Innovations June 7, 2011

Are you with Shahid?

On the one hand, he’s fickle
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Saturday, 4th June Shahid Afridi and the PCB are now officially in a state of feud and are settling it like men, the old-fashioned way: press releases and legal notices at dawn. Stopping Shahid from playing Twenty20 in England does have a hint of the playground about it. But then again, Afridi would try the patience of the most benevolent administrator. He is the boy (with the lovely hair) who cried resignation once too often.

So whose side are you on? It’s tricky, as Run DMC put it.

Though this revolution is timely, I’m not sure Afridi is the man to lead it. The Che Guevara of Pakistani cricket may look good on a t-shirt but he’s not the most reliable of figureheads around whom to rally. He is the embodiment of unpredictability. He lets you down, then he makes up for it, then he lets you down again. It's no coincidence that the founding members of the Afridi fan club all went grey years ago. As heroes go, he is from the shelf marked “flawed”.

On the other hand, he isn’t Ijaz Butt. Like I said, it’s tricky.

Sunday 5th June Cricket Australia are toying with the idea of twilight play in some Sheffield Shield games next year. Not before time. It’s as timid as warm milk, but they’re reckless revolutionaries compared to the ICC. In most corners of their dominion, Test cricket has nearly ceased to be and is well on the way to being an ex-format. So what are they doing to reanimate it? We may, possibly, have some sort of Test championship playoff in 2013, a mere decade after the Test ratings were initiated. That’s about it.

How about day-nighters? Four-day Tests? Coloured clothing? Players’ names on the backs of their shirts? A slightly more robust approach to playing in the rain? A new ball every 40 overs? Sacrilege! Whilst (popular and profitable) 50-over cricket is fair game for all manner of wacky innovations and bizarre experiments, the five-day format must be perfectly preserved, like a museum exhibit, as the cobwebs accumulate and the spectators drift away in search of something more interesting.

But perhaps there is another angle. Maybe, instead of trying to find 21st-century solutions, we should seek inspiration from the past. I’m not talking compulsory beards, cravats or Bodyline (although there’s a lot to be said for all three). No other sport depends so much on the condition of the playing surface, so why not make a virtue of it and bring back the uncovered pitch? Hands up who wants to see how well Ian Bell or Thilan Samaraweera cope with a sticky dog at Old Trafford or a hard-baked turner in Chennai? Let’s make Test cricket a real test instead of a run-fest.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • adil on June 10, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    he is one of great cricketer of pakistan.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont lose him

  • rezwan rajar on June 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    yes i am with shahid afridi because of not he is a good player but he is also best captain last 8 months...and ijaz butt the man one who destroing pakistan cricket last 2 years.....

  • Arshad Hussaub on June 8, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Afridi is right of wrong? it does not matter, the fact is PCB is destroying careers of many good crickters in Pakistan. If Afridi succeed in getting PCB reverse its decision against Afridi other players will also be able to get their problems solved with PCB through courts.

  • Rafiullah on June 8, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I do not think so that shahid doing right becouse did this type of action many time and doing this is just become hobby for him.

  • Ali Khan on June 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    In my opinion Ejaz Butt should be sacked immediately. He does not know the C of cricket. He has made Misbah Ul Haq captain for ODI's the man drew the TEST SERIES against W.INDIES who are the weakest, it is as good as losing the series. Secondly the coach and the manager giving reason of losing the odi's against west indies despite pakistan beat them 3-2. Ejaz Butt is solely responsible for decline in Pakistan Cricket in last 2 years. Waqar and Inzamam captained Pakistan in 2003/2007 world cup and pakistan were shamefully out in the first round despite having all the stars in the side. SHAHID AFRIDI HAS LEAD THE TEAM FROM THE FRONT DURING WORLD CUP 2011 and PLAYED SEMI FINALS AFTER BEATING SRILANKA / AUSTRALIA. INSTEAD OF APPLAUDING SHAHID PCB TRYING TO END HIS FUTURE BY ADOPTING UNETHICAL MEANS WHICH IS NOT FAIR. IS THERE ANYBODY TO COUNTER PCB(EJAZ BUTT )

  • mobin on June 8, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    i Think Afridi Is Right.PCB/Izaz Butt Is A man Who Distroid Pakistan Cricket Team.

  • javed on June 8, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    KEEP IT UP AFRIDI YOU HAVE PUT THE DICTATOR ON THE BACK FOOT

  • sabkababaone on June 8, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    yes i m with afridi due the tremendos playing idea and the way they handle things in world cup people require to see that moment also when he lead the team against sri lanka and australia and also i want to a to z reformation in the board till the peon should be suspended

  • ansar asim on June 8, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    yes me and my family shahid.....iijaz butt tottly wrong.he should leave his seat.....afradi should play for pakistan.

  • Indian Muslim on June 8, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Pakistan is the laughing stock of the world of cricket. Without Pakistan, cricket would be so boring. A new drama comes out of Pakistan cricket every week. When will the lethargic Pakistani people do something about these weekly dramas?

  • adil on June 10, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    he is one of great cricketer of pakistan.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont lose him

  • rezwan rajar on June 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    yes i am with shahid afridi because of not he is a good player but he is also best captain last 8 months...and ijaz butt the man one who destroing pakistan cricket last 2 years.....

  • Arshad Hussaub on June 8, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Afridi is right of wrong? it does not matter, the fact is PCB is destroying careers of many good crickters in Pakistan. If Afridi succeed in getting PCB reverse its decision against Afridi other players will also be able to get their problems solved with PCB through courts.

  • Rafiullah on June 8, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I do not think so that shahid doing right becouse did this type of action many time and doing this is just become hobby for him.

  • Ali Khan on June 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    In my opinion Ejaz Butt should be sacked immediately. He does not know the C of cricket. He has made Misbah Ul Haq captain for ODI's the man drew the TEST SERIES against W.INDIES who are the weakest, it is as good as losing the series. Secondly the coach and the manager giving reason of losing the odi's against west indies despite pakistan beat them 3-2. Ejaz Butt is solely responsible for decline in Pakistan Cricket in last 2 years. Waqar and Inzamam captained Pakistan in 2003/2007 world cup and pakistan were shamefully out in the first round despite having all the stars in the side. SHAHID AFRIDI HAS LEAD THE TEAM FROM THE FRONT DURING WORLD CUP 2011 and PLAYED SEMI FINALS AFTER BEATING SRILANKA / AUSTRALIA. INSTEAD OF APPLAUDING SHAHID PCB TRYING TO END HIS FUTURE BY ADOPTING UNETHICAL MEANS WHICH IS NOT FAIR. IS THERE ANYBODY TO COUNTER PCB(EJAZ BUTT )

  • mobin on June 8, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    i Think Afridi Is Right.PCB/Izaz Butt Is A man Who Distroid Pakistan Cricket Team.

  • javed on June 8, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    KEEP IT UP AFRIDI YOU HAVE PUT THE DICTATOR ON THE BACK FOOT

  • sabkababaone on June 8, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    yes i m with afridi due the tremendos playing idea and the way they handle things in world cup people require to see that moment also when he lead the team against sri lanka and australia and also i want to a to z reformation in the board till the peon should be suspended

  • ansar asim on June 8, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    yes me and my family shahid.....iijaz butt tottly wrong.he should leave his seat.....afradi should play for pakistan.

  • Indian Muslim on June 8, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Pakistan is the laughing stock of the world of cricket. Without Pakistan, cricket would be so boring. A new drama comes out of Pakistan cricket every week. When will the lethargic Pakistani people do something about these weekly dramas?

  • Shazia Noreen on June 8, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Well, Butt could not handle any problem with players in a right way, since he is appointed as chairman. I think Waqar should leave not Shahid, it is Waqar who started all this fuss when Waseem was captain and destroyed his image, and now he is doing the same with other players. We need good players. Waqar himself apologized later on what he did with Waseem and will he apologize again after couple of years.....well hope it will not be too late then..We lost Yousuf, about to loose Younis , Shoaib and now Shahid, better Butt and Waqar leave now.

  • Impala on June 8, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    He got 20 odd wickets during the WC. So we choose him to be a life time hero? He didnt have to be a capt to get the haul. It happened. Remember Afridi the batsman? What was his grand total during WC and W.I. tour? Of no consequence. He was never the capt material. Too immature. Too unstable on/off the field. While leaving he should take I.Butt with him.

  • Amjed Abro on June 8, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    I am not on Afridi's side. He needs to behave like a mature person. On a number of occasions, he has let us down. Look at example of his test retirement amid test series in England. Moreover, he has played for Pakistan almost now for 12-14 years, until now he bats like very immature batsman. Look at example of Jaysuriya, how he started and how did he end. There are a number of different examples also. He is a very special case of loose temperament. After doing wrong every time, you don't say "I am sorry" and it was unintentional. Please let PCB carry out its work ! If you analyze team's performance, under coaching of Waqar, remained almost same with every captain. This shows what?

  • Prabin B on June 8, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Sahid afridi is right....he is a matchwinner, entertainer, honest....he has every right to express his feeling......chairman butt, waqar younis should be removed from their respective post and afridi should be retained as the captain

  • Asher Rafiq on June 8, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    I agree with Ahmad Sahota,Its not whose side we are. I think both Shahid & PCB should resolve this matter ASAP. If not they ( both ) should leave.We are sick of these stupid and Immuture acts / press conferrences from Butt & shahid. Please let people enjoy cricket.

  • JR on June 8, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    I am 100% with S. Afridi. He took the team over when PAK team was in turm oil..and took the team to team to WC SF. Also he is the honest Man (Even Majhar Majeed could not buy him)..Mr Ugly BUTT needs to go. I.Butt does not care about PAK cricket if they WIN or LOSE...He just want to make what ever money he can for his next generation...But does not give a Dam about PAK Cricket. Afridi is our National Hero..I wish someone honest take over in PCB and take the PAK team bak to the top..where once when WI was on the top in 70, 80, 90's ..PAK was the one team which beat them on many oacasions..PAK beat India almost evry time we played..we beat ENG in ENG..We beat AUS 3-0 in test...Bring back those Days again..GOOD LUCK AFRIDI! and PAK Team!

  • Junaid on June 8, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    no i am not with afridi, i will go with waqar

  • Santosh on June 7, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    First-time commenter - just had to put my hand up for this. All this talk about helmets, padding, beefier bats and the like is mostly irrelevant- the real reason batsmen are dominating bowlers is the covered pitch.

  • sohail on June 7, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Afridi voilete code of conduct. He should punish He is not a good captain but good player We could win the world cup if PCB name MIsbah before the worldcup

  • saad amjad.(fiji) on June 7, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    iam agree with mr.Syed Shahzad views what he said please read again.dont think Shahid Afridi have ability to lead the team as a captain. He should not come back to internatioanl cricket again. I dont like PCB also is there anyone who can think and do more seriously? alyways trouble making never take matters seriously, just like children. and i must say one more thing that PCB should allow Afridi to play domestic and county, leage etc.please pakistani brothers try to understand do not emotional think 4 pakistani cricket thanks.

  • ahmad on June 7, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    hi,

    i have my full support with Shahid khan afridi. he is the captain and waqar younis is a coach. since the ijaz butt is the chairman of pcb, our cricket is really down.. i think hopefully Shahid Afridi reinstated as captain and ijaz butt, waqar younas go back to home.. this is my opinion and i hope lot of other people agree with me.. I could not under stand he was the captain when pakistan won one day series against newzealand, he was the captain when pakistan reached in semi final of world cup, he was the captain when pakistan won the one day series against west indies so how u can sacked him as a captain... my prayer with Shahid khan afridi..

  • MAHMOOD UL HASSAN CHOHAN on June 7, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    yes i am with shahid afridi.he is honest player of cricket

  • ayesha on June 7, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Ofcourse we are with him and we will certainly always remain on his side! GO AFRIDI!!

  • Arsalan Mujahid Ghouri on June 7, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Afridi never qualify for play as much cricket as he already played. Even he gave the job to lead the team. According to me, that was the most darkest time of cricket when Afridi leading the Paki team. He never prove himself an average player, yah he played one two good innings with bat, and yah he took many wickets of weak batsmen in world cup, but any one can do more than it in 15 years. Reports of coach and manager of Caribbean tour suggested that, decision is totally right to remove him. Im with PCB.

  • Jasir on June 7, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    We all are with Shahid Afridi. We do not want to lose our national hero. Already we have lost our two best bowlers, Amir and Asif, because of Ijaz Butt. Naseem Ashraf was much better chairman of PCB compared top Ijaz Butt.

  • Irfan on June 7, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I have said this earlier. Afridi should have never been made captain and it would be his demise. He lost his full flavor being the decision maker. He was and could still be a solid gun player under a good captian in limited overs. It is time to put a good vice captain under Mishah and gear him up for the job... Hafeez comes to mind!

  • Ahmed Abbasi on June 7, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Its neither about Afridi nor about Ijaz Butt, its just a face on for the system on which Pakistan cricket has been run.One ruler who thinks that he has conquered the world makes a decision of his own,then another, a rebeller with whom public sentiment is.Its a battle that many cricketers of this region have fought and will keep fighting.Its never cricket its always about personal grudges.All i wish as an ardent fan of Shahid is to keep him seeing in the green shirt as long as possible.

  • Shahid on June 7, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    No doubt that our cricket administration is THE worste we ever had since as nation we started playing cricket. Ejaz Butt is a joker and he has given a bad name to pakistan cricket, I will rather say, pakistan was always considered to be a major cricket nation and played a strong role in decision making process on the world level but that was gone as soon as Ejaz butt entered that door. Said that, I never agreed to having Shahid Afridi as captain. He is not a planer, he is realy a hyper personality who doesn't have calmness and self control that is needed to do the job. Until today in more than adecade, he didn't even once think that he is losing his wicket 90% of the time while trying to hit it towards skies. i just remember how he opened his usual big mouth to destroy a goodwill that was achieved between india nad pakistan after the semifinal. Then I think of that ball biting scene, then his leaving captaincy after one test, then him having problems with Younis... list is long

  • mohsin on June 7, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    when a controversy rise like this there are many things that are happening we don't know.we love our national hero Shahid but we also respect PCB as well..so let's hope for the best...:)

  • azhar on June 7, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Well done Afridi; some body got speak!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sal on June 7, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    With Afridi!! the one and only

  • Sherrygul on June 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Infact Ejaz But is using the tactics of firing every player who seems to get a bit stronger. This shows the weak PCB under Ejaz But chairmanship. The real solution to these series of issues is Players Association like India has one with leadership of retired stars like Ravi Shastri etc. We love Pakistan players along with Shahid Afridi and others. Shahid Afridi should fight against this fake board. ejaz but is now in hot waters and He insulted Mr. Bilawal and Nawaz sharif with saying that Politicians should,nt interfere in Cricket matters !! and used filthy language for politicians. We are all with Shahid Afridi but is it the same which Afridi plotted against Yunis Khan sometimes ago ???

  • Boom Boom on June 7, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    yes...we are with SHAHID BHAI.....

  • qasim on June 7, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    we are with shahid khan afridi we want to see him playing cricket we love and enjoy his presence in the ground,we want him but we do nt want butt,he has destroyed pak cricket

  • ratnesh on June 7, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    yes! we are with Afridi b'coz he is g8 player

  • indiacricfan on June 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    @Ahmad Sahota: Who Imran Khan are you talking about.....what credits he has himself to be called a legend??? Just a mere WC win that too came in a fluke??? Pak was 74 all out.....had it not rained that day, Imran would have been called the biggest loser.....think before u write mr. sahota

  • RANA IMRAN AKRAM on June 7, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    PLEES SHAHID BHAI COME BACK

  • hoorah on June 7, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Honest player of pakistan... oucch.. the ball chewer *cough* *cough* ..

  • alex on June 7, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    yes we are with afridi because he is doing the rigt thing which he should do stand for players rights in pakistan cricket he is the best captain which pakistan has got ever since Imran Khan and Wasim Akram and whole pakistan nation is in support of him we all love him BEST OF LUCK SHAHID FOR UR CASE.WE ARE WITH UALWAYS!;)

  • see on June 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    he is not honest player he is incompetent player and captain............ist he resign from test then he took back his retirement then he lead the team in eng against aus after losing ist match he let down whole nation in the ground by stepping down from test again ,...is it joke?he is the one woh kick out yousuf ,both shoaib abdur razaq ........now still saying some ppl working against him i m asking to him whose left behind there ........ on the other hand Butt is not abl to do anything .....he is the most darkest side off pakistan cricket history ....due to his blessing we lose many thing in cric world ..........so no comment on him further

  • Steve on June 7, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Shahid is a good player but an immature sportsman and person. When he lost against India in World cup 2011, he had all the good words at that time but started criticizing baselessly when he went back to Pakistan.

    What I can really say his, what goes around, comes around. Start looking for a different Career, Mr. Afridi.

  • shoaib on June 7, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    i think ijaz butt should go and he need some rest

  • Prashant on June 7, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Speaking of true test, how about a cage test match? The entire playing field is caged and you play to the finish! Afridi appeared to be an inspirational leader. I think that's what's needed for Pakistan. Someone similar to Dhoni won't be a good leader for Pakistan. Pakistan team needs heroism. Those short bursts of sheer awesomeness. And Afridi was and is capable of providing that every now and then. He would have been a good captain overall, if only he was given time.

  • Farhan on June 7, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    "Children, Children, Children" Afridi should never lead Pakistan again. His behaviour and reaction has been shallow all the way for a Captain albeit he has been a superstar of Pakistan Cricket. He should return as a player. PCB is just a mere shadow of Pakistan's Politics. President should never be a parton to the board. Chairman should be appointed by the board, which represents the cricketing fraternity of Pakistan. Mr. Butt has been a poor administrator and is damaging our cricket and love for the game every day, with his pestering and obnoxious management style.

  • Shahzad on June 7, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Afridi is right, it's about time someone stands up for the players. The board is way too powerful and (this particularly board) often very unjust. They suppress national players under contracts and treat them like slaves with better salaries. Mind you these are national players, it is not like they are working for a company and if they are not happy with one they can join another...there is no other company. The board should treat them well and with respect. Speaking to media as captain is a very minor issue, the board shouldn't harass players for unreasonable and minute issues like this...mere warning is more than enough.

  • Guest on June 7, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Mr. Ahmad Sahota: I think this article is all about the politics in pakistan Reliability of S. Afridi and Mr. Butt. They both seem to be inconsistent. That is not a good signal for PAK Cricket at all. We never saw a positive side of PCB whereas paksitan produce tons of brilliant cricketer every year.

  • Shahneel Baray on June 7, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    I am with Shahid only to have him back on the team, but as Intekhab Alam has said, Shahid is very immature. Even after playing more than 100 ODIs, he has shown that he is not a responsible player. Frankly speaking, Wassim Akram was more effective than Afridi with the Bat, since he would play with a lot of responsibility as a captain during a batting collapse. On the other hand, PCB is a puppet of the Govt, where the Chairman is appointed by the President, who is constantly degrading Pakistan with incredibly stupid comments on Media and absolutely ridiculous decisions. My point of view... PCB should be restructured with a fresh list of people, not answerable to the Govt of Pakistan but to ICC, and Shahid should be back in the team as a bowler with not responsibilities of a Captain.

  • MJ on June 7, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    will we should have to see the facts that who is right and who is on the wrong path.,.,.,. although Afridi is a good and talented player and in the administration of ijaz butt there appeared lots of problem for Pakistan cricket such as match fixing scandal, bans players without any reason and then remove his bans such that he did lots of thing which made the image of pakistan cricket worst in the other countries and one most important is Attack on srilankan team,.,. beside all this he is still thr on the chaiman seat and he thinks that nothing happend and afridi who took a team to the semi-final after 12 long years and was the leading wicket taker and win carribean series and just due to to a small interview remove him from captaincy is it fair,.,, NOw you think who should step down IJAZ BUTT or AFRIDI.,.,. who is good for Pakistan Cricket.,,.,.,.,

  • MJ on June 7, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    will we should have to see the facts that who is right and who is on the wrong path.,.,.,. although Afridi is a good and talented player and in the administration of ijaz butt there appeared lots of problem for Pakistan cricket such as match fixing scandal, bans players without any reason and then remove his bans such that he did lots of thing which made the image of pakistan cricket worst in the other countries and one most important is Attack on srilankan team,.,. beside all this he is still thr on the chaiman seat and he thinks that nothing happend and afridi who took a team to the semi-final after 12 long years and was the leading wicket taker and win carribean series and just due to to a small interview remove him from captaincy is it fair,.,, NOw you think who should step down IJAZ BUTT or AFRIDI.,.,. who is good for Pakistan Cricket.,,.,.,.,

  • mohammed on June 7, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    yesSSS we are with this amazing BOOM BOOM legend

  • Harish on June 7, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    The forever young Afridi should now think about growing up. Even Parthiv Patel has overtaken him in age and behavior as well.

  • umar gujjar on June 7, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Afridi is the man who united the scattered team and made to the WC SEMI-FINAL..He also won a T20 WC for Pakistan...He is like a father figure for Pakistan cricket right now nd he is the right man to lead the current ODI nd T20 team...we pray for him and Pakistan..

  • zahid ullah afridi on June 7, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    whole afridis want to see shahid come back

  • M.AZEEM USMANI on June 7, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    yes, u are a MAN OF HONOUR. u made a wright and brave decission.SHAHID ALI KHAN AFRIDI sahab we are all with you.INSHA ALLAH WILL COME BACK, WITH MORE **BOOM BOOM**

  • Sagar Surti on June 7, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Shahid is a fighter he will show what’s wrong in PCB he not think about his present career like withdrew NOC of T20 domestic he continue his battle with board

  • Hassan Farooqi on June 7, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    "Che Guevara of Pakistani cricket" sums it up. Much better than "Mad Max" of Pakistan cricket. The title tells us why he is absolutely loved by some, and absolutely hated by the others. Cuz he is a rebel!!! I am sure this title of yours goes a long way.

  • Julian Dawson on June 7, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Absolutely, lets bring back uncovered pitches. That will sort out the men from the boys.

  • noman Ahmad on June 7, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    pakistani people with shahid bhai he is a hope of victory i love u shahid afridiiiiiiiiiiii

  • WAJ on June 7, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    all of Pakistan is with Afridi. Everybody knows that the PCB always goes against the desires of the people of Pakistan. He's 82 years old; Ijaz Butt has got to leave!!!!........

  • CH. EHTASHAM MEHMOOD on June 7, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Shahid Afridi's performance with bowling is tremendous and I also with Shahid Afridi

  • arshad on June 7, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    it is Mr. butt bocz of him lost our heros like imran nazir, shoaib malik, razzaq, yousuf, kaneria, amir, asif, salman and now we are losing afridi, some people think he is not a good batsman, yes it true bcoz he is a very good bowler and good fielder. it is the time for butt to go....

  • Irfan on June 7, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Yes. I am with Shahid Afridi.He deserve respect, honor and dignity from PCB. Shahid Afridi must be granted NOC from PCB and should be back in the team as Captain. Ijaz Butt has to leave due to his unsuccessful decisions and arrogant behaviour.

  • Rehman on June 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Weldone Afridi. Keep it up. You will win. I like your batting and bowling and fielding- above all I want you to lead the dead eleven in a lively way.

  • Eliya on June 7, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Yes!!! We are with Afridi - The Legend!!

  • Muhammad sajjad on June 7, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    i think pakistan team need shahid afridi and i am with him.he is also aggressive captain and all rounder.ijaz butt destryed our team .he should retire

  • EZ on June 7, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    *hands up* I want those uncovered pitches, bring back real test cricket

  • anjum on June 7, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Yes, I am with Shahid Afridi. This PCB Board should go. They don't know how a player work hard to get in to International Arena. They just simply spoils cricketers career for their ego.

  • Hafeez on June 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    i am not with Shahid Afridi because I am with Pakistan. I dont think so he is a good captain at all. Board take good action against him. He should be available for Pakistan All kind of Cricket then ells. so board take right action against him.

  • Arshad Mehmood on June 7, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    yes i m with shahid he is on right way because we are with him he is a truth pakistani cricketer

  • M.Yasir Jamal on June 7, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Afridi is fighting for justice and why should not he used dishounarable types of word if somebody is acting dishounarably like PCB.he is fighting for the rights of seniors cricketers because seniors have always been treated in cruel manner by PCB and i hope he will be on a winning side inshallah.

  • sherry on June 7, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Agree! Tests should be made more of a test - something like an extreme challenge. Uncovered pitches are a good idea indeed, since removing protection gear would not be commercially viable.

    Have three bouncers available per over - Bodyline could try match T20 viewership even.

  • Mujtaba on June 7, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    I agree with you on the pattern of pitches I think there must be a certain criteria of playing surface so that the number one test team should claim there number one position... as they have played on every kind of surface rather then playing and winning most of the games in there home grounds.

  • Tejas on June 7, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Uncovered pitches are actually a good idea...

  • Mmasoom Bhatti on June 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is on right and doing right. Whole nation is with him because he is fighting for future of Pak-Cricket. Shahid Afridi was a hero, is a hero and will remain a hero. No any dictator can stop him.

    PCB always kills the Pakistani players and damages the Pak-Cricket. PCB dishonors the players. PCB forces the many superstars for retirement like javed miandad, waseem akaram, saeed anwar, waqar younas, waseem akram, shoab akhtar and inzimam etc.

    There should be a check-n-balance on PCB. PCB can not fight for Pak-Cricket in ICC but always is against Pak-Cricket. I think PCB chairman should be elected during national elections for 5 years. And the chairman should be ex-cricket only.

    Insha Allah I hope for the success of Shahid Afridi and Pak-Cricket.

  • yoganand on June 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Getting people to play on uncovered pitches sounds a trifle sadistic..however clothed it maybe ('...to see how well Ian Bell or Thilan Samaraweera cope with a sticky dog at Old Trafford or a hard-baked turner in Chennai'). Tests are getting interesting...the England - SriLanka 1st test..for instance...wasn't played on a 'sticky dog', was it? Possibly the realness of the 'test' comes from the players being able to adapt to different formats...anyone who watched Rohit Sharma go about his batting in 1st ODI against West Indies will understand what i mean... he was still in the IPL 20/20 mould. Oh..that he got a 60 odd in the end doesn't mean anything...for if he were to be found out of place in a 50 over format...wonder how he'd fare in a test.

  • Anwar on June 7, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I think it was a mistake in the first place to make him a captain and now taking it away. It’s not about number of years someone has played international cricket. Captaincy requires exceptional mental skills which anybody or everybody cannot handle. I once read in a news clip quoting him after a game, he cannot handle pressure as captain in tense situations. I am sure that would have been more evident in the field and experienced by his teammates and coach. Pakistan needs to find someone who is a natural leader and not keep experimenting with it in every tour. Anwar (Karachi)

  • Adnan on June 7, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Yes i am with shahid because he is on right and also he is the one of legend of our national Heros. i fully suport to Shahid Afridi

  • Muhammad Aamir on June 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Yes.He his honest Player In Pakistan Cricket History.

  • Syed Shahzad on June 7, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I dont think Shahid Afridi have ability to lead the team as a captain. He should not come back to internatioanl cricket again. I dont like PCB also is there anyone who can think and do more seriously? alyways trouble making never take matters seriously, just like children. and i must say one more thing that PCB should allow Afridi to play domestic and county, leage etc.

  • Sun on June 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I'm all for Bodyline. Nothing sells like a fight-to-death cage match with access to foldable chairs. We need simultaneous pitches. A featherbed with unpredictable bounce for the pacers and a first-day-rough type pitch for the twirlers. That way tests will be much more decisive.

  • Azhar Balouch on June 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Dear Ejaz Butt Already we lose aamir and salman butt,please don't lose Afridi

  • ALI on June 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    i m with shahid afridi & i support him he is good player. if he is not performing with the bat then does it with the ball & if he does not with ball then does it with the bat.

    he should come back & entertain entire world

  • Clovis Rebello on June 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    he is a honest player of the Pakistan Cricket team and he has performed with the bat and ball many times. He was the star of the pakistan team when they reached the semi-final of the WC. I feel without this man, Pakistan cricket will lose its way.

  • Ahmad Sahota on June 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Well, it's not about whose side are we on, that choice is simple, not a single person i know who still has his senses intact will support Mr. Butt let that be clear enough :) We are on Pakistan's side, neither Butt nor Afrdi. Pakistan cricket needs to get rid of carrier destrying crocodiles like Mr. Butt, only then real talents and leaders will emerge. Remember this is the same nation who gave the cricket world perhaps cricket's biggest legend "Imran Khan".

  • Muhammad Noman on June 7, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Afridi you are our national hero you must behave like heros these press confrences do not go with your image, please sort out your problems in the way law says, these press confrences and statments in media about PCB is countries Insult.

  • ffuad on June 7, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    yes! we are with Afridi for his wise and timely statments!!! keep it up!

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  • ffuad on June 7, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    yes! we are with Afridi for his wise and timely statments!!! keep it up!

  • Muhammad Noman on June 7, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Afridi you are our national hero you must behave like heros these press confrences do not go with your image, please sort out your problems in the way law says, these press confrences and statments in media about PCB is countries Insult.

  • Ahmad Sahota on June 7, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Well, it's not about whose side are we on, that choice is simple, not a single person i know who still has his senses intact will support Mr. Butt let that be clear enough :) We are on Pakistan's side, neither Butt nor Afrdi. Pakistan cricket needs to get rid of carrier destrying crocodiles like Mr. Butt, only then real talents and leaders will emerge. Remember this is the same nation who gave the cricket world perhaps cricket's biggest legend "Imran Khan".

  • Clovis Rebello on June 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    he is a honest player of the Pakistan Cricket team and he has performed with the bat and ball many times. He was the star of the pakistan team when they reached the semi-final of the WC. I feel without this man, Pakistan cricket will lose its way.

  • ALI on June 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    i m with shahid afridi & i support him he is good player. if he is not performing with the bat then does it with the ball & if he does not with ball then does it with the bat.

    he should come back & entertain entire world

  • Azhar Balouch on June 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Dear Ejaz Butt Already we lose aamir and salman butt,please don't lose Afridi

  • Sun on June 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I'm all for Bodyline. Nothing sells like a fight-to-death cage match with access to foldable chairs. We need simultaneous pitches. A featherbed with unpredictable bounce for the pacers and a first-day-rough type pitch for the twirlers. That way tests will be much more decisive.

  • Syed Shahzad on June 7, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I dont think Shahid Afridi have ability to lead the team as a captain. He should not come back to internatioanl cricket again. I dont like PCB also is there anyone who can think and do more seriously? alyways trouble making never take matters seriously, just like children. and i must say one more thing that PCB should allow Afridi to play domestic and county, leage etc.

  • Muhammad Aamir on June 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Yes.He his honest Player In Pakistan Cricket History.

  • Adnan on June 7, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Yes i am with shahid because he is on right and also he is the one of legend of our national Heros. i fully suport to Shahid Afridi