Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day February 6, 2012

'Victory will drive new generations to play cricket'

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Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash of England has not come as a surprise to some of the country's ex-players and administrators. At the beginning of the series England were 26 rating points ahead of Pakistan in the ICC's Test rankings, but conditions in the UAE always made Pakistan favourites, according to former captain Rashid Latif.

"If our side was playing in Australia, England or South Africa my point of view may have been different but when it comes to UAE conditions we always had an upper hand," Latif told ESPNcricinfo. "However, whatever the case was, we have registered the finest victory in our history, and it will be remembered for long."

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB Chairman, said he had always been confident in Pakistan' capabilities, and now they had given the world notice of what they can achieve. "I never doubted the ability of the Pakistan cricket team," he said, "and the victory is a clear message to all cricket-playing nations that we have the capability to take on any cricket team in the world."

Latif said the significance of the win was such it would influence future generations of Pakistanis. "This series carries a unique importance as the circumstances surrounding Pakistan cricket in the past couple of years were not that pleasant," Latif said. "We are missing three or four major players but have still been able to form a decent team.

"The impact of this victory will drive new generations to play cricket instead of playing computer games. It will encourage more youth to play cricket and that is how talent in the country can remain alive.

"Followers of Pakistan cricket, who may have been dismayed at the notorious incident of the past, will again tune into Pakistan cricket. Our brand of cricket can once again become one of the most popular in the world."

England are still ranked No. 1 in Tests, but are now just 10 rating points ahead of Pakistan, who are still in fifth position. Pakistan have moved up from 99 to 108 rating points, but remain behind England, South Africa, Australia and India. Former selector Saleem Jaffar, though, said a high ranking could actually be a burden for a team.

"Realistically, ranking is an added pressure on a team," Jaffar said. "A top team can be judged on present form and the way Pakistan played is outstanding. A series victory is, naturally, a big boost to Pakistan cricket and stamps its authority on the cricketing world."

Ashraf said the victory over England should be treated as a stepping stone to even bigger achievements for Pakistan. "We should not get overjoyed over this Test victory because our journey isn't complete," he said. "Our aim is to build a consistent and stable team for the next World Cup and I have already told all the cricket experts to ensure it."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on February 9, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Yes Victory will morale booster of younger generation in Pakistan.This is the same cricket team which was in complete turmoil since last 4-5 years,There were controversery,allegation,Match fixing stories no home series games that put Pakistan on stage of disaster but one thing has been always in the cards even in the state of complete dissaray they got the knack of producing world class Playersnot even now but since last 30 years.The way the Won the second and Third Test against the World No 1 England side is absolute ripper.They made paltry 145 run look Gigantic against the best batting line up in the second test .In third test they Turn the table magnificently in spite of Bowling out for 99.Their Victory send the message all over and INDIA IN PARTICULAR THAT INDIVIDUAL SUPERSTAR CAN WIN YOU MATCHES BUT TEAM WORK WITH WINNING SPIRIT CAN WIN YOU SERIES.I m Indian but expecting India should learn from Pakistan

  • Zahidsaltin on February 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    PAKISTAN needs to address their weaknesses. My best bet based upon available players is: 1) Hafiz 2) Azhar Ali 3) Umar Akmal 4) Younis 5) Misbah 6) Asad Shafiq 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Rehman/Tanvir Ahmad 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal. Taufiq Umar should stay as the reserve opner and Imran Farhat, who is a permanent fixture in all 3 formats just for the sake of earnings, should be excused from now on. Usman Sallahuddin who is asking for a chance with a longer run, should be played against weaker teams and in ODIs until he gets ready to take over a permanent spot after Misbah. Main problem will stay until we find a wicketkeeper batsman with test batting average of at least 35.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    PAKISTAN NOT AMONG THE BEST. The series against England is won by spinners taking 47 wickets out of 60. To some extent it is a series which is lost by English batsmen rather than won by Pakistan. Even if playing in Dubai, no other top team will offer us that spin advantage to this extant. India, SA and Australia are all much better players of spin. Pakistani batting and fast bowling is not competetive at all. A weak batting combined with a very long tail makes it even worse. Pakistan badly needs a wicketkeeper batsman and a couple of bowling allrounders. As Umar GUL, Rehman and Saeed Ajmal are permanent members, they must work very hard on their batting. The 4th bowler, a fasty must at least pocess batting skills of an allrounder. Wahab Riaz and Tanveer Ahmad are the only two capable of scoring 30 odd runs and can't be called allrounders. There is no one else. Adnan Akmal can't stay australian or south african bowling even in UAE.

  • haq33 on February 7, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    To true England gents like Long-Leg....a humble message of thanks. Despite some media efforts to drive wedges between Pakistan and England, and despite the spot-fixing shame of certain Pakistani cricketers last year, we true Pak fans have never forgotten the generosity of ECB in trying to kickstart Pakistani cricket by hosting the Pak-Aus series after the terrorist attacks. The ferocity of our on-field rivalry is matched only by the extent of our off-field respect.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is Going in Right Direction. New Faces are Getting Opportunities to Play for Pakistan. Players are Trying to Give Their 100% for Win Which is a Postive Thing. Hope Green Team will Show Great Performances in Future Series. Good Luck Green Team!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Pakistan have eloquently demonstrated to the cricketing world that despite losing two of their finest bowlers due to spot fixing scandal,they could still muster a Team that could whitewash No 1 ranked Test Team.If Pakistan could have the services of the three banned players their performance would have been still better.In a way banning the three players seems to have served as a catalyst to propel Pakistan to greater height.As the Chairman of PCB has said this" magnificent victory should be treated as a stepping stone for greater achievement".Pakistan's pace and spin bowling are quite capable of sustaining Pakistan at any level.The need of the hour is some fluent,aggressive and consistent batsmen capable of batting on any wicket whether in Australia or South Africa or England.This is where the services of Dev Whatmore become significant.Whatmore should be notified that he is obliged to lift Pakistan's batting to the established International level.He should do something special.

  • Shujaat56 on February 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Many Many Congrats to Misbah and his team for making each and every Pakistani Proud.. Its a day we all had longed for,... and definitely a leap ahead for Pakistan after a very dismal decade... the performances since the 1999 world cup final have been ordinary in Tests as well as in One Dayers.... the worst being the 2007 world cup outing in the first round at the hands of Ireland.... followed by the death of the then coach, Honourable Mr. Bob Wolmer.... and afterwards the 2010 episode of spot fixing... but u must say, this is a show of character, by a team composed of a mix of young and old players.. and this lad Misbah!! i think he has a wonderful brain between his ears.... Great Job done mate!!! Keep the Flag Flying High!!!

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on February 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    MUHAMMAD AAMIR HAS INDEED GOT THE PUNISHMENT FOR HIS MISTAKE.HE IS TO BE FORGIVEN.HE'LL BE A HUGE EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS IF HE COMES BACK TO THE NATIONAL COLORS, THEY'LL LEARN THE CLEAR CONCEPT OF MAKING MISTAKES & GETTING APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HARM TO BRING HIM BACK TO TEAM PAKISTAN ONCE HE SERVES THE BAN. HE HAS BEEN A VERY RARE TALENT & ONE INSIGNIFICANT MISTAKE DONE BY A TEENAGER MUST NOT RUIN THIS TALENT AT ALL.HE'LL BE A TREAT TO WATCH AGAIN WHEN GLOBAL BATSMEN WILL HOP ON HIS THUNDERBOLTS.HE WAS LURED INTO THIS MINOR MISTAKE BY SOME SEASONED CROOKS. THE PROFESSIONAL CHEATS SUCCEEDED IN CHEATING SOME TALENT OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET-FOLDS BUT NOW THEY'VE THEIR FINGERS VERY HARDLY CROSSED DUE TO THE INTEGRITY & GRIT SHOWN BY THE SAME DISINTEGRATED CRICKETERS AFTER THAT SPOT-FIXING SAGA. COME BACK AAMIR… WORLD CRICKET NEEDS YOU MORE THAN PAK.CRICKET TEAM…GOOD LUCK TO YOU…WE ALL WISH YOU WELL & WELCOME BACK SOON IN-SHA-ALLAH...KHALID UMAR KHAN…JEDDAH/KSA

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @Rakim, Younis 100 was a fantastic efforts and pakistan win was splendid to remember for years and years but let me tell you one thing that the guy who is waiting for his 100th 100 has done so much for indian cricket that no one can critisize. Hence enjoy the victory of pak instead of critizing or pointing SRT aheivements.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @ KKSid"Muhammad Yousaf, the most elegant player in the last 20 years of cricket " I'm completely agree ,with you hen he stroke the ball it's look that he is not stroking with cricket bat rather than an artist stroking brush at canvas

  • on February 9, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Yes Victory will morale booster of younger generation in Pakistan.This is the same cricket team which was in complete turmoil since last 4-5 years,There were controversery,allegation,Match fixing stories no home series games that put Pakistan on stage of disaster but one thing has been always in the cards even in the state of complete dissaray they got the knack of producing world class Playersnot even now but since last 30 years.The way the Won the second and Third Test against the World No 1 England side is absolute ripper.They made paltry 145 run look Gigantic against the best batting line up in the second test .In third test they Turn the table magnificently in spite of Bowling out for 99.Their Victory send the message all over and INDIA IN PARTICULAR THAT INDIVIDUAL SUPERSTAR CAN WIN YOU MATCHES BUT TEAM WORK WITH WINNING SPIRIT CAN WIN YOU SERIES.I m Indian but expecting India should learn from Pakistan

  • Zahidsaltin on February 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    PAKISTAN needs to address their weaknesses. My best bet based upon available players is: 1) Hafiz 2) Azhar Ali 3) Umar Akmal 4) Younis 5) Misbah 6) Asad Shafiq 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Rehman/Tanvir Ahmad 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal. Taufiq Umar should stay as the reserve opner and Imran Farhat, who is a permanent fixture in all 3 formats just for the sake of earnings, should be excused from now on. Usman Sallahuddin who is asking for a chance with a longer run, should be played against weaker teams and in ODIs until he gets ready to take over a permanent spot after Misbah. Main problem will stay until we find a wicketkeeper batsman with test batting average of at least 35.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    PAKISTAN NOT AMONG THE BEST. The series against England is won by spinners taking 47 wickets out of 60. To some extent it is a series which is lost by English batsmen rather than won by Pakistan. Even if playing in Dubai, no other top team will offer us that spin advantage to this extant. India, SA and Australia are all much better players of spin. Pakistani batting and fast bowling is not competetive at all. A weak batting combined with a very long tail makes it even worse. Pakistan badly needs a wicketkeeper batsman and a couple of bowling allrounders. As Umar GUL, Rehman and Saeed Ajmal are permanent members, they must work very hard on their batting. The 4th bowler, a fasty must at least pocess batting skills of an allrounder. Wahab Riaz and Tanveer Ahmad are the only two capable of scoring 30 odd runs and can't be called allrounders. There is no one else. Adnan Akmal can't stay australian or south african bowling even in UAE.

  • haq33 on February 7, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    To true England gents like Long-Leg....a humble message of thanks. Despite some media efforts to drive wedges between Pakistan and England, and despite the spot-fixing shame of certain Pakistani cricketers last year, we true Pak fans have never forgotten the generosity of ECB in trying to kickstart Pakistani cricket by hosting the Pak-Aus series after the terrorist attacks. The ferocity of our on-field rivalry is matched only by the extent of our off-field respect.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is Going in Right Direction. New Faces are Getting Opportunities to Play for Pakistan. Players are Trying to Give Their 100% for Win Which is a Postive Thing. Hope Green Team will Show Great Performances in Future Series. Good Luck Green Team!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Pakistan have eloquently demonstrated to the cricketing world that despite losing two of their finest bowlers due to spot fixing scandal,they could still muster a Team that could whitewash No 1 ranked Test Team.If Pakistan could have the services of the three banned players their performance would have been still better.In a way banning the three players seems to have served as a catalyst to propel Pakistan to greater height.As the Chairman of PCB has said this" magnificent victory should be treated as a stepping stone for greater achievement".Pakistan's pace and spin bowling are quite capable of sustaining Pakistan at any level.The need of the hour is some fluent,aggressive and consistent batsmen capable of batting on any wicket whether in Australia or South Africa or England.This is where the services of Dev Whatmore become significant.Whatmore should be notified that he is obliged to lift Pakistan's batting to the established International level.He should do something special.

  • Shujaat56 on February 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Many Many Congrats to Misbah and his team for making each and every Pakistani Proud.. Its a day we all had longed for,... and definitely a leap ahead for Pakistan after a very dismal decade... the performances since the 1999 world cup final have been ordinary in Tests as well as in One Dayers.... the worst being the 2007 world cup outing in the first round at the hands of Ireland.... followed by the death of the then coach, Honourable Mr. Bob Wolmer.... and afterwards the 2010 episode of spot fixing... but u must say, this is a show of character, by a team composed of a mix of young and old players.. and this lad Misbah!! i think he has a wonderful brain between his ears.... Great Job done mate!!! Keep the Flag Flying High!!!

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on February 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    MUHAMMAD AAMIR HAS INDEED GOT THE PUNISHMENT FOR HIS MISTAKE.HE IS TO BE FORGIVEN.HE'LL BE A HUGE EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS IF HE COMES BACK TO THE NATIONAL COLORS, THEY'LL LEARN THE CLEAR CONCEPT OF MAKING MISTAKES & GETTING APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HARM TO BRING HIM BACK TO TEAM PAKISTAN ONCE HE SERVES THE BAN. HE HAS BEEN A VERY RARE TALENT & ONE INSIGNIFICANT MISTAKE DONE BY A TEENAGER MUST NOT RUIN THIS TALENT AT ALL.HE'LL BE A TREAT TO WATCH AGAIN WHEN GLOBAL BATSMEN WILL HOP ON HIS THUNDERBOLTS.HE WAS LURED INTO THIS MINOR MISTAKE BY SOME SEASONED CROOKS. THE PROFESSIONAL CHEATS SUCCEEDED IN CHEATING SOME TALENT OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET-FOLDS BUT NOW THEY'VE THEIR FINGERS VERY HARDLY CROSSED DUE TO THE INTEGRITY & GRIT SHOWN BY THE SAME DISINTEGRATED CRICKETERS AFTER THAT SPOT-FIXING SAGA. COME BACK AAMIR… WORLD CRICKET NEEDS YOU MORE THAN PAK.CRICKET TEAM…GOOD LUCK TO YOU…WE ALL WISH YOU WELL & WELCOME BACK SOON IN-SHA-ALLAH...KHALID UMAR KHAN…JEDDAH/KSA

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @Rakim, Younis 100 was a fantastic efforts and pakistan win was splendid to remember for years and years but let me tell you one thing that the guy who is waiting for his 100th 100 has done so much for indian cricket that no one can critisize. Hence enjoy the victory of pak instead of critizing or pointing SRT aheivements.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @ KKSid"Muhammad Yousaf, the most elegant player in the last 20 years of cricket " I'm completely agree ,with you hen he stroke the ball it's look that he is not stroking with cricket bat rather than an artist stroking brush at canvas

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 7, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Long-Leg : thanks you very much for your sincere wishes and great analysis of Pakistan cricket team. We Pakistanis also wish England to adapt themselves to the Asian conditions and start winning here also!!! Best of luck!!!

  • ichliebecricket on February 7, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. It's lovely to see Pakistan playing close to their best. A strong Pakistan team will only do good for cricket. I only hope the board doesn't find a way to screw this up. Best wishes from India

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan proved themselves as a best test side.....they have best spinners and umer gul makes seamers feel proud. we pakistani hoped that Pakistan will continue their transparent spirits....Inshallah.

  • JohnSnider on February 7, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Continued from previous post

    Money and power can corrupt any one so all books must be open to public using newspapers. Imran Khan and Wasim Akram should be honorary advisors to M&M "Mohsin and Misbah".

  • JohnSnider on February 7, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    I must give credit to Zaka Ashraf, as under him this team flourished; under Ijaz Butt it was demolished. As long as Mohsin and Misbah keep winning more power to them to tell the board what kind of criketers are needed the momentum going. Board must utilize patriotic former test players like these three relatives of Darwin's, Inzaman, Saeed Anwar and M.Yusuf : allow them the budget to produce best talent from their individual academies. Academies must use most modern technology and Mechanical devices. All the stats from schools to even at neighborhood team's levels should be put in the computer for age 11 and over. Special attention must be given poor, who have no resources so they should be given grants and scholarships even move their families and monetary support to Childs families to raise the child and themselves with proper nutrition. Child should be declared National Asset of Pakistan, so move the whole family close to the Cricket Academy for cricket and higher education.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    @Long-Leg

    Thanks a lot for your kind words. Bet of luck for your upcoming tours of Srilanka & India...will like to see England bounce back.

    @babarzia

    Its difficult to appreciate him, since he achieved that in a non-democratic way. His appointment and his dictatorial manners were itself a curse for PCB. We need PCB to work as a constitutionally regulated elected body, so that no one can go out of his designated powers.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Pakistan is great country for cricket lover. Pakistani are always love to watch cricket team wining and supporting them in way that they are playing. Everyone supports Pakistan cricket team when they fought with their courage for example in World Cup 2011. Whole nation supports Pakistan cricket team. Now all the nation is enjoying current team performance. Keep it up Pakistan Cricket Team, Allah is always with humble peoples.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    best decision by the ijaz butt,infect only correct decision by him in his life(lolzzzz) making misba captain

  • inzisaloos on February 7, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Pakistan can get a good deal better. They are not the finished article by any means so to beat England whilst they are still a work in progress is what is most impressive about their whitewash. 3 ways to improve 1) Look to find an express young fast bowler to partner Umar Gul (Look beyond the domestic circuit where there don't appear to be any and set up specialist camps to unearth one with the likes of Wasim and Waqar casting their eyes over the youngsters). 2) Umar Akmal is too talented to leave on the sidelines. Consider sending him in to open with Hafeez, particularly if Taufeeq continues to struggle. 3) A bowling allrounder to provide more bite lower down the order. England have Broad and Swann (and Bresnan when fit) in their lower order whereas numbers 7 to 11 for Pakistan look like tumbling very quickly every time.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    England won't achieve much in their next 3 tours (SL, IND, SA). Even if they win 1 or 2, they won't win consistently enough to maintain the no 1 spot. I think SA, PAK, AUS, ENG are top 4 test teams clearly difficult 2 say whos 1,2,3 and 4. All teams can win @ home but strugle in away tours. In this case AUS r good in any place spin, bouncy or pacy. PAK have few other point 2 prove b4 becoming no. 1. ENG have lot 2 prove 3-0 is a shame 4 a no.1 team. Congrats PAKs.

  • Wefinishthis on February 7, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    From an Aussie, congrats to Pakistan and fair play to England. I would personally rank the nations in order: South Africa, England, Pakistan, Australia, India, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, but it's difficult to have an accurate ranking system because home ground advantage is HUGE these days, it just seems to depend on whether that team is good in certain conditions. Australia whitewashed India at home, but will probably lose as soon as they go to India. You can never write off Pakistan though. They (like South Africa) always seem to have a production line of amazing fast bowlers. I just hope that I'll get to see test matches being played in Pakistan again soon.

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Wishing Pakistan cricket the very best from Sri Lanka! We Lankans adore you Pakistanis and I fully support you all to thrash the Aussies 5-0 in the ODIs later this August.

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Long-Leg : Pakistan can't be a no.1 team now but if they continue to play this brand of cricket, they ll come there sooner.. Among the current teams, they are second best to Australia.. England are very good but still, i would rate them on par with India only as they have a huge weakness in playing spin exactly the same way India struggled in alien conditions.. They have a huge task ahead in next couple of tours.. Hope they provide exciting cricket.. Bowling wise, England were very good as same as they were in home.. Batting against spin needs a good look in.. As of current form, Pakistan, Australia and SA will fight for the No.1 slot.. no other teams are closer.. SL, Ind and Eng are the next 3 slots..

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    @Rakim : This is the wrong many fans do.. Needless poking at a legend and provoking others.. Lets be genuine when praising a player and not pulling others legs.. Why to spread hatred among sport fans..

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    pak will come the no1 team in the world for short term

  • TitooMomo on February 7, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    A memorable victory for Pakistan. This victory cannot explainable in the words. We ' ll remember it many years. It is a boost for nation and young cricketers. We need to concentrate on our job and play positively. This a message for all cricketing nations, how to defeat no. 1 in the world. The bowling department was absolutely world class. Sapcially spinners. Batting side need some more attention. Overall performance was outstanding. May Allah bless Pakistan and cricket.

  • MASQ on February 7, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    I believe Pakistan really got talent. Before this series, not only English team keeping high ranked, also their players were leading in ranking table of bowling and betting even all rounders. In the desert the same pitch offer to both teams. If English team exposed then definitely you must admit the excellent performance of Pakistani. Well-done PAKISTAN.

  • AleemLatif on February 7, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Only people who deserve the credit for all these recent victories are the Pak Cricket Team players and Mohsin Khan as the coach. And single person who really deserve the 99.99 % credit for all these victories in the last 2 years, is the Captain Misbah Ul Haq, who has injected calm, discipline, planning, passion for victory and an environment of equal respect for all-team-members. Younis has done great job in supporting Misbah in in the Senior's role. None the least Saeed Ajmal and Rehman for making-up a highly lethal combination, as they not any take wickets but also blocks the flow of runs. Mohsin has introduced an environment of self-belief, patriotism, team work and more than that he is easy to talk to for any player (due to linguistic reasons) . PCB would not do any favour to Pak team if they would replace Mohsin.

  • Love-Pak on February 7, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team by beating England 3-0 white wash.It was a collective team effort with some of the out standing performances from Ajmal and Abur Rehman and good batting display on spinning wickets by Younis, Azhar and Asad. Misbah did well as captain and big credit also goes to the coach Mohsin.Having said that we should not get carried away,we have this habit as nation to praise players out of ordinary on the win and wants to dump them in the sea when they loose.I wanna say there is room for improvement specially when Pakistan team will go to countries like England, Australia and South Africa.Ajmal,Umer gul can bowel well any where but Abur Rehman will not get that much spin overseas.Batsmen like Younis, Hafeez and Asad likely to play well on seeming tracks but Azhar,Toufeeq and Misbah will suffer on seeming and bouncy pitches due to technical flaws in their batting. We should not forget players like Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Sarafraz Ahmed etc who have played well overseas

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. No better way to answer your critics and detractors. :) Wishes from India.

  • KKSid on February 6, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Babarzia, lets also remember the contributions of mishandling of the spot fixing saga, the destruction of Muhammad Yousaf, the most elegant player in the last 20 years of cricket and the mis management of everything in cricket by Ijaz Butt. He was the reason why we were in such a bad shape. Even this current guy is the same. The team playing well has got nothing to do with the board, the player power arises when the board gets into the cricketing side of things. That should be left to the cricketers. So lets not be so happy there is nothing good happening in Pakistan the only one who deserves the accolades is the playing team and the manager that is about it and no one else.

  • doctornikki on February 6, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    The journey is never complete and no team can b no1 for ever..so relish the wins and enjoy the performances that come..Pakistan has got real talent and always been one of the top teams..they cant keep on winning but they should rejoice and cherish this great run especially after all that traumatic events...We dont want to be no1 or no3..We want the world to know to never write off Pakistan..thats it..

  • Rakim on February 6, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Thank you Misbah, Mohsin and Zaka. Younis you are a legend. (This 100 is better than any 100 100s which can't help avoid a whitewash let alone victory). Azhar future of Pak and test cricket. hats off!!

  • kirkiter on February 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I love it when the top PCB executive show their ignorance of the game. Zaka Ashraf is taking the victory in a different format to talk about the world cup. They have no idea that cricket is not just about winning the world cup and this victory is in test cricket and there is a huge difference between the two. The other thing is that the world cup is 3 years away and in today's world of cricket even a season a long time for things to change. I say lets just take it one series at a time and put up the best team that gives us the best chance to win.

  • Long-Leg on February 6, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I am English and I want to say well done to Pakistan for what they have achieved in such a short space of time. You have comprehensibly beaten the best side in test cricket. Does this make you the number 1 test side? No, not yet. The hard thing will be to follow this victory up with consistent performances home and away. I suspect your batting will need to be strengthened as it still looks fragile at times. Your bowling though is of the highest quality and will frighten opposition all over the world. I genuinely wish your team and your nation the very best for the future.

  • voyager on February 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf, You aim should be to develop cricket infrastrusture and competition in the country, so that the most popular sport can play its part in society building and local economy. It will also bring stability and professionalism to to national team.

  • babarzia on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    let us all remember the contribution of Ijaz Butt in ending the player power culture in Pakistan cricket.

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  • babarzia on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    let us all remember the contribution of Ijaz Butt in ending the player power culture in Pakistan cricket.

  • voyager on February 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf, You aim should be to develop cricket infrastrusture and competition in the country, so that the most popular sport can play its part in society building and local economy. It will also bring stability and professionalism to to national team.

  • Long-Leg on February 6, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I am English and I want to say well done to Pakistan for what they have achieved in such a short space of time. You have comprehensibly beaten the best side in test cricket. Does this make you the number 1 test side? No, not yet. The hard thing will be to follow this victory up with consistent performances home and away. I suspect your batting will need to be strengthened as it still looks fragile at times. Your bowling though is of the highest quality and will frighten opposition all over the world. I genuinely wish your team and your nation the very best for the future.

  • kirkiter on February 6, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I love it when the top PCB executive show their ignorance of the game. Zaka Ashraf is taking the victory in a different format to talk about the world cup. They have no idea that cricket is not just about winning the world cup and this victory is in test cricket and there is a huge difference between the two. The other thing is that the world cup is 3 years away and in today's world of cricket even a season a long time for things to change. I say lets just take it one series at a time and put up the best team that gives us the best chance to win.

  • Rakim on February 6, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Thank you Misbah, Mohsin and Zaka. Younis you are a legend. (This 100 is better than any 100 100s which can't help avoid a whitewash let alone victory). Azhar future of Pak and test cricket. hats off!!

  • doctornikki on February 6, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    The journey is never complete and no team can b no1 for ever..so relish the wins and enjoy the performances that come..Pakistan has got real talent and always been one of the top teams..they cant keep on winning but they should rejoice and cherish this great run especially after all that traumatic events...We dont want to be no1 or no3..We want the world to know to never write off Pakistan..thats it..

  • KKSid on February 6, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Babarzia, lets also remember the contributions of mishandling of the spot fixing saga, the destruction of Muhammad Yousaf, the most elegant player in the last 20 years of cricket and the mis management of everything in cricket by Ijaz Butt. He was the reason why we were in such a bad shape. Even this current guy is the same. The team playing well has got nothing to do with the board, the player power arises when the board gets into the cricketing side of things. That should be left to the cricketers. So lets not be so happy there is nothing good happening in Pakistan the only one who deserves the accolades is the playing team and the manager that is about it and no one else.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. No better way to answer your critics and detractors. :) Wishes from India.

  • Love-Pak on February 7, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team by beating England 3-0 white wash.It was a collective team effort with some of the out standing performances from Ajmal and Abur Rehman and good batting display on spinning wickets by Younis, Azhar and Asad. Misbah did well as captain and big credit also goes to the coach Mohsin.Having said that we should not get carried away,we have this habit as nation to praise players out of ordinary on the win and wants to dump them in the sea when they loose.I wanna say there is room for improvement specially when Pakistan team will go to countries like England, Australia and South Africa.Ajmal,Umer gul can bowel well any where but Abur Rehman will not get that much spin overseas.Batsmen like Younis, Hafeez and Asad likely to play well on seeming tracks but Azhar,Toufeeq and Misbah will suffer on seeming and bouncy pitches due to technical flaws in their batting. We should not forget players like Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Sarafraz Ahmed etc who have played well overseas

  • AleemLatif on February 7, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Only people who deserve the credit for all these recent victories are the Pak Cricket Team players and Mohsin Khan as the coach. And single person who really deserve the 99.99 % credit for all these victories in the last 2 years, is the Captain Misbah Ul Haq, who has injected calm, discipline, planning, passion for victory and an environment of equal respect for all-team-members. Younis has done great job in supporting Misbah in in the Senior's role. None the least Saeed Ajmal and Rehman for making-up a highly lethal combination, as they not any take wickets but also blocks the flow of runs. Mohsin has introduced an environment of self-belief, patriotism, team work and more than that he is easy to talk to for any player (due to linguistic reasons) . PCB would not do any favour to Pak team if they would replace Mohsin.