Saad Shafqat May 7, 2010

No 'Grand Plan' for Pakistan

Unsuspecting Pakistan fans are still thinking that all these tricks are part of some Grand Plan
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"It is clear that the captaincy is wearing heavy on Shahid Afridi" © Getty Images

It would appear after Pakistan’s loss in their initial Super Eights outing, that the team’s Twenty20 prowess has gone to its head. Pakistan are now taking their strategy to unprecedented, daredevil heights by trying to win matches without taking catches, without saving boundaries, and without executing run-outs. The wisdom of these tactics is not readily obvious but coming from Pakistan – a country and a team quite at home with enigmas – that is not such a surprise.

In the loss to England we also saw the now-familiar move where a Pakistani batsman of whom much is expected walks in at a critical juncture and commits suicide. The chosen method is exquisitely torturous: the batsman plays the ball straight into the hands of a close-in fielder and immediately sets off for a run. Over the years, we have seen the likes of Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq engage in such hara kiri rather liberally. At Bridgetown yesterday, it was Shahid Afridi’s turn. To make it interesting, he decided to pull it off on the very first ball he faced. After he died his virtual cricket death, there was the customary agitated gesturing and scowling. Again, the logic of this tactic is not clear, but that’s Pakistan for you.

Then there is the time-honoured routine of the nonsensical reverse-sweep. It happens to be one of Pakistan’s great gifts to the game, along with reverse-swing and the doosra, so its origins are honourable enough. Mushtaq Mohammad invented it and Javed Miandad perfected it. But down the generations it seems to have become a source of slapstick entertainment. In Misbah-ul-Haq’s hands yesterday, it served as a powerful instrument of comic relief. Granted that the reverse-sweep is necessarily a premeditated stroke, but most exponents wait at least for the bowler to be locked into his delivery motion before they start to swivel. Misbah took it one step further yesterday by turning his body around before the bowler had barely started his run. The stumps were badly exposed and that was that. We are scratching our heads to understand how this move helped Pakistan, but that’s our team – they love to keep us guessing.

Unsuspecting Pakistan fans are still thinking that all these tricks are part of some Grand Plan. Having experienced the thrilling triumphs of World Cup 1992 and World Twenty20 2009, they are convinced that Pakistan’s lack of form isn’t worrisome. Good ol’ Pakistan, they always throw caution to the wind and rack up losses in the initial stage of a tournament, only to floor the pedal at the right time and speed through to the title.

Except this time it’s different. The rhythm is completely off. The body language is stilted. The facial expressions are tragic. One look at the dugout and the sombreness infects and envelops you, even sitting out here in Lahore or Karachi, thousands of miles away.

Most of all, Afridi is walking around cutting a sad, almost shattered figure. It is clear that the captaincy is wearing heavy on him. Throughout his career he has been a proud, free-spirited Mustang. His veins carry the blood of a warrior tribe and his approach has always been fearless and unforgiving. All of this works well in the sphere of individualism, but when you get burdened with systematic responsibilities they become a liability. We still love you, Afridi, but you’re no Younis. Your leadership experiment has failed.

Theoretically, Pakistan are still in the hunt, but only barely. To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches (against New Zealand and South Africa; neither exactly a pushover). Even so, of the four possible scenarios that could then emerge in Group E, three will involve run-rate calculations. Only if England also wins both its games, will Pakistan be assured of a semifinal spot, as England and Pakistan then edge out New Zealand and South Africa . If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out.

Very soon everyone will start looking around for someone to blame. Hopefully, most, if not all eyes will settle on the PCB and its leadership, specifically chairman Ijaz Butt. Pakistan is a chaotic place to begin with, and Butt compounded the misery by meting out whimsical bans and punishments to key players in the days leading up to this tournament. It is hard to imagine a more damaging send-off for a team aiming to defend its title.

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • waqar Abbas on May 14, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Today we showed that we have ability to attain difficult task, that's why we made 191 runs againts ausse...yeah we lost but it's not matter bcz we struggle as professional team, that's only count.

  • Asif Bitla Bishu on May 13, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely win this T20 World Cup. Once they begin to win in crucial stage like world cup, they will retain the superb performance. ALL THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN..

  • Muhammad Aamir on May 13, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Pakistan and Pakistanis are the world most unpredicted nation and team. With lot's of individual mistakes sometime we are capable of putting out some great results when we act like a team and united. The KEY OF SUCCESS is that we have to be UNITED and PLAY as a TEAM nothing else.

  • Dr. Khan on May 12, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    I believe that Australia will be under presser to face Pakistan in the semi final. And Pakistan team is always good when in presser. If Pakistan started with a good start then no one can stop them to bring the trophy back the country which is needed too much.

  • Waqar on May 12, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Now wot do u all wingers have to say when we are in the semis??

  • Aditya Johar on May 11, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Pakistan cricket, however tumultuous it may be, now has a chance to breathe fresh air and gain back some lost ground, if they win the T20 world cup, or at least finish as runners up. Lets see what happens!

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  • Paki Power on May 11, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Someone should really ask Ijaz Butt WHAT KIND OF INSULT SHALL BE GIVEN TO HIM!!! Are 2 most senoir players are out, Malik 1 year ban, and fines to The Akmal Brothers and Afridi are just DEMORALISING. Anyways, today Sri Lanka will easily OWN our arch rivals:INDIA, and Australia will murder W.I. So the 4 Semi-Finalists could be: Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England. And I dont get why Misbah, Hafeez and Fawad are even considered batsmen. Kick out Hafeez, Misbah, bring in Azeem Ghumman And Hammad Azam from U-19'S and give fawad to express his talent as a BOWLING all-rounder!!! Anyways, I always says, reaching the Semi's is our OWN trophy. But, I will continue supporting PAKISTAN as a Nation!

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    "To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches."

    "If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out."

    One of more disappointing aspects of the coverage of Pakistan in the WC-T20 is how "far-fetched" everyone made Pakistan's qualification for the semi-final seem.

    England beating NZ, even without KP, was entirely within the realm of reason: England was the best team in the group, NZ at full strength was barely better than a undercooked Pakistan.

    Pakistan beating SA was also plausible, given that the Proteas have looked equally listless.

    South Africa game aside, it is fair to say Pakistan have underperformed with the bat, in the field and in selection.

    But based on the fiction written above and the story on the field, it seems tales of Pakistan's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    "To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches."

    "If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out."

    One of more disappointing aspects of the coverage of Pakistan in the WC-T20 is how "far-fetched" everyone made Pakistan's qualification for the semi-final seem.

    England beating NZ, even without KP, was entirely within the realm of reason: England was the best team in the group, NZ at full strength was barely better than a undercooked Pakistan.

    Pakistan beating SA was also plausible, given that the Proteas have looked equally listless.

    South Africa game aside, it is fair to say Pakistan have underperformed with the bat, in the field and in selection.

    But based on the fiction written above and the story on the field, it seems tales of Pakistan's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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  • waqar Abbas on May 14, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Today we showed that we have ability to attain difficult task, that's why we made 191 runs againts ausse...yeah we lost but it's not matter bcz we struggle as professional team, that's only count.

  • Asif Bitla Bishu on May 13, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely win this T20 World Cup. Once they begin to win in crucial stage like world cup, they will retain the superb performance. ALL THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN..

  • Muhammad Aamir on May 13, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Pakistan and Pakistanis are the world most unpredicted nation and team. With lot's of individual mistakes sometime we are capable of putting out some great results when we act like a team and united. The KEY OF SUCCESS is that we have to be UNITED and PLAY as a TEAM nothing else.

  • Dr. Khan on May 12, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    I believe that Australia will be under presser to face Pakistan in the semi final. And Pakistan team is always good when in presser. If Pakistan started with a good start then no one can stop them to bring the trophy back the country which is needed too much.

  • Waqar on May 12, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Now wot do u all wingers have to say when we are in the semis??

  • Aditya Johar on May 11, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Pakistan cricket, however tumultuous it may be, now has a chance to breathe fresh air and gain back some lost ground, if they win the T20 world cup, or at least finish as runners up. Lets see what happens!

    cricketaffairs.blog.com

  • Paki Power on May 11, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Someone should really ask Ijaz Butt WHAT KIND OF INSULT SHALL BE GIVEN TO HIM!!! Are 2 most senoir players are out, Malik 1 year ban, and fines to The Akmal Brothers and Afridi are just DEMORALISING. Anyways, today Sri Lanka will easily OWN our arch rivals:INDIA, and Australia will murder W.I. So the 4 Semi-Finalists could be: Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England. And I dont get why Misbah, Hafeez and Fawad are even considered batsmen. Kick out Hafeez, Misbah, bring in Azeem Ghumman And Hammad Azam from U-19'S and give fawad to express his talent as a BOWLING all-rounder!!! Anyways, I always says, reaching the Semi's is our OWN trophy. But, I will continue supporting PAKISTAN as a Nation!

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    "To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches."

    "If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out."

    One of more disappointing aspects of the coverage of Pakistan in the WC-T20 is how "far-fetched" everyone made Pakistan's qualification for the semi-final seem.

    England beating NZ, even without KP, was entirely within the realm of reason: England was the best team in the group, NZ at full strength was barely better than a undercooked Pakistan.

    Pakistan beating SA was also plausible, given that the Proteas have looked equally listless.

    South Africa game aside, it is fair to say Pakistan have underperformed with the bat, in the field and in selection.

    But based on the fiction written above and the story on the field, it seems tales of Pakistan's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    "To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches."

    "If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out."

    One of more disappointing aspects of the coverage of Pakistan in the WC-T20 is how "far-fetched" everyone made Pakistan's qualification for the semi-final seem.

    England beating NZ, even without KP, was entirely within the realm of reason: England was the best team in the group, NZ at full strength was barely better than a undercooked Pakistan.

    Pakistan beating SA was also plausible, given that the Proteas have looked equally listless.

    South Africa game aside, it is fair to say Pakistan have underperformed with the bat, in the field and in selection.

    But based on the fiction written above and the story on the field, it seems tales of Pakistan's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Asif on May 11, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    @Unsuspecting Pakistan fans are still thinking that all these tricks are part of some Grand Plan. Having experienced the thrilling triumphs of World Cup 1992 and World Twenty20 2009, they are convinced that Pakistan’s lack of form isn’t worrisome. Good ol’ Pakistan, they always throw caution to the wind and rack up losses in the initial stage of a tournament, only to floor the pedal at the right time and speed through to the title.

    Well you can't blame the fans for thinking that way as that seems to be happening right now with Pakistan going to the semis with England helping us out at the right time :)

  • Pakistan4life!! on May 11, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    For all you doubters!! Your humbe pie is served!!

  • Babar on May 11, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    To all the losers above who didnt have faith in Pakistani Team

    @waseem, @Syed Nayyar, @Roshan etc

    Stop calling yourselves Pakistanis (if you are!!). If they are not good why dont you go and replace them.... you cant and i know y .... either you dont have the skills, passion and courage to go and play for your country ... or you tried and FAILED. so STOP COMPLAINING AND CURSING THE NATIONAL TEAM.

    Being a Pakistani working abroad, you cant imagine how much proud do they make me and all the Pakistanis having won the last world cup with style, passion and talent and mind it, it wasnt a fluke.

    It is just a game not a war, support the team fully, think positive & enjoy it

    We are through to the semis. Even if we dont win the cup, doesnt matter now. We are champions at heart.

    Love you Afridi, Love you Pakistan Cricket Team, Love you Pakistan!!

  • Kamran on May 11, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    LMAO, How a few days makes a difference, Pak are in the semis.

  • Hasan on May 11, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    what do you think now...............................................

  • Gul Hasan Jan,Dubai on May 11, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Pakistan is the best team in the world,But they need sense of International cricket.See when they realising the seriouness of the game then they are trying professionally and they are winning the great matches.I dont know that why MisBahul Haq is playing.I means from last two years he didt play a winning match for Pakistan.Against South Africa he scor only 3 runs for playing 8 Balls.He should realize his seniority.InshaAllah Pakistan will WIN this title and will be the Champion

  • Zaair on May 11, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Hahahahah aaaaand Pakistan are in the semi finals.

    Wow, it must suck to have made such confident remarks (trash, stilted body language, no grand plan, no chance of a comeback, do or die against NZ) and STILL be wrong.

    Don't you get it? You can't write Pakistan off. You tried to be much, much cleverer than you actually are and look where it got you.

    Stick to opinion, boy. Getting into the forecasting business with Pakistan is a venture that will often-as it did this time-leave you looking like a fool.

  • Hammad on May 11, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    I think its a Good come back. We should focus on semi final. ALLAH may help them

  • hAK on May 11, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Mr. Saad, Pakistan has reached semifinal and i am sure you must have witnessed how Afridi marshaled his troop on the field. i think now you should reconsider your statement that Afridi has failed as a captain. i already commented earlier on your post that you made a big statement too soon about Afridi and now Pak reaching semis thus proves that. I am not saying that Afridi is a great leader (that would again be 2 soon to predict) but at least give him time to prove himself. i hope that your future posts might not indulge your followers into madness.

  • Najmus-Saqib on May 11, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Now a days cricket is not cricket, it has become science, rather it is mostly now played by minds,every game is a new game and you have to give your 100 % in all the three departments.Unfortunately in Pakistan case Boys are not as mentally tough as they need to be, No team in the world has ever presented the wins to other teams as Pakistan did in the last few years.Pakistan miss the experience players in this season and the difference is clear when the experince campaigners like Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan, Umer Gul were part of the Pakistan team in the last world cup, it was shoiab Malik who batted most and saved one end and it was Umer Gul who made possible to win the semi final agaist South Africa, we have seen the instances where back to back fall of wicket put Pakistan team in pressure and then it lasted for the whole match. The players should have the ability to handle the pressure and players like Afridi, Raazak and Kamran Akmal who played more than 200 match should play due role

  • Saad on May 11, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I believe the yesterday's effort would silience the critics that Pakistani team is still capable of developing something special.

    Some people are born to spread hopelessness. A positive critic is always welcome but not a hopeless fool.

  • atiq on May 11, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I am terribly disappointed to read the article and the responses posted by so many people; all of whom sound so negative. Don't live in fools paradise and ignore the fact that Pakistan lacks international exposure and experience otherwise there is no dearth of talent not at least in this format of the game. And most of our players are trying hard against their luck. Nevertheless, be positive and remember when going gets tough the tough gets going. Now having qualified for the semifinals we sincerely hope and pray that luck favours Pakistan in the next two matches. Pakistan Zindaabad

  • Asim on May 11, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Well Well Well, Pakistan Through to the Semis.....hahahah to the writer of this stupid article and people who agreed with him

  • khalid khan on May 11, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    well, selection of the team was unfair.why imran nazir could not be selected when everone knows about his powerful strokes. he was blamed for discipline but how about those who abuse their power as a chief selector, as a CEO and as a director of PCB? mohd sami, khalid latif, mohd hafeez and fawad alam are the big questions on the face of favouritism of the people in authorities. they should take account of their own discipline before they talk about imran nazir's discipline. unless we don't get out of isms like karachi-ism, lahore-ism we will never reach to the level of australia in any form of cricket. ijaz butt and all his incapable companions need to be packed up but how it's possible in pakistan when brother in law is a minister in the federal government. be pakistani and try to love pakistan sincerely and honestly.

  • Nassta on May 11, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Eat your words. We are lucky that the Pak players don't have the same defeatist attitude that you bloggers have. Everything in this article has been discredited.

  • MecnunK on May 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Whimsical bans?

    Hardly, not that I am supporting Ijaz and PCB but Pakistani players especially the seniors seem to think they can get away with almost everything and anything including but not exclusive to playing petty politics, non-performance on purpose to justify and demonstrate their particular sub-group's importance and power, a total lack of any honor or pride in representing their country and being totally money-motivated amongst other things, worst things. The fact that a convicted drug user like Asif is still playing is a travesty for Pakistan cricket (I don't care how talented he is) and just shows the dearth of any decent talent. We have Afridi who cannot think his way past one ball, captaining the side and it just goes to show the depths we have sunk to.

    Would be better to sack every single one of these players and start from afresh and that includes getting rid of that fool Waqar who seems to think the players are well up for it after the Australia tour debacle. Delusional idiot!

    Never say never for Pakistan in anything and I mean anything. We are through to semis again and its only 2 matches to another title :D

  • Rameez Bukhari on May 10, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    I am sorry to break the news here...Pakistan have gone into the semis...yes its because of England but then there is this famous saying in our country..."jisse Allah rakhe usse kaun chakhe"!! I agree with you that at the time this article was written and one game after that there was no hope with the team, it completely lacked confidence, there was no purpose in their play and most of all no desire to win! but as it is and has been with ur team, we are best when we are cornered out! I know that Pakistan will perhaps face a formidable Aussie 11 that noone has seemed to conquer and given the Pak team's previous credentials I have a feeling that the passion has just started to brew up! I have always believed in Pakistan team no matter what the situation is and hope that all the commentators on this article will also do so!

  • jasim on May 10, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    I find it interesting reading the comments do we just like our team when it wins i mean even a skol boy knows whats missing apart from much talked unity thing. shoaib malik. umar gul. younis khan. imran nazir 4 players are out gul being the highest wicket taker of last WC now our team is young we must give them time . but we must also have to improve fielding catches win matches and droping 5 catches in 1 match .

    and we r in semi finals now congrats

  • The One on May 10, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Sad article followed by sad comments. Pakistan in the semis for the third straight T20 WC. Go Afridi! Go Pakistan! Boo PCB.

  • Sameer on May 10, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Stupid article for a cricket expert. You cannot even do your math right. For your information pakistan is in semi final now and they have only won one match in super 8. According to your dubious calculations Pakistan needed to win 2 matches after losing ot England to make it to semis... Are you really getting paid for this?

  • Ifham on May 10, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    There is a grand plan...

    Pakistan is in Semi-finals guys....and theyv proved it yet again...maybe you should not underestimate pakistan before writing your blog next time around

  • mqislam on May 10, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    It is not Captain,who alone wins matches, rather a team with few super quality players. If you had one super star in the game with newZeland, it would be a win with 3 balls to spare. You did not have that. Afridi has already proved that he does not know how to use his bowlers. A hopeless captain. But who do you appoint Captain? Is there a better one. Here are the things for the team to do;

    1. Catching practice. That is number one problem 2. Good openers and one down. You do not have any superstar there, rather inconsistent Butt, Akmal and Hafiz. 3. No good Bowler of world class. See the condition of Asif(the dope master) and Aamer (the headband master) in this T20 competition.

    Only player who plays with some conviction is Abdur Razzaque. And I think The ball biting captain has not used him well or does not know how to use him.

    A tem with C grade fielding and B grade bowling and batting should not dream of wining the championship. Last year was a fluke and that does not happen always

  • Haris on May 10, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Pakistan team, no matter how much in crisis has pulled match out of S.African's mouth with the same Afridi, same captaincy and the same losers. its just attitude and team boding issues that keeps them apart from trophey. not a single guy is less than star. even novices are good at their stats from first class or U19(Khalid)

    Come on guys!! you are being impatient as hot head over butts. why not let them do their things. being underpressure is no new problem neither afridi is first captain blamed for it.

    Atleast we trust him for not being tactical and money launderer like IPL and ICL. they cant even ditch their own media.

  • Faraz on May 10, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Theoretically, Pakistan are still in the hunt, but only barely. To begin with, they must win both their remaining matches (against New Zealand and South Africa; neither exactly a pushover). Even so, of the four possible scenarios that could then emerge in Group E, three will involve run-rate calculations. Only if England also wins both its games, will Pakistan be assured of a semifinal spot, as England and Pakistan then edge out New Zealand and South Africa . If Pakistan lose one more match, then for all purposes they are knocked out lol on this para...

  • H Khan on May 10, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    What a waste, Misbah! shame on you, Voluntary retire.

  • Aslam on May 10, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I could not understand why Irfan was not included in the side when he was recommended by waqar and afridi who understand the conditions in WA better than Mr Butt who later recommended rehman. I mean everyone nknows before the tournament pace and bounce will rettle the hitters then what was their plan to dvice spin based attack. Sami is not suited to the conditions either as he is skiddy and can not get enough bounce from good lenght due to his height. Blaming captain is simple but first the blame should come to bad team composition. The captain only marshals in the field with what he has.

  • WAQAS on May 10, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    ok... 1st of all, if pak lose today... there r quite a few people to blame... u cannot blame ijaz butt for banning key players, nd we cudnt defend our title... we can blame his for mistakes such as not chosing right players,nd captain choosing chaos... nd leaving cheif selector powerless... but wen the team entered the ground to play, they shud have showed a put a better fight... they didnt think all well... tooo many dott balls in our innings, it was the problem against bangladesh nd in out last match too, which shows no1 thought abt it... the feild settings were an issue... the opposition's weaknesses wernt exploited at all... even aussies got their weakness, which is, they rely too much on front foot on spinners nd usually drags themselves out of the crease,clear chance to exploit that nd stump them out of keep them on backfoot...when the grounds were bigger,feild was set too close to boundary,becuz of which too many high balls were dropped short... I JUS HOPE SOME1 START THINKIN..

  • Zulfiqar Khan on May 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    What our cricket team is doing is a reflection of our society as a whole.By the way in which sphere of life are we doing well these day? You see mediocrity and decay everywhere.Are they doing any thing different from what we all are doing in our daily lives? Evading hard work trying for quick fixes.So why blame them? They do what we all do.

  • mukhtar mirza on May 10, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Guys the problem not with pak player,it's the top boss who is killing the pak cricket,least bother about team winning. no stratgic action at all,they should drop misbah,hafiz immediately and should induct young mass like hammad azam,mohammad irfan,khalid latif.kamran akmal should be replaced by sarfaraz ahmed as he is playing own game inside the team and fawad alam should be send top of order.

  • owais on May 10, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Pakistan is still a great team we just need one great game to beat SA and then see our luck that Eng beat Newzealand and then their is no other team to stop pakistan from winning the world T20. this is the same type of situation which happens in 1992 world cup when we depends on other teams to qualify for semis and after that we won the world cup. Inshallah once again History repeats its self.

  • abid on May 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    the difference between pakistan and other teams is only mentality toughness. Our players are not mentally good enough to hold the nurve, and read the situation so quickly......... for example the match vs newzealand sulman but take the single, but if he so clever he shoud come back for two, and it was there and he can take the strike also. suppose he runout, even then no problem we have wickets in hand........before it ......... afridi should not play such a shot that time, we have plenty of overs left that time, just need to stay and build a partnership........

    also i think slection of team is also so important, today match with south africa we should pick up khalid latif and hamad azam leaving hafeez and sami out of 11. abdurazaq or abdurahman can share the new ball with aamir

  • Rashid on May 10, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Playing those ashamed faces always let the PCB arrange nation wise trials from different cities of the country and i'm all sure the board can find the world fastest blowlers, excellent batsmen, energatic fielders and briliant weeketkeepers. I request PCB to please dont intertain the references or those players who'r comming to national team by any source(s). The exist players don't deserve to fly to various countries in world on govt. exps. If i'm talking individually about myself, i'm working with multiculures, multinationas environment and when I"m asked by those e.g indians, aussies, english etc wat's happend with paki cricket team? i really ashamed giving them asnwers of what's the hell is going on. ONCE AGAIN TO PCB ITS A NATIONAL IMAGE IT'S IN UR HANDS DON'T ALLOW REFERENCES. ONLY THE ELIGIBLE PLAYERS EVEN IF THEY BELONG TO VERY POOR FAMILIES, IT DOESN'T MATTER, WE NEED SOMEONE MAINTAIN THE COUNTRY IMAGE IN HONOR. The same situation with other national games e.g hocky, squash etc

  • ghulam mustafa on May 10, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    hello i think in this world cup pakistan is playing without umer gul, shoaib malik, rana naveed and yasir arafat and also sohail tranveer is injured is well yunis khan is not playing is well but i think main problem is with team selection why they cosen hafeez and player like fawad alam i could not understand there are pelanty of players in pakistan who have played very well in domestic like shahzaib so pakistani selectors they should think about it and also little bit bad luck with them i hope they will play very well in near future and i wish them good luck.

  • yawar on May 9, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    pcb is not in the playing elevin buddy,almost all selected players are talented and capable to handle pressure situations,but they are not givin there 100% as a batsman as well as a fielder.afridi is just more aggrassive captain,it looks he wants to get wickts too quickly without creating any pressure on the batsmen,he changes bowlers too fastly without giving any time to his bowlers to settle.fawad alam should bat up the order or he should be out of the team.misbah must be drop frm the team he is 36 yrs old he cant play much cricket so any new comer should be in for misbah.pakistan missing gul ,gul's back up (sami)should be use in late overs he is good with old ball and razzaq with new ball along with aamer.now pcb should back afridi ,he would be a good captain in future,because he is more experience and he will learn from his mistakes and third we dont have any other choice yet.

  • Sajjad on May 9, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    I think only persons that are missing are Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Malik. Sohail as an opening bowler and Shoaib as strong middle order batsman. I wish I was a captain....... :(

  • Samiullah on May 9, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Think it's about time Misbah's career is finished...Tho he might have got a tough/bad decision it cannot detract from the fact that he scored like this was a Test match...hello are you mad Misbah?? You wasted 1 whole over in a 20 over match (5% of our innings) and we lose by 1 run, which could have easily been scored in that over. It's high time Hammad is drafted in for Misbah for the SA game and fawad given a go instead of Hafeez, who bowled well against NZ but his batting isn't good enough to be at No. 3. Middle/Long term we need to bring back Younis and Yousuf as our middle order is way too weak, in test matches our current batting order will struggle to post 150 on a flat track. Lets hope lesson's have been learned from this T20 failure, but as this is PAK I fully expect us to go from one disaster to another in the coming months.

  • Ali Mujtaba on May 9, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    General Tauqir Zia sowed the seed of Pakistan's destruction which was ably overseen by his successors Naseem Ashraf and Ijaz Butt. The only glimmer of hope was seen in the era of Shehryar Khan but that, too, met its end thanks to the ball tampering fiasco. As far Ijazz Butt's tenure is concerned, forget about his ouster. He's here for the long run and deliberately assigned this job to oversee Pakistan cricket's complete annihilation.

  • Badar Muneer Khan Baigal on May 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    i think unfortunately in Pakistan's squad not a single player is in his best form. As the Salman But is concerned he has done well but he has not the ability to finish the match in a heroic way. The momentum that is necessary for this format of the game has not been developed in Pak Players this time. Their body language was highly negative. Its not a bad thing to lost the match if you have lost it after hard fight. Although these thing are small but they are necessary for a team for their long term goals. I think Pak player should always be positive and they should play a positive game. Instead of regretting over missing of core player, the pak team management and team should have focused on the available given players and using them rightly. Unless corruption will be there in pak cricket team, they will never gonna show something special with consistency. Pakistan Payinda Baad..tum jito ya haro..we will always proud of you..

  • Muhammad Usman on May 9, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    the air and Afridi is the best quick air spin in Pak side instead he given to Hafeez against Aussies who went for plenty. Well I think for improving test cricket we will have to bring back younis, shoaib malik, yousaf, Toufiq Umar, Asim Kamal like players who have got temperament. Khalid Latif still not able to open with but and i thing Taufiq is best choice. The biggest of these things is that TEAM NEEDS UNITY. Don't look for captaincy just look for good performance. For me Salman Butt deserves the captincy of test and even ODI's. Like SA given it Smith when he had just began his career, we will have to take a bold descion by giving it Butt. He looks like a natural captain. And last of just remove Ijaz Butt. Give it Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram or someone else. Improve domestic cricket standard. Waqar younis is a better coach than rest. Work on young players like Fawad, Khalid, Shahzaib, Abdur Rehman and produce an express fast bowler who can just bowl quick, Well that's all

  • Mr. Cricket on May 9, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Buddies.. Pakistan cricket or it's cricketers are not the same as the era of great Imran's, Waqar's, Wasim's or Inzi's. The golden era has passed. The team now we are hoping on to fight and win is not a team but a bunch of limping horses. So, to gamble on these pakistani players is like gambling and betting on limping, disabled horses. If they win.. Great! Bravo! Money! Fun! Sweet distributions on street! Bhangras! If they lose.. call them Gamblers! Sold Outs! etc. etc. Problem is that the players love money and avoid injuries and hardwork, they want fame from shortcuts. They got no consistant abillities or talent that you can count on. They are like Tape-Ball players from street#4 of a city. If they hit it'd either be a six or out and that's what their game is and that's what they got only. They've got freakin talent at all man like wasim waqar or even at least like aaqib javed. They are all jokers man. I hate to see my team fall-a-part like this. But they are Shameless!

  • Muhammad Usman on May 9, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I am impressed by the article writer by his views. Well I think there are my faults regarding team selection and team strategy. No.1, Imran Nazir should have been there in place of Fawad Alam, and would have been opener with akmal. Butt was better on No.4 because he can play spinners very well. No. 3 spot should have been for Afridi because in top order all teams have got good hitters to make use of powerplay. No.5 Umar Akmal, 6 Misbah because he can hit ball very well in later overs, he is useless in early overs b/c he just take singles. 7 ofcourse for Razzak, 8 Amir, 9 Sami, 10 Ajmal and Last Asif. You can see we have batting till No. 8, A long batting line up. Bowling has a lot of variety. Asif and Sami could begin proceedings and Amir should have been given 13th over to 20th b/c he can bowl pacey yorks like gul did last time. If Afridi wanted spin experiment at top then he should have bowled himself, all teams who experimented spin at top had those spinners who are quicker through

  • Fahad on May 9, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    right on the money specially the last line. PCB was the one who did all the stupid things to the team and they should be the one to go now!

  • Hasan on May 9, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Why we are impatient cricket fans is out of my mind. This is what we always do, we appoint a new coach and captain after every series and then hope for them to rule the cricket world forever. Our team needs time and stability. All you morons wanting afridi to come down are just morons. Give him time, he is great and the only leader we have

  • MaNi_DaDuDe on May 9, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    I say,

    Hammad Azam and Umar Gul/Imran Nazir in. Hafeez, Asif, Sami, and Misbah out.* :)

    And for the love of god, give Mohammad aamer and sawed ajmal all 4 of their overs! >:|

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on May 9, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Garbage in, grabage out. At least I was not expecting better performance from our team, which lost even practice matches, during the training camp in Lahore. All of them, including the coaches and trainers are like spent cartridges. The performance of our team is an insult to the game of cricket. It is absolutely unbecoming of the so-called world champions to give such a pathetic performance, in world cup arena. Now looking to the future, we must invest in future and dump all these senior " MENTALLY RETARDED " team players into the dust bin of history. If we are losing with so much disgrace, with senior players in team, there will be no harm in rebuilding our team from the players of the under 19 world cup runners up. At least they will put up some fight. And remember, there is no shame losing a game after putting up a fight worthy of your class and abilities. So my advice is forget the rotten past and invest in future, radically repeat radically without the fear of defeat.

  • POSTER on May 9, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    Pakistan needs a huge psychologist and a psychatrist..thats the best way to get the best way out of this lot..

    and hey banning players for bad performances..is this a joke?

  • waseem on May 9, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    They are a bunch of baboons with bats in hand! Sad part is the Board is no different ...!

  • Roshan on May 9, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Well... its high time Pakistan realizes that their team is fluke... last T20 world cup win was a fluke... look at the way they were decimated and humiliated in Australia. Even in this world-cup Pakistan has won just one game, narrowly against Bangladesh. I guess it would have been great if Bangladesh had been qualified to super 8's instead of Pakistan, perhaps there would have been a better fight.

    I guess its high time pakistani selectors stop selecting fluke players like Afridi, he plays once a year, but only talks 24x7.This is the bitter truth, its nice to rebuild a new team with someone like younis khan as captain who takes responsibility.

    Now we know why Pakistani players where not there in IPL, it would have been sheer waste of money, just like what happened in IPL-1, Afridi couldnt connect the ball in that edition.

  • Tahir on May 9, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    Now they ve even lost to Kiwis, dream is over, in a way it is good because if this team had won then bloody Ijaz But would ve taken the credit, yes you got to play with what u ve got but guys like K Akmal and Hafeez, Misbah and Sammi what are they in the team for? capataincy was ok you can not perform miracle straight away u need to give him a chance and T20 is not Pakistan's property, fact is players ban and Guls fitness and poor fielding cost Pakis the tournament, we must get rid of Misbah,Hafeez,Sammi,and K Akmal why should he b in the team,other the then the T20 at the MCG against Australia he did not score in the whole year, there should b replacement for every player only then can he perform, Akmal has no fear of loosing his place so plays stupid.Last time But banned players for bad show is Australia,this time he must go, he is a curse on Pak Cricket and finally at least Salman But showed u can improve if u work hard and can score runs even by paying proper cricket shots.

  • Ahmer F. Siddiqui on May 8, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Loosing is not bad when you have a close match. Yet, when you are forced to loose is very bad. 3 bad decisions by the umpires led to this defeat. First, Misbah been given out on bat & pad. Second, Afridi given out for a bounced catch and the third, 5th ball of the last over not been given as "NO BALL" as the first and the 5th both ball were short and above the batsman's shoulder. When we can penalize the players for a bad conduct, the umpires should also be penalized for the same. WHY NOT USE THE TECHNOLOGY when we can have doodh ka doodh pani ka pani. If i am not mistaken, Rashid Latif was once fined for appealing for a bounced catch in one of the one day internationals. Let us follow the same trend and fine the fielder that took Afridi's catch today. Our prayers are with Pakistan and still hope to be in the Sami finals. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • A.R.Zaidi on May 8, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    What a shame earned today at Barbados!In my view it was a deliberate attempt by the players to lose the game. Why over number 19 was wasted by our batsmen when so many wickets were available? Was Butt playing a selish innings and Pakistan did not matter for him? Why were they picking up singles in over no 19 and not going for 2's and 3's? Was it a revolt against Afridi? If they can gather at Inzimam's home and swear on Koran or at Mohammad Yousaf's home, why can't they play bad intentionally to fail Afridi? Were bookies behind this loss? it looked that they were working hard to lose. Ban all of them, even from ist class cricket and raise a new team who r not selfish. These so called professionals r the most un professional and they Must be punished for their misdeeds. Read what Intikhab is saying about them, what Waqar Younis says and look at their behaviour. Harsh action is the only desired action. Sack Mr Ijaz Butt too and his cronies immediately who protect these cricketers.

  • huzaifa on May 8, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    please drop fawad alam and pick shahzaib hasan play. afridi's captaincy is pathetic he does not know what is good for the team he only fills in bad player instead of him. misbah should be the captain if pak does not win against NZ it should be a very big shame on them they have best coach best bowler it is like last years champion is this years losers.

  • saif on May 8, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    plz pick shazaib and imran Nazir and drop Mohammad hafeez and saeed ajmal they r useless in the team.Pakistan is over confidence and afridi have to play well from know onwards inshaallah pak will win

  • Umer Hashmi on May 8, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    i dont get the pakistani tactics.. with aus, afridi bowled with only 5 bowlers with 2 of them goin at over 11 per over.. razzaq didnt even get a chance nor did fawad alam.. fawad is a good enough allrounder at domestic level.. if he doesn't bowl his place in the team as a specialist batsman is doubtful.. misbah & sami should be deported to the pak-afghan border bcoz they r completely useless..kamran akmal needs to improve his keeping..i think razzaq has forgotten how to hit..& ppl like abdur rehman & khalid latif doing in the squad.. they should play only domestic.. all in all pak have very little chance of progressing in the tournament.. hopefully afridi improve his captaincy and play some good innings against NZ 2day..INSHALLAH!!!

  • Jawed Saleem on May 8, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Mr. Shafqat, it is evident that the team is fragmented ! The don't have "IT" to make it to the top!

    You are spot-on and depicted the general feelings of Pakistan fans.

    Its not the time for “Shouldas, Wouldas and Couldas”!

    Pakistan fans expect the team to fire on all cylinders today and Gung-Ho again !.

    Gut-feeling is that Lala & co. will be red-hot !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Jawed Saleem on May 8, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Mr. Shafqat, it is evident that the team is fragmented ! The don't have "IT" to make it to the top!

    You are spot-on and depicted the general feelings of Pakistan fans.

    Its not the time for “Shouldas, Wouldas and Couldas”!

    Pakistan fans expect the team to fire on all cylinders today and Gung-Ho again !.

    Gut-feeling is that Lala & co. will be red-hot !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Md. Nayeemuddin on May 8, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Open the innings with Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal reminds me of Brian Lara in his approach. Umar Akmal is surely the best batsman in the world and if he plays the maximum number of overs then he will secure the game for Pakistan. And where has Nasser Jamsheed disappeared. You could not have asked for a better batsman than Nasser Jamsheed in this format of the game. After playing some brilliant knocks, Nasser Jamshed was dumped altogether. One could have understood such treatment had he failed, but whatever the limited oppurtunities he got, he reminded us of Saeed Anwar. Pakistan should open with Umar Akmal in the shorter forms of the game like T20 and one dayers and play him at #4 in test. Believe me he is a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar and he is as good a batsman as was Brian Lara. 1. Kamran Akmal 2. Umar Akmal 3. Salman Butt 4. Hammad Azam 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdul Razzak 8. Yasir Arafat 9. Md. Aamir 10.Md. Sami (In absence of Gul) 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • ABLE TABLE on May 8, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    WITH THIS RAG TAG TEAM PAKISTAN CANNOT HOPE TO WIN THE CUP. THEIR BOWLERS CAN'T BOWL YORKERS,CAN'T BOWL SLOW BALLS,CAN'T CHANGE LENGTHS. THEIR FIELDERS HAVE GOT SPRINGS IN THEIR HANDS. THEIR BATSMEN HIT BALLS RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF THE FIELDERS REGULARLY OR HIT DIRECTLY TO THE FIELDERS AND START RUNNING.

    AFRIDI KEEPS ON BOWLING ABDUL HAFEEZ,INSPITE OF HIS BAD PERFORMANCE. PERHAPS HE HAS TOTALLY FORGETTEN THAT FAWAD ALAM IS ALSO A BOWLER.

    THERE SHOULD BE CHANGE IN THE BATTING SERIAL.AFRIDI OR RAZZAK SHOULD BAT HIGHER.

    ANYWAY,GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • Ajmal on May 8, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    from a long time na term i am watching pakistan cricket i love all of them but specialy Shahid Afridi is my best player in bitting so from all of you i just want to give a chance of one down in match against Newzeland and i am sure the target will be 200 for Newzeland team and insted of mohammad Asif we need Sami wicket taker we love him

  • sk on May 8, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Lets have a bit of belief and hope my brothers. Aamer has been really impressive. Afridi looks good against spin so he could destroy vettori. And lets face it we are pakistan no situation is impossible. Come on boys raise it and prove all the haters wrong ..especially the sky sports commentators PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Dr.ZUBAIR AHMED on May 8, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    I live in UK and have always loved to go and watch Pakistan,s matches in the ground.This year(when Pakistan comes here) for the first time I have decided not to go.Their performace in W.I. is pathetic.No game plan, bad selection,no professionalism.Misbah will be the last person to be slected inn other teams.Rana Naveed is a match winer.Butt has ruined his career and Pakistan,s chances.Imra Nazir would have bee the best candidate to open and play the first 6 overs.Head start would have won us matches.Afridi with his ball biting stunt should not be leading us at all.Getting out in a suicide manner and smiling at the dug out tell u how patriotic he is.He has ruined our country,s name and he(rather than) Rana should have been banned for 1 year at least to teach him some lessons.Even my friends are saying that Pakistan always start badly but wins the tournament,,NOT THIS TIME MATE, I tell them.Look at the giants of other teams.May Allah give them hidayat to save country,s name at least. ZA

  • Bilal on May 8, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Well being pakistani we alwayz criticize our players,one should think wht da hell da think tank is doing ??? dey r jus geting the damn bucks in there pockets..no planning no execution...wht will afridi do if ajmal drop catches with regular intervals ???..well we should support our team as dey need a 1 big one to boost up there confidence...

  • Azmat Ullah on May 8, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    pakistan are loseing their confidence, please guys support pakistan, they can perform well, inshallah pakistan can winm pls guys support them.

  • Azmat Ullah on May 8, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    pakistan are loseing their confidence, please guys support pakistan, they can perform well, inshallah pakistan can winm pls guys support them.

  • rizvan on May 8, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    That what i think fawad alam should be drop because if he come at number 8 he is no good for team for number 8 they should bring khalid latif he hit the ball much better than most of the guys paying in team now

  • ratee on May 8, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    This was expected when we ban our best players without reasoning and then take already 2nd grade failed players in their place.

    Why don't the PCB Management now as they should now be accountable too, to somebody logically in that illogical set up!!!

  • Adnan Shahid on May 8, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Oh come on!! Give the guy a chance!! No captain can come in and start giving results especially when you have had that troublesome a recent past. Also, if the team is missing chances, the team really has to work it out as a TEAM. There is something bothering them and you can see it out there. They are trying their best and we can see that. Its not happening for them at the moment and with all of you calling for their heads its certainly not playing well for them. Half of them are worried for their lives coz they know if we lose the tournament ppl are gonna burn their homes or something of that sort.. Afridi has become a captain after staying with the team for well over a decade.. his trainers are the same that were our so called legendary captains.. wasim waqar miandad... just let them be.. all of them.. they have earned their places and if it doesnt work out well for them.. so be it.. its not compulsory that Pakistan should get to the semis of each tournament.. we can lose too!!

  • zeeshan ali on May 8, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    we will win today.... no wonders ok..mark my words...

  • zafar on May 8, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Sami was a bad selection for Pakistani team because he haS NO ROOM FOR INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.mISBAUL HAQUE IS PROVING HIMSELF AS VERY IMMATURE BATSMAN. THE WAY HE GOT OUT AGAINST ENGLAND IS SHAMEFUL.UMAR AKMAL WANTS TO SHOW HIS EVERY SHORTS TO CROWD. HE HAS NO MENTAL STRENGTH TO PLAY FOR THE TEAM. SHAID AFRIDI IS A TRAGEDY FOR INTERNATIONAL CRICKET. HE CAN MAKE SOME RUNS ONCE IN A BLUE MOON. MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ DOES NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF THE DOMESTIC CRICKET AND INTERNATIONL CRICKET.LET US PRAY THAT OUR GOD MAY HELP OUR TEAM TO WIN AND IF THEY LOST, JUST FORGET ABOUT IT AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

  • Fahad on May 8, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Salman Butt = Not Needed! Hafeez = Not Needed! Fawad Alam = Waste!

  • mohsin on May 8, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    y fawad is playing we dont know neither he is a batsman nor a bowler

  • ahmer on May 8, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    It is never always over. The Pakistani team should come wholeheartedly to the ground and give out their best and then hope for the best. a good turn around and title would be ours INSHA-ALLAH. following should be our team formation 1)salman butt 2)kamran Akmal 3)shahid afridi 4)misbah-ul-haq 5)umar akmal 6)abdul Razzaq 7)Abdur-rehman 8)hammad azam 9)muhammad sami 10)mohammad aamir 11)Saeed ajmal

  • Tahir on May 8, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    It is simple our players are no match to the opposition, our players who could ve done better were banned or not selected thanks to stupid Ijaz But, Gul should ve been replaced by Rana or Irfan, m sure Irfan would ve come on the worls stage just as Tanvir and and Amar did, get rid of Hafeez and get a specialist bowler,u saw what happened to India for not playing a specialist bowler against Aussies, Misbah playes selfish for himself and expects other to hot big shots, how could he not score even a single after hitting six off a free hit, replace him from some one from the under 19,K Akmal is the worst keeper in the world cricket what he does with bat is ruined by he gloves,he isnot even scoring, only Salam But seems to ve learnt, Akmal have only scored against the Bangladesh so far, he just swings without trying to play the ball on merit, instead of Afridi, Razak should be promoted in the batting, fielding we all know that. I will never play Akmal as a keeper, follow the example f Mclm.

  • amjad saeed on May 8, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    hmm ..well good article but i am disagree with some points .i am agree that afridi is in pressure ,obviously when you are just apointed and having less experience u suffer.He is doing new and new expreience daily .But if he go with the same plainning ,i think it will work.go with amar and razziq then giv chance to rehaman and saeed and afridi is also there .Afridi u just need to go and be relex and play ur normal cricket .Pak is still the best team .we need to go attacking in batting as well. afridi shud come at no 1 or 3 and he shoud utilize razziq properly .we shouldnot be pessimistic ,be obtimize ,INshaAllah pak ll make comebak ,do pray 4 the team..dnt go 4 critisizm

  • tahir hassan on May 7, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    You get what you sow. PCB has never groomed a single VC who can take the charge when required. A reflection as whole on our Nation >> always thinking of short term goals / results. We have to acknowledge that our team does not have a single world class batsman like Yuvraj, Peterson, Watson. Given the team we have i think tomorrow either afridi or Umar has to come in # 3. Last year afridi did well at # 3 in T 20 cup. Afridi did make some mistakes by allowing Razaq three overs(he was pounded in the third over) and Ajmal ended bowling 3 overs only i think that extra over by razaq might have the been the difference between win and loss. He needed to use ajmal for a couple overs earlier between overs 8-12 to try getting a wicket. Agree that Afridi is making mistakes, but i think he has all the talent and capability to be captain Given the talent and form I'll be greatly surprised if pakistan can win a single match due to lack of even one single dominant world class batsman

  • hassan on May 7, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    well the writer is right about quite a few things such as fielding,bowling and running between the wickets.moreover Afridi has taken some very bad decisions.but i disagree with the writer that all is lost.pakistan still have a chance if they beat new zealand today but again all depends on our out of form batting and fielding.india lost by 59 runs from australia but we all know that they can bounce back then why not pakistan??It looks very difficult for this disastrous team to bounce back but being a pakistani i hope and pray to Allah that we forget our previous matches,improve our fielding and try and capitalise on good opening starts given by akmal and butt.And may i knoiw the reason why assholes like fawad alam and mohd. hafeez are given chances even when they r not performing???we needed imran nazir here and also shoaib malik to improve our batting and sohail tanvir shuld have been in this team for big wins in this tournament.....

  • Nisma Rafiq on May 7, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Hopes and expectations almost dasged to the ground.Afridi as expected could not handle the pressure. The oppurtunities are there but they are not making use of it. Yes! Afridi is no younis but Still Afridi is our Captain he needs support and the fans are giving him...but why so pale and scared?His own form has been afftected.We have to work really hard against Newzealand. Its now or never.

  • nomiey on May 7, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    wot cn i say bout bunch of pakistan team plus the coach and the batting coach, simply rubbish i cn say bout them...no clue wots so evr bout anytings....total rubbish...wen they evr gona learn ....pakistan plz wake up befr its to late....

  • Blue Lake on May 7, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    I think we're missing the right combo. Here's the order we could play with: Hafeez, Salman, Razzaq, Fawad, Umar, Hammad, Afridi, Kamran, Amer, Asif, Ajmal. We must go to Razzaq at 3 and promote Fawad as he seems talented but underserved. Also he bowls good left arm loopies. Between Him, Hafeez, Afridi, and Ajmal we could quickly go over the overs and try to constrict the opposition. As far as attack, Amer and Asif should open and Razzaq should follow. Well these are mere suggestions. Who's gonna care in our management.

  • Awais on May 7, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    we think a pathan like afridi who doesnt know how to stay on wicket,is not good enough to b captain.we forget that he was player of the series in 2007 T20 and without a doubt pakistan's best player with ball n bat in 2009.both world cups pakistan has won were courtesy of pathan captains.dear friends when u want ur horse to win a race u pamper n feed him for months, u take care of him more then ur own kids n even then u cant b sure ur horse will win the race.in our case, we send the horse with empty stomach, rather then pampering we hit them with bans n fines. a bunch of goons n loosers won a world cup for us few months ago but wat confidence did we give them when they left to defend their title? that their victory was a fluke? that our best player doesnt deserve to b there? that our selectors r not good enough to construct a team? think again, wats so special that we or our board did for this team that they should b more pumped up then australia or india to win the world cup again?

  • Mushtaq Ahmed on May 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Absence of Umar Gul is going to hurt Pakistan as he was their wicket taker and top bowler, and also ineffective fielding is the result of bad complacent captaincy, lets see how they too against New Zealand, all the talent is of no use if they dont take their catches, T20 is ideal for Pak team, but the other teams have picked up their game too and started taking it seriously after IPL. Austrailia are the favorites with their top class bowling and fielding, unless Saeed Ajmal clicks in Super 8's i dont see Pak winning, Younis was a good captaining who made good changes and corrected his teams mistakes , i dont see Afridi doing it.

  • Awais on May 7, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    i m sorry but i cant stop laughing when i read these comments.pak n india both faced exit in 1st round last time they played WC in westindies in 2007.then they both reached final of T20 in SA, then pak won T20 last year n india faced early exit.now lets see wat happened to these teams during all this time. indian board gave their players IPL n our board gave our players bans,punishments,fines n early retirements.they had a stable board with strategy n today indian team is eyeing number 1 position in every form of cricket. wat is our board doing for our cricketers despite winning last T20 against all odds?indian legends r payed n pampered n almost worshipped, our legends like inzi n yousuf r used as an escape goat by the board, n even we as a public dont admire them.why on earth should we expect these players to play out of their skin n win for us when we call their victory a fluke?look at the whole country and cricket board before u blame players because at the end THEY R ONLY HUMAN

  • Musstanser on May 7, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    @ Saad Shafqat, As bad it seems the team has shown good spirit. I think you need to give time to Afridi to fitin this model. Do you have any idea how much pressure would have been asserted on him before making him a captin and that too for just a tournament and not only a tournament a damn world cup?

    All the boys out there need is some beleive and patience. I think you missed that regardless of what was the end result they fought. That's all that matters.

    Yes, many things need to improve but be patient Pakistanis. And yeah Mr. butt would hopefully leave cricketing matter for good.

    BTW we lost to team which played exceptionally well. Cheers.

  • kazmi on May 7, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Well, no doubt pakistan performance is poor but which team can win if you drop 5 catches in a match. I totally agree and fail to understand the place of fawad alam in the team. Abdur rehman should be given a chance. What i will suggest is bring back sami and abdul rehman and lets keep our fingers crossed that our fielding does not falter. Stop criticisng and support the team for tomorrow's match, after all we will have a lot of time to criticise if they fail to win tomorrow's match :-)

  • sandy on May 7, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Yes, really we missed lots of key players . :like Shoab malik / Tanveer . Don't know if pakistan reach to Semi's. Best of pakistan team for your next match. ( Sandeep from india)

  • Ahmad .. on May 7, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Dropping a catch is an individual's stupidity.. and when most of the individuals doing so, what do you expect from the Captain or bowlers, they take themselves all the catches and stop the boundaries .. ?? CATCHES WIN MATCHES not the just the CAPTAIN

  • Shahid on May 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I don't know why a pathan like afridi who doesn't know how to stay on wicket becomes a captain of side, an old age baba like misbahulhaq gets no 4 nod and a failure like fawad alam gets into the side ahead of imran nazir...pakistan team is nothing but a bunch of goons who just want contracts and money and ya i almost forgot, ADVERTISEMENTS. please ban pak from playing all forms of cricket for at least 1 year.

  • Salman Yahya on May 7, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Its true Afridi has failed to handle the captaincy, and his game as captain. If we look back at T20 world cup 2009, Younis Khan the captain of then Pakistan team, was overall the highest scorer for Pakistan in that tournament and also took his team to the glorious victory. I agree with you in the case of bans imposed on some of the players in particular. If i was PCB chairman i would have asked Younis to take his decision back of retirement from T20 cricket and lead the team again and defend the title. In contrast the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt banned Younis from playing cricket, this is nonsense, totally nonsense. In short team playing here is more or less the same as played the last time in 2009, the difference lies in the leadership, we only produced 2 great captains in cricket, Imran Khan and Younis Khan, both gave us the trophies i.e World cups, though in different versions, but our(authorities) treatment to them was the same, we kicked both out. "Afridi is no Younis "My pick of line

  • Shehzad Khan on May 7, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    And India (after their loss today) and New Zealand, and West Indies (soon to lose) have a plan? Come on guys lighten up! its a game!...yes with Imran and Wasim and Waqar and Inzi we had better chances, but the again things change when your dependable guys are gone...Thrashing in Australia was embarassing but this defeat is nothing but part of the "win some, lose some" equation. The only thing to hang our heads down is the AWFUL fielding...Its shameful and emabarassing to see them make clowns of themselves on field when others are diving and ctaching like supermen. Our athletes have not developed into these prototypical mighty men who are catching like Pieterson did yesterday. We are same old like we were 20 years ago, small, skinny and unatheletic. and for that PCB is to blame.

  • riaz on May 7, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    As a person who has played lot of cricket i am afraid this Pakistan team is not capable of winning the 20:20 tournament. Just compare them to Austrailians, South Africans and England. The team lacks specilaist batsmen in the middle order, lacks penetrative bowling with the exception of Aamer. Fielding is appaling, run between wickets is shoddy and tactically is naive. They lack intelligence. What I mean is they have a poor assesment of what is needed to win a game. On occasions when they do win it is is by taking many risks. Thats why they are inconsistent. I am very afraid they are going to have an awful tour of England when they play England and Austrailia. It is going to be very sad to watch. What is the solution? I will start by getting rid of the current administration. Ask Imran Khan to set up a new administration to run the PCB. I would then embark on educating our cricketers; all promising younsters should be put through an education programme. Start the journey to excellence

  • Abid Jan Khan on May 7, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Hello to all my fellow cricket lovers. It was a very nice and passionate article which I thoroughly enjoyed. I agree that Afridi is over experimenting but I certainly don't agree with the fact that he or any other player should be fired or replaced. As Ricky Ponting said, "captaincy is 10% skill and 90% luck". If his experiments had worked he would have been a fearless hero but unfortunately they didn't. He can set field and have the bowlers bowl but he can't ball or field for every one. And people commit mistakes in big events and that’s why we have a winner and a loser team. I don't see a huge deal with it. The team is under tremendous pressure because they are defending "WORLD CHAMPS". In the last world cup, they were under dogs with no expectations from home and that’s a big difference. It is still the winning team that just needs one good confidence boosting win and the rest will follow. That's how we roll baby ;-) Keep faith in your troops and they WILL deliver. Good Luck!!!

  • Bilal on May 7, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Pakistan Should have rana naveed and sohail tanvir or shoaib akhtar back in the team akhtar's form in the rbs cup twenty20 was great don't know why these players out of the team

  • Umar Riaz on May 7, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    The body language of the Pakistani team was clearly showing they are not out here to win. They way Afridi payed his first ball straight to fielder and ran and then dont even tried to get back and blamed Umar Akmal for that. Pakistan also had to plan how to play Yardy how doesn't turn the ball but just varies his pace and length. They way Misbah get out on his bowling was pathetic. Batsmen also have to plan how to play short pitch bowling. What is the role of Fawad alam in the team. He plays at #8 and dont bowl. Why Hafeez is being tried again and again without sucess in earlier overs. Lets bring in AbdurRehman instead of Fawad or Hafeez. In T20 cricket your main strikers should come up and play as much as they could and for us they are playing at #5, 6 and 7. Mid on and mid off are important fielding positions in T20. K Peterson was fielding there for England. Why Saeed was keep fielding there after droping one catch after another. How many more shall i count......

  • jalil on May 7, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    well i do agree with what is said but things are not as severe as portrayed in here. we being fans have the right to criticize though but should not let our hands off the optimism... Regarding Afridi's captaincy you ppl need to know that he hasn't been given much autonomy as necessary to exercise full discretion and to influence effectively the on going situation .. much more than he himself have to is executed as per the dressing room's plan..He is a captain though selection work, bowling plan and even batting order to much extent isn't carried out under his command.. in the match against Australia it was weqar and yawer saeed's idea to attack with a spinner and to stick to the plan... where lies Afridi's captaincy ???? fans must know this..

  • J Positive on May 7, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I think it is time to kick hard on the backs of Pakistan Cricket Board officials including the Chairman, the selection committee and all those officials enjoying a good time out there in WI when they have no business to be there. They have ruined Pakistani cricket and its team and it is time they should be hanged really high!!!

  • Sharjeel on May 7, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I would like to add few more things, Imran Nazir without a doubt a good talent but its his attitude that kept him out and I think PCB did the right thing to give him a lesson plus he hasnt even performed well lately.

    The biggest mistake PCB has made is by bringing in Mohammad Sami, he has been given 100's of chances in the past to prove him self but yet he is in the team. In my opinion Sohail Tanvir or Mohammad Irfan would have been a good choice, Mohammad Irfan the 7"2 tall bowler was asked by the coach and Afridi as a replacement for Arafat but yet Ijaz Butt decided to keep him out.

    Finally I still belive Shoiab Akhtar should have been included, he is performing soo well in domestic right now, he took 6-52 and 4-33 recently in a 50 Overs game, yet he is out, look at Australia they never bother about players age they look for older mature players and they are sucessfull. People complain Shoiab always gets injured but we should realise that, injury is just out control for anyone.

  • Ali on May 7, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I agree, im sorry lads I wish I could take some pain away from your hearts for the poor performances by our team but unfortunately I cant. I hope somebody really does kick Mr Butt's head in and get him out of the PCB. As for the next match, please just get Hafeez out, he's a complete waste of time, give Hammad a chance that he deserves, he can play no worse then Hafeez. Lastly I hope the next game goes well I dont blame Afridi, he does try but he just needs to stick in there get a 30+ and then strike for it. Imran Nazir, its a gamble but a better one the Khalid Latif and Hafeez.

  • Sharjeel on May 7, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I dont think its Afridi captaincy where the kink is, we saw Hafeez bowling four overs in a row against Australia and he got smashed in all of them and later on cricinfo.com I read that Afridi was told by the management to follow the plan they made before the match and keep Hafeez on bowling, simply speaking he is the captain but as usual like many others he cant do much in his own.

    Another thing Fawad Alam is a top order batsmen, I know some of you people dont like him but if you look at his first class record its actually better then all the players in the team, but the problem is you cannot expect some body to perform better when you have 1-2 overs left to play.

    Another problem is Misbah, he takes a little time to get settled so he should be at No 3 or No 4 position I remeber he batted at No 3 againt Bangladesh and got 94* in 20:20 in Karachi.

    Afridi, since he has become captain, just like Malik keeps going down the order, we saw him performing well at No 3 last year.

  • rafaqat dad on May 7, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    pakistan cricket is in a mess corruption is at a all time high at board room level to many players get picked on suparish ie out alam,misbah in nazir,shazaib

  • saif on May 7, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    plz Pakistan win the match against NZ and plz drop Mohamed hafeez and pick abdur rehman NZ weakness is spin and they will be looking for a win plz make our nation proud and i don't understand fawad not bowling pak will tomorrow inshallah

  • rafaqat dad on May 7, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    pakistan cricket is in a mess corruption is at a all time high at board room level to many players get picked on suparish ie out alam,misbah in nazir,shazaib

  • Pervez Iqbal on May 7, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi but fan of Pakistan Cricket.I feel sad with their performance in the field.It seems that they are winning team(though they are weak in every deptt).At this moment pakistan has got only one asset ie Afridi.Pakistan is a great nation with fighting B

  • saif on May 7, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    plz Pakistan win the match against NZ and plz drop Mohamed hafeez and pick abdur rehman NZ weakness is spin and they will be looking for a win plz make our nation proud and i don't understand fawad not bowling pak will tomorrow inshallah

  • fred on May 7, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Never saw an international wicketkeeper fail to break the stumps for a run out gathering a ball being in close proximity to the stumps? Akmal accomplished that yesterday. Twice!

  • murtaza on May 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    After yesterdays performance....sorry to say but i think Kamran Akmal should be dropped on a permanent basis because not only has he dropped many a catches but he cant even complete a simple run out at two attempts.....i mean yesterday the whole performance was a joke, This was no warm up game but the super eight round of a world cup tournament, but it looked a worser performance than school kids. I just hope Waqar Younis's health was not affected by that performance from the Pakistan cricket team especially after the world cup tragedy of Bob Wolmer. Our top spinner Ajmal does need more lessons in catching and Razzaq needs to wake up just after his delivery cus he seems to be in a different planet when he plays cricket. Just to finish off....there seems to be no fighting spirit anymore in the team 'No fighting like a cornerd tiger', lyrics of the famous Imran Khan. I dont understand the Pakistan team, it seems they dont enjoy playing cricket but love loosing, WHY???? WHY have a team.

  • M Sajid Hai on May 7, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I am also one of the millions of Pakistani who are badly hurt by the miserable performance of our cricket team.Whole nation is blaming poor soul of Ajmal, Fawad and Razzak for their dropped catches.Why people are not blaming the spineless and unimaginative targetless captaincy of our so-called boom boom Afridi.Nature is taking its own course and paying him in the same coins which he did for Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan.Now Afridi is no more boom boom but doom doom Afridi as his only ambition and mission and was to accquire the captaincy of Pakistan team by hook or krook even at the cost of his predecessors by having a number of night back door meetings with PCB supremeo Mr Ejaz Butt.Don't worry if he comes back empty handed, he will be awarded by appointing him Test Team captain too. Long live Faridi with his poor performance ( look at his T20 One-day and Test averages and compare it with any other cricketer ) and Mr Ejaz Butt.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA , USA on May 7, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Teams like Australia, South Africa are head & shoulder over others. Aussies not only whipped Pakistan but also rolled over India. South Africa was too strong for a good New Zealand side. With exception to a miracle Pak will lose to New Zealand & South Africa. England has a lot of fire power and is very likely to move to the quarter final round. What is wrong with Pakistan? Their batting, bowling and fielding sucks. This team is not up to the level of the better teams in the tournament. The boys are nervous. Even Afridi is scared and doubtful. Afridi knew before leaving Pak the probability to retain the title was next to none. Fortunately they met & knocked out Bangladesh to move to the Super Eights. Next week it will be mercifully all over. The question is what will follow this expected exit? I think the Board should keep this team intact with Afridi as their leader. Given time they will lose more games. Ultimately they will get their acts together and have their confidence back.

  • Ash Zed on May 7, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    I am unable to understand what "connection" or "qualification" Fawad Alam has that gets him selected in T20 team. If Fawad can play T20 then Asim Kamal and Mohammad Waseem are also an automatic choice for any T20 team.

    Ther problem is not having good batsmen up in the order who can make good use of the first 6 overs. Why Imran Nazeer and Imran Farhat have been dropped is a mystery.

    This is of course no surprise that Pakistan has hit the least number of sixes in this tournament.

    Replace Fawad with Imran Nazeer, drop Ajmal and have Afridi as an opener.

  • Najam Abbas on May 7, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    well there is nothing to hide. Pakistani cricket team is not playing like a unit. we can see how Australia manage to overcome all their ups and downs.but the major factor in Pakistan defeat is lack of leader ship.Shahid Afridi is unargueably the best all rounder. but unfortunately he is not the best Leader.so I think PCB must have to think about Captaincy matter. beacause World cup 2011 is not so far away. We can only Pray for Pakistan cricket team.

  • great india on May 7, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    u pakistani are never happy with any captain...instead of hating afridi captaincy give him some support....

  • muhammad umair on May 7, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    i am a big fan of afridi..but the fact is that he dont have the quality of leadership..we will hope for better and we will pray for our team to win this title again...Allah bless them

  • Sabeeh Bin Mohsin on May 7, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I am fail to understand that why we over expect from our team???? These 11 belongs to this 16million nation team is a shadow of the nation

  • DR ZAHID NABI on May 7, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    20/20 is the most unpredictable form of cricket, what if England would have lost.Give them little chance , of course team needs few changes specially fawadalam and hafeez should be out and of course pcb should not have a political background

  • shabz on May 7, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    ha ha for india loosing against australia and i was hoping for australia to win. what are ur coments subhash after india loosing.

  • ADNAN JUTT on May 7, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    shahid afridi should leave the captaincy.

    and make shoaib malik the captain of pakistan.as there is no better choaice in team. he is the player for all the formats of game of cricket

  • Omer Khan on May 7, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Well i agree everything but would like to add that a captain should lead from the front NOT the bottom... Afridi should come 1 down... LIKE Imran Khan did in world cup final rememeber that? ....

    Afridi needs to otherwise its too late...

  • syed hamdani on May 7, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    The way i see it the only reason we lost the game with england was the dropped catches, also i dont know if anyone has noticed but Mohd Asif is a swing bowler, if the pitch isnt juicy enough he will get smacked around the park. We would be better off with sami actually, but have him bowl at the death with a slightly older bowl and have him just bowl at the toes, isnt this exactly what gul did the last 20/20..

  • Ahmed on May 7, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I think the teem needs some rest as all the playes were looking so tired and sleepy,actually they have a habit of playing in night may be if next match is in night then we have a chance of win,please send U19 teem next time to any tour and kik all of these old politicale players

  • rasheed khan on May 7, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    NOW WE CAN NOT DO ANYTHINIG ONLY WE CAN CHANGE THE PLAYERS WE SHOULD GIVE CHANCE TO HAMMAD AND ABDULREHMAN IN PLACE OF ??FAWAD?AFRIDI?MISBAH?HAFEEZ,AND RAZZAQ IS THE MOST EXPRIENCE ALROUNDER WE HAVE BUT AFRIDI IN NOT USING HIM PROPERLY LETS MAKE SOME CHANGES AND START WINING LIKE LAST 20,20 BUT THERE IS A GROUP OF FRIENDS IN THE TEEM AND THEY DONT WANT ANY ONE TO COME IN PERFORM THEY WANT THRER SEATS CONFIRMED FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS ALL THESE SAME PLAYERS FAILING AND STILL PLAYING IN THE TEEM

  • Habib ur Rehman on May 7, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Well, i could not figure out why Misbah ul haq is the senior most batsman in the team. If you look at his age, then its true but if you look at his batting averages in all the three formats, he is not a batsman even. To me he does not deserve a place in the team.

  • dr.yasir on May 7, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    this is long debate every has given there opinion i want to say some thing very simple stop pakistani team and watching there matches bcz they will give u more trauma and more mental stress they r bunch of idiots...

  • Nassta on May 7, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Lay off Afridi too...the man wonthe world cup last year. Some guy up there has written "afridi cannot hold a thought for 5 minutes" yet you idiots are, in reality, the ones with the short memories... Also, that quote is attributed to the very same Geoff Boycott who repeatedly says that Afridi is the best all-rounder in the world with respect to T20 and 50 overs.

  • A.R.Zaidi on May 7, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Mind boggling performance! i m following Pakistani cricket since last 4 decades.Another disaster seem to be in the offing .All responsibility is on Mr Ijaz Butt who is destroying cricket here. Bans on senior cricketers at wrong time have added to team's problems. And what is tour team selection committee doing? I don't believe they r planning at all there except enjoying a joyride on Carribean beaches. I don't believe in conspiracy theories but i m pondering about a non cooperation movement against Shahid Afridi in the team. Why are their bodies sending dead messages or if they don't want to win! vWho is asking the skipper not to use Razzaq against Aussies? Why Aftab Alam is playing so low in order? whose brilliant idea is this? Misbah should be thrown out of the team as he is not in frame of mind to play T20. Why did Mohsin Khan not select Imran Nazir? We heard Ijaz Ahmed was doing miracles with team in fielding area but it seemed team was worse than a school team. No luck for flukes

  • Imran on May 7, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    We are missing Mohd Irfan becoz both sami and asif are not doing well and afridi has no other option other then them thanks a ton too biggest loser Ejaz Butt ..Now lets get straight with Mr Mohsin khan were is shahzeb hasan and Imran Nazir the team you selected u can what they are doing Imran nazir we all knw is a very good t 20 player he dont waste balls like misbah and other chaps just crazy thinking

  • Alibaba on May 7, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Well Since last WC very team (accept Pakistan) has improved itself, even England is playing very positive cricket.Afridi,Misbah,Fawad Alam,Razzaq all are big disappointment.To be very honest Shoaib Malik was much better player/captain than Afridi.We have to take some big steps, through them out and make Aamir new captain, he is the only guy in Pakistan who is playing positive cricket.Mr.Afridi experiment don't mean that Hafiz should open the bowling, it means to give fawad, umer or Misbah 1 or two odd overs.It means send Razzaq/Hafiz/Fawad as an opener.Or let Ajmal bowl 1st over.Do some positive experiments, liste to Waqar and Ijaz (Ahmed not butt).In the end guys why re u guys so afraid of?Play positive cricket.

  • Mohammad Imran Ali on May 7, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    i still say that Pakistan is playing with 10, Fawad should be out now. on this fast pitch why Sami was not given the chance. a day can be bad for any body. Players should get hold of their Nerves specially Afridi. if saeed ajmal had dropped a simple chance he had shifted to some where else rather keeping him on the same place.we should back our team because this time every team has well prepared for this type of cricket.Team management has to think about plans and Afridi should stick to the plans.Batting combination should be shuffle little bit. Razzak should be given a better role, Misbah should be keep above the Afridi. I still beleave Pakistan can get back to bussiness and have oppurtunity to play the Semi but about lifting the cup i am not sure. we should keep faith on our team that they will perform better in the tournament and defending the title is another thing.

  • Reza on May 7, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Let's face it. This Pakistan team just isn't that good. The batsmen can not score runs consistently and the bowlers (except for Aamir) can't take wickets regularly. There are no fielders. Luck rather than skill will bring Pakistan a semi-final berth, if there will be one at all.

  • waseem sajid raja on May 7, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    now start prayng again for SA to win over english team n pak to win both their up coming outings. Bt to be very frankly ths team n ths managment got more than they deserve. They hv no rite to procced to the next round. Is ths the new talent for whom we neglect Both Ys n Malik. They are 1000times yes 1000times better than this new talent. I dn wana indicate any name but i must say that we r just n over excited n emotional nation we start thnkng amir a better batsman than younus or yousaf jst after a sngle 50. Thats what our cricktng knwledge is. I hope u people got my point.

  • Kashif Waheed on May 7, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    The credit goes to unprofessional and mentally weak players and illogicial and less than ordinary captaincy. Truely speaking, this team should not get in to the Super Eights...

  • Nisar Ahmed on May 7, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    I think we just need to face up to reality and accept that we are at the lower end of the 2nd tier of international cricket and cannot be compared with the likes on AUS/SA/SL/IND. These teams not only have more talented individuals but also players that play with their hearts and minds. Last year it was possible to win the competition by playing with your heart (it is only Mickey Mouse cricket after all!) but all the other teams have advanced since then whilst we are are going backwards and hearts and minds need to now be in sinc to win any major international competition. The only player from our current crop that you can rely on and be confident about performing regularly is Mohammed Aamer. The rest are hit and (mostly) miss. The board needs to go back to the drawing board and bring in 11 players - all under 24 - who will be backed to the hilt and insha-Allah the rest will take care of itself. How much longer should we be relying on Razzaq, Afridi, Asif etc who have never really done it consisitently enough and are now past their best. And we should totally forget about Rana/Malik etc and look forward rather than backwards.

  • Zeeshan on May 7, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    This just sickens me to death...Pakistani fielding is so attrocious why they even bother coming onto the field??!! Apparently every since the Australian tour these players had a new coaching staff who was working with them 24/7 just on their fielding and last 3 games pakistani fielding is worse than ever!!!

    What a joke... I have been following Pakistan cricket even before I went to school...after 33 years I have come to the point where I have lost all interest in this worthless incompetenet, good for nothing team.

  • hanees on May 7, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    I can not understand why sami, salman butt, rehman, asif, fawad have selected for T20. Even though salman scoring well in this series he is not suit for T20 format.

  • Salman on May 7, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Same old chorus. Sack the captain. Make some one else captain. Entire nation wanted afridi to be captain. Now when he is captain we want him removed. It took imran khan some time to get it right. Give some time to afridi. Having said that some things can be done quickly. a) Sami instead of haffeez. b) hammad azam intead of alam or else get alam to do some bowling. c) razzaq, afridi, umer akmal at 3,4 and 5 respectively. d) Warn misbah that one more reverse sweep and he will be out. e) Waqar should drive home the point that the bowlers should bowl atlest 3 yorkers per over. f) get asif and aamewr to open the bowling and use sami in umer gul type role.

  • shoaib on May 7, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Take out fawad alam. He has never, since his arrival in the team more than 2 yrs ago shown his worth. I feel like there is a hidden quota system in pakistan cricket between lahore and karachi. That is hurting the team badly. Put hammad azam in place fawad. Although its 2 late but its worth a try

  • Me on May 7, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    guys...we suck..thats all there is to it. we belong with bangladesh, ireland and afghanistan. We dont deserve to play with great countries like australia, india and sri lanka. its embarrasing.

  • SAMEEN on May 7, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Reading some of the comments sums it all , we pakistanies are very very emotional people when it come to cricket . at the end of the day its a game and who every play well will win.

    I guess the biggest contribution afridi made was to make the bowling (which was always strength of pakistan ) very very unpredictable like batting used to be and still it is . Only captain like afridi can do convert your strength to weekness .. well done afridi , next match open the bowling from salman butt and continued with it till we loose the match .. hats off

  • .............. on May 7, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    i agree with the writer but. afridi is not younes we need a calm captain lika razzaq, who can lead the team to a victory. Afridi is too agressive to be a captain. He onle is a good player if he has support of a good captain like he had in 2009. If pakistans want to win this they have to improve trheir fielding and only thing we can do is PRAY TO THE ALLMIGHTY ALLAH AND INSHALLAH WE will lift up wons again the trophy INSHALLAH

  • cricket lover on May 7, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Younis Khans Captaincy had a game plan last year, this bunch seems like headless chickens, why do we have Hafeez & Fawad, we dont even have one clean hitter of the ball, they can't hit the ball, can't catch it Pakistan Cricket is gonna meet the same faith as hokey did a decade ago, most of these players don't deserve a place and look at the back up we have got Abdur Rehman what a joke, May Allah put some sense in their head specially Butt in fact it will be better if he calls him to put some sense may be tats the only way hell leave tat position

  • Mohammad Asad on May 7, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Afridi as a captain is not bad. Give him some time bro... 3 catches dropped in the first 5 overs...it's rudiculous....poor fielding ..You can never expect to win a match by such a performance. I told before that in this format it's very tough to recover any mistake. And you are dropping catches one after another, missing run out etc. Anyway forget it and focus on the next games with enthusiasium...

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • Fakhir on May 7, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Shahid Afridi's captaincy is mindbloggling. Not using Razzaq in the first two games loosing out to Aussies. Then keeping Saeed Ajmal's overs for the last when the entire game was over! Ajmal bowled the 6th over, took a wicket and then was removed only to be introduced after seven overs! When Peterson walked in Saeed should have been bowled out becuz we needed wickets. Alas the nature is preceeding him, a fickle man!

  • Salman on May 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Hey Subash, Hope you are having fun seeing Watson knock the living daylights out of your over-hyped, overpaid, malnourished "cricketers"

  • Saki on May 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Pakistan should make some changes in the team if they ever want to win the matches, Fawad either be promoted to number 1 position and Hafeez should be dropped and bring in Hammad. Else drop fawad and bring Hammad.

  • Matrixrealoded on May 7, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Brilliant performance by Pakistan, the team has only 3 players who can bat aggressively afridi, kamran and razzaq. I never blame he captaincy of afridi because he has little option in batting and bowling, in bowling afridi, ajmal and amir. I think the fault lie in team selection where the team best T20 performers Farhat, Nazir, Shahzaib, on the other side mailk and rana face ban imposed by PCB oops sorry Ijaz Butt. Captain and Coach want another seamer in replacement of Gull and Arafat but ijaz butt deny sending Muhammad Irfan a 7.2 ft tall and perhaps a trump card for the team. Ijaz Butt is shameful person and all the country hates him.

  • Cricketfan on May 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Problem is not as much as u described. Australia are terrific now. So its ok Pak lost. But against English it was poor strategy. Whats use of 8 batsmen? Means ur unsure of ur line up. Afridi is his usual self. He sizzles oneday fumbles other. So hope this time around no such miracles as last yr or a freaky one like '07 WC. It ld be deserving Aussies who take the Cup home.

  • HASNAIN SARFRAZ on May 7, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    AFRIDI IS NOT CAPTAINCY MATERIAL AT ALL. HIS BODY LANGUAGE IS TOTTALY BAD AND HE IS NOT THE SAME PLAYER WHO WON THEM THE LAST WORLD CUP VIRTUALLY ON HIS OWN. TO ME RAZZAQ COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CHOICE INFACT THE ONLY CHOICE THEY HAVE

  • muhammad dawood tahir on May 7, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    I wanted Pakistan to a fielding Coach not a Bating And Not A Bowling Coach Thats the main Problem Of Pakistan cricket

  • Tajul Talukder on May 7, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    I am completely agreed with the writer. I am really shocked to see the such poor fielding by the Pakistani. Simply, if you drop the cathes you could never win the game. They could have saved more runs by improving their fielding. Kamran Akmal still has lack of wicket keeping skills. Fawad Alam should have to be in the top order. Or Imran Nazir should be given a chance as an opener. In the next matches, they need to drop Hafeez for on more specialist fast bowler; Sami or Abdur Rehman. Good luck for the next games!

  • Malik W A on May 7, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    say Afridi has failed as captain, as batsman and also with boll in last 3 games of world cup. Through I love him but for Pakistan sake we Sad to have to be open and find alternative. When I read above comments I notice most of them are angry with our players, why they do not realize that Javed, Imran, Hanif, Fazal, Wasim, Saeed are not born every day. They are rare commodity and we have to live whatever we have.

  • wasim on May 7, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    pakistan will bounce back, god willing

  • MASUD HASHMI on May 7, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Nothing to say. Pakis always cry when they lose. The gambling started when you dropped Umar Gul. The Akmal brothers are in the team because of bookies. They are making money by their poor performance and happy to pay penalties 2 Million or 3 Million. On the other hand they make money by performing bad. This is proved.

  • Farhan Usman on May 7, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    InshALLAH Pakistan will definitely win the World Cup, yes there are mistakes and blunders and no matter what but we should always be with our team... I dont know why our people always blame the team or the Board if our team is loosing.. it is not the team or the board, it is ALLAHs will, inshALLAH wht ever will happen will be good for our team and Pakistan... Hope for the best, who ever plays whoever Captain whoever Chairman will not change the fate, be together Pakistanis, we need all of us to turn the Nation in to a proud and successful one. InshALLAH we will succed...May God Help us ALL

  • Haider on May 7, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Its sad to see the weakest team we have seen for decades.When there was Wasim,Saqlain,Mushtaq,Waqar,Moin,ijaz,aquid etc - they hated to lose.they had the talent and passaion. this current bunch lacks that killer attitude.As the country, is the team. Look at AUS,Ind,SA,NZ. And look at Pak,Zim,WI etc.

  • Muhammad Bilal Aman on May 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    We are an emotional nation and start criticizing the team immediately. I agree with the writer but i think we need to back them up and give Afridi sometime to adjust. We cant decide on the basis of two matches. One team has to loose but the way they loose is important. Our body language against England was pathetic, the faces in dug out were gloomy. Why?? we need to figure it out. We need to find the root cause... This is my opinion, anybody can disagree..

  • Sir jee on May 7, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I be a much better captain then Afridi........after all i love playing football

  • Zeeshan Ihsan on May 7, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Not as dire as suggested. Missing Umer Gul badly - with him and Ajmal bowling the last 6 overs you have a combination. With the current attack the flow of runs at the death can't really be contained. Having said that, I thought if England needed around 8 in the last over - no matter how many wickets - we stood a decent chance. Don't see Pak going through this round unless they beat SA.

  • zabeeh khan on May 7, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    I am traumatized by the performance of our cricket team. I lost 4 pound and all my nails watching this stupid cricket game playing by Pakistani people.

  • MZ on May 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    It is pathetically unwatchble to see Pakistan as an interanational side playing a World cup tournament! Fielding even in backyard cricket could not get any worse, worst part was players like Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez ( who is that guy, waht does he play)and Razzak still there in Pakistan team. A loss is routine anyway. I don't want to humiliate myself by feeling sorry for this rubbish Pakistan!

  • adeel on May 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I am sorry but its a bit tricky, but we as a nation are just good at one game and that "The Blame Game", our cricketers are no differentr from the rest of the nation all we need is Dignity and National spirit, unfortunaitly we all pakistani are bunch of loosers in no matter what we are trying to achieve......Its easier said then done...last time Muhammad Yousaf and Younas KHan were banned as their presence was not good for the team. I guess its time for Ijaz Butt and some who alway trick to regain thier places despite the change e.g Wasim Bari, Zakir khan n a few other, Donot forget people like these are advising the chairman so how do you expect to see a change............

  • Bosco Martyres on May 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    An excellent article. I had hoped with the advent of Afridi as captain and Waqar Younis as coach things would change and Pakistan would become a thinking team, but no such luck. In the match against Australia, they opened the bowling with Mohd. Hafeez who is not a regular bowler, and persisted with him, even though he was massacred by Warner and Watson. Against England they start with Abdul Razzak, even though they have two quality pace men in Asif and Aamer. Toward the end of the innings with England on the last ball of the second last over Aamer takes a single so that he, instead of Abdul Razzak who is an excellent hitter of the ball, will be be facing the final over. Unfortunately common sense is something that cannot be taught. It is sad to see these blunders at this level, blunders which even schoolboys would be ashamed of.

  • Tahseen on May 7, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Hammad Azam must have given chance to play instead of hafeez, his poor form shows tht he doesnt deserved to be in pakistani team i guess afridi is not captain material, what i observe he is greedy ( to get bowling) after getting punished he still bowled 4 overs. in his 4 overs spell he didnt used dosra , Flipper or quick ball. One more thing i want to add about coaching, pakistan doesnt have Fielding Coach, in decades pakistan always lack in fielding department. Our coach Izaj butt nd Waqar Younis are still depended on 1992 strategy nd watching the cricket from dugouts, whereas other team coaches always use laptop to view all the angles to point out the mistakes afterwards Conculsion * Fielding Coach * Use Latest Technology * Using Variety in Bowling ( Leg cutter, Flippers, Dosra etc)

  • mughal on May 7, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    i think a good leader can always make something out of an ordinary side,like imran khan did in 1992 world cup final .in that match lot of our man players were injured but he still win the cup for nation.in cricket timely decision are vary important.in 1992 world cup final,when two wickets felldown early imran khan came early in the innings take the pressure on his shoulders and bated beautifully and then end of the innings moin khan ,inzmam and wasim akram bated quickly.in second part of the game just one over of wasim akram changes the game in which he took two wickets of lamb and lewis and then the game finished.so timely decision can change the whole game.a captain should have confidance on him self and should know the capibilty of their players.he should know who is his wicket taking bowler and who is his run containing bowler.just take the example of michal clarke, in the match which pakistan lost by australia,how many timely decisions he make and they work all and he won match.

  • SYED on May 7, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    WE ARE MISSING IMRAN NAZIR , MISBAH MUST KICK OFF AND FAWAD ALAM POSITION IS ONE DOWN.AJMAL MUST CLEAN HIS HAND,S BUTTER.

  • Muhammad Shariq Musani on May 7, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    We need Younis as a captain, yosuf as a batsmen and Intikhab as a coach and Waqar as Asst. Bowling Coach.We should thrown out political players like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal

  • Fayed on May 7, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    1st :Afridi is confused, He has Waqar telling him what do cause if he does not PCB will nail him for everything @nd: This is first big tour as a captian give him time 3rd: The bench strenght is weak which u can blame the Old fart Ijaz butt for Imran nazir,Shaizab Hasan, Mohamad Irfan or even Shoaib Akhtar should have been there. 4th We'll bounce back just need one magical momment inshallah will come and we'll peak at the right time have faith bandwagon jumpers !!

  • anoynomous on May 7, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    The basic problem is pakistans bowling...there is no reliable or match winning bowler...we won the last year world cup because of the bowling of umar gul and afridi...a score of 4 runs/over is even defendable if u have match winning bowlers who can bowl on the right line or length..everybody is concentrating on the dropped catches but nobody has noticed that there has hardly been any quality bowling...how many times v have seen the stumps being bowled out,or how many lbw chances being turned down or how many chances created in the slips or behind the wicket...how many yorker length bowls being bowled or concentration on trying to bowl a maiden over??? the other problem has been the inablitiy to stop singles...batting is not a real issue in T20 cz everybody is looking to hit big,even bowlers can come and hit a bounry or 2,but batsmen cant deliver match winning bowls if asked to bowl...u have to have specialist quality bowlers in the team to win u matches...!!

  • Jonaid Aftab Taj on May 7, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    What a shame? An anti Pakistan article and most people have responded with affirmative comments.

    Let me remind Mr. Saad that Pakistan in the last T20 lost to England, then lost the first match of the super eight stage, and then went on to beat New Zealand and South Africa to eventually win the tournament. So what’s all this fuss about?

    Consider these words now "Very soon everyone will start looking around for someone to blame. Hopefully, most, if not all eyes will settle on the PCB and its leadership, specifically chairman Ijaz Butt." Well said Mr.Saad but you are the first own to start this blame game by making Afridi a scapegoat. I mean what do you want? The captaincies merry go round to continue…Just give him a year or two before we can judge his mettle as a leader.

    This article is just a disgrace and it goes on to show that we do no need anyone else to destroy us as we are our own enemies.

  • Syed Hassan on May 7, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Fawad Alam is in the team??!! They should play Hammad in the next match... and drop the useless fawad.

  • Gebz on May 7, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    I just cannot understand the selection of Hafeez and Fawad Alam. Ppl here are saying Fawad is an all rounder...what?? He cannot play off the back foot and has not bowled a single over, was he picked as a specialist fielder then?? Bcos he is no Jonty Rhodes in my opinion. While Hafeez is just not explosive enough to play at No.3 in T20 and his bowling is a joke as brutally exposed by the Aussies. We would be better off with Younis and Yousuf toughening up our middle order so we don't have to rely on the wannabe stars "akmal bros" who are happy to score about 20 or 30 and then get out. Afridi seems under massive pressure and his batting and bowling are suffering, not so easy now when you are the top man. K Akmal needs to be whipped for missing that run out, even tho would not have made a diff to the result, it shows his lazy attitude to the game and team. We need Shahzaib to partner Salman B at top of innings and the bowlers to bowl in combinations like they did under Younis.

  • MAX on May 7, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    .... plenty of mistakes where made by the pcb-selection comitee.The selected team not represnts our full STRENGTH. Players like fawad alam, ajmal, hafeez r b-class players, its hard but its the reality. there is no shoaib malik, imran nazir a shoaib akhtar because pcb bans them. Its simply ridiculess of our board not the include our frontline players, these type of players carry the hole team. there r only a lot of young and inexperinced players in the squad...... so therefore pooorrr results r produced so far... its simply a SHAME because we all know that pakistan is a dominating team in teh cricket world.-best greeting out of germany-

  • Faisal Mashood Afridi on May 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    How very very Pakistani of you. I wonder if India loses this game today or Sri Lanka, will their media do the same? No, that is a truly Pakistani attribute, to throw your team to the dogs at every given opportunity.

  • COSMOS on May 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan will make to the semi-finals. In the Post Match Presentation, Afridi told that Pakistan will still make it to the semis, but I think their chances are rare. Pakistan is a very good 20-20 side, but the pitch in the West Indies, and the larger grounds are not helping them. The problem with Pakistan is that ther r very poor in running between the wickets, and their spinners have flopped dearly.

  • usman on May 7, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Funny thing is, when younis was sacked as captain, lot of people at this cricinfo were supporting afridi to be the captain, and i use to laugh at their comments.hats off to those idiots who always said make afridi the captain.. his place in the side is uncertain and make him captain.. he is not responsible person.. involved in controversies. having played 300 ODIz with an average of 25, and in those 300 odis won games for pakistan may be 10 times with bat?? and having mind of hungry beggar who rab anything to eat. but beggar has an advantage as he does it for his survival but afridi does it for coming in the news and .. wht else?? i still back younis as best captain.. and if not? then NOW is the time to make malik captain.. when he was made captain his place was not in the team. so we make people captain to make them necessary burden for the team. wht a shame. PCB shud bring younis back as captain and let him stay for 1 year.n if someone has problem with him through him out not younis

  • Hur Rizvi on May 7, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    \worst captain ever in the history of Pakistan cricket

    Shahid Afridi's caqptaincy sucks

  • Husnain Mehmood on May 7, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    What i do not understand is why would they leave players like Imran Nazir and Shoaib Akhtar out of the team and ban shoaib Malik from the team just before a major world tournment. I mean if Umar Gul was fit and we had selected him, akhtar, Malik and Nazir, then we would have the most powerful team in the entire tournment. but hopefully Inshallah we will win our remaining two games and progress further.

  • Justin Hayden on May 7, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    behind all of that we r still Pakistani ...............so keep ur self on ur seats & lets see what will be happend.....thats the one team will win and other will lose ........i hope pakistan will be the second one

  • Hammad on May 7, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Catches win matches like the two games we saw yesterday look at the southafrican feilding how gibbs was fielding at the age of 36. Now at wat bases fawad alam was selected in the team why imran nazir and shahzaib were not selected.

  • Rizwaan on May 7, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    I disagree with the closing comments about Butt. Its not like those banned/fined were somehow the giants of team on whom team would really depend for a bailout. Look at the sorry figures of Shoaib, Younus, Yousuf.

  • Aasim Muneer on May 7, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    well I Still favour Afridi for the team he is given is not capable enough to compete internationally.Hafeez,Khalid,Fawad got there by mere fluke.Our selectors don't have slightest of brains...what the hell are they doing??I can't make UP my mind why did they not select power hitters in likes of Imran Nazir & Shahzaib Hasan & for what purpose did they select sami & Abdur rehman.

    However being a Pakistani what can i say other than GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN..!!!!

  • umair on May 7, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    In my opinion , its the fact that afridi has no options at all .There is no Rana , Gul . I dont understand why they have fawad alam . He should be the 12th man and should only provide drinks .

  • Muhammad Shariq Musani on May 7, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    I want to added some more that younus was criticize for dropping the catch against NZ in champions trophy but we give chance to Kamran Akmal who is dropping the catch, miss the chances of stump and runout in almost every game

  • Waqas Butt on May 7, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Is it bizarre the way Pakistan perform at the beginnig of any tournament?? History tells us that our team are always slow to get of to a good start but slowly but surely pick up once they get match practice. And this is the real secret of our failure or success. Our players never play much cricket i.e. domestic games as they only participate in 1 game to be slected for a 10 day training camp in Lahore where they enjoy themselves and claim they are 100% fot and ready to go. However, many of you know that a player can only be fit after he has played a season of cricket. Only then can he really adapt to pressure fileding,catches & batting. But our board and players think 1 domestic match and 10 days at a training camp is enough to be 100% fit. This is why we fail in thei ntial stages of a tournament butslowly pick up as we play more matches. PCB please we understand our players do not have much internation cricket but they should at least play a full season of cricket at home.

  • Aasim Muneer on May 7, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    well I Still favour Afridi for the team he is given is not capable enough to compete internationally.Hafeez,Khalid,Fawad got there by mere fluke.Our selectors don't have slightest of brains...what the hell are they doing??I can't make UP my mind why did they not select power hitters in likes of Imran Nazir & Shahzaib Hasan & for what purpose did they select sami & Abdur rehman.

    However being a Pakistani what can i say other than GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN..!!!!

  • Hammad on May 7, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Catches win matches like the two games we saw yesterday look at the southafrican feilding how gibbs was fielding at the age of 36. Now at wat bases fawad alam was selected in the team why imran nazir and shahzaib were not selected.

  • Muhammad Shariq Musani on May 7, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Dont Know y Fadwad Alam is sent so late. He is not a Hitter so send him at No.3 so he can pace his innings same is for Razzak too. Dont know y imran nazir and shahzeb is not a part of the team. Its better we gave change to Hammad and Abdul Rehman

  • Muhammad Ashfaq on May 7, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Mr. Zaki Haider, How much time you gave to Younis Khan? If you watched the last World Cup, Pakistan's fielding was the same, batting flopped, bowling flopped. Warm-up matches we lost bothlost 2 matches of 1st 3 WC matches. But Younis Khan scored in every match. Even some players of the team not supporting him, we won WC. In the Champions Trophy we qualified for semi final. The reward for him is ban. really interesting. I personally think Younis Khan is the best captain Pakistan ever produced. What you do to others, comes to you later. Some complaints about his attitude. I must say a loyal person to his country & profession always very emotional because he cares. By the way I am not against any player but who cann't support his captain, he must be axed but here a captain is banned who knows cricket very well & the best at job. I really never watched the Pakistan match with total interest after him. Who ever want's to do good for country, rewarded like this in Pakistan. Not Fair.

  • Zahir on May 7, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    There is a world of difference between being motivated and tense. Tension is writ large on the faces of the coach, fielding coach, etc. Ajmal dropped the first catch through over excitement. Celebrations come once a job is done, not in anticipation of completion. Hafeez is pretty useful but to open with him against Aussies was stupid. Watson and co use brute force. The only way to beat them is by being agressive and taking early wickets. Hafeezs a defensive bowler who will pick up wickets when batsmen are under pressure. By opening with him, the msg conveyed was we are afraid of your hitting power! Our managers and coaches appear clueless. When Fawad came in, he should have been given clear instructions to take singles only to give the strike to Razzak not waste deliveries trying to strike boundries. Planning has always been our missing link and still remains even as a national trait!!!

  • Ali on May 7, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Agree. There is no place for Misbah ul Haq, Fawad Alam, Abdur Razzak and Hafeez in this T20 squad. There doesn't seem to be any coaching whatsoever for the team... and yes players were stupidly penalised just before the cup. Poor selection, no coaching and controversies - who else can we blame except the board.

  • ishrat husainM.D. on May 7, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    we need to throw out people llike fawood,hafiz.get shahzeb,hammad,look at the under 19 team.pick up the boys from there,afridi cant do any thing when u drop five catches,we have all the SAFARSHIES from punjab and karachi,may be the slection should be based onability bases and not who u know,i saw this all over in 1960s,mr butts butt should be kicked out of cricket,we need new blood,new strong enthustastic team, get rid of fawood and ahfeez,get hammad and shahzeeb and what happened to umar amin from rawalpindi,i guess they dont have any safraish,what are u going to do about the fielding,they can laern some thing watching previous tapes, or indian tapes,afridi has to learn to stay at the crease for at least 1 or 2 overs to get to know the pitch and the bowlers,the whole team has to learn patience, and responcibility,may be some of this u can blame on situation back home but that is no excuse, either they have to perform or throw them out.thislike ourleaders.PATHATIC,INCOMPETENT,CORRUPT.

  • Muhammad Ashfaq on May 7, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Mr. Zaki Haider, How much time you gave to Younis Khan? If you watched the last World Cup, Pakistan's fielding was the same, batting flopped, bowling flopped. Warm-up matches we lost bothlost 2 matches of 1st 3 WC matches. But Younis Khan scored in every match. Even some players of the team not supporting him, we won WC. In the Champions Trophy we qualified for semi final. The reward for him is ban. really interesting. I personally think Younis Khan is the best captain Pakistan ever produced. What you do to others, comes to you later. Some complaints about his attitude. I must say a loyal person to his country & profession always very emotional because he cares. By the way I am not against any player but who cann't support his captain, he must be axed but here a captain is banned who knows cricket very well & the best at job.

  • shani on May 7, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    our cricket team has been shrunk i don think so they could get into semi final our team has to do alot of home work...........aussis will win this tym

  • Qasim on May 7, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Why is fawad alam in the team? Mohsin khan is a bad selector ,should have selected shahzaib hasan.

  • zibbi on May 7, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Pakian are going to go out of the the super 8s very early they look below par...hitting a ball to a fielder then running and then getting stumped ( Afridi ) isn't the best of options especially if your the captian all blame goes on afridi! as far as the last 2 games pakistan has to win both games hopefully they make changes in their side and win the remaining last 2 games

  • yasir on May 7, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I still remember people commenting to an earlier post showing immense support for Afridi as a captain. I guess people have their answer now. It will be interesting to see who is awarded to the scapegoat here.

  • Arif Malik on May 7, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Mr. Butt is to be blamed because he prevented Mohammad Irfan to replace injured Gul. The Windies pitches are not suiting our slow bowlers and our batsmen are not firing. Most international players have benefitted from playing twenty matches in IPL & are coming out fresh from the tournament. Our team appears not upto the challenges of this tournament. Watch Mohammad Irfan bowl in Youtube videos., he would have been really handy on the slow pitches.

  • Navid Ahmed on May 7, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    This is to Salman Talibuddin....get your facts right before you criticise someone....Pakistan are the most successful team in the International T20 format...we have the most successful bowlers at International and Domestic level (Umer Gul, Afridi and Arafat in domestic cricket)....Pakistan almost won the the first world cup and corrected themselves last year by winning it so how can you say that was a fluke...did you not see the Semi Final and Final against the two top 20/20 teams in SA and SL, how can beating those two tough teams be a fluke....people like you absolutley annoy the hell out of me.

  • FASI on May 7, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    well according to my thinking Afridi is the best captain for this 20 20 format i like his skills and its not his fault as the fielder drop straight catches he can just watch that and when he got runout on the first ball he faced it was somewhat pressure that made him loose his wicket on a crucial stage.but im really impressed by my PAKISTANI team that they are giving a fight they are not giving up early a hope is inside them and INSHA ALLAH it will make a very positive turn in this worldcup and the future upcoming matches.may my team gets success in all the matches of the worldcup JEEET LO DILLL TEAM PAKISTAN

    PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD LOVE YOU LOADSS GUYSS KEEP ON THE GOOD WORK .

    BEST OF LUCK

  • bulandpuri bulanda balanda on May 7, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Why they lost ..... 1 POOR FRIELDINF 2 3 CATCH DROPPED BY AJMAL 3 6TH OVER AJMAL REMOVE FROM BOWLING 4 WHY HE 17TH OVER TO ASIF 5 NOT USING ALAM AS BOWLER 6 NOT CONTINUED STICK WITH SPIN AFTER ALL THERE IS CONCLUSION PAKISTAN BOWLER RAZZAK ASIF ARE GARBAGE NEED MORE GOOD BOWLER LIKE THEY MORE FAST Afridi can't do nothing with this worst bowler Razzak should be removed

  • Ali Zohaib on May 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    What can the captain do if the fielders drop dollies and batsmen gets out playing awkward shots. Man I bet if inzi or even younis would have seen Ajmal drop those catches they'd definitely would have shown more anger and digust than Afridi. Afridi on the other hand was very cool headed always communicating with players, imho he needs some advice like mentioned by someone before, on captaincy. And while Im not defending his suicidal he run-out, but if you would have seen the replay more closely Umar seemed interested in the run and later back-tracked. That is what Afridi was shown indicating to the non-striker when he was walking off the pitch. Hafeez does not justify his position in team. Fawad on the other hand is a good fielder but sending him in number 6 seems clearly stupid. YOU know he is not a big hitter, he likes to rotate strike, thats how he plays. So why not send him up the order? OR you should not have banned Malik cause he was much better suited at the number 6 position.

  • A on May 7, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    No Imran Nazir or Shahzaib in the team. No GuL The training camp was meant to be just about fielding? Why bother? They have not got a clue at the moment, no power in the batting as pointed out before they started the tournament, and they still ignored it. Total jokers.

  • Awais on May 7, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Very Sad with the Pakistan's performance over all, hopefully they can recover from the remaining two games, but we need some changes in the side, i think Razzaq should be given a chance to open.

  • ABDURREHMAN on May 7, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Pakistan have got only one problem that they are not matching an inch of the fielding department to other test playing teams.that's because they haven't got any modern means of training i suppose.i ask the PCB to provide the stuff regarding modern fielding and drilling so that we would also be able to compete with any side of the world perfectly.

  • Dr Masood USA on May 7, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Winning & losing is part of the game lets not judge Captain & players so soon. They are current world champs just 10 months ago & a very very good side ( their record in T20 speaks for itself). Lets not make fun of yourself by over reacting & giving people like Subash opportunity to laugh at you. Its is important to have spotsmans spirit & supporting team in difficult times.

    Masood

  • Alishan Kasmani on May 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Nobody knows what is planned in team meetings and team talks but what can truely be seen in the past 2 matches is completely pre-planned implementations. 1.Why on Earth to keep Asif out of team after such a lovely comeback after Ban. Why even to think of starting with Sami. 2. Why to keep sami in the team again against Aus? to keep Asif out against Aus needs some explaination 3. Best of all, starting with Razzak with Aamir & asif doing a wonderful job in 1st overs in the past - Any answers? 4. Keeping Hafeez on in the innitial overs against Aus. was a true picture of pre-planning before the start of the match and not thinking any further to whats happenening on the field. We are talking about experienced international players doing this where as every other individual supporter in the country can see/understand this mentality. Perhaps having Educated cricketers wouldnt have brought-up such situation in our national team but regretfully saying that such is the situation within PCB

  • Rohan on May 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    i remember first T20 world cup semifinal ,Pak Vs NZ, in tht Imran Nazir Smashed the Bowlers, i Just want to know, Where is Nazir, He is Dangerous Player , and They Missing Umar Gul a Lot in this World Cup,Coz last Match Razzaq bowling is also like an timepass Bowler, They Only have 3 Main Bowlers Now, Aamer,Ajmal and Afirdi Himself, Asif is also not bowling well these days, and wht Fawad Alam is doing at Number 8, He is Just Playing as a Good Feilder

  • Asghar Rawel on May 7, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    You cannot judge Shahid Afridi's captaincy on the basis of his leadership in the last three games. I'm sure after the victory against Bangladesh no one would have questioned his leadership. Fielding and run outs have always been a problem with Pakistan since I could remmember. The team relies on raw talent to win games and this is the reason why Pakistan loose many of their games. They have no stratergy or game plan.

  • Salim Ansari on May 7, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    it pains me to see such a spineless cricket from pakistani team. Afridi should let Aamir open the bowling with Asif at every game keeping at least 1 slip fielder for them. then first change either he or Ajmal to bowl.Give full licence to Kamran Akmal + Salman to attack from first ball to last ball of 6th over. other then this in between Afridi must act with flexibility as game moves on. I still hope ....... Afridi and his boys will surprise every one before the end of this tournament. Good luck to you Afridi. Do your best to deserve the hearty prayers n expectations of millions of your fans.

  • shahzad on May 7, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Well Captaincy has Failed .. big time ... but it can click any time ... so dont rule out Pakistan .... there is still Chanceee ... IF AFRIDI start taking right Decisions

  • Inam on May 7, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    I must invite the attentino of all the cricket lovers towards the fact that the guy Afridi was awarded man of the match honor in semi final and final just 9 months back. We love cricket and like every one we love our team to win. whenever they loose such blames and comments come from every corner. I admit, there is always a room for improvement and the team should look for that. I am a great fan of Afridi. But he is looking under immerse pressure. I guess he may declare retirement after this tournament.

    my suggestions for improvement are to utilize Razzaq by giving him opening position with butt. KAkmal is not in good touch UAkmal at 3, try misbah up the order at 4 hammad azam is a good choice for # 5 KAkmal at 6 afridi 7, then Amir, Abdul rehman, Sami and Ajmal.

    Take T20 as a cricket match. Play with 5 specialist bowlers. Dont over rely on all rounders. Players like Hafeez and Fawad may perform well in lower level domestic cricket, they are not good picks for internationals.

  • Imran on May 7, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Afridi's captaincy has been very poor through out the worldcup ,He is wasting razzaq ,alam in the final 11 My final 11 would be : Salman Butt Kamran Akmal A.Razzaq Umar Akmal Misbah Afridi Hammad Azam A Rehman Mohammad Amir Saeed Ajmal Mohammad Sami

    The lights of Hammad Azam and Razzaq would cover up the seaming attack while afridi ,ajmal ,rehman can bowl those disturbing spin and use Amir as Death bowler ( like gul was used) in last worldcup . Still not sure why hafeez is in final 11 , he is never a good performer in international arena. If Englang can use their batsman micheal yardy as a left arm why afridi is not using fawad alam , Afridi's approach is purely defensive.

  • ABDURREHMAN on May 7, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Pakistan have got only one problem that they are not matching an inch of the fielding department to other test playing teams.that's because they haven't got any modern means of training i suppose.i ask the PCB to provide the stuff regarding modern fielding and drilling so that we would also be able to compete with any side of the world perfectly.

  • Faris on May 7, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    1- Kamran Akmal 2- Muhammad Hafeez or Salman Butt 3- Afridi 4- Razzaq 5- Misbah 6- Umar Akmal 7- Hammad Azam 8- Aamir 9- Abdurehman 10- Saeed Ajmal 11- Sami

  • sumair on May 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Nobody can take place of afridi as captain at the moment. fawad alam is super fielder , bowler and all round player but has been mis used by team.i am shocked by ajmal place in the team. he is a pathetic fielder & please get rid of him asap.

  • Mujeeb on May 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    i think Pakistan team is a loser. How many times can we see Hafeez, Butt, Sami, Misbah not proving themselves. Its enough of seeing these player. Y can Pak understand that Hafeez n Sami r not international level players. Y leave 20-20 specialist imran nazir n shahzaib. When will this sami learn to bowl i ve seen better bowlers than him y not chance given to them. This squad has a lot of players who ve got their chances. N lastly the PCB Managment with this old guy as its head wht can one expect other than such loses. this time no luck pak is out :)

  • Shahid Rafique Sheikh on May 7, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Sack the moronic Mr. Butt, bring back younis for captaincy yusuf and shoaib for batting and give the chairmanship to majid khan

  • Hamza Aziz on May 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    afridi does not know how to use his best fielder on the right places.......i simply dont understand if some one drop the catch,not once,not twice but thrice ......how can one captain stick with him on the similar place As a captain ..one should know who are the best fielder in the side and how to properly utilize them on the right places specailly in 1st 6 over i can only blame captaincy for yesterday defeat

  • Muhammad Bin Hammad on May 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    If you saw the second match yesterday, South Africa Won matches by taking impossible catches. Catches and fielding turn around games. But Unfortunately our Pakistani fielders, God Bless them!! They are being selected among 170 Million population where you will find alot of talent. They are professionals and since they were born, they were asked to play cricket. Still, they dont have the basic skills what they should have. How can you drop 5 catches when you are representing Pakistani cricket team and you are professionals? 147 could have been defended if those catches were taken. IM a very proud Pakistani but unfortunately we dont deserve to win the world cups. Look at Australia, South Africa, Newzealand, England, Ireland, Srilanka and Even Bangladesh's fielding, They are far better than us. If we win, that will be our luck only which will make us win. We cant win on merit. It will be unfair for the teams like Australia,South africa,New Zealand if Pakistan Wins this tournament thats al

  • Asif on May 7, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Jeez, so what??? why you after the PCB all the time? the last lot werent any better and nor will the next lot be.. you guys were all saying yeah yeah make afridi captain hes got the determination, you all over looked the fact he didnt have the brain! he'll figure it out, so lay back relax and enjoy the game! personally this team has just one match winner...Razzak, so send him number 3 and make him open the bowling... give him as much chance to win you a game as possible...now there stands the man who SHOULD have been made captain of all 3 formats...all hail RAZZZZMATAZZZZZ

  • Hibs on May 7, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Thanks to Aussies for helping Pakistan get into the super eight. Win or lose apart its the performance in the field which make people question are they a worthy champions? hence What hurts me most now as a Pakistan supporter is the lack of respect for the Pakistan cricket team. None of the commentators call them any favoutite. The Afridi experiment has failed miserably, he is nowhere near what he naturally is, he cuts a sorry figure in the field, looks confused and rudder less, it will be a miracle if Pakistan progressed any further as they do not look capable of beating SA or NZ.

  • nain tara on May 7, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I thnk afridi is a good captain...but he hasnt been provided wiv dose such star players as younis khan was...n den in da last worldcup ...v shudnt b forgettng tht it was afridi z gud form tht led us 2 da world cup title....n absense of Umer gul is hurting us badly

  • Mir Mukarram Ali on May 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    The above artilce is good. I didn't understand the reason to move Saeed Ajmal to another place when he had dropped 2 cathes while standing on a same position & when Saeed Ajmal took a wicket in his 1st wicket & was bowling well, why captain replaced him with another bowler. Please note that Pak took 1st wicket on 60+ runs & the team needed to get more wickets to comeback in the match. I simply can't undertand the bad trick. God safe Pakistan...

  • Zain on May 7, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    I dun see a chance for Pak to defend its title. Every team is much better prepared for T20 this time around and are taking this format seriously. On the other hand, Pak seems powerless. Also few selection blunders and Umer Gul's injury didn't helped the cause...

  • Muhammad Kashif on May 7, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Pakistan is on knock out stage and have only one chance to prove they are two time finalist, they are lacking team planning, first there is no use of Fawad Alam in this line up, they can include a good hitter batter in shape of Hammad Azam or atleast Khalid latif, Fawad cannot hit ball for the maximum and that too in final overs. Boom Boom just consider only this single point and i think all will be well, and promot razzaq in batting order at no.3 or 4, he is trump card. openers doing well but i think Hafeez should open with Kamran. Best of luck Pakistan and Boom Boom.

  • safwan on May 7, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    "We still love you, Afridi, but you’re no Younis" makes the author even more foolish...........younis had the best bowler of t20 gul,pakistans best t20 batsman malik, t20 specialist shahzeb..........n see wat afridi has got......if fielders drop cathces its not afridis fault..........paki team n afridi needs support rather than such crticism for the sake of criticism........INSHALLAH afridi n pakistan will pull it of in remaining matches

  • Zeeshan on May 7, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Agreed with this Post......i feel the same way..there was no aggression in the body language of the team specially afridi the way he is bowling only trying to finish his spell as quickly as possible without thought process

  • Shoayb on May 7, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Nice article, sums it up nicely. I think the administrators love handicapping the team in teh hope they'll get fired up and win like the last time. Where are you Younis??

  • Ashfaq Shah on May 7, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Fielding and Bowling has always let us down, this time even bowling isnt working. Only two bowlers are performing (Aamir and Ajmal) and it seems like no body is fielding. Afridi (in every capacity) is being missed most despite the fact that he is playing. The need to drop either Razzaq or Fawad Alam and bring in additional bowler. If 7 batsmen cannot save you, chances 8th wont in anycase. Hafeez is a part time bowler, he has been exposed too early for too many overs. Waqar said he will install same fearless approach to Pakistan which was landmark of late 80s and 90s, he hasnt succeeded yet. It is actually the heart which is missing in this team.

  • Icecool on May 7, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    A precise anlaysis indeed. Afridi's spark is surely missing. But one can never write-off Pakistan. However, this time the chances look slim. Dropping catches would not allow them to proceed any further and the bowling attack, which has generally won matches for its team looks ordinary

  • Adnan SAfdar on May 7, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    very well written and true but you forget evergreen Pakistan ''catching'', if you send this current team on north pole in football uniform i am sure they will even not catch the cold let alone a cricket ball

  • Siva on May 7, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Enjoyed the sarcasm other than the reference to Afridi's race "His veins carry the blood of a warrior tribe ". This would have been an excellent satire but for the fact his tribe, the pashtuns are still warlike and kill each other.

  • Adeel Sarfraz on May 7, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I am sorry but I don't agree that the blame lies with the PCB in this case. If the batsmen don't score runs and fielders don't take their catches then even the Australian cricket board chairman can't do anything. As for the case of the banned "stars" of Pakistan cricket I would not sweat on it much. All of them will return in the next 6 months or so as this is another "drama" from the PCB.

  • Nasim on May 7, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Well as a fan am really disappointed. it is really worrrying me that Pakistan could get to simi Final. they should get into positive action now.

  • abdul basit on May 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    very well said Afridi is no younis..................

  • Ikram on May 7, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I am totally agree with the writer. I don,t know what the hell is going on with these Pakistani players. Even they forgot how to play in T20, as in my opinion T20 is a game of children usually played in the streets. If you are not able to win the matches, no problem. But for God sake please learn enthusiasm which is more likely seen in Afghanistan and Bangladesh teams. I think Pakistan should stop playing cricket. As i feel it is a disgrace to cricket, as Pakistani players are playing now a days. Ridiculous

  • tahir on May 7, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Sorry to say Afridi is a hyped up, overated player and a waste of space especially now that his bowling is ineffective. He needs a little more than the Head & Shoulder to make him do a better job to put Pakistan ahead.

    The rest of the team, other than Abdul Razak, is okay. We must understand that other teams are simply a notch or two better in fielding. Thats the main difference.

  • Nauman on May 7, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    This is a very good article, right on the money. The only answer one can find behind the "proud, free-spirited Mustang"-ness of afridi is that his hands are tied alongwith that of coach and selectors (remember the Muhammd Irfan selection saga???). Untill and unless the one man show of slack, stubborn and dumbassed Ijaz Butt, even Imran Khan wouldnt have done anything for what we know him........thats so sad!!!

  • Gohar on May 7, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Its right we Pakistani Cricket Fans are too optimistic.. we fantacise every situation. but for the first time I think don't be so optimistic, one player can lift the moad but can't take team to victory..

  • Imran Chisti on May 7, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I was never in favour of Afridi as a captain...He needs to be set free from captaincy bruden..His bowling is not firing so is his batting..We need Afridi as a player (Allrounder)..Also contributions have to come from every player which is not happening...Scoring 147 is not good enough..Pakistan was anyways short of 15 runs..160 would have been a good score..Also not at all impressed with Afridi's captaincy...his bowling changes...field placements...The way Pakistan has performed so far..they dont deserve to be champions unless they pull up their socks and play out of their skin...Winning both games in the group has become mandatory now otherwise they should pack their bags if they loose against Newzealand.

  • Subash on May 7, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    HaHaHa...the usual team bashing...i just love it.. I was supporting Australia in the Australia Vs Bangladesh match, just to see Pakistan in the Super 8s.I wanted Pakistan to play in the super 8s and lose, and then see the brainless fans' response, bashing its players and the captain. I love it...keep coming...waiting for some bashing comments now.

  • Rehan on May 7, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    True in every sense but there are other things to be considered as well. First off, the team balance. The formation is totally stupid, whats the used of Fawad alam coming in at 8th position ? Ok as far as I know, he has been playing under Afridi for a long time for Karachi, but AS AN ALL ROUNDER, a left arm spin bowler. If we dont want to use his bowling skills then there is no point of putting him in playing 11 cuz he will come when there are only 3-4 overs to play and he cannot HIT the ball like Morkel. So he should be out. We should then play either Sami or Abdur Rehman, some variety in bowling at least.

    Secondly, how in the world can Shazaib Hassan not be in this team ? after Imran Nazir, he is the most explosive batsman we have and he his born for 20-20 only. When Arfat and Gul got injured, then the ideal choice was to take in Shazaib, but our BUTT HEAD mr BUTT chose otherwise.

    We lack explosiveness in batting, some one who can rattle the bowlers.

  • Tariq Butt on May 7, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    "Fred the Shred" was instrumental in bringing down of RBS, which latter proved the fall of most financial institutions, what I'm saying here is that a "BAD MANAGER" can destroy a institution and a organisation, exactly the case with PCB under Mr Butt helm, who I wouldn't hire a clerk, has destroyed the what remaining of Pakistan cricket, everybody will be blamed,sacked apart from him and his croonies, and so the hopes of every single cricket loving Pakistani and others of restoration of Pakistani cricket, this PCB will make sure that Pakistan cricket is dead and buried to the extent that soon other nations wouldn't even bother to play against them. WHAT A SHAME..

  • Riaz Ahmad Khan Yousaf Zai on May 7, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Pakistan Team is not in position to win the tournament, but we have only one hope that is ALLAH/GOD. Insha Allah Pakistan won next two matches with the help of God.

  • zafar on May 7, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    No, situation is not as bad as you described. If NZ beat Eng, SA beat Eng then Pak would be in semis by winning both matches or even if they lose to SA second semi finalist from the group will be decided on run rate as all the other teams will have one win. But they MUST win against NZ that for sure.

  • Zaki Haider on May 7, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Not exactly agree with your view "We still love you, Afridi, but you’re no Younis. Your leadership experiment has failed." This is just a starting and its a big big tournament so taking pressure as a captain is usual..... even Jacqus Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar couldn't handle captaincy!!! time will tell whether Afridi fails or not but I think he should be given a fair chance before people start commenting on his captaincy. If your fielder drops 5 catches what can a captain do??? go and slap them? May be Pak will not be able to qualify for the Semis but in my view the lacking is with our think tank not with our captain....

  • Hassan on May 7, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I think Ijaz Butt should step down because i dont think he deserves to be there Rana was our key player in this format why we have banned him and specially when we need him the most and shoaib malik why the hell he was banned can Ijaz butt come up with these answers.. feel sorry for our players who are treated like this in our society Pakistan is known in world just because of 1 game which is cricket if we can not get this right what else we can get right? Please get rid off these idiot and arrogant people from the leader ship and put those who have some knowledge about the game like INDIA has done .... Bring back shoaib malik in the team ... as we got alot of test matches coming this year we need to get our things done NOW .......

  • adi on May 7, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    No doubt it was all bizarre from Pakistan yet again..bt lets luk at some decisions tht were made yestrday....one cant undrstand tht why Pak are still going wid Fawad at No.8...he is a total waste at No.8 for the team..coz neithr he is trusted to bowl even one over(whr u r trusting anothr part time Hafeez often) nor he can hit sixes n fours at the end of the innings being at No.8....and 2nd when Amir is bowling brilliant as strike bowler even in losing games in dis worldcup so far but Afridi had given New ball to Razzaq who even wasnt trusted to bowl at all vs Aus...wht da hell was dis thinking even frm our coach like Waqar yunis n afridi.....and 3rd yestrday when Pieterson came to bat in 4th or 5th over.Afridi,himself didnt come to bowl rathr he threw the ball to part timer hafeez who conceded a lot of runs vs Aus to let the pressure off pieterson...really cant undrstand wht was Pak's strategy here bowling wid hafeez who even was at his worst in previous match...

  • Arsalan on May 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Very well written and nailed the important points there Saad. One may ask, have we looked ever so slightly like the T20 champions of the world from the beginning of this cup? As you mentioned, Afridi is no Younus when it comes to captaincy and it clearly shows in his performances. But let captaincy alone, the individual efforts from players like Saeed Ajmal and Misbah were just ridiculous. For years Pakistan cricket has been marred by match fixing allegations and such performances would only give the rumour starters another reason to have itchy fingers. yes I still love my team and always will, but such performances really do hurt us greatly, and i hope they realise what team Pakistan means to many of us.

  • Syed Asif Mobin on May 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Inspite of many mistakes / issues Pakistan team pulled the match till last over( england won just three balls to spare). We just need to improve our fielding. I think one batsmen (Misbah / Fawad ) should be dropped and in his place M. Sami should be in. Pakistan should play with three fast bolwers (Amir , Asif and Sami) alongwith two spineers (Afridi and Ajmal) and alrounder Abdur Razzaq. Furthermore, we will have 7th bowling option in the form M. Hafeez. This combination will give the captain more options.

    Pakistan is still one of the best team of the world. We can still win this world cup. InshaAllah we will be the Champions of this T20 world Cup. Whole Nation is supporting the cricket team and team officials. We have confidence on our captain and coach.

    All the world should beware of Pakistan crickting skills. InshaAllah Pakistan will win this tournament.

  • Adeel on May 7, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    I agree with the writer, the blame for this performance completly lies with the board. I cannot understand the logic of giving indefinite bans to your 2 most profilic batsmen of current times, even if they are not playing T20 format. it demoralizes the team. I think Captaincy to Afridi doesn't suit. he is much better off playing like a free spirit then with the burden of handling the bunch of indiciplined lot of 12 players.

  • feroz karim on May 7, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    why on earth misbah is still in the team...bring in some guys from u19s team and can somebody please explain me what is fawad alam job's in this team.....

  • Muhammad Jahangir on May 7, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    There is one more thing to think about, why Abdul Razzaq is not given chance in the top order. We had seen he played good innings in World Cup 1999, and in ICL at top order. He takes a little time to set but then he is very difficult to stop by the bowlers. If he had been given chance in the power play surely he would perform very well.

  • imran on May 7, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    A great article,enjoyed reading this.I must agree the Pakistan performance against the Aussies and now England has been rather shambolic and totally dumbfounding, I must say that what was Shahid Afridi trying to achieve by opening the bowling with Hafeez against the Australians? I have no idea? We were all wondering why Asif did not play in the opening games, well at least we now know his form looked awful and a shadow of himself. I also agree that pakistan body language looks negative, the catches dropped by Ajmal yesterday against England were unforgivable, really poor.The way Pakistan batted was also really poor, Kamran and Salman gave us a good start against England, but gave away thier wickets and then for our skipper to do a KP sprint was also hard to watch. I really think that if any Pakistan fans are under the impression that the teeam starts slowly and will start to win now need to think again, as Ijaz Butt decided to ban our best players in this format as stats show,goodluck

  • Ali Wazir on May 7, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Good article. Pakistan's body language just about sums everything up. The dugout looks bleak but look at the body language in the field: there is practically no language...like a dumb person. The batting has no plan. Misbah coming as a late middle order batsman. Before the tournament, everyone was talking about the flexibility this Pakistani team has. I think, Afridi is not able to handle this flexibility.

  • hassan on May 7, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    yes, Ejaz Butt should be fired and there must be a trial in the court against him.

  • Rauf on May 7, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    I don't know why everyone in the world of cricket psycho analyze each of Pakistan cricket team's wins and losses and the usual mantra always has words like "Unpredictable, chaotic etc etc etc".

    Fact of the matter is, cricket is still a basic game. Road to victory generally involves good fielding (no butter finger catches), disciplined bowling and a straight bat. You stick to these basic disciplines (as Australia does mostly) you give yourself a good chance to win. I don't see any enigma in this.

  • Tauqueer on May 7, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Very well said Saad.But one thing keeps me bothering as why Fawad Alam and Mohammad Hafeez are in the present Pak side.With the likes of Afridi and Ajmal,why there is a need of Hafeez and i am still not sure whether Fawad is playing as a bowler or a batsmen in the team.Also,why the selectors have not picked Imran Nazir and Shahzaib Hussain is also an issue for me.

  • Faisal Sami Qadir on May 7, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Excellent, at times humorous. Well, for all who supported afridi over younis, thats a nice punch on their face.. Still, I am hoping for sumthing special.

  • amin Kapadia on May 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistan Team has always hit rock bottom and bounced back but this time around I am sure it won't happen and it should not happen because teams like South Africa, Australia, and Inida deserves to be the Champion. They fight for the victory unlike Pakistan who always wanted to be Champion without putting up a fight. If they want to win the next two games then they will have to work hard on all department which seems highly imposible. Team Pakistan show some fighing instinct on the field.

  • Hammad Hassan on May 7, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    In honest opinion, Pakistan cricket is dead as our country. No respect for seniors and no respect for each others are the lessons from our forefathers which is badly effecting our every department of life not only cricket. We should sit and think and feel the ground realities. Under the lights of IPL and other tournaments, we should focus on our mistakes, which we always forget as we are experiencing currently in this world cup. I can only pray for the best but unlikely this will happen.

  • Raziullah Qureshi on May 7, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    It is unbelievable to view the poor fielding of Pakistan. Shahid Afridi is still looks to be a man of crisis as if he does not perform no other man can have enough potential to take responsibility. Kamran Akmal still have lack of wicket keeping skills. Umar Akmal still have lack of brain???? Fawad Alam should have to be in top order instead of Umar Akmal. Shahid Afridi should have to bat at no 3. He need time on wicket to take charge against opposite bowling in later overs. In next match against we should have to drop Hafeez for on more specialist bowler; Sami or Abdur Rehman. New Zealanders are not good against spin so my vote goes to Abdur Rehman. Use Fawad Alam as all rounder instead of just a fielder, please. My team against New Zealand 1. Kamran Akmal 2. Salman Butt 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Misbah-ul-Haq 5. Fawad Alam 6. Abdur Razaq 7. Umer Gul 8. Mohammad Aamir 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Abdur Rehman

  • Sajjad Ahmed on May 7, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    I am Pakistani and very disappointed with the performance of our team especially in the fielding including catching.

  • Shajahan on May 7, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Well said but the problem with pakistan cricket fraternity is that, they dont have idea on what leadership is all about, I doubt they are looking into any leadership qualities with current lot of individuals, but rahter they just see two innings from last world cup campaign for an idividual to lead a team.

  • Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on May 7, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Furthermore Afridi's captaincy is bewildering...It is so rigid and inflexible. Against Aus Razzaq wasn't bowled at all, did he have a injury?? Instead the ball was given to the "club cricketer" Hafeez who was smashed by Hussey all over the park...Then he stuck with Sami in the vain hope that he would deliver...Are you mad Afridi?? The Aussies loved Sami's length balls and duly put him out of the park. Must say I see a v early exit for this team, then what?? Will Ijaz Butt ban the players here for their poor performance, who will you blame now Ijaz?? We need Younis to return as captain, say what you like about him he had the ability to inspire the team....PAK mgmt & Afridi are learning that what statistics can never show the value of genuine leadership, that unquantifiable X-factor. I fear for our test performances this coming summer at this rate I expect clean sweeps for Eng and Aus against us in every single game...Bravo Ijaz Butt and PCB, you have done a great job in ruining our team

  • Anonymous on May 7, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    nice post i tottaly afree with what you said, The rite team spirit is not there.What we lack is after even winning the world cup we just forgot all our mistakes and the proof of this fact was there in yesterdays match and too against Australia. Any how Good luck for the remainng matches i hope they learn from there mistakes. Ali.

  • Ikram on May 7, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Ijaz butt must be thrown out from his position..as long as he is there nothing good is going to happen for pak cricket..and gul is surely missed..

  • Naeem Butt on May 7, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Reality hurts!

  • Zill on May 7, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    A very well written article. I couldn't agree more with it.

  • hAK on May 7, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Mr. Saad, dont you think its unfair to rule out Afridi as captain just after losing 2 t20 matches?? "Afridi's experiment is a failure"; i think you have made a very big statement too soon. I think Afridi surely is under pressure and is no alien showing that on the field. We have to believe in him that he will deliver, its only a matter of time. Having said all this, i know for sure those who follow your posts will start bashing Afridi's tactics etc and there wont be any stopping it -infact that's Pakistan for you. Friendly suggestion- sense should prevail while posting such statement to masses. As for the losses, i believe Pakistan is missing one solid middle order batsman and a fiery fast bowler like umar gul. Rookies like naved yasin and muhammad irfan may have added so much to the team but unfortunately our chairman always has other ideas. Nvtl, lets give a chance to Khalid Latif & Hammad Azam in place of Hafeez and Fawad to bring a positive change, i hope these guys will deliver.

  • rameez on May 7, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    WE ARE GOING TO WIN THE NEXT 4 MATCHES AND BRING THE CUP HOME

  • avc on May 7, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Well said... and well... sad also as an asian team playing like this is not a good game to watch! The guys need to 'love' the game and they will find themselves back as a spirited side. Pakistan needs to focus on many things, atleast they can focus on cricket to build confidence.

  • sumair on May 7, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    you Pakistanis have problem if things doesn't work for u just remove it.how many times he as a captain failed.he is out of form clearly in both bowling and batting at the moment.he is certainly better captain then both yunis and youhana. give this guy some time before saying anything like his time is over.aside from that you should point out that ajmal is the one who let the team down by dropping 3 catches and run outs. what the hell this guy is doing.you cant win matches like this. imo he is nothing special i would give fawad alam a chance to bowl rather.

  • Vassie Nayager on May 7, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    its time Pakistan and the PCB realise that talent can take you so far and the balance to win a game has a team comes from hard work and training the mind and the body to work as one.Pakistan's players need to value their wicket cause from where I'am watching they do not care!!!!

  • Unknown Warrior!! on May 7, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Truely, Pakistan Cricket team is not playing to win but just out there for the sake of it. Watching Afridi committing suicide and then sitting in the dugout with a smile on his face is truely a disgrace.

    Bottom line!! The whole team should be fired because none of us want to see their faces anymore. Even by the next two worldcups, if the same team exists, then most of us would be sitting around arguing about what we are at this very second of time and reading such articles!!

  • Anonymous on May 7, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    when the team fails then the blame game starts. pakistan even after yesterdays loss wil be one of the most dangerous sides in world cricket.. surprisingly the bowling lacked bite.. for asia's sake either india( 1st preference), pakistan or sri lanka shouold go on to dominate the 20:20 cricket..

  • Adeel on May 7, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I couldn't agree with the author more. Whats even more surprising is that Pakistan have found it difficult getting wickets at important junctures of their matches and to sit out their highest wicket taker, Mohammad Sami, at such a juncture is beyond reasoning. I seriously beleive that Pakistan are playing a timid game by beefing up their team with endless batsmen such as Fawad Alam- He may be a promising talent but you need to assign him a role. With the want of a more economical 5th bowler, we should try to strengthen our bowling rather than batting and if that is not on, Fawad Alam should be sent in the upper order at number 4 or 5 so that Misbah can free his arms- which he is perfectly capable of doing if only he stops behaving like a chicken

  • Raza on May 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    How can you judge and say his experiment has failed as captain? This is a very critical article and you have points but the fact that he recently became captain must be taken into consideration. He's got the excellent team, full of talent. All they need to do is click together instead of relying on individual performances... Good luck Pakistan!

  • Dr.Limple on May 7, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Couldn't agree with you more that Afridi and for that matter is only a pale shadow of its former world beating self. I wonder though, whether, Mr. Butt's needless tinkering with the selection is also a demoralizing factor, in addition to the generous handing over of bans. There is not a shred of doubt that the brint of the blame lies with the chairman though.

  • mudassir on May 7, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    afridi, is not a good captain , a guy who had never been serious with his sttitude how he expact that otherwill respond him ,follish choice to include hafeez in team and sending him at 1 down position, fawad or umar is best person to go at 1 down,

  • Hamza on May 7, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    I agree with you 100%. This is the national team of pakistan. They are representing our country. And if our own country is such a messed up place - how do you expect the team to be representing a whole other pakistan. Scratch that. If our board is so messed up - how do you expect the national team to be anything but.

    Any how, we need to concentrate on the match against new zealand. All I know is someone like Ramiz Raja needs to talk to Afridi on how he can improve captaincy - and his bowling - as whenever he commentates he has great ideas. Asif can stay. Hafeez out, Hammad in.

    And then ofcourse.. we pray :)

  • Salman Talibuddin on May 7, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Excuse me? Why do we expect anything different? Is this not the same Afridi who - according to Boycott - cannot hold a thought for more than 5 minutes? Five minutes unless he moves his head before that, that is! I feel sorry for cricket fans in Pakistan. Our eleven are a bunch of loosers who won the championship in 2009 by fluke. They have no plan because they cannot think. If they are given a plan, they loose it quickly because playing cricket necessarlily involves moving the head.

  • Mohammed Akram Khan on May 7, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Well said Sir, you cannot expect any team to win matches by dropping catches, missing run outs and with pathetic feilding. There is one more reason as Pakistan do not have any player to make use of the first 6 overs. They missed a tric by not having Imran Nazir or Shahzaib in the team. The selectors have made blunders by not having these two players in the team. Tell me what is Khalid Latif and Hafeez or for instance Fawad Alam doing in the team. Only individual performances cannot win a team matches more often. All the best if you can reach semis.

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  • Mohammed Akram Khan on May 7, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Well said Sir, you cannot expect any team to win matches by dropping catches, missing run outs and with pathetic feilding. There is one more reason as Pakistan do not have any player to make use of the first 6 overs. They missed a tric by not having Imran Nazir or Shahzaib in the team. The selectors have made blunders by not having these two players in the team. Tell me what is Khalid Latif and Hafeez or for instance Fawad Alam doing in the team. Only individual performances cannot win a team matches more often. All the best if you can reach semis.

  • Salman Talibuddin on May 7, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Excuse me? Why do we expect anything different? Is this not the same Afridi who - according to Boycott - cannot hold a thought for more than 5 minutes? Five minutes unless he moves his head before that, that is! I feel sorry for cricket fans in Pakistan. Our eleven are a bunch of loosers who won the championship in 2009 by fluke. They have no plan because they cannot think. If they are given a plan, they loose it quickly because playing cricket necessarlily involves moving the head.

  • Hamza on May 7, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    I agree with you 100%. This is the national team of pakistan. They are representing our country. And if our own country is such a messed up place - how do you expect the team to be representing a whole other pakistan. Scratch that. If our board is so messed up - how do you expect the national team to be anything but.

    Any how, we need to concentrate on the match against new zealand. All I know is someone like Ramiz Raja needs to talk to Afridi on how he can improve captaincy - and his bowling - as whenever he commentates he has great ideas. Asif can stay. Hafeez out, Hammad in.

    And then ofcourse.. we pray :)

  • mudassir on May 7, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    afridi, is not a good captain , a guy who had never been serious with his sttitude how he expact that otherwill respond him ,follish choice to include hafeez in team and sending him at 1 down position, fawad or umar is best person to go at 1 down,

  • Dr.Limple on May 7, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Couldn't agree with you more that Afridi and for that matter is only a pale shadow of its former world beating self. I wonder though, whether, Mr. Butt's needless tinkering with the selection is also a demoralizing factor, in addition to the generous handing over of bans. There is not a shred of doubt that the brint of the blame lies with the chairman though.

  • Raza on May 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    How can you judge and say his experiment has failed as captain? This is a very critical article and you have points but the fact that he recently became captain must be taken into consideration. He's got the excellent team, full of talent. All they need to do is click together instead of relying on individual performances... Good luck Pakistan!

  • Adeel on May 7, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I couldn't agree with the author more. Whats even more surprising is that Pakistan have found it difficult getting wickets at important junctures of their matches and to sit out their highest wicket taker, Mohammad Sami, at such a juncture is beyond reasoning. I seriously beleive that Pakistan are playing a timid game by beefing up their team with endless batsmen such as Fawad Alam- He may be a promising talent but you need to assign him a role. With the want of a more economical 5th bowler, we should try to strengthen our bowling rather than batting and if that is not on, Fawad Alam should be sent in the upper order at number 4 or 5 so that Misbah can free his arms- which he is perfectly capable of doing if only he stops behaving like a chicken

  • Anonymous on May 7, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    when the team fails then the blame game starts. pakistan even after yesterdays loss wil be one of the most dangerous sides in world cricket.. surprisingly the bowling lacked bite.. for asia's sake either india( 1st preference), pakistan or sri lanka shouold go on to dominate the 20:20 cricket..

  • Unknown Warrior!! on May 7, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Truely, Pakistan Cricket team is not playing to win but just out there for the sake of it. Watching Afridi committing suicide and then sitting in the dugout with a smile on his face is truely a disgrace.

    Bottom line!! The whole team should be fired because none of us want to see their faces anymore. Even by the next two worldcups, if the same team exists, then most of us would be sitting around arguing about what we are at this very second of time and reading such articles!!

  • Vassie Nayager on May 7, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    its time Pakistan and the PCB realise that talent can take you so far and the balance to win a game has a team comes from hard work and training the mind and the body to work as one.Pakistan's players need to value their wicket cause from where I'am watching they do not care!!!!