Pakistan's disciplinary crisis May 8, 2010

Intikhab calls Pakistan players 'mentally retarded'

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Former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has launched a scathing attack on the national players, calling them 'mentally retarded' during their forgettable tour of Australia earlier this year, where they failed to win a single match. The English daily, Dawn had secured documents from the Pakistan Cricket Board, which contained Intikhab's views on his players while he was in charge. The board had set up an inquiry committee to identify the players responsible for the defeats.

Intikhab, who was replaced by Waqar Younis after the tour, revealed that apart from their woeful on-field performance, the players failed to conduct themselves in a proper manner off the field as well.

"I felt that they are mentally retarded people," Intikhab was quoted as saying to the committee. "There is a mental problem with our players. They don't know how to wear their clothes and how to talk in a civilized manner."

The PCB took action against seven players it believed were responsible for Pakistan's failures. The captain Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan were banned indefinitely, Shoaib Malik and Naved-ul-Hasan were banned for a year while Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined and placed on probation for six months.

Yousuf and Younis were accused of infighting and having a negative influence on the team. Yousuf announced his retirement from international cricket after the ban and is the only one among the punished players who didn't appeal. The six players who appealed will appear before a one-man tribunal headed by Irfan Qadir, a retired high court judge.

Intikhab, however, identified Malik as someone with a "negative attitude" who was "active in intrigues in the team". Quoting an example of the factions that had developed within the team, Intikhab confessed to hearing that a group of "six to seven" players had gone to the former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's house before the UAE tour prior to the Australia series, where they "took oath on the Quran that they will remain united against (the then captain) Younis Khan".

But Malik, a former captain, denied that allegation and said that the players had vowed to remain united in case a team member was dropped "unjustifiably". He added that the oath was taken in Yousuf's hotel room and not at Inzamam's house.

When Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was asked at a press conference to comment on Intikhab's views, he said: "I don't know about these things but when I do I will definitely tell you."

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  • plmx on May 13, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Great photo!! Intikab appears to be saying..." that's where the Australian batsmen are going to be hitting the ball....into those stands!!

  • swatians on May 13, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I totally agree with Intikhab. The PCB should be really strict on dicipline and should ban the players but not for one year that should be for the whole life both in domestic cricket and international level. If a player is accepting that they have an oath on Yousf's Hotel room that they will not play well for the country if anyone among the seven players is drop from the match, I just do not understand where is dicipline. They should ban all the Seven players not for one year for whole life.... what will happen? we will loss some matches as we are losing with same players too.. then why to keep such players?. PCB should have a contract with them if any body found in such activities then they will be baned as will as will give the punishment according the constitution of pakistan for disloyalty to the country. Then you will see nobody will just think about such ill actions. But for these actions the PCB should be Fair and Loyal itself......................

  • imirfan on May 13, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Its amazing how these mentally retarted individuals reached the finals of the World cup again and again. Please accept it just because they dont have the same dress sence and big belly like you intikhab alam sb please dont call them with these terms.

  • ice643 on May 12, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Intikhab has come out with the truth, the Pakistani players dont play for the country they play for themselves.they are like school kids fighting,their atitiudes are not right. They should have passion whe playing like other teams.i think the PCB picks players that pay the most to the chairman zardari,and he puts the money in swiss bank account.

  • AmanKhan on May 12, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    I believe that Afridi's men will do like Imran's men done in 19992. If they tried their best and played in unity to defeat Australia then the trophy will remain in Pakistan. Now the pressure is on Australia because they will face the best unpredictable team in the world.

  • Whisperofdeath on May 10, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    I agree with Intikhab...they are more or less like a 11 woman who fights no matter what....

  • kalam100 on May 9, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    the main problem of pak team is grouping.7 players are banned for the sake of country's prestige.i think pcb is right here.pak cricketers are always favourite among the world for their exceptional techniques ,characteristis (shoaib akter,wasim akram,amir,umar akmal,saeed ajmal,saqlain ,razzak,butt,afridi,misbash,waqar,saeed anwar......and so many).but their problem is in fielding.deeply notice if pak did not miss the watson and david hussy catch,the highest score would be 160.if six catches of england would catch ,pak could win the match,if abdur razzak on 2 afridi 3, umar akmal4,misbah5,hafeez.........then pak would win against nz.actully afridi is not perfect captain.he should bowl in powerplay and after powerplay hafeez should bowl.abdur rehman and ajmal can bowl any time.in every match razzak should bowl in powerplay.anyway i think pak will win against sa and eng will win against nz but don,t be defensive afridi please.

  • Maikolachi on May 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    There is one solution for Pakistan Cricket. His name is Imran Khan, he can fix their brain. Vote for Imran Khan to be appointed chairman of PCB.

    http://imrankhanforchairman.com

  • SunnGazzer on May 9, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Mr. Inkhab Alam is slightly wrong.. it is not only Pakistani Cricket team who is MENTALLY RETARDED rather it is the WHOLE PCB is also RETARDED and the funny part is this that Mr. Alam got to know about it so late when ALL OF THE CRICKETING WORLD already knew it.

    The other funny part is this that our bowlinmg coach and our batting coaches are those who's carreer average were below 30 and they are thinking that they will teach a Pakistani team how to paly better when they them selves were always below par.

    I should say one more thing... PAKISTANI cricketer instead of promising the nation that they will win, they should rather promise them selves that they should play better then there average and score more then that first.

    SUGGESTION: PCB should hire only those players to play in Pakistani team who do outstanding in Englishand Australian couties as our pitches for domestic games are dead pithces.

    P.S : PCB, please hire cricketers with career average of more then 40+

  • rinspin on May 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    The use of the word "mentailly retarted" is politically wrong to describe anyone or anything.What can be said however is that the Pakistan team seems to have plenty of infighting and contraversy amongst its ranks of the field. Shahidi Afridi must take an active role in making his players focus on their on-field performances and the PCB must work in partnership with him and domestic cricket board to develop a pakistani cricket team that is not only talented but has the hardworking ethic and determination to succeed at the highest level

  • plmx on May 13, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Great photo!! Intikab appears to be saying..." that's where the Australian batsmen are going to be hitting the ball....into those stands!!

  • swatians on May 13, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I totally agree with Intikhab. The PCB should be really strict on dicipline and should ban the players but not for one year that should be for the whole life both in domestic cricket and international level. If a player is accepting that they have an oath on Yousf's Hotel room that they will not play well for the country if anyone among the seven players is drop from the match, I just do not understand where is dicipline. They should ban all the Seven players not for one year for whole life.... what will happen? we will loss some matches as we are losing with same players too.. then why to keep such players?. PCB should have a contract with them if any body found in such activities then they will be baned as will as will give the punishment according the constitution of pakistan for disloyalty to the country. Then you will see nobody will just think about such ill actions. But for these actions the PCB should be Fair and Loyal itself......................

  • imirfan on May 13, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Its amazing how these mentally retarted individuals reached the finals of the World cup again and again. Please accept it just because they dont have the same dress sence and big belly like you intikhab alam sb please dont call them with these terms.

  • ice643 on May 12, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Intikhab has come out with the truth, the Pakistani players dont play for the country they play for themselves.they are like school kids fighting,their atitiudes are not right. They should have passion whe playing like other teams.i think the PCB picks players that pay the most to the chairman zardari,and he puts the money in swiss bank account.

  • AmanKhan on May 12, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    I believe that Afridi's men will do like Imran's men done in 19992. If they tried their best and played in unity to defeat Australia then the trophy will remain in Pakistan. Now the pressure is on Australia because they will face the best unpredictable team in the world.

  • Whisperofdeath on May 10, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    I agree with Intikhab...they are more or less like a 11 woman who fights no matter what....

  • kalam100 on May 9, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    the main problem of pak team is grouping.7 players are banned for the sake of country's prestige.i think pcb is right here.pak cricketers are always favourite among the world for their exceptional techniques ,characteristis (shoaib akter,wasim akram,amir,umar akmal,saeed ajmal,saqlain ,razzak,butt,afridi,misbash,waqar,saeed anwar......and so many).but their problem is in fielding.deeply notice if pak did not miss the watson and david hussy catch,the highest score would be 160.if six catches of england would catch ,pak could win the match,if abdur razzak on 2 afridi 3, umar akmal4,misbah5,hafeez.........then pak would win against nz.actully afridi is not perfect captain.he should bowl in powerplay and after powerplay hafeez should bowl.abdur rehman and ajmal can bowl any time.in every match razzak should bowl in powerplay.anyway i think pak will win against sa and eng will win against nz but don,t be defensive afridi please.

  • Maikolachi on May 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    There is one solution for Pakistan Cricket. His name is Imran Khan, he can fix their brain. Vote for Imran Khan to be appointed chairman of PCB.

    http://imrankhanforchairman.com

  • SunnGazzer on May 9, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Mr. Inkhab Alam is slightly wrong.. it is not only Pakistani Cricket team who is MENTALLY RETARDED rather it is the WHOLE PCB is also RETARDED and the funny part is this that Mr. Alam got to know about it so late when ALL OF THE CRICKETING WORLD already knew it.

    The other funny part is this that our bowlinmg coach and our batting coaches are those who's carreer average were below 30 and they are thinking that they will teach a Pakistani team how to paly better when they them selves were always below par.

    I should say one more thing... PAKISTANI cricketer instead of promising the nation that they will win, they should rather promise them selves that they should play better then there average and score more then that first.

    SUGGESTION: PCB should hire only those players to play in Pakistani team who do outstanding in Englishand Australian couties as our pitches for domestic games are dead pithces.

    P.S : PCB, please hire cricketers with career average of more then 40+

  • rinspin on May 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    The use of the word "mentailly retarted" is politically wrong to describe anyone or anything.What can be said however is that the Pakistan team seems to have plenty of infighting and contraversy amongst its ranks of the field. Shahidi Afridi must take an active role in making his players focus on their on-field performances and the PCB must work in partnership with him and domestic cricket board to develop a pakistani cricket team that is not only talented but has the hardworking ethic and determination to succeed at the highest level

  • ariftanveer on May 9, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Pity..pity...what Intikhab has said is a usual state of affairs in Pakistan, its just a reflection in cricket, lack of education, corruption, cronyism, lack of discipline, and self centered approach. Intikhab is a gentleman, he would have resigned very early and brought these things before media.

  • on May 9, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    well its all happening in pakistan cricket, players powers, foolish selection members, nonsense chairman of cricket board, so much politics involves. teams can never win big series with average players. Growth of pakistan cricket in last few years was worst. who will remove Chairman of cricket board? President Zardari ? well its just an assumption. players should not be blamed its setup which should be blamed.

  • vinohome on May 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Always Pakistan is land of controversies in 2007 world cup they lost to Ireland and then lost bob till now not clear who killed him and from where Pakistan cricket itself got killed slowly from there onwards inzy left with tears and younis fighted with local media for a while saying he wont captain again and country becoming vulnerable in security where every day innocent people getting killed but government increasing army strength leaving rockets often but economy and other things horrible but still government finding fault on sports person as if they have no other job to do like parliment incident of match fixing for dropping a catch by younis who earlier successfully got the world cup home still he is treated like a terrorist in Pakistan at last banned but who will ban other people involved in this debacle ,when terrorist attacked cricketers government or pcb was not even showing sympathy for cricketers but keep punishing them so it is not just cricketers mentally retarded

  • Taz786 on May 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Given the way the Pak players have been performing of late, since the tour of Sri Lanka last year, I have reason to believe that Intikhab Alam is correct in what has been happening behind the scenes.

    Umer Akmal is full of it, for a player with so much talent, he also has so much arrogance about him, but he's dragging himself down in the mire.

    Bottom line is they don't wear the shirt with pride, and aren't team players. Typical Pakistani mentality. It's every man for himself.

  • Alam_Khan on May 9, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Dear all this is pathetic comments from Intikhab Alam first question arise from his comments that why he was coaching the mentally retarded team when he was flying with the team to Australia he was very happy and he was'nt express that he coaching mentally retarded people.

    The dilemma with Pakistan team management is that every one wants and include their own players in the team, like in T20 why Imran Nazir is out and why Fawad Alam is playing there in West Indies why Abdur Rehman is playing and Danish Kaneria is out of the team why a 35+ Misbah Ul Haq is playing?

    We don't have any one better than these two or we don't want or they don't have a proper source.

    These all are the questions which the chief selector, coach and captain have to answer.

    We are unable to win any match in T20 but except Bangladesh which we were also about to lose but somehow manage the victory.

    .

  • orlurmsana on May 9, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    All players who took oath should be banned forever. This is necessary to teach them lesson as well as caution all future players. Moreover, inzimam should be banned from having any contact with pakistan cricket at any level. Its also high time to get rid of kamran akaml & misbah once and forever. They are not good enuf to face any bowling attack.

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    malik shud be back in team

  • Rihat on May 9, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Dress Code: Dont tell me soon they will be playing test matches in shalwar-kameez and topees. Retarded: No way, we have Tablighi culture in our dressing room these days. In the evening we go to the discos and while we are travelling business class we use the backside aisles for praying in jamat. How dare Inti call us deranged/retarded

  • on May 9, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    if u go and look at the recent past tour in Newzealand and Australia. There was conspiracy against Mohammad Yousuf as skipper. I can pay only pity on PCB structure and it's chairman Ijaz Butt and selectors.

    The punishment they imposed on players like Mohammad Yousuf is truely injutice. He's legend after Javed Miandad, and far better player than Inzamam and Dravid.

    Player like Mohammad Yousuf should have been farewall with last test match in coming months would be punishment but it will be least as Inzamam was farewelled in his days in the last test.

    We lost 20-20 matches because of above fanatic decisions made by the PCB in recent past after losing Australian Tour in which the entire blamed put on Mohammad Yousuf by imposition of life time ban. that's disgusting for the first day I received news, and i could not believe it.

    After receiving harsh punishments would u think these players will perform in a big match like world cup?

    The only solutions is to get Ijaz Butt and selectors like Abdul Qadir out!

  • ianChappellFan on May 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    well its a sad article for pak cricket, pak cricket is now reaching new depths of lowliness (dont know if its a word), a history which has already witnessed plenty of lows. i know intikhab is frustrated but it still does not justify saying such things.

    although on the funny side, i love the picture selection for this article, intikhab showing younis something as if younis was retarded.

    btw, retard is not a politically correct word and is not even used for people with mental handicaps in the western world (US atleast), and mostly reserved for high schools kids as a derogatroy word for their peers. so it would help if tema managers were more diplomatic and politically correct in what they say.

  • on May 9, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    I think deep down we all knew already that they are just that this time someone from the inside has said it, regardlss of the results its the players mentality and the players aswell as the 30+ so called seniors need to grow up! seems like the only team that dont play as a team, too much schoolboy fights and if it is happening at this age, Intikhab's statement fits to the T

  • mohsin2235 on May 9, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    the problem with pakistan team since the retirement of imran khan has been that every captain wants to manage the team like him.younis khan was a good captain,but is an extreamely emotional person.at this moment they require a captain not a general and if younis could change his attitude he would be an asset for pakistan cricket again.

  • Niizz on May 9, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    agreed with intikhaab...they all are not playing for pakistan..they play for themselves and do politics to stay within a team...

  • Himayun on May 9, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I am delighted that finally somebody of the stature and character like Intikhab Alam found courage to call as spade a spade. It is about time that somebody in Pakistan is man enough to tell like it is without pulling any punches. The problem in Pakistan is people live in fool's paradise and depend upon prayers and miracles rather than hard work, character and discipline. As long as Pakistanis have icons like a lying sack of crap (Malik who made Muslim marriage and divorce a mockery) they are doomed. After living in the US for more than 3 decades, I can see that Pakistanis do not resist the dishonest and liars, in fact they make them their national hero. They are still talking about how innocent Malik is. How Pakistan can move into the semi finals, etc. Wake up and smell the coffee, it is all over the fat lady has sung.

  • RiazFarooqui on May 9, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Very Very Sad Attitude. they are national heros. but unfortunately they are uneducated and most of them are having poor background. I think current problem starts when Nasim Ashraf nomite Shoaib Malik as a captain, similar problem comes in 1994 when Board given preferance Wasim Akram over Javed Miandad, soon after the collapsation started.

  • sundoo on May 9, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Pakistan right from Fazal Mahmood'd days has always had a great team full of World beaters but they have never had discipline or teamspirit .Only Imran handled the whip expertly and obtained total obedieance though Javed was always an irritation. Wish Pakistan and india and ofcourse Srilanka all the best. Srilanka is the most 'team spirited 'team in the subcontinent.

  • Imran_Ahmed on May 9, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    I can understand these statements by Intikhab Alam simply because most of the players in the team are uneducated and unfortunately don't posses the ability to mentally think through a situation. They play cricket through their hearts and not their minds... Cricket is very much a mind game and every player in the team needs to understand the situation and play according to it. That's the reason Pakistan even manages to somehow lose very winnable games.

    I don't know how this problem can be resolved, since low literacy is a huge problem in our country!!!

    At this point, we can only pray to Allah to help our country!

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    All of these accusations come in to surface when Paks Team doing badly in the International arena. I can't understand why Intikhab Alam opted to coach a bunch of mentally retarded cricketers. Cammon Alam, don't put the blame on others for your incapability of making Pakistan team as a force to rekon with.

  • aps_amrit on May 9, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    ^Absolutely. Even the coach agrees now. lol

  • aditya3chi on May 9, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    It is highly unfortunate that Pakistan cricket team is under fire for not managing even a single win in their tour down under.And what makes the situation even worse is the comments of their coach on the players.It shows there is a lack of mutual understanding within the team which has led to this conflict.However all we can hope is Pakistan who are current T20 champions, should lift their game and compete with the best.

  • on May 9, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    lol this is perfect I agree with Intihkab Alam 100%

  • knowledge_eater on May 9, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    And the Blockbuster Movie continues ... what now ? I don't know why is it so hard for everyone to consume that The team didn't perform well. They aren't good enough, they weren't good enough to win against Australia. Why is it always someone who did something ... ohh our board is not great oohh my captain is not good .. ohh team selection is not good ohhh God wasn't with us ohh Players are retarded ohh country is going to bad patch thats why ... STOP STOP all this Just stop making excuse it .. when ever someone ask you just say it ... We weren't good enough thats why we lost. Its game stop dramatizing stuff and seek for sympathy. This is not spirit of game. Just say it We lost as a team, we will win as a team. Either we loose 100 games or win only one. Drama Drama drama. And if players don't know the meaning of TEAM .. google it 791,000,000 result of meaning of TEAM. Change the mentality from Root otherwise it will continue. Bunch of Jealous Players. Shame.

  • on May 9, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Nothing Wrong With Pakistan Cricket We need to sort out our internal situation in the entire country and bring some sensuality to Politics, Economy, Education, Law & Order and so many other issues faced by the country. Under the present conditions how anyone with a common sense can expect anything positive or good from Pakistan Cricket, Hockey or any other sports or cultural activities. Let us not play the same old mudslinging game and start after each other. Let us stop taking nonsense from politicians and bring the change ourselves. Then we will have right choice of right people for the right job. Get rid of all present political setup and get to elect new blood new faces and fresh minds to run our country and secure our future.

  • wmchamps on May 9, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    I think Malik, Younus, Misbah and Yousuf should be banned from ODI and T20 cricket.

  • eminem on May 8, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    most important part of the article. They swore on the Koran that they will be united against another person who also happens to have the Koran as his holy book. This is misusing their book for unwanted reasons against another brother of theirs. This is how folks, a group of people who instill fear in others lives also use the Koran to indoctrinate the uneducated lot in waging a war against peacefull existence.

  • M_H_K on May 8, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Pathetic Comments by Intikhab. What team management was doing there when all these kind of things were happening there (According to Intikhab). His comments seems to be an attempt to save his own neck and put the blame on someone else. When the team wins, everyone is eager to take the credit but when the team loses no one seems to accept his own responsibilities. Intikhab was a bad choice as a coach at the first place. Its now routine with the PCB management, as long as they are on job everything is fine with them. And as soon as they loses the job, they come out with all kind of revelations.

  • RUQQ on May 8, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Our main problem is when we are part of the team or cricket board than every thing looks very fine, 100% perfect. But when been kicked out then we always blame to others of our failure.....

    If Intekhab already known about negative attitude already then why he did not speak previously while he was Head Coach with Pakistan team?

    Intekhab said "I felt that they are mentally retarded people, There is a mental problem with our players. They don't know how to wear their clothes and how to talk in a civilized manner." and I think they all learn from their head coach.

  • on May 8, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has some deep rooted problems starting from first calls cricket structure to cricket board organization. They don't have any professional coach inside the country and not foreign coach is willing to work in Pakistan. Pakistan loses matches mostly because of the lack in mental strength. Razzaq took the team very near to the victory and 23 runs were needed on 18 balls yet he was trying to smash the ball out of the park. Singles would have done it for Pakistan if he would have been smart enough to judge the situation. Nobody from the dug out tried to convey that message to him when in previous over he tried to smash Bond and miss four balls in a row.

  • IndusKnight on May 8, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    I am glad someone said it. Whatever personality problems there might be with Younis Khan, he is the rightful captain. Once he fails due to his captaincy, he could be removed not because of Yousuf/Malik/ others. These 2 guys united against YK because they knew they don't have a chance against him but when YK left Malik went against Yousuf. Cat and mouse game. I hope Yousuf never returns and Malik takes up an individual sports like tennis.

  • asifnzaidi on May 8, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Hearranjana: I don't think you are starting anything in Ind-Pak debate. This is simply cricket !!

    I agree with you completely about Pak cricket... there is just so much talent there; but if talent cannot be managed then it goes to waste.

    As for Dhoni: did the BCCI really put out its neck to support him. If I remember his record in Tests correctly, he has just one loss to SA amongst many wins. I think he has led his team very admirably - batting, wicketkeeping, and captaincy.

  • whocareswhowins on May 8, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    I am sorry but CANNOT ACCEPT this from someone like Intikhab Alam..the man himself probably has early Alzheimer's !! What has been HIS contribution to Pakistan's poor performance in Oz ??

  • Vikram_Rathore on May 8, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Sad...! The whole country seems to be embattled by radical people... God save your country!!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    they displayed their ignorance of islam as well as there is no oath on the quran in islam. all the players who took the oath should be banned for sedition

  • turabjohnson on May 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I don't know what the deal with pakistani players is, every one of them wants to be the captain and not a single one is strong enough to hold on to the position. Look at how Afridi is playing . I don't get the big deal about being the captain. YOur main aim should be to win the game on the field , rest doesn't matter. sometimes i feel like the players think they own the team and rest doesn't matter.

  • on May 8, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Younis was a great captain please give a life ban to akmal brothers shoib malik rana and few other players bring few under 19 guys under the captaincy of afridi for test oneday t20 same captian dont change the captain now

  • Heartranjan on May 8, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Well, I am not surprised. Pakistan cricket has been a comedy for a while now. The root of the problem lies in the lack of maturity and upbringing at the domestic levels. Many promising youngsters break into the side but waste away their careers.

    I am an Indian but I have always been a fan of Pak cricket. Considering that we never had a fiery pace bowler in our ranks, I admit I am a bit envious of how Pakistan unearths raw pacers from nowhere and brings them to the international stage. Sadly, once they arrive on the international scene, their career goes spiralling down.

    There needs to be a captain by whom the team management and board sticks by through thick or thin. Not by changing the captain every tournament. This will give out a message to the other seniors that the captaincy is not up for grabs. I am not trying to start an India vs Pakistan debate and admit there are major problems in the BCCI too. But the way the board stuck with Dhoni has resulted in an able captain.

  • on May 8, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    i think the old horses should be kicked out of the pcb instead there should be a new pcb formed with new faces and voting system should be carried out. i am disoppointed that our team is not doing well one of the reason is lack of planning from coaches and management and captain is not knowing how to take the team along everybodies needs to be educated and need to have discipline as well.

  • on May 8, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    As we all know the Pakistan team is a joker team! They are so proud that they are the World T20 holder, so, that I have playing the sloppy cricket here in West indies, specially their captain Afridi, he got a 2 match ban because of his misbehavior (bite the ball during the Australian match) we have seen the game against England, the way they played like they wanted to loose the match, specially his runout means he doesn't have any quality to be a captain, so, they paid the penality and have lost the match against England, see the second game against New Zeland, even though their bowler did well, their batsmen very sloppy, specially Akmal brothers, they didn't show the spirit, simply got out in a mad way, and lost the match by 1 run and now out of the Semi final, this is the good lesson for them and they should learn from this loss and keep away their proudness and have to play the Cricket from their heart

  • Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on May 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Absolutely!

    How dare these retarded players take oath on the Koran and that too for an unjustifiable cause? I strongly feel that Intikhab alam is 400% right in calling a spade a spade or a retard a retard!. This is very shameful for the entire nation. We must stand united in this moment of crisis for Pakistan cricket and appoint a dynamic manager like Zaid Zaman Hamid who can lead the turn around. Remember in 2007 we lost to Ireland, killed Woolmer and yet within 2 years we became t20 world cup Chimpions. there is hope, just be positive

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    @Omar Ansari "The storm has been brewing for over 20 years now..." To be fair Omar it is a lot longer than 20 years. Do I not recall all sorts of intrigue and machiavellian mischief during the seventies, with Lahore-Karachi splits and schisms, constant changes of captaincy, team "rebellions" against captains and so on? Only Imran was able to create a unified team in the eighties in what can now perhaps rightly be regarded as the "golden age" of pakistani cricket. Why this happens I donot know - could it perhaps be related somehow to the political instability which has characterised the country? I am an Indian so I don't know the real reasons - perhaps some Pakistan supporters could explain. It is very sad that such a talented collection of cricketers is let down by such attitudes and the administration must shoulder some blame. Somehow all that talent is not able to express itself on the cricket field without getting involved in these activities, whi i don't know.............

  • BiSONN on May 8, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Loooooool, funniest article I've read in a long time. Intikhab Alam is my new hero.

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    n pak lost :( by 1 runn!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I think everyone should remember that he didn't sell his story to the media, this is leak from a report he submitted. Inthikab is a good man, and very honest guy

  • alltime on May 8, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    As for the whole Pakistan team, as Geoffrey Boycott says, 'Its hard to feel sorry for Pakistan team.' tsk

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Look at ds... i don know wats so special in der in ds captaincy...if i cant win match 4 ma country dan hw can i be satisfied... i think younis shud be reconsidered and malik shud support him, dan u will see wat team we can develop for worldcup 2011.

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Yousaf, shoaib, kamran & umar akmal, rana, should be banned for life. I dont know who the other 2 players are but they should also be banned for life. Further, Inzamam should be barred from ever having any official responsibility regarding Pakistan Team.

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    To start, Pakistan team should be banned from showing off their religion in public. Whole team is bunch of Hippocrates, they cheat on and off the field, they aren't loyal to their religion or country and every time they open their mouth they start by making a religious show.

    Best they could do for their religions is Just keep it to themselves, you are not the ambassador's your religion need. Just play the darn game of cricket and do the best you can.

  • PakiPanthers on May 8, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    What is playing for theirself vs. playing for Pakistan? Isn't scoring a century for oneself is scoring a century for the country as the run are counted for both? We need to get away from the blame game. In fact we need to remove the management. If you cannot manage people, then let the people take over who can. We need to look into ourselves and not look for excuses. I agreemwith Bsit, it doesn't matter who is retarted or an instigator as long as he is winning for the country.

  • venugaandu on May 8, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    That's pathetic how can a mentally retarded player bite a cricket ball in front of 20+ cameras ?O wait he said retarded. hmm intikhab may have a point here.Finally an answer to unsolved puzzle What made shahid afridi bite a cricket ball? LOLOLOL

  • Paki.Fan. on May 8, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Absolutely right, the current crop is mentally retarded who play for themselves and not for the country, give them 10$ they will even sell their country's uniform. I am ashamed to have such a team

  • Selvakumar-M on May 8, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    What took him(Mr.Intikhab) so long to reveal this..well...no worries..the whole world knows this!.and BTW..'ALL THE BEST' for ur worldt20 championship, champions...ha ha ha...

  • on May 8, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Pretty much all the subcontinental teams (except maybe Sri Lanka.... maybe) have an attitude problem. A couple of good performances and they think they are God.

  • Farce-Follower on May 8, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Disgusting attitude...nothing less than a life ban will do...any pussy-footing on this and Pakistan can say good-bye to their prospects.

  • m1a1 on May 8, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    I hope the Pakistani team can get it together and play the kind of cricket they're capable of (from an aussie).

  • nafzak on May 8, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Intikab is absolutely right. Malik is sooo retarded that he admitted that they did indeed take an oath on the Holy Qur'an...regardless of whose house it was, that is so out of place. I confess that I am a God fearing Muslim, however M. Yousuf and several ofthese other players have gone way beyond that. They are wearing their religion (Islam) on their sleeves and making a mockery of it by bringing it into a sport, albeit that is how they make their living. It's still a game fellas. You think that Allah (SWT) cares who wins. And if you think He does then explain why Australia wins so much. M. Yousuf and company should try getting in better shape physically and mentally and maybe they would win more.

  • on May 8, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Leave it now! They should start afresh and start with a new team and a board because they have good talent !

  • rocky on May 8, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    The last paragraph is really funny.....follow this..... "But Malik, a former captain, denied that allegation and said that the players had vowed to remain united in case a team member was dropped "unjustifiably". He added that the oath was taken in Yousuf's hotel room and not at Inzamam's house."

    Malik denies that they took an oath,but clarifies about the location where they took it.PRICELESS !! These morons should know better than taking stupid oaths 'n start playing cricket like they are supposed to.Dont like the captain,coach,uniform,hotel,color of shoelaces or type of underwear worn by a selector....QUIT the team.I am sure there are many cricketers who are much more dedicated and sportive cricketers in pakistan.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    duh! very ridiculous statement, pakistani players are not retarded from Aussie tour but they are mentally retarded from the behavior of PCB. After Aussie tour PCB have not left any stone to kill the players. Actually Intikhab Allam is defending himself as well as PCB by putting this shameful statement. Unfortunately in Pakistan there is no Players Association who could defend players. I am sure this pakistani them has lot of potential but they are mentally tortured by ex-players and PCB...

  • intcamd on May 8, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    I knew the Pak players were mentally retarded - but not even know how to wear clothes and talk in a civilized manner? That is news to me (but not a surprise).

  • dmqi on May 8, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    The country was in trouble since its inception and is still in trouble. In fight is the nature of Pakistani culture in national politics and cricket was no exception. What the cricketers have done in last few years is worst than the most unsophisticated street people's actions. But were not the management responsible? Did they not see what were going on in Srilanka and Dubai? Did they take any actions. The biggest problem is the PCB chairman. He is #1 retarded along with the players. Just see how he overtured the selection committee's decision for Gul's replacement. If he has the free licence, what lesson the players will take? Let us hope the present team learn something out of all these comments.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    this is the funniest this i will read all week. thanks Intikhab for the relief! in strange sort of way, no matter how politically incorrect his views are, it does make sense. "....They don't know how to wear their clothes and how to talk in a civilized manner", man that's brutal!

  • tombaan on May 8, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Most of the cricketers come from uneducated families and mofusil towns. Last erudite players to come from Pakistan was Imran Khan and Wasim who could speak and handle fast lane of cricket with aplomb...

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 8, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    When the players launch a libel suit against Intikhab, and strip him to his last pennies, everyone will know who the retard was. lol.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    I think CRICINFO staff is "RETARDED" and is playing a game against Pakistan. They have a crucial game coming up and you have posted a non-sense artcile to take away their concentration from the game.....

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Well Intikhab should not have said this at the time of world cup ... But after reading Malik's comment that they indeed took the oath of Quran to remain united against Younis is infact Mentally Retarded thing to do.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Our team is a bunch of very talented but egoistic and arrogant and uneducated players. Lack of Discipline and absence of soberity and professional attitude are the major issues with them.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Not impressed Mr.Intikhab , Not impressed

  • SHARK810 on May 8, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    pakistanis have very small bats

  • ChampionzXI on May 8, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    wel Mr. Intikhab, were u sleeping when all this was happening, u was coash of pakistani team at that time,and u r equaly responsible for all this(if dis all is true), when a team has coash, like u, physically retired, could make any team mentally retire.

  • asifabbas87 on May 8, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I believe that from the top management of the PCB to the players everyone is retarded they should have lived up to the spirits after winning the t20 World Cup.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Players are not but infact it is the management (Ijaz, Intikhab, Yawar, Shafqat, Bari, Aaqib) who are mentally retarded. These should look for a quite retired life rather still contributing towards Pakistani Cricket. There statements usually changes from time to time. If there was a problem, these so called owners of PCB should have reinstated Younis and shown the door to all six players. Pakistan Cricket Board needs a good management & working brain, someone of the likes of Arif Ali Khan Abbasi and Chishti Mujahid. PCB mismangement is further evidenced, of them leaking out the report to media when Pakistan is defending T/20 Cup and playing must win game today.

  • on May 8, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    intikhab himself mentally retarded , why he is complaining now? only for himself

  • IndusKnight on May 8, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I am glad someone said it. Whatever personality problems there might be with Younis Khan, he is the rightful captain. Once he fails due to his captaincy, he could be removed not because of Yousuf/Malik/ others. These 2 guys united against YK because they knew they don't have a chance against him but when YK left Malik went against Yousuf. Cat and mouse game. I hope Yousuf never returns and Malik takes up an individual sports like tennis.

  • Umair_umair on May 8, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Look at our Pak cricket fans here. Shoaib Malik has admitted hismelf that oath happened at Yousaf's house; and we are still suporting these players. Its us fans, who are sopiling the players and the Pakistan cricket.

  • D-Train on May 8, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    I always thought the Pakistan players had some sort of mental problems. The coach has now backed up my theory

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 8, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Taking oath against the team captain?? No wonder Inthikab thinks their retarded. Rightly said Mr. Alam.

  • on May 8, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Wow, atlast someone came on board and told the truth, but hey, atleast Afridi is not in these kind of scandals... So you have a decent captain. But still it is just the coach's view, what abt the player's view??? No one knows what happened in the dressing room.

  • on May 8, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan should stop promoting anything else but education....get there mindset in order PLZ

  • on May 8, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    hahaha, it just has such a nice ring to it.... mentally retarted

  • on May 8, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    lol a good view to things.

  • jonesy2 on May 8, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    pakistani cricket is a joke a feel for supporters of the team

  • Mahdi_E-Dra_Gujranwali on May 8, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I think Inthikhab Alam is a RAW agent, who else would divulge state secrets in the open? Now, must we admit that our Pakistani team is retarded? yes it is the truth but do we need to wash dirty salwars in public hain?. Apparently 7 members of the team met at Inzi bhai's house for some kebabs ans zam zam and hatched a conspiracy against Younis Khan. Younis gets wind of it and pulls out of OZ tour. As expected our team gets whitewashed and more, our dear leader Afridi bites the ball to deflect attention from our pathetic performance down under and boy did he succeed?. I think the real hero in this whole scenario is Afridi bhai, may he bite many more balls and go unsold in many more auctions

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    i certainly believe it as there always disputel between them for place of captain as if captain place is like a gods place & captain gets something extra.there is utter nonsence in tems of team unity

  • ZEUS00 on May 8, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Wow such disarming honesty! I feel it will be Pak Vs Aussie in the T20 World Cup final and the aussies will lose in the super over! And then everyone will be a hero in Karachi all over again!

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    what exquisite timing, i must say...to release this story...just before Pakistan play the all important match against NZ...someone in Cricinfo is trying his/her level best to influence Pakistani team....so much for being retarded...

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Now was there a need to put all this news on the media? I think the top leadership in Pakistan is not leading by example. EVen Intikhab has a problem...

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on May 8, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Well at last Intikhab feels enough is enough.He was with the team at that time and knows better what happened at that particular time.No doubt that Shoaib Malik was the main culprit who was behind all hypocrisy, and unfortunately the team was playing under the captaincy of cowardly man, Mr.Yousuf .Who was just trying to save his own position and place in the team

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    It is too late to reveal, damages already have been done.

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    oops! i guess the truths out there now!

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Pakisthan Cricket........ Became a symbol Of negativity........ Only God Can Save Them.. Even May Allah is in doubt about them... How can some players take an OATH againest Capton(its Indirectly taking Oath againest Pakisthan)..........

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 8, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    this dos'nt seem right why is it that he is just realizing that they are retarded maybe he is also retarded lol just give them a break & some time 2 come around

    all cricket teams go through aretarded phase

    right now West Indies Pakistan Bangladesh & New Zealand are retarded in test cricket back in the 80's England was retarded getting 2 white washes from west indies

    australia was retarded when they went through an entire series vs West indies without taking a wicket in our second innings India was retarded when west indies white washed them in the 50's & south africa was retarded during apartheid sri lanka was retarded when nobody wanted to tour there because of security concerns

  • Itchy on May 8, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Methinks Intikhab may need a long hard look in the mirror before he starts calling the players retarded.

  • Percy_Fender on May 8, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Intikhab Alam was always an honest man as a player and as a Captain. So it is as a coach. He is also vastly experienced in dealing with different types of people having played in English County cricket for Surrey. If he has made an observation like this I am inclined to believe him. He belongs to the generation of venerable Pakistani cricketers like Hanif, Fazal, Mahmood Hussain Imtiaz Ahmed etc. He was a true gentleman. The PCB will do well to heed his words. If he says that the current lot of Pakistani players are mentally retarded, it must be true. In any case that is what it seems to be to a layman after seeing all the squabbles going on.I think what is happenning is that ordinary players are made to look like future Bradmans and Sobers by the Pakistani media. Umar Akmal is a case in point. It surprises me that a one series wonder could challenge the Pakistani establishment in the manner he did in Australia. I wish the PCB is run by a sensible person like Wasim Raja or Rameez.

  • on May 8, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Intikhab is rite .... THe Pakistani players' r completely (RETARTED) they did't win a single match in Australia AND IT DOSEN'T LOOK LIKE THEY R GOING 2 WIN THE 2020 WORLD CUP

  • itisme on May 8, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    mr intikhab alam is severly retarded mentally himself. his comments deserve no more comments.

  • khalidbhat on May 8, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I fail to understand why it always happens that some or the other issues are created just at a time when Pakistan team is about to face a crucial encounter.......will you all please forget the past for some time and back the team so that they do well in the world cup????

  • Ab3154 on May 8, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Intikhab has played with and coached our best and brightest, therefore his judgement could not be wrong, but the question is, how come a secret report submitted to board, came out and got published. If some players are retarded, the boad has also acted in similar manner.

  • SnowSnake on May 8, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    I am a fan of Indian team, yet I am sad to see Pakistani team wither over the years. The quality of the team and its performance has sunk down to Bangladesh level. Just see their performance after last World T20. They rarely win, and mostly lose. Their current performance in World T20 is not going to win them any IPL contracts either. There was a time when I used to look forward to India-Pak contests. Now, I only look forward to India-Australia contests. Part of the problem with Pakistan team lies with the selection committee. I don't understand why their best players Younis, Yosuf and Akthar are not given enough playing opportunities. It is possible that players' behavior is their way of rebellion against the injustice of selection committee.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Not surprised at all..This comes when Pakistan is getting ready to play a do-or-die match...CONGRATS Alam sahib, you have achieved your goal. On a personal note, I think he is right on player retardation.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    For the love of God Please leave Pakistani Players Alone. They have been treated like low lifes for too long. If Intikhab Alam was really worried about team behavior and whatnot he would have been man enough to confront them and enlighten them. Now he is coming back and spitting venom like a disgruntled spouse. I believe this is a part of the plan where people like Intikhab are trying to mess our players mental ability up by spreading rumors about them. Intikhaab please hang your kit and be a spectator you have done your job.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    very well said so some one do have guts to face the truth paki cricket team at current sucks lets see what happens 2day

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Partically agreed, they are retatded but so is the board and all its officials including coach. they all play blame games, the recent chairman doesn't even have guts to anything just put all the blames on the players. One more thing these don't learn they deserve. I remember Yousuf on joining ICL, he kept blaming board and Malik for not selecting for the T20 world cup, although he didnt perform ICL either and everybody knew he didnt have that capability of hard hitting. And when he cam back to the team he conspired against Malik and Younus wasnt supporting Malik either. The same thing has happend with Yunus and Yusuf, they were the ones who created divide and forgot that the same thing would happen to them....... Alas!!!! Thanks to Dawn News for spearding the news and making mockery of players and country, something with pakistan media is good at.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I think he is really free these days .. or was sleeping..after australian tour.. thats y he reacted so late... in giving such a reply :).

    yeah i can understand..now he has gone old.. n old ppl react slowly.. might have forgot...that he went to australia on a tour n this thing happen .. OLD PPL have this problem of memory loss

  • AkilaMike on May 8, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan...and I am so upset to see these things happening to another Asian side....I mean, Pakistan govt and the cricket board have messed things up. If those two parties have laid a strong set of rules and code of ethics...there will be no such issues..

    Also the players needs to realize that they are not just playing cricket for money and fame...and that they are playing for their country!!! So, making their motherland victories should unit anybody...Not against silly agendas! Pakistan players and the PCB ..PLEASE GROW UP!!! fans are disappointed by all of you!!!!!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    I think that the people like intakhab alam are the most guilty people. These people themselves are not capable of leading or coaching the team, such people have demolished the feature of Pakistan cricket. I remember when Intikhab Alam was not the coach and he came in a cricket program on PTV, where he was focusing on some players and favouring them and he was saying about the hidden talent is their in Pakistan and those people are not given the chances. Today Intikhab alam must show me the players that he brings forward for Pakistan in his time. This man has made the team more worst and has brought misunderstandings between the players and if he knows so much secret things of the team than it is obvious that Intikhab alam may also be a part of those things of which he is accusing others and have ended the carrier of a gentleman like Muhammad Yousuf

  • talkaboutcricket.com on May 8, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    What can you expect from a man who was fired from his job ? What can we expect from a man who once said, "This is the weakest Pakistani team I have ever seen touring India". Pakistan went ahead and drew the tests and won the One Days. Intikhab is too old to take seriously. He has no credible critiques and only blabbers crap.

  • syedahmed91 on May 8, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    well this is not suprising, seeing most of our players don't even get to finish high school before they are playing professional cricket. Once again, its not the players fault its our system, Players should atleast finish college before they start playing for private clubs/counties in pakistan. This is just pathetic and embarrassing.

  • PremBoppudi on May 8, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    I am not surprised to hear that. Look there is a big difference between literate/popular and civilization. Our players may be literate/polular but not civilized. Intikhab Alam is absolutely right. People with such attitude have spoiled thier careers. Bright example is our Sohaib Aktar, Md. Asif, Yousuf Khan etc.....

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Our players are playing top class cricket on their sheer talent but they are living in a indisciplined society where getting respected from others is tough challenge; these chaps nevre learn how to give respect to the captain.One of the problem in Pakistani team is lack of education and their own family background. Majority of the team members never went beyond primary or secondary school. Most of them belonged to smaller villages having rural background. PCB responsible for rough attitude of the players; teach them human skills as well. Compare the Pakistani test players profiles who played in during 1960's through 1980's when players are coming from Karachi and Lahore with strong family backgrounds, all were educated with minor exceptions. What you will expect off the field attitude and mannerism with Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Asif and Umar Gul.

  • imahax on May 8, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Hahaha. Wow this is really sad....

  • drkashif1 on May 8, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Probably some players are not mentally tough enough or they are not groomed so well to go in the ground with a fighting and professional spirit. I think it is mistake of Intikhab being a coach that he could not boost the players psychologically...

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    What a retard is Intikhab Alam... what was he doing all the time when the PCB was investigating players' poor performance... He is another one like Ijaz Butt, not taking the responsibility of the loss. Moreover, he was over-ridiculed when he was removed as a coach replaced by Waqar Yunus.

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    What's going on, now cricket is now politics..lolz

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Nice.... Ab isi ki kami reh gayee thi....

  • Mashood-Mufti on May 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR

    Pakistan need steady Openers. IMRAN NAZIR is the world best opener of Twenty Cricket.

    I am surprised why IMRAN NAZIR is not playing.

    IMRAN NAZIR and SHAHZEB HASAN should be the best choice for opening Pakistan Twenty Cricket.

    PLZ don't spoil the career of IMRAN NAZIR

  • sweetspot on May 8, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    So, who in Pakistan is not, to just blame the cricketers!?

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    intikhab say right pakistan tean is not united as a team in australia

  • Ali.R on May 8, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    The only solution for all the problems Pakistan is facing is to promote education and reason. I can understand what Intakhab is saying, it is not a case of being retarted it is more a case of feeling inferior. I believe many new Pakistani kids think that to be acceptable they need to act like the australians or the englishmen but they end up only trying to match what they wear or what they eat and drink, they can not be like the players from england or australia because what sets them apart is their mannerism and civilized attitude, which derives from thier educated society. Players inducted at training camps should be given equal training on how to carry themselves otherwise this will continue to happen. Just imagine a kid from interior Sindh who has never even talked to a girl other then his mother or sister, all of a sudden ends up at a night club in australia.

  • nawwabsahab on May 8, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Yes Intikhab is right, pak team is a bunch of mentally retarded people and he was their coach in it ...it tellls the whole story...

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    WHY weren't the 7 players branded as Traitors and banned for life???????

  • satifhasan on May 8, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Intikhab Alam himself a 'mentally retarded' person, when he was not coaching pakistan he was against all the former foreign coaches and when pakistani team performed very bad in his coaching he is searching for the safe path .

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Intehab Alam himself looks more retarded than the players. who has given the rigt to inzima ul haq for arranging the meeting against the captain inzima must also be penalized for this. Shoab Malik who according to intekhab, waqar and yousuf was the main cause of concern should have been banned for life and not the 2 y's .

  • cric-rock on May 8, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I am sick of Inzi's role in Pakistan team: why doesn't he leave the team alone. However, I think its PCB that is truly retarded. 7 players revolt against the captain and they ban the captain indefinitely. YK by far is the cleanest player in Pak team with no roles in any of the controversies that have dogged Pakistan. In this country all that matters is to be in cahoots with Zardari, and then you can do anything you like: case in point Ijaz's Butt.

  • tanveersh on May 8, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    This is the most DISGUSTING Comment from any Senior Player/Official. These comments don't suit the personality of such a Caliber Player. You were a team and served for Pak cricket for so long........such SLANG, DIALECT words.....SHAME.....

  • koila23 on May 8, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Pakistan teams main problem is that the player are not mature enough to understand and accept the Captain.Everyone of them thinks that if he is senior and been performing then he is the one who should be the Captain.

    Basically at any point of time one can see three kind of players in Pakistan team.

    a.The new comers who after being given the chance try to cement their place by performance.Amir,Fawad,Hafeez,imran,umer b.who has been in the team for a while or in/out of team and needs to stay further in the team.Asif,Umer Gul,Kamran,butt. c.The Senior players who all are eying the captaincy, NOT the CAPTAIN. Each one of them think that he can and deserves to be The Captain since he has been around for so long(Experiance) and performing somehow.So each one of them perform only to keep his place in the side for Captaincy and at the point he sees that Team is doing good and the credit is going to Captain,He stops .This group includes Mr Yousaf, Younis, Afridi, Malik and now Razaq.

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    what the hell ws the management doin whn 7players took oath on Quran?? thy shud hv dropped all those 7 players.. thr shud hv been punishments before this all went to the extreme !!

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    I think he is right. how can one player on public view bite a ball. when there is 26 cameras watching. lol

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    The language which Intekhab used is not at all acceptable. The losers always talk like this he should better stay at home now and do some prayers

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Nice Interesting scandal but why intikhab is revealing this,while Pakistan Team playing world cup. It will bring the moral of the player more down.

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    omg this is the funniest thing ive ever read!!!!!!

    Pakistani players are mentally retard LOL

    well i hope they prove this to be wrong in there match against New zealand today 0_o

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Pakistan cricket, another day, another story. I'm sick of it all, I just want to see results on the field. I dont care if players within the team beat each other to death off the field, as a fan, I want my country to win.

    So thank you Mr. Intikhab Alam for creating more controversy for a team that has been through alot prior to the T20 World Cup.

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    That is sick... How a team can win when 7 players take oath against captain. Why Younas should be punished after this? Who not the 7? Its better to have 11-weak-fighters then 7-sick-colors.

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    This is getting ridiculous, what's happening right now was inevitable. The storm has been brewing for over 20 years now, we are finally seeing the calamity.

    Everything is messed up about Pakistan at the moment, it's time someone took a hard stance and cleaned everything up. The 7 players involved in the little night time stroll to inzi's place should be handed a life time ban. No other way to go about it, it will set a strong precedence for the forthcoming talent- we have a surplus of it in our nation. It might even clean up the nations name a bit..

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Well said Mr. Intikhab..

  • BellCurve on May 8, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Money and politics have always had a destabilising impact on team spirit. But when you add religion to the mix it takes on a whole new dimension. I have been following the Pakistan debacle closely over the last few months and have reached the conclusion that the sport will be better off without Yousuf. Goodbye and Good Riddance!

  • aavi242 on May 8, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    yes they are :) and so too your political leadership :)

  • Dr.Raza on May 8, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    well this is absolutely sad to read this thing. This thing is not new to pakistan cricket and something needs to be done to remove it from its very foundation.

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I believe Intikhab Alam is one of the main reasons that pak players have become mentally retarded

  • on May 8, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    He is rite most of pakistani players are retarded They aren't playing for pakistan they just playing for their self

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    mmm that's really bad no unity that's why they keep on failing

  • Salman_H_Khan on May 8, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Arrogance, indiscipline,highly selfish, dire lack of education, petty mindsets, group politics, a love of intrigue, compounded by a lack of talent at present: that is the Pak team in a nutshell. Intikhab is largely right, although it's unsure how good he is as a manager or what powers of control he was given. A Pak captain can be successful only if he(1) does not socialise with the players AT ALL outside the ground; (2) maintains high levels of form and fitness at all times (a very big ask); and (3) is actually astute, courageous and a good captain, commanding respect in all ways. Only Imran was able to achieve all this. The first step to improvement is acknowledgement - in which Pakistanis have a generally poor record (borne out by our political history). No surprises therefore re: the pathetic status quo in cricket. Until the institutions are strengthened (PCB,etc) with clear and non-negotiable penalties for bad behaviour, expect no improvements, only further decline.(I'm Pakistani)

  • mohsan123 on May 8, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    i dont know when pak cricketer start to focus on their game.All the time grouping whats this.they r not playing for the pride of country they r playing for their palce in the team.Keep malik out of the national cricket team he was the main problem in the past.

  • floydianechoes on May 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    lol...one of the best black comedies of the year.thanks pakistan

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    it is totally ridiculous and childish statement by Intikhab Alam.The holy Quran is the most precious book for all humans let alone the muslims,as they also have some responsibilities to it.

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    What a shame, and i think it may take at least another decade to clean up the mess/dirt

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Intikhab is retarded himself. He is over 70 and doesn't know what he is talking about! He needs to show some respect towards the National heroes. He has no right use such words against them

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Wow... What a disgrace that this report got leaked hours before Pakistan's match...why it didn't during last months? I have my doubts on this report. Why the management, which itself is a culprit became the prosecutors? We need a solid management...not a "Government-pushed" management...!

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    LOL.....what a joke pakistan cricket has become

  • JaGggu on May 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    It jus seemz to never end...there are some serious problems with some of the players..and their attitudes..i think itz bout time they select some serious contenders for the Pak cricket team.

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    OMG its sooooo disgustng...I mean da Pak playerz...how cud they??? but well dey r feelng now tht Pak team z facng difficulty evn in qualifng 2 da semifinal stage..

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  • on May 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    OMG its sooooo disgustng...I mean da Pak playerz...how cud they??? but well dey r feelng now tht Pak team z facng difficulty evn in qualifng 2 da semifinal stage..

  • JaGggu on May 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    It jus seemz to never end...there are some serious problems with some of the players..and their attitudes..i think itz bout time they select some serious contenders for the Pak cricket team.

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    LOL.....what a joke pakistan cricket has become

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Wow... What a disgrace that this report got leaked hours before Pakistan's match...why it didn't during last months? I have my doubts on this report. Why the management, which itself is a culprit became the prosecutors? We need a solid management...not a "Government-pushed" management...!

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Intikhab is retarded himself. He is over 70 and doesn't know what he is talking about! He needs to show some respect towards the National heroes. He has no right use such words against them

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    What a shame, and i think it may take at least another decade to clean up the mess/dirt

  • on May 8, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    it is totally ridiculous and childish statement by Intikhab Alam.The holy Quran is the most precious book for all humans let alone the muslims,as they also have some responsibilities to it.

  • floydianechoes on May 8, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    lol...one of the best black comedies of the year.thanks pakistan

  • mohsan123 on May 8, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    i dont know when pak cricketer start to focus on their game.All the time grouping whats this.they r not playing for the pride of country they r playing for their palce in the team.Keep malik out of the national cricket team he was the main problem in the past.

  • Salman_H_Khan on May 8, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Arrogance, indiscipline,highly selfish, dire lack of education, petty mindsets, group politics, a love of intrigue, compounded by a lack of talent at present: that is the Pak team in a nutshell. Intikhab is largely right, although it's unsure how good he is as a manager or what powers of control he was given. A Pak captain can be successful only if he(1) does not socialise with the players AT ALL outside the ground; (2) maintains high levels of form and fitness at all times (a very big ask); and (3) is actually astute, courageous and a good captain, commanding respect in all ways. Only Imran was able to achieve all this. The first step to improvement is acknowledgement - in which Pakistanis have a generally poor record (borne out by our political history). No surprises therefore re: the pathetic status quo in cricket. Until the institutions are strengthened (PCB,etc) with clear and non-negotiable penalties for bad behaviour, expect no improvements, only further decline.(I'm Pakistani)