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Rival captains Inzamam-ul-Haq and Trent Johnston

Pakistan will look to dampen Irish enthusiasm carried over from their thrilling tie with Zimbabwe when the sides meet on Saturday.

If Ireland can cause another upset, it would mean Inzamam-ul-Haq's side catching an early plane home.

With Shahid Afridi still banned, coach Bob Woolmer is considering promoting keeper Kamran Akmal to open the innings because of their top-order struggles.

But Ireland are intent on making it a memorable St Patrick's Day.

How do you see the game going? Give your thoughts on the match as it progresses.

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comment by pitafi (U7832250)

posted Mar 18, 2007

Pakistan cricket team selection process is unfair and not transparent thats why the standard of team has gown down the drain.first of all you have to be from punjab province to be selected in the team or if ur extra ordinarily talented and from NWFP you have some hope.But if you are from Sindh or Balouchistan forget it.Like most organisations including Army cricket is politicised and not inclusive.sorry to hear about the death of team coach

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posted Mar 18, 2007

The sad passing of Bob Woolmer should bring a sense of perspective to the debate after the defeat of Pakistan in the World Cup. It is after all just a game, a sport, a little distraction from daily life. My condolences to Mr. Woolmers family who now experience the real pain. I am sure everyone in Ireland and elsewhere feels the same.

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posted Mar 18, 2007

If i make a comparison for defeating of Pakistani team in World Cup 2007 , all the criteria of losing go to the batsmen who couldn't play well.It's really so shameful for
Inzimam dat he couldn't take his team even in super eight round.He doesn't understand dat only saying in interviews he cannot prove dat pakistani batsmen are perfect to face every difficulty, until players will not show dat they are players.And also if you will not give chance to true crickters how can you lead Pakistan ?? Does it make any sense to bring Muhammed Hafeez on opening every time who never plays more than 10 runs in any match.Your team's opening is never being strong from too many years.
In my opinion Inzimam and his fellow batsmen should wear bangles in the hands(like women wear traditionally in Pakistan) and should become house men.

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posted Mar 19, 2007

All teams in the world knows that Pakistani players are not good on green pitches and they are making green pitches for them, recently in india in champions trophy match against South Africa, indians prepared a green pitch for the match and Pakistan lost the match and crashed out of champions trophy, and on the same ground in another match there was superb batting pitch.
Now again in the World cup, west indians also prepared a Green pitch for Pakistan match and they lost to ireland. Ramiz raja a former Pakistan player told in an interview that bob woolmer was saying to him before the match that he has made a complaint to ICC about the pitch that they have left the grass on the pitch intentialy to make the match close encounter. This is not a good behaviour by other countries, in one day matches they should prepare batting pitches not these green pitches. i know that Pakistani players are professionals and and they have to play good on any type of surface.
Indians prepared green pitch for Pakistan and Pakistan lost but they also didn't make to semi finals, west indians did the same to Pakistan. so lets watch how long they can go in this world cup. and its very very sad to hear about the death of bob woolmer her was a great coach but Pakistan teams is very very unfortunate that they didn't learn anything from him

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posted Mar 19, 2007

As an Irishman I am firstly saddened to hear of Bob Woolmers death but secondly very proud of Ireland. I remember Bob Woolmer so very well during his spell at Warwickshire and living in Coventry am of course indebted to him for those heady times.As far as the world cup is concerned Ireland have proven to be once again the greatest little nation in the world I am so proud of them and marvel how they have grown in confidence and stature on the worlds sports stages. My old Mum used to say 'poor little Ireland' well no longer Mum, they can take their rightful place alongside the great cricketing AND rugby nations .... all we need now is a football team!

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posted Mar 19, 2007

taking nothing away from Ireland, congrats you played your hearts out and deservedly won. As a pakistani supporter I cant help but let my mind wonder to the fact the odds against Ireland beating Pakistan were very high and did some of the players bet against Pakistan winning they have done it before wouldnt surprise me if they did it again maybe I am thinking to deeply about this but i remember having a conversation before the Pakistan vs Ireland game and suggesting that could it be possible for Pakistan to bet against themselves,as i said before absolutely taking nothing away from Ireland but it is food for thought

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posted Mar 19, 2007

Yes Gadgy, sadly, when it comes to the Pakistani cricket team anything is possible and the possibility of another betting scandal shouldnt be discounted.

Im going to be a cricketing romantic and view it as a great Irish success. But there are some nagging doubts.

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posted Mar 20, 2007

I am so embarassed to say I didn't even realise Ireland had a cricket team. Being a girl and all! But my god I am so delighted for them. It took my eight year old son to confirm the truth when a colleague from Dubai told me the news whilst on a course in Germany. He was very pleased for Bangladesh by the way. Well done lads, I think its time for me to move home and get benefit from the wave of success! Alhough I wouldn't want to jinx them. Slan X

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comment by jonnah7 (U7865042)

posted Mar 21, 2007

To Pitafi.. The Article is about Ireland and Pakistan Matach not pakistani cricket politics and I think you have not checked the history of pakistani players first of all.. you bluntly said that if they are from punjab blaa blaa blaa then a player is selcted.. ohh Come on Grow up.. except the province Baluchistan.. most of the players came from Sindh, NWFP and Punjab.. check it out for your short knowledge...
For Pakistan this was not their worlcup.. end of story.. abt Ireland.. big boost for them in internati0nal career ahead..

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comment by Jamie (U13820473)

posted Jun 15, 2009

Ireland are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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