Hey guys the World Cup is just 90 days far and every body is excited. The bad news is for Asian people because the world cup is in Australia and New Zealand not because of the conditions but because of the odd timings. Remember Pakistan team has won their first WC in 1992. The big news is Pakistan team is on winning streak and they are one after the other of breaking records. Their fragile batting line up has declared all their innings in their last three test matches, The so called tuk tuk because of his low strike rate has scored the fastest fifty and equals the record with Viv Richards of fastest hundred by scoring in 56 balls. But the problem is they are doing in test matches which they still need to convert it in ODI’s and then it will be entering on a winning note in WC….
Pakistan will play their group matches with India, West Indies, Zimbawe, Ireland, UAE and South Africa. So on paper they have to take care against three of the six but we can not take Zim, Ire and UAE as a poor team because it is World Cup and everyone works really hard. But to contest against these teams we have to bring the most suitable 11 against each team in different conditions. In Australia we need to take care about bouncy pitches yet New zealand they have small grounds so big runs will be on the board. Of course considering the condition we can not fixed the 11.
My 20 players for Pakistan team in #WC2015:
Middle order Batsman
Umer Akmal (as a second wicket keeper)
Now they have to assess and pick the players according to conditions and opponents. If we look technically Afridi does not make in to team 11 in Australian conditions but his experience makes him to be considered over the players who are technically competent. I would pick Sohaib in New zealand instead of Asad Shafiq because of his hard hitting which will help in small grounds but go with Asad in Australian conditions. Younus, Misbah and Ahmed Shehzad will be my fixed players in batting. In bowling I am seeing Umer Gul and Muhammad Irfan leading the side. In New zealand I will go with Sarfaraz Ahmed as an opener because of his brave attitude and if he score fast it will be good for Pakistan. Muhammad Hafeez is not my favorite in Australian conditions and surely not against South Africans. Pakistan need to pick Anwar and Bhatti very sensibly. Wahab Riaz can bowl 145 kph consistently so he would be ideal in Australian conditions. But all things matter on the fitness level of these players. There are many players who seems to be lack in fitness. Also the case of Saeed Ajmal. If he is there I am sure we would have pick him against the tough three teams and we know he will deliver it there too. He has been awesome in England conditions when he was playing for county teams. Also PCB need to think about wild card entries; there may be a wild card entry in the face of Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Muhammd Sami and Imran Nazir. But who ever comes must be fully fit and on merit.
Before doing that act I just want say congrats to India for winning comprehensively in Semi Finals and cruising to the finals of fifth T20 world cup.
Football is not as popular as Cricket in Asia. But it has a good amount of numbers following from Asian countries specially Pakistan. Football in Pakistan is a very popular game specially in the streets of Karachi. And in Karachi specifically in Lyari a very intense place of the city. As we all know that #StreetChildWorldCup is going on in Brazil and the team which has impressed the most is of Pakistan. Street Children from Karachi which were few months wandering and may get the tags of criminals have become the stars of Pakistan and has impressed everyone from their performances. They beat India defending champions by 13-0 and now at the top of the group stage. I hope they cruise to the final and won the Street football world cup. A year ago BBC came to the street of Karachi and saw street kids playing football and their passion. At that moment no one thought that these kids could do this much big.
They don’t have big inspiration like in Cricket we have they don’t have that much facilities the way Cricket in Pakistan have but it now looks to grow faster and the day is not far when Pakistan team will play in FIFA World Cup.
The Sports minister and government should think about the passion of football players else things will be rotten the way it had and we only left with sorrow in the end.
Bangladeshi will be supporting Srilankans in this T20 World cup final played in Bangladesh.
Reason is simple:
2009 venue England
2010 winner England
2010 venue West Indies
2012 winner West Indies
2012 venue Srilanka
2014 winner _____________
I think Bengalis will be loving this sequence as it could generate there number. The next T20 world cup will going to happen in India in 2016 so just want to say them Keep Dreaming may be you get it because t20 is the mother of unpredictability.
Pakistan team knock out in the group stage day before yesterday so as WI today who lost the semi final against Srilanka by D/L method.
But what is going on all the way. Australia also came with the best team and not qualify for the Semi finals. English players were expected to go earlier and were not in top four but they played more worst by losing against Netherlands.
Not a single word utter by the media for so bad performance by Aussie and English players. And in Pakistan it is an opposite story. Yes Pakistanis are much passionate for Cricket than the other two but the working methodology for the betterment of cricket is not in the right direction as they have. Muhammad Hafeez dropped as a captain. I was very happy to see him doing captaincy for the second time. in T20 WC, because of a consistent decision and hoping to see him as a captain after 2015 when Misbah will retire.
I know many of you have their own likes and dis likes but Cricket is not all about this. If Cricket work in this way then after 2010 WC Kevin Pietersen become the captain of English Team, Mike Hussey of Australia’s, Gayle of West Indies and Shakib ul Hasan of Bangladesh. Then how Pakistan team is going like this once again a reverse gear of looking Shahid Afridi as the captain of Pakistan team. I know we play different cricket than allover the world but that doesn’t mean we should not follow the basics.
Players and Management should not accept his decision of step down from captaincy and not support him. I know his batting is not in form and was feeling the pressure. No body in Pakistan team is as spotless. Even Indian team has Virat Kholi who is the best batsman now on earth but see what is his role. Pakistan team should go for Hafeez, If this happen with Hafeez next will be Afridi then some one else and a cycle will go like this. Pakistan team must avoid this sort of attitude and must stick to the decision they stick else Cricket of Pakistan will suffer badly.
The IPL 2014 is about to start in few months( not know if it will be in India or in South Africa). The players sold out last month. Here is the list of The five most expensive player in IPL 2014 auction.
His average is about 50 in the first class cricket but it was unnoticeable by chief selectors. The time he grew a big moustache he was caught by selectors and was given the chance. Lolzz… the last part is of course wrong yeah he grew his moustache and it is a good trend in Cricket now.
THE MOUSTACHE EFFECT:
But why a player who scores a 100 in his début didn’t played consistently. If he had played for Pakistan since 2009 consistently I am sure he had score at least 12 or more hundreds up till now as the way Pakistani top order has been crumbled in the recent past against many sides. He was the part of T-20 world cup 2009 and he impressed with his splendid fielding but since it was the time of Muhammad Aamir, Boom Boom Shahid Afridi that’s why he was not caught by the media. But now when he got the chance to play in the final against the team whom he scored a hundred in test he grabbed it and played a responsible inning.
He is the fifth Pakistani batsman to scored a ton in playing at number five. Others were Imran Khan, Basit Ali, Ijaz Ahmed & Yousuf made twice.
He has an unorthodox way to bat a bit like Chanderpaul. He has the ability of taking frequent single and doubles which you normally don’t find in Pakistan team batters. His temperament of batting is better than Umer Akmal; even when he was batting a commentator said if Umer Akmal was there instead of Fawad Alam he would have played a stupid shot and was out.
I hope he play more and more for Pakistan and play great winning knocks which he can do. Because he has proved that he is not only the best batsman in domestic but also of PAK XI after scoring in a pressure.