Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 1, 2012

Pakistan 'desperate' for 3-0 - Mohsin

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Pakistan's interim coach, Mohsin Khan, has said that his side is "desperate" to build on their unassailable series lead against England, and whitewash the world's No. 1 Test side.

"I do not need to look at the rankings table to tell me that England is a very professional team, a very balanced team with no weaknesses at all in any facet of their cricket," Mohsin told PakPassion.net. "They will once again be tough opposition for us and we will not be taking the opposition lightly, we will have to work very hard and approach the third Test match just in the same way as we have approached the previous two Test matches.

"We are desperate to see a three-nil margin, but no Test victory comes easy and nobody has a given right to win any Test match. I have a lot of respect for Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss and all of the England players and I am sure England will come back hard at us. I'm sure it will be another tough match with hard cricket played by both sides."

The final Test will be played in Dubai, where Pakistan won the first match comfortably, by 10 wickets. They then produced a dramatic 72-run triumph in Abu Dhabi, where their spinners' tigerish defence of a paltry target of 145 meant England were shot out for 72. Mohsin likened the Abu Dhabi victory to Pakistan's historic triumph in the 1992 World Cup.

"As for gauging what this victory means, well I received an email from a friend of mine in Karachi after the victory which stated that he had been following Pakistan cricket for more than 30 years and the series-clinching victory in Abu Dhabi over England was the second occasion where he had felt so proud to be a Pakistani cricket fan, the first being the 1992 World Cup final victory in Australia, when Imran Khan was captain.

"I took this comment from my friend as a great compliment as no doubt we have achieved a lot in Pakistan cricket over the years, but to come from the low points we reached in 2010 to the performance in Abu Dhabi was just magnificent. The biggest satisfaction and the most pleasing aspect was to see the unity and happiness in this team."

One of the striking features of Pakistan's victory run was the composure they showed while defending a modest total, and Mohsin credited the senior players in the team for maintaining focus. "It was an exciting situation and quite tense also given that we only had 144 runs to play with," Mohsin said. "Yes some of the boys were very excited, but it was crucial for the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez to keep the rest of the boys focussed and calm. Younis plays such a vital role in the team and really helps the captain on and off the field, his input is always very important and his opinions are always valued by everyone within the squad. Hafeez is another who keeps things in perspective and has a valuable role within the squad.

"It was very important that the more experienced players kept the younger players concentrating on the job at hand and for them to not get too excited. We are blessed that we have a wonderful captain, someone with an ideal personality to lead, yet it is also very important for the generals around him to support him and assist him and that is exactly what occurred in Abu Dhabi. As the opposition wickets fell and the victory seemed a possibility then it was only natural for the excitement amongst my boys to increase and I think they did a good job with their conduct."

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was Pakistan's hero in the second Test, where he emerged from Saeed Ajmal's shadow to produce a decisive spell of 6 for 25 in the second innings. Mohsin said Rehman's success was a vindication of the improvements in Pakistan's cricketing framework.

"There is a lot of healthy competition now in Pakistan cricket for places in the starting XI in every format. Abdur Rehman is a perfect example of this way of thinking, he knows that he has worked extremely hard to get to the level he is at now and that he has no intention of letting his form dip and his fitness levels to drop. He is such a hard-working cricketer, he has a great work ethic and is always ready to do extra training and additional bowling. There are times when he just wants to practise his bowling continually for hours and to work on his fitness.

"Two of the 'elder statesmen' in the squad, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, know that age is catching up with them but you simply cannot criticise their levels of fitness, they work so hard in training and they are an asset to the team and shining examples for others to follow."

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  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    PCB FOR THE GOD SHAKE LEARN TO DEPEND ON OUR RESOURCES. PLEASE GIVE MOHSHIN AND HIS COLLEGUES ENOUGH TIME TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION. ALSO GIVE THEM COMPARATIVELY GOOD PACKAGE FOR THEIR BEST PERFORMANCE.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan im sure we will go mate but will definately put up a better fight than most asian teams... btw our u19 just won a series in SA the future looks good for pakistan....

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @JAGAT NARAYAN AND Younus313, i m an Indian and Highly Praises Pakistan for their spirited performance Against England.Jagat narayan This English side are much stronger than the Australian Side Which India Whitewashed 0-4.If Pakistan Outplayed England in the First Test, They have Snatched the victory which was in the Pocket pf World No 1 Test side in the Second Test.Pakistani Bowler made target of mere 145 a monumental for this English Side.Further in the on -Going Third Test Pakistan right now in Winning Position after being dismissed for 99 in First inning.Let accept the Fact Pakistan are Traditionally better Fighters compare to India.You cannot Write off them at any stage, while India after Melbourne Test They looked like side that already lost even Playing in the middle

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Mohsin is very modest and should tell his friend about FANTASTIC test win by TEAM PAKISTAN in 1982 at Lords when he scored a double hundred. I have been a fan of TEAM PAKISTAN since 1967 and I was not around when Pakistan beat England first time in 1954 at the Oval. Apart from this victory there are so far three other GREAT victories by TEAM PAKISTAN which I will always remember. The second was winning 1992 World Cup. The third was becoming T20 World Champion. The 4th of course is the recent victory in Abu Dhabi when England were bowled out for their lowest score against Pakistan and TEAM PAKISTAN unexpectedly and against all odds won the test series. Furthermore, this was also the first time after 100 years that England had lost a test chasing less than 150 runs. May this success continue and Pakistani fans continue to enjoy the pleasure which TEAM PAKISTAN give to their supporters and all cricket lovers throughout the world.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | February 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    white wash not possible without umar akmal, get him to keep, wahab in 4 junaid.

  • POSTED BY Younus313 on | February 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan, rather than appreciating fantastic cricket, you are getting jealous? With a name like yours, you have to be Indian. Cricinfo is the best cricket database on this planet. Please check the stats. I suggest you compare Pakistan's away record with India's. You may be even more jealous then. Although I do understand how you must feeling, Mohsin Khan talking of a Test white wash must be pouring salt in to your 'white washed' wounds? The real question in a lot of our minds is, will India invite Pakistan for a full series as scheduled in the future tours programme for 2012? Both countries are 'free' between March & September, so there is no excuse for a series between the too unless the IPL is more important to India! Granted, the batting is not the best but the bowling options will cause havoc any where in the world. @Jagat Narayan, Pakistan have always performed well away from home. After all, have the last 3 years not been 'away' from home tours for Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on | February 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Gud Luck 2 green boys...Clean sweep is the best way 2 end this big series and also include WAHAB RIAZ for final match coz if he fail 2 perform with the bowl,he has some ability 2 bat lower down the order...he can add 15 20 runs down the order and better fielder 2 in comparison to JUNAID KHAN...one change is enough for pakisss and last chance for TAUFEEQ UMAR...If TAUFEEQ UMAR failed in this match 2 than pakissss should rethink about their opening pair...I think it is better for them to promote AZHAR ALI to opennig slot with HAFEEZ and bring back UMAR AKMAL in place of TAUFEEQ UMAR...and most importantly,plz PCB drop IMRAN FARHAT in all format of the game,he does not deserve a single chance coz team provide more than 50 chance for him but he cant justified his selection in any single time...he is not an international class player,it is better to give chances to NASIR JAMSHED, AHMAD SHEHZAD, IMRAN NAZIR etc...

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 2, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @foursandsixes : It doesn't matter if Pakistan didn't beat in WC.. WC is every four years and Pakistan have been champions too.. At present, Pakistan is a far better team compared to India in all forms of cricket..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 2, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 01 2012, 08:35 AM GMT) : I do agree with England being more competitive than India.. But Gambhir never complained "Australia or any country should stop to producing fast or swing tracks". He just mentioned "India should produce rank turners in order to have more home advantage" which the other countries use and serve to the opponents while touring..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    In the 2nd Test, i noticed a strange thing. The 2nd bowler of pak got only eight (8) overs in the entire match. He batted reckeclessly for his 2(4) and dropped a dolly for Prior, lucky Prior did not punish them. Eng seamers bowled 78 overs between them in the whole match and took 8 wickets. Pak seamers bowled 24 overs between them in the whole match and took 1 wicket. I thnk there is a case of one of the seamsers being dropped in the next match and play a pure batsman or a spinning all-rounder. Azhar Ali can bowl useful leg spinners & can bowl the goodley, so he my the the all-rounder and accomodate U.Akmal as extra batsman. In any case it will be england pressing for a win and Pak would be comfortable with draw, though that should not be the intention.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    PCB FOR THE GOD SHAKE LEARN TO DEPEND ON OUR RESOURCES. PLEASE GIVE MOHSHIN AND HIS COLLEGUES ENOUGH TIME TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION. ALSO GIVE THEM COMPARATIVELY GOOD PACKAGE FOR THEIR BEST PERFORMANCE.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan im sure we will go mate but will definately put up a better fight than most asian teams... btw our u19 just won a series in SA the future looks good for pakistan....

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @JAGAT NARAYAN AND Younus313, i m an Indian and Highly Praises Pakistan for their spirited performance Against England.Jagat narayan This English side are much stronger than the Australian Side Which India Whitewashed 0-4.If Pakistan Outplayed England in the First Test, They have Snatched the victory which was in the Pocket pf World No 1 Test side in the Second Test.Pakistani Bowler made target of mere 145 a monumental for this English Side.Further in the on -Going Third Test Pakistan right now in Winning Position after being dismissed for 99 in First inning.Let accept the Fact Pakistan are Traditionally better Fighters compare to India.You cannot Write off them at any stage, while India after Melbourne Test They looked like side that already lost even Playing in the middle

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Mohsin is very modest and should tell his friend about FANTASTIC test win by TEAM PAKISTAN in 1982 at Lords when he scored a double hundred. I have been a fan of TEAM PAKISTAN since 1967 and I was not around when Pakistan beat England first time in 1954 at the Oval. Apart from this victory there are so far three other GREAT victories by TEAM PAKISTAN which I will always remember. The second was winning 1992 World Cup. The third was becoming T20 World Champion. The 4th of course is the recent victory in Abu Dhabi when England were bowled out for their lowest score against Pakistan and TEAM PAKISTAN unexpectedly and against all odds won the test series. Furthermore, this was also the first time after 100 years that England had lost a test chasing less than 150 runs. May this success continue and Pakistani fans continue to enjoy the pleasure which TEAM PAKISTAN give to their supporters and all cricket lovers throughout the world.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | February 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    white wash not possible without umar akmal, get him to keep, wahab in 4 junaid.

  • POSTED BY Younus313 on | February 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Jagat Narayan, rather than appreciating fantastic cricket, you are getting jealous? With a name like yours, you have to be Indian. Cricinfo is the best cricket database on this planet. Please check the stats. I suggest you compare Pakistan's away record with India's. You may be even more jealous then. Although I do understand how you must feeling, Mohsin Khan talking of a Test white wash must be pouring salt in to your 'white washed' wounds? The real question in a lot of our minds is, will India invite Pakistan for a full series as scheduled in the future tours programme for 2012? Both countries are 'free' between March & September, so there is no excuse for a series between the too unless the IPL is more important to India! Granted, the batting is not the best but the bowling options will cause havoc any where in the world. @Jagat Narayan, Pakistan have always performed well away from home. After all, have the last 3 years not been 'away' from home tours for Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on | February 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Gud Luck 2 green boys...Clean sweep is the best way 2 end this big series and also include WAHAB RIAZ for final match coz if he fail 2 perform with the bowl,he has some ability 2 bat lower down the order...he can add 15 20 runs down the order and better fielder 2 in comparison to JUNAID KHAN...one change is enough for pakisss and last chance for TAUFEEQ UMAR...If TAUFEEQ UMAR failed in this match 2 than pakissss should rethink about their opening pair...I think it is better for them to promote AZHAR ALI to opennig slot with HAFEEZ and bring back UMAR AKMAL in place of TAUFEEQ UMAR...and most importantly,plz PCB drop IMRAN FARHAT in all format of the game,he does not deserve a single chance coz team provide more than 50 chance for him but he cant justified his selection in any single time...he is not an international class player,it is better to give chances to NASIR JAMSHED, AHMAD SHEHZAD, IMRAN NAZIR etc...

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 2, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @foursandsixes : It doesn't matter if Pakistan didn't beat in WC.. WC is every four years and Pakistan have been champions too.. At present, Pakistan is a far better team compared to India in all forms of cricket..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 2, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 01 2012, 08:35 AM GMT) : I do agree with England being more competitive than India.. But Gambhir never complained "Australia or any country should stop to producing fast or swing tracks". He just mentioned "India should produce rank turners in order to have more home advantage" which the other countries use and serve to the opponents while touring..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    In the 2nd Test, i noticed a strange thing. The 2nd bowler of pak got only eight (8) overs in the entire match. He batted reckeclessly for his 2(4) and dropped a dolly for Prior, lucky Prior did not punish them. Eng seamers bowled 78 overs between them in the whole match and took 8 wickets. Pak seamers bowled 24 overs between them in the whole match and took 1 wicket. I thnk there is a case of one of the seamsers being dropped in the next match and play a pure batsman or a spinning all-rounder. Azhar Ali can bowl useful leg spinners & can bowl the goodley, so he my the the all-rounder and accomodate U.Akmal as extra batsman. In any case it will be england pressing for a win and Pak would be comfortable with draw, though that should not be the intention.

  • POSTED BY logicalthinking on | February 2, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @Ali Imran- im an indian supporter but purely want pkistan to win as for the first time in yrs of my watching cricket i feel that pak board has a sensible person on the top and there seems to be unity within this team (good mix of youth n experience). i wish all the best to this team and to pakistan and hope things return to normal in ur country so we can have some india pak games. GO PAK 3--0!

  • POSTED BY CricHowZat on | February 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @foursandsixes wake-up man dont live in past laurels like your team india...hats off to your "haha"...even after 0-4 humilation to ozs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    just send this team to s. Africa or Australia and see the result..

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @fourandsixes,This is what india will be, 4-0 in test matches, 2-0 in T20s, and severe bashing at the hands of australia, and even sri-lanka, who's playing against your team will be a return to form outing, pakistan is surely on the way up.

  • POSTED BY Teefy1 on | February 2, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    At the end of the day 3-0 would be great. All credit to the work started by Waqar and carried on by Mohsin. Utmost respect to Misbah whose influence was see out in the middle - once when crucially batting with Shafiq in the first innings and then in the second innings with excellent field placement and a calming attitude. Wasim Akram could have learnt from him!!

    We should not get carried away. Winning the toss was crucial in the 2nd match. Pak chasing the same score could have been the same result. What I love the most is the application shown by the batsmen. Talk of brining in Umar is ridiculous. Shafiq repaid the faith shown in him and his runs were the difference.

  • POSTED BY Aubm on | February 2, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    " no weaknesses at all in any facet of their cricket"... err except ther ability to play spin, Mr Khan. I know people aren't supposed to belittle their opposition in press conferences these days, but come on!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | February 2, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    @foursandsixes. What is wrong with you? Your team is turning their toes up in a manner that is a poor reflection on your country whilst paying out on a side that is exhibiting skiils ready to take them to the top. Pakistan's resurgence has been great viewing. They have quality bowling, exciting bowlers & are athletic in the field. It is good for the general game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY farhan_khan-89 on | February 1, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @foursandsixes.. Need I remind you that Pakistan has always been better than India in Cricket, Hockey and Squash and quite some other sports? Google/cricinfo the overall record between the 2 countries and you might know where India stands both in Hockey and Cricket (Tests and ODI's) included. Plus you can never ever have the legends in Squash that Pakistan can boast about. Not even the entire world has ever produced LIONS such as Jehangir and Jansher Khan. Coming back to cricket, your bowling department is probably slightly better than Bangladesh and the other minnows whereas Pakistan has come up with/invented reverse swing and doosra that your bowlers often use such as Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan respectively and cheaply without any credit. The only thing you have is a good batting line-up but I'm sorry, they NEVER win you matches do they? So much for your batsmen's individual records such as centuries and ample career-runs. None of them ever has been a match-winner.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | February 1, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    @Take a single - No just what India did to Pak in the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | February 1, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I personally feel that Junaid Khan should still be given a chance to show that he is a capable bowler. I agree that maybe Yasir Shah should be given a shot but Pakistan shouldn't forcefully go into a "spin" based bowling attack. Junaid needs to be groomed into a proper fast bowler and shouldn't be looked down upon as he is very talented. Umar Akmal should be included in the 3rd test as he will strengthen the batting. I do hope that Azhar Ali makes another century or maybe a double century. I've seen him in an innings against Sri Lanka that he made runs at a steady pace. He should be encouraged to take singles when possible and not block them but definetely go for the bounderies. Pakistan can win this inshallah.

  • POSTED BY MuhammadIqbal on | February 1, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Wahab Riaz must be given chance for replacing Junaid Khan ,other no change.

  • POSTED BY MN-USA on | February 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I would bring in Umar Akmal at the expense of Adnan Akmal. Umar has been decent behind the wickets and his batting abilities will further bolster pakistan batting line. Pak is already 2-0 up in the series and would just need to keep their heads cool and the pressure of clean sweep itself will bring its toll on England. I would still go in with two fast bowlers as Broad took three and Umag Gul four (in second innings) wickets at Dubai. BEST OF LUCK Team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | February 1, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Well said Mohsin, England will definitely come hard at Pakistan, thats where the character of the team is exposed.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | February 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I am highly tempted to say that Pakistan should try a 4 man bowling attack. Umar Gul spearheads, he is quality and delivered in Dubai. Junaid is talented but just not ready yet, that sitter he dropped has really put him on the spot. He needs to practice and shine in domestic and ODI's more. For this game, we should rely on our 3 man spin, supported by Gul and reinforce our batting. Umar Akmal seems the best bet. Younis Khan bowls these dolly medium pacers which are sometimes hard to put away, kind of like Tendulkar and Ganguly used to. He can be useful in filling in an over here and there. An extra batsmen will give us the opportunity to post those extra 50 - 60 runs per innings, which I still feel we need. As well as we've played, we have not batted to a high enough calibre to get ready to take on SA and Aus in their backyards.

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | February 1, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @Take a Single - Pak will still lose to India, even after defeating England. Esp. in WC matches, they have never beaten India, need I remind you.. haha!

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | February 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @prash smith 'arrogance' no but I was at the oval when we completed our 4-0 'white'wash of your team india,yes I gave my team a good sendoff however I saved my energy to give team india a bigger one.........................LOL

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @praveen javvaji - dun seek the revenge of ur humilitaion by england , on shoulders of pakistan ...... when india wins a whole system wins, when pakistan wins its dedicationa nd efforts..we dun have a billion dollar BCCI at teh back of ur players who can make dust bowls in WC match to give teh most advantage to a home team in aWC game...its pakistan whose 3 players are in jail and we havent had a taste of a single home game since 2008 and yet we have beaten the world beaters

  • POSTED BY Take_A_Single on | February 1, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @ Praveen Javvaji ... just what Australia did to India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I want Pakistan to humiliate england by clean sweeping the series .. england is no longer number one team

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Knowing what my countrymen (English) are like I can now envision that if England loose this 3rd test the English media will say that they lost because Bell had a stomach ache.And that his poor form in the previous two tests were probably as a result of his onset of a stomach ache and that because he failed England failed. They;ll produce a chart to say that if Bell had scored a century in the first test England would have won, Pakistan would have been disheartened and would have then lost the next test also. I do hope Pakistan whitewash England because I think England's arrogance(instigated by the likes of Vaughan) and complacency needs to be reach lower more humble ground now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    With utmost humility, I think Pakistan should go for the KILL !!! I don't really think they need a second seamer (as we have seen from the past two matches). Junaid Khan should either be replaced by Yasir Shah - so the youngster gets some FACETIME along with the two sparkling Jewel of spinners. Or, Pakistan should bring in Umar Akmal and strengthen their batting even further. I think no one will argue that under the current UAE conditions, Hafeez can be a sufficient enough support for Gul, Ajmal & Rehman as a fourth bowler. What do you guys think???

  • POSTED BY KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on | February 1, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    MOHSIN HASSAN KHAN WAS THE HERO DURING OUR LORDS VICTORY IN 1982 SERIES. HE SCORED EXACTLY 2OO IN THE FIRST INNINGS THERE. BAD UMPIRING IN THAT SERIES FORCED PAKISTAN TO CONCEDE THAT SERIES BY 1-2 TESTS MARGIN. HIS MEMORIES ARE VERY FRESH. HE OUGHT TO BE WISHING FOR A 3-O MARGIN NOW TO SATISFY HIMSELF AND HIS OWN CRICKETING APPETITE. THAT 1982 TEAM PAKISTAN WAS A STAR STUDDED ONE AND WAS VERY PROFESSIONALLY LED BY IMMORTAL IMRAN KHAN. EVEN HE MUST BE LOOKING FORWARD TO 3-O DEFEAT OF THE ENGLISHMEN AS HE WAS DENIED FOR EXTREMELY HARD WORK THAT HIS PROFESSIONAL UNIT PUT IN AT THAT TIME…THOUGH HE REVENGED IT IN 1987 BY WINNING 1-O THERE. WE ANTICIPATE ONE FAST BOWLER TO BE REPLACED BY A SENSIBLE BATSMAN AND TO BUILD LONGER BATTING INNINGS TO PUT THE OPPOSITION UNDER PRESSURE ONE LAST TIME. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH TEAM PAKISTAN...BAT FIRST SCORE 4OO+ IN-SHA-ALLAH...THE GAME WILL BE YOURS...GOOD LUCK FROM JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA

  • POSTED BY cricket_pak419 on | February 1, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Good for Pakistan! Now all Pcb must do is stay out of the teams way and let it perform. This will be the best test match yet of the series. I also have my input. In the next test I think that since the fast bowlers are not getting wickets why not just play 1 fast bowler and add an extra batsmen. The only bowler should be Umar and the extra batsmen U. Akmal. Good luck Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    With the first two games going so well for Pak it is difficult to not get carried away, but i think these expectations in these conditions are legitimate for pak. As far as the Dubai wicket is concerned when the first match was played here, it had very little spin and hardly any asistance for the fast bowlers as the stadium is closed and covered from all sides (unlike Abu Dhabi). The high roofs block the wind and dont help swing bowling. That is why Anderson was not effective in the 1st game. Also interesting would be to see the performace of Monty on a pitch have very slow and little turn. A draw cannot be ruled out, though Pak remain the favorites.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Just couple of world class bowlers need to come up for Pak, who can pitch the ball at right place and good 140 + pace and game on,, No one will be taking them easy even in their on backyards. Miss yo aamir, I wish u were not such a fool and told Waqari how u were pressurized..

  • POSTED BY Asafar on | February 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Mohsin Khan's desperation to whitewash England by winning the Third Test at Dubai is quite understandable.If he succeeds in his objective the prestige of Pakistan will not only be skyrocketed but also Mohein Khan's credentials and reputation will bolster justifying his claim to become the coach of Pakistan Team.Quite rightly Mohsin Khan is acutely concious of the fact that England is equally determined to avert a whitewash and at least win this Test to redeem their honour.Hence the Third Test is going to be keenly contested and high spirited one powered by prestige and honour.

  • POSTED BY iBilal on | February 1, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Good to see Pak squad being humble after AbuDhabi...

  • POSTED BY rashidhussain on | February 1, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Since 1980, Pakistan have won 14 tests to Englands 11 in contests between the two teams. Out of all those Pakistan have won these recent two have been particularly satisfying with the recent ascendancy of England to the top of the world rankings with their countless world class players. You simply can not write off the individual match winners Pakistan has produced, is producing and will continue to produce no doubt. Bring on Afridi, Razzaq and U. Akmal for the limited overs series.

  • POSTED BY fmrana on | February 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Pakistan should be hungry for the victory but not desperate.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | February 1, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    My wishes are with pakistan comeon go for 3-0.

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | February 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Adithya I am an Indian but i do not think that the future of cricket rests with England alone.. it is the responsibility of all the cricket boards and the ICC to ensure that. England has only recently started performing well in cricket over the last 2 odd years.. Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, England was very pathetic, yet Cricket was doing well. if any particular cricketing nation is required for cricket to do well, it is the subcontinent, esp the likes of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh where the following for cricket is not only fanatical but huge in terms of numbers. a revival of Ind-Pak series would also be a big boost.. and i for one would love to see that again.. Pak has done well over the last 18 odd months and they have deservedly won. To say that England lost would be a great disservice to the Pakistani players and team.

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | February 1, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    .. it will be a "cherry on top dessert" if Pakistan finish with 3-0 number. Well i didn't want to add MOHSIN into the list of people whom i wanted to praise , but now i have to add him as well.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 1, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Pakistan should keep playing with an interim coach for a couple of years more lol.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, I hope for another nail-biting Test match. It doesn't matter so much if Pakistan win or draw or lose, as long as everyone gives 100% on all 4/5 days. Neck-to-neck endings keeps both teams on their toes and will prevent complacency in both teams' fans.

  • POSTED BY Hussain_KSA on | February 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @Adithtya!! Victory is not complementry or gift; If England want to win; they have to earn it.... And future of the Cricket will be more bright If Pakistan do the 3-0; and we already won the two test; then why not for third one!!!!!

    Pakistan is rocking!! and Pure India is just getting slap and again Slap!!

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | February 1, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I am impressed with Mohsin Khan's attitude and his continous praise for team members. Younis Khan is really a selfless cricketer and a thorough professional. Teams in the past, lead by Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal colluded to bring him down as a captain. Than Ijaz Butt kept him and for some time Muhammad Yousuf out - for the mistakes of corrupt and political team mates (akmal/malik/rana naveed/asif/aamir). But look how he has supported Misbah. Hats off to both Younus and Misbah. Mohsin the whole nation loves you and wishes you well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    The Brits are destined to be white washed. Go Team Pakistan, Go Team Misbah.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | February 1, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    "Pakistan's interim coach": Hope this sentence will change as Pakistan's coach after this match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan: Its not a matter of cricket being shut down. This English team has done wonderful over the last couple of yrs,i doubt the english fans will just abandon their team even if its a 3-0 whitewash. You want to know why?Because they did all go down fighting. The first test, they tried catching up but couldnt do it. Second test, Eng was on top many times during the match...THeir bowlers bowled perfectly.AUS -IND series is another story. Indian greats were reckless and the attitude was wrong. Instead of focussing on his cricket, Gambhir was complaining about Aus friendly pithces...HELLO!!! Do you expect Aus to make slow turners or flat tracks just because his highness gambhir are coming to play?Every country,including india has home pitch advantage at home. The likes of IPL are destroying Indian cricket and their star culture is a major problem. Pakistani players are working to earn back their respect, and this is why this is so personal to them!Its all passion!

  • POSTED BY Dr.Fayyaz on | February 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I think Pakistan still not utilized his full strength. e.g., did the two seemers in each had produced enough? now knowing the conditions i think Pakistan dont need two seemers. only one is enough and 2nd one should be replaced by a good batsman....

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    England shud win this final match, to save the future of the cricket. Thye shud not repeat wat india has done.

  • POSTED BY KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on | February 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    IN-SHA-ALLAH THE HARD WORK & DEVOTION PUT IN BY PAKISTANI TEAM WILL BE REWARDED. IT WON'T BE EASY FOR ENGLISH BATSMEN TO ADJUST TO THE SPINNING TRIO'S TECHNIQUES SO QUICKLY. THEY ARE STILL SHELL SHOCKED AND PAKISTAN HAS TO PUT UP GOOD LENGTHY BATTING INNINGS TO PUSH THE ENGLISHMEN UNDER IMMENSE PRESSURE OF SCORING AND PROTECTING THEIR WICKETS AT THE SAME TIME…GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM AND WE ALL ARE PRAYING FOR THEIR ULTIMATE 3-O SUCCESS…

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Thanks Mohsin for good review of the team, and keep up the national pride. I would still love Whatmore in Pakistan cricket, either with national team or working with Regions etc.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 1, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Surprisingly !!! Pak is targeting a 3/0 whitewash against the world's no.1 test team... which is a very rare moment not only for Pak cricket but for any other cricket nation.

  • POSTED BY birdz_eye on | February 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Its amazing to see how this side has raised way above any other cricketing side in the world after hitting the bottom so low. Good work in progress though still a long hard road ahead & they should keep faith in themselves to beat the best in the game any where any time. It is also great that Mohsin have highest regards for England team, coach & captain. Though the same can not be said about Strauss & company they still are cursing & whining on how bad they played with a complementary sentence that Pakistan played well. I don't see any thing wrong with this English side its just a trio of high quality spin & spirited TEAM PAKISTAN which has demolished them. Even Steve Waugh admits that you can not plan or assure wining against Pakistan if they are on the roll you are bound to loose you just can't stop them by playing fair cricket ;)

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    its never easy to clean sweep the best team of the world, but there is definitely a chance here for Pakistan. Pakistan at its best at the moment. best of luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Good professional attitude go ahead and whitewash English men !

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I remember what Amir Sohail said at the start of the 2nd test,,,Abdur Rehman will play crucial role,,,and he do so,,, Pakistan is best in these conditions,,, Better than any other Sub-Continent Team,,,! As we beat Srilanka and that the reason why India is not playing with Pakistan,,, as Defeat from Pakistan can never accepted by Indian People!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I really cannot understand based on what Mohsin Khan has said that the England team does not have any weakness in any facet of cricket. It is a well known fact that England just do not have the skill level to play good spin bowling especially on Asian pitches and this current English team is no different, as has been proved in the last two tests. In fact Ian Bell has himself acknowledged this in his statement. I don't know why people give incorrect statements just to try and prove to the world that they are the best when actually they are not, at least not yet.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    All this 'hoo haa' about Younis khan,Misbah,Hafeez,Ajmal and Rehman being old is just useless i think.They should play as long as they're performing well.It doesn't really matter even if they're over 40 years old as long as they're performing well and want to play cricket.The yearn to play cricket,the need,the thirst to perform well..these are the things that are necessary.They have the talented which is needed,they just need to be people who WANT to play cricket.I dont see why they all cant continue playing if they keep performing this well and want to play on.I think we Pakistanis are just critics,and we criticise the one and only weakness that we see and ignore all the positives.Hats off to these players who play for a country like this.

  • POSTED BY EddyEhmed on | February 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    EPISODE 2 BOB WILLIS... After Ajmal full sleeves, Rehman wearing a tight underwear which helped him to swivel his body while delivering the ball and hence it was helping him turn more.......:-)

  • POSTED BY FaisaLKarim on | February 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Mohsin has the right frame of mind and approach. I sure hope he doesn't get replaced by some other coach. Why try to fix something that is not only not broken but is working extremely well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Bravo!!! Mohsin, you have done an outstanding job. Thank you!! It is so refreshing to see this Pakistan team so united and disciplined on the field. You do not see any arrogance from these players, as you have seen in the past via likes of some self-centered Superstars. As a matter of fact, the only Superstar, or should I say emerging Superstar is Saeed Ajmal who is extremely matured. I really think it will be foolish to break Misbah-Mohsin partnership. I also strongly believe, that Mr. Zaka Ashraf is NOT A FOOL. Cheers!

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  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Bravo!!! Mohsin, you have done an outstanding job. Thank you!! It is so refreshing to see this Pakistan team so united and disciplined on the field. You do not see any arrogance from these players, as you have seen in the past via likes of some self-centered Superstars. As a matter of fact, the only Superstar, or should I say emerging Superstar is Saeed Ajmal who is extremely matured. I really think it will be foolish to break Misbah-Mohsin partnership. I also strongly believe, that Mr. Zaka Ashraf is NOT A FOOL. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY FaisaLKarim on | February 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Mohsin has the right frame of mind and approach. I sure hope he doesn't get replaced by some other coach. Why try to fix something that is not only not broken but is working extremely well.

  • POSTED BY EddyEhmed on | February 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    EPISODE 2 BOB WILLIS... After Ajmal full sleeves, Rehman wearing a tight underwear which helped him to swivel his body while delivering the ball and hence it was helping him turn more.......:-)

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    All this 'hoo haa' about Younis khan,Misbah,Hafeez,Ajmal and Rehman being old is just useless i think.They should play as long as they're performing well.It doesn't really matter even if they're over 40 years old as long as they're performing well and want to play cricket.The yearn to play cricket,the need,the thirst to perform well..these are the things that are necessary.They have the talented which is needed,they just need to be people who WANT to play cricket.I dont see why they all cant continue playing if they keep performing this well and want to play on.I think we Pakistanis are just critics,and we criticise the one and only weakness that we see and ignore all the positives.Hats off to these players who play for a country like this.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I really cannot understand based on what Mohsin Khan has said that the England team does not have any weakness in any facet of cricket. It is a well known fact that England just do not have the skill level to play good spin bowling especially on Asian pitches and this current English team is no different, as has been proved in the last two tests. In fact Ian Bell has himself acknowledged this in his statement. I don't know why people give incorrect statements just to try and prove to the world that they are the best when actually they are not, at least not yet.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    I remember what Amir Sohail said at the start of the 2nd test,,,Abdur Rehman will play crucial role,,,and he do so,,, Pakistan is best in these conditions,,, Better than any other Sub-Continent Team,,,! As we beat Srilanka and that the reason why India is not playing with Pakistan,,, as Defeat from Pakistan can never accepted by Indian People!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Good professional attitude go ahead and whitewash English men !

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    its never easy to clean sweep the best team of the world, but there is definitely a chance here for Pakistan. Pakistan at its best at the moment. best of luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY birdz_eye on | February 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Its amazing to see how this side has raised way above any other cricketing side in the world after hitting the bottom so low. Good work in progress though still a long hard road ahead & they should keep faith in themselves to beat the best in the game any where any time. It is also great that Mohsin have highest regards for England team, coach & captain. Though the same can not be said about Strauss & company they still are cursing & whining on how bad they played with a complementary sentence that Pakistan played well. I don't see any thing wrong with this English side its just a trio of high quality spin & spirited TEAM PAKISTAN which has demolished them. Even Steve Waugh admits that you can not plan or assure wining against Pakistan if they are on the roll you are bound to loose you just can't stop them by playing fair cricket ;)

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 1, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Surprisingly !!! Pak is targeting a 3/0 whitewash against the world's no.1 test team... which is a very rare moment not only for Pak cricket but for any other cricket nation.