Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 29, 2012

Pakistan can be best in the world - Mohsin Khan

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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, believes Misbah-ul-Haq's side has the ability to become the best team in the world following its second successive Test victory over England.

Pakistan's 72-run win in Abu Dhabi gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series over the No.1 Test side. It also meant that Pakistan had won four series in a row. Mohsin did warn, however, that England's struggles on Asian pitches illustrated how hard it can be for teams to adapt to a foreign environment and said Pakistan had "a lot to prove" in overseas conditions.

"I think this team has the capacity to become the world's best team," Mohsin said. "Our target should be to gradually come in the top three in both Tests and one-day cricket, and then gradually go to world number one.

"Now we have to perform when we play in other parts of the world. We have a lot to prove. When we go to England, our batsmen struggle against swing and seam bowling just as England struggle against spin. But give our bowlers credit: it needs skill to exploit rivals' weaknesses. Our spinners bowled well."

Mohsin also praised Misbah's leadership and credited the warm relationship between captain and coach as a key ingredient in Pakistan's success. "He is a very good captain," Mohsin said, "and I have a wonderful rapport with him. He gives me respect as coach and as his senior and I give him respect as captain, so it is a mutual thing.

"We make a game plan and take inputs from senior and junior players. Maybe a junior player has something good and wise to tell us. Misbah respects my experience and as coach it is my duty to support him as he is to make the team fight. He is doing that.

"When I became coach I knew that this team had talent in abundance. My first priority was to make them mentally and physically strong and that was on display when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq batted. We won a lost match on Saturday and the kind of belief and self confidence this team has shown is great."

Mohsin's own future remains unclear. He was only appointed as interim coach after Waqar Younis stepped down in September 2011 and it is still anticipated that Dav Whatmore will win the position on a full time basis after the limited-overs section of the series against England is completed. The manner in which the Pakistan players lifted Mohsin upon their shoulders in the immediate aftermath of the victory in Abu Dhabi, however, spoke volumes for the high regard in which he is held by them.

"I am proud of my team and the moment when we won and then the players lifted me and celebrated the win, that was a joy to behold," Mohsin said. "It showed team spirit and the unity in joy. That was the biggest gift I can have from my players. Our actions are louder than words and I hope that this good work goes on and on."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • billbowden311 on February 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Misbah-ul-haq, please, will you stay until the 2015 world cup as captain, you are doing a great job at it! Please continue, with the form you are playing in you can get to 5000 test runs at an average of 55, so please stay!

  • zico123 on February 1, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    all the best pakistan for 3-0 whitewash.

  • on February 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I guess The Pakistani Fans are making big noise of the recent Victory over England.Yes they have played briliantly and credit must be given to them for blanking The World No 1 Test side comprehensively.Lets Dont forget England are too terrible on flat tracks and Pakistan got the bowling to dismantle them for becoming No 1 They got the Potential but still long way to go

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Some stupid people think that Dubai is our home ground..lol...

  • Ahsan_Shere on February 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    On 2nd Feb squad for ODIs will be announced. My squad is: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahudin, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Razzaq,Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.

  • on February 1, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    still long way to go...keep dreaminggggg

  • EddyEhmed on February 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    This isn't a home series for Pakistan, UAE is a place of expatriates; you can find Indian's, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, & English (UK) at almost the same numbers. This time Englishmen were more in the stadium then Pakistanis. PCB should come out in a term with the ICC that we should get an extra point in the rankings in Test/OneDay/T/20 if a team rejects to play in a home country, by this we can see the seriousness of ICC if they want to revive unofficial ban kept by ICC & various other countries on Pakistan & Pakistan Cricket.

  • on February 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    First try to beat INDIA in a world cup match then think of becoming No 1............

  • Sports4Youth on January 31, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Pak will have to make serious improvements if they are to perform well overseas.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    this is tru and good for pakistan

  • billbowden311 on February 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Misbah-ul-haq, please, will you stay until the 2015 world cup as captain, you are doing a great job at it! Please continue, with the form you are playing in you can get to 5000 test runs at an average of 55, so please stay!

  • zico123 on February 1, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    all the best pakistan for 3-0 whitewash.

  • on February 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I guess The Pakistani Fans are making big noise of the recent Victory over England.Yes they have played briliantly and credit must be given to them for blanking The World No 1 Test side comprehensively.Lets Dont forget England are too terrible on flat tracks and Pakistan got the bowling to dismantle them for becoming No 1 They got the Potential but still long way to go

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Some stupid people think that Dubai is our home ground..lol...

  • Ahsan_Shere on February 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    On 2nd Feb squad for ODIs will be announced. My squad is: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahudin, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Razzaq,Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.

  • on February 1, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    still long way to go...keep dreaminggggg

  • EddyEhmed on February 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    This isn't a home series for Pakistan, UAE is a place of expatriates; you can find Indian's, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, & English (UK) at almost the same numbers. This time Englishmen were more in the stadium then Pakistanis. PCB should come out in a term with the ICC that we should get an extra point in the rankings in Test/OneDay/T/20 if a team rejects to play in a home country, by this we can see the seriousness of ICC if they want to revive unofficial ban kept by ICC & various other countries on Pakistan & Pakistan Cricket.

  • on February 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    First try to beat INDIA in a world cup match then think of becoming No 1............

  • Sports4Youth on January 31, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Pak will have to make serious improvements if they are to perform well overseas.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    this is tru and good for pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    all my indian friends shd say thanx to pak team rather than criticizing over a remarkable victory ,indians are comparing their deafat with pak victory while indian batting line up is blighted so badly oversease ,do cheq record of pakistan in NZ,Aut or in England.Pak is the only team from asia which realy have stregth to dfeat any team any where ,Dont forget pak had won world cup in Austrlia.Infact pak team shd steer clear from any kind nof controversy now and it can lead towards number one spot...Go Pak Go pak....

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Guys you should read the article a bit closely rather than just reading the headlines. Mohsin is not saying Pakistan is the best now or they will be #1, all he is saying is they have the ability provided they play better in alien conditions. That's the next challenge for them and only after passing that they can harbor serious thoughts of being the best. One thing they have proven is they are a good side now led by a smart captain and frankly to me that's a victory in itself to earn respect in cricketing world. You don't need 100s from your batsmen to win test matches, it's about scoring more runs than the opposition. I agree that Pakistan's batting lineup is not very strong and I would say they probably won't reach 400 against good bowling but their own bowlers can make it seem that way to the opposition. Yes they have to be tested more against the good sides but sadly the only team they will play which is ranked higher is SA in the next 2 years.

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    just LEAVE the TALKING and ENJOY the NEXT game........

  • mystasaiyed on January 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Too early to make this statement. Great performance by Pakistan, but lets take one series at a time. Even if we win the Asia cup we should not assume we are number one just yet. We should take Australia's approach, they never claim such statuses even though they deserve it the most and they had been number 1 longer than a decade. Again, very impressed by men in green. But lets focus and continue the hard work.

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Pak will get the 1st spot Soon by beating Australia and South Africa in their homes, we hope so.But we shouldn't move ourself from the reality that PAK NEED TO WORK WITH THE BATTING..... IF PAK CAN GET THE PACE OF BATTING THAN NO ONE CAN BEAT THEM.................

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @ ganesh kandasamay !! Pakistan has already beaten newzealand in newzealnd last year, and they weren't whitewashed in england last year (lost 3-1) and drawn with australia 1-1 in england !!

  • StatisticsRocks on January 31, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Its funny how a few (not all) english fans are mourning their loss to PAK by ridiculing India even when India is not involved. Guys u bt India fair and square and PAK did the same to you. Analyze the balance in your team rather than our team as we know we have to start the re-building process and have a mountain climb. The significance of ENG thrashing IND 4-0 went way down when AUS did the same to IND. If we were to Play BNG I am we will lose a test match if not the series. Same with a few PAK fans who are enjoying Indias losses to ENG and AUS more than enjoying their victory over ENG. It saddens me to say this but it is a fact and that is any test playing team is better than this Indian team of today that we have seen over the last 16 innings. Not all Indians are in denial and we accept that. For those who are claiming Indn bowlers (fast) r btr than India's, please even we don't believe that. When will we all just become fans of crkt & stop this nonsense of words back and forth.

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    yes if they continue performance in 3 to 4 more test series they can be num 1 all the best to Team Pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Work harder on fitness and fielding and Pakistan will be on NO.1 rank very soon

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 31, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    The criticism levelled against England not playing well in the sub continent appear thorougly justified. They have moved to the number one spot by drawing with SA away, beating Aus away and Ind an SL at home. India primarily moved to the number one spot through a string of very impressive performances at home. The downfall of both sides is clearly playing in alien conditions and against bowlers with the considerable skill in those conditions. Pak cannot talk of number one with any real conviction until they compete well in AUS, ENG and SA. I firmly believe they would be 2-0 down with two games played in any of these countries and it is important for there fans to not jump the gun, but develop by competing. They should try and encourage their batsmen to play in county cricket in the summer of 2012. Similarly ENG should encourage their players to play in Indian domestic cricket, and learn how to play spin. I think batsmen across the world are going to watch averages plummet due to doctor

  • Shariq_Khan007 on January 31, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    To me the best thing about Pakistan Cricket these days is their ability to handle pressure even exert pressure back on to their opposition which is helping them win games. Something not related to Pakistan cricket in the past.. Currently all top playing nations are very evenly poised and soon the team who will handle pressure will be the team on no. 1 spot and Pakistan is truely on track !! Recent SrilLanka and England current Series in the prime example of them handling pressure and actually exerting pressure on their opposition and have them lose even from a comfortable winning position.

  • JackJak on January 31, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    If Pakistan had another Imran Khan like figurehead behind the team Pakistan would dominate world cricket at this stage. Imran used to spot talent..maybe Pakistan cant match up to those standards but inspite of all the troubles they face are still a good side..far better than India and good cricket fans look beyond Indian Pakistani and call a spade a spade.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @sk12 In 2009 when Aus encountered Saeed Ajmal for the first time he was reported through a complaint made by Shane Watson to the umpires and was tested by the ICC after that. Regarding the testing process it includes making the bowler bowl all the deliveries he does in an actual game and comparing everything from arm angles to trajectories and effectiveness of the bowl in order to make sure a bowler has to bend exactly the elbow he has done in the games prior so he can't change his action during testing. Moreover during this incident Geoff Lawson who used to coach Pakistan came up and said when he saw Saeed Ajmal coming up in Pak side he was aware that his action may be questioned and as such had him tested even before he came into international cricket. Frankly people should move away from this issue, the real problem is people like Bob Willis are not happy with the change in law and should blame the icc not someone who is only doing what he is legally allowed to do....

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Pakistans batting is not that bad they have been batting well all year and have out batted england in 3 of the last 4 innings. To those indians who are putting down the pakistan team they should look at their bowling and ageing batting line up the legend batsmen such as dravid and tendulkar will retire soon than what will you do. Your bowling has problems as well as your batting but I love india anyway they are our brothers toooo...

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan has the ability to turn the game any time... but not India, as they couldn't able to avoid white wash, 1st in England and after on in Australia... Pakistan also suffer from bouncy traks, but they did well against both countries at that time with respect to their form... now Pakistan is in good form to beat any one InshAllah!!!

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan has the ability to turn the game any time... but not India, as they couldn't able to avoid white wash, 1st in England and after on in Australia... Pakistan also suffer from bouncy traks, but they did well against both countries at that time with respect to their form... now Pakistan is in good form to beat any one InshAllah!!!

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Please read paragraph 3 & 4 carefully and ask its meanings from a person who knows english language better. When u come to know " wot Mohsin meant, which btw, has gone above ur heads who are criticising him"..

    When ILLITRATE ppl start making comments, it looks odd....... I guess ppl from native english countries r gonna get agreed with me.....

    As long as uae pitches r concerned, they offer assistance to seam, , swing, spin n batsmen too. Grounds r good to dive. My company has been working on these grounds and I have been watching players play here e.g. Nietherland tour to uae, bdesh t20 and many others. Believe me this neutral vanue is really a neutral one if we want to c good cricket. In this tournament every body clicked fast, swing, spin & bating got tested (which really wasnt tested in recent past). Dont u think, it was great to c good couple of tests in this batsmen dominant era?

    England is a real force in cricket, they have been in the past & they will b in future too...

  • nomiravian on January 31, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Hm..m. . . Let me comment about my team also......People commenting abt pakistan batting,but let me clear one thing that it is mostly(if not always) bowling in any sort of match which leads a team to victory.....Remember about 434 Aus,SA match when batting did d job but poor bowling made Aus pay.....Similarly India,eng match of 400 chase in world cup....when india could not defend such a big score.......so pak have got d thing which mostly wins matches 4 them....Time now 4 our players to become consistent in batting.....nd which they have proved in last 4 series....Then why cant pakistan be No.1 team....??????Time now to fear, pakistan rivals....'

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    After wining the series. how many points pakistan have in the ranking

  • JackJak on January 31, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    The current Pakistan team although it may not be as good as Pakistan teams of the past..they are still gifted in their own way..Inspite of all that the BCCI and the ICC try to make Pakistan weak ..still Pakistan remains a strong team..cant say the same for the Indian team..which is a totally hyped up overrated lot. And please all u Paki supporters remember that a good cricket observer will look beyond such petty things like enemies..and look at quality. That's what should count not whether ur Pakistani or Indian. India always had decent batsmen but Pakistan was a much better side ..a better all round unit..good fast bowlers, good spinners all rounders..hard hitting batsmen. Now they may not be as gifted like from the past but still they are pretty good and can beat India any day on a decent sporting wicket - And I am Indian..So this is not anti-India or pro Pakistan..But this is the reality of our cricket team

  • Satv007 on January 31, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    PAK cannot be no.1 untill they get world class batsman. If this team tours windies, they will be beaten fair and square.

  • JackJak on January 31, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Its the stupid media which promotes all this stupid rivalry and hatred between India and Pakistan. Being an Indian I have always found Pakistan a better more talented all-round team than India. Especially during the time of Imran Khan Pakistan was easily the best team to watch sometimes more than the West Indies because West Indies had all these giant fast bowlers and it was no surprise they were good but Pakistan had an amazing leader in Imran Khan and then because of Imran Wasim Akram easily the most gifted bowler of our times in terms of ability to do things with a cricket ball. Right now the cricketing world which is basically the BCCI/ICC have made Pakistan the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong in cricket so that sides can India can show that their rankings are up. They already made West Indies weak..Pakistan too. When will the cricketing world gang up against these crooked Mafia guys here and let cricket improve so that cricket remains a quality game.

  • Zeus777 on January 31, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Looking at the rubbish that is ICC's futures tour program... Pakistan can only dream of becoming world no.2 or 3. let alone no.1. We do not play any decent opposition till 2013 hence no chance of improving our quality or ranking. Futures programs heavily biased towards India, England, Aus and SA...where only India can change the schedule like they did last two years to keep their no.1 ranking. About time someone with a brain took control of ICC.

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @PatrickJM: It's people like you who don't know their cricket, who say India has better pacers than us (even Indians would laugh at that) and that ANY spin attack of this world can possibly be currently better than ours. We know we need to introduce our best domestic pacers and our batting will always be fragile, but we haven't beaten a fighting England on sheer luck! And no one is saying we deserve to be #1, but everyone is allowed to dream. @everyone: For the last time people, UAE is NOT our home. Its hot weather is more like Kochi and Vishakapatnam than the much milder weather of most of Pakistan, and the players keep ruing how they rarely spend time with their families now. It's easy to downgrade our victory by claiming UAE is our home. @Chris Sun: I suppose our backyard means UAE. So Aus will steamroll us here when SA couldn't, who decimated Aus for 47! Not necessary. @all detractors: The tracks in the UAE are NOT rank turners.

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    I find it very ironic how some people are putting so much emphasis on Pakistan winning overseas when their own teams have gained the number 1 status by winning mostly at home. The bitter truth is that England has been exposed to the bone. To be a genuine number 1 side you have to be able to win everywhere in any conditions. Let's get one thing straight. England has failed, whereas Pakistan still has the opportunity to prove the critics wrong by actually winning overseas. Yes, England has spoiled their chances.

    After reading some negative reactions from certain posters I have the following to say. You aren't in a position to point fingers at anyone. You need to have a hard look at your own failures. Instead of criticizing Pakistan you need a reality check. Some talk about inadequate Pakistani batting depth. Well, the last time I checked some so-called batting powerhouses collapsed like a deck of cards unable to even put up competitive scores. You needn't worry about Pakistan.

  • ihaq1 on January 31, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    well this team might be developing bowlers but there batting is a bit up in teh air...batting south africa, england and australia are teh key to being test champions...pakistans last two series in england and australia were to say the least their worst in history...one doubts that they can bat properly against south africa's and australias top bowlers or even against india in india...pakistan can only at best get upto teh number three spot if india continue to stumble...it is not easy to become number one...england had to beat australia in australia and at home two three times

  • ShahbazSalamat on January 31, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Well i am very sad and astonish to hear the news that Malik is in instead of Razzaq and Hammad Azam in ODI team, i personally feel that this is very negative move because Hammad Azam is young and energetic and technically sound if Pakistan Selection Committee not give him a chance now it will not be fair with him he performed well in domestic cricket and should get preference over Specially Malik otherwise go with Razzaq.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    I see a lot of comments here stating that Pakistan does not have the batting to become World number 1. Seeing as the current no. 1 team in the world with batting greats such as Cook, Trott, Bell and KP have the batting technique of schoolboys (I am sure I am doing a disservice to most school boys from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan by this statement), how can you possibly claim Pakistan cannot ascend to the top is beyond me. Seems to me that whatever their batsmen get Pakistan bowling has the potential to reduce the opponents in any condition - this was amply shown in the 2010 series against Australia and England in England. Further, if the mighty South Africans with arguably the best barrage of fast bowlers in Test cricket today could not get 20 wickets against Pakistan in 5 days I would think the Pakistani batsmen have redeemed their reputations. They have outscored a much better batting line-up of England on a pitch that had as much swing and seam as spin.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Pakistan can be No#1 only if they are playing only in home and their second home Dubai and sharjah. They will struggle in SA,NZ and AUS. Even in this season. Every team is struggling in overseas for example Eng in Ind odi whitewash and Aus bowled out for 47 in SA and Eng loosing 0-2 in Pak ans Ind whitewash by Eng and Aus in their home. It looks like every team is NO#1 in their home turf. Its too early to say No#1 based on home series till the performance in abroad is consistent.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    I dont think some comments are warranted here and ranking will always be debated as they surely are not true reflection of all teams and may be Test Championship was the answer but that has been postponed now. but one thing is true mostly bowling wins you matches batting can maximum save you a test match but bowlers only can turn that into win or a loss because 20 wickets needs to be taken and if on pitches where batsman score big it is difficult for bowlers to take 20 wickets that is where good bowlers come out on top and win matches for their team. but what big runs are worth if they dont win you many matches we have two highest run getters in test cricket even then how many tests we have managed to win overseas, just need to see how many test has India won overseas since 1989 when Tendular started playing and then 1996 after Dravid and Ganguly started playing.

  • on January 31, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    WE WON IN ABROAD LAST YEAR. BUT STILL WE WANT OUR TEAM TO WIN IN ENGLAND,AUSTRALIA AND SOUTHAFRICA. RECENTLY WE LOST AMIR AND ASIF THEY WERE WORLD CLASS BOWLERS BUT FOUND GUILTY. OTHERWISE WE COULD HAVE THE BEST PACE BOWLING ATTACK IN TH WORLD.

  • on January 31, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    i m indian cricket fan but right now pakistan are no 1. team n i m sure they can perform far better than our team in overseas

  • Percy_Fender on January 31, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Pakistan's thrashing of England has brought about excitement and aspirations of becoming No 1. I wish to mention here that there is no doubt that Pakistan's bowling will always be good in any set of conditions considering their variety of pace and spin. It is their batting which will come in their way. In the euphoria of the recent triumph, they must not forget that they lost 3-0 in Australia in 2009/2010 and 3-1 in England in 2010. They lost badly in both these series because of the poor quality of their batting. The sad part is that we do not see any Inzammam or Yousuf Yohanna or Younis coming up. I am not sure why. Maybe this win will enable the youngsters in Pakistan to start having those great batsmen as their role models.

  • Romenevans on January 31, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    ROFLMAO! One more No.1 Team in the making that boast on the base of beating few teams at their background. First India, Then England and now Pakistan. Get out of your home and win then come back and we'll talk who can be No.1. Untill then peace, and work on your batting.

  • on January 31, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Dream on..........................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • on January 31, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Interesting discussion, btw I would like to add something .. last time when Pakistan played in Eng. other than scandals ... Pakistan won the 1st test in English conditions ... so it is not like Pakistan can't do anything on swinging and bouncy pitches ... yes our batting is not very strong but it is getting better ... we at last found opening partnership ... which we always dreamed of ... after Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail ... so things are looking better.

    I do think we should have another all rounder so solidify our batting ...

    I suggest going with 1 fast bowler ... Gull and 3 spinner and including Umar Akmal to have an extra batsman ...

    Best of luck team Pakistan ... you have already shut critics mouth .. we need a whitewash to show the world that Pakistan in given situation is still better than World No. 1 ! and insha'Allah we will prove it!

  • thePakistanian on January 31, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    @Desihungama Actually Pakistan are going to play Banglasdesh in April in Pakistan & then Sri Lanka in SL & then Australia in Sept-Oct in UAE & then South Africa in Jan-Feb! Also a South Africa series in Pakistan (or UAE) in Oct 2013!!

    So Pakistan is playing matches!! Just the exact dates of the schedules are to be announced!

  • on January 31, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Mark my words. Pakistan are playing on a few selected venues at "home". They will be obliterated in overseas matches, regardless of where they play. It's just a fact. Having said that, great win against England.

  • on January 31, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    we should focus on our performance rather than saying big things.. you never know about Pakistan one day they look no.1 and other day they look no.10..so dont say just perform..

  • takenaback on January 31, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Not only won't Pakistan become world number one team in test cricket because of the ICC rankings system but they won't become number one because try as they might they are just not good enough at this moment in time. So they need to play much more test cricket, unearth more batting and fast bowling talent and keep dreaming. We are entering a phase of extremely competitive test cricket from many playing nations which to me is very exciting.

  • on January 31, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    1 very simple question: Has the ICC en-marked that certain rating positions in the ICC Test ratings are reserved for some particular nation/s? I think, it is not! Therefore if Australia can be dethroned from Number 1 spot and get relegated to Number 5 spot and more recently India being pushed down from #1 to #3 [soon to be moved down to #4], then why can't, for that matter even Bangladesh or even West Indies top the chart and reach the Number 1 spot, leave aside Pakistan. It is all about playing good cricket, beat higher ranked opponents at both home and away. Also the way the ranking system is devised, the lower ranked teams even get points for drawing matches and higher ranked teams loose points for drawing them.

  • xylo on January 30, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @THINK_BEYOND: I am not sure if you watched the Aus-Ind series. India, right now, has more of a batting problem than a bowling problem.

    As for this article, I believe the current Pakistan team is definitely on its way to being #1. They might have an inexperienced batting line up, but they do not seem to mind going through low-scoring phases than just lash at a good ball and lose their wicket. The other team which has all the makings, but bizarre luck is South Africa.

  • on January 30, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @ apoorv pandey! Ur every word is saying that I AM JEALOUS. Rather than commenting on pakistani victories, u should go and mourn ur 8-0 loss in england and australia. And there is no doubt that pakistan is the best team of asia at the minute !!

  • Guthers007 on January 30, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    There is absolutely know way Pakistan will reach number 1 in the world! Tell him he's dreaming!!

  • THINK_BEYOND on January 30, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Pakistan has problem with batting, when India has problem with bowling...what about a merger of the two nations?? If Berlin wall can fall, why the LOC can't be erased :).

  • on January 30, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    sum folks here saying pak has to prove playing in eng, sa and aus.... for their kind info pak did played in eng and drew with aus (nt loss 4 nil) and won a test against end (again nt lost 4 nil)........ so check ur stats before making excuses of pak's wins.........

  • on January 30, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    c'mon, the current rating system is FLAWED no team should take 'pride' in being the number 1, under this system. A test championship is the answer for getting the REAL number 1 test playing team.

  • gunnerr4life on January 30, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @MakaveliDon Yes . That is exactly what India did ! right ?

  • positiveindian on January 30, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Pakistan has got a wonderful team. The bowlers are exceptional. Saeed Ajmal is a gr8 spinner. The fast bowlers have always been good. The batsmen now need to be consistent. Remember, Younis and Misbah are not young. Faster the younger players take responsibility, better for Pakistan. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq should be given confidence and should take the responsibility to shoulder the middle order. Umar Akmal has enormous talent and if he focusses on being a better test batsmen, you have the most complete team. Way to go Pakistan!!

  • on January 30, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    We need to focus on "good cricket" instead of dreaming about Number One overnights. We desperately need a genuine all-rounder who can reduce our batting collapse...gud luck in next game Pak Team...

  • Desihungama on January 30, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    The ICC Ranking system is a total sham. Pakistan can never reach the top spot. To reach the top spot the first criteria is to play and then play consistently at home. Neither Pakistan is scheduled to play any series any time soon (No series for next year and a half) and we all know very the home advantage issue. But I agree with most of ppl, Pakistan has the bowling attack to excel in any conditions, anywhere..All they need to improve is to play in bouncy, swinging pitches.

  • on January 30, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @Sports4Youth: When I say that an excellent test side like South Africa failed to beat us here, when we were down and out, you armchair critics might remember that while it might be easy to remain unbeaten here, it is VERY TOUGH to win, to force a result. THAT is what our team is rightly proud of, forcing two favourable results, in 3 and 4 days respectively, on the UAE flat tracks (only a fool would call them rank turners) against the #1 test team.

  • Trickstar on January 30, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Never going to happen imo, batting line up would get destroyed abroad in places like England, Australia and SA and lets be honest it hasn't been too flash against England in the UAE. Their seam attack is average to say the least and even in their home conditions it hasn't been a patch on England's. Don't get me wrong they've done very well to beat England in the UAE but please.

  • shahzebkhaan on January 30, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    cmon team england just one more test to go you will not be facing such difficulty against srilanka and india they have good spinners like you have but not the world class spinners like we(pakistan) have time to awake from a harsh but true dream pain is over 3-0 is confirmed pray for newzealand to beat sa

  • TaylorSwift on January 30, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    As Mohsin mentioned, Pakistan have mastered the subcontinent conditions but in order to be considered among the best, they have to win consistently overseas. This team is not the finished product just yet; nonetheless, their recent performances in the UAE bode well for them. Winning consistently in England, Australia and South Africa will require an upgrade in our fast bowling resources and our young batsmen need to master the swinging ball. Umer Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will benefit from a stint in County Cricket this summer. While it's important to have goals, we should not make the mistake of looking too far into the future. Let's focus on the 3rd Test and gradually progress from there on.

  • MuhammadIqbal on January 30, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    if no issue be created then Pakstan would be no 1 team

  • 6pack on January 30, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan, I am thrilled to see how quickly Pakistan has turned things around. I never thought this type of turn-around was possible - Well Done. However, Mohsin (how down-to-earth of him) is right, in that they need to win overseas to prove themselves worthy of top 1-2 ranking in the world.

  • sk12 on January 30, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Off topic - Can someone clarify how the officials monitor the bend level of the bowler's elbow during the match? I know the umpires now cannot no-ball the bowler, they would have to reoprt it after the game. During the ICC testing with all the sensors, the bowler is cleared if he bends less than 15 deg. But surely the bowler will be careful enoiugh not to bend more during the actual testing? This being the caswe how can the officials check if the bowler flexes more in the match than how much he did during the testing? Can the bowler not be reported again? I am not claiming any bowler is chucking, but just want to know how the process works.

  • crazycricketfan4life on January 30, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Pakistan has to be the most entertaining team to watch and has by far the highest talent pool of cricket, bigger than any other nation out there. No other team can bounce back as they have done, after losing what could potentially have been the best opening attack in the world. But kudos to this team, the belief that they can win every game was exemplified in the last test against England where they won from an impossible situation. If this belief continues, I don't believe why Pakistan cannot do well abroad. Their fast bowlers should really shine in Australia, South Africa and England and Ajmal would be unbelievable anywhere. The only concern is the Batting, where they really need to dig deep if they are to compete with the big boys (Aus,S.A. and Eng), but signs shown by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are promising. Good luck Pakistan, it is always a treat to watch you and it would not be surprising if you became the best team in the world.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    IMPOSSIBLE.........................................

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas... Agreed! It would be insane to replace Mohsin Khan, just reading his comments you can feel the sense of maturity, professionalism and respect he has shown and brought into the team. Plus it is no coincidence that since he has been around, the Pakistani openers are slowly but surely doing a lot better. There is a lot of hoopla being made about Pakistan don't have good batsmen, they might not have big names, mega-stars and god-status but they are performing. The Windies batsman Chanderpaul is not known for his finesse and style but he is a consistent performer, he will grind out the runs in the toughest of conditions. I have a lot of respect for players like that, to me that's a true professional. India has a lot of super stars on paper, but the way they failed in Australia against a young Aussie attack is inexcusable, so what good is your fame and status when u cant perform.

  • a.syed81 on January 30, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Spin attack is good however we need one to two good fast bowlers. Why Riaz is not playing? He should be in for Junaid in 3rd test. Also Junaid was totally off color in 2nd test. Team management should also consider giving a chance to Talha. I realize he is not fit at the moment though.

  • on January 30, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    This is heartening to know things are changing for foreign teams are considering to play on Pakistan's soil. We should also make preparation for the safety of the foreign teams and our team players too. I suggest, the ground Authorities should build a Residential Hostel and Gym close to the Players pavilion and walkway between Hostel and ground should be under ground. This new structure should be protected 24 hours by security guards. Foreign teams should be allowed only from Airport to Hostel and return to Airport. These new arrangements should be build in all the International stadiums in Pakistan. These kind of arrangements will boost the confidence building of the foreign players.

  • MakaveliDon on January 30, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Yes they can surely get to number 1 if they bribe the ICC to put them there hahaha.

  • Haleos on January 30, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @mix-grill-united - dont be so sure. BTW, why some fans have to drag india in everything thing that they do?

  • Haleos on January 30, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Congrats to the Pak team but Mohsin is being too optimistic here. Let them play world over and then we can say. They have the potentail but their batting may let them down quite often.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Wish the very best for Pakistan, they have top bowlers always.

    P.S: Better to avoid berating Indian team, it does not help anyone. Also it is good to keep in mind that Indian team had performed well throughout,except for the last 2 Series. Pakistan has some way to go, best of luck.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 30, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I completely Agree. Once Aamir joins the squad there will be no stopping PAK as they will roll over the opposition. The only weakness if any, is in their batting and fielding department. I surely hope cricket returns to PAK as they are one of the most passionate fans in the world and more importantly Ind and Pak resume cricketing ties.

  • on January 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    i want to predict that if Pakistan changes the coach Pakistan team will loses series after series and if my prediction gets wrong you may say any thing to me on Facebook

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I believe that with the current line up Pakistan certainly belongs in the top tier. The convincing manner in which Pakistan has gained victory against the number 1 side in the world is no mean feat. The conditions were excellent for any batting side. The pitch offered something to both the bowlers and the batsman. There are no excuses.

    Yes, this Pakistani team certainly has the ability to become the number 1 side in the world. Yet, there is some distance to travel. A good test case for Pakistan would be to win a test against SA and/or Australia on their home turf. Pakistan can do it.

    Pakistan has some of the best spinners in the game today. Pakistan has a very good combination of seam bowling as well. Umar Gul clearly belongs at the top of the table. The batting and fielding can be boosted significantly by adding the likes of Umar Akmal to the line-up. Pakistan can afford to experiment during the last test against England. The inclusion of Umar Akmal would be a good addition.

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats and Good Luck Pakistan

  • on January 30, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Excellent Win for them ...But Pakistan has to prove on the bouncy s.african and australian pitches to illustrate to the world that they are really a professional team.

  • PakiLuv on January 30, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    No Dont Bring India, We need some real competition bring on the AUSSIE'S let our under 19 team play India and teach them few things. Very Nice article and I agree with Mohsin that we just need to be mentally strong, we always have talent just have to play as a team and believe in it. Big part of our success should be credit to Mohsin for his coaching. Lets go PAK TEAM 3-0 whitewash...

  • santhoshabraham on January 30, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Well done to pakistan for beating the world number 1 side. This is really a wonderful come back for a team that has gone through such a difficult phase. From an Indian Fan.

  • voyager on January 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    just take one series at a time. Making too many long term plans often back fired.

    Overall the difference b/w 2 years ago is the desire, dedication and hard work, which translates into less unforced errors. When you don't make unforced errors the other team would .. eventually!

  • MuhammadIqbal on January 30, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Pakistan may be no 1 if show consistent performance .

  • on January 30, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Time is of the essence, 1,2,3 series do not make a team. A year together as a core unit makes a team and understanding each team members strengths and weakness are what will get Pakistan to be a side to be reckoned with. And i see that in 2012, slowly but surely.

  • alimeer on January 30, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    ASSALAM WA ALYKUM...Muslims brothers.....Please do not chnage the coach.Changing the coach might chnage the atmosphere in the dressing room.And apart from Late bob woolmer..no froeign coach has a sucess with pakistan team.Please continue with Mohsin Khan becuase he has Mixed well with the team and that helps player in perfomance as well.

  • Asafar on January 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I agree with Mohsin Khan that Pakistan can be the best in the world provided the talents and resources available in Pakistan are judiciously honed and utilized.It need to be said that nothing much can be said about Pakistan's batting line up.It is brittle and tend to succumb to pressure.In order to elevate Pakistan to a higher level where they can compete with the best on equal terms Pakistan's batting improved and reinforced.Since this need to done as soon as possible the promising young batsmen in the domestic circuit should be recruited and given an intensive coaching to ensure their rapid progress to reach the required standard.Along with the batting the fielding also should be improved.Many were the occasions when Pakistan lost matches due to poor fielding.

  • rashid1948 on January 30, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Mohsin, please be a little circumspect. None of the recent Pak tests have shown improvements in the critical weaknesses of the team: an unreliable opening pair, brittle top order batting line up and inconsistent fielding and catching. We have made progress in eliminating dissentions and have semblence of unity behind the Captain which we have not had for a while but they now need to work on the technical aspects of the game. An experienced professional coach who has a good understanding of the conditions abroad and the nature of the oppositions to be overcome in future is what is needed and not Mr. Nice Guy who happened to be around and is basking in reflected glory. Rashid48

  • here2rock on January 30, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Good performance at home grounds does not mean good team anymore.

  • vkypak on January 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    v r no.1 side mr mohsin.....icc ranking is just rubbish .....v dont beleive in ranking, v believe in performance on ground........

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Pakistan should give a chance to WAHAB RIAZ Left arm Fast Bowler. And ya should improve their batting

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    definitely if they remain playing united like this as team and if they can improve their domestic cricket they will become no1

  • AAJS on January 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Typically pakistani comment.. one series win in a dust bowl with 2 spinners and 1 and half seemers and all of a sudden they are the best or cab be the best... what rubbish.. can you imagine these guys bowling in australia or england.. when was the last time anyone saw a left armer and an offie bowl out sides in 2 innings in these countries? And look at their batting line up - all very average in comparison to world's best.. seriously can these guys bat against seeming, swinging, rising deliveries.. I don't think so..!!

  • kam_uk on January 30, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Pakistan are not due to play anymore tests during 2012 . Aus are due to play them in a series of ODI's at the end of Aug begin Sept prior to the T20 WC - perhaps they should change this to two tests a two T20's. Pak on this form against Aus would be a great series but other this slot there is no chance of Pak playing Aus for several years. 2013 should be good as pak play SA both home and away with a series against WI aswell. Great shame we won't see this excellent side for anymore tests till next year.

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It is advisable in an inning, concentrate on session by session progress. Similarly in ICC Ranking concentrate on position by position. Do not jump at once on top position.So far we have not performed good on English, Australian and South African pitches. When we will be able to do that, then we can claim as No.1 in the world. We are still searching for a new ball attacking partner bowler along with Umer Gul. Let Mohammed Aamir finish his punishment soon. Taufeeq Umer batting technique is still fragile. He creates a big gap between bat and pad and repeatedly bowled in that fashion. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq can be discovered for that position and bring back Younus Khan to one down. By doing this we can give chance to Umer Akmal in the Test Squad. We have to groom Umer Akmal for all kinds of the game as he is a highly talented cricketer. Do not spoil him in ODI and T20 only.

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    i think if pakistan team improves 25% of its batting and fielding they can be the best team

  • jabrankundi on January 30, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    In the third test, Pakistan should let england win and make some money.

  • Pathiyal on January 30, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    its a wonderful team to look at, esp. with misbah leading the mantle. hope they come out victorious with each and every match and keep the asian flag flying! kudos to the team.

  • veerakannadiga on January 30, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Not so long ago the same Moshin was being branded as a good for nothing flop movie star. How times have changed.....

  • veerakannadiga on January 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    A couple of wins against non players of spin & already No.1. ha.ha.ha.ha.ha. Now don't start braying about India's 0-8 defeat. We are not the team we used to be. , in fact India would lose to anyone playing them now.

  • on January 30, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Moshin is good, but Pak need Dev Watmore also.

  • Scrop on January 30, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    We are yet to see the Pak win outside the UAE pitches before Mohsin Khan can claim the Pak as 'Potential' No. 1 team.

    Its all going good so there seems to be unity in Pak team, one series loss and it will be chaos there and suddenly they become the big losers. I have seen a lot of this in the past.

    So Mohsin Khan be quiet and let your team play more away matches before you claim your statement.

    By the way am not a supporter of India or Eng team.

  • onlycricketspirit on January 30, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Every one is talking about ranking, i think there should be All time world cricket rankings on the basis of win to loss ratio or may be include draws as well. Acc. to this Aus is currently world no. 1 with w/l ratio of 1.79, Eng 1.23, Pak 1.14, S Af 1.01, WI 0.97, Sri 0.82, Ind 0.76, NZ 0.47, Zim 0.17 and Bang 0.04. All info is frm espncricinfo.

  • on January 30, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    the only thing to focus for PAK team is 3rd test and upcoming one days ,lets hope for the best ,if we have done well in recent past then we will do better InshAllah in upcoming games,and for my Indian friends dont take Mohsin Khans comments seriously u have much more serious Issues to resolve regarding ur team :P

  • shan.shan on January 30, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Pakistan needs to be focused on two spot first one is there opening stand bcoz Taufeeq umer is not reliable as it should be totally limited player no more shots and same case is with Azhar Ali although he performed well in the last test but i m not sure that he can play longer innings like 200 to 300 or more than that u can grilled his career played 13 test and only one 100 which is not good enough and with that 01 geniune fast bowler is required to wrap up the opposition quickly then i think pakistan can achieve the no.1 spot............

  • Amjad_Bukhari on January 30, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    THERE WAS SOME ****** GUY WHO COMMENTED BEFORE THE START OF SERIES THAT " PAK WILL LOSE ALL GAME IN ALL FORMAT AGAINST ENGLAND IN THIS SERIES" Where u r guy? No one has expected in England this but it is REALITY. Just Wait for more down the hill in 3rd Test and specially if England Batted in 4th innings. If they played first innings in Dubai, they will be repeating the fourth of Abu Dhabi. WELL DONE PAK, WELL DONE MISBAH

  • Drew12 on January 30, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    So many comments about teams only capable of winning at home. Like it is suddenly a new trend in world cricket! Seems like this is now the justification for India's poor performance - 'we are no worse than every other team since they all lose away from home'. This is a fact for India, but not the other major sides. Aus recently beat SL away, did not lose to SA away but did not win the series against NZ at home. And they will beat WI away in April. Eng, playing away, will beat India after this loss to Pak. Not sure who Pakistan or SA is playing next but I'm sure they will be very tough to defeat. They may not win the series, but certainly won't go down without a fight.

  • PiyushD on January 30, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    kudos to Pakistan for their good show, this just goes on to prove that everybody is comfortable on own pitches and out of all the non subcontinent Teams (higher ranked than Pakistan) England has the worst record in sub continent, England crushed India but very soon lost 5-0 in India but I do not expect Australia to loose 5-0 to India even in India. It will be a mouth watering prospect of India playing Pakistan.

  • hassuranga on January 30, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan always has world class bowlers. Cheers from SL

  • zuber21886 on January 30, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    This is too early to make this call, an overseas tour might change things.

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Pakistan can become number 1 if they play more home series like India..cuz both these teams are vulnerable when they tour Aus,SA,England..Pak has to concentrate on batting and need to recruit some quality pacers wch they don't seem to have rite now!!Batting is still not good,we are hardly a 350 run batting line up..so the number one status still looks distant but Pak is playing the best cricket these days,focus and determination is the key to success!!Best of Luck and keep up the good work!!May Allah bless u wid more success..Amen

  • Dannymania on January 30, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I am 26 years old and have been following almost every cricket match since i was 14.i have NOT seen pakistan play better than this over any period of time.Anyways,i dont understand one thing.They're doing a tremendous job under Mohsin khan,why do they need a new coach?I agree with a comment here that Pakistan have a long way to go and reach Number one in the world,but they're improving with every match.It won't be an easy task for them to beat australia,southafrica and england on their home turfs.I still feel that they can beat india though.I think a tour to india should have been next.It would have been a perfect opportunity for them to get india when they're down and out.

  • Happy_AusBang on January 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Pakistan have enough resources in all types of bowling to challenge on any turf. It is their batting that they have to worry about, but it seems that is also heading in the right direction, fingers crossed. Also, the players need to believe they are the best. The good thing is many of the younger players do not have the baggage of defeat and humilation hanging over their heads. Pakistan also have to find a way of playing India a few times in the next couple of years. Perhaps, if they indicated to India that they would be prepared to play them anywhere in the world as a home series, India might be more agreable, even if the series is in India, so long as it is not in Bhopal or somewhere in central India where no curator is required to prepate a pitch.

  • on January 30, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    this booster victory my lead pakistan to that point ,they should win even others think oppositt

  • sharidas on January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Pakistan has an abundant supply of talented cricketers and possibly self taught too. They have a treasure trove of bowlers. Only lately, there has been a shortage of dependable batsmen. If that dearth is rectified, Pakistan can certainly be an exciting and deserving team for the Top spot.

  • khurramsch on January 30, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ 3liteindia: is it jealousy or what? 1st thing he said can be if they work hard. & 2nd after becoming 1 on home condition we would happily accept defeat in Asutralia like your team so chill & focus on your team. 3rd if you remeber last time pakistan won 1 test from england but your team didnt even 1 & if u compare no of matches by playing 11, no of runs, 100s 200s experience you will find that the 1 test winner team was no where near ( not even half ) of indias touring team.

  • murakris on January 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I think first pakistan should start playing cricket outside their comfort zone (Abu Dhabi). Playing on those spin friendly tracks will do no good for them.

    The moment they find some good form, there will be internal politics to ruin them and it has happened again and again. I guess there are no 3 players who like or want to play with each other. So they will always have sub teams internally.

  • mkarslan on January 30, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Kashif : Realistically saying Pakistan still have a psychological pressure against Australia and South Africa. but the team is performing well. Many weaknesses still be be addressed. Getting into top 3 seems OK. But to be at number 1 for at-least 1-2 years the team will require some consistent performance in all areas of the game. Beating Australia with some extra ordinary, constant performance and a balance team will definitely take their mural and rating to highest level. Lastly credit must be given to the team for picking up weakness slots from opposition. The win has definitely improved the confidence and mural level.

  • Shariq_ind on January 30, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    WELL WHY MOST OF US ARE TALKING ABOUT PAKISTAN BEATING OTHER TEAMS ON THEIR HOME GROUNDS????? EVERY TEAM IS WINNING ON THEIR HOME GROUNDS AND CONDITIONS, SO WHY PAK HAS TO PROVE ON FOREIGN SOIL, IN FACT THEY HAD PROVED THEIR SELVES IN ENGLAND PREVIOUSLY WINNING SERIES AFTER SERIES.PERHAPS PAK HAS THE BEST RECORD ON FOREIGN SOILS COMPARE TO OTHER ASIAN GIANTS. LAST TOUR OF ENGLAND WHERE THEY HAD EVEN MORE POOR TEAM, BUT THEY BEATEN AUS AND ENG IN ONE TEST MATCH EACH IN EQUALLY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS TO ABU DHABI AND DUBAI...................IT'S A MATTER FOR INDAIN TEAM TO LEARN FROM PAKISTAN....

  • soumyas on January 30, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    anyways...being indian, reason i have respect abt pak cricket is due the their gr8 players like akram,waqar,inzamam,imran...and the way they find new fast bowling talents...keep producing talented cricketers, no other team keeps indian cricketers sharp than pak...;)

  • Spelele on January 30, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Oh please! PAK are nowhere near being the best in the world! One series win against a team whose players are sitting ducks against spin means nothing. Ajmal and Rehman are both ordinary against better players of spin as SA proved about a year ago. They were only bowled out once (that too for 380!) against this same attack, on the same pitches. In the 1st match, Ajmal was blasted around for 195 runs and only 3 wickets before being dropped for the 2nd match. Not to mention Rehman's figures of 10 wickets for over 430 runs throughout the 2 match series! And to think that England were blown away by the same bowlers?? All of Kallis, De Villers, Amla and Smith scored centuries in that SA-PAK series! The truth is that SA or Aus would have chased 145 runs with so much time left. Surely Clarke, Amla, Kallis, Hussey or De Villiers would have at least used their feet to these bowlers? Both SA and Aus are better against spin than England and are therefore better teams as they can win in Asia.

  • on January 30, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    No words to explain the joy and emotions we Pakistanis are going through right now:)

  • EddyEhmed on January 30, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    WHY THEY CALL IT A HOME SERIES................

    Why they say it this is a home series for Pakistan, when they are not even playing it in Pakistan…. UAE is a place of expatriates; you can find Indian's, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, & English (UK) at almost the same numbers. This time Englishmen were more in the stadium then Pakistanis.

    PCB should come out in a term with the ICC that we should get an extra point in the rankings in Test/OneDay/T/20 if a team rejects to play in a home country, by this we can see the seriousness of ICC if they want to revive unofficial ban kept by ICC & various other countries on Pakistan & Pakistan Cricket.

  • on January 30, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    pakistan is a average team every asian team can beat england in asia last two aussie tour pak has been whitewashed and last decade india has won test in every country and series in england winning in asia is not a big thing too against england pak is worst outside asia even in asia they were not finalist in asia cup which was won by india and world cup pak is a average team beating eng home track bullies is not a big achievement ind has done in num erous time in asia look at pak fast bowlers barely tocuhing 140 they have to prove outside asia india except this tour played well in aus pak have been whitewashed there 3 time same case in england india won in 2007.

  • kentjones on January 30, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    I have said it before and I will say it again, Pakistan will be soon the No 1 team in tthe world, once they maintain consistency of performance. Also, they can maintain that dominance for some time!!!

  • birdz_eye on January 30, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Yes this side has potential to be the best of the game but as Mohsin rightly pointed out its a long way to go since proving themselves In SA, England & Australia is the ultimate challenge ahead. Having said that the momentum is right & team is fighting hard all the right marks of a champion in making, & all the other sides are good but not invincible at all so probability of doing things, not been done so far, is high. After a long time I saw Pakistan team sledging & kicking the Aussie butts in WC 2011 & knew than that self-belief is coming back in Pakistan ranks which is on display now. I don't give a damn what is rank of the team cuz the same ranking made India & England # 01 just to be a joke to get down so miserably, as long as Pakistan is playing good hard cricket i'm fine with being a side which is difficult to beat.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!Best of luck..........!

  • on January 30, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Mohsin Khan please keep quite & don't make silly statements ....On the other side i am really very surprised by the reaction of most of the people commenting that Pak can only win in sub-continent pitches....If u people compare with India & Srilanka than Pak has a much better record playing overseas than them. Its just the batting that has let Pak down at overseas.

  • sherishahmir on January 30, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Mohsin khan should be given credit for his part as team manager for team victories. He is decent and looks organised person and we should pay tribute for his hard work and efforts in bringing some good results by our team.A long way to go to come among the best three but that is possible only hard work, discipline and professionalism are required ingredients.

    Hoping India shall play against Pakistan as it's next planned series in the ICC FTP, if they cant come to Pak they should come to UAE where there team will also have a good crowd support and the cricket fans will enjoy the game between two arch rivals.

  • DrAtharAbbas on January 30, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    So Funny: just a fortnight ago, everyone was telling Pakistani team: Pakistan has only beaten the low ranked teams, when they will play England they will know where they stand. Now, suddenly beating England is no credit. "These wins are in home conditions or very similar to home conditions. Didn't we play Australia in England and the result was 1-1. It is was not 0-4 as India did in the last series. Even the last series Pakistan lost 0-3 to Australia in Australia was not like this historical Indian Mauling by Australians. I wonder where the Indians find this courage of behaving like GODS. How Naive one can be to behave like that. IF I was an Indian, I would stop even thinking of cricket for ever after what has happened in England and Australia to their team. I am truly amazed that they can still talk like that : self proclaimed GODs ..........

  • WeeBee on January 30, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    hehe ! .. BCCI has already started to giving statements that "INDIA always wanted to play with Pakistan" .. hehe anyway! now Pakistan has full chance to invite Worldwide teams to Pakistan.

  • on January 30, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    i think pak is missing just one thing a pace bowler with out and in swing like m.amir ..at that moment u gul dnt have a proper bowler with other side...

  • Arunprasad.M.S on January 30, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Can be the best in the world only in Abu dhabi

  • on January 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    They can be best in the world, all they need is to improve their batting , bowling is well enough

  • on January 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    i think watmore should be the coach and mohsin khan his assistant .only then it is possible that this team rise to number one and can beat aus SA and england in their homes

  • satish619chandar on January 30, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Surely they can if their batsman learn to score more 100s.. Bowling wise, they have the best attack for all the conditions.. Batting needs to improve a lot..

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Zim, SL and Ban were all sruggling sides, Eng never have a good record in Asia. AUS could steamroll PAK in their own backyard.

  • RVC-38 on January 30, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    the next 18 months should decide number 1, AUST has played SA in SA for a 1 -1 result, they play in Aust next summer and they play ENG in England. ENG last summer played AUS at home and won 3-1 next summer they play in england. its all very exciting, so comon Pakistan join the party you are definately worthy to be in this company in a home and away battle for the title, forget the rankings. anyone from NZ INDIA SL AND THE WI, please take this as my opinion of the best teams at the moment all teams deserve respect.

  • moBlue on January 30, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    way to go, pakistan! i say this as a forever-fan of IND! can you guys imagine what might have been if it weren't for pakistan losing those two bowlers? the rest of us would simply be battling hard by now - for second place!!! despite all that... pakistan probably have what it takes to become world #1 right at the moment... if they can keep multiplying on their self-belief. i suspect PAK will simply annihilate ENG in the third test! that would be a strong index of pakistan's hunger to become world #1.

  • on January 30, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @cric7: Thanks for your kind words. Indian team is a great team too. I don't know for sure but perhaps they have been playing too much in recent months and need some rest? All in all its a great team you guys have and it would been really great if, irrespective of the results, Indian team had performed better in the last series. Wish you guys best of luck!

  • Woody111 on January 30, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Who cares how long this dream run goes for - the Pak players and their supporters deserve the glory so don't muddle with coaches or the lineup. The formula works so stick with it til the signs are that it needs to change. Good on you Pakistan; great to have you back playing good cricket.

  • M-S-R on January 30, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    One swallow does not make a summer, Mr. Mohsin!!!

  • mohanan on January 30, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Too early to predict Sir. I would like to see how they perform in Australia, South Africa, and England. An encounter against India on any part of the world would be very interesting as well.

  • Sports4Youth on January 30, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    I think now Mohsin is getting carried away by the success in home conditions. Misbah is yet to travel to SA/Aus/Eng/SL, and India is out of question atleast for the time being. No doubt they have performed well in home conditions. But it is different from playing in the SA/Aus/Eng etc. Any way, the way they are thrashing Eng, it gives me great pleasure, I wish them the Best for the 3rd Test and the Limited over Format.

  • Sarthik on January 30, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    I don't understand one thing.. Win a few matches in a row and they start talking about becoming no.1 in the world. People need to understand that becoming no.1 is a slow and steady process and takes quite some effort to get there - it's not about becoming number one, it's about deserving and sustaining it for longer periods. Like West Indies and Aussies...

  • PatrickJM on January 30, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    While Mohsin Khan's aims are laudable, I think that anyone who believes this current Pakistan team has the ability to become number 1 doesn't know their cricket. Okay they have a very good spinner in Ajmal, and a good one in Rehman; they have a fine batsman in Y Khan and a couple of potentially-good MO players; and a reliable captain. But England/Australia/SA/India have a lot of better fast bowlers, better allround batsmen and spinners with equal, if not better, records to Ajmal.

    Speaking as a neutral, Pakistan's recent performances have been excellent for cricket, especially the way they come back from the 2010 fiasco at Lords. However, perspective and a bit of Misbah Ul Haq level-headedness is needed for the team to progress, not grandiose claims of being No 1 in the world.

  • asadkum on January 30, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...............

    Yeah !!! Great team spirit .....Nice to see unity in team !!!!!! it's a total team effort .... Credit to Misbah the way he has handled he team .......................................... Mohsin has done a wonderful job but Pak need a full time coach like Dave .............. Want to see Umar Akmal in action !!!!!!!!!!! Pak can not afford to waste his talent..... Good Luck !!!!!!!! for the remaining matches.

  • on January 29, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    can they win england,australia,s.africa soil ?

  • explorer76 on January 29, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    There are many who are not reading the article clearly. Mohsin didn't say that Pakistan team is the best team right now or anything like that. He said that with hard work they have the capability of becoming the number 1 team in future. And he clearly acknowledged that Pakistan batsmen struggle against swing and seam bowling and they need to perform well in foreign conditions. So he has not made any grand claims. He has identified the areas to improve upon and has set a goal to improve and get to better rankings.

  • Masud_BITK on January 29, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    This fragile line batting up of Pakistan does not show me to be top ranked testing nations soon. They need consistent batsmen like Misbah but not a big star. They need to make sure that they play well in bouncy pitch in AU, SA and UK. If only then, they can be top 1. They also need to look for fiery pacy like Shoab, Wasim or Waqar asap to be effective in those bouncy pitch. Good luck anyway.

  • MN-USA on January 29, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Some guys tend to post nasty and mind-blogging comments without checking the facts first. PAKISTAN did manage to WIN a test against England in Egland in 2010 inspite of all the debackles going around the team at the time. In 2010 PAKISTAN did WIN a test against AUSTRALIA to square the series 1-1. (Unlike the shambleness of INDIA's 4-0 los in England ans the recently in Australia. C'mon accept the reality india played really bad and PAK is doing much better than them. Instead of enjoying a good match and giving credit to the better team, you guys keep posting negative and unfair comments just to satisfy your ego......Accept the reality and GET OVER IT.

  • shamlaatu on January 29, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Pakistan batting SERIOUSLY lacks versatility. We have ALL of them one dimensional batsmen that love to play slow. They lose their wicket soon as they try to play fast. Taufeeq Umar, Younus Khan, Azhar Ali, and Misbah fall into this category. Then you have Umar Akmal who is one dimensional in the opposite way. He loves to play hit n bag, and he loses his wicket soon as he is asked to play slow. Asad Shafiq and to some very minor extent Hafeez are the only two exceptions. None of the rest have the ability to speed up or slow down according to the game situation. And then the entire team lacks the ability to rotate strike on continuous basis. Without having at least two genuine pacers (who could swing it like Anderson, or Tim South), and a very ordinary fielding I dunno how can one even imagine that Pakistan could be number 1 ??

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    great win pak. well done. i must say talk of no spot is way too premature. but i like his goal of being in top 3. thats realistic and achievable. keep up the good work and i hope the new pcb cheif Zaka keeps mohsin permanent coach and not bring in whatmore. mohsin is old fashiioned coach and he is getting along with players. new coach willl start a decline again in the team. trust me!

  • mix-grill-united on January 29, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    BRING ON INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • UmarKhan85 on January 29, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    forget the article guys..i couldnt stop laughing when i read indians tutoring us on how we need to perform outside our home to be the best.. yeah like Indian has won anything outside India! :D @ Vishal Tendulkar.. who's joking now?? :D :D

    your team gets drubbed in Australia and you have the audacity to tell US how to be number one? :D :D great joke my friend :D

  • haq33 on January 29, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    There is a VALUABLE lesson here for England players and fans if they choose to heed it. I am pleased that Mohsin stated that the aim is top 3 in tests AND one-days. England for years have dismissed one-day cricket as "pyjama cricket", however, the skill sets needed to build partnerships and play against strangling pressure type bowling are equally relevant in both formats, as we have witnessed just now. The great WI and Aus teams ALWAYS treated both formats with respect and excelled in BOTH. So for England, the warning signs were all there when they neglected one-day cricket and simply forgot about bad performances in WC and in India, assuming that all will be alright on the night with forthcoming test matches. Sorry but you must give both forms respect if you want to excel overall. And a true top test nation should be at least very good in the one-day format (although I agree that the converse is not true).

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 29, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Well any team can talk big and have huge dreams. Even Australia are talking the same way now after beating a below par Indian team. The formula is simple: a team MUST win EVERYWHERE in ALL conditions to truly be called the world's best team. India FAILED to do that. England are failing so far in the UAE. The South Africans are predominantly a CHOKING team. The Aussies are still in transition and average. The Sri Lankans are also rebuilding their team. So there are no true world no.1s now. Every team can talk like Mr. Mohsin Khan. Even Andy Flower was talking like this last summer before the start of the Indian series. So Mohsin can talk whatever he wants. Pakistan are playing good cricket at the moment BUT they are only playing the UAE. They are still weak in overseas conditions like any Asian team. So let's see what happens when they tour England, SA and Australia in the future. Good luck to Pakistan team.

  • Cricket_Only on January 29, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Folks, Please stop putting words in this interview as no where in the interview Mohsin said PAKISTAN IS NUMBER 1, all he said is by working hard Pakistan CAN BE #1. So, please stop complaining. Everyone in the world has the right to prosper and go for the #1 position in whatever he/she does in life, what is so bad about wishing or working hard to be #1. One wise person once said " every great thing that ever happened to the humanbeing started with a very small thought" today WE the PAKISTANIS are promissing ourselves to be NUMBER ONE, and noi one can stop us.

  • Mervo on January 29, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Absolutely not. They are playing to the best of their ability now and that is to their credit. However, they are short of about 3-4 world class batsmen and have only one fast bowler of moderate ability. Spin will not work very well in Australia, England, the West Indies and South Africa and they all play test cricket. Lamentably if the Taliban keep encroaching into Pakistan, there may not even be a Pakistani team in the future, and that would be a real tragedy.

  • on January 29, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Still some distance to go before Pakistan becomes one of the top 3. The test is beating Australia, England and south Africa on their home turf.

  • TariqNajmi on January 29, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    3rd Test Pakistan Should Replace a Fast Bowler with a Proper Batsman Like Omar Akmal or an All-Rounder Like Abdul Razzaq

  • gandabhai on January 29, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    CONDITIONS , CONDITIONS , CONDITIONS .After England & Australia and now Pakistan have provided their team with favourable tracks for their teams,Every other team will do the same . Now it will be difficult for any team to win away from home.

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    hey guys come on and be serious.. he only said CAN BE no 1 in a WE CAN GO TO MARS manner (that is not impossible but incredibly difficult).. it ll take time, spirit, good batting order, good and just players in a NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN SPOT FIXING way, more fast bowlers, stable captain-ship, management, coach and resuming games at home grounds.. its a long journey to go and they have only stepped in the right way.. well hope things get change with our country as well as our young team.. well wishes..

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    It's good to have ambition for sure as Mohsin has but ultimately reality must be running the show in a hugely technical sport as cricket. Firstly Pakistan has just a good fast/medium attack not a world class attack.They have a world class attack with Asif and Amir who are being punished extrememly harshly in my opinion. Gul/ Junaid/ Riaz are just good but not match winners on all grounds. Just compare the difference between Anderson/ Broad and Gul/ Junaid in Abu Dhabi ? Secondly the openers Hafeez and Umar are also technically flawed players at Test level. Look at their dismissals in this test and you will see weaknesses against seam/spin too. The middle order of Ali, Khan, Haq & Shafiq are inexperienced to pretty good but more importantly inconsistent as this Abu Dhabi test shows. Tail cannot wag to make crucial runs to win tests.

  • StaalBurgher on January 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I think everyone needs to calm down. Pakistan is definitely underrated because of their lack of matches but just because they have exposed England as "not the best team in the world" doesn't mean they suddenly are. Pakistan has seldom shown long term consistency, even from before their modern day troubles. That is what you need, "long term consistency" in all conditions. Not saying they can't but I suggest you just enjoy the win and take the coming series' one at a time. Let us all just enjoy the current climate where you can't predict the outcome of a series between 5 countries - makes a refreshing change.

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I have seen 4-0 whitewash recently...Now i wanna see 3-0

  • BravoBravo on January 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Mr. Mohsin made a very appropriate and honest statement, whoever mocking Mr. Mohsin, first read carefully, he said that Pakistan had "a lot to prove" in overseas conditions" before being #1. First thing PAK has to avoid WHITE WASHES overseas, and need not to have MIGHTY BATTING LINE UP like their neighbors. If any team who wants to be on TOP, need to take cues from AUS, and the team which wants to be self proclaimed and wants to slide down the ladder like a boneless jellyfish, need to take cues from IND. According to WIN to LOSS ratio; AUS is #1, PAK is #3 and IND is #7(inspite all the hype created by IND-biassed media for the below average team). Get the picture. Good luck PAK, and stay away from IPL (Indian Pride Limited).

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @all Indians...If u luk at Pakistan's record from the 90s and early 2000s, Pakistan was the only team from Subcontinent that used to win consistently abroad and at home. Pakistan has drubbed England a number of times in England. Only places we havent won yet is in SA, Aus and WI. We have drawn the last three series in WI and drawn the last series respectively against SA and Aus(i.e in England!!)..so to claim that Pakistan does not have it to win is just another self denial just like u guys are in denial about the drubbing u got in Aussieland. It takes guts and mental toughness to win abroad. Just remember wat Miandad did to u guys back in 86, it took u ten years to get out of that psychological trauma :). So dont compare Team Pakistan to Team India...we dont have the superstars but we got the guts to stand up there and face it....Way to GO Pakistan!! Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    dear vishal tendulkar and sports4youth bros Mohsin khan said this team can be no-1 and has the capacity to be world best team but for this they have to peform well in other part of the world, where our batting struggle. You guys just qouted things if you win any where in the world, win is win. we lost in england but did u see england also struggle in batting in their home grounds against us. but is england or australia struggle in batting against india in their home grounds. Just think and say some thing.

    Please love cricket and be positive, thats it wether it is any team appreciate and just appreciate. Good luck Pakistan Pakistan Zindabad,,,,,,

  • hoodbu on January 29, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I don't care if Pakistan is not Number 1 in the ICC Rankings system, as long as they win every series ;)

  • getsetgopk on January 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    to the one eyed india fans here calling Mohsin a joker should first take a dip in ganga river to remove the freshly acquired whitewash at the hands of Aussies we heard that before time and again, we beat bangla and Zim they said 'oh its just minnows' then SL they said 'oh SL is also a minnow now' now if we can beat Eng which is THE best test team of present time and all sane people (that excludes most india fans automatically) would admit to that then I guess Mohsin has a fair point.

  • on January 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    PAK is a tough team to beat..they need sum Top Class batsmen along with younis..Misbah is good but he shud score big 100s regularly..PAK shud bring bak Yousuf..Pak's bowling is strong but Only Spin is working in UAE/Sub continent..Wonder wat happened to all the quickies and fast bowlers they used to produce.. PAK can go a long way if unity is there and honesty is thr too..and also no dirty politics within the team..Like ths TEAM Spirit..if they can keep ths spirit for 2 more years, they will be the TEAM to watch..

  • cric7 on January 29, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I agree, Come on PAK brothers, cheers from India. I always believe that PAK has the world's finest players and absolute rocking bowlers after the great west indies era.

  • on January 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    even if some indian fans believe that Pakistan cant be no1,atleast india cant be ranked above Pakistan in any format looking at the results from the last 10 months.Pakistan didnt beat england in the tumultous 2010 summer,yet the team managed to beat england in the 3rd test at the oval and took the odi series to the 5th game.india on the other hand was whitewashed.they should be worrying about their own abysmal form on away tours before questioning Pakistan's ability.yes Pakistan still has a long way to go and a few talented youngsters have to be inducted.but our domestic talent gives us a lot of hope.india has to worry about finding a few formidable fast bowlers.its a population of over a billion and there's such paucity of fast bowling potential that they still dont have a fast bowler who can bowl at 150kph+.Pakistan cricket team is on the ascendance.and this team still doesnt have the luxury of playing on absolute turners to petrify overseas batsmen.how many losses will it take india

  • Spelele on January 29, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Oh please!!! Pakistan are nowhere near being the best in the world!!! One series victory against English players who are sitting ducks against spin means nothing. Would Ajmal and Rehman have been able to get the same sort of results against a more competent team? I think not. We saw how SA thrashed these same bowlers about a year ago on the same pitches. Smith, AB, Amla and Kallis made merry against them. Ironically, they were saved by their gritty batting and poor catching from Boucher. The truth of the matter is that this team is very ordinary against better players of spin. Until they discover a match-winning fast bowler, PAK are no match for SA and Australia. The only reputable side they have beaten so far is Srilanka, and we all know that they are undergoing problems with players not being paid. For now, SA are slightly ahead in the world because their batsmen are adept at playing both pace and spin. Their attack is also capable of blasting out teams for scores of 47 and 48.

  • lococrico on January 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan needs quality pacers in their side to become a complete side

  • on January 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    i think dave whatmore is neccessary for pakistan...mohsin khan has done excellent work he taught players to gain momentum...but one thing he culodnt do that is to maintain that momentum the next days...its seen that pak players scoring 50s to 80s but they got out eary the very next day...this weakness if removed than pak can absolutely be no.1....we won 92 worldcup nobody expected actullay we snatched it from england...

  • Meximillion on January 29, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Yes they can no.1 if they play with unity and spirit.

  • Sports4Youth on January 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 : ... agreed with you. but apart from bad batting Pak also havw a problem with their fielding & catching.

  • on January 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @Vishal Tendulkar: Doesn't sound like a bigger joke than the self proclaimed best team in the world being white washed 4-0 TWICE within 10 months!

  • Asafar on January 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    I agree with Mohsin that Pakistan cricket team is capable of becoming the world beaters.They have displayed their talent and the potential to attain that position in the past couple of years when they won the Test match series against Zimbabwe,West Indies,Sri Lanka ,Bangladesh and England.The most significant seriies has been one against England which has been rated as the best Test team in the world.Pakistan,s magnificent victories in the two Test matches over England have been crafted by their bowlers especially by the spin trio whose contribution towards those victories has been undeniably immense and highly creditable.The same cannot be said about their batting and fielding.To become world beaters Pakistan need to produce few talented and capable batsmen who could measure up to the the world',s best.There are a number of young promising batsmen in the domestic circle.These youngsters need to be given some intensive coaching and put on fast mode for rapid progress under an exper

  • DingDong420 on January 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan have played well but no pressure take it a series at a time.

  • on January 29, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @ Vishal Tendulkar bro mohsin khan is sain da right thing pakistan can b num 1 team luk at ur team india wot dey ave achieved after winning da worldcup nuthing but defeats dey were called da num 1 team ov test cricket dat is da biggest joke luk at em lost to england 4-0 n now 4-0 to austrailia wot a shame n still u think ur da num 1 team now dat is da biggest joke hahahahahaha................

  • Sports4Youth on January 29, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    This claim of Mohsin Khan is also not good becouse Pak do not have the batting streanght to be No.1. or best in the world. Howver, agreed they have a good bowling attacking, especially spin.

  • Sports4Youth on January 29, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @ Vishal Tendulkar : ... i agree . Now Mohsin Khan is making the same mistake/claim that all upwardly mobile countries have done, not realising that these successes are coming on home grounds, in this case the adopted hoem conditions. The pitches were tailor made here to suit Pak. That is vey different from playing in foreign conditions.

  • AsadCricFan on January 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I think Mohshin should remain coach until we lose a series, be it 2 months or 2 years, as long as we are winning Mohsin should be coach. The moment we lose series, Mohsin should step down and a replacement can be found

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on January 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Yes it may b possible MOHSIN sir... But as far as pakistan batting z concern,its really tough coz there z no depth in there line up...MISBAH z 1 nd only reliable batsman z there...this team need at least 1 or 2 world class batsman wid MOHD AMIR in pace departmant...icc should forgive amir nd impose life ban on butt nd asif...as far as pakistan next coaching staff z concern...i must say that MOHSIN should b a part of coaching staff as assistant or batting coach,Whatmore or Dean jones should b head coach wid Aquib nd Julion Fountain as Bowling nd Fielding coach respectively...

    i think if this z happen than there z a chance that this team earn top spot in world ranking...

  • on January 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Pakistan is performing good under Mohsin's coaching, whether he's doing anything or just a puppet coach, he should get atleast some credit. no need to disturb the healthy environment in the dressing room by bringing in new coach, against the wish of players

  • Balumekka on January 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Why not? They surely can become No:1. I think is Moshin Khan is doing a great job. Why replacing him with Whatmore?

  • on January 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    hahaha, Mohsin please 2 games does not make you a winner, that too on conditions not too different than home. First, you have to win in England, then SA, then Australia, which is very very difficult. In my opinion SA is the best test side, rankings aside, they can win anywhere.

  • on January 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    We'll No.1 in the World when we cab beat England in England, South Africa in South Africa and Australia in Australia!

  • noplay on January 29, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Everyone is praising Mohsin Khan and Misbah for Pakistan's recent run of success. No one is attributing this turnaround where it belongs... that Pakistan cricket appears to be clean. and the team is performing to its ability. Not one, I repeat NOT ONE of Pakistan's officials made any attempt to eradicate that problem. They still buried their heads in the sands after the NOTW sting and are trouble shooting all the other reports. And please don't tell me that no one knew what was going on

  • cric_monster on January 29, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    I think Mohsin Khan's comment needs to be seen in the correct context i.e. he didnt say they are No.1 already, but have the potential to get there sometime in the future..and it makes perfect sense. This is a team which is finally beginning to emerge after years of hit and trial squad re-engineering. Pakistan's bowling has always been their strength with plentyful options, varieties and replacements, they have almost always maintained one of the best bowling units in the World, but its the batting that lets them down. Now with some young batsmen beginning to emerge and perform under pressure, maybe they will be able to become a much better all round side. When that happens (another 2-3 years?), they could be the top side in the World.

  • ahmadii on January 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    This Pakistan side has timely got rid of "STARS" ; Danish Kaneria , Yousaf and Shoab Akhtar, this is the sole reason of their winning streaks. This argument is validated from our defeats at Galle , Wellington and Sydney in year 2009 in a span of two months after being T20 World Champs. Would here , Danish Kaneria playing , Pakistan would have lost by conceding 4-5 RPO. Similarly , in 2004-05 , Shoab Akhtar surrendered by Bowling with short Runup when he came to bowl the opening over to defend 160 in Aus , showing his dissatisfaction on the batsmen' poor display. Agreed , that was the low total to defend , but history says , any target in the 4th innings is defendable provided the bowlers show hearty courage and determination with their skills. This team would keep winning till they allow the conspiracy to creep in , and the best way to keep this evil away is to dropp the poor performer timely , without giving his past the un due crdit by selecting him when he is not performing !

  • LordOfCric on January 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    He is saying Pak "can be" not "are best" in the world, so people chill are relax coz this is exactly the kind of performence that takes you from Position 6 to 1.....................

  • Desihungama on January 29, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Mohsin should go back to selection to ensure the right persons come through.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Exactly....I also think that this PAK team has ability to be no.1 test team in WORLD. This team has performed at newzealand bouncy pitches and west-indies last year...So this team can perform at any part of the world which India, england, aus can't....so best wishes for PAK team...Love u PAK team.......

  • playitstraight on January 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Mohsin Khan is jumping the gun now, just because Pakistan won 1-0 vs Sri Lank at a neutral venue (which is very similar to their Pakistani home conditions), and now 2-0 vs England does not mean that you can become no.1. I want to see Pakistan going to South Africa and Australia and see if they can play well there. After all, Pakistan's batting unit is one of the weakest in the top 6.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    To be # 1 Pakistan have to find out some Fast bowler who could get wickets Deliberately. Gul and Junaid Khan can be good support bowlers but on pitches like AUS and SA we need some good fast bowlers to lead the attack

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Pakistan can become # 1 team but they need some genuine quick bowlers for pitches like Australia and SA because Gul and Junaid can not take wickets deliberately.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    mohsin khan plz dnt dream man...u also know this is not possible...u r just excited over this victory....stop joking man...u r a joker....

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I have great respect for Whatmore, however, he should know from History that Pakistan team responds better to their own Coach. A foreign Coach is a Foreign person and I mean Culturally, Linguistically, Socially Pakistan players do not connect with a foreign person. Dave Whatmore may not want to come in when Pakistan is performing well. His performance would be judged based on their current form. I would advise him to wait for India or Srilanka job. They respond better to foreign coaches.

  • anserazim on January 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Pakistan has done well under the leadership of Misbah. But to become a dominant side like the old westindies and the aussies they have to have a good batsman wicketkeeper, a genuine all rounder and batsmen in the middle who can score big. All these things are missing in the present team and I see this as a flash in the pan rather a dominant side. India's rise to the top and the crown, was badly exposed and was humiliating in many ways! English team has won in Australia and thats why they are number 1 and I accept them being number 1!!!

  • sabina2009 on January 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @coatsie89: pls at least don't be partial always. Who do you think should be number one Test team? India??? huh huh huh! India played like a minnow and they were nothing for Australia. Pakistan is as good as Australia and South Africa

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Pakistan to become no 1.... Most people think might be immposible just as the thought that Pakistan will defeat England.... Just as this happen, Pakistan will also become the no1 team..... Only time will tell....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Yes Pakistan can become No.1. There's no doubt about that. Just some more stability in batting and they are right up there. Good luck to our Pakistan brothers in their pursuit of No.1. Next, I know that Afridi has a lot of fan following in your country. But don't get me wrong. Keep Afridi as far away as possible from anything related to Pakistan cricket. He is toomuch ado about nothing. How I miss a series between my Team India and Pakistan!

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Moshin didn't say Pak will become No 1 but it was his targets for the team - i cant believe anyone who competes in sport wants to be No 2 or 3...

    For our Indian posters; despite our problems we compete overseas when you never do....trouncing would be a kind word to use in your last few series abroad. Our so-called lack of batting still managed to win a test in Eng and if not for Butt and Co nobbling the Lords test - could have finished up 2-2.....

    Pak should try to remain steady in selection and team mgmt - as in Hafeez or Azhar we have 2 future Test captains.

    The so-called big four no longer exist, even SL (current in transition) troubled the springboks......

  • csowmi7 on January 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Pakistan need better batsman if they need to go to the top of the tree. But the Pakistan bowling is truly a class apart and the envy of many sides. A close-knitted group with courage and character. A lot to admire about the Pakistan side. But they need to improve their batting and find more guys like shafiq and azhar ali and take them to the next level. As an indian fan i hope india can play tests with Pakistan in the immediate future.

  • badboyblue on January 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    It will take some time for them to reach the heights of being No.1 but they need to have a solid batting line-up to compete with the likes of Australia, South Africa and England on their pitches. I do believe they are improving and will get better as a unit provided they stick to the same formula and work hard on their batting. Bowling department seems fine

  • deconstruct on January 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I have seen some comments here ridiculing Mohsin's statement. While I can understand this from Indian fans (who still cannot digest the way wheel of fortune has turned), it was disheartening to read comments from some Pakistan fans. Guys, have you heard of something called self-belief? You have to believe in yourself first and aim high in order to achieve something. And Mohsin never said Pakistan is already the No. 1 team; he said it has the capacity and I totally agree. In 2010 did anyone imagine this team could come this far?

  • Pak_Guru on January 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Superb win, 3rd Test team - include Riaz for Junaid.... Umar for Adnan ( Adnan's keeping to spinners bowling on leg stump is terrible, he is just not able to collect the ball on leg side + Umar is best batsmen in the team. ) Also teach Adnan about LBW rules, he really needs a lesson on it. In one day's include Hamad Azzam he is v good, of what little i saw in west indies. Nothing less than 3-0 now.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    rahulcricket007 I agree with Rahul whatever he said, Batting is the main concerned for Pakistan since long. to be no. 1 in the world , Paksitan are required to make all department equally good i.e bowling,batting and fielding.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    i cant imagine how india became world number they are the most dull side but what can we say lion called lion in his den

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Mohsin Sir i admire your spirit. Please just focus on playing good cricket thats what we need. we donot need to be no.1 we need awesome test cricket game :)

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    one swallow does not make a summer..this would be the world order now..no team will lose at home

  • kamran.afzal on January 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Somebody please tell PCB to retain him... He might not be the best option, but don't repair anything that ain't broke !!!

  • wrenx on January 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Well said, Mohsin Khan, well said

  • Stark62 on January 29, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    With the whole defensive tactics of batsmen, I think Pak would do well outside!

    Pak should be going SA soon because they did tour UAE for a full series.

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Good work by Mohsin-Misbah team with all the senior and junior players together. They really did a wonderful job. From the lowest of the lows in England last year, it looks like a born again team, under the charismatic leadership of Mohsin-Misbal. Good luck and God Speed. At this stage, I request ICC to review and revise their ranking system. Points should be given on weighted average basis; higher points on winning away compared to winning at home.

  • coatsie89 on January 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    No chance. Pakistan have nowhere near enough depth in their squad to become number 1 at the moment. But it's nice to see Pakistan performing day in day out rather than just turning up on the odd occasion.

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Mohsin should remain coach until the next WC. i mean... 6 test mactches in a row!!! "Whatmore" can you ask for?!!

  • raheem030766 on January 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    It seems that at the moment generally all major teams are performing well at home. Whilst Pakistan are leading the current series 2-0 in neutral territory the conditions are similar to the sub continent where England's record is abysmal. In order to be the BEST I agree with Mohsin Khan that TEAM Pakistan will have to win in unfamiliar conditions. In order to achieve this Pakistani players and in particular young batsmen like Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should be encouraged to play in all forms of English County cricket and possibly in Australian and South African domestic cricket. Conversely players from abroad should be encouraged to play all forms of domestic cricket in the sub continent. This will raise the standard of domestic cricket in all countries and make international cricket very competitive thus determining which team is the BEST in the world. It may also help draw big crowds to both international and domestic cricket in ALL forms of the game.

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Still a long way to go be in the reckoning of number 1 team. PCB needs to make sure that we have a good domestic structure to backup the cause of team. Performing against Australia and SA in their home conditions would be the next target for team Pakistan.

  • smjr on January 29, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I request PCB not to appoint Whatmore as coach at this moment of time. He may be appointed PCB Academy coach. The team is united under Mohsin and there is a lot of team spirit. Also I fail to understand coaching for Test team players because coaching should be done at first class cricket level or academy level. Nobody coach Clive Lloyd, Ian Chappel, Steve waugh, Ray Illingworth, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Mike Brearly invincible sides of past. It is actually the mind set, application, stamina, determination, courage, skill, concentration that matter in test matches. To me Test match success is 60% depend on mental toughness and the remaining on other skills. Please also look at what happens to Duncan Fletcher and Greg Chappel while coaching India.

  • khurramsch on January 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    well agree here pak need to work hard to move up & be consistant. past records & averages & stats doesnt reflect anything what matters is todays performance. this team hasnt got much runs, experience , tons, double 100s but they played regular & consistant cricket. about coach job i think pak should keep him but obviously matters with dev are way ahead as he resigned from KKR so its better pak keep both mohsin & watmore.

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan has the ability to become the best team in the world in all formats of the cricket, if- 1) PCB will change their destructive policy; 2) they will not take any high-paid foreign main coach unnecessarily; and 3) temporarily make UAE as their home venue and organized there a franchise basic Pan-asian Premire leagues for T20 & OD cricket (take 4 Indian Teams, 3 Pakistani Teams, 3 Srilankan Teams, 1 Bangladehi Team, 1 Combined Asian Team from rest of the Asian countries; total 12 Teams, devided into 2 groups - with restriction to play more than 2 non-asian hired players in a team).

  • rahulcricket007 on January 29, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    PAKISTAN CAN ONLY BECOME BEST IN THE WORLD WHEN THEY IMPROVE THEIR OVERSEAS BATTING . THEIR BOWLING STRENGTH IS VERY GOOD , THEY HAVE BOLWERS FOR EVERY SITUATION LIKE SPINNERS FOR ASIA & FAST BOWLERS FOR OVERSEEAS MATCHES . THE MAIN PROBLEM IS BATTING . BUT NOW WITH SOME GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS LIKE AZHAR , SHAFIQ , UMAR AKMAL ARE THEIR , SO , I HAVE HOPE THEY WILL IMPROVE IN THAT FIELD TOO .

  • cric.info. on January 29, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    and i also wish this good work goes on and on, but there is lot to debate on batting and fast bowling as well, though Pak won, but fast bowling remained questionable for both test matches except the spark of Gul in 2nd inning of first test. batting is though strengthened, but can this batting be this consistent at other parts of world is yet to be answered. Mohsin Khan has plenty to his name batting in aussie and english conditions, which will help Pak team out there if Mohsin gets a final call to fix on. Overall Pakistan has a dying need to find Amir's replacement before entering Aus or England.. and lastly they deserve celebrations. WELLDONE.

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Appreciate Pak's efforts against England but Mohsin Khan is joking now :)

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I have no doubt about that.

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    in my little cricket knowledge and being pakistani and pakistan cricket fan, I'd Rather Mohsin khan as permanent Coach , instead of dave whatmore, Dave whatmore is great coach there is no doubt about it, but certainly we don't need him now, cause pakistan is doing great as everyone can see that, and why should we disturb the flow of good team, as u can see every players from pakistan was very satisfied with mohsin they pick him up on thier shoulders when pakistan was victorious yesterday , the relationship of coach and players going outstanding, they know him well and he knows them well , and most importantly captain is so much close with coach for the cricket plans ... so i think that won't be good decison by pcb if dave whatmore becomes next coach. thanks

  • shamaero on January 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    even if dav whatmore is selected to coach the team mohsin shud be around d team as a batting coach or a mentor! his presence as a selector also has made pakistani team perform better!

  • Neutral_analysis on January 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Aus, SA, IND, PAK, SRI.......all these teams have ability to become no.1. But Aus or SA in my opinion are most likely the next ones. Pakistan has performed exceptionally well in this tour and in 2011 but yes they have a lot to prove on seaming wickets. as long as they stick and work as a unit and stay away from politics (which i think is a very difficult thing to do in pak), they can certainly become no.1

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    We want more teams to be tough to defeat. This would be better for the game of cricket.

  • nzcricket174 on January 29, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Why would you not appoint him as coach? Look how bloody well he has aided this team in winning. You would be Ijaz Butt/stupid not to have him as the coach.

  • Lion_96 on January 29, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Pakistan's performances have been incredible! They are one of my favorite teams. But as their coach said, they need to prove them selves in Foreign conditions. Biggest Test will come in South Africa & Australia, two countries where none of the sub continent teams have ever won a test series. I think the next few years, we shall see a much closer contest between top 4 or 5 test nations. Australia need to prove their worth in Asia as well, but having said that, amongst non-Asian teams, they have handled spin better than their counterparts.

  • shahzebkhaan on January 29, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    not only you respected moshin but our players lift the whole nation with pride and honour keep lifting sir ...... a legitimate request to pcb please dont touch this combination we dont need any foreign coach .. what more you can expect from our un experience moshin khan?????

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Moshin Khan Should Be Appointed As Full Time Coach of Pakistan Team. After Waqar, He Is Doing His Job Very Well. I Think No Need To Go For A New Or Foreign Coach.

  • x-squire-x on January 29, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    mohsin must be coach... thats it.

  • Waqasahmed92 on January 29, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Look at Mohsin...He just looks straight up Gangsta.....Wow

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I hope this team work in the same manner even after Mohsin....

  • AvidCricFan on January 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    This team needs to go to Eng, Aus and SA to play before making any claims to be great.

  • SpartaArmy on January 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Not with the current batting line up . Their bowling is very good but their batting unit is not strong enough to post big totals. It would be interesting to follow the progress of pak team from here on (assuming that none of their players repeat the same mistake done by the fools like Butt, asif and amir).

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Well Done and Bravo Pakistan. Critics of Pakistan. To be the Best you have to beat the Best consistently. Welcome to the world of maintaining high standards. Now- go and take it higher. When was the last time Pakistan won clean sweep in a Test Series? Good Luck

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan has the fire power to become world number 1 test cricket, one day and twenty twenty side if they put their head down and concentrate in good cricket the way they have been doing for past year. Despite the negativity by some so called journalists who have the habit of digging pakistani team past, out of the ground controversies, they have to move forward with this new out look of Pakistani team.

    Misbah as a cool, calm and collected captain and Mohsin Khan as a coach who has nit the whole team as a single unit. Congratulations to Pakistani team and the management for their hard work.

    The biggest test of Pakistani bowlers and batsman is on fast Australian and English wickets. If they can bat well on those wickets than I am quite sure that our bowlers can rip any batting line up apart with their swing and reverse swing. Too bad that we lost a gem like Aamir but I am sure that years to come, we will continue producing world class bowlers and batsman to leave our mark on int. cric

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Mohsin Khan is a very very intelligent man. Once Pakistan used to lose games we had won, now we win games that we have lost. A remarkable turnaround, and all credit to Mohsin and Misbah for giving the team the self belief. I do think things will be even harder for England in the one dayers and T20 as we have Boom Boom in those. Although his efforts with the bat are negligable, no one can doubt his ability with the ball. Another World Class spinner for a dishevelled England line up to face....

  • Brumby90 on January 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Haha. oh please Mohsin. what world do you live in??? Like all sub -continent teams, the only way they could become number 1 is by always using boring dust bowl pitches and never tour. (as they do now). Until the sub continent changes their pitches and way of thinking they will never succeed outside of that region.

  • iBilal on January 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    its good to be ambitious, but Pakistan should not make mistake of getting ahead of themselves and gloat. They still have along way to go. That being said, I think Rankings dont do justice to current Pak team... If they beat teams like Aus, SA and Eng home and away, they certainly will be number 1 irrespective of their standing in rankings

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  • iBilal on January 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    its good to be ambitious, but Pakistan should not make mistake of getting ahead of themselves and gloat. They still have along way to go. That being said, I think Rankings dont do justice to current Pak team... If they beat teams like Aus, SA and Eng home and away, they certainly will be number 1 irrespective of their standing in rankings

  • Brumby90 on January 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Haha. oh please Mohsin. what world do you live in??? Like all sub -continent teams, the only way they could become number 1 is by always using boring dust bowl pitches and never tour. (as they do now). Until the sub continent changes their pitches and way of thinking they will never succeed outside of that region.

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Mohsin Khan is a very very intelligent man. Once Pakistan used to lose games we had won, now we win games that we have lost. A remarkable turnaround, and all credit to Mohsin and Misbah for giving the team the self belief. I do think things will be even harder for England in the one dayers and T20 as we have Boom Boom in those. Although his efforts with the bat are negligable, no one can doubt his ability with the ball. Another World Class spinner for a dishevelled England line up to face....

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan has the fire power to become world number 1 test cricket, one day and twenty twenty side if they put their head down and concentrate in good cricket the way they have been doing for past year. Despite the negativity by some so called journalists who have the habit of digging pakistani team past, out of the ground controversies, they have to move forward with this new out look of Pakistani team.

    Misbah as a cool, calm and collected captain and Mohsin Khan as a coach who has nit the whole team as a single unit. Congratulations to Pakistani team and the management for their hard work.

    The biggest test of Pakistani bowlers and batsman is on fast Australian and English wickets. If they can bat well on those wickets than I am quite sure that our bowlers can rip any batting line up apart with their swing and reverse swing. Too bad that we lost a gem like Aamir but I am sure that years to come, we will continue producing world class bowlers and batsman to leave our mark on int. cric

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Well Done and Bravo Pakistan. Critics of Pakistan. To be the Best you have to beat the Best consistently. Welcome to the world of maintaining high standards. Now- go and take it higher. When was the last time Pakistan won clean sweep in a Test Series? Good Luck

  • SpartaArmy on January 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Not with the current batting line up . Their bowling is very good but their batting unit is not strong enough to post big totals. It would be interesting to follow the progress of pak team from here on (assuming that none of their players repeat the same mistake done by the fools like Butt, asif and amir).

  • AvidCricFan on January 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    This team needs to go to Eng, Aus and SA to play before making any claims to be great.

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I hope this team work in the same manner even after Mohsin....

  • Waqasahmed92 on January 29, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Look at Mohsin...He just looks straight up Gangsta.....Wow

  • x-squire-x on January 29, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    mohsin must be coach... thats it.