Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2013

Moin defends team; calls tour 'satisfactory'

Umar Farooq

September 16, 2013

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Mohammad Hafeez trudges back to the pavilion after a low score, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 1st day, September 3, 2013
"I won't say that he is consistently failing," Moin said about Mohammad Hafeez © AFP
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Moin Khan, the Pakistan team manager for the Zimbabwe tour, has defended the team saying that although they played badly in the two matches they lost, the overall performance was "satisfactory". He added that the team didn't need to apologise for the results as they had not lost the Test series.

"I don't think our level is falling," Moin said. "I think the conditions suited Zimbabwe team more than us. In both the matches that we lost (one-day and Test) we played badly. We didn't bat well in the second Test, but overall I would say that our performance was satisfactory.

"No, no need to apologise. We didn't lose the series. It was 1-1 and we won the T20 and one-day series."

After his appointment as the manager ahead of the tour, Moin had said he would not refrain from criticising the team, but when asked about the performance of specific players, he said that it was important not to "demoralise" the players and take measures to boost the confidence.

"I won't say that he is consistently failing," Moin said about Mohammad Hafeez, who had an ordinary Test series. "He did well in the T20s and one-dayers. He is a good performer but his batting was not good in Tests but he is keen and will try to regain his form."

Moin praised the performances of the team's seniors, highlighting the contribution of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. "Misbah's performance is very good. Younis ended up with the man-of-the-series award," he said. "If you look at our batting then seniors played their part. Misbah was there till the end but no one helped him from the other end."

Moin said that the coach, Dav Whatmore, will take necessary measures to overcome the mistakes made during the tour.

"It was not in my domain to plan things," he said. "Everyone makes mistakes and I am sure that Whatmore will be doing his best to overcome those mistakes. When you lose to a team like Zimbabwe you learn a lot of lessons."

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Posted by   on (September 20, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

If this performance is SATISFACTORY what Unsatisfactory performance would be?

Posted by Dadu786 on (September 18, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

My Test team. 1.Taufique 2.Khuram 3 Azhar/Nasir 4 Younis 5 Misbah 6 Umar Akmal/Fawad Alam 7 Sarfraz 8 Umar Gul 9 Zulfiqar Babar 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Junaid Khan. inculding Rahat Ali Umar Amin and Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rahman in squad.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

No changes for pakistan. Pakistan player n coach change a mind.misbah alway only one game plan slower plan n old plan . Pakistan need positive plan. Misbah is not world class player n not a match winner. Afridi razzak kamran akmal umar akmal malik yunis match winner player n positive game n world class player. Plz pakistan not change coach player change your player mind short selection. Plz razzak malik kamran yunis in for odi and positive game playing pakistan. Malik is good no. 3 batsman. Plz change your mind pakistan not plyer change. Odi team: 1.jamshed 2.hafiz.3.malik.4.umar akmal. 5.yunis khan6.afridi. 7.kamran akmal.8.razzak. 9.ajmal.10.gul. 11.irfan. good eleven team. Junaid. Wahab. Sehzadu.amin. 15 member team.plz pakistam i m big fan. This team select for next odi tour vs africa. Test team:1.tofik umar.2.azhar ali.3.yunis.4.misbah.5.umar akmal.6.kamran.7.razzak.8.ajmal.9.gul.10.w.riaz.11.a rehman.12.j.khan.13.safik.14.u.amin.15.irfan. best team test n odi team.pl Test tea

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Cant understand pakistan team selection . on one side you have captain age 40+ and on other side you have put out experienced pure class & talented players old as 32-33 calling them too old for cricket. On one side you say your preparing team for world cup and on other hand you have 40+ age captain and leaving out class players like abdul razzaq, fawad alam, mohammad yusuf etc . On one side you say you have best bowling attack on other hand you dont even have "one" decent fast bowler!. This pakistan selection saying they are getting young blood into the team dont even understand themself what they are doing seems like , currently pakistan lacks in all departments its not going to win any tournament and in future if they continue like this and all credit goes to the team managment.

Posted by romirom on (September 17, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Every time i open the page of cricinfo i see the moin khan comment about his satisfaction towards the pak performance in zim tour. satisfaction my foot. they are loosing with zim by playing dull cricket and he is saying pak played good cricket. pak team doesn't deserve even sixth position in test ranking. the must be bellow zim team bcoz they almost lost first test when zim had dominate almost upto forth day. pak easily lost second test. they never look like there is any chance for pak win in second test. they played such a dull cricket and disappoint their fan in all over the world. but sitll moin think they played satisfactory cricket. disgusting comment.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

@ murad: who will bowl 100-120 overs on flat wickets in your test team?

Posted by Desihungama on (September 17, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Make Saeed Ajmal the captain and Misbah in playing eleven only. It will pay huge dividends for Pak Cricket.

Posted by sharab_Kabab on (September 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Pak performance is far from satisfactory. Its abysmal and defending it is even worst. Its time to let Misbah play as a player only in test team for 1 year or so.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Pak team young players lack confidence and guidance, they require bowling coach like waqar younis to train the young bowling players of team and batting coach like inzimam. There's not even "one" experienced fast bowler in team from whom other young players can learn and not even one proper all-rounder in the whole team other then on and off performances of shahid afridi. I think pakistan team at this stage dont stand any chance for winning any tournaments either big or small unless they put there minds together how to get out of this mess. The way i see it is if you dont have talent then just train new players from "proper" seniors guidance so they become potential players with experience over time for the country team.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

"When you reach bottom, then the only direction you go is up." It seems that Moin Khan does not think that Pakistani Cricket has hit the rock bottom yet.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (September 17, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Someone please show Moin a dictionary and show him the meaning of SATISFACTORY. Thanks

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Moin Khan has been an average cricketer all his life and he has proved it with his comments with SouthAfrica tour beckoning and more tough cricket to come a team of Amateur cricketers like Zimbabwe has shocked the Pakistanis and Moin finds it satisfactory absolutely unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Murad400 on (September 17, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Pakistan ODI & T20 Team. 1) Ahmed Sehehzad/Shahzaib Hasan 2) Imran Nazir 3) Nasir Jamshed/Hafeez 4) Umar Akmal(WK) 5) Umar Umin 6) Abdul Razzak 7) Afridi(Capt) 8) Shan Masood 9) Junaid Khan 10) M. Irfan/Umar Gul 11)Ajmal/Rehman

Pakistan Test Team. 1) Taufeeq Umar 2) Azhar Ali 3) Nasir Jamshed 4) Younis Khan 5) Sohaib Maqsood 6) Misbah (Capt) 7) Asad Shafiq 8) Umar Akmal(WK) 9) Junaid Khan 10) Irfan/Umar Gul 11)Ajmal/Rehman

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Very bad statement ,he is saying its satisfactory .. the performance is not against aus its zim.. shame on u... dont defend them .. such a shameful lose.. Hafeez, adnan, asad should be rested from test squad.. i am wana ask them where is the Player Asim Kamal .. where is he disappear such a nice player of test format. our selection committee ignore him always. the team is about now bhatijas, bhanjas, and for patriyas.. please bring new keeper on permanent basis.. i think Dave whatmore nice coach and very sincere .. but the selection of pak tam not good.. pak need changes for South Africa..

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (September 17, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Moin has proved that Najam Sethi was right when he said that give a former player a job in the pcb and he wont criticize the team'. You could just imagine Moins reaction if he was not team manager and behind a t.v screen as a 'expert'.

Besides he ir right why should the team apoligise after getting hammered by South Africa, knocked out out of the champions trophy and losing to Zimbabwe. In fact us fans should apoligise for supporting such a defensive and gutless team.

And this performance was anything but satisfactory, even in the 1st odi and 3rd odi our run rate was around 3.5 which is pathetic to say the least. In test we would have lost the 1st test if it were not for Younis double century.

To be honest the team performance was rubbish. !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Moin could have express his opinion in better manner but I feel PAK played better cricket than CT2013. I had seen worst of TEAM IND post WC2011 and nobody could nail out their main problems. Any cricket team can have bad patch and PAK is facing the heat now. On the other hand ZIM are playing much better cricket in this season. Cricket fans is judgemental here by previous results of ZIM with IND in ODIs. It wasn't the way final results looked. PAK played best in first test under pressure. Overall PAK's performance in ZIM was OK. I am much optimistic about PAK's next tour in UAE against Proteas. I was shocked when they beat Top ranked ENG in Tests last time. I expect much improvement in them with stabilize in their batting order. PAK can't afford too many changes now. Sometimes you need to give a time to reveal hidden capabilities.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

okay we need to open up our eyes, rather than living in this illusion of "SATISFACTORY" performance overall. The other day i was watching dhoni's ipl inngs. Dhoni was left with the tail, giving tail min strike, he was keeping the strike to himself with attacking mindset. Though he did not win the match, but it was a close one. Misbah needs to change his ultra defensive approach, its not helping, like seriously ! Including misbah, except Younis we do not have players who can play big inngs, we have players who can only score in the range 50 -80. We need to build players like younis, inzi, and Yousuf once again.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Moin Khan's arrogance is shameful. In order to correct our mistakes we must snap out of denial. Moin Khan's statement clearly implies that the team is rocking right along. The team performance in Zimbabwe is clearly not something to hoot about. Therefore, Moin should be fired even before Hafeez, Azhar, Asad are rested. Let's get our bench a chance. Let's bring back Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad, Fawad Alam, Harris, Hammad, Jamshed etc. for the next series, as Hafeez and co. work on their problems.

Posted by FahadNazir on (September 17, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

I have no doubt that Ahmed Shahzad is a nice opener and if he is left out of test squad because he is impatient then it is a mistake. Playing Imran Farhat, Khurram Manzoor or Faisal Iqbal can not bring harmony to Pak cricket. Azhar Ali and Umar Amin started test career in the same match and I could see the difference between a blocker and a stroke-maker, Umar Amin should be given permanent spot in all three formats he also can be used as part-time bowler and he is good fielder. Misbah has a set pattern for run scoring and in the current squad almost everyone is playing on the same pattern. We need stroke-makers instead of blockers. Toufeeq Umar should take guard with Ahmed Shahzad in next series and Hafeez should go back to first class to get test temperament.

Posted by immi2711 on (September 17, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

You are telling me PAK's tour was satisfactory. You were a sneeze away from loosing the first Test, you barely squeaked by ODIs, how else do you want to measure your performance? Just because you played in the national team, definitely does not mean you can be a successful team manager. With the exception of Irfan, Junaid, Saeed, Rehman, UAkmal, this team needs overhauling

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 17, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Moin should be sensible and resign from PAK TEAM.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 17, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

PAK ODI TEAM should be as 1)AFRIDI(CAPT) 2) Nasir J. 3) Ahmed S. 4)Sohaib Maqsood 5) Umar Akmal(WKT) 6)Umar Umin 7)Shan Massood 8)RAZZAK 9)Junaid 10)Irfan 11)Ajmal/Rehman

Posted by Ghummann67 on (September 17, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Its pathetic to be ruined by the minews of game of willow. More pathetic and heart breaking is the comments of Tour Manager. Mr Moin was a brural critic of management when he was not in the management affairs. Now acting hypocritically just to save his position. Actually he is proving more harmful than the team's performance. Sorrowful is the reaction we can say the least. If we want to change the state of cricket affairs, we have to take surgical operations. At the same time, moral and social responsibilty sense has to be inculcated in those at the helm of affairs.This will enable us to develop a stronger national team in near future.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

How can Moin Khan say there is no need to apologise. These were suppose to be warm up matches before the real tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal should never been in the squad. There is also question marks over Shafiq and Azhar. Adnan may have played one good innings but he is unlikely to contribute much with the bat on an ongoing basis. Surely Sarfraz or even Kamran would be a better option. Does Moin not realise that by loosing the second test TEAM PAKISTAN ranking has gone down to number 6 and they are not likely to be on current performance much of a threat to South Africa and Sri Lanka. If they do badly against these two teams TEAM PAKISTAN's ranking will probably go down to 8th or 9th. Drastic action is required and Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and Gul, if fit need to be drafted in to test XI immediately. Whilst I respect Misbah I think it is also time for change of captaincy, possibly Azhar Ali.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

How can Moin Khan say there is no need to apologise. These were suppose to be warm up matches before the real tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal should never been in the squad. There is also question marks over Shafiq and Azhar. Adnan may have played one good innings but he is unlikely to contribute much with the bat on an ongoing basis. Surely Sarfraz or even Kamran would be a better option. Does Moin not realise that by loosing the second test TEAM PAKISTAN ranking has gone down to number 6 and they are not likely to be on current performance much of a threat to South Africa and Sri Lanka. If they do badly against these two teams TEAM PAKISTAN's ranking will probably go down to 8th or 9th. Drastic action is required and Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and Gul, if fit need to be drafted in to test XI immediately. Whilst I respect Misbah I think it is also time for change of captaincy, possibly Azhar Ali.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (September 16, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

According to Pakistan fan: Pakistan is one of the best team in the world and they have the best bowling line up. Then how come their performance in Zim is satisfactory? before the series their fan claimed that Zim has no chance and test gonna be end in 3 days but in this series Zim was clearly the better team and was unfortunate to lose the first test. How is this performance satisfactory??? Does Pakistani fans agree with Moin's view???

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Moin Khan was an average cricketer and he proves it once again with his comments

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Height of arrogance. It is amazing how people change once they are on board.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Moin Khan wants to stick around. He will never be objective. He will support Hafeez and Asad Shafiq destroying careers of promising lads like Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Nasir jamshed, and Ahmed Shahzad. The wole nation feels let down but Moin is happy just as he was happy recruiting cricketers for the ICL. He has nothing to deliver. The sooner he leaves the better for the Pakistan cricket.

Posted by Jda123 on (September 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

And this shows how poor Pakistan cricket is, they will go in UAE with the same or worse team and get destroyed by SA there and against SL they will lose and then belong at #8 in the Test ranking where they deserve.

Hafeez isn't a test player, Shafiq is nothing special and has been failing.

Just look at Pakistan this year after the SA tour -

Batting collapsed against SCOTLAND

Ireland nearly beat them and it should have been 1-1 if it wasn't for the poor rule

Outclassed in all 3 games in the Champions Trophy

Batting collapse against WI also.

Posted by ahabib on (September 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Pakistan almost lost the test series to Zimbabwe 2-0. Zimbabwe appeared to be the stronger team most of the time. So, Moin Khan's comment that the performance was satisfactory is mind boggling. He is either delusional or in denial, or has really really low expectations of the team. Perhaps he should be given a rest. The problems with Pakistan cricket are so many and so deep, that dropping a few players will not be enough-- although it is important to get rid of players who are consistently not performing and keep them out of the team permanently. The biggest problem with Pakistan cricket is bad management over the years, player selection not based on merit, unjustified and premature exclusion of outstanding players (like Mohammad Yousuf). Also, I am sorry to say this because I have been a great fan of Misbah since the 3-0 victory over England, and I admire his strength and spirit.but his captaincy is looking stale now, and the team is on a downward trajectory.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

This reminds me of his keeping in WC 1992. Whenever the ball had a bounce and came with speed, Moin closed his eyes and turned his face away when collecting the ball. He is doing the same as a manager, closing his eyes and turning his face away from the problem.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (September 16, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Some people are comparing hafeez vs ajmal in batting. SPOT ON.....hafeez was never a good batsman. Moreover, I have seen him forcing his partner to play like him. It's like he is the boss on crease while batting. Pathetic so called Mr. professor lol

Posted by Rexton87 on (September 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

If a shocking defeat and above all manner of defeat with plenty of time and overs in hand and weather being good ,does not upset you , nothing will. These are diplomatic statments to protect one's own interests. Desperate times ask for desperate measures. Misbah and Hafeez has set a malaise in team whiich is unlikley to change and now taken up by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali whose poor performances cost yout the match along with Hafeez. Pakistan is lucky to come away with a win in first test where they conceded a lead of 78. Younis Khan plays big innings against weaker attack and won't be able to replicate this against better attacks. SA chose Graeme Smith as captain at 25 why cant Pakistan go and make Ahmed Shehzad captain and have young and promising players in team.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Yes good bandage job by Moin also, Hafeez needs to be out of tests PERIOD, and the youngsters in batting that Pakistan is fielding are NO GOOD frankly, we have Ahmed Shehzad sitting on the sidelines waiting for test calls while Asad Shafiq constantly gets into the test team, same for Azhar Ali, they are both headed in the wrong direction, words for moin, try and let the tail know they still need to try and bat, we see teams like Australia and England that have a tail that genuinely tries to get runs, in our case it seems they already know that their job is NOT to bat at all, a couple of spineless outs for Pakistan in the second test, Saeed Ajmal needed to add on a few runs with Misbah but look at the shot he played, Adnan Akmal shows all the signs of a great keeper and good bat he should stay, Misbah and Yunus time and again prove why they are in the team despite their age but the Yunus dismissal in the second inning for a bat with 84 tests under his belt WOW

Posted by cricpolitics on (September 16, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

I thought Moin was a sensible person but I am really disappointed. No one is asking to apologize but at least recognize the shortcomings and non-performing players. With this kind of mind set I don't see any major improvements coming in the future.

Posted by asim229 on (September 16, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

It doesn't matter what Moin or Whatmore says about the team because I think they don't have any say in the team selection or any matter of the team. I think for the last 3 years the team is totally run by Misbah and Hafeez and they take all the decisions about the team selection, team strategy, and onfield decisions.I don't agree with many comments that there is a lack of talent in pakistan.There is plenty of talent in pakistan but these two players Misbah and Hafeez didn't want any one to settle down in the team.They discourage the youngsters and don't want them to play their natural game plus they don't want seniors like AbdulRazzaq in the team.It is not difficult to score a fifty of 150 balls in every game when you don't care about the team winning or loosing but it is important how the team and specially younsters performs under the captain and that shows how good is a captain.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

absolute joke moin khan saying performance was satisfactory you lost to zimbabwe one of the lowest ranked team get real mate what planet you living on. hafeez is crap simple as that we dnt need taufeeq and farhat need fresh faces and fresh ideas try sami aslam or babar azam as opners.how can he defend the team same rubbish players letting the team down give sohaib maqsood a good run in the team.if they keep picking the same old players the problems will always be there.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Atleast Moin should say that the performance is not upto mark and un-satisfactory.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

In defance of Moin i can say that as a former player and current tour manager he knows in and out of our team . when your are in the scheme of things you need to take every aspact in to consideration.its not his fault that there is a real dreath of talent inthe country and arguably the best slected side lost a test match to zimbabwe.We need to improve our first class cricket to be a force at international level.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Is that same Moin Khan? Who sat on TV channel as expert, when he criticize each and every person. Including team manager. There how he trying to defend own seat.

Posted by ClarkChris on (September 16, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Muhamad hafeez is not inconsistent..? Really? Then Saeed Ajmal is more consistent compare to him who has better average than Hafeez in 2013. Amazing Moin

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (September 16, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

I am convinced that PCB is following the car manufacturing model from Detroit. They produce team model with standard parts. Nothing will change until these parts fall off and become utterly unusable. Hafeez is that third wheel that will be the constant in the team. Performance is secondary. As I have mentioned before, rather than invest in 20-something "promising" players, PCB is inclined to invest in the 30-something "hopefuls". I agree, the status quo will continue ...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Well i think there is certainly no need to apologize. It was a game , i team looses and other wins. they have won in past.

Having said that, i do not agree with rest of his comments. He is mixing Hafeez's performance with odis and t20 which is not right. performing in 1 format doesnt mean you are good for other. Hafeez has been a faliure in tests. and by looks of it he will get more chances to "regain" his form as hinted by moin khan.

If you are still not trying to fix the problem then it is a blunder. Look at batting chart. apart from younas, misbah & khurram ( because of 2 50s in 2nd test ) crossed 100 in 4 innings. Asad didnt crossed 50 in 4 innings, hafeez scored 59.( ajmal also scored 59.

Azhar & adnan played only 1 innings in 4 innings. Many seniors just blaming captain not identifying whole problem and manager who was a big critic of team before he became manager is defending an opener ( avg 10 this year ) where your no 9 Ajmal scored at 20+ avg.

Posted by fayyaz03 on (September 16, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

If falling down two ranks after being defeated by an unranked team (of that time) satisfies you then Sooner or later Bangladesh and Ireland will also beat us and give you a lot of satisfaction. And finally there will be the day when the teams like England, South Africa etc. won't even consider you in their future tour programs considering you as Minnows.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (September 16, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Really Moin? I thought you were an ex-cricketer, but you are talking like an administrator (who never accept mistakes). I do not think Pak still has got good selection panel. I can not believe that Pak team do not have a single decent bat bar Misbah & YK. Nasir Jamshed was pretty good when he came to India and was the main reason (along with Junaid) for our defeat 2-1 then. Indian selectors dropped even Sehwag, why Hafeez can't be dropped. Same chances given to Jamshed would have made him better in future. And then there is another matter of choosing players for wrong format. I remember Md. Yousuf playing good in tests and then drafted in T-20 too and judging Fawad Alam from T20 or ODIs. Is it possible if you play Kamran Akmal purely as a bat? Still better than Umar. Just do not let him wear keeping globes. Why not Umar train as keeper, its in blood after all. In any case can not break family record of dropping dollies, but then sure can get place in XI in place of Adnan.

Posted by calcu on (September 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

What?! You lose a ODI and test against Zimbabwe and you call the tour satisfactory? Height of excuses.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

By the look of it Moin doesn't even seems bothered.The first step to curing a problem is accepting it exists .If this persists Pakistan will next lose to Afghanistan and our chief selector would say no need to worry as they were also here to play.

For a while now i had blamed players for the teams failing.But in fact it is our administrators who seem inept and lacking vision.It is a classical case of "Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned".They seem least bothered of the condition of cricket Pakistan.

A group of soldiers are only as good as their commander.We need to oust Moin for being so ignorant .Replace Misbah as a captain as he is he fears defeat and because of that he causes panic in the players.Bring back the flair that was Pakistan cricket i would rather see our team face a storm head one and fail then stand tall in front of a breeze.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

First step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that the problem exists! The attitude of PCB Chairman & team manager Moin Khan means that nothing will be done and more heartbreak is in the waiting for fans. Instead of Misbah being criticised it should be PCB & Selection Committee which select him and other members of the team. Misbah did not make himself the Captain, it is the selection committee and I see no one demanding their resignation :(

Posted by Zeb1978 on (September 16, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Winning and losing is part of the game but the fans of pakistan cricket are concerned about the approach of the players. The flair which was the trait of Pak team has totally gone. They play one dimensional cricket all the time bcoz their captain is one dimensional. And its ridiculous to hear it from Moin Khan that Hafeez is not failing consistently. Moin mixed his performances of one day and test cricket. In fact he is a total failure in test cricket and doesn't deserve to be in the test team at all. They made the Zimbabwe team look better than what they actually are.

Posted by Smiling on (September 16, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Isn't it the selectors who change things? What can the coach do if he has no power to change the fabric of the team but only coach the team he is given whether players are in form or not?

Posted by Stark62 on (September 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

After reading those comments, I don't think Pak will be climbing the rankings anytime soon, instead will be dropping further!!

Mediocrity will be the norm and nothing will be done, unless this guy is fired immediately by the newly appointed chairman and the selection committee is completely revamped, with selectors who will give deserving players a chance and drop the non-performers.

Posted by AhmadRyan on (September 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Winning the one-day series by 2-1 and levelling 2 test series by 1-1 would have been satisfactory if the matches were against any of the top six teams. If you play against SA and England and manage to level the series that is when you call your team's performance satisfactory. However given that Pakistan were playing against the lowest ranked team and barely managed to level the test series (thanks to the heroic effort of Younus Khan) I don't really see how anyone can call this performance satisfactory, that too the team manager himself, unless of course you are Bangladesh! So the question to Moin Khan would be, 'Do you think your team to be comparable to Bangladesh?'

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