Natural selection

Published Jun 24, 2009 04:05pm

Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Younus Khan, Umar Gul? Nope. Mohammed Aamir was Imran Yusuf's favourite World Cup story. The next Twenty20 World Cup takes place in May 2010 and I'm already looking forward to seeing which new left-arm quick we discover for the tournament.

In 2007, Sohail Tanvir emerged, admittedly on the wrong foot, out of nowhere (well, Rawalpindi, but near enough) to sling us to the final. A year later, he was named Best Bowler in the IPL. His rise from obscurity to stardom was as towering as the man himself - six feet, three inches. He hadn't taken a single wicket in ten T20 domestic matches prior to the World Cup, but he looked fully at home in international cricket. What he couldn't do once in 10 domestic games he did three times in four overs against Australia.

Similarly, 2009 saw the emergence of Mohammed Aamir. Seventeen years old, confident and composed, he bowled the first and last overs of the innings in a World Cup final without batting a long-lashed Punjabi eye. And he has smooth shiny hair to rival Shahid Afridi to boot!

So really, where have these guys come from? Is Pakistan's much-maligned domestic system finally acting as a nursery for talent? Tanvir seems to have worked his way up through the system: he represented the Pakistan Academy on their tour of Bangladesh and put in superb performances against Australia A in a home ODI series. Similarly, Aamir went through Pakistan's youth system, participating in U19 tours and tournaments and taking 55 first class wickets last season. It seems he was selected on the basis of a strong domestic season.

The answer is both yes and no.

Countless players have excelled on Pakistan Academy tours or won us U19 World Cups or taken every wicket going in a domestic season. But few make it to play for Pakistan and fewer still stick around and force us to remember their names.

Tanvir's selection was actually a bit of a hunch: the powers-that-be liked the look of him, feeling he'd unsettle top class international batsmen with his action and swing, even though he hadn't taken a wicket in 10 domestic games. Aamir's story has a whiff of destiny about it: Wasim Akram saw him at a 'pace camp' in May 2007 and knew straight away he was the special one amongst special ones. Akram was actually quite gracious and modest on commentary when talking about Aamir. He would've been justified in shouting and screaming something like, 'I made him! He's my creation! He belongs to me!'

Akram, like the rest of us, is very excited by Aamir, and the admiration is mutual, with the youngster worshipping the former captain. If he gains weight in the right places and works on his fitness, he could go all the way. Pre-tournament talk that he was a thinking bowler, one who could work out a batsman, proved justified. Indeed, his first over in the final set the tone for our whole performance. It was calculated and planned, while still having a fresh, spontaneous potency. A 17-year-old bowling the first over of a World Cup final and taking a wicket maiden, the wicket being that of the player of the tournament: no wonder I called my brother the morning after the final to enquire if the whole thing had been a dream.

Where do we get these guys from? And how?

Our selection system has always been somewhat anarchic. As Imran Khan has pointed out, this is to be expected. It’s no different to politics and govenment: if you have strong institutions, the importance of personalities diminishes. With weak institutions, personality and leadership become very important. As captain, Khan was also essentially the chief-selector, something which, under his benevolent dictatorship, worked well in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Khan's involvement shows that our system is realtively weak. Domestic cricket is not and has never been the best criterion to judge a player in Pakistan. Players such as Inzamamul Haq, Aaqib Javed and Waqar Younis were first selected not on the basis of the first class matches they'd played, but on that of a net session with the team and captain.

Javed Miandad came across Akram in 1984, practicing at a Lahore net with a youth team. Akram was 18. A few months later, Miandad insisted he come along and join the national team. The rest is cricketing history, glory, legend and Pepsi adverts.

Tauseef Ahmed similarly went from bit-of-fun-in-the-park cricket to international cricket, seemingly in one leap. Pakistan were having a training camp, and Miandad got a call from a friend urging him to try out a new off-spinner. Miandad agreed but he thought little of it until Tauseef bowled to him and immediately started beating his bat. That did it: Tauseef was selected straight away and took seven wickets on debut against Australia. Who knows - if he hadn't beaten Miandad's edge in the nets that day, he might never have played international cricket.

Hanif Mohammed tells a marvellous story about selection. After Imtiaz Ahmed hung up his gloves, Pakistan were at a loss as to who to have as the next wicketkeeper. Hanif's brother Wazir was an outstanding talent spotter; he regularly pointed out talented youngsters to KCA President Muzaffar Hussain. One day he was walking on the street and he passed St. Patrick's School. It had a low boundary wall, so Wazir watched a few deliveries. He saw a keeper pull of a smart stumping and was so impressed he told Hanif and Muzaffar to get in touch with the boy. The boy turned up at training, and they saw he had strong wrists and fingers - he looked the part. When asked to play, he looked the part even more. He was a natural and he had been found. That boy was Wasim Bari: Pakistan's greatest wicket-keeper.

One still wonders, however, about the thousands of Wasim Baris who played at schools with high boundary walls, the Inzamams that Imran never discovered, the Tauseefs who never had the chance to beat Miandad's bat, and the Mohammed Aamirs who didn't make it to Wasim's pace camp.

We're delighted to have Aamir, an astonishingly promising new left-arm fast-bowler, but as a lover of Pakistani cricket, one can't help but wonder at all those who got away.


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Ishtiaq Ahmed
Jun 24, 2009 11:59am
Yes, Aamir is a great find. If he can keep his feet firmly planted on this planet and work hard I am sure he will emerge as a fearsome fast bowler of the class of Wasim Akram, his mentor.I hope he is not wasted the way exceptionally talented Muhammad Zahid was wasted. We need to take care of him.
Mohsin Raza
Jun 24, 2009 12:20pm
Dear Imran, I do agree with your thoughts. I been great fan of Aamir since in all of the matches, where needed, he was the one who gave the breakthru......Like in Semi Final against South Africa, he was the first one who got the wicket of Smith and in final, he got the first wicket in his first over of Dilshan who is the most dangerous batsman seen in the T20ICC World 2009. So we arguments, I second your opinion with full heart and mind.
Sheraz
Jun 24, 2009 12:45pm
I wonder if anyone remembers what happened to the Rawailpindi Express & the Muhammad Asif .. they were great finds of the past(?) as well. I hope somebody tell these youngsters to keep their feet on the ground .. when the tides are Up .. Its not worth while making all the efforts to only get lost just like that ..
Zafar Akhtar
Jun 24, 2009 12:49pm
i think there is a lesson for the selectors and the cricket board .They must organize regular camps in all the major cities and invite youngsters without any limitations.The camp schedule should be extended to provide ample opportunities to the yongsters to show talents .Surely there are high chance to select talents like Aamir
Asim
Jun 24, 2009 12:51pm
Aamir needs to develop in-coming delivary, he is sharp and can become devastating if he can swing ball both ways, wish him luck.
Kasim Mahmood
Jun 24, 2009 01:05pm
Very good article and I hope people who continue to say that Pakistan cricket works well finding talent this way will realize that by relying on this system, we are missing out on a lot of hidden jewels.
Altaf
Jun 24, 2009 01:13pm
Oh and keep him away from the influence of Shoeb Akhtar and the Muhammad Asif!
Shahid Khan
Jun 24, 2009 01:36pm
Great article on gifted talent of Pakistani Cricketers. I totally agree that Aamir is very talented and if he listen to the advice of Wasim Akram he will bring many glories to Pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar & Mohammed Asif also had great talent but both these players have wasted themselves and brought disgrace to the country. On one hand we have super nice guy Umar Gul who had always given 100% for the country and never been involved in any controversy. On the other hand we have black sheeps like Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif who are shameful and disgraceful for the entire nation of Pakistan.
A Shah
Jun 24, 2009 02:06pm
Yes indeed, Aamir is a great peace of discovery by Akram and as mentioned in article he has to gain some weight a bit but of course to maintain his fitness as genuine fast bowler. My point is here that how many Aamirs are struggling in street cricket only if a natural talent is there but he can't afford fee to join the academy so he can't get a chance to show his skill. I remember in early 80s there was a talent hunt scheme by Noor Khan, but we didnt seem to see any good pick ups by that or that hunt went for only chaacha bhateeja, any way if we look around like in early days Hanif Mohammed and Miandad did, fruit came up in shape of our great WASIM BARI & Tausif Ahmed, there are lot of potential in our street cricketers, it needs only WILL to find out and take them for net practice and ask them to bowl all our good batsman like Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akram, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik and all other team batsman (it could be best criteria for their selection or atleast to take them on board for back up purposes)- it just a opinion only rest depends on ARBABE IKHTIAR only...
Arif Shah
Jun 24, 2009 02:20pm
I would disagree with writer's opinion that players from junior levels don't make it to international scene. Waqar, Mushtaq, Inzamam, Moin Khan, Basit Ali have all represented Pakistan in Under 19. In 1996, Pakistan played India in an Under 14 WC final at Lords. Following Pakistani players from the playing XI in that final have been regulars at international level or fringe players: Taufeeq Umar, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Arafat, Faisal Iqbal, Bazid Khan, and Hasan Raza On the other hand only Mohammad Kaif and Reetinder Singh Sodhi made it at international level for India. The domestic system comes into picture after the player has been identified at junior level with talent. This is where our domestic system fails on most occasions and talented players fail to graduate.
Rizwan
Jun 24, 2009 02:23pm
He is now an eye of young cricketers... I can't believe a 17 year old talent. Where were we when we were 17 years old...a good question..... I think now he has a long long way to go.... Sohail is also a talented player but he has to work hard to bring some new order and standards in his bowling... come on champ..u can do it again... But I am totally confuse that why next world cup in 2010.... still some monopoly is going on against our Cricket???
Usman
Jun 24, 2009 02:38pm
Please do not make the young lad proud by writing articles about him so early in his career. Look what happened to Muhammad Asif, who we all called Mcgrath of Pakistan and look where is he now!!! These young cricketers cannot handle fame and money and end up destroying their careers.
Star cricket
Jun 24, 2009 02:43pm
Amir is another addition. But i am waiting for the bowlers like waseem Akram and Waqar younis who can rock the world of cricket to come into pakistan team.
Mawali
Jun 24, 2009 02:50pm
Mentoring is the key. There is tons of talent that needs plenty of mentoring. We should have never let Waqar Younis leave as the bowling coach. However, moving forward Aaqib Javed is an able replacement. Pay him well and Keep him! BTW, we desperately need a batting coach. Javed Miandad fits the bill and none else, or perhaps another South Asian.
Riaz
Jun 24, 2009 02:54pm
i think he is a great talent. we need bowler like wasim, waqar. in international criket there is always very good batsman. only way to compete is to have very good bowler, for this Pakistan is very lucky. Aamir has to learn alot both about cricket and discipline.
SHAKIL AHMAD
Jun 24, 2009 02:57pm
YES MUHAMMED AMIR WELLDONE YOU ARE FIND OF THE GREAT T20 WORLDCUP CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2009 WHICH PAKISTAN WON YOU LOOKS ENERGETIC TALENTED YOUNG KEEP PAKISTAN FLAG ALWAYS HIGH WITH YOUR TEAMMATE GOOD LUCK
LAJBAR KHAN -- Kacachi Pakistan
Jun 24, 2009 03:14pm
I think this time selection has been done on merit. The young players like Aamir, Shahzeb, Saeed Ajmal have justified their selection. Shahid Afridi have played according to the wishes of Pakistani cricket lovers. Younus khan has performed like Imran khan: Younus khan lead the team with great confidence. Great team of Great Nation: well done Pakistan: (zee)
maddy's dad
Jun 24, 2009 03:14pm
You seem to be a very cynical author, I've been a frequent DAWN News visitor and I have seldom seen an appreciative work. Our domestic system is not very good but still it produces wonderful talents. The names that you have taken who were accidentally discovered are one way or the other a product of our own "bad" system. To count a few we can identify perhaps 10 or 20 such exceptional talents, what about others who have served this country and cricket, were they merely flukes as well? What about Younis Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Zaheer Abbas, Waqar Younis, Saleem Malik, Asif Mujtaba, Saeed Anwer, Basit Ali and the list goes on... The greatest thing about our system is that it pushes the youth into international cricket and the credit should be given to their foresite.
mirza
Jun 24, 2009 03:16pm
I think AAmir is a pure gem , he has got a lovely bowling acting .Love to see him in future performing for Pakistan . :)
Ali Faruqi
Jun 24, 2009 03:27pm
No wonder Muhammad Aamir is ann excellent find played his part well in the recently concludedd T20 world cup. However it will be worth mentioning as to what happened to under 19 fast bowler Anwar Ali who performed so well against India in the final.
LucaPony
Jun 24, 2009 03:38pm
With the right guidance Amir can go far.He is certainly talented and has genuine pace.well i doubt that the procedure of finding talent would change anytime soon and for now it does not make a huge difference as we keep on dicovering people like Amir but more importantly i hope that the PCB handels them properly because we just cannot afford another Shoab Akhtar and Mohammed Asif.We need good players to play 10-15 years
Ahmed
Jun 24, 2009 03:42pm
I agree 100%. We need to have school (most important), college and university cricket on the one hand and first class cricket on the other. The first class should be either within departments or cities - both have pros and cons. Finally we need to have many many more grounds all over the country - currently cities like Karachi just dont have the grounds where boys can play in settings even remotely resembling an international cricket field. So in my opinion reviving cricket and other sports in Pakistan depends on reviving school/collegiate cricket as well as developing hundreds of new grounds/sports facilities.
Duncan Sharp
Jun 24, 2009 03:52pm
What concern more about the future of cricket in Pakistan is at grass level, we do not have inter school tournament anymore, no open spaces in big cities , take for example a big city like Karachi only less than five schools have their own cricket ground. Nobody is paying attention on that, need to create awareness among people on this aspect.
usman
Jun 24, 2009 04:07pm
Lets also hope he doesnt follow the asif or shoaib path that is 1) make an impact 2) gain fame and 3) loss it all with absolutely stupid and irresponsible behavior.
lalanar
Jun 24, 2009 04:13pm
I agree with Imran Yousuf. We lost talent bcuz our system of selection is not planned. Lack of low level cricket games like Pak A and B teams. Under 19 youth is not in eyes of selectors. I think since we have many TV channels one never thought of having Pak Sports Channel where we should see low level games live on TV, interviews with unknowns unseen players, watch them playing live on TV, cricket, hockey, squash, tennis, etc.
pak_lover
Jun 24, 2009 05:00pm
its a great article. it touched my heart from start to the end. though the country is not a land of opportunity for many, yet who do get the chance to represent it show the world this lands,s enormous potential and talent. i believe firmly that inshahAllah we will keep seeing likes of wasim, imran, waqar, miandad and many others. pakistan zindabad
BILLI
Jun 24, 2009 06:17pm
Yes, Aamir is a fine talent. But he needs to work hard and concentrate on developing his fitness and range of deliveries. Also, he needs to maintain his focus on the game and not end up in dumps like egoistical players like Shoaib or Mohd Asif. Hope Pakistan uses him well and most importantly guide him the right way If all goes well, he could end up somewhere close to the great Wasim Akram. Cheers!!!!
javaid ahmad
Jun 24, 2009 06:19pm
a country that has produced legendry fast bowlers like fazal mehmood ,sarfaraz nawaz,imran khan,wasim akram,waqaryounus,shoeb akhtar and many others is now polishing and shaping another priceless gem in the form of mohammad amir.Pakistan has always had this great tradition of producing the legendry cricketers particularly the fast bowlers.long live PAKISTAN.
Aijaz Ahmad
Jun 24, 2009 06:48pm
Mohammed Aamir is an excellent find. His speed, cool approach to the game and ability to swing the ball at this young age augurs well for a bright career. He should prove to be an asset for Pakistan in the future InshaALLAH provided, as put by Ishtiaq Ahmed, he keeps his feet firmly planted on planet earth and work hard.
Shabbir Shah
Jun 24, 2009 07:04pm
Apart from being a thinking bowler, Aamir has a natural out swininging deliveries, all he need some mass builtup on the body and earn the trick of bringing the ball in to the batsmen. This will make him a lethal weapon for years to come.
Irshad Tabassum (London)
Jun 24, 2009 07:20pm
Aamar's first over was the best ever first over bowled in a major one day( 50 over or 20 over )World Cup final.I have seen nearly all the finals on TV. Starting from W Indian victories against Aus. and Eng.,loss to India,Australian wins against Eng.,Pakistan,India,SL.SL win against Aus. Pakistan's win against Eng. In 20 over Indian win over Pakistan and this PAK/SL final.This first over softened Dilshan and frightened the SLankans, rest is history. Pakistan have produced good bowlers before but some of them have either fallen by their ego,bad behaviour and/or drugs. So please PCB protect and guard this gem Aamar.
naeem sheikh
Jun 24, 2009 07:21pm
Aamir and shahzeb are good finding for the national cricket team,i hope someone will work on the both and they can be polished so good which will be nice for the national cricket.our couches should keep on looking for the new talent,there is no shortage .all you need is visiting different places where cricket is being played.
Sarmad Palijo
Jun 24, 2009 07:23pm
While Pakistan's Twenty20 world cup win made the whole country happy, it is sad that team Pakistan does not represent the country as a whole. In the history of the sport in Pakistan we are yet to see a Sindhi or a Baloch player being selected and given the opportunity to represent the nation. It is not possible to imagine that 40 million Sindhis and 10 Million Baloch have no talent to produce through their numbers. We must make sure even a kid in Hyderabad or a child in Sibi can dream of wearing green for Pakistan as he walks out on the field to play.
sajid
Jun 24, 2009 07:27pm
Yes, Aamir is a great find. If he can keep his feet firmly planted on this planet and work hard I am sure he will emerge as a fearsome fast bowler of the class of Wasim Akram, his mentor.I hope he is not wasted the way exceptionally talented Muhammad Zahid was wasted. We need to take care of him.
Ali
Jun 24, 2009 08:23pm
Your post was good but you made one fundamental error which leads to doubt your journalistic capabilities and cricketing knowledge. Moin Khan was easily a better keeper than Wasim Bari. To label Wasim Bari as the best keeper we ever had is to say that Kamran Akmal is the best keeper in the game today. Please dont try to polish apples through your column!
Blue Lake
Jun 24, 2009 08:46pm
Well.. it's always going to be 11 msot talented players in a team and others would miss out. What we need to make sure that no PARCHEES make it to our national team just because either they were relatives of an ex-cricketer or had a SOURCE. That almost destroyed our cricket team time and again. Likes of M. Sami, Hassan Raza, Bazid Khan, Rana, Ata-ur-Rahman, Faisal Iqbal etc. had no chance making it to the team but they did and the results are the best judge. No offense to anybody here.
roomi
Jun 24, 2009 08:55pm
Its great that we find talents like these and many others but obe feels they are not nurtured or protected and many are wasted.And they find the new young hottie of the month. Amir is wonderful. But lots of players get sidelined. The boys who won the amazing under 19 Cup. all those boys are nowhere.Amir Aly was an amazing swing bowler. Also some players like Imran Nazir-an exceptional player. (even before ICL he was an in and out of the team player depite is 180 against Zimbabwe) He can walk into most International sides in the world just by his ability. We wasted Basit Ali, Mohamad Waseem, and many others-Mohd Zahid was wasted. One would like PCB to nurture Pakistan's true talents even some of those who are on the sidelines.Razzak's comeback was a big factor in us winning the cup. Lets gather some more of our players round this team.
Benawa
Jun 24, 2009 09:31pm
Am I mistaken, or you have actually described Rawalpindi as "nowhere?" You have some nerve! (Interesting anecdote about Bari's selction. And I always thought he was chosen for his good looks. Thanks for disabusing me of that notion.) What can I say? As far as talent goes, Pak "Miti" is extremely "zerkhayze."
Farhan
Jun 24, 2009 10:16pm
As long as we can keep him away from the likes of Shoaib Akhter and make sure he doesnt cheat like Asif he should turn out fine.
Malik U. Ahmed
Jun 25, 2009 12:04am
Not 2 forget he has taken atleast one wicket in every match except for super 8 against Sri Lanka and his wicket was always from either of opening batsmen .
Faisal Taquie
Jun 25, 2009 01:28am
Great article! A system is definitely needed and one where our past greats and legends like Akram, Waqar, Miandad, Imran Khan, Rashid Latif and many others are used to spot the talent and mentor them. I can argue that just small tips from people like Akram, Imran Khan, Miandad, et al can completely take an individual's game to another level!
Najib
Jun 25, 2009 01:35am
I believe in having too many talent in Pakistan but fact of the matter is PCB has been a joke in the past. Since world cup 2003, Pakistan has never been a settled team, some players emerged but failed to be consistent in form like Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez and so on. We have lost so many fantastic players like Mohammad Zahid, Ata ur Rehman etc, and PCB not taking good care of their players like Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif made things worse, now we have players like Mohammad Amir, Shahzaib Hasan, and Ahmad Shehzad because they have been wonderful in T20 that they will get more opportunity. We have had bad past, but I would like to request PCB not to overlook the players like Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, Mohammad Asif and more players like Umar Amin and Salman Butt. And I hope just because not a great show by Sohail Khan and Mohammad Talha are the end of them, I hope to see them more again. My favorite XI for T20 are: Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Misbah ul Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Razzaq with extras of Shahzaib Hasan, Ahmad Shehzad and Sohail Khan My favorite XI for ODI are: Imran Nazir, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Misbah ul Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Saeed Ajmal with extras of Rana Naved, Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib Hasan, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanveer, Mohammad Talha and Sarfaraz Ahmad. My favorite XI for Test are: Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Faisal Iqbal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amir with extras of Mohammad Talha, Iftikhar Anjum, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt, Umar Amin, Shabeer Ahmad and Yasir Arafat. I hope PCB see my comment and do something quickly and study our fantastic players before next T20 world cup and world cup 2011.
shabir magami from indian occupied kashmir
Jun 25, 2009 03:21am
the legend and great wasim akram can make gem out of nybody , be it aamir or anybody less gifted than him
ali
Jun 25, 2009 03:34am
He is a good find, but he still has a long ways to go before he can be compared to the likes of Wasim Akram.Lets not rush into things.
Indusonian
Jun 25, 2009 03:52am
I hope we will see these players again since PCB like any other organization in Pakistan are infested with the disease of cronysim, nepotism and corruption. There is no regard for talent, it's all about connections. I am delighted and proud of this team that they played for the country as a unit to prove the enemies wrong. I salute to this team since they showed a real true spirit as a Pakistani and as a sportsmen.
Ammar
Jun 25, 2009 04:16am
Wasim spotted him right in the camp, next he must promote him to his level of Accuracy n intelligence.......... No doubt he is a gr8 find but there is a long journey ahead n he must be properly guided, trained n polished so a boy playing tennis ball cricket become a Hard Ball Talent n Pace attack duo(the other being Umer Gul,obviously)
Asif Noor
Jun 25, 2009 05:28am
Salaam & Congratulations to all fans of
Rizwan
Jun 25, 2009 05:37am
Do any one know why the next world cup is in 2010...It should be after 2 years... I have no knowledge that this was stated before Pakistan wins...please correct me...
Wasimuddin Shaikh
Jun 25, 2009 06:02am
Pakistan recent victory, this joy came after 17 years in our country. At this stage Pakistan & all Pakistan facing hurdle in every field. Alongwith this victory Pakistan find a good baller. We can say another Wasim Akram discover.
Syed Qamar-ul Hassan
Jun 25, 2009 06:54am
I always believe in talent and Thanks to Allah, Pakistan has plenty of that. This is my greatest wish that we properly utilize our cricketing legends like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Rashid Latif. What PCB can do is to assign each of the above players his respective speciality to find and groom talent from all over Pakistan and report to PCB. That's what happened to Aamir, Wasim saw him reported it to PCB, which was wise enough to act on Wasim's advice. The academies established by PCB can prove to be excellent nurseries if utilized properly and senior player visiting those academies regularly. This will put a very positive effect on the player in the academy. Thanks a lot!!
Black Panther
Jun 25, 2009 04:04pm
Imran Yusuf - you calling RawalPindi a nowhere shows you have no idea of the importance of this city for Pakistan and the Pakistani People. The rest I agree with you - Aamir being a great find of this tour. I pray we continue to unearth such talent all the time and make good use of them. I think the next T20 World cup is in 2010 simply because the ODI World Cup is in 2011. So, ICC doesn't want both world Cups in same year so they have moved next T20 world cup in 2010.
arsalan khan
Jun 26, 2009 06:56am
Indeed very rightly pointed out in this article, the Pakistan
SAYALI
Jun 26, 2009 05:15pm
yes i agreed,i wana thanked pakistan cricket team for icct20 2009.iam indian but i am a pakistan cricket supoter.i respect Mr.Khan's captency.all the players are good. iwana thanked Mr.Umer GUL,KKR mis you Khudahapis.
Musharraf Husain
Jun 27, 2009 11:33am
I totally agree with Mr. Qamar ul Hasan. There is no question of talent or system. The problem which we face is the pure and neat justiced selection of players. I think the corruption and liking and links are the main hurdles in our progress in every department of our country. If we get rid of this guilt we can prove our self the champions in every game and discipline. God bless our country.
Hasnain Ibrahim
Jun 27, 2009 10:06am
I am totally agree with the article. We need some talent hunters to pick some quality players. As far as talent hunting is concern it is history that Pakistan produce some great players through unconventional method. Aamir has proved himself in T20 circuit but the real test is yet to come against experienced Srilankan batting line up. Hope he will do fine and prove that he can be as lethal in Test matches as he is in the shorter formats. A good performance in test matches will secure his permanent place in the line-up.
Kashif Aslam
Jun 27, 2009 05:54pm
Yes, Pakistan is a great country. Pakistani talents is performing well outside pakistan, but within Pakistan Personalities rule. We need to stop brain drain from Pakistan and let the young Pakistanis take over the country. In USA, the top students in high school system are Pakistani and they are leading from the front. It is time for Pakistanis to love Pakistan as much as the overseas Pakistanis. Thanks. Kashif Aslam New Jersey-USA
Wajidd Hashmi
Jun 27, 2009 09:13pm
Yes I agree that Pak produces outstanding talent from nowhere, especially in the fast bowling depatment, I beleive as Brazil is natural to football, fast bowlers are natural to Pakistan.Its really amazing that a 17 year old rattles big names in the Sri Lankan batting line up and changes the course of the match and that too a World Cup final--isnt it amazing
Aries99
Jun 29, 2009 12:10pm
PCB need to conduct more "Spot the Talent" type of camps in all corners f the country for fast bowlers as well as batsmen, spinners and wicketkeepers. Experts in their fields needs to be available to spot the talent and then there should be a process to groom them by sending them to various academies. Those selected should get some monthly financial assistance as well from PCB. We also need to conduct more school level and college and under 16 and 19 tournaments on National level and have an arrangement with a TV channel to show these matches, at least the semi finals and final live on TV with good prizes and media exposure of these young players. Only teams finishing in top 4 at district level should qualify for the City level tournament and same goes for the Provincal and National level tournaments.
Farid Ansari
Jun 30, 2009 06:02am
I think that its time that we should look for talent not in the streets but in some professional academies. The idea is that there should be cricket academies in all major cities which should offer subsidised cricket facilities to those who cant afford it. It shall sponsor the youngsters and pay the outstanding players some reasonable fee on a montyhly basis.
zafar
Jul 01, 2009 02:47am
Good luck for mr.Amir and I hope he will behave like a professional crickter and avoid the use of "protein powder": as Mohammad Asif did it. I also hope he will not follow the the path of Sohaib Akhtar and he will respect himslef and his supporters. thanks
ghazanfar
Jul 03, 2009 09:19am
I Think Aamir is Playing his Own Game.Waseem Akram Should Train Him. Waseem Bahi Can Train To Irfan Pathan So He Should Train to this Young Guy.Akram is the Best He can Give Advice to Aamir but more than Advice is Traning.
Dr. Asad Sadick,
Jul 03, 2009 10:33am
Very true. Aamir is a real, natural, left-arm pacer with a sound mind and a lot of confidence. We also need to work on Sohail Khan, as he has great talent too but has to be harnessed, particularly his run-up. Aamir is Wasim's replacement.