Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Pakistan in turmoil

The Pakistan cricket team; what a weird place that must be. They are always involved in some sort of controversy and have now picked a captain known for being, shall we say known for his ‘sharp practice’? No, no pussy-footing around, Afridi is a cheat and has been caught on camera a few times. Hmm... lots of disciplinary issues and they appoint a cheat – how is that going to end do you think?

Pakistan toured Australia a few months ago and the ramifications are still going on. Most of it revolves around the match at Sydney where it is suggested that some players helped to ‘throw’ the match. Pakistan managed to lose after gaining a 200 run lead on first innings. Impressive. There seems to be much fire aimed Kamran Akmal for various wicket keeping mistakes. Next time someone suggests that Pakistan have thrown a game, remember this little nugget, Intikhab Alam, Pakistan’s coach is

“critical of the players' behaviour away from the field, questioning their education levels and upbringing, their mental aptitude and ultimately concluding that they "seem to be mentally retarded.". He suggests, as remedial measures, that Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan be removed from the team, though he says of Younis that "he is not a troublemaker but he has other issues."”

I can certainly see how Akmal’s mind may be not been 100% on the job in hand, can you imagine playing for a team where the coach thinks that? I suspect the players are scared silly about making mistakes in such an environment.


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Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

Is Ijaz Butt still the head of the Pakistani cricket board?

If so, no wonder they behave in such a manner. Look at his outburst agaisnt Chris Broad that time he was nearly killed.

I agree, it does seem a little mad to be putting the main lunatic in charge of the asylum.

Considering he hasn't been part of the test team for a while now, it seems a little strange.

In an ironic way, it's almost as if the selectors needed an experienced, steady hand to lead the team after the recent turmoil. So they turned to Afridi.

What are the alternatives though?
Maybe put Mohammad Asif in charge? Oh, I forgot, he's banned from the UAE for drugs issues.

Its a shame because they have some decent young players, who are not going to be able to flourish under these circumstances.

Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

I see now that in keeping with the consistency that is the inconsistency of Pakistan cricket, the PCB have lifted the ban on Younis Khan.

Not only that, they have decided to revoke Shahid Afridi's fine for ball tampering, and have reduced the fines on the Akmal brothers.

Why did they even bother in the first place?

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