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World Cup Winner Pakistan – Cricket Talent ignored in Pakistan due to absense of rotation policy

This is unfortunately true that cricket talent is at its best in Pakistan but due to absense of rotation policy, deserving players are unable to make it to the final 11. By watching this video one can realize that after full 5 years we have not seen many of these top performers making to senior side although they proved their worth in domestic. We stick to old guns and not give ample opportunities to budding talent due to lobby system and pathetic selection board.

I must say that a formula should be derived to give automatic entry of top performers in national team. Since there are lot of minnows now, we should regularly arrange series with countries like Ireland, Kenya, Canada and Afghanistan to give chances to new lot and groom them for international arena. I hope my words will be noticed by aimless PCB.

Following is the video of impressive performance of Pakistan Under 19 world cup win against India in 2006. Our seniors should get strength from this galant display.

February 11, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Worldcup Cricket 2011 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Green Dream Team for Cricket World Cup 2011

With ICC World Cup 2011 fast approaching, this is obvious that all teams are working hard to be the best. The only team which is not focused due to variety of reasons is Pakistan. From last couple of years, non-cricketing incidents, internal rifts, spot fixing and other issues hampered focused approach towards World Cup. Pakistan is under fire on international level and friendly fire from inside which spoiled the very game we all are fond of. Being a Pakistani I am optimistic that our team will come out of it and will perform better than expected.

This is quite true that in last two world cups, Pakistan despite presence of prominent stars failed to perform well. Although on paper our teams were A-One but their internal differences, professional jealousies, in fights and unprofessional approach paid heavy price. We lost key stars in terms of early retirements, our popular coach died and our team lost their association with nation.

In recent past Pakistan was unable to play any international cricket in front of home crowd after major security lapse when Sri Lankan team was attacked. Since then Pakistan is playing international cricket in more hostile environments where Pakistan faces media challenges in terms of negative coverage of their activities.

In my opinion, Pakistan is not under pressure in terms of being considered as favorites, but every team member should realize that our nation needs this cup to lift their moral. After Asian Games win, we can say that Hockey has played its part along with Squash and other sports, but its time for Cricket.

After watching recent series one must say that this is high time to finalize our squad so each member should focus on their preparation and put cent per cent effort. Being a close follower of cricket in all dark and bright days my dream team is as follows.

1-      Muhammad Hafeez – He is a useful all-rounder showed some maturity recently

2-      Taufiq Umar – He has produced some promising opening partnerships with Muhammad Hafeez

3-      Asad Shafiq – Can be used as a wicket keeper. He is a good batsman with excellent technique

4-      Younus Khan – Highly experienced player and motivator plus a reliable slip fielder

5-      Fawad Alam – Played some exciting knocks in Dubai and showed patience on crease

6-      Misbah ul Haq – Highly experienced and senior player can become a backbone of middle order

7-      Umar Akmal – Explosive and Talented player who can lift the game for team

8-      Abdul Razzak – Highly dangerous player who can single handedly win games for Pakistan

9-      Shahid Afridi – Motivator and peaceful captain with all-round capabilities

10-   Abdul Rehman – Showed his strength with ball and bat showed more maturity than Saeed Ajmal

11-   Umer Gul – Highly competitive cricketer. His record is great and bowled exciting spells recently.

12-   Shoaib Akhtar – Not as good as he used to be but still a threat to opponents.

13-   Tanveer Ahmed – Displayed excellent bowling skills in dead pitch of Abu Dhabi recently

14-   Sohail Tanveer – A good player of T20 and One-days and explosive batsman

15-   Wahab Riaz – Emerging all-rounder, little damped by injury and controversies but showed promise

I know that my team might not be the exact one selected by our selection committee but I feel that much of my players will be part of the team. We all should pray for their success and encourage them as they need our faith and support again.

Wish you all the best – My team “Pakistan”.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment