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Untitled... Can't say much to these people

With due respect - please start doing something constructive now!More tough oppositions in queue for Pakistan. Now after the conclusion of Asia Cup, the next destination Pakistan would be playing their home games would be England where they'll be conclude Test match series of which the ODI series was played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2009. On the other hand, they'll also be competing against the English in their own conditions with victories against South Africa, Bangladesh and now Australia under their belts already, so it'd be tough competing against them, with current form the Pakistani team is playing, like not finishing on the advantage they're getting (read the match against the Sri Lankans, where Afridi almost took the match away from Lankans by bringing the required run rate under 6 per over but still loosing the match from that position, no comments for the India match as it was an edge of the seat match and it was won o…

Injustice in selection of players

Ignoring a player like Younus for a difficult England tour, on what grounds?I don't know is there any example similar to Pakistan Cricket Board in the world to follow, but apart from raising fingers on the credibility of this cricket board, everyone knows about English conditions, where it seems alot although not as much as it were during 70s 80s but still worthy when it comes to players particularly from South Asia.

And in this scenario, ignoring the experience just for the personalized reason and later justifying by pointing fingers on his form and disciplinary grounds is totally rubbish! Even if they had to select players other than Younus or Faisal, Asim Kamal was a good choice, as in English conditions we need players who know how to prolong their stay on the wicket, if you stay on the wicket, you'll be able to score else fell miserably, and this is what I am seeing as the Aussies would eye Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi, as they're only the renowned names in current Pak…

Pak India Clash on 19th June

Well played Pakistan but it wasn't your dayThe iconic clash on 19th June 2010, in the Lankan city of Dambulla was a treat to watch for both Pakistani and Indian cricket fans and players, as it was an edge of the seat contest which although ended in favour of Indians but it also cemented a fact that importance of ODI's have not dimmed (although I might sound like Ricky Ponting or ICC CEO and their other managers ;)).

At first the way Pakistanis played, I personally was disappointed with their efforts at the depth of the inning where they had to accelerate, and its my personal opinion that players like Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf could have steadied the ship in order to touch the magical 300 mark, which they didn't and was admitted even by Shahid Afridi in his post match press conference. It would be unfair just to criticize Pakistan for bad fielding as during Indian fielding, Indians too dropped catches and miss-fielded, but yeah they managed to reduce …

Well played Pakistan, but the tour ended quickly for you...

Pakistan played well but lost the match when it really mattered!right now when I am writing this blog, approx 2 hours after Pakistan India match concluded with result favouring in India, although Pakistan fought well and took the game to the last delivery, and in the first half Pakistan unexpectedly played relatively well. Again like I mentioned earlier failed to capitalize on the gained advantage!

And now the need for creating backup can be observed as these old horses are starting to show fatigue in their performance too, performed well with bat, average with bowling but null with fielding (read Mohammad Aamir dropping Gambhir, which contributed Pakistan for costing a match), but no backup plan can be seen from our authorities, see India, they rested Tendulkar, Yuvraj and paved way for the Juniors and they showed liveness in the field (read Salman Butt runout).

Played well but seems the legacy from St. Lucia is haunting Pakistani team and will haunt for a while! till then other teams …

Pakistan on India Asia Cup clash

It'll be a tough match barring friendships between the players of both teamsIts the most awaited match of the tournament, and even Nimbus would be expecting high profits and TV ratings from this match as this is the match between two arch rivals Pakistan and India. Off the ground they're good friends (as the image shows) but on the field they can be fiercest of rivals, even more than Aussie-English rivalry.

Last time when these two sides clashed with each other, Pakistan had won in the Champions Trophy 2009 group match in Centurion, South Africa and now things have changed for Pakistan as in that team we had support of Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan who contributed in whatsoever circumstances and after that Pakistan had its bad times started when they started the series against the Kiwis in the UAE, because a turmoil sorta situation was starting to stitch by some of the players which completed in Aussies tour, resulting in which we lost players like MoYo and Younus in return.

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Match almost won

Well played AfridiDon't wanna say that team didn't play well, but it was without planning of any sort. The stage where Afridi left Pakistan could have easily won that match, but as the legacy going on with Pakistani players, of not capitalizing on the advantage in later part of the inning. Similar was the case here when Required rate was under 6 so it was just the case of taking single doubles with Razzaq at one end, was an easy job. No doubt Lankan kept their cools but it was more of Pakistan loosing the match.

Now matches further in the tournament are tough but must win for Pakistan to proceed into the finals of the Asia cup which Pakistan only won once, in 2000 in Bangladesh. Pakistan can do it but very difficult.

On the other hand, on paper team India looks stronger opponent with players like Sehwag, Gambhir, MSD, Raina in their lineup (thank god they didn't included the wall known as Dravid ;))

Lets hope after this performance what would be the conclusion of Pakistan-Ind…

Asia Cup KickOff

Asia Cup 2010 to be kicked off today with the game between Pakistan and Sri LankaAsia cup will be kicking off today just inside an hour's time when I am writing this blog. I personally feel this time it would be more tight contest as this time there are limited teams and no useless games like last time in Pakistan when there were games like UAE and Hong Kong and so interest level in each of the games would be high, although one might say and rightly so that parallel to this tournament is FIFA world cup where they've increased the number of teams and allowing the minnows to compere against the tough fishes in the tournament just for the sake of expending this already famous game, so why can't the same be applied for cricket?

I disagree with them as with quantity increase results in quality decrease and this tournament can prove to be a quality tournament which isn't played for formality but I personally feel it should have the same importance as other bilateral tournamen…

Asia Cup 2010

Mother nature not in a good mood for Sri LankaThe Asia cup is right on the corner but there are chances of it being distracted by the weather. Just look at the cloud cover over whole Sri Lankan island (I wished some of it were diverted to Karachi instead ;)), jokes apart but literally, this was not a good time to stage an international tournament in Sri Lanka, although its mentioned Dambulla has been the driest of all places in Sri Lanka, still the amount of cloud cover would not allow matches to be completed, (read ICC Champions Trophy 2002 played in Sri Lanka and there were many rain disrupted matches including the final)Similarly was the reason the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, which was scheduled to be stage in Pakistan, but was shifted to South Africa giving preference over Sri Lanka amid the same reason. I know it would be a tricky situation for ACC as-well, to convince teams like India and Pakistan who've a tough schedule ahead and even…

Selection on reputation

Unfairness in selection of Pakistan team, by not selecting the ones who're capable of keeping wickets, instead of the top dogs selecting again and again after costing an almost won test match! As Osman Samiuddin in his latest article on CricInfo clearly states:The elder Akmal has actually been rewarded by being made top dog again. Someone should tell the fool of an understudy Sarfraz Ahmed, who didn't even make it to the 35 probables, to drop four catches and screw up a Test (read match notes) and then very publicly oppose the selectors and board. Then there'll be no removing him from the top spot. Isn't it unfair to the youngster after being a performer in domestic and relatively better keeper behind wickets than elder Akmal, leaving him [Sarfraz Ahmed] personally I feel was better choice than Kamran Akmal as I think he needs a rest and secondly we need to groom another keeper in Sarfraz Ahmed who can keep wi…

Leaving Younus Khan!

Leaving Younus Khan for a tough series in Sri Lankan Asia Cup and England might prove harmful for Pakistan CricketFor a batter, having a consistent track-record in tests in a team more famous for its unpredictability than anything else, how can you expel him from all forms of cricket when you don't even have the evidences against him regarding creating disturbance in the team and demoralizing the team spirit during New Zealand and Australia tours, where he was literally present in ODIs against Australia!Shame upon the current management of Pakistan Cricket Board alias Pakistan Cricket Butt since Mr. Ijaz Butt has taken the position as the chairman of the Cricket board, acting more like the circus elephant who got free from its cage and now wants to settle score with the circus master.Just imagine saving Malik with expense of greats like Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan is a big mistake and will haunt Pakistan Cricket for long, similarly the case…