Pakistan cricket November 11, 2013

The hopelessness of Pakistan's batting

Raja Omer
There's light at the end of the tunnel for fans of Pakistan's batting - the light emanating from the tail of the Halley's Comet
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Batting is simple. Generally, you look at the ball, hit it and try not to be a Pakistani batsman. But even if you are a Pakistani batsman, you could still look at the ball and not hit it. Of course, this is based on the simple surmise that you can't get out if you don't hit a ball that isn't headed for the stumps. In present form it seems this is the only way the Pakistani batsmen can last the full quota of 50 overs. Going by the inexplicable expressions on the faces of Akmal, Amin, Afridi, Jamshed and Hafeez when they are batting, you'd imagine that the thing coming out of the bowler's hand is in fact the Halley's Comet. Space enthusiasts are always encouraged to come and watch Pakistan's batting come to grips with big raging balls of flame hurled towards them at the speed of knots. Stars dying, stars being reborn, black-holes attracting balls, supernova batting explosions - you'll see it all. Why long for space travel when Pakistan's batting is a microcosm of exactly what is to be seen out there?

But can one really blame the Pakistani batsmen for their repeated misdemeanours with the bat, in light of such a hefty burden on their shoulders? Just winning is never enough. The team has to win with flair. It's almost an unwritten rule for the side. So, it's only fair if the other team plays its part too, because there is only so much a team of 11 Pakistanis can do on the cricket field.

In cricket when a batsman gets out early in his innings, the walk back to the dressing room is always difficult. There is the guilt of failure and the accusing looks of fellow team-mates. But then there is also the comfort in the hope of senior players raising their hands and guiding the team through those troubled waters. But not in the Pakistani team. When every batsman within the team fails with such religious regularity in the 10s and 20s, the only solace is in knowing that the other batsmen got out in an even more ridiculous manner than you did. Then the aim is simply to get in there, and get out without looking too silly. You see there is always hope in the collective failure of the team's batting in getting you through to the next match. This way there is no pressure of performing better in the next match either. Ask Hafeez or Afridi. They can vouch for this strategy.

But they are exceptional bowlers you say? Indeed they are. But if batsmen are to be picked on bowling abilities alone, why even go through the motions of picking any batsman? Why not simply play with 11 bowlers instead? The bowlers are anyway doing a better job at batting than the batsmen - Wahab Riaz was the top-scorer in the third ODI against South Africa.

For the Pakistani fan, batting is a harrowing tale of what could be. They see great potential in the likes of Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin. And they show great promise too with the occasional fifty or century, but they never quite live up to the expectations. The majority in Pakistan also finds it difficult to make peace with Misbah-ul-Haq's style of batting. The extremely low strike-rate for extended intervals only sustains the pressure that Misbah would otherwise want to get the team out of. Convincing Misbah to play attacking cricket to up his strike-rate would be like trying to floss a cat's teeth while getting a teenager to tell you about his day.

Serious doubts linger over whether the duo of Misbah and Whatmore can figure out what is wrong with Pakistan's batting. It is a malaise that has stuck with the team for far too long. The last time Pakistan chased a target of over 250 was two years ago. If Misbah's 'I don't have the answer' statement is anything to go by, one wonders if they have already resigned their efforts to find the answer. With such a defeatist approach, they would probably have a hard time finding the solution even if it had its arms thrown in the air like the trademark Afridi 'X' while prancing around the cricket field in Imran Tahir's knickers.

Speaking of Imran Tahir, maybe he should write a personal thank you note to the PCB, signed love, XOs and all. Because, only Pakistan could have rejuvenated his career from oblivion the way they have.

I don't know about your country dear reader, but we Pakistanis have a proud history of making star players out of hitherto unknown individuals. It's really inconsequential whether the individual concerned actually plays for Pakistan or not.

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  • ABLcric on November 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Good article. Wished there were some solutions also. Historically, Pakistan always produced worlds class bowlers all the time starting from Fazal Mahmood to Saeed Ajmal. The team won whenever the batsmen scored runs. There is long list of super bowlers, who performed on international level. But, the list of super batsmen who scored more than 7,000 and averaged more than 50 are only four: Javed, Inzi, Yousuf and Younis. Now, the issue of batting talent in the country. There is enough batting talent, but they are limited in their growth and development. Our teenage batsmen performs very well in last few world cups, but these shining stars just performed at the same level and failed to develop into mature adult world class competitors. That is why, we see several of them entering the big stage with a bang and then fizzle out. The latest is Shaoib Maqsood. Before him were Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. This is the role of coaches and old fashioned managers to guide, groom and develop them.

  • cricinfo82 on November 11, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Pakistan team always had a strong bowling attack. In past they had a decent if not formidable batting line up. Batting on most occasions supported the bowlers by either putting on a decent target or having to chase a small target. They had few really good batsmen in past and few of them were world class but most of them appeared in different eras. Like Miandad in 70's,80's and then Saeed Anwar and Inzi in 90's. But the bowling attack had always been awesome, formidable. I am an ardent follower of cricket and enjoy watching some good cricket. Not that the Pakistan team is going through a rough patch but if they continue with the current selection, this will continue. May be occasionally they will fetch a win here and there (courtesy to their bowlers). Most of the batsmen barely have the skills required to not only score big but stay long on the crease. Modern day cricket has come a long way and its way more competitive than what it used to be once.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    all good, but i just wanted to say that if a player emerges quit brilliantly like NJ and wraps up his career is only due to coach? the answar what i supposed to be, because a player at that level might have their own guts of understanding the scenario in which they are playing and thats why that individual is in the playing 11. we just might need to understand the game and nothing else

  • on November 15, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    our team is just having bad time, forget to change anything....just wait and see

  • on November 14, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    In my view all top six ( including boom boom) should now be dumped, the team is loosing anyway so why not give some chance to those who have not been there before and performed well domestically. I think the selectors should identify a poll of 10-15 players and give them a long run. The times of boom boom, malik, akmals, tanvir and professor is ended way before. The theory of trying dead bullets again and again should please be changed now. We in rebuilding process since 2003 world cup when Saeed Anwar, Waqar and Easim retired and in last 10 years we have not produced even one player who finds himself set in all formats. Hafeez, Malik, and Akmals have not been able to prove their worth in last decade so whats the point to keep them in the team. Lots to say but I KNOW NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Second Part of the Solution: Three different teams for all three different formats based on all players averages & Sr from Pakistan domestic cricket as all domestic players either for ODI or t20 correspond well to their International Averages so its wise you select players with highest Batting Averages or Bowling from your Domestic's and this is even true for past Pakistan players as i have looked at the statistics. I don't agree with title of this Article in the light of my comments thus first do selection on merit and then if there's problem get Good Coach not a foreigner but someone from Pakistan cricket legends it will help the players psychologically feel at rest and will address their batting or bowling issue's and Allah willing Pakistan cricket will be best of all teams or one of the best to say the least!.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Solution List A Batting Averages of Some Players of Pakistan Domestic: Sharjeel Khan 52 , Fawad Alam 44, Khurram Manzoor 47, Sohaib Maqsood 52 , Faisal Iqbal 42, Azhar Ali 50, , Asif Zakir 41, Afaq Raheem 47, Akbar-ur-Rehman 45, Khalid Latif 46, Babar Azam 49 , Zain Abbas 54(few match). Current Pakistan Players List A Batting Averages: Mohammad Hafeez 33, Shahid Afridi 24 , Misbah-ul-Haq 48 , Asad Shafiq 36, Ahmad Shehzad 34 , Shan Masood 32, Shoaib Malik 37, Abdul Razzaq 30 (he's also all-rounder), Umar Akmal 36, Kamran Akmal 28, Wahab Riaz 15, Sohail Tanvir 15, Salman Butt 44, Younis Khan 34, Mohammad Yousaf 40, Imran Farhat 36, Haris Sohail 36, Sarfraz Ahmad 29 (wk), Nasir Jamshed 33, Anwar Ali 20, Taufeez Umar 39.56, Awais Zia 27, Imran Nazir 28, Azhar Mahmood 22, Hasan Raza 39.35 Interesting Thing is the averages are almost same to international Odi Averages of these players .More interestingly Not even one player has average above his List A averages in international ODI's career

  • timtimi on November 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    misbah should remain as only test captain afridi & umar akmal should be opener hafeez should bat at no. 5 or 6. pakistan need a good batting coach.i should say very good.

  • Code_Jamer on November 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    A big thank you to all the folks who joined in the discussion through the comments section. I really enjoyed reading them. Regards, Raja.

  • ilililililililililililililx on November 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Cant expect Umar Akmal to get a century, he bats at no. 7. Umar Akmal has an average of 39 that is higher than everyone in the squad appart from Misbah and Shoaib Maqsood. Umar Akmal eith bats at no.7 and gets a quick-fire 30 or bat uo the order and make hundreds at a quick strike rate.

  • ABLcric on November 13, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Good article. Wished there were some solutions also. Historically, Pakistan always produced worlds class bowlers all the time starting from Fazal Mahmood to Saeed Ajmal. The team won whenever the batsmen scored runs. There is long list of super bowlers, who performed on international level. But, the list of super batsmen who scored more than 7,000 and averaged more than 50 are only four: Javed, Inzi, Yousuf and Younis. Now, the issue of batting talent in the country. There is enough batting talent, but they are limited in their growth and development. Our teenage batsmen performs very well in last few world cups, but these shining stars just performed at the same level and failed to develop into mature adult world class competitors. That is why, we see several of them entering the big stage with a bang and then fizzle out. The latest is Shaoib Maqsood. Before him were Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. This is the role of coaches and old fashioned managers to guide, groom and develop them.

  • cricinfo82 on November 11, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Pakistan team always had a strong bowling attack. In past they had a decent if not formidable batting line up. Batting on most occasions supported the bowlers by either putting on a decent target or having to chase a small target. They had few really good batsmen in past and few of them were world class but most of them appeared in different eras. Like Miandad in 70's,80's and then Saeed Anwar and Inzi in 90's. But the bowling attack had always been awesome, formidable. I am an ardent follower of cricket and enjoy watching some good cricket. Not that the Pakistan team is going through a rough patch but if they continue with the current selection, this will continue. May be occasionally they will fetch a win here and there (courtesy to their bowlers). Most of the batsmen barely have the skills required to not only score big but stay long on the crease. Modern day cricket has come a long way and its way more competitive than what it used to be once.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    all good, but i just wanted to say that if a player emerges quit brilliantly like NJ and wraps up his career is only due to coach? the answar what i supposed to be, because a player at that level might have their own guts of understanding the scenario in which they are playing and thats why that individual is in the playing 11. we just might need to understand the game and nothing else

  • on November 15, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    our team is just having bad time, forget to change anything....just wait and see

  • on November 14, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    In my view all top six ( including boom boom) should now be dumped, the team is loosing anyway so why not give some chance to those who have not been there before and performed well domestically. I think the selectors should identify a poll of 10-15 players and give them a long run. The times of boom boom, malik, akmals, tanvir and professor is ended way before. The theory of trying dead bullets again and again should please be changed now. We in rebuilding process since 2003 world cup when Saeed Anwar, Waqar and Easim retired and in last 10 years we have not produced even one player who finds himself set in all formats. Hafeez, Malik, and Akmals have not been able to prove their worth in last decade so whats the point to keep them in the team. Lots to say but I KNOW NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Second Part of the Solution: Three different teams for all three different formats based on all players averages & Sr from Pakistan domestic cricket as all domestic players either for ODI or t20 correspond well to their International Averages so its wise you select players with highest Batting Averages or Bowling from your Domestic's and this is even true for past Pakistan players as i have looked at the statistics. I don't agree with title of this Article in the light of my comments thus first do selection on merit and then if there's problem get Good Coach not a foreigner but someone from Pakistan cricket legends it will help the players psychologically feel at rest and will address their batting or bowling issue's and Allah willing Pakistan cricket will be best of all teams or one of the best to say the least!.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Solution List A Batting Averages of Some Players of Pakistan Domestic: Sharjeel Khan 52 , Fawad Alam 44, Khurram Manzoor 47, Sohaib Maqsood 52 , Faisal Iqbal 42, Azhar Ali 50, , Asif Zakir 41, Afaq Raheem 47, Akbar-ur-Rehman 45, Khalid Latif 46, Babar Azam 49 , Zain Abbas 54(few match). Current Pakistan Players List A Batting Averages: Mohammad Hafeez 33, Shahid Afridi 24 , Misbah-ul-Haq 48 , Asad Shafiq 36, Ahmad Shehzad 34 , Shan Masood 32, Shoaib Malik 37, Abdul Razzaq 30 (he's also all-rounder), Umar Akmal 36, Kamran Akmal 28, Wahab Riaz 15, Sohail Tanvir 15, Salman Butt 44, Younis Khan 34, Mohammad Yousaf 40, Imran Farhat 36, Haris Sohail 36, Sarfraz Ahmad 29 (wk), Nasir Jamshed 33, Anwar Ali 20, Taufeez Umar 39.56, Awais Zia 27, Imran Nazir 28, Azhar Mahmood 22, Hasan Raza 39.35 Interesting Thing is the averages are almost same to international Odi Averages of these players .More interestingly Not even one player has average above his List A averages in international ODI's career

  • timtimi on November 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    misbah should remain as only test captain afridi & umar akmal should be opener hafeez should bat at no. 5 or 6. pakistan need a good batting coach.i should say very good.

  • Code_Jamer on November 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    A big thank you to all the folks who joined in the discussion through the comments section. I really enjoyed reading them. Regards, Raja.

  • ilililililililililililililx on November 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Cant expect Umar Akmal to get a century, he bats at no. 7. Umar Akmal has an average of 39 that is higher than everyone in the squad appart from Misbah and Shoaib Maqsood. Umar Akmal eith bats at no.7 and gets a quick-fire 30 or bat uo the order and make hundreds at a quick strike rate.

  • Diaz54 on November 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    No coaches will be able to help these guys. It is all mental you cannot teach folks to have brains let alone apply them. They basically lack mentally so do not see the way a good club batsmen would see. Therefore there mindset is totally different...hence they fail to deliver. Where as proper batsmen know there role and go on to score. If hundreds these guys struggle to go beyond 50. They are good enough to get low,scores but not move on......so they don't neccessary lack skills but cannot apply them!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    If Pakistan cricket is about world class bowling & very few batting here n there then why Pakistan's top seven batsmen (Majid, Zaheer, Asif, Mushtaq, Miandad, Tasleem Arif, Imran/Alrounder)were selected for the Kery Packer World XI? Other than West Indies & Australia no other nation had top rated batsmen as Pakistan had in the World Series; this is beside the Hanif Mohammed's era. And, if you look at U19 results Pakistan is mostly either winning the U19 world cup, qualifying as runner up, or being the quarterfinalist. This is not the problem that Pakistan don't produce the batsmen the problem is there was a model Pakistan followed that produced world-class batsmen in the past. This model was, we selected players that came with the healthy rivalry of Karachi & Lahore FYI Top batsmen who were runs getters came from Karachi and top stroke players from Lahore. Unfortunately, now it is almost all from Lahore or its vicinity who are stroke players i.e. ideal for T20 but not for ODI or Test.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    The deal is that they have failed to get a replacement for Mohammed Yousuf & Inzamam ul Haq .. I have never seen Pakistan cricket team getting a strong opening Stand.. It was the Middle order that used to do the repair job and then the Power hitters like Razzaq and Afridi Finishing it off... Currently everyone in the team is trying to cement their place rather playing as a unit.. They Should learn from India & Australia as how both of the teams have revived after the retirement of their Star players

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on November 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha, hilarious mate! That brought back nightmarish memories of watching India in action in the 90s- our batsmen back then were just as good (or as bad!), with the obvious exception of you know who!

  • cricshehzada on November 12, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Appoint sachin as your batting coach...

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on November 12, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Why don't Pakistan bring in Younus Khan and Mohammed Yousuf? Both still have a few years to offer to Pakistan and maybe the youngsters would learn a lot batting alongside them.

  • SamRoy on November 12, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Raja, I am from India and like everything else even India shares Pakistan's quality of making star players of hitherto unknown individuals. In Pakistan's case they make star players out of average bowlers and India makes star players out of average batsman. Both teams are bad at fielding, extremely good in either batting or bowling and extremely poor in the other department.

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Bring in Younus Khan in ODIs , he still has couple of years left in him so Pakistan should utilize these two years as much as they can , he can serve Pakistan ODI team till 2015 World Cup.

  • aamir2194 on November 12, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Why they have bowling coach but not a batting which is the main problem for last Decade. i think batting coach is must for team like inzmam, aamir sohail, basit ali etc. and what about umar gul, and what is doing by moin khan who criticize team before job in PCB after that he say everything is ok. and poor captaincy in series is showing by misbah. only fast bowler bowled all of his quota in all matches is irfan who is not 100% fit and much more

  • on November 12, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    lets say if the Pakistan bat first and make 250 runs - does anyone think our bowlers can defend it, which is an average good score for ODI. my answer is NO. Notifying the problem will provide the solution. Solution is in those coaches and captains who cherry pick the players - players, who plays to win not to make their individual records. we all are blaming batting - personally believe the whole picture of the team is not good. younger player with will and hunger to win is the solution.

    Traditionally, Pakistan is/was always THE team in the world which restricts any type of batting line up under 250 runs and unfortunately we lost our genetic strength, more in bowling and gaining zero in batting, the PROBLEM!

  • mzm149 on November 12, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    If a Pakistan have to improve their batting they will have to bear and stick with some youngsters even if they fail for a while. I am of the view that you should give each and every game of the series to players selected instead of changing them after 1or 2 games. This approach never develops a player. Players don't get confidence at all due to this approach.

    As afar as upcoming South Africa series is concerned, we all know there is no chance of winning ODI series at all. Why don't we experiment with youngsters and give them confidence.

    Playing XI in my opinion in South Africa tour should be

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Harris Sohail 5. Misbah 6. Umar Akmal(wk) 7. Hafeez(c) 8. Umar Gul 9. Saeed Ajmal / Rehman / Baber 10. Ehsan Adil / Asad Ali / Irfan 11. Junaid Khan

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on November 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Well main problem in Pakistan batting is the number of dot balls they play. So called top order batsmen play an immense number of dot balls so much so that run rate always goes down. To add a final nail in coffin, each batsman gets out for nothing after consuming so many balls.

    I also see no improvement in Pakistan batting attitude over the time, So don't see Dave Watmore as an effective coach. He should be replaced with a more concerned coach.

    Please its enough of Hafeez, Afridi and Akmal brothers, Just throw them out they have participated more in lost cause of Pakistan

  • immy25 on November 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Lets be realistic.Sacking Misbah from captainship wont solve batting issue.Its Jus they need to consider Afridi & Hafeez as their bowlers & not as an all rounder.Pak need to change their batting order & bring back one good batting all rounder.Also Pick Hafeez & Afridi only as a bowler & change their batting order. They need to find 2 or 3 aggressive batsmen who could play aggressively like Glenn Maxwell & last but not the least,if nothing works,play ODI like T20. As it is they struggle to Score 200+ so why not try & play it like a t20 game.May be it might work. Good Luck.....

  • on November 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I think PCB should take great measures towards the following points, if they are to solve this ever threatening problem of collapses: a. Send the openers and most of the middle order batsmen s on a life long leave from international cricket (Hafeez, Nasir, Akmals, Asad (from limited overs), Misbah (from limited overs) b. Inject fresh blood from domestic circuit c. Misbah from the captaincy

  • KiwiRocker- on November 12, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    I enjoyed this reading. I also concur with Raja that Pakistan has a habit of making unknown, average players a star. A further example was Irfan Pathan who had a decent record against Pakistan but is no more than an average bowler. It would have been useful if Raja would have mentioned that Pakistan has not always been so bad in batting. Actually, in 80's and 90's Pakistani batting line up was as good as any other team in world. They had Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan and then Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmad, Saeed Anwar, Muhammad Yousaf. Even Imran Khan himself was an excellent batsman. People comment about India's batting strength but if noted Pakistani batting was even stronger than India in those days. Record of players mentioned speaks for itself. No wonder Pakistan did so well in 80's and 90's They were only team to almost defeat West Indies twice in those days. Current problem is selection. Fawad Alam,Hammad Azam,Asim Kamal, Muhammad Yousaf are either wasted ot being wasted...

  • khmasood on November 12, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    There has always been talent and Pakistan has always played on it. We still have talent the likes of Shezad, Jamshed, Shan Masood and Sohaib Maqsood but sorry to say we are not honest. What happened to Asim Kamal and Sohaib Maqsood as he has been playing for almost two years is a prime example of players not being picked on merit.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 12, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Pakistani batsman need coaching classes and sitting arrangements with ex world class Pakistani batsmen like Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar etc otherwise they will not improve, there is no hope.

  • Shazia_Javed on November 12, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    So called Mr. Boom Boom… I wonder if fans know that he has scored less than 10 runs in 139 ODIs, scored less than 25 runs in 226 ODIs and less than 50 runs in 298 ODIs… and 29 times he was out for DUCK

  • SohailMirza on November 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    People are blaming Afridi like its always free to blame him. He is the 2nd Highest wicket taker of the series and common you're still asking to drop him??? Do you have such a fine leggy spinner? If he does not perform with bat then what about regular batsman like Hafeez (was never a batsman , it is his luck he has played so many matches otherwise he can not be selected in my street team of tape ball) , Asad Shafeeq?? No one talking about Asad here... He got two chances and look at the way he got out???? If i would have been given chance i may have perofmed better then him?? is this a way recognized batsman to get out????

  • CrazyforcricketIII on November 12, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    There was NO competition- Pak was supposed to have better bowlers but for SA batting line up, they looked very ordinary. In fact SA had better bowling options and they beat us badly with their second choices. Our all rounders did not show up at all. New talent/ young blood was very disappointing. I thought that Misbah was doing a good job and taking Pak out of trouble single handedly- but now my opinion has changed and He should go away as a captain. Again we have very limited choices and Afridi is not one of them. Hafeez also is very disappointing. May be bring Yunus back! Guys- we are doomed!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Its time to bring some big changes to our side. Enough with grooming of Mohammad Hafeez as future captain time has proved that he was an ordinary player and is one today too. We should look for positives and built our team on those points such as AHmed shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood's performances. And i Believe Afridi should retire now, his strength and reflexes to hit huge sixes are lost and so is his charm.

  • on November 12, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Pakistan should give a chance to new blood like Shoaib Maqsood to take the command of Captaincy and start introducing new openers and middle order batsmen to get Team ready for next world cup. We've given enough chance to batsmen like Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Akmal Brothers they are inconsistent and time is now to get rid of them and introduce new blood.

  • on November 12, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    For God Sake kick out Afridi for ever and this will teach many other batsmen fond of hitting only to show people how big stars they are doing nothing.

  • PlayfromDallas on November 12, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @cricinfo82: "In past they had a decent if not formidable batting line up". If Pakistan cricket is about world class bowling and very few batting here n there then why Pakistan's top six batsmen (Majid, Zaheer, Asif, Mushtaq, Miandad, Tasleem Arif) were selected for the Kery Packer World XI? Other than West Indies and Australia no other nation had top rated batsmen as Pakistan had in the World Series; this is beside the Hanif Mohammed's era. And, if you look at U19 results Pakistan is mostly either winning the U19 WC, qualifying as runner up, or being the quarterfinalist. This is not the problem that Pakistan don't produce the batsmen the problem is there was a model Pakistan followed that produced world-class batsmen in the past. This model was, we selected players that came with the healthy competition of Karachi and Lahore FYI Top batsmen came from Karachi. Unfortunately, now it is all from Lahore or its vicinity who are stroke players i.e. ideal for T20 but not for ODI or Test.

  • am5786 on November 12, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Vijaya Varanasi, are you sure you wanted to include Ramiz's in the list you mentioned. He was good in ODI but look at test record only 2 centuries in 57 test for an opener is not satisfying.

  • am5786 on November 12, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    I don't know why everyone blames Misbah's strike rate, please look at current team Misbah has better strike rate than Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez, Amin. Rest of the team players have averages into 20s except Akmal.

  • on November 12, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Please make Afridi captain of Pakistan team along with give him VETO POWER, sure certain, pakistan cricket team will be number 1 team in the world

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    i think all the pakistani batsman should learn batting from indian young batsmans. see how they play cricket. 350+ run chases they made very simply & easily. because dhawan, rohith & virath kohli playing superbly. that is the real batting. but hafeez, afridi, umar akmal & amin what are they doing? can they see the ball promptly? if i am the selector of pakistan, i will drop all the players first.

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    I think Pakistan team should take a big leave from cricket. First get some good batsmen and then start cricket. Recently we see that lots of talented batsmen in Pakistan team and they never be matured and dependable. For whole life of cricket, they are only talented. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma are very juniors that Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir, Hafeez. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma became dependable for India but they are still talented. Main think is to play cricket needs brain. I think most of Pakistani cricketer don't have cricket brain at all. For example look at the 1st ODI. When you can win by taking single why do you try to get boundary? which is important- to entertain the audience or to win the match? I see only Pakistan collapse like this. That is why opponent teams always wait till the end expecting such self destruction from Pakistan team. What a shame!! First develop cricket brain for all the cricketer and then play cricket. kick out Afridi from the team because he is brainless

  • imran.k on November 12, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Very well written article and it speaks a volume about the batting hopelessness about Pakistan cricket team. Many people blame Misbah for his slow strike rate but see what happens when he gets out early and Pakistan teams get all out in less than 35 overs. Misbah very well understands the problem with the batting of his team and tries to play till the end so that he can at least take them to 200-220. Also, I fail to understand what players like Hafeez, Umar Amin and Asad Shafique are doing in this team? these guys have got many chances and they couldn't perform, Why players likes Hammad Azam, Harris Sohail and Fawad Alam are not getting enough chances in spite of performing well whenever they got their few opportunities? Even in the bowling department we only have 2 bowlers Ajmal and Md Irfan who are really good. Junaid is pk but Wahab is an utter waste. We seriously need a makeover of this team if they want to regain the respect from fans around the world

  • cricinfo82 on November 11, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Continued..... Maqsood even though it was just his second game but I felt he is here for a long run by just looking at his technique, a touch of injamam some where, plays with straight bat, and has guts. Where as players like Umar Akmal have barely any skills. Sure he can hit the ball out of the park on few occasions and that's it. Even sending him up in the order would barely do any good and don't even dare playing him in Tests that would be way too much stupidiy, no noooo. He is just fit for T20's. Dont see why Hafeez and Afridi are in the team at the same time as both of them have been playing as bowlers and I am sorry not at all as all rounders. Hafeez don't even have the required talent to bat at no 6 let alone no3. If some one's average in ODI's is still hovering around 20's after spending 7-8 years and almost 150 ODI's at position 1,2 and 3 then he is far from a talent. Misbah, at least no one can replace him as a captain as rest all in team are just placeholders so far.

  • CherryWood_Champion on November 11, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    @SameerRock: Grow up and lets call a spade to be a spade... Virat and Umar are miles apart. Rohit Sharma ... gets a Test debut after playing more than 100 ODIs. In Pakistan any mediocre player having the right political channels can get into the playing XI and that is going to continue until someone from Domestic cricket forces his place by scoring heavily .. atleast a couple of triple centuries. And based on the current domestic structure I doubt Pakistan can deliver batsmen on those levels. Look at India ... they dropped Sehwag and Gambhir based on their poor form ... and Pakistan selects only cricketers who are in poor form. Sehwag is a forgotten cricketer now and Boom Boom Afridi is still given so many chances after faring so badly. While Tuk Tuk is critized(God knows what the scoreline would have been without his scores) .. Boom Boom is still the preferred choice ... Sigh

  • asims67 on November 11, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    the batting failures make us forget our bowling woes! throughout history, you will see the vast majority of Pakistan's wins have been due to bowling. even when we had great names, whenever bowling was below par, our win/loss ratio was still low. in limited overs, our "world class" bowlers forget to bowl (including the world's best spinner) if they start getting hit or if a batsman gets set. Happened in the test match and happened in the last three one dayers. same thing with the lost ODIs earlier in the year. in all honesty, Pakistan's bowling currently is average at best. If it was indeed as highly rated as is touted, SA's hesitant batting in unfavorable conditions, should not have reached 220 in any game, leaving a reasonable chance of even our woeful batting making it. we really should be looking closely at that too and not forget it in the noise on the batting..

  • on November 11, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    I keep hearing about all the "talented" batsmen in Pakistan. Where are they? Not long ago, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, etc were touted as "talented." Are they? And so what? As a well-known coach said, talent is God-given. It's less important than what you make of it. Obviously, most Pakistani batsmen have made nothing of their talent, assuming they ever had any. They all seem to be scared of fast bowling. Well, Whatmore should set up a bowling machine bowling at full speed, but from 19 or 20 yards instead of 22. Only pick those players who can face this.

  • on November 11, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    So the people blaming Misbah and management have to take a share of blame on themselves for supporting and applauding players like Afridi who would be batting no higher than number 10 in any other test playing nation. Yes he is a crowd puller..extremely good looking but neither can win you a match!

  • on November 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    I still say Pakistan should poach some batting talent from Bangladesh. Try Mominul. Nasir - these guys rarely fail. Maybe Sakib, once his Dengu gets better. Afridi has been a failure for so long and yet he continues to be in the team. Pakistan's selectors and fans just love their Afridi. Can't do without this non-performer. What's cricket without seeing him fail again and again. India and Pakistan are the only sides that pick STARS, not ability. India is able to get away with it because someone invariably clicks. Pakistan is more uniform. "If u fail, so will I and maybe I can do better". That's seems to be the team Mantra these days.

  • immi2711 on November 11, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    @ Raja Omer ... Your article is full of despair, it makes me want to jump of the building...BUT TRUE...and your last paragraph is so to the point...leave it to Pakistan to revive someone's career, or give someone a record..seems Pak knows how to get in record books, 99% for the wrong reasons...As much as I like Misbah for his demeanour and how he carries himself as a captain (god knows we dont need Inzi), Misbah needs to hang his hat, he brings a sort of calmness in the team which is disastrous for Pakistani players....In any other country, Misbah would be god, but Pak players it is like feeding sweet to a diabetic person.

  • johnstanley on November 11, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Excellent Article. The time has passed for little tinkering. Remove majority of the PCB, preferably all of them and replace them with professionals who understand the game and were successful. Replace Dav Whatmore and Misbah and install a young captain and be prepared to lose some games whilst you stick with them. Encourage these players to play outside the Country, whether it be SA, Australia, WI, County cricket in UK or elsewhere. Get an aggressive coach from Australia and same for fielding and start to run some fitness camps. Any indiscipline and the player is out. Rebuilding a team such as Pakistan requires bold and honest leadership, both qualities do not exist with the current Management!!

  • on November 11, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    In Cricket batsman should attack bowler and play positive cricket. When you will give every chance to blowler to do all his experiment on you, which a bowler cant do when you are attacking him. Task given to our opener is not to attack bowler but to survive first ten overs by leaving every and each bowl even its full pitched or short pitch. When you come in ground with a negative frame of mind then what you expect from a batsman. When sohaib maqsood hit a four and Captain order him to calm down this is not our cricket.Just stay on crease. What the hell our management is......... Other hand every and each captain of any team feels joy and happiness while attacking on opponents which r lacking in our team.

  • Batmanindallas on November 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    ut we Pakistanis have a proud history of making star players out of hitherto unknown individuals.....hehe. I disagree with that line, I think Indians take the cake and icing on that one

  • Crick_Chater on November 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Pak needs Noor Khan's action of early 80's.Drop all non performing star players and bring in new blood.

    Batting is Pakistan's Achilles' heel, yet there is no permanent batting coach. Most of the selectors were mid level bowlers of the past( e.g., iqbal qasim, salim jafar). They didn't pick the right guys(for batting)from domestic set up.

    Sohaib inclusion is a good sign, but there are others like him as well. Going forward, please bring in new batsmen and be a little patient with them. Pak should build their batting order around, ahmed,shirjeel, umar,sohaib, awais, harris and hammad azam or may be others from domestic set up.

    Do it as fast as you can, otherwise the current bunch will bring more shame. These guys have their good days behind them and Pak fans want to see change now. Please no old selectors or managers as well.

  • on November 11, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Do they really expect this batting line up to do any better in SA?Why is Hafeez in this team, why is his place gauranteed, what was the big rush to have him back?Even by his own admission, he is closest to Misbah. Stick with Shehzad,Maqsood,Akmal(wk-batsman). Get rid of hafeez,afridi and amin.Bring younis back for stability in the middle order with misbah. I think misbah is a good batsman but a horrible captain.He needs to step down as a captain.His contribution in this team has always been as a batsman.I dont know why Pakistani supporters are adamant on supporting him as a captain because of his batting.Same goes for Whatmore this combination of captain-coach has been absolutely disastrous for Pakistan. Bring back umar gul and razzak and younis for stability and depth in batting.I can gaurantee that razzak will be 10 times better than Afridi. Amin,Jamshed,hafeez,and Akmal should be encouraged to play county for a couple of season.With lack of intl cricket, county might be a solution.

  • on November 11, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    We need attacking mind set not the defensive mind set. Misbah as a player is a good but as a captain is totally completely defensive. In Misbah's captaincy only 3 new player have been brought into the side. extremely poor.

  • nilay11 on November 11, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    In sports - the management, Think tank etc..can only do so much. After watching this series, Pak batsman should take the blame for the loss. They played poor shots and they had no value for their wicket..also, there was no team spirit. Might seem far fetched...but I believe an Indo - Pak series would do wonders for Pak. While India have am amazing batting line up..the bowling is highly questionable...somewhat like Pak cricket who have a pretty awesome bowling unit but a weak batting line up. In addition to this, an Indo Pak series would ensure that even the poor performers will show up, considering the immense pressure. It will foster team spirit, which will ensure that players dont play for themselves, but for the team. Not to mention, the insane revenue both the countries will make from the TV money and ticket sales. Only problem is where???...maybe a neutral venue. (and sorry..UAE is not neutral!)...:))

  • adnant202009champs on November 11, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    this is only bcoz of shoaib malik and company. hafeez wants to be captain of odi as well. if pakistan win both t20s than i will be right.

  • asim229 on November 11, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    The same story is being repeated again and again for the last 3 years and no strong action is being taken by PCB. Pakistan ODI's performance is very ordinary for the last 3 years.They have tried many different players and coaches but nothing is changed so it means that the problem is with the management. They should have rested Misbah for one or two series to see if anything improves because in opinion there could be two main reasons for this consistent failure. First is the grouping by the senior players to remove Misbah from captaincy and second is that Misbah's style of captaincy only suits test cricket and he is not aggressive enough for ODI's.In my opinion if they dont try a new captain and management in the next series then things will never improve for pak cricket specially in ODI's so finally they should take a brave step and try a new captain or otherwise should stop playing ODI's.

  • Orangetable on November 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    With all these failures you would have thought that selectors are busting a gut to find new talent as the old talent has and remains a complete failure. But not in Pakistan as we are about to recall Younis Khan, no you didn`t misread, Younis Khan- a guy that makes the flattest pitches look like Lords on an Aprils day. Pathetic board, pathetic selectors.

  • on November 11, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    I cannot agree more with you on the closing comments you have made in your column,

    "I don't know about your country dear reader, but we Pakistanis have a proud history of making star players out of hitherto unknown individuals."

    In addition to that Sohail Tanvir is one of the most stupid bowler I have seen. Not sure why Pakistan combination includes him in each series despite the face they having two decent left armers in Irfan and Junaid. He is occupying the spot of someone with more talent. Please do publish....

  • shot274 on November 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @riverbaby11. Superb idea!! Vijay for Khan? Lets make it really interesting. Irfan for Kohli!! Sometimes what people forget is that there is no reason for a teams decline apart from the fact that the country just isnt producing the goods in that area. So Pakistan just doesnt have class batsmen-no matter what you do to the selection committee, Misbah or Whatmore. People often say that Misbah or Hafeez should be dropped. Fair enough. But pick whom in their place?

  • on November 11, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Misbah and whatmore should be out of the team... if anyone knowledge that dhooni has played any role in Indian Team success then Misbah is behind down fall of Pakistan team... Misbah has no charisma, no energy and his not bring out good from our young players... rather he has destroyed the confidence of new comer & had destroyed our present and future... if he stayed as Pakistan Team Captain for next six month he will make such a damage which will create huge vacuum in Pakistan cricket.

  • Desihungama on November 11, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Problems with Pakistan Cricket were glaring at fans during the five match ODI series in the name of Sohaib Maqsood. PCB and Misbah almost pulled an Asim Kamaal on Sohaib Maqsood, had it not been for the fans and some local journalist. When they see someone performing well in domestic, they form in unison a roadblock for that player. If he is a bowler, he gets his first chance on flat deck. If he's a bat he's get to thrown to the tigers by playing him first in T20 and in ODI's, at No.6 or 7 when match is already lost. These are self defeatist approaches and will serve only the current players in raking hefty salaries, not Pakistan Cricket.

  • Unmesh_cric on November 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    What a forthright article! Kudos. @ riverbaby11, your Player Exchange Program between India and Pakistan is not bad. As an Indian fan, it is a travesty that wonderfully talented batsmen like Rahane, Manoj Tiwari (and the forgotten Gambhir and Sehwag) can not even find place in the playing XI; while absolutely average bowlers like Ishant and Vinay can play for India. I say take both Rahane and Tiwary (anyway they are not getting a chance) and just give us Mohammad Irfan :-)

  • on November 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    can any body go straight to PCB and tell them how to play cricket, why it is so that when Pakistan is batting , batting seems to be the most difficult thing in cricket and when bowling then bowling seems to be most difficult thing in cricket

  • on November 11, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    How can Shoaib Maqsood score 2 out of 2 50's while Umar Amir fails 5 out of 5 times? There is no merit! In 80's Pakistan had a captain who dropped his own cousin for under-performing!

  • on November 11, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Need to get Misbah and whatmore out of the team's think tank. Even though we lost the WC in 2007 still the strategy and tactical planning by Bob Woolmer was good. We need an aussie coach, probably Langer

  • DaGameChanger on November 11, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    @likeintcricket ..It looks like you conveniently forgot champions Trophy (which was real last time they meet where Pakistan lost) and only remember 2-1 results. To be honest my Pakistani friends were not expecting it to win that contest especially since they have lost against India over last decade.

  • SohailMirza on November 11, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    The problem is not Pakistan batting !! it is a problem with Management and yes problem is management. they are bunch of non professional who does not even how to take guard... Why Umar Umin has been given chance over Sohaib knowing his batting average is low?? Why Umar Akmal was dropped after successfull tour from WI? Why Nasir was dropped from 3rd Test vs SA after very successful tour from IND? Why Malik is included in T20 we all know how many chances he has consumed??? Why YK is back and why not give chance Shirjeel khan who is constantly doing very well in domestic? Why Hafeez is still playing after so many failure? There are lots of Why but they will never be answered.. I bet you give Umar Chance as opener / one down and do his competetion with Virat you will surely find umar a better batsman.

  • on November 11, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    This is my first comment in a year as I really loved the article and it is a true picture of Pakistan Cricket, people blame Misbah Watmore and others, I would say blame everyone who is involved with this team, how come the PCB who is in disarray as well let things run like this how come??? what are selectors doing what is the think tank of Miandad, Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed doing??? if they are unable to solve this problem of defensive boring and ready to loose cricket then what is the coach, manager and the Captain doing?? if the team management is not interested in doing anything about then what is an individual players are doing I mean someone has to stand up and say this is unacceptable, there were times yes there were times when Pakistan played fearless cricket but then we had class players too now look at players no one apart from Misbah have a 40+ ave forget 40+ most of them are playing at an average of 25+ guys this is not club cricket. I hope someone will speak up soon.

  • riverbaby11 on November 11, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    The only way to solve this problem is to start a Player Exchange Program between India and Pakistan. We give you one batsman in return for a fast bowler. Murali Vijay for Junaid Khan any one ?

  • on November 11, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Pakistani batting standards have really gone down in the last few years. It was very good in the 80' and 90's with the likes of Javed Mianded, Rameej Raja, Salim Malik, Saeed Anwar etc. I remember, it was very difficult for any bowler at that time to get them out. They were class apart from this current lot.

  • RibhavBansal on November 11, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Excellent article, absolutely sums up Pakistans batting in the series loss to SAF. I read the article before watching the final match and all batsmen actually looked shocked or were waiting for a miracle after getting dismissed as if they had actually been struck by a comet. Afridi was in his usual hurry, he seems to like the comforts of the dressing room than time in the middle as he looks like a walking wicket these days. 367 ODIs and still an average of 23. Any other country would have dropped him a long time back because his bowling is not lethal, the main problem is he is considered a star everywhere he goes so he does not even think to change his game. Pakistan should look beyond Afridi, Hafeez, Amin and perhaps even Umar Akmal(he needs to play domestic matches or be dropped for sometime to understand the value of playing well in the team). Cant remember Pakistan scoring more than 250 against a test playing nation in the past 2 years and that is a very poor statistic for any team

  • hasanjawaid on November 11, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I agree with you 100% on Pakistan's batting with one little exception that I wouldn't blame Misbah or Whatmore squarely. Evidently, Pakistan's current lineup consists of mostly 'C' grade players who have never performed well against pace attack. Occassionallythere there is fluky performance by Shehzad, Shafiq and Nasir and that's pretty much it. Country has plenty of young talented batsmen and bowlers who should be inducted as specialized batsmen/bowlers & it's time to say goodbye to Hafeez & Afridi. Focus on the younger lot should be on developing technique playing the world class pace, bounce and seam to develop resilience and have them learn to prevent chasing out swingers & seaming away balls. We have talented players like Hammad, Hasan Reza, Anwar Ali, Razzaq, Fawad alam & many more but when they sit out while Hafeez, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Umar Ameen, Sohail Tanvir & Wahab make it to the team & the result is losing miserably 4-1 to SA. Batting stats speak volume on it.

  • on November 11, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    pk batsmen shouldplay with small teams bangladesh, afganistan,ireland, zimbabwe and improve their batting skills then only they start play with big teams.otherwise they cannot make 200 runs in oneday

  • Midnight- on November 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Public and the management continuing to persist with Afridi is the same reason why cricket, along with Pakistan as a nation is unable to move forward. Yes sometimes it is good to work with the "tried and tested" but in order to move forward, you have to take some chances and believe that the future holds positivity. But no, we as Pakistanis stamp down our opinions and behavior regardless of fact and reality. Until then, there is no hope. For cricket or otherwise.

  • Rohit... on November 11, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Not just Pakistani batsmen, most of the Pakistani fans are unable to locate the defct... Bring Afridi as a Captain will only make things worse and will surely send a wrong message to the younger generation... Pakistan needs batsmen who are willing to stay in the pitch and not some headless batsmen who play for their own glory... Bring Yousuf, Younis for a change and glorify them so that youngster will try to be like them and not like players like Afridi or Akmal who are unwilling to commit themselves on the ground.

  • roook on November 11, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Who says there is no batting talent in Pakistan the problem is team management. Chances should be given only on domestic performances. Umar amin has an average of 32 while masqood has an average of 51 then why Umar Amin was given whole series. We should not make same mistake of bringing back younis khan or shoiab malik we should not forget they were given 4 series and they could not perform. If you donot bring right talent now this will be too late for 2015. Regarding captain we have no captain material in this team that can lead from front. What we see are individual performances but not as a team.

  • on November 11, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Ashame on Pakistan Cricket Team. From now on i will never ever watch any match of pakistan cricket.

  • AQ13 on November 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    we dont have batting talent to be honest.fast bowling department has also weakened a lot.the day ajmal says goodbye will be the end of spin prowess.in short our sports are suffering concurrently with the downfall of the state institutions and on top of that our batsman dont get the flat home tracks on which to boost their careers(like ijaz ahmed etc)

  • on November 11, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I think in next series Misbah ul haq should take rest. And I really want afridi to be captained as Pakistani odi cricket team cos his choice is always aggresive

  • on November 11, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    problem is with the selection. Just in this series, you can see that pakistan playing with 6 bowlers who can bowl 10 overs but can not bat much. That includes 2 all rounders ( hafeez & Afridi ) . Their major responsibility is to score runs but they are not doing it. The most intersting bit is that when they fail to bat, they are called as bowling all rounders. and when their bowling failing , they say that they are focusing on batting.

    The point is simple, you can not have afridi/hafeez in team as a bowler. If you want him in then drop ajmal or any fast bowler. Both of them dont fit in all rounders shows now a days. Hafeez is not an opener and should realize it the sooner and better.

    Then we have 2 forced all runders. Sohail and wahab. they are not good bowlers and even worse batsman.

    many teams go in with 4 bowlers and rest part timers/all rounders. but we have 6 . and then we have some guys with 30 odd avg & many 45+ sitting on bench/ignored.

  • on November 11, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    The batting isn't the problem it is the selection...... Why is younis not playing? PCB are shooting themselves in the foot they have one of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment and he cant get selected in a team that cant score more than 200 runs. Why does umar amin continue to play? his average so far in ODI cricket is 20 and his domestic average is a poor 38. You have people like fawad alam, harris sohail with much better domestic records.

  • on November 11, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    well written piece. sums it all up. The thing is that its the captain's job to induce positive energy into the team, but in our case its everything but that.

    Just the other day I did a little stats analysis on the frailty of our run chases. we were never good run chasers. Even the likes of Inzi and Anwar used to go numb when they had to chase a total above 250. In the last decade, we got players like Razzaq, Malik and Butt, who were instrumental in majority of successful run chases in this era, but all that positivity was gone once these players got out of the team.

  • keptalittlelow on November 11, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Very true, we all know a lot of this anyway, the question is how to resolve this hopeless situation? The whole cricketing infrastructure needs correcting but how?

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    An outstanding piece! Excellent!

  • Fogu on November 11, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Pakistan is a good team going through tough times. They can still challenge anyone with their Bowling. They have the best bowling attack along with England. Obviously PK's weakness is the 1st three batsmen. Oftentimes PK is down 3 batsmen before reaching 50 which puts the middle order under tremendous pressure. Misbah has led from the front in every match but he alone can not save PK from being bundled out for a low score. It is not easy to face SA pace attack as openers. PK would be fine when it faces weak bowling attacks. Just need to stay with young talents longer and groom them. Unfortunately many PK fans prefer style over substance (based on comments). That is why they insist on Afridi over Misbah. Every team goes though tough times and PK went through one of the worst 3/4 years ago. Give them another year and they will be world beaters.

  • likeintcricket on November 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Pakistan still has the flair and bowling to match and even beat the Asian teams and the lowly rank teams. Only the teams like SA ,who are very good on exploting the weaknesses of other teams, Pakistan usually fair bad. Infact replying to one of the Indian fan comment, Pakistan beat India last time when they meat in India. Infact the players like jamshed, Umer Amin and Shezad are equally talented as Dhavan and co. Only they need to go through some tough cricket to become a good player.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Excellent Article by Mr. Raja Omer. Ditto fact-file of Pakistan's batting voes he penned down here.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Worst part is that their is a game of musical chair between players. For example, any 2 from - Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sohaib Maqsood, Azar Ali will be in playing XI. Similarly either Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz will get the chance in playing XI.

    If you start playing such a game among the various players for a single position, naturally, there will be a lot of pressure on their mind even if they takes crease. Pressure of performing will mount on top of that.

    This should be stopped first.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on November 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Excellent Essay, absolutely top notch.

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Well written! I chortled away to glory at this!

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Well you know what this is truly what Pakistanis are thinking now a days. and by the way that Space and Comet Example, that was awesome.

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    There was a time where I would envy pakistani attitude of batsmenship. There was anwars, afridis, Inzamams, yuhanas. I was feeling helpless when they toil with Indian bowling. Now I dont feel ike watching India Vs pakistan match becouse the results are forgone conclusion. Do something..... Just hit out... anyway you are loosing...... But we don't want to see this pakistan losing tamely.

  • Priyavrat96 on November 11, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Pakistan should recall Malik,Yousuf,Younus,Razzaq,Kamran to the squad as the youngsters in the team are unable to perform well against high quality Teams like England,Australia,South Africa etc.

  • Priyavrat96 on November 11, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Pakistan should recall Malik,Yousuf,Younus,Razzaq,Kamran to the squad as the youngsters in the team are unable to perform well against high quality Teams like England,Australia,South Africa etc.

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    There was a time where I would envy pakistani attitude of batsmenship. There was anwars, afridis, Inzamams, yuhanas. I was feeling helpless when they toil with Indian bowling. Now I dont feel ike watching India Vs pakistan match becouse the results are forgone conclusion. Do something..... Just hit out... anyway you are loosing...... But we don't want to see this pakistan losing tamely.

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Well you know what this is truly what Pakistanis are thinking now a days. and by the way that Space and Comet Example, that was awesome.

  • on November 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Well written! I chortled away to glory at this!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on November 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Excellent Essay, absolutely top notch.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Worst part is that their is a game of musical chair between players. For example, any 2 from - Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sohaib Maqsood, Azar Ali will be in playing XI. Similarly either Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz will get the chance in playing XI.

    If you start playing such a game among the various players for a single position, naturally, there will be a lot of pressure on their mind even if they takes crease. Pressure of performing will mount on top of that.

    This should be stopped first.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Excellent Article by Mr. Raja Omer. Ditto fact-file of Pakistan's batting voes he penned down here.

  • likeintcricket on November 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Pakistan still has the flair and bowling to match and even beat the Asian teams and the lowly rank teams. Only the teams like SA ,who are very good on exploting the weaknesses of other teams, Pakistan usually fair bad. Infact replying to one of the Indian fan comment, Pakistan beat India last time when they meat in India. Infact the players like jamshed, Umer Amin and Shezad are equally talented as Dhavan and co. Only they need to go through some tough cricket to become a good player.

  • Fogu on November 11, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Pakistan is a good team going through tough times. They can still challenge anyone with their Bowling. They have the best bowling attack along with England. Obviously PK's weakness is the 1st three batsmen. Oftentimes PK is down 3 batsmen before reaching 50 which puts the middle order under tremendous pressure. Misbah has led from the front in every match but he alone can not save PK from being bundled out for a low score. It is not easy to face SA pace attack as openers. PK would be fine when it faces weak bowling attacks. Just need to stay with young talents longer and groom them. Unfortunately many PK fans prefer style over substance (based on comments). That is why they insist on Afridi over Misbah. Every team goes though tough times and PK went through one of the worst 3/4 years ago. Give them another year and they will be world beaters.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    An outstanding piece! Excellent!