Does the outcome of the spot-fixing scandal have anything to do with Pakistan looking so sharp and determined against Sri Lanka? Is Misbah-ul-Haq the reason behind Pakistan putting in such a steady performance? And what are the team's prospects against Bangladesh in the upcoming series? Here's what the fans had to say.



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Nov 29, 2011 04:43pm
The reason that they are performing better is that they are to scared to bet anymore on losing matches. However I doubt if this will last. I have followed Pakistan cricket as a fan all my life but after the shame that the Salman Butt brought to us i have lost interest.
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Nov 29, 2011 05:42pm
Because they are no longer betting against themselves
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Nov 29, 2011 06:54pm
well i am following pakistan cricket where ever iam,, yes i think both, its bcoz of misbah and also all the players wants to perform well,,may be they know if they lose people can think there is somthing wrong,, i am worried, why pakistan is performing so well as long as they win,, but i am worried abt the PCB,, how they brought back shahid afridi back,, the way he come back,, its totally not acceptable,,
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Nov 29, 2011 08:48pm
Frankly its combination of the past events and the leadership provided by Misbah. We needed a leader that is not self contained but instead promote collaborative environment and stop grouping....On top of it the past events have sent a clear signal regarding the consequences of taking short cuts and complacency
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Nov 29, 2011 09:59pm
Because all the corrupt players are gone.
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Nov 30, 2011 12:11am
Any team performs its best when the captain leads from the front and Misbah is doing that regularly. Pakistan has yet to be tested by top ranked sides so it is still early days to star drawing conclusions after a single series..
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Nov 30, 2011 12:25am
Cricket is not good for a region where there is too much sunlight. We need more indoor sports like indoor basketball, volleyball, swimming etc. Outdoor sports are appropriate for regions in the North where there is plenty of cover and and fog.
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Nov 30, 2011 03:10am
because he is the man
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Danial Khan.
Nov 30, 2011 03:39am
Afridi may be pious enough to stand with Misbah and help him along, but he's the only factor in the team to kee them united. Can't u guys see how he's still captaining the side on the ground? Do u think without afridi the team can perdorm? The answer is a simply NO. Please don't forget the T20 world cup and the last world cup. It was Afridi who has built this eleven as a TEAM, sorry bt I dnt give misbah any credit over the team performance. Afridi should be given the captaincy till the next world cup. Misbah is too old to be in the team anymore. Please have some vision PCB
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Nov 30, 2011 03:52am
They are simply looking sharp because they are not being tested and are playing against relatively weaker sides like SriLanka and Bangladesh.
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Nov 30, 2011 09:56am
Why is the Pakistan team looking so sharp? The reason behind this question is that Misbah ul Haq is leading from the front as he and his fellow teammates realize what thier responsibilities are towards the game. each and every player has played their part while playing series against Sri Lanka in which they beat them in every department and format of the game. even now they havent finish as they beat bangladesh by 50 runs in only T20 match.
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Nov 30, 2011 10:51am
Becasue now the team is alert about corruption and also about his performance
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Nov 30, 2011 11:09am
Because the opppsition have been poor :P
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Ramzan Ali
Nov 30, 2011 11:17am
Why is that people are now getting curious about Pakistan cricket team..... If they are playing good they are NOW playing for the country. Before that the Top officials of PCB wanted to make money before the govt collapses...... LET THEM PLAY FOR THE COUNTRY YAAR AFTER A VERY LOOOOOONG TIME WE HAVE SEEN PEPLE OF PAKISTAN HAPPY IN CRICKET.
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Nov 30, 2011 11:24am
As Shams said-all the rotten players are gone and in jail where they belong-leaving the team clean, fresh and professional. Good they brought back Afridi-he is a good clean player who was fed up with the crap that was going on. Misbah is showing himself to be a professional and level headed leader who is realistic and cautious not the ususal gung ho! talker. PCB needs to be clean and professional as well. New faces are proving themselves. Now they need to believe in themselves as they are near world class-they must beat Australia to reach the top. Good luck green shirts!
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M. Azam Khan
Nov 30, 2011 11:39am
Cos , now they are playing their genuine game
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Qasim Cheema
Nov 30, 2011 12:49pm
i think the major reason behind this is the performance from every individual player of the team. throwing every type of non cricketing thoughts, each and every player keeps his concern with his performance and keeps his role in mind. without keeping the result in mind, they guys are just doing their jobs what has been assigned to them. Though Misbah is captain and during his captaincy Pakistan took the track of winning but i think there is less contribution of his captaincy because when team picks the right track then it leaves very little for the captain. He is just focusing his own batting. Moreover team is not looking for one big and one man show in game. Batsmen are contributing, though not lot but reasonable and bowlers are doing the rest of damage.
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dr asif
Nov 30, 2011 02:29pm
my message love pakistan or leave pakistan..............................pakistan zindabad
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Ali Mubarakmand
Nov 30, 2011 04:06pm
The only reason why their performing well is because there aware the world is watching and thus under great pressure. Before they use to get away with their corrupt antics however since the spot-fixing scandal alot of people will be keeping an eye on this team(and shall rightly so). Its so strange how only a year and a half ago when we had some world-class players we were losing virtually all our matches, and now with an under-strength B team we can for some reason beat anyone?. However don't expect this to last for too long as their just waiting for the dust to settle before they go back to their old ways.
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Mohammad Ahmed
Nov 30, 2011 04:09pm
They have really become sharp and mostly commentators think that this is because of the punishment given to our three trio. This is obvious that we pakistanis only work when we have a fear for punishment whether it is a government or private department. I hope this fear in our players should remain forever.
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Nov 30, 2011 05:04pm
One good reason is the change at the top of PCB. Most of the players were possibly not happy & motivated enough internally to put in their hearts into the game. Now that there is a new face - a new chairman, the team seems united & optimistic which is reflected in their recent performance.
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Nov 30, 2011 06:15pm
Sri Lanka was not weak still Pak outclassed them in all three formats of the game
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Nov 30, 2011 07:12pm
i think the change of captain has worked. Misbah is very reasonable man. He is yet to loose a series (but it still early days).
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Nov 30, 2011 07:12pm
That is easy. Most of the game fixers are in jail. Some of those under suspicion are not being picked at the moment and there are one or two in the team that are looking over their shoulders right now. Once we have purged these people from the squad we will do well. Remember with the talent pool at Pakistans disposal we can fill the ranks very quickly with good quality players.
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Mohammed Qamber Huss
Nov 30, 2011 07:37pm
The trio being punished does play a part in Pakistan's sharp form. But the main reason in my opinion is because we are always ready with a backup team from which players are always ready to take the position of a bad performing player. This makes the player struggle throughout matches and makes them work harder in practice and in the gym. Usually they didnt take care of their fitness but now every player is because they know that an injury or a few bad performances will lead them out of the team, no one feels that their position is sealed in the team. This is the only reason the aussies have ruled over cricket for 12 years.
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Harish H Subramanian
Nov 30, 2011 09:09pm
First and foremost thing is, the team already hit bottom. Only way possible is going up. Hope they dont pick the fixers again. I always suspect the Akmal sr. Somebody need to talk to Akmal Jr and stress his importance in the team. Because he is the torch bearer for pakistan in the future.
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Nov 30, 2011 10:03pm
The main reason Pakistan is playing good cricket is Ejaz Butt is out. He did so much damage that it will take few years to get the glory back
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Nov 30, 2011 11:16pm
Primarily it has to do with weak opposition plus performance of spinners.
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Nov 30, 2011 11:50pm
Few reasons: 1- We are playing gainst week opponents 2- Playing on slow wickets which suits our batting as well as spinners 3- Players are focused after Match fixing saga 4- Better leadership becuase of all above team got some time playing togather which would be helpful against England next year; I am sure team will perform well on slow pitches. Said that take this same team to Aus or England they would struggle; we need little time for our pace bowlers to get some experience. You can't replace 100% the qulaity of Aamir and Asif; neverthless our current young bowlers bowling much better than what India, Srilanka is doing in that department. Good luck Team Pakistan in about one year time this team would be in top 3.
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Atif Butt
Dec 01, 2011 02:43am
Harish, I 100% agree with you :).
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Dec 01, 2011 05:42am
the only reason is change in PCB
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Ajay Kumar Saini
Dec 01, 2011 10:37am
Yes I am from India But I like Pakistani Cricketer & their Team. I think Sahid Afridi is a wonderful player and play like Hero in the team. His presence boost the entire team. Waqar is also a good player and coach. If Sahid Afridi & Waqar forget all disputes then no team to stop pakistan became No. 1 or Two. Jai Hind Jai Bharat & Jai Pakistan
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Dec 01, 2011 11:17am
Wow Danial you really are something, look at Misbahs averages and performances and the comments of ALL the players on the team regarding Misbah and you want Misbah out?
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ZAheer Ahmed
Dec 01, 2011 11:38am
Due to the inductions of young lot the performance is sparkling. And good to see an INdian brother saying Jai Pakistan. Keep it up buddy
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Capt Zaheer
Dec 01, 2011 11:41am
The reason is the induction of few youngsters in the side as with young blood and passion they want to perform for the country without being indulged into match fixing. Ajai Sani................ good to see an Indian brother using Pakistan in his slogan. Keep it up buddy.
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v.k. vohra
Dec 01, 2011 12:50pm
The pakistani cricket has gone down to its bottom. There are many reasons and the foremost shall be the terrorist attack on the srilankan team. Pakistanis love cricket as much any other cricket loving countries. The loss of IPL for the pakistani cricketers led the players to do what the tainted players did. They can not do away with the lavish life other cricketers live. Sir, no matter what you say and do, if the cricket is not played in pakistan, the team will slump further. To do this pakistan must stop supporting terrorists, who are now hurting pakistan more than any other country. In the long run will pakistan be benefitted by supporting such policies?
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Dec 01, 2011 01:26pm
When they play like bunch,they use their punch. Shabash boys
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Dec 02, 2011 08:24pm
Pakistan team was best, is best and will be best ..
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Dec 04, 2011 06:45am
The only reason Pakistan is winning is because Kamran Akmal,Wahab Riaz,Salmat Butt are not playing.i remember Kamran Akmal dropping 5 important cathes during a match against Australia,that Pakistan was on its way to win easily but lost due to Kamran Akmal.his excuse was he was up all night pacing the hallways of the hotel because he was taking care of his kid and the wife wanted to rest all night.WHAT?
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Wazir Khan
Dec 05, 2011 02:46pm
Please try to come out of the hysteria. The only country sponsoring state owned terrorism is India. Cricket has got nothing to do with politics and terrorism. It is a game and should be taken that way only. Pakistani cricketers have a knack of the game and will continue to dominate the world. it is just the beginning.
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Dec 08, 2011 02:25am
Hold on Pakistanis.......... Wait when they play against GOOD Team.
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Dec 10, 2011 10:43am
Series with SeriLanka was good. Bangladesh is week team every one know. Will see how team play against England.
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asgher mansoor
Dec 10, 2011 01:37pm
A S indoor games??? play scrabbles!!
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