Pakistan news May 21, 2011

Akram questions Misbah appointment

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Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, has questioned the PCB's decision to appoint 36-year-old Misbah-ul-as Haq as the limited-overs captain in place of Shahid Afridi, saying the move is "at best a stop-gap arrangement."

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don't see him leading the side beyond six to eight months", Akram told Mobile ESPN on Friday . Earlier this week the PCB decided to hand Misbah the reins for the two ODIs against Ireland at the end of the month, but chose not to offer a reason for the move. It is likely, however, that the decision came after the board decided they had had enough with Afridi's penchant for awkward public statements. The latest situation arose when Afridi returned from the Caribbean and hinted at unhappiness with coach Waqar Younis over matters of selection.

Out of 34 ODIs, Afridi had won 18 and lost 15; a stretch which included tough series against England and South Africa, and took Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, and Akram believes those results mean it was wrong to sack Afridi over such "trivial matters".

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket," Akram said. "Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB up to?

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only [chairman] Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this. In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn't happen, the fight begins."

Akram was not the only one critical of the board's decision. Abdul Qadir, former Pakistan legspinner, felt the board should not have been so quick to change captains. "Afridi should also be careful in giving media statements," he told PTI. "But the fact is changing the captaincy is a cricketing decision and this one is not a sagacious one. Dropping Afridi as captain and retaining him in the side to play under Misbah appears a bad move," he said.

And former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said the PCB was to blame and called for the government to intervene. "Players are the ones who bring in money for the board and attract people to the sport. Afridi didn't commit a crime if he spoke about problems he was facing as captain. Instead of listening to him the board sacked him as captain this is unjust and unfair and the government should take notice of this."

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  • Saim93 on May 24, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Thank you wasim bhai he has voiced exactly what i had been saying.

  • on May 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    can only pray for the good luck of cricket.

  • Arikh on May 23, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Whats wrong with Wasim if Misbah becomes captain when Warne can play cricket at 43 years of age ? Hayden , Hussey Played their best cricket after 30 so does Misbah. Now tell me in this PAK team who is the most consistent performer since last one year ? What is required to be a captain of a cricket team ? Handsome Look ? Inconsistent Character and statement ? Inconsistent performance with bat ? Loosing temper in a semi final match after a missed chance ? or a cool gentle head who can lead by example ?. This guy ,a mature educated person , was missing from PAK team for a long time. I still remember those days, when pakistan cricket offered some of the most articulate cricketer to world cricket. They had self respect , confidence and courage to win. Now this team containing a bunch of young minds , need a cool patient head to guide them so that they can play without fear of doing mistakes and with responsibility to serve the nation.

  • on May 23, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    good luck PCB! your doing your job fully to ruin pakistan cricket

  • Mr.RAGHU on May 23, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    jai ho PCB & BUTT. god save PAK CRICKET

  • -VJ- on May 23, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good decision....I can't imagine someone who takes a catch or a wicket throws his both arms up in air as if he is the king of the world could be a long term captain for the team...Captaincy is all about showing grace and poise and lead by example qualities....seems they had enough of his (Afridi's) antics.

  • on May 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Amazing decision by PCB. I mean- do they really want the Pakistan team to win matches? If Afridi is guilty of making the statement- fine him and carry on. How can a world cup here be a villain overnight?

  • nitinkg on May 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    how about a non-playing captain as waqar :P

  • on May 22, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    This is the typical habit of incompetant PCB staff that they make captain of team the player whcih is felt as a barden of team :(

  • Saim93 on May 24, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Thank you wasim bhai he has voiced exactly what i had been saying.

  • on May 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    can only pray for the good luck of cricket.

  • Arikh on May 23, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Whats wrong with Wasim if Misbah becomes captain when Warne can play cricket at 43 years of age ? Hayden , Hussey Played their best cricket after 30 so does Misbah. Now tell me in this PAK team who is the most consistent performer since last one year ? What is required to be a captain of a cricket team ? Handsome Look ? Inconsistent Character and statement ? Inconsistent performance with bat ? Loosing temper in a semi final match after a missed chance ? or a cool gentle head who can lead by example ?. This guy ,a mature educated person , was missing from PAK team for a long time. I still remember those days, when pakistan cricket offered some of the most articulate cricketer to world cricket. They had self respect , confidence and courage to win. Now this team containing a bunch of young minds , need a cool patient head to guide them so that they can play without fear of doing mistakes and with responsibility to serve the nation.

  • on May 23, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    good luck PCB! your doing your job fully to ruin pakistan cricket

  • Mr.RAGHU on May 23, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    jai ho PCB & BUTT. god save PAK CRICKET

  • -VJ- on May 23, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good decision....I can't imagine someone who takes a catch or a wicket throws his both arms up in air as if he is the king of the world could be a long term captain for the team...Captaincy is all about showing grace and poise and lead by example qualities....seems they had enough of his (Afridi's) antics.

  • on May 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Amazing decision by PCB. I mean- do they really want the Pakistan team to win matches? If Afridi is guilty of making the statement- fine him and carry on. How can a world cup here be a villain overnight?

  • nitinkg on May 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    how about a non-playing captain as waqar :P

  • on May 22, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    This is the typical habit of incompetant PCB staff that they make captain of team the player whcih is felt as a barden of team :(

  • on May 22, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Afridi deserved to be the captain of Pakistan's cricket side because he shows great temperament in the field as captain and also because he's leading from the front. Misbah Is good but why remove a better captain just because he raised questions against something unfair???

  • on May 21, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    pcb should give the captaincy to m.hafeez....

  • CricketChat on May 21, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Despite his long tenure in int cricket, Afridi has proved he hasn't mature enough to be a long term option, not to mention his declining prowess as a batsman. With Younis slowly fading out, the only sensible option was Misbah. Now, age shouldn't be held against him. He has been the most consistent batsman in the team in all formats of late. Akram is right in that Misbah can only be a short term (1-2 yrs at most). PAK should groom or find one of the younger players for captaincy in a couple yrs at the most.

  • on May 21, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    PCB is like a circus. Sometimes Ijaz butt is very strange he has the power over everything. Look at India they are very succesful in cricket the ceo doesnt interfere. PCB is going to regret it very much

  • on May 21, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Afridi Is really doing well and i totally agree with Wasim.Ijaz butt wants to ruined our cricket.Afridi did a wonderful job as a captain as he is a highest wicket taker in wc2011.

  • on May 21, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    No country posses the talent which Pakistan has.If the administration was proper they would have won lot of matches.........Saqlain mustaq didnt even play 100 TEST, were is mohd Wasim, Basit Ali, Samy etc........ talent comes and just gives a glimpse.......but never stays.What ever the problem they have one things is sure Pakistan is responsible for their own down fall.

  • on May 21, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    i its total injutice to captainnow player afridi, what misbah has done till now , slow playing rate (in semifinal ) now losing test side captain, after losing first test he becames capatain for oneday side ....it only happens in pakistan VERY BAD DECISION THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS DECISION SHOULD BE TROWN AWAY FROM HIS PLACE TO REATIN BACK VERY GOOD CAPTAIN .....

  • mso797 on May 21, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    yousuf should command tests razzaq for odis and afridi for t20s

  • on May 21, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    @Sachin Rathi: "it seems as if the Pakistani selectors are still in shock with the defeat from India". No. Actually they are still in shock by the fact that they had kicked out all star players from the team, and handed Afridi a crippled team expecting him to perform worse than the star studded teams of Waqar Younis and Inzimam. However the Pathan lead from front and took the team all the way to semi-final, and had he won, which he could have won, he would have won the world cup. As if that was not enough, they took out last of the senior players like Younis Khan and Abdur Razzaq and yet he won the ODI series in West Indies.

  • on May 21, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    The way misbah is batting he still looks like his game is improving, he is "fresh" because he hasnt played much international cricket so he should still be very keen and focussed for a few more YEARS for pakistan in all formats. If his form continues i''m sure he can play till he's 38-40, look at tendulkar he's 38 and in form of his life, sanath jayasuriya is still around at 41, shane warne going ok at 41, rahul dravid 38 still holding down a spot in india's test side. I hope misbah plays on because i am a big fan of him and havent seen enough of him yet !!!

  • on May 21, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    i agree........afrii was dloing well as a captain altough he scores low runs......he still manages to bring pakistan to victory....its a bad idea sacking him

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on May 21, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    May be Ijaz Butt's decision to appoint Misbah as ODI captain is not looking good but one thing is for sure that Afridi was not good choice as captain either…I do believe Hafeez is very good T20 and ODI player and can lead Pakistan very well for at least 3 to 4 years..

  • on May 21, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    "COACH" position should be removed from team system. Instead have consultants only, for batting, fielding, bowling, and the entire support system and the regular team manager to keep it all together. Cricket should to be played on the field not in the board rooms. A team with good captain has better chances to win matches than good coaches, as the captains and the players are one who are ultimately on the field. What Pakistan Team needs today is a complete makeover and restructuring of PCB.

  • on May 21, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    it seems as if the Pakistani selectors are still in shock with the defeat from India. Seems as if they have lost the cricketing brain and are behaving in rather immature way. It is showing the level of wisdom and intelligence at the top level of Pakistani cricket. Afridi did a wonderful job as captain of the team and this is what the selection committee did with him. Its a great set back for Pakistani team and the game of cricket. Seems as if dictatorship is prevalent in the Pakistan Board as well.

  • Black-Panther on May 21, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    What a SHAME for Pakistani Cricket that people aspects the Government to solve these cricketing issues (which arises every now and then with PCB). The Government should be handling other issues but not cricket. GUYS GROW-UP & GIVE YOUR GOVERNMENT A BREAK...!!! It's like elder brother is complaining to dad that younger one stole his chocolate, papa-papa please solve this issue first and then go to work....

  • on May 21, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Less cricket and more politics has ingressesd into Pakistan Cricket.... I hear this Ejaz Butt is a close associate of the Defence Minister !!

  • on May 21, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    injustice done to shahid afridi ...........nd if they have to appoint they should hav appointed someone new in d ranks........for 2015 wc shame on d board.....agreed wid akram....

  • veeezel on May 21, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    I am the worst critic of Ijaz butt and cant't stand him a bit cause the damage he has done to Pakistan cricket but my friends afridi is not a saint or a masseeha for pakistan cricket think of the damage ha has caused to pakistan with his antics i know misbah is not the answer for one day captaincy but you have no one at the moment to take that job so best thing is to make someone younger and promising young player as his deputy so groom him for year or two if required .

  • on May 21, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    misbah is choker we see it in all big matches like t20 final and wc semi 2011

  • Vivek.Bhandari on May 21, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Such a role-reversal. Few days back Misbah was targeted as the villain for losing against India, even Afridi's daughters were shown blaming in the media. And now, he has replaced Afridi as the ODI skipper after losing the 1st Test. Life has really come as a full circle for him courtesy The Great PCB.

  • Midnight_Blues on May 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Akram is absolutely right and the former chief selector should know well, his comments are falling on deaf ears.

  • Stark62 on May 21, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Yes, finally a national hero has spoken out against this ludicrous decision!

    I completely agree with him 100% and it's high time butt is removed from the chairman's post.

    If he doesn't leave then, get a crane to lift him out of the chair and into the dumpster.

  • badaboom on May 21, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Fully concur with the points Wasim Akram & co. have to make - Pak cricket has a remarkable penchant for getting itself in a bind and making mountains out of mole hills. Are we really surprised that Afridi allowed a couple of unwise comments to pop out in response to some inviting questions? The guy had a more than respectable WC campaign, won the ODI series in the WI but then typically, alla Afridi allowed his frustrations to get the better of him. Whereas his batting may have left a lot to be desired, he was nevertheless a key factor in bringing the team together since his appointment as captain. Misbah's game is just not suited to the one day format and his longevity is an issue. Finally, with Afridi still in the squad, you can just sense the feeling of team harmony when their former hot-headed captain will have to serve under an ageing replacement. Mistake replacing Afridi as things were going along just fine under his captaincy - Kudos as ever to the good folks at the PCB...

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Surely this is a bad move...

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I agree with Wasim Akram that Misbah's appointment can only be for short term as he is unlikely to play for Pakistan for more than one or two seasons. Differences between coach and captain are inevitable but these differences should be resolved in private in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. In all walks of life PAKISTAN SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST. If I was a selector I would have personally removed Afridi not because he is a bad captain but I felt his game and in particular his batting was suffering. Afridi is an extremely gifted player and we need him to perform more than his captaincy. I am hoping now that he has been freed of the responsibility of captaincy his batting will improve which will be a real asset to the team given our weak batting line up. In my opinion Afridi is a very passionate Pakistani and him not being captain would bother him. My view is he will continue to be a team man and an inspiration for the upcoming young cricketers.

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    i comepletely agree with Salahuddin Ahmed

  • Deelo on May 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Great Man Wasim Akram! " Players are the ones who bring in money for the board and attract people to the sport. Afridi didn't commit a crime if he spoke about problems he was facing as captain. Instead of listening to him the board sacked him as captain this is unjust and unfair and the government should take notice of this". Do not know who can handle PCB issues?

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    and the Ijaz butt saga continues - he the sole being who should be sacked with immediate effect but alas there is no one sane enough to make that happen.

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    I think its got to do with fatigue Pakistan have been having with tantrum specialists. However this decision is certainly a step backward considering Misbah, his age and what his single dimensional deep freezer approach did during WC Semi final. What Afridi brought to the table was passion and intensity. Pakistan board should have known about the tantrum baggage that comes with appointing Afridi as the captain in first place. Now after few years at helm and putting up with ball tampering and so many other issues, sacking him for just a spat with Waqar especially after a series win just doesnt make sense.

  • smartguy786 on May 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    WHo will stop the PCB from doing what it wants? We can yell all we want but they are wasting talent, look at the drubbing they are getting from W.I.

  • ashlatchem on May 21, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I am an Australian and don't really know the political situation between India and Pakistan but I understand it's not good. After the World Cup Afridi said some pretty strong things about the Indian media. You mix that with the fact he spoke to reporters about in-house issues and this seems pretty straight forward to me. Again I'm just seeing it from my perspective not really knowing all the facts politically. Another thing I've seen was the stability Misbah has provided to the Pakistan team since he has been back. I don't think he gets the credit he fully deserves and I think he has seriously proved all the doubters (including myself) wrong and I think for now he can offer the same to the ODI team. I don't see what other options Pak have anyway. They don't want to play Yousuf and I wouldn't like to see Younis Khan C again. He seems so much better without too me!

  • SWH_85 on May 21, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Yes i am totally agree with waseem akram's argument. Misbah is no where near a good captain. We loss test match against Windies and in reply lost captain has given tribute in shape of ODI Captain. Infact PCB need shapeless captain like Misbah, who always plays for himself..I am ashamed of Mr Ijaz BUtt, a think less person.

  • Hasso29 on May 21, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    total disaster for Pakistani cricket!

  • Lees_Legends on May 21, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Misbah shouldn't be the captain but neither should the government interfere

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  • Lees_Legends on May 21, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Misbah shouldn't be the captain but neither should the government interfere

  • Hasso29 on May 21, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    total disaster for Pakistani cricket!

  • SWH_85 on May 21, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Yes i am totally agree with waseem akram's argument. Misbah is no where near a good captain. We loss test match against Windies and in reply lost captain has given tribute in shape of ODI Captain. Infact PCB need shapeless captain like Misbah, who always plays for himself..I am ashamed of Mr Ijaz BUtt, a think less person.

  • ashlatchem on May 21, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I am an Australian and don't really know the political situation between India and Pakistan but I understand it's not good. After the World Cup Afridi said some pretty strong things about the Indian media. You mix that with the fact he spoke to reporters about in-house issues and this seems pretty straight forward to me. Again I'm just seeing it from my perspective not really knowing all the facts politically. Another thing I've seen was the stability Misbah has provided to the Pakistan team since he has been back. I don't think he gets the credit he fully deserves and I think he has seriously proved all the doubters (including myself) wrong and I think for now he can offer the same to the ODI team. I don't see what other options Pak have anyway. They don't want to play Yousuf and I wouldn't like to see Younis Khan C again. He seems so much better without too me!

  • smartguy786 on May 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    WHo will stop the PCB from doing what it wants? We can yell all we want but they are wasting talent, look at the drubbing they are getting from W.I.

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    I think its got to do with fatigue Pakistan have been having with tantrum specialists. However this decision is certainly a step backward considering Misbah, his age and what his single dimensional deep freezer approach did during WC Semi final. What Afridi brought to the table was passion and intensity. Pakistan board should have known about the tantrum baggage that comes with appointing Afridi as the captain in first place. Now after few years at helm and putting up with ball tampering and so many other issues, sacking him for just a spat with Waqar especially after a series win just doesnt make sense.

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    and the Ijaz butt saga continues - he the sole being who should be sacked with immediate effect but alas there is no one sane enough to make that happen.

  • Deelo on May 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Great Man Wasim Akram! " Players are the ones who bring in money for the board and attract people to the sport. Afridi didn't commit a crime if he spoke about problems he was facing as captain. Instead of listening to him the board sacked him as captain this is unjust and unfair and the government should take notice of this". Do not know who can handle PCB issues?

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    i comepletely agree with Salahuddin Ahmed

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I agree with Wasim Akram that Misbah's appointment can only be for short term as he is unlikely to play for Pakistan for more than one or two seasons. Differences between coach and captain are inevitable but these differences should be resolved in private in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. In all walks of life PAKISTAN SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST. If I was a selector I would have personally removed Afridi not because he is a bad captain but I felt his game and in particular his batting was suffering. Afridi is an extremely gifted player and we need him to perform more than his captaincy. I am hoping now that he has been freed of the responsibility of captaincy his batting will improve which will be a real asset to the team given our weak batting line up. In my opinion Afridi is a very passionate Pakistani and him not being captain would bother him. My view is he will continue to be a team man and an inspiration for the upcoming young cricketers.