I would rather have Adnan as keeper even though he is a **** batsman. He is a really good keeper and will save us the need to get another 2-3 wickets thanks to junior or kami's dropmals.
that is another thing I had thought about
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
Still think Sarfraz is the best option ATM has a decent batting technique that can be worked on and hasn't had ne clangers so far (I think!). Adnan is fine for tests. Always surprised me we haven't been able to find an odi keeper as ive always believed you need someone who can catch a ball and have the ability to play a few shots lower down the order, yet we can't even find someone to do that :-(
Sarfaraz deserves a chance.He's been in out of the team off and on.He's had a good Asia Cup,and we need to persist with him for some time to get the best out of him.
Sarfraz saved our arse in the Asia cup. Definitely needs a chance.
anyone but the khatmals.....never in our history have we had such a dearth of decent keepers
I had have Sarfaraz over Adnan any day in Tests/ODI. I feel Sarfaraz is a better test batsmen.
A consolidator and top order batsmen.
But Kamran over any body in T20.
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" - John Maynard Keynes
When Pakistan Tour start Sri Lanka & need complete schedule?
34 year old Rana Naved ul Hasan's ambition for many years has been rather different to many cricketers. Whilst many dream of domestic success, international honours and the riches of tournaments such as the IPL, Rana's focus for a large part of his career has been on launching a cricket academy in his home city of Sheikhupura.
He first mentioned the project to me 5 years ago and even back then he had major plans and specific ideas about what he wanted the academy to achieve. Listening to the passion with which he spoke back then, it was obvious that the idea would one day become a reality.
Rana has played domestic cricket in Pakistan since 1995 and knows the system inside out and is aware of the difficulties up and coming cricketers face in Pakistan. Sadly in some scenarios if one does not have the financial backing or the contacts then there is little chance of making it into any of the academies, local cricket clubs or first class teams. Some of these youngsters may have more talent than their competitors but, their route to eventual first class cricket is blocked if they don't have the requisite contacts.
"The situation of boys being invited to and given places in an academy based on contacts and wealth was one that I wanted to address" stated Rana to PakPassion.net
He added "It happens too often that a boy from a wealthy family will get selected for a place at an academy ahead of a boy who is a better cricketer but comes from a poor family. I've been there, I know the system, I know what difficulties I faced and I know what sacrifices my family had to make for me to get into cricket. I want all of the cricketing talent of Sheikhupura to be given a chance at my academy, irrespective of which family they are from and how wealthy they are. My academy is open to all those boys who want to learn the game and improve their cricket and then go on to hopefully play first class cricket and above."
Rana is back for another season in County cricket this year for Derbyshire, having previously featured in England for Sussex and Yorkshire. A wholehearted and popular cricketer famous for his hair, as well as his ability to bowl well at the death of an innings, Rana developed his talent in domestic cricket in Pakistan predominantly for WAPDA.
His international career has spanned seven years and he last played for Pakistan in February 2010. Whilst his own international aspirations are currently on hold, he feels that his academy has the potential to produce some excellent first class cricketers, some who may one day be recognised with international honours as he was.
Rana added "There is so much cricketing talent in Sheikhupura. I would go back home and see young children, 5, 6 or 7 year old playing cricket on the streets with no shoes, using an old stick for a bat. Their feet would be cut to shreds, the ball they would be using would be ruined and just reinforced with tape, yet I would watch them and see how talented they were. It saddened me to see their love for cricket, how they were smiling and enjoying the game despite the lack of equipment".
He continued "Seeing this day in, day out got me thinking that how good these boys would become if we gave them the opportunity to play cricket at decent facilities with some proper cricket equipment. I discussed the idea with some influential people in Sheikhupura and some former team mates of mine. They were all behind me and very supportive of the idea and all said that it would be great for the local community and for the development of cricket in the city".
"Gradually the ideas started to become plans, slowly but surely the ideas started to materialise and the building blocks were put into place piece by piece. Not once did anyone think the idea would not work and all the people around me were very focussed and keen for the plans to become reality. Obviously for some periods I was not back home with cricketing assignments overseas, so my colleagues organised everything".
Rana's plans are simple and the emphasis is on providing the youngsters of Sheikhupura with a cricketing facility that they can use fully and for Sheikhupura to produce local cricketing talent that goes on and does well for the local team, for first class teams and possibly for Pakistan.
"We have only launched the academy last week which was a very proud moment. It was a dream come true for me when it opened and we already have 60 to 70 boys at the academy aged from 8 to 20. It is a brand new facility which not only focuses on cricket but also provides the boys with education. We have former first class cricketers as coaches and also schoolteachers to educate the boys."
Rana continued "The coaching setup will be expanded in a few months time with some former National Cricket Academy coaches joining the team. Our plans are in place, we want to develop a high calibre of cricketer in Sheikhupura, a cricketer that is well versed in the basics of cricket and has a good grounding behind them from a young age. We want to produce cricketers for Sheikhupura region first and foremost - who knows maybe some of these boys will go on and play for first class departmental teams and eventually for Pakistan, but let's take things one step at a time."
Rana concluded "With this academy I want to give Pakistan cricket something back, as it has given me a lot of proud moments over the years. I'm still fit, strong and enjoying my cricket and still want to play for my country. You never know what is around the corner and I am ready if the selectors want my services"
... hor gunnay choopoo ...
wow.....Rana's cricket academy
I strongly believe it is not always a players intent to cheat..they simply don't know what bloody substance(1000's of them for god's sake) is a banned one..Drugs..Different countries use different names how the hell Rehman is supposed to know that?..I would like to give Rehman a benefit of doubt..May be not ..but my point is educating players is imp..
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