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Disastrous tour: Cricket at a crossroads


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THE Pakistan cricket team’s disastrous tour to South Africa ended on Sunday with the visitors losing the one-day series 3-2, which followed their Test series whitewash at the hands of Graeme Smith and his men. The nearly two-month, nightmarish campaign by Misbah-ul-Haq and his men has brutally exposed their inadequacies in technique and resolve to counter a top-ranked team such as the Proteas. More importantly, the lopsided contests have raised serious questions about the quality of cricketing talent that is being produced at the domestic level and is subsequently selected to represent the country. To say that Misbah-ul-Haq and his men were ill-prepared to tackle the tough challenges posed by the South African team would be an understatement. In fact, the team’s poor show coupled with the chaos in the ranks was ample proof that both our players and the team management were taken completely off guard by the opposition’s strength. Not discounting the fact that about a dozen Pakistani players in the current team were touring South Africa for the first time, we are compelled to put the blame squarely on seniors such as Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and skipper Misbah himself, who were certainly not alien to the conditions and should have led the way with their performance — but it never transpired.

By virtue of this flopped campaign, Pakistan cricket once again finds itself at a crossroads — and fast approaching the Champions Trophy in June. Even going back to the drawing board won’t really help. For Pakistan to become a force in world cricket, nothing short of an overhaul would suffice. The induction of new blood is key, which should be followed by a comprehensive plan to groom the talent on modern lines and on livelier tracks.

Comments (9) Closed

Qureshi Mar 27, 2013 06:32am
Sports should be banned it is unislamic
Fuzail Z. Ahmad Mar 27, 2013 09:02am
I think this editorial is too harsh, although it depicts the general Pakistani fans' mindset. First of all, this tour was not different from other Pakistan tours of SA. Secondly, it was no different from most other countries' tour to SA. We lost ODI series 3-2 and clinched the rain shortened T20 series. Why are we reacting so harshly towards our team? Perhaps because of our domestic cricket structure and zero international matches, our talent is not showing in right numbers. Imagine a test team without Misbah, Younus, Hafeez, Umer Gul, etc. These people should have been more consistent, no doubt, but is there any alternative? Yes we could have packed our ODI team with youngsters, but would the result have been better? We should not over react and let the replacements be made gradually.
imtiaz Hydari Mar 27, 2013 09:31am
There is no doubt that the South African tour was a major disappointment. The old guard needs to make way for young blood and NOW! induct Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shezad, Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan, and a competent wicket keeping batsman into the playing eleven and let go, Yunus Khan, Misbah, Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal. It may be that Yunus has a limited role to play in Tests only for perhaps another year or two max. More importantly though our players have got to be taught mental toughness and a thinking approach to the game. Refining technique and improving fielding is important, but using brains to counter situations is more important. We will win only when we revert to our natural attacking, positive style of play. Time for wholesale change PCB!!! and before the Champions Trophy in June this year.
Karachi Wala Mar 27, 2013 12:51pm
Title should have been: Like Pakistan, Pakistan cricket is also at a crossroad!!!
Masood Hussain Mar 27, 2013 05:05pm
It has always been like this. I will not describe it as a disaster. It was a mixed performance, not bad at all.
Cyrus Howell Mar 27, 2013 06:44pm
"...the lopsided contests have raised serious questions.." Can they hit?
Cyrus Howell Mar 27, 2013 06:46pm
Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing.
Fahim Khan Mar 27, 2013 10:44pm
Hashim Amla, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Mushtaq Ahamd and Inzimam-ul-Haq will respond to you.
abdul Mar 28, 2013 03:29am
Except Misbah, get rid of the rest