26/01/2009

Much fun in Pakistan

Pakistan’s timid submission to Sri Lanka has set off the usual reactions. As usual the manner in which the batsmen played or to be exact got out, has everyone speculating about match fixing. Leaving the weightier issues to the side, over the board reactions of the PCB Chairman has come as a welcome relief.

Apparently caught unaware, he has asked skipper Shoaib Malik, coach Intikhab Alam and team manager Yawar Saeed to submit a report to the Pakistan Cricket Board outlining the reasons for the humiliating series loss to Sri Lanka, within 48 hours.

Now an intrigued reader may ask what the Chairman was doing during the match. Was he busy elsewhere or was he so dispirited that he closed his eyes when the game was being lost?

Fascinatingly, the PCB Chairman has expediently forgotten to ask for a report from the Selectors who are widely acknowledged to have succumbed to the pressure from the seniors.

Keeping up his reputation for asking inanities, this blogger questions the need for a 48-hour deadline.


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6 Comments:

Blogger Ravindran said...

The crowd started vacating the ground after 8 overs.

26/01/2009, 07:18  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

overs 10-20 they returned. malik and gul khile the

26/01/2009, 11:50  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,

It was so bad, eh!

26/01/2009, 16:34  
Blogger Ottayan said...

NC,

I wonder why?

26/01/2009, 16:35  
Blogger Soulberry said...

Does this help? The CoS was absent at the selection committee meeting too before the series. Well asking for a report does make him sound active though. Lack of regular cricket is what I think mattered besides the Lankan persistence.

26/01/2009, 23:56  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Soulberry,

Exactly, this is nothing but a bureaucratic response to a crisis. (In any case a report will be presented to the board at the end of the series). So as you said it is an attempt to show 'leadership'.

Yes, lack of quality cricket contributed to the dismal performance.

27/01/2009, 05:21  

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