Pakistan September 4, 2010

Boom Boom goes boring

Afridi says the past is what has happened, and there will be some good cricket in the future
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Tuesday, August 31st The art of Twittering is so often undervalued. One forty characters are all that the Twitterer has and within these artistic constraints, must make his or her magic. It is not, perhaps, as demanding a genre as the haiku or the tanka but it requires of its practitioners a certain brevity and incision. Sadly, not all Twitterers attain Parnassus.

“Yep.. Done for rest of summer!! Man of the World Cup T20 and dropped from the T20 side too.. Its a f**k up!! Surrey have signed me for l …”

This particular Twitterer leaves the reader perplexed. What might that teasing "l" represent? "Lots"? "Levity?" "Lettuce?" Sadly, the author has no room to tell us more, because he has indulged himself in an orgy of full stops, exclamation marks and superfluous ejaculations, whilst the omitted apostrophe in "it’s" looks as ugly as his dismissal by Shakib Al Hasan.

Wednesday, September 1st Today we had another entry for the Lord Nelson Award for Blindly and Willfully Refusing to Look Events in the Face. Mr Shahid Afridi is in town, an arrival that often provides a boost for jaded hacks as they clamour for a bit of excitement from Boom Boom. But there are no bored journalists at the moment and Afridi’s pre-series clichés sound like a man blowing a tin whistle whilst a hurricane rages behind him.

“What has happened has gone.”

Technically, from a chronological perspective, he is absolutely right; there is no disputing the gone-ness of events past. But what is continuing to happen as a consequence of what has already happened and, furthermore, what has not yet happened but might happen as a result of what has already happened is all that people are interested in, sadly.

“We’re here to play good cricket.”

Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares.

Thursday, September 2nd These are exciting times for 50-over cricket. If it were human, the 50-over format would be sitting in a consulting room, explaining for the umpteenth time that he felt perfectly well, that there was nothing wrong with him and that tens of thousands of people agreed with him. The consultant, however, is having none of it and he and his team of well-meaning professionals persist with their doom-laden diagnoses and ever more elaborate and invasive surgical procedures.

The meddlers seem to be getting themselves into a frenzy of late, with a spate of new ideas to mutilate the most lucrative form of international cricket and so only today did I catch up with the latest. It is called 5ives. You might think this an unnecessary cruelty visited upon the English language, but it turns out that the name is the best part. It is an idea as fiddly, as complicated and as pointless as the Powerplays. Ah, but why not give it a go? Well why not indeed, but then again, why? Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Anonymous on November 28, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    this is the most boring article ever i read

  • zohaib on September 9, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Paki Players Need some spark then we will tell we r the champions of all formats..

  • Deepak on September 8, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Afridi is an ordinary and most over rated slogger ever in cricket.Average of less than 20 in T20.Plays a good innings in 6 months.He is bowling well recently though.He wouldnt even had been selected in any other team but Pakistan. For last some years Pakistan have been the most predictable and consistant team in the world-- always loosing.

  • jaykay on September 6, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    author is jus being funny,it is not his fault that pak team has become a laughing stock. In fact this chap doesn't spare anybody. pak fans can expect more of this, if pcb fails to do clean up act. pak will have to clear waste otherwise they can find themselves at the receiving end for some time.

  • Sir_Freddie on September 5, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Very funny article as usual from Andrew. Please ignore those Pakistani posters who can't appreciate humor. Keep up the good work.

  • Umair on September 5, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    This is so immature writing... I think cricinfo is loosing its credibility bcz of these type of authors. such a waste of time reading these kind of childish articles.

  • hassan on September 5, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    i just say i love pakistan

  • aneezay on September 5, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    well, this article it self pretty bias.. being a pakistani i do care, if we win this series.. what has happened it happened..we have to raise again and prove ourself..So GO GREEN:)

  • Mohammad Ijaz on September 5, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Mr. Author !!! I think you are not right in your aproach. Shahid Afridi being the Captain for the rest of the series should focus on the upcoming series and thats what he trying to do and try to keep his players focused. PCB and other Officials are there to handle this issue and they are doing that. So i gess you should be careful and not baised in making such comments. Grow up man and you will see how strong Pakistani Team is by beating England today considerably.

    We dont care for such nonsense in the form of so called "ARTICLES"

  • Jahangir Alam on September 5, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    I am Jahangir Alam. I have a great optimism that Pakistan will win the ODI Series. Boom Boom Afridi , Razzak will be performed good.

  • Anonymous on November 28, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    this is the most boring article ever i read

  • zohaib on September 9, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Paki Players Need some spark then we will tell we r the champions of all formats..

  • Deepak on September 8, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Afridi is an ordinary and most over rated slogger ever in cricket.Average of less than 20 in T20.Plays a good innings in 6 months.He is bowling well recently though.He wouldnt even had been selected in any other team but Pakistan. For last some years Pakistan have been the most predictable and consistant team in the world-- always loosing.

  • jaykay on September 6, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    author is jus being funny,it is not his fault that pak team has become a laughing stock. In fact this chap doesn't spare anybody. pak fans can expect more of this, if pcb fails to do clean up act. pak will have to clear waste otherwise they can find themselves at the receiving end for some time.

  • Sir_Freddie on September 5, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Very funny article as usual from Andrew. Please ignore those Pakistani posters who can't appreciate humor. Keep up the good work.

  • Umair on September 5, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    This is so immature writing... I think cricinfo is loosing its credibility bcz of these type of authors. such a waste of time reading these kind of childish articles.

  • hassan on September 5, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    i just say i love pakistan

  • aneezay on September 5, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    well, this article it self pretty bias.. being a pakistani i do care, if we win this series.. what has happened it happened..we have to raise again and prove ourself..So GO GREEN:)

  • Mohammad Ijaz on September 5, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Mr. Author !!! I think you are not right in your aproach. Shahid Afridi being the Captain for the rest of the series should focus on the upcoming series and thats what he trying to do and try to keep his players focused. PCB and other Officials are there to handle this issue and they are doing that. So i gess you should be careful and not baised in making such comments. Grow up man and you will see how strong Pakistani Team is by beating England today considerably.

    We dont care for such nonsense in the form of so called "ARTICLES"

  • Jahangir Alam on September 5, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    I am Jahangir Alam. I have a great optimism that Pakistan will win the ODI Series. Boom Boom Afridi , Razzak will be performed good.

  • M Ehtesham on September 5, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Cricinfo is losing the quality with these type of articles. I strongly recommend the editors to screen the articles before they are posted. This particular piece is another "fine example" of such.

  • Fmahmood on September 5, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Rubbish article .....

  • Alex on September 5, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    I don't think you can be too hard on Afrdi. It is mainly the fault of journalists for asking such stupid and obvious questions.

  • Faisal on September 5, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    I care Shahid, i always will.

  • partha on September 5, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Afridi is still "Boom Boom Afridi", and no serious cricket fan do cares about Twitter garbages... write some good logical stuff man otherwise don't waste your time.

  • Arslan on September 5, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Nobody cares, Andrew Hughes, nobody cares.

  • raj safari on September 5, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    afridi is the best capt.... for pak.. after imran khan ... let PCB think on and afridi must continue for atleast 10 years in all the formats of the game

  • prashant kumar on September 5, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    let the PCB think that afridi should contd... for atleast 5 year then only pak cricket can get some momentom otherwise is going to be pick pocket. he is a great cricketer and responsible towards country

  • Furqan Majeed on September 5, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Mr. Andrew......You better to read History of Cricket.......who created Dosra? Who created Googly? Who created Reverse Swing which forces ICC to replace the ball after 34 overs in 50 over match........Its PAKISTAN all over the Place Mr. Andrew..............The World of Cricket cares But It does Not Matter You care OR Not

  • Jim on September 5, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    I think many people have got it wrong about the "Nobody Cares" statement. Andrew suggests the common feeling of non-pak cricket fans that at this point of time, it raises so much suspicions on the cleanliness of Pak players, and not sure how pure remaining games would be. Whether they play good cricket or not, nobody likes to give much interest because PCB needs to make itself pure and make sure that any illegal activities are not carried out by any of their players and all these points apply to every cricketing nation. But in this juncture, we want Pakistan to play Cricket - which is most important - but at the same time we are not sure how clean this squad's players are. Until these players truly represent a honest pakistani fan, everyone of these players would be treated with little doubt. Importantly, Cricket needs to be pure, then we can care about good cricket.

  • name on September 5, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Absolutly rubish and biased views ... The auther cares more about non cricketing news that cricket itself .... Very negative attitude ...

  • noori on September 4, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    afridi is afridi boom boom is always boom boom we proude on afridi

  • shabrin on September 4, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Hi frnz its shabrin from srilanka... I am a atta fan of my pakistan team.all of we kno abot the fixing sports prob.. At the mean while how is going to select the players p. Crik bord 4 t20 and 1 day????

  • Sameer Khalid on September 4, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    whatever mannnn!!!

    ofcourse cricket lovers do care about what will happen in upcoming ODIs and T20s. it means a lot for the future of Pak cricket.

  • Azam Ali on September 4, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    NOTW is making fun of the case themselves..I'm a lawyer and in any case that surfaces due to some kind of sting operation by a journal,investigators want all evidence at the start..now after 1 week of breaking the story NOTW has said that they will bring CCTV photage proving the authenticity of vifeo and also receipts etc..yasir Hameed has also denied giving any interview to NOTW...it isnt as simple as i initially thought..NOTW may have a different agenda

  • Jonathan on September 4, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Boring, Lacking bottle.. as almost always..

  • Noman on September 4, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    waste of time article. I just wasted 4 minutes of my life

  • Umer on September 4, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    stupid article

  • Ska on September 4, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Hi Andrew,

    I agree with your take on ODIs. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Cheers.

  • Azeem on September 4, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    You're right Andrew he should have told the world that the series is now a side-show. what do you expect him to say. He's apologized for the actions of a side he wasnt even part off and frankly speaking the one player not affected by this controversy is him.

  • Mudassir on September 4, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    well i think it realy is match fixing kinda situation cauz every time Pakistan comes out to play england News of the World comes out with some thing new? England team was down and under for long time this type of investment is not bad to make before world cup and ashes. @greenbomb very well said we do care, regardless of the curent situation, cauz inventer of the game never won world cup but we did.

  • kashif on September 4, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    no matter what, we would keep supporting our team, We love Pakistan to death and 3 or 4 people can't forbid us from doing that...Pakistan would shut the mouths of the critics and haters by good performance (InshaAllah)...

  • Yasir on September 4, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    There is really nothing different in how Afridi talked. It comes only from within your mind that he was boring, what do you expect him to say at this time when writers like you have proved guilt for these players at time when investigating body have not even charged them. Millions of people will still be watching Pakistan v England play on Sunday T20. I doubt how many readers of your article found you Boring throughout this article, though it requires some following fans to judge you boring which you don't seem to posses. Just read your article once.

  • ghery on September 4, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    The author skipped Afridi's apology and sadly being captain of Pakistan the author and other british media are now making them the target. If British media lets the law takes it own course and don't run malicious campaigns against Pakistan then PAk fans will try to concentrate on the problem at hand rather the media trial of the whole country including the rest of the team.

  • Marya on September 4, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Nicely written. I think I started my morning on the right note.

    Go Pakistan go! Best of luck ..

  • ImranRock on September 4, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Afridi is great guy he has very good and fair recoord.. is the only one who can unit the pakistani player, can play vital role..to make the team on victory stand..pakistan was the T20 world champion..hav best player in the world

  • Kunal on September 4, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    I'm sure you are not paying attention to some of the shallow comments to your article. I've been brought up on Indian cricket since childhood, and later Australian cricket while living in Australia for four years. I can confidently say that you enjoy your sport the most when you can joke about it too.

    Keep up the good work. Just love reading your stuff.

    Greetings from Singapore.

  • Rock on September 4, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Well Mr. Andrew, if you "don't care" then please do not present that feeling as the general feeling of many. I personalty knows many people in India itself who cares right now for future of Pakistan cricket as they have been a good entertainer and competitors to us , I wish them all the very best and may they overcome this hurdle as a warrior they truly are.

  • F. Iqbal on September 4, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Wow... I saw so many like minded comments on ODI, I found 50over boring 2 (and a little predictable) It should be either T20 (for its attraction and alternative style) or Test (no explaination required)

  • Mohsin Qureshi on September 4, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please." Don't think so, ODI's are bound to disappear. It would be better to say "Fifty-over cricket is repeat, in decline, unpopular and on its way out. Leave it sooner than later, please."

  • Hisham on September 4, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I have been watching cricket for 25 years. I was a player for a club in Sri Lanka. I am a Sri lankan supporter but Pakistan is the best ODI & T20 TEAM IN THE WORLD

  • usman on September 4, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Andrew shouldnt write any more articles...cuz Nobody cares, Andrew, nobody cares.

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Mr. Hughes, I care.. so does the rest of Pakistan.

  • Farooq Azeem on September 4, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Cricket is the one in all for the true players and cricket lovers, it doesn't matter what format is played, we must have the respect for the players and for the game. Afridi is truly a good player.

  • F on September 4, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Man are you acting dumb or are you actually that dumb! I am beginning to think that its the latter.....

  • Andrew Hughes on September 4, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Thanks to all who took the time to comment.

    To the more angry commenters, I would invite you to read the article again slowly, perhaps after taking one or two deep breaths. You will note that the piece on Afridi was written on Wednesday, when the scandal was still in full swing and no-one's mind was on the cricket. You should also note the word 'sadly' at the end of the second paragraph.

    I will be watching on Sunday and hopefully, cricket will once more be on everyone's mind.

    Rizwan, I can assure you I am no journalist, budding or otherwise. I have neither the inclination nor the ability to pursue that particular profession.

    Khalid, Haroon and Tim, thank you for your kind words and Ahsan, I haven't the faintest idea what you are talking about, but I have decided to take it as a compliment, since I prefer compliments to insults.

  • MShah on September 4, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Although I am hurt what I saw few days earlier, still to be proved, but am still a diehard fan of my country's cricket. Look Andrew what about Warne and M Waugh, they confessed what they did but still warne can part in critisizm on the issue. Come on andrew dont say Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares!!! We do care as much as we hate bad boys whoever is involve in spot fixing / match fixing; till it is proved. You better start mature writing, am sorry to say. Go boom boom, as patan am proud of you.

  • samad on September 4, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    i blieve da situation is vry tough 4 them 2 play hard.... but i knw if Afridi fire's it will b an inspiration 4 rest of the team. and they will bounce back.

  • Maddy on September 4, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    in the pics caption it says.. 'Boys, everyone expects us to behave like a circus act. So instead we'll behave like the English! Who's with me?

    well whts the difference??? English are the Circus...

  • khan on September 4, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    no one cares about you andrew!!!!!!!!!

  • khan on September 4, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    no one cares about you andrew!!!!!!!!!

  • Aadil on September 4, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    After this Article, Mr. Andrew should think twice before giving a comment like "Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares." It was a negative writing and Cricinfo should check these types of writing. Otherwise about Andrews Articles in Cricinfo, "NO BODY WILL CARE ANDREW, NO BODY WILL CARE".

  • Razor on September 4, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Evry one has the way of aproching the game and i think afridi has one too. I wonder does it make any sense criticizing one team all the time, they are in all sorts of trouble evry one knos but this is also a fact that they introduced so mny things in cricket like reverse swing

  • name on September 4, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    brilliant, as always.

  • Rocky Bahadur on September 4, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I just hope after all the dark clouds are gone for Pakistan cricket, they pick themselves up and realise you cant get away with anything anymore and by then they should've learnt there lessons. Playing for your country is much greater than anything you can imagine....

  • Adnan Bhatti on September 4, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Another stupid article and credit goes to Andrew! Hurray... Power to the Da People..off course not to Morons...

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    really b0ring article I didn't like it a bit .. sh0uld have s0me thing that s0unds g00d.. And Pakistan will win INSHALLAH.....

  • Rizwan Takkhar on September 4, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    This has to be among the silliest pieces I've come across on Cricinfo. Even if we choose to ignore your amazingly silly comment "Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares", your wholly negative take on Cricketing issues is not going to help the issues you were trying to speak up for anyway, Mr. Hughes.

    Coming back to that preposterous comment though, if good cricket is not what EVERYONE cares about right now, I'm not sure what is. I'm not sure about your history Mr. Hughes but you sound painfully like a budding journalist who is craving attention and not really interested in the game, even if you actually are not.

    There are passionate Cricket fans here, including me. I love a bit of humor and satire always but this is just in poor taste and irresponsible. Probably leaves a lot of Cricket fans wondering why they click on obscure links on Cricinfo. Write something positive for us Pakistanis? Do we not deserve a little bit of bucking up as a Cricketing nation in this time of need?

  • Abbas Panju on September 4, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    First of all Shahid Afridi approached the situation with the correct mentality. You can't ponder about such events and let them effect those that had no part in the spot fixing scandal. Those on the team right now have to move on, forget about what happened, and fight hard in the upcoming series.

  • ajmal on September 4, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Afridi is the only man who can lead the team effectively, it is very important for PCB, People of Pakistan and government of Pakistan to support him and give him long term captaincy. if he and his team lost a series don't apologize him, give him a chance to learn from his lost series.

  • Zohaib on September 4, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    50 over cricket is boring now at most matches are one sided... its all up the toss.. if the wicket is good for batting first.. then the team who bats first will win.. and so on .. so 50 over cricket is boring now.. example is the triangular series we had wid nz sri n india.. it was boring series

  • Areeb Tariq on September 4, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    hi Andrew if u dont care .....no matterz odi should carried on its a good format n BOOM BOOM AFRIDI n his CO will do Inshallah very well i think we have to wait 4 the result of odi series before we are commenting n wait 4 the scotland yard report Inshallah it will be in Pakistan's favor ....Hopefully BCCI with ICC will fail in their conspiracy against Pakistan actually they are afraid of Pakistan team and specially by a flying start career of Muhammad Ameer Areeb Tariq frm MULTAN(Pakistan)

  • salman khan on September 4, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    BOOM BOOM AFRIDI do something better for your team and country with your team mens and specially prove yourself u r a good leader and good human being.... lead from the front never put yourself down always keep good hopes on u and never give up on things if u lose no problem but lose in grace keep in mind GOD BLESS U

  • Amna on September 4, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    "We’re here to play good cricket.”

    Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares.

    just whose opinion are you stating? you clearly have no idea just how much Pakistanis care and yes WE DO CARE. We still care and we always will so please. I for one am going to see the T20 and support my team.

  • khan on September 4, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    i dont know why pakistan is always on top of the news.let me remind you guys that without pakistan cricket is incomplete.many cricketers have been involved in match fixing in past years but electronic media didnt react that harsh like they with did with pakistani team.i am not agree with ICC .they always try to let down pakistan on every stage.come on pakistan show them the power in cricket.

  • Imran Khan on September 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Yes it is true that Pakistan can change any game at any time. However, we need to remove black crows from out team

  • Waqas Malik on September 4, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Your article is as boring as English Cricket is..!! As far as Pakistan cricket is concerned i and every cricket loving fan is very much interested in Pakistan team.....call it bad or good they are always on the news and that makes perfect cricket sense..!!

  • Farooq on September 4, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Afridi is right, Pakistan is here to play good cricket and I am pretty sure that Pakistan will win T20 and ODI series. As for you Mr. Hughes, please do not try to be our mouth piece and say that no body cares. I dare you not to write any thing else pertaining to current Pakistan series on cricinfo any more, if you really don't care. Rest of us really do care and will follow the rest of the series very closely. Peace.

  • Khan on September 4, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Mr Author if you dnt care stop writing aout Pakistanis and dnt listen what Afridi say from now to onward.

  • Aadil on September 4, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Really rubbish Article. Cricket Fan will always love cricket. Did something bad happened to Paksitan, India or South African cricket when Sallim Mali, Azhaurddin or Hansie Cronje got banned for Life. I bet Pakistan would play best cricker and the Fan following wil be with them again. ANY DOUBT!!!

  • Mashal on September 4, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    " Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please."

    Thanks dear for supporting it. I think its quite right, 50 over is still as popular as was but I would say T20 brought more interest in 50 and will take sometime as ppl will realize that only quality players can play long innings game, where technique, temperament, innings building, bowling, turning the games etc can really happen, which is quite unlike in T20. For T20, why not make teams of body builders who can just smash the ball as farther as possible. Sorry to say, T20 is not a cricket. Therefore, leave the ODIs alone no one needs to do any experiments, its as beautiful as was. Thanks

  • Ezatullah on September 4, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Andrew you are always writing funny Articals

  • muhammad on September 4, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    dear writer cricket without PAKISTAN team is nothing. so please learn how to wite....

  • mohammed himaz on September 4, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    we want younis khan

  • amy on September 4, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    ur articles r losing their zing man......bring more life into them..........

  • dragon on September 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    i can say pakistan will win these 2 20twenty match..pakistan the champ..ur article not important

  • Tim Huguenin on September 4, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Don't worry Andrew. One day people will realise what a page 2 article is.

    "Nobody cares, Shahid, nobody cares" - gold

  • Ali on September 4, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    its rather offensive when you say nobody cares cos i & many other ppl who love watchin cricket specially when its pakistan playing almost put everything on hold to watch them play...

  • thilak on September 4, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    nobody will be interested in seeing pakistans match

  • Numan on September 4, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Hi s afridi U can be great cap if u hav sabre pls dont ruin ur future by losing sabre just be calm everything will come ur way Inshallah Ur wellwisher

  • zain on September 4, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    no one cares except the 160 million people of Pakistan...that my friend after India would be the most eye balls cricket can get...AND THEY DO CARE...so you might have wits..but no sense what so ever

  • Shamshir on September 4, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Well, Pakistani FANS will surely care the outcome of this series. They really are concerned with cricket, and a good cricket performance is more important than this hyped SPOT Fixing issue. May, the author or some other foreigners won't care the success of Pakistan in this ODI series but being a PAKISTANI FAN, I am dead sure, we all do care.

  • Naz on September 4, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Wot a pointless article......

  • Ali on September 4, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    What a waste of words

  • firoz khan on September 4, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    boom boom is the best T20 player.......with all skills

  • haseeb on September 4, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    boom boom we all r with u..go and tell to the whole world that the allegations on our character is not true and we r peaceful people.

  • Khurram Shahzad on September 4, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Its high time now to support our cricket team and players , we need to mobilize their morale and I am quite sure that they will show their best as they are capable, talented and fighting side, I have a complete faith on our team and nation sure we have courage, desire and ability to fight and bring back the prestige and name of our country in any walk of life InshAllah.

  • Hassan on September 4, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    What a waste of time. It's a shame Andrew

  • Taimoor on September 4, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    one of many sarcastic journals ! this incident wont effect the captains high hopes for the left over series!

  • Tinman on September 4, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Andrew Hughes joins the bile-spewing media-bandwagon...but nobody cares, Andrew, nobody cares.

  • Asfandyar ahmad on September 4, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Yeah in these T20 matches afridi 11 inshallah gonna blast and will show the world that they are the conquerers of cricketing world--- and T20 is excellent cricket designed more4entertainment odi is bit boring but very amusing stunning test cricket is test for cricket all formats have there own importance... I like it author views.

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Yeah Andrew u don't cares apparently because in your heart u do care that ohhh afridi is here.....

  • Aaron Sahi on September 4, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    mister Andrew Hughes i wasted my time reading your article, man i should've known, i should've seen that coming please don't bother sharing your vast knowledge of cricket to us anymore

  • Adnan Kayani on September 4, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Mr. Andrew, you cannot imagine how much we Pakistani's care about our team specially BOOM BOOM. Everything will be sorted out very soon.

  • liaq on September 4, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Why these writers always talk about something else ,when you click on the headings ,it should all be about shahid afridi nothing else , because they dont have nothing to talk about the reall issue and try to get readers attention in order to click on there wrriting!!!

  • zain mian on September 4, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    BOOM BOOM AFRIDI

  • Asif on September 4, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Nobody cares............... U should better write that ''I dont care".

  • Harry Bull on September 4, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Andrew Hughes goes boring as well , .... Nobody cares, Andrew, nobody cares.

  • RAFIF on September 4, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Dont think that Pakistan is loser they can change any game at any time in any format of cricket. Just wait n watch what Boom Boom boys do for their nation.

  • Umair on September 4, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Heyy There z nthng to worry bout these controversies happenning all around Shahid Bhai..... Jst concentrate on the game and Rock up there In england... Ur supporters and well-wishers are olweyz wid u Jst prove up ki widout amir n asif too we can very well up in the Series.....!!!! Inshallah!

  • jogesh99 on September 4, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please. "

    You no doubt watched every ball of the Sri Lanka Tri-series with bated breath. Euthanasia required, not meddling. And take T20 along in the friendly fire please, while you're at it.

  • mueed haider on September 4, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Pakistan is agreat team we all are with shahid Afridi i am from sargodha and i hope that hafeez wiil play his part now and he will perform very well.lots of hopes from the two umar's.we are with you Pakistan just rock

  • sundeep on September 4, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    "Fifty overs is a Best Format in cricket at the same time ICC should have to follow the rules & regulations to avoid Macth Fixing : Afridi is one among the Best player & Bowler bot not as on captain.

  • Ahsan on September 4, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Nice photo, Andrew. You look like McLovin.

  • ubaid. on September 4, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    afridi is afridi.......................

  • teamlover on September 4, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    come on Pakistan come on show to the world that you r the best team and cricket without Pakistan is incomplete

  • Rishu on September 4, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Yes he is not a powerful batmen through some past yearsssss

  • Haroon on September 4, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Very well written. Esp. the bit about one-dayers. The ICC is set on diagnosing it and prescribe it all sorts of changes, when there is nothing wrong with it. This is a really good point. I think the traditional public still likes 50 overs better than 20/20 which they think is a joke. No wonder people like Sachin Tendulkar don't play it. I think if Imran Khan was around he won't have played it either. Imagine the West Indian greats playing this format. Clive Loyd, Michael Holding, Garry Sobers... can't see that happening. 20/20 is an insult to cricket. Might as well have six over cricket. Pakistanis will be at the tops. That is what we are best at, no technique but know how to slog away. I miss batting greats like Gavaskar putting up with the West Indian battery of fast bowlers. That was cricket. And that cricket has been insulted by the kind of money pouring into 20/20. The world has been cheapened. Look at the 20/20 Indian batsmen, not even a shadow of their test team. It's sad.

  • Nauman on September 4, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I think it's going to be very difficult for the team to leave everything behind & focus on the tasks ahead, but i hope they do..............

  • Kunal on September 4, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    50 over cricket has nuances which T20 can not conjure and Test Cricket is too elaborate for those as well. A rollicking 140 ball 160 or a 10 over opening spell when the batsmen keep attacking are gifts of ODIs.

    Let it be as it is, Powerplays add to the scoring so they are fine. Thanks for pointing this out Andrew. Cheers

  • greenbomb on September 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Well Mr.Author...ordinary Pak fan do care ...If they play gud cricket and win the series,people like me would offcourse care...And it really dosent matter if a foriegner like you care or not...

  • kahn on September 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    i have come to the conclusion that reading your articles is a waste of time.

  • Ray on September 4, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please." And why? ODIs have neither the speed of T20 nor the nuances of Test Cricket. Those middle overs are predictable and a pain to watch in most games. Terrible waste of time and space. Get rid of ODIs, have Tests and T20's all the time. A knock-out Test World Cup every 4 years and a T20 World Cup every 2 years (preferably 4 years but the boys at ICC and other boards will not be able to keep their hands out of the cookie jar).

  • khalid on September 4, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please."

    YES! Thank you! Now someone impress this upon the dunderheads over at the ICC.

  • Anil Kumar on September 4, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Hi I Am Anil Kumar From Pakistan And I Think Pakistan Is A Very Good Team.Sahid Afridi Has Also Is Very Good Captain For Odi And 20 20.

  • PacewithGrace on September 4, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    When the cricket starts, the common person in Pakistan will definitely give it more importance than the incident. Can't say about Journalists though.

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  • PacewithGrace on September 4, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    When the cricket starts, the common person in Pakistan will definitely give it more importance than the incident. Can't say about Journalists though.

  • Anil Kumar on September 4, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Hi I Am Anil Kumar From Pakistan And I Think Pakistan Is A Very Good Team.Sahid Afridi Has Also Is Very Good Captain For Odi And 20 20.

  • khalid on September 4, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please."

    YES! Thank you! Now someone impress this upon the dunderheads over at the ICC.

  • Ray on September 4, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    "Fifty-over cricket is not, repeat, not in decline, unpopular or on its way out. Leave it alone, please." And why? ODIs have neither the speed of T20 nor the nuances of Test Cricket. Those middle overs are predictable and a pain to watch in most games. Terrible waste of time and space. Get rid of ODIs, have Tests and T20's all the time. A knock-out Test World Cup every 4 years and a T20 World Cup every 2 years (preferably 4 years but the boys at ICC and other boards will not be able to keep their hands out of the cookie jar).

  • kahn on September 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    i have come to the conclusion that reading your articles is a waste of time.

  • greenbomb on September 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Well Mr.Author...ordinary Pak fan do care ...If they play gud cricket and win the series,people like me would offcourse care...And it really dosent matter if a foriegner like you care or not...

  • Kunal on September 4, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    50 over cricket has nuances which T20 can not conjure and Test Cricket is too elaborate for those as well. A rollicking 140 ball 160 or a 10 over opening spell when the batsmen keep attacking are gifts of ODIs.

    Let it be as it is, Powerplays add to the scoring so they are fine. Thanks for pointing this out Andrew. Cheers

  • Nauman on September 4, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I think it's going to be very difficult for the team to leave everything behind & focus on the tasks ahead, but i hope they do..............

  • Haroon on September 4, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Very well written. Esp. the bit about one-dayers. The ICC is set on diagnosing it and prescribe it all sorts of changes, when there is nothing wrong with it. This is a really good point. I think the traditional public still likes 50 overs better than 20/20 which they think is a joke. No wonder people like Sachin Tendulkar don't play it. I think if Imran Khan was around he won't have played it either. Imagine the West Indian greats playing this format. Clive Loyd, Michael Holding, Garry Sobers... can't see that happening. 20/20 is an insult to cricket. Might as well have six over cricket. Pakistanis will be at the tops. That is what we are best at, no technique but know how to slog away. I miss batting greats like Gavaskar putting up with the West Indian battery of fast bowlers. That was cricket. And that cricket has been insulted by the kind of money pouring into 20/20. The world has been cheapened. Look at the 20/20 Indian batsmen, not even a shadow of their test team. It's sad.

  • Rishu on September 4, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Yes he is not a powerful batmen through some past yearsssss