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Extremist Cricket

Written by Commoner on May 9th, 2007   (797 views)

We perhaps are really extremist. At one side, we dont listen to but only to the aging cricketers. We dont, but only deem most senior players to be the captain or vice-captain, regardless of their performance. Younis Khan is the prime example. His One Day International was more than shameful, but he stubbornly stuck to the vice-captaincy of Pakistan until the team fell to the deep chasm of defeat and despair.

Now PCB officials have turned to yet another 180 degree angle, and have given the reins of team in the hands of two relatively fresh faces. Shoaib Malik as a skipper and Mohammad Asif as his deputy. Shoaib Malik’s captaincy wasnt too much of a surprise, but the designation given to Asif is simply beyond comprehension. With doping related ban looming large on his head, his designation has come as a surprise to many.

There is no doubt about the competency and calibre of Asif. It is also sure that he is the most promising asset available to Pakistan cricket right now and its equally evident from his short period he has played for the Pakistan. Though, he has always been touted as the “McGrath of Pakistan”, nobody ever thought that PCB would try to make him as the “Gilchrist of Pakistan”.

Yes we need a fresh, dynamic and energetic start, but The PCB has to make sure that it doesn’t drown team into the “restructuring” frenzy and make un-insightful decisions which will harm the long term future of the team, making Asif vice captain so soon may be one such move. Relinquishing all control to young and inexperienced players is a bad idea. Though Mohammad Yousaf is not young, he is not certainly un-energetic, atleast as far as his batting is concerned. Perhaps the combination of Shoaib Malik’s exuberance and Yousaf’s experience could do wonders for Pakistan.

The usage of nandrolone, and then its handling has shown that Asif is not mature enough to even govern his career with full mastery, let alone the governance of national team. WADA’s final decision has yet to come, and if they decide against him, it would be a fatal blow for the team and its morale.

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