Earning a test cap is a dream of every young cricketer. Test cricket is the real test for any cricketer who wants to earn his place in the international arena. The national test cap is an honor for every cricketer and is a sign of utmost respect. Currently, Pakistan is playing against Ireland. This test marks the debut of the Irish team in test cricket. So far the Pakistani team has done a decent job under such rough weather conditions. They forced the Irish team for a follow-on after a great display of bowling. However, it was not the performance which caught the attention. It was the test kit which got the legend’s attention. Wasim Akram highlighted something which seemed pretty normal but carries a lot of weight. PCB to inquire the change in the test kit, however, we are yet to have an official statement from their side.
The test kit does not carry the green strips anymore, WHY?
Wasim tweeted a screenshot from the match and inquired PCB regarding the omission of green strips
Where is the green stripe gone from our sweater ? Not cool . pic.twitter.com/KLRFD39MqJ
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 12, 2018
To our surprise, PCB had no clue about the change in the kit
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 13, 2018
Now, this was quite a shock for all of us. The board should have an idea about the changes in the kit, after all, who get these things done if the board is unaware of such things.
The fans were angry on such a casual reply
and as usual, PCB was caught napping.
As usual, PCB is cought napping.. again…
— Muneeb Fidah (@muneebfidah) May 13, 2018
The green strips hold a very special value as the greats of the game have carried the colors on the field
The Great Imran Khan
The finest modern-day era batsman Pakistan has ever produced – Javed Miandad
The legendary ‘Zaheer Abbas’
The weapon of destruction, The two Ws.
Every legend has worn the green and yellow stripes with their white uniform. How can PCB miss that? Wasim Akram tweeted again regarding the matter.
Since tweeting this yesterday there has been a lot of enquiry in to where our green stripe has gone. I wanted to add that I’m all for modernising our uniform and I’m not blaming anyone for the change but many of us have played proudly with this kit, next time keep us in the loop! https://t.co/1nszH0yL8t
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 13, 2018
Wasim gently replied to his own tweet and it makes sense. There is nothing wrong with rebranding your uniform but something which holds such strong values in the history of the game should have been made after consulting with some senior players. The green is our national color and represents us as a country. Well, we hope that PCB comes up with a sensible reason for omitting the color from the test kit.
Thank You AB De Villiers Says The World To The Greatest Cricketing Gladiator
AB De Villiers sudden retirement from international cricket came as a shock to many. Fans never expected that he would retire so soon, considering he is only 34. A lot of people believe that he still had a couple of years left. He is one of the finest cricketers of our time. In fact what he brought to the game was beyond anyone’s imagination. He simply reinvented the short over format with his style and charisma. Undoubtedly, he will stand among the all-time greatest of this amazing game we call cricket. Thank you AB De Villiers says the world to the greatest cricketing gladiator.
His fans and the experts will miss him on the field. He was not only a great batsman, he was an extraordinary fielder. Every time AB stood on the field, he gave his 100% for his team and for his country. He shall always be remembered as a Proteas legend. Stars from around the world paid tribute to one of the finest we have seen.
He announced his retirement with a heartfelt message, says he is tired and running out of gas
I’ve made a big decision today pic.twitter.com/In0jyquPOK
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) May 23, 2018
While fans were left disappointed, the best of the game paid tribute to one of the finest athletes of the game.
Such a shame for international cricket @ABdeVilliers17 … But he has been an unbelievable advert to how I would have loved to have played all 3 formats .. GREAT GREAT Player … Top 3 that I have ever seen .. #AB
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 23, 2018
Congrats to @ABdeVilliers17 on an era defining career. A wonderful advert for how glorious athleticism and cricketing skill can be at their highest levels. And More importantly a good man, humble and gentle. Good luck with all you do.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) May 24, 2018
The master himself congratulated him and wished him all the best.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 23, 2018
Mrs. Kohli sent his warm wishes to both AB and his wife.
We too wish him the best!
Best wishes AB post retirement, hope life is as exciting as your game. Regards to the family @ABdeVilliers17
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 23, 2018
Respect is the only word to define him
Many Pakistani Cricketers paid their tribute to the legend
what an amazing player you have been…an inspiration for me & for so many others.congratulations on a wonderful career.we will miss you wish you all the best for future @ABdeVilliers17
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) May 23, 2018
Truly the best!
The most complete modern day cricketer and an epic smasher of the cricket ball. Congrats on your fantastic International Cricket career, you will be missed truly @ABdeVilliers17
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 23, 2018
and yes everyone’s favorite.
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) May 23, 2018
and an inspiration to many
The world will miss @ABdeVilliers17 his class and game is matchless .I learned a lot by watching him and am really sad to hear the news of his retirement .whenever he would retire it would have been too soon #ABisthebest pic.twitter.com/NFVd50eonH
— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) May 23, 2018
I would like to wish @ABdeVilliers17 all the very best for his future endeavours. A true gentleman and a perfect ambassador for world cricket calls it a day today. One of the finest players to have come from South Africa. pic.twitter.com/7KzznKoqK1
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) May 23, 2018
Afridi shared some great memories with the legend
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 23, 2018
Champion batsman! I always enjoyed seeing you bat, the innovations that you brought to the game were a joy to watch esp the sweep shot off fast bowlers. Always respected your enormous talent, a true great of cricket. Stay Blessed. https://t.co/topeiKuLif
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 23, 2018
But the best came from Shoaib Malik, I guess he was expecting to see him in the next WC
His own teammates congratulated him for a great career
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) May 24, 2018
One of the greatest all-rounders had all the good things to say about the man
Congrats on an awesome career @ABdeVilliers17 Enjoy retirement and the extra time with your family. Was a pleasure watching you as a youngster and then becoming one of the best in the world. 🥂
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) May 23, 2018
The might Amla!
All the best @ABdeVilliers17 on ur new chapter.What a player,what a man!Truly an honour to have watched & fortunate to have been in ur team❤
— hashim amla (@amlahash) May 23, 2018
and they continued …
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) May 23, 2018
I remember this young guy on his 1st day out for Proteas… What an inspiration, person and player he turned out to be. Thank you for everything you have done and been for your country, teammates and fans @ABdeVilliers17 #legend pic.twitter.com/8gQBDWbAp7
— mark boucher (@markb46) May 23, 2018
— kagiso rabada (@KagisoRabada25) May 23, 2018
A true entertainer, fighter and the greatest proteas player we will ever see.
With over eight thousand test runs and nine thousand ODI runs, the guy ruled the arena like a gladiator. He fought and won the respect of his fans and adversaries. There are very few who have received so much love by every fan around the world. And like a great player, he just decided to call it a day. He is definitely leaving the game on the high but we would love to see him in the future. A player of his class has a lot to offer. We wish him the best for a happy future and thank him for his contribution to the game of cricket.
Out Of Favor Fawad Alam Gets Dropped Again Putting Inzi Under The Radar For Selecting His Nephew Instead
The selection of Fawad Alam has seriously become a topic of discussion. The debate has been going on for the last couple of years now. At times, we believe that we won’t get to see that day perhaps. Out of favor, Fawad Alam gets dropped again putting Inzi on the radar for selecting his nephew. However, we fail to understand the reason. From the chief selector to the board, no one has really come up with a concrete answer.
The fans, experts, in fact, Fawad Alam himself needs that answer too. We fail to understand the reason why does he gets neglected every time. Fawad Alam has performed exceptionally well in the domestic season. Playing with an average of 50+, he has done an amazing job. He is also in a great shape, as recent news claimed that his fitness results were better than the current list of young lads.
Selection of Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq is part of the squad going for England tour. His selection has raised quite many questions from the fans and experts. When it comes to domestic performances, Fawad actually outcasted the young lad. Many top journalists called it a biased approach by Inzamam ul Haq. They believe his selection has only been made because of his relationship with the chief selector.
Inzi once again showed his biased against Fawad Alam. Injustice anywhere is a threat to Judstice everywhere.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) April 15, 2018
Dear @InziTheLegend, putting the word 'legend' on your Twitter handle wouldn't make you a legend unless you start doing justice with your job. It is insane and unbelievable that Fawad Alam couldn't make it into a 16 member Test squad due to your illogical reasons.
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) April 15, 2018
Even Dennis couldn’t stop twitting in support of Alam!
Pakistan has a multitude of social issues and problems.
Cricket selectors not picking Fawad Alam is the biggest.
Best FC ave in the country. Fittest guy at camp. Works hard. Great guy. Fills a middle order leadership void.
What are you doing Inzi? Mickey Arthur?
— Dennis Sutherland-Peever (@DennisCricket_) April 15, 2018
and many other top names too stood for Fawad Alam
In Past we saw son of Chairman PCB selected in Pakistan team and now Chief Selector selecting his nephew one after other formats. Absolutely Strange and pure case of conflict of interest. Murder of Merit and height of Favoritism. Fawad Alam should be in the team for Eng tour.
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) April 15, 2018
Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq picked his own nephew in the team for the Ireland and UK tour
Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq didn't pick Fawad Alam – who has done brilliantly in domestic cricket for some time now
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 15, 2018
Make sense, why do we need so many openers in one squad?
Four openers, including Imam ul Haq, picked for the tour comprised of just three Tests. Usman Salahuddin, Haris Sohail preferred over Fawad Alam, fail to understand what wrong Fawad has done.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 15, 2018
Everyone supporting Fawad Alam but unfortunately team management & selection committee do not respect left handed First Class performer’s consistent efforts.
— Syed Yahya Hussaini (@SYahyaHussaini) April 15, 2018
Not sure it has anything to do with Karachi …
Fawad Alam punished for being a Karachiite once again. Imam ul Haq scored only 1700 runs in First Class Cricket & his avg is 34.46. If we talk about Fawad Alam he scored 10 thousand plus runs with an avg of 55.37. Time for main stream media to highlight this favouritism in PCB. pic.twitter.com/vDQSrt8a3z
— Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) April 15, 2018
Even the legendary Wasim Akram was surprised by this decision
Wasim Akram while speaking to media questioned the board for his non-selection. He believes it’s a good thing that the board is investing a lot on the younger lads. However, neglecting a senior player like Fawad Alam. whose performances in the domestic season is undeniable. Someone, who has been so consistent deserves a chance, that’s what these players work for throughout the season. To get a chance to play for the national side.
He deserves a chance and there is no doubt about it.
Sad Fawad Alam dropped again. M. Hafeez sidelined & Wahab Riaz not in the fray. Team of compromises it comes out to be. Four openers one spinner & the one deserving missing out. That has been going on for long, this reflects all. I think we must stop wondering why it happens?
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) April 15, 2018
The selection came to surprise for many, everyone thought he would definitely get a chance after a brilliant run in his domestic season. Many experts believed that he was a perfect player for the middle order. After Younis and Misbah retired from international cricket, many experts questioned about the well-needed replacement. While we have Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, the team needs more. Considering the numbers, Fawad Alam was the most prominent choice for many.
Fawad Alam on his non-selection
Fawad Alam last year "You shatter the confidence of players if you keep ignoring their performances. If you perform for your country and do well and then get dropped, well that is just confusing and demoralising" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 15, 2018
This is extremely sad to see with a player of his caliber
Fawad Alam "It seems other players runs in domestic cricket are of a greater importance & more relevant to selectors. Maybe my domestic runs are being scored in Bangladesh, Kenya or elsewhere & not in Pakistan, so that's why they are not important and are being ignored" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 15, 2018
Age is just a number, we all have seen Misbah do wonders for Pakistan in test cricket
Fawad Alam should have been in the squad for the England & Ireland tour. The Misbah experience has proved that age does not matter. Skill and fitness matter. His recent FC performance also proves that he is in form. This is sheer injustice.#FawadAlam
— Aizzan Malik (@AizzanKehtaHay) April 15, 2018
Misbah ul Haq was lucky, Seriously. Able to play and Captain despite late entry after so many performances #FawadAlam not. Could have been Same Story Either way.
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) April 15, 2018
When it came to PSL, Mickey Arthur believed that he needs to be more aggressive.
Earlier when media question Arthur about Fawad Alam, he said he needs to be more aggressive and hit more boundaries. We won’t deny with Arthur here, as Alam’s style of game doesn’t suite the T20 format. However, it would be hard to say that it does not work with the test format. He defends well and he is someone who could stick to the wicket for hours allowing others to go after runs.
He is still hopeful and has sent full support for the squad.
We really hope that he gets a test call from the board. We are not saying Imam doesn’t deserve a chance. He too is a good player and may even perform well in the upcoming series. He was criticized earlier as well and went on scoring a century on his debut. The question is about Fawad Alam and the continuous ignorance by the selectors. Despite his brilliant run in domestic season for the last 3 or more years the guy simply gets dropped out. If there is some genuine reason behind it then the selectors should come out and give some sort of explanation.
If You Are Afraid Of Not Being Selected Then Don’t Enter The IPL Auction – Tymal Mills
There was a lot of debate on IPL auction system recently. The international fraternity questions whether its the most decent way of selecting players. The franchise owners bid for the players and the one with the highest bid takes away the players. People believe its a sign of disrespect for players. These guys work their way to the top and represent their national teams which are a great honor. Some of them related IPL auction with the old age systems of selling slaves.
New Zealand is the first country to raise their voice against the IPL auction system.
Heath Mills, chief executive of New Zealand players association earlier spoke to New Zealand Herald. He called the auction system undignified and cruel. It wasn’t Mills who raised his voice, ex-chief, Peter Clinton tweeted about the auction.
“The IPL Auction is such an undignified, cruel and unnecessary employment practice. Ridiculous that it exists today, belongs in the medieval ages.”
Though the board believes, IPL has helped cricket in a lot of ways but few things need to be changed. Mills also said:
“Some players do exceptionally well out of it but the vast majority would like to see the system changed. They would like to negotiate with coaches and owners behind closed doors.” source: ESPNCricinfo
Tymal Mills believes there is no point of feeling embarrassed
Tymal Mills spoke to ESPNCricinfo recently regarding the IPL auction. He believes that if someone feels humiliated or embarrassed for not getting selected then they should simply not enter the auction. Mills has played two seasons of PSL and have made quite an impression in the league as well. He rose to fame after his extraordinary performance in Big Bash.
He was one of the most wanted men in last year’s IPL auction. He was sold for GBP 1.4 Million to Royal Challengers Banglore. Everybody wanted him but unfortunately, he was snubbed at this year’s IPL auction. After being one of the most important players last year, he will be sitting outside this year. However, he believes that’s how the league works.
There is no league in the world which offers this kind of money. All other leagues are capped, so they have limitations. While IPL gives you a chance to build a life out of yourself.
“It’s a little bit tough, but don’t put yourself in it if you’re scared of being humiliated or embarrassed,” Mills told ESPNcricinfo. “If you don’t get picked. It’s just the way it is. I’ve felt the good and the bad of the auction, I was obviously the belle of the ball last year and this year I wasn’t involved. That’s okay. We’re all big boys and we have got take the rough with the smooth.
The way forward …
He didn’t have quite a season this year with Big Bash or IPL, so the experts decided to not to pick him in the draft list. Mills said he understands how the system works and auction is the only way to bring that kind of money out. While, he is not going to be part of IPL or CPL, he will be playing for Sussex and focusing on regaining his form. This year hasn’t gone up to the expectations but he is taking one step at a time. He also said that it depends on the players what they do with that kind of money. He has invested his hard earned money well, getting a house and make some other smart investments to secure his future.
So what do you guys think? Whether the auction system should continue? Should PSL adapt the same system to get better players in the league?
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