Best of Umar Gul | World Cup 2011 | Video

Umar Gul sadly couldn't quite do it in the Semi Final but he was inspirational for us in the tournament taking 14 wickets. Here are the best wickets of Umar Gul from the 2011 ICC World Cup. Enjoy!

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Shahid Afridi says "Sorry" To the nation | Post Match Interview

Shahid Afridi apologized to his nation for not winning the match. He however added that he was very proud of his team for reaching the semifinals. He said that Pakistan played exceptionally well in the whole tournament but in the semifinal India played better.

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Wahab Riaz 5 for 46 Vs India | Video Highlights

Wahab Riaz bowled an exceptional spell against India picking up his first international five-wicket haul. Riaz got rid of Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Zaheer Khan. Riaz finished with the figures of 5 for 46.
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Shahid Afridi Press conference on Mohali Semi Final

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PCA Stadium Mohali, the venue for Indo-Pak Semi Final, under the scanner.

                                      Pakistan players drill under lights

Mohali is all awaited to have mother of all matches, India vs Pakistan Semi Final it is in World Cup 2011, even bigger match than the World Cup Final. Pakistan would have not wanted a better venue than it as far as weather and cultural conditions are concerned. Once Pakistan lands in Mohali(Chandigarh), it would be closest venue for Pakistan from Pakistan as Mohali is just 250KM away from Lahore. 

Unique flood lights of Mohali
Mohali is unique day/night venue in whole World. It has 18 light towers, most by any Cricketing venue in world. The reason behind 18 venues is the Airbase of Indian air force nearby stadium; as the jets and helicopters are usually on move that’s why the towers were kept low but were increased to 18. 

Condition of pitch in Mohali
When the stadium was opened in 1994. It had a non-Indian wicket which hardly had support for batsmen, it remained like it for years; producing low scoring encounters. Its one of the most bizarre venues in India where conditions of pitch are always unknown. In 2006 Champions Trophy, there were low scoring encounters but in 2007 Pakistan and India played a run-fest; when Pakistan successfully chased 321 set by India. 

As far as current conditions are concerned, they are yet to be unveiled properly. Some say it will suit Fast bowlers due to grass while others are considering it as a typical Indian batting wicket. Though the curator, Daljeet Singh, has said that there is grass which will help seamers. 

The recent matches played at this venue suggest that it will be a run-fest as conditions and pitch still suit to batting. In December 2009, India chased target of 207 in a T20 Match against Sri Lanka. In 2007, Pakistan chased 322 set by India in 2nd ODI of Series. Last, South Africa piled 351 against the Netherlands at this very venue in this World Cup.

Dew Factor in Mohali
Among all the venues used in this World Cup – save Chittagong – this venue, Mohali, will have most dew in its outfield. Dew has affected the bowling in past, and it will be there once again. We don’t know whether Dew will be massive - like in Chittagong – or less, but it will be there. 

As we have seen the conditions of Punjab getting cooler in last few days so dew can be expected in bulk. However, wind during day might reduce dew in evening.

Bat First or Second?
This will be the biggest conundrum for captains from both side. Pakistan won two matches against India in Mohali, both by chasing the target. But in this World Cup, Pakistan batsmen have struggled during chase. Dew factor will be most important in this decision. So it will never be easy to decide whether to bowl first or bat first. I personally feel that if Shahid Afridi wins the toss he will bat first irrespective of dew factor.

Same case goes with India. They have batted first in some matches in this World Cup, they posted runs in bulk but their bowlers failed to defend it whereas they won the Quarter Final by chasing it. I personally feel that if MS Dhoni wins the toss he will ask Pakistan to bat first. 

Pakistan vs India in Mohali.
This would be biggest factor going in favour of Pakistan when they enter in PCA Stadium Mohali to face India in Semi Final. Pakistan has played two matches against India in Mohali and Pakistan won both of them; both victories came during chase, one was way back in 1999 under captaincy of Wasim Akram while the second one was in 2007 under captaincy of Shoaib Malik. 

Mohali 2007: Shahid Afridi's cameo of 29 in 14 balls helped Pakistan chasing 322 against India.

Indo-Pak 2007 Humdinger at Mohali
Once Pakistan enters in stadium on 30th March, Pakistan will have cushion of this match in their support. Pakistan batsmen played like world champions last time when they faced India in Mohali. India set the target of 322 for Pakistan to win in second ODI of that series, Pakistan batsman chased it successfully. Younis Khan scored 117 in that match whereas Misbah scored 49, at the end Afridi’s cameo of 29 in 14 balls steered Pakistan home in last over. Shoaib Akhtar took 3 wickets by giving just 42 runs in 10 overs.

Abdul Razzak and Kamran Akmal in Mohali
Both of them would love to savour the taste of 2005 Test once again. In first Test of 2005 Indo-Pak Test Series, Pakistan had almost lost the Test before Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzak came to rescue. They both had a marathon partnership which eventually turned the game in “draw”. Kamran Akmal scored century in that match. Both of them have sweet memories in Mohali though it was a Test Match.

Weather conditions in Mohali, Chandigarh.
It would be most similar weather to Pakistan in Mohali. As Mohali lies in Indian Punjab, the culture and weather there would be quite similar to Pakistan’s Punjab. Weather will be bit cooler than Colombo, Hambantota, Kandy. Temperature will be around 30 degree Celsius; making it a perfect weather of spring season in Punjab.
Intakhab Alam’s experience of Mohali
Many of us don’t know that the current manager and ex-coach of Pakistan, Intikhab Alam, will be knowing the conditions of PCA Stadium Mohali more than anyone as he was coach of Indian domestic cricket team, Punjab, in the Ranjhi Trophy. Mohali serves as home for Punjab in Ranjhi Trophy. 

Mohali also served the Semi Final of 1996 World Cup which was a low scoring nail-biting clash between West Indies and Australia. Australia won it and qualified for Final of 1996 World Cup.  

Pakistan’s miseries in Mohali
Pakistan might have a 100% record against India in Mohali but they have struggled at this venue against other nations. The most concerning factor is that matches which Pakistan lost in Mohali were crucial matches; in 1997 Independence Cup, Pakistan lost to New Zealand and then Srilanka(which was one of finals of that event) whereas in 2006 Champions Trophy, Pakistan lost to New Zealand and then South Africa in a must-win game to progress[Pakistan were bowled out on 89 in reply to South Africa’s 213]

Why Mohali for a Semi Final?
I haven’t got a suitable answer that why did BCCI pick Mohali as a Semi Final venue? The most attractive venues like Kolkatta, Bangalore, Chennai were overshadowed in lights of Chandigarh, the reason to this is unknown. The most interesting thing is that; all the venues which India used in World Cup, Mohali(venue for Semi Final) has the least capacity for spectators followed by Mumbai(venue for Final). The move isn’t less than a paradox that why you are using the venue with least capacity for a Semi Final. 

Mohali in Pictures

     Pakistan players offer Namaz in PCA Stadium Mohali

Smog arrives in Mohali during Pakistan-New Zealand match in Champions Trophy 2006

Indian air force helicopter flies over PCA Stadium Mohali

                                Unique flood light system of Mohali

                                 PCA Stadium under typical Punjab fog

Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 29/03/2011
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Pakistan Team Offering Namaz At Mohali Stadium | Video

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Pakistan vs India Semi-Final | Psycho Mike Prediction | Video

The video contains some offensive language. Avoid if you are not used to it.

P.S Sorry Indian Fans Its not what we are saying, THE WORLD IS SAYING it :D

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Indian Media Scared of Pakistan's bowling practice using "Black Stone"

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The "Soldier" is Ready For War | Shoaib Akhtar In Training

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Amazing Catch | Have you ever seen first slip fielder taking a leg-slip catch

Martin van Jaarsveld pulls off an amazing catch at leg slip, running behind the keeper from first slip.

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Mohammad Hafeez Wickets & 50 Vs West Indies | Video Highlights

Mohammad Hafeez took two important wickets and then belted West Indian bowlers to hit an unbeaten half century to help Paksitan register an emphatic 10-wicket win. Hafeez was unbeanten 61.
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Kamran Akmal 47 Not Out Vs West Indies | Video Highlights

Kamran Akmal struck an unbeaten 47 off 61 balls to help Pakistan register a 10-wicket win against West Indies. Akmal hit seven fours on the way.

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Shahid Afridi 4 for 30 Vs West Indies | Video Highlights

Shahid Afridi removed Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas and Ravi Rampaul to take 4 for 30. Afridi was economical with an economy rate of 3.15.

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No Regrets If I Don't get Selected says Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar is desperate to take the field against West Indies for the World Cup quarterfinal but Pakistan’s team management is not interested in recalling the mercurial fast bowler.

Akhtar, who has decided to retire after the World Cup, needs three more wickets to reach the 250-mark in One-day Internationals but more than reaching that personal milestone, he wants one more chance to bow out in a blaze of glory.

Shoaib Akhtar, according to team officials, remains upbeat in spite of the snub. “He (Shoaib) is behaving really well. He knows that our aim is to win the World Cup and that he doesn’t have a role in the current combination. He is very supportive and is giving the youngsters his advise and guidance,” said a team official.

Meanwhile, in an interview on Tuesday Akhtar declared that in spite of the snub he remains the fastest bowler in the tournament.

I wanted to make way for the juniors, so even if I don’t get my 250th wicket it is fine. It will be dream to reach that landmark, but if I don’t get picked, there is not much I can do. I still remain the fastest bowler in this World Cup,” he said.

Akhtar said that he will accept the team management’s decision if it opts not to give him any more role in Pakistan’s title campaign.

Pakistan winning the World Cup is far more important that reaching personal goals. For me, nation comes first. That’s the way I have been. So I will accept any team decision,” said Akhtar.

There will be no sadness if I don’t play. I have had my time and it was my determination to play this World Cup which I have done. I was good enough to play for Pakistan again.

I want to be born as a cricketer again. I am a true Pakistani who is honest and with a clear conscience. Even if I have pain in my bones, I will love to bowl fast once again,” he concluded.
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Pakistan Training Session Mirrpur | Photo Special

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Video | Pakistan Team Arrives At Hotel After Beating Australia

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Ian Chappell Stupid Comment on Afridi | Video

Former Test captain Ian Chappell says the enigmatic Shahid Afridi is "a bit crazy" and should not be in charge of Pakistan's World Cup side, describing his batting brain-snap against Australia as "idiotic". 

He further said " It's not good for the captain to have a celebration like standing on the pitch with his arms up, it won't go well with his teammates, Afridi hasn't done anything to get the wicket, his teammates must be sick of it "

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Team Management Tells Akhtar " The Game is Over "

According to sources close to the team Shoaib Akhtar's World Cup is all but over after his clash with Kamran Akmal in the dressing room during the New Zealand game.

"Shoaib basically has lost favor of the captain, coach and some of the other players after the game against New Zealand," a well-informed source told Press Trust of India.

"Some of the players are not happy with the way he reacted after the New Zealand innings in Pallekele and behaved with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal," the source added.

The "Jang Newspaper" reported from Sri Lanka that Shoaib, apparently, had argued with Kamran soon after he dropped two catches, in one of his over, and than pushed him.

The source confirmed that after the New Zealand innings, Shoaib had a heated argument with Kamran over the dropped catches, leading to a tense atmosphere in the dressing room.

Pakistan lost the match to New Zealand, but the source said that the team management later spoke to the PCB chief, informing him of the incident. The PCB chief, reportedly, told the team management that if fast bowler was not behaving he should not be played again.

"Subsequently, Shoaib was fined USD 2000, and also told by the management in clear terms that it is better if he decided to retire from international cricket," the source said.

According to the source, Shoaib now hardly have any friends left in the team.

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Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi | Discussing Tactics Perhaps ?

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Schedule of Quarter Finals in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand qualified for Quarters from Group A while India, South Africa, West Indies, England qualified from Group B.

Schedule of Quarter Finals is as Followed: 

23rd March: Pakistan vs West Indies in Mirpur(Dhaka)  at 1.30pm PST - [A]

24th March: Australia vs India in Ahmedabad at 2.00pm PST - [B]

25th March:  New Zealand vs South Africa in Mirpur(Dhaka) at 1.30pm PST - [C]

26th March: Sri Lanka vs England in Colombo(RPS) at 2.00pm PST - [D] 

1st Semi Final will be played between winners of Quarter Finals A and B whereas 2nd Semi Final will be played between winners of Quarter Finals C and D.

This means that if Pakistan qualifies for Semi Final then Pakistan will face either India or Australia in Semi Final. If Pakistan gets Semi Final against India then it will also be played in India(Mohali).

Reported by Mazher Arshad

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Pakistan V Australia | Full Highlights

Pakistan ended Australia's 34-match unbeaten run at World Cups with a tense four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in Group A. Ricky Ponting's side looked out of sorts after choosing to bat, crumbling to 176 all out with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) impressing.

Brett Lee took 4-28 in reply to test Pakistan's nerve but Umar Akmal saw them home with an unbeaten 48.
The defeat was Australia's first at a World Cup since 1999. 

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Umar Akmal vs Australia | Video Highlights

Umar Akmal once again helped Pakistan register a win the World Cup 2011. Umar struck 44 off 59 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. He hit four fours and a six on the way.

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Umar Gul 3 For 30 Vs Australia | Video Highlights

Umar Gul removed Shane Watson, Jason Krejza and Brett Lee to taken three wickets. Pakistan bowled Australia out for 176 in 46.4 overs. Gul finished with the figures of 3 for 30 in 7.4 overs.

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Brad Haddin Being an Idiot | Video

Ricky Ponting's decision was reviewed, Umar Akmal and Haddin got into a scrap, Afridi told Umar Akmal to calm down and then Haddin said more shit that got Afridi pissed and he said something back in a furious manner. Then after that Younis Khan came and told Haddin to calm down, but Haddin pushes him back. Then when Haddin walks to Ponting he says some shit to Kamran Akmal, and Kammi is just smilling at him for some reason. Umpires did nothing. 

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Exclusive: Shoaib Akhtar's First Interview after Announcing Retirement

Shoaib Akhtar has said that he is surrounded by emptiness and sadness for calling it quits from international cricket. He added that for 20  years, he has fought to play cricket and now that he has decided to  leave something he loved; it hurts. He further added "I wish I would have played with Imran Khan then I would have been a different person."

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Paul Stirling 101 off 72 balls V Netherlands | Video Highlights

Paul Stirling set-up the pace for a massive Irish chase of Netherlands' 306 by scoring a fluent 101 off 72 balls. Stirling shared a match-winning opening partnership off 177 with his skipper William Porterfield in a 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Group B match.

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Shoaib Akhtar Interview Before Sri Lanka Match

I don't care what people say , I do what I feel is right , I am playing for my country that I love and I am a very patriotic man and I love my Star [Pointing to the Sitara on his chest] this is what matters to me. Legend.

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