Save Pakistan cricket January 7, 2010

Letter to the President

We, the supporters of Pakistan cricket, demand an immediate end to the systematic destruction of Pakistan cricket.
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Asaf Ali Zardari, the President of Pakistan © AFP
 


To the President of Pakistan,

We, the supporters of Pakistan cricket, demand an immediate end to the systematic destruction of Pakistan cricket.

Cricket is the single-most visible embodiment of the aspirations of the global Pakistani nation. Our cricketers are the most visible ambassadors of an embattled country. Cricket fans are representative of every walk of Pakistani society. The history of Pakistan as a nation and a cricket team is intertwined, and some might say cricket is a mirror reflecting the state of the nation.

We care about the present and the future of Pakistan cricket because we care about the present and the future of Pakistan itself.

Successive regimes of the Pakistan Cricket Board, under the patronage of the President of Pakistan, have indulged in nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement, to name a few misdemeanours. The cricket board has been run unprofessionally in an age of professional international sport. Decision-making has been for the benefit of the individuals representing the cricket board rather than for the national cricket team or the hundreds of millions of cricket fans from all countries who support the Pakistan cricket team.

The result of this systematic mismanagement has been the isolation of Pakistan cricket from the international cricket community and the destruction of Pakistan as a force in the world of cricket. The Pakistan cricket team once made us proud, it is now the starkest example of how to waste the natural abilities, talents, and resources of the Pakistani people.

We demand that cricket does not follow squash and hockey, sports that we once dominated. Instead, we demand that the current cricket board of amateurs is disbanded and replaced by professionals fit to run a 21st century international sports organisation.

We demand that the current crop of exciting players, like Mohammad Aamer and Umar Akmal, has the hope of playing in a national team that makes Pakistan cricket great again and the supporters proud.

We demand that cricket puts its house in order and becomes a shining example of how to revitalise a Pakistani institution.

We demand that the patience of millions is rewarding with action.

As your predecessors knew, the success of the team is also a judgment on the success of your presidency.

Save Pakistan cricket.

Dil Dil Pakistan.

(If you support this letter, join the Facebook group/petition I've set up called 'A million people to save Pakistan cricket." Follow this link)

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

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  • Ali USA on January 13, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    176 runs in 90+ overs, 540+ balls what happend to our so-called super stars? Why blame only Kamran Akmal who plays with pride for the nation.

  • sajid on January 13, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    And we can not blame our batting because they dont get a second chance. when they get out they look at bottom of the bat like blaming the bat.

  • Sree on January 12, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    And I am also surprised and infuriated (if the reports are true) that his younger brother, Umar Akmal, threatened to not play in 3rd test, if his brother was axed!

    Come on, this guy, talented as he may be, does not have a century to his credit! Has not even platyed a match saving innings for his team , and yet, he is acting so pricey!

    If the report is indeed true, with such players in their team, despite all their talent, Pakistan is all set to displace Bangaldesh at the bottom of the Test ladder in the next 1-2 years!!

  • Sree on January 12, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I think Kamran is one of the most arrogant and stupid-est persons and players going around! After his dismal performance in 2nd test, I was surprised to see him cockily announce that he will play the 3rd test as a wicket-keeper batsman.

    I am glad better sense has prevailed and he will be made to sit out, much against his wishes!!

    Only if his abilities matched upto his arrogance, Pakistan would be sitting at 1-1 in the test series now!

    Contrast his attitude to Krish Srikkanth's in 1989 Indian tour of Pakistan. After being humbled by Wasim Akram on that tour, Srikkanth, in fact offered tio drop him self from the team for the last test match, and this, as a skipper!

    Something Kamran Akmal should take note of and learn from!!

    I think Kamran has been given enough chances and Pakistan shoud look beyond him for the future!!

  • sajid on January 12, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I think pakistani are # ONE in cricket becuse they play with eleven against twenty two players. Our bowlers have to boweld them out atlest two times in an inning.JUst poor wicket keeping,field placing and fielding.

  • Taher from MARYLAND on January 12, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Circus Party is over finally. Akmal will not play-INTIKHAB says. Congratulations, Slow manager, coach and captain.

    To tell the truth, the problem in Pakistan Cricket is so naked and vivid, that even a 10 year old can see that.

    1. After the last test, Akmal should have asked for a rest on his own. The Captain and coach should have supported that given his condition.

    2. The tug of war between Intikhab and the board was very clear, as Intikhab said he does not know that another wicket keeper is on his way to australia. Even if he was not consulted, he has no right to discuss that in the media.

    3. Akmal must have had backing from he Captain and Coach to say openly that he is playing 3rd test an the wicketkeeper.

    4. Finally, the spectators' view that they might not come to see the game may have some influence to make he right decision.

    4. There should be no comparison between Akaml and Dhoni, Dhoni leads from front and is vital for his team. Akmal is not.

    5, WAIT FOR THE NEXT CIRCUS

  • Waqas on January 12, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    If Akmal feels that he has played well previously and that should be enough for him to be selected then please bring back Younis Khan as captain. He has a batting average of over 50 in test cricket and is better Captain than Yousaf.

    I was wondering if Akaml and Co are behind Younis's departure from Test Cricket????

    You never know.

    Safraz should play and Akmal should be dropped until he proves he is aTest Wicket Keeper. If his brother thinks by scoring runs he is automatically eligible and therefore can cause an issue if his brother is not selected then SACK HIM.

  • Syed Jaffey on January 12, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    We all know Kaman is not a very fine keeper though he had perfomed good with the bat a lot of times. We have to realise that we are not poducing talented cricketes to replace the curent lot. Kamran has worked very hard and he should be automatic selection for One days and 20-20 but for Test cricket some one has to take his place as a keeper. But we all need to show some sympathy towards Kamran. He is paasing though tough time and we are all with him.

  • Mohammad Aslam on January 12, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Kamran what you have started? This is realy very bad for the president,Pakistanis and Cricket team as well.Have you read what people are writting? I am also very upset about the game which the team has lost but think that we did not lose by an inning and some runs.Recently have you seen SA and England what has happend.today did you watch India's Dhony dropping catches and their tame mates as well.No one is writting to drop Dhoni.Not in today's match only Dhoni has been dropping catches.In our teams many players continuely giving bad bad bad perfromance were selected in the team.What is behind Kamran Akmal? Just for this bad performace he is dropped.He is match winning player.No one(In any team)wants to drop or give bad performance purposily coz he knows people will write about him.People sitting outside the ground thinks that if they were in the team they will bocome hero but when they are in the field they know their strength.(this is for the retired players)Kamran should get chance

  • charlesbrooks on January 15, 2010, 13:37 GMT

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  • Ali USA on January 13, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    176 runs in 90+ overs, 540+ balls what happend to our so-called super stars? Why blame only Kamran Akmal who plays with pride for the nation.

  • sajid on January 13, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    And we can not blame our batting because they dont get a second chance. when they get out they look at bottom of the bat like blaming the bat.

  • Sree on January 12, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    And I am also surprised and infuriated (if the reports are true) that his younger brother, Umar Akmal, threatened to not play in 3rd test, if his brother was axed!

    Come on, this guy, talented as he may be, does not have a century to his credit! Has not even platyed a match saving innings for his team , and yet, he is acting so pricey!

    If the report is indeed true, with such players in their team, despite all their talent, Pakistan is all set to displace Bangaldesh at the bottom of the Test ladder in the next 1-2 years!!

  • Sree on January 12, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I think Kamran is one of the most arrogant and stupid-est persons and players going around! After his dismal performance in 2nd test, I was surprised to see him cockily announce that he will play the 3rd test as a wicket-keeper batsman.

    I am glad better sense has prevailed and he will be made to sit out, much against his wishes!!

    Only if his abilities matched upto his arrogance, Pakistan would be sitting at 1-1 in the test series now!

    Contrast his attitude to Krish Srikkanth's in 1989 Indian tour of Pakistan. After being humbled by Wasim Akram on that tour, Srikkanth, in fact offered tio drop him self from the team for the last test match, and this, as a skipper!

    Something Kamran Akmal should take note of and learn from!!

    I think Kamran has been given enough chances and Pakistan shoud look beyond him for the future!!

  • sajid on January 12, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I think pakistani are # ONE in cricket becuse they play with eleven against twenty two players. Our bowlers have to boweld them out atlest two times in an inning.JUst poor wicket keeping,field placing and fielding.

  • Taher from MARYLAND on January 12, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Circus Party is over finally. Akmal will not play-INTIKHAB says. Congratulations, Slow manager, coach and captain.

    To tell the truth, the problem in Pakistan Cricket is so naked and vivid, that even a 10 year old can see that.

    1. After the last test, Akmal should have asked for a rest on his own. The Captain and coach should have supported that given his condition.

    2. The tug of war between Intikhab and the board was very clear, as Intikhab said he does not know that another wicket keeper is on his way to australia. Even if he was not consulted, he has no right to discuss that in the media.

    3. Akmal must have had backing from he Captain and Coach to say openly that he is playing 3rd test an the wicketkeeper.

    4. Finally, the spectators' view that they might not come to see the game may have some influence to make he right decision.

    4. There should be no comparison between Akaml and Dhoni, Dhoni leads from front and is vital for his team. Akmal is not.

    5, WAIT FOR THE NEXT CIRCUS

  • Waqas on January 12, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    If Akmal feels that he has played well previously and that should be enough for him to be selected then please bring back Younis Khan as captain. He has a batting average of over 50 in test cricket and is better Captain than Yousaf.

    I was wondering if Akaml and Co are behind Younis's departure from Test Cricket????

    You never know.

    Safraz should play and Akmal should be dropped until he proves he is aTest Wicket Keeper. If his brother thinks by scoring runs he is automatically eligible and therefore can cause an issue if his brother is not selected then SACK HIM.

  • Syed Jaffey on January 12, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    We all know Kaman is not a very fine keeper though he had perfomed good with the bat a lot of times. We have to realise that we are not poducing talented cricketes to replace the curent lot. Kamran has worked very hard and he should be automatic selection for One days and 20-20 but for Test cricket some one has to take his place as a keeper. But we all need to show some sympathy towards Kamran. He is paasing though tough time and we are all with him.

  • Mohammad Aslam on January 12, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Kamran what you have started? This is realy very bad for the president,Pakistanis and Cricket team as well.Have you read what people are writting? I am also very upset about the game which the team has lost but think that we did not lose by an inning and some runs.Recently have you seen SA and England what has happend.today did you watch India's Dhony dropping catches and their tame mates as well.No one is writting to drop Dhoni.Not in today's match only Dhoni has been dropping catches.In our teams many players continuely giving bad bad bad perfromance were selected in the team.What is behind Kamran Akmal? Just for this bad performace he is dropped.He is match winning player.No one(In any team)wants to drop or give bad performance purposily coz he knows people will write about him.People sitting outside the ground thinks that if they were in the team they will bocome hero but when they are in the field they know their strength.(this is for the retired players)Kamran should get chance

  • Rashid on January 12, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Cricket is fun,Why did you have to put this picture to make my day displeased.Many people will quit watching Pakistan, if we see Kamran Akmal on the next test.Good article..........

  • raja on January 12, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Kamran, nothing is going to change, - "Har Shak Pe Ullu Betha Hai, Anjame Gulistan Kia Hoga". I wouldnt be surprised if Daku No 1 would have made extra money in betting against Pakistan... Remember 1999 World Cup....

  • Noor on January 12, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    I agree with you 100% Saiful, no player is bigger than the game. Akmal is taking things for granted, that after his dismal performances in the last Test. He is announcing to the world that he will play as a WK/Batsman in the next test. No players should assume that they will play in the next Test it's up to the appointed selectors no matter how bad the selecting committe is they have the right. In fact he should count himself lucky that he gets picked with so many drop catches in his career. Kamran Akmal is behaving like a "Gunda" and I hope for the sake of Pakistan's cricket the team dont boycott the match if Akmal is not picked for the next Test. Yousuf is another fool by supporting Akmal for the Hobart Test. Yousuf just appointed as capt recently and already started making demands Akmal, Yousuf and Intikhab are the "3 Idiots" in the party. Intikhab was qouted saying that "He was unaware of Sarfraz Ahmed was on his way to Aust" amaz

  • Hamid on January 12, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Between an incompetent board and a team which is clueless on the field and rampant off it, we the Pakistani cricket lovers are at a loss. In the middle of all of this what is missing from the Pakistan camp is cricket itself. Will I have to adopt another team? I hope not, but given the circumstances, that may be less painful than watching Pakistani cricket disentegrate.

  • nasir butt on January 12, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    This just in the brother of Kamran Akmal is faking an injury to force team management into selecting his awful bro. What a crying shame !!

    What breed is this duo ..makes the human race look vile.... SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THE

    AKMAL BROTHERS

  • Samiha on January 12, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    We can not trust Kamran Akmal, for keeping.What guarantee is there that he will not drop once for top 3 batsmen He will be clever this time not to drop the same player 3 times, so he may choose other 3. Mr. Akmal, if Younus Khan with 50 average need to prove his form, you need to prove your form too with about half his batting average. Please go to Pakistan, play domestic cricket, prove your ability and then appeal to the selectors, not to media, to come back. You should be aged enough to understand what to talk and to whom and when and how.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 11, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    The circus continues as Kamran Akmal insists that he will be playing as a Wicket keeper batsman in the 3rd Test in Hobart, while the Coach has stated that Sarfaraz will play the final Test. Why would PCB send a replacement keeper, if the selectors wanted to try Kamran again after his match losing performance in Sydney. One thing is clear Kamran Akmal is at odds with PCB selectors and the Team management. It is not appropriate for any player irrespective of his standing to announce to the press, he will be playing the next game. Kamran spoke up like he was playing for a small club side. Perhaps he forgot that this is the National team and there are officials in place to select players. Kamran has dragged his brother in to this controversy. If Umer decides not to play unless Kamran is selected, both the brothers must be disciplined and sent back. There is no player bigger than the game and it is time for Akmals to learn that lesson.

  • Hamid on January 11, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Akmal's keeping has ranged between dreadful and average. There were series when 'caught behind' had become obsolete in Pakistan cricket. Much more shameful is his behavior where he is selecting himself. Not even ashamed to use his brother's career to keep himself in the team. Of course, the idea of earning his place by virtue of performance does not occur in his mind. This is absolute rubbish. His kind of personalities should be banished from Pak cricket, even if it means losing talented Umar (whose dropped catches have probably cost more runs than he has scored). Win or loss comes later, first you have to have a team which is willing to play for their country not for themselves. And I am not forgetting few of his performances that he did deliver in the past but that does not give him ownership of Pak cricket. There have been many good cricketers but they still have to bow to the team's interests. No bullies in Pak team, please. Play with 11 novices, result can't be much worse

  • Hasan on January 11, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    AKMAL issue. What does it mean now? PCB/selectors declared a replcement for akmal after his below standard performance in the 2nd test and regular drop catch for years. Rashid Latif suggested his replacement two years ago. By hitting few boundaries in several games, he became vice-captain. And now, he is openly defying the selectors. What nonsence is this? Can you see this anywhere in the world? Absoluetely not. Shoeb Malik is there after demand from all corners for his replacemment due to problrm crating attitute and poor form. This is unique. It looks to me that there is no board to control the decision making process. Probably an inner fight is goin on between the coach-captain vs the board-selector. The captain asked for YK, selectors overlooked. The selectors gave replecement for the keeper, the coack-captain will say, no, we do not neeed to listen to you.

    I think Afgannistan Cricket board has better control over the team.

    Cheers.

  • Farhan on January 11, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    @Junaid. What heroes you are talking about. Umar and Kamran now playing politics by making fake injuries just to pressurize team management. What Kamran Akmal has done so far. He single handedly cost us the series and you are talking about giving him confidence. Why they didn't gave confidence to Fawad Alam, Asim Kamal, Abdul Rauf etc. I think PCB should ban both akmals for making us a joke in cricket community.

  • Junaid on January 11, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @ MQI: Real Pakistan Style is that hero of today will become a villain in no time. K Akmal has the right to remind people that he was playing very well before 3rd day of sydney test and infact he was made vice cpatain due to his consistent performances.Akmal brothers were playing so well that everyone was joking @ cricinfo abt requesting PCB to ask all 6 Akmal brothers to play in the team. I hope this management for a change acts wisely and even if Akmal is not selected for 3rd test he should be given confidence that he will still play one dayers in Aus and next test series if he performs well in one days.

  • mqi on January 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    This is called PAKISTAN STYLE. The hopeless wicket keeper, AKMAL, made a world history by dropping 3 catches and one run out chance on same batsman in the last test, causing a defeat from a win. The whole cricket world was annoyed with this performance and many asked for his permanent removal from the team. Look at this shameless fellow. He not only wants to play the 3rd test, he said he is proud of playing for the country. Mr. sucker, do you understand that over 95% spectators do not want to see your face in the cricket field for the next few months at least, if not years. And, he will use his inform brother to press for his demand.

    To the sectors and admisnistrators, sack him immediately for talking big in the media, and send him back. If his brother take a part in this matter, drop him too. You have dozens of players in the country who know how to play test cricket. Do not let these suckers and talkers control the game's future. Show some guts, Mr. captain, coach and selectors.

  • muzz on January 11, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    I totally disagree with 'Usman Zia' remarks/How could he blame 'fabricating or faking' the injury of Umer Akmal ---------- why are we dragging a sensible player into this - and also how on earth you can predict or dream what has been happening between brothers. I know you are angry but do not forget about his achievements as well. Give him chance and space he will come good.stop 'creating the none-sense'.

  • Usman Zia on January 11, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Now Kamran Akmal has shown his true colour. He does not care about the team. He has now influenced his brother to fake injury. How pathetic. Such a big head for such a new guy.. wow.. so selfish.. pathetic and very unpatriotic. shame shame shame akmal brothers.

  • muzz on January 11, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    donot drop Kamran Akmal -----drop misbah and faisal ------- kamran needs to play/needs to show the world he can do it. For next series he needs to be challenged or even one dayers in Australia

  • muzz on January 10, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Yusuf and Kamran Akmal they are doing a lot of talking - which is just projecting them as 'talkers' not 'cricketers' - make runs take catches and win matches - spend more thime in the field rather off the field. The same people will love you again. We donot hate you but we hate your negative attitude. Respect the game respect us we will respect you ------- stop talking get out and win -------- we donot need any one to intervene even President. We have trusted you ------ you deliver.

  • aftab on January 10, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Sending Kamran Akmal's replacement is childish. What has gone wrong with everyone. It's the same Akmal who was so appreciated when he batted so well in NZ. He does not have any injuries. What is the reason for replacing him? Would PCB do that with every player who performs below an expectation in a single match - what is the limit for batsmen, what is for bowlers, how about manager, coach and the BOARD? Let's remove the President of Pakistan because he is the patron chief.

  • AJS on January 10, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I pray that our cricket be saved from the "systematic destruction" as mentioned by you......but with Zardari at the helm of affairs I sadly believe that we cannot and WILL not see any change....Its as heartbreaking to see our cricket team go down the drain as it is to see the whole nation suffer at the hands of people like Zardari himself....Its seems that we, as a nation, are desperately searching for that glimmer of hope to save us from total destruction

  • Ali Jim on January 10, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Good effort. But I don't think much will change by this petition. BREAKING NEWS, KAMRAN AKMAL WILL PLAY IN 3RD TEST AT HOBART AS A WICKETKEEPER.Good job PCB. The group of K Akmal, shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Butt should be given highest civil award for their match winning efforts in Newzealand and specially Australia.I bet regardless of wish of millions of fans K Akmal will not be dropped.

  • Ali Kamran on January 10, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Thank you Kamran Abbassi for this great effort, I hope the president of Pakistan is aware of the demands of Pakistan Cricket Lovers / Supporters around the world

  • M. Islam from USA on January 10, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Are the head of state the chief patron for the cricket teams in India, Australia, England, South Africa, NZ and West Indies?

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on January 10, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Great effort Kamran and I was hoping Zardari to respond to your gallant petition. I reckon the President will abstain from making the right decision. The President appointed Ijaz Butt as the Chairman of PCB who is over 70, struggles to walk and has a poor eyesight. I wonder what Mr. President found in the aging Ijaz to offer him this enermous responsibility, while overlooking hundreds of other more deserving Pakistanis for this job. The President is certainly aware that our bureaucracy is extremely inefficient and capable of ruining any enterprise. The former Cricketers need to unite under one banner and join the fans to demand a over haul of the PCB. Its time for the Pakistan Government to privatize our cricket board on the lines of Cricket Boards of England, Australia and South Africa.

  • Arif on January 10, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Intikhab Alam is whining about too much T20 cricket is the cause of Pakistan's lost in the test match. May I remind Intikhab, that their are 8-9 other counties playing T20 cricket but you dont see these countries surrenders a hugh advantage. i.e Bangladesh V WI. BD won two close games against the Windies. The touble is Pakistan players dont have the "balls" to fight only under Imran Khan thet showed a fighting spirit. The present bunch should stay home and hide behind their wives. They are spineless MORONS.

  • Haroon on January 10, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah is indirectly to be blame for the mess Pakistan cricket and more importantly the country. I truly believe that ever since the creation of Pakistan was a big big mistake. Cricket base in Pakistan is very weak when you compare to our nieghbour India, India have regular the Inter-Zonal competition plus other games i.e. Ranji Troprhy. Pakistan have one such regular competition thats Quide-Azam-Trophy and we have seen some years the matches are abandone without a ball being ball, such is our domestic cricket along with other problems. Jinnah's Pakistan was borne out turmoil and bloodshed, If their was a country that was dis-united its got to be Pakistan. Sindhi don't like Punjabiesand vice versa. Punjabies dont like Pathans, Shia and Sunnis are fighting each other,Political parties are squabbling amongst their to the deteriment of the country. Religous fanatics are blowing up the counties to pieces. Yes, the creation of Pakistan was a grave mistake.

  • Jiyala on January 9, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I fully agree with your idea of petitioning the patron (as long as you don't petition to the supreme court). The patron had very correctly predicted this act of 'non-state players'...(while all Austraialan players represent a state in the shield, none of the Pakistanis do). However, I am confident that the PCB patron will save the day, by taking actions against them. He had already identified Kamran (never mind the last name) as a danger to democracy and now to cricket. The Captain has to be brought under control just as the General. And after all is done, democracy will prevail.

    Good luck to anyone who expects anything sensible and honest from the patron. May Goad give us strut to build Pakistan cricket.

  • Abdul on January 9, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    1.Butt 2.Anyone but Farhat 3.Younis 4.Yousuf 5.U Akmal 6.Afridi 7.Akmal (after his break in which he learns how to keep wicket 8.Aamer 9.Gul 10.Kaneria 11.Asif

    Can we just put this team out in the future, with young guys like like Naved Yasin making up the rest of the squad. Can we forget about the Maliks Misbahs Faisals and Samis please. Look at what the aussies are saying in these posts. We are being competitive despite playing half the cricket, and the above team has more natural talent than any other, we can't give up on this team with the current bowling line up. It is out of this world. Afridi should be captain, he will get us scrapping like a team. With the above team, we can compete with any team, any where in the world.

  • Ashif Muhammad on January 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    It has been long that Pakistan Cricket has been handled and run by old faces of the cricket. We need newer faces especially for coaching position. Currently we have a coach who has this job because he knows how not to take part in the team. We need a coach who has played cricket at least in 2000s so he can bring a newer and fresh approach, an approach which is maybe more aggressive then the old rotten defensive approach to this game as we have witnessed so far with Pakistan's cricket with the current coach. And as for the chairman of PCB, likewise. The other day I saw Bangladesh put a better fight to Indians and Sri Lankans in Odi's then pakistan did in test against Ausies. I think it's time for Pak cricket to say goodby to the old faces with old tactics and defensive approach to this game. Cricket today is much different then it was 10 years ago and yet Pakistan cricket uses same methods and approach to the game as their Heroes did back in the 80s and 90s.

  • aftab on January 9, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I am afraid the isolation of Pakistan Cricket is not due to the mismanagement by PCB. Your letter is an example of how people on important positions mischaractrize ailments in Pakistani topbrass. You're writing this letter in a frenzied reaction to Sydny debacle - it has nothing really to do with PCB. It could easily been the Austrailian team going thruogh the same. This trend goes all the way up, and yes you are right, we need a system of doing things, such as Imran Khan pointed out

  • S. Sheikh on January 9, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    At least M.Y is man enough to take it on his chin and took full responsibility of loosing insted of passing buck;though the responsibility falls on the whole team it is a team effort that win matches. M.Y doesn't have a magic wand every player is responsible of his own act.Throwing wickets in the first innigs when in command,dropping catches&missing run outs at crucial stages of the game after all this chasing a mere score to win is not all skippers fault well it is history now. Bringing in S.Malik for out of Misbah big mistake is Malik inform what happened in Newzeland. K.Akmal should be retained only as batsman he is much better than both Sarfaraz replaces Fasial. It is not Akmal fault keeping wickets idiots selectors made him do it should have taken care of this long time ago. Poor Alam was sent back in haste he should be replacing Farahat How many of us crying for Afiridi&Asim Kamal what is the result we all know it. God hel

  • Sanjeevi on January 9, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    It took even for us Indians to recover from the shock defeat of Pakistan in the Sydney Test. Same sort of feeling when India lost the Sydney test under Kumble.

    I was closely watching some of the great talents like Umar Akmal, Mohammed Amir since New Zealand tour and felt very happy that the supply lines have not dried out from Pakistan. International cricket will be left poorer if these young guns do mature quickly. But it needs a solid captain to take Pakistan through these difficult times. Bring back Inzi!

  • Yasir Godil on January 9, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I will not watch Cricket until we have Mohammad Yousuf as a captain. He is a world class batsman but we all know he is not capable of leading a team. I am worried about more worst results in upcoming ODI series, if Yousuf is gonna lead he will take all traditional decisions like go defensive in field, take batting power play in 45 overs.

  • Kamal from USA on January 9, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Afridi wanted to get into the team as many people have proposed, but Yusuf's leg is shaking lest he looses the captaincy. So he said he wants two diffrent teams for T20 and test. That way he Can keep Afridi out of the test. The old fat coach immediately echoed Yusuf, so that Afridi can not be into the test side. This is Pakistani cricket. Mr. MoYo and Coach, how many cricketers in the world are in the test side who are playing T20 games? There are quite a few and Afridi have played both forms. He can possibly lead the team much better than MOYO. He is a solid all rounder and you need one in tour team, who can energize others. Not Shoeb Malik type of course.

  • Ali Ansari USA on January 9, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    There is an ultimate need to develop a professional governing body of cricket as a "SUPREME CRICKET COUNCIL" in Pakistan. This council should be on top of PCB, instead of a lousy president. Give them full authorities and power to scrutinize PCB, Chairman, Selectors, Coach and Captain. This Council should constitute reputable senior cricketers, cricket analysts & journalists, professional sports critics & advisors, Psychologists, Sports Medicine Physicians, members of parliament (who know the game) and all the captains of first class domestic teams. Give them power, authorities and time. Why the president is the sole leader of PCB? Why there is no elected chairman? My dream Cricket administrative setup is IMRAN KHAN as a PCB chairman, RASHID LATIF as a chief selector, ASIF IQBAL & RAMIZ's lectures for mental strengthening, MIANDAD as a batting consultant, WASIM & WAQAR as bowling mentors and SUPREME CRICKET COUNCIL on top of them. I hope some one would listen to this advice.

  • Saurav Kumar on January 9, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Saxena, You sound like you were born yesterday or have no earthly Idea of India-Pak cricket overall. get your facts straight and do'nt make us indian's look like idiots. 1992 world champions, Beat us indians in 2006 in karachi test and won the series. Don't be a fool and comments like that, again.

  • Majid Iqbal on January 9, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    You are asking for help from that person whose own credibility and presance as a president is a big question mark. No wonder there was big improvement from MCG to SCG.First time in history of Pak cricket there was a real chance of winning series.Remember Pakis were not playing enough test cricket,changes in management, actual captian dont want difficult tours,IPL issues, poor slection commette who were not able to judge Umer Akmal talent for original announced test team.But still they able to play good cricket apart from day 4 and still there was good start of 50 for 1 chasing 176 on 4th day.Only one lesson Pakis have to learn that CATCHES WIN MATCHES...

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on January 9, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    If Mohammad Ali Jinnah would return home from heaven, our government will declare him Persona Non Grata He will be banished from the land or confined to house arrest under the pretext of security. The great Quaid may regret this second coming to witness the wickedness, corruption and violence which permeates the entire length and breadth of a Nation, he founded with the blood of the patriots to be pure and faultless.

    Though frustrated by this unexpected loss in Sydney, the fans of Pakistan Cricket Team are behind their side. The lesson is not to cry over the spilt milk. Tomorrow is a new day. In Hobart, we will play a new game. Go Pakistan! Boys, play good cricket to your full potential and make us proud.

  • MS from Canada on January 9, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    enough is enough...

    Now it's the time to run a campaign against PCB and it's agents till they are forced to leave PCB. The whole cricket system in Pakistan requires overhauling. If president of Pakistan, Mr. Zardari has any sense that he hasn't shown in politics should show here and dissolve PCB with his executive order and bring all recently retired cricketers together to form PCB again.

    It is all politics that we don't understand as Selecters wanted to give a chance to Abdur-rauf, afterall they were impressed by his height and personality rather than his bowling action and bowling quality. I don't think Abdur-rauf can be selected in any county or club cricket in England or Australia. At one hand we have M. Aamir to bring for this series and on the other hand they got Abdur-rauf, what a contrast? It shows that talent is making room itself in the team but selecters are not able to find the talent, shame on them.

  • nasir raza dar on January 9, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Hi Kamran u r asking a cat to take care of persons who are drinking milk.

  • Adnan Asim on January 9, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    @V.S Saxena,HAHA get you facts right mate forgotten 1992 world cup, 2009 T20 World cup. Look at the win/loss ratio of India Pakistan.

    @ Sree, You are just a sad little indian who has nothing better to do than wrongfuly acuse Pakistan, what about the terrorisim India has been supporting against Kashmir over 60 years. Look at your own affairs first before pointing your stinking finger elsewhere.

  • db on January 8, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    @KS, be careful how you come out with your usual venom. Despite comments like yours, there will be some Indians who will support Pakistan when they play other teams. But comments from people like you do'nt help, and i am putting it mildly. Grow up!!

  • khurram on January 8, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    faiz...ur comments forced me to write here. You have no idea about these 'elected representatives' so better to shut up... there's some reason why he's the richest guy with over billions of dollars... u can turn a blind eye towards it but responsible people can't.

    And Kamran, great effort, very few people here catched ur deliberate irony in writing to president, but it was really funny reading!

    I must add though, his name is Zardari, not 10%. After becoming president, do u all honestly expect him to settle for just 10%, really?

  • Asif Sarfraz on January 8, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Why is our team run by the President anyway? We are so backwards... As a team and a nation!

  • Mohammad Ali Jinnah on January 8, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Hey, why you guys are fighting over this small defeat in australia, you are not defeated by India. I gave you a nation (country) with the help of Patel and Nehru. See how India is flourishing in the world as a political and cricket power. You do not use your good people, so bad people are taking over. I was a bit dictator, so Bangalees were upset with me when I was in Dhaka in 1948. Now you guys are talking about Pathan and Panjabi, Karachi and Lahore in cricket team making. Stop all these.

    Listen Zardari, I am the Founder of Pakistan. Do not play tricks with my people. Be fair to them. All the generals and politicians gave hard time to my people, they are being killed by conspirators from across the border and overseas. Only thing left is cricket. World like Pakistan cricket. You must save that. This is my order. Do it now. Listen to my people or I will fire you.

    MI,USA

  • Well Wisher 2 on January 8, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Dear Kamran Your passion and wounded pride at what has happened to pakistan cricket this past year has been admirable and heart warming, but for a while now your anger has been misdirected and completely out of proportion. Going by your own blogs, the biggest tragedy that befell pakistan cricket was the terrorist attack on the sri lankan team, which lead to national embarassment and the loss of precious revenue and practice for the national team. Yet i have not seen a single post expressing anger against the terrorists who did this to pakistan cricket. Yes, Ijaz Butts handling of the situation was idiotic, and the players have given you some heartbreaking moments. But dont forget that the pakistani team has given you (and the rest of the world) so much joy this year. The players, and yes, even the PCB have been the victims of that attack. This should be a time to be protective of your team and not to heap scorn on it.please also ask the president to end terrorism inpakistan

  • Noor on January 8, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Yousuf was the one man who raised in stature in my eyes for he blamed nobody but himself. It is very rare of any captain, let alone from our country, to point out his own indiscretion and then single nobody out either. Nothing told the story more fittingly than the slow motion shot of a Pakistani fan burying his head in the hands and then lifting it to slowly mutter an expletive. By then Umar Akmal was agonizingly looking around, like the child feeling abandoned in the country fair.

    Earlier, his brother had set up possible a world record with four dropped catches and a missed run- out all in one innings, certainly for dropping one batsman three consecutive times within the space of some 20 runs. On the flip side the Pakistani top five (minus Umar) have between them played 190 Tests, and Yousuf has less than half of them. To save the embarrassment let’s not mention the Test runs Pakistan’s five batsmen have collectively. Simply Shame on the whole batsman ---Umar Akmal.Disgusting.

  • Asif on January 8, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    The pcb & the team management are behaving like dictators.Inspite of so many calls from cricket lovers all over the world & afridi himself offering to join the team for the 3rd test they again ignored afridi.Also the statements of intikhab & yousuf doesn't make any sense.Yousuf instead of calling afridi is trying to shut the door for afridi's return by saying that it will not be easy for him to play test cricket & how can intikhab say that there should be totally separate teams fot 20/20 & tests.I think inty is not aware that there are lot of players in the world like afridi who can adapt to all three forms of cricket.As i have written so many times afridi's test record is better than the so called test specialists present & past like faisal, farhat,ramiz,amir sohail,intikhab,mizbah,malik, salman butt & many others.Now it is time for the president of the country who is the patron of pcb to immediately intervene & appoint afridi captain for all the the formats of the game.

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 8, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    For *NAUMAN* Thats totally right. I am with u. I can never imagine him as a coach. They always say he was coach when IMRAN KHAN was a captain. I think Infront of him his say was nothing. I guess thats why he was our coach at that time. Hahahaha

  • oops on January 8, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    dr. sahib, i support you 100%. couldn't add my signature to the letter via the link indicated though.

    what pathetic nonsense from yousuf and alam?

    after imran, akram and miandad, the only worldbeater we've actually got is AFRIDI. the whole world knows that. every one around the globe is bidding for him because he fills stadiums wherever he goes. what's more, he's really matured since the world cup '09.

    so i say to you:

    AFRIDI for PREZ!

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 8, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    I am quiet surprise few people does not even want Muhammad Yousaf in the team. To be very Honest He is a world class player. I will say that he is not a good captain & i believe thats TRUE. About petition to President Zardari, I guess he does not even have time to read these letters. May Allah Help & guide us(AMEEN)

  • Ali Hassan on January 8, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Billi kay khwaab may cheechray!

  • Omar on January 8, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Request to the President of Pakistan! i.e. Mr. Zardari... yeah right. Give him 10% of every match fee, then he will do whatever you want him to do.

  • SHAHID on January 8, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Was just thinking, there are only Asif, Aamer and Umar Akmal, 3 world class players who will be playing beyond worldcup as Yousef and Younis are surely on their way out. Gul and Kaneria will always be there waiting for some one exceptional to take over their places. All the other spots are musical chairs unless some one grab them with their performances. I always saw a lot of talent in Salman Butt but he doesn't learn from his mistakes. He is good to leave the balls and avoid slip catches but then he has other ways to offer his wicket. I am very much exited by performances of Naved Yasin, he should have been given a chance when he is on high, thats the way it works best in developement of players.

  • Nauman on January 8, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    What crap is Intikhab Alam talking now. 1.He doesnt know Sarfraz is joining tour.Being 'manager',he should be first to know that. 2.Misbah's form is a worry for him, so the experienced Shoaib Malik should replace him.Wasn't Shoaib's form a worry before the experienced Misbah was rushed in NZ. 3.Kaneria didn't prove to be match-winner, doesn't have the experience despite 250+ wickets.So from now on, Kaneria will bowl,get the edge and take catches behind the stumps off the same ball. 4.He thinks we need seperate team for T20s & tests.Dont we implicitly have that.I dont see Imran Nazir,Sohail Tanvir,Fawad,Afridi,Razzaq in test side.Yousuf,Kaneria,Asif are not in T20s.Ajmal,Akmal(s),Gul,Aamer all merit their place in both.Faisal,Misbah & Malik are all flops,be it tests or T20s.We even have seperate captains,what else do we need. I think what we need is a REAL COACH responsible for players,tactics & selection,not a manager responsibile for press-conference,food,travel & hotel reservations.

  • Sav on January 8, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Many thanks Kam, have joined and sent invites.

    Be the change you want to see.

    Jazakallah khair

  • faiz on January 8, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    the comments abt our president have forced me to write in this blog. why do we blame our president for everything, when light goes people say its because of zardari. when CNG is not available people say its bcoz of zardari. now we are starting to blame him for cricket as well.come on guys he is not the only person to do everything. he is an elected president n diz iz elected government. let them them complete their time, we pakistanis let the dictators to rule for decades but democratic govts are not let for even 2 years. so plz dnt blame zardari for cricket now. blame PCB n the team.

  • Sree on January 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I have no sympathy for the state Pakistan is in either as a nation or for their cricket team. I have no sympathy for the thousands of innocent lves being lost there due to bombings! 'As you sow, so you reap'.

    Pakistan is paying a price for supporting terrorism against India over the last decades and I absolutely have not even an iota of sympathy for this nation of crooks!

  • Wasim on January 8, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Most of us are not even willing to sign up to a petition. What a shame.

    The objective of this petition is to raise our voice against the corruption and mis management in PCB. There is no guarantee that our voice will be heard.But history tells us that even the worst dictators fear the anger of their nation.

    We can either wait the rest of your lives for a saviour to come or we can raise our voice and let the rulers know that we won't take it anymore.

    A million is a big number I would say that even a petition signed by 10000 people will cause a major shake up in PCB.

    Those of you who have not signed up yet do it ASAP. At least it will send a message to the crooks in the team and PCB that the fans are not going to keep quite anymore.

  • Talha on January 8, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Yeah, and he's the best person to talk to about financial mismanagements. Spot on there, Kamran.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 8, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    KS Bhai right now neither Zardari nor Allah can turn things around for Pakistan. We can write petitions and emails but unless this team wakes up to realize they threw away a game from a perfect winning position, none can help them.

  • Arif Aziz on January 8, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Pakistan needs to win in Hobart. I just hope the players are not over pressurised over one match. I still belive that this Pakistan team is the best we have had over the last 10 years.

  • Dr. Islam on January 8, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    This has become really a nice place to learn and understand the dynamics of Pakistan crickets. The best one has been posted by PAK PASSION above. I really laughed.

    I have not seen any comment here by Javed Mindad (please recall your nephew), Wasim Akram, Wakar Yunus, Amir Shoheil. Did Imran Khan posted a small one? I would like to see comments from two cricketers many people respect: Mudassar Nazar and Saeed Anwar. Could you two propose a team for the next match?

    I have not played but watched games for 40 years and still watch many games. Can anyone from Australia declare a team for the 3rd test, half Pakistani and half Auatrlian with an australian captain. I bet they will play much better and will not panick & run away as Pakistanis did in the second test.

    The spectators have the right to enjoy a better game. So propose a team with 10 Pakistan player with one Australian captain who will not listen to Pakistani management.

    We will enjoy the game. Good Luck.

  • Shehzad Khan on January 8, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Pakistan team has performed better then what was expected and thats why everyone is so upset on the Sydney loss. If they had performed like past tours and lost all matches within 3 days, we would not mind. I personally felt badly hurt but we must give credit to Yousuf and his men, they have given a tough fight to the Aussies for 8 days and almost got funeral preparations for Ponting started on 3rd evening. They have had just 1 bad day on this tour and we should forgive them for it. After 2 years they are back on track and i think its a good time to reflect on what have they done in last 4 tests, what went wrong and how to fix it. Its time to get rid of useless or expired material in batting line and get more players like Umar Akmal. And time to get a good coach who can strategize. Waqar Younis has proven importance of specialist coaches again. His bowling plans worked well except on Day 4. We must get a good batting coach. Get up Pakistan team and get back to action. Shaabaash!!!

  • V.S Saxena on January 8, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Kamran you are talking as though Pakistan happens to be the world beaters in world cricket. Has Pakistan ever won a world cup in its 60 year old history, has it managed to win a single test match series even against the best side in the world (India). The answer is no. The day Pakistanis win a single match, pigs would fly. It is a team of amateurs and the ICC should strip Pakistan of the test status as a lot of time is being wasted on useless tours by this terrorist infested country.

  • Kunal on January 8, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. So funny. Everyone knows this letter is addressed to the wrong person. And Kamran, seriously? One million people? I checked your facebook page and you barely have a 1000. Hahhaahhaha. I guess you mirror the Pakistan team in your overconfidence and stupidity.

  • immy786 on January 8, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Zardari can have 10% of the PCB earnings but only we are the No 1 team in the world - that shouldn't be difficult given that talent we have !!

    Havent felt so depressed about Pak since the death of Bob Woolmer

  • Brian from Toronto on January 8, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Hello fellow depressed Pakistani fans, Like all of you, I am still trying to recover. A couple of glasses of wine helps. Anyway, I am quite certain from the field placings on the 4th morning, it appears that Yousef had gotten terrible advice from former captain(s) from the previous evening onwards or that there was some Match Fixing going on. How can he and the team do so well for 3 consecutive days and react so differently on the 4th day when Australia were 8 wickets down and only 80 runs ahead. This was a slam dunk victory for them, even when they had to score 170 odd runs with a day and half to go. This has got to be one of the most disappointing losses for Pakistan when Australia were down and out. Anyway, lets see what happens next week in the next test. With the series lost, we may as well try changes to the wicketkeeper and batting positions. Good luck to Pakistan next week and all the future series. Cheers !!!!

    Brian

  • KS on January 8, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    First a response to the " INDIAN" yours is an example of the pot calling the kettle black, and if you dont care, then keep your trap shut!Your 86 yo minister is on you tube, your politicians are no saints either! Now to Kamran Bhai, A LETTER TO ZARDARI? What are you thinking bhai? Please write a letter to Allah. He alone can save the team.

  • Anum on January 8, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    I wish a person sensible like you with sound cricket knowledge becomes the chairman of PCB and kick out all those fat idiots! And ban IPL, which would be a great blessing.

  • Ejaz Butt on January 8, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    rumour is that Pakistan is being stripped from test status, now its in the smae category of zimbabwe and kenya, good news, they deserve it.....

  • omar hussain on January 8, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I am aghast about one 'ali'n who wrote 'kick out the punjabis and bring in the pathans'.I think this is nor fair to the Punjabi cricketers.Punjabis are just as brave as the Pathans.I would go further and say there are brave and agressive players in all parts of Pakistan.They just need moral back up from the coach..i.e. they are just as good as any other cricketer in the world amd we can beat anyone...never surrender until the last ball has been bowled ...fight as if there is a battle going on and we are there to defend our homeland.

  • Kamal from USA on January 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    JUSTICE DELAYED, JUSTICE DENIED.

    Formation of Character is the end of all education, no character in PCB and the selection committee.

    10 captains in few years tell the whole story about the management and the members of the playing team.

    3 loss in last 2 months in tests, from wining position ,is definitely not clear, rather suspicious.

    You take no action, the problem remains. Indian selectors few years ago, decided players' salary as per performance,see the effect. They are fair in selecting teams, that is why they are #1 now.

    You do not expect all these from a corrupt country, run by Mr. 10% as many have labeled him. Unfortunately, he is at the helm and chief patron. So, he must be pressed to take action. If he was fair, he would have taken action after Srilanka and NZ tests.

    Where are the ex-Pakistan Captains? Raise your voice if you do not want to see cricket dying in your country soon. You made this mess too.

    LONG LIVE PEOPLES' POWER

  • DHK on January 8, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    who knows prbly the president made money out of match fixing...the criminal is capable of anything

  • DHK on January 8, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    we always as pakistanies have given a lot of space to these players and also the management of PCB thinking that they need time....but it seems that its all going bad only....i mean it all started after champions trophy...the YOUNIS KHAN resignation was a shocker, this only shows that the kind of politics prevailing in PCB (not only the team) is only going to ruin our one and only competent sport which is literally in our blood. THIS time the team should be scrutinized.... i mean after all its our country's money which is being paid to these players and we have a right to be answered especially when it comes to representing our country internationally and humiliating us at its peak...Players like kamran akmal, misbah, malik should be sacked so that an example is set.....ANYWAYS MAY ALLAH save Pakistan cricket

  • mislam on January 8, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Few trying to defend the president saying he has other business, cricket is not his priority. True, cricket is not his priority, but how many people are involved in expressing their sentiments in this matter. This corruption or bias is prevailing in Pakistan cricket for decades and now it is in a state when few players are throwing games as all have seen with NZ-Pak ODI. Simply because there was no administration. Can u imagine that with any Indian or Srilankan players who have pretty much similar social background. India was not that superior a team few years ago, but they are #1 now as Tendulkar or Dravid are not involved in group politics, and they are far superior human being apart from being super quality players. Who groomed them? The spectators or the board? Look at Dhoni and Tendulkar, they are effective in both forms of the games. Imran and Minadad were effective in Test and ODI. It is the corrupt, inefficient managers who destroy a team and the president must act now.

  • Pak Passion on January 8, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Does anybody have Zardari's direct e-mail address. Oh wait maybe we can go and talk to him at his 5 million pound country house in Surrey or attempt to climb the herculean walls of the Bilawal house, evade machine gun turrets and confront him in his living room. If we made it that far I wouldn't be surprised to find him smoking opium and surrounded by a harem of the finest women in the world. We could then petition him for an improved PCB. He might stroke his moustache, put snuff in his mouth and his serial killer eyes might show some expression of compassion. However, I think the interest will stem from the fact that he will be working out how to get 90% of the PCB's cut, afterall, can't have cronies like Ijaz Butt having all the fun can he. I have a better idea Kamran, lets write a letter to Satan and ask him to call back the Gin's that haunt Pakistani cricket. Satan would afterall be slightly more compassionate then most of our Politician's and PCB members.

  • khalid_83 on January 8, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Kamran, I am not sure what far far fantasy place you live in but it is not definetly the real world. To appeal to Mr 10% Zardari is like asking Gubbar Singh to watch over the National Bank. As a joke you article is great..Hahahahah!

  • SPIM on January 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Aslm,

    1- Give Yousuff chance to prove. 2- Drop Misbah and Faisal 3- Bring Shoaib and Fawad

  • INDIAN on January 8, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Being an Indian,I like all the articles of Kamran but I am dissapointed today because you are crying for help to save Pakistan cricket to a President who cannot save his own country in general. I wonder what miracles is MR 10% do to Pakistan cricket. A suggestion to all Pakistanis around the world.BE GOOD TO YOURSELF BRING PEACE WITHIN YOURSELF, DON'T HATE OR HARM ANYBODY (specially your neighbors) SEE HOW THINGS WILL START CHANGING. NOW THAT's AN ADVICE, EITHER TAKE OR LEAVE IT, I DON'T CARE. GOOD LUCK.

  • muzz on January 8, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    well written kamran - lets hope something will be done - hopefully not knee jerk reaction but something solid and 'idiots' will be kicked out whether management or players

  • Amran on January 8, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Kamran bhai, i joined the group as quickly as I could, another excellent article. However today I am reading that another brilliant young prospect is going to make his debut in Hobart, Sarfraz Ahmed, a very accomplished and pure wicketkeeper, I am looking forward to it. Unfortunately I am also reading that parasite Shoaib Malik will play insted of Misbah. What is the logic in this? Malik is about as much use as a test batsman as a one legged man is doing the hokey cokey. Why not draft in a man passionate about Pakistan who is already in Australia, Shaid Afridi? or is that too obvious.... Until these idiotic beings are removed from the PCB and the selection commitee I really fear what is going to happen to the proud cricketing traditions of ny beloved country. I feel that god almighty can only help us in our cricketing and national survival.

  • Shahid Akbar on January 8, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    I had invited couple of my friends at my residence in New York for a victory party for Pakistan. But....ah! HAR SHAKH PEY ULLU BETHA HAI ANJAME GULUSTAN KYA HOGA. ENGLISH TRANSLATION AS I UNDERSTAND WITH MY LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF URDU LANGUAGE: what will be the end of flower garden the owl is sitting on every branch

  • ISHR on January 8, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Hi Kamran A, Dude you are asking the wrong guy !

  • Javed (Canada) on January 8, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    The citizens of Pakistan, demand an immediate end to the systematic destruction of Pakistan. Successive regimes of Pakistan, under the patronage of the President, have indulged in nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement. Pakistan has been run unprofessionally. Decision-making has been for the benefit of the individuals representing the party rather than Pakistan. We demand that the President puts his house in order and becomes a shining example of how to revitalize a Pakistani nation. The result of this systematic mismanagement has been the isolation of Pakistan from the international community and the destruction of Pakistan as a force in the world. Pakistan once made us proud; it is now the starkest example of how to waste the natural abilities, talents, and resources of the Pakistani people. We demand that the election of millions is rewarded with action. As your predecessors knew, the success of the President is also a judgment on the success of your Country. Save Pakistan.

  • Waqas on January 8, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Kamran, you should have posted this letter to GOD not Zardari 10%.If you check record of Pakistan test defeats Kamran Akmal is the person to blame.He drops catches in every single match.If we talk about Yousaf simply he has no brain and i boycott Pakistan Cricket from now.

  • Pakistan Cricket Ashes on January 8, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Our cricket is like the country; no one is accountable, Yousuf is a poor captain and should be replaced with Afridi; Kamran Akmal needs to be dropped and evaluated either as a keeper or a batsman; his record as a keeper is again poor. Yousuf may be a nice man but he has no passion and is timid as a skipper like Zaheer Abbas; maybe a great bat but surely no leader of men. And finally, Kamran, you are petitioning Zardari? Seriously? Or is this some backhanded sarcasm about the plight of Pakistan Cricket? Another crucial point ignored always is the huge gap in financial rewards for test versus first class cricketers in Pakistan-that keeps a lot of bygone cricketers trying to hang on by all means. But alas, who will do it? Imran Khan is a much better person to petition-Imran, forget the politics, fix the cricket please. Imran Khan for PCB Chairman!!

  • fungoo on January 8, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    I always wonder which team has come out to play for Pakistan. On a match by match, day by day basis. One which will perform wonders? Or one which will capitulate at a record speed? And is there any match fixing involved in today's play? The team operates beyond any logic and without any consistency. Lots of talent, lots of wasted opportunities. Bring on the test selection and captaincy of Afridi, at least you can't question his competitiveness. And he would have chased down that miniscule fourth day total like his life depended on it. Or at least tried.

  • sohail zakaria on January 8, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Syed you are right to some extent but it is also true that the comments are natural from the fans. Pakistan lost the match because they do not believe in themselves. I am a great follower of cricket but it is ended with the shocking defeat of pakistan in Sydney test. I was so upset that 1 decided that 1 wount watch any match of my team. We need a captain like Imran Khan to whom was impressed by other teams.They should include Afride in the tests also as he is also a good bowler whose bowling can prove dangerous especially for tailenders.

  • Karthik on January 8, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Don't president have better thing to do other than managing cricket.

  • Khair ul Alam on January 8, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    I don't agree with Kamran on this at all. Pleading to the President is the last thing Pakistanis should be doing. The President of the country should have nothing to do with sports administration except to make statements of encouragement from time to time. I also agree with Syed that the comments of Pakistani fans have been largely disappointing. Most of the comments are extreme in nature and seem to focus on selection issues only without talking much about technical issues and finer points of the game. In a way it is expected, the players play the game in an extreme way characterised by their slam-bang attitude, the fans are also the same always talking about 'kicking out' someone or the other, or dumping someone into the 'dustbins of history'. I say to everyone, take a deep breath and check your emotions, after all it is only a game. The sooner you get over the excessive emotions, the sooner everyone will be able to behave professionally and make the right decisions.

  • Shahiq Ahmed on January 8, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    And to add on the matter , another reason why Pakistan should continue with Yousuf as a captain , he's probably the only one in the history of Pakistan cricket to have accepted his mistake - http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvpak09/content/story/442746.html ... Otherwise , whenever Pakistan used to lose , captains used to play the blame game ... He's going to learn from his mistakes, give him some chance ... Again , asking for Patience ....

  • syed saghar abbas on January 8, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    i dont understand why you are blaming zardari?? ok fair enough he is corrupt but what has that got to do with the performance of players on the pitch? surely they are the ones to blame for the recent loss. when Pak won the world 20/20 i remember zardari & ijaz butt were still in charge so nothing has changed there. you cant blame the loss on the system bacause we have had this system for a very long time & at the same time we won a world cup in 1992 & 20/20 title in 2009. what we need to do is develop/nurture our young players and possibly send them abroad to play on bouncy/green wickets to give them exposure to condition abroad..what we tend to do is pick a player (khurram manzoor) from the domestic setup who has had 1 good season on dead pitches for the national team and then find out they are not good enough. just look at umar akmal - before he played for the national team he was on tour to australia with the A team & scored alot of runs..

  • Shahiq Ahmed on January 8, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Mr Kamran , I have been a regular reader of your blog for some time , sometimes I enjoy them , sometimes I dont. Am afraid to say it is one of those times when am not enjoying it ... Reason I believe is overcritcism , ok they lost a match they shouldnt have ... But that is not the end of the world, like you are depicting here ... They were an improved lot in the 2nd test , they can further improve ... Pak is still a young team, in transitional phase ... And Afridi as a test captain ???? Holy shit !!! Let's give Yousuf some time, yeah he made a big big mistake but again it was his captaincy bcoz of which australia were bundled for 127, make no mistake about it ... His field placings were nice, bowling changes were accurate then .. Maybe this is the prob with Pak , people never give a chance to cricketers to settle be it as an opener , as a player , or as a captain ... Can we have a bit of patience , PLEASE ???

  • ANDY on January 8, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    We Pakistani are know to fight like Tigers to the end, what we saw was a public relation office of goodwill towards Australia, when representing Pakistan, the sole purpose of this team is to play solid cricket, instead of going into a shell behaving & laughing like Hyneas, on the field, not one player looked a Tiger, future teams should learn to adapt to Tests accordingly, Mo Yusaf get a life, atleast be neat & clean pls trim your beard, keep religion out, your pal Inzzi is not around, be a professional cricket player, this is sports, it's not everyones cup of tea, it has a big impact on the rest who want to perform, as for the people who involve in selections, they should have resigned days ago, bring on the brave hearts, even if we lose we will hold our heads high, fighting till the end.

  • shankar on January 8, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    writing letter to the president for losing match is perhaps the most idiotic thing i ever heard. i doont know whether to laugh or cry looking at the article. Yes they lost , but they were in upper hand most of the match. I dont know what will happen when they lose by an innings, may be u ll writing letter to Obama to take over pcb .

  • RASHED on January 8, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    more disappointment is comment from intekhab alam and mohd yusuf according to mr yusuf 20 cricket spoil test why these statement after loosing and today intekhab statement we dont have world class batsmen what does it mean why you went to australia to play if you dont have world class batsmen why this statement now why not before loosing all lame excuses intekhab also should be sacked immediatly according to intekhab danesh kaneria dont know how to bowl according to situation then why you choose in eleven peter siddle is world class batsmen one can ask intekhab how he stay at wicket pakistan team lack confidence not played as unit team management should rectify mistake inspite of that lame excuses shame make whole nation frustrated give chance to youngster for opener slot give 3-4 chance if they dont score tell them you will be out if you wont score take the services of imran khan,javed miandad,inzemam wasim akram rameez raja whole nation is waiting for action to be taken when how wait

  • TheSupposedFormerInfatuatedJunkie on January 8, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    If only the solution was so simple! Pakistan as a nation is preoccupied with showing India in poor light in every way. Wake up call to focus on things that really matter.

  • Jdangerously on January 8, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    This letter is nothing more but a joke, and those who endorse it are just in for some more heartburn. Is this the same group that claimed the Indians went overboard in Sydney, it was afterall 'just a cricket match'. In anycase, IT IS just a cricket match and the President WILL NOT succumb to the ordinary plea of the ordinary man, after all there are much more serious issues to deal with in Pakistan than the dissolution of a bankrupt board. Mind you being the chairman of the board is not a money spinning luxury anymore , its hard enough getting sponsors as it is. I will reiterate and remind you, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TODAY, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW. For all you know Zardari might just use this letter as an ice breaker to open festivities at one his numerous parties to impress Sarah Palin and the likes.

  • syed on January 8, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    More disappointing than the test match loss are the comments from the fans. It is good and ok to show disppointment, but such extreme view on a game loss? I have to admit that better comments came from non-pakistanis. Even though we lost without excuse but at the same time every team has its share of such losses (Australia, SA, India you name it) Pakistan itself has enjoyed many victories which were snatched from jaws of defeat. That is what separates sports from watching movies. We need to admit that our cricket base (especially batting) is weak now and these things will continue to happen. With current base our win % will be no more than 40% and would be lower against stronger opposition. Instead we should write a petition to broaden the base of sports culture in pakistan and stop obsessing too much about international victories. You build the base sports culture international titles will come themselves. PCB focus should be 20% national team and 80% grass roots.

  • Dr. Islam from USA on January 8, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    GOOD JOB KAMRAN. I will suggest one important thing to be done to send a strong message to Pakistan President and the corrupt PCB and selection committee.

    Form a committee with a banner,' SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET FROM CORRUPTION" and hang it in the gallery when 3rd test is going on. And right now the expatriates living in Australia should DECLARE a team for the 3rd test. That team must not have Imran Farhat, Miandad's nephew Faisal,Misbah and Kamran. Shoeb Malik also must be out as he was the main conspirator in Srilanka. Intikhab, the old fat duck, has already declared his inclusion in an interview. Why was FUAD Alam sent back?

    You must bring NEW or tested good players who deserve to be there in the team.

    Take this action with the help of austrlian public, the Paki prsident ZARDARI ( or GARDARI) and his corrupt PCB will get a lesson I hope and this is the best time to send these idiots a message.

    QUICK ACTION IS NEEDED. JUST DECALRE THE TEAM.

    Let democracy and decency win.

  • syed on January 8, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    More disappointing than the test match loss are the comments from the fans. It is good and ok to show disppointment, but such extreme view on a game loss? I have to admit that better comments came from non-pakistanis. Even though we lost without excuse but at the same time every team has its share of such losses (Australia, SA, India you name it) Pakistan itself has enjoyed many victories which were snatched from jaws of defeat. That is what separates sports from watching movies. We need to admit that our cricket base (especially batting) is weak now and these things will continue to happen. With current base our win % will be no more than 40% and would be lower against stronger opposition. Instead we should write a petition to broaden the base of sports culture in pakistan and stop obsessing too much about international victories. You build the base sports culture international titles will come themselves. PCB focus should be 20% national team and 80% grass roots.

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 8, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Kamran. if u read my blog in Guardian of yesterday, i expressed the same feelings with almost the same words. I share ur views my dear!

  • Rauf on January 8, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Kamran, I am not sure whether to laugh at your audacity for writing an open letter to Mr. Zardari to do something about as trivial as loosing a cricket match or to laugh at the fact that you are asking Mr. Zardari to do something about cronyism and financial mismanagement in PCB.

    You must really be hurting by this SCG fiasco to even think that Pakistani politicians give a rat's $%* about fixing PCB or anything else for that matter.

  • tarek on January 8, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    It is the case of jackal watching the hen-house here! Contribute to the party and you are in. The real problem is that Pak cricketer are not professional, failed to make the transition from 20/20 to Test. They want to come in with aggression, take wild shot a la Afridi style and never learn to put their heads down. Mark my words Umer Akmal will go thru the same scenario pretty soon in Test cricket.

  • P. Dhungel, Nepal on January 8, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    I am quite surprise that Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam is blaming defeats against the Australia to Kamran Akmal. Please review himself, target just 176 runs is not achievable. He also criticized Danish Kaneria which is the foolish things. Bowlers have done their job 100%. Why batsman was not able to chase a small target. You need world class batsman to chase just a target 176? Pakistan had faced these problems during Sri Lanka, New Zealand and now Australia. Moral of Pakistani players are down these days, especially youngsters. So, blaming to Karman, Kaneria and need to separate T20 team for Pakistan is the stupid thinking of the Intikhab Alam. To solve all these problems of Pakistan Team, I am requesting president of Pakistan, first of all Intikhab should be out from his duty. Mohammad Yousuf has to reign from the captain.

  • Mansoor Amin on January 8, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Hi All i know u all r really angry because of Pak team performance but this is not happined 1st time with us.U all guyz are v right but what i think is we required basic cahnges like Cricket is a science now its not old men game anymore look PCB chairman his age and position V need a young professional like Wasim or Imran Khan or any young professional with great managment skills and with deep knowledge of cricket. Then our team needs better and young professional trainers like Wasim, Rashid latif, Waqar younis, Javed Miandad, saeed Anwer and Inzi to come forward and play their role for the only live sports of pakistan. Wasim and waqar can play their role for fast bowling Saeed anwer can train Openners Inzi and Miandad can sort out batting problems but overall we need a Head of PCB a competent and young professional not a old non professional and retaired person May Allah help Pakistan and our sports Long live Pakistan

  • faz on January 8, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Bring back Lawson!

  • Faz on January 8, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Good idea, but unlikley to have any impact. Quite clear that both the PCB and Govt. is run by a host of amateurs who will do anything to retain their prestigious positions. Pk is the only country where laws are changed to promote thieves being elected as president. Also, where is the accountability for the PCB, who gives them a mandate?....Certainly not the people of Pk. I was once a proud Pk even though have lived in the UK for most of my life, but in recent years have grown dispondent with the move to what people herald as 'religion' which should always be a private thing, the way in which elections are held makes us the laughing stock of the worls. The continual poor media attention with Pk due to Al Kaida is sad. In recent yaers the Pk team has come across as being subserviant to the West as is the President. There does not appear to be any pride playing for Pk...Where has that slogan 'Proud to be a Pk' gone...lost with the rest of the country. Sorry needed to offload as many othrs

  • Salman on January 8, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Guy come on. give them a break. lets note down the facts first and not get carried away; 1. we are a lowly ranked test team 2. they are a top ranked test team 3. we have never came this close to winning in australia. 4. we won more sessions then them.

    what do you want? i think we played better than our potential and want a result which is beyond our actual capabilities!

    Salman

  • syed sirajuddinahmed qadri on January 8, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    I am from india pak is one of my favourite team it is very sad the pakistan cricket is going through in shambles first all PCB STAFF replaced with former reputed cricketer like imran khan he badly needed to restructure pcb where is asif iqbal wasim akram javed miandad,inzimam they must come forward to restructure pakistan cricket.it is very sad after played well for 3 days suddenly collapse they dont have self confidence shane watson told when they are 80 for 8 we can win but no pakistani player told they can win this match when peter siddle can stay at wicket for hours our bowlers not even frontline batsmen can stay it is very strange how you play cricket from the school of cricket player learn how to play ground shots avoid lofted shorts why they play lofted shorts when there is no need if they take singles and twos they can win remove first misbahul haq faisal iqbal kamran akmal bring youngster like umar akmal give chance to youngster for opening slot give 5 chance if not score 50av

  • fayaz on January 8, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    The Pakistani batsmen need to learn lesson from Onions, No 11 batsman of England, who saved two test matches for country in South Afria through his determination.

  • ayzaz on January 8, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    the only person that can truly save Pakistan cricket is Mr Pakistan himself : Imran Khan

  • faisal on January 8, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I don't know why ppls are so much angry, this is not the fist time. This is our(pakistani team) habbit. What we need is, some good coach who can TEACH them how to stay on cricket. changing cricket team will not solve the problem. This is an excellent team. Our players should make their minds about how to stay on wicket. i remember when shoib mohammad or mudasar nazar or javed miandad come to wicket, we say ohhhhhh now sleep they will not go from wicket for days. this is what we don't have in our team. otherwise their is nothing wrong in the team

  • Whaat on January 8, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I dont think the comments about Mr. Zardari are fair. He is not illiterate, he graduated from the London School of Economics and Business. Mind you, there is no such educational institute.

    As time goes by, I am becoming moe philosophical about this defeat. The reality is that there is no-one in our cricket establishment that understands cricket properly. The country tolerates mediocrity due to corruption and the PCB and the team also reflects this.

    Pakistan has always played exciting, brainless cricket and when it works its fun and when it doesnt is heart-breaking but no matter who you choose or drop, it will always be like this as long we are a nation that does not value competence and integrity as values in our society.

  • wakeel on January 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I am really glad to see that now we are acting or making an effort to have a change..nd i am happy to see a guy like Mr.Kamran Abbasi taking such an initiative! Thank You!!

  • kimi on January 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    oh it was deavastating for all of us to see pakistan loss the test match n i want to warn the players if they keep on doing dis they will certainly lose their most loyal supporters.. its a shame a real shame on all the batsmen how they got out... i think i might not even see the score board of the last test... misbah,faisal,kamran upon these three batsmen there should be a ban for 1 year to play test cricket.... i think president sahab have many more important things than looking after cricket.if thts the case then give up the post of patron... y does he wants to ruin the only hope of happiness for pakistanis... i urge him to plzz give this post to sum else as anyone else except him would be better suited for the patrons job .....

  • Riz on January 8, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Mr President has 60 million other things to worry about....

  • aarif on January 8, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    we will keep loosing when players like kamran akmal who spill catches regularly and still being backed by his captain. Since 2006 he has dropped catches in almost every test he has played in. He must have the biggest parchi in Pakistan. Kamran Akmal should atleast take himself out of the team for the sake of the team. But in Pakistan the people nor the cricketer will ever accept that they are responsible for the huge loss. I see Pakistan as a team will give more heartaches cause players like Kamran will never accept there failures nor they will quit for the sake of the team. Once a Pakistani gets a position he or she will keep it by hook or crook. Kamran Akmal shame on you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Khusro Mir on January 8, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Shouldn't Kamran Akmal become just a specialist batsman? It will take off any/all pressure off him, and it will improve his batting. Then we can get a pure wicketkeeper, that's the problem. Sarfraz is more a wicketkeeper than a batsman... we need as many batsman as we can get, the catches are always dropped. Farhat dropped 6 chances in one match, and we lost that match, yet he is still here. Why is Kamran (a better batsman than Farhat) being threatened?

  • Krap on January 8, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    He probably would want 10% to fix the issue

  • Ahsan on January 8, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Glad Kamran someone came forward and took the intiative. I am with you with heart, body and soul. The loss @ Sydnet has left me devastated like never before. yes, 2003 World Cup defeat at hands of India, 2007 World Cup Exit, Champ Trophy semi-final. Probably only T20 2007 final loss fares worse than this. Shattered

  • Dr Zaib on January 8, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    i agree with the sentiments of nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement- but are you sure about asking Mr 10% to sort out the problems!!!

  • Salman on January 8, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    The entire country is going to the dogs... why should cricket be any different?

    Make Imran Khan the President.... he can't be worse than Zardari or Nawaz Sharif.... Only when the country is doing well, will everything else fall into place.

    I love cricket, and I love Pakistan... May God give us the strength to save both

  • MH Khokhar on January 8, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    I can't understand the purpose of this writing. You are appealing to a wrong person Mr. Kamran.

  • Mohammad Ali on January 8, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    let's think about it...doesn't anyone realize that this is an inherent problem with most of us "Pakistanis"? lack of patience, lack of confidence, lack of attention to detail, lack of responsibility, lack of professionalism....just to name a few lacks....i see things getting worse, in every profession, only because we have lost our way....all we need is money, big money...and that too overnight...we need to change our priorities...money will flow in automatically...i don't see a short-term quick n dirty solution to these problems....the solution will be long term, passion permitted!!

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on January 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!Bhains k agaiy been bajana (To caste pearls before swine). Sorry Kami bhai, I dont want to disappoint you BUT the bitter reality is depicted in my proverbs above. Who the hell is Mr President to save the Pakistan cricket? Does he deserve to be the President of Pakistan? And on top of it Does he desreve to be the final say on PCB? No absolutely not, I have written earlier also, PCB is juts one institute of Pakistan, khan nun roti naheen, paan nun kapra naheen, laan nun paisa naheen, rehn nun chatt naheen...wait for the bloodiest revolution which is just there, its not too far when all these CHORS (thieves) will be hanged from there balls and inshallah deserving people will take over. Pakistan shall survive including PCB, we dont need zardaris, Busharrafs, shareefs, mullas , we need Tipus, Saluddins, Umars and such. I promise you good times ahead inshallah. This garbage shall be cleaned very soon.inshallah. Pakistan zindaa baad, Pakistanis painda baad in all fields.peace

  • Basim Zaidi on January 8, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    The right man for a crisis...Asif Ali Zardari---sorry I meant the right man to cause a crisis.

  • fouad on January 8, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    A typical presidential reply would include "cricket khapay, "cricket khapay" and cricket khapay" and then they will do every thing against it. May Allah have Mercy on our country.

  • NAYYAR IQBAL RAZA on January 8, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Team is playing the way nation is performing, just look at India, where they were a couple of years back and where they are now. Need to appoint DARING captain not a BAKREE (goat ) like M. Yousuf

  • Danish on January 8, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    "some might say cricket is a mirror reflecting the state of the nation". Abbassi has hit the nail on the head. The nation's administration is in disarry (lacking leadership and accountability, indulging in corruption) and it's ability to avoid becoming a failed state in the foreseeable future are in doubt. That puts in perspective the problems of Pakistan cricket. I disagree with Abbassi's contention that national government involvement in cricket will provide a quick fix. The government already has influnce in the PCB, and most of it has adverse effects. The previous PCB CEO, who oversaw one of the darkest periods of maladministration and corruption of the PCB, was endorsed by the national President. Further, Pakistan may have lost one of it's best cricketers, and an inspirational captain, Younus Kahn, thanks in no small part to unfounded accusations of match-fixing made by politicians. Pakistan politics must lift it's game if the nation and it's cricket is to stop deteriorating.

  • KJ on January 8, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Kamran, you are reinforcing all that is wrong with Pak cricket. Keep politics and politicians out of cricket. Is there no part of Pakistani life that can be saved from political corruption?

  • Umar on January 8, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    yaar khuda ki panah, yousuf sb ne 5 test match ka 28 lakh banaya aur badle main kia dia? kamran akmal 28 lakh in 5 test, badle main? same for shoaib earned 28lakh in last 5 matches, misbah 24.5 lakh in last five matches. .................................... yaar agar yahi gand karna hai tu 5 lakh mujhe de do , itna tu mai bhi khel sakta hoon.

  • shaukat jamil on January 8, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Politicizing every matter and expecting miracles is our bane.The present Pakistani side is performing as per norm.Ours is a weak team and needs a genuine coach a la Bob Woolmer to rebuild it into a performing unit.We are ordinary in every way but we shall never tire of crying that we are the best.So when we produce results in commensurate with our abilities and our egos overblown bubble is pricked we cry as if heaven has fallen.Then the vested interest steps in to fish in the troubled water.This is no occasion to abuse the honourable Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.Those who think if a thief cries thief, he becomes innocent. The upshot of the matter is that we need a coach in earnest.Every other thing is absurd.

  • AM on January 8, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    The one person in Pakistan knowledgeable enough to have done something for cricket after his retirement, the man whose name will be etched in our hearts until it is time to depart this world, unfortunately has chosen a career (politics) in an environment least suited to his personality. The result has been a huge loss to Pakistan cricket with absolutely no gain for politics. Imran Khan instead of joining politics, should have focused on getting himself made the Chairman of the PCB or even as the Minister of Sports in Pakistan (under every regime - they are all the same really)with the objective of making Pakistan a great cricketing and sports nation. Success at this level would have increased his popularity and ensured his future rise to the top political posts in Pakistan, if that is what his goal and ambitions are (or were).

    But the path of politics that Imran took after his retirement from international cricket has been a complete waste-both for him as well as Paksitan. A pity.

  • athar rizvi on January 8, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    I am an indian and a sports lover.I am reading all the comments of pakistanis cricket lovers at the moment have patience with your team. your team is not so bad. you still have one of the finest bowling attack.your team dominated the test most of the time.your team needs few changes in batting department.Mr.fawad alam should have been played instead of misbahul haque.

  • pintu on January 8, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    What I find none of the current players have any feeling for the pride of the nation (or should I say they lack patriotism?) or the team. They meekly lost to the Australian team but at the same time they were making sure that their applications for IPL/ICL leagues were made on time. They know they can get some big money by doing some irresponsible and rash shots there. All the players (except few) from the current team should be banned for life from playing for Pakistan national team forever. A country with 170 million people will definitely find new talents who will carry the Pakistani flag on the world cricket ground. There should be two separate teams, one for test and one for the ODI/T20 formats. I hope we again see players like Hanif Mohammad, Fazal Mahmood, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus and so many more. I hope Pakistan government takes immediate actions in this regard as requested by br. Kamran Abbasi.

  • rabul on January 8, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    the gods have spoken.

  • Phenom on January 8, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    No sporting body can function as an efficient enterprise if it is run by bureaucrats and worse by executive government. Hence Pakistan and Sri Lanka face this problem of outside interference constantly which derails path to progress and sacrifices sporting interest to individualistic agenda. First step to even start the process of weeding out corruption in cricket administration should be to create independent enterprise to the lines of professional leagues such as NFL, NBA in US with a commissioner at its helm. I know it seems impossible considering huge financial dealings and associated power but it is the only way to START to even think about fundamental changes in domestic and national cricket. How about Ehsan Mani to be at the helm of Pak cricket.

  • Arshad Siddiqui on January 8, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    I will now pray that May Pakistan keep losing even against non Test playing nations, until the system of selection doesn't get transparent.

    Pak international squad shouldn't be like a typical pak govt. job, where u r hired for life time. You have to fight for ur place, coz millions of people following pak cricket, derves better.

    Arshad Sid

  • rabbani on January 8, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Dear Kamran !

    It is a good initiative ! I hope Zardari sahib would take note and instruct General Kayani to court martial all PCB memebers along Yousuf and Kamran akmal, Misbah, Faisal, Farhat who conspired for the loss of Sedney test. As an Afghan not even from Pakistan I was devastated by the loss and badly affected. I started to hate all those responsible. I felt sorry for the briliance of Asif, Kaneria, Aamer and Umar akmal. I hope Zardari sahib would save Pak cricket from self destruction in the hands of corrupt officials and useless team memebers.

    Pakistan need a strong captain like Inzi to kick out those doing grouping in the team like Shoiba Malik and misbah.

    Afridi to be appointed as a captain a very strong captain, like Ponting.

  • khalil on January 8, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    A mis-directed letter. This should have been to the Pakistani Nation/Public to end the dictatorial rule of the PCB.

  • Sayed jee on January 8, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Someone should tell the Pakistan coach "Chacha jee parathay khana bund kur do.... Agar isee tara catch practice karao gay to apka wicketkeeper bhi catch pakarna bhool jai gah"

  • Farhan on January 8, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    "Successive regimes of the Pakistan Cricket Board, under the patronage of the President of Pakistan, have indulged in nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement, to name a few misdemeanours."

    I really hope this letter doesnt reach the president. The only thing this can possibly achieve is to bring to the president's attention the amount of money that can be made in cricket...guess what will happen then!

  • Lofty on January 8, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    I am an Aussie who has watched every session of this test series so far and though there are a few issus to be resolved, I dont think anyone can doubt the natural ability the current Pakistan team contains. Their bowling performances so far have been excellent. On the 4th morning of the last test they dropped the ball with poor field settings. The dropped catches by the keeper on day 3 & 4 also caused issues. If Akmal had taken any of the 3 chances he had with Hussey on day 3 then the Paki's would have won the game. If Pakistan was able to play home matches it would make a huge difference as well.Overall, Pakistan have great players, especially bowlers, & just need more match practice & opportunities to face up to the pressure of test cricket. Coming to Australia to play test cricket is never easy, especially with the lack of warm up games. The PCB should try & get a couple of your best youngsters into a shield team & play a summer of 4 day games here. I hope they do well in the last g

  • AAMIR on January 8, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    YA YA WE SUPPORT THE DEMAND AND WE DEMAND THAT THESE DEMANDS ARE MET . THERE IS DEFINITE INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS PAKISTAN CRICKET FROM AUTHORITIES THEY DONT CARE . I WANT OUR DEMANDS TO BE EMAILED AND MAILED TO ALL THE EXCRICKETRES WHO TO PAK CRICKET TO GREAT HEIGHTS AND MADE OTHER TEAMS FEEL PROUD THAT THEY ARE PLAYING PAKISTAN NOT LIKE THIS TEAM WHERE EVEN PITCH CURATORS ARE LAUGHING AT THEM .. I WANT A PEACFUL ROAD MARCH TO DEMAND QUASHING THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT AND PUTTING REIGNS OF PAK CRICKET IN HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED FOR ITS HONOUR

  • ratee on January 8, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    The Pakistani journalist asked a question according to Mr Osman of Cricinfo that how is that Danish had given around 150 runs for five wickets and Hauritz had given only 50 runs in the second innings of the second test? May I ask these journalists to inquire the same stupid question to the bowler Danish and he will say ask Kamran Akmal the real villain of this defeat why he dropped three sitters of Danish.

    Is this the level of our journalism that they do not even know how to give credit to our best bowler who fought to the last i.e Danish Kaneria.

    Shame on the journalist who asked this question as Danish has been undone by this worst keeper in our history that is Kamran Akmal. He has dropped innumerable catches of the great spinner previously in test matches.

    Thank God the management realizes this liability and have dropped him deservedly.

  • jamshed on January 8, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    First things first,Kamran.If I were writing a letter to the President,I'd demand that he no longer be the President.

  • mueed alvi on January 8, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Well written letter but i hope that our great president has capitablity to understand this letter

  • Abhishek on January 8, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Hi, I am from Mumbai, India and a big follower and admirer of Pakistan cricket since many years. It pains me to see the team capitulate so pathetically against one of the well trained and professionally managed attacks in the world. For someone who has seen players like akram and imran, this team has changed a lot. As regards talent, I can say India and Pakistan are similarly placed teams, but over a period of time, the Indian team has been better managed. If the same happens to Pakistan, I am sure we will see Pakistan cricket at its pinnacle of success, I was so happy when Pakistan won the T20 world cup. But test cricket is a different ball game and players who are groomed for test cricket can only play it effectively , not the slam bang variety as most of the pakistani players are selected on the basis of their T20 performances. All the best to Pakistan cricket and hope everything changes fot the better. Good work Mr.Kamran, keep it up. May God bless Pakistan!

  • Farooq Anees on January 8, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Well Mr. Kamran you are asking the wrong person to finish the mismanagement, he has got a PHD in mismanagement; can't you look around and see mismanagement everywhere in Pakistan. I bet he doesn't even know the correct spelling of "mismanagement". Please calm down and support cricket Pakistan will always play like that so expect the unexpected from them.

  • me2 on January 8, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Bhoolay Badshah Kamran!

    App ka letter par kay wo shair yaad aa gaaya ...

    jantay hein kay yahan adl ka imkan nahin hai Log sada hein ju phir bhi zanjeer hila daytay hein

    The poet was trying to make a point that people are so naive that they are asking for a justice from someone who does not know how to serve any.

    So my friend there is no hope at least I won't see in my life time... we will get on track (inshallah) but it will take another 60 years to become a proud nation ... so don't waste your valuable time on asking these people ... if they care for us then we as a nation won't be in this mess.

    In a nation of nearly 170 million some one please tell me how we are not able to make a good team of 11 people! its beyond me...

  • raj on January 8, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    It is very surprising that such an educated and intelligent person like you should take such a fatalistic view of the situation. By such comments you are actually instigating the people of Pakistan to have hotheaded reactions. It is just a game! If you play well you win. Imran had players of great ability and the team was winning. Let the team settle first, give them some space to achieve it. Actually, the team suffers in crunch times out of fears of such extreme reactions itself. Look at Australia. Even after losing two Ashes series in England, Ponting is still the Captain. The people need to be trained more than the players to see the things in right perspective and people like you are supposed to be the agents for that sort of effort. Instead you yourself are joining the bandwagon, probably to gain cheap popularity for yourself. Wake up Mr.Kamran you have a much more important role to play as a sober person.

  • Sunny on January 8, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    I support the 'KEY INGREDIENTS' and well said but it is never too late. Culprits should not exist. Be honest with yourselves and respect the god given Beautiful Land. Millions are watching Pakistan Cricket. My suggestion is to change the chapter and look to future. Bring Yasir Hameed, Imran Nazir, Jamshed & Shehzad back to the team. Once again, refer to their profile of the above mentioned players and you will realize that these players deserves to be in the team. Guys, Wake Up before it is too late and avoid Politics. Sports & Politics dont match.

  • Aditya on January 8, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    I agree with Well Wisher. You need to have faith in your players and captain. To be fair, Pakistan have not played Test cricket for a while and so it does take time to get back into the groove again. Put faith in Yousuf, he is a good player and he can be a pretty good captain too. A captain is only as good as his team -- Pakistan won in 1992 not just because of Imran Khan, but also because of Wasim Akram, Inzamam, Javed Miandad and all the other great players who played. It is the team that matters...a captain can only do so much.

  • Terry Jones from Australia on January 8, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    I think the problem is more universal. The ICC needs to make test cricket more of a competition. Best format is a 4 YEAR Test World Cup. Y1 Group Stage = 4 groups of 5 (1 home & 1 away X 4, Seedings 1 - 8 matches play 2 home & 2 away) Y2-3 Super Eights = Top 8 teams (2 home & 2 away X 6) Pts follow from Group Stage. Y4 Semis = 3 tests (#1 vs #4 in #1 and #2 vs #3 in #2). Y4 Finals = 5 tests (w vs w in higher w pts stages 1-3). Tests Y1 10 tests, Y2 12, Y3 12, Y4 8, totalling max of 42 tests over 4 years. Teams 5-8 have 12 month & Teams 3-4 have 6 months that their boards can fill in any way they want ("Icon" series, more ODI or T20I, whatever they want). During 4 years Affiliates (Y1) => Associates (Y2-4) qualify for next Test World Cup. This will give Elite 8 teams, 8 months (6 tests) against 3 minnow team, 12-16 months (12-16 tests) against teams 5-8 and 12-28 months (12-24 tests) against Top 4 teams over 4 year period.

  • raza on January 8, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Zardari to fix PCB mismanagement! Nice...should I cry or laugh???

    PCB will have no REAL change. A loser will replace another loser.

    As for the team, please don't put undue capataincy pressure on our best batsman Mohammad Yousuf.the last thing we want is to screw his batting form. Yousuf is too nice to deal with junkies like Malik and Akmal. Let him bat and have Afridi take care of the rest.

  • Veritas on January 8, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    I am an Australian, with Italian origins, sympathetically disposed towards Pakistan's cricketers, as much in Australian culture evokes sympathy for those fighting against big odds. Sport, no doubt, has a social value, but, as others above say, I would have thought the President has more important things to consider. Indeed, it seems, so may the players themselves. Like Shane Warne, I was impressed to see them, with pink caps, honouring the memory of the late Jane McGrath here in Sydney. I am sure they also remembered those killed a few hours earlier in Bannu who simply went to watch a volleyball game, but was there any public manifestation of this (by players of either team)? Surely they could have played with black armbands, as they did in Melbourne in 2004 for tsunami victims. Or did they not do that again to deflect attention from why no tests are now being played in Pakistan? On the cricket, your team is competitive and rebuilding - there are many positives and causes for hope.

  • Nasir Butt on January 8, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Mr President , speaking in unison with Kamran Abbasi the following is a serious request to you sir :

    Pls try Kamran Akmal and Misbahul Haque for treason and conduct unbecoming of a Pakistani test team member. There is enough evidence to suggest Kamran dropped the catches deliberately.Misbah gave his wicket on a platter.Umar did exactly the same when only 40 odd runs were needed.

    These guys should be tried and procecuted with immediate effect as they are GHADDARS. Based on Pakistan penal code the punishment for Ghaddari is : Hanged till death

    Additionally a thorough investigation needs to be done on how / why kamran akmal gets selected without any critique of his performance . Are PCB members being bribed or threatened into selecting this dysfunctional being.

    PS :To those who have opted for less than relevent politics on this forum , my best wishes and kind regards . To the lecturers on democracy ,transparency and so on ..pls lighten up and look at yourself (geeta)

  • arshad on January 8, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Hi all

    The betfair rate of aussies wining gone up after the third day of play, may be our big boss and his cronies has placed our tax money on aussies to win and the rest I left to you guys imagination. I think that has happened in 1992 world cup final against aussies when the other pillar (sharif (badmash) brothers) of pakistani democracy has done the same and bet on ausies .

  • Deepak Nair on January 8, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Letters to the president? Protests on the street? For a cricket match loss? Frankly this is getting ridiculous. The president is battling for survival. Misguided terrorists are blowing up innocent folks in pindi, peshawar and lahore. Where were the protests for these? The social fabric of Pakistan is being torn apart by few idiots and we have not seen a mass movement to protest this! But we see people in hordes protesting against Rushdie and a Danish cartoonist. This is our bane in the sub continent. We tolerate corruption and incompetence everywhere else. But when it comes to our cricketers we demand excellence.

  • Swami on January 8, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Typical emotional hyperbole. Instead of writing an article encouraging the team to bounce back, fight and win the test at Hobart, you are whinging and moaning here. India was in the same situation a couple of years back and the loss was quite devastating, but Kumble pulled the team together to shut everyone up by winning the next test at Perth. Thats the best way to fight, not by writing love letters to the President.

  • Muhammad on January 8, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    President Zardari is a trillion times worst than those in PCB. Pakistan cricket is sinking because the whole nation is sinking.

    Unless Pakistani people do no take things into their own hands, unless they rise and get rid of the filthy "monarch" politicians and create room for new ones like Imran Khan, let alone Pakistan Cricket, the whole country will end up being like Zimbabwe. And we're not talking about in another 50 years, but most probably, in another 5 years.

    God doesn't change the condition of a people unless they try to change it for themselves.

  • Kevin Ross on January 8, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    Well Mr zardari has a deal with Ijazz Butt ; to get a cut of about 40% from any revenue that is generated through PCB. Unfortunatley PCB can't offord that cut because Pakistan is banned to host any international events. Butt and Zardari are now planning a home series in India that is expected to create much needed revenue. Zaradi dont give a rat about Pakistani cricket.. He need's his cut. So Ijazz but wont be let go off anytime soon. Not until they play a home series in India.

  • Aoun Hassan on January 8, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    Very well said and I think you asked what every pakistani wants but I am not too sure if you asked this to right person?

  • faisal ukani on January 8, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Lack of leadership is biggest dilemma in Pakistan cricket * Yousuf is the best batsman in pakistan for a longest time, but probably worst to be the captain * Younus Khan is best fit to be captian but extremely selfish, he is only concerned about himself and not the country. Afridi should be Pakistan's captain in all forms of Cricket, he is aggressive and knows how to win, and invaluable all arounder we could have used his balling as well as fielding. More than that he knows how to face the media and represent his country. Akmal got to go but sarfarz is a good replacement specially if he has leadership skills, could be a captinship material in future.

  • sanity_please on January 8, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Kamran, you must be joking. I am sure you know that the president appointed these cronies. Yar, it is quite simple, as long as PCB remains in the clutches of the government, cronies will be remain. What else do you expect from Pakistani politicians. Just look at where the country is today. The best way forward is to somehow privatize PCB, a A FAN BUYOUT OF THE PCB PERHAPS? :-)

  • Shakil on January 8, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Is this an invitation for him to take 20% in PCB funds also? Are you planning a final nail in Pakistan cricket?

  • Well Wisher on January 8, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    The problem with Pakistanis is pointed out by Ian Chappel in the interview that can be found under the same title. You don't have 6 x-captains playiing in the side. You observe the lot, find one capable of leading and stick with him, allow him to learn and grow. Knee-jerk reaction to every single series will lead to the situation of 6 x-captains.

    Same is the case with democracy in Pakistan. The first thing that comes with democracy is corruption (it also comes with other forms of government). The idea is to have some patience, let the system grow and slowly introduce and implement transparency into the system and try to minimize corruption.

    Eliminating corruption is not realistic (which country has zero corruption?), you can only minimize to the extent that it is not generally harmful.

    The key ingredients are patience and faith. It is an irony that the people of an Islamic republic don't have faith in institutions/captains, faith of the people is misplaced.

  • well wisher on January 8, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    The problem with Pakistanis is pointed out by Ian Chappel in the interview that can be found under the same title. You don't have 6 x-captains playiing in the side. You observe the lot, find one capable of leading and stick with him, allow him to learn and grow. Knee-jerk reaction to every single series will lead to the situation of 6 x-captains.

    Same is the case with democracy in Pakistan. The first thing that comes with democracy is corruption (it also comes with other forms of government). The idea is to have some patience, let the system grow and slowly introduce and implement transparency into the system and try to minimize corruption.

    Eliminating corruption is not realistic (which country has zero corruption?), you can only minimize to the extent that it is not generally harmful.

    The key ingredients are patience and faith. It is an irony that the people of an Islamic republic don't have faith in institutions/captains, faith of the people is misplaced.

  • MARLO on January 8, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Dear president, We can even collect 1 $ from each of our to-be one million members to pay a million dollars to make you save our cricket. What you say

  • SHAHID on January 8, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    And if you don't act then be ready for our next letter to your bosses in American embassy in Islamabad lol

  • SHAHID on January 8, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    DEAR PRESIDENT,

    In support of Mr. Abbasi's open letter I have the following to add, THROUGH CRICKET YOU REACH TO HEARTS OF THE POOREST OF POOREST.

    DO IT TO GAIN A HEAVY SUPPORT IN THE MASSES WHEN YOU MOST NEED SOME POPULARITY. IT WILL BE THE GREATEST OF POLITICAL SPINS FOR YOU WHILE BEING IN LOT OF POLITICAL PRESSURE. ANNOUNCE OPENLY THE CHANGE AND INVITE YOUR WORST RIVAL IMRAN KHAN FOR HELP. DO IT FAST WHEN THE SENTIMENTS ARE HOT. and you will see everybody say ZARDARI KAPPE and your acceptence graph will shoot upward.

    If want to have a hint then see how nephews and son in laws are in the team while they average in 20s while there are players with averages in 40s waiting for their chances to come.

  • well wisher on January 8, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    The problem with Pakistanis is pointed out by Ian Chappel in the interview that can be found under the same title. You don't have 6 x-captains playiing in the side. You observe the lot, find one capable of leading and stick with him, allow him to learn and grow. Knee-jerk reaction to every single series will lead to the situation of 6 x-captains.

    Same is the case with democracy in Pakistan. The first thing that comes with democracy is corruption (it also comes with other forms of government). The idea is to have some patience, let the system grow and slowly introduce and implement transparency into the system and try to minimize corruption.

    Eliminating corruption is not realistic (which country has zero corruption?), you can only minimize to the extent that it is not generally harmful.

    The key ingredients are patience and faith. It is an irony that the people of an Islamic republic don't have faith in institutions/captains, faith of the people is misplaced.

  • Kamran on January 8, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    BOGUS... What a Sham you are!! I will be contacting the cricinfo editor to remove you from this blog altogether. Knee jerk reaction and populist theory. I should seriously think that you get your head checked out! Idiotic and scrupulous!!!

  • Nadeem Mirza on January 8, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: Forget you!

    Writting letter to Mr. President? My eight year old would have done better than this.

    There are real problem over there that needs his attention. Serious problems like corruption, terrorism, illitracy, over population. List goes on and on. President himself is accused of corruption.

    Come on give it a rest, this is just a GAME. Next thing you would like to do is give capital punishment to the players who come from a loosing side. These are very sentiments that have pushed players to become so defensive like Yousuf, or lost their minds like Younis.

    Give Players, whoever they are, some space, time and freedom. They will eventually deliver.

    If you are in the line of fire, you won't be able to write or do anything for that matter.

    When you bowled toformer Pakistan Prime Minister why didn't you appealed to him for changes.

    Come out of the fool's paradise and face the realty. We need to resolve real problems first before thriving in sports

  • SHAHID on January 8, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    TO ALL READERS....IMPORTANT

    It's not enough to make comments here and then rest and watch. Every one who likes Abbasi's initiative should consider himself a prime worker of this cause. We are few but we have to take it to ONE MILLION FOLLOWERS. We all should join this cause on facebook and then we should actively work to make our facebook friends join it too. We should start a chain where every new who joins, asks the next one to try get all their facebook friends on board and ask them to do the same.

    ZARDARI MAY NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS, BUT A MILLION MEMBER GROUP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR SURE.

  • Jawed on January 8, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi - Millions of cricket fans support you + your noble efforts to bring positive changes in Pakistan Cricket.

    You have very correctly felt the "pulse" and depicted the pain of devastated pak. cricket fans.

    Its high time that swift, drastic + sweeping actions are taken!

    P.C.B.Officials, Think-Tanks, Selectors, Captain & Coaches must appear before "EHTISAB-committee" for their sins.

    Defensive field settings/defensive mind-set + hara-kiri batting on 4th. day was "THE CARDINAL SIN" committed by Captain + Think-tanks).

    Basis past record/performance, Kamran Akmal can be exonerated as he is prone to dropping catches (this fact was already well-established and known before SCG FIASCO/CALAMITY).

    I wish and pray that our President act swiftly!

    Jawed, Karachi

  • MOHAMMED IMRAN on January 8, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi for the 1st time in a long time u said something right!!!!! Only if the pakistani cricket player could read this blog and the previous 1, to see wat pain they have gave us.Its like they only thing that they knw to give us, i have became used to it and my advice would be that the rest of the fans also become use to it!!!!!!!!!!!

    A PAKISTANI FAN WITH A BROKEN HEART!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JamJar on January 8, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Kamran

    Your post this time is laughable! I'd expected a more fitting response from you.

    To address a letter to the President and asking him to save Pakistan cricket is a joke. You mention cronyism, nepotism and all other distastful aspects of Pakistan Cricket and life. Yet you address it to the biggest crook of them all.

    Disgraeful; spineless, a complete sham. A fist in the guts of their supporters; no team can do it like Pakistan. Its takene me days to bear the courage and write these words. Pakistan's performance and the manner of their defeat is enough to make anyone take early retirement from being a Pak fan. Quite frankyl, there are better things to do than throw our weight behind this sorry lot.

    I actually thought Yousuf was doing surprisingly well as skipper but the final day of the test showed the timid nature of Pakistan. I'd still like to see him as skipper, but dropping Akmal as wicketkeeper is a must and surely now the PCB must see this? Or do they all need to be sectioned?

  • Karim on January 7, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    You are writing to the most corrupt person on this planet. Thats even a bigger joke than Pakistan's performance in Sydeny test

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    I doubt the president can fully understand the vocabulary in this letter, as he isn't too highly educated I believe

  • Amar Zaidi on January 7, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Sydney Test is result of Politics in Pakistan Cricket. Shame on players to let their country down at this time when we need all the hope and good things. I believe these players have the capability of winning against any time and due to politics in the team and careless approach of players they are letting whole nation down.

    If higher management is unable to fix this they should be shown the door also. Cricket is second religion in Pakistan and people who mess with this should be punished

  • Kamran Abbasi on January 7, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Two points of clarification:

    1 Thank you for pointing out the "hidden" irony in this letter. The irony isn't hidden, it's intentional.

    2 In my view, the letter had to be addressed to the boss of the PCB Chairman.

    Thanks for your comments. Spread the word. Let's reach that 1 million and take action!

  • Khawer abbasi on January 7, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Worst player in the history of cricket Faisal Iqbal...y not any1 talk about him...i would say kick him as he doesn,t deserve to be in team...he is there only becauz of mianadad...too many chances for salman butt,imran farhat...shld other players in domestic stop playing cricket???seems like they will not gonna get chance 4ever if it keep on happenig like this...PCB is just stupid,unqualified..they even don,t know how to make money..make ur cricket better money will come automatically otherwise they r gonna endup wid nothing...

  • Sam M. on January 7, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Kamran, your letter should be addressed to God. First to rid the country of corrupt, embarrassing leadership which includes Zardari and his cronies. Once good leadership is established, the PCB will sort itself out.

    Pakistan's government is a farce, even an American like me can see that. I'm expecting Zardari's support to deteriorate before another military coup installs yet another military dictator.

  • Javed Zarif Canada on January 7, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Good efort Kamran but do you really expect something good of this corrupt of the corrupts. As i mentioned in one of my posts that cricket is a reflection of our national state that we are going through. First clean the very institution of presidency before we start worring about any other institution. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • Faisal on January 7, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Forget Zardari!! After the Sydney loss People should protest on the streets!!!!Also, better exposure needs to be given to young talent or outstanding performances in domestic cricket. I do not buy Javed Miandads theory of players not being given a proper run(exception being Fawad Alam).He probably was speaking for his nephew, Faisal Iqbal. I mean for godsake dropping Hussey off Kaneria 3 times. akmal should have been kicked out long time ago.Australia did not win this, we just gifted them this match.Yousof should be relieved of his post post as captain as he still believes that his field settings were correct!!! I know he is illiterate and common sense is no 'longer common' but this was beyond comprehension. The match was actually lost not soley because of Yousuf decison but because of Kamran Akmal. Chumchagir Misbah SOB Haq, should be replaced by Fawad Alam. Salman Butt is only ok for test cricket and with an average of 30, he is a very average player but Imran Farhat is useless.

  • Usman Zia on January 7, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    The more i think about it the more i get upset. I dont even have words any more to describe my emotions. I have seen this team through good and bad but this is the worst. But it was bound to happen after they gave Kamran Akmal every opportunity to destroy our team. He was the main culprit behind the england series loss in 2006 that started our downfall. The only positive from this is maybe now someone will realize somewhere that things are not right and get rid of 1. Ejaz Butt and his corrput staff 2. Mohammad YOusuf to turn into ordinary player not captain 3. Kamran Akmal, Shoib Malik, Misbah banned for life for conspiricing in the team 4. AFridi forced to play and captain all teams 5. Younus forced to play 6. A strict retired non-corrput army personal should be named the manager of the team. 7. Javed Miandad be coach with Waqar. 8. Patron of chief should be elected not the President. 9. (as a joke) if president is patron, give him 20 % and everthing will be alright.

  • suresh kumar on January 7, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    i have always maintained that imran khan should play a very important part in pak cricket. he should head the pak cricket establishment. he spots talent and knows to get the best out of them.and he is probably one who really cares for pak cricket. suresh. hopeasha@gmail.com

  • adnan on January 7, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    president sahab.. pehley apni kursi bachaney sey to fursat pa jain.. man kamran.. i thought u knew a lil bit more about pakistan then that letter / appeal / pleading/ begging wat ever you may wanna call it displays.. the mismanagement/ the financial fiacos, personal profiteering starts from the president downwards in pakistan.. u want a corrupt bastard to correct corruption.. I+R+O+N+I+C

  • The Truth on January 7, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    For God's sake, ask anyone else for a good change but the President (Asif A Zardari).

    Bhai, yahan par to away ka awa hi bigra hua hay.

  • Bosco Martyres on January 7, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Fabulous letter Kamran. As an ex pat Pakistani living in Canada, I weep for what is being done to this wonderful country by evil forces. I hope and pray that all Pakistanis unite in an effort to save not only the cricket team, but also the nation. We need honest, strong, patriots who will not sell their souls. Wonderful letter.

  • Mudassar Rana on January 7, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    The whole pakistani nation knows that the president is not interested in pakistani cricket. He and his gang of crooks know that there time is limited so he and his 90 odd ministers are looking to fill their boots. This 4th day was the day that i wanted to kill myself. it felt as if the seniors in the side had left their manhood at home, they came out scared of victory. unbelievable. Yousuf is a nice guy.. but not a leader. We need Afridi. Doesnt matter about his limitations the man inspires people and the likes of umar akmal and aamir need inspiration.

  • Shabbirsheriff on January 7, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Brother Kamran- glad that you took the initiative to approach President of Pakistan, wish all other senior cricketers joins you with this task. We Pakistani in Toronto spent the sleepless night cursing the entire lot of idiots excepts few who fought their guts out to bring Pakistan at the edge of victory. Now- if Mr. President is truely patriotic, honest and loyal to the nation- he will then overhaul the entire PCB, otherwise what friends are commenting above about him will be considered as true. Lets pray to God for some miracle. God bless Pakistan and PCB.

  • Syed Noman on January 7, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    I ate out, watched movie, tried every possible activity in my book to take my mind off this shameful act but failed miserably. My emotions were brutally murdered and for many hours I kept looking for appropriate words to curse those hateful people. I end up deleting sports channels and that is what our politicians and leaders want. They want to take every possible cheer out of our life. I am so disgusted and I will do anything to gain enough power to correct few things. I will not let them murder our great nation. Ameen.

  • amir cheema on January 7, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Kamran you should requst this to Cheif Justic. Have a publicly appointed chairman throug election and the all the selection commette.Shahid Afridi should be the one to captain for test/odi/20/20.Y K should be ban from cricket for his bizar behavier. Besides every thing these crickter should be ashame for him self.Which country gave them the fame and money and love oh my God at least give some thing back you blody fool.

  • mna on January 7, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Dropping 5 catches and missing a run out, dropping a guy THREE times off same bowler who then goes on to score a century and wins the match, having droped atleast 15 cathes off same bowler in last 15 tests, droping atleast one catch per ODI, and this untouchable WK of our National side continue to lead the journey of destruction for our team.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 7, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Nice try Kamran. It just might work. Pakistan has been rolling down hill as a country for over three decades. Even our corrupt politicians are amazed to find the country still kicking&alive on the world map. Zardari unfortunately carries a bad reputation. It will do a world of good for Zardari's political future, if he can liberate Pakistan from all forms of corruption. A great first step is to make PCB an autonomous sports body, truly independent of bureaucratic control, with elected members at the helm, promoting the sport of cricket, raising its standard to meet the high expectations of the global cricket fans. A professionally run Cricket Body will do wonders for Pakistan Cricket & free it from nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement which is systematically destroying the sport. Talented and educated players will get in to the national side on the basis of performance, managers & coaches will be selected on merit. The team will play for glory & make its fans proud. Dream on

  • Muhammad Z.Haq on January 7, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Good effort, However I feel that state of Pakistan cricket reflects the country,why it should be the other way around and be any different? I agree that it is very painful when you hear from various commentators and see the immense and prodigal talent that comes out of no where ,without any coaching or facilities, had we mediocre talent then it would be have been less painful.But this problem is obviously sytemic and historic and is now part of our national psyche,remember the 60's and early 70s when we had lot of good names but politics and other factors lead to no worthwhile performance ,We have to be patient and accept this state of affairs unless that is an improvement overrall where talent,merit and ability is respected and nurtured and favoritism /cronyism is rooted out sytemically, I do not see it happening any time soon though

  • arshid on January 7, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    our president is the bigest thief in the world what u expect from him we should kick him out first

  • AB on January 7, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Reading thru all the comments, loosk like the president of Pakistan is really useless. Instead of just cribbing abt it, why dont you folks act and impeach him and elect a good representative to serve the nation? Democracy...rings a bell?

  • nain tara on January 7, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Sorry kamran , mr. zardari needs to ask his boss first .... Obama amd americans who else...actually its betta 2 ask those who r ruling dis country not their servants ! Letter to the americans: As u have taken over our country , so please kindly take over the pcb as well which i think u have forgotten to do so...atleast u wont be worse then dis board n u can mak our cricket much betta.

  • haris on January 7, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    We would have won this match on third day if Kamran Akamal was a true professional Keeper not a make shift one. Chasing any target by any team against Australia would always be a challenge because they play like a fighter unit irrespective to the situation of the game. They are tough opponent who would never lose their nerves and keep on pressing their opposition till the last delivery of the Game. Dropping 4 catches and a run out against Australia is a major crime Kamran you have broken our hearts by not being honest you are just a good stroke-player so be it. I think you should never keep in international level because you have prove repeatedly that you are not a genuine keeper and you tend harm the team by your sloppy keeping over and over again. Yosuf did great over all he drew the test series in NZ land and if the batsman would have kept their nerves we would have won both tests as well as series. Over all team has been playing competitive cricket byt missing killing instinct.

  • IA on January 7, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    As a added incentive to our beloved President, lets give him 10% of the players' earnings from matches won in the future--maybe this will pique his interest.

  • Sanjay on January 7, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    This is childish, this is funny. There are million other things Pakistan has to improve or correct itself before even thinking about cricket. once you start addressing those issues , other things will automatically fall in place. When human's are dying left and right in daily bombings, your heart should go out with them, rather than thinking about the game. Cricket can wait.

  • Adeel Khan on January 7, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    The obvious irony of this letter/petition to save something so dear to a lot of us Pakistanis, going to one of the most arrogantly corrupt politician of our generation speaks itself for the state of our state.

    Maybe a revolution within the cricketing realms of improving domestic infrastructure, treating cricket as a professional sport, including people who not only know about Cricket but have some business and management skills, treating sportsmen based on talent would start something that might seep into other part of our society....

    NOT going to happen I know, because we are the only society in the world who will continue to "vote" for the same corrupt morons to be our leaders. Why do we blame the people who we chose to run these departments after they run it the only way they are capable of.

    This should be a request to people of Pakistan, next time we select a leader keep in mind this humiliation we suffered in sports arena because its all intertwined....

  • ali on January 7, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    kick out all the punjabis from cricket team and bring pathans...punjabis are hurting team

  • omar hussain on January 7, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Nice letter.If only we had a President who cared for our country.Zardari is a corrupted crook and traitor in the pay of the USA who will insha-allah meet the same fate as those others like him who ruthlessly looted Pakistan i.e. his father-in-law,his late wife,Zia-ul-Haq etc.Mr Nawaz Sharif is no less and a similar fate awaits him.Your sentiments are all Pakistan's sentiments.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 7, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    I don't know what your problem is. You had problem with Dr. Nasim Ashraf and now we have beloved Ejaz Butt. You had problems with openers and now your favorite opener Salman Butt is there. You had problems with Younis Khan and now Yousuf is there. With Fawad Alam gone as scapegoat, probably you should go after the remaining players of Karachi i.e. Mohammed Sami and Faisal Iqbal (the later I have no problem axing). Would that solve your problem?

  • Hamzah on January 7, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Inept Cricket board. Inept Captain. Inept Wicket keeper. Inept fielding. Inept batting. The only reason we even managed to challenge such an ordinary Australian team was due to our skilful bowlers and helpful conditions on day 1. I am sure our FAT vice captain will retain his place and remain untouchable, no matter how many catches he drops behind the stumps. As Mo Yousuf says we mustn't damage the sensitive confidence of Kamran Akmal!!!!! Please also explain to me WHAT THE HELL is Intikhab Alam's role/input into the team. The man was out of date about 20yrs ago but instead of implementing new ideas PAK goes back to the past. Younis Khan must be at home right now laughing at the chokers we call our national cricket team.

  • fawad on January 7, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Cricket is in our blood and so I strongly agree with this letter. Inshallah the PCB will soon realise and make changes as necessary. Thank you Dil Dil Pakistan

  • RAZA ULLAH on January 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    These letters to anybody in Pakistan will not do any good, as long as we don't change our psyche for the better. It is our national trait we are basically gutless when it comes to aggression and fightback spirit and determination. We are very good when we are on top but chickens under pressure. The question is who is going to change this despicable trait. I don't see anybody doing it in Pakistan. Do you? Raza Ullah

  • Hadeel on January 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    As much as i would love to believe that the Pakistan cricket team will once again be restored to its former glory it is hard for me to watch every game, listen to every piece of news and slowly see ourselves, our hopes, our passion for the game, for the country and for the team amount to nothing but hopelessness.

    I applaud your support and your venture to arouse the attention and the plea of a nation that desperately looks to cricket to be their beacon of hope. I love this game, i love my country and i sincerely hope that this letter is actually brought to its rightful attention

    On the other hand, ridiculous suggestions like kamran akmal and shoaib malik and mohammad yousuf ( who as incompetent as one may believe him to be is a stand in captain), should be done away with. These are senior players, they make all the difference i think Australia and South Africa have been proof that experience is essential for cricket. Youth can only do so much

    God save our team, God save Pakistan.

  • Dr. M Nadeem Khan on January 7, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Zardari & accountability, are you nuts kamran, it's like asking a robber to look after a bank. PCB should not be an independent Govt. institution, it should be run & more importantly audited by private sector. The Chairman & board members should be elected not selected. As far as the players are concern, Kamran is a good player slightly out of touch, give him some coaching from R Latif. Salman butt,S Malik and Imran Farhat has been given a lot of chances, but they will never learn, kick them. Yusuf is a class player but lacks brain for captaincy, Afridi should be capt for all 3 types of games & he is always a good sports man and a handy bowler. Nasir Jamshed and that shehzad guy should get some more chances. Y Khan, man without a brain should only be given a chance in test matches if he performs in domestic cricket.Misbah is too old to be given any more opportunities. Above all raise the standards of the domestic cricket,any stupid punter can give performance there & get selected.

  • raa a on January 7, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    save pakistan first then save pakistan cricket!!!! if Mr Zardari ohhh sorry used the wrong name mr 10% lol thats the image of pakistan!!!!!

  • haya khan on January 7, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    i m ashamed of my coward captain. defensive approach when any one teams like Ireland would have attack. 2 days and 176 to make ah but our team was in so much hurry , i think so their plane was leaving a bit early. no solution of pak cricket until they make them committed and play only for country. yousaf should resign , but my God who should captain the team? and by the way chief has certain more things to do.

  • Muhammad Asghar Shahzad on January 7, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I am following Pakistani cricket since my childhood. I feel that our cricketers have had God given natural cricketing skills much better than any other cricket playing nation in the world. We just need to polish these God given skills in a scientific way and this theory should be applied to every other sphere of the lives of the Pakistanis. Our people have shown that they can reach the top, if good sincere and motivated leadership is provided. Dear Mr. Abbasi, we should support the cricket team instead of cursing them. In this regard, I would like to say that these cricketers need some educational courses relating to leadership, psychology, and behavioral science in addition to their routine training in cricket. We just need to change the mindset of these people in order to impart positive thinking, goal orientation, sense of situation for correct action under pressure situation and to remove their fear of defeat etc etc.

  • Naveed Khan on January 7, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Did Kamran ask what is the cut of Mr. Zardari in the profits of PCB. PCB is run in an autocratic manner at the whims of the Chairman. No constitution, little accountability and Captains with siege mentality will disgrace and kill Pakistan Cricket. It will cause Psychological damage to Pakistan's urban population.

  • nasir farid on January 7, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Dear Kamran, this is getting beyond a joke now. Pakistan Cricket (apart from T20) is doomed and gloomed. Theres so many things to point out, where does one begin??? All this nonsense that is going on with pakistan cricket has to be sorted out at the GRASS ROOTS. 1. Sack the current imcompetent PCB, and bring in people who are actually qualified to do the job! 2. Improve Quality of First Class cricket in pakistan, 3. Stop producing flat tracks/dead wickets for our batsmen to enjoy. The more harder you make it for them to score on, the more you'd improve their batting skills, 4. Bring in specialist fielding coaches for the juniors of pakistani cricket, thas because if you teach them from a young age, they will automatically become good fielders as they grow up. 5. When selecting batsmen, don't just go on stats...for e.g best average, look at temperament of player, did he give his wicket away or was he bowled by a good ball..etc

  • Atif on January 7, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    I hope Mohd Yousuf keeps the captaincy. He'll learn from his mistakes...But K Akmal needs to give way for another wkt keeper. 5 dropped catches and a missed run-out is simply unacceptable and he IS responsible for this loss. Younis Khan needs to stay away from the national team and prove himself in the domestic circuit first. A true captain never leaves his ship stranded and thats exactly what he did. I say give Misbah another chance since his 65* in the first test did prevent Pakistan from losing inside 3 days although Shahid Afridi is a true allrounder. Faisal Iqbal needs to go home!!! Nasir Jamshed or the U19 captain Ahmed Shehzad can be tried at the one down spot.

  • AA on January 7, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    It rouined my sleep as it was past mid night here in Toronto (Canada), and now 2 days in row. How many times we've to go through this missery. Everyone responsible for this must face serious conciconces for playing it loose. In such a case, performence should be measure as for just this TEST match because they have let it go...Start with Imran Farhat for playing harsh, then Sulman Butt, Faisal Iqbal should be banned for rest of his life. Yosouf has chosen is verdict for being disqualifying as a Captian. Misbha banned completely. Kamran Akmal restriction and the bowlers should have learned their lessons from Siddle on how to stay on the wicket. Don't let them go away without learning a lesson for rest of their cricket carrier. They have shown the worst and they should be treated in such a way too. They should know when to play as a TEST or ONE day way before they got selected in the PAKISTAN team. We should not let them ruined the name of PAKISTAN cricket, let alone the country.

  • Inty on January 7, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Kamran, the only problem is that this letter is addressed to the most crooked corrupt man in Pakistan's history! Expect no change!

  • Syed Nadeem Farooq on January 7, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    I fully support your demands. I will add some more to it. 1. Remove incompetent PCB Management 2. Cahnge Captain of the Team 3. Get rid of Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq , Shoaib Malik and Mohd. Yousuf Permanently.

    We need players who can bat at any number.

    GOD save our Team

  • mehatpur bulandpuri on January 7, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    There is both priase if they won First Victory in 15een years now they lost it why the reason Australia is better team tnan Pakistan\ Drops catch is make any diff nO they don't know how to win need some good batsman like Dhoni Gambir Yuvraj or Shewag they know all the guts

  • qasemh on January 7, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Your letter is full of ironies. I wonder if you know who the president of Pakistan is. He could issue an NRO for cricketers and the PCB to help us move on in the spirit of "forgive and forget". Nevertheless I support your sentiments.

  • zeeshan on January 7, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    I feel your pain kamran. most of us share the same agonizing pain following sydney defeat. As for the letter, asking this president to "FIX" or "SAVE" something is very naive of you.

  • Mazen Khan on January 7, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Great Idea and a Great Letter! I only hope that it REALLY woks and that there is someone who would actually READ it and Implement what should be done, IMMEDIATELY! Great initiative Kamran Bhai...we need more and more people like yourself... I pray for my team to start playing for their nation, leave everything else out because playing for your country is what matters and for all those people who watch every Pakistan match (Like Myself)... @ Adeel : u couldn't be more right...lol @ Waleed: u know any one else?...lol...Mr. 10% would definately be the right person to cure any financial mismanagement... God Help us in this tough time! Ameen

  • yasser on January 7, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    "nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement, to name a few misdemeanours."

    hahah does our president even know what these words mean?!?!?

  • imran on January 7, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    good job kamran. its very important for president to remove PCB officials and appoint someone like rameez/amir sohail/javed miadad or abdul qadeer. if zardari doesnt remove PCB, it would lead to beleive that zardari has financial interest in PCB. who knows, maybe zardari is also making money off PCB by getting kickbacks

  • KA$H on January 7, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Do you seriously think that Zadari has the time, inclination and moral authority to clean up Pak cricket. If miracalously he did intervene, it'd be the most cronic case of the kettle calling the Pot black that has gone on record

  • kazim on January 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    The terrible situation in Pakistan at moment with the wanton carnage of human life isn't going to sidetrack an incompetent Zardari.He seems to be busy doing nothing,that appears to be the normal operating mode of Pakistani politicians.Who cares about a bunch of losing cricketers,that causes more embarrassment than joy?I suppose musharaf might have been a better person to be appealing for help than Zardari.

  • numan on January 7, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    the sydney test has left me devastated.i m at loss of words for how can one lose a test match after dominating it for three consecutive days. still i feel more happy now than i was when the t20 world cup was won coz this shameful loss will mean focussing on all that is being done wrong with pakistan cricket(hopefully...sigh)

  • AsadAK on January 7, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    The whole Govt. is corrupt. The president is the no.1 corrupted guy, he is only worried about his positiion. Ijaz Butt and all other officials who are running PCB should be jailed forever.

  • shackaf on January 7, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    very nice

  • numan on January 7, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    the sydney test has left me devastated.i m at loss of words for how can one lose a test match after dominating it for three consecutive days. still i feel more happy now than i was when the t20 world cup was won coz this shameful loss will mean focussing on all that is being done wrong with pakistan cricket(hopefully...sigh)

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    @Adeel - Love your comment

    President Sahab has his own, "more important" things to worry about

  • Stani Army on January 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Kamran, you should have set up a petition to get rid of this incompetent patron of the PCB first. This problem will only be fixed if you start at the roots.

    If cricket is the mirror reflecting the state of the nation, then our cricket is also the mirror reflecting the state of our government.

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

    "Successive regimes of the Pakistan Cricket Board, under the patronage of the President of Pakistan, have indulged in nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement, to name a few misdemeanours." - hilarious - I'm sure he's the right person to talk to about this :P

  • adeel on January 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    but who will save the president then...lolzz

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  • adeel on January 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    but who will save the president then...lolzz

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

    "Successive regimes of the Pakistan Cricket Board, under the patronage of the President of Pakistan, have indulged in nepotism, cronyism, and financial mismanagement, to name a few misdemeanours." - hilarious - I'm sure he's the right person to talk to about this :P

  • Stani Army on January 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Kamran, you should have set up a petition to get rid of this incompetent patron of the PCB first. This problem will only be fixed if you start at the roots.

    If cricket is the mirror reflecting the state of the nation, then our cricket is also the mirror reflecting the state of our government.

  • Usman on January 7, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    @Adeel - Love your comment

    President Sahab has his own, "more important" things to worry about

  • numan on January 7, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    the sydney test has left me devastated.i m at loss of words for how can one lose a test match after dominating it for three consecutive days. still i feel more happy now than i was when the t20 world cup was won coz this shameful loss will mean focussing on all that is being done wrong with pakistan cricket(hopefully...sigh)

  • shackaf on January 7, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    very nice

  • AsadAK on January 7, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    The whole Govt. is corrupt. The president is the no.1 corrupted guy, he is only worried about his positiion. Ijaz Butt and all other officials who are running PCB should be jailed forever.

  • numan on January 7, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    the sydney test has left me devastated.i m at loss of words for how can one lose a test match after dominating it for three consecutive days. still i feel more happy now than i was when the t20 world cup was won coz this shameful loss will mean focussing on all that is being done wrong with pakistan cricket(hopefully...sigh)

  • kazim on January 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    The terrible situation in Pakistan at moment with the wanton carnage of human life isn't going to sidetrack an incompetent Zardari.He seems to be busy doing nothing,that appears to be the normal operating mode of Pakistani politicians.Who cares about a bunch of losing cricketers,that causes more embarrassment than joy?I suppose musharaf might have been a better person to be appealing for help than Zardari.

  • KA$H on January 7, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Do you seriously think that Zadari has the time, inclination and moral authority to clean up Pak cricket. If miracalously he did intervene, it'd be the most cronic case of the kettle calling the Pot black that has gone on record