Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 10, 2012

We play good, fair cricket - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq, successor as Pakistan captain to the disgraced Salman Butt, has appealed to England to forget the spot-fixing scandal that has blighted his country's cricketing reputation and expressed confidence that there is no chance of a repeat.

Pakistan and England meet for the first time in 17 months since a plot by Butt and the two Pakistan fast bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, to bowl deliberate no-balls for financial gain were uncovered in a sting operation by the now defunct tabloid, the News of the World.

The players were banned by the ICC and three months ago received lengthy jail sentences at Southwark Crown, leaving Pakistan and England to approach a three-Test series in the UAE fearing lingering resentment.

Misbah, flanked by Pakistan's team manager Naveed Akram Cheema at an arrival media conference at the ICC offices in Dubai, asked England to give Pakistan a fair chance to recover their reputation.

"I think both teams know we just have to forget the past," he said. "Our area of concern is to play good cricket, fair cricket - and that's what we can do. In a year and a half, our performances show that - the way we are behaving on the field, the way we are conducting ourselves.

"Credit goes to the team and all the players after a difficult time - everybody just stuck to the task, gathered their thoughts and just wanted to prove to the world that we were good players and a good team. Our target is just to play cricket in the true spirit. We want good relations, and to play really good and hard cricket."

Cheema was also adamant that Pakistan have put their house in order. "The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced a code of conduct - an anti-corruption code - and all these guys have been told. We are following this code in letter and spirit. I think with those rules and regulations in place, the chances [of spot fixing] happening again are not there. I'm absolutely confident about that."

Some England observers have looked askance at Pakistan's selection of Wahab Riaz, who was omitted while legal proceedings took place against his former team-mates, but who has now been recalled.

"As far as Wahab was concerned, I think all those who were involved in the unfortunate incident have been imprisoned," Cheema said. "Nothing special has been pointed out against [Wahab] - neither from the ICC nor elsewhere - and until something is found these are mere speculations. As far as the PCB is concerned and Wahab is concerned, there are no allegations which we have received."

Coincidentally, Misbah and Cheema were speaking within minutes of an MCC World Cricket Committee media release in Cape Town, calling on the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit to impose life bans on any captain, vice-captain or coach found guilty of corruption.

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  • on January 13, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Best of Luck for Pakistan... Just keep the spirits high.... stay tough.... and pllay fair cricket... give 100% there is no way Pakistan wont win

  • Kookaburra on January 13, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Eng is a weak team which will be proven this series. Pak to win the test series 2-0.

  • on January 13, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I would like to tell you all is one thing, "NEVER LOOK BACK UNLESS YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO THAT WAY"!

  • 5wombats on January 12, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @nlambda; check this link and see if you think match fixing is just confined to Pakistan; http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/549087.html. To be sure - match fixing is a huge problem world-wide. What happened to Hansie Cronje (SA), Azharuddin (Ind)? It is a disaster for sport. Full stop. Be better informed and you will realise the extent of this cancer on cricket. Please publish.

  • on January 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Good, fair or defensive or offensive. do what ever you want but just make sure your boys hold on to the catches. If you dont then no one will be able to save you from this english team.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I hope by good positive cricket Misbah means that this time around they are planning to hold on to the cathes. Negative Positive slow fast .. rest all is ok and exceptable.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @ K.A.K. i agree with you that the stadiums can go empty, despite two good teams playing in the Test matches. Just hope that the pak team holds on to their catches, then you can expect a good contest. otherwise you know how they dropped sachin 5 times in the world cup, also i cant recollect how many times they dropped taylor and then invited the problem.

  • nlambda on January 12, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    So now the match fixing scandal is a disaster for "the whole world of cricket"? Can anyone explain what have India, WI, Aus, Eng, NZ, SA etc done to be a part of this disaster?

  • AMUSMANI on January 12, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Best luck to pakistan team. Insha ALLAH we'll going to win all three formats game. dont forget england loose to india in india by 4-0 :P

  • Nish8738 on January 12, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    pakistan plays fair cricket? yeah and i go visit the moon everyday!!!

  • on January 13, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Best of Luck for Pakistan... Just keep the spirits high.... stay tough.... and pllay fair cricket... give 100% there is no way Pakistan wont win

  • Kookaburra on January 13, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Eng is a weak team which will be proven this series. Pak to win the test series 2-0.

  • on January 13, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I would like to tell you all is one thing, "NEVER LOOK BACK UNLESS YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO THAT WAY"!

  • 5wombats on January 12, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @nlambda; check this link and see if you think match fixing is just confined to Pakistan; http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/549087.html. To be sure - match fixing is a huge problem world-wide. What happened to Hansie Cronje (SA), Azharuddin (Ind)? It is a disaster for sport. Full stop. Be better informed and you will realise the extent of this cancer on cricket. Please publish.

  • on January 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Good, fair or defensive or offensive. do what ever you want but just make sure your boys hold on to the catches. If you dont then no one will be able to save you from this english team.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I hope by good positive cricket Misbah means that this time around they are planning to hold on to the cathes. Negative Positive slow fast .. rest all is ok and exceptable.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @ K.A.K. i agree with you that the stadiums can go empty, despite two good teams playing in the Test matches. Just hope that the pak team holds on to their catches, then you can expect a good contest. otherwise you know how they dropped sachin 5 times in the world cup, also i cant recollect how many times they dropped taylor and then invited the problem.

  • nlambda on January 12, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    So now the match fixing scandal is a disaster for "the whole world of cricket"? Can anyone explain what have India, WI, Aus, Eng, NZ, SA etc done to be a part of this disaster?

  • AMUSMANI on January 12, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Best luck to pakistan team. Insha ALLAH we'll going to win all three formats game. dont forget england loose to india in india by 4-0 :P

  • Nish8738 on January 12, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    pakistan plays fair cricket? yeah and i go visit the moon everyday!!!

  • dmqi on January 11, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    The two things to worry about is the series be played with quality umpires who will not make too many mistakes and the news media will not bring unwanted issues. Both team will try to play hard cricket. Misbah needs to be tough. Why does he say,"give us a chance"- not a smart statement. There is no one to give you a chance, you create it. Keep your head high and play to the best of your ability. You have a mediocre team, playing with a top class team. Your team's fielding will decide the fate of the series.

  • on January 11, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @RaMin90 Okay, England are the best team(number 1) in test cricket and T20. However, that does not mean it will be a complete whitewash. We drew against SA, we have been in good form. Pakistan are most dangerous when they are the underdogs, and over here we are the underdogs so look out on the test arena. With regards to the ODI and T20's, Pakistan have a good chance of winning them both. Just because you are number one in t20 cricket does not mean you will not lose, we have several players in the top 10 all rounders and bowlers and 1 or 2 in the batting department in ODI's and T20's Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez to name a few. In ODI's Pakistan are ranked higher than england, so that just ends your ODI argument. In any event, it will be a good contest in all formats. My prediction, call me bias if you wish, Pakistan will win the test series 1-0, the ODI 3-2 and T20 2-1.

    Good luck both teams!!

  • K.A.K on January 11, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    This is going to be a great series. We will see some good cricket. England is at top of their game, and Pakistan is hungry for winning, which makes it a great contest. I hope some spectators come out and watch the game live. It will be a shame if the stadiums are empty while two good teams are playing in UAE.

  • My-oh-my on January 11, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Why is Misbah pleading so much with the English team to give him a chance! Geez, he sounds so pathetic. Dude, the guys who did the crime are doing their time, so move on. Stop being so apologetic.

  • Desihungama on January 11, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @RaMin90 - Gee RaMin, What thanks but No Thanks? This English team will be found and wanted. Playing Test Cricket or any Cricket in UAE is hard labor which Pakistanis are accustomed to and British are not. it's that simple.

  • on January 11, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Hope Pakistan will come back.. or will it be again a decade of bad phase.

  • Omarrz on January 11, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    RaMin90 is funny! We'll see how England justify it's no 1 spot in middle east. They are no different than India who also became no. 1 by playing (read: winning) in their own den. I am confident that England will struggle to get even 350 in any of the 6 innings. Pakistan will either win 2-0 or 1-0, not 3-0 only due to their defensive strategies that they will not go for a win if they require to chase 200 odd in 60 overs. I can see England giving any kind of competition is in T20s and that's it. OIDs will be won 3-1 by Pakistan. Afridi/Ajmal and Hafeez are impossible for Kevin/Morgan/Trot to handle. May be Bell, because he has always performed well against Pakistan.

    And on Azhar Mehmood --> Dude, the opponent is not RSA. So Mehmood is just any other cricketer, not a superstar.

  • on January 11, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    gud luck.................

  • on January 11, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Good and fair cricket will be judged on the basis of of their fielding. sometimes suddenly these guys become very good fielders and then on somedays for no apparent reason they become the worst fielders in the world.

  • on January 11, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    eng will soon shock...........w8 4 a while

  • TaylorSwift on January 11, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    I think a lot of people have taken Ramiz's "war" comment out of context. He was referring to the days of Imran's captaincy, when Imran used that terminology to inspire his men to work harder, play with an aggressive mindset and play for their country's pride. Misbah's calm leadership has been a breath of fresh air but against a tough opponent like England, I can see him sticking with his defensive tactics. This might result in a couple of draws and give Pakistan a 1-0 edge after three Tests. Pakistan team is a work-in-progress at the moment and Misbah and his men don't have the self-confidence to push for a positive result in every Test just yet.

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on January 11, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I think Misbah's right.The thing which has gone is gone it will never come again.But it does not mean that we have to repeat this mistake again and again we have get a lesson from it.And Pakistan is in good form right now due to the spot fixing.I think they learned a good lesson.

  • G4rgoyle on January 11, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @RaMin90, dude you give the Brits too much credit. Look at their performance in the recent two games with ICC X1 and PCBX1. And don't forget the drubbing they received from India in India just recently. Pakistanis might have played with the minnows but they have increasingly raised their game in every contest. They might not be as strong as England at the moment but if you are expecting a one sided show in this series then you are grossly mistaken.

  • ISBCRIC on January 11, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    alot depends on pakistani spinners, english batsmen will definately struggle against quality spin bowling, pak batsmen have to play the game with a bit of fiestiness and aggression. i think Pakistan has got a fair chance to beat the englishmen like we did in 2005-06, as far as misbahs captaincy is concerned i think he leads from the front in the real way, bats well and fields exceptionally well even at the age of 37, but sadly in a country like pakistan people dont know much about cricket and think of afridi as the best captain

  • birdz_eye on January 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    For those who are ruling out Pakistan prior to the series & calling it a warmup series for SA tour remember 2005 Ashes & the heroes Flintof, White & Vaughn what happened to them England in the very next series against Pakistan! it still make me laugh when English fans over rate this newly emerged side. Just as Pakistan's tours to England have been the nightmares for green shirts same has happened to Englishmen (defeats) when they tour Pakistan. They (Brits) haven't impressed so far in the warmups let see how they come against a Pakistan side which has put their heads down to play solid cricket through out 2011. Pakistan with flare, style & aggression have been inconsistent in the past but Pakistan with fortified calm & focus! Beware England & rest of the cricket world there is a THUNDER DOWN UNDER

  • on January 11, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Got that right Misbah - The bookies are out - time to play a real game - Go get it boys !

  • Touseef117 on January 11, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @likeintcricket.................I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU

  • on January 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Give Pakistan a fair chance, they deserve chance to prove on & off field

  • sharp-sharks on January 11, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    A great captain leads from the front & changes everything for the betterment. Thats the quality MISBAH shows with his outstanding leadership.

  • sharp-sharks on January 11, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    What I want to address here is the inclusion of Azhar Mahmood for T20's and the ODI's in the England series. Azhar Mahmood's addtition in the team can boost up the current squad strength plus it can bring in that charismatic touch to the team with his new ball bowling and batting in the top order specially at No.3 - The No.3 slot in ODI's and T20's is partially empty and can be filled by such a seasoned and allround cricketer like Mahmood. He, Mahmood is quite familiar with english players and that can be an advantage if we bring him into the squad - I know his age is 34 - 35 but that does not matter as he is still one of the fitists cricketers available plus he has been outstanding in the english county with his bowling,batting and fielding and yeah not only that his slip catching is still the best if you compare it to anyone in the country. With his medium pace bowling and stylised aggressive batting along side his experience for me Azhar Mahmood can be an intelligent inclusion !

  • swingstowin on January 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    to be honest,i was thinking that pakistan dont stand a chance in the tests atleast! but looking at England's dismal performances against ICC XI and PCB XI( they are are 220/6 at the moment) I think we have a very interesting combat between the two teams ahead!! Who knows may be its Pakistan's time to shine!!

  • likeintcricket on January 11, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    English and Australian just don't want to lose against Asian teams specially Pakistan so as long as they are thrashing them they are happy. The problem comes when they start loosing. Mind my words, if they loose the first test they will surely start acting again specially against Ajmal.

  • Munkeymomo on January 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @Patchmaster: I'm actually glad to see 3 2020s and not many ODIs.My counter to your arguement: ODIs are boring and outdated. But yeah, I agree with the more tests part!

  • sohailus on January 11, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I wish good luck for both teams. I'm hoping a really excited, passionate, neat and clean series. Nothing will be happen this time. People who are in the UAE must come to stadium to watch all games and support both teams. That will be really appericiated.

  • sirvivfan on January 11, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I agree with Ramzi 100%. It is a war... one is fighting for your contry and self respect. But in fair sporting manner. No disgrace in loosing when everbody has given 100%. Remember Salauddin Ayubi... gracious in victory. Also if deafted accpet defeat and give respect to opponents. Howeve I cam very concerned, if Pakistan was to win.... I can see controversy coming about.always has been the case and always will be going forward. I can tell you the press are hioming in on Saeed Ajmal... soem people are never gracious in defeat! I hoope i am wrong this time. Riaz

  • on January 11, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    pakistan has got the edge because they are considered underdogs and everybody is praising england s fielding batting and bowling strength but we have seen what happened in aussies india first two tests when every analyst including aussies has concluded india first ever series victory plus lankans were demoralised that they cant win a test in SA even from any local club team so here looking forward to an upset if you ppl call pak win an upset .But misbah shud nt play too much defencive crikt.

  • on January 11, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @shamlaatu... damn correct dude !!

  • spence1324 on January 11, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @Weebee the media can say what they like its a free world,I take it you are a reporter if so than you can see my point!

  • Pakmann on January 11, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    WHY don't Pakistan appoint Wasim Akram as Coach???

    Wasim is coaching county in UK so why wouldnt he agree to coach Pakistan?

  • on January 11, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    so much that i like and want Pakistan's cricket team to win, the test series is going to be a HOPELESS draw, due to type of pitches and misbah's captaincy.

  • mohanan on January 11, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Now, Underline the word fair and make it caps and bold ;)

  • anver777 on January 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I think a confident captain for Pak after some time..... continue the good work !!!!

  • KarachiKid on January 11, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Good interview by Misbah. Makes me think that maybe after Inzimam, and when Younus had stepped down, Misbah could have been made the captain. But unfortunately at that time he was not even discovered at the international stage. Anyway, we should give as many years as his game allows.

  • on January 11, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Those who think that England will rule this series against Pakistan is in serious mental disorder. Did you followed the series back in england where Pakistan gave England a big tough time despite all the controversies and media war against them? Think again and ask yourself who's gonna win, you will certainly vote for GREEN SHIRTS!

  • on January 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    @ chacha pishori . " I think England has the edge on 2 counts. Super solid opening and light years ahead fielding". I think the difference in the fielding is going to be the difference between the two side. one is professional and the other temperamental.

  • WeeBee on January 11, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Truley a calm guy! ... i did attend his press conference on saturaday 7th of january in Pakistan, he looked the coolest person on earth playing the hottest game of the country ! ... I think he also looked really calm yesterday while answering to the rude English Media! ... Misbah answered quite maturely. I think apart from Cricket, it would be a match between English Media and Pakistani Players. And i think now Pakistani players know how to handle English Media. Anyway , i am really looking farward to see a competitive series.

  • on January 11, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    lets hope therez no controversy off the field, as rameez raja said, "play like this is war", Pakistani team has been improving series by series and in my opinion this is the ideal time for them to show there true potential, plus the big advantage here is that England is playing an away series and they have to prove themselves also. as rameez says in his commentary, "this is going to be a nail biter"

  • krishna_cricketfan on January 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    I hope to see great bowling from Pakistan. If the fielders support them well, the series wil be a hard fought one. No one team should dominate cricket. Hope pakistan continues their upward trend by winning more and lifting the name of asian cricket.

  • shamlaatu on January 11, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @RaMin90... "Pakistan to lose all games in all formats" ???... lol, arent we getting a lil too excited here, or u just forgot the ODI drubbing at the hands of India ? I mean it wasn't too long ago, was it?

  • on January 11, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    I want Pakistan to play hard and play fair. With first priority to preserve the dignity and honor of the country that has given them so much prestige, if they play with intensity, they will prevail. I like the spirit of this team. Watch them they play with passion except for Asad Shafiq. Umar Akmal is a must for the team. Umar Akmal brings the "Killer Instinct" at #6. Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Hafeez play as if there is no tomorrow and bring down the high flying English Team. More power to you all.

  • on January 11, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @RaMin90, I guess you haven't heard hope for best and plan for worst?

    In any case one can only achieve success by having a vision, hope, courage, dedication, smartness,strategy and hard work. Pakistan has all the potentials here but somewhat weak in batting courage. Actually Pakistan's only weak point is their defensive shell, which I really hate. I hope Umar Akmal clicks few times in the series so I don't have to watch dead cricket by Taufiq Umar and Azhar Ali. Dead in a sense that they play exceptionally defensively but well you also need walls sometime, if it works for Pakistan I am all for it.

    As for Swann, he is a get lucky bowler in sub continent, however, Broad is a complete package. Strauss is a danger man for batting, if Pakistan can plan to take out Strauss early Pakistan has a strong chance in the match. BTW I love watching Strauss batting although he hasn't click much last year but the way he played in side match it was treat to watch.

    Happy Cricket Guys.

  • on January 11, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    agreed with Misbah and lets move forward and give us a great show, play fair and clean cricket. Ajmal and abdul Rehman will play a big role in Pakistani win

  • Patchmaster on January 11, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Such a shame to see 3 T20's - should be a five match ODI series instead. T20 is so overkill and becoming very boring, very fast. More test cricket please !

  • on January 11, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @Meety. I think England has the edge on 2 counts. Super solid opening and light years ahead fielding. England also has some more depth in batting line while many Pak players are ONE dimensional, and severely lack versatility, with that words, by-default they know only one way, thats the slow and defensive way. Soon as most of Pak batsmen try to accelerate they lose their wicket (with our openers, YK, Misbah, Azhar fall into this category). On the other side we have the likes of Umer Akmal who is one dimensional in the opposite direction. He knows only one way and that's the hit and bang way. Soon as he tries to play slow he loses his wicket. Asad Shafiq is perhaps the only exception who could play either way. The math is pretty simple for me. England will quite likely take the test series, ODI is 50-50, and T20 is anybody's guess.

  • r1zzy on January 11, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @ iBilal and may others on this page, i agree 100%...lets move on from the past learn from mistakes and lets have a good, clean, entertaining series InshAllah.....best of luck to both teams....would love it if Pakistan won though.

  • PakiPassion on January 11, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    I would like to disagree with some people about Ramiz Raja's comment "going to war" I think he is spot on, Pakistan have to play attacking, aggressive cricket from the word go and that's the only way we can win any tests against the no1 team + remember Ramiz is from Imran khan era when every game was a "war" and he is a world cup winner and a very intelligent man do he knows exactly what he's talking about.

  • Meety on January 10, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Whilst I suspect the pitches will be pretty low & slow, (prefer some early life), I am hoping for a tough tussle. I think this will be very attritional & it will be interesting to see if England's explosive starts will be negated by a) the pitches, b) Pakistan. I would be surprised if any match is decided before the 5th Day. Pace bowling its Anderson v Gul/Junaid & spin obviously Swann v Ajmal. England haven't much in the way of Asian pitches (test-wise) lately so it will be interesting to see if they have re-calibrated. Pakistan have had plenty of experience against SL & Bangladesh lately so should have the edge in experience. Smart money is on England, my hunch is Pakistan 1-0. A drawn series ala the Pak v Saffa series is most likely.

  • RaMin90 on January 10, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Got to admit that since the end of the world cup, Pakistan have played some phenomenal cricket. Saw some of their games and was really impressed how hard they work as a unit so credit to them. They are now playing England in the upcoming series but I have to be honest that even though Pakistan are in form, they're still no match for England just look at what they have done after the world cup. The huge difference between Pakistan and England is that England are the best cricket team in the world overall that is. They achieved their ultimate goal in Test cricket the number 1 status. They are already the T20 world champions and currently number for that form of game. They're not doing to bad in ODI either. Pakistan shouldn't really get their hopes up and should just enjoy the occasion. England should use this as a warm up for the South Africa series later in the coming year. I think Pakistan will lose all their matches in all formats for the series. Good Luck to both teams.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on January 10, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @ch_mahmood: Yes Agreed, WHY IS THERE ONLY 4 ONE DAYER'S ? It should be 5 ODIs, they can reduce 1 T20, we don't need 3 T20s. And yes, Lets play fair and tough cricket and try beat no 1 team. Hope they include Umar akmal and Wahab riza in final 11

  • on January 10, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    I think what Rameez was referring to was that back in the days Imran Khan used to tell them to take each game as a war, if the players take it as a profession they will try to think of ways of making money and will repeat the past of getting involved into match fixing. Great job Rameez Raja. And I think each match should be played like the war like in the oldern days. Gladiator style.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Misbah seems to be a very articulate bloke. Refreshing to see somebody as articulate as him after Imran Khan.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    @iBilal, much respects to you bro from India here. Well said. Those things just happened in England. England has nothing to do with those incidents. It's that simple. Very well said.

  • on January 10, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Forget the past, let's hope for hard fought series.

  • on January 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Good for Pak. because what had happened earlier was not good for their cricket also for world cricket. though i agree that these are isolated events , and such events have happened world wide. so better not to demonize any particular team. lets move on. presently they are playing good competitive cricket which is good for all. England can forget not only the incident but also the easy mauling that they handed to pak last year. this team is definitely better.

  • Ch_Mahmood on January 10, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @cricket_fan_1980+ iBilal.......... I agree 100% especially with regards to Ramiz sayin that Pak team should take it as war, Absolutely not! He's a good commentator,but he should consider the impact his statements have on all types of audiences...its ridiculous attitude, am ashamed to hear. There's no match more eagerly anticipated right now than these two sides, its the heavy weight battle right now. #1 Eng Vs Inform dangerous varied attack of Pakistan. Putting aside the controversies, (HINT HINT....CASE IS CLOSED) the biggest query I have is, WHY IS THERE ONLY 4 ONE DAYER'S PLEASE ANYONE?.....Where do we go if its 2-2?

  • 5wombats on January 10, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @iBilal - spot on. England cricket team had nothing to do 2010 spot fixing scandal - which was a disaster for whole world of cricket. It happened in England but it could have happened anywhere. Also this terrible disaster in Lahore with the shootings. Truly a nightmare. Understand that the whole world of cricket wants and needs Pakistan to recover strongly and completely to take their rightful place. Everyone desires this, and all will work together to achieve it. There is warm respect for Pakistan cricket from England - always was, always will be.

  • iBilal on January 10, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    As Pakistani, the spot-fixing case was extremely humiliating for me. I dont agree with Ramiz sayin that Pak team should take it as war. On the contrary, we need good relations with England; England has been very friendly to Pakistan. We dont need another rivalry. England has been home to more than a million Pakistanis now. Our players play club cricket there, some of them also coach there. Oval fiasco or Spot-fixing has nothing to do with England. God save the Queen.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 10, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    I agree with Misbah. In addition, we should respect the ECB for hosting us last summer and now playing us again. I am also very impressed by the role that Strauss and several members of the English camp have taken, to try and move on and be positive about the future. It is unfortunate what happened, but now the sentencing has been done, so this issue has been resolved by the English courts and the ICC. It is completely unfair to point fingers at Wahab and co, whose names had come up for investigation. A very thorough investigation was carried out by several bodies, including the British police, and no charge was brought against anybody except the three who are in jail. Therefore, we have to trust the law and due process, and not make it any harder for somebody who has been cleared as innocent. Perhaps he was only called in for intelligence gathering and questioning, and this by no means makes him any kind of accomplice. Lets move on! Time for some tough cricket! Good luck to both teams

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  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 10, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    I agree with Misbah. In addition, we should respect the ECB for hosting us last summer and now playing us again. I am also very impressed by the role that Strauss and several members of the English camp have taken, to try and move on and be positive about the future. It is unfortunate what happened, but now the sentencing has been done, so this issue has been resolved by the English courts and the ICC. It is completely unfair to point fingers at Wahab and co, whose names had come up for investigation. A very thorough investigation was carried out by several bodies, including the British police, and no charge was brought against anybody except the three who are in jail. Therefore, we have to trust the law and due process, and not make it any harder for somebody who has been cleared as innocent. Perhaps he was only called in for intelligence gathering and questioning, and this by no means makes him any kind of accomplice. Lets move on! Time for some tough cricket! Good luck to both teams

  • iBilal on January 10, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    As Pakistani, the spot-fixing case was extremely humiliating for me. I dont agree with Ramiz sayin that Pak team should take it as war. On the contrary, we need good relations with England; England has been very friendly to Pakistan. We dont need another rivalry. England has been home to more than a million Pakistanis now. Our players play club cricket there, some of them also coach there. Oval fiasco or Spot-fixing has nothing to do with England. God save the Queen.

  • 5wombats on January 10, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @iBilal - spot on. England cricket team had nothing to do 2010 spot fixing scandal - which was a disaster for whole world of cricket. It happened in England but it could have happened anywhere. Also this terrible disaster in Lahore with the shootings. Truly a nightmare. Understand that the whole world of cricket wants and needs Pakistan to recover strongly and completely to take their rightful place. Everyone desires this, and all will work together to achieve it. There is warm respect for Pakistan cricket from England - always was, always will be.

  • Ch_Mahmood on January 10, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @cricket_fan_1980+ iBilal.......... I agree 100% especially with regards to Ramiz sayin that Pak team should take it as war, Absolutely not! He's a good commentator,but he should consider the impact his statements have on all types of audiences...its ridiculous attitude, am ashamed to hear. There's no match more eagerly anticipated right now than these two sides, its the heavy weight battle right now. #1 Eng Vs Inform dangerous varied attack of Pakistan. Putting aside the controversies, (HINT HINT....CASE IS CLOSED) the biggest query I have is, WHY IS THERE ONLY 4 ONE DAYER'S PLEASE ANYONE?.....Where do we go if its 2-2?

  • on January 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Good for Pak. because what had happened earlier was not good for their cricket also for world cricket. though i agree that these are isolated events , and such events have happened world wide. so better not to demonize any particular team. lets move on. presently they are playing good competitive cricket which is good for all. England can forget not only the incident but also the easy mauling that they handed to pak last year. this team is definitely better.

  • on January 10, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Forget the past, let's hope for hard fought series.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    @iBilal, much respects to you bro from India here. Well said. Those things just happened in England. England has nothing to do with those incidents. It's that simple. Very well said.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Misbah seems to be a very articulate bloke. Refreshing to see somebody as articulate as him after Imran Khan.

  • on January 10, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    I think what Rameez was referring to was that back in the days Imran Khan used to tell them to take each game as a war, if the players take it as a profession they will try to think of ways of making money and will repeat the past of getting involved into match fixing. Great job Rameez Raja. And I think each match should be played like the war like in the oldern days. Gladiator style.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on January 10, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @ch_mahmood: Yes Agreed, WHY IS THERE ONLY 4 ONE DAYER'S ? It should be 5 ODIs, they can reduce 1 T20, we don't need 3 T20s. And yes, Lets play fair and tough cricket and try beat no 1 team. Hope they include Umar akmal and Wahab riza in final 11