The Ultimate Bat & Ball Story

By Haris Izhar Khan

13th October 2016

The Ultimate Bat and Ball Story - Pakistan Cricket

Cricket – The Game of Gentlemen

Cricket is surely a Gentlemen’s game, found in the territory of the Britain’s. In the terms of their National games, Cricket always comes on top of their list. It was an Era when Australia has been called the territory of Englishmen’s prison, but after some tensed moment in the history, the new territory named Australia been brought up, and then the series of revenge “The Ashes” being brought to the stage on this phenomenon Bat and Ball game. For these 2 countries! Not any other prestigious series is higher than the Ashes.

ICC - International Cricket Council

The International Cricket Council based in the United Kingdom, where they work for all the Cricketing nations around the globe, but from the last couple of years, the biggest investors in Cricket have been working together for the betterment of this sporting game. Specifically! India, England & Australia are the biggest investors who have already been merged together. As far as the investment’s concern, BCCI has always been the topmost investors.

Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan Cricket is all about passion, which almost every Pakistani loves it. The Pakistan cricket team made its Test cricket debut in 1952 and has since become one of the most successful teams in modern cricket. The team reached the semi-finals of the 1979, 1983, 1987 and 2011 World Cups, and finals in 1992 and 1999, and won the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup by defeating England in the final. They are one of the most successful T20 sides having won the T20 World Cup in 2009 and being runner-up in 2007. Pakistan has also been ranked as the Number 1 Test Team several times and Number 1 across all formats (Test, ODI and T20) at various points.

The team is considered strong but unpredictable. Traditionally Pakistani cricket has had players of great talent but limited discipline, making them a team which could play inspirational cricket one day and then perform less than ordinarily another day. Over the years, competitions between India and Pakistan have always been emotionally charged and provide for intriguing contests, as talented teams from both sides of the border elevate their game to new levels to produce high-quality cricket. Pakistan's matches against India in the Cricket World Cup have seen packed stadiums and heightened atmospheres no matter where the World Cup has been held.

57 Away Tests won by Pakistan. In terms of the win - loss ratio, Pakistan's 0.678 (57W, 84L) is fourth, after those of Australia (1.203), England (0.877) and South Africa (0.825). (Away Tests exclude those played at neutral venues.) However, their ratio is by far the best among Asian teams.

Betterment for Pakistan Cricket

Rashid Latif said the PCB had mentioned in its plan to start a school cricket, such a thing doesn’t exist in the board’s constitution and how would they manage to keep an eye on various matters at such a large scale. Most of our cricketers belong to lower and middle class level, if we plan to provide them sources to overcome their financial difficulties the chances of finding more talent may increase.

Shahryar Khan discussed the changes he has implemented during his tenure, the potential break-up of the Big 3, the difficulties of being unable to host international cricket in Pakistan, and Misbah-ul-Haq's future as Test captain.

In terms of long term measures, PCB embarked on a program to improve cricket at grass-roots level. A good example of this is that for the first time in our history, we started a school’s level competition called the Abdul Hafeez Kardar Cup, which apart from having government schools also includes private schools such as Aitchison College, other private schools from Karachi, and a large number of cadet colleges which are run by the Pakistan Army. This will hopefully provide a better and bigger pool of young players to select future national teams from, as will the revival of hitherto sidelined University and Club cricket competitions which we will also undertake as part of these long term measure.

Misbah-ul-Haq

A man who took the responsibility at very disastrous stages of Pakistan cricket in 2009, but he has been a solid performer for Pakistan since he took over as captain, and has been a great ambassador for us, who has proved himself to be one of the best for this game.

New Head Coach (Micky Arthur)

We have been very impressed by Mickey Arthur, he is a very level-headed and experienced coach. He has very clear ideas of where he wants to go and we have encouraged him to implement his ideas. We are giving him our full backing and I hope that his influence is going to lead to success. We’ve had success in Test cricket, but our limited overs cricket has been disappointing. We want to ensure that our limited overs performances improve so that we go up from our current 8th (ODI) and 6th (T20I) rankings. Mickey is fully aware of this problem as is our board and objectives are pretty clear in that sense. For sure! We all have seen some spark in this new Pakistani side.

Conclusion

Pakistan Cricket is for sure in good hands. Especially with the new inclusions in the management committee head Mr. Inzamam-ul-Haq, and the Head Coach Mr. Micky Arthur has been extravagant. And we are hopeful, that this new management with new talent will do wonders in the upcoming series J

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