Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 16, 2010

Butt not an 'automatic' captaincy replacement

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The PCB are expected to meet on Friday to decide on a successor to Shahid Afridi as Test captain for the series against England. Salman Butt is the tour vice-captain and would normally be in line to take over, but that will not, according the the PCB chairman, happen "automatically."

Afridi caught everyone, including the PCB, off-guard by announcing his retirement from Test cricket immediately after his first Test as captain - and first Test in four years - which Pakistan lost to Australia by 150 runs at Lord's. He cited a side strain and temperamental incompatibility to the demands of the five-day game as factors behind the decision. The second Test at Leeds -fitness permitting - will be his last.

Yawar Saeed, the team manager, told Cricinfo that the vice-captain should take over, as per procedure and Waqar Younis, the coach, also suggested that Butt would take over but it is not inked in stone yet. "Shahid has officially informed me of the decision and we will meet tonight to discuss who will take over," Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, told Cricinfo.

"Salman Butt is the vice-captain but that does not automatically entitle him to take over just yet. A decision will be made soon." The meeting will include inputs from Waqar and Yawar and given Afridi's side strain, it could be that the new man takes over from the Headingley Test.

Options are not exactly bulging at the moment. The last two Test captains Pakistan have had - Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf - are both out of national reckoning; Yousuf has retired, though that is an impermanent state in Pakistan and though Younis's ban has been lifted, the PCB is still not keen to bring him back into the squad.

Media speculation in Pakistan suggested that Yousuf had been contacted by the board and asked to come to England, though it was unclear whether as a player or possible captain. But Butt said no contact had been made with Yousuf or Younis , who is currently playing for Surrey, though when asked about the possibility of them appearing at some stage of the tour, he refused to rule it out or in. "It is only one Test so far and I have not contacted either of them. I don't want to comment on it anymore. We will have a meeting and decisions will be made in that," Butt said

Shoaib Malik, who was captain until February 2009, is in England with the side but was not even picked for the Lord's Test. From the playing XI, only Kamran Akmal and Butt have the kind of experience which might begin to form the basis of a credible alternative. It seems inconceivable that they will appoint someone from beyond that trio.

Ijaz Butt had appointed Afridi as recently as the end of May, uniting the captaincy of Pakistan in all formats under one man again. "We must respect his decision," Butt said. "He came to me and told me categorically that he feels he is not suited to Test cricket and that he has taken the decision himself. It is very honest of him and we must respect that decision."

Afridi is keen to continue his career in ODI and Twenty20 cricket and though he has not clarifiied whether he would do so as captain, Butt hoped that he would.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on July 17, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    since world cup 07 we hvent seen consistency its all luCK

  • on July 17, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    i dno why all these players are so emotional and mentally weak? Afridi led the team well while fielding i mean he ws coming bak to test criket afetr 4 years evn if he failed in one test doesnt mean he is no good.. many players fail including laxman and dravid and ponting bt they dnt jst retire .... afridi scored more runs than ricky ponting in this test....im sure he wud have improved nxt game and he jst had to calm down.. its typical in pak to blame the captain for the loss but the cap needs to be strong mentally n face criticism n move on!

  • Waqas_Rahman on July 17, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    In my view BUTT is the right choice. He is one player who has come through the ranks. He was Pakistan U-17 side, then Pakistan U-19 side and has been vice captain. He is one player who is performing on permanent basis and he is young. I think PCB needs to back him now. He is the man for the future. Leading this side which is full of politics and players who dont know how to seal the victory will be an uphill task for any player. BUTT has been with these players for more than half a decade. Keep politicians like Shoaib Malik out of this team. We dont want him and yes please kick managers like Yawar Saeed out too. For once, make a captain and back him. Go for BUTT. He has the knowledge and understanding of the game. It will be difficult for him and especially when given captaincy in the middle of the such a long and difficult tour. Dont expect much fromt this Pakistan side. Would want to see Younis and Yousuf back until and unless you dont have their replacement.

  • afridirokz on July 17, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Have u guys forgotten that younis khan cannot b considered for selection until he says 'sorry' to ijaz butt, and mohammad yousuf has retired and cannot b considered for selection as he haz not appealed against the ban and he iz serving the ban currently. the appeal date has already crossed long back! but u neva know, dis iz PCB - no appeal? no problem, ban? no problem, england tests? no problem, mohammad yousuf iz playing the test series against england!

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    afridi beats everyone at being the most hyped cricketer.yes he can be dangerous on his day but one swallow does not make a summer........i think pakistan should stop having a captain.one out of every 15 members can come out an toss on a rotation basis.n during the games decisions should be taken mutually amongst the playing 11.the end result of that would not be any different than having a regular captain n that way every playing 11 would be happy.

  • on July 17, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be the captain, he was much better among the captains. He is an obuais choice to be a captain for long term.

  • on July 17, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Afridi was a party to this as well...he did not have to accept Test Captaincy in the first place, but he had said there was no one else and he did it to help the country. Well what "help" did you do if you could not set aside a bit of your "senior" ego aside and at least TRY to have a better temperament and bat for an hour maybe? Is that too much to ask? We have seen him play defensive shots before in one dayers so why not Tests? Oh well, country's loss

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    pakistan cricket has become the laughing stock of the entire cricketing fraternity.......just recently afridi said he was ready for the captaincy 3-4 yrs back.n now it seems he was never really ready for it......13 straight losses to aus.thts a record a t nation with a long cricketing history can do without.ppl can go on n on posting comments but i think this circus called pakistan cricket will keep on entertaining ppl the world over.

  • mrbilaltahir on July 17, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    What a joke ..... I don't think Salman Butt will make a good player or captain. It would be a historical mistake for Pak cricket team. Its better to make captain any young blood like South African (Smith)

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Please dont make Salman Butt. They guy is in the form of his life. Opt for Kamran Akmal or Younis Khan.

  • on July 17, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    since world cup 07 we hvent seen consistency its all luCK

  • on July 17, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    i dno why all these players are so emotional and mentally weak? Afridi led the team well while fielding i mean he ws coming bak to test criket afetr 4 years evn if he failed in one test doesnt mean he is no good.. many players fail including laxman and dravid and ponting bt they dnt jst retire .... afridi scored more runs than ricky ponting in this test....im sure he wud have improved nxt game and he jst had to calm down.. its typical in pak to blame the captain for the loss but the cap needs to be strong mentally n face criticism n move on!

  • Waqas_Rahman on July 17, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    In my view BUTT is the right choice. He is one player who has come through the ranks. He was Pakistan U-17 side, then Pakistan U-19 side and has been vice captain. He is one player who is performing on permanent basis and he is young. I think PCB needs to back him now. He is the man for the future. Leading this side which is full of politics and players who dont know how to seal the victory will be an uphill task for any player. BUTT has been with these players for more than half a decade. Keep politicians like Shoaib Malik out of this team. We dont want him and yes please kick managers like Yawar Saeed out too. For once, make a captain and back him. Go for BUTT. He has the knowledge and understanding of the game. It will be difficult for him and especially when given captaincy in the middle of the such a long and difficult tour. Dont expect much fromt this Pakistan side. Would want to see Younis and Yousuf back until and unless you dont have their replacement.

  • afridirokz on July 17, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Have u guys forgotten that younis khan cannot b considered for selection until he says 'sorry' to ijaz butt, and mohammad yousuf has retired and cannot b considered for selection as he haz not appealed against the ban and he iz serving the ban currently. the appeal date has already crossed long back! but u neva know, dis iz PCB - no appeal? no problem, ban? no problem, england tests? no problem, mohammad yousuf iz playing the test series against england!

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    afridi beats everyone at being the most hyped cricketer.yes he can be dangerous on his day but one swallow does not make a summer........i think pakistan should stop having a captain.one out of every 15 members can come out an toss on a rotation basis.n during the games decisions should be taken mutually amongst the playing 11.the end result of that would not be any different than having a regular captain n that way every playing 11 would be happy.

  • on July 17, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be the captain, he was much better among the captains. He is an obuais choice to be a captain for long term.

  • on July 17, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Afridi was a party to this as well...he did not have to accept Test Captaincy in the first place, but he had said there was no one else and he did it to help the country. Well what "help" did you do if you could not set aside a bit of your "senior" ego aside and at least TRY to have a better temperament and bat for an hour maybe? Is that too much to ask? We have seen him play defensive shots before in one dayers so why not Tests? Oh well, country's loss

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    pakistan cricket has become the laughing stock of the entire cricketing fraternity.......just recently afridi said he was ready for the captaincy 3-4 yrs back.n now it seems he was never really ready for it......13 straight losses to aus.thts a record a t nation with a long cricketing history can do without.ppl can go on n on posting comments but i think this circus called pakistan cricket will keep on entertaining ppl the world over.

  • mrbilaltahir on July 17, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    What a joke ..... I don't think Salman Butt will make a good player or captain. It would be a historical mistake for Pak cricket team. Its better to make captain any young blood like South African (Smith)

  • on July 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Please dont make Salman Butt. They guy is in the form of his life. Opt for Kamran Akmal or Younis Khan.

  • on July 17, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    @ Pratadd, Salman butt has 2 test centuries against Australia with an average of 46+, yes his record against India is excellent but thats in ODIs, in tests he has excelled against the likes of Australia in Australia, that speaks alot about his mentality and temperament, so he doesnt have to prove anything.

  • on July 17, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    It is a very, very good decision by Afridi, I think after this he regain respect within Pakistan cricket after ball biting incident. because even a non cricket person could see that there no place for Afridi in test playing 11, he cant bowl test level bowling, he cant bat at number 7, and number 7 in test match is very very important positio. WELL DONE Afridi.

  • gull_malik on July 17, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    although afridi is shaping up as a good captain, but test cricket needs patience as compared to agression so he is right, this format of the game doesnot suits him, he is a natural hitter of the ball, no matter its test, ODI, or T20.anyhow lets be optimistic and bets of luck to salman butt, he is young and talented and he can be a good star in the future to lead the team.no need to call back younis and yousaf,these guys wud take time but soon they would shape up as good cricketer. its batter to groom these guys,younis and yousaf are happy with thier attitude so let them be with it.the way the spoiled the image of pakistan cricket in last series against aussies they really dnt deserve to comeback.lets hope for the best , and these guys would really need tym to sattle, once they are sattled they wud go in long term and wud never let the country's flag go down.

  • on July 17, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Afridi was wrong to speak out so soon after the game. He was emotional and comments from the media had got to him. It would've made more sense to go away, consult a few people and then come to a decision. Fans are rightly disappointed because Afridi has the ability but his attitude is wrong. Does he not realise that there was no need to play a slog innings in this match? That is not rocket science, anybody who watches cricket should know that. The man has so many years of experience but he has not changed his ways at all. I wanted to see him fight back and come back harder, losing isn't the problem it is giving up and being demoralised that is the real problem. Pakistan were on top of the game at 2 points and also there were a lot of positives for them, they will get better as they play more this summer. Afridi has shown that he lacks the character needed for this type of cricket which is shameful.

  • raheem030766 on July 16, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Afridi has ability to be a test player as reflected by his satisfactory track record. To walk away from test cricket after one test suggests he does not want to work hard. Why play a longer game and take on stress when you can play short game of T20 and ODIs infront of full house and also earn lot more. Ofcourse return to test cricket is going to be tough after four years particularly when he is captaining and leading a very young and inexperienced side. Therefore results will not be achieved overnight. We are only facing problems because of incompetent Ijaz Butt and PCB. Perhaps Ijaz Butt and key personnel in PCB should resign or PCB patron, the President ( another incompetent person) on behalf of the people of Pakistan sack them and request Yunus Khan as captain and Mohammed Yusuf to start playing as we who are passionate about our country need them. Their return will provide experience to our batting and an opportunity for our young batsmen to learn from them.

  • on July 16, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Butt now and by this time next year it will Umar Akmal or Aamer...great going...this is like a sop opera..pakistani cricket dramas are more entertaining

  • on July 16, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    @ syed ebtehaj haha i cant wait till that day for his retirement but i hope yunis khan captains thier upcoming matches against england n making butt captain is a bad idea just becuz hes good doesnt mean hes good in everything it will be tooooooo much pressure on him hes the only batsmen in the paki team who plays with patience and play well the rest the akmals bros n afridi all are only good in t20 n ODI matches they like to bat fast n love to make 4's and 6's fast! but best of luck pakistan for now and in the future! :D

  • on July 16, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    I don't think Younis khan or Mohammad Yousuf Should be named captain. I know they are real test players but remember because of them two we lost the 9-0 series to Australia earlier this year . So i think Salman butt will make a great choice. It was a great terrific idea from Shahid Afridi to retire he is not to be meant a test player. He is a striker for one day and 20 20

  • Blushi on July 16, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    WELL DONE AFRIDI... LET'S SEE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BAKRA OF PCB... I BELIEVE IJAZ BUTT SHOULD TAKE THAT, SORT OF STEPS SO RAMEEZ HASSAN RAJA OR WASEEM AKRAM WILL TAKE THE CHARGE OF PCB.. I TELL YOU GUYS WHY ?? BECAUSE IJAZ BUTT IS VERY MUCH BUSY DUE TO HOLIDAYS AND STAYING IN 5 STAR HOTELS AND HAVING SO MUCH FUN...

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD AND GOOD LUCK PAK TEAM..

    BALOCH !!

  • on July 16, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    It's a same old story. Pakistan is a joke. We can predict what is going to happen next. Afridi will retire from ODI. Afridi is not a fit for captaining the side. Captaincy should go to either Younis or Yosuf upon their return which is sure.

  • Umair_Arif on July 16, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    have anyone seen more foolish person than mr ijaz butt if yes do tell me

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him back as test player and even appoint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make thoughful decision now for a change...but nope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • Zahidsaltin on July 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    This unpredictablity about Pakistan cricket is getting so much predictable. So here is it, take my words: Afridi is sure in his mind that Akmal brothers and shoaib are playing their game again and that Akmal brothers deliberately didn't perform to their best. A heated exchange of words and just like first Pathan (younis) the second Pathan chooses to go his way too. AND now its between kamran Akmal and Salman Butt, let's see who wins the battle of captaincy.

  • JAMX on July 16, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    I think the PCB need to stop thinking about themselves and take the survival of cricket seriously in pakistan. I like Afridi and was hoping that he may adapt his game, but unfortunately it wasnt to be.At least he has been man enough to admit that its just not his cup of tea. There were glimpses of talent in the two debutants so i think they have to stick with them. However, Butt i think will be a good captain for the future if he can contnue to bat like he did today , but right now they need to get Younis back as skipper, and Yousaf back in the middle order. Drop Farhat and keep the two debutants. They need to bat with the two Y's and grow in experience and confidence. If Pakistan can sort its batting out, with that bowling attack they can challenge any body. Everyone else has kissed and made up, so get the two Y's back, other wise this summer is going to get worse. Australia were again lucky, beacuse Pakistan batting was gain below average. I dont think theyre all that anymore.

  • cricsecular on July 16, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Really disturbs cricket loving fans especially Afridi didn't give a few more chances for himself. But he shouldn't have taken this decision though he is honest. I am worried and remember Younis story here and where is Younis now with PCB difficulties. But lets take some positives from the Test such as PAK Bowlers destroyed Aussies, Butt destroyed Aussie bowlers, Azhar Ali stood up to certain extent, Umar Amin is trying, Kamran was good, etc. So, for the next Test onwards bringing Yousuf, Younus, Yasir would definitely going to boost PAK Test team under the captaincy of Butt/Younis. Unfortunate things happens everywhere but there are few idiots/terror commenters here enjoying whats happening around PAK cricket those people are the ones behind some denials for the PAK cricket home matches. But you got to understand PAK is a cricket talent factory just to let you know as Apple iPhones or Google Android or so, for e.g. Amer and Akmal but there will be some defects those will be fixed soon.

  • ahsanjabbar on July 16, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Dear Mr. Butt, Yawar, Waqar:

    Younis Khan should be brought back as captain for Tests only. Yousuf should also be included in team. Replace them with Afridi and Imran Useless Farhat. Bring UmarAmin or Azhar Aali as Opener with Salman Butt. Rest team remains same. Play this combination over a longtime to let them settle, and hopefully Pakistan starts winning and giving good fights. Good Luck!

  • Winfried on July 16, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf need to be given another shot. Stop the circus, Mr. Butt. I am an Indian and I feel bad for Pakistani cricket.

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Mr Ijaz Butt Please do your country a favor and resign your post. YOU MY FRIEND ARE DISGRACE TO THE NATION. Sir, you are the only CEO i know who stays in business even after all the failures . Mr. Ijaz Butt please stop being selffish and look out for the country that has always looked out for you. I wonder Mr.Butt what keeps you going or motivated to be the chairperson of PCB. If you cant resign your post then try to be on vacation as much as you can leave an intern or someone with know how of cricket to run the show on your behalf. Ideally when a captain call it quits the vice captain takes it over, but you Mr. Ijaz BUTT has made PCB a one man looser show (that looser being you). Not only one should be scared of getting sacked for being a captain of Team pakistan because you did sack all the previous test captain for LOOSING (wait.. wasnt winning and loosing part of the game) but also to all my future captains should know their careers have hit rock bottom if they are offered Capt.

  • dr.waseemabbas on July 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    it was a blunder to make afridi test captain..... but in t20 or odi team he is still the ultimate choice for captancy

  • rohan8579 on July 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Now after Shoiab Malik, then comes 2 Y's and then MOST SELFISH Captain in Cricket AFRIDI, here comes Salman Butt.... Well Mr. Salman Butt so what are we expecting from you? Captaincy or Stupid Dance like your seniours.....PAK CRICKET fans... Dont expect any miracles from any of the players..... They are their just to HURT your feelings and HURT world Cricket... like this PACE, pakistan will be NON TEST PLAYING NATION in 2 yrs... MARK my words.... God bless Cricket and God bless these JOKERS

  • JosCardozo on July 16, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    WOW!!! What genuine mess by Pakistan Player(s), A player who is a caption of a team lets world know that he's retiring fro Test Cricket, but PCB is unware of his decision and comes to know through media, is that kind of communiation will help a team to come up. First o all they don't know "WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW" to share make a mention of any piece information.

    They tend to take decision instantly and when that fires back on them, they mule's blame others, that very idiotic on thier part. Did you read the headline, when Afridi was annouced as the Caption for PAK team, He said " They had no choice then me", that mean just becouse they don't have choice for a good Captain they name a JACKASS to control the team on the field, that also a TEST match and over that against one of the best team in the WORLD and not only that, where they are playing a HOMELSS SERIES........and now they are with CAPTAINLESS side.....what a fun of the Team.

  • IJustLoveCricket on July 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    PCB - Pakistan Circus Board

  • Misbah_Magnifico on July 16, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    My reaction on this latest quotidian farce is mixed. Afridi failed miserably as a batsman in the first Test, the manner in which he went about batting in the first innings was shocking to say the least. How many times have we seen this mode of dismissal now in his career? Right from the early teenage years, throughout his 'prime' and continuing still. He's probably about 4 years from hanging up those boots and still he just cant seem to reign in this ruinous, self destructive, shot a ball, compulsive urge. Maybe the coach should let him swing the bat till he tires in the nets before he has to come out to bat.

    It's obvious that his decision is brought on largely due to his failure in this Test and knowing Pakistan cricket, he may yet be coaxed to stay on longer still. If he really does not have the skill, temperament and drive to play Test cricket the PCB should be wise enough to respect that and not make him continue any longer. Replace him with Misbah and make him the Test captain.

  • on July 16, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Afridi might have caught PCB off guard , but not to the pragmatic followers of cricket. Pakistan cricket is such a big joke...lol... Soon after Afridi was anointed to lead Pakistan in all formats, the fans started comparing him to the likes of Imran Khan.The whole nation went berserk. The whole fiasco would act as a catalytic agent in stirring Pakistan's dressing room. Pakistan team is in need of a psychiatrist first than a formidable , fearless captain. If, the decision to field two debutants at ,pivotal, number3 and number 4 position was a catastrophic one . Then, Afridi's decision has served as a final nail in the coffin. Now, the last ludicrous act on behalf of PCB would be to field Umar Akmal as captain and Mohammad Amer as the vice captain...lol.... Moreover,if Shoaib Malik returns to captain the side then it won't be wrong to say that " THINGS DO TAKE A FULL CIRCLE".

  • Rajesh. on July 16, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    A real bunch of jokers these Pakistan cricketers........... so when is Salman Butt gonna retire ? Or when is Mohammad Yusuf gonna be the captain again ? ;-) Or may be they will bring back Javed Miandad, you never know !! These guys are really making a mockery of cricket....

  • AhmadAliRaza on July 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I think Afridi should not give up very soon. He is a very good captain and getting a little used to with test cricket in fact can benefit him in one days also! He was impressive during this test match though not as a batsman but as a captain! So he should have been patient! But anyways if he doesn't change his decision then I believe the best option is to bring back Younis as captain! And to bring yousif back in the Squad is extremely necessary! He is a legend. Why the hell PCB always treats its great players with such an insult and stupid way near their finishing, and Yes! Yousif has at least 2 to 3 years of cricket! So he should be brought back.

    And please Mr. Ijaz Butt leave us now! For God sake! Go away!

  • Abidmashwani on July 16, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    I think once again an other pathan showed his courage. Though it is unfortunate to make such rash decisions, but I wouldnt be surprise at some stage to know that Afridi retired because he decided not to pick Malik for first test, and it back fired at him.

    In all honesty, as a player Malik may be a better choice in the test team than Afridi, but again his politics of destabilizing every captain is not acceptable even if he become a player of Tendulkar calibre.

    Since pakistan have so many youngsters in the team, and if you leave out Afridi and malik from the test squad, then there should not be any problem bringing in Younas Khan as a captain. and Selecting following team for England series: 1. Butt, 2. Yasir, 3. Younas (C), 4. Azhar,5. U Akmal, 6. U Amin, 7. K Akmal, 8. Aamir, 9. Gul, 10. Kaneria, 11. Asif

    For next test against Aussies; bring Malik for Afirdi, and Yasir for Farhat. Name Butt as captain but ask him to consult Malik heavily.

  • Murtaza90 on July 16, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Salman Butt is the most suitable captain in current side..! he has captained Lahore and captained very good but the problem is that he is not that senior in team and Pakistan has always problems of seniority ... may be if Younis in future dont show his ego problems he is a good captain

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Main problem of Pcb is chairmain Mr.butt.he should resigned....

  • on July 16, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should have informed his team and management of such action. Now, as always Mr. Afridi with bad judgement( for himself) created a unnecessary atmosphere. You have surrendered, shame on you. You (Boom Boom) could have bypass this situation and give yourself another chance for the next test and talk to coach (also useless) and look for what went wrong Further, who will be the captain? regardless, senior(highest caps) most player regardless of age must be the new Captain, for now. But, with Pakistan cricket, they all take U turn.

  • longhit60 on July 16, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    nothing change if pakistan make salman butt test cricket avg 32 mohammad yousuf have 55 when he is captain pakistan lost 3 test and 4 odi then what change salman butt nothing pakistan lost again

  • SamAsh07 on July 16, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Stop crying over Yousuf and Younis ppl, a career doesn't last forever, and these twos presence will not make Pakistan a dangerous side at all, it will be the same side. And seriously speaking, Afridi led the Paki side in tests better than Younis/Yousuf, those 2 guys were good in their days, now they are just over-rated. Wake up! You guys talk about PCB yet you all have same thoughts like them!! New talent, new blood!!! And if you see the scorecard Azhar Ali and Umar Amin were playing for the first time, yet they did show some commitment, a young player doesn't become a star straightaway. Oh, there are like 5 more tests to come, so these young players will gain alot of experience from it. Just give Pak team some time, and as for Afridi, I have one only question "Why even play this test match?"

  • Cricket_Addict_151507 on July 16, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    That's terrible news for Pakistan cricket. Just when it looked like the side was enjoying playing under a strong leader, Afridi dropped a bombshell. This might not surprise many, knowing the way Pakistan cricket functions. Yeah...i am sure all the critics would have a field day critisizing the board and they do deserve all that critisism too. They very decision to appoint Afridi as a captain for tests was short sighted. I would be keen to hear from all the Boom Boom supports now...I really don't understand how this guy can chicken out like this. Real shame!!! I am just hoping that who ever is appointed next understands what it means to lead a country in the real form of Cricket...that's test cricket. Hearing all the public sentiment, I would be the last person surprised if this over hyped kid...Umar Akmal..is appointed captain. Let the circus continue.

  • Zara.Khan on July 16, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    I guess Pakistan board should show some courage and make a young Captain, I guess Azhar ali or Umar Akmal seem good future prospects.

  • Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on July 16, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Firstly the board has once again shown its juglary. It should better be called Pakistani Circus Board. They cannot spend 6 months without astonishing the whole world with their amusing acts.

    Secondly, I had a lot of respect for Afridi until now but now I don't. The way he played in this game it appears he was asked to captain the side on gun point. And by underperforming and playing foolish strokes he feels that everyone will hail his decision, temprament and all that. The thing is, even in recent T20 championship Pakistan was able to win, he showed how responsibly he can bat. And his bowling in recent two years has been improved more than anybody else might ever have achieved. He looks threatning in his 4 overs of T20s even.

    All in all,it was a good effort, but sorry I was not fooled by that.

  • Happpy on July 16, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I'm Pakistani and say Salman Butt must not be the test captain. I think he has not the ability to take pressure. But no one can take Test captaincy except Younis Khan. So PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt must think how his team can play well despite of fighting with Younis. He should select again Younis Khan as captain against England in 4 tests. I proudly say that if it happens then Pakistan can win test series against England.

    Final is that Afridi should be captain in ODI + T20 and Younis Khan in Tests.

  • Black-Panther on July 16, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Afridi might be a good entertainer in ODIs or T20a but he really is not a lost as far as Test Cricket is concerned. Afridi did smart thing by kicking himself out of the format than someone else doing that. The way things are going on in Pakistan Cricket, I won't be surprise if Shoaib Malik would be appointed as Captain for England series. Or they might call MoYo or YoKh back and even that as a captain. Pakistan Cricket is a real dream cricket for their fans. Someone will dream at night of MoYo captaining the Pakistani side and next day their wish will come true eventually. ANY THING CAN HAPPEN IN PCB.

  • InMyLife on July 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Mr Butt, please resign for the good of Pakistan's cricket - you are absolutely useless and pointless. You have no discernible skill or talent, apart from messing everything up. Even a remarkably stupid donkey would be a better PCB chairman than you.

  • on July 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    I hope, some day very soon. Ijaz Butt to shows some courage to accept his failure and announce his *retirement* as the PCB Chairman.. (Y)

  • hmia1001 on July 16, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    If wish salman butt all the best!, he has everything to become a world class batsman and a winning captain.

  • whaat2009 on July 16, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Afridi resigns after his first real test of character. This is so typically Pakistani. The last two Aussie wickets put on 100+, which is the only reason Australia won the match and our response is that our captain quits!! The sad reality is that this is what Pakistan is today: as a nation, we are bankrupt financially, morally and spiritually thanks to one failed leader after another. Despite all our patriotism, lets be honest, we can't compete at anything on a world class level. We are good at cricket because only 10 teams in the world have Test status.............If it was a global sport like soccer, we would be invisible as a nation

  • raghu86 on July 16, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Pakistan circus goes on. The solution is simple. Get back younis and yousuf. Make younis the captain in tests.

  • CalifornianPak on July 16, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Thank God we got rid of Afridi, who does not even deserved to be in club team, forget about national team, it shows how retarded pak cricket system is...... players, board and selecters are simply morons. Jeff Lawson was right by saying that they are bunch of idiots. Get some education and psychology lessons to be at world level. For how long you gonna make a nation ashamed of you.

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    afridi is a oneday player. so i think it is a good decision.

  • AnthoniJi on July 16, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I don't think Butt will make a good captain. It would be a mistake (for any team) to appoint a player as captain just because he/she provides the goods. Captain needs to have a leader mentality, tenacity, patience, forward thinking. Pak needs to lok for a true leader. They are an qwesome team and only need a good leader to bring the formidable bunch together.

    peace anthoniji

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    ahahahhahaha lol enjoy man

    until younis khan nt back to test side as a cpatian or team player this team dnt hope so they hve guts to win a single test match :p

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him back as test player and even appint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make more caculated and thoughful decision now for a change. but hope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    good decision by afridi!!!

  • pratadd on July 16, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    lol..pak cricket is in serious turmoil..i mean, salman butt did play well in this game, but if u look at his outings, he has been excellent, or should i say terrific, against india, but has been below par against most of the other teams..most of his centuries are against india, who they now play only in icc events, but beyond that, he still has to prove....moreover, he has come into the side again recently, so still doesn't make him worthy of captaincy..i guess pcb has to swallow its pride and get some of those oldies and much more experienced ppl lik yousuf and younis khan..

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  • pratadd on July 16, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    lol..pak cricket is in serious turmoil..i mean, salman butt did play well in this game, but if u look at his outings, he has been excellent, or should i say terrific, against india, but has been below par against most of the other teams..most of his centuries are against india, who they now play only in icc events, but beyond that, he still has to prove....moreover, he has come into the side again recently, so still doesn't make him worthy of captaincy..i guess pcb has to swallow its pride and get some of those oldies and much more experienced ppl lik yousuf and younis khan..

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    good decision by afridi!!!

  • Lahori_Munde on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    What a joke. Sounds typical Pakistan cricket? Yes, such drama makes Pakistan cricket extremely unique. Afridi was retired from test, then why unretired himself and accepted test captaincy? PCB along with the enitre cricketing world know how Afridi plays his cricket. How in the world PCB accept him back as test player and even appint him as Captain? Pakistan Cricket just came out of big fiasco and one would have expected PCB to make more caculated and thoughful decision now for a change. but hope, something just never changes.. ahh.. speechless

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    ahahahhahaha lol enjoy man

    until younis khan nt back to test side as a cpatian or team player this team dnt hope so they hve guts to win a single test match :p

  • AnthoniJi on July 16, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    I don't think Butt will make a good captain. It would be a mistake (for any team) to appoint a player as captain just because he/she provides the goods. Captain needs to have a leader mentality, tenacity, patience, forward thinking. Pak needs to lok for a true leader. They are an qwesome team and only need a good leader to bring the formidable bunch together.

    peace anthoniji

  • on July 16, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    afridi is a oneday player. so i think it is a good decision.

  • CalifornianPak on July 16, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Thank God we got rid of Afridi, who does not even deserved to be in club team, forget about national team, it shows how retarded pak cricket system is...... players, board and selecters are simply morons. Jeff Lawson was right by saying that they are bunch of idiots. Get some education and psychology lessons to be at world level. For how long you gonna make a nation ashamed of you.

  • raghu86 on July 16, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Pakistan circus goes on. The solution is simple. Get back younis and yousuf. Make younis the captain in tests.

  • whaat2009 on July 16, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Afridi resigns after his first real test of character. This is so typically Pakistani. The last two Aussie wickets put on 100+, which is the only reason Australia won the match and our response is that our captain quits!! The sad reality is that this is what Pakistan is today: as a nation, we are bankrupt financially, morally and spiritually thanks to one failed leader after another. Despite all our patriotism, lets be honest, we can't compete at anything on a world class level. We are good at cricket because only 10 teams in the world have Test status.............If it was a global sport like soccer, we would be invisible as a nation

  • hmia1001 on July 16, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    If wish salman butt all the best!, he has everything to become a world class batsman and a winning captain.