Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day

'Victory will drive new generations to play cricket'

Umar Farooq

February 6, 2012

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Umar Gul celebrates the wicket of Ian Bell, Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day, February 6, 2012
Zaka Ashraf: "I never doubted the ability of the Pakistan cricket team" © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

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