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Not again…

January 31, 2010

Just heard about Afridi’s misdeed on the field: the odd, never-before-heard-of biting-the-ball incident.

One thing is clear to me here, Afridi is a cheat. And as long as he thinks he will get away with it, he will do anything. Does anybody remember the pitch tampering incident?

And, of course, these are only the times that he was caught. In light of that other incident, the ban of two Twenty20 games for this offense seems too light. Yet, Kamran Abbasi thinks he’s still Pakistan’s best choice for captain. I beg to differ, of course. However good a leader or charismatic a person he may be, he’s not fit to lead for the same reason Jeff Skilling was never fit to lead Enron: the complete lack of ethics.

Edit: There’s been a lot of talk about ball tampering not being a big deal, and that it should perhaps even be legalized to give the bowlers an even chance against the modern bats. That’s an entirely different topic that I am not going to get into. My point is simply that as it stood in that game, only bowlers from one side were getting an unfair advantage, and hence it is flagrant cheating and a big deal.



January 4, 2007

Dear WADA,

I hear that you are peeved by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) Anti-Doping Appeals Committee, which overturned the bans imposed on Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar for taking drugs, and have resorted to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport to deliver justice. The PCB Appeals Committee rejected the bans because they were, while in-line with international standards, not in accordance with the PCB’s out-of-date doping guidelines. PCB argues that WADA standards don’t apply since they conducted the doping tests internally.

I have an idea. How about you get ICC to test them when they show up for the next game? Don’t drugs stay in the system for months? And ICC certainly has the right to test any player. Then both of them could be subjected to the international laws.

With love,

It’s a Hairy mess

August 22, 2006

I have no clue what’s going to happen next, but Hair better have something to back him up. If he didn’t actually see anybody tampering with the ball, but arrived at the assumption by looking at the condition of the ball, it’s hard not to feel for Pakistan. Accusing anybody of cheating is a big deal, especially in a manner for which there’s no precedent. Hair’s case is further weakened by the scoreline. 230/3 is a good score in any situation, much less with a tampered ball. But two wrongs don’t make a right.

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
— Georg Hegel

Gavaskar once walked off the field, and that has been his biggest regret in life. Inzy, apparently, doesn’t know that. Pakistan gave up the moral high-ground when they refused to take the field, and deserve the loss. They could’ve registered their complaint in many ways, and would’ve found a lot more support if they’d waited until the end of the day to pursue a proper course of action. Instead, now Inzamam faces an uncertain future.

He wanted to protest, he’s done it. He’s committed the crime, now he must be a man and face the consequence without dragging the rest of the team and his country into it. It would behoove him to quietly accept whatever ban he’s handed. Hopefully, the person making the decision will take the circumstances into account and give him the minimum penalty. Justice should be for all and Hair must account for his actions as well, with severe penalties if found irrational.

Quiz No. 3

May 23, 2006

Saw this great pic on Zainub’s blog.


Looks like nobody knows much about this pic, so I decided to turn this into a quiz.

When and where was this game played, and who’s the bowler?

Pakistan 161 all out

February 16, 2006

Nuff said.

Inzy’s already making excuses

February 15, 2006

Read about it here.  Akhtar and Afridi are no greater a loss to Pakistan than Sehwag and Harbhajan are to India.  Strangely, Inzy’s tone reeks of resigned defeat.  That’s not good from the Pakistan point of view.  He’s lacking the fervor to win, and beating India’s going to be all the more difficult now.

This gives me another reason to call for him to be axed from the captaincy.  With due respect to his talent for hitting a ball, he’s, how do I put it mildly…cerebrally challenged (read: dumbass — okay, perhaps that’s too harsh).  It has been abundantly clear to me for quite some time now (from their last tour to India) that he doesn’t have the tactical nous to captain an international side.  He’s defensive on the field to a rule, and knows no other way of playing.  His calls about field placings, bowling changes and just about everything else have been baffling, and while Osman Samiuddin may think they bordered on masterstrokes (come on Osman, really), it was been quite lucid to me that they bordered on retardation.  If any further proof of his ineptness was needed, his comments after being given out obstructing the field should more than suffice.

What’s more, Inzy doesn’t come across as a natural leader either.  Sourav Ganguly, another cerebrally-challenged skipper, was at least capable of motivating and leading his side.  Especially when Pakistan has a good potential replacement in Younis Khan, I fail to see why nobody’s ringing the changes.  Is it because they don’t want to humiliate a Pakistani great by axing his captaincy?  Surely, if he could be dropped from the team altogether after one poor series (World Cup 2003), this can be no worse.  If Pakistan wants to have a realistic shot at the next World Cup, Inzy needs to be removed from the helm.  Plain and simple.

Akhtar, the whimsical

December 3, 2005

Can a dog’s tail be straightened?  Seems so.  And Shoaib Akhtar can point to his performance in the series against England to back him up.  He took 17 wickets in 3 Tests at an average of ~24 and a strike rate of ~41 balls, and helped engineer the two batting collapses that won Pakistan the three-match series 2-0.  Is this a new Shoaib?  Woolmer vouches that his attitude, behavior, commitment and fitness have undergone a face-lift.  Looks like he’s finally got his priorities in order.  His doggedness to dig it in and spend time at the crease with the bat has revealed his thought-process and adds credibility to the remarkable turn-around.  Can Akhtar maintain it though?

I have always considered Akhtar to be an over-rated showpony, and didn’t quite understand what others (revered cricket writers such as Peter Roebuck included) saw in him.  I was shocked that he was picked to play for the ICC World XI.  But perhaps Shoaib is finally fulfilling his destiny.  And cricket is all the more richer for it.  Few sights in cricket are as great as a fast bowler knocking timber out of the ground, and Shoaib promises a lot of it in the years to come.

I think, of late, India’s been playing Pakistan a little too often for my taste.  But with a reinforced Pakistan side and a new-look Indian team, the upcoming Indian tour to Pakistan seems like a different contest altogether.  Pakistan will find India a lot tougher in the ODIs, and India won’t see Pakistan rolling over in the Test matches.  I lick my lips in delight and anticipation of seeing the vaunted Indian batting order square up to the new Akhtar.

The Gentle Giant

November 7, 2005

Inzy remains one of the elite batsmen in contemporary cricket, and one of my favorites.  His stoic demeanor, intimidating presence, unphased temperament and languid grace make him a fascinating sight on a cricket pitch.  Mike Selvey pays his homage to this last of the breed non-conformist in this humorous piece.

The king of taking it easy