Team Pakistan, a Limping Start #32

Come-on Guys, still 4 matches to go…

It’s not over yet!

So Far, So Bad

So, it seems that world cup is almost ended for Pakistani nation within 07 days due to a horrendous show down by our team and resulting series of events. There is consistency in two things 1) High vows and statements from our cricket officials and 2) Our declining bad performance. And social media has added due spice to it by zooming into each mistake on and off the field be it Selfies OR dropping catches. It seems an official exit formality is just around the corner…How Sad and down we are at the moment!

Younis Khan, the rock star of Pakistani social media since 15th Feb, 2015

He got a lucky entry into the Pakistan WC squad after his shining performance in the test series against Australia. He was once famous to keep an egoistic and dignified approach towards the game saving his personal values. He resigned a few times from the captaincy as well in protest to imposition from board officials. But somehow he seem to be a different man now as we saw his visiting tombs of political figures and visiting interior Sindh as a surprise vowing “Pakistan will beat India in World Cup”. Was this really required Younis? Topping to all this is his failure in the first 2 matches that has earned him a villain and mocking status especially on the Social media. I wish you would have focused on the game rather than making big hollow statements and buttering politicians for securing a safe future. It was not expected from you, come back old Younis please!


Making Useless Claims

After 6th time defeat against India in the world Cups, Misbah again emphasized “Our team is still capable of lifting the world cup” and we saw the humiliation of this capable team against West Indies very soon after this statement.

Najam Sethi, the Essential Man for PCB says: “No international team plays under the kind of tension our team plays in owing to media and public pressure,” and that “Nation should not expect very much in the world cup”.


Najam Sethi Sahib “Why the nation should not expect much? Why was there not enough backup ready to fill the gaps of accidentally dropped players? Why fitness level of our players is not up to the mark?” If you can make ways to enter PCB by hook Or by crook then why can’t you make ways to stabilize our cricket and make them mentally strong to face such pressure??? World Cup comes after every 4 years and you are saying not to expect much? Was PCB sleeping during these 4 years? Will such excuses continue forever???

If you perform on ground then there is no need of such statements.


Individual Performances

The absence of players like Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali is greatly felt as our team failed to play full 50 overs in both matches to date. Not to mention names, such players were so exposed who were playing for themselves only to run away from blame and securing their spot in the team for future. They played individual innings regardless of run rate required, made middling runs and left the late comers face big nuisance. Nobody tried to stay on the crease to see the match through with smart calculations. This trend will only sink our ship in future as Misbah going to retire soon and there is a lack of responsibility within our ranks.

Triumph is the only Way foreword

Keeping the two big defeats in mind, the fielding coach controversy, the questions on team selection and now the latest Moin Khan’s Casino scandal; Winning is the only way to rise above everything. Rather than giving muffled statements, give performance on the ground my dear team Pakistan. Try to give your best in the field; everything is visible and comprehensible on TV screens. If you lose after fighting hard; I guarantee Pakistan nation has the heart to embrace such lost as well. Believe in yourself, play as a team without fear. It’s difficult BUT not impossible!


This article was published at following, dated 24th February, 2015

Article No: 32

Pakistan Cricket and World Cup 2015 #31


This is perhaps the weakest Pakistani team participating the cricket world cup campaign. We all saw amazingly super test performances of Pakistan against Australia in the UAE which seem to be a good run into the World cup. But unfortunately after Ahamd Shehzad’s head injury and second test against New-Zealand, this team now appears to be going nowhere. Numerous injuries, doubtful selections and bad performances in the New-Zealand keep our chances at the lowest during the upcoming ICC cricket world cup, 2015.

Selection Question marks??? Omission of Fawad Alam was the greatest disappointment and left many around the world stunned. This Guy fails to satisfy selectors even after impressive performances at domestic and International level. His safe and handy approach towards batting makes him among the ranks of Misbah as most reliable batsmen. He can be a useful bowler as well along with safe pair of hands in the field. My personal feeling is that Azhar Ali should have been considered due to his cool head and reliable performances. The inclusion of above players would have had much more stability within team Pakistan‘s middle order and greater chances to play 50 overs respectfully.

Ehsan Adil is yet another shocking selection by the selection committee instead  of Sohail Tanveer who has more experience and exposure. Taking Bilawal Bhatti to New-Zealand is also beyond my comprehension. His dreadful bowling performances are self-explanatory to give him some more time before getting further chances at international stage.

Chucking Issues, A Setback to team Pakistan: The timing of chucking issue is very important which forced three of the world’s top ten bowlers out of the World cup including Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Hafeez from Pakistan’s side. Many circles in Pakistan have a feeling that like many other past incidents, it’s an effort to hurt Pakistan’s world cup chances. ICC should implement such regulations in a manner which could provide a sense of rationale and equality if they want to establish credibility in the hearts of millions of cricketing fans around the world.

Traditional Approach, Main Weaknesses: We have to rise above the typical 90’s strategy which have no place in today’s fast moving world cricket. We see lot of records broken these days due to proactive and smart approach towards the game. Teams like India and Australia are never afraid of chasing and for Pakistan chasing even 200 becomes a limping scenario. Our batting stability is one main issue in which our set batsmen gets out irresponsibly rather than going for a big score. Even if we somehow manage to get a good partnership at the top order, fall of 2-3 quick wickets leave us in tatters. Such issues need to be addressed and resolved sooner rather than later.

Importance of Pakistan’s World Cup Campaign: Pakistan Cricket has fallen down largely in the past 10 years. Increasingly bad Law and Order situation of the country keeps foreign teams at arm’s length and we have to play our home series in UAE. Pakistan players are always victimized by the ICC be it the matter of giving code of conduct sentences or banning the players. Foreign media specially English and Indian media always find something wrong within our ranks and try to degrade us by all means like spot fixing issue. This is a big time to respond to all this; we have greater objectives and points to prove rather than just having it as yet another sports event.

Cricket Integrating the Nation: Last time in 2011 world cup, we saw total unity and glee amongst the Pakistan nation for almost a good one month. Players were praised for their fighting performances despite losing the semi-final. Our nation still has craze and passion for cricket as ever before; they want to see the guys fighting for the dignity of green flag. This is a big time to raise and provide some fun and ‘Khushi’ to our depressed nation.

Key Factor: Being brave and attacking is the only way I see if Pakistan is to make any progress in this world cup. It’s better to lose playing aggressive cricket rather to be extra cautious and get embarrassed. We have also seen in past where ordinary teams from Pakistan have performed so well whenever they played their natural game without fear and that’s what team Pakistan fans around the world would like them to do; i.e. to play their natural game and give extremely tough time especially to the Big Three of ICC.

Way Forward: Despite of all the misfortunes discussed above, there is no lame excuse of not having a backup eleven to be brought in case of and surprised injuries and omissions. It requires sincerity and detailed planning to develop long term & backup strategy. Keeping your players up to date and having a preemptive eye on the player’s styles to avoid shocks like Saeed Ajmal & Muhammad Hafeez. Selection on merit and keeping national interest at the top will always give good results as drawing room politics will always reflect bad performances in the ground.

Gone are the days when we were most excited and praised team in the world having a capacity to shock anyone on the given day; but still, we as a nation all support them. Hoping to get a wholehearted Pakistan performance to rock the ICC cricket world cup 2015 and lift the whole nation…


This article was published at following, dated 6th February, 2015

Article No: 31