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Monday, May 30, 2005

Here we go again...

What's with Pakistan anyway?
Just when you thought the side had put aside its penchant for imploding and was coming back together as a cohesive unit, comes word of a dressing room brawl involving Afridi, Younis Khan and Inzy.
You never know what really goes on behind the scenes, but judging by published reports, Younis appears to be on the right side of this argument -- as stand-in captain, he asked Afridi to open the innings. Determining the batting order is part of the captain's job, so no problem there.
If Afridi had any problems with the role assigned to him, he should by rights have discussed it with his captain, and resolved it to their mutual satisfaction. What he as a team member could not do is arbitrarily ask a colleague to open the batting -- and that seems to be exactly what he has done.
To make matters worse, Inzy appears to have backed Afridi over Younis -- which is bad news from a team discipline point of view. As captain, Inzy should be aware that what Afridi did was wrong -- you do not disregard your captain, no matter what.
So now all the team spirit built up during the India tour has been dissipated; Younis -- who, to my mind, did a good job of marshalling the team during the India tour, during those occasions when Inzy was off the field, will likely lose his vice-captaincy; and Pakistan are back to being a team of 11 players making up 12 factions. And judging by the way Afridi played in the first innings and the second, he was more intent on proving his point than in playing for the team cause.
Pity... the side was just beginning to shape up into a serious threat.

2 Comments:

  • The coach has also a big role to play here, as I wrote on my blog also. When we all say a particular coach knit the team into a unit, this is the kind of thing we are talking about. I have never been (so far) impressed with Inzy as captain or Woolmer as coach (yes he has done wonders with player position selection for ODIs, agreed). Not much more to show. Pak test team has been as pathetically 'mercurial' as we were a few years back :-) Their players continue to be the same kind of 'superstars' that we used to have (the ones who talked on their cellphones during net sessions, if they at all showed up, and the ones who took bike rides from dressiong room to the nets) !! If as Wright disciplined India, Woolmer can achieve that, its good coaching.

    By Blogger worma, at 17:12  

  • Hey Prem,

    What do u say,just because of one brawl the Pak teams rise will be shortened or it wont be a serious threat.
    If that was the case what about the dressing room brawls orchestered by John Wright and the so called Abusive players of the Indian team...were they the reason for Indians downfall in the last yr or so..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44  

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