Younis and Afridi, do us a favour and never come back!

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  1. Kamran.Akmal
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    The euphoria in the air was palpable. The Pakistan cricket team had just wrapped up a historic 3-0 series whitewash over the much-fancied and star-studded English side, buoyant after their Ashes triumph, and were looking to affirm their status as the number one Test team in the world with a successful tour of Asia.
    The ghosts of ‘that’ painful English tour two years prior had finally been exorcised; the upcoming ODI and T20 series seemed a mere formality. The Pakistan team had always been more comfortable in the limited over formats, and the downtrodden English team was there for the taking.
    What followed, took everyone – except perhaps for the English – by total surprise, as team England unleashed a thrashing and a half on Misbah’s bewildered men in green. The bowling looked toothless at the mercy of Messrs Cook and Pietersen, and tearaway quick Steve Finn left the batting in tatters, simply unable to cope with his pace and bounce. The warning signs were there, but were left unheeded.
    Victory in the Asia Cup provided temporary relief, yet Pakistan was pushed to the brink by lowly Bangladesh, with only their greater experience in pressure situations finally getting them across the finish line. Newly appointed and highly respected head coach Dav Whatmore’s tenure had gotten off to the perfect start.
    The happiness and optimism was all too brief and short-lived. Series losses to Sri Lanka and Australia followed, and questions were finally being asked. Skipper Misbahul Haq, Younis Khan and even the loveable rogue that is Shahid Khan Afridi’s positions came under heavy scrutiny.
    With good reason.
    Younis – a reluctant performer in the ODIs at best – averaged a pitiful 18.9 since the ODI drubbing at the hands of the English. Shahid Afridi’s numbers also tell a desperate tale, averaged just 19.25 with the willow and a pathetic 82.10 with the ball, with just 10 wickets in 20 matches in the same period. Misbah too paid a dear price , having had to relinquish the T20 captaincy to all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, and saying goodbye to his spot for the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup.
    Another series loss – this time away to South Africa – finally seemed to have broken the proverbial camel’s back, as both Younus and Afridi were shown the door and unceremoniously dumped from the ODI team. With Pakistan embarking on a tour of the British Isles with their eyes firmly set on winning the penultimate ICC Champions Trophy , a feeling of cautious optimism prevailed.
    Yet, once again it was a false dawn, as Pakistan’s hapless batting line-up once again collapsed in a heap in one game after the other, leaving the fanatical support dejected and angry with their team’s insipid showing. The focus this time is on the perpetual misfits that are Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik.
    It is an ideal opportunity for the powers-that-be to start afresh, to rebuild the side with some new faces, eager to do well and prove their mettle at the highest level. A time to reward those who have proved themselves through the daily grind of domestic cricket, and recognise them for their efforts with a ticket to the big show.
    Yet once again, nothing seems to change. Already there are whispers that Younis and Afridi are to be recalled for the impending tour of the Caribbean. The revolving door of the same old withered faces continues to spin without hindrance or disturbance. Once again the fans will be left enraged and frustrated rather than optimistic when the squad lists are revealed.
    Younis has never been comfortable with coloured clothing in the first place, yet Afridi’s recall will be the biggest bone of contention.
    A glorified minnow basher – the likes of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh will surely be quaking in their boots when they hear his name – at best, Lala has been surplus to requirements ever since Saeed Ajmal became the number one spinner in the team. Add to that the deceptive off-break of opener Mohammad Hafeez, not to mention Afridi’s continued imbecility with the bat, and his position becomes completely untenable. If the Pakistan team is to move forward then he needs to be kept sidelined, as a stark reminder to the others that no matter how big a ‘star’ you are or may have once been, you are not above the team, regardless of how popular you are with the masses.
    Afridi should stick to the profitable domestic T20 circuit and making television ads for soft drinks and shampoos. International cricket has more than had its fill of Lala’s (occasional) magic.
    A clean break from the post-2003 WC generation of Pakistani cricketers is the need of the hour. With the 2015 World Cup also on the horizon, a roadmap needs to be put in place.
    Misbahul Haq’s batting – with its rediscovered attacking approach – has gotten a new lease of life, and he looks sharper than ever in the field. He commands the respect of his charges by sheer performance, and has the tactical nous as well as personal stature to keep the team united and competing as one. He must be surrounded by those who are not jaded by the grind of international cricket, or those more concerned with building their personal legacies rather than fulfil the team’s needs.
    The ‘like for like replacement’ mindset that has been prevailing in selection is unsuccessful and futile, a new combination of specialist batsmen, wicketkeeper and bowlers need to be created. Bits and pieces of broken glass such as Afridi, Razzaq and Malik will always remain as such, and will always let the team down when it truly matters.
    For the coaches, team management and selectors, the time to make strong, firm and bold decisions is now.
    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/17868/younis-and-afridi-do-us-a-favour-and-never-come-back/
     
  2. Passionate Pakistani
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    Afridi is a minnows basher and what is misbah?

    28% win ratio against non-minnows since Jan12 ?

    Chalo on a positive note, AZ Sab hasn't used his legendary nicknames for Afridi in this article..
     
  3. Top Spinner01
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    Top Spinner01 Tracer Bullet

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    nailed it! Really we are going nowhere with these guys.
     
  4. Stan1
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    Stan1 Talented

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    please come back for a minute..... and take kamran akmal with you.
     
  5. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Even 80 years old Younis & Afridi will outperform the current Kami Cobra.
     
  6. Kamran.Akmal
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    Thats why they are out of team :lol
     
  7. Don Corleone
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    Don Corleone Kaptaan

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    Too bad AZ thinks Misbah's captaincy is flawless and that the selectors picked a very good squad and that they are not at fault for our failures.

    You cant pick and choose who to blame. If you want to blame the team for not performing then blame the captain, the coach AND the selectors.
     
  8. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    You wait & watch who is going out of the team and who is coming in.
     
  9. Passionate Pakistani
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    Passionate Pakistani The Don

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    True.

    Article would have made more sense if he had equally criticised/accepted incompetence of Misbah and others.


    His hate for Afridi and younis isn't a new thing.. You won't expect fair article from a guy who use words like Loroo & Piece of shit for national players, that too on a daily basis.
     
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    This just does not make sense at all and comes accross as very biased IMO.




    Yes Misbah has kept the team together, but he has not improved it at all. His tactics are not good at all. Instead of going out to win when he is defending a low score for example, he lets the batsmen settle by giving them easy singles and lets them rotate the strike. This is just one example.

    Look at what Dhoni did in the final. He had his fielders close in. He had a slip. He didnt let the batsmen any breathing space and it worked quite well even though England closed in to the total at the end, but he got the wickets he needed.

    His captaincy and body language was postive and hugely impressive. He looked like a winner to me, but Misbah just....... It just looks like he thinks that defending a score by strangling them is better than trying to win by bowling out the opposition.

    You can argue that he dont have those players he need, but he is doing it easier for himself by picking or letting the selectors pick the likes of Malik, Farhat.
     
  11. Ahson8
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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    Agree. Kami, Malik and Farhat need to be dropped too
     
  12. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Very and when did he wrote this article?
     
  13. iAd
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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    AZK wrote this lmao
     
  14. Don Corleone
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    Don Corleone Kaptaan

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    Very?

    It was published yesterday.
     
  15. AZK
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    AZK Emerging Player

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    needs to be pointed out that it is a topical piece, was asked to comment primarily on the strong rumors that YK and Afridi are going to be recalled to the ODI setup.

    sadly we have a few dimwits that will suggest that I would prefer that Farhat Malik Kakmal be retained...absolutely not, they need to be kicked out for good asap.

    Misbah's captaincy isn't flawless, but there is nothing wrong with it, very clear when you see how hard the players are working in the field for him.
     
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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    #ShoaibMalik
     
  17. Mr.Cricket
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    Mr.Cricket Youngsta Beauty

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    I think its high time for both Afridi and YK to announce retirement before its too late. They are now not a ODI material. Afridi should concentrate on T20s only and YK in tests.
    I think PCB has started to ignore YK like Abdul Razzak and soon he will also be considered an automatic exclusion from selection in ODIs.
     
  18. Wistful Reminisces
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    Congrats AZK on getting this published in the ET
     
  19. Ahson8
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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    There's already a thread on this
     
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