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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.

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

My Prediction – Final Four of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

I am sure people will raise fingers and will not be happy about my comments, but this is my inner feeling that some tournament favorites will not be in final four of World Cup 2011.

Expected Final Four

Group A

1- Sri Lanka              – Highly talented side with balanced combination

2- Pakistan               -They are highly committed to display very good cricketing skills

Group B

1- England                -Their recent performance in T20 indicates that they will reach final 4

2- South Africa       – This Worldcup will bring more happiness to South African as they will excel

Why not India? – Too much money – Too much cricket

I am not predicting because I am from a rival nation, but the ground realities are not in favor of India. All Indian players are swimming deep in money through commercials and domestic tournaments, their urge and eagerness to deliver well in the world cup is doubtful. Players played too much cricket recently which is taking its toll when senior players are showing signs of strain and tiredness. Their recent and untimely trip to South Africa will be final blow to their preparedness as they are well behind the strength and class of South Africa. If they are defeated badly in this tour, they will not be able to come back to their form needed to lift their moral.

Furthermore, the Indian crowd is too hostile, biased and one sided. We cannot forget semifinal of World Cup 1996 when the match was partially abandoned due to violent reaction of Indian crowd. This alone will keep their team under pressure and India might be displaying the worst ever world cup effort.

Why not Australia? – Not consistent – Not in good colors

Australia is also not up to the mark. Their recent performances are far from perfect; even then they will be a good team to play with. They might give tough time to some of the teams, but their possibility of reaching final four is very low.

Any why Pakistan .. watch this link.. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=190003047678861

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Cricket, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments