Pakistan news May 17, 2012

IPL 'missed opportunity' for Pakistan players - Hafeez

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Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's newly appointed Twenty20 captain, has said that his side has missed out on the opportunity to enhance their skills by not being part of the IPL. They will have to face up to Sri Lanka short on match practice, he said, but the team is focussed on their task and optimistic about putting in a strong showing.

"For about two months we have not been playing international matches, not even Twenty20," Hafeez said on the sidelines of the team's preparatory camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "If you compare the whole world with us, everyone is there [at the IPL] getting practice in intense scenarios and enhancing their skills, but our players are missing out on that opportunity. We set up this training [camp] to give the boys a chance to quickly get themselves in shape."

While some of Sri Lanka's key players, like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga, are at the IPL, Pakistan's last series was in the UAE against England in February, and there they lost the three-match Twenty20 series 2-1. Since then however, the squad has taken on a new look, with the selectors picking specialist players for each format of the game and appointing Hafeez Twenty20 captain.

Hafeez said his squad will miss the experience of players like Misbah and Younis Khan, but has enough potential to produce a favourable result. "Most of our new players and the ones who are recalled are doing well on various platforms," he said. "Younis and Misbah are great players, but ultimately we have to move forward. It's not about individuals, we all trust each other, especially after Misbah has settled the atmosphere in the team.

"You will see that on this tour we will be very positive. I will try to maintain a good environment for them in the dressing room, and as a captain I am trying to give my players full confidence. Khalid [Latif], Ahmed [Shahzad] and Shoaib [Malik] have already played for Pakistan, and I am trying to create an atmosphere in which they do not feel that they are making a comeback of sorts to the Pakistan team."

His team, Hafeez said, will be wary of the demanding conditions in Sri Lanka and will not make any decisions on their playing combination beforehand. "Playing in Sri Lanka at home is always tough. We are wary about the conditions there, but we are optimistic about the result. The whole team is focussed, practice sessions are going well and we are trying to get ourselves into shape for international cricket."

"I think it's difficult to predict [the playing XI] beforehand, we have to look the conditions and the players will be used accordingly. It will depend on selectors, I don't want to predict things, there's a chance for everyone to do well."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Bunny.boy123,well done boy

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @g.narishma: fyi i took out these records from cricinfo itself which is the most authenticated cricket records site. talking about comparing Ind Pak performance against Aus, Eng, SA so please note the number of games played by Ind against these teams is much more than Pak played against same sides,even then Pak has better win/loss ration than India against Eng & very close W/L ratio to India against Aus & SA keeping in view Ind has played more matches against Aus & SA than Pak. Talk about playing against WI, we accept we didn't won any test series against WI in WI but overall Pak has won more matches against WI than India.Pak won 16 tests, lost 15 against WI whereas Ind won 14 lost 30 against WI. In WI,Ind & Pak won 5 tests each but Ind played total 45tests & Pak played only 23..so who is better against WI?by the way i dont insult other...just updating others records...cheers!

  • on May 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    i wonder why he is called professor of pak team?? n btw IPL doesnt improve any1s skills!! frustation of big names sitting in dugout, youngsters missing catches, innumerous No balls,players scoring centuries after being dropped once or more etcc ARE THES IMPROVISING CRICKET SKILLS??? i wish BD players also ban IPL n play county or internationals!!

  • g.narsimha on May 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    BANNYBOY123-The performance in cricket is known by stats , figures ` not by %, i dont know from where u drawn these % but as per the stas available in this very web , the over all prformance against top 3 team,s , AUS, ENG, & SA by PAK & IND -IS IMPORTANT see the PAK performance in tests aqgainst AUS -PAK won altogether 12 tests, vrs ENG-16 vrs SA pathetic ally 0nly 3 where as IND vrs AUS altogether won 20tests vrs ENG -19 vrs SA-7, IN ODIS PAK over all wins AGAINST AUS-30 vrs- ENG-28 vrs-SA18 at the same time INDIA AGAINST THESE TOP TEAMS - VRS AUS -37, vrs ENG-43, VRS SA24, -so u can see who performed better agaist these top 3 teams. it pity that till date u r great team could not register a series win in WI n WI . It is pathetic that u r so called best team wiith so called best bowling could not win series even agaist a weak WINDIES team in the last tour See MR BANNY - we dont have any objection if u think in what ever manner on u r team but dont insult others.

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 19, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @SRPP: INDIA RECENT OVERSEAS TEST SERIES AFTER WC-2011 ARE PATHETIC...AGAINST AUS 3-0, AGAINST ENG 4-0...LOST ALL ODI & T20 AGAINST ENG...DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR FINAL IN TRI-NATION IN AUS. HUMMM PRE-PLANNED WORLD CHAMPS WITH THE COURTESY OF PRO-INDIAN SOUTH AFRICAN HAROON LOGART & ICC PRESIDENT MR. SHARAD POWAR...IPL & other series are probably booked with number of bookies...as recent news about bookies contacting indian players & int'l players...VERY PATHETIC

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 19, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @SRPP: straight ur records! Pakistan won tri-nation in Australia long back in 1996-97 against the likes of great WI team of that time & Australia when India couldn't even dream of winning a single ODI in Australia...then Pak won 3 ODI series 2-1 in Australia in 2002! India didn't play any test series in 2009 against England in England...Pakistan have won 3 consecutive times series against England in England 1987 (1-0), 1992 (2-1),1996 (2-0), 2001 (1-1), india won in 2008 after 1975 (world champs of 1983) by only 1-0,Ind beat NZ in 2009 1-0 in NZ after a series back in 1960s...Pak won or drew countless times against NZ in NZ but never lost in NZ since 1972-73, 1989 (0-0),1992 (1-0),1994 (2-0),1996-97 (1-0),2000 (1-1),2003-04(1-0),2009-10(1-1),2010-11(1-0). More for u & others Pak-jelus indians....PAKISTAN HAS 3RD HIGHEST WIN-LOSS RATIO IN TESTS AFTER AUS & ENG.....1)AUS: 1.8 2)ENG: 1.23 3)PAK: 1.15....IND: 0.76...always talk of records as a whole.good & bad times come sometime

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @SRPP,u mean history should be rewriten aftr 2009 where ind won few,man! History can b writen wishfuly,sory to say his going to b repeatd whenevr ur hypersensitive ,ultra sensitive bcci alows a proper series against us on regular basis,then we gonna decid who has learnt more 4rm ipl n who has nt,frankly speakng i realy feel 4 ur young bowlers,who r already short of talent n being hammerd time n again by liks of gayle,ab,watsn,polard,its nt we pakis who cry bt it z othr way round,we have never thrown botles at othr teams,have never detioriatd d pitchs@sachin_champ,whatevr these stats r ,these R certainly way beter than Ur miracolous,enviable performances on non.stop basis,where ur ipl skilld yngstrs faild to realiz that tst cnsists of days nt 2.5 days

  • Sayedgee on May 19, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Missed opportunity to increase your bank account skipper but NO thank you, last thing Pak players need is to learn cricket from IPL. If you mean the smash and thrash brand of cricket in IPL, just find any club cricket match in Lahore or Karachi and you'll get plenty of that!..... do feel sorry about your bank account thought :(

  • on May 18, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @ soumyas.. one thing you need to understand that Sakib did not become Sakib or Tamim did not become Tamim because of IPL. They're in IPL because who they are. why don't you name few players who came out from IPL and then plying for national team? I recon you have to smash your head around for that answer but won't find any. why is it so hard to understand for some people IPL is all about for quick bucks not for building excellency. Btw who does not like CASH COW IPL haha @Harish Nayak... why dont you move IPL to Dubai and see how many audience u get for that and then you will see how strong your statement is!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I am not sure Captain I agree with you - you might have missed out on IPL. I think it will blessing in disguise - it will enefit you - you and your team are fresh and that freshness will be a strength. Sri lanka players most of whom failed and will be tired - only Malinga was extraodrinarily excellent

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 20, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Bunny.boy123,well done boy

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @g.narishma: fyi i took out these records from cricinfo itself which is the most authenticated cricket records site. talking about comparing Ind Pak performance against Aus, Eng, SA so please note the number of games played by Ind against these teams is much more than Pak played against same sides,even then Pak has better win/loss ration than India against Eng & very close W/L ratio to India against Aus & SA keeping in view Ind has played more matches against Aus & SA than Pak. Talk about playing against WI, we accept we didn't won any test series against WI in WI but overall Pak has won more matches against WI than India.Pak won 16 tests, lost 15 against WI whereas Ind won 14 lost 30 against WI. In WI,Ind & Pak won 5 tests each but Ind played total 45tests & Pak played only 23..so who is better against WI?by the way i dont insult other...just updating others records...cheers!

  • on May 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    i wonder why he is called professor of pak team?? n btw IPL doesnt improve any1s skills!! frustation of big names sitting in dugout, youngsters missing catches, innumerous No balls,players scoring centuries after being dropped once or more etcc ARE THES IMPROVISING CRICKET SKILLS??? i wish BD players also ban IPL n play county or internationals!!

  • g.narsimha on May 20, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    BANNYBOY123-The performance in cricket is known by stats , figures ` not by %, i dont know from where u drawn these % but as per the stas available in this very web , the over all prformance against top 3 team,s , AUS, ENG, & SA by PAK & IND -IS IMPORTANT see the PAK performance in tests aqgainst AUS -PAK won altogether 12 tests, vrs ENG-16 vrs SA pathetic ally 0nly 3 where as IND vrs AUS altogether won 20tests vrs ENG -19 vrs SA-7, IN ODIS PAK over all wins AGAINST AUS-30 vrs- ENG-28 vrs-SA18 at the same time INDIA AGAINST THESE TOP TEAMS - VRS AUS -37, vrs ENG-43, VRS SA24, -so u can see who performed better agaist these top 3 teams. it pity that till date u r great team could not register a series win in WI n WI . It is pathetic that u r so called best team wiith so called best bowling could not win series even agaist a weak WINDIES team in the last tour See MR BANNY - we dont have any objection if u think in what ever manner on u r team but dont insult others.

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 19, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @SRPP: INDIA RECENT OVERSEAS TEST SERIES AFTER WC-2011 ARE PATHETIC...AGAINST AUS 3-0, AGAINST ENG 4-0...LOST ALL ODI & T20 AGAINST ENG...DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR FINAL IN TRI-NATION IN AUS. HUMMM PRE-PLANNED WORLD CHAMPS WITH THE COURTESY OF PRO-INDIAN SOUTH AFRICAN HAROON LOGART & ICC PRESIDENT MR. SHARAD POWAR...IPL & other series are probably booked with number of bookies...as recent news about bookies contacting indian players & int'l players...VERY PATHETIC

  • Bunny.boy123 on May 19, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    @SRPP: straight ur records! Pakistan won tri-nation in Australia long back in 1996-97 against the likes of great WI team of that time & Australia when India couldn't even dream of winning a single ODI in Australia...then Pak won 3 ODI series 2-1 in Australia in 2002! India didn't play any test series in 2009 against England in England...Pakistan have won 3 consecutive times series against England in England 1987 (1-0), 1992 (2-1),1996 (2-0), 2001 (1-1), india won in 2008 after 1975 (world champs of 1983) by only 1-0,Ind beat NZ in 2009 1-0 in NZ after a series back in 1960s...Pak won or drew countless times against NZ in NZ but never lost in NZ since 1972-73, 1989 (0-0),1992 (1-0),1994 (2-0),1996-97 (1-0),2000 (1-1),2003-04(1-0),2009-10(1-1),2010-11(1-0). More for u & others Pak-jelus indians....PAKISTAN HAS 3RD HIGHEST WIN-LOSS RATIO IN TESTS AFTER AUS & ENG.....1)AUS: 1.8 2)ENG: 1.23 3)PAK: 1.15....IND: 0.76...always talk of records as a whole.good & bad times come sometime

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @SRPP,u mean history should be rewriten aftr 2009 where ind won few,man! History can b writen wishfuly,sory to say his going to b repeatd whenevr ur hypersensitive ,ultra sensitive bcci alows a proper series against us on regular basis,then we gonna decid who has learnt more 4rm ipl n who has nt,frankly speakng i realy feel 4 ur young bowlers,who r already short of talent n being hammerd time n again by liks of gayle,ab,watsn,polard,its nt we pakis who cry bt it z othr way round,we have never thrown botles at othr teams,have never detioriatd d pitchs@sachin_champ,whatevr these stats r ,these R certainly way beter than Ur miracolous,enviable performances on non.stop basis,where ur ipl skilld yngstrs faild to realiz that tst cnsists of days nt 2.5 days

  • Sayedgee on May 19, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Missed opportunity to increase your bank account skipper but NO thank you, last thing Pak players need is to learn cricket from IPL. If you mean the smash and thrash brand of cricket in IPL, just find any club cricket match in Lahore or Karachi and you'll get plenty of that!..... do feel sorry about your bank account thought :(

  • on May 18, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @ soumyas.. one thing you need to understand that Sakib did not become Sakib or Tamim did not become Tamim because of IPL. They're in IPL because who they are. why don't you name few players who came out from IPL and then plying for national team? I recon you have to smash your head around for that answer but won't find any. why is it so hard to understand for some people IPL is all about for quick bucks not for building excellency. Btw who does not like CASH COW IPL haha @Harish Nayak... why dont you move IPL to Dubai and see how many audience u get for that and then you will see how strong your statement is!!

  • on May 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I am not sure Captain I agree with you - you might have missed out on IPL. I think it will blessing in disguise - it will enefit you - you and your team are fresh and that freshness will be a strength. Sri lanka players most of whom failed and will be tired - only Malinga was extraodrinarily excellent

  • sachin_champ on May 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Pakistan in South Africa Test Series,2006/07 ,South Africa 2-1 (3) South Africa in Pakistan Test Series,2007/08 ,South Africa 1-0 (2) Pakistan in India Test Series 2007/08 ,India 1-0 (3) Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series 2008/09, drawn 0-0 (2) Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009 ,Sri Lanka 2-0 (3) Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series2009/10 drawn 1-1 (3) Pakistan in Australia Test Series 2009/10 Australia 3-0 (3) Pakistan in England Test Series 2010/11 England 3-1 (4) *Not included series with BD n Zim* These are the consecutive OVERSEAS series for the pakistan Played 23 Test matches and won 3 ....great ( World best team record ).Before this England series ( Pataudi Trophy ) India won two times same trophy in England in 2008 and 2009 . Then you guys never appreciate us ... wow India won two consecutive series in England . And for ur kind info India haven't lose any thing at home . Thats why we wr No1 and will be again . Just wait n watch .

  • SRPP on May 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover, when things come to comparisin always give the fact about past that is the habit of pakistan history. Indian win netwest series in englad soil. Pakistan have ever won? India won One day series in australia in 2009. Your team have ever won it? When you play against india you take every match as a battle fieald which is your mantallity and take every single thing against us as a big task. We never ever think like that. Learn to take it easy whatever related to India. If you don't like than cry always as you do all the time.

  • StatisticsRocks on May 18, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @prodigyB: Very well said. Who doesn't want more Money. There is envy as India is so successful in creating this IPL and a few other countries have been trying since and failing. The Truth is Out There

  • StatisticsRocks on May 18, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @cooldx: sour grapes buddy sour grapes

  • StatisticsRocks on May 18, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    @Farooq Sameem : I completely agree with you. As an Indian even I feel Pak players should have been included in the IPL coz Pak cricketers are extremely talented and fun to watch. If Waz can be a coach, Ramiz can be a commentator, Asad Rauf can be an umpire, why not include Pak players to play. @Sir Freddie: I don't agree wiht you because IPL is helping cricketers improve their talent, come up with innovations faster, and learn to stay calm even when the asking rate is > 12. Didn't you read what KP had to say about it. He wished more England players played IPL. Yes it is making them richer and but also making them better in this format. Playing in IPL does not make one perform bad in t20 WC. Remember correlation is not causation.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 18, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @sachin_champ,u seems to b having gd memory n i hope u must also remembr d thrashng india receivd at malik's hands ,he made look indian bowlrs club level bowlrs,u remembr d last 20 ,i hop u can remembr d whol no.of encountrs (69.48 in pak,s favr by far),i dn't want to go to back in past,as ind has nt much to cheer against pak crict team,what hapend to ur playrs so calld ipl skills in eng,aus of lay,this z by far d worst performanc any cric fan have seen ,even mediocr bd dn't have ths horible nightmar to feel,hopfuly u remembr d dismal show of ur so cald batng n bowlng ipl skil again that ausie team which z by far d weekst team(by their standard) of dis decade,bcoz of this ipl skil,ur young guns strtd believng that they dn,t realy bothr about real cric as they would always b havng ths great opurtunity to grab easy möney ,its high time ur dhoni thnks d same way ,with ur below average bowlng line up,i fear U r nt comptetive even at ur home ground,,time wil prove ths,

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    "The reaon Pak finds themselves in a happy place is bec they have stayed away from the IPL or forced to stay away, it was the best thing that could have happened to them, they became united under the reason of being ignored, and it set into motion events that led tothe appointment of Misbah as captain, Waqar as coach, who later gave it to Mohsin and now Dave, these were the right people doing the right job at the right time"

    Read above statement 5 years from now, and you will know why Hafeez is slightly wrong here, he needs to forget abt what is not his, and deal with what he has.

  • Rally_Windies on May 18, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    the age old adage "play for you country" "play for pride" .....

    well pride don't pay the rent or the bills, and pride won't pay to feed my kids...

    but the thing is :

    the ones always saying "play for country", "play for pride" ... make more money than any cricketer .....

    players need to play for PRIDE, but administrators need to get PAID ..............

    ICC SHOULD HAVE A RULE WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD IS NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE MORE MONEY THAN THE CAPTAIN .......

    IF PLAYERS HAVE TO PLAY FOR PRIDE...AND NOT MONEY...... THEN THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER BOARD MEMBER SHOULD CONSIDER HIS JOB, A CIVIC DUTY TO HIS COUNTRY AND DO IT FOR THE "PRIDE" .........NOT MONEY .............

  • captainpermod on May 18, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I strongly agree with Hafeez. No doubt there is huge money involved in IPL but the kind of pressure situations in which players are performing will surely make them better crickters. Javed Miandad said to have been great player under pressure because he had hit a sixer against India in Sharjah. Can you imagine that how many players achieved the same feat in current IPL. 9 matches have been decided on last ball. I have no doubt in enhancing capabilities of the players while playing in IPL

  • sachin_champ on May 18, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover :That showed how you guys always think .... pity . Always looking for the darkest part of the brightest thing . I have told that the WHOLE WORLD get benefited by IPL one n another way . You have taken names like Mishra , Piyush , jadega ( According to you any one cab bit them ) . May be you are right that's why they are not in the National team . But why you haven't mentioned the name of Gautam who rocked Pakistan in 2010 Asia cup and who can forget Virat Kohli inning in this Asia Cup against Pakistan .I think both have sharpen their skill from IPL .N without Azmal Pakistani bowling attack will be like a ..... .. will not tell just wait n watch for the next series . So dude why don't you see last 20 encounter? And the result is 14-6 ( 14 to India andn 6 to Pak ) . If Indians cricketers are so bad then why result against India ?

  • Hafeez_Malik on May 18, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Look he wanted to say that when SL players have money in their pocket, they are very dangrous side. For example, in UAE angaist Pakistan they flat because their pockets were empty, but SA and Australia they were paid parcialy and they were excelent parcialy but again they were flat in Asia Cup because they empty handed. But now ..... they have edge (Money) because of IPL.

  • getsetgopk on May 18, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @guptahitesh4u: It is true that we wanted our players in IPL and our players played in it but the one all important thing you missed there is what happened after the first IPL? I'll tell you, you guys didn't wanted our players play in the next IPL and it didn't matter what we thought at that time. Now we dont want our players play in IPL and it doesn't matter one bit what you think about it. Now enjoy the circus!

  • on May 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @ Al Amin , w/o money no game runs in the world. IPL is not just stadium filled with people. It is beyond that, there are investors, advertisers and keen audience. Without these you can not deliver. Otherwise it will be like matches in dubai, where empty seats and not TV sudience. Please watch all world renowned sports and games in the world. IPL will follow these. IPL will be the benchmark for T20. IPL also conducts vigorous conditioning camp and training by renowned coaches, many times it is better than national teams. So stop cribbing. Follow IPL.

  • on May 18, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    When you are captaining a cricket crazy nation specially a troubled one like Pakistan, you should be responsible in commenting over any thing which is what Hafeed did here. PCB are trying hard to make relation with BCCI good and our captain suppose to say positive about any thing involving BCCI Bravo Hafeez

  • soumyas on May 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @Robby12345 , good one...@Babur Sohail, it takes some real skills to perform in IPL, not just money. if u have watched IPL this year, u wudn't have said this.

  • on May 18, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Its just a money making business nothing else......

  • Robby12345 on May 18, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    "The side has missed the opportunity of enhancing their 'money making' and not cricketing skills!Are you ready to play for free to 'enhance your cricketing skills'?

  • soumyas on May 18, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @Al Amin...now u say this, but all the time cry for shakib and tamim getting chance to play in IPL...but i agree with Hafeez, those who have played IPL have edge over others,

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Pakistan should focus on the true cricket which is the one days and test matches because to be a good cricketer it is important to have skills in the most challenging of situations which is test cricket. If pakistan master this format then they should have no problem adjusting to the t20 format because lets face it in test you could have a situation say 120 runs in 12 overs where boundaries are needed very fast and players adjust to that if they are good at test matches. but in t20 you would not have a situation where you would have to chase say 420 in 70 overs. So this is the reason why india is currently struggling in cricket because they are trained to chase runs quickly in less overs because of the IPL and if pakistan stay away from IPL they will improve more than india because pakistan has focused on the big picture of cricket which is one day and test. So coming to a t20 situation would be easier for Pakistan

  • khurramsch on May 18, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    I am a great fan of hafeez after his comeback but totally disagree with him here. Yes IPL can be a money maker but skills enhancement ? i am sorry to disagree with some coments also. if this is true, india has almost 50 players playing in ipl many scoring many runs but after winning 1st t20 cup india were no where near semis in next 2. where as pakistan runner up in 1st, winner in 2nd & almost 3rd on lost in semi final to hussey master class. if this is true india should have been winning all 3 cups. in ipl many 100s scored but in t20 internationals not many why? yes pak players should play in ipl to earn money like others but enhancing skills i dont think so.

  • Knightriders_suck on May 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Making Hafeez captain is akin to making Wridhiman Saha captain of India. Why are we having these captains who are not even worth their place in the team. Hafeez, Sammy and Broad.

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Since when IPL has been a place for enhensing players skills!???? IPL is all about crippy money.. It aint for building players like Shane warne, Wasim akram or Rickky ponting. Pakistan just doing fine. A good fan of Pak cricket from Bangladesh

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    money .... :P i knw u r missing it...

  • on May 18, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Come on brothers across border ..a man has to make money for his living ...IPL is an excellent platform for making by showing your talents ... u have nothing to lose and everything to gain ...do not chastise Hafeez for making PRO IPL remarks .Pak will gain immensely and will be a treat to watch our brothers if they make it in "IPL 6"..I think Hafeez has a good common sense and will make a wonderful captain ...good luck Hafeez

  • mothanvi on May 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Thats indeed hilarious to hear Hafeez declaring the missing opportunity to play in the IPL as a chance to enhance skill.Firstly the T20 format itself is not reflective of the game's elegance and class and secondly IPL lacks quality and integrity where many people have doubts over it.

    Moreover it reflects how weak we are as a nation.When Pakistani Players were not hired by any of the franchise I remember a many of them claiming that they will never play for IPL even if approached by the franchises .

  • timtom on May 18, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Sour grapes !!!! Poor comments from national captain....If any pak players had chance that wud be Ajmal, gul, Afridi and haffezz himself in T20 ..rest none wud be playing in X1 for any teams.... Also not playing in IPL would give these players an edge in long run...else Ajmal might lose his X-factor while playing IPL.. What was missed was the huge renumeration....

  • on May 18, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I totally agree with Hafeez here, playing in IPL makes a huge difference to the skillset of the players in the limited over format, bowlers are learning new skills and batsmen are getting more confident about scoring even 12-13 runs an over to win the games. India won the ODI World Cup last year and IPL definitely played a role, also we can see some of the foreign players playing lot better on Asian pitches now after IPL experience, Teams like Australia, SA, WI will definitely have an advantage in the this years T20 world cup because of the IPL experience of playing on slow turning tracks

  • asithaSL on May 18, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Actually, Pakistan is d best T20 team of all 3 T20 world cup tournaments. Runners up , Champions & Semifinalist. So, it'z shame not to select team from Pakistan to d Champions League Twenty20 and no single current player in IPL. Hope, @ least next ipl n CLT20 will include Pak players.

  • on May 18, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Please Hafeez don't do blunders like this again! Its just a start for you!

  • on May 18, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Hafeez r u ok? Why such excuses.... Misbah is a real sensible man. I never saw PAK captain like him. Compare his record with Imran Khan Powelful team. Then you will say its Misbah who has done great job. Captain changes senseless comments from new captain coming. I am fan of Abdul Razzaq, not hafeez neither Misbah. But trust me Misbah was a genuine Leader.

  • guptahitesh4u on May 18, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    It is unfair to criticize hafeez for his statements. Hafeez is innocent in way that he has shared his views publically itherwise its a fact that Pakistanis wants to participate in IPL and same is true for the Pakistani fans who wants to see their stars in this Money lucrative tournament.Sialkot's inclusion in the champions league was considered as the Sialkot team management itself started lobbying for a place in CL and BCCI responded positively. If BCCI allows pakistani players in the next IPL, I am sure more than half of the team will be playing here and most of the pakistani fans will be screaming for their teams (just like Bangladesh fans who wants to see Shakib and Tamim in every match of IPL)

  • sumit176 on May 18, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    gud for pakistan that they are not playing in this circus....india 8-0 defeat has to do lot with ipl...tak the example of ashwin,he used to very effective and clever bowler biut in australian tour he was just toothless against the assuies and the major reason was his csk;s teammate michael hussey who knew all the ashwin,s variety as he used to practise against him during ipl..

  • codegreen on May 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Pakistan has again repeated the same mistake by not playing a 'Finisher' , and itz a guarantee that they will again get bamboozled in t20.s by Malinga &co.

  • anver777 on May 18, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Like Hafeez said its a good rehearsal for current IPL players before the T20 WC....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @sachin_champ,lolz! U R RIGHT,we have seen future spin bowlng legends emrgng 4rm ur ipl,n also so greatly improvng their great skill i.e amit mishara,negi,piyush chawla(at d most club level crickters,even a gully cricktr can smash them 4 whole day long),i hope these future greats r going to surpas murali,saqlain,warne vry soon bcoz of great ipl,n also great raina has developd a shot which z to hit d ball in d air n rest z history,what about ur bst alroundr jadeja?he z nt gd enuff to b pickd 4 a regional side z pickd again n again bcoz of his "hidden ipl skil",what about bigest flop of d century? I mean irfan pthan,this ipl zworst platform to hamper any youngrtr's cnfidence n talent,india z gaining nthng 4rm this as intrnatnl stars stealng al d shows

  • on May 18, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Professor makes 1st mistake as captain, i hope he learns!

  • on May 18, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    hafeez putar i think the yearly faysal bank t20 tournament is enough t2o cricket for pakistani players, especially since pcb is about to start a t2o league soon which will consist of international players also supposedly

  • Romenevans on May 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Even if pakistani players are invited in IPL, i can only see Ajmal, Afridi and Gul playing for any of those franchises. Who else they have who can play t20? Kamran Akmal? LOL you gotta be kidding me.

  • Romenevans on May 18, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @ LillianThomson - Keep going.....and on and on and on......Yawnnnnnnn!

  • Kak-mal_Khan on May 18, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    I have held doubts over Hafeez as captain and opening batsman, not sure still why he is granted the name professor. Firstly why is he making excuse before the Twenty20 series has started. As first time captain he should back our players to perform, and encourage the domestic level of cricket in Pakistan, where I would presume Pakistani bowlers would be of a higher skill level to our Indian counterparts. Secondly when batting he often plays himself in nicely then gives his wicket away unecessarily after getting past Fifty or immediately loses concentration after his partner gets out. Seems as though he lacks self belief at times in his own ability, I now hope that the captaincy will bring confidence and responsibilty to his game, and he will quickly learn to talk up the Pakistani game - Zindabad

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 18, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @bigdhönifan,U R STRONGLY NEEDED to revisit his statement,he z nt cmparing bpl,bbl with ipl,bt jst showng his cncern ovr his t20 team nt on toas 4 last 2 mnths n obviously being sbcntinental folks,how can we undrmine n defy monetry valu?can u?so ur"lolz" doesn't make any sense

  • asim229 on May 18, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    I dont agree with hafeez. I think they did well in last 2 yrs bcse they didnt play IPL. Ipl wont do any good to their batsmen instead it will ruin their technique for the longer formats. As i said earlier they need to start their own 40 over each tournament and they can include foreign players. I m from pak.

  • avmd on May 18, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Hafeez has lost all respect I had for him, he didn't have to say loudly that he was dying for some $$$. From cricketing sense, Pak team was lucky to get some break. Pak team has performed well in T20 WCs, while India's gone down since IPL started. He should have shown some dignity, now he's the captain, for God sake. Don't have to beg for an invitation where you're not invited.

  • fr600 on May 18, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Totally agree with 512fm.

  • 512fm on May 17, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Hafeez can't be serious, Pakistan are one of the few nations that are excelling because they have nothing to do with the IPL. Its not high quality cricket, its a joke and Pakistan is better off without it. I think however this could have to do with the $$ as it always does however.

  • on May 17, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    I know it stinks for your bank account, but we'd rather you work for us Pakistani fans than get burnt out working for Preitty or ShahRukh. And we don't want the world to figure out how to play Saeed Ajmal. Murali wasn't even bowled his quota in the world cup final because Dhoni could read him due to the CSK connection.

  • ProdigyA on May 17, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Like it or not, the reasons may differ but everybody wants to be a part of IPL. Its just that some people have the heart to accept it and most do not.

  • LillianThomson on May 17, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    I watched the first day of the England v West Indies Test yesterday, and there was no suggestion that the world's Number One team was suffering from having had few players in the IPL. In fact, if more of England's players played in the IPL they would presumably be reduced to bowling medium pace dross and batting with defective techniques like India's top players. As a New Zealander resident in Australia I must confess that it only reaches my consciousness once or twice each week that the IPL is even going on (and on and on). This time of year is always a great opportunity to put cricket to one side for a couple of months and enjoy the climax of the European football season. I realise that in India the IPL is taken seriously and even afforded respect, but it is pretty sad when Pakistanis take it seriously rather than seeing it as a low-skill circus targeting people who like glitter more than cricket.

  • LillianThomson on May 17, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    "The Professor" is talking nonsense. Pakistan's exclusion from the IPL and the demise of the ICL have protected their players' techniques from T20 erosion, with the predictable effect that their Test performances have leaped forward as quickly as India and Sri Lanka's have plummeted. Players from other countries are burning out and suffering injuries related to overwork - look at how little is left of Malinga's fitness - while Pakistan's players are kept refreshed by a two month off-season. "The Professor" should be grateful: Pakistan players admittedly are left with lower earnings, but their IPL exclusion is allowing them to punch far above their weight during Amir and Asif's suspension, of which they have each now served 20 months of the 60 month ban.

  • Jarr30 on May 17, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    There you go AGAIN....Last year it was Afridi who was shouting crying from the roof and begging for Pakistani players to be admitted into IPL, NOW it's Hafeez. All I can say is they have to show more patience as India-pak relations needs to improve.

  • on May 17, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    @amir syed......u mean tennis ball cricketers?they dont even know how to told a bat...I think those players who you mentioned are you favorites...i even like imran nazir....but he lost all his chances... AND pakistan should invest more in their domestic cricket... In pakistan there are no school cricket tournament,even for those who are ready to pay for the expenses.... We should improve on our domestic level then demand a better team....we are very fortunate that we got a team like ours with such quality of cricket.

  • Desihungama on May 17, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @legaleagle - Your facts may be correct but your reasons are wrong. It is evident from the Pak fans comments such as myself and the players too but they want to play the IPL because IPL is currently the biggest stage of World Cricket and they can't wait for the opportunity to show to it to the world that they are the best in this format of game.

  • bigdhonifan on May 17, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    IPL- Best Tournament ever.....

  • on May 17, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Hafeez is perhaps missing the IPL money so he wants everybody to know how important and crucial IPL is. Hafeez does not want to remember that India, whose every player played IPL, was eliminated in T-20 World Cup in the first round which was eventually won by England. Hafeez does not want to know that England did not play the IPL season when they won the T-20 World Cup. Hafeez is saying that Pakistan Cricket Academy is unfit for training and practice for T-20 cricket compared to IPL. So end of the day, after having pulse of wisdom of great Muhammad Hafeez, we can safely say that IPL is the best place for T-20 Cricket practice. So Hafeez, we as Pakistanis should beg Indian Prime Minister and President and BCCI chairman to give us a chance in IPL so that we may get T-20 cricket practice because in IPL there are bat,ball and stadium. We obviously cannot arrange that in our Cricket Academy in Pakistan. We have missed this season so we cannot not surely practice T-20 cricket now. Sigh!

  • pkcricfan101 on May 17, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    hafeez just needs to use this winning combination: 1)khalid latif 2)shakeel ansar(wk) 3)umar akmal 4)haris sohail 5)mohammad hafeez (c) 6)shahid afridi 7)shoaib malik 8)hammad azam 9)umar gul 10)mohammad sami 11)saed ajmal. Replace khalid latif with ahmed shehzad if he doesnt work out.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 17, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Pakistan team is filled withsome of the best T20 material, specially the bowling department is supposed be good. Gul, Afridi, Ajmal and Hafiz are very good but the fifth bowler is still a big question. Can it be Hammad and Shoib mixture or do we need to play an extra bowler? In my opinion they needed Razaq or Azhar to have more depth in batting and bowling. On papir, they should beat SL very comfortably. My concern is Hammad, either he should be a good enough bowler to bowl 4 overs or he should have been replaced with Azhar or Razzaq. To be really comfortable you need your batting to go all the way to no.9 and only Gul and Ajmal should be the specialist bowlers.

  • SirViv1973 on May 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Can anyway explain to me the logic of having 12 foreign players signed to each IPL franchise when you can only play 4 in each game ? I haven't checked the stats but I would imagine there are a quite a few who have played 1, 2 or maybe no games at all over a 7 week period seems a little absurd to me.

  • SirViv1973 on May 17, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @Freddie totally agree with you mate, Eng are current world champions & no1 ranked team & only pieterson of the regular players in this format has spent any real time there. The league is doing a lot of long term damage to Ind cricket & with so many Srl Lankans there and with their own league startin soon I fear a little bit for their future in the longest form of the game. Pak has some decent young players and are certainly a force in this format in Asian conditions at least. The not being able to earn the money is the problem for these players not the skills they are failing to aquire, and I have to say the league is poorer for not having players like Hafeez, Afridi & Umar's Gul, Akmal & Ajmal not playing in it.

  • SangakaraFan on May 17, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I agree with Hafeez. Every player's dream is to go and play in IPL. It's like a footballer dreamming to be part of top English & Spanish clubs. IPL is very competative as per International standard.In Colombo itself there's a HUGE following for Mumbai Indians only because Malinga plays there.I hope in few yrs some of the top pakistani players will be in IPL.

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    i think Pakistanis will at least retain their hunger for international success if they stay away from IPL...and look at english cricket when the stars used to go to england for county cricket, they weren't winning much in the nineties even though the best players were playing their domestic tournament...IPL will hurt india too, i repeat: they are losing their home advantage and their bowlers and batsmen will be decoded through first hand experience..... Pakistan can have a better tournament than they have currently if karachi and lahore have only one team each, the other players can be distributed to the weaker teams, playing the best players against each other is important instead of diluting the teams by giving bigger cities two teams

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    If our guys can't play IPL. it does not mean END OF LIFE. Don't bother what these few money loving cricketers only thinks. Go on grass route level. you will find much more talented players in the streets/clubs/towns/cities of pakistan. Many of them have polished and made themself more capable while watching these IPL games on TV. so, it's upto us how we take the things. if you take it positively, then all is well. if you do the selection on merit. 80% of our current players does not deserve tobe in this squad, much more talented players are there in pakistan. In IPL all natoinal players are not playing. IPL is not the end of cricket. Imran Khan, Gavaskar,Kapil,Richard,Waseem,Saeed Anwar,Garner,Holding,Bothom,Headly,Border,.. .(All Great) , they did not play IPL. all the guys (cricket) be honest with your job, love your job, and love your game. then things will come to you. and you can be stars like all time great (mentioned earlier already)

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    you can't expect from a negetive mind guy to think positive. he just learned how to speak english. anynew captain,coach, selector, you will find this guy always near to them. K. Latif, A. Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shakeel Ansar (wk), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Sami, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed (Good Selection) where is Talha, Asad,imran Nazir,Anwar Ali, who is responsible for destrying the talent of these guys? Dave, you are new commer, every new commer get good welcome here, but end you will not have different from others. being a cricket fan, i will give u suggestion, that you must look for some new talent and do not look on these 50 to 60 guys only. i know you are very honest to your work. trust me this country got a big talent, but these guys do not know how to approach you guys.

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    why do someone or the other write his/her best XI or best 14 irrespective of what the article is about? :P

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 17, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    i luv Sir Freddie Flintoff. He's the most honest commentator here

  • on May 17, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Well, I know many of these guys, currently playing in Pakistan team Very closely. as many of them have visited HongKong and played sixes here. This Guy even does not deserve in pakistan. who is currently going to lead pakistan for T20. In this Squad, Shoaib or Afridi was best choice for leader role. I do agree with with Vaseem Sidiqi. He should lead from the front. but how can he, he himself came from the backdoor. He had played all his criicket because of Misbha (in last 2 year). he is sweet tounge guy. Being a captain he should say " I got the best team from pakistan, i have full confidence in these guys, we will try inshallah to beat all the teams. and these guys can play in all conditions and can give 100%. if this guy think. that younus and misbha deserve tobe in this team. then leave the place for them and he should have courge to drop himself and say, "NO", they are better than him and he will not lead in Misbha presence. But how and who have this courge? i try to translate

  • on May 17, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Only players missing IPL money, which is now more than nation pride?

  • Legaleagle on May 17, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I can clearly sense the disappointment in the Pakistani camp about not playing (read making the big buck) in the IPL.

    IPL is a great platform for honing cricketing skills for any player at the international level who wants to partake in T20 format or one day cricket.

    All the people who are making arguments against the IPL being not so helpful for cricketers are simply ignorant or jealous. Here's the reason- England "invented" the game of cricket- Never won the world cup (except the recent T20 cup).

    Yes, IPL has the glamour more than what is needed but that doesn't make it bad per se. Fact is Pakistan is obsessed with IPL and Bollywood, and both the spices are present in this tournament.

    So stop blaming the IPL! Hopefully, the relations between the two countries will normalize soon and we will some actions from Pakistani players also. I know they are dying to be part of it as is evident in the newly appointed captains' statements

  • Bruisers on May 17, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    @Shayan Tauheed Abbasi - "bowl leg spinning half trackers to mahela jayawardene and still get away with a maiden" Hmm.. Are you really talking about IPL? Or is it just sour grapes for you?

  • sharadpower on May 17, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    well.....dis z da same old story of a defensive pakistani captain who even before going to srilanka z making lame excuses.....i think he shud concentrate on his poor batting form rather than giving unneccasary comments......

  • Bruisers on May 17, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff- Current World champions England.. Hmm. I would be surprised if they even make it to the semis this time. Seriously. And India haven't played poorly in T20 cricket.. In fact they haven't played as many T20s as other Test playing nations.

  • blackmagic007 on May 17, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I think hafeez shouldn't say these thing in public but he is right.It is a fact that our players don't play much t20 cricket as compare to other teams.Even in our domestic t20 cup,A champion team hardly plays 4 to 5 matches.Only Afridi of current team played in BIG BASH and our main players just played the last part of BPL.I thin kthe PCB is to blamed for this.If we were not invited in IPL,they should have introduced a domestic t20 cup with reasonable no. of matches earlier

  • sachin_champ on May 17, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @ Sir_Freddie_Flintoff : Its your point of view which is a biased one . If you talk then say with some supporting stats .IPL is very effective for most of the players and Off course some PAKISTANI People never accept it ( Although His captain accepted that , and I think he has much better cricketing mind Here some of the example for you 1. Chris Gayle : Was out inconsistent for many years and out of the team ( Some issues but form was also the concern ) . Now see him . He is terror .2.Virat Kohli : A product of IPL and he have scored 13 centuries in least match ( 85 matches and Its a world record ) . 3. David warner : Another example of IPL .4.Danial Vettori : Groomed more and become Captain for IPL side and Of Black Caps .5. Rahane : Most exciting new comer for India and will be in Team India very soon on a regular basis .6.Dhoni , Raina , Pollard , Bravo, Morkel , Kavin Cooper ..world best Match finisher come and skilled them self fom IPL . After IPL TEST match result high by 20%

  • harris19999993 on May 17, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Sit_Freddie_Flintoff yes the players get a lot of money but it does improve their skills. You cannot replicate match scenarios like you get in the IPL in training sessions. And @Vaseem Siddiqi Hafeez is not saying that his team will lose but just that their short of practice which they are aren't they? All of the squad hasn't played international cricket for over 2 months some for even longer. Hafeez is the ideal choice for captain at the moment he has a calm demeanour and is a sensible cricketer and hopefully his temperament will improve and he will start to make the most of his talent!!

  • buz3 on May 17, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    The last 2 t20 world cups were in England and the WIsn so batting on Indian flat tracks did not help for preperation, but this time the WC is in sub continent so, batting in ipl may help.

  • cooldxve on May 17, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Pakistan should start their own T20 league (I don't want a copy+paste of the IPL). If they want to continue their practice through T20 leagues, this is their best option. Through this many young players will get an opportunity to show their talents to the world. Pakistan will be able to find many talents like Aamir, Ajmal, & Akmal through this league.

  • cooldxve on May 17, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Well I am happy that Pakistani players are not a part of IPL. IPL is nothing but an ocean of glamour & money. I see less cricket and more dancing going on there. For the first 3 seasons there were cheer leaders dancing on the ground. But from the 4th season they have started to bring them inside the studios also. It is mixture of bollywood and cricket. If you want to play pure cricket than stay away from IPL.

  • on May 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff i agree with u

  • on May 17, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Hafeez is already making excuses. Shows he does not have faith in his side and I have to wonder whether he is captaincy material. A good captain leads from the front with confidence whatever the situation. When TEAM PAKISTAN won T20 World Cup under Yunus Khan's captaincy and reached the semi final in the T20 World Cup held in the West Indies they were not playing in IPL either and they did better than India. In fact in West Indies, TEAM PAKISTAN would have reached the final but for the last over where against all odds 'Mr Cricket' scored over twenty runs. There are lot of us who felt it was wrong time to change captain and Misbah should have remained in all formats. However, now that PCB has made this decision, Hafeez has to proof himself. If he fails, PCB will have to reappoint Misbah or consider Malik or Afridi for T20 World Cup to be held later this year.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 17, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    What I think he means is other players are staying match fit and match sharp whilst the Pakistani players haven't had that for the last 2 months. Lack of match sharpness hurts going into a series against players who have been playing regularly. Of coursr this is all regarding T20 cricket, which he is the.captain of his team. The comments hold little weight when it comes to Tests matches.

  • swingstowin on May 17, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Hmmm.... Statement such as this from some one who is being tipped as the future captain in all other formats of the Pakistan cricket! Not a very smart thing to say. Concentrate on job you've been given.

  • bigdhonifan on May 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Pakistan players play BPL and Big Bash to get money. But more money is here in IPL, but they are not invited. Next year once they are get invited and play in IPL or CLT20, they will say IPL is better than anything... lol..

  • on May 17, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Why are people here on against Hafeez about his comments on IPL?There`s a thing called getting experience.I think thats the point our new captain was trying to make.He`s an intelligent player,and deserves to be the captain.Afridi can never be a great captain!he`s a quality player and most experienced in the side,doesn`t mean he should be captain.How many times have India make Tendulkar captain on that basis?Or Austrailia making Brett Lea captain?Open your minds people-Hafeez is an excellent choice.Give him time

  • Naveed85 on May 17, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Have some self respect Mr. Hafeez. don't give embarrassing comments

  • Indian_fan_always on May 17, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    its missed "money", rather than missing to improve the skills.. LOL

  • getsetgopk on May 17, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Can't believe our captain is making such selfish statements hardly two days after being named captain. What skills are you talking about? I bet he really wanted to say that 'IPL an opertunity missed to swell up my bank account'. Named as the T20 captain doesn't mean your the hottest T20 commodity out there. Your the captain of a national side and there are far better players in this team who have actually won us games. You've not done anything really. Keep your head down, work hard and choose your words carefully.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 17, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Playing in the IPL does NOT improve players' skills. It only makes them richer, not better on the field. Prime example is that the current T20 world champions and no. 1 T20 team England have very few players in the IPL. The same goes for the T20 runners up Pakistan. On the other hand, India have done poorly in T20 cricket since IPL started in 2008. Before IPL they won the world cup.

  • on May 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    best of luck team pakistan

  • on May 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I don't agree with hafeez, reason being it will prolong their careers as cricketers. You body needs rest..You will be refreshed and ready to go...think positvely rather than negatively.....I think they want the money rather than enhancing their techinques.

  • faforce on May 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Honestly, as a Pakistani cricket fan, I don't want Pakistan in IPL. Why join a party you're not invited to? Have some self respect.

  • on May 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that Pakistani players did not get an opportunity to participate in the Indian IPL.It would have been fair and nice if the players from all Test playing nations had been given a chance to play without any political discriminationHowever,it is refreshing to learn that the Sialkot Stallions from Pakistan will be invited to take part in the ICL tournament.It is better if another PakistanXI is also invited to take part.

  • on May 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    the whole world is learning how to bowl full tosses without dew, how to bowl leg spinning half trackers to mahela jayawardene and still get away with a maiden, and how to bowl no balls and drop cathces on crucial stages, how to score so slowly in the powerplays that 130-140 looks like 190 but 1890s are chased easily with last ball boundaries.....Pakistan would do well to stay away from this, indians are losing their home advantage, and gaining only money as a result...the rest are losing their players and gaining nothing

  • asiacricket1234 on May 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I dont think Pakistani Player should be crying for IPL.

  • Sinhaya on May 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I think Sanga and Dilshan must quit T20 cricket and just concentrate on tests and ODIs. Well Pakistan's bowling will be the biggest obstacle for Sri Lanka's success. But remember that when Sri Lanka toured UAE last year, Dilshan's poor captaincy helped Pakistan. Mahela is a far better captain and wont be easy for Pakistan. Not sure how good is Hafeez as a captain. I think Hammad Azam should have been the T20 captain for Pakistan but shocking that he is totally omitted.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    not good comments by new captain. Players are rather losing their skills playing over IPL.

  • Stark62 on May 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    What an idiotic thing to say!

    This is the best opportunity to get a rest in and his complaining about it?

    Personally, I don't think his captain material and Afridi is the right man to lead in both T20's and ODI's.

    The same average squad that got trashed by Eng under Misbah, is the same or even worse squad that Afridi took into the semi-final of the WC and the one that was leveling the series 2-2 in Eng against Eng.

  • zuber21886 on May 17, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    this is cricket, and these players are cricketers too, they should get equal chance in playing IPL, it will not just spice up the tournament, but will be beneficial for all.

  • on May 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Best of luck.. I will prefer Ahmed Shehzad... He got talent and can do better as an opener...

  • AB-14 on May 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    MY XI WILL BE:1)AHMED SHAZAD 2)HAFEEZ 3)KHALID LATIF 4)UMAR AKMAL 5)SHAOIB MALIK 6)HARIS SOHAI 7)SHAHID AFRIDI 8)SHAKEEL AMSAR 9)U.GUL 10)AJMAL 11)SAMI

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  • AB-14 on May 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    MY XI WILL BE:1)AHMED SHAZAD 2)HAFEEZ 3)KHALID LATIF 4)UMAR AKMAL 5)SHAOIB MALIK 6)HARIS SOHAI 7)SHAHID AFRIDI 8)SHAKEEL AMSAR 9)U.GUL 10)AJMAL 11)SAMI

  • on May 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Best of luck.. I will prefer Ahmed Shehzad... He got talent and can do better as an opener...

  • zuber21886 on May 17, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    this is cricket, and these players are cricketers too, they should get equal chance in playing IPL, it will not just spice up the tournament, but will be beneficial for all.

  • Stark62 on May 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    What an idiotic thing to say!

    This is the best opportunity to get a rest in and his complaining about it?

    Personally, I don't think his captain material and Afridi is the right man to lead in both T20's and ODI's.

    The same average squad that got trashed by Eng under Misbah, is the same or even worse squad that Afridi took into the semi-final of the WC and the one that was leveling the series 2-2 in Eng against Eng.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    not good comments by new captain. Players are rather losing their skills playing over IPL.

  • Sinhaya on May 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I think Sanga and Dilshan must quit T20 cricket and just concentrate on tests and ODIs. Well Pakistan's bowling will be the biggest obstacle for Sri Lanka's success. But remember that when Sri Lanka toured UAE last year, Dilshan's poor captaincy helped Pakistan. Mahela is a far better captain and wont be easy for Pakistan. Not sure how good is Hafeez as a captain. I think Hammad Azam should have been the T20 captain for Pakistan but shocking that he is totally omitted.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I dont think Pakistani Player should be crying for IPL.

  • on May 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    the whole world is learning how to bowl full tosses without dew, how to bowl leg spinning half trackers to mahela jayawardene and still get away with a maiden, and how to bowl no balls and drop cathces on crucial stages, how to score so slowly in the powerplays that 130-140 looks like 190 but 1890s are chased easily with last ball boundaries.....Pakistan would do well to stay away from this, indians are losing their home advantage, and gaining only money as a result...the rest are losing their players and gaining nothing

  • on May 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that Pakistani players did not get an opportunity to participate in the Indian IPL.It would have been fair and nice if the players from all Test playing nations had been given a chance to play without any political discriminationHowever,it is refreshing to learn that the Sialkot Stallions from Pakistan will be invited to take part in the ICL tournament.It is better if another PakistanXI is also invited to take part.

  • faforce on May 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Honestly, as a Pakistani cricket fan, I don't want Pakistan in IPL. Why join a party you're not invited to? Have some self respect.