Saturday, October 3, 2009
Judicial activism gives victory to New Zealand...
While not absolving Team Pakistan of the blame of not posting an imposing total on a batting track one can't stop feeling for the boys who got so many decisions not in their favor.
Umpires got active just like our judges and media that take sides instead of being neutral. With every wrong decision my thoughts would go to our judicial activism and the partisan approach of our so called anchors and journalists.
Well done New Zealand. Great job. You deserved to win. Pakistan fared far too badly in batting to deserve a win. But one can't help noticing the umpires. In the last over Pakistan was facing, the short umpire, pictured here, did not give two unplayable balls as wide. That could have changed the complexion completely.
Earlier Umar Akmal was given out wrongly while a minimum of four plumb LBW decisions went New Zealand's way. When you add up it looks like umpires had become players. In any case hearty congratulations to Daniel Vettori and his team in particular himself, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott.
But lets see what went wrong? Don't forget top players are top players. We should swallow our pride and always field the best team available. Asif and Misbah ul Haq were sorely missed. Misbah would have surely helped us to reach or cross 300 and Asif done wonders with his nagging line and length la McGrath.
What was that cross bat player Imran Nazeer doing there and the erratic bowler Naved Ul Hasan who also after hitting a six got out most irresponsibly. And how long will the nation endure constant non-performance of Shahid Afridi. It is about time he is shown the door if he cannot correct his foot work and rush of blood.
When the team selection is bad don't expect divine intervention.
I would also like to see Shoaib Akhtar back in the team. The world has yet to produce a better speedster than him. The PCB was not big enough to manage such a big talent. It all started when they did not offer him The Central Contract.