Thursday, October 05, 2006


Inzamam The Great

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Remember the days when Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Aamir Sohail, Saleem Malik, Rashid Latif, et al played musical chairs with the Pakistani captaincy? Well, they have just returned.

With Inzamam ul Haq at the helm the team transformed from a team of inconsistent geniuses to a cohesive, powerful and almost clinical unit that was not as talented as its predecessors, but played a team sport like it should be played - as a team. Well, most of the time anyway.

Then what happens, Inzamam gets banned, Younis Khan accepts the captaincy and all hell breaks loose when he turns around and says he doesn't want it anymore. Is he serious? Yup. Two days before the squad flies to India for the Champions Trophy, they are captain-less and in state of utter despair, one would think.

I am sure more will come of this event, Younis has promised us as much. Meanwhile, it just goes to show the calming and positive influence Inzamam had on a team of individuals that almost always place their success before that of the team's. Grow up lads. We're not playing lunch-time cricket at school anymore.

Update: Mohammad Yousuf (the artiste formerly known as Yousuf Youhana) has been appointed interim captain. Proving that the ICC is not the only toothless administrative body in world cricket, the PCB has "accepted an apology" from Younis Khan and decided against jettisoning him from the team for the Champions Trophy.

Imagine if Michael Hussey had done a Younis Khan for the recently concluded DLF Cup, I'd bet my proverbial house that Cricket Australia would've relegated him to the history books before you could blink an eye lid. If they didn't do this of their own accord, then the Australian public would have made sure they did. As they should, too.

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