Australia 2009-10 January 31, 2010

Afridi bites back

Shahid Afridi left his mark on Pakistan's final 50 overs match in Australia - and on the cricket ball
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Shahid Afridi can expect a lengthy ban, which is ill-timed as he was about to offer a solution to Pakistan's captaincy problems © Getty Images
 

Shahid Afridi left his mark on Pakistan's final 50 overs match in Australia - and on the cricket ball. First, he demonstrated how he could galvanise this Pakistan team into a fighting unit again. For the first time in weeks, Pakistan's players relished the fight and played with some belief. Afridi was at the heart of this, and his colleagues looked to be behind him.

But then we saw the daft side of Afridi, his ill-disguised bite of the cricket ball, a white and rather scruffy cherry. Pakistan were in with a shout, Afridi leading impressively, but he never looked the same after his appetite got the better of him and he was reprimand by the umpires. Afridi can expect a lengthy ban, which is ill-timed as he was about to offer a solution to Pakistan's captaincy problems.

He isn't the first international captain, of course, to tamper with the ball. Mike Atherton, for example, was relatively unscathed after his 'dirt in the pocket' incident. And you would judge Atherton to be more cerebral than Afridi by many tens of kilometers per hour.

Afridi's biting action was a disgrace but his captaincy style better suited Pakistan. He should take the ban, and learn a final sobering lesson. Desire to win should not be confused with winning at all costs. Once the dust has settled, Afridi should take up the captaincy. The question is what to do in the interim? Mohammad Yousuf is not the answer. The best solution would be a brief return for Younis Khan.

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  • liepLYPEclili on December 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    good!

  • Afridi on February 3, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Wonder why only 2 match Ban for Afridi for this irresponsible act (As a Captain)

  • Cricket Fan on February 2, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Dont blame players. It is selectors who are to be blamed for selecting players (Younus) who has below performance in ODI since Jan 2009 in One day internationals.

    Matches: 24 Runs: 487 Batting Avg: 20 Batting Strike Rate: 60 Half centuries: 2

    Pakistan cricket board is to be blamed for all this mess. Shoaib Malik should not have been removed from captaincy in the first place. Whoever did not wanted to play under him (Yousuf, Younus, Misbah, Afridi) should have been kicked out of the team then. If PCB had taken the right decision then we would have been in a better position today.

  • mohammd shahjahan on February 2, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    No, Sorry its high time he has been given immence opportunity now give it to one who is younger than even afridi.

  • Wasiq on February 2, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Afridiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii......we still love u /)

  • Anonymous on February 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    What is it with this massive inferiority complex that Pakistanis seem to have?No sportsman, however big or from whatever country deserves to continue playing the sport if they deliberately cheat. Saying other people do it as well as an attempt at justification is something you'd expect a child to say, not someone wearing a country's colours.

  • Mudassar Raza on February 2, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Well,it was indeed very disgraceful for Pakistan, adding insult to injury(5-0 defeate). The question is,if not Afridi who is going to be the Captain?At least I dont see any one else capable of leading Pakistan. Afridi has got punishment which he deserved. Let's move on and let him learn from his mistakes. I am sure that no one else in sincere enough in Pakistani team than Afridi. And for Meety,we all know that there are 20 + cameras on the field. why dont we have a single picture of ball tampering in that match. It was just a stunt created by Darrell Hair, nothing else.

  • Naimul Hoque Shuvo on February 2, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Afridi shouldn't have done this.He is a very popular player all over the world.His this kind of behavior was very frustrating.Maybe he lost his popularity a bit for this.however, he should learn from mistakes and never do silly things in the field.

  • Vinod on February 2, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Posted by: Munir Ahmed at January 31, 2010 1:52 PM...... In reference to the above post, I would like to tell the Indian Basher that the concerned umpire was from Sri Lanka, not from India. So mate, before letting rip anti India tirade, please get your basics right. Get well soon.

  • Said Chaudhry on February 2, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Afridis act hammers the final nail in the coffin of Pakistan crickets glory days. Its all down hill from here. Don't expect much from these ungrateful so called veterens who do not value the country they play for

  • liepLYPEclili on December 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    good!

  • Afridi on February 3, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Wonder why only 2 match Ban for Afridi for this irresponsible act (As a Captain)

  • Cricket Fan on February 2, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Dont blame players. It is selectors who are to be blamed for selecting players (Younus) who has below performance in ODI since Jan 2009 in One day internationals.

    Matches: 24 Runs: 487 Batting Avg: 20 Batting Strike Rate: 60 Half centuries: 2

    Pakistan cricket board is to be blamed for all this mess. Shoaib Malik should not have been removed from captaincy in the first place. Whoever did not wanted to play under him (Yousuf, Younus, Misbah, Afridi) should have been kicked out of the team then. If PCB had taken the right decision then we would have been in a better position today.

  • mohammd shahjahan on February 2, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    No, Sorry its high time he has been given immence opportunity now give it to one who is younger than even afridi.

  • Wasiq on February 2, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Afridiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii......we still love u /)

  • Anonymous on February 2, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    What is it with this massive inferiority complex that Pakistanis seem to have?No sportsman, however big or from whatever country deserves to continue playing the sport if they deliberately cheat. Saying other people do it as well as an attempt at justification is something you'd expect a child to say, not someone wearing a country's colours.

  • Mudassar Raza on February 2, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Well,it was indeed very disgraceful for Pakistan, adding insult to injury(5-0 defeate). The question is,if not Afridi who is going to be the Captain?At least I dont see any one else capable of leading Pakistan. Afridi has got punishment which he deserved. Let's move on and let him learn from his mistakes. I am sure that no one else in sincere enough in Pakistani team than Afridi. And for Meety,we all know that there are 20 + cameras on the field. why dont we have a single picture of ball tampering in that match. It was just a stunt created by Darrell Hair, nothing else.

  • Naimul Hoque Shuvo on February 2, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Afridi shouldn't have done this.He is a very popular player all over the world.His this kind of behavior was very frustrating.Maybe he lost his popularity a bit for this.however, he should learn from mistakes and never do silly things in the field.

  • Vinod on February 2, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Posted by: Munir Ahmed at January 31, 2010 1:52 PM...... In reference to the above post, I would like to tell the Indian Basher that the concerned umpire was from Sri Lanka, not from India. So mate, before letting rip anti India tirade, please get your basics right. Get well soon.

  • Said Chaudhry on February 2, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Afridis act hammers the final nail in the coffin of Pakistan crickets glory days. Its all down hill from here. Don't expect much from these ungrateful so called veterens who do not value the country they play for

  • Meety on February 2, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Hi, Just want to say that from memory the ICC had re-defined what constituted ball tampering along while ago, (late 1990s I think). Yes, most countries used to change the nature of the ball back then. I remember Geaoff Lawson used to pick the seam alot. Undoubtably Imran Khan and Sarfraz used to do similar stuff. None of that was cheating - until some more extreme use - such as bottle caps etc. Since the ICC brought in the new definitions though I would have to say that definately NOT ALL COUNTRIES ball tamper. I am fairly sure Australia doesn't, I am not overly upset by what Afridi did the other night, he was trying to win a game, he has been suspended for his crime. I am more dissappointed in what he said afterwords - "smelling the ball", and that "all countries do it". I am sorry Shahid - most countries don't ball tamper and haven't for a long time. He has just made Darrell Hair justified for his actions in the infamous forfeit Test. I would like to see England awarded a win now.

  • Zirkai Adil on February 2, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    I totally agree by Mr. Bashir Fancy, let's do it now. Still its not too late. Discipline & Honesty are the two things Pakistan team is lacking.

  • Vikram Maingi on February 2, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    This was really unfortunate. Afridi shouldn't have done this.

  • ik on February 2, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    This is not the first time, he was caught on camera earlier tampering the pitch. It is shameful to see people still rooting for him to be the captain.

  • Aussie on February 2, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    If you're going to ban anyone, ban the spectator that invaded the pitch! Throw him into jail for assault, and fine him $50000. It's a disgrace. He has got away with a $500 fine only.

  • jaazil on February 2, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    in many ODI and test matches this was happened. this is not a big issue. think, when we start playing against Australia these kind of problem comes. leave this and make S.AFRIDI as the new pakistan captain after he join the team. best captaincy in T20's and in 2 ODI's he won one and last was good attacked by spinning.

  • Reader on February 2, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Indians dont miss an opperunity to comment bad on pakistan in all the respects including cricket. It has been coming from generation to generation and so on. They are self created cricket champs who never qulified even for the semis last three big tournaments.If pakistan wins ...you wont see any indian comment anymore.

  • KC on February 2, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Crap issue. Just legalise the damn thing. Bowlers have little going their way in any case. As for Afridi, pity... he's easily the best captain they have in the closet... but not the sharpest knife, I'm afraid.

  • Panga Khan on February 2, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Arun - I read a lot of crap in the Indian newspapers recently, after the non-selection of Pakistan players in the IPL and I was disgusted by the language and the insults those idiots unleashed against Pakistan and Pakistan players there. However, on this one I fully agree with you. Afridi, has a double standard - when he lost income for not being selected for IPL it was an insult to Pakistan. But he can insult Pakistan whenever he likes to. I hope he never plays for IPL and for Pakistan for that matter. I have no regard for my long time hero (ex hero) any more. I am so sick and disgusted after Afridi's act - I cannot tell you. I hope Afridi burns in hell.

  • James on February 2, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Mr. Kamran the article you wrote is not at all up to the mark and your analysis about Afridi is totally wrong. You are a Blind supporter of Afridi that's why you wrote this immediately after Ball Biting Incident.

    Look How afridi performed in all the 4 ODIs played befor the 5th one, what was his contribution not even a 50 and he did not show the fighting sprit as he showed in the Last n final 5th ODI. So he wanted to prove a point to "SOMEONE" that he is a GOOD captain than anyone else not that HE WANTED TO WIN THE GAME (AS HE SAID)Its clear that he wanted to show that IF MADE CAPTAIN I WILL PERFORM AND WIN OTHERWISE I WILL PLAY AS MY WISH He is a selfish arrogant crooked guy with an ATTITUDE which never suits a cricket player. Don't try to look as if he is INNOCENT.

    Also Afridi made an irresponsible statement by saying that all teams do this. Now tha ONUS is on Afridi to Name the TEAMS who he know have done this to WIN. SHAME ON YOU SHAHID AFRIDI

  • abdulmunir on February 2, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    isupport malikas captain

  • Aqdas on February 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    The indians better not preach , remember rahul dravid incident?To my fellow Pakistan people, yes he did was wrong but why must we be so severe on our players?He accepted it was wrong end of story.The australians always like to portray themselves as the best, but what is sledging then?This is just a minor incident, the PCB should lay down the law for players.Treat it as minor incident.Remember Pakistan is not the devils and others are not angels as well!The fact that aussies have come here rooting for darryl hair , even though a committee cleared the ball tampering just shows the sort of thinking.Claiming that OUR bowlers when they did reverse swing cheated but now simon jones or shane watson are perfect !!!What are they trying to convey?That THEY are always better!!! Dont listen to such trash. Do what is best for Pakistan, even if it means making him captain and dont give a damn what others think.I agree with Kameran let the dust settle.

  • Kris on February 2, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    BOOM BOOM should change name to YUM YUM, chops off all hair and evades ban. Insists all balls used in next matches be certified 'halal'.

  • danish Abbasi on February 2, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    good to see shahaid afridi as captian for T20 and ODI but ball tampreing is only for overseas cricketers Yousaf should remain as test captian as pakistan has no aption let

  • Afridi on February 2, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Wonder why only 2 match Ban for Afridi for this irresponsible act (As a Captain)

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on February 2, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Dear Why you do not write about Broad and Peterson coZ they are english and you are afraid of english people as you are living in england RIGHT you agree with me.YOu easily can write about Pakistani coz they poor can not talk to you. People are writing about the team unless PCB is sacked completly nothing is going to happen.Peoples are asking again to give capataincy to Younis oh what a joke.He is fit for fishing only now and should retire now.A.Razzak Imrat Farhat Imran Nazir Suhail Tanveer must bring in for ODI till world cup.Yousuf should play Test cricket.All our players should learn from Indian players.(Though they are our enemies)They play test cricket like ODI and this way they make huge score.3/4 players must be picked from U19 now for world cup.And I request all pak players and officials should read thid BLOG continuesly to over come their mistakes in future.Being PATHAN what Afridi did I doubt that he is not real PATHAN.Is he?I always wait for his batting and what has he don

  • Saad Omer on February 2, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    This act of Afridi should be regarded as a deliberate attempt to insert foul game, and is as bad as using drugs in any other sport. He should be penalized in the same manner as is done to the athletes using drugs.

  • Merit on February 2, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Afridi is not fit for the captainship. his one day averages is 23. I do not know why some people think he is a excellent batsman. 23 is a very bad average. Danish is a better bowler than Afridri and his average is 17 in a test. Not big difference btw 23 and 17 but Danish is a match winner bowler. He should be given chance in one day. Danish is a world class bowler.

  • Malik on February 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Afridi is not mature for the captain. He had done this mistake second time. He should punish more. Inzi also recommnded to give him more punish.

    Malik

  • Truthh on February 2, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Fawad Alam is a best filder of our cricket team. He averages more than 40 in both one day and test cricket. He is an excellent all rounder. He played almost 16 one day. And he bowled only few overs in his international career. Why, Why Why??? Is he a thread for Malik, Afridi or any other all rounder. May be this is the reason still he did not find perm place in the team. He always perfomed well but did not get same support as Akmal Brothers, Butt or Malik. Why Why Why????

  • Hamid on February 2, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    And these white balls look nothing like an apple or cherry. So, what was he thinking? Young Pakistani children watching the game, what kind of oral hygiene are they going to learn? He could've at least washed it before putting it in his mouth. Only thing I can say in his defence is that since the Australians were reading the wrist spinners and finger spinners well, throwing in a little bit of oral spin was worth a try.Nevertheless, it's a shame. We can be legitimately branded 'big mouths' from now on.

  • Sarit on February 2, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Honestly, it has nothing to do with me being Indian, but that guy had a brain freeze in middle of the game!!!... He is a pro-active captain, who looked good as a captain after yousuf....though anyone can look good after md. yousuf... but Afrid( not a good idea) ... coz it just not about winning matches as a captain ... it also about how he will carry himself ... Pakistan NEEDS a good captain with good PR .. to form ties, represent with a good image n play enough tests at home... Afridi is just not smart enough to handle it ...

  • niaz on February 2, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Its no big deal. He was hungry and he had to try how the ball tastes. I am outraged that he is banned. I say lets not play the games he is banned. I say winning at all costs. He tried to win. He was caught but he said other teams do that as well. If he denies any wrongdoing and if we protest enough and blame the officials, it will just fine. If anything we should take a lesson from history. For example.. Broad.. a fine gentlemen.. no wrong doing in standing on the ball. Any decent fast bowler would stand on the ball to practice balance. If the ball swings reverse after that it is just a coincidental. Its not his fault. Winning at costs. Lets make a great example in supporting Afridi as a captain. Captains are like heros.. They can win games even if batsmen throws the wickets and bowlers give width to the opposition. Thats just a fact.. a scientific fact. If everything goes wrong the captain can eat the part of the ball and miracle will happen.. (in capital) GO AFRIDI!!!!!

  • Adnan on February 2, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Wht was he thinking. Biting the ball will NOT make it reverse swing if anything he will destroy the line n length of Paks bowlers.. the consequences should have been more severe.... so no other player will ever try a stupid stunt like that....The fan that tackle the player was probably too drunk and wanted to be on TV or something however it not fair to say that compared with incidents in Pakistan...where cricket teams come under hail of fire and explosions..n other teams react by leaving the country by emergency evacution..

  • Steve on February 2, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    As an Aussie, I too was disappointed at Afridi's actions. I think that he is so talented and he should be made captain. He will learn from this mistake and under his leadership, I think that Pakistan cricket will climb out of this dark period. Afridi is the one Pakistan player that I love (and fear) to watch.

  • George on February 2, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Shame on all those team mates and fans who stood by Afridi while he been cheating all along.Look at Rana naved's face while afridi is 'making the ball' as they call it right in front of him..His captain no less..what this has done andmake no mistake about it is it has destroyed the credibility of Pakistan cricket and if anyone thinks otherwise please wake up. Forget about IPL and ICl and all other stuff..I dont think Afridi will be welcome in South Australia again to play and as a well documented cheat Iam shocked to hear Mr.Kamran recommending him as the Only best option to lead Pakistan on the field.. Sad is the condrum of Pakistan cricket..oh btw Iam indian and I enjoyed watching those teams in the 90's and mid 80's pakistan had but then they had discipline and a passion to win for the country..none of it matters to these group of fakers and cheats on field now..

  • John Dyer on February 2, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    He should be banned indefinatly, no denial, and his defence of everyone else does it is disgraceful.

    I believe Pakistan owe Darryl Hair a very big apology!

    These is no covering this one up with lies and false accusations Pakistan, its in the open now, you have a proven history!

  • Niko on February 2, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    @Yasser: Yes you are correct - there is racism in the bias shown in people's reactions to Sporting incidents, and yours is one of the most racist I've seen.

    You claim there has been no reaction by players or in the press to the hooligan incident in Perth - but you ignore the public statements by Ricky Ponting, Cricket Australia, and the ICC!

    Why? So you can cling to a position that every penalty against a Pakistani or Indian player is unfair and therefore racist?

    Shahid Afridi was caught breaking the rules of the game (not for the first time, might I remind you) and he has been banned for two games. The Hooligan in Perth has been banned from the venue for life, and is in court with the possibility of further punishment.

    What's racist in that?

    Only your attitude, I'm afraid.

  • ravi on February 2, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    2 matchs ban for captain is when a team is not able to complete their quota to overs in a given time period. I think ICC should ban the whole Pakistan team to play for atleast 1 year (as there are atleast three players are involved in tempering (Afridi, Arif and Rana, there were with Afridi when he tempered the ball) as they baned Kotla cricket ground when there was a complaint for bad pitch. Player are role model of country and when they were not selected in IPL there was a big protect against India by the Pakistani public and what they will do now. Ball tempering is done by there own team captain. Great work IPL team not to select atleast these 3 players.

  • Johan on February 1, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Afridi is charismatic, energetic, thankfully not flawless and also just about the best one day cricketer in the world. Move on from the silly ball biting incident (he certainly wasn't hiding anything!!), cop the ban, install him as captain for all short forms of the game and prosper.

  • sohaib on February 1, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    give a blower a chance for captaincy shoaib malik has been exposed as captain in test and odi not in t20. he was good in t20. we should give umar gul a chance for captaincy. every batmen has been exposed as captain. younis was good captain choice but he was charge for ball tampering but he didnt. younis khan is good player for test not odi. he was never odi player. inzy made younis khan as a odi player during his captaincy. we should give the blower for captaincy not the batmen. mohammed asif and muhammed amir dont have much experience. umar gul should be the next captain for all three format.

  • Gords on February 1, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    ...continued...

    Sydney, the team's performance during the first two days in the Sydney test. World class performances.

    Pakistan's best was good enough to win games. They just were not able to sustain their performances long enough. They also didn't handle the pressure of being in front in games and the expectation that they would go on and win. These are mistakes that international teams have been making for decades in Australia. This team should not be strung up for making them.

    Without talent, there would be no hope for Pakistan. The Pakistani team has talent, and plenty of it. With a bit more polish/discipline they will win games and be highly competitive anywhere in the world.

    Best of luck.

  • Gords on February 1, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Thank you to the Pakistan cricket team for providing us with an entertaining summer with some (occassional) wonderful cricket. I'm looking forward to seeing you next time and hope you manage to smooth some of the rough edges from your game.

    I think you are being a little hard on your cricketers. The scoreline was terrible in both the test and one day series, but I don't think they played that badly.

    Australia is a hard country to tour. The home side has lost one test series at home in the last 20 odd years. Pakistan are very unsettled with their current political climate at home. You wouldn't be far wrong if you described Pakistan as war torn at the moment. They are constantly on the road and never get time to sit back and focus on improving their games without pressure.

    Despite coming from such a troubled nation, Pakistan still managed to produce some wonderful new talent and inspired performances at times. Aamer's performance in Melbourne and Hobart, Asif's performance in Sy

  • Pakichoot on February 1, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Ban Afridi for 6 months.Choose Salman Butt as captain.Get a new head coach and wicketkeeper. Hire fielding and batting coaches.

    Goodluck!.

  • Bashir Fancy on February 1, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    A couple of quick comments. First it was the most stupid and dumb thing for Shahid Afridi to do, especially after he was entrusted with the responsibility as a captain. Secondly, The Board has to takle full respnsibility for ignoring discipline and playing roulette on who will be playing in the next game. This ensure instability and consistency. When Younis was dropped as a captain (or he resigned) and Yousuf demostrated lack of strategy and inspiration in game that Pakistan loast (and should have won) - MOVE ON...get good younger players and build for the future. Drop any player who thinks he bigger than the national pride. Yousuf, Younis are the past. Help Afridi or another youngster and make him the captain, choose the squad and stick with it to build for the future. Along the way, you will lose games, but that is fine and MOST IMPORTANT, start building discipline and mental attitude from the grassroots!!! Afridi should aplogize to all Pakistanis and crickets lovers for this

  • Kd on February 1, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Arun, the nation is not insulted. They don't have a charachter nor do they have any shame. You can't insult pakistan, they are an insult to the rest of the world and people who deal with them or have to deal with them.

  • irtaza on February 1, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    To all you people who say Afridi batted horribly this match, the ball he got out to deserved some serious spanking, it was an absolute rank delivery, so Afridi did the right thing by smashing it, although he should have chosen to simply cut it, but i guess he reckoned that the pull shot was getting him more runs. Or maybe he just wanted to hit the ball straight and didn't get the timing on it.

  • Main Hoon Na on February 1, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Shahid don't do this again ok(Kyun ke only Gora sahib can do this). Shahid said ok, he won't do it again. Having said that, Here is the pakistani team for 2010 to 2011 1-Imran Nazir 2-Salman Butt 3-Shoib Malik 4-Umer Akmal 5-Fawad Alam 6-Shahid afridi(captain) 7-kamran akmal ( after he looses 20Lbs of fat) 8- Abdul razaq 9- Mohammad Asif 10- Umer gul 11-Mohammad Amir 12-New youngster 13-New youngster 14-New youngster 15-New Youngster Shahid, Shoib Malik and fawad Alam, all the spiners we need. They are good with bat and ball

    Mohammad asif,Mohammad Aamir, Umer gul and Abdul Razaq will be the deadly combo of bowlers. Hire some good fielding and fitness coach( this should be some gora) All other coaches should be pakistanis

  • Shehzad on February 1, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    The problem is not only playing 11 but with Management too. Making Afridi, Younis or Yousuf will not significantly change the situation, we have seen four in about 2 yrs. The need is to change the management and bring in a smart chairman who promotes the use of technology, a coach who can actually use technology, a fielding coach. Another problem is selection, players with better techniques and better performance were ignored. Such as Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamsheed. Salman Butt and Imran Farhat has poor technique, lower averages then the batsmen mentioned above. Plus we need to consider fielding also when selecting team. Akmal should only be playing ODIs until his improves. Captaincy may not be as big an issue as performance of the batsmen and fielders. Those who think the team did better in last ODI didn't notice only 1 performance was the difference, Fawad Alam. If he was dropped again we would have dismissed for 150 or so.

  • Afridi on February 1, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Wonder why only 2 match Ban for Afridi for this irresponsible act (As a Captain)

  • Gustan on February 1, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    HAHA! I know what Afridi did was terribly wrong, espescially for Pakistan, but the scene of him biting the ball was hilarious. However, I do want him to be captain, there is no way he would pull of a stunt like that again. Maybe he did it so that Pak could win the match, after which PCB would finally make him the long term odi captain, but after his recent actions he may just miss out on captaincy. However i hope he is made captain, just because he has the ability to transpire youngsters to perform. I also think he felt very sorry for his actions and truly wants to repent. Aside from that, i remeber in the recent T20 world cup in the Aussie Windies game, When Chris Gayle started going beserk, Ponting was getting desperate and every aussie fielder was seen throwing the bowl on the second pitch enroute to Haddin, just so the ball could detoriorate faster. I'm surprised no one could see that happening as effectively that too is ball tampering.

  • indian on February 1, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    This is the same team that won the t20 championships.So They are not that bad. Just need a capable leader.

  • Iyer on February 1, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Afridi should be banned for life time for bringing disgrace to cricket in general and pakistan in particular. PCB should be set a precedence by banning him, even if ICC fails to do so.

  • Sheraz on February 1, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Take the ban and move on. If he does it again then there should be a very harsh penalty but I think he'll learn his lesson.

  • Mike on February 1, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    What a disgraceful cricketer ! This is the second time that he's been caught cheating and the explanation that you have to give is that Atherton did it and got away lightly ?! This attitude of yours condones such cheating and his statements afterwards show that the mug doesn't understand the significance of rules and what cheating means. Maybe years of exposure to a team where such ball tampering is commonplace meant that Afridi instinctively bit the ball without thinking of the cameras picking him up. We all know that he's not a thinking cricketer given the way he bats, but now after this shameful episode you think he should lead Pakistan and be the role-model for younger players in the team? Next, we'll see the whole Pakistan team innovating in finding new ways to cheat on the field. A very poor reflection on Pakistan.

  • Faisal Taquie on February 1, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Afridi is exciting but I think he is not calm under pressure....just look at the way he bats under pressure and I think the pressure got the bet out of his insanity. I think Pakistan really needs to increase its bench strength in all forms of the game. There should be at least two to three eligible and confident players vying for each spot. That will increase competition and desire to do the best. This can only happen by giving chances to emerging talent from domestic, Under 19, and Under 23 cricket and by giving rest or break to some players. For captaincy, I will say PCB should do a CSA...that is give it to a cool customer under pressure. Someone like Fawad Alam and groom Umar Akmal, Moahmmed Aamer, and Salman Butt for the role.

  • Mudassar Rana on February 1, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    come guys chill out-what afridi did shows how much winning the match meant to him.unlike other captains who have thrown away matches that are almost signed sealed and delivered. its amazing the indignation coming from some quarters - remember the pics showing broad standing on the ball - remember anderson picking the seam ? at least our afridi held his hands up!

    and can u imagine if a pakistani spectator had run on the field and felled an aussie - the icc would have sent a UN security team to investigate!

    give afridi a break and lets pray he can lead this team because i have no trust in shoaib " we beat zimbabwe 5-0" malik. finally inzi coming out in favour of yousuf shows that his loyalties lie with a certain jamat as opposed to pakistan cricket - yousuf although a great batsman is a woeful leader of men - not because he is a bad person but pakistani's are not inspired by nice people they need the big stick that imran khan gave them!

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on February 1, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Afridi has brought disrepute to Pakistan. Even kids knows how to respect rules. Ball tampering is a violation of rules in every form of cricket. The fans applaud a hard fought contest & condemn every form of cheating. In the final ODI the tourists had exerted pressure on Pointing's men. It was clear that Afridi's leadership was effective, till he threw all the good work away by resorting to ball biting. Chewing a white & scuffled cherry brought the team defeat & SHAME. Ball tampering resulted in two T20 suspensions for Afridi & embarrassed millions of fans. For Afridi it is time to realize how his actions reflected on the character of the entire nation. We need good respectable cricketers in our team, who can compete HARD & play honestly. Cheats have no place in sports or any decent society. PCB should impose a life ban on Afridi. However, great a player may be,he does not deserve a place in the team if he cheats. Life ban will serve a warning to all sportsmen to compete fairly

  • Ravi on February 1, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Kamran, like many Indians, I too am a big pakistan cricket fan. I too was disappointed with the IPL handling of pak cricketers. But what hurts me more is that PCB and Pakistan players hurt their cricket more than anyone else. Please don't go soft on Afridi, what he did is against the spirit of the game. When all hopes of revival were pinned on him, he left people of Pakistan, cricket fans all over world the same sour taste. I hope he learns from this and in future is able to restore Pakistan's pride back.

  • Raahim on February 1, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be given captaincy. All the others suck, you give them captaincy, they get crazy for money and they lose their form, as money overtakes them. Shahid is pathan, if he wants to play, he'll score 100's against the best players, if he doesn't my 2 year old brother could probably gret him out. With pathans, only the mind and their thinking matters. Therefore, giving Afridi captaincy wouldn't make a difference to his form. Also, he is the best for keeping the team spirit alive, and most determined to win on the team usually, as can be seen from his ball-biting and the fact that he is pathan.

  • RGB on February 1, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Whats even worse if the attempt by some people to almost condone Afridi's behaviour.

  • Lallu lal on February 1, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Afridi, thank your stars that it was Ranjan Madugalle who was the match refree and handed you just 2 T20 ban. Imagine a refree like Procter or Broad Sr... You would have been banned for a year, at least! Shame on you to let your team down from a winning position. This controversy was the last thing your team needed.

  • Sunny on February 1, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Let's see. Here is a quiz: 1. Talented 2. Can win games by self 3. Self destructive - Can resort to stupidity on a regular basis 4. Puts an I in Team 5. Would rather bat, bowl a few but let others field 6. Can't bend, can't throw 7. Igo walks miles ahead of self 8. If Captain, bith about player non-cooperation 9. If not captain, be part of a non-captain supporting group 10. Occassionaly get into physical fights with your own team mates 11. Be captain today, resign tomorrow, have fans begging day after tomorrow, captain again on fourth day and repeat the cycle over and over 12. Board sacked, selectors fight, Sarfraz and Latif say match fixing..Miandad appointed coach. Miandad sacked as coach. Fitness coaches get selected and fired just for fun. Fielding coach? What? Who needs a coach for something we don't need to do?

    Guess who this is..my favorite Pakistani Cricket team. Idiots all. Nothing called learning from mistakes.

  • hank on February 1, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Hey! My Pakistan Cricket Fans, I am also a Die hard Pakistan Cricket fan, I only have one thing to say that if Biting the ball can change the outcome of the game then all the power to evrybody, starting today we all should allow the players to start biting cricket balls, which can be damage so easily by just biting on it or scratching on it , we all should be so ashame to be so stupid and really go and buy a cricket ball and start biting to see ,how many bites will it take to see the effect on how it will swing etc..Shame on all of you for being so silly and jumping down the poor guy's throat,what I notice during the fifth ODI was totally different energy on the field,the such a high level of hunger to win ,even though they lost the series but ,there was something different that day , so all of you let's hope after his suspension ,he should be the Captain period one day, T2o, and Test...Pakistan Zindabad...

  • Khusro Mir on February 1, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    All you idiots seemed to have loved Afridi a few blogs ago but now you hate him. Did you ever consider how much pressure there is? How many players will be waiting for him to mess up? Shoaib Malik: When I was captain, we never lost 5-0, Yousuf: He isn't better than me, he couldn't win when there was no pressure, Younus: When I was captain we only lost 3-2 at worse. When your own players are waiting for your scalps you are in danger. It's like one of us going to work, getting a promotion, then being told "If you mess up, you aren't only demoted, but you have never got any chance of promotion again." What would you do? I don't respect it, but I understand. By the way, the Bengali that thinks that a) thats how Pakistani team and government is chosen, look at your government, both woman have criminal offences, as do their sons. B) Bangladesh can beat us, no chance, because they got absolutely smacked, not even close like Pakistan were. 2nd Test, 2nd Innings, India didn't score a run & won.

  • Wasim (USA- MN) on February 1, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    OK, It is time to move on everyone.......

    People have done much more serious things (like invading a country and killing hundreds of thousands of people for no reason).

    What Afridi did was wrong and he got punished for it.

    Afridi, a word of advice, please use your shoe spikes or mint next time. Seems like that is the legal way to cheat now adays.

  • shoaib malik on February 1, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    i won 24/36 odis as captain i won 12/14 t20s as captain i W0 D1 L2 tests against India and Safrica

    my averages as captain are far higher than averages as a player.

    ps: i can catch

  • Shahid on February 1, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Kamran,

    We must have reached the lowest point in our cricket. Afridi's stupid act is only one of a long running things in our state of cricket. Match fixing, Drugs, cheating, grouping among players, fights etc all has happened to us only because the corrupt and incompetent administrators didn't ever see a point in making some examples of punishment. Its organisational cultur in our country which sucks really. Its not that we are hostages of world class players who can not be replaced and its not a unity as a players organisation we can be afraid of in making some hard decisions. PCB should be handed over to some respectable retired judge with administrative experience and high deciplinary standards. PCB should be cleared of all manipulators and incompetent persons. We don't need miandads, Ilyas' or Baris drawing heavy salaries for no work. All these bit and peices players, making millions of rupees for only giving shamefull incidents and club level performances should be diciplined

  • Ajay on February 1, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    What Afridi did was blatantly wrong but the rugby tackle by a aussie fan on the pakistan player was even worse.The Aussie authorities have to pull up their socks and take measures to root out such elements else their image will be tarnished.

  • crusoe on February 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Bingo ! what I recollect - Every act should Have been done by a Pakistani to Make Happy every other Pakistani. [in the right sense or wrong] The fact of the matter is - The Every Other (The later part) is in huge and is follower of wrong belief. Isnt it a shame that a Captain of floating ship turns the crack into a hole and say Sorry to the ancestors for a sinked ship ?

  • Test on February 1, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Try to close this issue.. Bec all players are not playing for his country. They all are...playing for money.. Which they are bagging from other country.

  • Salman on February 1, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Afridi, I think you have "Insulted our nation" and I dont think you should play for Pakistan.

  • M. Khan on February 1, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Could there be a stop to this stupidity from Afridi - he offered an apology - sort of - it seemed to me that it was more an effort to come up with excuses than a sincere apology. I dont think he will learn from this since past experience showed us that he lacks the capability to comrehend and learn from his experience - case in point the pitch incident in Pakistan and him never learning to bat as the situation warrants for the team. In my opinion he should not be considered to lead Pakistan team in any format. Look at his statement - after his lame attempt to apologize he implicated all teams in this mess without any evidence! What an excuse - i steal cuz lot of thieves are doing just the same - I dont think that any sane person would buy that argument. Leading by example is what is needed and Afridi certainly dont have the character and capability to lead a side full of young cricketers.

  • Nauman on February 1, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Well wrong cannot be a precedent of another wrong, niether can it justify it, but what about Stuart Broad standing on the ball with his spikes on? No uproar, no bans. Prejudice is bad, in any form and in any case. Afridi is the man for Pakistan, i hope he has learnt the lesson this time.

  • Bilal Saeed on February 1, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should not be allowed to play for Pakistan again. A strict example should be made out of this to show the seriousness of this matter and to prevent further such incidents from happening. In no way he can justify himself for what he did and the most severe ban by the icc should be handed to him. 2-match ban is just not enough.

  • osman ismail on February 1, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    hey Afridi was banned for 2 games but then english man stuart board also ball temperd against south africa and nothing was done to him why is that ?

  • Mujib Rehman on February 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    I am not worried about his punishment or his behavior. But biggest thing he lost was RESPECT that he created over 15 years. All the teams would look down upon him and would try hard to bring him down. He may come out with just 2 match ban but eventually he will loose much more than that.

  • oldmonk on February 1, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Yeah.. and he was be a good role model like captains should be -- how??? please explain Kamran Abbasi and others who think he should be a captain.

  • javed butt on February 1, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Afridi needs pyhschic (Brain) help. Under his captaincy it was a completely different team.Following players should retire with grace.: Younis Khan ,Mohd.Yousaf & Kamran Akmal.

  • Faisal Wahab on February 1, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Well Mr. Afridi has once again shown that he is not mature enough to be a captain and a good ambassador of his country, he has let the whole country down by doing the tampering twice, what the hell he was doing, this is not forgivable. PCB should also take him to task and penalise him harsher, so that he should realize his folly. In my view he is not fit to be captain of the team. The Oval episode is still fresh in the minds, and now this stupid episode, people would think why pakistanis are involved in ball tampering, the reason is that they only know to play cricket, but not in the true letter and spirit of the game, becos education is lacking in these type of players, and they think that they are bigger than cricket, this thing when enters their mind, they commit these type of things as shown by Afridi. Pakistanis all over the world are taken in bad picture becos of these type of stupids, get them out of the team as soon as possible. There is no dearth of talent in the country.

  • Zo on February 1, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Trust you guys to think of the most irresponsible guy in the team as being captaincy material, even after this incident. No wonder your team is in this position, and will be for years, since both management and followers look to a guy who can't even cheat well for leadership.

  • Usman Zia on February 1, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Afridi has done it again.. atleast he was trying to win at any cost. Much better than being a loser like Yousuf.

  • saif ahmed on February 1, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Integrity, justice(swift) what makes a nation great besides some other essential qualities. Kamran, look at the Australians, they did not even take a week to ban Khalid Latif's tackler for life from the venue. I am shocked that you are still suggesting that Afridi should be made captain! People must be insane to even think of making him the captain after this ugly mess. To me he has played his last game and should never be a part Pakistan team.

  • Ashok Jay on February 1, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Come'on Guys Give it a Break...

    Stop all this smashing of Afridi.. I am an Indian and I am very active Cricket watcher.. I root for India to Win and the best games are between India and Pakistan.. But saying so.. I never underestimated Pakistani Criketer's .. Did we forget that this county has produced great's like Miandad, Akram, Inzam, Waqar.. etc..etc.. Afridi is a very passionate criketer and he loves his country (like most others) and he has the hunger to win.. (unlike others who think monetory gain is most including some of my fellow county men).

    This act was bad, and he was quick to apologize and take the blame.. he did not deny it.. so i respect him for that..He also said he wanted to Win..which is what we need every sportsman to think and believe in...He will correct this action..and will be a better Captain.. and there is a lot to feed from him (hunger to win) from the other pakistani players..most of them are just power hungry..and this should change. Cheers.Indian.

  • Vishwakumar on February 1, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Sad commentary on Pakistan's cricket when respected writer like MrAbbasi supports a serial cheat to be his country's captain. For the kind of damage he hasd done,should he not have been banned for a far longer period? And what about the bowlers( and others) who obviously knew that he was ball tempering for their benefit? In fact the WHOLE team should have been banned for being an accessory to this nasty conspiracy. Thank god the likes of him are not coming to India.

  • Muhammad A. Dalvi on February 1, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Afridi, without any shadow of doubt is the best man to lead Pakistan till yesterday. To me captain is the leader who should be a role model. Yesterday incident will not help him in the long run & appointing him as next captain would send wrong messages for the young lads. Why can't we appoint some new comer as the captain like SA had done with Smith? Why our players have so much of ego of not playing under the captaincy of new comer? What makes Yousuf think that he will still be allowed to lead the team after the most embarrasing performance? What;s the charm in leading the side when you do not have the ability? Sachin is another example. Perhaps he would be nowhere if he keep running after the captaincy. Yousuf, in order to prolong his career, should step down with decency.

  • ALICE HIIS on February 1, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    this is nothing strange.boom boom has not done this by himself.he was nervous.that the only reason .this should not be taken so seriously..its nothing strange!!!!!

  • Raju - India on February 1, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Guys, Why are you crying hoarse about an issue that even the sport's governing body feels is worth only a two-match ban...that too Twenty-Twenty? He did a mistake and has been penalised. That's it. Questioning Afridi's and all the illustrious players ability and achievement is absurd! If someone thinks Pakistan won the 92 World Cup and the recent 20-20 WC by ball tampering, did India win its WCs and ICC championship and No 1 ranks by Match fixing?! There are some cricketers who are above geographical boundaries. Like Imran, Wasim Akram, Inzi, Javed Miandan etc., Please do not in one sweeping statement malign these world heroes. It is blasphemous!

    Love u, Afridi :-)

  • ruchit on February 1, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Let us not lose perspective here. Afridi has without any doubt made a very stupid and condemnable mistake and he needs to be punished for it and he has been punished for it. But all those asking for life bans are either heavly biased or plain stupid. Cricket history has been replete with tempering incidents and I have no doubts ball tampering at some level would continue even after this incident. And I honestly believe it is a trans national practice. Stuart Broad incident is fresh in mind.Even Rahul Dravid with an otherwise impeccable record was punished for ball tampering. Atherton dirt in pocket fiasco is also well known. And even the great Imran Khan admitted to tampering the ball. So no nationality is saint out in there. Hopefully Afrid would learn his lessons from this. I am not a fan of his but you can not life ban a guy for this. May be a harsher punishment could have been awarded but again it is the perorgative of the match refree.

  • shaharyar shaikh on February 1, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    I think what afridi done was good because at least it shows how much he wanted to win the game unlike other captains and players he didnt care about anything we need players like him well done afridi i hope other players learn from him.

  • Iki on February 1, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    ometimes it is hard to understand how PCB make ridiculous decisions considering that they are responsible for the control and operation of cricket in the country. Even the fans have more knowledge of the game as compared to these dope heads. One such example is PCB's obsession with Younis Khan.

    In the 5 ODIs against Australia, Younis scored 67 runs at an average of 13 with a strike rate of 48.

    It was pretty evident prior to the Australian tour that Younis Khan was clearly struggling in the shorter version of the game. Sometimes players struggle while going through a bad patch in their career but then hit form again. Then there comes a phase when the bad patch persist and doesn't end and as a player you need to decide when to quit.

    The latter situation applies to Younis as he is not only struggling to score runs but frankly speaking his brief stays look miserable on the cricket pitch.

    This is how he has scored since Jan 2009 in One day internationals.

    Matches: 24 Runs: 487 Batting Avg: 20 Batting Strike Rate: 60 Half centuries: 2

    He scored two useless half centuries against Srilanka in the 4th and 5th ODIs when Pakistan had already lost that series.

    Apparently Younis cannot take a decision on what he wants to do with his future. I hope he realizes soon that he needs to just focus on test cricket if he wants to play for the remaining 3-4 years of his career.

    I know performancs from other players are not too impressive in ODIs though they are still better than Younis. However lets talk about Younis in this thread.

  • Irfan on February 1, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Why does he need the Indian Premier League to show off his talent? He is in a League of his own - The League of Cheats/Stupids!

    No wonder the Deccan Chargers did not want him (after his outburst against his Captain and the team management after the 1st IPL)neither did any other IPL management. He must be thinking he is the ultimate god's gift to cricket and has a right to get selected and play everywhere. But, such matters of indiscipline/arrogance/lack of sportsmanship spread quickly and other IPL teams would have quickly realised how difficult it will be to manage such a player.

    I am sure the IPL fans (and other fans of disciplined cricket world over) wont miss him.

  • piyush sharma on February 1, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    This is the second such incident, first being the pitch tampering against England. Afridi deserves a punishment that befits his actions and a 2 match ban is far too less.

    His act is an act of blatant cheating and like any cheat in any sport, he should be kept away from the sport for a longer period.

  • naidu on February 1, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    What Afridi did was not right i don't know what he was thinking i like the underdog to win especially playing against Australia but not this way remember when Haddin point his bat to Ben provoked him, the icc did not see this Ben was banned remember the icc is not fair in many decision the make

  • pery on February 1, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    From the first ODI, it was clear Afridi wanted to inspire the team and let them forget about the bad events in the Test matches, which he might have watched while in Australia. He probably realised, however, that his energy and enthusiasm were not enough to lift the team from its position of low morale/confidence. A win was really needed to break it out of the rut. So, they continued to lose 4 ODIs in a row and I'm sure he desperately wanted a win for his team but he went too far in this case.

  • Jojy John Alphonso on February 1, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    I hope he gets over this. Nobody is perfect. He is such a wonderful player.

  • hammad nasir on February 1, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    afridi only made a mistake. he should have had tampered the ball like broad and anderson, yes with the spikes. icc doesnot accept tampering with the spikes as foul. okay, if this is foul, then afridi should change his name as stuart afridi or james afridi. i think this will work. he shouldnot worry about his colour. he is fair okay. but what about his beard? he cannot change his religion. i am sorry afridi, you will have to bear this thing. yes, you have done wrong but not a world of wrong, i think this biting wouldnt have even scuffed the polish of the ball. afterall umpires check the ball after every over.

    dont worry shahid, relax.

  • BEEBEE on February 1, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    If this is what Afridi can do in an international match..wonder what these guys are capable of..in a domestic match:) everyone from the keeper to the bowler would be chewing the ball...:)

  • S N IYER on February 1, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Usually only dogs bite balls when thrown to them. How come Afridi is emulating a dog? It is surprising that people still want him to become the Captain of the team. The crowds should now shout 'Bow Wow Afridi' instead of 'Boom Boom Afridi'.Pakistan cricket has reached it's ebb and every one i disappointed with their all round performance.

  • Billy on February 1, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    AFRIDI- The Ultimate all rounder!!!! he can bat ..bowl and EAT the ball!:)

    He did eat the ball.....almost wanted to swallow it.....but why let go of Asif and rana....werent they watching like innocent kids.......:)If they had no cameras the whole team would have eaten the ball......mebbe they could have carried a spare eaten ball......eaten outside by the coach and exchanged it....possible ..possible....anything for a win!!

  • Mehboob on February 1, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Afridi cannot justify his/her own poor action by highlighting shortcomings of others. This was a blessing in a disguise that this happened in a dead rubber match which we lost and not in a big tournament. I'm quite surprised to see that indian supporters apart from some sensible ones, are trying hard to justify what was done at IPL auction. IPL auction was used to cover up intentions of not picking pak players but it backfired. Anyway, it's not relevant here. Those calling for T20 world cup and 1992 world cup victories to be questionable are just expressing their hatred. A sensible and brave, yet an honest captain could have used the same players effectively. Losing sydney test is one example. Even Gul could have performed much better, had captain provided him with intelligent field placements (rao bowled reasonably well in last ODI). Yousuf is responsible to a degree for shattering the confidence of his bowlers as well by making them virtually ineffective...

  • jamshed on February 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Do I hear Aussies snickering ? And somewhere,Daryl Hair wears a smug expression.

  • Malik on February 1, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I dont blame him - He showed hunger for winning and cheating is in human nature Afridi to lead Pak in ODIS and 20-20 format !!

  • ashes on February 1, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Pakistan cricket lost more than the 3 test matches and 5 one-dayers, they lost their dignity at the WACA through the actions of one cheat - captain at that. Pakistan's board should make an example of Afridi despite his 2 match ICC ban and restore a shred of credibility to their operation.

  • imran khan on February 1, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    WE LOVE U AFRIDI. Thats he do in best intention, he wes so down at that moment we should not pointing on him. the best thing he is sorry and he admit it, and human do mistakes not angles. we salut u Afridi.... n proud of u,,,,

  • Amit on February 1, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    It looked really ugly on TV. I'm surprised that Afridi was let off with only 2 match ban. Ofcourse this was a dead rubber. But what if he had done it in some final of a bigger tournament and Pakistan would have won the game.Anybody can do the same to win a tournament final if he knew that the punishment will be max for 2 matches only. There should be harsh punishment for these kinda players.

  • Ian on February 1, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Reaction for Pak? How come I don't read that the nation has been "insulted" like they were by IPL "snub". Where are their priorities?

  • Ian on February 1, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    I request ICC to explain such lenint punishment when the team's captain and at least 2 bowlers were involved. I also request ICC to review all tapes form last T20 WC. Umar Gul got reverse swing on each ball.

  • Imran Ahmad Khan on February 1, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    He is a shame and disgrace for the nation........ He should not even being played now, let alone being a captain.

  • AMJAD on February 1, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    my point is a bit different. i dont understand why all the people here commenting on this issue are calling afridi a " CHEAT " .. a better definition of CHEAT can clearly be seen in dictionaries..its not that i m defending the guy who made a MISTAKE. but i m just trying to say that you guys should grow up and support the team who played out their skin to win the game under no other than the player who commited a mistake and latter on he clearly said it that he did it only and only for his team.. so what is the point of humilating him? were we doing any good in those four matches we played? no...lets be honest about what ever we have done so far to this country. if somebody is trying to sort out things then let him do it.and lets not rape him and humilate him.

  • imran ali on February 1, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Afridi in the team should be assessed as a bowler who can bat and in recent form deserves a chance in the team. He plays with passion and so can galvanize the team but is he really captaincy material when he bites the ball and steps on the ball (against England) to try and gain an advantage at any cost to win.

  • faisal khan on February 1, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    People who oppose Afridi being a captain should note follwoing. Pakistan cricket needs a lunatic to lead bunch of lunatics and Afridi is the best candidate. Doesn't matter he made runs or not he is still performing very well with the ball Should also note his batting average as a captain in T20 apart from the last game... His captaincy is aggressive as seen in the last game where Pakistan almost defended a meagre total. Had he been a captain in sydney test, may be result would have been a bit different. In my opinion he should be given a second chance and hope that this responsibility might make him a more sensible person.

  • Sathish Reddy on February 1, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Younis khan is definitely the best for Captaincy. He is cool, calm, and brings about a certain amount of decency to Pakistan's game. Afridi is a joke and he will definitely take an all ready demoralised team to its absolute Nadir.

  • Yogi on February 1, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I say Bring in JOHN TERRY for the Pakistani Captain................

  • Suresh Nottath on February 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I am sure Pakis will bestow Afridi with Pak-ratna, for his brave but stupid act. It would have been even hilarious had he instructed the fielders to cover him on all sides, to obstruct the camera in filming the dastardly act!! A 5-0 drubbing & a shameful exit, aided with a tainted name for ball tampering, what more can one ask for!!!

  • param on February 1, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    excuse me , but why exactly shd he be banned from captaincy?? surely noone here intends to say all captains are honest ?? ponting claiming dhonis grounded 'catch', captains refusing to walk when they edge a ball, vaughan+tresco using sweet mints during 2005 ashes for reverse swing, etc etc. ball tampering is 'cheating', so is claiming a dropped catch. period

  • Ranjan on February 1, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    BAN HIM FOR LIFE....BY NO MEANS HE IS A CRICKET PLAYER...Someone here mentioned about SACHIN SCORING 45 versus BANGLADESH....He has more centuries than all of PAKISTAN's player centuries put together...CHECK IT BEFORE WRITING.

  • Aman Ullah Khan on February 1, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Stupid guy is Shahid Afridi,neither Batsman nor having qualities of leadership. First 7 spots must be sacked and should not be given any Central contact.Have young blood and let them loose with honor,groom them and made them worth for International cricket. regards/Khan

  • SRk on February 1, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    afridi cheated,and itz confirmed.when will they ever learn!he was trying 2 smell it..haha

  • samp on February 1, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    I think Pakistani fans, commentators and politicians needs to purge the entire squad* of its dinosaurs like Yousuf, Younis, Afridi and get the team to start fresh with these youngsters. NO ONE NEEDS A HERO IN THE TEAM, fans need a TEAM AS A HERO.

    * Like Post Cronje RSA.

  • Asif Qazi on February 1, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Afridi - Afridi, what you have done man. The Pakistan tour of Australia was coming to dismal end and we were eagerly awaiting that. Now you have really added insult to the injury. It is a disgrace and shame. PCB should inflict its own ban on Afridi for a few matches on top of the ICC ban. Also who had made that stupid decision of sending Younus Khan to Australia to play ODIs? The man has hardly performed in the last 2 years. His strike rate against Australia is 57/100 balls. He did exactly what I expected of him. Pakistan cricket is definitely run by jokers. Imran Nazir would have been a better choice. BTW I did not follow the ball tampering issue during the England-South Africa series. Can anyone please enlighten me what happen and why English players got away with it. 'Matt Hayden' the Australian will never call the English cricketers cheaters because they belong to the mother country.

  • Rushabh Mehta on February 1, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Poor Afridi! He's probably waited for 15 years to be the captain, and this time it looked like a long sting at the helm or a rudderless boat. And now, he goes on to show his high level of ignorance of common sense. Younis Khan is the best man for the job. Great persona, great body language and a true gem!

  • farrukh qureshi on February 1, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Acts, that can bring disgrace to image of pakistan, should be punished severely. Afridi should be banned forever. only svere punishment can stop other pakistani players to humilate pakistan on cricket field. Atleast.

  • BALLEATERS INC. on February 1, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    Was the ball 'halal'? The crux of the problem methinks lies in the fact that the visiters have not been fed adequately by the Azzie Cricet board, but in the end, a very stupid thing to have tried to eat the ball.

  • Arun Naik on February 1, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    To get the batsman out quickly was the right idea, but he bit the wrong ball !

  • Brian on February 1, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I like Afridi. He has passion, unlike many others in the Pak team.

  • Pramod on February 1, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Pakistan for past years is dogged with internal politics and back stabbings. Keeping their politics in mind, I think it is right time for PCB to try Soccer like setup. Coach / Manager will take complete charge and will direct from sidelines. Captain is just a figure whom umpires/match referees can communicate with and tossing the coin. Since Cricket is relatively slow paced, they can keep communicating through fielders around the boundary.

  • GD on February 1, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Shame on Afridi! The fact that he was captain has brought shame to Pakistan cricket.

    Isn't losing 5-0 with honour FAR BETTER than losing 4-1 after cheating??? And what is the end result? 5-0 loss AND shame for his fans and countrymen!

  • Khurram on February 1, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    What afridi did was unacceptable. But what is more shameful is the comments by my fellow Pakistanis here that made me sad.

    They are justifying Afridi's action by saying other players did it etc etc. Is that the level of morality in our society? Our president is the biggest thief of the country, yet we elected him. It's a sad day for Pakistan and we as a nation must think on that.

    For how long we just only blame others for our weaknesses? Our souls have been corrupted to the extent that we are tolerating cheating. We should be ashamed of the comments posted above in defence of a visible cheating incident.

    God bless us.

  • Muhammad Afrasyab on February 1, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Afridi should not have done this but this shows that how much he is hungry about the win of pakistan because he said what he did he don't know how it happend. which means he went almost crazy to see one win for pakistan. I Salute afridi not what he has done i and every body will feel sorry and sad of this but what an eager to win the match for pakistan.

  • Khair ul Alam on February 1, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    To think that Afridi was even contemplated for captaincy let alone championed by many including Kamran Abbasi, is the height of stupidity. One is not surprised then at all the circus that is Pakistan cricket because it permeates through the entire society not just cricket. The only quality in his favour is that he bowls a lot better than he used to in his earlier years. His batting has slumped, he does not have the maturity to play a responsible innings. He throws away his wicket in the most irresponsible manner more often that not, and at crucial times during the innings. His integrity is questionable to say the least, he can't be considered for captaincy for the foreseeable future in any form of the game.

  • umair on February 1, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    funny isn't it when a guy like afridi does something this stupid completely out of of the blue when we were hoping he would the country in odi's as well but let share a light on something many people might have forgotten we know that in 2006 england won the ashes and there main bowlers simon jones who was the main reason behind aussies defeat he and other english bowlers using the same tactics of tampering with the ball now i dont defend afridi's actions but i want everyone to think just that afridi isnt the only guy who did what he did so with that being said there is still a question mark that should he be given the captaincy of odi's my ans is yes and quite honestly speaking you dont have choices left with you with younis yousuf malik r out of the contenders list but i still think that test captaincy should go to yousuf becuz he has more experience than any other player currently in pakistan.

  • Fritz on February 1, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    As always, Pakistan takes it on the chin yet again. Afridi's actions are a reflection of what is happening right now in Pakistan. He should be banned from the Captaincy for this act and also given a long sabbatical to clear his head..Let us FLUSH these idiots down the drain once and for all.

  • John Carapiet on February 1, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    How low have we sunk that we cannot even decide on who should lead us. We scratch around the bottom of the barrel and still find nothing. So So here's my suggestion, as futile as all the others so far. Bring Yusuf back. Yes, bring him back as captain PROVIDED he shaves that beard he sports. He was brilliant without it, he's ridiculous with it. Nothing else seems to be working for us.

  • Abid Ali on February 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    I think he is captain material but his thinking on tampering the ball despite knowing, it's not possible these days wehre cameras are always spying on players he should get more punishment from PCB. First of all, Pak was unable to combat with Australia in any department and secondly they captain bourght more disgrace by tampering the ball. Afridi is in International arena since 14 years and he should be familiar with game rules and regulations. Simply making mistake and then apologising won't work all the time. This time he should pay the price and then we will see if he learnt good lesson or not. Pak Team require good training on how to handle pressure, after Inzimam no one is capable to handle pressure professionally. But we should remember Afridi got leadership qualities and he can lead the team where alot of politics is involved. PCB should utilise services of Waseem Akaram, Rameez Raja and Inzimam Ul Haq...

  • CleanBowled on February 1, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Shameful act. Afridi should get life ban as repeat offender. As the saying goes, good things follow bad.. for Pakistan to get more matured, good natured cricketers, these are dark, but learning days. No offence, it is time to retrospect and cleanse PCB, Pak team. I feel bad for some good players in the team and the future Pak players as they have to carry the burden of these 'bad' acts of thier seniors. No matter which country a player belongs, they should be banned for such repeated, unthinkable act.

    As for your article, Kamran is wrong in indicating Afridi should be captain after the ban time.. I guess I will stop reading Kamrans artcles. I agree he is looking at short term but, does not make sense me nor anyone.

  • Khalid Ahmed Siddiqui on February 1, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Now it is resposibility of PCB and comeup with some huge Fine to Afridi and set an examples for others as well to protect future silly incidents or unlawful things. We need a educated captain like Misbah UlHAQ. I strongly recommend MISBAH who is educated and has a cricketing mind to be as captain for at least one year. He will definately set a example of a great leader. Misbah has proved 100% success record against Austrailia and Srilankan team as captain.

  • gul muhammad khan on February 1, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    i think he done a great job in the final one dayer that shows his maturity and passion for his country. Boiling blood for his country make a big mistake from afridi that shows he is very sincere for his country. He must be the captain of Pakistan in all formats.

  • Kishore on February 1, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    He has to get a life time ban

  • Abhishek on February 1, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    its because Afridi is a good leader, may be he is not a good player, as per the records, but anybdy can see the body language of the pakistani players when he is around or he is caaptaining the side, so ofcourse he is a good leader, if not a good captain or player

  • bilal on February 1, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    i feel this is poor thinking from afridi and he should be banned for atleast 5 matches.All and all this is not good for pakistan cricket.

  • H.Malik on February 1, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Disgracefull is a very light word which sprange to my mind . I guess all who were crowing loud to give him the Captaincy , should have now dirt spitted on thier faces ( the dirt of the white cherry he chewed not once but twice as I saw it on the tv coverage ! ) , regardless of his cameo and dare develish bodering the stupidity which one can only expect from a mindless person of his stature , I never found any likes in him being made a captain of any national team let alone the test team . He is his own worst enemy and the less of those we can have in the team let alone giving the leadership of this Gany of 11 YOYOS ( my favorite name for the players from the land of pures ) perhaps the better it would be . He must br striped of his T20 captaincy too and put in his shoes where he belongs . I guess Mr Kamran , you must be eating your words now !!!

  • Abhishek on February 1, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    To Imran,

    Why you guys always inculde religion into it, its not about religion(Muslims), its about the game. and by the way cricket balls are not made of Pork. i agree afridi has brought disgrace to pakistan, but my concern is cricket shud not be divided in terms of religion. I'm an indian, so i support india, you being a pakistani, have all the rights in the world to support pakistan, but we have muslims here in india as well, and we have our brothers in pakistan as well, so its shahid afridi who is the culprit, not the whole community.

    To Panga Khan

    nobdy has called Afridi a cheat bcz he straight away admitted his fault, and was doing it for his team, not for himself, moreover he was playing against the most corrupted (in terms of cheating, sledging, ) team in the world, i'e australia and mistakes are something which anybdy can make, so let the Game Rise.

    Abhishek (Abu Sheikh)

  • AB on February 1, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Dirt, Lozenge, spit is one thing. Taking a bite out the leather to pull the seam out is something else. I feel sorry for the Pakistani cricket fans, not only the humiliation of losing everything this southern hemisphere summer, but now to suffer from label of cheats! And your suggestion of reinstating Younis Khan, who has done little of leading and more of shying away, is just a window into the frazzled state of pakistan cricket supporters! I hope the country, it's cricket and cricketers see some stability soon. God knows the world wants it!

  • gul muhammad khan on February 1, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    i think he done a great job in the final one dayer that shows his maturity and passion for his country. Boiling blood for his country make a big mistake from afridi that shows he is very sincere for his country. He must be the captain of Pakistan in all formats.

  • Asif Rathod on February 1, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Hi, in my opinion Afridi was bit hungry, that's why he had bit the ball like an Apple. Jokes apart, this is a ridiculous behavior from such an experience cricketer. And it was showing how desperate Pak team was, to win at least one match.

  • True Fan on February 1, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    A national Shame!!!. Fair Play or for that matter ‘Honourably losing a game’ is something that needs to be inculcated from a very young age. ‘Winning & Losing is part of a game’.The value based approach to life is missing in many of things that are happening in Pakistan. The cricket team is just a mirror image of the society in general.

    What can you expect from a Team when its former coach Miandad is linked with the dreaded underworld & is related to them.What example is set when National team captain justifies all the mischief in the name of Winning?

    Who will henceforth believe the players?Is this a Systematic approach ? Where is the coach?

    No point in blaming others for your own failing.Cleanse the system & work towards Value based approach for the Nations survival.Improve schooling & Discipline.Start from the beginning.

    Don’t just preach but follow in principle.Do not justify anything & everything in the name of religion.

    Follow the right path ….

  • Saud Faruqi on February 1, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    In cricketing parlance, cricket ball is often referred to as 'cherry'. Afridi took it literally.

  • leo on February 1, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Please Afridi is only 24! He will learn..

  • Irfan ashraf on February 1, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    i think Afridi wanted to avoid another defeat as captain of T20. so he purposefully done it to be caught in the camera and then wouoldnt have to play against AUS.

  • Ajith on February 1, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Well, I always thought Afridi was over rated with nothing but air in his head really. But this lil episode has gone beyond whatever I could have dreamt of.

    Pathetic, to say the least. And you guys want to annoit him as Captain! Wow, good luck with that is all I can say.

    Banned for 2 T20 matches? I think not being selected for IPL would have hurt more. ROFL at Pak cricket.

  • Tony on February 1, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Afridi should have banned atleast for an year. It's claerly cheating.......... It's like match fixing.........

  • Mudassir iqbal on February 1, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I do not support him for a captaincy spot. He is a person who has not learnt a single thing in 15 years of cricket. He still is only 3 run material. He may be a good street fighter and can win us a game or two but would lose support very easy because he himself does not deserve a place in cricket team. And yes if we are looking for non-playing captain, we have much better choices and on a lighter note, one is me. I support and appeal for a toughest possible ban on him to destroy the game of gentlemen and also Pakistan cricket. I expect that PCB chairman should come out with a logical (for once)statement with a ban of atleast one year from all sort of cricket before ICC says something. I feel sorry for people who are supporting cheaters and gamblers.

  • nddi on February 1, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    PCB must not make him as a captain as he will be disgrace to the game of cricket

  • Darryl on February 1, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Well if ball tampering is so universal and no big deal why did everyone go mad at Darryl Hair when he pointed it out in a professional manner? I think we all know where the double standards really are.....

  • George - SEM Expert on February 1, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I think he is the only man who can lead Pakistan cricket with grit, aggression, determination & spirit, after all it's a win win whatsoever, whatever strategy u apply, ultimately win counts, --- I like to watch this Man after Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Khan, Saeed Anwar & Inzamam era... well Yonis Khan is still there - he is also a team man & a great fighter

  • Pery on February 1, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Loss after loss eventually takes its mental toll and human beings are human beings.

    The issue has been dealt with by the authorities and it is up to them how harshly they wish to punish such contraventions of the law.

  • bettyford on February 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    He has done the old shake a tail feather on the pitch before when he was caught roughing up the wicket, with his spikes doing the chubby chekker.

    Now he goes the chomp on the cricket ball, whats worse the bowler he was giving the ball to looked directly at afridi and had a little smirk.

    Seems like business as usual, they do this stuff all the time they get caught every now and then.

    Mohammed Yousef put the quinella on the sydney test and afridi ball tampering he only got 2-1 odds.

    Betty

  • Omar Ali Khan on February 1, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    given his track record of less than impeccable behavior over the years, is this really that much of a surprise? sadly all this does is to justify Darryl Hair's "Pakistani's are all cheaters" stance rather heroically. well done Shahid, show em what you're made of and do us all proud in the process will you.

  • Tony on February 1, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The PCB need to take responsibility for this. There was a reason Warne never captained Australia, he too was prone to brain explosions. The problem here is leadership, and a lack of it. Until the adminstrators make players responsible for their actions no lessons will be learned, how many times has Asif been in trouble with drugs now? The Pak U19 team were wonderful at the World Cup, but the Coach was in charge, not the Captain. When the game was in the balance the coach didn't respond quickly enough and the captain didn't have the authority. How can a Captain learn leadership if he can't take control of the team? Yousuf captained like a man that had never had to think about the game or tactics, Afridi captained like a man with something to lose if they didn't win. Captains are groomed from their debut , they aren't picked for a tour. They must be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, the PCB needs to allow this to happen.

  • PA on February 1, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    This sums up the Pak Cricket (and its Board's) attitude. However talented the player is, he should be in line with the ethics of the game. And we are talking abt a Captain. Talent alone cannot be the solution, and Pak cricket seems to be faltering here time n again. PCB seems like finding faults in others (may be deliberately doing that to cover its follies), instead of giving a deep hard look inside. Shoaib, Asif and now Afridi. The way PCB has dealt with these issues in the past has only set a bad precedent, and does no good to Pak's Cricket. Pak Cricket has always had players issues - cheap fights within the players, all of which are fall outs of poor handling by PCB. PCB should take hard n firm (disciplinary) measures. You might lose some games but in the long run it teaches its players that you have to put ur personal differences aside n play as a unit. And Mr Afridi!! You take pride in being a Pathan. Is this how Pathans play?? And this isn't the first time.

  • Moin on February 1, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Kamran,

    Shame on Afridi for doing this act. Its even worse cos he was the captain while doing this, and he was punished for pitch tampering before. I find it strange that some people here find it ok doing this.

    Winning is important but not winning at all costs.

  • Sohaib Ayyaz Qazi on February 1, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    I really don't want to see such things in cricket game. But why is there a double standard. Why Stuart Broad is not banned after tempering and Why Afridi is banned ??????

  • Tariq T on February 1, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    I fail to understand why Kamran and so many people on this blog want Afridi to lead us. His batting average in 293 matches is 23; more often than not he throws away his wicket in bizarre manners at crucial times; and is by far the most unreliable batsman in the team. These are not the qualities of a player let alone a captain. Use him as a bowler maybe, but then leave out Ajmal and include a real all-rounder. His ability to galvanize the team is commendable, but it's not sufficient condition to grant captaincy. You can galvanize all you want, but what's the point when you get out at 1 playing a stupid shot.

  • George on February 1, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    here is excerpt from post match interview..you can see clearly this man is a cheat and should not be allowed to destroy Pakistan cricket..When asked why Afridi may have bit into the ball, Intikhab replied: "It just happened, probably was eating apple you know.

    "I have no idea."

    In a post-match interview, Afridi told Grandstand's Peter Walsh he did not put the ball in his mouth.

    "No, I was trying to smell it and see how it was feeling," he said.

    When Walsh suggested teeth are not used for smelling, Afridi responded: "Sometimes you can do".

    He then asked Walsh to stop asking negative questions.

  • Zuber Arif on February 1, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Does Pak need this teem ..... I mean i was watching the u 19 world cup... the boys were excelletn out there is NZ Very enthusiastic and energetic...... Decipline and above all performing well ...where as seniors Lazy and gives me the impression that they are not representing their Nation. and my suggestion to the sellector who ever takes charge. go with the young boys they will never let you down not atleast like "AFREEDI" way

  • LegBeforeWicket on February 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Kamran, Your pathatic attempt to justify Afridi's blatent cheeting by comparing it to Mike Atherton ball tempering is disgraceful. Afirdi should not only be banned by ICC but also by PCB for min one yr.

  • MShah on February 1, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Honestly speaking I dont know what to say about the disgrace we are facing primarily and basically through ever lasting defeats and our miseries has been added with Afridi's stupity after playing about 300 ODIs; leading candidate for Pak team captancy. I was great fan of his brave approach to the game, instead of mostly stupid batting, but this last act is....... We were already hurt of our team performance both at office and field level, this has broken our motivation which we expected from his captaincy... I would strongly recommend PCB should take strict displinary step by punishing Afridi by both financial and few matches ban; at least he should be awared that he is playing for Pakistan and millions of crazy Paki fans are following cricket...

  • Nfess on February 1, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    It could be a ploy by Afridi to be in headlines for couple of days , remember Younis khan resigns from captaincy N number of times so that he gets headlines , the truth is no Pakistani player especially the Pakhtoons are for the team , they are selfish to the core

  • Aby Mathew on February 1, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Afridi biting the ball, waqar younis actually licked the ball once , atherton had dirt in his pocket , tony grieg had vaseline , dravid put a gum on the ball, safraz ( or was it imran or wasim) once used a bottle top on the ball. Some have stood on the ball with the spikes, thrown the ball on the ground etc. They always want the " PERFECT ball". Even trescothick admitted to have " polished " the ball in 2005 home series. When will all this rubbish stop. Probably never.

  • krik_777 on February 1, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Afridi has shown not only that he is a cheater but also a very stupid cheater. He has already shown his expertise in pitch tampering. Now he has shown his talent in ball eating. Now the only thing that remains for him to do is batsman tampering. Very soon he is going to bite the opposition batsman. Hussey should count himself lucky Afridi chose the ball and not him :-).

  • adit shah on February 1, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    wasnt afridi the player who said it is a insult to pakistan that they are not selected IPL..i wonder what the pakistanis and especially the writer here must be feeling? i think this is a bigger INSULT that your country's future captain is such a big CHEAT (yes he is)...MR.KAMRAN call a spade a spade he is cheating and is a disgrace to the game.i feel even the oval fiasco must be true and HAIR was made a scapegoat.MR.KAMRAN for the IPL issue i think you wrote more lines on the on your blog than this issue.SO I GUESS IPL SNUB IS A GREATER INSULT TO THE PAKISTAN NATION??

  • Shoaib Shafique on February 1, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Apart from Afridi "Non-Sense" we should also look one another part, as whole the summer season, we haven't seen a spark in the captaincy part of Pakistan, but the charisma of Afridi was clearly shown in his captaincy, he is the better choice(mustn't say the best), as he is there with no tough competitor among the lads of Pakistan(Kamran, though vice captain but still lacks the leadership role)

  • DEBASIS PATRI on February 1, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Let PCB follow South Africa. Either Salman Butt or any other younger players be handed over the captaincy. Lokk what Smith didi to the SA side? It is high time they induct a player like Moin Khan or Javed Miandad who are great motivators as Manager of the side for at least three years. Drop all non-performers and make it a youtfulside. Wait for two years in this revised setup this side will produce great results.

  • paddle_sweep on February 1, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    I cannot believe that you are recommending Younis Khan as Captain after his poor form.He looked out of place for an international player.If Younis can become Captain of Pak after 'zero' performance then well I can become President of USA.:-)

  • paddle_sweep on February 1, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Well,I am not surprised by this behaviour of Afridi.It just reflects his batting.Very stupid.I have never seen such a behaviour on TV.I hope at least the fans forget about the so called the 'IPL snub' and focus on real issues that would help Pak cricket.

  • Qasim on February 1, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    I was appalled to see the footage yesterday and I agree with Panga Khan, a two match ban is not enough. Afridi must be told to sit out for a year by the PCB. He is the only player in the cricket team that the Pakistani crowd comes to see and youngsters look up to him. They must see that even if someone of the stature of Shahid Afridi cheats, he gets punished for it. If hes not punished Pakistan will continue its slide in its downward spiral on a sporting level and most importantly as a nation. It is a matter of principle and we must not compromise them.

  • PakFan on February 1, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Afridi still seems to be best captain choice, but he'll need to handle pressure, what he did was just pressure getting the better of him.

    Drop : - Kamran Akmal - give him a 1-2 series break. Ultimately, in next 6 months, they need to decide who will be the wicket keeper for the worldcup.

    - Salman Butt - if don't drop him, bring on another specialist opener. On a contrary, i thought Imran Farhat did well in the tests...or maybe bring Imran Nazir - if he gets going he'll give a good start to the team. In any case we lose openers within 10 overs anyways these days, but if Imran Nazir gets going only for 10 overs, that could decide the game already.

    - Umark Akmal - should play one down.

  • Vorshal on February 1, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    I was expecting a sterner reprimand than what he got - especially if you were to count the prior incident in Pakistan. I would not sum him up to a captaincy material -- for if you are a leader, you should be clean and acceptable by all!

  • Riyaz on February 1, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Pakistan's cricketers should take a couple of years off of cricket and learn their basics. Importantly, catching the ball without dropping.

  • Faisal_London on February 1, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    It’s funny we hardly finished commenting on one incident in your blog Kamran and another one pops up! As a Cricket Fan and Pakistani supporter its hard for me to understand the actions of Afridi. As if the whole nation wasn't hurt enough with the disgraceful performance of the team, we now have to face all this. Although ball tampering did happen in the past and many crickets have been punished for like Dravid/Sachin/Atherton/Akhtar etc. There is still no excuse for his actions. Afridi says on paki channel Geo. I'm apologise i did a mistake as i wanted the team to win. Wake up Afridi we wanted a fighting Pakistan team regardless of the result as the series had already been lost. What you done has made us all ashamed and open up the gates for others to laugh at your character. I was in favour of afridi as ODI/ T20 captain but after this blunder i’m having 2nd thoughts. Our nation can take no more idiots representing us on international level. i wish this wasn’t happening to Pak cric.

  • Iyer on February 1, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    I think Afridi should be banned for life time. I just read his interview and he admitted to ball tampering and his justification was that the method he took was stupid!!! For godsake, this is a gentleman's game and whether stupid or smart, cheating is disgrace! Will he ever understand that? Thank god, no pakistani player was signed up for IPL. They don't deserve huge pay check for bringing disgrace to this gentleman's game. First they must learn the rules and then aspire for big sponsorship and paycheck.

  • Omer on February 1, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Has Shahid Afridi, totaly lost his mind? I have no idea what is wrong with our cricketers, no profesionalism openly defaming our country by these actions. It shows that We need a major overhaul of our system, There needs we be accountability and discipline brought into the team, this starts by sacking all of these players no matter how good they are, they need to see that their actions have consequences.

    Shamefull, No wonder we as Pakistani's never succeed in anything, we get one positive note and we shoot ourselves in the foot.

    Unbelievable...Sack Everyone and bring in the U19 Team

  • Shams on February 1, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Afridi should be ashamed of what he did today!

    Best solution is to make Razzaq captain for ODI's and Test matches. He is a consistent performer and im sure he gets on well with the players too.

    Test team: Salman Butt (VC) Kamran Akmal (WK) Mohammad Yousuf Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq (C) Shahid Afridi Mohammed Aamer Mohammad Sami/Umar Gul/Rana/Sohail Tanvir Mohammad Asif

    ODI's: Imran Nazir Shahid Afridi - explosive opening pair. Fawad Alam - He's having to come in after 10 overs anyway! Shoaib Malik Umar Akmal Abdul Razzaq (C) Kamran Akmal Sohail Tanvir Mohammad Aamer Umar Gul Mohammad Asif - Good ODI line up we have 8 players who can bowl!

  • redneck on February 1, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    im pretty sure it was just a brain fade by afridi, he obviously was wanting to win and didnt think about his actions why he was doing it. but his captaincy gets the best out of his players! field settings were better and team unity was evident on the field! this may be a stupid question, but has anyone in the media actually asked him why he doesnt play tests? i cant believe no aussie jouro has asked the question while they are on tour? even if he bats like its twenty20 in a test, his captaincy makes the other players stand taller and should be looked into by the pcb! if pakistan had a united team the results would come as its not like they dont have the tallent!

  • Panga Khan on February 1, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    I cannot believe no body has called Afridi a "CHEAT" as yet. This is not the first time Afridi has cheated - remember Karachi against England a few years back? He was forgiven at that time with a slap on the wrist after he apologised and said it was a "Moment of Madness". Well, for me last night was not a "Moment of Madness" because he did it twice in one match firstly for Asif and secondly for Rana. I hope Pakistan administration note this seriously and take some serious action - after all it is about Pakistan.

    I also question the integrity of the bowlers Asif and Rana - as far as I am concerned they are accessory to this and should be punished accordingly. Pakistan better punish their cheaters and in hurry. This is a shameful act and cannot go unscathed. Two T20 ban is not enough for Afridi. You cannot have a Captain who cheats. I rather have a mule captaining the team but not a cheater. We are talking Pakistan here guys not an individual.

  • Nauman on February 1, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    I stopped watching after the 3rd ODI. I knew from then on that it would be 5-0 defeat. To all the people that are for a better board and a better system that has worked for all the rest of the teams in the world, I have this to say. That doesn't work in Pakistan. If it did, we would have 2 great national teams intead of it. The only time Pakistani teams have performed well is when they have had an aggressive Type A personality captain at the helm. So I vote Afridi. Probably Younis Khan for test matches. To all that think Pakistan's exclusion from IPL was justified and had nothing to do with India's resentment towards Pakistan. It has everything to do with it. We became 20 champions after beating YOUR team. Ijaz Butt's reaction wasn't right though. The guy is totally embarrassing. PCB has never worked in the best interest of Pakistan cricket and it probably wont in the near future either.

  • nadeem on February 1, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    The fact of the matter is Pakistan still lost the match despite Australia resting Watson,Clark,Bollinger etc Despite playing with an extra batsmen,Pakistan could still only manage a low total and so the problem with batting remains.Australia did not bat well and yet with Hussey on the crease and with batting powerplay were always favourites.The problems with Pak cricket are far deeper than Ijaz Butt or captaincy.Most ppl can captain better than Yousuf but don't expect dramatic changes under Afridi....Pak still lost and would've comfortably lost the series no matter who captained the side.

  • googly on February 1, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Discipline is what is needed in the Pak team and Afridi set a very bad example by tampering the ball. Even if you are loosing a game you loose it in the spirit of the game. Therefore in my opinion Afridi is a real bad choice for a captain. His performance with the bat is hit or miss. In fair assessment he is a T20 player. The PCB has to step up and get some fresh faces in the team. First the players should be given a lesson/coaching in discipline and the rest comes next. I am sure there are better players in the Pak domestic Cricket than in the National team. The PCB has to be fair in whom they select. Selection should be performance based only. PCB can follow the example of Australia.

  • Meety on February 1, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Hi, I am an Aussie, I had to have a bit of a laugh about Afridi's Hunger/Appetite to win. Perhaps he hasn't got enough fibre in his diet. I have absolutely no idea how much damage was done to the ball, but the 2 match fine I think is more than enough. I would like to say though as an Aussie, I am extremely embarrassed about the Latif incident and would like to applaud Latif for the gracious way he and Afridi handled that manner, (perhaps Afridi should get a one match reduction in his ban). I wish Latif the best in his career and hope he had no injuries from the idiot who tackled him. On Pakistan's tour so far, I would like to say whilst Umar Akmal has rightly received a lot of plaudits for his talent/potential, I think Fawad Alam was very impressive on a pitch that would have to be very foreign to him. He has just about the best technique I have seen from a Paki in along time, (I always thought Imran Khan was technically the best batsmen from Pakistan). Needs to be selected more.

  • Proud Ozzy on February 1, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Let's face it - Afridi is Pakistan's most exciting player and I'm disappointed he won't be playing in the next few matches. Perhaps the team needs a dietitian to help Afridi with his cricket ball eating problems. Also I think most Aussie cricket fans were embarrassed about the fool who ran onto the ground and tackled Khalid Latif to the ground.He will get a big fine, be banned from sporting grounds around the country and hopefully face criminal charges. Also WACA security need a good kick up the backside for allowing this to happen.Sorry Khalid.

  • JS on February 1, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    At the end of the day..it doesnt matter which team won and how but cricket is about how spirited the match was. Everyteam looses once in a while. Even Australia badly lost ashes last year against England but as i said its how you come out of it matters. i am truly disappointed in Pakistan and specially Afridi, not once but twice and i guess many more unnoticed incidents like this.

  • Tanveer Imam on February 1, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Shahid Afridi's act of ball tampering was despicable, but more outrageous was his comment when he claimed that every team tampers with the ball, and that he should have not adopted such obvious methods(biting on the ball in front of millions of fans). He implied that it is OK to cheat as long as you don't get caught. In a TV interview, a former captain Moin Khan attempted to downplay the saga, saying it is useless to further discuss it as Afridi has apologized to the nation. As a pakistani, I feel ashamed of the whole incident. Any responsible board would penalize this psychotic behaviour and the blatant admission that it is OK to cheat. It is not!!

  • The Real Deal on February 1, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    If was in England he'd no wne Knighted like Atherton. Shame he isn't.

  • Lucy on February 1, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Please explain it to me. How is it that no one in Pakistan cares about what is fair? Why always play the victim? I am a psychologist, and this is a textbook syndrome of an under-confident individual.

    The syndrome is not restricted to cricket unfortunately. Politics, foreign policy, sports... its all so petty. I am disgusted. I lived in Pakistan as a child, and this is not what I saw then. What has suddenly happened to the country.

    And I would request that people stop referring to isolated incidents from 30 years ago to justify such cheating. Its reinforces the impression that moral character has disappeared from the public's lives (at least a large chunk of the public, thankfully not all).

  • NA on February 1, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Is it actually true that all teams are tampering with the ball on regular basis? If yes, then I suppose, rules should be made more stringent and punishment be more memorable so that it doesn't happen again. Shane Warne was suspended for a year for using a illegal substance which could have given him some unfair advantage. But does ball tempering not give you similar( or more) advantage, then why punishment is not up to par.

    And why guys from subcontinent can't speak more diplomatically. Making a mistake is fine, but saying that you did it because everyone does it, is just a recipe to disaster and shows how stupid you are as a person. However, if Afridi is being straightforward and trying to introduce a very serious issue, then morons at ICC better pay heed to it right now.

  • Nas on January 31, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    As an Aussie supporter, I am constantly wondering how ALL other bowlers (from india, pakistan, england) are swinging the ball around, and our Aussie bowlers arent?

    Now I know why.

    Shame on you Afridi. You cant hide behind your beard ... the camera's will always catch you.

    Nasir - Sydney

  • Pat on January 31, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    @Matt: Take it easy dude. They are not the first one or the last one to tamper with the ball. Recently one of our friend stepped on the ball with nails on intentionally. Few of the ex-stars from SA are asking for legalizing the ball tampering. It is when they do it it is wrong and when we do it it is right? Whats up with that?

  • Gaurav on January 31, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    He should get a lengthy ban. I would say >4 matches at least. And pakistani fans should stick with this issue and not rake up racism, et al.

    The point is, he did a VERY wrong thing. And a VERY VERY VERY stupid thing.

    I have no more sympathy for 'oh-so-talented' cricketers who barely ever perform (need I remind you of the 5-0, 3-0 WHITEWASH, yes ladies and gents, a WHITEWASH!!!!!), but of course its because they are always victims of this terrible thing and that terrible thing.

    Face reality my friends. It'll help you.

  • thepeaceinc on January 31, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Really man!!! Does pakistan not produce one honest man????

  • Chota Chetan on January 31, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Now we know why team especially bowlers "perform" under Afridi. One should always be scared of one's wishes coming true and Paki fans are about to realize this. Afridi is going to be the worst captain in the history of cricket. And now it is clear how T20 world cup was managed by this team and that is why Umar Gul is not close to his "brilliant" bowling performance.

  • Andrew on January 31, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    PAK fans, don't overreact - it's not that bad. It wasn't even the worst thing that happened on the day. Rest assured, we're as horrified by the pitch invasion as you are. (You don't have drunken idiots in PAK, fortunately.)

    Afridi got 2 matches - about right. But why??????? My guess is he didn't want the captaincy given the treatment Yousef copped - this is the easiest way to get a rest from 2 T20s and ensure he can't be appointed. Meanwhile, Darrell Hair is rolling in his grave yelling "I told you!"

  • Nath on January 31, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    I don't think we should be too hard on Afridi. It was a bizarre incident, but who hasn't made a mistake or done something crazy when under great pressure on the spur of the moment? World cricket needs players like him so I think a two match 20/20 ban is appropriate. And to those talking about goras and how an Australian wouldn't be banned for this etc etc ... please just grow up.

    I would also like say that I love watching Afridi but his batting is too irresponsible. I know that's his style but if he just put the same amount of thought into his batting as what he obviously puts into his bowling, he could have been one of the all time greats.

  • gold on January 31, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    I'm Pakistani and this is the worst thing i've seen in cricket in recent years. What in the freaking hell was he thinking? Why the hell does pakistan play cricket? No one wants to come to their soil, they CHEAT, then they cry that IPL ignore their players...I mean, seriously, they need to quit playing cricket and play guli danda or join their taliban friends! This country is nothing but a shame on the face of this earth. Well apart from my emotional opinion, I think only uncivilized people do these things and pakistanis are still in stone age, they need to learn discipline and get some God damn education i.e. atleast finish college.

  • Rajesh on January 31, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    This latest incident really brings to the fore of Pakistan fast bowlers unique ability to swing the ball. Many have questioned past pakistani victories employing illegal bowl tampering techniques...and this latest eposide will only bring support that Pakistan have always employed illegal practice to tamper the ball...I now even question the legitamcy of Pakistan's 20-20 success, 1992 world cup victory, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis's record etc...it will take alot action to earn the trust of opposition fans to trust pakistan always playing fair cricket.

  • Craig on January 31, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    I am an Australian but was looking for a Pakistan win last night, for the good of cricket. It is no good for the sport to have any national team far above or below the rest in quality. Afridi is exciting to watch but his ability to lose the plot is now legendary. A ban had to come because he has a history of such issues. The spectator who tackled a player was a disgrace hopefully ended up with some accidental bruising of his own and gets some decent court penalty. I am not sure why cricket seems to be so political in Pakistan but it needs to change, again for the good of the sport.

  • J_Iqbal_kash on January 31, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Being from neighburing country, only pakistan-cricket has impressed me. Since childhood I have been following them and can say I am very ardent fan. But from few years the standard has detiorated so much, that it hurts every match you watch them playing. It is one of the most bizarre cricket from Pakistan, I have seen since last 2-3 years. What I have observed is the lack of team-spirit, incoherent leadership, lack of match winner, a bizzare team selection, lack of discipline, and a heavyweight coach. There are only few players in the team, who select themseleves. I would n't say they are match winners, but the best choice the team has. I have never been a fan of Afridi, for he has bought downfall of pakistan cricket. From his time, pakistan has started to loose matches, whcih they should have won. The Miadad's shrewd tacits to win matches has gone. Afridi has generated a block of players, who know how to loose matches. Sports schooling is must, to resurrect the pakistan cricket.

  • Ubaid on January 31, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    I wonder what kind of toothpaste or powder Afridi uses, this shows that his teeth are strong. Yes we need to find younger talented players with stronger teeth. A dentist in the selection committe might help...

    Pakistan is back fighting and biting..

    What all the fuss about, just make biting legal

  • Matt on January 31, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Why didn't Pakistan walk off and refuse to play when he was accused of tampering? They did against England, on the grounds that Pakistanis NEVER tamper with the ball, and only a racist would suggest otherwise....

  • J_Iqbal_kash on January 31, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Being from neighburing country, only pakistan-cricket has impressed me. Since childhood I have been following them and can say I am very ardent fan. But from few years the standard has detiorated so much, that it hurts every match you watch them playing. It is one of the most bizarre cricket from Pakistan, I have seen since last 2-3 years. What I have observed is the lack of team-spirit, incoherent leadership, lack of match winner, a bizzare team selection, lack of discipline, and a heavyweight coach. There are only few players in the team, who select themseleves. I would n't say they are match winners, but the best choice the team has. I have never been a fan of Afridi, for he has bought downfall of pakistan cricket. From his time, pakistan has started to loose matches, whcih they should have won. The Miadad's shrewd tacits to win matches has gone. Afridi has generated a block of players, who know how to loose matches. Sports schooling is must, to resurrect the pakistan cricket.

  • Humayun Khan Afridi on January 31, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Now all Pakistanis who wanted a win so desperately ,and someone brought them so close to it, are trying to be angels.Imran and many of the great bowlers of that era have publicly accepted that ball tempering was done on regular basis.why dont the ICC nullify the records held by the bowlers of that era. Come on guys,the team fought well and made Aussies sweat in their teeth to get to the smallest target of the series.He brought the team together, they were growling under the command of a tiger. He is the one who is not in any inferiority complex against the white boys. he looks them in their eyes and not ashamed of the fact when he speaks english, that english is not his mother language, so whatever way he speaks it, should be acceptable to everyone. Give the man some credit, He will take them places,all pakistani's look in your graiban before you critic Afridi for cheating.As Wali Khan once famously said if we enforce sharia in Pakistan, half of pakistanis will be without hands

  • Rauf on January 31, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    @anand

    "It is a big loss that Afridi and other Pakistanis are not playing in IPL. Our youngsters could have learnt ball-tampering techniques from them."

    Don't worry, they can learn it from Tendulkar.

  • balls are not for eating on January 31, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Can someone explain to me why the punishment handed to Afridi was half of that given to Sammuel Benn in the test series against australia.

  • zuhaib ahmed on January 31, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Dude, at the moment eve thing is in a mess. it would hopefully recover once all the freaking politics is scarce. it surely needs quite a bit of time till the team learns how to play for the country rather to prove a point to each other. the day that happens honestly paks got the most versatile team which can come up with alot of brilliant ideas

    as far as the captaincy is cocerned there cant be any one better than afridi. all what we need i an aggressive captain rather than sum one who playes test cricket strategies in one day.. we still have some bit of time till the world cup starts. a good selection commitee a few players kicked out of the current team till they improve their strategies in the first class and a permanent phsychiatrist who needs to make them learn being positive and there ud see there is no limit to pakistans acheivements.

  • vikas on January 31, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Did afridi confess in press conference that his intentions were to temper the ball...

  • shehryar on January 31, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Afridi, should be made realise on a publi tv of his stupidity and be reminded what is honesty. Shame of you all who support him. Becuase of his stupidity the whole nation is labeled. None of them are good cricketers...no exception...Yet we praise one if he plays good once in a year....

  • khan on January 31, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    SAME OLD STORY everyone seems to be talking about the captain.. ask yourself.. will that really improve the fielding.. bowling.. batting.. ???

  • Imran Zahidy on January 31, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Afridi is a good choice for caption but this is not the first time he had done this he tried to scuff up the pitch one in a test match so he not the ethical caption and should be allowed to lead a team. Salman, younis, yousif, kamran, omar gul, should be kicked out. Imran fahat is a joke for an opener he has been given many chances should try new opener, coach should be changed and a new specialist batting, balling and fielding coach should be appointed. I really dont like watching these losers.

  • AZ USA on January 31, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Afridi, not only you brought this shame to the nation - was this a present to your ailing dad as well? Thanks for proving a cheat will always remain a cheater...

  • Abrar on January 31, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Afridi was banned for two matches however what did Anderson and Broad get for what they did in South Africa? There is quite a difference between what spikes can do and what teeth can do to a cricket ball. I am not defending Afridi, I am only stressing that every team tempers with the ball. Anybody who has played grade cricket knows what sugary lollies, sun block, vaseline, hair cream, and in certain cases zinc does to cricket ball. On another note, imagine a Pakistani supporter running on to the field, even in places like Australia, Dubai, or England and tackling an Australian cricketer. Would we get the same reaction? Would the media treat it just like they have treated this incident? Afridi should have summoned all his players to the centre, held the play up for a few minutes, and sought some guarantees from the match officials. Imagine a drunk with a bottle or some other sharp object. It was time to show Aussies that their grounds are as unsafe as anyones.

  • thanks Afridi on January 31, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Thanks Afridi for once again maligning the Pakistani nation by your acts - it shows how pathetic you are and that as a person nothing has changed - you are still a cheat, and you will always be a cheater.

  • Zainab Khan on January 31, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    This is disrespect to the whole of Pakistan Nation and disrespect for die hard fans like myself who went and supported them in every match in Australia - was flying from Sydney to Melbourne just to watch Afridi in T20 SO MUCH FOR THAT! when will the dark ages for pakistan cricket end - i've had enough =(

  • Aqil Siddiqi on January 31, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    What Afridi did was totally wrong. But why this world, always goes after Gung Ho after Sub Continant players for any guilty incidents. Have we forgotten the incident just happened between South African Vs England series (Broad and Anderson). Why those players from England weren't charged, or got such publicity as we always gets it. U, Kamran is also guilty of not writing in full leangth about these incidents too. U R one of the media people, U should also do your part too, and you shpuld be ashamed to not following the line too. But then again, you are many of those Paki's too, spineless and scared for everything. It's good we lost the 5th ODI too, atleast now the heads should roll. But we have seen a fight in that one, and that's all we fans want to see, a fight to the finish, just don't give it up. I hope, this is the end for the two Y's, Rana and Kamran Akmal.

  • Inty on January 31, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Disgraceful act but not the end of the world considering what Broad and co. Get up to! let him serve his ban come back and stop eating between meals! We the deprived pak fans will be better for it! Iqbal Qasim led the way today by resigning. I hope the others follow suit and take ownership for this debacle that was the aus tour!

  • zain on January 31, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    At this time what’s immediately needed is a major overhaul of the entire team in all 3 formats. We need a blank slate a fresh page and totally clean start. We need to immediately remove all the trouble makers all those players who have been chance upon chance and who are responsible for bringing us to this ignoble stage. We need to break away from these tried tested and proven failures and pin our hopes on the youth of tomorrow.

    The following 7 players have to be removed from all 3 formats immediately and permanently no ifs ands or buts. Np excuses, no chances, no parchis, no sifarish They should never be brought back again. Male an example of them. ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!!

    Mohamamed Yousuf Younis Khan Shoaib Malik Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Misbah-ul- Haq Faisal Iqbal

  • Raghu on January 31, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Video replays clearly show that some of the bowlers were clearly aware of what Afridi was doing. After this shameful act, if I were a Pakistani cricket fan, I would be more embarrassed of its moral character than of its performances.

  • zain on January 31, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    What we have needed desperately were heroes with dignity, character, ethics and morals. Heroes with pride and passion who were dedicated and striving for the team and for the nation. Heroes valiant, unafraid and determined resolved to give 200%. Heroes with backbone and humility who played as one; as a team and for the team to win but not win at any cost or any means.

    What we needed were 15 united men who can show to the world that Pakistan and Pakistanis have a lot more to offer then just terrorists, corruption, infighting, and lack or character or morals.

    What we have gotten is exactly the opposite. How sad, how pathetic those men of Pakistan involved in the running of this sport have all together humiliated a nation and a people desperate for heroes and pride.

    The entire PCB management and the entire Pakistan Cricket team should be ashamed.

  • Zain on January 31, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    What is astonishing is that a man who has just been appointed Captain, who has so much experience and who is fully aware and cognizant of the turmoil, the problems, the tribulations, difficulties, challenges that the Pakistan cricket team is facing could not exercise a lot more simple common sense.

    This scandal has yet again brought Pakistan to intentional spotlight for all the wrong reasons. From ball tampering, match fixing, match throwing, drugs, sex scandals, infighting, player revolts, bombs, terrorism, murder investigations, there is no controversy or disgrace that Pakistan cricket has not been involved in.

    Those cricket problems coupled with the tattered image of Pakistan and Pakistanis in general all over the world have plunged our reputation as a people and as a country to a new abysmal low.

  • Zain on January 31, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    What Afridi has done in this match is the cherry on top of the rotten, filthy cake that the entire Pakistani team has served to Pakistan, its population, the fans, the world and cricket during this tour down under.

    Make no mistake Afridi has not only disgraced himself and the Pakistani cricket team but he has in fact brought yet again dishonor, disrepute and humiliation to the entire nation and each and every one of us who calls him or herself a Pakistani has to hang his head in shame.

    Afridi has been part of the senior Pakistan cricket team and international cricket for over 13 years. He has been playing professional cricketer for almost 20 years he should and does know better. There is no excuse, no excuse whatsoever. He was cheating pure and simple and as much he has admitted.

  • IPL Bad Shah on January 31, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistan should look to make Umer Gul captain. He is relaxed even under pressure. He is a good cricketer, and is a performer when the chips are down. He is not a centre-stage captain; unlike Afridi who likes to pose like a showman after wicket. Moron. I think everyone is looking for an Imran Khan-style leader in Younus or Yousuf or Shoaib Malik or Afridi. A captain should manage his players well and should be a good tactician, not merely a good batsman or all rounder. Umer Gul fits the bill. Try a bowling captain, and see things turn around for Pakistan.

  • abdul haseeb on January 31, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    well i still cant believe Afridi has done tht.. after playing for such a long period, Afridi should not have done tht.. nowadays there r so many cameras on the field.. u cannot skip frm them.. its like committing suicide and one thing i cant understand why and how you think of the idea of playing Younis Khan as an captain for brief period.. i think at this point whoever suggest Younis even playing in the team puts a question mark on his cricketing sense

  • Jawed Saleem on January 31, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket "BITES" THE DUST !

    Afridi’s act was UGLY and “DISGRACE” to the nation.

    To many it may sound harsh, but it is right and proper for P.C.B. to impose ‘LIFE-BAN’ (on Afridi ).

    Events ( & Results) down-under clearly shows that our PAK-CRICKET is fast approaching “NADIR”.

    It is of paramount importance that our President take “DRASTIC + SWEEPING” actions to install “Competent, Honest and Sincere” people in PCB management.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • M KHAN on January 31, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    @ Farhan Hafeez, I think you misqouted the name of Younis Khan about defeatist mentality. Thats M Yousaf, the guy who should go down in the history of PAK cricket as the worst captain.For god sake how a senior guy like him after all those years of int. cricket, can be so tactically and mentally bankrupt.How can u win when u slag your own players usually whilst the match is still in progress, u heap constant praise on the opposition by confessing 'they ar a better team than us' and everytime ur team gains some initiative u put all your fileders in defensive positions on the boundry.Shame on you M Yousaf.The irony is that he did not show any remote likelihood of learning from Sydney last day mistakes and kept repeating it over and over again.I think the team should have had a new captain immediately after sydney test. Apart from his foolish act, the way Afridi captained the team I am sure the test and odi scoreline would not be whitewash.M Yousaf you should never play for PAK team.

  • Salman on January 31, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Pakistani players! are they aware there 26 cameras on the match. Even Rao picking his nose was picked up. Afridi if you must cheat at least show some discretion not biting the ball as if you are eating a juicy Red delicious apple. Well good thing he will not capt Pak.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 31, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    The mindless act of biting a ball is disgraceful and humiliating. It took place under glare of cameras,lights, mates & spectators. It also reconfirmed, the ball tempering allegations often levelled against Pakistan. Afridi knew he will face suspension and bring disrepute to his team and Nation. Nothing justifies the act of biting a ball & matches can't be won in this manner. I guess we have a bunch of uneductaed young men in the Pak team. Team Managers, Coaches & Administrative Staff should have the duty to explain to the players the consequences of these violations. A two match T20 suspension is not enough & Afridi should be banned from playing at this level for 10 matches. A heft fine should be slapped on him. He should also take a 20 hour class in ethics. Pak does not need a Captain who is prepared to cheat to win. Pak should be led by a Captain who is educated, intelligent and who does not panic in defeat or get too excited in victory. Afridi blew it up and even though he may be a

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 31, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    For Mr javed I am quiet surprised u r still keeping Asif in your squad what abt cocaine issue? I think Yes he did wrong there r lot others who did this in the past. I hope he doesn't do it again

  • Haroon on January 31, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Its a shame what Afridi did but its a greater shame that some of the Pakistanis on this blog are saying "that other nation do it so what the big deal" Thats the problem with Pakistan, not accepting a wrong. I am a Pakistani, was a proud Pakistani but I regret to say I feel ashamed for the behavious of our the country's cricket captain. His action should NOT be condone on this board. Afridi should be punished by the PCA and should be made an example of, this is not the first time he has cheated now the PCA have to show courage and show the world they mean business.

  • Umakant on January 31, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    What can I say...it just proves that between Yousuf and Afridi, Afridi was more 'hungry' for a win... he he he!

  • Noor on January 31, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Shame! Afridi should be banned for min 5 years by the Pak Cricket authority, this should send a clear message to the present and future Pakistani players that cheating and disgracing the nation's name in front of the whole world will result in severe punishment. Afridi should NEVER play for Pakistan and the Pak cricket board should slap a NOC for him for good measure . I am not a big fan of Yousuf but he is a honerable man. It better to loses gracefully than stoop so low. There should be no place for cheaters. I rather see Pakistan lose 10 test matches than our players resort to such disgracful tactics. Yes! Banned Afridi for life. The man is a jerk.

  • Umair on January 31, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Idont know if I am seeing things or all you people haven't noticed the ball reversed swinged considerably for austrlia in test and to some extent in ODI I even saw off Nathan Haurtiz twigging the ball and scratching the ball on the last day of the first test with his thumb nail they showed the slow motion replay twice on close up but not a single complaint came up nither did the team of three commentators utter a single word on the issue. Afridi saying that every team does it means Austrlia did it through out the series why are you catching me? Hypocrisy isn't it from everyone including media.

  • Yasir Saleem on January 31, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    'Daft' is the word. When will Pakistani cricketers learn that it is not all about playing cricket or a sport, it is about making the right choices. It is either someone getting detained on airports for drugs posession, resignations, sacking, coach dieing, divisions within the team and so on. I am seriously getting tired of the nonsense being carried out by these lot and I am sure millions more in Pakistan feel the same way.

  • VegeMiter on January 31, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    I wonder if Afridi was playing during the infamous forfeited Test Match against England, the one where former umpire Darrell Hair suspected ball tampering and Pakistan spat the dummy and forfeited the Test Match? Darrell, maybe your suspicions during that infamous Test Match had substance after all, it appears even to this day Pakistan are still practising the 'art' pioneered by the likes of Sarfraz Nawaz?

  • PeterB on January 31, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    From Australia, neither the people of Pakistan nor the cricket team should not feel shamed by the Afridi incident - only Afridi himself. On the positive side, a fabulous game, I was biting my nails all the way through, and both sets of bowlers did well, with only very slightly better team effort from Aussies. Neither should Aussies be shamed by actions of one drunken idiot (although perhaps by security). Hopefully he will be banned forever from our cricket grounds and spend some time in jail. At least one player from each side was filmed chatting happily with each other after the match. This is what we should do - compete hard, but applaud good play on both sides. For other than the biting, Afridi has entertained with both bat and ball, give him credit for that.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on January 31, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    ...to add to my comment earlier, Afridi apologized to the nation, but the funny thing is, I, along with many Pakistanis, had already forgiven him for his act of desparation, he is the true leader who we need right now! people do not fool yourselves, it is just a mistake and as long as he does not repeat this anymore, he is still the best choice to lead the embatteled Pakistanis now and beyond the world cup next year. he is the ingredient we have been missing for a long time. he did it for his country and I am willing to look past it - Afrifi is our captain, period.

  • Umashankar on January 31, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    I think it is not a big deal. He made a mistake, and that is that. When dust has settled, he is still a good cricketer and a good captaincy candidate. Everyone makes mistakes - and that was Afridi's. Only thing we will remember in a couple of weeks of this is probably the jokes made by standup comics. Pakistan will benefit greatly from his continued presence.

    On a different note, I don't see his 37 ball century record broken ANYTIME soon. Sanath and Sehwag were only 2 candidates with a shot at that, and both have sobered up recently. Perhaps McCullum or Dilshan?

  • muzz on January 31, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    yes I accept he was stupid/the action was disgraceful/but he has been honest and brave enough to accept apologise/he is the one who learnt the lesson and should carry on as a captain. Shoib Malik can do the job for next 2x 20/20.

  • Ayzaz on January 31, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    imran khan at the icc awards spoke on how the game has evolved in terms of coaching, proffessionAlism & fielding But why did Pakistan never evolve.We have 'selectors who were never selected themselves' as Inzi says. Our grandfather coach thinks this level it's all about man mgmt as they r all technically ok but need to be pampered. Are our cricketers that fragile? We haveNt had an opening batsman for 10 years. Any Kind of catch taken in the field is a bonus including the keeper. being run out for a poor call is the norm..The captaincy we can blame yusuf all day but he took command while yunis went AWOL. How does afridi make the test side? No1 spinner? No6 bat? How? Moonwalk on the pitch? Bite the ball? How?? The Pathan is too unstable.Every pak interview starts with "we are a young side, we are learning". So when will we b an experienced side?  There's no learning on the job, just fine tuning in international ckt. Dhoni, g smith were given captaincy despite big names in the team but they were backed and delivered. Malik is clearly our future. Balanced head- bat, bowl, field but the we'd rather knock him to the ground. Him and qadir as selector were doing ok b4 qadir quit and Malik was ousted to external pressures. Unfortunately in Pakistan though external always means internal. Rip Pakistan cricket. Only imran khan can save us now!

  • Tariq Mahmood on January 31, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    I sometime wonder if any of these comments is read by anybody else ever. So this is just a test! How many of these self-righteous people have never moved their ball on a golf course? What Afridi did, often happens in the heat of the moment - in cricket, football, tennis, any sport for that matter. The problem here is not Afridi, it is a nation whose self-worth is so fragile that they do not show any mercy to visiting teams even when they are down and out. My friend Dr Abbasi, as a doctor if not as a Pakistani, you should show greater compassion for the poor chap. He is a great entertainer, albeit a bit daft, and should not be lost to a game which is otherwise so boring. Who would like to watch somebody score his 45th century against Bangladesh?

  • Farhan Hafeez on January 31, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    kamran, I will like to make a point here, I am quiet surprised that no one has noticed this. Our favourite captain younus khan idealise Australians & when he praises Australia he completely 4get everything. I am quiet confused isn,t this means he is always feels lowered ? how u can expect a competition when your captains think like this. Look at yousuf he is a captain of Pakistan I have never seen any Australian coming to u 4 a chat Why he has to talk so much with Australians. I hope any one has noticed this. To have a competition u should have a courage to have an eye contact rather always praising we r loosing to a good side. If your thinking is this that simply means, u think, you done more than enough, to win a match against them is beyond thinking.

  • Wajih on January 31, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Apologizing for what he did and then receiving admiration from our naive people for him being a man for accepting his wrong doing and that he did it for a team? Our players know they can get away with anything - they just need to gratuitously use the word 'god' in nearly every sentence or come up with a quranic reference in every second sentence and one can rest assured that they will be forgiven by 90% of our population. ICC should have given him a much stiffer ban considering he was the captain and also his previous rendezvous with the pitch at Faisalabad against England. PCB severely lacks to run things objectively and professionally.

  • Javed on January 31, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    With the exception of Asif and Aamer the whole lot should be replaced by the U-19 squad. And Afridi should be banned for life...for embarrasing and humiliating the nation.

  • bhia on January 31, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    give salman the capataincy for 5 years full stop . lets learn from s.africa and produce a g.smith type ???

    still love you pakistan !!! no matter what/dodgy politicians/players biting balls !!!

  • Aditya on January 31, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Well this is what happens when you pick a guy out of the street and put him into international arena.Its a gentlemans game and there is no place for a guy like in afridi in that arena. This is much more serious than chucking. If someone can be banned for Life for fixing a match, I wonder why the same treatment cant be meeted to the people who bough shame to the game of cricket with their foolish bheaviour. Foolish is not the word I am looking for

  • Zeeshan Fazal on January 31, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    what the hell...i think Afridi did nothing wrong..i mean he didnt care for himself n just wanted to win Pkistan a match...n tried taking a risk...which dint pay off but still it was an act dat did show that HE WANTED TO WIN...everything is fair in love and war:D...n atleast Pathans take everything as war..haha

  • Ashfaq Ahmad on January 31, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Afridi -a thirty year old,mature player,captaining the national team, behaving like a child is disgraceful.What sort of impression will it make on younger members of the team and the millions of spectators round the world? In Urdu they say 'khisyani billi khamba nochey' ie making lame excuses.'Winning at any cost' was Afridi's argument but chewing the ball to achieve his goal,was not the answer.

    Afridi should have been punished more severly and not be given the job of captain.National pride and prestige is more important than anything else.I do not care if Kamran, Shoaib or anyone else captains the side.We may lose matches but we do not want to lose honour and dignity of Pakistan.

    Our leading cricketers regard themselves as stars and think that they can get away with anything.This attitude must change.

    Lastly,after their pathetic performance in Australia,Pakistan should withdraw from the series of international matches in England this summer to avoid further humiliation.

  • Usman on January 31, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    He got desperate and did this foolish act..

  • Shariq on January 31, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    I think Pak have only one option left make Malik T20 captain until afridi come back.Other then that give chance to Imran Farhat with Nazir in coming T20. I will appreciat PCB if they get rid of Salman But. Butt is only a test player T20 and ODI not for him. Here should be the team for coming T20 Farhat Nazir Malik (captain) Umar Akmal Fawad Rana Sarfaraz Amir Gul Asif Ajmal

  • amer husain on January 31, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Afridi's onfield issues can be easily solved. They should feed him more before sending him out! As for the team, some have done well like Asif, Aamir, Umar Akmal, Butt and Alam and one or two others. On the other hand this should be the end of the line for Younis, Yousuf and a few others too. Ejaz Butt should resign. Structurally, the domestic game will have to be improved if the team is to move into the upper tier of world cricket.

  • pardesi on January 31, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Well, that does it for me. After being a die hard fan for the last 35 years of my life, I go out as a sorry fan. Not winning is one thing, being labelled a cheater is unbearable. As good as Afridi is, he should be banned for life by PCB. Sorry about my sentiments, but this country is better than what these idiots represent on the field. Time for spring cleaning. Good luck to the future Pak teams, hopefully we will have players with some sense and decency and pride. Until then, I am out.

  • Raghu on January 31, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi....do you still consider afridi as a good captain after this incident......i dont think the leader should be leading this way. even if pakistan lose they are better side with yusuf or yunis atleast they can keep their heads high..

  • Abul Hasnat on January 31, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Pakistan does not need a ball biting captain. Shahid Afridi should not be considered as Pakistan captain. Younis Khan is not the answer either. In his present form, he should not even be in the team. Pakistan needs to rebuild. Let us try a young man.

  • Qasem on January 31, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    We should not turn a blind eye to the lack of maturity Afridi brings on the field. He is disgraceful. If Pakistan has learnt anything during the past 10 years, they must act on discipline. Let Afridi know that his repeated offenses can not be tolerated. He should not be considered for captaincy until he acts like a 20 year old at least.

  • Khan on January 31, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Afridi made an big mistake gnawing to win. This was a sign of desparation to prove he was a winning captain, to salvage some small measure of pride, to avoid a whitewash. Too little too late.

    His captaincy and his energy was a breath of fresh air. They almost snuck a win with such a small score and agonisingly 2 wickets shorts and 3 balls aways from a win.

    The last game Australia really felt the pressure and if Pakistan had scored 20-odd more runs, who knows..

    There is no question that Afridi should be made captain for the long term. Our most successful captains have always been all-rounders.

    In future if he is hungry, please someone offer him an apple!

  • asif on January 31, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Kamran being yourself a professional your defending of Afridi after this idiotic incident is an absolute disgrace. This moron has now got himself a 2 match ban. He should also face internal punishment for bringing pakistan cricket into the gutter. This is the second time he has tarnished the image of pakistan cricket on the international stage with the world watching and you still want him as the future captain just because he is the best choice. Just thinking what you are professing , let a cheat lead a nation and damn with it. Going forward this idiot has now cast a further net on the pride and self esteem of pakistan cricket , because when our bowlers win us matches people will cast suspicion on the methods used to win. Over the last few years the pathetic leadership of the pcb has virtually destroyed pakistan cricket and this idiot Afridi is just as bad. Please understand pride and self respect is a thousand times more important than winning illegally. Afridi should not be captain

  • Wasim on January 31, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Kamran

    Afridi's ball tempering act is even worse than Mohammad Yousaf's defeatist mindset, he has told the rest of the world that we can't beat a team like Australia unless we cheat. Your defense of his action is immoral and against the spirit of cricket. We want an aggressive captain but we do not want a pitch scuffing and ball tempering cheat to lead our cricket team. It's better to lose honestly and with dignity rather than winning by cheating. His action might turn Darryl Hair into a victim and will have long term consequences for Pakistan team.

  • Ganesh on January 31, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Just a 2 match ban? He is a repeat offender. This must be a joke. ICC seems to be encouraging cheating by matching this guy for just 2

  • Rahmanullah on January 31, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    By doing this act he has passed the litmus test for becoming a Pakistani captain!!!!

    Yes!! this is how in Pakistan (suppose to be a land of pure) select their leaders, Throughout its history Its leaders, cricket or country, had been chosen by scoring flying colors in these kind of thug acts before they takeover the leaders profile. Think of any of its leader past or present, you will get my point.

    I wish now my BD cricket team plays against this pakistani team to improve its ranking.

  • Dr ZUBAIR AHMED on January 31, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    In my opinion the name of our beloved country is in the dirt.All these so called seniors should be sacked and more so Afridi for spoiling our country,s nameall over the world.I do not want any victories if those victories spoil the country,s name.If the new junior talent were playing in this series they would have done at least better than the whitewash.At least catches would be caught and they would have at least drawn a game or 2 in the test and win a game or 2 in the ODI,s.Imagine 9 other FAWAD,S & UMAR,s..So please can some one sac these oldies(esp. Younus)who takes 3 overs to get off the mark in an ODI,YOUNUS plz do favour to the country and resign from all sorts of crickets.Plz get the young guns.Whenn Smith was made captain of SA all were very critical of his youngage..see where is SA now.Afridi should be punished much much more than 2 games.I suppose his name in the country will be spoiled now and I will be glad if he does not have more posters on the highways..

  • harris aftab on January 31, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Only choice for Pakistan to lead the side is undoubtedly Afridi. Yousuf's defensive aproach cost Pakistan nothing but humiliation and he put down team moral badly, but this last game we saw same team in a different class which i am sure has every thing to do with the captaincy.

  • tripper on January 31, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    YOUNIS CANNOT PLAY ODI. he holds his bat in an awkward way which limits his slog shots..He averages 30 only because of the kind of innings he played in the first ODI. That TORTUROUS PAINFUL 46 he made, after being close to getting out like ten times..and wasting 15 overs in the process...

  • Rathore on January 31, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    i would like to remind my indian friends that they should not forget that tendunlar & few other indian players were also involve in ball tampering , so not pretending that ur all clean, 1 must not throw stones @ other when they themselves r sitting in glass room...... Afridi is an idiot he disgraced himself, Pak Cric, Pak Players & provided a perfect chance for other to bash PAK, shame on u Afridi...

  • Anil VP on January 31, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    All what I saw was shameful cricket coming from Pakistani Cricket that too from its captain Afridi. This guy lacks brains. Alas, this is the state of Pak cricket, its cricketers and administrators. And for once and all Afridi's shameful act has firmly put the label of "CHEATS" to all Pakistani cricket teams of the past, present and the future.

  • usman saleem on January 31, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Dude stop it.What happened to sunil gaveskar in the 1981 melbourne test he cried like a baby and took the incoming batsmen indian cricket team started this non sense & to pakistani who came against afridi u should be happy that one of pakistani captain tried to win by hook or by crook in this case the bowl was changed so no big issue what do u people think andrew fintoff before the 2005 ashes series knew the art of reverse swing he cheated in the ashes through bowl tempering so goes with harmison.there averages was not that good before ashes and they took 20 to 30 wickets through cheating & won ashes.in this case the bowl was changed no harm done,pakistani dudes Indian lobby is very strong we cant do anything but u should not talk like this And wat do u think how did watson got that much swing from talent no from ball tempering jab hum karey to we always r punished jab doosray karey tu mashallah .Afridi is the best captain for pakistan and yunis khan & mohammad yousuf out of the team.

  • DP on January 31, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Do we really need anymore embarrassments? I suppose if you ask Afridi the answer would be yes. Followed by an impassioned reasoning.. How bloody sad

  • bohurupi on January 31, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Why the umpires didn't check and change the ball immediately when the tampering was caught on camera? Why they waited for several overs until when Naved was getting those terrific inswing Yorker? It could very well be the fact that those yorkers Navel was getting had nothing to do with Afridi's biting of the ball but when you change the ball probably you're also changing the dynamics of the delivery and so change the scenario of the match. Even age-matched, every ball behaves differently, at least, to some extent and could make a big difference particularly when the match would get to such an exciting point. Afridi certainly did something he shouldn't have done in the first place but again he should not have been punished for the same crime which others (because of their skin color?)could easily got away with. Right now, Afridi is the only player to lead the team in any of the shorter versions of the game.

  • Ayzaz on January 31, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    imran khan at the icc awards spoke on how the game has evolved in terms of coaching, proffessionAlism & fielding But why did Pakistan never evolve.We have 'selectors who were never selected themselves' as Inzi says. Our grandfather coach thinks this level it's all about man mgmt as they r all technically ok but need to be pampered. Are our cricketers that fragile? We haveNt had an opening batsman for 10 years. Any Kind of catch taken in the field is a bonus including the keeper. being run out for a poor call is the norm..The captaincy we can blame yusuf all day but he took command while yunis went AWOL. How does afridi make the test side? No1 spinner? No6 bat? How? Moonwalk on the pitch? Bite the ball? How?? The Pathan is too unstable.Every pak interview starts with "we are a young side, we are learning". So when will we b an experienced side?  There's no learning on the job, just fine tuning in international ckt. Dhoni, g smith were given captaincy despite big names in the team but they were backed and delivered. Malik is clearly our future. Balanced head- bat, bowl, field but the we'd rather knock him to the ground. Him and qadir as selector were doing ok b4 qadir quit and Malik was ousted to external pressures. Unfortunately in Pakistan though external always means internal. Rip Pakistan cricket. Only imran khan can save us now!

  • al-from-oslo on January 31, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I almost read all the comments.

    It seems Afridi is still favourite amongs people commenting here mr. Abbasi.

    He is of course the best choice. He'll come back and serve his country. He said, what he did was wrong. Hopefully it will never happen again.

    Now giving Younis captaincy back...is going to be the biggest blunder of 2010. Aperson who doesn't want/like captaincy, not performing at all in the matches at all levels, should be, to be honest, dropped.

    Our team is in crisis, but they will go over very soon inshaAllah.

    ws.

  • Omar Hussain on January 31, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    We Pakistanis will always let emotions get the better of us.why can't we simply accept that our team is not good enough to beat any top Test team at the moment.Younis,Yousaf,Misbah are over the hill and we need to blood fresh young players together with a firm and disciplined team management who will install a postive and attacking approach into the players.make them believe they are no less than anybody in the whole world.To attack and be calculating and keep calm under pressure.we don't need to look for coaches aboard we have an excellent supply of vigorious and forceful retired test players under 50 who will readily assist in the NAME OF THE COUNTRY.I am hoping and believe Pakistan can rise from this present humilation.Talent will always be there has always been there.Need is to factiliate it.

  • inzi on January 31, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    its not without reason that the whole world believes that pakistani cricketers are cheat.

  • usman on January 31, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    It's a shocking news for me and for all the people who love cricket especially pakistani cricket. The best thing is that he is ashamed of what he done. so hopefully it will never happen in future. i am totally agree with saqib about the removal of players. one more thing. there is huge difference in pakistan performance in 5th one day and 1st four one days. why it's so? Huge Chance of grouping. look at the performance of Umar Gul. under the captanicy of M Yousuf and under Younis khan huge difference. why it's so? in my view some players want to flop m.yousuf as a captain. Although i admit yousuf never proved himself as a good captain during this series and committed a lot of mistake. But is this the way to find new captain. same thing can happen against new captain. why don't these player learn form their past mistake. pcb must take action to get rid of grouping .who ever involved in this grouping must removed from the team as early as possible to get good results.

  • Zekky on January 31, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    What was he thinking... CHEATER... What a shame...He should have been banned for longer period... What a shame...disgrace to cricket..

  • Owais on January 31, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    wow u guys are harsh, afridi is not the only person to be ball tampering in history of cricket, and he actually owned up to it. No excuses made, unlike England. It just shows that pak had such a bad tour, the poor guy was desperate to win one match, and they did way better than any time on this tour under yousuf. And yousuf had aamer and other good bowlers all at his disposal. His pathaan stupidity got in the way, but at least he wants to win, yousuf looked like he came here on vacation only. Stop bashing our country and try to back those who are trying to do well for us. He has been banned for 2 T20's, and he will learn, unlike yusuf who is a stubborn fool. No younis, he can lead the test side if u want, but that's it (if u really stretch it too). Tbh, few of the cricketers are as passionate as afridi and to give him a life ban as some ppl wish is just ridiculous.

  • Waleed Anwar on January 31, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Totally shambolic stuff..shows that even cheating wont help us win ..unlike Aussies..who are true masters in that..( rem the 1999 hobart test..when Justin Langer clearly nicked it..but he acted as if there was no contact between the ball and bat) :) ..well atleast Mr. Afridi.admitted it ...unlike some other players..who have been doing ball tampering..for quite some time...but get away with it..every team does it...lets just forgive Mr. Afridi...

  • Zubair Shahab on January 31, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, with all due respect, that is absolutely ridiculous. What kind of message does this send youngsters? Cheat to win and you will become the captain of the Pakistani cricket team? Probably the most highly respected man in Pakistan especially with the state of our government. I must respectfully disagree with your support of Afridi as captain. Not so soon after this episode at least.

  • Hasib on January 31, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    It's so sad. So very sad. I didn't want to see Pakistan being humiliated again. But I turned the TV on anyway around 11 (I'm from Sydney) and what pleasant suprise it was to see the team put up some fight. And then came the Pakistan captain doing is act. Sad.

    About Younus, I'm not sure what you find in this sissy. This is the same guy who chickens out everytime the team needs him. When I see Pakistani thinktank like yourself crying for Younus, I must say I think the problem lies in the minds of Pakistani.

  • M. Malik on January 31, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I am afraid you are dead wrong in suggesting Afridi should be the next Pakistan Captain. Where is your common sense and sense of morality? I believe, he should be banned from representing Pakistan ever again, because its players like him that have brought shame and accusations of being cheats to the whole Pakistani nation. He pleaded guilty to the match refree but in the same breath he said that all the teams do it. The fact that others do something wrong does not make it right, and this is an absurd and lame excuse. We need to set an example for younger generations. Before tonight's incident I would have agreed with you to make him captain, but just because he plays exciting cricket and has better leadership qualities than some others, and has been a match winner many times in the past does not mean that we should allow a cheat to defame the whole nation.

  • Raheel on January 31, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    That's impulsive Afridi for you; an inspiring leader, an exemplary cricketer nonetheless!

  • Murtaza Moiz on January 31, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    We should buck Afridi as today it seemed a different Pakistani Cricket Team that fought with the Aussies after we were 0 for 2 wickets and 17 for 3. Keep it up!

  • jas on January 31, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    How can the author be so blind ? This isnt the first time the guy has tampered willfully in front of camera (the pitch tampering against pakistan), I cant imagine what he must be upto when he isnt caught. And he has nerves to say that he did it for his country, wanted to win one game and everyone does that. Thats outrageous, the guy absolutely has no remorse on his part and can publicly claim every other team does that. Its professional sport and thats slander, each team should sue him or pakistan board till they take back the comments. Cheating is dealt with kid gloves in this sport to such a extent and to top that with this guy's loudmouth, that asks for ban of 5-7 games minimum. And if you he is the captain material for pakistan, well alright maybe not just pakistan, cricket deserves such crap!

  • forward_point on January 31, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Acoording to Afridi- he wanted to win at any cost. This not new from pakistani cricketers. If you look back, there have been incidents of pitch and ball tampering. I remember Gavaskar mentioning that after every drink interval pakistan bowlers like Tahir Naqqash swung the ball, whereas a champion bowler Kapil found it difficult to do it. Everyone knows Dr.Waqaar and Dr. Wasim very well. Please do not back Afridi for captaincy. Pakistan does not need a cheater to lead the team.

  • Asid on January 31, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Think!! why he did it? simple he was hungry, tired of chasing ball but he can't afford to buy apple since rejected by IPL so he thought since he was not going to pay for the ball he might have it then realised it's too hard to bite so gave it to rana, simple

  • Gulab on January 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Really as pakistani I feel shame. Losing game is not big thing. We have also won a lot. But doing dishonesty is really very bad. All the time I am against Afridi because he is not mature. We need player which are mature and groom well. They are our emmbassaders shame on all us and shame on the people who say Afridi should be captain. In my opinion our govt. should ban him for ever. If he really want Pakistan to win why he did not play a mature innings he was unable to stay for the last 9 overs while batting shame on all of us again and again. We are all stupid who support stupids. Thanks

  • Praveen on January 31, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    If only Afridi had had a mentor who could have coached him though his younger years... his immaturity will be his downfall, not his cricketing skills.

  • Muhammad Noman on January 31, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    For me, Khalid Lateef incident was even worse. Had it happened somewhere in Pakistan, the issue would have been taken seriously by ICC and all other cricket boards around the world. Bur fortunately or unfortunately, it happened in australia and against Pakistan so its nowhere in discussions.

  • Kamal on January 31, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Shameless justification for ball tampering. Win at all costs. Why don't you take the stump out and kill the batsmen. I bet you will come out with a justification for that.

  • Peerbhai on January 31, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Well, there is just one word in my mind when I think of afridi - "MORON". While there is no denying the fact that players from england and australia get away with a lot of wrong doings on and of the field, the actions of afridi - and his justification of them, can only be termed as plain stupid. This kids' got some serious brain damage. Pakistan as a team, and as a country as well, is not having the best of times lately and their people need some inspiration in their lives. Afridi could have been that talisman as there is no doubting the fact that he is the pakistanis' favourite cricketer right now. He is a pretty ordinary player, except for his sixers, but he has got the makings of a good captain. Now if he can only reign in his temperment and his stupidity. He certainly deserves another chance, lets hope he gets it and uses it too. Otherwise it'll just be a case of another pakistani biting the dust.

  • rehan on January 31, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    through all this haze of uncertanity and this mist of hopelessness and this fog of despondency..i request and urge all the "fans" and "not so fans anymore",,to stick and stand by our cricket team and this is the moment in history wen our team and out nation and our country needs it the most,,as it is the strength and togetherness of a nation and it ppl that can bring back the lost pride and glory..trust me folks i have a beleif that if v backed our team rite now,,even if they have done miserably,,if they have let us down,,if v feel as if they have betrayed our trust..if v just back them rite now and tell them that v r there for them no matter wat and that v know that they r going to make us proud again very soon..i have a faith that they will respond..so this is the time ppl,,to throw away all the anger and anguish and stay positive and talk positive and support the team..so lets all join hands and say..V LOVE U PAKISTAN AND V LOVE U PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM...MAKE US PROUD AGAIN SOON.

  • Karam on January 31, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Lets see now - Benn gets into brouhaha with 2 aussies ...he gets 2 games ban, the aussies get reprimands. Braod steps on the bal....nothing happens, Afridi bites ball and gets a 2 games ban. Hmm....what's wrong with this picture?? Gavaskar was right....

  • Saqib on January 31, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Younis Khan???? what is wrong with you Mr. Abbasi.. did you see him play in the one day series??? If I was making decisions I would retain Yousef for one more test series, Just to see if he has learnt some lessons... (after all we have given Younis so many chances we should extend same courtesy to others) Afridi should be VC... if Yousef does not get his act together then give it to Afridi...

    People to be permanently removed from team. 1. Younis Khan 2. Misbah ul Haq 3. Salman Butt 4. Shoib Malik

    These guys never have been consistent... they should be replaced with new blood.

  • Dr. Mubashir Hanif on January 31, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!what now?Where would you look at?This is exactly the difference between Australia and Pakistan, between Honesty and Dis honest, between an Alim and a Jahil. You idiot, you can loose hundered matches, but you put Muslims and Pakistan down yet again. You have been to Hajj (pilgrimige), you have a beard on your face, you are pride of Cricket and what do you do? Even if Caneras are not watching, where is your innerself? Thats why we need a complete change, a change that changes everything for good. And sorry I dont agree that Younis khan should captain, he is psycho and needs therapy. We were never ever expecting it from you but Afridi you really sealed it with a BITE.Peace

  • AN on January 31, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Zeeshan above is right. Sub-continent players should be extra careful to not allow even appearances of impropriety. Broad of course is Royalty and above the law. Even the Saffers were careful not to complain because Broad Sr. could come back to "Refree" them. Considering Broad Sr's transgressions during his playing days, it is a joke that he is a match official!

  • rehan on January 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    well,,i agree that watever afridi did with the ball is wrong but guyz,,lets not forget or lose site of the emotions,feelings and the true patriotism/devotion that seemed to b behind his act..i personally think that may b just may b he did watever he did because he was taken over by very strong want to lead his side to victory..and i think i can support this argument by the fact that this "this strong want" was quite evident by the way he lead the side and injected this new life into the otherwise dead/given up looking group of boys..so i dont know if it was a moment of nonsense,,stupidity or pure devotion to his team/country that lead him to do this,,but being a 100% Pakistani and 100% supporter of our cricket team no matter wat,,i am confident that it was the case of devotion and for that i am willing to let go of him just this one time..and one more thing guyz..v all Love Pakistan and v all Love our Cricket Team..so lets stand by them through this difficult time..Love u Pakistan team

  • Anwar on January 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Afridi must not be given captaincy of any format of cricket. Only those people who support corruption at the highest office, like presidency, are supporting Afridi for captain. Once for all, we Pakistanis must show that honesty is more important than winning.

  • lionsden7379 on January 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    first of all, all u dumb people out there, every team tampsers the ball ,its just pakistan is not allowed to do it, remember tendulker, dravid, atherton, broad, warne, they all do it but its pakistan that is not allowed to do it, and salman but should be sackd from the team for life, he is rubbish, my mom can play better than him, and wot on earth is roa doning in the team, until e have that stuped wasim bari pakistan cricket is never getting sorted

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blog) on January 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    There is no better way to explain this but "stupidity" albeit from sheer desparation to land atleast a singleton victory against Australia in this tough tour

    Afridi takes his captaincy seriously and he wants to win - the incident is regretful but as Kamran puts it perfectly, Mike Atherton was much more "cerebral" with his dirt in the pocket incident and remained unscathed for the most part.

    This act of desparation has sent shock waves back to Pakistan where the cheif selector resigned (citing an unwinning outfit sent to Australia)

    I cannot stress this enough, Afridi has shown from his galvanizing qualities as a captain that he can rally even the poorest of the outfits that Pakistan has put on the field for a long time and he should return after his 2 match ban as the captain in all 3 forms of the game (assuming he will have agreed to play test match cricket. Hopefully he will have at his disposal a winning combination since we cannot have him repeat this stupidity anymore.

  • chubby mike on January 31, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Stuart Broad couldn't be punished for ball tampering because no official complaint was made and no charge was laid for him to answer.

  • vaqar on January 31, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Afridi's shameful behavior is another feather in the cap of the Pakistan cricket. They do have a long and illustrious history of being naughty. Honestly, this is not cheating, as it used to be in the previous decade. Back then they used to get away with it. Read Steve Waugh's autobiography, about the appalling Pakistani umpiring and Miandad coming to bat and declaring " This is my ground. I wont be given out LBW." ALso, read what Martin Crowe had to say about the Pakistani ball tampering...the ball he saw had chunks of leather gouged from it to make holes. Add to that drug use, Afridi roughing up the pitch with spikes, Asif, Akhtar fiasco, welcome to Paki cricket.Whenever you say, Pakistan resorted to unfair plays, one gets the reply "but England also did it, Aussies did it, Indians did it." Yes, there have been odd instances with other teams, but you can find everything in the Pakistani hot pot. Drugs, Chucking, tampering, umpiring, bottle tops, bites.Childish and laughable

  • handsome on January 31, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    how easy is it anyway to bite such strong leather,wat a low low for afridi.never had of such.it doesnt get any beter

  • Jackie on January 31, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I was so impressed by the quality of Pakistan's batting in this game. So it was even worse to see Afridi bite the ball. Not only is it cheating but it shows a lack of respect to his own team. A captain should believe in his players. It was a very close finish. Without the ball biting which threw everyone Pakistan could have won. It was madness but also the wrong mindset at work. Why cheat in cricket and devalue your performance? In the end it will bite back..

  • SabeerShah on January 31, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I think AFRIDI knew he's gonna lose in the first ODI as a captain and that made him see the SPIRIT of australian team at the moment. That they were gonna beat HIS team in T20 as well..so it will be a TRANSPARENT WHITE WASH...all 3 formats...so he didn't want to face that embarrassment..coz afterall its his dream to be the captain of pakistani team(like all others including Rao Iftikhar,although he's a new comer)... so he decided to go out BRAVELY and putting wholenation in to bigger embarrassment... I remember the test match against Engalnd which was fortifighed because Pakistani team was BLAMED for ball tampering.. I think Darrel Haire now can talk...coz there is an evidence that Pakistani team is doing it

    Shame on Afridi, he should be banned from all types of cricket, coz this is the second time he did it,first time he was destroying the pitch with his shoes!

    aaaaaaaah. HOPELESS CASE, our team...

  • Janjua on January 31, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    well, somedays back england's player did ball tempering but as masir hussain mentioned that if such things happend by pakistani player then everybody stood against them...this is cheating n bla bla bla.... i know its wrong he shold't do this but its part of game...but one should not forget that he admit and say sorry to nation... @Karan Sing instead of passing comments of others...looked at urself infront of mirror!

  • Ayub asamdi on January 31, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    nothing wrong with Pakistani tea m problem is less international exposure , no middle order batsman like inzy, school level sorry below that level fielding greed for captainship without performing and most important there is no killer instict from bowlers specially seamers

  • Taimoor Sultan on January 31, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    It is just shameful, I hope he learns a lesson and I think a ban of just two T20I's means it is just a slap on the wrist for Afridi. As per an interim leader, I do not think that giving captaincy to a struggling player like Younis Khan is a good idea.

  • M. Khan on January 31, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I believe looking at some of the comments here suggest that people still dont consider this a majaor failure of judgement on Afridi's part and he was caught not once but twice on camera. God knows what was he thinking - but I for being a Pakistani wouldn't want a cheat to lead the Pakistan Cricket team. Imagine what impression is he leaving on the younger players in the team. Is this the role model they are supposed to look up to. In my opninion this is the biggest problem Pakistan team is facing - lack of capable and true professionals in the Pakistan team who could act as role models for the younger lot. If this is what Pakistan has to offer in terms of leadership then I am not sure what will become of the team and the young cricketers. Younus seems like an honest and capable leader but given his upright attitude he is disliked by the most in the team since they dont want to work hard or give their 100% because they think that its their right to represent Pakistan.

  • aftab on January 31, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I can only thank Afridi for reminding the selectors of his 'under-pressure tactics'. They might have overlooked his past in deciding the next skipper. More so, for providing PCB the opportunity of testing Fawad or Aamer to lead the team. All said, there should be a ban on (Ijaz) Butt speaking to the media during a series.

  • gaza on January 31, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I was so embarrassed by what Afridi did. And the worst part was that Rana Naved and Asif didn't even batter an eye lid.It seemed that it was the normal thing to do. Afridi is lucky to get a two-match ban but I think the PCB need to punish him monetarily for bringing Pakistan cricket into disrepute. Its really sad because he is good captain material but after this incident one can not trust him again. As he himself said this morning to Mark Nicholas--its not a matter of winning or losing but how you play the game!And this is not how you play the game, Shahid.

  • navz on January 31, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    In fact almost every team is tempering with ball but his way of tempering was wrong and was cought on camera,for pakistans captaincy he the right choice at moment.he is fantastic in the field when he has the authority.

  • Syed Arshad Ali Shah on January 31, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I can not believe that AFRIDI can do this foolish mistake. He made a worst example for his youngsters. I think Ball tempering is a Crime. All pakistanies are disapointed. How can we say him our hero. But one thing i can not understand that, he did that worst thing in ODIs, then he should be bannished for Two ODIs not fo T20s. Is it justice.

  • Asif Ali Zardari on January 31, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    I never expected Shahid to do this, but seems he is carried away to win the last game and avoid himiliation, but he has humiliated cricket and Pakistan. Now, I am not surprised why our cricketers are not selected in money rich IPL.

  • Anwar on January 31, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Afridi must not be given captaincy of any format of cricket. Only those people who support corruption at the highest office, like presidency, are supporting Afridi for captain. Once for all, we Pakistanis must show that honesty is more important than winning.

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

    This is injustice both Naved Rana and Asif knew exactly what Afridi was doing. Theye were partners in crime. ICC is doing a desservice to the game by not being harsh on the likes of Broad, Asif , Rana and Afridi

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

    Whatever or whoever happens. Pakistan will always be loosers.They can only win in flukes.

  • Shahid on January 31, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    WORST IS THAT IT'S A COLLECTIVE ACT. Look at the pictures where Rana stands next to afridi covering one whole side of sight and looking at the skiper doing the shamefull act. I am very sure that Umar Gul and Rana are involved in it. What a shame!

  • Aslam khan on January 31, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    All pakistani cricketers should get in-class training by someone like Imran khan, who teach them every aspects of the game. I think younis khan should retire from all forms of the game. Make kamran akmal and Umar akmal Captain and vice captain respectively. Only these two brothers are playing with heart, passion and responsibility. Bring Hammad azam and Imran nazir in. Try young players and train them not drop them. Selection must be on performance not seniority or dirty politics. You perform you Play policy. Each players should know their responsibilities. What more can I say about shahid afridi???Hope he becomes more responsible and not show off! May common sense prevail. Good luck to Pakistan team!!!

  • sern on January 31, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    It is so pathetic to hear from Pakistan fans who are praising this cheat , and want this fellow to become their nations captain.This is not first time he has done something like this , this is not first time people in this team have cheated or used drugs, where is the morality of this team.

    This team welcomes with open arms a drug/steroid cheat and now they want this guy to become captin including the author of this blog.What else can we expect

  • mehmood on January 31, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    In entire pakistan PCB dont have a person who can organize a tournament of IPL level for giving strong reply to others that we can do any thing for the purpose and honour they can include in this tournament abudhabi. dubai. sharja and other neighbour countries like china for the promotion of cricket and it capturing market itself. but who ponder it if any one listen or read from our board pls conider it

  • Tahir Khan on January 31, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I haven't heard of greater stupidiy than this. He knows there are cameras, and he was caught once before, still does it. And then says every team does it. Nobody does it now after this thing has been under radar. You can only expect it from a Pakistani and a so called muslim who brags all the time of Islam and namaz and fasting. What a disservice to Pakistan and Islam. PCB must ban Afridi from any kind of cricket for at least a year and cancel all his contracts to regain some respect.

  • Paul Thorne on January 31, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Bring back Inzamam! He's been the only captain in recent years who's been able to manage and inspire the team on a regular basis.

  • alad on January 31, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    these guys will not change!!

  • MARLO on January 31, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    WHO SHOULD PUNISH HIM.PCB? they are even bigger corrupts. And who should punish PCB. A POLITION? They are mother of corruption. I feel so ashamed and down. WE ARE THE BIGGEST CHEATERS OF BALL TEMPERING.

    AFRIDI MUST SERVE A 3 MONTH BAN. NEXT TIME FOR LIFE.

  • Asim on January 31, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Today incident (Afridi tampering the ball) has labelled Pakistani Cricketers as cheaters, its awe full and very embarrassing. However on the other front it was clear today that there is lots of politics in team, all the players should have been sacked including dumb, stupid Afridi. Pakistani cricketers should be loyal with country, and when one is representing a country he should act gracefully. When we will come of age as a nation? Perhaps we are going backwards rather than moving forward....

  • Lucky on January 31, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    What Afridi did today was bad.. If this is done by Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan this becomes cheating & bans.. The same goes unnoticed if done by an Aussie or England player.. Hypocracy unplugged in cricket.. How about racism comming in front of the whole word on display at prime time.. Interesting to know what kind of excuse Aussies will come up this time.. "It was a very unfortunate incident"

  • Azfar on January 31, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    adding injury to the insult! that is what Afridi did and it was out ight STUPID! flip the phrase and it holds true for this paki side of ours! Still our cricket team in a worst phase and we need to stand behind them and wish them best. We need to voice opinions to ensure best folks are selected. I am disappoited, shocked but I am not ashamed. This is the team which has to do so many things and go through so many things, absurd situations(some self inflicted, Hello Asif!!) but hopefully they will a touch, a leader, a board that can show spine and knows politics in cricket and they will stand up again. Get Imran Jawaid and Aamir Sohail involve. Get age old cricketers from PCB adminout and get some top notch cricketers oof recent age (80-90s) involved. A panel of Imran, Javed, Wasim, Waqar, Saeed Anwar, Aamir sohail need to disect this team and take the cancer out and rebuilt it. Nothing else will help!!

  • Afridi on January 31, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Afridi has been handed a 2 match ban. This is like getting away with murder. This chap should be banned by PCB as kids look at him as a role model. We don't want youngsters learning this rubbish from him. They should learn to lose gracefuly. Many teams in the past have received a white wash treatment at the hands of the Australians but they never resorted to these tactics. Utter disgrace. I am amazed some are looking for excuses for him. This is not a race issue. He was caught red handed please don't defend him. He has pleaded guilty.

  • Atif W. on January 31, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    This tampering shows that Pakistan has not been tampering the ball. Hair and Vettori unfairly blamed us for superb bowling. The reason is simple: If we were really ball tampering then Afridi wouldn't have fallen back to do it that obvious. I mean you can't do ball tampering more obvious than that. So, as we got caught for ball tampering this time because of biting the ball it shows to which extent we have been tampering the ball(if we already have to make it that obvious). There was no tampering, poor Hair and Vettori.

  • Qamar M. on January 31, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Well I see everyone saying here that he would get ban because he is Pakistani and all that, well I dont understand why people always take it the other way round. Did you see what he did. I didn;t watch the game but watched the clip on youtube and i was so ashamed and embarrased of his act. I mean I didn't even want to watch it again. We are already going through a tough phase and have a bad reputation around the world and this was just another evidence of it. But we still look for an excuse to defend oversleves. Grow up guys time to think smart and get ourselves out of this situation. You know if it had happened in any other team they would have had banned him from international cricket for rest of his life to save and maintain their dignity by taking out a bad fish from the pond but I am sure Pakistan will still play him again.

  • Venky on January 31, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    So what if Afridi has tampered the ball? What did Stuart Broad do against South Africa a copule of weeks back? I just saw on an Indian English News TV Channel which said Afridi has given a statement that he is not repentant for his act and also that most of the international teams do tamper the bal - which I am sure is quite true. The most important issue is is Afridi's case being hyped because he is fro the sub-continent? What would have happened if it were to be a criceter from Aus, NZ, SA or Eng? Would everyone have reacted he same way then? At least Afridi has ot denied the allegations and has had the guts (bal*s) to acept that he has indeed tampered the ball because his team was losing and he wanted to try something out!! I am not a Pakistani (but from across Pakistan's Eastern Border - but from way down south - Silicon Valley of the sub-continent) but have always admired Afridi for his sheer guts and audacity and of course his TALENT with both bat and ball. ICC MURDABAD!!

  • Rav on January 31, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    I am sorry. Did I miss something here? He is biting the ball in plain view of the camera, disgracing himself and Pakistani cricket and people are still gunning for their hero, "Oh! He has made a mistake. He will learn". Losing is painful and this summer has plenty of that, but what we saw today was just utter disgrace. I guess this difference between a side like Pakistan or Australia. In Aus. he would have been out of the team for his conduct like Symonds was let alone being pumped up for captaincy. This was shameful I am sorry. Afridi is too volatile a cricketer and morally too dubious (have we forgotten the pich tamering) to be a captain

  • SHAHID on January 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I am so ashamed and frustrated by this Afridi act. Now that he has pleaded guilty, all is clear. What the hell was he thinking on the verge of being made captain. NO NO I would never like to see a cheater become captain. I would like pcb to punish him more than what Icc book provisions are. We are getting to be known cheaters in temring the ball. Corrupt polition supervising corrupt cricket board who manages a set of corrupt on field players. I think Gul was in the middle to talk about this to happen so it goes as a team strategy. FIRE AFRIDI FOR A FULL SERIES AND PUNISH HIM WITH HEAVY FINE, TO GIVE A DIFFERENT MESSAGE TO OUTER WORLD. KICK THE BA****D OUT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • vinay on January 31, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    pak sinks..this has been in the blood of pak bowlers..sultan of swings did the same..now afridi's chori pe sinazori is another glimpse of it..how some fans are demanding him a captian..he killed the spirit of cricket..he must be punished heavily..shame on afridi..lahol bila kuwat

  • Ahsan Siddiqui on January 31, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    As a nation we have lost cricket matches, series and finals before and have gotten over it, but to be cheat in order to win a match disgraceful. What difference would it have made if Pakistan had won the the last ODI it would have have only plastered over the major cracks that are apparent with the state of cricket in Pakistan instead all with this cheating incident we have not got shame to go with the disgraceful whitewash.

  • Mr Qureshi on January 31, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Every team does it, England did it against south africa by stepping on it and os did atherton back in the days. He shudnlt have done it by under pressure even the best of men do stupid things. The positive to this is that afridi should definatley be captain as clearly he was "hungary" to win. Something yousuf lacked.

    I say afridi we forgive you. You are a legend but dont do it again.

  • bulla on January 31, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Well at least no one can say Pakistan's bowling attack is toothless :-)

  • Ahsan Siddiqui on January 31, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    As a nation we have lost cricket matches, series and finals before and have gotten over it, but to be cheat in order to win a match disgraceful. What difference would it have made if Pakistan had won the the last ODI it would have have only plastered over the major cracks that are apparent with the state of cricket in Pakistan instead all with this cheating incident we have not got shame to go with the disgraceful whitewash.

  • Nadeem on January 31, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Yes, what Afridi did was disgraceful and he has owned up for it by pleading guilt to the charge, he deserves his ban but I still feel he is the right man to captain pakistan in all three formats. He is a better man manager and he has the tactical nous to become a successful captain.

    Why did Stuart Broad and James Anderson not get a ban for ball tampering. We all saw it they cheated.

    I will leave you with this: One rule for one country and another rule for other countries.

  • jas on January 31, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    How can the author be so blind ? This isnt the first time the guy has tampered willfully in front of camera (the pitch tampering against pakistan), I cant imagine what he must be upto when he isnt caught. And he has nerves to say that he did it for his country, wanted to win one game and everyone does that. Thats outrageous, the guy absolutely has no remorse on his part and can publicly claim every other team does that. Its professional sport and thats slander, each team should sue him or pakistan board till they take back the comments. Cheating is dealt with kid gloves in this sport to such a extent and to top that with this guy's loudmouth, that asks for ban of 5-7 games minimum. And if you he is the captain material for pakistan, well alright maybe not just pakistan, cricket deserves such crap!

  • belal maalek on January 31, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    well all i want to say is that why stuart board of england was not banned when he done ball temparing few months back?why Afridi now banned?there is only 1 reason behind this because he is pakistani and Asian!!ICC has double standards,im not defanding Adridi stupidty but all i want to say that why there are different rules for different countries?who will ask ICC for these matters?

  • Ahsan Ashfaq on January 31, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Every body criticizing afridi , yes, i agree he did the wrong thing but we should not ignore the fact that he is the first pakistani plyer who has accepted his fault and said sory to the entire nation. he did the right thing but then apologise. i thing that chapter should b close now and we should look for future.

  • Avinash Kamath on January 31, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    When he is snubbed by the IPL franchisee owners, this man talks about how grave insult it was. His insult, insult to the fellow Pakistani cricketers and to the nation of Pakistan. I fail to understand why did he not think about his country's reputation before biting a cricket ball. Such a patriotic man!!!

  • Yasir on January 31, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, what is the the reason for your obsession with Younis and Afridi? You have been talking to bring back Younis and Afridi beign the captain, throughou this tour. The result? we are fed up with them? They are simple not mature. Please..........

  • saif Ahmed on January 31, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Are you insane! How could you still want him to be the captain the national team. His action was a disgrace and the entire nation is ashamed for this. I think he shoud never be selected to play the game for the country. Let him play IPL and be a slave of that MODI guy.

  • Sameer on January 31, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Boom boom is nothing but an airhead and should be banned for life by the PCB - this is a disgrace to the country - I hope they have the guts to do this and not try to find excuses like they did when the druggie Mohamed Asif was caught with opium in Dubai - Afridi has also admitted that he did it to try and help his country win at least one match - Imran Khan will get a heart attack when he reads this and Gavaskar will blame Chris Broad ...................

  • Shahzad - Dallas, TX on January 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Kamran, you need to get over your man-crush Younis Khan.. you take every opportunity to mention his return...I'm sorry sir, he's no captaincy material. He's got to perform to lead and to me his goofy personality belongs in the playground.. not on the cricket field.. so my advice to you is to stop writing supporting articles about him.

  • Asif Ibrahim on January 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Its funny how every indian commenting here ends up justifying Pak ODI side current losses leads paki players exclusion from IPL3. You know guys Paki t20 side is better than Indian T20 side it can can ever be.So grow up and stick to your side (india always win on dead indian pitches,improve ur oaway series record)

  • wajih on January 31, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    afridi is the only choice we have...i think he should learn by his mistakes.. but after the ban he should be named the captain of Pakistan's side..4 sure

  • Ajiz on January 31, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    PCB should appeal in ICC for the ban on Afridi, how can match referee do this to our captain. According to me he(Afridi) did nothing wrong, he was just trying to win a match at any cost so that he(Afridi) could become Pakistan captain.

  • Rajesh on January 31, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    @zindabad "Lastly Pakistan haven't had much match practice...they came across a top aussie team...remember a third string Australian team thrashed India in INDIA, and England in ENGLAND"

    Abit harsh on India and England considering that they beat Australia in Tests...

  • Bala on January 31, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Afridi looked silly trying to do whatever he was trying to do. For once he should understand that leading a country is an important and is not left to jokers. IF you want to be a good captain, play and play without cheating. 3 last words - Silly, Dump and Stupid.

  • Nishat on January 31, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Afridi is a disgrace to Pakistan Cricket. Specially when Pakistan cricket is always alleged of Ball tampering. Forget about ICC, He should be banned by Pakistan Board for atlease 1 year.

  • Richard on January 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    lol @ the comments about the tackle. No Australian sportsman would be taken down in such a weak tackle. You Pakistani's have to watch some Rugby League or AFL to see how harmless it really was and what a REAL tackle is.

  • khalil on January 31, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Pak team is not an easy outfit to lead. It has always been a team of captains. When so many, so called captains are playing in a team,you are in for some trouble ,in absence of any code of conduct/dicipline. Leave aside Imran,we have never been able to give a sound,stable and long term/automatic chioce, as captain to the team. We have talent but needs to be properly channelised. Despite failure at the crunch moments, SA persisted with Smith & that is their reason of being number 2 in ranking. We need a long term captain. He should have all out support of the Board / people but please bring some discipline in our cricket.

  • Sitarah Anjum - London on January 31, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    I'm surprised how can Afridi bite the ball so openly!I mean did he completely forget that 36 cameras are watching action of every player in the ground? It is just unbelievable! Regarding overall performance of Pak team, I'd say that senior batsmen have been the most disgraceful while youngsters still tried to perform. It is our senior players who need to be questioned and fined by PCB. I mean look at the performance of most senior batsmen like Yousaf, Younas, Misbah, Malik, Kamran Akmal,etc. Salman Butt is playing for long time too but he's not learning by his mistakes. I was also gutted at Umar Akmal's feigned backpain when Kamran Akmal was dropped! I mean this lad has just come in the team and look at his attitude and big head!! This clearly shows lack of discipline, accountability and commitment. Who's going to correct all this? I don't back Younas Khan for T20 captain. If he can't even score in ODI then what will he do in short format where you have to whack almost every ball.

  • Dark Ages on January 31, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    In my last post i invited Pak team and supporters to come out of the Dark Ages. Clearly you have decided to get further away from civilised behaviour. Whether there were cameras or not is irrelevant - it was blatant cheating with breath taking stupidity. You are living in denial. Do you have any idea of what the world thinks of you? Obviously not, for if you did you would not conduct yourselves in this manner. The saddest fact is that instead of looking at yourselves with honesty and starting off on a long journey to put right all that is wrong you make excuses. As a child I have seen Imran Khan, Asif Iqbal, Majid khan, Zaheer Abbas, Abdul Qadir and more recently the 2 W's. What must these guys be thinking? How low can you go? What is going on inside your minds? Attitude and perfromance are of paramount importance. Winning and losing are part of the game - play hard but fair- accept both with good grace. You are very, very far away from these principles.

  • Asem on January 31, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    simply DISGUSTING.

  • gaurav on January 31, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    for sure pakistan needs players like afridi(as long as they don't cheat) specialy now when the the team is going through rough time(not because they are losing). every team has gone through rough times. the team needs your support not only when in good form but more when they are going through rough periods.chill everyone!!

  • Tariq Mahmood on January 31, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    It is amazing that Afridi has been punished for what Broad got away with just a few weeks ago. The spikes would have done more damage than a bit of spit!

  • dinakar on January 31, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    wow....this guy has clearly tampered the ball and he doesn't deserve to be captain again..but you are talking as if ...haah thats ok..lets him take ban (read rest) and come back again to lead. A cheater cannot be a leader.And this is not first time Afridi has done it. Remember he was banned for a test and two one-day internationals for deliberately damaging the pitch in the second match of the three-Test series against England. Clearly shows that this guy is not going to learn from mistakes.

    A Cheater can never be a leader.

  • Bheem on January 31, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    I dunno what is more shamefull ... Afridis actions or respected professionals like Abbasi hoping Afridi be back after "Dust settles down"

  • Karim Manji on January 31, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    The book on the history of Pakistan cricket published some years back was titled 'Pride and passion'. It is all too apparent that the current team have neither and which is very, very depressing for any true supporter of Pakistan cricket.Watching this "team" play has been all but soul-destroying. The state of the team reflects the country: and now to think we are talking of Afridi as captain, but then who would ever have thought that Zardari would be president?!

    Afridi's actions beggar belief and show that he just has not matured as an individual but then neither has the country he hails from. Yousuf reminds me of another great batsman who coveted the captaincy but just was not a leader: Zaheer Abbas. You need to be a leader of men and Yousuf is clearly not. Younis is but does not have the sufficient strength of character to hold on to the position so what are we left with? Merely the pain and humiliation of one defeat after another.

  • GK_India on January 31, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    This shows the TRUE face of Afrdi. Stamping the pitch against ENGLAND in the past and now Biting! Well done! Keep it up! Please also train the juniors how to tamper the ball. So that in future, cricket pundits can refer Pak as the master of tamperers! Also, if possible setup training camps or schools, so that overseas players can come and learn it! (Don't worry they will pay in USD or GBP :-) ) Pakistan showed some guts to win today, but it was not the true fight anyway. Many players were trying to save their places, including Malik. Else I don't remember such alround by him for long. Never saw Iftikar or Rana bowling with that much venom! Poor Pakis...they finally had to bow for 5-0 sweep!

  • Shaan on January 31, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Disgrace! shame shame! Pakistani teams are always in the news for wrong reasons, be it ball tampering, pitch tampering, chucking or in fighting. I guess that is the character of the most Pakis. That is why nobody trust them!

  • Naveen on January 31, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    This Pakistan team australian tour proved that they play only incompetant brand of cricket. And when they do play competative, they forget the spirit of the game. And very much consistent team in throwing up bad surprises. I am sorry & have lot of sympathy for pak fans.The passion at which they follow cricket they deserve if not best atleast a better performances. Though it wasnt fair to leave pak players out of ipl but in a way they justified that they dont deserve by playing horrible cricket. Its better to have an incompetant captain who plays honestly than a captain who lacks discipline.I dont see any good happening if an indiscipline guy leading the team who doesnt learn even with responsibality of leading a national team. Very sad state of affairs.

  • Snk on January 31, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    In those days, late 70s and 80s, I used to think that these pakistanis are good bowlers. Especially when they beat India 3-0 under Imran's captaincy. I am realizing that in those days, tv coverage wasn't this good and if the matches are played in Pakistan, of course, such tampering wouldn't even be telecast. No doubt, Imran, Sarfraz, Akram, Younis and Aaquib would have bit, chewed and tampered the cricket ball.. I no longer have any respect for them...they all must have cheated..like Afridi

  • sonia on January 31, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Bhaijaan believe me the IPL under guidance from BCCI pressurised the ICC to ban our Twaunty Twaunty Super Hero Afridi. PCB should lodge a strong protest with the ICC or threaten to sue them.

  • Ed Farr on January 31, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    If I were a Pakistani, I would be ashamed to have my country being lead by a moron like Afridi!! I had a lot of respect for the Pakistan Cricket team but if they choose these stupid players to be leaders, they can't succeed in any format! I think Pakistan Board should have it's own ban on Afridi so this kind of thing doesn't not even trickles through the minds of the young players! This incident is simply disgusting and is against the spirit of the game!

  • Javed Zarif Canada on January 31, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Kamran! your blogs are as confused as this Pakistani Outfit. How come you want YK as captain again, who has been failing for ever. Buddy!he should not be in the new scheme of things let alone captaining the side. Unfortunately, there is no choice for the captain, Kamran There is no bypass of education, where are educated cricketers like Ramiz Majid and why don't you mention them as part of Pakistan's new set up. You are opinion leader and should be more thoughtfull and responsible than others but it seems you haVe also lost yourself in the teeming millions. When you sugest something it should be OF SOME MATERIAL.

  • Ricky Ismail on January 31, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Afridi's act was not of a matured cricketer.he is a future captain of Pakistan cricket team and should act like that.He is role model for Junior players.I hope he will not make mistakes in future.Afridi we Love you

  • usman on January 31, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Afridi is a brilliant player , but certainly lacks common sense .This incident with the ball is not the first one. Remember Afridi's tampering with the pitch at Faisalabad several years ago. At that time there were six or eight cameras being used nad he was stupid enough to think that he would get away with it. That incident can he excused on the grounds that he was young. This present incidence shows compete lack of common sense . I certainly do not think that Afridi can captain Pakistan ! We have to look for another solution , Yousuf should resign, Younus cannot lead nay more, Shoaib is one option and Kamran Akmal is a better option . However these are interim measures . PaKistan has to find a captain from the younger set of players who have a future .

  • Mohit on January 31, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Afridi was simply celebrating captaincy he got . Others drink champagne . He eats mud soaked balls ;) with asif and Rao watching how to do it.Anyway It was a matchwinning batting perfromance from him as Capatain...Matchwinnig for australia that is.

  • Harish Nair on January 31, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    For all those who say that Afridi didnt intend to tamper the ball, he had admited that he did in front of ICC. He has recieved a ban for two 20/20 matches

  • Haroon on January 31, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Kamran, yes it was deplorable that Afridi did what he did, but at the same time it is even more unfortunate that you didn't mention about the spectator incident who ran into Khalid Latif. You guys are very quick to jump on your own players, these matters are to be resolved internally and not be made made a public mockery, everyone knows it already happened. Pakistani's just don't know what to say, when to say and where to say it. Let other writers talk about this, your job is to serve pakistani interests, don't be so "neutral" please. I rarely see any journalist on this site criticize their players to the extent as you pakistani writers do. pata nahi tum logon ko kab apna image theek karne ka tareeka aaye ga. where do you guys learn to be diplomatic, I am deeply concerned. what afridi did was wrong, but what you did in this article isn't too much of an accomplishment either. koi tum logon ko khaa nahi jaaye ga if you write a few words or so to help our players in a time like this.

  • zeeshan on January 31, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    I Think we should notblame Afridi alone as all bowlers tamper the ball.whereas he did out of desperation which is understandable and australian media bias they r jealous of pakistanis.i support afridi atleast he didi something for pakistan which was something not seen from yousaf.

  • amer on January 31, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I don’t understand why still senior players are still hanging around national team why junior team members like U-19 player are not given opportunity to represent national team we can bear defeat of junior team from stronger teams but with these senior team members we can’t. every time they repeat same common mistakes, when will they learn from their mistakes now they don’t need any type of coaching they already spend 10 years in cricket. Specially Younis Khan and Mohd Yousif should get retirement as their performance against stronger teams are always weak.just check their last few years performance. I hope PCB is well known about the condition of our national team and will allow some juniors members to make us proud.

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on January 31, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Kamran Sb. Please write about the double standards of ICC. No action against Broad and Anderson but, two matches ban on Afridi. Perhaps, Sunil Gavasker was 100% right when he took up this issue earlier. Sir, your take on this?

  • Haroon on January 31, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Kamran, yes it was deplorable that Afridi did what he did, but at the same time it is even more unfortunate that you didn't mention about the spectator incident who ran into Khalid Latif. You guys are very quick to jump on your own players, these matters are to be resolved internally and not be made made a public mockery, everyone knows it already happened. Pakistani's just don't know what to say, when to say and where to say it. Let other writers talk about this, your job is to serve pakistani interests, don't be so "neutral" please. I rarely see any journalist on this site criticize their players to the extent as you pakistani writers do. pata nahi tum logon ko kab apna image theek karne ka tareeka aaye ga. where do you guys learn to be diplomatic, I am deeply concerned. what afridi did was wrong, but what you did in this article isn't too much of an accomplishment either. koi tum logon ko khaa nahi jaaye ga if you write a few words or so to help our players in a time like this.

  • Lou on January 31, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I feel for the Pakistan fans who feel really disappointed in Afridi, especially as up to then he had done a very good job captaining. They looked like a different team in the field with him captaining. Shame his batting wasn't more responsible.

    But really, I thought it was hilarious. He did it twice, like once wasn't enough for the cameras to see!

    What a madman.

    I am an Aus fan and the spectator who ran on to the ground was an oaf, but people still streak sometimes in state games so Latif can be thankful that he didn't get a sweaty naked slob trying to bring him down. Just a clothed slob who I am pretty sure will be up on criminal charges for that sort of stupidity.

  • Noman on January 31, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I think we must accept that Australia is at a different level than us. We must accept this and yes all the politics and stupidity that involves Pakistani Cricket will always be there. Its been there for decades but we use to have some talent and heart and pride for the country that use to overcome our natural self destruction strategies. Today we have a very weak team and it seems like we are heading towards the same situation we had in our Hockey,from Glory to Disgrace. As for Afridid,I think we must not be too hard on him,after all he is Patahan.

  • S M Azmat Shah on January 31, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Kamran Sahib for God's sake ,stop nominating Younis Khan for a micro second even..He doesn't deserve a place in the One Day side and You are talking about some brief captaincy from him.He along with all other ill performed players should be expelled out of the team forever.They must be punished for the shame they gave us ..We as a cricket loving nation are feeling down just because of their pathetic performances .Chief selector has resigned....he should not be allowed to resign for now ..until his accountability is taken for the sort of selection he had made.We are sick of the Raos and Khalid Latifs...The Great One down positioner...The bearded captain..The twenty twenty only Gul....Kamran Sahib...please be honest in criticizing team selections also....be honest in saying something against Younis Khan's one day performances...and you are talking about his captaincy...We just don't want to see anything from cricket gurus like yourself... to be in favor of Younis's team inclusion even.

  • Arsi on January 31, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I agree to the fact that whatever Afridi did was wrong. But if you look at the history, only players from Asia have been banned from matches for ball tampering. No other player from the rest of the world has been banned for a match, they were just given a monetary punishment. In addition, ICC did not give a damn about the recent ball tampering issue related to the England players. This, in my opinion is clear discrimination and ICC should be held accountable for this discrimination.

  • Bujji on January 31, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    This was the first time I rooted for Pakistan. I'm enthralled by Umar Akmal and Aamer, the new bowling sensation.

    However, the Boorish Afridi should have been banned for life. This is the nor the first time he has done something like this. His shot was absolutely inexcusable as well. One of the most idiotic I have seen from a captain.

    Pakistan cricket needs to be heavily cleansed and Afridi needs to be flushed down the drain with that.

    Imagine if an Aussie player has done this while playing India or vice versa?

  • sagar awasthi on January 31, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    The problem with pakistan is there are not being patient and faithful with their player. They are just shuffling the captain and the lineup of player. We know in sub-continent cricket mean a lot to people and player so player need to think and to be determined. Practicing a lot, learn from their mistake. Fast bowling has been good but spin bowling needs to improve. Batting has been the really worry for pakistan. Their technique specially, most of them don't have foot movement. They need to practice a lot on their batting technique. Back foot, front foot and shot selection.

  • Mehboob on January 31, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Here we go. Yesterday, i did mention about that pitch scruffing incident and afridi's mind set. During the first 3/4th of the australian innings, he showed why he should be captain but in the later 1/4th, he showed why he shouldn't be the captain. Captain sets the attitude of the rest of the team. With M yousuf, team looked completely passive, but with afridi, though energetic, team may develop this tendency to try by hook or crook. Certainly, not something we would want to happen to our team after all what has happened in the recent few weeks. M yousuf is 'nearly' delusional that team did well under his captaincy, but we would 'definitely' be delusional if we still expect afridi to be captain. I would be extremely disappointed if PCB still considers afridi for this job. His punishment should be 'no captaincy ever' as this is not the first time. In the end, i do admire afridi's brave decision to use malik as bowling all rounder who bowled full 10 overs after a long long time...

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

    An act of immaturity , Man-moji 11 dont deserve to play in cricketing world, they must go back and play some Gali(street) cricket.He even didnt realize that who will lead in only T20 and who will give match winning performance ? Mr.Mohd Yousuf claimed in test defeats that these players are not suitable for test cricket , they just come and play like one day cricket. what he has to say now ? HongKong sixers ? YOU REALLY LET THE NATION DOWN AFRIDI !!! SHAME ON YOU

  • mubee on January 31, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Not the first time he has done something of this level of stupidity, remember what he did in the england tour of pakistan when he blatantly started swerving on the pitch, what can i say,whatever it is it is very immature and really throws a doubt in my mind on him being captain, yes he is a good choice, but do we want him to set "biting" examples for youngsters who come in the team, and more importantly after incidents like these,teams and the media will be OVERLY suspicious of our reverse swings and all and we will only have the CAPTAIN to blame for that...anyway such a d**K move i can garuntee it didnt even help but he had to do it for some reason..

  • Ram on January 31, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    He may be a good player, but there is a way to win the game and unfortunately this is not that way. Ban him completely from cricket

  • cricketfan on January 31, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Look at the West Indies team, in spite of their team not performing well they would have hardly done such stupid act. In 1980's they had a wonderful team, ferocious bowlers, aggression in the field, but still those people will be loved all over the world including the loosing team. In spite of their low ranking and high beatings from the opposition they take this as a sports. Just imagine how many pakistanis players will be loved by the opposition team or the opposition country. Try to come out this cricket web. The country politics, cricket administrators, captains, coaches, players, support staffs, every thing has to be properly gelled to make it a real team. I dont think this can happen in this part of the world.

  • SwissZardari on January 31, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    This is called leading by example -Pakistan style- Now the youth in Lahore and Karachi learned a new trick overnight, without the benefit of 27 cameras,it will be repeated all over the country. This is Afridi's legacy. By just being more animated he brought another loss and more disgrace .Great leadership. If that is not enough we will bring back Younis Khan for another couple of years of an unwilling captain to motivate an uninspired side. Who says we can not repeat history?

  • cricketfan on January 31, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Look at the West Indies team, in spite of their team not performing well they would have hardly done such stupid act. In 1980's they had a wonderful team, ferocious bowlers, aggression in the field, but still those people will be loved all over the world including the loosing team. In spite of their low ranking and high beatings from the opposition they take this as a sports. Just imagine how many pakistanis players will be loved by the opposition team or the opposition country. Try to come out this cricket web. The country politics, cricket administrators, captains, coaches, players, support staffs, every thing has to be properly gelled to make it a real team. I dont think this can happen in this part of the world.

  • niket on January 31, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    How come no Pak fan has come up with the idea that Indian match fixer has paid Afridi money to bit the ball? It has to India's conspiracy to humiliate Pakistan? (If there is any room for that) If you are Pakistani, You dont need enimies, you have lot of within yourself.

  • jairaj shinde on January 31, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    am still waiting for the big scores as promised by younus khan .

  • john dcosta on January 31, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    when the ' great ' imran khan , cheerleader and standard bearer of the TTP had cheated many times , when waqar younus and wasim akram had cheated , who is afridi ? just another loser continuing the tradition set by more illustrous predecessors .

  • Edward Smythe on January 31, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Maybe he should have dyed his hair blond, lost 50lb to look like one of the Olsen twins, and stood on top of the ball. I hear the punishment for that is not as severe!

  • mudassar on January 31, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    i have posted my comments on a number of occasions an for sum reason u never put them on view. why? it would b polite of u to tell me. do i have 2 b a member? u have my email.

  • bulanda nakoder on January 31, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    What he did?? They are going to loose another moreT20 Afridi did not learn how to bat as captain?? When you choose team If I am a as captain Umer Gul M Ammer are the bowler instead Rana and Itifiquar.. Afridi can't make it with palying with balll... Shame on Afridi....I don't know why he did ... He need more Punisment Like PCB take action agianst him......... Bye

  • Kamran Hashmi on January 31, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Come on. Stop going back to Younis Khan time and again only to be disappointed. He is finished, as captain & as player or as an ODI player at least. We should get some positive from today's game. Believe me I was not sad the result because they went down fighting. I believe youngsters can perform real well under Afridi. And this should be calling it off time for YK and he should focus on his test return only. I am really looking forward to Nazir coming back into ODI and with Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, and Malik in the middle order, they are going to be a formidable side. And for the T20 matches, Shoaib Malik has the best record as captain and he should be given the task for the T20 against Ozs.

  • sern on January 31, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    It is so pathetic to hear from Pakistan fans who are praising this cheat , and want this fellow to become their nations captain.This is not first time he has done something like this , this is not first time people in this team have cheated or used drugs, where is the morality of this team.

    This team welcomes with open arms a drug/steroid cheat and now they want this guy to become captin including the author of this blog.What else can we expect

  • Jamil on January 31, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Are we suggesting that afridi is fit for captaincy? After bringing disgrace and acting unethically, should we let him represent Pakistan again? No thanks. I'm better off with incompetent yousaf, spinning top younis or even inxperienced umar akmal. I don't want a cheater to represent Pakistani team - only to be labelled team of cheaters. Going on a slippery slope, is it ok to have zardari as president of Pakistan? My apologies but I am not only appalled by your opinion, I'm disappointed about your desperation.

  • Sachin on January 31, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Teams in batting order to be as below. This gives Pakistan the best chance of winning. Need a strong coach as well. The talent is there - what is required is a strong captain and a coach who can get the team together.

    Test team : Salman Butt (vc) , Azeem Ghumman, Younis Khan (c) , Mohd. Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammed Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohammed Asif, Saaed Ajmal

    ODI team : Salman Butt (vc), Khaled Latif, Ahmed Shehzad, Shahid Afridi (c), Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammed Aamer, Rao Ifthikar, Mohammed Asif, Saaed Ajmal

    T20 team : Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi (c), Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Waqas (wk), Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammed Aamer, Saaed Ajmal.

    There should be no place for Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Shoaib Akhtar in any of the teams as they distrub team spirit.

  • The Intelligent Man on January 31, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Whatever Afrid did - I believe he did out of frustration rather than an intentional act of ball tempering - he is still the best an only choice as captain.

    There are many cheat players around in the game today, especially from England who do not miss single opportunity to claim illegal catch and never walk even if there is a big edge that is missed by the umpire. If there is an ICC award for the most un-sportsman behaving player of the year..... that will go to Stuart Broad - almost every year – without any second consideration.

    I wish all the best to Shahid Afridi.

    Please do a favor and drop people like Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Khalid Lateef, Khurrum Manzoor, Younis Khan and Mohd Yousef....all useless. Why can’t they bring Saqlain by the way?

  • Khali Siddiqi on January 31, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I am surprised to see some comments that still Afridi can be considered as a candidate for captaincy. We need a strong message to the world that we are not a bunch of cheaters and ban Shahid Afridi from cricket. This will discourage youngster from repeating this kind of behavior in future.

  • Zeeshan on January 31, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    No punishment for Stuart Board for pressing the ball with spikes. But for Afridi yes because the player is from sub-continent. Well done ICC we know rules are different for Asian Players.

  • M. Khan on January 31, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I dont think that Afridi will ever grow up. People should remember the incident against England in Pakistan when deliberately tampered with the pitch - idiotic beyond belief it wass and now this. I firmly believe that Afridi is not captaincy material - the way he batted briefly in this match and this shameful incident shows why not. The guy is almost 33/34 (his actual age) and he has been playing for a while now - but I think he never matured. I believe this star status and idolatory has made him do stupid things.

  • Usman Ahmad on January 31, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    I think this was simply a case of the stress of the situation getting to Afridi. For a few split seconds he probably thought he was playing in the nets instead of in front of 27 cameras!

    It reminded me of when Greg Chappell asked his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of the match underarm. Afridi's explanation will be very similar to Greg Chappell's (an apology saying that he acted in the heat of the moment).

    It is a shame as he captained the team well. The fielding was improved today. Fawad Alam looks very athletic and Younis Khan's slip catch was also very good (althogh I agree that he should drop down the batting order). Malik also bowled and fielded well.

    There are a few things for the team to work on but playing there home games in Abu Dubai will help. Domestic cricketers need to be understand that fielding is as important a part of the game as batting and bowling. Players like Salman Butt, need to be put on notice to improve their fielding or risk being dropped.

  • Ali on January 31, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    shame on our national team

  • Anwar-ul-Islam Qureshi on January 31, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    I strongly believe that what Pakistani cricketers these days need is EDUCATION. They are lads with immense talents but little they can do with a narrow-minded-defeat-fearing-pressure-batting when they want to live in a hole with no improvisation or self belief left behind. Today's incident of ball-biting is just an example. Tomorrow, it can become a norm unless PCB is bound to make sure proper education and therapies are part of the board's duties for players, of whom most of them are excused of coming in an early age of their life, hence, no time for education... I often wonder how did Imran Khan manage to get a renowned degree from such an accredited world class institution while he too started playing for national team in his teens? :)

  • Ramesh on January 31, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Afridi has previous history! In one of the test matches against England, one saw him trying to scuff up the good length area with his spikes, which was clearly caught on TV. He was also interviewed by a Hindi channel, wherein he disclosed very clearly the dark secret of ball tampering.

  • anand on January 31, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    It is a big loss that Afridi and other Pakistanis are not playing in IPL. Our youngsters could have learnt ball-tampering techniques from them.

  • aziz on January 31, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    what an stupidity, this guy has lost his had.Dont you know that you are being watchedby so many cameras from all the angles.We got another scar on face as cheats.It is disgusting.Where is our cricket going.

  • Swami on January 31, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Now I know why IPL franchises have not chosen any Pakistani players. Having received a 3-0/5-0 drubbing, its highly likely they will be beaten to pulp on return to Pakistan. On top of it, you never know who is going to have a brain explosion do foolish things on the field and get banned for cheating.

  • HBC on January 31, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I dont understand that do you mean by making him the team captain after such a low act. Clearly, he has all the attributes of bringing dis-repute to the game. His charm and charisma is for all to see, but not at the expense of compromising on the values of the game!

  • amir on January 31, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Afridi showed his true colors. He has always only played for himself not for the team. Thats why he never listened to any coach and just did irrational batting all his life. Now since last year he is acting all nice just to be the captain. Afridi was also involved in Akhtar and Asif incident. I think he is the biggest politician in pakistani cricket team. I dont know how u all support afridi this much.

  • CorneredTigers on January 31, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    LOL i couldnt stop laughing at what afridi did all things aside afridi is better captain the yousuf, i hope he will captain pakistan side in all 3 formats and learn from his mistakes like the one he made today!!!

  • Hanoj on January 31, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    At least Afridi had the grace to plead guilty. At least he was man enough to admit it. Unlike Harbhajan "man-kee" Singh.

  • M KHAN OF LONDON on January 31, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Continued from above

    Apr 08 ICC anti corruption question Shaoib re match fixing

    Jun 08 Mohammad Asif held in Dubai for drugs possession

    Jan 09 Asif was detained in Dubai again for possessing opium

    Mar 09 SL v Pak - 0-0

    Mar 09 - Sri Lankan team shot at in Pakistan

    Aug 09 Pak v SL 2-0 to SL

    Dec 09 Pak v NZ 1-1

    JAN 09 – INDIANS HUMILIATE PAKISTAN IN IPL

    Jan 10 Pak v Aus 3-0 to Aus

    31 JAN 2009 AFRIDI EATS A CRICKET BALL

  • M KHAN OF LONDON on January 31, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    DEATH OF PAKISTAN CRICKET

    Mar 05 - Pak v Ind 1-1 Afridi ave 36.50

    May 05 Pak v WI 1-1 Afridi ave 53.50

    Dec 05 Eng v Pak 2-0 to pak - Afridi ave 46.00

    Feb 06 Ind v Pak 1-0 to Pak Afridi ave 66.00

    Apr 06 Pak v SL 1-0 to Pak Afridi ave 14.00

    Pakistan Ranked 2 – Pakistan never lose to England (do they?)

    Aug 06 Pak V Eng –3-0 to Eng & PAKISTAN HAD DESERVED TO WIN SERIES

    Aug 06 – Ball tampering chaos engulfs Pakistan

    Aug 06 – Pakistan walks off field and forfeit test

    Oct 06 - Asif and Akhtar to return home after drugs shame

    Nov 06 Liaison officer claims Shoaib-Woolmer bust-up

    Dec 06 WI V Pak 2-0 to Pak

    Jan 07 Pak v SA 2-1 to SA - CLOSE FINISH IN FINAL TEST

    Jan 07 -Shoaib fined for spat with Woolmer

    Mar 07 Bob Woolmer dies in controversial circumstances

    Oct 07 SA v Pak 1-0 to SA

    Sep 07 - Shoaib sent home after beating Asif with bat

    Dec 07 Pak v Ind 1-0 to Ind

    Continued below

  • SK on January 31, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Wat a nation we are! We are really lost. Having seen him clearly tampering with the ball in that fashion does not require any other evidence of his foolishness and character, and we still want him to captain Pakistan only for temporary solutions. I think no body noticed that Afridi and the group wanted to win at all costs only to prove a point, it never occured to me that they wanted to save a disgrace to the nation. If they had, the lot would have put such an effort in the previous games and Afridi would have never committed such a thing. Shame on us, shame on all of us!

  • D.V.C. on January 31, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    What I don't understand is why 5 penalty runs weren't added to Australia's score.

    Law 42.3(d) is very clear about what the actions the umpires must take when a player tampers with the ball (as defined by Law 42.3(b)).

    The first action they must take is to change the ball. The third action is to award 5 penalty runs to the batting side. The umpires took the first action during the game. They therefore have to take all the others as well. What justification is there for not doing that?

  • paamkawaneka on January 31, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Right what happened to ICC when Stuart Broad and James Anderson got caught playing around with the ball and rubbing it with their shoe spikes. This ICC is really a corrupt unit who is run by some racist people.Only comes alive when teams like Pakistan does something wrong.Still wondering when PCB is going to take some actions because ICC will continue to hurt Pakistan.

  • Pepp on January 31, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    'Finally I would just like to highlight the stupid stunt pulled by an Australian hooligan. Why is it that nothing is ever made of incidents like this?'

    Plenty in Australia is made of incidents like this. This person cops an automatic $5000 fine, banning from all grounds, not just in WA but nationally, he will be also fined with criminal assault. The fine is automatic. There is no defence to it. So quite a lot IS made of it, it is not swept under the carpet, it is adjudged and punished accordingly. It is the law of the land, and is the same at every major cricket ground in AU. Automatic banning and a very very large fine. And possibly criminal charges as well. These laws have been in place for many years.

  • A.J on January 31, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    The Pakistan team is a DISGRACE! What was Afridi thinking??? No wonder the IPL said thanks, but no thanks!

  • Amran Yousaf on January 31, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Another good entry Kamran.. I could not believe what i was seeing with Afridi, Another madcap moment in the whacky world that is Pakistani cricket.....!!!!! Still it was refreshing to see the Pakistani's fight for a change and the intensity was there in the field. Afridi for test captain and Mohammed Asif to be the captain for the T20's in Afridi's absence. What are proples views on that??...

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

    Afridi is the best leader that Pakistan can have at this point in time. He appears to be extremely strong mentally and very aggressive as well - unlike emotional Younis or defensive Yousuf. Its a shame that he is retired from Test cricket. Forget about his batting (that now clicks more often than not) and his bowling (he is the most destructive wicket taker after Asif in the current squad in my opinion), he can be part of all the team in all three formats just on the basis of his leadership skills.

    As for cheating, he is the not the first one. Mike Atherton, Shane Warne, Asif come to mind straight away.

  • Muddassar Latif on January 31, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Unbelievable !!! This type of act from a senior who has more than 300 ODIs career ... I as a Pakistani is really feeling in front of whole world becoz of this horrible ...

    Very Bad Afridi .... But one thing to appreciate is his todays captaincy, Its awesome but all in wane after this pitty act...

  • Paul on January 31, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    The drunk who tackled Latif is at best going to be $10,000 lighter in the pocket. He is still a chance for a custodial sentence and had the player been injured would have been jailed for an extended period.

  • tayyab on January 31, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    whan hungry eat the ball

  • Ajaz Ahmad on January 31, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Do we want Afridi to be next Pakistan captain just becuse he was man of the match in the last two 20-20 games. His average in 20's tells us how many times he has let the team down. 100's of times. So two innings or a poor average of more than 10 years! Make a decision with cool mind

  • Jawaad Ullah Khan on January 31, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Stupid and bizare things do happen in tense scenarios. I think one should not question the honesty of person like Afridi who always wants to deliver hundred percent on the field. I definitely wants to salute the guy for his on field role as a player who means bussiness only.

  • Kris on January 31, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Kamran you have no self-respect. This guy has brought shame on Pakistan cricket and the Pakistani people for the second time and you seem happy to look past it and make him captain. There lies your problem

  • Jawaad Ullah Khan on January 31, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Stupid and bizare things do happen in tense scenarios. I think one should not question the honesty of person like Afridi who always wants to deliver hundred percent on the field. I definitely wants to salute the guy for his on field role as a player who means bussiness only.

  • Ajaz Ahmad on January 31, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Do we want Afridi to be next Pakistan captain just becuse he was man of the match in the last two 20-20 games. His average in 20's tells us how many times he has let the team down. 100's of times. So two innings or a poor average of more than 10 years! Make a decision with cool mind

  • Nadeem Mirza on January 31, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: You are obsessed or should I say possessed with Younis Khan. Guy doesn't even belong in the shorter version(s) of the game leave alone the captaincy. He is totally out of form. Forget captaincy, first he need to justify his place in the team.

    Even before Malik was made captain, I thought Afridi deserved the shot. However, when we think he has grown-up and matured and now a captaincey material, Afridi comes back and prove us wrong. Biting the ball was such a stupid thing. I will again say Pakistan cricket needs educated and sensible people. BCCP should reprimand him also behind the close doors. This kindda stuff bring us bad name. Our BCCP already was a laughing stock all over the world. IPL disgraced them. Now coming into news for all the wrong reasons. What a shame? What if the ball would have stuck in his mouth?

  • hammad on January 31, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    its okay that the 3rd umpire took a look on afridi biting a very tasty cricket ball, but where the hell was this 3rd umpire when that fool person from srilanka gave salman butt out? stupendous, really!!

  • Roger on January 31, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    This series, and the Australian international summer of cricket 2009/2010 as a whole, was a waste of time. Both touring teams - West Indies and Pakistan - have serious problems with their cricket boards and senior sides. I'm amazed that players like Mike Hussey even cared about this final ODI. Probably only cared to keep his high standards up. Pakistan on this tour have made a number of amazing efforts whereby they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Makes you wonder if that is what they (or at least some members of the side) are trying to do... The Sydney test in particular was very suss with defensive fields when >200 runs up. NOBODY sets such fields. This summer it seems to me was just a case of a mediocre Aussie side being allowed to look great by dismal opponents without their minds on the contest. The victories were hardly anything at all to celebrate I reckon. Poor cricket, no competition, and depressing all round. Now we have some Twenty 20 games to get all excited about.

  • Anand on January 31, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    And now why IPL should play any of these cheater Pakistanis? Good that these Pakistanis are not in IPL. And no country should play with Pakistan

  • Glen Miller on January 31, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Once again pakistan promise so much but deliver so little. Pakistan need a leader who is selfish. they need a dictatorship not a democracy. There team structure is so that only like this will they acheive anything eg: imran Khan and the world cup. His leadership was done so with an Iron Fist. If you didn't tow the line you were out simple. That is the only way it will work for Pak. It's a shame because they have and still do (u19 W/Cup final?) have so much natural talent every other cricket nation is envious.

  • Atif on January 31, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Guys, I am Pakistani and deeply heart by overall performance of this whole team and Afridi's bite was nail in coffin. I think they need to revisit whole structure of this team; we have better players in pipeline (U-19) who have just shown proved their authority on the game. I think new national team must be under 25 years and all older fellows must go home and take rest for some time.

  • raj k on January 31, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    a loser captain ( MOYO )is much better than a cheater captain.

  • Waqar on January 31, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    A dog's tail can never be straight. This's the true side of Afridi. From making pot holes on the pitch in that game against England using his shoe spikes to biting the cricket ball - how low can PAK players stoop to? Disgrace to the game of cricket!

  • maja on January 31, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    TWO IMPORTANT REASON WHY PAKISTAN DID'NT WIN ANY MATCH WITH AUSTRALIA.. ANY GUESS?? No 1)THEY DONT GET BOTTLE CAPS DURING DRINKS BREAK.. (REMEMBER WAQAR WASIM REVERSE SWING YORKERS) No 2)THEY USE 24 ON FIELD CAMERAS.. AND WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE OF AUSSIES..

  • waqar bhutto on January 31, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I think Afridi should'nt h've done this blunder becuase they are representing Pakistan and this kind of cheat is going to malign the name of our country. I think, PCB should impose a fine on Afridi so that in future they must avoid controvercial acts.

  • Asad on January 31, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I still don't understand. It's not even about the runs. Even when malik made 28 in the first match, he was stroking the ball nicely. He got out playing a rash shot because younis had wrecked havoc with the run rate on the other end. The second match he got a chance in, ricky took an amazing catch. And then there was this one. In all the matches, he didn't look out of nick. Younis can't even get bat to ball. Please don't push ideas that will plunge pakistan cricket further into the abyss.

  • zindabad on January 31, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    This is the second time, in as mnany years that a spectator has run onto a pitch in australia in physically contacted a cricket...double standards on the safety of players....hypocrisy smells bad.

    And on Afridi...well I think he was just desparate to win to outline is captaincy credentials...disgrace? yes, unforgivable? no

    Lastly Pakistan haven't had much match practice...they came across a top aussie team...remember a third string Australian team thrashed India in INDIA, and England in ENGLAND...pakistan should not let this series result put them down...insallah they will rise from the dust to take their rightful place

  • chubby mike on January 31, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Afridi is a bit like Paul Gasgoine was - a very talented sports individual but a bit of a fool. He can't seem to help himself doing stupid things and bringing shame upon himself. A real pity as he obviously has the ability to pull this fractured team together. I don't think he is going to change anytime soon. Maybe he should play a bit more local club cricket - as twisting on a length and chewing the ball is the sort of thing that happens regularly at that level! He can maybe get rid of all these facets of his game before playing on the big stage.

  • ali on January 31, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Is PCB blind or what? Cant they see salman butt, kamran akmal and younis khan isnt performing at all than why are they keeping them. We need to make drastic changes in our team. Throw AKMAL, BUTT AND YOUNIS OUT from batting and bring Imran nazir, sarfaraz, and Imran farhat in the batting squad and In bowling we need sami because at this very moment we only have sami who can bowl fast. Or add razzaq, tanvir, amir, rana, afridi, ajmal all of them are allrounders atleast we will have some batting deepness.

  • NADEEM SHEIKH on January 31, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    i live in sydney and i have met yousaf personnley he clamied pakistan country does not have a telent to play cricket on international level please some one ask him does he or his team has a talent yousaf get a life you and your team are really hopeless.

  • DONTALON on January 31, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    This is yet anoother example of a stupid and senseless pakistani cricketer and truely we must admit now, that they are not the smartest players on the circuit. That may sound bad but it's true ..they are not too bright.

  • Jawad on January 31, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I have said in the past that Afridi should be the captain and he proved me right today. I would also suggest that we should pick his deputy now & send that person for mentoring with Ponting & Dhoni. Additionally, he can groom his deputy as well. Good luck Pakistan! Paki team may disppoint us but we cannot quit supporting it.

  • Khalid Ahmed Siddiqui on January 31, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I suggest only fine of 10 crore rupees to Afridi because he has humiliated Pakistani nation 2nd time. First I remember he was jumping on wicket at that time if he was fined for one crore then this incident would not happen. We never accept win by cheating. Pls raise your voice gracefully and dont protect these silly things afterall we are Muslims.

  • Nabeel Arshed on January 31, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Hey Kamran , your not saying a word that how shameful the act is and we just want to jump him into captaincy of the national,it emphasizes the point what dearth we have today of leadership in our side. What after Afridi are we grooming youngsters to be leaders or about unity at the least?

  • fkhan on January 31, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Mr. abasi u hav some personal problem with yousuf as u always write against him but ur blind,mindless backing 4 younus is beyond all acceptable logics.Agreed younis is class player but only 4 test cricket,he dosenot deserve to be in ODI team let alone the idea of captaining the side.He scores with a SR of less than with field restrictions,cant take singles,and after inflicting terrible pain and sense of helplessness in hearts of fans gets OUT.

  • Sachal on January 31, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Younis KHan? He's fighting for his spot in the team! (and loosing the battle) How can you make him captain??

  • Zafar Saleem on January 31, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Afridi first i would say I LOVE YOU and i want to see you leading pakistan in ODIs as well,but you have done a very silly mistake, i jope u'll get metured after this insidence. pakistan reaaly need energy, enthusiasm which you are capable of. Any ways Good Luck Man

  • zaki on January 31, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Well i dont think this pakistani side has a real leader in them.Younus khan and Mohd Yousuf are the worst leaders they have.Make Afridi or Umar Akmal the leader,give them the opportunity to lead the nation and bring back the fame this pakistan cricket has.Also sack the selection commitee and the coach..Make the selection panel with the ex-players who were legends.

  • Andy on January 31, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    This is nothing new for Afridi.Go back a few years to the test series vs England in Pakistan.How does he think he can get away with it?Is he stupid?? The Pakis have serious problems and guys like Afridi make it worse.No point in giving him a ban.He will never learn.His whole mindset is wrong!!!!!

  • Paki Prince on January 31, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    There are some elements of truth in this article Kamran. It's a shame you're writing is as consistent as Kamran's wicket-keeping. How can a player like Afridi lead a national team? Not only did he disgrace the beautiful game of cricket, he disgraced a nation. Acts like this do not make cricket look like a "gentlemen's game". As a proud Pakistani, I would have to say that this is one of the most shameful moments in our cricketing history. Afridi has successfully backed up the pitch-tampering debacle in England with this carnivorous act. If you are going to bite the leather Afridi, at least make sure you get a decent serving. How can such a selfish cricketer lead the side? He only ever bats for his strike-rate. He only ever bowls to flick his hair around and stand mid-pitch with his arms pointing skyward. Pakistan needs a responsible leader. Until nepotism and corruption within the PCB framework is removed, Pakistan will continue to struggle. Younis is still the best captain in the team.

  • Shaz on January 31, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    This is most disgraceful event I had the misfortune to watch. I could not look at the TV screen second time. I am not a pakistani but I felt ashamed for some reasons. Perhaps because I supported the Pakistan cricket team all through their bad times and felt they have been treated badly often due to the reasons beyond their controls. After this, what I can say..

  • Derrick Parker on January 31, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    It precisely because there were 27 cameras that I think Afridi did it unintentionally. Perhaps stress or stupidity got the best of him. With the spectator incident we see the ugly double standard in cricket. If the roles were reversed and it was a Pakistani fan manhandling an Australian player, the consequences would be most dire.

  • Stan on January 31, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    What on earth was Afridi thinking?

    If the umpires had any guts they would have given a five run penalty for that. That was as clear a case of ball-tampering as you could possibly see.

  • Hasan U on January 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Kamran, what Shahid did was nothing short of a bite of the forbidden fruit. Control on one's temptations is an important part of becoming a leader. As with his Biblical ancestors, Mr Afridi should be thrown out of the paradise (but Pakistan Cricket is hardly that at the moment!), at least until he has repented enough.

    As for the interim, perhaps a rotatory selection would not be a bad thing to try.

  • fezan Butt on January 31, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Well... what can I say about it. It was going all in Pakistan's favor but as soon as this incident happened, the entire atmosphere changed for the fans watching the game and the Pakistani team playing in the field. I was just shocked by this act from a senior player "Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi." Well he was the only one who was possibly able to lead the side, and now take this. I mean what is wrong with us. Do we do this to ourselves on purpose? Pakistan and its reputation is already being grilled like a stake and we are keep on putting more and more fuel to keep the fire up. Afridi you lost everything the match, your captaincy, and your reputation forever in my eyes, in nation's eyes and the world’s eyes. I was just not supporting but praying for Afridi’s captaincy. My opinion has completely changed now. Shame on you, Afridi. May God Please bless Pakistan! :(

  • Vijay Bhogadi on January 31, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Good article Mr.Abbasi.. i completely agree with u that Afridi should become the captain after the performance of pakistan today, you could see the hunger to win from the players and their fighting spirit throughout the match. but i think making younis khan the captain in the interim would be one step backwards. i am an indian but follow pakistan cricket over the internet and its quite obvious that there is no lack of talented players in pakistan specially the youngsters as evident from the under 19 world cup. so i feel some energetic young player like shoaib malik(look at his record with sailkot) or salman butt should be made the captain as they are more aggresive and thats the best way pakistan plays. afridi is the future of pakistan cricket

  • Rehan on January 31, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Pakistani team was loosing continuosly without any pride, but today Shahid Afridi act brought disgrace as well. Shame on Afridi whom i thought was best suited as captain but he was quick to prove that he is not worthy of being a captain. Loosing is a normal thing but loosing your grace is everything.A very sad and disgraceful day for pakistani cricket.

  • M KHAN on January 31, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Pak were well on the way to wining the line finally. Even though it was clearly not out of reach by the aussies especially until Hussey wes in. BUT u could see after that ball biting issue, team lost its focus, Afridi seemed tense, couple of run out opportunity missed and that allowed aussies to get back in and win with only 3 needed in last over.Its a shame that 1st time somneone from PAK team showed some attacking instincts and willing to put the field up instead of on boundries like that twitt M Yousaf, this incident made the team go 'off-balance'.You could see in one short drink break, the 12th man Umar Gul speaking to Afridi that the team on th field knew the incident was picked up on cameras and better watch out for after match repurcussions.Afridi should have known better especially after incident few years ago vs England where he was caught dancing on pitch. BUT whatever Afridi has shown himself to be a good captain the way the team fought and gelled. Good riddance m yousaf

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

    I'm as big a supporter of Afridi as anyone - but enough is enough. If Pakistan wants to make a statement that cheating/disingenuous/dishonest leadership will not be tolerated, then you can't make Afridi your leader.

    It is time to start over fresh - lose with some dignity for three to five years - and hopefully forge a winning outfit after that.

    Build a team around Aamer, Gul, Sarfraz, U Akmal, Fawad. Maybe keep around Butt and Asif.

    Leave the seniors for the 20-20 team, where they can't do any more damage.

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

    I just fail to understand why Kamran is just against Muhammad Yousuf and favors Younis always. Obviously, Yousuf has not performed in this series but what about Younis? I am not a great fan of Yousuf's captaincy but let me give the historical fact. In Pakistan, only best player of the team can survive as a captain. Imran, Waseem and Inzi are the answers to support my answer. Inzi was not the best captain but he survived because he was the best batsman of the side. In a country like Pakistan where people dont tolerate each other, the best player of the team and a person who is much older than most of the players. Again Waseem is an example. He could not succeed in 1993 because age difference was not there. He succeeded in 1998-99 because difference in age was much better and players respected him as a player and as a person as well. In this side of fighting idiots, Yousuf is the only person who is a star and respected as a big brother as well. Younis must quit one day cricket as well.

  • Nadeem Salik on January 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Afridi should never forget that his name is not Stuart Broad neither he is an Australian. So there is no way that he can break an ICC rule and get away with it. However, it should be taken as a moment of indiscretion by Afridi and should not be over blown. Pakistani media and PCB,Sports Ministry (senate Committee)etc. are always ready and willing to dishonor Pakistani cricketers and the country and in the process make themselves look like jokers (example: IPL fiasco). We need a complete new board with their mouths tightly shut so that they can spend their time working for the better future of cricket rather then fighting wars of words in media giving statement after statement after statement. Let your actions speak for themselves guys, do something tangible, rise above self praises, and find someone like A.H. Kardar. We need less talk and more action from pcb as well as players.

  • Fazal on January 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    This is the most disgusting thing Afridi can do on field why on earth did he do it? well proves that he ran out of ideas and wanted to take bite.He will be handed a lengthy BAN and this should teach him lesson or two. Pakistan not only on the cricketing front but on countries administrative front has failed and are in dolldrums and how do u expect a good captain when the leader of the flag is biting into poor pockets. Imran Khan should intervene and teach them etiquettes of captaincy both in cricket and politics. Disgrace in front of millions of viewers eating his final APPLE - AFRIDI DUMPE'D

  • khan on January 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    who cares about the captaincy style when the cricket being played is not up to the standard.. including the way afridi got out today.. seriously!!

  • GNP on January 31, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I dont think younis will lead again in the interim period.Better to allow Salman Butt to lead, atleast he can speak English better than he can play.Anyway at this rate of changes in captaincy, we will soon witness the first side in international cricket to have all playing 11 to have captained a team at one time or the other.Atleast Pakistan can then boast of a world record that can never be beaten by any team in forseeable future of any sport.On the serious side, my best bet for long term captain is Umar Akmal. Remember Graeme Smith not so long ago, and see where he and his side has reached. Some real food(Kabab) for thought for Pakistani selectors.

  • JB on January 31, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    This Kamran, is why I read it for comedy value. While Shahid may be a decent but undisciplined player, he is an atrocious person to lead the side. His batting today was unworthy of a captain in such a situation, and this was a guy who only recently did not want to play test cricket for his country. Not that his performance in test cricket warrents being selected!

    Make no mistake, Pakistan are in an unenviable position in world cricket, but sometimes passion has to take a back seat to long-term continuity. In the test arena, Yousuf is the man to lead by example, and time and experience will give his captaincy a chance to improve. It is hardly fair to think that someone could take a young team in an unstable environment and mold them into a winning unit overnight on the toughest assignment in cricket. Yes, Shahid may be decicive, but he is also undisciplined and as shown tonight - unscrupulous. Border took 5 years to pull Aust out of the mire, I'm glad he wasn't sacked after 6 months!

  • Tahir Rashid on January 31, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Indeed Pakistan fought as a unit and nearly pulled it off but it was another case of so close yet so far! Heads will roll as to what happened in down under. Pakistan as a team are no where with no real leader to guide them either. Afridi biting the cherry isn't the first incident of foul play either. If I recall correctly he tried the desi 'moonwalk' on the pitch during England tour of Pak in 2005. One thing for sure Yousuf is not captaincy material and he should only concentrate on his batting and not leading the team.

  • Vaqar (UK) on January 31, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Kamran

    I am utterly dejected by this cricket team. For us Pakistanis who have made UK their home, cricket is our identity here. Whenever the team visits, we follow them like mad. When they play else where, we watch them on television - pay subscription and spend the night in front of the television. But perhaps no more. This bunch is rudderless and spineless.

    Coming to this latest saga regarding Afridi - I am flabbergasted! What possessed the man in front of so many television cameras, not to speak of the umpires, referee, the opposition and the crowd? Didn't he learn any lessons from his Faisalabad experience?

    May Allah help and guide Pakistan as a nation and the cricket team, as the downward spiral is evident in both!

  • Tom on January 31, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Definitely was one of the stranger moments of the game. It was just so blatant, I can't for the life of me work out how he thought he'd get away with it. Shame too because under his leadership Pakistan had an intensity we haven't seen from them this summer.

  • raza on January 31, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    afridi ............ you should not do like this

  • AN on January 31, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Give him a break; maybe he was hungry or anxiety may have gotten the better of him! On a serious note, he or the PCB has to somehow get Asif unbanned from the UAE as all Pak matches may be played there. You are right though, there was some fight in this match. The batting top order is still fragile for ODI (and Tests) and one cant resist but think of Bangladesh. It is a scary thought because over reliance on Umar Akmal will put too much pressure & break him. In the meantime Ijazz Butt & Co. are just playing musical chairs. How does Iqbal Qasim's quitting help? Another failed old hand will be back now to collect. For all its screw ups BCCI still does an OK job; they have improved over the years. For PCB, the future, past & present all blend in. The BCCI/IPL/Indian Govt blame was a distraction. Even the public has bought into this nonsense somewhat. Burning effigies of Modi? Now how does that help anyway? You dont see politicians getting involved in cricket matters this much anywhere.

  • bilal khaliq on January 31, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    It is nice to hear and see that afridi is no doubt the better captian than moh'd yousaf or should i say better than younis aswell. his on-field attitude with the players and with the ball is just simply good. but he still likes controversies. i m sure the ball biting was pre-planned. he must have somthing going on in his aggressive mind. but all-in-all i m not dissapointed from the white wash. this is yet again a new beginning for the PCB. so lets hope for the best to come.

  • Rauf on January 31, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Kamran, you are going easy on Afridi for his stupid stunt by referring to "Other captains have also done it" excuse. He is a grown up and knows fully well the consequences of his actions and this is not the first time he has pulled this kind of stunt. Remember Lahore and his moonwalk on the pitch against England in 2005?

    I am a big fan of Afridi and want him to be Pak captain but not while he makes fool of himself in front of millions of viewers not to mention damage his country's reputation. He needs to lead by example and if he cannot then he is simply not captain material. He should be suspended for atleast one year.

    PCB should draw a line under this. Any stunt like this from any Pak player at any level and you are out for minimum of two years. These kind of actions are more damaging to the team than any series whitewash.

  • khan on January 31, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I dunno which game you were watching mate.. that showed the galvanized side.. the FACTS are.. we batted poorly... were 3 for none or so at one time.. missed an easy run out.. and a few more.. so MY POINT.. we've had our chances throughout the series.. and we just cant handle to pressure.. grabbing the moment to win.. so plzz for goodness sake quit making this a captaincy.. afridi... MoYo issue.. its cricket and let it be cricket..

  • mudassaranwarUK on January 31, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    has this guy learnt nothing. ban him for life i say. he scuffed the pitch against england a few years ago, now this. DISGRACE. I RATHER WE LOSE THAN CHEAT.

  • Saleem on January 31, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    why is that i am not suprised? Just when they were going to be on top...Afridi pulls them back.

  • Zubair on January 31, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    What a shocker by Afridi! Nothing less than a 5 match ban should be given just to teach him a lesson. Only an idiot would do what he did with 26 cameras watching each and every move of his!!

  • M.ILYAS Dammam, KSA on January 31, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    I love Paksitan Cricket and never gave up but seeing today my most favorite cricketr bitting has really let me down in deep hole. I just can not imagine he did it again....Oh my God where Pakistan cricket is heading.......soon all of us will be forced to see PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • zain on January 31, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Afridi really impressed everyone by his proactive captaincy but what bizarre thing he did at the end esp when pakistan was holding grip in the match. as soon as the ball changed the game went out of pakistani hand. Yes i think he should gracefully accept it and learn from it ,he definitely is the sheet anchor for pak for sure esp when they need an agressibve leader.

  • Raziq Soudager on January 31, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Alas, I was just about convinced that he is the next Imran Khan that could give Pakistan their second title of the LOIs, and he makes a blunder. Though I love the way Afridi gets his team to conduct on-field, I'm afraid I would not like him to take the reign of Pakistan Cricket for the simple reason that he might, once again, bring Pakistan Cricket to disrepute. Remember another incident when he was the stand-in captain in an earlier game this very series and he had four men out of the inner ring when the power-play overs were in progress. Simon Taufel immediately spotted it and handed a no-ball. Pakistan Cricket and the man himself (read Afrdi) know the reality albeit no one discussed it on air. His mantra seems to be "everything is fair in love and war". I hope Afridi learns The lesson from this mistake and doesn't bite another controversial pie as he is, by far, the only candidate looks to fit the captaincy bill.

  • Aditya Ponnapalli on January 31, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    I was rooting for Pakistan to pull it off in the final overs, but it was appalling to see a cricketer of the stature of Afridi cheating blatantly. That's when i thought Pakistan cannot and should not win this, not like this. People like Afridi should not be allowed to play the game at all. And this isn't the first instance of cheating by Afridi, remember Afridi swiveling and digging his spikes in the pitch in a test against England...Shameful really, that too from the captain himself. Funny example he was trying to set for his mates, eh? "When hungry, eat the ball!".

  • Gerald Bean on January 31, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Afridi should be made to eat the ball, after doing such a silly thing. Every time we seem to be making progress in telling the young cricketers how they should and should not behave on and off the field, someone in cricket at the top level does something stupid. He was a few overs short of being a good thinker. Thank you for the space. From Bermuda

  • Anum on January 31, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Winning and losing are part and parcel of the game. But doing something illegal is unacceptable. I don't quite understand why Afridi has done such an idiotic thing when it was all but proven that he is the right captaincy material. Now another controversy for Pakistan and it has been projected to the world that Pakistanis are nothing but a bunch of cheaters, which of course is not true for all.

  • Z-shan on January 31, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    DUMB. NUTHING BUT DUMB. I am pakistani i am so ashamed of Afridis action. this shows that how immaturish he can be at times. just when we thought afridi might be the man for captin he blew and he did it in a way which brought shame to the nation. He just game more reasons for aussies and indians to paint the horrible picture on pakistani cricket. anyway all i wanna say to our players GROW THE HELL UP.

  • Aditya Ponnapalli on January 31, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I was rooting for Pakistan to pull it off in the final overs, but it was appalling to see a cricketer of the stature of Afridi cheating blatantly. That's when i thought Pakistan cannot and should not win this, not like this. People like Afridi should not be allowed to play the game at all. And this isn't the first instance of cheating by Afridi, remember Afridi swiveling and digging his spikes in the pitch in a test against England...Shameful really, that too from the captain himself. Funny example he was trying to set for his mates, eh? "When hungry, eat the ball!".

  • Matt K on January 31, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    "Desire to win should not be confused with winning at all costs."

    Couldn't have said it any better. Afridi's stunt today was a disgrace to the game and the country.

  • papaindia on January 31, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    i agree with mr abbasi biting on the ball was a stupid act, how could afridi think of doing it and getting away with this act. but still he is better odi and t20 captain.

  • Jalal Khan Sydney on January 31, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    C'mon Kamran, you want our cheat Afridi to be reinstated as captain after returning from his ban? I think the board should take a tough stance and not stand for this sort of behaviour. Just when it seemed Afridi's loose screws had been tightened he goes and behaves like an idiot. Pakistan cricket is in dire straits. We always make it through. We've made it through a test forfeiture, the death of a coach, drugs and much more. We will make it through this.

    The question is, how long will it take for us to regain some dignity. I'm not tired of constantly losing. I'm tired of constantly losing respect.

    Wishing peace of mind to all Pakistani cricket supporters

  • Munir Ahmed on January 31, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Were you watching or just listning to the commentators?? Afridi showed the ball to the Umpire it had red marks on it, the umpire just threw it back - no ball change. Ill advised Afridi tried to clean the ball idiot that he is... and because he is not indian or australian he will be made to suffer. However the ball was then changed!! So why not ten seconds earlier. Its all - kick them whilst they are down. Nothing happens when the "white" boys do anything,Its all OK then. Stop Ponting from spitting that is sickeningly disgusting. Dont forget the Umpire is Indian - no ball ONLY if you are Pak.I refer to the last ball, not that it would have mattered. Al least the boys looked if they were trying to win and playing as a unit, so well done for that.

  • Mohammad Nawaz on January 31, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    No way Younas Khan,may try Malik again for shor period if at all it is needed, if he is not better in feild from Younas Khan he is better with the bat

  • arsalan ghouri on January 31, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    what i think that afridi and co's alliance is exposed. Now the matter is that to know that do they played for country or individual.

  • Liaqat A. Khan on January 31, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    It is good to see Afridi handling Pakistan. However, M. Yousif should be given one more chance as a Captain. Afridi should be captain for T 20 for the time being.

  • Roshan on January 31, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Just cannot imagine how much Pakistanis love Afridi. Only because he clicks once in 6 months, its pure rubbish other than that. He bowls better than he bats. For most he is a extreeemly over hyped batsman and mostly by pakistanis themselves.

    Not just that, today on the last game he showed the world, he is immature too. How can you bite the cricket ball twice in front of 26 cameras and get away?

    Perhaps he was confident that, pakistanis lack good alrounder and hence no matter what he does, PCB will bail him out, just as they did for Asif and Shoaib Akthar. Blame it on PCB here. They fought for players who did wrong. That brought a bad example, it convinced people like Afridi that he can get away doing anything & PCB will back him & im sure PCB will do that.

    ... and hence pakistani cricket is going down the drain. Ranked number 7 and going down whilst Mr Ijaz butt is arguing with IPL instead of concentrating on Pakistani cricket, when India as a country and team is doing well.

  • Farhan Shahid on January 31, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Younis Khan, really? He doesn't deserve a place in the team. Shoaib Malik would be a better interim solution.

  • Shahid on January 31, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    1) Afridi is act of ball-biting can not intended to temper. I dont beleive that any one tntending to temper will bite the ball in front of 36 cameras and just in the middle of the pitch. Was it just stress or what I don't know but it didn't look good

    2) Difference was obvious. He inspired and managed his troops very well today.

    3) Afridi should have stayed at the wicket instead of riding the air from word go. And the ball which he played that slap was never ment to be hit straight as it was well out side off. He should now learn to play as he played in T20 Wc, as an accumulater on good pace.

    4) A good new that Iqbal Kasim has resigned. He had to responsibility for his choices and for calling Fawad Alam back and sending Misbah to Australia. But it won't help if the new appointee does the same as mostly pakistan selectors have been reluctant to try youngesters.

  • iftikhar rasool on January 31, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Mr. kamran well said that, shahid afridi "should take the ban" and i know he definalty will be baned.Reason he done the demage will the ball and other he is PAKISTANI. All the world will say it is right and fair to ban. But know body will think that there may be some problem with ball's seem.Some time the seem may rose up and may be he was trying to cut it. We all know that when test match between Africa and England was in process some silly things been done with the ball and even match refere and umpires didnot think about ball tempering. And Englan pacer was not baned.Just because they were White people(Gore).Thats it

  • Aemon Zaidi on January 31, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    BINGO! A brief return for Younus Khan.

    Afridi, although captained well today, will never get matured, or else he would have gotten long ago, since he's been playing for 14 years. He's a cheater captain and a player, if anyone here remember the incident with him footing the middle of the turf with his spikes in the test match in Faisalabad against England in 2005?

  • Imran Zia on January 31, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    In one match he has proven why he should be made captain of the team and also why not? It is upto the board to decide. What he has done is serious and has brought the country in disrepute. This is something even Yousuf did not do even in the worst of times in the series. That is to loose your dignity when you were in with a chance. This is the second time he has done this after he was suspended for scuffing up the pitch against england. This evidence is enough to eliminate him from the captaincy race. Younis Khan is sill our best choice and only hope. he only needs a support staff that supports him.

  • Asad Qazi on January 31, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Has everyone lost it? Younis Khan! Younis Khan! They man hasn't scored in domestic or international cricket.... In case anyone hasn't notices, on the form he has displayed since he was captain and ofcourse, not to forget this recent stint in Australia, he doesn't deserve to be in the side. You defy all logic by saying he should be captain. A captain should at least retain his place in the side. I'd say shoaib malik should be interim captain for the one day and test team. I mean, check out his performance today. To have him out for younis in the rest of the ODIs was a sin! To all you younis khan fans, reality check, they guy should at least warrant a place in the side before you go on bestowing him with captaincy!

  • Malik on January 31, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I wonder why AFRDI will get a lengthy Ban. We have seen last month what English bowlers did with the ball and they escaped it successfully.

  • arsalan ghouri on January 31, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    i dont think so that he is suitable player. this thing is confirm that, he has an alliance of players who dont want to played under yousuf captaincy. Now the question raised that afridi and co is playing for country or individual. because not any nation can expect this kind of behavior in the field by their representatives. Hope afridi fans now can understand that he is self centered man who more like to concentrate on big screen than real play.

  • Arshad on January 31, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Why does he do things like that ??? He is so talented, aggresive as a captain should be and wgen he was about to offer captaincy, he did a stupid things. Perhaps he need bit of calming measure technique which would help in his batting.His shots are so powerful but he uses his brain little to adjust his power strokes. I agree with you that if he gets a ban, Younis Khan would be an interim choice.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 31, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    No more confussion,argument and whatever decision would to take to make a suitable captain for current Pakistan team--- the full honest answer is SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI..........

  • Yasser on January 31, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    I agree it was a stupid stunt by Afridi, I mean what was he thinking? Let’s just say that with such close eyes on Pakistani cricket for years (zooming camera on the bowlers and captains) he should never have done it and should be banned. This is beside the fact that he remains one of the most talented cricketers in the world. With a performance like that it makes you feel proud of the team who are every bit as good as Australia so long as we can have someone (Afridi) to bring the team together. Finally I would just like to highlight the stupid stunt pulled by an Australian hooligan. Why is it that nothing is ever made of incidents like this? He could easily have stabbed the player whose name escapes me. If this had in India, Sri Lanka or God forbid Pakistan all hell would have broken lose. This would have resulted in a player walkout and definitely a media inquest. Sadly there is a distinct racism that exists in the world of cricket, examples of which there are too many.

  • Anees Razzak on January 31, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    It was irresponsible of him to do this. But still i think the board and everyone should go. afridi should be captain in all formats and realise the responsibility that comes with it!

  • Suhaib on January 31, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    I was really surprised and shocked to see him do a thing like this. How could a mature cricketer do something knowing there are so many cameras on him. I mean he didn't even try to be subtle! It was as if he wanted to be caught...

  • Hamid on January 31, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    It really shocked me to see Afridy do a cheap melodrama.only a scumbag would do that ! he must face cataclysmic Consequences, there were 27 cameras and you think you'd get a away with that?

  • Iqbal Tariq on January 31, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    What about the 5-0 Drubbing Kamran Saab? No mention of that? Or the U-19 Team's Defeat to Aussies again?

    Let's not try to distract from the central issue

    PAKISTAN LOST 5-0, If Afridi was so committed, why didn't he Advise Youssef earlier as a Senior member in the team....Is it because he is self centered??

  • Abdul Rehmani on January 31, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    It was the final curtain on Pakistans dismal summer here in Australia. First the humiliation and now we have a ball tempring to deal with. May I suggest, save our country from further disgrace, please leave the circket all togather. Many of the team members have no chance to make the second grade in Australian club cricket. RIP Pakistan cricket and Pakistani cricketers. You are disgrace to your nation

  • Arslan on January 31, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    I as not expecting such a kind of behaviour from Afridi but atlast have to accept this bitter reality.Pakistan lost series due to internal poliyics between players.........So whole team should b changed.........

  • Miz on January 31, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    That was something lacking sportsmanship. May be they should try Salman Butt as a captain (for this interim period). Bringing back Younis, Malik or Yousuf doesn't seem to do any good at the moment. They should think long-term.

  • Asif on January 31, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Well this is the problem isn't it - Pak require just one player to inspire them otherwise they will not perform. Cricket is a team-sport - Pak wins by one player performing super well and the rest being mediocre. This may have worked in the past - but not anymore. Now cricket is played more as a unit. Pak are still stuck in the old ways and it shows. Heck Bang can probably beat Pak now.

  • naveed on January 31, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    after afridi bitted the ball i wasnt watching the match i was shocked to see that first i thought he might be giving some air to the ball through his mouth but later i saw him bitting the ball and i was shocked really shocking he was leading the side quiet well but in the end this incident happened really not good for pakistan cricket if he does get a ban i hope he doesnt somehow he gets out of it otherwise pakistan teams future is in danger no captain at all

  • Ashaq on January 31, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Afridis the Man! Your obsession with Younis Khan is becoming absurd. Most likely he will quit, and then we will get another article asking for the return of younis.

    We need a Enthusiastic Motivator amongst the Coaching staff,who also understands modern coaching methods, Bring Back Mushtaq Ahmed, or Rashid Latif, or Moin Khan....

    Yousuf has been the most uninspiring Captain since Waqar Younis.....And Younis Khan has thrown more Tantrums then Snow white and the seven dwarfs put together.

  • Naveed on January 31, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Well well well, I dunno when we gonna stop doing silly mistakes like this. I believe he was an automatic choise for Pakistan as next captain, but it looks like that Pakistan cricket and controversies lives happily together.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    And through this forum, I would also like to apologize all the fans of cricket that supported Pakistan during the Oval fiasco and all the other times that we were unfairly branded as cheats. ...

  • Ali Bakhtiar on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well, its out. Afridi is banned for two T20 matches. I hope he learns a lesson from this. Kamran is right to say that Afridi is the only choice for captaincy in PK.

    Question is who will lead our team in the only T20 vs Aus ?? Kamran Akmal? Salman Butt??

  • Hassan Syed on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    i have seen this incident but i heard of just two ODIs Ban. Right now, Yes, Afridi is only Option pakistan Have. When Younus did not want Captaincy and even if he want he can be captain until Afridi Ban is over... I dont know weather Afridi is going to Play T20 against Australia

  • Roamer on January 31, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    It was quite unbelievable but I guess you are right he still is the best choice as a captain, if he was scratching the ball .... he didnt have anything in his teeth after gashing so I guess there maynot be any mark on the ball. But anyway what happened after that was unbelievable as a spectator manhandling a player is never heard of and I wonder if it was other way round a pakistani tacking an australian player ... I guess we may have an unfinished game in our hands :)

  • tariq hussain on January 31, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Kam, who cares. These players dont deserve anything

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  • tariq hussain on January 31, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Kam, who cares. These players dont deserve anything

  • Roamer on January 31, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    It was quite unbelievable but I guess you are right he still is the best choice as a captain, if he was scratching the ball .... he didnt have anything in his teeth after gashing so I guess there maynot be any mark on the ball. But anyway what happened after that was unbelievable as a spectator manhandling a player is never heard of and I wonder if it was other way round a pakistani tacking an australian player ... I guess we may have an unfinished game in our hands :)

  • Hassan Syed on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    i have seen this incident but i heard of just two ODIs Ban. Right now, Yes, Afridi is only Option pakistan Have. When Younus did not want Captaincy and even if he want he can be captain until Afridi Ban is over... I dont know weather Afridi is going to Play T20 against Australia

  • Ali Bakhtiar on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well, its out. Afridi is banned for two T20 matches. I hope he learns a lesson from this. Kamran is right to say that Afridi is the only choice for captaincy in PK.

    Question is who will lead our team in the only T20 vs Aus ?? Kamran Akmal? Salman Butt??

  • Osman Ali Khairi on January 31, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    And through this forum, I would also like to apologize all the fans of cricket that supported Pakistan during the Oval fiasco and all the other times that we were unfairly branded as cheats. ...

  • Naveed on January 31, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Well well well, I dunno when we gonna stop doing silly mistakes like this. I believe he was an automatic choise for Pakistan as next captain, but it looks like that Pakistan cricket and controversies lives happily together.

  • Ashaq on January 31, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Afridis the Man! Your obsession with Younis Khan is becoming absurd. Most likely he will quit, and then we will get another article asking for the return of younis.

    We need a Enthusiastic Motivator amongst the Coaching staff,who also understands modern coaching methods, Bring Back Mushtaq Ahmed, or Rashid Latif, or Moin Khan....

    Yousuf has been the most uninspiring Captain since Waqar Younis.....And Younis Khan has thrown more Tantrums then Snow white and the seven dwarfs put together.

  • naveed on January 31, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    after afridi bitted the ball i wasnt watching the match i was shocked to see that first i thought he might be giving some air to the ball through his mouth but later i saw him bitting the ball and i was shocked really shocking he was leading the side quiet well but in the end this incident happened really not good for pakistan cricket if he does get a ban i hope he doesnt somehow he gets out of it otherwise pakistan teams future is in danger no captain at all

  • Asif on January 31, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Well this is the problem isn't it - Pak require just one player to inspire them otherwise they will not perform. Cricket is a team-sport - Pak wins by one player performing super well and the rest being mediocre. This may have worked in the past - but not anymore. Now cricket is played more as a unit. Pak are still stuck in the old ways and it shows. Heck Bang can probably beat Pak now.

  • Miz on January 31, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    That was something lacking sportsmanship. May be they should try Salman Butt as a captain (for this interim period). Bringing back Younis, Malik or Yousuf doesn't seem to do any good at the moment. They should think long-term.