Australia 2009-10 January 12, 2010

Please, green cap before greenbacks

Differences of opinion are inevitable but the serious problem is that the spat has reinforced the fears of many Pakistan supporters who believe that the players are hell bent on putting themselves first and above the interests of the national team
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Without his batting ability Kamran Akmal would be universally condemned, and perhaps that is his salvation © AFP
 

The manner of Pakistan's final day capitulation in Sydney was always going to hurt players and supporters. Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal and Misbah ul Haq in particular were unlikely to extract much sympathy.

No surprise there then, but Team Pakistan has managed to find another way to surprise us. The host television company could not have hoped for better other than to organise a Pop Idol style public vote to decide who will keep wicket for Pakistan. Stumper Idol doesn't have quite the same ring to it but I'd have tuned in.

My guess is Kamran would be voted out. Most fans have lost faith in his glovework and the Sydney Test just reminded everybody how often he has dropped important chances, opportunities that decide between success and failure.

Without his batting ability Kamran would be universally condemned, and perhaps that is his salvation. The boy can bat but he is too prone to throw his wicket away. A stint as a specialist batsmen might force him to rethink his attitude and give Pakistan another genuine batting option.

But the real issue of this week has been the sinister sentiment surrounding the wicketkeeping row. Yousuf, Kamran, and possibly Umar have seemed to hold one view while the PCB and the rest of the team management have held another.

Differences of opinion are inevitable but the serious problem is that the spat has reinforced the fears of many Pakistan supporters who believe that the players are hell bent on putting themselves first and above the interests of the national team.

There was a time when wearing the green cap with five pointed gold star was the pinnacle of achievement. Yes, some unworthy players got to wear it but it was hard to argue that the majority were probably the best available.

Unfortunately, the last decade or so has seen politics and personal preferences take an even firmer grip of cricketing affairs. Fans no longer have confidence that the best are being rewarded with the cap. Nor do they have confidence that those with the cap will act in the best interests of the team.

This might not be true but the perception is damning. Pakistan supporters old enough to remember will recall a time when their representatives wore the cap with pride and fought to the last. The perception is that priorities have changed.

An eternity in the limelight and an IPL contract have become the objectives of modern players. I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine, and hang Pakistan cricket. Ultimately, the cricket board is responsible for tolerating this nonsense, and players are responsible for allowing us to question their motives.

Values are important in times of adversity. Australia built a cricketing legacy upon them. The baggy green is still the most treasured and well-earned possession of any Australian cricketer. It's a lesson that is hitting Pakistan cricket squarely in the face and will continue to do so over the next 12 months. For Pakistan's cricketers, what better value could there be than putting the green cap before greenbacks?

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  • Syed Jaffery on January 15, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    The comment made by Yousuf after the second days play is totally rubbish. He is a captiain of the team and he should restrained himself of making such comments to the media. Though Salman Butt is a lazy runner but still two run outs are just shocking. This is not a one day game or a 20-20 game niether we are chasing some target in this Test. Only thing we are doing here is to save this test and that's we can only do by staying at the crease. Secondly this Australlian side is weak side as compared to the Champion side of the past and there was a real chance of beating them as West Indies performance showed. But we are weak in every department except perhaps bowling. But than these bowlers cannot bat, cannot field and drop easy catches.

  • Hamid on January 15, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Oh dear! things are going terribly wrong for Pakistan ever since Kamran Akmal dropped those catches on the 4th Day of the Sidney Test. Watching Pak play is a sorry sight. A major over haul is badly needed. First get rid of Intikhab, not even fit to manage the Karachi Zoo, then that big Butt , Ijaz next the following players should be retired: Mohd Yousuf, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaniera and most inept WK Kamran Akmal. Yes, a complete sweep of the rubbish thats causing all the problem.

  • Cricket Fan on January 15, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    The hight of embarassment, for the coach and our players, should be to see the snap shot of Khurram Manzoor trying to hold a ball. It is as if he is waiting for the miracle to happen BECAUSE THE EYES ARE ALL CLOSED. Such might be the acceptable standard for the OLD "should retire" Coach. A simple rule to drop the player from the team if he is fielding bad or dropping catches would be enough. You would see them working very deligently in improving their fielding when they are sitting outside, no special coach is needed. I wonder what kind of coaching is required for a test player for him to hold a catch, I do not see any. Just requires extensive practice which obviously is missing in the training camp. There is no room for Inte as a coach and no room for Yousuf to be a captain. His docile attitude is making it worse coupled with his defensive attitude. We need captains like Imran who could call names outloud for the whole world to listen. Such is the requirement for our players.

  • hammad kalim on January 14, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Mr Abaasi you are right about every thing. That's where Pakistani cricket stands right now to look after each other's back not to look after pakistani cricket. peolpe like Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Misbah ul Haq,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal,Salman Butt needs to out of national team. Pakistani selectors who ever they are need to go back to their day jobs. May be we need to bring some Australian coach and his crew .They might care more about Pakistani cricket than our own pakistani administers.It might sound strange but true.Atleast OZ'S bring professionalism to their game.

  • Noor on January 14, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Better to sack Intikhab and get someone from the recent period of our cricket i.e.Wasim Akram. Yousuf should have been sent home along with Kamran Akmal. Younis Khan, what a waste of money on old hands that consistently scores under 10 runs. When do our cricket board learn the future of Pakistan's lays in the hands of young players. Why are they keep wasting time and money on failures? What Pakistan needs are fresh new faces, even if thet fail it worth experimenting, not that our so- call expience players have performed well.

  • nasir raza dar on January 14, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Hamid,The big question is who is going to motivate the players? Captain??he don`t have believe in himself how could he motivate the team & coach? it is a laughable question.I think the only persons in this whole lot who have self believe are the four fast bowlers & their coach Waqar Younis who despite all the odds are bowling there heart out & the result is this that selection committee send Sami to strengthen the bowling,He played one match, proved himself & called back.Is this the name of the game? MOTIVATION.If this is motivation then Mr Ifs & BUTTS let me know what is demotivation & I think the answer will be continuing with non performers from Dubai to Australia & holding of PCB Posts by people like IFs & BUTTS.They dam care about PRIDE OF PAKISTAN.They care about their own POCKETS.They themselves are non performers right from TOP to Bottom. KIS KIS KA NAAM LAIN it is a very long list.

  • Hamid on January 14, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Pakistan's fielding: From what Inti says, we're to believe this is the best it can be. When he talks about grass roots solution to fielding that is for teams of the future. What solution does he have for the present? None. He keeps repeating the same statement as if asking us to accept present standard of fielding as the norm for Pakistan. If that is the case then Pakistan should forget about winning any matches. Intikhab played his cricket at a time when Pakistan fielding was just as it is now and may be that is why he thinks it is OK to drop catches by dozens. Sorry coach, this standard of fielding is not acceptable and I am sure there is a solution other than grassroots. After all our fielding has not always been this bad. You need to motivate your players, coach.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 14, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Yesterday the fans were tormented to watch the poorest display of cricket that Pakistan Captain had to offer. Obviously he pays not attention to this blog or to his critics. After the fielders let down the bowlers and Ponting was dropped at 0, the Pakistan pace attack continued to dominate and apply good pressure on the two batsmen at the crease. There was no sense to introduce Danish. Yusuf probably has no knowledge that both Ponting and Clarke are good players of spin. After tea Yusuf totally lost confidence in the ability of his bowlers and became even more defensive. The bowlers were asked to bowl wide of the off stump, to dry down the runs & expect two set batsmen to make mistakes and get out. These tactics are unsporting & certainly demoralize the fielding side. Yusuf has no idea of Captaincy and if the PCB persists with him for the ODI series, barring a miracle that series too will be lost. I wish someone can tell Yusuf and the coaches that, "attack is the best form of defense".

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  • Syed Jaffery on January 15, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    The comment made by Yousuf after the second days play is totally rubbish. He is a captiain of the team and he should restrained himself of making such comments to the media. Though Salman Butt is a lazy runner but still two run outs are just shocking. This is not a one day game or a 20-20 game niether we are chasing some target in this Test. Only thing we are doing here is to save this test and that's we can only do by staying at the crease. Secondly this Australlian side is weak side as compared to the Champion side of the past and there was a real chance of beating them as West Indies performance showed. But we are weak in every department except perhaps bowling. But than these bowlers cannot bat, cannot field and drop easy catches.

  • Hamid on January 15, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Oh dear! things are going terribly wrong for Pakistan ever since Kamran Akmal dropped those catches on the 4th Day of the Sidney Test. Watching Pak play is a sorry sight. A major over haul is badly needed. First get rid of Intikhab, not even fit to manage the Karachi Zoo, then that big Butt , Ijaz next the following players should be retired: Mohd Yousuf, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaniera and most inept WK Kamran Akmal. Yes, a complete sweep of the rubbish thats causing all the problem.

  • Cricket Fan on January 15, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    The hight of embarassment, for the coach and our players, should be to see the snap shot of Khurram Manzoor trying to hold a ball. It is as if he is waiting for the miracle to happen BECAUSE THE EYES ARE ALL CLOSED. Such might be the acceptable standard for the OLD "should retire" Coach. A simple rule to drop the player from the team if he is fielding bad or dropping catches would be enough. You would see them working very deligently in improving their fielding when they are sitting outside, no special coach is needed. I wonder what kind of coaching is required for a test player for him to hold a catch, I do not see any. Just requires extensive practice which obviously is missing in the training camp. There is no room for Inte as a coach and no room for Yousuf to be a captain. His docile attitude is making it worse coupled with his defensive attitude. We need captains like Imran who could call names outloud for the whole world to listen. Such is the requirement for our players.

  • hammad kalim on January 14, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Mr Abaasi you are right about every thing. That's where Pakistani cricket stands right now to look after each other's back not to look after pakistani cricket. peolpe like Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Misbah ul Haq,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal,Salman Butt needs to out of national team. Pakistani selectors who ever they are need to go back to their day jobs. May be we need to bring some Australian coach and his crew .They might care more about Pakistani cricket than our own pakistani administers.It might sound strange but true.Atleast OZ'S bring professionalism to their game.

  • Noor on January 14, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Better to sack Intikhab and get someone from the recent period of our cricket i.e.Wasim Akram. Yousuf should have been sent home along with Kamran Akmal. Younis Khan, what a waste of money on old hands that consistently scores under 10 runs. When do our cricket board learn the future of Pakistan's lays in the hands of young players. Why are they keep wasting time and money on failures? What Pakistan needs are fresh new faces, even if thet fail it worth experimenting, not that our so- call expience players have performed well.

  • nasir raza dar on January 14, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Hamid,The big question is who is going to motivate the players? Captain??he don`t have believe in himself how could he motivate the team & coach? it is a laughable question.I think the only persons in this whole lot who have self believe are the four fast bowlers & their coach Waqar Younis who despite all the odds are bowling there heart out & the result is this that selection committee send Sami to strengthen the bowling,He played one match, proved himself & called back.Is this the name of the game? MOTIVATION.If this is motivation then Mr Ifs & BUTTS let me know what is demotivation & I think the answer will be continuing with non performers from Dubai to Australia & holding of PCB Posts by people like IFs & BUTTS.They dam care about PRIDE OF PAKISTAN.They care about their own POCKETS.They themselves are non performers right from TOP to Bottom. KIS KIS KA NAAM LAIN it is a very long list.

  • Hamid on January 14, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Pakistan's fielding: From what Inti says, we're to believe this is the best it can be. When he talks about grass roots solution to fielding that is for teams of the future. What solution does he have for the present? None. He keeps repeating the same statement as if asking us to accept present standard of fielding as the norm for Pakistan. If that is the case then Pakistan should forget about winning any matches. Intikhab played his cricket at a time when Pakistan fielding was just as it is now and may be that is why he thinks it is OK to drop catches by dozens. Sorry coach, this standard of fielding is not acceptable and I am sure there is a solution other than grassroots. After all our fielding has not always been this bad. You need to motivate your players, coach.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 14, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Yesterday the fans were tormented to watch the poorest display of cricket that Pakistan Captain had to offer. Obviously he pays not attention to this blog or to his critics. After the fielders let down the bowlers and Ponting was dropped at 0, the Pakistan pace attack continued to dominate and apply good pressure on the two batsmen at the crease. There was no sense to introduce Danish. Yusuf probably has no knowledge that both Ponting and Clarke are good players of spin. After tea Yusuf totally lost confidence in the ability of his bowlers and became even more defensive. The bowlers were asked to bowl wide of the off stump, to dry down the runs & expect two set batsmen to make mistakes and get out. These tactics are unsporting & certainly demoralize the fielding side. Yusuf has no idea of Captaincy and if the PCB persists with him for the ODI series, barring a miracle that series too will be lost. I wish someone can tell Yusuf and the coaches that, "attack is the best form of defense".

  • nasir raza dar on January 14, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Once again commender-in-chief lost the war well before it started in Hobart after lunch.I can`t understand the captaincy of Yousaf & thinking of coach, Aamer is your main strike bowler but he did`nt bowl a single over between lunch & tea break,what is this nonsense from the captain,rather he persist with kaneria & the best player of spin Clarke got settled.Is Yousaf & coach were punishing Aamer for that dropped catch or they facilitating Australia to go for 3-0 whitewash.In both cases where is the Pride of GREEN CAP.Nobody is willing to understand right from a common man to sportsmen,politicians to Army Generals & bureaucrats that we are because of PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN is not because of us.I think the day we understand this that will be the D-DAY but I can do nothing but to pray to ALL MIGHTY that it should happen soon because we as a nation left no stone unturned to give this message to the world that PAKISTAN is because of us,we are not because of PAKISTAN.

  • S. Sheikh on January 14, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    In the name of God when these criminals in PCB are going to learn if forever. Where is the accountability of the tax payers money Y.K is on his way to Australia for the ODI series one of the most lousy lousy palayer of the ODI M.Y requested him for the test not for ODI's. This is the state of minds of Pak coach and PCB members so much for the series may Allah help them there is no cure for these people at least in this world.

  • Farrukh on January 14, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Hello guys Ok the kid drops 4 catches in one day and he dropped (against the will of captain), fine makes a little since even though he had stolen catches in last set of games. But what are you doing about the batsmen who are not scoring, naming the name, Imran Farhat. I guess it pays to be son in law of a selector who has played 10 tests with average of 20. I’m sure Mohammed Aamer will be averaging 20 after 10 tests, oh by the way Aamer is full time bowler. I’m looking for my bride in future selectors families. I don’t know how to spell “criket” but I’m sure I’ll have my spot cemented in Pakistan Team. ALLAH ALMIGHTY CAN ONLY SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • khurram on January 14, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Just to get the record straight for Mr. Kamran Akmal and for all his followers, he is not even among the best wicket keeping batsmen of cricket these days. Adam Gilchrist was, after him Brad Haddin isn't bad either. But what about Kumar Sangakkara, Mark Boucher and MS Dhoni? much better players than Akmal. And when it comes to wicket keeping ability, Kamran is the worst wicketkeeper not only among them, but all the wicketkeepers I have ever witnessed in my life. Even UAE or Hong Kong team's keeper would be better than him.

    Even if he'd be Bradman in cricket ability, he should be fired just on the basis of the arrogant statement he issued. It's attitude like that among Pak cricketers that they are the best, which is hurting them.

  • Imran on January 14, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    No wonder Younis gave up on this lot.Whatever the bowlers do,the rest conspire to lose,makes you wonder if it is deliberate.They should get Salim Malik treatment.If you drop catches,give away runs needlessly in the field (i.e. not diving but following the ball all the way to boundary),sliding when there is no need (salman butt) fine them.Dropping catches should be sackable offence.Be harsh and see how it will improve,only thing these guys know is ego & money,so hit them where it hurts.Plus why should you play for any team & get paid if you can't do job properly & undermine productivity.Use industrial standards & see the benefits. Some Pak people only love money & the only other thing that motivates them is the dunda/sorti, (i.e. fear of a good slap). Re above pls don't blame Waqar,he's only a bowling coach,last time we kicked him out he was doing good things with U Gul & we know what happened to him after Waqar left.We need better captain,coach,batsmen,new PCB,fielders,keeper(safraz).

  • Abdul on January 14, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    First god and Second country thats the order. But in Pakistan, players so easily get "pig-headed" that some one like Akmal has got the impression that he is a top player and he is indispensible. The truth fact is that Akmal has been a BIG liability to Pakistan and his performane at SCG was the last straw. They should have sent him home along with his younger brother. Pakistan need players who have pride in playing for the country.

  • zeeshan on January 14, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Mohd Yousuf commented "I think that instead of criticising all the time, if former players come forward and point out to me that look "this is where you are doing wrong", I think it would help me in improving my captaincy. I have to still learn many things about captaincy," Yousuf said. I'm afraid Yousuf wont be around for too long. I think a major clean up of Pakistan's cricket is in order. The following should be sacked or not picked for the country: Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Intikhab Alam, Waqar Younis, Mohd Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Khamran Mansoor, Kanieri (Not worth a bowler that take a wicket for every 50 runs) and Saeed Ajmal. P.S. I think if Umar Akmal faked his injury to protest about his brother than he should be banned for min 5 years and the Pak Govt should give him a No Clearing Certificate to play abroad.

  • salman on January 14, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Watching the 3rd Test in Hobart, I get the feeling there is no spirit in the team. They just waiting for the Aussies to declare.

    My prediction for this final test. Aust scores over 500 and skittle out Pak for twice under 500. Aussies wins 3-0. Mohd Yousuf hasnt got a clue and keeps pulling his beard. How embarrasing for the nation to have MOYO and his team. I'm sure a victory at Sidney would have inspired the team at Hobart.

  • ARSHAD HUSSAIN on January 14, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi -well said I very strongly believe that this is the main problem with our cricketers they do not come in to the side with the pride of wearing the pakistani green -they take it for granted -for them it is just another piece of attire -where actually this is the greatest honor for any cricketer in pakistan to be wearing the pakistani green -it should be the symbol of grandeur ,it must be the symbol of greatest achievement for any young cricketer-may be we are giving away these caps too early and without much thought .Its time PCB gets its act together and start choosing a team which has grit ,passion ,determination and insatiable desire for glory ,also must feel pride in wearing the pakistani green cap ,most cricketers in Pakistan would kill to get that cap .

    Ask your self how many in the present team fulfill the above mentioned criteria. PCB should think long term goals from now onwards ,every one picked for the team should have a purpose and future in the team.

  • Ehtisham on January 14, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Very well said Kamran. Paksitan First and then other things. The manner in which both Akmal brothers have been behaving since last some days is absolutley shocking and selfish. If there had been an aggressive and well disciplined head or captain like Imran khan, atleast one of the Akmals would have been gone for ever. May God protect Pakistan cricket and bring more glory and pride for the people of Pakistan....Inshallah.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 13, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    A good team effort from Yusuf's guys can bring smile on the faces of numerous Pak fans. It is another test at Hobart. It will do a world of good for both the team and the fans to get back one from Australia - a team which is still the favorite to win, as opposed to Pakistan who will still be regarded as under dogs. Pakistan need to play hard, hold on to catches, save runs and show the winning spirit on the field.

    Good luck guys. Good luck Pakistan.

  • nasir raza dar on January 13, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    I have wrote earlier that Kamran & co r the people who put country`s pride behind their own interest, they are the people who ditched Younis.God says you will get the same fate you plan or execute for someone else & it is evident if you see the episodes in near past after so called seniors ditched Younis, however it is the failure of our non professional & incompetent cricket administrators that we are seeing the shameful defeat like in SSG.If they had act wisely & in a strong manner after Dubai & should have axed conspirators & backed the captain at that time this should have been avoided but the toothless people siting in the cricket board had no conscious & even worst result is that a new comer to the team faked an injury against the management decision.Chop the heads of non performing & so called seniors & every thing will be fall in line but this need courage & ruthlessness which is lacking in the current PCB admin consist of IFs & BUTTS who themselves have BIG PARCHI

  • New Pak Fan on January 13, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    'The Akmal Show' was good and should bring in much needed media royalty to PCB. I hear they also play cricket sometimes. That, too, with only 3 coaches helping them, and no babysitters. Very talented hard working group of people. I will keep reading for the next show. What happened to the other showman, Akhtar?

  • noor on January 13, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Qasem I totally agree with you. Umar Akmal should in fact be discipline for faking an injury. PCA should have taken some action. But credit is due where its due, I think PCA did the right thing by calling up Sarfraz, that was a positive approach to the Sidney's debacle. I think the whole nation wanted something to be done and rightly Akmal was dropped. If anything positive came out of Sidney it was finally some thing was done about the perpetual failure of Akmal. Now I hope they dont change thier mind and bring him back because we need a WK/Batsman, I hope they give Sarfraz a fair chance to prove himself and not expect too much from one match.

  • khalil on January 13, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    While not negating the immense young talent PAK is having,I must say that Pak cricket can not be compared with AUS in anyway. Their cricketers come through a system giving them mental toughness/confidence on the way, while our crickters are to be discovered because of lack of any selection criteria. There are no laid down rule/regulations for selection to the team. Some people take it for granted & select players out of the blue. If they succeed,they are instant stars & on failing are dumped for the rest of their life. After 60 years of cricket in our country,we heard of a PCB constitution,that is still not a reality. When corruption has infested our cricket set up to such an extent,how can we say that our cricketers will take & honour the GREEN CAP pride.

  • desihungama on January 13, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I am shocked to hear the reasons behind dubious glovework of Kamran that HE WAS BABYSITTING THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MATCH?

    How unprofessional this is from a 46 Test veteran?

    I guess this was due to the fact Kamran knows he does not have much of a competition behind him and he was taking his job as granted.

    More importantly, where have we heard before wives travelling along with players to overseas? Firstly, they should put a BAN on family members travelling to tours. But then again, we know this is not going to happen. AND NOW, the Akmal brothers have resort to blackmailing? Mo. Yousaf must be reading Younis's lips that he lost the team. So did he. God Bless them.

  • najamkhan on January 13, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    better for pakistan cricket do not include kamran akmal in test in every test and ODI's he drop catches and stumping chanches, umer is throwing his wicket to cheap. auses know all pakistani players defend the ball while their bat's are pointed towards cover region by which so much involvement of slips if they play straight edge will go to gully region. dont know what coaches are doing. Simple old rules when we play in clubs "stay on the wicket runs will comes after you" dont throw your wicket.

  • sohel rugby on January 13, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    GR8 article!!! i would like to say that Akmal bros are brill for Pak cricket but no 1 is bigger then the team,& the pride of the Green again after the actions and childish manner shown by Yunis Khan we hear selfish coments.

    maybe its something we have to get use to as this great sport is turning into a means of just personal gain and wah wa's .our country is strugglin with every thing else but i wish that atleast on the field we have good representation for our country.ooufff Allah madad

  • muzz on January 13, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Yusuf needs to make runs and not throw wickets otherwise he should be sent home before 1 dayers --- he always gets out when set please watch miandad/Inzy and zaheers videos Mr yusuf?Intikhab should be coaching Karachi - Z team than a national team can he apply for any other National team ------ no so why Pakistan national team? leave man

  • muzz on January 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    my suggestions I think Misbah is old enough to retire with dignity/Faisal do not bother to play cricket - mate/kamran loose weight get fit then try again/yusuf needs seeing sports psychologist and intikhab alam to shut his mouth.

  • Owais on January 13, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    it look like Malik has some huge sources :P well there are othere great player who never got chances but malik everytime there is a place they put malik in. What a ...

  • nain tara on January 13, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal should be dropped or given rest (woteva u call it) because enough is enough.Last test and in the ODI series Sarfaraz Ahmed should get a chance so that he might have some competition with the other folk.Until and unless there z no competition there will be no improvement.Wel i think its the time pcb should start grooming some new wicket keepers with rashid latif and others cuz if u dun ... pakistan wont be able to see even guys like akmal. and hey akmal needs to reduce his weight , i think its too much for a wicket keeper to have 85 kg weight.

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 13, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    I am a part-time tape ball player. One basic and unforgivable flaw that Kamran Akmal has demonstrated from his awful glove work - you never go hard at the ball when catching, but instead you need to allow the ball come to you, and you use your gloves to slow the momentum of the ball into your hands, and thereby dampen its momentum so that it comes to a rest in your hands. This is something that my 5 year old has figured out.

    Still smarting from that defeat of the 2nd test. It is high high time that the PCB is revamped into a professional body which objectively on the bases of statistics, figures and analysis has a logical framework in place to give the most competent and deserving guys the chance. But how can you expect that when the essence of Pak politics is based on nepotism and "saffarshee" culture. One small step which perhaps may make the biggest impact, is to stop the culture of cultivating dead wickets- let the grass grow and ban clean shaving of the pitches.

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

    Only in Pakistan team a wicket-keeper of his quality can last that long.Well Malik is back what wrong Younus did.Truly I do not like pakistan team. All time low Malik............

  • Moin on January 13, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Kamran,

    Its just about perception. IPL is in India but you never see issues in Indian players, they have the priorities set to play for India. Other than IPL another option is T20 bash in australia. You need money too along with pride of playing for your country.

    In pakistan, there is a problem with politics in team selection and the politics among the team members(Shoaib Malik, Younis problems). I think even in Pakistan, playing for the country is the most important thing.

  • Mohammad Aslam KWT. on January 13, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    If you can not defend a small target then all players should be dropped and not only Kamran.See the batting performance of all players except M.Yousuf and see bowling performance of of Bowlers taking 6 wickets and then could not ger Siddle out a bowler and tail ender.What a team performance and pressure on one man SHAME FOR THOSE WHO ARE WRITING SO FAR.See our fielders fishing on grass.This will be clear WHITE WASH even you replace full team with new one.Just watch what is going to happen as Hidden said.One starts talking about changing captain.What happend after changing Younus.Let one captain at least play for one year.Captain does not bat for all 10 players.The players should individually score 20 runs each and then see the result.This is clearly a big conterversy of senior players (who's departure is written on the wall) against Yousuf.What MR. INTIKHAB is doing there he could not make A plan to get this small TARGET.I decided many times not to watch the matches but could not do.

  • Prar on January 13, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    There is nothing new or shocking about a Pak collapse.The only thing new is than now everyone has got a convenient scapegoat for it -20/20.

  • Rahul on January 13, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I am amazed at kamran. After whatever happened in last test the least he could have done was to shut up and concentrate on rectifying his mistakes with concern persons rather than going to media and justfying his cricket abilities and giving comments like he is a vice capten and will definately play the next test. This attitude is realy unfathomable.

  • Qasem on January 13, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    The Sydney debacle was shameful. But the way Akmal Brothers are behaving is disgusting. I am shocked at the lack of discipline in the team. I hope PCB does not pamper Umar Akmal like they did it to Shoaib. If he does something wrong, it is better that they ban him now then later. My suggestion to PCB high-ups is to assemble a team of hardworking, disciplined youngsters who are proud to play for Pakistan. But first, we need to get rid of the PCB management that has failed to arrest this decline.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on January 13, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I think, they should give complete rest to Kamran from test cricket. He is unable to prove himself in test cricket. If his batting average is 33.45 but what can we do with his average as he is unable to prove himself as a wicketkeeper. So many ocassions, he dropped catches at crucial times. It is not first time that he is unable to prove himself. For wicketkeeper, his first duty is keeping, not batting. He is not a batsman like Gilchrist, Haddin, Prior, Sangakkara and even Dhoni batting average is more than him in test. All five are better than him in batting too. He is responsible for the lost of this series. The main reason is that he is not a proper wicketkeeper so PCB should seek proper one and I think Sarfaraz is better choice. He always has a problem on spin bowling like Kaneria. He dropped cathes of Hussey. He also has a problem, when the ball comes to his left side. I think PCB should retire him from all formats.

  • Kaiser Mukhtar on January 13, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    This picture of his in the article says it all. His eyes are looking elsewhere while the ball is heading towards his gloves. A good wicketkeeper does not lose sight of the ball until it reaches his pouch of gloves and thats what make one a good wicketkeeper. His attention has been elsewhere while keeping wickets and look at the reviews lost in the match at sydney when Mo Yo asked him whether to go for review or not he made a wrong call each time and Pak lost many reviews and did not capitalize all resources properly. Had he taken hussey even once Pak would have not perhaps needed all those lost reviews. and well said Kamran Abbasi bhai green cap has been worn by may undeserving players but most of them played on merit in the past. Many Many players were good enough to play for Pak but did not get a chance coz of merit line. Now these cricketers think of themselves larger than game is laughable but shameful act. He can replace Misbah in Hobart but he should be rested to regroup 4 odi's.

  • Haroon on January 13, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Akmal batting is NOT all that great. Yes, against mediorce teams he scores but against Aust is record is poor. I think Akmal is a very selfish and egocentic character, he knows he is not a good WK but wants to play and screw Pakistan. Why doesnt he understand that he is a BIG liabilty for the team, just imagine how many runs the batting teams have scored for all those dropped catches even if he scores a century that still doesnt compensate for it. Akmal should do the honerable thing and quit playing as a WK and instead focus on improving his batting, the way the Pakistani batting is I'm sure he could get a place as a batsman. Akmal should grateful that the selectors keep picking him.

  • khan on January 13, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    Argumentum ad populum..

    typical of our countrymen .. jumping the band wagon! (including most of the commentators here - minus myself above)

  • CricketWatcher on January 12, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Kamran should be dropped, he has dropped too many catches at important times and we have lost series due to his keeping in England and South Africa. He must know that it is not a free ride out there, he cannot under-perform and get away with it. This was the reason Moin Khan's career ended in oblivion now Kamran is doing the same mistakes. I'm sorry but a wicket-keeper dropping catches is demoralizing, Pakistan bowlers already have poor fielders, now we have a sub-standard keeper.

  • Javed Zarif Canada on January 12, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Totally agree Kamran. It appears that Cricketers are more powerful than the cricket board and more importantly than the very institution of cricket. Personal interets and ambitions are getting precedence over the national interets. Nobody has a born right to be in the team forever and certaily not after a performance like this. Kamran Should understand that if he does not deliever he has to go and place should go to the next in line. Cricketers get courage from the fact that those incharge of the helms at PCB do not deserve it either and the list cotinues to the top. Merit has been discarded in every walk of life let alone cricket. Who could deny Andrew Symond's contribution to Australlian cricket but when it came to little discipline issue he was treated as a crminal. It's shameful that Kamran still wants to keep gloves after that utter failure in Sydney. Sarfraz is a promising keeper and i am glad to hear that he is plying tomorrow. FIRST DESERVE THEN DESIRE KAMARAN AKMAL!

  • khan on January 12, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    First of all I don't think the vast majority wants to see Kamran go... not at least right away.. simply because bringing in a someone for debut towards the tail end of the series does not make sense.. a simple knee jerk reaction from PCB.. that something we have come to expect from them anyway.. further.. the reason for Pakistan loosing in Sydney seems to have been lost in this whole Kamran scenario.. 170 odd were not too difficult to chase (hinting to lack of mental steel in the team).. and the defensive tactics from the team on the last day didn't help either (again not pointing at Yousuf alone.. as the whole thing went on for more than 2 hours.. you'd assume someone would come along with the message) On a positive note.. Pakistan did perform well in the Sydney test and some sessions in Melbourne.. lets not loose hope!!I think we have a good team.. and with time..we expect a lot more.. especially in England mid year..

  • Syed Jaffery on January 12, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Mohd Yousuf's comment that Pakistan team can beat any other team is very true. Pakistan could have beaten Australlia in the first test also If we had played our full side and fielding was upto the mark. We could have easily beaten Sri Lanka and Newzealand also but somehow we messed it up everywhere and now we are sitting here reading the same old stories about Rift and politics in the team. Just look at Kamran Akmal. He just could not realise that there is nothing to prove for him now as even if he score a double century and take 20 catches in the match, Pakistan still cannot win the series. So its better for him to step down and give a chance to some other player. Infact he is putting his own brother under some pressure. Umer Akmal is the one talented player in the team but he is slowly becomming unpopular because of his reckless batting, poor fielding and now some bad commenting. I cannot expect any miracle from this team but I wish they atleast avoid the clean sheet.

  • Ifzal on January 12, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Us Pakistani fans should boycott the team until this issue is sorted. Only 6 players deserve to be in the team based on merit, Mo Aamir, MoYo, Mo Asif, Kaneria, U Gul & U Akmal. The rest should be made to walk back to Pakistan & never allowed to play again. They should also be lashed a dozen times for embarassing the country. Looks like the Pakistan team now properly represents the country, nepotism, buddysm, bribes, scratching each others back are now common place in the team just like the country itself. We are now back to what we do best, being the laughing stock of world cricket.

  • saifulansari, Leesburg, VA, 20176 on January 12, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    In another era,the Green Cap with gold stars was priceless. One to die for. It was a dream for every kid to play hard,perform consistently at the highest level,before deserving the distinction of putting the Green Cap on their proud heads. It was never about wealth,fame or fortune. With representing a nation came a huge responsibility for the players. They fought hard &gave their best either in victory or defeat. The former greats like Hanif, Mushtaq, Fazal, Asif, Majid, Miandad, Imran, Wasim, Waqar and others played for the passion of the game. Our current players need to revisit this passion and discover the pride of a contest. Personal ambitions need to be curtailed. When struggling for form, a player must give up his place voluntarily for a mate who is more deserving for the good of the game. Talent alone is'nt enough to play at the highest level. The players need mental toughness&confidence to take the game to their opponents. K.Akmal sit out & let the best in form team play.

  • Fawad on January 12, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    I think you are right doc, i would like to add that we need fresh talent, a cricket board thats not currupted and we need it NOW!

  • Reverse Swing on January 12, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    So you think this going to change any soon, i feel like no hope :(

  • pak4799 on January 12, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    i have learnt to just give up on pakistan cricket. it isnt a mutual relationship as all fans know. we sit we watch we endure humiliation in all corners of the globe, for what? a lucky run in the T20 WC, good bye pakistan cricket and i wish you well

  • farrukh on January 12, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Shoaib Malik,Misbah and Kamran Akmal plotted against Yunus Khan.This resulted in expulsion of Sohail Tanveer,Yunus Khan and Umar Gul, all from outside Lahore. All the conspirators out of national team within few months.Such is the nature of Divine law.Sad to hear, if it is true, that Omar Akmal has the guts to pretend injury.Somebody has to tell him that he has played less matches then his age.Hope sarfaraz can kick out Kamran Akmal soon.People and sports writer have forgotten that Kamran Akmal has been regularly dropping catches and has been regularly coming up with excuses.Yunus did say that there should not be a vice capatain in the team as it is difficult to drop this person.

  • Ghazi Wasi on January 12, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    It's like everything else in Pakistan right now unfortunately...Everybody is out for themselves. Hopefully, sense will prevail and we will see some good resolutions. However, that being said, I would have to say the negativity Kamran is getting is just a little bit unfair. He has been fairly good thus far and Sydney was really his first bad test in a while. However, he could use some time off to regroup...I still think he is the best option Pakistan has right now at wicket keeper.

  • Asif on January 12, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Totally agree with this blog. This all due to weak pcb management, nepotism, personal gain etc. Nothing will change until board is set up and run professionaly whose strong leaders say to players " either you play for your country or move aside for other players who want to play for their country ". Just look at Afridi who cannot be bothered to play test cricket for his country ( spare me the tears " i am ready for test return for my country" ). A strong board should not have even allowed him to play one day cricket only. AFRIDI is not bigger THAN PAKISTAN. Players are allowed so much power in Pakistan cricket it is just unbelievable all due to pathetic board leaders. Just look at the noises the Akmal brothers are now making !! please some one show them the door and shut it hard. The pride and passion of playing in the green shirt is totally gone all due to idiots running the game .

    What losers !! and what mugs we supporters are in keeping faith with undeserving players.

  • Noor on January 12, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Kamran. Well how jovial is this that we R talking about your name (just Kidding).The problem with our cricket is the political enviorement at home.Which every body is very much familiar with it.They R xtremely lacking the patience of Test.One can say as much as U wan t but the fact remains Test is s totally different ball game.The current captain no doubt he is world class but he is very soft ,you can C in the field.He should be dropped immediately after this series & let Shahid Afridi take the control.HE has shown more maturity now & he is capable to + senior.HE is pretty gutsy.As far as Younis is concerned he has no place in the team at all.LEt him enjoy his fishing he is not a trooper,he has shown it .HE let Pakistan cricket down because of his ego.He thinks that he is indespensable but one should be made very well aware every body can be replaced in a blink of an eye. His behaviour has not shown any patriotism at all.With this I conclude & expect a win in the 3rd test .Wake Team.

  • Touseef on January 12, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    You are right. The comments made by Kamran and Co. are disappointing.

    Sorry for being getting away from main topic. But I would request board to kindly save Umar Akmal from bad coaching. I think Kamran can raise this issue. I am referring to the the comment made by our coach Intikhab that Umar needs to work on his defence bla bla.... I think he is playing brilliantly and people should let him play his game and not try to make him scared/mediocre/unsure player like others in the team. Best players play their own game and this makes Sahwag, Ponting, Lara etc. If their is some problem in some area they only improve that and not reduce their shot playing like our defensive coaching is used to do. This negative mind set of the board/coaches/selectors can be seen on the selection of Muhammad Hafeez for so long time who has no place in ODI and even in tests but because he scores in such a low rate that people start to think that he has good defence.

  • Inzimam on January 12, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I THINK IMRAN AND MIANDAD MAKE VALID POINT, WHAT DO YOU GUYS SAY, VOTE FOR IT....

  • Miandad on January 12, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Well said Imran, Pak selectors wake up, Make Afridi one day captian, select Rana Naved, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shehzad, M. Talha and get rid of the oldies, Yousf, Misbah, Malik, Salman Bhat, they have all failed consistantly.

  • Imran Khan on January 12, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Kamran is good as a one day opener and T20 opener but he should make way for Sarfaraz in the tests. And please remove Yousuf as one day captain, make Afridi captain, now that Razzaq is injured please bring Rana Naved, he just took a hat trick for Tasmania, he is in great form both with bat and bowl. For the one day series please get rid of Malik, Misbah, Salman Bhat anf bring in Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir and Ahmad Shehzad. Thanks

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 12, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Also I don understand why people blame IPL? Everywhere there is oppourtunity to make money. There is also T20 Bash. Its upto the players to choose. Maybe they should treasure their Green Cap.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 12, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Nice article. Esp Yousuf, Kamran and probably Umar!! Really nice. Who else can a younger brother support if not his dear elder sibling? Also Kamran as a specialist batsman or rather as opener is much better choice than Farhat or Iqbal or even Misbah. Will Pak do it?

  • pc on January 12, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    I think you are missing the point. Australian players are not that different from Pakistanis. Aussies too would have lined up for IPL if there was significant difference of payouts/ad dollars they earn in IPL and in Australia. I think Pakistani board gets this and trying to make money by dealing with India etc. Only if the media gets it instead of praising patriotism of Australians and decrying the same of Pakistanis.

  • Usman Zia on January 12, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Very well said Kamran. I appeal to players and fans too.. PAKISTAN FIRST !

  • A.A on January 12, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Perfectly true. Cricket is more of a business rather than passion and a matter of pride to play for the crescent. One glaring example of the materialism existing in the Pakistani team was after they had won the T-20 World Cup, our highly honourable president gave about 5 million rupees each to the players. Umar Gul, who was interviewed on TV after this announcement quite shamelessly said that this prize money was 'quite' less. At that time also I thought that it is such an irony that people are dying of poverty in the country and cricketers (though getting so much in match fees, central contract and what not?) are demanding more from the already depraved country!

    Clearly Pakistani players are not after the green cap. They consider themselves too high and mighty for that. But they shouldn't forget that it is because of the support of their nation that they reached this level and it's not at all difficult to make them from heroes to zeroes!

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  • A.A on January 12, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Perfectly true. Cricket is more of a business rather than passion and a matter of pride to play for the crescent. One glaring example of the materialism existing in the Pakistani team was after they had won the T-20 World Cup, our highly honourable president gave about 5 million rupees each to the players. Umar Gul, who was interviewed on TV after this announcement quite shamelessly said that this prize money was 'quite' less. At that time also I thought that it is such an irony that people are dying of poverty in the country and cricketers (though getting so much in match fees, central contract and what not?) are demanding more from the already depraved country!

    Clearly Pakistani players are not after the green cap. They consider themselves too high and mighty for that. But they shouldn't forget that it is because of the support of their nation that they reached this level and it's not at all difficult to make them from heroes to zeroes!

  • Usman Zia on January 12, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Very well said Kamran. I appeal to players and fans too.. PAKISTAN FIRST !

  • pc on January 12, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    I think you are missing the point. Australian players are not that different from Pakistanis. Aussies too would have lined up for IPL if there was significant difference of payouts/ad dollars they earn in IPL and in Australia. I think Pakistani board gets this and trying to make money by dealing with India etc. Only if the media gets it instead of praising patriotism of Australians and decrying the same of Pakistanis.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 12, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Nice article. Esp Yousuf, Kamran and probably Umar!! Really nice. Who else can a younger brother support if not his dear elder sibling? Also Kamran as a specialist batsman or rather as opener is much better choice than Farhat or Iqbal or even Misbah. Will Pak do it?

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 12, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Also I don understand why people blame IPL? Everywhere there is oppourtunity to make money. There is also T20 Bash. Its upto the players to choose. Maybe they should treasure their Green Cap.

  • Imran Khan on January 12, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Kamran is good as a one day opener and T20 opener but he should make way for Sarfaraz in the tests. And please remove Yousuf as one day captain, make Afridi captain, now that Razzaq is injured please bring Rana Naved, he just took a hat trick for Tasmania, he is in great form both with bat and bowl. For the one day series please get rid of Malik, Misbah, Salman Bhat anf bring in Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir and Ahmad Shehzad. Thanks

  • Miandad on January 12, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Well said Imran, Pak selectors wake up, Make Afridi one day captian, select Rana Naved, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shehzad, M. Talha and get rid of the oldies, Yousf, Misbah, Malik, Salman Bhat, they have all failed consistantly.

  • Inzimam on January 12, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I THINK IMRAN AND MIANDAD MAKE VALID POINT, WHAT DO YOU GUYS SAY, VOTE FOR IT....

  • Touseef on January 12, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    You are right. The comments made by Kamran and Co. are disappointing.

    Sorry for being getting away from main topic. But I would request board to kindly save Umar Akmal from bad coaching. I think Kamran can raise this issue. I am referring to the the comment made by our coach Intikhab that Umar needs to work on his defence bla bla.... I think he is playing brilliantly and people should let him play his game and not try to make him scared/mediocre/unsure player like others in the team. Best players play their own game and this makes Sahwag, Ponting, Lara etc. If their is some problem in some area they only improve that and not reduce their shot playing like our defensive coaching is used to do. This negative mind set of the board/coaches/selectors can be seen on the selection of Muhammad Hafeez for so long time who has no place in ODI and even in tests but because he scores in such a low rate that people start to think that he has good defence.

  • Noor on January 12, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Kamran. Well how jovial is this that we R talking about your name (just Kidding).The problem with our cricket is the political enviorement at home.Which every body is very much familiar with it.They R xtremely lacking the patience of Test.One can say as much as U wan t but the fact remains Test is s totally different ball game.The current captain no doubt he is world class but he is very soft ,you can C in the field.He should be dropped immediately after this series & let Shahid Afridi take the control.HE has shown more maturity now & he is capable to + senior.HE is pretty gutsy.As far as Younis is concerned he has no place in the team at all.LEt him enjoy his fishing he is not a trooper,he has shown it .HE let Pakistan cricket down because of his ego.He thinks that he is indespensable but one should be made very well aware every body can be replaced in a blink of an eye. His behaviour has not shown any patriotism at all.With this I conclude & expect a win in the 3rd test .Wake Team.