2010: Summer of Pakistan August 6, 2010

Salman's soldiers fight again

After the fuss over Mohammad Yousuf's return, tiredness and lack of practice have ensured that Salman Butt can fight another battle with his team
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After the fuss over Mohammad Yousuf's return, tiredness and lack of practice have ensured that Salman Butt can fight another battle with his team. It is time to stand and deliver.

Yousuf says he has been unable to practice for almost two weeks. That knowledge combined with the short gap between the first and second Tests raises further questions about the sanity of the Pakistan Cricket Board in rushing back Yousuf from his reverie.

At the toss, Salman pointed at the construction work around Edgbaston, explaining that the building work might look ugly but the finished product will be worth seeing. Nice analogy but any buliding work needs to show evidence of progress or the builders will get the boot. Any half-competent builder will also ensure that the foundations are not dodgy.

Two of the changes are understandable. Kamran Akmal still hasn't got over the problems that were dogging him on the last tour of England in 2006, which means we've endured 4 years of his uncertain form. The question is whether Zulqarnain Haider has enough quality to hold his nerve in Test cricket?

Saeed Ajmal, we know, is an exceptional performer in limited overs cricket, and now has a chance to demonstrate his ability at Test level. With Danish Kaneria's persistent ability to disappoint, Ajmal is the only option in the current squad.

The key, however, will be Pakistan's batting. No change, and particularly no return for Yasir Hameed, are a major surprise. All the top six, apart from Salman, have something to prove in Test cricket. This is not a happy situation. Pakistan's batsmen seemed unaware of the virtues of not pushing at the ball in English conditions. They are surely good enough to have learnt that lesson quickly?

However well they now perform, the needless drama of the last week has heaped further pressure on this young team. The drama, and the non-selection of Yousuf, has exposed a rift between the cricket board and the captain and coach. The euphoria of Headingley was short lived. Batting first was a sign of positive intent or perhaps a show of defiance. Salman's soldiers will require both these qualities if they are to recover from the damage inflicted over the last week.

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  • Shafiq Hamid on August 9, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    From the comments the focus seems to have become ‘play the 2 Y’s or not?” – Come on guys you can’t choose a woman, date her, get married and without giving it a chance to work, suddenly decide it was a wrong choice and start looking at alternatives! It’s unfair if you don’t give it time.

    Selection was done – decisions on the captain and squad finalised for the English series. You play England and get slaughtered - Change your captain and start looking at players that were not selected in the first place.

    Recipe for disaster!

    Afridi gone – Salam in! Now Salman isn’t really working out and the key batting positions of 3 and 4 is in trouble – So let’s send for players that were not originally considered.

    You make your best decisions – deliberate every aspect before announcing the final squad. Flying in new players can only mean the selection processes and management screwed up (no surprises there!.

    Completely wrong and it will come to bite us in the Butt!!

  • Tom on August 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    I think Asim Kamal is the best player but havn't seen him for ages

  • Suhail Qureshi on August 9, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT ARE NOT SALMAN'S SOLDIERS. THEY DERVE TO BE SOLDIERS OF ANY SQUAD. Sulman soldiers are Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik who actually handed over the game much earlier. These guys do not deserve to be in the test squad. The fight is actually fought by those whose inclusion in test squad in unquestionable. We have seen only one dropped from these four (Kamran Akmal) and fresh blood injected in his place and we can see the difference. We should give ample chance to youngster but against the palyer like shoaib, Salman Butt, Akmal brothers who have proved themselves not suitable for test arena, instead of the players of the calaber of Muhammad Yousaf and Younis Khan.

  • sajad habib on August 9, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    salaam kamran bahi, i think pcb should send there six top order batsmen including captain back and bring ahmad shahzad,babar azam,azeem ghunman,younis khan,yousuf,yasir hamid,hasan raza,hammad azam,abdul razak for injured gul. ahmad shahzad who is considerd best talent in pakistan along with babar azam who can bowl also,hasan raza best captain brain in pakistan who was newer given chance as given to azhar ali,imran farhat,butt,umer amin.hamad azam best alrounder in pakistan after razak,

    sajad from kashmir

  • asim on August 9, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Can someone please suggest to Waqar and co to try opening with Saeed Ajmal, crowd the openers not used to playing spin with fielders and go all out for wickets?

  • Mayank on August 9, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I am mayank from India, Apart from all the good and bad performances of pak, i am partcularly disappointed with U Akmal. He was very promising at the start but now he seems to be playing for himself.He is least bothered for the team and never plays for teams winning cause.Pak have prouced gr8 legents and if he needs to come any way close he needs to change himself. May be sacking him out like his brother will be good option as of now.

  • Saiful Ansari on August 9, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Zulqarnain played a fighting knock, ably supported by Amir & Saeed Ajmal. It was a tremendous rearguard action after the main batsmen had been dismissed & Pak was staring at a loss by an innings. Zulqarnain in his maiden test appearance played like a veteran, after the LBW decision against him on the first ball was reversed by the third umpire. He demonstrated to the top order how to fight fire with fire. He faced 200 balls & counter-attacked the Eng bowlers very aggressively. Saeed Ajmal also played a fantastic knock, taking body punches that will hurt tonight, but will be gladly forgotten if Pak can upset Eng tomorrow. The likelihood of that is very slim, but Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. Today the three heroes of Pak were Zulqarnain, Amir & Saeed Ajmal. I like to pay my tributes to these gallant young soldiers of Salman for taking the fight to the opposition. For the first time the Eng Bowlers looked stressed&frustrated as our heroes refused to surrender.

  • Salma on August 9, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Pakistan might be down on rankings, short of some good batsmen and fielders BUT world of cricket will always be indebtted to them as no other nation has given so meaningfull inventions like "late swing" and "doosra" to cricket. Pakistan will come back stronger very soon. As soon as Ijaz Butt is over with his honymoon, we will be back. Look out for future names Mohammad Irfan and Naved Yasin.

  • Taufique Ahmed on August 9, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    dear kamran,

    Instead of sniping at Yousuf, you should be blunt about point out the spineless performance of Salman Butt and cohorts who claim themselves to be specialist batsmen. This whole bunch should hang their heads in shame and let bowelers to take their places. At least, then Pakistan will have a more variable bowling attack and hopefully will also make a few more runs.

    But then this is too much to expect from this bunch, I suppose!

  • Naveed Anjum on August 8, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    A.A kamran bhai my english is very poor.i read your blog first time,my advise to PCB illuminate karman akmal,umar akmal & shoaib malik team wil be going on wining track.the are root of politics in team,asim kamal,faisal iqbal & zulqarnain replac with them.

  • Shafiq Hamid on August 9, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    From the comments the focus seems to have become ‘play the 2 Y’s or not?” – Come on guys you can’t choose a woman, date her, get married and without giving it a chance to work, suddenly decide it was a wrong choice and start looking at alternatives! It’s unfair if you don’t give it time.

    Selection was done – decisions on the captain and squad finalised for the English series. You play England and get slaughtered - Change your captain and start looking at players that were not selected in the first place.

    Recipe for disaster!

    Afridi gone – Salam in! Now Salman isn’t really working out and the key batting positions of 3 and 4 is in trouble – So let’s send for players that were not originally considered.

    You make your best decisions – deliberate every aspect before announcing the final squad. Flying in new players can only mean the selection processes and management screwed up (no surprises there!.

    Completely wrong and it will come to bite us in the Butt!!

  • Tom on August 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    I think Asim Kamal is the best player but havn't seen him for ages

  • Suhail Qureshi on August 9, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT ARE NOT SALMAN'S SOLDIERS. THEY DERVE TO BE SOLDIERS OF ANY SQUAD. Sulman soldiers are Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik who actually handed over the game much earlier. These guys do not deserve to be in the test squad. The fight is actually fought by those whose inclusion in test squad in unquestionable. We have seen only one dropped from these four (Kamran Akmal) and fresh blood injected in his place and we can see the difference. We should give ample chance to youngster but against the palyer like shoaib, Salman Butt, Akmal brothers who have proved themselves not suitable for test arena, instead of the players of the calaber of Muhammad Yousaf and Younis Khan.

  • sajad habib on August 9, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    salaam kamran bahi, i think pcb should send there six top order batsmen including captain back and bring ahmad shahzad,babar azam,azeem ghunman,younis khan,yousuf,yasir hamid,hasan raza,hammad azam,abdul razak for injured gul. ahmad shahzad who is considerd best talent in pakistan along with babar azam who can bowl also,hasan raza best captain brain in pakistan who was newer given chance as given to azhar ali,imran farhat,butt,umer amin.hamad azam best alrounder in pakistan after razak,

    sajad from kashmir

  • asim on August 9, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Can someone please suggest to Waqar and co to try opening with Saeed Ajmal, crowd the openers not used to playing spin with fielders and go all out for wickets?

  • Mayank on August 9, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I am mayank from India, Apart from all the good and bad performances of pak, i am partcularly disappointed with U Akmal. He was very promising at the start but now he seems to be playing for himself.He is least bothered for the team and never plays for teams winning cause.Pak have prouced gr8 legents and if he needs to come any way close he needs to change himself. May be sacking him out like his brother will be good option as of now.

  • Saiful Ansari on August 9, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Zulqarnain played a fighting knock, ably supported by Amir & Saeed Ajmal. It was a tremendous rearguard action after the main batsmen had been dismissed & Pak was staring at a loss by an innings. Zulqarnain in his maiden test appearance played like a veteran, after the LBW decision against him on the first ball was reversed by the third umpire. He demonstrated to the top order how to fight fire with fire. He faced 200 balls & counter-attacked the Eng bowlers very aggressively. Saeed Ajmal also played a fantastic knock, taking body punches that will hurt tonight, but will be gladly forgotten if Pak can upset Eng tomorrow. The likelihood of that is very slim, but Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. Today the three heroes of Pak were Zulqarnain, Amir & Saeed Ajmal. I like to pay my tributes to these gallant young soldiers of Salman for taking the fight to the opposition. For the first time the Eng Bowlers looked stressed&frustrated as our heroes refused to surrender.

  • Salma on August 9, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Pakistan might be down on rankings, short of some good batsmen and fielders BUT world of cricket will always be indebtted to them as no other nation has given so meaningfull inventions like "late swing" and "doosra" to cricket. Pakistan will come back stronger very soon. As soon as Ijaz Butt is over with his honymoon, we will be back. Look out for future names Mohammad Irfan and Naved Yasin.

  • Taufique Ahmed on August 9, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    dear kamran,

    Instead of sniping at Yousuf, you should be blunt about point out the spineless performance of Salman Butt and cohorts who claim themselves to be specialist batsmen. This whole bunch should hang their heads in shame and let bowelers to take their places. At least, then Pakistan will have a more variable bowling attack and hopefully will also make a few more runs.

    But then this is too much to expect from this bunch, I suppose!

  • Naveed Anjum on August 8, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    A.A kamran bhai my english is very poor.i read your blog first time,my advise to PCB illuminate karman akmal,umar akmal & shoaib malik team wil be going on wining track.the are root of politics in team,asim kamal,faisal iqbal & zulqarnain replac with them.

  • Azhar on August 8, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Salman Butt himself had never performed well.His batting average is in just 3o's after so many tests.Malik,farhat and Akmal brothers are not different.I agree with this idea that Pakistan should not play test cricket for next two years.In last 8 innings they have scored less than 100 four times.Thay have not scored more than 350 in last 3 years.Test cricket is a team game.Yousuf alone can not make big difference.In one day or twenty/20,you can win with one good perfomance but not in test cricket.Can anybody tell me what criteria was used for the selection of Umar amin,azhar Ali,Imran Farhat and even for the captain?

  • bassini on August 8, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    At last we see someone showing them the way.well played there Zulqarnain, Saeed ajmal.Made the england bowlers toil in the end. Nothing much to say after the amazing performances in the end. I believe the batters should come out and bat the way they are tuned , getting into a shell and being defensive is not the rule, aggression is what is required. hope for some more runs tomorrow, 150 runs will give the English a run for their money.

  • Nadir on August 8, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Why we are banking on return of Yousaf and Younis. They are just fair weather palyers and lack ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like Javid Miandad. Its better we stick with current team. Only change that Paksitan cricket need is to kick out IJAZ BUTT

  • ali_a on August 8, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Thanks to some good partnership from tail (Haider, Ajmal and others), Pak got a 112 runs lead. All those people against Yousuf and Younis, please take a hard look at this new talent. Please get rid of Malik, U Akmal, U Amin and Azhar ali, and bring back Younis and Yousuf. Unless you mix seniors with juniors, you"ll never win. Look at India, did they kick out Tendulukar, Dravid and Sewag after 2007 WC? No team kick out their seniors and win matches. Stop this non-sense about Yousuf and Younis age, what is the age of Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis - Gooch and Bycott played at 41. Stop destroying Pak pride with this young and inexperieced talent talk. Not sure why Malik can justify in squad. And Butt's own performance as batsman in miserable except his mouth that is scoring runs againt the Y's. If there is a rift in the team due to Y's, why should Y's pay the price and be out? Its should be all those young players who are on other side. And all you've to do is look at Y's records vs theirs!!

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 8, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, please send my message to immature Salman Butt to start the second innings bowling against England's batting by Saied Ajmal until the match finishes up and at the other end bowling should be utilized only by Asif with Ameer. No one else please. Just place the fields-men in the crucial area like attacking mode. If Salman maintains that none but only the Almighty Allah must make him successful team leader, inshallah.

  • Nadeem Farooq on August 8, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    What a Team. Long Live Punjabism!!!

  • dmqi on August 8, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    ICC NEW RULE Needed: If a test team management fail to present a team to be competitive ( or below standard like the current Pak team), the ICC will declare a team in consultation with the ex-cricket test players who are following that match. Can you imagine how many people are coming to watch the 3rd test?

  • Jim on August 8, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    The Pakistan team has at best club cricketers (referring to batsmen)masquerading as international class batsmen. It is not on that the current PCB set up is allowed to get away with playing sub-standard batsmen to represent their people who are being cheated of the true batting talent Pakistan has (I've been to Pakistan and seen some absolutely wonderful players playing in parks on grassy wickets and showing magnificent footwork. Something which the current boys lack immensely). I'm an Englishman and can't agree more with a Pakistani friend that the Pakistan system is based on 'sifarish'. This is the only logical way to explain the inclusion of players in the squad such as Shoaib Mailk, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat - these guys are terrible batsmen, probably the worst I've seen on the international arena of established test playing nations. Am i right in saying that Imran Farhat's father-in-law is on the PCB selection committee? If so, need anyone think any different.

  • ahmed on August 8, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    what a start to new ear opf pak cricket.... 80 and 72 all out... good luck!! seems like it is following squash and hockey!

  • TOpatha on August 8, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Building construction should be stopped. Construction workers lack certified credential, and if on the job training is needed by the top 6 batsman on your team they should be sent back, and/or like previous Pakistan teams allowed to play against county teams in practice games to demonstrate their test match readiness.

    Lets get back test match ready players, and I think as Churchill said Salman Butt choice as test captain is the only choice among very bad choices left after the process of exclusion created by PCB indefinite bans on your top two test batsmen and former captains.

    Salman performance against England has been un-acceptable with the bat and on the field. Younis was an astute captain, a strong fielder, and had performed with the bat against England and in England.

    Pakistan continues to have a huge batting hole right at the top due to weakness in openning batsmen, 1-down, and 2-down. Lastly, lets try to get Razzaq back into the line-up as replacement for Gul.

  • Jaber Malik on August 8, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Salman Butt should be axed immediately. You can not have a captain who can not justify his position in the team. He is spineless, timid and a complete useless character. On top on all that he drops most catches. I have never seen him taking a catch, especially when they are high he is too afraid even to have a decent attempt. Shoaib Malik definitely should not be in the line up either.

    Bring Imran Khan as head of PCB, coach, manager and get rid of all the others in the management and you will see the difference in Pakistan Cricket

  • Ali on August 8, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Wonder how many of our poor folks, especially the ones who come from poor backgrounds, have lost their homes, family or friends to the floods back home. They are mentally just not in the right frame of mind. I think the team should call the tour off and go back home.

  • Himayun Mirza on August 8, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    These Pakistani soldiers are not performing because these poor guys are thinking about their country in flood! Just like Zardari these Pakistani soldiers should have stayed home and not wasted the money!

    Like Imran Khan, Small Butt should join politics with Shoaib Malik. As that is the only thing they excell.

    H. Mirza, USA

  • Muhammad Haseeb on August 8, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Time to forget Yousaf and Younis. Give the youngsters chances and we will have a stable and winning team soon.

  • vikku on August 8, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Guys, I am indian just so that you know but a big fan of pakistani cricket. While the bowling has been terrific this series the batting has faltered. However do keep in minid these guys are very new to the test arena to say the least. Give them some time. A great team is not built overnight. Also keep in mind the wickets have not exactly been flat tracks, they are difficult to bat on. That said the fielding has been inexcusable. But I think give them some time and I think we should have a very strong team in 1-2 years.

  • Saiful Ansari on August 8, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Salman's soldiers were out fishing in the first innings & Salman went out the same way in the 2nd innings albeit to a beauty from Anderson. Now Salman should take back his praise of calling his pace trio as the best in the world. The three Eng quicks were unplayable for Salman & his soldiers, & far better than the three Pak quicks: out of which one is down with hamstring injury & at this rate the other two are on the chopping block. While Farhat & Azhar had no game plan, they defended the balls that came on to the stumps & were beaten repeatedly to those that moved outside the off stump. Neither of the two batsmen learnt anything from the mistakes of the 1st innings. To play swing, the batsmen have to use their feet and come out on the front foot instead of staying frozen at the crease or going on the back foot. Both Farhat & Azhar look nervous. If the first innings can be the barometer of things to come, Pak will be dismissed by lunch tomorrow & lose by an innings.

  • Ahsan on August 8, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Kamran, Ajmal may be the only option for now, but there is another spinner who often gets overlooked. I think Abdur Rehman, together with Ajmal, would make a good one-two punch for Pakistan. They complemented each other well at the World Twenty20 and Rehman actually has a better First-class record than Ajmal. Something to think about.

  • addie on August 7, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    wher the hell is asim kamal.......he was the most technically gifted player in the pakistanii middle order....but its years since we hav seen hm....y....cz he has no sifarish

  • bassini on August 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    poor show altogether. Finally some sense prevails and saeed ajmal steals the show, steals it only to see our batsmen go into a shell and get suppressed, what the hell is a there game plan out there?? is everyone in the dressing room there asleep, our bating coach Mr Ijaz Ahmad sahab, do you have a plan sir, or what about our sultan of swing, the Honourable Head Coach, Mr Waqar younis Sahab, whats going on there sir,I guess no ones bothered.

  • ilyas on August 7, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I have been watching pakistani cricket for almost 40 years and this is undoubtedly the worst fielding and least talented batting side Pakistan I have seen. Top batsman assess the conditions and adapt their style to combat the different bowling they face irrespective of their age or experience. This lot cannot do that, simply because they are not good enough. If this is the best we have then Pakistan are in trouble. They need to spend their summers playing league cricket in England but it is highly unlikely that no sane club would ever want any of these batsman. Even English village cricket would be a problem for techniques as flawed as the ones on show here.

  • Salman on August 7, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    As a keen follower okf Pakistan cricket I think Yousuf and Younis should have not only played this game but also one of the two should have led this team. Please drop both openers and bring in Yaseer Hamid.

  • Umair Baig on August 7, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Salman Butt average batsmen and average captain. Hasn't got into double figures in four innings...even a T20 loving Afridi is more affective than this awful 30 averaging captain.

  • Azam on August 7, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    I wonder, weren't there blogs like this when Pak had the disastrous tour of Australia with similar performance early this year having the team which many commentors dying to bring in now? Did they give the same comments? I think Pak players need some psychological counseling. They need tips to manage pressure of performance. There is no doubt about their talent as they have shown it one time or the other. If it's not for openers' careful batting in the second innings of second test against australia, the win was never there. Except for Umer Amin all others gave laudable performances with bat on certain occassions and that is the reason they are part of the team. Hence support them and encourage them. Unless they learn to deal with stress, I doubt they will ever be a good test playing side. You guys need to seriously think and find the remedy for 'what makes pakistan such an unpredictable cricketing team?' Till then just learn to live with unpredictability and enjoy the occassional wi

  • Satish on August 7, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I think all this would not have come about if Pakistan had bowled first under overcast conditions. It is not about leading from the front as much as putting your best foot forward. And Pakistan's strength is bowling.

    Pakistan would have had a greater chance of getting England for 150 or less bowling first. Then they could have gained confidence in making a match of it. Instead this is turning into another drubbing.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 7, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Bring back only Imran Khan as lifetime trainer cum manager and decent player selector to establish proper mature player selection freedom.No one could be replaced over him. Still, Pakistan can be recovered from the worst Board committee if an appropriate Cricket management & departmental Board would have been reunited newly.

  • Hamid on August 7, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Things could have been completely different had the fielders and wicketkeeper been provided a large bucket to catch the ball in. They could've also used the same bucket to drown in shame at the end of their innings. Simple.

  • SOLER on August 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    ITS TO OFFICE OF PAKISTAN PRESIDENT.

    We masses and cricket lovers want to ask the president and his advisors that why for the sake of your political deals with Mr. Ahmad Mukhtar, you have destroyed pakistan cricket to the levels of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. If you want to oblige Ijaz Butt then plz give him som ministry of no portfolio, Ambassador in a small african country or oppoint him as Governor of Wazirastan BUT Plz plz take him far away from pakistan cricket. And where ever you send him, plz send miandad with him as an assistant. I won't say that we need an honest person to take over because it won't neccessarly fit in to our political culture but at least give us some one who is not mentally insane.

  • aqeel on August 7, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Hi Mr Abbasi, we expect people like you to speak againt injustice and be fair in the articles...What we see now total unjustice and dictatorship. We recall retired player whose left the team once for ICL ,IPL etc etc. but ignoring inform Younus for no reason...

    I would like to advice Salman but not have personal preferances in team selection as it would destroy pakistan Cricket and Butt himslef.........

  • Qamar abbas on August 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Hi Guys AOA. Guys its so funny about our selection If Mohammad Yousaf is not in practice since 2 weeks then why they call him & Younis Khan is in pratice and already playing in English conditions why they ignore him.He is the 2nd test best player in current Pakistans talent.Oh i forget to write about Yasir Hameed for what they take him. Why he is not capable to select him replace of Umar Amin.May be Umar Amin Is a strong back.Thats why without performing he is playing In T20" 1 day & in tests.Which 1 thing I Understand is that he is a beautiful & chikna bacha.

  • JmMalik / Jeddah SA on August 7, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi, Hi. Do you think that the team management bother to read all these comments? I don't think so. One of the reason may be that some of them are not even able to read. We are just wasting our time by watching test matches & then writing our comments in frustration. Upon winning a test against Ausies our captain immediately declared that "We have world's best openning bowlers duo." Such a statement on the basis of one test victory? How childish? Does he possess the knowledge that how many tests this pair has played together? And now, after a hopeless application of our top order batsmen in both innings, including himself, he chose to bat in almost similar conditions. How shameful? The pathetic story repeated itself. Same poor application of batsmen & fielding lapses & after all this drama he is justifying his decision. In such circumstances what world's best bowlers can do? Mr. Ijaz Butt has a personal vendetta with Younis so he can't be selected until it is settled.

  • Sherif on August 7, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    when is the next PAK - BANGLADESH test seris? Hopefully we can watch some excting cricket. Though the seris will be won by Bangladesh, matches would be little more intersting.

  • SriBalaji on August 7, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Guys..........you are all too harsh on the pak players...All they need right now is the peoples support...Do support them and there is no use over split milk..

  • Wazirabadi on August 7, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    First time in 40 years of following cricket, i switched off the TV and refused to watch the game. I was at the ground when Zaheer Abbas scored 274 in the early 70's. Yesterday was terrible, Pak can't bat, they can't field. I don't think i will lose any sleep if Pak get slaughtered.

  • YOUSAF on August 7, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    I say get rid of all the team and back room chamchay and bring in the Under19's. OK theyh may lose but will gain experiance, unlike these overpaid primadonas..............................

    salman butt, imran farhat, azhar, umar amin, umar akmal, shoaib malik kamran akmal would not get into any other test playing nation at pressent, and i include bangladesh n zimbabwe in this list,

  • Kashif on August 7, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    PCB please think about the pakistan cricket, if somebody is not capable why you are playing them. Please consider the below team if you want good competition, Kamran Akmal (good opener till date) Salman But (Captain, Oppener) Shoeb Malik (Good Batsman 1st down) Mohd. Yousuf (Good Batsman 2nd down) Misbah Ul Haq (Good Batsman 3rd down) Shahid Afridi (Do magic with the bat and ball 4th down) Mohd Hafeez (Good Alrounder, support the spin 5th down) Mohd Amir (best now days 6th down) Umar Gul (best now days 7th down) Shoeb Akhtar (Fast and furious for english wickets 8th down) Mohd. Asif (Good Form 9th down) Saeed Ajmal 12th man Azhar Ali 13th man Umar Amin 14th man you also can shuffle the downs Thats it.............................

  • waterbuffalo on August 7, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan, you called up Mohd Yousuf and you didn't play him, and what happened? 72 all out, so, 80, and 72, the next inngs should be 60, you deserve it, who needs Yousuf, right? Even Younis could have scored 72 by himself, but no, Salman and Waqar know better, they know what they are doing, they want to lose 2-0 and then bring back Yousuf for the 3rd Test, that is brilliant thinking, 80 all out, now 72 all out, well done Salman and Waqar, congratulations for making Pakistan look dumber and more useless than Bangladesh.

  • syed on August 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    hi frnds, give some time to pakistan cricket so they can give thier best in future. no one can give thier best in 1st attempt. experience makes them good. according to me umar akmal is the best talented player in the world but currently he is not in form. i bet in future he is the one who will bring winning games to pakistan. inshallah

  • ahmed on August 7, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Fielding and batting is not in the hands of selectors. But they can at least select a best possible team. How on earth Mohsin Khan and his team could have left Yousuf and Younis and selected Umar Amin and Azhar is difficult to understand. Except Imran Khan nobody in Pakistan understands what it takes to win and what it takes to develop a new team. Not even Dr Kamran Abbasi, who thought these young soldiers will stand firmly in the battle. No they cannot.

    Bring back Yousuf, Younis and if possible Inzamam out of retirement. Then build a new team around them.

    But who has the guts to do this?

    Goodbye Pakistan Cricket.

  • Kukkoo on August 7, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    NOOOOOOOO …..!!!!! Not again ….!!!!! This is catastrophic …. !!!!! This is gravely criminal …!!!!! This dirty parochial approach is soon gonna doom the whole damned game of cricket (like many things else) in the country. It was horrendous to see Umar Amin and Umar Akmal yet again in the team. And what, by the way, Kamran do you think Salman Butt has proved in test cricket????? There is no such bloody excuse left in playing any of these six top-order scoundrels to play in the rest of this series and any series hence forth. And finally, for what good reason Mr. Yousuf was announcing so earnestly about playing for Pakistan if he didn’t even bother to touch the bat in last two weeks??? Drastic measures are immediately needed in the name of national dignity to preserve whatever honor of Pakistani cricket is left.

  • motom on August 7, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    BUTTS need a kick on there butts . Its getting shamefull, isn't it

  • MARLO on August 7, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    SALMAN BUTT; we can't take your stupid statements. Wake up boy. Learn to speak truth and do not say stupid things to justify your blunders. I wonder, Why would you try to be a hated man just like Ijaz Butt and Shoaib Malik. Instead of making your gang members happy, or thinking of getting rid of Younis & yousef, you should think of having the best in your team and win some matches as a captain. Do you want to be hero in fans eyes, call on younis, include all 3 Ys in the team and let Kamran play as a batsman too. Get rid of Farhat and Shoaib.. Here is the best combination. Salman, Yaser Hamid, Younis, Yousef, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Zulqarnain, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohamad Asif, Said Ajmal

  • Reza on August 6, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    The basics of defending a cricket ball are playing with Soft Hands and the ball will drop to the ground rapidly. Attack with full blooded shots using the full face of the bat and the pace of the ball will do the rest. Having said that there are many gaps to pick up singles & 2's without risk taking.

    Bowl at the stumps or just outside - and in the field assume that every ball is coming your way as soon as the bowler is running in.

    This talk I would give to an U14 Cricket Team and expect them to understand the merits of it

  • Salma on August 6, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Umar Amin and Azeem Ghuman are parchi boys just like Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat

  • SHAHID, Copenhagen on August 6, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    FIRE THE GANG. Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat. If the president doesn't remove Ijaz Butt then we should find some other ways to get rid of him. Amir Sohail should take over.

  • H syed on August 6, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    I was expecting Butt to be a little decent abt this responsibility given to him. But he is acting like a traditional Pakistani captain of late, chosen by a safarashi,inept PCB head to be subservient and someone they can dump all their own failures on. Butt had FINALLY regained some form and then we put this responsibility on him, first mistake.Then Butt gets too cocky and doesnt address the weakn batting, we see a repeat in the first England match and yet again, the only change we make is Kamran. Kamran did drop sitters but we lost the match because of our dismal batting.Why is Yasir hameed, a much better batsmen than Farhat and shoaib doing on the bench, while we threw two debutants in the arena to face a seasoned swing/seam attack?Its one blunder after another and it looks like its not only PCB, but even Butt trying to form his own loyal unit of below par players, ratehr than playing for themselves, poor bowlers though, probably shattered.

  • Anonymous (Not Punjabi) on August 6, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Our Captain said this is the BEST TEAM. I think he is 100% right because we have 1. world best opening pair 2. world best wicket keeper 3. world best fielders 4. world best selectors 5. world best batting coach 6. etc. etc.

    What else we need? Keep it up DUGGA ELEVEN.

  • Kumar on August 6, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Obviously BCCI/IPL is to blame.

  • Majid Bhai on August 6, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Really happy to see Pakistan disintegrate. I hope they get bowled for 42 in the 2nd innings. In my days, we had great players like Javed and that cheater Imran. Send everyone to madrasas. Whole country is in the dumps. But I am enjoying it.

  • Taz on August 6, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    WORST.TEAM.EVER

  • muzz on August 6, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    please change the title from 'Salman's soldiers' to 'salman's failures' thanks

  • Sami on August 6, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    If you check the highest first class averages of all time. The first Pakistani on the list is Fawad Alam with 56 average. We have another good player in Hasan Raza who is averaging around 50 as well. However, guys with the average of 30s and low 40s are being called the best talent Pakistan has. Player who can't score on dead Pakistani pitches, how are they going to perform on sporting pitches overseas??? Shame on this Punjab Cricket Board for prefering Punjabism & Butt-ism over real talent.

  • najam on August 6, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Comeon abbasi sb, we had seen your views completely different on mohammas yousuf. Yousuf always did bulk of scoring in past 10. In 12 years he scored 17000 runs for Pakistan. Frankly non of any paki batsmen have higher avg in test every one pops around 27( M.Y not included),. if team is lead by avg players how it is possible to win a single game. (malik, imran, both akmal brothers) should be kicked from test. I will surprised if salman butt kick imran, shoaib both akmal brothers. Coz all these players had links with running GOV.

  • Imran M on August 6, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    What a joke. You play matches to win, not to experiment and train so called future stars. You play your best 11 and not your son in law or your mates. If Umar Amin,Azhar Ali want to learn, come to England & play league cricket. The other guys have been around for years and aren't good enough (Butt,Malik,Farhat,K Akmal-odi batsman only) and they are not youngsters. The only youngster should be Fawad Alam he's a proper test batsman,mentally strong but we play him down the order in T20 cricket (great sense Waqar). Ego's & politics never ends in Pak cricket but these days its reached gigantic proportions. Eat your words Butt the seniors never lost like you & your team (plus they had you & your mates in batting line up on last tour too). We should pelt these guys with rotten fruit in UK & when they return to Pakistan. They are a disgrace to the country & disgrace to Punjab. If you're not good enough retire please we have many talented poor kids all over our country.

  • Amir Ull Khan on August 6, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    All pakistani cricket lovers will die now after wating this today test match... ha ha ha ha ha ... I am very sure after end this test compain all the pakistan palyers will not go to PAKISTHAN , they will go to some other country then they will stay there few months then they will find some job there itself :)... This stupid people are playing only for money then how the came will get grow more and more .. they are making us as a stupid. guys go go, go and see your work , dont waste your time in this stupid game and for this stupid idiot cricket. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Regards Fucking Cricket :) :)

  • Mohsin on August 6, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    The author of this article has a very strong bias against Yousaf for some reasons. One reason might be the author belong to priveleged class and doesn't have respect for people like Yousaf coming from poor families and particularly a conservative Muslim.

  • Syed Nadeem Farooq on August 6, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I must Congratulates our selectors and specially Mr.ILYAS father in law of Imran Farhat for yet another great performance of his son in law for achieving one more mile stone (0 in 24 bowls). Mr. ILYAS you deserved to become a candidate of Pride of Performance. Keep selecting your son in law, our country need him and if you have more relatives talented like him, please bring them so Pak team can achive more records. WAT A PLAYER!!!

    Nadeem Farooq Toronto - Canada

  • Saiful Ansari on August 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Pak batting has emerged as a laughing stock for all& a shame for the fans. The bullies of placid tracks have continued to stumble &fall like 9 pins on swing/seam friendly pitches of Eng. India & Srilanka do not struggle in the same way, as they have technically sound batsmen. They can quickly adapt to Eng conditions. At best for this young Pak team, if this is any lesson, it may be the last straw that broke the mules back. It can destroy a pinch of confidence left in the young batsmen like Azhar Ali, Umar Amin&Umar Akmal. It is a surprise, after losing the first game due to poor batting, the selectors persevered with the same batting line up. It was time to get in two new batsmen, even though the results might not have been different. Yousuf was flown in to witness another pathetic batting performance. It is unlikely that Yousuf alone change the course of remaining matches. Pak needs to lose this match with a record margin, for the selectors to scurry & call up YK & may be Miandad.

  • Avais on August 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Personally I am in favour of persisting with a mainly young side but I think the coach and captain need to be a little more aggressive in their strategy otherwise they will not be able to compete with tough opposition. Perhaps a separate batting coach is in order...Waqar is surely having a positive impact on the bowling as we have seen..why cant we have a separate batting coach then? Look at India for instance... their batting is doing really well while they continue to struggle in the bowling department.. their coach is batsman.... I am not saying that this is the absolute solution as other teams do not have separate bowling and batting coaches but it may be worth a try...

  • Farhan on August 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Please kick these young talented player and bring your exp side my 15 member pak test team is

    Yasir hameed Shahid afridi(c) Younis Yousuf Asim kamal Misbah Sarfaraf(wk) Razzaq Amir Asif Gul Ajmal Sami Mohd irfan Fawad alam

  • Cricket_Fan on August 6, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, may be you were too early to post the note, the heading should have been "Salman's soldiers fail again". What more humiliation can we take, may be 50 for 10 in the next inning or next match. Salman's statement "we have a best team, give it some time" is a joke. He himself is not a very good batsman, let alone a good fielder. May be they have a little bit shame left in themselves to face Yousuf again after what they all did to him in Australian tour and that is why they are making all kind of excuses to not include him. Otherwise, Yousuf and Yunus are still the best in the team. First we had to deal with the elder BUTT, now we have to deal with younger BUTT too. What a pain in the B...

  • Avais on August 6, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Kamran while I admire your optimism, there is a need to recognise that there is something wrong here. The batting performance has truly let us all down. It is clear that the team went in with a wrong mentality. I personally think the plan was to bat out the new ball seamers even if it meant not scoring any runs. This is just ridiculous...had they gone in with a positive mind they would surely have created more opportunities to score and this in turn would have made the opposition rethink their strategy. However not to be....

  • Farhan on August 6, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    What a performance by pak this shows the result of kicking ur best player and banning them. Pak have to learn from india how they respect their exp players see there test side there is lot of exp players only 2-3 youngsters that is the way too introduce youngsters in team. Why mohd yousuf not recall when afridi si praying to bring bck younis and yousuf they wanted afridi to win test matches from this pathetic bating line up Why salman is capting the because he is punjabi he is not a test caliber batsman he is good for 20-20 and odi. If u want to win test matches u have too bring ur exp side back and please be fair in selection Plz make afridi captn he is better captn than salman whether he is performing or not performing but he can lead the side and make beter stratgies than salman

  • desihungama on August 6, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    We have always produced great bats from Sindh and good bowlers from Punjab. Great Khan and Miandad NEVER GOT ALONG on cricket field but that emity produced results as it made play their best cricket for Pakistan. We have only 1 bat from Sindh that is Fawad Alam who has been deliberately kept out. There is some serious discrimination going on with prefential treatment to players from Punjab. Well, Call it Punjab Cricket Board or Pakistan Cricket Butt.

  • Mansoor on August 6, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Breaking news - Ijaz Butt has called Younis Khan into the test team but his plane ticket has been booked for 2 days after the 3rd test is over so he won't arrive in time to play in the fourth test.

    This batting line up is a joke. The only 3 players you could stick with are Salman (only because he is captain), Azhar Ali as long as he bats no higher than 5 and Umar Akmal because he has played well in New Zealand and Australia. Then bring in Yousuf, Younis and Yasir Hameed. Umar Amin has failed in 8 innings out of 8 (sorry I am making an assumption re the 2nd innings!)

    Salman says you must stick with the youngsters. Himself, Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are not test batsman and have played in alot of test matches to prove it.

    As for this team beating Australia for the first time in 15 years, albeit just. Where was Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Hayden, Langer, Waugh, Waugh no 2, Martyn. Perhaps that is why the previous Pakistan teams could not beat them

  • Nadeem Farooq on August 6, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    72 all out!!! I don't mind it because its Punjab Eleven vs England.

  • desihungama on August 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Why can't we go in with 1 bat, possibly their Captain, 1 wicketkeeper and 9 quality bowlers? Sure we may not score over 100 but at least we have a good chance of capitulating the opponent as well?

  • desihungama on August 6, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Posted by: Aqeel Ahmed at August 6, 2010 11:00 AM

    I can understand why Mohammad Yousuf was not selected as he just came in England yesterday after almost 20 hours of long journey

    Bhai- You don't think he mistook camel from the airplane? Or perhaps his aloof mind tells him otherwise?

  • saiful ansari on August 6, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    SALMAN&his babes in a panic mode imploded in the middle. When you walk to the crease with a sense of fear without confidence in your own abilities, you are only a threat to yourself. Today the opposition bowled at a good line&length, but not to the extent for Pak to be blown away under 80 runs. Salman's confidence in his own batting has been affected by the circus around him. Today Amir, Asif&Gul looked out of sorts. Their confidence levels can't be soaring when batting has let the team down again&again. The decision to bat first in swing friendly conditions by Salman will be questioned by all. It blew up in his face. Now he needs to salvage what is left of the game. KP was dropped twice&Trot is in good form. Both of them can take this game away beyond Pak. Salman needs to coax his bowlers to bowl an accurate line & length, set his fielding aggressively&hope the fielders can hold on to chances that come their way. If Eng take a lead of 300+, it is game over for Pak.

  • hassan on August 6, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    the woeful batting episode 2 was even more horrible. it was absolute shame watching Imran farhat who are went 24 delieveries and then finally surrondered.Our batting lineup is total flop. please these players like Farhat Malik and two struggling mediocre youngsters should be immediately axed.

  • Salma on August 6, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Kamran you are nothing different than those who are running pakistan cricket. You still cant see that Mohammad Yousef at age of 50 and with broken arms would be a better choice to represent Pakistan. Everybody says youngesters failed again, but nobody says Salman, Imran Farhat and Shoaib are seniors and they are even worse than the youngesters. You call the new boys for talented but non of them showed any hint of talent. Azhar might have scored a 50 against Australia but he doesn't have a shot. And dropped catches again n again.

  • murad on August 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Ijaz butt, please please for God sake resign from ur job.u hav spoil the cricket and cricket team a lot.u r responsible for all that our team is doing.we all Pakistanis cricket fans hate u like anything.we dont want u to be chairman of cricket board.

  • Amyn Habib on August 6, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    “Salman’s soldiers”, indeed. Isn’t it time for a reality check?

    “There's not that much difference between the sides in batting - had we held onto our chances England would not have run away with this match." Salman Butt (after the first test match that Pakistan lost by about 350 runs).

    What an interesting statement from our new Captain. There are lots of reasons to be concerned about Salman Butt. He seems to be delusional. One would have expected him to welcome the inclusion of senior batsmen knowing how extraordinarily weak the current batting is. But he seems most reluctant, seemingly bent on committing cricketing suicide rather than getting the help he needs. Also, he seems to have forgotten to bat. Why is Yasir Hameed not in the team?

    Also, like others commenting earlier, I am disappointed by the consistent hostility shown by Kamran Abbasi to the inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf.

  • dmqi on August 6, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I. Butt and S. Butt's favorite opener, Farhat has scored a zero and then dropped a sitter. Good job, Mr. Butts. Did we all tell you to drop this guy? Here is my 3rd test team's batsman:

    2 new openers, Younus, Yasir, Yusuf, Fuad alam, Asim Kamal, Mesbah, Umar Akaml. Pick any 6. Give rest to S. Butt. You will have some hope for good result. Can't experiment in test cricket, need experience. Captain problem, anyone will be fine, but younus should be the best. By the way, anyone knows who is the VC?

  • muzz on August 6, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I think you need to stop writing any article now and wasting your time on this pakistan team - just dropped 3 catches in last 10 overs and do something with your life Kamran. I think sooner or later you will get depressed sincere advice. I have to switch off the TV now. Every pakistani player and batsman trying to beat each other who plays worse/Umer Akmal did not challenge for TV replay as he knows LBW out will keep him in team next over either bowled or caught will be a bit disastrous so here is the answer for his not cahllenging.

  • bachha jammoora on August 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Excellent article from a sophisticated/Sane and just person!!!!

    Soldiers?????? extremely scared of(people/media )ball. If they try to hit it then it will kill them like a bullet so don't flurt with danger. Already coward made worse by captain & coach.

    Brave decision ??? or INSANE decision to bat and don't know what to do afterwards. Good try to copy brave leader but it took few seconds to expose small scared BUTTY (small but as big is his boss) in the centre with his GUNS???

    I 100% agree that it is young team but not A CRICKET TEAM, it is young laughing stock. In this age and time people are bored of watching comedy film as they need something real so watching this team of young chicken in centre who have got no clue what to do is hilarious.

    BUTT -I have to check fitness of Guy before I can think about selection !!! I am so glad Yousaf/Younas/Yaisr (3Ys) must be enjoying Chick Drama and as there initial indicates asking ?WHY (Y)we are not part of this drama?? haha

  • Noshir Mody on August 6, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Imran Farhat just dropped a sitter. He should be driving a donkey cart on a dusty road somehwere in Pakistan; not playing Test cricket in England. Maybe gilli danda is more his type of game.

  • Tanveer on August 6, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Guys,

    If the selection is based on merit and performance, let's look at the 2009-10 Domestic (QA Trophy) performance.

    Umar Amin (NBP) 10 15 1 512 147 36.57 1 3 7

    Azhar Ali (KRL) 10 17 2 445 153* 29.66 2 0 13

    Now let's look at the top three performers.

    Misbah-ul-Haq (SNGPL) 4 6 2 345 284 86.25 1 0 8 Fawad Alam (NBP) 4 6 1 418 154* 83.60 2 1 1

    Mohammad Ayub (Skt) 10 15 3 951 179* 79.25 4 4 2 0 0

    Even, Yasir Hameed did much better then Umar Amin and Azhar Ali.

    Yasir Hameed (PIA) 8 14 2 513 180 42.75 1 2 6

    Now guys tell me how can Pakistani cricket improve, if we make team based on nepotism, friendship and not on merit.

    I am fed up watching dismal, embarrassing performance from the top 6 Pakistani batsman. But hey, don't worry, we will many more of this 70 runs all out scores in this series.

  • tarique on August 6, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    THEY SHOULD NOT PLAY 5 DAYS TEST CRICKET. THEY ARE DAMAGING THE BEAUTY OF TEST CRICKET. AS A GOVERNING BODY OF CRICKET ICC SHOULD SUSPEND THEM FOR COUPLE OF YEARS FROM TEST AND THEY SHOULD QUALIFY WITH IRELAND, HOLLAND AND OTHER ASSOCIATE COUNTRIES. THEIR PERFORMANCE IS AS LIKE THEIR INTERNAL POLITICAL PERFORMANCE. SHAME. BAD LUCK FOR CROWED. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO ARRANGE 3 DAYS TEST FOR THEM. RUBBISH

  • dhoni on August 6, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    pak should be relegated

  • Anirudha on August 6, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I am the biggest fan of Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Masaood Yunus on August 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    So, Can anyone explain why Yasir Hammed isn't featured in this Test ? He surely hold a commanding record compared to everyone else in the team, and an automatic selection in current scenario.

    How about bringing Younis Khan back as well, and let this team play with dignity and respect. With less than a year away from World Cup, which Board wants to experiment like this ?

    What a poor approach from PCB, Captain and the Coach. The base of this building is really weak and rusty. Salman Butt should know better.

  • Osman Aftab Ahmed on August 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    I think the honourable thing left for Pakistan cricket is to take retirement from Test cricket. The only thing we Pak fans can hope for now is that this retirement will speed up the death of Test cricket and we will therefore not be required to face such a humiliating Test again. On the same note, it may be advisable that we consider retirement from one dayers too, as this batting line up cannot even last 50 overs!

    With corrupt and sell-out leadership right at the top, all rules of decency and merit have been made a mockery of, leaving hopelessness , helplessness and disgust in every Pakistani.

    Time to make loads of prayers lads, especially during Ramadhan....

  • Cricket Lover on August 6, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Hi Kamran, Im from India and i follow Pakistani cricket as i do with the indian team.Its sad to see what pakistan is going thru now. But bringing back Yousuf was not the right step. You made a Conscious effort to build a young and strong team under salman butt. Failures are bound to happen and you cannot make a world beating team in a week.It take time.You have to be persistent with the young team that you have.Its a matter of them playing a few test matches and they will be ready to go. Bringing back yousuf,you are not sending the right signals to the youngsters.Your team is blessed with the raw talent of fast bowlers which no team can even dream of. I hope the PCB can put a little thought before they take decisions. I hope to see pakistan as a real force in cricket.Yours is such a charismatic team that if they in full power is a treat to watch. God bless you all.

  • adil on August 6, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Pakistan are sucha joke i feel sorry for aamer asif and gul as they are only players of test standard none of the batsman deserve to where the pak shirt these players are selfish idiots the whole world laughs at us even bangladesh possess a better batting than us how did we beat australia where's fawad yasir two Y'S and Asim kamal Taufeeq Umar they have the temperament for test batting these current palyers are shocking and a disgrace Ijaz butt has ruined Pakistan cricket i understand you should give youngsters chance only if they have talent and can progress these lot have NO talent apart from maybe Umar Akmal

  • dhoni on August 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    your captaian is insecure about his place

  • ali mirza on August 6, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    ICC WE BEG 2 YOU PLZ TAKE TEST CAP FROM PAKISTAN TEAM THEY DNT DESERVE 2 PLAY TEST MATCHES...ALL PAKISTANI PLAYERS SUCKS.....THEY R BLOODY LOOSERZ....ITS ALL POLITICS IN PAK CRICTEM TEAM....THE NEW WICKET KEEPER IS THE NEPHEW OF IJAZ BUTT...

  • FJD on August 6, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Dr. Abbasi we know of your preference for Pathan players, be it Afridi,Younis Khan, Umar Gul or now Yasir Hameed. Let's not kid ourselves, Yasir Hameed is no Mohammad Yousuf. I have more confidence in Yousuf improving on our lovely 72 all-out of today, than Yasir Hameed. On a positive note it's good to see Kamran Akmal finally being dropped. Zulqarnain Haidar or Sarfraz Ahmed can make the same 10-15 runs that Kamran makes, and they will hopefully be better keepers(!). And Kaneria also really needed a break. Ten years is a long time for a spinner to learn how to choke runs and coax wickets.

  • Omar Hussain on August 6, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    After seeing the side crumble for 72 today i am afraid this is probably the weakest batting line-up in Pakistan's history even the humilated side of 1978 did better than this one.I never knew our batsmen could could be so afraid or lacking in technique.No matter whom we drop or bring in it will not make any difference.We just have to put up with it having the weakest Test batting side in the world.Even our long-thrashed Bengali brothers put up a better fight.

  • abbas on August 6, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Afridi WOULD HAVE BEEN a wayyyyyy better captain than Butt... Afridi is a 'true' leader!!!

  • Haseeb on August 6, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Hi, i m an Indian, knows little about pakistani cricket but I think Yaseer Hameed is best player for Test cricket. as far as his teknic & style, you can compare him with Indian legend Rahul Dravid. he has all guts to play a test cricket. What about Abdurrazzak where is he now. Yusuf / yunus / Malik you have only one choice as if u will take all 3 in team, it will trouble the team more. I think Yusuf is the best choice.

  • MT on August 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Here is the comparison between Pak and BD batting during last few tests:

    Pak team total in last 10 tests starting from latest: 262, 438, 437, 507, 472, 509, 678, 503, 550 (avg: 435 per match)

    BD team total in last 10 tests starting from latest: 339, 664, 704, 627, 690, 545, 543, 449, 583 (avg: 514 per match)

    So there is no way to claim that this team is in building process etc etc. This is test cricket, not a practice session to train kids how to play. They don't have technique or patience to survive at club level and we are trying them at Test level.

    In fact I consider it criminal to pay PCB and these players such huge salaries for so long. Everyone is milking the cow. We should rather pay entire team and PCB salaries to flood relief efforts (at least there will be some reward for it).

  • Imran Khan on August 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Idiotic selection decisions and immaturity of PCB and Salman Butt is costing Pakistan dearly and denting young side's confidence. No doubt ball is swinging and conditions are difficult but english players were positive from the word go, they looked to score runs and running b/w wickets was far better than Pakistan.

    Azhar doesn't have a wide variety of shots, he shouldn't be in the side. Yasir should replace him. Younis and Yousuf should be back. Umar amin should be given a break, it's too much for him to handle or PCB will waste him by putting him under too much pressure. Butt-Yasir should open, Malik at 3,two Y's at 4&5, Farhat-Kamran at 6-7. Pakistan should play with 4 seamers, england know Pakistanis struggle against swing. PCB should stop givingthis excuse it's a young side and learning, they are all professional cricketers and representing their country they had plenty of time to adjust and get accustomed to conditions.Our batsman need to play sensible and positive cricket.

  • adnan on August 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team is actually a representation of our people. Our president's name is Zardari and Imran kahn has no sit in the parliament. We are in the pits and that is a reflection of our genetic make up.

  • khalid on August 6, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Salman butt was saying that having younis and yousaf in the team will make no difference, I say it makes a huge difference I play cricket and common everyone knows that if you have senior players like them in the team the other batsmen are confident and even if they dnt perform well the others around do perform well,,,, I think Afridi made a claver decision, I think Ausies were fatigued a bit so they lost,,, and thanks to our three bowlers,, otherwise salam butt have more humiliation to come...... why not try yasir hameed instead of shoib malik,,,,

  • Zahid on August 6, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    A match like this was played nearly 20 years ago. West Indies bowled Australia out on the first day and had a lead of around 100 at stumps day 1. W.I won the match inside 3 days.. A new record will be set. Pakistan to lose this test match inside 2 days Kamran, i like your tongue n cheek approach calling thse players soldiers.. Were you reflecting on a war that was lost in hours?? The approach of the team is don't panick, dont make changes just because they have lost a few matches. Reality is, they are worse then the 10th grade club teams in NSW. Do these "test players" know where their off stump is?? Feathering catches as if it were slips catching practice? Pathetic-stan is what they are called by my friends here. Is anyone surprised.. The only winners will be are the ones who repeatedly bet on Pakistan losing matches. Bangladesh, even Zimbabwe have more spine then these tryhards. If I was in a job and performing like they are, I would be sacked.. Time to bite the bullet guys. Sack '

  • MARLO on August 6, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    One who was scoring some runs SALMAN BUTT is made captain, so he is finished too. BATTING FIRST? my 6 years child said they are stupid to bat first. anyway batting first or second, they couldn't have scored more than 150 anyways. IJAZ BUTT call younis now or disappear. I am so happy for shoaib not scoring his 20s and 30s.

  • riaz on August 6, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Kamran, You call these guys soldiers. They are proven his Kamran soldiers are best fit to fight toy soldiers just like their leader Salman is. Talking rubbish but delivering nothing ...I am really ashamed that these goons are allowed to ruin Pakistan 's name. We have Younus, Yasir and Yusuf sitting on the sidelines and damn losers are in the field who can't even bat for 40 overs. Salman should be fired and not selected as well with the rest of them. The team in Australia looks good now compared to these shameless spineless jokers.

  • khalid on August 6, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I am happy t see that most of the pak cricket fans has similar feelings to mine, Pak cricket has a unique style of building a team, remove the experience and talent bring some new young guys and when they get samshed around, then start the process all over, nothing is going to chnge in pak cricket unless pcb is managed by some smart cricketing mind people,,,, not just someone who might have played cricket once and ...... well i will just keep the rest of my thoughts to myself......72 all out,,,,, it

  • Ozi on August 6, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    How can you criticize Yosuf's inclusion in this club level team? even if he doesn't practice for 2 years he would still be a better batsman than any other batsman in the current squad you have any personal grudge against him? Salman Butt does'nt want Yosuf and Yonis in team because then his own place and captaincy would be at stake...may be you are a good friend of Salman Butt? because only you and Salmat Butt have been talking against the inclusion of Y's. Here is the solution: 1.Bring Y's in. 2. get rid of Akmal brothers, Malik, Imaran Farhat and Butt. 3. Give youngsters to Y's so that they could get groomed.

  • T.FARUKI on August 6, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    MR.ABBASI,

    I HOPE AS IT STANDS NOW( 72 ALL OUT),THE SANITY OF PAK BOARD IN SENDING YUSUF IS CRYSTAL CLEAR TO EVERYONE INCLUDING MR.Jonathan Agnew.

  • arehmani on August 6, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I am sick of being a Pakistani, now living abroad, What is right with this Pakistan, It leaders are crook, it's sporting institutions are corrupt or ill managed, so incompetent bunch, I hate them all. I honestly think they should shut up the shop and stay home. They are an absolute embarrassment. These people have no sense; look at the president visiting overseas to promote his family members in to politics while the country is flooded to the neck deep. Cricket administration making decisions equal to 6-year-old IQ. Why on earth God has punished this nation so much. I am in tears.

  • Aniruddha on August 6, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    In the last three years, Pakistan's record (2 wins in 20 tests) is about the same as Bangladesh (2 in 19) and the West Indies (3 in 25).

  • jilani on August 6, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    There is usually a transition period that is put in place to pass the bataan from experienced to a young team. The younger members are inducted one or two at a time as the team goes through a generational change.

    We have thrown in a boatload of youngsters with a "experienced" people most of whom never had a certain place in the test squad. So go figure.

    Pakistan has scored 400+ in these same conditions regulary. The fact that we have not broken 200 in 4 innings says something. It says that the exercise in a introducing a completely new squad is an exercise in futility.

    We need to bring back the experience. Middle order is as brittle as ever and Butt, Farhat, Umar, Umar, Azhar are far too shaky to look Englad in the eye. So they fold fast and the figting is left to Aamer, Gul, Asif-both on batting and bowling front.

    This team is not test material.

    That is it.

  • Shaz on August 6, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Salman's soldiers --- 72/9 after 39 overs @ 1.84 per over. I am sorry but using the word "soldier" for this team is an insult to real soldiers. Real soldiers have pride, self respect, patriotism, hard work, backbone and list can go on and on.

    This Pakistani team has nothing except excuses. Until and unless (and it's impossible task) Pakistan has proper cricket infrastructure and merit based selection, there is no hope. Corruption is wide spread. Players are there not because of talent but because of their relationships, language, place of birth etc etc.

    When people ask Imran Khan why he can not take over PCB, his answer is quite right that when corruption takes over everything in every department, one person can not do anything.

    So Kamran bhaee, instead of creating false hopes, you need to write the truth about the reasons why we are here and how to fix them i.e. no corruption, put talent first, hard work, pride, patriotism, professionalism, ethics etc like a real "soldier".

  • Himayun Mirza on August 6, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Salman Butt, has 30 tests Vs. a young Z. Abbas who in his very first tour and the first test innings scored 274. ZA was much younger than most of the current players. Legends like Fazal, Afridi have retired after playing this much, Butt is still “starting”. Last English tour, dominated by Yusuf, only if Inzamam not walked away, they would have easily won that test. In no other tour did Pakistani batting looked as fragile as this. During English tour of 1954, how much experience did they have? Yet they won a test in their first trip! Pakistani batting folds in English conditions, yet none of the current batsmen looks like playing an innings that young Asif Iqbal (146), Burki, Nasim Ghani, Mushtaq, Zaheer Abbass. How many more tests would it take for Shoaib, Kamran, Butt to have batting average from 30 to 50 plus? People are sick and tired of all the talks coming from the "big Butt and the small Butt". The small Butt should shut up and let his bat do the talking.

  • Iyer on August 6, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Sir really disappointing performance from batters. However be the wicket or conditions its really messy to get dismissed in 2 digit scores in consecutive innings. Really poor Asif, Aameer and Gul. All their hardwork goes to trash with these fellows. I pity them.

  • Mohammad Asad on August 6, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA....... In Brand new team (all the young players)- what Malik is doing!!! Is he a good player or proven player in English condition????

  • Shahid on August 6, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. hahahahah. HAHAHAHA. ya talent... ya young team.... ya a learning tour. hhhhhhhahahahhaaahhahahhh

  • Syed Naqi on August 6, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Again pakistani bowler made more runs than batsman its third time higest score made by bowler its embarasing for pakistani batsmens I can make more runs than these batsmens lolz its worst than bangladesh Ijaz Butt how much money I need to play a test match please send me details on above email please!!! so I can get a chance in oval test ASAP I promise i ll make more runs!!!

  • Ubaid on August 6, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    You commented too early Kamran...A tired Yousuf not playing cricket for last 200 days would have been better than this ordinary so called youthful/talented lineup. Agree that we need youngsters but disagree to kick out all seniors to bring them in. It has to be gradual process

  • Aniruddha on August 6, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    If Bangladesh had performed so poorly in consecutive tests people would have questioned there eligibility. Double standards.

  • M. Ali Kiani on August 6, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    I see the main issue with the PCB and the selectors they still have not developed the idea of a separate team (or 70% plus only test team).I find Salman Butt to be immature when he speaks of building a young test team.. it just not the way you build a TEST team.. for Conditions in England and Australia and even in High Crowd pressure in India. one needs to maintain a balance, you need mature batsmen at the top with a mix of one newcomer,but in the present Test team which Salman butt and the touring management committee selected they have specialist T20 players When Butt and Imran Farhat (another player I don’t rate as a Test player as he does not have the ability to fight out or see off the new ball) fall the next 4 batsmen don’t have the ablity to score more then a 100 runs….on average…. Soo its always will be a less then 250 Score…. If I was a selector my team would be 1 Salman Buttt Shoaib Malik Younus Khan Yousaf,Azhar Ali Umar, Yasir Hameed WK,amir gul,Kaneria.

  • Aniruddha on August 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Yeah, they have fought well to 53 till now.

  • Azam on August 6, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Guys, I warned you not to watch Pak matches for now and let the captain build his team. You don't need to wait eternally for his finished product. I promise it will be a world beating side soon. Now, don't yell why the hell they dropped kamran Akmal! Pak team does give some excellent performanes once in a blue moon. just cherish it else don't expect too much from the minnows.Cheers!!

  • S. Sheikh on August 6, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    shame.shame..shame..shame..

    Experience my foot any club cricket team is better then this batting line up.

    Salman Butt the fantastic skipper this is called stress of being a captain having hard time staying at the crease.

    That is why responsibility is not a joke the only informed batsmen is lost due to this captainship he will be having hard time forkeeping his place in the team now great...........

    So much for pak test cricket if there is any dignity left the the whole tour should be canceled no point wasting time and money this pathetic PCB cannot do anything right. Again shame.... shame... shame... shame for the fantastic performance.

  • drmjalamgir on August 6, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Dear Kamran Akmal Abassi, yet any coment posted ,almost all the soldiers with their captain are back to pavillion,congrats. If,you guys have any sense,request I.C.C,to opt out from test cricket till yousaf and younis are ready to play.

  • Khalil on August 6, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Salman,s soldiers are fighting in way very similar to that of famous Mughal king Shah Rangeela. Its a demoralised bunch of players, with out having guts to fight it out. Promote your U-19 team as the national team. If they lose in such a club style performance, atleast the spectators will be spared of the agonising feeling,when they watch this non cricket material in our cricket.

  • shaan on August 6, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    this is the worst pak line up in tests all 20 20 players

  • Javaid Abbasi on August 6, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Useless team this is! Has anyone noticed that 9 to 10 players out of 11 are from Punjab. This team should be referred to as "Punjab" Cricket team and not Pakistan Cricket team. I do not consider the present team as representing Pakistan. Like I said they may be representing Punjab, but not Pakistan. Even the president of the board, Mr Ijaz Butt, is from Punjab. Nepotism and corruption at its worst! God help Pakistan free itself from these evil people.Amen.

  • shaukat Khattak on August 6, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    I think Yousaf should have played because at the most he would have got out for a duck which is normal for our current batsmen anyway. But at least we would have had some chance that he might have scored. And can any one tell me why younis is not recalled when he is already in England and playing? Mr Abbasi I know you raised voice for Younis Khan in the past but you should present his case further because after all what did he do wrong? All dubious characters are in the team and he is out. Why? What a leadership we got at PCB. What else Ijaz Butt and company have to do get fired? Seems like he cannot be fired until Zardari prisident. What a joke...

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on August 6, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    PCB must sack with immediate effect, the entire management & coach (s) team of Pakistan cricket team.

  • Adnan on August 6, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Nice article Mr Abbasi! PCB is certainly running a circus and Mr Ijaz Butt is acting as the main clown. The management needs to be changed not the younger guys! The management should know how to utilize these young players otherwise it will surely be a complete disaster.

  • Umar Rashid on August 6, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    May you should have been an accountant instead of a doctor, you point out the obvious. Your article should address the foundation of grass roots cricket in pakistan we will only ever be a force in T20 & ODI for test matches forget it.

  • rizwan on August 6, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    How can 20/20 Pakistani team play a test match ?

  • Azeez on August 6, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    This looks like a joke now. Its so embarrassing for the fans. I wonder if these players get embarrassed at all?

  • Waqas Rao on August 6, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Why do we show faith in these batsman, why do we even say that they are soldiers........... I think both Butt's of Pakistan cricket be it the captain or the Chairman of the board should know that like other department in Pakistan they have killed cricket as there remains no more infrastructure which can get us good players. Imagine 6 batsman out sad indeed sad. Please give me a chance and I guarantee that i will not get out even though i wont make any runs but I wont get out.

  • Md arif faizan on August 6, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Gosh,......what a pathetic performance.They have defined a new low for themselves.Just BAN THEM/SHOOT THEM them but please dont let these pakistani batsmen bat again.It is really humiliating and utterly shamefull for their country .

  • Chut Pata on August 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    The same Salman Butt, who performed well under Shahid Afridi, is failing miserably under his own captaincy. Shahid Afridi was the best captain we saw in the past few years. However Salman Butt's powerful lobby forced him to quit after just one failure. Salman Butt was lobbied for captaincy for past 3 years, he won't go even if Pakistanis routed worse than Javed Burki's team.

  • Asif on August 6, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    This is not a fight....this is embarrassment.....even Bangladesh put a better show against England. Pakistan team should be recalled back home

  • nomiey on August 6, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    total crap team selection, without quality batsmens lik yasir hameed, toufiq umer, khurram manzoor, younis khan, mohammad yusef, asim kamal,our top 6 batsmens r total rubbish they should b out for good...plz pcb get ride off ijaz butt once for al...

  • hameed on August 6, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Does Salman Butt fit in playing eleven? apart from the runs he scored against Australia he averages some where in 20 after this series he will be drop any way so Pak will need another Captain and Yawar saeed will ban for life?

  • Fakhar Masood on August 6, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    They needed not only Yousaf but also Younis to boost up their batting line up. Younis should be more suited to play here because he has been playing in England. On top of that perhaps they need a good batting coach. Even Bangladesh performed better against England. Yasir Hamid, Younis and Yuusaf should replace Farhat who drops as many catches he holds and always needs life or two to score any runs. Azhar too needs to sit out until he gets some experinece to play under these conditions. So for Omer Amin has not done much so it may make sense to rotate the batsmen and see who will perform better but he may. 37/6, three zeroes and three single digits. That is disgraceful at this rate, Pakistan may not score fifty runs. It may make sense to sit all top six batsmen and bring new ones. Surely they will not do worse. Let us hope that Gul, Aemer and Omer Amin will crank up and make it respectable. It can happen although not very likely. Pakistan zinda, paainda bad.

    Fakhar,Hvl, Alabama USA

  • syed ali hashmi on August 6, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    I think you owe the cricket community especially the pakistani fans an apology. The insistence of cricket pundits like yourself who were questioning the inclusion of Mohd Yusuf and Yunis Khan, has been proven to be completely misguided. This 'team' is not Salman's soldiers, this is Salman's babies. Without doubt the worst Pakistani batting unit ever.

    Ponting's terrible decision and excellent bowling managed to win us a match against the Aussies, but the batting has continued to be deplorable. They are not even county level, let alone international level.

  • Arshad on August 6, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    36-6 at lunch, THE WORST PAKISTAN TEAM I HAVE EVER SEEN, this batting team is Rubbish, worse then Bangladesh. India do us a favour by not playing us at the moment, as we would be steam rolled. Why not pick 6 Pakistani origin british players, who have some idea of how to play in England, they may not survive much either but at least they wont be devoid of any technique or temperament.

    I am gobsmacked how 'professionals'could be so unprofessional.

    Lack of education leads to this type of weak minded people comign from a nation of weak minded jahil people, who think they are so good but are actually pathetic, Education is the answer to Temperament, Technqiue add some talent and you have an international player capable fo palying in 2010.

    I am embarrassed to be a Pakistani today, yet I used to wear a "proud to be Pakistani" T-shirt.

    Why cant we return them all to their little vilalges and use the savings on the flood victims, far more deserving!

  • Faisal on August 6, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    All i can is that ICC should take away the test status from pakistan coz it is awful to watch their batsmen succumb and fell like a peg of cards every time..

  • Sheheryar on August 6, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Well Kamran it's good to see how your chief commander Salman is marshalling his troops in these nasty conditions against a formidable opponent. You're still terming Yousuf's retirement as fuss when you have seen what the boys have done in first 2 hours. Pathetically but expectedly slumped to 37/6 at Lunch. I hope PCB continues their wisdom process and make sure that Younus is back as well to avoid this shoddy work again.

  • owais on August 6, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    They should have flown in Yousuf after the first test innings against aussies in england this season. They should have had Younis on the team. Do it now.

    Kick out Malik and Akmal. This batting line up including the captain is bunch of timid boys - cant bat, cant field.

  • Adnan on August 6, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Get Bilal Asad (Islamabad) in team Team. He is a gem of a batsman and a specialist in playing swing bowling. He has been constantly ignored though performing at the high level.

  • Mohit on August 6, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I am not sure what you have against Yosuf but certainly you have egg on your face and your own Butt's army.

  • asad on August 6, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Well Mr Abassi i'm reading your blog and the score at the moment is 36 for 6,unbelievable.I don't think these jokers are soldiering on,it is more like capitulating in the most shameless manner.Anyone who was against Yousef and Younis coming back in the team need only look at the score.At present Pakistan need to change 5 of their batsmen,well, i'm reluctant to call these inept jokers batsmen lets just say players.These are:Salman Butt,Imran Farhat,Umar Amin,Azhar Ali,Umar Akmal,Shoaib Malik,all of the aforementioned are simply useless.

  • Zahid on August 6, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    EJAZ BUTT AND SALMAN BUTT'S SOLDIERS AND TEAM IS GOING DOWN AND HARD. 37 FOR 6? WHAT A JOKE THEY HAVE BECOME. I FEEL SO BAD FOR THEIR FANS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ANY HOPE FOR THE FURTURE WITH THESE PALYERS AND BOARD. WE NEED TO GET RIDE OF EB AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I KNOW THAT ITS GOING TO BE VERY HARD BECAUSE OF HIS RELATIONSHIP AND CONNECTIONS BUT THAT'S WHY PAKISTAN FANS NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOURSELF TO LEAD THEM TO THE STREET. DON'T QUIT TILL E. BUTT IS REMOVED FROM HIS POST. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

  • Hassan Fershori on August 6, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Kamaran, with all due respect, how on planet earth can one praise this pathetic batting line up...we never stopped praising the talent of our team...see the difference in 2000 shewag was launched in test arena and we had launched our ghouri imran farhat in 2001... for god sake,your opinion matters...kindly advocate the case of taufiq umer,younis khan,asim kamal the few who can bat in test..

  • Anes Azeez on August 6, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    See the way captain got out in this innings.He acn talk well that his youngters needs time to settledown but he cannot perform at all.In the mohammed yousuf captancy he had performed well almost all the matches but finally got indefinite ban from Great PCB.Pls look at the performance without looking tha way captain talks to the media.

  • Kiran Aleem on August 6, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Why is gutless and useless player like Malik in the team while poor Yasir Hameed continues to be left out?

  • Faraz on August 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Pathetic is the word most suited to the Pak batting line up/skills

  • Mubashar on August 6, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    totally agree with you on two things, yest akmal had to be dropped and yes its strange to see why hameed is not playing, but i cant see how you can call kaneria a disapointment?!? he is the highest wicket taking spinner of pakistan at the moment so he has obviously not been persistently disappointing, every one is allowed a bad match, the whole squad had one the other day along with kaneria. Also i can't see how you suggest that Yousaf not playing shows a rift between team and management, its logical that he's not playing not arguable, he's and you don't want to jump in head first in a test match wen its very much likely that you'll play within the first hour. the other thing i cant see you highlighting is why is malik still in the team, surely he should be dropped in favor of a good batsmen!!!

  • Omair Hafiz on August 6, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Batting first was not a sign of positive intent - it was simply stupid. Foundations, whatever - you go into a test match with the aim of winning it. Pakistan's best chance lay in bowling first in swinging/seaming conditions and trying to get the English out quickly. That is how we won the match against Australia and our bowling has shown that it rip batting lineups to shreds when given favourable conditions. The layest of men could have come up with that strategy.

    As far as selection is concerned - it really is a no-brainer. Foundations can be laid against Bangladesh/Zimbabwe or in the fourth test if the series has been decided before that. Is it really necessary to persist with a continuously failing line-up when there is still a chance that we might get back in the series?

    Seriously, have Yasir Hameed & Fawad Alam been taken on a vacation?

  • Yassar on August 6, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    I really do not understand the Pakistani think tank in regards to team selection. What is the point in flying Mohammad Yousuf all this way in such a hurry and then not play him. All the Pakistani batsman are out of form so if he has not picked up a bat for 2 weeks..so what? He can not do any worse than the existing lot. Plus with his talent,class and experience there is more chance of him finding form during the game than the other lot.

    Also if your not playing Yousuf then surely play Yasir Hameed. In three consecutive tests so far the batsmen have failed so surely he deserves a chance.

    And finally if your not playing either of the above then why drop Kamran Akmal in this game. I agree he needs to be dropped but he is probably one of the most experienced batters in the team and though he has not delivered thus far he at least has doen it before and has the experience.

    As i write this Pakistan are struggling at 30-4. So please SOS Younis Khan as well and bring him back too!

  • wasif on August 6, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Nice article and logical too but it seems like the battle has already been lost but to a good reason i guess. Lets hope this is the end to current drama and just the begining to a new drama of (SAAS BAHOO).

  • Humayun on August 6, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    nice! and especially i liked the 2nd paragraph:

    "Yousuf says he has been unable to practice for almost two weeks. That knowledge combined with the short gap between the first and second Tests raises further questions about the sanity of the Pakistan Cricket Board in rushing back Yousuf from his reverie.."

    lol ...

  • mislam on August 6, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Well, the march past has started, Salman's soldiers-race to go back to pavilion led by the Captain. The competition is how many balls you can play to score zero to 10 runs. 29 for 4 wickets. May be they will not score 79 in this innings. Is the old man watching this game?

  • Umair Baig on August 6, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    All this nonsense about the talented players Pakistan have bought in is cobblers. Azhar and Amin are average club class batsmen and have been shown up in this series. People will saying bringing back Younis and Yousuf is a step backwards but atleast they can be regarded as International Bastmen unlike Farhat, Ali and Amin. Git rid!!!

  • Gulab on August 6, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    When we will get the finished product. I mean we are still unable to get a better product from Shoaib, Butt and Farahat. When these bunch of safarashi will work for the win in the game. If we still wait for them to finish I will suggest them please finish your carrier for the better Pakistani team. We need Yonas, Yousuf, Asim Kamal and even Yasir hameed and Taufeeq Umar instead of these useless bunch of so called players. I am giving you the gaurantee that this team will loose all the matches against England and then SA. I just pray for Ijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed to die in some accident Ameen. After that we can hope for talented team rather than Safarashi tolla.

  • Umair Baig on August 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Soldiers? They're more Barbie than Action Man thats for sure. They haven't got an ounce of determination in that batting line up at all and I for one would like to see Ejaz leave the coaching staff immediately. How can someone who had an awful technique themselves be the batting coach. As always everything to do with Pakistan is laughable.

  • zahid on August 6, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Pakistan should be taken away from competing against the top teams and set up their own league with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh as their competitors.. Sure this is insulting them, but currently the way the team is playing atleast in this league that might win every other game.. They lost the first test, will lose this second one, and will continue getting thrashed in every other test match after that.. why?? When you have top order batsman like Farhat and Amin, honestly who are not test standard batsman, and guys like Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik who play only for themselves, well thats 4 of your top 6 batsman who shoudnt be there.. couple that with a captain who doesnt drop that rubbish opener because he is his mate?? Lucky you Imran Farhat, in this current climate you will be playing till you are 65 even with a batting average of 5!! Pakistan is a spineless team of too many cooks ready to always spoil the broth. Happy losing guys!!

  • Bilal Saeed on August 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    My highlight of the day, dropping off K.akmal. Dua sir, is a powerful weapon if used right Alhumdullilah. Perhaps understandable that M.Yousuf opted not to play in the second test given his lack of match form. He should inshAllah have good practice with that tour match before the third test. Still no Y.hameed, frustrating but predicatable. Imran farhat yet again fails to register a run. When will we be able to get the likes of saeed anwar or hanif mohammad (yes i had to think hard for the openers in the years gone by) to open the batting? That 20/20 mentality does not seem to leave these youngsters. Patience and technique is needed to counter the english conditions. It breaks my heart to see the 2 A's try so hard to win us matches only to be let down by shambolic fielding and brittle batting.

  • Aqeel Ahmed on August 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I can understand why Mohammad Yousuf was not selected as he just came in England yesterday after almost 20 hours of long journey and he surely needs some time to practice as well but selecting Shoaib Malik and Umar Amin despite previous failures and overlooking Yasir Hameed shows that Pakistan think tank is not serious about winning test matches. Best of luck to Pakistan as I love cricket!

  • Nishom Reesan on August 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Dear Kamran..! you have a very strong bias against Yousuf as is evident from all the articles that you have written and its really painful for the reader that you are unable to provide an impartial perspective which is your duty as a journalist.

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  • Nishom Reesan on August 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Dear Kamran..! you have a very strong bias against Yousuf as is evident from all the articles that you have written and its really painful for the reader that you are unable to provide an impartial perspective which is your duty as a journalist.

  • Aqeel Ahmed on August 6, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I can understand why Mohammad Yousuf was not selected as he just came in England yesterday after almost 20 hours of long journey and he surely needs some time to practice as well but selecting Shoaib Malik and Umar Amin despite previous failures and overlooking Yasir Hameed shows that Pakistan think tank is not serious about winning test matches. Best of luck to Pakistan as I love cricket!

  • Bilal Saeed on August 6, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    My highlight of the day, dropping off K.akmal. Dua sir, is a powerful weapon if used right Alhumdullilah. Perhaps understandable that M.Yousuf opted not to play in the second test given his lack of match form. He should inshAllah have good practice with that tour match before the third test. Still no Y.hameed, frustrating but predicatable. Imran farhat yet again fails to register a run. When will we be able to get the likes of saeed anwar or hanif mohammad (yes i had to think hard for the openers in the years gone by) to open the batting? That 20/20 mentality does not seem to leave these youngsters. Patience and technique is needed to counter the english conditions. It breaks my heart to see the 2 A's try so hard to win us matches only to be let down by shambolic fielding and brittle batting.

  • zahid on August 6, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Pakistan should be taken away from competing against the top teams and set up their own league with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh as their competitors.. Sure this is insulting them, but currently the way the team is playing atleast in this league that might win every other game.. They lost the first test, will lose this second one, and will continue getting thrashed in every other test match after that.. why?? When you have top order batsman like Farhat and Amin, honestly who are not test standard batsman, and guys like Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik who play only for themselves, well thats 4 of your top 6 batsman who shoudnt be there.. couple that with a captain who doesnt drop that rubbish opener because he is his mate?? Lucky you Imran Farhat, in this current climate you will be playing till you are 65 even with a batting average of 5!! Pakistan is a spineless team of too many cooks ready to always spoil the broth. Happy losing guys!!

  • Umair Baig on August 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Soldiers? They're more Barbie than Action Man thats for sure. They haven't got an ounce of determination in that batting line up at all and I for one would like to see Ejaz leave the coaching staff immediately. How can someone who had an awful technique themselves be the batting coach. As always everything to do with Pakistan is laughable.

  • Gulab on August 6, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    When we will get the finished product. I mean we are still unable to get a better product from Shoaib, Butt and Farahat. When these bunch of safarashi will work for the win in the game. If we still wait for them to finish I will suggest them please finish your carrier for the better Pakistani team. We need Yonas, Yousuf, Asim Kamal and even Yasir hameed and Taufeeq Umar instead of these useless bunch of so called players. I am giving you the gaurantee that this team will loose all the matches against England and then SA. I just pray for Ijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed to die in some accident Ameen. After that we can hope for talented team rather than Safarashi tolla.

  • Umair Baig on August 6, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    All this nonsense about the talented players Pakistan have bought in is cobblers. Azhar and Amin are average club class batsmen and have been shown up in this series. People will saying bringing back Younis and Yousuf is a step backwards but atleast they can be regarded as International Bastmen unlike Farhat, Ali and Amin. Git rid!!!

  • mislam on August 6, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Well, the march past has started, Salman's soldiers-race to go back to pavilion led by the Captain. The competition is how many balls you can play to score zero to 10 runs. 29 for 4 wickets. May be they will not score 79 in this innings. Is the old man watching this game?

  • Humayun on August 6, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    nice! and especially i liked the 2nd paragraph:

    "Yousuf says he has been unable to practice for almost two weeks. That knowledge combined with the short gap between the first and second Tests raises further questions about the sanity of the Pakistan Cricket Board in rushing back Yousuf from his reverie.."

    lol ...

  • wasif on August 6, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Nice article and logical too but it seems like the battle has already been lost but to a good reason i guess. Lets hope this is the end to current drama and just the begining to a new drama of (SAAS BAHOO).