While discussing their significance, it is also equally important to find out who will fill their shoes and replace them?...we have to move beyond and ask the crucial question: is there bench strength – in terms of talent to replace our heroes? This analysis aims to explore a larger question: are our institutions strong enough to produce talents that would fill in and take the process forward – not only in Cricket, but across the board – from politics to education.
Certainly Afridi deserved a better farewell for his contribution to Pakistan Cricket. Is there something that could be learned – balancing between being a player and a captain, building skills rather than relying on individual brilliance, and even more importantly, how to handle our legends and heroes?
The primary problem lies with the Board. And perhaps with the rest of society as well, which is willing to over look corruption. Other boards, for example South Africa never allowed the tainted players to return to the playing eleven.
The entire Pakistani nation takes pride in their cricket team being “unpredictable”. One can be happy about winning a match from an unfavourable situation, but cannot be upbeat about losing a match from a favourable and strong position. When both get accepted as being “unpredictable”, that is likely to impact on the psyche of individual players and the captains
Misbahs and Younis Khans should not become relics and irreplaceable. Young players have to step into their shoes and have the will and talent to stay long and play innings of substance. Imran Khans and Wasim Akrams are loved all over the Cricketing World, because of their ability to play and win the games in all formats