What a way to revive this blog. Pakistan’s win against England 2 nil secures them the series. I specifically created this blog years ago to share with you my views and opinions surround cricket, mainly around the Pakistan Cricket Team. My last post back in 2009, and the latest Pakistan’s win over England flared within me that fire to celebrate the good news – how better than to revive this blog.
Firstly – CONGRATULATIONS to all the Pakistanis in this very much-needed victory over number one test team in the world – England. I’d like to extend my congratulations to those who support(ed) Pakistan.
2012 for Pakistan has started fantastically well. The victory against Pakistan is indeed a victory very much-needed by a nation who have seen their fair share of trouble(s) both domestically and at international level. In recent years, Pakistan Cricket Team and Pakistan Cricket Board have been surrounded by controversy one after another, and at times, it seemed Pakistan is embedded so deep in troubles and issues that it’s virtually impossible for them to rise. Despite all the odds, Pakistan, a nation who has always fought, proved not only can they rise above problems and issues that surround them, but to give such a fighting performance that even teams ranked number are left humiliated and bewildered. This reminds me when Imran Khan (who led Pakistan to victory in 1992 world cup against England) stated: “Time for Pakistan to Fight like Cornered Tigers” and this they do just that.
After the world number one test team, England lost the first test against Pakistan, it was claimed to be a one-off and England promised to fight back. Unfortunately for England, when you have a team, like Pakistan, who are tigers cornered, this leaves little room for any team to indeed triumph, and Pakistan kept the sceptics at bay by winning the series.
England’s defeat sent shock waves around the world, where media reports titled “Pakistan v England: Tourists humiliated to lose series” and “Pakistan’s Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal complete England’s humiliation” show how media expected England to win the series but were left devastatingly dispassionate beyond belief. Geoffrey Boycott, the former England captain described England’s performance in the 72-run Test defeat by Pakistan as “one of the worst he has ever witnessed” when he was left eating his words by previous claiming that England will win (after they lost the first Test) and quote “would give up his three houses if Pakistan won”
England number one ranking in test cricket is looking flaky after this defeat, and not the mention the trashing India gave them 4-0 last summer. As for Pakistan, they now demand respect following their recent turbulent period which tarnished their image. The lowest point for Pakistan cricket was in 2010 tour of England when three of their top players were caught in spot-fixing scandal. The then Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammed Asif and brilliant Mohammad Aamer were banned.
Pakistan, over the recent years needed to earn back their respect. In my view, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, Pakistan have done just that and have ‘started’ earn back their respect.
Let’s just hope, the nation of Pakistan, and Pakistan’s supporters around the world can get back behind Pakistan and support them – more importantly the Pakistan Cricket Board can turn over a new leaf and sustain this team.
You can read more match and series reports here, here and here.
Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal clearly has had a magical start to 2012, and his spin bowling has got many talking: