Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011 October 31, 2011

New Pakistan revive the old school

Is any cricketer bigger than Pakistan? Imran Khan, the man who came closest, held a political rally yesterday in front of Pakistan's monument to liberty in Lahore
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Is any cricketer bigger than Pakistan? Imran Khan, the man who came closest, held a political rally yesterday in front of Pakistan's monument to liberty, Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Up to 200,000 people came to listen to Imran urge his country to return to the ideals of its founders. Whether or not you agree with Imran's political views, you could never accuse him of believing himself to be bigger than his country.

At a time for noble deeds, some other Pakistan cricketers are awaiting the verdict of Southwark Crown Court in London. Their plight caricatures the ills of the cricketers who succeeded Imran as global ambassadors. If you could accuse any cricketers of considering themselves to be bigger than their country, it is the rogues who have tarnished the nation's image while on ambassadorial duty.

Against this conflicting backdrop Mohsin Khan, once known as the Eagle and now Pakistan's locum coach, reminded his troops that 'no matter how big a player you are, you aren't bigger than Pakistan.' Be honest, responsible, perform your duty, and deliver your best, urged the Eagle. To his delight, Pakistan's performance in the second Test against Sri Lanka was true to those sentiments. Misbah-ul Haq's team seized an early initiative in Dubai, built on it, and finished the job without undue drama; an old-fashioned Test victory unfamiliar to Pakistan's modern cricket fans.

Indeed, old-fashioned virtues were abundantly on display. Fast bowlers made crucial breakthroughs on the first day. Spinners expertly exploited helpful conditions in Sri Lanka's second innings. The batsmen applied themselves for a first innings lead gained at under three runs per over. Even catches were taken. This was a Test match to savour for anybody who has been making the case for a touch more tedium in Pakistan's cricket.

The lead comes from the captain. Misbah is a calm-sometimes-becalmed fellow, a stereotypical Test batsman whose personal performances have flourished with the responsibility of captaincy. For players who have captained more than twice, Misbah's batting average is currently second only to Donald Bradman's. Some solace for a man maligned for past high-profile defeats to India.

Pakistan's batting order is populated with similarly pragmatic spirits, of whom Azhar Ali's journey to a maiden Test century created the greatest thrills. Azhar is an unhurried batsman with a simple yet secure technique who picks the ball up early. His unstinting application at number three ensures one wicket doesn't quickly become two. Azhar is a fighter--a trait much appreciated by Pakistan supporters--and he is the batting find of the last 18 months.

Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez have also been prominent in Pakistan's resurgence since last year's England tour. These players have performed their duty and delivered their best even before the Eagle launched into his coaching assignment with the same gusto that he used to launch into a cover drive.

Ajmal is a world class bowler. Hafeez, by contrast, has defied expectations to help shake his image as a bits-and-pieces cricketer. Pakistan cricket's 'professor' has now begun to establish himself as a player of substance and maturity, best demonstrated by his aggressive approach to the second innings run chase.

Yes, Pakistan are a work in progress with legitimate questions about selection and strategy. This Sri Lanka team is less formidable than past opponents. However, consistent performances throughout this series suggest that Mohsin the Eagle has reasons to be cheerful.

But as expectant as an eagle might be, a professor would urge caution, for the plight of Pakistan cricket remains complex and precarious. In the same moment that the Test team celebrates a thumping Test victory in Dubai, six Pakistan cricketers lift a trophy in Hong Kong, two others face a jail sentence in London, and the country's greatest captain spells out an agenda to save his nation from destruction in Lahore. Is this an exhilarating watershed? Is this is a devastating climax? This is Pakistan cricket: marvellous, mad, and mind-boggling.

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

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  • Jailyn on December 23, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    We definitely need more smart people like you aonurd.

  • Shahid Abbas on November 11, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    This is truly a pak side that everyone wanted to see.. no more glamorous and filmy pakistani team , but true cricketing team.. thank god no more so called star or i would say superstars ..no more shoaib akhtar's , no more m.asif, no more akmals, but talented crickets...may allah keep these guys head in shape so that they don't follow their seniors...misbah is the best captain so far after imran khan...all the very best of luck pakistan, our prayers and wishes are with you..always!!

  • Pradeep on November 2, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Admittedly it was a SL team in transition, and very much out of form. That being said PAK bowlers bowled with commitment, and the batters were likewise. SL really have no chance of winning this series, with their bowling, but their batting class far outweighs that of PAKs, still the young Pakistani's showed that hard work can win matches. Good for Pakistan's future. Also about Misbah. He's neither a very good strategist, or a very instinctive captain, that being said he is very cool and calm, very much like Dhoni. which, at this point is exactly what PAK needs.

  • Iftikhar Ali on November 2, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    It was a great show of team work. Every player was playing a gentleman game.

  • Draems_worrier on November 2, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I am from U.A.E.This is why pak means alot to World cricket and without it,it is impossible to imagine new talent.they keep on coming in these situations where there is no cricket played at their home,Spot fixing, and yet they win tests against ENG,AUSTRLIA,NZL,S.LANKA,W.INDIES and draw against S.Africa.Keep it up the goods work guys.

  • amir haider on November 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    fawad alam has a very poor technique to match the requirement of in'l cricket it would be insane to give him another

  • nasser imran chowdhury on November 2, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    pakistan is playing great cricket.........it is only possible when they play as a unit,it should be continued..........

  • Amran Yousaf on November 1, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Kamran, another excellent article. The performances so far against Sri Lanka have made me smile. This team is solid, unspectacular in the batting and exciting in the bowling. In time Umar Akmal will provide the excitement in the middle order but for now I think we should stick with Asad Shafiq. I also hope that Fawad Alam is given another opportunity in the test arena as he is a true test batsman. Junaid Khan has shown that all you have to do is shake a tree in Pakistan and fast bowlers fall out..... Despite the probelms of the Butt regime and the spot fixing trial this is still my Pakistan and It warms my heart when we win. Long may it continue.

  • Nabeel on November 1, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Kamran, as always; stylish, thoughful, insightful...a delight to read

  • AAMIR KHAN on November 1, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Nice article yes current Pakistani team is going well at the moment lets see how long they can go like that. But in my opinion the biggest enemy of Pakistan cricket during past 5 year was Kamran akmal, He is the man resp[onsible to demoralising the team by droping the catches on crucial moments of crucial batsmen, now you can see very clearly Adnan akmal is better wicket keeper than kamran and we can see the result, I remember before the series with england on 2006-7 Karman akmal was a good wicket keeper but right from that series on he droped more than 100 catches in tests and very easy one. So I think that when he went out from the team now our bowlers can take the breath that atleast from behind the wickets they are save. I read some people criticise the hafeez but he is a perfect choice for all formats now there is no place for imran farhat in team and in one day they should give a chance to Ramiz raja junior or ahmed shazad.

  • Jailyn on December 23, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    We definitely need more smart people like you aonurd.

  • Shahid Abbas on November 11, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    This is truly a pak side that everyone wanted to see.. no more glamorous and filmy pakistani team , but true cricketing team.. thank god no more so called star or i would say superstars ..no more shoaib akhtar's , no more m.asif, no more akmals, but talented crickets...may allah keep these guys head in shape so that they don't follow their seniors...misbah is the best captain so far after imran khan...all the very best of luck pakistan, our prayers and wishes are with you..always!!

  • Pradeep on November 2, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Admittedly it was a SL team in transition, and very much out of form. That being said PAK bowlers bowled with commitment, and the batters were likewise. SL really have no chance of winning this series, with their bowling, but their batting class far outweighs that of PAKs, still the young Pakistani's showed that hard work can win matches. Good for Pakistan's future. Also about Misbah. He's neither a very good strategist, or a very instinctive captain, that being said he is very cool and calm, very much like Dhoni. which, at this point is exactly what PAK needs.

  • Iftikhar Ali on November 2, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    It was a great show of team work. Every player was playing a gentleman game.

  • Draems_worrier on November 2, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I am from U.A.E.This is why pak means alot to World cricket and without it,it is impossible to imagine new talent.they keep on coming in these situations where there is no cricket played at their home,Spot fixing, and yet they win tests against ENG,AUSTRLIA,NZL,S.LANKA,W.INDIES and draw against S.Africa.Keep it up the goods work guys.

  • amir haider on November 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    fawad alam has a very poor technique to match the requirement of in'l cricket it would be insane to give him another

  • nasser imran chowdhury on November 2, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    pakistan is playing great cricket.........it is only possible when they play as a unit,it should be continued..........

  • Amran Yousaf on November 1, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Kamran, another excellent article. The performances so far against Sri Lanka have made me smile. This team is solid, unspectacular in the batting and exciting in the bowling. In time Umar Akmal will provide the excitement in the middle order but for now I think we should stick with Asad Shafiq. I also hope that Fawad Alam is given another opportunity in the test arena as he is a true test batsman. Junaid Khan has shown that all you have to do is shake a tree in Pakistan and fast bowlers fall out..... Despite the probelms of the Butt regime and the spot fixing trial this is still my Pakistan and It warms my heart when we win. Long may it continue.

  • Nabeel on November 1, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Kamran, as always; stylish, thoughful, insightful...a delight to read

  • AAMIR KHAN on November 1, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Nice article yes current Pakistani team is going well at the moment lets see how long they can go like that. But in my opinion the biggest enemy of Pakistan cricket during past 5 year was Kamran akmal, He is the man resp[onsible to demoralising the team by droping the catches on crucial moments of crucial batsmen, now you can see very clearly Adnan akmal is better wicket keeper than kamran and we can see the result, I remember before the series with england on 2006-7 Karman akmal was a good wicket keeper but right from that series on he droped more than 100 catches in tests and very easy one. So I think that when he went out from the team now our bowlers can take the breath that atleast from behind the wickets they are save. I read some people criticise the hafeez but he is a perfect choice for all formats now there is no place for imran farhat in team and in one day they should give a chance to Ramiz raja junior or ahmed shazad.

  • jam sadiq jam on November 1, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @zeeshan ahmed siddiqui why on earth bring back imran farhat?? He has had almost ten years to fail and only gets in team cos of his connections. Lets have some common sense prevail and keep the spine of his team intact. Hafeez, azhar ali, asad shafiq, younis, misbah, and this akmal is the only one who should be let near a test team. abdul rehman has been just as effective as ajmal, and cheema, junaid and gul r three good top line bowlers. i am not sure about wahab but he is a decent 12th man. If Asif gets off in london i think he is too good to discard. as for yusuf he is no good for the balance and harmony in team cos him and yunus can not play together and yusuf failed on his comebackk and yunus has done great albeit in less harsh conditions than england 2010

  • Rizwan Ahmed on November 1, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    I think current Pakistan team is very boring. They score so slowly. Let's bring back boom boom Afridi, Umran Akmal and Shoaib Malik to the test team. Then we will see more interesting cricket. And who watches test cricket anyway? Test cricket is so boring. ODI cricket is all that matters.

  • fkhawaja on November 1, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    though the srilankans are not at their best but this is their best team available. so it is an encouraging win. i think the test side is fine as it is. for ODI we should open with hafeez and kamran akmal bring afridi for abdul rehaman, drop shafiq and bring razzak. for T20 open hafeez and Imran nazeer in place of younis bring kamran akmal. i am sure everyone has their own selection choices.

  • Khawaja Naveed Zafar on November 1, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Main thing now is consistency, this is just one win, we have to win the series first and than to be consistent in the upcoming series. This team looks to be settled under Misbah and i think we need to continue and stick with them.

  • yaz on November 1, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    A fantastic display of workmanship,,, as far as pakistan keep doing good in tests and come in the top two ranked teams ,, i wont mind if they loose another ten worldcups ,, test cricket is the ultimate form of cricket .. GO PAKISTAN

  • Syed J Ahmed on November 1, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    I would like to see Pakistan make their bench stronger as players like younis and misbah won't be around for too long. Pakistan needs to bring in Fawad Alam who averages 60! 60! in domestic cricket and has been a consistent performer even in odi, his inclusion in Pakistan test team would give our middle order more solidarity. Let's move forward and not look back, keep Shoaib Malik, afridi, akmal, yousef out of the team.

  • Danish Ali on October 31, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Great article sir! love the ending, made my day. Long live Pakistan.

  • RB01 on October 31, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    This Pak v Srl series has been wonderful. You got it right, it has showcased old fashioned cricket values. Such a delight to watch two equally matched sides fight it out in a traditional test match. Sure hope this Pakistan side can keep their focus. Test cricket needs them.

  • usamah on October 31, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    What an article! Love the ending!

  • Farhan on October 31, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    If pak want to play with two spinner what is problem in playing with danish kaneria. He is far more better than rehman and most imp he is wrist leg spinner which give new dimesion to pak attack. He is out of the team on nothng. Kaneria and ajmal can rock any batting line up and pitch like subcontinents on fourth n fifth day they are the a force to rekon with

  • PakFan on October 31, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I think if one would write a just article on this win it would only be fair to mention the names of youngsters like Asad Shafiq and Junaid Khan as they played a vital role in this win along with the other names Mr. Abbasi mentioned in the article. Asad had shown all the talent to be an excellent “test” player similar to Azhar Ali. I believe it is a good practice to recognize the efforts of the young ones and if this kind of tradition is adopted by the Pakistan team management, the habit eventually will become the cause of lifting morale of a team regardless of win, lose or draw.

  • Hammad Ali on October 31, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Absolutely lovee the last paragraph. Great read.

  • Ali on October 31, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    @my previous comment, if pakistan play first test with umar akmal and he only play 20 balls, than surely he score same amount of runs as shafiq score 80+ balls.

  • Ali on October 31, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Nice article, but i think umar akmal is better than asad shafi.

  • Saddique Ahmed on October 31, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, a very good article as per norm. Important thing for Pakistani players is that they are at no hide situation. Anything they do will be monitored with an Hawk's eyes. My advise is the play to your potential (that they have got lots of) Good luck for the next test

  • Desihungama on October 31, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    It's mind boggling to read comments when readers equate talent with arm strength. I am referring to Umar Akmal. Hitting every ball out of the park is not talent but simply a strong arm. Talent is when you know which ball to hit when and where, in other words rotate the strike. He is rightly left out as he is only T/20 and to some extent an ODI player. I am shocked why Fawad Alam has not found a place in the team as someone correctly suggested that he left out of the Test Squad based on his performance in T20 and ODI when he is clearly a Test player. I guess the conclusion is PCB has not been able to figure out which players belong to which format.

  • Kushal Masand on October 31, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    @Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui: I know you think that Yousaf is a world class batsman...and he is. But the thing is, is he a good team player...who wouldn't disrupt the team moral and unity... Does people like Shoib Malic. Mohammad Yousaf should stay out of team.... This current Pakistan team has all selfless Cricketer...

  • imran on October 31, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Kamran don't jump to conclussions.let them play against quality bowling sides(aus,s.a,eng)all of pakistan recent victories are against medicore bowling sides(s.l,zim,w.i).Iam sure in another 2 monts thay will find them self in an another scandal cuz they are very consistence in doing stupid things on and off the field

  • SayedJee on October 31, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Dividends of staying focused on test cricketing and not T20/IPL/ChampTrophy! Great!!

  • Zee khan on October 31, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    it seems that Pakistan is havn a fact0ry of seamerz..esp left armed..also da spin bowlers r emerging as match winners..bt da real thng to discuss is their batting,whch is m0st of da tym in crisis..cuz everyone kn0ws dat our current batting giants like misbah,younus,yousuf,afridi,razzak,shoaib malik r going to retire so0n..so its gud to c new batting talent emerging fr0m pak in d shape of azhar,asad hammad azam and umer akmal who cn easily fill their spots..

  • Honif Al Hundari on October 31, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    One win against a depleted SL side. ..Not a big achievement really....Well I will still take that but not indulge in dream facts or hopes for this Pakistan team. Bowlers did well......not exceptional but mind you in most of cases it was case of SL batter throwing away wicket. Any other team with good batting will not make same mistake twice. Besides the scoring rate by Pakistan was so slow ...any other top 4 teams would have benefited from slow scoring rate.One thing is true...not star power or players with no agents contacts made this win possible though.

  • khan on October 31, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Yes pakistan did win but real test will be against top quality teams like Eng, Aus etc. Sri Lanka is rebuilding and will take some time to pose problems to other teams

  • Omar Hussain on October 31, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Kamran don't jump to conclussions!The Pakistan team has done well because it has had patience and has played as one unit.But remember that the new man at the helm at PCB is another Zardari confidante as much as Ijaz Butt was...so take a day as it comes and pray that the players remain loyal to each other.Azhar.Shafiq,Junaid are our rising stars and we wish them all the luck.Misbah has done a splendid job so far..

  • Bilal on October 31, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Pakistan is playing test cricket the right way ... i just hope we can build on bench strength for middle order, spin and wicket keeping areas

  • Khush on October 31, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Great article...good to see Pakistan on the winning side for once and all:)

  • aftab on October 31, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    This is more agreeable article than the previous one. A lot of Pakistan fans are not sure if Umar Akmal should have been left out. I personally don't think it's a bad idea to have him see his spot taken by a more in form cricketer. He is definitely going to fill in for Miandad, who was also sat out at the same stage for the same reason. Pakistan has a great goal to achieve; figuring in the first Test Cup. After all, it was Pakistan's idea, why not.

  • saleh on October 31, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Well done Pakistan....the main reason for the recent progress is due to the absence of the so called superstars in the team. No Afridi please and the same goes for Sohaib Malik. Leave this team alone with Umar Akmal included. You can't omit that kind of talent.

  • Ammy on October 31, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Indeed, it is a case of players being not bigger than the country they represent. Umar Akmal's exclusion from the team should be taken as a good example for those who think otherwise. The greatest strength that a team can develop is 'UNITY'; between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, as it is naturally opposed to polarization. The present team is well represented by players from all over Pakistan, instead of 'ONE' province. If we also acknowledge the fact that No 'PROVINCE' is bigger than the country, we will progress even further, inshaAllah.

  • Chilman Chappu on October 31, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Well said, Sir.... It's Awara, Pagal & Deewana. I think you missed Shoaib Akhtar's book drama !

  • Saeed on October 31, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    This is a real blue collar team - full of players who are do-ers rather than say-ers. Misbah, Azhar, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Abdur Rahman, Saeed Ajmal - all doing the hard yards and reaping the rewards. The so called oomph is provided by Hafeez, Junaid, Asad Shafiq and to an extent Younis Khan. Thank God also for finding the right Akmal with the gloves.

    This team should be kept far far away from the celebrity garbage that used to be Shoaib Akhtar and manifests itself in the current team through Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal (although he is young and can be molded otherwise) and (dare I say) Shahid Afridi.

    Mohsin Khan also seems to have the right rapport going with the team. It was refreshing to see players around him at all times, whereas his counterpart Geoff Marsh cut a rather lonely figure with his laptop.

    All hail to the blue collar team, with virtues of hard work, integrity and pride in representing the nation. Its early days yet, but this Pakistan team has found a lot of love!!

  • Shahzeb on October 31, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    This pakistan team looks a formidable outfit at the moment. Pakistan will be hard to beat if they do two things. 1. Make Javed Miandad the batting coach. 2. Make Jonty Rhodes the fielding coach.

  • tt on October 31, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    This is Pakistan cricket: marvellous, mad, and mind-boggling...I guess this sums up the whole Pakistan.... a nice and heart warming article...

  • Hassaan on October 31, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Get these guys atleast a year to enjoy each other's company. to play for each other, to play for Pakistan. & please please please bring Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh, or Brain Mcmillan to coach them how to take catches in the slips & also please specialize the slips position instead of rotational policy in the slips. great teams of Westindies 80's & Australia 90's & 20's everybody mention there bowling attack's but no one mention their slip fielding. they were the best at that times.

  • Faysal on October 31, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    stick azhar,tofeeq and shafiq to test cricket only these guys have potential to stay on the wicket i wounder ODIs & T20 could hurt their technique look at srilankans IPL ruined their potentail to stay on the wicket their recent performace in test cricket is below average level. now its right time for prepration of seprate test and ODI teams.

  • Farhan on October 31, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan need service of fawad alam at the top in odi n test he is very good bowler and a useful left aram spinner. He is a cunning crickter who pick one n two very well runs fast convert one into two n two into three and most important he is very good fielder probably best pakistan have. He must open with hafeez in test n odi.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on October 31, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    It is good decision to exclude Umer Akmal from test matches. He does not have temprament which is necessary in test cricket. He played 30 innings in test with one century (done in one day mode with striking rate 80.62) plus six fifty only. Another thing is that remove Hafeez from test cricket and bring regular opener like Ahmed Shahzad or Imran Farhat as regular is better option. For victory, winning combination is necessary in which regular openers play better role. Opening with Kamran Akmal or Hafeez in past was not good decision. What Hafeez would do on Perth or Headingly, anyone can understand or make your decision that he is regular opener and has ability to face inswing and outswing when conditions favour swing, in-cutter and leg-cutter on seam tracks. Else Taufeeq Umer, Azhar Ali, Mishah and Younis Khan are doing very well. If Yusuf will comeback in test then team will become further stronger. Future combination would be Taufeeq, Imran, Azhar, Younus, Yusuf and Misbah.

  • Shafiq on October 31, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Spot on Mr.Abbasi pakistan need to add Umer Akmal to test squad as well.This will add a bit aggression to our middle order.Overall it was a nice effort from Pakistan, but need more consistency.Let see how this team will do against England number one test team.Bet of luck for Pakistan team.

  • Nadeem Khan on October 31, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Secondly, Pak should realize which players should be added to which format. They should develop test, ODI, and T20 teams. Taking example of FAWAD ALAM, he was given more chances in T20s and ODIs, while he is clearly a case of test cricket. Similarly, Imran Nazir must be in any T20 world XI, but he is ignored due to his performances in ODIs.

  • Nadeem Khan on October 31, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Pakistan's current team is boring but effective and honest. I adore it and pray for its success. The new chairman should take control of vital issues, such as selection, coaching, and domestic structure. Some very talented youngsters, such as, FAWAD ALAM, Ahmad Shehzad, Sadaf Hussain, Hammad Azam, Shazaib Hasan, Ramiz Rajan, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah must be given more chances.

  • MalikMachine on October 31, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    This is Pakistan cricket: marvellous, mad, and mind-boggling...I guess this sums up the whole Pakistan.... a nice and heart warming article...

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  • MalikMachine on October 31, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    This is Pakistan cricket: marvellous, mad, and mind-boggling...I guess this sums up the whole Pakistan.... a nice and heart warming article...

  • Nadeem Khan on October 31, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Pakistan's current team is boring but effective and honest. I adore it and pray for its success. The new chairman should take control of vital issues, such as selection, coaching, and domestic structure. Some very talented youngsters, such as, FAWAD ALAM, Ahmad Shehzad, Sadaf Hussain, Hammad Azam, Shazaib Hasan, Ramiz Rajan, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah must be given more chances.

  • Nadeem Khan on October 31, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Secondly, Pak should realize which players should be added to which format. They should develop test, ODI, and T20 teams. Taking example of FAWAD ALAM, he was given more chances in T20s and ODIs, while he is clearly a case of test cricket. Similarly, Imran Nazir must be in any T20 world XI, but he is ignored due to his performances in ODIs.

  • Shafiq on October 31, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Spot on Mr.Abbasi pakistan need to add Umer Akmal to test squad as well.This will add a bit aggression to our middle order.Overall it was a nice effort from Pakistan, but need more consistency.Let see how this team will do against England number one test team.Bet of luck for Pakistan team.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on October 31, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    It is good decision to exclude Umer Akmal from test matches. He does not have temprament which is necessary in test cricket. He played 30 innings in test with one century (done in one day mode with striking rate 80.62) plus six fifty only. Another thing is that remove Hafeez from test cricket and bring regular opener like Ahmed Shahzad or Imran Farhat as regular is better option. For victory, winning combination is necessary in which regular openers play better role. Opening with Kamran Akmal or Hafeez in past was not good decision. What Hafeez would do on Perth or Headingly, anyone can understand or make your decision that he is regular opener and has ability to face inswing and outswing when conditions favour swing, in-cutter and leg-cutter on seam tracks. Else Taufeeq Umer, Azhar Ali, Mishah and Younis Khan are doing very well. If Yusuf will comeback in test then team will become further stronger. Future combination would be Taufeeq, Imran, Azhar, Younus, Yusuf and Misbah.

  • Farhan on October 31, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan need service of fawad alam at the top in odi n test he is very good bowler and a useful left aram spinner. He is a cunning crickter who pick one n two very well runs fast convert one into two n two into three and most important he is very good fielder probably best pakistan have. He must open with hafeez in test n odi.

  • Faysal on October 31, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    stick azhar,tofeeq and shafiq to test cricket only these guys have potential to stay on the wicket i wounder ODIs & T20 could hurt their technique look at srilankans IPL ruined their potentail to stay on the wicket their recent performace in test cricket is below average level. now its right time for prepration of seprate test and ODI teams.

  • Hassaan on October 31, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Get these guys atleast a year to enjoy each other's company. to play for each other, to play for Pakistan. & please please please bring Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh, or Brain Mcmillan to coach them how to take catches in the slips & also please specialize the slips position instead of rotational policy in the slips. great teams of Westindies 80's & Australia 90's & 20's everybody mention there bowling attack's but no one mention their slip fielding. they were the best at that times.

  • tt on October 31, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    This is Pakistan cricket: marvellous, mad, and mind-boggling...I guess this sums up the whole Pakistan.... a nice and heart warming article...

  • Shahzeb on October 31, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    This pakistan team looks a formidable outfit at the moment. Pakistan will be hard to beat if they do two things. 1. Make Javed Miandad the batting coach. 2. Make Jonty Rhodes the fielding coach.