Pakistan cricket April 8, 2011

More shame for the nameless

Wisden's withdrawn accolade to the unnamed Pakistan cricketer has heavy symbolism of its own: a memorial to the identified and unidentified cricketers who have brought dishonour to the game of cricket
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Tombs to unnamed soldiers are symbolic memorials to unidentifiable warriors who have died on the battlefield. Wisden's withdrawn accolade to the unnamed Pakistan cricketer has heavy symbolism of its own: a memorial to the identified and unidentified cricketers who have brought dishonour to the game of cricket.

Selection as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year is the 'oldest honour in cricket,' rarely awarded to Pakistanis. Englishmen, Australians, South Africans, West Indians, and Indians have all been more frequently honoured. Fazal Mahmood was the first Pakistani in 1955, and those who have followed include Asif Iqbal, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Hanif and Mushtaq Mohammad, and the two Ws.

The editor, in this case Scyld Berry, takes the decision. There is no science to it, only a reasoned judgement, and to leave one of this year's spots vacant is a measure of the impact the spot-fixing scandal had on last year's international cricket. It is a moment of extreme frustration and deep shame.

Some might argue that Berry should have chosen an alternative, and he is unnecessarily humiliating Pakistan cricket, but that would be to misunderstand the man. Corruption has been damaging international cricket for over a decade, yet after each spur of controversy we rapidly move on to more comfortable themes, eager to banish the notion that what is enthralling us could be a stage-managed farce.

While Pakistan isn't the only country to be dishonoured by corruption, its players have become corruption's most constant bedfellows, admittedly for many complex reasons. Indeed, what chance do the players have when its own cricket board acts with disregard for integrity?

Only yesterday Pakistan's senate was informed that journalists from national newspapers, news agencies, and broadcasters had taken payments from the Pakistan Cricket Board. Travel expenses to support a poorly funded profession might just be allowable, but much more was paid on top, to the tune of $70,000 in cash over the last 3 years. What was this money for? Why was it never declared by the journalists or the cricket board? A culture of corruption is never a culture to nurture progress.

In our desire to move on, we may have already forgotten how Pakistan's young team was winning hearts and accolades last summer with incredible Test victories over England and Australia. The skills of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif had created an excited buzz. Salman Butt's young leadership was impressing peers and skeptics. But it was a grand deceit; the three architects of recovery were revealed as the conspirators of Pakistan's doom. It was a time of shock, horror, and grief.

Berry has remained silent about the unnamed cricketer of the year, offering arguments for any one of three banned cricketers, but can there really be any doubt? Only one man took the world by storm in the last 18 months, destroying batting orders around the world with a youthful exuberance that made him an instant star. Only one man's loss to international cricket is truly lamented, his rise from rags to riches a modern-day morality tale.

Pakistan is still feeling the consequences of Amir's ban. The touring party for the one-day series against West Indies is short of experienced pace bowling; rookies Junaid Khan and Sadaf Hussain selected to support Wahab Riaz, whose performance against India in Mohali suddenly casts him as Pakistan's go-to bowler. But this is the time to rebuild with fresh blood and cleansed souls, to begin the process that ensures the next time a Pakistan cricketer is one of Wisden's cricketers of the year his name his spoken with pride and not censored in disgrace.

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

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  • Angghie on September 8, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Now that Pakistan have won this tournament they will have to pfrroem to raised expectations of their fans. They wont be underdogs in the Champions trophy and it will be interesting to see how they handle pressure of expectations.

  • Nustian on June 5, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    its happening in Pak Cricket due to PCB.. it cant handle things in way which these should be.. so the main problem is whole management with out support of them,an individual cant do such stupid things.. shame on PCB. Aamir is a geat loss for Pak.. money matters a lot when some comes from lower class when it see the money he want to grab it more in less time so this is what happen to aamir, asif

  • kyza on May 4, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I am really gutted about the situation with these 3 players, not so much for Salman, as I see it he is the lesser talent out of the 3 players, but he was the skipper and senior player ahead of the two A's, he allowed this to happen and made it so we lost 2 of the best bowlers in the world of cricket todat, I think fans of Pakistan were robbed by these players after a long time we found a replacement for Wasim Akram in Amir what a wasted talent for Pakistan, it's time we all moved on we have bigger players in Wahab,Junaid,Gul,Sami,Tanvir Ahmed,Sohail Khan,Sohail Tanvir, too many bowlers, we need to nuture these guys and make the great, Wahab is a wonderful bowler and has raw talent, we also have Rana Naved, Yasir Arafat, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammed Talha is another good prospect, Sadaf, there are so many bowlers in Pakistan come on use and help new talent, we have so luck in Pakistan to always find new young players.

  • Zulfiqar Ali on April 22, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I agree to the empty spot, not naming the obvious and the shame that comes along, but my heart goes out to that little boy who reminded the way cricket is to be FAUGHT as contest between bat and ball that I sorely miss in one day and 20/20 formats as well as test cricket. That smiled aggression was a new feature on a fading cricket scene which has not provided anything refreshing for such a while. We all knew of the background and we all knew this talent has not only to be nurtured but to be protected. He's thrown in the deep end to make the choices he does not have the capability of. The failure of that boy is the failure of the team management and the board than any one else. Sentence may have been given in this case but JUSTICE is yet to be done

  • kashijee40 on April 21, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    It dsnt matter now i think AAMIR deserves it but it was himself who wasted the opportunity to get that honor. He was fentabulus bowler but if any one cross the line of the rules then he deserves the punishment

  • MASA on April 16, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    If Tamim Iqbal can win wisden player of the year then my cousin who has passed his high school in just the fifth attempt should be awarded the nobel prize.

  • OnlyKaps on April 15, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Amir was a fab bowler, I havent seen a left armer like him since Wasim Akram (others may have had spots of brilliant bowling - Johnson at the Malaysia trophy 3 seasons back, Nehra vs England 2003 WC, or occasionally Zaheer ) but Amir bowled splendily thru the season. The exclusion from Wisden is just a reminder to posterity worldwide of the greatness that was there for the asking,,,, and wasted.

  • S.Khalid on April 13, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    It is very heartening to see many people in favour of banning Amir, Asif and Butt for life. Any corruption should be stamped out. If you are old enough to stand trial, you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Let's clean up cricket and send a message out to youngsters by the example of the wasted talent of these guys.

  • Humayun Mirza on April 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Why would everyone in the world want to gang up against Pakistan? What possible benefit would anyone derive from it? Pakistanis need to dispense with these conspiracy theories and look inwards to identify any problem confronting them. And as for Indians, can you all accept an opinion as being just that! However flawed it may be, it may be Afridi's perception that Indians get a better ovation in Pakistan than vice versa. So just prove your "largeheartedness" by accepting it as his opinion and no more.

  • bilal on April 13, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    A good articel..a bit patriotic which is how its supposed to be. What makes me wonder is certain comments about "big heart", let me clear it up for the dumb ones, he meant hospitality wise, becasue afridi sensed the snake-like behavior of the hosts and he was man enough to say it on TV. Coming back to the article, Kamran is very fair in his assessment and if he's optimistic about Pakistan's future, there's nothing wrong. I don't think an Indian writer will be "fair" toward pakistanis or anyone else for that matter. And besides Kamran is using this source of media to convey his thoughts, and being a pakistani, it should be skewed toward pakistan and not otherwise. And please dont tell me that media is bias free, coz if that's what you think, go and watch any indian channel pre Pak-india match. If still not convinced, then as they say "bhains k aagey been bajanay ka koi fayda nahi"

    Having said all that, I am genuinely disappointed with the fixing scandal and hope it doesn't occur ever

  • Angghie on September 8, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Now that Pakistan have won this tournament they will have to pfrroem to raised expectations of their fans. They wont be underdogs in the Champions trophy and it will be interesting to see how they handle pressure of expectations.

  • Nustian on June 5, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    its happening in Pak Cricket due to PCB.. it cant handle things in way which these should be.. so the main problem is whole management with out support of them,an individual cant do such stupid things.. shame on PCB. Aamir is a geat loss for Pak.. money matters a lot when some comes from lower class when it see the money he want to grab it more in less time so this is what happen to aamir, asif

  • kyza on May 4, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I am really gutted about the situation with these 3 players, not so much for Salman, as I see it he is the lesser talent out of the 3 players, but he was the skipper and senior player ahead of the two A's, he allowed this to happen and made it so we lost 2 of the best bowlers in the world of cricket todat, I think fans of Pakistan were robbed by these players after a long time we found a replacement for Wasim Akram in Amir what a wasted talent for Pakistan, it's time we all moved on we have bigger players in Wahab,Junaid,Gul,Sami,Tanvir Ahmed,Sohail Khan,Sohail Tanvir, too many bowlers, we need to nuture these guys and make the great, Wahab is a wonderful bowler and has raw talent, we also have Rana Naved, Yasir Arafat, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammed Talha is another good prospect, Sadaf, there are so many bowlers in Pakistan come on use and help new talent, we have so luck in Pakistan to always find new young players.

  • Zulfiqar Ali on April 22, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I agree to the empty spot, not naming the obvious and the shame that comes along, but my heart goes out to that little boy who reminded the way cricket is to be FAUGHT as contest between bat and ball that I sorely miss in one day and 20/20 formats as well as test cricket. That smiled aggression was a new feature on a fading cricket scene which has not provided anything refreshing for such a while. We all knew of the background and we all knew this talent has not only to be nurtured but to be protected. He's thrown in the deep end to make the choices he does not have the capability of. The failure of that boy is the failure of the team management and the board than any one else. Sentence may have been given in this case but JUSTICE is yet to be done

  • kashijee40 on April 21, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    It dsnt matter now i think AAMIR deserves it but it was himself who wasted the opportunity to get that honor. He was fentabulus bowler but if any one cross the line of the rules then he deserves the punishment

  • MASA on April 16, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    If Tamim Iqbal can win wisden player of the year then my cousin who has passed his high school in just the fifth attempt should be awarded the nobel prize.

  • OnlyKaps on April 15, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Amir was a fab bowler, I havent seen a left armer like him since Wasim Akram (others may have had spots of brilliant bowling - Johnson at the Malaysia trophy 3 seasons back, Nehra vs England 2003 WC, or occasionally Zaheer ) but Amir bowled splendily thru the season. The exclusion from Wisden is just a reminder to posterity worldwide of the greatness that was there for the asking,,,, and wasted.

  • S.Khalid on April 13, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    It is very heartening to see many people in favour of banning Amir, Asif and Butt for life. Any corruption should be stamped out. If you are old enough to stand trial, you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Let's clean up cricket and send a message out to youngsters by the example of the wasted talent of these guys.

  • Humayun Mirza on April 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Why would everyone in the world want to gang up against Pakistan? What possible benefit would anyone derive from it? Pakistanis need to dispense with these conspiracy theories and look inwards to identify any problem confronting them. And as for Indians, can you all accept an opinion as being just that! However flawed it may be, it may be Afridi's perception that Indians get a better ovation in Pakistan than vice versa. So just prove your "largeheartedness" by accepting it as his opinion and no more.

  • bilal on April 13, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    A good articel..a bit patriotic which is how its supposed to be. What makes me wonder is certain comments about "big heart", let me clear it up for the dumb ones, he meant hospitality wise, becasue afridi sensed the snake-like behavior of the hosts and he was man enough to say it on TV. Coming back to the article, Kamran is very fair in his assessment and if he's optimistic about Pakistan's future, there's nothing wrong. I don't think an Indian writer will be "fair" toward pakistanis or anyone else for that matter. And besides Kamran is using this source of media to convey his thoughts, and being a pakistani, it should be skewed toward pakistan and not otherwise. And please dont tell me that media is bias free, coz if that's what you think, go and watch any indian channel pre Pak-india match. If still not convinced, then as they say "bhains k aagey been bajanay ka koi fayda nahi"

    Having said all that, I am genuinely disappointed with the fixing scandal and hope it doesn't occur ever

  • Syed Shahzad Bukhari on April 13, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Its really nice to feel that our roots are very strong and our country have been always producing exceptional talent in every field like the cricket writer Kamran Abbasi and his quality articles which a source of joyness for every reader.

    Regarding Amir, Asif & But no doubt its a huge loss but good thing justice has done and criminals have been punished at the best and its a matter of past only, forget it and move on and explore the untapped talent we got.

  • Vish on April 12, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @ ali_a: Yes, India learnt from Pakistan how to defeat Sri Lanka and Australia. India also learnt New Zealand how to defeat Pakistan... That's how we won the world-cup... Hopefully, in the next world cup, Bangladesh can learn how to defeat India, and they will be the champion...

  • Vish on April 12, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @Ayube: Bowling no-ball can be a good strategy as long as the instructions don't come from a stranger sitting in a hotel room.

    @Abdullah: It is not about the outcome! It is about integrity...

  • Nasir on April 12, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Well my dear all brothers We should be happy with the over come of Pakistani teame from disoster situation. We should be possitive and hope that new players will perform and take place of old players. According to my personal view Imran Nazir should be in the sqaud and Razzaq decision is also not so good. But any how this is the time where we can build new unbeaten team and apply new tilent.

  • Adil Iqbal Daing on April 12, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Itz shame for pakistan team n selectors. Whole team z of criminals eccept few young persons. Afridi z not as pois as people think n he looks, he has conflict with abdul Razzak that z reason for lowering the order of Ab. Razzak.Misbah z nonscence crap in the team who z in d team coz of paying money to selectors only. It was not difficult to chase 260 against india.

  • orion on April 12, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    pity the people who still offer excuses for the shamed characters of salman, asif and amir. From the ashes will rise something better,i feel no sympathy for the trio

  • Hameed Ajmal Sheikh on April 12, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    The most shocking omission from Pakistan team is of Razzaq.It looks very obvious that Afridi wanted him out from very first match of world cup when he was sent bat at no8 when he is far more better batsman than Afridi.It is a shame that Paksitan has chosen a captain like Afridi who is totally illiterate and without any manners or discipline.for Paksitan pride Asif and salman Butt should be banned for life and Amir should be spared after 3 years.

  • Hammad Qadir on April 11, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    @ Mustafa Sayeed: Who was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament? Wasn't it Afridi, who you want to throw out of the team?

    And what was Younis's contribution? Please think through before making such comments. Misbah should be in the team; he played a pivotal role in the run to the Semis. Let us not judge him from his performance in the Semis. Put yourself in his shoes and think about what must have been going through his mind as batsmen on the other end kept falling like a stack of cards.

    Afridi took up the leadership position during a devastating time for us. He, along with Waqar, has done a really good job to put together a competitive units out of a depleted pool of players post spot-fixing fiasco.

  • ali_a on April 11, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Not defending the trios, but someone should also point out the corruption in IPL and why its got so much blessing from ICC with no investigations? One thing for sure, its not just these trios who were involved there are players from other countries that are involved in some kind of fixing - however they're left uncaught. On other topic- I think Pak had the best opportunity to win or reach the final of 2011 WC. They actually showed India how to defeat Aus and SL. They also showed India how Pak defeats Pak so Ind didn't have to do much. While shame to all Pak batting who did not stand up to competition. Specifically would like to mention Afridi- you now want a batting coach, before NZ tour when media asked you about how do u feel of Miandad giving tips. At that time Afridi said Javed presence not going to help veterans like him, Mishbah and Younis. Talk of hypocritcy from Mr Afrdid? Against India he should've sticked around with Mishbah and played a serious innings like Dohni in final

  • Samad on April 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I think that Wisden was totally correct in not naming the 5th player of the year. It is fairly obvious that it is Aamir and the world MUST see that corruption does not pay. Some may call it rubbing it in...i completely disagree. These men shamed our country and we must not allow our talent to be swayed by im-moral parties who have no interest in the beauty of this wonderful sport.

    The Pakistani team has performed admirably since the scandal improving with every game. Unfortunately they have suffered a setback in the Test Arena in terms of bowling however they must surge ahead with new talent and nurture it. We have four years to get our acts together!

  • Kyza on April 11, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Assalamu Alikum all Pakistanis, it's a good article by Kamran bhai, these 3 cricketers have brought shame on us and our proud nation, Anir was the worlds greatest find and wibderful bowler too good for the likes of Ponting and any other batsmen in the world at this piont, unbeliveable talent raw pace and swing in both ways, like Asif a wonderful and world clas match winning test bowler young and raw and totally incredable to have cleaned up Aussies for 88 and then England for the same, a opening bowling lartnership which was NO 1 in worlds cricket could have got PAKISTAN where it belongs but these 2 guys have riuned what we had any through thier brainless actions, I am still hurt at ahwt they did, it will take time to heal, I am a true Pakistani and feel deeply hurt and ashamed that these 2 players were taken away from our team through thier own stupidness.

  • Abdullah on April 11, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    I m still wondering what effect those two or three no balls had on the course of the match!!! Or was it a ploy to weaken Pakistan's main strength.

  • Ayube on April 10, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    It is a shame that Pakistani writers and administrators could not find a way to protect and defend Amir, the brightest young star to emerge in the last twenty years. As far as he was concerned, he was banned for bowling two noballs on the instructions of his captain (according to Waqar). Bowling noballs is often a deliberate strategy used by fast bowlers to intimidate batsmen. Pakistan produces a lot of outstanding cricketers that they proceed to destroy one after the other. The latest is Razzaq, a proven matchwinner, whose batting position at No. 8 in the batting order ofen left him with an over or so to make an impact

  • Rashid on April 10, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    When head is not functioning how the body parts will work? Look I know people are against Pakistan players for complex reason , but certainly our board and players let it all happen.

  • Mustafa Sayeed- Asif's nephew on April 10, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Pakistan lost fair and square. Afridi should be demoted to 12th man, his play proved that.While Misbah and Younus khan should be promoted to captain and co-captain respectively. Their play lead the Pakistan team to the semis and without them Pakistan would never be able to compete in the world cup. However, no matter what Pakistan do, India will always beat them.

  • Deep on April 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Nameless and shameless. There have been so apologies, nothing, from the players. And commenters like Waqas Waheed exemplify all that is wrong with Pakistani society. You guys just blame others (India? UK? USA?) instead of looking in the mirror. We are not a perfect society either but at least we have the courage to recognize our warts and try to improve things. Pak will be like this even in 2021 or 2031.

  • Asif on April 9, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    The sacking of razzaq is not right.Eventhough he failed in the semi finals he is still a match winner.They should have axed mizbah who was the main culprit in the semi final loss to india.As I have written earlier many times mizbah should play only tests as he is not able to rotate strike like other middle order batsmen do.He just blocks plenty of balls without scoring runs which increases the pressure on the batsmen to follow.Pak would have beaten india if mizbah and younis had scored 20 runs in the 66 dot balls they played.The seniors younis and mizbah failed to realise that singles are also very important feature of one day cricket.India won the wc as their batsmen gambhir and dhoni kept on rotating the strike by picking up singles and twos instead of just playing dot balls like mizbah and younis.If pak is planning for future than there is no point in playing mizbah in the short formats where as razzaq is not that old and he can still contribute a lot to pak cricket.

  • sars on April 9, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    the only positive spin to put on this is that the new , young team has a good example in front of them of what can happen if you indulge in wrong practices. Amir had the world at his feet and he kicket it away for far too little.He may or not may not be guilty himself but definitely got wrong advice from his seniors. Better we learn these lessons now rather than never.

  • Harshvardhan on April 9, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Unfortunately if PCB is inept why dont the government and people do anything about it its much easies to keep crying foul about PCB but what are pakistanis doing to do someting about PCB or pak cricket and why is young pakistani too much attracted with money look at indians they havenot have had any issues after azhar,hansie,salim malik episode they are they richest and highest paid blokes and have ethics and morality may be pakistanis can learn and stop cribbling about not playing in IPL unlike afridi who has large heart to drop six catches indians are too small to allow pakistanis

  • Ali on April 9, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    well rightly said Abbassi. these players should not only be banned from cricket but put on trial for treason and should end up in jail for ten years atleast so the rest of the players would know the consequences of doing so in future. one slight comfort i get from this as a pakistan cricket supporter is that its not that they cant play well but its that they wont. i just hope pakistan come across more players like shahid afridi who plays more with heart than mind.

  • Mustafa on April 9, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    I look forward to the return of Aamer, against whom nothing was proved, it may be remembered.

  • Ammar Bhutta on April 8, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Nice writeup, the heart still bleeds to see such a talent waisted for such a small gain, that in itself was never there. Hope it will send a message to the next Amir and maybe the Wisden Amir some day will reflect at his actions and come out and apologize to the nation and his fans world wide. Somehow it will be a miracle if we see him on the bouncy Aussie tracks in the 2015 cup, wishful thinking or not he was indeed a rare talent and gone the way the rest of Pakistan is going for the last decade

  • T. Auiuc on April 8, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    This is such a sorry affair. Scyld Berry should have been wiser, dragging Wisden's good name through such dirt. Totally unnecessary stand, based on illogical thinking. The controversy started and ended during the summer of 2010. More than enough time to nominate a clean name for wisden. If ICC could remove Amir from their nominee's list then why couldn't Berry. Is he trying to prove that Wisden is holier than The Holy now?

  • shiraz on April 8, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    For me the most shocking thing is that none of the three has yet to come out and apologize to the nation for their mistakes. They should have admitted the mistakes and apologized to the country and everything could have become back to normal. But the arrogance is amazing and just unbelievable.

  • Navin on April 8, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Oh really? Pakistani journalists were paid by PCB? No wonder they have big hearts acoording to Pakistan's ODI captain!

  • Ebad ullah abbasi on April 8, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    very nice article kamran bahi ..... !!!!

  • Desihungama on April 8, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Actually I agree with the writer to withhold Amir's name. It's a shame that his name cannot be named in the Wisden list but on the contrary it is also an honor for young Amir that his incredible talent has been recognized to the extent that they have left an open space. Too bad, he won't even be playing the next World Cup. Now, moving on..No body put a gun to these lads to engage in this illicit behavior. They brought onto themselves.

  • Naeem Husain on April 8, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Current pakistan's cricketers are talented but totally shame less and brainless.Both on and off the field. They lack sence of responsiblity to play for their country's pride as they show in the recent cricket world cup against India. They missed the Golden apportunity. Beside the players, manager and coach should be held responsible for not motivating players and reminding them contineously about the imporatace of winning the world cup as how Pakistan cricket is going through a rough patch. But again what can you expect from these iresponsible, shameless and brain less fellows? God Bless Pakistan Cricket!

  • Naeem on April 8, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Buray kam ka bura nateja

  • Joy on April 8, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    "More shame for the shameless" - A bit more appropriate name, I would rather say.Hope Pakistan cricket comes out of darkness soon.

  • Ayaan Ali on April 8, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Wonderful!!!

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Abdur RAZZAQ's exclusion is a shocking decision. One can't drop him from ODIs and T20s. I don't know how this decision is made. I hope Hammad AZAM proves to be next Razzaq.

    Overall, it seems to be a very good squad for a fresh start, except wicketkeeper.

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    I expected a separate article on WI tour selection from you, Kamran. Anyways here is my analysis.

    Hammad AZAM, Junaid KHAN, Sadaf HUSSAIN, Usman Salahuddin are excellent selections. I would like to see another domestic guy, ASAD ALI. But bowling is excellent. I saw few videos of Sadaf HUSSAIN on YT and he looks an excellent bowler, stats support it.

    AHMAD Shehzad must not be made into another Imran NAZIR and he should be given as many chances as possible. He will deliver.

    Wicketkeeper Salman Ahmad is not a very intelligent choice, specially when Sarfraz Ahmad performed so well domestically.

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Another great article. The journalists getting payments from PCB tells the story of how things are manipulated in Pakistan cricket. Now I understand why TV channels and groups of newspapers do not take stance against the wrong doings of PCB and Ijaz Butt.

  • Alam on April 8, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Very nice article and I share your feelings. It is an eye opener for the new talent in Pakistan.

  • Arsalan Iqtidar Khan on April 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I really think these cricketers should never be allowed to get back in Team Pakistan. I almost left watching cricket because of them. We all really are depressed and dishonored because of them.

  • Waqas Waheed on April 8, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    The are getting the punishment of being pakistani's.

  • Saud on April 8, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Move on Kamran. Don't keep rubbing it in. It's done, gone, over with.

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  • Saud on April 8, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Move on Kamran. Don't keep rubbing it in. It's done, gone, over with.

  • Waqas Waheed on April 8, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    The are getting the punishment of being pakistani's.

  • Arsalan Iqtidar Khan on April 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I really think these cricketers should never be allowed to get back in Team Pakistan. I almost left watching cricket because of them. We all really are depressed and dishonored because of them.

  • Alam on April 8, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Very nice article and I share your feelings. It is an eye opener for the new talent in Pakistan.

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Another great article. The journalists getting payments from PCB tells the story of how things are manipulated in Pakistan cricket. Now I understand why TV channels and groups of newspapers do not take stance against the wrong doings of PCB and Ijaz Butt.

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    I expected a separate article on WI tour selection from you, Kamran. Anyways here is my analysis.

    Hammad AZAM, Junaid KHAN, Sadaf HUSSAIN, Usman Salahuddin are excellent selections. I would like to see another domestic guy, ASAD ALI. But bowling is excellent. I saw few videos of Sadaf HUSSAIN on YT and he looks an excellent bowler, stats support it.

    AHMAD Shehzad must not be made into another Imran NAZIR and he should be given as many chances as possible. He will deliver.

    Wicketkeeper Salman Ahmad is not a very intelligent choice, specially when Sarfraz Ahmad performed so well domestically.

  • Nadeem Khan on April 8, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Abdur RAZZAQ's exclusion is a shocking decision. One can't drop him from ODIs and T20s. I don't know how this decision is made. I hope Hammad AZAM proves to be next Razzaq.

    Overall, it seems to be a very good squad for a fresh start, except wicketkeeper.

  • Ayaan Ali on April 8, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Wonderful!!!

  • Joy on April 8, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    "More shame for the shameless" - A bit more appropriate name, I would rather say.Hope Pakistan cricket comes out of darkness soon.

  • Naeem on April 8, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Buray kam ka bura nateja