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Who Wears The Pants In This Family?

by achettup

So who decides if Pakistan needs a strong middle order? On cricinfo, they've taken pains to name all the people who were involved in that decision making meeting:

The PCB said in a statement that Kamran Akmal would be Butt's vice-captain for the Tests in England and that the matter concerning the inclusion of Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in the team was also discussed at a meeting but was deferred.

Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, convened a meeting on Saturday involving the team management and senior players to discuss the way forward following Afridi's decision to retire from Tests. The meeting was attended by the team manager Yawar Saeed, coach Waqar Younis, associate manager Shafqat Rana, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Umar Gul.

Besides having one Butt too many in that meeting, there seems to be a peculiar mix of "senior" players in the meeting. I don't recall, what position did Shoaib Mirza bat at again in the previous test? Oh, thats right, they played a débutante ahead of him! As a "senior" player of considerable new "influence", his opinion on team harmony must have been crucial. This after a stats piece showed just how dependent the team is on a strong middle order. "matter deferred" it seems, at this rate soon your cricket will be "deferred" too Butthead...

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