Pakistan v Australia 2010 July 18, 2010

Malik the 'obvious' choice for captain - Lawson

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Geoff Lawson, Pakistan's former coach, believes Salman Butt's appointment as captain of the Test side is premature and could do him more harm than good, and that Shoaib Malik should have been the "obvious choice" to replace Shahid Afridi, who retired from Tests after Pakistan's 150-run loss in the first Test at Lord's.

"Butt's a good choice as vice-captain but he's years away from being a captain," Lawson told The Express Tribune. "I would've let him concentrate on his batting because he's probably the best batsman they have right now. He has captaincy potential but throwing him in at this stage will crucify him."

Lawson took up the role of Pakistan's coach after Bob Woolmer's death at the 2007 World Cup and took the side to the finals of the inaugural World Twenty20 tournament, but was dismissed by the PCB a year and a half into his two-year contract after a string of poor performances.

Shoaib Malik was captain during Lawson's tenure but it was a troubled stint and he was replaced by Younis Khan after Pakistan conceded an ODI series to Sri Lanka with a massive 234-run thrashing in Lahore in January 2009.

"It might've been premature to name him captain then. But three years on, he's certainly capable of being captain again," said Lawson. "To me, he's the obvious choice. He's well respected by the younger players and the seniors that had problems with him aren't in the team.

Malik briefly regained the captaincy for two Twenty20 games against England in Dubai in February this year after Afridi, the regular captain, was banned for two matches after being found guilty of ball-tampering during an ODI in Australia. Less than a month later, Malik was banned for a year during one of the PCB's deepest culls of the senior cricket team in many years, during which seven of its top players were banned or fined after the side's shambolic, winless tour of Australia.

The ban was lifted on appeal two months later and he returned to the squad for the Asia Cup in June. Though Malik has denied an interest in the Pakistan captaincy, Lawson believes he has matured as a cricketer and his reappointment would be a progressive move by the PCB.

"In 2007, he was a reluctant captain. He was young and wanted to concentrate on his cricket. Now he's matured and given Pakistan's penchant for changing captains regularly, I'd say you should give it to him and move forward.

"Malik did a good job as captain and at that time he was learning how to lead a side. He was taking the right steps in the right direction and if he's named as Afridi's successor, I don't think it'll be a step backwards by the Pakistan Cricket Board."

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  • POSTED BY onlinegamer55 on | July 24, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Malik shouldn't even be in the team as a player, let alone as a captain. His batting is mediocre and his bowling is disgraceful, so much so, that he doesn't even deserve to be called a batting allrounder!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    lol yeah sure think abt it it sounds reasonable sania got him unbanned otherwise why on earth wud he get unbanned b4 yusuf n yunis

  • POSTED BY Attractivue on | July 20, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    "I am dreading that Malik will use Sania's name and just might gain captaincy again" How in the blue hell using Sania's name will get Malik his captaincy?

  • POSTED BY IAJpak on | July 20, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Mr Lawson may have his reasons for ranking Malik as a captain again. But does he know that Malik was the first man in domestic cricket who admitted loosing a match deliberately so that one of the team (Lahore) should not qualify for Sami finals or may be it was planned in such a way that by confessing such an act the board will not allow Karachi that qualified for sami final and instead will ask Lahore to play the Semis. I agree in that case it was plotted and many others may have been involved in this act of confession. Does Mr. Lawson knows that he was the main person behind Younis Khan and Mohd Yousuf's failure, agreed and documented by tour officials and players for series against New- Zeland and Aus. Does Mr. Lawson know that even now he has a group in the team that wants him at the top and is working accordingly? For God sake we want some one who can free Pakistan cricket from all this rubbish and hopefully Sulman Butt can be the type of a person required at the Top.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Yeah sure let's make the biggest malcontent in the Pakistani dressing room the captain again.

  • POSTED BY faisalmalik2002 on | July 20, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    yeap they should make malik test captain he got exp too plus they should add Imran Nazir in all pakistani teams odi's t20's sp. they really need him in the team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    I think PCB and people like lawson will ruin Pak cricket sad state really being an Indian I wouldn't want that coz I am a sporting person. I am dreading that Malik will use Sania's name and just might gain captaincy again that will be a very sorry situation and the girl who mentioned Malik's persformance FYI his record is not worth even getting him a berth on the playing 11 plz get your facts right. He is not an extraordinary cricketer worse still he seems like a horrible lying conspiring human beingkudos guys i am proud of my brethern you guys are awesome atleast you people are not under political pressure and sania's influence I applaud your comments and views that you don't want the kniving Malik back For once we are united not divided but honestly guys last time when he was unbanned we voiced our anger but nothing happens his friendship with the top-notch politician's son is paving way for his place in Pak cricket team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Hmmm i am thinking why Malik is even there. And Lawson wants him as the captain amazing, mockery simple mockery

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Malik the trouble maker is the 'obvious' choice? I didn't expect such childish remarks from Geoff Lawson. Secondly, Salman Butt is better than the ever irresponsible Afridi who is dumb enough to 'retire' mid series. He should have used some brain while batting. If I was PCB I would have cancelled Afridi's central contract and have him removed from captaincy from all levels.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    No thank you sir, but we'll pass. You might've not realized this in your stint with the team as coach, but Malik is the cause of all politics, making him the captain is diving into a river of poison. Not just that, but the fact that he doesn't even deserve to be in the test team makes the whole appointing him as captain entirely ridiculous.

    Butt might be young and not fully matured, but honestly one looking from the Pakistani team's future perspective could care less. We're not gonna win test matches as of now anyway, let the young captain handle the experience and learn the tricks of trade. While Afridi rightly leads Pakistan in the T20 and ODI formants, groom Salman Butt by making him the test captain so that he learns the art of captaincy, not gonna be pleasing in short term, but its something which turns out to be fruitful in longer terms, the major aspect at which top teams intending world championship consider.

  • POSTED BY onlinegamer55 on | July 24, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Malik shouldn't even be in the team as a player, let alone as a captain. His batting is mediocre and his bowling is disgraceful, so much so, that he doesn't even deserve to be called a batting allrounder!

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    lol yeah sure think abt it it sounds reasonable sania got him unbanned otherwise why on earth wud he get unbanned b4 yusuf n yunis

  • POSTED BY Attractivue on | July 20, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    "I am dreading that Malik will use Sania's name and just might gain captaincy again" How in the blue hell using Sania's name will get Malik his captaincy?

  • POSTED BY IAJpak on | July 20, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Mr Lawson may have his reasons for ranking Malik as a captain again. But does he know that Malik was the first man in domestic cricket who admitted loosing a match deliberately so that one of the team (Lahore) should not qualify for Sami finals or may be it was planned in such a way that by confessing such an act the board will not allow Karachi that qualified for sami final and instead will ask Lahore to play the Semis. I agree in that case it was plotted and many others may have been involved in this act of confession. Does Mr. Lawson knows that he was the main person behind Younis Khan and Mohd Yousuf's failure, agreed and documented by tour officials and players for series against New- Zeland and Aus. Does Mr. Lawson know that even now he has a group in the team that wants him at the top and is working accordingly? For God sake we want some one who can free Pakistan cricket from all this rubbish and hopefully Sulman Butt can be the type of a person required at the Top.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Yeah sure let's make the biggest malcontent in the Pakistani dressing room the captain again.

  • POSTED BY faisalmalik2002 on | July 20, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    yeap they should make malik test captain he got exp too plus they should add Imran Nazir in all pakistani teams odi's t20's sp. they really need him in the team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    I think PCB and people like lawson will ruin Pak cricket sad state really being an Indian I wouldn't want that coz I am a sporting person. I am dreading that Malik will use Sania's name and just might gain captaincy again that will be a very sorry situation and the girl who mentioned Malik's persformance FYI his record is not worth even getting him a berth on the playing 11 plz get your facts right. He is not an extraordinary cricketer worse still he seems like a horrible lying conspiring human beingkudos guys i am proud of my brethern you guys are awesome atleast you people are not under political pressure and sania's influence I applaud your comments and views that you don't want the kniving Malik back For once we are united not divided but honestly guys last time when he was unbanned we voiced our anger but nothing happens his friendship with the top-notch politician's son is paving way for his place in Pak cricket team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    Hmmm i am thinking why Malik is even there. And Lawson wants him as the captain amazing, mockery simple mockery

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Malik the trouble maker is the 'obvious' choice? I didn't expect such childish remarks from Geoff Lawson. Secondly, Salman Butt is better than the ever irresponsible Afridi who is dumb enough to 'retire' mid series. He should have used some brain while batting. If I was PCB I would have cancelled Afridi's central contract and have him removed from captaincy from all levels.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    No thank you sir, but we'll pass. You might've not realized this in your stint with the team as coach, but Malik is the cause of all politics, making him the captain is diving into a river of poison. Not just that, but the fact that he doesn't even deserve to be in the test team makes the whole appointing him as captain entirely ridiculous.

    Butt might be young and not fully matured, but honestly one looking from the Pakistani team's future perspective could care less. We're not gonna win test matches as of now anyway, let the young captain handle the experience and learn the tricks of trade. While Afridi rightly leads Pakistan in the T20 and ODI formants, groom Salman Butt by making him the test captain so that he learns the art of captaincy, not gonna be pleasing in short term, but its something which turns out to be fruitful in longer terms, the major aspect at which top teams intending world championship consider.

  • POSTED BY Shujaat56 on | July 19, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    He is the best choice i guess.. My vote goes to Mali... and i agree with lawson, Butt is toooo young to be named a captain.. that too with the test avg of 32 only.... and he is not consistent...

  • POSTED BY kaala_bhaloo on | July 19, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Her is the cycle of pakistani cricket 1. Malik captain -> Malik gone 2.New Captain(Read Younis) -> New Captain Gone (Due to some oath ceremony) 3.Malik Captain Again-> Revival of politics and bickering in Team-> Malik Gone 4.New Captain (Yousuf)-> Malik centerpiece of new revolt -> New Captain Gone Again !!!! Not only gone but dropped from his own side for a one-day match. 5.New Captain (Read Afridi)-> wins 2 -T20 against aussies (Pakistanis over the moon)-> What goes up comes down (except if you are sachin...you stay on top)-> Afridi gone as captain 6. Talks of making Malik Captain again-> I know it's just a former aussie bowler and pak coach speaking his mind-> Would anyone be surprised if Malik becomes Captain again.

    Coming soon steps 7,8,9,10 and so forth in this series of THE GREAT CONUNDRUM OF PAKISTANI CAPTAINCY- A PCB STORY

  • POSTED BY gung-ho on | July 19, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    "Pakistan under the able captaincy of BUTT" looks like a mighty fine caption to me :D

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    U know wat??? Get back Imran Khan, Wasim AKram Waqar Youinis, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Anwar, Saqlain, Inzi, AFridi---- and rule the world... BREAKING NEWS: Imran Khan has finally come out of retirement 2 lead Pakistan... :)

  • POSTED BY a4ahsange on | July 19, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    And can u guys remember that Mohammad yousaf had played for ICL in 2007 when malik was the captain, He moved to icl because malik didn;t recommend or dont want him to be in his T20 World cup squad 2007 that why he was angry on him. And also stop talking rubbish about Malik's Wife,Talking about his wife is omething personal and i would say guys dnt get involved in someone's personal life.eventhough the pcb dnt make him the captain but he has good captainship record. he is a good guy and i dt know y u guys dislike him. Also i dnt know y they left him out for the 1st test match,i heard that people were saying he dnt even bother to go to training sessions now another ridicilus statement,pcb has said that he is out of form. People please think b4 u say

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | July 19, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    well there will always be politics...however malik is more of an alrounder and only bats seriously when in trouble...his position in the test side is doubtful and i would prefer an exciting new batting prospect...pakistan has always depended on the number six to bat well...going forward and back is a no win situation...salman butt has a relatively good record but is never considered a saeed anwer...prefers batting slowly and has always got the other opener out quickly usually by a run out...one would prefer that the board drop all the sifarishis and bring in the emerging batting talent for the test matches...in odi's and 20-20's fast scorers are required and the board should cgange its thinking on differing teams for different formats...at the end of teh current tour salmans reputation as captain will have started to form and than we can think of a new captain or retaining him or not...one would think that mohd asif, amer and umar akmal would be than thought of...or shoaib malik...

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I would like to see:

    Tests - 1. Butt, 2. Alam, 3. Younis, 4. Yousuf, 5. Malik, 6. U Akmal, 7. K Akmal, 8. Aamer, 9. Gul, 10. Asif, 11. Kaneria

    ODI - 1. Butt, 2. K Akmal, 3. Younis, 4. Malik, 5. U Akmal, 6. Afridi, 7. Razzaq, 8. Aamer, 9. Akhtar, 10. Asif/Gul, 11. Ajmal

    Very well balanced. Alam is the spin-bowling allrounder in Tests, Afridi is spin-bowling allrounder in ODIs. Have a core middle order of Younis, Malik and U Akmal in all forms. Have Yousuf in for Tests as the extra batsman, and bring in Razzaq for ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I totally agree with Lawson. Butt not matured yet to lead Pakistan. Why not send Y.Khan. They do need some batsmen but again there is no unity in the camp. PCB is not doing his job. All members should be sacked and new blood must come in. Pakistan is talented team but is like a ship without rudder. God bless them

  • POSTED BY Yassar on | July 19, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I must say i have not seen any true leadership qualities from Shoaib Malik, that's not to say he does not have any. There has to be something there, especially if both the late Bob Woolmer (RIP) and Geoff Lawson think he is capataincy material.

    BUT for me he has two obvious problems, one is his own form/ability. Similarly to Afridi, can he actually hold down his own place in the test team as a batsman or bowler on merit? His record suggests not but he has time to prove that. Secondly is this "trouble causer" tag. If this is true he would find it impossible to lead the side succesully as players will not have respect for him.

    Based on the above, Shoaib Malik is not captaincy material for me. Happy to be proved wrong but i doubt it!

  • POSTED BY asimnk on | July 19, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    yeah Mr.Lawson...if you want Malik as captain then PCB should think about Sania Mirza as coach...by doing this, atleast Malik will remain in the team otherwise I dont think he should be a part of Pakistan eleven...............

  • POSTED BY avis_2010 on | July 19, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    news just out.... yousuf is planning his 5th retirement in mid-2011 when he will take 3 months break before coming out of retirement and then celebrate his 5th anniversary.. PCB will ban Kamran Akmal in Dec-2010 on the basis of his rift with Salman Butt and then revoke his ban in Jan-2011 since no other WK will be fit for the next tour.. Younis will accept an apology (PCB will deny making an apology) and will join the team as vice captain to Shoaib Malik who will take over the captaincy from Kamran Akmal in the middle of a tour...But hold on ! Salman Butt was the captain of the tour ..ohh yes - he will be given penalty of 1 match for eating a bat in frustration....

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | July 19, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    OMG....malik again?..lawson said so?.. What PCB has to do now... stop playing with captains...Give salman the captaincy,in all form the games.. Dont care about afridi,malik,younis,yousuf...Make a young team like akmal & ameer... Give this young team some years to growup...let them strugle intially..(please dont change captain when they strugle),they will learn & gain the expereince.. No politics in cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    YOU are dead right Mr. Lawson, that is why AUSTRALIA selected young MICHAEL CLARKE ahead of the HUSSEY'S AND WATSON. SALMAN BUTT is a promising young lad who is more focussed on the winning side of the game and a challenging competitor, he needs to be groomed and directed. Mark my words he will come out with great results. come on PAKISTAN SELECTORS do not see him as one test match wonder and dump him, give him at least 5 - 6 test matches, and also stick with umar amin and azhar they r future talent of pakistan!!!!

  • POSTED BY Rukhman on | July 19, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    I fully agree with Mr. Lawson, Shoaib Malik is the best choice Captain. He was nominated captain when Younis Khan refused to lead the team despite being v.captain under Inzamam. What ever the difference between Malik and Yousuf can be resolved with one to one meeting in the better interest of Pakistan Cricket especially test level. May be bring back both Malik and Yousuf in the side replacing Afridi and Imran and this team can beat Australia and England.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | July 19, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    I find it ludicrous that Geoff Lawson is recommending for captaincy a man who's earned a reputation for playing politics and is responsible in no small measure for the mess that the Pakistan team finds itself in. Given how spectacularly self-defeating the PCB's recent actions have been, i won't be surprised if Malik is soon back.

  • POSTED BY Abid_Sialkot on | July 19, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Shoaib Malik,Ejaz Butt and Mr.Yawar Saeed, These three are too dangerous for pakistanteam and If they remain attached with PCB,Pakistan Cricket is going into gutter.

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | July 19, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    i don't agreed with Lowson that shoaib Malik should be captain.Salam Butt is best choice not because he is a good batsman but also he has some experience of captaincy in his early days of carrier at junior level.There is no place for Malik even as a batsman in Test cricket ,then how you say Mr. Lowson that Malik is "obvious choice" for captaincy..We have a very good example of Greame smith of South Africa when he replaced Shaun Pollock in 2003, he was a junior player.But he showed great temperament in all formats and his batting improved day by day after he took the charge.PCB must also give Butt fair chance to show his skills.He is young and talented and it will help Pakistan for long time to get back Pakistan cricket on right Track...

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | July 19, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I guess the only people supporting Shaoib Malik other than Lawson must be Shoaib and Sania relatives. The truth is that there is nobody like Imran Khan, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting,Hansie Cronje or even Sourav Ganguly in the Pak team, so i guess Salman Butt is the best choice.

  • POSTED BY BigDataIsAHoax on | July 19, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Sania Mirza for President of PCB.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | July 19, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Lawson is full of "it". How can you make a person whose place in the team is not certain? Malik can be a politician but not a test class cricketer. He is the only player that everybody had a problem with, except a few at the high places in Pakistan. He is a proven liar who has ruined the reputation of Muslims in India by his wedding and divorce games.

    Even Afridi did not select Malik in the test at Lords and preferred two new bats. Now once again Malik lobby is trying to bring him back by the backdoor. Shame on those, look at his mediocre batting and bowling record!

    Hopefully Yusuf and Younus would be back and Pakistani batting would become as good as their bowling. Ejaz Butt eat a crow and do the right thing for a change. In fact the President of the country should meet these two national heroes and reinstate them immediately.

    Himayun Mirza, USA

  • POSTED BY Shahsa on | July 19, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    I totally agree with Geoff Lawson, Malik should be made the Test captain, he is an all rounder with years of team leadership experience at international and domestic levels. Salman Butt on the other hand should be kept away from such roles as with his fluctuating and inconsistent performances, he himself have yet to prove his permanent place in the team ....and one more thing I don't see leadership quality in Salman Butt, he may be good at speaking English, but trust me a captain needs to have something more than that

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    ALL IM GONNA SAY THE BEST CAPTAIN PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD HAD WAS 1 AND ONLY INZAMAM UL HAQ! HE WAS THE BEST THE REST ARE JUST FOOLS after inzi soo many captains cme and gone inzi stayed captain for ODI'S AND TEST for YEARS!! I RATE THE MAN AND WANT HIM BACK!

  • POSTED BY acnc on | July 19, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Yep - make Malik the captain and appoint Sania Mirza as the coach...

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    I totally agree with coach Lowson about Butt who has a long way for Pakistan cricket to sacrifice himself to the pressure of the captaincy while he is needed for the most important opening role. Both Younis Khan and Yousaf buckled under similar he pressures.

    I had already taken the view that Pakistan will have problem with test match batting stay power. As happened, well settled new batters sooner disappeared as the litteman Kamran Akmal himself who was set for a hundrad - he should have opened with Butt and by no means a slug - hopefully he does next time - he has scored hundreds. I think inducting two new batters gainst the best in the world was another mistake,and in fact unfair to them while to the other Soaib Malik and Razak who are capable of digging in at crucial stages were available. This match was not a silverplatter win for Australians - with a little luck it could have gone either way - but now again they have the edge making Pakistan under dogs. again.

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | July 19, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    As an England fan, it's obviously none of my business to comment on Pakistan. But it really is so sad that a team that could be one of the best in the world constantly messes up their chances because of all the internal politics. I really thought that Afridi was a great choice as captain. He could have batted at 7 (Kamran Akmal is good enough to bat at 6) in a Gilchrist mode, and would have been a godd 5th bowler. And Afridi, I thought, did seem to have a bit of the "X factor" as captain.

    They do need to get back one or both of the former ex-captains back to bolster the batting, but the bowling is great and they have young talent in Umar Akmal, a Boycott-like opener in Salman Butt, and really that would make a team with very few weaknesses.

    Of course, I want ot see England beat them in the up-coming series, but I think it's great that they may have found a home from home in England where they can get a lot of support, and I would really like to see them do well agaie

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | July 19, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    The fact is that all these senior players inlcuding Yousuf, Younus, Afridi, and Shoaib Malik conspired against eachother at times and damaged the whole team. You can not just single out one guy. It's no hidden truth that Afridi always showed his disappointment that he was not made captain back in 2007. At the time Yousuf, Younus, and Afridi did not support Shoaib and he was sacked. When shoaib Malik got his chance he conspired against Yousuf. It's a vicious cycle and only a capable board can end this cycle of conspiricies.

  • POSTED BY Abidmashwani on | July 18, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    In my opinion, if we really want to move Pakistan cricket forward, Pakistan should get rid of Ejaz Butt and Yawar Saeed to clean up PCB, Mr. Ilyas from selection committee.

    Malik from all forms of the game. K Akmal from the test squad.

    Keep Afridi as a captain for ODI and T20, and K Akmal as his deputy. Bring Younas to test and ODI squads, not to T20. Bring Yousaf to test team only.

    Keep Salman Butt captain of the test squad with Umar Akmal or M Aamer or U Gul as his deputy.

    Allow both captains full say in team selection along with the selection committee (no place of team manager on selection panel, his job should be to manage team off the field) and selection of playing eleven should be on total discretion of captain, coach and vice captain since these are the guys to play the team.

    With these changes allow 6 months and see the performance of these talented players.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I don't think that Mr.Malik should be in the squad even. Afridi shoulg have continued but he does not have any mentor around him . After one big loss he thought he should back out. Some one should have stood by him and told him to continue.

  • POSTED BY M_H_K on | July 18, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Valuable comments from Mr. Lawson. If PCB had not removed Malik from captaincy under the pressure of some of the senior players, this musical chair game of captaincy would have not started. Salman Butt is now new captain. Although I believe that he is little inexperience for captaincy. But I wish Salman Butt good luck in his new assignment. I hope that he will learn the art of captaincy quickly and it will not harm his own performance. Now Salman is a captain, PCB should give him long run. I mean PCB should not start looking for a new captain after a series loss. Once again, best of luck to Salman.

  • POSTED BY dr_salman on | July 18, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    i dun kno if lawson was involved in conspiracies in his tenure..but this comment sure puts his credibility in doubt...its an open truth that malik was involved in all politics in the team..which has done more harm since 2 star batsmen with atleast 4 or 5 more yrs cricket in them r sitting out of the team !! moreover..i agree with syed khurram that he was dropped from first test cz of his non serious attitude..even his place in the side to begin with is debateable..stats dun support him at all..n u want him as the captain?? burden on the test side?? cmon...keep such foolish advices with urself..!! salman butt is a very reasonable choice...lets hope captaincy doesnt harm his form as a batsman !!

  • POSTED BY Abidmashwani on | July 18, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Every one bashing Lawson, but I agree with Lawson, among current 14-16 players selected by Mr. Butt (since selection committee and captain had no say in it), if you go by merit, no one deserve to be captain more than Malik for his experience. But Mr. Lawson totally forgot that why Yousaf and Younis are not part of the squad and I wouldnt be surprise to know that Afridi resign as a price for dropping Malik from playing eleven for the first test.

    On merit, among current squad playing abilities no doubt Malik is the best choice, but for Malik dirty politics heavily supported by Mr. Yawar Saeed, these two guys should be banned from any cricketing activity or post in Pakistan. So that next generation cricketers know what is cost of conspiracy against your own country team. But selection of Kamran Akmal as Butt deputy and bringing back Malik in playing eleven will encourage youngsters (Aamir, Amin and Ali) to join the gang if they want to survive in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    malik cannnot be test captain if he even cannot make the side

  • POSTED BY adam220202 on | July 18, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Oh please no, never ever again must Shoaib Malik ever be a captain for Pakistan. The man is a disgrace and should not even be in the test match squad.

    Aside from being a political muppet, he can only offer his fielding to the team. No he is not a captain in the making as he proved in the last 3 years.

    The obvious and only captain of the test side we have is Younis Khan. I still dont understand why he is not in the team and backed as captain. Give him the leadership, give him free reign on who he plays and within a few months either the current test match players fall into line or never play test matches again.

    The PCB are a bunch of idiotic fools led by Butt. Now these fools have appointed Salman Butt as captain. Why? Up until the last 6 months Butt would not have got into the side. Let him concentrate on his batting. He is not a captain.

    Bring back Younis as skipper. Bring in Yusuf. Get rid of Farhat. Open with Amin. And you will see improvements straight away.

    Get rid of Malik!

  • POSTED BY ratee on | July 18, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    The people who are writing here what Lawson is saying after what awaits Salman Butt.

    If Malik was the one and only man to destroy Pakistan who said the PCB and the tour management that was responsible for the loses in Australia. They put all the blame on one man who was not even played in most of the matches because of their biases.

    When he was not even playing and Pakistan loses well people who are writing here should listen to what they are saying without thinking!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    only play ODIs and T20s :)

    We dont have real leader in Pakistan thats main problem. Look at our politicans and now our sports team.

    Do as South Africa did. Make a youngster captain and let him captain side for atleast 5 years.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 18, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Aussies knew thay India and Pakistan were only dangers to them and could steal their no.1 status. So they sent Chappel and Geoff Lawson to destroy Indian and Pak cricket respectively. Both countries cricket was damaged in their tenures. Pak lost their best batsmen and Chappel destroyed Indian bowling. When he saw I Pathan's talent, he destroyed his career by making him concentrate on batting and it was time when he needed help in his bowling. RP Singh , M Patel , are other victims. Now he is favouring Malik so Malik can destroy the other new batsmen.

  • POSTED BY BiSONN on | July 18, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Malik and captain? Hahaha .. yeah right! Dude doesn't even deserve to be in the team! Come on ..

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Such a talented team, desperately needs a leader like Wasim or Imran who ensures they players shut up and play well.

    If any one has a clue, whats the problem with Younis Kahn ?

  • POSTED BY riz_majoka on | July 18, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    well folks dont be so critical of shoaib malik. he is the most sensible, the fittest and most hardworking guy in pakistan team. he has a proven track record, i hope everybody knows that he is the captain of sialkot stallions, the team which is champion in pak domestic circuit for the last three consecutive years. he is not a politician, the reason why two Ys or a shahid afridi blamed him was they considered him a potent threat to their captaincy. appointmet of salman is not a bad move either..... lets hope pak team performs better in rest of the tour....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Agree with Lawson 100 percent.

    Malik has proved his potential before as a leader. If the seniors have a problem with him, that's not the fault of captaincy, that's the fault of his incapacity to handle Pakistani politics.

    With this young team, Mailk should be brought back on. Keep Yousuf out. We have enough talent in Pakistan that we can grow 100 more Yousufs. But we have problem with captaincy so please resolve that one at the earliest.

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | July 18, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    It was Lawson's coaching time when he and Malik together started conspiring agianst one of the ever best batsmen of Pakistan. He is mentioneing again that Yousaf is not in the team (from his pioneering efforts) and Malik should be made Captain. Look at the satistics published on cricinfo about the 2nd best middle order trio in five years (Inzi, Yousuf and Younis) http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/467482.html Big score by Yousaf included the tour to England and South Africa too. Mr Lawson please do not suggest again according to your conspiring ideas against Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    i believe Malik should not even be in the squad. he is the real black sheep who has destroyed pakistan cricket

  • POSTED BY hoodbu on | July 18, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Lawson lost all credibility I ever had for him (at it was pretty significant, I'll add) with this one comment. Clearly Lawson does not care at all about Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Malik doesn't even deserve a place in the test team as a batsman let alone as a captain. Just like Afridi, Malik has shown over the years that he does not have the temperament for the longer version of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Mature??? Why was Malik dropped from the first test??? Because he skipped the training sessions to spend more time with his wife.

    Can we afford to have the DIRTY POLITICS again in the team? NO!!!

    Why Younus left is a no mystery to anyone now. Shoaib Malik was the head of 7 players who took oath over Quran at Inzi's home that they will not play under Younis' Captaincy. That is why Younis left making statement that he has no more control over team...

    Do you want to give Malik the reward for all this Rubbish things? NO!!!

    Its enough to swallow him within the team. Don't even think / suggest anything more.

  • POSTED BY Whisperofdeath on | July 18, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Nothing can be done or expect from the current board.... In Pakistan cricket board we need revoutionary changes. First of all bring a group of think tank of 6 legand and educated cricketers e.g. Zaheer Abbas, Majid, Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Imran khan, Wasim Akram and they should advise the how to run the board, the selection method, develop the player etc. The president of the cricket should not be political and he should carry personality and who should not be labelled as a JOKER by internationally. I think then we will start seeing improvment only....

  • POSTED BY avmd on | July 18, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Geoffery (lawson) , I like your sense of humour. Malik is lucky to be in the side, struggling to find a place in the playing eleven, and you want him to be the captain again. Obviously you have not been following the events lately.

    Butt has been nurtured for this very job for a long time, from junior level and now his time has arriived. And, captaincy is an honour ( even Pakistan's captaincy ) and he should not be denied from it just because he is scoring runs, he should be rewarded for that.

    Butt is a serious minded player, no scandal or controversy has been atached to his name. He is a solid batsman, now experienced enough, matured, with a good communication skill, an "obvious choice" for the job.

  • POSTED BY oppurba on | July 18, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Shoaib damaged the team spirit and the diciplinity of the whole Pakistan team during his captaincy and latter under the captaincy of Yunis.He is not eligible to cap for Pakistan in any format of the game but should be included in team if he accept Yunis captaincy and play with fair mind.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Its better if mr Lawson minds his own business! we already know how great HEIGHTS he took pakistani cricket too! Mr lawson, can u plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz mind your own business?? we know how to sort out our problems, and we have done it over and over again! so tahnks but no thanks for the advice!

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | July 18, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Malik again? Musical chairs, perhaps. Bring on Younis and Yosuf and rotate the post between them

  • POSTED BY wanderer1 on | July 18, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    No, no, no, no, no, and no. Let us NEVER go down that road again with Shoaib Malik, he should be lucky he's still playing cricket at all. If Salman Butt fails then let him, but give him the chances he needs. The good thing with Butt is that he has never been a controversial figure and never had any off field problems. That in itself makes him a better candidate for captaincy than most in the Pakistani team.

  • POSTED BY Daniel_Cartwright on | July 18, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Lawson is making absrud comments. His opinions are not needed by the Pakistani cricket playrs, public nor the currupt board itself. We have already seen what happens under the captaincy of Malik. He is one of the greatest players, but he needs someone like LALA to run his life n fix him straight in order for him to stay in the team. Butt is the obvious choice after that since he the most familiar with the international scene and how Pakistan fits in it with thier politician ways. I would also suggest Umar Gul at this point, I think his temper will keep the players heads down and focussed on and off the feild.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    It is absolutely right suggestioin. All these people giving neg comments about Malik are stupid idiots having no knowledge of the game or temprament. Lawson is as a Cricket professor and his comments are worthy . I hope sania brings good luck for Shoiab whose absence has created a big void in our batting line up

    best of Luck Shoiab It is your time

  • POSTED BY Xahir on | July 18, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Looks like Lawson wants some more politics in Pakistan Cricket team :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    The team needs an old style leader to infuse values such as team work and honor. Only men who can do this is Imran Khan, Wasim Akram or Inzi,. Unfortunately for pakistan they are all retired

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | July 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Shoaib Malik shouldn't even be in the team, let alone captain. His attitude, from what I have seen, has been to disrupt team unity and play politics. While he has some individual talent, Pakistan really needs some team players to form a cohesive unit and start moving in a positive direction. There aren't a large number of choices for captain, and Butt almost gets it by default. Other possibilities - Farhat: No, can't hold his place. Kamran: No, can't hold a catch. Misbah: No, can't get into the team. Gul, Aamer, Asif, Kaneria: who knows? As for bringing back the two 'Y's... both are nearing the end of their careers and aren't long-term prospects. It would be useful to have one in the team to nurture the youngsters but people need to realise that they're not the whole solution. Yousuf was due to retire soon anyway.

  • POSTED BY Sussie on | July 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Oh dear. Pakistan, the clowns of world cricket. What do you expect from a team, when their board is so terrible. Afridi should never have been in a test team, doesn't have the test batting skills nor temperament. He doesn't even want to be there...yet the muppets on the PCB make him captain. Butt is a level headed and well spoken guy, and the only one that has consistently performed over the last 12 months. It's good to see that being recognised with the captaincy. Having said that, the Pakistan captaincy is a poisoned chalice. Too much politics and too many egos by mediocre players who've yet to achieve on the world stage. Pakistan are in danger of becoming like the West Indies....'once were good, but now.....'

  • POSTED BY Crick-3t on | July 18, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Yes Lawson is a well wisher. what do u think (Mr Shehzad K. Ghani) Ijaz Butt and his gang (exculding Waqar) are well wisher? At the moment "Malik" is the best choice as a Captin if he concentrate on the game rather then Cricket politics.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | July 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    All countries need to have one test captain for an extended period of time. Changing captains all of the time creates problems. West Indies have Chris Gayle, Australia have Ponting, England have Strauss, India have Dhoni, New Zealand have Vettori, Sri Lanka have Jayawardene and what of Pakistan? They have had Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi and now Salman Butt all in no time flat. This is not the way to go and Salman Butt is such a fringe player that he is a bad choice. Going back to Shoaib Malik, who isn't even in the side based on poor form, is a bad idea indeed. What Pakistan needs to do is to find a young player who they know will definitely be in the side for years to come. There is only one choice - Mohammad Ameer. Yes he is 18, but so was Graeme Smith for South Africa when he was named captain. But in doing so they need to guarantee him captaincy until he retires. Then and only then can Pakistan be strong.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 18, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Lawsons comments are his personal. Its because it worked for him to work with shoaib. But for Pakistan there is only one way forward, GET RID OF SHOAIB.

  • POSTED BY Nagariafi on | July 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I feel that Malik has been the center point of all the troubles. To clean up he must be out of the team along with his name sake Akhtar. More importantly, there is an urgentt & pressing need o get rid of Ijaz Butt & Yawar Saeed who have failed to manage the team or cricket that the team is playing. If they leave then some other players who are in the team for non-cricketting reasons, will also be gone e.g., Imran Farhat & Pakistan team & set will certainly be better off without these chracters.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    well Mr.Lawson is himself been a loss as a coach and he wants to add more wounds by appointing Shoaib Malik as a test captain of this struggling team Shoaib Malik Isa main culprit behind the whole situation created nowadays within the team he is the main person behind the younis and yousuf case coz both were showen the outside gate by pcb coz of malik political game atleast in this situation we dearly need the Younis khan as a leader in this test struggling team and Malik even doesnt deserve to be in odis and t20 or rtest team look at Afridi also he also didnt made him play in the eleven side in last lords test match malik is main culprit of off this situation in the team anyhow best of luck to pak test team in england......

  • POSTED BY Nemos_Eleven on | July 18, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Totally agree with Mr. Lawson but most of our people and the board will not agree as they don't have the ability to think out of the box. Which is such a shame. Butt will be destroyed both as a player and as captain in next couple of months and will never have the potential to become a leader and we will loose a good future captain and a good opening batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Funny, its 'obvious' that Lawson is not a well wisher of Pakistan Cricket. Why does he even bother to comment.

  • POSTED BY GoldenBoy48 on | July 18, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    No, not him again. Please.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    BAH !!! WHAT THE HELL IS HE THINKING !! dun wana giv it back to the POLITICAN !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    PAKISTAN DESPERATLY NEEDS 2YS BACK. THEY ARE NOT ONLY THE LEADING RUNS SCORERES 4 PAKISTAN IN THE PAST 5 YEARS BUT THE LEDING RUN SCORER PAIR IN THE WORLD AS WELL. & OBVOIUSLY PAKISTAN MISS INZI BADLY................. THE PROBLEM WITH PAKISTAN IS THAT OUR BOARD NEVER TRIES 2 PREPARE REPLACEMENT PLAYERS 2 TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. & THEY SUDDENLY AXE GR8S LIKE INZI , YOUSAF & YOUNAS. THEY DONT HAVE REPLACEMENT PLAYERS READY 2 FULFILL THE BIG BOOTS. ITS A VICIOUS CYCLE. BUT THE STRANGE THING IS ............. NOTHING HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST 60 YEARS & NOTHING WILL CHANGE IN FORSEEABLE FUTURE.......... AAWE KA AWWA HI BIGDA HUA HAI..................

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Yeah right. Mr Lawson should concentrate on everything else other than cricket. He is suggesting to make that person a captain who should not be part of the test team. Hilarious!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I disagree with Lawson here.. Shoaib Malik couldnt even bother to turn up for training prior to the 1st test match, hence his resultant dropping from the team.

    Maybe Butt isnt the man to lead, but neither is Malik until he gets his attitude right off the pitch.. actually that goes for the vast Majority of the team. Too many Pak players of this era think they can lead a Shoaib Akhter Lifestyle

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  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I disagree with Lawson here.. Shoaib Malik couldnt even bother to turn up for training prior to the 1st test match, hence his resultant dropping from the team.

    Maybe Butt isnt the man to lead, but neither is Malik until he gets his attitude right off the pitch.. actually that goes for the vast Majority of the team. Too many Pak players of this era think they can lead a Shoaib Akhter Lifestyle

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Yeah right. Mr Lawson should concentrate on everything else other than cricket. He is suggesting to make that person a captain who should not be part of the test team. Hilarious!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    PAKISTAN DESPERATLY NEEDS 2YS BACK. THEY ARE NOT ONLY THE LEADING RUNS SCORERES 4 PAKISTAN IN THE PAST 5 YEARS BUT THE LEDING RUN SCORER PAIR IN THE WORLD AS WELL. & OBVOIUSLY PAKISTAN MISS INZI BADLY................. THE PROBLEM WITH PAKISTAN IS THAT OUR BOARD NEVER TRIES 2 PREPARE REPLACEMENT PLAYERS 2 TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. & THEY SUDDENLY AXE GR8S LIKE INZI , YOUSAF & YOUNAS. THEY DONT HAVE REPLACEMENT PLAYERS READY 2 FULFILL THE BIG BOOTS. ITS A VICIOUS CYCLE. BUT THE STRANGE THING IS ............. NOTHING HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST 60 YEARS & NOTHING WILL CHANGE IN FORSEEABLE FUTURE.......... AAWE KA AWWA HI BIGDA HUA HAI..................

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    BAH !!! WHAT THE HELL IS HE THINKING !! dun wana giv it back to the POLITICAN !!

  • POSTED BY GoldenBoy48 on | July 18, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    No, not him again. Please.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Funny, its 'obvious' that Lawson is not a well wisher of Pakistan Cricket. Why does he even bother to comment.

  • POSTED BY Nemos_Eleven on | July 18, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Totally agree with Mr. Lawson but most of our people and the board will not agree as they don't have the ability to think out of the box. Which is such a shame. Butt will be destroyed both as a player and as captain in next couple of months and will never have the potential to become a leader and we will loose a good future captain and a good opening batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    well Mr.Lawson is himself been a loss as a coach and he wants to add more wounds by appointing Shoaib Malik as a test captain of this struggling team Shoaib Malik Isa main culprit behind the whole situation created nowadays within the team he is the main person behind the younis and yousuf case coz both were showen the outside gate by pcb coz of malik political game atleast in this situation we dearly need the Younis khan as a leader in this test struggling team and Malik even doesnt deserve to be in odis and t20 or rtest team look at Afridi also he also didnt made him play in the eleven side in last lords test match malik is main culprit of off this situation in the team anyhow best of luck to pak test team in england......

  • POSTED BY Nagariafi on | July 18, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    I feel that Malik has been the center point of all the troubles. To clean up he must be out of the team along with his name sake Akhtar. More importantly, there is an urgentt & pressing need o get rid of Ijaz Butt & Yawar Saeed who have failed to manage the team or cricket that the team is playing. If they leave then some other players who are in the team for non-cricketting reasons, will also be gone e.g., Imran Farhat & Pakistan team & set will certainly be better off without these chracters.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 18, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Lawsons comments are his personal. Its because it worked for him to work with shoaib. But for Pakistan there is only one way forward, GET RID OF SHOAIB.