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Twenty20 World Cup 2010

No shame in St Lucia

Kamran Abbasi

"Pakistan fans should feel proud of the way their players applied themselves" © AFP

Pakistan went out of the Twenty20 World Cup with their heads held high. Until the very last over they had confounded all expectations and had the match in their grasp. But an incredible finish from Michael Hussey stole one of the most incredible matches in Twenty20 history.

The cut and thrust of this format is such that a match can be won or lost within moments, and so it transpired. Australia are an immensely powerful team and it is to Pakistan's credit that they pushed them so close.

Pakistan fans should feel proud of the way their players applied themselves. There is no shame in this defeat, or in this valiant defence of their title. In some ways, it would have been undesirable for another World Cup victory to paper over the failings of the PCB or of squad selection. Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis have produced a decent outcome from the shambles they inherited.

Defeat can divide but sometimes it can be a platform to build upon. That's how Pakistan must view this day. Fortune helped them to another semi-final, and the semi-final gave them a glimpse of a better future.

With the right management of Pakistan cricket, the team can become a serious force. But that requires a major overhaul of the PCB - and that's a longer shot than Hussey scoring 18 off a Saeed Ajmal over.

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Posted by Bhai Pheroo on (May 21, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

Seems like I have ruffled, rather crushed a few feather with my above comments.

My sincere appologies to all Indian die-hard cricket fans for hurting their feelings.

Team India is great and deservingly ahead of Australia and England (as mentioned above), and IPL 4 will be bigger then ever, but from Pakistan Ajmal Qasab's brother and his few cousins might join in to play their part in IPL 4 ;-)

Peace !!

Posted by Abdul John Patel on (May 20, 2010, 19:10 GMT)

Atleast India lost because they were underprepared to face short balls , were tired after IPL and IPL parties. Still they tried to win and players stood up for each other even in a pub brawl. Unlike Pakistan ,where oath taking ceremonies happened to oppose captain,matches were thrown so captain would look bad and be dropped...stabbing back stabbing in enquiry committess... Anyway if you feel ALL IZZ WELL in Pakistan cricket and Indian cricket is on verge of collapse and BCCI is going bankrupt...then who am I to spoil someones sweet dreams and dreamwishes. http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/content/current/story/460389.html http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/460381.html Justice had prevailed and IPL4 is now on.....justice will prevail soon in other case too.

Posted by June from USA on (May 20, 2010, 17:31 GMT)

Looks like Lalit Modi single handedly has hurt more Pakistanis compared to what the Pakistani I. T export industry to the world has not been able to do. Cheers !!!!

P.S In Pakistani context I.T = International Terrorism..This is for benefit of those who might mistake the normal full form of I.T ( Information technology). In Pakistani context it is always their version. For example 'choking in semifinal' = 'great fight for cornered tigers' is Pakistani version.

Posted by Ajay Jadeja on (May 20, 2010, 17:25 GMT)

PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

This above statement seems so naive and from someone who is facing humiliation everywhere and anywhere because teams are refusing to visit Pakistan. LOL Sounds like grapes are sour...and $$$$ gone hurts...Well looks like Ajmal and company have managed to rectify IPL $$$ lost via some matchfixing $$$$$$. We now you got neither the cup nor you got IPL ..I am sure that must hurt...but ;) best of luck for summer spanking in England from two world class teams which are still below India in test ranking.... Well perhaps Pakistan can invite Zimbabwe(if they dont refuse for security reasons LOL:P:P:P) and try to win 1 odd test match in 24 months. Will make sour grapes little sweet

Posted by Vinayak Pathak on (May 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

@ Bhai Pheroo : Whatever the reasons for Indian performance in T20..it has still proved that it can win abroad in test matches and ODI as well...unlike Pakistani team which is still hurting from a string of defeats...Theres more to come soon in England this summer . We understand that Pakistani players not bieng selected in IPL must have hurt your egos and thats why you are consoling yourself by barking about semi final run in T20 convenient ignoring the fact that the team reached there on crutches with help from Aus and Eng and eventually after somehow limping to final ..you guys could not defend even 191 with your so called great bowling unit. Anyway that apart ..you team is now also involved in match fixing it seems now. PCB probably handed out those fines because it got proof of match fixing but are masking those bans under the guise of team differences. A pathetic performance in semifinal is not being glorified as cornered tigers fight...LOL.Ajay was right..you are sore losers

Posted by binod on (May 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

Well, don quite know whr to start with! Yes, a sad end to a good beginin, poor mid and a fantastic fight put on throughout the tournament. As someone willing to see Pakistan win, it was not great a sight to see them out of semi-final ending the dream of 3rd final in a row but as it's been said Pakistan departed with heads held high. Of course 191 is a score any team dream of any day in T20, Pakistan got that in the right place, in the semi final of world championship but could not quite hold their nerves in the decisive moment and that's where Australia got rid of Pakistan. But yes a lots of positive signs for this particular team under Afridi in comin dayz. Just keep your morals lifted Pakistan, You are capable enough of winning anythin in offer, mind it anything! But just keep your spirits on the higher side.

Posted by Bhai Pheroo on (May 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT)

@ Ajay …

I seriously think that the all-powerful Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) should consider suing ICC for making Team India play on bouncy Barbados pitch. This was part of the wider conspiracy by the England and Australian cricket boards against the well-deserving Indian team to stop them from reaching the semi-finals or may be even winning the cup.

In fact BCCI should try to export their own brand of IPL Pitches to all foreign countries, so that their superstar players and IPL heroes can have some chance of putting a graceful performance in the forth coming tournaments. Still better, BCCI should request ICC to allow Mr. Lalit Modi to run all such world class events under his direct supervision. By doing so, there shall be a good probability that India may reach at least to the semi-final stage next time round.

PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

Posted by Omair on (May 19, 2010, 22:04 GMT)

well winning the first 37 overs and then suddenly loosing the last 3 overs and ultimately the whole match, made me hurt even more. but thats cricket for you :/

Posted by Ajay on (May 19, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

And so I was glad that Pak got spanked out of the cup by one man Hussey.

Posted by Ajay on (May 19, 2010, 15:57 GMT)

India played their impt super 8 matches in bouncy Barbados pitch ,whereas pak played at St.Lucia and even then lost after hitting 191. Pak fans who are bagging India shud think abt this fact.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the international editor of the British Medical Journal. @KamranAbbasi

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