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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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,
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?

Pakistan may play a series against ICC World XI to help raise funds for PCB

December 7, 2009

Pakistan can play a series against ICC World XI to help raise funds for PCB which it lost due to cancellation of home series, yea right this is the latest development by ICC task force to help revive cricket in Pakistan. 

It surely looks like a good idea if such a series can happen in UK or UAE, places with most Pakistan support around the world since there will be no cricket back home in Pakistan in near future. It will also help raise some money and will show world focus on reviving cricket in Pakistan. But question is, is it really a solution? 

Well, no. However it is good idea for one time but it is not a solution at all. Best solution is if Pakistan get fair amount of series in home, yes that is currently not possible and is also not in hands of ICC or PCB. So alternatively Pakistan is playing on neutral venues against other teams which are not producing enough money for them. As the current series is Pakistan home series but actually Pakistan is playing in New Zealand opponents home. So virtually no profit at all. Similarly next is against Australia in Australia, nothing for Pakistan. 

Next summer there will be two series in England which are Pakistan home series where it has been reported that it will be profit as well as spectators for Pakistan like home. So lets hope if this happen true and PCB could bag some bucks. 

Problem with such series is there is always extra expenses playing in those countries as England will surely cost Pakistan for providing facilities and also will get a part of profit as UAE did in recent ODI series there. I seriously doubt that England might be still getting more profit than Pakistan by those series if they prove successful which is highly likely as one is against England the actual home team and other is against Australia another well followed team in UK. So what Pakistan will gain at the end?

Yes of course Pakistan will be happy to play cricket specially test cricket after some shortage of it which is always good to develop a team like Pakistan that too against very good teams. Pakistan also needs a series against India at any such neutral venue that will really help the cause of funds as well as some highly famous competitive series. UK is a best place for such series as both teams have a huge support there already witnessed in ICC T20 world cup matches.

So situation right now is encouraging as well as worrying as after all you can not justify a home series against a neutral series plus what about stripping off of Champions Trophy and World Cup. There is not alternatives for such huge loss.