Sunday, 27 June 2010

Why Pakistan Might Beat The Aussies In England!

I'm a bit of a father of optimism as you may have noticed by now. Well, Pakistan stand a good chance of beating Australia this summer in the Test series in my view and I am being downright serious. Even with their amazing capability where they amazingly lose from the jaws of victory! Even after their disastrous winless tour of Australia and the continuous losing streak against them. Because, the bottom line is : "Anything is possible with Pakistan cricket;" unfortunately, this analogy is often worse than good.

Series Possibilities:
2-0 to Aussies= unacceptable/poor/shambolic/embarrassing even more
1-1= Perfectly Acceptable/Very reasonable/ I will be happy in other words
2-0 to Pakistan= I will be stunned as I'm sure many of us will be but its not out the window
1-0 to Australia= Average, probably most expected
1-0 to Pakistan= Top result, will be a top achievement considering our lack of....
0-0= Rain is king, but this is very unlikely as you would know even in the UK, the home of rain but in Pakistan, the home of bad light and non-conductive test cricket it would have been a possibility...

WHY Pak May Win:

1) Ashes flashbacks. The last two times Australia have played Test Cricket in England they have lost ; 2005 and 2009
2)Pakistan will most probably have the bigger support.It is supposedly meant to be a "home" series for Pakistan. Certainly fans are expected at both Lords and Headingley with the vast Pakistani population in the UK.You might find me aka Maz there too, do say hi!
3)In contrast, with Australia, Pakistan have phenomenal memories in their minds of England; its where they won the 2009 T20WC after beating the Lankans at Lords on 21/06/09 by 8 wickets. Actually so have Australia; the 1999 WC final where they THRASHED Pakistan, oh who cares; we have the latest glory to savour upon in terms of tournaments played at the UK, yeah its lame but psychologically it all adds up in the end !
4)Australia are out of form and are not playing well at all against England in the ODI series. However, one can argue this would make them more determined to revive their form against the Pakistanis, but we'll certainly fancy our chances against them considering thier most recent international cricket form in England too!
5) Pakistani players have more county cricketing and league cricketing experience which could be useful. This includes the likes of Danish Kaneria, Afridi, Malik, Gul whereas the likes of Azhar Ali and Zulqarnain Haider have played league cricket for a few years now.Therefore, adapting to the conditions shouldn't be a problem at all for quite a few of the players

Overall, I am expecting Pakistan to have a successful summer of cricket, despite the poor selection and absences of YY and YK and hope they are able to put in some top performances to please their supporters, something they were unable to do in Australia this 09/10 winter.Pakistan play their first Test on the 13th of July at Lords.

Friday, 25 June 2010

India Win The Asia Cup

India beat SL by 81 runs in the final and by doing so are crowned champions of the Asia Cup for the magical 5th time, the first team to do so!


Shahid Khan Afridi was announced as player of the tournament for his two excellent centuries against SL and BD so there was something to cheer about for Pakistani fans.

The triumph for India adds to their continuous achievements as a nation under the impressive leadership of MS Dhoni!

This under MS includes:

-Winning the 2007 inaugural World T20 in RSA
-Gaining the no1 test spot for team India
-Winning the Commonwealth Bank series in a triangular series which also involved Australia and SL in Australia
- Winning the IPL with CSK in 2010
-Asia Cup Glory 2010

A successful captaincy it can be said with a sense of certainty!One just wonders if MS can now get his hands on the ultimate prize of the 2011 subcontinental WC next year?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

21st June

Yesterday is the anniversary of when Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World T20 against SL in the grand final at Lords. Exactly one year later, 21st June proves to be another memorable day for the national side, but this time in terms of record breaking rather than a global triumph.

In between this period there have been several lows, but now the golden times are being re-lived, well for yesterday they were anyhow.

AFRIDI the king !

The triumph:

The record of Pakistan's highest ODI total as a team a year later:

So summarising up, when its 21st June, its the longest day of the year yes, but also a day when Pakistan cricket "RULE$ THE WORLD!"

Nevertheless, the record breaking victory catalysed by Afridi's brilliance came in vain as Pakistan's miserable Asia Cup record continues following defeats against India and SL, the teams which will go head to head for the title on the 24th.Both have won it 4 times which adds to the occasion as it will be a contest to see who will win the title for 5 times first.

Scorecard vs. SL

Scorecard vs. India, what a thriller this was !

Looking ahead, the England tour is coming next and Pakistan have announced their sqaud which is displayed below.

Twenty20 squad: Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam.

Test squad: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Zulqarnain Haider, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal.

Sheer mindlessness, to ignore a classy established and experienced player in Younis Khan.Ijaz Butt what are you playing at???????????????

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Pakistan vs. India In Asia Cup 2010 Clash

Pakistan vs. India on Saturday 19th June, virtually unmissable as ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Head to Head: Played 118/ Pakistan won 69/ India won 45/other 4

Won Asia Cup

Sri Lanka=4
Pakistan=1 in 2000, link for that final is below, only 2 members remain from that team that played in the final played a decade ago at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka when Pakistan won their only Asia Cup up to now in Razzaq and Afridi.

Can Pakistan bounce back from their narrow defeat against SL despite the century from the skipper, Shahid Khan Afridi ? His heroics were overshadowed by Malinga's 5 for as SL started their title defence with a win. Can Pakistan reach the Asia Cup final on 24/06/10 ? 19th June shall determine much more ! But as for now, Pakistan comeon from BBK !!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Quick Notice

A lot to look forward to guys, an action packed summer of Pakistani cricket lies ahead against quality opponents!! Will be back in action soon.... Take care for now. Kind Regards- Maaaaaaaaz. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, we will win the Asia Cup 2010!!

Tue Jun 15
09:00 GMT 14:30 local
10:00 BST Asia Cup
Sri Lanka v Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium N/A

Sat Jun 19
09:00 GMT 14:30 local
10:00 BST Asia Cup
India v Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium N/A

Mon Jun 21
09:00 GMT 14:30 local
10:00 BST Asia Cup
Bangladesh v Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium N/A

Mon Jun 28 - Wed Jun 30
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST Kent v Pakistanis
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury N/A

Fri Jul 2 Essex v Pakistanis
County Ground, Chelmsford N/A

Sat Jul 3 Northamptonshire v Pakistanis
County Ground, Northampton N/A

Mon Jul 5
16:00 GMT 17:00 local
17:00 BST 1st T20I - Australia v Pakistan
Edgbaston, Birmingham N/A

Tue Jul 6
16:00 GMT 17:00 local
17:00 BST 2nd T20I - Australia v Pakistan
Edgbaston, Birmingham N/A

Thu Jul 8 - Fri Jul 9
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST Leicestershire v Pakistanis
Grace Road, Leicester N/A

Tue Jul 13 - Sat Jul 17
09:30 GMT 10:30 local
10:30 BST 1st Test - Australia v Pakistan
Lord's, London N/A

Wed Jul 21 - Sun Jul 25
09:30 GMT 10:30 local
10:30 BST 2nd Test - Australia v Pakistan
Headingley, Leeds N/A

Thu Jul 29 - Mon Aug 2
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST 1st Test - England v Pakistan
Trent Bridge, Nottingham N/A

Fri Aug 6 - Tue Aug 10
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST 2nd Test - England v Pakistan
Edgbaston, Birmingham N/A

Fri Aug 13 - Sat Aug 14
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST Worcestershire v Pakistanis (2-day tour match at New Road on August 13-14 played against England Lions if Worcestershire involved in Twenty20 Finals Day)
County Ground, New Road, Worcester N/A

Wed Aug 18 - Sun Aug 22
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST 3rd Test - England v Pakistan
Kennington Oval, London N/A

Thu Aug 26 - Mon Aug 30
10:00 GMT 11:00 local
11:00 BST 4th Test - England v Pakistan
Lord's, London N/A

Thu Sep 2
09:45 GMT 10:45 local
10:45 BST Somerset v Pakistanis
County Ground, Taunton N/A

Sun Sep 5
14:30 GMT 15:30 local
15:30 BST 1st T20I - England v Pakistan
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff N/A

Tue Sep 7
17:00 GMT 18:00 local
18:00 BST 2nd T20I - England v Pakistan
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff N/A

Fri Sep 10
09:15 GMT 10:15 local
10:15 BST 1st ODI - England v Pakistan
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street N/A

Sun Sep 12
09:15 GMT 10:15 local
10:15 BST 2nd ODI - England v Pakistan
Headingley, Leeds N/A

Fri Sep 17
09:15 GMT 10:15 local
10:15 BST 3rd ODI - England v Pakistan
Kennington Oval, London N/A

Mon Sep 20
12:00 GMT 13:00 local
13:00 BST 4th ODI - England v Pakistan
Lord's, London N/A

Wed Sep 22
13:30 GMT 14:30 local
14:30 BST 5th ODI - England v Pakistan
The Rose Bowl, Southampton N/A

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