Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

NZ vs Pakistan – 1st test analysis

December 2, 2009

NZ won the first cricket test against Pakistan by 32 runs.

Man of the match should have gone to the groundskeeper – Dunedin turned on a perfect test pitch. Started good for batting, gave a bit of variable bounce to bowlers at the end. Nice.

Bowlers from both sides were good – not just Bond (who was very penetrative). Chris Martin stood out taking 3 times his usual 1 wicket per innings in both innings.

But what on earth is Fulton doing back in the batting lineup? Tried & failed repeatedly at intl level. Pick Chris Harris instead for goodness sake. He at least can score centuries at domestic and intl level!

Anyway, Bond is out injured for the rest of the series; siiiiiigh. He should play if at all possible and recover during the Bangladesh series – NZ don’t need him to beat the Banglas, but do to topple Pakistan.

It poses a selection dilemma – the next replacements are Daryl Tuffey and Tim Southee – good bowlers, but NZ now really need to pick 5 strike bowlers to bowl out Pakistan twice, whereas with Bond they got away with 4. Former NZ test opener Mark Richardson agrees.

It would be nice if NZ used Mark Gillespie – their only genuine fast bowler other than Bond – but great figures don’t equate to selection it seems. We shall see.

But the dilemma is that the need for 5 strike bowlers cuts batsmen to 5 – presumably McIntosh, Guptill, Flynn, Taylor and Elliott. However, this lineup is still very new and unstable. Why not use the experienced Harris, Astle, McMillan and yes, Matthew Sinclair? Keep Taylor and let the others play for NZ A to get experience at international level. Otherwise we are likely to just burn off fresh talent again in a hail of confidence destroying Pakistan pace before they find their feet… The time to introduce newbies is against Bangladesh.

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Cricket ‘champions’ for beating 1 team?

August 24, 2008

Pakistan may find themselves playing just India over the ODI knock-out Champions Trophy, if other teams follow the lead of South Africa. The Africans have just announced they will not play in Pakistan, where the tournament was due to be hosted.

With International Cricket Council ceo Haroon Lorgat declaring it too late to swap venues, there is a real prospect of the Trophy descending beneath the level of farce the ICC managed when they finished last year’s World Cup in near-darkness.

Hopefully Pakistan will unbend their stiff backs and shift the venue to Sharjah, where successful tournaments have been held, and which offers the cheapest airfares for Pakistani’s to see the games. A large quota of seats for Pakistani fans would create the advantages of home matches as much as possible, and the bulk of the revenues could still go the Pakistan Cricket Board.

NZ Cricket should show some balls and also boycott the tournament unless shifted to a safe venue. NZ teams have twice (in Sri Lanka) and once (in Pakistan) been close to bomb attacks. Wouldn’t a venue shift be better than having a (good) possibility of cricketers limbs being blown off?

Update: The ICC have announced the Champions Trophy will be postponed – good! Better still, work to have an alternative venue ready in case – as is likely – Pakistan is still unsafe next year.