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Another low: Defeated by Zimbabwe


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THE devastating defeat against Zimbabwe in the second Test at Harare has left Pakistan cricket in a state of disarray besides exposing the many chinks in the national team’s armour. The loss shocked fans at home — despite the team’s poor record in recent months. And it has vindicated the stance of critics and former players who had been questioning the techniques and temperament of our players when it has come to their ability to withstand pressure — in this case, from an opponent as feeble as Zimbabwe. The batting, once again, failed to measure up while the bowling only looked good in patches, barring Saeed Ajmal’s brilliant 11-wicket haul in the first Test of course. But more importantly, Misbah-ul-Haq and his men lacked the will and energy to comprehensively overcome the opposition. To put it bluntly, the zeal to excel on the field was clearly missing among the Pakistani players while the level of expediency shown by some including Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali was alarming to say the least.

The last time Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe was in Peshawar in 1998. But that was a very competitive side boasting players such as the famous Flower brothers, Alistair Campbell, pacers Henry Olonga and Heath Streak. Today’s Zimbabwe side is an inexperienced lot that is fighting for its survival and grappling with serious issues like players’ payments and lack of international cricket exposure of late. For Pakistan to draw 1-1 with them in the Tests is a shame indeed and must count as yet another low point in the country’s cricketing history. Captain Misbah and coach Dav Whatmore are once again under the spotlight for not being able to motivate the team enough. Change is imperative, although there are few signs that it is likely.

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Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad Sep 17, 2013 11:04am

Proposals for way forward in 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.

MAA Sep 17, 2013 11:47am

Batsmen at the top of Pakistan batting line up must try to learn playing aggressive cricket. The way Azhar/Asad / play is horrible. It appears they are afraid of the bowlers and their hearts seem to come out of their body. they should know attack is the best defense. A batting coach is highly required now. No fault with Misbah or coach. They have saved Pakistan from more humiliation.

Amir Cheema Sep 18, 2013 05:26am

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 as middle order batsman in Tests but not as a captain. Replace the head coach and batting coach.