Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Open letter from Michael Clarke to Shaharyar Khan & Moin Khan

Dear Mr. Shaharyar Khan and Mr. Moin Khan,

First of all let me take this opportunity to congratulate both of you on taking the responsibility of PCB Chairman and Chief Selector / Team Manager respectively. I am sure that you both will do justice to your roles and I wish you all the best for the future.

Secondly, and more importantly, I am writing this letter to you as a plea from myself, the Australian cricket team, and the Australia public.

We have always cherished playing against Pakistan. Over the years, our players have enjoyed he competition on the field and our cricket fans have enjoyed watching the likes of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam Ul Haq, and Wasim Akram to name a few.

Pakistan have always fielded exciting players against us and we have always managed to beat Pakistan in test series after test series. Our Australian fans have loved the fact that for 20 years we have managed to beat Pakistan comprehensively.

Coming into this series in the UAE, we were very confident that we will once again thump Pakistan and go away with another test series win under our belt. After the T20 and ODIs, we were even more confident.

Additionally, our confidence was further boosted by our successful lobbying for the ban of Saeed Ajmal due to his unconventional action, which has given our batsmen nightmares. With no Saeed Ajmal, we were sure of a win in the tests against Pakistan.

Yet here we are, having lost the first test in Dubai, and staring at a massive first innings total by Pakistan, which will by all means bat us out of this test match.

We are at a loss as to how to explain this mediocre performance against a depleted Pakistan team. So much so that our coach Darren Lehmann could not come up with a better excuse than to say "our batsmen missed straight balls".

However, after today's play in Abu Dhabi, we as a team realized what went wrong.

What went wrong dear sirs, was that you dropped Younis Khan from the ODI squad and publicly stated that he would not be considered for the upcoming World Cup in Australia.

That is what went wrong sirs.

Younis was so pissed off at you and your management that he decided to take it all out on us!

He has been pummelling our bowling inning after inning and our bowlers have no idea on what to do against him.

In the previous test he became the first ever Pakistani batsman to hit two centuries against us in a test match. Not only that, but he became the first man to do that against us in 40 years!

And Younis did not finish with us there. He continued to pummel us today as well on the first day in Abu Dhabi and hit another hundred to make it three consecutive centuries against us!

The last time an Australia side had someone score three consecutive centuries against them was way back in 1925! That was 90 years ago sirs.

It has been almost a century where players like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Inzamam Ul Haq, Kevin Peitersen, Kumar Sangakkara and so many others have come up against us Australians and yet haven't achieved anything like Younis Khan has against us.

Can you even begin to imagine what your decision to drop Younis from ODIs did to us Australians? What it did to our bowlers? What it did to our cricket fans? and more importantly what it did to our rich cricketing history?

You have destroyed it sirs.

In view of this, please consider my plea and include Younis Khan in the ODI squad for the World Cup. We, the Australia cricket team, and our public can no longer face this humiliation at the hands of Younis and we will be really grateful if you can do this for us.

We have seen enough of Younis Khan's wrath and we can't take it any more.

We promise you that Younis will be treated graciously in Australia in February and March, and we will make him feel like the King he is when he visits us for the World Cup.

Please sirs, please help us out.

Yours sincerely,

A hapless Australian captain,

Michael Clarke.

(on behalf of the Australian cricket team and Australian cricket fans)

*the idea for this letter was given by Ahmad Malik*

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