Thursday, November 1, 2007

A team in the making?

It all started when I got to thinking about the Pakistan teams recent performance. Sure its easy to pick on them right now but I think its an eye opener if one wants to delve deeper into the fundamental flaws that have become so apparent.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to attempt to scratch the surface of the quagmire that is the Pakistani team today. It must be said outright that Salman Butt does not merit a place in the team... my statement/opinion being based upon the fact that his skills as a batsmen match that of Bush as a president. I believe that playing a straight batted shot at will must be a prerequisite of getting into the team as a specialist batsman. Along with Butt the inept, this of course disqualifies Nazir, Misbah and a few others who thankfully did not make the team this time. Our friends Younis, Hameed, Akmal and Afridi have their own problems.

What we're getting at without making things too complicated is that there is not 'institution of cricket' in the country... raw talent never really gets polished unless a senior voluntarily mentors a junior player and none of the really young talent is ever schooled in textbook cricket. Gone are the days when Pakistan had the kind of raw talent that it could survive as a volatile team; the volatility coming from the stars trying to shine on their own steam, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing under their own exuberance. I must bid adieu for now but I'm sure we will have plenty to talk about during the upcoming India series

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