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Zimbabwe's first Test win over Pakistan since 1998 meant the two sides shared the series 1-1. -Photo by AFP
Zimbabwe's first Test win over Pakistan since 1998 meant the two sides shared the series 1-1. -Photo by AFP
Zimbabwe's first Test win over Pakistan since 1998 meant the two sides shared the series 1-1.
Zimbabwe's first Test win over Pakistan since 1998 meant the two sides shared the series 1-1.

HARARE: Zimbabwe took two wickets in three balls to seal its first win over Pakistan in 15 years on the final day of the second Test on Saturday, claiming victory by a narrow 24 runs to draw the series 1-1.

Tendai Chatara finished with 5-61 as Pakistan was bowled out for 239 soon after lunch, short of the 264 it needed to sweep the series 2-0.

The Zimbabweans struck at the end as Junaid Khan was out caught off Chatara and two balls later last man Rahat Ali was run out in a mix up that sealed Pakistan's fate. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq finished 79 not out in a losing effort.

“Finally beating a world-class team is a wonderful feeling, especially for our bowlers. We haven't had a bowling coach in six months, so massive credit must go to them. Everyone contributed, but there is still room for improvement,” an elated Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor said a TV interview after the game.

Misbah was full of praise for the home side.

“Zimbabwe deserved the victory, they played excellent cricket in the first Test and this one. Even from the start they were positive, they had us under pressure throughout the game,” Misbah said.

“The positives for us is the bowlers, but batting is a little bit of a worry, the batsmen have to learn from their mistakes. You can't win Test matches scoring 20s and 30s.”

The victory was Zimbabwe's third against Pakistan in tests, but first since 1998.

Their last win over one of the world's top test-playing nations was against India in 2001, though they have beaten Bangladesh on four occasions since, the last a crushing 335-run victory in April.

Comments (85) Closed

mehboob malik Sep 14, 2013 04:26pm

Well played Zimbabwe, congratulation to all the Zimbabwe team and the nation.

Umair Khalid Sep 14, 2013 04:53pm

BIG congrats to Zimbabwe!!! Good to see them win. Shame on the Pakistan team especially so called prof. HAFEEZ, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq & Adnan Akmal!!! They deserve to be kicked out of the test team for ever. Watmore needs to be kicked out as well! Misbah should not be captain any more.

Radhey Shyam Sep 14, 2013 05:09pm

Had it not been Yunus Khan heroics in the first test, the scoreline would have read 0-2 for Pakistan.....Minnow Zimbabawe have shown Minnow Pakistan their place.....Pakistan should now tour Bangladesh....I bet they will struggle to win even a single game. Hats off to Zimbabwe they are far better than these Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.....Remember this is the same Zimbabwe side which was trounced 0-5 by the second string Indian team just a couple of Months back....That shows how much gap now exists in the quality of India and Pakistan Cricketers....Pakistan should take a break from International Cricket.

baqar hasnain Sep 14, 2013 05:11pm

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Einstein could very well have been witnessing this test match when he said that. Pakistan keeps investing in past as opposed to investing in future. It is not what you know but who you know that will take you anywhere in Pakistan. Will Pakistan ever bounce back from this embarrassing loss? Of course, they will. But will Pakistan finally strategize, address the core problems, and plan for its future instead of pointing fingers at this player and that player? I am not sure.

Javid Shirazi Sep 14, 2013 05:12pm

Little else to expect from mediocre players. What is M. Hafeez doing in the team? The deaf & dumb selectors need to be sacked.

Zahir Sep 14, 2013 05:14pm

Here is a word of advice and a humble request to Hafeez-please do the honorable thing and quit test cricket for the sake of the team and the country. By doing this, not only you will help prolong your T20 and ODI career, you will leave behind a legacy of a good and successful all-rounder cricketer.

Ali Sep 14, 2013 05:14pm

Well done Najam Sethi, well done Sharif Brothers, sons, nephews, in laws, all family run country. Most of all well done Arsalan and His Chief Justice father, great performance. Country without Insaaf and justice is destined to worse status in International community. Najam Sethi knows his selection was not based on cricket performance it was based on election rigging so he is concentrating on making plans for rigging in Punjab local bodies elections and not worried about cricket. Chief Justice is there to protect all nepotism and rigging like he has done in last 8 years of his mis rule.

Rakesh Sep 14, 2013 05:20pm

Well done Pakistan! ;)

On a serious note, one could lose to Zimbabwe in the past when they had world class players of the likes of Andy/Grant Flower, Heath Streak, Henry Olonga, Alistair Campbell, Murray Goodwin, etc. But the present Zimbabwe team is so weak that it hardly deserve the Test status. So, losing against them needs to be seriously evaluated by the PCB for avoiding such disgrace in the future.

NHM Sep 14, 2013 05:25pm

SMJ Sep 14, 2013 05:44pm

This is a GREAT DAY for Zimbabwe's Cricket. They must take this to be a turning point in their cricket history.

Pakistan is on the sliding way down since the GENUINE TALENT is not hailed!

Mohammad Farooq Sep 14, 2013 05:50pm

Congratulations Zimbabwe on this historic achievement.

AR Sep 14, 2013 05:48pm

Well done Zimbabwe. Pak should not waste time in playing sports. We should stay away from it for a decade, and should concentrate on building our economy and correcting the lapses in law and order. No international team is coming here, so the element of revenue and tourism via sports has been eliminated.

Khushnoodul Haqe Sep 14, 2013 05:49pm

India is great. Learn cricket from India. Pakistani cricket team need to learn.

A Shah Sep 14, 2013 06:01pm

Another nail in Pakistans coffin!

anwar khushab Sep 14, 2013 06:05pm

From a Pakistani: Well played, Zimbabwe! Congratulations.

amit Sep 14, 2013 06:13pm

this is first great news i heard today morning before my morning tea. this news made my day. can't expect better weekend than this news.hahahahhahahh GO ZIM......GO...GO

khalil Sep 14, 2013 06:10pm

hi bad management and not good team missing abdul razaq and muhammad yousaf

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 14, 2013 06:14pm

It is highly disgraceful, totally illogical, absolutely unwarranted and grossly uncalled for that the 'green-shirts' have lost the second cricket test match by 24 runs at Harare against Zimbabwe, the so-called 'minnows' of global test cricket club.

Although Misbah-ul-Haq, the skipper of the Pakistani team stayed unbeaten at 79 not out while all of his other teammates lost their wickets in the fourth inning, the overall performance of the team was not only shameful, it was also unprofessional and unbecoming of test cricketers, to say the least. All they had to do was to keep their heads down in the center as they say in cricket and chase a modest score of 264 runs in the fourth and last inning of the test match in order to sweep the two match series by 2-0. Nevertheless, they miserably failed to do so.

The captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq since day one in general has not been inspirational and charismatic like that of his predecessors especially the great Imran Khan. If the Pakistani cricket team and its current skipper in particular has to show better on-the-field performance lead like a true team captain, they must develop the necessary skills, powerful grit, great mental and physical toughness and out-standing guts to follow the foot-steps of the legendary Imran Khan. Otherwise, more defeats and more shameful performance could be seen on the horizon by all neutral, third party and independent cricket academics, experts, players, professionals, fans, umpires, organizers, sponsors, promoters and lovers of the game in the days to come.

Seedoo Sep 14, 2013 06:22pm

"Finally beating a world-class team is a wonderful feeling ....." I think the statement would have been perfect had it not been for the word "world-class", something Pakistan is not. Just like Pakistan's hockey cricket is on its way down as well. It will not be long before Pakistan fails to qualify for the World Cup, just like their friends in the other sports.

The only batsman in the team that is worthy of being world class is Misbah.

Mohammad Farooq Sep 14, 2013 06:22pm

@Khushnoodul Haqe: Sure I agree to revamp the system, but don't forget a Pakistan vs India match is always a different ball game.

Sarah Sep 14, 2013 06:35pm

Sack Asad Shafiq,Hafeez,Azhar Ali and replace them with Umar Akmal,Umar Amin and other new players.This is not working having same failed players again and again.

Ahmar Sep 14, 2013 07:01pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad: Misbah's captaincy was always pathetic, but main reason is the player politics by Misbah and Ever pathetic Hafeez. They don't want to bring talented players like umar akmal or umar amin/haris sohail etc in the team or plays like asad shafiq to get settled and take their 'spots'. Shame on both of them

Sanjay Mittal Sep 14, 2013 07:02pm

Let me be blunt here because somewhere I admired Pakistani cricketers like Wasim Akram and Wasim Raja.

The day Pakistan decided NOT to fairly face the huge problems of terrorists breeding in its FOREGROUND it had decidedly signed the death knell of its own cricket. When the terrorists attacked the Lankan team-- the first reaction of a section of the Pakistani media was that India was behind it. Even the "great" Imran Khan interviewed on India's NDTV gave a great conspiracy said with a straight face, " because only India benefits from this attack on the Lankans it must be behind it."

No team wants to go to Pakistan to play. HOw will you nurture talent? You need to give up your jehadi assets and conspiracy theories once for all and become a "normal country."

Who would not like to see a Pakistani great like Qadir mesmerizing Indian team team on the Lahore pitch. But ALas! WIth jehadi assets intact... it is hardly likely!

bilal Sep 14, 2013 07:08pm

@khalil: dude ! mohammad yousuf is passed his expiry date...he's 39 !! instead of going back to the oldies, we should be looking forward to the next generation of cricketers !!...clearly if the team selection was left up to u, we would never progress and find the next generation of cricketers !! have a look at india, they're full of youngsters who are doing extremely well !! they managed to beat zimbabwe 5-nil while our full strength side couldn't even manage to whitewash zimbabwe !!

Rogers Evans Sep 14, 2013 07:10pm

No need of crying over defeat. Zimbabwe deserved it. Win or loss is part of the game. PCB should put their heads together and cover the weak links in team, otherwise South Africa will beat them in every game.

Asif Sep 14, 2013 07:17pm

@Radhey Shyam:why india is not going to south Africa to play 3 tests

Asad Sep 14, 2013 07:20pm

@Khushnoodul Haqe: india is great at home and mediocre overseas

Amit Sep 14, 2013 07:26pm

I think it was fixed. Lol

Shafi Sep 14, 2013 07:34pm

Pakistan should get rid of Hafeez, Miandad (Good for nothing), Akram and Whatmore. Bring Mohsin/Tom Moody/Dean Jones as coach, Amir sohail as PCB cheif, Rashid Latif, Zahir Abbas, Inzamam and Saeed anwar as selectors and Mohammad Yousuf as batting coach, Shoaib Akhter as bowling coach but keep Julian as fielding coach.

Shankar Sep 14, 2013 07:42pm

@amit: In a Pakistani newspaper? What depths will you go to? Is it because you are still hurting from Miandad's last ball sixer some twentyfive years ago?

Hassan Sep 14, 2013 07:50pm

@Sanjay Mittal: Absolutely correct. Imran Khan is living in a fool's paradise and history will never, ever forgive him.

Azaz Sep 14, 2013 07:52pm

@Sanjay Mittal: Look Mr. Mittal, I m not much for conspiracy theory, however, there is no doubt without a shred that there is a foreign hand involved in the financing and training of these Jihadis. And this foreign hand is from the neighboring countries (getting even), some Islamic countries (trying to impose there version of Islam) and west (trying to weaken a nuclear state so that they can have an excuse to attack). The politicians of Pakistan are also equally culprit who fail to or don't want to (due to their vested financial interests) unite the whole country. In the end, I believe that in general, most people of the world want to live in peace and harmony whether are they Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Europeans, Arabs or Americans. Lets all of us work together towards a better future for all of us and elect people who are not rooted in the old era of cold war, hatred and distrust. We need new generation leaders with open mind who can look past the bad experiences of the past and work towards a brighter future of everyone. Now talking about Pak Zimbabwe match, Pakistan team lost due to it poor batting performance and Zimbabwe won due to their fighting spirit and superb performance. Congrats to them. And for Misbah's haters, eat your heart out, once again he proved that he is a good captain and a great batsman. Be gracious in your defeat. That is a true sportsman spirit.

amit Sep 14, 2013 07:55pm

the reason india wants cancelled the sa tour because of schedule and haroon lorgat. have you seen the gap of off days between 2nd and 3rd test matche? almost 10 days.......can u imagine in 10 days india can host pakistan for 3 odis

zimmy Sep 14, 2013 08:05pm

congrts zim....

saeed Sep 14, 2013 09:40pm

Why bashing Pakistan cricket . They didn't play test in there home for reason everyone know .They cannot invite any foreign team and cannot run T20 like India because religious Pakistani people will burn the cricket ground and forget about those cheerleader.

syed Sep 14, 2013 09:42pm

This is all due to PCB(Punjabi Cricket Board). This is what happens when you keep giving chances to same old tired faces. Pakistan deserves this.

Sabir Sep 14, 2013 09:52pm

winning in a test match requires a "TEAM" effort apart from 2 or 3 Pakistan players rest were useless and yet Zimbabwe won because everyone contributed to their team effort three 50s two 5 wkt hauls disciplined bowling alert fielding and adherence to a set plan.

Pakistan did not show any such thing, no plan, no team spirit, no consistency every aspect useless except for the 2 or 3 old guard... useless batting

Sameer Sep 14, 2013 09:53pm

such useless batting so unreliable and useless it is sad...what is happening to Pakistan we are getting useless in every facet of life..

salman Sep 14, 2013 09:54pm

incompetent, unreliable and utterly useless effort and we expect to beat Sri Lanka and South Africa? we will be bundled out in 2 days!!

rahim Sep 14, 2013 09:59pm

same story useless batting except for 2 or 3 guys, incompetent and unreliable, why we keep selecting same useless players over and over while so many never get a chance from domestic cricket...our cricket board is equally useless

rahim Sep 14, 2013 09:57pm

despite money issues, and lack of facilities and exposure, Zim pulled this win because they believed in each other as a team.. Pakistan well useless like in everything else..

Kabir Ali Sep 14, 2013 10:01pm

can someone please explain why our team has such useless batting?

Murtaza Sep 14, 2013 09:59pm

why has our batting become so useless and unreliable?

Malik Sep 14, 2013 10:00pm

utterly useless batting display except 1 or 2 guys.. why are we continuing with these inconsistent and utterly useless players? why? what is the reason?

Kashif Sep 14, 2013 10:01pm

unreliable and utterly useless this team...who is selecting these players and on what merit?

Haider Sep 14, 2013 10:03pm

same story useless batting, useless bowling except for 3 or 4 players rest are totally useless and unreliable in team because of connections, no ability at all just useless..

Unnikrishnan Sep 14, 2013 10:27pm

@Asif: Thats because the BCCI wants SRT to play his last Test on his home soil. In any case, India not touring SA does not change the fact that Pakistani cricket has gone to the dogs & Indian on the acme of success. You need to try Bermuda or Namibia for a win now ;-)

Mandeep Sep 14, 2013 10:46pm

@Asad: India won Champions trophy in England..I hope your memory is not that weak. India A teams did very well in NZ and SA.

AJ Sep 14, 2013 11:04pm

It is a very good result for Pakistan. May be, just may be the senses will pervail now and selectors will stop promoting the corrupt line of selection. Pakistan could easily have lost both the tests but only an extraordinary innings from a single player saved Pakistan in the first match. Now imagine, (1) against the minnows, pakistan could not score 250 in three of the four innings. (2) Zimbabwe won 8 days play out of the total 10

Chand Sep 14, 2013 11:34pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad: How predictable that fans round on one person they should be lauding. You can't make milkshake without milk. A great captain like imran would have struggled with what Misbah was lumbered with. And I'm not biased because I'm Indian.

Anand Sep 14, 2013 11:55pm

@Asad: Asad, In the recent past India has more victories overseas also. Only England and Australia series are an exception as the country was looking for right combination after immediate retirement of performing veterans like Dravid and Laxman.

They are close the finding the right combination and sure that they will won more series abroad. They have already shown it in One day series in the recent past at England and West Indies and also in Zimbabwe where 2nd string Indian team played against the hosts and did better than Pakistan.

Zahir Sep 15, 2013 12:32am

@Radhey Shyam: The so called if batting of Yunus resulting in Pakistan winning the first test is part of winning and that is how good teams find ways to win. As for the suggestion to relegate Pakistan to the second tier- let's not be so hasty in judgment. Is this not the same team which beat the no.1 test team last year and the ODI world champion team in their own backyard earlier this year and the T20 champions recently? Let us then acknowledge failure and success in equal measure.

kirther Sep 15, 2013 12:42am

Scoring few runs like Misbah has done in this series is too little too late. He performance as a captain has always been very poor, even in the last series win against England his performance as a captain was totally unacceptable, Pakistan only won that series because of Saeed Ajmal and Rahman. Test defeat in South Africa was very humiliating after this defeat it can only be said that Pakistan should stop participating in international events to save Pakistan from further disgrace. Even though Pakistan is full of talented players but bad politics and mismanagement has created a disgusting situation beyond imagination. Now Pakistan is down and out in hockey, squash, cricket and other sports/track and field events.

Amir Cheema Sep 15, 2013 12:47am

Misbah is a good test batsman but a pathetic captain. It is the captain who decides who plays the match and who sits in pavilion. This loss to Zimbabwe was no shock after disgrace in South Africa where our team failed miserably in all the tests. Misbah has no leadership qualities to inspire the team to get the best out of each player. He cannot take difficult decisions. There was no place for Hafeez in the team. Omer Amin deserved to play in place of Asad Shafiq. I agree batting coach as well as Whatmore need to go.

Karim Sep 15, 2013 12:50am

When BANGLADESH lost to ZIM in (2012) , Younis Khan commented:- "Test status of Bangladesh should be given to Afghanistan, they play better than Bangladesh"

Now when Pak lost to ZIM , will "HE" say -- Test Status of Pak should be given to Nepal, they play better than Pak these days ????

non-indian (thank heavens) Sep 15, 2013 12:50am

@Sanjay Mittal: Seriously????!!!! Clearly you must be in the wrong forum. You must've been looking for the dilussional typically anti Pak nonsense. Use you limited knowledge and tell me how these assets have anything to do with us losing to Zimb (just like india in 2001)?

I see 81 thumds, i wouldn't be surprised if 5 of them were given by 5 diff. Indians who lefy a message and the remaining by you. All 73.

Ahmer Sep 15, 2013 12:56am

Shame on us and the Team.

Ahmer Sep 15, 2013 01:01am

Could it have been a fixed match?

Imran Sep 15, 2013 01:23am

Misbah,, sorry, but u have brought shame to pakistan cricket, true you brought stability, but u took away its flair, the essence , the soul of pakistan cricket and the heart beat of world cricket, resign with u team is losing to zimbabwe who rameez raja rightly said have club level bowling, so your departure cannot bring down pak cricket more it has hit nadir. So plz leave and let it rise and breathe,

Ali Vaqar Awan Sep 15, 2013 01:33am

Its really embrassing and shameful to get defeated by Zimbabwe. Team selection was not up the standard. After 5 down our batting line up gets exposed to tail meaning easy way to get wickets by opposition bowling attack. Atleast there should have been one bowling allrounder at number 8 to give our batting further depth. Playing with only four bowlers is ill-logical meaning extra burden on Saeed Ajmal. One person can'nt matches as cricket is a team game. These days cricket is more about tactics and strategy along utilizing scientific approach. Pakistan should have played 3 fast bowlers as it would have proved handy and would not have let Zimbabwe set 250 plus target. Lets face reallity Zimbabwe played well and they deserved to win as they were giving thier best and played with dedication. Our team made big mistake by taking them lightly. Its time Misbah should step down as captain and even retire as our team continued to fail. Selectors should resign as they failed to give good players. Complete overhaul of our team and management needs to done so it also applies to PCB as well.

vikas Sep 15, 2013 02:40am

@Shafi: Pakistan should get rid of their team and import players than coaches,,,, in the end maybe that would bring results

vikas Sep 15, 2013 02:41am

maybe they should import players than coaches

Ali Sep 15, 2013 02:53am

What is the criteria of selecting Najam Sethi for this post? Why? Just to reward him for rigging elections in Punjab? These Sharif brothers are ruining Pakistan only for their personal narrow minded games, they are mega corrupt, they could have not dared this in a country where judiciary (and judges sons) were honest. Unfortunately here judges are acting like Nawaz sharif's personal servants but then they have corrupt sons what can they do. Waiting for Allah's curse to fall on these judges and their sons

Aj Sep 15, 2013 03:20am

@Asad: 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Won by India

Played in England and Wales hosted the 2013 Champions trophy

Sarah Sep 15, 2013 05:08am

@Amit: Hey your team India is still only Number 04 after being in Number 05 place.No need to be so much excited.I believe you thought India became No.01 but that is distant dream as those 01 & 02 is place is settled between South Africa and England and India will never be there.Now it makes my day.

AJ Sep 15, 2013 05:47am

Losing 8 days of play out of total 10 days in two tests and that too to a minnow like Zimbabwe is a shame for PCB, its selection committe and the captain. You go on with selecting players who have failed over decades, you go on to select batsmen with first class in 30s and expect them to achieve landmarks of 45+ averages in tests, but how. When will you stop selecting Faisal Iqbals, Hafeez' and Imran Farhats. When will you send more A-teams to play matches in England, South Africa and Australia? Why didn't Misbah let Hafeez sit out in the 2nd match, was he afraid? Throw people like Moin, Miandad and Intekhab out of the set-up and bring in people who want to let young talent be tried.

Khan Sep 15, 2013 06:08am

@Shafi: Akhtar as bowling coach ? to teach the team how to have a steroid pumped body and how to swing it in night clubs?

Sandeep Singh Sep 15, 2013 07:37am

I just love cricket. Its all abt time tht u r up or down.. Right now india is at best. MSD is brilliant skipper. I have read some statements against misbah. Right now he is d best candidate to lead this team. Dont worry pakistan ur team will rise again. Dont waste money on these shits like hafiz. & plz get rid of akmal brothers.. Thy all r match fixers.. Choose some players who can go long & with clean thinking. Ban those players who did match fixing like BCCI did with shreesanth. Don need to go after those players again & again. IPL has made brilliant effect on indian cricket. So plz evn u dont hav shortage of players like india. 80% youth wants to bcome cricketr.. Go & find some talent yaar plz...

sami Sep 15, 2013 10:00am

Hafeez, Happy now! For Allah sakes let it go now. Come down in batting order or you want to see PAk as an associate team...

Adeel Nasir Sep 15, 2013 02:58pm

any team can win against Pakistan. Pakistan is now the most speculative team with high risk of losing any match. no stability what so ever, which is a pure failure of the board. Celebrating one win is not a real achievement. sustaining a pattern of success or good performance is the best way to analyse the performance of any authority. Pakistan team ia playing like a street junkies. They have one day good on a playing field and on other day they make so much mess, not even showing little maturity. this is because of the lack of sustainability in their performances, all blame goes to the regulatory authority, who can's able to understand the concept of stability in performance and physical as well as mental fitness of players. There is a lot of talent no doubt but we are not here to have a good show some day hoping some master blaster performs. we are here to become a proud nation and proud representatives of Pakistan. cricket is above just a game for most of us and authorities should respect that.

Capt Sharma Sep 15, 2013 04:06pm

Well Zimbabwe is not that bad team as one thinks. It has good batsmen like Masakadza and Taylor. Some accurate bowlers like Chatara and Vitori plus a decent spinner. Above all if it fields well, it can give many Test playing countries a run for their money

Mark_A Sep 15, 2013 05:57pm

@Capt Sharma: You got that right! They whacked India not too long ago.

Mark_A Sep 15, 2013 06:03pm

@Adeel Nasir: I hear you brother. Pakistan continue to be very unpredictable as always. Its almost like the whole team has a bi-polar personality. One day they are un-beatable and the next day they get trashed by Zimbabwe!

Rashid Sep 15, 2013 07:57pm

Two key things for Pak cricket: 1). unreliable (like everything else in Pakistan) 2). Useless (like everything else in Pakistan by the passing day)

end of story!

syed wasim haider Sep 15, 2013 09:20pm

Not a big surprise after seeing their previous performance. u cannot predict what this team can do; but the fact remains that zimbabwe bowled and fielded extremely. we must congratulate them with open hearts. Keep it up.

thulluka kolli Sep 16, 2013 06:37am

@Sarah: Even after losing to a team like Zim, you still got the nerve to talk about India. Dont you have any shame? Anyway, how can one associate shame with someone like you, a paki? A nation full of failures and still talk as though everything is okay!! Go and play against Bangladesh, Kenya etc and try to win atleast against them!! Ha ha

Sarah Sep 16, 2013 08:41am

Pakistan doesn't need to panic,they need bring in Umar Akmal,Taufiq Umar,Umar Amin replacing Hafeez,Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali.Better to replace Adnan Akmal with better batsman keeper if possible.Otherwise he played fine in 1st Test along with Younis Khan.Also couple of new players could be experimented if they are fine in form.Pakistan still has ability to recover.Please make sure wickets are pure turner as Pakistan has best spinning line up in world and could add Zulfiqar Babar .

nasim khan Sep 16, 2013 03:59pm

@sami: Sami in the same voice please urge Missssbah to change his approach

Gaurav Sep 16, 2013 04:36pm

@Sarah: Just checked cricinfo, India is ranked 3rd in Test cricket, 1st in ODI & 3rd in T20 & is the only team in the world to figure in Top 3 of all type of crickets. Sorry to spoil your day mate but you must check the facts before you express your thoughts...

Asif Sep 16, 2013 05:40pm

@Unnikrishnan: If India is on the acme of cricket, the standard of cricket must have fallen pretty low.

Asif Sep 16, 2013 05:51pm

@Unnikrishnan: India is not touring south Africa just because they want to save SRT from humiliation. How can you dishonour international commitments because of one individual. Sachin always plays for himself not for the team. Remember India lost to Bangladesh just because he played defensively to get his 100 international century and let the team lose.

Ashar Sep 16, 2013 09:11pm

I'm glad the Pakistanis will now not idolize just cricket but will open up their minds to a hundred other sports that are not only more lucrative (on an individual level), have less politics (the PRESIDENT of Pakistan is not the ad-hoc CEO or whatever he is in Cricket, they have much broader mass appeal (football/tennis/rugby anyone), and can improve the chances of our youth getting on the international level (athletics/winter sports/olympic sports/X Games etc)....when will we stop thinking that all sports in the world starts with a C and end with a T !

Sarah Sep 17, 2013 08:26am

@Gaurav: Are you talking about same number 03 team who was drubbed 4-0 by England and Australia each not long ago?Check you memory man.I think they were beaten by England even on home ground.Have life man,nobody notes No.3 or 4.Its just Number 01 slot which matters,rest all are losers.

Sarah Sep 17, 2013 08:32am

@thulluka kolli: Pakistan has beaten same England team 3-0 which had drubbed India 4-0 and England is ahead of India in ranking.By the way even Indian team was beaten by Pakistan team on home ground not long time back.So avoid playing Pakistan .

Chak De Sep 17, 2013 02:36pm

Some small kids in my street wants to challenge Pakistan to play cricket match with them. They say, they will win easily... and they seems pretty confident. The question is - Is Pakistan that Confident?