World Cup 2011 January 24, 2011

Divide, rule, and destroy

Any tinge of happiness at Pakistan's Test series victory over New Zealand is rapidly vanishing courtesy of a farce orchestrated by the Pakistan Cricket Board
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Any tinge of happiness at Pakistan's Test series victory over New Zealand is rapidly vanishing courtesy of a farce orchestrated by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The national team's chances of winning the 2011 World Cup look wobbly enough without more self-inflicted damage.

Invariably, cricket boards know who their first choice captain is, especially so close to a major tournament. Often, the captain has some say in squad selection. While Pakistan's selection process has come to resemble a tin-pot dictatorship, the selection of a captain had not previously been in doubt - even if Shahid Afridi was to be snubbed at the last.

Now Afridi is no longer assured of the captaincy. He has either been too outspoken or too out of form to be named as he should have been. Only the PCB knows what it is playing at. Coach Waqar Younis' justified complaint about this strategy was met with a disciplinary charge. Benign dictatorships can be productive but malevolent ones are destructive.

Pakistan's last all-powerful captain, Inzamam-ul Haq, has now raised his voice against the cricket board's divide and rule policy. Indeed, this blog will record Inzi's words for posterity so that we can refer back to them in the dark days of the World Cup campaign:

"With only three weeks left to the World Cup, Pakistan have no captain and the blame goes to the PCB for creating an impasse which has divided the team into two groups, supporting Afridi and Misbah. In this scenario one cannot have high expectations for the team.

"The PCB has failed to control the situation and if Pakistan fares badly in the World Cup, people will accuse the players and not the board.

"When a team is without a captain how can a proper strategy be made? The team is playing a one-day series in New Zealand but they do not know who will be their captain in the World Cup which is very damaging."

The PCB has groomed a captain for this World Cup. His name is Shahid Afridi. He might have limitations, but, with senior colleagues around him, those can be overcome. The PCB needs to stop being precious about its own ego and start allowing Pakistan's World Cup campaign to take shape. The longer any doubt lingers over leadership, the harder it will be for the team to gather any momentum before this year's biggest tournament.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Umair Muzaffar on February 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Earlier in the 2010 Shahid Afridi got to have a go at it ... but he has failed miserably by coming out of TEST retirement for one TEST and then retiring again ... leaving PCB to look for a replacement Captain in the middle of the series. This shows how shallow and non-Captainisque his mindset really is.

    It is good that Misbah has been able to up the ante and has provided that formidable consistency to the middle order in all categories of cricket.

    That said; it is clear that if Afridi is made Captain the he will need a support from Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and above all Misbah to develop a strategy before the game and execute it during the game. Therefore, now with all mishandling of the situations, PCB has placed all it eggs in Misbah's basket (Captain or not). Misbah has to support Afridi, no matter what, to ensure that the team keeps the winning streak going.

    We do not want too much friction between the two leaders in the team, otherwise all falls apart.

  • Imran Chandio on February 1, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Pakistan are playing great cricket at the moment, they done really well in the test series particularly Misbah kept us in the series with help from Younis, like the ODI against NZ today, who saved us today everyone oh yes it was Misbah and that goes out to all those cursing him, he is one batsman we have in the form of his life since coming back to the team, we need him to stay in this form for the world cup brilliant Misbah!!! Our teams strength is we have top 4 batsmen play risk free and conserve wickets and with 15 overs to go, we have U.Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq to blow the ball all over the ground, we will INSHALLAH do well in thw world cup

  • ASIF on January 31, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I don't know why pcb is so hesitant to make afridi the captain.What else they need from him.Mizbah and younis cannot even dream of batting like afridi.Mizbah is good for only test cricket and should take the example of laxman,dravid and cook by just playing tests.Why can't he be honest like afridi who opted out of test cricket eventhough his average of 37 @ a strike rate of 89 is not bad at all.The problem with mizbah is he cannot rotate strike which is an important aspect of one day cricket.Javed miandad was instrumental in pak world cup win with his singles and twos.How can ejaz butt think of making mizbah captain when his spot is not even guaranteed.As far afridi he is the most consistent bowler for pak and his batting is a bonus which is getting better as a captain with scores 108,122,37,19,9,34,37,0,1,49,8,29,24,15 and 65 @ a strike rate of above 100.The pcb instead of backing afridi r trying to ridicule him by delaying their decision in naming the captain for wc.

  • khankakar on January 31, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    1 month left for the world cup/but till now captain name has not announced/ why i belive just khan shahid afridi (A REAL PATAN)of [pashtonistan )i want just shid afridi

  • Waqas on January 31, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, i wonder how can writers like you have so much stamina to speak against the dreadful PCB; please give up hope now and live in peace

  • Ibtisam on January 31, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    BOOm BOOM AFRIDI is the best

  • rao inam on January 31, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    A.O.A ppl talking about pakistan's chances in wc . i think no one can bet on pakistan's ongroung performance . but chances of well played match can be enhanced. by keeping things simple. why we need a person in the team who plays not for his country but for his own position , i,m talking about misbah making 50 in 91 balls does this justify his position for a one day player (he is a choice for captain) why we need a player who cann,t batt against newzeland , i,m talking about younis khan (al time avg against newzeland 18 ) we should make things simple and give new faces a chance in the team as well as leadership over our plitical senerio.

  • Shakir on January 30, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    1 month left for the WC 2011 but still captain name has not announced. I want to ask a question to PCB, Whether they want grouping or unity for WC. It simply divides the whole team, afridi group and Misbah group. Inzi already said about this. At this moment they need unity within the team. This is not the experimental time, just 20 days left for WC. I think Afridi should have been given full support from the behind, not to give him extra pressure at this moment. Despite of his key players he managed the team well in England and South Africa. Although his personal performance was not good last few matches. Still I believe he has all the talent and capability to lead the team for WC. I expect he will prove himself in this NZ series. All we need to give him support.

  • Zaeem Rizwan on January 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Afridi is best to lead the side for now as changing the captain after this series is not good, I think he is the man who can control the team, he just require support of seniors like misbah, younis etc.

    Hafez Shehzad kamran(wk) Younis Umar Misbah Afridi Razzak Wahab Gul Saeed/Shoaib/A.Rahman (Select anyone according to the situation.)

  • ZEESHE on January 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I THINK AFRIDI IS THE BEST. HE HAS PROVED HIMSELF BY HITTING 65 ON JUST 25 BALLS

  • Umair Muzaffar on February 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Earlier in the 2010 Shahid Afridi got to have a go at it ... but he has failed miserably by coming out of TEST retirement for one TEST and then retiring again ... leaving PCB to look for a replacement Captain in the middle of the series. This shows how shallow and non-Captainisque his mindset really is.

    It is good that Misbah has been able to up the ante and has provided that formidable consistency to the middle order in all categories of cricket.

    That said; it is clear that if Afridi is made Captain the he will need a support from Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and above all Misbah to develop a strategy before the game and execute it during the game. Therefore, now with all mishandling of the situations, PCB has placed all it eggs in Misbah's basket (Captain or not). Misbah has to support Afridi, no matter what, to ensure that the team keeps the winning streak going.

    We do not want too much friction between the two leaders in the team, otherwise all falls apart.

  • Imran Chandio on February 1, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Pakistan are playing great cricket at the moment, they done really well in the test series particularly Misbah kept us in the series with help from Younis, like the ODI against NZ today, who saved us today everyone oh yes it was Misbah and that goes out to all those cursing him, he is one batsman we have in the form of his life since coming back to the team, we need him to stay in this form for the world cup brilliant Misbah!!! Our teams strength is we have top 4 batsmen play risk free and conserve wickets and with 15 overs to go, we have U.Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq to blow the ball all over the ground, we will INSHALLAH do well in thw world cup

  • ASIF on January 31, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I don't know why pcb is so hesitant to make afridi the captain.What else they need from him.Mizbah and younis cannot even dream of batting like afridi.Mizbah is good for only test cricket and should take the example of laxman,dravid and cook by just playing tests.Why can't he be honest like afridi who opted out of test cricket eventhough his average of 37 @ a strike rate of 89 is not bad at all.The problem with mizbah is he cannot rotate strike which is an important aspect of one day cricket.Javed miandad was instrumental in pak world cup win with his singles and twos.How can ejaz butt think of making mizbah captain when his spot is not even guaranteed.As far afridi he is the most consistent bowler for pak and his batting is a bonus which is getting better as a captain with scores 108,122,37,19,9,34,37,0,1,49,8,29,24,15 and 65 @ a strike rate of above 100.The pcb instead of backing afridi r trying to ridicule him by delaying their decision in naming the captain for wc.

  • khankakar on January 31, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    1 month left for the world cup/but till now captain name has not announced/ why i belive just khan shahid afridi (A REAL PATAN)of [pashtonistan )i want just shid afridi

  • Waqas on January 31, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, i wonder how can writers like you have so much stamina to speak against the dreadful PCB; please give up hope now and live in peace

  • Ibtisam on January 31, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    BOOm BOOM AFRIDI is the best

  • rao inam on January 31, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    A.O.A ppl talking about pakistan's chances in wc . i think no one can bet on pakistan's ongroung performance . but chances of well played match can be enhanced. by keeping things simple. why we need a person in the team who plays not for his country but for his own position , i,m talking about misbah making 50 in 91 balls does this justify his position for a one day player (he is a choice for captain) why we need a player who cann,t batt against newzeland , i,m talking about younis khan (al time avg against newzeland 18 ) we should make things simple and give new faces a chance in the team as well as leadership over our plitical senerio.

  • Shakir on January 30, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    1 month left for the WC 2011 but still captain name has not announced. I want to ask a question to PCB, Whether they want grouping or unity for WC. It simply divides the whole team, afridi group and Misbah group. Inzi already said about this. At this moment they need unity within the team. This is not the experimental time, just 20 days left for WC. I think Afridi should have been given full support from the behind, not to give him extra pressure at this moment. Despite of his key players he managed the team well in England and South Africa. Although his personal performance was not good last few matches. Still I believe he has all the talent and capability to lead the team for WC. I expect he will prove himself in this NZ series. All we need to give him support.

  • Zaeem Rizwan on January 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Afridi is best to lead the side for now as changing the captain after this series is not good, I think he is the man who can control the team, he just require support of seniors like misbah, younis etc.

    Hafez Shehzad kamran(wk) Younis Umar Misbah Afridi Razzak Wahab Gul Saeed/Shoaib/A.Rahman (Select anyone according to the situation.)

  • ZEESHE on January 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I THINK AFRIDI IS THE BEST. HE HAS PROVED HIMSELF BY HITTING 65 ON JUST 25 BALLS

  • shdhsn on January 30, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    No time for more experiment. Does not matter if Misbah is better at time or Shahid is better at this time. Team needs to play as one unit. Mishbah, Younus, Razzaq, Shoaib and Kamran are senior players and they they should support and advise Shahid on the ground. So lets not experiment more captians....stick with Shahid Afridi.

  • Abdul Sattar on January 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Old man never understand the cricket except his nonsence powershow!

  • masih on January 30, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    afridi is da best batesmen nd bowler in da team misbah is 2 slow u cnt play misbah n younis in 1 team weres mohhamed yusuf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! misbah plays only 4 himself misbah is shit he proved it in da last odi but afridi proved dat he is da best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nyati on January 30, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Misbah be the capt. Afridi has no room in the team. Inzamam as great a batsman he was he was at the same time the absolute one man show. Divide and rule was his way as well. Suggest he just watch the game.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 29, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Actually PCB is making sure that everyone would hate Misbah. Right now a TV polled showed 68% favoring Afridi and 32% the rest. So if Misbah becomes a captain, and then lose world cup (which he is sure to), then he will be go down in history as the most hated cricketer in Pakistan history, surpassing Ejaz Butt. lol.

  • Ashfaq Khan on January 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Also Saeed Ajmal should be out as he is NOT a winning player.

    Younus Khan/Shoib Akhtar and Saeed Ajmal all these three SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED...... they are mostly useless players..

    (a) Younus Khan - uselss out of form only 12 runs and good for llaughing only...

    (2) Shoild Akhtar - 47 runs with average 11 runs - NOT GOOD AT ALL.. OUT FORM ALSO.

    (3) Saeed Ajmal - not a winning player when ever he plays Pakistan face the defeat... suggested

  • Ashfaq Khan on January 29, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I feel, Misbah should be captain, Afridi is not a responsible man.. Let afridi play as a player...

    Also Younus Khan should be out and Shoib Akhtar .... Include Imran Nazir in place of younus Khan. Imran Nazir is excellent batsman plus excellent fielder while Youns Khan is good for nothing excepting for Laughing only.... Look at Younus Khan performance 12 runs and gone?????

  • Asif on January 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Hats of to afridi for giving such a fitting reply to his detractors particularly zaheer abbas and amir sohail with his brilliant,breathtaking,incredible hitting and shrewd captaincy.As I wrote earlier zaheer abbas and amir sohail have a personal grudge against afridi and always try to undermine afridi with their non sensical and negative comments.I would request the pak media to ignore zaheer abbas and amir sohail and stop publishing their idiotic comments about afridi which is creating confusion,disunity and causing immense harm to pak cricket.The pcb should immediately appoint afridi captain for wc even if pak looses the series.

  • Allamdar on January 29, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I am agree with few frendz that it is our bad luck that we have Ijazz but at this time he should be on MUSSALLA for prayers but he is enjoyiong the millions dollors.

    he is the main cupirt to split the team in to two parts because in NZ team was looikng inshape and he did not anounce teh captain stupid decesion.

    MISBAH is good captain in TEST in one day there should be only AFRDI be as captain.

    The rest team.

    HAFEEZ SHAHZAD YOUNIS U.AKMAL ASAD K.AKMAL AFRIDI RAZZAQ AJMAL/REHMAN GUL WAHAB

  • Rana Binyamin on January 29, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I think afridi should be the captain for WC 2011, becoz misbah has not such exprience in ODI, he only know how to spoil a victory as in 2nd test vs NWZ, and i am also totally against even for his selection in ODI, he has strike rate of just 50 so how can he lead the team in WC, the person who is already so much afraid to play a big shots.

  • M MOIZULLAH on January 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Very happy after the 3rd ODI btwn Pak vs NZ, it was really looking like a team effort, afridi and misbah consulting each other and experimenting their strategies...woww

    Whateva it is if they can play the same way as they've played as a unit (batting with patience,preserving wickets for that late assault, bowling with pace variations,feilding well,supporting each other,capatain and his vice consulting each other).

    This was all expected and if they can play this same game in all the world cup matches, I don't find any reason why the cricket in pakistan should not re-born(very optimistic though) In sha Allah.

    Shoaib days are over just let him support these guys (Gul,Tanvir,Wahab)(pak best opening attack at present)..experience matters..

  • abubakr on January 29, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    afridi and misbah r both immature as a captain v need younis as a captain he gave us 2o wcup after 17 yrs . he is well trained . mature and aggressive . afridi is too immature as a captain . v lost few matches due to his captaincy and misbah never play for da team he plays for himself he will neva score under afridis captaincy in da reamining tour of newzealand and in w.cup i bet . in 1999 wcup final v lost due to wasim akram captaincy who choose to abt after a heavy rain . bloody fixer .. in 1996 he didnt appear against india shame . younis is very loyal to his country geo younis khan

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg USA on January 28, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    A fighter does not necessarily make a good Captain. To lead at any level, you have to read the game and your opponents well and be able to alter your game plan as the situation may demand. A clever Captain makes the changes in the field necessary to unsettle the oppostion. The selectors should go with Misbah, who has shown a wiser head to defend or go on attack on the merit of the game. Misbah has played well under pressure and Afridi has struggled with his form. It also true that neither of the two can single handedly help beat the better teams in any tournament unless they have help from their mates.

  • asim siddiquie on January 28, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Younus khan is the only best option on merrit in ODI's for pakistan.can someone ask pcb why he gets banned ? can anyone ask why captaincy being shifted after a series with england , you see Azhar majeed there in tests(capt. salman butt) , in ODI's (capt. afridi) no reflections of azhar majeed ? reasonss ??? honesty .

  • Naeem Husain on January 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Appointing the captain is not an issue! You have Younes and other experience players. The real issue is to win all the matches to bring back International Cricket where it belong in Pakistan. It is the responsibility of each and every player to play with true sprit for Pakistan and show the world what great crcket playing country Pakistan is. They have to win all game. This is the golden chance and the responsibilty for Pakistan cricket players to prove to the world that despite all the B..S.. and restriction Pakistan's player can win the world cup. All they need is the motivation and fighting sprit and care for the country. They can do it easily. They need to realize that how Pakistan cricket is suffering from alligation and dirty politics of cricket world. Go win for Pakistan! and turn the table for Pakistan. GOOD LUCK!

  • Naveed Iqbal on January 28, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Afridi, Afridi and Afridi is the only logical choice for captaincy but why am I asking a logical thing from such an illogical person.

  • sikander buksh on January 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    I think now its the time for the pak team to get united uned 1 head no matter if its Shahid or Misbah they should be focus since they have the ability to perform in any from of games . Now I personaly want my asian team to be competin for the final trophy God only knows when my derams will come true & i can see my Indai & pak playng for the final trophy. That will be a match of the life time but ....unfortunately if paks goes on this way then its really impsbl......

  • Ahmed on January 27, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Guys plz accept the reality that shoaib akhtar is OVER... He had his time but now just his fitness, form is not enough for him to be included in the squad, something all of us witnessed during the 1st ODI against New Zealand... I hope many of u agree wit me here...

  • Nauman on January 26, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    we need a well organized team

    1 kamran akmal bat\ wicket keeper 2 hafeez bat \bowl 3 younis bat 4 misbah bat 5 umer akmal bat 6 asad shifq bat 7 afridi bat\bowl\ captain 8 razzaq bat\bowl 9 umer gul bowl 10 shoaib akther bowl 11 saeed ajmal bowl

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg USA on January 26, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Dark clouds never augur well for a game and rain invariably drops from heaven to wash out everything in its path. 2nd ODI was lost to nature. If this ODI series was scheduled to help both Pak & NZ gain some valuable match practice, good weather needs to prevail. Most experts have ruled out Pak as a contender in the coming WC. I feel a under dog can still beat a better side on a day. To keep winning after that in a tournament is a matter of inertia.It only needs a few outstanding performances with the bat & ball in a match to turn it around. Whoever is at the helm of the team, Pak needs a few boys to rise up and deliver. In the the first game of ODI series NZ outplayed Pak. Yesterday, Ahmed Shehzad was looking formidable, when rain stopped the game. Afridi & Waqar have to find ways to win the next few games.... weather permitting!

  • hamza on January 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    i am sorry to say that who ever think afridi should not be a captain is wrong three weeks left in mega event and we are talkin abt changing captain pcb is ridiculous but few of my friends here are imature misbah no doubt is a good player but he is not a fighter he is not a match winner on the other hand afridi is a fighter he can change a match single handedly there is no place for misbah in the squad we should support afridi as a captain no matter what the output is we should encourage our team and we all know very well that what our team is up to on their day no one is better then them good luck pakistan

  • Wasim on January 26, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    PCB is comedy of errors since last four years..and there is no ending. World cup is an mega event and even a novice can tell you that it would be backfiring if they sack Afridi...captain needs support and respect from the team members and members should have fear (or respect) from captains, this is very much true to perform on the field. The act of not announce the captain is very harming to the Pakistan team and I can assure you now that they can not perform good in WC. There is no preparation no planning, coach don't know to whom he should sit and talk...PCB and Selectors are BUNCH OF JOKERS indeed. Misbah even doesn't deserve place in ODI squad....look India VVS..Dravid perform in Test but did they include these guys to WC squad..When did Misbah played a ODI inning last time...can any one tell me. PCB is really mind less and board and selector could not properly used Razzaq, Akhtar...Imran Nazir.even Saeed Anwar and Waquar Younis were thrown away before there time...GOD BLESS YOU!

  • M MOIZULLAH on January 26, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket team, if not managed properly then pakistani fans be prepared to see it in the top position (from bottom) in a very short time.

    Feel very sorry and painful, being a fan of pak cricket team it doesn't feel good to write this way, sadly the people in power have let pak cricket down,shame on you traitors, playing with the emotions of millions of people who are almost waiting for a single opportunity to celeberate pak team's success but their celebration mood is overtaken by almost a new controversy, whats wrong with you guys. I fear these guys will take wrath of the loyal fans of pak cricket team soon or later.

    Be prepared for it, you are damaging the image of your country and hopes of millions of fans of pak cricket.

    Even though Afridi is not in the prime form, but don't forget he accepted the captaincy when all was going other way for pak cricket. If Mr.Abbasi can pass our words to team players,then request them to play like a unit and prove the critics wrong.

  • Shaiyan on January 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Although Afridi isn't a best choice for captain neither Misbah, but we don't have any other options in the team, we should make Afridi captain. He has a better track record in Srilanka and he knows how the wicket plays in Sub-continent. I believe he can make better decisions then Misbah.

  • Nomi on January 26, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    To those against Afridi selection: He is playing as a bowler who can bat. When he bats, he takes the game away from the opponent. A must player for ODI.

  • ABDUL MANNAN on January 26, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    LITERALLY PCB IS PLAYING WITH THE COUNTRY & COUNTRY'S CRICKET. PONTING'S PERFORMANCE IS HIS CAREER'S WORST BUT HE IS THE CAPTAIN. THE CHANGE IN CAPTAIN AT THIS TIME WILL BE THE BLUNDER FOR THE WORLD CUP. SHAHID AFRIDI MUST REMAIN AS A CAPTAIN WITH FULL POWER.

  • kabir on January 26, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Shahid Afridi captain yas

  • junaid on January 26, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    australia has had 5 captains in last 24 years,from alan border to mark tailor,steve waugh to ricky ponting & possibly now michal clark,only becuz their board knows how to manage & control playing 11 & bring whatever gud they can to the team n country. pakistan sadly has had pack full of appointments since imran khan left as captain in 1992. i wonder why PCB hasnt been uprooted till now after bringing so much shame from all the years controversies,indecision & mismanagement. get rid of that prick ijaz butt & handover the board to people who can run it, cricketing brains like aqib javed,amir sohail,ramiz raja etc. guess it doesnt really matter who captains pakistan, becuz a team led by captiains scared of losing can never win. afridi,misbah or any1 else in team just does not hav that fire n courage to be that,only individual outplays save pakistan evertime,not any captains flair & instilling inspiration.

    all we ever needed was a captain like imran, is that 2 much 2 ask 4?

  • Tahir on January 26, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain for WC, as he's made this team showing some fighting spirit, in ODIs against England and SA.Although they lost against NZ but its just a match, not whole series. In earlier times, Pak do slump on these type of pitches.To captain some one in a event like world cup, you hav to give him full confidence and support, where our great PCB lacking. Dont know what those oldies thinking. These are the real dictators, Butt and Co. Just when we start to show some strength, These ppl made a useless talk. Plz remain Misbah the captain of test side. Hez doing good so he can play as a Batsman. Plz sort this out soon by announcing Afridi as captain. it will also affect team's performance in NZ ODI's.

  • Soofian Ahmed on January 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Shahid Afridi must be a captain of the squad in WC 2011. Its not the time to change captian. Players should learn lesson from their mistake in past ODIs. If NZ won the toss in first ODI and elected to field first then what happend? Batsmen perform well ? No at all. We should accept the reality that Pakistan cricket is going down due to problems which Imran Khan often mention about infrastructure of cricket. If there was Mohammad Yousaf instead of Misbah then I am sure Pakistan must won that 2nd test match against NZ. PCB should do root cause analysis and correct the infrastructure of cricket. Otherwise Pakistan cricket will be destroyed and its look that we will stand as a 5th or 6th team in one-day and test ranking in future. Might be Pakistan have one top class spinner and fast bowler and nothing else in next WC. Skipper Shahid Afridi, who always plays for the team must have to change his cricket in the interest of the team. All the best Shahid Afridi, Misbah and Pakistan.

  • Umer on January 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Shahid afridi is definitly the best choice. Don't forget how he lead the team in circumstances when your 3 top players were accused of spot fixing and on the very next tour, zulqarnain haider leaves the team stunned.

  • mohammed imani on January 25, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    When our inept president has no care for the country and the people he is ruling, what does one expect from his hand-picked PCB Chairman; a ruler of cricket, cricketers and cricket followers in Pakistan who is equally inept, demented and senile.

  • Zia on January 25, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Kamran - Afridi should not be in the team. His ODI avg. is a dismal 24 runs and 1 wicket. Hardly deserving of a national cap. In his four outings as captain against New Zealand (yes the same team that lost to Bangladesh) he has scored 20, 7, 14, and 15 while losing 3 out of 4 matches. He fails the team 90% of the time. Consistency wins tournaments and he has none. You are a smart guy, please don't advocate for abject failure.

  • Omarr on January 25, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    @Shehryar Shaukat This WC is not similar to the 1992 WC. 1996 was like this!

  • Tamil on January 25, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    PCB-are your supporting ICC/BCCI/ECB/etc. indirectly? Stop making issue out of Captaincies any more, immediately appoint Afridi for few years, let Misbah prove in all forms of the cricket, just don't decide from two series. Also consider his age, he will retire too in a year's time, after that Afridi will not be available for you for the country.

    We need Afridi just not as an Afridi supporter as PAK Cricket supporter. Remember PCB already you had destroyed Younis and Malik's leaderships, don't destroy Afridi this time. It will be a major roadblock.

  • Ejaz Butt on January 25, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Pakistan cricket Board is a joke. There is never a clear cut policy or a strategy. Its all dependent on one individual or atmost two. To clear this mess the system needs to change first.

  • Irfan on January 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I honestly believe that this is done to teach Afridi a lesson. A lesson in what only god knows. As this shortsighted buffoon of a chairman who has to have his fingers in every thing has completely destroyed any chance Pak team might have had and god knows they didn't have much of a chance to begin with. The beauty of it is that they are still waiting and watching to see how this series turns out. Fracturing the team should be punished by termination or something of the sort but no accountability will make it almost impossible to deal with these matters. Mark my words it is coming like the writing on the wall. And b.t.w was Afridi not chosen to lead into the world cup and not on a series to series basis? This chairman doesn't know when to quit maligning things by thrusting himself into different situations as he has done on numerous occasions in the past. Good luck Pakistan, you will need every ounce of it!

  • ejaz bashir on January 25, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    hi

    you all guys r talking rubbish.. afridi is a club cricketer he should b in the team.. younis khan is the only real fighter & captain. Misbah is cool minded. to me Younis is best choice along with misbah as his deputy & afridi & shoaib Akhter should b dropped from the team. rana naveed should b in team.. there is no division & things like that, we r dead nation & we can only criticize & we can do nothing on our behalf.. so guys cricket is just game.. who ever will b captain we have to loose the cup & INSHAALLAH we will perform badly as usual . do not waste time guys so wt is necessary in life.

  • Mohammad Asad on January 25, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA............................................ I do agree with you & Inzi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody likes him (Mr. Butt)but how come he is still there and ruling as a dictator ........................................... What the hell Pak media is doing ????????????????????????????? Afridi should remain as captain and he is the one; who has brought unity in team / spirit in team !!!! Good Luck ----

  • RQ on January 25, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to normal cricket for Pakistan, PCB release yet another edition of their 'Dumb & Dumber' series starring Ijaz Butt and Mohsin Khan. These two belong in the national zoo of brainless creatures. Regardless of the selection, Captain should have been named instead a rift has been created which no doubt will impact team's performance.

  • praveen on January 25, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    The sad part is,Pakistan despite winning test series.The momentum and confidence is all gone and they might end up losing the ODI series with NZD.Then things might get even worse and PCB is to blame for all this.feel sorry for the players.

  • Juzer Tayyab on January 25, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    We can win all the major tournaments, if these two (butt & khan) will remove from the pcb.............these two jackals will never stay out of this dirty politics and forced young players to do slavery of them.........I don't have any guilt to call them (brokers) to sell Country's dignity for their own wishes..............whether there is a Afridi or Misbah......Pakistan's sport loving and sincere people wants Pakistan name to be at the top in any field................Butt & Khan please please please leave at your own...........

  • farooq butt on January 25, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Alas, just like the pakistan's politics, the cricket isnt doing any better. this might sound political but i still dont understand why the president of the country has to be linked with cricket, linking politics with sports is not the answer. making afridi or misbah the captain is not the issue, this is a knee jerk reactive decison to be made, it has to be a clean act from the top. else, this turmoil will continue.

  • Fuad, British Bangladeshi on January 25, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Where is Mr. Imran Khan, Mr. Wasim Akram,Mr. Ramiz Raja, Mr. Javed Miandad and other senior successful players of Pakistan ???????? Why they are not following Mr.Injamamam Ul Haque ?? I believe they should come forward NOW and give a lesson to the autocrat leaders of PCB. There is no doubt, Shahid Afridi is better than Mesbah ul Haque. Very recently we have seen the performance of New Zealand team in Bangladesh. By winning A match with such a team in New Zealand, PCB can not consider Misbah as a captain. Seven 50's can not be a matter to consider as a captain. Shahid Afridi's experience can change the Pakistan team, we have seen many many times. I am not a Pakistani but I support Pakistan CricketTeam always. PCB can consider Mohammad Yusuf instead of Hafeez. Hello..PCB...remember....This time we will charge you not the players because already you have created serious gap within the players unnecessarily.

  • ASIF on January 25, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    It is really a shame that pcb is the only board in the world which always try to destroy the careers of their own cricketers.Instead of backing afridi they r putting unnecessary pressure on afridi which is harming the team.Why can'T Pcb take the example of other countries who support their players like ponting,vettori,clarke,strauss and dhoni who r also not performing but continue to lead without any hue and cry.The pcb should know that afridi is an allrounder who can bat,bowl and field.If he fails with the bat he compensates with his bowling and brilliant fielding.Afridi is the only player who can handle the seniors akhtar,razzaq and younus and get the best out of them.I don't think mizbah with his quiet nature and defensive strategy can lead better than afridi.After all afridi is still the highest run scorer and wicket taker for the last one year and has been leading the side reasonably well.The pcb should immediately announce afridi the captain for the world cup without any delay.

  • irshad abbasi on January 25, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    remove waqar younis from the couching section. the most notorious person of pakistan, he is creating partition in pakistani team.appoint wasim as a bouling coach. if pakistan loose world cup, waqar younis will be a responsible person. why he oppose yousif from selection for world cup. yousif is best player and no one pakistani player is substitutable for yousif.

  • Salman Salim on January 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I think that Shahid Afridi is the best choice for captain,and according to me misbah has no right to be in the team as he only played 2Odi in 2010 ,and instead of misbah pcb should select either Shoaib Malik or Muhammad Yousuf. And Inshallah we should hope for the best that on 5 of Feb Muahammad Amir and Muahmmad Amir will clear and will be included in the worldcup squad :)

  • Shafqat on January 25, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    It needs to be checked if Ijaz Butt is playing in the hands of Indians. The powerful Indians have the capacity and will to initiate and support a littele inaction here and a litte slackness there. Obvious tyranny and inapt behavior of Ijaz Butt might possibly be influenced by Indians. The fact taht everything Ijaz Butt is doing is destrying the confidence of Pakistani cricketers and cricket fans and nothing in Pakistan is benefitting from all this. Declining morale of the team is beneficial only for rivals and Indians have biggest stakes in Pakistan cricket's loss and humiliation. They have been doing this directly (by humiliating Pakistani players at IPL auction, by not inviting Pakistani club Champions; Sialkot Stallions to play in Champions Leage and by refusing to visit Pakistan). I wonder if they are not doing indirect attacks on Pakistan Cricket like tempting Afridi to bite the ball, projecting and protecting Haroon Lorgat and Mazhar Majeed and to pamper Ijaz Butt for his doings

  • Haris on January 25, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    PCB's frail n feeble tactics will let down pakistan's confidence and morale if they dont decide the captain soon. Inzi is rite in saying that. Naming the team and not the captain is just like mocking the national team and treating them like street playing boys. Get out of this politics n play for your nation !

  • Aman Khan on January 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Why Does everything have to be done differently by Pakistan, for a few moments we had the joy of celebrating the test win after 4 years and now its all been washed away by whose the Captaincy debate... When Afridi has been at the Helm for couple of a years, we should have stick to that order, why would you like to change the Captain such late in the day, last 2 ODI series have been closely faught by Pakistan, Misbah ul Haq has done a great job in test cricket but surely the Cricket team will be divided into 2 groups if Afridi is removed at this late stage fearing the senior players being on Afridi's side. Everyone in Pakistan knows apart from one man(A certain Mr. Zardari) that Mr. Butt is not mentally fit enough to be Chairman of a Local cricket club let alone be the Head of PCB. All will be Forgotten Mr. Butt if Pakistan with some miracle lose a close faught Semifinal or just might win the whole Damn thing, Name Afridi Captain now and let us see our Cornered tigers raw again....

  • Harshvardhan on January 25, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Does this team of pawns and buffons need and captain tell me one name who has ethics and morality in which Mr.abbasi writes and is an alien word to Pak probably younis and misbah come close one has given up captaincy and other is not accepted by any of fans i read and also by team-mates much may be a few as misbah is 36 and he has not got left more than 2 years and after than whom to groom any youngster look at aus paine eng cook ind gauti/raina/kohli sa devillers sl mathews pak akmals(that funny)

  • Zeshan on January 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    This chairman has been the most idiotic administrator i have ever seen. He has proved himself over and over again.

    I can still remember when he changed younis khan over players complaint apparently. any good administrator with any any know how of pak cricket team history would have strictly avoided that because that's what they always do, rally against one captain, get rid of him, install a new one for some time, may be couple of series and then start rallying against that one as well. hence this spiral never ends.

    Misbah is 36 now and although he has done well, i still dont see him as a logical choice of as a long term test captain. he just need one bad series to get all odds against him.

    For God sake announce one captain and stick with him for at least couple of years, and make players realize as well thay he is here to stay no matter what.

    Cheers,

    Zee

  • Zohair kashif on January 25, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Afridi vs Misbah..... o God what is happening to pakistan and pakistan cricket..3 month before misbah was not able to be in the side ,now he will be the captain... i think we will win match from Kenya? not sure ... and PCB and Ijaz butt will be responsible

  • Payaami on January 25, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi- no comparison! Afridi is among the most over rated cricketers in the world while Misbah has proved with his never-say-die attitude.

    Afridi can't captain any side be it national team or a club side until he starts playing with responsibility which seems impossible now. Just take the 1st ODI in the current series. Was it Misbah who asked Afridi to play recklessly like that? While Misbah continues to surprise the world with his wonderful temperament and talent to do well in even struggling conditions Masha'ALLAH.

  • Akhtar Syed on January 25, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    We need a combination of experienced matured players and fast scorers. We need to keep Shahid as attacking Captain. We should ask Razzak fast scorer to play as 2 down position and put Misbah defensive player as 3-down position. 1 Attacking Opener : Kamran 2. Opener Hafeez (Opener & Bowler) 3. (Matured / Experienced Player): Younis Khan 4. Attacking fFast Scorer): Razzak 5 Matured / Experienced Player: Yousif. We need him badly. 6 Attacking fast Scorer and Captain: Shahid Afridi. We must retain Shahid as captain and announce his captainship immediately. 7. Defensive and in -form player: Misbah Ul Haq 8 Fast Scorer: Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq 9 Fast Bowler: Shoaib Akhtar 10 Fast Bowler: Umar Gul or Wahab 11 Specilist Spinner: Per choice of Captain

  • ALI on January 25, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON PCB HAS PROVED ,WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THE TEAM FOR WORLDCUP 2011 WITHOUT CAPTAIN.IT IS JUST LIKE FLOWERS WITHOUT FRAGRANCE.(I PRAY AFRIDI LEAD THE TEAM FOR BETTER RESULT).

  • Khawaja Attique Ullah on January 25, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Don't fool urself between Afridi & Misbah. Remember that WC is being played in the subcontinent where Afridi will be a very different performer. He will lead from the front both with bat & ball. He has taken over the captaincy in the worst possible conditions of Pakitan' cricket history & yet under his leadership Pakistan has won quite a few matches. Even most of the defeats were only touch & go. Believe me that our team will perform wonders on sub-continent pitches under the aspired leadership of Boom Boom.

  • Raja hilal on January 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Shahid is best captain in the world and pcb is shameful in the world.

  • shahnawaztarar on January 25, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    ijaz but is a maskhara and he should not be the chairmain of PCb he should be working in some stage drama as an actor or director. He could not deliver any thing to pakisgtan crickt.and he damaged a lot. gandoo hay sala.

  • Nido12 on January 25, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    PCB is a joke and run by bunch of fullish, arrogant and un-professional bunch of stupids. They have mockered Pakistan cricket from the day Ijaz Butt was made Chairman of the board. My brain is not able to understand the psyche of these stupids so-called PCB officials that from where they think. We all know the result of this WC that we will be humiliated like previous 2 WC's and start blaming our players and ask them to hand over their resignations and the likes of Afridi, Younis and Razzaq will be taken out of their houses for beating but these so-called stupid officials will keep their jobs and someone said rightly that we can only hope for better if the govt. changes...how pathetic are our ways of management!!!

  • Saad bin Rasheed on January 25, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    For all my friends who are saying that afridi is no playing well, i would like to request you all that kindly go through the stats first coz afridi is the leading run scorer for Pakistan in odi last year as well as the leading wicket taker along with shoaib akhter in odi's in 2010.

    Cheers

  • DP on January 25, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Mr Butt thinks Accountability means possessing of the ability to count.....

  • khurram on January 25, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    well i think afridi is not a good captain have seen him in many previous games and few times he is reponsible for loss BUTT changing captain just 1 week b4 WC is not good so afridi should b named as captain imediately. by not naming captain definately pcb encouraged groupings in team.everybody know afridi -razak-younis thing.same thing misbah prefes asad over umar. so groupig in progress unless pcb make captain imediately

  • DP on January 25, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Id wager Ijazz Butt and Wasim Bari debate each morning whether they should eat their porridge with a fork or spoon. Right before they kiss their driver goodbye and hand the keys to the cook to take them to work.....

    I joke of course. But i would NOT be surprised. Such is the level of intelligence it of intelligence it seems these idiots possess....

  • Hamid Asad on January 25, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Afridi is best........as a captain.....Misbah will not keeep this form in future....as u see after 2007 twenty worldcup......

  • Aijaz Ali on January 25, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    I Think Shahid Afridi is the best choice for Captain instead Misbah because Afridi will perform asian wicket very well as he is fighter crickter. We need to should support him.

  • imran niazi on January 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    i think afridi should be captain in world cup and they pcb should give place to mohmmad yousaf aswill.you cant blame on afridi because the team is not doing will the blame should bo on salman butt. because of butt pakistan lost their main bowler.

  • mohammed asif on January 25, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    i thing afridi is the best captan and give some time afridi and and see inshallah afridi bring the world cup

  • Khairs on January 25, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    I am no fan of Ijaz Butt and the PCB but I don't understand what all the hue and cry is about here. It would appear that not finalising the captain is the only thing standing between the Pak team and world cup victory. On no other forum do we see such obsession with people as we see here and that includes India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. There is hardly any comment about strategies. All the talk is about who to select and who to drop (usually the term "kick out" is used).

    My comment is to put whatever time there is left to improve the fielding. I fear some games may be lost by narrow margin simply because of poor fielding. Practice hitting the stumps and throw the bowl into the keeper's hand from the boundary.

  • aslammirza on January 25, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    WC comes after every four years. the preparations of our 4 years is that even one month is left and we have no caption.I believe Afridi has been the caption of most of recent past. it is better he should be the Caption.

  • Isty khan on January 25, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    If Pakistan want to win the world cup ,they got to believe what they have,it dose not matter Afridi or Misbah if they believe it they can achieve it,they have to believe of first play positive cricket, and play to win, have some guts on there self. Misbah have done enough demonstration of test match draw when he can easily win like a man so what if you loss,at lest you try to win,there four he did not deserved to be any kind of captain,if you are not a fighter you can not be the leader.we must find some who can fight,some one open mind,some one who is not worry about his fifties. i agree with Inzy

  • SIKANDER,, on January 25, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    i thing the team will be.opener mohd hafeez,ahmad shahzad,abdul razzaq,younas khan,shaid afridi(capt),missbah ul haq,umar akmal(wkt),asad shafeeq,umar gul,abdur reman,and shoib akthar.

  • Ansab on January 25, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    my wote goes to Shahid Afridi... bcoz his our all record is much better in asian pitches... and also he has a guts he will fight as a tiger inshallah... altough misbah is doing good but he is 37 year old and may be it will be his last tour.. well my best team is.. 01)MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ 02)KAMRAN AKMAL 03)YOUNIS KHAN 04)UMER AKMAL 05)MISBAH UL HAQ 06)SHAHID AFRIDI 07)ABDUL RAZAQ 08)WAHAB RIAZ 08)UMER GUL 09)MUHAMMAD AAMIR (IF AVAILABLE.) 10)SHOAIB AKHTER 11)SAEED AJMAL/REHMAN i am sure they will rock INSHALLAH

  • ashok sai on January 25, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Recall Salman Butt with loads of money to trade, that will cleanise the Pak team and it will help to develop a new fresh team for the next world cup 2015.

  • Rashid on January 25, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Last match showed why you need Yousuf,Misbah& Younus. Afridi needs to be serious.But choosing captain at the last minute is very bad. Zardari needs to be out of cricket for a while.

  • Ummi Khann on January 25, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    i think that Afridi will be the captain but PCB has done well not to give him a free license, not giving him the sense of being an automatic choice, coz he has lost all the 8-9 series as a captain over past 1 year. & his performance specially batting is irresponsible which is very damaging for the team. So he has to earn the captaincy by performing good in NZ...

  • Faisal Afzal on January 25, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    This is stupidity beyond imagination. When is someone going to do something about all this? It's one thing after another with PCB, they really need to get their act together. Pakistanis love their cricket too much and don't deserve this from their board.

  • nadeem on January 25, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    doomed.................... Misbah or younis khan can and will be able to Produce result in WC.

  • mughal on January 25, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    PCB is full of idiots, ranging right from Ijaz Butt , upto selectors including Mohsin. they are doing their best to kick the Pakistan team out of the world cup in the first round. Shame on Ijaz butt & his team.

  • Arsh on January 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I think Misbah should have been named as the captain 2 years ago. He's educated , disciplined and much more mature than anybody else in the team with Younis Khan being the closest. It should be Misbah, hands-down. For any team , group, community to prosper , their leader should be the BEST among them.Any event can be taken as example of this. Talking about cricket , Clive Lyold,Allan Border , kapil Dev , Imran Khan,Ranatunga , Ricky Ponting have been the best leaders of their times ; atleast they were the best in their teams , interms of overall personality. Moreover,Misbah cannot be worse than Afridi.

    Arshad.

  • ASIM RAZA CHOHAN on January 25, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    NO COMMENT ABOUT THIS MANTILY DAMAGED TEAM.

  • ershad ali on January 25, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Afridi is the man who can carry the pressure of captancy.....bcz this is not a small series......i hope this odi series pak can win easy, if they decide Afridi is the cap for this WC.

    Ershad Ali 9903147100 kolkata........

  • Greg Riser on January 25, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Why can't some one make Salman Taseer out of Ejaz Butt? Both Ejaz Butt and PM and President are blasphamers.

  • Akram on January 25, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    I agree with Kamran... Captain should hav been annouced as every team is making startegies for the worldcup and we r still waiting for the captain... as sompe ppl say the players should play 4 country not 4 captain bt the problem is that Captain and Coach make strategies and we don't know who is our captain then Afridi make Strategy in this series which can b useful 4 world cup.. so Grow up guyz we need a Captain to prepare for the wold cup.. and with this kind of scenario PCB is only introducing differences among players... Look at Australia even every one knows Clarke will b Captain bt even then he hasn't said anything negative abt Ponting bt Look at Misbah HE is saying he will do good if he is chosen as Captain which shows he is not supporting Afridi.. Misbah needs top b grow up how van u expect from then others that they will play for country???? if Misbah is doing such things...

  • Sriguy on January 25, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I think whole blame should be on ICC, they should have asked all the teams to name the squad with the captains. Now all the souvenirs will have Pakistan team without a captain

  • Bilal Ahmed on January 25, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    BUFFON is the key word and there is no need for any analysis. This guy has only one motive ie to destroy players and form a battery of idiots and more buffons (players as well as officials)for strenthening his control on PCB.

    MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • Naveed Rasool on January 25, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Before criticising the present PCB set up, why do we forget Pakistan team's performance in the previous two world cups? Mr. Zardari or Mr. Ijaz Butt were not at the helm of affairs, when we failed to reach the next round despite having big names? The fact of the matter is there is overall decline in every sphere of life in Pakistan and cricket is no exception.

  • MOHAMED on January 25, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    AM NOT IN FAVOUR OF MISBAH/AFRIDI YA ITS WRONG ON PCB NOT TO HV ANNOUCED THE CAPTAIN AS NEWZLAND SERIES WILL BE EFFECTED COME PCB WAKE UP U BUNCH OF FOOLS ARE RUINING PAK CRICKET.

  • Abid Ali Butt on January 25, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    The position of our cricket team is just like our country which is facing only problems and there is no sign of any good news from any where but I still not disappointed. Allah bless our country and cricket team. The only thing we can do is just pray for our country and team bcoz this is the only thing we can do in these circumstances. "Commonsense is a very common thing which is only for common people not for PCB."

  • Fahad on January 25, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Management should be changed now to get better result including Chairman!!!

  • Raza Khan on January 25, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Afridi can hardly be rated as an economical bowler these days; doesn't take wickets regularly. When he comes out to bat, you can't even switch to Geo for the 60 sec headlines alas u will only be seeing the numerous replays of Afridi getting out by playing yet another irresponsible shot. He hasn't learn't anything after giving Ajmal that penultimate over in the T-20 Semis. Post match interview, he has the nerve to blame batsmen for playing irresponsible shots!! Misbah is cool headed; leads by example, "Best cricketing mind of Pak" according to an ex-foreign coach (who is most likely to have No bias against Misbah or Afridi) who has first hand knowledge and experience of both players.

  • Zinnooran Tahir on January 25, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Excess of everything is bad. That also applies to Mr. so called Ejaz Butt.

  • DownToEarthCricketer on January 25, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    It is Clear the PCB damaging the Cricket in Pakistan by improper handling. Changing the captain at this point of time is complete rubbish and no other words we can define it. Afridi is the best choice for captain and by all these drama, pcb had again divided the team into two. Misbah doesnt deserve a place in ODI team , forget the captainship. Winning the test series in Newzealand is not because of his captainship because its not new for pakistan. Pakisatan had lost only one test series in NZ so for, all other series either they won or draw. So people, dont even talk about changing the captaincy .Afridi is the best choice.

  • Tahir Malik on January 25, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I am agree with all comments, actuly the delaying the captaincy is due to Afridi,s bad form, in this senario right now Misbah to be appointed captain, because Afridi might not be selected in 11 players due to his bad form and fat fitness also. kamran should be kept down the order and Omer and Hafiz to be tried opens.

  • Imad on January 25, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    I would rather give more respects to any comments from Imran Khan and Miandad. Have they given their view on this?

    Are you crazy ,,,,,

    Miandad is duffer and doesnt understand ...he will say make FAISAL IQBAL Captain ....he only knows KARACHI Word nothing else

    AFRIDI all the way and Misbah Supporters ...tell me where MISBAH will BAT if you are chasing 310 score ...I think number 11

    HE IS GOOOd Player but in 90's and he should just sit back and LET AFRIDI be Captain

    Misbah is POLITICIAN AND ALWAYS PLAYS POLITICS

  • ahmed on January 25, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    only younis Khan is the right choice for captain..... he shows his leadership skills in 20twenty WC and later champions tropy also.....

  • Moon on January 25, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    The team needs to come together as a unit at this time. There is a lot of effort required to have any chance at the trophy. The PCB has already created chaos within the players due to its stubborn policies. The players need to perform as a team and keep the spirit high. They indeed have to play like champions as there is no doubt Pakistan has immense talent. No matter who will lead the team at the mega event, the team should follow the lead of the captain and play for the sake of the nation.

  • usman on January 25, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    In my opinion team should be 1) Kamran 2) Hafeez 3) Asad 4) Younis/ Umar 5) Misbah 6) Afridi 7) Razaq 8) gul 9) rehman/ajmal 10)akhtar 11)tanvir

    we can make changes acording to teams and conditions.I thinks given the situation we can work with this team and hope we can get some momentm..........

  • Nuzy khan on January 25, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    yoyo..guyz let me say some thing...dont mess with boom..boom afridi...please respect a player who has given 100 % for his country for almost 12 years..misbah,,ooopzz just got int o the side..how can he b a captain (wt a joke he he he...)..all of wait and c afridi will be the captain && and insha allah he will lead them in 2011 world cup well...not only in world cup..he z our best man..so please stick with him in odiz &t20z..for a long time other thing z imran nazir should come to the side...instead of hafees...yes hafeez is a good enough batsmen..but nazir z a kind of palyer like sewag..sanath..??? dont waste a good palyer ny way our 11 should b 1.hafees 2.kamran 3.younis 4.umer 5.misbah 6.razzaq 7.afridi(cap) 8.ajmal(please no rehman for odi)9.gul 10.sohail 11.shoaib 12th man wahab riaz

  • shankyyy on January 25, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    afridi is such an idiot.. he shudnt b in the team itself.. makin him captain.. best ever comical thing..

    he is a kid, wants to hit six everyball.. ofcourse he shudnt b in the first class cricket.. so its no harm dumbin himm.. he is someone like mohamad ashraful.. If afridi is not in pak, he cant play international cricket at all.. he wont even get a spot in ireland afghanistan teams.. AFRIDI BEIN IN TEAM SHOWS HOW PATHETIC PAK CRICKET SYSTEM IS>>

  • Dani Raza on January 25, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Agreed with You Mr.Abbasi....I can summarize this whole situation as totally awkward.

  • Bashir Ahmed on January 25, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    To me Ijaz Butt is such a person who can easily be classified as the luckiest cricketer ever. I recall - while he used to be a member of Pakistan Eleven - he did not have real potentials for reserving a berth in the playing eleven but, of course, he must had a Zardari at that time too. During his 16 outings - he scored just 279 with a highest of 58 runs - lone half century. He does not have any event to remember being a cricketer - no achievements - no milestones - so much so that majority of nation did not know who he was. LUCK again favored Butt - this time to achieve some milestones - some golden moments to be remembered - and he will definitely be ever remembered as "DAMAGING DIRECTOR" of Pakistan Cricket. WELL DONE IJAZ BUTT.

  • Jahangir Alam on January 25, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    It’s is simply stupid by PCB not to declare Pakistan circ team captain for WC. Why they worried about captaincy? If PCB set new captain for WC, what will be impact on players they should consider? Declare captain ASAP will be better for team. I am simply astonished why these kinds of joking happen only at Pakistan cricket team. Is the team or cricket board never being sense?????????

  • Saqib Irfan on January 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    In my opinion, captain should have been named when squad was announced.

    I think 25% of team success relies in their members and 75% in the leader of that team. Be it Pak Cricket team or any sales team.

    Personally, a person who can never design strategy to build his own innings, and play repeatedly same cricket under any match scenario, may not be fit to lead a team to success. As this requires immense planning, leadership, strategy to build an innings, strategy to build a success not an unlucky bowlers day in a small park trying to figure who arrived at the crease. This rather suit showbiz industry more, my view at it.

    I will say MISBAH as captain any day however when board has no clue what team is than trust me, doesn't matter.

    CHAOS!

  • Atif Butt on January 25, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Make Imran Khan coach just for the world cup and Pakistan will win. Come on Imran, you can do this much for your country.

  • pakcricfan from Nepal on January 25, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    get rid of Mr Butt..he has no any idea hw to run a cricket board. he has to take every responsibility of failure of cricket in Pak. and wot the selection committee doing? if there job is to stamp on wot the Butt does then why dont they resign? The best batsman MOYO is not in team and no captain..only the board like PCB run by a ridiculous person like Butt can do such decisions. i think Pak people should start campaign against Mr Butt and kick him out as soon as possible.

  • Haris Khan on January 25, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    It is a known fact that only when united the Pakistani players can beat any oponent on the given day. But when two factions are forcebly created amongst them, how can one expect the players to be united? /and surprisingly these factions are being created by their own boad members or maybe the chief of the board. In my view Shahid Afridi should never have been the captain at the first place, considering his carelessly flambouant attitude, But once he was made a captain he should've been bestowed with all out trust and confidence untill the Worldcup 2011.

  • Saif Ali Qureshi on January 25, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    captaincy is not a difficult matter you have to toss a coin ....balls cannot go with our wish its luck game..

  • mohamed on January 25, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    at this critical stage changing captain is not going to help anything but all player will mentally fall.when afridi perform well either in boling or betting pakistan win most of the time(T/20 W.C,recent one day series and well pakistan loose no one is perform well,mind you afridi is bowling all rounder.so let him to lead the team.when he(afridi) thinks he is no more suitable he will leave him himself from captain and even from tournament(test match,batting order and captain from test match).misbah is gud player but with one or 2 series we cant expect all from him, he lost his place in the team beacuse of lack of performance in the past.so i feel afridi is still suitable for captain and he can perform well in subcontinant.best luck for pakistan team not for the (premature) cricket board.

  • Rajesh on January 25, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Afridi is a great guy, but needs something wake him up from his slump. May be this snub will help. Either way if he gets to be captain or not, he will have a point to prove and this could fire him up.

    Strange are the ways of the world, you never know...

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg USA on January 25, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    A capable leader can be difference between a good team or an average team.Afridi should step down as Captain. His personal performance while leading Pakistan has been below par. Misbah has performed admirably. Misbah could be a better choice for WC.Captaincy is about taking pressure & playing well when the rest of the team wobbles. It is also about playing with a plan adopted to suit every special situation. Afridi lacks both. Pakistan is certainly not among the favorites for WC, but a wise leader might just give the team an outside chance of getting to the round of 4. After a 9 wicket loss in the 1st ODI, it will be hard for the boys to clinch a ODI series win in NZ, unless Pak can play with a clear strategy. PCB's decision to keep the Captaincy open for WC is not a good one. Can it divide the team into two camps? Yes it could. The wisdom behind PCB's decision not to allow the Captain & Coach a say in team selection is absurd & the logic best known to PCB alone.

  • Khalid Tirmazi on January 25, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is not a player. He is good for playing in streets. A captain must show that he is capable of leading the side. He should show an approach. His bowling average looks like a batting average and his batting average look like a bowling average. What afridi shows that hit every ball and show his team mate that this the cricket is played. Make Misbah captain as he is a fighter and now a days playing his best cricket.

  • Mohammad Atif Iqbal on January 25, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    I think that I would quite agree with the comments posted by Aasim Khan. I believe that PCB and Mr Ijaz Butt are a joke. They will be directly responsible for Pakistan's failure in the 2011 World Cup. I just cannot see Pakistan progressing past the first round. If they do it will be a miracle and a pleasent and welcome surprise. We need a person like Imran Khan to run the PCB and not an incompetant person like Ijaz Butt. Its time for him to retire and sit at home.

  • Nadeem on January 25, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Get rid of Ijaz Butt...

  • tarek on January 25, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Handwriting is on the wall. First round elimination for Pakistan due to the way PCB has conducted this captaincy thing. Obviously, there is no dressing room harmony with PCB playing politics and giving show cause to the Coach. If I were the Coach, I would tender my resignation over this public humiliation and leave the whole mess to the incompetent Chairman. You have three players coming up for suspension on Feb 5, 2011, may be life for one of them. What a mess and the fans expect Pak to win the WC. Dream on guys.

  • Alex on January 25, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    I think:

    1. Insecurity never makes a good captain. 2. Take a decision and stand by it. 3. switching captains is not confidence aspiring. 4. Never make changes at last minute. They generally backfire. 5. PCB should be asked to substantiate their actions.

    Pak is a very talented team but the administration is bad and team needs discipline. I do not see either one happening in neau future. But I do hope, pak rectifies these issues and show to the world their unmatched talent.

  • cricket lover on January 25, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    the division and mistrust is already there! in the 1st ODI, Misbah came from slip to Akhtar to give some advice. afridi came rushing in as well after that but never got involved in the talk. instead just standing a meter away like overhearing what is being said!! its a first sign of the things to come.

    on the good note, Amla scored another 100..i love that bro he is absolutley brilliant and not just for his cricket.

  • Nauman on January 24, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    I don't know when shall we be able to get rid of this shameless Ejaz Butt...

  • Salma on January 24, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    I had fired Afridi as captain a long ago. He doesn't merit his selection in 11. He is irresponsible in his approach and will never learn. Pak cricket fans are emotional supporters, they don't analyse it correctly while supporting Afridi. He can win you a game every 20 matches and nothing more. Pakistan is loosing every things since he became captain. Our strongest dept. T20 is our weakest now, thanks afridi. I'll have Razaq as captain for WC because Misbah's choice will divide the team now. SHAOIB AKHTAR should be thrown out of pakistan team for ever. I didn't see a single match since his come back where he is not been smashed by every single batsman, even the half bats treated him like if he was a school team bowler. Shame he doesn't learn to concentrate on line and length.

  • Touqeer on January 24, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I think misbah is better choice than afridi.because misbah lead from the front.misbah has lot of experience in domestic cricket and also he is in prime form.mr afridi talk too much in the media and do nothing in the field.he won nothing so for as a captain even at domestic level.shoaib mailk has better record than afridi since he is not in the so misbah is better option.all this stupid things r happening b/c incapable and dumb person is the head of pcb.ejab butt do not deserve the post of peon so how he can become head of pcb.but it is pakistan such things happened in all the departments.wish good luck to my struggling pakistan team.

  • SK on January 24, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    dont wori guys, Ijaz butt is nearing his time.. pak cricket has eaten up most of its hereos.. we evn gulped our own coach. (bob) .. soonzwe goona gobble our chairman.. he's gonna die soon anywyas.. just tke dese decision as his last wish.. New dayz new match new hope.. Hope zardari dies soon too.. our team is d child of the brains behind it.. and out country.. anyways..afridi shud be d caption .. we tried to nurture him for an year or so.. dont ditch him now..his last wc anyways.. Misbah captain for tests.. Afridi for one days..make me for t20's.. :) .. lemme c if my Major General uncle of mine can do something for me..

  • pak on January 24, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    afridi shud b the captain

  • PlayfromDallas on January 24, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    The greatest intellectual strength of the most populace ethnicity of Pakistan has brought cricket to this level. This is not just it; if they continue clinging on to the top cricketing positions then we will be competing with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh very soon i.e. with unwelcome invitations. This is the beauty of this group of people any thing they touch it get spoiled or break a part.

  • shouky on January 24, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    But should be given a big kick on his butt, these jokers are playing with the emotions of people.

  • bond on January 24, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    AFRIDI dsnt even deserve to be in the team if selection is based on performance...misbah whereas stalls the proceedings a bit and destroys any momentum gained by top order hitting..younis khan might b the best choice...the guys humble,..calm and a PERFORMER...

  • Hammad Qadir on January 24, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Inzamam has really hit the nail on its head "When a team is without a captain how can a proper strategy be made?. A cricket team cannot be selected without input from the captain and coach. I am not arguing against the selection per se, but this is ludicrous. I have never seen a nation, aside from us, do this. Waqar has been around for a while and he knows these players more than anyone in the selection committee. How can his opinion not be considered?

    And what about bringing the team out of this tumultuous era? Is changing the captain before every series the solution? Afridi has had enough uncertainty to deal with, and rather than feeding him more of it, the selectors should cut him some slack.

  • sameer on January 24, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    shahid afridi suitable capton pakistan so plz give one chance 4 boom boom this time really winn for pakistan allha saved for pakisthan cricket team

  • Mazy on January 24, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    PCB and the whole staff is shameless including selectors. Butt is disgustingly selfish, Bari is durbari and other staff is ..... no words to describe. They don't know how to run an office how can they run the Pakistan Team. Since yousaf broke the world record he was treated so badly by PCB. Everybody who wants Pakistan Cricket on the top, PCB go against them. Pakistan Public should throw him out of the office, He is not an elected chairman. But is a chorman.

    Nothing can change ..................

  • sana on January 24, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Its waste of time to comment on PK cricket & Butt

  • Syed J Ahmed on January 24, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Whenever I see articles like these it just makes me wanna stop watching cricket. I've been a big advocate of cricket and defend the sport in front of my friends and colleagues who all grew up in US. But whenever you see something like this it just degrades the sport, the team and the nation. I hope someone competent in Pakistan takes over PCB soon because this admistration is a complete joke.

  • Faisal Ahmed on January 24, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Pakistan team has been famous for players and PSB politics. In last few years players like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Salman But, Rana Naveed have destroyed team's unity and spirit with their greed of getting power inside the team. Misbah was also one the players who took oath on Quran to remove Yunis Khan from captaincy 2 years back so of course Misbah is another player who plays poltics inside the team and Ijaz Butt have provided great chance to Misbah to start playing his politics once again. Isn't this amazing that 3 months before Misbah was not even the team and now not only he is test captain but Ijaz Butt playing games to make him capatian for ODI world cup. That would be desaterious, Misbah is very defensive captian as it was clearly evdient in second test match where pakistan could have easily win against New Zealand but Misbah didn't want to go for win and have drawn the match to secure his captaincy. Shahid Afridi must be the world cup catptain.

  • Omar Abdullah on January 24, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    My playing XI for the world cup would be:

    1.Mohammad Hafeez 2.Kamaran Akmal 3.Younis Khan 4.Misbah ul Haq 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi 7.Abdul Razzak 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Abdul Rehman/Saeed Ajmal 10.Umar Gul 11.Shoaib Akhtar

  • Omar Abdullah on January 24, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    The saddest part is that the PCB has screwed up so many times in the past that we have become used to all of this...plus the team is so talented that they can still perform well in the world cup amid all this mess!! forget whatever is going on and support our team...PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!

  • adil on January 24, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    the country and cricket is led by jokers, how do these people get in charge. Hopfully pakistan will get afridi as captain and win the world cup.

  • Shahid on January 24, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    There's always another side of the picture too. It's how you understand what you see. It might be true that unity of the team is already destroyed due to everlasting foolishness of Ijaz Butt but then, is Afridi the one who should be leading this team?? A team who was nearly unbeatable in T20 is performing as if it is the worst among all. His own performances are no where near an automatic selection in the playing eleven. Abdul Qadir is right, that his bowling is loosing its touch. THEN he doesn't stop to criticize other players by naming them.... Now on the otherside Misbah is delivering the goods just when he takes the pressure of being captain. I,ll go for Misbah

  • Imran Raja on January 24, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Things are being complicated for no reason, I don't think Pakistan have a bad team, jus the politics is ruining all the hard work done. apart from the England series, pak did quite well considering. unless people at the top change, nothing will improve, the top people are just worried about how much money they can make. It hurts to see that Bangladesh has a better media team then Pakistan, its a shmae and disgrace.

  • Parvez on January 24, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    So what else is new? I've read all the comments in this blog and agree with the majority. PCB/Ijaiz Butt, as usual, have no clue how to run aboard. As it is, we as Pakistan a laughing stock and our mortal enemy must be having a field day. I love Afrdi style of play and agree with most of you, let’s take the pressure of him and name Misbah as captain, this guy has the best cricket brain in Pakistan, period. Also, send Akthar home, he is done; a waste of spot and Gul is more than capable and better in getting people out.

  • Mian Riaz on January 24, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    AT this point Pak team performance is worse then Irelans, Afghanistan and Zimwabbibi. Non of the guys has any spark, why they have to play rising ball on the back foot. Fundamental is, if you want to go back foot, you should smack it. Misbah in last match last over was on the back foot and smacking. Remembar Javed Miandad, that is how he earned millions with sixes. ODI is game of hitting in the gap and make runs.

  • aftab on January 24, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    All those who consider this issue as being who to nominate are spot on wrong. After the Cup, they will be discussing who should have been captain. It's the incompetence of Butt to run PCB that is being discussed. The lack of announcing the skipper is just one but gloring example of how innovative the tormentors can be when void of grey matter...

  • Spoiler on January 24, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Too bad, player who doesn't even qualify for the team on merit has been made captain. Delaying the naming of captain is all part of keeping things out of sync so that when they lose (one way or another), they will have some thing to blame for.

  • naveed on January 24, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    good luck pak team.

  • M. Toor on January 24, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    To all Afridi supporters (including Mr. Abbasi): Forget about the captaincy for a moment - Considering Shahid Afridi's form both with ball and bat for last 3 years, please give us ONE good reason that he even deserves a place in the one day or T20 teams.

  • Ijaz Butt PCB on January 24, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    arent we soooooooooo emotional???

    We forget the past and focus on one or two failures...

    Did u just forget the last 3 series he captained??? Did u just forget our performance in those ODI's? Yes, his form has not been too great with the bat, though he has led in incredibly fraught circumstances and mostly without his best players. Has there not been some centrifugal, galvanising force about him in the comebacks against England and South Africa???

    Do u remember how tough the scenario was when Afridi lead the Pakistani Cricket Team during the ENgland tour??? But he gelled the team together, unified them and put a great performance...

    The team has been doing pretty well under his leadership for the past few months and now people want a different captain for the WC based only on Pak's performance during first ODI against the Kiwis and Misbah's impressive leadership qualities in the test arena...

    But how can it be wise to change captains just before the World Cup?

  • Ajaz Waiz on January 24, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I don't understand how afridi cN lead the side when his own performance is so pathetic. He doesn't even deserve a place in the touring party let alone leading the side. I believe misbah is the correct choice. He should be made captain for the next three years - yes I know he is 35 but he can play for another 3 to 4 years. If pak makes to the second round then it would be a great achievement. Don't expect more than that !!

  • Naveed on January 24, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Yes, that announcing the team without a captain is a foolish thing to do, let alone this lingering issue is effecting the team performance against NZ ODI series. However, Afridi has declined in batting and bowling displays and lacks initiatives in the field. I would be more careful to name the captain, but the decision should have been made atleast before the NZ ODI series. This is too late.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on January 24, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Although I never thought that Afridi was a captaincy material even when he was first announced as a captain. A person who could not bring stability in his batting and behaviour (that's also include using of the abusive language) and never learnt from his mistakes during the last fifteen years of playing international cricket. But I think, Afridi should retain the captain till the WC. Its too late to change the captain. And as far as Inzi comments are concerned, he first should look at him before making the comments. Perhaps he is too perturb over the exclusion of Yousuf from WC.

  • Men in Blue on January 24, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    It wont be too difficult to damage an already Damaged Team.... PCB has gone MAD, and fans will miss the killer instinct from pak playes, with their spots not certain, captain not certain... u cant expect fire in their belly.

  • Amyn Rehimi on January 24, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    The PCB has always been the most destructive element in Pakistan Cricket. If Players have the assurance and the respect of the controlloing authority why would they go in this ugly business of spot fixing and such illegal action. These come out of insecurity in the players mind that today we are doing well lets make the most of it tomorrow who know what will happen. PCB has never really give that kind of solid relaibility to the palyers.

  • Ejaz Khokhar on January 24, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Ejaz Butt and his team has proven themselves to the laughing stock of cricket world so many time that one can't keep up with the numbers. He has got dream team (management team) with him to manage and destory Pakistan Cricket bit by bit and which must I say he is doing a brilliant job.

    Pakistan Cricket is in self distruction right now & situation is not going to better till the entire team is changed. There is a need for new blood, brains and fresh ideas to run PCB. The old 60s & 70s style management days are no more. It is high time that a new & professional team is given a chance to manage Pakistan Cricket with the eye on the future.

    There is even greater need not to allow anyone from present team to become a part of new team. Because these guys are nasty & have useless for the job but good at intrigues. I hope against all hope that Butt gets a one last kick up his backside for good & never allowed to run any cricket everagain in any shape or form anywhere. Ameen

  • naeem on January 24, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    shame on PCB. ICC should remove pakistan from all activities untill PCB does not do its proper organisational set up with no govt interference. ICC to take the model of FIFA. Ijaz Butt to blame but its the system iteslf which needs to be corrected.If its not him it will some one else.

  • sajid subhani on January 24, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    For the first time , Inzi has come up with something logical. I agree to the point that naming a squad without a leader will only serve harm to the team . Captain should had been named and he should had been properly involved in team selection . You can only expect results from people when ou involve them in the process and give them due autonomy and authority. Responsibility without delegation of authority is against the basic rule of management . With all the poor form , I believe that still Afridi should be kept as the captain of Pakistan . Also believe that poor run of form of Afridi is also is result of mind distraction of the player because unconciously , this captaincy thing would be lingering in Afridi's mind. With all the good showings in the previous outings , Misbah should not be handed over the captaincy as it will let down Afridi's performance in the world cup. Keep in mind that Afridi has a talent of winning the matches single handedly and world cup is in sub continent.

  • Shahid on January 24, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Afridi hasn't done his chances any good by being continuously irresponsible. Yes i didn't say he is "out of form" but he has been irresponsible when it has come to batting. It is his utter disregard for common sense and restraint that he hasn't been able to justify his place in the side for last 13 years and i dare say, in any format. Frankly speaking he has never bee in form. People say he is an impact player but if you go around the cricketing world most players who have played 13 years are established and seasoned players and the responsibility of taking a team out of a crisis situation hinges on them. I can't even imagine a player of Afridi's attitude would even play for more than 6 months in any other team in the world but Pakistan does things differently. Younis or Misbah should be the captain as they have shows the ability to be responsible when the team needs them. Last time i checked, cricket was a team's sport.

  • Paki Fan on January 24, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi,

    Exactly what kind of strategy would Shahid Afridi make if he were to be made captain? What do you think they are, the Bangladeshi team?

    Get rid of Afridi, the Akmal brothers (even the littlest one; just to be safe), open Shoaib Akhtar a restaurant in 'Pindi (and tell him to stay there), and anyone else with long hair.

    Oh, and also, have them ALL sign a contract that we are all Pakistanis, we will not make provinces within the team, we'll give 100% effort to uplift the spirits of the destitute peoples of Pakistan, and make Portuguese the national language of the team so they all speak in one language.

    Please stop aggrandizing these worthless idiots; I can give you a world class team from every district in Pakistan. These jokers have had us hostage far too long; get them out. This team needs rebuilding just like the country need re-constitution.

  • Sheryar Farooqui on January 24, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    It is clear that people handling the board are not cricket minds, they don't understand stuff like stability, preparation.... they are running it like a mafia.

  • cricanalyzer on January 24, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    We had captains and teams announced well in advance in 2003 and 2007, and the results are well known. Inzamam is the best person to comment on this. Inzamam should not comment on such things as his record does not support it. I would rather give more respects to any comments from Imran Khan and Miandad. Have they given their view on this?

  • Salman Jamil on January 24, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    We have no good fast bowler, batsmen doing conpiracies. Younis khan is also not innocent he is 100% against Afridi and in favor of old mate Misbah. Misbah is not a one day player, Mohammad Yousuf is 1000 times better player then Misbah.

    Misbah made us loose against Australia at ICC champions trophy. He was the one who suggested younis khan to lose the game so that Australia qualifies and India will disqualify. Being MBA he is good only at politics. Misbah should not captain Pak team. Who ever is against Afridi they should not play and sit out.

  • Waqas on January 24, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    So true, you can't judge any captian by his performance but his team performance, we always see Shahid as very sincere, eager to win as a captian, on the other hand misbah who is in good form but I think is not prepare for this big event, what ever be the caption will be, We always support Pakistan, will always be. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Syed ZeeShan on January 24, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    PCB just wasting their time by thinking about selection of WC captain, afridi is only one who has da potential to lead the Pakistan in this mega event as an experience than rest of his team the delay of captain decision might occurs some kind of grouping among da team which will damage da team badly in WC, so PCB should announced da decision and make prepare to manage the Team for coming Mega Event: regard ZeeShan

  • Ali khan on January 24, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    As all ways Pakistan Cricket Board has done something stupid which will result in pakistan cricket team's early exit in a world cup . I don't understand why they do it to all the fans their is one thing sure we will see a different captain in world cup i guess pakistan cricket board is all about creating new Mystery among team members and fans and its end result is diappointment. ...

  • Mohammad Tayab on January 24, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Its the same everytime - Butt saving his Butt.

  • cricalyzer on January 24, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    While I agree that such decisions should be made in advance that helps the team to gel together and devise a strategy. Shahid Afridi's current form and his leadership skills are again under question due to his recent poor performances. This probably has led PCB to rethink as chosing a Captain for WC is critical to the success. Shahid Afridi should not have been named the Captain after he chewed the ball thus showing his poor temperament and leadership qualities. What we have seen so far and based on the current form, Misbah wouldn't be a bad choice. If that happens, Afridi should play like a gentleman and forget about dividing the team and playing politics. If I am not wrong, Misbah does not get involved into the politics, partly because he has never been a super-star in the past. I think the players should focus on their game and personally I think delay in deciding the Captain is not the only reason that will decide the WC fortunes of Pakistan.

  • Aaqib Raza Awan on January 24, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    PCB is damaging Pakistan Cricket by dividing their attentions... This is the time to make complete strategy of the World Cup 2011... I think PCB leadership is very fool...!!

  • riza ali on January 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    this is ridiculous ejaz butt is making fun of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. Most alarmingly no one from the Pakistan govt in general and the patron in chief in particular is noticing this mess from the so called chairman. How can one expect now positive results from afridi? Neither he was consulted in selection nor he was assured to lead the team in WC. It will not be more than a fun if afridi wins the series against NZ. Oh dear afridi what will happen to you????

  • sarwar on January 24, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    yes rightly said.its very frustrating that a man who has been able to instill hunger into the team has been jeopardised this way.im speaking about afridi,in his last two series as captain he has not done that bad losing 3-2 each,given the crisis the team was facing.and hes not fared bad with the ball too.maybe his batting was below par but thats the way he plays.i seriously never thought misbah would even make the wc squad,he seems so drowsy at the crease,never ever looks in touch,such player will probably create a downfall among the in-forms,too.his batting reminds me of a man shaving with utmost care,always afraid to get cut.the selectors probably fear that if pak make the final or so, with afridi as the captain,an odi specialist will make the limelight which they dont want...the reason......keep guessing

  • Aurangzeb on January 24, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board will be able to move forward only and only if there are " No ifs and no Butts" I am 200 hundred percent agree with Inzi and KA and if this situation keep on lingering it will suck the a bit of remaining chances of Pakistan cricket Team in the WC. If Butt still left with some +ve energy inside, has to announce the Afridi as WC Captain before 2nd one day between Pak. and NZ and any change in capitancy shall be made after WC.

  • Fawad on January 24, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Why blame PCB? Afridi is slowly playing himself off the team. Whats wrong with waiting til the end of this NZ series before declaring a captain for the WC? Afridi might not even fit into the team let alone lead it. Players shouldnt worry about the captain at WC but need to focus on ODI #2 vs NZ.

  • Usamah Khan on January 24, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    It's unbeleiveable they have not selected a man in charge. It would be odd if they keep Afridi in charge here in NZ and they anounce Misbah for the world cup, maybe that's why they are waiting

  • pagoo on January 24, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    what a pitty.

  • Wasif Minhas on January 24, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Yet another failure, PCB is being run by an elephant and only the sheeps are allowed to be a part of his company. Waqar was so right when he questioned PCB's policy of not naming a captain when squad was announced. PCB bosses think that our cricket team is comprised of school boys who have no sense to make any decision and these over-age, illogical and egoistic uncles has every right to dictate the terms and conditions. Shame on you.

  • matthew on January 24, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    It is indeed sad to see PCB attitude. Sopmetimes, it feels like that are on a mission--to destroy Pakistan cricket.

    Afridi has been ineffective lately. His flash in a pan success at T20 occure, when other teams were still looking for right player. Most of the Pak players are good at T20 and lack test cricket stamina. therefore, the initial T20 success. Afridi may be devastating on his day, but those days are coming like Razzaks recent one day century.

    Misbah is a test captain and may not be good in one day format. However, they should not experiment at this time to find out. Name a captain and stay by him. That is all.

    How I wish that PCB were thrown out and a consortium of international entitites allowed to manage Pakistan cricket.

    Let us face it.. Pak management is bad, because most of them have no management training. Misbah is a rare bird. He has education, quite unlike most of the other Pakistan players.

  • Afzal on January 24, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Kamran,

    You have been an ardent Afridi supporter for captaincy arguing that captaincy will bring out the best in him. The results hardly point to this. Though I do agree that this is now not the time to be changing the captain, we have no chance of getting anywhere in international cricket with Afridi as a captain. On current form, he's hardly worthy of being in the playing 11 - how can he command respect if after 14 years in cricket he refuses to learn. The World Cup is already a write off for me due the the buffoonery of the PCB and if Afridi is the team leader. More encouraged by the test team shaping up Afzal

  • yasir raza on January 24, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Thats what happens when you give the command of PCB to a bunch of idiots. No pun intened but i wonder if Ijaz butt is seeing the right gynacologist. His tummy's gonna explode into pieces :S.

  • Mahmood Hassan on January 24, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    It is heart breaking to see Pakistan cricket at its weakest. No one else is there to blame but PCB and its incompetent management. As soon as we see light at the end of the tunnel, PCB with its ill devised plans and bungling leadership is waiting to turn off the switch. It some times feels like the whole organization is built to tear down pakistan cricket.

    I want them to know how important Pakistan cricket is for so many, and we will not let one plump unintelligent guy ruin it for all of us!

  • Ahsan on January 24, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Mr Kamran a correction is needed in this article. Please replace the word 'PCB' with 'Ijaz Butt' in this whole article....which makes more sense.

    Mr Ijaz Butt has done every thing in his tenure to ruin Pakistan Cricket at all levels.

  • rehan on January 24, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Spot on kamram. This demonstrates the rampant confusion and indecisiveness within PCB. They have made themseleves a laughing stock. I think pakistan cricket is the only entity which provides both on-field and off-field entertainment.

  • Rizwan on January 24, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Pakistan is a joke and not a country.

    Why else would the PCB do such a dumb thing ?

    Why are the journalists,politicians et al silent? Are they scared of the PC ?

  • Abid Shah Mashwani on January 24, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    It is not just about uncertainty in the mind of the players about their leader, rather this is a missed opportunity where a leader could experiment with different combination of his troops. In current scenario to win the support of the players, captain may be forced to stick with certain players.

    Ideally, one would want to experiment with different strategies to finalize the best one, but PCB will effectively ruin the team chances one more time.

    It seems like Pakistani people and Pakistani cricket team fans left with only option of praying for some punishment from Almighty for Zardari and Butt so that they could be get rid of these two people.

  • Srini on January 24, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    I had been an Afridi fan from the time I learned of his exploits in ODIs. However, it seems to me his powers declining fast in both batting and bowling and nothing to write home about of late. Even though I was never a fan of Misbah, I must admit he exceeded many a doubter by first drawing Test series and coming close in ODIs against a more powerful team in SA and then against NZ very recently. Misbah should be give the Captaincy for WC without much delay. The team seems to respond to him better than even Afridi who can hopefully discover his destructive batting skill again!.

  • morfi on January 24, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    very true Kamran! the PCB has yet again come out with its shenanigans which can be termed only ridiculous!!!

  • Farhan on January 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Pcb is the most idot board on earth till judgement day. What they are thinking now afridi is doing so gud under him in crisis and when there is growing some confidence in team and bonding betwen player and capton they are removing him. I think misbah is doing great in test he should be limited to test with his team combination right now and he have no interferance with odi and afridi with his team for odi and t20. It is great to have two teams because player have there mind makeup what they are playing because it is diffcult to change from t20 to test in 2 days. There are several player like hafez kamran etc should play in odi only and keep abdur rehman to test only ajmal is beter for shorter version but after gud performance by rehman pcb completely forgot ajmal they should make seperate teams so that all player get there chances and know there roles. Afridi should be capton for one day and t20 and for world cup. My playing 11 for world from what they selectd is

    Hafez Shehzad Younis Asad Misbah Umar(wk) Razak Afridi Wahab Gul Shoaib

  • Jibran Baig on January 24, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    It is because this kind of moronic behavior that Pakistan isn't gonna win anything at the world cup. Even Aussies after losing such a major series, confirmed Ponting as their captain for the world cup. The whole infrastructure is rotten. PCB requires wholesale changes, until that happens Pakistan will continue to lose in all forms of the game.

  • saqib rasool on January 24, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    well said inzi, since this current chairman is in office there will be no improvement in the team. Atleast for once board should show some sort of responsibility when the world cup is just rount the cornet... i am waiting when imran kahn will become PM of pakistan he will sort every problem in pakistan including cricket

  • khalil on January 24, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Absolutely right. PCB with an irresponsible act of not naming the capt for WC,has actually destabilized an already unstable team. How can a capt perform,plan or try combinations if he is pitched against the players doesn,t know about his future. Then you ask him to perform on gun point. It,s absolutely nonsense to expect miracles from a besieged capt. No body would have been against Misbah even if PCB has announced him as capt alongwith announcing WC team. But by not naming the capt PCB actually stabbed Pak cricket in the back if there were any chance of recovery from an already embattled team.

  • Adam on January 24, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    A Big ( shameful) credit goes to PCB that they always comes up with a stupid stunt to discredit their own players, and make their own country a laughing stock. PCB is a worst cricket board and should be banned from ICC or world cricket. Board chairman and selectors are useless people on the face of this world, and very dangerous for Pakistan cricket. The chairman looks like pledged to destroy a great game of cricket from Pakistan. Please i beg Pakistani's to stand up against this brainless PCB Chairman and his collaborator.

  • Hasan Jafar on January 24, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand has made it absolutely clear to me that Afridi does not deserve to be lead Pakistan in the World Cup. The responsibility with which Misbah conducted his innings, in sharp contrast to Afridi's irresponsible knock, is enough to convince me that Misbah would be the right choice to lead in ODIs including the upcoming World Cup.

  • Rashid Khan on January 24, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    The team is announced well in advance, the captain is already decided and the team is united under his leadership. This cannot be Pakistan's team! Are you kidding me? What do you expect from PCB - look at Aijaz Butt and then tell me he can do anything that is not damaging to the team. Wait for a few more days and PCB will announce something totally unpredictable just before the wc or right in the middle of it. If that doesn't happen then our players will do something stupid to top PCB. Pakistan stands no chance in wc - although I am an ardent supporter of the team. May be PCB is waiting for Salmant Butt to be cleared of his charges so they can name him as the captain - hahaha!

  • Yousuf Qureshi on January 24, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I don't understand what kind of management model PCB follows---PCB needs to show maturity and not make players school children by barking down orders at the expense of player enthusiasm and performance. If they didn't want Afridi, then he shouldn't have been appointed for the NZ series anyway--Our politics and not our talent is the reason for the team not faring well recently.

  • Mir Irfanullah on January 24, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Afridi does not deserve to be captain, he has no idea to lead the team. I still cant believe the ODI match in Lahore against Africa. That was a series decider and possibly he did not like Shoib Malik Winning as Captain. World Cup T20 IN 2007 FINAL is yet another example. When he can not grow as cricketer after being lucky enough to play for Pakistan for nearly 12 years how can he manage a national cricket team. He should have been like Dhoni or Yousuf pathan, but unfortunately....

    Misbah is the only choice for Pakistan for next 2 or three years. Forget world cup Pak fans. Selectors believe that Hafeez (a nothing cricketer)will give them cup.. i really laugh at this selection. Azhar Ali is such a solid defensive player, should have been selected to give some reliability to the team in the middle order in case of a batting collapse. This team is bound to fail, however, a miracle can always happen and i will keep hopping untill they prove me right. My best wishes & prayers 4 pak team!

  • Javed Helali on January 24, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Misbah, anyday!!!

  • Imran Khan on January 24, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    One reason why Pakistan is not playing well in New Zealand is the pressure on Afridi by PCB. If Afridi was not suitable for WC then why did they name him captain for the NZ tour. I thought Pakistan would dominate in New Zealand if u look at the recent form of the KIWIS. But it ain't gonna happen..... My advice is to stick with Afridi b/c World Cup is just days away cuz a new captain cannot change things in a matter of days but if PCB continues to monkey around then we might see a hat trick of first round eliminations from the WC and this time the board will be the real culprit b/c team is perfect for WC.....Not to forget that in the Last two ODI series against England and South Africa unexpected incidents took place which disturbed the entire team combination and we lost those series but this time around PCB has delayed naming the captain for World Cup which has put the team under pressure and another series defeat is on the cards. OH LORD PLEASE SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET......

  • PSP on January 24, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, by definition a dictator is never benign. It shows fallacy in thinking of your kind of "top" "intellectual" "well-to-do-1%" brass out of Pakistan. The dictators are only there because they would not assume power in any democratic set up. So whether it is PCB (or BCCI) or any other dictators that you somehow associate as "benign", you are only pulling wool over your eyes and poking fun at thousands if not millions who had invariably suffered under dictatorship in countries all over world, including your own.

  • Imran Zia on January 24, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    I think if Misbah ul Haq is made captain it would be a master stroke by ejaz butt. With shahid Afridi the team is going nowhere. He is too mercurial and senseless like his batting. He has being starting off the bowling with Abdul Razzak. Is this attacking. it is mindbogling our weakest bowler bowling at the top three....................

  • uzair on January 24, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I am also agreee with Inzi Bhai.The delay in the annunsment in the name of Captain should be harmful for all the team aspeacially Afridi in this tour like 1st oneday.I am also being shoucked with the selection and the Ignorence of Muhammaad Yousuf as well and Malik the former Captain.Yousuf must be in our team in such type of tournament as we know that we are facing bowling problems these days so we must be careful about our batting selections but PCB is still afraid from ICC and LOregot Uzair from Dubai

  • Zaheer Uddin on January 24, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Due to ego problem by an individual ( Chairman of PCB ) the chances to win the ODI world cup seems to be diminished by Pakistan even if now Aijaz Butt declare Shahid Afridi as the captain for forthcoming world cup. I fully endorsed the comments as given by Dr Kamran Abbasi in his Cricinfo article as of today.

    Considering a factor PCB chairperson and other around him may declare MisbahULHaque as captain for the world cup and also for all forms of cricket.

  • dp on January 24, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Trust PCB for committing EPIC bungles. This management, filled top to bottom with cronies, gives even the word "Idiot" a bad name...

  • Misbah on January 24, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    His name is Shahid Afridi. He might have limitations???????????? You mean like cant bowl economically now-days nor take much wickets....cant bat more than 15 balls if lucky...........cant change bowlers as per game need...cant read pitch condition correctly neither game situation....resort to ball eating /tampering because wants to win....and sometimes dance on pitch...while other times abusing team members on live Tv...Besides all these limitations he is fine. Ya right.

  • Ali on January 24, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Super talent destroyed by rogue policies by the non professional and corrupt friends of Pakistani politicians who is again dragging the country backward

  • AM on January 24, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    I think the PCB got carried away by the recent success of Misbah-ul-Haq in providing some stability to the Pakistan team in their recent series against South Africa and New Zealand. As they are unable to think long term or about the ramifications of their decisions, those running PCB thought that delaying the decision to appoint a Captain for the World Cup would provide them with an alternative option (Misbah) should Afridi fail in the current series against NZ. But until recently Misbah was not even considered an automatic choice to make the team just as a player in one day matches (and previously even in tests). Inzimam is right. The PCB has bungled it again. But then that is hardly a surprise or something new.

  • Deep Point on January 24, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    It's quite harsh to pass a judgement in advance about the "wobbly chances" and "dark days of the world cup campaign". The team did pretty well in the last two one day series against two strong teams. As always we have an unpredictable team and there is no way anyone case assign any odds to either winning to losing. As for Afridi, he has always been inconsistent with the bat and now with the ball too so he definitely does not deserve any reassurance. Misbah on the other hand has a calming influence and is already proving to be a good leader.

  • Pakistan Cricket Lover on January 24, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI is the best choice for WORLD CUP 2011, Misbah is just a struggler !!! PCB should announced AFRIDI as Captain and stop grouping once again in team !! GO PAKISTAN GO win this WORLD CUP INSHALLAH

  • Adeel on January 24, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    This is the last thing which we need before the World Cup, Pakistan Cricket team has been in so much turmoil for last 6 months and despite that Afridi has rebuilding the team and has shown the fighting spirit which he developed in the team against SA & England.

    If now PCB is thinking that Afridi is not performing well, then I want them to go & check his stats, his overall ODI avg is 23 but after he took over captaincy his avg is 33.5 scoring 469 in 14 innings with 2 centuries, only his bowling performance is declined but that's something which he can come over.

    Also they need to consider the experience which he has as compared to Misbah who has played only 60 ODI's, if Misbah is playing well it doesnot mean he should be the captain. Infact Misbah as Vice Captain will be more beneficial for pakistan.

  • cool-rixuu on January 24, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    i think PCB is working for another country and gets pay from the innocant and passionat cricket lovers of pakistan . If this situation is unchanged within 1 or 2 days pakistan will lose the series and that will be the clear signal of grouping in the team. Poor Afridi the board is playing with u an pak.

  • Muhammad Akhtar on January 24, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    PCB in more inconsistent then the batting of Shahid Afridi.After Inzimam there should have been just 1 captain till this worldcup and that was Shoaib Malik . PCB ruined a lot player's career by inconsistent selection and awarding captaincy when not due .

    If Pakistan loses , Ijaz Butt should be held equally responsible and should resign immediately

  • khanlala on January 24, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    It is a very pathetic strategy from PCB to put Afridi under pressure and he is not sure he will lead team in WC. If PCB does not want him then they should have appointed Mishbah or someone before this OD series. If PCB fire Afridi from captancy and appoint someone else before or by the end of this series it will be a big blow. To save damage PCB should announce Afridi as a WC captain as soon as possible.

  • Adeel Siddiqui on January 24, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    This is all very true.

    Best of luck for PAK team in worldcup 2011.

    Regards Adeel

  • PakFan_Kot on January 24, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Misbah should be the captain for WC.

  • tariq saeed on January 24, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    it seems that whenever the team does well, the pcb gang feels threatened and they start doing things which are distracting. the present scenario in delaying the naming of the captain for the cup, is yet another example. when will these petty politics end in pakistan??????????

  • Senor on January 24, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    It is such a pity that a nation that takes so much pride in her Cricket has to deal with self-serving clowns at the helm of her Cricket Board. Is this the nation that gave cricketing heroes like Zaheer, Imran, Miandad, Wasim, Waqar, and Inzamam to the world? This circus show that a corrupt board has precipitated like a plague upon every cricket lover is a stain on Pakistan's heritage as a great cricket nation. What a sad state of affairs!

  • Inayat ali on January 24, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    every one knows who is destroying the pakistan cricket. it is done from our own few hands who are the so called ruler of the board. ijaz butt should have been removed immediately after the spot fixing issue and then everthing would have got settled.

    this is the last nail in the pakistan cricket cafffin

  • Omar Hussain on January 24, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Something is realy rotten here!By this time the captain,players,coach and manager should be planning ahead for the World Cup.It does not encourage trust not to have named a captain.It should be Afridi although he has been out of form but he did relatively well against England and South Africa to be reaffirmed.The PCB is realy PPP.

  • tahir warraich on January 24, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    ofcurse afrdi captancy should remained....4 world cup....

  • Nadeem Ahmed on January 24, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    The article self explained the motto of Ejaz Butt an PCB "Divide, rule, and destroy". Mr. Ejaz Butt is running the cricket board as an industrialist and dealing with cricketers as he is dealing with employees. The time will say under whom agenda Ejaz Butt is working. He never tried to streamline Pakistan Cricket. Now its time for Afridi, Misbah and other senior cricketers to understand the politics and avoid internal rifts. Afridi should understand lesson from last three one day and T20 series. He should understand by now that he cannot win matches with Shoaib Akhtar. Whenever Shoaib Akhtar plays, instead of Pakistan performance every thing focused on his own performance. Couple of good & bad overs, speed, style and then nothing left in the game. The bottom line is that Afridi should select the team on merit and players should understand that those who are creating politics and rift in between them are not their friends & after using them they will do same as they did with Yousuf.

  • Basit on January 24, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Absolutely correct Kamran, we were just celebrating Pak victory in tests but now hostage of pcb antics. I will add little more; Afridi or Misbah who ever was/is pcb choice should have been given this series to fine tune his plans/combinations for the world cup. This is utter nonsense from pcb to play games at this juncture. A layman has this sense that for any series, let alone a big tournment as prestigious as world cup, a captain needs to be announced first followed by the team. I am sure big Butt is on the mission of destrying Pak cricket. God!! save Pak cricket from such baffoons and inside enemies.

  • Irfan on January 24, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Excellent blog Kamran. Just when we got some happiness in the form of Test series victory, the dictator-led PCB throws this captaincy issue at us. I wonder if the shameless PCB officials every browse through these articles.

  • Faisal on January 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Need ICC to step in as they did incase of the spot fixing scandal, otherwise the chairman will destroy the criciket as her has being doing since taking over. When Tauqir Zia, Zasim Ashraf were heading the board I thought things could not get any worse but Butt has made them look overly competent professionals!. While it is a bad thing to say but I have started believing that age caught up with Ijaz Butt just as he was made the chairman and he is becoming more senile by the day.

  • Haroon on January 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    you spelt begin wrong

  • AZMAT on January 24, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    I’m a Indian but a very hardcore Pakistan cricket team’s fan, I totally agree with Kamran, how can you marginalized the captain and Coach for team combination and strategy, These two will be the one who need to plan and win the games for the team, currently Pakistan team is unbind unit with no clear intention to play as team under a leader even not clear who might be; is surprise and also brainless policy from their top brasses at Lahore, Gaddafi stadium.

  • Dr. Masood USA on January 24, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Thats what happens my friend when you have incapable people like Butt & Zardari sitting at the top with no accountability for their continuouly damaging actions to cricket & country & destroying a very talented team & nation, see how long this last.

  • Naveed Akhtar on January 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Nothing is impossible with PCB. The useless idiots have no idea how to run a cricket board. But what can you expect when Patron of the board is the President of Pakistan. He won't sack Ijaz Butt because one of his close friend is a senior politican and Brother-in-Law of Ijaz Butt. The Brother-in-law has said he will resign from his post if Butt is sacked. This kind of stuff only happens in Pakistan. We will never come out of the dark ages.

  • Shariff on January 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Love your blog Kamran. Absolutely bang on the money you are, always. However, I believe, as matured as Misbah is, he should come out and make a statement of full support to Afridi's leadership; declare that he does not have any interest in the team's captaincy for the World cup. As difficult as this would be for him, he should take this one for the TEAM and give a smack on the face of the PCB and tell them, TAKE THIS.

  • BK on January 24, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Pak Cricket is comedy

  • Aasim on January 24, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    I totaly agree with Inzi comments, PCB should announce immediatly caption of the team,beocz this decision is also effecting on New zeland serice, Afridi how can produce result in this senario, I think Afridi is right choice for captacy

  • Dr. Hasan on January 24, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Excellent short article Mr. Abbasi. Although I didnt support Afridi's captaincy in the first place but since he was named captain he should have been provided reassurance ahead of the series before the WC. But no thats just how us mere mortals think and PCB, the all wise & all knowing have other ideas this matter. I am afraid that in this case also, as with most other PCB's decisions, its a matter of "Dumb & Dumber" !

  • zahid malik on January 24, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    i think pcb should announce shahid afridi as a captain of pakistan team in world cup and they appointed misbah then i think will be difficult for team to perform good in world cup. they should think this before south africa series about misbah captaincy not now when all teams are deciding their statigies and our team is still captainless.Ejaz butt dont have any will power and he dont have any interest in pakistan cricket. i understand shahid afridi is out of form but who knows he start middling the ball and then chances of pakistan will get brighter but if pcb appointed misbah as captain how can pcb can expect afridi to do better in world cup.

  • kashif manzoor on January 24, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    This is a peculiar feat for Pakistan cricket where a board feels it is in control of things when the team is losing or there is wrangling in the team for captaincy.Here Nero burns the city and then adds fire to it. I salute Waqar Younis that he still has been able to get the team Pakistan together and keep it sparking intermittently despite of ongoing controversies and The MR. IJAZ BUTT.

  • Tahir imran on January 24, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Afridi is the best performer in the team right now. He has played most ODIs than anybody else. His track recordin Sri Lanka is great and he captioning the side about a year so issue of change of captain before three weeks from the world cup is ridiculous. He is an allrounder and led the team well in recent times. Misbah has played only 2 ODIs in 2010 so how can PCB think about him. This is very much shameful. There is no question about change of captain at this time. Afridi is the captain of side and ho should be in world cup as well. This is the only way we can win the world cup. Pakistan zinda baad. Afridi Jeetay raho

  • shriram on January 24, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    openers ahmed shazad & md hafeez 1d)younis 2d)afridi 3)umar 4)) misbah (cap) 5)razaq(vc) 6)kamran 7)gul 8)saeed/rehman 9)shoaib akthar

  • Basit on January 24, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I dont think Pakistan has any chance of faring well in this World Cup. Misbah or Afridi their batting order in too weak to handle the pressure.

  • M. Khan on January 24, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Well, what can you say about the inept PCB and an equally inept and ill suited man at the top. I believe the neighborhood milk shop is run better and on professional ground compared to the PCB. Needless to say that there is complete lack of professionalism at PCB. I believe you get better management by the mohalla cricket team during a night match in Karachi. As for Afridi he has not helped his case. If he had stood his ground and not wilted under pressure from the idiotic board management then he would already been appointed captain for the WC long time ago - his lack of form with the ball or the bat of late has not helped his case much either. At times he is a liability on the team - leaking runs and after 15 years of international cricket still batting to please the gallery and complete lack of maturity doesnt make him an automatic selection in the team. Up until 5/6 years ago he may have been a shoe in. His batting is not helped by his slowing reflexes at the real age of 34/35.

  • shriram on January 24, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    pls make misbah ul haq as captain he is the one capable for the post and deputy is abdur razaq

  • Abhishek on January 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Although, I agree that appointing a captain and keeping faith in him certainly helps clearing ambiguity, Captain or No Captain… the strange thing about Pakistan is that on its day they can defeat any team. Its really sad but true... serious talent is being wasted here due to poor management...

  • Syed Alam on January 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I agree with you a little bit but are these players are playing for country (Pakistan) or they are playing for an individual? They should put the country above any issue and play like one team even under unnamed captain.

  • Aasim Khan on January 24, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think Pakistan's fate in the upcoming world cup had already been decided by all that has happened in the last one year or so. But the farce over the captaincy is the cherry on the cake and the nail in the coffin as well. What's tragically funny is how amidst all the hue and cry on Ijaz Butt, the senile old man continues to have a stranglehold over Pakistani cricket. And how the lure of power deceives the weak! if these players were strong in character, they would just take a stand: the old man to the gallows or we don't play. But it takes men of character to take such stands. and we don't make such people anymore. My prediction: Pakistan crashes out in the preliminary stages of the world cup, effigies are burnt, players are pelted with stones, death threats etc, but ijaz butt stays in power.

  • zia sherwani on January 24, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    its all politics as it is happening in all pakistan, it is going to be same like as in hockey world cup pakistan finished at No.12 team in 12 teams cup. and now we are going to be No.14th. only bcoz no one pcb is appointed on merit.. (These are all SIFARSHI BABEY)they always collect their profit. it is all over for PAKISTAN CRICKET (SORRY)

  • Vaseem on January 24, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    "The PCB needs to stop being precious about its own ego and start allowing Pakistan's World Cup campaign to take shape."

    Some hope - You do realise that the PCB is being run by a buffoon (bit like the country, to be honest)?

  • Saad on January 24, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    for any chance of winning worldcup : Play with two spinners (ajmel and a.rehman), drop afridi from the playing eleven to make place for other spinner. Make Misbah captain.

  • Haroon Butt on January 24, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Careful Kamran, I hear there's a show cause coming your way soon for speaking against the all knowing PCB!

  • Mohd on January 24, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Very True... I donno what mindset these pakistani selectors have... There is no method no logic to their selections.. World cup being a mega event one would assume the planning would start atleast a good 2 to 3 months before the event...and here we are with the paki team not even sure of who would lead them in this mega event leave alone any planning to be done.

    With the cricket board being managed at the behest of the politicians no wonder the team is heading just in the way the country is...

    Iam sure the end results will just be nothing less then shamefull and i will surprised if they even put up a decent show in the world cup..

  • Usman Bashir on January 24, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Common Sense and PCB are two alternate path which can never be combined!!!!

  • Shehryar Shaukat on January 24, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Ijaz Butt wanted to be a king all his life so that he could have played games with his people all life long, His Brother Zardari has given him the opportunity of doing exactly that. Unless and until we have a change in the Pakistan government, we cant expect any good from the PCB.

    Our only hope is the unpredictable Pakistan cricket team, which might just spring a surprise on us, specially considering the similarity of this WC's format with that of 1992 :)

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  • Shehryar Shaukat on January 24, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Ijaz Butt wanted to be a king all his life so that he could have played games with his people all life long, His Brother Zardari has given him the opportunity of doing exactly that. Unless and until we have a change in the Pakistan government, we cant expect any good from the PCB.

    Our only hope is the unpredictable Pakistan cricket team, which might just spring a surprise on us, specially considering the similarity of this WC's format with that of 1992 :)

  • Usman Bashir on January 24, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Common Sense and PCB are two alternate path which can never be combined!!!!

  • Mohd on January 24, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Very True... I donno what mindset these pakistani selectors have... There is no method no logic to their selections.. World cup being a mega event one would assume the planning would start atleast a good 2 to 3 months before the event...and here we are with the paki team not even sure of who would lead them in this mega event leave alone any planning to be done.

    With the cricket board being managed at the behest of the politicians no wonder the team is heading just in the way the country is...

    Iam sure the end results will just be nothing less then shamefull and i will surprised if they even put up a decent show in the world cup..

  • Haroon Butt on January 24, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Careful Kamran, I hear there's a show cause coming your way soon for speaking against the all knowing PCB!

  • Saad on January 24, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    for any chance of winning worldcup : Play with two spinners (ajmel and a.rehman), drop afridi from the playing eleven to make place for other spinner. Make Misbah captain.

  • Vaseem on January 24, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    "The PCB needs to stop being precious about its own ego and start allowing Pakistan's World Cup campaign to take shape."

    Some hope - You do realise that the PCB is being run by a buffoon (bit like the country, to be honest)?

  • zia sherwani on January 24, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    its all politics as it is happening in all pakistan, it is going to be same like as in hockey world cup pakistan finished at No.12 team in 12 teams cup. and now we are going to be No.14th. only bcoz no one pcb is appointed on merit.. (These are all SIFARSHI BABEY)they always collect their profit. it is all over for PAKISTAN CRICKET (SORRY)

  • Aasim Khan on January 24, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think Pakistan's fate in the upcoming world cup had already been decided by all that has happened in the last one year or so. But the farce over the captaincy is the cherry on the cake and the nail in the coffin as well. What's tragically funny is how amidst all the hue and cry on Ijaz Butt, the senile old man continues to have a stranglehold over Pakistani cricket. And how the lure of power deceives the weak! if these players were strong in character, they would just take a stand: the old man to the gallows or we don't play. But it takes men of character to take such stands. and we don't make such people anymore. My prediction: Pakistan crashes out in the preliminary stages of the world cup, effigies are burnt, players are pelted with stones, death threats etc, but ijaz butt stays in power.

  • Syed Alam on January 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I agree with you a little bit but are these players are playing for country (Pakistan) or they are playing for an individual? They should put the country above any issue and play like one team even under unnamed captain.

  • Abhishek on January 24, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Although, I agree that appointing a captain and keeping faith in him certainly helps clearing ambiguity, Captain or No Captain… the strange thing about Pakistan is that on its day they can defeat any team. Its really sad but true... serious talent is being wasted here due to poor management...