New Zealand v Pakistan, Group E, World Twenty20, Barbados May 8, 2010

Afridi chases selection changes

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Shahid Afridi has called for a more cohesive selection policy in future after Pakistan's World Twenty20 title defence moved closer to an early end. Pakistan lost their second Super Eight match on Saturday when New Zealand stole a one-run victory in Barbados, leaving them needing a miracle to qualify for the semi-finals out of Group E.

Afridi is leading a squad that is missing some senior players after a clear-out that followed their tumultuous tour of Australia. The former captains Younis Khan, who was in charge when Pakistan won this event last year, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were banned along with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

"We are coming out from a very difficult time after the New Zealand and Australia tours," Afridi said. "The selection committee picks the team for us and first they announce the team before naming the captain and coach. Maybe in the future we can all sit together and pick a good bunch of guys."

The missing strike-power has been a concern and Pakistan had scores of 157 and 147 in their losses to Australia and England. Batting was again a problem as they fell a run short of New Zealand's 133, despite Salman Butt's unbeaten 67 off 54 balls.

Afridi's lack of runs has added to the worries and his 11 against New Zealand took his series tally to 53 in four matches. "My performance is always very key as captain but this time I haven't performed so maybe that's why we haven't had a good result," Afridi said. Pakistan's final Super Eight game is against South Africa in St Lucia on Monday.

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  • badmash911 on May 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I really dont know if afridi is a good captain, i mean beside being aggressive, you need to be smart too. You cannot let your personal emotions come into play when your representing a very diverse team. We need to send of our young players to play county cricket, We have lot of raw talent but we need to mold this talent towards the better....just like wasim akram, he played lot of english cricket in his yound age, now a days we dont have many young pakistani players doing that.....Second Why even have fawad alam in the team....why cant they have him 1 down, he cannot hit big shots but he is good between the wickets and can keep the score card ticking, and iam very disappointed with hafeez, he played good first-cricket in dubai and back home, but under the spot light he just cannot seem to handle the pressure.

  • on May 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Afridi saab first of all we have been watching all of Pakistan macthes. We did not go to work, wake up early to watch you guys in New Zealand and Australia and now in T20. 90% of matches has been lost because of brain less cricket. No planing, wrong shoots from most of players at wrong time and what can we do with cricketers who are afaird of hear name as Australia , South Africa etc ?

    Selection is wrong, PCB is biggest joke i ever seen but Pak team could do alot better. We did not se Afridi we are use to active in feild. Similing etc but we hear som words in feilding as g**** to hafeez what was that ?

    No need to captain change and coach change after this T20. You should get long run since atleast 3+ years. Not only you most of players. Good luck today as Pakistan fan we know its very diificult to win today but plz give your 100% and play with brain. SOme one have to win and other loose.

  • on May 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    This is the weakest pakistani bowling attack i have ever seen....

  • manibama on May 9, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    afridi dear...we like u and love u but now its useless to cry over spilt milk....anyways i would definitly love to see him(afridi) as a captin for foreseeable future and really want some strong coach who can control afridi and teach him the art of flexibilty in switching plans during the game if ur initial plan doesnt work :) but afridi is rigid andd he wont listn :)

  • longhit60 on May 9, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    i said every other team have 5 specialist batsman and they make runsand what have pakistan 1 salman butt-he playing last 7-8 year.he make some runs this tornament.his fileding is very bad. 2 misbah-he old gun the have aids.vs england how he out.13 ball play make 3 vs NZ he need bullet is head. 3 umar-last year when he start play some good inning but now he is out of form.now we dont see he is good batsman. 4 hafeez-last 4 year no get place in team.domestic very good but international very bad. 5 fawad-hight 3 foot he play international cricket for pak.23 march when he bowl shahzab hassan he make 20 runs his 1 over.he is out the team and fawad is in. shaid afridi poor guy i dont no why he not bat number 3 when he bat number 3 he makes some runs and pak win the match last year but now he make in 4 match just 50 runs .razzak he is to old now bowling speed 100 km bat late 1 good inning play in 5 years .kamran drops catch miss run out bating also not good with good teams.this pak bat

  • rizzo on May 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Sara my dear...making a few runs occasionally (many of them being mis hits, mis timed slogs) in a 20match over doesnt make u world class. And those blaming Afridi or the batting line up also need to realise that Afridi at 3 or akmal at 5 or Razzaq at...11..will not fix anything, these batting line-ups have been chopped and changed for years...the end result?..VERY few good innings, some okay innings and a lot of poor innings. Top 7 order players CAN make runs...but i never expect them to.

  • BoomBoomAdnan on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    pak is loosing bec afiridi isnt performing he performed in the first t20 n we went to the final he performed the 2nd t20 n we won it n now he isnt performing n we r loosing badly kingofkashmir needs to learn sum cricket n then comment. Afridi cant make u win every cup there r other 14 players in the squad they need to stand up n play like afridi the way he played in pervious tounnament.

  • KingofKashmir on May 9, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Typical Pakistani captain, blaming everything except himself. YO Mr boom boom...how bout you use a little bit of brains instead about demoralising the current selected team with daft comments. I mean why are you batting so high up the order when we all know you are crap? your batting line up should be Salman, Hafeez, Razzak, Misbah, Kamran, Umer, Afridi, Amer, Ajmal, Rehman, Asif. And as for your bowling, although dependant on what happens on the field, id always open with Amer and Razzak. my pre game plan would be: 1.Amer 2.Razzak 3.Amer 4.Razzak 5.Asif 6. Razzak 7.Asif 8.Afridi 9.Asif 10.Afridi 11.Rehman 12.Ajmal 13.Rehman 14.Ajmal 15.Rehman 16.Ajmal. 17.Amer 18. Ajmal 19. Amer 20. Razzak/Afridi/Rehman

  • usmankhan001 on May 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    all the indians who made comments after pak defeat plxx do coment abt the over rated indian team :P plyrs like pathan jadeja vijay can only perform in ipl plx find a way to handle short balls bye bye india have a safe journey :P

  • vparisa on May 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    India and Pakistan are definetely making a joke of their talent in this edition of World T20. Pakistan has still a chance to sneak in to the semis. But Afridi must get his act together. I thought he was very inspirational, but he is not as good as a captain Younis was. The main problem with Pakistan team is their fielding. Salman Butt bats really well and thanks to him, they came even close to NZ total. But he gives away so many runs while fielding. He need to make amends for that. Afridi or Razzaq, one of the big hitters should bat at the top. Umar should play a responsible innings. He is wasting his super talent. I wish Pak good luck. Being an India, I feel ashamed of the way Indians are playing. They need to go back to the blackboard and learn how to play the short ball. I really wish SL to win the world championship so that the T20 stays in the sub continent.

  • badmash911 on May 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    I really dont know if afridi is a good captain, i mean beside being aggressive, you need to be smart too. You cannot let your personal emotions come into play when your representing a very diverse team. We need to send of our young players to play county cricket, We have lot of raw talent but we need to mold this talent towards the better....just like wasim akram, he played lot of english cricket in his yound age, now a days we dont have many young pakistani players doing that.....Second Why even have fawad alam in the team....why cant they have him 1 down, he cannot hit big shots but he is good between the wickets and can keep the score card ticking, and iam very disappointed with hafeez, he played good first-cricket in dubai and back home, but under the spot light he just cannot seem to handle the pressure.

  • on May 10, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Afridi saab first of all we have been watching all of Pakistan macthes. We did not go to work, wake up early to watch you guys in New Zealand and Australia and now in T20. 90% of matches has been lost because of brain less cricket. No planing, wrong shoots from most of players at wrong time and what can we do with cricketers who are afaird of hear name as Australia , South Africa etc ?

    Selection is wrong, PCB is biggest joke i ever seen but Pak team could do alot better. We did not se Afridi we are use to active in feild. Similing etc but we hear som words in feilding as g**** to hafeez what was that ?

    No need to captain change and coach change after this T20. You should get long run since atleast 3+ years. Not only you most of players. Good luck today as Pakistan fan we know its very diificult to win today but plz give your 100% and play with brain. SOme one have to win and other loose.

  • on May 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    This is the weakest pakistani bowling attack i have ever seen....

  • manibama on May 9, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    afridi dear...we like u and love u but now its useless to cry over spilt milk....anyways i would definitly love to see him(afridi) as a captin for foreseeable future and really want some strong coach who can control afridi and teach him the art of flexibilty in switching plans during the game if ur initial plan doesnt work :) but afridi is rigid andd he wont listn :)

  • longhit60 on May 9, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    i said every other team have 5 specialist batsman and they make runsand what have pakistan 1 salman butt-he playing last 7-8 year.he make some runs this tornament.his fileding is very bad. 2 misbah-he old gun the have aids.vs england how he out.13 ball play make 3 vs NZ he need bullet is head. 3 umar-last year when he start play some good inning but now he is out of form.now we dont see he is good batsman. 4 hafeez-last 4 year no get place in team.domestic very good but international very bad. 5 fawad-hight 3 foot he play international cricket for pak.23 march when he bowl shahzab hassan he make 20 runs his 1 over.he is out the team and fawad is in. shaid afridi poor guy i dont no why he not bat number 3 when he bat number 3 he makes some runs and pak win the match last year but now he make in 4 match just 50 runs .razzak he is to old now bowling speed 100 km bat late 1 good inning play in 5 years .kamran drops catch miss run out bating also not good with good teams.this pak bat

  • rizzo on May 9, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Sara my dear...making a few runs occasionally (many of them being mis hits, mis timed slogs) in a 20match over doesnt make u world class. And those blaming Afridi or the batting line up also need to realise that Afridi at 3 or akmal at 5 or Razzaq at...11..will not fix anything, these batting line-ups have been chopped and changed for years...the end result?..VERY few good innings, some okay innings and a lot of poor innings. Top 7 order players CAN make runs...but i never expect them to.

  • BoomBoomAdnan on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    pak is loosing bec afiridi isnt performing he performed in the first t20 n we went to the final he performed the 2nd t20 n we won it n now he isnt performing n we r loosing badly kingofkashmir needs to learn sum cricket n then comment. Afridi cant make u win every cup there r other 14 players in the squad they need to stand up n play like afridi the way he played in pervious tounnament.

  • KingofKashmir on May 9, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Typical Pakistani captain, blaming everything except himself. YO Mr boom boom...how bout you use a little bit of brains instead about demoralising the current selected team with daft comments. I mean why are you batting so high up the order when we all know you are crap? your batting line up should be Salman, Hafeez, Razzak, Misbah, Kamran, Umer, Afridi, Amer, Ajmal, Rehman, Asif. And as for your bowling, although dependant on what happens on the field, id always open with Amer and Razzak. my pre game plan would be: 1.Amer 2.Razzak 3.Amer 4.Razzak 5.Asif 6. Razzak 7.Asif 8.Afridi 9.Asif 10.Afridi 11.Rehman 12.Ajmal 13.Rehman 14.Ajmal 15.Rehman 16.Ajmal. 17.Amer 18. Ajmal 19. Amer 20. Razzak/Afridi/Rehman

  • usmankhan001 on May 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    all the indians who made comments after pak defeat plxx do coment abt the over rated indian team :P plyrs like pathan jadeja vijay can only perform in ipl plx find a way to handle short balls bye bye india have a safe journey :P

  • vparisa on May 9, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    India and Pakistan are definetely making a joke of their talent in this edition of World T20. Pakistan has still a chance to sneak in to the semis. But Afridi must get his act together. I thought he was very inspirational, but he is not as good as a captain Younis was. The main problem with Pakistan team is their fielding. Salman Butt bats really well and thanks to him, they came even close to NZ total. But he gives away so many runs while fielding. He need to make amends for that. Afridi or Razzaq, one of the big hitters should bat at the top. Umar should play a responsible innings. He is wasting his super talent. I wish Pak good luck. Being an India, I feel ashamed of the way Indians are playing. They need to go back to the blackboard and learn how to play the short ball. I really wish SL to win the world championship so that the T20 stays in the sub continent.

  • vparisa on May 9, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    @Nayeem, Umar is a good batsmen and definetely one to watch out for in the future. But to say he has got more range of shots than Sachin is going too far and is laughable too. At the age of 18, Sachin had scored two high quality centuries in Australia against a good Pace Attack. Sachin's hundred at Perth in 1992 is considered the best to have played in Australia. Umar has not scored much in their recent tour against a young and in experienced Aussie attack. He should probably play at three or four.He has got talent but he has not done anything to justify the title of world's best batsmen or to be even comparable to Mohammed Yusuf or Inzi bhai.A test century against NZ does not make him the best batsmen in the world. For me, that title belongs to Pietersen/Sangakarra/Sehwag on current form. Sachin is past his prime, he plays long innings and with in his limits due to his injuries.

  • on May 9, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I want to answer "rizzo". you are comparing batting line up of SA/india to pakistan. what the hell it is? pakistan current batting line up is better than these teams in this type of cricket and this u can see what happened to them in recent matches. Pakistan got good runs on the board and our bowling was also good. it is just nonsense captaincy of Afridi which was the real cause of pakistan defeats.

  • on May 9, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I agree with Afridi that captain and coach should be take into confidence while selecting the squad but Mr. Afridi wat abt the blunders made by the team management ... middle order failed in the whole tournament, why hafeez is there for 4 matches despite of poor performance, why fawad is being used at number 8 while every1 knew it well that he is capable of taking 1 n 2 and if he was properly used in the middle order may b we might did well in the matches, why always played with less batsmen than all rounders as in the last match where Rehman was replaced with Fawad and managment again select hafeez instead of proper batsmen, above all we have appointed a fielding coach (Ijaz Ahmed) and in the whole tournament we have not seen any good fielding performance ... Pls answer this Afridi, Waqar and Ijaz

  • abdulsamad14 on May 9, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    u r being way to mean on his, afridi won it for em last year. every one has their times when they loose form a bit so take it easy. just chuck hafeez out and put some better batsman in, thats wat they need. inshallah, if allah will

  • fai-sal on May 9, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    still dont understand the role of fawad alam and m.hafeez they should b replaced as well as misbah ul haq.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on May 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Umar Akmal is currently the best batsman in the world and Pakistan should utilize Umar Akmal services to the maximum if they want to do well. Pakistan should promote UMAR AKMAL to the opening slot. One should look into the case of Sachin Tendulkar whose career was transformed altogether after he was promoted to the openers slot by Azhar/Wadekar combination when Prabhakar was injured. With no undue disrespect to the genius of Sachin Tendulkar, I think Umar Akmal is more threatening than Sachiin. I think Umar Akmal is as talented a batsman as Brian Lara was. Hence Pakistan should open with Umar in shorter formats of the game like T20 and one dayers and play him at #4 in tests. Believe me Umar Akmal will be more threatening for oppositions than Tendulkar was. But Umar Akmal should show the hunger for runs that certain Tendulkar had. One can see in Umar Akmal's game the sparks of Tendulkar, but Umar Akmal has even more range of shots than Tendulkar. I hope the men who matter r listening.

  • on May 9, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I didnt expected miracles from this team, seeing them play against Aus/NZ/Eng, it seems that club level players are playing against professionals.Poor physical fitness which eventually leads to bad fielding is team's Achilles heel. Players never looked confident enough to win the matches throughout the series. The way team management and captain was selected it was obvious that will be under a lot of pressure, when board banned the 4 players and imposed fines on few others they should have made the inquiry reports public. To me, it was victimization. People like Waseem bari, Ijaz butt, saleem altaf are to be questioned this time.

  • ahassan on May 9, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Yes Afridi is right about making changes and he himself should be the first one to be replaced. Pakistan's defeats are largely due to his most unimaginative captaincy. He knows nothing about bravery as he avoided to face the bowling whenever Pakistan was in trouble by coming in to bat lower down in the order. Even this weak Pakistan team could have won matches against England and New Zealand had he shown some guts. Remember Imran in 1992 when he started coming in at one down position when all other were reluctant to go one down. He led from the front. Here Afridi is trying to lead from behind. PCB's whole management should be sacked immediately. People like Waqar and Mohsin are also responsible for this debacle because they decided to go along with this corrupt management for their personal gains.

  • RiazQamar on May 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Net run rates as they currently stand.

    New Zealand -0.300 South Africa -0.650 Pakistan -0.215

    Pakistan has a better Net RR than NZ and SA. If Pakistan beats SA by even the thinnest of margins and England manages to beat NZ, Pakistan are through to semis!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on May 9, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Afridi Should not blame to selection now.His captaincy his own performance with bat and ball is below of stander of a good captain who leads from the front.He did not utilize Abdul Razzaq as he should.I think that Abdul Razzaq is the exact choice for captaincy for T20 format and there should be no place for player like Misbah Ul Haq..

  • syedahmed91 on May 9, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    To all the people saying butt should play for the team, do you mean playing "for the team" skying big shots that you know you're never going make and simply just getting out? Butt's inning carried pakistan through to me he's our only match winner in the team, it is just unforunate he abdur rehman couldn't finish, but you can't expect to see mircacles everytime. There is still a chance for pakistan they need to be SA by a good net run rate and hopefully nz loses to england. Pakistan needs more new players in the team get rid of likes of misbah who have been tried and failed several times, bring up the new talent and bring more ATLETHES who can run and take catchs, throw accurately, throw rapidly to create break throughs for the team and create problems for the opposition.

  • Percy_Fender on May 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan has always been lucky in the past. So maybe they will have the rub of the green this time as well. They just have to pray that England beats New Zealand and they themselves beat South Arica. If it comes to the NRR, Pakistan will make it as they have done on so many occasions in the past. There is no harm in hoping which now seems the best way out.

  • rizzo on May 9, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Wake up and smell the coffee...who from the pakistan batting line up would get into Sri Lanka/SA/AUS/india (and id go as far as even including England!) batting line up? Butt? akmal Sr? hafeez? misbah? afridi? akmal Jr? It's simple, the are ALL not world class and barely any class at all. As a Pakistan fan, i still expect them to do well...but NEVER surprised when they dont.

  • on May 9, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    There are too many useless players which bring nothing to the team, like Misbah, Hafeez, etc. And Saeed Ajmal should have been dropped for the match after those dropped catches to teach everyone a class. Come on, how difficult is it for these guys to catch a cricket ball? Make him and example and catching will improve without fielding coach and drills.

  • on May 9, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I Dont know why misbah and fawad alam is playing in the team...afridi should replace sami with hammad Azam... afridi should give bowling chance 2 razzaq inplace of sami, And why imran nazir is not selected in team. Pakistan Still have a chance to qualify for the semis, if they win over Africa, & england wins against Newzealand...?

  • kalam100 on May 9, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    afridi is not perfect as captain.bowling change,batting order are nor perfect.the big match between nz vs pak, pak could easily win if razzak was in top order,afridi one down,misbash is in lower order because misbash play well in lower order.afridi should bowl in powerplay.next match pak will win if the batting order is..salman,kamran,hafeez,akmal,razzak,afridi,misbash

  • on May 9, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    The only problem is middle order which is worse than tail enders.Misbah is hanging around for a long time .He does not deserve the job and how can you compare Misbah with YOUSAF who averages more than 50..Brink kamran down the order and get some body who can read and play ac to the situation.... Sami is `THICK`Get rid of him for ever........... Pakistan need batsman.....Thats it......... Bring some proper batsmen rather than these so called ALLROUNDERS like Fawad.....

  • MRPakistani69 on May 9, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    First of all i pray for them that they make to semi insallah. after saying that i think thay made some bad mistakes en not learning form them. they mis the opener Imran nazir who can give them flying start even if he dont stay long he still make some runs. I think Razaq have to up to order to do the job for pakistan now. they need to take the catches and please bowl akoording to your field. slection is always problem but if you play with your hart for pakistan then you can give any team a hard time.

  • fai-sal on May 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    all blame goes to selection committee bcuz still do not know the role of fawad alam and mohamed hafeez was?it was suicidal making them play.the selection committee could have rana naved n shoaib malik or sohail tanveer in their place next time,,no need to cry over spilt milk but i hope the board gets our message clearly.it should be bye for players like mohamed hafeez fawad alam and misbah ul haq.

  • Taz786 on May 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Even if Pakistan beat South Africa on Monday, England won't beat New Zealand as Peiterson has gone back to the UK for the birth of his child. It's bye bye Pakistan as far as I am concerned they should already be out of the tournament, they don't deserve to have a semi-final spot based on their performances in this tournament.

  • Zsam on May 9, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Afridi's lack of applying his mind was visible in the way he played that shot, when only singles could have won them the match. The way Abdul Razzaq and Salman Butt approached the match at the end left a lot to be desired. The 17th -18th overs are usually crucial to fill the gap between deliveries and runs and its not left to the final delivery as Salman did to cut and run! The entire approach of Pakistani batsmen suggests that they have been left behind by other teams in skill application and mental strength. Intikhab Alam is not off the mark on these players.

    Afridi simply cannot manage his own talent properly so it is indeed outrageous to assign him the task of managing 10 others on the field!

  • innocent_sinner on May 9, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Himayun, you got it all wrong pal. If your going to play the blame game then Butt shouln't even come on that list. If it wasn't for his innings, Pakistan would never have stood a chance. He was the anchor of the Pakistani innings, He built the innings and brought it to the last over, all that was left to do was score two runs of the final ball.

  • on May 9, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Inshallah My prayers are with my Champions WE will win with south africa and england will also win with new zealand

  • on May 9, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    This is not new in Pakistan cricket, if they win means the players proud themselves and show their proudness, if they loose then they used to blame PCB or coach, this is history, they have to adapt the condition and play the cricket accordingly, when they chase small total like 133 why they should try to hit every ball, they have to scroll singles and twos, then they should scores 4 and sixes in bad ball, I hate watch this stupid players, they are so proud themselves and waste their talent, the way Umar Akmal got out nobody can digest, he has trying to give the catch practice to keeper nobody play responsible innings except Razzak and Salman, I don't why they have sent Rehman instead of Sami or Aamer, anyhow they have decided to catch the earlier flight and played accordingly (in a Statement Shahid Afridi told he is willing to meet India in Final, maybe they will meet in the Airport to catch the flight)

  • on May 9, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    honeslty speaking pakistani team are missing some seniors plyaer like Younus Khan, Shoib malik,mohd Yusuf and shaib akhtar

  • shakhyd10 on May 9, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Team is very good only that few changes are required to make it a winning combination, Afridi needs to open the inning and believe that he is a batsmen not a bowler. next thing Razaq should come before misbah, person like imran nazir needs to be brought in and the one who is defensive cannot win in the T20 format, one has to be daring in order to take the challenge to the opponent, which is lacking in pakistan side very much. one has to stay at the wicket and other has to hit not both at the same time. loosing wickets at crucial moment is a big problem in pak side.

  • prasun8463 on May 9, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Although T20 is a game of chances and cutting corners(which suits Pakistan),sooner or Later Pakistan have to resign to better teams-those that play with Purpose and efficiency.they might have ability(sometimes in abundance) but its of no use if they don''t apply themselves- they need a shane warne who can turn their talents into real performances or 5 years down the lane, they could upset Zimbabwe's Applecart as the next minnows of World Cricket.

  • on May 9, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Afridi needs to show a bit of guts and thoughtfulness as a captain; after all it was these 2 traits which people hoped to get out of the umpteenth captain change over a short span of time. My advice: bat up in the order yourself (and promote Razzak), change bowlers quickly, T20 is too short to persist, let everybody play absolutely naturally, and think about a bit of planning before going into a match, it not as bad a thing for Muslims as many molvis would like us to believe. [Why the heck A Rehman had to "hit" the last ball? he could so easily have tapped it around for a single and thus a 1 over showdown]

    Anyways, we are back to prayers yet again. Its pretty simple now: For Pakistan to go through to semis, tomorrow; England beat New Zealand [not a big ask with English form] and we beat the chokers once again.

  • Hashmi5 on May 9, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    NRR favors Pak. Afridi needs to play his natural game. Batting lacking a reliable middle order batsman like M.Yousaf. Akmal bros could play a part in winning vs SA. Missing Gul & tanwir. Salman butt should play for country first, he was in, should have shown bit urgency, seemed like following Salim Maliks policy of, 'Well, I made fifty".

  • sameeullah on May 9, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    i don't know wats going in afiridi's mind.before WT20 he was shouting every where that this team capable of Defending World title.and now he is crying when he is almost out of competition.I don't see any thing wrong with theese 16 team members.They are talented as other team's players .problem was with team combination and mindset of captain.i wouldn't say he should be removed but he needs to improve alot if he wants to be as captain.I don't want to blame any particular player but afiridi should have tried player sitting on the bench.hammad and khalid latif were better options then fawad.umar akmal is not matching his performances with his talent mainly because he is impatient and lose wicket in that process.umar akmal should take more resposible approach toward batting.country is looking toward him after inzi, yousef and younis and he is more then capable of filling their shoes but when he realize it.Don't worry come back on the borad and plan again.Be honest,work hard.No excuses.

  • BapiDas on May 9, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Cricket is played more in the minds. The last ball was a full toss and could have been flicked along the ground at least for ONE quick run to tie the scores. The shot into the air was suicidal and shows that the batsman was not thinking! You don't think, you don't play - and that is that!

  • on May 9, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Afridi captaincy is suicidal .. hafeez,misbah should be out of the team .. afiri should bat at No2 or No 3 postion .. razzaq at No 5 .. ajmal should be brought into the attack from 1st or 2nd over. Its ridiculous to keep ajmal for the last 8 overs when match is already lost in first 6 overs.

  • Waqas_Paki on May 9, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Afridi himself has fear and he is not leading from the front remember he has batted on NO.3 position in the last WC09 and has come to bowl within first 6 overs he is making false excuses that this is not my team and what ever a captain should be fearless and thats was missing in him.

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Pakistan have won their match against Bangladesh and i think that is enough for them...they will come back home with that one victory !! other teams have played exceptionally well and deserve to be ahead in the competition !!! now its no use making complaints about selection...Younis was a captain by nature and by character...who told u to take him out of the game !!! Yousuf was world class !!! now its no use crying over spilt milk !!! get your boarding cards ready for arrival soon...

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Whats Misbah upto these days? I guess he wants to bring the match to hopeless situation for his team and win ( well almost) from there. How else can you justify his nonsensical 3 off 13 yesterday. Mr. Misbah please save us the heroics and play you natural game. No ground is big enough for you lofted shots. Look at Suresh Raina, Warner, KP..You are that mould. Stupid stop shots are not your game and honestly you suck when you try to defend.

  • Conynine on May 9, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Afridi is the most experienced of em all in the Pak team., Akmal bros, Hafeez, Fawad etc don't have quality, they should be terminated from the team immediatly, Afridi shud devise a strategy for the next match and step up and put responsibility on his shoulders instead of relying on these rookies. 2ndly I really don't understand why the hell haven't they included Shoaib Akhtar and Gul, and had faith on Sami and Asif, thats driving me nuts. The selection committee is crazy.

  • Joby_George on May 9, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Mr. Afridi, You are a very poor leader. Younis Khan is undoubtedly the best captain pakistan has provided afte rImran Khan. Before the start of T20 World Cup, Afridi said, pakistanin players are fresh not playing IPL and ready for the world cup, today in this article, he said, they are coming after a difficult time after australia and new Zealand tour which is somthign funny. Afridis body language is bad a a captain, he came with high expectations, iam sure he realized that captaincy is not as easy as he thinks. bad Luck pakistan team, as you left all your good players back in pakistan and came with a weaker side.

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    so, we all hoping that England wins from NZ and Pakistan from SA.... in alomst every World cup and championship we have similar kind of hopes.. and inshALLAH we will win this time... and hopefully we don't drop catches this time.. Also we definitely need Imaran Nazir in Twenty20's as he is one of the best hitters don't get me wrong at least better than Hafiz, Fawad etc etc.. Take Care

  • itisme on May 9, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    i fail to understand why afridi is not coming at no. 3? this is ridiculous. i agree with Mzaka that he should open the innings, if not then must come at no. 3. he batted at that position just nine months ago when pakistan won the t20 world cup. what has changed so drastically in these nine months that he has to go down to no. 5? but it is too late now. they can beat SA but beating them convincingly by a good margin is wishful thinking. pakistan are down and out. but they should try to win against SA just to save their pride and avoid embarassment.

  • on May 9, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Team is gud bt its poor performance in t20 worldcup is due to bad captaincy from afridi y isnt he using hammad azam wen he haz g0t such a good talent and we already know our team iz lacking a good allrounder...

  • joji_1 on May 9, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    oh hello Mr. afridi , now do not make the team selection a reason to loose. though coach n captain were not taken in confidence but u were very satisfied n confident at the begining of tournament. your captaincy had bveen absurd with stupid bowling changes n batting order. you place ur worst fielder at the most important position n u dont change him until he drops three lolly pops. man u disappointed the nation n now u better confess it

  • on May 9, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I think u have to perform best when it comes to t20 and u have to manage the team as selected 4 u.There should b some changes in batting order an the team.Abdul Razzaq commin at 8 doesnt make sense and u urself should come to bat early rather than sending inexperienced players to add on pressure to u.Mohammad Hafeez has got fear bit of chance and has failed to prove his worth.Why not play Khalid Lateef? At last b cool! I have never seen u so nervous as this time around.

  • MBSIVA on May 9, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    The equation is very simple. If Pak and England win their respective matches, Pakistan is through. Pak has healthy NRR compared to SA and NZ.

  • girikula on May 9, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Pak team is poor along with their captain. Accept it and keep away from tv for this cup. Why do all calculations when you do not have team that can win? Even if you come to semis, you are destined to lose, unless the pitch is farmland where it can spin 360 degrees. So all Pak supporters, blame it on your captain and force the board to bring in new talent who are sidelined to keep akmals. Boom Boom should be actually Ban Ban and not the likes of Younis Khan who is a great person and cricketer.

  • sharprider on May 9, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    I had mentioned in one of my earlier write-ups that the Pakistani team was lacking self-confidence in addition to improper selection and poor judgement. Today, it has been proved so true after the heart-breaking loss to New Zealand. The decision not to bat first (knowing that pressure-free batting suits Pakistan) really gave the opponents an upper-hand from the outset of this game. The other factors came into play as per the regular scenario concerning the Pakistan team (here I am referring to improper selection and lack of self-confidence) and the result has vindicated that. It is the first time that New Zealand has defeated Pakistan in a T20 match. Now, what we all thought was just an eye-opener (against Zimbabwe), actually turned out to be THE REALITY and our worst fears have come true.

  • mrnevergiveup on May 9, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    it was real sad ending after Butt's marvellous and da only fight (xcept a little cameo from razzaq) did not go da way Pakistan wanted.... I nd i think every 1 else wud hav felt very sad fo Butt.. but this is wat God had planned I think its now time to forget wat has happend nd 2 giv their best against SA to win nd then thex can hop Eng beats New Z...... this is da only way.... I hope nd pray is atleast through 2 da semi-fonals....

  • Niizz on May 9, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    agreed with rahul_78.. pak players were took oath in inzi house..they are not loyal with the country... they should be banned for ever,,,

  • mohsin2235 on May 9, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    waqar younis said before the t20 world cup that he would like an attacking pakistani team,but on the groung things are the opposite.pakistani team should allways pick match winners ahead of bits and pieces cricketers like hafeez,kamran akmal ,fawad alam etc.the team is missing a deadly opener like imran nazir who could send shivers down the opposition.hope razzak comes in at no 3 as he is quite comfortable against medium pacers and they should give him the licence to hit.

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Can any one telll me Which song or theme is being played before the start of the national anthem Thankyou..

  • perfectsallu on May 9, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    i think afridi shud step down as a captain his decisions are pethatic, he should hav sent m .amer or sami in place of that a. rehman. knowing that m.amer has got a rapid 70 against the same opponents in the ODIs . and whts da result they lost by 1 run ,i think m.amer could hav managed atleast one run of the last ball instead of being out. such a stupid captaincy.............. no variations in the batting order and above all he takes abdur razzaq for granted , i mean if u see he is the only player performing wel with the bat as wel as with the ball in the psnt side.his career stats speak and gues wht he not given the ball and he s coming down the order ,so wht is mr afridi is up to ,he is abig TUKKA wid da bat.....i think he should ball wel n shud com at no. 11 ,atleast other tailenders can manage more than 11 runs i suppose

  • mzaka on May 9, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Why the hell Kamran Akmal opens when there is a dynamic batsmen (Shahid Afridi) the sheer presence of whom brings the opposite team change plans???

    They are playing with the Opening pair and none are giving the Decent stand... Atleast Afridi was performing occasionally on that spot...

    And his replacements are not worth remembering... Salman butt and Afridi should open

    And Pak need to be aggressive and offensive

  • ZubairPeer on May 9, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    I think if we r hoping for Eng to beat NZ , but still we needs to beat South Africa, which is an even more difficult opposition. But lets hope that this happenes for all of us. Inshallah it will happen if we go with a correct composition. And i have some questions. Can some one answer them for heaven sake. 1. Wat is Hafeez doing in this team, especially after failing thrice and not dropped for a single game?i think he is member of PPP. 2. Hammad Azam hasnt won a cap yet. He is talented and could have proved a handful as the other teams dont know him too well. 3. If Razzaq is not bowling then it means he is in the team as a specialist batsman. But yet he has been preffered 6-7 down. 4. Wat is the role of Misbah in team. he cant even lift the bat nowadays and cant get bat to ball. i think he only is to be blamed for the loss against NZ. 3 of 13 is even poor for Test matches.

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    you guys are stupid.who says pakistan has better run rate than NZ & RSA......pakistan has not won a single match than how can there run rate be better NZ & RSA..........just look @ the table :

    run rate in group E- ENG +1.176 NZ -300 SA -650 PAK -215

    and looking @ current form & team composition.SA are much beter side than PAKISTAN....so PAKISTAN can forget about semi-final this time

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    i think pk need imran nazir badiy............................................

  • guru008 on May 9, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    i think the Pakistan team and supporters got carried away after winning the T20 last year. T20 as we have repeatedly seen in the IPL etc is a game of luck . on that day everything clicks or does not . Just depending on the pitch or who wins the toss - sometimes affects the T20 so much that your hard hiiting batsmen can be useless or your best bowlers can be hit for plenty. Winning T20 is no big deal - one should consistemtly perform in one dayers and test matches - then only you can be called champions!

  • rakh25 on May 9, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    i feel afridi is an over rated player...he depends on luck as a batsmen. as a captain his selection of bowlers has been poor....the best bowlers end up bowling the least overs. too much crticisim and public scrutiny is not good for any team

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    hey all it will be a freat miracle and god<s blessing if pakistan reach semi final _ they had 2 win from south africa as they have better net runrate _though it will depend upon the match between england and newzealand _ if england win that then it means god is blessing pakistan team and had gave them another chance\

  • zizou313 on May 9, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Afridi was so intent on getting the captaincy that he didnt care what team he ahd before and some of his on filed decisions have been mind boggling. when he was going for runs yesterday he shuld hav bowled rehman who was outstanding. as for our middle order batting spineless once again. hopefully we've seen the last of misbah, whio scores 3 runs from 13 balls in a T20? uts time hes out and deserving players from pakistan's domestic need to be given a chnace in the batting. our bowling is brilliant and our strength, but we need qualiy batsmen to play for Pak. hopefully Asia cup will go better

  • shahid on May 9, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Pakistan need a strong captain who can lead from the front. With Afridi i am afraid, he doesnt possess these quaities. Afridi is the sort of player who is good for little cameos but cant perform on consistence basis.

  • vinoth.m on May 9, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    To me Shahid Afridi himself is not a good example as an captain which was very clear after the ball chewing incident in Australia. A Captain is one who should lead the team as an example but Shahid is not the right guy. Talking about the selection criteria, he should also look at how he has used his resources. Bringing Razzaq at no7, using hafeez as strike bowler, not including Asig instead Sami are some of the flwas he has made. Misbah is has to come out of his 2007 T20 world cup performance and Akmal brother has to work out in the net as they are living only on reputation nothing on results. Bottomline is Pakistan can start working for next world cup as there is very meagre/no chance of entering the semi's. My congrats to England who played a very professsional cricket.

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Y not afridi is batting at number 3 position ??? AFRIDI BAHI ALLAH DO SOMETHING MIRACLE FOR US

  • aakhan23 on May 9, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    We must take sport as a sport.There is no doubt that the performance of Pakistan cricket is pathetic lacking fighting spirit. Despite what has happened we must look into the reality. Practice and matches locally and abroad are the key factor to built a strong unit. Look at Pakistan,we were deprived of international team tours.The players in their home country were fearful of practice because of law and order. Instead of blasting players we should blast our government putting sport into such a mockery.Indian cricket on the other hand is not shortage of good players in any form of cricket thanks to IPL . England were preperaing for T-20 for the last one year and they have groomed some players suited for this type of cricket. I know we are emotional nation but dont blame players too much.Pakistan has tremendous talent.Give them matches at home and abroad and see how they spark.My final suggestion is to appoint Miandad as couch immediatelely as he was the master of staying at wicket.

  • Ali.R on May 9, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    I guess Afridi is right to a certain extent, the captain should have a say in team selection (a major say). The problem with Pakistan is that every body tries to be the man in charge, doesnt matter how good they are. PCB chairman thinks he understands cricket best so no team could be selected without his permission, the politicians think they know cricket even better so nothing can hide from their eyes, and then there are the oldies (retired players) they have a negative opinion about almost everything, wvery one wants to be the national coach or manager. However, I would also like to add that it can only be Pakistan where players like afridi or imran nazir or sami or hafeez or fawad alam or even misbah have been given so many chances. Cmon think of it, these guys have been tried and tested gazillion times and they have failed the nation time and again

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Pakistan proved strategically bankrupt. Consider the contrast. Vettori sacrificed his wicket twice in this tournament to let a better hitter like Nathan McCullum to hit those key sixes of the last ball. Whereas Salman Butt took a single and exposed tailender Rehman to finish the innings. Reminds me of Ravi Shastri letting Maninder Singh play the last ball in the tied Test at Chennai against Australia. Unlike Vettori, Dhoni or Ponting who have not let their captaincy role affect their play, Shahid Afridi is not showing signs that he can handle both. His asking for the captain having a say in selection is not the solution. Australia picks the team and then picks the captain. It has worked very well for them. As I had said in an earlier post both the Pak captain and coach are brilliant as players but misfit for their posts. That is where the problem lies. Otherwise a talented side like Pak cannot be faring so badly even if the recent selection has sidelined veterans.

  • AliHaydar on May 9, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    We PAK fans can believe all we want that PAK will beat SA and make their way into the semis, but until they start to gel and act like this is a TEAM SPORT, PAK will continue their losing trend. The Umar Akmal catch livened their spirits, but in the end, rash decisions cost them a game against a NZ team lacking any bite. Pray for a TEAM effort, PAK supporters, because that is all that can save PAK cricket now.

  • Dante_DMC on May 9, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    well i will go with afridi we seriously miss players like malik rana gul PCB should have named the captain and copach first then the team .. i would blame the pcb on this .. pakistan need a mircale .. i dont see that happening next year we have got the world cup ahead of us just leave it and focus on the up coming tours hopefully we will do a great job .. and shahid should be named captain in all the 3 formats of the game ..!!!!

  • greatkhan on May 9, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Yet another humiliation for Pakistan. Can anybody please reply me why did mr. Afridi opted to filed against NZ after winning the toss, considering there below average record for winning games chasing. We can count on our fingers pakistan successfully chasing down totals to wins matches. Secondly i dont see any problem in the team atleast on paper, its amusing how a bunch of match winners that pakistan have can loose matches so easily. The problem i guess is with Afridis leadership, he should chop & change the batting & bowling rather than following a fixed plan. Make few changes here & ther & GOD WILLING success shal soon follow, remember its not yet over for Pakistan, If NZ is beaten by England & PAkistan beat SA they will qualify based on a better run rate.

  • on May 9, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    @ Himayun you said "With several wickets in hand Butt was more interested in improving his average than wining the match." keep your hatred aside. wickets were falling regularly. And Butt scored with an SR of 125. He just needed a good support.

  • mclean on May 9, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    why afridi is experimenting with batting position of all players and why he is not giving new ball to razzak.now afridi is not at all bother of razzak as he is not using razzak to full extent. cmon razzak is an allrounder and should have got chance to bowl atleast 3 ovr per match

  • rshn on May 9, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Well... its high time Pakistan realizes that their team is fluke... last T20 world cup win was a fluke... look at the way they were decimated and humiliated in Australia. Even in this world-cup Pakistan has won just one game, narrowly against Bangladesh. I guess it would have been great if Bangladesh had been qualified to super 8's instead of Pakistan, perhaps there would have been a better fight.

    I guess its high time pakistani selectors stop selecting fluke players like Afridi, he plays once a year, but only talks 24x7.This is the bitter truth, its nice to rebuild a new team with someone like younis khan as captain who takes responsibility.

  • on May 9, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Dnt worry Afridi, please try to win againts South Africa, You will qualify for Semi final becaz, I think Eng will beat NZ, so no broblem Net ran rate to Pak.

  • mzaka on May 9, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Hey dude The team is already perfect

    But, you guys need to take an offensive stand As a novice cricket fan I think

    1) You(Afridi) should open the1dayers and t20 matches you made many centuries on that spot and in T20 even if a quick fire 20 its enough

    2) Abdur Razzaq should climb up at number 4/5 because everybody knows he needs time to settle down and he is the man who has earlier sent shivers in the austrialian side way back when Waseem Akram was captain

    3) You need an Indian batting coach or atleast Sri Lankan like Aravinda De Silva if it is too low for you to approach india for batting coaching

  • Himayun on May 9, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen except Misbah have mediocre averages and luck cannot always favor them. The law of averages catches up with them. With several wickets in hand Butt was more interested in improving his average than wining the match. He took a suicidal run just to expose Rehman to the last ball. In fact Pakistan and Butt were lucky, there was not a run out. If there were then a new tail ender would be exposed and one more to score! With this kind of attitude I can see Butt as the next Pakistani captain, after ball chewing and pitch digging Afridi. When Afridi chewed up the ball I had said that he is going to be rewarded as he fits like a gem in the ring. Now time to handsomely reward Malik and Butt, as they are the honest men of character that Pakistan can have. Only thugs like Malik can be accorded hero's welcome in Pakistan. Their coach/manager Alam rightly described them a bunch of selfish retards who don't even know how to behave off and on the field! Himayun Mirza USA

  • regofpicton on May 9, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    It don't need a miracle! Though Pakistan is the only team curently without a win in the group they do have the second best net run rate. If they beat South Africa and England beat New Zeland (may my keyboard burst into flames at the very suggestion) Pakistan come second and make the semis!!!!!!

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    I do not seem to understand why he hi so shy and unwilling to take up responsibility as a Captain. Preferring Hafeez over himself in Bowling and others in Batting.. Its just like he doesn't have the courage.

  • Rahul_78 on May 9, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    God save the team whos players take an oath to ouster a selected capten at an ex captens house. Can not blv me ears and eyes. We are talking about a bunch of individuals who are selected to represented their country. Millions watch on tv and come to ground to watch these so called players who r out there for captens blood and not to win a match for the country they r entrusted with an honour to represent. Where is the priority to win? This is as treachorous as match fixing. Pak fans should feel cheated. Its only the die hard passion and love for the game that fans r still sticking up with these non professionals. Shame on everybody who was involved in that disgraceful episode. Felt very bad abut pak cricket who has provided us imrans and miandads in the past who were ready to die on the filed for the countrys victory.

  • marcash on May 9, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    afridi should have bat at no.3 position.. regardless, and keep gap between him and razzak, and bring razzak before misbah, now its too late, but if he done this we would have gone to semi's . i bet afridi try him at .3 and razzak at 5. and push misbah and hafeez back, they will win so.africa atleast.. before coming home..

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    I think england will defeat new zealend then you have a good chance of coming back to the match by wining to the south africa.......because SA net run rate is not good and inshallah new zealend will lose ENG in good margin >>>>>>>>>>>hope it will happen

  • asfandyar_pakipower on May 9, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    mr ejaz butt really ruined pakistan cricket firstly to ban some super players for this format .. likes of shoaib malik, rana naveed , younas khan and than not to pick shoaib akhtar and imran nazir ...

  • Farrukh_Shahzad on May 9, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Pakistan still has better NRR than NZ and SA. So they only need victory against SA (any margin) and hope that England beat NZ (England should be favorite , based on their recent form).

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  • Farrukh_Shahzad on May 9, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Pakistan still has better NRR than NZ and SA. So they only need victory against SA (any margin) and hope that England beat NZ (England should be favorite , based on their recent form).

  • asfandyar_pakipower on May 9, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    mr ejaz butt really ruined pakistan cricket firstly to ban some super players for this format .. likes of shoaib malik, rana naveed , younas khan and than not to pick shoaib akhtar and imran nazir ...

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    I think england will defeat new zealend then you have a good chance of coming back to the match by wining to the south africa.......because SA net run rate is not good and inshallah new zealend will lose ENG in good margin >>>>>>>>>>>hope it will happen

  • marcash on May 9, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    afridi should have bat at no.3 position.. regardless, and keep gap between him and razzak, and bring razzak before misbah, now its too late, but if he done this we would have gone to semi's . i bet afridi try him at .3 and razzak at 5. and push misbah and hafeez back, they will win so.africa atleast.. before coming home..

  • Rahul_78 on May 9, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    God save the team whos players take an oath to ouster a selected capten at an ex captens house. Can not blv me ears and eyes. We are talking about a bunch of individuals who are selected to represented their country. Millions watch on tv and come to ground to watch these so called players who r out there for captens blood and not to win a match for the country they r entrusted with an honour to represent. Where is the priority to win? This is as treachorous as match fixing. Pak fans should feel cheated. Its only the die hard passion and love for the game that fans r still sticking up with these non professionals. Shame on everybody who was involved in that disgraceful episode. Felt very bad abut pak cricket who has provided us imrans and miandads in the past who were ready to die on the filed for the countrys victory.

  • on May 9, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    I do not seem to understand why he hi so shy and unwilling to take up responsibility as a Captain. Preferring Hafeez over himself in Bowling and others in Batting.. Its just like he doesn't have the courage.

  • regofpicton on May 9, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    It don't need a miracle! Though Pakistan is the only team curently without a win in the group they do have the second best net run rate. If they beat South Africa and England beat New Zeland (may my keyboard burst into flames at the very suggestion) Pakistan come second and make the semis!!!!!!

  • Himayun on May 9, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen except Misbah have mediocre averages and luck cannot always favor them. The law of averages catches up with them. With several wickets in hand Butt was more interested in improving his average than wining the match. He took a suicidal run just to expose Rehman to the last ball. In fact Pakistan and Butt were lucky, there was not a run out. If there were then a new tail ender would be exposed and one more to score! With this kind of attitude I can see Butt as the next Pakistani captain, after ball chewing and pitch digging Afridi. When Afridi chewed up the ball I had said that he is going to be rewarded as he fits like a gem in the ring. Now time to handsomely reward Malik and Butt, as they are the honest men of character that Pakistan can have. Only thugs like Malik can be accorded hero's welcome in Pakistan. Their coach/manager Alam rightly described them a bunch of selfish retards who don't even know how to behave off and on the field! Himayun Mirza USA

  • mzaka on May 9, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Hey dude The team is already perfect

    But, you guys need to take an offensive stand As a novice cricket fan I think

    1) You(Afridi) should open the1dayers and t20 matches you made many centuries on that spot and in T20 even if a quick fire 20 its enough

    2) Abdur Razzaq should climb up at number 4/5 because everybody knows he needs time to settle down and he is the man who has earlier sent shivers in the austrialian side way back when Waseem Akram was captain

    3) You need an Indian batting coach or atleast Sri Lankan like Aravinda De Silva if it is too low for you to approach india for batting coaching

  • on May 9, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Dnt worry Afridi, please try to win againts South Africa, You will qualify for Semi final becaz, I think Eng will beat NZ, so no broblem Net ran rate to Pak.