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Calamity Kamran seems undroppable

How to approach this politely? Ian Chappell was pretty polite. "If his batting was as good as Don Bradman's," he said on air, "he couldn't score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping."

Osman Samiuddin in Pallekele

March 8, 2011

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How to approach this politely? Ian Chappell was pretty polite. "If his batting was as good as Don Bradman's," he said on air, "he couldn't score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping."

There are many ways in which the depth of denial in Pakistan - in all spheres of life - presents itself to the observer. No better example of it exists than the continued presence of Kamran Akmal in the side, the man to whom Chappell refers so politely. The world knows the worth of Akmal as a wicketkeeper: to be short, he is not one anymore. He is, to steal and twist the wonderful sledge Jimmy Ormond dished out to Mark Waugh once, not even the best wicketkeeper in his family. He's not even the second-best: Umar Akmal has looked safer than him on the occasions he has kept.

Yet as Pakistan has changed everything about its cricket over the last four years - captains, selectors, chairmen, players, coaches - Akmal has remained unchanged, unchallenged in his incompetency. Until the beginning of Pakistan's last summer in England, when there was still a will left to count, he was fluffing comfortably more than one chance per Test: 32 in 25 Tests. His ODI rate cannot be far behind.

There appears no sane reason for it and even an insane one right now would be handy. Shoaib Malik thought him the second-best wicketkeeper-batsman behind Adam Gilchrist during his captaincy, a hallucination rather than delusion. The pair are close, so nepotism was as good a reason as any. But what were the reasons for Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt and now, Shahid Afridi to persist with him?

After every show of calamity, when the question is put to anyone in charge, the response is to say it is only one match, that everyone drops a catch occasionally, or the line Waqar Younis trotted out today, that we can't just blame the one person. We can at least blame those who keep selecting him. Those who argue that he compensates with his batting will kindly direct themselves to the brutality of Chappell's verdict: no amount of runs can make up for the matches, and as importantly the moments in matches, he has lost.

Kamran Akmal will be under intense scrutiny after his miserable performance in the first Test, Edgbaston, August 5, 2010
Despite consistently letting his side down, Kamran Akmal has been a mainstay of Pakistan's team over the last few years © Getty Images

The few times he has been dropped in the last four years - for the Asia Cup 2008, after the Australia tour last year, during the English summer - the performances leading into it have been so monumentally negligent that not dropping him might have risked the kind of revolution in Pakistan seen in the Arab world. It would probably take that still to shift him.

In any case he has returned back to the side at the first opportunity. Whether they forget or choose to overlook his errors is irrelevant: it is criminal in both cases. He sneaked into this squad only after being cleared by a board integrity committee. A wicketkeeping committee might have been better placed to rule on it.

Akmal's three misses - two off Ross Taylor - set the tone for the rest of the innings, Pakistan's most bedraggled performance in the field in this tournament so far. Their last one, against Sri Lanka, was sparked incidentally by two missed stumpings.

Short of injuring Akmal and sending him back, the only option Pakistan could explore is to play the younger Akmal as a wicketkeeper. In keeping with the cautious nature of the team's leaders, that seems unlikely. Asked whether they would consider it, Waqar Younis said, "After the World Cup maybe we can think about it, but we are in the middle of the tournament and I don't think we can make such a change. We have five days off in which we will try to rectify his mistakes because in such a short time we can't rectify all mistakes. We can't kick him out at the moment, we can try to make him better for the next game and make sure he won't make the same mistakes."

Meanwhile, the state of denial Pakistan remains in about the balance of its side should also take a few knocks here, hopefully. They persist in playing a specialist bowler short to buffer their batting. Playing a batsman at eight - Abdul Razzaq may open the bowling but he is no opening bowler, as tournament figures of 21-4-111-1 testify - has not helped their batting much in their last two games, precisely the situations the strategy is aimed at. Razzaq's 62 will, no doubt, be used as justification at some point in the future.

When Umar Gul had to be bowled out during the batting Powerplay - and his fine bowling will not even be a footnote - it left the last four overs to be bowled by someone who wasn't Gul. Those four overs, shared by Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdur Rehman, went for 92. Razzaq's four overs of the day went for 49, "a bit off-colour" Waqar said: a little yes, like black and white.

Yet the top order collapse seemed to confirm to Pakistan they need the batting. "We were 120-7 so we were short of batsmen," Waqar said. "I think 300 was chaseable. We can't afford to have another bowler in the side, as we are playing with six if you consider Mohammad Hafeez and Razzaq. I don't think we can manage another bowler."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 11, 2011, 6:12 GMT)













Posted by Shahid on (March 11, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

This guy Kamran Akmal is going to cost us the world cup if he keeps playing. It has come to a point where i feel frustrated and annoyed with his continuous selection and with cliche's like "he has won us many matches" and "he is a very talented cricketer". The team management doesn't even know that Asad Shafique plays first class cricket as a wicket keeper. I have to tell Waqar and Afridi that enough is enough and for God's sake let this guy go. What i fear is that he will miss out the Zimbabwe game and then he will be back for the next game against Australia. This has happened in the past and it will happen again.

Posted by Andrew on (March 11, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

The most dissappointing for me about Akmal (Kamran), is that he seems to be getting worse as both a batter & as a keeper. When he first came on the scene - I would of said he is not far off Dhoni as a keeper/batsmen. To compare those two now would be a slap in the face to Dhoni. Almost as dissappointing is that there is quite a good recent lagacy of wicket keepers from Pakistan from Bari thru to Moin, & Latif. Why can't somebody give him some tips? Ian Healy believes it's technical with Kamran. He did a session with him after the infamous Sydney Test. On top of all this, his batting (like his brothers) is nowhere near its potential over the last couple of years.

Posted by Atul on (March 10, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

It's simple and clear policy - Kamran cannot b replaced by a third person unless one of his own brothers can replace him. Poor Haider tried and it's still a mystery wat happend to him. The PCB circus goes on and on..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

Akmal should STOP wearing white gloves right away, You can loose the ball in the shadows of white gloves and that moments lets you down.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

In the most important tournament how did we start talking about dropping the specialist wicket keeper and replacing with a total non experienced replacement.This is not the time get panic and further plunge in to a worst situation.The best solution is to give confidence to Kamran Akmal,have the coach to communicate with him.with the available options keeping him and having him perform his best for at least this world cup is the best option.I am sorry for my Pakistani fellows who are hastily deciding to get over Kamran without analyzing the situation.Kamran has been around for years and it will not be wise to just replace him for this most important tournament.And most importantly we should learn to treat our "getting ready to retire players" with dignity ,support and applause instead of "just throw him out" attitude.They served the nation and deserve support and respect even in their bad patch.

Posted by Mohammad Shehzad on (March 10, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Asad Shafiq Profile showing that he is a specialist keeper...Why not replace kamran with Asad Shafiq? whats the problem?

Posted by Nasrullah on (March 10, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

I want to request the tour selection committe to try the following team in the next match agaist Zimbaway Hafeez ( Opener ) Kamran Akmal ( Opener) 3- Younas Khan 4- Misbah-ul-Haq 5- Asad Shafiq 6- Umer Akmal ( Wicket Keeper) 7-Shahid Khan Afridi 8- Riyaz Wahab 9- Junaid Khan 10- Umer Gul 11- Saeed Ajmal. An-other proposal is that Akmal Brothers can share 25/25 overs Wicket Keeping to share the burden of each other if it allowed by the rules and regulations. Kamran is a very good batsman like Umer Akmal. Please keep both brothers and guide them properly. Give rest to Shoaib and Razzaq and give them time to gather their energy and experience for next match. Junai Khan is a very displined bollower in the practice match he taken 3- wickets and given no extra run and his ecomomy was appercaible. Please try Junaid once again

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

i agree the root of the problem connects it with the chairman and selectors for picking this 3rd class keeper again and again ... for what waqar younas is sayin isnt a surprise for me at all ..he played all of his cricket with the fear of losing if u remember his captaincy he literaly finished one of the all time best spinner saqlain mushtaq's career and than who can forger the shambolics of 2003 in south africa so for me we have all the wrong men for the right jobs

Posted by Ahmed on (March 10, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

I think if Pak play him(if they must keep him) as a regular batsman then it would be beneficial. Poor guy always looks uncomfortable and has a worried look on his face behind the stumps.

Posted by Umar on (March 10, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Kamran Akmal needs to be thrown out for good! His dropped catches bring into question his competence as well as his integrity.And what do the buffoons in PCB do? They give him a grade A contract the very next day! Hopefully, the team management will show better judgement and place Umar Akmal behind the stumps. Bring in Asad Shafiq for Ahmed Shehzad as the second opener - better technique and style. Razzaq should be sent up the order before Afridi. Importantly, the team should play with three fast bowlers. They need two fast bowlers for the end, and at least one operating in a batting powerplay. Bowling Razzaq at the death or in a powerplay is like sending a lamb to slaughter. Shoaib while dangerous is simply not fit enough to be effective during the death overs. In contrast, Wahab Riaz is extremely good at the end and can consistently bowl yorkers around the 145k mark. My team would be as follows: Hafeez, Shafiq, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Razzaq, Afridi, Wahab, Gul, Shoaib, Ajmal.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

I strongly recommend Kamran to keep during India-Pak match :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

I dont think removing akmal will give the team a big boostt. we tried other keepers and they can't bat for anything, or they pull of a stunt like haider (someone please do not tell me that keeper doesn't have a be a good batsmen). we do not have a better keeper than akmal at the moment. Umar akmal is an option but he never batted good when he has been the keeper. we jus need to do a hardcore training on him and just let him keep going.

Posted by diren on (March 10, 2011, 6:17 GMT)

no no please keep him in the team. He will help Sa win this world cup ( everyone thats not a Pak fan likes Akmal lol)

Posted by Senthil on (March 10, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

There really isn't that much to panic about Pakistani cricket at the moment. Pakistan have always played mercurial cricket - great one moment and cold the other. This is nothing new. Afridi is using the force of his immense personality to get the best out of his players. Don't expect him to be cool like Dhoni - each has his own style. As for Kamran Akmal's keeping - what are the other options? Overall, Pakistan is playing pretty good cricket. So, let's hope nothing dramatic happens that further undermines Pak's chances! Each Asian team has its own style and that is what is most exciting about this WC!

Posted by qasim on (March 10, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

waqar has never been a good strategy maker....he had already blundered the team out in WC 2007...We lost against india, England,Australia etc....So he should just keep calm and cool and let the captain to decide...

Now u r doing the same thing again and expecting a different results. remember this kamran has been a blunder man for a number of occasions not once....every match he does some blunder....he should be sent home by excusing that he is injured....WAQAR.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

How will he become a better keeper in five days!!! I think the Pakistan team and board should take the cake in lilving in denial. He is a pathetic keeper, remember the number of times he dropped Hussey in the Sydney test. Do the selectors watch the matches or are they watching some horse racing? If it will upset team balance, then why not a stop gap keeper like Dravid or De Villiers for south africa. Pakistan has a good chance of making it to the next stages and even having a strong tilt at the title,. Afridi is bowling brilliantly and have the capability to upset anyone on their day. But if Akmal keeping like this, more often than not, it is going to be the other Pakistan that will turn up and that will struggle to beat Canada, forget Australia. sridhar

Posted by Gohar on (March 10, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

The lack of talent in Kamran Akmal has been proving for the last three to four years by his performance, and still he is in the team, it is not understandable.

Posted by Qamar on (March 10, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

If this guy scores a double century for the next 5 games.I still wont vote to keep him in this side.He is just so pathetic.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 4:46 GMT)

@ Zaid Akram Malik........................wow brother what a perfect balanced side you have mentioned. World champion team.. Everybody please read his team 9 batsmen and 8 bowlers and Umer Almal as a wicket keeper.Mr Zaid you should bethe selector of Pakistan team. We miss Rana Naveed no doubt. lets see your team again but Razzaq should be the opener as he knows how to hit he new ball 1. Muhammad Hafeez(Opener) 2. Umar Akmal(Opener) 3. Abdul Razzaq. 4. Younus Khan. 5. Misbah ul Haq. 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain). 7. Rana Naveed, 8.Sohail Tanveer, 9. Abdur Rehman, 10.Umar Gul, 11.Shoaib Akhtar

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

Friends ! Forget what happened in the last match... Just concentrate on the remaining matches.. Yes Kamran Akmal had a very horrible day during the last game, but dear it can happen to everyone...sometimes the great batsman and bowlers performs awfully that doesn't mean they are not loyal or capable... For us to criticize team or player is so simple when they are down but we need to realize that during their bad times our support, trust and encouragement make them confident to perform well... I am confident that this Pakistani team will come back with a bang and stun the world...lNSHALLAH My Perfect combination is: 1- Mohammad Hafeez 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Umer Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Wahab Riaz 9. Umer Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Shoaib Akhtar / Junaid Khan... BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 23:25 GMT)

In general it was a bad show against NZ. We all are quite familiar with Kamran's gloves work, the common between him and Michael jackson is "both wear gloves without a reason" and if we talk about the difference between them, kamran is "still" alive. Beside Kamran, it was Shoaib who started the day with series of no balls, this is not crime but the free hits continuous conversion to 6 and fours are questionable along with his last over baseball pitching. Afridi captaincy is also questionable as he seemed to me a bit greedy to take wickets in batting power play. Mind you the last 20 minutes of NZ innings started with couple of sixes to Afridi. Batting performance was pathetic and it's two in a row now as we shouldn't forget 184 against Canada too. Only positive was a "defeat at right time" and this will most probably motivate all to perform well in the games to come.

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 9, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

You can rebuke Kamran any worse and still that all would be understatements. But I am bemused at Osman ridiculing Razzaq for no reason. Take out today's 4 overs 49 from his stats. His bowling stats in previous 3 matches are 17-4-62-1, which is far too good for subcontinental pitches. He was not used in death overs in previous matches by Afridi when his first spell looked as 7-1-16-0, but today he was introduced in middle and death overs for the first time in world cup. If you want to blame on Razzaq, you should blame the captaincy. It's needless to blame Razzaq today, as without his batting Pak would have been all out less than 100 overs. Why don't you blame any other bowlers who collectively gave away 64 in other 3 overs. Afridi must have had himself and Akhtar available for full powerplay. Anyway, this is an exceptional day where 100 runs were scored in last 5 overs. You can't blame anyone except the one person who is never blameless.

Posted by Philip on (March 9, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

Reading the comments it struck me how few came up with any alternative to Kamran. Is there no-one to challenge him for a place in the team? Herein lies a problem - quality glovework is going fast. At the risk of upsetting millions of fans - look at MS Dhoni. He was a sure selection in the All-time team for 4 reasons - he's a current player, he bats well, he's a decent captain and he's played in a winning side. But is he the best ever Indian gloveman? You need to be pretty one-eyed to say that he is. He's okay, but hardly great. Indian youngsters, however, don't know anyone else though. They don't understand how glovework used to be, so they will want to be just like Dhoni. Now, that's got a lot going for it, but chances are those who follow will never bat or captain like him, so if all they do is keep like him, they won't be worth a place in a first-class side. Except, of course, in a decade, all Indian FC keepers will be Dhoni's quality. Maybe they already are. Bowlers deserve better.

Posted by Philip on (March 9, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

The trials and tribulations of Kamran Akmal are merely the logical conclusion of the post-Gilchrist "batting-above-all-else" view of keeping that is universal orthodoxy in selection today (except for a few places like SL and Ireland). The only problem being, if you get truly found out as a keeper, your batting will probably suffer too. Keep first, bat second should be the norm. Of course, there's no room for tail-end keepers any more, but how many fluffed chances and byes can a team stand before selectors take a stand on the woeful quality of what seems to be most international keepers today?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is even more incompetent than Musfikur Rahim. why these kind of so called wicket keepers get chance in world cup team!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

Poor akmal already ended danish kaneria carrer, why he is still playing. bafooon ejaz but and non sense selectors. why they are still sticking with him....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

The best Pakistan Cricket team squad for world cup 1. Muhammad Hafeez(Opener) 2. Umar Akmal(Opener) 3. Abdul Razzaq. 4. Younus Khan. 5. Misbah ul Haq. 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain). 7. Rana Naveed, 8.Sohail Tanveer, 9. Abdur Rehman, 10.Umar Gul, 11.Shoaib Akhtar I hope Pakistan Cricket board think about this Blaster Side. I give advise to Captain and couch you just try this squad only for one match against any team you receive good result.. confirm pakistan team won the match....

Posted by Azeem on (March 9, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Pak selectors dont drop as simply as Kamran Akmal does... When will we get rid of this joker???

Posted by Hasan on (March 9, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Although writer has put it all together very logically and it all makes sense but blaming just Kamran for the loss is essentially masking the issue of poor captaincy and shoddy team performance. Look at the stats - bowling and batting both and decide was it just Kamran Akmal or the entire team that could not deliver. Look at opening spell with Rahman, misusing Gul's overs, not using Razzaq with new ball, full tosses, wides, no balls - I am not sure who to blame - defensive approach, poor planning or dismal bowling. Likewise, look at batting stats. None of the batsmen looked confident because of the run chase, quite a nominal run chase. Honestly, they fell to panic and nervousness rushing to play shots causing entire batting order to collapse. Team consists of 11 players including keeper, we need to ponder what happened to the remaining 10 players? Hasan Jawaid - USA

Posted by Navaid on (March 9, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

All we need discipline and strong planning in the team,We have best talent in the team except kamran's keeping but our think tank is weak,they should know how to utilise best available talent at the right time.Management should take bold steps to shuffle players instead of relying on same 11 players .

Posted by Atul on (March 9, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

This is not a surprise to have some incompetent players like Kamran in Pak's team. I remember a few incidences in which some players using their lobby to include or remove certain players in past. I was always certain why haider had a very short wicketkeeping career in Pak's team. He was threatened and had to volunteerily retire. These things and other scandals keep happening for Pak's cricket. And that shows up very clearly in their performance for last few years. It's bitter but very true...

Posted by Syed on (March 9, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

Certainly, Kamran is a bad keeper and the most contributer in this loss. But about others, openers "consistent failure", Younis Khan "completely miss-fit in on-day, he scored a 50 and remain in team for next matches doing nothing", Captaincy "why not to play one more bowler, what is a logic to bowl 2nd over and the last over from a spinner". I would also think to get rid of Younis and bring Asaad.


Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Every negative has a positive. Although, Pakistan lost in a pathetic manner against New Zealand, in their group match played on March, 08, 2011 yet, I believe that we should consider this defeat as a blessing in disguise. Because firstly, it was not a knock out situation and secondly, now we know all the chinks in our armor which we can and should be mended, to play our future matches with total focus and determination on winning the finals, at all costs.

In this regard, the following steps are suggested as an immediate corrective measures.

1. Request M/S Imran Khan and Javed Mindad to hold daily video or telephonic conference with the team management and entire team and discuss all training, motivational, technical, tactical and strategy issues relating to the next matches.

2. We should avoid insanity which is defined as " Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." What I mean to say is that Mr. Kamran Akmal should not be expected to deliver

Posted by Pradeep on (March 9, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

With performances like this and in regularity, one can only doubt Kamran Akmal's intentions!! Time to kick him out permanantly from the Pak team. The worst wicket keeper in the world cup , i hope this is the last match he has played for Pak.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

hahhahhaahh Atlast! Kamran akmal hard work paid off,

If you have smallest real knowledge of cricket u will not blame shoaib akhter!

Danish Kaneria test career is also finished because of this kamran bast.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

The best Pakistan Cricket team squad for world cup

1. Muhammad Hafeez(Opener) 2. Umar Akmal(Opener) 3. Abdul Razzaq. 4. Younus Khan. 5. Misbah ul Haq. 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain). 7. Rana Naveed, 8.Sohail Tanveer, 9. Abdur Rehman, 10.Umar Gul, 11.Shoaib Akhtar

I hope Pakistan Cricket board think about this Blaster Side. I give advise to Captain and couch you just try this squad only for one match against any team you receive good result.. confirm pakistan team won the match

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

This article absolutely fair and justified guy. I totally agreed with the author, Osman Sammiuddin.

Posted by Kashif on (March 9, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

Guys! read Imran Yusuf's write "Why Kamran Stays". It is hilarious and at the same time appears to be logical that why Pakistani selectors and captains have persisted with Kamran.

Despite, Rashid Lateef's detailed coaching report few months before the Sydney test debacle (he had clearly pointed out Kamran's flaws and his credibility as a wicketkeeper and had strongly recommended to atleast not play him in tests, there were two other keepers in the camp as well one of being Sarfraz; Rashid recommended both of them, but Kamran) Pakistani management went for Kamran. Now what was the point of hiring an expert's services and arranging a wicket keeping coaching camp with three of the prospects.

In the recent Soccer world cup, in a preliminary match England keeper did a single flaw which cost them a goal and he was out of the world cup, thats how professional sport is.

But only a day after his horror show against NZ, Kamran gets top contract from PCB.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

b4 the start f WC i taugt PAK had no chnce this time,,,,bt the way they playd in frst 3 mtchs im sure they r a strng cntndtr fr the cup....tats only bcoz f afridis bowlng,,,,,,so if thy seriously thnk to win the cup they must chnge the bsttng order,,,,,remov ahmed shazad & kamran and prmote razzak at the top,,,he will b vry handy in the powr plays..bcoz their middle ordr is strng as thy have younis, umar, and misbah t

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

I will be greatful to team management if they can leave Kamran Akmal, his performance has been pathetic for last my series. I Pakistan wants to win wicketkeeping is very important and professional departemnt and Kamran Akmal does not qualify for this neither he is performiring with bat. Please have some mercy on Pakistan and if Kamran Akmal has any itegrity, he should resign and stop playing for Pakistan, he is just humilating the whole nation.

Posted by Bashir on (March 9, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

I have high regard for Waqar and stunned that he has joined the esrt in denial of pathetic performance of Kamran Akmal....If this continues, it will no longer be the fault of Kamran Akmal, but Afridi, Waqar and the the team Management for putting him there one nmore time....Guys cut your losses and move on to Umar and bring in a bowler/batsman

Posted by Biso on (March 9, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

It is indeed a miracle that Kamran continues to play for Pakistan. For heavens sake the PCB should get his eye tested and also his hand eye co-ordination . He seems to close his hands just a fraction of a second before the ball arrives. It is only a miracle that he happens to keep repeating this extra -ordinary feat at the wrong time. His feats are generally match winners or match turners in favor of the rival team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

In my view, Umar Akmal is always a better option for the keeper's slot as compared to Kamran Akmal. Kamran is neither an option with the bat or with the gloves. Its going to be good if Pakistan keep him away from the playing XI for the remaining matches. Two more worries for Pakistan are Ahmad Shahzad as a batsman & Abdul Razzaq as a bowler. Razzaq bowls in the range of 120-125 kph, with almost no swing or seam movement thus costing Pakistan a lot in the bowling department. In my opinion, Ahmad Shahzad should be replaced by Asad Shafiq, & Abdul Razzaq should be kept only as a batsman. Wahab Riaz is a quality bowler who can bowl raw pace around 140-145 kph & also swing the ball. So he's always a better option.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

I've never seen Asad Shafiq wicket-keep personally, but just got to know he's being doing so in his domestic career. Why isn't anybody bringing that up? Surely that'll be the perfect solution to our problems if he's indeed been a practicing keeper before? Add to that his potential with the bat which we all know is among the best in the entire squad.

Posted by Goutham on (March 9, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

Given Pakistan's latest tryst with controversies and the name Kamran Akmal also figuring in the related news, its not surprising why we see so many catches dropped by this man. And why he is being persisited and backed, is also any body's guess. I am sure many including Mr. Chappel do understand the inside story and he tried to be as polite as he can on screen and we all know he is not known to be very polite in his comments.

Posted by Azim on (March 9, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

They are in panic they were in panic already while playing Canada rest is just manipulation! Sanjay Manjrekar so rightly said about Subcontinent team interestingly it is very fitting for Pakistan i.e. "We get into a chaos and some time some thing good comes out of it and that is our improvement"

I disagree with Osman Samiuddin that we entered this World Cup with a balance team; it is a balance team with the standard of Pakistan A team!!!!

Posted by Dani on (March 9, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

Kamran Akmal Should Be Dropped..He needs a time for improvement big time..You cant win matches by dropping sitters...One needs to look into this matter seriously...Its good for kamran as well to take a time off and shall prepare himself at the academy level to improve his skills behind the stupms...Pakistan former wicket Keeper Rashid Latif once said about Kamran Akmal after his dismissal tour of england in june/july 2006 "Kamran boddy structure is not feasible for the wicket keeper, as the keeper needs to be agile enough and look fit enough...."

Posted by Kamran on (March 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

my team for da next matches should be 1,hafeez...2,kamran akmal,3.asad safiq,4 younis khan,,,5,misbah ul haq,,6.umer akmal..7.afridiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii,,,8,razzaq,,9.umergul..10.abdurahman..11.shoaib akhtar.. and plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzz PCB arrange some water mellons in net for practice..i hope kamran akmal will catch da ball easily in da cuming matchess ..:p

Posted by Shankar on (March 9, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

You can't blame Akmal for Pakistan's performance. Yes he dropped Ross Taylor but the problem is that he is just a bit out of form with the gloves. The footwork was the issue from what I can see.

Also Pakistan's death bowling was the reason they leaked runs and poor ground fielding. Also 303, Pakistan with their lineup should have chased that but they couldn't and their batting failed them with some good New Zealand bowling.

You can't blame one person, if Akmal did catch him, Pakistan could have lost still.

One thing that is known in sport: Hindsight is a beautiful thing (something like that)

The team failed, not the player.

This article is unfair in my opinion. I'm Australian Fan by the way.

Posted by Paindu on (March 9, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

A person who has no capability like.Akmal can't be trained it useless to waste on him.By the we train him the train had gone,replacement is a must,this is need of the time.

Posted by Chaitanya on (March 9, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

if you remove 1 over from razzak's tally, his figures would read 20-4-81-1. not bad from the economy point of view.

Posted by sunil on (March 9, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

@Nadeem1976 , Much as I believe Pakistan is a good enough side , what everyone is worried about is that Kamran may be bad enough to make Pak lose to Zimbabwe . They may end up outside the WC due to his incompetence . It's not a fanciful notion as the WK is the most important fielder by far and a butterfingered keeper is too big a liability .

Posted by Muhammad Arsalan on (March 9, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

Its a good LOSE to have before you go in to knockout stages.. Some changes might be done which was avoided(Ahmed Shehzad & M Hafeez in particular) before this match saying "We Can't Change Our Winning Combination". Now this loss can bring a lot of positives like Asad Shafique replacing one of the opener, Ajmal replacing A.Rehman, A.Razzaq sent up the order.

Posted by Samarth on (March 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

I am surprised at anyone who says Pakistan has an imbalanced side tipped in Batting favor!! pakistan always has had good bowlers and even now they have a good bowling line up, even when the names are unknown they come together to string up good performances. What pakistan needs is a good opening combination, their batting looks so brittle ever since inzi has retired. Hafeez and akmal (less we talk abt his wicketkeeping talents, lesser the headache it will be) are hit and a miss and it puts a pressure on the middle order, which technically has 2 qualified batsmen -in younis and Misbah. everyone else is a hit and miss, including afridi. If Pakistan needs anything, it is to get a better wicketkeeper, someone who can bat as well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

Akmal Gave 2 chances to Ross taylor. And he never gave him a Chance cought him in the slips not fair :)

Posted by Harikrishnan on (March 9, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

I just posted that there might be non-cricketing reasons for akma'ls poor performance, but the "moderator" seems to be deleting all such posts with a similar viewpoint. Atleast i haven't come across any such posts here. But elsewhere across the web, everyone who is interested in cricket is asking the same question. And what about all those leg side full -tosses in the death overs? All this might be pure speculation, and Pakistan might have tried their darned best and beaten by a superior team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

kamran akmal is the best keeper in terms of entertainment....if he had taken ross taylor's catch....we would have had no entertainment

Posted by Powderdubdub on (March 9, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

Its with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye to Kamram Akmal and look for a wicketkeeper for Pakistan. That settled, what are we going to do about the chronically inept and disgraceful Pakistan batting? We never had a credible replacement to Muin Khan, and We never had a credible opening batting pair after Saeed Anwar and Amir Suhail, and that says a lot about the cricket establishment in Pakistan.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

I completely agree with the removal of one of the openers but it would be sad if Ahmed Shehzad is removed. The only reason of keeping him in over Hafeez is simply because he IS A BETTER OPENER THEN HAFEEZ. Yes hafeez has scored more that hes been plaing for the past 15 years? Please, Pakistan needs to stick to the same theme, if Shehzad goes a good fielder goes to. Hafeez isnt brilliant, and all Hafeez likers, no offence, but he is the WORST opener Pakistan has had. Remove him and put Wahab Riaz, an all-rounder for a all-rounder, will be perfect for the team. Pakistan has a good chance to win the World Cup but as a TEAM, its not Afridi or Razzaq or anyone else for that matter of fact. As far as Akmal idk why the team management doesnt change him. HE HAS NEVER PERFORMED WELL AS A WICKETKEEPER. CHANGE HIM FOR GODS SAKE !

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

we are really missing wahab riaz here, he is as good bowler as gull in the depth over especially, he should be replaced razzaq, he can bat a bit also.

Posted by SACHEEN on (March 9, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

Samiuddin's article indicates his height of frustration at Pakistan Cricket Heads' persistence with Kamran Akmal. And I am sure most Pakistani fans will agree with Osman. But, no use, Kamran will continue playing and continue dropping until some divine intervention happens !!!

Posted by Sitanshu on (March 9, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

Nadeem, With all due respect, an India Pak matcb is not worth the quarterfinals. Its worth the World Cup FINAL!!

Posted by Khair ul on (March 9, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Apart from the obvious Kamran issue which is glaringly obvious, Pakistan need to take a good look at some other aspects of the game: Akhter can be very potent but it is clear now that he can't be relied upon to bowl ten overs in a match, so he should be used intelligently and sparingly, similar to how Australia use Tate. The openers have very basic technique issue and will be found out more times than not. Pak should look for technically sound batsmen at the top even if they are not the fiery type. Razzak should come up at least one spot. Afridi should be in the team only as a bowler. They must work on decision making as well. Taylor was clearly struggling but as soon as PP was over Pak spread the field and allowed him to take easy singles and settle down. This defensive mindset while fielding is an age-old problem with Pakistan and it is time for fresh thinking.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

What a pity that most competent batsman of Pakistan side Asad Shafique is sitting on the bench. The way forward for Pakistan is to drop both the Akmals and Shehzad and add Asad Shafiq, SAeed Ajmal and Third seamer (Wahab or Junaid). Make Younis or Asad to keep wickets. (both of them have kept wickets in the domestic cricket)

Posted by Kaleem on (March 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

I coudn't have put better then Ian Chappel.

A million dollar question is can Pakistan afford such mistakes in knockout stages? Answer is certainly 'no' and if our selectors, team management cannot think far enough then they are not fit to do their job.

TBH, I have never understand the selection of M. Hafeez and K. Akmal.

Till the time PK is keep trying with part timers like them, we will keep getting the 'surprises' like these.


Posted by irfan on (March 9, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

in my view Pakistan won the memorable semi final and final of world cup 1992 mainly bcoz of the self belief of the team in general and the courage and bravery of the legendry Imran khan in particular who opted to bat up the order and provided stability in the innings. Exactly same thing is required now, if not Afridi i think Abdul Razzaq can certainly play that kind of role, and if he manages to stay at the wicket and anchor the innings till 40th over, then i m sure the results will b in favour of Pakistan, And what if he stays till the end, well the devastation would b unimagineable, not only to the opposition but also to the crowd, camera men, media or any one in his line of fire.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Its simple he has to be dropped! what use is a keeper who cant catch???? can you imagine the likes of Manchester United having a goal keeper who couldnt save simple shots at goal? absolutely pathetic keeping, not for the first time? this is not an amatuer club, its INTERNATIONAL cricket, he clearly lost us the game ( the woeful bowling came later on) would the likes of Australia or England give someone as many chances as Pakistan do? No. he has lost us more games then he has won for us. Simple get rid of him give his brother the gloves, bring in Asad Shafique in the middile, Get rid of hafeez his useless. At the end of the day Afridi will bat the way he bats whether he comes in at 1 or number 6, we have firepower down below, Afridi opening cannot be more worse then Hafeez. we have not had any PROPER openers for many years, still cannot believe in a country like Pakistan, cricket rich we have to put up with some of these players. mohammed Amir should NEVER be let back in.

Posted by soumyas on (March 9, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

yesterday they were short off specialist bowler at the death overs, when akhtar himself going for 28 runs, what wud razzak do ? Ross taylor fetched 30 runs from razzak's 49 th over, shortage of good bowler at the end cost them 94 runs of last 4 overs, which chanced the game also, Anyway they can drop one of the openers and ask kamran akmal to open. include wahab in team to have balance. till now they won and all their problems were hidden under afridi's performance. i'm an indian, but still like to see neighbouring pakistan perform well,

Posted by Amjad on (March 9, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

Trust me it was heartbreaking display from Pakistan cricket team, in all form of game. They have dommed in all depatment of the play. I don't know what they are expecting from their present openers. They have to go long way from here. They have displayed a satisfactory action. They don't deserve the mighty cup, if they would continue such performance. I would say its a jolt & alaram for the big battle which are still they have to face. we have just crossed 30 journey of the tournament. There are still no favorate. Shahid bhai Please shuffle your line up. Try to choke every moment in the game. Never give chance to your opponent & surpass yout strategy. Call S. Malik or Md. Yusuf. so that batting will become more formidable. Keeping edging ur feilding & keep talking & encouraging to your team mates. We will make it Insha allah we will land you the dream land.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Kamaran is an embarrassment to the country that has produced people like rashid latif, moin khan, and a host of other great keepers. He needs to be dropped. I cannot fathom why he is being kept in the side despite having cost Pakistan series after series after series going back to the england tour of 2006. @ ravishankar231 the world cup isnt over and yes we still might beat the aussies and we will inshallah trounce zim. I feel that we just need kamaran out of the team and someone reliable behind the stumps. His departure would be an immense morale booster for the team.

Posted by irfan on (March 9, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

although last night at kandy was unforgiveable thanks to kamran akmal's school boy keeping errors but i m sure pak team would learn quickly. this team may surprise u all when they come out against the Aussies, as they still remember the T20 semifinal. Come on green shirts this is the right time to avenge that defeat. Despite heavy criticism i still believe that this team will rise up to the occassion at the right time.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

Still time to change Kamran.If this was the final we would have not forgiven ourselves.He is not performing with the bat too.Make a bold decision and change him.Enough of this.Waqar do it before it is too late.We have not forgiven his previous mishaps too.Decision time now. Mehdi - Singapore

Posted by Bryn on (March 9, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

seems largely ironic that he isnt going to be DROPPED my if he tried to catch himself he would be dropped.

Posted by Pratyush on (March 9, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

Chappell was bang on target, Just cannot believe PCB still persists with him. He deflates the bowling and the morale of the side. We had someone like him, Jadeja for a long while but was duly kicked out before the WC. We can only wonder what PCB thought. As someone said, even a dead hippo would keep better than him.

Posted by Imtiaz on (March 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

The game was a complete shambles. How can a much talked about bowling attack go for 100 in 5 overs. My son at the age of 15 bowls gentle leg breaks and even he thinks that he could have given away less. Waqar Younis might not want change anything at such a late stage but at the moment he has a problem. Eight known batters and only 3 specialist bowlers ---- if the number of available overs was devided by the no. of players that have one day hundereds in his side. You would only end up with just obove 6 overs per batsman. Just enough time to get your eye in and score 20 runs. And that is what these guys have been doing. Scoring 20 to 30 and calling it a job done. The only solution is this ---- drop Ahmed Shahzad, promote Kamran to open, put Razzaq in at 3 and play another bowler. The new lad, lefty Junaid Khan comes to mind. Or even drop Kamran for his short-comings, let his brother keep and get another batsman. waqar and Afridi need to make a decision to send a msg to the players, now.

Posted by Mohammed Asif on (March 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Pakistan is losing matches because of Kamran Akmal 's wicket keeping. I think even a non regular wicket keeper like his younger brother Umar Akmal or even Younis Khan can keep better than him. Kamran Akmal is the worst wicket keeper in Pakistan and maybe instead of him they should have selected Adnan Akmal as wicket keeper in the World Cup squad. Two pathetic performances against Canada and now New Zealand doesnt give me much hope for Pakistan in this tournament. Lets see whether they can bounce back with a big win against Zimbabwe.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

If this is the way Pakistan is planning to meet India in QF's then we need to have super computers running for every batting stat will be re-written by Tendulkar and Co.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

I an not a cricket expert or analyst, but my prediction are coming true! Since the first glimpse of the world cup squad of Pakistani cricket team i was predicting that Kamran Akmal will be a key of difference between Pakistan and other cricket teams in world cup 2011. Once i was chatting with my mate who is a professional cricketer at the state level, and i have uttered my fears that Kamran Akmal should be replaced as batsman and junior Akmal can be a handy option for the World Cup. So as the mega event is cruising kamran Akmal has displayed his performance. Even in the previous matches he has missed constatnly, which at this level must be grabbed. So the conclusion he must be take as the matter of seriousness before the tournament commence.

Posted by maximus on (March 9, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

If you are to class the wicket keepers on the cricket International scene, Kamran name should be right on top ..... ooops bottom.

Posted by S on (March 9, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

He's more like the mainstay of betting in the Pakistani team.

Posted by Iqbal on (March 9, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

The gravest of damage has already been done....and what is our worthy coach saying? It is not an appropriate stage to change him? I have one suggestion: Let his brother (Umar Akmal) do the keeping and send him (Kamran) down the batting order with a clear mandate to uplift his game or get replaced with another batsman viz. Asad Shafiq.......simple! This must transpire in the match against Zimbabwe and be done with an iron hand so that a clear message is sent to all the players that no one is indipensible here. The nation's prestige is at stake and nobody will be allowed to toy with it

Posted by flying on (March 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

@Akram Gve credit to rosstaylor he played well he made gud balls bad (he was lil rusty whn he started)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Totally agree with Nancy pages. Pakistan has a tendency to come back strongly.Australia is beatable , Hussey cant face Umar Gul's yorkers as we all have seen.Hussey would have never been able to score 18 off last over in the semi final if Gul was not injured. So chill Pakistani fans just chill.Pakistan will still top the group.But I disagree to those who say that its not one man's fault.. I think guys you didnt watch the whole match.If you had watched then you would also blame Kamran Akmal( one man can cause a defeat by dropping 3 catches of a same man who won the game for New zealand). Remember, had he taken the catch in the beginning then NewZealand would have hardly crossed 200.Common sense,when you drop batsman 3 times the batsman's confidences rises up.Thats what happened.In the end 2 bad overs by Shoaib and Razzaq were all part of that dropped catches pressure.

Posted by Vasudev on (March 9, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

On seeing the match the biggest problem with Pakistan team is lack of team spirit when things go wrong. They are talented bunch but when someone bowls badly or bats badly - the rest of the team dont support each other . They show thier displeasure in such bad way - when the bowlers were being hit for sixers not even a single player went to them to suggest something - go round the wicket, bowl bouncers etc. Then in teh end after razzaq got out - i know the match was lost - but the least shoiab could do was play some overs and make reduce the margin of defeat- gul had played such a heroic innings and shoib did not care to respct that and support him - first ball he faces he lofts it in the air. Pathetic!

Posted by DAYBEFORE on (March 9, 2011, 7:41 GMT)


Posted by James on (March 9, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

NO MORE KAMRAN BASHING PLEASE! Let the man play. Some day he will play and hit a century (possibly against India or Australia), Then by pakistani standards he would have earned the rights to play for another two years, without doing much. And is there any alternative? Are there any WKs in Pakistan who dares to throw in his hat in the bid? Look at Haider- licking his wounds in UK. And imagine the thrashing that Adnan or Umer would get from elder brother if they dare to dream of being the Pak WK. Why does Kamran play- because he is a wicket keeper who bats. Why doesnt Ajmal play? because he doesnt bat. There is a defensive mentality. The batsmen dont bat, the WK doesnt keep, the allrounders can do only one thing (Afridi-bowl, and Razzak- bat). Problem of role clarity.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Shoiab Akhter and Abdul Razzaq Also fare badly in this match but be know that these guys have the ability to bounce back. Kamran Akmal is just predictable. He is bad in every game!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Tasleem Arif was 10 times a better batsman in the 70s and 80s when Wasim Bari use to keep wickets for Pakistan. But Pakistan has wiser men in the captain's slot like Mushtaq Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Lt. General K.M. Azhar and Air Marshall Noor Khan were PCB (BCCP) heads.

If Vivian Richards and Imran Khan insists that they would prefer a specialist wicket-keeperrather than a wicket-keeper batsman then people with less knowledge and exposure should follow them blindly if they want positive results.

Since 2006 England Tour when he dropped Eoin Morgan batting on 23. Morgan went on to score 130 and won the game for England.

It has not been a story of just one match' as stated by Waqar, this is every 2nd match's story which Pakistan lose. I do not blame Kamran for wrong doings. These are PCB's bosses and captains like Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt. Shoaib even rated him 2nd after Gilchrist.

May God protect Pakistan from PCB's bosses

Posted by umair on (March 9, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

Continuation of Pakistan Struggle- Next comes, leadership, with all the experience Pakistan veterans, you except at least some of them to lead the side, but all of them are busy in their own affairs. Consistency is next in the list, with all the talent they have, even their best of players (younis, misbah, gul) all lack to perform well on constant basis. After that comes coaching department, I mean it's same theory as captaincy, just because you were a good player doesn't mean you are going to be a good coach. Look at any sports, gretzky in hockey, jordan is basketball, were all good players but horrible coaches. At the end comes, Pakistan Cricket Board, the main cause to all these problems. People wonder, why Pakistan cricket face so many media problems, so many, players conflict, so many controversies, drug allegations, and the list goes on and on. For Pakistan, things must turn around soon. I expect them to play the World Cup just like they played this game against the black caps.

Posted by Fahad on (March 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

I had a gut feeling that Pakistan will lose today after their previous two performances, Like they won against SL but that match they had all set for themselves on a platter after the SL top order collapsed for 100-4 or something as they were chasing and in the last game they couldn't win convincingly against Canada and their Batting showed signs of worries and in The game last night they made up all the blunders they could by dropping catches and conceding ton of runs in the last 5 overs and also the whole batting collapsed when they started to chase down a competitive total. Surely it's a wake up call for them. I still believe Pakistan is a really strong side in this WC where there are soo many key players flying home due to injuries for the top sides and we have a good bench replacements for our top XI playing side with Asad Shafique, Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal to mention a few... we just need to start playing as a cohesive unit like the 92' Wc & t20 2k9 Wc

Posted by ALREHMAN on (March 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

I think Pakistan Team management is doing conventional Job to handle the situation. More realistic approach and timely decision can change the results. I think Pakistan lost the game once they lost 3 quick wickets at 23.I believe that Afradi should come up with batter execution plan,,, why he did not promoted himself or abdulrazak at no.3 even if they score same amount of runs at no.3 what the difference it will make, but once u gave quick start from top order it could ease the sitution.After bad keeping it was sure that Kamran Akmal will be under pressure and could lead to collapse. what the management is doing ?

Posted by Anver on (March 9, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

I suggest pick a specialist wkt keeper and use Kamran solely as a batsman........... no doubt he's a exciting bat, but his keeping is NIL. Dropping simple chances at this level is not acceptable........Over to you PAK SELECTORS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

I aggry with MSSHOHAG. Kamran did the mistakes but what other team members did to cover those ??? Kamran did mistakes yesterday and before as well. Why PCB is still sticking with him? Even though PAK goes to super eight and there in 1 match Kamran shows the same attitude then PAK is out of tournament. I think they should try 2nd option whatsoever if they think they can win this WC.

Posted by Ravi Shankar on (March 9, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

I beleive Pakistan will be at the bottom of the table since i have no hopes of them beating the Ozies. The will/ might win against Zim which will fetch them only 8 points. NZ will also share 8 points but will be up the lader because of NRR.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is an embarrassment to PAK/TEAM & his own bro, who happens to be an excellent fielder ..... the best idea would be to drop Kamran, let Umer do the keeping & bring in another all rounder/batmans/bowler

Posted by Nadeem on (March 9, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

Wait wait wait. Guys its great news that we Pakistanies are losing because we will be #4 in our group after losing to NZ and Aus and beating Zimbabwe and in other group who is #1 guy o guys o guy its India.

So whats happening as it happened in 1996 WC, pakistan vs India QF. Simple planing.

Run rate is key give away 100 runs in 6 overs and lose by 100 runs it will make run rate worse and make you #4 team in the group to meat India.

Oh i am waiting for India pakistan match, please pakistan do it what you are doing and hope to see this match.

All hail to Pak vs India match in WC...............what a spectacle.......what a match in prospect.

Posted by E on (March 9, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

The problem is Akmal's performance will not improve in the next game despite extra keeping sessions - it will progressively gets worse. It appears he suffers from acute anxiety/stress and/or self-confidence problems that multiiplies in magnitude each time he makes a gaffe. There is no other sane choice but to drop him. He is an extreme liability to the cause. However this is not the only thing that bothers me about this team. The inconsistency in batting and fielding surfaced during the Canada game and spread to this game. Afridi's bowling, Misbah and Younis' batting, and in the SL game Akhtar's bowling bailed out Pakistan in the games they have won. When they fail the team falls apart. Also there appears on the part of the think-tank (coach and captain) an unwillingness to experiment with line-ups and strategies i.e.; Plan A is the only plan available. Unfortunately the adrenalin rush that resulted in the 3 wins could not be sustained. Disappointing but not surprising.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Every team has problem India--Bowling and Fielding same as England,Australia,South Africa,Newzealand batting in turning track against quality spinners,Pakistan--batting and fielding and now to certain extent bowling in death overs,Srilanka--out of form batting line up.Hence only that team will win the World cup whose fragility expose minimum...What aWorld cup this has been

Posted by muhammad on (March 9, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

i propose kamran akmal is sacked, umer akmal keeps...bring in a specialist bowler...remove hafeez n bring in a specialist batsman (asad shafiq)...(hafeez has bin a useless opener !)

Posted by Munir on (March 9, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

I think Ahmad Shahzad has no more place in the side, and Kamran Akmal should be an opener batsman in the side rather than a wicketkeeper. Umar Akmal should be a wicketkeeper batsman in the side. Great Razzaq should be placed at no. 3 position with no doubt he has strength to built his inning and can blast towards the end of the inning or in power play at any stage. Other batsmen should continue with same position after Razzaq. Another fast bowler should include in the side that would strengthen there bowling with Gul and Shoaib. If you all agree this side should play in next matches, M. HAFEEZ, KAMRAN AKMAL, ABDUL RAZZAQ, YOUNAS KHAN, MISBAH, UMAR AKMAL, SHAHID AFRIDI, SAEED AJMAL, UMAR GUL, JUNAID KHAN, SHOAIB AKHTER.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

Legendary wicket keepers: The super agile Rashid Latif and the hyper aggressive Moin Khan! but now slump and clumsy kiddo kamran akmal, every time i look at this guyi feel bad for whole of cricket! how can any one drop catches with gloves on?

Posted by umair on (March 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

Well, Well, Well, why is everyone shocked. Not like we didn't know Akmal capabilities. We know the guy for 6-7 years. We know hes below average keeper. I must say I didn't expect Pakistan to play any better then they did today. Beside keeping, which is the problem they had since akmal is in the side, the lack in so many other departments. First is Opening, it has been more then a decade since Pakistan had a decent Opening Batsman, Last good opening combo that I can recall is of Anwar and Sohail.Next, the fielding, which is self-explanatory, a problem they had for the past 15-20 years and why shouldn't they they haven't made a single effort to improve it. After that comes, the captaincy, which surprisingly is the problem the had only for 3-5 years, clearly Pakistan management dont get the fact that being experienced doesnt mean you can captain the team. Even the mighty Tendulkar couldn't do it.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Hahahahaha New Zealand didn't have to do anything, Pakistan GAVE them the match. 85 runs off 22 balls partnership I mean LOL. Only Gul and Razzaq played well (although Razzaq was hit to all parts of the ground). Kamran thinks that the blame is off him if he scores a 40 or 50 (though that is rare).

But we should stop OVER REACTING, Pakistan is still in a good position. In fact this is a learning experience, of what NOT to do when chasing a target.

Posted by sukumar on (March 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Zulqarnain Haider was a nice keeper and a decent batsman. I wonder if he will ever return.

Posted by waseem on (March 9, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

pakistan really dont really have any other young keepers coming up,and thats the point,as in lanka match a cric info guy wrote in commentary,that kamran is the weak link in pk team,he is not just a link..wicket keeper is the nerve center of fielding side.And thats what happend afterwards,,total nerves breakdown:(Still great batting from taylor...HATS OFF@ taylor its was really great clean hitting.

Posted by Amir on (March 9, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

I dont understand why asad shafiq is not being given a chance, he is much better batsman and im sure 100% that he ll do better job as a wicket keeper. THERE IS NO WAY THAT k.AKMAL SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM IF THEY WANTS TO WIN THE "WC"...

Posted by shohag on (March 9, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

waqar said we will try to improve him. if so then ehat they have done before when akmal missed a lot? don't they tried before? they tried but akmal was not able to improve, and he will not able to improve his keeping. i m not understanding why they r not trying asad shafiq as keeper. they should it with zimbabwe.another thing that 302 target is not an impossible to chase it. what r there oppener doing. as hafeez is bowling so they can keep him but why shezad. thay can try with razzq, wgo want to bat up the order. i think pak is a very good balanced team but they are not able to use their best resource. if they can they have a certain cahnce to win W.C

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

why the hell is not being dropped,he may be better batsman.he may be more talented than dhoni.BUT dhoni over the years as developed his game both behind the wicket and in front of it.that's why he is the captain,kamran is there where he started 4m.remember gibbs he dropped steve waugh and SA dropped the WC.

Posted by diren on (March 9, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

no no please keep him in the team. He will help Sa win this world cup ( everyone thats not a Pak fan likes Akmal lol)

Posted by Tamour on (March 9, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

IMO the team should be Hafeez,Shafiq,younis,Razzaq,Misbah,Umer,Afridi,Ajmal,Gul,Riaz,Akhter. And for the selection of Kamran, I think he will be there in the team as long as he can afford to. Pakistan needs to overhaul its strategy and combination. PCB is not going to do it. I also think that yesterday's match was a wake up call for Afridi that If he want to lift the Trophy he must have to think in the right direction, Good luck to Afridi and 11 and Mr. Waqar younis I think you have made our bowling very much powerful but you can't win a match only on bowling, we must have to change our attitude towards cricket by having mind set of aussies. Otherwise despite of having potential we will continue losing and the label of "Unpredictable" will always remain there.

Posted by Tamour on (March 9, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

IMO the team should be Hafeez,Shafiq,younis,Razzaq,Misbah,Umer,Afridi,Ajmal,Gul,Riaz,Akhter. And for the selection of Kamran, I think he will be there in the team as long as he can afford to. Pakistan needs to overhaul its strategy and combination. PCB is not going to do it. I also think that yesterday's match was a wake up call for Afridi that If he want to lift the Trophy he must have to think in the right direction, Good luck to Afridi and 11 and Mr. Waqar younis I think you have made our bowling very much powerful but you can't win a match only on bowling, we must have to change our attitude towards cricket by having mind set of aussies. Otherwise despite of having potential we will continue losing and the label of "Unpredictable" will always remain there.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:41 GMT)

Pinning the loss of the entire team on a single individual does not work out, how come the bowlers were completely out of line for instance Shoib Akhtar bowled 4 no balls, how come the pak batsman put up such a pathetic show of losing wickets so soon. Has Afridi really in a proper way lead the team ,well the teams performance speaks for itself. I feel K Akmal is being taken as a scape goat for the under performance of the entire team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

A humble request to ICC: to promote cricket globally is your responsibility and After yesterdays match if our impotent team management still keep playing Kamran KHATMAL it will sure damage the cricket interest in the country on temporary basis atleast.. so Please ban Kamran Akmal from playing all sort of cricket , IMMEDIATELY . please

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

Pakistan has a good bowling attack which is capable of taking them far..probably till the semi finals..the issue is their batting (younis and misbah can win u all the three knock out matches) and with this bugger akmal in the team, i am sorry to say they stand no chance..i want kamran to stay because i enjoy seeing them lose!!! please shahid and waqar kindly stick with kamran

Posted by Bobby on (March 9, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

One could see how frustrated Afridi was. One should also admire Umer Gul who made Ross Taylor look like a club cricketer in his first spell Gul even went on to score runs. It is not a time to panic but two changes are a must! Shoib Akhtar and Kamran Akmal needs to be dropped. Wahab Riaz is a very fine bowler who bowls at 145K and bowled some lovely yorkers in NZ. Razzaq should come at No.3. while Asad Shafiq should come at No.6 and Umer Akmal does wicket keeping and bat at 7. Wahab is actually a pretty handy batsman.Pakistan's best wicket keeper Sarfraz is not even in the team. Poor Sarfraz should have been in team even when Pakistan chose unstable Zulqarnain.Kamran Akmal virtually destroyed Kaneria's career. Pakistan will have battin until no.8 and Wahab and Gul are handy too. Saeed Ajmal also has a case as Rehman is not bowling as well as he did in NZ. Bowling attack of: Gul and Wahab with new bowl. Afridi and Ajmal to spin bowl and Hafeez and Razzaq make up extra bowler!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

My XI for Pakistan: Mohd.Hafeez, Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq,Umar Akmal(wicket keeper), Afridi, Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Waqar says middle of the tournament: I remember a match where Imran Khan send the wicket keeper Anil Dulput (Kaneria's cousin ) during the match after dropping similar sitter like Kamran. I think their is no rule that you can't change a wicket keeper during WC.

Posted by Shobhit on (March 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

I am an Indian and i loved the way Pakistan are playing in this world cup...In my point of view, they are the most dangerous side in this WC but performances like these made me think again of my point of view. I know dropping Kamran will not work now as there is no backup but he is doing this for over a year now and i really pray he picked up his performances in next games, esp. against Aus as i want Pak to Top there group and play the way they have played in previous three matches.

Posted by Sandeep on (March 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

"There are many ways in which the depth of denial in Pakistan - in all spheres of life - presents itself to the observer." A poignant touch to the article there and Osman has got it right completely in this piece. A mistake here and there is fine but our man seems to have got into a habit of fluffing the simplest of chances. Feel for akhtar and co, rosco came back to drive the knife and twist it into him in the end. They just don't have an option but to drop him frankly.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Waqar says middle of the tournament: I remember a match where Imran Khan send the wicket keeper Anil Dulput (Kaneria's cousin ) during the match after dropping similar sitter like Kamran. I think their is no rule that you can't change a wicket keeper during WC.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Razzaq should open and Ahmad Shehzad should be dropped as out of form. Play another specialist bowler either Riaz or Saeed Ajmal should be in the playing 11 as per playing condition. This should be the right balance.. and pray that Kamran can hold catches.

Posted by Ali on (March 9, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Seriously, Pakistan team cannot afford Kamran Akmal in the team anymore. We need a specialist keeper in his place. Razzaq should be sent higher in the order. And its about time we induce Asad Shafiq in the team. Dear Selectors, stop playing with the country's sentiments and kick kamran out of the team. PLEASE!!! for GOD's Sake!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

This is truly pathetic! We need to KICK KAMRAN AKMAL OUT NOW before he costs us any more games...

Posted by Muhammad on (March 9, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

I am appealing to the Pakistan Cricket Board,team selectors, Coach and Captain that please please for God remove Kamran Akmal from the side otherwise you start preparing > BACK 2 HOME. No single for him reason why he is in the side? If he is a good batsman then where is his performance in this WC?If he is a good wicket keeper then where is the good result?. I am 100% sure if he remains as Wicket keeper for the rest of the tournament then you will see many drop of catches, missing sutumping chances,10 or 20 runs by batting per game and at the end he will give one or two chances to any good batsman of the opposition team who will kill the Pakistan team by making 300 or more than 300 runs target or by giving chances to opposition to achieve the target. So it is clear that we should remove him imediately from this tournament & use some good Wicket keeper.He is usless for time being may be he is good in future but not for the present fight.All Pakistani nation waiting for this decision.PLZ

Posted by avinash on (March 9, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

its lacks cricketing sense to blame one guy for the entire teams failure.....pakistans BOWLING was thrashed and accept it as a fact...the captain lost the plot completely..in the past he cudnt control himself let alone the team...and he didnt look such a great bowler yesterday...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

I think we better go with a specialist keeper instead of a batsmen who can keep. Its wickets thats you par, and Kamran has done nothing to disappoint pakistan and this was not the first time.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

Every cricket fan commenting here is talking so logical that make Umer Akmal the wicket keeper for rest of the World Cup ( keeping in mind that he has done wicket keeping in domestic circuit). Kamran has a problem with his technique as said by the great Rashid Latif. I dont know why the management cant realise the same logical thing which every cricket fan can see. Whether you are Pakiistani or Inidan or Sri Lankan, all agree that Saeed Ajmal should be in instead of Rehman.Razzaq should come at number 3. Lets see when our management realises it. May be they will realise after loosing in the quarterfinals to England or West Indies.

Posted by ishraque on (March 9, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

no body understand our emotions they are playing with our emotion they dont want to win the wc kamran keeping there habbit to missed the catches and stumping afridi continue to giving the chance to worst opener in pakistan history the great shahzad my prediction is always right pakistan all out under 150runs aganist zimbabwe and loss the match in that match the great shahzad get one more chance and against aussie u know there pace attact pak allout in between 75 to 100 110% true prediction everything will change but my prediction never change pak out of the wc they not qualify for the super 8

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:43 GMT)

I know Mr. Osman that he is not going to be dropped, U r dead right, although they have an option of going with Umar Akmal, and we are not going to lose anything because I think there will be less danger if Umar is behind the wickets rather than Kamran, Kamran has been given a lot of chances but the fact remains that unfortunately they haven't develop anyone can be an international standard wicketkeeper who can bat too. The other think is that they should include Saeed Ajmal...far more experience very good at the depth (Except the hussy onslaught in T20 WC). The opening pair has been failed so far neither Shahzad nor Hafeez seems to be in any sort of touch, Hafeez for his bowling ability might keep his place but Shahzad is a goner, I think he should be replace with Asad, why not open with Asad even though he is an middle order batsman., but things are not going well already so why not take a chance

Posted by miralan on (March 9, 2011, 4:29 GMT)

well let him keep wickets..we can enjoy some funny moments from him, I'm sorry for PAK cricket team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

Pak should vipe this defeat off their minds & should concentrate on up-coming matches. YES ! Kamram Akmal should be replaced but with whom ? Only options are Umar Akmal (which can also back fire). I would prefer bring in Asad Shafiq in the next game, as someone said he is a keeper as well (I'm not aware). This will make batting line-up more firm. No harm in trying him against Zimbabwe & see the outcome. Asad is technically much better batsman than Kamran & can stick on wicket & get some quick useful runs. Lets hope Waqar looks into this combination.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

if pakistan have to win this wc they have to make changes and give a chance to players sitting in the bench pakistan should drop hafeez and give a chance to shafiq and drop kamran and give a chance to junaid khan 1. shehzad 2 shafiq 3 yunus 4 misbah 5 umar akmal (wc) 6 afridi 7 razaq 8 rehman 9 gul 10 akhtar 11 junaid khan please afridi make some change is always good

Posted by Hulk on (March 9, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

Akmal will drop sitters like this & PAK will be out of this WC shortly.

Posted by Anver on (March 9, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Why can't Pak pick a specialist wicket keeper & select Kamran solely as a batsman.... Though he's exciting in batting his keeping is nil.........drops easy catches at crucial times........OVER TO YOU PAK SELECTORS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

relax pakistani's. u guys trashed sri lanka. just last 5 overs cost u. thats all. in those overs went for less runs, no one would be talking about it. i'm a sri lankan fan n the way u trashed sri lanka showed who is the boss. every team in group A lost a match. no big deal. pakistan will come back strongly, some days, things go all wrong. today was such a day.

JUST CHILL, u guys have better chance to win a would cup than sri lanka.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

@Mamduh - lmao, well said. Also Waqar younis din't understand one thing if he can't remove akmal right now that will be the end of the tournament for pak, so what's the point in waiting till the world cup gets over, Utter ridiculous.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

I think thye should give chance to new blood fast Junaid Khan and give a chance to Asad Shafiq and give wicketkeeping Umer Akmal

Posted by awais on (March 9, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

its been a routine for past few years that whenever there is an extra ordinary batting performance against pakistan, there is a missed catch or stumping from kamran akmal behind that innings.taylor had no idea wats happening today the poor guy couldnt even touch the ball with his bat. but then he realized its just his day n towards the innings he was just toying with the bowlers :) i dont blame pakistani bowlers at all they kept it tight for most of the innings but u are bound to lose hope n motivation when opponent is riding such kind of luck :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Osman, it the responsibility of the selection committee to select wicket keepers. You cannot blame Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Salaman Butt and Shahid Afridi for persisting with Kamrran Akmal. Most of the time only one wicket keeper is selected and the captain has no other choice but to persist with him.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

Akmal will be definitely thrown out if he repeats the same abysmal keeping against india in a crunch game and pakistan go on to lose that one...

Posted by Rakitha on (March 9, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan fan but really disappointed to see Mohammad Amir was banned. I expected him to play for this world cup. Even though some of following players are not available for selection I thought this would be Pakistan's best XI for this world cup. 1)Butt 2)Hafeez 3)Razzaq 4)Younis Khan 5) Misbha 6)Umar Akmal 7) Afridi 8) Zulqarnain Haider 9)Amir 10)Umar Gul 11)Asif

Anyway I hope Pakistan will make semis with their current team Your comments are welcome!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 3:05 GMT)

Please it is now time to make a change kick kamran akmal out and if his brother threatens the team of not performing (like he did in pas) kick both of them out play asad shafiq as keeper OR ask for a replacement bring sarfraz ahmad in this has to stop and ahmad shahzad must be dropped he is also good for nothing.Razzak will perform as he did in past when ever he has a scare to get dropped he will perform in that match and secure his place till the next time.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

I can guarantee you after this performance that there will be players within the team that won't want Kamran in the next game! Pakistan's lack lustre performance in this game, should come as no surprise, as you could see it in their body language after Kamran dropped the 2nd catch, which I must say a patient at a nursing home would have held onto! If they continue to persist with him then they risk bowing out, at the quarter final, stage! They need to get Umar to keep and select one specialist batsman. However, if they do continue with him then they have to get him to open the batting and they need to drop one of the other openers because that's 4 games in a row, where they haven't even put a 25 run partnership together. I guess best to get this shocking performance out of the way now rather in the quarters but they will need to improve drastically, otherwise they will probably get beaten by Zimbabwe on sunday as well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

i think pakistan need wahab and asad in playing 11

my team for next match would be

1. hafeez 2. kamran akmal 3. Razzaq 4. Yonis 5. Misbah 6. Umer (WK) 7.Afridi 8. Gul 9. Wahab 10. Ajmal 11. Shoiab

wahab can be a gd depth option since he can bowl with pace and yorkers

Posted by sriram on (March 9, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

man i have quite a few things to say abt pak think tanks thot process.. I seriously feel they are wasting Umar akmal. he is def'ly a top order batsmen.

Kamran akmal... well well well... i am not sure once i a while batting display is helping him to stay in the team. if they consider him a good batsmen and dont want to leave him out... just consider him as batsman. why asking him to keep when he is not comfortable... may be use him as a opener, promote umar to no 3 and use the new keeper (who can keep) lower down the order.. i am sure there will be a keeper in thedomestic level who can contribute better than shezad with bat...

Posted by Muhammed on (March 9, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

Just a work of advise for Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younus:

1. Get rid of Kamran Akmal 2. Use Umar Akmal as wicket keeper 3. Place Razzak on one down position 4. Use Junaid khan in Zimbabwe game 5. Send Ajmal home 6. One last chance for Shahzad



Posted by Hammad on (March 9, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

Waqar said "We have five days off in which we will try to rectify his mistakes because in such a short time we can't rectify all mistakes".

What a revelation!!. Of course you cannot get rid of the technical flaws that he has been carrying for a million years in 5 days. Rashid Latif, arguebly the safest keeper Pakistan has ever seen, thinks Kamran has some basic technical flaws. Osama rightly pointed out that Umar Akmal is probably a better keeper than Kamran. Think about it for a second, how bad can he be? I am sure he at least won't grass catches that come right to him. I am sure he will be able to gather balls off Abdul Reham and make the requisite stampings (remember the match against Sri lanka ?).

Someone said, in one of these comments, that Asad Shafiq is a keeper. If he is, give him a go. He is a better batsman than Akmal and at worse, he will be as a bad a keeper as Kamran. There is no downside risk! On the upside, there is a chance of getting a better performance.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

i new this was going to happen::: why the hell they played 3 spinners on a track that offered assistance to the faster men even with an older ball. this is a lack of match oriented selection dat cost them. how come razzak be sent below afridi in the batting order given he plays as a batting allrounder & vice versa. they lack a good left hander in the middle order, maybe dropping out tanvir wasnt a good decision. 2 me the best combination & batting order for next match is: kamran ak, hafeez, umar akmal, yunus, misbah, ab razzak, asad shafeeq, shahid afridi, umar gull, junaid khan, shoib akthar. GO WITH THREE PACERS ON A HARD BOUNCY TRACK. besides junaid needs to be given a chance against weaker oppositions like zimbwabe as he has got to play an important role in the wc campainge if pak r going 2 do well given the inability of wahab 2 bowl with the new ball,l eccentric form of shoib & impotance of gull in the last overs of the innings. besides ajmal should b played ahead of rehman.....

Posted by praso on (March 9, 2011, 1:43 GMT)

I don't know why everyone is after Akmal. He just made one mistake, didn't tried to catch Ross Taylor in Akhtar's over but the ball went between keeper and first slip.It was a mistake from the slip fielder too. The big drawback is pakistan batting, the way they just shattered. 66-6 is poor batting, it is almost impossible to reach 303 with so many wickets lost. Also, the bowlers particularly akhtar was a big disappointment. He is shouting at fielders even when he bowls bad balls and that goes to boundary. He should be removed from the team.

Posted by fast on (March 9, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

I used to think Waqar Younis is a sensible coach but i stand corrected. Not only does Kamran give away extras he costs us crucial wickets and that means runs he can never make up. Like the great Khan said play specialists and 1 or two all-rounders. Our whole team is a jack of all. We need a real opener not Hafeez and real bowlers not Razzaq to open. Someone talk some sense into these guys they have played cricket for so long and continue to make the same mistakes! No one has any brain in this team. Ordinary people can come up with a better selection and perhaps even use the players more wisely. Afridi going above Razzaq sums it up.

Posted by U on (March 9, 2011, 1:36 GMT)

This has to be the best combination based on skill/conditions we will face.

Hafeez (as much as he hasn't scored he does provide balance) Afridi (he does not consider himself a batter any more so might as well) U. Akmal (best batter must play @ that position) Younis (unfortunately there is no malik who has done well in sub-continent) Misbah (we really need some batting talent) A. Shafiq Razzaq W. Riaz Gul Ajmal (wicket taker over run stopper) J. Khan (could not do worse than big-bad-old-tid shoaib)

U. Akmal to keep wickets. The extra bowler would save runs up-front so our always so suspect batting line-up does not have to chase later, what 7 can't do the 8th won't.


regards, TK

Posted by Pleasure on (March 9, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

I've been screaming from day 1 of the WC to drop K Akmal from the squad. He was, is & will be a useless cricketer, forever. I dunno what Waqar & Co are thinking, if they really want to keep him in the team then make him 12th man for the rest of the WC. U Akmal should be the keeper& Asad should be in as well. God I'm so upset.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

I can't believe that he was rated behind Adam Gilchrist (which means ahead of Mark Boucher). If he continues with Pakistan team, they are sure to produce more "thrilling" matches and probably bound to loose mos of them.

Posted by Yousuf on (March 9, 2011, 0:57 GMT)

I dont understand why asad shafiq is not being given a chance.. He is also a wicket Keeper and also a good batsman..

Posted by Rony on (March 9, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

First Of All.... Pakistan Need A Change Of Batting Protocol... Hafiz Is Not like A Opener. Shezad Need Control Of Shot... I Dont Mind if Kamran Open The Match with Afridi. because It Is Asia..Hafiz Drop To One Down And Shezad Take Afridi;s Place...Shoaib And Gul is ok..Razzak Can Comes First Change ...Game Will be like 1999...Younis Misbah And Umar those Should be learn from yesterday...

but I Dont Think Hafiz is ok.. it was a pathetic day for us

Posted by Parikshith on (March 9, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

3 Years ago,I remember reading a piece by Sangakarra on wicket keepers in which he rated Kamran Akmal highly.He started off as a very good keeper. His decline started in 2006 test series in england,where he was dropping some regulation catches.He has never looked comfortable or consistent since then. For a player who has come through the age groups as a wicket-keeper, i am shocked and stunned at his decline as a keeper. He surely can not forget to keep wickets with experience,instead he should have become a damn good keeper by now. It can be the mental side of his game,but he has had too many bad games to be persisted with.Considering the flat tracks these days,where its hard to get wickets,he is letting the team down miserably.If Pakistan are to win the WC,this guy needs to be dropped.

Posted by Luke on (March 9, 2011, 0:49 GMT)

The pathetic excuses and reasons Pakistan management give for poor performances of their team and Akmal is almost as amusing as Akmal's atrocious keeping. This guy has always been terrible and justifying keeping him in because of being mid-way through a tournament is ludicrous. His ineptness will result in Pakistan being kicked out of the world cup so how can you leave him in? Poor Afridi is doing everything he can to keep spirits up but sooner or later he's going to belt Akmal during a match. I certainly would. This is international cricket for heaven's sake - you can't say Kamran Akmal is the best keeper or player available for Pakistan. He can't keep and rarely makes runs - why is he in the side?!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 0:47 GMT)

I wish he would stop shouting as well; he is not motivating anyone but making a very annoying DIN. What do we fans have to do to get him kicked out? Perhaps start a petition and get ONE MILLION signatures...I am certain we could achieve that less than five days…let's do it now and help Pakistan cricket ..can Younis keep ?

Posted by samad on (March 9, 2011, 0:42 GMT)

pathetic performance by Kamran Akmal and this isnt the first time he has cost us the game.. there are many recent memories and I think it really is enough, he should really be dropped and we shouldnt give Akmal brothers the gloves to keep... the team should pick someone else maybe the best keeper out of the domestic teams into the national side and I think they should do it now before we enter the Q finals so give dem a try? What do you guys say? leave a comment

Posted by Qasim on (March 9, 2011, 0:36 GMT)

Good article and it is really disappointing to see that we are wasting talent. I assume India will be too happy to borrow Wahab and Junaid

Posted by M on (March 9, 2011, 0:32 GMT)

Why doesn't Pakistan follow the example set by Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka,  who are arguably the three of the best one day teams at the moment, and play four  fast/seam bowlers. They are fortunate to have two batsmen who can bowl spin anyway, in Hafeez and Afridi, and this will give them so many more bowling options. We don't need three spinners to bowl thirty odd overs, which normally yeald two to four wickets. If the four speedster were to bowl 30 to 35 overs in each match, I'm sure they would roll over the opposition for a lot fewer runs than the combinatin is doing at the moment. The Aussies done it against England, beating them 6-1, and they are doing the same in the sub-continent, as are SA and SL. Pakistan have, and have always had, lots of talented quicks, but unlike the W Indians we've never ever utilised them to their full potential. Play to your strength, Pakistan, give it a try - you might find youself winning a lot more.

Posted by Inam on (March 9, 2011, 0:30 GMT)

God, Please save this team from Kamran akmal Curse, every time he drops some one early the match slips from pakistan, this match is comedy of errors for pakistan, it is replica of what pakistan got from NZ in last match in NZ. It is good wakeup call before knockout stage, why in the world Ajmal is not playing, his doosra is missed. a batsman at number 8 is not going to do much, they should play wahab, it all started with Kamran Curse.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 0:17 GMT)

New Zealand played fantastic cricket been a long time since seen them play this good keep it up proud to be a kiwi

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 0:12 GMT)

Bad show with the leather first followed by willow. I think Pakistan team in general need loads of improvement in every area of the game including the captaincy. Why Kamran Akmal is undroppable? If the only plus point is his batting? Add him as a batsman and bring specialist WK. Shoaib Akhter is a waste, his commitment always been a question. This was an eye opener in general and specially a big challenge to the bowlers based coaching staff. Why didn't the bowlers bowled in the right areas in the death overs? 302 was chase able and batsman were in without a game plan. There is absolute need a change in batting order. Drop Ahmed shahzad and bring Asad in middle order by promoting Kamran as opener. Include Riaz for Shoaib.

Posted by Sachin on (March 9, 2011, 0:09 GMT)

he has done it again and again...his batting isnt anyting worth so far...

for the betterment of pak team, would be wise to seek replacement...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

What Pakistani coach does not realize another loss (Zem.) & you will lose to Australia your last match for sure .My friend you are out of the tournament.Are your going to change Kamran then. May be you need to be chaged before him.

Posted by Tarel on (March 8, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

Despite whatever off the field problems Pakistan may be suffering, they always manage to produce excellent players. Kamran Akmal is not one of those players! He lost the series away to Australia singlehandedly last year and is almost an opposition player to his team. Surely a country that can replace Asif and Aamir with Gul and Ahktar can find someone else! As a West Indian I have seen Pakistan at its greatest under Imran, match and even beat our once unbeatable team and while we have hardly gifted players left, Pakistan still overflows with match winners.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

well written as always. I completely agree with your thoughts. Problem is DENIAL from which this team and management is not prepared to come out. His selection reflects the wider problem of the society where people are not selected on merit. It is simply unbelievable that in a nation of 180 million people, who breathe cricket, one cannot find a good wicketkeeper. It is sad, really sad.

Posted by Alam on (March 8, 2011, 23:27 GMT)

Pakistan would be better off at this conjecture persisting with K. Akmal. Recognize & learn from the NZ loss, but NO NEED TO GO HAY WIRE with whole scale panic, or changes! There isn't a "specialist" replacement in the squad as I understand. Also for future, in modern day game a wicketkeeper batsman is a must, otherwise Pakistan will always be playing a batsman short, whether a bowler short or not... .

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

It's amazing to see a player that does everything in his capability to get dropped, yet still can't get dropped! I honestly didn't realise you could be such a bad keeper if you tried? Even the keepers from the associate teams are far better than him!

Posted by shahid on (March 8, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

Here is a better team combination. (1) Mohammad Hafiz (2) Abdul Razzaq (3) Asad Shafiq (4) Younis (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal wc (7) Afridi (8) Umar Gul (9) Wahab Riaz (10) Said Ajmal (11) Shoaib Akhtar/Abdulrahman

Posted by tendua on (March 8, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

If he will do the same against India then it will be his last ODI match.

Posted by shahid on (March 8, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Ofcourse you are right dear Osman but I wonder what stopped you naming the other hilarious things. How is it possible that in each and every match our captain assumes that the batting power play is underway when it is not. I have watched it happening in last two matches where Mr. Afridi had arguments with umpire. Are they really so stupid that they don't know the sign for powerplay. One of Umar's overs was misused today when he was asked to bowl assuming the PP was already started. Secondly, I think everybody is hypping shoaibs bowling because of his speed but I have rarely seen him in control of it. He is the most expensive fast bowler pakistan has played since his come back. Pakistan must play Gul and Wahab while dropping shoaib. One of the opners should be dropped to make way for Asad. Abdulrahman batting above Gul is another mistake.

Posted by John on (March 8, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

Hey, that's Pakistan. They beat Sri Lanka, who I think are the best team in the tournament, and lose to New Zealand. They've been like this for years and it won't change at this World Cup. What's worrying to me is.... England are beginning to play a lot like Pakistan!

Posted by john on (March 8, 2011, 23:00 GMT)

Perhaps if he stopped the very annoying habit of shouting out between every delivery and concentrated on being a keeper he might improve.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Pakistan is not short of a batsman. They are short of a keeper. Who the hell would select Kamran Akmal after what he's been through? His form and his off the field incidents.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

Kamran Akmal should be booted out of the team as soon as possible.How long we can afford his presence and go on losing matches! It is criminal on the part of selectors.Our great batting order uptill No. 8, crumbled once again.

Posted by safwan on (March 8, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

very well written osman..... You encapsulate the feelings of an entire nation. This isnt the first time Akmal's dismalness behind the stumps has cost us a match. This is a chain of events, which most noticeably was on display in Sydney 2 years back. Then, it was Hussey who benefited from Akmal's gifts, and it is Ross Taylor now. How long will this madness and mayhem continue?? club players can keep wickets better then him!!! RID US OF THIS FUMBLING GOAL KEEPER, GET US A WICKET KEEPER..... sick of kamran akmal's sight!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:46 GMT)

Waqar Younis said, "After the World Cup maybe we can think about it, but we are in the middle of the tournament and I don't think we can make such a change. We have five days off in which we will try to rectify his mistakes because in such a short time we can't rectify all mistakes. We can't kick him out at the moment, we can try to make him better for the next game and make sure he won't make the same mistakes."

Dear Waqar doesn't matter how much time, money and energy you spend on a DONKEY to perform like a HORSE it will remain DONKEY. ( Sorry DONKEY to insulting you)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:42 GMT)

that is ridiculous..i mean seriously how many more chances are we going to give him ??? Sri Lanka game was exceptional but today he was beyond PATHETIC.

Posted by Gudu on (March 8, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

Good article but you are ringht Osman Samiudin he will not be dropped. I keep saying Kamran is very harmful for the team since Sydney test a year or so ago (when Kamran Akmal drppped 3-4 catches of Michael Hussey who scored century and won the unwinable test match for Australia). Pakistani fielding will never get better with him in the side. A wicket keeper leads the fielding team with his keeping skills. He is so demoralising for the team. He dropps so important catches that they ususally become the turning point of the match. I keep cryingto send Abdul Razaq at 3 and go with specialist keeper. i would not even recommend Umer Akmal as a keeper, play him as Batter. You can not win matches with makeshift keeper, it is a specialist position and we should opt for a specialist for this role. The sooner PCB understands this is the better.

Posted by Jibran on (March 8, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

if katmal stays in the team thn Pakistan can kiss their world cup hopes good day, utter disgrace this guy is, cost us another match. still coach is persisting with him wat a shame

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

We are not playing with three fast bowlers.We play with only one bowler that is Umer Gul .M/s Shoaib & Razzaq can not even walk what to say throw a ball.Shoaib bowled four Noballs in first two overs,one of which was not noted by the empire and gifted N/Z seventeen free runs.Razzaq gave Thirty runs in one over which may be the costliest over in All the World cups.Then three dropped catches by a so called Wicket Keeper. Pl bring Wahab in place of Shoaib,and intrust Umer Akmal with wicket keeping.Bring Saeed Ajmal who is a wicket taking bowler in place of Hapless Rehman. Syed Naqvi

Posted by Rakesh on (March 8, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

The reasom KAmran is in the team is 1) because he is young and once selectors in India and PaKistan feels that once they see young player and little glimse of talent,they feel he is the only young talent available ,likes his face and persists for decades with the same player and allow them to develop by playing international matches.This philosophy does not make sense in highly populated countries unlike other countries where player base is small. 2) Selectors do not bother about feilding abilities. Bad fielders in India and Pan .Tis is one reason Indian and Pakistan players do not put effort on the field and one reason they never get injured while fielding. Very very rare. Otherwise look at players from Australia,England. NZ etc , most of the time they get injured or agrevate their injuries while fielding. No wonder players from India,Pakistanmakes records playing 5-6 worldcups sometimes. Some new players field well only in few matches earlier in career and than considers it evil

Posted by Nikhil on (March 8, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

What happened to Sarfraz Ahmed? Is he injured? He looked very promising in his wicket keeping skills when he was drafted in to Pakistan team after that shocker of a Sydney test.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

I agree 100% with Osman. First you have to be a keeper to be in the team and a then a good batsman. I am afraid that even previoulsy so many matches have been lost by this guy and still he is playing for Pakistan. As rightly said by Ramiz as "Kamran is hearting Pakistan". So if he loves the National team and have any dignity in him he should step down and not play cricket for Paskistan.

Posted by Shaz on (March 8, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

well well, we have seen the best of Pakistan performance when the stern test was presented. How can one not perform regardless of their bowling performance. Sure they well pathetic and well hammered like park cricketers but at least show some resistance with the bat, show that they are playing in the world cup and not some tournament that values nothing. We Pakistani don't mind losing but we need the fighting spirit and there were none last night. Shame on everyone except Umar Gul and Afridi, because they took the challenge and bowled when the going was tough.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is a special talent, he can make us lose matches single-handedly..

Posted by Rashid on (March 8, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

kamran Akmal indeed should'nt be in the team. Razzaq is Miles better batsman than the Afridi & Kamran should be use as a batsman on 3rd instead of K Akmal. Don't know how our management deals with our players. South Africa turned genuine Batsman Kallis into a Genuine all arounder. OurS turn the genuine all arounders into 5 over player with both bowling and batting.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

Good god can we please get rid of Kamran Akmal and get a real wicket keeper

Posted by rao on (March 8, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

if i was a pakistani coach i'd send him straight to airport from stadium n continue the tournament with 14 players.there r other guys in team who havent done anything worth mentioning in this tournament so far but atleast they r trying n even if they fail atleast they dont make a joke of pakistan team. how akmal played today was a simple mockery of captain, bowlers,coach n the whole team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

wooooooooooooooooooooo nice job, taylor finally htiting runs, oram finally hittin sixes, good bowling

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

I agree with you about Kamran......but what about the white elephant "Younis Khan" ???? I have never seen him performing while Pakistan needed. He is not a replacement for Inzimam in middle order. I cant understand why instead of Yousuf Pakistan always select Younis. He was even nominated as the worst player in the last world cup. If you look at his performance in the past, he mostly played well against weak teams or when the other batsman is playing well. Its time to replace both Younis and Kamran Akmal . But I know Younis will again make a weak 50 against Zimbabwe and will be nominated for game against Australia

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

After today's defeat urgent rethinking needs to be done. The two miss chances of Taylor were very costly, in fact 130+. Play Kamran as a batsman but give gloves to his brother who cannot do any worst. Shoaib should not play another match for Pakistan. His inconsistency, arrogance and fitness cost us heavily. No balls, misfields and he bowled at the death like he himself was on his death bed. If a way can be found to replace him than this should be done. Razzaq is not good enough to be one of the seamers against quality batsmen and this was shown today. He deserves his place high up in the batting order as it is time to drop Shehzad who has now failed in four matches. Finally Pakistan MUST play five front line bowlers and my XI would be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Kamran, 3. Razzaq, 4. Yunus, 5. Misbah, 6. Umar, 7. Afridi, 8. Gul, 9. Wahab, 10. Junaid / Rehman, 11. Ajmal. I am tempted to drop Hafeez in favour of Shafiq and Rehman only plays if conditions suit him, he is not a wicket taking bowler.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

Seriously, I don't know why this guy is constantly persisted with in the Pakistan team. I'm sure there are better keepers in domestic cricket in Pakistan. What if he commits a similar mistake in a crucial match like a quarter final or a semi final? That would be curtains for Pakistan.

Posted by Hasan on (March 8, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

My take from today's loss is that our bowlers need to use common sense and stick to the basics - focus on line and length. Look at Canada the other day, none of them bowled in 80's and yet troubled with their line and length containing Pakistan to paltry 184. From all the games that I have watched, I may be wrong, but I don't think our team has any strategy, planning or execution in mind before and during the game. From batting point of view, Afridi needs to shuffle his opening order. First three have not clicked so far and it doesn't look very promising in future games either. Its' about time Asad Shafiq is brought in moving Kamran Akmal up to open and have Ahmad Shahzad sit out. Although Kamran Akmal does not deserve to be in the team let alone open but Pakistan doesn't have much choices at hand. Afridi and Waqar Yunus need to do some serious thinking and better be sensible and sane.

Hasan Jawaid - USA

Posted by Niladri on (March 8, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Why should there be a talk about the possible exclusion of Kamran Akmal now? He has been a disastrous wicket-keeper for Pakistan for as long as I can remember, and yet he got selected for the national side time and time again. Akmal not only has been really bad with his wicket keeping for a number of years now, but also has been quite unreliable with his batting form as well. His case is much like Shoaib Aktar's who also gets selected time and time again for no apparent reasons! This is unbelievable to see India fail to produce a quality fast-bowler in two decades from its population of one billion, and in a similar fashion, Pakistan fail to produce a quality wicket-keeper for the same number of years from 160 million people. Which word -- amazing or pathetic -- ought to be used to describe such inexplicable shortcomings? Simply put, PCB should have dealt with this issue before sending the team to the WC, and since they haven't, they should now learn to accept his pathetic performance!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:52 GMT)

plzz somebody kick akmal out of the team this is the frist time i am commenting i feel really bad after watching that match we could easly have won that .....:O

Posted by Azim on (March 8, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

Waqar got a punch and doesn't know what he is talking about!!! This Razzaq guy what a lucky do_ he is. Under Akram he was playing one down and now under Akram's left over he is opening the bowling!!! Come on are we country know for fast bowling or batting? WE CAN NEVER EVER CHASE 300 RUNS IN THE LAST INNING UNLESS UNTIL WE PLAY BATSMAN FROM KARACHI OTHER WISE JUST DWEL IN YOUR DREAMS FOR CHASING 300 RUNS ....

Posted by Bilal on (March 8, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

Surely with this kind of attitude and these excuses Pakistan is in no frame of mind to win anything. This is not an attitude worthy of even a quarterfinal place at the world cup!

Drop Akmal, drop hafeez. let Umar keep, bring in another batsman (there's your extra batsman waqar!) and add a specialist bowler. Team looking better now Mr. Afridi??

Posted by abdul on (March 8, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

i think the younger akmal as a keeper and instead of kamran akmal we can play another specialist bowler will solve the issue... otherwise the same mistakes from kamran akmal happens again and again, and without opening bowler we cant put enough pressure on the batsmen of another team

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

Very well written article! This is hard to believe that someone can still be a part of team after costing them matches single-handedly again and again. Mark my words, Kamran Akmal will cost Pakistan this WC also.

It is high time that team management start to realize the ground realities, drop Kamran Akmal and bring in Asad Shafiq to consolidate middle order. Ask Umar Akmal to keep wickets. Drop Ahmed Shahzad and bring in an extra bowler. Razzaq is not an opening bowler! He can open batting but definitely not bowling. Pakistan should play with Wahab Riaz in next matches to attack batsmen.

My team: 1. Hafeez 2.Razzaq 3.Younis 4.Asad 5.Misbah 6.Umar 7.Afridi 8.Gul 9.Riaz 10.Ajmal 11.Akhtar

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Extremely sad day for Pakistan cricket. Kamran Akmal single handedly lost the match for Pakistan. Dropping 3 easy straight catches. Only thing which management needs to do is make Umar Akmal the wicket keeper aand Kamran play as a batsman. He is a very good batsman with positive frame of mind.Remember, Rashid Latif said about Kamran Akmal that" HE WILL KEEP ON DROPPING MORE AND MORE CATCHES AND MISS STUMPINGS BECAUSE HIS ACTION AND POSITION OF SITTING BEHIND THE WICKET IS WRONG.there is a problem with the TECHNIQUE not the talent." And about decision of batting order , it seems its not in control of Afridi, feels like he is the captain only during bowling, and during batting its Intekhab Alam and Waqar making decisions.Afridi is a KING without POWER.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

OMG... I know my writing this won't count as some help to our PCB Selectors... I have seen so many matches loosing because of Kamran's keeping, but he is still playing... I wonder why Adam Gilchrist gave up the keeping when he dropped Laxman in a test match!!! I guess thats the only drop catch he had in his cricketing life that resulted in his retirement.... Where is that courage!!! I wonder I wonder!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

Oh Osman Samiuddin, your tittle doesn't make any sense. You can't put the words "Kamran" and "undroppable" in one sentence!

Posted by Ibrahim on (March 8, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

Good read, except for the bit about Abdul Razzaq who has comfortably been a hard trier and a useful one with the new ball. It's easy to talk with hindsight after that 30-run mauling, but BEFORE today's match Abdul Razzaq was Pakistan's thriftiest seamer of late...his economy in 2011 was under 4 an over even if his average, unhelped by shortish spells, wasn't impressive. So the logic of playing Abdul Razzaq, though above Afridi, was pretty clear.

Posted by Harris on (March 8, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

tell shoaib akhtar to make way for junaid khan.

Posted by Aziz on (March 8, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Osman, you are incorrect about Razzak's bowling. As a matter of fact, I think he is not being utilized properly. If you take today's match out of equation, his tally will stand at 17-4-62-1. A very economical 3.65. He had a bad day today...so did everybody else. He is a great bowler and should be used in the middle overs. He is certainly not a death bowler.

Also Afridi needs to understand how to signal powerplays. He has forgotted about it atleast 3 times that I know of. It is embarrasing. We lost a PP over of Umer Gul which could have reduced the NZ total by 15 - 20 runs.

As for Kamran Akmal...I wanted to dump him 5 years ago. Or play him as a specialist batsman only. He is certainly not a wicket keeper.

Posted by mau on (March 8, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

The comments of sucessive captians and coaches have been just unbelieveable...no matter if he misses Hussey 3 times and due to that Pak loses, or drop Ross Taylor and he hammers the bowlers, no matter his name is constantly brought up for wrong reasons by ICC....nothing will make him lose his spot on the team. I really wish to know the reason..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Kamrannnnnnnnn We Can't bear More......

Posted by mau on (March 8, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Osman...you have hit the nail right on. The problem is with Pakistan being in denial about Akmal, the worst keeper to play the game as a specialist. One glance to the article and comments which announced the latest Akmal comback will tell you the story. Most of the comments were from Pak supporters who were over the moon with his comeback! Can someone explain that? He has singlehandedly lost Pak atleast a few dozen games. I am sure, even Canada will not have played him for 7 years. His latest show today to change the game has pushed Pak closer to a QF date with India.....much sooner than needed. Honestly, I have never seen a international keeper drop so many and miss so many stumpings. And the guy actually gets upset now a days if he is dropped.....India had a similar pain with Ajit Agarkar.......Akmal mystery is just out of this world. I fear the Akmal story will end very bitterly if he drops Sachin and Pak gets Knocked out....but atleast the positive will be the end of Kamran Akmal!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Waqar u may have been one of the finest fast bowlers of all time but i can surely say you r not 1% of that as a coach and strategist.......even after seeing so much u say u dont need a bowler and then u hav the courage to call Mr. Razzaq, a bowler....clapping for u. He doesnt hav pace, seem, swing, not even the presence of mind to bowl in the right areas.....and the nhe contributes nothing with the batting.....as many ppl hav said earlier, if the top 6 dont work so wont the no 7 or 8. Sit him out and play a bowler, spinner or fast bowler according to the situation of the pitch

Posted by Saad on (March 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Brilliantly written MR. Samiuddin...over the last 5-6 years, we have seen kamran only ousted from the team after a massive debacle such as Sydney or during the Mid-English Summer...i sense he has completely lost his confidence when he's behind the wickets..i still think he's a par keeper but constant mistakes, media trial and calls for his head have further detonated the issue...he needs to be adopted by the likes of Rashid Latif or Moin Khan for a good 4-5 months he's made to work on his balance, foot movement and anticipation. It wouldn't b a bad idea for PCB to have Gilchrist/Healy/Alec Stewart to work with Kamran for a while..i believe he can still up his game if he's given the right attention and confidence.

Posted by North on (March 8, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

"If his batting was as good as Don Bradman's ...." LOL. I cant believe that there is no better keeper in Pak than this khatmal guy. His appeals are sooo annoying. And I really feel Razzak, such a huge talent is really being wasted at number 8. I think he should open the innings, may be he will do a Sehwag up there, you never know. Goodluck

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Kamran Akmal has put the coach and the captain in a very very tough spot - not to mention the entire nation is in a very tough position as to the role of a match-loser palyed by him .... in these circumstances I trust Waqar's judgement for making the right decision.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

that was pathetic keeping even geoffrey boycott's gran wud have caught that edge and hes not that gud a batsman and i wonder why wahab riaz wasnt playing hes a damn good bowler and moreover kamran akmal shud b dropped altogether

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

Well it's a real mystery how he is in the team after dropping all those catches starting about 3+ years ago. he seems to be safest person in the team with no sign of going big wow to him. wonder where his mind was today maybe good dinner or the shopping next day.

Posted by vikram on (March 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

They are wasting the batting talents of Razzaq. He needs to be promoted up the order. Most of the times he doesn't get enough time to settle in and has to slog from the very first ball. In situations like these he also doesn't have the luxury of batting alongside established batsmen. He always finds himself in the company of the tailenders. Whenever he has gotten an opportunity to prove hiself, he has done it with great success. There are not many in the world cricket who are capable of changing a game single handedly. Pakistan is lucky to have a guy like Razzaq. Utilise him and give him his due which is long overdue.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Osman, the think tank has put themselves in Catch 22 situation, They need specialists, not bits and pices players,

Posted by Rakesh on (March 8, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Worst wicket keeper. Is he a batsman whokeeps wicket or other way round. It looks India and Pakistan is just looking for batsman tokeep wickets in the craziness of finding a Gilchrist. This people will never be able to do good fielding for a sustained amount of time. at the most they can be good slip fielders and than do batting for generations. Once India and Pakistan gets a so called talented batsman they play for 2 to 3 generations by cricketing terms. Why? There is little chance of them getting injured as they will not exert on the field.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Wondering why the selectors have put this poor fellow Kamran Akmal in such misery. Its like he's been sentenced to wicket keeping.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

Who is waqar trying to kid??? hafeez is a bloody part timer and rehman plays defensive cricket! what sort of defensive cricket are they playing??? we need attacking cricket to win...i am sorry but we cant win anything with this mind set kick shehzad or hafeez out, open with akmal (unfortunately) with yonus khan coming one down! add a specialist bowler! like ajmal...when are they gonna try junaid?

Posted by Waleed on (March 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

The last over's reminded me of the itching memory of 1996 quarter final. Waqar had his bad day, Wasim not playing, etc. Similarly, Shoaib and Razzaq had their off day while Kamaran was there but not actually there. Also, Kamaran failed to make-up with his bat unlike Razzaq. Razzaq showed some fight and tried to make-up for his bowling. But nothing to take away from Taylor. It was his day, despite the luck. Better now then Quarter's.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

kamran akmal a big liability for Pakistan

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

Kamran's wicket keeping debacles make me more angry at Zulqarnain Haider than even at Kamran himself. I guess he is destined to keep wickets. Oh well, but that's an over statement since he rarely keeps wickets!

Posted by Raj on (March 8, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

where's all Pakistanis who said cant bowl and bat...look at your side first...YOU CANT BAT. Cant wait to see you guys in QF and score 350 plus runs and than see what you can do with BAT.

Posted by Omair on (March 8, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Agreed about Kamran but you are being a little too harsh on Razzaq. His bowling figures have been skewed by this match and if you take these 4 overs out, he's been pretty good at containing in the first powerplay.

Posted by Stark on (March 8, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

There is a keeper that can replace him but his only 18 yrs of age atm.

Plus, he needs to work on his keeping a little bit more but much better then Kamran behind the stumps and a quality batsmen but his average doesn't justify his batting caliber.

For the time being, they should let Umar or Shafiq take the gloves.

Posted by J on (March 8, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

they need to conserve, besides pak have qualified

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

A wicket keeper is primary job is to keep wickets. IF h scores runs now and then, its a bonus. Kamran Akmal is doing neither of that. He has been costing Pakistan the games for a long time now, we need to sort this out rather sooner than later. A drop catch (in his case add 3-4 pr. match) not only loosen your grip at the match, but also dents the moral of a team. Pakistan team has enough off-the-field issues to deal with, so we dont need this sort of player. Also Waqar Younis has got it wrong when he says that we dont need another bowler. Razzaq and Hafeez are hardly considered as bolwers, yes they can be used now and then, but Pakistan must add a specialist bowler in the team. Adding an extra batsman wont help, because if 7 of your top players wont score runs on a given day, neither will the 8th one.

Posted by Hasan on (March 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

I cannot understand why everything has to be "scripted" for our coaches and management. There's something called adjustment on the fly based on the needs, which differentiates strong sides from ordinary ones in crunch times. England tried out Pietersen as an opener, why can't we improvise? here's a 3-point strategy we could adopt:

1. Drop Kamran Akmal and let Umar Akmal keep. 2. Bring in a specialist bowler (Ajmal/Wahab) in Kamran's place so that we don't have to have part-timers bowl their full quota. 3. Play Abdul Razzaq as an opener (every single county/franchise plays him higher up their line up to make full use of him and it pays off well).

This means less bowling burden on Razzaq + better substitution of a bowler and batsman in the team. Is it too hard to try in the match against Zimbabwe?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

Osman, its not about the captains who keep selecting them, its about the selectors and you know that selectors really don't have much power in Pakistan, so it goes back to zardari.

Posted by fr.thommy on (March 8, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

I am not a Pak fan. But I cant understand the logic of playing an old warhorse in Shoib Aktar when they have a brilliant death bowler in Wahab Riaz. He is as good as Gul in the last overs. Razzak wont be too good for opening the bowling but you can have him sharing the new ball with Gul and they can make up a pretty decent bowling attack followed by Riaz and Afridi and whoever later on. Or drop Abdur Rehman and play another batsman. Your tail is too long, Pak and Razzak cannot make a century every game in just 60 balls.

Posted by muhammad on (March 8, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

its high time we got done with kamran akmal...poor with gloves, poor with the bat...remove him...give gloves to umer akmal...n bring in a specialist bowler or batsman...!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

plz plz.... why cant they keep him(kamran) out off the squad??? i think we lost the match due to him and only him and we were short of a quality bowler akhtar can have a bad day, to whom will you go to??? you have no one to go really!! please kick akmal OUT give gloves to umar akmal and add a bowler!!! 6 batsmen are enough...if they all fail the 7th can not deliver a miracle!!! try to understand management!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

knockout kamran akmal and leave pakistan can still win world cup.

Posted by Zia on (March 8, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

Well said Osman. You are on the point as usual. After the Autralian tour it is beyond me why we keep picking Kamran. Fully agree with Ian Chappel's comments. In a population of 150 million surely we can find better wicket keeping options. Can't we? Even if that wicket keeper is half the batsman Kamran is, and that isn't much, it would be a net gain. And please, no references to Afridi as a batsman. He is not and he has admitted that himself.

Posted by Muhamad on (March 8, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

Comon Waqar. Why he can't be asked to rest in a worldcup match. anywayz Umer Akmal will not do worst than Kamran. I think team managment fails to get the point.

However, I agree to Waqat on other point of view , that of an extra bowler, we always seems short batsmen, not bowlers. Scores of 183 and 192 suggest that. So we need to focus on fielding and using the blowers especially A. Razzaq effectivley. which Afridi does not seem to be doing.

Posted by khurram on (March 8, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

welll clear unbalance in team or if not the balance then wrong people at wrong places. shehzad failed 4th time in a row now. bowling has weak links like today. afridi took half of wickets alone in first 3 matches & today he failed & there was no 1 with gul to back it up. so if not short by bowler then wrong ones are playing. with 8 batsmen. they crosed 300 only once in recent times & fell below 200 in 2 games now so definately batting not good. each bowler wants old bowl. each batsmen wanting to move up in order. an captain persisting with pre match strategy & not changing with in field

Posted by Subash on (March 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

As usual very good writing bu Osman. I don't get it as to why Pakistan persisits with this Akmal. There is o excuse for a keeper to drop catches like he does. His batting is not that good any more. With all due respect Rahul Dravid seems to be a better keeper than Akmal. Isn't there anyone in Pakistan who can challenge him?

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