Twenty20 World Cup 2010 May 1, 2010

Wounded champions in group of death

 
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Shahid Afridi's team face a make or break weekend © Getty Images
 

A defence so soon is unfortunate for Pakistan's wounded champions and finds them in another difficult moment. Last year, Pakistan rose out of adversity to conquer. It was an uplifting experience but the joy has been short lived.

Now Shahid Afridi's team face a make or break weekend. They could be out of the tournament by tomorrow evening, such is the danger in this group of death. Australia have spent all winter pummelling Pakistan, and Bangladesh are more than capable of pulling off a smash and grab raid.

Pakistan have terrible memories of playing a World Cup in the West Indies. But they must use that experience, and the hurt of 2007, to inspire them to put up a spirited defence of their title. And spirit is the key. There are no certainties in T20 cricket and all Pakistan fans can wish for is that their embattled team plays with pride and passion.

This team is perfectly capable of challenging for the title again, provided it can overcome three major selection dilemmas. First, the batting line up lacks an explosive opener to accompany Kamran Akmal. Shazaib Hassan must be wondering what he must do earn selection ahead of the ill-suited Salman Butt. Mohammad Hafeez has an outstanding T20 record, and he or Khalid Latif will have to rise to the occasion.

Pakistan's middle order also looks light of a cool head, a part well played by Shoaib Malik in last year's tournament. The burden is now great on Misbah-ul Haq and Afridi.

Finally, and perhaps most decisively, the loss of Umar Gul is a bitter blow. Despite misfiring in other forms of cricket, Gul's missiles are laser guided in T20. More than any player, even Afridi, Gul has been the difference between Pakistan and other teams, choking the life out of the end of an innings. Here, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Sami must combine to cover for Gul's absence.

Another tournament brings another rush of hope to Pakistan fans. A successful defence is hard to imagine at this stage but it is not beyond Afridi's Pakistan. The first hurdle, and perhaps the biggest is this weekend of Russian Roulette in St Lucia.

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  • huzaifa on May 8, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    farhan plz don't lose hope on Pakistan they can change the game so u cant just say pak will lose pak will bring the cup inshallah u will lose the bet

  • talha ahmed on May 6, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    how iS poSsible in thZ world Dt pAkistan is plAyin EnglanD coZ d fixture is A1 vS D2........!!! n A1 is australia n D2 is ENgland dEn how cAn theRE is a match bEtwEen pakistan n Englan........???

  • Ravi Bopara on May 5, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan may lose due to one reason that is IMRAN NAZIR Ignored by Captain Shahid Afridi and the captaincy of Shahid Afridi which doesnt seems like showin interests on talented players like Imran nazir and bowling like Abdul Razak ..

  • waseem on May 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    I could not understand the reason why you applied Hafiz though he was going very expensive..you must be flexible as the game needs. If you wanted or want to apply spin early then why you chose part time spinner why didn't you tossed the ball to best like you and Ajmal. had you or Ajmal bowled the second over Ausies wouldn't have got the confidence they would have got out somehow but you chose part time and they got confidence. you did very bad captaincy in this match you should have open the bowling with Aamir and Sami...solution are these 1.Open with yourself (Butt is not made for T20, try to evaluate the opening of other team with you, only 6 over to utilize and your opener play like playing one day or test) 2. exit Hafiz or Fawad bring Asif 3.Razzaq at no. 5(you can promote him if you gets out early) 4.your team handed you very bad position in every match and you can not win every time in very bad situation so go for open and do best what you can do rather late and out in pressure.

  • waseem on May 4, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Afridi: Please bringback Im Nazir S.Akhtar if you can now or open inning yourself, you can have Razzaq in late. Opening is very much precious in T20 format then any other format you have only 6 over to utilize. In both matches your opener were playing like they have another 40 over to go and you can recover the game. Only two player are out side the circle and you can utilize these over. Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq can only utilize these power play option. Please try to understand that Salman Butt is not aggresive player and you can not inject aggression of like these player it is very natural thing..you cann't change the mind ans mentality of person to a great extent. You did a very bad captaincy since you come to the international arena as a captain. Soulution is that open the inning with yourself you would become great player of the history if you get out early then send Razzaq as one down...Hafiz and Alam are good for domestic only Nazir has the intenational tale

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on May 4, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    The team is not up to playing at this level. Bowling was below par. Fielding was poor. The batsmen were in a hurry to go back to huddle. Their shot selection was poor and pre-meditated. If the team does not bring their A GAME, they will be staring at elimination. I wonder why Waqar or Afridi did not tell the batsmen to hang on to the crease for a while, pace the innings before hitting the big shots at the half way mark. Sami was very expensive and should be replaced with ASIF in the next game (if Pakistan makes the 2nd round). Australia is a compelete team, with abundant of talent at every position, and the fire power to win this tournament.

  • Asad Bahrain on May 3, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    So far in the tournament,Pakistan's batting has come good.Its the bowling,fielding and strange captaincy which let us down in the last game. Why isn't M.Asif playing-he is our leading fast bowler? Bowling changes need to be more proactive.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on May 3, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Australia roller coasted over Pakistan. It has been much of the same this summer. It is not about losing or winning. The lack of patience on the part of batsmen chasing a big total was concerning. Wickets feel from the go. Kamran, Butt, Hafeez, Umar gave away their wickets in a hurry and found the fielders instead of gaps. It was like giving the Aussies catching practice. There was some hope when Afridi & Misbah were in the centre. Afridi looked less composed. He got out to a straight delivery, which could be defended. Razzak was out of sorts and was sent back to the pavillion quickly. Pakistan clearly looked like a team without a game plan. Even a power house like Australia loaded with talent needs a game plan to perform competitively at this level. Lets hope Pakistan took home a lesson in this defeat. The stamp of unpredictability needs to go. Pakistan should not take for granted their fate will change in the next stage of the tournament, unless they make the necessary improvement.

  • ReverseSweep on May 3, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Lets see what Afridi does. @ Rizzy : Good joke man. Pakistan to give India back for arrogance? Well we are No 1 and No 2 in Tests and ODIs. Can you ever dream of ur side for such a glory with a useless board and comedy cricketers? Even in T20 we ll rock! We are the backbone of cricket and everyone wants to be in our good books. Comeon can u think of one team including BDs to travel to ur place? First grow up. U need us and not other way round for Cricket. By the way all the best to Afridi and his boys.

  • Mohsin on May 3, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Afridi doesnt seems like intelligent captain and i dont no y he picked Fawad Alam and Misbah who are just bad luck ...Afridi dropped Imran Nazir from squad i dont no wat made him to soo.He lost completely by doin that IMRAN nazir is bigger Afridi in agression and hitting sixes...AFRIDI Bad luck u wanted to b a captain u became but u cannot win///////becoz the atitude u have shown towards IMRAN NAZIR and picked Fawad Alam ,Misbah, and Salman Butt very sad i was your fan now i dont feel u can b a able leader

  • huzaifa on May 8, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    farhan plz don't lose hope on Pakistan they can change the game so u cant just say pak will lose pak will bring the cup inshallah u will lose the bet

  • talha ahmed on May 6, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    how iS poSsible in thZ world Dt pAkistan is plAyin EnglanD coZ d fixture is A1 vS D2........!!! n A1 is australia n D2 is ENgland dEn how cAn theRE is a match bEtwEen pakistan n Englan........???

  • Ravi Bopara on May 5, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan may lose due to one reason that is IMRAN NAZIR Ignored by Captain Shahid Afridi and the captaincy of Shahid Afridi which doesnt seems like showin interests on talented players like Imran nazir and bowling like Abdul Razak ..

  • waseem on May 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    I could not understand the reason why you applied Hafiz though he was going very expensive..you must be flexible as the game needs. If you wanted or want to apply spin early then why you chose part time spinner why didn't you tossed the ball to best like you and Ajmal. had you or Ajmal bowled the second over Ausies wouldn't have got the confidence they would have got out somehow but you chose part time and they got confidence. you did very bad captaincy in this match you should have open the bowling with Aamir and Sami...solution are these 1.Open with yourself (Butt is not made for T20, try to evaluate the opening of other team with you, only 6 over to utilize and your opener play like playing one day or test) 2. exit Hafiz or Fawad bring Asif 3.Razzaq at no. 5(you can promote him if you gets out early) 4.your team handed you very bad position in every match and you can not win every time in very bad situation so go for open and do best what you can do rather late and out in pressure.

  • waseem on May 4, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Afridi: Please bringback Im Nazir S.Akhtar if you can now or open inning yourself, you can have Razzaq in late. Opening is very much precious in T20 format then any other format you have only 6 over to utilize. In both matches your opener were playing like they have another 40 over to go and you can recover the game. Only two player are out side the circle and you can utilize these over. Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq can only utilize these power play option. Please try to understand that Salman Butt is not aggresive player and you can not inject aggression of like these player it is very natural thing..you cann't change the mind ans mentality of person to a great extent. You did a very bad captaincy since you come to the international arena as a captain. Soulution is that open the inning with yourself you would become great player of the history if you get out early then send Razzaq as one down...Hafiz and Alam are good for domestic only Nazir has the intenational tale

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on May 4, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    The team is not up to playing at this level. Bowling was below par. Fielding was poor. The batsmen were in a hurry to go back to huddle. Their shot selection was poor and pre-meditated. If the team does not bring their A GAME, they will be staring at elimination. I wonder why Waqar or Afridi did not tell the batsmen to hang on to the crease for a while, pace the innings before hitting the big shots at the half way mark. Sami was very expensive and should be replaced with ASIF in the next game (if Pakistan makes the 2nd round). Australia is a compelete team, with abundant of talent at every position, and the fire power to win this tournament.

  • Asad Bahrain on May 3, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    So far in the tournament,Pakistan's batting has come good.Its the bowling,fielding and strange captaincy which let us down in the last game. Why isn't M.Asif playing-he is our leading fast bowler? Bowling changes need to be more proactive.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on May 3, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Australia roller coasted over Pakistan. It has been much of the same this summer. It is not about losing or winning. The lack of patience on the part of batsmen chasing a big total was concerning. Wickets feel from the go. Kamran, Butt, Hafeez, Umar gave away their wickets in a hurry and found the fielders instead of gaps. It was like giving the Aussies catching practice. There was some hope when Afridi & Misbah were in the centre. Afridi looked less composed. He got out to a straight delivery, which could be defended. Razzak was out of sorts and was sent back to the pavillion quickly. Pakistan clearly looked like a team without a game plan. Even a power house like Australia loaded with talent needs a game plan to perform competitively at this level. Lets hope Pakistan took home a lesson in this defeat. The stamp of unpredictability needs to go. Pakistan should not take for granted their fate will change in the next stage of the tournament, unless they make the necessary improvement.

  • ReverseSweep on May 3, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Lets see what Afridi does. @ Rizzy : Good joke man. Pakistan to give India back for arrogance? Well we are No 1 and No 2 in Tests and ODIs. Can you ever dream of ur side for such a glory with a useless board and comedy cricketers? Even in T20 we ll rock! We are the backbone of cricket and everyone wants to be in our good books. Comeon can u think of one team including BDs to travel to ur place? First grow up. U need us and not other way round for Cricket. By the way all the best to Afridi and his boys.

  • Mohsin on May 3, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Afridi doesnt seems like intelligent captain and i dont no y he picked Fawad Alam and Misbah who are just bad luck ...Afridi dropped Imran Nazir from squad i dont no wat made him to soo.He lost completely by doin that IMRAN nazir is bigger Afridi in agression and hitting sixes...AFRIDI Bad luck u wanted to b a captain u became but u cannot win///////becoz the atitude u have shown towards IMRAN NAZIR and picked Fawad Alam ,Misbah, and Salman Butt very sad i was your fan now i dont feel u can b a able leader

  • Danish Mahmood Qureshi on May 3, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    As i have already predicted in one of you blogs already we have to prepare ourself for an early exit of Pak team.Name it a conspiracy theory or hypothetical scenario one of the few we are about to experience:1)Austrailia on purpose plays a second string team against Bangladesh for any reason and Bangla wins and it comes down to net run rate.2)Bangla put up a geniune fight against Australia and win and again it comes down to net run rate. And if we go back in histroy how many times is it not it had overcome pak team:That theier fate was dependent on the outcome and results of other contestants to advance further. Secondly it is not about the selection but the combination of players which is important;e.g Pak/Aus match if Fawad had to bat nr8 and not bowl,what is the wisdom behind his selection?if Abdul Razzaq also only had to bat and not bowl then they could have played a specialist batsman instead of half-batsman;if Hafeez was to open bowling,why play Sami?Butt must go,for Gods sake

  • mislam on May 3, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Auatralia was a much better side and hence they won today. But if the crucial catches were not dropped it would be a close game for the score of 160-170. Afridi's use of spin at the second over with a new bowler does not make sense at all. Did he forget the role of Razzaque in the last year semi and final? WHY did Razzaue not bowl, when I expected him to do that in first 4 overs? Anyone knows?

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on May 3, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    the west indians despise the Pakistanis on all levels - this was no error, their local administration connived to play the wrong anthem to attempt to disgrace Pakistan. Imran Khan gave it to these losers when Pakistan touredunder him, ..no one has forgotten how they framed Wasim and Waqar on marijuana possesion to try to inflict psychological pressure, and this ploy was no different, if you are watching the games, you can see for yourself how the party-poopers are dancing and rolicking when a Pakistani gets out while there was absolute pin drop silence as the final 5 wicket maiden over was unfolding...

    Re:today's loss to Aus. - is Asif under stress due to domestic matters - how sad, but Afridi needs to step in this matter, I m afraid private or not, as Asif not playing is hurting Pakistan or he should just be sent home. Finally Afridi should go with Hammad (if they make it to Super8s) and the fielding has to go up, and Asif and Sami and Aamer - ALL NEED TO BE IN THE SQUAD - no Rehman

  • Imraj on May 2, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Allow me to ask if national anthem of Pakistan has been changed.In the Pakistan Bangladesh match the new Anthem was played.I say this because no one pointed it out in the media or from team Management.Kindly do clarify this.

  • Murtaza Moiz on May 2, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Although Pakistan played outstandingly but the real test is tonight against the Aussies!

  • Mehdi - Singapore on May 2, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Let us all get together and pray for the best result.Inshallah we will make it this time too.The first victory was sweet.Pray that they make it two today.Best of luck Pakistan.

  • Farhan on May 2, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Im betting that we will lose either due to Sami or Kamran Akmal.

  • Hashir on May 2, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    i think they should play Hammad azam in the next game against Australia rather than playing Fawad Alam...DIL DIL PAKISTAN <3

  • Jawed Saleem on May 2, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Gung-Ho(Can Do)Trail ! Mr. Abbassi, Yes - “Cricket” is the game of “un-certainties”. ‘Un-certainties’ are” INVERSELY” proportional to game’s duration ! I agree with you, Green-Shirts lack the “fire-power” (of Umar Gul) in bowling dept. and batting revolves around Akmal bros. – other batters cannot be relied-upon. Pak. Team need to capitalize on the prevailing conditions i.e. “Slower pitches with spongy bounce” which are not conducive to stroke-play. Regardless of results, players should play hard & maintain aggressive attitude esp. during adverse situations.

    Pakistan fans expect the team to Gung-Ho again !.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • umair on May 1, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Salman butt can only play well against team like bangladesh,he is the most undeserving player in the team, he shouldn't have been selected in the first place. Mark my words that he cant ever replicate this performance against Australia.he will be brutally exposed against them.

  • zeshan on May 1, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    salman butt played an outstanding innings today. Proved a point to all his critics, which was pretty much the whole country (me included). It was a classy knock!

  • Hassan on May 1, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I really think that Salman Butt can play this version of the game....prime example was against Bangladesh...Brilliance but the only thing that concerns me is dat y is Khalid Latif playing...Shahzaib Hassan deserves a chance

  • MOHSIN on May 1, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    salman butt proved u wrong what a strike rate in this innings

  • hassan on May 1, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Butt sure shut you folks up !!

  • Abrar Akhtar on May 1, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Well we can say 50/50 chances.i am surprise to see that Misbaul haq again selected for nothing.it is matter of time that Pakistani players like Yasir Arafat ,Taufeeq Umer , Hasan Raza and Misbahul Haq show great form in Domestic cricket but fail to produce good performance and consistency on international level and we ignore talented player like Imran Nazir.With this Team we can just pray or we will lose games and hope for results from other teams...

  • Md. Mejbahul Sarker on May 1, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Assalamualikum to all, without gul it is difficult to pakistan to win this world cup. But pakistan is unpredictable team. They can do anything. Now Afridi captain so this is positive to pakistan. I think Pak may be win this world cup.

  • Deep on May 1, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Ha ha ha Salman you are exactly right with your checklist!

  • Syed on May 1, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Salman. Thats one of the best letter i have ever seen.

  • ozz on May 1, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Seriously butt....again? ohh common!!!!!...Anyways PAK POWER ALL THE WAY

  • Shoaib JUB on May 1, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistani tigers are confident to bring the WC again. They'll show to the world that they are the experts of t20. I was shocked to see t20 tigers rejected from IPL.

  • Ashraful_rox on May 1, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Latest Update : Pakistan 136/5 in 20 overs Bangladesh 126 -5 in 18 overs.... Match going as per plan

  • Muhammad Hasan on May 1, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I personally think that key of winning a t20 game is to not let your opponent score. I think this Pakistani strong bowling lineup and as long as they keep opponent in the range of 120-150, I do not think they have problem any games. I am saying this based on history of following players in this format of the game: Afridi, Razzaq, Ajmal, Asif, and Amir. though i would think GUL can give us a major edge against strong team because HE IS A RALLY KILLER

  • Fouad on May 1, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Mangla, you have got the team spot on but the battihng order needs to be changed. Totally ridiculous if Afridi bats anything beyond 3 or max 4. You dont want to be wasting Afridi down the order like the earlier matches in last years world cup...

  • mangla on May 1, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    ok, i think if pakistan play my team, we can win this game!( afridi take notes)! hafeez kamran fawad umar misbah afridi razzaq amir asif ajmal

  • captainakthar on May 1, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    here is my predication pakistan will loose to bangladesh today and also to australia tomm...out of tournment afridi is out of captaincy and will face a life time ban shoaib akthar will come back and they will make him captain....

  • bashar on May 1, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    hey! boys bd will be the winner of this day. none will get victory over BANGLADESH. as a bangladeshi it is my duty to wish this. but as a fan of pakistan cricket{not pakistan} i will wish their victory over all the teams.

  • Rizwan Younus on May 1, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Salam to all. I have complete faith in Boob Boom and the boys. Yes we are in a difficult group however we will get through it if the batting fires we will be fine. Umar Gul will be a loss however lets not start making excuses before we even play we have the A's Aamir, Asif, Afridi And Ajmal. The othere 4 overs probably shared between Razzaq And Alam. Its still a formidable attack along with sri lanka the best. Umar and Misbah must fire with the bat in order for us to get far. All you pakistan fans keep faith and do dua always remember in 20 20 as the world knows PAKISTAN ARE BOX OFFICE! Pakistan Zindabad. Khuda Hafiz.

  • shahid malik on May 1, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    wishing pakistan all the best. i don't understand the selection of fawad alam :-(

  • Pavan on May 1, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Group of death? Aus,Pak & Bangladesh- with two moving ahead, you must be kidding..right?

  • sharif tanvir on May 1, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    I believed that today Bangladesh cricket team will be win vs Pakistan. please pry for Bangladesh cricket teams

  • desihungama on May 1, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Gul's absense is a blessing in disguise. Khalid Latif should have never been part of this team. (Must find out the deep connection). Like it or not but Shoaib Malik glues the middle order and am not sure if Misbah has the tenacity to match. Though Malik himslef defines lackluster. Such is Pakistan cricket. Sami and Aamer will both shine. Only if Afridi performs as he did in previous two tournaments and I think it was a wise decision to leave M. Irfan out this time around as you only need one trump card to pull surprises and that would be Hammad Azam!

  • Shahid Ahmed Ansari on May 1, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Well, the team is balanced, coached by Waqar Younis and orders imposed by Afridi, the team has the spirit to defend the title better than before. We wish Afridi's Pakistan-XI a very good luck with warm wishes to save the title and get back to Pakistan

  • bob on May 1, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    afridi - i have the efegy of you ready to set light!

  • Mohsin Irshad on May 1, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Things do not look good for Pakistan. But you never know, they are unpredictable.

  • mohammed imran on May 1, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Salam, with the team that ijaz butt forced pakistan (AFRIDI)to go to the west indies with...all i can say is.....WORLD CUP R.I.P!!! FOR another 17 years... TILL ANOTHER LION LIKE IMRAN OR YOUNIS COMES ALONG...

  • Imran Ali on May 1, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I think pakistan team looks good. The WI pitches are slow and suits likes of Salman Butt, Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Misbah & Fawad Alam. They should field both the spinners Saeed Ajmal and AbdulRehman (especially against Ausralia) and afridi should open the inning becoz as match progresses pitch will get slow and it will be difficult for likes of Afridi & Razzak to hit the ball in the later part of the inning. My team will be: Butt Hafeez Misbah U. Akmal S.Afridi K.Akmal F. Alam Razzak Aamer Asif Ajmal

  • Rizzy on May 1, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    true if they can win BD they can take the cup home.In order for them to defend thier title they need to make sure Salman Butt is kept of the side he is only suitable to carry the drinks.As for Shoaib Malik he should be handed a life ban for public humiliating Pakistan.As far as Afridi is concerned alot rests on his shoulders but inshallaah he should be ok now that the jokers are out of the team.In the super8 stage only Afridi can inflict pain on India and give them a humiliating experiance that they truly deserve for thier arrogrance.But before that I hope the Afghans from the other side of the border teach the weak indians how to bowl fast.

  • Rashid on May 1, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Yawn...yawn.Come on Kamran BHAI we need better articles from you. All in all here are only 8 major cricket playing nations and you say there is a group of death !!

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on May 1, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Absence of Umar Gul and Shoaib Malik will be deeply felt. Salman "Useless" Butt should never have been in T20 squad for this world cup. His game is not suitable to this version. He will be a big failure in this tournament.Shazeb Hassan should have been included as he has healty strike rate and nice bunch aggressive shots. Pakistan has chance of reaching semi-final. Wining a world cup would be a dream come true and it will take more than a mircle. If we look to record of Pakistan in west indies then Pakistan might face tough time as we have australia and bangladesh in our group. Pakistan must win its match against bangladesh so chances of getting in super 8 gets better. In super 8 we might face tough competition. Hope so still Pakistan end up becoming champions.

  • WAHEED KHAN on May 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    I hope Pakistan will learn from thier mistakes and will perfomr well in this tournament INSHALLAH they will reach to the finals again and win the trophy

  • raja on May 1, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    unpredictability makes pak cric different from others!!! thou being an indian based in aus..i want india to win..bt i do like the passion of pak cricket..i wz disappointed wen pak lost in t20 in mcg..i wz wid my paki frnds..i wz as hurt as dem..bt d passion dey display is awesome..best of luck to all the teams...hope d most deserving team wins the trophy..my msg to all ind n pak fans..lets support each other..hope it ends all d bullshit gng around..ameen

  • Rizwan Shirjeel on May 1, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Pakistan is a team of tigers. Unpredictability is part of this team but only one thing needs to do is unity. If the team plays with their potential and with unity then they can beat any team in the world. InshAllah Pakistan team will defend the title very proudly and all of our wishes are prayers are with the team.

  • A. Mangat on May 1, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Irrespective of the outcome for Pakistan in this tournament, lets just sit back and enjoy the cricket. Being a true Pakistani cricket fan, I hope and pray that Afridi and Co. play the gentlemen's game as gentlemen.

  • aftab on May 1, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    As explosive in form this format may be, it is the two anchors that are most essential: a bowler who can stop a barrage of attacks from batsmen and a batsman who can dig in while otherwise hits around. It may sound funny, but I feel that Younis or Yousef are the only people in current scene who fill the later. Asif can cover for Umer Gul pretty good. Let's hope Sami does NOT get too excited.

  • Shahid on May 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Going by the warm-up's, it doesn't look good at all. Losing 17 wicket in two encounters against lowly rated teams, losing to Zimbabway, and the state of top order, is horrible. Our strength was Umar Gul, Younis and Malik in last years worldcup. They are gone and the selectors did the rest. Shahzaib is in form and despite whole nations cry he was left behind and instead Latif is kept in the warm. Latif hasn't performed since I have seen him. no one knows why he is in the team. Even much hated Imran Farhat could have been a better choice. I personally think, Sami should not have been included and Hammad Azzam should be in playing 11 against BD as even if hammad was not to bowl, we had hafiz, afridi, Ajmal. Aamer and Razzaq.

  • Syed Murtaza on May 1, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Salman Butt and Misbah has got to get their acts together. Even in Gul's absence, Pakistan's bowling attack doesn't look a disaster in presence of Afridi, Ajmal and Amir. Sami needs to carry on his domesic form as he has a lot to prove here. Pakistan has got every real chance of winning against Bangladesh but knowing Pakistani cricket, I wouldn't put my house on that.

  • Ahmad K on May 1, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    rightly said, this is a do or die game against bangladesh. if pakistan loses, there is no hope that they'll win against australia and even then there is no certainity that we'd go thru.

    a new pakistan cricket site wsa launched yesterday called the pakistan camp, at pakcamp.com ... guys, check it out, it has some very cool features.

    finally, good luck to team pakistan!

  • junaid on May 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Pride Power Pakistan

    that should be the motive of Boom BOOM Afridi and rest of the Green Men

  • faisal on May 1, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    its nice to hear wounded champion, i heard wounded tigers fight much better , so lets hope pak players fight like wounded tigers , Afridi jus need to charge up the players , thats all he needs , when ever pakistani player play with aggression they perform well, there should b only one moto of pakistani players . NO fear , thats all they need , send butt back to pak to link up with bigger butt ,we dont need him in t20,

  • moon on May 1, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan.But you have to change the captaian once again at the end.I like him as a player but as a captain, wait and see.....

  • iraslv on May 1, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Wishing you all the best.... Make us proud team Pakistan

  • Salman on May 1, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Hmm lets see a) Turmoil before tournament checked b) Players up agianst board checked c) No good news in country checked d) Spearhead fast bowler injured before tournament checked e) Batting a bit of worry checked

    f) A maverick leading the team checked

    I say we are in a good position to win this. We have always won major tournaments after having a pre tournament check list like this

  • qasim on May 1, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I am putting all my money on Hafeez. He is in great form and can single handily guide Pakistan to the ranks of Glory. Therefore, I agree that there is no place for Butt but as far as Hafeez is playing, we need not to worry that much.

  • mohidin gundroo on May 1, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Team lacks fire power but considering slow pitches a score of 150 is defendable,Good pitch for medium pacers like Razzak and sinners. i would suggest only one pacer like Asif to be the team , but 2 front line spinners Ajmal and Rehman. besides afridi,hafeez

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  • mohidin gundroo on May 1, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Team lacks fire power but considering slow pitches a score of 150 is defendable,Good pitch for medium pacers like Razzak and sinners. i would suggest only one pacer like Asif to be the team , but 2 front line spinners Ajmal and Rehman. besides afridi,hafeez

  • qasim on May 1, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I am putting all my money on Hafeez. He is in great form and can single handily guide Pakistan to the ranks of Glory. Therefore, I agree that there is no place for Butt but as far as Hafeez is playing, we need not to worry that much.

  • Salman on May 1, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Hmm lets see a) Turmoil before tournament checked b) Players up agianst board checked c) No good news in country checked d) Spearhead fast bowler injured before tournament checked e) Batting a bit of worry checked

    f) A maverick leading the team checked

    I say we are in a good position to win this. We have always won major tournaments after having a pre tournament check list like this

  • iraslv on May 1, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Wishing you all the best.... Make us proud team Pakistan

  • moon on May 1, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan.But you have to change the captaian once again at the end.I like him as a player but as a captain, wait and see.....

  • faisal on May 1, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    its nice to hear wounded champion, i heard wounded tigers fight much better , so lets hope pak players fight like wounded tigers , Afridi jus need to charge up the players , thats all he needs , when ever pakistani player play with aggression they perform well, there should b only one moto of pakistani players . NO fear , thats all they need , send butt back to pak to link up with bigger butt ,we dont need him in t20,

  • junaid on May 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Pride Power Pakistan

    that should be the motive of Boom BOOM Afridi and rest of the Green Men

  • Ahmad K on May 1, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    rightly said, this is a do or die game against bangladesh. if pakistan loses, there is no hope that they'll win against australia and even then there is no certainity that we'd go thru.

    a new pakistan cricket site wsa launched yesterday called the pakistan camp, at pakcamp.com ... guys, check it out, it has some very cool features.

    finally, good luck to team pakistan!

  • Syed Murtaza on May 1, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Salman Butt and Misbah has got to get their acts together. Even in Gul's absence, Pakistan's bowling attack doesn't look a disaster in presence of Afridi, Ajmal and Amir. Sami needs to carry on his domesic form as he has a lot to prove here. Pakistan has got every real chance of winning against Bangladesh but knowing Pakistani cricket, I wouldn't put my house on that.

  • Shahid on May 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Going by the warm-up's, it doesn't look good at all. Losing 17 wicket in two encounters against lowly rated teams, losing to Zimbabway, and the state of top order, is horrible. Our strength was Umar Gul, Younis and Malik in last years worldcup. They are gone and the selectors did the rest. Shahzaib is in form and despite whole nations cry he was left behind and instead Latif is kept in the warm. Latif hasn't performed since I have seen him. no one knows why he is in the team. Even much hated Imran Farhat could have been a better choice. I personally think, Sami should not have been included and Hammad Azzam should be in playing 11 against BD as even if hammad was not to bowl, we had hafiz, afridi, Ajmal. Aamer and Razzaq.