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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The flag, as a stick

Irfan Pathan, who has made no secret of how much he idolizes Wasim Akram, has reportedly called to ask the legendary left-armer for advice, ahead of his county debut for Middlesex.
Akram is reportedly much impressed -- Pak seamers, he says, don't call him for advice, whereas Pathan regularly does.
Ironically, another story on the same day says Akram has made it clear he will coach Pakistan, but not India -- notch up another triumph for jingoism, right there.
Not Akram's, no -- remember the fuss there was when Akram offered tips to the Indian bowlers, while the team was touring Pakistan? He got called a traitor, and worse -- and that, I suspect, lies behind this 'clarification'.
Pity -- the players themselves freely share information; when Pak was in India, Danish Kaneria was thick as thieves with Bajji and Kumble; earlier, Mushtaq and Kumble used to discuss their skill sets whenever the two found themselves vis a vis, as did Saqlain and Bajji.
Such exchange of ideas can only be to the good; doubly a pity, thus, that 'nationalist' sentiments prevent the likes of Akram from doing what he instinctively would have done otherwise -- to wit, mentoring a young quick who idolizes him and has modelled his bowling style on his.

2 Comments:

  • Prem,

    Intikab Alam would have made a better coaching candidate than our own Jimmy Amarnath. He has all the credentials, he has international coaching experience and he took Punjab to the Ranji finals, last year. What substantial record did Jimmy have to offer -- nada, nothing, zip.

    Talk of jingoistic sentiments!!

    Sriraj

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15:10  

  • Sri, agree, entirely. It's wierd that Jimmy, who was only tossed into the mix because the board tried to short-circuit criticism that it was only considering foreigners, should be the one making the most noise.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:18  

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