Asia Cup 2012 March 27, 2012

No victory too small

The Asia Cup hasn't always been memorable but this year's edition is finding it hard to go away. Pakistan won the cup, Bangladesh won hearts, and Sachin Tendulkar won back his poise thanks to a landmark hundred
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The Asia Cup hasn't always been memorable but this year's edition is finding it hard to go away. Pakistan won the cup, Bangladesh won hearts, and Sachin Tendulkar won back his poise thanks to a landmark hundred.

Three nations coming away with something to cheer about is an ingenious outcome for a tournament with four competitors, although Bangladesh spoilt the win-win atmosphere with their attempt to overturn the result of the final. Did Aizaz Cheema deliberately block Mahmudullah in the last over? Possibly, but a cricket board should refrain from appealing an umpiring decision after a match has finished.

Indeed, Bangladesh's plea is symptomatic of a frazzled relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board, whose earlier assumption that Bangladesh would be the first to tour since 2009 was premature. The Bangladesh board has a duty to look after the safety of its players but, that said, it also has a duty not to mess with the psyche of fans. To offer a lifeline to Pakistan and then pull it away by suddenly changing the criteria for the trip is amateurish and seems disingenuous. Restoring home fixtures to Pakistan is a major step, and one that requires clear decision-making, not whimsical posturing from either side.

Pakistan's reality is that the cricket board remains politically isolated, a sentiment that will be reinforced when the Indian Premier League takes centre stage again. Instead of fretting over a tournament of questionable benefit, except to a player's luxury items fund, Pakistan should focus on firming up their international programme at neutral venues and creating a thriving domestic game.

The last 18 months have proved that Pakistan has the talent pool to remain competitive, and possibly excel; take shelter from the storm until fair winds usher international teams to Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar.

Pakistan aren't yet entirely convincing on the field, notably in limited-overs cricket, but winning the Asia Cup with room for personal development is an optimistic sign -- and a welcome recovery from the dismal performances against England in the United Arab Emirates.

Questions about Misbah-ul-Haq's cautious approach are unlikely to disappear, although he now has a more aggressive coach, in Dav Whatmore, to push him into more adventurous territory.

Whatmore was unlucky to miss out on the coaching job when Geoff Lawson succeeded Bob Woolmer in 2007. He has a weaker team to develop than he would have acquired last time but Whatmore's business is polishing rough diamonds. Indeed, after Woolmer, Whatmore is the most accomplished coach ever hired by Pakistan.

Whatmore will already have identified the weaknesses in his team. He won't waste time. He will want his team to play tough and hard. Luckily, the Asia Cup proved more helpful than simply a successful first tournament with Pakistan.

Nasir Jamshed, Hammad Azam, and Sarfraz Ahmed each made claims to problem positions in the Pakistan line up. Of the three, Hammad looks the brightest prospect. Sarfraz is the best of the one-day keepers, and a more capable batsman than Adnan Akmal. Nasir may find it hardest to convince, but he took his chance in Bangladesh.

No victory is small for Pakistan cricket in its current state, and the Bangladesh fans gave the Asia Cup an importance it has rarely enjoyed -- enough importance to suggest that with the emergence of a genuine fourth contender, the Asia Cup has more of a future than was previously imagined.

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

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  • Alexander on August 2, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    The composition of the team has to chgane. In my opinion we need to carry 2 specialist spinners for all test matches and even one dayers and get upul tharanga as a regular test match opener.why is he only kept for one dayers he has the right technique,skills & experience to play for the team in all forms of the game compared to many others who are been experimented with to no avail.come on selectors have faith in the tested players and bring about the chganes if you want to win matches. (+2)

  • DB on April 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Pakistan team is immensely talented but bit short on experience .. They will do much better if they get proper exposure to play against the top opponents.. Series against Bangladesh won't help.. have to say this is very cheap from Bangladesh.. But then you expect this from them.. What they did after ASIA cup final proves everything .. They will take everything but will bite you in return.. thats their nature.. be aware of them from now on... Just keep playing well and things will fall in place..

  • asad on April 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Raza Hasan – a slow left arm young bowler is very talented and must be given a chance in national T20 team. He can swing the game. In last Faysal T20 series, he played with Rams and bowled a 'super over' which gave his side a victory. This time he was with Stallions - he produced an excellent last over in the final game which made a huge difference. He was not with Rams this time and Rams lost all 3 games.

  • Talha Arshad on April 4, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    i have just read this article when Faysal Bank T20 has finished. The participation, enthusiasm, support and lastly the love for the game by Pakistani have been witnessed all over the world during this tournament. PCB should take this opportunity as "Blessing in disguise", as Bangladesh is not coming to tour PAk, Domestic tournament of various formant can be arranged to full fill the appetite of hungry PAKISTANI FANS.........

  • Himayat Ali on April 4, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    My T20 team 1. imran nazir 2. Ahmed Shahzad/nasir jamshed 3. kamran akmal 4. umer akmal 5. rameez raja/haris sohail 6. Mohd Hafeez 7. shahid afridi 8. Hammad azam 9. sami/sohail tanveer 10.umer gull 11. saeed ajmal

  • Ali Jafari on April 2, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I sent an email of my appreciation to Bangladesh for their endeavor and fighting like true tigers in the final of the Asia Cup. Being a Pakistani I did rejoice in Pakistan's victory but my heart went out to Bangladesh. Unfortunately two things happened. One, my email bounced back from the email address given on the website of Bangladesh Cricket Board, secondly and more disastrously they complained about Aizaz Cheema's perceived blockage. They spoiled all the goodwill they had earned by this display of being bad losers. I still wish them lots of success in their future endeavors and would advise them to take defeat with good grace - even if they feel they have been wronged. That's what cricket stood for in my youth.

  • mansoor on April 2, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    pllzzzz bring up imran nazir he is most dangerous batsmen in ths world.............em a india but i like imran nazir have to play in the team,,,,,pcb dont play politics with cricketers..........

  • SN Qazi on April 2, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    We should have a regular wicket- keeper for all formats of the game . Having Kamran Akmal has proved to be a disaster for several years now . He has been the worst wicket keeper for any Team under Test , ODIs or T 20s . Adnan Akmal is no better . We should give Sarfaraz a fair chance . The few times he has been given a chance he has performed well both as a Keeper ( which is the key need for the Team ) and also , he has been a good batsman . In spite of Pakistan having one of the World's best bowling attack our Batsmen have let us down in Tests , ODIs and T 20s time and again . Misbah , Younus most definitely have not performed in ODIs and T 20s . In Tests also the performance of these two is very marginal . They have tended to perform in one onnings out of about six . We need to begin our Team building by strenghening our Batting by retiring the non performing so called senior players . For strengthening our fast bowling good performers from Bangla Desh League should be considered .

  • Vish on April 1, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket players are not allowed to play in IPL, but Pakistani Hockey stars like Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Adnan Maqsood and Zeeshan Ashraf are taking part in the "World Series Hockey (WSH)" in India, and playing for IPL-style Indian city-based Hockey teams. Shakeel Abbasi is the Captain of "Delhi Wizards".

  • dr hassan on April 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    AOA brother its better add kamran akmal as a keeper in t20 rather than keeping with umer akmal.....u can play with regular keeper other than akmal in one day and test.. we have given him enough punishment to him

  • Alexander on August 2, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    The composition of the team has to chgane. In my opinion we need to carry 2 specialist spinners for all test matches and even one dayers and get upul tharanga as a regular test match opener.why is he only kept for one dayers he has the right technique,skills & experience to play for the team in all forms of the game compared to many others who are been experimented with to no avail.come on selectors have faith in the tested players and bring about the chganes if you want to win matches. (+2)

  • DB on April 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Pakistan team is immensely talented but bit short on experience .. They will do much better if they get proper exposure to play against the top opponents.. Series against Bangladesh won't help.. have to say this is very cheap from Bangladesh.. But then you expect this from them.. What they did after ASIA cup final proves everything .. They will take everything but will bite you in return.. thats their nature.. be aware of them from now on... Just keep playing well and things will fall in place..

  • asad on April 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Raza Hasan – a slow left arm young bowler is very talented and must be given a chance in national T20 team. He can swing the game. In last Faysal T20 series, he played with Rams and bowled a 'super over' which gave his side a victory. This time he was with Stallions - he produced an excellent last over in the final game which made a huge difference. He was not with Rams this time and Rams lost all 3 games.

  • Talha Arshad on April 4, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    i have just read this article when Faysal Bank T20 has finished. The participation, enthusiasm, support and lastly the love for the game by Pakistani have been witnessed all over the world during this tournament. PCB should take this opportunity as "Blessing in disguise", as Bangladesh is not coming to tour PAk, Domestic tournament of various formant can be arranged to full fill the appetite of hungry PAKISTANI FANS.........

  • Himayat Ali on April 4, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    My T20 team 1. imran nazir 2. Ahmed Shahzad/nasir jamshed 3. kamran akmal 4. umer akmal 5. rameez raja/haris sohail 6. Mohd Hafeez 7. shahid afridi 8. Hammad azam 9. sami/sohail tanveer 10.umer gull 11. saeed ajmal

  • Ali Jafari on April 2, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I sent an email of my appreciation to Bangladesh for their endeavor and fighting like true tigers in the final of the Asia Cup. Being a Pakistani I did rejoice in Pakistan's victory but my heart went out to Bangladesh. Unfortunately two things happened. One, my email bounced back from the email address given on the website of Bangladesh Cricket Board, secondly and more disastrously they complained about Aizaz Cheema's perceived blockage. They spoiled all the goodwill they had earned by this display of being bad losers. I still wish them lots of success in their future endeavors and would advise them to take defeat with good grace - even if they feel they have been wronged. That's what cricket stood for in my youth.

  • mansoor on April 2, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    pllzzzz bring up imran nazir he is most dangerous batsmen in ths world.............em a india but i like imran nazir have to play in the team,,,,,pcb dont play politics with cricketers..........

  • SN Qazi on April 2, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    We should have a regular wicket- keeper for all formats of the game . Having Kamran Akmal has proved to be a disaster for several years now . He has been the worst wicket keeper for any Team under Test , ODIs or T 20s . Adnan Akmal is no better . We should give Sarfaraz a fair chance . The few times he has been given a chance he has performed well both as a Keeper ( which is the key need for the Team ) and also , he has been a good batsman . In spite of Pakistan having one of the World's best bowling attack our Batsmen have let us down in Tests , ODIs and T 20s time and again . Misbah , Younus most definitely have not performed in ODIs and T 20s . In Tests also the performance of these two is very marginal . They have tended to perform in one onnings out of about six . We need to begin our Team building by strenghening our Batting by retiring the non performing so called senior players . For strengthening our fast bowling good performers from Bangla Desh League should be considered .

  • Vish on April 1, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket players are not allowed to play in IPL, but Pakistani Hockey stars like Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Adnan Maqsood and Zeeshan Ashraf are taking part in the "World Series Hockey (WSH)" in India, and playing for IPL-style Indian city-based Hockey teams. Shakeel Abbasi is the Captain of "Delhi Wizards".

  • dr hassan on April 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    AOA brother its better add kamran akmal as a keeper in t20 rather than keeping with umer akmal.....u can play with regular keeper other than akmal in one day and test.. we have given him enough punishment to him

  • Abdul Aleem on April 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    my t20 team: 1: Imran Nazir 2: Ahmed Shahzad/ Owais Zia 3: Nasir Jamshed 4: Umar Akmal 5: Haris Sohail/ Shoaib Malik 6: Shahid Afridi 7: Kamran Akmal 8: Hammad Azam/Abdur Razzaq 9: Umar Gul/ 10:Rana Naved/ Mohammad Amir 11:Saeed Ajmal/Raza Hassan 12:Sohail Tanvir/ Mohammad Sami

  • javed_iqbal on April 1, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    i think exclusion of Kamran akmal made some progress of Pakistan team, he was not up to the task when team needed him. every test/ODI/T20 he dropped crucial catches and made delusive impact on team.

  • SYED ZAHID ALI on April 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    1.M.HAFEEZ (CAPT) 2.SHAHZAIB HASSAN 3.AHMED SHEHZAD 4.ABDUL RAZZAK 5.UMAR AKMAL 6.HAMMAD AZAM 7.SHOAIB MALIK 8.SHAHID AFRIDI 9.SARFARZ AHMED (wk) 10.SAEED AJMAL 11.UMMAR GULL 12.JUNAID KHAN 13.AIZAZ CHEEMA 14.ZIA UL HAQ 15.ASAD SHAFIQ 16.owais zia select this team for t20 world cup inshallah u will see the results.All the above players are consistant performers.

  • Dr hassan on April 1, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    my team for t20...plz include ahmed shahzad..he got a sound technique..fearless ,aggressive batsman..he is only 20 year old..he is your future kohli 1 Ahmed shahzad bat 2 nasir jamshed bat 3 umer akmal bat 4 rameez raja jr/asad shafiq bat 5 hafeez allrounder 6 kamran akmal wk 7 shahid afridi allrounder (c) 8 umer gul bow 9 zial ul haq bow 10saeed ajmal bow 11 misbah/ shoaib malik

  • fhs on April 1, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I agree on your comments on Whatmore. I can see few changes/improvement in recent Asia Cup - Congrats! It is good to see Whatmore and Julian’s presence in the stadium to watch recent T20 local games - impressive!. For the upcoming T20 WC in SL, I would suggest these things: 1) Choose experienced players who can change the game. Bring Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad, Rana and Razzak back (they are specialist in T20) 2)Excellent fielding (this is area we must improve. Simply follow Australians) 3)Leader/Coach to use the resources effectively go with the attacking approach. My T20 team would be: 1)Imran Nazir 2)Shehzad 3)Hafeez 4)Umer Akmal (wk -- train him now) 5)Shafiq 6)Misbah 7)Afridi 8)Rana/Azam/ Razzak 9)Gul 10)Riaz/Rehman 11)Ajmal

    Go Pakistan!

  • Ananth on March 31, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I am an Indian,its a simple fact that Pakistan team in atleats 4 out of last 6 decades was/is more talented and skillful than Indian team. Good to see that Pakistan team is getting back to top form. i hope the PCB does not ape BCCI and spoil the structure. All the best to Misbah and his team.

  • Fahim on March 31, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I agree with Amir, the idea of introducing PPL or Int'l T20Cricket tournamnet in Pakistan is brilliant, and some one or group of rich ppl must come up in staging this event for initiali years in UAE and make it a global event by extending efforts to stage it in SA, SL, UK also, and finally inshallag it will come to where it belongs.

  • Saqib on March 31, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain for ODIs & T20s. Misbah is better off in tests only.

  • ayaz baltistani on March 31, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    i think misbah should be out of T20 squad instead of him we need ahmad shehzaad or imran nazir.

  • Sarwar Zahan Helal on March 30, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    I m a Bangladeshi. But as a well wisher of Pakistan's team, I am giving my own opinion. It is imperative to take place Kamran Akmal in all squad,if he becomes clear in all complain.As there are many hard hitting batsman in team, so Afridi should be given a chance in opening in odi & t20 teams.The opinion about squad is given below: Test side: Taufeeq Umar, Md Hafeej, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Misbah(c),Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Junaed Khan,Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman. For ODI: Nasir Jamshed, Md Hafeej,Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik ( should be given more chance for preparing as captain in future), Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Aizaz Cheema. For T20:Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed,Shoaib Malik,Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal,Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi,Md Hafeej, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal,Aizaz Cheema.

  • Sarwar Zahan Helal on March 30, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    I m a Bangladeshi. But as a well wisher of Pakistan's team, I am giving my own opinion. It is imperative to take place Kamran Akmal in all squad,if he becomes clear in all complain.As there are many hard hitting batsman in team, so Afridi should be given a chance in opening in odi & t20 teams.The opinion about squad is given below: Test side: Taufeeq Umar, Md Hafeej, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Misbah(c),Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Junaed Khan,Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman. For ODI: Nasir Jamshed, Md Hafeej,Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik ( should be given more chance for preparing as captain in future), Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Aizaz Cheema. For T20:Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed,Shoaib Malik,Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal,Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi,Md Hafeej, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal,Aizaz Cheema.

  • imran khan on March 30, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    For t20 world cup should take the below team shahid afridi,imran nasir , kamran akmal,umer akmal, hafiz,razaq,umer gul,ajmal.misbah,sohib mulik,sami.abdur rahman.zia. i think misbah is the great captain because he is the ability to control the pressure situation misbah have little deficiency such miss ball inshallah coach will remove this deficiencies.i hope inshallah misbah will win the next t20 world and he will prove that i a great captain.

  • hussain on March 30, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    It,s a good decision by the PCB to task Sarfraz for hunting fast bowlers. He discovered Shoaib Akhtar at atime when the 2 W,s were at their best.

  • hus on March 30, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Asian cricket champ,ship also highlighted the main weaknesses of our line up. Namely a non existent pace attack & a very fragile batting line up. We should work on it & not be amused much by the win.

  • hussain on March 30, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Why BAN is not digesting their Asian Final defeat ? They can,t see the ratio of their losses to Pak in ODI,s. If the ACC had even decided to replay the final,result would have been worser than this for BAN.

  • khalil on March 30, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Play more fast bowling all rounders in the side.Look at WI & Aus,they have more than 1 & to be exact WI is playing 5 all rounders in the team against AUS.

  • hus on March 30, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    In the annals of cricket,it will be an Asian champ win. Misbah is a very lucky captain. No body will be knowing how bad he played.But still he should step aside & leave it to someone else to captain the side in ODI,s & T20.

  • Sasi on March 30, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I am Indian I dont want Pakistan to develop spin as their lethal weapon..come on guys its your fast bowling which has combination of pace,swing especialy reverse swing generated great entertainment ever...Combination of Wasim, waq, Akthar, Razz (in one point) cannot be matched especialy in ODI on top who can forget Imran Bai. Its your fast bowling which won the WC for you the current Wahab, Cheema are no where potential enough to match those legends...Our potential lies in batting and yours in fast bowling come up with more pace we want more entertainment...

  • Bosco Martyres on March 30, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Pakistan need urgently to groom a captain who can think. I still consider Misbah deficient in this area. Not being able to defend a total of 329? And consider in the final against Bangladesh when the emphasis should be on containing runs, he employs bowlers other than Ajmal, Afridi and Gul. The guy is not a thinker.Also I wish the Pakistanis would overcome their colonial hang ups and select coaches from their own people. So sad that we are still looking up to the very people who have done so much harm to our people.

  • Wafi Aziz Sattar on March 30, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Good article again by Mr. Abbasi. But it is toothless reply from most of you posters here. As a Bangladeshi I will honestly say how stupid Mr. Kamal (BCB President) is! However to say the place is safe is stupid from both sides (including Kamal's).

    This I see as a selfish Gesture from Kamal to win the nomination for the ICC VP nomination. Now that he has gotten the nomination, *poof*, everything is back to what the ICC wants.

    THIS is what happens when 2 boards (PCB and BCB) are run by a bunch of politicians, it's not good for anybody!

    Having said that, a bilateral tour in a neutral venue would have been great. However, PCB has rejected that notion (acting much like a disgruntled wife in the relationship).

    BOTH the boards are being stupid and BOTH of them are hurting not only the teams and the fans, but WORLD CRICKET. BOTH need to GROW UP!

  • Nadir Shah on March 30, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    May be India is stopping Bangladesh to tour Pakistan.

  • raja yasir on March 30, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    imran nazir shahid afridi mohammad hafeez umer akmel asad shafiq misbah ul haq younas khan kamran akmal abdul razzak umer gul mohammad amir saeed ajmal

  • Tashfeen on March 30, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Like most Bangladeshi cricket fans I too was ashamed by the cricket board's attempt to overturn the result of the final. We have won the hearts of cricket lovers everywhere, there's nothing bigger than that! This attempt, plus the board's diplomacy debacle is arguably the work of our current board president - the guy is enough to bring us to ruin. Anyway, I hope international cricket resumes in Pakistan soon.

  • sohail on March 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    t20 2012 team should be imran/ ahmed shzd hafeez asad younas umer afridi kamran hammad/ razzaq/ azher mehmood gul ajmal sami.

  • Asif on March 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    My team for t-20 world cup: Hafeez,Imran nazir,Ahmed Shahzad,Omer akmal,Shahid afridi (capt),Kamran Akmal,Abdul Razzaq,Rana naveed,omer gul,saeed ajmal, hamad azam & abdul rahman.

    The team for one days : Hafeez,imran nazir,yunus,mizbah,ahmed shahzad,omer akmal,afridi(capt),sarfraz,Rana naveed/abdul razzaq,omer gul,ajmal & sami.

    Test team :Hafeez,Taufiq,Azhar ali,younis,mizbah(capt),asad shafiq,omer akmal,adnan akmal,sami,gul,abdul rahman & saeed ajmal.

  • khalid akhtar on March 29, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    well isolating pakistan as a venue for cricket wont help till ICC and other countries help out. In few years time pakistan cricket venues will be like haunted grounds. Feel sorry for a talented team like pakistan not getting opportunity to play to their people.

  • ahmed on March 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    in pakistan team imran nazir shoud be there give him to chance

  • Moeed on March 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I totally agree.... Pakistan only need an attacking Fast bowler like amir.......!!!!!

  • kashif on March 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    kamran akmal should be in squad for t20 worldcup 2012

  • kashif on March 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    pak Test Team hafeez,taufeeq,asad,younus,misbah,umer,adnan,gul,ajmal,cheema pak odi team hafeez,jamshed,asad,umer,misbah,azam,afridi,sarfraz,gul,ajmal,cheema pak T20 team hafiz,ahmad,imran,kamram,umer,misbah,afradi,razzaq,gul,ajmal cheema

  • Fair Dickum on March 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    The PCB should publish the statistics for bowling and batting under all formats of the game for the years 2010 , 2011 and 2012 up to now . Under each format it will emerge and become clear which bowlers and batsmen are performing and which ones are not . This used to be done until a few years back but has been discontinued . Obviously the discontinuation is for the reason such information and transparency would make it difficult to continue with favouritism and partiality towards some players .

  • ali shah on March 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    well written article kamran

  • nasiruddin on March 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    no country is safe it u think in that angle but yes one incident happened in pak because of the carelessness of security but if u make a comparison pak is the safe country for any game.its just media showing verse situation . if its not safe for games why we are competing every country in all games .cricket,hockey ,tennis. its just a political statment

  • hussnain on March 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    pak test team hafeez,taufeeq umr,azhar,younis,misbah,adnan,umer gul,wahab,ajmal pak odi team hafeez,jamshad,umer akmal,younis,misbah,afridi,k akmal,umer gul,ajmal,cheema/wahab,danish kaneria. pak t20 team ahmad shehzad,k akmak,hafeez,jamshad,shahid youssuf,s malik(cap),u akmal,u gull,ajmal, raza hasan,razzaq.any eleven

  • Anwar on March 29, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    should include Ahamed Shehzad in Pak team for T20 World cup 2012

  • Imran Khan on March 28, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Great Article. I think removing Misbah wont solve the problem. He brought stability into the team which is why the team is winning at the moment. But one advice to Misbah that please dont make silly decisions in big matches like the one he made in Indo Pak match by leaving out wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed who proved a vital factor in the finals.

  • Yaqoob on March 28, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    PAK 2020 Team Abdul Razack Kamran Akmal shahid Afridi Mohd Hafeez Imran Nazir Umar Akmal Mishab ul Haq Younis Khan Umar Gul Wahab Raiz Mohd Sami

  • Saiqa on March 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I would love to see Afaq Rahim, Usman Sallahuddin, Baber Azzam, Ahmad Shehzad and Raza Hassan play some more Pakistan A. We need some batsmen who have a taste of playing long innings. In the resent years, centuries have got dried up and there are so many players who are considered to be successful if they score 30s and 40s. Usman Sallahuddin is an answer to Virat Kohli, and PCB is getting late in letting him adjust to the international scene. They should have played him in the Bangladesh series.

  • Zahid on March 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Pakistan needs a fair selection process to give chances to upcoming talent. I have asked this question a 100 times; is Awais Zia a better T20 bat than Ahmad Shehzad or Imran Nazir? Is Asad Shafiq a better bat than Usman Sallahuddin. And then what about Afaq Rahim. Why not give them a chance when they are at hight of their game. I would also like to know if Hammad Azzam is a better batsman than AbdulRazaq as he surely isn't a better bowler because even in his youth he bowls at 127-130 kph.

  • ambalal on March 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Turmoil in Pakistan is political.Cricket is very safe, specially when nation is starving for international cricket for nearly 3 years.I am sure Pakistan board will do every thing to make it safe as a house. BCB is again showing high handedness which it showed after asia cup final.BCB lost all the respect which it again in hosting Asia Cup. Let BD tour Srilanka or India you will see many record broken and BD will be back to its knees

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    What is the problem in starting a Pakistan Premium League. To start with, we can invite Rizwan Cheema of Canada, Usman Khawaja of Australia, Owais Shah of England, Imran Tahir of South Africa etc etc. Then there are lots of countries like UAE, Afghanistan, Scottland etc that have talented players of Pakistani origin. Once they play PPL, their friends in their countries can be lured in, and there you go! Probably Pakistan board just likes to bend over to Indian board.

  • ahmad on March 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Is it just me or does Gul always undo all of the good work done by the spinners and get hit around all of the time? Its alien for Pakistan to rely on spin rather than fast bowlers but with the generally poor pace attack (compared to those of the past) should we not be trying some more new boys? What about Talha? Guls performance in the final was typical. He got hit for 3 fours in four balls at a vital time after the spinners worked really hard to make the Bnagladesh run rate climb and then he bowls a front foot no ball the following over...on top of the runs he gave away against India. Intead of continously rating him as one of the best limited overs fast bowlers around, dont we need to be a bit more realistic about his capabilities when it comes to him bowling under pressure?

  • Shahid on March 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Toothless ICC is the bigest cuprit in not being able to sort out the most important things in sports administration. Cricket is being used as a political tool by many nations and ICC needs to stop this development. England, Australia and NZ were suddenly not ready to play Zimbabway when its government started land reforms. Where as the same dictator with same style of governance was never an issue in the earlier years. Government of India has done the same with Pakistan for decades and now it seems as they are extending there influence over Bangladesh to marginalize Pakistan. ICC needs to be reformed and a solution has to found where money might doesn't call the shots.

  • Farooq Sameem. on March 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Bangladesh should not let down Pakistan by giving false hope of a tour by Bangladesh team to Pakistan to play a ODI series.Dilly-Dallying by BCB in this regard is incomprehensible.The report on the security situation in Pakistan and the assurances of foolproof security offered to the players while in Pakistan have satisfied the delegation from Bangladesh that visited Pakistan.Their security report supposedly favoured the Bangladesh players touring Pakistan.But yet the lackadaisical approach of the BCB to the issue gives the impression that it is dragging the foot.If Bangladesh fail to respond positively the image of their Board is going to be tarnished.On the other hand,if Bangladesh would tour Pakistan honouring the deal they struck with PCB before the election of Vice President of ICC,Bangladesh will be commended for its gallant gesture.

  • luck on March 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    i hope my comment will be considered by pcb management thanks.

  • luck on March 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    pakistani circket team only require one wicket taking fast bowler just like amir/asif,it must be conduct as soon as possible because spin bowling is very strong already but not attacking bowler available except umer gul.

  • Umar ISLAM on March 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Great article by Abbasi. PCB should concetrate on domestic cricket and wait for peace in country rather that begging to BCB....

  • Arshad on March 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    for t20 wc pakistan should take the below team

    nasir / imran shahzaib/asad shahzad u akmal hafeez (cap) k.akmal afridi Hammad/ razzaq Omar gul sadaf hussain / wahab saeed / raza Hassan this is 16 players for w cup 2012

  • Ghinva Raza on March 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Thank you Mr Kamran! for a light hearted article! we r always in need for 1! I love my nation!

  • jeevan dhungana on March 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I,m nepali people great fans of pakistan team.I suggest to that please every player play for them nations and give full satisfied to fans. This team was strong so play nicely and to take no 1 position. Please give chance for dedicated player.

  • Aamir Khan on March 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    No doubt about the bad law and order situation in Pakistan but remember Pakistan was the country who agreed and played cricket in Sri Lanka in similar situation when they were fighting tamil tigers. We have such a big number of talented players but lack of international cricket in Pakistan spoiling their talent. IPL still not in mood to induct Pakistani players in IPL contest which can groom their talent and also give monetary benefits to Pakistani players. One thing which can give benefit to Pakistani players in terms of experience and money is to introduce PPL (Pakistan Premier League) if at this stage it is not possible to arrange PPL in Pakistan then we can arrange it at Dubai or Abu Dhabi as these centres are just like home grounds for Pakistan and foreign players will also come and play without any hesitation.

    We need to have three separate teams for Tests, T20 and ODI's as Aussies and other cricketing nations are having these days this will boost their performance regards

  • SYED REHAN ALI on March 27, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Whatever the situation, Pakistan team is a dark horse,We thanks our bowlers specially spinners to incurred major contribution in victories. Pakistan team is always weak in making their strategies in power plays and they need to give more chances to Asad, Hamad, shazaib,nasir and ahmed for comming 20/20 world cup. BPL impact is clearly visible on Bangladesh taem performace. they played really well. But it's cheap to make allegation on cheema. Pakistan cannot Afford Misbah as a batsman in twenty 20 world cup..

    best of luck Pakistan for twenty 20.

  • Asad Afzal on March 27, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Pakistan has been in the final four of every int'l t20 competition held by the ICC. We are (arguably) the best team to play this format. Still...due to a political mess, we are ignored from the IPL tournament. Very sad that sport is being used to make gaps larger between the two countries rather than help bridge the divide. Nonetheless, I'm happy to see the appreciation of our players from Indian fans, rather than the negative attitude that BCCI presents in this situation.

  • kazzmi on March 27, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    nice article..

  • Irfan on March 27, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Political situation in Pakistan will if at all get worse. Law and order goes hand in hand with it so there you go. It was a fool's dream to call over a minnow, play them, exhibit that all is well, and hope that rest of white cricketing nations will follow suit. Not gonna happen. Pakistan bent over backwards to BD's demands in hoping that they will help them out. It's about time that they (PCB}should wake up and smell the coffee. Big conspiracy theory? Not likely. It's quite straight and simple, images/news from Pakistan which are seen and heard around the world aren't so convincing. Cricket matches around the world take place in festive environment and not under the scopes of sniper rifles and snouts of police dogs. The new chairman seems like a level headed bloke to me so my sincerest advice to him will be to go in long term with Dubai as a home venue and concentrate on strengthening the team. With a strong team, half of the woes will be gone leaving the half which cannot be controlle

  • Touqir Awan on March 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Again very well said, cant agree more kamran bhai! congrats team pakistan ! congrats to People of Pakistan!! Pakistan Zindabaad...Pakistan Paindabaad!!!!

  • Shahzad - Tampa, Florida on March 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Pakistan team has talent but the evironment is not favorable most of the time. One bad fish can ruin it for all. It would be a national effort to restore peace and bring foreign teams back in the field of Pakistan.......

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  • Shahzad - Tampa, Florida on March 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Pakistan team has talent but the evironment is not favorable most of the time. One bad fish can ruin it for all. It would be a national effort to restore peace and bring foreign teams back in the field of Pakistan.......

  • Touqir Awan on March 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Again very well said, cant agree more kamran bhai! congrats team pakistan ! congrats to People of Pakistan!! Pakistan Zindabaad...Pakistan Paindabaad!!!!

  • Irfan on March 27, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Political situation in Pakistan will if at all get worse. Law and order goes hand in hand with it so there you go. It was a fool's dream to call over a minnow, play them, exhibit that all is well, and hope that rest of white cricketing nations will follow suit. Not gonna happen. Pakistan bent over backwards to BD's demands in hoping that they will help them out. It's about time that they (PCB}should wake up and smell the coffee. Big conspiracy theory? Not likely. It's quite straight and simple, images/news from Pakistan which are seen and heard around the world aren't so convincing. Cricket matches around the world take place in festive environment and not under the scopes of sniper rifles and snouts of police dogs. The new chairman seems like a level headed bloke to me so my sincerest advice to him will be to go in long term with Dubai as a home venue and concentrate on strengthening the team. With a strong team, half of the woes will be gone leaving the half which cannot be controlle

  • kazzmi on March 27, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    nice article..

  • Asad Afzal on March 27, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Pakistan has been in the final four of every int'l t20 competition held by the ICC. We are (arguably) the best team to play this format. Still...due to a political mess, we are ignored from the IPL tournament. Very sad that sport is being used to make gaps larger between the two countries rather than help bridge the divide. Nonetheless, I'm happy to see the appreciation of our players from Indian fans, rather than the negative attitude that BCCI presents in this situation.

  • SYED REHAN ALI on March 27, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Whatever the situation, Pakistan team is a dark horse,We thanks our bowlers specially spinners to incurred major contribution in victories. Pakistan team is always weak in making their strategies in power plays and they need to give more chances to Asad, Hamad, shazaib,nasir and ahmed for comming 20/20 world cup. BPL impact is clearly visible on Bangladesh taem performace. they played really well. But it's cheap to make allegation on cheema. Pakistan cannot Afford Misbah as a batsman in twenty 20 world cup..

    best of luck Pakistan for twenty 20.

  • Aamir Khan on March 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    No doubt about the bad law and order situation in Pakistan but remember Pakistan was the country who agreed and played cricket in Sri Lanka in similar situation when they were fighting tamil tigers. We have such a big number of talented players but lack of international cricket in Pakistan spoiling their talent. IPL still not in mood to induct Pakistani players in IPL contest which can groom their talent and also give monetary benefits to Pakistani players. One thing which can give benefit to Pakistani players in terms of experience and money is to introduce PPL (Pakistan Premier League) if at this stage it is not possible to arrange PPL in Pakistan then we can arrange it at Dubai or Abu Dhabi as these centres are just like home grounds for Pakistan and foreign players will also come and play without any hesitation.

    We need to have three separate teams for Tests, T20 and ODI's as Aussies and other cricketing nations are having these days this will boost their performance regards

  • jeevan dhungana on March 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I,m nepali people great fans of pakistan team.I suggest to that please every player play for them nations and give full satisfied to fans. This team was strong so play nicely and to take no 1 position. Please give chance for dedicated player.

  • Ghinva Raza on March 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Thank you Mr Kamran! for a light hearted article! we r always in need for 1! I love my nation!

  • Arshad on March 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    for t20 wc pakistan should take the below team

    nasir / imran shahzaib/asad shahzad u akmal hafeez (cap) k.akmal afridi Hammad/ razzaq Omar gul sadaf hussain / wahab saeed / raza Hassan this is 16 players for w cup 2012