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Humiliation at Harare — will it alter anything in Pakistan cricket?

Published Sep 15, 2013 07:07am


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It is a harsh fact but after Saturday’s humiliation at Harare, the future looks bleak for Pakistan cricket.
It is a harsh fact but after Saturday’s humiliation at Harare, the future looks bleak for Pakistan cricket.

IT was not the end Pakistan had expected despite yet another batting capitulation, certainly not against a side rated as the minnows in international cricket. With due respects to Zimbabwe, who highly deserved one of their rare successful days in the sun, most had predicted a series victory for Misbah-ul-Haq’s men.

But the latest tale of woes only served to deny under pressure head coach Dav Whatmore his elusive maiden Test series triumph in a Pakistan blazer.

That questions will fly in from all directions is a given in Pakistan cricket. Former players — who Misbah had unwisely described as ‘dirty people’ — would have a field day on every available media service until the lingering issue dies a natural death.

The shock defeat against a side that has played very little Test cricket in the past four years and has been struggling to cope with problems relating to non-payment of players’ wages, would have far-reaching repercussions as Pakistan faces the world’s top Test team, South Africa, in its next series in the United Arab Emirates.

Of course, Zimbabwe had won Tests against Pakistan before, but those sides comprised far more classy performers than the ones under Brendan Taylor’s command.

In the 1995 Harare Test which Pakistan lost by an innings and 64 runs, Zimbabwe had world class players such as Andy and Grant Flower, Heath Streak and Guy Whittall who all contributed substantially to that victory.

Similarly, Neil Johnson, Henry Olonga, Streak, Pommie Mbangwa and Murray Goodwin were the architects of their country’s solitary series win over Pakistan when a disjointed Aamir Sohail-led Pakistan side was handed a seven-wicket defeat in the Peshawar Test in November 1998.

It is a harsh fact but after Saturday’s humiliation at Harare, the future looks bleak for Pakistan cricket. Playing away from home for so long has definitely played its part in aggravating the situation, but it is actually the defensive mindset that has been the real cause for concern. With an overly cautious skipper like Misbah-ul-Haq at the helm of affairs, one can’t hope for a dramatic change on that front in near future.

All through the Zimbabwe trip, it was quite noticeable that there was no planning in the Pakistan camp and it was obvious that the tourists had taken things for granted.

Despite losing both the Twenty20 matches, Zimbabwe emerged with enhanced credibility as the margins indicated a close fight. The hosts used that advantage to good effect when they clinched a noteworthy victory in the first One-day International, their first against Pakistan in almost 15 years. A number of Pakistanis were competing in the Test series on borrowed time as the think tank chose not to risk young players who had been steadily knocking on the doors of international cricket.

Against the previously unranked Zimbabweans — who now move above 10th-placed Bangladesh while Pakistan have dropped two places to sixth in the ICC Test rankings — the visitors squandered an ideal opportunity to try out a few youngsters in the series.

Given the placid attitude of those who matter most in the cricket board, it won’t be a major surprise that the same lot of players is persisted with for the South Africa series, a move which could be a recipe for disaster, one fears.

Why can’t we follow the examples of other teams who have already launched their preparations for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand? A new-look India blanked Zimbabwe 5-0 in the one-day series that preceded the Pakistan tour on the back of several individuals who in normal circumstances are not first choice players in their national side.

Blaming the whole system is no solution to the problems confronting Pakistan cricket. Hard decisions have to be taken with immediate effect and the whole attitude of the team and the officials needs to be changed overnight.

For God’s sake Misbah get proactive as captain, or move over.


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dr vimal raina Sep 15, 2013 09:09am


arif Sep 15, 2013 11:44am

Make Younis Khan as the Captain of Pakistan Cricket, Misbah to play as a player only and thow out Dave Whatmore as Coach, bring in Mohsin Khan as the Head Coach and see the difference in Pakistan Cricket in times to come. Aggressive and positve approach is required by both Captain and coach, and at present both Misbah and Whatmore lacks these qualities.

farrukh Sep 15, 2013 07:24pm

I always used to say this and me and friends used to have a laugh....but i meant it.On one given day Pakistan will beat the best team in the world and the next day.....they will lose to Government high school Gujranwala.Has it not happened a hundred times..the win not by their quality but because the other side makes silly mistakes.

Usman Sep 15, 2013 07:36pm

We should have 3 test captains at one time.One for each group. Misbah group, Hafeez group, Neutral group , Alternatively send all cricket players to National assembly and politcians to cricket team.Results in cricket team and National assembly will be same.

fz Sep 15, 2013 07:33pm

We need more players from Punjab :) it's not fair to our Punjabi brothers to have only 9 out of 11 players

Anees Sep 15, 2013 07:48pm

Yes it will. It will definitely change our expectations from the current set-up. We now have NO HOPE whatsoever. And that's the change it will bring about.

faisal baloch Sep 15, 2013 07:57pm

nothing wrong with misbah, and i dont agree with the said comment that there was no planing in the camp. Even if Imran Khan was given the same bunch of ppl, nothing would change. You cant expect to take wickets with fast bowlers starting careers at aged 30+ and and with this team of batsmen, you cant score more than 230. Change 5 batsmen, get all between 18-20 and 4 bolwers aged 17-19.

Pakistani Sep 15, 2013 08:00pm

Make Younas Khan captain of all three formats till WC 2015. This will end conspiracies by other aspirants. He is a hardworking, positive and aggresive players who will improve team performance.

Shahid Sep 15, 2013 08:15pm

M Waheed has no place in the team, neither one day nor test, he is not scoring runs and can not bowl more than four overs at the most. He is totally out of form and a burden for the team.

Riaz Sep 15, 2013 08:12pm

simple answes: 1) Useless selection committee 2). Useless Pakistan Cricket Board 3). Useless and unreliable team combination picked 4). It is Pakistan cricket there for useless and unreliable like Pakistan itself with passing day.

Why is everyone surprised then?

Tariq Hanif Sep 15, 2013 08:16pm

Select right people, the only out come of this debacle will be that they will kick out Khurram Manzoor and bring in Farhat Abbas. The only reason we are seeing all this is that we do not want to select team (and in every aspect of life not only cricket) on merit. We make sure players should be included based on region, language and 'sada banda'. We are not going to fix the issue and it will continue like this and we will see further humiliations. I have no hope when I looked at other things how they are handled.

yousuf Sep 15, 2013 08:24pm

I will suggest to get rid of Misbah and the defensive mindset and timid approach. Bring Yunus back for 2015 and back him with young guys, make them ready. Bring young blood for and let them failed and learn for better future.

Rogers Evans Sep 15, 2013 08:30pm

Nothing will change, unless basic structure of cricket is changed and cricket in Pakistan must be run by selfless, honest and truly experienced persons.No nepotism or friendships or sifarish should be kept in mind when team selection is made.

shaan Sep 15, 2013 08:31pm

Great gamblers!

Saad Gadit Sep 15, 2013 09:05pm

What a shame we as a nation are.. We keep on bashing the only (or lets say one of the 2-3 players) who keep on performing regardless of what others are doing. Misbah really is a very good player and an individual.. Now please focus on some monkeys in our team aka hafeez asad shafeeq and mr adnan akmal. Hafeez had being one of the specialist batsman ( he seldom bowls in test cricket) had shamelessly scored lesser runs then saeed ajmal who is our specialist bowler!. Mr asad shafeeq who came into the side as one bright prospect he is no where. Making same mistakes everytime. And mr jr akmal, he has dropped some of the easiest chances of there lower order bathsman who unlike us scored quite heavily in all 4 innings. Stop bashing misbahulhaq and give him credit to be the one who is carrying this handicap team. Make some positive changes in the team and then look at results.

AAJafri Sep 15, 2013 09:07pm

What is happening to Pakistan cricket is a metaphor of what is happening in the country. The slipping in the cricket ranking, is reminiscent of our precipitous slide in vital economic rankings. Just as the country's descent began when religion became public policy, the decline in cricket started when cricketers started wearing their religious beliefs on their sleeves. Even though correlation doesn't mean causation, the association is significant.

Sher Mohammad Sep 15, 2013 09:08pm

First off, Hafeez has no place in the test team, let alone the ODI squad, and he is definitely NOT the opener material. If he has to play ODI's he must bat at 6 or 7. Asad Shafiq has failed over and over again, he must go. We act like we don't have batsmen, but we have veterans whom we have sidelined; Faisal Iqbal and Yasir Hameed are dying to have a go. Whatmore has failed to deliver too.

Mohammad Bajwa Sep 15, 2013 09:28pm

This is a wrong approach to sports and Media should shun it/ You win or loose is part of the game.

Amir Cheema Sep 15, 2013 09:43pm

Misbah is a good test batsman and back bone of our middle order but a pathetic captain. He does not know which player to include in the playing eleven and who to keep out. He is docile in the field without any energy or motivation. A good captain has to be energetic, motivating and inspiring to get the best out of the team. Energy and fighting spirit of the captain and players are important to win .Our batsman dont know when to be defensive and when to accelerate. Once the ball is getting old and bowlers are tiring the batsmen need to be aggressive to cash in before the new ball is due. Our batsman remain defensive irrespective of the situation. It is time that Younus Khan or even a younger player is made captain and batsman such as Umer Amin and Umer Akmal be included in the team in place of Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafeeq. Batting coach and head coach need to be replaced.

Que Sep 15, 2013 09:48pm

This has to be said again and again till the change is made: Misbah's lack of aggression is the reason this match was lost. Just to clarify my argument: When Pakistan was 7 down with 54 runs to win, Tuk TUK then realized he has to play aggressive; which was too late!! At that point the loser approach captain was sitting at 56 runs with 151 balls faced!!! I mean come on; play the strokes and get over with game BUT - NOT!!! This dude CANNOT be captaining Pakistan side anymore; he has a sour loser approach in test & ODI!

Hyder Ali Sep 15, 2013 09:58pm

Throwing out Misbah and bring in yunus khan as captain will not serve the purpose. Lack of proper planning, poor coaching and years of inconsistent team selection has thrown pakistan team into its darkest era.

Azhar Ali, Asad Shafique are unable to transform into world class batsmen either due to poor coaching, lack of commitment or simply they are not talented and should be replaced.

Similarly Mohamed Hafiz is being selected as an opening batsman due to his off spin which looks silly as in saeed ajmal pakistan has tge best off spinner in the world so its high time for change.

Kami Sep 15, 2013 10:03pm

Khalid's article summarizes all that is wrong with Pak cricket. This is not praise for the writer. His mindset mirrors that of most our public, PCB officials and some past cricketing stalwarts. First common mistake is to blame Misbah, the one person whose performance and commitment to the team stands head and shoulders above all who are currently part of our cricket setup. Not only does he have to produce results with the weakest team we have ever produced, but he has to deal with all the half brained criticisms that our press throws his way. Second common mistake is to talk of changing the team and giving youngsters a chance. Asad, Khurram, Adnan, Rahat, Azhar - are these guys veterans? The real problem is that the game of cricket has moved on both in terms of skill and also athleticism. We are not simply good enough anymore. Our methodology for picking and grooming talent is outdated. Third, Zimbabwe may be minnows but they certainly have a few very good players. They may not be stars yet but judging by the current performance some of these players are seriously talented. Our bowling remains very good so for some of the Zimbabwean batsmen to score consistently means they are special. We shouldn't beat ourselves silly thinking we lost to a weak side. I watched both tests and some of the players are excellent. Fourth we should stop living in the past. We were once a great side and were better than India. We are no longer. We have to admit that India is a much stronger cricket force. Just because India won in Zimbabwe with some fresh players it doesn't mean we will too. If anything we need to learn from them as to how they got so good, especially at producing world class batsmen. Please stop blaming Misbah. If only we had a few more players like him in the team and more officials like him in the PCB.

AJ Sep 15, 2013 10:10pm

There is one lobby which is wrongly promoting Asad Shafiq to be an able batman. A batsman at no. 6 or 7 should at least have an average of 45 as he bats when the ball has lost the shine and swing. So Hafeez and Asad, both have to go. Taufiq Umar should open with Jamshed. Plz discard old horses like Faisal Iqbal and Hafeez who have failed over decades

SKhan Sep 15, 2013 10:14pm

Not a huge fan of Misbah and Whatmore but to blame the poor performance by our batsmen on Captain and coach is illogical. It is easy to use terms like proactive and aggressive but players themselves have to perform in the ground not the coach. I was expecting Hafeez mediocrity but the main cause for defeat was the fact that both Azhar and Asad who without doubt are the future of this test batting lineup were terribly out of form and part of the reason is the fact that both do not feature in ODI team regulalry and with such a minimum number of test matches being played by Pakistan, the consistency levels are bound to be dropped.

Though Nasir Jamshed has struggled for form terribly recently but still he is by far the best opener around. He and Khurram Manzoor can form an ideal opening partnership both in ODI and test level. I do not know why some people are so charmed by Ahmed Shahzad, like umar akmal his batting has gone downhill and he was mainly playing to keep a place in side in the ODIs.

Fawad Alam is the missing element in this unpredictable batting lineup and again for both tests and ODIs. He is not eyecatching, does not play outrageous shots but he can perform consistently, he can keep scorecard ticking and can act as glue.

Pakistan should have rested Saeed and Junaid for this series but our management is occupied by fear of failure.

Rather than shouting for the heads of young players, Hafeez should be dropped for test matches. Further, Fawad Alam deserves the chance ahead of flashy Umar Akmal if both Azhar and Asad poor form continues

My test team

Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, MisbahulHaq, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali/Irfan/Gul, AbdurRehman

My ODI team

Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Asad Shafiq, MisbahulHaq/Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam/Umar Amin,Sarfaraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Irfan/Gul

Dr.Haamid Javaid Sep 15, 2013 10:12pm

Yonus had been skipper in the past . I don't think there is any login in offering him that responsibility again.We did miss a good chance to try the fresh blood in the team.there are a lot of players,I don't want to name them sitting and some of them even getting old waiting to play in all formats for the national side.The whole burden comes to the Selection of the right and balanced side.misbah can cook only as per ingredients of the receipe. Haamid

Kamal Gupta Sep 15, 2013 10:19pm

Pakistan played and lost to India in the last World Cup semi-final at Chandigarh. It was a sight. The whole Pakistani team bent to offer namaz in the playground before starting the match. When they lost, the captain apologized to all Muslims. I felt bewildered.

PakFan Sep 15, 2013 10:27pm

Don't blame Misbah for this debacle. He and Younus Khan are the only performers in this series. The root of the problem is persistent selection of non performers like Hafeez... Selection needs to be on merit rather than who knows who and which academy they played cricket at. If the current corrupt trend continues cricket will follow the same natural path of destruction that field hockey had gone through.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 15, 2013 10:38pm

Congratulations to the writer for coming up with a very well written article about the debacle of Pakistani cricket at Harare two days ago against one of the weakest test teams in the world. The last line of the article is great and in essence encapsulates the whole story.

With due respect to Misbah-ul-Haq and notwithstanding his personal batting performance, as long as he will be at the helm, I see little or almost no chance of 'green-shirts' doing any thing significant in test and ODI cricket against any team in the world.

PakFan Sep 15, 2013 10:37pm

Since Whatmore joined, Pak cricket is sliding down at a fast pace.There is no team effort at all. At present If you take Yonius, Misbah and Ajmal out, team cannot even draw a test match to ANY test playing team. Even after Asif and Aamir's ban our team was able to hold on to the situation and performed well.

Why can't PCB and selectors face the reality. Coach needs to teach, train and develop the talent to professional level. But if coach cannot speak the only language that majority of players can understand, we should get used to see this level of performance. Get a desi coach! Whatmore should be out before it is too late, or PCB itself will be out of job.

Qaiser Bakhtiari Sep 15, 2013 10:45pm

Why does everything, in Pakistan, has to be brought down to the level of humiliation, obliteration of honor etc etc. Or is it that with a nation as corrupt as ours, it is just a front to cover up what we lack.

Its a sport, Pakistan lost the game. lets move on.

K.A.Muhammad Sep 15, 2013 11:07pm

It seems Politics, Pecuniary Gains, and Personal Popularity is the name of a Game in Pakistan.

First it was Squash, then Hokey and now it is cricket!

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad Sep 15, 2013 11:07pm

Few suggestions to stem the rot in the Pakistani cricket

Considering that now all the Test matches to be played till 31st December, 16 will be ranking Test matches, for selecting best 4 Test teams. These 4 Test teams will only qualify for playing the 1st ever Test Matches Championship to be held in June - July 2017. As such, Pakistani cricket can't afford business as usual (specially keeping in mind that by the year 2017, Misbah ul Haq will definitely be not there, to play the Test championship).

  1. Must find a new captain for the coming ODI and Test matches series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, so that the new captain is well experienced by the time ODI world cup is played in 2015 and Test championship in 2017.

  2. No harm in allowing Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan to continue playing till they are fit to play.

  3. Keeping in view of the age (35 years), current fitness, batting form and dearth of any potential player to be considered as a leader, may consider Younis Khan as a captain for the Test and ODI formats to lead the Pakistani teams till 2015 ODI World Cup and 2017 Test championship.

  4. However, if senior players are to be altogether discarded for the consideration of captaincy then may be Saeed Ajmal can be considered, as captain to lead the team in the ODI and Test matches, as a prospect for the long term investment.

  5. Must infuse more talented fresh blood like, Ahmad Shahzad, Awais Zia, Umer Amin, Harris Sohail and other such like youngsters in ODI and Test matches. No harm if we lose with these players when we are not winning with the current lot of seniors and semi seniors like M Hafeez etc.

  6. Mohsin Hassan Khan must be brought back as a head coach, because Pakistan has yet to win a Test match series, under the tenure of Dav Whatmore.

  7. Entire PCB, repeat entire PCB needs immediate revamping, without which to expect any improvement in the performance of our players, will be a far fetched dream.

Adnan Sep 15, 2013 11:27pm

What rubbish! We all know the team doesnt have the talent of kohlis or inzis so, whats misbahs fault?? Its a bunch of triers at best, when it comes off they win, but just as often it doesnt. The steady formula that Misbah has inculcated resulted in What arguably has been Pakistan's greatest achievement on a test field - the only whitewash ever by us of an acknowledgedly far superior side. Misbah is one of the best batters we have and he clearly is an honest and able leader who unites whatever resources he has available. Even Yunus seems so much more comfortable under Misbah then he was as captain. Please be fair and give credit where it is due.

Adnan Sep 15, 2013 11:26pm

@arif:short memory. Weve been there before, now move forward.

Googlie Sep 16, 2013 01:09am

How to get over the agony of continued failures of cricket in Pakistan? 1. Get a professional to head PCB (DNA to NS is a story of complete failure, they are just political appointees who do not understand an iota of Cricket!) 2. Enforce zero tolerance for unethical code of conduct. 3. Develop separate teams for T20, ODI and Test. 4. Test batsmen and bowlers need to be coached by former test players need to be taught how to use their brain, how to handle stress. At present Hafeez & Misbah et al play all format of cricket like T20. Pakistan needs to rely on specialists (expert batsmen and bowlers) for tests. A person with brain, one who can think of a strategy, need to be appointed captain!

Indusonian Sep 16, 2013 01:28am


Burki Sep 16, 2013 01:54am

No, there will be absolutely no "far-reaching repercussions" whatsoever. Because for some mysterious reasons only know to PCB, we will always remain stuck with utter failures like Hafeez, Farhat, Younis Khan, Shuiab Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, there will never be any improvements or any type of accountability. And I am talking in broader perspective of team performance over last many years, not just this thrashing by Zimb.

Mohammed Ahmed Sep 16, 2013 01:55am

Najam Sethi commenting on the result of second Cricket Test played at HARARE said that it doesn't matter if we loose a match. This is a humiliating defeat at the hands of baby test cricket team and one fails to understand the mindset of Mr.Sethi.

Fayaz from Kashmir distt. Budgam Vill.Kullbugh Sep 16, 2013 02:01am

The shameful defeat of Pakistani cricket team is due inclusion of null,incapable,illtalented and inefficient batsmen like Hafeez,Asad Sjafiq and Azhar Ali.They are responsible for himilating defeat.Cricket bat looks heavy in Shadiqs hand.Bring Omer Akmal , omer Amin andSohail Maqsood in the team.Dropall those who have shown poor performance.

Mohammed Ahmed Sep 16, 2013 02:23am

@arif: I think at this stage it is not advisable to remove Misbah from captaincy. He has been performing exceptionally well both as skipper and batsman. It will not be an exaggeration when I say Misbah is one of the most finest batsmen in International cricket today. The reasons that led to the defeat of Pakistan in the Harare Test are: - Failure of our bowlers to restrict Zimbabwe from scoring over 225 runs. - Failure of Mohammed Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafique in batting. - Last but not the least, failure of our tail enders to stand up on the occasion. On the other hand Zimbabwe tail enders played a very important role in the victory of their team.

Haroon Khan Sep 16, 2013 02:23am

@arif: I completly agree with you arif. If your approach is defensive from the first ball of match be it odi or test, you are bound to face defeat or if lucky enough draw. I remember Australian team of late 90's they used to play aggressive band of cricket. win the toss bat and have run rate of 4. I remember them scoring even 400 runs a day quite a few times. It will put the opposition on back foot. on the other hand look at Misbah from ball one his tactics are to play defensive cricket. Results are in front of every one. If you don't score how would you win test matches. whole approach need to be changed. For God sake Hafiz is only good for odi and t20. Test cricket is not his cup of tea.

Zuhaib Sep 16, 2013 02:24am

when pakistan were 7 wickets down in last inning needing around 100 runs, I read a comment on cricinfo live commentary update. It read, pakistan and misbah have the best chance to win this match if they get closer to the target before the new ball is taken because it will be a big risk to expose such fragile batting line-up and specially the tail-enders to new ball and it will still be harder even if the required runs are under 25 when the new ball will be taken...

Guess what happened!! If you can not read the situation, then you don't deserve to play at international level. I am sure that this cricinfo guy must not have ever played even a club level cricket but he had the cricketing brain and acumen to read the situation... Enough said

Amin Syed Sep 16, 2013 03:17am

I agree with the writer to some extent. I can agree that Captain plays a vital role in winning or loosing a match but the writer has not mention any thing about the poor performance of top order batsman. For example, even if MS Dhoni would be the captain of Pakistan he would never be able to win if four out of six batsmen would not perform.

Amr Sep 16, 2013 03:24am

Younis Khan is not the solution. We have tried him and he failed miserably. For bizarre reasons he resigned and left the team stranded. I am not a huge Misbah fan but for godsake stop blaming him. He is not the issue in our team. There are many issues, everything is an issue, but Misbah is not. Secondly, why do we expect anything different from "new young players"? These players are the top scorers in the domestic circuit and hence they are picked. The issue is not with the players, the issue is the system. Until we improve our domestic pitches nothing will change. Thirdly, Pakistans performance is not that bad considering we never play home games. Other teams have the advantage of improving their ranking by winning home series. This is a fact that we should not overlook. As friendly as the UAE pitches are, they are no Karachi or Lahore.

Moeen Sep 16, 2013 03:58am

@arif: Not sure why the blame is being laid on Misbah. If 5 out of your 6 batsmen fail then the captain does not have a magic wand. He can inspire his team mates with his own performance and Misbah played well. Making Younus Khan the captain is not the solution.

Ali Sep 16, 2013 04:12am

Definitely-if whatmore and Misbah's are removed. Keep Misbah as a test player only. Hafeez must not play test and limit yourself to ODI or T20 like Afridi. And please please don't select the already tried oldies but bring in youngsters. Selection on Merit only please....

Fahim Pasha Sep 16, 2013 06:22am

Nepotism and provincialism are the root cause of the state of affairs of cricket. No way out of the situation in the near future.

Mansoor Banglani Sep 16, 2013 07:23am

In our team, players are selected on political recommendations. Merit is not considered at all. This is why we always see shameless defeats.

Mr. Haq Sep 16, 2013 07:31am

I like the fight Misbah gives when he is batting, although slow run rate but his wicket is not easy to get. That's the mental approach our batsmen are lacking. I think make Junaid Khan the captain of the test, ODI teams. Need the fighting spirit that he posses and only select few like Junaid, Ajmal are guaranteed spots in both ODI and Test teams. Everyone else's performance is not too good in both formats.

M.jamil Sep 16, 2013 08:09am

Wake up brothers, For God sake, why Y khan, these guys had used by dates log ago. Just disolve the whole board for 2 years. freeze the will save more humaliations time and again.Its end of it. after 2 year bring total new blood thats right paki cricket needs total new blood.

shakeel Sep 16, 2013 10:18am

Make Afridi ODI Captain and Younas asTest captain then see the result.

Malik Sep 16, 2013 11:02am

Misbah is not a defensive Captain. In fact Pakistani batsman attacked the Zimbabwe bowling from the on set of the second innings. The fault is with the youngsters Azhar Ali , Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal who threw their wickets away and the vice Captain Hafeez.

N K Ali Sep 16, 2013 12:44pm

This is no shock defeat. You win some, you lose some. Complacency and a mindset is to blame. Salams

Mohit Sep 16, 2013 01:17pm

Make Wasim Akram the coach

rauf Sep 16, 2013 01:22pm

@arif: we need more domestic cricket like IPL to bring new batsmen on merit. Misbah mostly plays good innings but rarely winning innings, that is his reality. A good player should plan and stay till the win but he lacks this ability. In contrast to Afridi, he plays carefully, but in common looses his wicket at crucial time. Mohsin hasan was good proven coach, we can bring him back in service. Players like afridi and misbah should be got ridden off, they are always loosers, bring fresh player who can better plan and execute to win.

Imran Sep 16, 2013 03:29pm

I dont know how people criticise Misbah, I mean come on, open your eyes, how many times he has run out of partners while batting. Everytime he comes to crease the team is in crisis. No one criticises the like of Misbah, Adnan Akmal, Wahab Riaz. They are rubbish no where near the international class. Afridi, another one baller, thats dilemma we are facing with, we see players like Afridi as a national hero, everyone wants to be like him, hit or miss. This isnt cricket about. You need players like Misbah and younis in every team, remove him from captaincy that can be considered, but sending the top scorer of the year home is no wisdom. Problem is with the balance and mentality of the team. Look at tail end, it start from number 6 (Adnan Akmal). Why not get rid of ever failing Hafeez who randomly bowls. is there an all rounder in the team? How can you win matches with 2 specialist batsmen and 2 less than half of decent batsmen. result is what you have now. Forget about the heroes, whoever performs should play. I guess this is modest Pakistan team i have seen since i started watching cricket in 1992.

Effy Sep 16, 2013 03:33pm

Misbah cost us the T20 world up, he was also reponsible for the world cup semi final loss, and he is also responsible for this loss in Zim. Please remove him as captian and also from the team alongwith Hafeez. They are paying dirty politics in the team.

optimist Sep 16, 2013 10:03pm

M/s Moin Khan and Najm Sethi Dear Sirs, Pkaistann team is down from 4 to 6th position. How many lifelines Najm sethi and Moin Khan are willing to give to Whatmore, it took a shameful defeat in Championship trophy to get rid of Imran Farhat. Pakistan won three tests against England under Mohsin Hassaan Khan and lost three tests against SA under Whatmore, the Championship trophy and now Zimbabwe. A player is better suited for one kind of format, test, ODI or t-20, if he has special talent like Saeed Ajmal and Misbah he could be tried in another format as well. Misbah is good for Test and ODI, Hafeez for t-20 and ODI, Umar Akmal for ODI & t-20, Shahid Afridi for t-20 and ODI, Junaid for test and ODI, Younus Khan for test only, Irfan and shahzad for t-20 etc. PCB should creates three different teams and allow only a handful of players to play in more then one format. Once a player fails three times in one format a new player should be tried.

Atheist Sep 17, 2013 12:27am

@Effy: Thats really unfair judgement. He is the only guy who stood for the cause in both matches. Unfortunately, he could not win the match for Pakistan but you can't take aways his credit. BTW, I am not talking about his captaincy. Even in this current series, I think he is the only guy standing up. Captain is as good as his team. Look at pakistani batting side and look at what you get.

Pak1 Sep 17, 2013 12:30am

@Effy: Yeah, but he was also responsible for the great period of recovery Pakistan had after the match-fixing scandal. I don't really think mishap is To blame. Though who is to blame is Mohammed Hafeez (largely), Asad shafiq( though I think this is a rough patch), Azhar ali( also rough patch), and Pakistani selectors. They should add youngsters, did you see how aggressive khurrum manzoor was playing ( though I still think he will fail against South Africa). Pakistan though should add shohaib maqsood, nasir jamshed, umar Akmal, Haris sohail, and umar Amin. This would be the best choice for this crippled fragile batting order.

sarmad Sep 17, 2013 03:01am

@Imran: As a captain, you have to take charge while others are failing. Riddle me this please, with 7 down and almost 50 runs needed to win the game, why did he not bat accordingly and win the game for Pak? Why did he let Ajmal (14 balls and 2 runs) / Junaid (18 balls and 1 run) bat this many balls. He should've taken single from the 5th or 6th ball in every over to WIN the game for Pak. If you keep looking at his scores, you will think he's the most proficient batsman for Pak. But consider other intangible things which can be noticed if you're unbiased. I would never support Misbah's team even if we WIN unless he goes away. Asad/Azhar are his puppets who are failing at every level but yet, he brings them in like they're his prized players.

Amir Cheema Sep 17, 2013 08:40am

Selectors are partly to blame but Misbah is equally responsible for batting failure of the team. Misbah keeps Omer Amin, Harris Sohail on the sidelines and keeps consistent failures like Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali in the playing eleven. What is the point of keeping Omer Amin and Harris Sohail in the team if they are not going to play. Misbah is a defensive captain. We need to invest in younger players to have better future. We may lose a few test matches in the beginning but soon make a strong combination that will win matches and give hope of better performance in World cup. Need an energetic captain that can motivate the team to perform and not fear the opposition. This is the time to prepare for World cup before it is too late. Energy and motivation is important in the team. Keep Misbah a middle order batsman in Tests but not as a captain. Replace the head coach and batting coach.

shoaib Sep 17, 2013 11:10am

@Imran Misbah is good player but we have problem with his batting approach his tuk tuk attitude creates pressure for whole team. When u bat at no. 5 its understood that we loss 4 wickets so what it means ?? That we play tuk tuk and forget about the runs just play ur 50 overs. Just take a example of 2nd ODI against Zimbabwe he got out early on 3 runs from 23 balls and Pakistan manage 299 runs at the end. Its possible if misbah plays till the end..??