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    April 29, 2005

    Pakistan's experiment with Twenty20 in jeopardy

    Just a day after I wrote about Twenty20 in Pakistan, the tournament was thrown into a tizzy when it was revealed that Shoaib Malik deliberately ensured that his team, Sialkot Stallions, did not win against Karachi Zebras. The Stallions only required 20 to win with more than 3 overs in hand. Malik's go-slow was to ensure that Lahore Eagles did not go through to the next round. He was peeved about the fact that his side was, in his opinion, wrongly penalized runs for a slow over-rate in a game against Lahore Eagles. Effectively he threw away the game, although you could just as well use the word in the context of his bowling action.

    The PCB has taken a dim view of what happened. But by declaring the match null & void, Karachi Zebras, who would have gone through had the match been awarded to them, were knocked out while Lahore Eagles progressed. Malik's strategy obviously failed. In a further twist, after run-rate calculations, had Sialkot won, they would have progressed to the next round!

    There're a few quotes in those reports about Malik being looked at as a potential Pakistan captain. These miscalculations would have done his case no good.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 6:45 PM |
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    twenty20 is too much for cricket, they are not civilized enough for experiments. that said, this form originated in england and i dont want to comment on this when the ashes is just round the corner.

    By Blogger Ganesh (29-Apr-2005, 8:00:00 PM)  

    i meant 'twenty20 is too much for pakistan cricket'

    By Blogger Ganesh (29-Apr-2005, 8:07:00 PM)  

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