Australia 2009-10 January 15, 2010

A captaincy to forget

It's been a dismal effort in Hobart, and nothing has been more dismal than the captaincy of Mohammad Yousuf
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Mohammad Yousuf's tactics have provoked disgust © Getty Images

With the entire world against it, the Pakistan cricket team has conspired to ensure that its deepest wounds are self-inflicted. We've seen some of the worst fielding from an international cricket team, something nobody can do anything about apparently. And now, just when we thought we'd got away with it, farcical run-outs have returned to remind everybody that Pakistan cricketers are only ever one step away from schoolboy errors.

It's been a dismal effort in Hobart, and nothing has been more dismal than the captaincy of Mohammad Yousuf. One of the great fascinations of cricket is the importance of leadership and how different styles of leadership can dramatically influence performance and results. We can't, however, expect every captain to have the psychological skills of Mike Brearley, the guts of Steve Waugh, or the warrior ways of Imran Khan. But we can expect competence, especially from somebody who has been an international cricketer for over a decade.

Yousuf's plea that ex-captains should stop criticising him and offer guidance is simply pathetic. You should never stop learning but if you're struggling with the ABCs and times-tables of cricket captaincy at the age of 35, you might as well give up. Yousuf's defensive approach has cost Pakistan in each Test match in Australia. Release the pressure from Test batsmen and they will plunder you. Ricky Ponting must be laughing his pants off. Yousuf has played his batsmen into glorious form.

At key moments in Hobart, Yousuf has decided to set a field for the scoreboard rather than the match situation. Captains must be able to read the ebb and flow of a match, and seize the initiative. Yousuf reacts to some inner instinct that isn't the instinct of a match-winning cricket captain. Today we endured a first session of Mohammad Aamer bowling round the wicket, wide of off stump with one slip. Pakistan had the new ball and needed wickets.

The message was simple: our bowlers aren't good enough to get you out, please get yourselves out. It's a message that has been a recurring theme of Yousuf's captaincy. The message couldn't be further from the truth. Yousuf is blessed with an outstanding pace attack at his command. Unfortunately, Pakistan's tactics have rendered the attack impotent at times.

It isn't just ex-Pakistani captains who are maddened by Yousuf's captaincy. Some of the greatest Australian minds, Richie Benaud, Mark Taylor, and Shane Warne, have been exasperated by Pakistan's tactics. They want Australia to succeed but they want to see a contest. They are excited by Pakistan's bowlers, described as the best seam attack to visit Australian shores for many years, but have witnessed natural resources squandered by Yousuf's gutless instincts.

Danish Kaneria has suffered too. He hasn't helped himself in Hobart but how does a legspinner exert any pressure in a Test match when he is bowling to a limited-overs field? Richie Benaud described the field set for Kaneria as possibly the worst he has ever seen for a Test legspinner.

Yousuf's captaincy and Pakistan's tactics have become an embarrassment. It's rather tragic that such a glorious batsman has been exposed so quickly as a leader. Yousuf might be a reluctant captain of sorts but he has coveted the job. The PCB in the days of Rameez Raja did not consider he had the qualities for leadership. Bob Woolmer had Younis Khan as his preferred captain, above Inzamam-ul Haq and Yousuf. Judgments that I would trust, judgments that have been vindicated.

Selection of the captain is the most important decision and the PCB has horribly mismanaged this situation. Instead of backing Younis Khan, the PCB bowed to player power and aided the marginalisation of Pakistan's most likely captain. Now Younis says he would not consider the role. Yousuf has been blessed by failure and awarded the one-day captaincy as well, which is a nonsensical decision. Shahid Afridi should be given an opportunity as one-day captain, with a view to taking over the Test captaincy unless Younis can be persuaded otherwise.

Pakistan are short of options because of chronic poor planning, but they need to make the best of the options available - and they need to act fast. Pakistan supporters never expected miracles from their team but they expected to see an approach worthy of support. Attack, spirit, battle. But the current approach has gone beyond ridicule and is provoking outright disgust.

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  • AJ on January 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I would say that we need to lay out all our options on the table and think rationally.Yes, 'Rational' is the word. A captain has an extremely critical role in cricket, therefore, foresight, strategic decision making, aggression, team building, to name a few must be the core competencies of a captain. PCB needs to realize that seniority or performance with the bat or ball is simply no criteria for selecting a captain. They need to look carefully into the profile of all the ODI players and decide which of them has most of the qualities that a captain "must have". I agree that a captain should be able to lead from the front, but leading from the front does not mean he averages 40+ with the bat or takes 2+ wickets per game on average. He should be a genuine leader, someone who can take winning decisions based on the ground realities and must be able to prove his leadership skills. I again repeat that scoring runs of getting wickets is not a criteria to pick a captain. More later...

  • Gulbarg on January 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi seems to have decided to criticise Yousuf in every article he publishes and promote Afridi and Younis as choices for Pakistani Captain...Pls understand Pakistani Fielding and Batting is the worse than Bangladesh Cricket team at present when it comes to test matches..Pakistani team has only one good batsman and that is Yousuf..Umer has a long way to go and there is no reason to make him a hero just at this stage of his career..He has not even played 20 Test Matches and media has made him superstar..Not done !! Also Pakistani bowling has been no great except in first inings at Sydney...Balance occasions Australia score more than 400 runs or got out by scoring at a faster rate...yes in bowling department they have a potential however lot to be learned...Also please stop comparing W.Akram with Amer...not justified..let him first take some wickets and win some matches for pakistan then only it will be justified...also high time to kick out some players for ever.....

  • sameer on January 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq should be captain and saeed ajmal should be the vice captain of the team..!gues these are the only players whom having nothing to do with player politics!i am sure thy wil perform beter thn present one...though there English is not as gud as otherz but i gues it has nothing to do with the game..!! if u need better result kick Malik,Misbah,Kamran and Umar(if he thinks he loves his brother more than his country)

  • Gulab on January 18, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    I do not agree with you. I feel that if your players perform then the rule of captaincy is not important. I do not think Dhoni has some role in captaincy but his players perform so they win. Same is true for Sangakara and Vetori and even Smith. One of our problem is solved WE HAVE FOUND A YOUNG BATSMAN FOR NO:3 which is BABAR AZAM playing in U19. He is good batsman and alrounder. Please PCB bring him as soon as possible to solve no. 3 problem. Nice batsman and alrounder aha. Thanks

  • ARSHAD HUSSAIN -BRISBANE on January 18, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Even before he was picked to captain pakistan,I have been saying to my friends,M Yusuf has been playing for his place in the side rather than the best interest of the team,some of his shot selections in Sri Lanka and NewZealand speak for themselves.He has a negative mind set I think he is one of those captains who play for a draw ,if win comes there way it is a bonus.I also have my reservations about the use of his strike bowlers ,he has not rotated them properly rather provided a monotonous attack for the australian to get settled and dominate. The PCB has to be blamed for sheltering the rebels rather than providing support for their captain it is a great lesson they have given to our emerging cricketers if you do not have things going your way please protest,use a threatening attitude and we will change that captain for you-well done PCB. M YUSUF did not show leadership qualities ,took responsibility and was gutless in the field. CRICKET IS FOR BRAVE CAPTAINS NOT FOR FAINT HEARTS

  • SHAHID on January 18, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    KAMRAN it's just a part of the problem, there is much much more to it.

    24 catches and 3 stump chances wasted standard of ground fielding over all selection Intekhab's role and his words the grouping The CAPTAIN the way players were sent and withdrwn Younis not sent when asked for Misbah sent when asked for the wise worlds of captain, coach and players

    IT WAS A TOTAL JOKE, and these things had to come when you are touring the high profile country. A TEAM WITH NEARLY ALL PLAYERS (EXEPT Aamer and Umar) WITH A DECADES EXPERIENCE ARE CALLED VERY YOUNG TEAM WHO NEEDS TIME by both yousef and inti. lol They cant play they cant speak wise

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 18, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    There are few other things to observe, that Australia bowling is not formidable, os once used to be. They are good, but no where as fearsome as they were in days of Mcgrath and Warne. And when, new kids like Umar Akmal, Khuram Manzoor, and even our bowlers can play them with ease, then why in the world our top batsmen, can not stay on the pitch for very long. If MoYo feels, that his batting has gone down the toilet, because of captaincy pressure, why he is still clinging on as a captain. Is he like many others before him' looking for power, because he can certainly bat, and we all know that. We just have to accept the fact, that after this lot of test players in Pakistan, it will be a very very long time, we will see some decent test players (If we are lucky). From the beginning of this test series between us against Australia, I didn't give any chance to Pakistan to even a draw,let alone win a test over there. But,I also knew,we would give them a much harder time, but......

  • emad on January 17, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Mohammad Aamer as Captain, and Umar Akmal as Vice-Captain!

  • muzz on January 17, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I cannot not believe how much excuses and dreams this coach and management have in their bags - get out/retire or have some decency to shut your mouth.

  • Steve Waugh on January 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    I remembered Pak A visit to Australia where I see one most intelligent Captain of Asian sides. Captain who impress with his leader qualities & best batting innings like One Triple century, One Century & fifties with 84 Avg. But I don't know how Pakistan lose youngman with their board's dirty politics. I'm talking about HASSAN RAZA who gave Pakistan One World Cup & number of other big tournaments. PCB give's him one or two chances but a man after 5 years return must need a complete Series. It's not fair if you take him back after Years to face bowling attack like Mc.Grath,Lee & Warne, or Flintoff & Anderson. Player's like Nazir,Razaq,Asif,Misbah,Akmal & Gul all played under HASSAN RAZA's captaincy. Right now Pakistan needs to declare Afridi as ODI's & T20 captain. And Shoaib Malik as Test Captain. And to get rid off from selfish players like Farhat,Butt,Misbah,Yousuf,Younis,Gul,Sami etc. & to give chance young blook like Amir & U.Akmal.

  • AJ on January 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I would say that we need to lay out all our options on the table and think rationally.Yes, 'Rational' is the word. A captain has an extremely critical role in cricket, therefore, foresight, strategic decision making, aggression, team building, to name a few must be the core competencies of a captain. PCB needs to realize that seniority or performance with the bat or ball is simply no criteria for selecting a captain. They need to look carefully into the profile of all the ODI players and decide which of them has most of the qualities that a captain "must have". I agree that a captain should be able to lead from the front, but leading from the front does not mean he averages 40+ with the bat or takes 2+ wickets per game on average. He should be a genuine leader, someone who can take winning decisions based on the ground realities and must be able to prove his leadership skills. I again repeat that scoring runs of getting wickets is not a criteria to pick a captain. More later...

  • Gulbarg on January 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi seems to have decided to criticise Yousuf in every article he publishes and promote Afridi and Younis as choices for Pakistani Captain...Pls understand Pakistani Fielding and Batting is the worse than Bangladesh Cricket team at present when it comes to test matches..Pakistani team has only one good batsman and that is Yousuf..Umer has a long way to go and there is no reason to make him a hero just at this stage of his career..He has not even played 20 Test Matches and media has made him superstar..Not done !! Also Pakistani bowling has been no great except in first inings at Sydney...Balance occasions Australia score more than 400 runs or got out by scoring at a faster rate...yes in bowling department they have a potential however lot to be learned...Also please stop comparing W.Akram with Amer...not justified..let him first take some wickets and win some matches for pakistan then only it will be justified...also high time to kick out some players for ever.....

  • sameer on January 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq should be captain and saeed ajmal should be the vice captain of the team..!gues these are the only players whom having nothing to do with player politics!i am sure thy wil perform beter thn present one...though there English is not as gud as otherz but i gues it has nothing to do with the game..!! if u need better result kick Malik,Misbah,Kamran and Umar(if he thinks he loves his brother more than his country)

  • Gulab on January 18, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    I do not agree with you. I feel that if your players perform then the rule of captaincy is not important. I do not think Dhoni has some role in captaincy but his players perform so they win. Same is true for Sangakara and Vetori and even Smith. One of our problem is solved WE HAVE FOUND A YOUNG BATSMAN FOR NO:3 which is BABAR AZAM playing in U19. He is good batsman and alrounder. Please PCB bring him as soon as possible to solve no. 3 problem. Nice batsman and alrounder aha. Thanks

  • ARSHAD HUSSAIN -BRISBANE on January 18, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Even before he was picked to captain pakistan,I have been saying to my friends,M Yusuf has been playing for his place in the side rather than the best interest of the team,some of his shot selections in Sri Lanka and NewZealand speak for themselves.He has a negative mind set I think he is one of those captains who play for a draw ,if win comes there way it is a bonus.I also have my reservations about the use of his strike bowlers ,he has not rotated them properly rather provided a monotonous attack for the australian to get settled and dominate. The PCB has to be blamed for sheltering the rebels rather than providing support for their captain it is a great lesson they have given to our emerging cricketers if you do not have things going your way please protest,use a threatening attitude and we will change that captain for you-well done PCB. M YUSUF did not show leadership qualities ,took responsibility and was gutless in the field. CRICKET IS FOR BRAVE CAPTAINS NOT FOR FAINT HEARTS

  • SHAHID on January 18, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    KAMRAN it's just a part of the problem, there is much much more to it.

    24 catches and 3 stump chances wasted standard of ground fielding over all selection Intekhab's role and his words the grouping The CAPTAIN the way players were sent and withdrwn Younis not sent when asked for Misbah sent when asked for the wise worlds of captain, coach and players

    IT WAS A TOTAL JOKE, and these things had to come when you are touring the high profile country. A TEAM WITH NEARLY ALL PLAYERS (EXEPT Aamer and Umar) WITH A DECADES EXPERIENCE ARE CALLED VERY YOUNG TEAM WHO NEEDS TIME by both yousef and inti. lol They cant play they cant speak wise

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 18, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    There are few other things to observe, that Australia bowling is not formidable, os once used to be. They are good, but no where as fearsome as they were in days of Mcgrath and Warne. And when, new kids like Umar Akmal, Khuram Manzoor, and even our bowlers can play them with ease, then why in the world our top batsmen, can not stay on the pitch for very long. If MoYo feels, that his batting has gone down the toilet, because of captaincy pressure, why he is still clinging on as a captain. Is he like many others before him' looking for power, because he can certainly bat, and we all know that. We just have to accept the fact, that after this lot of test players in Pakistan, it will be a very very long time, we will see some decent test players (If we are lucky). From the beginning of this test series between us against Australia, I didn't give any chance to Pakistan to even a draw,let alone win a test over there. But,I also knew,we would give them a much harder time, but......

  • emad on January 17, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Mohammad Aamer as Captain, and Umar Akmal as Vice-Captain!

  • muzz on January 17, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I cannot not believe how much excuses and dreams this coach and management have in their bags - get out/retire or have some decency to shut your mouth.

  • Steve Waugh on January 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    I remembered Pak A visit to Australia where I see one most intelligent Captain of Asian sides. Captain who impress with his leader qualities & best batting innings like One Triple century, One Century & fifties with 84 Avg. But I don't know how Pakistan lose youngman with their board's dirty politics. I'm talking about HASSAN RAZA who gave Pakistan One World Cup & number of other big tournaments. PCB give's him one or two chances but a man after 5 years return must need a complete Series. It's not fair if you take him back after Years to face bowling attack like Mc.Grath,Lee & Warne, or Flintoff & Anderson. Player's like Nazir,Razaq,Asif,Misbah,Akmal & Gul all played under HASSAN RAZA's captaincy. Right now Pakistan needs to declare Afridi as ODI's & T20 captain. And Shoaib Malik as Test Captain. And to get rid off from selfish players like Farhat,Butt,Misbah,Yousuf,Younis,Gul,Sami etc. & to give chance young blook like Amir & U.Akmal.

  • Dr. Islam on January 17, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    I have taught for 30 years in different parts of the world. I have not found anywhere hopeless learners like Pakistan Cricket administration officials. Look at what the coach has said yesterday. They have not won a series in Australia in 30 years, they will take the experience from this series and play better with other teams. Mr. dull head, what did you learn since the time you were the Capt. of the team, and then coach of the 92 world cup team? Did Imran and Miandad at that time not shown you how to pick up players, how to use them and win against Australia? You should go to your Pakistani experts to know what to do, you do not need to bring your team spending thousands of dollars to teach young players how to play Australia. You should go to India and ask their Captain and coach what to do. See the comments here written by cricket lovers. They know what to do. Only dumb people like Ejaz Butt, Iqbal Qasim and you, the coach, do not understand because of your old age. RETIRE NOW.

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

    As long as the Pakistan's naturally agressive batting line up is forced to go slow (in Tests) and not allowed to play their natural game, they will suffer in humiliation. We change batting line ups, different for ODIs and different for tests, and this is the irony.

    The current cricket board, the selection committee and the captian needs to resign!!!!!

    We need to focus on our strenghts, bring in more aggressive players, give them full backing and let them smash the competition with their bats...we need to keep experience with new energy, even when some experienced players are out of form, they will come back, as there is no replacement for experience.

    We need Afridi to lead the test team, and the ODIs, we need IRMAN NAZIR to play in tests and ODIs and 20s...we need to reward players for their performance, not use the performance to unselect them for tests. It is a ridiculous practice that has affected so many good players. We also need to have better fast pitches in Pakistan

  • Muhammad Jahanzaib on January 17, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    There is no need to chang of Captain , there is need to chang all the Players like , Salman But,Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Umar Gull, Kamran Akmal, no needs of Younis Khan, Misbha ul huq, and Most importand Pakistani Stupid Coach , Intakhab alam he have no Sence of Cricket, Slection of players, we requied new talent and no budy is considering on it.

    take care all .

    Bye.

  • rohandebroy on January 17, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    hey guys,u people suggest that afridi should be made captain who is not in the playing X1 in the test matches...!!!yousuf shouldnt be blamed alone...neither the batsmen nor the bowlers performed well in hte current series...yousuf's captaincy lacks penetration and positive attitude,bvut he is the only player in the current team who is a first choice in the current playing x1...give some time to the pakistani team and the coaching staff and we will hopefully see a better pakistani X1 in a year time ....

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 17, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, it has been very painful to all Pakistan supporters to see the completely miserable disgusted test series performance against the professional Aussie. Pakistan players have proven themselves as like very much normal class of illiterate skill to play in test arena. They don't know how to keep their heads extreme cooled to protect their own valuable wickets to snatch glorious important victory. Now, talking about Mohammad Yousuf’s captaincy---- I am afraid to say that Yousuf has lot more to learn how to operate the bowling squad,temperaments,technique, dominating over opponent batsmen and especially to be more concentrated in Batting section to stay on the crease much more longer as the most as he and others batsmen would save the team. Only one request, please there is none but only Shahid Afridi could save the whole current Pakistan Cricket Team. Please, bring Shahid Afridi on to Pakistan as the real & true regular captain immediately stabled forever.

  • Tahir on January 17, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Well we all know that captains can inspire but..., they lost the unloosable because of great leadership, wel Afraidi looks good choice but he believes in quick bucks, makes himself unavailable because of Ramadan and some time he wants to concentrate on 1 days or 20 20, I don't think to these cricketers National pride matters any more, look at their batting none of them is trying to play test cricket, its more like if they want to impress selectors of IPL for 20 20,I feel like hitting the wall for last few years when Kamran Akmal wears a Helmet that does not have Pakistani logo, but in this match I found Gul and Kurram Manzoor wearing helmet with no Pakistan logo, are they blind or PCB is also blind even a club cricketer would wear his cap or helmet with teams logo, can Kamran please convey this to the board I get sick every time when I see them without Pakistan team logo I am sure 2 1 could ve been achieved but when a team does not know how to win this will happen again& again

  • Rahul on January 17, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    One thing i am not ready to belive is that land of zaheer abbas and imran khan can no longer produce quality batsmen and fearless leaders. They are right in front of you. You already have discovered umar akmal and i am sure with keen eye and support you will find many more. You already have afridi who is as bold, brash and in your face as you can get. It is not lack of resources but pathetic administration aided by insecure and egoistic players who are runing pak cricket. Some of the players lot will prefer a timid yousuf as capten then younus or afridi. Some of the administrators will do the same. The well being of the game is not at the heart. You have unpolished gems like mohd aamer, good spiner in kaneria and ajmal, openers who are starting to find there feets and a promising middle order batsmen. Just imagine what imran khan would have done with this team. Its time to rise aobve the dirt and find a wining path. This team doesnt deserve to be laughing stock of world cricket.

  • mqi on January 17, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I said 3-0 white wash before the series, it looks like that is going to happen tomorrow, if not today. When u have a poor team playing with the best team, you should not expect better. Too many supporters were expecting too much from an unruly team who know how to swing bat and get caught behind or give a catch. The worst thing is their body language. They are playing to loose the games while Australia seems to be playing with ease and comfort with a substandard opponent. People have compared Umar with Lara/Tendulkar. what a nonsense. He can at best be compared with Afridi. Looks at Amer's headband, so disgusting. He can bowl 5 overs and then he is gone for the day, not effective at all. I agree with the comment above that he should be given a good hair cut (with a pakistani barbar), so that he knows how to take a sitter and not cost the second test.

    This series will be remembered for PCB's stupidity, Kamran's world record of drop catches, Amer's gift to Pontin and horrible MoYo.

  • Sathish Reddy on January 17, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    4)Then there is a sordid detail with Kamaram Akmal. The very fact that he thinks he cant be dropped for any reason and hasnt been for so long is wrong. 5) There are no rules about who can talk to the media at all. 6) Then comes another whipper snappper in his nappies with an attitude and an opinion - Amer 17 years old. Doe a country need players at all costs ? 7) Everybody who gets dropped and somehow performs has an interview and advise. Now you have Malik shooting his mouth off. 8) Then there is talk of bringing back Afridi. He is someone who has rebellion in his veins. Now every thing is honky dory and his head is in the clouds because of his 3-4 wins in 20 - 20. What happens when he start to lose ? I cant see him take things maturely at all. With things being how they are all I hear is that Pakistan has a bad captain and a bad board. True but there are other inherent ills with the team and the individuals. Look there for answers and things might get better in the near future.

  • Sathish Reddy on January 17, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Hello Kamran, I am quite surprised that you beat around the bush and have not been able to pin point the problem despite your cricketing acumen or have you also fallen prey to the " beat the PCB for all ills " adage ? I am quite surprised that pointers when they came up were not heeded and acted on. Here are a few that would have caused me great alarm if it had happened to the team I was supporting. 1) A captain is only as good as his team is. There is and was no captain in History who could do magic with his team. Sure he could inspire a little more out of them and but all in all the team makes the captain. 2)Everybody in a wayward family has to share the blame. The parents and the children. But we only hear of the mistake of the PCB. What about the players ???? Are they to go scot free for every wrong they are guilty of. 3)How lax is the family if a new comer like M. Aamir goes all out at Gul. What ever the altercation and the instigation there is no way this should happen. Contnd

  • Paki Passion on January 17, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Well, the team is floundering so bad that at this point even the staunchiest supporter like me actually want the team to lose again. That doesnt make the cricket reporters any less pathetic. All they need is players head. By the way get the Aamer guy a crew-cut; his hair costed Paki about 200+ runs.

  • Kamal on January 17, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Practically speaking, Pakistan does not have anyone in the current crop to lead a group of disorganized players to be successful in the test. They are not even test players now, more like one dayer. They can possibly beat australia in one day with Afridi as captain, but with Yousuf as captain, they may loose. If PCB has sense, they will pick up a young team under Afridi to beat Australia in he one day series and use them to form the nucleus for the future test side. It takes years to groom a captain. Pakistan did not try that in the last 15 years or so. Who does not know the constant fight between the future captains in last 10 years. You need to change this culture of fight. Know how to fight the fast balls with the bat, Know how to take the catches that a 12 years old will not drop. Those are the problems. Rotating Captain will not solve problems.

    GET RID OF PCB, that will solve 50% problems right away.

  • haroon on January 17, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Watching today's play,Yousuf captaincy never cease to amaze me. He starts off with GUL the most expsensive bowler when they should be tighting the flow of runs. Yousuf is not captaincy material and never will be. Only way to improve the standard is to make the following changes: Bring back Shoabib as captain and Butt as VC. Drop Kaniera, Kamran Akmal and Gul, replaced them with Afraidi as spin bowler, I'm sure he can do better than the 50 runs per Wicket Kaniera and Sohail Tanvir. Sarfraz should be kept even if his batting is no good. 20/30 runs from Akmal is not worth risk to play him.

  • BRING BACK AFRIDI! on January 16, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Afridi is the man who should be promoted from 20/20 captain to captain all formats. At least he believes he can win a game and will back his attacking players.Both his bowling and batting have improved alot recently. On the 4th morning in Sydney you might have seen a fielder within a screenshot of the no 9. We need players and a captain who are not scared of defeat and attack the opposition - they may lose here and there but they'll win much more with the talent at their disposal. Its better than having a captain who still loses when all of his time is spent with the preoccupation of avoiding defeat!

  • Ahmad on January 16, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Yousufs captaincy is a disgrace and I seriously hope we have someone else in charge for our big summer in England. What a far cry we are now from Imran who attacked at all costs and was rewarded for it. How can anyone defend Yousufs tactics on the 4th morning of the Sydney test when we should have won at a canter despite Akmals drops. He blamed the batsmen for their shots without any mention of how we came to chase 176. He should know that a 176 chase is too much for us. We need to bring back the spirit of Imran by having players and a captain who have an attacking mindset. I'm sure these players are proud but the captain is sending them the completely wrong signals with his defensive fields- do the bowlers really need to argue for a more attacking field? We need Afridi brought in as captain asap if Younis carries on like a baby. This team is attacking - Butt, Nazir, Younis/Malik, Yousuf, C Akmal, Afridi(c),Sarfraz, Aamer, Gul, Asif, Danny. Sami in at 8 for Danny on a seamer.

  • kris rajkumar on January 16, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Yusuf's captaincy is part of a bigger mess which includes poor fielding, discipline and team management.He is not a bad captain but at 35 plus it is hard to learn new skills and when under pressure he possibly resorted to what he knew and did best to survive his cricketing years;'head down and defend' rather than being aggressive, maybe a reflection of his past. Pakistani cricket should not resort to similar measures.Management must make hard decisions and look for a young person with no baggage and one who is going to be around for the next4-5 years playing in the team (?maybe Umar Akmal)and groom him for captaincy. Afridi could have captain few years ago but now it will be madness to pursue him (he cannot even make it into the test team).There will be a dip and a learning curve but eventually things will improve. The key ; Do the management/PCB have the wisdom and courage to look into the future??

  • desihungama on January 16, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Bring Inzamam back for the Test only :)

    He could just use a runner?

  • desihungama on January 16, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    And why are we forgetting that it was he (Yousaf) who authoratively asked Misbah to be included on the tour though he had been sidelined for poor performance as of late. We all came to know how the spot was wasted during the series. Is he telling us Asim Kamaal or even Yasir Hameed (both just examples) could not have contributed more if not less? So, not just the captaincy which was abysmal but the series lost blame should squarely lies with him alone, too. To top it, he openly critisized Butt of being lazy. Darn Yousaf we thought we were playing a Test that lasts over 90 overs per day. You're in hurry to go somewhere? Butt is going to run what Butt's is going to run.

    Regarding his comment on being selfishness - He should read Cricket history. This game came into being for one guy to ask one guy to bowl so he can hit and other to run and field. While down under, I think Yousaf and Co. needs to visit some Wisden.

  • William on January 16, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    I apologise for having suggested Shoaib Akhtar as captain as I found later that Shoaib had already written in himself, asking to be brought back as captain till WC 2011 :) ) But fellow fans, how about Abdul Razzak? Didn't he once have all the makings of another Imran Khan, even though his pace was slightly less, his batting a little less refined and thinking prowess relatively limited..

  • nain tara on January 16, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Bring back Younis Khan , THE GREAT PATHAN, or keep suffering like hell. yousaf captaincy is disgusting, really.

  • Tahir Rashid on January 16, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team and board is riddled with errors. Chopping and changing players will not result in better performances on the pitch. Problem lies at grassroot levels. The whole system needs overhaulting starting with dead flat pitches. Flat track bullies can pile on the runs in sub-continent but when exposed on green top wickets they crumble like deck of cards. In the past Pak have only won games with natural talent and flair which seems to be missing nowadays. A sorry state of affairs which cannot be blamed on anyone but PCB.

  • Noor on January 16, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    The Comedy of Errors that was witness on the second day is what makes Pakistan the jokers of the pack.

    Pakistan team are very un-professional, yesterday we saw Salman Butt, immediately after his century he bowed and prayed and then requested a drink, knowing well the drinks break was due soon (in fact it came after the fall of his wicket) and soon after all that there was a lapse of concentration and he was out (ala Saeed Anwar next ball dismisal after several minutes of time wasting in changing the bat at 1999 WC).

    Prayers is ok but please keep it private. No other country player goes thru the prayer ritual in the middle of a Test match. The important thing is to remain focus on the game, Butt scored a century, very commendable but the job was only half done. Unfortunatly, Pakistan after Butt's wicket, kind of lost their way. Pak should have scored 400+ and try to save this match but unfortunately they are their worst enemy.

  • Roscoe on January 16, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Nice to see someone say it like it is. At least they dropped Kamran who sounded like he was in the thick of agitation to remove Younis. Unbelievable that they got rid of their best leader since Akram & possibly Imran himself.

  • S. Sheikh on January 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Mo.Yo is in tremendous pressure is trying his best to justify for the job he did not ask for and was imposed on him by the PCB. He asked for YK for the test's inisted he was sent for the ODIs the format worse suited for him. Same pathetic fielding and fregile batting still if some of those catches not all were held in NZ & in Australia poor Mr. zero would have been a hero here. Insted of one ton pak would have had two or may be three had Butt not had Mo.Yo & Akmal ran outs.All 11 players are culprit of loosing some way or the other it not only the skipper he cannot do every thing all by himself but no sir it is Mo.Yo who is responsible for the defeats this is the state of mind pak people have. 10 capitan in 2yrs time only happens in pak. Widies had contract problems with the players;ended up making rookies team everyone knows what happned though they ended up of gettin couple of good players. Changing the whole team or skipper frequently is not the solution. May God bless pak team

  • sajjad mohd on January 16, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    mr abbasi u r right but can u please name a single person who is playing in this team and has the captincy material.actually the badisc of pak cricket is wrong if u can not take a very somple catch at third man than u really have a serious problem. even a single catch can change the whole match

  • Hammad on January 16, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I think you cant really blame only yousuf for his captaincy. The whole system of pakistan cricket is to be blamed. they employed 3 bowling coaches which pakistan already good at bowling coach. I think pakistan really needs a battting coach which they lack some batting skills to play a test match. other thing i would say is that feilding really matters for a side to win a match they missed too many catches which could see last mactch lost to Australia

  • syed talha naeem on January 16, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I dont agree with this. i think we should not be so harsh on Yousuf. Pakistan team has been losing for a long time, even when Yousuf was not the part of Pak team. And its not Yousuf who is dropping all the catches, which has been the main reason for losing. Yousuf didnt drop Hussey four times, neither did he dropped watson and katich in the first test when they had just started their innings. He is still Pak best batsman and we need his services till the 2011 world cup, atleast and also in next year Eng tour where last time he batted outstandingly.

  • ankur budi on January 16, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    we can not call mohammed yousuf the only victim for this thing,becoz it's a team game game ,moreover actually it should be played on the field only but in pakistan and few more contries it is played off the field also,which is very wrong,it's part of politics of country as well,so i will not say that mr. yousuf is the only man responsible for the same,but cricket management of pak team is equally responsible for the same ,but i know that damn pcb will take off captaincy from mr. yousuf in few days

  • Khusro Mir on January 16, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Hopefully we will lose this Test, and once again PCB will be put back into it's place. As a player I respected Yousuf, but now he is just playing the "blame and shame game". To add to that, I think we should drop Mohammed Aamer, doesn't anyone else, due to the fact he dropped Punter on 0, and Punter went on to make 100. No? Why? He's a good bowler? Well Akmal is a GOOD batsman. Admittedly not a pure wicketkeeper, but if it was wicketkeepers which were needed in Pakistan side, we would be No.1 long ago. Think. People blame him for dropping Hussey. Due to him we lost. What about the fact the target was 176? The team lost. Not Akmal, who is always out there, giving 100%. He's embarrassed himself internationally by always calling out advice, yet instead of stopping in shame he continues. That is a team player. Not Yousuf. "Salman Butt's fault, Waqar Younis not needed, batting coach needed,T20's fault." Kamran Akmal "My fault, I will play with more passion now. Sarfraz even says Kami's good

  • Khalid Ahmed Siddiqui on January 16, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    I think it is time to bring change in PCD body and should be handed over to cricketer like Amir Suhail.

  • Khalid Ahmed Siddiqui on January 16, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Dear Sami bhai,

    I totally agrred that PCB is responsible for all this mess. Instead of arguind captaincy we need to catch who made Yousuf as captain , definately all PCB should blamed for all selection they are doing. For captain we need to identify some basic qualities like 1) he should be well educated 2) he should have strong character 3) He should have a cricketing mind. After Imran Khan and Mushtaq Mohammed I can see these qualities possess in Misbah ul haq and he has shown his captaincy in few oppertunities he got against Austaralia and against Srilanka but these points do not see or by pueposely ignored by our PCB officials. Now since Misbah selection is poitless we need to look for a fresh and young captain at this moment.

  • William on January 16, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Guys, how about Shoaib Akhtar as captain?? He is one Pakistani player who will still be feared by opponents. He may not perform consistently all the time but he'll surely change the complexion of some matches. I'm sure by now he's learnt from his mistakes and would be raring to make a comeback. He would also have the willingness to be captain. What say?

  • MK from LONDON on January 16, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    S BUTT - Of all the useless players he's the best, has centuries against Australia. FARHAT/MALIK/ALAM - Farhat, useless, but is there anyone better? - Malik, if he wants this spot, but he shouldn’t open his mouth - Alam, allegedly the second best young batsman in Pakistan, if in, give him a clear run of 10 matches)!) Y KHAN - Should have remained captain - now ignore captaincy M YOUSUF - Leader off the field, definitely not on the field U AKMAL - The future S AFRIDI - Captain on the pitch (should remain humble off the pitch) excellent cricketing brain, excellent spinner, has aggression, extra bowler, can change game with bat, Kaneria will bowl better K AKMAL - What idiot dropped him, he just needs some help to work out why he was making drops - loss of concentration - too much pressure? U GUL - Reverse swing M AAMER -It’s about time a new Wasim came along M ASIF -You’re good but not that good to be arrogant D KANERIA - Under-rated, needs to be used better by captain

  • Saleem Khwaja on January 16, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    When will pakistan learn to field? It looks as if handling a ball is like handling a scorpion! Can't run, can't catch, and can't lead! Can PCB do something about it and about itself?

  • mislam, Maryland on January 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Let me try if I can summarize my feelings:

    #1 problem : Incompetence of PCB and their poor attitude in management and selection.

    #2. Poor fielding. If you drop catches at crucial time, you loose the game. Kamran in 2nd test and Aamer in 3rd test dropped sitters ( couple in 1st test too). Both these test could have opposite results, if those simple catches were taken. Ian Chapel said about Ponting being dropped by Aamer," even my 11 years old daughter will not miss that". Australia's lead would not be over 210, could have been less than Pakistan . So this is the vital issue.

    #3. Culture of conflict in the team. This is historical for Pakistan. If you have a cultured nation, you can expect a cultured board, and the player will probably behave accordingly. There is too much in fight among the players, so, no captain will be successful. leadership is important, but leader /captain will not take all the drop catches and let the game swing directions and also stop players throwing wicket

  • khurram on January 16, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    IM 100% SURE ALL OF FANS ABOVE who have defended M Yousaf above have not watched the TEST MATCH. SO pls stop posting crap here and post only after watching 5 day test cricket. The moment u watch it you know how terrible M Yousaf captaincy is. It's plain obvious. He is the one responsible for the defeats. Pak players performed a lot better than Aussies in 2nd test, it's only because of Yousaf horrific leadership that we lost the test. The field settings were not only dumbest everyone ever witnessed, they were criminal! He should be sacked immediately with that fieldset and mindset.

  • Andrew on January 16, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Further to that, his treatment of Salman Butt was a disgrace. Sure Salman made a couple of blunders but he certainly isn't alone there. What really annoys me is Yousef's performance straight after his runout and the subsequent airing of dirty laundry to the media at the end of the day. How does this help his team to recover? How does this serve Butt in his quest to soldier on? It was great to see him get his ton. That showed real character and I don't give Mohammad Yousuf any credit for that. Pakistan needs a new captain.

  • daddymac on January 16, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Actually what the Pakistan team reminds me of is when you play cricket on the computer and u play on beginners level and the computer AI is real easy, that reminds me of our pakistan team, when u select expert mode then you play against Australian cricket team AI lol

  • Khusro Mir on January 16, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Well smart stuff here. Let's drop Akmal, one of our best batsmen, albeit he's had a bad series, but let's do it anyway. Next, let's add in Khurram Manzoor when you could add in Akmal as a BATSMAN! Brain drain for the tour management. Sarfraz makes 1 and is gone. Yay Lloyd, any chance you are Usain Bolt? ;)

  • paul on January 16, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    If Pakistan had held a couple of catches in Sydney it would be 1-all, and Yousuf would be regarded as a genius.

  • Ahmad on January 16, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    players, captian,coaches, management,everyone made it a full comedy , or u can call it tragedy , whatever u like

  • Mahboob Alam on January 16, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Shahid Afridi will be a best choice for Captaincy.. i read all the above comments, Mr. Rajesh pointed that Afridi has a poor record in test cricket, well i think you havnt check the cricinfo records for his test career, he has above 1500 runs in 26 tests with 5 centuries, his average in tests is good than most of the batsmen in current lineup i.e. 37..

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

    I HAVE SOLUTIONS. Now that i got everybody's attention. This is what i believe should happen in Pakistani cricket. And its not rocket science.

    1.Remove Politics and Religion from the cricket field. - Look at Australia the game is run by the cricket board there is no input from Kevin Rudd or any army generals etc. Thats what needs to happen in Pakistan. 2.Groom your players for the future - Look at Australia's plan, They already have a succession plan for captaincy, when Ponting goes Clarke will step up, when Hussey retires Clark will move to number 4 where is Pakistan's plan? Dont change captains every series, i can count Australia's captains in the last 20 years on one hand. 3. Get an Australian coach, still don't understand the reason the PCB gave about Lawsons removal. 4. Groom a young captain, im sure there is one capable leader from the domestic level, or even the U19 team. Give the young captain 100% support if seniors don't like it they can leave What happened to Hasan Raza?

  • khurram siddiqi on January 16, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Afridi is a tested and proven losser. YK is out of guts cant play even in domestics. We need new faces man. y you people support such rubbish. y dont you chk the stats and let both yk and afridi go away from our sights.

  • Haroon on January 16, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Pakistan's biggest problem is that they never had a good leader, whether it be cricket or politics. Whenever a good leader comes there people within the country trying their level best to under that leader. In the country we have the mullahs preaching anti US slogans, and yet when it comes to a major disaster loke Haiti, US are the first nation to help, whilst these mullahs sit back and do nothing. Pakistan in my experience always ready to accept freebies but at the same willing to attack those to try to help. The same goes in cricket. Yousuf may not be your ideal captain, he accepted a tough job whilst "Cry Baby" Younis Khan wanted to opt out of a differcult tour to Aust. Afridi the same, doesnt to want play Test cricket when it comes to much tougher opponents. Mohd Yousuf had the courage and guts to take on this differcult job. He has been very dignify under immense pressure. I hope they never make YK captain or Afridi because I am convinced that if it was those two as captain things

  • why on January 16, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    i reckon players should be groomed and played for each individual formats. why should basically the same Pakistan 11 play each and every format. players like laxman or rahul dravid prone their skills on one format and are successful why can't we have those same batsmen? a player like misbah became brilliant when he showed his skills in 20 20 but his involvement in tests have caused him to not play his natural game and definitely ruined what could have been a good career if groomed properly

  • Humayun on January 16, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Very interesting comments. The team reflects the rest of national affairs. Talent not disciplined or trained properly and not appropriately utilized implodes. Pakistan may have raw talent but the nation likes to jump the gun and declare them world class even before they have truly arrived. And then the nation has unrealistic expectations from them. Plus how can one develop basic skills when the training ground- domestic scene, is devoid of any proper competition. When the overall approach to domestic matches is lackadaisical,carefree and careless, when the atmosphere in a domestic match is less competitive (and more tension-free) than an inter school match, where will one develop strategic or survival skills. How will astute leaders develop? All those great cricketers of the past were either products of a prepartition domestic cricket structure boasting of great tension filled matches between Muslims, Hindus and Parsees, or polished their skills in the competitive county cricket scene

  • Ponder on January 16, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    The opening line states" with the entire world against it..."...comeon Kamran..Pls hide your average trait of blaming everything on the entire world & acting as if the whole world is againat Pakistan. I say this coz...under the guise of being a 100% subjective Pak writer, you disguise yourself very well & supposedly offer objective analysis of Pak & other teams. Your mask if off Kamram.

  • Rohaan Ahmed on January 16, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    All he needs now is confidence from his management, and experience. Instead of calling for his head, all our ex-cricketers should get in touch with Yousuf and share with him their experiences so that Yousuf never repeats the blunders of this tour.

    My point is simply that we expect too much from our leaders, and that's because, from time to time, we are blessed with truly great ones. Whether in cricket, like Imran Khan or Wasim Akram, or in the political arena, like Mohammad Ali Jinnah, we have had some amazing leaders who never seemed to put a foot wrong. However, it is unfair to expect the same from everyone. There are no Imran Khans on our current cricket team, we have to mold a captain for the next 5 years, and now is the time to do it. So lets not be impatient. Pick a play, Younis or Yousuf, and stick with him. Captaincy, as hard as it may be to believe, is not our greatest setback. Batting, lack of confidence and fielding are areas where the need to improve is far more urgent.

  • Mango on January 16, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    This Pakistan team are a rabble !! No leadership, they are a laughing stock after the Butt run outs and "Groundhog Day" fielding performances. It must come from the very top of Pakistan cricket in general - the "Brains Trust" is missing.

  • Rohaan Ahmed on January 16, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    After a long absence, I could manage the courage to come back to the "Cricket" section. I was so disheartened, disappointed, and downright tickedd at our performace on the last day of the second test against Australia, I promised myself I will not watch the third Test.

    However, this topic is very interesting to me, so I'll comment. There is no doubt our captaincy let us down in the second Test, and there is no doubt Yousuf is no Ponting or Imran Khan. However, it seems to me that Pakistanis are asking not for a captain, but for a miracle worker.

    Ricky Ponting has been captaining his side since 2002 (that's 8 years) and Imran Khan first became Pakistan's captain in 1982 (a full 10 years before he led the country to World Cup glory). How, then, is it fair to ask Inzamam-ul-Haq or Shoaib Malik or Younis Khan or Mohammad Yousuf to manage to pull off spectacular leadership feats ina matter of months? There is little doubt that Yousuf is one of the finest batsmen our country has ever produ

  • Salman Rasheed on January 16, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Younus when on field as a batsman only used to stay the shroud. Either you find him on the boundary or if somehow he manages to score some runs in the 1st inning (specially in one-dayers) you hardly seen him coming on the field. Such is the intensity of zeal and level of fitness. What baffles me more is the utmost desire with which they persue captainship. Non-sensical statements/lobbying within team. Over the years I have deciphered the thinking of PCB of making somebody captain....higher the number of Matches u played...higher the probablility of getting skipper's cap.

  • Hamid on January 16, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Sir, you are right. We Pakis wish to see our team to play like cornered tigers, give there 100% with positive approach. Afridi has got all these qualities. He must be prefered as a Captain in all forms of crictet for atleast 2 years. Dropping Kaman Akmal is a very good move. To me the only good decision made by the PCB. I appreciate your article truely speaks on behalf of Pakistani Nation. Thankyou. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Xiggs on January 16, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Yousuf has turned out to be such a coward cricketer that the word "shocking" would be an understatement. To add insult to injury he does not want to learn, besides its too late for a 35 years old geezer to learn cricket at this stage of the career.

    People call him YOUSSY. For his ultra defensive tactics and coward approach I love to call him 'YOUSSY THE PUSSY'.

    Throw this idiot out of the team along with the likes of shoaib malik (typical Sialkotiya), misbah, kamaran khatmal. Once they have been kicked out then comes the time to kick out PCB's top brass who are least interested in improving cricket and cricket related affairs in Pakistan and seem to have taken up jobs just embezzle money.

    I feel for my fellow pakistani cricket fans. I so wish pakistan had players who would consider their country as their monther narion...not as some rich employer to take care of them and their families.

    Here players are not ousted just because of friendship. Soon we will see the whole ICL team here

  • vinay on January 16, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    yousuf should call Dhoni to have some tips about tackling Oz..hey yousuf..go call Dhoni..dont worry PCB will pay STD call charges..Dhoni will be happy in helping his neighbour..

  • aziz on January 16, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    everybody is pointing finger at yusuf. NO DOUBT HE HAS PROVED TO BE THE WORST CAPTAIN. but main culprit is YUNUS khan.think it

  • Geoff Bethell on January 16, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    I think Pakistan just need to stop this constant scapegoating. The current captain is under unbelievable pressure from the folk back home. He hasn't got the team he wants. These pressures, I'm sure, are the real reason for him losing his rag yesterday in public against a player. Fortunately Salman Butt has had the internal fortitude to rise above it and come up with a well-made 100 today. UNFORTUNATELY we can all see that the captain's outburst says a lot more about him than it does about Salman Butt. But let's give him the benefit of the doubt. Too much needless pressure from home was the real cause.

  • Junaid on January 16, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @Disguntled. I think your place is on youtube where you can curse whoever you don't like. Mohammad Yousaf is our best batsman and may be he will end his career as best ever Pakistani batsman. He is definitly mush more respectable than a good for nothing blogger like "disgruntled" Kamran, Please delete his stupid comments.

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 16, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Just for a moment forget about MOYo and Kamran. Look at the whole picture in Pakistan cricket today. Our fielding is so bad, that even Bangla Desh can beat us in that. Batting, well...what can I say, you all know, how dependable our batsmen are.. And most of all, why we have coaches, if they can not help out our team, when we really need them. Why laugh at Afridi becoming a captain. What worse can he do. Atleast he will lead from the front, not like MoYo and Shoab Malik. But, I know, we can say what ever we want to on this forum, nothing will change very soon. I think, we are stuck with these jokers for atleast another five years. I am just hoping, somewhere in Pakistan, there would be a Imran Khan or Javed Miandad playing in his teens, and be able to drag our cricket team out of this mess(Ameen).

  • Nick on January 16, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    I think this criticism is RIDICULOUS. It just proves how short sighted all critics are. If Yousuf's tactics had worked, then all these 'critics' would be praising him. What if Hussy had thrashed a quickfire double century if the field was in? WHY BLAME YOUSUF? It was Kamran & bad batting that cost Pakistan the test match. In fact Ricky Ponting's tactics against India when he bowled part time bowlers instead of Lee to catch up on the over rate in their last Australian tour was far far worse. The fact is I see Pakistan playing as a UNIT under Yousuf. The fact is Pakistan WON a match in New Zealand and had a good chance of winning both their test matches in Australia. When bowler's shoulders droop I see Yousuf active in getting them fired up again. While batting he does try and inspire confidence in the non striker. Pakistan has COMPETED in this series more than they ever did in ANY of their previous recent outings to Australia. BAD CATCHING & BAD BATTING cost Pakistan not bad captaincy!!

  • Hamid on January 16, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    The glaring lack of on field leadership apart,what are all these coaches doing? Don't they sit down and discuss team strategy? With 4 bowlers attached to the team as coaches and manager, why is the team's bowling lacking a strategy? What are Waqar, Aaqib, Intikhab and Raquib doing? Other than Intikhab's repeated assertion that nothing can be done to improve Pakistan's fielding, he does not seem to contribute anything. Lawson,a foreigner, seemed to care more than these Pakistani coaches.

  • k9 on January 16, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I couldnt agree more with your assertions !! fantastic article kamran bhai, keep them coming.

  • KT on January 16, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Yousuf is a psychologically broken man. This is the tactic of the Australians - break the captain. His team is clearly in rebellion against him - I blame the Indian 20/20 circus which had warped the minds of Pakistani cricketers away from the glory of playing for their motherland and made them ambitious for nothing more than a little bit of money - and has ruined their techniques! Pakistani cricket needs a strongman, a dictator to take charge and bring back the pride of the Tigerwarriors!

  • ajamaica on January 16, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    I have never felt as embarassed of Pakistan cricket as I do now. I have been an ardent supporter for many years; giving the players my backing when everyone around me was cursing them but they have reached new lows here which are indefensible. How can so much talent repeatedly and so nonsensically be wasted. Unfortunately the cricketers and administators have taken the supporters and cricket itself for granted. It is shameful. We have become a laughing stock -giving away almost unassailable positions, dropping rudimentary catches, inexplicable running between the wickets and to top if a captaincy seethed in cowardice. Pakistan can only play on way - we need to attack. Yousuf should step down immediately if the incompotent board persists with him. Players who even feign any allegiance above country should be put out to pasture.

  • bharath on January 16, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Its his first series as a captain, he will learn. there were many players who should have not been picked for the series like shoaib malik, abdur rauf,misbah, etc, with a team like this we should not expect miracles. Just give him a proper team not just a team to fill 11 members. i am sure yusuf will do well.

  • Itchy on January 16, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Rule No. 1 as captain - never, ever publicly denigrate your own players. Good captains talk their team up not down. When a player makes a mistake (as happens) he needs to be backed, not bagged as MoYo did to Butt. Ponting would never bag one of his players, nor would most other international captains (& nor should they).

  • Anneeq Anwar on January 16, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Yes his captaincy in Sydney was absolutely pathetic, i was incensed, hurt all of it when there were 8 fielders on the boundary when Aus were effectively 60 for 8. But this test i think everyone has gone beyond the pale. He was forced to have the defensive field, i mean Aus were 200 for 3 and the commentators were winging and moaning about MoYo nt being attacking. Im sorry but they were well set nobody likes to see fielders set to prevent the 1s and 2s but it had to happen Ponting nd Clarke were on song.

    Yousuf does not have that killer instinct, im amazed that Yousuf has infact not been seriously accused of match fixing because the fielding placements in Sydney were not normal!! I mean the guy has been in international cricket for over 10 yrs, u really telling me in all that time hes learnt that when the opposition is 60 for 8 u put 8 fielders on th boundary?

    Afridi has that killer instinct, the desire, the passion and the support of the Pakistani public. He HAS to be captain!!!

  • Aditya on January 16, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    This is the problem with Pakistan cricket -- they never play as a team. A captain is only as good as his team -- but Pakistan are not performing as a team. Despite having talent, they're not applying themselves, putting in the hard work. The team has gotten too lazy...the great Pakistani players of the past like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar were dedicated, committed cricketers. This is not the case with today's generation.

  • lloyd budhram on January 16, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    I am a west Indian who supports the Pakistan cricket team.I was basically dumbfounded, cannot my eyes when Yousuf misread the situation and dispatched eight men to the boundry ropes at the start of the final days play. Was this a decision made by yousuf soley? or was it a tactic conjured up by Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younis? who so ever it was,it was a disaster to say the least. Blowers and batsmen would have bad days at times but they can be supported by the fielders. This here I think was the difference between the two sides except for the captaincy. Any team had a chance like what Pakistan had would have sent the Aussies packing for a change. I still feel on a good day the Pakistan outfitcan give the Australians a run for their money.

  • raheel on January 16, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    /*reasons and reasons galore but no acceptance and living in self denial.*/ agreed with Jack. I don't think Yousuf should go neither believe he is a good captain for Pakistani team. With said that renovation of PCB and Pakistani players are must. we should get-rid of big names and try new blood. I strongly believe that talent in Pakistan is huge and PCB (when can we appoint right people? That is a misty). Regarding current team- why we need Kamran Akmal (if he is not a good WK). Pakistani team should remember that they are playing for Pakistan. if Kamran Akmal, Younis, IF, KM etc. would go and play first class cricket, correct their mistakes and technique they can always come back. Also making Shahid Afridi a captain of Pakistan test-cricket would be another blunder of PCB.

  • Stunned on January 16, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Good analysis Kamran. I agree with you on all the points. Mr. Aniruddha, you are missing a point here. It's not that Yousuf cannot catch or play for others but it's his defensive & pathetic captaincy that is under fire. I would suggest Afridi should be convinced to play test cricket and made captain of all forms. Shoaib Malik can be his vice for now while PCB looks for a player who is not only a good player but a good leader. Whoever is picked should be sent to mentor with Ponting, Smith & Dhoni and then join the team as the vice Captain. Secondly, I agree with the domestic structure thing. PCB should hire Imran Khan, Waqar Younus, Wasim Akram & Amir Suhail as consultants and watch where your cricket goes. Some may argue that they have all been out of cricket for long, trust me they are still better than the present PCB as well as current consultants if there are any. Not sure PCB was thinking but I sitting in US could tell that Yousuf is not a captain mateiral. God bless Pak cricket!!

  • ahmed khan on January 16, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    well i havent read everything what people have said on here but most of them are blaming the captain and i dont understand why are they doing it i think one should look at the positives from the series i know we lost and it was hard to believe the loss in sydney we were close but not close enough to finish and tht comes when teams play test cricket name one test playing cricketer in the team u have given a new captain to lead this side cud u other then the captain himself how u attack and when u attack when u know you got people who cud face up to the challenge when u got no other player gud enough to deliver on the given day you cant just blame a player like mohammed yousuf i feel shame for all those who been swearing at a legend player like yousuf just because he made sum mistakes in his first series against austrailia and this inculudes you to mr abbasi i dont know whether u have played cricket or lead a side in ur entire life or not but yes you have got a big enough mouth.shame

  • Muneer on January 16, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    afridi should be back in the Test team. Younis should be made captain and all the non-performers and politicians like s.malik, misbah, kamran, should be dropped to made as examples that player power will not be tolerated. give farhat and butt an extended run at the top, even though they are technically very suspect. Get a batting coach like miandad, zaheer, mudassar, or mohsin to come and work on these shortcomings. also have a fielding coach to work on basics of fielding. without proper fielding our bowlers have to take 14-15 wickets per innings, with an average of 4-5 dropped catches per innings. board has to wield its authority before player power ruins the team. also, the coach should be able to instill confidence in the guys to be able to finish off the job. the last few games they lost by 50, 51, 36 runs in s.lanka, nz, and aus, which indicates they can perform but dont have the "finishing touch" which may be due to lack of self belief.

  • parwaz ekram on January 16, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    MR kamaran you dont need just captain, yonus has never performed as bataman, your core performance has to excellent. Learn from INDIA Dravid was dropped, Gonguly was dropped when not performing with the bat. Yonus is always garbage with bat. Its not the end of the world, for god sake let Yonus go, and do a favour to Pakistan. Parwaz Ekram

  • U M on January 15, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    I support MoYo. He cannot teach Akmals or Amirs how to catch. We would have won the last catch if not for Akmal dropping Hussey on three occasions. MoYo is definitely not Imran Khan but he can only do so much!

  • PIntu on January 15, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    I agree with Faisal Taquie, Yousuf should be given chance with Captaincy responsibility. Everyone from the current test team should be sacked except Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Md. Asif, Md. Aamer and Sarfarz Ahmed. A new test team should be formed. A different team should be in place for ODI & T20 with Shahid Afridi as its captain. For the selection only coaches and captain should have the final say, no PCB. Only God knows when the Pakistan team will rise to its glory.

  • SYed on January 15, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    nicely said.. u r true to the core...yusuf needs to get admitteded into a captain school or sumthing... he is ridiculous as a captain...

  • David on January 15, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    It would greatly aid Pakistan's cause if they just selected their best-performing batsmen and stuck with them. Where's one of their best-performed batsmen in the past 12 months, Fawad Alam? Back in Pakistan after a couple of bad performances. Why was the vc Kamran Akmal dropped? He had ONE absolutely terrible game. Why was Mohammad Sami dropped after a sublime first morning spell in Sydney? I'm trying to discover why Umar Gul still warrants a Test team spot, despite his superlative limited overs talents. If Pakistan stick with Farhat, Butt, Alam, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and find a place for Sami for an extended run they will reap the benefits.

  • Jay Pasha on January 15, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    I think the time is PCB suppose to take bold decision. Firstly, let go serior players they are loose canons. Bring the players from under 19 and polish them for one year. Intially, Pakistan will not win for couple of series (they are sill not winning team). Secondly, bring players who have outstanding record in modern cricket e.g Wasim Akram, Waqar younis, Aamir Sohail, Majid Khan, Zheer Abbas, Javed Minadad. In the name god, let Muhammad Yousuf shoudl retire from all forms of the game with dignity and the time is now; with him Younus Khan, Misbah, Salman, Imran, Shoaib, above all, Kamran, Fasial;they have to if Pakistan want good future. They will never win for the country and they have made enough money for the future. Pakistan Cricket should take one step back and start again and the best is Under 19 cricket. Otherwis, god bless Paksitan Cricket

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 15, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    I should agree with MARLO. These words are not appropriate everyone is disappointed but there should be some line drwan, p.s. I am not happy with his captaincy 2 but I will still consider him as one of the best finds as far as batting is concerned. Lots & lots of disppointment in these matches with the performance, lack of energy, lack of concentration, lack of communication, lack of attacking approach PCB must do something here or else it will be too late. But p.s avoid abusing. Thankyou

  • Mustafa Moiz on January 15, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Do you trust Wasim Akram's opinion? He has backed Yousuf.

  • Syed Jaffery on January 15, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Though Yousuf's captiancy is not very good and he has made some stupid comments lately but still he is not the only one to be blame. Younis is himself very emmotional captain and he is not an automatic selection for some times. Remind you he was hopelessly out of form when he lost the series in Sri Lanka. At this point we just have to accept it that we are #5 or #6 side in the world and we just cannot compete against good sides.

  • Awaiting a Paki rebirth on January 15, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    I can't believe some of the kneejerk reactions in the comments here, drop Yousef? Drop everyone? This is how Pakistan keeps getting in these messes every time.

    It's obvious a new captain is needed but why on earth would you drop a 35 year old who averages 55 with the bat when you've got such a young team? Afridi's touted as a captaincy option and people talk of his pathetic test record of 37 with the bat and 34 with the ball, name a team on the planet that couldn't use that in their 11? Younis wasn't good enough to hold his place in the 20/20 side but why would you keep him out of the test side when he averages 50?

    Get a grip Pakistan; don't get mad and make crazy selection choices, stop, count to 10 and do the right thing.

  • Rizwan Nasar on January 15, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    I totally agree with you bring in Shahid Afridi as captain and make Rashid Latif the Head Coach with a fulltime dedicated fielding coach. It will take time but Pakistan will become a team to recon with. It is high time we get a fighting team captain in!

  • alex on January 15, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    he is worse than sehwag and dravid when it comes to captaincy. I think he lacks power to dictate and his team members are not afraid of him.So no one is respecting him that much

  • salman on January 15, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    I got the biggest laugh of the day, somebody on this blog suggested Inzy as the batting coach, can you imagine Inzy teaching how to run between wickets? You might as well ask Inzy to teach MOYO how to speak English? What a crummy outfit this Pakistani team. Most of players dont even the basics of cricket and they are representing our country. Cant bat, cant field, cant run btw wks, cant speak English. What a pathethic bunch of nincompoop? What a backward country we are, When are we going to change for the better?

  • dr wajahat on January 15, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Ahhhh. thats a sigh of sadness and desperation . I dont agree with mr abbasi on few points. i was dejected as well after the sydney loss and physically had a mgiraine because of that....my mood was low and felt like a depression patient m yself,..... we asian lot take cricket too seriously which we shouldnt, and should enjoy more.... On the point of captaincy i agree that Yusuf is probably not the right material for it , but people who suggests Afridi to be promoted as ODI or test cricket is totally beyond my limited understanding....t20.... Yes thats fine as i dont think anybody rates it as anything more that fun ....but ODI and especially test cricket is the real game....we already exposed one of good breeds of a captain , yunis khan to the dirty politics of S.Mali and a NEW BORN in test cricket called as Misbah whose postion is not sild itself. Now i feel that we asre trying to loose another world class batsman , M.YUSUF. We should stick with anyone at least till 2011, yunus is 1

  • makba on January 15, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    I think we need a big very big change, not only in the team but with management also, Wasim bari no doubt was one of the greatest wkt keeper, but the worst bastman, what he nows about selection?. Iqbal Qasim, Ijaz Butt, they all need to be sacked, and in place, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Miandad, waqar younusm and ramiz Raja should be apointed as selection commettee. Kamran Akmal he need to be sacked for ever, tghe worse wkt keeper in history,what we need is deciplane in team and serious actions against who voilate.

  • noor on January 15, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Pakistan should play Afghanistan in a 5 match series, with Afghanistan the hot favorite to win the series 5-0. Watching Pak is liking watching keystone cops, right now thanks to Intikhab, Mohd Yousuf and rest of un-professional team, Pakistan has become the laughing stock of the world.

  • MARLO on January 15, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    @DISGRUNTLED, Yes yousef is not a good captain and is making a lot of mistakes. But it's you who is LANTI and not him. Downfall of our nation is because people like you. There is a civilised way to communicate and record ones comments and it doesnt mean that sentimental peple like you be allowed to abuse any other person leave alone the best batsman in the country. And You Mr. Abbasi should not allow these type of low languaged commnentes to make place on your blog.

  • AsadAK on January 15, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Kamran u touched my heart, whatever u said is 100% true. I have been supporting Australian team since I know thiis Pakistan team is the worst team under worst captain. People like Inzimam who was defensive captain can only back yousuf. The person who is liable of destroying Pakistan cricket is only Chairman Ijaz butt, who never supported Younis khan and who is loaded with ego problem. Ijaz butt should be jailed for this crime. Same old bunch of players who have been failed are given chances again and again. I think no Pakiistanii should be chairman of pakistan cricket. They all are loosers

  • rashid on January 15, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    They should telecast the highlights of this years Pakistan Vs Australia series on Worlds Funniest Videos...lol....crazy stuff...

  • Pakistan NA KHAPPE on January 15, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    we should play football at least it have more potential in pakistan especially small provinces.ya of course then they dont have worry about catches,Zadari cockroach humm punjabi dapok nawaz is sher punjabi general are leaders,PUNJABI NA KHAPPE (INDIAN PUNJABI R NOT INCLUDED)."Imran khan is graet leader" hahahahah! he lost in 13 araes winnig only in one bcz of fund he used to bluid hospital in that particular area,losing 13 wining one,must be ashamed even to participate politics than siiting in parliment.100 log vote nahi de te gin ko milta hai nu se jalte hain,NAIZI BAHGORA,ZARDARI is mad why did he said pakistan khappe.ab sonn galiya punjabiyo ki,nalat punjabi captain par darpok. kissi pahtan bhai ko captian bana do,"PAISTAN NA KHAPPE"

  • Dr Shahid Mahmood on January 15, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Previous experience with Yusuf failed, because of timidity. Imran was successful as he performed, Yusuf is not performing himself. Give him time and confidence, he would be fine

  • Mujib Rehman on January 15, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Come on! Everybody knows why Younis Khan left the captaincy. He form was not good and imagine what would've happened on AUS pitches. He knew the scorline would be 3-0. He would have scored less than 100 runs in 6 innings. That's the reason he left. Dont blame MOYO when fielders cant hold the sitter. Also, how come world class bowlers are having tough time getting wickets on nice Aus pitches? Aamer looks like he is already struggling with his back. I wont be surprise if he goes Shoaib Akhtar way. Umar Gul goes through his ups and downs more than a women. Kaneria is a donkey who keeps working har without a reason. Asif is the only one who looks he wants to get wicket each over.

  • muzz on January 15, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    I think the whole team is at fault. No one is good at present/stop hyping the young/new comers- they also started dropping catches as unfortunately they are becoming a bit complacent. One suggestion why cannot Pakistani men team plays against Australian women team. When we loose against them then we can have 'ASHES' 2 series? ha ha and Intikhab should be coach.

  • RON PATEL on January 15, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    pakistan is getting what it had sowed, years back before the technology came you guys were playing with 13 players instead of eleven, i will tell you how the 11 players & your two umpires who always gave wrong decesions to make pakistan win went for so many years, & javed miandad's ego after hitting the sharjah six as if he is the only person in the galaxy who can play cricket. aleays having conflict with indian players on the field. what can you expect ? now look at the indian team its respectable, on the top, dominating world cricket. remember amir sohail in the woeld cup quarter finals pointing venkatesh prasad his bat after hitting him for boundry, the very next delivery he was bold & pakistan lost the match, not only that match but all the following world cup encounters from there on. its time now you guys learn to be humble, be good, don't do bad to others. talking about god & doing bad things dont take you & your country anywhere. i am an indian & always i am proud of my country

  • Wasim on January 15, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    We need a captain who is a master tactician one who understands the game, reads the situation well and is very good at working players out and someone who is aggressive and desperate to win

    YK- doesn’t want it anymore and is a bit of a baby we he has it

    Afridi – he isn’t really sure if he wants to play test cricket

    I say Mohammed Asif for captain - we have tried the old guys and where has that got us, it’s time for real change in direction --- Why Not!!

    Now Asif can really lead from the front we now how good he is

    Apparently we need a specialist bating coach – So we have a bowling coach (Waqar) and he does the fielding.

    BUT my question is what the hell Inti Alam does ????? what does he coach if we now need a batting coach ?

  • Salim Khan on January 15, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Pakistan have an excellent side, but they lack a leader and that leader can only be Younis Khan or Shoaib Malik - 2 people in the pakistani team that have a brain to set feilds and carry out strategies. The coach needs to go and a fielding and batting coach needs to be added. There is hope!

  • Shahid on January 15, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    This attack is typical of Kamran Abassi. I have read almost 15 articles where he has attacked Mohamad Yousaf from day he turned muslim and not a single one where he praised him. Surely this is a good oppurtunity to attack best player of Pakistan who is new to captaincy. Well done Kamran, I am sure this attack makes you feel very satisfied. The stupid Pakistan team cannot chase 176 on a batting wicket and then we put all blame to the Captain.

  • Steve Casta on January 15, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Spot on Kamran. Whilst it seems to be against the norm these days, I believe Pakistan need a BOWLING CAPTAIN. These are the ones who will try to take wickets. Pakistani batting captains do not seem to be aggressive enough in the field. Most (not all) of our great captains are bowlers.

  • shiraz on January 15, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Afridi for test captain....u got to be kidding me. He barely qualifies for a oneday team. Anywho Yousuf is not a captain should be kicked out immediately with kamran akmal and shoaib malik. Other than the captaincy, fielding ,Pakistans problem is the batting ..they cant make any runs.I think they make more runs in oneday game they can make in tests. PCB should be fired.

  • sana on January 15, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Facts 1)Putting on TINTED glasses doesnot make you a better player and fielder. 2)Tinted glasses on a cloudy day will effect your visibility and you would rather look STUPID when unable to stop or catch the ball. 3)A smile after dropped catch is the worst ever smile some one want to see. 4)If you dont know how to hit a cricket ball go back and do some GULLI DANDA practice. 5)If you dont know how to field a ball CATCH SOME HENS AND PIGGONS of your neighbour. 6)If you are too posh to dive COME ON FIELD IN DESIGNER SUITE AND SHOES NOT KIT. 7)If you are not good at thinking and hitting a ball play BANTAY not cricket. 8)If you dont know the leadership and field tectics JOIN PAKISTAN POLITICS ( ANY PARTY). 9)If you dont know how to coach cricket WHY DONT YOU BECOME A COACH DRIVER/CONDUCTOR ON NEW KHAN. 10)If you cant manage the team and their attitutes MANAGE SOME GOATS AND SHEEPS IN CHAULASTAN NEAR BAHAWALPUR. 11)If you cant run take a RICKSHAW ON FIELD AND WHILE RUNNING BETWEEN THE WICKET.

  • Pahalwan Jee on January 15, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Dear ,. Basically Cricket is a game to play by men and nowadays you may add women as well but the person like you who looks like to have He-She character / Germs (together) has nothing to do with cricket therefore, please don’t harm Pakistan Cricket by sitting outside with your non-sense emotional comments for some money. The people like you and Bob Woolmer actually harmed Pakistan cricket by promoting such a non-sense player like Younis Khan as a captain by evaluating him over such a Great Player / Captain like Inzamam-ul-Haq at his time and now the Great Mohammed Yusuf. Actually this campaign of evaluating Younis over Imzamam was started by Indian Media and the people like you and Imran Khan (who also is a Khan) became Indian Media’s promoters without pay. And that was Indians plan to disturb and make week Pakistan Cricket and they succeeded. The result you can see now. Therefore, please stop disturbing Pakistan Cricket and now let Mohammed Yusuf go on for some time as a captain and you will see the good result. If you want to write on Cricket you should write about the Safarshy players like Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor etc and about the lack of professionalism in Pakistan players having long hairs which they can’t cut to produce good result for Nation. All depend upon your character which boost your confidence in the field not more practice.

  • shiraz on January 15, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Afridi for test captain....u got to be kidding me. He barely qualifies for a oneday team. Anywho Yousuf is not a captain should be kicked out immediately with kamran akmal and shoaib malik. Other than the captaincy, fielding ,Pakistans problem is the batting ..they cant make any runs.I think they make more runs in oneday game they can make in tests. PCB should be fired.

  • umer on January 15, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    first i would like to talk about the pakistani cricket selectors they are the biggest kanjars i have ever seen giving imran farhat the three formats he dont deserve and not giving other players chance what imran farhat has dine in his career except for doing shit and about yousuf GOD gave him what he dont deserve and what he have done and what he havnt done its infornt of everyone what kind of captain he is dum and he made one good thing requesting younis and those selectors havnt fill that in my opinion younis have more first class runs then faisal iqbals first and international career he have one name miandad and pcb dum old management come on give us a break we are feeling embrace infront of aussies they laugh at us we dont need pcb management and we dont need our coach please he cant do anything good with the team

  • mohammed Rafiuddin on January 15, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    The article itself and the comments as well are all justified but I(am an indian) have witnessed a strange ideaology of pakistani public that whenever pakistan wins they say pakistan is great but the moment they loose they say the match had been fixed. The players need a very sensible and broad minded public supporting them. I strongly feel this attitude of pakistanis is not going to help. They must encourage the team and make it clear that its not just the victory they want but they want a team which fights till the last breath. And if match fixing truly is such a big problem then either the persons who regulate and watch the players shall make strict vigilance or a much simpler action is to ban the game in the country. "Na rahe ga baas na bajegi bansuri".

  • Rajesh on January 15, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Didn't Pointing's catch go to the exact position where the fielder was? If Amer couldn't hold the catch; how is it fault of the captain. Didn't Kamran dropped Hussye 4 times? Pakistan would have won the second match if Hussey was caught early. Didn't Butt clearly caused two run outs yeasterday? How is that fault of the captain? No doubt Yusuf doesn't appear to be captain material but consider what would you be writing if those catches were held? Most of the cpatains go for defensive fields some times; some times it works other times it does not. Think of these things before ridiculing the captain next time. By the way I am Indian team fan cheering for Pakistan team on this tour. Having Dhoni as captain I totally understand what a good captain can do. But without team performing well even Dhoni would have failed.

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 15, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    I am sick to watch these so called pathetic cricketers, especially MoYo, Imran and Salman Butt. Should we stop watching test matches or what. The whole PCB brass should be fired ASAP, and bring back some pride and brain back(If we have any). These players should be kicked on their asses for good. Make Afridi the captain, atleast he has some fire in the belly. Aqil Siddiqi (B.C, Canada)

  • Faheem on January 15, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Absloutely right. Afridi is the best choice for one day captaincy, i was horrified by the decision. i mean yar this is ridicuilas kind of management by pcb. They dont give a shit to pakistani cricket. Cant they see whats happening. i mean such a pathetic captain in yousaf,and no good coaching staff to help them out. Younis khan was so strong mentally that he could have won the series here. he knows how to make his team fight. But our board had no clue how to handle such a situation. Dont know whats gona happen to pakistan. its very very sad.

  • dr salman on January 15, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    YES...SHAHID AFRIDI FOR CAPTAIN OF PAK TEAM!! we cant even think of winning without the likes of imran khans captaincy!! people ve supported younis s exclusion cz of bad form that continued in domestic series as well...but i wud say atleast he is the better option to prefer over misbah, shoaib, faisal iqbal n khurram manzoor!!

  • Himayun on January 15, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    The people who throw tantrum and act like spoiled brat must be fired from the team for good. These names include but not limited to Kamran, Younus, and Afridi. In the prime of his life, after failing in tests, Afridi retired from Test cricket! At his age people are in the prime of their life and have peak performance and not run away with an attitude. The lazy players with bad footwork and buttered fingers cannot be improved overnight. There should be a minimum fielding standard to be included in any side, 20/20 being the exception. The weight of each player especially wicketkeeper be kept under control. Their eating and sleeping habits be altered from the beginning. Not taking naps in afternoons, late supper and sleeping very late. They have to run several miles in the morning and in the evening. The whole lazy culture needs to be changed. You can appoint God as captain or coach but each player has to bring in his own game. Nobody can play for them. Physical fitness is needed.

  • Kevin Ross on January 15, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Insidse news from camp Pakistan: Waqar Younis privatley admited today that M.Yousuf is not offering attacking field but defensive field in the ground because He and his players are so demoalized and afraid to be responsible to drop any catches. They want to hide when they are on the field and be the last one standing in a spot that may result in misfield or a drop catch.. Thats how disgusting this whole senario has turned out to be.

  • Nasir Butt on January 15, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    All those critisizing Yousuf as a captain , I can understand ..but do not forget he is still the best ever batsman Pakistan produced.

    Those Kamran Akmal folks ...pls lighten up ..he is done , he will tried for treason ..Man of the Series for Australia .. Akmal ...you are one pathetic and shameless existence ...Retire on your own now ...traitor!

    Yes the PCB needs Imran as the leader , but more importantly it should be devoid of our Muala Jat / Noori Nath psyche ..end of the day it is that psyche that has been the biggest undoing of Pakistan cricket .

    To those enlightened enough to bring politics on this forum ...thanks but no thanks .

    Regards

    Nasir

  • Usman on January 15, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    When will the PCB understand that Yousuf is NOT captaincy material? Just because he's old and has a long beard doesn't mean he's a sage. He's absolutely incompetent who should relinquish the captaincy on his own if he has any "sharm" still left in him. The field he had set for Kaneria was just unbelievable.

  • kashif manzoor on January 15, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    these are pickings for this season. no place for mo yo as captain but surely is the best batsman in the team. shoaib malik,absolutely no techniques atleast for test team.no khurram manzoor pathetic technique.no faisal iqbal.asim kamal should be back.younis khan or afridi in case should be give the leadership role.last but not the least give time to imran farhat and salman butt.

  • fazal on January 15, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with you Kamran. It is unfortunate that Pakistan has not planned to make Shahid Afridi as their one day team Captain to prepare for the 2011 world cup. The present cricket board is as incompetent as the incumbents of our political strata. Pakistan needs fresh thinking, fresh players and above all fresh management.

  • rusti on January 15, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Pakistan, stop kidding yourselves! Your bowlers aren't that good, bar Asif; nor are your batsmen. Arrogance is always your problem. You keep talking about Australia being mediocre and 2nd rate and you should easily have beaten them but that's your usual derogatory approach to the opposition. How often do I hear you say, before matches that you should win, you are the better, and then, when you lose, you never credit the opponent with playing better, being better, you just whinge that you gave them the match. A little bit of talent means nothing without work and commitment and humility. Get off your high horses. You have no balls.

  • Nasir Butt on January 15, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Contnuing from previous ...

    Kamran Akmal :

    Who did he pay to be on TV practising/posing as a wicket keeper outside the stands ? Australia sure love him. He should get the man of the series for Australia , they praise him so much and what is a ghaddar ?? He is a half assed batsmen and a makeshift wicketkeeper .Every match he has propped 2-3 cathes , missed stumps ...he is not qualified to be in international cricket .

    Amir : Son ! you need to be quiet and play ..you aint the man yet !!

    Asif ..hats off ..great bowler Shoaib Malik : Another undeserving crap ..not worthy of this level of cricket ..dump him asap

    Sarfaraz Ahmed : Looks good , definitely the right temperament and technique ..stick with him. Whats appaling is the way the rest of the team treated this new comer , there was hardly a welcoming or encouraging sign from any of the cricketers to him ..they want the crook/Akaml back . Kaneria : Man grow up ...learn from the likes of Warne and Murli ..use ur head

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 15, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    From day one in Hobart, Pakistan has been on the defensive. They appeared leaderless. The performance was lack lustre, meek and gutless. The prospect of chasing 500+ was weighing down on the minds of the batsmen. Poor nerves & bad judgment led to the two silly run outs. If Shoaib & Butt calmly look at the innings played by Ponting & Clarke, they should be confident in their ability to emulate this solid stand. I see this as a wonderful opportunity for Shoaib Malik & Salman Butt to score big runs. If they play a fighting knock, the pressure will pass on to their opponents,& the morale of their team will be sky high. Australia came back from a hopeless situation to beat Pak in Sydney. Why can't Pak be confident in fighting the odds? There are no demons on the wicket in Hobart & it is a question of staying in the middle & graft a long innings. Yusuf has struggled with leadership. He needs to put a spark of courage & confidence in his mates. Pak can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

  • Wasim on January 15, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    We need a captain who is a master tactician one who understands the game, reads the situation well and is very good at working players out and someone who is aggressive and desperate to win

    YK- doesn’t want it anymore and is a bit of a baby we he has it

    Afridi – he isn’t really sure if he wants to play test cricket

    I say Mohammed Asif for captain - we have tried the old guys and where has that got us, it’s time for real change in direction --- Why Not!!

    Now Asif can really lead from the front we now how good he is

    Apparently we need a specialist bating coach – So we have a bowling coach (Waqar) and he does the fielding.

    BUT my question is what the hell Inti Alam does ????? what does he coach if we now need a batting coach ?

  • Nasir Butt on January 15, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Folks have to agree with general nature of venting and moaning here.

    Let me be the devil's advocate to present the inner working of the Pakistani cricketers .

    First ..the Captain ..Mohammad Yousuf :

    Yousuf , is arguably the only batsman Pakistan has produced. As a captain , without the grace of Younis Khan he is under tremendous pressure and it is affecting his batting. The decision of the board to not include Younus is the sole reason for it. In his 7 run innings yesterday he was very uncomfortable on the crease and that might have contributed for the 3rd run which was risky to some extent. I have to say that Salman might have done it puposely like Akmal dropping catches in the last match , just to make Yousuf fail.

    Khurram Manzoor : Was the board not aware of his mindset at all ? The guy was dazed and confused on the crease , much like a dear in the headlights. He needs to mature before any inclusion at this level.

    ....Continued on next post

  • Imran Ali on January 15, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    It is quite obvious that Yousuf neither has the intellect nor the presence needed for a captain of an inexperienced and excitable team. However, the brain trust at his disposal of Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younis appears equally inept. Indeed,Inti's input into the tactics and nous displayed by Yousuf is entirely consistent with Inti's own tragi-comic leadership in Pakistan's famous snatching defeat from the jaws of victoy performances at Leeds (1971), Melbourne (1972-73)and Sydney (1972-73)even though then the team was represented by many cricketers of talent and experience.

  • M KHAN on January 15, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    M Yousaf u should shut your mouth for the rest of this tour and leave the team alone straight after this match. You silly twitt, havew u ever heard of captain slagging his fellow palyer in the middle of a game. U will see tommorow Butt will get out soon due to the lack of faith and confidence u have shown on him and for that part whole the team. All the bowlers who have toiled hard and have done good job should slap you 10 times each before u leave. Look when Inzimam was failing in the wc 92, the Great Imran Khan actually backed him and actually congratulated him in his batting b4 the 92 semifinal. And look what happened after that.and thats just what he needed to play innings of his life.Butt has played much better than you and has shown more fight. he has been staying in crease for long and getting out to only good balls. U on the other hand throwing ur wicket away nearly every time.How can u comment on others running when u have had a sketched career in this dept. leave immediately.

  • rimtu on January 15, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Actually yousuf was never captaincy material so shame on you for coming down on him, as you know exactly why he was appointed in the first place. When Younis turned down, he was the only option left. You do not expect PCB to pick Kamran as the captain do you? Kamran should not even be in the team. Yousuf had to take over captaincy whether he liked it or not and regardless of whether he's captaincy material or not. And Younus should not be made the captain right now, after he shunned it before tour, the employees should not be dictating all the terms to the employer. At least in this captaincy situation, I don't see anything else the PCB could've done. However, PCB needed to drop kamran and shoaib malik from test squad. They should NOT have brought back Sami. There's Anwar Ali, Sohail Khan etc. who could be tested. They also could've brought in Bazid Khan and tried him as an opener, to see if any genes from his old man still linger in him. So, captaincy is one thing that PCB did ok on.

  • Khurram on January 15, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    In the beginning of this Aus-Pak series, it was known that a white-wash would lift or make Australian position very stable on the ICC rankings. Well Pakistan is helping the ask by performing great fielding, awesome running between the wickets and fabulous captaincy by Pakistan which is allover the Aussie newspaper front pages (Of course, I am bitter here). Is it a tactic to make other teams happy so they would play against Pakistan in future? Just the food for thoughts.

  • Puneet on January 15, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Yousuf's captaincy was bad no doubt but check out the history to see for yourself how many teams have excelled against Aussies IN Australia. All most all test teams have faced the similar faith (limited exception India in past few years) when playing against 'em in their own backyard. If not anything else, teams must learn how to play and still win even when you're depleted!!

  • lahore on January 15, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    ONe thing i fail to understand is why they keep playin khurram manzoor...this guy has no ability, and is getting soo many chances, he should be dumped for the rest of his career!

  • M KHAN on January 15, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    M Yousaf, do yourself and nation a favour and retire immediately, not just from captaincy but cricket.If u don't do that, u r showing contempt andf disrespect both for yourself and to the nation. And whoever made u captain should also be sacked immedately even though there are lack of options.All u have done on this tour is ridicolusly defensive tactics that shows no faith and courage, slag your own players whilst the match is still in progress, batted recklessly and on top of that most of the time when cameras pick on you, mostly u are fingering your beard making u look like a devious mullah. I am thanking ALLAH that atleast we are not playing Bangladesh. even they could have whipped us 3 nil. For a cricketer of your experience, its amazing how much folishness and lack of knowledge of the game u have displayed. Maybe going by some posts here, u have been focusing more on team politics and divisions in ur career. its disheartening to hear aussie commentator mocking PAK captain.U R CRAP

  • Kurt on January 15, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Shoaib Malik or Younis Khan at least show some of the steel that is required of a No.3 batsman but internal politics have ensure that Younis is out of the picture, which is a shame. And then there is Misbah, who looked so good in the T20's and so defensive and jaded in tests that I wonder if its the same batsman at all. And then having put more pressure on their current best test batsman, Mo Yousuf by putting the burden of captaincy, they've ensured that his form has disappeared as well. But we've not seen even one captain's knock from him, which might have reduced the criticism. how is Mo Yousuf responsible for butter fingers Akmal dropping 4 dollies ? That too 3 catches when Pakistan was well and truly winning and no defensive tactics had emerged. How is Yousuf responsible for the kind of batting that was shown when the target was well within reach on a wicket that was still good to bat on ? A captain is only as good as his team is. The best laid plans still need the rest to follow.

  • Saathwick on January 15, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    How is MoYo's fault that Punter was dropped on duck by one of his fielders?

    How is it MoYo's fault that Afridi is not of test-quality to get a place in the test-11?

    And how is it MoYo's fault that YK chickened out and stayed home?

  • Disgruntled Cricket Fan on January 15, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Afridi can't be a nomination for test captaincy till he has proved himself as a ODI captain. The way captains have been imploding (Yousuf looks next) I don't think we can afford to lose Afridi...

  • Kurt on January 15, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    I've read enough about the Pakistan team having tons of talent, being one of the best pace attacks ever to visit Aussie shores, etc. etc.. Really, there is so much hype around this team, you'd think that this was one series would've been one-sided in Pakistan's favour. On the contrary, even after having played tests in NZ, which has its own share of problems and escaped with a drawn series, they haven't really shown any great skills in bowling, batting or fielding. The batting is just not of the standards that Australia, South Africa, India and even England are showing. Only Yousuf and Umar Akmal are of the caliber of an international test batsman, and Salman Butt may get there with support and encouragement. But having an opener like Imran Farhat (look at his exaggerated movement in the crease) or getting some nobody like Faisal Iqbal or Khurram Manzoor to come at No.3, shows just how talentless this Pakistan batting side is.

  • Dr.Naveed Haider on January 15, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    Well. I don't have to say anything. Your article says it all. Some ugly display of captaincy, batting and running between the wickets by Mohammad Yousuf. And how can you humiliate and disgrace your own teammate infront of whole media. I feel sorry for Salman Butt.

  • mohidin gundroo on January 15, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    The great Imran khan was the most dynamic and intelligent captain in the history of Pakistan.As a true sportsman he never gave in even in what may have appeared as hopeless circumtances, that attitude rubbed on all other team members and possibally rest of nation too.we cannot recall him as a captain why not appoint him as PCB chairman.Is there any person more sincere to Pakistan than the great khan,i say this as a non pakistani but a well wisher.

  • Farhan on January 15, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    The next is a fact! This pakistani team is a mediocre team, they cant bat, they cant run, they cant field, they cant communicate even in their own language let alone in english, there is no planning whatsoever, the captaincy is full of jokes and rubbish. Even I would have done a better job as the captain of an international side!! We are basically wasting our time watching this side, they will get another spanking in the one dayers. They dont realize that they are angering and frustrating the common man. We are basically watching 11 flop clowns live on tv perform to their best of abilities. Shame on this team, shame on PCB and shame on the whole cricket structure in Pakistan.

  • Rashid Siddiqui on January 15, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I am so disappointed with Pakistan Cricket that I don't feel like reading anything about cricket. This Pakistan team has become a joke and they have disappointed millions or fans around the world. I won't really blame the players, I would blame the entire Pakistan Cricket board and the establishment. They are all crooks, theives, and horribly incompetent. They have almost destroyed Pakistan cicket and they must be accoutible. But I bet you nothing will happen and these people will remain where they are.

  • KK on January 15, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    I don't agree with everything you've said, Kamran. Yes, Yousuf has not done well on this tour and has shown surprising lack of nous for a player of his experience; perhaps Pak ran Aus close in Sydney despite his captaincy. However, with Younis Khan not wanting to become captain, there is nobody else who is deserving of being captain - forget Shahid Afridi, he can't even assure himself of a place in the side. And perhaps he never will, so unless he's displayed unbelievably outstanding leadership qualities in the past, captaincy it out of question. So - stop Yousuf bashing, and start urging former players to support him; sit down and go over what went wrong. His coaches and support team are also equally responsible. He knows not and knows that he knows not - teach him. Being excessively critical will only adversely affect his batting. You don't have an alternative - so improve the situation by non-demeaning and disrespectful methods.

  • Muhammad Usman on January 15, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    I do Agree on Muhammad Yousaf situation that he Is not making up a good captain. Definitely because since he is made captain he is only getting criticism. I would only like to blame PCB on this because Muhammad Yousaf do have potential but he has been given chance toooooo late. Secondly we don't need Another captain For short period it Is far better if we select some one like Shahid Afridi or may be a new potential player who can justify his place (Like Muhammad yousaf) in the team for long time.

    And Mr Kamran please try to stop talking on YK. He don't deserve to be captain and your comments like he is not willing to take Captaincy is just an imagination. IF PCB again make the mistake of offering him captaincy he will come back Again and will again say i only joined because my people wanted me. Although it is only a small group including you.

    He will definitely find another excuse to blame others.

  • INDIAN on January 15, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    I don't agree with what Kamran Abbassi has written.Whenever Pakistan loses they make a SCAPEGOAT like this time it's Yosuf captaincy.. Last article Kamran praised his captaincy for inventing the MoYo effect which was orginally invented by Dhoni. What miracles can Yousuf do when Paki players are dropping catches left& right. This test Ponting would be out for DUCK but was dropped. Akmal dropped 4 catches which completely turned the game in the last test.

  • Kashif on January 15, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I have never felt more ashamed of being a Pakistan cricket follower than on the 2nd day of Hobart test. With bowlers bowling wide wide outside the off stump as a defensive tactic, then Khurram Manzoor looking like a nervous wreck for the 3 balls he faced (to think this is the best we could find to replace Younis at 3) then Salman Butt being an idiot and not running and finally Yousuf standing and glaring at Salman for eternity in the middle of the pitch. It was too much for me and I shut my TV off. And I am glad I did because I may not have been able to accept another run out. It is horrible horrible cricket. I have more confidence on my school cricket team (St. Paul's 92-93, Karachi) taking on Australia then I have on this Pakistan team. As I friend of mine says.......it is not a lack of application or training or anything else. It is a lack of skill. These guys are just not that blessed as others were before them. And to think that this is the best we could send. Allah help this team

  • omar hussain on January 15, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I have said before and will say again the Pakistani team needs to attack to succeed.I saw a picture of Haddin laughing over Salman Butt which sums up the Aussies's opinion about Pakistan: suckers...too scared to hit back or stand up to fight!We are in for another disgraceful beating.A pack of cowards is all we have!

  • arash rafiq on January 15, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    its so funny all people have to say is drop butt drop akmal drop someone else , dropping is not the ultimate solution , we have been nurturing akmal and butt for so many years just to make them sit out for the rest of carriers , ok give them sometime by sidelines but just dropping a whole crop is not a solution and on butts case , well finally Pakistan have an opening pair going on and the funny part is butt has scored the most number of runs in this series at an average of 51 per innings and the only batsman to cross 50 mark and batted for most number of minutes as required in test cricket to stay at the crease but people are doing is judging him just because he is not a t20 player and its about t20 now it seems but it aint and what hasd let pakistan down is the captaincy and the fielding has hurted them most as benaud mentioned how more than 400 runs have been cost them by dropped catches so lets think about it rationally rather than emotionally and calling any names to have escape g

  • Kaybee on January 15, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    There is no fight among the frontline batsmen.Salman BUTT's footwork reflects his mindset. To block with minimal movement of the feet and then to stand there , most times , waiting for the next ball does not ooze any confidence for the batsmen to follow. It is a crime to block no-balls, at least work a single or two to keep the score board moving. Look at the amount of singles that Pakistan take during their batting. You got to rotate the strike if your want to put pressure on the fielding side. I am SL born and support that team, but where are the likes of Majestic Majid , The MOHAMMAD brothers , the fearless and great improviser JAVED M, Imran Khan , the wonderful Ws. Does the PCB want to draw on these guys experience and input to save the face of Pakistan's cricket. Politics should stay away from the field. India has finally got it right, and see how they are moving up the ladder. SUrely after all the crap that has been put on show the PCB can swallow their pride , and get a move on

  • sahil on January 15, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Well once again what a harakiri by Pakistan!...Yousuf like Inzamam was never a captaincy material as he hardly has any say in the team.Pakistan needs a person who has got some command over the team but Yousuf is too humble a guy to lead a bunch of moody players.And unfortunately for Pak there's no one who seems to earn that respect from players.And what's baffling is that instead of accepting his horrible captaincy Yousuf is making hilarious excuses and comments like this tour is far better than some other tours of Pakistan team.Rubbishness at its best!He doesn't seem to understand that this Aussie team is also not like the team of yesteryears..Even his comments like his captaincy are negative....

  • Rahul Bose on January 15, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    This team is way too unpredictable even by Pakistan standards. Only thing you know for sure is that they will make at least one bone headed play every session. Anyone who follows Pakistan cricket knows they do best under a strong aggressive leader ala Imran Khan. Yousuf is surprisingly negative in his approach. The batting and fielding might be too weak to be rescued by any tactics but the bowling is very potent and has been squandered.

  • Nadir on January 15, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    I think we should pack up from test cricket for a while.. I mean it's not as if foreign teams come and visit Pakistan in any case to play for us, so rather than going on tour with a spineless bunch of miserable, pathetic and passionless players, we're better off saving a nation with passionate fans from this heartache and pack up. I for one would bring my blood pressue under control, and live a more peaceful life.. and I am sure millions of other fans would be happier. Enough is enough.. why not go to Pakistani schools, where students play their hearts out in inter-school games, and send them on a tour somewhere as a trial. Believe me, if I go on tour with the team that I played with in school, we would have a better outcome than these clowns currently down-under. End this misery .. bring out the real schoolboys!

  • abubilal on January 15, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    The board should announce altogether the new team under the captaincy of Shahid and retaining few performers lile Asif, Amir, Umar and Gul.Remember whatever criticism we all make, it'll be of no use as we do not have professionals in the cricket board. I am sure the next test team will be no different. There will be someone like Yousuf mind set as captain. All board members should be replaced by professionals, dedicated and visionary one's we will be having same sort team, captains or selfish players. We have to amend things from the basics, what Imran Khan is crying over the past decades. It is our bad luck that we never found real fighting captain after Imran and Miandad and with this setup forget it.

  • Saira Khan on January 15, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Listen, mohammad yousaf is not a intelligent man, he do not have any education, he looks idiot in the ground, he can't speak english, forget english he even can't speak his own national language "urdu" ... let me give you the example of his leadership qualities, his team is in trouble, his only hope is Butt, who is batting and need motivation and encouragment from his captain, instead captain is citicizing him, that he is a lazy runner, what kind of motivation is this, so forget about him, he maybe a good batsman but extremely foolish and dishonest person.

  • mohidin gundroo on January 15, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    What is quite obvious the glorious days of Pak. cricket are over,sadly, as happend to mighty W.I of seventies and eighties.The problem is batsmen with poor technique cannot score enough runs to give our excellent bowlers a chance to put oppostion under any pressure.As is quit clear pakistani batsmen are products of system that only eucourages strokeplay with very little attention to a sound basic batting technique.County cricket as nursery for Pakistani batsmen is not an option anymore.It will take Pakistan few decades to devolop its own nursery to produce batesmen with proper tech. It will not happen overnight.I dont know what has khurum or for that matter Younus khan done to be recalled. I dont believe there are no batsmen in form in whole Pakistan worthy of achance to play for their country.Most selectors chose players in form. How do you expect a nonperformer at domestic level with low confidance deliver at international level, khurum is an excellent example, so will be YK

  • nana Papa on January 15, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    They are ALL match fixers! I think they should ALL be replaced with a 2nd team.

  • M. Mohsin khan on January 15, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    pakistan team should be among followings. 1. Salman Butt 2. Shoaib malik 3. M. Yusuf 4. Younis Khan 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul razzaq 9. Umar gul 10. M. Amer 11. M. Asif 12. M. Sami

    Nothing else can help.

  • haider on January 15, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    As a hardcore Pakistani cricket fan, i must admit that the last few years have been extremely tough to watch. But, as fans of Pakistani cricket, we must accept that our cricket team largely reflects a grim yet some what accurate representation of it's country and people. From reading the majority of responses to this post, i have read nothing but criticism. Granted, MoYo is one of our batting gems, but that certainly does not warrant a leadership role. But as fans of cricket and as Pakistanis, we need to limit the criticism and generate real solutions that will pull us out of this mess. If MoYo is sacked (as i believe he should be), who takes over? Who leads this pack of imperfects, who have all the talent in the world, but haven't an ounce of discipline. Let's think of ideas, realistic ones to accurately solve this problem. Pointing fingers, demanding the heads of various cricketing figures isnt the solution, sooner or later, we're going to run out of heads to chop off.

  • Adnan on January 15, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    PCB is force to choose a bad captian because of politics with in the team. First, PCB needs to clear the player politics, and then choose the best man for the task. The way Kamran Akmal behavior before the last test sheds a lot of light to why YK doesnt want to be the captian anymore. And why people think Shahid Afridi will last very long? No talented person want to put up with Junk. PCB needs to realize that there are other venues for talented cricketers. They better clean up the house before all talented folks choose to play outside of the country. People's support should be taken for granted, and it certainly has a limits, just look at the hockey.

  • Naeem on January 15, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    For me the major disappointment is in the basic mistakes of organization and appointments. This starts with the President being Patron Chief, if he wasn't in charge then the CEO of the board would be a democratic choice who atleast could be removed via elections and hopefully there would be some accountability for the team appointments and performances. The fact all decisions and actions are done on a ad hoc basis, its reflective in the support staff and the team composition.

    The PAK team has never been consistent, the current state has been made worse by a lack of cricket over 2 yrs and some forced team appt's. If the board relented to player power to remove or be critical of Younis then its their fault we have Yousuf in charge. The alternate reason, could be Younis spitting out his dummy again when faced with questions/critisim about his actions.

    For me Yousuf was the only choice after Younis' exit, however, to appt him Capt of the ODI team is baffling with Afridi around.

  • Rauf on January 15, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    "Selection of the captain is the most important decision and the PCB has horribly mismanaged this situation."

    This is where all the blame should be put... PCB. They can't even assemble a goolie danda team let alone a test cricket team. Yousuf's captaincy has been pathetic, no doubt, but he was not jumping to be a captain... atleast not yet. I do not see which star power did PCB bow down to release Younis. I do not see any of the players in the current squad to even influence releasing PCB chaprasi let alone team captain.

    Pakistan has exposed itself to be a less than average test team at best. They are only good enough to play 20/20 under Afridi's leadership and that's it. They seriously need to completely overhaul their test team even if they want to compete against Bangladesh let alone Aus. Start by hiring a catching and fielding coach then teach the younger players the temprament to play test cricket. It will require considerable effort which I doubt PCB is willing to put in.

  • ash on January 15, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    please lets make enough noise to get yousuf out as captain or else pak cricket is dead we look worse then bangladesh by his captaining

  • Himayun on January 15, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan hits a new low. Replacing one lazy, incompentent with another is not going to help. Faisal fielded well, Sami bowled well but what did their replacements do? It is the culture not individual.

    True picture of Pakistani batsmen: The fourth innings since Jan 2004 (Qual: 6 innings) Batsman Innings Runs Average 100s/ 50s Younis Khan 14 586 58.60 3/ 2 Mohammad Yousuf 15 432 39.27 0/ 2 Faisal Iqbal 7 269 38.42 0/ 2 Inzamam-ul-Haq 8 161 23.00 0/ 1 Imran Farhat 12 249 22.63 0/ 2 Kamran Akmal 14 277 21.30 0/ 2 Yasir Hameed 7 118 19.67 0/ 0 Salman Butt 11 135 12.27 0/ 0 Misbah-ul-Haq 6 73 12.16 0/ 0 When batsmen like Butt & Misbah who have an average of 12 runs in fourth innings then what can Pakistan team do? Add to it the two lazy run outs by Butt and one wonders why he keeps getting selected? Afridi in his prime reitires from Test and Butt cannot run then throw these lazy bums out & select those who can & willing. Yousf is one man the whole team be changed like Kamran!

  • Abbas on January 15, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Surely pakistan will loose...so no point of watching the test further

  • haris shaukat on January 15, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    salam every 1, yousuf as a captain at the year of 35 itself is a question for me, I m surprised what a crap domestic set up we have, Imran Khan always focused on Domestic structure, we are unable to produce quality players, i don't know what's wrong with the PCB, I think Shahid Afridi should be handed over the captaincy in the ODIS & Younus inclusion is good

  • yalmaz on January 15, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    This is in response to an earlier email I read. Pakistan's bowling cannot be compared to previous years (Wasim, Waqar) but the fact of tha matter is that these days only England and probably South Africa has a decent attack and still teams are winning and giving decent performances. Even Australia has a very mediocre attack and they will really struggle on Indian pitches but they are still winning. I think there is something intrinsically wrong with Pakistani cricket an atleast I don't know how to fix it. But one thing is for sure that they performing way below, considering the amount of talent they have in domestic circuit. However it is excruciating to see them play. Any team that can field, keep or bat just doesn't deserve to win.

  • Saqib on January 15, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    PCB should give their resignation and let the cricket run by bangladesh cricket board, atleast they know how to make some reasonable decisions what was pcb thinking naming yusuf odi captain, 5 test matches under yusuf's captancy were the worst i have ever seen somebody captain even a club captain has more brains then yusuf

  • Dr.ZUBAIR AHMED on January 15, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    It is so disheartening to see the state in which the team is in presently whe, inn fact, given some sence and resposibility, we could have been 2/0 up inn the series.Needing 250 runs on the last day of the first test with 8 wkts in hand....WE SHOULD HAVE WON. Than in Sydney,with Australians on literally 80 for 8, our MAULVI turned to tactics, which my 17 year old son, who plays county cricket in UK was amazed to see.Yousuf had more experience tha my son,s age ad he wa saying to me...PAPA WHAT IS YOUSUF DOING..He is buildig their leads with every run.150 plus is always hard to chase, which is what happened.Watching live cricket till late and than going to work in the morning really hurt so much with this type of street cricket, if I may lable it. Pakistan will be below Bagladesh if they keep on with this type of pathetic cricket...PLEASE PLEASE SOMEONE DO SOMETHING BEFORE IT IS 2 LATE.ALL THE PAKISTAI FANS...PLZ PRAY THAT WE CAN GET SOMEONE AT THE TOP LEVEL WHO KOWS ABOUT CRICKET.

  • aaa on January 15, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    umar akmal,umar gul, md.aamer,md.asif,kaneria have performed,as simple as that.openers and the middle order are a waste,sorry for being crude. Seeing today Butt was pathetic,as was the captaincy.Build a team,give them a series or two.As far a the captaincy goes may the best man get that job,with a bowler as his deputy.I think good thinks will happen.

  • ray on January 15, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    i was at the stadium when pakistan was playing Nzealand in dubai..right behind the players box... it was disgusting to see how salman (after being runout) came back and openly started bad mouthing his CAPTAIN, Younus Khan..... at that particular moment Yousuf was all sympathy (with a smirk) and understanding.... now his actual words are "...salman is a lazy runner". there was an open rebellion lead by yousuf against younus... just because YK insisted that everyone, no matter how senior, has to come to practice on time and do the whole routine. Justice dictates that Yousuf will never succeed as a captain...

  • Suds on January 15, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Haha.. What a pathetic performance by the Pakistanis. I enjoyed watching the ridiculous tactics of mo yo and the school boy capabilities of some of the players. Greetings from India. Jai Hanuman.

  • Ganessin on January 15, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    This is what I expected from Pak pundits. They constantly call for changing the captain every 6 months which is not a healthy sign for any team. Under Younis Khan Pak had miserably failed in SL tests like Sydney fiasco. Now you are advocating Afridi as ODI captain. After Afridi is captaining for 6 months you will say he is not fit. There should be an end to these. Basically Pak do not have the discipline to shine at highest level. They need better fielders/keepers who can atleast take easy catches and good judgement of running between wickets. Yousuf would have gone into Pak history as best had Pak won in Sydney. But unfortunately he is squarely blamed for all the losses. Let Yousuf learn from mistakes, he had hardly captained for 6 months that too Aus tour is tough for anyone. I dont think Pak would have got any better result with out of form Younis Khan.

  • Arshad on January 15, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Abbasi saheb, .. good article sir.

    I was also waiting for the fat guy(Inzi) to speak on the matter since he made a point to talk against Younus Khan, thus making the case for Yousuf.

  • Nawaz khan on January 15, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I don't know why all are comparing Aamir to Wasim Akram, I really don't think that Aamir is extra-ordinary bowler, Aamir is good but not excelent because if he can't bowl in-swingers to right hand batsmen then it means that he is not good enough. Yousof is a great batsman but very ordinary captain a lot of flaws in his tactics but after watching these mistakes by coach why he is not explaining to yousof that you are making mistakes can't he help him in these situations. "Pakistan cricket going through a bad patch" well i have heard this line like hundreds of times in last 10 years, when we will overcome these problem no one knows. Who will be captain of Pakistan team after Yousof? this is tough question to answer because u can expect anything from PCB something unexpected. I think in these situation and after analyzing current players I think Afridi will be the best choice. We now just can pray for Pakistan & hope all the best for Pakistan cricket.

  • Ahmed on January 15, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I believe that there are 3 main issues that need to be adressed as soon as possible in order for Pakistan to improve their performances. 1) The selection problem: It seems as if the captain has no say in the final selection, which is absolutely ridiculous. Since the end of the First test match, Yousuf has requested for the inclusion of younis khan as soon as possible. Now this would seem like a very sensible request which would boost Pakistan's batting immensely. It is almost unbelievable that a man who averages just 4 runs below Ricky Ponting, the player of the decade, has been replaced by the likes of Faisal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor, who's averages if added together still do not equal the one of Younis (50.46). You cannot help but wonder that there is a lot more to this story, which really saddens me as indivual problems within the PCB have taken over the bigger image, which is to get the best results for Pakistan, and putting your personal problems to one side.

  • syed sirajuddinahmed qadri on January 15, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Yes why people wasting time on commenting inspite of that pcb not taking any action it is very shameful again cricket lover seeing the same performance no improvement no shame after lost in sydney there are various statement about exclusion of kamran akmal and he is denying i will play on what basis he is claiming i will be in eleven one should have moral he himself should have given way to sarfaraz now the basic thing about this team no confidence dont want to fight want to surrender when australia 80 for 3 they are not attacking defensive tactics they should have fight like cornered tigers they need psychological treatment whole team need yousuf being great batsmen it is surprised at the end of his carrer going through this phase all the name fame he got loosing when australia lost 3 wicket how they fought you can see how we are loosing wickets run outs why there is hardly 2 overs left umar akmal salman want run why player dont want to stay on wicket wait for loose ball thats all

  • prabast on January 15, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Is the captain all sufficient? Where do all other 10 players stand?? And is the governing body efficient? Don’t blame Yusuf! Put some think tank. What’s YK’s overseas record?

  • Umair Tariq on January 15, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    I think Yousuf is looking for excuses to cover up for his consistent failures. He thinks that maybe he has been handed a club team so it is justified for his team making errors. But the stupid person cannot understand that that the blunders he is making, even a club captain does not make. Yousuf stop being such a sissy and be a man take responsibility of your decision. It was such embarrassing listen to teh comments he made on a runout. Using age as a benchmark to the number of runs one can take. But someone please talk some sense into this idiot that you need to use your head to judge where you hit the ball and how many runs you can take.

    Its just amazing how people come up with such lame excuses to cover up their incompetence. I'm willing to bet had he not got run out, he would have run someone out because as a leader he has failed to take on the pressure. May Allah save Pakistani cricket.

  • Farhan on January 15, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    As some of the posters already said. Yousuf didn't bash against akaml after sydney test, yet he came out strong against butt. I see kamran akmal is a same disease as malik in the team. You throw akmal and malik out of the team, take captaincy from yousuf(but keep him in the team), give captaincy to younis,you will see how things going to improve. Earlier I wrote that the fiasco umar akmal created by faking an injury is a prime example of dirty politics in the team. I think PCB head, coach, manager should be sacked as well, give captaincy to younis with extended powers. I am sure as soon as younis grabs the captaincy, he will throw out atleast two player which are kamran akmal and malik. Younis knows that these two along with misbah are culprits, lyers, backbiters etc. Abdul Qadir was right about these players. you keep them in the team and your loosing streak will not over ever!.

  • M.Tahir from springfield on January 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    I dont know how many more shameful performances does the pcb wants from this good for nothing captain...yes I will say performances ...because his biggesst role is that of the captain and i dont think any one can outclass his idiotic antics as a captain.Furthermore,in Butt's defence I do have to say that this is a test match and it was not aone day game that yosuf HAD to take that "VITAL" third run...as if it was the last over of the match...and as per his statement that Butt is lazy ..then why the rush.Frankly I am getting sick and tired of everyone making tall claims about him as THE best bastman ...when was the last time he played an innings that saved the match or won it for Pakistan.Mostly his bigger knocks are played when there is no pressure.Add to that his presence as a captain has such a negative effect on the whole team that u can easily see a dominos effect on the rest of the players.Afridi's presence as acaptain is a must.WE gave a 35 yr.old man a chance,lets bat 4 afridi.

  • Baqar on January 15, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    PCB please help Yousuf and all of the nation and relieve him of the captaincy. He is a great player but useless and totaly negative captain, one must believe in winning - even now after all the debacle of the run outs his answer is to tell his batsmen not to score runs and play safe - result will be not many runs scored but wickets will fall anyway so why not just go for the runs and play for a win however remote the chances may be. Look at Austrlia at Sydney - the odds for a Aussie win on 4th day were 9-1 and pak win was about even money, Pakistan firm favourites to win but Australia always for the win - for gods sake at least try to win. Guess for the ODI's in the last few overs ,Yousuf will put an attacking field 4 slips + gullley. He just does not get it - nice guy but NO Captain.

  • Nasser Ahmad on January 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Disgust, unfortunately, is the appropriate word. I don't recall the last time I felt that way about Pakistan cricket. The rot has truly set in from top to bottom. The defeatist approach of the captain and the coach has now infected the entire team. Our fielding, and now running between the wickets, is worse than that of a club team. Frankly, the current Pakistan team, in the mental state that they are in, do not belong on an international cricket field. The PCB deserves the lion share of the blame for driving our cricket off the proverbial cliff. Blaming Yousuf is missing the point. Any follower of cricket would have seen the folly of picking him as captain. He clearly has to go and so should Intikhab. We need to clean house. Ijaz Butt and gang need to be shown the door as well. The decision to keep Yousuf as captain for the ODI series is shocking. We need to make changes right now and not 6 months later. Some one please stop this nightmare.

  • Umair Tariq on January 15, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I would totally agree with Kamran. Right on bullseye. I think we have a bunch on knuckle heads running the show at PCB. Yousuf wants other captains to stop criticising him and guide him. Well I have an advice for him, take a break from cricket for a year and join captaincy classes where he can learn how to become a captain. Then maybe we can give him the position. Such pathetic comments from a person who has played so much cricket. Bechari public is losing its patient. I think if they dont get a grip here they would be welcoming rotten eggs an tomatoes from the public. I say fire the stupid management and sack the whole team. Get fresh blood into the team. I think our U-19 team more talent and they should swap places with our national team.

  • zarak khan on January 15, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    well i dont think that yousuf shud b the captain Of PAKISTAN team....YoUNis khan wux mch btr captain...i knw they wnt let him cum again...the man who gve thm the t20 wrld cup nywayx ...the next option ix shahid afridi ....

  • Dani Maz on January 15, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Kamran Please PLEASE PLEASE read this out loud to PCD please. TALK to wasim akram rameez raja amir sohail or whoever has a brain and get a proper management in PCB, or you should just quiet writing and run PCB. Do something please!

  • Dr.Jehanzeb Farooq on January 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    so serious that we critisize an honest person. i m wathing cricket and played a lot also. sir with due respect i want to say that donot say anything about mohammad yousuf plz stop it now. i have seen best of the pakistan sides playing in australia. dropping cathes and saying captaincy is not good. bad fielding by the whole team captaincy is not good. bad selection of players by the commitee captain is not good. Imran khan is a great captain he looses but people say captaincy is good. rediculous for me. come on ever u remained captain in your life???plz i want to discuss with u the matter i want to have a deep discussion wid u. plz donot say anything to yousuf.plz

  • Faisal Taquie on January 15, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I think it is a folly to expect anything else from the current side...both in batting and bowling. The current side has only two batsment (Yousuf and U. Akmal) suitable to test batting and only one bowler in my opinion (Asif), who is good enough for bowling. Kaneria only works wonders in sub-continent, Gul has lost his Mojo-at least in tests, and Aamir is no Akram!! Aamir has been overhyped and it brings unnecessary pressure to the young guy to compare him to probably the greatest bowler ever produced by Pakistan (Akram). Pakistan should really employ services of Inzi as batting coach, Akram or Waqar Younis as fast bowlng coach, Mushi or Abdul Qadir as spin bowling coach, and Jonty Rhodes as a full time field coach. Intikhab Alam is well past his sell date! For captaincy, I think M. Yousuf should be given further chance to prove his leadership worth. There is no use going through the same doors (Younis Khan) that were tried already.

  • Billybob on January 15, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    The first line in this article is totally wrong,the entire world is not against Pakistan cricket,just the opposite. I am a biased one eyed Australian supporter but I like the Pakistan cricket team. They have so much raw talent that even Australia would like. They don't seem to be the prima donna type that the Indian players are.They just need to do the basics. If it means getting in overseas coaches then that is what they should do. Please Pakistan cricket get your act together for the sake of world cricket in general.

  • Dan on January 15, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    If I was Pakistan skipper I wouldnt take risks either. The PCB is a joke and their fans call for peoples heads every time the team lose a match. Why would Younis take the role after being accused of match fixing because he dropped a catch? Yusouf never coveted the role, he is actually a reluctant captain. The man is one of the nicest people you could want to come across but is too nice to be a ruthless leader. The treatment of him has been disgusting, who should be captain? The same people that want Younis drove him out of the job in the first place. Shoaib Malik was treated poorly (after he undermined the previous captain), Kamran cant get in the team (the PCB poorly stuck their noses in on this one as well), Afridi doesnt want to play test cricket, Butt is lazy and selfish, Farhat barely worth his place in the team and the list goes on. Yusouf has admitted he needs help and could do with advice so why dont some of these experts give some instead of using him to further media careers?

  • Khurram on January 15, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    In the beginning of this Aus-Pak series, it was known that a white-wash would lift or make Australian position very stable on the ICC rankings. Well Pakistan is helping the ask by performing great fielding, awesome running between the wickets and fabulous captaincy by Pakistan which is allover the Aussie newspaper front pages (Of course, I am bitter here). Is it a tactic to make other teams happy so they would play against Pakistan in future? Just the food for thoughts.

  • A. Khan on January 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    @Mohd Asadullah

    It is rumoured that Intikhab Alam gets the nod as tour manager because he never interferes in team strategy and tactics. In other words, he is on a joy ride with the cost being administrative work towards travel and accomodation. The physio could do that work.

    There needs to be a radicial rethink in the cricket board. Rathering than starting at team level, it should be started with PCB. They need to be fired after this debacle. Next the players need to be culled for non-performance. Get some U19 players into the team. Pakistan is known for bringing very young players into Test players. Lets reward performance rather than nepotism (No hope of this happening !)

    Rather we shall continue this mediocre cricket performance. Time and again during the current series, a single good stand has the Pakistani player's hanging their heads, staring at their own boots. As someone else says, cricket is a game that ebbs and flows and you need to keep your head and adjust.

  • Pintu on January 15, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    As I realize now, Pakistan's problem is fielding. Not batting and not bowling - by the grace of GOD they have one of the best bowling attacks of the world. Batting...what should I say they are getting some runs. But it is fielding part which is laying down Pakistan. Remember Kamran Akmal's 4 dropped catches and one run out chance in the last test. And in this test Md. Aamer's dropped catch of R. Ponting was the difference. And look at the Australian side, have they missed any chance? None. All the catches been taken and all the run-outs executed. Pakistan team needs a coach who can train them with batting and fielding.

  • massanik on January 15, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    I totally agree with the article. Pak has the best bowling attack right now and they need a strong support from the fielders and the captain.

  • Ghazanfar on January 15, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Shahid Afridi started serving the country long before T20 Cricket began at an International level. In my opinion, he is more than capable of handling the role of captaincy in all formats of the game. We have all witnessed him evolving as a player and more importantly we must not forget that he is a bowling all rounder. Just because his batting is not consistent does not mean we overlook him for the test squad, as it is in Pakistani Cricket, there is NO reliable batsman. We don't have any batsman we can fully depend on. Atleast we can see Afridi's consistency with the ball. With his kind of aggression on the field, Pakistan might just have some chances of putting up an aggressive display with the bat and some more depth in the bowling. I totally back Mr. Kamran's opinion. Mohammad Yousuf, the way I personally see it, is a very defensive captain, he doesn't take risks and, for crying out loud, doesn't even run in the field. Agreed hes a great batsman, but hes just not leadership material

  • Jaywalker on January 15, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Disgruntled- that was a brilliant piece- couldn't agree with you more.....your views are apt yet hilarious!!!

  • tariqhassan on January 15, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Poor captaincy, poor fielding and bad luck. I saw the highlights of the first day at Hobart. I am convinced that Pakistan have a fine bowling attack that bowled well on the first day. The Aussies played and missed several times. Another day and the Aussies would have been all out for under 300. Compare the England and South Africa first innings when everything somehow went South Africa's way and England were skittled. Pakistan just did not have the rub of the green. I am convinced that this is the best bowling attack amomngst all the Test nations and it will come good sooner rather than later.

  • Wasim on January 15, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    @ Ghaus. This is the problem with Pakistan Cricket. We (Pakistani) select team based on regional basis and not where the talent is. Not sure if anyone have noticed but we have been selecting fast bowlers from punjab and wicketkeeper from Karachi and that had worked very good for some wierd reason. But when Sami(the karachi boy) came into the seen then the people incharge wanted wiketkeeper from Punjab (even if he is a pathetic one like K.Akmal). So, now that Sarfaraz is in that means Sami has to go.

  • Ray on January 15, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Yes Pakistan lost the series and might end up loosing 3-0. But that's happened under some 'great' captains over the last few years. Some captains are 'smart' (selfish, cowards), when they choose not to tour Australia for fear of a bashing - they anticipate their turn when the 'stupid' (sincere, brave) captain fails. Yunus falls into the same category. If he couldn't command the side it means he lacked the skills to lead! He had the boards' backing - all he had to do was be firm and start laying down the rules. He couldn't, as he messed up in Sri Lanka and then the champions trophy. The Sri Lanka chase was no different than Sydney - why not blame Yunus for the disgusting show. Or his reverse sweep in a situation where Pakistan were getting close to a win. Yes, Yusuf has been bad,but all tis would have been overshadowed if Pak had been catching. I agree that Aamer is nowhere close to Akram,neither is Umar a Tendulkar. People need to put a price on their wicket, like Miandad

  • Arfan on January 15, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    i am 18 years old, and possibly watched every pakistan cricket for the past 10 years. 2009 has been by far the most painful year and all the losses have some what buried the twenty20 which feels as if we won it 10 years ago. I have always supported Pakistan full heartedly even when we lost stupidly. But this year has jus topped them all in terms of stupidity, and i have prmised myself not to support pakistan so much because they always find a way to disappoint and i can't take it anymore. I give it another 2 years and we will be at the bottom of the test rankings if moyo is still the captain.

  • Fahd Shah on January 15, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    One thing I would like to highlight here is that every one is critizing the man in the play and not the roots of the problem. The root is Pakistan Cricket board. There is no board in the world more corrupt than Pakistan cricket board. To justify my answer I would say that there are only a few that have natural talent in international team even U19. The rest are all relatives and friends of old players and board members. Look at Faisal Iqbal, is he a competitive player? No, Is he relative of and ex cricketer? Yes, but I will not take the name of the person. There are many cases like these. Look at Ukmal he is one of them. There are better players in Pakistan than him but they never get a chance. The fact is that since 2004 only he is the wicket keeper in test cricket and up till now he is not up to the standard. We must give others a chance. if you don’t replace the person on the right time then you have to pay the price. Which Pakistan team is paying right now.

  • sree on January 15, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Guys! Hold your horses!! All this talk of Pakistan boasting of a world class bowling attack is rubbish!!! Just plain rubbish!!! Gul, Aamer and Asif are good bowlers, who have the potential to be 'world class'. They have not played enough to prove their worth against all opposition in all countries!

    Let us not use the word 'great' very loosely and disgrace the true greats like Akram, Imran and Waqar!!

    Pakistan has an exciting bowling attack with a better balance- but by no means they can be classified as 'world class'!! Pakistan bolwing is not their strength yet! They should capiatlize on their resources to make their bolwing a strength!

    There are a lot of nations whose bowling attack can be termed better than pakistan's on a key metric: statistics and performance!

    So, let us not jump the gun!!! Pakistan have the potential to be a good side in the medium future...but I dont see them reaching the heights of 80s and 90s..even if an Imran-like person leads the team!!

  • VJ on January 15, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    LOL, Afridi for captain? This guy is one of the most senior players for the country playing since he was 17 and he is not raising his hand to help out the team. Instead of that, he is saying I won't play Test cricket until after 2011 world cup. His team is struggling in Aus and he is playing Big Bash T20 tournament in the same country earning lot of money. Even at this tournament, he is getting out within a couple of balls. How can this guy is suitable for Test captaincy? Captain should set an example for other team members and if he bats like that, it will be bad influence on the team. Instead of Afridi, I would vote for a youngster to be given opportunity just like how Graeme Smith was made captain when he was very young and new to the team.

  • nasir raza dar on January 15, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    yousaf is not a captain material,he don`t know the ABC of captaincy,he lost all the three wars well before it started & still likes of Inzi & wasim r asking to continue with him,what is the reason behind that?The only reason come to the mind is that the only two suitable & deserving candidates for the captaincy are PATHANS not lahoreis.They want that whole cricket world right from commentators to players & common person should laugh on Pakistan cricket.If we continue with Yousaf then in my opinion you will see the same results in ODIs.As I wrote earlier everybody is playing for himself to save his position & it is evident from the running between the wickets of Butt.If you are not interested in the run you should call louder enough to inform other batsman but what he was doing standing like an idle.Field placing was pathetic & above all yousaf himself give opportunity to ponting & Clarke to settle down by not giving bowl to Aamir on 1st day between lunch & tea,why to blame others.

  • Saqib on January 15, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    I think there is no bonding in the Pakistani team at all . Yousuf is only bothered about saying the right religious words and enforcing religion in the team rather than on the cricket itself. The whole team needs to bond like the indians and ozzies who go out partying , sightseeing just to bond together . MoYo is all about sitting and praying !

  • Jawad Rana on January 15, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I used to watch the games, staying up late in the wee hours of the morning and go half-sleep to work. NOT ANYMORE!! The best option is to dump the team and start over, Rebuild. I cannot understand why Asim Kamal is on the sidelines?? He is the sort of adhesive player that is needed around a team of flashers. I think that when other teams play us, they can just have 10 players behind the batsmen in slips and one bowler bowling. We donr get out in any other way, just love give other teams slip catching practise all the time!!

  • Shan on January 15, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Comments from 'David Warner' above hit the nail on the head. This bowling attack, barring Asif, is a bunch honest triers at best. Stop comparing Aamer to Akram, he is not half as good. Get a carbon-dating done on him, seventeen year old? He was seventeen supposedly during Malaysian U19 world cup too. Just like Afridi, some people do not age with time. Hype, hype and more hype. That's what this team is more about. And this Umar Akmal: he is okay, but no where near being the next Yousuf or Miandad. Look at what's coming out of India: Kohli, Raina, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey... Make Mohammad Asif the test captain and save a good cricketing team!

  • kamran on January 15, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Yousuf isnt a stern captain, the bowlers do chip in too with field settings for thei bowling like asif does, so why cant kaneria or others! the Captain himself solely get a win! The bowlers need to be sharp too! but the track was too flat. It was the same captaincy that got aussies out for 127 and when the track went flat pak score 300+ so did australia! guys like you finishe the careers for the like of imran nazir when he plays a different stroke, abur razzaq when he lost his pace, afridi in tests that he cant bat, give them a run of 10 to 15 test innings, let their confidence build! but no you lot pressurize want results in 3 tests against aussies given pak played 6 tests in 2 years! Then changes happen and now I know you lot will ruin Yousuf's career too and pak will lose another great batsmen who coul have gone for 2 more years!

    so all you embeciles, get your mouth shut or stop watching if you dont have patience, it takes time to rebuil India took 7 years to get where they are

  • Shoaib Akhtar on January 15, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    I would like to bring to your attention that the person masquerading as Shoaib Akhtar is not me. I mean, I am Shoaib but that Shoaib isnt this Shoaib. Wait - I now seem to have confused myself. But, what the other Shoaib said about this Shoaib is correct. I am the complete package, if I do say so myself. I shall sting like a butterfly and float like a bee. Or was it the other way around? Anyway, please bring me back. With the performance of the current team, no matter what I do, I will look good. Actually, even my neighbour's 12 year old son would play better cricket, but don't tell any one so that at least I get a chance to play. He actually is better than what I can ever be. In fact, he is better than the whole Pakistan team at the moment. Maybe we should make him the captain??

  • mazhar iqbal on January 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    yousaf is,by a wide margin, the worst (ineternational) captain, that i have ever seen..and we pakistani's have had some poor one's!!! iam a grown man,with a successful business,beautiful family,living in the uk,so why should i get down , watching these mavricks/clowns. i guess being a pkistani, cricket is the only thing which is left for us to use as escapism,and when they perform as they have been in austrilia, it really hurts.Not so much the defeat, but the manner of the defeat, left me deflated for days, and will haunt, for many a year. It was'nt the lack of skill, but the lack of raw courage of grown men,who are lucky enough to represent there country,and get paid handsomly for it, that dissapoints me the most. with all our national troubles,now more then ever, we needed these muppets to stand up and be counted,instead they broke our hearts, by meakly surrendring,without a whimper of any resistance!! shame on you!!

  • Shan on January 15, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Afridi, of all people, a captain? Just dont get too overwhelmed by his performance on slow pitches in Sharjah and Pakistan!! Throw him into Australia or South Africa, he will go bust. Comparisons were made between Afridi and Sehwag some time back; think of it now, and you will laugh your 'phants off'. By the way, is Afridi still sixteen year old or has he grown up? And, what will you do with Pakistan's fielding? Trust me, make Mohammad Asif the camptain and keep him away from those opium fields all his life - he has atleast good cricketing sense!! And, for Pakistan's cricket sake, dont over-hype those youngsters. They are good no doubt, but have thousands of miles apart from being top-class. It gets to their head like dope!

  • Giulab Khan on January 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    After Younis Khan, My vote is for Afirdi (captain), Fawad Alam (Vice Captain) for one day & T20. Bom Bom Afridi can bomb on player mafia.

  • sharjeel ahsan on January 15, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    salam every body and Mister Kamran Abbasi I really hate the way you criticise all the time all i know the problim is with the cricket board u can,t balme skipper he is very nwq to the job he need more time you must have to patient and support him please. i still rember people like you were also questioning the Inzmam,s Capitancy but he was still the best Capitan of pakistan history. younis need a scholyogist for himself he Mocked pakistan cricket many many times with refusing and accepting again refusing and command issue so which is the other option for test cricket? kamran akmal also not in best fo form. lets talk about malik he i dont think have a cemeneted palce in in test eleven. lets talk about the other options afridi he is not in test?so?butt and faraht just back.. is there any other? neevr give it younis again? what he did in srilanka he lose in the same fashion they collapse many times but what Yousaf CAN? alone give him time lets hope and try to groome someone in btween. thx

  • Umair on January 15, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Hi Mr Kamran, How much you know about cricket to critique the team.I am following your articles for sometime now and you are always negatively critical of the team.You think the captaincy is horrible, what about the fielding.You never targeted them and never came up with any suggestions about that.You always target one person and make sure people stone that person to death.When Shoaib Malik was the captain , you kept saying the same thing.We never give contructive feedback.Look at Dhoni,no matter what , India wins or loose, he will be the captain.No questions asked, can you say the same for Pakistan team.No, you wont,otherwise who will read your baseless articles.When Smith started as the captain,SA kept loosing for few years before he learned how to handle the team and then they started winning. I agree that Yousuf is not a good captain but you have to look at the team as a whole and see how the team is performing overall,not just target one person.

  • Kamran on January 15, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    continued.

    and please dont sod over the fact that PCB uses the country's money, they got sponsors, none of the tax money is used, so none of you own this team, keep your avises to yourself or to gully cricket!

    because it is in your blood to ruin a player through the media politics, its the same yousuf who broke records after records 2 years ago and since then he hasnt played a test, still if this inexperienced team give a tough time to ricky's men! applaud it, rather than finding it a disgrace, it will take time to believe that the can beat australia, 2nd test was a prime example they didnt believe in themselves except yousuf, umar and butt who went for the win, thats why they scored in 40s but the rest could not believe they can win it an were over cautious (Misbah and Kamran)

    Appreciate that this team has sleepless nights for you imbeciles that they need to get you entertained and get a win and they dont even like losing! and dont attack their personal religious beliefs

  • Awad on January 15, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    i totally agree with u yusuf is not the right captain he dosent have the leadership quality younis khan is outfo form and i think he shud give more rest...!!! only one man can lead pakistan cricket like imran khan and that is SHAHID AFRIDI he has all the quality of a leader and a match wining player he changed a lot i think pakistan people and selectors should think about this dnt u remember how he lead pakistan single hand in twenty20 semi final&final??didnt you notice how he lead the team ?? COMMON GUYS SHAHID AFRIDI IS THE RIGHT CAPTAIN FOR ALL THE 3 FORMATS

  • Merit on January 15, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Two runs out has soem thing to do with palyer mafia. Do we need players like them in team? Who prefered thier own agenda over Pakistan. Kamran, I wish some one like you in the board. Palyer mafia is like cancer, its better to take out from the body othrwise it will spread all over the body. See how palyer mafia influnced young talented player Umar Akmal. Do we need some one who prefers broter over the country? We have 10,000 players in Pakistan who are talented as Umar Akmal. Just rid off from them and bring new blood on merit. Bring back Asim Kamal in the team. He scored 9 fifties in his short career of 12 test, kick out by same mafia without any reason. Inzi was the captain when he was sacked from the team after scoring 99 runs in one inning.

    Merit

  • Omar on January 15, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi:

    You are in a position to get peoples attention, so Instead of sitting behind the computer and criticising all of the time, please point out the reason for our sad state of affairs. Don't be a bandwagon fan like the most of us.

    When Pakistan wins one game all the criticisms stop and these same critics start lauding the team and start saying "I've said all along this is a great team" and as soon as we loose a game the same critics back away from the team like they are a desease. and start saying all the negative comments. If your not solving the problem you are part of the problem.

    Once we realize that there is no one else but ourselves who are teh reason for these issues we will never get out of this loophole.

    Mr. Abbasi, dont be so contradictive of yourself, I am a cricketer, and only a true cricketer knows what is going through a players heart at this time. So please save your negative comments and do something contructive.

  • Darren on January 15, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Take heart Pakistan. You have a side with some very talented players. You have made Australia look like schoolboys on perhaps 50% of the days of test cricket this series. You just need something to bring it all together ... and a little luck ... and you'll be back to your winning ways. Concentrate on improving your basic skills (catching and running between the wickets) and the amazing talent shown by your lads will do the rest.

  • Noor on January 15, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Wow Kamran Bhai what a wonderful display of tactics and especailly batting fton PAKISTAN.Just amazing,awesome with depicable & unspeakable.Khurram Manzoor ahouls not have injected .Faisal should have been there.Atleast he has confidence .Oh my God Khurram was just afraid as if we have asked him to go & fight in Iraq. PCB butt should be gone please he is another foolish useless guy .We need batting coach & above all a physchologist o make them mentally strong.When thsi team goes back new blood shoudl be brought in.As far as this test is concerned Pakistan have lost it no doubt at all.With the morale so down they have no confident body langauge and that where Aussies win .50% their own effort & 50% of our negative approach.Ah talk about fielding disguting one drop catch has cost us 500 runs.Our players are all premadonnas ,indespensable wearing fancy sunglasses they think they are above there country.I wont take to miuch time but that much I will say SHAME ON ALL THE TEAM.DISGUSTING

  • Mani on January 15, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    BEST TEAM PLAYRZ....I AGREED with u miss Kiran But some changes r NEEDED...:) Younis Khan - Captain Salman Butt - Vice Captain Imran Farhat Mohammad Yousef Umar Amin Umar Akmal Yasir Hameed Ahmed Shahzad Sarfraz Ahmed Shoaib Malik Mohammad Aamer Mohammad Asif Mohammad Sami Mohammad Talha Danish Kaneria

    ODI team is: (we need a left hand OPNER) Salman Butt Imran Farhat Nasir Jamshed Shahid Afridi - CAPTAIN Kamran Akmal - Vice Captain Imran Nazir Shahzaib Hassan Umar Amin Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Rana Naveed Sohail Tanvir Mohammad Aamer Mohammad Asif Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal.

    Bring back ABDUL QADIR... The awesome team SELECTOR... Appoint a batting coach like Aamir Sohail or MianDad no need of fielding coach bcz PAK dropd 14 catches in a single match after 7 DAYS practise SECTION with JOUNTY RHODES... They can do the fielding practise theirself...

  • Kamran on January 15, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Continued...

    The problem with you guys is that you dont understand the game and just want a win! which is not possible, it was Yousuf's agrresiveness that when he sledged Shane Watson and the next ball he went berserk and a half chance was created.

    ou never like your openers, still they give a 50 plus stand nearly every innings!! you want guys like khurram manzoor, khalid latif, whose feet move barely!

    Rather than changing the team, they should change the bluddy viewers, its not worth playing for you lot!

    Mr Abbasi, the only time you had a good time plaing cricket was bowling nawaz sharif, so I dont thinku are a good judge of what happens on the field. The wicket in Hobart is flat and the time Yousuf is out, thats it pakistan batting line collapses. This reminds me of the old India when heavily relying on Tendulkar, change that attitude! and please dont say get lads from u19 Azeem Ghumman, Azhar Ali and all need many years just to cope with the temperament and pressure

  • raju mirmira jordan on January 15, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Pakistan is a team doomed to extremes, timidity and tribalism in its worst forms. A captain who has no control over footwork or foot in the mouth. Bowlers who choose hashish and haircuts over patience. Batsmen who crave contracts over courage. It's as if the entire country has given up on cricket.

  • Nadeem on January 15, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Bring back Younis Khan as a Strong captain. Board should give him authority to clean up player mafia (Malik, Misba, Butt, KAMRAN AKMAL,new memmber Saeed Ajmal )They are trying to mislead Mohd Aamir, my advice for Aamir to stay away from them.

    Nadeem

  • Humble on January 15, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    @DISGRUNTLED: For a start Salman Butt is not Pathan, he is from Lahore. Secondly, what the hell does someone's caste have to do with anything? You should apologise for your racist comments and talk about cricket as it is rather than making traditional idiotic racist references.

    Mr Abassi: How could you allow that comment? Please could you remove it? Its the first comment at the top. Please let me know if you would rather I contact cricinfo to get it removed if you are too busy.

    Thanks.

  • Saima Khan on January 15, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    For Kiran,

    Did you ever see Yasir Arfat perform for Pakistan cricket team? Is he your brother? How do you choose Umar Amin? What is your criteria?

    I think you are also believe on PURCHI. Are you from Islamabad.

    Saima Khan Islamabad

  • Kamran on January 15, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    more than a hundred comments, guaranteed that none of the blogers have played at domestic level, or what is it like in the field.

    I think it was Mo Yo's captaincy and field set that got katich out!!. Yes Asif bowled a beauty, but the temptation was two fielders on the leg side and the tempting line on the off and middle stump or katich to go towards midwicket. Had a midwicket and square leg been in place katich would have defended that ball straight, but the incentive was there and empty area hence the LBW.

    It was Yousuf's decisions to have a long leg for ponting and not a fine leg or a square leg!! but it was a dropped catch.

    2nd test 176 was gettable! but if Yousuf is out your team cant get the scores, that isnt a captain's fault. I think he did well for hussey to have a defensive field, because he was eyeing the ball very nicely after 3 dropped catches, so to get a 5 runs an over its better to off to have a 3 run an over.

  • Mansoor on January 15, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Is it appropriate for the CAPTAIN of the team to criticise his teammate (Salman Butt)like that??? Is Mr Captain aware of his track records of run outs????? The way things are going in Pak cricket, including PCB, selection, senior players attitude and black mailing etc, it seems like that Pak team may end up in getting at the bottom (yes, even lower than Bangladesh) soon. Someone has to take stand against the selection of so called senior players like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Misbah etc. They have to search for a REAL captain material no matter he is a senior player or not. After watching Mr Yousuf's captaincy, one has to agree that he is not a captain material.

  • Gulab Khan on January 15, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Before the match they were steatements from Captain and Umar Kamal for Kamran AKmal. They want him to be in the team . Now two run outs in one inning of test. Specially run out of young fit OmarAkmal make think player grouping. Mohs Yousuf alreay annonunced that he wants Kamran Akaml for one days. Past legend players like Inzi, Wasim and others said that they are seeing team grouping. Same group kick out honest younis khan. For them thier persnal agaenda comes b4 Pakistan. Do we need them to call them our heros? Regardless how good they are we should take them out from the team? Malik is a leader of mafia. Pakistan wil never be a good team till we remove all these palyers. They are like cancer. They are spreading in young players now.

    Gulab Khan

  • Kash on January 15, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Yousuf's captaincy is utter tripe. He has no command over the team. But it has to be said, why aren't the others suggesting what fields to set. Captains can be overuled you know. I think the whole team thinks, let him bear the brunt and then he will get sacked. I have noticed the Pakistan players are not ruthless enough, they have no fighter's instinct. Cricket is not a gentleman's game contrary to what the purists say. You have to play hard, act hard and talk hard. The current bunch are so soft and are just trying to be over hospitable.

    I personally think Faisal Iqbal should have stayed and played this match. He deserves a longer run to prove himself. Fawad also should have played. At the moment there is noone in the pakistani ranks who can merit captaincy. I mean even Malik had a far superior record to Yousf as captain. I don't know if all the scheming reports are true but i think he is the best man for test captaincy. Shoaib Malik for test captain. Afridi for odi and t20.

  • Aamir on January 15, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Yousaf has exposed himself; by brewing discontent in the teams ranks and finally getting his dream; he did not know want to do. It is funny how life goes full circle.

    But to be honest if a team drops 14 plus catches the is no way in hell any team can even dream of winning.

  • Zahid K on January 15, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    (part 2/2) By making the domestic system like australia's, the selectors wont have a choice but to select purely based on merit. Pakistan win rarely, mainly owing to its bowlers, imagine if the batting and fielding lifted a notch or two.. a very competitive pakistani cricket team will rise. In theory it seems so simple, yet it is the simple things it seems the PCB have overlooked, but it will happen..eventually.For short term solution i.e. next 2 years or so, Pakistan need to select horses for courses, grafting batsman on seaming wickets, might not be pretty to watch but they will score enough runs that their bowlers and their inept fielders might be able to defend..batsman with sound technique but an aggresive mindset, running singles more often.4 gritty batsman, 2 stroke players, (An aggresive captain chosen who is willing to lose in order to win ), a solid keeper at no.6. Maybe 2 all rounders at nos. 7 & 8, does afridi & rana naved ring a bell? Two fast man and a spinner. Good luck

  • M KHAN on January 15, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    In answer to previous post, Salman Butt is not a Pathan. With the name Butt, I am sure he must be Kashmiri. The only Pathan on this current tour are Umar Gul and Misbah Haq. And Misbah is finished product now I think due to advanced age and loss of form.A

  • usmanq on January 15, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    I dont know why people are wasting time commenting on the current situation of pakistan cricket... we all know that after another shameful performance in the 50 over WC 2011, that when changes will be made. This is techically the same team that played in SL, NZ and in AUS... there aint going to be changes until after the 2011 WC... my ODI team would be k.latif, a.shezard, s.afridi(c), u.akmal,(someone-batter), f.alam, a.asad(WK), a.razzaq, m.ammar, m.asif, m.sami/m.talha... doesnt this team stand a better chance than the current team ODI to face AUS??

  • Japper on January 15, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf is such a great batsman that he doesn't deserve these kind of comments. He has performed admirably throughout his career. Just have a look at his averages in all forms of the game. It ranks among the best. What can anyone do if the fielders keep dropping sitters? Why blame his captaincy. He kept the fielders in the right place but what can he do if they don't catch the ball? Even if Pakistan change 1000 captains they are not going to win if they don't improve their fielding. As simple as that

  • Luis Enrique on January 15, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Why is everyone clamoring for Afridi as a test captain? Yes the guy can play a good t20 match but he should never play test match cricket. Pakistan's problems stem from a top three that have no technique, a fragile middle order with the exception of MoYo and a rookie - and a shambolic wicketkeeper who has no thankfully been dropped. How many times will guys like Farhat, Butt, Misbah and Malik fail at this level yet be recalled? Get rid of the trash and bring in new blood. What next, the return of Shoaib Akhtar?

  • Asad on January 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Yusuf is a good batsman....no doubt. But as a leader --hopeless / disgusting !! By the way -- what Intekhab is doing -- he should send some message to the field. Pak team look like a school team: Fielding problem / batting problem / wicket keeping problem /leadership problem and now Running between the wicket... holy !! what the hell is this..... Thanks God ... their Bangladesh tour was cancelled. Kick out all the idiots !!! We want to see a bunch of young blood in the team...inject new blood from U19. We may lose few matches initially but Good for the long run (future); anyway we are losing now---it's time to tune young blood. It's really painful to see this performance having world class bowling attack... Bring Afridi as a capatain in atleast ODI and get prepared for the World Cup.

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • crazy on January 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    As poor as Yousuf's captaincy has been, it is not all his fault. The lack of professionalism shown by the PCB in regards to player management and development (the batting and fielding has been completely ignored) is abominable. This has been going on for years now, but at least in the past they had guys like Younis, Anwar and Akhtar who could do something special. I didn't include Inzamam in this group because his record against Australia and South Africa (the 2 best teams) was abysmal. Pakistan need an intelligent and relentless cricketer as captain, someone who has more than just plan A. Asif for captain?

  • Javed Khan on January 15, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I think there is no point in criticising Yousaf as was asked to captain the size due to abrupt denial of Younas Khan. The problem is with PCB. PCB should show courage and reappoint Younas as captain nd kick out those who play for thier places in the team and not for the country. We need a bold PCB Boss.

  • Zahid K on January 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    It is indeed disappointing! No, not just the loss but the way it happened. Mr. Abbasi has some valid points but tell me, what would it take the PCB to plan for 5 years down the track, hey by then Pakistan might even get to host matches back at home. Lets forget the names of all past players, prepare sporting wickets back at home for batsman to develop more back foot techniques, and of course if you want to score big runs its a lot harder to just plonk your front foot down the wicket and thrash away on seaming wickets..good young batsman will develop.. with more wicket taking opportunities will come more catching.. something that you need to actually do apart from just practising it if you want to become good at it..specific fielding coaches will help but to an extent.. pakistan have been blessed with fast bowlers, isnt it time they were rewarded on their home circuit by getting good wickets to bowl on to practice their skills?? Use the domestic circuit to fine tune. (part 1 / 2 )

  • Bala on January 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Its funny reading the comments here, those defending Yousuf's captaincy. Their defense mostly spins around the "captain as good as team" defense. I bet none of these people actually saw any of the cricket. As an outsider willing ANY team to beat Aus at home, I actually think this Pak side had the potential to beat Aus square. For all the bowling power previous teams have had, I reckon this team actually has good enough batting power too. But to see Yousuf waste what is, easily too, the best pace bowling unit in the entire world - any team that can think of dropping Sami after a jaw-dropping new-ball burst in the previous test HAS to gave a good bowling attack - was just plain annoying. Sitting there in front of the tv, pulling your hair in all directions, at the inexplicability of it all - that is not a good feeling. And if Pakistan wants to perform better, they need a captain that actually has a little brain. Leave Yousuf to batting, the man is alarmingly poor at readin the game.

  • Obaid on January 15, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    We, the supporters of Pakistan's cricket are very very anooyed at the way our team has performed and the way, the incometent and lazy board officials have handled the team. Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal with his his younger brother, Misbah used Afridi to group against Younis. I think Afridi regrets that now. I think the future generations should have an example set in the form of sacking and banning the above players from every form of cricket. The Cricket board officials should be accountable to someone. The obese chairman of the board has proven cognitive problems, the CEO Wasim Bari has been involved in getting bribes for selections. They should be punished hard. We all remain awake till late in the mornings posinng trust one by one on every player that they will do something, but all let us down making our day worse and tongue filled with filthy abuses to all the paleyrs. They all are busy emailing the Idiot Lalit modi for IPL who is the actual destroyer of the Game of cricket.

  • Venkat on January 15, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    This Pakistan team has gone from pathetic to comical. I'm waiting for them trip on the boundary ropes and fall on the field one by one while entering. I'm waiting for Salman "Lazy" Butt to trip and fall while running because he tied his shoelaces together - Oh.. but wait Salman never runs. Never mind. This is funnier than Charlie Chaplin.

  • Pramod on January 15, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Continuing with what I have said earlier.

    Afridi gave up test cricket because he knows he isn't test class. You have the experience of Shoib Malik who was a disaster because he could not command respect in test side because he himself was not test class. Afridi is a flat track bully and he knows it. His bowling isn't enough to guarantee test place and his batting so unreliable that it is a lottery. In any case luckless Kaneria and Ajmal are better players than him in bowling. However, he is one of the best fielders in Pakistan at the moment. See Sehwag and Afridi have perhaps similar talent (well almost). Both don't have great techniques, but good hand eye coordination. Sehwag's technique is superior, but what he scores more is tempermant. Even though he is a converted opener he has made centuries in all countries and against all oppositions as an opener, but Afridi is caught in his image as an entertainer (he himself admitted it).

  • Farhan on January 15, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team is consists of 11 idiots leading by the big idiot Yousuf. What is the future of Pakistan cricket in tests, they don't have any player for test level.

  • Karl on January 15, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    You Pak fans are all pathetic, reading your comments make laugh. Full of idea’s on this forum. After the first day in Sydney everybody was praising the team and now your sending them to the gallows. When are people going to realise that, this is the nature of sport and any sporting team, ups and downs, win lose draw. It happens live with you pathetic cowardly excuses for fans especially you Mr. DISGRUNTLED Fan.

  • Shoaib Akhtar on January 15, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Bring me back.I am a complete package. Captain, bowling coach, senior,experienced, express pace n most importantly not fearful infront of friends mafia and family mafia in the team.I will throw bat at whoever speak against me or doesnt perform.I will only need batting coach n fielding caoch with me.CAPTAIN TILL 2011WC.

  • Sajid on January 15, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Guys, what you get when you don't perform your duties at work; you get pink slip-FIRED. Likewise, players have a job to do, if they can't perform, they should be fired. It is so simple. No one should be allowed to play on his past glory. I bet if PCB tries this, you will see the results very soon. Pakistan is full of cricket talent. Our whole nation doesn't do anything else, except play or talk about cricket.

  • Faisal on January 15, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Yousef never was captaincy material. But you have to wonder what the so-called geniuses - grandpa Intikhab Alam, Big mouth Aquib Javed and Maulvi in training Waqar Younis are doing with the team? Are they paid hefty sums just to sit in the dressing room and say "bad luck boys INSHALLAH you will do better soon"? Fine Yousef should be removed as captain but so should Intikhab who should be put out to pasture for the final time, Aquib who should stick to running his mouth on the Geo group of Liars tv channell, and finally Waqar who can go back to his tableeghi buddies.

  • Bilal Jabbar on January 15, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Totally PATHETIC, Yousaf doesnt deserve a place in the team based on his batting, and how can you appoint him as a captain when he's not even meant to be there?? DISGUSTING play by PAK, the team truly is overhyped and full of losers. Can anyone really name a player who deserves to be in the team on merit of his performance??

  • Saddique Ahmed on January 15, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    When you give the best batsman of his generation chance to bat twice in an innings what do you expect from him. Mohd Yousef has proved for long time that he is a good cricket player but may not be a good captain. I am not sure why Shahid Afridi is not playing and why is not the captain. Finally I would cut all the wages and contracts from player and only pay them on performance. This should bring out cats amongst dogs.

  • Kashif on January 15, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Please Yousaf give up the captaincy yourself..you are too good a batsman to be remembered in such a way...Please remember not all great players were captains...and you don't have to be one just to prove you are one of the finest...I should say many of Pakistan's finest players in recent years have been lost due to the nonsensical race for captaincy and the PCB is the one to blame..

  • Faisal on January 15, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I agree with ' Ayaz Haider's' post. Yousuf, protecting the useless Akmal and embarrasing Butt.This is absolutely riduculous and just to point out to the the pirst post by 'disgruntled' Butt is a Kasmiri not Pathan! Had he been the latter he would have run faster...lol!! Whilst Yousuf is not captaincy material,probably the worst on the cricket field, the Pakistanis have never dropped so many catches ever!!! Clearly we need a fielding coach because although our fielding has always been mad this is a joke. How the hell can we win when we drop so many catches.Ponting on 0 went on to score a double hundred.We lost Sydney because of Akmal.We lostthe first test against New Zealand when vettori was dropped on 0 and went to score 99.I thing the loss was under a 100 runs. Even with our crap batting we could have won both the New Zealand match and Sydney!!!!!!! Yousuf is complicating the problem but IT IS THE FIELDING THAT is killing us . With Imran Nazir,Afridi and Younis, the fielding improves!

  • Pramod on January 15, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Mr. Kamran as a neutral observer from India reading your post I have reasons to doubt your integrity or if not your cricketing brain if you have one. Your article seems to be passionately making the case for Afridi - the blockhead. The man who wasted his talents like no one except perhaps the bigger blockhead Akthar. Reading through the lines from the reports coming out regarding the captaincy issue of your other favorite Younis Khan (cry baby) he is one of the ringleaders who was responsible for the players rebellion. As far as I see it both of them Younis and Afridi chose to stay at home and run away from responsiblity when their country needs them. Mo Yo atleast took the responsiblity. Regarding his captiancy, I agree he has his faults but he is helpless if catches are dropped like this and yes I agree with David Warner regarding your bowling. They have potential but not world beaters yet. A captian is only as good as his team. Plus he is only the world class batsman in that team.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 15, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Yes it is a captaincy to forget. However it is not the coaching to forget. The coach was the most out of shape player of his time and even worse fielder. As a captain he was famous for losing won matches. He was no batsman and a mediocre wrist spinner. He has the audacity of blaming Kaneria after he took 5 wickets even with 4 dropped catches, on a green Australian pitch.

  • subhan khan on January 15, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    mo yo should go 2 raiwind.&pakistani team should play without captain or intikhab alam play as a feildr

  • saif ahmed on January 15, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Rubbish! We need a new team. Afridi will only be good if we do not have all these jokers around. Remove Mailk, Kamran, Faisal, Butt, Farhat, Khurram and bring new faces with Afridi as captain. We do not want 8 captains in the side. PCB needs new management, BUTT, BARI, INTIKHAB and the likes are there to pick up their paychecks, they need to go and be asked to appear before a jury for their wrong doings.

  • abdul mannan on January 15, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    I agree with kamran abbasi when he says that Afridi should be made the captain of the one day team.Infact I would go a step further and insist that he be made a captain of all formats tests included.Leader should be an aggressive personality.Yousuf is great batsman,certainly pakistan's best right now but he no great shakes as a captain to say the least. Some decisions taken by the board are ridiculous. example:withdrawing fawad alam from Australia and then including him in the team for ODI & 20/20.Fawad is basically a test batsman.his technique is best suited for the longer version of the game.he should be cultivated as a test batsman only.other formats are not for him. Khurram manzoor does not belong in any format.Khalid latif is much better.Faisal iqbal is no good either.Mohammad Sami should be persisted with.his spell in sydney tells you that he is a bowler who needs the confidence of the captain and selectors.All Pakistani players would be better off with some basic education.

  • Usman Zia on January 15, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    YOUNIS FOR CAPTAIN FOR SURE.. Sorry but i think he is the best available captain and needs to be fully backed up by the Board and also the players.. if anyone refuses, they need to leave the team for good. I am sorry if someone dont like Younis, but its a fact that he is a great leader.. We need to give him young blood to groom. I can certainly see Yousuf scoring a 100 once he is relieved of captaincy.

  • ZIAUL on January 15, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    This is my 3rd message in this Blog. But I m so embarassed with Pak teams performance that I cant resist my self from writing again & again. Some former players say tht domestic cricketin structure shud be strengthened to get good results at Intnl level. I fully agree with that but it will take a whole lot of time to achieve. Meanwhile, what best can be done is to groom players properly and strengthen each & every players weaker aspects of the game (Specially fielding/catching). Pak always had a number of talented players at a given time and which is the case even now. Pak has atleast 5-6 world class players in the side but still not able to compete with good sides. Each player shud be given proper conditioning & counselling to instill very strong mentality (like Aussies, SA & Indians). Even teams like NZ WI SL ENG r competing better than Pak with top 3 teams. Presently Pak team is of the std of BD, Ireland, Zim etc not in talent but in mental ability. Talentwise Pak is among top 3

  • Oldmonk on January 15, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Agreed - Yosuf is not the brightest captian.. but what now? Younis is coming back to the team - that should help the batting but there is no leader. I'm not even sure that YK coming back is any good for the team's morale since most team members can't stand his guts.. and he is a quitter (even Sarah Palin could learn from this guy how to be a better quitter). I think they need to find fresh face like SA found Smith and IND found Dhoni.. I hope they do.

  • Shaikh Azher Yousuf on January 15, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    No, sorry Mr. Kamran Abbasi it is easy to criticize captain, what else he can do, his fate is that he is leading this kind of throw away players, I think they are not legible to play club cricket and it is a pity that they are representing cricket mad country. They even don't know what they have to do? When they field they drop catches, when they are batting throw away their wicket as if there is race, who is fastest in coming back to pavilion. And today they show one more thing that they are not good at running between wickets. So stop blaming Yousuf he is respected person, I am fan of Pakistan Cricket since my childhood and I never notice any improvement in fielding, they survive until now only on individual brilliance.

  • sleepshrink on January 15, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Most of this negativity comes from Intikhab Alam. He is responsible for the backward progress that is being made right now. Statements like " We can save this match by not going for runs" and " we can't do anything about this because its a grass roots problem" tell the whole story.

  • Mudassar on January 15, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Please stop blaming the captain. Had we won the second test, yousaf would have become the pakistan hero!..Relax 11 players are on the field not just him alone. If you keep dropping catches and failing with the batting you can not blame the captain. Bowlers should be helping the captain in field setting, because they are the ones who are bowling. From the Nz series to this one, because has scored over 300 once or twice which is simply pothedic!! how can you win with that? Its common sense, whats lacking is couple of quality & patient batsman. Its hard to imagine a country of over 160 million can not produce 2 quality batsman?? The fact is the our cricket board is crupt and selection is based on contacts and not performance, continued selection of Malik in all formats is an Example. From the very few positives we can drive from this test series are that we have a capable bowling attack. If we can get couple of quality batsman we would and get the team to field we should be able ok.

  • Ash on January 15, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Kamaran they should make you captain, selector and author, you seem to know everything so you do it mate, and then i'll write an article each time you mess up and see how you feel. We have no one else to take up the captain position. So support our boys and hopefully they will learn!!!!

  • Asif on January 15, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt, please stop playing with the emotions of Pakistan. Enough is Enough. If you can't make the right decisions, please step down. Inspite of the pathetic captaincy of Yousuf in the two series, you are still asking him to lead the team in the one dayers. Please, Please for the sake of Pakistan, remove Yousuf and persuade Younus Khan to lead Pakistan till the 2011 world cup and give him full backing. Please don't mess Pakistan cricket further.

  • Jack Robinson on January 15, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Hey kamran, I guess you can't just finish an article without throwing in the name of afridi. You think that afridi is going to save this side ?? Oh please... he is not even test match material. And stop blaming MoYo for every evil thats happening to his world. Agreed, a maverick side like pakistan needs a strong captain, someone like the great Imran khan. But you know what, Imran khans don't happen everyday. Among the current lot only Younis Khan is the closest Pakistan has got to a functioning captain. But the last I heard, he ran away with his tail between his legs. That leaves us only with MoYo, like it or not. Don't even think of including Afridi to this list. He doesn't make the cut as a batsmen and to be included in the current side he should prove that he is a much better bowler than kaneria which I highly doubt. Otherwise to include him only for his captaincy he should be another brearley, which is not the case. So like it are not pakistan is struck with MoYo.

  • Tariq Mahmmod on January 15, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Gentlemen, let us not forget our manners! Mr Yousuf is getting what he deserves but some of the comments do not deserve to be posted on a website of international stature. I hope Cricinfo will appoint a moderater for this blog.

  • M KHAN on January 15, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    This M Yousaf is driving me and everyone nuts. the Aussie commentators rightly have begun to despise him. This man has no no courage, no character, mo leadership qualities, no fight, co calibre and no sanity. He is embrassement to himself and I firmly believe he is out there to em,brass the nation because of his problems with the board few years ago regarding ICL. U can never trust these bearded mullahs - they hide behind religion. I am muslim myself and to me although Ponting is no muslim, I think fearlessnes and courage and fight mnakes him better muslim than yousaf. I am totally shocked as are many that he is being retained for captaincy for ODI. This man should have been sacked not just from captaincy but also as player straight after 2nd match. At his age and knowing he lacks personality and character demands of being a captain, he should never have been a captain. Now he has cheeks to slag Salman Butt when has run so many out in his carreer. He has not learned from sydney match,

  • obaid on January 15, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    i am not sure whats going on out there....we criticized...infact the world criticized yusuf's captaincy in the last test...im not sure why he, or the 3 coaches dont learn...i think its just not what we are looking at...i dont know whats going in Y's mind....it seems to me that something bad is cooking up in either the dressing room or the whole PCB....its not just Y...its the whole management...

    NOTE: I even heard tht the match at SCG was fixed....possible???? Not possible... we dont know....but i am sure ITS NOT JUST Y.....

  • ZIAUL on January 15, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    I am an Indian but following Pak cricket since a decade. Earlier pak teams also lost on a regular basis but produced some sensational performances in between say once in a year. But the team since the 2006 oval fiasco has not been able to perform well even for once in 4 yrs (Leave aside a few exploits in Pajama T20 cricket). The PCB & also players like Akhtar shud be blamed for this. Pak is not short of talent even now but there is a need to groom each & every player in a proper way specially players like Aamer & Umar. Fractionalism shud be removed. Each player shud be assigned a role in the team and inpired that they are playing for the nation and not for themselves. Winning & losing doesnt matter if there is proper planning by the board and each player is giving 100% not only in field but also at nets and fitness sessions. Dear Kamran Bhai please increase the limit of characters to 1500 instead of 1000 as I have so much to write but not getting enough space.

  • zain on January 15, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Disgruntled i agree with you comments the pakistani cricket is full of lanti's. Even more humourous is that you get past players criticses at every opportunity however, i can recollect when many of these lanti's were part of the setup we still had the same issues, and to boot these lanti's also went to Austrailia and lost with marquee players. Its fair to say that the Aussie team is not as formidable as previous teams how everthe pakistani team is also very weak. So relivley speaking this group of lanti's however comical on occasion have actually done better than teams of old.. dont blame the team when the nearly everything that is pakistani is incompetent.

  • Pathan on January 15, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    YOUSUF IS HOPELESS! Has there been a worse captain than him? I doubt it

  • Khalil on January 15, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Leadership is a natural gift. Mike Brearly is selected in the ENG side from a long gap,just to lead. You must appreciate the foresightedness of the ENG selection committtee because he won THE ASHES for them. It is not surprising that if Yousaf can not take criticism ? then how will he take pressure situation ? Still it is not too late. Save this brillliant batsman from being lost to the past. There are many many examples of defensive captains in our history. Inti,Zaheer & Rameez may be quoted in this context but they were very good in their own role as players.

  • Kiran Muzammil on January 15, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Here is my Test team :

    Younis Khan - Captain Salman Butt - Vice Captain Imran Farhat Mohammad Yousef Umar Amin Umar Akmal Yasir Hameed Mohammad Wasim Ahmed Shahzad Sarfraz Ahmed Shoaib Akhter Mohammad Aamer Mohammad Asif Mohammad Sami Mohammad Talha Danish Kaneria Usman Qadir.

    My ODI team is:

    Shahid Afridi - CAPTAIN Kamran Akmal - Vice Captain Imran Nazir Shahzaib Hassan Umar Amin Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Rana Naveed Yasir Arafat Sohail Tanvir Salman Qadir Mohammad Aamer Mohammad Asif Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal.

    FIRE Intikhab Alam. Bring back GEOFF LAWSON as the Main Coach. Appoint a batting coach like Aamir Sohail and a fielding coach from Australia.

  • ZIAUL on January 15, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Kamranbhai pl shw ths to PCB or sel comitee, I've few suggestions 1.Replace Yousf with either YK or Afridi imediatly its shame on Ysf when he describes his team's performnce beter thn some of earlier Pak teams whch hav lost to Aus. Cant he understnd tht earler teams had come across with Oz sides havng 11 wold clas playrs compared to current side havin only 1 or 2 except Pontng. His captncy was shameful thruout the series both in & out of field. 2.Dont drop any playr if he is weak in 1 aspect of game & strong in other. Instead he shud be encouragd to work extra hard to perform well in his weaker aspect. Eg Butt shud be made to work ex hard on his fieldin, RBW & fitnss instd of dropin him. 3. UAkmal is a class playr & shud be pushed to be at nets day in & day out as has been done by gr8ts like Sachin or Miandad. 4.Bring a coach who can extrct best eficncy 4m each playr & make them prctice hard. 5.Ppl like u & Osman shud be runing PCB. 6.Indisiplne shd not be tolratd at any cost.

  • Abbas on January 15, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Some one PLEASE END this misery I CAN NOT take this humiliation anymore!!!! how can they still be even playing???

  • khurram on January 15, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    i want to forget this horrible tour. i want to forget about pakistani batsmen who plyed in this series. i dont want to listen a single piece of thing about the likes of butt, misbah, yousuf, malik, younis, farhat, kamran akmal, faisal iqbal and khurram manzoor....plz erase all of these from our minds, from our history. they have ridiculed the whole of the pakistani nation. plz dont plunge in to the debate about who to retain and who to drop, just put your effort to push for injecting fresh blood in pak cricket. thats what i want you cricket fans.

  • saboor on January 15, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Dear Dr. please stop writting about our pathetic team its not captains mistake our all team did the same mistake if the cantain is wrong or taking wrong steps during the game so GOD also gave the others mind to think and mouth to speak why they cant tell the captain to chang the field or make him correct i feel petty for yousuf bhai and afride yes he will be a good captain but his ego if he truly loves pakistan he will see this all and should tell his self to show the world and selectors that he is a test player after . and please change our coach he is just sitting and enjoying the trips to other countrys he should be taking rest he is too old for this job . We should hope for the best that some one from the PCB open there eyes and make the changes and must make it quick otherwise our cricket will be vanished.

  • Aatif N on January 15, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I agree with Radi - sure, his captaincy has been far from outstanding, but people are too quick to make him a scapegoat. The team has squandered numerous chances in the field and let's not forget the insipid batting performances.

    Yousuf always struck me as a team man, and right now, he's the only option his team has. Younis Khan is reluctant to take the reigns (and rightfully so with the dispicable attitude his teammates subjected him to). Shahid Afridi as test captain is just not a viable scenario, at least not in the short-term where he can't seem to make a starting XI. I do agree with KA's suggestion that he be made ODI captain to begin the grooming. But in Tests, we don't really have any other viable options at the moment. He's the only player that is both sure of his spot in the team and well-respected/revered by his team-mates.

    MoYo has failed as captain, but his captaincy is part of a general Pakistani failure - in other words, it's not all his fault. Not by a long shot

  • Nasir on January 15, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Yousuf's poor captaincy hasn't helped, I agree, but the reason we've lost this series is that we've dropped catches at crucial stages of matches. Katich went on to make a big score in Melbourne, Ponting a double hundred in this game, Hussey went on to help Australia set a defendable target in Sydney. It's so frustrating to see Pakistan hand over the initiative to the Aussie's time and time again. I can't believe I still stay awake to to watch the matches!

  • Mani on January 15, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    HEY.........NOW its time 2 make AFRIDI as a CAPTAIN...:) He is a AGRESSIVE captain... he could setup very gud fielding plan... THE last 2 T20's (vs NZ) are fine EXAMPLE... How successfully he UNITED the TEAM....after the sucsecive defeats in TESTS n ODIs (frm NZ)... ITS TIME 2 CHANGE.... And MIANDAD is a good BATTING coach 4 PAk team...:)

  • mohsan on January 15, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    more important thing every good player is not a good capitan and may be an average plyer is better capitan then a star player.many example lara jaysuriya tendulakar and .i dont know what happened to pak crickter slector thay choose always wrong captain last good opition was wasim akram after if u see inzamam also looses his form in his capitancy period after inzi shoaib malik we loose a good and smart crickter after it annouces the captian then younas turn and u see the result he looses the form even people talk about his place in the team in the capitancy period now reciently yousaf before AUS tour we have only one test class player that is yousaf and may be after the series he also loose the place.

  • funnykid on January 15, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Well Dr. Sahib, Yousaf's captaincy is not the real issue, the main problem lies somewhere else. Pakistan's decline in world cricket has been gradual and consistent. Mr. Rajesh's article today should be an eye opener for all of us. Changing of captains or PCB President would not bring us any dividends. Imran Khan has been crying hoarse about Pakistan's domestic cricket for decades but no one is paying any heed and the results are there to be seen. The real problem is our first class structure which is not producing quality players. Unless something is done to rectify this very basic flaw, the situation will go from bad to worse. The fate of Pakistan Hockey and Squash is looming large over Pakistan cricket.

  • Junaid on January 15, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Pakistan is well and truly out of Test cricket unless there is dramatic turnaround. Our team almost lost to NZ in the last test match of the series so let's face it, they are getting what they deserve. Instead of bemoaning pakistan's lackluster performances on the field, we should focus on what needs to be done to uplift the game in our country. So far we have come up with the following suggestions: 1. A new leader 2. A dynamic bowling attack(fine-tuned) 3. Explosive and yet solid opening batsmen up front and stalwarts in the middle 4. Around twenty to thirty years(healing of wounds and a massive change in domestic cricket structure)

    We should be optmistic.

  • Mudassar Rana on January 15, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    abbassi saab by far the best blog ive read of your's - you have summed up the feelings of millions of pakistani's articulately. i too will never sit and watch till 6am this team. i cannot belief how the aggressive cornered tigers of imran have now become mo yo's puffs. i can forgive the lack of tactical nouse - but playing so defensive when you have a very decent attack is beyond sense. even worse when bowling is our strength why play with only 4. you could take 11 batsmen and we would never post more than the aussies. the tactics of mo yo have made our much vaunted attack look worse than what my son's nursery would put out. i really feel sorry for kaneria asif and aamer. incompetent captaincy and fielding has really let these guys down. please pass the message onto imran khan - to forget tehreek e insaf and rescue pak cricket - he will never get elected in this feudal system but zardari might give him the pcb if he backs down! wishful thinking i know.

  • Bosco Martyres on January 15, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I agree 100% with your comments. I played a lot of cricket as a schoolboy and can tell you that captains even at that level were far better than anything I have seen recently, Younis Khan included. A good captain should: 1.Never let a batsman settle down. 2. Constantly watch for a batsman's weakness.3. Set a field in conjunction with the bowler to exploit the batsman's weakness.4. Keep his team energized and motivated.5. Consult occasionally with key team members ( Vice captain, wicket keeper etc). Regardless of the score, the team should NEVER give up, and it is the captain's job to keep the team motivated and working hard, REGARDLESS of what is happening on the field.

  • Adeel on January 15, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    After reading this blog and comments by others I would say only this that we Pakistanis are always looking for quick solutions whether for job, money, health etc. We are always looking for shortcuts and that is why we have come to this position. Yousuf as one man cannot win whole test matches. Everyone should be looking at how the whole team is performing. If Yousuf goes defensive at the first sign of trouble we should also see what the rest of the team is doing. Players at this level should not be dropping catches and running themselve out. How can you blame Yousuf for that? At least he hasn't dropped any. I think PCB should stick with Yousuf for the time being and not go for "quick solutions" like going for Younis or Afridi. Give Yousuf time at the helm. One man cannot win you matches considering the current state of resources at PCB's disposal.

  • Sharoon Edgar on January 15, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    It seems Pakistan has no leader in any field...sports to politics...which is sad. People of Pakistan love cricket and understand cricket. They deserve some good cricket from their team. Why pcb made Yousaf captain ? he has no leadership qualities. People talk about Younis and Afridi...they are fighters but they are not serious...their professional attitude is missing. Especially younis khan, when ever some said against him he says.... i will leave the team,what is this? Pakistan should get new faces and made captain from new faces.They don't need Misbha,faisal,sami. Use Umer Akaml at #3, 5 Razzaq,6 Rana Naveed. Use Kamran Akmal as an opener in test too, Keep Farhat. Gul,Amer,Asif and Ajmal and good.Razzaq and Rana bring strength in batting and bowlling.Inject new face as a captain, or try farhat as an captain for 12 months.Rana, Razzaq and Afridi has courage which pak team need.Use afridi as a spiner in test side with 5 pace bowlers...you will see the difference.

  • Radi on January 15, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Same issue and just blaming captaincy is sum of all the evils.... utter crap. If you have a team thats dropping catches, what else a captain can do. In cricket captaincy is a over-rated or over discussed stuff. When a bowling change or fielding placement work, loads of praises or else loads of finger pointing. THis stupidity should end. Yeah somefield placements were wrong. GIven the resource talent and amount of catches the fielders are taking he done justification to his captaincy

  • Ayaz Hyder on January 15, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    All that really needs to be said about Yasif's captaincy has been exposed in public. I will leave the idiotic on field leadership out of it since anyone who's ever played even street cricket can see the flaws on Yousuf's ways there.

    Yousuf has helped create factions on the team. His little clique needs to be dropped for the sale of Pakistan cricket. He went out of his to protect his partner in crime Kamran Akmal when anyone with half a brain thought otherwise yet he goes out of his to embarass Salman Butt? Yes, it was lazy running from Butt but did I really just hear Yousuf complain about someone else causing a run out? This is the same Yousuf who's career has been plagued with run outs right? Just checking.

  • Kashan Saeed on January 15, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Agreed! Yousuf is not captain material, but so is nobody else around right now. Be it Afridi or whoever else, none of them are capable of test level captaincy. This Pak team is only good for T20, simple as that. Everybody's concentration span is not more than 4 overs. Pak team has received the whipping they deserve and lots more to come in future series. Unfortunately from top to bottom their are problems including captaincy, fielding, batting, management etc. Pak cricket is doomed until a generation of cricketers arrives that understands test cricket and what it takes to be successfull at test level. The current crop of players simply dont have an understanding of test cricket besides the talent. On top of that we dont have the killer instinct anymore that once existed back in 80s and 90s.

  • Ghaus on January 15, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Where is Sami, why he was not included in this test. His bowling in Sydney was excellent and it was for the first time I believe that Australia Lost first 3 wicktets for only 10 runs. Sami was the main reason that Australia was all out for only 127 runs in the first innings. Sami has bowling well and should have been also included in the one day and 20-20 matches. He can consistantly bowl at 90 miles per hour. He bowlling lot better than Mohammad Amir at present. I want to remind that Sami is a changed bowler and the way he bowled in sydney, he should be included in the one day team and 20-20 team. We need a hostile bowler and he is one. He is definitely an excellent fielder also.

  • Rajesh on January 15, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Have you guys noticed that the best performing Pak players in this series have been.....Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi. Reminds me of those days when every Paki was crying on about how the BCCI was destroying Pak cricket by banning the ICL players thus depriving them of the talents of .....Imran Farhat and Mo yousuf (yeah, the same guy you all want to lynch now!!).

    Suddenly the Spin Doctor wants Afridi as captain. I cannot think of a more stupid choice. Anybody who thinks that Afridi is test match material (forget Captain) needs to have their head examined. Just see his rubbish Test match record after a dozen years in international cricket!

    This kind of scatter-brained approach will never lead you to success. Right now the Pak team situation is somewhat like the state of affairs in India in the early nineties-incompetent administration, talented players split in factions, ineffective captain. We took nearly a decade to set in place something resembling a professional approach.

  • oops on January 15, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    dr. sahib, david warner is quite right about the hype about our bowling attack.

    i notice you have not given up on your younus crybaby obsession. not quite yet.

    way i see it, nothing worse can happen. so let's not continue with gutless decision-making about the captaincy as well. let's try out our best international fighter, who's proved it by winning us the world cup just last year. that's the only world cup we've ever won since 1992. as to all this arrogant bunk about the nobility of test cricket as opposed to the low-caste nature of 20/20, may i remind you all the smart cricketers can switch from one form to the other without much difficulty. and, the 'mature' afridi is the smartest cricketer we've got. period. with that i rest my case.

  • cereal_killer on January 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    it is tough to find a silver lining when things do not go your way... captaincy (or lack of it( may be an issue here. But the bigger issue is lack of conviction. The current crop of Pakistani batsmen are just not good enough... may be lacking in self confidence... Attitude is the key.. a captain can change it but only if the team mentality changes... it is extremely difficult when your team is not winning. Old Pakistani teams had the aggressive attitude and that have taken them places. Now I think more politics is played in the dressing room than cricket and that shows in their performance, be it batting, fielding, bowling or captaincy. Time to take a step back and evaluate!

  • Alish from Dallas on January 15, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Totally Agree.

    It's a complete waste to let him remain as a captain. I doubt how Pakistan will perform in the ODI Series under Yousuf's captaincy.

    Afridi surely was the best shot as the captain for ODI series amongst the options available.

    PCB WAKE UP --- COMMON !!!!!

  • Ak on January 15, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    He was never a winning batsman, and will never be a winning captain. He was always a timid batsman who was rarely involved in wins - always accumulating 20-30 runs before opening up his stroke play - regardless of the match situation. He is mechanical and unimaginative - both in his batting and his captaincy.

    Lastly, the last day in Sidney was a day of fear - fear was written all over the faces of the team on a day when they were supposed to win. Can anyone check whether they or their families had been threatened. Four times, with bookkeeping odds in Pakistan's favour in the 4th innings, and four times they fall just short - maybe not greed, but fear.

  • jayaprakash on January 15, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What an unimaginable disaster.Pakistan cricket seems to be a bottomless pit. Just when i think that this is the bottom from which this team will rise, they sink further.It is a shame for the nation. Before i used to enjoy Pakistan loosing the matches. But now I pity them. I pity the people who watches the telivision by wasting time and money to see this pathatic bunch of so called cricketers.God save Pakistan and its cricket.

  • Sadi on January 15, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    One question is, how you select Younis when he is out of form, he played 2 domestic matches and he failed so badly, he just score 14 runs, how he could play the international bowlers when he could not play the domestic bowlers. I dont know what this board and the selector committee is doing, selecting a man that is out of form. it look like this players is the only players we have, and this cricketer knows that this team belong to them. This players are destroying the name of Pakistan. I want to see, Misbah, Malik, Akmal, Gul, Younis out of the Team.

  • Bilal on January 15, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I double every word you've written!!! It really is an embarrassing situation because, never in my life I have seen this kind of catching and captaincy. We are a laughing stock right now and it hurts alot because we can do so much better. Better can ONLY take place if right people are at right positions. Yousuf should and really should step down. He is such a glorious batsman to watch that I hate considering him a captain when he is batting. Kamran Akmal should be given an extended break and Sarfaraz needs to be our regular keeper(atleast in test matches). Afridi should be included in the test line up, with Asim Kamal. I dare not to think, where we gonna be until changes are made.

  • Khurram on January 15, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    this one will be another shameful loss for pakistan...wat can u say abt their batting?? every now n thn we pakistanis critisize our team n have a mind set dat da team is gonna loose every coming match...but dat red hot paki blood inside us still manages to give us hope - wich is eventually shattered; again every now n thn

  • Mohammed Ilyas on January 15, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Asak Kamran Bhai, I am from Bangalore, India but have been following Pakistan cricket since days of Imran Khan. There is no doubt that current Pakistan team has talent and potential to beat any team in the world but why do they give away matches so easily? Why cant PCB do something to utilize such incredible talents in right way? Why cant Pakistan have a leader like Imran Khan? A deputy like Miandad and killer instinct like Wasim & Waqar. Also there in no guarantee that a good batsman can be a good leader, we have examples of Tendulkar, Lara & Jayasuriya with exception to Ponting who is a real punter in all trades of game. Pakistan has a great potential leader in Shahid Afridi but he needs to play test cricket and take full command of team. Players should prefer country's pride over their choices. In fact India is playing more cricket than Pakistan, Imagine if Dhoni says I can lead or play only ODI & T20 and will not play test cricket. Mohammed Yousuf is a great batsman but not even a average leader, PCB should not enforce or burden players with something which they cant do, now MO YO has lost his batting form as well. Its better to play Younis Khan as a batsman and Shahid Afridi as captain for all 3 formats again the decision shouldn't be enforce on Afridi until he willingly take reign of team for the sake of Pakistan Cricket and its fans.....Hope to see some immediate changes which will yield good results in future.......... Allah Hafiz.

  • David Warner on January 15, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I ran out of space in my previous post. On the 1st day at Hobart, Youssef didn't get anything wrong. And yet, they could get only 3 wickets the whole day. Again, dropping Ponting didn't help, but did anybody praise the captain or the bowler for setting the most perfect trap that didn't catch its quarry? Asif bowled the perfect bouncer, Youssef had the fielder at the precise spot, Aamer didn't have to move an inch, yet managed to drop the catch. Is that the captain's fault too? Aamer is supposed to be the new Akram. Akram, the master, had 12 wickets in his debut series, against NZ. He had 10 wickets in his 2nd test. In fact, he had the same number of wickets in his 1st two innings in NZ as Aamer had the entire series. And the NZ batting was a much more formidable one then. Martin crowe, Wright, Coney, Hadlee, Ian Smith.. No comparison. And Aamer is not fit to tie the master's shoelaces. Atleast not yet. Let's accept the facts; Except Asif, this attack is mediocre at best at present.

  • Raza on January 15, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi, I agree with your assesment. Although Younis Khan would not have lost support, if he was scoring runs. And adding another 20/20 player like Shahid Afridi is not going to help our Test team.

  • Abrar on January 15, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Why are you writing this now? why couldn't you see this during or after New Zealand series? What other choices does Pakistan have? Richie may have seen the worst filed set for a leg spinner, would you mind repeating what did he say about the leg spinner? Come on mate, it is so easy to say what you have said, though very hard to suggest something that works.

  • Shahzad on January 15, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I think you can't expect anything more as has been shown from a captain appointed for a limited period. Now the guys like Misbah, Shoaib, Kamran who were against the captaincy of Younis have themselve been exposed and atleast they need to be thrown out of the test team. I think we need some top-performers (who are also young) from domestic cricket and just use them in the test team. Ok, it will take some time to get good results but atleast it would be a nice decison for the future. By the way, people can also tolerate the defeat when the team is not star-packed. Think about the future not about series to series.

  • Nipun on January 15, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I think Mohammad Yousuf is a better captain than Mohammad Ashraful :L

  • Shahzad on January 15, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    I think you can't expect anything more as has been shown from a captain appointed for a limited period. Now the guys like Misbah, Shoaib, Kamran who were against the captaincy of Younis have themselve been exposed and atleast they need to be thrown out of the test team. I think we need some top-performers (who are also young) from domestic cricket and just use them in the test team. Ok, it will take some time to get good results but atleast it would be a nice decison for the future. By the way, people can also tolerate the defeat when the team is not star-packed. Think about the future not about series to series.

  • mirza mahmood on January 15, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Disgusting it is. We are being made to see absolute rubbish. There is no accountability what so ever for key figures in Pakistan cricket which hurts. I think Pakistan has to move on under a new Captain ( Afridi appears the best choice if younus is unavailable, i suspect he wont be available ever). This is high time the we replace these seniors of defeatist minds with some fresh young players. Set some criterias for selection. For example, one has to be of certain fitness or fielding standard to be part of the team. So the young players work on those areas. You have nothing to loose as shoabs, misbahs, etc are useless anyways. And Pakistan has never been and would never be short of talent. You give younsters a chance and you will see better batsmen in an years time. It hurts that malik is still in the team. Naved Yasin is out despite scoring 7 first class hunderds this year. Malik has scored may be ten first class hundreds in his life. There are others toiling fruitless in domestic

  • dave on January 15, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    i understand yousuf may not be one of the best captain's but i cant understand why afridi is being supported in this manner. may be he is an agressive player but i really cant fathom the fact that he is a contender for the captaincy. so the situation is as pathetic as this that a person who is not even in the side consistently is being backed to take over the captaincy. god bless all you "critics". you need to realise you are not bigger than the game and just to keep the website going articles like these are being written. its a loss of commonsense. if you believe you are the best why not sit in the selection panel. obviously the fielding setup etc would have been discussed overnight with the coach. getover it kamran and stop insisting afridi needs to captain pakistan. if you cant control your emotions stop writing these articles......for god sake

  • Jim Dawson on January 15, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Kamran, I couldn't agree more with your comments. The last time I can remember tactics like these (negative bowling wide of the stumps) was when Zimbabwe was trying to prevent an England win in the late 90s (I think). It was met with the same reaction by cricket followers worldwide. Utter disgust.

    What happened to Younis Khan (re: captaincy) was a disgrace and, as a fully impartial observer (I am a Kiwi), it is plain to see that his removal as captain has had a mammoth impact on this Pakistan side. Yousuf is a wonderful batsman, but an utterly inept leader and the sooner he is replaced, the better for Pakistan cricket.

  • daddymac on January 15, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Mr Kamran Abbasi i have just heard that James Cameron's next movie is titled National Lampoon's Pakistani Cricket team. As a Pakistani cricket fan i am shaking my head and what has happened to our team. Channel 9 & ABC Radio commentators criticizing us. Seriously i have to say this The Pakistani Cricket team is very weak. How can a team that possess arguably the best bowling lineup in world cricket bowl with these kinds of fields. I always thought why Mo Yo was never given a shot at captaincy, well now i know why. Really poor captaincy and as much as everyone blamed Kamran Akmal for the Sydney loss i put the blame on one person and that is Mohammed Yousuf. I also disagree with im retired but now i am not (Afridi) or Cry Baby (Younis Khan) being captain. Its time to bite the bullet and put a young captain in like how South Africa did with Greame Smith all those years ago. Salman Butt springs to mind. Are the players watching cricket videos or Mr Bean videos while training? PATHETIC

  • Amin Rehman on January 15, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Kamran I strongly endorse your views on this issue.I had expressed similar views in my blog on http://www.pakspectator.com/author/aminrehman/ Cricket in Pakistan. I wish someone in PCB cares to read our views though looks impossible as blind,deaf and dumb are now running Pakistan Cricket. Do you remember old LPs with famous picture on it saying His Master's Voice?

  • Abdul on January 15, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Ridiculous.. He always supports Younis who is not worth playing in the eleven leave alone his captaincy. Shahid Afridi should captain the side in both forms

  • Basharat Ali on January 15, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    kamran, You are absolutely right. The captaincy should be taken away from Yousaf and given to Younas and PCB should support him. I been waking up at nights to watch these matches, since i am in UK(11 hour time difference) but i am so sad to see such a poor performance. very bad indeed and captain leading from the front in this badness...

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on January 15, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    It is only too obvious that we need a change of guard in the captaincy department BUT first, things need to change at the very top, with Mr Butt & Co. Infact, we need a change starting with the President of Pakistan a.k.a. Mr 10%/Cockroach.

    Yousaf is a great batsman and his contribution to Pak cricket is appreciated but he is not captaincy material but nor is Younis Khan. Younis is perhaps marginally better than Yousaf, and his current poor form would undermine his authority. I don't see any suitable replacement other than Shahid Afridi. Most of the players minus our bowlers will find it hard to justify a place in even in the Zimbabwean team.

    I am absolutely livid with our complete set up, starting from the top, they need someone like Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday torture the whole lot of them into shape.

    RIP Pak cricket! RIP Pak Squash! RIP Pak Hockey...

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 15, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    There is no point in playing the blame game. Look at MSD's defence on his bowlers for Ian Chappel's statement. Sanga is synchronous with his selectors in thanking them. Shakib has full backing. Will PCB and Pak cricketing fraternity change. Until then its pity on Umar and Aamer,two best Emerging players in the World at the moment.

  • Alnawaz on January 15, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Very true Abassi about Yousuf but u were the one who blamed younusd for his attitude wen he rested himself.. And when the team isnt performing now u take a u-turn?? Well the fact is that Pakistan doesnt have a good captain and we have to accept that. Pakistan is the worst team at the moment and the thought process for developing the team for future is even more pasthetic..

  • David Warner on January 15, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I understand your frustrations, and agree with you to some extent. But not to the extent of placing "ALL" the blame on the skipper. You say the bowlers would have blown away the Aussies but were thwarted by Moyo. Well, evidence points otherwise. In the NZ series, nobody complained about poor captaincy. By all accounts, he got the tactics spot on there. But, the vaunted attck delivered in only one innings out of 6. If not for rain, the series would've been lost. They allowed NZ to score more than 400 in two inning in two tests. Dropped catches didn't help, but great bowling attacks including the previous Pak ones overcame to win handily. And Aamer had 7 wickets from 3 tests, against NZ, in mostly bowler friendly conditions. Gul? 6 wickets. Rest my case. I think this Pak attack, has potential, but the facts don't match the hype. I think projection of fans' hopes and Aamer's age (not confirmable) play a bigger role in the evaluation than actual merits.

  • muzz on January 15, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    It is becoming not just embarrassing but comical - this team/management and captain they want to make sure that every imaginable mistake should be committed and torture the Pakistani supporters so much that we never switch on the TV to watch the match. These are shameless individuals with no pride.

  • Mohd Asadullah on January 15, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I think it is unfair to blame Yousuf for the pathetic show put up by the bowlers. What about Waquar Younis and Inthikab Alam? What are they coaching? Why didn't they send a word to Yousuf on the 5th day at Sydney to change his field placings or bowling tactics? What about the bowlers themselves? Why are they not asking the captain to give them an extra slip or close catchers? Are they too dumb to know about field placings? Do they just mindlessly come in and bowl? I think you have never taken kindly to Yousuf and you want to push your own favorites and we all know your opinion counts in Pakistan as you are among the handful of people who can write in Pakistan.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 15, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    At present despite having the best pace attack in the world probably Pakistan Test team is really fourth best among 4 asian test teams. India lacks bowling firepower but Batsmen are more capable to mask it. Lankans are bit off balanced with exciting bowlers and reliable if not heroic batting lineup. B'desh is turning into wonderful side. Where does Pak stand here?

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Dear Dr, I hope your blogs are read by senseful persons at helm in PCB. I think Afridi takes over the team as captain in all formats. See the change Shakib has bought to the B'desh by his positive captaincy. Whats the point in bowling 8-1 field. MSD did it successfully against Aussies but has n't done it again. Let PCB learn.

  • sumair on January 15, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    yousuf is not a captaincy material.how could a man of 35 doesn't not know about fielding and tactics when he has played a decade of cricket with the likes of wasim and also the oppositions. i cant think of this type of captaincy that is just ridiclous to see, i am 18 and i know where yousuf is going wrong with decisions on field.i sometimes wonder myself i should be there and tell him what to do to help my country win.

  • Mumbaikar on January 15, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I remember in the old days of Imran, Javed, Malik, Ijaz.......anyone of them could have been a good captain. Imran was special, so was Bradman. The problem is that they only come around so often.

    The lack of sheer resolve in this Pakistani unit is astounding. wow!

  • Aniruddha on January 15, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    There is no doubt that Yousuf's captaincy is not the best, but there are many others in the cricketing world who arent the best either. I rememebr people of Pakistan critisizing Younis like this some months ago(during the world T20 initial stages). That time I had commented that Pakistan risk loosing one of their premier Test batsmen by all this bickering. I will say the same now... wake up before the Afridis and Maliks rule over a genuine quality test batsmen like Yousuf. Either you unearth a captain like Imran Khan or stop blaming the captaincy. He isnt the best but he acknowledges the same. He is new to captaincy too and also a reluctant captain. He got the job because Younis pulled out. He cant start batting/running/catching for others in the team. All this critisism is unjustified (as was with Younis) especially when Pakinstanis have turned a blind eye towards T20 hitters like Afridi and promote him as the captain.Dont loose the last of your quality batman in the name of captaincy

  • muaaz on January 15, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    i agree wid u mr kamran not onl 100% but 200%. the series has been a embrassing on and still pakistan want to embraas themselves by keeping m yousef as a captain of one day team....god only knows wht will happen wid pak team in onedayers...i can only wish for the best...or else situation of pak cricket team is similar to iraq

  • shehzad tariq on January 15, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    It is very disappointing period for Pakistani fans as this team is showing all kind of weaknesses whether its leadership, fielding, batting, wicket-keeping and now running between the wickets. This all boils down to our poor domestic cricketing structure which is continuously being criticised by a proven leader such as Imran Khan. Whatever is on the show is the consequence of that poor cricketing structure led by highly incompetent people in the PCB who not only lack the vision but are not even familiar with its meaning. So where the hope lies, I have a question which no body seems to have an answer to?

  • Anees Razzak on January 15, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Spot on! Yousuf must go, along with malik, misbah, butt, iqbal, kamran akmal. New blood needs to be injected. Also new PCB needed with rational thinking. With all the talent in the world, look at the test rankings! Poor.

  • AS on January 15, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Reading the article, I was just waiting for the Spin Doctor to throw in Afridi's name for Captain of the Test Team...How about Imran Nazir as Vice Captain?.....we players like afrifi in the test team, test matches will be over by the 2nd day....whats worse than watching pak cricket explode...i wont spell it out, as this comment will than be removed lol

  • Jack hosnard on January 15, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Reasons reasons and reasons galore but no acceptance and living in self denial. Before the series started ,every blogger from Pakistan felt (and god knows for what reason or logic) that they could take this series 2-0 at least. Well here we go 3-0 is a possibility and so called second string Australia is better at both batting ,bowling (uh hmmmm) and fielding .Just like living in self denial about political instability in the country,the same self denial self opinionated mode,the Pakistani team and fans face yet another series defeat and are racing towards eliminating WI ,Bangladesh or Zimbabwe for that matter. Adios mates and happy cricketing cos England thump you next....

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  • Jack hosnard on January 15, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Reasons reasons and reasons galore but no acceptance and living in self denial. Before the series started ,every blogger from Pakistan felt (and god knows for what reason or logic) that they could take this series 2-0 at least. Well here we go 3-0 is a possibility and so called second string Australia is better at both batting ,bowling (uh hmmmm) and fielding .Just like living in self denial about political instability in the country,the same self denial self opinionated mode,the Pakistani team and fans face yet another series defeat and are racing towards eliminating WI ,Bangladesh or Zimbabwe for that matter. Adios mates and happy cricketing cos England thump you next....

  • AS on January 15, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Reading the article, I was just waiting for the Spin Doctor to throw in Afridi's name for Captain of the Test Team...How about Imran Nazir as Vice Captain?.....we players like afrifi in the test team, test matches will be over by the 2nd day....whats worse than watching pak cricket explode...i wont spell it out, as this comment will than be removed lol

  • Anees Razzak on January 15, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Spot on! Yousuf must go, along with malik, misbah, butt, iqbal, kamran akmal. New blood needs to be injected. Also new PCB needed with rational thinking. With all the talent in the world, look at the test rankings! Poor.

  • shehzad tariq on January 15, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    It is very disappointing period for Pakistani fans as this team is showing all kind of weaknesses whether its leadership, fielding, batting, wicket-keeping and now running between the wickets. This all boils down to our poor domestic cricketing structure which is continuously being criticised by a proven leader such as Imran Khan. Whatever is on the show is the consequence of that poor cricketing structure led by highly incompetent people in the PCB who not only lack the vision but are not even familiar with its meaning. So where the hope lies, I have a question which no body seems to have an answer to?

  • muaaz on January 15, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    i agree wid u mr kamran not onl 100% but 200%. the series has been a embrassing on and still pakistan want to embraas themselves by keeping m yousef as a captain of one day team....god only knows wht will happen wid pak team in onedayers...i can only wish for the best...or else situation of pak cricket team is similar to iraq

  • Aniruddha on January 15, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    There is no doubt that Yousuf's captaincy is not the best, but there are many others in the cricketing world who arent the best either. I rememebr people of Pakistan critisizing Younis like this some months ago(during the world T20 initial stages). That time I had commented that Pakistan risk loosing one of their premier Test batsmen by all this bickering. I will say the same now... wake up before the Afridis and Maliks rule over a genuine quality test batsmen like Yousuf. Either you unearth a captain like Imran Khan or stop blaming the captaincy. He isnt the best but he acknowledges the same. He is new to captaincy too and also a reluctant captain. He got the job because Younis pulled out. He cant start batting/running/catching for others in the team. All this critisism is unjustified (as was with Younis) especially when Pakinstanis have turned a blind eye towards T20 hitters like Afridi and promote him as the captain.Dont loose the last of your quality batman in the name of captaincy

  • Mumbaikar on January 15, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I remember in the old days of Imran, Javed, Malik, Ijaz.......anyone of them could have been a good captain. Imran was special, so was Bradman. The problem is that they only come around so often.

    The lack of sheer resolve in this Pakistani unit is astounding. wow!

  • sumair on January 15, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    yousuf is not a captaincy material.how could a man of 35 doesn't not know about fielding and tactics when he has played a decade of cricket with the likes of wasim and also the oppositions. i cant think of this type of captaincy that is just ridiclous to see, i am 18 and i know where yousuf is going wrong with decisions on field.i sometimes wonder myself i should be there and tell him what to do to help my country win.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 15, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Dear Dr, I hope your blogs are read by senseful persons at helm in PCB. I think Afridi takes over the team as captain in all formats. See the change Shakib has bought to the B'desh by his positive captaincy. Whats the point in bowling 8-1 field. MSD did it successfully against Aussies but has n't done it again. Let PCB learn.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 15, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    At present despite having the best pace attack in the world probably Pakistan Test team is really fourth best among 4 asian test teams. India lacks bowling firepower but Batsmen are more capable to mask it. Lankans are bit off balanced with exciting bowlers and reliable if not heroic batting lineup. B'desh is turning into wonderful side. Where does Pak stand here?