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Pakistan cricket: Another collision on the cards!

Published: Sunday, August 12, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Razzaq's inconsistency in batting and somewhat erratic and less-penetrative medium-pace bowling is coming out as arguments for his omission.

Pakistan cricket once again living up to the reputation of being the most prolific news-churning cricketing culture. This time it comes out in the shape of exclusion of two senior most cricketers, Mohammad Yousuf and Abdur Razzaq from the squad for keenly awaited Twenty20 World Championship in September. For most of the people, their exclusion came as the most bizarre piece of news.

Newly formed Selection Committee defends their move claiming that the nascent form of the sport is all about youthfulness and exuberance which demands pace, agility and passion and that it would be difficult for veterans Yousuf and Razzaq to handle. Razzaq's inconsistency in batting and somewhat erratic and less-penetrative medium-pace bowling is also coming out as arguments for his omission. There is another school of thought which holds different ideas about competing in ultra- abridged version of the game which states that experience and temperament are two salient features required to keep scoring board moving in nerve-wrecking situations where you have to make every delivery count by squeezing runs through all possible way. And in their opinion, experience of two stalwarts of 50-over game an asset in inaugural tournament of its kind.

Most obvious reason for such non-meritorious selection could be getting rid of supporters of Inzamam from the team. Yousuf and Razzaq were not only regulars in Inzy's squad but also were part of Inzy's think-tank There was definite like-minded clique in Pakistan cricket team during Inzy era that nurtured the same religious beliefs and ways to enhance religiosity in the team. This trend was considered as highly motivating in disciplining the team. Late Bob Woolmer himself endorsed the notions that increasing religiosity can be served as an effective tool to curb indiscipline and star-image in team members. And this move is one such continuation of this disliking of religiosity in the team.

But now this concept of 'disciplining the team' do not find too many approvers in new managerial set-up of PCB as it did during Inzy's era. Clash of two different schools or to say antipodal mindsets, as reliable sources claim, can lead to head-on collision of senior players with the Board at some point of time.

But coming back to Test cricket, Yousuf and Razzaq have to be automatic choices and then this gulf between Board and senior players, which has already created craters in Pak cricket, would widen leading to another situation of confrontation. Things are not looking rosy for new skipper nor for the selection committee.

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