World Cup 2011 March 21, 2011

Storm in an idiot cup

Pakistan end Australia's unbeaten World Cup record and Shahid Afridi, the winning captain, is an idiot? Excuse me, is that news?
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Pakistan end Australia's unbeaten World Cup record and Shahid Afridi, the winning captain, is an idiot? Excuse me, is that news? Afridi's stupidity is well documented. This is ball-biting pitch-dancing cow-cornering Shahid Afridi we are discussing, isn't it?

Ever since his debut in 1996, Afridi's batting performances have been desperate attempts to suppress the madness of King Shahid. This mental anguish is mostly futile but invariably compulsive viewing. That's why cricket fans around the world love Afridi, whatever Ian Chappell has to say about his irresponsibility or his self-obsessed starman celebration.

Pakistan might crash against West Indies, and then Chappell can reprise his words around the globe and into a billion homes, but that will not change three salient facts.

Afridi took on the Pakistan one-day captaincy at a time of deep crisis and limited alternatives. He galvanised the players into unexpected contenders for this year's World Cup. Nothing 'idiotic' or 'frenetic' about that, rather something to be applauded.

Secondly, his starman celebration predates his captaincy. It is both inspirational and, lest we forget why we watch in the first place, it is fun. As far as I can remember, bowlers have always taken 'the glory' when they have taken a wicket--Afridi has become an exceptional one-day bowler, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament no less.

Finally, Pakistan under the captaincy of 'idiot' Afridi managed what no other team captained by various unfrenetic non-idiots has managed for over a decade: they beat Australia in a World Cup match. If it takes a touch of madness to pull off such a result then, as you'd expect, I'm with the idiots every time.

Indeed, a more troublesome issue for Australia is that your World Cup campaign must be in genuine danger if you are walloped by a team led by an idiot? Alternatively, use of such phraseology by your country's most prominent commentator is a frenetic case of sour grapes of idiotic proportions and should immediately be replaced by the incisive analysis he is reputed for.

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

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  • azhar qazi on April 10, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    well written!!

  • khadka on March 27, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    he is not chapell he is slipper.......

  • lokendra khadka on March 27, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    i am from nepal..... what i want to say is ....Pak need the title for what has happened in pakistan for last few years...i admire afridi and will always..

  • Faridoon on March 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Chappell is just an old grumpy guy who cannot believe his invincible team are now such losers. Feel sorry for Chappell, must have such high hopes. Did anyone read the article he wrote about how Ponting was now angry and the rest bettercwatch out. Its hilarious, he put ponting on such a high pedestal, hes probably to blame partly for the prssure put on the aussies.

  • Sameer on March 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Hats off Kamran..wonderful reply to a biased commentator...email this to chappel pls :D

  • Abdur Rahman on March 25, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    We love this idiot for being idiot and making us proud over the years. We give a damn of what Ian Chappel thinks, as we all know his biasness towards australia. What we care and think is we have beaten them. And we love our idiot captain more because people like Ian Chappel are against him.

    Afridi, we love you the way you are. Stay the way you are and we'll love you the way we have always been.

  • Usman Qaiser on March 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Awesome , i wanted someone to speak against crazy chappel. You are the man...

  • Nusrat Turi on March 24, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Bye Bye Ian Chapel and Aussies, pack your luggage and go home you wise man. Now I will Pray that even Bangladesh clean sweep Aussies in home series.

  • Atheek on March 24, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    As nutral man from Sri Lanka, I observed that most of the Aussie commentators biased against pakistan. Even after the victory against Sri Lanka Mr. Tom Moody interviewd Misbah Ul Haq and tried to established that Pakistan won the game becasue of the tosss. I was amazed that Misbah didn't understand Moody's intention and nicely fallen in to his trap. Pathetic.

  • Sajid Shah on March 24, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Ian Botham did right to Punch him right in his face !! Chappel would never in his life want an AFRIDI'S Punch, that might probably end his commentary career !!

  • azhar qazi on April 10, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    well written!!

  • khadka on March 27, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    he is not chapell he is slipper.......

  • lokendra khadka on March 27, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    i am from nepal..... what i want to say is ....Pak need the title for what has happened in pakistan for last few years...i admire afridi and will always..

  • Faridoon on March 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Chappell is just an old grumpy guy who cannot believe his invincible team are now such losers. Feel sorry for Chappell, must have such high hopes. Did anyone read the article he wrote about how Ponting was now angry and the rest bettercwatch out. Its hilarious, he put ponting on such a high pedestal, hes probably to blame partly for the prssure put on the aussies.

  • Sameer on March 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Hats off Kamran..wonderful reply to a biased commentator...email this to chappel pls :D

  • Abdur Rahman on March 25, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    We love this idiot for being idiot and making us proud over the years. We give a damn of what Ian Chappel thinks, as we all know his biasness towards australia. What we care and think is we have beaten them. And we love our idiot captain more because people like Ian Chappel are against him.

    Afridi, we love you the way you are. Stay the way you are and we'll love you the way we have always been.

  • Usman Qaiser on March 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Awesome , i wanted someone to speak against crazy chappel. You are the man...

  • Nusrat Turi on March 24, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Bye Bye Ian Chapel and Aussies, pack your luggage and go home you wise man. Now I will Pray that even Bangladesh clean sweep Aussies in home series.

  • Atheek on March 24, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    As nutral man from Sri Lanka, I observed that most of the Aussie commentators biased against pakistan. Even after the victory against Sri Lanka Mr. Tom Moody interviewd Misbah Ul Haq and tried to established that Pakistan won the game becasue of the tosss. I was amazed that Misbah didn't understand Moody's intention and nicely fallen in to his trap. Pathetic.

  • Sajid Shah on March 24, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Ian Botham did right to Punch him right in his face !! Chappel would never in his life want an AFRIDI'S Punch, that might probably end his commentary career !!

  • Shah Jahan Zeb on March 24, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Kamran you have played a beautiful straight drive, I absolutely loved this article, I was shell shocked when i heard Ian Chappel on the TV. I have always admirred his comments but he has no right to attack the capatain of any side.

  • CRIC.INFO. on March 23, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    nice... ian's dictionary consists of negativie adjectives when it comes to Pakistan, coz Pakistan have got all the abilities to give oz's a shutup call... Ramiz Raja doing his work perfectly out there.. "Ian u r not looking good today" while Pakistan was batting against westindies.. :)

  • Maqsood Ahmed Soomro on March 23, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Ian Australia is no longer the same force please stop day dreaming Now.

  • SHAHZAD on March 23, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    here we go...4 wickets...10 wicket win ,A place in wc semifinal...we r talking about some Idiot here....but much schocking was the reaction shown by Tony Greg for Aridi's celebrations...For heavens sake what is happening to so called neutral commentators...Afridi has achieved beyond anyone's expectations and there is no fluke in it..21 wc wickets...He can celebrate in whatever way he wants to celebrate and NO ONE should have any problems with it...

  • Selina on March 23, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    The success just had such a deflated feel to it when after the match Ian was being interviewed and saying 'Afridi's Crazy', to add to his bizarre commentary throughout the match. Here's a team that has not lost in 34 WC mathces, they don't even know what it is like to loose, being defeated by written off Pakistan. It's getting to be frustrating, there hasn't been much praise for the Pakistani team even when they pull off monumental victories, there's only been a dismay at why the other team lost. This was a huge event in Cricket WC history. A lot of people made it seem like it was nothing.

  • Raheel on March 23, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Ian Chappell wrote about how people have motivated Ponting with their coverage of his TV issue. Thanks to Mr. Idiot Chappell, Afridi was motivated to take 4 wickets, a catch and lead his team to a great position in the Quarter Final today. Time to wind up your biased commentary career and go back to Australia where your constant Aussie a** kissing will be appreciated fully. Let this be a lesson to you and those like you who would unfairly speak about anyone, not just Pakistan. Chappell's and class are not synonymous (think underarm ball) and you are further proof of that fact. Take lessons from a true journalist who calls it like he sees it ... for Pakistan or not, this blog speaks the truth ... something Mr. Chappell could learn a great deal from!

  • Khuram on March 23, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    The idiot just took three wickets again WI and reducing them 84 for 8 in WC QF. Who is an idiot now Mr. Chappelle? Let me tell you who made an idiot of himself in Australia V Pakistan. That idiot had problem with Afridi's celebrations after taking wicket. That idiot didn't like the Pakistan huddle after they bowled out Australia cheaply. That idiot even suggested to ban Pakistan from test cricket after spot fixing fiasco in England last year when it took cricket 120 years or so to produce 8 test playing nations, and suggesting to ban team who has produced most amazing cricketers in the history. I hope this idiot read that and say some thing :)

  • Bilal Zahid on March 23, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    very good work done by afridi today against w.indies........ i am now anxiously waiting to see comments from Ian Chappel.......

  • Khalid on March 23, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan did excellent in this world cup, I hope Allah (j) bless our brother team Pakistani team with glorious vectory in this world cup.

  • Umat on March 23, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Afridi showed in this match he is definelty the bigger man, he made a mistake in throwing away his wicket and was a man big enough to accept it. On the other hand the great Wizard of OZ ala Pointing nicked the ball and tried to pull off a magic trick into everyone thinking he didnt, not only that his lacky and kiss up Haddin fought with the Pakis. Then pointing goes into the press conference and says yes i nicked and didnt walk, as though its something to be proud of. Makes me respect Gilchrist so much more for being the man he was, and feel for him he had to play under a man like Pointing. Really goes to show the last 3 cups have been about Steve Waugh and individual brilliance and not about Pointing's captaincy. While on the other hand if Afridi lifts this Cup and the progress of Pak has all to do with Afridis Captaincy. Speaks volumes that Afridi has Accomplished more as a captain in 6 matches then pointing has in a decade.

  • Ali on March 23, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Dr Abbasi, my comment will be lost in the maelstrom you have already received. Nevertheless: this is a familiar scene of a firebrand speaker ranting against the "enemy" and the followers crying wah! wah! Dr Abbasi, you know better than to use these tones and enrage a combustible crowd.

  • Muhammad Mohsin Iqbal on March 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Great words Abbassi Sahab!!!!!! And indeed well said, actually Ian Chapel is still in the state of Trauma that what happened that day.... Then let me remind you Mr Chapel that the Idiotic eleven out classed your pathetic eleven.. Though they had been holding a stunning record of 34 unbeaten wins in 34 consecutive one days but the display of the captain R Ponting when he got out, surely brought hell lot of shame to the country... This kind of attitude doesn't suits a world champion... thats why I'm pretty sure this time that at least Mr Chapel's formidable eleven's gonna lose their mark this time...

    Not a bit of sportsmanship in players, rather their leader then what to talk of players... And the words used by Chapel for our great hero Afridi as if He's an idiot or irresponsible, then let me tell you one more thing Mr chapel that world champion nations don't behave like this.. have some courtesy when you guys lose, because whatever may happens but still the word of God will stand.

  • Zeeshan on March 23, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    where is my comeents yesterday?

  • Waheed Yousaf on March 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I totally disagree with Mr. M'bogo.......where he considers Afridi a number 11 Batsman. I have been following cricket for long enough to know that Afridi is not a genuine batsman. That is acceptable but he can use himself at different number of positions as per the match situation. Ideal situation for him is 5 - 7 overs remaining and having wickets in hand... I had predicted well before the World cup started (Check my posts on asksteven) that if Afridi performs as a bowler Pakistan team can give hard time to any opposition. Luck always favors the brave dont forget that...Lets c if Australia can come through Indian spin attack to semis...I doubt that Australia will be in semi??? Wish em luck Cheers

    Posted by: M'bogo at March 21, 2011 8:03 PM

    Let us not dwell on what Afridi achieved in the past. This moment is crucial. Maybe Chappell has a point. Afridi is so because of his immaturity.

  • Faraz (the very first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 23, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    I reckon my last post did not get published as I may have been late joining the party and it doesnt matter this one gets published or not but hell Kamran, it so well said, I am offering you a free hand car wash for a month whenever I visit UK.

    chappell is a bigot and a sour one at that, had to eat his words when he mentioned "Ponting must 'punish' Pakistan for the shenanigans of the Sydney Test" when it was Umar Akmal that dedicated his performance as a make up for the Sydney debacle! Ponting not only could not deliver any so-called punishments, but has now been labeled a cheat!!

    The team huddle has been a constant with Pakistan - what the hell he knows Afridi and the boys are discussing - he was right though, we came out and whipped the aussie stinky aura out of the ground.

    Best wishes to Pakistani Cricketers, our mavericks ...the Afridis

    Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan Paendabad!

  • Rehan shakil on March 23, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Ian chappel u r getting out of order u better go n see ur doctor as soon as as u reach australia ....

  • joji on March 23, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    @jamal saeed: Very well said bro... very well said :)

  • Asad on March 23, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Where's the "Like" button? :) Excellent response to some very strange comments by Ian Chappell.

  • Shaeq Hasan on March 22, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    most of the former and current players of Austrailian team are ignorant and disrespectful towards others specially against Pakistani Players. Ian Chappell showing his frustration by using non-professional language regarding Afridi because his team beat Aussies. beside those harsh words towards Afridi, I agree with him that Afridi should not be the Captain of Pakistani team. By merit, only player in current Pakistani team deserve to be captain.... Younis Khan(Test/one-day/T20). He should have been Captain since last worldcup. at the end, nice reply to Chappell by Mr Abbasi.

  • daud on March 22, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Afridi played that shot for Ian chappell.

  • morfi on March 22, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    wonder what is wrong with my comments that they never get published. maybe cricinfo has blocked me.... lol.. al i wanted to say was that Kamran ... hats off!! Show this to Chappel and you will be a greater hero, though he shd be able to read it here too... Thanks for saying what all pakisatnis have been wanting to since the match ended.

  • MSR on March 22, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Best wishes from a Bangladeshi, I hope the idiot can get many more wickets to win next 3 games! Good luck at Mirpur!

  • Omaryar on March 22, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Abbassi..... I am so thankful to you for writing this article. My God, I was exploding because no one was saying or commenting anything about this nonsense. And we do not have medium to explode. Even other commentators including Pakistani were not saying anything. Excellent... You have no idea... how much you made me happy Kamran. Ian was having problems with whole Pakistani team and crowd as well, not just Afridi (but he picked Afridi when he took wicket and celebrated in that particular style, which we love to watch). Ian should start respecting other teams and should absorb the defeat like true sportsman (oh I forgot he is not). I want to say a lot but then you won't publish those.. But THANKS A LOT for this article. Way to go PAKISTAN........

  • aasim abdali on March 22, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Ian chappel should learn etiquette of commentary,could have not got a more befitting response.love you mr abbasi.

  • Raja Jawad on March 22, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Perhaps Chappel was expecting Pakistan to perform the way they did since last couple of years, this one just boggled him. Good article!

  • hassan on March 22, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    pak fans lower the level of emotions.yes afridi is good bowler now but even after playing 300 plus matches he can not judge the match situations.we need consistency in our wins not flash in the pan.can anyone remember this is first odi victory against aus in 6 matchs.so listen to your adverse biased comments and ponder upon them

  • Waqas on March 22, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    well said. Pakistan should've filed a complaint against Ian Chappell's remarks.

  • ali_a on March 22, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    I am not going to say much on Chappell's comments as Mr Abbasi has eloquently shut him up. But I watching Geo Super (youtube) for post match analysis and Wasim Akram responded to a question about Shoahib's exclusion: His second spell was the problem and Shoaib did not seem to have stamina to run to the wicket to bowl and yet his pace was right up there. As we all know, Shoaib has been dropped from WC because of his fight with K Akmal over dropped catches. I am disappointed to see Waqar do to Shoaib what Akram did to him in 1999 WC. I don;t know what Shoaib did after the game to Akmal, but you cannot rule him out of the cup because he conceeded 28 runs considering he has Taylor out twice. Put the blame where it is and sack or fine K Akmal. Looks like these Akmal bros have lot of political backing. Pak is going to miss Akthar in a cruical game and then they're going to realize that Wahab is no Akthar. Mr Abbasi lets have an article asking Waqar to bring back AKthar for final respects.

  • Junaid on March 22, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    it was a group game... imagine how wud he swallow in the knockout round........ God help poor soul:)

  • Jamal Syed on March 22, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    I agree with Ian 100%. Afridi had to be an idiot to believe he can reach QF with a team that has been on the hit list of ICC for past several years. How can he think of knockout rounds with a team that had already lost the best bowling duo in the world even before the world cup started? A team that can't even play cricket on it's own grounds. A team that, if qualifies to SF and travels to India (if that is the scenario), will be playing in the most hostile environment. And what was he thinking taking most wickets in the tournament? This is not how captains behave. They show their class by standing there shamelessly after being caught behind to see if 200 cameras somehow missed the nick, not by celebrating in jubilaiton on getting a wicket for the team. Ian, buddy you are right on. Not just Afridi, this whole nation of pakistanis are nothing but a bunch of crazies who think they can change the status quo.

  • Bilal Ashiq on March 22, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Listening to the commentary during the game between Pak and Aus there were several frustrating moments that I can remember were Mr. Chappell went on trashing Pakistani players and neglecting the bad cricket by Australian players. I think as commentator one must neutral in presenting their analysis, may be its time for Chappell to take a leaf out of Rameez bhai's book. Seriously, I am very happy Kamran sahab that a columnist of your rapport has come forward to do something about it and take a stand for the Pakistan cricket team at a time when the whole cricket world with an exception of few seems to be against them. Today we play the West Indies who back in the day was another world cup great, a country who has produced some tormenting fast bowlers (Marshall, Roberts, Garner, Holding etc.) and some gutsy stroke players (Sobers, Richards, Lloyd, Lara etc.). They deserve respect and it requires Pakistan to bring on their A game right through the tournament to lift up this year’s WC

  • Sheikh Asfand Nisar on March 22, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    i had a respect for ian chappel before the aus v pak game but during the match some of his comments were really biased and came from a jealous mind ...like at one point he tried to made a mockery of afirid's pre match statement in which afridi pointed towards an amazing plan for the aussies and that was later proved and one ponting just made 10 runs chappel started talking abt some revenge on behalf of ponting .. n e ways i would love to beat them and finish em once for all come the semis ..INSHALLAH

  • oops on March 22, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    if you support pakistan, you love afridi. if you support another side, you want to make sure afridi is non-functional. that's the bottom line. just read ponting's comments before the last game. or, for that matter, the comments of any side's captain before they play pakistan. they all want to 'neutralize' afridi. or they are sure to lose. that's the painful truth.

    as to lovers of panache all over the world, they love afridi, the biggest show in cricket. not even shoaib akhtar comes close.

    for pakistanis, he's the uncrowned king. their mad ludwig. they love him for all his madness.

    LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!!

  • Danish Khan on March 22, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Prepare yourself Mr.Chappell for next "INJECTION" on thursday which will be given to u by INDIAN TEAM.

  • Bilal Zahid on March 22, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Ian Chappell gave very bad remarks.....He does not likes Afridi's way of way of standing after taken wickets......Thanks Kamran Abbasi for giving him such a good reply...........

  • Muhammad Rafique on March 22, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    I am not surprised at all about what Ian has said,infect he showed a typical Australian mentality full of pride and prejudice, As Ponting did not acknowledge the super bowling effort by Pakistan.

  • fez on March 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    It is just annoying listening to Ian Chappel talking like this about Shahid Afridi. Chappel is all ways talking rubbish about the Pakistan team it seems like Chappel can't digest that Pakistan has broken Aussies record of winning and by the way idiots don't win you t20 world cups Afridi has won it for Pakistan in 2009 so that proves it he is not an idiot. Mr Chappel say sensible things not rubbish things and don't all ways back Australia when they lose by saying something bad about the opposition team

  • Iqbal on March 22, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    After getting "danda", he is in pain.

  • Dark_Horse on March 22, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Pakistan was written out before the world cup started by most, including Ian chappel. Respect for Pakistan Team is more than overdue at this point. So as Joey Zaza said in Godfather III: "You will not give; I WILL TAKE!"(it myself)

  • Sabahat Naseem on March 22, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    thumbs up for such beautifully written article! (Y)

    and oh Ian Chappell, you might get some help from our writers regarding the use of the RIGHT words at the RIGHT places ;)

  • sars on March 22, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Ian Chappel you are the idiot.We expect players to be talented , aggressive and fun to watch.Mr Afridi is all of the above.We expect cricket commentators to be unbiased and analytical.You have fallen way below expectations

  • sars on March 22, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Ian Chappel you are the idiot.We expect players to be talented , aggressive and fun to watch.Mr Afridi is all of the above.We expect cricket commentators to be unbiased and analytical.You have fallen way below expectations

  • Ibrar on March 22, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Chappell himself a idiot. Assus always like this, thats the reason no one love assus cricket team.

  • shahzad on March 22, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    to MR HARSH VADHAN PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE SENTIMENTS OF MILLIONS...WILL NEVER KNOW THE TRUE VALUE OF SOMEONE WHO HAS GIVEN HIS ALL TO HIS PEOPLE....I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING MY TEAM SINCE MIANDAD,S SIXER (HOPE YOU REMEMBER IT )..THIS NATION ALMOST LOST INTEREST IN CRICKET AFTER BANGALORE QUARTER FINAL .. BUT SUDDENLY A 16 YEAR OLD CAME UP WITH 37 BALL HUNDRED AGAIST THE WORLD CHAMPS AND EVERY THING CHANGED SINCE THEN..HE HAS WON COUNTLESS MATCHES FOR HIS TEAM...HAS BEEN DROPPED BY MOST INEFICIENT OF SELECTORS AND CAPTAINS AT CRUICIAL OCCASSIONS BUR HAS SOMEHOW ALWAYS MANAGED TO MAKE EXPLOSIVE COMEBACK FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS..HAS MAINTAINED HIGHEST STRIKE RATE OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS ,HAS HIT HIGHEST NUMBER OF SIXES ,DOESNT GET UNFIT DESPITE GIVING 100% IN THE FIELD...MR I K PATHAN HAS LOST HIS PLACE IN INDIAN TEAM BECAUSE OF HIM...DOESNT MATTER IF HE WINS THE CUP OR NOT....HE IS OUR BOOM BOOM....

  • ali on March 22, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    amazing article ! never felt more proud of being an idiot !

  • Nayyar on March 22, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Come on my friends .... comments from Chappel should not come as surprise to us. This is typical Australian arrogance the epitome of which is Ricky Ponting ... who needs to register in a nursury to have some behavioral lessons. In his after-the-match comments he did not utter a single word in praise of Pakistani lads.... that is the kind of sportmanship Ian Chappel eulogises....Australians are bad losers. My prayers are with India for the Quarter Final. I pray that Sachin post another hundred against them to lay a solid foundation and Indians throw the Aussies out. So friends, do not be upset on this behaviour by the Australians..... they are only living upto their character.

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Australia has the best bowling attack, best batting lineup, and superb fielders. You can not compare Gul with Lee or Umar Akmal with Pointing etc. Kamran Akmal vs ... well nobody can compare him with any wicketkeeper. So really the difference is that of inspiration that Afridi brings. He maybe an idiot technically or otherwise, but he fills the team with spirit in a manner that Ponting or any other captain can not.

  • Javed on March 22, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    After getting "danda", he is in pain.

  • Ijaz Ahmed on March 22, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Ian Sandle Ohh Sorry Chappel! Dude learn to accept defeats and try to become positive. We all know that you are commenting because it is your blood disease which can not be fix. We have won the World cup after winning a Great deal.

  • Rasheed on March 22, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Ian chappell should apologize to Pakistan nation.

  • Abbas on March 22, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Great Article Mr. Abbasi - What Chappell has to say about Brett Lee jump in the air and crosses his legs. That looks so faminine. Shahid Afridi's hands up pointing to the sky is the best celebration we have seen after bowler takes a wicket. Keep up Afridi - do not change a thing about you. We love you and wish you best of luck. GO PAKISTAN!

  • Shahzad Khan on March 22, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    This is totally uncalled for from somebody like Ian Chappell. SOUR GRAPES to me. When he was commenting, i felt that as if he was trying his level best to find something wrong in the Pakistani outfit and bring it up on air. I need to know how can make an "official complaint" to ICC or somebody at cricinfo as Mr Chappell's comments are totally unacceptable and he should be warned or penalized or at least he should have the decency to apologize to all the Pakistani fans. It is very easy for me to stoop to his level and curse him right n left but then i consider myself an educated person......Please let me know how can i and where can i make an official complaint re his comments. Thanks n Pakistan Zindabad.

  • shaukat on March 22, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    If Afridi agrees with IAN's comments, break the bat calls himself irresponsible why you guys disagree?

  • Artani on March 22, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Afridi cursed himself after the game, broke the innocent Bat whats wrong if he agreed with IAN'S words, why everyone disagrees?

  • Hera on March 22, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    am with the idiots too !! well put together kamran ...

  • Muhammad Tahir Soomro on March 22, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    simply we love Afridi.

  • Thakur on March 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Excellent Article ...... Mr.Kamran Abbasi..... Keep it up

    I am anxiously waiting for the day when India will also beat Australia in Quarter WC..... Well done Idiot Afridi and his all Idiots mates.......... I wish u all the very best for this WC 2011

    Mr. IAN CHAPPEL, Just chillllllllll Just see how South asian team will lift the trophy of WC 2011.

  • DeepakGillHaryanvi on March 22, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Hello Kamran Sir,

    Great article indeed. I really appreciate Afridi's efforts for Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan were really struggling in last couple of years on-field and off-field. Afridi took the captaincy at difficult times and performed really well so far. He is very inspirational in his bowling without any doubt for Pakistan. He is for sure leading from front in this world cup as a leading wicket taker. He has got his own style of celebrating the wickets, why anyone should have problem with that as long as Afridi is doing it with dignity. I am Indian but I really like Afridi for being managing this very Unpredictable Pakistani team very well. Regards.

  • Omar on March 22, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    You are kinda taking his words out of context here. He did call him crazy, but it was only to qualify his preceding statement: Pakistan can't become a stable and dependent side until they find a captain who isn't completely neurotic.

  • Stand for Pakistan on March 22, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    You Da Man Mr Kamran ... One thing no matter whats next we must stand with out Team ....

    Wish you good luck Team Pakistan Inshall we get WC ....

    @ all indian please dont jump in this until you guys take down Ausi .. lets C :)

  • kashif on March 22, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    no worries. let the idiot go the distance make all others look bigger idiots, with chapple as their head. GO PAKISTAN

  • farhad zakhilwal on March 22, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    This is called jealousy what have remain as a negative point in pakistan team for mr chappel to comment on ? as an austrilian when they were defeated that much badly every aussie have to called him idiot BUT WE LOVE YOU IDIOT hey please chappel concentrate on ur health

  • Ali Naveed on March 22, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I just want to say one thing. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Waseem on March 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Thank you Kamran for an excellent article. Afridi is an icon. He might be labelled as an idiot because he does not fit in with his spineless counterparts but he has a heart of a lion. All the teams fear Pakistan because of their unpredictability. Furthermore i am glad tech has been brought in because if you ANALYSE Paks games over the past 10 years like i have you will see how many KEY decisions have gone against Pak and more often than not involving KEY players... conspiracy or not ? All the ways boys. Good Luck

  • The_Wicked_Wicket on March 22, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    This is purely in defence of Ian Chappell. He's probably the most neutral of all commentators - listen to Robin Jackman/ Sunil Gavaskar/ Ranjit Fernando/ Bob Willis/ Tony Greig etc when their teams are doing well... it's horrible! Ian Chappell has always played his game real hard, as a Captain again he was known to be a "No Non-Sense" guy! He had this to say when Ponting got out against Canada: "Hide the TV in the dressing room boys"! And when he watched Imran Nazir's backfoot straight drive in Sharjah way back in 2000 he said: "Gee, I like this Bloke"! He was probably dismayed by Afridi's reckless shot against Aus and felt that could've cost them the match! I've watched Afridi make his best 100 ever, LIVE in Madras, in that famous Test of '99. There's a helluva lot more he can offer with the bat, it's all in the mind! Now to that celebration, that's probably getting a little personal, but again I feel it's getting a little too stale and can be for a real inspirational moment! Cheerz

  • Usman on March 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    very impressive article Kamran. Well done. Chappel is the true reflection of Ausies. Haddin and Ponting are no exceptions. In my opinion even the umpiring was not of the standard of which it should have been. All Kangroos can say and think what ever they want but the bottom line is that Pakistan thrashed the Ausies in a way they never imagined.

  • Rehan on March 22, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Oh My God Kamran! You have literally lain into Chappell there! LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Sohaib on March 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Kamran You must be a lawyer. The way you layout your articles always inspire me. Start with the funny thought get the attention and when its there hit it with the core idea. Keep up the good work.

  • Salman Wasay on March 22, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    If Ian has read all the comments on this blog he will realise he has lost any admirers he had this part of the world!! Also next time Afridi takes a wicket he should raise his arms , face towards the commentators area and say " THIS ONE IS FOR YOU IAN"

  • aaliya on March 22, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    great comment by mr chappell and even greater article by mr. abbasi. lets be neutral at least on play grounds.

  • abdul qadir on March 22, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    great article sir!!!!!!!!!! hats off to u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these aussies cant digest our win!so thats why he was talikg like this!!!!!!!!!!!afridi raising hand after taking wicket and the rushing of every player towards him is the real indication of team spirit!!!!!!!!!!!

  • munir Khan on March 22, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Kamran Abbasi, great job Done.

  • Fawad on March 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Chappel we can understand your emotions :( no problem gud luck for the next match against India ;)

  • Arif on March 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @harshvardhan

    Really cant understand the problem with guys like you.

    So what that he took 1 wicket in this match. He literally won the game for Pakistan against Srilanka on his own.

    He is the captain that we need. He is far more intelligent than what most people think about him. His bowling changes against Australia were spot on. He is an inspirational figure.

    I love to see the Pakistani team play under him as a unit.

  • 13ohemian on March 22, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Wheres the like button? Can you like this twice?

    Chappell should be made to read this , and more importantly the comments below.

  • yousuf on March 22, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    mr.harshvardhan same think about ponting how he can lead aussi side even he didnot perform in whole tournament. shahid perform in this worldcup 100 time better then ponting. set with relax and analyse both.

  • karthik on March 22, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    @Iyer: Lol...first beat australia then we will see who wins in Mohali..

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on March 22, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai,It's really an improper mentality approach when Afridi can not extend to bat much longer innings for his team mostly.Why Afridi would give someone having an opportunity to criticize about himself nakedly something like stupid that could have been blamed to Afridi for his inconsistency with patience less stamina?How many times Afridi would confess that he should had been stayed on the crease for a long time as a proper disciplined, determined, punctual with something like a dependable Captain with so much responsibilities on his shoulder to lead a decent role?Actually, what happens peculiarly to complexly thinking when he comes into the ground especially on batting? He eagerly & seriously requires having to show performing his extra patience type attitude while he will be batting only for his team, not for himself.He must realize that Cricket is a definitely psychological deep concentrated mindful game. May the Almighty Allah help Afridi for his improvement.

  • Anjum Bahrawar Khan on March 22, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Well written Kamran. The only thing afridi knows is attack. He will attack whenever he gets to the pitch. So we the fans live happily with his style. We know whenever he fires, he do it incredibly well for Pakistan. I suggest he should better open the innings when 2 guys are out of the circle. He will be more effective than the present opners.

  • Omair on March 22, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    For Mr. Harsh Vardhan, Please get your record and perspective straight. Pakistan as top of their group. No mean achievement considering it had 2 favourites in it, Australia and Sri Lanka and Pakistan defeated them both. Afridi took 4 wickets in the game against Sri Lanka which was a key game. Afridi was not the captain in all 5 games in Australia that we lost 5-0 and by the way that underlines the impact he has had on the team that after being trounced by them, we beat them in the world cup. Yes he did get it wrong in NZ game by bowling spinner in the last power play but get to think of it, had Kamran Akmal not dropped 2 catches, we would have shut the game completely. About his past misdemeanors, who has ever claimed that he is Imran Khan. We all know, over 15 years, that he is a flawed genius. However, what he has brought to the team is energy and unity. Factors that have turned a team, jolted by controversies, into a contender. Wont mind losing it from here now.

  • Abdulla on March 22, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    @harshvardhan: You forgot to mention topping the group, beating the two favourites, and going into the quarters as the leading wicket-taker.

  • anl on March 22, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @ harshvarshan.. if there's one captain who has led from the front in this world cup, it has been afridi, never mind what his previous misdemenours may have been. he's the leading wicket-taker in the world cup so far and if that doesnt amount to leading from the fron i dont know what does. 1-34 from 9 overs in a big match against the aussies is not at all a bad performance and remember he took four wickets agaisnt the lankans, who are a better team than the aussies in srilankan conditions. apart frm strauss, sammy, sangakkara, and afridi other captains so far havent really done much in the world cup. the so-called super captains like dhoni and ponting havent done anything special so far.

  • Nabeel on March 22, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    We have seen ex cricketers doing a good neutral job when commenting but Ian Chappell is an exception. I think Ian Chappell should be removed. Thank you Mr. Kamran Abbasi for speaking on behalf of the millions of fans. In response to the comments of the people who criticize Afridi's performance, you can criticize anybody but not in the manner that Ian Chappel chose. Lets just hope that they get rid of him as soon as possible.

  • nauman.nomi on March 22, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Guys nothing to worry......u know Australians are jealous of pakistan's performance..and after ebarrasing defeat if Ian say awkward........we shouil do one thing....and that is smiling:-)

  • Jawad on March 22, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Your article is excellent. This is the voice of Pakistani people. Now this is time Ian Chappell should stay in his home to take rest physically especially mentally.

    Pakistan team has been played good cricket in this tournament. We hope to see the brilliant cricket from Pakistan team in rest of world cup.

    Anyway THANK YOU very much.

  • Muhammad Usman Zafar on March 22, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Thanks for taking this up and setting the records straight. To utter such nonsense in front of billions of fans, Mr. Chappel has let everyone down. Now, its fair to say that Aussies are not failing as a team but as a cricketing system ever since their supremacy has been challenged and their tempers are getting out of their own control.

  • Zuneer Abbasi on March 22, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Abbasi Sb !!!

    Ian Chappel should be ashamed for his remarks about Afridi. Such slang has no place in the world of cricket commentary. A commentator should always be un-biased in his commentary and analysis of opposing sides.

    Some comments posted above by our good indian neighbor's that ian is the prey, let me remind them that ian is the culprit of this episode and he should apologize to Afridi for his blunt remarks.

    Love your column and i believe in the same philosophy as you that if it takes a touch of madness to win then I will always be with the idiots.

    Thanks.

  • Muhammad Kamran on March 22, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Supereb article. Please send one copy to Chappell with all above comments!!!

  • Abdul Basit on March 22, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Good one Kamran!!!

  • Shafiq on March 22, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Afridi we love you, what ever you do!

    To Chappel! Afridi has won a worldcup Semi final and final with his batting alone. A player of the tournament in another Worldcup. Keep aside his 3 fastest ODI hundreds in Top6. And a century in ODI debue and a 5 wicket hall in his Test bowling Debue against Aussies. He has compelled a nation of 180million to watch the passion and unity of his team. Hope to beat Aussies again in Semi final.

  • Ammy on March 22, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    I think Afridi is setting a good celebration style to emulate for the street cricket playing kids- atleast they won't crash their hips into a speeding car which is likely to happen if they imitate Lee's celebration style! @ Harshvardan: Results speak for themselves. If you are blind enough not to notice who is the tournament's leading wicket taker than no rational or irrational proposition can convinve you. It is the hunger for success and acknowledgement that is reflected in Afridi's way of celebrating. It means that despite playing for 15 years and winning the hearts of millions, he still values every cheer he gets from the crowd and thats what keeps him going. If you are aware of any motivational theory, you should know that different people get motivated by different things, some by power, some by reward and some by acknowledgment. Telling Afridi to stop celebrating would be like telling Sachin to stop playing for records...How cruel would that be?

  • Mick on March 22, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    As an Aussie I was ashamed at Mr. Chappell's commentary during the game, particularly when he was critisizing the huddle after we were bowled out. Definitely came off as a "sore loser" moment to me. It makes me sad though that people are basing their opinions of Australians based of 2 people, Chappell & our captain grumpy, Ponting. Please don't judge us on these 2 individuals, every side has their bad eggs. Instead use someone like Mike Hussey to base your opinions!

  • Rana Waheed on March 22, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Great response to some idiotic comments by Chappell. Feeling sorry in advance for the best indian player who will perform to put last nail in the coffin of Aus world cup compain. Chappell might produce another underarm for them.

  • harrdstone on March 22, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I think Ian Chappell just had a bad day.Otherwise i have always found him to be very supportive of Pakistan Cricket.Even when other teams decided not to travel to Pakistan after attack on Sri lankan team he supported Pakistan and asked international cricketing community not to ostracise Pakistan.But his comments like Ponting would like to punish Pakistan becuse of Sydney test were very un-chappell like;however the great man has otherwise always been fair,blunt and forthcoming on all issues.

  • fahim akhter on March 22, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Hi!Haeshvardhan, its imp. because we wanna beat Aus. eventhough we already in quaterfinals, and all 11 players can't perform in one imp. match. Afridi is the leading wicket taker and he took captaincy in a very tough time on pak cricket. Hope u understand and i wish u a good luck in INdia Aus. match we want to see india in semis. Exmaple: Tendulkar can't hit runs in every single match however, he is the best among all. Thanks

  • Ammy on March 22, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Ian Chappel couldn't have vented his venom at a more beloved Pakistani. For the first time, i took delight in reading every single comment posted in response to this article and experienced the warmth with which our 'crazy' captain is regarded by cricket followers! However, it really hurt to hear a legend such as Chappel drop to such depths just because his dominant-for-more-than-a-decade team lost. Australia is going to be one no-go-area for non-Australian cricket lovers as there will be a brain explosion of all its 'old' veterans who are struggling to grip the fact of the end of their dominance. Its funny how vague remarks fall into perspective after someone shows his true colour...his remarks about Pakistani team huddle, Afridi's celebration, Australia's so called revenge and the list goes on, are a reflection of his unstable mind that has failed to move on from Australia's now ending golden-era.

  • lionheart on March 22, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Kamran, May Allah bless you. I was pulling my hair out during the match even though Pakistan was winning, it was because of the comments by ian chappell. Correct me if i am wrong, is not he the same chappell who told his brother to roll the ball to NZ batsman on the last ball when they needed 6 runs to win the match. He should stop judging Pakistani players and start judging his own, like, Haddin and Ponting, they have a huge attitude problem. I really Pikistan will win this cup and maybe put an end to this garbage by mr. chappell.

  • Adnan on March 22, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Well said. A true description of Ian. If you will spit in the air with your head up, it will only fall on your own face. His comments itself defined his rotten personality.

  • maqbool on March 22, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    i think that so cool is so good................. so always think positive

  • Khalid on March 22, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    It would be nice if someone would once in a while acknowledge the unsung hero Abdul Razzak. Though many contributed, which was good to see, Razzak was special with both ball and bat. 4-0-8-2 beg the question why was he taken off. While Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan and Umar Akmal all made very useful contributions, am I the only one who noticed that in the last six overs, while Umar and Razzak faced similar number of balls (17 and 19 resp.) 17 of the 23 runs scored came off Razzak's bat. When it got tough he carried the team home. He has been an unsung gem most of his career.

  • ix on March 22, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    was waitng for this response... excellent...

  • B Bux on March 22, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    I guess, Chappell should go back a couple of decades and revisit the under-arm ball that his brother Greg advised the younger sibling to bowl so Newzealanders couldn't get a chance to tie a game. It was not only idiotic but to say the least disgraceful. Wonder who was the idiot then and who is the idiot now.

  • harshvardhan on March 22, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    One query to all pakistanis how can a captain lead from front when he takes just 1 wicket in main match and scores 2 runs an unacceptable from a captain who has 15 years of experience and who eats apples on field and kicks 22 yrds on his home turf in front of 10 cameras thinking world is blind what did he do when he was spanked 5-0 in aus abbasi lost even t20 one-off game does not prove anything they struggled to reach 176 lost six what about using spinner at death against NZ and losing to kiwis by 100 runs

  • BasuS on March 22, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    All cricket followers know that Aussies are a bitter looser, particularly when they loose to any Asian countries......Excellent piece Kamran. Instead of commenting on Afridi's captaincy, Ian Chappel should advice Ricky Ponting to become a little more sporting!!!

  • Yusaf Khan on March 22, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Chappel the loud mouth didn't have much to say when Brett Lee took got Hafeez out and told him clearly to f*&^ off. Oh sorry that is just normal Aussie cricket behaviour so we should all accept it.

  • jahanzeb aslam on March 22, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    We should not be too harsh on poor Ian. He and others like him are generally fearful of losing their dominance in cricket. UDRS has eroded the mindset of umpires being cowed down by Australian teams. Imagine Ponting would have been not out without UDRS, how many times were such reprieves given to Auusie team on their way to 'greatness'? we should now be concentrating on retaining UDRS, alongwith 'hotspot' as people like Ian Chappel shall be working for undoing the same. Chappel also seems to be worried about losing to India in QF. So let us forgive Ian for his remarks

  • saurabh on March 22, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    well done shahid, well said kamran

  • Roy on March 22, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I am reading a blog for the first time without a single person supporting the prey(Ian)!! The fact of life is, some times, an excentric make very imaginative leaders! One great thing about Afridi's bowling performances is the confidence he gains, which translate into a great captaincy. I also salute Misba for playing under him without any attitude

  • fahim akhter on March 22, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Dark horses win really irking Ian Chappell. Everyone has its own style, What about Ponting ? a class player like ponting completely forgot that UDRS is there. He looks more stupid after a big nick, big diflection and a player like Ponting stood. Did he bashed the TV ? Its not irking to gentlemen's game. Thanks to UDRS.

  • Atif on March 22, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Mr. Abassi, Thank you very much for pointing out Mr. Chappell's unprofessional comments. First he insults our huddle when this team is coming from extensive fighting within. It is good to see the huddle. Second, the way Afridi celebrates when he gets a wicket. Mr Chappell said that he should stop doing this and that his teammates may be tired of this. It is a statement like many other bowlers do..like Bret Lee or Freddie Flintof. The Pakistani team loves it and we do too!!!Shame on you Mr. Chappell, you showed ur true colors.

  • Syed Minhaj Ali on March 22, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    hahaha.....amazing article sir kamran :D! ian chappell was too harsh on afridi......afridi is the man of the moment......and if pakistan have a chance of winning the world cup.......it is with afridi as captain....he motivates players and gives them the freedom to do their thing......play shots or bowl according to their own plans.....he has been incisive with the ball if not destructive with the bat.....at least he is contributing to the teams wins (as reflected by him being the highest wicket-taker in the world cup inspite of bowlers like steyn lee zaheer n anderson).....as opposed to ponting who is virtually doing NOTHING for his team in terms of personal performance.....thank you sir kamran for pointing out chappells harsh attitude.....pakistan zindabad!!

  • Raja Khurram on March 22, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Too good Kamran bhai - can someone forward this to Ian Chappel?

  • M'bogo on March 22, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Ian Chappell and Ponting must have the same origin!

  • Omarr on March 22, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    It is hard for mr. chappel to digest the lost!

  • Hammad Qadir on March 22, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    When i first heard his comments, I was baffled that his ill-directed and unfounded remarks have gone unnoticed. But then a friend directed me to this article.

    Ian Chappell says Afridi is Idiotic. Ok, I can't completely disagree with that. But then he goes on to say that inconsistency in the Pakistan team is because Afridi is in-charge. Really? did he just wake up after 20 years? And then he has issues with the way Afridi celebrates his wickets; his arms raised in the middle of the Pitch. Apparently thats bad for team spirit. And then he has problems with the very activity that is supposed to build team spirit.

    I think Ian Chappell's age is catching up on him. Or he is simply aggrevated by the loss, hates Afridi, and can't stand the fact that such a flamboyat and irrational cricketer managed to lead Pakistan to beat the invincible Australia.

    However, what he fails to acknowledge is the 'Idiotic' side of Ponting that came out during Ashes and has continued to date. Bravo Chappell!

  • abbas on March 22, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    actually ausies r so much frustrated after losing ashes,look at ponting(one of da best batsman)when he got a big edge & still he was waiting for da decision!!!what a shame for such a player.they want to win at any cost but well done afridi & co.

  • joji on March 22, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Thank you Kamran, for giving word to hundreds of thousands of Pakistani fans. Ian Chappel might consider Afridi an idiot or crazy but we all know thats what he is. And that is what we love him for. He and Waqar have done a marvelous job in lifting up the team. He is the leading wicket taker in this tournament so far. Last to last year he was the Man of the match in the Semi and Final of T20 WC, "for his battin". Says a lot about the potential of this man. I hope afridi and co can pull this off and make Ian eat his words.

  • Asad on March 22, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    love you "Pakistan" no matter what !!!

  • crickethistory on March 22, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I am an Australian fan. However, even I disagreed with Chappell's comments about Afridi while watching this match. For all of Chappell's good commentary, he does occassionally show bias. This is ashame. When he becomes biased he makes it very obvious. This started early in his commentary career when he continually picked on Kim Hughes and ultimately drove him to resign as Australian captain. He showed bias against players who didn't suck up to him such as Steve Waugh and Matt Hayden. Then he chops and changes like the wind. When Mark Taylor was a player made some very negative comments about him. But now that he is his fellow Channell 9 commentator he rates Taylor highly. Then there is his calls for players to retire eg Tendulkar. Since he wrote his article on Tendulkar, Sachin has destroyed all bowling attacks. Then there is the most recent and obvious bias towards Ponting. No matter how few runs he scores or what wrong he does, Chappell keeps praising him. I could go on all day here!

  • iyer on March 21, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    Let me see how many of you would support Afridi, if Pakistan loses to India in Mohali.

  • Dez on March 21, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Chappell's commentary is tiresome..wish the networks would get rid if him.... His predictions are fit for the Zaltzman column.

  • Mayur on March 21, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Excellent article and very well wriiten. This idiotic commentary should not be tolerated.

  • Shoaib on March 21, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    Best reponse to him would that Pakistan win's the world cup and have CHAPEL across his face. He is disgrace to Australian nation and should apologize to Shahid Afridi and whole nation of Pakistan if he has any self respect left. Thank you Kamran for bring this blog. I have been boiling on remarks made by this idiot. Go Pakistan Go.

  • Y Khan on March 21, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Damian on March 21, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    This is the first time I heard a comentator calling a winning captain "MANIAC"

  • Shoaib on March 21, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Nice article. Ian's comments were nothing more that a child's cry whose chocolate had just been snatched.

  • murtaza on March 21, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Ian dont worry idiot Afridi has more surprises for you in up comoing three big matches i hope Ian will advise his intelligent captian not to repeat his behavior again

  • shahid on March 21, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    his words were not right but his observations are correct, as a bowler he is allowed to celebrate but as a captain he needs to distance himself from the team when celebrating.also they allowed Australia back into the game by afridi going for six while their was long on in place, some body should tell afridi that their are fours in cricket and not only sixes. also the huddle was criticized as the job was half done and he was saying that they better go in and devise a plan to score the target.he is australian and its only natural to be biased if you think manjrekar does not want india to win or ramiz doesnt want pak to win than i m living on moon,,,

  • b afraidi,b very afraidi on March 21, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    even d eskimos of north pole,must b having fans of sachin n afridi

  • qaisar jan on March 21, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    ian chappel should chew his hat and eat his words... may be that help him digest the goings a bit

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Aptly put Mr Abbasi, Ian Chappell needed it badly.

  • Adeel on March 21, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Brothers, give a break to Ian Chappell.

    He has been a consistent critic of Afridi as a captain. His rational is that captain should always have control in himself and a robust sense of limit. He lists the properties which a captain should have. In some of those Afridi failed miserably.

    It is not a that serious matter. I am surprised some has gone so far calling Ian a ractist, which he isn't.

  • Mairaj Hoda from Canada on March 21, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Excellent work and very well said Mr. Abbasi. I congratulate you for this beautiful and timely article. Mr. Ian Chappell has been very unprofessional during his commentary and biased in criticizing Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi for his wicket taking celebration action and also passing inappropriate comments regarding Pakistan team's huddle after getting team Australia all out for 176. He does not deserve to be in the neutral panel of elite commentators and he should apologize for his remarks. Another point that I wanted to mention is that Ricky Ponting, who has always supported the idea of trusting the players and take their words for claiming close and doubtful catches. Now who would believe and trust him when he himself did not walk off after getting nick and got caught behind against Pakistan. But no body calls him a cheater.

  • Irfan khan on March 21, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    No one can do it like Afridi does it!!!

  • Khalil Ahmed on March 21, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Very well written timely article. I was amazed how much Ian Chappell was angry at Pakistan team. His comments, (regarding Pakistan when Ponting was batting) code "Ponting wants to punish Pakistan" were uttered more than three times time and time again. I think the Ian Chappell is a very arrogant and irrational character and he behaves in childish way towards Pakistan and its team members. Thanks

  • Ajmal Afzal on March 21, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Great article. You have indeed raised some valid and important points. There is 'some' validity to Ian Chappells' statement though, with regards to his mindless shot when Pakistan needed their leader to stay with the younger Akmal and finish the job. When he knows that he can come in and start hitting the ball from the get go, why not let Razzaq come in and face some good quality balling with the req. run rate being less then 3? The Pak think tank knows that Razzaq needs time to settle and get his eye in and I felt they should have sent him in giving him the opportunity to take his time while Akmal scored on the other end. We all know we will need Razzaq to fire in one (at least) to get us out of trouble in the batting dept. To go as far as calling him an idiot and glory hog is a loonacy on Chappells part and I am positive some of the words spawned from the bitterness of being on the losing side. All's well that ends well and we pulled through to reach the knock out stages. Go Pak!

  • Shouldas – Wouldas - Couldas on March 21, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I agree with your observations.

    *No dis-respect to Mr. Chappell – But he (Mr. Chappell) went “BONKERS” after Pakistan thrashed and derailed the OZ juggernaut.

    *Such IDIOTIC comments were expected after his beloved team was “DONE BETWEEN THE LEGS” !!!

    *Mr. Abbasi, also recall Mr. Chappell’s altercations with Bothom in car-park ( after Eng. V Aus. Match recently).

    Contrary to his comments, PUMPED-UP AFRIDI IS “THE SIGHT OF THE TOURNAMENT” !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Pak will win on March 21, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Ian is getting senile in his old age, and can't be expected to be rational any more. He should hang he boots before he further lowers in image in the cricket world.

  • Sherlock Holmes on March 21, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    This is spot on. Chappell’s comments and analysis are way off most of the time. His choice of ‘five’ semi-finalists (which obviously included Australia) for the World Cup are off, as were his picks for the Champions Trophy. His analysis is prejudiced based on her personal likes and dislikes. Its subjective. His comments on Ponting ‘punishing’ Pakistan are bordering on the moronic. According to him ‘Ponting is now angry and will rock the World Cup’….unfortunately it did not happen and hasn’t for a while. His subjective commentary/analysis is insufferable. Has he looked at the unsavory-arrogant-pathetic Aussies sledging all other teams all the time?! The fact is that Australia is on the decline and they were shown the dog-house by Pakistan. Somebody should tell Ian Chappell to shut-up…because he’s been way-off in his comments for a long time…..you’re out of form ‘mate’…..you gotta get out and be gone!

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    usman Samiuddin, take some lead from Mr Abbasi and give it back to this old Maniac chappel....comon show some metal boy

  • Naveed on March 21, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    The thing is Ian chappel his name meaning in urdu are shoes and old worn and used shoe, and he is exactly that. Pakistan beat two so called favourites in the first round , aus and srilanka and chappel(juti) could not stand it.

  • kamran khattak on March 21, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    and look who is talking about afridi being an idiot, under arm bowling anyone

  • kamran khattak on March 21, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Chappell has simply lost it, he owes an apology for his outrageous comments, what does he think of himself, who has given him the right to drag pakistanis in such a blatant way

  • Hussain on March 21, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Ian Chappell has just lost it! What is the reason for criticising a team-huddle after bowling a threefold champion side out for just 176? Sour grapes! Instead of calling Afridi an idiot and crazy he should be bashing his own captain when he didnt walk after nicking the ball with a big outside edge just to appear like a fool before the replays!

  • Hassan on March 21, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Haha. Very nice blog Kamran Sb. Afridi's celebrations are definitely fun and inspirational. A message to Chapell: Be Afridi, Be very Afridi.

  • Safa on March 21, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Great article. I hope chappel reads it and has some shame to actually apologize for his rude and irrational comments!

  • Ahmed Fraz on March 21, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Mr Chapple here has bowled another under arm bowl again... what a disgrace he is like his brother....great reply Kamran

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    May be Afridi should teach him (Chappel) how to do his victory celebration....not sure if he wud look as cool as Afridi does...

  • Raza on March 21, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Bulls Eye Kamran. I am surprised no one stopped Ian Chappell from spewing venom so openly due to reasons which were so obvious at that moment. The guy just couldnt digest his anger and despondency at losing to Pakistan. That too in a match he so openly had professed Pakistan would loose. Ian Chappel should apologize to Pakistani captain and the team for such obvious display of partisanship and maybe he could also tell his idiotic captain to walk next time when there is such a HUGE edge so that he does not end up looking like a big idiot.

  • Mobi on March 21, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    good reply sir!!,,,, thanx on behalf of all Pakistani and Afridi fans...

  • Irfan on March 21, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Really well written. I'm so glad u mentioned about chappel. Honestly something is up with that guy. He makes such sly comments. And what had the match on Saturday got anything to do with the Sydney test. Chappel said it's a revenge match!! What a weirdo. Everytime he comes on to commentate I seriously feel like switching the channel. But I'm a true cricket fan and can't do that even if we are losing.

  • Nabeel Nizami on March 21, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Kamran i have been a permanent reader of ur posts n i tell u what this is one of the master piece u have ever produced hats off to you...One more thing Ausis never had sports man spirit and what Mr.Old Chappel said was simple example of this also u have seen the behavior of brad haddin so it was all reaction of the defeat they had last Saturday...Superb post kamran...Go Afridi Go

  • Rahil Khan on March 21, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Very well put Kamran. My sentiments exactly as far as Chappell's comments are concerned. He was even ticked off by Pak teams huddle right after they had bowled Ozzies out for 176 - a first since 1999 and their lowest bowled out total since 1992. He was really ticked off. Hint for Dhoni's boys on ways to get under Ozzies' skins next Thursday.

  • Aman on March 21, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Thank You!!!

  • Samir on March 21, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Well said, *Applause*

  • Kiran on March 21, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Failed predictions in cricinfo by Ian Chappel

    1) Asking SRT To stop playing cricket in 2007. 2) Almost every series from Oz-SA test series in Oz (2007-08), result he predicted - went just opposite. 3) Ponting is angry and going to score

  • irfan on March 21, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    wow, great column thats the way to stop these people saying bad thing about pakistan and its people

  • Noman Ahmed Khan on March 21, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I fully agree with kamran's view point. I always adored ian Chappell for his great insight and unbiased analysis. But lately, his onslaught on Afridi has baffled me. This is one commentator who always backed players who were not run-of-the-mill stuff and now Afridi appears a maniac to him. To me Afridi has carried himself with a lot of grace on field after acquiring captaincy. One should keep in mind that one cannot curb his natural style just for the sake of pleasing someone like Ian Chappell who prefers a more sober and composed captain. Mr. Chappell, there is one man less from your fans list.

  • Asim on March 21, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Well said Kamran Sb!

  • karthik on March 21, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I am an indian and I approve this message. For idiotic celebrations look no further than the great Brett Lee.. Chappel is the idiot here not afridi

  • fazan shamim on March 21, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    aussies are just sour losers like ian chappel and the main thing is they cant take losing simples.

  • sammad on March 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Typical Australian attitude. Really sorry to hear such pathetic and insane comments from someone hailing among the legendary cricketers.Ian Chappel showed his utmost disgust for the Pakistan team in his commentary. Why cant he remember what sreesanth did and how harbajjan singh respond to when they take a wicket?. BTW what's the name of a player who smashed a TV?? I think Ian Chappel will even put that on Afridi. Complete absurd comments and uncalled for by a commentator.

  • M'bogo on March 21, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Let us not dwell on what Afridi achieved in the past. This moment is crucial. Maybe Chappell has a point. Afridi is so because of his immaturity. If he has performed miracles for Pakistan, he almost had Pakistan sink against Australia. He has luckily been bowling ok. Therefore as a bowler he must come in to bat at 11.

  • safwan umair on March 21, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    If any one is an idiot, its that blabbering mouthpiece Ian Chappel. I like his commentary, but he went too far with his jibes about afridi and the Pakistani side the other day. If he wants to talk cricket ethics and leadership-behavioral patterns then perhaps he should have advised his brother Greg 30 odd years back (the famous under arm ball fiasco orchestrator). Now whether Pakistan wins or looses the next one, we are sure of one thing. Cricket's future in Pakistan looks a lot brighter. Afridi, Misbah n waqar deserve special kudos for reinvigorating a dead side.

  • Bosco Martyres on March 21, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Right on Kamran. It's high time crotchety old saabs like Ian Chappell are put in their place. While I agree with Ian that Afridi is not ideally suited to the captain's role ( Notice his continuous instructions to the bowlers and his frenetic behaviour on the field)calling him an idiot is totally unacceptable.

  • Salman on March 21, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    The way Afridi has captained, the way his team situation was, the way he has been humble and focused, the way he has acheived goals, he seems the best captain to me! Pakistan's win is a lesson for people like Ian, but I now wish even more that Pakistan goes all the way to the top and let Ian know that we got the best captain and he need to learn more about Pakistan. All I can say is, Ian Chappel's statement was ridiculous in the least!

  • Arsalan Iqtidar on March 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Great blog. Team Pakistan Rocks so does Shahid Afridi

  • Nadeem Khan on March 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Ian Chappell should immediately apologize his stupid words used against AFRIDI. Otherwise, AFRIDI and PCB should file a case of contempt against him.

  • qaisar jaan on March 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    chappel should chew his hat and eat his words...

  • Nadeem Khan on March 21, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    WOWOWOWOW... GREAT GREAT RESPONSE TO Mr. I. Chappall (and I is for Idiotic). For some strange reason, this guy wants to satisfy his self-egoistic analysis by targeting poor Afridi. One reason could be that Mr. I. Chappell had given absolutely no chance to Pakistan before the start of this world cup. But now his whole analysis has come to ground. I remember Mr. Chappell predicted a 2-1 Australian victory in ashes which proved him wrong. :P

  • M&M on March 21, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Right on the money, personally i think Ian chappell is an idiot himself..

  • Muhammad Ashfaq on March 21, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    A person should be carefull in choosing his words while on air.I think Australians are losing their senses after this defeat.Wait for more comments like this when they lose against India also

  • A.M. on March 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    I agree with you a hundred percent...Ian Chappell's comments or should I say 'bitterness' was very unprofessional and immature...he first castigated Afridi for showing off with his pose, relating to somehow being an impediment to team unity...Then Chappell got angry that the team was in a huddle, demonstrating clearly that they are closely knit unit and a team playing with singularity...This reaction was utterly childish and tantamount to lack of a proper word plain 'hating' but this reaction was bizarre because of all ppl Chappell should be used to the sight of Australia losing by now:P...oh yeah Pakistan well played thank you for finally putting the Aussies back in their place:)

  • Ahmed Fraz on March 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    A great response to a Great Idiot. who really could not digest Ausi defeat from Pakistan. A really biased analysis he gave after the match.. excellent reply Kamran, Really love your writings

  • Wasim on March 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Well said sir - shut that sour Australian mouth - inshalla this frantic ultra talented mad man and all those around him will take us too the world cup title.

  • Farrukh Arif on March 21, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    I think Mr. Chappel is not measuring the situation very well by saying again and again that Afridi is a maniac...he can't believe tha afridi is captain....I think this is the thing that has got Australia here and will get others as well. Afridi may not be a natural leader but have always been a inspirer in the field. He has never been a batsman he has always been a bowler and a pinch hitter. So it is infact ridiculous to gauge him over his batting...look at Australian captain who has all the technology in the world all the centers of excellence and his experience behind him but even then can't inspire his team...On the other hand this Pakistan team is a curtailed side...It is producing results without its 2 main bowlers (probably best opening bowling pair) and three other experienced players. and Still "Maniac Afridi" is able to inspire them to win....one suggestion for Aussies and Chappel..."Learn to accept defeat"

  • Tariq Mahmood on March 21, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Pakistan have always prospered under inspirational leaders, however, they all are not in the same class as Imran Khan. Afridi has not had the privilege of captaining Oxford but he is proving to be no less inspirational than the great Khan.

  • AJ on March 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Spot on Analysis.

    Fact: He is the leading wicket taker. He is the most successfull captain so far. He has the guts to admit his mistakes.

    People love him.

  • SherAli Tareen on March 21, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Very well said; a succinct critique that hits all the central points. Chappell is a terrific analyst and perhaps the most incisive commentator, but his comments on Afridi seemed like those of a patriot shocked by his team's defeat. And his assessment of Afridi's celebration style and team huddle perhaps reflects the generation gap. But one will have to agree with his critique of the at times defensive captaincy we have seen from Afridi when he has the opposition struggling. Pakistan were lucky to clean up Australia for 176 towards the end of their innings and not let them get to 200+. Excellent article though and very timely. Calling someone "crazy" on-air reflects poorly in any case. and Afridi's celebration is way cooler than Lee's "idiotic" jump!

  • Timmy on March 21, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Yes ! I agree with u, I heard and noticed too the Sarcastic and unresponsible remark made by the arrogant Commentatator , though not surprising to me ! perhaps could not see the collapse of the kangroos , as they kept falling apart!! Not to mention the incident that took place on the field between umar akmal and Haddin

  • Sajid ali on March 21, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    II thnk ths is all bec of jealousy and Ian Chappell a stupid commentator us jealous of Afridi fam.but ths all god gifted.so Ian Chappell dnt b crazy u stupid.any way Australia defeated badly by Afridi and data wt Afridi iz.shame for Ian Chappell.

  • Adnan on March 21, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Totally agree. Ian Chappell's comments were totally uncalled for. Perhaps he was angry that his own prediction of Pakistan not doing well in the world cup was blowing back on his face!

  • Abdul Majid on March 21, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    A Million Thanks Kamran. You have said what we "public" wanted to say here.

  • ehmar on March 21, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    who is ian chappel??? just an another idiot.

  • Zaheer Abbasi on March 21, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi

    I am so glad that you took the initiative to point out the biased comments of a one Mr.Chappell-he went on & on with his diatribe about Afridi,for what,winning a game squarely & cleanly? against all odds & when no body gave them a remote chance of doing so-& this is a man who has defended the recent boorish behaviour by Mr. Ponting.It seems that instead of being a neutral commentator of the game-he has become an apologist for Cricket Australia. Additionally,neither he,nor Ponting even came close to acknowledge the quality of Cricket played by Pakistan,sour grapes? you bet.One more thing, Mr.Chappell had predicted that England will be in the Final four-we shall see, what we shall see.

  • Arsalan on March 21, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Loved every bit of your article! I certainly hope Chappell reads it to :)

  • Faraz on March 21, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Well said! Chappell's just bitter Australia lost.

  • Rocketman on March 21, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Kamran, I agree with your views on Chappell. His views were bitter, arrogant and nasty. For a man who normally rises above it he sure showed his true colours today and what he really thinks of the Pakistan team. In his eyes Ponting can do no wrong is the best batsman in the world and the greatest after Bradman. He is also a big supporter of acertain neighborouing county (no crime) but then at least be just in your comments and reports especially as you are speaking on live television and people might get influenced by your views.

    Lastly, what do you think are Pakistan's chances against the Windies and if they get past them against either Australia or India. I was hoping that if we we won our match against the Windies we might get the quarterfinal in colombo (where the ground seems to suit us to a tee and where we have a winning record). Unfortunately, we got the mohali ground. I was wondering if you could do a writeup on the different teams and Pakistan's semi final chances.

  • Zahir on March 21, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Way to go Kamran .... we are with you .. Atleast Afridi doesn't perform some circus tricks..like Brett Lee and others do..and whatever Afridi do with bowl, we all love it..Yes its true that he needs to work on his batting and put a value to his wicket..but more importantly he is honest, other captain might not walk after they edge one!!!

  • AFFMAN on March 21, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    great piece about the double standards comments by Ian Chappell....... good job AFRIDI!!!!!!! GO PAKISTAN!!!! LIVE THE DREAM!!!

  • salman pervez on March 21, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Well said Mr.Kamran. We all 170 million pakistanies backing up this idiot pakistani hero, who gave us a chance in last 10 years to pray from our hearts to win this world cup.(Inshallah)

  • Pervez on March 21, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Good article Kamran and I think we know who the real idiot is. I have noted that his comments are becoming more and more insane, indicating that perhaps, finally, his time has come. Time he picked up his bags and left with his head down, like the rest of his team.

  • Mushkaf45 on March 21, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I agree Afirid's starman celebration predates his captaincy. You cannot expect him to change his style after playing 300 ODIs. Ian Chappel was far too critical in disapproving Afridi's starman celebration. However, Afridi needs to take his batting seriously and bat for his team and not for the crowd chanting "Boom, Boom".

  • Muhammad Ali Khan on March 21, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Wow! Is chappell seriously a professional commentator? Not only is he semantically stifled, his choice of diction is deplorable. Moreover the insights he offers are about as incisive as his own bowling.

    Wonder what the reaction would have been were the nationalities reversed?

  • inglorious swaty on March 21, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    awesome..we love that idiot and crazy and stupid..and inshallah that idiot will surpass all the geniuses of chappell's .....

    mr. Chaplin chappell you for got that i think " cricket is not cricket without shahid afridi..pakistan zindabad ...

    thanks kamran for loving afridi and writting this

  • Muzammil on March 21, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Well said Kamran Bhai. Although Afridi's batting is not at its best at the moment (which rarely has been), this does not invite anyone to call him idiot. Ian also said that "I dont know what to call it ironic or ..." Is this ironic that a champion team that defeated them last time in worldcup included Wasim, Shoib, Saeed, Ijaz, Inzamam. Well I know Ijaz is not that great player but he is more or less Micheal Bevan typre player. So is this irony? One should always think before one says something?

  • Umer Adil on March 21, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    nice blog.. ;) We Love our idiotic captain..:)

  • Omer on March 21, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Hats Off to You Sir!!! This is what we want from our people. Mr. Chappell was unable to bear the loss of his so called Great Team.

    There is no doubt, we didn't even stand a chance in this WC. But the credit must go to the whole team for such an effort, beating two top teams in a group and finishing at the top is quite an achievement.

    the dangerous aspect is that they are playing as a unit.

    So be ware of Us!!!

  • kamran khattak on March 21, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    well said my humnaam :), you have voiced the opinion of millions of pakistanis who are outraged by the old man's stupid comments.

  • PAKRULES on March 21, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Chappel is a soar loser, may be frustated of his own team..he is getting old & grouchy definately needs a therapy...Job well Done Kamran, what an article, LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT

  • Adeel on March 21, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Very well written, Chappell is such a looser , he is almost crying after seeing Pakistan bowling has beaten Australia, his criticism on Afridi was a reflection, instead of criticizing Afridi on his celebrations & huddle, he should be ashamed what Ponting has done when he got out and didn't leave the crease despite knowing there is DRS.

    Whatever Afridi do after taking wkts, dance, run in celebration or whatever, he is no one to criticize that, infact whoever has appointed him as commentator needs to remove him right away.

  • Faisal Jamil on March 21, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Brilliant article Mr Abassi!! I watched the whole 'Pak Vs Aus' match and was nothing short of appalled at the manner of Ian Chappell's commentating. I agree that some commentators cannot help but be slighlty biased but there is nothing wrong with that. Nasser Hussain always wants England to do well, Rameez Raja Pakistan and many others but they don't critise the opponents but rather compliment their own teams. Not only was Mr Chappell blatantly biased but some of his comments were bordering on slander! Even when Pakistan, who outplayed Austrlia in every department in the match, required just eight runs to win, Mr Chappell insisted on focusing on the brilliant bowling of Brett Lee. When Shahid Afridi took his only wicket of the game Ian stated that he shouldn't be celebrating as it was more batsman error than bowling skill. He was also criticised for celebrating his wicket as it was 'bad for his team mates'. When a batsman makes a century and holds his bat up is it

  • Talha on March 21, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Amazing response to idiotic comments by a very idiotic commentator. Being a so called 'senior' commentator at the grandest stage and make such stupid comments is an absolute disgrace! The fact is mashAllah team Pakistan is still marching on and Chappell should just worry about his stupid captain who throws a hissy fit at running into his own team mate Brilliant response Mr Abbasi!

  • Naveed on March 21, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Kamran,

    A well written article. Ian Chappell should read this, I still don't understand why Ian made those remarks, completely idiotic.

  • qasemh on March 21, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Ian Chappel is very good commentator on most occasions who generally means well for Pakistan cricket. However, he was unfair in criticizing the team when they went for a huddle at the end of Australian innings. It took only 30-40 seconds and his comment that they were wasting their time was completely off-the-mark. He was just having a bad day, perhaps frustrated by the fact that ball-biters and catch-droppers continued to occupy important positions in a team that he supported.

  • Mujeeb on March 21, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Superb article...

  • Noman on March 21, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    The only thing you can do is play your game and give 100% and hope that it would be enough. In Afridi we have something slightly more, an entertainer as well. Sure we wanted to hang him when he went and tried to clear the boundary when a patient captain's innings was required. Who are we kidding,every pakistani fan knew he was going to go and try to hit a six or a four at any time. I think the rest of the world must realize that what makes the Pakistani team seem unpredictable and easy to criticize is the same thing that makes them so dangerous that no one wants to face this so called weak opponent. Chappell didn't think we deserve to be in the semifinals but thats ok, he doesn't understand the khan factor, its not in his stat book or play book or which ever book he can find in any reference area. I wish them all the best and hope they can bring home the cup for the nation who is already proud of them for what they have accomplished so far, GO PAKISTAN!!!

  • zaidkhan on March 21, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    so the ausies were lost by Idiots.... shame for Australia...

  • Hamid on March 21, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    IAN CHAPPEL SHAME ON YOU !LEAVE COMMENTRY LEASE I"M SICK OF UR BIASED AND ARROGANT COMMENTS

  • ammara on March 21, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    i couldnt agree more!

  • sukrat on March 21, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    "use of such phraseology by your country's most prominent commentator is a frenetic case of sour grapes of idiotic proportions " Couldn't have been phrased better .. apart from all the so called "antics" of Mr. Afridi.. he richly deserves the adulation for pulling back Pakistan cricket from the abyss in this world cup..Leading from the front as befits a captain.. he has inspired his fellow team mates too to contribute.. and Pakistan have topped the group. No matter what happens from here.. but the pakistani team has played some good cricket..

  • Waqas on March 21, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    I cant understand fully what Ian's problem is. If Afridi does not play those kind of shots then he wont be Afridi any more. We know Afridi only because of his brave and "IDIOT" shots. Also to understnad fully the meaning of idiot, we have to go back and see Ponting's dismissal when he stood his ground even when he had a big nick and looked more like "STUPID" and "IDIOT" to me. Perhaps, I think Ian's age has got better of him. It is time he is sent home along with Ponting's crying 11

  • Ijaz Raja on March 21, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Hi Kamran i know what/who you referring to, myself found comments by trash Chappell quite offensive other day, i wonder he had anything to say about NOT TOO IDIOT Ponting not walking knowing he has too since URDS is in place.

  • Bilal A. Bhutta on March 21, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Bravo Kamran! Ever since I heard Chappel's comments, I have been dying to put my 2-cents in but found no way until your blog. Chappel has underestimated Pakistan's comeback and somehow it irks him to see them still marching on. Yes Afridi messed up his batting but he has compensated with his bowling and enthusiasm. For now, the team is clearly better with him. Yes he holds his fingers up even if he gets one wicket, but to find fault with it more childish than his doing it. My advise to Chappel whatever is irking him - Get over it 'cause the dark horses are gone make it all the way!

  • Umair Khan on March 21, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    It was alternately shocking and embarassing to hear Ian Chappell during the match. Shocking that TV and web channels (such as Cricinfo) would tolerate such angst and bitterness from a commentator and writer. Embarassing that a respected nation of sporting legends has such an off-kilter idiot representing them in front of a billion people. At best his is a case of sour grapes; at worst, a case of racism down under.

    Arguably Ian's worst moment was his critique of the huddle the Pakistanis went into after dismissing his Australians for 176. It was nonsensical and inflammatory, much like the man himself.

  • AlleyGator2142 on March 21, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Australia owes the defeat as much to their own inadequacies as they do to the spirited Pak performance. Of course Afridi bats like a moron, but the same cannot be said about his captaincy, where he has lad from the front and been the glue for a fractious Pak side.

  • Sheheryar on March 21, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    A really brave & bold blog! Pakistani fans concerns will now certainly reach Ian Chappell and cricinfo readers

  • Mahmood Saeed on March 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Just and fair portrayal.

  • khsandhu on March 21, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Thanks Kamran

  • Umair Muzaffar on March 21, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Well said Kamran. The reality is that Shahid Afridi said that Pakistan is confident of a semi-final spot and today it looks very realistic. I read comment from mostly Indian team followers on Cricinfo who have constantly ridiculed Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket and Shahid Afridi after he made his semi-final statement as overly optimistic – but today they have to think twice before writing Pakistan off from a spot in the finals.

    In case Pakistan gets as far as to needing to play in India, would they be able to play in India? Would they get Indian Visas? Would they be provided state level security in light of the threats from right wing parties?

    Or should the venue for those games be changed to Sri Lanka or Bangladesh?

  • Qasim on March 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Well stated Doc! Ian Chappell's comments were in bad taste.

  • Bj on March 21, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Abbasi great writer! U rightly said that on 23 march on pakistan day there ill be pak QF.

  • Amjad on March 21, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    finally some one against the idiotic chapel. i mean who the hell is he to say anything against Tournament's leading wicket taker's celebration? what the hell is wrong with this guy or is it his digestion that caused him problem in digesting the defeat handed by an idiot captain team? why is it an issue for Mr. Chapel? can he for once ZIP IT please? can some one in the commentary box ask him to SHUT UP and focus more on the game? he didn't say a word about haddin's pushing and abusive language as i was waiting desperately that Mr. Chapel would say something as he always runs his mouth.wasn't he the guy who criticized Amir's celebration-cum-collision with clarke/ponting..so why didn't he utter a single word about THAT pushing in a world cup game? i ask Mr chapel to ZIP IT and learn some manner and give credit where its due.Afridi's celebration is his OWN CREATED ( hallmark ) just like our eagle-man Shoaib's take-off-style-celebration. we absolutely LOVE IT and ADORE it.i say SHUSH now

  • Usman Zia on March 21, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Awesome Kamran.. you have taken the words right out of my mouth. Nothing else need to be said about Idiot i meant Ian Chappel.

  • Muhammad Ahsan Sami on March 21, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    very well written kamran bhai, I too was utterly disappointed by what Ian Chappell had to say after australian loss. Very truly a case of "Sour Grapes".

  • Usama Ata on March 21, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    HAhahahahaha! Great just Great, u spoke the hearts of millions of Pakistan fans Kamran Bhai, the last two paragraphs are just sooo crunchy js love it, hahahahahahahahaha hats off Kamran Bhai

  • Yasir on March 21, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    That was as concise and perfect an articulation of countering the idiotic nature of Chappel's comments as possible. Spot on.

  • Aki on March 21, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Absolutely agree with you on this one. Watching the sky coverage with Chappell howling out his sour grapes was a disgrace. His focus should instead have been on the failings of Australia - namely a pace attack suitable in bashing minnows; a captain past his sell by date and cocky unproven youngsters...

  • Jafar on March 21, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    awesome article.....what a slap on the face of Mr. Ian Chappel!...great work Kamran Abbasi!

  • Asjad on March 21, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Well said man the loss was just undigestable for all the aussies and they are speaking nonsense... Pakistan has already surpassed the expectations we had... if it was any other country in the crises Pakistan was, they would have not even won single match... Captainsy of Afridi is gelling the team togather and they are playing well. .. Hope fully other teams who will face Pakistan with the impression of taking it for granted will face the same fate..

  • Khan Bangash on March 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    You are absolutely right. I wish we have idiot president to take the country out of crises like shahid afridi took the team out. Shahid done great job and he is great leader to united the Pakland team. Wining losing part of life and game all of us just wanna see them stand with each other shoulder to shoulder the success will kiss your feet>

  • Ahmad on March 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    The celebration first started in world t20 in England when Afridi took a running catch of Scott Styris. It was the turning point for Pak in the tournament and Afridi continued with it during his match winning performances. There is no self obsession, though he may be the king of idiots when it comes to calling for reviews.

  • Aadil Khan on March 21, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Sour Grapes :)

  • Osman Sarood on March 21, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I used to respect Ian Chappell a lot. I thought his comments were very meaningful until this World Cup. I have seen other commentators defending their countries. But this was shear madness!

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Great post. I've always enjoyed Ian Chappell's commentary, but lost a lot of respect for him after his criticism of Afridi, which frankly sounded more like the bitter rant of a partisan than "expert" opinion from a professional broadcaster.

    Insofar as being captain of a cricket team is concerned, what we seen on the pitch really seems to be just the tip of the iceberg (though Afridi's bowling stats speak for themselves).

    It's often said that Imran Khan's greatest contribution as captain was instilling a self-belief in the team and melding individual talents into a cohesive group. Afridi's Pakistan team is the first to beat Austrailia in three World Cups. One would have to say that his captaincy has had similar effect.

  • Rahim on March 21, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    My though process was the same as describe by you in the above article when I heard Chappell used word ‘idiot’ for Afridi. Any one who beat Australia deserve some respect and should not be treated like Chappell did in his interview.

  • Tariq Khan on March 21, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Chappel comments show more of his biasedness then his expertize. I remember in the begining of WC this so called expert has no place for Pak in the foinal four.

  • Nabeel on March 21, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Why can't Australia accept defeat? Come on Aussies, you don't have to make stupid comments about an opposing team Captain.

  • Sshak on March 21, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Excellent article. I truly believe, Ian Chappell lost his mind during the game.

  • Hussain on March 21, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    And no one seems to care about Ponting's idiotic double standards on cricket ethics. His expressed surprize or rather acted as if he was surprized when he caught off Hafeez and the decision was referred even though it was very clear. After the match he said he waited for the umpire because that is the way he has always played the game. This same idiot says that if a batsman/umpire doubts that a catch has been taken cleanly he should take the fielder's word. What sort of double standard is this? A batsman should not be honest when he is caught behind and wait for the umpire to give the decision but he should trust the fielder and not the umpire when his catch is taken on the field?

  • CricLove on March 21, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    spot on !!!

  • ALI DON on March 21, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    WELL SAID KAMRAN! WHAT HAS A MANS CELEBRATION GOT TO WITH ANYTHING. NOBODY COMPLAINED THE WAY BRETT LEE CELEBRATED! I HAD RESPECT FOR IAN CHAPPELL! WELL NOT ANYMORE! AUSSIES ARE SORE LOSERS!

  • Ammy on March 21, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Sour grapes indeed...Ricky Ponting is the king of all frenetics, winner of 2 Worldcups as captain, smasher of dressing room Tvs and receiver of several warnings and penalties for brash on field conduct....It is 'IN' to be frenetic! and we stand by our frenetic and crazy' captain who brings joy to the hearts of millions who watch him...on second thoughts, it might be difficult for someone who has himself resorted to the disgraceful act of the under arm bowling to see someone, who has had his share of mischieves, get away with them while still managing to conquer the hearts, respect and love of all his fans!

  • Gohar on March 21, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Thank You Kamran!! You really reflects My Opinion!!!Once again thank You.

  • Ganesh Bhat on March 21, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Chappell has always been in the news for the wrong reasons. I don't know what he said (the article does not clearly say that) - But I am pretty sure it was an idiotic, foot-in-my-mouth kind of a statement.

    I'm happy to see that Pakistan topped the group despite being in a crisis all of last year. No other country would have managed that.

    I am hoping it will be a India-Pak semi final.

  • sameen on March 21, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    way to go Kamran Abbasi!!!

  • qasim ali on March 21, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    full points to Mr. Kamran Abbasi.. ian chappel has no right to use such words against anybody... the australians are alsways known to use such antics against the opposition... i hope india beats them in the quarters... and afridi,, we love the way u r (but please play shoaib akhter this time!!! )

  • zohaib on March 21, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    woow man, well said... IT certainly does take a touch of madness to pull these stunts ! And do remember, it is this same mad guy who has the fastest ODI century... HE might have also won the T20 world cup which Aussies never actually won ...

  • Hussain on March 21, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    I thought it was just me and some of my friends who noticed Chappells idiotic comments. Never ever a team that has won is ridiculed like this. This is not the first time though. You would never see him support any Asian country (with the exception of India for obvious reasons). Even in his predictions for semi final he ruled out all of them except India. We will see about that I remember when commenting on best bowling attacks in the world (when Aamir and Asif were playing) he ruled them out just because kamran akmal wasn't a good keeper. I mean what does a keeper have to do with how good a bowling attack is??? are you rating the bowlers or the keeper?

  • M.Shahid Rafiq on March 21, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Ian chappel comments certainley represent the general mentality of the Australians who can not digest the defeat specialy by the hand of pakistanis.Who is he to object the posing of Afridi after taking the wicket.All pakistanis including his team mates love that. Yes it must be annoying for the elements who hate Pakistani team , I am afraid to say that Sir Ian chappel is one of them.I hated his comments before the start of the game that Ponting wants to punish Pakistanis for the Sydney test saga.These were quite arrogant and insulting comments and he should appologise fot that.

  • zm on March 21, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Legend

  • farooq on March 21, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I am glad somebody is talking about those malicious comments made by Chappell.

  • Akk on March 21, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I think it is absolutely ridiculous for a cricket commentator to repeatedly call a player who is after all representing a country "crazy", and an "idiot", not once but repeatedly. It is quite insulting and should not be acceptable and Mr. Chappell should at least be given a warning for speaking with such bias. Not in the spirit of the game

  • faisal on March 21, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    bulls eye kamran. i was astonished after listening to the comments of ian chappel after pak-aus match about afridi. while i sympathise with his grief about the imminent elimination of australia from this world cup(by india inshallah) it was really in very poor taste the way he trashed afridi without the minimum level of courtesy(which is in very short supply in australia anyways i guess)

  • Omer on March 21, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    This is exactly the type of response Ian Chappell deserved for his own not so sensible comments about Afridi. It was clearly the case of frustration, anguish, and not being able to digest the fact that Australia were beaten by Pakistan. Thank you Mr. Abbasi for giving voice to the sentiments of millions of Pakistanis. I hope and pray that this time glory be for an "idiot" who has amused, entertained, thrilled, not to mention frustrated,the cricket-lovers the world over in general, and Pakistani cricket fans, in particular.

  • CricFan2011 on March 21, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I wrote these comments below after reading the Dawn newspapaper blog by Farooq Noomani and I will repeat it here again: People like Ian Chappell and Dean Jones should not be allowed to stay affiliated with ICC sanctioned matches. In my opinion Ian Chappell comments exposed him and even though he may think that he can eloquently express his inflammatory views and get away with it but PCB should take a notice. But again, this is the strategy Australian team had adopted for quite a while that they try to win matches with anything other than their cricketing skills while playing with the opposite team – in this case Chappell is no fool he is playing for his team and planning, rather scheming for a possible future knock out stage game with Pakistan. Pakistan team should stay focused and rather psych the other team out – I say keep doing what you are doing Shahid Afridi, it is working.

  • Anum on March 21, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Wow what a befitting response to Ian Chappell 'idiotic' and perfectly useless comments. Well I must tell you Ian Chappell, without Afridi and Pakistan you would have been crying about how dreary this World Cup has been (like 2007 World Cup), and how bleak the future of ODI cricket is, and so on. Pakistan are the most unpredicable sides in cricket and they may have an eccentric captain, but they are the best entertainers of cricket, and if you take them out, the 'starness' of cricket will surely go down the drain!!

  • azhar mahmood on March 21, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I cant believe that ian chappel has called afridi an idiot. I used to respect ian chappell as an outspoken and honest commentator but recently his comments give the feeling of some body who is bitter towards pakistan for may be being a thorn in his backside. he always plays down pakistan chances in every match and for him every thing is india. may be he has understood the power of money and hopes to get some of the windfall and look after his life in the coming years. what about the "idiot" who balled a underarm bowl called Trevor "chappell" or the "idiot" captain who asked him to bowl that called Greg "chappell".

  • Mohidin Gundroo on March 21, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    one must understand how difficult it must have been for chapple to see his team losing to Pakistan.He lost his marbles with his language and tone.Worst is still to come for him with prospects of early exit for Chapels Aussie.They are a spent force.

  • Salma on March 21, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Abbassi bhai be realistic instead feeling of getting offended by others analysis. Afridi indeed is idiot as he can not even control his shots after so many years of international cricket. He didn't show resposibility which a captain should have, while playing that shot. The problem which Afridi doesn't recognise is that if he starts scoring singles, twos and rolling fours before at last starting hitting it towards the sky when he is about 30 has always paid dividends. We won WCT20 only because Afridi played rolling shots in those 50s and didn't do what he did against Australia. Pakistan needs a big score from Afridi before going in to the semies and final. He must control his shots for the sake of pakistan and should forget for a while that their are some females sitting among the spactators with boom boom cards in their hands.

  • Fasial Afsar on March 21, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    very well written.... I was waiting for your article and i am not disappointed... great reply and we love our "idiot"...

  • Mustafa Pasha on March 21, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    damn straight...afridi will never be a tactical genius but he has the charisma and confidence to pull the team together...having said that; for such an aggressive personality he is way too timid with his field placings, team selection (extra bowler anyone?) and choosing when to take the batting power play. also he needs to learn how to juggle his bowlers. then again he has led the team to victory in five out of the first six games (compared to imrans tigers in 1992 who lost five out of the first seven!) so who am i to complain about stupid stuff like when abdul razzaq should be bowling?

    One request: bring back shoaib! a moment or two of magic is what you need to clinch the big games and we an experienced campaigner operating in the quarter final will be critical.

    Also i am a big fan of Ian chappell but the guy seems to be doubling as pontings off field persona lately...stop being so cranky old timer and enjoy the show!

  • Farooq on March 21, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    @Ian Chappel :- We are idiots and we support our idiot captain

  • Kashif Masnoon on March 21, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi. Sour grapes it is. When Afridi played that shot of madness I was as incensed as I have been with his shots for the last 15 years. But that doesn't make him an idiot. We call these type of people 'mavericks' and everybody should know mavericks can do wonders.

  • wasim on March 21, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    I agree. There was no need for the comments Ian made.

  • Hamza on March 21, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Agreed!.excellent piece of writing. INSHALLAH IAN chappel will have to take his words back, when Pakistan will bring world cup home.

  • ibautd on March 21, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    great piece. loved it. way to go kamran abbasi!! :D

  • Arsalan Nayyar on March 21, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    What an excellent article! Mr. Abbasi, we all love you for this timely article. Thanks.

  • dhedhi on March 21, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    very well written dont want to add any thing keap up the good work kamran

  • Pasha on March 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    brilliant reply.......

  • Muhammad Tariq on March 21, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I very good analysis of Ian Chappel's......sour grape commentary by Kamran.....

  • imran on March 21, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    i just want to ask mr chapple that why didnt he call ponting idiot on his row with aleem dar in ashes...or for breaking dressing room tv... Grapes are really sour...

    great write up...awsomely replied to some idiot comments... Braove :)

  • Ali Hasnain on March 21, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Very well said ... that was really idiot comment by Chapel who I really admire as a cricketing brain. But I really believe it is the mental shock that the Pakistan team gives to neutral viewers more than anything else that they can't resist calling it idiotic rather then praising. Because in Chapel's top 4 for the world cup there was no mentioning of Pakistan and suddenly they pull the horses for the Australians and Chapel in disbelief had to shout on anything .. so I would say its not his fault it is the supreme talent and unpredictability that the Pak team posses and which is often praised by non idiotic commenter Sanjay Munjraker who always calls PAK his favorite side :)

  • mudaser on March 21, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    nice reply to ian chappel well done.

  • K.Qureshi on March 21, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Afridi's batting has been despicable,lately his fielding is below par and captaincy poor.Yet under him the team is united and his presence is a charm.People love him,crowd cheer him and he is respected.Why.I think the reason is he is honest and a absolute patriot.Even after the last idiot shot he was straight forward and honest in his answer and agreed that was stupid of him.I dont think he is going to learn at this stage and the unpredictability of hit and miss will go on with him.My only qualm is why the people around him including coach does not sign and prompt him for some basic stuff like power plays,using Razzak and Gul,overs counting etc.

  • S Jawed on March 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    I cant agree more. A very well written case in defence of idiots. I sincerely hope and pray that Ian Chappel's words come to haunt him in the same way as the megalomanic comments about the minnows came to haunt England after their defeat to Ireland

  • Osama Naeem on March 21, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Ian chappell was just disappointed that Australia's winning streak ended and he just took his frustration out on afridi well said kamran no idiot can end a 34 match winning streak that plenty of non idiots couldn't do

  • Vikram Pyati on March 21, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Great one... This is not the first time Ian Chappell has given a idiotic view... Remember he (in)famously told about 4 years back that Tendulkar is continuing playing for reasons other than cricket!!! Since then Tendulkar has probably scored more centuries than Ian Chappell have in his career!!!

  • Ibtassam Rasheed on March 21, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I never usually post on forums. But you're article deserved a response. I think that all the Australians should condemn Ian Chappel's comments. These hurt our nation and our hearts. We love our cricketers and can't bear this kind of moral disregard for our players. Afridi has been exceptional in his captaincy and whether or not we win the cup or not, but the job has already been done. We have beaten 2 worldcup favorites and ended Australia's 34 match run. Apart from that, we have put Australia against India which has ended the worldcup campaign for atleast one of these teams. Surely, Afridi deserves credit for this. Even if his batting performance has been below par but his bowling figures have made him the best bowler in this tournament and calling him an idiot is really not called for. Did you hear Wasim Akram calling Ricky Ponting an idiot for his disrespect to umpires in Ashes, breaking dressing room television, quarreling with his own team mates and bad world cup performances?

  • Talha on March 21, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Finally someone has said it out loud!!

  • Asad on March 21, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Ian Chappel's abrasive's commentary is generally very colorful and fun to listen to, but goodness gracious that was some potty mouth garbage he was spitting. If Pakistan had only beaten Australia, one can say it was a fluke but they are on top of Group A - led by the crazy idiot!

    Ian Chappel should apologize for his outburst. It would serve well for Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram to take a stand against such rubbish from their fellow commentator.

  • Saad Nizami on March 21, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Thank you Kamran. I hope Chapli reads this, it was much needed. I was shocked after listening to what he said. The grapes are indeed sour.

  • K Sheikh on March 21, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    It's good that you have written about Mr.Chappell's rant about Afridi's celebration, however there's more to this. He also brought it up in his audio interview with Cricinfo, in which he also said that Afridi's teammates must be getting sick of his style of celebration (Does he know that for a fact?). Moreover, in the commentary he also expressed his dislike of Team Pakistan huddling together at the end of Australia's innings saying that they should leave the ground immediately and start thinking about how to get to the target. Someone should tell him that A) Afridi has the right to celebrate in any appropriate manner he likes B) Who gives Mr. Chappell the right to tell another team what should they do or not do.

    I think Mr. Chappell's comments were mean spirited and I felt that same spirit when Ricky Ponting did not even once acknowledge that Pakistan played better in his post match interview.

  • Khalid on March 21, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Great write up Mr Abbasi!Very good points...i wish Mr Chappel reads this...his comments on the day of the pak v aus match were very harsh and frankly sometimes offensive to pakistan fans.

    He was just moaning like a sour grape, can you also please write about the Pakistan team huddle, Mr Chappell also has a few things to say about that lol.

  • Sajjad Parekh on March 21, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Very well written and rings with truth. Afridi has been trying to hit every ball he faces for six since 1996. He was, what Ian Chappel calls, an idiot and you chose him as your captain. Don't expect him to change now, especially as he has finally begun considering himself a bowler.

    Keep hitting 'em Afridi, and whether its Boom Boom or not does not really matter. Not to the leading wicket taker and not to his fans.

  • Saqib on March 21, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Nicely said...I was stunned to read such comments from Ian Chappell, but then I thought he probably can't bear loosing to Pakistan...grapes, as always, are indeed sour

  • OKhan on March 21, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well said, sir.

  • Rauf on March 21, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Someone needed to point this out. It's Ian Chappell who looks like an idiot after his remarks and not Afridi. I think Ian was angry on three points. First Aussies lost to a Pakistani team that no one, including Ian, gave any light of day a month back. Secondly, this win put Pakistan on top of group A going into knockouts (This fact alone must irk lots of pundits) and last but not least, Aussies will face India in India in quarters with a very weak spin attack and Lee as the only viable pace (Good luck Ian!!)

  • Waqas on March 21, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    well said Kamran... infact im surprised Pakistan has not filed a complaint aginst such remarks by Ian Chappell...

  • Rizwan on March 21, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    HAHA! Ian Chappell wont learn...

  • Naeem on March 21, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Great job Mr. Abbasi.. and a good, truthful article.. i was very surprised at Chappell's unprofessional, strange comments about Afridi. A well-written reply to that. Go greens go..!!

  • yahya mazhar on March 21, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I think that the Australians are very bad losers......i couldn't believe my ears when Ian Chappel first criticized afridi's wicket taking celebration and secondly after the Australian innings when the Pakistani team was having a team hurdle. I want to know what action ICC have taken against Haddin for his agressive approach against the Pakistani players.

  • Naeem on March 21, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Great job Mr. Abbasi.. and a good, truthful article.. i was very surprised at Chappell's unprofessional, strange comments about Afridi. A well-written reply to that. Go greens go..!!

  • behzad on March 21, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Lets just enjoy this world cup. We all know Aussie standards. Ponting was out and himself said that, still waited, while Tendulkar walked off without even hesitating. Aussies were still heard wishing "McGrath fielding at thirdman". Wake up......

  • Farhan on March 21, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Rightly said Kamran...sour grapes to lose by an idiotic team who beat the Aussies at their own game! I watched the game at Colombo and what many people are failing to note is the execution of strategy by the "Idiot" captain by restricting the Aussies to 176! Bowling changes, bringing in Razzaq when he was reversing a bit, using Abdur Rehman as a container while Gul as Strike bowler...brilliant.

    I dont understand why do people think of Afridi as a Batsman....he has always been a bowler and has excelled as a bowler and nobody can doubt that. He is a Bowler who can bat and demolish any team on his day....enuff said!

    Be Afridi...very Afridi!

  • Syed J Ahmed on March 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    One word... OWNED! Afridi will be Afridi no matter what... If legendary players like Wasim and Waqar couldn't change him than who's Ian chappelle? I demand an apology from Mr. Cricket Expert AKA Ian Chappelle for calling our hero a "Idiot". Please refrain from commentating Pakistani matchs if you can only say the bad things about Pakistan without even knowing anything about Pakistan or its Cricketers.

  • Kamran on March 21, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Excellent piece Kamran. Please also highlight how insanely biased Ian Chappell's commentary was throughout the match. It was unbelievable and I have never heard anything like it before in my life!

  • mirza on March 21, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Sour grapes for sure. For Chappel the pain is not just about Australia getting beaten, its also about that fact that he has been very vocal about writing Pakistan off. He said pakistan has been a rabel always but a rabel with talent and talent (in chappel's view) was no more there. He is now worried that Pakistan may make him bite the dust. Good Luck Chappel, dust u would definitely bite. And Afridi was never our hero for his wisdom, he is a hero for what he is and we are happy with that.

  • Nauman on March 21, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Heh awsome, I was watching the match live and listening to Ian Chappel just blabbering on about it. Man did that irk me! What is wrong with that dude, a bowler has the right to celebrate victory, how can that be a bad example for the team? Thanks for writing this article. One thing thought, I believe Afridi should at least let Razzaq play ahead of him in the batting line up, since he is in a good form with the bat, Razzaq deserves it.

  • Mairaj Hoda on March 21, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Excellent work and very well said Mr. Abbasi. I congratulate you for this beautiful and timely article. Mr. Ian Chappell has been very unprofessional during his commentary and biased in criticizing Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi for his wicket taking celebration action and also passing inappropriate comments regarding Pakistan team's mini gathering after getting team Australia all out. He does not deserve to be in the neutral panel of elite commentators and he should apologize for his remarks. Another point that I wanted to mention is that Ricky Ponting, who has always supported the idea of trusting the players and take their words for claiming close and doubtful catches. Now who would believe and trust him when he himself did not walk off after getting nick and got caught behind against Pakistan. But no body calls him a cheater.

  • Tiki on March 21, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Sour graps -

    Well I enjoyed it when he said those words about Afridi, tells you how much it hurt them....

    He should not be allowed to commnent on Pakistan because he always has negetive to say about them.

    Karam Bahi you forgot what he said about the team huddle "Waste of time"..

  • Syd on March 21, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Ian Chappell cannot fathom that a team like Pakistan can beat Australia. Actually he should be ashamed of Australian cricket team for losing to a team lead by an "idiot".

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Im Glad we have people like you who answer back in such a awesome way to those who consider us to be weak. Thankyou for this amazing piece :)

  • Syed Hassaan Ahmed on March 21, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Ian Chappell - finest Aussie whine, made from sour grapes!

  • tahir on March 21, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I was stunned by his remarks during the match and still ca not believe he said those word ti a leader if a tean which is doing well in this tournament & leader has not done bad either@ leading wicket taker. He should apologies to afridi and Pakistani nation as whole for being si idoit

  • saint on March 21, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Awesome!! :))

  • Topak Khan on March 21, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    I was hoping someone will write about it , thanks for standing up to him

  • tahir on March 21, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    I was stunned by his remarks during the match and still ca not believe he said those word ti a leader if a tean which is doing well in this tournament & leader has not done bad either@ leading wicket taker. He should apologies to afridi and Pakistani nation as whole for

  • waseem on March 21, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Thank you very much kamran, a very well written column. Ian chappel in that match hated evry thing pakistan did. During innings break he said why they are doing team huddle, go into dressing room u have not won the match yet. who is he to tell us wht to do and wht not to do. At least Idiot Afridi did'nt swear after taking wicket whereas u can clearly lip read wht Brett Lee was shouting after taking hafeez wicket.

  • zee on March 21, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Excellent! Thanks for giving Ian Chappel a piece of mind of all the followers of Pak team. Analyzing a team is something different, but going to the extent of ruthless attack on teams or players is itself an "idiotic" thing which Ian using as a label for others but never looked in the mirror to see his own face when he is saying this for others. He is visibly upset on two things: he never considered Pak to be in QF, and lastly a painful fact for Ian that Pak beat Aus with the embarassment of getting them bowled out at 176.

  • Adeel Bhatti on March 21, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Arrogance and frustration!!

    Bret Lees Ballerina jump for celebration vs Afridis trade mark wicket celebration !!!

    Afridi all the time.

    All that is left is India beat Aus and Pakistan beat WI.

    then we can have the match of the world cup PAK vs IND

  • Muhammad Usman on March 21, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Kamran Bhai Its Usman here. I read your post about Pakistani team specially about Shahid Afridi's captaincy. It is a very good and brave reply to Aus's analyst Ian Chappell. They must think about these fats. Idiots often do good as did Afridi and his team. Keep it up it, so nice and be appreciated your courage and analysis. Regards.....Usman ( Lahore)

  • Iztarab on March 21, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Well said, Ian chappell has never praised any pakistani players no matter what they do in the field or off the field. Its a shame for such a respected commentator to pass such comments.

  • Arsalan Ahmed Patel on March 21, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Applause!

  • Rehan on March 21, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Well said Kamran! We needed a rally piece like this. Too often Pakistan team is maligned and ridiculed by too many so-called experts. And while we do not help ourselves since we do enough to justify our bad boy image, our results should speak for themselves. Afridi encapuslates all that is wrong and right with the Pakistan team.

  • Faizan on March 21, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    I totally agree with you! The current spirit in the team can lead Pakistan to the title, and this was injected in the team by our very own "idiot", and amazing leader!

  • iraslav on March 21, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    very well phrased :) couldn't agree more....

  • Zeeshan on March 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    A good reply with reason.. One thing which you might have overlooked was the way Chappell criticised the team huddle. I can understand criticising decisions of a captain (without ridiculing of course) but can't digest criticising a team huddle. They would likely be talking about 'more concentration until the job is done' kind of a thing there. Unbelievable... I think cricketing media, specially the channels who contract him should take notice!

  • CaffeinatedBliss on March 21, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    He may be an idiot, but he's our idiot. A case of sour grapes and nothing else. :)

  • Adnan Gul on March 21, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Finnaly,atleast raised voice against this fenetic I. Chappel, I am surprised why he is after Pakistan and Afridi.

    Rather he should be commenting on Australia poor performance.

    Pakistan at this point just need support and we Pakis from all over the world will do that.

    Someone like I. Chappel should be erased out from thje Comentary panel as soon as possible so that he should not hurt other Asian teams.

  • khan on March 21, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    very well said Mr.kamran

  • asad on March 21, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Well I will be the first to acknowledged Afidi's stupidity when it comes to batting,the shot he played against Australia is a case in point.He himself admitted that when being interviewed by Rmiz.Lets hope he can curb that stupidity against the West Indies.But, I can't see why Chappell would criticise him for his celebrations,it's all part of the game.

  • Mudassar Rana on March 21, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Best article you ever wrote. This idiot is worth a thousand other sane cricketers. On his given day he can destroy a team with either bat or ball - God help the team where he clicks with both!!!

  • Sn on March 21, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I agree with you. Mr. Chappell should take a look what Ricky Ponting did. I think Ian Chappell should leave now because he is too biased to be a commentator or analyst now.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on March 21, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    It is really an improper mentality approach when Afridi can not extend to bat much longer innings for his team most of the times. Why Afridi would give someone having an opportunity to criticize about himself nakedly something like stupid that could have been blamed to Afridi for his inconsistency with patience less stamina? How many times Afridi would confess that he should had been stayed on the crease for a long time as a proper ---disciplined, determined, punctual with something like a dependable Captain with so much responsibilities on his shoulder to lead a decent role ? Actually, what happens peculiarly to complexly thinking when he comes into the ground especially on batting? He eagerly & seriously requires having to show performing his extra patience type attitude while he will be batting only for his team, not for himself. Afridi must realize that Cricket is a definitely psychological deep concentrated mindful game. May the Almighty Allah help Afridi for his improvement.

  • Shariq Naqvi on March 21, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Way To go Kamran, you are my hero from now on. It's obvious that Ian Chappel was bitter about the fact that Pakistan beat them fair and square. His article that he wrote about the competition was completely uncalled for and now he has to eat his own words.

    I salute you my friend. You are a true Pakistan supporter!!!

  • Mohsin Khan on March 21, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Its great to see someone taking notice and standing upto extremely biased comments by Ian Chappell. He probably cannot digest the fact that his so called "unbeatable team" has been ruthlessly rolled over by Pakistan. I would like to hear his comments when Australia gets hammered out of world cup by India.

  • Adeel on March 21, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Excellent article. Chappell's outburst was ridiculous in its content, highly unprofessional and bordered on sinister. The australian downfall: first in tests and now on the world cup stage is hard to swallow for some of these so-called accomplished pundits. Not very far from a Dean Jones-esque moment Mr.Chappell.

  • Mustafa on March 21, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I agree. I had immediately posted my reaction to the absurd phraseology used by Ian on cricinfo. I always thought Ian Chappel was unlike all other australian commentators, unbiased in his analysis and comments, but he proved most of us wrong. Pakistan's success against Australia probably made him sick and frustrated.

  • AncientAstronaut on March 21, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Haha! Eat that, Chappel. The loss probably hurt his Australian ego. I'm an Indian, but I enjoy watching Afridi, as flawed as he is. And, as he's said so many times, he's a bowler first. His batting is only a bonus for Pakistan. Moreover, he admitted his mistake in the post-match presentation by calling himself irresponsible.

  • ilyas hassan on March 21, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Mr so called Chappel was hoping till last that Pakistanis will falter in chase. These remarks are out of share frustration. i think Wasim and Ramiz must give a peice of mind to instead of bearing them in commentary room with such remarks

  • Ali Durrani on March 21, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Excellent article Kamran! Afridi deserves all the credit for Pakistan's campaign. Ian Chappel should apologize if he is a man of any dignity.

  • saad on March 21, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    THANK U SO MUCH ABBASI ! I think Ian Chappell could not digest the loss.

  • dxb on March 21, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    after the result of PAK vs AUS it is clear now who is an idiot........

  • DAR on March 21, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    MR. ABBASI WELL SAID, WE ALL PAKISTANI BEHIND WITH OUR idiot's TEAM, PROVED WHAT THEY HAVE DONE THIS WORLD CUP, WE SHOULD ADVANCE CHAPPELL BOTHER'S LOOK AFTER THERE OWN IDIOT!!!!

  • Rick on March 21, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Now thats sour grapes! Thats really disgusting from a person who has been associated with this game for so long. He seems to have problem with Pakistan team in general and Afridi in particular. Surely it must be very painful for him to see erstwhile indestructibles being humilated. And wat about Lee's gymnastics... that too when they were loosing all the way. Afridi might be crazy but that's the way we like him. He is reason that makes watching pak cricket so enjoyable to us fans..

  • Naveed on March 21, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    yo.

  • Zubair on March 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Viva la Pakistan!

  • Ahmed Siddiqui on March 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Execellent article Kamran bhai.....you just put the whole progress of Pakistan in a nut shell.....remember no one expected us to get where we ended on top of our group which included Australia and Sri Lanka.....yes we are with you on this if it takes an idiotic frenetic to get us here then we would love to have him lead our side.........hope Mr. chappel gets to read your article

  • DAVISH on March 21, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Excuse me MR Chappell first thing first every bowler has its own way of celebration as far as Afridi goes u should show some respect to afridi he is a captain of our nation and we proud our self whatever he is done with his batting it doesn't matter but the face of the matter is he is a devoted cricketer gives his 100% in the game he single handedly wins games for PAKISTAN he is true champion of this ERA.

  • Qasim on March 21, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Loved this article! very well done kamran,,,, great! we have very few to back green shirts,,,,

  • I Malik on March 21, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. Ian Chappell's commentary (if you can call it that) consisted of putting the Pakistan Team down throughout the whole match, taking pot shots whenever he could.

    He was really annoying and gave no credit to the team and the performance.

    He should not be allowed to commentate. Get Botham to sort him out.

  • Tayyab Hassan on March 21, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Valid point made in the best possible way. Well done.

  • Imran on March 21, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Good article Kamran. I was watching the match at the time when Chappell made the comments about the Sydney Test match and cringed with disbelief. I expected somone like Ramiz or another commentator to counter it somehow during their commentary. But in the end the best possible reply was Pakistan Team’s performance. A slap in the face of such a biased opinion.

  • Vinay on March 21, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    I dont remember Ian Chappell having anything to say about Flintoff's Messiah postures when he took a wicket

    & you know what they say, being a captain is only until you come to bat & then you are a batsman. There has been only one way Afridi has batted all throughout his career & he is just being himself. The criticism seems to be really uncalled for

  • Fasal on March 21, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Awesome, couldnt have put it better myself...

  • Raza1005 on March 21, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Nicely pointed out. Did he say anything when the wise captain didnt do the walking !!

  • LV on March 21, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Sour grapes indeed! Chappell should never have hyped up this 'ordinary' Australian outfit in his mind. He would have suffered lesser frustration when he saw them bowled out for 176.

  • Nav on March 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Love your comments there Mr Abbasi. I do think Ian Chappell was looking for any negatgive point which would led Pakistan or its fan down. Him nor Ponting acknowledged how well Pakistan played. Some how arrogance can never be hidden!! Top blog i must say...

  • Shahzeb Khan on March 21, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    The bottomline: We love this idiot too much to find faults with his mindless captaincy.

  • ali on March 21, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    haha.. luv it..!! ian chappell..************

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    "Pakistan under the captaincy of 'idiot' Afridi managed what no other team captained by various unfrenetic non-idiots has managed for over a decade: they beat Australia in a World Cup match". what a great line to sum up the anger of gazillion fans around the world. I will pray that afridi continue his idiotic behaviour and give us the world cup glory which no one expected in 2009 and no one was expecting this time as well..

  • Javed on March 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    This idiot himself is having some wonderful imagination about cricket. I am still holding my key strokes to comment back on one of his block where he predicted the semi finalist. The team he didn't even bother to give any chance is now the group leader. Aussies may need to thank the weather to not get humiliated by Lankan lions. I hope India through out Aussies in QF to let Ian realize that cricket is being played outside of Australia as well

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  • Javed on March 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    This idiot himself is having some wonderful imagination about cricket. I am still holding my key strokes to comment back on one of his block where he predicted the semi finalist. The team he didn't even bother to give any chance is now the group leader. Aussies may need to thank the weather to not get humiliated by Lankan lions. I hope India through out Aussies in QF to let Ian realize that cricket is being played outside of Australia as well

  • Ali on March 21, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    "Pakistan under the captaincy of 'idiot' Afridi managed what no other team captained by various unfrenetic non-idiots has managed for over a decade: they beat Australia in a World Cup match". what a great line to sum up the anger of gazillion fans around the world. I will pray that afridi continue his idiotic behaviour and give us the world cup glory which no one expected in 2009 and no one was expecting this time as well..

  • ali on March 21, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    haha.. luv it..!! ian chappell..************

  • Shahzeb Khan on March 21, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    The bottomline: We love this idiot too much to find faults with his mindless captaincy.

  • Nav on March 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Love your comments there Mr Abbasi. I do think Ian Chappell was looking for any negatgive point which would led Pakistan or its fan down. Him nor Ponting acknowledged how well Pakistan played. Some how arrogance can never be hidden!! Top blog i must say...

  • LV on March 21, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Sour grapes indeed! Chappell should never have hyped up this 'ordinary' Australian outfit in his mind. He would have suffered lesser frustration when he saw them bowled out for 176.

  • Raza1005 on March 21, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Nicely pointed out. Did he say anything when the wise captain didnt do the walking !!

  • Fasal on March 21, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Awesome, couldnt have put it better myself...

  • Vinay on March 21, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    I dont remember Ian Chappell having anything to say about Flintoff's Messiah postures when he took a wicket

    & you know what they say, being a captain is only until you come to bat & then you are a batsman. There has been only one way Afridi has batted all throughout his career & he is just being himself. The criticism seems to be really uncalled for

  • Imran on March 21, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Good article Kamran. I was watching the match at the time when Chappell made the comments about the Sydney Test match and cringed with disbelief. I expected somone like Ramiz or another commentator to counter it somehow during their commentary. But in the end the best possible reply was Pakistan Team’s performance. A slap in the face of such a biased opinion.