Comment is free, sense is sacred

Published Mar 21, 2011 12:07pm

Here’s to Australia's bitterness because without it, this victory probably wouldn’t taste as sweet. As it happened, Ian Chappell’s cantankerous ramblings endowed this triumph with a wholesomely saccharine flavour it may otherwise have been devoid of.

There is no doubting that this Australian side does not stack up to those who have dominated this tournament for the last decade. Hence, this victory was in danger of losing some of its rightful appeal. However, Chappell reminded us that it is not just a team we overcame; it is a sickeningly superior attitude that has defined all contests with the Australians. And it is this sanctimonious arrogance that we prevailed against.

Anyone, partial or neutral, listening to the match commentary must have jerked their head in disbelief at some of the fairly provocative comments emanating from Chappell. During our first innings Chappell expressed his philosophical reservations against the signature Shahid Afridi pose. Apparently, Chappell detects an element of selfishness in Afridi’s gesture and fears that it detracts from the achievements of the team.

You know what else Chappell had problems with? Team huddles, of course. This excuse for recreational mingling was considered by Chappell, as a waste of time which is why, during his reign as captain, he would simply write notes on scraps of paper and expect his team-mates to pass it around, always maintaining arms-length distance from one another.

Finally, Chappell also chose to invoke some righteous imagery when he opined that Ricky Ponting would be looking to set the record straight in light of the cloud of scandal circling over the Sydney test match. In Chappell’s eyes, Ponting was the living embodiment of an Arthurian knight riding through the sinister countryside and drawing his fiery Sword of Morality and Shield of Integrity against the depraved humanity which populates his lands. Today, that Sword would be raised against the villainous Pakistanis who had dared sully the name of Australian cricket.

Chappell’s comments were utterly preposterous, bordering on maniacally defensive and bitter.

Afridi’s gesture is emblematic of a broader team ethos. It serves as a rally cry for his charges channeling and facilitating their ascendancy. Afridi is no dummy, despite what his shot selection on the day might suggest. He is fundamentally aware of his aura within the team. They view him as a talisman and when they sense his exhilaration, when they see his energy, it infects them in turn. Afridi’s celebration is not posturing or preening. It is mobilising and empowering.

Besides, give Shahid a break. So what if he strikes a pose? At least his arms and legs outstretched in an “X” looks cool, which is more than I can say for the ballerina-inspired jump by Brett Lee. I thought only cats in cartoons jump in the air sideways and click their heels. In the annals of cheesiness, that could only be topped by a white guy trying to sing a Hindi song alongside an Indian singer. Oh wait.

I fail to see how a huddle during the break is a time-wasting exercise. Is Chappell upset that the Pakistan team isn’t constructively utilising all of the 45 minutes they are given between innings? Is our mid-innings assembly somehow threatening to disrupt the space-time continuum and unleash a wave of destructive energy through a quirk of physics only Chappell is privy to? Team huddles are a historical feature of the game and characterised the conquering Australian side under Steve Waugh. However, in Chappell’s defense, his aversion to the huddle can be traced back to his days in the Australian team post-1977, when all his team-mates ever spoke about in a huddle was the brawl between Ian Chappell and Ian Botham. Twice, mind you.

As for Ponting, I think his recent altercation with umpire Aleem Dar (together with a host of other on-field unpleasantness) hardly qualifies him for the mantle of Defender of All That is Good and Holy that Chappell might want to bestow upon him.

Furthermore, Chappell has no right to attempt to appropriate for the Australians alone the indignity suffered by the match-fixing saga. It is an affront to sportsmanship felt by all Pakistanis everywhere. We are keenly aware of the disgrace our players have brought upon the game and it is our hope to one day come to terms with this ordeal and feel genuinely proud of a team which is worthy of honourably representing our nation. Chappell’s implicit attempt to paint Australians as the only victims of that tragedy, is symptomatic of the self-indulgent imperiousness which typifies Australian cricket.

It is this conceit which has helped elevate a league victory into a defining triumph.

Look, there is no arguing that qualitatively this is not the Australia of 1999, 2003 and 2007. The Aussies are no longer the superpower of our sport and, in a sense, this victory may not carry the meaning it would have a couple of years ago. However, I for one feel that this holds true more for other teams and less so for Pakistan.

The challenges a team like Pakistan faces in every game is hardly limited to the 11 players in the opposing team. More often than not, they are also locked in a continuous struggle against their fragile psyches and the demons of their past. It is this emotional baggage that Pakistan contends with in every game in addition to the more tangible challenges on the field. And it is these hang-ups which elevate a game which should have been a cakewalk for a more composed side into a feat of astronomical proportions for our batsmen.

For all intents and purposes, Pakistan were not playing the Australian side as it currently stands with a miserably out-of-form middle order and a one-dimensional attack. In our minds, we were confronting the ‘notion’ of Australia which has haunted us and the cricketing world for the past decade. And we conquered that perception which still manifests itself in the attitudes of Chappell, Ponting and Brad Haddin.

So when Umar Akmal accepted his Man-of-the-Match award, it was telling that he referenced the Sydney test match, a specter that has haunted Pakistan for almost two years. He admitted his own complicity in that crime and perhaps this was his apology for the trauma inflicted upon the nation as a consequence of his team’s past actions.

It is this humility which will allow us to come to terms with the pain of the last 12 months. It is this humility which runs in perfect opposition to the arrogance of the Australians.

Fittingly, it is this humility which silenced Ian Chappell and the Australian machine.

 

Farooq Nomani is a Karachi-based lawyer who is willing to represent the PCB for free. He blogs at whatastupidity.blogspot.com.

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Zafar
Mar 21, 2011 08:46pm
I think we are taking Chappel's comments in the wrong spirit. I always find his commentary to be very balanced and informative. In comparison, Tony Greig always border on being condescending and dare I say racist. Anyone remember him saying "These Pakistanis dont know anything other than to argue....They never stop arguing....They are always right, and i have gotta say I've almost had enough of it" in an ICL match?
Raise Ahmed
Mar 21, 2011 08:29pm
You know what Britishers called Aussies "Convicts out of Britain" Pakistan have given them worst nightmare after Ashes. I have enjoyed this article, it was way over due. Thanks to Pakistan team.
Jawad Hasan
Mar 21, 2011 08:08pm
Dude, the minute I started reading the article, I knew it was you!!!
Muhammad Shehzad
Mar 21, 2011 08:05pm
Dear Mr. Kaleem, your comment about wearing the slippers doesn't make a sense, critisism is good but critisize on the sensible points, during the Pak & SA 1 day series in UAE I was on the ground during the presentation ceremony and lots of SA players were wearing the slippers, do you want our players to wear 3 piece during the presentation ceremony
sabash
Mar 21, 2011 12:35pm
I hope so too. India MUST beat Australia. A south-Asian semi-final/final .... wow, now THATS cricket!!
Syed J Ahmed
Mar 21, 2011 03:54pm
At the College Library reading your article and I burst into sudden laughter. Just simply a magnificient article one of the best I've read on cricket. I truly agree with what you said and I had to double check what Mr. Chappel had said because it was very provocative and seemed like he was out to exploit the Pakistanis and couldn't believe they were actually beating the "mighty" god-gifted Australians. Whatever this guys problem is with the Pakistani's he should go see a therapist because to me those comments were very provocative and disrespectful to the team and the nation.
Dawood, Pakistan
Mar 21, 2011 03:54pm
Agreed..!!
JR
Mar 21, 2011 07:47pm
I. Chappel what u have to say about ur team captain "Ponting" when he stood the ground even though he admitted he edged it. (Cheater). Also what his brother did "Greg Chappell" the disgrace to cricket when He bowled under arm delivery when NZ needed 6 of a last bowl.
daniyal
Mar 22, 2011 11:14am
A very well written article , hats off to you , and Ian chappeelll on your face.
Imran
Mar 21, 2011 07:20pm
Awesome article, can some please pass it to Chappel.
haroon
Mar 22, 2011 11:18am
good work! you need to upload this on cricinfo!
Arifeen
Mar 22, 2011 11:30am
I was enjoying when Ravi Shastri voice shelving & Ramiz Raja voice in bouncing
morfi
Mar 21, 2011 07:08pm
Dude, have you even heard what Chappel said about Afridi's style of celebration. Please go listen again, "his teammates must be sick of his action..." "he has irked so many with that celebration, his teammates are going to want him to stop...." Is this just an expression of opinion?? If so, then what is wrong with Nomani saying the style is like a ballerina?? At least he has not been offensive and rude like Chappel. It is time we see what is downright rudeness and arrogance of the aussies and stop defending Chappel like whiners ourselves!!
morfi
Mar 21, 2011 07:10pm
guys! i love what nomani has written here, and Kamran Abbasi has now come up with another one... it is also brilliant: http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/pakspin/archives/2011/03/storm_in_an_idiot_cup.php
shafiq
Mar 21, 2011 11:36am
Forgive me for my vile thought, but in all honesty, I enjoy the comments like Chappel's. I know for fact that he is hurting. Good, pile on more and let him really squirm . Shafiq
Faisal
Mar 22, 2011 11:32am
Well written article, though you forgot to mention that Lee was outstanding as a bowler - should give credit where it is due - his celebration jump and Arfidi's pose are both ok. I don't think this article says that Ian is a racist because he is not, Australians are generally very proud and supportive of their teams - even football where they are not as good as cricket or rugby. Fact is that their current Cricket team is not competitive in sub-continent conditions, hopefully India will beat them as well (assuming we will beat WI) and we will have a cracking Ind-Pak semi at Mohali.
Asif
Mar 21, 2011 11:38am
This comment is really over the top and totally unjustified.
Shoaib Ilyas
Mar 22, 2011 11:37am
Absolutely agree 100%. I was literally shocked to hear what chappell had to say about afridi. They dont take defeat gracefully. Its afridi's team, let him handle the way he wants. Why is Ian chappel so concerned about the Huddle or celebration pose.
Saad
Mar 22, 2011 11:43am
Two things. You conveyed the message quite well but your english word selection is an overkill. Keep it simple. e.g. "Afridi
Makarand
Mar 21, 2011 11:10pm
Nice Article.... am sick of the Australian arrogance... even though I am an Indian, I feel more happiness if an Ozzie defect than a Pak defeat.. In the world of sports, I would always want a subcontinental team to win against these Ozzie/English arrogants. Wish a sub-continental team wins the cup!!
disgruntled
Mar 22, 2011 11:57am
I did not listen to Ian Chappel but could not believe myself when Ricky Ponting caught behind to Hafeez tried to exploit the umpiring mistake and refused to leave. Thanks to the referral system, the umpire decision was corrected. Is this the exemplary gentlemanly cricketing behaviour? Fortunately few days later Sachin showed to whole world that cricketing behaviour is not dead when he left the crease without waiting for umpire decision, he was also caught behind to West Indian Rampaul although the umpire has not given him out and the commentators acknowledged that it was difficult even for referral system to declare him out. The readers can draw their own conclusion.
Manish
Mar 22, 2011 12:02pm
Can't you write this article in simpler English?
vijay india
Mar 21, 2011 11:30am
Why should Rameez an wasim defend Pakistan? They are unbiased commentators and Cricketing Gentlemen. They will not stoop low like chappel. BTW, I find Aleem Dar as a Gentleman Umpire.
Mudassar
Mar 21, 2011 11:14am
Mr.Nomani, Because of your negative approach in most of your blogs, i was not fan of your, mostly you fillter only negative things happen to our players/ team. This time your guns are shooting in right dirction and you look like a Pakistani...just like us. Its amazing how good cricket/ wins leave their imact on you or us. Nice shootout....
j s sidhoo
Mar 21, 2011 11:14am
Well done Pakistan the cocky Aussies needed to be put in their place
Muhammad
Mar 21, 2011 11:16am
Yes very true! I totally agree!
Kaleem
Mar 21, 2011 11:44am
I may not agree with everything what Ian Chappel says but what he said about Afridi that 'He is not a captain material' is absolutely right. Farooq in Afridi's defence has made some good points but can he not see during the national anthem, Afridi stands with his hands on the waist and during the post match ceremony, he comes wearing slippers and Akmal on Saturday followed him in slippers. How can he be a role model or someone who can be looked upto. Have you forgotten him biting the ball putting the whole country into shame. This is why, the way he stands after taking the wicket is cocky and his captaincy a joke.
Umair Dar
Mar 21, 2011 11:01am
I'm sorry but anyone who didn't see Chappell's comments as the racist, bigotry ridden, tripe that they were, is really living on another planet. His comments deserve nothing less than a ban from commentating.
Omer Khan
Mar 21, 2011 11:24am
Great piece.
Saad Ahmed Khan
Mar 21, 2011 10:48am
This article is a true reflection of our feeling. Chappel's comments left me wondering about whats wrong with Afridi's pose, jubilation after taking a wicket is one of the most common scene in cricket. Chapal's comments are reflection of his narrow minded approach and arrogance.
Karim Javed
Mar 21, 2011 11:55am
Wasim & Raja just doing their job they are not there to launch any cause or racism against any nation. That's why they were never in any controversy nor spotlight. Mind Your Own Business Mr.Chapel Stay Away From us.
Shahid
Mar 21, 2011 11:57am
I think we Pakistanis are being more judgmental about Chappel's comments. The blogger didn't do any better then Ian either. Ian criticized Aussies and Ricky Pointing more and said many words of appreciation for the winning side. His criticism of Afridi's captaincy is accurate and we should have the stomach to digest criticism sometimes as one never knows which Afridi will turn up on the pitch. I don't agree with his comments about Afridi's show of pride after taking wickets as every bowler has a way of expressing his achievement. Afridi runs up to congratulate other bowlers and is entitled to display his own anyways he wants. Umar Gul shows a fist in the air and Brett lee does a kangaroo jump. One shouldn't take these moments of pride out of context. Ian expressed his opinion just as I expressed mine and they shouldn't be taken out of context. He was more critical of the aussie side if you pay attention to what he is saying and much appreciative of the good Pakistani side. And please don't forget what the Pakistani papers, commentators and experts said about the players after loosing to New Zealand.
Adil8
Mar 21, 2011 11:04am
Ian Chappel is NOT a Racist, Infact He is Spot On!! A Captain Like Afridi Who Can't Control His Own Batting, Doesn't Have the Moral Authority To Criticize on Ahmed Shahzad and Other Players Performance!!
Bilal
Mar 21, 2011 10:39am
@A Ijaz: Everyone is allowed to express their opinion; however, they should be impartial and unbiased. Unlike Chappel who has been very harsh on Pakistani players. If he wants to express his opinion, he should rightly point out crazy things about Lee , Tait and Haddin. Conversely, their agression is showed as sportsmanship and ours as cheap stint. Commentators should not have hidden agenda against one team. We never got chance to discuss that ugly confrontation with Pakistani players and also shove and push to Younus who wanted to patch things up!! Also, what happened to honesty when Australian team wanted to bring the culture of walking. What happened to Pointing than, he said, fielders should be trusted. Unbelievable. This kind of commentary shows the targeted character assassination of Pakistani team and people.
Majid Niazi
Mar 21, 2011 07:01pm
Sir brilliant article. If you actually end up reading my comment, I want to request you to kindly please forward this to all leading Australian media outlets such as Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun and the THe Australian. I would really like it if they can also take in this point of view which im sure a lot of their public would also appreciate. Again, great work
Maroof Usmani
Mar 21, 2011 12:12pm
Let me put in my 2 cents, I felt that Ian Chappell did criticize anything and everything the Pakistani players did either individually or collectively. I don't know if Ian Chappell is racist or not but his commentary did show his bias.
Aly
Mar 21, 2011 10:31am
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afzaalkhan
Mar 21, 2011 10:31am
oh man thank u, i just laughed so hard, thank u very much for writing such a good response. God bless u :) Pakistan zindabad
Owais
Mar 21, 2011 10:15am
While I agree 100% with your views reflecting Pakistan defence agaisnt Ian Chappel critique, I would not like to think these utterings by chappel had any sinister motive. It was just his comments. Generally he is pretty blunt and to the point - very Australian in this respect. I am a huge fan of Chappel's comments. That might not be his day when he said all that but by and large his analysis is very good.
IZAK
Mar 21, 2011 10:20am
Well said Farooq. Couldnt have said it better myself. Our cricket board should also take a stand with the tv channel stating that Chappell's bias is a downright insult and in bad taste. If Dean Jones could be fired for calling Hashim Amla the "terrorist", we as Pakistanis consider Chappell's comments derogatory and demand that he too apologise publicly for cheap, below the belt comments. It may be typical Aussie 'straight talk' downunder but up here in the real world we expect commentators to do just that: commentate, not opinionate!
S Issar
Mar 21, 2011 10:20am
I also agree that "quite a few" comments by Chapple brothers are sharp and as if they are looking down on Pakistanis and for that matter when the opposition is India (or will be). You can sense similar undertones in English commentators. Particularly I find Nasser Hussaan though slightly less by others. By contrast Rameez, Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar always present more balanced comments though it would be 'no sin' if we found them slightly more favourable towards their own national sides.
Fayyaz
Mar 21, 2011 10:23am
Oh well written, please do something to put this article on cricinfo or any other website where that chappell can read it. I so dislike him( Chappell).
Khalid Khan
Mar 21, 2011 10:26am
Good and funny article.
Srihari Prasad
Mar 21, 2011 10:11am
Nice article. Aussies have always been very bad losers....it was a very nice feeling to see the Pakistan team beat the arrogant Aussies..Would love to see them beaten again in the Quarter Finals by India...It will be great to have a sub-continental final.
Sunil
Mar 21, 2011 10:15am
Nice article. But in my humble opinion, Farooq (author) could have spared Lee's celebration style. I mean, you are condemning Chapel (rightly so) for criticizing Afridi's pose but ended up doing exactly same thing albeit to another Australian!! Rest is well written.
shoaib
Mar 21, 2011 10:09am
The pains inflicted by ICC, BCCI & ECB will be returned to everyone in this worldcup. we deprived off by hosting this event an international conspiracy plotted to indulge our top class bowlers and now we will show to the world what we are!!!
Salman
Mar 21, 2011 10:06am
I sure hope so- more than anything else they need to understand they are not "IT" in cricket anymore
Bilal
Mar 21, 2011 09:45am
Watching match in Melbourne with my wife, I was so upset and disgraced by the Ian Chappel comments. He is always against Pakistan for some reason and always wanted to humiliate Pakistan in front of the whole world. Why can't our Pakistani commentator like Rameez Raja and Wasim Akram defend Pakistan. Why can't our so called patriotic commentator do not discuss incident when Brad Haddin pushed Younus Khan. If that was done by Pakistani player, Ian Chappel would have discussed million times. Our Pakistani commentators should have brought shame of Aussies while Younus was trying to patch up the heated argument and he even pushed him. I don't know the venues, but can we please raise this with ESPN commentator team to ask Mr. Chappel to leave character assination compaign for Pakistani players. What is wrong with Shahid Afridi's style, he can do whatever he wants to. What about Tait and Lee throwing balls at our batsmen even when they are inside the crease. Can anyone please anyone escalate this issue with anyone or ask Wasim and Rameez to at least defend Pakistani players rather than get involved and bring shame on Pakistan.
Maryam Iqbal
Mar 21, 2011 09:50am
very well written. Great interpretation of every pakistani's feelings.
mehmudah
Mar 21, 2011 09:55am
In case anyone wants to see this clip on cricinfo, where Chappell gets all scathing and unprofessional, calling Afridi a wrong choice for captain and saying he's 'crazy'. honestly! http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/video_audio/507149.html
A Ijaz
Mar 21, 2011 09:58am
I would not go to a bit of extreme as exhibited in the article and a few comments. We must give space to people and allow them to express their opinion. Especially, in commentating, the experts are paid for to express their opinion. I would not regard it more than a comment and an opinion of a former cricketer who deserve respect in the game and its followers.
Hassan
Mar 21, 2011 10:00am
Brilliant Article! - put my exact feelings on paper - very well written
Ysk
Mar 21, 2011 09:27am
Good Article.
Shahid
Mar 21, 2011 09:21am
Good one! Nice prose Mr Nomani, very enjoyable.
Goga Nalaik
Mar 21, 2011 09:22am
Farooq, Well done. What I liked the most is : ballerina-inspired jump by Brett Lee. :) I'm sure India will beat them in the quarter final.
malik
Mar 21, 2011 09:04am
Well I really appreciate this post and hope that it must be diffused to this CHAPPAL (;) ) somehow. Since I listened to his match analysis (just after the match, available on cricinfo), I could not digest it at all. How bitter .. shame on u Ian chappel .. shame
Abbas
Mar 21, 2011 09:05am
Ian Chappel and his jokes...give me a break. That fellow didn't even qualify to be called good human being...
Baig
Mar 21, 2011 09:07am
I for one think it was an amazing victory for Pakistan. I agree with Farooq that there was more to this match than a win over a team which has been unbeaten for such an extended period and is on the downward spiral. And I think the result of overcoming this psychological barrier will be more profound on our team going forward. I am immensely proud of our team's achievement no matter what some one says. Good luck to the team and inshAllah the cup is coming to Pakistan where it rightfully belongs.
Ali Moiz Ansari
Mar 21, 2011 09:08pm
A brilliant piece.. really admire your style of writing and your attention to detail.
Ramesh
Mar 21, 2011 09:18am
BRAVO! someone should post it in an austalian newspaper for them to read!
Usama
Mar 21, 2011 09:01am
A great piece... sad accurate reality... Chappel should be made aware of how a whole nation feels about his comments..
ArifQ
Mar 21, 2011 09:02am
Not that i agree with Mr Chappels indiscreete commentary but that is his fundamental right as a comentator to express his opinions, thats what he is paid for. Rameez Raja could and should express his opinions, but choosees to remain silent or have diplomatic answers which dilutes the impact, basically Raja doesnt have the courage to say what he really feels. By the way, that Afridi pose is getting on my nerves, its a "TEAM" effort.
Junaid Siddiqui
Mar 21, 2011 08:55am
someone send the link of this article to him
Dawood Akram
Mar 21, 2011 09:35am
Great article... so true... ian chappel is that kind of character who always points out pakistani's... he was not expecting k this team of pakistan will defeat the mighty aussies... pakistan have made us proud and silences all of their critics...
mehmudah
Mar 21, 2011 08:52am
Good article, much needed and very timely. I love the way this writer writes! I thought Chappell's attack on Afridi was personal and in bad taste. I was surprised cricinfo (a website that has great following, is well-respected) actually put his comments on air.
Nasir Khan
Mar 21, 2011 08:50am
Excellent piece. I would like to add that using abusive language by Australian fast bowlers is on the rise. After every delivery the bowler walks to the batsman with an expression of utter hate and disgust with eyeballs poping out. Nobody comments on that and this behavior has been taken as an accepted norm. Batsmen must pay back there & then in the same currency no matter the game will turn into a street fight.
Sreejay S
Mar 21, 2011 09:34pm
I, as an Indian, totally support all that is said here and congratulations, Pakistan, for making it to the QFs. Hope we meet in the Finals. (Of course, then I would want India to win! No offence!)
Taatya Singh
Mar 21, 2011 09:32pm
I disagree about several things the author says or his perception about the hidden meaning or intents in what Chappell was saying. However it is true that the Australian cricket team has always had a swagger and often compete in a manner that is "not cricket" (to the extent that term is relevant these days.) To that extent rubbing their noses in the dirt is always good for the world (and for Australia). Peace!!!
ailchi
Mar 21, 2011 08:46am
While Pakistanis should be happy about the victory over Australia, they should not be carried away. West Indies on their day can be very dangerous.
Nada
Mar 21, 2011 09:37pm
what a lovely piece! truly well written. would have said so even if i did not agree with your views, which i do. more power to Pakistan!! bring the cup home boys!
Wasim
Mar 21, 2011 08:13am
Very apt article. Ian Chappell was extremely biased and obviously upset at Pakistan's thrashing of Australia. What added to the enjoyment was that every time he criticized Pakistan team, Afridi's captaincy, Abdur Rehman's bowling an Australian wicket fell making him look even more silly and plain wrong.
Rizwan Mumtaz
Mar 21, 2011 08:11am
Excellent article. Ramiz and Wasim Akram should surely counter it. What I also did not like was the way Ramiz was discussing certain technical aspects with Chappell in a subordinative & submissive way. Surely if Imran was there he would have put his foot down and set the records straight. Alas, our nation does not have many Imrans and Javed Miandads.
Saad Khan
Mar 21, 2011 08:30am
I sincerely hope that the old Chappell reads this and is ashamed of what he did. He is a BIG DISGRACE.
Tamma
Mar 21, 2011 07:32am
well done sir, now let us do all that and win the cup 2011, inshallah
Mohammad Athar
Mar 21, 2011 07:43am
Great article! It is not only the team but also the entire nation which carries the baggage. I hope last match against Australia is the turning point. India should also beat Australia so that we can have a cracker in the semis. Australia should be buried at the QF stage. Above all, they should not be worthy of the no. 1 spot anymore. As for Ponting, I do not know why he had a confused look on his face after nicking the ball to Kamran Akmal. Ian Chappell just has to compare him with Tendulkar (walked when he was only 2 against West Indies despite not being given out) before putting Ponting on the pedestal.
Imran Rizvi
Mar 21, 2011 07:32am
Good article Farooq. I was watching the match at the time when Chappell made the comments about the Sydney Test match and cringed with disbelief. I expected somone like Ramiz or another commentator to counter it somehow during their commentary. But in the end the best possible reply was Pakistan Team's performance. A slap in the face of such a biased opinion.
Hammad
Mar 21, 2011 07:59am
Humility is the best answer. Ian Chappel commentary shows the mental state Aussies are in. They just cannot accept that they are no more the cricketing superpower. Many more defeats are on there way for Aussies and surely we will see the on-field attitude getting worse. Go Greens go !
rizwan
Mar 21, 2011 10:26pm
Farooq... that was excellent piece well researched and written... a slap on his face...
Khalid Sami
Mar 21, 2011 10:55pm
Farooq you are spot on about Ian Chappell. I heard his commentary and wrote a comment in cricinfo (Ponting's ODI Future) calling "Chappell a sore loser". Chappell had similar derogatory comments on "timeout" pre world cup special on Afridi and Pakistan team. I think the best response to him will be for Pakistan to eliminate Australia if they win against India in the semi. With respect to bowlers celebration on claiming a wicket that's neat and I like it whether it is Brett Lee, Price(Zim) or Afridi - old cantankerous Chappell will get his punishment when Afridi is the highest wicket taker in this WC.
Shakeel
Mar 21, 2011 06:59pm
Very True. Chappell has lost my respect forever.
majid
Mar 21, 2011 11:33pm
Pakistan Zinabad india vs pak FInal Bring it on!!!
NESTLE'
Mar 21, 2011 07:50am
Ian Chappell is an old goat... The poor fellow needs his chin scratched... thats all. Don't know why make him the villain. he's been through a lot in the past 48 hours, give the dude a break.
Malik
Mar 21, 2011 11:43pm
Shahid: I agree whole heartedly with you. Ian Chappal is a good commentator and absolutely not a racist. He said some good things, and of course a good advice to Pakistani cricket. We always mess up someone good intentions and never take criticism lightly.
Imran
Mar 21, 2011 11:50pm
I can't see racism in it either but I do feel Afridi and his boys played and behaved better than Aussies and His analysis is utter rubbish.
Hassan
Mar 21, 2011 11:51pm
very well written
F.K
Mar 21, 2011 08:07am
Superbly written article but who cares what chappel thinks...ponting is a borderline cheater by his own admission on cricinfo today when he said this ""There were no doubts about the nick, I knew I hit it, but as always I wait for the umpire to give me out. That's the way I've always played the game" do we need to say any further? lol Go team Pakistani, we just defeated the undefeated and may have now turned the corner blocking us.
Nabil
Mar 22, 2011 12:29am
Australians are racist, what else is new?
Akil Akhtar
Mar 22, 2011 12:03am
Australians generally are very anti Pakistan, not sure why, maybe influence of Indian lobby (as they love india despite everything...) or their own inherent anti Muslim bias. Australian Cricket Board is just a reflection of the general public. They were boycotting Pakistan before sep 11 when the trouble was only in Karachi but happy to visit Delhi after several bomb blasts. I watch Australian cricket/commentators regularly and they find it very difficult to praise a Pakistani player no matter how great he is. Only a few years ago they use to stop transmission if Australia was loosing.
Akil Akhtar
Mar 22, 2011 12:05am
Why, do we try to defend the other side allways... Isit our inferiority complex
Akil Akhtar
Mar 22, 2011 12:07am
Just beat them in the Quarter finals and that will be icing on the cake.
Bashir
Mar 22, 2011 12:19am
The simple fact is that the team that played better cricket on the day won the match. The other fact remains that Australia still is ranked the best ODI team, and Pakistan is ranked at number SIX. If Australia-SriLanka match had not been washed out Australia would have topped the group even after the loss to Pakistan. It is based on the ODI standings that the cricket fans around the world are looking forward to Australia-India match as the Mini-Final.
Samab
Mar 22, 2011 12:22am
I feel farooq you are too defensive like our Pakistan cricket team. Common let them talk but they can't walk can they? It was a slap on their Ego but do not brand Brett Lee joyous moment as ballerina and take on his singing skill that is as bad as Chappell comments.
Raza
Mar 22, 2011 01:49am
Finally some sense... Good man!
Bashir
Mar 22, 2011 01:58am
Well, his brother WAS involved in cricket's most disgraceful moment.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K65_spUU05s Pakistan will Insha Allah win the Worldcup. Afridi is the King.
Asif
Mar 22, 2011 02:00am
Living in Melbourne (Aus) I, along with my many Cricket loving friends are sick and tired of Ian Chappell's remarks. He is very partial and boring Cricket Commentator. What about Brett Lee's Wicket Taking Celebrations! I am sure Ian Chappell would not have any problems with that. Shame on you Ian. You are one disgraceful Cricket Commentator that we have to put up with, unfortunately.
Dr.M.Shakil Siddiquiu
Mar 22, 2011 01:09am
Australians are biased towards Pakistan cricket team.They just could not stomach the defeat at the hands of Pakistanis.May Allah bless our team more successes in future.Allah is great.
Asad
Mar 22, 2011 01:01am
I had to go back and listen to Ian's comment again.I think he was pretty fair,outright criticizing Ponting's captaincy and "unbeatable" label of Australian cricket team. For me Afridi is not a captain's material.He has to lead by an example and lately his batting has been horrible.Talking about humility,i find his celebration a little offensive whether its a top order batsman or poor tail-ender.But its pretty tame compared to some other players who express their joy in pretty ugly and disgusting fashion! Signs of times maybe.
rafa
Mar 22, 2011 02:08am
This is hilarious. If Pakistan had lost the match other night, I bet same writer would have written all this about Mr. Afridi. How reckless was his short and stuff like that.
AA
Mar 22, 2011 02:59am
I am proud and so was the nation. In painful situation- where country is occupied by foreign forces. The only hope and ray of light we have seen for Pakistan nation. I congratulate the nation and the team. My prayers are with you. We should show an excellent and extraordinary behavior-world is watching us. Afridi must play with care otherwise, these poor shots could be disastrous
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:09am
The poor and the inflicted always hope for such miracles. Some times Miracles do happen. So I am too keeping a flicker of hope alive in my heart. Thanks for the posting.
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:13am
Agree with most of what you say. Actually I was amused by his comments. I only wish Afridi had hit that Sixer. That might have made Chappell really lose his cool.
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:13am
Sunil is right.
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:16am
Ramiz Raja is a class act. That is why he was so much respected by his NZ collegues.
Aftab
Mar 22, 2011 02:18am
What Chappell said was spot on!! Afridi is not a captain material.
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:22am
Your name is unique and I have always admired your comments.
Gautam
Mar 22, 2011 02:34am
Just so you guys know, this is coming from an INDIAN ENEMY (just kidding)!! Farooq has nailed it; If I was going to write and article on this, it would be pretty close or I dare say 'It would be exactly the same. Well done pal, great minds think alike...lol. I also think that ridiculing Lee's celebration doesnt justify this fantastic piece, anyways, thats my two cents of rant. Perhaps, I couldnt put it so eloquently, and ofcourse the complicated english had me looking for my dictionary. Great work, buddy: Big fan of Yourself and NFP.
Tariq K Sami
Mar 22, 2011 02:39am
Oh well we would have none of this if there was this UDRS and Hot spot 20 yrs ago.
Iftikhar Nasir
Mar 22, 2011 04:15am
Well written, couldn't have analysed it better myself. The entire commentary was biased, and seemed to look down on our players, and in extension, us. I recall with amusement the comments passed at Umer Akmal when he came to bat. And how Umer eventually silenced them with his talent. I do not think it was just Chappel, but the entire world of so-called experts and their opinions. In a lot of such discussions, Pakistan seemed to be missing, or shoved under the table. Until Sanjay Manjrekar had the guts to actually say on live TV, "why aren't people talking about Pakistan? They are still a force to be reckoned with". Or words to that effect. However, having said that, I reckon that commentators will always be biased towards who they like, or who their compatriots are. Just this: Man but it feels good to make Chappel and his ilk eat their words! Go Pakistan!
Faisal
Mar 22, 2011 04:06am
Farooq has almost ended up being what he accuses Ian of: a racist! This is an extremely biased article and supporting such views border on paranoid which is xenophobic as well. While there's no reason to agree with whatever Ian may have said, there is absolutely no cause to give it a racist slur. If you wish to counter criticism, do so objectively.
Fan2
Mar 22, 2011 04:08am
Poor timing for this article. You should not have used all your arrows in one try. You said too much too fast and did not leave any room to retract. It is senseless writing. Ian Chappell has taught many Pakistani journalist and cricketer way too many things. So what if he has strong opinion or he feels passionate towards his own country. You can counter other person opinion is a diplomatic way with politeness and humor. This is not war it is a game played by gentlemen. Keep up the good work.
Mohsin
Mar 22, 2011 03:48am
Hats Off Mr Nomani, what a fine piece of writing. Bang on. The Arrogance is still there and I wish with all the depth of my heart that India crushes them in the quarter finals. lastly, that Brett Lee's "Ballerina-inspired jump " description is priceless.
Hussain
Mar 22, 2011 03:10am
Great great great. Farooq! you have really nice skill and they way you have slapped Ian Chappell is impressive. Well said, cartoons cannot behave live human, specially when our lovely Pakistan defeated australian cartoons. Narrow minded and arrogance cartoons like Ian Chappell and pointing have right to cry and speak these harsh words in pain and sorrow. Pakistan Zindabad
Kamal(New Delhi)
Mar 22, 2011 04:22am
Ian "whatever" Chappell belongs to the same group of Mr.Pontings and Mr.Haddins and Mr.Johnsons who are not ready to accept defeats graciously. Simple case of Sour Grapes! When you are about-to-lose the game, start sledging, when you lose the game, start making obnoxious comments. I just read in today's Times of India newspaper that Chappell suggests that Afridi shouldn't be leading a team as he did senseless things on field, by these standards Ponting shouldn't even be playing the game at all, considering the things hes been doing on and off the field. Abusing, glaring, arguing, breaking tv's and what not. Piece of advice to Chappell - Stop cribbing like irritating kids and tell your bunch of jokers to start performing on the field else be ready to get the thrashing which they received by the Pakistani Team.
Ghalib
Mar 22, 2011 04:59am
Love it. "Here
taimur arif
Mar 22, 2011 05:02am
ian chapel was right regarding afridi i mean come on he is a captain and he himself wants to be in a big picture ,, imran khan or any other captain name it never posed because indirectly it looks like as if you are trying to be prominent and besides when you come after posing like this to bat you are even more irresponsible ,,,and about bret lee he is strike fast bowler how can you compare him with afridi neither is a captain ,,i am saying regarding a captain of a side these things look crazy,,,and if you talk about ian chapel he doesnt spare anyone but at the same time respects the game...he openly he is a great fan of wasim,,waqqr and imran ..if you follow espncricinfo.com then olease also check his video what he says about imran khan and 1992 world cup
Ghalib
Mar 22, 2011 05:01am
Would love it too,
Ali
Mar 22, 2011 05:10am
As always a well written piece! plz accept my congratulations. I agree with Umair Darr.
Omair
Mar 22, 2011 05:25am
Thaank you, atleast someone can see through the blinding patriotism that fogs everyones mind from rationality. People pick up on what Ian Chappell says only because of their envy for the dominating Aussie side, and I agree, this side DEFINITELY is no where near as good as the LEGENDARY sides that lifted the last 3 world cup trophies. Farooq forgot to write what Ian said after his objection of the huddle, he said the huddle is a waste of time because the team could be planning the way they're going to go about winning the match in that much time. I agree a 1 minute huddle wouldn't kill anybody, and its good to motivate everyone especially when you can put an end to the Aussie record after almost 12 years. I have been a fan of the Aussie squad for so many years because they have the discipline and determination that every world cup winning side should possess. And insulting the celebratory gestures of a world class bowler when he himself never personally attacked your team is just pointless, everyone should have a signature celebration, there are no problems with that. How do people forget how biased 95% of commentators are including, Ramiz Raja (although he has improved significantly in recent years), Wasim Akram, Aamer Sohail, these are just the Pakistani ones because they are relevant to the argument. These commentators just go on and on about the Pakistani players history from grade 1 till the last bowl they bowled while only praising other teams players when a glorious cover drive's been hit, or a devastating in swinging yorker's been bowled. The Pakistani team really hasn't done itself any favours, its been clouded by controversy for so many years, obviously other teams have as well but they don't get the paparazzi status of the Pakistani team, or maybe they handle it in a smarter fashion.
Fahad Nisar
Mar 22, 2011 05:51am
Chappel has gone crazy. Well, its obvious that talent is sacred no matter what cricketing structure you have. when Pakistan plays aussies. Its always talent vs mechanics. so much money aus board has and with the worlds best cricketing structure, Still they are unable to beat cricket hungry nation Pakistan then this state of chappel is certainly justified
Issaar Salim
Mar 22, 2011 05:26am
C'mon guys! As pompous and unsportsmanlike as the Australians are, Chappell's comments were NOT racist. He does not like Afridi but he backs it up with reasons that we are free to disagree with. As Noorani says, Chappell gave an example of his practice of passing notes rather than huddling. It's his point of view. It's what he did when he was leading Australia. He also does not like Afridi's celebration when he takes a wicket because he feels that as a Captain he needs to recognize that it's a team sport and is not all about him. What's racist about that? I'm happy that Pakistan won and that the Australians got their come uppance, but let's get over the victim bit.
Shabbir
Mar 21, 2011 01:15pm
i agree with Shahid, rightly said.
Ahsan Sami
Mar 22, 2011 10:03am
very well written, i think we've had enough if aussie arrogance. i simply hated it when chappell was saying "Ponting would want to :Punish: Pakistan for the scandals over Sydney test".
Adnan
Mar 22, 2011 11:55am
I am not surprised by this one bit. This is typical Ian Chappell behavior and a shameful attempt by him to undermine the hard work the Pakistan team has put in over the last few months despite being dragged through the mud with all sorts of allegations and controversies. I understand that Chappell is entitled to his opinion as an unbiased commentator no matter how biased it may seem. However, I am of the opinion that Chappell should keep his opinion to himself.
Zafars
Mar 22, 2011 12:34pm
are we talking cricket or venting inferiority complexes here?
Gilliana of Oz
Mar 22, 2011 12:53pm
I think Farooq Nomani is brilliant though I must admit he was too bombastic for most Pakistanis that knows and speak the simpler version. Farooq write in essay form: perhaps he has tread a lot of Gilbert Chesterton and whenever he finds an opportunity he displays his command of the language. I must confess I enjoyed his article though he made no bones of my fellow countryman.
Analytical Engine
Mar 22, 2011 01:11pm
Afridi should behave like a mature cricketer.Very childish and insensitive of him to pose in that fashion after taking a wicket.Its a gentleman's game.Ever seen Inzi Bhai(when he was captain) getting half-as-thrilled after his bowlers got him wicket? Never!So Boom Boom should learn.
ag
Mar 21, 2011 06:55pm
So, what is the point Shahid. You answered it by yourself. This is exactly what FN is saying. May be you didn't listened Chappal's comments.
Mustafa
Mar 23, 2011 04:21pm
One very low paragraph in this: "Besides, give Shahid a break. So what if he strikes a pose? At least his arms and legs outstretched in an
Wakee
Mar 23, 2011 01:31pm
Way to go mate, nice one! as for IAN CHAPPEL i think he is fixated abt Aussies being the World Champs for the past 12 years and the fact that it was Pakistan who defeated AUSSIES in world cup the last time. We were more than enuf capable of thrashing them in 1999 world cup but for " known " reasons we didnt:P
Anum
Mar 21, 2011 06:06pm
I'll vote for that :D
Asjad
Mar 21, 2011 06:07pm
@Faisal ...Completely agree :) :P... Great article
Anum
Mar 21, 2011 06:04pm
I don't think the scar of losing the match against Pakistan will go away. Let them cry over it. Well done on the article.
Zeeshan
Mar 21, 2011 05:45pm
When Chappel said, ".. firstly because he didnt do much to ge that wicket", somebody should tell him, at least he didnt bowl an underarm like your brother Trevor Chappell.
singhrex
Mar 23, 2011 11:58am
insaallah
Ali
Mar 21, 2011 05:44pm
Very well written!
tabassum
Mar 21, 2011 05:26pm
loved the article :) straight from the heart
Shoaib
Mar 21, 2011 05:15pm
I love this article and is an appropriate response i have been looking for.
salman
Mar 21, 2011 05:19pm
Excellent piece and a true slap on Aussie faces! great job noman!
Kashif Khan
Mar 21, 2011 05:08pm
I listened to Ian Chappell's commentary and thought he was being pretty harsh on Pakistan also. He has an issue with Afridi posing and team huddling? Really?! I want to see and I want the world to see that this team in w.c. is gel'ing, despite the distractions and issues we have faced over the past few years. Go Pakistan!!
Ali Hasan
Mar 21, 2011 04:58pm
I personally think Mr. Chappell was out of line condemning the Pak players and Afridi; never once did he compliment anyone. In his eyes, it seemed, Pakistan was a guilty team for whatever reason. If this is not biased commentating, I can't imagine what else is. He should accept this is not the invincible Australian team of the past. What about Ponting's statement; "I had no doubts I knicked it, but it's the umpire's job to give me out". What a role model? I don't see them progressing beyond the quarter finals.
Mazhar
Mar 21, 2011 04:51pm
OUTSTANDING article. Very well written. I am not a big cricket fan any more as I live overseas where cricket is usually unavailable to watch on TV. However, I was fortunate enough to witness Pakistan's triumph over Australia yesterday and I was shocked at Chappel's conceited and unwarranted remarks. He sounded like a sore loser seeing his Australian side struggle against a side, he in his mind considers, inferior.
saud
Mar 21, 2011 12:31pm
Very well written, Great job!
Sandip
Mar 21, 2011 04:49pm
Wonderfully written. I think it is high time that Australians stop pretending as if Ricky Ponting is some high priest of the modern cricketing world, some one at a moral high ground. He was and remains a brat. And that is as much weight as the cricketing world should give to him. However it must be said that given Ricky Ponting's transgressions over the last few years, he is getting away pretty easy. I wonder what the consequences might have been if a player from the sub-continent was held in similar breaches of rules? I think We all know the answer to that, isn't it?
mILLI
Mar 21, 2011 04:44pm
I think the writer got carried away in his biased analysis! Chappell is spot on in saying that Afridi doesn't "deserve" to be the captain! What's wrong in that?? A guy who hasn't learned how to kill his "batting instincts" and play for the country rather than on his "instincts" in 15 years doesn't deserve a place in the team let alone captaining it! But see dat's what Pakistan is all about :D And redoubtably Chappell is right in his observation about the "celebration" style of Afridi; more of a "i did it" thing rather than anything thing else! Talk about "humility" hah!!!
Parwaiz
Mar 21, 2011 04:28pm
It is indeed Australians who think that they have a better team regardless of been beaten by Pakistan. They have stayed on the top for too long and belief is set in that it was a fluke. The best answer to silence Ian Chappell is to beat the Australians again and then smile and walk away. Do it a few times and suddenly they will start to give the respect to others. I know that Australians think very highly of themselves.
Muhammad Kashif
Mar 21, 2011 04:17pm
It is really such a great piece of work and now try to post it on THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper then, we will be able to see the feedback from Aussie side because its true that these Aussies are always seems to be critical of Pakistan either as a commentator or in any other form but ICC must take these things into account and with the help of technology they must record the comments of the commentators and the mumbling of the players during the game in order to reach the conclusion of the problem because this could lead to the serious problem in the future and particularly if we think all this into the context of Clashes of Civilizations are so many other myths which happened after the 9/11 then we can understand that this must stop right here in order to give positive image of the cricket and other sports to the future generations
Farhan Shaikh
Mar 22, 2011 06:07am
Good piece! But precision and brevity are lacking in this taking apart of Chappal. I feel Kamran Abbasi on Cricinfo has given a more precise, fitting reply to Chappal.
Wasim
Mar 22, 2011 06:12am
I have admired Chappel for his unbiased views for a very long time and still do but in the PAk-Aus match his comments were OTT.
Aun Ali Motani
Mar 22, 2011 06:26am
Their plotting against us is not working, now they are trying to find other ways to make problems amongst the team. Poor Chappel, I respected him though but not anymore!
Sana Saeed
Mar 21, 2011 08:03am
well done....great article
Imran
Mar 22, 2011 07:00am
I think we should reply the Ausies by playing the game with sportman sprit and beat them in semis Sorry to say that replying in this way is showing our negative attitude, same as the Ausies have
Shahzad Ghaffar
Mar 22, 2011 07:23am
Awesome blog!!!Took the words right out of my mouth!!
Awais
Mar 22, 2011 07:28am
Excellently written my man.
fahad imam
Mar 22, 2011 07:36am
very good article from Farooq Nomani. I have similar opinions abt ian chappel ..he is really baised person .even he is such a baised person tht if some australian will not meet his standard he will not forgive him under his harsh comments. i remember during ashes last year when johnsan was struggling with his bowling and batting in 1 test match due to which he was dropped from 2 test match he was the one only australian who was looking to abolished the career of johnasn ..he dismantled all his remarkbale performances nd just looking to kick him out frm the series..so if he dnt consider any australian during his comments nd standard ten how he can neglet other esp pakistanies who r always threat fr such teams.
Amir
Mar 21, 2011 09:42pm
Bless you.
RK
Mar 22, 2011 07:50am
Nah! Pakistan should meet India in Semi finals or finals. It would be fun
RK
Mar 22, 2011 07:53am
Nah. Pakistan should meet other country in Semifinal. It should be India-Pakistan final. It will be fun after a long long time.
fahad
Mar 22, 2011 08:42am
why do you use words that are not used in daily life conversation?
Waqas Farooq
Mar 22, 2011 08:08am
Great Work Mr Naumani, We need to raise our opinion
Asif Qazi
Mar 22, 2011 09:53am
Majority of the bloggers here are displaying aggressive patriotism. We can disagree with Ian Chappel on this occassion. I have listened to Chappel's commentary for a number of years and believe he is one of the best commentators in the game. He doesn't appear to like Afridi's celeberation but suggesting that he cannot digest Pakistan victory because is anti-Pakistan and racist is ridiculous. Chappel is an outspoken person never afraid to speak up his mind. He regularly criticises the Australian cricketers as well. I have noticed on many occassions he has lavished praised on Pakistani cricketers. He stood up for the cause of refugees when the Australian government was playing dirty politics on the refugee issue and mind you most of these refugees were Muslims. He even had differences with Sir Donald Bradman. You can disagree and criticise his comments but don't to the level of branding him a racist or anti-Pakistani. Calm down all please. Sports should bring people closer and not the other way.
Aneela
Mar 21, 2011 12:53pm
I dont care what anyone says about afridi, all i know is that he is a great cricketer, and as a captian if he is full of energy then you'll see all the other 10 players around him unbeat and enthusiastic, when he is bowling you can see the body language of the other player knowing that captain is going to get them a wicket they need, so what if he plays a silly shot with the bat? Come on people we have been watching afridi for years and years that is one thing to should be used to be now, but knowing afridi now that we have reached the 1/4 finals, he will just get better with the bat, just remember what he did in 2009 t20 world cup!
nisar
Mar 21, 2011 01:42pm
oh well, like you said, pakistan won so doesn't matter how much the Australians whine. =)
Ali Rafiq
Mar 21, 2011 03:45pm
Sir, there is no need to explain Afridi's signature pose. He does it and his nation likes it. Chapel can go whine about it till his grave cuz we really don't care.
salema
Mar 21, 2011 12:58pm
I totally agree!!
Morfi
Mar 21, 2011 01:37pm
These Aussies should get to know this side of the story as well. Someone, please send this to Chappel or ask Osman Samiuddin to refer to this, - Nomani you might know Osman. Also try to post this link on Fox or Australian newspapers. Ian Chappel is Racist, belligerently anti-pakistani and downright Rude. I would love to see some commentators take apart Ponting like this and criticise haddin and lee and tait.
Faisal
Mar 21, 2011 01:31pm
Dude, this is simply priceless :)I envy your writing style. I wish someone can pass this on to Mr. Chappel.
Dilawar Khalid
Mar 21, 2011 01:37pm
@kaleem if afridi is not captain material who is apart from younis in the team Was salman butt the material or is kamran akmal there are only three or four players who are there in team due to their performance while others are there because of "sifarish" and even match fixing.
Syed
Mar 21, 2011 12:33pm
Sorry Mr. Nomani. Your article wasn't humble. I hope we can translate this victory into some more positive energy ....
Ravi
Mar 21, 2011 12:07pm
As a dignified person and a competent player, Rameez Raja has done his country proud. There was no need for him to react to what Chappell said. The reply was fittingly given by the team on the field, which is the way it should be. The defeat that showed on Ponting's face and in his body language was there for the whole world to see. No words from Chappell can undo that!
Razi
Mar 21, 2011 12:48pm
We should not take everything pessimistically. Our cricketers are capable of harming themselves so they don't need help
javaid
Mar 21, 2011 12:40pm
I am not sure chappell comments were because he could not stomach austrailia's defeat. If you see an older interview of his ( given 6 months ago), he critcizes afiridi in a similar fashion.So i think he is irritated by afridi's style and not by pakistani victory.
Raheemuddin Ahmad
Mar 21, 2011 12:36pm
It was indeed a shameful act of Ponting of not walking away when he knew he was caught behind by Kamran Akmal. But he slyly waited for the review to still save him. This really shows the character of the person in Ponting. Considering this guy being the captain of the reigning world cup winning team - is this sportsmanship? The Australians are sore losers!
hannan malik
Mar 21, 2011 12:37pm
A little too offensive, the writer should've spared Lee's action.
hannan malik
Mar 21, 2011 12:33pm
thumbs up!
Abdullah Tariq
Mar 25, 2011 06:16pm
But why?
Mustafa
Mar 27, 2011 06:55pm
Brett Lee's celebration looks better than Afridi's.