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In my time as Pakistan coach, I gained some incredible insights into the workings of the country and the team, and I'll never forget the time the team captain called me up to his room on the eve of a match.Earlier that day, a player who we had not selected for the game approached me, saying: ''I was told I would be playing tomorrow.'' My response was, ''Well no, you're not, you've obviously been given the wrong information.''Then the skipper of the side called me late in the evening. I went to his room and he was standing there with a very sombre-looking selector.This selector said: ''We must pick [the player who had earlier approached me], I have been told that if he is not in the team tomorrow, my daughter will be kidnapped and I will not see her again.''At first we both laughed, but then we realised he was being serious. Our chairman then called the president, Pervez Musharraf, who in turn phoned the people behind the threats and said they had better reconsider or else. The next we heard the matter had been resolved.
The team has as many as 6 National Team players in its ranks. And some of them like Mark Boucher are walking Encyclopedias who can adjust to game situations in a jiffy and win you blinders.
Makhaya Ntini leads the pace attack. He bowls with zest come what may and that one quality makes him stand out from the rest. The spin department too is good with the presence of Nicky Boje and Johan Botha.
Prince is a stable middle order batsman who can steady your ship in case of starting problems. Boucher as a floater is invaluable. The youngsters like Theron and Ingram lend balance to this team in form of youth and experience.
On the whole, only time will tell if this team is going to add to its cabinet or going to keep it bare !!
They have a fantastic Captain in Anil Kumble – a man who inspires his men by showing the way to do things, leading from the front rather than to give orders. He’s got tones and tones of experience to go with and an able ally in Rahul Dravid for any advice. Apart from these two, the likes of Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have shown that they can take the best of attacks to the cleaners when in supreme form. Pandey’s century and Robin’s 27 DLF Maximums stay proof of this fact.
The bowling is more than settled. Praveen Kumar is one of the few Impact bowlers in this shortest version of the game and he can’t be counted out as he’s shown us time and again. Dale Steyn leading the attack could instill fear in amany a batsmen’s mind. And the utility pace of Vinay and Mithun will also lend support to the prime duo.
The foreign stars like Taylor, Kallis and White are all people I need not write about. More Devastating than the biggest nuclear bomb ever made, these guys can make a mockery of any bowler –
So, all in all, it’s a tough call. All teams playing are good. But, RCB inches ahead thanks to good reserve strength.
The team is filled with batsman who can bowl and bowlers who can bat. So, in event of a collapse, they can still be assured of a decent total in comparison with other teams. Also, 5 members of this aquad have been part of the National Squad as well.
Peter George, a tall fast bowler on the lines of Glenn McGrath and their captain Michael Klinger, a prolific scorer may be their dark horses. The trump card for the team though s undoubtedly Shaun Tait. He’s been of magnanimous form ever sincee he came back from his sabbatical and will definitely be a course changer for the team in this shortest format. Only cause of concern would be his fitness levels.
If they do win the CLT20 this season, it would be a record of sorts – the second Aussie team to clinch this relatively new tournament. !!
I’m not blaming South Africa, yes, it is a nice place to play cricket as we’ve found out time and again ( IPL 2 , Inaugural T20 WC ) .... But, what we ought to remember here is that Cricket while being played in
Alright, what’s happened has happened and there’s absolutely no use of us pondering over it. Lets get back to the present and shift our focus towards previewing the teams that are going to battle it out this time round.
There are going to be a total of 10 teams competing ( down from he 12 last season thanks to the two English teams not taking part ) and they have been split into two groups of 5 teams each. I’ll be previewing them adhering to the schedule given below starting tomorrow.....
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Do be back again to read the previews and give your feedback/comments/arguments/opinions.....
'He's an angry young man, Stuart Broad. He really is. He's had a review turned down and he's questioning the umpire … and then young Haider has played a decent forward defense … I mean, is there any need for that at all?! Absolutely no need for that. You can apologise as much as you want, but just don't do it! It's not needed. Ridiculous! […] Yeah, Bumble, I don't mind the aggression from Stuart Broad; it's part of his skill — his armoury — but certain things he does just winds me up: not to turn around and ask the umpire for a decision; just to throw the ball at a batsman on debut … Ridiculous!'