Twenty20 World Cup 2010 May 8, 2010

Weak Pakistan face exit


Salman Butt's development as a Twenty20 player is a gain for Pakistan © AFP

It was a thrilling end. A game that Pakistan had won in the field was lost with the bat. Despite the defeat, Salman Butt has become an unlikely hero in T20. Nobody doubted his credentials in Test matches or 50-overs cricket, but it was hard to consider him an influential player in this format.

Other than Butt's development, Pakistan have gained little from this tournament. Today's performance was gutsy in the field and gave false hope of a revival. Shahid Afridi was a leader transformed and his bowlers responded. Yet the run chase that should have been a stroll was turned into an uncertain dash by an experienced batting line up. New Zealand put in a spirited bowling performance but the match was lost in the heads of Pakistan's batsmen.

Pakistan can still scrape through if other results go their way but it seems highly improbable. Twenty20 is always something of a lottery but Pakistan's batsmen, in particular, have struggled consistently against the better teams.

Ultimately, though, the cricket board has left this squad short of a power hitter at the top of the order, an experienced middle order batsman, and an adequate replacement for Umar Gul. Afridi and Waqar Younis have been working with a weak hand dealt them by their own cricket board. It is too early to judge this leadership combination but we have had plenty of time to judge the clowns who rule over them.

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  • testli5504537 on May 22, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    umar akmal and kamran akmal is very good player.but misbah ul haq is not good player in feature.plz change this.

  • testli5504537 on May 11, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    the problem doesnt start from the team, it starts from ijaz butt. the WHOLE structure is divided. what bigger example than a coach (who is supposed to side with his team), who called the team "mentally retarded" and goes on national media with accusations, all the way down to the fact that they dont know how to use a toilet? that is the problem. they CAN play, but all everyone wants to do is cut one another's throats. the whole team ganging up to make younis khan or prove that mohammad yousuf is a lousy captain. THAT is what is killing the pak team. too much petty politics.

  • testli5504537 on May 11, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    To bring Rehman & Latif is good change, do the same for Hammad to replace Misbah (he is out of form).

  • testli5504537 on May 11, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    First of all thanks & praises to the almighty that pakistan made it somehow. Though there are few lessons to be learnt from the SA vs PAK game.

    1. Hafeez is there in the team for nothing, he lacks technique as a bowler & batsman. It would be great if afridi picks hammad azam for hafeez. Which i think will bring some balance to the batting and will give more cushion to the bowling.

    2. Misbah - who can forget him, silent killer who is no greater than his counterpart hafeez. Misbah jst doesn't deserve a place in this team. Its as simple as his batting in this t20 touranment. A replacement has to be made else i strongly believe its gonna pay off very costly.

    3. Apart from that i dont understand why afridi himself or razzaq is not sent up the order. These two are almost made of the same metal, they need to get a eye in and later part of the innings once they cement at the grease could be dangerous & devastating.

    Last but not least "Aamir" needs support in bowling from other end.

  • testli5504537 on May 11, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    People have been extremely critical of Paksitan team's performance including the so called cricket experts. My question is which team other than Australia and England has performed better than Pak so far. The answer is resounding none. Some would argue now that Paksitan got lucky to proceed into the semi finals. Well that's not true they really palyed well against NZ and then against South Africa. If NZ and Sourth Africa were any better then they would have proceeded but that was not the case. Pakistan has played well again when it mattered the most and that's what counts.

  • testli5504537 on May 11, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    PAK players got into the semi beating strong SA. How retarded SA players were in the first 10 overs? Just like the retarded Pak fielders.

    Pak have a chance if the retarded selectors for the next game drop Mesbah and Khalid and bring back Fuad who can bat. people are talking about Hamad, why not to try him? He will do no worse than 0-7 runs scored by Misbah and Kalid. Pakistan need a dependable batsman.There is no one.

    Be ready to get another spank from Australia, if there will be another game. They will be the T20 Champion with so many quality bowlers and batsmen.

    Pakistan Culprit Board (PCB) does not deserve a championship.

  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Posted by: Arshad Hussain at May 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    This is what I like about Pakistanis. :) Still they feel that they will play semi-final...



  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Thanks God!! that Salman butt didn't score runs in this match, otherwise we would have surely lost this match also against South Africa. And Pakistan has hit a lottery to get into the semifinals, they really dont deserve it though,they get to the semi finals just because of the prayers of the people, they didn't do anything themselves to warrant their place in the semis.

  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Gung-Ho trail !.

    “PLEASANT SURPRISE” - Pakistan enter semis (on crutches)!

    What next ?  ( For men-from-down-under to ponder ).

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

    Jawed, Karachi

  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    The WEAK Pakistan team has reached in semi-final on its traditional way. . . :-)

    Now the team Pakistan will behave different in remaining two matches of the event.

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