Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai January 20, 2012

'A boost to the nation' - Mohsin

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Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan interim coach, has said the three-day win over England was a major "boost to the nation" after a period marred by controversy, chiefly the spot-fixing scandal.

"There have been well documented and unwanted activities involving former Pakistani cricketers a couple of years ago which spoilt the name of Pakistan cricket and gave the nation of Pakistan a bad name," Mohsin told PakPassion.net. "Our aim was to turn that around, and to provide a boost to the nation and fans of Pakistan cricket, and to show the world that there is more to Pakistan cricket than just negatives. Cricket is not just a game in Pakistan; it's a way of life, it's a passion and the people adore cricket in Pakistan. So for that reason I feel the win today was a gift for the people of Pakistan.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board is working tirelessly to improve the image of Pakistan cricket and to bring normality back to Pakistan cricket. Likewise this group of players can play an important role in improving the image of Pakistan cricket, by playing tough cricket and winning consistently and therefore showing the world that Pakistani cricketers are among the best in the world and that Pakistan is amongst the best teams in the world."

Pakistan won by 10 wickets, skittling England out for 192 and 160. They picked up five wickets in the first session of the first day, and Mohsin said that played a decisive role. "We were pleased when England decided to bat first as we knew there would be something in the pitch for our bowlers, particularly in the first hour due to the moisture. Our plan was to create early pressure in the first session and to take full advantage of the conditions, and that worked to our satisfaction. We had an early grip on the game and I told the boys to not let that advantage go and to maintain that pressure and not ease up at all. The first session was ultimately pivotal in the outcome of the match."

England had few answers against offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who was Man of the Match for bagging 10 wickets. Mohsin dismissed questions raised in some quarters about his action. "I'm not worried about the comments regarding Ajmal's action and neither is Saeed. You do find some people in the media who try to create a few unwanted things which should be kept away from cricket, but then again when we came to the UAE there were questions from some of the media directed to Misbah and myself about the issues in 2010 in England.

"Our response was simple and was that we are just here to play good positive cricket and nothing more than that."

The second Test will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 25. "Shortly after the match finished today we had a team meeting where we all discussed the importance of not being complacent and maintaining our focus for the second Test match in Abu Dhabi," Mohsin said.

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  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (January 20 2012, 17:51 PM GMT) - re "How long before English media and players declare that Test cricket is evil and should be banned?! " - And how long before you learn to respect players who gave your team some royal thrashings in this format of the game within the last 9 months?

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Hopefully Pak batting can get themselves together and improve on their technique a little more. Granted, they have improved, but still further improvement is needed. Because their bowling has been strong as far back as i can remember. However, England will be hurt by the manner of that defeat and will be charged up for the next test match so Pak will also have to raise their game as England are still the strongest Test nation. Come on Pak!

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    How much better would it be for Pakistan if they could beat England and play within the laws of cricket. Something eminently possible. For those who don't know, the laws of cricket still prohibit throwing actions and the current playing regulation that permits such a thing has more to do with political appeasement than it does with the game itself. A straight arm has been good enough for 120 years so why change it now and only for first class and international matches? All the time it remains it will be a stain on achievements the Pakistan team may well be able to make anyway. Let's not forget they are a very talented side.

  • Urajapakse on January 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. It was a great win,You always had some great cricketers. hats off to you Moshin for the motivation. I still remember your 200 at lords. It is nice to see Pakistan wining when both Sri Lanka & India are loosing to their opponents presently.

    We need all three ASIAN GIANTS to dominate world cricket, best of luck for the remaining matches. TIGERS.

  • mazdonal on January 21, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    I almost dread the possibility of Saeed Ajmal being named as the MVP in any match, because if he has to give an interview the moment he opens his mouth, what pours out of his mouth is pure gibberish. Commntators must insists that he stick to Urdu for his comments.

  • on January 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Great team performance by Pakistan. I would however replace Aizaz Cheema with Junaid or Wahab in the next game (Cheema was ok but you do need a left arm pacer as well + England have many left-handed batsmen). Would prefer Wahab because he can bat a bit as well. not sure if he is match fit though having not played international cricket for > 6 months now

    I w'd also replace Asad Shafiq with Umar Akmal.

  • aarke on January 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    it sounds good well done

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Wonderful win by Pakistan. Full marks to them. Among all the problems that nation faces, they are coming our victorious. Excellent effort from these talented bunch of cricketers from neighboring nation. Keep it up. Pakistan should thrash England 3-0 should not allow this strong England to come back.

  • Sports4Youth on January 21, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Boost is good, but do not get carried away. because of Petersen, Bell , Cook get going then they can be impossible to get out specially on these flat pitches.

  • AhmadSaeed on January 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, we should not be very complaisant on such performance. we have to win the test series 3-0. that should be the target. Eng are under pressure definitely. Now it time for coach and captain to formalize the strategy for taking advantage of this situation. Lets forget the 1st test and move to the 2nd one.

  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (January 20 2012, 17:51 PM GMT) - re "How long before English media and players declare that Test cricket is evil and should be banned?! " - And how long before you learn to respect players who gave your team some royal thrashings in this format of the game within the last 9 months?

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Hopefully Pak batting can get themselves together and improve on their technique a little more. Granted, they have improved, but still further improvement is needed. Because their bowling has been strong as far back as i can remember. However, England will be hurt by the manner of that defeat and will be charged up for the next test match so Pak will also have to raise their game as England are still the strongest Test nation. Come on Pak!

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    How much better would it be for Pakistan if they could beat England and play within the laws of cricket. Something eminently possible. For those who don't know, the laws of cricket still prohibit throwing actions and the current playing regulation that permits such a thing has more to do with political appeasement than it does with the game itself. A straight arm has been good enough for 120 years so why change it now and only for first class and international matches? All the time it remains it will be a stain on achievements the Pakistan team may well be able to make anyway. Let's not forget they are a very talented side.

  • Urajapakse on January 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. It was a great win,You always had some great cricketers. hats off to you Moshin for the motivation. I still remember your 200 at lords. It is nice to see Pakistan wining when both Sri Lanka & India are loosing to their opponents presently.

    We need all three ASIAN GIANTS to dominate world cricket, best of luck for the remaining matches. TIGERS.

  • mazdonal on January 21, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    I almost dread the possibility of Saeed Ajmal being named as the MVP in any match, because if he has to give an interview the moment he opens his mouth, what pours out of his mouth is pure gibberish. Commntators must insists that he stick to Urdu for his comments.

  • on January 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Great team performance by Pakistan. I would however replace Aizaz Cheema with Junaid or Wahab in the next game (Cheema was ok but you do need a left arm pacer as well + England have many left-handed batsmen). Would prefer Wahab because he can bat a bit as well. not sure if he is match fit though having not played international cricket for > 6 months now

    I w'd also replace Asad Shafiq with Umar Akmal.

  • aarke on January 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    it sounds good well done

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Wonderful win by Pakistan. Full marks to them. Among all the problems that nation faces, they are coming our victorious. Excellent effort from these talented bunch of cricketers from neighboring nation. Keep it up. Pakistan should thrash England 3-0 should not allow this strong England to come back.

  • Sports4Youth on January 21, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Boost is good, but do not get carried away. because of Petersen, Bell , Cook get going then they can be impossible to get out specially on these flat pitches.

  • AhmadSaeed on January 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, we should not be very complaisant on such performance. we have to win the test series 3-0. that should be the target. Eng are under pressure definitely. Now it time for coach and captain to formalize the strategy for taking advantage of this situation. Lets forget the 1st test and move to the 2nd one.

  • on January 21, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    pakistani cricket has talent. if this is developed with discipline, it will be best team in world

  • on January 21, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Winning with incredible bowling. Not much of a batting line-up. Great win.

  • mxnmxn on January 20, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Well done. It will really boost the confidence of the team - and keep us cricket fans engaged in the game. However I would rather like to see Pak beating Eng on their home grounds. IMO, Dubai / Sharjah are the dubious destinations to judge any team. :)

  • disco_bob on January 20, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    I wonder if Butt and Asif still think that cricket is just about money. Amir should also remember that he's old enough to understand that if he was his own man he could have been a major part of this resurgence and gained something much more valuable than lucre.

  • CANUCK2003 on January 20, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Only pakistan is playing better Cricket in 3rd world countries..... Rest need to learn lessons from OZ, SA and KIWIs.

  • on January 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I am sure Saqlain Mushataq tried his best as a England bowling coach to teach Doosra to his spinners, but none could get masters in it. The closer one to get some benefits of his teaching was Monte, Swann is too short to understand what is doosra means at all.

  • on January 20, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    wonderful performance from Pakistan team and its a happy moment for us. after all the trouble our cricket has been through in the recent years, finally we r back on track to show the world what we r capable of. And guys! dont expect this english team to give up without a fight...this is a quality english side and we will surely see them coming back stronger in the remaining series. Some interesting cricket ahead :)

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    its really good to see pakistan cricket leaving back the dark days and coming out of it...the standard of world cricket has fallen these dayz...but when we see tough competetions rather than easy wins, it is good for the game...myself 4m kolkata,india...really feel its tym for the talented trio of the indian team to call it a day...youngsters need to stand up as they always had...hoping 2 see a good game in adelaide...

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    England coach looks up " Teesra " on wikipedia :D

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Pakistan go 3-0 and give answer to 2010 series

  • on January 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Happy to be a Pakistani at this time. Well done Team Pakistan. May Allah bless you with success every time you face your opponents. GoTeamPakistan!

  • BHAARATVARSH on January 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    How long before English media and players declare that Test cricket is evil and should be banned?!

  • on January 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    There has been much talk that Pakistan has won a test match at home, it is not a big deal. Pakistan cricket has been exiled due to unfortunate circumstances, and are playing in an away ground in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistani cricketers play first class games in Pakistan and not the UAE. The UAE is a NEUTRAL/Away venue for them to play test cricket. It is still not HOME conditions for the players. England no doubt an excellent cricketing side. The series is still on, England can always stage a great comeback. Pakistan has done exceptionally well after facing severe scrutiny over different issues. They have maintained faith and brought cricket back from the jaws of death in Pakistan. They have proven themselves as tough opposition, as they have only won the first test, They can solidify their claim as tough opposition by giving a serious challenge to a number 1 test side

  • on January 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Please Don`t blame him(Saeed Ajmal) that he had something in his shirt sleeve, He strive to get this position and there were some England player too who wore long sleeve shirts. So, this is not good to blame on his performance although he is consistent providing good performance. So, If someone do hard work and gives excellent performance so we should appreciate him not to suspect.

  • Cricket_Man on January 20, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @ Hameed Malik, Pakistan has been performing very well for the past 1 year. Whereas, England didn't perform well even in the side matches against weak teams. So the there is no chance of a fluke. A wins a win and England got bowled out for less than 200 in both innings(No fluke) Other then that, Pakistan won't make pitches according to England's wishes. England too take advantage in their home conditions. Although, the full sleeves argument is a very funny excuse to Ajmal's devastating bowling, Swann was wearing full sleeves too and Ajmal was also wearing full sleeves in 2010 Pak tour to Eng . Why did Bob Willis raise a question now? As far as Pakistan and India are concerned, its good to have peace between the two countries and having friendly relations has no harm.

  • CricIndia208 on January 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Nothing to celebrate. pakistan have won only on their dirt tracks. May I remind mohsin khan that pakistan have not even drawn a match in australia in sixteen years, have never won in SA, West Indies (LOL), have not won in England in sixteen years, have not won in India in 26 years. With such a pathetic record pakistan have noting to celebrate. pakistan will lose 0-3 in SA next year.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    ya i knw deepu guds feelng......................

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Pakistan are always progressing.

  • on January 20, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    @VIVz_forearm. Excellent. You sound a true blue blooded English gentleman. The kind I used to admire in my young days.

  • foursandsixes on January 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    C'com guys.. UAE is *home* advantage to Pakistan, please do not kid yourself saying this is an away test for Pakistan!

  • hamza101 on January 20, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @deepu111 Ohhhh winning one test at home is something not equals to losing by 4 - 0 at home :P Hope you get it why we are celebrating alot ...

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    guys why u all of u think uae is home for pakistan ....we are pakistani and its a neutral ground so dont say its in home....Pakistan shown great class

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    its really simple! PAKISTAN can rock any team at any pitch at any condition they dont rely on home conditions! they can destroy england in england as well! dnt forget the summer of '10 when they claim 2 victories one is over england and one is over australia in the most worst situation pakistan ever faced of spot-fixing! as far as ranking is concerned PAKISTAN # 1.

  • sirvivfan on January 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Well done Mohsin Khan and Team Pakistan.... the victory was sweet for all supporters of Pakistan. Thsi was much needed good news for the nation... it shows resilence when the whole world passed judgement on Pakistan... specially the Uk press after 2010 incident. Suddenly all these guys passed judgement on evverthing as if there world is clean! Now Pakistan ,usty work even harder to mainitian this advantage over next 2 tests. Brin Umar Akmal in and also perhaps Riaz or Junaid. With Junaid England batters hav enot faced before... big advantage. The batters in Abu Dhabi shoudl okkm to bat for 120-150 overs. Toss would be crucial in thaqt Engalnd may be wary of battin first.Also England may brin in Panesar.. in which Pakistan batters must not ge tout to him!

  • yorkshirematt on January 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @south african You are my second team as I consider you to be a decent bunch. By far the least annoying on the international circuit. Don't spoil your image.

  • on January 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    very well done pakistan team..keep the spirit up

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Feel really proud of Pakistan win , felt really great to see them winning against tough English team ..hope they beat the England in next test match , All the best my pakistani brothers for next match!!

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Every time England perform bad against Pakistan they start giving excuses and blaming Pakistani players for no reasons. Now when they were unable to play Saeed Ajmal they started objecting his action. Instead of starting blame game they should try to learn playing spin and batting in sub continent. About Mohsin Khan, I personaly feel Dave Whatmore is better coach than Mohsin, Team pakistan is not winning because of Mohsin Khan's coaching they are winning due to the talent and skills of the player. Cricinfo please publish my comments.

  • SwingReverse on January 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan! You have showed true talent in beating a very capable English side. Can't wait for the second test to begin.

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    pakistan completely outclass england and as far as the pitch is concern playing on a dead pitch for any batsmen is very easy still we bowl eng twice before 200 this show's this is not a fluke and as far as saeed ajmal teseera is concerned he hasn't bowled it yet

  • on January 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    well done team pakistan, you have to win the series, i knw u can do it...

  • Shah-Ji on January 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Not agreed , Every Pakistani must be happy but this is only the first match.

    Mohsin should refrain from such statements until the end of tour.

  • civildiscourse on January 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I'm sure in 10 years time, English spinners will learn to bowl the doosra and then the English commentators will declare it an "ART FORM".....just like they did with reverse swing.

  • AidanFX on January 20, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    The whole "playing at home - playing away thing" is getting out of hand - so much circular reasoning and over use of the words... Eng are now labelled "Green Top Bullies" (series isn't over yet so very premature) - Pak beat Eng this Test and someone says "Pakistan need to win overseas to gain credibility" - hang just give them credit for winning this game - worry about how they do overseas when they go there. "India are flat track bullies" - whilst Aus are also now "green top bullies" - this whole nonsense is getting out of hand. People there can be some validity to these arguments - but am personally sick of the overuse 'table tennis' back and forward use of these arguments to suit ones bias. People conveniently rubbish a person's century or 5 inns / 10 match wicket haul if it is player they don't like. A lot of the attacks against country teams are from sour fans or those who favor other teams. Every single article someone uses this stupid often ill-informed attack.

  • keptalittlelow on January 20, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with Mohsin that we must not be complacent until the series is in the bag. This is English team is a worthy No.1, they are not like previous number 1 which loses everywhere 4 - 0. So beware Pakista.

  • o-bomb on January 20, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan! They completely outplayed us in this game. I can only hope that our batsmen learn from the patient way the likes of Hafeez and Misbah played and make a good contest of the series.

  • on January 20, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    England can't save their ranking & this test series too....cheers to pakistan.... England r same as Indian behave on foreign soil.....

  • mrhamilton on January 20, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Mohsin Khan is a good talker and handles the press/media well but he has only v recently replaced Waqar younis yet like Younis both these coaches r keen to take all the credit for pak crickets transformation. I wish this nonsense would stop and Misbah be solely credited along with his team such as younis, adnan akmal, the openers and ajmal and rahman. The nonsense about they lost 3 key players is slightly inaccurate, salman butt was poor and never belonged in teh team. ASIF is a loss, but aamer was slightly overrated and pak have many other young prospects. WHy is age mentioned. Misbah can play till 40 like gooch, so can younis and teh spinners and plenty of youngsters coming through. Pak destroyed england and will win 3-0

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @ Vipins .. you are right. Just like after Amitabh Bachan no body really deserves to be a superstar, same way, after the ending of Australia's dominance no team deserves to be declared SuperPower/No.1.

  • BHAARATVARSH on January 20, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    southafrican - totally agree!!

    I'm really excited that Saffers will be in England... that will be some contest!!

  • Tamizhan88 on January 20, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I feel A defeat England Got here is Reality Check.. And Of course to be Honest i was happy to see Pakistan Win this one and Supported them in this Test.. Usually the World likes to see the Numero uno Displaced.. :D enjoyed Irony if Pakistan whitewash England.. as England would mean Bad memories for Pak Cricketers.. and if they achieve this white wash will just make them a very Confident unit.. we want more Confident Teams and Competitive teams..

  • southafrican on January 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    It is strange that Pakistanis are singled out for a variety issues moreso in matches against England. On the verge of beating England in England, the issue of ball tampering was brought up. And now that they have been thoroughly outclassed, chief destroyer Ajmal is put under the microsscope. Pakistan team should stand firm on this issue, and not allow the English media and some average ex cricketers now commentating, to disrupt and find ways to remove the Ajmal threat. No other team that Ajmal played against complained. Cannot wait for South Africa tour to England and beat the English in their own backyard. The no.1 ranking they have enjoyed for a short while has gone to their heads and they cannot stomach being beaten by a team still in a rebuilding phase. Well done and congratulations to Pakistan.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Moshin Khan has done exceptionally well with the team. He along with Waqar have done a great job. I wonder if this is the right time to get a foreign coach? If is not broke then dont mend is what I would say. Misbah has been a revelation doing things in a calm and collected manner. Having Younis Khan in the team is a great strength to all the players too.

    Many congratulations to the whole team. Pakistan sure needs some good news and to celebrate. Sri Lanka has been through what Pakistan is now going through and cricket did help. Philip Gnana Surrey

  • 30-30-150 on January 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Just can't understand why there is so much celebration winning a Test match at home..

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    True... Nation has been boosted

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 20, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Bette be careful. This English side has some fantastic players borrowed from all over the World. Also their pride has been hurt as they come from a Fantastic run in their HOME SERIES''s. Gavasker had rightly commented during the India series that - it looks like a World XI, with a few english players. They will deffinately came back at you very hard. .

  • RVC-38 on January 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    BRAVO PAKISTAN! What a great game cricket is. Very humbling and very heartening. England on top of the world, Pakistan in disarray, but who cares now - nobody. This fallacy that teams can only perform at home is, at the moment, only being proven by INDIA and ENGLAND. Teams can perform away oz in sa and sl, nz in oz, sl won a test in sa and now Pakistan in the middle east just to name a few, So number 1 and number2 take a leaf out of Pakistans book and get over yourselves, you do not play as well away as most teams, with no excuses.

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    So will they now stick with mohsin as a coach or will Whatmore replace him??

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Very well said Mohsin i hope all that talk of beating minnows or weakened teams like lanka and NZ will come to an end after this series.Eng is a tough side and it will be above us irrespective of this series result but i hope we earn a respect from all those critics who never like to praise pak as team never consider us a formidable test side never even think that this side can become threatening to Eng and Aus.BCCI prefer asia cup over pak india test series in india where there is no security threat .We are forced to play outside of our country for more than 2 years and i salute Misbah and Mohsin for such a performance .My only wish is that soon we win in W.I(never before) then conquer SA and in the end our last and most difficult final frontier Aus in Aus.

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    been a sri lankan love this effort of Pakistan, not having home advantage and IPl screwing them, mate this is class after there main 2 fast ballers missing. I was lucky enough to ball at Imaran Khan at Sharjah Stadium nets in 1986. It was magic to see Wasims Hat rick against West Indies, if you love cricket country does not matter appreciate what they have achieve, proud Sri Lankan to the bitter end.

  • DRS_ on January 20, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    There is no doubt that Pakistanis' are the most naturally talented players. Also they are equipped to play in any environment. They find fast bowlers and spinners like plucking mangoes from the tree. Amazing. Keep it up and happy for you. A Lankan

  • on January 20, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Great to listen the proud Pakistani coach, in a typical pakistani way. Still i ll welcome whatmore as new coach. Thanks Mohsin for building this team, you are a good chief selector , just get rid off Imran farhat, and bring in hamad ashraf.

  • x-squire-x on January 20, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Mohsin should be the permnanant coach, he and Misbah have done a fantastic job.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    In this match most of the dismissals were through lbw's for pak, hence the catching of pak was not really tested. Traditionally Pak players are known to be very pathetic catchers, they have lost many matches because of dropped catches. Recently here in the first match against Sri lanka they dropped Sanga and Jayawadan (wk) twice and they scored a Double and ton respectively. As a result that match slipped out of their hands and drawn. So, That part has not changed much. Again i repeat if they hold on to their catches they will be dangerous. But if they drop any of the english batsmen, then they can expect big scores to be scored by the batsman.

  • peshawarwazir on January 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Mohsin should be maintained as head coach alongwith some brilliant fielding coach..umer gul inclusion in the second test shdould be thought...as he has no swing ,no pace etc...though he took few wickets but of nothing deliveries..wahab riaz can be dangerous as he has pace and swing...umer gul hammered through badly...he is not wicket taker anymore.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    PAKISTANI CRICKET FANS: Hats Off in ginding Test Team Number One into the Sands of Arabia in just three days. And raising a smile to a Nation that has been in the headlines on more fronts more than Cricket for all the wrong reasons. A great battle won. England will be back though. Win the next two battles in the Sands of Arabia. And then claim to have won a War. For the time being- enjoy the victory and especially Ajmal's 10/97, but remain alert: the England bowlers did not fail. It was their batsmen who couldn't get their act right. Don't sink in the thought such failures will happen in the next two Tests.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    This guy should remain as coach till the end of the next worldcup. We dont need whatmore or any what so ever. If any one has seen the movie "moneyball" this guy is our billy beane.

  • EddyEhmed on January 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    This victory has answered all the teams that.. PAKISTAN cant loose if they are not fixing ...

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Gud luck for next match...

  • Vipins on January 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    It is a good and badly needed win for PAK. England was flying after defeating INDIA at home and boasting about being No 1.I would say in current cricket world, all are good at home and average abroad. So, the rankings will keep changing.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I think the chemistry of Pakistan cricket team at this moment is perfect. The team players as a whole, the Captain, the Coach, the Bowling Coach, the Fielding Coach, The new PCB CEO: all are performing good. I am worried a new hired Coach may disturb the chemistry. The fielding coach has to improve the fielding standard of the players. We don't see an accurate diving from our fielders. They tend to stop the ball very often by their foot. Their throw on the stumps are wavered.

  • on January 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan. Keep it up.

  • zain-gee on January 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Well Mr. Coach, absolutely your comments is nation heart feeling however we need to maintain this momentum & be avoid the defensive tactics; in such scenario I feel Umer Akmal should be added being aggressive mood.

  • atthipatti on January 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    A boost to the nation indeed!!! As a nation that is constantly plagued by political adversities, the citizens can find joy in situations such as this. I so want Pakistan cricket to improve and our ties to be restored and bring back the "India vs Pakistan" days of glory to the world of cricket!!!!!!

  • Ijaz2001106 on January 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    An amazing and stunning performance by the Top cricketing side. We are proud of you and I think we should not play with India till they improve their cricketing skills at the moment they are a very weak side compared to Pakistan

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    What a Time for Cricket at its best.Its seems to be Every team are equally good and vulnerable.Last decade Cricket were Spitted between Australian dominations and Rest of the World,Where Australia Crushed every team and it has been the competiton between the rest to called themselves best side after Oz.Now Things seems to be Different Australia are good but miles behind what they were in last decad and definately beatable,South Africa has the potential but they never able to convert that into complete performance.Last year India raised the Hope by Being No 1 Test sides and strengthen Further being Winning the World Cup.But its required 7 consecutive Overseas defeat to bring them back to earth.England after mauling Aus and Ind crowned as bets Team on the Plannet.meanwhile they were also questioned in Turning Deck have to bite the Dust in the first test where their fragility exposed.Turmoiled nation Pakistan making rapid progress and Sri lankan are learning how to win after murali era

  • Tit4Tat on January 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Such a relief for Pakistan cricket and fans. Finally a success against strong and so called number 1 test team. England will come hard in the next test so lets fight even harder. ALL THE BEST to GREEN SHIRTS for the rest of the series.

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    after this Great Performance by Saeed Ajmal now he jumps to the 3rd from 12th position in the ICC Test Bowlers Ranking

    Younus khan jumps to 4th position in the ICC Test batsmen ranking

    and Pakistan is now on the 4th position after this win and thanks to SRILANKA as well for there poor Performance in SouthAfrica Test Series....

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    England beat india in home....england>india ..equation 1 pakistan beat england away..........pakistan>england.....equation 2

    adding equation 1 and 2

    england+pakistan>india+england.....(home+away)

    cancelling england both sides :p

    pakistan>india (home+away=everywhere) pakistan beats india everywhere...:D hence proved :p

  • AidanFX on January 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Yes it is nice story; happy for the team. I am amazed the guys have recuperated so well after the betting scandal involving three premier players - ok boost for the Nation. Good for cricket all over the world, universally but especially good for the nation; I agree. Now can the Pakistani gov drop the stupid 'blasphemy Law' or is that to much to ask?

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq is a fine cricketer and captain. His Humility positively reflects in his team's performance.Umar Gul is a tireless bowler. Always ready to produce goods and Saeed Ajmal is great find for Pakistan. Pakistan is the team of new era.

  • VIVz_forearm on January 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    good to see pakistan giving england some tough time...as an english fan I would like to see the english team well tested and come out on top....only then can we claim to be a true number one side...I think we will be well served to put our hands up and congure up a way of tackling ajmal/gul rather then complain about actions etc or reverse swing...good on you pakistan, looking forward to a strong reply form the 3 lions..

  • Tiger-Khan on January 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    thank you Pakistan for adding flair to the game with reverse swing and doosras and teesras....

  • shahbazhussain on January 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Yes indeed!........................................

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  • shahbazhussain on January 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Yes indeed!........................................

  • Tiger-Khan on January 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    thank you Pakistan for adding flair to the game with reverse swing and doosras and teesras....

  • VIVz_forearm on January 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    good to see pakistan giving england some tough time...as an english fan I would like to see the english team well tested and come out on top....only then can we claim to be a true number one side...I think we will be well served to put our hands up and congure up a way of tackling ajmal/gul rather then complain about actions etc or reverse swing...good on you pakistan, looking forward to a strong reply form the 3 lions..

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq is a fine cricketer and captain. His Humility positively reflects in his team's performance.Umar Gul is a tireless bowler. Always ready to produce goods and Saeed Ajmal is great find for Pakistan. Pakistan is the team of new era.

  • AidanFX on January 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Yes it is nice story; happy for the team. I am amazed the guys have recuperated so well after the betting scandal involving three premier players - ok boost for the Nation. Good for cricket all over the world, universally but especially good for the nation; I agree. Now can the Pakistani gov drop the stupid 'blasphemy Law' or is that to much to ask?

  • on January 20, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    England beat india in home....england>india ..equation 1 pakistan beat england away..........pakistan>england.....equation 2

    adding equation 1 and 2

    england+pakistan>india+england.....(home+away)

    cancelling england both sides :p

    pakistan>india (home+away=everywhere) pakistan beats india everywhere...:D hence proved :p

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    after this Great Performance by Saeed Ajmal now he jumps to the 3rd from 12th position in the ICC Test Bowlers Ranking

    Younus khan jumps to 4th position in the ICC Test batsmen ranking

    and Pakistan is now on the 4th position after this win and thanks to SRILANKA as well for there poor Performance in SouthAfrica Test Series....

  • Tit4Tat on January 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Such a relief for Pakistan cricket and fans. Finally a success against strong and so called number 1 test team. England will come hard in the next test so lets fight even harder. ALL THE BEST to GREEN SHIRTS for the rest of the series.

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    What a Time for Cricket at its best.Its seems to be Every team are equally good and vulnerable.Last decade Cricket were Spitted between Australian dominations and Rest of the World,Where Australia Crushed every team and it has been the competiton between the rest to called themselves best side after Oz.Now Things seems to be Different Australia are good but miles behind what they were in last decad and definately beatable,South Africa has the potential but they never able to convert that into complete performance.Last year India raised the Hope by Being No 1 Test sides and strengthen Further being Winning the World Cup.But its required 7 consecutive Overseas defeat to bring them back to earth.England after mauling Aus and Ind crowned as bets Team on the Plannet.meanwhile they were also questioned in Turning Deck have to bite the Dust in the first test where their fragility exposed.Turmoiled nation Pakistan making rapid progress and Sri lankan are learning how to win after murali era

  • Ijaz2001106 on January 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    An amazing and stunning performance by the Top cricketing side. We are proud of you and I think we should not play with India till they improve their cricketing skills at the moment they are a very weak side compared to Pakistan