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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Akram yorks PCB

A little over 12 hours to go, for the start of the second Test between Pakistan and the West Indies, in Kingston -- and the debate continues to hover around the Afridi-Younis-Inzy imbroglio that brought the curtain down on the first Test.
While most Pakistan commentators in print and television have specialized in fence-sitting on this one, Wasim Akram is in rare vein, here, when he suggests that all three errant players should have been sent home on the first available flight.
Inzy, meanwhile, has apparently figured discretion is the better part of valor, and suggested that Afridi will bat six, where he wants to be, as opposed to opening, which is where he has had the most success.
What surprises me is this -- how come Bob Woolmer, not known for reticence on any subject, has been completely silent on this one?

2 Comments:

  • Why do India and Pakistan seem to have such great problems with their opening batsmen? Is it a subcontinental issue of expecting our openers to be as good as our middle order batsmen and thereby dispensing with openers after 3-4 failures?

    By Blogger Kaushik Bhattacharya, at 00:48  

  • Hey, but Pak problem is not lack of openers. Its simple case of me-bigger-than-team. So no way of brining the current India team into this picture.

    By the way, Prem I did comment on your initial article, when u first reported this incident, that it reflects poorly on Woolmer, because coach's main role today is team building. Not batting or bowling tips to players. And I dont see that happening one bit with this Pak team. I also said then that I dont think Woolmer is doing a good job, forget the Indian results (we let them off, our mistake!). ODIs is different issue, and the role of coach is much lighter. Your take ??

    And by the way, I totally agree with what Wasim suggested. But I wouldn't have done anything against Younis. Don't see what else he should have done in that situation, from what I have read.

    By Blogger worma, at 01:55  

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