And the answer is :

Of coarse, it’s Michael Clark. No more to say.

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Asian Champions

March 23, 2012

Pakistan won the Asian cup but Bangladesh deserved it more. I have only praises for Bangladesh team nothing else.

But, interestingly India’s media has been blaming Sri Lankan team for deliberately losing to Bangladesh in semi finals. Indian media has been trying hard to link Sri Lankan connections with book makers, for obvious reasons. Not one finger was pointed any where when India lost to Bangladesh, few days ago. And what about Pakistan throwing a game in favor of India? All of that doesn’t matter..

 

What a batsman he is, without arguments, The best ever.  His greatness wouldn’t be any less if he had retired at 99 international centuries. I am not sure whether he also hold the record of futile centuries just like his 100th hundred.

It was a historic day for Bangladesh, beating India in their home ground.

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Pakistan Vs No 1 Team

January 28, 2012

A disappointing day for Indian cricket team turned out to be very exciting day for Pakistan. Stunning win over England can prove to be a turning point for Pakistan cricket, which has been under a lot of pressure for last couple of years.

Keeping it short today, I would require some time to digest this win, it’s been a long time coming.

 

Corruption in Pakistan

November 3, 2011

Corruption has became part our every day life in Pakistan. Life without corruption seems a mad man’s dream. Corrupt officials, politicians and members of armed forces living a luxurious lives without a hint of shame of any sort. Ordinary Pakistanis do not even realize that; the corruption is a punishable offense.

In a country, where murders get away with any sort of punishment, then corruption is a lot lesser offense. Currently, in Pakistan, there is so much talk going on print and other media about three match fixers. General media hosts / writers and population seems to be apologetic towards the trio.

My friends have shown their amazement on the prospects of seven years jail term of accused corrupt cricket players. It seems too harsh for them. A strict punishment for the trio would really help Pakistanis the ‘power of law’ and importance of having a free judiciary system, not only for cricket but on a much larger scale.

After an apologetic statement by Amir was read , the Judge of the case Mr Justice Cooke said : “An inference that could be drawn is that this was such a widespread activity in the team that a newcomer could be infected with the activity, as this was a norm.” This statement was given for Pakistan Cricket team, unfortunately, I can apply this to a lot of situations in this country of mine.

It is hard to find words to explain Ross Taylor’s over kill of Pakistan bowling attack last night. Ross Taylor is a good hard hitting batsman, the best from New Zealand. I am not being harsh on Taylor but to be frank he has a lot to thank Pakistan bowling attach for giving him great Birthday gifts ++.

In last five overs Pakistan bowling attack was acting on a pre-written script. Over all it was a satisfactory performance but There was some bad acting by Shoaib Akhtar. Anyone who has slight interest in cricket would know the strength of Ross Taylor is mid-wicket and he plays same short too often. I don’t even like to say anything about Abdul Razzaq, who would play a little cameo once after thirty or forty games, mostly when he suspect he is about to be kicked out of the team. In his current situation he is not even worth playing for a club cricket let alone an international team.

How do I drop this sitter!!

If I were a betting person I would be a rich man after yesterdays game, the script of the game was very evident from early signals by Shoaib Akhtar and then the stamp of approval was given by our all time great wicket keeper, Kamran Akmal. My observations are purely based on Kamran’s body language. I am not implying that Kamran Deliberately dropped those two chances of Ross Taylor. I have never had any doubts of his wicket keeping abilities, my pet dog does a better job behind the stumps than him.

Clouds of match fixing scandals have surrounded Pakistan Cricket Team for several years. During years many main players have been in and out of the team for different reasons and duration. There is one Kamran, who has done blunders and mega blunders but his position was not really threatened. He has been out of the team for little while just as a precautionary measure to make fun of us forgetful people. It is not only  him that is impossible to get rid off, his younger brother Umar Akmal. During the Pakistan’s Australian tour Umar Akmal, who had only a debutant, refused to play a test match if his brother will not be included in the team. Umar Akmal,  supposedly, who was deemed a next Sachin Tendulkar by some air heads just after his first century in his first innings.

Pakistan Cricket Board has been treating this family as ‘rarest breed’. Are they really that good? Or, it is a simple case, as most other simple things happen in my country on one simple principle, “might is right”. Someone real power mafia has the support for this family. Zulqarnain Haider incident is another indicator of the might of this mafia behind this family.

After getting rid of Zulqarnain Haider, youngest Akmal got his brother’s position while he was being protect from match fixing saga. Now we have forgotten all what happened in past and the eldest Akmal is back. I have to agree that he is doing his job very well and making some people very rich.

I have written about match fixing in Pakistan cricket before and I still think that PCB is not serious about solving this issue at all.

Cricket

February 1, 2011