Somerset v Pakistanis, Tour Match, Taunton September 2, 2010

Hasan and Alam script Pakistan win

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Pakistanis 264 (Hasan 105, Alam 97, Gregory 4-49, Turner 3-52) beat Somerset 256 for 9 (de Bruyn 122, Compton 50, Ajmal 3-40, Afridi 2-47) by eight runs
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While attention was firmly focussed on the trio of players at the Pakistan High Commission in London, the rest of the squad managed victory against Somerset in the tranquil setting of Tauunton but ended with barely 11 first players.

Though hardly a panacea to the ongoing woes off the field, Shahzaib Hasan's century allowed Pakistan to overcome a difficult start to their innings, and a career-best 122 from Zander de Bruyn, to wrap-up a much-needed win. However, just to add to their problems Umar Akmal suffered a concussion before play after a blow in the nets, Abdul Razzaq pulled out of the match with a back strain and is doubtful for the Twenty20s while both Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz picked up niggles.

The victory was built on a 169-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hasan and Fawad Alam, who himself fell three short of a century. They came together with Pakistan wobbling at 43 for 3 but hauled their side into a position of strength before Somerset fought back with England Under-19 bowler Lewis Gregory taking 4 for 49 as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for 53 runs.

The Pakistan batting has been prone to collapses all summer and was weakened further by Umar Akmal being ruled out after taking a blow to the face in practice. But the fight showed by the fourth-wicket pair will do the under-fire tourists no end of good ahead of the upcoming limited-overs series against England.

The innings began with Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali lasting just 10 balls between them before Mohammad Yousuf arrested the decline with a flurry of boundaries. Since his return from ICL-inspired exclusion, Yousuf has been unable to convert his undeniable class into substantial scores and having looked well set, he again contrived a way to fall needlessly, attempting a single too swift for his ageing legs to cope with.

It left Alam, who made a century in the first of his three Tests just over a year ago, with plenty of time to rebuild the Pakistan innings. In partnership with Hasan the pair began slowly before increasing the rate as the innings went on.

Hasan went on to reach his hundred from 117 deliveries to take Pakistan to a commanding 211 with ten overs remaining. However, his dismissal soon after reaching the landmark proved the catalyst for the collapse as Shahid Afridi became Gregory's first wicket. Fawad then fell for 97 and the remaining Pakistan batsmen could not resist Gregory's pressure as the tourists were bowled out 2.3 overs short of the allocated overs.

Chasing 265 looked well within Somerset's grasp even in Marcus Trescothick's absence but Craig Kieswetter, recently dumped out of England's ODI squad, fell to Umar Gul for 5. After the early loss, Somerset rallied as Shoaib Akhtar suffered a luckless and expensive opening spell.

Nick Compton and de Bruyn profited against the pacemen but get bogged down by the spinners and after reaching a patient fifty from 71 balls, Compton offered Afridi a return catch.

de Bruyn slowly built his confidence and alongside James Hildreth, the pair threatened to build a matchwinning platform but Afridi struck again to remove Hildreth for 31 and Somerset could not quite recover. Saeed Ajmal picked up three wickets and it was only de Bruyn who kept the home side in the game. He reached a century from 132 balls but could not find the support at the other end to keep the required rate in check.

With the off-field issues still unravelling it was a relief for the tourists to get the right result against Somerset ahead of the first Twenty20 against England on Sunday, now their challenge is find an XI to put on the field.

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  • karthikfromchennai on September 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    did you find the spot difference between the two teams?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I just found that Pawar is a powerful person who can control the Sctolandyard too!. I thought he was a failed politician, but from Paki's comments He is a man with lot of powers to do all the trick aganist Pakistan.LOL..... My dear friends, you have to accept your fault and do necessary to punish the players, otherwise you have suffer and humiliate more from these 'fixing players'. Or just cry and blame India for everything - thats so easy. :P

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Oh yeah... I forgot. We won... yay!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 4, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Indian bookie bought pakistan for 150000 pounds

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Everyone loves money in their pocke more than they love the sport or their country. Looks like Amir, Asif, and Salman Butt are gonna be banned. They ain't geting out of this one.

    Pakistan needed the win but it was only against a county team, to be honest, so they should have won anyway.

  • cricpolitics on September 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    This is ICC's best chance to show their muscles on a soft target so they will do anything they can. We all know ICC's track record and how they bow to the strongest. These three players may have been involved this time but they are not the only ones, there are other players and teams involved as well. Cricket corruption does not start and end with Pakistan. You just need to look around and you will find many instances, latest one being the IPL and Lalit Mody. It is just hard to believe the land e.g. India where cricket's biggest bookies come from would have sit quitely during the IPL. ICC was so quick to give a clean sheet to the last IPL and everyone knows why. It's all easy to go around and bash Pakistan and her team but the fact is there are many other dirty eggs out there who are just operating under the covers of big money. You may ban few players for good and destory their whole career but it is not going to have any effect on the bookies.

  • sahir786 on September 4, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I can understand ur sentiments karthikfromchennai, u people in india dont know where to get fast bowlers soo u being jealous is understandable & by the way ur players have sold their country to money,in ipl for money sehwag in worldt20, zaheer was not fit to play fro country but he will be fit to play for mumbai indians lols ,tendulkar wanted a breakfrom cricket & choose country to suffer in srilanka but he needs no break from playing in cash rich ipl. Ur cricketers are bringing shame to ur country by putting their franchises overthere country soo shameful. Now who is selling his country lols??? U will not accept bcoz u people are shame less. We are not like u we know our players are innocent & they will come through this with their & our head held high in pride... U praise ur franchise lols............

  • lvlr.Cricket on September 4, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Whoever did stage dis drama, have achieved what they wanted...Our best bowling pair is out and the best opener is gone. First 7 players were alleged and den suddenly all the cannons turned towards the best three. IF ANYONE HAS GOT A HINT OF IQ HE CUDVE EASILY SORTED OUT THAT VIDEO WAS SO FAKE. ONLY ONE SOFA AND TABLE WAS COVERED THRU THE CAM. THEY DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO PUT THE CAM. WHEN SOMEONE IS CAUGHT IN HOTEL ROOMS THE CAM COVERS WHOLE OF THE ROOM AS CAM IS PUT ON ANY ONE OF THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM SO WHOLE OF THE VICINTY CAN BE COVERED. BUT ALL THEY WANTED TO SHOW WAS MAZHAR MAJEED TALKING WID THAT ANONYMOUS GUY AND THE AMOUNT BEING DELIVERED.WHAT IF MAZHAR WUD HAVE SEATED WITH THE BOOKIE ON OTHER SOFA OR ANY OTHER PART OF THE ROOM. AND TO MY AMAZEMENT SINCE WHEN BOOKIES HAVE STARTED DELIVERING CASH????

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Plus, there was no chain of custody for the video(s) in question. The chain of custody is very important in admissibility.

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Great Job Afridi. I feel bad for Amir. I know the rule of law must prevail. He is an awesome bowler just burgeoning. The video is inadmissible in court as it was not sanctioned by law, warrant, and was an outcome of a non-governmental commercial transaction. Best of Luck to Amir.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 6, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    did you find the spot difference between the two teams?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I just found that Pawar is a powerful person who can control the Sctolandyard too!. I thought he was a failed politician, but from Paki's comments He is a man with lot of powers to do all the trick aganist Pakistan.LOL..... My dear friends, you have to accept your fault and do necessary to punish the players, otherwise you have suffer and humiliate more from these 'fixing players'. Or just cry and blame India for everything - thats so easy. :P

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Oh yeah... I forgot. We won... yay!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 4, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Indian bookie bought pakistan for 150000 pounds

  • Tansah on September 4, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Everyone loves money in their pocke more than they love the sport or their country. Looks like Amir, Asif, and Salman Butt are gonna be banned. They ain't geting out of this one.

    Pakistan needed the win but it was only against a county team, to be honest, so they should have won anyway.

  • cricpolitics on September 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    This is ICC's best chance to show their muscles on a soft target so they will do anything they can. We all know ICC's track record and how they bow to the strongest. These three players may have been involved this time but they are not the only ones, there are other players and teams involved as well. Cricket corruption does not start and end with Pakistan. You just need to look around and you will find many instances, latest one being the IPL and Lalit Mody. It is just hard to believe the land e.g. India where cricket's biggest bookies come from would have sit quitely during the IPL. ICC was so quick to give a clean sheet to the last IPL and everyone knows why. It's all easy to go around and bash Pakistan and her team but the fact is there are many other dirty eggs out there who are just operating under the covers of big money. You may ban few players for good and destory their whole career but it is not going to have any effect on the bookies.

  • sahir786 on September 4, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    I can understand ur sentiments karthikfromchennai, u people in india dont know where to get fast bowlers soo u being jealous is understandable & by the way ur players have sold their country to money,in ipl for money sehwag in worldt20, zaheer was not fit to play fro country but he will be fit to play for mumbai indians lols ,tendulkar wanted a breakfrom cricket & choose country to suffer in srilanka but he needs no break from playing in cash rich ipl. Ur cricketers are bringing shame to ur country by putting their franchises overthere country soo shameful. Now who is selling his country lols??? U will not accept bcoz u people are shame less. We are not like u we know our players are innocent & they will come through this with their & our head held high in pride... U praise ur franchise lols............

  • lvlr.Cricket on September 4, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Whoever did stage dis drama, have achieved what they wanted...Our best bowling pair is out and the best opener is gone. First 7 players were alleged and den suddenly all the cannons turned towards the best three. IF ANYONE HAS GOT A HINT OF IQ HE CUDVE EASILY SORTED OUT THAT VIDEO WAS SO FAKE. ONLY ONE SOFA AND TABLE WAS COVERED THRU THE CAM. THEY DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO PUT THE CAM. WHEN SOMEONE IS CAUGHT IN HOTEL ROOMS THE CAM COVERS WHOLE OF THE ROOM AS CAM IS PUT ON ANY ONE OF THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM SO WHOLE OF THE VICINTY CAN BE COVERED. BUT ALL THEY WANTED TO SHOW WAS MAZHAR MAJEED TALKING WID THAT ANONYMOUS GUY AND THE AMOUNT BEING DELIVERED.WHAT IF MAZHAR WUD HAVE SEATED WITH THE BOOKIE ON OTHER SOFA OR ANY OTHER PART OF THE ROOM. AND TO MY AMAZEMENT SINCE WHEN BOOKIES HAVE STARTED DELIVERING CASH????

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Plus, there was no chain of custody for the video(s) in question. The chain of custody is very important in admissibility.

  • ZsZs on September 3, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Great Job Afridi. I feel bad for Amir. I know the rule of law must prevail. He is an awesome bowler just burgeoning. The video is inadmissible in court as it was not sanctioned by law, warrant, and was an outcome of a non-governmental commercial transaction. Best of Luck to Amir.

  • amitrathivamnicom on September 3, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    pakistan zindabad.....not doubt it is...as a indian i am a true fan of how talented pakistani cricketers r....seriously gifted...but has nyone noticed hw unpredictable dey r in international cricket..a team of such talented individuals producing such unpredictable results can not b justified....something has been seriously wrong wid their cricket al along especially in last decade or so....pakistani cricketers(not all but most of dem) r talented but not wise,,,dey r not able to seperate right from wrong...dese guys need education as many has mentioned here...nd now a message for guys who r still backing their tainted players and pointing fingers at india widout ny reason, plz for god sake dnt support dese cricketers, for d sake of saving ur own cricket if not nythng else....keep following dis blind patriotism and continue being boorish in ur talk nd ur stand nd soon enough u will ur own pakistan cricket in tatters..MAY ALLAH BESTOWS U WID SOME WISDOM.....GOD SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET.....

  • on September 3, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    All you Pak guys.. India ain't doin anything. Just think that if someone can bowl such a big no ball without even knowing? You are kidding. Even a guy playin cricket for the first time would know where the bowling crease is, or atleast where the bowling stumps are. Still, you are supporting the guy who sold out your country's pride and not realising that you are blaming India. Peace !! we need Peace. Traitors are everywhere . In India and in Pak. The thing is we must not blame each other and accept that they are traitors. Feel very bad for Pak which is already tainted. :(

  • abdulsm on September 3, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Guys stop fighting/crying and act as grown up. End of the day u and me are not going to get even a penny for defending or opposing these cricketers so why to waste our time in commenting. Best thing stop watching cricket and start saving (money & time) for yourself.

  • on September 3, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    there is endless stream of fast bowlers from pakistan....watch out for muhammad irfan in upcoming series and then try netting a plot against him (referred to british gutter media)

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    beggers/robbers will do anything for money....but selling the country for money, even a beggar or a robber wont.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    looks like the last 82 matches were fixed?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    @NadirKhan00 , oh...asif and amir are in top 10 rankings.....you know what? they are the no1 and 2 in bookies ratings. lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    donno for how much money the odi series is fixed? any guess pak fans? you know your team better. lol

  • on September 3, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I just read this article http://cricket.yahoo.com/cricket/news/article?id=item/2.0/-/story/cricket.yahoonews.com/spotfixing-cash-found-butts-belonging-report-20100903/

    I think all those involved should be permanently banned from playing cricket.

    But i do understand that Pak players are not highly paid as Indian or Aussies cricketers, so fixing matches may be good source of money for them.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 3, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    @ Abbas Mehmood. And they donot know how to cheat own country too. lol. btw, why pakistan lost to Eng and Aus in the recent series including a whitewash??? The ball was below your legs??? lol

  • NadirKhan00 on September 3, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Still scotland yard has not put any end to the investgation and ICC banned Paki players.. What a joke. Again pressure from INDIAN ICC president Sharad Pawar in doing that. What else can india do to destroy pakistani cricket? Shame!

  • NadirKhan00 on September 3, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I feel it is funny to compare indian bowling line with paki bowling line up. I think indian still need to learn something from bangladeshi bowler Shakid al hasan who is currently no.2 in icc ranking. Please compare urself with bangla bowlers, comparing with paki bowlers is a big joke. Both amir and asif are in top 10 icc ranking and english media as usual needed something to make a fuss of, and why wouldnt they make fuss of this false drama of news of the world claim.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    btw, no comments on veena malik :) i think she is a better bowler than asif and amir....lot of bouncers she bowled last week

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    bite the ball...tamper the ball...and now its no ball...come on pak...150000 pounds for just 2 no balls is just toooooo much

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Veena Malik is trained by ISI?

  • mehmoodkhan on September 3, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    its a propaganda against pakistan and indians are involved in it........becoz indians are so jealous freom Pakistan...karthickfromchennai's comments prove that..just stop your dramas..mazhar majeed is backed by indian hands and made a fake video..

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    @abbas, oh...yeah, you guys talk about indians' ability to play fast bowling...even fin and jamie could skittle out pakistan for 70 runs...not just once...you know how many times pakistan was bundled out in the series...

  • on September 3, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    can you stop BLAMING our bowlers till they're not proven guilty ! my when will people embrace sense !

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    still so many brainless fans supporting the tainted players who sold their country for few extra british pounds.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    asif and amir ...sold out :)......

  • gabafirozi on September 3, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Few years back JAVED MINDAD made a statement in the media that "You will find an irfan pathan in each galli of pakistan"...He was right. Everybody knows that pakistan players are talented but they are illeterate. They don't know how to give respect to the game...So ICC should conduct some training classes for the PAKISTAN cricketers ...

  • on September 3, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    this would also have been fixed. and even if it is not then too pakistan did nothing that would propel them to be a very good team. The victory was just due to Shahzaib Hasan and Fawad Alam, both wont ever be able to turn it on in international stage. I just think pakistan is an over-rated team which wins only in lucky situations and then dont have anything in themselves to be called as world's best

  • Stark62 on September 3, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Even though Amir is out there is till one bowler who is a left armer and is a qaulity bowler as Amir but possibly even better.

    Juanid Khan is the name and trust me he is quality plus just like Amir he can move the bowl both ways.

    I would bring in two extra batsmen for Asif and Butt which would be from this list Nasir Jamshed, Harris Sohail, Sheharyar Ghani or Hammad Azam.

  • on September 3, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Guys i would not worry too much about karthikfromchennai comments, he seems like a guy who hides his identity and gets thrills from posting comments. For your information even with these guys suspended pak will finish better then India in the WC, shall i remind you that India has failed to even qualify past the first round in the last 3 ICC tournamnet, where as pakistan has been a semi finalist on all occasions (and winner once).

  • on September 3, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    @ karthikfrom Chenai..we still have great fast bowlers in our rank.,, who can shatter Dravid , Sehwag's stumps.. Tell u what Karthick our under 19 fast bowlers are better than ur seniors..beleve me,, u just go n play at flat pitches..n make excuses against short deleveries.. regarding this issue, it is clearly propaganda against pakistan cricket,,just see the history, 1987 they made Getting/Shakoor Rana controversy,, in 1992 they Made Wasim?Waqar Ball tempering issue when they outplayed England. 1n 2006 they Made Inzi/hare issue n Hare got suspend. How stupid is this,, how can ICC suspend them without complete investigation. Its really unfair, n its clearly shows that its anti pakistan lobby. whole lobby cant see Amir shattering their stumps. But i can tell you that you cant crush our cricket,,n soon you will see us shattering ur stumps inshALLAH..

  • Kheshgi on September 3, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Good batting by Fawad Alam. Still a mystery on why he was not selected for the Test series. Shahzeb seems more consistent than Imran Farhat who played six Test matches without any significant contribution.

  • on September 3, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    oh dear where is the attack with pakistan who will ball for paksitan now amir why did you do that you have to respect the game. pakistan should make a good descision in case of amir other wise there will be hard for pakistan in the coming world cup. pcb and icc should give the punishment to asif and salman butt because they were senior and also the captain.

  • on September 3, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    To karthikfromchennai: Did you know that an Indian hand has been found in these events, the video seems to be filmed and day after and even the pak high commissioner mentioned that Lorgat and Sarad Pawar have something to hinde. Its typical that certain people cant leave pakistan alone, they have to meddle in their affairs.

  • jbladeus on September 3, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai - Why buy indian bowlers to bowl badly when one knows they're crap and would do the deed for free.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 3, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    @LeoSaqib. Read my post carefully. You can't assume a bowler as good/great only because of 1/2 sesons or years. Where is your so called Sami and co. ? Where is your fastest Akthar? (I agree he still in the team and highest wiket taker after Akram. but whats his speed earlier and now??) Speed means nothing my dear friend. Tait, Akthar, Lee are examples. 130-140 will be enough for a good bowler. Otherwise he will burnout within years. I can give you similar list of your players from India. What I am asking is a list of players who can consider as backbon of team, playing for years and lot of wikets (250+ atleast). After Akram and Waqar there is no one from Pakistan can consider for the same. Akthar can be considered but he was not in the team for a long time like Asish Nehra for India. India have atleast Zak after Sreenath. Whats your list?

  • on September 3, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    behanc@#$%d indians you can't play a ball above your legs. stop talkin about fast bowlong

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    pakistan players are easy targets by the indian bookies....when someone is ready to sell the country for a few extra pounds...why should not we buy them? may be you guys should pay them more not to bowl no balls....pcb for sale ...lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    @LeoSaqib...you boast of fast bowling talent....good. but how many are genuine ...not even one. Right from Imran to Amir no one is genuine. Imran admittedd that he used bottle corks to tamper balls....Amir who bowled the metre long no ball....even a guy of Broad's standard can blast a century of the great Pakistan bowling..I wonder how you hard core Pakistan fans are still blind after all these headlines since last week....grow up guys. 8th wkt pair adds up 330 runs against your attack and that shows

  • MSNEPP on September 3, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Karthik, do not be so naive to think the same does not happen in india! i will put money on it being 10X times bigger in the indian game and IPL. Bollywood even made a film on it lol

  • on September 3, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    well its not about HOW well the Pakistan won, its about the mere fact that they were able to come out of the things going on POSITIVELY and WINNING the first game they played. Amir and Asif would have been too much for Somerset but well thats not in the picture now. the team needed a moral booster (and that's why the author harps on about Pakistan) and with Afridi and Waqar, the team will inshallah win. in the ODIs im assuming Amir and Asif to be replaced by either Sami and Wahab and its time to include Imran Nazir for Butt. mind you this was not just a victory but a motivating one. Pakistan Zindabad

  • LeoSaqib on September 3, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @MAN007.Do not talk childish my dear friend.It is all very temporary, Even all these Pakistani fast bowlers are side lined, Pakistan have more than a dozen fast bowlers, desperately waiting for their turn.AND BELIEVE ME there not medium pacer like you Mithun and co. They are all genuinely FAST & FEARSOME.I hope you Indian have not forgotten ANWER ALI,destroyer- in-chief of Indian Udner19 team in U-19 World.He has become more accurate and quick with age.Then there is Sohail Tanweer, Iftikhar Anjum, Sohail Khan, Muhammad Talha, Muhammad Rameez, Tabish Khan,Ali Imran, Junaid Zia and many more upcoming. Its all because every Pakistani youngster want to be like Imran Khan,Waseem Akram, Waqar Younas,Shoaib Akhtar,and newest cruz missile Muhammad Amir(even if he get ban).Kindly tell me who is Fast bowling Idol of Indian youngsters.Your broken machine Zaheer Khan? but he is hardly a match winner.This message of your remind me of jackals waiting for demise of injured lion to become the king.

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    the great pakistan bowlers...we can make them to bowl the way we want....all we need is few pounds...lol

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    btw, no comments on veena malik :) i think she is a better bowler than asif and amir....lot of bouncers she bowled last week

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    now its very clear what the so called great pakistan bowlers need

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    To all those who compare Pakistan bowlers to Indian bowlers.....you guys are right...Pakistan is superior when it comes to bowling talent. India is no where...agreed. But Indians are GENUINE. No one can buy our bowlers to bowl no balls...lol.

  • Hirafi on September 3, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    I think that as a capt. SALMAN BUTT he is not deserve the post and he need to be out for life and give as capital punishment as 5to7 years of imprison and Mohammed Asif he is eligible to get the same punishment already he was in match fixing scadal he was been give the fare change to improve but this type of person not able to make use of it he was addicted to i fell pity for mohammed Amir that he was become a part sure like it will because of the Capt. of the team because capt. decide that his team player and being not Educated any person can drown in the controversy ( i think Mohamed Amir should be punished not to play till world cup 2011 ) after that he should be given a fair changes after educate him

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    PCB must be dissolved...ICC must take hard decisions

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Where all the pakistan fans have gone now? to the hole again? look at the turn of events in the last few days...where Pakistan cricket is heading to?

  • karthikfromchennai on September 3, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Asif and Amir are closed chapters in Pakistan cricket. ICC has done the right thing by banning them...even the former Pakistan players Qadir, Ramiz, Zaheer Abbas insisted on banning these players.

  • benedictfrancis on September 3, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Please stop accusing others for misdoings dear friends.. Cricketers in india and pakistan are well paid, also they appear in ads too. so there is no lack of money. Unfortunately pakistani players are under the spot light for wrong reasons. From ball biting to no ball allegations. These guys are immensely talented, but they should have learned to respect the game which made them stars. Also the cricket board should give advises to them regarding the rules and regulations of the game. Afridi with his vast experience couldn't resist the ball, so board should involve in players matters and teach how to behave when u r famous. Wasim Akram and Imran Khan are great examples, they respected the game and we respect them. I love players irrespective of nationality but it is sad to see players manipulating the game.

  • moinilyasneral on September 3, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    For Allah's sake, what on earth is Shoaib Akhtar doing in any Pakistani team? He cannot bowl, went wicketless at 6.87 per over, scored 4 runs before his "old legs and fat body" got him run out , and I am sure he must have given away plenty of runs chasing balls to the boundary (we did not have TV coverage in Pak, so cannot be sure how many). I am sure a Muhammad Sami would be much better(anyone, for that matter, except Ijaz Butt). Now with so many injuries, how about if Waqar Younus came in and bowled his quota of overs? Surely take a few wickets, may field better and probably bat even better.

  • humgul on September 3, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    as soon as i start making a lot of money (im still 14 ) ill start paying pakistan to perform their best so people can see how good they are

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 3, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    LOL. Suddenly Pakistan donot have bowlers! Every time they accused India for everything. Can anywon tell me how many good bowlers you have? Good doesn't mean a bowler who is good for 1/2 season or 1/2 years. A players who can be consider as the backbon of the team. Years of experience and wickets. Eg: Akram/Waqar/ Akthar. Any other? where is your Sami? where is your Rana? where is other bowlers? India too have bowlers like that : Agarkar/Prasad/Balaji (who thrashed Pakistan at their home with Pathan)/Pathan/RP Sing/ Sreeshant/ Munaf/Nehra... But I will not consider them . Players like Srinath/Kapil/Zaheer can consider as the backbon of the team. Do you have any other players than Akram/Waqar/ Akthar who have such a long career ? Only those players can consider as good . Because world clas players will be always consistant for years and will get wikets too. Do not call a newbie as a great bowler. Only thing Pakistan doing is that they are able to find lot of fast bowlers from youngsters

  • jqamar on September 3, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    PCB Poweless Cricket Board should know that ICC Indian Cricket Council can suspend its players in according to this code. Powerless board is mind-less.

  • on September 3, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    LeftBrain, you're dead wrong on claiming the Shoaib/Gul attack is at Indian level, that's the most ludicrous thing I've heard all day. The Indian attack would die to have even our domestic level bowlers forget about these two. And this pace attack only looks weak cuz there's no third paceman in there for now, add in Mohammad Irfan or Mohammad Sami, and you'll have a deadly enough attack.

  • WisdomIsBleak on September 3, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    @Cliffdog...lol u think pakistan was playing their first team attack? no offense to Somerset but they wouldn't fare so well if PAK were playing their first choice team..as for england thumping PAK, im not too sure abt that in T20s, u have to remember they have their better players in T20 available, (Ajmal, Gul, Afridi) so it will be good matchup...it could be difficult for PAK in ODIs but you can never count them out

  • zeepurplefire on September 2, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    It may be a trap, but we have fallen into it.one should be stong so that no one can penetrate through.In this case no one has sympathies with Asif but our heart aches for Amir,he needs education and rehabilitaion as Mike Artherton has said earlier.And one more thing we want to see M.Irfan in action.

  • on September 2, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    They failed to mention Gregory's great performance here. It was his List-A debut...

    4/49 against an international team on debut, including a hatrick. How the hell can they ignore that? This guy made a bigger impact than Amir. But they just harp on about Pakistan...

  • mso797 on September 2, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    yes why doesn't the PCB keep alam and hasan on the squad and replace them with u. akmal and ...

  • Trickstar on September 2, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @LeftBrain I instead of making things up as you go along you want to learn what the laws are in England.Even in the work place ,if you are accused of a wrong you will be suspended on pay while the matter gets sorted.If you get accused of a crime you can get sent to prison on remand while the case goes to court.So yes in England like most places in the world are 'You are innocent until proven Guilty',but that does not mean the persons accused can carry on what they are doing without being removed from their job while investigation takes place. In the case of cricket, it is only fair to the public, who pay to watch, that the people with accusations over their head are not playing.I'm sure your opinion would be very different if it was England players who were accused of the same thing.

  • jahangir_mahboob on September 2, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Dont you smell something. Just before the T20, and one dayer's this hapens. Last day of the last test. England never wants to loose a game, it hurts their pride. remember the famous Mike Gatting/shakoor Rana incident. Mr. Gatting said " we make the rules". There is no doubt in my mind this was a set up to weaken Pakistani side by taking off their two best bowlers. Who is in support yes INDIA, the news is on NDTV 24/7. What a great setup. I would like to see Mohammed Irfan in the team at this point.

  • Cliffdog on September 2, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Pakistan were an embarrassment! they were completely outplayed in most departments and had it not been for the fact it was barely a first team attack they would have lost! they were sloppy in the field as Somerset batsmen ran them into ground. The wicket favoured them because of the dry turning conditions. They have no athletic fielders and Shoaib Akthar is way passed it now. He looks tired and old and without his pace is a very ordinary bowler! England should thump them

  • nafsiati on September 2, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @ LeftBrain How exactly this bowling attact is as impotent as India. The best T20 bowler and the other fastest in the history. How many of these indian bowlers are capable of hitting Lara, Sachin and Kirsten on their helmets ?

  • shivshankarb on September 2, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    There are only two no ball not three, Guess Why? paid for two no ball only!

  • SurlyCynic on September 2, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Propaganda? Blow from the English media?

    hahahahaha thanks for the laughs. The next time I see a 1 metre no-ball with the captain caught watching the bowler's foot I'll remember that it is 'propaganda'. Dream on conspiracy theorists.

    Well done to the Pakistan players who appeared in this match and appeared to try their best.

  • on September 2, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Its good to see fawad and shahzaib make some good contributions but i would advise my fellows not to get into all that nonsense of a debate- regional bias. They represent Pakistan not Karachi or Lahore.

  • Hrazapak on September 2, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Well ,,,, Both of these players are KARACHITIES and thy batted well as KARACHITIES do,, Everyone ,, Even Internationally people are aware of the fact that Karachi is famous for producing Batsmen but unfortunately PCB doesnt!!!!!

  • on September 2, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    The first time i saw Shahzeb i found him a brilliant aggressive player. Why he is not playing regularly is a mystery to me. While players like Imran Farhat playing why is he been left out?

  • tanveers on September 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Fawad Alam has been scoring runs in England playing for a club. So he has been accustomed to the England weather condition. He has always been the highest domestic performer and his International records are good enough to warrant him a place in the playing XI in all formats. However, due to nepotism, corruption, and favoritism, he is continued to be ignored. While the mediocre players are given chances again and again.

  • LeftBrain on September 2, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    and yes, whatever happened to the globally accepted doctrine of "You are innocent until proven Guilty" Why ICC and ECB was so determined to punish players who are not guilty of any thing and not even charged of any thing yet? Why they have different standards when it comes to Pakistan then that of themselves and their corrupt people?

  • LeftBrain on September 2, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Atlast Pakistan players are in news for actions IN the field. A good win no matter how narrow the margin was. It also proved that PCB's regional bias against Fawwad Alam, a cricketer from Karachi, is only hurting Pakistan cricket. Lack of spark in pace bowling in absence of Amir and Asif is a worrying sign though. With Shoaib not capable of any match winning performance any more and injury prone Gul as the only person to look up to, this pace attack suddenly becomes as impotent as one of India's.

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan still won....propaganda failed

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    It is good to see that Pakistan winning in their practice matche after the blow from the English media successfully denied their match winning bowlers playing from their rest of the tour, I hope that they will continue their winning habit and play together as a team and win the T20 like 2-0 and ODI series as 5-0 all the best Pak team. play well

  • imran_k12 on September 2, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Great Match !!! Keep it up Afridi Bhai !!!

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    That's Karachi Talent....Pakistan Zindabad

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    good victory... shadows cast away of match fixing...

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  • on September 2, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    good victory... shadows cast away of match fixing...

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    That's Karachi Talent....Pakistan Zindabad

  • imran_k12 on September 2, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Great Match !!! Keep it up Afridi Bhai !!!

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    It is good to see that Pakistan winning in their practice matche after the blow from the English media successfully denied their match winning bowlers playing from their rest of the tour, I hope that they will continue their winning habit and play together as a team and win the T20 like 2-0 and ODI series as 5-0 all the best Pak team. play well

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan still won....propaganda failed

  • LeftBrain on September 2, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Atlast Pakistan players are in news for actions IN the field. A good win no matter how narrow the margin was. It also proved that PCB's regional bias against Fawwad Alam, a cricketer from Karachi, is only hurting Pakistan cricket. Lack of spark in pace bowling in absence of Amir and Asif is a worrying sign though. With Shoaib not capable of any match winning performance any more and injury prone Gul as the only person to look up to, this pace attack suddenly becomes as impotent as one of India's.

  • LeftBrain on September 2, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    and yes, whatever happened to the globally accepted doctrine of "You are innocent until proven Guilty" Why ICC and ECB was so determined to punish players who are not guilty of any thing and not even charged of any thing yet? Why they have different standards when it comes to Pakistan then that of themselves and their corrupt people?

  • tanveers on September 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Fawad Alam has been scoring runs in England playing for a club. So he has been accustomed to the England weather condition. He has always been the highest domestic performer and his International records are good enough to warrant him a place in the playing XI in all formats. However, due to nepotism, corruption, and favoritism, he is continued to be ignored. While the mediocre players are given chances again and again.

  • on September 2, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    The first time i saw Shahzeb i found him a brilliant aggressive player. Why he is not playing regularly is a mystery to me. While players like Imran Farhat playing why is he been left out?

  • Hrazapak on September 2, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Well ,,,, Both of these players are KARACHITIES and thy batted well as KARACHITIES do,, Everyone ,, Even Internationally people are aware of the fact that Karachi is famous for producing Batsmen but unfortunately PCB doesnt!!!!!