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We want success and we want it yesterday

Published Jun 19, 2012 05:05pm


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And so it begins.

Muhammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat don’t have the technique to be international level batsmen. Azhar, Misbah and Younis bat far too slowly for modern ODI cricket. Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal have failed to realise their potential. We don’t have a keeper that can bat or keep. Shahid Afridi only bowls well against minnows. Umar Gul is not good – or clutch – enough to be the leader of a pace-attack. We don’t have any other decent fast bowlers. Drop everyone. Tear down the building and start again.

What I have learnt from the aftermath of the ODI series loss against Sri Lanka is that everyone, bar Ajmal, is not good enough for the national team; or at least that’s what I’ve gathered from Pakistani fans. Let’s ignore the fact that the system that is producing these players is flawed; or that the alternatives we are supposed to have just aren’t there. I keep hearing ‘Pakistan mei bohat talent hai’ – and then we bring in Mohammad Sami as the third-pacer. What we want, apparently, is a complete overhaul of the team and a bunch of messiahs brought into the team. What we want are 10 nineteen-year olds who are good enough NOW. Where we are going to bring them from is yet to be explained.

All hail knee-jerk over-the-top reactions. We ask for long-term strategies but we don’t have patience for young or misfiring players. We want success, and we want it yesterday.

There were reasons for why Pakistan lost this series. An inability to rotate the strike in powerplays, a failure to start well in batting, and the incapability to chase down any decent scores were the root causes for this loss. And which of those are new? Those are three flaws that Pakistan has had for more than a decade. Coaches, captains and players have come and gone without any significant improvements in any of these facets. But I am sure that when we throw out this lot, the incoming ones will be somehow better. What do I base this on? Absolutely nothing. But I am a Pakistani. Therefore the devil unknown is always a better choice than the devil I know. Incremental and conscious changes in the system are not what will bring us success. Instead we will rely on a group of saviours who are not being given the chance. Throw out the current lot; we have a bunch of Bradmans, Wasims and Warnes who need to be given chances to succeed. And what if they fail in their first couple of matches? Then we will treat them like Salem treated its witches.

Yes, there are questions to be asked about the current unit and strategy. Why is there conservatism with the batting order? Why isn’t Hafeez pushed down to number six? Where he will be away from the moving new ball; will allow Pakistan to have a player in the middle order who has more than two gears, and Pakistan doesn’t have to part with his remarkably efficient bowling either. In Jamshed, Shehzad, Azhar and, dare I say it, Farhat, Pakistan has a bunch of openers of promise and/or those who have performed well in the recent past. Why not allow Umar Akmal to bat more overs, and minimise the chances of having Younis, Azhar or Misbah on the crease, at the same time? Why not use Ajmal in a more attacking role, particularly when bowling first? Why not move beyond what was thought up 30 years ago? The team needs to change the portion of its ingredients, not bring in new ones. I am yet to be convinced of how Sami, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal et al are an upgrade on the current team.

After all, there are two principles that have to be kept in mind when inducting new players in. Firstly, it’s far easier for them to succeed if they come into a successful team. The great Australian and West Indies teams of the past, as well as the Indians, South Africans and English in recent years, have all benefitted from this. There is a reason that Imran’s overhaul in the late 80s was more successful than what the PCB did in the aftermath of the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. Secondly, there is a case to be made for evolutionary changes to the unit. From the mid-80s to 2007, Australia built a team that was the envy of the world, and one of its guiding principles was that only one big/old player was released at a time. Pakistan can allow Younis, Misbah and Afridi to retire (for the final time), but surely it would be better if all of them weren’t thrown out at the same time.

Dav Whatmore made his name with a Sri Lankan team which had ingredients which were, probably, far less potent than the current Pakistani team. He relied on innovation (pinch hitters, bowling spinners in the first 15 overs, etc) and a Musketeerian ethic to lay the foundations for success. A decade and a half after his first stint, Sri Lanka’s game plan is still based on the one first used by him and Ranatunga. Misbah-ul-Haq, along with Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi, took Pakistan from the lowest of lows, which has also taken them to a state of respect and expectations. A meaningless series loss in the plethora of ODI series shouldn’t really matter all that much – particularly with the team having won the Asia Cup so recently. Clearly, Misbah and his coach have earned the right to demand faith and patience from their fans. But I fear, those are not things that come naturally to the Pakistani fan.

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mehmudah Jun 19, 2012 04:42pm
Article is well-written 3 points to note: 1. Deplorable fielding 2. Saeed Ajmal gotta play 3. Hammad Azam should play
Saad Shariff Jun 19, 2012 04:34pm
I liked the article very well said . we need some knowledgeable people in PCB . I have no idea what they think before selecting the team. From whole pakistan they cannot find better bowlers or batsman, Misbah , Younus they all should go and make space for youngster, Pakistan have talent but possibly PCB is not fair to the players may be because they dont have higher connections or may be poor and cannot bribe PCB. Its so frustrating for all pakistanis this is the only hapiness we get when they win , May Allah save our country from EVILS. If i get a chance i will fire the whole selection comittee.
fathima Jun 19, 2012 04:48pm
Even though we selected three different teams. The same players play again and again. Umar Gul is the biggest disappointment. Bowling and fielding both.
EmMoosa Jun 19, 2012 05:05pm
I agree.
EmMoosa Jun 19, 2012 05:01pm
The component of the team should be experienced like Misbah and afridi and new talents who can learn from them. We should also give chance to Anwer Ali, Shahzeb Hasan and Ahmed Shahzad and should keep them in the team even they are failed in the beginning. We should not rely all the time on Umar Akmal. There are also some better players in the local clubs who can be preferred. I agree with Ahmed, our fielding plays the worst part in winnings. We should have psychologists for brain training of our cricketers.
Syed Jun 19, 2012 05:23pm
Haha, you have no clue about the article, do you?
ali Jun 19, 2012 05:28pm
i do agree on some grounds but not on all of em, i guess Umar akmal and Asad have a great talent but if they arent been utilized for their potentian then its not their fault. i agree Sami, malik, farhat and faisal have no place in the squad and so do i believe Misbah. Team needs an inspiring leader not a coward like misbah.
ikhan01 Jun 19, 2012 05:45pm
If we take a glance at any succefull cricketing nation, it is clear that experienced and "in form" players have been kept in the side to guide the younger players to be succefull by handeling the pressure. I agree, we do not need 4-5 of theem but 1-2 most consistent ones would be great. In my opinion, we are good in all three departments(Bowling, Batting and Fielding) but there are some loose ends that we need to work on.... When it comes to bowling (supposed to be our strength), give away more extras than the opponent's traditionally!!! It has become a norm for us recently :( We produce some good batsmen but not good qaulity any more. We rarely get out due to opponents good bowling. Mostly, It is our shot selection. Hitting for a six and a four should not be the ONLY of making runs in ODI. So, no matter who is in playing eleven, incorrect batting and loose bowling are going to be factors in our performances.... Our main issue is fielding as most of us agree.....Instead of saying that Akmal or Afridi are good fielders, why not say Pakistanis are good fielders??? Like almost all of the other nations!!!
Bilal Raza Jun 20, 2012 05:22pm
Its true that Pakistan mein buhut talent hai but its not true that our domestic cricket teams' cricketers are talented. No Sir, cricket is loved by every one in this country but how many of them are given opportunities to play? I have played with Diamond Cricket Club which is the best in Islamabad. First day, they let me bat as I requested that I was a batsman. The second day, they kept me fielding only and the other day they did this also. On my protest they said, we only give batting to our star players, you will get batting next week. I quit club there and then. Such has been the plight of our best clubs in Pakistan. Afridi cannot be dropped because he's brand ambassador for several products. Afridi is playing because of his advertisements, not performance. Performance was never the criteria to play in Pakistan, otherwise Saeed Ajmal would have played and Afridi would have been dropped. In near future, get ready to see some more hard to digests defeats.
iCricketology Jun 24, 2012 10:41pm
Pakistan cricket team is a professional cricket team and should perform at the professional level.What is the definition of professionalism?Doing the same thing over and over again with same results, I mean productivity,motivation,achievement,teamwork,everyone at the best performance level.
Dr.A.Khan Jul 12, 2012 04:33pm
Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you." Dr.AK47 "I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win." - Michael Jordan
MQ Jun 19, 2012 01:28pm
Sorry i don't agree with you.....
XaHuR Jun 20, 2012 01:32pm
Very good article but with the times things also have been changed with fans, they know the game very well these days with so much cricket all around. My point is that we have the most talented side in playing 11 and we also have good bench strength, Our players lacks intelligence and to adjust with match situation, these days if you see players are playing this game with their minds, its not all about how talented you're, one has to use a brain as well, the opponents weaknesses and strong points, see whenever umar akmal came to batting Mahela gave ball to Malinga to make him angry and they got the results these are the tactics that produce good results at the end of the day. I am sure Dav Whatmore will work onto this afterall he is an Australlian aggressive by nature. I like his strategy of trying out different combinations like introducing Rahat Ali a left arm bowler who has got a decent action and he will improve with time.
neville heethawakage Jul 03, 2012 02:05pm
sri kanka win the world cup not for dav arjuna de silva amd murali .he was no good then or now.
sudhir Das Jun 19, 2012 01:46pm
A team evolves through a period of time, through wins and losses. It is absurd and unrealistic to think that by throwing away all the 12 players and replacing them by younger ones will change the scenario of cricket in Pakistan positively. The article is an emotional outburst of anger against the players after a series loss by a die-hard fan.
Capt Mansur Jun 19, 2012 01:16pm
I cannot understand what you are trying to say???? You want all of this team to stay???? or do you want a new team???. Pls donot compare Pakistan to Australia etc. Real Talent has no place in Pakistan. Then now the Selections have been polititised between Karachi and Punjab!...So we Sami (a discarded bowler) back as a strike bowler..what a joke. Corruption/Manipulation/Nepotism is so deeply rooted in Pakistan than I do not have any solution except>> I have started taking interest in Footbal now. Sad
Babar Jun 19, 2012 02:38pm
Success does not come by want... it comes by hard work & commitment
assadhas Jun 19, 2012 06:20pm
I am surprised that you did not mention the name Wahab Riaz in your article. I thought you had made it your life purpose to champion his cause both on twitter and in the media!?
AxK Jun 19, 2012 06:06pm
How have about as much right to express your views as anyone else in this forum.
AxK Jun 19, 2012 06:04pm
The under nineteen and A team should be proving ground and feeders to the national team. This will provide a path for the younger talent and a pipeline of talented and somehow tested players to choose from. You always need the experienced players to groom the youngsters and lead by example.
saif Jun 19, 2012 06:06pm
two losses doesnt mean the whole team is crap! you win you lose thats life you cant always win
khalid saeed Jun 19, 2012 06:02pm
you are real nerd, what a waste of time to read it
Janhgir Ali Jun 19, 2012 05:57pm
You are too Young to say all this
Pier Wasif Jun 19, 2012 05:54pm
I have no comments against this bunch, thay cant bat they cant field they cant pick a proper winning combination, they are all idiots from top to bottom, from captain to selectors
Que Jun 19, 2012 01:32pm
Good analysis & enjoyed your article!
dia wahidi Jun 19, 2012 01:33pm
ur opinions r nt based in facts,,,better correct ur self...
Aamnah Khan Jun 19, 2012 01:50pm
So true,our most or may be all current batsmen cant respond to pressure and generate often their in-ground physical and mental activeness,if they are big enough to play at international level then they ought to be as professional and reliable as we want them to be, And atleast if dont win or draw a game,loose it in a way that leaves them and us a little pride.
saleh Jun 19, 2012 01:52pm
Knee-jerk response from a self-proclaimed nerd .. what to expect otherwise?
Dr.A.Khan Jun 20, 2012 08:28pm
What is the difference between Leader & Followers:The Only difference between them is "VISION" What is the difference between Winner & Loser:The only difference is motivation. Pakistani team needs to be mentally tough & strong.Pakistan team should start training their brains to be world champion,nothing is use or difficult,its your mind make it so.So get ready for transformation,innovation,teamwork. T:Together E:everyone A:achieve M:More
atif Jun 19, 2012 03:52pm
Meri immature emotional nation! I wish we started thinking like adults..............
Kanishk Jun 19, 2012 03:42pm
Guys... stop cursing the writer. He doesn't really want to throw the whole team. he is just interpreting the outburst of the pakistani fans who like their Indian counterparts are very impatient. Pakistani bowling is good, there is no doubt about it. Their batting is average and there is no doubt about it either. And their fielding is pathetic. They are dropping too many chances and not hitting the stumps either. Fielding at the boundary (where one has to give it all) is also very questionable. I am sure Dav Watmore is not overlooking that aspect but definitely the results are not showing up in the middle. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are good and of course the future of Pakistani batting. They have to be backed up and given more freedom to play openly. Umar Akmal has to understand the value of his wicket and can be tried as an opener given the fallibility of Hafeez (whom I never regarded as a quality batsman). Afridi is good only as a bowler now but he must understand that Pakistan needs him as an all-rounder given the position he bats at. Misbah is a cool customer and given the self imploding capability of Pakistan batting unit, I give him the benefit of doubt for batting slowly. I like Younis Khan but I believe he is done with his career as far as ODIs are concerned. I like Pakistan's bowling unit. They have so much of quality and variety in their attack. If only they had fielders who could support them.
ahmad khan Jun 19, 2012 02:30pm
the pakistani team needs at least 2 top order batsmen who score runs every time they bat in the middle
Nadeem Jun 19, 2012 02:11pm
We need young blood in the Pakistani cricket team why they not giving a chance to the likes of Hamad Azam? if Imran Farhat can keep coming back in the team when he keeps failing then why cant Imran Nazir come back? Umar Akmal is a really good batsman but he is also not performing soo why keep bringing him back when he is not performing? And now with the bowlers Umar Gul is good at time an then he is not good an gets hit all over the ground why not have another young bowler bowling on the other side instead of having the likes of Mohammed Sami? Anwar Ali was a very good bowler seen his video on youtube if the likes of sami can come in team an get hit all over the ground then why cant they try something different an give Anwar Ali a chance,
Ahmed Jun 19, 2012 11:40am
Fielding fielding fielding. Yesterday our fielders gave away 25 runs, missed stumps that could have resulted a dismissal at least 5 times, there were dropped catches. Add it all up and there is only one winner !!! I was telling my wife, if I had been practicing hitting stumps for 1 year, I would have hit stumps more often than not. So what the hell is wrong with our fielding ?
malik62 Jun 19, 2012 03:05pm
If these So Called STARS (I dare say them are Enigmatic Yoyos ) fail time and again and again ( which means the team loose series after series ) then What the Heck , Name the entire Under 19 team or Under 17 team as PAKISTAN TEAM NOW and give them 3 years So If they fail to do any good in bilateral series and then loose T20 next month & World cup in 2015 too then replace them entirely with the New Under 17 and keep repeating the process for 3 times , the country will be able to fine an experienced 24+ with all of them at the perfect age of 23+ and that team will serve the purpose for a decade .... If the team fails with burnt out , recalled , aging Super Starts of yesterdays , WHY NOT get them go once all of them and start the Building ........... What will the team loose , the country loose , the fans loose which they have not bee loosing since Imran and two Ys departed ?????
phani Jun 19, 2012 11:44am
Keep your view to yourself
Haleema Jun 19, 2012 11:40am
salaam alaikum, i think experience is important, YK isgood and genuine, so is misbah, this is only the second odi series he lost, what can he do if the rest dont perform. his mistake is the way he used the bowlers, giving sami the last over when he saw that he gave lots of runs in the over sami bowled b4. Hafeez, yk, misbah, tanwir saeed ajmal, are the only worth while players all the others should go. they should bring n nandir jamshed, cheema, junaid khan, azhar ali asad shafeek. and few othe bowlers and batsmen new ones, even abdul rehman is good.
Amaan Jun 19, 2012 02:01pm
good writing although i dont agree to all of it!
Ali Jun 19, 2012 12:57pm
Change the selection committee as they failed to keep Ajmal in the last ODI. What were they thinking?
Abbas Jun 19, 2012 12:53pm
Actually its how we lost from a winning position in 4th and 5th ODI's which have made the fans so pissed!
Basit Malik Jun 19, 2012 12:11pm
Hi, We need a combination of Experience & Young ones. We need new Grounds, Facilities & Coaches to move forward. We have to start from Grass Root Level. Pick up the guys from Streets & Grounds. Need to groom them. Present Cricket Team needs Psychologists rather than new Coaches. They are Afraid of Loosing after 1 /2 Wickets Down...We are so DOWN...Look at Matthews Innings of Yesterday...We all knows Fortune Favours the Brave Ones.. Our Team should Play like a Team not to Yell at each Other & buck up each & every One in the Team... Thanks, Basit Malik
Sfyn Jun 19, 2012 06:59pm
Ahmed, I agree not only with your analysis but your thinking as well. After reading this article, I see more of the same and I am tired of writers, fans and everyone else blaming the role players who try to do their best. You looked deeper than the surface and came out with a root cause that could make a difference. Our issues is experienced players refusing to grow their game and lack of out of the box leadership and coaching. Umar Gul, Hafeez, AFRIDRI, MISBAH are all examples of experienced players failing to adapt their games to the given situation. Umar keeps bowling the same three variations and becomes predictable to the batsman. SURPRISE THEM. Do something different than vintage Gul. Coaching needs to encourage variety in his bowling style. Afridi has been caught out 85% of his at bats. He has to give up the BOOM BOOM persona. Its time to be the mature experienced player who plays to put the team on his back rather than live up this youthful days of wham bam type of batting. More of the same with Misbah and Hafeez. Introduce variety, improve your game and be intelligent about the game. To continue my frustration, each of the three loses could easily been wins for us. We know the game but our execution is terrible. The only culprit here is our coaching staff. Pakistani players are not poise, lack a game plan and refuse to adapt to the changing game. This is a clear signal of poor coaching. As always....Pakistani Zinadabad!
Sfyn Jun 19, 2012 07:03pm
I don't agree with you. We need to grow, not tear down. Growing starts with change. Change the way we look at the game, change the way we look at the short comings and change the way we execute on the field. We need intelligent mindset not new personal.
ari Jun 19, 2012 08:02pm
Hate to admit but I am about to be done watching Pakistani games live, I watched the last two games live after World Cup defeat in India for the first time and in both instances we could have won the game had we weren't a Pakistani side. I understand criticizing others on a hindsight is easy but please give me a break, losing 8 players in few overs and not only that they all played silly shots not to mention Afridi's practice catch looked like as if he would ask the bowler to ball again since he wasn't ready. I totally agree that the current team is not good enough to be called a World Class team, first of they don't have the potential to bat and score big, secondly, half of the team does not know how to field and lastly, most of the players are not fit. Bring the best coach in the world and they will fail him too. They mostly have average talent, not at all capable of doing miracles just like Miandad, Waseem, Waqar, Imran etc. A complete overhaul is needed, I have a firm belief that we do have talent in Pakistan, the only thing that we miss is conviction and resolve to change.
Salar Jun 19, 2012 09:17pm
Motivations like honor, self respect, care and patriotism can do wonders; but, alas, majority of our nation don't bother.
Capt Mansur Jun 19, 2012 10:08pm
good suggestion Malik
Iqbal Jun 19, 2012 10:21pm
Every time Pakistan is about to win, Misbah either slow down the scoring or if bowling brings up some poor attack, so watch him for possible ????????????????
Baba Sidni Jun 19, 2012 11:29pm
Err, we don't want success from yesterday, we want it from a day before yesterday.
thames Fisher Jun 19, 2012 11:35pm
very well said i like it
mashood qadri Jun 20, 2012 01:53am
All of the above statements above are reflecting emotions, some facts, but missing the bull's eye. Expecting your players performing international level cricket, when: there is no international level cricket plays in the country; our players have not been given to play frenchise cricket anywhere, except in recent minows, Bangladesh league. All it counts, is a moral of the player. Any wind blows in the wrong direction can help in making doosra, but, a turmoil, we are facing in our country break down spirit and vigor. What we need a permananent international level ground and the academy to be placed out side the country for now, where, they play and performs at their best. The question, arises, what will happen to our money making Frenchise -Pakistan Cricket Board?? If we want to have any positive/productive foretell of Pakistani Cricket, then we have to be realistic and fully support our national team. They play very well, need more continuous cricket, unfortunately, nowadays, needing lot of injections from French-ise cricket, like IPL, BPL, hopefully, PPL sometimes soon.........
MRH Jun 20, 2012 12:34pm
i agree with you - good analysis! and 'Pakistan main bohot talent hai!' i agree with this statement too
Ali Khan Jun 20, 2012 02:47am
I partially agree with the writer asthe strategy of our team should be changed and the current one does not suit to the new environment at all. For the purpose of changing the strategy the team change is also required in order to impliment the same. As it is evident that the opener slots are not conviencing therefore i would suggest to get new blood with the blasting skills in order to pressurize the bowling line from the start of the overs rather than get pressurized with low runrate with few wickets down. than we want some senior but gear changing players in the middle order in order to add valueable singles and punish the bad deliveries for sure for the boundries. than we should have atleast two hard hitting but performance delivering players in at the bottom, who should be able to slog even a good delivery for boundary instead of waiting for the bad balls. I am certainly not counting Afridi as a hard hitter and a consistent performer (the last fifty matches performance) as he is no more a hard hitter, but he is a veru smart bowler, wicket taking and usefull some times at the bottom but not a batsman to be relied upon now adays.
asad Jun 20, 2012 04:02am
Funny article. Y dont we bring under 19 team so u will see them loosing for the rest of your life. To bat 50 overs have become too many for pakistani batsmen. Younis khan strike rate is the third best after Afridi and umar akmal. The slowest players are Asad shafiq, hafeez and azhar Ali there strike rate are below 70.
Guest Jun 20, 2012 04:42am
Dont you think this is too much analysis ... its sports... learn to digest losses. I still believe team is good.. They just need to work on physical fitness and Fielding. You can’t keep out some who bowls at 150 and can score 50 at any condition.
incognito Jun 20, 2012 04:50am
afridi and gul got only few balls to bat, 2 did not bat at all, so many extras conceded in the field, missed run-out chances, no saeed ajmal or the sixth bowler to replace if any of the first five fails; if you do all this how do you expect to win?
arun Jun 20, 2012 05:07am
I think it's in the mind..Srilankans were just stronger in that department and fielding. in 1987,Imran brought a weaker team than India"s to play against India and won.Pakistani batsmen now barring umar akmal and ofcourse the flamboyant afridi bat too slowly and hence have 4 out of the 10 slowest batsmen in 1 day cricket.however their bowling is worldclass with great variety even if sometimes they too fail to defend 330 as in Asia cup 2012 against India's power batting line-up without Sehwag and Yuvrag singh
Faridoon Jun 20, 2012 05:19am
I feel the same way, Pakistani fans need to realize that we cannot win every game. We, as fans, never seem to be happy with our players. Some (Misbah, Younis) play too slowly for our liking whereas the ones who do score quickly (U Akmal, Afridi) are cursed for taking too many risks. So, more than anything else, our fans need to back the team, even when they lose. I also agree that some dinosaurs that have been tried and re-tried need to go. We need to be thinking about long-term goals, preparing for the next World Cup. We cannot go to the World Cup with Misbah, Younis, Sami to name a few, so why are they being given chances in the ODI team. When selecting an ODI player the committee needs to be asking only one question, will this guy be around for the 2015 world cup. This should automatically disqualify the dinosaurs. There is so much talent at our doorstep. People like Hammad Azam need to be in the team from now in order to mature with time up to the World Cup. What are we waiting for? For Misbah and Younis to retire in 2014? I say pick a 16-man squad for the World Cup now, and stop this eternal trial and error selection.
cricketlover Jun 20, 2012 06:16am
There's nothing wrong in expressing higher level of expectancy by the cricket fans in our part of the world. It is, however, not fair to propose or tout wholesome changes in the composition of the team itself. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvements and trying out different strategies and rearrangement of the batting/bowling order. But one thing stands out in the emerging scenario: some of the players have shown a surprising consistency in their failures that it smacks of a concerted conspiracy to bring about change in the captaincy. Let's hope this turns out to be only a speculation and nothing else. A word about the selection (or non-selection) of some players viz. Sami as opposed to Cheema; absence of Rehman ___the spinning partner of Ajmal, who was "rested" for the Test series.
Fayzee Jun 20, 2012 06:24am
And what is that thinking? Why don't you elaborate.
Syed Imran Ali Jun 20, 2012 06:29am
Dont waste your time guys,its same old story .....
Azhar Chaudhry Jun 20, 2012 08:36am
In this modern fast cricket era, we do not need only good bowlers but what badly we need are good all rounders.
Mohsin Jun 21, 2012 05:22am
As far as Afridi is concern....a poor analysis is made. He is a super star and a world class player. He single handily takes Pakistan into the semi of 2011 WC, win both semi and final of 2009 T20 Wc, this man has 36 man of the matches awards which all time 8th highest(in every form of cricket), last 5 years, he took most numbers of wickets, all time 8th number for highest wicket takers, 3rd highest 5 wicket haul holder in ODIs. I dont think he is not fit to the game yet. As far as his batting is concern, his reflexes are vanished as the age grows. Every batsman has its physical and mental strength which will gone by with his age. He also admitted that he cant bat well enough now and concentrating on its bowling. Its our game plan which has to be modified and stop relying on afridi's batting that he will make 10 runs an over. Innings should be built in the proper way right from the start.
junaid khan Jun 21, 2012 05:28am
i completely agree with this article and malik 69. i have played cricket through out my life and i have noticed one thing that every player in any cricket format wants to hit a six on every ball. we as a child focus on sixes and fours instead appointing the right techniques. However one of the reason of failure is the players get so much of money that its not easy to digest and there down fall comes. I m a proud Pakistani and i still support my team as we have many match winners but still we can never produce a classy batsmen like javed, saed anwar. My question is that why our pcb appoint a player who is out for a very long time and next day he is team and you want performance out of him :) thats unfair, i m referring sami and shoib malik. my last suggestion why cant we have a parallel team in which all super stars who are not playing in national team OR players who can play on international level should be perepaired so if any player from national team is not performing we should have back up and can replace bowler with a bowler and batsman with a batsman.
asad Jun 23, 2012 08:10am
First learn how to bat and finish 20 overs then think about batting 50 overs. Younus and misbah are the ones who can bat 50 overs if they are not there whole team will bukle in 20 overs.
Aziz Larik Jun 23, 2012 08:34am
What our team needs is strategy and team plan which will guide them throughout the series or in any competition.As our team or its players do not take up the game with having being given the sufficient overs and time they just play silly shots of no avail despite loss of wickets and also need the patience of the fans but it happens with every team when defeated but not like we people who are provoked on the defeat of the team,but when Pakistan win all our doubts are cleared thats not good enough we need to understand the situation and clear all the doubts before its too late.