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    Originally posted by KAKA-ATOM-BUM:
    Thanx for your time sir. Nicely written. And thanx ehsan for bringing it to us.
    Nice article by Mr. Abassi but he has unnecessarily dragged the match fixing issue in his discussion. Undoubtedly, there have been problems in this area in recent past and yes a very high profile gambling will take place in India and Pakistan for this series but I dont think that we should suspect any of the current team players from both sides to be part of it. At least I feel very satisfied with ICCs handling of match-fixing problem. By pressing respective cricket boards to take stern actions against high-profiled cricketers such as Azhar, Salim Malik and Hansie, ICC has delivered a very strong massage to every cricketer. Play Fair or You will be banned. In addition, by deploying anti-corruption units for every series, ICC has successfully curtailed the players maneuvering off the filed.

    Such unnecessary speculations always raise rumors and create frustration among the followers. I can see some sense in bringing match-fixing issue up after observing some extremely unusual events in a particular match, but raising the match-fixing issue for such a high-profile and sensitive series before a ball being bowled is disturbing. So was the practice match fixed?


      great article


        I just read Mr. Abbassi's memo to Miandad and Inzi; on cricinfo. Very well written!!
        The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.


          Originally posted by saby:
          I just read Mr. Abbassi's memo to Miandad and Inzi; on cricinfo. Very well written!!
          I agree with what he has written. 3 is too many all rounders. Two is just enough. If you really really want 3 all rounders, then drop a batsman to include one more specialist bowler. 2 specialist bowlers isn't enough.


            Abbasi saheb ki tau aik ke baad hi bass ho gayee

            Hamaree tareefein pasand nahi ayein shaid. Kiya saaf pata chal raha thaa ke hamm jhoot bol rahay hein? :-P
            "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


              Originally posted by Faisal:
              Abbasi saheb ki tau aik ke baad hi bass ho gayee

              Hamaree tareefein pasand nahi ayein shaid. Kiya saaf pata chal raha thaa ke hamm jhoot bol rahay hein? :-P

              Here's another one:


              Pakistan v India, 5th ODI, Lahore

              Send for Taufeeq Umar

              Kamran Abbasi

              March 23, 2004

              Taufeeq Umar: folly to ignore him Getty Images

              No doubt Pakistan will be disappointed by their performance in Lahore on Sunday, but the urgent question is, will they have learned anything? They know already that this Indian team is just as composed chasing a large total as it is setting one; that their own bowlers sometimes go pop when they are supposed to go bang; and that bowling second under lights at Lahore is a hazard because the dew turns the ball into a bar of soap.

              What's new? Not much, but some topics are now taboo Inzamam-ul-Haq's captaincy for one. Pakistan limped to defeat at Lahore, with barely a whimper. Rashid Latif believes that capitulation was pre-planned, and the robustness of the response from players and officials is unprecedented (another taboo). Whatever the reason, Inzamam's bowling changes were uninspiring, and his use of the sixth bowler was baffling. On the evidence of the last few months it is clear that Inzamam is barely able to juggle five bowlers effectively, let alone adding a sixth to the mental arithmetic. No wonder he wants only five bowlers again. But does Inzamam's inability to juggle all his balls make the sixth bowling option a bad strategy?

              A second area of bewilderment is the erratic form of Pakistan's bowlers. Extras are an eternal embarrassment to Pakistan, but the sheer scale and persistence in this series suggests a lack of careful preparation or composure, or both. The fast men have also forgotten about the yorker length that we had come to expect as second nature. Pakistan has an advantage in the quality and depth of its bowling that has been shamelessly squandered, notwithstanding the benign surfaces and sublime Indian batting.

              These are both complex areas. Pakistan's batting and fielding continues to improve but the bowling is stuck in reverse. Javed Miandad, with all his pride, may have to call for a bowling coach after all. More difficult is the Inzamam situation. The captaincy has turned him into a true gladiator with the willow, but he is a lost boy in the field. Inzamam needs better advice and he needs to listen to it. This is where Moin Khan and Yousuf Youhana must support their captain.

              But one change is urgent and clear-cut. Javed once told me that quality players can perform in both forms of cricket pick the best and they should do the rest. Certainly there are grey areas, and some strategic flexibility is essential, but there can be no dispute over Taufeeq Umar's ability. Not so long ago Rahul Dravid was labelled a one-format wonder, but he is now India's most valuable player in all cricket. Surely Taufeeq carries similar potential for Pakistan? A century in the warm-up game showed that he is ready for the first team. It is folly to ignore him.

              Who should he replace, though? Well, criticising Younis Khan is another taboo. People like his polite manner, humble no-frills approach, energetic fielding, and run-a-ball twenties and thirties. But for all that is worthy about him it is hard to remember the last time Younis won Pakistan a match (answers on a postcard please). Whereas with Shahid Afridi everyone's favourite punch-bag you only have to think as far back as Rawalpindi. Top sport rarely works out for nice guys, and for all the goodwill towards Younis he simply does not turn enough games Pakistan's way. Taufeeq Umar, by contrast, certainly will.

              Kamran Abbasi is a London-based cricket writer and deputy editor of the British Medical Journal.


                I agree 100% with this article.
                Everyone has the right to be stupid. Some people abuse the privilege - Joseph Stallin.


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