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HAVE THE SELECTORS FAILED THE FIRST TEST OF INDEPENDENCE?

You see, important was not who they select but how they select. Also, will it reveal a policy statement that they might not convey overtly? After all selection is a long term game. It’s like chess. You play to a strategy and plan several moves ahead. You also have to prioritise who you will send ahead for the first charge and whether you have picked the knight or the rook or the bishop to deliver your check mate.

While the selection committee has done well to give a chance to some deserving players, one or two of whom should have been a regular by now, the observation is that they have played to the coach’s tune. Continue reading

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THE CHAIRMAN MAKES HIS CHOICES

But as I said at the beginning, they are reflections of who Shaharyar Khan is: conservative and careful. That may not be a bad thing on occasions but cricket today requires aggressive risk takers. Men who pounce on the moment and make inspired choices.

Like Javed Miandad when he rallied against the selectors in taking a 19-year old Wasim Akram to New Zealand when he had no first class season behind him. Or Imran Khan picking out Inzamam from the nets when the selectors had said he would come to nothing at the international level. Also driving down to Gaddafi Stadium after watching a lad named Waqar Younis bowl in a televised final; or putting faith in a 17-year old Aaqib Javed. Continue reading

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The Waqar Doublespeak

Going by his briefing after the UAE game it has to be asked: Have the defeats and narrow escape against Zimbabwe befuddled Waqar enough to have a memory loss? Or is he just taking the media to be duds? He is already accountable after previously losing all sense of balance in the team as to play four specialist bowlers in the game against West Indies but now he has revealed an inert panic state. Or is there another game being played out as there has been in Pakistani cricket since the last two decades. Is the unprovoked panic simply a happenstance or is it part of a more thought out plan? Wonder what the odds are on that? Continue reading

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A Breakaway Selection

Nevertheless I am terribly disappointed that Fawad Alam did not make the squad. He is the ideal player for a World Cup situation and had shown form and grit in his performances in the first half of the Pentangular Cup. I can understand where the selectors were coming from. He had to fight for a place in the middle order where Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal were the other options and I would have picked both any day. Continue reading

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PCB Chairman Jumps Ship On Younis Khan

He has let the cat out of the bag by saying: “When the ODI team was announced, the selectors and other stakeholders had agreed upon Younis’ omission.” Note the words ‘selectors and other stakeholders’. Would Shaharyar Khan please elaborate who the stakeholders are who have a say in the selection?
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COUNTING THE CASUALTIES

So now he is back with that covering memo that it is subject to his fitness. If it is true that he suffered that serious injury to the webbing of his hand, how can he be considered given the hand injury will also be a barrier to stop the harder hit balls, and fielding is already troubling the coaching staff? The question to ask also is how can he walk back straight into the Test side without match practice as he hasn’t played the longer version since January after he was dropped for the third test against Sri Lanka? And when his replacement, Azhar Ali, scored a match winning hundred against all odds? Certainly there is no place in the team unless they shove him back to open. Continue reading

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