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Friday, May 11, 2007

A team hassled like none other

About the only other cricket team that seems to be in a worse mess than the Indian team seems to be the Pakistan cricket team. They lost to green-horns Ireland in the World Cup and did not progress to the next stage at all. In contrast Bangladesh, to which India lost, is atleast a test side.

But apart from the disastrous show at the World Cup the poor players have got to contend with a lot more. Their coach Bob Woolmer was murdered half-way through the World Cup and their captain, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, announced a sudden retirement. Younis Khan, to who the captaincy was offered, refused it while lashing out at the Pakistan public for their harsh reaction to the team's misfortunes.

And that was only the tip of the iceberg. Just when the continuous hassling of the Pakistani players with regard to the murder of Bob Woolmer seemed to be slowly coming to an end, out came a revelation that Mushtaq Ahmed, their bowling coach, had passed on two bottles of Champagne to Woolmer before he was murdered. And now investigations on the matter are on.

If these problems are not enough there seem to be discipline problems among the players too with the opener Imran Farhat's blatant unhappiness over his non-selection into the Pakistan team. Farhat, apparently, called up the selectors to voice his disappointment in pretty harsh terms. Talk about adding fuel to fire.

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