Australia 2009-10 January 18, 2010

Few lessons learned, plenty of homework

Pakistan have been taught much over the last two tours, particularly by a professional Australian team, but they have learned little
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Khurram Manzoor was the revelation of the series, which signifies the extent of Pakistan's failure. His attitude and application in a crisis were refreshing © Getty Images
 

Mohammad Yousuf wants to learn how to captain. Intikhab Alam wants his players, especially the seniors, to learn from their failures. Pakistan's emphasis on learning is admirable, but it is also baffling. A learning culture does not exist in the Pakistan team, an excuse culture does. In fact, the calls for learning sound like just another excuse to deflect criticism from the leadership and management of the Pakistan team.

Pakistan have been taught much over the last two tours, particularly by a professional Australian team, but they have learned little. The mistakes are the same and the captaincy no better. The same problems that existed before the New Zealand tour still exist today. No progress in the areas of concern.

Have Pakistan learned who should partner Salman Butt? No. Have Pakistan learned who is an alternative to Younis Khan at number 3? No. Have Pakistan learned the identity of their first choice to bat at number 6? No.

Have Pakistan's batsmen learned how to balance attack and defence in Test cricket, despite plenty of first-hand lessons from the Australian batsmen? No. Have Pakistan's tail-enders learned how to put a price on their wickets? No. Have Pakistan learned that Danish Kaneria can make the difference against the best teams? No.

Have Pakistan learned how to hold important catches, despite how much the drops have cost them? No. Has Yousuf learned anything of the art of captaincy and leadership, despite Ricky Ponting's masterclass in man-management and aggressive tactics? No.

Australia fully deserved their victory, although Pakistan handed it to them too easily. And that's the crux of the disappointment among supporters. The buildup to this tour generated great excitement, not because Pakistan fans expected their side to win. But because there was a real expectation, perhaps misplaced, that Pakistan were capable of putting up a fight and emerging stronger. Sadly, there was little fight, except from the bowlers until their wings were clipped by the defensive tactics.

The problems in Pakistan cricket run deep and some of them are beyond the control of the team management and the cricket establishment, but is this really the best we could have done? Ponting's Australia isn't yet a great team, even this confused Pakistan team almost stole a Test from them.

Despite the disappointment of a poor preformance, what positives can Pakistan take from this season of Test cricket? Here's my list, add yours:

1 Mohammad Aamer confirmed his ability and potential at Test level.

2 Mohammad Asif is back to his international best, but like Aamer he suffered from the negative field placings.

3 Mohammad Sami was a pleasant surprise and adds useful bench strength, provided he can maintain his Sydney form rather than returning to his bad old ways.

4 Umar Akmal is a star batsman in the making, but he isn't yet ready to shoulder the burden of the batting. He needs more guidance on how to build a Test innings, although who would he ask for help?

5 Sarfraz Ahmed is a better gloveman than Kamran Akmal, but he needs to quickly convince with his batting. At least Pakistan have a genuine alternative.

6 Salman Butt is the more secure of Pakistan's openers and deserves a decent run. He needs to work on the rest of his game. His failings are well known although undeserving of public abuse.

7 Khurram Manzoor was the revelation of the series, which signifies the extent of Pakistan's failure. His attitude and application in a crisis were refreshing. At one stage, he was prepared to take all the responsibility for saving the Hobart Test for Pakistan. He seemed to relish the challenge. A shame that he saved it until the final day, but it was a brave effort that deserves to be rewarded with more opportunities

The one-day series offers Pakistan a chance to regroup and finish on a high. Limited-overs cricket is less of a tactical challenge, although attack is again the best form of defence. The shorter game will suit Pakistan's players and hide their deficiencies. And returning players will give the team a different complexion and personality.

But the disappointment of the performances in this Test series will be hard to forget for Pakistan fans. Their team has not even stagnated, it has gone backwards in three important areas: batting, fielding, and captaincy. Pakistan's approach is a relic on the international stage, ill-suited and ill-prepared for the rigours of modern Test cricket.

Most disappointingly, few lessons have been learned over this season of Test cricket, and there is plenty of homework for Mohammad Yousuf and his men. But the first step is an honest appraisal of the state of the team and Pakistan cricket more broadly. Will the cricket board, coach and captain have the wisdom for such an assessment, and have the guts to do what's best for Pakistan cricket rather than themselves?

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  • Nhi on March 2, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Interesting idicnent in the final day of the test Aus Vs. England. Siddle bowled a shoulder ball to Broad who swiped it between slips to IIIman for 4. Broad took a walk down the pitch and bumped his shoulder against Siddle (twice once on his way down and again on his way back all very deliberate). reminded me of Ghambir vs Watson. Chances of this being even mentioned by the 3rd umpire ZERO!! welcome to fair international cricket Raj

  • P-.Balasubramaniam on January 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    With a potent bowling force like yours you have the best chance to challenge all the best teams in the world in all conditions.

    It was absolutely stupid and dissapointing to lose the 2nd test when the Australians were in the mat. If Yousuf should be kicked for his negative fielding placements then the batsmen should be flogged for not chasing the 176 target. What it called was common sense and who will teach common sense?

    With Asif, Gul, Rana, Ajmal, Kaneria you have a bowling force which can challenge all comers in all conditions. With batsmen like Yousuf, Younis, Shoaib amd Umar what more should a tem need to be competitive, only a collective will and suitable action in the field.

    We have a saying in Tamil 'Oor Koodi illuthan tha theru'the meaning is if cart needs to be moved in one direction all the forces should be deployed in only in that one direction if each keep pulling in their own fanciful ways then the cart will remain stationery only.

  • Salman on January 23, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    The most valuable weapon of Pakistan (Afridi) in ODIs is sent so low in the order that he gets 5-7 overs to play..what a pity, and when are we ever going to learn from anything? its like degrading our own power and not utilizing it. Imran Nazeer is not seen anywhere in the time, and its another most unfortunate event. Above all this, our captian's field placing is such that the opponents need not rely on 4s and 6s, they can take 6 runs per over in singles and without any problem and at any stage of the game...it is provided to them as a free gift!

  • Vishwa on January 22, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Pakistanis keep claiming that they are world champion in T20. We all know that T-20 is not Cricket; the real Cricket is actually Test Cricket. And, don’t we know Pakistan’s position in Test Cricket? Pakistan plays erratic and unpredictable Cricket, and by the time they display their unpredictability, a T20 game is over! Maybe, that’s why they are world champion in T20. They don’t get enough overs and time to demonstrate their inconsistency, unpredictability and randomness in the shortest version of Cricket.

  • Salman on January 21, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    If IMRAN NAZIR is not there in a 50 over match, then I think we have learnt nothing yet!!! This is the sad state of our selectors that are putting the whole nation on shame and I am not sure who select these selectors and board of cricket? One of the finest player in the world is sitting outside and the country is loosing matches, what a shame!

  • Khurram Humayun on January 20, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    First of all i am utterly disappointed on our defeat against Aussies, i also believe this time we had a great chance of beating Australia in their back yard, Yousuf not at all captain material he is mentally very defensive and pessimistic, we need some one who can lead from the front currently i can only think of afridi from the available lot. Akmal bros need to be more consistent with their roles, i know omer is a great prospect but he need to curb his aggression and shud apply as per the game requirement; kamran i think should not take his place in the team for granted. I think our openers surprisingly did better than i had expected, we shud keep the same pair for couple of series. At last we need to bring in new fresh blood, pls stop rotating same tested players like younis coming in again and also Misbah. We need new coach as well.

  • Aleem Latif on January 19, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Pak ODI Squad should be:

    1.Salman Butt 2.Kamran Akmal (Keeper plus Opener) 3.Younis Khan 4.Mohammad Yousaf (Just a player not a captain) 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Shahid Afridi (Captain) 8.Mohammad Amer 9.Rana Naveed (No Umar Gul - he is absolutely out of form. Rana can bat too and is more unpredictable then Gul) 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammad Asif

  • Aleem Latif on January 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Excellent article - Usman you are bang on target mate as usual in reflecting the true feelings of Paki fans and supporters. Just to add few words - Yousaf and Intikhab's statements after loosing the series were absolutely stupidly hilarious. In my view both of them retarded lazy individuals who have absolutely no skills for the tasks they had been assigned to. As a first step we demand these two to be eliminated immediately from their duties if we have to save our honors for the ODI series. For the life me - I cant understand why cant these buggers take advantage of the technology like OZs do - to read the strengths and weaknesses of each opponent player and then targets them accordingly. Paki bowlers may have been talented - but do we have to do with that talent if they only managed to get 10 OZ wickets only twice in the whole series. If Yousaf was lazy and coward then why none of the bowler demanded field settings according to his wishes. Where the hell was the game plan? no where?

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

    They ll never learn anything thts for sure. And we cannot blame them for tht. Look at the leader of their country and tht reflects on every aspect of tht country..... You cannot blame Yousuf for tht type of leadership he is not a leader he is a follower :)

  • Atheek - Sri Lanka on January 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Good autopsy of the test series. I think the problem lies behind the domestic cricket set up of Pakistan. For foreseeable future international cricket will not be played at Pakistan. South African cricket suffered more than this. They were able bounce back in style because of their strong domestic set up.

    Pakistan posses the best bowling attack in my opinion. Try to develop some seaming wickets for Pakistan domestic cricket. The future Pakistani batsmen will be able to play long innings in demanding condition after some time. This will be useful in the long run.

    Finally, I don't think there will be a solution exist for the fielding problems of Pakistani teams

    Atheek

  • Nhi on March 2, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Interesting idicnent in the final day of the test Aus Vs. England. Siddle bowled a shoulder ball to Broad who swiped it between slips to IIIman for 4. Broad took a walk down the pitch and bumped his shoulder against Siddle (twice once on his way down and again on his way back all very deliberate). reminded me of Ghambir vs Watson. Chances of this being even mentioned by the 3rd umpire ZERO!! welcome to fair international cricket Raj

  • P-.Balasubramaniam on January 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    With a potent bowling force like yours you have the best chance to challenge all the best teams in the world in all conditions.

    It was absolutely stupid and dissapointing to lose the 2nd test when the Australians were in the mat. If Yousuf should be kicked for his negative fielding placements then the batsmen should be flogged for not chasing the 176 target. What it called was common sense and who will teach common sense?

    With Asif, Gul, Rana, Ajmal, Kaneria you have a bowling force which can challenge all comers in all conditions. With batsmen like Yousuf, Younis, Shoaib amd Umar what more should a tem need to be competitive, only a collective will and suitable action in the field.

    We have a saying in Tamil 'Oor Koodi illuthan tha theru'the meaning is if cart needs to be moved in one direction all the forces should be deployed in only in that one direction if each keep pulling in their own fanciful ways then the cart will remain stationery only.

  • Salman on January 23, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    The most valuable weapon of Pakistan (Afridi) in ODIs is sent so low in the order that he gets 5-7 overs to play..what a pity, and when are we ever going to learn from anything? its like degrading our own power and not utilizing it. Imran Nazeer is not seen anywhere in the time, and its another most unfortunate event. Above all this, our captian's field placing is such that the opponents need not rely on 4s and 6s, they can take 6 runs per over in singles and without any problem and at any stage of the game...it is provided to them as a free gift!

  • Vishwa on January 22, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Pakistanis keep claiming that they are world champion in T20. We all know that T-20 is not Cricket; the real Cricket is actually Test Cricket. And, don’t we know Pakistan’s position in Test Cricket? Pakistan plays erratic and unpredictable Cricket, and by the time they display their unpredictability, a T20 game is over! Maybe, that’s why they are world champion in T20. They don’t get enough overs and time to demonstrate their inconsistency, unpredictability and randomness in the shortest version of Cricket.

  • Salman on January 21, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    If IMRAN NAZIR is not there in a 50 over match, then I think we have learnt nothing yet!!! This is the sad state of our selectors that are putting the whole nation on shame and I am not sure who select these selectors and board of cricket? One of the finest player in the world is sitting outside and the country is loosing matches, what a shame!

  • Khurram Humayun on January 20, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    First of all i am utterly disappointed on our defeat against Aussies, i also believe this time we had a great chance of beating Australia in their back yard, Yousuf not at all captain material he is mentally very defensive and pessimistic, we need some one who can lead from the front currently i can only think of afridi from the available lot. Akmal bros need to be more consistent with their roles, i know omer is a great prospect but he need to curb his aggression and shud apply as per the game requirement; kamran i think should not take his place in the team for granted. I think our openers surprisingly did better than i had expected, we shud keep the same pair for couple of series. At last we need to bring in new fresh blood, pls stop rotating same tested players like younis coming in again and also Misbah. We need new coach as well.

  • Aleem Latif on January 19, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Pak ODI Squad should be:

    1.Salman Butt 2.Kamran Akmal (Keeper plus Opener) 3.Younis Khan 4.Mohammad Yousaf (Just a player not a captain) 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Shahid Afridi (Captain) 8.Mohammad Amer 9.Rana Naveed (No Umar Gul - he is absolutely out of form. Rana can bat too and is more unpredictable then Gul) 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammad Asif

  • Aleem Latif on January 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Excellent article - Usman you are bang on target mate as usual in reflecting the true feelings of Paki fans and supporters. Just to add few words - Yousaf and Intikhab's statements after loosing the series were absolutely stupidly hilarious. In my view both of them retarded lazy individuals who have absolutely no skills for the tasks they had been assigned to. As a first step we demand these two to be eliminated immediately from their duties if we have to save our honors for the ODI series. For the life me - I cant understand why cant these buggers take advantage of the technology like OZs do - to read the strengths and weaknesses of each opponent player and then targets them accordingly. Paki bowlers may have been talented - but do we have to do with that talent if they only managed to get 10 OZ wickets only twice in the whole series. If Yousaf was lazy and coward then why none of the bowler demanded field settings according to his wishes. Where the hell was the game plan? no where?

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

    They ll never learn anything thts for sure. And we cannot blame them for tht. Look at the leader of their country and tht reflects on every aspect of tht country..... You cannot blame Yousuf for tht type of leadership he is not a leader he is a follower :)

  • Atheek - Sri Lanka on January 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Good autopsy of the test series. I think the problem lies behind the domestic cricket set up of Pakistan. For foreseeable future international cricket will not be played at Pakistan. South African cricket suffered more than this. They were able bounce back in style because of their strong domestic set up.

    Pakistan posses the best bowling attack in my opinion. Try to develop some seaming wickets for Pakistan domestic cricket. The future Pakistani batsmen will be able to play long innings in demanding condition after some time. This will be useful in the long run.

    Finally, I don't think there will be a solution exist for the fielding problems of Pakistani teams

    Atheek

  • Imran on January 19, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Now coming back to the discussion, Sami is not underrated, he started his career in 2001 that was 9 years ago, he has played 34 tests for pakistan as a strike bowler i repeat strike bowler, and he averages 50.73 with the bowl with a strike rate of 85.4, these are the stats of a part time or 5th bowler not a front line strike bowler. I mean come on 85 balls per wkt and 51 runs per wkt, thanks but no thanks Its time to move on.

    someone also mentioned Tanveer ahmed, tanvir ahmed is 31+ years old, He bowls like 80 mph and relies on line and length, we already have a bowler Muhammad Asif who does it much better than Tanveer ahmed. So who will Tanvir ahmed replace? Muhammad Aamer is the future of Pakistan cricket and a lefty, umar gul is the most experienced bowler in the team, plus we all know that you dont pick pace bowlers to start their career at 31 especially with the pace bowling resources we have. Some 1 like Wahab Riaz or Sohail Tanvir should be in the squad instead.

  • Imran on January 19, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Sathish Reddy, you are saying Haddin is mediocre and Kaif isnt yeah right, Haddin is one of the better keepers in world cricket today and a clean hitter. Pakistan is the # 1 ranked team in T20 and world champion in this format, the fact that none of our players were bought only shows the bias and narrow mindedness of indian cricket franchises, Shahid Afridi was the player of the tournament in 1st edition of world T20 in 2007 and although they gave it to Dilshan in 2009 even a blind person knows that Afridi was the best player in 2009 world T20.

  • YKhan on January 19, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    20/20 is a joke and IPL is even a bigger joke. All the people who think big money and politics dont go hand in hand should have their heads tested. I am all for Afridi saying as it is...all this diplomacy is for wimps. Some genius said Wasim Raja and Akram are welcome in India, I say go ahead and keep them! The Pakistani players should bycott the IPL and focus on doing well. Only the IPL will be the loser when best the best stop playing there. Flintoff already started it....Afridi might finish it!

  • the cricketer on January 19, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    No doubt the effort that was put in by Khurram Manzoor in the last match was great. He just did not stood there but the way he was communicating with Sarfraz and then Aamir who made 30* and made a good partnership with Khurram gave a bit of hope that Pakistan might be able to save the game. And I agree to you that we should award him by giving him more chances. This team has shown some great talent like Umar, Aamir etc. But the talent without its proper usage is useless. Our bowling line up is improving day by day and every one is convinced that we have a good bowling attack. Off course we have got a talent in the bowling attack. But do u think that this bowling attack is going to prevail without a proper guidance? Right now there are 2 bowling coaches strengthening the bowling attack. And we need the batting and feilding experts to polish the batting talent that our players already have. Changes in the team will never going to improve but improving the weakness will improve the prfrmc

  • Atheek - Sri Lanka on January 19, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Good autopsy of the test series. I think the problem lies behind the domestic cricket set up of Pakistan. For foreseeable future international cricket will not be played at Pakistan. South African cricket suffered more than this. They were able bounce back in style because of their strong domestic set up.

    Pakistan posses the best bowling attack in my opinion. Try to develop some seaming wickets for Pakistan domestic cricket. The future Pakistani batsmen will be able to play long innings in demanding condition after some time. This will be useful in the long run.

    Finally, I don't think there will be a solution exist for the fielding problems of Pakistani teams

    Atheek

  • umar on January 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Pakistan has the best bowling attack of the world at present, and one of the top 3 batting attacks, yet we cannot beat the top 5 teams. This is because Pakistan has the worst fielding attack in cricket, and unless we make it competitive, neither our bowler's brilliance nor of our batsmen's can make us a competitive unit. One bats 50% of the time in a match, and bowls the other 50%, and so fielding is at least 25 % of the game. We cannot win if we give away 50-100 easy runs each match with consistency.

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

    I fully agree with you.What a pity.The whole cricket loving people of pakistan have been let down not only by the team captained by a mediocre leader but also the selectors & the board who refused to shed their ego , even in the interest of their country, refusing to send yunis khan.As an indian & supporter of sub continent teams when they play others,I was shattered to see pakistan lose second test which even a club side of pakistan would have won hands down.Pakistan now hasbest bowling attack & if you dont win, with this then it speaks on the quality of leader & the batting.there are very good test materials in yasir hamid & others & should be drafted in.First &foremost, remove yusuf from captaincy .If dhoni were to be the captain, pak. would have won the series atleast 2-1.If i feel so ,I can understand the feeling of pakistani cricket fans.I was more surprised at the attitude of selectors whom keep personal ego above country.For one day series, make afridi captain & not yusuf.

  • Naveed Rasool on January 19, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Dr. Wajeeha Zaidi, you are absolutely right and I am in total agreement with you. This is the biggest lesson we should learn not only as Players but also as a respectable Nation. Indians do not want Pakistan getting any benefit out of their country. I am ashamed at what happened to Pakistan players in IPL auction, if they have any self respect left, they should never ever apply to IPL, but I know, there is no self respect left in them. For the sake of $$, now they would eying the next addition of IPL to get a few bucks.

  • Sathish Reddy on January 19, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    The IPL auctions threw up quite a few surprises - some refreshing and some not so and some quite unbeleivble. Shane Bond going @ 600 K was great. Kemar Roach @ 750 K was not surprising after what he did to Rocky Ponting. Ponting shaking was hilarious. Kaif at 250 K was good as he is an honest criketer. No buyers for Haddin - reflects Haddin. Mediocrity. No Pak players was not really surprising. India has'nt yet forgotten the pain. Afridi's antics that he has to be invited with a golden Plaque was not really well taken by the franchisees. 250 k $ base was a joke for Afridi and no takers at even that price was a bigger joke. I think in a shrinking world - assimilation and better inter personal relations are important. But I doubt Afridi will ever know any diplomacy and panache. He better talk to Rameez Raja and Wasim Akram who are always welcome and appreciated here in India. N for all those who have taken the IPL black out as an ego blow - Pls remember it is business. No emotions

  • Coeurlion on January 19, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I posted this on Osman's most recent article. As an Australian supporter, I have read many comments by fellow cricket lovers from Pakistan. The anger, frustration and sense of betrayal is palpable. And rightly so! From those comments, I have gleaned that the current team is a symptom of a much greater malaise. FWIW, here's my 2 cents worth. Make Imran Khan CEO of the PCB, give him far-reaching powers and a 5 year mandate... that is to resurrect Pakistani cricket, from grass roots to elite level. He can hire what assistants he requires... if they be foreigners (eg. Lawson), then so be it! Make it clear that NOBODY'S position is safe. Merit, hard work, passion, excellence and performance should be encouraged and rewarded. Do not perform... you're gone! I may sound naive, but desperate times need desperate measures... from the comments I have read and the Pakistani team performance, times are desperate. I personally do not want to see Pakistani cricket consigned to oblivion.

  • sharafkhan on January 19, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    our pakistan players have been insulted alot in ipl india.which kind of players are they.they dont bring pakistan before money.they are insulting pakistan.iam so happy that they are not taken by any team. just take lesson from younas khan great pakhtun great pkaistani great man.the way he did not show any desire for ipl.it is just faboulas.he dont want money before country. salute to younas.shame on those who dont respect younas

  • Dr. Wajeeha Zaidi on January 19, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    I don’t really bother what are the lessons learned from Pak-Aus series bur certainly there is a lesson that must be learned from recent IPL auction that did not find any buyer for Pak players.

    The Pak players MUST STOP crying, moaning and be so insistent playing IPL if they are not invited. The auction has sent a clear cut message that Pakistan is not welcome so why Pak players begging there. It seems self respect does not exist among the players from Pakistan. Remember, Lalit Modi will not spare any opportunity to ridicule Pakistan.

    Let’s reply to this insult by winning T20 World Cup yet again.

    Wasim Akram must also opt out of coaching stint with Kolkatta.

  • Imran on January 19, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    My TEST X1…. 1.Yasir Hameed / Taufeeq Umar ( Have a Good avg and a good temperamnent ) 2.Salman Butt ( Improving Day on day ) 3.Younus Khan 4.Mohammed Yousuf 5.Umar Akmal 6.Sohaib Malik 7.Sarfaraz Ahmed 8.Mohammed Amir 9.Mohammed Sami/ Sohaib Akhter 10.Mohammed Asif 11.Danish Kaneria/ We would have 5 Bowling options 1. Asif ( Craft ) 2.Amir ( Swing at Pace ) 3.Shoaib / Sami ,( Lethal Pace and Reverse ) 4.Danishz Leggies and 5.Sohaib Maliks Off Breaks …. In Test matches a tear away bowler who could generate pace and reverse is a lethal option so Mohammed Sami is a good option as well as Shoaib Akhter deserves a re call to the National Side . 1. Please appoint Inzi as Batting coach , Waqar as Bowling coach and Rashid Latif as Fielding coach , these 3 have the Aura Records and a great persona to manage and nuture the future cricket of Pakistan.

  • waseem on January 19, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Kamran, Add 1 more lesson.Players are not dedicated enough to play for country instead they wanted to get in IPL but lol IPL also knew they don't want these selfish players if they cannot sincere to their country how they will be sincere to franchise.

    So best lesson for all these players is to when they play for country fight for win and don't easily get out and play with emotions of millions of people back home.

  • M Khan from London on January 19, 2010, 8:04 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, improve your batting M ASIF -You’re good but not that good to be arrogant D KANERIA - Under rated, needs to be used better

  • Bilal on January 19, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Very nice and correct article Mr. Abbasi! 2 things i really dont agree on. First is about Khurram Manzoor. Despite him applying himself and scoring a fighting fifty, he clearly does not have a good technique. People keep on commenting about Fawad Alam that he should be a part of the test team and i really dont agree on that. For the same reason because he might be a good team man, but as a batsman, he doesnt have a good technique and looks awkward. We really need Asim Kamal back but i know its the politics which is playing against him. Secondly, M.Sami hasnt changed. Just because of his amazing return in Sydney, does not guarantee anything.He still lacks control and skill. Last but not the least,Yousuf has really really let me down and I just dont respect him as i use to do.The comment he made after the series said it all.Its all about him because if he had the decency, he should have resigned.He WILL NEVER BE A GOOD CAPTAIN, I can guarantee you that.

  • Mehdi - Singapore on January 19, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    GREAT DISSAPOINTMENT.Have to move forward now.We played like amateurs.Anyways, we need Younis Khan back as Captain for sure,maybe nurture Kamram Akmal as a batsman and let Sarfraz keep the wickets and guide him to become a batsman also.Mohammad Yusuf should be part of the team and also one should look at Shahid Afridi in the test team.Look at the cricketing world around and one will see where we stand from a scale of 1 to 10. Definately revamping required in the team and PCB. Does any one disagree??Kamran your comments please!!

  • Bilal on January 19, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Very nice and correct article Mr. Abbasi! 2 things i really dont agree on. First is about Khurram Manzoor. Despite him applying himself and scoring a fighting fifty, he clearly does not have a good technique. People keep on commenting about Fawad Alam that he should be a part of the test team and i really dont agree on that. For the same reason because he might be a good team man, but as a batsman, he doesnt have a good technique and looks awkward. We really need Asim Kamal back but i know its the politics which is playing against him. Secondly, M.Sami hasnt changed. Just because of his amazing return in Sydney, does not guarantee anything.He still lacks control and skill. Last but not the least,Yousuf has really really let me down and I just dont respect him as i use to do.The comment he made after the series said it all.Its all about him because if he had the decency, he should have resigned.He WILL NEVER BE A GOOD CAPTAIN, I can guarantee you that.

  • paki fan on January 19, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    kamran akmal shold b thrown light years away from pak team

  • Ashok on January 19, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Nice Article, I just hope Pakistan will be back to its potential and roar again. No doubt it has lots of talent in bowling. They need to have good batting line up. THe selectors need to give decent run for some of their younger players like Umar, Imran farhat, Asim kamal, khurram manzoor etc. World cricket needs a strong Pakistan. I have seen their never say die attitude during 80's.

  • devpratim on January 19, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    everyone wants yousuf to drop down as captain but i think its not a choice but pak is left with no option than to retain yousuf. no one in this team is sure of his position except him (vice captain being dropped in the last match). younis has denied the offer, afridi has never made a strong statement in tests, than who...... as far as learning is concerned one needs to tell the pak team that this is learning...u should do this or shouldnt do....but the problem is no one in the team is eager to take it. right now everyone is defending their own stance. how can you form a team in these situations.

  • AM on January 19, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Another thing needs to be addressed. This does not require too many cricketing skills. If our Pakistani players can just learn to keep their mouths shut and not open them unnecessarily, they will not have to eat crow so often. After Aamer made so much of Ponting's weakness against the short - pitched ball and how he was going to target the master batsman, it was ultimately his own shoddy catching which helped Ponting return to form, blasting 298 runs in a single test. It was claimed by Kaneria that our spinners were superior to those from Australia. Well, who bagged 18 wickets against Pakistan recently? Now comes the news about Rana Naveed claiming that Pakistan could even chase 300-350 runs against Australia in the coming one-day series. It is really time someone showed these players the mirror. Have they forgotten that target of 211 against New Zealand in the previous one-day series? What about chasing 199 against Australia in Abu Dhabi and 95 for no loss changed to 171 all out?

  • M Saad Umar on January 19, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    The biggest problem we are facing is the way our people, media, former cricketers criticise young players in the process create an unwanted pressue on the selectors who then have to change the team in every series even on the same tour just look at the coming ODI series PCB has send Fawad and Khalid and Khurram is coming back why?? If we wouldnot give confidence to our young players then how could we expect them to play their original game. This kind of selection will not work because when a new player arrives in those conditions he needs to adjust and it takes time. We are calling those players back who are adjusted with the conditions and sending a new team. How many of us thinks that Khalid will score in every match that he plays their, if he cant score he will be dropped immediately and someone new will be sent on next tour. The inconsistency of selection is because of the criticism by our whole nation and specially by some members from the parliament too.

  • Aussie on January 19, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Ian Chappell wrote that Pakistan have long been the least willing of all the Test playing nations to own up to their failings-i think he had ppl like you in mind when he said this.pretty ironic that u ask for 'honest appraisal' but then end up obfuscating and mystifying the problem with your constant focus on leadership & management when the true focus should be on the lack of skill & talent produced by the domestic structure.I'm no fan of MoYo's captaincy but like Younis and Malik before him-no leader can take a side that can't bat or field & make it a winning side.Pakistan might win or draw the odd game on flat tracks which your batsmen need but expect the side to lose on a consistent basis in the future.Your articles reveal that you have all the intellectual capabilities of a retard.But that is the state of your backward and primitive nation which shows in your mindset towards cricket as well.Pak has so many deluded ppl that the entire country is like one big insane asylum let loose

  • kamran Qureshi on January 19, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    unless pakistan produces specialist openers,develop definite fielding/fitness program and play as a team,it is going to be hit and miss,mostly miss.Keep yusuf as a batsman,bring yunus,kamal,definately change coach,selectors and stop outside interference.Given yunus today,s statement Afridi is your best bet as captain.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 19, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran VHai, Pakistan players are not children so that they should have to learn from the lessons. They are well-matured, tricky, advanced ability to achieve the important victory. However, they only perform themselves to stay in the FIRST-ELEVEN. THEY ARE NOT TRUE HONEST PATRIOT FOR THEIR NATION. THEY ALMOST CONSPIRE EACH OTHER TO REMOVE FROM THE TEAM. NOW, ONLY ONE SOLUTION IS TO PROTECT THE FULL TEAM BY SECURED ARMY MANAGEMENT. CEASE THEIR PERSONAL CELLULAR PHONE DURING THE ONE-DAY SERIES AGAINST THE PROFESSIONAL AUSSIE ONLY FOR MISERABLE BETTING/MATCH FIXING FROM THE BOOKIES. PLEASE MR. PAKISTAN PRESENT PRESIDENT, HUMBLY REQUEST TO YOU, HELP & PROTECT YOUR PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM FROM THE FURIOUS DESTRUCTION.

  • shahid nadeem on January 19, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    listening to Yousaf...typical of us people....so dumb at doing things but so bright to come up with excuses

  • Moin Madraswala on January 19, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Very well put. The only issue is that no one in Pakistan team thinks that they did bad. Yousuf thinks his strategies were ok but they can improve with some time. Umar Akmal thinks is already Miandad (need to play according to situation, don't think you are Sehwag in your first few test). Kamran Akmal thinks that he had only one bad day otherwise he was exceptional. If Pakistan team and the management accept their mistake then there would room for improvement or even trying to fix it. But I do not think they think that there is a problem. Just excuses. I would suggest to Pakistan Management and selection to get stronger. If they selected Faisal Iqbal and Fawad Alam instead of Misbah (which by the way was very good selection) they should not have paniced and sent Misbah to the rescue. He has done nothing for Pakistan Cricket. When they are selecting Kamran Akmal over Sarfraz then don't panic and throw a rookie in mix of thing to make him look bad. He did great.Admit you mistake

  • Abu_KLguy on January 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I am a Paki cricket fan and I would say that both Pakistan (politics) and Pakistan cricket can not be saved. Maybe Obama or Bill Gates should buy over Pakistan cricket like a company and run - will be better run then. Umar performance dropped this test because his brother did not play, maybe was player politics again. Are these baskets really muslims or just have muslim names. Shame! Shame! Shame on their upbringings!

  • Sheeraz on January 19, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Its a very simple rule with Pakistan send 80% balls wide pakistani batsmen will edge it due to their desire to try to hit a wide ball -

    and throw ocassion inside ball for LBW

  • atif yousuf on January 19, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Well after the 2 nd test this was inevitable. The beaty of Pakistan is that when the going get tough they just get worse ! Regardless , I think we can have a good one day team, With Afridi and younis khan returning and shohaib malik getting some form back I think we should be competetive. My line up for the one dayers would be

    salman Butt Kamran akmal younis khan Shohaib malik Umar akmal Sarfraz ahmed (w) Shahid afridi Mohammad Amer Umar gul Saeed ajmal Mohammad Asif

  • hammad on January 19, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    pakistan cricket is in real shambles at present. There is absolutely no way the team, players and officials can improve. It might be good to disband cricket for a few years with such a pathetic performance. They had their bright chances in Melbourne and Sydney, but failed to grab. Tey have become mockery in the world of cricket and are damaging the integrity of the country. Why not slam cricket for few years and induct a fresh blood (under 17) and continue playing with a foreign coach.

  • Aditya on January 19, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    The problems of structure in Pakistan cricket have been there since forever. It's the same in certain areas of Indian cricket as well. Domestic cricket in India is only now getting better, but it's still pretty bad. I think Pakistani players need to play more county cricket -- they need to get exposure to different kinds of conditions. And Younis Khan should be ashamed for opting out of the team at a crucial time when the team needed him -- he has experience of Australian conditions.

  • wamiq on January 19, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    I agree with your analysis.I would like to add that Pakistan need a Captain with a spine who instead of "how to learn Captaincy" can react to any given situation in the field. Umer Akaml seems like a talented batsman but have some serious issue with his overall attitude.Salman butt averages 31 in test after playing for almost 4-5 years.He is a bust.Don't push him to become an opener.Sarfarz is a good keeper.Keep him and if he can only score 20's and take catches and save 100's of runs then i'm ok with that. Kamran,Faisal,Imran,Misbah,Danish,Shoaib,Ajmal, They all need to retire or simply play domestic cricket.They are lucky to play for so long internationally. Bring back a decent coach,Maybe Miandad.Get either Zaheer or Asif Iqbal as a manager.Retain Waqar/Aaqib/R.Latif as a consultant (coach) for bowling/fielding. In the end,Bring back Younis,Asim Kamal,Mohd Wasim for short term.Groom young BUT TATENTED players and rebuilt the culture of Cricket.Imran Khan can play a +ve role also

  • Taylor on January 19, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    (contd..) Asif is a slightly better bowler than Johnson (only just) but Johnson is a far far better batsman. Haurtiz's 53 from 13 v Kaneria's 254 from 58. Can't compare these careers, but going by this series, Hauritz has been far better a bowler than Kaneria, but let's give it to Kaneria. So, that's 7 wins for Australia, two equals and two wins (both of them being marginal, Asif and Kaneria) for Pakistan! Now, throw in the fielding, lower order batting and team tactics and management, Australia wins on the paper hands down. This would be the case even when you compare Pakistan to South Africa or India. So, rather being in self denial, it serves Pakistan cricket better to do a reality check and accept that they are an below-average test side with average test cricketers barring two world class players in Yousuf and Asif. Kaneria could be another world class player, but his team seldom selects him!!

  • alex on January 19, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    I agree wholeheartedly on this. I think the Test team should be Fawad Alam/Salman Butt/Younis Khan/Umar Akmal/Mohammad Yousuf/Shahid Afridi/Sarfraz Ahmed/Mohammad Aamer/Umar Gul/Mohammad Asif/Danish Kaneria. Fawad Alam can bowl part-time spin too.

    ODI team should be Shoaib Malik/Salman Butt/Younis Khan/Umar Akmal/Abdul Razzaq/Shahid Afridi/Kamran Akmal/Mohammad Aamer/Umar Gul/Mohammad Asif/Saeed Ajmal. Same as Test team, but drop Yousuf for Razzaq (have extra allrounder + Yousuf is poor fielder), and Malik is better ODI bat then Alam. Ajmal is also better ODI bowler than Kaneria.

    Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, and the three fast bowlers should be first picked. Kaneria, Yousuf and Alam as Test specialists, Ajmal, Razzaq and Malik as ODI specialists.

    Also think of other talent. Khurram Manzoor, Khaled Latif, Manzoor Amjad, Mohammad Talha, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Wahab Riaz. Better than Farhat, Iqbal, Misbah, Taufeeq, Hafeez, etc

  • Taylor on January 19, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    (contd..) #4, Hussey v Whoever (Khurram/Misbah/Faisal) - Hussey all the way. #5, Clark v Umar: Though it's not fair to compare the records, Clark had two 100s by his 5th test and Akmal has one. Both people had played out their initial careers in unfamiliar conditions. Let's give Akmal's talent some benefit of doubt and lets put this comparison on an equal scale. #6, Malik v North, Malik 2 100s in 29 tests @ 36 v North's 3 100s in 11 @ 36; North has 27 first-class 100s to Malik's 8. Clearly, North seems to be a better batsman. #7, keepers, Haddin v Akmal/Sarfraz. Haddin comes out to be atleast as good a batsman as Akmal (both have 12 firstclass 100s, but Haddin has played less matches and a superior avg) and a better keeper on anyday than both Akmal and Sarfraz. Haddin wins. Bowlers: Bollinger v Aamer, Bollinger 6 tests 27 wkts to Aamers 21 from 8. Bollinger gets this. Siddle's 60 from 17 v Gul's 96 from 26 - equal, Johnson's 143 from 32 v Asif's 83 from 17 (contd..)

  • mqi on January 19, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Srilanka series could have been 2-0 or 2-1 in favor of Pakistan. The slide started from there. It is bad management that has lead the team to the current stage. Too much change/rotaion in the team and groupings among selectors and players. You did have a team to beat NZ easily and at least a 1-1 draw with australia. Pakistan did convert a win to a loss, which is incomprehensible.

    A coward dies many times before his death. The coward Captain died in 2nd test. With him died the players too. That was the ridiculous thing. If you want to revitalize the team, change the management which can bring confidence in players.

    Anyone understand this simple logic, but Pakistan is a complex state. Simple logic does not work there. If it did, we would see a management change just after the Srilanka Test.

    I hope good sense will come into play soon before the one day series.

  • Taylor on January 19, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    My own player to player analysis, Aus v Pak: Butt v Katich: Katich wins hands down (3 100s, 30 avg of Butt vs 9 100s, 44 avg of Katich). Farhat v Watson: mostly equal on stats (3 100s @ 33 avg of Farhat in 33 tests v 1 100 @39 avg of Watson, but Watson has an edge since he is an all-rounder. I think a fair comparison would be with Phil Jaques for Farhat, and Jaques wins fairly, with 3 100s in 11 tests. Now, to be fair, let's compare the best batsmen of the two teams: Ponting v Yousuf: Ponting has 39 100s at 55.67 v Yousuf's 24 100s at 53. This analysis can't be so simple with these two careers, and you need to take into account against which opponents have they scored these. 11 of Yousuf's 100s have come against Bangladesh, WIndies and Ponting has 9 against them. Ponting has a particular weakness against India in India and he has been strong everywhere else, and Yousuf's achilles heel has been South Africa. Now, Ponting has 15 series with 300+ runs to Yousuf's 6. Ponting has an edge.

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 19, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Pakistan is a very forgiving nation, and these good for nothing from our country knows that. But, what they don't know is, there is a limit to every thing. What you see is what you get, and in that series, we should come to realization that we are no match for superior teams. If we are in hallucination, that, one of these players will become a legend one day, then pinch yourself. Legends born in once in a while. From 1950's, we had some like, Fazal Mehmood, Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram. We as a nation, failed our selves time and time again in last twenty years, so what do you expect from this lot. Hopefully, we will change soon, and once again rise up to the occasion. Right now, I don't see any one, who can drag Pakistan out of this mess. And we should stop living in a dream land, and just be happy for any win, we can get. These are harsh realities, but truth must be told.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 19, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    The Australian look unbeatable and after the test match washout, our guys will be again under pressure. Yusuf should voluntarily concede ODI leadership to Afridi and focus on his batting. In view of strong performance of the home team, the result of the ODI series appears to be in their favor and Pakistan will need to do something very special to win the ODI series.

  • Taylor on January 19, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Pakistan has always relied on individual starts rather than playing as a team (except under Imran Khan). Those individuals can win some ODIs for you or some T20, but that's it. Never ever hope to win a test match against a good side like Australia, India or South Africa (See that? India now gets bracketed with Aussies and RSA) with just a bunch of individuals. I can't stop laughing at some people claiming here that Pakistan should've won one or two of the tests! On what basis? Player to player, Pakistan stands no where near Aussies! Do you think Aamer is half as good as Bollinger, and Gul any better than Peter Siddle? Only Asif can claim to be as good as Mitchell Johnson. What do you make of the batting? Any one Pakistani better than his opposite number? Butt v Katich, Akmal v Hussey, Yousuf v Ponting, Shoaib v Clark... Only in your dreams! Yes, you have Asif when he is not doping, but even West Indies have Gayle and New Zealand has Vettori and Bangladesh has Shakib.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 19, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    In Hobart, Australia won convincingly. Khurram Manzoor was the only Pak player who stood tall& committed to deny Australia a victory. I was not impressed by Khuraam's stance. I think a tall guy like him, should stand up and play gracefully like Inzimam. I was certainly impressed by his doggedness. He offered stubborn resistence. For a moment this young hero gave us hope to save the game. He played sensibly and offered valuable advice to Md. Ameer. It was not to be his day & one from Hauritz ended a fine & defiant innings. Khurram's batting should have taught a lesson to Md Yusuf, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Had they stayed in the middle a longer & supported him, the match could be saved & the result would be a draw. Pakistan batsmen show fear & throw away their wickets cheaply. Most of our batsmen are talented to score big runs. The Coaches can analyze the oppostion bowlers & ask the batsmen to play with a tailored plan for each bowler. Defend the good balls & go after the bad ones.

  • Jack Hosnard on January 19, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    PREDICTION : England vs Pakistan 2010 test series...Pakistan loose 2-0....Anderson and Swann destroy Pakistan. Another prediction...Pakistan fans 1 month before series will shout their throats sore on how much great bowling they got and how they will destroy England....Fact : Reverse will happen as seen in series vs NZ ,SL and Aus.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 19, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Australia played a far better quality of cricket and outplayed Pakistan. It was an excellent combination of batting, bowling and fielding. Yusuf is in error saying his team needs to improve in the area of fielding. I guess he still does not get it. Pakistan lost due to its feeble batting and in all the three tests the batting struggled. The bowlers let down by poor fielding,were ultimately removed from contest by defensive field placment. In Hobart Ponting & Clark played well and Yusuf helped them to post huge scores. Victory belongs to a team that can perform consistently during the entire duration of the matches. Pakistan had some brilliant moments in Melbourne&Sydney. They could not keep up the pressure. In Hobart they were on the back foot for the entire duration of the 3rd test. Ponting led from the front & used his bowlers effectively. He strictly kept to a tactical plan & executed it brilliantly to sweep the series.

  • Rajesh on January 19, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    What the Pakistan team needs is a change in attitude. It is just too negative. I dont know of any other team where the coach comes out and criticizes his players during a series. Players have bad days and Test Cricket is about handling pressure. Kamran Akmal did not drop those catches because he did not have the ability but because the Aussies applied pressure and they are masters at it. One cannot forget his performances in NZ when he was under less pressure. Danish Kaneria - to his defence - if those catches in Sydney had been held, he would be called world class - the only Pak spinner to have won a test in Aus in recent times. I think Pak needs to finalize a group of guys and let them play for some time to get them to learn to handle pressure in Test cricket situations. Also some positive attitude from the team management and all participants in this blog would go a long way in helping the talented boys play well as a team.

  • California on January 19, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Yes we are all disappointed especially after losing the second test but keep in mind Pakistan is a good team we just won the Twenty-20 world cup and were semi-finalist in the Champions Trophy.

    Look at India in the tri-series the one game that counted they choked. Look at England and SA both of these teams had dramatic collapses in the current series. Pakistan, as always, will rebound.

  • Abrar on January 19, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    History suggests that teams that did well in Australia had ‘all rounders’, remember what South Africa did in 2008/09. The all rounders that we have either don’t want to play test cricket or were not selected for the tour. Beating Australia has a simple recipe with four ingredients, i.e. your team should be capable of batting (average above 25) till number 9; have 5 bowlers in the team with a couple of part time options; discipline; and playing with pride and aggressive intent.

    Pakistan has a lot to offer and I am sure this team will only get better; we must learn to be patient, take these hiccups with grace, and above all enjoy watching and playing the game rather than making it a matter of life and death.

  • nasir raza dar on January 19, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi in dictionary of Pakistan cricket there is no word of learning from mistakes or from anybody else who do better than them,the only thing they learn very quickly & master in that is to ditch the team,the captain & above all the Country against their own interest monetary or any,after their performance on the tour so bitter feelings that it will be hard for me to follow ODIs.Pakistan cricket need revolutionary changes right from top to bottom,A surgical procedure.

  • Akif on January 18, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so concerned with this whitewash in Aus. It has happened before to our more strong teams in the past. As far as winning a test match goes, it is a serious matter and Pakistan never had the infrastructure to form a team with winning test capabilities. We always won with the brilliance of one or two players so don't be so judgmental of Pakistan Test Team. Furthermore, as I always say in my comments, cricket is a game and not to be taken at heart. Pakistan is always unpredictable in all aspects of life and cricket is no different.

  • Imran on January 18, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    I also need to know why pakistani writers at Cricinfo like yourself and Osman samiudin criticize, Imran farhat and few others. but they say nothing about a proven failure faisal iqbal. Even the only sports channel of pakistan Geo super supports Faisal iqbal despite his poor record. Of course he is in the team because of his uncle, a lot of fuss was made when Majid khans son Bazid made his debut for Pakistan he was axed after 1 test, but no body talks about Faisal who has a central contract and has played 26 tests for pakistan with an average of 26. Just tell me 1 other Pakistani specialist batsman in last 15 years or so who averaged 26 but still managed to play 26 tests and had a central contract. javed miandad was a legendry player but if he continues to help faisals inclusion in the side then he will lose a lot of respect, this is where Imran khan stands out.

  • Faisal Ahmed on January 18, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    3 Points 1-Do whatever but without much more needed improvement in the fielding, team can't win any match.

    2-Afridi is first choice as captain in all 3 formats of the game.After 3 undecided,confused and defensive captains like Malik, Younis and Yousuf and what result they have brought, what is still stopping PCB to select Afridi as capatin? 3-Team needs young and well deserving players like Fawad Alam, Khuram Manzoor, Sarfaraz Ahmed,Tanveer Ahmed, Khalid Latif and always underrated Sami. It is a shame that talented player like Fawad Alam who have proved already his talent in all 3 foramts of game,have been thrown in and out of the team aimlessly. After he performed so well on last Sri Lank tour including Test century on his test debut, he was dropped only after one test failure in New Zealand and was even sent back from Australia. In contrast players like Misbah, Malik, K. Akmal, Imran Farhat are keep on getting chances even after their repetitive failures. Why Sami was dropped again?

  • Akif on January 18, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so concerned with this whitewash in Aus. It has happened before to our more strong teams in the past. As far as winning a test match goes, it is a serious matter and Pakistan never had the infrastructure to form a team with winning test capabilities. We always won with the brilliance of one or two players so don't be so judgmental of Pakistan Test Team. Furthermore, as I always say in my comments, cricket is a game and not to be taken at heart. Pakistan is always unpredictable in all aspects of life and cricket is no different.

  • Naeem Husain on January 18, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, The pakistan Cricket team need is better coach. All players have great potntial and talant. they need a coach who can prepared them mentally to play in any worst situation and face the pressures. Mr. Aalm lacks credential in this field. I remember, when Mr. Alam was Pakistan Captain in the seventies, after losing the tests upon arriving back home his famous magic words were " HUM NAY BA HOOT KUCH SEKHA". And to this day this man is still learnig. The question is when this man is going to learn? AND WHY Pakistan is requiring his services? It is Cricket Board 's responsibility to get a better coach. Pakistan has produce grat test crickerts pick one to replace Mr. BAHOT KUCH SEKHA. I would like comment on your critisim that you alway make tMr Kaneria your scapegoat. This poor fellow play hard do his best to get wicket for pakistan. Do you know that spinners give more runs than the pacers? Why you pick on him? ll never

  • sheraz on January 18, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I agree to Hank....eveybody is blaming Yousaf ...why???Yousaf everybody knows from past is poor captain..so why curse him???its the other management like WAQAR yousaf who makes lot of comments regarding captaincy when he is commentatng.... was he doing????They hired him for something????and having players like gutless players like faisal iqbal ,Imtran Farhat,Khurram Manzoor...is really a shame...not to mention Kamran Akmal

  • Nasir Butt on January 18, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Pls dump these tried and tested failures for the last 10 years .

    Kamran Akmal ...go home shameless loser Imran Farhat : Not suited for test cricket ..dumb dumb Misbah Hack : Thanks and bye bye Faisal Iqbal ..enough is enough ..no balls ..no guts ..stay home Shoaib Malik : who did u pay to be in the side ..not fit for club cricket ..may I suggest gulli danda ...bye Umar Akmal : Hype ..no techinique or temperament doomed for failure ..bro wont be in the team so either play 100% or stay with him at home ..watch tv .

    Nasir

  • DR ARSHAD HUSSAIN-BRISBANE on January 18, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    have pakistan learned not to bow to player power ?no,have pakistan learned to be a team rather than a group of people from different provinces or ethnic groups?no,have pakistan learned that m yusuf has past his used by date?noI would disagree with M Sami being on the list he cannot learn -he really bowled well in Sydney when he pitched the ball up later he started the short stuff again which was the reason behind his failure.pakistan requires a fresh look team we have to say goodbye to misbah,malik,farhat,sami,yusuf(in one year's time),kamran(demoted to one dayers,20/20 only),faisal for good ,bring in new blood and some of the discarded guys ,like ahmad shahzad,umar amin,hasan raza,nasir jamshed ,no harm in giving these new faces a good run they cannot do any worse we need a captain with a big heart and a desire to win I must say we need yunis khan back -I don't know how we can lure him back but no stone should be left unturned.he is our best no 3.

    PS -please fire the coach-

  • ted on January 18, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    catches win matches.of all the proposal put forward by all and sundry is if pakistan caught better in this series they would of won one test and had aoustralia at 4/70 odd not 4/400 odd.WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THERE FIELDING.

  • imran on January 18, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    some good points,Sarfaraz didnt do badly behind the stmups ,but this is not 1960s or 70s where you get to play 81 tests with a batting average of 15 and no test 100s. Pakistan is thin on batting resources and our tail is already too long can we afford to create another loop hole in out batting by picking a keeper who is still not a good batsman? Kamran akmal had 1 poor test match in sydney its not as if he drops 2,3 catches per match, he is still one of our top players in all forms of the game.

    Players like Sami Misbah and faisal have had enough opportunities , they started their career in 2001, 9 years later Faisal aveages 26 in 26 test matches, Samis bowling average is 50+ in 34 tests, Misbah is almost 36 years old now he had a good world t20 and 1 good test series in India before and after that he has done very little,we must drop these 3 now. Players like Taufiq umar, Yasir Hamid and Asim kamal have been completely forgotten despite having a better test record.

  • Q-Man on January 18, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    @ Vineet srivastava.. I DID NOT KNOW THAT YOUR REAL NAME IS Osman Samiuddin(read..Pakistan's fielding caught in a time warp)... what you doing is called "Plagiarism' ..my friend.

  • Faisal from UK on January 18, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Kamran,did you ever make sure that Zardari read that letter you addressed him? bugger him! Firstly, some people are living in the twilight zone if they think Yousuf should be retained as a captain. Afridi is an irrational person and as far as his batting goes he has NEver played for the team. i'm sorry but being from his clan,it is not good enough to say he is a 'dumb pathan'! Overtly emotional Younis, and yes that is a clan think is not fit to be a captain because he cant deal with the politics started by Malik,Akmal and Misbah(these three need to be out for good). You might say Afridi is a world class spin bowler and fielder but can you substitute him for kaneria in TESTS? We are left with the option of a very average player in Salman Butt...atleast he is educated enough to sort out his field placing. Intikhab time is up.he lacks creativity,imagination and it seems that there is no game plan.Every pakistani will admit that are fielding has NEVER been this bad! We need a bowling coach

  • Reon on January 18, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    being a pakistani team fan i find myself heart,no positive point at all ever thing negative.

  • hank on January 18, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Dear Mr.Abbasi , I agree with you 100 percent, my only dissapointment in this whole series has been ,the way it has been handle by the so called great ex captains of our proud team ,I am refering to the Pakistan team Management , Intakhab Alam , Waqar Younis,etc, who were also present at the game and hopefully guiding the team and our new captain about the mistakes that he was making on the 4th day , why were they not involve just boggles my mind ,I thought they were suppose to be a Team , not individuals ,until the day of selfishness comes out of our team ,we will always be facing problems that really could be avoided with the guidance of some more ex experince captains and management on duty , as far as us needing batting coach, fielding coach etc , really we need to concentrate with the management and coaches we have who each have certain talent that can be taught to the players in this team,I pray that we do well in the future cause really we all love to see Pakistan succeed..

  • Raahim on January 18, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    I honestly think pakistan should have won all the games. I mean I'm Pakistani too, but the harsh reality is their mistakes held them back.

  • SHAHID on January 18, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    ONE MORE FOR THE PRESIDENT, WE GO KAMRANS WAY...

    Dear President,

    Sir, as one of the 170 mill. servents of your kingdom I humbly request the following;

    1) Plz Add a test win in your slogan which should then sound like Roti, kapra, makan and cricket mein jeet. 2) Sir we know you had to oblige Ahmad Mukhtar with different posts for his family after PM going to Gilani... but sir couldnt you add Ejaz Butt to PIA, Steel mills, Railways or Wapda which were already ruined by a lot of other incompetent workers like Butt Sahib.

    3) Sir when you don't let the bit n pieces ministers like Amin Fahim, Shirin Rahman to dictate ur leadership then why should cricket authorities allow worthless players like malik and kamran to form a pressure group to dislodge Younis.

    4) Mr. president, MoYo says he is as competent a leader as mr. president himself is. He further says he has all the right to promise things which are not to be. I dont agree. Why cant he attack at last as you did after 2 years house..

  • saj on January 18, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Fielding is not the issue, just decent captaincy. Pakistan are all confidence players - we have replaced akmal behind the stumps, and the priority for ahmed should be keeping NOT batting. The rest will be good for Akmal, should have happened a long time ago, if we need his batting let's use it alone.

    In terms of our outfielding, if we were confident, as we were in t20 world cup, or playing bangladesh, we would catch! People will then be saying, well pakistan are not great in the field, but should keep working on it. We dropped catchnes due to underconfidence, uncertainty, and inexperience - I cannot blame Aamer at 17 for dropping Ponting, he has given us wickets, which Yousuf's captaincy deprived us of at Sydney. What we lost was our balls - lost in Sydney, if we still had them we could have created more chances.

    Our batting may be coming together, farhat should watch out, our middle order needs boosting. We still have quality bowlers.

    DO NOT LET US LOOSE TO ENGLAND!!!

  • MS on January 18, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    If we are to drop simple catches, which Akmal has been doing for a long time or be sooo defensive how can we win. I hope Pakistan does well in the limited overs and people will soon forget this test debacle. Afridi might be a good inclusion only because his bowling and fielding are superb and on his day he can crush any bowling line up. As for people like vineet and others, with all its faults Pakistan can still thrash countries like ind and SA, who are suppose to be no 1 and have superior batting and fielding, just like it did in the recent events.

  • PakiPassion on January 18, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    I disagree on the following; 1. Aamer is disgusting with the hair-do/head-band 2. Umar Akmal is still a smart oaf. He will take a long time to be test cricket material. Watch out forthe plummeting average! 3. Sarfraz will "Never" match what Kamran brings on the plate. Dont be blind. 4. Khurram was "very" lucky to survive that long. Even a novice could see his shakiness all along.

    I am sorry, your writing has a clear bias.

  • Ahsan Ikram on January 18, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    I wouldn't be as harsh as many of the commentators above, but "Have we learned who to pair with Butt?" literally made me laugh, I was like "whaattt???seriously??", I would suggest next time you defend him you should specify how many matches are you talking about? because unlike his counterparts e.g. lets say Taufeeq Umar, who had better avg, fielding and technique, he has been given more than enough chances, and rightly deserves criticism, but at the same time you are entitles to your views, but I agree with many that Butt shd be among the top 3 to be shown exit door if Pakistan really needs to improve, nothing about Salman Butt shows he will ever be even a reasonable batsmen or fielder ...

  • Martin Hook on January 18, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Australia have four 3-0 series wins on the trot now against Pakistan. I think it is pretty damning record. Everyone sings praises for paki bowling but every time I looked up; Ponting was declaring.

  • CricketWatcher on January 18, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    All this conundrum about Yousuf's captaincy - if Kamran Akmal had taken one of those catches Pakistan would have won and none of this hoopla would be out there. A captain is only good as his team, if a fielder drops a catch, what can a captain do.

    Khurram seems to have made a change to his technique - looks like a much more secure player than in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, hopefully he can improve his batting further.

    Umar Akmal is fast realizing what Test cricket is all about, he needs to work on his defence if he wants to get big hundreds.

    Catches win matches, sorry if you drop 15 catches and give away 700 runs because of them you cannot hope to win a series against the best side in the world.

    Really don't know what is the deal with Afridi not playing Test cricket and Younis just opting out of the series.

    Imran Farhat is poor batsman, he should be dropped immediately for good, try someone new, Imran Nazir, Naved Latif or someone else.

  • tony afzal on January 18, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Any team that cannot post at least 450 plus runs in a test match lasting five days, cannot win. Period. Any team that can drop catches is not fit to play test cricket. Any South Asian team that has an innate 300 year old subservience built into the team members in relation to the "gora masters/overlords" must lose matches to them and can only play amongst the themselves. Any innings which does not have at least two 150 plus partnerships built into its innings cannot win a test match. Any test innings which does not comprise at least two hundreds in it plus an assortment of 50's and 30's cannot win a test match. Any player in an innings who thinks that hitting fours only, is doomed to commit his side to losing. Any batsman who is content to take only 1 run when a second was there for the taking is doomed to commit his side to losing. Fielders not giving their all in stopping a ball will yield the match to the other side. Any team not having the mental "kill" attitude cannot win matches.

  • Yousuf Zaman on January 18, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    The only time .Pak team bowling out Aussies was courtesy M Sami.He was given only 10 overs in that innings ,and was badly misused in 2nd inn. So please Learn . Currently Sami is the only Bowler in world Who can swing the ball at 93-96 MPH. He should be first choice and not the bench strength.

  • Omar Hussain on January 18, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    A very good article indeed.But honestly do you think it will any effect on those resident in the PCB?I have mentioned aggresion before and i will mention it again!Aggresion means purging the servile old men of the PCB especially Intikhab Alam and Ijaz Butt and replace them with people of forceful attitudes like Aamer Sohail,Wasim Akram,Javed Miandad,Rashid Latif etc.People who will remind and goad the players of their faults and take extreme steps to rectify them.To allow no inner rifts and to make a young and uncomprising man as captain,a captain who will attack to the last and will strive to win at all times.Probably i am hoping for too much but i have faith in our talent and Allah willing' cometh the crisis cometh the man' we will soon have a brave and unflinching captain again.That said i dare say,though i have a bad dislike of the Australians, had we Ponting as captain it would have been Pakistan winning 3-0.I give you my word for that!Our bowlers are world class.

  • Usman Khan Afridi on January 18, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments above about changing the Pakistani boardroom setup and the coaching setup.

    However I think Selectors were also majorly at fault with this sad saga. What happened to players like Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal etc? They are proven test players. They should have easily been given a chance instead of these clowns sent to Australia. Clearly theres too much politics in the team at the moment.

    I just pray there are positive changes in the PCB set up.

    Wasim/Waqar/Miandad - one of them should be coach. They need a proven foreign fielding/fitness coach. A mature bunch of selectors and a leader in Afridi or Younis.

    Afridi can come handy in test matches with his bowling and fielding more than his batting. Even a half Afridi can do better than half of our current team. Khurram Manzoor was impressive in defence. But we need the likes of Asim Kamal and Yasir Hameed 100% back.

  • Humayun on January 18, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    People ask why not Asim Kamal? The answer is simple. He and whoever wants to be able to play must move to Lahore or at least close by. That in itself is enough to qualify him for more chances than people from other areas, particularly Karachi. Note the difference in handling of Hasan Raza and Fawad Alam as well compared to Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Imran Farhat and others. One failure and you are out, whereas for the others countless excuses and chances till they eventually stumble into some sort of success. Consequently, the person constantly remains under pressure of losing his place and it affects performance. Mark my words, Manzoor will not be encouraged either to repeat his performance and the first sight of a stumble will be cast away into oblivion. Much like Fawad- century on debut in a position as an opener, in an away series, under pressure of a second inning fightback, and no sooner than a poor score in one test, BAM! Out of the side.

  • Nadeem on January 18, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Our bowlers are great, aamir, Asif, umer, Sami and Danish done the great job on the serise. Thier performance was effected by our fielders and specially "Munna bhai " Kamran akmal. Yosuf is not fit for captain. This level of the cricket should not be for learner. We need advance level catain from which junior players can learn, if captain is in the learning process what happened with team. Umar akmal perf was very bad in this test. He also weak in taking catches like his bro. He is not better fit for the test cricket, we need some one like asim Kamal in the test. Best choice for number six. Khurrum Manzoor played brave inning but no one stayed on the wicket when pakistan needed it. Sarfraz is a better wicket keeper than " Munna bhai" akmal. Kamran should be away from int cricket gor next 6 months. He should coached by rashid Latif.

  • Imran Suddle on January 18, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Lets not get too fatalistic here; we have got some pedigree in cricket-look at the teams between 1987-1992; our only rivals were the great west Indians. What do we need to do? Unless we stop playing test cricket we need a short, meduim long term play. The short term play should be to play the best players currently available. For me these would be:

    1. Butt 2. 1 from the u19 team 3. Younis 4. Yousaf 5. Umar 6. Afridi 7. Ahmed 8. Aamer 9. Shoaib/Talha/Sami 10.Asif 11. Kaneria

    In Afridi we have an aggressive captain who is also a 5th bowler. Remember he is bowling better than ever and is a bowler allrounder now. We need also a spearhead; Asif is very skillful but is the perfect first change bowler. Aamer is exceptionally able but he needs time and also support in how to get good batsmen out. I would also send Kaneria to shane warne for a few weeks-he's got the skills but not the patience and line yet.

    Meduim term: Grassy wickets policy; dropping players Long term:

  • Bilal on January 18, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Afridi is a genuine test player. Aggressive batting, deadly legspin and steady fielder, all accounts for a great allrounder. If this was any other test nation they would not hesitate to have Afridi in the side!! If you look around you'll see that all the great sides have good allrouders but only Pak dont. We need a couple of players who can bat and bowl. Also Pak needs to stay calm on captaincy, yes MoYo is not the best, but surely he can learn. Pak can't afford another change in captaincy.

  • Gulab khan on January 18, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Asim Kamal should be given chance, he is better technique than Mohd yousuf. Board shoul give proper chance to fawad alam & yasir Hamid. Fawad alam should be given chance as a bowler too. Please keep out Kamran Akmal from the team. Not his perf is bad he is also developing unhealthy env for the team. If umar akmal wants to stay in the team he should stay away from his brother and gives proper respect to another wc. He misbehaved with new wc in the dressing room just before he came to bat. This effects his performance with the bat. al

  • Sam on January 18, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    People and fans alike should know this:- "The Current Pakistan team lose a test series before it even begins" There's no need to support them in tests, not even if they are winning (recall the 2nd test of this series)...the only test team in this decade, that can lose from a winning position is Pakistan. Now on to ODIs, Pakistan will give Aussies a tough time there, due to the return of Afridi and Ajmal to bolster the Pakistan bowling/batting, note: Ajmal can bat. I predict Aussies winning 3-2 or 4-1 but not a whitewash, T20Is Pakistan will win 100%

  • Dawar on January 18, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Danish is a world class bowler. We could won the Sidney test if blue eyded akmal caught successfully. He drpped three catches of the same batsman on the same bowler I.e danish. This lucky batsman scored century and won the match for aust. We do not need any captain to learn captainship on this level. We need captain who knows well how to handle and win match for our country. In learning process mostly you lose the marches and when you have learned how to win you pass your prime time and time to retire.yousuf is alreadr 35 yrs. Muna bhai (KAmran akmal) has no place in the team. Umar is good player but he has to come out from politics. We have seen his desire for brother over country. His perf was very bad in this test. Sarfraz is a better wc. He done some good knocks with bat in domestic. We should keep him.Khurrum manoor played brave inning. He should be our perm opener in test cricket. Khalid Latif is good for one day, he scored well in his last one day serise against nz as a opener.

  • KAISER MUKHTAR on January 18, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    There've been enough suggestions to take even in these blogs if someone was willing to learn as fielder batsman or captain. What was Mr. manager doing when MoYo was setting defensive field in Sydney? Did he tell captain how to set the filed, now when everything is over he is suggesting that everyone needs to learn. Mark my words they are simply pathetic learners. We overseas Pakistanis when turn abroad we simply don't know field work but we still manage to learn to keep ourselves competent enough to manage decent life out of scratches but how come these losers keep saying after decades of experience behind "we are ready to learn the art" we are supposed to do day in and day out. These remarks make us sick and after every defeat we promise not to follow PK cricket but still hoping against hope we are watching & backing them again but eventually we are disgusted & heart broken. I've seen enough cricket from Miandad, to Imran's 3/0 whitewash of Aus and 2 w's but this team is worst of all.

  • Nasir Butt on January 18, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Kamran all your takeaways from the series sound great but here is my 2 cents :

    Pakistan batting has always been the same , dating back to the greats like Zaheer and Majid. Pakistani gene lacks temperament and reasonable thinking . There is a pathological Mola Juttism in our thinking. That can only change thanks to human genome project. There you have it! Stick with Fawad Alam for an extended period .Let him groom at no:3 . Now , I wonder why this junior Akmal got out with low scores ..disguised support for his pathetic brother .

    Don't sugar coat Kamran Akmal failures ..he has to leave test cricket with immediate effect. Given the chances given to him , he has always been a half assed keeper . He is not a specialist batsman. So much for it ..BYE BYE ..KAMRAN AKMAL...thanks but no thanks. SARFRAZ AHMED great keeper lets stickk with him. Coming to bowling.Keep a healthy bench and rotate pacemen ,given the amount of cricket played these days ,fast bowlers are injury prone.

  • sahil_Indian on January 18, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Even though Pakistan even in yesteryears never had a great batting line up but still they all were pretty determined and proud character and more than their talent it was their positivity and proud for the country that brought the best in them but now Pak batsmen are incredibly inconfident which is also possible due to prevailing situation in Pakistan even though Umar Akmal has been a exception.Imran Khan was the kind of captain who knew how to bring out the best in the players even with limited talent but Yousuf is hardly inspirational and to make the matters worse the selection of players is absolutely baffling.GOD knows how Faisal Iqbal was send?....and haven't Pak got anyone except Butt Farhat Taufiq who are all proven failures even though Butt may have played a good innings but he's still unconvincing.Even though Imran nazir is a risk taking player but still can be a match winner and ofcourse brings in a lot of positivity with him.If most inconsistent Afridi can play so should he.

  • Usman Zia on January 18, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    It was good to see Khurram Manzoor batting for 239 balls although with some bad technique. But his temperament was worth admirning. His one innings was the only one that felt like the guy is just playing to save the game. All the other innings of the whole team looked like they were batting to become heroes. We need to bring that attitude to the team. I agree with Javed Miandad to kick out the players who bring bad name to the country by conspiricing against the team. I will say it again. Younus is the best man for the captaincy post. The guy plays with a lot of pride and passion. As even great imran khan said that Younus plays with a lot of passion and patriotism. We need more patriotic people like him. Keeping him out from the team is a joke.

  • QRK on January 18, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Very well written and very well analysed. I think Pakistan team is never short of talent, but it is well short of self confidence and a whole lot of common sense. no team has ever had a great comeback against Australia with the exception of South Africa and India, both have wonderful batting lineups, but Pakistan almost did that in sydney, but alas did not press ho,e the advantage, they were not sure that they can win and never tried. Its sad to see the likes of Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir having no support from the fielders and being wasted and Umar Akmal having no one to ask for guidance. When most of the teams have worked harder on their fielding, Pakistanis seem to have no interest in catching the ball, most teams convert ones into twos, twos into threes, here we have twos into one and threes into twos..absolutely shameless. I am at pain and at loss of words to express my angst at disgusting performance. I sincerely hope Pakistan win the ODI and T20 matches to bring some smiles

  • Hamid on January 18, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Wanted: a) a modern coach, an active task master, with startegic thinking(Dave Whatmore?) b) a captain with cricketing brain, measured aggression and interpersonal skills to unite the team (sorry, I can't find anyone in Pakistan team with these qualities) Not wanted: a)Too many cooks (get rid of all the extra coaches) b) Players who think too much of themselves and disregard rules, think they can behave as they choose.

    Need is immediate.

  • concerned fan on January 18, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    The problem with pakistan team is that senior players take their place in the team for granted and our selectors don't give youngsters much of chance to groom. We believe in seniors more than youngsters. Our senior players are not winning matches for us, how bad can it get if we play with more youngsters than seniors in the team. We are losing badly anyway...it can't get any worse.

    Also, there is so much corruption in our cricket system that i don't think it'll ever better. Pawwa, parchis of which some of the players get selected in the team has got to stop. We should only include players who can perform or have been performing in our domestic cricket. PLEASE PLEASE someone save pak cricket. IMRAN KHAN please come back and save us from this disaster.

  • Nusrat Hussain on January 18, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Hi Kamran you are absolutely right. I think this Pakistani team with out Younus Khan is just like a team from backward village. Yousuf once a great player but no a days he is just disgracing him self. Also I donot think there is any need of Intikhab Alam. For recent defeat selectors are more responsiable than players, they selected players who I donot think any wiseman will select for a village team. why they selected Imran Farhat And Misbah just because Imran is son in law of selecting committe member M Ilyas. I think in Pakistan there are 170 million better player than misbah, farhat, faisal Iqbal.

  • Naveed Rasool on January 18, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I fail to understand as to why so much hue and cry is being raised over team Pakistan's recent white wash in Australia. This is not the first time that we have lost a series in Australia, we have been doing so quite regularly for so many visits now. Even Pakistan's stronger teams have met the same fate. Until and unless, we do some long term planning to improve our first class structure, the situation will continue to go from bad to worse. Pakistan should follow the example of India, it took India a decade to reach where they stand now.

  • Vivek Narayan on January 18, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan, arguably is the most talented team in the world, but just doesn't play enough cricket, and is in a political mess. Kamran Akmal can't keep for his life, and should've been dropped a long time ago. Although, I am an Indian I was looking forward to Pakistan destroying Oz (even though they would never be able to).

  • Naveed Rasool on January 18, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    I fail to understand as to why so much hue and cry is being raised over team Pakistan's recent white wash in Australia. This is not the first time that we have lost a series in Australia, we have been doing so quite regularly for so many visits now. Even Pakistan's stronger teams have met the same fate. Until and unless, we do some long term planning to improve our first class structure, the situation will continue to go from bad to worse. Pakistan should follow the example of India, it took India a decade to reach where they stand now.

  • adnan on January 18, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    @ vineet srivastava If you do not have any comments to make than stay away from this blog, no point copy and pasting someelse's (Osman from Cricinfo) article. Pity the fool with no opinion.

  • Adnan on January 18, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    It is really heartbreaking to see Pak team lose the way they did. I think first of all the captain is to be blamed for such defensive tactics. He had no heart and played like a pigeon who closes its eyes when sees the cat.

    It is a big mistake for the PCB to appoint Moyo as an ODI captain. They should appoint Afridi as captain while they still have time. Afridi has all the qualities to be a successfull captain given a long run in the job. With world cup coming up next year PCB has to wake up and fire Inty from coaching position without any delay, he is grinding this team into ground.

  • Nadeem Mirza on January 18, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: Right on this time.

    Constructive criticism is always appreciated. It is good to see you quickly moving on and are not beating the dead horse like others.

    Another day another game. Pakistan should do much better in ODI with couple of seniors (Afridi and Younis Khan) in the mix.

    BIG hopes for Aamir and Umar Akmal. They should be groomed to be te stars of the Pakistan. I am seeing future captains in them. Fawad Alam should also be given a longer run. Kid has potential but little behavior issues.

  • Shakhawat on January 18, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Its true Pakistan cricket team needs to do lot of home work, fielding & batting practice, they always being catching and running between the wicket problem.

    They needs sharp practice, I strongly believe curretnt pak team is briliant and energetic, they can take any country

  • Di7y on January 18, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Pakistan cricket always gives pain and pleasure in disproportionate measure. Being a pak fan is like being in love with a girl that always cheats on you but you can’t help going back for more because on special rare occasions they do something truly extraordinary. What makes pak cricket so riveting is that they so there is so much untapped potential that occasionally breaks free and achieves the unbelievable. Pak teams will always be groups of vagabonds, untamed by technology, coaching and commonsense. In essence they defy logic. Losing isn’t pretty but pak will continue to do it but on rare occasions they do win wonderfully and that is a spectacle to behold. There is one constant among all the variables about this team: you just don’t ever know what you’re going to get from the cornered tigers and that what makes them the most fascinating entity in cricket.

  • Pita on January 18, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Simple fact- Any adult who can be convinced to change his religion is not mentally strong enough to be captain of a world class test side.

  • Anm on January 18, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Can't comprehend this: we have been champions of U-19 for so many years and are virtually unbeatable, then why is our national team the biggest bunch of losers of all times? Question: Where is the fresh, young talent of this country going?

  • Ashif Muhammad on January 18, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I think Pakistan lost these tests not because they had young team or inexperienced players, it did play a role but not as much as poor captaincy and mismanaging team. Furthermore, i think it's time Pakistani senior players take more responsibility. It's been always the case that our senior players (Batsmen) will drop their position to bat at 4 or 5 instead of coming at top of the order to open or to come at no. 3 like most world class batsmen do. And as for fieldeing I don't think it is a root problem it is the ignorance to this issue, I don't think our players or management inluding the coach and captain think that fielding is as important. They are saying the same stuff about dropping catches after this series they said in the last no difference. Other teams would've improved where Pakistani cricket team gotten worse 2nd time around ( From NZ to Aus.) I hope that even if somehow Pakistan won the Odi series against the Ausies they don't forget the failure in tests.usual.

  • AM on January 18, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Well I would like to ask the Coach of the Pakistan team (who along with others like him) has been in the forefront against the appointment of foreign cricket coaches in Pakistan: What have you achieved during your reign? In every sphere of activity the Pakistani team has gone backwards. Just saying the players have to learn from their mistakes will not do the job. The mistakes have to be identified, worked on and then rectified. Hand wringing and helplessness will certainly not solve the problem. In Pakistan's cricket system, not only are the cricket administrators ineffective they also block the way of those who might just be able to better the fortunes of Pakistan cricket. This is the crux of the whole problem. Inti's side of 1971 in England and then in 1972-73 in Australia was the first time in Pakistan's history that Pakistan started to CHOKE when chasing winnable totals in the fourth innings. So the blind cannot be expected to lead the blind. Now One day matches? Forget about it.

  • Anas A on January 18, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I agree with you, Abbasi. Great assessment. we all know that it takes pakistan longer time to get up and smell the fish. salman butt, i think found a great partner in imran farhat. all farhat has to do is try to keep his wicket while taking the aggressive approach. bowling has been top notch through the whole event (and NZ tests) but we always lacked one bowler. Number 6 should be an allrounder bowling/batsman. Razzaq, Malik and Afridi - all of whom have a plenty of experience - one was benched in the entire tournament. Faraz maybe the great alternative to Akmal behind the wicket, but we cannot afford to have non-batsman keeper against our wobbling batting at the moment. Yousuf and rest of the management should take this time to realize how bad our batting techniques are. You can't just tell a batsman to save his wicket, and expect him to do so - PAK are not mentally strong. That is our greatest weakness. Actually that's our only weakness!

  • Anneeq on January 18, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Basically, this is how it should be, Intikhab Alam out, Geoff Lawson or Dave Watmore in. Lawson has that Aussie professionalism and desire to win, Intikhab had a desire to look respectable. Nobody in the decision making process had that killer instinct, that desire to win, thats what annoyed me the most!! Hauritz, an ordinary bowler at best, but he wanted to win, he wanted to attack. Yousuf, wanted to look respectable, hence 8 fielders on the boundary.

    Yousuf should be replaced by either Afridi or Kaneria, because both are aggressive players and have that Aussie killer instinct.

    Fielding coach is needed, batting coach is needed. Fawad Alam and Asim Kamal both need to be back, Kamal for his level headedness which of evidently not there. And Fawad because he looks like a good cricketer, making 150 on debut shows real talent!!

    The Akmal brothers need a good sorting out, their attitudes was pants!! Im with Miandad, u dont sell ur nation out, especially publically like those 2!

  • Shaan on January 18, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Congrats Australia for the whitewash! For Pakistan cricket: Hopeless just like the country!

  • imran razaq on January 18, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    How come no one is pointing fingers at inclusion of Faisal iqbal?? That guy cannot play quality bowling let alone quality bowling on Australian pitches. His first class average is 39 and Test average of 26 after playing many tests. How can one even think of him playing for Pakistan? I think selectors should answer these questions, they owe an apology to the entire nation for the pathetic selection. Fawad alam with a domestic average of 56 was sent back based on what grounds? We were loosing because of our batting and yet they sent highest rated first class player back. Players like Faisal Iqbal, Imran farhat don't deserve to be playing for Pakistan

  • Noor Effendi on January 18, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    T-20 is not cricket that is a tulla cricket ,who hits the ball out of the stadium.Real cricket is the test where U get tested for 30 hrs (5Days) where as T-20 is only 3hrs or less.We all should be very honest in making comments if all what I saoid is happening & then they don't deliver .Then one should take them head on.Cricket is run on its own .ONE MAN SHOW.Mr Butt the dictator . T-20 is not cricket that is a tulla cricket ,who hits the ball out of the stadium.Real cricket is the test where U get tested for 30 hrs (5Days) where as T-20 is only 3hrs or less.We all should be very honest in making comments if all what I saoid is happening & then they don't deliver .Then one should take them head on.Cricket is run on its own .ONE MAN SHOW.Mr Butt the dictator.The Jr Akmal should behave ,HE has been made into a celeb by the media .He is not not even close.HE has a long way to go.Needs to learn shut his mouth.M Amir he has started challenging RPonting he smashed him all around .

  • Kas on January 18, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    I'm sorry Kamran but Khurram Manzoor's batting is far from a 'revelation'. His latest attempt to impersonate a quality test batsmen was scratchy, lucky and filled me with very little confidence he can cut it at the very highest level. If you analyse his game you will find he lacks the basic principles when it comes to defending the ball. He will usually come forward and defend the ball with his right leg still in the air (normally about 6 inches off the ground) instead of having a solid foot positioning before defending it. He had this same problem in NZ and still has not improved. I don't know Kamran, i think people with your voice should use it to ensure there are people worthy of playing for Pakistan rather than these sifarishi who are in the team/squad at the moment (Kh Man, K Ak, Mis U-H, Faw Al, Im Farhat to name a few. My cousin who knows Sohail Tanveer was told you only get in to the Pak team if you have powerful influence behind you (unless you get very,very lucky) ie Mo Aamer

  • ruchit on January 18, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I am an Indian and with my bias was supporting Australia. But as a cricket fan I don't want to see Pakistani cricket in shambles as they have been a great cricketing nation in the past. All this bashing and cursing is fine but what is the solution to it?? First of all honestly cricket fans in India and Pakistan should give their players a break. They lost, lost badly alright. It happens. It is a game. Alas we don't treat it as one. Mo Yo is only silver lining in this Pakistan line up apart from Mohd. Asif and some blokes are asking him to pack his bags as a player !. How is left. Blink you miss Younis! or still a long long way to go Umar Akmal? Everybody is criticizing poor rash batting and yet many are suggesting for Afridi's reinstatement!He has been the epitome of rash thinking atleast as far as Pakistan is concerned. Solution: Get Asif Kamal,Abdur Razzaq back in the team. Persist with Salman Butt for a while. Stopping this musical chair of player selection is a must.

  • Noor Effendi on January 18, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    After analysing the problem our Pakistani team is facing is the country it self means the Present Govt & the political enviorment we R living in .We as a nation R never happy & thankful to any thing we have.The most easiest thing for a human being is to critisise any body. I want to ask untill & unless we don't groom the players how can we expect them to deliver. Our Govt is to be blamed for all this horrible & despicable display of cricket .Nobody wants so come to Pakistan & play .We cannot even take care of our own guest who gave us a favour by coming (SriLanka). ThankGod no body was killed in that horrible attack. Now the team is left wide open to be on their own & play.untill & unless foreign teams don't come & play, we will & I repeat we will never improve .Try any thing under the sun our team is going to be like this no matter what .They have no idea how to deliver the goods infront of the public. 2: Stop playing T-20 games in Pakistan that is killing our cricket .

  • mayur kashyap on January 18, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    What had happened to Shahid Afridi?Why he was not playing tests? That too being present in australia itself very few kilometers away. It seems that he was keen only playing T20 cricket rather than concentrating on longer form of the cricket. He is least bothered regarding the current pathetic state of the Pakistani team. If had he been in the team he could have been used as a hard hitting batsman and his legbreak would have come handy. So pakistan got 3 nil hammering from australia as expected!!! So afridi please wake up & continue your BOOM BOOM style!!!

  • Muhammad on January 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I think test cricket is the test of the talent and patience and mental strength of two cricket teeams and their respective nations. I hope we understand our supportors status in being able to handle the stressfull situations. The team showed a poor performance, but would request the whole nation to please handle it with patience. Please, we all love cricket, and rightly believe that we are the best cricketing nation in the world, but lets show the world that we are mentally strong as well, and we have the patience. My beloved dear pakistani's, iinsha'Allah a day will come we will rule the cricketing world again. No doubt we are the best, I know the boys are weak, but just give them some maturity, give them some strength. Love Khurram

  • Ajay on January 18, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Everybody in this blog keeps talking of Afridi. Afridi is only good in limited over cricket , he wud be a big failure in test cricket thats the reason he stayed away from it.If he's in test team he wud get out in 20's and wud be carted by aussie batsmen.

  • Ray on January 18, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Pakistan should continue with Yusuf as captain - he needs guidance from someone like Wasim, Javed, Imran. I am surprised what Waqar's role was, given that he's also a former captain. We don't need two bowling coaches, Aaqib or Waqar, one should do. Good to see Khurram challenge for a spot - maybe he should open with Butt. Pakistan should work more on the basics, such as fielding and running - that was their downfall. Sarfaraz was good behind the stumps, he needs to work on his batting. We should explore a third option as well. @Karl - it was good there were no Pakistan commentators, they are worse than our fielding! Aussie commentators were very good, accurate, some people say biased - I wouldn't agree. I have yet to hear a Pak commentator say, it will be good if the touring side wins!

  • Frustratated paki fan on January 18, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Mr hasan farooqi i jst loved ur comment infact asharful is far better dan salman tattu who has once again scored century just in time dr saab suddenly infact surprisingly took this tuttu as brian lara neways i repeat once again as dis wil b 6th time since da team was announced 4 nz tour dat no1 in current batin line up eccept 4m umar n yusuf shud b anywhere close 2 da team n specially buttattu shud b thrown out of country 4 having depressin baasi curry face sorry dr saab i luv ur blogs so much bt here u got it rong and ALL DA FANS please be ready 4 whitewash in onedayers as da same bunch of tattus are going 2 b playin accept 4 one good thing khalid latif n afridi and i can take a bat of my life dat biggest tattu Mr. KAMRAN AKMAL(da best batsman in da world) will be back wit honour n respect. We played da test series wit only 2 batsman n in 1dayers khalid wil make it 3 can u win a match wit 3 batsmans only n rest r all parchibaaz

  • h.khan on January 18, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    1...as much as i like m.yousuf as a batsmen..he should never captain paksitan again.

    2..we have one of the best bwoling line ups in the world..stick with them,and work with them..

    3..get rid of useless, pathetic, coach I.alam.

    4..bring in.j.miandad coach.or amir sohail..

    5..inzi batting coach..

    6..waqar bowling coach..

    7 r.latif fielding coach..

    8..i think misbah, i.farhat, and maybe sami, should be dropped for good..

    9..play k.akmal in one dayers, and safraz ahmed in tests...

    10..if possible and we can balance the team with s.afridi in tests give him captaincy in all forms of crciket..

  • sivananda on January 18, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Hi guys i am from india.Just read those threads on missing Asim kamal.Even i was suprised why kamal is left out.when i saw against about 5 years i thought he was unlikely pakistan batsman played the very late and oodles time to play the shots.How is he guys is he still playing FC cricket.All is not lost for pakistan,they still have one of the best bowling line ups in the business

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

    Good article! When I first saw our cricket team started to degenerate was way back in 2004. That was right after when our most of cricketing legends were let go in a sort of undignified way. We lost the home series against India. It was at that time I said, "Oh well, right now we have reached the bottom of the pit and the only to go from here would be up" and man was I wrong about that. It seems like the people in charge of PCB or who ever is selecting people for PCB is determined to take away the one thing that our country is recognized internationally for doing something good/positive(which is totally opposite to what we are recognized through media now adays) and that is to play cricket against some quality teams. It may be my paranoia but it seems like these people are trying there best to harm Pakistan Cricket. They are trying to take the one thing that provide better image to the world.

  • Faridoon on January 18, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    From what could have been a closely fought 2-1 defeat or even victory we are stuck with a 3-0 shutout. 1 lesson that all Pakistani players need to be taught is the subtle art of public relations. The concept of not washing dirty linen in public is so blatantly lost on them that it seems they say things purposely to hurt the image of Pakistan. The Akmal brothers are prime example; one was cocky enough to declare his place safe even after dropping 4 catches in one innings, the other self-diagnosing (read feigning) an injury and declaring himself unfit to play. The captain himself taking potshots at his opener for running him out. Yusuf of all people should not be pointing fingers at others for poor running. And when not pointing fingers he was busy telling everyone how he wished someone would teach him how to be a good captain.

  • Y khan on January 18, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    pakistan went down without a fight in all three test matches. im sick of this attidude of its in gods hands or it was not meant to be. this is international sport in which players have to play with pride and passion, the current pakistani players give up too easily. australia were 80-8 in sydney and yet they won - the pride and passion they showed was excellent even though im a pakistani. if pakistan was in the position the result would be 83 all out with the opposition chasing it down in 12 overs. the pakistan side need to look at them selves and sort them selves out. i dont expect much from them in the test form of the game however they need to play with a lot more passion and pride if they are to win this one day series.

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

    Step back from the minutiae of individual selection decisions or on-field tactics and the broad outcome is not surprising. A useful model from business theory for any organization is to view it from three levels: at a superficial level is resources (players, training facilities), two is slightly deeper systems/processes (first-class structure, coaching methods) but at its most profound fundamentals, an organization is about its values (playing to win, the value of grit and hard work, graciousness). It's at the values level, that we fail and the Australians magnificently succeed. Appealing to individuals to save the PCB is just another value failure, a short cut and no substitute for how we institutionally address our shortcomings, both in cricket and in our national and civic life.

  • Khalil on January 18, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    The place of learning cricket is your domestic set up / training Academies & Junior level cricket activity. We can ill afford students of cricket in our national cricket team. They are the face of 170 million people. Can we satisfy ourselves with the argument that they will learn something from this debacle ? Definitely not. People want the shortcomings in our cricket set up / team to be rectified & heads must roll for a better cause.

  • Muhammad Z.Haq,Austin,TX on January 18, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    I believe that Pakistan should take a break from tests,even though there were few tests played in last few years but a record of 1-6 in last three series within a year has shown no improvement or learning from mistakes,I do not think Australia will ever be anymore weaker than they are now,their status is clearly noted when they play the big three(India/Eng/SA)so all this talk by M.Yousuf that Aus are Number 1 is rubbish and obviously shows how out of focus he is,even the aussie press know how hollow this summer victories have been,you can see how toothless the aussie attack is ,obviously if you have no technique you will gift these bowlers with wickets,I am certain that any of the big 3(Ind/Eng/SA) will have made this attack ragged.Captaincy has been the key thing whenever Pakistan performed in the past and a meek and defensive captain will do you no good inspite of all the riches.

  • M.Shehzad on January 18, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Blaming Yousuf all the time is just not good. I think he has dne a good job but after yousuf taking the captaincy responsibility; most of the matches we lost bcoz of our feilding and batting(example. bad feilding let down M.Yousuf in Sydney test, I saw the match ball by ball. Yousuf was doin great but 4 catches dropped on third day made yousuf be defensive..His body language was like after doin so hard work he does hav the team to trust on it..I think if you play like a team and perform together then you can win. same thing happened with younis even he is a good captain but still they were loosing all matches...

  • Mueen Hameed on January 18, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Sorry ..I dont agree with Kamran..I have travelled with Pakistan team more than 20 years ...So I can claim that I have seen these guys including manager with keen interest. I still believe Intikhab is the best choice. Some friends have suggested to replace him with Mian Dad.....Oh...Please do not do that ..for heaven sake. He has been tried many times with hardly any positive result. When he was coach Pakistan lost home series and when asked about batting failure Mian Dad replied" tou main kia karoun...agar batting fail ho gayee hai....main khud pad karkay tou nahin khail sacka na". And in case someone take this ugly decision to make him coach we will very soon see rift between players and Mian Dad over money issue. As we have witnessed this many times in past. Pakistan lost 3-0 against Australia..it was becoz we dropped catches.otherwise result would have been 2-1. Kamran Akmal has saved many matches with his brilliant batting. Sarfraz dropped 2 catches and batting...we know....!

  • Abba Ahmad on January 18, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Asim Kaml (12 Test Match @37.73 batting Averge) Taufeeq Umar (25 Test Match @39.29 batting averge) Yasir Hameed (23 Test match @34.52 batting averge) Why PCB not considering tthese players for test only??

  • Misbah Masood-ul-Hasan on January 18, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Illiteracy has overwhelmed Pakistani nation and we present oursleves as a laughing and taunting stock in front of the developed nations (like Australia), which is very insulting for a nation. The element of illiteracy has hampered every organisation in Pakistan. It is this illiteracy that has induced instability and destructive politics in every aspect. The captaincy issue can only be sorted, if a captain is literate enough to possess or develop not only a cricketing mind; but the ability of team-management or man-management. To put it simply, we are constantly ignoring the basics and the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) of playing cricket and we are getting the result in the form of surprising moves by selection committee and team management, inappropriate and lack of thoughtful captaincy, evident/obvious flaws in our batsmen's techniques, lack of consistent and thoughtful bowling and none the less, fielding (as we have witnessed in New Zealand and Australia).

  • Asad on January 18, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Asad from USA.

    You are 100% correct- Kamran Bhai. Are you sure - they will learn. I know human being learn till death.. After spending so many years in cricket arena - don't you think the learning process so so slow. What about management and coach -they should learn too. Actually Pak need a leader like The Great I. Khan; I know the leader like him comes after decades & decades. I wonder nobody is there... at least to copy him A Bit... If the present leadership continues; Pak will lose ODI series too by sure. May God bless the Pak team.

    Mohammad Asad.

  • M KHAN on January 18, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    M Yousaf, if u have any shame/decency and respect for the great PAK nation, u should immediatley pack your bags from not just captaincy but also as player. For someone of your experience, ur captaincyu was so negative, so unimaginative - u were so scared and lacked courage and conviction. Then u have the cheeks to say that we played ok, slag your own players in middle of match and say that your team did better than previous teams sent to Aussie land. u don't seem to have a mindset of succesful captains with courage and fearless attitude like Imran, ponting or martin crowe. First sort out your mind and your self and analyze yourself before slagging off your own players and past PAK teams. As a muslim myself, personally I think u r embarrasement to muslims that you so in apperance shgow up to be muslim but the way you captained was like your God was fear and defeat. If u want to carry on humilating yourself, then atleast cut that beard off.Big mistake if u will captin ODI.

  • Aseem Akbar on January 18, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Disappointing and heartbraeking,nobody expected them to beat Australia in Australia,but they never put a fight,over and above gave away Sydney test(I cant believe it) they will not get a better chance of beating Aussies in Australia, one should learn the art of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory from our team ,as a nation we dont learn from our mistakes what to talk about cricket team,anyway what is gone is gone I will say only two things 1. Get rid of the corrupt,Sifarshi people from the PCB,get rid of parchi system,give charge to peaople who are young and with new ideas especially senile and demented coach who sits there like a stone,give Selection comittee a free hand not influenced by the chairman of cricket board or for that matter any body. 2. We need a good leader and in my opinion Afridi is the best choice ,he is young and most importantly attacking,he should be leading in all the formats (Test,ODI ans T20).

  • Misbah Masood-ul-Hasan on January 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    First of all "there is nothing in cricket playing away from your body - be it batting, fielding and bowling - body is used to navigate the ball". I have witnessed this flaw very frequently in Pakistani cricketers when I saw highlights of the tour proceedings both in New Zealand and in Australia. Second, it was good in a way regarding Pakistan cricket team's repeated dismal performances because the more you win the less you pay attention on overcoming your weaknesses. This is a natural tendency of human behaviour. Third, one should not expect Pakistan's victory with the currently selected fragile batting line-up (to mention the least). If the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik are to be given repeated chances then, what is wrong with recalling the discarded players like, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwer Ali Khan, Riaz Afridi etc. - whose profiles justify their selection. Consult cricinfo's "Statistics" section.

  • zahid malik on January 18, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    our managment should look the problems of the team and try 2 solve as quickly as possible.first they should consider younis as a captain again as yousef cannot control the team as well as defencive approch cost pakistan a test at sydney. yousef is our no one batsman and he cannot score also as a captain.we need strong captain who can take hard decions and i think younis has this ability. secondly cricket board should pay according 2 performance not on seniority bases.thirdly they should arrange some thing to improve fielding specially catching. in one day series our team will perfoorm better inshallah but they have to work really very hard and forget what happened in tests.

  • Anas Fazal on January 18, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    How many times do i have to read such wishing articles. When will the day come when the moral of such articles would be the achievement form past mistakes and regrets. I really doubt will any near by future... My prayers and wishes will always be with my countrymen, hoping that they will one day proof themselves to our deserving expectations...

  • Emad Din on January 18, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Yousuf should not be captain! Everything about him suggests a man who is too timid and unconfident to lead a team. No matter how good of a bowling attack you have, you can't just blast people out, you have to "think" them out. Yousuf is completely daft in that regard. He has no idea how to employ quality seamers like asif and aamer. And now, he's asking for help. Isn't there a no.1 rule of leadership that says don't show weakness?

  • tariq saeed on January 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    the basic problem is lack of a coach who has the vision and energy to harness the talent that is being wasted. inti is too old to deliver that. it is imperative to get rid of him asap.

  • Muhammad Jehanzeb Peshawar on January 18, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I think after sydeny debacle yousuf should forget about captaincy and should concentrate on his own batting form which is looking eminent in his batting.His deffenssive approach and lack of tactics really costed pakistan team of wining matches.There is no sign of improvment in the team perfomance batting was at its worst.fielding was pathatic and bowling too was looking ordinary at times.I would like to point out Danish Kanaria i think we have seen much of him now we dont need a spinner who takes 3 or 4 wickets costing 200 and taking wickets when the opposition is thinking about declaring innigs here we have missed the trick by not selecting Shahid Afridi as he is the most dangrous spinner in world now even the best like Aussies have finded hard to takle him and that was seen in abudhabi and in dubai where he really bamboozled the aussies with his varities.He is in his supreme form of bowling and pakistan should take advantage of it.I think they shuld appoint him captain now not late.

  • Abdul K Hussain on January 18, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Agree with you on Manzoor, I think a specialist batting coach should tighten up his technique a bit, but I think mentally he is a fighter and that is not a bad thing. Do not agree on Sami at all, one decent spell does not make a summer. There are better alternatives at home. But the holes are so big I can only begin how long it will take to plug them

  • Usama Ahmed on January 18, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    A very well balanced article,the thing that concerns me the most is when you say "Pakistan's approach is a relic on the international stage". Poor fielding & poor captaincy can be corrected by the change of personnel or increased effort but a culture of timidity and lack of expression is very dangerous as it will and it is leaving us behind the rest of the world. A common fear in Pakistan is that we are a country which is not moving along with the rest of the world in fact we are going backwards, unfortunately the same can safely be said about the cricket. The reason for our success was sheer talent mixed with sheer aggression, take one away and the team will collapse. I honestly dont know what needs to be done in the PCB or the players but what is happening has to stop or we will be at the bottom of the heap as a test cricket team, on a second thought we pretty much are there.

  • M.Tahir from springfield on January 18, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    An admirable innings from khurram.Maybe we have found a solution to open tests with Butt.U have to admire the grit and determination he played with.If only half of our earlier batsmen(including THE GREAT YOUSUF..who keeps on complaining about 20/20..keeps getting out in tests as if he has atrain to catch "FAILUREVILLE")we would have easily saved this test.I think the formula against Australia next time we play tests is "pack the team with batsmen or allrounders till no.9..Amir batting at 10." I dont care how good our bowling attack is we will never get them out twice.They will always declare setting us a target.Our pathetic batting needs to go way down till no.9.Only then we may be able to win or salvage some pride through a draw.Now for the one dayers...Since Mr.Yousuf is not gonna give up his captaincy then he needs to really listen to his deputy(Afridi)...AND I MEAN REALLY LISTEN.May GOD save us from defeat because I know YOUSUF WON"T...Khuda Hafiz.

  • P Subramani on January 18, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    My team would be, Fawad Alam,Shoaib Malik,Younis Khan,Md Yousuf,Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi,Sarfaraz Ahmed,Md Aamer,Umar Gul,and Md Asif and Danish Kaneria. There are a couple of fine players in the under 19 who should be brought in shortly. They seem to be good fielders as well. They are Usman Qadir and Babbar. They might also have the desired discipline level to be part of a very good team. They should never have a foriegn coach because of the inevitable problems of communication. You need someone like Mudassar Nazar to be the coach. I am not saying only him but someone with his temperament. Pakistanis do not like anyone who seems colonial in his approach. They need someone who is paternal in his attitude and commands respect as a player. Another thing is that once the players get the security of the IPL, they should have something bigger to motivate them. Perhaps some control may be necessary. This is worth looking at as well

  • Uetian31 on January 18, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Damnnn shammmmeeeeee!!! ICC should take away test status from pakistan!!!!

  • kazim on January 18, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Pakistan performance in this test series was predictable,their performance in the three test matches highlights the state of Pakistan's cricket.Ian Chappel in a article on cricinfo made some very interesting comments on the present team,commends that the PCB would do well to read and understand.This series has been a disaster in every sense of the word,the woeful batting and fielding display,not least the captaincy has been unbelievable.Pakistan needs to regroup,make some drastic changes to personnel,both players and coaching staff,and get ready for Austalia,and England in July.To be fair they did compete in certain stages of the test series,not only in Australia,but in Sri Lanka,and New Zealand as well,but fell short because of their batting and out cricket.

  • RAO on January 18, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Sadly because of our habbit of excepting low standards we are into this embarassment. A player scores 50 (specialy against India) will be driving a new Toyota or Suzuki next day. Players like Shahid Afridi is a good example. He would never made it to national side if he was in Australia or SA. BCCP does not put any emphasis on leadership and personality building. Imran Khan worked on his own. Players are picked up from very poor domestic cricket and thrown into national side and are then asked to improve basics. Shoaib Malik's bowling action was scrutnized while has was international cricket, why was it not corrected in domestic. Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Danesh Kaneria are very very poor fielder and non of them are true match winners for Pakistan yet they are in the National team. Nothing will change, BCCP and Pakistan team is a hopelsss case.

  • Hussnain on January 18, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    What to say and how to show disappointment, I always believe that the current socio political situation existing in the country directly reflecting on our games as well. Lack of education of our great players, making them unable to learn new techniques, can one imagine that after playing cricket for more than 10 years our key players do not know what is the mood of the game. More disappointing is the attitude of hte new players, you need a leader like Imran Khan who can teach young players how to represent your country and what is the importance of playing for your country. Are we saying that in this country full of talent we could not be able to find out even 10 good managers who can run cricket. Rise Pakistan!!! We love our Country.

  • TJ on January 18, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Give Credit to Australia for their victory.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 18, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    "Have Pakistan learned who should partner Salman Butt?" I really love your undying loyalty to Salman Butt, the Muhammed Ashraful of Pakistan and scored a century just in time ... after running out the only two in-form batsmen. You are pathetic Mr. Abbasi.

  • Quaid on January 18, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor did really well. I like how he advised Aamer after each ball, the aspect lacking in all other batsmen(Yousaf, Butt, Farhat, Malik). In the end, if Aamer would have done, what Manzoor did, we might have delay this defeat a bit more. Pak team needs a long run in this Test world with no much changes of players & captain. In captain, they have no choice, so bear Yousaf.

    It is good to analyse after this series, but I request you Kamran Sb. to suggest some tips to Pakistan Team before ODI series. It is easy to look into past, so better that you & other media write your suggestions for them right now.

  • WOOOOO on January 18, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! pakistan will always be number one for me no matter what and you others better not forget it and leave your team hanging !!!!!!

  • Dr Omar Khan on January 18, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Nice article and summary. Also, 1. PCB must ensure that the general education standard of every Pakistani player improves. The academy needs to take steps to educate these players, develop media skills, writing skills etc. Who's ensuring the education of Hasan Raza, Mohd Aamer, Umar Akmal? These can only be the future ambassadors of Pakistan if we groom them to be that, build confidence and help them understand that failure on field is not failure in life, so they lose the fear of failing. 2. I disagree that the players don't have test mentality. Aren't these the players that have played domestic seasons where the games are 2 innings each, 4+ days long? If we agree then it's either of two problems: a. selectors didn't pick the players who could play long innings or b. we're not cultivating the attitude at that level, and players are being rewarded for how hard they can thrash the ball. 3. we have to acknowledge that we didn't pick batsmen who can adjust to bouncy wickets.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on January 18, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!Pakistan always had and has a lot to offer BUT please tell me how can you teach some one to learn to lead at this level? Yousaf said he is willing to learn to lead?what? In 1992, Pakistan was world champion of Cricket, Hockey, Snooker and Squash without any proper coaching and academies, I honestly think that the problem is some where else. I think its more of an attitude problem, Pakistan played for loosing and Australia played for winning. Its a shame loosing in such manners gives a freedom to Ian Chappel to write about advnatages and disadvantages of home umpiring. As if we dont know what has really happened in the past. Australians are #1 in sledging and cheating in cricket history.Pakistan was the first nation to introduce neutral umpires. I still believe we had better cards than Austarlia, we just did not know how to use them, to single out a reason is Ponting groomed as a captain and Pakistans Captains and PMs keep changing more frequently than you change undies.

  • Ghaus on January 18, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Sami was missed and should definitely have been in the third test. His pace, aggressive attitude and excellent fielding was the big contribution in the Sydney test. He seems to be an excellent bowler now and should replace Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan in one day matches. He should be prepared for the world cup team. ASIM KAMAL should be included in the future test team. Our main problem was the improper selection of the player for tests. Also the selection of players for one day matches is absurd. Sami should be brought in immediately. Only proper selection and good fielding will make team better.

  • waqas on January 18, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Pakistani taught only one lesson and it is that they are shameless and they are pieces of a tree whoes branches will never unite....

  • Khawaja on January 18, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I have been reading your articles for a long time, and to be honest they are quite accurate in portraying the reality of our Pakistan team. I think the most important of your article would be to focus on this line "Will the cricket board, coach and captain have the wisdom for such an assessment, and have the guts to do what's best for Pakistan cricket rather than themselves?"" I think we can all dare to say that politics has played a big role in our love for cricket, as well as in the 2nd test in this series; frankly i believe most Pakistanis would agree with me in saying that the 2nd test effort by Pakistan was tampered with. The PCB need to sort out what's right for the team, reputation as a world class side and in choosing the right players for the side, and put aside there issues with "bets" and "money". Hopefully, they can get it all right in the ODI and T20 matches, ive bought my tickets to the T20 in hope for a honest and tough match between the two sides.

  • sharaf on January 18, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    sir despite learning our batsman,s are forgeting their bating as u look at umar akmal that he is agressive batsman.and he is forced to be defensive thats why he is failing not scoring.let him play his natural bating. as the great experts were saying before the australia series that they need younas khan our selectors i dont know why did not sent him.it,s out of our mind.whether there is politics going on.or personel issue with younasbut you have to bring pakistan before those issues.but they did not.yousaf saying before 2nd test send younas they dont listen why at last why.once they were saying let him be in form that did not hapened team mangment want younas khan again.they again avoided that saying that the team balance is disturbing.tell me selectors what is the team balance.is losing the team balance since this kind of selectors and old experts are there the team cant progress.

  • zulfiqar on January 18, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    All said and done we are deeply hurt and disappointed but this is not the end of the world.We must continue to support the team they will bounce back.It is not about the indivisual player but of whole nation engage in battle of survival.we need to be patiant with the cricket team.

  • vineet srivastava on January 18, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    two run-outs in Hobart pole-axed their reply, but the malaise goes beyond just bad judgment and indecisiveness.

  • Ehb on January 18, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Its time pakis team to play only with either Bangladesh or Zimbabve. After the pathetic performance from aus they can only compete with minows. They already spoiled the image of pakis by playing irresponsible cric. So its time for them to play with only banga and zimb and not even drem of playing with big teams like Aus,SA,Ind etc. Your time is up to compete in healthy compititions.

  • vineet srivastava on January 18, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    It wouldn't be much different from the earliest such diaries Abdul Hafeez Kardar wrote in the 50s, replete as they were with accounts of endless dropped catches, written off as if they were somehow collateral damage in the great battle to be a good Test side. That's how little they have progressed over fifty years; mind you, no system of governance has been settled upon in that time, so what is fielding? This team management's response, day after day, dropped catch after dropped catch, has been Luddite-headed and revealed an old, passé vision. 'What will a specialist fielding coach do? The same thing we are doing. This is a grassroots problem.' What Pakistan does in its fielding and catching drills is actually very little other than throw up high balls for players to catch and standard slip-catching routines.

  • afsar on January 18, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan players don't have a winning attitude, unprofessional and no work ethic at all. They looked lazy and slow on the field, extremely negative body language. Pakistan team have never learned in the past and will never learn in the future

  • Ali on January 18, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Pakistan's biggest problem now is their captaincy. People have won big things with the weak teams e.g Imran Khan 1992 worldcup and as a matter of fact Younis khan with T20 Worldcup. We lost solely due to captaincy. Sydney Test was the worst captaincy test cricket would ever see. Agreed kamran akmal dropped catches but the next day australians were 80/8 and thats where pakistan lost the match. All blame was thrown at kamran akmal and resulted in his sacking. Iam not backing Kamran but Yousaf should have been delt sewerly. And in this Hobart Test he gets himself runout and says " Everyone knows He(Salman) is a slow runner"...A captain doesnt sound like that...Its just the captaincy nothing else..rest the positives you mentioned i agree to you!!!

  • vineet srivastava on January 18, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    They were the last side to pick up as basic a fielding skill as the slide, or the outfield relay throw. And even now they do them with all the ease of a couple on a blind date. Nobody hits the stumps with less frequency than them. This is science, but not that of rockets. Every side in the world has bettered itself as fielding standards generally have gone up from the 90s. It used to be a deeper scar across the subcontinent. But the breadth of change across India has been vast and it has taken in fielding; Bangladesh - a child of the 90s - has never been bad to begin with; Sri Lanka have made the biggest, most impressive strides. Pakistan? On their best days they have remained as poor as they have been always, on their bad days they have gotten worse. If someone were to write a tour diary of Pakistan's last three trips, to Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia,

  • khurram on January 18, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    U r mistaken here Mr. Abbasi....dont trust on butt, khurram and else. they are loosers as they dont have the real technique. Mark my words within the span of 5 tests from now you will be asking their removal from squad once they were given chances. We need a new batting line, they are not learners but wasters. A whole lot of our generation is going to be wasted. no yk no afridi we should and must look forward for fresh kids.

  • vineet srivastava on January 18, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    The broad point is often made in Pakistan that the world seems to be passing the country by. The extent of it can still be debated, but that the cricket world has long since left Pakistan behind cannot be.

    This series, in the eyes of evolution, has been man grappling ape, mobile phones battling message-carrying pigeons. Australia, even this lessened, beatable Australia, has been at least a civilization ahead of Pakistan. There is not a cricket-playing country in the world as backward and as resistant to not just modernity but simple, natural progression as Pakistan.

    This retardation pours out from their every pore, but it fairly gushes out when it comes to fielding. No side in the world is worse than Pakistan in the field, absolutely no side. It isn't just that they drop sitters, or are slower and stiffer in the field than the beings of a cemetery, though dropping nearly 30 catches in six Tests is bad enough.

  • Tahir M. Mian on January 18, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    You are so right.I think that most important is the confidence of sticking it out there & win.The Pakistan Team can use is so badly

  • Naim Khan on January 18, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Two words: "Yousaf out". End

  • Muhammad A. Dalvi on January 18, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    I dont agree with point 3 & 6. I firmly believe that all ICL players should not given chance after the prefer money over country & Yousuf is no exception. Yousuf is not captain material & he should realize that. I am not sure but I think that Asim Kamal open inings for his domestic side & keeping in view of his solid batting technique he should be given a FAIR chance in the team. Younis should be called back as he has enough rest. The best thing which we have learned from this lost series is Kamran Akmal is way behind the term of wicketkeeper. His sacking has given a good relief, atleast to me. Please bring in Shahid Afridi as he brings aggression with him which was simply missing in this tour. Last but not the least, please make these old boys learn how to catch? If we have taken our chances the result would be other way round.

  • Karim on January 18, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Kamran: Whatever happened to Asim Kamal and what is keeping Pakistan selectors from playing him? From what I remember he had a pretty solid technique, good temperament and applied himself well. Can you please comment in this regard?

  • Imran Zia on January 18, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    What is most concerning about this series was the lack of intensity and gutless display showed by our batsmen. Except yousuf and umar akmal almost all the players were playing to cement there place and none were there to win. Scoring a fifty means you will play the next game and whereas the aussies were choking to make another century we managed to get out in the fourties. to match ricky ponting double ton we have a hundred to boast. that is all we could manage 50 % of what australia did in terms of scores commitment and resolve.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 18, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Excellent article Dr. Truly Umar still in his infant stage of International cricket should not be expected too much. Same with Aameer who but has seem to have jumped to adoloscent stage bypassing Neonates to School goers. These are only positives apart Kaneria and Asif.

  • Sohail on January 18, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    I am an ardent Pakistani fan. I refused to give up my sleep to watch the last test. It reflects on my frustration. If we continue like this there will be no fans left to cheer this team. The coach must be removed, you need somebody with spark, modern thoughts and aggressive attitude. Where was he when misplaced defence plans were executed. Unfortunately seniority is not my right to be captain. Yousef can never be a great captain. Yes you learn with time but it comes natural from within. A leader is obvious from the begining. The board is a disaster. I cannot understand why Afridi is not captaining the one day side. He is the best choice and remember the world cup is next year! Please use wisdom, plan from now. The selection has alot to say. It is hard to understand that the slots available do not have appropriate selections. It is time to stop favouritism, wake up to the reality. we are fed up with excuses. Any individual in the team has to learn to be a Pakistani first and a team man

  • nasir on January 18, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    you are wirght, but it is the nationwise our problem, that we are not capable to accpt good things. We are thinking in negtive way mostly. We need some postive changes in our complete structure and for this we have to start from top means chairman. earlier Mr. Nassim Ashraf was a very good and professional person to handle such things, and he tried some good things, but our internal politics had not allowed him to stay long and to help and serve for better to our board. If you analysis the pakistanis full test series you will find that some time most of our people got out because of worong shot selection or sometimes due to pressure we throw our wickets. We have talent but we need to utlize that properly. It is not only the mistake of Yousuf, everyone has to work on himself to improve their performance as per the situation. as you are telling that Yousaf is applied bad tecnique, somehow its correct but you have to see that sometimes these kinds of tactics will help you then

  • Altaf-Ur-Rahman on January 18, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Thanks Kamran for pointing out the flaws of the present pakistani team, We are so disguested with Yousuf's lousy & depressive captaincy, Please for haven sake bring Afridi back as captain for all formats of the game (Test, One Day & 20,20)otherwise Pakistan team will be completely drown by the two defensive & primitive approach men (Inty & Yousuf), If a captain says he is satisfied with the performance of the present pakistani team, he should be kicked out, he is tarnishing the image of my country, He wants to learn at the age of 35, he should plan his exit

  • Danish Rizwan on January 18, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Well, at this point of time every body is blaming Mohammed Yousuf for his poor captaincy and Pakistan's clean sweep against Australia. I don't think that he deserves so bad. The results would not have been different if Shoaib Malik or Shahid Afridi or Younus Khan would have been the captain. A series against Australia in Australia was always supposed to be difficult for the weak Pakistan team. Unfortunately Mohammed Yousuf was given the captaincy to play against the leading team in the World.

  • Shahzad on January 18, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Pakistani team haven't learn from their mistakes in past and are not prepared even to learn in near future and this attitude will be show in coming one day matches.We have stars with bundle of experiences but without application. They don't know how to react in demaninding situation. Opening, middle order batting can't stay on the wicket when they should. Now it's time to have specialized batsman for test matches and one day seperately. Fielding should be the priority to improve and at the last the they must learn the management in their discipline and cricket

  • Shabbir on January 18, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    I don't think Pakistani team will ever learn. Mohammad Yousuf still doesn't believe that his side was beaten. He still claimed that Pakistani team was a bunch of unexperienced players and there's still lot to learn. Unexperience? Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Imran Farhat,?? He is still in a state of denial. My experience says that if someone is in denial there is no chance of success for him in future. He has excuses for everything even for his own performance.

  • muzz on January 18, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Well written article, Kamran/regarding guidance for batsman for running between wickets/price on personal wicket/reading the situation/building the innings/staying on the wicket who could be better suited than MIANDAD? Keep the current players who played in the last test but may be change the captain - Asif or even Keneria/yususf is too religious for hoping the best not proactive as a matter of fact he is a very slow thinker/he has excuse for every mistake he does/he is too old to learn any tricks/just play him as a batsman - he will perform. Intikhab is the most useless coach seen by cricketing world and he has the cheek to say we need to learn - he should not be a part of 'WE'your analysis said it all out 50 balls he managed 5 catches to Akmal which is 10% that is his effort -------- bring in some young/energetic and competent coach.

  • Pathan on January 18, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Kamran, you are 10000000% correct in every observation and comment you make. Nearly all level headed rational Pakistani supporters would agree with you.

    I, like many, have been watching Pakistan cricket for 30 years. And in that time, PAKISTAN HAS NEVER LEARNED ANY LESSONS!

    These players, this team, this culture WILL NEVER learn from any lessons.

    They will continue to drop catches, they will continue to bat with no responsibility, they will continue to crumble under pressure, they will continue with the infighting... they will continue doing what they have been doing for decades.

    Pakistan couldnt handle a Younis Khan as captain because he probably pushed the seniors and put pressure on them and their positions in the team. Hence, the rebellion against him. With this attitude, the team will make no progress and in all honesty, I, like many many others, is losing interest in this gutless team. Kick them all out and play all the under-19's in the senior team!

  • shakir akhtar on January 18, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    pakistan lost this series, i think its about time the selectors got some talent back in the side, if aggressive players like sehwag can play test cricket why cant imran nazir? were is yasir hameed, asim kamal who was dropped after making a 50, sohail tanvir, rana naveed, all better players than sami, manzoor, iqbal.

  • Varun on January 18, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    wonderful post. I wonder why people like Asim Kamal and Shoaib Malik are kept outside the playing 11. Asim Kamal is a cool guy and pakistan needs more like him to even think of saving a test. In the absence of Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik is the only guy whom Mohammed Yosuf can trust upon to reduce the burden on himself. Sending Shoaib Malik in at No.3 or No.4 can ensure pakistan that there is someone to hold the innings together apart from the captain himself. Mohammed Yousuf must learn to attack more and try and get things done his way rather than the opponents way. A big need of the hour for pakistanis is to improve their fielding. They need to sit and analyze their game. Unless they realize that they are not playing good cricket and correct accordingly, they cannot win even a single test in the future except for wins in their own background where they can make sure they get a pitch that has low bounce and offers more spin.

  • Karl on January 18, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I want to know why channel 9 had no commentators form Pakistan. Most were Aus and two Englishmen. They at no point offered any insight or interesting stories in regards to Pak players. I noticed this last year when South Africa was touring too. I am not suggesting the commentary was biased but it would have been nice to have someone representing the touring country

    Ps Younis Khan Fans please note he is a class batsman but also a world class cry baby too not fit to be Pak captain.

    Shoaib Malik looked our best batsman in this test match; his footwork was crisp and precise though needs to work on his concentration

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on January 18, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Surrender at Sydney : Few Urgent Proposals for the Consideration of President Asif Ali Zardari.‏ From: Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad Sent: Sun 1/17/10 12:19 PM

    H'able Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    Sir, I know your favorite game is not cricket, rather it is Polo. However, majority of this nation loves the game of cricket to the extent of madness. Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was also an ardent follower of the game of cricket.

    Pakistanis understand cricket and its intricacies very well. And they never mind losing against a team which plays better. But, an abject surrender, always casts a spell of gloom over the entire nation, as if, we have lost a war against an arch enemy.

    Today the entire nation is virtually stunned to see that our team was bowled out in the 2nd innings in just 38 over's of a test match.

    The surrender, at Sydney cricket test by Pakistan team can be aptly explained in one sentence i.e. our cricket team has snatched defeat, from the jaws of victory.

    Many cricketing experts will now be dwelling upon the reasons of this collective Hara-kiri. However, it is high time that certain heads must roll, for sheer incompetency in their respective fields. Otherwise also, accountability is the buzzword, nowadays.

    Under the circumstances, Your Honour, may consider the following proposals on urgent basis, to salvage whatever is left in the Australian tour.

    1.Immediately, sack the entire top management of the PCB, and appoint a world class business professional (e.g. Messers Asad Omar or Razzaq Dawood) to head and run the organization, with clear cut objectives to promote the Pakistani test, one day and T20 XI's as No.1 world teams, in three years time.

    2. Sack the entire selection committee and appoint Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, as chairman of the selectors, with Mr. Amir Suhail, Mr. Zaheer Abbas and Mr. Rashid Latif as member selectors.

    3. Replace Mr. Intekhab Alam with Mr. Javed Miandad as coach.

    4.Immediately, replace Mr. Muhammad Yousaf with Mr. Shahid Afridi (already present in Australia) as captain.

    5. Immediately, replace Mr. Kamran Akmal with Mr. Sarfaraz as wicket keeper.

    Sir, the entire nation is looking towards you in this hour of despondency, for a surgical action, to revive the lost hope of your terror ridden fellow countrymen.

    I am absolutely sure that, your timely actions to stem the rot of the PCB, will further enhance your image and prestige in the eyes of 170 million Pakistanis.

    Warm regards,

    Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

  • rohan debroy on January 18, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    hey kamran,the positives u marked regarding pakistan's horrible series was really refreshing...but one thing that surprises me is the lack of consistency in this pakistani team...as Ricky ponting said earlier that this pakistani team may be very good some day,but may be pretty ordinary in other days....another thing is that in modern day cricket wicketkeeper are treated as all-rounders...sarfaraz has done a good job behind the stumps,but while batting he looks a bit shaky and he is also not as naturally gifted as kamran in batting...if he doesnot improve his batting he leaves a big gap in that broken batting line up

  • jayaprakash Desai on January 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    pakistan cricket is lie dogs tail. it won`t strighten.

  • TD_160 on January 18, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Maybe it was hard on the Pak players for us to expect success from them in the forreign conditions of Australia at this stage. They've still only played a handful of Tests since their return from a 2-year exile. South Asian teams usually don't compete in Australia, South Africa or England until they are somewhere near their potential as a team. Pakistan are stil a young team, most of the players have only just started out at Test level; and also, their First-class careers have also been interrupted due to security concerns in Pakistan.

  • H on January 18, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    In response to your last paragraph: No.

  • mudassir on January 18, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    its not just mere defeat for me it has shown how "deep" our mental strenght is .........and more than this how "much" we will "learn" from our mistakes...pathetic captaincy and poor team management...they even not to capability to read the situation ... for me leadership qulaities start from reading and grasping the situation then making tactics and then execution of plan... its realy shattered me while waking up at 4am pakistan time in lahore on the coolest day how i saw our captain placing such a defencive field placing in sydney teston the fourth day...my mate told me not waste time..just switch off tv and sleep...they not deserve respect...i m student and mature enough not be involve with emotion at high...but the tactics of our captain and the loss of sydney was such a heartbroken that i could not study for two days..and could not do anything the whole day...there is no foreseeable future of pakistan TEST cricket for me... they hv learned nthing bcz they are dumb deaf and blind

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  • mudassir on January 18, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    its not just mere defeat for me it has shown how "deep" our mental strenght is .........and more than this how "much" we will "learn" from our mistakes...pathetic captaincy and poor team management...they even not to capability to read the situation ... for me leadership qulaities start from reading and grasping the situation then making tactics and then execution of plan... its realy shattered me while waking up at 4am pakistan time in lahore on the coolest day how i saw our captain placing such a defencive field placing in sydney teston the fourth day...my mate told me not waste time..just switch off tv and sleep...they not deserve respect...i m student and mature enough not be involve with emotion at high...but the tactics of our captain and the loss of sydney was such a heartbroken that i could not study for two days..and could not do anything the whole day...there is no foreseeable future of pakistan TEST cricket for me... they hv learned nthing bcz they are dumb deaf and blind

  • H on January 18, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    In response to your last paragraph: No.

  • TD_160 on January 18, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Maybe it was hard on the Pak players for us to expect success from them in the forreign conditions of Australia at this stage. They've still only played a handful of Tests since their return from a 2-year exile. South Asian teams usually don't compete in Australia, South Africa or England until they are somewhere near their potential as a team. Pakistan are stil a young team, most of the players have only just started out at Test level; and also, their First-class careers have also been interrupted due to security concerns in Pakistan.

  • jayaprakash Desai on January 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    pakistan cricket is lie dogs tail. it won`t strighten.

  • rohan debroy on January 18, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    hey kamran,the positives u marked regarding pakistan's horrible series was really refreshing...but one thing that surprises me is the lack of consistency in this pakistani team...as Ricky ponting said earlier that this pakistani team may be very good some day,but may be pretty ordinary in other days....another thing is that in modern day cricket wicketkeeper are treated as all-rounders...sarfaraz has done a good job behind the stumps,but while batting he looks a bit shaky and he is also not as naturally gifted as kamran in batting...if he doesnot improve his batting he leaves a big gap in that broken batting line up

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on January 18, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Surrender at Sydney : Few Urgent Proposals for the Consideration of President Asif Ali Zardari.‏ From: Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad Sent: Sun 1/17/10 12:19 PM

    H'able Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    Sir, I know your favorite game is not cricket, rather it is Polo. However, majority of this nation loves the game of cricket to the extent of madness. Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was also an ardent follower of the game of cricket.

    Pakistanis understand cricket and its intricacies very well. And they never mind losing against a team which plays better. But, an abject surrender, always casts a spell of gloom over the entire nation, as if, we have lost a war against an arch enemy.

    Today the entire nation is virtually stunned to see that our team was bowled out in the 2nd innings in just 38 over's of a test match.

    The surrender, at Sydney cricket test by Pakistan team can be aptly explained in one sentence i.e. our cricket team has snatched defeat, from the jaws of victory.

    Many cricketing experts will now be dwelling upon the reasons of this collective Hara-kiri. However, it is high time that certain heads must roll, for sheer incompetency in their respective fields. Otherwise also, accountability is the buzzword, nowadays.

    Under the circumstances, Your Honour, may consider the following proposals on urgent basis, to salvage whatever is left in the Australian tour.

    1.Immediately, sack the entire top management of the PCB, and appoint a world class business professional (e.g. Messers Asad Omar or Razzaq Dawood) to head and run the organization, with clear cut objectives to promote the Pakistani test, one day and T20 XI's as No.1 world teams, in three years time.

    2. Sack the entire selection committee and appoint Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, as chairman of the selectors, with Mr. Amir Suhail, Mr. Zaheer Abbas and Mr. Rashid Latif as member selectors.

    3. Replace Mr. Intekhab Alam with Mr. Javed Miandad as coach.

    4.Immediately, replace Mr. Muhammad Yousaf with Mr. Shahid Afridi (already present in Australia) as captain.

    5. Immediately, replace Mr. Kamran Akmal with Mr. Sarfaraz as wicket keeper.

    Sir, the entire nation is looking towards you in this hour of despondency, for a surgical action, to revive the lost hope of your terror ridden fellow countrymen.

    I am absolutely sure that, your timely actions to stem the rot of the PCB, will further enhance your image and prestige in the eyes of 170 million Pakistanis.

    Warm regards,

    Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

  • Karl on January 18, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I want to know why channel 9 had no commentators form Pakistan. Most were Aus and two Englishmen. They at no point offered any insight or interesting stories in regards to Pak players. I noticed this last year when South Africa was touring too. I am not suggesting the commentary was biased but it would have been nice to have someone representing the touring country

    Ps Younis Khan Fans please note he is a class batsman but also a world class cry baby too not fit to be Pak captain.

    Shoaib Malik looked our best batsman in this test match; his footwork was crisp and precise though needs to work on his concentration

  • Varun on January 18, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    wonderful post. I wonder why people like Asim Kamal and Shoaib Malik are kept outside the playing 11. Asim Kamal is a cool guy and pakistan needs more like him to even think of saving a test. In the absence of Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik is the only guy whom Mohammed Yosuf can trust upon to reduce the burden on himself. Sending Shoaib Malik in at No.3 or No.4 can ensure pakistan that there is someone to hold the innings together apart from the captain himself. Mohammed Yousuf must learn to attack more and try and get things done his way rather than the opponents way. A big need of the hour for pakistanis is to improve their fielding. They need to sit and analyze their game. Unless they realize that they are not playing good cricket and correct accordingly, they cannot win even a single test in the future except for wins in their own background where they can make sure they get a pitch that has low bounce and offers more spin.

  • shakir akhtar on January 18, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    pakistan lost this series, i think its about time the selectors got some talent back in the side, if aggressive players like sehwag can play test cricket why cant imran nazir? were is yasir hameed, asim kamal who was dropped after making a 50, sohail tanvir, rana naveed, all better players than sami, manzoor, iqbal.

  • Pathan on January 18, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Kamran, you are 10000000% correct in every observation and comment you make. Nearly all level headed rational Pakistani supporters would agree with you.

    I, like many, have been watching Pakistan cricket for 30 years. And in that time, PAKISTAN HAS NEVER LEARNED ANY LESSONS!

    These players, this team, this culture WILL NEVER learn from any lessons.

    They will continue to drop catches, they will continue to bat with no responsibility, they will continue to crumble under pressure, they will continue with the infighting... they will continue doing what they have been doing for decades.

    Pakistan couldnt handle a Younis Khan as captain because he probably pushed the seniors and put pressure on them and their positions in the team. Hence, the rebellion against him. With this attitude, the team will make no progress and in all honesty, I, like many many others, is losing interest in this gutless team. Kick them all out and play all the under-19's in the senior team!