19 July 2010

Pakistan look for way forward

The ICC seem to have bought in Mike Brearley and Greg Chappell as "ambassadors" to help the Pakistan cricket board to return to home Tests. The article mentions nothing about their exact responsibilities, but instinctively it seems unlikely that ex-cricketers are likely to be right for that role.....a combination of political savvy, security knowledge and change management skills on an international scale seem to be what's needed, but the attempt can only be applauded.

This comes at a time when the Pakistan team is again in turmoil on the pitch after Afridi's resignation one game into his Test return. My view? He's soft and he needs to put his country ahead of himself. It's not tricky to change the way you bat based on conditions unless you think you're "too cool for school" and aren't willing to make the effort. He is good enough to play Test cricket and his assertions that he isn't, rather than getting in the nets for hours to practice defensive shots, puts him in the same bracket as Shane Bond to me.

When did players start to take representing their country - the highest honour in the game - so lightly?

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