Watching the 4th day game of the first Test Match between Pakistan and India i look at the way Shoaib Malik is handling the match. Having the world's best bowling attack, Shoaib Malik is encouraging his fielders that are running after the ball till it crosses the boundary line for fours. And when i think of the last day game when Butt and Yasir were playing comfortably against Indian attack, Kumble just changed the bowling and in few overs Pakistan started defense and were contained in the average of 1 run per over or even less. Pakistani batsmen came under pressure and started taking risks for playing boundaries and as a result Yasir Hameed got out.
Now that India are chasing just 203 runs , they lost one early wicket but came back in the game in the later moments and made a good 2nd wicket partnership. Sami, after a long absence from international cricket is back in the squad due to injuries of some regular bowlers, tries to give breakthrough to Pakistan but he is just trying. On the other hand Indian batsmen are quiet comfortable in playing boundaries against Sami and Soaib Malik keeps encouraging his team and not thinking of any bowling change while the required score decreases by bounadries.
What happens when the batsmen are comfortable against bowling attack is that they get confidense and they settle down and when they settle down the match is gone.
The Match is not over, its on. Shoaib Malik will replace Sami with Shoaib or Tanver but by then it will be too late and by too late i mean the pressure will be on Pakistani bowlers. They will be defending 100 runs against 7 or 8 wickets.
I do not blame Shoaib Malik for this. I don't even blame Younis Khan for not accepting the Captaincy of the team. I don't blame the Pakistani coach for the poor performance of the team, all that i blame is the PCB management. Why?
How can a player be made Captain when he is not even justified as a team member. What Shoaib Malik is except an inexperienced and incapabale captain ? ... a regular batsman? a regular bowler?
All he is a part time bowler turned part time batsman when Pakistan had not enough bowling resources. He claims that he leads the team from the front. He may be right but thats the problem.
Inzamam ul Haq was a player who could lead the team from the front in the batting department but he always prefferded to bat on number 6 postion (whatever reason he had in his mind) and this man who is not a regular batsman even in the one day form of the game (forget about the Test Techniques) is present in the Test playing team and comes to play on a position that is absolutely not justified and above all he is Captain of the Test playing team. Does he think he has better batting technique than Misbah ul Haq?
I remember Imran Khan saying " a number 7 batsman is a number 7 batsman becouse he is not a batsman. He is not technically sound thats why he comes on number 7 position. Now if you send such a btsman (i well mention Kamran Akmal when Shoib Malik sends him as an opener) as an opener what you expect from such an opening?"
This is not a good excuse to say that we open with Kamran Akmal becouse we have tried multiple combinations but failed to get a better opening couple. Well! does it mean to try a number 7 batsman on that position?
Pakistan has a lot of batting resources and a lot of bowling resources. We have a lot of talent in our country but we need some one like Imran Khan as a captain. We don't need superseded "Faujis" or NGO runners as chairmen of PCB.We have to keep our relatives, near and dears, "Parchis" and ourself interests out of the equation and then look at the performance of Pakistan Cricket Team.
We need renowned cricketers in PCB Top Management. We needs our heros back, becouse.....
"Every Battle Needs a Hero".