Pakistan Cricket:Irresponsible Team Spirit
-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
[Salman Butt, the new skipper, has been assigned the task of collecting the bones and other pieces of Pakistani team thrashed by Austrian cricket team in the first Test in Australia and reassemble them to make them at least appear to be a cohesive unit, as if Pakistanis, like other Muslims, have the capacity to work together by keeping their person agendas on the sidelines. How much of damage control would be done by the team now would have to be watched on TV.]
When the entire Pakistani regime misbehaves, killing Muslims in its vicinities in the company of US-led NATO Terror syndicate, one can show a little sympathy for the Pakistani cricketers or hockey boys and condone their misbehavior. But if the trend continues, their sports would be ruined some time in future.
Pakistani cricket has been, for quite some time, reeling under some unexplainable exigencies. India has contributed to the wakening of cricket in Pakistan by unleashing terror and blaming Islamabad for that. But dirty politics indoors has harmed the sports even more. Added to that, the infighting among the squad members who claim to be superior to others has done the major damage to cricket and hockey.
Pakistan promotes corruption and nepotism in politics and sports. Relatives of the sportsmen are added to the squad and they are retained even when both fail miserably. The important thing is that Pakistan has to give themselves and the youngsters’ time and at the same time work hard - Salman Butt, the new Pakistan skipper stating that Pakistan have to work harder if they have to build a formidable test unit. Even the presence of the Akmal brothers is not giving confidence to the squad.
Pakistani team in recent years has deliberately presented an illusion of “unpredictability”, but it is in fact irresponsibility of the team to play wisely. The inconsistent batting of the Pakistanis has been the major factor behind their poor run in Test cricket. Following the acrimonious exits of Y. Khan and M. Yousuf, the batting line-up looks fragile. But how should an exit of of a couple of cricketers affect the team performance so badly? Does it mean without them, the team can never win matches? Come on, boys!
It has been a practice in cricket, like in politics, to bring in their kin and kith to the squad as if only they could perform well. In the Test-1, Pakistn was actually crushed by the hosts. Barring Salman Butt, the other Pakistani batsman looked vulnerable against the Aussies. The debutants Umar Amin and Azhar Ali performed below expectations. The bowlers – Aamer, Gul and Asif - were brilliant in helpful conditions, but were found wanting in the second half when conditions improved considerably.
The events after the first Test captured more headlines than the match itself, mainly because of Shahid Afridi. The dramatic announcement of his retirement, following his comeback into the Test squad after four years, is symbolic of the confusion reigning in the team. Following his two irresponsible dismissals which made purists cringe, he later on stated that he did not have the temperament for this format. So, Pakistan will have their 14th captain in 18 years in the form of Salman Butt for the second Test. The exit of Afridi would not automatically solve all ailing issues of the team.
Salman Butt, the new skipper, has been assigned the task of collecting the bones and other pieces of Pakistani team thrashed by Austrian cricket team in the first Test in Australia and reassemble them to make them at least appear to be a cohesive unit, as if Pakistanis, like other Muslims, have the capacity to work together by keeping their person agendas on the sidelines. How much of damage control would be done by the team now would have to be watched on TV.
Pakistani cricketers use the cricket as a forum to shine and showoff and not to work collectively for the team. Each plays his own match irrespective of the requirement of the situation. They don’t even try to listen to the captain who has to yell in open to get the bowlers do their job. At times, the captain plays mischief by giving wrong signs and signals to the spectators. It is atrocious to watch how the fielders misfiled, drop simple catches, refuse to Runout, etc.
When Pakistan finally got the better of Australia in the recent T20s, many felt that there was finally some light at the end of their long, dark tunnel. However, with another crushing loss in the first test at Lord's, Pakistan cricket has once again sunk into chaos, confusion and turmoil. Their 150 run loss was their 13th on the trot in Tests against the Aussies and the question that will be asked by everybody is: Can Pakistan defeat Australia in Test cricket?
Indian media are not happy that Australia is losing to Pakistan while they want Australia to lose only to India, making it the strongest team around. The on-going Pak-Australia Test series in Australia seems to be moving towards in favor of Pakistan. But that is not the end of Pakistani’s cricket problems. For Pakistan, a win over the Aussies will shatter this nightmare run and give them new hope ahead of their series against an equally tough England team at the end of the month.
Unless Pakistani cricketers promote team spirit, the present clumsy status would continue to haunt them- is not so, women and men?
-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
Specialist on State Terrorism
New Delhi, Pakistan
22 July 2010
From Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal: Specialist on State Terrorism; Chronicler of Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, etc); Independent Columnist in International Affairs, Research Scholar (JNU) & the only Asian to have gone through entire India, a fraud and terror nation in South Asia. Fake democracies like USA and India have zero tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are as dangerous as "terrorism". Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Truth does not require political or ideological correctness, not even selectively. Muslims supporting anti-Islamism are as much criminals as the global anti-Muslims are. Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. We have many hypocrites among Muslims. Dr. Abdul Ruff (91-9961868309). Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal, 2010