2010: Summer of Pakistan August 21, 2010

A demon banished

The Oval had been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan cricket, right up to the moment in 2006 when Darrell Hair accused the Pakistan team of ball tampering
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An action that sparked a furore: Darrell Hair signals five penalty runs in the Oval Test of 2006
An action that sparked a furore: Darrell Hair signals five penalty runs in the Oval Test of 2006 © AFP

The Oval had been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan cricket, right up to the moment in 2006 when Darrell Hair accused the Pakistan team of ball tampering. When Inzamam-ul Haq’s players refused to take the field after the interval, I rang one of the Pakistan management to find out what was going on. “Wait and see,” he bristled with pride, “you will witness something incredible. We are not standing for this any longer.” The Oval 2006 had become Pakistan cricket’s Spion Kop, Dunkirk, and Panipat all rolled into one.

The Pakistan management played their part in the controversy but in my view, and I’m sure you’d expect me to say this, it was Hair who was the primary reason that the cricket world was plunged into crisis. No evidence of ball tampering was discovered. Hair had seized upon an opportunity to vindicate his past actions, except that he misjudged the situation horribly. His subsequent behaviour, especially his demand for a pay-off, lost him much sympathy.

For Pakistan cricket the incident at The Oval and its aftermath initially felt like a triumph. But, ironically, those days marked the collapse of the last respectable era of Pakistan cricket. Up to that tour of England, Bob Woolmer had expertly guided Pakistan’s return as a force. Yes, there was some way to go to complete the Woolmer project but a middle order of Inzamam, Mohammad Yousuf, and Younis Khan spoke for itself. It was the bowling that required development, much resting on the rookie Mohammad Asif.

Woolmer was supported from above and below by stabilising forces. Sheharyar Khan was the last worthy chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, as wise as Woolmer in his own diplomatic realm. The third prong of the triad was Inzamam, Pakistan’s captain and spiritual leader. His leadership style attracted criticism but he had the merits of leading by example and galvanising his chosen forces.

Sadly, in cricketing terms, the last England tour began in hope and ended in much disappointment. From that point onwards Pakistan cricket declined almost to the point of disintegration. Two factors, aside from the political environment, determined that decline. First, Inzamam and Woolmer drifted apart during that tour, their relationship, once greater than the sum of its parts, became damaging. Second, The Oval controversy was a battle too far for Khan, and he was replaced as cricket board chairman. Hair lost the battle of The Oval but the wounds he inflicted on Pakistan cricket helped to cripple it for the next four years.

The first green shoots of Pakistan’s recovery were glimpsed in England last year, as Younis' team produced an unexpected and exhilarating T20 triumph. Now, after a year of being battered in Test cricket, Pakistan have engineered two tense, stuttering, but dramatic victories. On both occasions Salman Butt’s team were written off in a series; on both occasions they came back with a surprising win.

There is something in this team, something to offer hope that Pakistan cricket can build for the future—and it is the bowling attack. There is, of course, a long way to go and the batting and fielding are still major problem areas, especially the positions of opening batsmen and wicketkeeper. But the team at The Oval was a better use of resources, a formula that made the most of the available youth and experience. Pakistan could add more experience yet in the form of Younis if the players and the cricket board can overcome their differences for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

Ultimately, though, safe-guarding harmony and the progression of the cricket team, even a green-shoots squad like this one, is the sole responsibility of the Pakistan Cricket Board. This Pakistan team are nowhere near world beaters yet but they should not be lunging so dramatically between triumph and disaster. The performance curve might be edging gradually upwards, and the variation in performance should become less dramatic as Pakistan muddle their way to a successful formula. Yet, even at this moment of success, it is important to be mindful that until the PCB sees a change in personnel at the top, green shoots will remain green shoots, sporadic and a long way from blossoming

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  • Mitcher on August 30, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    What a shame. No 'evil' Aussie umpire to lay the blame on this time. See you back in world cricket in 2020.

  • Bosco Martyres on August 30, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    I have read Mathew Hayden's comments regarding the scandal. He puts it down to Pakistani culture, and claims such a thing could never happen in Australia. Clearly Hayden is showing his red neck and also a touch of amnesia. Has he forgotten the Shane Warne incident in Sri Lanka that was quickly swept under the rug by the powers that be? Also I find it repugnant that this was clearly a sting operation by News of the World. Has such an operation been carried out on white teams? Clearly the old colonial mindset is still lurking in the background.

  • sajjad_logic@yahoo.com on August 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    After the match fixing videotapes and so called impeccable character players of Pakistan shown to place selft above country....I guess Darell Hair was right...only thnig poor guy was alone and battled alone for the truth...I guess after the NOTW videtapes, Darell Hair deserves an apology

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 29, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    May I have your grand attention "IRFAN". Yes I would be shut up if the all former[ Wasim Akran, Ijaz Ahemd, Saqlain Mustaq & Salim Malik] & current seniors players could have confessed their the worst sinful activities[ Match fixing] had been done by them for much more years. IRFAN ---- you can't deny, escape away from the world cricket historic research with proven analysis of International press media to legal investigation about the miserable Pakistani players. Before blame & criticize me, please Irfan, come to the true world, be cooled down, because the real proven sinful truth is inside, maybe it will be demolished not to investigate properly for technical issues.

  • Judge Dread on August 29, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    The Demon is back for sure. Kamran, you say "...it was Hair who was the primary reason that the cricket world was plunged into crisis. No evidence of ball tampering was discovered....." I suppose that is because there was no News of The World involved. Some real investigative journalism, and it is clear that it is the Pakistani team and their Indian bookmaker friends that are responsible this time. I suspect it was always the case, and Hair knew it. Match fixing and cheating all the way. He did what he could to stop it, but the power then and now lies with those who support the cheats politically because they are too embarrassed to face the problem.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on August 29, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    The Demon is back and the team has quickly returned to its lack lustre way. Broad & Trott played a glorious knock, broke all records in the process and destroyed Pakistan's will to fight. Pak were bundled in the 1st innings of the 4th Test for 74. Facing follow on, they were reduced to 4 wickets. The most pathetic shot was played by the master class batsman M.Yousuf who went for a pull shot on the last ball of the day. Is their a Broad or Trott in this mentally weak Pakistan side who can concentrate, fight & restore some respect. The obvious difference between these two teams - England is an Army, while Pakistan is a rabble in disarray. On the top of that police is investigating the Pak players for Spot Fixing issues. If any player or players are found guilty, its time to place a life ban on the culprits & shunt them out of cricket.

  • Irfan on August 29, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Cripes!

    Dude (Saidul Haque) be coherent or quit babbling. If You have no idea what to say then shut up. Hard to say what's happening right now. Thankfully this investigation is not headed by a Pakistani police team. So we will find out what the truth is, in the matter of days.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 28, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Brothers, don't blame each other. Don't get upset too about this so called updated performance by miserable conspired Pakistan cricket team. This country is now suffering the most disgusted situation especially like disaster flood attack. Pakistan Government needs relief fund and very greedy favorite damn money. And finally come to the point of sacrificing contract deal with ECB to donated more than million pounds for gift to surrender the final test very poorly/nakedly which is saving the flood affected people of Pakistan. It is clearly proven that Pakistan is very familiar tendency to play like historic Packed game by bookies.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on August 25, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    The veteran Yousuf came back in the side for the 3rd test. He made a useful contribution leading up to a win. Rumors were ripe that Younis Khan will be recalled. Now that the team has been announced for ODI & T20 series, YK is missing. What has YK done wrong to be shunted out in this manner? Why is Mr.Butt & PCB not coming forward with a proper explanation? The fans have heard that the Captain's & Coaches of both the test&limited over teams had asked for YK, but Mohsin Khan mentioned to them that YK has discipilinary issues. What are these issues and why can't they be cleared? YK after being ignored for Test matches was included in the team only for the ODI series against the Aussies. Later charges were brought up against several players including YK. PCB finally dropped those charges and included most of offenders including the Akmals, Afridi, S.Malik, etc. Ultimately even Yousuf was back in Pak colors. So what is the nature of YK's crime, which has seen him banished from the side?

  • Abdullah Ahmed on August 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    - These comments are middle part of my above two comments.

    So to start with, Wahab got an opportunity ahead of Sami, Irfan and Tanvir and you can not 'prove' that none of these 3 guys can perform like Wahab did, infact, may be if they got a chance they performed even better than Wahab.

    Secondly, I agree Ajmal bowled better than Kaneria in this Test, but what we object is the way a senior player like Kaneria is humiliated and sent back form a tour after bad performance. If this is PCB's criteria for non-performers, then why PCB is not sending Shoaib Malik back home same like Kaneria?

    On Yassir Hameed … well my dear Mr. Rizvi Sahab, Yassir may have scored only 36, but even you will be surprised to note that Yassir have better Tests and ODIs averages then your favourite Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and also Salman Butt. Can you tell me why was Yassir ignored for more then 2 year while these players continued playing?

    Continue last comments from ... Similarly, why ...

  • Mitcher on August 30, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    What a shame. No 'evil' Aussie umpire to lay the blame on this time. See you back in world cricket in 2020.

  • Bosco Martyres on August 30, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    I have read Mathew Hayden's comments regarding the scandal. He puts it down to Pakistani culture, and claims such a thing could never happen in Australia. Clearly Hayden is showing his red neck and also a touch of amnesia. Has he forgotten the Shane Warne incident in Sri Lanka that was quickly swept under the rug by the powers that be? Also I find it repugnant that this was clearly a sting operation by News of the World. Has such an operation been carried out on white teams? Clearly the old colonial mindset is still lurking in the background.

  • sajjad_logic@yahoo.com on August 30, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    After the match fixing videotapes and so called impeccable character players of Pakistan shown to place selft above country....I guess Darell Hair was right...only thnig poor guy was alone and battled alone for the truth...I guess after the NOTW videtapes, Darell Hair deserves an apology

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 29, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    May I have your grand attention "IRFAN". Yes I would be shut up if the all former[ Wasim Akran, Ijaz Ahemd, Saqlain Mustaq & Salim Malik] & current seniors players could have confessed their the worst sinful activities[ Match fixing] had been done by them for much more years. IRFAN ---- you can't deny, escape away from the world cricket historic research with proven analysis of International press media to legal investigation about the miserable Pakistani players. Before blame & criticize me, please Irfan, come to the true world, be cooled down, because the real proven sinful truth is inside, maybe it will be demolished not to investigate properly for technical issues.

  • Judge Dread on August 29, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    The Demon is back for sure. Kamran, you say "...it was Hair who was the primary reason that the cricket world was plunged into crisis. No evidence of ball tampering was discovered....." I suppose that is because there was no News of The World involved. Some real investigative journalism, and it is clear that it is the Pakistani team and their Indian bookmaker friends that are responsible this time. I suspect it was always the case, and Hair knew it. Match fixing and cheating all the way. He did what he could to stop it, but the power then and now lies with those who support the cheats politically because they are too embarrassed to face the problem.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on August 29, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    The Demon is back and the team has quickly returned to its lack lustre way. Broad & Trott played a glorious knock, broke all records in the process and destroyed Pakistan's will to fight. Pak were bundled in the 1st innings of the 4th Test for 74. Facing follow on, they were reduced to 4 wickets. The most pathetic shot was played by the master class batsman M.Yousuf who went for a pull shot on the last ball of the day. Is their a Broad or Trott in this mentally weak Pakistan side who can concentrate, fight & restore some respect. The obvious difference between these two teams - England is an Army, while Pakistan is a rabble in disarray. On the top of that police is investigating the Pak players for Spot Fixing issues. If any player or players are found guilty, its time to place a life ban on the culprits & shunt them out of cricket.

  • Irfan on August 29, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Cripes!

    Dude (Saidul Haque) be coherent or quit babbling. If You have no idea what to say then shut up. Hard to say what's happening right now. Thankfully this investigation is not headed by a Pakistani police team. So we will find out what the truth is, in the matter of days.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 28, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Brothers, don't blame each other. Don't get upset too about this so called updated performance by miserable conspired Pakistan cricket team. This country is now suffering the most disgusted situation especially like disaster flood attack. Pakistan Government needs relief fund and very greedy favorite damn money. And finally come to the point of sacrificing contract deal with ECB to donated more than million pounds for gift to surrender the final test very poorly/nakedly which is saving the flood affected people of Pakistan. It is clearly proven that Pakistan is very familiar tendency to play like historic Packed game by bookies.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on August 25, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    The veteran Yousuf came back in the side for the 3rd test. He made a useful contribution leading up to a win. Rumors were ripe that Younis Khan will be recalled. Now that the team has been announced for ODI & T20 series, YK is missing. What has YK done wrong to be shunted out in this manner? Why is Mr.Butt & PCB not coming forward with a proper explanation? The fans have heard that the Captain's & Coaches of both the test&limited over teams had asked for YK, but Mohsin Khan mentioned to them that YK has discipilinary issues. What are these issues and why can't they be cleared? YK after being ignored for Test matches was included in the team only for the ODI series against the Aussies. Later charges were brought up against several players including YK. PCB finally dropped those charges and included most of offenders including the Akmals, Afridi, S.Malik, etc. Ultimately even Yousuf was back in Pak colors. So what is the nature of YK's crime, which has seen him banished from the side?

  • Abdullah Ahmed on August 25, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    - These comments are middle part of my above two comments.

    So to start with, Wahab got an opportunity ahead of Sami, Irfan and Tanvir and you can not 'prove' that none of these 3 guys can perform like Wahab did, infact, may be if they got a chance they performed even better than Wahab.

    Secondly, I agree Ajmal bowled better than Kaneria in this Test, but what we object is the way a senior player like Kaneria is humiliated and sent back form a tour after bad performance. If this is PCB's criteria for non-performers, then why PCB is not sending Shoaib Malik back home same like Kaneria?

    On Yassir Hameed … well my dear Mr. Rizvi Sahab, Yassir may have scored only 36, but even you will be surprised to note that Yassir have better Tests and ODIs averages then your favourite Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and also Salman Butt. Can you tell me why was Yassir ignored for more then 2 year while these players continued playing?

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  • Mohsin Qureshi on August 24, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Dear Kamran, i want to highlight one area where PCB management has not shown a prudent response , consequently Pakistan Cricket has suffered. In the wake of increasing playing hours of the players and introduction of 3 formats of cricket we have failed to identify horses for the courses. India is a glaring example which has been comparatively successful of late because it has Test and T2o specialists. Likes of Rahul Dravid , Laxman and Sachin are kept away from the shortest version. To fill in their gap there are Uthappas and Yousaf Pathans who are t20 specialists. What we do is if Yousaf scores a Test 50 he is in ODI and T20 squad. This proposes lack of planning and will prove vital. My humble suggestion are : In T20&ODI: NO Asif, Yousaf, Younas reserve Tanvir, Imran Nazir, Hafez, Razzak, Shoab Malik,Afridi In Test: NO Gul, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal,Malik reserve Yousaf Younis, Zulqarnain and Wahab/Abur Rauf

  • Abdullah Ahmed on August 24, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    From Above ..

    Similarly, why is Fawad Alam who has much better Tests/ ODIs averages not selected?

    Cricket is a game of probabilities, and we can not say that so and so performed and no one else could have played better then him.

    Another point is that we are a democratic country where peoples are ‘counted’ and not weighed. Because in democracy a Phd doctor, an army General or a Prime Minister casts only one vote same like any illiterate person on the street. So even if we say, only for the argument sake, that Punjabi players are the best around, still we have to include players from rest of the Pakistan to call it a truly Pakistani team.

    In conclusion, 10 players out of 11 are Punjabi, Main Coach, Bowling-coach, Batting-Coach and Manager are all Punjabis, PCB Chairman is Punjabi, over half of selectors are Punjabis, PCB Cricket Academy and HO are in Punjab. Is being 'Punjabi’ the only ‘Merit’?

    So what do you think now, is it still only a ‘so-called’ Punjabi team ?

  • Abdullah Ahmed on August 24, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    @ Rizvi - August 22, 2010 5:26 PM …

    I agree Wahab Riaz performed superbly, but how and why did he get a chance when many other were denied an opportunity?

    Have a look, this is from Cricinfo article dated 18.08.2010 … “According to the critics, what lies behind the unfair criticism is the fact that Riaz lacked the necessary credentials to deserve a national contract ahead of other aspirants like the erratic but experienced Mohammad Sami, who destroyed Australia with a fearsome spell of fast bowling at the SCG in the first week of 2010. Other competitors included the towering Mohammad Irfan, another left-armer, nearly seven feet in socks, who caught the eye not only for his height but also his bowling skills. Then there was Tanvir Ahmed, the best bowler in the 2010 Quaid-e-Azam competition with 86 wickets for Karachi Blues. The 30-year-old Ahmed was up against Riaz for the spot left vacant by Gul”.

    Continued ...

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, USA on August 23, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    The ball tempering allegations&controversies sparked by D.Hair will now rest in the cricketing annals. This victory is a symbol of vindication for Pak. In the past, the skill of reverse swing was looked down upon, as a black art or sorcery, while today it is practiced openly by all teams&considered as an exclusive weapon for the the games best pace bowlers. Pak bowlers should be credited for inventing&giving to Cricket-the reverse swing&the Doosra. Coming back to the 4th test, we should be prepared for an intense come back by the English batsmen. By now they have faced all our bowlers and have a certain degree of familiarity with various balls in our armoury. The outcome will be decided by batting and we may witness big scores from both sides. England will go in as favorites, while Pakistan as under dogs, will strive for 2nd time upset by fielding better, holding on to catches and hoping their bowlers can restrict England to smaller total, for their fragile batting line up to chase.

  • Irfan on August 23, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    What a farce. These former cricketers are flip flop masters! Now Qasim and Amir, the former of two, who I have always known to be a very level headed person is saying that Pak might have won three nil if Younis and Yousuf were present. Don't these guys have an ounce of common sense. Better teams of Pakistan haven't been able to achieve this feat and this candy sucking bunch of kids could be expected to break the English team's run by defeating them in three matches back to back. It is absolutely ghastly analysis. Younis is not going to be playing in the fourth match. They should alteast pull both Akmal brothers or at the least Kamran and replace him with Sarfaraz.

  • Marlo on August 23, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    @Anum you are partially right. There are players who have been given chances for last 10 years and they never performed. Every one knows that they are part of the team only because of some other reasons.

    secondly, we should not do unjustice to youngesters like Umar Amin who was put in to face the worst batting conditions one can think of while some others like Yaser Hamid got their debute on pakistani dead wickets against Bangladesh and even when Yaser never scored a 100 in next 45 innings, he is still considered a better player. Umar Amin is unlucky that he didn't get a chance at Oval which was more like a subcontinental wicket.

  • Shahid on August 23, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan could be a perfect team to match the big boys if (1) Kamran Akmal sorts out his problems with keeping and starts scoring runs. Kamran should have taken a 6 months break to work hard under Rashid Latifs guidence. He should have done it for his own sake. for now Zulqarnain deserves more chances to prove his batting ability.

    (2) Younis Khan still has a couple of years cricket left in him and should selected in playing 11.

    (3) No other youngester should be given a go before we find out all about Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal.

    (4) There is no use keeping Umar Amin in England, send him to join A-team in Srilanka.

    (5) Its time to discard Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik. Their inclusion has been unfair to so many better players. these two can still be considered for limited overs cricket. Afridi had hinted of other players who didn't suit to be playing test cricket. (6) Mr. Ijaz Butt should be obliged in some other way. make him minister for tourism and youth.

  • shayan jamal on August 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi this is a well written article ,I agree with whatever you said but one thing was missing in it and that was an apology from Mohammad Yousuf ,last time whatever you wrote about him was not good and you should apologise to the man himself and his fans.

  • Taimur Khan on August 23, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    We need to select a squad of 30 players and stick with them. These players should be consistent for all 3 formats. (some like Shoaib, Rana, Razzaq, Nazir & Afridi only for 2020 & 1 day while others, Taufiq Umer Asim kamal etc. only for tests.

    1 & 2 position Farhat, Butt, Hameed, Taufiq, Imran Nazir

    3. Younis

    4. Yousaf

    5. Azhar Ali, Umer Amin, Asim Shafiq, Shahzad

    6. Umer Akmal, Afridi, Malik, Alam, Razaq, Kamran Akmal (bat only)

    7. Kamran Akmal, Zulkarnain, Sarfaraz

    8. Amir

    9. Ajmal, Kanaria

    10. Asif

    11. Gul, Wahab, Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar

    These are 27 players. Add the 6ft 7inch giant who has been selected to play for IPL plus 2 more preferably from the under 19 lot and we have our pool.

  • Omer Choudhary on August 23, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Salaam Kamran Saab,

    Firstly, I am happy for Pakistan to see that things are finally start to come together for the team, We still have a long long way to go but looks like we are headed in the right direction.

    Now to the main reason why I am posting, Guys...We have too many bandwagon fans here including our very own Mr. Abbasi, These people all they do is criticise & publish nonsense articles which only give a worse impression of our cricket. Just last week Mr. Abbasi wrote an article incorrectly playing the "region" card and guess what this card was only played when Pakistan lost the first two matches. Where were these comments when Pakistan beat Australia? And now that Pakistan has won again, these same people jump on the band wagon and have nothign but Praise for the same players they are criticizing.

    so frustrating...the true fans are with the team through good and bad and dont throw dirt on their team when they are down.

  • pakfan on August 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    I don't know why everyone wants to bash shoeb malik. I think he fairs better compared to yasser hameed and Umer Akmal. Why people are blind not to see the difference in class? Shoeb malik should be given more chances as Umer is being given for no reason. Shoeb too did well in the beginning of his career. People should revisit the records. In international cricket consistency should speak and players with abilities to have prolonged career should be encouraged. Shoeb malik should come in for yaser hameed not younis khan who has not won any match for pakistan.

  • nasir raza dar on August 23, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    It is nice to see Pakistan on wining side but if you Analise the two wins both this summer it is the evidence that it is due to bowlers even in the bating department too. On both occasions our top & middle order wobbles even chasing modest totals to win. What we need a solid player at # 3 position & in my opinion no one is better than Younis in this position, took Azhar Ali down the order at # 4 or 5.Umar Akmal is not a test cricket stuff he should have been on the bench alongwith elder one. I can`t understand the utility of Shoaib Malik in this team & in any version of the game rather he is a burden on the team but thanks to " PARCHI" he is making trip after trip on the expense of most worthy players.If you want to see consistency in Pakistan team wining attitude get rid of BUTT, YAWAR, BARI, MALIK & CO. FOR GOD SAKE.

  • Khurram on August 23, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Kamran Sb,

    You missed one very important point: The role of Waqar Younis in these series. Its Waqar Younis who gets the credit of consistent Pakistani bowling attack's success. Both Australia and England have been given tough time by our bowling attack. If we can somehow get the coaching skills of Javed Miandad for batting lineup, we should be in a pretty good shape. Maybe we can give Inzi a chance for batting coaching.

    Peace.

  • feroz alam on August 22, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    the winning credit goes to excellent bowling and the additon of mohammed yousuf. we have found a great batsman in azhar ali, he may be next inzi or moyo. we should also give chance to wahab riaz in next test. umar akmal should be in short form of cricket only and kmaran akmal should be droped for ever. i can't fathom why inspite of widespread opposition by the whole nation ijaz butt stays, is he connected to asif zardari or some other power to be.

  • Adnan on August 22, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    congrats to pak cricket team. But there r still some issues to be cleared. I can bet that the exclusion of zulqarnain is again something to do with the pakistani cricket politics (head by Kamran, Shoaib) coz the way stuart broad threw the ball and the injury the r saying is something u cannot digest.

  • Talha Turk on August 22, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    It's pretty obvious that Kamran Akmal's batting days are over . he dosen't have a clue in how to Wicketkeep he got lucky and caught a few cathches but tahts it. His brother aint anything special either. It's clear Mohammad Amir is the next Wasim Akram.Mohammad Yousuf is amazing when he gets to form he's in form right now. But now the great comeback of Pakistan has begun they will win the next test and whitewash everything else. Oh and for the love of pakistan cricket bring Younis Khan back Ijaz Butt.

  • Rohan Bhalerao on August 22, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I m an hardcore Indian supporter, but from d bottom of my heart, i want Pakistan to win d next match and draw d series 2-2. I want Pak to be back in full force in international cricket.

  • Faisal A Malik on August 22, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    I think Karman Abassi is too optimistic with this PCB management. The other way to look at it is that English became too relaxed, due to the poor perfromance by their opponent, and lost. They will surly correct this is tne next encounter. As for the cricket team there is no hope until a professional merit based PCB management is in place. How long can we continue to hope and pray during each match that it will be different? pray that a miracle performance by the batsmen, miracle performance by Kamran Akmal?

  • Salma on August 22, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    despite all disapproval of Imran farhat being in the team, its a fact that his contributions on both the occasion of run chases, were instrumental in wins. He needs to work with saeed anwar for a while to come over his defficencies. Bring in mr. Younis khan and get rid of shoaib malik for ever. Yaser Hameed isn't an answer to lack of batting abilities. He isn't better than all those who are discarded. He has played a lot of matches after that first match against bangladesh and has never scored a 100 in 45 innings.

  • Azam on August 22, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    One thing is sure now that Pak played matches are not going to end in tame draws. Pak can either win or loose because of its strong bowling attack and vulnerable batting. Sponsors should count 3 days for deals now.

  • Adeel Alvi on August 22, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    I salute to pakistan bowlers who demolish world's best batting line up in this summer. I think as a protest they should leave the team who cant hold catches on their bowling and who cannot complement their bowling efforts even when they provide their batsmen to chase a small target. They should start looking for bowled and lbw mode of dismissals.

  • muzz on August 22, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    catches win the matches - this time Pakistan caught all except the one dropped by yusuf thankfully cost us nothing but Strauss dropped Asif in 1st inning costing extra 30 - that is the luck? chance? hard work? or cornered tigers? well done guys congratulation

  • zeeshan on August 22, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    this is one of the greatest upset ,who in there wildest dream would have thought pak would win after first two test.all credit to the team ,this was deffinately a team effort but again it was the balling that made the difference.pakistan pace battery are one of the best balling attack of recent time.lords test would be a cracker if pak put up some similar performance as in oval.

  • Mansoor on August 22, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    For the love of God..Please bring back Younis Khan..Even a stupid like Ejaz Butt can now see what experience can do!!

  • shahzad on August 22, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    can some one please replace Kamran akmal? i think he had about 10 runs in 4 innings. he is leading with the ducks in england. he might just make the most ducks record. 170 million people sure we can find another wicket keeper. zQ haider should play even if he is injured. because injured Zulkarain haider still better then kamran.

  • Anum on August 22, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    I think emotions determine our opinions most of the time. When the team wins, then everything appears hunky dory. Otherwise, every player and the whole management comes under fire.

    If Azhar Ali hadd not made a unbeaten 92, and if he had got out for a few runs, Mr. Abbaasi, you and everyone would have been criticising the selection, and probably he would have been discarded from the team very soon. The same would have been the case for M. Yousuf. If he had not performed in this match, everyone would have been jumping on the selectors.

    My point is that we need to be moderate in our views and give every player a chance to prove himself, like Azhar Ali and Yousuf did.

  • Kashif Aziz on August 22, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    i fully support comments of heeda, farhan, shahzd and others who pointed out Mr. Abbasi's previous writings flaw where he critised heavily on yousuf again and again and now he simply ignored him altogether. this is not fair Mr. Abbasi, you are not being fair even to yourself. on a number of times you attacked M. Yousuf but now see how much impact he had on this team and on this win. in my opinion this win is 80% made possible because of Yousuf and you should have acknowledged that. but it takes some courage i guess which is not there!

  • asadak on August 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Punjab beat england so what all karachities have to say now? We need Younis back to make batting more stronger.

  • bohurupi on August 22, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Hair had a sickening attitude more toward the subcontinental crickets. He was instrumental for the incident to happen in the first place but ICC had completely failed to bring any instant disciplinary action against him. Hope that Hair's ghost do not land on the shoulders of any other ICC officials!

    Despite the win, Pakistan batting is still very pathetic. Had they require to chase a total of another 20-25 runs added to the target, things could have gone in the opposite direction!

    Pakistan, probably, badly needs a batting coach of the highest caliber. They should be looking for a long term solution and fixing holes temporarily by Yousuf/Younis is not going to help much in the long run.

  • Wasim Bhatti on August 22, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Dears I am so glad that Mohammed Yousuf is back in Pak Team. God is Great who brought him back. Ijaz Butt made a good move so "us ka sarra Gunha Muaaf". Shame for Salman Butt, Waqar Younis, Zaheer Abbas, Abdul Qadir and many others including Mr. Kamran Abbaso who appossed Mohammed Yousif's return. Now I understood that why these all did not get much respect at their times becuse they are selfishs and not sincere with Pak Cricket. Now Ijaz Butt they should bring back Imran Nazeer and Shoaib Akhtar in one day and T20 along with Mohammed Yousif in all formates of Pak Cricket. All the best of luck for Pakistan Team including M. Yousif and Imran Nazir and Shuaib Akhtar.

  • SeriousCricketObserver on August 22, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    What demons are u talking about? Very disappointing take on the whole matter, I must say.

    Anyways... many Congratulations to Pakistan, i hope Younis has his girly issues resolved and is now acting like a man, after all he is still an asset to the middle order.

    Best of luck Pakistan for the 4th Test. Lets hope Asif regularly hits those edges his deliveries have been missing by inches.

  • Uncle on August 22, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I tend to differ from your opinion generally but the domino effect from the Oval disaster was a systematic destruction and humiliation of a glorious cricketing tradition.

    The simultaneous change in the political backdrop and PCB's management poses questions that are far beyond the scope of this forum but presents the opportunity to question our off-pitch expertise in managing relations with the ICC and the media.

  • Amran Yousaf on August 22, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, Another good post.

    Fantastic win by my beloved Pakistan, I said in a comment to a recent post of yours that I said Pakistan would win two tests on this tour. I really think we can win three now. With Yousuf back in the team and our bowlers dominating the English batsmen why cant we????

    Please can we have no more backing for Shoaib Malik. Is it not strange that the one test this parasite does not play that we win.... I think enough said.

    I can wait to see Younis Khan back in our batting line up and with Zimbabwe and now New Zealand offering to play in Pakistan I think the clouds might be lifting and things looking a lot brighter for us.

    And lastly what a grat performane by Wahab Riaz. 6 wickets and he bowled fast, might have gone for a few in the 2nd innings but i liked what I saw. Bring on the second test.

  • khansahab on legslip.com on August 22, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    THE CHIEF SELECTOR OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM MOHSIN KHAN takes an easy route of escapism by shifting blames on the captain and the coach. How often do we see that man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes, small wonder that what he craves most is self forgetting. What Mohsin Khan is forgetting is when he was not the CS, he used to openly and blatantly criticize the selectors, coach, managers and even players and that was so easy to do so while sitting in a comfortable room surrounded by cameras and you know you are on a TV talk show

  • Rizvi on August 22, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    The so called Punjabi team won, Wahab Riaz performed way better than Umar Gul ever did in any test he played in last three years but certain people still want Gul back in the team.

    Ajmal proved how ordinary and useless Kaneria was and put his foot in the mouth of his critics with a match winning performance.

    Yasir Hameed scored only 36 runs in the test and Farhat 44 but Yasir is the hero and deserves all the praise in the eyes of certain people and they want Farhat to be dropped.

    This shameless & jingoistic lobbying of players should end.

  • Cool Boy on August 22, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Doctor Mate: Sometimes you write, it makes sense.

  • Omer on August 22, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I agree with the extracts of the blogger, and i respect the comments of the keen lovers of cricket. It is true that the Pakistani team is unpredictable but might i add no less of any hope too considering the fact that they won a test match against a solid England side for the first time in a span of nine years.

    Many may argue that the teams lacks the capability to chase stiff targets but at the end of the day no matter if you win by an inch or by a mile, by one wicket or with all ten to spare, winning is winning!

    What is more improtant to see is weather this winning formula has the essence of sustainibility to carry it on further and emerge out as winners in the final test match.

    There is no doubt we have a talented wolfpack of yongsters hungry to restore a lost image of the national team which is high octaned by recalling quality experienced Muhammad Yousuf, however an addtion of Yonis Khan might pay rich dividends to the PCB and to the team in the long run.

  • Syed A on August 22, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I hope analytically handicapped selectors do not read this blog about dropping Imran and put Pakistan progress on back burner. Any way great win and both win has good contribution from Imran Farahat.

  • karim on August 22, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    The demon that needs to be banished is the PCB.

  • Syed A on August 22, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Another fact about Imran importance in Team. After his return his average is 2 runs above the team average. I calculated total team run after his return:5180, total wicket fell:173(if 10 wickets fell, I am considering it 8. Because last 3 tailender wickets considered as 1) Average:29.94

    Imran scored 661, got out 21 times - Avg: 31.47. That is almost 1.5 above. It is actaully very good performance considering his opening position. Which is the chronically weakest link.

  • Ashfaq Ahmad on August 22, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    My friend said that Pakistan will be beaten in all four test matches against England this summer.I said Pakistan will win at least one test match.A £100 bet was on. It reminds me that in 1986 when I asked indian cricket team manager what did he think of Azharuddin team's prospects against England?He replied 'We will win at least one test match'In the end they won more Oval victory was well deserved,dsepite a few hiccups. I always held that even if Yousuf failed (as was quite possible),his very presence in the team will give a lot of confidence to others-especially the youngsters.It was this re-assuring affect that won the day for Pakistan. Younis,if allowed to play,will further strenghten the batting and more than anything else,will encourage the youngsters like Yousuf did.Younis may not score runs but his fielding,his smiling face and his mere presence on the field can work wonders for Pakistan. Good bye Ejaz Butt,Hello Younis Khan. Good luck Pakistan for final test at Lord's

  • Shah Ji on August 22, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Ejaz Butt has not done everything wrong. Last horrible action against Star Players has taken Star power out of the game. Players politics and The Revolts against captain and Oath ceremonies should be history ,at least for the time being.

    Mr Butt deserve credit in this regard . He at least tried to cut an evil tree ,which was seeded by none other than the "So Called The great"

    Mr Abbasi You have not done wrong by initiating regional confrontation in to the game.That is the way ,the games are played. Competetion is always on its peak when it is on a regional base.

  • Engle on August 22, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    In any sport (or any team for that matter), it is the combination of youth and experience that seals the open gaps and completes the team. Never underestimate the value of experience, especially in a sport like cricket. How the powers-that-be left Pakistan's threadbare brittle batting exposed is baffling.

    With the Hair affair afar, one wonders what would have evolved 4 years ago on that fateful fourth day at the Oval had he not been on the field.

  • imran on August 22, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    All of us, find this place to unload our frustration, or our wishes. When the truth is, all the time and b.s. we dump here is not going to help, because (1)Pakistan team cannot read english, (2) Kamran is not a member of the selecting commitee (actually he is like one of us, unloading his frustration on this blog).

    And PLEEEAAASSSSEEEEEEE, this is is one match, lets not shower these guys with roses, and lay flowers on their path. They need to prove this time and time again to get the monkey of their back.

    It is a shame that with such a great bowling attack, we cant back it up with battting. Not that we dont have good batting in Pakistan, IF THE PCB WILL STOP BEING RACIST and look outside PUNJAB, they will see, Pakistan has abundance of batting talent.

    Lastly, Imran Farhat, must have payed a lot of money to play in the Pakistan team, Please look at his average and explain on what basis he is in the team, just his inclusion shows that RISHWATH (BRIBERY) and RACISM is at the root level

  • Syed A on August 22, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    I dont understand why do people want Imran Farahat to be dropped. They are underestimating his contribution. Consider few thing: 1. He has played as an opener, which has been ever lasting problem for Pakistan. Apart from Butt, I dont think any opener did better than Imran after Sohail-Saeed. 2. He alongwith Butt gave lot of 50 plus partnership. He helped in seeing off the shine of ball. 3. Since his comeback his average is 32.00, not a bad average on foreign soil by a Pakistani player. Umar Akmal has marginally better with 34. 4. His positive batting has made small target achievable in both win(65+ against Australia, 33 against England). In both win middle order made the task tough. 5. He and Salman are two best available opening batsmen in Pakistan. This pair should not be disturbed, I think Butt should go back to open the inning. They are only pair after Saeed/Sohail who has given highest number of 50 partnership. Do not destroy the equation.

  • Shahid on August 22, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I would leave all this to a side and promote a two match flood charity series between IND-PAK COMBINED 11 vs WORLD COMBINED 11.

    Every one would like to see indian batting and pakistani bowling combined in one team to face ENG-AUS-SA combined 11. It could generate huge interest and funds to help flood hit people.

    Would love to see Tandulkar captaining a OD team consisting: Shahwag, Tandulkar, Yousef, Younis, Dhoni, Afridi, Amir, Gul, Zaheer and Ajmal

  • mudasir on August 22, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    no one can beat this test team .kamran akmal is world class players just needs some form going .And abdul razack is a match winner in any situation.I dont know why he is out of test team.

    1)salam butt 2)kamran akmal 3)younis khan 4)Mohd Yosuf 5)Azher Ali 6)umer akmal 7)abdul razack/shoaib malik 8)Mohd Amir 9)Umer gul 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Mohd Asif

  • Shahid Hussain on August 22, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Congratulations to All cricket team members and Pakistani nation. Pakistani cricket is same since Mr. Kardar's team. There are always ups and downs in Pakistani cricket and will remain due to PCB policies. There have been very rare occasions that we observe players playing as team, every one plays for his survival for next match due to wrong policies of PCB. We need to set up policies for future players grooming and discipline. In spite of all factors Pakistan has always produced excellent cricketing moments in all sort of cricket. We just need CONSISTENCY and then no one can beat because we are the best cricketing nation in the world

  • quqnuss on August 22, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    @heedwa: as i started reading the article, I had the same question. at the end, i had the same feeling like you have, but i am not using words like you used (if you hadn't, i would have .. may be).

    i would like to give some advice to our captain : don't get fooled by winning one game. can't you remember how awfully you lost tow consecutive games against England after winning - luckily - against Australia ? it were your bowlers who brought you the win, not your batters or fielders. you need to improve these to departments, WITHOUT saying things like 'it was a team effort'. it was not TEAM effort. it was just an outstanding performance of your bowlers. If you, or anyone, are in the 11 players as batsman, you are suppose to bat sensibly and carefully. just watch your and the farhat's last four innings.

  • Shahid Hussain on August 22, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Congratulations to All cricket team members and Pakistani nation. Pakistani cricket is same since Mr. Kardar's team. There are always ups and downs in Pakistani cricket and will remain due to PCB policies. There have been very rare occasions that we observe players playing as team, every one plays for his survival for next match due to wrong policies of PCB. We need to set up policies for future players grooming and discipline. In spite of all factors Pakistan has always produced excellent cricketing moments in all sort of cricket. We just need CONSISTENCY and then no one can beat because we are the best cricketing nation in the world

  • atiq hong kong on August 22, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    bring yonis back and i hope pak team can beat any team in the world.

  • Khalid Mirza (New Yrok) on August 22, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I wish Darrel Hair is watching all this. This is a slap on his face (sorry 4 my language) from Pakistani players and supporters. Darrel; you owe an apology to Pakistani die hard supporters by bringing the cricket to its lowest level of disgrace with your inner evil and prejudice attitude. May God bless you Darrel, you're the worst i've ever seen as a person.

  • Naveed Khan on August 22, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Rot is in the management. Ijaz Butt is neither an administrator, nor a visionary leader, nor a financial expert to be holding the position he is holding. He does not command respect at local level and internationally people do not take him seriously. He should leave voluntarily if President Zaradri is unwilling to remove him. If the Judges in Pakistan Supreme court are appointed by a team, why isn't the PCB appointed in a more deliberative manner? Pakistan Cricket needs leadership and management and unless a more capable leadership is installed, PCB would remain a blabbering, dysfunctional organization.

  • saeed on August 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    good morning . this victory will give pakistan confidence which is exigently needed alongwith correct approach to the mouth watering and decider at lords. the bad habit of making things very difficult by our batsmen needed to be eradicated urgently because this is3rd time, we just managed what could been easy victory. still sydney test haunts me.yes I agree with those who want y.khan back and forcing quick exit of ijaz butt. let the batsmen do their job because u do not expect the bowlers should do it always. we need a competent wicketkeeper who could bat as well. we have nothing to do with MERIT in any field of life why cricket is an exception and there is no any sign to have any chance of change. congrats to pak fans and cricket lovers.

  • Shahid on August 22, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I would love to see a match won by pakistan purely due to their batting performance.

  • Emm on August 22, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    CORRUPTION & NEPUTISM is what lets our cricket down as well as the PCB & the country as a whole... There is NO substitute for experience. Just the way Yusuf's bat swings and strokes the ball is poetry in motion. Show me another player with the same action... NOT EVEN TENDULKAR. Until we start picking players for WHAT they know and not WHO, we will always be inb trouble. Keep Praying for HADAYAT to all.

  • DesiHungama on August 22, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    The fact should not be lost upon us that it is a historic moment for Pakistan Cricket to have won this game at Oval after what transpired at the same venue in 2006. Ironically, England’ collapse started at the same time that is after tea when Inzi and team unceremoniously refused to play any longer on that fateful day in August of 2006. In my humble opinion, this win has vindicated Inzamam and company. Regarding the chase, I am not sure if anyone else noticed but I think it is shame on part of Umer Akmal by not allowing Aamir to score the winning run as any Australian or S. African probably would have done. It speaks of his true shadowy character just as I had suspected all along. Aamir is a beacon of reliance and self determination and Cricket in general is in good hands.

  • Salman Khan on August 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I absolutely agree with your end statement (& Itsy's), its the management that has always been Pakistan's real problem, and as long as they stay in there (their mentality), nothing is going to change, Pakistan is going to have few moments of brilliance but eventually overshadowed by end results. Bob was a miracle for Pakistan, its unfortunately that that miracle did not stay lit for long.

    Lets stay positive, these young ones are doing well, no, they are doing great under the circumstance, these victories will do wonder for their confidence. All the best,

  • faraz on August 22, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Its great...to see pakistan win bt at the same time,its vry diffcult to find out why does pakistan cricket is in such a shabby position.i am an indian and i really love pakistan team and want them to win every match..bt somehow i feel that the system in which the PCB works should be changed and it would be better for the team and the players moral..once they(pcb) change there attitude it would be 100% success for the team in future bcoz if anyone wants to be successful in life one have to change there attitude! anyway cong8 pak team may u always play without fear of loosing... and inshallah always make your fans proud..allah hafiz!

  • Imran on August 22, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    I think pcb is doing every thing wrong here younis and yousif should only b in test squad since younis is nt a gud odi player he is only suitable for test. Imran nazir should open with butt in odi and yasir is ok for the test squad fawad alam is more like test player bt as pcb is always taking stupid decision he is out of test and ll b in for odi and t20

  • drmjalamgir on August 22, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Dear Kamran(akmal)Abassi, nice article but i wonder why you are so jealous to Mohammad yousaf. As ausual you did'nt give any credit. I was following the match almost all commentrators hailed and praised his classical test batting approach and style. Pakistan bowling attack is capable of getting out any side,but the batting is always unable to chase even the small totals. The real differnce was Mohd yousaf's batting for the victory. Once he got out Pak batting lineup, dressing room got pannicy,every one was shacking. Mohd Yousaf is like W.G.Grace for Pak.cricket. I don't know why people like you are not liking this true legend,Icon and inspiration of the whole nation? It might be his faith,beard or humbleness.

  • Shakkw on August 22, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Pak team by playing with guts and showing fighting spirit. English players had reality check this test match. Pakistan brought in a decent batsman in yousaf, managed to hold on catches and they beat England with ease. It shows england performances in first two test were hugely overblown.

    We should bring Younas back to middle order for 4th test. Let both Y's guide the young batsmen for a year and then leave gracefully.

    If find no place for Imran Farhat in the team. Our batting for 4th test should be like this: Salman, Yasir Hamid, Younas, Azhar, Yousaf and Akmal brothers.

  • faisal on August 22, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    thank God Mr Hair was not officiating this match, otherwise he would have given ajmal's Doosra as a "No-Ball" for chucking and also he would attribute Aamir spell of reverse swing to ball tempering with out any evidence ( i felt that ball was not in good shape........... hmmmm so stupid and cheat he was) and now Mr hair is saying that he is a man of character.. joke of the century.

  • Saif on August 22, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    u r absolutely right Doc, Pak's graph has been on the down slide ever since 20th August 2006, no doubt in my mind. infact i have been sayin this to every1 all this while, the psychological effect of that day (i donno how?) has adversely affected the Pakistan team in every possible way, on or off the field, mentally n physically. even a small progress, like the World T20 Championship, were halted for sum reason - thoh i believe Pak won it coz only Pak like team's got a temperament for T20 cricket.

    I have followed Pak cricket b4 n after Oval's fiasco n there was sumthin horribly wrong in the team. i jus hope on 20th Aug 2010, v've finally bury it then n there, n not carry with themselves ne more. like Pak team, its inflicted a deep scar inside me also.

  • MA on August 22, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Mr Abbasi...You chose not to write about Yousuf...what a disgraceful attitude..you should have apologised or atleast accepted that you were terribly wrong about Mohammad Yousuf.You would have written whole article on Mohammad Yousuf if he didnt click.Be a gentleman and say sorry and stop being biased to this great cricketer.

  • Saad on August 22, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    My team would be the same as Moody suggested, Yasir Hameed Salman Butt (C) Younis Khan M.Yousuf Azhar ali U.Akmal Zulkarnain (WK) M.Amir U.Gul S.Ajmal M.Asif

    However, it is a shame that Muhammad Yousuf was not allowed to play in the second test when all the so called top five batters in Pakistan line up cannot even muster a fifty combined. Salman Butt and Waqar Younis even suggested there is no need for Yousuf which is a shame. Pakistan team and management should keep politics aside. Yousuf has many more years left in him and with the kind of poor batting talent Pakistan has in the backup I foresee Yousuf for another decade for Pakistan. All the best to Pakistan and the sheer class we call Muhammad Yousuf.

  • Farhan on August 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Congrats pak i like to mention mr abbasi who oppose the selectn of yousuf, lok at the diffrence he made solely in pak pathetic bating line up and increase of confidence and temprament in azhar and umar akmal who played a smal but important inning of 16 runs Plz brng younis fawad asim kamal sarfaraz ahmad in team and they are world beater at regular level not at suprisingly level My team for test as folows Salman Hameed Younis Fawad Yousuf Asim kamal Sarfaraz Amir Ajmal Umar gul Asif

  • Sheraz Ashraf@hotmail.com on August 22, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    well! Congrats to Team Pakistan for a victory over England. You did not have to be a rocket scientist to see the impact Yousuf had on the team..elegance, class, calmness, stability...truly awesome...I am delighted to see Mr. Abbasi made to eat his words...You definitely owe an apology mate....if u have any honor and cricketing sense....God bless Pakistan

  • muhammad on August 22, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Why are some Pakistani players are wearing plain helmet? Where is the star?

  • dmqi from Maryland, USA on August 22, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    I would call this a victory from defeat. Yes, when England was 197 for 3 in the 2nd innings, who thought that pak bowlers would wrap up the innings in next few overs. Again,at 126 for 6, Pak was not sure about the victory, rather defeat was on the horizon. Fascinating cricket, nervy win for Pak fragile batting.

    Izaz Butt's head kept the two most Pak celebrated batsmen out of test cricket. Yousuf proved that I. Butt made mistake. Now, it is Younus's time to prove that I. Butt was wrong too. Experience cricketers are vital for test cricket and worthless management can deprive them from building up their career and causing a nation's agony. I hope Pak management can see how much they are dishonored by the international community who love fairness in the game. Get rid of the management sucker players and bring Younus and Fuad Alam to win the 4th test.

  • KAS on August 22, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I see that many of the comments - while happy with the team's win - still seem to be criticising the players calling for replacements (win or loose this team seems to be in the sights of an army of wanna be selectors). Lets try to look at the positives that the team can build on in the upcoming months: - Most importantly, Pakistan can/will win when their fielding/keeping is in order. - There seems to be strong understanding between the coach and the team (sp. with the capatain) - This young team is developing the psychological aspect and have demonstrated fine character and fighting spirit. - A truely great bowling attack (Ajmal, Kaneria, Amir, Asif, Gul, Wahab, Tanvir) world class - Haider as the next Pak wicket keeper (great fighter/strong character) -Yousuf letting the past rest and taking the role as batting lynchpin/ustaad -A surprisingly positive capatain , gets team to perform., no ego problems and is percieved as a cricketing gentleman. Congrats Salman - well done!

  • JmMalik/Jeddah KSA on August 22, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to all of you. It was a real team effort. More or less everyone contributed. Now the team has started to play like a unit. Test match temprament is essential to perform better. Yesterday, both Umer Akmal & Aamir displayed an excellent example of this. However, there were small mistakes eg; Azhar Ali's run out, etc. Now the team management & players must conduct post match analysis in order to identify what was good & what was bad in this test match? Then they should try to learn from their mistakes & continue with the good stuff. Congratulations...once again.

  • Abdullah Ahmed on August 22, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Good to see the team winning. A win is a win, is a win !!

    On selection of some of the players ...

    Imran Farhat – Will keep on playing because his father-in-law is on the selection committee. Further, Farhat comes from same city as Salman Butt, his captain, opening-partners and a close friend.

    Kamran Akmal – even if ZulQarnain comes back, it will be hard to keep Kamral out because of his clout in the team and his younger brother being there, plus the ‘lobby’ behind him.

    Shoaib Malik – It’s just a matter of time till he is among the playing eleven, not only because of his International celebrity, Indian wife but more importantly because of the strong backing his most influential uncle who is interial minister of the country, Mr. Rahman Malik.

    So there goes out-of-the-window the high hopes of bring in Younis Khan, Fawad Alam and ZulQarnain.

  • waterbuffalo on August 22, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Kamran, beating Australia for the first time in 15 years and England for the first time in 5 years is a cause for celebration, especially during Ramadan, I could not watch the last part of the game, the tension was too much, you know with Sydney and SL fresh in the memory, love all the bowlers, Wahab Riaz did very well, Ajmal, and Asif and Amir, but I am especially impressed with Azhar Ali, the boy has a good defence and good technique, and I think , a good temperament, with Yousuf and him in the middle order, Pakistan can now occupy the crease for a longer period of time, it was a good toss to lose, Strauss made the same mistake as Ponting. But we cannot always hope for good luck.

  • venkat on August 22, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I disagree Kamran. They certainly are a team capable of being world beaters. With regards to the batting, it is terribly unfair to say that they aren't good enough. England's celebrated middle order has floundered so many times this series and when you face such high quality bowling in such bowler friendly conditions, you are bound to have the odd collapse. Azhar Ali would have learnt a lot from that 92 and it is a question of sticking to Butt, Farhat, Hameed and Amin. They will deliver. Yousuf adds class to that line-up and rumour has it that Younis Khan will be back. Exciting times ahead for Pakistani cricket. They can go far with this team. And I am happy that they put one past an overrated bunch of cricketers.

  • Irfan on August 22, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    I think the clean up job should start with the board. The clown like chairman of the board should be gone. Akmals should make way for Sarfaraz and Fawad. Manager Yawar Saeed another example of cronyism, the chief culprit in engineering the coup against Younis should be axed. Younis of course should be brought in. Keep the bowling unchanged, new trends in fielders coaching should be followed. Get rid of Ijaz Ahmed likes who are there just because they know somebody and got the gig. Now, it's a good situation where we have more candidates then the positions. Therein lies the problem who should Younis will be replacing as for the first time in a long time we found a batsman with test temperament and I am talking about Azhar. I think Imaran Farhat should be dropped, with Yasir Hameed and Salman Butt (left right combination) opening and Younis coming in at number three will certainly strengthen batting line.

  • Omer on August 22, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    While most of the writings of Mr. Abbasi bring are analytically sound, but in the last few pieces he has vociferously opposed the inclusion of Mohammad Yousuf in the team. It is funny that in this particular piece he has conveniently ignored the importance of Yousuf's inclusion in the side and has called for inclusion of Younis Khan (which should of course be done though). It is clear from the team's body language that the dividing force in the team was Shoaib Malik and though there may be other members who aren't happy at Yousuf's inclusion, but with Malik gone, they aren't probably as strong now. I hope he stays out of the team.

  • Abdul Sami on August 22, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Pakistan should bring back Younis Khan for the vital No.3 position.

  • Meety73 on August 22, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Hi,

    I am not a fan of your comments regarding Darrell Hair. Having said that I agree with your comments regarding Paki Chairman. From my point of view there are always "green shoots" in Pakistan. The main issue is providing a proper structure to see players bloom at test level. Young Akmal is a classic point in hand. He is one of the most gifted strokeplayers I have ever seen, but his defense is loose & his mind set is terrible. I believe that Akmal has fone backwards as there WAS no one to mentor him. Yousuf's return could change that. Pakistan's history of producing good pace bowlers will always keep them in with a chance in any series they play in. Bowlers can be suceesful on talent alone. Batsmen on the hand need to learn, learn, learn. You also could add W/k to this as the older Akmal is a time bomb waiting to go off in any test he plays in. If the batsmen learn the art of occupying the crease - I can see a very quick rise back towards the top of Test & ODIs.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on August 22, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Victory is victory, but this truimph was not convincing. From the beginning of the chase of a meagre 140+ batting lacked confidence and players were in a hurry and the nerves were evident on the playing strip & in the dressing room. Azhar Ali got run out, when there was no run. The ball had gone to a fielder so close to him and yet he raced after a single that did not exist. A team that can't hold its nerves, may win one or two matches, but it ultimately bound to lose more games.

    I like to congratulate Salman & his mates for their fine win, but Boys get over your fright, get hold of the demon & throw him out & welcome the confidence of a winning side with open & warm embrace. You have done it & you can do it again.

  • Qasem on August 22, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Places of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat (all of whom seem to be in the team because of their contacts) should be reconsidered in the team. By picking them time and again, Pakistan is making an investment of time which would be better spent on younger players like: Fawad Alam (for Shoib Malik), Haider/Sarfraz (for Kamran Akmal) and permanent place for Yasir Hameed (for Imran). Maybe younis khan should be brought in at 3 to mentor the youngsters.

  • Moody on August 22, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    This should be the pakistan test playing after this England series. Yasir Hameed Salman Butt (C) Younis Khan M.Yousuf Azhar ali U.Akmal Zulkarnain (WK) M.Amir U.Gul S.Ajmal M.Asif

  • mohammad tayab on August 22, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people are against Yunus Khan. In the words of Imran Khan, 'he is an honest upright fellow'. He was a victim of player politics (ganging up and swearing on the Holy Book). Yusuf and yunus are the only 2 stable batsmen we have. The only player who has no place in any form of the game is Shoaib Malik (the guy who initiated the ganging up, now he has some serious issues. Without Yunus the batting line up will develop serious issues without him.

  • Dynsh Ahmed on August 22, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    I have to agree with Ahmed here.

    there is no room for K.Akmal, Kaneria, Farhat and Malik

    Lords 11 should be

    Yasir Hameed Salman butt Yonus Khan /Umar Amin (I heard he has been recalled and already playing county in england) Azhar Ali Yousuf Umar Akmal K.Akmal (Just because ZQ Haider is injured) Asif Gull Amir Ajmal

  • Dr Zeeshan Shah on August 22, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Kamran you have nailed it! Nice to see you advocating Khan's return. You must play your part for his inclusion in the team as people listen to you. Not quite sure if PCB does though! Thanks.

  • Junaid on August 22, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    LoL @ Kamran. After your last article you are finding difficult to praise this team (Punjabi not Pakistani according to you). Well done Salman Butt and team. It was a great team effort and everyone contributed. Bowlers were great as ever, Mohd Yousaf, Azhar, Alman, Yasir, Imran all scored some valueable runs and even the most critisized player on this blog i.e. Karman Akmal kept really well in this match. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Noman on August 22, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Good Article,Bringing MOYO was a good decision,as for Younus, I think he is a good cricketer but don't expect more than that. To make the senior most player a captain is not the best of strategies, look at India, they have legends but still play under Dhoni. Yes Australia is got Ponting leading the way but before we compare ourselves to Australian cricket, we can have a cold glass of water and snap out of it. Say what you want about Inzy but he was a match winner and currently we don't have any batsman who can be considered a match winner. I also feel you need another wicket keeper in such a long series. We also need another fast bowler in the mix to give the MO's a rest when needed otherwise injuries may come very fast. Great win for the country, all the best to the boys for the last one.

  • hitman57 on August 21, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    @Ahmed: you really don't want bowlers to concentrate on their batting just because the batsmen are rubbish, trying to force an allrounder out of irfan pathan has ruined his career and no one wants that to happen to amir or asif

    @iceman: get your facts right, younis has some mental issues but he's not at all responsible for the mutiny against him, we need him back

  • Zakir Khan on August 21, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I hope we never see characters like Hair again in the cricketing world.he unleashed the kind of wounds on Pakistan cricket which is still fresh and will take some time to heal.there should be no place for such divisive characters in the cricketing world. on positive note, well done Pakistan team.our bowlers made us proud once again. Yousaf showed once again that there is no alternative to class and experience. the only thing missing in this side is Younis Khan.a man with immense integrity and self respect.we can not afford to loose such a wonderful player & person to some clowns running our cricket administration who has got some petty politics and vendettas against him for being up right and honest. bring back Younis Khan immediatly to the team.

  • turab on August 21, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    i don't know why ijaz butt won't let younis play, i mean common he has done nothing wrong, while all the people who have done something are in the team. they keep on saying that he has some problems , what are those problems, not licking the boots of mr. butt

  • iceman on August 21, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    no no there is no need of younis. he has got some serious issues , so far team is playing like a unit so younis inclusion can create some big problems. we want players like azhar ali.

  • Bosco Martyres on August 21, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!!!. There is no question that there is an abundance of cricketing talent in this wonderful country. As has been said many times before they can be world beaters IF: 1. The PCB has people with good cricketing brains running it 2. New talent is identified early and groomed well for the world stage 3. There is a stable career path for cricketers so that experienced players are not discarded on a whim when they still have a lot to contribute ( what happened to: Younis Khan,Imran Nazir, Muhstaq Ahmed etc. etc). In my opinion they have an excellent coaching staff headed by Waqar Younis. I hope they have input into the decisions made by the PCB. I am very happy that a classy player like Mohd. Yousuf is back in the team. His impact on the other batsmen was obvious.

  • Ahmed on August 21, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Replace Ijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed. Having already brought in Yousuf, also bring in Younus and Fawad Alam. Drop K. Akmal for Zulqarnain and Sarfaraz Ahmed in test cricket. Drop Shoaib Malik from test cricket and consider an all rounder like Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat and/or Abdul Razzaq. As far as test cricket is concerned, Malik and Akmal are totally useless. Ask all the bowlers to concentrate a bit on their batting as well especially Mohammad Asif who is a walking wicket - always exposing all his stumps !!! Give Yasir Hameed an extended run of say 5-6 tests, like Imran Farhat. Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal need some kind of an ultimatum now. Keep Kaneria as an alternative to Saeed Ajmal, dont totally discard him. Salman Butt is extremely vulnerable in front of spinners, he needs to start playing spinners better if he wants to improve his batting average from current paltry 30. Finally consider one or two from amongst, Khalid Latif, Khurram Manzoor and Asad Shafique.

  • Inty on August 21, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    The problem is that whenever Pakistan become a strong unit internal politics and player power raise their ugly heads!

  • Taz on August 21, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    I read somewhere that Ijaz Butt has finally buckled to pressure and given Younus the green light to be available for selection for the last test.

    Pak need him like they needed Yousuf.

    Taz

  • The Intelligent Man on August 21, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Recall Oval Test, date is 20 August 2006, just after tea, Pakistan team refused to take the field because of the allegation of ball tempering. This resulted in the first forfeited match in the history of test Cricket, courtesy Darrell Hair.

    Exactly four years later, date is 20 August 2010 at the Oval ground just after tea, England came out at the score of 194-3 and within a couple of hours were reduced to 221-9. What a coincidence!!!

    Terrific reply by Pakistan - after 4 years.

  • heedwa on August 21, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    What's this? No apology to M.Yousuf, Abbasi? After how you were so adamant that it was a stupid move to bring M.Yousuf in? Hope you feel like an idiot because that is what you are. Another Pakistani who can never stick to his guns. You're a disgrace to Pakistani's.

  • Fazeel_Randhawa on August 21, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    i don't always agree wid u but this time u r spot on mate........

  • MJN on August 21, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Good article. I think we still need to get Younis in for the next test at Lords, at the expense of probably Frahat. Pakistan may then have a good chance of squaring this series.

  • Amirali on August 21, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    The unpredictability and lack of professionalism on the part of PCB management is playing a much bigger role in current inconsistency in team's performance than what is thought. Pakistan cricket definitely needs a change of top management and only a professional and unbiased management (and not to forget with a little less personal ego)can steer cricket into right direction. Otherwise Pakistan cricket won't be able to get rid of this vicious cycle it is currently in.

  • Tariq on August 21, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    well all is well which ends well!!!but touching such highs and lows, during such short span of time in between, has given the infamous UNPREDICTABLE tag attached to the Pakistan team for some time now.it goes to suggest that this team would surprise you both ways.Personally,i am fan of good cricket regardless of the results to be in your favour always, but still would like to see the team acknowledged as professional test team considering the wonderful talent it has....well all the best for future.

  • salman wassay on August 21, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I believe that Pakistan cricket needs an out of the box approach. Otherwise the fate of our cricket may be very similar to Hockey. We have to realize that the young boys being selected are usually not very well educated and not very well groomed. As a result our team is very weak in strategic thinking. When things are not going our way, be it batting or bowling, we become clueless and try and cling on to the pre-match script. No real change in strategy is visible when the situation demands. Bottom line is that we need a strategist in the dressing room. Waqar was a great bowler - no strategist. Ejaz was a great batsman but with a weak head on his shoulder. I still remember the 1996 quarter final against India and how he buckled under pressure. The batsman we have are OK. They just need a cool strategist teaching them the finer points of test match cricket. Seperate the Coaching job from the strategist job and you will have a world beating team.

  • Khalil on August 21, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    This high voltage fluctuation in the performance of Pak cricket team signifies that there are great chances of restoration of better days in our cricket. Beating 2 of the best teams in cricket & then themselves being bowled for double digit figures twices,speaks of room for improvement. The performance of the youngsters is heart warming. But what is more important is that Pak didnot play under fear of losing. They tried & pressed for a win in all their victories so far on the tour, despite some low,s . Even a novice,in Azhar felt confident that they have played well & are in a winning position. Restoration of confidence of the players was very important. Now comes the role of PCB. It must pat Salman on the back for his achievement & neglect his short comings, to give him confidence. The board should aviod any whole sale changes. Salman has been impressive on & off the field. Persist with Salman as captain,whatever changes are brought in the team for the remaining matches.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 21, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, there is totally & extremely no necessary to change the current first eleven for Pak cricketers to play final test against England at Lord's. Please Pak cricket selection with committee board should forgive Younis Khan to give Younis Khan another chance to play for Pakistan squad. In this current situation of batting survival miserable display, experienced senior batsmen would inspire & encourage the junior players and Younis Khan would take the most important crucial standing role while building the decent team's valuable total score.

  • AN on August 21, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Very well said Doc, could not have put it better myself.

  • DR MASOOD AHMED on August 21, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    salams to all and partial congrats to all Pakistani fans panicking and loosing the way towards the end on a placid pitch and tiring bowling attack , horrible running warrants need of a asim kamal and or younis khan in team for one days and tests , Mohammad hafeez and fawad alam also could chip in with good fielding and sensible running , need such players alongside Azhar ali

  • Tahir Rashid on August 21, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Pakistan won and it was expected but they always stutter in small chases. This area needs correction and immediately. If the target was 200+ then outcome would have been very different no doubt. It is clear Kamran Akmal's playing days are coming to a grinding halt due to his inept batting and keeping skills. I also hear Younis khan has been given the clear to join the squad this bodes well for the final test. Pakistan have their tail up and series could finish 2-2 Insha'Allah.

  • Sathish Reddy on August 21, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Excellent victory for Pakistan in the Third test. It brings to fore a important points. 1) Pakistan is the best fast bowling attack in the world at the moment. 2) There is no replacement for Experience. Even if Yousuf did not score big he brought about a sense of calm and solidity not just with the batting line up but also with the viewer. 3) Persistence with good young players will pay off. Azhar Ali is proof. It is now going to be interesting to see how Pakistan Cricket goes from here. They missed a huge opportunity with the win against Australia. They could have built, instead they imploded.What is going to happen now. Can Pakistan display maturity and build ????????????? A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

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  • Sathish Reddy on August 21, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Excellent victory for Pakistan in the Third test. It brings to fore a important points. 1) Pakistan is the best fast bowling attack in the world at the moment. 2) There is no replacement for Experience. Even if Yousuf did not score big he brought about a sense of calm and solidity not just with the batting line up but also with the viewer. 3) Persistence with good young players will pay off. Azhar Ali is proof. It is now going to be interesting to see how Pakistan Cricket goes from here. They missed a huge opportunity with the win against Australia. They could have built, instead they imploded.What is going to happen now. Can Pakistan display maturity and build ????????????? A MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

  • Tahir Rashid on August 21, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Pakistan won and it was expected but they always stutter in small chases. This area needs correction and immediately. If the target was 200+ then outcome would have been very different no doubt. It is clear Kamran Akmal's playing days are coming to a grinding halt due to his inept batting and keeping skills. I also hear Younis khan has been given the clear to join the squad this bodes well for the final test. Pakistan have their tail up and series could finish 2-2 Insha'Allah.

  • DR MASOOD AHMED on August 21, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    salams to all and partial congrats to all Pakistani fans panicking and loosing the way towards the end on a placid pitch and tiring bowling attack , horrible running warrants need of a asim kamal and or younis khan in team for one days and tests , Mohammad hafeez and fawad alam also could chip in with good fielding and sensible running , need such players alongside Azhar ali

  • AN on August 21, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Very well said Doc, could not have put it better myself.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on August 21, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, there is totally & extremely no necessary to change the current first eleven for Pak cricketers to play final test against England at Lord's. Please Pak cricket selection with committee board should forgive Younis Khan to give Younis Khan another chance to play for Pakistan squad. In this current situation of batting survival miserable display, experienced senior batsmen would inspire & encourage the junior players and Younis Khan would take the most important crucial standing role while building the decent team's valuable total score.

  • Khalil on August 21, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    This high voltage fluctuation in the performance of Pak cricket team signifies that there are great chances of restoration of better days in our cricket. Beating 2 of the best teams in cricket & then themselves being bowled for double digit figures twices,speaks of room for improvement. The performance of the youngsters is heart warming. But what is more important is that Pak didnot play under fear of losing. They tried & pressed for a win in all their victories so far on the tour, despite some low,s . Even a novice,in Azhar felt confident that they have played well & are in a winning position. Restoration of confidence of the players was very important. Now comes the role of PCB. It must pat Salman on the back for his achievement & neglect his short comings, to give him confidence. The board should aviod any whole sale changes. Salman has been impressive on & off the field. Persist with Salman as captain,whatever changes are brought in the team for the remaining matches.

  • salman wassay on August 21, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I believe that Pakistan cricket needs an out of the box approach. Otherwise the fate of our cricket may be very similar to Hockey. We have to realize that the young boys being selected are usually not very well educated and not very well groomed. As a result our team is very weak in strategic thinking. When things are not going our way, be it batting or bowling, we become clueless and try and cling on to the pre-match script. No real change in strategy is visible when the situation demands. Bottom line is that we need a strategist in the dressing room. Waqar was a great bowler - no strategist. Ejaz was a great batsman but with a weak head on his shoulder. I still remember the 1996 quarter final against India and how he buckled under pressure. The batsman we have are OK. They just need a cool strategist teaching them the finer points of test match cricket. Seperate the Coaching job from the strategist job and you will have a world beating team.

  • Tariq on August 21, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    well all is well which ends well!!!but touching such highs and lows, during such short span of time in between, has given the infamous UNPREDICTABLE tag attached to the Pakistan team for some time now.it goes to suggest that this team would surprise you both ways.Personally,i am fan of good cricket regardless of the results to be in your favour always, but still would like to see the team acknowledged as professional test team considering the wonderful talent it has....well all the best for future.

  • Amirali on August 21, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    The unpredictability and lack of professionalism on the part of PCB management is playing a much bigger role in current inconsistency in team's performance than what is thought. Pakistan cricket definitely needs a change of top management and only a professional and unbiased management (and not to forget with a little less personal ego)can steer cricket into right direction. Otherwise Pakistan cricket won't be able to get rid of this vicious cycle it is currently in.

  • MJN on August 21, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Good article. I think we still need to get Younis in for the next test at Lords, at the expense of probably Frahat. Pakistan may then have a good chance of squaring this series.