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"Our balance in fast bowling was not right with just two fast bowlers in the playing XI," the former left-handed opener said. -File Photo
"Our balance in fast bowling was not right with just two fast bowlers in the playing XI," the former left-handed opener said. -File Photo

KARACHI: Former captain Aamir Sohail said on Tuesday he was not surprised with Pakistan’s seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in the opening One-day International in Harare.

“Until and unless we strengthen our club cricket and re-organise it, we will be facing such problems in future,” Aamir said while recording his comments on Pakistan’s stunning loss to Zimbabwe, one of the weakest teams in world cricket.

“Our fielding was not up to the mark and we did not attack during Zimbabwe batting, never saw close-in fielders,” the former left-handed opener noted.

Our balance in fast bowling was not right with just two fast bowlers in the playing XI. You cannot just run in to bowl for winning, but a well planned-out attacking approach is needed to win matches.

“Hafeez is not our front line bowler. You needed specialist bowlers. You cannot also depend on the bowling of Umar Amin.

“Until and unless we revive and strengthen club cricket we cannot improve our system,” he said.

He said the regional, district associations and zones were violating Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) constitution by not organising at least two club-level events. “Neither are the PCB officials doing anything nor is the PCB chief operating officer asking them anything,” he commented.

“In such a scenario, how can domestic cricket be improved and help us produce better players,” he said.

“All PCB, regional, district and zonal officials should be ousted, who have done nothing for the betterment of club cricket,” he remarked.

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haris Aug 28, 2013 03:30pm

insomniac Aug 28, 2013 03:33pm

shocking defeat.. pakistan cricket needs some tough changes throughout.

Ali Aug 28, 2013 04:28pm

What is the problem? Zimbabwe played better and they deserved to win... Not sure why we always think that when Pakistan will play they should win always. Other teams also plays to win.

Ali Aug 28, 2013 05:25pm

Why don't you blame this one too on Imran Khan?

Magister Aug 28, 2013 05:50pm

Anyone one bit familiar with the affairs of the world would recognize that the game was an economic investment by the Pakistani players (to put it politely).

Eye Aug 28, 2013 06:19pm

Why these points have to come after defeat? These issues were there even when Pakistan won matches in the past.

Nadeem (US) Aug 28, 2013 06:57pm

Only one team can win when 2 teams face each other. Give winning team a credit for their excellent performance. WE should not behaive like Indians.

AJ Aug 28, 2013 06:59pm

ALthough true but it is not the whole story. A corrupted selection system, players not playing for the country but themselves and people like Intekhab and Miandad occupying high profile chairs for decades without even doing anything, are equally disastrous outcomes. Whole the nation is asking the reason for selecting 32 years Faisal Iqbal who has played 50 international with an over all average of 21. Do they want him to succeed against the minnows so that he can go on for a couple of years with earning some money? Then Why are we discrediting the few talented youngesters like Haris Sohail by giving them chances to bat at no. 7 with a few overs left. He is not allowed to build his innings and show his talent. Why? Only because Hafeez and Misbah are guarding their own interests and are ready to let Haris bat at 4 or 5. Lastly, our up-coming batsmen need to play A-team tours to countries like South Africa, England and Australia but our incompetent PCB is not able to arrange some.

John Smith Aug 28, 2013 07:30pm

I don't really get it, why couldn't Aamir have made these comments earlier? We lost one ODI to Zimbabwe... what is the big deal? We still have 2 ODIs left and will inshallah win the series. I agree with Aamir about the two medium pacer bowlers, I was surprised when I heard that too. We have a good team and Inshallah will perform well in the ODIs and test matches. Aamir, please speak up earlier and not after...... everything is twenty twenty in hindsight!!!!

Sitaram Aug 28, 2013 08:23pm

Aamir is correct...... I will be surprised if this Club level Pakistani team manages to beat Zimbabwe in even one of the ODIs.....Pakistan Cricket has doomed...... just like Pakistan as a country....

optimist Aug 28, 2013 09:26pm

Pakistan has not produced any quality player after Inzimam, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. Proper playing facilities are only available in Lahore.. Domestic cricket needs healthy competition with equal opportunities, ootherwise the standard cannot improve. PCB always talks of merit but only on paper. They need to get out of the influence of Zaman park and do some creative thinking.
Talent like Fawad Alam is allowed to rot while sifarshi like Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz etc are on most tours with nothing to show as merit.

Anees Aug 28, 2013 09:53pm

We need to promote regional cricket which is what IK has been saying for 25 years. Australia and South Africa are the best examples in this regard. What interest would I take in a KRL-UBL or PIA-HBL match? A Multan-Peshawar or Lahore-Karachi match can generate more interest and tougher competition.

Mohammed Abid Aug 28, 2013 10:37pm

I sincerely agree with Former captain Aamir Sohail's comments. Player need practice. Class 1 cricket leagues will provide competitive practice, and only best performance based specialty professionals be selected for international matches.

What is clear that PCB cricket board elections are taking priority on real priorities. Make it mandatory: "one who never played first class cricket should neither be in the board, or near the selectors.

Dr.H.Mohan Aug 28, 2013 10:38pm


Sarah khan Aug 28, 2013 11:05pm

Funny how everyone is ready to criticize, what about the matches we lost when he was captain?

Ali Aug 29, 2013 12:05am

Samir Sohail is related to Waseem Sajjad and he thinks on that basis he should be made chairmen of PCB, that is why all this drama. Waseem Sajjad trying his best to get the job for his relation. Shame on both of them for this sifarish culture. If he becomes Chairmen, then PCB will suffer a lot

malik Aug 29, 2013 01:43am

Aamir's comments are no surprise to me ;)

Nadeem Mirza Aug 29, 2013 05:28am

Ok, we understand! Improving domestic cricket structure is a long term solution. In the mean time, team is in Zimbabwe and just lost a game. There gotta be a quicker fix also?

Fahad Aug 29, 2013 06:29am

@haris: Zardari's no longer president. Find another scapegoat.

Nasir Aug 29, 2013 09:21am

Amir Sohail was a good cricketer during his prime time. There is no second opinion about it regardless what others may say. However, his cricket agressiveness doesn't apply off the field. Every time I have read or seen him on television he has one way of dealing things and that is, "they should be fired" from the team, board, zones, club and there house.

Can he be bit constructive? We all know he is right on issues but for God's Sake be reasonable firing someone from the job doesnt make things progressive. Only time things progress if all the stake holders be honest to themselves, people, and to their work then only you can progress.

Not by having vendetta or personal interest.

Ravi Aug 29, 2013 10:04am

Hi I am from India and was always very big fan of Pakistani bowling and fighting spirit I will like to see those golden days back when great bolwer like Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Jafer, Quadir... list goes on and on.... For greater good not only for Pakistain team but for game of cricket Pakistan should go back to basic and get grassroot talents back.... Good wishes Ravi

little johnny Aug 29, 2013 10:30am

hey .. you forgot to mention Imran's role in this loss

Common Dude Aug 29, 2013 11:12am

@Nadeem (US): Yes surely the better team won but what he is pointing out are the flaws that will make Pakistan a worse team if not fixed. That is the real point of concern.

Asif M Aug 29, 2013 12:09pm

Every ex-cricketer not having a piece of the PCB's pie gives such beaten-track statements about the domestic structure every time the national team loses. Until they themselves get any official role in the board, of course.

Ahmed Aug 29, 2013 02:10pm

@Nadeem (US): agreed on both points, especially the second one, i've lived with a lot of indians and i can completely vouch for that.

Mohamed Essa, Chennai, India. Aug 29, 2013 03:38pm

This is a good win for Zimbabwe. Pakistan need good inswinging bowlers to torment the opponents. Waseem & Waqar have done it before.

Mohammed Abid Aug 29, 2013 11:01pm

@Nasir: No hard feelings bud, I totally DISAGREE with you. I believe, former captain Aamir Sohail seems right. Pakistan you cannot support dead weight for too long, it is a tough world. There is a line of talented folks to replace anyone and anytime, just let them have air to prove.

Mohammed Abid Aug 29, 2013 11:05pm

@Mohammed Abid: nice comments

zaheer Aug 30, 2013 07:54am

@Nasir: And I concur with your analysis of Amir's consistent negativity about the PCB, the players and the system. While one may agree that the present set up of Cricket in Pakistan needs to be upgraded-a loss of one game does not justify his severe criticism. For those of us who have memories of his days in Cricket clearly remember how he failed to control his emotions when playing Anil Kumble and failed yet again as an administrator and selector. My advice to the ex players is to refrain from cheap criticism and for a change do some positive and voluntary work to improve the game in Pakistan.

Ahmed Aug 30, 2013 12:07pm

@Magister: so what you are essentially saying is that everytime Pakistan looses they have thrown the game; which implies that the Pakistan cricket team is the best team to ever play international cricket because they cannot 'genuinely' loose to anyone.

khurram Aug 30, 2013 09:10pm

just a game of cricket buddy. one wins one loses. now don't blame this on IK