Friday, January 25, 2008


Is Saqlain Mustaq A Pom?

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Or, more accurately, will he be accepted as one by the English public, wonders Jonathan Liew. This to me sounds like merely another example of why the 2005 Ashes success was a fluke, the English attitude to building a successful cricket team is still way off the mark.

Let's face it, the question is not whether Saqlain Mushtaq should play for England, it's who should he replace in the side.

English cricket, in it's current state of utter disarray, can ill afford to delay the inclusion of a tweaker who is better than anything that country has produce before, or will produce for a long time yet. With Monty Panesar showing predictable signs of stalling in his development, who cares if Saqlain has played a World Cup final for Pakistan, or, that he turned out for Pakistan at all (a matter that would make Poms cringe)?

The Poms need Saqlain Mushtaq and the sooner they got over their typically colonialist attitude, the sooner they might have a faint shot at winning cricket matches again.

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