2010: Summer of Pakistan July 20, 2010

Boom Boom goes bust

Shahid Afridi's decision to quit the captaincy of the Test team and retire from the format has caused a crisis quicker than anybody could have expected
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Shahid Afridi's decision to retire midway through the series is disappointing © Associated Press

Shahid Afridi's decision to quit the captaincy of the Test team and retire from the format has caused a crisis quicker than anybody could have expected. The reaction has been mixed. Afridi has been blamed, and so has the PCB. Others have sympathised with Afridi's plight and praised him for his honesty.

After a weekend of reflection I remain disappointed with Afridi's decision. Yes, it is admirable to be honest and admit your limitations, and perhaps it is best for Pakistan cricket to move on quickly. And, yes, ultimately the cricket board is responsible. But with power comes responsibility and Afridi is experienced enough to know what he was letting himself in for.

My view is that Afridi should have waited until the end of the Australia series before making a decision. Ideally, he would have decided to fight through his own limitations, establish his role in the team, and grow into a worthy captain over this summer. Indeed, there were signs at Lord's that, despite the defeat and an inexperienced batting line up, some of the magic ingredients of Pakistan cricket had returned.

Instead, Afridi is gone and Pakistan cricket is in an even worse mess than before. Mr Boom Boom has gone bust, and he has disappointed his many fans with a lack of tenacity and determination to overcome the odds stacked against Pakistan cricket.

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  • bilal on August 30, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    this recent controversy is completely ridiculous.this players whodid matchfixing should be banned for half a decade.absolutely disappointing to all fans of pakistan all over the planet. PCB should think seriously about dis comments.

  • cricket_fan_1 on August 30, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Afridi may be sad, certainly not jealous of Slman Butt anymore. Should be releived that he doesn't have to deal with the latest controversy of Spot-fixing at lords. Its all for Salman Butt to clean the mess.

  • waterbuffalo on July 29, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Well Pak beat Oz for the 1st time in 15 years, mainly because Ponting is a blithering idiot, but a win is a win, let's hope we win the toss and bowl first, and we might have a chance at Trent Bridge, and Pakistani fans, I hope the tickets are not too expensive, 30 quid for a weekday? That is ridiculous, do they think all Pakistanis are millionaires? It doesn't matter if we lose, but we must go down fighting, go get em boys. And good luck to Salman and Waqar.

  • Badar on July 25, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    I am so upset with the negative comments about Pakistan cricket team. Every commentator and cat and dog has undermined Pakistan cricket. I want to tell them even after the circumstances that Pakistan is facing internally their team is most successful in T20 they are struggling in test cricket because they have not played proper test matches for some time. I am sure it only matter of time for Pakistan to show these so called critics that the Pakistan cricket team was down but it was not out.

  • Khan on July 24, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Obviously the dolts at PCB, bereft of any vision, forced Afridi to lead the team in a version of the game that he had already ready retired from. Despite his talents Afridi has never displayed the sporting intellect that is necessary in Test cricket. At least he had the honesty to admit it.

    Instead I would get rid of incompetents such as Ijaz Butt-head and others who pressured Afridi into donning the captaincy for the sake of 'national interest' or some similar piece of invented nonsense.

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on July 23, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    This morning Aamer was back to help Asif. The wickets of Ponting, Clarke & Hussey tumbled to turn the tide in favor of Pak. Paine & Smith played a very useful rear guard & Smith's defiant 70+ was a great knock from a youngster. It gave the Aussie attack 180 runs to defend. An early dismissal of Salman Butt sent tremors in Pak dressing room. But Imran Farhat & the Young rising talent Azhar Ali steadied the ship. It was a sigh of relief for Pak fans to see for the first time in many years a 100+ runs stand from a Pak Opener & one down batsman. Two quick dismissals, were enough to put pressure back on Pakistan. 40 runs are required to win with 7 wickets in hand. Yet it seems like a uphill task. After all you do not win against a team like Australia till the last ball is bowled or you show the courage to chase the last run. Only tomorrow will tell if Azhar Ali & Umar Akmal can cross this hurdle or they need all their mates to do the job. BOYZ must taste victory, forget Sydney to become Men

  • Mr. Umair Rizvi on July 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    What is common amongst Imran Farhat,Salman Butt, Azhar Ali,Umar Amin,Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal. Well, other than being born and raised in Lahore they are a team representing Pakistan. And I hope the whole nation can agree on one thing," Talent growns on the Lahori soil. Take for example television, all the senior artists working in Karachi for so long all hail from Lahore. from stage, theater, films to Tv serials. We should honor the great Lahoris instead of criticizing PCB for being discriminating against Karachi players, LIke Hasan Raza, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam Kaneria and others. p.s. I am a pure Karachite. But i love my Cricket team.

  • saadbaba on July 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Afridi's decision of retirement was not good because he was the most seniour player in the playing 11,instead he should have try to develop his batting technique and patience.

  • Saiful Ansari on July 23, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    The response from Pak bowlers was BANG - after Boom to Bust episode. The Aussies were skittled for 88 one of their lowest scores. As usual Pak batting again did not come good. Except for Salman Butt, Farhat, Azhar & the unlucky (to be out) Umar Amin the rest of the batting includng Akmal brothers did not come to party. Pakistan again proved that they either do not understand the art of batting in tests or could careless. In the 2nd innings at Headingly, the Aussies came back strongly. If Ponting & Clarke stay at the crease till lunch tommorow, Pakistan will need to chase a big score in their second innings. We may have a repeat of Sydney, unless the bowlers can get their act together & bowl at a fuller line & length (as in the first innings). Today,except for Mohammad Asif,our strike bowlers seemed absent. Salman Butt needs to talk to his bowlers, play with an attacking field, & hope that with a bit of luck&application his team can close the game to tie the series.

  • huni on July 21, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Afridi's decision was best in the interest of team and himself.He knows exactly the importance of every match and was wise to call it a day otherwise he would have demoralized others with his performance in the second test.Secondly he doesn't have to exhaust in the field by playing the seconf test. He has now time to think over his future prospects and there is no doubt whatsoever that he is a great asset to Pakistan cricket team.

  • bilal on August 30, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    this recent controversy is completely ridiculous.this players whodid matchfixing should be banned for half a decade.absolutely disappointing to all fans of pakistan all over the planet. PCB should think seriously about dis comments.

  • cricket_fan_1 on August 30, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Afridi may be sad, certainly not jealous of Slman Butt anymore. Should be releived that he doesn't have to deal with the latest controversy of Spot-fixing at lords. Its all for Salman Butt to clean the mess.

  • waterbuffalo on July 29, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Well Pak beat Oz for the 1st time in 15 years, mainly because Ponting is a blithering idiot, but a win is a win, let's hope we win the toss and bowl first, and we might have a chance at Trent Bridge, and Pakistani fans, I hope the tickets are not too expensive, 30 quid for a weekday? That is ridiculous, do they think all Pakistanis are millionaires? It doesn't matter if we lose, but we must go down fighting, go get em boys. And good luck to Salman and Waqar.

  • Badar on July 25, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    I am so upset with the negative comments about Pakistan cricket team. Every commentator and cat and dog has undermined Pakistan cricket. I want to tell them even after the circumstances that Pakistan is facing internally their team is most successful in T20 they are struggling in test cricket because they have not played proper test matches for some time. I am sure it only matter of time for Pakistan to show these so called critics that the Pakistan cricket team was down but it was not out.

  • Khan on July 24, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Obviously the dolts at PCB, bereft of any vision, forced Afridi to lead the team in a version of the game that he had already ready retired from. Despite his talents Afridi has never displayed the sporting intellect that is necessary in Test cricket. At least he had the honesty to admit it.

    Instead I would get rid of incompetents such as Ijaz Butt-head and others who pressured Afridi into donning the captaincy for the sake of 'national interest' or some similar piece of invented nonsense.

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on July 23, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    This morning Aamer was back to help Asif. The wickets of Ponting, Clarke & Hussey tumbled to turn the tide in favor of Pak. Paine & Smith played a very useful rear guard & Smith's defiant 70+ was a great knock from a youngster. It gave the Aussie attack 180 runs to defend. An early dismissal of Salman Butt sent tremors in Pak dressing room. But Imran Farhat & the Young rising talent Azhar Ali steadied the ship. It was a sigh of relief for Pak fans to see for the first time in many years a 100+ runs stand from a Pak Opener & one down batsman. Two quick dismissals, were enough to put pressure back on Pakistan. 40 runs are required to win with 7 wickets in hand. Yet it seems like a uphill task. After all you do not win against a team like Australia till the last ball is bowled or you show the courage to chase the last run. Only tomorrow will tell if Azhar Ali & Umar Akmal can cross this hurdle or they need all their mates to do the job. BOYZ must taste victory, forget Sydney to become Men

  • Mr. Umair Rizvi on July 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    What is common amongst Imran Farhat,Salman Butt, Azhar Ali,Umar Amin,Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal. Well, other than being born and raised in Lahore they are a team representing Pakistan. And I hope the whole nation can agree on one thing," Talent growns on the Lahori soil. Take for example television, all the senior artists working in Karachi for so long all hail from Lahore. from stage, theater, films to Tv serials. We should honor the great Lahoris instead of criticizing PCB for being discriminating against Karachi players, LIke Hasan Raza, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam Kaneria and others. p.s. I am a pure Karachite. But i love my Cricket team.

  • saadbaba on July 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Afridi's decision of retirement was not good because he was the most seniour player in the playing 11,instead he should have try to develop his batting technique and patience.

  • Saiful Ansari on July 23, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    The response from Pak bowlers was BANG - after Boom to Bust episode. The Aussies were skittled for 88 one of their lowest scores. As usual Pak batting again did not come good. Except for Salman Butt, Farhat, Azhar & the unlucky (to be out) Umar Amin the rest of the batting includng Akmal brothers did not come to party. Pakistan again proved that they either do not understand the art of batting in tests or could careless. In the 2nd innings at Headingly, the Aussies came back strongly. If Ponting & Clarke stay at the crease till lunch tommorow, Pakistan will need to chase a big score in their second innings. We may have a repeat of Sydney, unless the bowlers can get their act together & bowl at a fuller line & length (as in the first innings). Today,except for Mohammad Asif,our strike bowlers seemed absent. Salman Butt needs to talk to his bowlers, play with an attacking field, & hope that with a bit of luck&application his team can close the game to tie the series.

  • huni on July 21, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Afridi's decision was best in the interest of team and himself.He knows exactly the importance of every match and was wise to call it a day otherwise he would have demoralized others with his performance in the second test.Secondly he doesn't have to exhaust in the field by playing the seconf test. He has now time to think over his future prospects and there is no doubt whatsoever that he is a great asset to Pakistan cricket team.

  • Chacha Cricket on July 21, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Have a question. Is there any one in this team management who has shame to explain me why Farhat and Shoib are in the playing 11. On what grounds. Waqar I thought u were different.

  • abdul on July 21, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    salaaam 2 alll.......afridi dint do nethn wrng cozzz 1st of al hez ntt e1 fully fit 2 play odi but dan 2 he leadng a teamm lyk a mch xperiencd captain nd evn in t20....his decision is 100% right m wid him nd lyk me many supprtrs r der wid him...luv yaaa afridiii ma boom boom

  • Rahul on July 21, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    This time Pak team has only one experienced and In form batsman, Salman Butt. Rest all r talented but not experienced. Giving captaincy to him, I think put some extra pressure on him and this may effect his batting. It is fact tht if a player is a good batsman,it is not neccessary tht he ll be a good captain also, example is Sachin Tendulkar. Now if PCB has aapointed him as a captain, give him some time also, Because he is not a magician who can change all dissastures in a single day.Pakistan is loosing becoz they do't have great batsmen and Indian is loosing(against Srilanka) beco'z they do't have wicket taking bowlers.Any way Best of lucK to Salman Butt for this new opportunity.

  • Vince Hughes on July 21, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    With the speed of which Tours come around now it is hard for any team/Nation to find time to get it's act together once they are in turmoil.

    Pakistan could do with some time out, a real shake-down and brand new start and a clean out of the Old cupboard. Unfortunately, with the tours and series that just keep coming, they are having to do this on the field of play instead of at home and behind doors. They will never get their act together until they find the time to actually do so.

  • Medrar on July 21, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I feel it was all preplaned. They wanted inexperienced butt to be captain and they planed it through afridi,s drama.Butt represents the same malik and yawar saeed group which was snatching defeats from the jaws of victory for pakistan since tour of sri lanka 2009. So the group is happy now.

  • Shakeel Irani on July 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Afridi should have at least played the whole series.It was an act of utter cowardice.I think at the first place that a test captain should be an epitome of patience & shrewd judgment within the team. He lacks both of it though he is inspirational. He endeavored to play debutants at no.3 & no.4 but it backfired.Had he been a little patient with his batting & most importantly attitude he could have gone down one of finest pakistan players and ended in a league of players like Gilchrist,Sehwag,jayasuriya , which will not be the case anymore.BAD LUCK BOOM BOOM!!!

  • sadiaas on July 21, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    why dont we stop day dreaming about Afridi's behaviour? he is ,what he is.why do people call him boom boom?just for his boom boom behaviour.we cant say,is he going to play next shot or going back to pavilion. so was his decision.he foreseen his future in test cricket,thought for a while(am i wasting place of a deserving player)n here comes his retirement news. what if he didnt make that decision,played next match,shown same performance n let other players like KAMRAN AKMAL take another opportunity to make excuse for his bad performance. y should AFRIDI have to behave like other captains,wait,wait n whole series,team unity n faith in captain gone. atleast AFRIDI secured some respect for one day n t20 series,in which he delivered his BEST.

  • HAZAIDI on July 21, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Right decision at the very wrong time. Still Afridi is a crowd puller and he will shine again in ODI's & T20

  • Dr.Iyer on July 21, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Afridi's decision in inevitable just wrong in timing. Now move on. Salman Butt is only player who seems to score runs these days. Now what if captaincy bogglers him down and am sure Punter's boys will try to disintegrate his prowess in everyways be it batting or fielding. Lets see what happens.

  • Itchy on July 21, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    I disagree with your article on a few fronts: 1) this is not a new crisis, merely an extension of the ongoing crisis that is management within the Pak team, 2) the "magical" elements you describe (such as bowling) never actually left the Pak team, they were just let down so badly by poor batting, poor fielding and diabolical captaincy on the Australian tour that they were completely overshadowed & 3) doesn't really matter if he announced his retirement after the second test as he would have missed it through injury anyway.

  • Saiful Ansari on July 21, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Afridi had charisma & PCB found a short term solution to persuade him to return to the Test side. Afridi's batting technic is not suitable for Test Cricket & his bowling is appropriate for the shorter format of the game only. I agree with many fans, who feel Afridi let Pak Cricket down by retiring from Captaincy (& Test Cricket) right after losing the First Test. Afridi should have been inventive & used his coaches to improve his batting & temperament. I guess he thought it was hard work & not worth his personal preference for the sport. He resorted to an easy exit saying, he does not enjoy Test Cricket. It is indeed regrettable to see the Pak players disregarding the impact of their emotional tantrums, U-turns, & poor decisions which sum up to make Pakistan Cricket a laughing matter in the eyes of the world. Can Salman Butt & his charges take a lesson from this episode & persist to prevail instead of calling it quits, whenever the going is rough.

  • owais on July 21, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Afridi did the right thing of getting the retirement form the test matches because that doesnt suits his type of play. Afridi does not deserves a place in the test team if he is playing it means that we are playing wiht five batsman and wicket keeper. I always called Afridi a bowler who can bat a bit. the other disadvantage of afridi having in the team is we cannot play with two leg spinners in one match.

  • Rajesh on July 20, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    I still like him though!

  • Eddy Moses on July 20, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    What a lot of people fail to realise is that Afridi started his test career opening the batting and has some decent scores at a normal openers run rate. Have a look at his stats. In his first test against Australia, he took a 5fer and was very economical (under 3rpo) so he has proven test match playing ability.

    He had the temperament back then (99-2005) then something changed. He moved down the order and became a slogger. No doubt he still possesses the ability, but he doesn't really care anymore.

    He took the cowards way out and should have at least waited until after the 2nd test to retire.

  • Willy on July 20, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Disapppointed? Very much so. It rankles since Afridi took the easy way out. It shows how much we cricket mongers are out of touch with reality. We hope and hope for a fairy-tale turnaround, expecting Afridi to lead his team out of the rut, bat restrained, bowl atleast 20 overs, cajole the best out of the team, deal with the media and the pcb tactfully, converse with the two Y's. It looks too good to be true and so it proved. Salman Butt looks good, but then will the decision-makers allow him to bloom?

  • Muhammad Usman on July 20, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Only the first Time i agree with you that he should have given A bit more time for his decision te main thing was the Leadership he provided.

  • fahd malik on July 20, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    rightly said mr abbasi i feel that afridi should have not taken the captaincy when he was in pakistan for such a difficult tour.if he was confused about playing test cricket than he should have told ijaz butt about this before accepting the test captaincy.

  • Amer Husain on July 20, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I think Afridi had real doubts before he took on the Captain's role and in the course of the game all his fears came to be realized. He has been very succint, articulate and honest in describing his reasons for quitting. He believes he is not good enough to be playing test cricket and his presence is detrimental to the team. He made that decision, announced it and moved on. He blamed no one but himself for his shortcomings. I for one admire his honesty and courage.

    Its time for the team to regroup under a new captain, which they would have had to do anyway if he had resigned after the second test. Its just that everything has happened one or two or three matches earlier. At best, the inevitable has been accelerated and then only by a little bit.

  • saoud butt on July 20, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    yes this is the nature of pathans we have already seen yonis khan also a pathan doing like this,pathan can never comromise on any thing though the decision is similar but cause is diffrent yonis suffered from lack of support from his unit while Boom Boom had full support from his team mates but he set an example which i hope will leave heavy effect on future of pak cricket and the greedy peoples will learn a lesson of honesty well done Afridi.

  • Sajid on July 20, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Well Done Afridi, atlest he has shown himself a honest person for what he think, he do. Not like other politicised team players, who always try to give wrong hopes to the nation. In times of Zardari, a honest person like Afridi is rarity.

  • Habib Afridi on July 20, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Very Well written Mr. Abbasi The words that u have written are awesome because i have the same feelings on Afridi's retirement. He should play all the six tests and after that he should have screened his performances then he would have decided what to do. I think his decision was very premeditated or some problems in the dressing room or political. In Lord's his captaincy was good and it seemed that the team was playing as a unit. So i m very angry and upset with afridi's decision because i love him in any format of cricket. So Very Very Wrong decision

  • asad on July 20, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan cricket is that it has become so used to mediocrity and failure.Shahid Afridi was never a test cricketer wether batsman or bowler,the very fact that the PCB thrusted the captaincy on him would testify to my opening sentence.This pakistan team has the weakest batting lineup I have ever seen representing pakistan,the the bowling is good and may even be better than some teams at the moment.How can the PCB justify having two class batsmen back in pakistan while less talented batsmen who seem to be clueless are persisted with,only they and god knows?

  • drcardio1980 on July 20, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Like a coward he ran away leaving the team in shambles.He was the most experienced player & he should have been more determined after the defeat but he decided to quit leaving the nation in the agony of despair.

  • Fawad on July 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    What Afridi did was justified, because if someone does not want to do something, you should not force them. He made it clear from day one that he was not enthusiastic about it. I blame PCB, Ijaz Butt completely for not foreseeing it.

    oh BTW, He did want to quit after Leeds, he just announced it before the test.

  • Vineet on July 20, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Completely agree with you. He should have hung around a little longer. He had the opportunity for glory against Australia, but gave it all away by making a hasty decision. If Pakistan go on to win the the second match, he'll quietly be jealous of Butt. There's no doubting that.

  • Junaid on July 20, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I was a big fan of afridi.... But not now, i want him to be dropped from all formats for causing disturbance in the team during the tour. What about all the promises he made in all those press conferences to fix Pakistan cricket. Look now, salman was dropped couple of months ago and now he is the captain.

  • Abdullah Mukarram on July 20, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    It was a delight to see Afridi back in whites but his unpredictable nature came to the front once again. The form that he was enjoying in the LOIs should have easily been translated to tests but he was determined to leave the longer format.

  • tombaan on July 20, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Imran towards the end of the career was not a great bowler that he once was. Many a games he provided outstanding leadership and did not bowl any or lot of overs. Nor was his batting spectacular but you knew he was a great leader and captain.

    Afridi and everyone who invokes Imrans name are pale imitations and shadow of the best captain Pakistan has ever produced. Afridi proved to be a rat than a lion jumping ship at the first sight of failure...

  • sachal on July 20, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    He always said he would only try, and if it didnt work out he would give up on tests.

    So you blame him for trying in the first place, and being honest in the second. Had he completed the tour and continued to under perform, then he wuda been under fire for 'hogging captaincy' and what not. We just cant stop complaining can we

  • Shahid on July 20, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Abassi Bhai, It all stinks. The way it happend, there is something fishy in it. I was not a great supporter of Afridi playing tests on tours to England or Australia, but when he accepted the captaincy then he should have tried to play a game which was a bit different to his "every ball out of the stadium" theory. He could have tried to play fast but with rolling shots. I don't know why these funny characters are so stubborn in their approaches. Shoaib Akhtar won't try to shorten his run-up, Afridi won't build his innings avoinding airy hits to start with etc. And then what you get out of it, You get Shoaib Malik to replace afridi at no. 6, its a big big joke. Yawer Said and there by waqar Younis will not play Yaser Hamid instead of Imran Farhat. I am really so disappointed that I can't explain. Irritations are getting more n more.

  • Hassan on July 20, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    We have all been adamant to the fact that Afridi has been the most influential figure in the Pakistani ranks right now. We have also seen him getting dubbed by pressure (ball biting incident), he has been erratic all through his career, only been sane enough to guide Pakistan in T20s, and therefore my call would be to keep him limited to that format only. Mr. Abbasi your call on the first day of the first test was premature indeed.

  • malik shahrukh tariq on July 20, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    agreed... he should hv done all dis in a proper way...

  • dmqi on July 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I told in my comments in your last post that after Pakistan loose by 145 runs(I told that on day 2) will you write a blog with a headline,: "Bring back the two Y's". Well, you said right, that " Mr. Boom Boom has gone burst". He has gone burst many dozen times before and he was not a test player. That is why he retired from test cricket long ago. The crazy selectors brought him back to do some miracle. And he did one. He announced his retirement from test cricket in the middle of the series leaving his players unsettled. Now, we all know why did he bit the ball in the stadium in presence of thousands of spectators and millions of TV watchers. Because he was honest, not to hide his actions. Many Pakistanis supported him. I hope they will now think if they will have faith in his actions again. I do not for sure.

  • khalil on July 20, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    He came like a wind & went like a blizzard just like playing an other inning from him. It was a right decision at the wrong time. We should not blame him. Responsibility lies with PCB. It is likely that we may lose him as a 20/20 player also because of wrong policies of our cricket board. By calling up old horses & tainted players, PCB is not doing any good to our cricket at all. Suppose Yusaf doesn,t score on coming out of retirement,he will be out of the next test.So why to call him. They selected some of the most controversial players & you see most of them are not in the playing 11. They are just parasites & a burden on team. Pak should have separate teams for tests,ODI,s & 20/20. Divide them in pools. Pak should play specialists in every category rather than playing half all rounders in all catagories.

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  • khalil on July 20, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    He came like a wind & went like a blizzard just like playing an other inning from him. It was a right decision at the wrong time. We should not blame him. Responsibility lies with PCB. It is likely that we may lose him as a 20/20 player also because of wrong policies of our cricket board. By calling up old horses & tainted players, PCB is not doing any good to our cricket at all. Suppose Yusaf doesn,t score on coming out of retirement,he will be out of the next test.So why to call him. They selected some of the most controversial players & you see most of them are not in the playing 11. They are just parasites & a burden on team. Pak should have separate teams for tests,ODI,s & 20/20. Divide them in pools. Pak should play specialists in every category rather than playing half all rounders in all catagories.

  • dmqi on July 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I told in my comments in your last post that after Pakistan loose by 145 runs(I told that on day 2) will you write a blog with a headline,: "Bring back the two Y's". Well, you said right, that " Mr. Boom Boom has gone burst". He has gone burst many dozen times before and he was not a test player. That is why he retired from test cricket long ago. The crazy selectors brought him back to do some miracle. And he did one. He announced his retirement from test cricket in the middle of the series leaving his players unsettled. Now, we all know why did he bit the ball in the stadium in presence of thousands of spectators and millions of TV watchers. Because he was honest, not to hide his actions. Many Pakistanis supported him. I hope they will now think if they will have faith in his actions again. I do not for sure.

  • malik shahrukh tariq on July 20, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    agreed... he should hv done all dis in a proper way...

  • Hassan on July 20, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    We have all been adamant to the fact that Afridi has been the most influential figure in the Pakistani ranks right now. We have also seen him getting dubbed by pressure (ball biting incident), he has been erratic all through his career, only been sane enough to guide Pakistan in T20s, and therefore my call would be to keep him limited to that format only. Mr. Abbasi your call on the first day of the first test was premature indeed.

  • Shahid on July 20, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Abassi Bhai, It all stinks. The way it happend, there is something fishy in it. I was not a great supporter of Afridi playing tests on tours to England or Australia, but when he accepted the captaincy then he should have tried to play a game which was a bit different to his "every ball out of the stadium" theory. He could have tried to play fast but with rolling shots. I don't know why these funny characters are so stubborn in their approaches. Shoaib Akhtar won't try to shorten his run-up, Afridi won't build his innings avoinding airy hits to start with etc. And then what you get out of it, You get Shoaib Malik to replace afridi at no. 6, its a big big joke. Yawer Said and there by waqar Younis will not play Yaser Hamid instead of Imran Farhat. I am really so disappointed that I can't explain. Irritations are getting more n more.

  • sachal on July 20, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    He always said he would only try, and if it didnt work out he would give up on tests.

    So you blame him for trying in the first place, and being honest in the second. Had he completed the tour and continued to under perform, then he wuda been under fire for 'hogging captaincy' and what not. We just cant stop complaining can we

  • tombaan on July 20, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Imran towards the end of the career was not a great bowler that he once was. Many a games he provided outstanding leadership and did not bowl any or lot of overs. Nor was his batting spectacular but you knew he was a great leader and captain.

    Afridi and everyone who invokes Imrans name are pale imitations and shadow of the best captain Pakistan has ever produced. Afridi proved to be a rat than a lion jumping ship at the first sight of failure...

  • Abdullah Mukarram on July 20, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    It was a delight to see Afridi back in whites but his unpredictable nature came to the front once again. The form that he was enjoying in the LOIs should have easily been translated to tests but he was determined to leave the longer format.

  • Junaid on July 20, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I was a big fan of afridi.... But not now, i want him to be dropped from all formats for causing disturbance in the team during the tour. What about all the promises he made in all those press conferences to fix Pakistan cricket. Look now, salman was dropped couple of months ago and now he is the captain.

  • Vineet on July 20, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Completely agree with you. He should have hung around a little longer. He had the opportunity for glory against Australia, but gave it all away by making a hasty decision. If Pakistan go on to win the the second match, he'll quietly be jealous of Butt. There's no doubting that.