This 2009 has been some rollercoaster of a year! For me as well as for the Pakistan cricket team.
I'll save my personal ride for some other time; Pakistan's ride has been nothing short of dramatic.
Captaincy change, a first home test series in 17 months, an attack on a visiting cricket team, an ODI series against Australia for the first time in half a decade, return of the ICL rebels, a World Cup win, retirements, a first test tour in 17 months, sensational debuts, unexplainable collapses, and what not.
Pakistan cricket has gone through a lot.
During this time, we at Well Pitched have been around riding this roller coaster with them.
Today as I get ready to shift base from the UAE to the UK, I leave with the news that Shahid Afridi has been announced captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 team.
How awesome is that!
Since the day Well Pitched came online about 2 years ago, I have been writing about two key things that I want to see happen.
One was the permanent inclusion of Fawad Alam in the Pakistan XI in all forms of the game.
The second was the elevation of Shahid Afridi to the position of Pakistan captain.
2009 has seen both those wishes come true.
Couldn't have asked for more, could I?
What's best is that this is just the beginning for Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi the captain!
Surely better and bigger things are yet to come!