. If Kamran is so important, then bring him in as a pure batsman and get a specialist keeper. I was watching the whole match and felt that Asif, Kaneria and Umar did not deserve to lose this match. What more do the bowlers need to do to make them win when the opponents know that they have 15 wickets in every inning?

  • Javed (Canada) on January 6, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Lion’s one day of life is better than a jackal’s 100 days of life.

    There are believers and there are losers. Australians never believed they would lose it and Pakistanis never believed they could win it.

    Someone, tell me that you believe in fate and it was never Pakistan’s fate to win this match, tell me that we are all governed by our destiny and we were destined to lose this match. I want an excuse for the defeat. I want to console myself. I want to continue believing.

    Ponting’s attitude when defending a small total, his field placements after every ball, his belief in his bowlers after being hit by a number of boundaries, his body language, his never-say-die attitude is a lesson for all. He made his presence felt in the field, he was in the batsman’s face all the time. Was he born with these abilities or did he learn them? Are champions born or made? Was he destined to win this match or did he make his own luck? I am still searching for the answers, excuses.

  • Omer on January 6, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    M. Yousaf and Kamran Akmal both should just leave cricket and do some thing else. I can not believe that these shameless people dont have any integrity for the country and themselves. 10 yrs ago Wasim Akram struggled to win a test in Hobar which he should have won bcz of lackluster captaincy but there atleast Australia was favoured by some umpiring decisions but here the whole blame goes to Yousuf...from 51-8 to 175....howcome?? and Karam Akmal..I thnk he should have been dropped two years ago in England but this is Pakistan where nuthng constructive can ever happen!!

  • nasir raza dar on January 6, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    There is a big ? on Yousaf captaincy.On 4th day when the lead was only 80 runs & only one specialist batsman with two tail enders at the crease the field setting was questionable, where was the team management & what was there input before the start of the play & during 1st drink break & above all where is the imagination & thinking of a leader.When your commander-in-chief lost the battle well before it started then what to ask from soldiers.We need a bold,imaginative, decision making & fighter captain to lead our team & if Younis is not in the plans of the people at the helm then AFRIDI is the best choice because boldness, risk taking & fighting till end is in the blood of both of them.Moreover enough is enough the people who are at the helm should ask themselves, ARE THEY CAPABLE OF THE POSTS THEY ARE HANGING? & they know in their hearts the answer is a BIG NO,So for God sake Mr Butt & Co leave Pakistan cricket for good as it is not BHATI GATE AKHARA, IT IS CRICKET,so plz LEAVE US

  • kashif on January 6, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Pakistan can no longer play test cricket.

  • Imran Zia on January 6, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    BIG EGOS and narrow minds. This phrase explains the problem with Pakistan Cricket. First of all Wasim Bari should be banned from the PCB. And the selectors should be doing something else because they dont make sense. How can Fawad Alam be dropped and sent home while imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor be selected.

  • Fouad on January 6, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I think it is all about self belief. I remember Imran Khan saying the same thing when he became captain. The team was afraid to lose. There was no self confidence, no belief to fight aggression with aggression. No one doubts the talent Pakistan possesses, its channeling thats the problem. I don't think Faisal Iqbal lacks technique, its experience. I agree though that we need a more aggressive leader, who is not afraid to go all out. Afridi's name is at the top. Younis Khan should play but solely as a player. Bringing him back as a captain would only cause more problems. I am sick of hearing the phrase, "We are in a rebuilding phase" over and over again

  • zaheer on January 6, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    i think pak need a allrounder captain not batsman not bowler.the last 20 pak best captain imran khan and waseem akram both allrounder.the batsman captain all is fail.maindad, saleem malik ,aamir ,saeed anwar,inzi,younis khan,mohammad yousof and bowler waqar younis is also fail in world cup 2003,inzi 2007.i think pak need now shahid afridi be a captain all 3 formats and change the coach also.misbah,fasil,shoaib out the team.

  • varun on January 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    To me, the most important thing Pakistan team needs to sort out is their poor application in batting. Was Yousuf's tactics early in the morning wrong? Yes. Was fielding - particularly Kamran's - abysmal? Yes. But you still expect the batsmen to chase the target of 176. All batsmen,except Yousuf and young Umar, look like walking wickets. One thing they might look to do is move Umar to No. 3. You need good contribution from your No. 3 and on the current form and temperament shown by Umar,he looks a good candidate for this position.Faisal can be moved lower in the order or replaced. As I am not aware of the Pakistani domestic cricket, I have some questions to ask to those commenting here.Is there no one in the ranks to challenge Kamran's position in the national team? And why has there been no improvements in Kamran's wicketkeeping?

  • Zain Farid on January 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    At the beginning of the series, I said, that I wanted Pakistan to just put up a fight, and even though we lost the first test, we did put up some fight, especially after day 1, and I was more than fulfilled with the teams performance. But this one... this one hurt. Life is a big thing, but it's all the little things in the world which make it up and for me, Cricket is a big part of my life. 3 days of hardwork all gone, within a day. I woke up at 4 in the morning each day to watch Pakistan, and expected them to pull of a win today. All that excitement was soon gone through my tears. I should have stuck to my original plan and never put a thought in my mind that we could have won. For a country which is divided, Cricket is the one thing that unites us. Winning just put's a little happiness in our hearts, and for a couple of days we forget all the problems that exist. But instead of happiness we are left heartbroken. Thank you Pakistan... you never cease to amaze do you?

  • Riaz on January 6, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with Mr. Abbasi. It's too simple...Afridi should be appointed as Captain for all formats of the game and Miandad should replace Intikhab ASAP, I repeat ASAP, to bring some sanity to Pakistan Cricket and more so the eagerness and self-belief amongst the players to WIN! I also second the view that Kamran Akmal should be given a break from International Cricket for at least a Series or two to bring him back in his frame and for Misbah, I honestly believe that if there is even a little self-respect left in him, he should opt to retire by choice (rather than is done by force) and make way for some youngsters like Ahmed Shehzad. The Senior players are also not performing apart from Yousuf. Malik is an example and I am not sure even about Younis, as he also failed in batting in NewZealand. To get another such 'Golden opportunity' to beat Australia in Australia, probably you need another decade, if at all you get it! Pakistan has indeed missed the chance of a lifetime

  • Ehsan on January 6, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I have news for the people of Pakistan - Nepotism = Failure.

    Faisal Iqbal = Javed Miandad's nephew Kamran Akmal = We will not allow a wicket keeper from Karachi to take over. Kamran Akmal = Horrendous keeper, anyone who has played cricket understands Kamran dropping catches is completely demoralizing to the bowlers. And Kamran is a habitual catch dropper, I wish someone kept track of how many catches he has dropped.

    Contrast Haddin's catch of Salman Butt to Kamran dropping Hussey 3 times. There is a reason Australia came out on top.

    They play with people who deserve to be in the team. Playing for Pakistan has become entitlement instead of pride.

    Things will not change until Pakistani board and people decide that winning is more important than playing favorite individuals.

  • Shaheed Faiz on January 6, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I am not sure if I will be following you on Twitter coz' I wont even be followin the match. The current Pakistan team doesn't deserve to be followed.

  • HAMMAD on January 6, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    DEAR ALL, RELAX, WE ALL ARE VERY ANGRY AND AGGRIEVED, BUT WHO CARES FOR US? THIS STUPID BEARDED ONE(MIND YOU I AM A BEARDED ONE ALSO- SO I AM NOT AGAINST BEARD), OR THOSE WHO IS BACK IN MARDAN, OR THOSE WHO STAY IN THE DRESSING ROOMS SITTING GIGGLING OR WATCHING CRICKET LIKE IDIOTIC SERIOUSNESS OR ABOVE ALL THE CHUBBY FELLOWS IN LAHORE? WHO DOES? IF NO ONE, THEN WHY WE HAVE TO GET UP AT 4 AM TO SEE ALL THIS DRAMA OF COMEDIANS. YES, YOUSUF SHOULD NEVER BE A CAPTAIN. KALLIS NEVER ASKS CAPTAINCY!! IS YOUSUF BETTER THAN HIM? ONE PROBLEM IS WITH US ALSO, WE ALL WANT SOME CHANGES EVERYTIME, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOUNIS DROPPING HIMSELF (YES, INTERNALLY!!). WHY AFRIDI IS NOT PLAYING TEST IS BEYOND ANY CLUE WHATSOEVER. IS HE WORSE THAN FAISAL IQBAL, OR MISBAH OR IMRAN FARHAT? HE CAN REPLACE ANY ONE OF THE ABOVE THREE AND HE WILL DO 200% TIMES BETTER. I CAN BET ON THIS.

    ANYWAY, WE ALL ARE FRUSTRATED, DAMPENED, AGGRIEVED, REFUSED AND IN A PATHETIC FRAME OF MIND. ALLAH HELP US!!

  • Nash Khan, Nottingham on January 6, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    It was pain to watch Captain's tactics and listening to comentry. It was demoralising. The body language of all the players was like they are not their, no joy on their faces. These guys get paid from Tax payers money! Why don't any body hold them accountable.

    Absolutely agree with you re Shahid Afridi's captaincy, I have been a bigger supporter and have been saying from the start that he needs to be groomed, should have been groomed long ago. Better late then never so Bring Afridi in.

  • Manjas on January 6, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Drop Kamran akmal and if pakistan wants kamran the batsman then play him as a specialist batsman and see how he performs in that role.A good wicket keeper is essential for any top test side b'coz we don't want to give 2-3 lives to someone like hussey.Someone like kamran behind the stumps will demoralise our bowlers which would affect their performance...we can't ill afford it at this moment.then bring back Younis and Asim Kamal.The former Indian captain Sourav ganguly spoke highly about Asim Kamal when India toured Pakistan under him in 2004.His temperment is a must for Pakistan.Also give 2-3 chances for someone like Fawad alam instead of Misbah in the middle order.If Younis is not ready make Afridi the captain as he is not bad than crap called Faisal Iqbal.God knows how many more chance he get for scoring a patchy 48.Our tailenders should see how siddle played.i think in Mohammed Aamer and Sami we have couple of descent low order batsmen.

  • Umair Siddiqui on January 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    When Australia was 8 down with only 80 ahead, i knew if they managed 150 it's game over and that's what happened, Pakistan tried to be too agressive and paid the price. What i am unable to understand is how can we have someone like Iqbal whose level is worse than that of a club level crickter batting at # 3, Also looks like Misbah is done with his cricket at this level. Seldom one can blame one person for the loss but in this case Kamran Akmal can be blamed without feeling guilty.

  • kazim on January 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Well would you believe it,Pakistan couldn't chase 176 with all the time in the world,and on a flat wicket.Pakistan are going to be the laughing stock of international cricket,they are a pathetic bunch of losers that needs to be dumped immediately.They can no longer use that excuse that they haven't played test cricket in two years.The PCB,well that's another joke,needs to bite the bullet and make some drastic changes,starting with the last test.The two openers,Butt,Farhat,together with Faisal Iqbal,Misbah,and Kamran Akmal needs to be dropped immediately.Mohammed Yousuf must be sacked as captain,and replaced by a more competent person.And therein lies the problem,who in this current team is capable of leading with competence?Actually,no one,Younis Khan has already said that he has lost command,that therefore only leaves Shadid Afridi.Afridi is a very aggressive and competitive cricketer,the direct opposite of Yousuf.Afridi would give a different dimension to the team,batting and bowling

  • Alishan Kasmani on January 6, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Even after great 3 days, I truly believed it would be difficult for them to be victorious – just like all other and the team itself I m sure. This is exactly what happened. Team has 4got how to win. Innovative thinking, creativity has disappeared from this cricket team. Fielding has been pathetic as it has been for seasons, chasing small totals is getting next to impossible, handling pressure is out of hands – is anybody looking after all these issues? Sumthing called ‘professionalism’ has to be in every sector one works, is it there anymore in Pak cricket? Hard to believe what was yousuf doing this last morning of the match? Was this all his experience coming into play? What was individual bowler thinking about such field set? What was intekhab, waqar, aaqib doing in the dressing room? Goodness gracious, 2.5 hours of such play and nothing whatsoever – that wasnt international cricket team on field operating as the commentators and evrybody else undrstood but obviously not pak crickt

  • syed on January 6, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Continuing from previous post. We need a vice captain who do not make lobbies and help his captain unite the team and make shrewd on field decisions. And fans should understand that we are behind and these things will continue to happen as they have happened with other teams. Positive thing is that atleast we are not losing in one sided games and actually coming close to winning. Batamen have shown that they are getting starts.. it is better than going in sigle digits! We need to demand incremental improvements in basic things and result will follow. Most importantly if we want to do well in sports than sports (not just cricket)should be promoted at neighbourhood level for all ages young and old. Once we have that these disappointments will become irrelevant.

  • Amjad S on January 6, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I refrain from posting on here,as PakSpin has more turnarounds than Yo Khan.But the mention of Afridi as captain in the test & lesser so in the 1 day context is as laughable as watching pak cricketers drop a catch & then have smile & pat on the back about it.I am sure others will agree with PakSpini,but if Afridi is recalled for Tests he will fail with the bat just like he has done for the over whelming majority of his career & taking on board that Pak will play most of their future tests overseas,Afridi (among others) will not have the comfort of batting on concrete.Come on Mr Abassi,we want to hear some hard facts about pak cric e.g the truth of why certain players are picked regardless of their form or domestic batting averages,moreover,the question if a batsmen averages 20/30 odd in Pak domestic cricket, than why does pak cricket expect anything better at the international level.Please try not having a memory like a fish about players,1 good game in 20 does warrant selection.

  • Shiva on January 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Pakistan have never ever had the Batting talent to equal 50% of their bowling at once. They have had some good talents in Anwar, Inzy, Yousuf, but not all at the same time with the likes of Akram, Younis, Akhtar, Asif and the rest. Even if they have had sometimes, their Batting had let them down consistently. I have been firm follower of Pakistan bowling over the years and also wondered many times how they could produce a Great Fast Bowler day in and day out, but at the same time have also wondered how could they lose matches like these. The Pakistan team of 1999-2000 was the Best (with Aamir, Anwar, Ijaz, Inzy, Yousuf, Razzaq, Moin, Azhar, Saqlain, Akram, Younis, and Akhtar) in my opinion for years or perhaps decades. (though they won in 1992). When they themselves squandered to bring home the World Cup, you can't expect much from this team. Yea, and one last thing, how come Hauritz is bowling so well? Brirng him to India or even Pakistan, and he will even struggle to be a part-timer.

  • Saqib Khan on January 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Is Afridi committed enough? He opted not to play any first class cricket this season. As much as Pakistan need him, should he just walk into the test team and made the captain without any first class cricket at all? I don't think his Chris Gayle like contempt for the longer version will help Pakistan's test woes either. Having said that some Pakistanis will do well to learn from his fearles, in your face attitude.

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Pakistani selectors - GET AFREEEDDDEEE BACK IN THE SQUAD. AFRIDI AFRIDI AFRIDI you incompetent lot, every half wit knows the value of a match winner like him. If Afridi is not keen on it, then bl**dy put a gun to his head and get him to play. Furthermore, with all the money floating about in the PCB, get our top 30 batsmen including our top 8 openers, to spend time with top batting consultants (Chappels,Boycie,Gavaskar,Crowe) and get them to play on wickets that talk . Analyse their performance, those who cannot leave a ball outside the off stump dump them, those who cannot play with the full face of the bat presented to the ball shoot them and those who cannot switch from 20-20 cricket lynch them. I would be in favour of getting Geoff Lawson back as the coach as he has consistently been the biggest backer of Pak cricket and a great ambassador for us, even after the way he was trashed by Mr Butt!

    Lastly, ban dead pitches in Pakistan, and develop pitches that mimic conditions abroad.

  • Saqib Khan on January 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Is Afridi committed enough? He opted not to play any first class cricket this season. As much as Pakistan need him, should he just walk into the test team and made the captain without any first class cricket at all? I don't think his Chris Gayle like contempt for the longer version will help Pakistan's test woes either. Having said that some Pakistanis will do well to learn from his fearles, in your face attitude.

  • Soul on January 6, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    If we dont discard players like K. Akmal, Misbah, Malik immediately from the team these failures do happen. I don't think players of such calibre would be selected in any International Cricket team. Actually they don't deserve to be in club team. The only way we can see any improvement is to get rid of all these so called experienced players. We should have all young new middle order batsmens. Yousuf cricketing years are almost over, so there is no piont relying on him for future. Shahid Afridi should caption all three versions of the game.

  • Ali on January 6, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Its terrible to have any emotional bond with such a pathetic team, but we can't resist it. A team that is full of grouping, where certain players, drop catches and get away with it. Imagine a goal keeper in football or hockey allowing three to four goals to the apposition team and still the captain of the team supports that player because "according to captain", he scores runs. The point is then why not try a "proper"wicket keeper a let him play as a batsman, as he is can not be dropped under any circumstances, whether the team loses or wins.The there are likes of Misbah ul Haq in the team who should better join gardening instead of trying to learn batting at this stage of life.In short captain if the captain can not set the fielding himself he should better hire an advisor or a coach for field placement. Best of luck to the rising sun of Pakistan Cricket. Its surely high time for Afridi and possibly for Younis to return to test team.

  • Raj on January 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Most bizzare viewing ever. As a Indian supporter I know how it feels to lose in Sydney and specefically how the Australians, least magnanimous and most foul in victory behave, least of all their ugly and abhorrent tactics. As soon as the score reached 100 to win, I knew Pakistan would botch this up and so they did. Get Younis back and believe me Umran Akmal has far to go to become a good quality test batsmen. He plays similar to Butt, Farhat and Iqbal. Solidity is lacking. Good luck for the next match albeit, its a dead rubber.

  • Alvi on January 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    This team has some serious problem and It appears management not concern. Showing this kind of unpredictability at international level is unacceptable. I don't think replacing the captain is the solution. The expectation and standards are very low. We can form a team here in US and they can put a better show. If someone is not performing they must go. follow the standard like SA, Australia, India where there is a constant battle to stay on the roster. We cannot seem to find a replacement for Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Misbah and all others who are failing constantly

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    A nice article depicting truth Sir. Watching this match amidst my clinic I felt a true waste of time. Never seen in 2 decades since I have been watching this lovely game, such a crap off Captaincy. Are Pakistan really playing Test cricket? Better they get a psychological counselling. If at all Pakistan plays us the Indians in near future we ld luv to see a team that challenges ours. Definitely this side can't esp in 5 day format. To be continued...

  • Bilal on January 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    One thing I dont understand is why they keep on playing Misbah, he had his moment but now he is finished. There are the likes of Fawad Alam, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Hafez and many better players than him. KAMRAN IS JUST A TOP CLASS WICKETKEEPER. I think he needs a rest, long rest. Most importantly we need better management. We need a batting coach and need it fast. Shahid Bhai needs to come back, Pakistan really miss him.

  • Shahid on January 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    INTEKHAB, IQBAL KASIM, MISBAH, SHOAIB, FARHAT, FAISAL MUST GO. KAMRAN NEEDS MEDITATION BREAK. ITS HELL FEELING MR. IJAZ BUTT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  • Talha Raja on January 6, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Fair points Ali but who do Pakistan have to replace 2 batsman and a wicketkeeper. I can only see Younis as a clear replacement.

  • wasim on January 6, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    I watched the morning session despite it being 11.00pm in the UK and with fajar followed by work at 7.30am. The first session of day 4 was the worst session I have ever followed in test cricket as it took of all the gloss of a imposing drive from pakistan. I have never been critical of pakistan captains and agree that Mohammed Yousuf is pakistan's best batsmen but the fear and negative approach has really questioned the opionion of wethere he has the desired leadership skills both strategically and mentally. That said, couldnt the pakistan coaching staff take tips from the channel 9 commentary who were also so critical of Pakistans negative approach. They could have advised yousuf through a sideline gesture or during the first drinks break? what about Misbah, Akaml etc, cant they speak or are they so incapable also? then as always we saw only what panic-kstan are capable of during there batting, from sublime to the utter silly...I do dua that sense takes over this shambles!!!

  • Alex F on January 6, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Pakistan lost due to their inwillingness to win the game. Had the batsmen stayed, the runs would have come from here and there. Afridi, Afridi, Afridi.. it's not me.. it's those drums u mentioned!

  • SSS on January 6, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I think both Faisal Iqbal and Misbah should be dropped from the squad. I will never know why Fawad Alam was sent home, as he could replace both of those two players, plus he is a handy extra baller as well.

    The squad should be:

    Butt Farhat Alam/Malik Yousuf Umar Akaml Kamran Akmal Aamir Sami Asif Gul Kaneria

    Why did I put Aamir as an extra batter?

    The answer is: He can bat better than Iqbal+ can also ball.

  • sameeullah on January 6, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    i am not in fouvour of younis too.because in his captaincy pakistan performed poor in srilanka and in ODI's against aussies.i think Afridi will be good choice for captaincy.but he can't do miracles with this bating line up!so the best solution will be Captian afridi with some Young batsmen misbah,shoib malik,kamran and iqbal should be dropped. may be, give younis a chance to prove himslef after his performance in dometics circle if he doesn't perform get him out too . but we need at least two new middle order batmen and at least one solid opener now.we can take another new if remaining opener doesn't perform well.so line up should be like 1.butt/farhat/New Opener 2.New OPERNER 3.Number Three(new,must be good at fielding too) 4.yousuf 5.Umar akmal 6.Afirdi (captain) 7.Wicket keeper (new must be best at keeping,batting is plus) 8.Gul (vice captain) 9.Asif 10.Aamer 11.Kaneria 12.Sami(reserve bowler)

    By captaining afridi we will get spin all arounder that plus. :)

  • syed on January 6, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    You guys keep beating drums to change captain after captain and things will stay same. We need to accept that we are on a decline as a cricketing nation (too!:(). There is just not much talent especially in batting. Fielding lapses points to a cultural and facilities issue at the grass root level. Heroism in batting or bowling is appreciated rather than developing a good and fit athlete. Fielding is taken as filling the ground only. Lack of proper grounds does not help either. You journalist and media has to share some blame as well you keep looking for controversies and highlight them to sky.. when shahid afridi was around you use to say that he does not know how to play... now you want to make him captain! how predictible things will be? I think other than bad on field decisions Yousuf has done well as leader, what we need is Younis as his vice captain. Vice captains were key to pakistan good periods, Asif Iqbal, Miandad, Younis Khan. who can take care of on field issues

  • dan murphy on January 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Not a word for the brave siddle or the reborb hussey?

    Or the much maligned hauritz?

    he who the pakistan team belittled as useless pre series?

    Everybody who writes for cricinfo seems to accuse Australians of being bad sports but this is just another self indulgent diatribe which gives no respect to the other team.

    Respect for example that Australians gave in spades to south africa when they beat us at home last year.

  • Faisal Jamali on January 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    In all those years watching Pakistan, i have never felt so disappointed. Why could Intikhab or Waqar not advise him on the field setting?Every god damn commentator on SKY was pointing out the sheer madness of Yousuf yet no one did anything!!!!This was our match to be won! misbah was dropped by the selector and only when yousuf insisted,was he recalled.He has done nothing on the tour.Akmal has been dropping catches for years and NO he does not warrant a place in the side as a batsman only.A keepers job is to keep wickets first! Only in Pakistan can be have failures like Faisal Iqbal,Misbah and KAmran in the team. As far as the openers are concerned,FArhat just rode his luck in the first innings.Lets admit it we have been a poor batting side for a long time. If we have to pick out from the lot, might as well give Shazaib a chance.Younis will eventually regain his form to get back at No3 . Shoaib MAlik,Misbah,Faisal Iqbal and Akmal should never be selected again.

  • Anser on January 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    It saddens me to see the state of Pakistan cricket if these players are the only hope. Why can't we have a structure of stability and consistency from players to the board on the whole. I don't care about winning or losing. It's the manner and we are very consistent in this sort of cricket. God help Pakistan as we are doomed

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Sir, a real terrific article. Such was the pathetic display of Pak side that I felt so doomed. I was watching the match between my clinic and such was the waste of time. I have never in my 2 decades of watching cricket saw such a worse fielding tactic, not even when matches were fixed. Really pity on Asif, Kaneria supported by Gul and Sami. Also that kid Umar. As u said had this side faced inform Aussies or SA or Indians they would have been whacked... To be continued...

  • malik on January 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Coaches are bowling specialists but one has to realize that these players are playing for national team and you don't expect them to be taught at that level.Inspiring leadership has been a major part of whatever success Pak team has had in the past. The players have had skills and talent but they have always needed the motivation, determination and plan on the field to utilize those skills and only a respected leader can provide that.Raise your head and look around there none better than Afridi, a player full of confidence, motivation and influence.

  • syed on January 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    PAKISTAN needs Y KHAN back as caption.he is brave and aggrasive.yousaf is shit... YOUNIS is the man as i think.

  • ruchit on January 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    What a great show by Aussies! I believe more than Pakistan playing poorly it was the class of Aussies that decided the match. Should have seen the catch by Haddin. The problem with Pakistan( fans) is that everytime they lose they think they played poorly and not accept that opposition was better when it mattered. Some times it is good to take a chill pill. Next Pakistani bowling is a bit overhyped. They were brilliant when the wicket was doing a lot on 1st day but not so much when the wicket got flatter inspite of 200+ lead. Next Umar Akmal. Already people are comparing him to Tendulkar. When Sachin was his age; infact younger he had hit 2 hundreds at Sydney and Perth against a better and more experienced Aussie bowling attack. He needs to do a lot before such comparisions start emanating.Pakistan should also get rid of this theory that they are the most talented bunch. They are not and further talent alone doesn't win you they day. This theory brings more pain after defeats.

  • dan murphy on January 6, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Not a word for the brave siddle or the reborb hussey?

    Or the much maligned hauritz?

    he who the pakistan team belittled as useless pre series?

    Everybody who writes for cricinfo seems to accuse Australians of being bad sports but this is just another self indulgent diatribe which gives no respect to the other team.

    Respect for example that Australians gave in spades to south africa when they beat us at home last year.

  • Syed Hassan on January 6, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I simply cannot comprehend this defeat. What goes in the minds of selectors, captain and board at large whilst they form the team is something where logic and reasoning start to ponder their own existence. And top it up the bowlers on 4th day, they way they bowled seemed to me that they have lost completely the zest to win. It looked to me at all along those spells that they are just buying out time so that they could go and have some rest. To put it rightly, no yorker was thrown at, every bowler was only interested in short pitch delivery anticipating a poke from batsman. Which off course they didn’t and kept mounting the pressure and runs. There are no lessons to learn from this defeat. Well this is the level of withdrawn in me now!!

  • Asif on January 6, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Pathetic beond belief !!! I am sure the bearded one will say " allah ke marzi " which is not true. Allah gives us a brain to use with common sense, a heart to drive our emotions forward with passion, hands ands legs to be used in coordination with our brain, be brave etc..... when this has been implemented and exhausted please then justify " allah ke marzi ", it is so insulting to all.

    Nothing will change, same old pcb personnel will carry on, bowling coaches increasing etc. player power is infamous in pakistan cricket as they want a comfort zone hence do not want a foreign professional coach who can analyse weakness and actuall coach plaers better.

    Please kick out the mercenary cancer players who left their country home and dry to the ICL- Yousuf, Sami, Razzaq, Rana, Farhat, etc DO NOT EVEN think about bringing back Afridi in test cricket as he has DESERTED HIS country when all can see what is happening...

    Inject more young blood , fight and lose with dignity "allah ke marze

  • Asad on January 6, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Yousuf is a good batsman, no doubt but not a good leader. Leader should be bold, capable to command and a fighter from the front. yunis khan is not a good form and has lost his command. Afridi is a very good choice as a leader; he is an allrounder, a good fighter and has a good cricket sense. I don't know why faisal & Mesbah is still there.. For middle order or for 1 down, we need a young blood from U19. 4th innings collaspe is not new for Pak but this defeat is really rediculous. We are very dishearted.

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • amer on January 6, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    this one hurts like the misbah scoop in the t20 final. horrible captaincy but where was intikhab alam. or anyone for that matter. who came up with this strategy. once the lead went over 120 the game was lost. bring afridi in as captain. NO YOUNIS KHAN. he may be a warrior but he has a habit of deserting his country when his need is the most... and hes done it multiple times. bring back afridi and play four quicks with him.

  • Pathan on January 6, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    PANIKSTAN, they have an inate fear of the fair skinned man. Its as simple as that. They were defeated the moment they bowled Aus out for 127.

    This was most amptly demonstrated in the words of Yousuf himself at the end of the 3rd day.. the frightended little pussy cat was telling the world "anything can happen", "its not over until its over".. while Watson and the Aussies were telling us how confident they were of winning.

    The pathetic negative defeatist attitude of Yousuf was then clear to see on the field - if Yousuf could have his way, he would have probably put Kamran Akmal on the boundary as well. FEAR!!!! Total FEAR!

    Every sensible Pakistani fan knew how the test match would unfold even though they hoped against all hope that Pakistan would finally muster the MENTAL strength to win. But Alas, we witnessed what we have witnessed for decades. The same abject disgraceful surrender to an average team. When will they ever learn? Never, according to the great Imran Khan.

  • Ali on January 6, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I think Yousaf is taking too much stick and Kamran Akmal is the one to blame. He dropped Hussey 3 times, who then went on to make a hundred. He is a poor wicket keeper and should be dropped indefinately. Also, the only part of cricket which amounts to teamwork is the fielding and Pakistan cannot field. They play for themselves and somehow over the last fifteen years, their field has remained dreadful and the management remain clueless!

  • Fawad on January 6, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    I agree with the article above, however I believe the whole Pak management needs a "revamp" and someone more aggressive and patriotic needs to fill that position. Looking at the team there is nothing wrong with the current squad although some are showing low morale. Faisal Iqbal needs to be replaced and what about Shoaib Malik ? He too has a couple of years left in him.

  • Pathan on January 6, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    PANIKSTAN, they have an inate fear of the fair skinned man. Its as simple as that. They were defeated the moment they bowled Aus out for 127.

    This was most amptly demonstrated in the words of Yousuf himself at the end of the 3rd day.. the frightended little pussy cat was telling the world "anything can happen", "its not over until its over".. while Watson and the Aussies were telling us how confident they were of winning.

    The pathetic negative defeatist attitude of Yousuf was then clear to see on the field - if Yousuf could have his way, he would have probably put Kamran Akmal on the boundary as well. FEAR!!!! Total FEAR!

    Every sensible Pakistani fan knew how the test match would unfold even though they hoped against all hope that Pakistan would finally muster the MENTAL strength to win. But Alas, we witnessed what we have witnessed for decades. The same abject disgraceful surrender to an average team. When will they ever learn? Never, according to the great Imran Khan.

  • Salaam on January 6, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    They are embarassingly stupid cricketers - the world mocks as we despair. Not an iota of sense from the 'experienced' players, current or former. An administration which does know how to administer water to a plant. What hasn't been written or said about this - where can we go but further down????

  • yaseen on January 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    will one think i want to mansion this teamm don't deserve to win i am saying this because how many time we will see this collapse for the past 2 year pakistan have never one a test series and they don't deserve to win aswell with this kind of performance pcb really should kick out some of the player out of this team and the biggest flope is misbha imaen the guy is a denasourse and he can't even move properly on the pitch he just come and give catching practise to the fielder and with these opener they were playing like 174 required from only 20 over i mean no pastion and no footwork

  • Amjad on January 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Kamran bhai, sometimes people get promoted beyond thier capabilities, and in Pakistan (in general) this is more of a case. In MoYo's case, he is a captain by default and not any deed. He may indeed be a great bloke, but he is a compromise candidate for the post and when decisions are made by consensus it is often the case that the least controversial option is chosen, and not the best option. Also, don't you think that there is an air of complacency around the team - the only people who seemed to try were the ones that had a point to prove - Asif, Sami and too some extent Gul. Akmal jnr and Aamer are just starting out so have a point to prove in general - but the rest are the same names who appear on the team list, regardless of performance. How long before we see Shoaib Malik back in the team. This complacency will not change unless we have some bench strength that is given a run in the team - after all, they cannot do any worse. Best to go down in flames, then simmer to death

  • Haroon Rashid on January 6, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Very painful. Words cannot express how painful this defeat was. I have been waiting for Pakistani win in Australia from days of Imran Khan. They were close I guess in 1999,2000. When they lost Hobart test which was also very close.

    But what I have learned in past one year, I didnt in my whole cricketing life. Its aggressiveness. We won 20 20 because we were aggressive, We lost to NZ in champions trophy because we were defensive. We lost this match because we were defensive. We made pathetic hussey Bradman.

    I would go with MR Abbasi, we need warriors. Afridi is my man. We have enough talent which is proven in past 12 months. We just need aggressiveness. ( with this I dont mean that one should throw his wicket playing stupid shot)

  • khalid on January 6, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    this was a fix how could they have a lead of 80 with 8 wickets down and pakistan end up losing that is pathetic its a fix thats what i say!!! i am really hurt and annoyed by the game! why defend when there were 2 wickets left, it is defo a FIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am well annoyed

  • Be Very Afready on January 6, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Afridi has landed!

    Yes. I agree. Afridi should lead.

  • Asif Qureshi on January 6, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Fully agree with your comments. Hussy was fighting for his survival and Yousaf thought he was invincible. And for Siddle, how in the world can you let a number 10 defy you for so long (thanks K. Akmal again for missing the catch). Siddle would have been easy to dismiss by using short ball + appropriate field around him. Also can we show movies of Tausef and Qadir to the current tail enders. They try to emulate Afridi rather then to try to hang around and wait for loose deliveries. I think PCB should rethink the structure of the test team. Younis should not be given captaincy as he left the team and nation at a bad time - no trust any more. He can play for his number 3 and merit that. We shall bring in Afridi. He is a better test player then many in the current squad. I am sure he will be better captain then Younus and Yousaf. We shall keep the openers, give them more time, younus shall come on number 3, followed by Yousaf , Umar and Afridi. Kamran & Misbah should go home.

  • Gugu on January 6, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Dr. Sahb, zaleel ho gaye hum :( Cannot get over with the disappoitnment and anger :(

  • sern on January 6, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket has been given a false veneer of progress by three factors. First is the excellence of Pakistan's bowling attack, "

    Excellence must have different meaning in your dictionary.

    which excellence are we talking about, the same side which let nathan hauritz score 75 in first test and the same side which couldn't get rid of tail and let a partnership of more than 120 runs , or the same side which let New zealand rookie opener almost win a test match if not not for rain.

    I guess pakistani supporters like you are under iilusion to think this is great bowling attack.Which has kaneria who gives hit me for four every over or Sami who came back to earth after one dream spell.

    On helpful conditions which this bowling attack looked good so don't make as if it second coming of Waqar and Wasim in their prime. ,didn't West Indies dismiss Australia for 151.

  • Mahmood on January 6, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    I think we should appoint Majid Khan as a chairmain, we should get rid off all of the management, selection and coach, please do it for Pakistan cricket. No comments on captincy he remiened me Zaheer Abbas, for wicket keeping, we lost series in England when he drop catches now again and again .....

  • Farhan on January 6, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Afridi would not only make a fighting captain, but would give an extra dimension to the bowling. Of late he has been an exceptional spinner, and I wonder if he had been in tandem with Danish on day 3 what the outcome of this match would have been???

  • Ahmad Zubairi on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I have never felt so angry at a defeat as I did yesterday. Yes we have problems in most areas except bowling but we lost this test because of lack of leadership. It was pathetic to see those field palcings I wanted tosmash my TV screen. We won the Wc in 92 because We beilieved we can win even when Waqar was injured two weeks before WC. We were once cornered tigers now we are cornered mouses.Younis and Afridi are the only two aggressive palyers in this side. Some players should be axed Misbah,kamran and Faisal.When our captain thinks we dont need fielding coach it surprises me, it seems that our bowlers always have to try to get 15 wickets because of dropped catches an expert fielding coach is needed immediatly.MR.Butt should be kicked on his butt and removed because of lack of his leadership.

  • Amjad on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I sat through the capitulation before lunch yesterday, and as soon as australia reached 150, it was game up for Pakistan. Why oh why would you set the field back to a number 8, and someone who you had already dropped three times. Everybody with an ounce of brain knows that Hussey and Siddle were basically starting fresh, so the events of the previous day did not count. If Pakistan had attacked with men around the bat, I can safely say that the most Hussey and co would have scored would have been 50 more runs, if that. Where was the brains trust of the team. We are Pakistan, we do not do defense, our strength has always been our bowling and we attack. If we had stuck to this core belief, we would have had a smaller target to chase, and we would have chased it successfully as the aussies would have been down. Instead we went into defence whilst letting the aussies gain confidence that they could defend the target...why oh why oh why. Where is the fight that we expect.

  • Ray on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This has got to be the most spineless display I have ever seen on a cricket field

  • Hamid on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    You said it...DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY....

  • shafiq ashraf on January 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    What an unmitigated disaster; there is no way we should have lost this match even with so much deadwood in the team. Faisal Iqbal is a pathetic inclusion in this team, Misbah and Shoaib Malik should follow him into international wilderness. And for Kamran Akmal, what can I say the guy needs to be relived of his test spot immediately, his confidence is shot to pieces. Whatever you say about Younis Khan and I’m not his biggest fan, even if he’d contributed nothing to the batting his captaincy at least would have seen us through this match; the last day fields were an embarrassment. Hats off to the Aussies they be a team in transition but the are awesome opponents. I agree Afridi has to be made captain of all three teams; Asim Kamal, Younis Khan and Taufeeq Umar have to return to the test team.

    A very disillusioned Pakistan fan

  • Faisal Wahab on January 6, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Sydney 2010 defeat reminds us of the defeat in sydney 1973 test when inti alam was the captain, in the ist inn pak scored 334, Mushtaq Mohd scored 121, in the 2nd inn pak chasing 159 lost the test by 52 runs. Pakistan team is an unpredictable team, oneday they will play like champions the other day they will be worst like any team e.g b'desh, kenya or zimbabwe. They don't know how to win a test match playing against a champion team. They can only win matches against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh. They should be ranked at no. 8 in the world test ranking. The captain is totally an unimaginative fellow who does not know the basics. Wicketkeeper is totally overawed by the situation and spilling catches, thinking that he is playing a domestic first class match in Pakistan. He has dropped 15 to 20 catches off the bowling of Kaneria in the last 3 years. 2006 was his worst year when he toured England. Sarfraz Ahmed should be drafted into the squad. Seeing Akmal dropped hussey off sami was pathetic.

  • Rajesh on January 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    So a poor Pakistani team performance helped a poor Aussie team escape with a undeserved victory!! But the Pakistani team performance will not be helped by breast-beating and calls for mass lynching (which I expect to see in the posts which follow). A sane and measured response from the players and administrators with a long-term outlook to improve the team's prospects would be very welcome. World cricket needs Pakistan..........but a little less unpredictability would be very welcome!!

    From: An Indian

  • khurram on January 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    why we are sticking with same batting line despite loosing and loosing..? no body was there to play for even 10,15 overs...we had 2 days to make 170 odd runs and we falter...nothing new ..when i was watching pak wickets tumbling..i wasnt surprised..nobody would definately..we should call the team back...there is no use in playing the game while knowing we wont make it, we cant win...from politics to arts..sports to administration..we dont have a real leader with character or any person to take the responsibility...last night watson was optimistic and yousuf wasnt convinsing...bollinger and hussey was eager and our chaps were down...so thats it...its ok till t20 but after that we dont have guts and able/wise people on the field..its like bearing the last bullet or feeling the mighthiest blow...

  • Hassan on January 6, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Kamran Akmal lost this match for Pakistan. Australia would have lead of perhaps 20-30 runs, instead they made it to 175 due to his patheticness.

    Shahid Afridi deserves a chance of captaincy. He has shown maturity in his batting, and he is definitely excellent fielder and motivator.

    Bring Sarfraz Ahmed and give Kamran Akmal rest. I bet Sarfraz can score 20-30 runs as well.

  • Ali Tahir on January 6, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Yes, Yousuf's captaincy was a total disaster but still they should have managed to score 176. whats wrong with them? In Sri Lanka chasing 167 they were bundled out for 117. In New Zealand chasing 250 odd, they only managed 218. And now they again falied to chase a low total. So they have been failing to chase low scores in every series. They just dont know how to win. Some Psychological issues with the players and they are not confident enough. The coaching staff with the team is only to look after the bowlrs. Waqar, Aaqib and Inthikhab himself were bowlers. I guess the batsmen need someone like Miandad to teach them how to bat in pressure situation. And its time to show the exit door to Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and also Kamran Akmal. Well some might say that Kamran is good with the bat but he negates his batting skills with his poor wicket keeping. Someone scoring a 30 or 40 and holding on to evrything behind stumps will be far better than Kamran. He should sit out for at least two years

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  • Ali Tahir on January 6, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Yes, Yousuf's captaincy was a total disaster but still they should have managed to score 176. whats wrong with them? In Sri Lanka chasing 167 they were bundled out for 117. In New Zealand chasing 250 odd, they only managed 218. And now they again falied to chase a low total. So they have been failing to chase low scores in every series. They just dont know how to win. Some Psychological issues with the players and they are not confident enough. The coaching staff with the team is only to look after the bowlrs. Waqar, Aaqib and Inthikhab himself were bowlers. I guess the batsmen need someone like Miandad to teach them how to bat in pressure situation. And its time to show the exit door to Misbah, Faisal Iqbal and also Kamran Akmal. Well some might say that Kamran is good with the bat but he negates his batting skills with his poor wicket keeping. Someone scoring a 30 or 40 and holding on to evrything behind stumps will be far better than Kamran. He should sit out for at least two years

  • Hassan on January 6, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Kamran Akmal lost this match for Pakistan. Australia would have lead of perhaps 20-30 runs, instead they made it to 175 due to his patheticness.

    Shahid Afridi deserves a chance of captaincy. He has shown maturity in his batting, and he is definitely excellent fielder and motivator.

    Bring Sarfraz Ahmed and give Kamran Akmal rest. I bet Sarfraz can score 20-30 runs as well.

  • khurram on January 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    why we are sticking with same batting line despite loosing and loosing..? no body was there to play for even 10,15 overs...we had 2 days to make 170 odd runs and we falter...nothing new ..when i was watching pak wickets tumbling..i wasnt surprised..nobody would definately..we should call the team back...there is no use in playing the game while knowing we wont make it, we cant win...from politics to arts..sports to administration..we dont have a real leader with character or any person to take the responsibility...last night watson was optimistic and yousuf wasnt convinsing...bollinger and hussey was eager and our chaps were down...so thats it...its ok till t20 but after that we dont have guts and able/wise people on the field..its like bearing the last bullet or feeling the mighthiest blow...

  • Rajesh on January 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    So a poor Pakistani team performance helped a poor Aussie team escape with a undeserved victory!! But the Pakistani team performance will not be helped by breast-beating and calls for mass lynching (which I expect to see in the posts which follow). A sane and measured response from the players and administrators with a long-term outlook to improve the team's prospects would be very welcome. World cricket needs Pakistan..........but a little less unpredictability would be very welcome!!

    From: An Indian

  • Faisal Wahab on January 6, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Sydney 2010 defeat reminds us of the defeat in sydney 1973 test when inti alam was the captain, in the ist inn pak scored 334, Mushtaq Mohd scored 121, in the 2nd inn pak chasing 159 lost the test by 52 runs. Pakistan team is an unpredictable team, oneday they will play like champions the other day they will be worst like any team e.g b'desh, kenya or zimbabwe. They don't know how to win a test match playing against a champion team. They can only win matches against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh. They should be ranked at no. 8 in the world test ranking. The captain is totally an unimaginative fellow who does not know the basics. Wicketkeeper is totally overawed by the situation and spilling catches, thinking that he is playing a domestic first class match in Pakistan. He has dropped 15 to 20 catches off the bowling of Kaneria in the last 3 years. 2006 was his worst year when he toured England. Sarfraz Ahmed should be drafted into the squad. Seeing Akmal dropped hussey off sami was pathetic.

  • shafiq ashraf on January 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    What an unmitigated disaster; there is no way we should have lost this match even with so much deadwood in the team. Faisal Iqbal is a pathetic inclusion in this team, Misbah and Shoaib Malik should follow him into international wilderness. And for Kamran Akmal, what can I say the guy needs to be relived of his test spot immediately, his confidence is shot to pieces. Whatever you say about Younis Khan and I’m not his biggest fan, even if he’d contributed nothing to the batting his captaincy at least would have seen us through this match; the last day fields were an embarrassment. Hats off to the Aussies they be a team in transition but the are awesome opponents. I agree Afridi has to be made captain of all three teams; Asim Kamal, Younis Khan and Taufeeq Umar have to return to the test team.

    A very disillusioned Pakistan fan

  • Hamid on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    You said it...DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY....

  • Ray on January 6, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This has got to be the most spineless display I have ever seen on a cricket field

  • Amjad on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I sat through the capitulation before lunch yesterday, and as soon as australia reached 150, it was game up for Pakistan. Why oh why would you set the field back to a number 8, and someone who you had already dropped three times. Everybody with an ounce of brain knows that Hussey and Siddle were basically starting fresh, so the events of the previous day did not count. If Pakistan had attacked with men around the bat, I can safely say that the most Hussey and co would have scored would have been 50 more runs, if that. Where was the brains trust of the team. We are Pakistan, we do not do defense, our strength has always been our bowling and we attack. If we had stuck to this core belief, we would have had a smaller target to chase, and we would have chased it successfully as the aussies would have been down. Instead we went into defence whilst letting the aussies gain confidence that they could defend the target...why oh why oh why. Where is the fight that we expect.

  • Ahmad Zubairi on January 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I have never felt so angry at a defeat as I did yesterday. Yes we have problems in most areas except bowling but we lost this test because of lack of leadership. It was pathetic to see those field palcings I wanted tosmash my TV screen. We won the Wc in 92 because We beilieved we can win even when Waqar was injured two weeks before WC. We were once cornered tigers now we are cornered mouses.Younis and Afridi are the only two aggressive palyers in this side. Some players should be axed Misbah,kamran and Faisal.When our captain thinks we dont need fielding coach it surprises me, it seems that our bowlers always have to try to get 15 wickets because of dropped catches an expert fielding coach is needed immediatly.MR.Butt should be kicked on his butt and removed because of lack of his leadership.