2010: Summer of Pakistan July 30, 2010

Bowlers need a break

For the first hour and a quarter of Friday's play, Pakistan relived the euphoria of Headingley
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For the first hour and a quarter of Friday's play, Pakistan relived the euphoria of Headingley. In ideal conditions, Mohammad Asif produced a beautiful spell of swing bowling to wrap up England's innings unexpectedly quickly.

The fear for Pakistan was that ideal conditions for their bowlers would equate to undesirable conditions for their rookie batsmen. And so it transpired. England, especially James Anderson, bowled almost flawlessly, a performance befitting their growing status in world cricket. But there is no substitute for batting experience in English conditions, and Pakistan's top order simply doesn't have enough of it.

It is a rum do for the bowlers, especially the youngster Mohammad Aamer. You spend just over a day bowling your heart out. You believe you have earned a well-deserved rest, and within a couple of hours you are back at the crease expected to save the team with your batting. In fairness, Aamer and Umar Gul made a decent fist of supporting Shoaib Malik. But Pakistan's bowlers require a mental break as well as a physical one.

That's why the batsmen need to step up. This will be a long and arduous tour. There will be better days for Pakistan's batsmen when the sun shines and the wicket is placid. But it is days of gloom and swing that Pakistan's batsmen will learn most from. Let's hope they have learnt something more about footwork and defence against a moving ball.

Pakistan hang tantalisingly short of the follow on target. Ironically, in the context of this match, an enforced follow on might be Pakistan's best chance. The fourth innings in this match, if there is one, will be a difficult one to negotiate even chasing a smallish total. Hence, all hope isn't lost yet but Pakistan must now show that they will not go down without a fight. A defeat with dignity will still leave them with some optimism for future battles.

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  • Saiful Ansari on August 2, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    At this stage it is not a blunder to bring back Yousuf for the 2nd Test? Yousuf has not played any competetive Cricket for months Can he be expected to perform miracles? Younis is playing County Cricket in England & is better suited to serve Pakistan. Even with both Y's playing in top form Pakistan can't expect favorable outcome, unless the rest of team can raise the level of their game against a very good English side. Salman Butt's statement that his Trio of pace bowlers was the best in the world was over blown. Though boastful his statement was meant to fire up his pace battery. The trio is good, but certainly not the best. Without the support of batsmen, bowlers can't single handedly win matches. I reckon Pakistan will play most of the same team for the 2nd Test & the last two tests. This will give an opportunity for young batsmen like Azhar, Umar Amin, & Umar Akmal to gain valuable education in stumbling against swing bowling & facing defeat. Wake up Pakistan!

  • Muhammad on August 2, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    It was really sad Butt and waqar is defending the defeat. The rubbish they are talking about the performances of Y's is illogical. If we had the current bowling attack with Y's in the past many test matches results were totally different. Butt when you came to open up the defeat is written on your face and your shot also confirmed. If that what a captain and senior do what we expect from the youngsters. Again the trio of Akmal brothers and Malik who disreputed Pakistan with their politics are in the full swing. So if anybody thinks current PCB destroying cricket they are wrong it is already destroyed. If as a nation we don't cried when Hockey and Squash were destroyed why so much cry for cricket only. Shame on all of us because we allow it to happen.

  • Mohammad Asad on August 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    No doubt England have played much more better than Pak in all dept. I do not know how long Pak will carry this burden of Akmal (WK); infact, they (2 brothers) have started playing dirty games....

    I think Pak management should take necessary steps by giving them OFF atleast from the current test series & upcoming series with SA.

    Also give U.Amin OFF and bring Y.Hameed & Fawad Alam and a specialist WK....

  • aqeel on August 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I dont know what crime Younus has committed. The board constantly ignoring and detroying his career.

    We were among top few side in the Champion tropy and then what happened to the team because of irrespnsible statment by politician and Ex crictker

    Bring Younus back ,he is a real team man and let he serve our nation....

  • Habibullah on August 2, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Just come to read these comments... I think it is all politics destroying Pak cricket. The main culprits are Ijaz Butt (The DON) along with the Akmal brothers. I don't seem to understand the shameless behavior of Kamran Akmal and the pathetic face of Umar Akmal (when he gets out)! They seem to be big actors, trying to pretend 'well-wishers' of the team. Please get rid of this trio and I can assure all my countrymen that Pak cricket will make a quick progress. But there is another point to ponder. Who is backing up this very trio? at the higher level? Reinforcing the team with experienced players won't do unless the stinking politics of some of the players is taken care of. It seems as if the team has at least 5-6 captains and they all pity themselves for not being officially declared so. Can't they just play like a member of the team? Can't they play for their country? It is the Pakistani nation who has given them the status of heroes and they are disappointing the same people.WAKE UP

  • Arshad Hussain on August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Pakistan does not hv a single batsman who can standout and play a test match inings. Salman Butt is their best batsman with an batting average in low 30's. Umar who is yet to prove his credentials has been already made superstar for nothing. After 9 matches he has got so much of hype which probably Miandad didn't get even after playing 100 test matches. Pakistan should borrow some batsmen from India and play cricket...that is the only solution...rest is all bull-shit

  • Waqas Butt on August 2, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    It was heart breaking to watch the Pakistan Cricket team performance in the 1st Test againast England. Our bowlers, Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Ameer & Umar Gul are Test Match Bowlers as they have shown on numerous occasions giving us fans some hope. However, the same cannot be said about the Batsmen who were not even up to the standard of English Village Cricket.

    My summary of the Players:

    I Farhat_ Should be given further chance OK S Butt _ New Captain OK give him more time. OK A Ali_ Perofrmed well against Austalia in England.OK U amin_Not a Test Standard Player. Drop. U Akmal_Only a Dead Wicket Batsmen. Drop S. Malik_ Performed OK. K Akmal_Not a Test Standard Wicket Keeper and not scoring any runs. Drop M Ameer_ Good U Gul_ Good M asif_ Brilliant D Kaneria_ Rubbish.

  • khalid Asad Waheed butt on August 2, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    It was very sorry to see that pakistan was bowled out on only 80.Thanks to Umer gul and danaish kaneria who managed to score 65 & 17 as a highest run scorer in the pakistan 1stinning and 2nd inning.Pakistan fielders should set collingwood as role modle who has taken two brilliant catch in match. Pakistan should bring yasir hamid in place of umer amin and also bring younis and yousaf bhai in test squad . In that way pakistan can manage to comeback in series.My probable pakistan eleven for the second Test match would be i.e Salman butt, Imran farhat, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Yousaf, Shoaib Malik, Omer Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Umer gul, Mohammad Aamir, Abdur rehman, Mohammad Asif

  • zari on August 2, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Pakistan team is a bunch of hypocrites. I mean what is beyond my imagination is the fact that six players or more taking oat not to perform well under one captain, what nonsense is this and the worst is that PCB TOLERATES it. Akmal brothers, I mean somebody please tell me why are they in team. What is Shoaib Malik doing? if Umer Akmal is the best player then why is he not one down. this team is full of trouble makers, a bunch of ego high narcisstic blokes who do not give a damn about nation but themselves. PCB is PATHETIC. Ijaz BUTT, MY GOD, What a Waste.

    Pakistan team, There is no PRIDE, there is no Chrachter and there is no JUSTICE. I am going to stop ranting and I am not gonna waste my time watching them.

    where is that girl who is the fastest in south asia, she is a real hero.

    I have been a great fan of pakistan team and now its becoming a precursor for depression to watch them play, its just so difficult to watch these hypocrites, narcisstic indviduals

  • M Zubair, Rawalpindi on August 2, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Assalaamo Alykum What a patheic display from batsmen! They did not bat for 30 overs. What a temperament for Pakistan Test (read T20) batting line!!! Malik playing Anderson Anderson to Malik, out Caught by Collingwood!! What a way to get to his first ever 10 wicket haul in test matches! Full delivery on the stumps, swings away late after pitching, Malik tries to play it to the leg side, gets the outside edge, goes to Colly at third slip who takes a good, low catch, what a match for Anderson and England come closer to sealing victory here. Malik c Collingwood b Anderson 9(26) [4s-2

  • Saiful Ansari on August 2, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    At this stage it is not a blunder to bring back Yousuf for the 2nd Test? Yousuf has not played any competetive Cricket for months Can he be expected to perform miracles? Younis is playing County Cricket in England & is better suited to serve Pakistan. Even with both Y's playing in top form Pakistan can't expect favorable outcome, unless the rest of team can raise the level of their game against a very good English side. Salman Butt's statement that his Trio of pace bowlers was the best in the world was over blown. Though boastful his statement was meant to fire up his pace battery. The trio is good, but certainly not the best. Without the support of batsmen, bowlers can't single handedly win matches. I reckon Pakistan will play most of the same team for the 2nd Test & the last two tests. This will give an opportunity for young batsmen like Azhar, Umar Amin, & Umar Akmal to gain valuable education in stumbling against swing bowling & facing defeat. Wake up Pakistan!

  • Muhammad on August 2, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    It was really sad Butt and waqar is defending the defeat. The rubbish they are talking about the performances of Y's is illogical. If we had the current bowling attack with Y's in the past many test matches results were totally different. Butt when you came to open up the defeat is written on your face and your shot also confirmed. If that what a captain and senior do what we expect from the youngsters. Again the trio of Akmal brothers and Malik who disreputed Pakistan with their politics are in the full swing. So if anybody thinks current PCB destroying cricket they are wrong it is already destroyed. If as a nation we don't cried when Hockey and Squash were destroyed why so much cry for cricket only. Shame on all of us because we allow it to happen.

  • Mohammad Asad on August 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    No doubt England have played much more better than Pak in all dept. I do not know how long Pak will carry this burden of Akmal (WK); infact, they (2 brothers) have started playing dirty games....

    I think Pak management should take necessary steps by giving them OFF atleast from the current test series & upcoming series with SA.

    Also give U.Amin OFF and bring Y.Hameed & Fawad Alam and a specialist WK....

  • aqeel on August 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I dont know what crime Younus has committed. The board constantly ignoring and detroying his career.

    We were among top few side in the Champion tropy and then what happened to the team because of irrespnsible statment by politician and Ex crictker

    Bring Younus back ,he is a real team man and let he serve our nation....

  • Habibullah on August 2, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Just come to read these comments... I think it is all politics destroying Pak cricket. The main culprits are Ijaz Butt (The DON) along with the Akmal brothers. I don't seem to understand the shameless behavior of Kamran Akmal and the pathetic face of Umar Akmal (when he gets out)! They seem to be big actors, trying to pretend 'well-wishers' of the team. Please get rid of this trio and I can assure all my countrymen that Pak cricket will make a quick progress. But there is another point to ponder. Who is backing up this very trio? at the higher level? Reinforcing the team with experienced players won't do unless the stinking politics of some of the players is taken care of. It seems as if the team has at least 5-6 captains and they all pity themselves for not being officially declared so. Can't they just play like a member of the team? Can't they play for their country? It is the Pakistani nation who has given them the status of heroes and they are disappointing the same people.WAKE UP

  • Arshad Hussain on August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Pakistan does not hv a single batsman who can standout and play a test match inings. Salman Butt is their best batsman with an batting average in low 30's. Umar who is yet to prove his credentials has been already made superstar for nothing. After 9 matches he has got so much of hype which probably Miandad didn't get even after playing 100 test matches. Pakistan should borrow some batsmen from India and play cricket...that is the only solution...rest is all bull-shit

  • Waqas Butt on August 2, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    It was heart breaking to watch the Pakistan Cricket team performance in the 1st Test againast England. Our bowlers, Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Ameer & Umar Gul are Test Match Bowlers as they have shown on numerous occasions giving us fans some hope. However, the same cannot be said about the Batsmen who were not even up to the standard of English Village Cricket.

    My summary of the Players:

    I Farhat_ Should be given further chance OK S Butt _ New Captain OK give him more time. OK A Ali_ Perofrmed well against Austalia in England.OK U amin_Not a Test Standard Player. Drop. U Akmal_Only a Dead Wicket Batsmen. Drop S. Malik_ Performed OK. K Akmal_Not a Test Standard Wicket Keeper and not scoring any runs. Drop M Ameer_ Good U Gul_ Good M asif_ Brilliant D Kaneria_ Rubbish.

  • khalid Asad Waheed butt on August 2, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    It was very sorry to see that pakistan was bowled out on only 80.Thanks to Umer gul and danaish kaneria who managed to score 65 & 17 as a highest run scorer in the pakistan 1stinning and 2nd inning.Pakistan fielders should set collingwood as role modle who has taken two brilliant catch in match. Pakistan should bring yasir hamid in place of umer amin and also bring younis and yousaf bhai in test squad . In that way pakistan can manage to comeback in series.My probable pakistan eleven for the second Test match would be i.e Salman butt, Imran farhat, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Yousaf, Shoaib Malik, Omer Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Umer gul, Mohammad Aamir, Abdur rehman, Mohammad Asif

  • zari on August 2, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Pakistan team is a bunch of hypocrites. I mean what is beyond my imagination is the fact that six players or more taking oat not to perform well under one captain, what nonsense is this and the worst is that PCB TOLERATES it. Akmal brothers, I mean somebody please tell me why are they in team. What is Shoaib Malik doing? if Umer Akmal is the best player then why is he not one down. this team is full of trouble makers, a bunch of ego high narcisstic blokes who do not give a damn about nation but themselves. PCB is PATHETIC. Ijaz BUTT, MY GOD, What a Waste.

    Pakistan team, There is no PRIDE, there is no Chrachter and there is no JUSTICE. I am going to stop ranting and I am not gonna waste my time watching them.

    where is that girl who is the fastest in south asia, she is a real hero.

    I have been a great fan of pakistan team and now its becoming a precursor for depression to watch them play, its just so difficult to watch these hypocrites, narcisstic indviduals

  • M Zubair, Rawalpindi on August 2, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Assalaamo Alykum What a patheic display from batsmen! They did not bat for 30 overs. What a temperament for Pakistan Test (read T20) batting line!!! Malik playing Anderson Anderson to Malik, out Caught by Collingwood!! What a way to get to his first ever 10 wicket haul in test matches! Full delivery on the stumps, swings away late after pitching, Malik tries to play it to the leg side, gets the outside edge, goes to Colly at third slip who takes a good, low catch, what a match for Anderson and England come closer to sealing victory here. Malik c Collingwood b Anderson 9(26) [4s-2

  • Farhan sufyan on August 2, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Pak poor batting display continues they need some experience batsman without them its going to be 4-0. Second test against aus is almost slipped from them another 10 runs there the result will be different.so my advice to them please learn a lesson now or its too late .my team for now is

    Salman Yasir Younis Yousuf Azhar ali Sarfaraz Razzaq Amir Umar Ajmal Asif

  • Abdul sami on August 2, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    well said kamran bhai. What about Fawad Alam, who scored a hundred on debut in testing conditions to be in the side? Malik Should come at No.3. We cannot afford anymore to retain Umars in the side.

  • Vishwajeet on August 2, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Pakistani supporters boast about this bowling attack and believe, they are a great unit (well, Morgan and Prior have hit centuries). Like it or not, Cricket is essentially a batsmen’s game and if your great bowling attack has only 100 runs to defend, do you call it a Cricket playing team? It is just a bunch of people who know how to run and throw a ball towards the batmen. That’s all!

  • Imran on August 2, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Well, I think everyone knows what's our problem.

    Politics & Poor Batsmen!!

    But no one is talking about Salman Butt's strategy especially in the 2nd test, when you needed only 1 wicket, you continued bowling with Malik and Kaneria, why?

    I am sure, Salman Butt, was convinced from that point, that Pak is bound to lose the match.

    Everyone was expecting a loss in this test match, but the way pakistani batsmen surrendered was just humiliation!!

    getting out for 80, how can you justify this?? you are playing a test match, who asked you to score 7 in over, just be at the crease. You can't even defend as a batsman??

    And Kaneria, what the hell is he doing? He is a poor bowler, he should continue playing county cricket, he does not deserve international cricket. Poor bowling from him. Shoaib Malik bowled 3 times better than Kaneria did!!!

    And Kamran Akmal??? Well, everyone knows what he deserves - axing from the side from all form of cricket. Even he is not batting well!!

  • Concerned Pakistani on August 2, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Bowlers are performing with distinction and the batsmen are shocking. Guess who is dropped - Kaneria. Isn't hallowed to have a day off. He did take 4 & 4 in the last two test matches. If the criteria given (he bowled badly in this test match) is to be followed the Gul shouldn't have palyed this test he didn't take many in the first two tests. Should't all the batsmen be dropped including the Captain now. I might open the wounds of some by saying - last karachi player has now been dropped. We should call this team a "Team Punjab". Gul better watch out. Yes, some may not like this comment but be honest about it and look at Kamran's performace - he single handedly lost the match - poor Kaneria what can he do when you give him such a pathetic keeper. I honestly believe, Kaneria is better off playing county cricket than playing with this hopeless keeper. Also, don't forget - your "Snake" and "Termite" and etc etc is at it again. Salman better watch out - SNAKE is working to get rid of you.

  • SYED on August 2, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    If the wicket keeper has to be from Punjab, keep it simple, drop Kamran Akmal and bring another wicket keeper from the same province.

    Waqar Yunis says that yusuf is retired(PCB has asked yusuf to fly in UK) and Yunus Khan has problems with PCB.Was Waqar not expelled by PCB in the past.Waqar should know that problem is with PCB, Waqar himself and the Mafia(kamran akmal,Shoaib Malik,Umra Akmal, Salman Butt and Ramiz Raja who endlessly praises players from Lahore or Punjab and is criminally silent on the good performances of other players from other areas.The way he was covering up for Kamran Akmal clearly reflects that he does not want sarfaraz as the wk.Ramiz himself was a mediocre batsman in the team and had good connections to get rid of other talented openers)

  • Gohar on August 2, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    I Don't understand with only two new players in the team, how every one labelling this team as a new one, Salman and Imran has fair amount of Experience, Malik and Kamran are most senior players in the team. So do u think these batsmen are rookies? Just wrong players on wrong seats.

  • Vishwa on August 2, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Aamer, Umar Gul and kanaria batted well for Pakistan in the 1st Test against England. And, that sums up the state of Pakistani batting. I don’t think, Pakistani batsmen have right attitude or work ethics to even make a half-century in Tests leave aside expecting them to hit a century or a double century. I think, they should go back and play 20-20 or even 10-10... That’s what they do well.

  • Majid Jehangir Khan on August 2, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    In my days we could at least bat. Now we can't even hold a bat. I predict a 4-0 whitewash.

  • Khan Sahab on August 2, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    haha. Now thats called justice. I must say pakistani or punjabi justice. They kicked out kaneria but keep khatmal brothers. Kaneria runs and averages in batting are higher than both khatmals but he got kicked out and the main culprits are still in the team. WHY? 1) both khatmals are lahori 2) part of the mafia in team (salman, shoaib, khatmals, butt) 3) strongest parchi ever in pakistan cricket history. I mean we have lost how many matches because of this parasite and he is still in team. He single handedly lost the sydney test, this test, and who will forgot England tour 2006. He destroyed careers of sami, kaneria and few other bowlers and captains too. I wish khatmals will face wrath from Allah that everyone see in the world. Both khatmals are the prime example of selfisheness. Like one of the sister wrote, if a family member or themselves read it, they should be ashamed of themselves, and if they have any dignity left (which i highly doubted) . they should resigne from pak team.

  • Harris on August 2, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    So the ban was just a joke.......a lifetime ban overturned within 3 months....suggests life of ban was 3 months.......or life expectancy in Pakistan is 3 months......Even bigger joke is the guy whose ban is overturned and reacalled had retired....Wow seriously if ever a joke was one it has to be this one.....And practically speaking..what do you expect...A retired guy to comeback and perform a miracle in swinging conditions....Crap..as if he is some bradman who just has to pick up his bat and all skills and form of batting will come back in a whisker

  • Sherif on August 2, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Kamran your observation is very correct, the pacemen in the team is doing the whole work, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding. The so called young talents in the team( which I am not yet convinced) when they are going to click? God Knows. And there is another knee jerk decision - to bring bank Yousf, why not Younis ( who is already playing in England? OH ! Sorry no questions, this is PCB and pak way of doing things. My advice don't make too many changes same time, but one correcion required is KAMRAN AKMAL - SHOULD GO !!

  • hamid on August 1, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Not even Bradman can help this team until they learn the basics of fielding. Kindergartners know how to catch a ball better than these 11 so called men. I am beginning to believe Inti had a point calling them mentally retarded. Their body positions and postures during fielding are strange.

  • imran on August 1, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    cant understand everyone calling for moyo to come back, dont you remember how poor he was in aus? has he even been playing regularly and is he in form? moyo is a sucker for outswing and always has been and i cant see him doing anything special whatsoever. the one we need back is younis khan, a real fighter and was/is at surrey. umar akmal needs to be dropped, other than the innings he played in the first test against aus, he hasnt done anything of note recently and needs some more time to work on his game.

  • Adnan Khan on August 1, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Pakistanis cannot bat. After 45 years of failed batting lineups it should be plainly obvious to most. Pakistanis also cannot. .. manage a team, conduct themselves professionally, coach or captain a team.

    How on earth can we bowl is beyond me.

    Adnan

  • asghar on August 1, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Some of the comments are really fantastic especially oldmanmartin posted on 8/01/10.Problem with Pakistan Cricket is its cricket board and management.They push out established stars before they have genuine replacements ready to replace.I don't remember if Pakistan has fielded such a poor side (barring three fast bowlers)in the past.This team hads batsmen whose standard is below club cricket.Their keeper is nasty.It is hard to understand he is included in every match, is not a egenuine batsman.If he makes 50 odds runs but unfornate bowlers and country suffer for 150 runs because of his poor keeping, what is justification.May be because Board's chief and others in management like him to earn milliom of Rs.This is cheating and unfair approach towards game fans, frutation to people who love cricket.The guy who should have been shown an exit long before, have been made a Vice Captain.What a misery.The selectors always beat drums they very fair,is not true.Mr.Ilyas,is selector just to have

  • Shahid on August 1, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    BRING IN THE 3 Ys, a new wicketkeeper and Said Ajmal and Hassan Raza. IJAZ BUTT and YAWAR should be ashamed of letting Pakistan suffer because of their own egos in keeping Yunis out and keeping Shoaib in instead of Yaser Hamid. WITH KAMRAN, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  • Shak on August 1, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    1, Mr Ijaz Butt pls, mercy on Pakistan Cricket and Pak Nation !! Leave your post ASAP (you earn enough money, which will feed your 7 generations easily).

    2, Our selection board are in wrong hands, which players should be in Tests, they played in T20 and now they are not even in last 16(e.g fawad Alam)

    Pls MERCY on Pak cricket lovers....

  • hamid on August 1, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    In this plethora of mediocrity called Pakistan cricket, the fast bowlers are the odd commodities and should be dropped so that the team bears a homogenous look of mediocrity. If we picked someone off the streets in Pakistan chances are he would do a better wicketkeeping job than the shameless Kamran. The only plausible logic behind Salman Butt's support of him can be " a flop like Kamran can only belong in this team not outside". Keep rewarding him for dropped catches and lost matches. Bravo, Pakistan

  • nj on August 1, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Pakistan don't need 2 Y's, they need three. Yasir Hameed has done much sightseeing send him back or let him play. Shoaib shud be axed or moved up to 1 down spot.

  • Bosco Martyres on August 1, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Some suggested quick fixes for the remainder of this tour: 1. Get Yousuf and Younis ASAP into the team 2. Get a specialist Wicket Keeper and axe Kamran Akmal. 3. Have Salman's Butt's captaincy closely supervised by Waqar Younis 4.Re-tool the batting line-up by moving more experienced batsmen up the order. My suggested line-up: 1. Imran Farhat 2. Salman Butt. 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohd. Yousuf 5. Shoaib Malik. These five batsmen with 4 bowlers( Amir, Asif, Gul and Ajmal)leave two vacant batting spots which can be filled by any of Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Umar Amin etc)Under no circumstances should the youngsters be sent in early

  • AM on August 1, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    It is just too painful to follow. That is why I do not follow the ball by ball commentary for Pakistan's matches on a regular basis. It is now very easy to pick up the trend and predict the outcome very early in a match involving Pakistan. If any other country except Pakistan were involved in the process of rebuilding their team one could have faith in the outcome. But the PCB is the biggest joke in the world. Where are the batters? It is not just the losses in Test matches that stink, but the manner in which they occur. Shot out for 80? Where was the Captain in this test? That one victory over Australia was chiefly the result of the bowlers' efforts. I fear if the present trend continues, soon our bowlers will also loose their form, and it will not be long before players like Aamer, Asif and Umar Gul call it quits and focus on one-day and Twenty20 matches. Then Pakistan will really be worse than a club cricket team. The current batting order is worse than that of even Bangladesh.

  • tariq saeed on August 1, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    within hours PCB has thrown a bombshell! yousuf is back! if that is the case, why not bring back younis, considering he is readily available, since he is already in england playing for surrey? add younis to the squad and the englishmen would be soiling their pants!!!

    with these two in the team and amir /asif around, england is going to have nightmares!

    anyway, full marks to PCB for reacting appropriately.

  • The Great Khan on August 1, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    It's unbelievable that everyone is blaming Kaneria. Kamran Akmal is keeping wickets to Kanria for last six years. Imagine bowling your heart out in every game except to see the keeper flooring sitters. What kind of confidence Kaneria can develop in his bowling when he knows that Akmal will be flooring all the opportunities. What if Kamran had completed that stumping of Collingwood that would have given Kaneria world of confidence and believe me leg spinners need that confidence to perform well.

    Please go back and look at the tapes of Pak-Eng 2006 series and see one of the reasons bowlers performing badly dues to the reason that Akmal and slip fielders were dropping catches like crazy. The biggest losers because of Kamran’s incompetency are Sami and Kaneria among others.

    I just read a statement from Salman that Akmal will be retained for next test. This is a travesty of unbelievable proportions. No other country/Board will allow that king of gross negligence to continue.

  • Taz on August 1, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    News just in - Yousuf is back.

  • waterbuffalo on August 1, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Well, Yousuf is back, thank goodness, it only took one 350 run defeat to bring the PCB to its senses. Kaneria is gone, which is another good step in the right direction, how Kamran, who cost Pakistan about 250 runs is still in the team escapes me, there must not be a single wicketkeeper left in Pakistan, interesting that Younis wasn't brought back, perhaps he doesn't want to play under Salman, but most of us knew 4 months ago that Yousuf would come back, and it is typical of Pakistan cricket.

  • Irfan on August 1, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I am absolutely, positively sold on the line taken by Waqar and Salman. If the Pak hot heads were thinking about miracles such as centuries by two Azhars or some kind of rear guard action by Malik, forget it! I honestly believe Malik is a burden too! Even he should be replaced by a younger batsman or a promising all rounder. Honestly now is the time to go whole hog on the new unit concept. So we are putting together a brand new unit. Bowlers are good batters aren't. What's the big deal? What is the big deal, same unit defeated Aussie, didn’t they? I remember, that time they were showered lavish praises by our so called pundits, nobody for a second thought to be little circumspect or guarded. I am surprised that nobody had the vision to see what this side would be up against in a few days! In conditions that would suit the home side and the inherent fragility of a brand new Pak batting line up against some superb swing bowling. Please don’t do any thing to this unit. Let them learn!

  • arun on August 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Pakistan can only performs under a strong captain. There was never any doubt about Pak's talent, but for them to perform as a team, they definitely need a strong captain. Just looka at what happened after Imran Khan left. He left a very stronf Pakistan team, the kind of team he never had. He had to rely on bowlers like Tahir Naqqash, Jalal-Uddin etc and Flat Track Bully batsmen, but when he left, there was a successful opening pair in all conditions of Anwar and Sohail, No.3 in Inzamam, Miandad was still there, because of Imran, Salim Malik became a world class batsman who could not only score on the dead pitches of Faisalabad but on the seaming and swinging wickets of Headingly, Good wicketkeepers in Latif and Moin and of course 2 Ws and world class spinner in Mushtaq. But such talented side disintigrated in chaos because they did not have a strong leader. Point is teams Imran had was never as talented as the team he left with. But... Can someone please step up?

  • Oldmanmartin on August 1, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    On this showing the Pakistan team revolves round Aamer, Asif and Gul, who are as good a Test pace attack as any (including England's) in English conditions. I feel sorry for Salman Butt, and indeed any Pakistan captain given your cricket politics and the inexperience of your batsmen. Your two most experienced players, Kaneria and (especially) Kamran, had nightmares. Over here, it's a complete mystery why Yusuf and Younis were suspended. Of course we love to win but please, please give our bowlers a contest.

  • mk49 on August 1, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    This is why it makes sense to play test cricket with your best batsmen! Where are Younis and Yusuf? Why does Pak insist in playing with so many nobodies - when they have a few somebodies. and please dump Kamran - my now long dead granny (bless her soul) would have made a better keeper....

  • tariq saeed on August 1, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    it is quite clear that the PCB is not going to bring back younis and yousuf. that decision was taken months ago. as long as ijaz butt is in charge it is not going to happen so we should forget about that and concentrate on the next test match. there are not much options in the batting dept and yasir hameed is the only one who could replace umar amin. azhar ali has scored 42 and 51 against australia so he deserves another chance. the wickets at edgbaston, lords and the oval are going to favour kaneria so we are stuck with him and hope that he bowls well. the only option available to pakistan which could make a difference, maybe a big one, is to change the batting order i.e butt/farhat/yasir/malik/azhar/kamran/umar/amir/gul/asif/kaneria azhar needs a cushion and umar can bat lower down when the ball is 60/70 overs old.that way he can settle down before the second new ball.on paper this plan looks good!

  • Tahir on August 1, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    We don't know why this paid selector is selecting the team without consulting others selectors even not on merit. Does he know the difference between test matches and odis/T20. Absoultly no. They must bring muhammed yousaf, younis khan, yaser hameed and faisal iqbal for test. they must drop umer amin, akmal brothers and shoib malik. First test lost against England is due to akmal only. how many catches he drops and what is his batting, only zero. So, please for nation and for pakistan bring test players back in the team and "BUTT" (PCB Chairman) must go. He is too old.

  • Sickofpayingtowatchpaktrash on August 1, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Akmal brothers out! Kaneria out! Umar Amin out! Malik Out! In come Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal, Yousuf, Younis, Haider. Yaseer hamid is not the answer. Why do the PCB not realise that the pak domestic setup is not fit for anything. Speak to ECB setup a team in the english county system so player get proper practise in the middle. Predicition for the series 4-0 tests. as for ODI Afrid is a disgrace, and should be kicked out of the team he is going to do nothing let alone win the world cup 10-15 years of indicipline and not listening to anyone and playing recklessly and he is made the captain, great example to our youngsters.

  • ARFANULHAQ on August 1, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    THE ENGLAND-PAKISTAN RESULT IS OUT.AM EYE-OPENER ONLY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE THE TRUTH.

    AND AFTER THE WIN OVER AUSTRALIA,EX-PAKISTANI PLAYERS WERE CLAIMING THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA.

    BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA IT INDEED IS,WHERE THE BOWLERS HAVE TO BOWL WELL,DISMISS THE OPPOSITION AND ALSO BAT WELL. THE SPECIALIZED BATSMEN ARE THERE TO GIFT THEIR WICKETS TO THE OPPOSITION.

    EVEN NOW,PAKISTAN SELECTORS ARE NOT WILLING TO SELECT EXPERIENCED BATSMEN JUST FOR EGO AND VENGEANCE.

    THEN THIS WILL ALWAYS BE THE RESULT.

  • Omar Hussain on August 1, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I don't know why people want the two Ys back in the team? They were world class in their time but i don't believe they could make any difference now and especially when the ball is swinging.Truth is we simply don't have the batsmen to combat the situation but it is a shame that talented and experienced players like Yasir Hameed,Abdul Rehman ,Abdul Razzaq are ignored.azhar Ali is still learning but Umar Amin should be replaced as well as Kaneria who is decidely over the hill.Give Ajmal or Abdul Rehman a chance!It is very sad that our pace bowlers are again let down by our batsmen but the very conditions they excel in the England pacers can just as well.One must have patience,given good weather and a firm pitch we shall see our batsmen do better.

  • Farrukh Usmani on August 1, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Nice article, but I am surprised that neither the writer nor any of the reader have pointed out to one very significant issue and that is the role of the coach/es. I have played enough cricket to know that the coach can not go in the ground and play. But my question is, what is the job description of the coach? I believe one of his job is to formulate a game plan and to devise an effective strategy. Sorry to say I did'nt see none in both the innings. After watching the three innings of the test even a club cricketer could have said that "Just see off the new ball" and when I say new I mean about 20-30 overs under those conditions. Now can some body tell me if any of Pak batsmen were told to do that? If not then we have a totally different issue on our hand.

  • Sami Ullah Malik on August 1, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is in a rebuilding phase..No need to bring 2 Y's back in the team..we saw what happened with aussies in jan...We need to keep this team playing for sometime..they just won from aus last week..the thing is PCB is a bunch of losers as they have been in the past,ppl who r in the team coz of their relatives or friends..Need to change the batter order a bit and bring razzaq or someone whose been playing county cricket in eng. Give these guys confidence..spanish football team was young in 2006 and they presisted with it..won euro 2008 and world cup 2010. Todays losers can be tommorrows world beaters..The problem with paki ppl is they criticse alot, cant blame its in their nature. I am sure if we persist with this team for year or so they will become good. Some changes need to made, bring better opener then farhat and good batsmen for umar amin and let umar akmal play his natural game.

  • muzz on August 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    akmals needs rest so keneria and umer amin/2 Ys ajmal and sarfaraz needs to come - kamran has been involved atleast in 3 test matches to loose with last nine months he cannot learn any more-same is with umer akmal atleast 3 years out of test to learn patiennce - salman should stop opening his gob to defend these self centred cricketers otherwise we will end up like english football team brilliant individuals but no national commitment.umer amin has no class anyway and mr I butt should go he is a wasted cause

  • Jawad Ansari on August 1, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I think Pakistan should change their batting lineup.Umar gul should open with Muhammad Aamir.Danesh Kaneria should be 1 down and then muhammad asif should come.I think this will safe the likes of butt,farhat,akmal etc etc from the new ball...:):)

  • Kumar on August 1, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Pakistan must move on from this temporary setback. Allah willing, they will bounce back. After all, they are one of the best teams in the world with world class batsmen and bowling. All nations should condemn the BCCI and IPL for the test matches becoming so substandard. My suggestion for the next test: Imran Farhat Salman Butt Younis Khan Mohd Yousuf Fawad Alam Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal 3rd Brother Akmal Mohd Aamer Mohd Asif Umar Gul

  • H.Malik on August 1, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    The YOYOS went down stream run much faster than I anticipated , When you have 2 aspects of the 3 in shambles , how on earth you can just hope to win a match let alone put up a deserving fight. When you reinstate the PARASITE , make a Brainless Person CAPTAIN, Dish out Top Favoures to TWO undeserving BROTHERS , YET you do not have any guts to face the truthfullness of Younus and Yousuf , What else can you expect from these YOYOS then . England could have toyed with these YOYOS and finish off the match within 3 days except for their well thoght after desire to give a well drilled hundred to a deserving wicket keeper , there was nothing left in these PARASITE OF PAKISTAN CRICKET to give any hope of even a fight let alone come close to a respectable loss in the end . They folded like the TEN PIN and they will do it 3 more times ,, rest assured ... IUT was ammusing to see them practricing ( giving catchin drill moves ) Slip catching for the Brits . HOPE LESS BUNCH OF YOYOS .

  • Abdus-salam Ahmad on August 1, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan should take out some players. Put in Younis Khan and take out Shoaib Malik,put in Mohammed Yousuf put out Umar amin, rest Umar Akmal put in Fawad Alam, rest Kamran Akmal put in Saeed Ajmal and finally put Yasir Hameed full time take out Danish Kaneria. They should also replace the coach for Imran Khan.

  • abdul haseeb on August 1, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    salaam kamran bhai... things dont seem to be working out either for you and for your team... wen yousuf was at helm.. there was no such devastating performance .. just because his batsmen dint score that few runs in that test, he was blamed and too much of criticism was on him... and you were totally against him being the captain.. now wen afidi came u went into high spirits , even after knowing that the guy is unfit for tests and captaining in tests was simply too much... but still u were in much awe of him... anyways he did a good job and RETIRED.. and now i dont understand y u ve stopped criticizing captain Mr. Butt... i remember the HUE and CRY you made wen Yousuf was captain.. please start your HUE and CRY again..please kamran bhai please

  • Faraz Zubair on August 1, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    I believe its high time someone like Asim Kamal is brought in Shoaib Malik is shifted up the order, Akmal is replaced with a better keeper and Umar Akmal is told that if he keeps the same attitude towards batting he better be packing his bags. I dont agree that we need people like Younis and Yousuf. This is the same team that came back from a first test horrible loss to the Aussies to win the second test. They just need to apply more and probably make the changes mentioned.

  • Faraz Zubair on August 1, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    I think thats the problem with us, the moment we are in troubled waters, we are ready to forgive everything, what if Younis and Yousuf are unable to deliver as well or what if the deficit is so huge you still lose. To be a world beater, you need to believe in what you are doing is right, Australia followed the same policy during the 80's and did not allow banned players from South African visits to re-enter and the result is all clear for us to see in the past 20 years. he only thing I see that needs to be done is instead of constantly sending someone like Umar Amin in at number 4 there should be Shoaib Malik up the order, this has been the mistake continuously repeated. Also, I would say the akmal Brothers are probably now taking their places for granted. Umar after some positive show-offs in the beginning, has started to play as if he doesnt care what the outcome of the shot is , Kamran well useless to talk about his wicketkeeping skills ,has also failed to live up to his batting.

  • roomi on August 1, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    The current Test team is a result of highly politicized and compromized selection policy of PCB which left out players like Younis Khan with Test average of 50 plus ( form or no form )and people like Yasir Hameed and Fawad Alam ( 166 against Sri Lanka as an Opener last year ) being left out and Limited overs players with limited potential being given the Test mantle. The Management of PCB keeps chopping and changing without any regard to talent and consistency and expects a miracle. You need to give confidence to players when they are down. But They discarded Yunis and Fawad ( despite his 100) and even if they are brought back we cannot expect any miracles. Yasir Hameed should have played in this Test considering the woeful batting display of Akmals, Shoib and Umar Amin in the last two tests. He is experienced but even he needs to be given support rather than thrown in as alast ditched effort to salvage something after being out in wilderness . PCB has no plan and is a walking disaster

  • sumon on August 1, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    just bring two Ys bach...that will not gauruntee a win but definitely a fight...Govt should take over and sac ijaj butt.

  • CRIC FAN on August 1, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    TO ME DANISH KANERIA IS THE BIGGEST BURDEN ON THE TEST TEAM RIGHT NOW... HE HAS BEEN THIS FOR WHOLE YEAR NOW RIGHT FROM AUSTRALIAN TOUR ..... HE DOES'T DESERVE THE PLACE IN THE TEAM...... BESIDES MALIK SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT AT 4 TO SUPPORT THE INEXPERIENCED PLAYERS UMAR & AZHAR....... FOR 2ND TEST THEY SHOULD DROP KANERIA & GET IN AJMAL, MAY BE CALL FAWAD ALAM IN PLACE OF UMAR AMIN OR UMAR AKMAL & REST M. AMIR AS HE SHOULD BE PRESERVED & BRING IN M. IRFAN OR M. TALHA AT HIS PLACE IN PLAYING 11....

  • ali_a on August 1, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Why PCB and everyone is ignoring the writing on the wall? Pak cannot win against England and/or WC w/o the 2 Y's, whether you like it or not. They not only have batting averages to prove this but also the experience. All this age about Yousuf and Younis in non-sense... look at Hayden he played till he was near 40, ditto for Imran and Bycott. All this talk about youngsters is non-sense. A junior will only learn from the senior - look at Aussie, have they gotten rid of Ponting or India of Tendulkar (after miserable 2007 WC)? For God sake, stop making pathetic execuses in front of whole world about how young and inexperienced this side is. This is by PCB choice. You're humiliating Pak - just watch at English players laughing from the pavilion. Why did not take Sami in the side to give one of three strike bowlers (Amir, Gul and Asif) a rest per match? They're so tired that they cannot get the tail out in 3rd day. All the teams now have 2 teams for 20/20 and test/ODI, this is what we need

  • Ajay on August 1, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Many people here r commenting that eng lost 17 for 6, yes they did but by then they had already scored 331 for 4.Then when pak came out to bat they lost 47-6 their 6 top order wickets not lower order, and have lost 15-3 again.

  • Jhinga Lala on August 1, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    If an Indian chose a balanced Pakistani Team it will look like this and will be difficult to beat in any conditions especially English

    1. Salman Butt (C) 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohd. Yousuf 5. Fawad Alam 6. Abdul Razzaq 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed 8. Mohmd. Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohmd. Aasif 11. Saeed Ajmal

    3 seamers, handy medium pacer and quality bat, excellent off spinner, less attitude, good balance of youth and experience:Problem solved!

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on August 1, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Pakistan is on the verge of a defeat due to poor batting& fielding. Another surprising factor was the defensive field set up by Salman Butt after lunch&Tea today. We did'nt understand why Shoaib Malik, Kaneria & Umar Amin bowled instead of Gul,Amir& Asif to dismantle the English Tail. Salman is under pressure & due to the burden of Captaincy, his personal performance with the bat has deteriorated. As Captain, Salman Butt did not need to play the shot of that first delivery from Broad that led to his dismissal. After he departed the youngsters Azhar & Umar Amin followed in quick succession. The game may be over tomorrow by lunch. Both Amir & Imran Farhat looked very uncomfortable & barely survived the last two overs. Akmal Brothers have not hit it big in the last 3 Tests (Including this one) & Shoaib Malik is at best shaky. Where will Pakistan find run scorers to chase this huge target? How can they count on Gul,Amir&Asif to score after taking wickets?

  • CricSecular on August 1, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Tired of commenting. Why these batsmen thinking of winning before hitting some good runs? What the hell with these batsmen not leaving the balls and trying unnecessarily where they are not competetant? 0 runs in 100 balls is better than they loose 1 wicket for 50 runs in 100 balls these days because it helps others to mentally be prepared. ?Just sick of PAK Batsmen including Yousuf, Yosuf, Misbah did the same mistakes. I don't know whats happening there? Azhar's out is really disturbing us because he can occupy the crease for a longer time and thats his motto.

  • CricSecular on August 1, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    We point many fingers to many but the mistake is done by 1. Butt-attempting all balls-that ball must have been left-one wicket fall leads to rest-should lead by example and show the patience-you need to learn very quick 2. Azhar and 3. Amin should understand their position and make proper movements to face the ball or leave it.

    It looks like Azhar is good no.3 batsman but Amin is not suitable there. Probably Malik has to be there.

    PCB/Selectors are really killing the PAK Cricket-you arrogants first bring back Yosuf and Younis and nurture the new batsmen under their guidance. These batsmen strictly instructed to leave the balls coming offside till they settle down or leave the job immediately-i mean they need to be fired-no point in talking about inexperience and its their irresponsibilities costing the team.

  • Miz on August 1, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Perhaps, Butt is over-utilizing his fast bowlers. They need support from the Spin Department. Over-utilization might make them ineffective, not to mention the fear of a possible injury or burn out. More the English play them, the easier will it become to handle Pakistan pace attack.

  • sam on July 31, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    dont worry in all dump situation pakistan wil comeback believe in urself n have complete faith in ur team n be proud to be pakistani inshallah allah wil put barkat init these boys wil perform fantastically well inshallah .

  • Saiful Ansari on July 31, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Barring a miracle or some fighting knocks from the last few recognized Pakistan batsmen, they are staring at a certain defeat in the First test. Pak team does not have the capacity to get to 300 runs in a innings even on a batting friendly pitch. It was no surprise under stressful conditions chasing over 400 against England they lost 3 wickets quickly.Now in the second test it remains to be seen if the selectors decide to bring in Younis or Yousuf or both. The problem is that not having cricket at this level for sometime, both need time to adjust. Their induction does not mean a automatic relief. Their presence may psychologically help the team play better.So there can be no short term remedies to this poor batting performance from Pakistan in Test Cricket.It also shows how poor is the quality of 1st class cricket in Pakistan.On placid&slow tracks, the same batsmen make big scores with poor technic. No wonder on bouncy, seaming&swinging conditions on International stage they fail.

  • Saiful Ansari on July 31, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    After watching the 1st test for 3 days, I feel swing bowling was clearly a problem for both the sides. The difference was in big partnerships built by England in the mid & late phases of their innings, while Pak batsmen continued to crumble with the exception of Umar Gul in the 1st innings . It was also evident that Umar Ali & Umar Amin can't play at this level in English, conditions conducive for swing & seam bowling.So far in this test the new ball has caused the maximum damage in every innings. If the Pak openers&immediate batsmen to follow could negotiate the period of first 35 overs, it could give respite to the middle &lower order to bat easier. Today,as pakistan came to bat for their second innings with 35minutes of play left,they lost 3 wickets in less than 3overs. Moments back on the same pitch Prior had scored a century&Pak bowlers were unable to dismantle a tailender like Finn. New ball is doing a bit. But Salman& his batsmen lacking confidence have gifted their wickets.

  • Mansoor on July 31, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I remember Shoaib Akhtar once bowling to Australia saying any of their top 7 could score a double century. This top 7 don't even look like they can score 200 between them!

    Ijaz Butt needs to be kicked out. Yousuf, Younis and Hameed need to be in the team. How can't the team management manage YoYo if they can manage Shoaib Malik. If this current team of batsman bat well, they get 50s. The England batsman bat well and they will get 100s.

    We cannot score more than 500 in a test match for all 20 wickets and this is putting too much pressure on the bowlers. Again Ijaz Butt out

  • LALY on July 31, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Pakistan need to change umar ameen why he is playing,need to come back mohd yousufn younus khan, please bringback and change the opening like umar akmal he is aggresiveplayer

  • Qasem on July 31, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    They say they are building the team for future. How does Kamran Akmal fit in that future? Granted seniors are needed to guide the young batsmen. How does a consistently under-performing wicket-keeper with mediocre batting record (recently) help youngsters. Unfortunately, most of the decisions in Pakistan cricket completely defy logic. If there was no place for Yousuf and Younus (which I agree to) then there is absolutely no logic behind having Kamran Akmal in the team (not the test team surely).

  • s.sheikh on July 31, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Pakistan's biggest problem is cleaning up the tailenders,they get through the top order even with drop catches but 90% of the time stuck with the taileners and loose the grip on the game. They should have got the england out under 200 runs; part of the problem is inexperienced captincy 'Butt' have a big problem setting up the field and bowling changes at especially at crucial juncture. Need experienced batting big time. You do not experienced new faces in such big test matches this is pure BS and nothing else; winning one test and loosing upteen while giving experience to new talent is not the solution. You win matches to put in the history books not for practice. I am afraid to say now atleast Bangela Desh is a better team than Pakistan at this moment. Best of luck Pak that is all one can say to the lost cause.

  • s.sheikh on July 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan deffinately have a problem in cleaning up the tailender batsmen. How eaisly even with drop catches top order get dislodged it is a contineous problem; unexperienced captincy is part of the prolem,england should have been bowled out for under 200 runs in the second innings. Oh well this team do unusual things. Best of luck.

  • Cricket fan on July 31, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I am not from Pakistan but have been a fan of Pak cricket since the days of Imran Khan. I have always admired the gutsy display and courage shown by the Pakistani cricketers. I am saddened to see Pakisan batsmen crumble time and again after their bowlers bowl their heart out and dismiss the opposition for a low score. Right now the selectors probably don't want to bring back the two Ys as they don't have much shelf life left. But what about younger veterans like Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal, etc? Are they still playing? Are they in decent form? Aren't there any other experienced Pak cricketers plying their trade in the English leagues? And has Kamran Akmal been appointed as wicket keeper for life? He has been a "promising player with lot of batting potential" since the past 5-6 years hasn't he? And his brother Umar seems to be following a similar path. Early promise followed by successive failures.

  • Venoo Mankad on July 31, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    You say inexperienced in English conditions, I say non-sense. Sachin Tendulkar was 18 year old boy when he scored century in England on his first tour and followed-up that with couple more on his first australian tour including one for the ages century at the then lightening fast WACA. Saurav Ganguly scored two centuries in his first two tests in England and Rahul Dravid in his very first innings scored 95. Vengsarkar used to score a century at Lords every time he batted there. All this talk of not being used to English conditions is pure baloney and I for the one don't buy it. You are either a good batsman or you are not. So stop whining and just bat.

  • khalil on July 31, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Bowling has always been our strenght. Play according to your strengh. Getting a strong opposition out for a low score gives you a chance to win,even with out any world class batsman in the line up. WI in the 80,s have defended so many low scores during that period. Pak has done the same in the era of 2 W,s,when we had 1 or 2 batsmen of some substance. Let them play the way they like it but remove the trouble makers from the team to have a cricketing environment.

  • Bilal Saeed on July 31, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Please for the love of God, drop the Akmal brothers! I say both because apparently it is a package deal with them where both have said that they will not play or play well if both are not in the team. Kamran akmal has cost us many tests matches now. Literally regulation catches/stumping chances have been missed and to say that he is in for the batting then lets analyze his batting over the recent years, yes..checking..ok nothing to talk about there either. You are wicketkeeper first then a batsman, he has failed so miserably in the former department that the latter is completely insignificant in his case. I know this will fall over deaf ears but at least i can vent here. Umar akmal, yes a talented batsman, but nothing to write home about owing to his recent form and a horrible slips fielder. Just get rid off them both. Simple. I really hope they both don't play in the next match. Just to finish, even rashid latif once said that K.akmal is just not good enough technically to play.

  • Azhar on July 31, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Pakistan's batsmen has played only 50-60 overs per inning in England so far.it means bowlers are not getting enough rest.they increases the load on bowlers.I totally agree with Imran Khan that this overload will kill the fast bowlers very soon.Please get rid of Akmal brothers, farhat , malik etc.They are not capable to play test cricket.They are very poor in the field as well.You can see who has dropped the most catches in last ten matches.

  • Aali on July 31, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    fyling sorry for Pakistan......wth v r doing? y da hell v r doing dis? when v'hv got 2 greatest batsman of awl tyme den wats wrong with PCB? they shud understand dat dis is the need of the hour! v need dem, v shud respect dem aswell... they can change the day! y PCB is not compromising on their ego nd attitude.. dey'v done same for others many times.. den wats the problem dis tym! Pak surely need to Y's back in the team otherwise dis team will give us the most prolofic(horrific) result ever

  • Nick on July 31, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    My main observation is hardly any of these batsman play county cricket. It use to be the proving ground for overseas players technique and helped them adapt to english conditions better. Why not let the pakistan batsman play over here for a county? Didn't hurt Imran Khan...

  • MJN on July 31, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    A lot of people are suggesting dropping Kamran. I agree, but there are no other options. The specilaists keepers would weaken an already fragile batting line up, so I am afraid unless a Moin Khan or Latif emerges we are stuck.

  • hamad on July 31, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    I am not understanding the think tank of pakistan cricket what is in their mind. why they are wasting Yasir Hameed. why they are trusting on him .He is good opening Batsman. they give him chance insipte of Imrab Farhat.

  • Gulab on July 31, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Dear Pakistani As you have seen and what I am predicting with the present batting lot that we will face clean sweep against england. If YAWAR SAEED and his uncle IJAZ BUTT are there and they just want to finish the carrier of some good batsman of test cricket like Mohammad YOUSUF and YOUNAS we will never win. I dont think what is the idea to keep kamran akmal in test squad although there are many doubts about him. Further no need for shoaib malik and imran farhat. But it seems that if BCB continue soon we will have a team made of YAWAR's sons and BUTT's grandsons only. I pray although not right in my religion for the death of Ijaz Butt because if he is alive he will not leave this chair.

  • ilyas abasi on July 31, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    This young talented team are to fight against time tested players. I support this talented players no matter what outcome there. Shoaib Malik should joiin two Ys and make room for someone else.

  • mqislam on July 31, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Mr. Waker Yunus, you are the coach. Why can't you say to Mohsin Khan to give you the right team or you can not coach this team. Don't you understand that this team does not have any experienced batsman to face quality team? How many years do you need to feel that the hopeless wicketkeeper does not deserve to be in any team. How did he get the Vice captain position? Crazy Pakistani management.Did we forget how shameless he was in Newzeland when he was scheduled to be replaced?

    You either do the job right or quit, do not talk like the 22 year old hopeless captain that,"This is the team given to me, I have to work with them". Mr hopeless, you could have asked for players who have track records. The two Butts need to be replaced first, then kick out the two Akmals and Malik, replace Amin for now. You can have a good team to watch. Who does not understand that the two Y's, Yasir Hamid and Razzaque will possibly beat England with Amir and Asif's bowling? Check PCB chair's mental state.

  • Avais on July 31, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    I wonder if the Pakistani batsmen use the bowling machines in the nets... the times that I have experienced the machine...I have found that it can be used to generate a considerable amount of swing... If not then this is obviously something the batsmen need to work with otherwise they will continue to face problems in this area... one of the other aspects that Pakistan need to concentrate on is the use of the UDRS. England used the system relatively successfully to their advantage whereas Pakistan were found lacking on atleast two occassions in the proceedings so far...

  • Avais on July 31, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    I think I would have a lot of people nodding affirmatively when I say that what we expect from the Pakistan team is a bold fight ... and if they go down fighting then atleast there is the satisfaction that comes with challenging the opposition.. In conditions like these the better teams of this world would have concentrated on rotating the strike with quick and cheeky singles... which not only helps build the confidence of both batsmen at the crease but also makes the bowler and captain rethink their strategy and in the process creating more opportunities... however not to be...Pakistan were found lacking and remained on the defensive(4 maiden overs to Anderson not taking anything away from him, he bowled superbly)... and as a result the top order crumbled like Mcvities Digestives. Pakistan batsmen need a reminder that the batsmen is worth a single ball and its up to the batsman to die fighting or die like a sitting duck...the top order needs to take some lessons from Umar Gul and Co.

  • Shafiq Ur Rehman on July 31, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Pak team is like a lamb against lion and in this way result is clear. selectors must think of Yousuf and yunis to bring back and provide some sources of bating selecting all youngster at a time does not make sence. we need alrounder also in the team in case off failure of batting, like Abdul Razzaq he is the only pakistani alrounder who can bat on any number any bating condition and he had experience of all kind of cricket.

  • mazhar on July 31, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    no doubt we need 2 x Y back in the team, get rid of kaneria and brinb back Razzaq, and Yasir Hameed, at least we have 2 experience players

  • MOYO ARRIVES IN ENGLAND on July 31, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    yes, this is d wish of millions of paki fans, to send MOYO BY EVERY PAKI n yaseer hamid by many paki,even younis khan if in form by some paki as S.O.S, in the next available flight to heathrow airport drop kaneria,he is outta form since last 2 yrs, replace ajmal batsmen fear him today, n any old/young fast bowler in place of gul, cuz gul seems tired of bowling so does akmal bros of batting, there has to b 70% changes of players in all 3 formats, or soon pakistan will loose not just test playing nation status but 1 dayers as well

  • Sohail Din on July 31, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    The next step to taken by PCB is changing captain. They think, captain is everything, but they don't think how to make a balance team. Sometimes they believe on youngsters but they forget what an experienced player can do. In every field of life, you must need experience and motivation to fight.

  • Ray on July 31, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Whatever happened to Asim Kamal? Why isn't he playng anymore? 8 50's in 12 tests in decent I suppose. Imran Farhat - this guy scores one and then hangs onto the team forever. Why not Yasir Hameed? When will Kamran be dropped from tests? Enough is enough - and Umar should be spoken to to deliver at test level as well. Hopefully things will change....

  • Abbas on July 31, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Does anyone remember Moin Khan's two catches in a row off Waqar in South Africa. He was also in the team for his batting. The stupid tradition continues.

  • Javaid M. Malik / Jeddah KSA on July 31, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Another shamefull batting performance by our batsmen in general & Team management (PCB Chairman/Manager/Coach/Captain/Vice Captain) in particular. They are the one who decided, after Australia tests, that there is no need to call YK & MY in order to strengthen middle order. These players are good for perfect weather conditions & placid wickets & have not learnt how to play in these conditions over the years. Match against Ireland in WC is an excellant example which is happening again & again. Count how many batsmen were out by wicket-keeper & at slip cordon. Team managent seems to be ignorent about modern day game approach whereby players are selected to suit prevailing weather/pitch conditions & opponent's strength. If YK and/or MY are not called prior to the 2nd test then I suggest the following team / batting order: Butt/ Farhat/ Yasir/ Azhar/ Malik/ one all rounder/ WK / Aamir/ Gul/ Danish & Asif. Give rest to U. Amin & Akmal bros. to force them to think over their mistakes.

  • Ahmed on July 31, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Why the hell Kamran Akmal is still on the team. Both he and Malik can only play limited overs cricket. Replace Kamran and Shoaib and bring younis and yousuf back along with Fawad Alam. This will solve most of the problems.

  • Salman on July 31, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Why to dump young player?.. what are experience players doing Farhat has been there for 10 years.. so y can't these players stay they bat well against Australlia the failure was the senior batsmen.. Management keep repeating the same mistakes...As they did to Fawad Alam and Asim Kamal these two players can make lot of runs if they get a chance in a proper batting positions. Senior Batsmen almost gave Aussie to bounce back in Headingley..

  • Sam on July 31, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Pakistans problem is its batting-lineup right? Well, there is a very simple solution to that, we need to get rid of Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria (ugly bowling) and Umar Amin, Azhar Ali is a must have he may very well be the next Yousuf and for that we need Yousuf himself in the team, this is the line-up Pakistan must have in the 2nd test:- 1) Yasir Hameed 2) Salman Butt 3) Azhar Ali 4) Younis Khan 5) M.Yousuf 6) Imran Farhat (He is not a good opener, only at times will he click) 7) Kamran Akmal 8) M.Amir 9) M.Asif 10) U.Gul 11)S.Ajmal

    Guys you gotta agree that Kaneria's days are over, Ajmal NEEDS to come to the side to boost it even more, even in the batting department Ajmal rocks (Remember him and Amir on a 100 run partnership against NZ?)

  • tarek on July 31, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Time to dump Umar Amin and Umar Akmal. The former is inexperienced for the english condition while the latter is a one day player like Afridi.

    One of the three pacemen who are carrying the huge burden here, will go unfit in a test or so and then Pak is sure to face inning defeats from there on.

  • Naeem on July 31, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Well ... Pcb has to think about Mohammad Yousaf and of Younus Khan , otherwise u will get same results.

  • supratim on July 31, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I think there is too much whining about pakistan batting being inexperienced,I mean out of the top 7..only 2-3 are in experinced,but still they are getting all out for 150 odd for 4 years now...plus if pakistan bowling is that strong how come every team manages to score 250 plus against them all the time!I think the current pakistan team has no talent except umar akmal,that guy is a genius,moh amer has lots to prove he has done ok in wickets where anyone with 120k speed can get a few wickets...his real test will be in pitches not tailor made for pacers,the kid has 3 more years to prove himself,same things were said abt GUL 5 years ago and we all know where Gul stands now in tests...anyways...I think pak seriously need some talented batsmen,the experienced ones are useless as well

  • Stephen Mason on July 31, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    I think most of these comments are a bit harsh. England lost 6 wickets for 23 on the second day, showing how the conditions were. Even on day one, it was only Collingwood & Morgan who really mastered the conditions.

    It was always going to be Anderson's day.

  • Yazi on July 31, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Batting has been a problem for quite some time.. playing on pakistani dead wickets has led to Pakistan's poor performnces with the bat at places like Australia, England, etc.. and also is the cause of lacking of batting success for the the players that are coming out...

  • Tarique Sayed on July 31, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    It is frustrating to see Pakistan batting capitulate once again, they have clearly undone the hard work of their exemplary bowlers,and again a rookie bowler like Mohammad Aamer comes out and bats resolutely,to give some respectability to the Pakistan total.

    It might be a good idea to reshuffle the batting order,the out of form Umar Akmal and Umar Amin should bat lower,and the batting coach Ejaz Ahmed, should implore Kamran Akmal to play his natural game of offense,and put some runs for Pakistan.

    There is no escape for Pakistan,as they will come across seaming and swinging conditions very often in English weather they have to strengthen the batting,please have kaneria dropped and include Wahab Riaz to bolster the swing bowling.

    Regards

    Tarique

  • yogesh on July 31, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    If pakistan need some consistency..then they need to bring the world's best batsman from Pakistan..(Mohammed Yusuf who is at his best all the time) and then followed by younis khan...then probably there might have some possibility of wininng the matches..since Pakistan have some very gud fast and spin bowlers like Asif,Ameer,Gul,Ajmal currently.but they dont have the best batting line up..apart from Salman Butt,Malik,Umar Akmal, they need to bring the batsmens younis,Yousuf,Hammed then its quite a fantastic tem...yousuf has given his life to pakistan in cricket..but being blamed just bcoz he has not performed only in Aus series...My team for pakistan Stands like this.. 1.Salman Butt 2.Yaseer Hameed 3.Younis Khan 4.Shoaib Malik 5.Mohammed Yousuf 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran Akmal(Keeper) 8.Mohammed Ammer 9.Umar Gul 10.Mohammed Asif 11.Saeed Ajmal. Guys i am an Indian.but still i luv pakistan just bcoz we r all from asia...and cricket is a sporting game need to play that as friendly

  • Riaz Ahmed on July 31, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    We keep trying the same who have failed miserably in every test. I like the idea of Pak and Australia based players who would be better suited to test cricket ---better fit and mentally tough. When are we going to get a batting coach like Boycott or Gawaskar. Ijaz has been waste. Waqar has done wonders with bowlers except Kaneria...we need a western batting coach or consultant to teach batting. Now morgan would feel like world beater even though he should have been out under fifty. So when will this team get a batting coach, a wicket keeper and a batsman.

  • SayedJee on July 31, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Kamran, can we start a petition or a poll here at cricinfo to show PCB that Kamran Akmal is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A TEST WICKETKEEPER! I'm sure over 90% will vote for his ouster (Not that cricinfo public opinion matters much to big Butt). For crying out loud, he has been dropping simple catches for years now and its totally embarrassing.

    Here is a snippet from Cricinfo commentary Pak-SL 1st test Galle 2009

    7.2 Mohammad Aamer to Jayawardene, no run, Dropped Akmal's the culprit, Aamer bowls it in the corridor outside off and induces a nick, Akmal didn't have to move, he's dropped a sitter

    This was simple as simple it could be! Of all the cricket that I have seen (including galli cricket), have never seen a wicketkeeper drop a catch like that.

  • Md. Towhid on July 31, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    After Aameer Sohail, Saaed Anwar Pakistans opening batsmen are gone forever. After Inzamam, Yusuf and Yunus Pakistan's middle order is gone forever too.

  • Hassan on July 31, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    This is not the first time that Kamran Akmal played vital role and Pakistan is going to lose this match. he is not performing at all, then what is the reason behind to select him in playinh eleven? another main person responsible for this is our "Chairman" and i am 100% agree on the comments of ex ICC chairman.

  • Shashank on July 31, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I thought that most young Pakistani batsmen tried hard to apply themselves, especially Azhar . There needs to be some change of approach from Umar , he is amazingly gifted but needs to play according to situations. The second innings needs to be a more determined effort. It is still too early for Pakistan to give up hope on this test match.

  • Sekhon on July 31, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Replacing a player by another player is not always the solution. The solution lies within a player himself. Moreover we can not expect much from this young team. We must support them instead of replacing them again and again. Make them more responsible which leads to better cricket. One replacement I should prefer Danish Kaneria with Saeed Ajmal. I am eating my own words though. Even I should say not to play with Danish in English conditions.

  • Najam Saeed on July 31, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    It is about time to bring in Yousuf and Yunus in the side. Imran Farhat is a disaster except for occasional flash in the pan. We must back our outstanding bowlers with half way decent batting side. The misrey will continue unless some changes are made for the 2nd test.

  • Rashid on July 31, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Thanks kamran Bhai for this diligent article.Pak cricket cannot survive this much injustice and corruption.Get Yousuf and Younus back Shoib Malik one innings good then ten innings flop , what is he good for. New batsman should be given opportunities.

  • Sadiq on July 31, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I will still say that pak need 2 ys, with this batting line up it will happen again.

  • ManagementMistake on July 31, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    It is management mistake, the most important position in batting order has been given to the least experienced players. Either team managements are fool or trying to save politician like Malik by sending him lower down the order. Umar Akmal or Malik should have come at 4/5. Umar Amin or any new should be 6 down. They left their thinking cap(if they had any) back in Pakistan. Corruption is prevailing from Ijaz Butt to some of players in the field. One or two time mistake is called mistake but they way these spineless batsman batting is not mistakes but surrendering.

  • Sadiq on July 31, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I will still say that pak need 2 ys, with this batting line up it will happen again.

  • Saad bin Rasheed on July 31, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Well ........ Well ........ Well, this is not the first time that we are experiencing this kind of performance from Pakistani batsmen, i don't understand why they are not including yousuf and younus in a tour which is ready made for them, you can't groom your youngsters with out your senior players and i feel sorry to say but if your seniors are like malik and salman butt then May ALLAH bless the future of young cricketers of Pakistan

  • Syed Sajid-ul-Islam on July 31, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Pakisan should replace Umar Amin and Umar Akmal from the next match by Yasir Hameed and recalled Mohd. Yousuf respectively to lend solidity to the crippled batting line up.

  • AJS007 on July 31, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    On this pitch 200 is a defendable target. Because of the shoddy performance of Kamran Akmal England posted big total of 354. Pak should find alternate wicket keeper for FTP. In the place of Danish Kaneria another specialist batsman can be included. Shoaib Malik can fill the role of 4th bowler

  • Syed Sajid-ul-Islam on July 31, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Please convince PCB and the Pakistan team Management to drop Kamran Akmal immediately to fetch better results from the next match onwards.

  • Tahir on July 31, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    PCB chairman should take rest and for God sack "MUST" leave his position, because he is not in physically/mentally position to control the board matters. He is too old. Due to him pakistan cricket is dieying. Muhammed Yousaf & Younis khan are the test players. They must be included in the test team. But "BUTT SAHIB" are just showing one man show and destrying the players'careers, and eventually cricket in pakistan.

  • avik rudra on July 31, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Absolutely right....after a brilliant spell of swing bowling by Asif...the pakistan batting line up should have done a bit better than what they dished out yesterday....

  • Dar on July 31, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Just feel why PAK batsmen play way from there body? from our point of view PAK top order playing defense with angel bat. We need batting coach without this we cannot help our younger and they keep failing end of day you will see again two Ys..

  • habib on July 31, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    ye pak bats man kabhi

  • Turrab on July 31, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I really feel bad for Pakistani bowlers that they had to carry the batting after spending over a day bowling thier hearts out. As far for the english bowling, yes it was decent but not great OR magical, Pakistani top and middle order were simply offering catching pratice to English slip men and WC. Lastly Aussies will win ashes this year and james anderson, steve finn will get a real thrasing from clarke, ponting and hussy down under for sure, you heard it here first, folks.

  • Shabut on July 31, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Finally someone has written some positive, realistic, and well balanced criticsm about Pakistan team and the batting in particular. Most of the critics are just outright criticizing the Pak team without taking into considration the opponent team's batting failures. If you really analyze this series so far the two worst batting displays have come from Australia, bundled out for 88, and then England who lost 6 wickets for just 17 runs on the second day of this test. If two matured teams are having so much difficulty in these English conditions why are we expecting so much from the rookie Pak team?

  • Lahoria71 on July 31, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    I couldn't agree more. As Pakistan supporters we have to look at this batting performance as an invaluable learning experience. These kids are trying really hard, case in point, Azhar Ali really battled & was unlucky to not have a more experienced partner on the other end who could have told him to use one of the reviews. You are right the bowlers need a break but it needs to come from our keeper. I agree with Michael Holding, slip fielders get their cue from the keeper & if Kamran could have placed himself correctly behind the stumps so many of the edges would have found fielders & England may not have made 354. I've never been afraid of losing I just want my boys to play hard & not quit. I'm so proud of this team, the way they bowled, especially, Aamir. I still can't believe he's only 18. We have a lot of memorable years ahead of us. Pakistan Zindabad......

  • vishal agarwal on July 31, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    i think pakistan should ask shoaib malik to bat at no 4. he is the most senior batsman in their line up and he should be given more responsibilty. they should aslo try out yaseer hameed at the next match. he has played some test and that would help. and last, where is aseem kamal?? he was one of the finds for pakistan a few years ago,so bring him back and play him even if it means dropping umar akmal.. what say? ...

  • Shahiq Ahmed on July 31, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Well said, having such a fragile batting line up not only adds the pressure on the young inexperienced batsmen but also, is a toil for the bowlers ... By having such a young side, wont groom the talent but would DESTROY it very Early ... Poor Amir & Asif, 3 more matches to go .... Spare a thought for them ... PAK DESPERATELY need the services of YoYo ...

  • Sekhon on July 31, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Pakistan batting line up is hurting Pakistan team the most. They need to be very careful in this English conditions. Its a test match not a 20-20 or one day. You have to play one match which last for 5 days. You must have the ability to survive all 5 days. Bat like u have to bat for 5 days. Then only one can survive in test matches. Pakistan can not win this match but they can try to make this match towards draw by batting sensibly. I also knew that its easy to comment but its really hard to play in this conditions. This is the real test for young guns. Be ready and determined to win. They should have this in mind " DETERMINATION LEADS TO SUCCESS". Thanks

  • Debanjanthecricketfanatic on July 31, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Hi Mr Abbasi , I would love to know your views about the following :

    I agree with what JonRiz has to say. To solve their batting problems Pakistan need to think out of box. As we all know lots of Pakistanis are residing and playing in places like UK and Australia , I believe it will be great to try out some of these young overseas Pakistanis as batsmen.

    There are two major reasons behind this :

    1. These young talent would have the opportunities to to be technically and mentally stronger since they would be coming from very strong cricketing structures.

    2. Another point is that none of these young overseas Pakistanis will have too much opportunity to play for countries like UK and Australia in the long run so they would happily take the opportunity to play for Pakistan.

    3. Pakistan should never try to play test cricket at home since Pakistani conditions are just too batting friendly.It will be better for Pakistan to use England as their home base for next decade or two.

  • Javed (From Toronto) on July 31, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    We keep on harping about the inexperienced talent that we have but the inexperienced talent should have their basic techniques right. I am really sick and tired of hearing about these “young inexperienced talented” boys. Nothing will work for them if they don’t have the basics and the temperament for test cricket. These are the same players who score runs in 20/20 only because they don’t need any good technique to go to the crease and starting hitting at every ball. A wild horse does not win a race, you need to prepare it for the courses.

    “A defeat with dignity” is something Pakistani cricket team does not know anything about. “Optimism for the future battles” will come with temperament and good technique.

    Kamran, please don’t use such difficult phrases after such a difficult day. Just keep it simple like “Boys you have 5 days to bat” or “Leave the ball out-side-of-stumps” or “Don’t-hang-your-bat-out-to-dry, it is already a dry willow”

  • Kool Kat on July 31, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    You have already given up, Kamran. Too bad.

  • waterbuffalo on July 31, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    You know Kamran, I think this will just hasten the recall of Yousuf and Younis, Younis is already at Surrey, if I am not mistaken, and I am sure I am not alone in thinking this was going to happen all along. Yousuf is good in tough conditions, I am sure one of them at least will be back for the second Test after we get hammered in this one.

  • Arif on July 31, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Suggestion to PCB.....only select bowlers for the next test as they are doing better in all departments of the game. Why bother with batsmen when bowlers can do the same job. This will also give us a more lethal bowling attack and we may get our opponents out rather quickly and may not need services of any specialized batsman. I hope someone is listening.

  • Bosco Martyres on July 31, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    There is something excruciatingly irritating about Kamran Akmal. First of all he stands too far back and since the slip fielders take their cue from the wicket-keeper, they too are too far back, so that regulation catches are missed( Example- Eoin Morgan chance)Secondly he just does not have what it takes to be a wicket keeper at this level. This is a crucial position on the team, one that can make or break a game as Kamran's latest miscues have demonstrated. PCB PLEASE get a good quality wicket-keeper for the team.

  • rehan on July 31, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    i think paki batsmen need a break to get their rechniques right

  • Rajan on July 31, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Pakistan desperately need the Younis Khan and Mo Yo back in the team. The better test teams have a couple of batsman who stablize the innings and around whom the others build partnerships. Having Younis and Yousuf in the side can make a world of difference. Pakistan really needs them now. Rajan

  • Tanoli on July 31, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Mr Abbasi.... Pak bowlers dont need a break. How much cricket Pak play anyway? Once in a while....Mostly, they are sitting at home b/c of various reasons. If you wanna write a column/article, please be positive. They are professional, young and energetic. If Aamer and gul are good with bat, it's a good sign, they can become all-rounders. Look at Kallis, Watson, Wasim/Imran (in the past)... What do you mean defeat with dignity? There is no big difference between Pak and Eng when it comes to batting and bowling (pak is better in bowling)....Had akmal taken those catches, eng would have gone under 100 runs....

  • wahab on July 31, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    nice one, BB big butt and SB small butt both have relations with National assembly, now matter of 2 Y's is personal with Mr.Big Butt, its upon B.B if he wants that 2 Y's ask mercy and apeal from cricket board(which is total nonsence) same thing happened to pakistan hockey same thing will happen to pakistan cricket after few years we will not able to produce players like mohammad yousuf etc, we already lost players like shahbaz in hockey. dont know why Ramiz on tv backing up kamran, umar akmal, imran, malik, he should be honest with himslef and with is country.

  • Harpreet singh bhinder on July 31, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Give chance to Hammad

  • Shahid on July 31, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I think the fans need a break from Kamran Akmal, Kaneria and a batting line which is only good for a maximum score of 200. Kamran is more a cause for defeats than a contributer. How many matches have we lost due to his keeping? What has he contributed by bat since he landed in Australia? What is Kaneria good for. He needs some 15 badly bowled overs with full tosses, legsides, overpitcheds and short ones before even he knows what he is doing. Most of his wickets are not earned but presented by batsmen. He is just not a material to fit in a good bowling attack. In batting there is not even a single player who u can call a world class players.

  • Uzi Khan on July 31, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Pakistan need to seriously consider their batting selection.....Umar Amin? Umar Akmal? Kamran Akmal? in place of Younis, Yousuf and Fawad Alam? I sense a 4-0 peppering.....despite continuous brilliance from our bowlers!

  • Mamoon Rashid on July 31, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Pathetic display from Pakistani batsmen and gloveman. enough is enough kamran needs to go!!! I have a bad feeling about this one. They wont be able to save this match from here on. learn stupid PCB and bring back your real quality players such as Yasir Hameed, MYousuf for the sake of integrity if you have one!

  • asad on July 31, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    How stupid is it to have two bowling coach coaching a team whose weakness is batting?I think the word is out,this present Pakistan team can't score more than 250 runs in any innings whether the sun is shining or the skies are overcast.And therein lies the problem with Pakistan,their batsmen are just incapable of making meaningful scores.I would rate the present Bangladesh team sa a better batting team than Pakistan.Which is why it is bewildering that two of their best batsmen are back in Pakistan,while mediocre players are persisted with.

  • Ayyaz on July 31, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    bring yousaf back of all; and shut doors for kamran + umar akmal (umar akmal for tests only) and get any1 but kamran as a keeper. i see better pakistan team without current so called keeper. his name should be changed from keeper to spiller.... its shame to think that out of 180 million of pakistanis no1 can perform better to earn a wicket keeping post?

    batters underperforming and finally the bubble is burst again. welcome back to the reality .. Pakisatnis good days in cricket post inzi, W2s, are few and far between. it hurts.

  • Farrukh Arif on July 31, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Either bring back Younis Khan (not even want Yousuf as younis has played a season in English conditions very recently and has made some reasonable scores of 50s and 70s) or change the composition of the team. I mean with this state of batting if i was the coach i would have even gone for a team with 4 batsman,4 fast bowlers,2 spinners and a wicket keeper (and by wicket keeper i do not mean Kamran Akmal) and would have ask the bowlers to get opposing team out for 100 or 150. I am not convinced with Salaman butt as captain nor was i after win over Australia. He has no tactics what so ever i mean he was 50% responsible of 100 runs from Kaneria. Bad field placings, short spells everybody in the world knows that kaneria needs long spells for confident bowling. Go and ask Inzamam who used to give Kaneria spells of 10 to 12 overs. Rest 50% was contributed by Kamran. I do not know why is he in the team.I am afraid that the way Amir is being used he (God Forbid) can have severe injury.

  • MJN on July 31, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    I agree. Pakistan's batsmen need to step up. I think Bangladesh's batsman (no disrespect intended) would have done a better job. I feel sorry for the bowlers, beacuse they keep putting Pakistan back in the game only to see their batsmen fail time and time again. In this test match the fielding has also been poor. I agree with this new policy of giving youth a chance but it is ridiculous that our best batsmen who averages over 50 (Younis Khan)is playing for Surrey and not selected for his country, and like wise Mohammed Yousaf. At least one of these players should be playing so they can nurture the youngsters, show them how to contruct an innings. Every time Pakistan go out to bat I cant bear to watch!

  • muz on July 31, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    well written kamran ------ umer amin and 2 akmals needs replacing with yunus/yusuf and sarfaraz to relieve the prssure on bowlers - kamran is dropping too many vital chances leaving bowlers mentally drained umer amin and umer akmal are talented? but unable to deliver when people compare umer akmal with javed miandad and inzy it is only to inflate his ego - has he ever played for the team? he just another afridi - once a year wonder then surrender in for next 20 matches. Yunus and yusuf are not exactly of that callibre of them but they are the best in the business for us use them and can someone sack Ijaz Butt please for his stupid attitude towards yunus?

  • Aamir Abbas on July 31, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    yousuf is a history but we are in need of younus ar any cost .... i dont think he'll bring politics with him .... remove umar amin & malik .... have younus & asim kamal/yasir hameed ....

    amin is not upto the mark in any sense, malik plays for himself not for the team

  • DR Masood on July 31, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I am not sure that this batting line (which is worse than Bangladesh) have any chance with or without follow on, You can't compete in test cricket with batting line of 20's & 40's players. none of current Pakistani batsmen have test cricket calibre. I don't know when Pakistani administration will stop shooting at their feet by not playing 2 high quality test batsmen & still find place for S Malik (who is not a test player by any standards). I don't know when this big Butt with is big head will stop ruining Pak cricket.

  • Wirasat Siddiqi on July 31, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    I think this is the time that we need to stop lecturing Pakistani batsman and let them play their natural game. You cannot teach someone the batting skills just by giving lectures and instructions. I hate to read everywhere batsman needs to be more careful and cautious. Apparently, these lectures are not working. So, just let them play with their natural style and skills and see if it works

  • M.TAHIR FROM SPRINGFIELD on July 30, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    This inexperienced team is like lambs to be slaughtered in the batting department in ENGLISH conditions,and they DO need the experience of yousuf AND younus before they can experiment and play with the emotions of the entire pakistani nations and moresoever of those (like us) who are abroad and take these games as serious as life itself.MR.BUTT,and I just dont mean JUST EJAZ BUTT,but our other BUTT MR.SALMAN TOO....HE says give the guys time ...what another 15 years....Its been our culture to KICK OUT the CREAM OF THE CROP right when they are at their peak.LET me refresh ur memory...Saeed anwar...dropped for good after being the only one to make a century (from pakistan) in aworld cup.Ene the great Wasim..took the highest no. of wickets at that point when pakistan was ousted from that world cup...then he was out...only to retire after seeing the injustice done to him.Had saeed anwar been playing for a while he would have been able to guide the newcomers taking them under his wings.

  • Naeem on July 30, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Go Go Ijaz Butt go.

  • EAMiran on July 30, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    While playing against swing and seam has never been our forte the current lot seem even more helpless against it. Butt was ok against a hit-the-deck type of Australian bowler, unfortunately against seam he is a shoo-in canditate for a keeper-slip catch with his technique. Farhat is just an average player and does not inspire any confidence against any attack. Azhar Ali should be persisted with as he wants to hang around, which is very good. I suspect his problem is one of limited talent. Amin looks good for the few deliveries that he actually manages to play but appears to be struggling with the conditions. Don't know what is up with Akmal Jr. He had everything going for him when he started but his career graph has slid downhill since. Malik should not be in the team as he is neither a batsman nor a bowler. Akmal Sr's continued presence in the team is equally as baffling as Maliks. While Malik makes no contribution to the team Akmal Sr. goes out of his way to lose matches. Depressing!

  • wfaizi on July 30, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    i could not agree more..second test against Australia and this test against England the bowlers bowled quite well.i don't think Kaneria is bowling enough..its the batting they need to worry about..Akmal brothers need to rest and have someone else be given a fair chance...

  • Shaheena on July 30, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    well Mr Abbasi, do you care to ask the PCB to throw out the culprits or I must say parasite from team. Take akmal brothers for an instance and tell us how long we pakistani fans will suffer from akmal clan. The senior can't bat and can't keep and yet still stucked with the team for years. I mean we have lost not only tests but the whole series only because of akmal keeping but how come he always kept his place in team. Now that he became vice captain(only PCB know on which ground they make a player vice captain even though they suppose to watch both akmals for few months due to their dramas in australia). Why not PCB start an investigation about these two brothers who gifted their wickets in each game and miss easy chances for wickets. If any of akmals read this or their family members, "akmals you are ruining paksitan cricket because of your selfish behaviour". I know akmal will only leave the place when adnan akmal will be selected as a keeper.

  • Omer Adhia on July 30, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    No excuse for the so called senior batsman (Butt, Farhat and Akmal snr) to play the shots they played. What will it take to dislodge Farhat and Akmal Snr out of the Pakistan team?

  • Jonathan on July 30, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    All the talk of Umar Akmal went right into his head. Umar Amin is not mentally ready for this stage yet. Yasir Hamid has to be in the playing 11.

  • Mustafa Rizvi on July 30, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    So far our teams' performance against the England shows that the win over a depleting Aussies side was a fluke. To be honest, the batting has been letting the whole team down tremendously through out this whole summer. I can't seem to understand the logic of throwing two untested and consistent flop players when we have people like Faisal Iqbal,Fawad Alam, Khuram Manzoor and Sarfraz Ahmed waiting in wings. This is the height of injustice. Deserving players are sitting outside and undeserving players are dropping catches left and right. Whoever selected this team in the first place, seriously needs to be dumped right away. Please save the cricket in Pakistan. The whole nation is sick and tired of seeing drop catches and miss stumpings.

  • akbar ghous on July 30, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Please get rid of Kamran Akmal. Dropping catches in test matches are just not acceptable. Also need to move Maiik to the one down position. Alot of pakistan cricket afcinados will disagree with my comment moving malik to one down and instead would want him dropped altogether but i would pick him over anyone cause his hands are safe as a house and he can bowl. Also bring in Yasir Hameed for Umer Amin. No need to bring the Ys back.They are past there prime and there is no gaurantee they will do any better then the current batsmen in overcast conditions.

  • Ahmad Goheer on July 30, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Kamran, you have let them go easily ... Questions on the streets are being raised off Akmal brothers not being happy with Butt as captain ... hmmm, interesting thought because their performances do tend to agree with this rumor.

    What about Umer Amin, how many chances does one get? He has failed in five innings so far, failed in Asia Cup throughout, failed at the tour matches earlier in this tour as well ... Azhar Ali however seems a good find and can surely be given a good run, but this Umer Amin surely can make space for someone else ...

    I for one am not too keen on Yousuf or Younis coming back. They obviously themselves don't know what they want, Yousuf is retired and not retired at the same time, available and not at the same time. Younis is out of sight, out of news ... but bigest of all, is out of form too. So let's leave them in the past and move forward ... but the key is FORWARD. Are we really moving in that direction?

    Biggest question mark of all - Field Placements!!!

  • Agha Raza on July 30, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    I agree with Kamran Abbasi last paragraph. Even after follow on if Pakistan can get a lead of 150 that may be match winning.So it is better if England will enforce the follow on if that option becomes available. Agha Raza

  • Agha Raza on July 30, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    I think Pakistan should change their batting order. Experience should come in first. Shoaib Malik should bat at number 3 followed by Kamran Akmal at number 4. Then you can have youngsters to follow them.

  • Faisal Jaan on July 30, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Still no reward for Younis' dignity!!! One can't expect much from the young guns in testing conditions. Imagine a middle order with the likes of Younis, Yousaf, Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal with this formidable bowling lineup. Please bring on 2Ys back to support 2As.

  • jagjit on July 30, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Bring back yousaf or younis. Pak needs at least one of them in their batting. To be honest, this batting line up of pakistan is worse than any English county side not to speak of English national team. What a contrast within a team -- World class bowlers and club Level batsmen. I hope that English team will make it easy at least 3-0 in this series.

  • Zameer on July 30, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Kamran

    Today if two y's are there Pakistan might reach 350 but with difficuly only but with out them our team is worth only less than 200 against any good bowling. No team in world can inject youth in this insane manner except Pakistan. We are basically very emotional nation and always fail to plan any thing just excessive emotions and no rationality at all, so my dear Kamran do not worry this stupid board will finnish Amir with in year or so. As far as Umer Akmal is concerned he do not need any one else his brother along with his politics will finish him before he will become any thing. If you do not have any good domestic system you need strong experienced mentors like Miadad to Inzi thats how cricket in Pakistan flourished, i read lot of comments here but every one miss this simple point from our cricket history. Two Y's are require to move this tridition forward.

  • Cricketlover on July 30, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Well said! Now, even the most die-hard of fans can perceive that the only way for Pakistan to go is to put up their best because anything short of that means a very humiliating start to this series. And this is something nobody wanted even though odds were stacked up against Pakistan from the word go, in terms of conditions and crowds, etc. The inexperience taboo must be removed quickly so as to give some hope to their fans around the world.

  • Thakur Baldev Singh Chauhan on July 30, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    I think Pakistani batting is poor and bowling is over-hyped. Any set of decent swing bowlers would perform like champions in these conditions just like Finn and Anderson especially against such poor batting line up. When was the last time Umar Akmal played a significant inning? Both Aamir and Umar Akmal have become big stars before they have delivered anything for their country. Taking 2-3 wickets on helpful tracks is no big thing.

    Less said about the catching and wicket keeping is better. All in all it is a pretty poor side with a new captain and over-hyping them will only hurt in the long run.

  • Hassan on July 30, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    The bowlers are working hard, but Pakistan playing with only 10 players and england with 12. Akmal is the 12th person of england. really is it worthy that for 15 or 20 scores Pakistan giving 200 plus runs because of Akmal? the simple answer is no. we dont need that keeper who is scoring 10 or 15 runs but droping cathes of senior batsmen those scoring hundreds.

  • taha mahmood on July 30, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Completely agree with you kamran, the bowlers not only need a rest but also some saisfaction that what they are doing should help the batsmen, however this has not been the case so far because all the hardwork by the bowlers is undone by some woeful batting. I think Umar Amin would be better to watch from the sidelines and learn rather than throwing him into the limelight so suddenly. I have been disappointed with Umar Akmal, thought he would hold the batting together but cant blame him when he comes out at 40-3. I hoped I didnt have to say this but we need Younis and Yousuf now, or else face humiliation.

  • Muhammed on July 30, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Kamran bhai how on earth do u expect the batsmen to perform when you have absolute rookies in the team playing against the swinging ball...surely common sense should prevail and hope that the return of mohd yousuf and younis khan is eminent..im not against youth but as a unit we need to find a blance between youth and experience

  • noor on July 30, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Why Pakistan persist with Kamran akmal is beyond me? He has proven once again that he is not up to test cricket wicket-keeping and yet the Pak selectors continu picking him. We are told that the only reason he is in the team its because of Pakistan' brittle batting line up. He made a duck today and has been very poor of late. Time to drop him for the next test and bring in a specialist WK.

  • FAISAL WAHAB on July 30, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    This team reminds me of the team, which toured England in 1962, 1967, 1978. Burki was the captain in 1962 tour, he could not get out of his seniors, and the performance was pathetic. The 1967 tour was also like that, saving a test at lords where hanif scored 187, hitting underwood with all the control in the world. 1978 tour was the worst again becoz of packer ban. Butt is newcomer as captain, he has no experience at test level. 8 bowlers were used in the eng 1st inn. Reminds me of the 1962 tour. pathetic fielding, catching as always poor. straight forward catches r being spilled. keeper is the hero of our team. what a shame. he has been made vice captain. younis khan & mohammad yousuf should be inducted into the squad for the 2nd test to save the pride of our country's cricket. for god sake dont destroy pakistan cricket.

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  • FAISAL WAHAB on July 30, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    This team reminds me of the team, which toured England in 1962, 1967, 1978. Burki was the captain in 1962 tour, he could not get out of his seniors, and the performance was pathetic. The 1967 tour was also like that, saving a test at lords where hanif scored 187, hitting underwood with all the control in the world. 1978 tour was the worst again becoz of packer ban. Butt is newcomer as captain, he has no experience at test level. 8 bowlers were used in the eng 1st inn. Reminds me of the 1962 tour. pathetic fielding, catching as always poor. straight forward catches r being spilled. keeper is the hero of our team. what a shame. he has been made vice captain. younis khan & mohammad yousuf should be inducted into the squad for the 2nd test to save the pride of our country's cricket. for god sake dont destroy pakistan cricket.

  • noor on July 30, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Why Pakistan persist with Kamran akmal is beyond me? He has proven once again that he is not up to test cricket wicket-keeping and yet the Pak selectors continu picking him. We are told that the only reason he is in the team its because of Pakistan' brittle batting line up. He made a duck today and has been very poor of late. Time to drop him for the next test and bring in a specialist WK.

  • Muhammed on July 30, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Kamran bhai how on earth do u expect the batsmen to perform when you have absolute rookies in the team playing against the swinging ball...surely common sense should prevail and hope that the return of mohd yousuf and younis khan is eminent..im not against youth but as a unit we need to find a blance between youth and experience

  • taha mahmood on July 30, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Completely agree with you kamran, the bowlers not only need a rest but also some saisfaction that what they are doing should help the batsmen, however this has not been the case so far because all the hardwork by the bowlers is undone by some woeful batting. I think Umar Amin would be better to watch from the sidelines and learn rather than throwing him into the limelight so suddenly. I have been disappointed with Umar Akmal, thought he would hold the batting together but cant blame him when he comes out at 40-3. I hoped I didnt have to say this but we need Younis and Yousuf now, or else face humiliation.

  • Hassan on July 30, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    The bowlers are working hard, but Pakistan playing with only 10 players and england with 12. Akmal is the 12th person of england. really is it worthy that for 15 or 20 scores Pakistan giving 200 plus runs because of Akmal? the simple answer is no. we dont need that keeper who is scoring 10 or 15 runs but droping cathes of senior batsmen those scoring hundreds.

  • Thakur Baldev Singh Chauhan on July 30, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    I think Pakistani batting is poor and bowling is over-hyped. Any set of decent swing bowlers would perform like champions in these conditions just like Finn and Anderson especially against such poor batting line up. When was the last time Umar Akmal played a significant inning? Both Aamir and Umar Akmal have become big stars before they have delivered anything for their country. Taking 2-3 wickets on helpful tracks is no big thing.

    Less said about the catching and wicket keeping is better. All in all it is a pretty poor side with a new captain and over-hyping them will only hurt in the long run.

  • Cricketlover on July 30, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Well said! Now, even the most die-hard of fans can perceive that the only way for Pakistan to go is to put up their best because anything short of that means a very humiliating start to this series. And this is something nobody wanted even though odds were stacked up against Pakistan from the word go, in terms of conditions and crowds, etc. The inexperience taboo must be removed quickly so as to give some hope to their fans around the world.

  • Zameer on July 30, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Kamran

    Today if two y's are there Pakistan might reach 350 but with difficuly only but with out them our team is worth only less than 200 against any good bowling. No team in world can inject youth in this insane manner except Pakistan. We are basically very emotional nation and always fail to plan any thing just excessive emotions and no rationality at all, so my dear Kamran do not worry this stupid board will finnish Amir with in year or so. As far as Umer Akmal is concerned he do not need any one else his brother along with his politics will finish him before he will become any thing. If you do not have any good domestic system you need strong experienced mentors like Miadad to Inzi thats how cricket in Pakistan flourished, i read lot of comments here but every one miss this simple point from our cricket history. Two Y's are require to move this tridition forward.

  • jagjit on July 30, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Bring back yousaf or younis. Pak needs at least one of them in their batting. To be honest, this batting line up of pakistan is worse than any English county side not to speak of English national team. What a contrast within a team -- World class bowlers and club Level batsmen. I hope that English team will make it easy at least 3-0 in this series.

  • Faisal Jaan on July 30, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Still no reward for Younis' dignity!!! One can't expect much from the young guns in testing conditions. Imagine a middle order with the likes of Younis, Yousaf, Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal with this formidable bowling lineup. Please bring on 2Ys back to support 2As.