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Kamran Akmal – a wicket keeper with a big question mark

Kamran Akmal was selected in the Pakistani team as a specialist wicket keeper. The ICC world cup being a prime competition demands extra ordinary readiness and concentration which lacked in Kamran Akmal. This seems that he is not putting in efforts required for such an important occasion. God knows that whether these drops were deliberate or mistake.

Being the sole choice among available lot is something hearting Kamran Akmal. The poor Zulqarnain, for some weird reasons left the wicket keeping slot opened for his not so competitive competitor. I must say that Zulqarnain had made a bad mistake of losing his position as a best alternative to Kamran Akmal. If he can come back and satisfy PCB, he should be given another chance to take gloves. After all those controversies surrounding Kamral Akmal, at least Zulqarnain was not involved in corruption related investigation and should be pardoned after imposing some penalties.

Replacing Kamran behind the wickets is not feasible, but he should be well aware of the reaction he could face if he continues with such performances in this mega event. Pakistan if loses its place in quarter finals will divert attention towards his miserable performance so he should compensate the same immediately in next matches with gloves and bat.

March 11, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ignoring Anwar Ali after such a splendid performance raise doubts on PCB’s selection criteria

After hearing news of inclusion of Junaid Khan into world cup squad I wonder why this lad was ignored for good five years after consistent performance in domestic circuit. I must say that we are not giving fair opportunities to our great talent and sticking to bad performers hoping for miracles from them. We should now seriously support talent in Pakistan.

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

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

Zulqarnain Haider should be pardoned by PCB to avoid any conflict during ICC World Cup 2011

Just recently there were some unpleasant events related to Zulqarnain Haider, Pakistan’s wicket keeper who left his team in mysterious circumstances in Dubai. Although he didn’t came with any direct allegation against current players but this is understood that media elements which are against Pakistan might use him again to divert attention during World cup.

I suggest that PCB should come forward and offer unconditional support and continuation of central contract to Zulqarnain Haider to counter any unpleasant move by negative elements. This is obvious that Zulqarnain was a good player and positive contributor of the team who was approached by some bookies who threatened him if he doesn’t cooperate.

We as a nation should stand behind every individual who is in trouble for any reason. Leaving a devoted and performing cricketer like this is really not good for our country. I urge PCB to send a delegation to meet Zulqarnain and offer him to reverse his retirement and assure him of fair selection and total protection in Pakistan.

This will surely help Pakistani team concentrate on world cup. Our cricket board should be proactive instead of reactive.

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Current Affairs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Regime against Shahid Afridi is active – PCB Chairman and Selection Committee – Pathetic Corrupt Biased (PCB)

Even an ordinary person can confirm that the chairman PCB is nothing but a problem maker. He has no vision and no plan as the players in which Afridi had confidence were not included just to eliminate him as a captain of Pakistani World Cup Squad. Afridi asked for Shoaib Malik and had faith in Fawad Alam and Shahzeb but none of these were included in the team which indicates that they don’t care about captain’s concern.

This is clear evidence that PCB never started world cup preparation and still undergoing experiments. I must say that all corruption and grouping is sponsored by PCB and now they have got another rubber stamp selector.

Protesting against PCB Chairman is useless as we are full of corrupt people around who cannot think anything positive. All we can do is pray for the better future and a reasonable world cup. The only hope for a disappointed nation was cricket and these jokers are making fun of it.

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances

With ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 fast approaching, analysts and followers are expecting high quality cricket. I must say that all teams are geared up and will perform up to the mark. Apart from cricket minnows, all front line teams will be producing close contests for all cricket fans.

As I predicted final four, I would like to predict top performers too. May be there are some signals coming from my sixth sense, but believe me I am seriously predicting good performances from following players.

Batting

  • MS Dhoni
  • Younus Khan
  • Jacques Kallis

Bowling

  • Sohail Tanveer
  • Bret Lee
  • Harbajan Singh

Master Blasters (Maximum Boundaries)

  • Abdul Razzak
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Grame Smith

Lowest Scores of the tournament

  • Canada
  • Bangladesh
  • New Zealand

Highest Scores of the tournament

  • West Indies
  • Australia
  • India

Fair Playing teams

  • England
  • Bangladesh
  • Zimbabwe

Fastest Balls of the Tournament

  • Shoaib Akhter
  • Bret Lee

More predictions are coming so stay tuned.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Cricket, Sports | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event

My prediction for cricket world cup 2011 published on 20th December 2010 was not accepted by most of the readers and got some fairly bad response from Indian supporters, but the ground realities are shaping up to convince critics about it. Now people are taking this prediction seriously.

Final Four – Sri Lanka – England – Pakistan – South Africa

I recently saw a good presentation which I wish to share for our players and people of my country who are very disturbed these days due to lot many problems. I wish our team bring glory to a fractured nation.

Must watch this.. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=190003047678861

For reference please read my detailed post regarding ICC Cricket World Cup 2011  https://aamiransari.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/my-prediction-final-four-of-icc-cricket-world-cup-2011/

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fawad Alam – A talented cricketer dropped from Worldcup Squad 2011 of Pakistan

I am a vocal advocate of merit and really feel pain when merit is ignored. In recent selection of Pakistan cricket team, I expect some logical explanation of selection of some unknown players and humiliation of experienced players. This is clear indication of how favoritism and nepotism is ruling our country. Being a democratic country every citizen has the right to ask question.

Fawad Alam

After reading the list of probable, like many others who are shouting on cricinfo.com and other forums the omission of Fawad Alam is indigestible.  There is really a dirty game going on and you cannot expect good results when you ignore merit. A player who delivered the best and proved to be an asset is constantly ignored and a planned scheme is in place to eliminate him permanently.

Giving chances in T20 where one gets only few balls to proof, Fawad Alam played fairly well in Dubai against tough South Africa where his other senior team mates were failed. His record in comparison with other lot selected clearly indicate that a high level of favoritism is in practice in PCB.

Mohsin Hassan Khan who was seen very vocal and honest in TV programs become dirty and corrupt after joining PCB. As a Pakistani I demand reason for ignoring Fawad Alam and including names mentioned below for selection. If proper reason is given then I might be satisfied but the reality is different. The whole selection committee seems a bunch of empty headed individuals being dictated by Ejaz Butt.

I urge all readers to raise their voices as we need to stand for merit and support talented players. I personally don’t want another player like Asim Kamal dropped silently from a team where he is far better than others. We should be against humiliation of true talent.

More Number of Matches      
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Azhar Ali 0 0   0
         
Highest Average        
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Azhar Ali 0 0   0
         
Number of Runs        
Player Matches Average   Runs
Fawad Alam 27 37.68   603
Ahmed Shahzad 4 26.5   106
Taufiq Umer 19 24.83   447
Asad Shafiq 10 23.6   236
Yasir Arafat 11 14.8   74
Azhar Ali 0 0   0

I am not alone in raising this concern as a link below of famous Dawn Newspaper sometimes back noticed same thing.

The curious case of Fawad Alam

http://blog.dawn.com/2010/08/13/the-curious-case-of-fawad-alam/

Furthermore, a reliable newspaper revealed that Fawad Alam was dropped due to infigth between some selectors. This is really bad that a talent is suffering from some crazy selectors who have no love for the game.

http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1101139047&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20110107

Pak provisional squad & Fawad Alam

BBC’s blog also indicate anger of cricket lover and understand that the same situation like that of World Cup 1992 when a start performer Javed Miandad was dropped from the squad by Imran Khan claiming he was not fit for the tournament. I really feel that the same regime is incharge at present who dropped Javed Miandad whose performance in World Cup was really a big slap on his critics faces.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A79121892

Mohsin Khan avoiding press because of his blunder

Mohsin Khan the rubber stamp selector is avoiding press these days as he has no answer for his comic selection for the World Cup. Ingnoring Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam has no valid reason except some infight of selectors. Mohsin Khan once a clean man who usually appeared on channels for expert comments changed 360 degree after joining PCB. If he is so confident about selection, then he should face media head on. He knows what he did that is why becoming ostrich at present. His claim of Fawad Alam’s form is a big lie when media has access to all record and statistics. The data provided by me in this blog indicates that Mohsin Khan never reviewed statistics nor his selection commitee members.

http://ftpapp.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126787&Itemid=2

On the other hand trouble makers of the past are now again listed in probables. This is to be noted that Rana Naveed and Yasir Arafat were in pervious worldcup squads with no impressive performances.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Current Affairs, Sports | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Prediction – Final Four of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

My Prediction – Final Four of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , | 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