Ashraful faces angry board

Mohammad Ashraful, the Bangladesh captain, has endured a grilling from the Bangladesh Cricket Board over the side’s poor showing in Pakistan this month.

The team suffered a comprehensive 5-0 loss in the ODI series and was beaten in the Twenty20 International but Ashraful was initially keen to find positives from the whitewash, telling reporters upon returning home that his side ‘played competitive cricket’.

However, he changed his tune after a meeting with the board members Gazi Ashraf Hossain, Shafiqur Rahman Munna and Ahmed Sajjadul Alam. ‘The board arranged the meeting after this Pakistan series as they are very much worried about our recent poor performances,’ Ashraful told the Daily Star. ‘And undoubtedly our performance was not good in the last couple of series.

Lackluster T20

Where Indian Premier League is all about fun, festive and joy even when it’s status is not international, the international, recognized by International Cricket Council (ICC) first ever Twenty20 match between Pakistan and Bangladesh failed to attract even few hundreds of spectators in the National Stadium Karachi.

Twenty20 is an agile game and it requires a fast adrenaline. It requires competitive teams and it requires thorough passion. Though Pakistan won the match by 102 runs and outclassed the Bengali team in all modes of the games from fielding to batting and from bowling to game strategy, but the thing is that it all was mere waste of time and money as no one was paying heed.

Good to Leave Yousuf from T20

There is no doubt about the fact that Mohammad Yousuf is a star middle order batsman and without any doubt the best batsman for Pakistan. He provides sanity and maturity in the middle of the innings, and acts as a bridge between all-time failing opening and the late order theatrics of wicket keeper and sloggers.

But his lazy elegance and dismal fielding is only suitable for the One Day Internationals and even more suitable for the test matches. He is a traditional and classical slow-rate batsman with little aggression and with little agility. His running between the wickets is also very rickety and doesn’t suit the faster formats of the game.

Misbah’s 87 powers comprehensive rout

misbahMisbah-ul-Haq turned in another spectacular performance in the game’s shortest format, smashing an unbeaten 87 to set up a massive 102-run victory in Pakistan’s one-off Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in Karachi. The visitors were comprehensively outplayed yet again as they finished their miserable tour with another abject performance, conceding 203 runs in the field and managing just 101 in reply.

In the first Twenty20 international to be held in Pakistan, Shoaib Malik’s decision to bat first seemed to have gone awry when in-form openers Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal were both dismissed in the first over. Bangladesh’s joy was shortlived, however, as Younis Khan and Misbah made light of the loss of wickets to propel Pakistan to 84 for 2 by the end of the ninth over.

Afridi Fails Again

In the last One Day International match against Bangladesh, though Pakistan has managed to score a decent total, but there are also some lessons for the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The first and foremost lesson which every series, at home or abroad, gives is the choking of influx of new talent into the Pakistani team. This challenge weeps and cries and tells PCB that there is no bench strength and the aging players are fading and the so-called young players are not delivering.

Salman Butt stars in series whitewash

buttIt was as if the series result was decided even before Bangladesh agreed to tour the country. Pakistan took their second consecutive 5-0 series sweep at home – their first was against Zimbabwe – with a comprehensive 150-run victory in the fifth and final one-dayer at the National Stadium and extended their winning streak to a record 11. The win was set up by a career-best 136 off 124 balls by Salman Butt, and his stand of 179 for the second wicket with Younis Khan propelled Pakistan to a massive 329 which proved way beyond reach for Bangladesh who effectively lost the game after Mohammad Asif inflicted a top-order wobble.

Naumanullah set to win first ODI cap today

Karachi batsman Naumanullah is all set to make his international debut today (Saturday) in the final one-dayer against Bangladesh here at the National Stadium.

Naumanullah, a prolific scorer in the domestic season, will be one of three changes Pakistan will make to their playing line-up for the last one-dayer.

Experienced batsman Younis Khan will return to the squad after missing the previous two games while young left-arm medium pacer Wahab Riaz will be playing his second ODI.

Naumanullah will be replacing all-rounder Fawad Alam while Younis will come in place of Bazid Khan. Wahab Riaz, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe earlier this year, will come in place of young Karachi pacer Sohail Khan.

Pakistan eye series whitewash

Match facts

Saturday April 19, 2008 Start time 15.00 local time (10.00 GMT)

The Big Picture

The series predictably stands at 4-0 with Bangladesh perched on the edge of another series whitewash. They showed stiff resistance in the third match in Lahore, nearly upsetting the home side in a high-scorer, and in Multan, showed the hunger to bat out the 50 overs after tottering at 109 for 8 in the 29th over. These performances, however, weren’t enough to keep the series alive. Shakib Al Hasan’s batting has been their biggest gain but he has lacked support from an inconsistent top order.

Younis Mends Ways with PCB

Pakistani middle order batsman Younis Khan has contacted the Pakistan Cricket Board officials and has expressed sorry on his rude behaviour at the start of Pakistan-Bangladesh series. Younus was left out of the series, when he didn’t perform in the initial matches and PCB cited the reason that they were giving chance to the youngsters.

Upon this Younus Khan expressed great anger and threatened to not to play in the further series this year. PCB gave him a cold shoulder and he voluntarily took back his words. He is likely be available for the last One-day International of the five-match series against Bangladesh.

Pakistan coast to victory despite Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan tried his best to lift Bangladesh, but his singlehanded efforts – 108 and 1 for 34 – couldn’t lift an otherwise woeful team as Pakistan equalled their best successful streak in ODIs, winning their tenth in a row to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series. Shakib’s innings lifted Bangladesh from a dire 109 for 8 to a respectable 210, but Pakistan’s top order barely broke a bead of sweat in knocking off the runs, achieving the target with seven wickets and 5.3 overs to spare.