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Thanks Aussies for letting us know our weakness

Mr. Kamran Abbasi rightly stated hereAs another dismal chapter closes on Pakistan's senior tour of Australia, another exciting one is about to start for the U19s. There have been few redeeming features of Pakistan's cricket since the failure in the Sydney Test, and Mohammad Yousuf's deluded assertion that his team have performed better than teams of the past is a hollow boast.
The evidence to disprove him has beamed to every corner of the globe. Unfortunately, Yousuf's dread philospohies have alarmed supporters and undoubtedly infected his troops. Mohammad Yousuf's Pakistan have lacked the will to win. They have settled for second best and been content in their failure.
Across the Tasman Sea, a young Pakistan side has shown how the exact opposite attitude can help you exceed expectations. Pakistan U19s may not even be one of the top two teams in the tournament but their spirit, as epitomised by Hammad Azam, has been refreshing. For demonstrating such…

Pakistan prevail in thrilling climax

Pakistan prevail in thrilling climaxCricinfo staffJanuary 23, 2010Pakistan (Ahsan 30, Aziz 28, Azam 17*, Unadkat 2-26) beat India (Mandeep 40, Fayyaz 4-27) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsIndia and Pakistan livened up a contest that, at one stage, was in danger of ending in a washout. Pakistan would have qualified for the semi-finals had the match been abandoned, but they proved they were capable of progressing to the next stage based on performance alone. A combination of quality seam bowling from Fayyaz Butt and some enterprising batting by their middle and lower orders, especially Hammad Azam, sealed a thrilling two-wicket win in the final over in front of a sparse yet boisterous crowd at the Sutcliffe Oval. More to followInnings breakIndia Under-19 114 (Mandeep 40, Fayyaz 4-27) v Pakistan Under-19A washout would have ensured them a place in the semi-finals but Pakistan proved they were capable of progressing to the next stage based on performance alone…

New captain after Australia tour - Ijaz Butt

Pakistan will have a new captain after their tour of Australia comes to an end in early February, Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, has said. Mohammad Yousuf was appointed to lead in New Zealand and Australia after Younis Khanquit in a huff back in November. "This captain [Mohammad Yousuf] was for this series only and we will decide after the tour of Australia about the captain, [but] we will change," Butt told the private ARY News channel. Under Yousuf, Pakistan squared a three-Test series against New Zealand but lost three Tests in a row to Australia before they surrendered the first ODI in Brisbane today. The relationship between Yousuf and the selection committee, headed by Iqbal Qasim, has been tense over the course of the long tour of Australia. He had Misbah-ul-Haq sent over to New Zealand after the player had been dropped from all three formats of the game just a month before. Butt termed Younis' decision to relinquish the captaincy as unfortunate for P…

Pakistan can improve ODI ranking in series against Australia

Pakistan can improve ODI ranking in series against Australia

LAHORE: Pakistan can improve their ranking on the ICC One-day International table when they face Australia in a five-match series, which began in Brisbane on Friday.

While Australia lead second-ranked India by nine ratings points, Pakistan are at seventh position with 108 ratings points and four behind fourth-placed New Zealand. If Pakistan win the series by 3-2 or better, they will go up to fourth but would stay in seventh position in case of their failure to win a single match in the series while dropping four ratings points behind sixth-placed Sri Lanka.

In case of a 3-2 series win, Pakistan will earn four ratings points which will put them along side New Zealand on 112 ratings points but ahead of Daniel Vettori’s side by a fraction of the point.

A 4-1 series win will put Pakistan on 115 ratings points whereas a clean sweep will take them to 118 ratings points, one behind third-placed South Africa.

Even if Austr…

T20 leagues ‘a virus’, says Miandad

T20 leagues ‘a virus’, says MiandadKARACHI: Former Pakistani international batsman Javed Miandad on Thursday warned lucrative Twenty20 leagues were “a virus” which threatened to kill off Test cricket.
Miandad said the leagues offered such good money that playing international cricket — particularly the long form of the game — was becoming less attractive, calling on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to step in.
“Twenty20 cricket is a virus and if the ICC doesn’t restrict matches of this format it will finish Test cricket as leading players will no longer want to play for their country,” Miandad, who played 124 Tests for Pakistan, told AFP.
“Some of the Australian players could have represented their country longer but retired to play T20 leagues two years ago,” Miandad said.
“When Twenty20 cricket started I had smelled this format will damage cricket, now the game will not see quality players as they are now more attuned to play the big-hitting game than the traditiona…

Some voices from India!

No Pakistani in IPL is a matter of shame Avijit Ghosh, 20 January 2010, 04:53 PM IST

Pakistan are the current T20 world champions. Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Mohammed Aamer, Saeed Ajmal and company played some enthralling cricket to claim the trophy last year. Since then, Pakistan have seen another exciting batsman emerge on the horizon: Umar Akmal. Therefore, it defies logic that nobody wanted to buy the 11 Pakistani players in the IPL 3 auction on Tuesday.
What's the reason? Let us go through what has been proffered by the men and women involved with IPL. Some team owners have said that the Pakistani players had a problem of availability during the period. That's nonsense. Unlike the top Aussie players, they are available for the entire duration. In fact, West Indian Kemar Roach, a Deccan Chargers buy, will miss the first two games. That's because the Zimbabwe tour of West Indies gets over on March 14 while IPL 3 begins on March 12. The second Deccan Chargers game will be h…

Creating unnecessary hype!

The Preview by Peter English on Cricinfo.comThe Big PictureAfter the three Tests come the five ODIs and a Twenty20 to complete Pakistan's tour. While the opening segment of the trip ended in a 3-0 victory for Australia, the limited-overs arrangements will be much more competitive.
Despite the result, Pakistan's squad became more united as the tour went on and they have received some key reinforcements, with Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi added to the unit. The tourists have also troubled Australia in their most recent engagements and their fast-bowling unit, which includes Mohammad Aamer, will worry the hosts at times. Australia won a tight series in the UAE 3-2 last year and the teams also ran into each other at the Champions Trophy, when Australia sneaked home by two wickets. This series will be an important gauge of the popularity of the 50-over game. Twenty20 crowds have been huge for the domestic Big Bash and five-match head-to-head series against Pakistan and West…

An Insult, with love from India - thanks to some of our own heads

Yesterday, Tuesday 19th of January 2010, was a cashing day for all Pakistani news TV channels, as it was the breaking news all around the circuit that none of the Pakistani players, who and their head i.e. Mr. Ejaz Butt (the Butt head ofcourse) who worked so hard to get part into the third leg of the T20 tournament namely IPL, the IPL franchises drew water on their hopes by not selecting either of the top notch T20 players of the Pakistani T20 side.
It was almost predicted by some of the Cricket Analysts that it seems difficult that Pakistani T20 team players might induct into the IPL3 but thanks to our Cricket Board's chairman, Mr. Butt, we were trying to make hole in the building's beam pillar with the help of a hammer and screw =P, end result- nada.
Why can't we think of the consequences when we apply international assignments? Like for the last international tour in Pakistan, i.e. Sri Lanka's test tour of Pakistan, security didn't seemed to be fool proof either, …

Pakistan lost the 3mobile series 3-0 against the Aussies

As Brydon Coverdale on Cricinfo stated:Australia wrapped up their 12th consecutive Test victory over Pakistan on the final afternoon in Hobart, where Khurram Manzoor's fighting half-century was not enough to salvage a draw for the visitors. Nathan Hauritz added to his growing reputation as Test bowler by picking up the key wicket of Manzoor and finished with three, while Peter Siddle also grabbed a trio of victims. Despite showers being forecast, the only sprinkling of rain came during the lunch break and it wasn't enough to delay Australia's charge to a series clean-sweep and a fifth Test win of the summer. Australia have now equalled the record for the most consecutive Test wins by any country over any other nation, matching the 12-game streak currently held by Sri Lanka over Bangladesh. The only slight concerns for Australia came during a 66-run seventh-wicket stand between Manzoor and Mohammad Aamer. Manzoor, who came in for this Test at No. 3, enhanced his chances of …

Unnecessary religious influence in the Pakistani cricket team

Actually the reason I am blogging today is rather religious compared to sporty one. Its about the religious influence on our cricketers more than it required.

From my cricketing knowledge, it all started during the span after 1999, when there were some changes occurred in cricket structure in Pakistan, i.e. application of ad-hoc and etc, similarly during those times, the seed of religious norms were also ploughed during this time period. I am not saying that they shouldn't be religious but there's a thin line between them, we should try our hundred percent and then left the rest to Allah, but here we're entering the ground, like we say in Urdu,اللہ توکل means having blind faith in Allah without doing nothing, i.e. Allah will do it for sure, this thing we usually call in اللہ توکل manner, and because of this thinking in our players from that time, we've been downgraded just because we're اللہ توکل all the time, that Allah is our side and he'll help us without mov…

Kamran dropped from final eleven!

Kamran dropped from final eleven

HOBART: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the final eleven for Hobart test series against Australia, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Pakistan has dropped wicket-keeper and vice captain Kamran Akmal and made three other changes ahead of the third Test against Australia in Hobart.

Akmal has been replaced by rookie keeper Safraz Ahmed after a bizarre standoff between the vice captain and selectors, with Akmal repeatedly insisting his place in the team was safe.

The gloveman - who dropped four catches as Australia pulled off a miraculous victory at the SCG last week - was forced to 'drop himself' as he is part of Paksitan's four-man selection panel.

Pakistan manager Adbul Raquib said the panel unanimously decided to play Safraz ahead of Akmal.

In other changes, Shoaib Malik and Khurran Manzoor have come in for struggling batsmen Faisal Iqbal and Misbah-ul-Haq, while teenage paceman Mohammad Aamer returns in place of Mohammad Sami.

Meanwhile Aust…

Pakistan's bowling in the New Years test match

Alex Brown at SCG rightly statedMohammad Asif completed a career-best six-wicket haul as part of Pakistan's broader demolition of Australia that called into question Ricky Ponting's decision to bat first on a Sydney green-top. In union with Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Australia's top three batsmen before the first drinks break, Asif exploited the heavy pitch and atmospheric conditions to full effect to rout Australia for 127 - their second-lowest total batting first at the SCG and worst at home since 1996.It was because of the disciplined bowling of not only Mohammad Asif and other bowlers but on the whole it was a team's effort, and they showed team work, and they looked with a plan, not like randomly playing with no plan at MCG, where they had a humiliating defeat. Australian media too, created such hype and undue pressure which was shown on Pakistani players on the Boxing Day test match, regarding the visitor's bowling attack, and thus they had won the fight mu…