I love Pakistan cricket.
In fact, to prove my love for Pakistan cricket, I’ve never once punched Shoaib Malik in the face.
I’m not sure I love Nasir Jamshed. Maybe I do, and I just don’t know it yet.
The first time I ate pizza, I thought, that’s not bad, I’d like that again.
I only had one piece.
It never occurred to me that what I was eating was the single greatest food ever invented. It just tasted ok, and one piece lead to one whole pizza, which lead to two, two lead to three and three lead to the time I once ate 13 pizzas in 8 days.
So far I like what I see of Jamshed. It’s not much, it’s probably only two pieces worth. But he can play, and Pakistan need an actual batsman.
Not a Nazir like psychopath, not a wild hitter like Afridi, not a suicidal freak like Umar, not a dour plodder like Hafeez, not whatever the hell Kamran Akmal is, and not Shoaib Malik, ever.
Nasir could be what Pakistan need to help this amazing bowling attack win this tournament.
In typical fashion New Zealand fought their way back from utter disaster to lose with honour. Ross Taylor batted at six, so let’s pretend that they took this game as more of a hit out than an actual game type game.
Result: Shahid Afridi is 32 years old.