Photos: Mount Snowdon climb for IKCA (Part 1)

Yesterday, members of the Stani Army from London, Birmingham, Scotland and in between, set off for Wales for their climb of Mount Snowdon in full fancy dress to raise money for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). After a well deserved, good night’s rest, we’re delighted to announce the success of our climb and bring you some photos from the day.

So far we have raised close to £2000 for this great cause with the total steadily rising. If you haven’t donated yet but would like to, please visit our Just Giving page where you can still give and help someone suffering from this dreadful disease. Your donations do qualify as zakah, lillah and sadaqah.

Scroll down to view part one of the photos from yesterday’s climb and do keep a look out for part two where we will be posting some beautiful scenic shots of Snowdonia.

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WHY NOT JOIN US? Do you want to come on a climb or be a part of another Stani Army event? We would love to have you join us. If you are interested, keep a look out for announcements of our upcoming events here on http://www.staniarmy.com.

 

Mount Snowdon climb for IKCA

We are pleased to announce that on the 8th of June 2014, members of the Stani Army will be climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales to raise money for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). At the time of writing, we have 21 of our members set to take part including Mr Pakistan, the Sheikh of Pakistan, the Dictator and the King of Pakistan. All our members will be climbing to the summit in full fancy dress.

We have set up a Just Giving page where you can sponsor our climb and donate to this worthy cause. Cancer is a disease that affects everyone in some way, and every one of us reading this will know of someone close to us who has been affected by this dreadful disease. Some of us are fortunate enough to get the best treatment and care available, which is something many in Pakistan simply cannot afford. Each penny you donate will inshaAllah go into increasing someone’s chances of winning their battle with cancer.

Your donations do qualify as zakah, lillah and sadaqah. You can donate here.

WHY NOT JOIN US? Do you want to come on the climb with us? All you need to do is choose a fancy dress costume and be willing to raise donations. We would love to have you join us. If you are interested, contact us here.

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Stani Army fans Q&A with Dav Whatmore

We asked you, the fans, to send in your questions for Pakistan’s former coach Dav Whatmore. From a wide selection of questions, we chose some of the best ones to put to Dav which he kindly took out the time to answer. Scroll down to see what he had to say!

1. Since after your time with us, what have you been up to and do you have anything in the pipeline in terms of getting back into cricket? (Question from Mr Pakistan @MrPakistan786)

“Enjoying an extended period of time with my family that I have not experienced in years. However I am starting to get hungry again! Currently signed with Arena Sports and will be starting a Dav Whatmore Cricket Academy later this year in Dubai.”

2. At the international level, how much ‘coaching’ can a coach do and what is the main role a coach plays? 

“Preparation mainly and creating a healthy environment for performance. Sound tactical knowledge would greatly assist in plotting the way forward together with the captain.”

3. How much say does the Pakistan coach have in selecting the playing eleven and the tour squads? (Question from @cjalerts)

“Whilst on tour the Pakistan Coach is one of 3 selectors picking the eleven. Tour squads are purely selected by the PCB Selection Committee.”

4. Pakistan’s batting is still vulnerable and bowling inconsistent. Did you see improvements during your time as coach? (Question from Shahzad Tirmizi Syed @shahzadtirmizi)

“Of course, although there were some games where we did not perform well. It was unfortunate that we seemed to have played South Africa a lot in the last 2 years.”

5. What went wrong with Nasir Jamshed? Why did he become so timid and unconfident? (Question from Shayan Adamjee @shayanadamjee)

“It happens to batsmen sometimes. Nasir is a very good player but a loss of form resulted in his exit. I am sure he will be back at some point.”

6. Why do you think our batting frequently collapses especially when chasing? (Question from Rafia Jaffar @RafiaJaffar)

“We have chased and won and have not been the only team to who have lost chasing. Saying that it is generally harder chasing a target due to the scoreboard pressure.”

7. You’ve watched domestic games in Pakistan. Could you identify any obvious problems in our domestic cricket structure? (Question from Rafia Jaffar @RafiaJaffar)

“I have watched a few games only and that was mainly in Lahore. Department 4 and 1 day cricket is a lot stronger than regionals.”

8. In your time with us, were there any young players with leadership qualities who in your opinion could take over when Misbah retires? Who would be your next captain? (Question from Saqib Malik @saqibhm)

“There are a few but it will be unfair to name them in fear of putting too much pressure on them.”

9. Is there any upcoming talent Pakistan fans can be excited about and is there any exciting all-rounder in the Afridi/Razzaq mould coming through? (Question from Tee @mr_notorious_t)

“There are always potential in the junior ranks. Particularly in the Under 19 Squad. Sadly their development is largely left to themselves in many instances. The absence of an A Team program will always make it difficult to have continual talent coming up through the ranks. Again due to past experience I do not like to mention names due to the pressure factor.”

10. A memorable moment in your time as Pakistan coach? Preferably a funny one. (Question from Adil Mansoor @adilmtipu)

“There are too many to single one memory out. Ajmal as you can all imagine always provided us with many laughs keeping the dressing room more laid back.”

11. There is a view that coaching Pakistan is the hardest job in cricket. Did you find this to be the case, compared with your work with other nations? (Question from Mr Pakistan @MrPakistan786)

“Undoubtedly the hardest of all my coaching assignments but proud that I survived my full term.”

12. During your time, were there efforts made to bring cricket back to Pakistan and did you feel safe in the country? (Question from Tee @mr_notorious_t)

“There were efforts in a sense but unless the political situation improves there is little chance of any touring teams coming to Pakistan. I personally felt no danger living in Lahore.”

13. Your last game with Sri Lanka was the ’96 World Cup Final. You also ended your KKR stint on a high. How did it feel and rank in your career highs when Pakistan chased the target at over 5 an over in a Test in your last game with us? (Question from Imran Asghar @PakCricket_)

“My last game with Sri Lanka was in 2003 Semi Final World Cup vs Australia. I was extremely proud to see the spirit of our boys in wanting to win a difficult test match. They never gave up with things were difficult over the first 4 and half days. A number of the boys from the beginning of that test match told me they will win it for me as my last game with Pakistan.”

14. How do you rate Pakistan’s chances at the 2015 World Cup & how could we increase them? (Question from Saad Anwar @SaadiWriter & Saqib Malik @saqibhm)

“The team always enjoys playing ODIs and has had a lot of success in this format. Careful preparation and selection of the final squad will be essential. If they can adapt quickly to the different pitch conditions then they will be a difficult outfit to beat!”

15. There is talk that the subcontinent teams will struggle in the conditions in Australia and New Zealand in the World Cup 2015. Do you think this will be the case and who do you think are the contenders for the title? (Question from Abdullah Haider @maza786)

“There have been examples of sub continental teams performing well in Australia and New Zealand. It is too easy to suggest teams that play in similar conditions will be in the final. I think it will be a little different to that. Too early to say whom I think are favorites.”

16. Ex-Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson once described Misbah as the “best cricket brain in Pakistan”. Can you give us some insight into the man and how you found it working with Misbah Ul Haq?

“Misbah certainly possesses a cool head and shrewd thinking in many instances. His personal contributions whilst being a leader, have been second to none and have demonstrated that leadership has not been a burden when it comes to run making.”

17. After your last game, you said you were sure you would be back involved in Pakistan cricket “in a different capacity, sooner rather than later”. These words sounded more than just sentiment. Is there something planned that you’re not telling us about? 

“I was hoping to return to Pakistan in private initiatives. This is definitely in the future and I really hope it materialises as I love the country.”

18. Outside of cricket, how did you find it living in Pakistan? The food? The people? etc 

“I struggled the first year when living at the NCA. Once I shifted to my own apartment it became much happier. You will never hear me complain about the food in Pakistan and the people were always friendly.”

We thank Dav for his time, and on behalf of all Pakistan fans, thank him for all his efforts with our team, wishing him all the best for the future. Last but not least, a special thanks to Alex Whatmore for her help.

This is the first in a series of a new questions and answers feature we have launched with more instalments coming over the next few months. Keep following to be in with a chance to put your questions to biggest names associated with Pakistan cricket.

Poll Results for World Cup T20 vs Australia

The Stani Army player ratings results are in for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup group game against Australia. Umar Akmal, who was Man of the Match, was voted top by you, the fans, for his brilliant 94. Zulfiqar Babar took 2nd spot, closely followed by Saeed Ajmal in 3rd.

Check out the table below and tell us if you agree with the player ratings.

1 Umar Akmal 9.52
2 Zulfiqar Babar 8.82
3 Saeed Ajmal 8.62
4 Shahid Afridi 8.06
5 Umar Gul 7.73
6 Kamran Akmal 6.14
7 Bilawal Bhatti 5.30
8 Sohaib Maqsood 4.94
9 Mohammed Hafeez 4.55
10 Shoaib Malik 4.15
11 Ahmed Shehzad 4.12

Poll Results for 3rd Test vs Sri Lanka

The Stani Army player ratings results are in for the 3rd Test versus Sri Lanka at Sharjah, with you the fans voting Captain fantastic, Misbah Ul-Haq in 1st place. Azhar Ali takes 2nd spot (table below), with Abdur Rehman coming in at 3rd.

Almost 200 fans took part in the poll which was the first player ratings poll conducted by Stani Army. We hope to conduct a poll for every International game from now on so if you missed out voting this time, keep a lookout after future games and have a say!

Check out the table below and give us your opinion on the performances of our players. Continue reading “Poll Results for 3rd Test vs Sri Lanka”

Billy’s Trip to Dubai

We’re delighted to bring you the thoughts and photos of our very own Billy as he travelled to Dubai to watch his beloved Pakistan take on South Africa earlier this month…

“Hi, just to introduce myself, my name is Billy and I’ve been a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket since as far back as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to go and watch Pakistan play outside of Pakistan or the UK but never really got the chance to go because I always thought it would be too difficult to organise and go alone. But ever since I came into contact with Mr Pakistan before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he and the rest of the Stani Army have been a great help with advice and putting me through to friends of theirs in UAE who helped me with any information about the tickets/ground etc. So a big thanks to Mr Arslan who was the man in UAE to help me out with any questions I had.

I have heard many story’s about the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, so come the day of the 2nd ODI I couldn’t wait to leave my hotel and get inside this magnificent looking stadium. Arriving at the stadium I got stuck in traffic near my hotel so missed the first 10 overs. Once I got out the taxi and made my way to the ticket counter I was surprised to still see so many Pakistan fans trying to get inside the ground, and it was good to see the upset of the 1st ODI didn’t stop our fans from giving it a miss.

Billy’s photos from the Pakistan v South Africa 2nd ODI at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium:

By the time I took my seat we were two down but building a good partnership. Unfortunately, towards the end of our innings we had a collapse that we have at times become used to now but still everyone around the ground believed if we can get them 2 down in the early overs the pressure might get to South Africa at the end. And that’s exactly what happened. In the end, all our bowlers bowled great and nobody gave anything away. The love and support the Pakistan team gets everywhere it goes around the world from its fans is something I believe nobody else can get from its own fans.

During the South Africa innings I got speaking to quite a few people in my stand and told them about Stani Army, what we stand for, and how it is bringing all Pakistan fans together to support our team at home and away.

This was my first write up about a game I went to so I hope it is not too bad. Again, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Pakistan and Mr Arslan in UAE and the rest of the Stani Army. It was great to again represent Stani Army and look forward to being part of this Army for a long time.”

Billy and the rest of the Stani Army at Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show:

Where have you been to watch your team Pakistan play? Would you like to share your experiences and photos from the games? Why not get in touch with us here and have your thoughts published on http://www.staniarmy.com and share your passion for Pakistan cricket with fellow Stanis!?

Photos: Stani Army on Cricket AM

Here are a selection of photos from Stani Army’s appearance on Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show, where we met the great Wasim Akram and England superstar Simon Jones. We’d like to thank everyone at Cricket AM for their hospitality on what was a wonderfully enjoyable morning. We hope we played our part in bringing plenty of noise and colour to the show! Stani Army! Continue reading “Photos: Stani Army on Cricket AM”