Drop Scene of 0-9, PCB Inquiry committee and new Captain?

February 16, 2010

We are still waiting for the “Drop Scene” of the 0-9 trashing of our beloved national cricket team in Aussies land as there is lot of happenings as expected proceeding that tour. But for me that “Drop Scene” is already occurred/picturised(?) as Mr. President Asif Ali Zardari has patted Butt’s butt and told him to carry on dear, but just do it a little better if you can. Don’t worry you and your family plus extended family aka PCB staff will have a vacation in Sri Lanka in 2011 with World Cup team for free.

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Afridi is dumb Aussie is drunk and ICC is dumber

February 3, 2010

Video by Cricket Online Tv

5th ODI between Pakistan and Australia in Perth was an extra ordinary match due to many reasons related to cricket and some not entirely related to cricket. This match and events happened during the match are in talks over last few days and their is lot of fuss going on as it is constantly the case with Pakistan team whenever they are invloved in some thing. They have become a sweet which attracts every fly in town. Whose fault? I guess its sweet’s? or Sweet’s owner who isn’t protecting it properly to avoid all this.

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Punter and MoYo at Shooting of a Comedy Film for Bollywood

January 29, 2010

Rickey Poinitng

The Punter

Take# 1 22-Jan-2010 :

Punter: Hey MoYo, let see how well you can do this, its your turn first.

MoYo: oh, ahan, hmm ok We will, yeah let’s do it.

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Hi Folks! from a German but Cricket lover and our new co-author

January 21, 2010

Today I am very excited to tell you guys that this Reverse Swing thing I started about 5 months ago has achieved a little milestone. I never though of it would as it was just a new adventure for me as I am always looking for new things to do to avoid similarities in daily life. But this thing has grown little bit more than I anticipated. It is attracting some visitors and I made some very very good friends over here, yeaaah!!!.

So what is new? I got a co-author. She is native German but had developed very good appetite and eye for cricket. What she brings to this place is her light, brief but interesting posts which this place needs a lot as I mostly drawn into serious things as I am crazy, obviously.

Ok enough of me, here is how she introduce herself and her love for cricket and her tragedies while following Pakistan cricket *lol*. I truly and whole heartedly welcome her aboard.

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Hello guys and girls, my name’s Wes, I’m a cricket fan from Germany, native German not an immigrant, thus fairly new to the sport but utterly addicted and mad. Mudassar aka Maddy The Mad offered me to write a post on his blog every now and then and I’m very thankful for this opportunity and his willingness to let me ruin his blog hehe. Apologies for my unstylish English.

Anyway, initially I started to follow Australia but broadened my interests to the Kiwis and Saffas, and now I’ve also been supporting Pakistan for a short while and it is killing me.

I have grey hair with single tufts torn out with desperation, and my heart goes start-stop like an old engine and my fingers are chewed down to short stumps. How can a Pakistani, who has followed the team since his birth, make it past his 30s? Alive, that is? This is a crazy rollercoaster ride, up and down all the time, just when you get euphoric and hopeful it’s like a plane crashing down and you just want to lock yourself up in the darkest cave and not get out again for two weeks.

But there is always something to keep your hope alive, one or two straws you can clutch to, may it be the outstanding bowling or single good innings by several batsmen, or the occasional stunning catch and determined dives in the field. And then you think, “Look at this enormous potential, they MUST win a game for Fred’s sake? No?” And you think if all team members managed to perform to their potential at the same time, if they managed to play like an orchestra, well coordinated, and used the full capacity of their brains, they would just blow the opposition away.

But somehow you can’t get them to do so. You can bet your arse that exactly those 50% of the team that did outstanding in the previous innings will fail again, and vice versa. And then the selection carousel starts spinning again. It makes you throw your hands in the sky in despair. It is like repairing a circular fence, you are hammering your way around it step by step, but wherever you have fixed it, it will break down again behind you and so you keep running and hammering for the rest of your life and never get the work done.

Now, I do not have the insight in Pakistani domestic cricket to say what has to be done especially in the Test department, but obviously there are enough people who could tear the rudder around and steer the boat into the right direction, so that at least over the long term we could see some improvement of the basics like fielding and thoughtful batting. And now that the Pakistani players have been rejected by the IPL, aren’t they available for those rumoured batting and fielding camps? 😉

I will keep following the rollercoaster team and keep laughing and crying with them, because those intense emotions also create a very strong bond. Australia feel like close relatives to me, I seem to know them and their minds like my own pocket. But if you go out on a Saturday night you will probably not go with your mum, but pick the interesting people 😀
Go Pakistan!

Cheers,
Wes.

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So guys we will soon read her other interesting posts keep in touch, Thanks for making this place valuable.


IPL, Pakistani players and Mr Modi’s ego wagging along

January 20, 2010

None of Pakistani player attracted a single bid at IPL-3 auction, wow incredible? But what were they doing in the final Auction list then?

Greater power brings greater responsibility! BCCI and IPL now giants of cricket economics they should handle this in a better way and give respect to other nations and players, I agree franchises should not risk their money on a fragile relations between two countries but if a every dumb in the world knows both country have problems and are not ready to welcome each other players than why IPL or their Govt. don’t have balls to say it loud.

All this should have been stoped at the moment it started couple of months ago and it should have been made clear that Indian Govt. will not be able to welcome and allow visas, so no Pakistani in IPL. But instead our genius dumb Mr. Modi and his friends started double standard games by putting pressure on Pakistan authorities and players to get NOCs, clearance and deadlines even they know at that time they will not be able to play Pakistani player in IPL’s third edition. They were acting like they are having goose bumps for getting Pakistani players in their golden babe IPL.

It is perfectly acceptable to anyone that inviting Pakistani player in India may create some problems for IPL as tension between two nations  isn’t eased off yet and due to some conspiracy theories and some action people of both countries think of each other trying to kill them and stuff. Although there isn’t a single evidence of any hate or harsh action by cricket fans of both countries against players except some candid Ball Thakray’s pitch invasion. Mr.  Modi had a perfect excuse specially after Mumabi attacks so why don’t use it why playing games with a cricket loving nation and their players. Don’t Mr. Genius have the guts to say it at face the moment they asked him to let them in?

IPL ended up humiliating and disrespecting an entire nation of billions of cricket loving people who love the game and love to see any possibility of their players competing with rest of the world. I am not much disappointed as no Pakistani player is in IPL as they deserve it somewhat by not giving first priority to their real job but I am really very disappointed the way this has been handled. Now dear Modi can have 101 reasons to justify it but reality is same the situation is no different than what it was couple of months ago, whatever reason they give now was true couple of months ago too so they could have simply finish this business by simply denying it at that time. You can’t fool everyone, isn’t it obvious every franchise had their home done and that home work doesn’t include any Pakistani player in their plans. This is just not a selection committee it is a damn business with lot of money involved so they must had asked Indain Govt. and IPL authorities about the status of Pakistani players which was a simple No, but if that No was made public some months ago all this could have been avoided.

As far as Pakistani players are concerned I somehow feel it is better they stay away from IPL even though they are very excited about it after all how don’t want some easy earned bucks. But they should concentrate on making up for their national fans and team who they are continuously disappointing one way or other.

All of those who think by these act of hypocrisy one can marginalize Pakistan cricket, they need to wake up. It’s a nations only big sport and they love it. It is in a hole right now due to some good for nothing administrators and politics involved but it will rise and will rise soon. It is just a matter of time and right persons.

And Finally:

Happy new IPL 3 dear MODI you did it again, you earned enough TRP and media space even months before the start of IPL you really are a genius hats off to you Sir.


Pakistan Cricket fan’s letter to President Zardari, oh really?

January 18, 2010

Hi Guys, I came accross this interesting comment by a Pakistan Cricket fan named Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad at Kamran Abbasi’s latest article Few lessons learned, plenty of homework at famous cricket site Cricinfo. I am reposting it here and I hope writer, Mr. Kamran and Cricinfo won’t mind it.

NOTE: This is the exact copy of the comment and I don’t support/disagree with the view of writer as I have my own view regarding this but I think it is debatable so I am reposting it here.  So if you guys want you can discuss here each point raised in this letter.

Posted by: Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad at January 18, 2010 12:20 PM

Surrender at Sydney : Few Urgent Proposals for the Consideration of President Asif Ali Zardari.‏
From: Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Sent: Sun 1/17/10 12:19 PM

H’able Mr. Asif Ali Zardari,
President,
Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Sir, I know your favorite game is not cricket, rather it is Polo. However, majority of this nation loves the game of cricket to the extent of madness. Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was also an ardent follower of the game of cricket.

Pakistanis understand cricket and its intricacies very well. And they never mind losing against a team which plays better. But, an abject surrender, always casts a spell of gloom over the entire nation, as if, we have lost a war against an arch-enemy.

Today the entire nation is virtually stunned to see that our team was bowled out in the 2nd innings in just 38 over’s of a test match.

The surrender, at Sydney cricket test by Pakistan team can be aptly explained in one sentence i.e. our cricket team has snatched defeat, from the jaws of victory.

Many cricketing experts will now be dwelling upon the reasons of this collective Hara-kiri. However, it is high time that certain heads must roll, for sheer incompetency in their respective fields. Otherwise also, accountability is the buzzword, nowadays.

Under the circumstances, Your Honour, may consider the following proposals on urgent basis, to salvage whatever is left in the Australian tour.

1.Immediately, sack the entire top management of the PCB, and appoint a world class business professional (e.g. Messers Asad Omar or Razzaq Dawood) to head and run the organization, with clear cut objectives to promote the Pakistani test, one day and T20 XI’s as No.1 world teams, in three years time.

2. Sack the entire selection committee and appoint Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, as chairman of the selectors, with Mr. Amir Suhail, Mr. Zaheer Abbas and Mr. Rashid Latif as member selectors.

3. Replace Mr. Intekhab Alam with Mr. Javed Miandad as coach.

4.Immediately, replace Mr. Muhammad Yousaf with Mr. Shahid Afridi (already present in Australia) as captain.

5. Immediately, replace Mr. Kamran Akmal with Mr. Sarfaraz as wicket keeper.

Sir, the entire nation is looking towards you in this hour of despondency, for a surgical action, to revive the lost hope of your terror ridden fellow countrymen.

I am absolutely sure that, your timely actions to stem the rot of the PCB, will further enhance your image and prestige in the eyes of 170 million Pakistanis.

Warm regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

Here is my input for the points raised:

  1. Agreed PCB’s management need shakeup and a capable team should be deployed which doesn’t only is good at cricket but also is very good at management which is much-needed now. I am not sure about the people he named but one name ringed in my mind is of Ehsan Mani as he has proven record.
  2. Once again not only the committee whole selection process need to be revised from bottom to top. For regional teams to international teams. We have to got rid of favoritism and parchi mafia.
  3. Intikhab was a good coach but as Cricket climax has changed dramatically in last decade but Inti is still persisting on his age old classic tactics as I noticed in these two test series as well as in recent ODIs and I think we need a fresh aggressive yet defensive approach which suits today’s cricket.
  4. I like Shahid Afridi as a caption specially after his recent appearances as a captain but he also has some past with him which makes him little fishy and his Test career and form is still suspicious. He looks more inclined to short formate more money T20/IPL/Clubs culture these days.
  5. Sarfaraz is a good wicket keeper but his current batting may prove a liability for our batting line up and Kamran Akmal is still our first choice wicket keeping batsman in ODIs and T20s. We can’t snatch his attacking batting abilities just due to bad performance behind stumps in test. He brings a flavor to our short format batting line up.

So what you think of this let me know?


Dear Geoffery Boycott jumping on the ball isn’t “So What?”

January 12, 2010

Yesterday January 11 2010, Mr Geoffery BoyCott had a new article on his official site about geoffboycott.com which amazes me a lot. I respect him a lot as a player as a commentator and cricket writer plus speaker as he has quite and insight about what is going on and is often has the best of the views about the issues. I am reading and listening to him a lot over the years and I am a fan like others.

But I am sorry to say Boycott had it wrong this time to some extent. Ball-tampering has been a very serious and exclusive issue in cricket over decades now. We have seen some very strict actions and rules against it. He and you dear readers must know the rules better than me. But I am not sure what has caused this that he is all of a sudden on the other side of usual Geoffery Boycott.

Why I am writing this? If you haven’t read the article yet go here and read or I am adding some extract from it so you can rely on them too. I also recommend you to see the real incident in highlights some where. And I know your impressions will be same as of dear Boycott but my point is little different here.

Let start with this, keep in mind the status of a writer like him and his status in international cricket experts who is more of an International writer then some Pome doing it for a local daily.

So Stuart Broad stood on the ball. So what?

Awesome, so you are suggesting player should have done some jumping on the ball often. Why is it So what? now when it was quite a big thing earlier may be because some Englishmen is involved in it?

The disappointing thing is that we have watched another wonderful Test match. Everyone should be remembering the quality of the cricket, the excitement and the drama. Instead much of the focus has been on England’s non-existent ball-tampering. Let’s bury that now, and not mention it again.

There were some pretty amazing matches ruined earlier sir. If this is ignorable now why it was such a great matter in past, I will give an example of forfeited Test of 2006 between England and Pakistan, there wasn’t any clear evidence of ball-tampering then as it is now but that test will always be remembered as a test in which Pakistan was being accused of ball-tampering and being punished for that by field umpires.

Something is wrong with the ball

Something is wrong with the ball after Barbie boy jumped over it, Cricinfo

Remember! I am not saying Broad and Anderson were actually tampering with ball condition purposefully, they might just be little negligence of rules and common sense, as in case of Broad he shlould know he have fucking nails under his foot which could have damaged the ball and if he was so lazy on the field he probably should have been sleeping in hotel room rather than playing for his country and in case of Anderson it is a very clear rule that you should go to umpire or do whatever you want to do with the ball (scratching some mud etc) in front of them than doing it some where alone making yourself suspicious.

I am just wondering what would have Mr. Boycott written in those line if some other team’s player probably from South Asia, Pakistan, India or even South Africa were involved in such incidents. I think Mr. Boycott had a feeling of what we have felt over the years every time we have accused of ball-tampering without any evidence whatsoever like New Zealand’s genius captain did after humiliating defeat in T20 WC in England, June 2009 or once again the Oval test 2006 or others over the course of history.

It is one of the hardest thing of being called cheat when you actually aren’t and you are right in feeling it but it is also very hard being a victim of double standards and that too from someone like you Mr. Boycott  a truly international figure, it is right to protect your team against such fuzz created by media but it also right to protect anyone from anywhere being victim of this as an international speaker Mr. Boycott. I would love to know some of your honest views about earlier such incidents if you may?

Ok, I sound pissed in this post and actually I am little bit as after decades we are still not able to get rid of some racism, favoritism, blockism and powerism from the highest level of cricket management and correspondents. And I believe Cricket will not be able get to the heights where ICC want it to be nor it will expand to more and more regions around the world if we will not make it a transparent jiggle free controversy free sports.

To add to above all when I tried to comment on that post of Mr. Boycott, his blog accused me by 101 reasons of being a spam or something not allowed even I tried 3 different networks, so what is point of being putting a comment box there if you don’t accept comments?

By the way my comment was something like this:

Dear Sir Boycott,

Don’t ignore it only if English bowlers are involved in it, there isn’t any separate rules or ethics for them. Why isn’t it a big deal when it can be a big BIG deal if any of other teams specially Pakistan or south Asian or even South African players had done it.

Well, I am not getting racist but If Oval’s test (Pakistan v England) could be a so big deal  even there wasn’t any proof about ball tempering like this then why the hell this can’t be after obvious footages?

I am not saying that it might be a case of alleged ball tampering, they might have accidentally did that but it is worth reporting for sure and rest should be on match referee and officials to decide.

Thanks

Sorry this was a lame post but I had to let it out can’t help.