Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 August 4, 2009

Domestic setup is flawed - Younis

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Pakistan captain Younis Khan has rejected claims that 'groupism' within the team has led to below-par performances during the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. Instead, the poor structure back home is to blame, Younis said. "The problem with Pakistan cricket is that our domestic structure is flawed," he said.

The visitors lost the three-Test series 0-2 and surrendered the ODI series with a six-wicket defeat - their third consecutive loss in the five-match series - yesterday in Dambulla. "The players produced have flawed techniques," Younis said. "They only manage to overcome it once they start playing for the national team."

Younis said that he faced similar problems as well early in his career. "When I made it into the Pakistan team, my technique was not so good. It took me two years to get it right," he said.

Some experts have blamed the lack of unity in the Pakistan team for its poor showing in Sri Lanka, with some claiming that a few senior players like former captain Shoaib Malik and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq had intentionally under-performed to cause Younis' downfall.

Younis, however, rejected such claims and said he had an excellent rapport with all his players, including the seniors. "I'm not a mad man. I don't go out fighting with everyone," he said. "I have a perfectly fine relationship with the players."

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  • Saurubh on August 7, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    I do agree to Younis in this case. However, saying that i dont think that the reason given is the only reason behind Pakistan's bad performance. The politics in pakistan's cricket is apparent. Good players, in fact players who had the potential of becoming great players are out of the team now. In recent past we have seen drastic changes in pakistan 11 and that inconsistency with reliable players has caused the team a great damage.

  • BUTT_093 on August 6, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    The problem that unfortunately plagues Pakistan cricket time and again is that once the team starts to lose, all of the problems are exposed that apparently were not there before. I remember the Pakistan team gelling perfectly well during their victory run at the T20 World Cup. But now suddenly rifts and alleged factions have sprung out of nowhere. My point is that this not the right time to point fingers and surely heads can be chopped off, Misbah-ul-Haq's to my personal liking, once the players return from this tour. More attention needs to be paid to the fact that Pakistan have so far put on their worst performance in history in Sri Lanka and the team needs to focus on salvaging some much needed pride in the remaining two games of this series to get in to some sort of rythem because, unless they do so, we can expect a lot worse from them once they leave for the Champions Trophy and then a tour of Australia.

  • Isaacking on August 6, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Funny that everyone is look for an answer which is a straight forward as it can be but we want excuse not a solution,right? Pakistan is staled to play it next year on track that will have movement & bounce but we are all talking about who is in form or not. Sorry it not about form it was Technique where Pakistan lacks. S o here i recommend 2 thing first let the ball come to you.Second stop the going front foot movement as a trigger movement. Along with that stop make shift openers & find 2 good back foot solid Bat. Only Karman look like he can become good opener so let him do that & bring in Ahmed a Keeper. Malik & Misbah need to go so that Batting can be Builts around Youfus & Younis in Test & ODI. As for Bowling what Pakistan need a one more Strike Fast Bowler who can use the new ball mainly Asif or somone like him. Pace is needed but in time that will come. Hope some one will read this & turn Pakistan into a solid Team in next year & Gr8 Team in couple of Yrs.

  • entertainement-pakistan.blogspot.co on August 6, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    I am so shameful to read that every one is trying to blame someone. Caption try to blame on players and even on structure. Board try to blam on players and their behaviours. Media try to blam on Players controversies "Grouping". What is that! recently we have won the T-20 Championship and we are very happy we are not blamming on every one and every one try to make its number. Younus khan said he is a very good thinker, slow starter and whatever he says at that time. He is hero for the media, nation and PCB. What happened now did all the players forgot how to play?. did media forgot they gave us a good victory and proud?. did PCB forgot what is the situation at that time and what is now. Please try to make some team that is loyal with all nation and try to be loyal with your nation. Instead of blaming try to think out what is happening. We are not angry if pakistan lost this series because at least we are playing cricket after long time and we will take some time to back in structue.

  • cricinme on August 6, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    What pakistan needs at this time is a tough and demanding captain like Imran Khan. Younis Khan is too cool and nice a guy who cannot handle the team and management.

  • imirfan on August 6, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    I strongly disagree that players of panjab does not want to work with a captain who does not belong to panjab. Please stop these kind of remarks about us pakistanies. We dont want to hear such things. and i think "cricket in china" what ever your real name is you are yourself very much confused you dont like the captain yourself and you are blaming panjabies for not working with the captain and what rubbish examples have you given Javed Miandad is respected all over pakistan i m 100% sure not a single pure pakistani with the love for his country can deslike jawed. Please stop spreading such messages of hatered specially in these difficult time for our country.if you can not help plz stop saying anything.Lets all pray to Allah subhanatallah that Our nation keep the unity and cricinfo plz dont let such remarks publish.

  • as27 on August 6, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    The main reason behind pakistan's defeat is the lack in fitness & fielding. The truth is that Razzaq was n't fit for 3rd ODI, but they included him in the side, that's y jayawardene hits him about 6 boudries. Nasir Jamshed is a fine Batsman but in my point of view he should be rested for this ODI series, so he should play domestic cricket to improve his techniques. Rana Naveed is an old man so youngsters should get a chance instead of him. While Khurram Manzoor and Shahzaib Hassan are the horrible batsmen, they should not be included in the pakistan team forever. Young Umar Akmal is a talented guy, so the team should give him the chance instead of Misbah-ul-Haq.

  • CricketinChina on August 5, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    There are several reasons behind the defeat of Pak team. First, discrimination in team selection. Misbah and Shoaib was failed in first 2 test matches, why management didn't give chance to Faisal Iqbal and Abdul Razak in third test? Most of the players out of Punjab get this type of treatment in team. Sri lanka has flat pitches, why not Afridi and Imran opened the inning? Why gave chance to Nasir Jamshed, when he doesn't deserve any place in team? Second, Captain is a confuss guy. Why he was bowling in test and oneday despite the fact that is going to retire? why not gave chance to Fawad Alam to bowl? I think team management need to kick Fawad out of team, therefore, he has been using as batsman. Third, Players from Punjab never accept any captain out of Punjab. Therefore, they downplayed to trumble Younus's captaincy. This happened before with Asif Iqbal, Miandad etc..

  • boomboomshoib on August 5, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    To tell the trith i think there is a big drift in the team and they are not geling and bonding under the new leadership of younis khan. for me he shouldnt be captain he hasnt quite got the skill and the respect from the team. the first class is played at a poor standard, it's like Englands club level. so a few seniour players like saleem malik, ijaz ahmed, saeed anwar, mushtaq ahmed need to help them out a touch. intikhab alam should be given the sack and a decent coach should be bought in, in the bowling waqar and aqib will do a good job, for the batting they need javed miandad and zaheer abbas to come and teach.

    by the way very well said "hihello"..... NO.1 AFRIDI FAN!!!

  • skhan909 on August 5, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    i think its just one series, no body should be panicking. the team selection was fine except for the one opener slot which should be decided between nazir and butt. those two need to be competing to be pak's second opener playing alongside akmal. afridi needs to play at no.3, he looks most comfortable here as he can take his time and is not in a rush. the middle order should comprise of younis, u akmal, alam, malik, who should be in the team, he is an important player just going through a rough patch. swap gul for naved and your bowling looks potent! razzaq, gul, aamir, ajmal. such a team could do wonders at the champions trohpy! and i really hope they keep yousuf out of the odi side, he is not the best player under pressure and showed how loyal he is by going to the icl, coming back and leaving again. there is no way a player like that can be trusted to win games. razzaq was justified in leaving because of how he was treated and nazir wasnt playing, his leaving wasnt surprising

  • Saurubh on August 7, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    I do agree to Younis in this case. However, saying that i dont think that the reason given is the only reason behind Pakistan's bad performance. The politics in pakistan's cricket is apparent. Good players, in fact players who had the potential of becoming great players are out of the team now. In recent past we have seen drastic changes in pakistan 11 and that inconsistency with reliable players has caused the team a great damage.

  • BUTT_093 on August 6, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    The problem that unfortunately plagues Pakistan cricket time and again is that once the team starts to lose, all of the problems are exposed that apparently were not there before. I remember the Pakistan team gelling perfectly well during their victory run at the T20 World Cup. But now suddenly rifts and alleged factions have sprung out of nowhere. My point is that this not the right time to point fingers and surely heads can be chopped off, Misbah-ul-Haq's to my personal liking, once the players return from this tour. More attention needs to be paid to the fact that Pakistan have so far put on their worst performance in history in Sri Lanka and the team needs to focus on salvaging some much needed pride in the remaining two games of this series to get in to some sort of rythem because, unless they do so, we can expect a lot worse from them once they leave for the Champions Trophy and then a tour of Australia.

  • Isaacking on August 6, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Funny that everyone is look for an answer which is a straight forward as it can be but we want excuse not a solution,right? Pakistan is staled to play it next year on track that will have movement & bounce but we are all talking about who is in form or not. Sorry it not about form it was Technique where Pakistan lacks. S o here i recommend 2 thing first let the ball come to you.Second stop the going front foot movement as a trigger movement. Along with that stop make shift openers & find 2 good back foot solid Bat. Only Karman look like he can become good opener so let him do that & bring in Ahmed a Keeper. Malik & Misbah need to go so that Batting can be Builts around Youfus & Younis in Test & ODI. As for Bowling what Pakistan need a one more Strike Fast Bowler who can use the new ball mainly Asif or somone like him. Pace is needed but in time that will come. Hope some one will read this & turn Pakistan into a solid Team in next year & Gr8 Team in couple of Yrs.

  • entertainement-pakistan.blogspot.co on August 6, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    I am so shameful to read that every one is trying to blame someone. Caption try to blame on players and even on structure. Board try to blam on players and their behaviours. Media try to blam on Players controversies "Grouping". What is that! recently we have won the T-20 Championship and we are very happy we are not blamming on every one and every one try to make its number. Younus khan said he is a very good thinker, slow starter and whatever he says at that time. He is hero for the media, nation and PCB. What happened now did all the players forgot how to play?. did media forgot they gave us a good victory and proud?. did PCB forgot what is the situation at that time and what is now. Please try to make some team that is loyal with all nation and try to be loyal with your nation. Instead of blaming try to think out what is happening. We are not angry if pakistan lost this series because at least we are playing cricket after long time and we will take some time to back in structue.

  • cricinme on August 6, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    What pakistan needs at this time is a tough and demanding captain like Imran Khan. Younis Khan is too cool and nice a guy who cannot handle the team and management.

  • imirfan on August 6, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    I strongly disagree that players of panjab does not want to work with a captain who does not belong to panjab. Please stop these kind of remarks about us pakistanies. We dont want to hear such things. and i think "cricket in china" what ever your real name is you are yourself very much confused you dont like the captain yourself and you are blaming panjabies for not working with the captain and what rubbish examples have you given Javed Miandad is respected all over pakistan i m 100% sure not a single pure pakistani with the love for his country can deslike jawed. Please stop spreading such messages of hatered specially in these difficult time for our country.if you can not help plz stop saying anything.Lets all pray to Allah subhanatallah that Our nation keep the unity and cricinfo plz dont let such remarks publish.

  • as27 on August 6, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    The main reason behind pakistan's defeat is the lack in fitness & fielding. The truth is that Razzaq was n't fit for 3rd ODI, but they included him in the side, that's y jayawardene hits him about 6 boudries. Nasir Jamshed is a fine Batsman but in my point of view he should be rested for this ODI series, so he should play domestic cricket to improve his techniques. Rana Naveed is an old man so youngsters should get a chance instead of him. While Khurram Manzoor and Shahzaib Hassan are the horrible batsmen, they should not be included in the pakistan team forever. Young Umar Akmal is a talented guy, so the team should give him the chance instead of Misbah-ul-Haq.

  • CricketinChina on August 5, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    There are several reasons behind the defeat of Pak team. First, discrimination in team selection. Misbah and Shoaib was failed in first 2 test matches, why management didn't give chance to Faisal Iqbal and Abdul Razak in third test? Most of the players out of Punjab get this type of treatment in team. Sri lanka has flat pitches, why not Afridi and Imran opened the inning? Why gave chance to Nasir Jamshed, when he doesn't deserve any place in team? Second, Captain is a confuss guy. Why he was bowling in test and oneday despite the fact that is going to retire? why not gave chance to Fawad Alam to bowl? I think team management need to kick Fawad out of team, therefore, he has been using as batsman. Third, Players from Punjab never accept any captain out of Punjab. Therefore, they downplayed to trumble Younus's captaincy. This happened before with Asif Iqbal, Miandad etc..

  • boomboomshoib on August 5, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    To tell the trith i think there is a big drift in the team and they are not geling and bonding under the new leadership of younis khan. for me he shouldnt be captain he hasnt quite got the skill and the respect from the team. the first class is played at a poor standard, it's like Englands club level. so a few seniour players like saleem malik, ijaz ahmed, saeed anwar, mushtaq ahmed need to help them out a touch. intikhab alam should be given the sack and a decent coach should be bought in, in the bowling waqar and aqib will do a good job, for the batting they need javed miandad and zaheer abbas to come and teach.

    by the way very well said "hihello"..... NO.1 AFRIDI FAN!!!

  • skhan909 on August 5, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    i think its just one series, no body should be panicking. the team selection was fine except for the one opener slot which should be decided between nazir and butt. those two need to be competing to be pak's second opener playing alongside akmal. afridi needs to play at no.3, he looks most comfortable here as he can take his time and is not in a rush. the middle order should comprise of younis, u akmal, alam, malik, who should be in the team, he is an important player just going through a rough patch. swap gul for naved and your bowling looks potent! razzaq, gul, aamir, ajmal. such a team could do wonders at the champions trohpy! and i really hope they keep yousuf out of the odi side, he is not the best player under pressure and showed how loyal he is by going to the icl, coming back and leaving again. there is no way a player like that can be trusted to win games. razzaq was justified in leaving because of how he was treated and nazir wasnt playing, his leaving wasnt surprising

  • a_est_1984 on August 5, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    I think first of all Pakistan really need to understand that there are 3 different versions of cricket to be played. They need to select a team that can play each format. I.e Kaneria is used only for test matches, however, Salman Butt is used in each format. He should be for test only. Pakistan need to stop experimenting and keep a consistent team. in the one day and twenty20 format open with Afridi and Nazir. take out Misbah, Yousaf, give omair Akmal a chance to shine and play with 4 main bowlers and 2 all rounders. Drop Malik until he proves his worth again. As for test match, they need technically gifted players and not the usual first team makers. Follow the Aussies, if someone under performs, no matter who they are, they are out of the next game. 1 day team should be: K.Akmal, Nazir, Afridi, Younis, Yousaf, Razzak, O.Akmal, Aamir, Gul, Tanvir, Ajmal. Test team: Butt, Jamshed, Afridi, Younis, Yousaf, K.Akmal, Razzak, Aamir, Gul, Ajmal, Kaneria.

    Give the team a chance!

  • Sampdoria on August 5, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    Pakistan, like the country itself needs a complete shake-up and re-establishment of the local sporting authorities. While the Twenty-20 was an accomplishment, looking at how the same team flopped in SL, its apparent that was a fluke.

    Pakistan first and foremost need to build separate 20/20, ODI and Test Teams or they are doomed.

    About factions in the team, this is an inherited ill which will always exist in the Pak team whether it was 20 years back, now or in the future.

  • KP_84 on August 5, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    You have to wonder how much doemstic cricket has got to do with it when Pakistan haven't even has a domestic season in 2 years (because of security threats). People need to give Pakistan more time to get more game-time and gel as a team now that they are playing matches frequently. If Younus wants to hand out the blame, he should be blaming himself for being an inadequate tactician.

  • Pak.passion07 on August 5, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    one should realise the fact that misbah and malik are total flops of the tour...lets give those players a chance who are meant for batting only..enough alrounders are playing that doesnt make any sense...shouldnt v stick to a policy of 4 1 2 4 combination..thats batsmen 4 ...imran nazir, younis khan, yousuf,o akmal,..1 k akmal 2 fawad alam , afridi 4 razak, aamir,gul,ajmal...go with this team see it will rock cumon lets check this combination plzzz... is somebody listening..

  • Tabby60 on August 5, 2009, 7:50 GMT

    I really do not understand why the blame game is going on. It was clear in the 3rd ODI that it was a tactical defeat for Pakistan. Youis Khan first put the blame on opening bowlers and then on domestic cricket. He should do some soul searching.... Where were the slips in the opening overs when they were most needed. We saw quite a few edges flying down the vacant slip areas. Younis was never a captaincy stuff ..... Why does he protect Umer Gul..... he is the main bowler but it seems he is not capable of opening the bowling.... Younis take the blame and step down.... the sooner the better before you are booted out

  • sharadindia on August 5, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    thats true..upcoming pakistani batsmen doesnt have h sound technique...watching them in first class matches i could find some positives though...umar akmal ,he is a good hitter,almost a clone of his elder brother..but he too lacked the sound technique...nasir jamshed is another good prospect but his techniques too has some flaws...i found salman butt and yasir hameed having the good technique...younis yousuf n misbah are no doubt the best in this category though..for me imran should be given a chance..he could murder any bowling atack on his day...his 10 overs stay on the wicket can do wonders for pakistan surely...also i wld suggest afridi to open for pak so that he cld utilize the fielding restrictions...nazir afridi n akmal at top 3 wld give a rocking start to pak and take the attack to opposition...also malik shld be encourage to bowl more...for me the best pak team would be...nazir/butt...afridi...kamran....younis...malik...misbah...omar akmal...rajjak/danish...gul...aamir...ajmal

  • Faroook on August 5, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    First of all, Congratulations to Sril Lanka for their consistent performance in the series. Being a Pakistani it is sad that our players were less than their 100 percent potential but dont forget the t20 worldcup finals, where our heroes brought us the great gift. We should keep backing them to get them going once again. When it comes to selecting a team, one factor that is a great concern is SHOAIB MALIK, who has been failing in his batting with some bad technical problems in batting despite of the fact that hes solely concentrating on his batting other than his bowling. He should be taken out n kept in a domestic setup to regain his form. Secondly, Afridi should be batted on the top because he is the player that can give us Maximum in the powerplays ..

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • crickstats on August 5, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    The problem with the Pakistan cricketers is that they perform well when they start their career but when the opposition finds out their technical flaws they are not able to fight back.

  • Pak.passion07 on August 5, 2009, 5:52 GMT

    TWO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH...ALROUNDERS ARE JACK OF ALL THINGS MASTERS OF NONE...MAKE SEPERATE TEAMS FOR DIFFERENT FORMATS

  • imirfan on August 5, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    I totally agree with redman. its about time that our selectors should start thinking logically.......

  • skybolt on August 5, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    Problem ly with the management even the captain doesn't know whose gonna play tomorrow Intakhab Alam and Yawar Saeed picks the playing XI with the consent of Ijaz Butt. This isn't right. Players like Salman Butt and Fawad Alam got so many chances to prove themselves but they are just another disappointment. No one knows why Fawad is being given chances over again when it is proved that he just another disaster and liability on team. PCB needs to be shaken up and some proper setup be given to it instead of dictatorship. Reading a post by Hassan.Farooqi that Imran Khan is to blamed for Karachi not producing Talent is not right its the board to be blamed. If there wouldn't any Imran Khan around we would have never got the likes of Wasim, Waqar, Saeed, Inzamam, Mushtaq and our cricket would have died out. Imran wants Pakistan structure to be molded like Sheffield the strongest domestic structure in the world.

  • Nasir_NZ on August 5, 2009, 0:28 GMT

    Come on Younis. Have a heart. Stop harping the old logic of flawed domestic cricket and defficient techniques. These are all cliches which will divert your attention from the actual issues. Those failed in the series against Sri Lanka are not new players-how would you justify your logic of defficient techniques in the case of players like, Muhammad Yousaf, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul. They are all playing for years now and have left behind what they learnt in domestic cricket far behind them. The fact is that the performance of the new palyers like Fawad Alam, Umar Akma, Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Aamir has been much better than the old players which defies your argument. The debacle at Sri Lanka is hugely shameful admitted; but it will also have its lessons from which you could learn how to plan better in future. But if you shrug off your defeat by hurling invectives at the domestic cricket, you will not allow yourself the chance to learn from mistakes.

  • thatindufit on August 4, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Pakistan team consists of great players, its just they lack the confidence to perform against SriLankan team. They have such big hitters like Afridi, Razak, Akmal but its just they does not have the confidence to play against SriLankan cricketers with unity. IMO, Pakistan have far better selection board than what SL have. For example, Dilhara, he is failing continously and they have selected him over Malinga. And Tharanga, fortunately for the board he played better last innings, why did not the select Mahela Udawaththa, even after scoring 160 against Pak in warm up match. In T20 series, they selected such under performed Chamara and Mubarak through the whole series. In that case, Pak commity is far better, they brought new talent like Umar Akmal, Amir in this tournament. Its that they are lacking the confidence. But SL board always been in favour for such untalented players over natural talent.

  • mumbaiguy79 on August 4, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    It's probably the ex-ICL factor. Mohammed Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and other folks who had played in the ICL, earned loads of money and then gotten into the National team straightaway! So how would some of the players who were not tempted by ICL stuck around got either dropped or ignored feel about this? Obvious resentment.

  • tiframe on August 4, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    this is not the rifght time to blame domestic structure now the fact is that pak is lost the series younus khan doesnt prove himself as a good captain its seems that he is all in all in the feild no communication and also its seem that pak team is lack of unity.in the flat batting pithes he made a tons of runs but in dubai he fails also in sri lanka. a captain has to lead from the front like sangakara & jayewardne.younus khan said that in the begining it took two years to get it right, but i dont think he get it right this series is the open fact.now this is the time for other players to get in who r waiting for long time besides good performance in domestic & icl players are also didnt prove from last ten years including 2007 world cup they r enough rich now & its time for poor cricters.

  • ameel_msn on August 4, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    For God sake,plz identify the self-inflicted ills and worries would be my kind advice to our perplexed and all-at-sea skipper.Look mahela jayawardene flunked for last 17 odi innings,had only 1 50 in them but the skipper kumar reposed faith in him and he repaid the faith by churning out a dauntless and timely 100.Then why the hell on earth did sentimental younis hammered Yousuf,the team's best batsman out in both matches on the lame pretext of his poor fielding and under-performance with the bat in first odi.Had he forgotten Yousuf didn't play for last couple of years and even then his test score was second best after malik against srilanka.Poor skipper is doing disservice to his own cause by working on farcical whims and fancies.Mohammad Yousuf made more runs than ever-struggling shaky Younis in the test matches.He said a vice captain shouldn't be in the side 4 its difficult to retain him forever.Then why not the same treatment should be meted out to skipper.Yousuf is still the team's backbone and plz don't include titbits at the expense of a gr8 player like him.I hope my words get heard by Younis and co.

  • salmankhan1234 on August 4, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    What is happening in the Pakistani side, when the batsman do good than bowlers fail and the bowler do good than batsman fails. It is a Captain fault to pick a right players for the bowling and batting side, I know our captain is trying to give chance to youngster to adjust in the world cricket but he made some wrong selection in the bowling field in the 3rd odi. Why put Rana when we had the best bowling combination in the whole series including test and odi until 2nd odi. Aamer didn't give his best coz he didn't have a good partner like Gul, a pace bowler, a wicket taker. Srilanka played with 3 attacking pace bowlers, like Thushara, Kulesekra, Mathews, and Pakistan only one. Rana and Razzak aren't the Pace bowlers, and when you have a player like Gul how could we replace with Rana.

  • emad on August 4, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Also I would like to add that Pakistan has FINALLY gotten some more players to their team (that aren't only kids!) from ICL, domestic cricket, etc., now all they need to do is create a GOOD starting XI, then when someone performs badly, they know that the captain has a replacement for him, so he better get his act together! For the starting XI, Pakistan REALLY need to look at Imran Nazir, esp. ODI and T20, he performed superbly in the ICL last season, and got them to win the final. Whatever the team ends up choosing, they need to get it done quickly, and keep the team so that the players can get used to the set-up before the world cup! InshAllah, Pakistan will do well. My Starting XI would be: 1. Imran Nazir/Salman Butt 2. Kamran/Afridi 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Misbah 6. Malik/Alam/Umar Akmal 7. Kamran/Afridi/Alam/Umar Akmal 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Mohammad Aamer 10. Umar Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal The captain should choose the openers ONLY from those four players, and they're replacements for ALL!

  • kaiser1 on August 4, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    Wow Younis Khan what a way to shed responsibility on the others and unknown factors like structure of domestic cricket and technique of younger players. What is wrong with Misbah (shame vc), also Shoaib who had been captain (doesn't know about the whereabouts of his off stump) still playing like gully cricketer and more importantly what is wrong with the captain himself is his technique also faulty? why he gives away his own wicket so tamely & easily. Look at sangakara who never gives up? keeps scoring & dropped Jayasuriya who helped him get run out in the early game. Lessons to be learnt, Jamshed failed but got another chance, When Yousuf failed got chopped unfairly, there is every possibility that the greats often come back strongly and perform. But who I am talking to, walls or deaf ears? Amwar Ali is one hell of a talent who swings balls at will and by yards but the man he bowled 1st delivery in the Junior WC Rohit sharma is known world wide & Anwar Ali is nobody, do they need him?

  • emad on August 4, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    Pakistan's domestic system IS flawed. Pakistan needs to start looking at other countries and model it after them (i.e Australia). I also think that Younis is probably correct in saying that there is no "groupism" in the team. I also don't understand comments saying that "Younis lacks leadership qualities", if Younis doesn't have leadership qualities, then who DOES in the Pakistani team?! Younis is the only captain that actually suggests ideas for camps, extra training etc. to the board/management for the development of the team (ex. Younis suggested a training session in/around Pakistan's mountains up north before World T20, and the camp for all the players when he started as captain). Pakistan team/management/board are all lacking in a sense of direction. They don't have a common goal like many of the other international teams do. For example, throughout the series Kumar Sangakarra was talking about how they are preparing for 2011 world cup, so is India, and so is Australia!Pak:LEARN

  • skhan909 on August 4, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    as fans, we have to be patient because this is a rebuilding team. but sure the talent is there and as long as younis doesnt succumb to the pressure placed on him already, he will have a great team for the next world cup. the pieces are there, with upcoming and experienced bowlers, great allrounders, and talented batsmen in umar akmal and fawad alam. i really hope that younis is patient with butt and malik though cos they are a critical part of this team and have been groomed for the last few years. if they are dropped now, all the work of the last few years will be lost and it looks like butt is the best option right now for an opener to go alongside kamran. also, i hope that yousuf and misbah are gone for good from the odi side because they are just too old to be considered for the next world cup, and the team management should move on from akhtar and asif as well.

  • pathan310 on August 4, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    OH WELL ANOTHER EXCUSE AS USUAL IN PAKISTAN CRICKET. STOP IT GUYS AND DONT BLAME THE STRUCTURE JUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF POOR TEAM SELECTION MR. YOUNIS. EVERY CAPTAIN FROM LAST 10 YEARS IS SAYING THE SAMETHING BUT DOMESTIC STRUCTURE REMAINS THE SAME. FIRST PROBLEM WHY R U PLAYING FAWAD ALAM AS A PURE BATSMAN? HE BOWLS REGULARLY IN DOMESTIC CRICKET SO IF DHONI CAN USE RAINA WHY YOUNIS CANT USE FAWAD AND HIMSELF? SECOND FROM YOUSUF AND MISBAH ONE SHOULD DEFINITELY PLAY IN THE TEAM. I SAY YOUSUF. THIRD WHO CARES IF MALIK SCORE A CENTURY IN DRAW MATCH? WE SAW HIS TECH. SO HE SHOULD BE PLAYING AS AN ALLROUNDER RATHER THEN PURE BATSMAN WITH A FEW OVERS. FINALY WHY WE NEED SAEED AJMAL IN THE TEAM WHEN WE ARE PLAYING AFRIDI, MALIK, FAWAD ALAM AND YOUNIS CAN BOWL? PLAY GUL/RAZZAK/AAMIR AND RANA 4 MAN PACE AND AFRIDI,MALIK,FAWAD? HERE IS PATHAN'S XI. 1. IMRAN NAZIR 2. AFRIDI 3. RANA NAVID 4. YOUNIS 5. YOUSUF 6. MALIK. 7. ALAM 8. AKMAL 9. RAZZAK 10. GUL 11. AAMIR

  • husnifaizal on August 4, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    I too agree with younus khan, because the selectors are not selecting the exactly talented cricketers, Pakistan has been gifted with the most naturally talented cricketer's in the world but yet they are being considered as a week team. Example we saw many cricketer's in the under 19 world cup's recently who were extremely super talented player like ANWER ALI, (The main reason of Pakistan's victory against India in the final in Sri Lanka) Everyone had a feeling that he might be picked for the Pakistan's international squad but it never happened. And also the unity, behavior and the passion should be thought for the youngsters before they come into the international stage.

  • redmen on August 4, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    why does imran nazir not get picked 4 the team ??? what role is alams in the team he does absolutley nothing yet he always plays why do they keep playing jamshed ??? who actualy picks the team because he doesnt know what his doing what is afaridis best position surly its as an opener - all i keep hearing is excuses - where is the character and pride of the team ???

  • aditya87 on August 4, 2009, 16:22 GMT

    i remember yasir hameed had a very good technique as a batsman...

  • Subra on August 4, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    Why is Afridi batting at 7? Why not get him to open? Thefielding restrictions will help his style of batting. Pakistan has to decide on what direction they want to move. Think about the 2011 World Cup and prepare for it. Give the youngsters a long 'innings'. Have faith in them. Iron out their technical defects and actively encourage them. There is a lot of potential and it is sad that they could not defend the highest score made at Dambulla. Learn from mistakes. Decide on the course for the future and move on. No point looking back! A positive Pakistan team will enrich cricket. Siva from Singapore

  • hihello on August 4, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Agree with Younis khan. The young players in the team need to sort their techniques out even the senior players like Malik he hasn't got a clue against the swinging ball. Jamshed just fishes outside the offstump and is easily out. Poor decision by Younis to leave out Yousuf in a "do and die situation". Alam is in the team for no reason you need a good player at 6 not one who works the ball around. However, talking about the negatives. Pakistan must take the positives out they have found immense talent in U. Akmal and M. Aamer two very exciting talents who are indeed the future of Pakistan cricket. The standard of first class cricket is poor, former players need to come and help cricket in Pakistan in this time of terror. The PCB are just nonsense they only like to give bans and fines. Ijaz Butt should be fired and Imran Khan buy this will never happen. Number 1 M. Aamer fan.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on August 4, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    The old structure of departmental cricket worked fine. It was close to the NFL/NHL/NBA format of the USA. However Imran Khan used his influence to force the English County like format which fails to produce quality cricketers in England itself. Imran did that partly for being raised in England but mostly because he was prejudiced against Karachi and the department cricket benefited Karachi. Thanks to Imran, Karachi now does not produced quality batsmen that it used to. The only good cricketers like Younis Khan comes from Rashid Latif Academy.

  • PakCricFan on August 4, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    Completely agree with Younis. A lot of these young batsmen have flawed techniques. Sri Lanka bowlers are very nicely taking advantage of that. Their fast bowlers may not not be the most talented but they are extremely smart and disciplined. On the other hand Pakistani batsmen are the opposite. They are unable to resist their temptation to touch the wrong ball. Nasir Jamshed got out exactly the same way in the last two one days.

  • skhan909 on August 4, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    well afridi's batting is not world class but its more than wat malik has provided. he is arguably our best bowler and a senior player not afraid to be a leader, much more than one can say about malik. maybe you have forgotten but afridi won the world cup no question about it, without him we get destroyed by SA. even in the finals, if he gets out its game over. i like the team right now. only question lies in the opener slot, jamshed doesnt seem ready yet. akmal is perfect as the one opener and his partner should be salman butt (ODI avg. 38!) but i guess nazir needs to be given a chance so he can fail and all his icl fans can shut it. also, it is brainless to play both naved and razzaq, wats the need for so many allrounders: afridi, malik, razzaq, naved? younis should focus on the next world cup and not worry about right now. the former players need to take a hike, changing captains can only hurt. XI: akmal, nazir/butt, afridi, younis, o akmal, malik, alam, razzaq, gul, aamir, ajmal

  • cricinme on August 4, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    Instead of blaming one another, why does not one agree that the better team won. Sri Lanka were better than Pakistan in all departments of the game.

  • veeezel on August 4, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    I fully agreed with younis on weak domestic structure.Look all the upcoming youngsers talent they all have flaws in thier technic one way or other or thier temprament and it is happening for such a long time and no one seems to be bother or looking to do anything about it.great players like yousaf,saeed anwar,amir sohail. younis saleem malik etc they all improved after playing lots of international cricket.As cricket has become more fast and intense with so much media hype player should be taught from early ages to handle all that, wich is not happening with pakistan cricket.They are still coming to international cricke as raw as they were use to be 20 years ago.wondering y i never mentioned miandad&inzi when mentioning greats, reason i think they were both naturally gifted then the others in my openion.

  • shak01 on August 4, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    people need to stop having unrealistic expectations about the Pakistan team. Yes its poor that they failed to defend 288, however, look at the fact that the team has been chopped and changed and despite winning the Twenty20 world cup they are still in transition. The team is lacking extra leadership. Younis has done a good job considering the circumstances but like with all teams you need to have your senior players stepping up and shouldering some of the burden. Players like Misbah need to act their age and start to mentor the younger players. The bowlers need to start to work as a unit instead of relying on individual performances and above all else the board needs to get its act together. Maybe all these former players who keep saying how disgraceful the team is should step up and be part of the board and part of the selection process

  • salmaan_2007 on August 4, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    WHERE IS IMRAN NAZIR !? .. WHERE IS MOHAMMAD SAMI !? .. they went with nasir jamshed .. i agree he is a good player but come on .. you cant compare any pakistani opener in the squad with IMRAN nazir .. and i feel the pace attack pakistan carries lacks QUICK pacers .. razzaq is good for first change bowler and so is Rana naveed .. pakistan need the pace of sami and akhter and line n length of Asif.

  • rizvi12 on August 4, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    WELL i dont know whether there is aproblem regarding unity in the team but i am sure team selection is a problem in pakistan UMAR AKMAL is a good player he needs to be given a long run and i think technique wise AHMED SHEHZAD is a fine player he needs to play test cricket

  • sramesh_74 on August 4, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    Misbah has been given a very very long rope. He is a batsman of very mediocre ability. It is time Pakistan replaced him with a youngster. It might not be a bad idea to bring back Imran Nazir. If he reins in his temperament, he could be quite a force in ODIs. One must also look at the value Razzak is adding to this team. His bowling has lost most of its bite and his batting is no longer the bludgeoning force it used to be. This team needs some fresh blood in the batting.

  • AndyLong on August 4, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    There is definite divisions within the ranks - Younis and Shoaib clearly do not get on. Shoaib always appears to be a true cricket gent, but Younis is the man for the job - no one takes more pride in representing his country. So Younis and Shoaib need to resolve their differences and fight for the cricketing glory of Pakistan.

  • rohanbala on August 4, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Whatever the Pakistan captain says now about the team's unity must be taken with a pinch of salt.. Players like Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq must be sacked immediately. What is the use of having players like Shahid Afridi who cannot score more than 30 runs? At the end of this current series, the score-line will undoubtedly be 5-0.

  • cornered_tigers on August 4, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    hopefully the PCB will get their act together and produce sporting wickets at home in domestic cricket and get the team to practice there instead of training camps,they need to improve their techniques quickly before their tour of australia

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  • cornered_tigers on August 4, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    hopefully the PCB will get their act together and produce sporting wickets at home in domestic cricket and get the team to practice there instead of training camps,they need to improve their techniques quickly before their tour of australia

  • rohanbala on August 4, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Whatever the Pakistan captain says now about the team's unity must be taken with a pinch of salt.. Players like Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq must be sacked immediately. What is the use of having players like Shahid Afridi who cannot score more than 30 runs? At the end of this current series, the score-line will undoubtedly be 5-0.

  • AndyLong on August 4, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    There is definite divisions within the ranks - Younis and Shoaib clearly do not get on. Shoaib always appears to be a true cricket gent, but Younis is the man for the job - no one takes more pride in representing his country. So Younis and Shoaib need to resolve their differences and fight for the cricketing glory of Pakistan.

  • sramesh_74 on August 4, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    Misbah has been given a very very long rope. He is a batsman of very mediocre ability. It is time Pakistan replaced him with a youngster. It might not be a bad idea to bring back Imran Nazir. If he reins in his temperament, he could be quite a force in ODIs. One must also look at the value Razzak is adding to this team. His bowling has lost most of its bite and his batting is no longer the bludgeoning force it used to be. This team needs some fresh blood in the batting.

  • rizvi12 on August 4, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    WELL i dont know whether there is aproblem regarding unity in the team but i am sure team selection is a problem in pakistan UMAR AKMAL is a good player he needs to be given a long run and i think technique wise AHMED SHEHZAD is a fine player he needs to play test cricket

  • salmaan_2007 on August 4, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    WHERE IS IMRAN NAZIR !? .. WHERE IS MOHAMMAD SAMI !? .. they went with nasir jamshed .. i agree he is a good player but come on .. you cant compare any pakistani opener in the squad with IMRAN nazir .. and i feel the pace attack pakistan carries lacks QUICK pacers .. razzaq is good for first change bowler and so is Rana naveed .. pakistan need the pace of sami and akhter and line n length of Asif.

  • shak01 on August 4, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    people need to stop having unrealistic expectations about the Pakistan team. Yes its poor that they failed to defend 288, however, look at the fact that the team has been chopped and changed and despite winning the Twenty20 world cup they are still in transition. The team is lacking extra leadership. Younis has done a good job considering the circumstances but like with all teams you need to have your senior players stepping up and shouldering some of the burden. Players like Misbah need to act their age and start to mentor the younger players. The bowlers need to start to work as a unit instead of relying on individual performances and above all else the board needs to get its act together. Maybe all these former players who keep saying how disgraceful the team is should step up and be part of the board and part of the selection process

  • veeezel on August 4, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    I fully agreed with younis on weak domestic structure.Look all the upcoming youngsers talent they all have flaws in thier technic one way or other or thier temprament and it is happening for such a long time and no one seems to be bother or looking to do anything about it.great players like yousaf,saeed anwar,amir sohail. younis saleem malik etc they all improved after playing lots of international cricket.As cricket has become more fast and intense with so much media hype player should be taught from early ages to handle all that, wich is not happening with pakistan cricket.They are still coming to international cricke as raw as they were use to be 20 years ago.wondering y i never mentioned miandad&inzi when mentioning greats, reason i think they were both naturally gifted then the others in my openion.

  • cricinme on August 4, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    Instead of blaming one another, why does not one agree that the better team won. Sri Lanka were better than Pakistan in all departments of the game.

  • skhan909 on August 4, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    well afridi's batting is not world class but its more than wat malik has provided. he is arguably our best bowler and a senior player not afraid to be a leader, much more than one can say about malik. maybe you have forgotten but afridi won the world cup no question about it, without him we get destroyed by SA. even in the finals, if he gets out its game over. i like the team right now. only question lies in the opener slot, jamshed doesnt seem ready yet. akmal is perfect as the one opener and his partner should be salman butt (ODI avg. 38!) but i guess nazir needs to be given a chance so he can fail and all his icl fans can shut it. also, it is brainless to play both naved and razzaq, wats the need for so many allrounders: afridi, malik, razzaq, naved? younis should focus on the next world cup and not worry about right now. the former players need to take a hike, changing captains can only hurt. XI: akmal, nazir/butt, afridi, younis, o akmal, malik, alam, razzaq, gul, aamir, ajmal