England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval, 4th day August 21, 2010

Butt dedicates victory to flood victims

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Pakistan captain Salman Butt dedicated his team's victory at The Oval to the thousands of victims of the raging floods which have submerged vast swathes of the country. Calling it a "national disaster", Butt believed the best he and his team-mates could do was provide some sense of joy with their efforts.

Pakistan overcame a severe attack of nerves after lunch to edge home by four wickets as Umar Akmal and Mohammad Amir steered them across the line. Butt revealed the Pakistan team had already donated a percentage of their match fee to the relief fund - England have repeated the gesture - and would be participating in various events during the rest of the tour to raise more money.

"The only thing we could do is win a good game to bring some cheer to them," he said. "We name this victory to the victims. It is like a national disaster. Even if we want to help we can give help with only the daily necessities. We have already donated percentage of our match fees. This is the only way we can give back to the Pakistan people if we perform well."

It was a sentiment supported by Andrew Strauss. "We're donating a proportion of our match fee to the fund," he said. "It's a massive humanitarian catastrophe out there and we're trying to help as much as we can and the more people who do that the better."

On the field, Saturday morning started full of hope for Pakistan as England lost their final wicket to the fourth ball of the day. A target of 148 in conditions that did not support swing and on an easy-paced pitch that did not take much turn didn't appear a big ask. Though Yasir Hameed fell immediately for a duck, Pakistan marched confidently towards the target as Butt and Imran Farhat dominating the bowlers. But things are never simple with Pakistan.

At lunch they needed 33 with seven wickets in hand, but things turned upside down for the tourists on resumption as they lost three quick wickets. Pakistan's chronic weakness of folding while chasing small totals threatened to return once again. A sense of gloom descended in the Pakistan dressing room with some members of the management seen with head in hands.

However, Butt had enough confidence in his youngest pair of batsmen - Umar (20) and Amir (18), who pushed Pakistan past the victory line. Butt admitted the situation was no different to the drama-filled morning against Australia, at Headingley, where Pakistan had stuttered to a narrow three-wicket win in overcast conditions.

"Chasing low totals there is always pressure," he said. "England faced the same in the last match [at Edgbaston] where they showed a lot of nerves. But I thought there was one mistake which was the run out [of Azhar Ali]. There was no need for that. But this kind of thing happens in these sort of finishes."

At the outset of the series Butt said England were the better team in home conditions and they would be a tougher ask than Australia and easy wins for Strauss's men in the first two Tests backed up Butt's fears. Therefore this victory at one of the home side's most successful venues, where they hadn't lost since 2001, was hugely significant.

"It is terrific because I've always been saying this is a young team, an inexperienced team but they have the potential," Butt said. "They are beginning to show that. They showed it against the Australia side and now the England side."

Butt had particular praise for Mohammad Yousuf who had been recalled by the PCB immediately after the thumping 354-run defeat at Trent Bridge. "The presence of Mohammad Yousuf, a class act, has really helped as the guys have chipped in with his experience," Butt said. "But it was a team game. Everybody put up his hand: Kamran Akmal took all his catches, the boys fielded well, Amir took wickets, Saeed Ajmal took wickets, Asif bowled really well. The debutant [Wahab Riaz] took wickets and scored runs, Azhar Ali's 92 was crucial. So I am a very happy captain right now."

While the players will take the credit for the victory, Butt also praised the contribution of the coaching staff led by Waqar Younis which is slowly managing to bring a young team together. "He [Waqar] has had a great impact having played cricket as part of the golden generation. The two Ws did wonders for Pakistan cricket - they won us games from situations where six wickets were needed with just 20 runs to defend.

"So people like that in the dressing room gives confidence, reminds you about great wins and puts belief in the youngster that he could become a hero. It is important to have heroes of the youngsters in the dressing room who can cheer them and Waqar has done a great job so far. I hope he continues the same way."

Cricinfo does not usually endorse public donation efforts but the scale of devastation that the floods have caused in Pakistan constitutes exceptional circumstances. While we cannot take responsibility for any donations made, here are a couple of organisations you could consider if you are looking to help:

The Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund: http://ptiuk.org/flood-appeal/

The Zindagi Trust: http://zindagitrust.org/donation-flood-disaster-relief.asp

There are a number of other organisations working towards the same goals and a comprehensive list of them can be found here: http://www.chowrangi.com/donation-links-and-relief-resources-for-pakistan-flood-victims.html

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 25, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Thanks cricinfo for putting up link for donation.Really appreciate that

  • shahidmahmood on August 25, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    I wish there was a India vs Pakistan in England series. Pakistan's bowlers are well suited in England, with a lot of moisture. India would worry about bowling though, they have fast bowlers worse than Pakistani street cricketers. Pakistan would Ins'Allah whitewash the series though. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!

  • Vicky_ali22 on August 24, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    100 % agree with shahid mahmood we are not known for our batting & if we are getting out for lower scores we dont mind bcoz we trust our strength our bowlers who can still win the match for us on lower scores

    but what about u?? u always praise ur batsmen bt they have nothing dhoni, yuvraj ,raina, sehwag, rohit sharma, gambir including all these u cant get up to 3 digits i fell really sad 4 u guys u must pray to GOD that u should not face pakistan otherwise u will be praying to get 2 digits mark hahahahah

  • zubi007 on August 23, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @Imran Wasim is gone mad ,,,,,,,,dnt u will b shocked after the final test....... the ppl like u cant accept the reality,,,,,,,hhehhehe

  • shahidmahmood on August 23, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @keep_right however Pakistan won cause of their bowlers. And India used to win always cause of their batsmen. So when a batting dependent side is out for 88 or low 100's then it's a bigger shame. And whats a bigger shame you were 88/10 against a weak NZ team. If Pakistan were bowling at you you'd be 10 all out. And India doesn't know that "good bowlers" even exist. Seriously Shoaib Malik is a better bowler than Ohja. And Y. Khan is better than Z. Khan

  • sani007 on August 23, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    GGOOOD effort long live PAKISTAN and may ALLAH bless PAKISTAN and ENGLISH team and all others who r helping in such a CAUSE!

  • vishwa_a on August 23, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @Vicky_ali22: Though Team India is hardly touching 3-digit figure in ODIs, your favorite team has all the capabilities to get all-out in 70s and 80s in Test Matches, which is a bigger shame...

  • synergy on August 23, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    My request to Irfan Wasim is avoid getting over board, Pakistan won against England and we should be talking about this only. I personally think that India is a more settled team when compared with Pakistan who are undergoing a transition phase. Having said this I must advise Irfan Wasin to see the records of Pakistan - India and he will find that pakistan is far better than India. Pakistan has 12 Test wins over India as compared to India who have won only 9 times, situation is similar in ODI's where Pakistan won 69 times with India winning only 41 times. So he should open his mouth only after India catches up with Pakistan with regards to number of victories agains each oother. These facts indicate that historically Pakistan has been a better side than India when compared with each other.

  • waseem_akhtar on August 23, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    The donation step is good. But if I were Salman Butt, I would have had my players to donate all the money earned from this match. On the other hand, I am thankful to Andrew Strauss for his team's donations.

  • Taariqq on August 23, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    And cricinfo could not have done a worse job in putting up that Umar Akmal picture on the main page .... these people!

  • on August 25, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Thanks cricinfo for putting up link for donation.Really appreciate that

  • shahidmahmood on August 25, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    I wish there was a India vs Pakistan in England series. Pakistan's bowlers are well suited in England, with a lot of moisture. India would worry about bowling though, they have fast bowlers worse than Pakistani street cricketers. Pakistan would Ins'Allah whitewash the series though. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!

  • Vicky_ali22 on August 24, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    100 % agree with shahid mahmood we are not known for our batting & if we are getting out for lower scores we dont mind bcoz we trust our strength our bowlers who can still win the match for us on lower scores

    but what about u?? u always praise ur batsmen bt they have nothing dhoni, yuvraj ,raina, sehwag, rohit sharma, gambir including all these u cant get up to 3 digits i fell really sad 4 u guys u must pray to GOD that u should not face pakistan otherwise u will be praying to get 2 digits mark hahahahah

  • zubi007 on August 23, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @Imran Wasim is gone mad ,,,,,,,,dnt u will b shocked after the final test....... the ppl like u cant accept the reality,,,,,,,hhehhehe

  • shahidmahmood on August 23, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @keep_right however Pakistan won cause of their bowlers. And India used to win always cause of their batsmen. So when a batting dependent side is out for 88 or low 100's then it's a bigger shame. And whats a bigger shame you were 88/10 against a weak NZ team. If Pakistan were bowling at you you'd be 10 all out. And India doesn't know that "good bowlers" even exist. Seriously Shoaib Malik is a better bowler than Ohja. And Y. Khan is better than Z. Khan

  • sani007 on August 23, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    GGOOOD effort long live PAKISTAN and may ALLAH bless PAKISTAN and ENGLISH team and all others who r helping in such a CAUSE!

  • vishwa_a on August 23, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    @Vicky_ali22: Though Team India is hardly touching 3-digit figure in ODIs, your favorite team has all the capabilities to get all-out in 70s and 80s in Test Matches, which is a bigger shame...

  • synergy on August 23, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    My request to Irfan Wasim is avoid getting over board, Pakistan won against England and we should be talking about this only. I personally think that India is a more settled team when compared with Pakistan who are undergoing a transition phase. Having said this I must advise Irfan Wasin to see the records of Pakistan - India and he will find that pakistan is far better than India. Pakistan has 12 Test wins over India as compared to India who have won only 9 times, situation is similar in ODI's where Pakistan won 69 times with India winning only 41 times. So he should open his mouth only after India catches up with Pakistan with regards to number of victories agains each oother. These facts indicate that historically Pakistan has been a better side than India when compared with each other.

  • waseem_akhtar on August 23, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    The donation step is good. But if I were Salman Butt, I would have had my players to donate all the money earned from this match. On the other hand, I am thankful to Andrew Strauss for his team's donations.

  • Taariqq on August 23, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    And cricinfo could not have done a worse job in putting up that Umar Akmal picture on the main page .... these people!

  • its_only_a_game on August 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Well Done to Eng team for donating some of their match fee to help Pakistan flood relief.

  • Flashdakota on August 23, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Its great to see this happen! No matter how fierce the battle on the field, off the field players unite and stand together... no matter what race, religion, culture or beliefs they may have!

    May the rest of the world and its leaders take a look at this and take it to heart!

  • Vicky_ali22 on August 23, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    @irfanwasim before talking u should look @ ur team 88 all out 103 all out

    if still u have any doubt & go check the history of ind vs pakistan

    we have most number of wins over u

    so better remember that Mr

    pakistan zindabad

  • on August 23, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    what is this irfanwasim talking about?lol check the records... i actually dont mind watching india play... however pakistan do have a much better record especially outside the subcontinent flat tracks! anyways great win looking forward to drawing the series! glad pakistan cricket are doing something however more needs to be done!

  • bond1973 on August 23, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    As a indian I always pray for pakistan teams win if apponent is eng or ausi beacuse England ruled us 150 years & ausi's domineted world cricket almost 20 years. so shameless comments from Irfan wasim. Please try to write good things in future.

  • on August 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Mr Ifran Wassim i do nt agree with ur cooments made to PAK becz if u go to history of cricket PAK is challenge with Super power like west indians & Aussi in 70's 80's & 90s so that every one knws.Ind & Pak issues politics that every single kids knw that and its big telly DRAMA, Tell me India ever produce like Ws or Matche winners like Ws.You will tell Tendulcar scored 17000 + 15000 no one scored & he played moor matches bla bla. out put every one need.

  • vishwa_a on August 23, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I wonder if this Pakistani team is capable of chasing anything beyond 200 runs. The Cricket glamor is in scoring and batting, and if you are depending on only our bowling, you are essentially not playing the glamorous side of Cricket -- it is just the laborious side of Cricket!

  • amdo on August 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    irfanwasim: how abt u look at ur pathetic team before u criticise others. India has no doubt the worst bowling attack in the world

  • stumpped on August 23, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    irfanwasim knows pakistan are better than india and he's just trying to stir up trouble because he can't take the fact the pakistan won. You just stay at home sulking cuz now pakistan r at the top of their game and are gonna win the next one aswell and will beat india when they play them. Puddy na.

  • on August 23, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Hahaa...Hey, Khalid, Jamx,inoor.... :) relax,, even i agree that, comment made by mr.irfanwasim is stupid and baseless. it not even worth talking about. I'm an indian, and can say that, Pakistan realy played well on the day, they desreved the win. And its a good gesture shown by players by donating a portion of thier money to flood victims. I just wish , if your Govt. can accept the offer fro our govt. :)

  • Hrazapak on August 23, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @ khmayecha ,, Dude he was in the side!!!!

  • OptimusPrimal on August 23, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Pakistan played really well for their win and the country has proven once more that it can produce the best bowling attack generation after generation. After Imran and Surfaraz Nawaz it was the two Ws. Then came Asif and Akhtar and now the torch is been passed on to Amir and Ajmal. On a more serious note, just wanted to thank ESPN & Cricinfo for adding the two donation links and recognizing the devastation that has been taking place in Pakistan for the last few weeks. People of Pakistan need the world's support, now more than ever.

  • liaqathussain on August 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    its a great gesture from england team and from pak to donate there fee's,,, but i would like to say what has zardari donated his got millions and millions in swiss account,,, mr zardari empty your pockets the country neeeed ur 10% back plz

  • kashif02 on August 23, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    This win means that the two safarshi brothers (Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal) will b in the team forever..Alas for wonder boy Zulqarnain Haider..

  • syedazharzaidi on August 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Mr. Irfan Wasim come out of ur dreams forget about your clubs side instead start worrying about your india team whose bowling was already even worst then a street or school boys of pakistan and now they are also competing better then pakistan for worst batting, despite playing on dead pitches n against average bowling look at the standard of ur batsmens u should be shame. Also next time b4 u comment look into the record books and check the win : loss ratio of india compare to pakistan and also the result of bilateral matches. SHAME SHAME SHAME Always over rated team India, wait u will see the future of indian cricket team in next 02 years so keep playing circus of IPL and enjoy

  • sriniwas_mahapatro on August 23, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Hi All, 1st of all congrats to the Pak team for this superb effort.. and the best take away from this match is d leadership of Salman Butt.. I never liked any captain of Pak after the Wasim era... but dis guy looks gud.. and 2nd thing... well improve batting by a lil margin.. i mean where r the javed miandad, saeed anwar and inzy of this era. Umar looks very promising.. but need to maintain his cool at times.. bcoz test cric needs lot of patience.. and hope azhar can continue his gud work.. best of luck for the final test.. u can square it off... and many like me believe it...

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    @irfanwasim man india keeps bragging about there batting and they just bit the dust in yet another series :P besides ur no.1 test team is against teams like bangladesh,zimbabwe,kenya,...maybe a few million dollars and even canada can be no.1 in the ICC rankings :p u know what im talkin about !!

  • on August 23, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    @irfanwasim..chuck out from here.like our old people says, Chunnu bar paani mein dubkar marjaao...when you dont have the guts to accept the reality, dont post pathetic comments..they showed immense character and win in tough england swing conditions...Just watch it and enjoy great cricket!!!

  • indrakolla on August 23, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    SHAME on u Irfan Wasin for commenting like that,I being a die hard fan of Indian cricket but i would never miss a Pakistan Match a u will see fighting sprite as well as lack of it.But one thing u should know PAK is a great team without its Stars

  • shahidmahmood on August 23, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    @ irfanwasim WOW, India got put on shameful scores twice in SL tri-series. And that is not failure. Anyways Butt and his men are donating money for a good cause, yet you think nobody bashed India in this article so you bash Pakistan. And if BOMBay beats Pakistan then you can open your eyes and realize your dreaming as there is no chance. India's 11 can lose to Pakistan's 4 players (Yousuf, U Akmal, Amir, Ajmal) Shame on YOU.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

  • on August 23, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan-You deserved to win.Hats off to Amir.

  • Wazzi on August 23, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    @IrfanWasim: Shame on you, You proved that you are one of those jealous Indians who can never see Pak winning, neither you have good intensions for Pak.

    The thing is you got frustrated that Pak win against one of the best team in test cricket under tough conditions and your team so called batting giants could only managed to score only 103 against SRL on flat track. you had nothing else to unleash your frustration except this.

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    How if i say that India and pakistan can combinely make the worlds best team not just in cricket but in all areas namingly, science and technology, agriculture, sports etc. These GORAS are making full use of us believe me. STOP Fighting ! Im a paki and i would like us to be friends. There should be harmony and we both should be bonded dear indians.

  • cricpolitics on August 23, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    It is much appreciated that England team has come forward to help again. They did the same back in 2005 series in Pakistan by helping the earthquake victims.

  • on August 23, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Ooops, the important topic almost got left out here. I think it's a great gesture from both, the Pak and English players to have donated a percentage of their match fee for the flood victims. Personally, I would have loved to see essentially both the teams, but at least Pak, donating their entire match fee towards this cause. Agreed it's a human cause and there are no boundaries in it whatsoever, but there's always more pain, more consideration and compassion for your fellow countrymen. So I was expecting that from Pak players, but this is still VERY good.

    And finally, talking of nice gestures, nothing would be better than the Indian team contributing a sizable amount (at least the seniors - read:hugely affluent) to help the neighbors in their hour of need.

  • Lashariz on August 23, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    yeah absolutely right. Indian team has made 2 worst records in the ongoing tri-series against NZ & SL. Indian team is lion of their home ground only. while Pakistan performs everywhere in the world.

  • rovar on August 23, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan team, they deserve all the praises for their awesome performance in the third test. I always had a belief on this team that they are a good side & will do good agaist this arrogant & muched hyped average England team. I always feel good when teams like India & Pak do good agaist these arrogant teams like (England & Aussies) & bring them down to show them that what they are? Finally, my heart goes to all my Pakistani bros & sis who were sufferd from the disaatrous flood, hope this win from their tean will bring some smile on their faces.

  • samad.pak on August 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    @Punter23... mate no1 gives a game away like that.. they lost because we held onto our catches and we bowled well like usual.. do you think the english team would give away ashes or even a single win if Australia was struck by tsunami???

    @irfanwasim... brother jus correcting your facts Lahore Badshahs dominated your local teams and grinded them into powder even though it was filled with retired and rested players Pakistan has bet India more then India has bet Pakistan PLUS Indian bowlers are feared by none and arguably are the weakest of all...

  • sharma_rahul on August 23, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Im an indian and JAMX i agree with you. its sad how a country with population of 1 billion can not come with one fast bowler. irfan pathan was the best be had after kapil dev.. but just because he was out of form for a while his not been selected for about an year now.

  • shigri on August 23, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Mubarik Ali: Hey guys cool! It's only game not war. I'm fan of Indian cricket team. Cricket is peaceful game and it makes people heart together.

  • sajjad.ma84 on August 23, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    @ irfan wasim comments : u mentioned zimbabwe and fluke....something along those lines.... your team also got "thrashed by zimbabwe" and let me tell you something....that was not a FLUKE.....since they did it twice in the same tournament and infinite number of times in ODIs

  • sajjad.ma84 on August 23, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    @ irfan wasims comments

    says the man whoz team got an "innings defeats" in an ODI game.....TWICE....your team is a joke....

    i bet if your team played in english conditions......they wud be skittled out for less than 50 EVERY innings....no wonder indian team doesnt play on foreign soil .....way to go to be the so called #1 team...

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    irfanwasim: your comment was pretty low... 3-2 agaist the worlds best sides doesnt put us at the same level as zimbabwe or your bombay clubs...

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Very well done boys.... the fans who understand the cricket need also to understand the Pakistani Test tragedy.... No tests for our team for the year 2009.... so how can players materialize on an opportunity after 365 days of realistically no cricket... Skip India, Australia, South Africa for a year and u ll see how it turns for them... The boys have shown real commitment and devotion.... results are not upto the mark but it ll take time to retake what was once Pakistan's..... We need not to criticize the team for the present... Rather we need to encourage and boost the morale of our boys.... They can do anything... thats for sure..... All the Best for the coming test....

  • maddy20 on August 23, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    @Nabeel India is playing without four frontline players Sachin, Harbhajan, Gambhir, Zaheer. Even so Umpires had to bat for Sri Lanka. Had they played fairly, this would have happened http://www.cricinfo.com/sl-tri2010/engine/match/456663.html

  • Dax75 on August 23, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    What I find encouraging is that Pakistan have won 2 of their last 4 test matches, one against Australia, and against England, 2 very experienced teams. I'm an Aussie, and I enjoyed both those wins Immensely, especially with the situation with Pakistan, and teams understandably not wanting to tour, makes it very hard on them. What a wonderful victory, and to the Paki fans, Ignore those ungracious Indian hecklers, it's worked for me for a long time, and just enjoy your teams fantastic win. I'm hanging out for the Lords test!

  • Awad on August 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Great great victory Pakistan. I am becoming an admirer of the suave Salman Butt. Pakistan have found a sober and unflappable leader for a change.

    The money for flood victims is much needed. Hope Zardari doesnt pocket his 10% from this too.

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Irfanwasim u know deep down tht Pakistan has the best bowlling attack which can reduce any side in the world to a low total. India doesnt have half as gud a bowler as amir,asif , ajmal and i could go on>>>. and by the way u can ask little master how he couldnt manage a hundred against pakistan untill 2003 world cup and that too when he was droped when he was under 10 runs.

  • Itchy on August 23, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    @irfanwasim: the way the "no. 1 test team" have been performing lately, I don't think you should be casting aspersions on other teams. No, the Pak team have been poor recently but at least they have some bowlers.

  • ice6430 on August 23, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    were is malik i suppose hes gone shopping with sania keep him out of the team he plays too much politics

  • straight6 on August 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    There have been some ridiculous comments regarding Pakistan cricket, and suddenly Indian team seems to be full of praise. There's some internal probs + lack of professionalism which is hampering Pak crick at the moment, but where talent is concerned then Pak is blessed thanks to the Al-mighty. Mohd Amir is learning a lot in this recent Eng series, and I think with a short stint in county cricket, he will become even more better. India, given the size it is, has not prod a class fast bowler ever since Kapil Dev,and even Kapil himself praises Pak to see naturally talented fast bowlers being produced. India absolutely love Wasim, and have tried to bring in left arm fast bowling in the face of Zaheer,Nehra and RP, and all 3 incidently have had sessions with Wasim, but not to a great result. Pak have almost a second string of fast bowlers waiting in the wings, one of which the world has not seen is Mohd Irfan, the day he plays he will break a World record for being the tallest PAK ZIND

  • AmirBalouch on August 23, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    @irfanwasim!"Anyway you had a very disasterous tour makings runs like 72, 80, 85. This win came by fluke because of first days condition. Pakistan is not capable to beat even zimbabwe" Well!you didn't read the Pak Captain's note about youngsters in the squad let alone Mohammad Yousaf and few others.You better be concerned for current Indian Team performance with so-called batsmen(excl 'Tendulkar') struggling in SL(not to mention they are not playing on conditions favourite for bwoling) bowled out on 88 and 103 by the bowling attack which is nothing but an average(NZ without Bond and SL without Murali) and I would love to see how india would perform or even bowl out England on English grounds within 200's or Australia below100 @ irfanwasim!"our club teams of bombay can beat pakistan" I wonder how can you even say that,when there is NO single Indian bowler in the best career bowling average in entire cricket history http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283256.html Thinkb4 u speak

  • Meracric on August 23, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    Congratulations to PAK team for great Victory. Regret to read the bias and rubbish comments of IRFANWASIM. This young PAK team has recently won matches against both Australia and England. They will keep winning and loosing its part of the game, think about that if INDIA has to play in England under the current weather condition against the strength of England or Australian bowling how will they play? No doubt India has very good batting line-up but the batting conditions in England is very tough for any batting side. Think twice before making such comments. Good luck to both India and PAK teams. I hope they play soon against each other.

  • irfanwasim on August 23, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    It doesent matter if we fail in one league match. Inshaallah we will win the final in srilanks you can see it by your jealous eyes in few days. In Asia cup also we lost the league match and defeated srilanka in finals.

  • salmanahmad on August 23, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @pakhaters Indian team can only play and win on Indian dead pitches.

  • Uzi-Khan on August 23, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    @irfanwasim

    Hush ur mouth mate.....India lost twice to Zimbabwe in a space of a couple of days......so much for Ipl and a future team to continue the legacy of Tendulkar and co..

  • d3fftrapp on August 23, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    I love it, not just winning the Test match, but the fact that it irritates so many millions of Indian fans! The BCCI has constantly tried to malign Pakistan from the International scene, and these two years under Sharad Pawar as ICC President, were supposed to push Pakistan further into the wilderness...

    There is one difference though, the rest of the world actually LIKES Pakistani players and the team, they are not arrogant, over paid buffoons who can't play a simple bouncers. Pakistan is here to stay, and better yet, our simple country, plays some seriously sexy cricket...bring on India at the World Cup...

  • on August 23, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    and yes our captain didnt cry like a baby about the unsupporting spongy pitch

  • RK007 on August 23, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    @Aadil Mohiudin..there is no Indian occupied Kashmir, there is only Kashmir and that is and will always be entirely in India..you illiterate moron!! BTW, Pak did deserve the win..they played well with the young team.

  • Bombardier70 on August 23, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Every team in history has gone through slumps, I should know being an England fan! Some of the great players from Pakistan's past would have struggled coming in to a young team under intense media scrutiny at such an emotional time. I just want to say well done to both the Pakistan team and the England team on being able to put trivial matters aside to help a much greater cause. From what I've seen Pakistan have a mature head leading the team in Salman Butt and some great players for the future. I look forward to an entertaining 4th Test whoever wins and wish the Pakistan team and everyone who has suffered due to the floods well.

  • Munkeymomo on August 23, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    I wish Pakistan and Salman Butt well in the next test, the more I see of him the more I like and respect him as a captain and a person. The last test was the best one so far entertainment wise, lets hope for another thriller! (Except maybe England to pick up the series win! :D )

  • jani_nasir on August 23, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    So glad to see the team perform so well, especially the fielding. That was definitely the difference. The loss from miss fields and dropped catches goes beyond the runs scored, it brings down the morale of the team and there is a loss of productivity. Irfan dude, jealousy is not good for your heart, take a chill pill.

  • Jim1207 on August 23, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    The guys like Irfanwasim bring shame to us, Indian fans, notwithstanding the performances by Indian teams in ODIs. Some people would be illogical definitely, but most of Indian fans would be happy to see that Pak team has won against Eng & Aus in England, even as the situation back home is at its worst. I think we cannot change some people's opinion. It was joyful to see some people comment about bringing Ind-Pak team together, though it would never ever happen, it is good to see people get united by the sport. Those comments might seem out of place for some foreigners as I read some comments, but we only know how much it means for Indians and Pakistanis - Cricket brings people together.

  • Ammar_pak on August 23, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    @ IRFAN WASIm .. Shame on you man...that was a comment from a person who has a very small mind and a very small heart .. Indian got beaten from NZ by the Biggest margin EVER and got beaten by Srilanka by the Biggest margin in terms of bowls remaining...Seriously, think before you speak!

  • Shake_n_Bake on August 22, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    @irfanwasim, mate look at the state of indian cricket atm. since the t20 world cup its been all down hill. This is not looking good for you guys as the world cup is round the corner.

  • on August 22, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    I appreciate the gesture by the English players. I urge all Cricket players and the fans globally to come and help flood victims. Pakistan has given tremendous value to World Cricket and world cricketers need to help Pakistan.

  • N1ZaMaN1 on August 22, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    First of all, I'd like to congratulate Pakistan for their great win against England. If Pakistan had this same team in the first two test matches, they would have CERTAINLY won both. Secondly, Pakistani cricketers ar doing a GREAT job by dedicating and donating some of their match fees to the unfortunate victims. I mean, people have forgotten how great the country of Pakistan is! One tragic flood can't destroy it's reputation... Inshallah Pakistan cricket and the nation of Pakistan will win their reputation will get over and find a solution to this devastating natural disaster... :) :)

  • on August 22, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Great gesture from England but what about these Pakistani cricketers? Guys like Butt, Aamer, Akmal, Yousuf, Younis, Akhtar, Gul, Malik make millions through commercial endorsements, they should be donating hundreds of thousands not a few thousand that will have no effect. The only Pakistani crickets who have donated seriously are Imran Khan, no surprise there, he has already spent million to make a cancer hospital that offers very cheap medical treatment which usually cost thousands, the second though is a surprise, Shahid Afridi, he has not only donated millions from his own assets but also raised even more money through Islamic Relief Fund. The most disappointing are Gul and Younis, since this flood has effected their own people. This isn't from a hypocrite by the way, I am only 19 and most of my savings are from gambling and monthly spending money so I had only 50,000 RS in my account of which I donated 40,000. I am currently the poorest guy in our hostel.

  • drywind on August 22, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Why there is so much hatred amongst Indian Pakistani fans? Please leaved it to the dirty politicians and use the platform of cricinfo for harmony amongst ourselves.

  • on August 22, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @irfanwasim .... tri series in SL, india vs NZ all out for 88. against SL all out for 103

  • solohixe on August 22, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    irfanwasim shame on you. check your team how it was smashed by lanka . india score 103.nz got you with 80.our school boys are better than your team,

  • JAMX on August 22, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Irfan wasim who made a very ill-thought comment about the Pakistan Test team not being able to beat aleague team in Bombay, I would just like to remind you of a few stats my freind. Since 1952-2007 Pak and India have played 59 test matches of which Pak have won 12 , and India 9 , and 38 drawn (some of those wins were very recent for India). So before you open your mouth again please think first. Pakistan is going through a hard time right now, but every team does so remember these things swing a round abouts. I am great admirer of indian cricket, the like of Sunny G, to Kapil Dev, to tendulkar Sewhag etc.. but apart from Kapil Dev and probably Kumble you never produced any bowlers yet you are 4-5 times the size of pakistan. You have to give credit where credit is due. Pakistan have been very poor in the first two tests but this test they played well and deserved to win.

  • inoor on August 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @irfanwasim SOS from the Injun camp in Dambulla to the Bombay clubbers: Can we have 6 batsmen and 4 bowlers pls.....no need for a keeper

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    I am surprised to see the comments made by pakistani fans for the small win. I think its quite natural you win once in a blue moon and dont compare with india. our club teams of bombay can beat pakistan. Anyway you had a very disasterous tour makings runs like 72, 80, 85. This win came by fluke because of first days condition. Pakistan is not capable to beat even zimbabwe. Shame to all.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    It's wonderful to give your prize money to Pakistan people because they need it

  • Pittsburgh_ka_Raja on August 22, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    How about Mr Zardari giving a portion of his income. I bet it would be a huge amount if you total his entire earnings legal and illegal.

  • Punter23 on August 22, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    the only way this pakistani team could make those people happy was winning the test match ok thats true, but mind you pakistan could have never won that match unless england gave it to them in charity for the people back home.

  • imran_k12 on August 22, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Thanks to the England team for supporting the flood relief !!! Peace.....

  • on August 22, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    @ amitrathivamnicom, supporting pakistan does not automatically mean you can't support india as well. I have a lot of friends who support both.

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Aadil Mohiudin on (August 22 2010, 07:08 AM GMT)

    Aadil,

    Why is it a big deal if pakistani cricketer does not or can not speak english and french men, Japanese or chineese are accepted in sports to use interpreter?

    They should be judged on sport not on english skills in my opinion

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    great win from pakistan but why some of the player like umar gul who was not in the game but they break his roza[Ramadan]

  • UK-Arena on August 22, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan team! Good to see the end drama but who cares, Pakistan won at the end and that matters only. Thanks very much to the England mates for their generous donation. Cheers !

  • on August 22, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    flood victims need more victoies

  • on August 22, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Thanks to England team for supporting flood relief

  • amitrathivamnicom on August 22, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    @Aadil Mohiuddin....i have a question 4 u mate....u njoi a lot when pak wins...but what do u do when india wins???? plz answer...eagerly waiting...

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan keep it up, it has change moods of Pakistani People..

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    the team should use their time to raise money by auctioning off some souveniers ... such as bats/shirts/personal cricket kits siged by the entire team like the shirt they gave to rudi upon his retirement...i would buy one...many items can be auctioned off a fund raising dinner... the local embassy should look into organising such events

  • on August 22, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Butt we are with you.and everyone appreciate your thoughts.........

  • sumithky on August 22, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan who loves to see Pakistan cricket raises back to the early ninety standards..this was thrilling...full credit to the big man...Waqar..we love to hear ur commentary..but..the job you have now is more important..good luck.

  • on August 22, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Salman Butt your a next big thing.

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 22, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Pakistan is playing like this since the start of the summer but how they managed to register a win... there was one difference CATCHES, they took their chances and emerged as winners. Had they not spilled a dozen chances in first test the results would have been different.

  • on August 22, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistan ckt team and espacially Salman Butt.it was really a treat to watch captain speaking english in such fluency and confidence probabaly after Wasim Akram .i am a great fan of pak ckt i was wondering wether Umar Akmal (my favorite player) will make it but he did it nicely in the end and also Mohammad Amir showed that he is worthy of being called as next Wasim Akram.Mohammad Yousuf mixed his experience to help the youngsters like Azhar Ali.As I am from Indian Occupied Kashmir we here enjoy every moment of Pakistan victory but when Pak loses we have to face a bit,but neverthless i am very happy for Salman Butt who did a good job as captain after two crushing defeats.Good luck Butt and company.

  • akram_2020 on August 22, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board Must Learn From This How Important Presence of Mohammad Yousuf, Just by marrying Sania Mirza will not improve the cricket game of Shoeb Malik time will throw him out of Cricket as he is not fit for anything see his personal records far below Yousuf, I suggest PCB should get rid of those who do politics and doesnt play well

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Waqar paaji, tusi gr8 ho!!!

  • HEARTOUT on August 22, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Hi Guys,

    OK congrats win is good and i think if one change can bring back them on winning why not go for another. The team should be as follows,

    YASIR HAMEED SALMAN BUTT MOHAMMAD YUSUF YUNUS KHAN AZHAR ALI UMAR AKMAL KAMRAN AKMAL MUHAMMAD AMIR SAEED AJMAL MUHAMMAD ASIF WAHAB RIAZ

    I think if out up a good total near 400 there's no way England can win........

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    hey its a big big because.... england commentator were calling pakistan team baby.... they were under estimating pakistani young guns.........

    Muhammad armir... wahab raizzz azhar ali umar akmal wow young talented players zeroed proud english team....

    cheeeersssssssssssssssssss

  • khmayecha on August 22, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Butt should rather dedicate this victory to the little bit of sense drilled in the PCB by bringing back Md. Yousuf !!!!!

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Wow, all of us Pakistani fans should highly appreciate the donation from the England team, that's some great character and spirit. Good on ya folks! :)

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Post Waseem and Waqar, I'd forgotten what a modest, honest and well-spoken Pakistani cricketer sounded like. Inzimam and others had brought far too much ridicule to Pakistan in their post-game interviews and generally made Pakistani cricket a laughing stock with their lack of desire for personal improvement and a complete disregard for their duties as National Ambassadors.

    I personally don't care if Salman NEVER scores another fifty or century ever again. Just his leadership abilities and speaking ability are a credit to the team and nation and are just what we needed to help boost our image as a cricketing nation. Hats off Salman .. you are without a doubt the best ambassador Pakistan has had since the 2003 World Cup fiasco. Keep up the great work. 2 W's and 2 L's in 4 matches is amazing considering the teams you've faced !

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Mr. Salman Butt be practical dont be theorotical. Dont play politics If you have some respect for victims donate money from your side and your team side. Anyway you have a very disasterous tour.

  • bigbang07 on August 22, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    First off, well done to Pakistan and England for yet another gripping game!!

    Second, wouldnt it be a great idea to have a type of 'Flood Relief' match of sorts so that funds can come up towards the flood victims in Pakistan? (Heads of cricket-if you want cricket to be recognised consider some CSR!)

  • on August 22, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    English need to strengthen their batting before taking on the aussies...maybe when Ian comes back it will help, as he is one determined batsmenr

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on August 21, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Salman Butt looks like the solution to Pakistan TEST team. I watched the match LIVE on tv. Test cricket at its best & Salman lead from the front while chasing the target. Kudos to Pakistan team. But they should start believing in their batting, instead of giving heart aches to their fans by STRUGGLING to chase targets.

    Cricket is a mind game -- so even after this win, batting reamins a HUGE weak point. Its time that Pakistan team believes in their batting & deliver confidently.

    Cheers, Kumar

  • on August 21, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    this is big win but i m more happy that pakistan and English team donate some amount of his fee for victims and pray for pak team they will do better in more games also thnx for zimb team for offered to come in pakistan proud to be a pakistani and my all prays for my country and nation hope everything will be all right soon

  • on August 21, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Best thing about Salman Butt is he acknowledges contribution of every one in the team whether player or coaching staff, that boosts team morale, which Pakistan certainly lacked after disastrous tour of Australia...

  • on August 21, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Great team work,,,,,,, especially awsom bowling spel by Aamir and Ajmal... We are proud of Pakistani team.. Hoping for the tough and interesting final test match :)

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  • on August 21, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Great team work,,,,,,, especially awsom bowling spel by Aamir and Ajmal... We are proud of Pakistani team.. Hoping for the tough and interesting final test match :)

  • on August 21, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Best thing about Salman Butt is he acknowledges contribution of every one in the team whether player or coaching staff, that boosts team morale, which Pakistan certainly lacked after disastrous tour of Australia...

  • on August 21, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    this is big win but i m more happy that pakistan and English team donate some amount of his fee for victims and pray for pak team they will do better in more games also thnx for zimb team for offered to come in pakistan proud to be a pakistani and my all prays for my country and nation hope everything will be all right soon

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on August 21, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Salman Butt looks like the solution to Pakistan TEST team. I watched the match LIVE on tv. Test cricket at its best & Salman lead from the front while chasing the target. Kudos to Pakistan team. But they should start believing in their batting, instead of giving heart aches to their fans by STRUGGLING to chase targets.

    Cricket is a mind game -- so even after this win, batting reamins a HUGE weak point. Its time that Pakistan team believes in their batting & deliver confidently.

    Cheers, Kumar

  • on August 22, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    English need to strengthen their batting before taking on the aussies...maybe when Ian comes back it will help, as he is one determined batsmenr

  • bigbang07 on August 22, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    First off, well done to Pakistan and England for yet another gripping game!!

    Second, wouldnt it be a great idea to have a type of 'Flood Relief' match of sorts so that funds can come up towards the flood victims in Pakistan? (Heads of cricket-if you want cricket to be recognised consider some CSR!)

  • irfanwasim on August 22, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Mr. Salman Butt be practical dont be theorotical. Dont play politics If you have some respect for victims donate money from your side and your team side. Anyway you have a very disasterous tour.

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Post Waseem and Waqar, I'd forgotten what a modest, honest and well-spoken Pakistani cricketer sounded like. Inzimam and others had brought far too much ridicule to Pakistan in their post-game interviews and generally made Pakistani cricket a laughing stock with their lack of desire for personal improvement and a complete disregard for their duties as National Ambassadors.

    I personally don't care if Salman NEVER scores another fifty or century ever again. Just his leadership abilities and speaking ability are a credit to the team and nation and are just what we needed to help boost our image as a cricketing nation. Hats off Salman .. you are without a doubt the best ambassador Pakistan has had since the 2003 World Cup fiasco. Keep up the great work. 2 W's and 2 L's in 4 matches is amazing considering the teams you've faced !

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Wow, all of us Pakistani fans should highly appreciate the donation from the England team, that's some great character and spirit. Good on ya folks! :)

  • khmayecha on August 22, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Butt should rather dedicate this victory to the little bit of sense drilled in the PCB by bringing back Md. Yousuf !!!!!