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Amla’s Resignation

Hey Guys,

The decision Hashim Amla made to resign the captaincy has to be respected. Amla is a key member of the South African batting line up. The runs he scores are of immense importance to the team, particularly now, after the retirement of a number of senior players.

If he feels that the burden of captaincy is affecting his performance with the bat then he has made the right decision.

He clearly made up his mind before the Cape Town test, which lifted the burden of leadership off his shoulders and his renewed vigour at the crease was there for all to see.

Test captaincy is not for everyone and the fact that Amla doesn’t want to continue with this demanding job doesn’t make him a lesser player or person. In fact this decision will prolong his career and ensure that he scores heavily for the Proteas in times to come.

His replacement, AB de Villiers, is very comfortable with the added responsibility that captaincy brings. We have seen this in one-day international cricket where his performances with the bat while captain speak for themselves.

As captain, De Villiers is unlikely to leave the test arena in the near future, which is a massive plus for the Proteas. There was a real fear after the Durban test match that he was going to cut down on his international playing future. This is unlikely to be the case now. The captaincy should energise him and give him a renewed vigour.

The team has a week before the next test to adjust to this development, which should be enough seeing that most of them have played under De Villiers and know his captaincy style well.

The Proteas will take confidence from the way they played from day three onwards in the test match in Cape Town.

It was important for Amla to make a strong statement in the second test.

Amla had a poor 2015 by his standards. There was a fear that the pressure of captaincy was affecting his batting.

He also developed a slight flaw in his footwork pertaining to his trigger movement.

Fortunately the surface in Cape Town was a batsman’s paradise. This enabled Amla to spend a Long time at the crease and iron out some of the problems he had with his technique.

The future holds if now Amla can get back to his ways of scoring runs without the weight of captaincy on his shoulders.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Day 3

Hey guys,

Pakistan vs Bangladesh is happening and day 3 just finished and it was another Pakistan and batsman dominated day. Pakistan ended the day on 537 for 5 and leading by 205 runs.

Mohammed Hafeez finished yesterday on 134 and today continued to make 224 but was bowled by Shuvagata Hom. Azhar Ali continued to make 83 but then was also bowled by Shuvagata Hom. Younis Khan was dismissed early for 33 by Taijul Islam. After that the captain Misbah-ul-Haq came in but was dismissed by Taijul Islam. Asad Shafiq and Sarfarav Ahmed finished the day both on 51 and not out.

Moving on to the bowling. Leading wicket taker in this match for Bangladesh has been Taijul Islam who has taken 3 wickets and given 116 runs but has bowled a lot of over.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Day 2

Hey guys,

The 2nd day of the test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh happened today and I am pleased to inform you that Pakistan played to there full potential.

Pakistan bowled out Bangladesh for 332. Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah both taking 3 wickets to help Pakistan bowl out Bangladesh. Pakistan fielding also improved from the first day after Pakistan dropped 5 catches but now 3 magnificent ones and made us forget about the dropped ones. A great effort in the bowling and fielding led and started a fantastic level of effort in the batting.

Pakistan lost an early wicket who was Saad Nasim for 20 but when Mohammed Hafeez came he was unstoppable and made 137. Hafeez had only made 23 runs in this series before this match and had to perform and he did and he played a fantastic. Another opener Azhar Ali who helped Pakistan get to 227 by making a usefull 65. While keeping Mushfiqur Rahim sprained his finger but will keep for Bangladesh tomorrow. Taijaul Islam picked up the 1 wicket but Pakistan is looking very strong with a experienced batting line-up coming next.

Here you see Mohammed Hafeez and Azhar Ali shaking hands making their 50 partnership.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh

Hi guys,

As many of you will know the Pakistan vs Bangladesh T20 and ODI (One Day International) just passed and as a Pakistani, I am very disappointed with the effort of the Pakistani players. They lost the ODI series 3-0 and the T20 1-0. In every match Bangladesh won the match with ease with more than 5 overs left.

Many Pakistani legends have commented on Pakistan’s lack of performance. For example: a former Pakistani captain, Ramiz Raja, syas that ¨this is the lowest point in our international history¨, ¨Lack of fresh ideas hurting Pakistan¨ and ¨ Attacking bowling has been the team’s hallmark down the decades, but not anymore it would seem.¨

Pakistan is facing Bangladesh in there first test match out of 2. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. Pakistan’s poor performance continued as 5 catches were dropped today! It is stumps of day 1 and Bangladesh are 236 for 4. Hope to see the Pakistani performance improve.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

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