Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What a year Mohammad Hafeez!

Climbed up to #2 and scored half of his career runs in a year

The year 2011 for Pakistani Cricket, witnessed not only a number of great victories but a brilliant show from a few individuals as well. At the end of the year, Pakistan climbed up in the ODI Team Ranking as well as a few individuals rise-n-shine in the Player Rankings. One of the prominent chapters of Pakistani team in the year 2011 was the opening batsman and a handy off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez who has enjoyed a great calendar year overall. Soon as Pakistan crushed Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI, Mohammad Hafeez ascended to #2 position from #8 in both Bowlers and All-rounders ranking.

31 years old Mohammad Hafeez has come a long way. He made his debut in 2003 when selectors trusted him after the team’s poor performance in WC 2003 and started off with a couple of failed innings until a fifty in 4th ODI, although his bowling was never noticed as a full timer. He was dropped several times but slow and steadily, he occupied his place in team and proved 2011 to be his year.The year 2011 for Pakistani Cricket, witnessed not only a number of great victories but a brilliant show from a few individuals as well. At the end of the year, Pakistan climbed up in the ODI Team Ranking as well as a few individuals rise-n-shine in the Player Rankings. One of the prominent chapters of Pakistani team in the year 2011 was the opening batsman and a handy off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez who has enjoyed a great calendar year overall. Soon as Pakistan crushed Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI, Mohammad Hafeez ascended to #2 position from #8 in both Bowlers and All-rounders ranking.

In 2011, his bat has fired 1075 runs including the spanking 3 hundreds and 5 fifties. His impressive batting show and versatile strokes not only brought victory to Pakistan many times but almost solved Pakistan’s prolonged opening problem too.

Known as a handy and economical off-breaker, he earned 32 wickets in 2011 and was also among the prominent bowlers of Pakistani bowling line-up in WC 2011. He earned his captain's confidence through great performance and now not only bowls as a full-timer, but also often leads the bowling attack by bowling the first over.

He is also a great athlete in field and has taken magnificent catches at times.

Hafeez’s magnificent performance throughout the year and improvement in ICC rankings has proved him as a promising and talented cricketer. We wish him best of luck!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“T20 performance should not be the selection criteria”, Test Cricketer Faisal Iqbal speaks

"Mohammad Hafeez is playing good cricket in current team"

"I'm always forced to play on 3rd position"

"Karachi is being ignored by selectors"

Interview by: Jibran T. Siddiqui

Pakistan is known to have produced great fast bowlers but on the other hand, the land has raised legendary batsmen too. The new comers are now expected to carry the legacy of Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Haneef Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwer, Shahid Afridi, Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. For cricket followers, Faisal Iqbal is not an unfamiliar name. He is nephew of the great batsman Javed Miandad and claims to be targeted by Miandad’s opponents. Right-handed batsman, Faisal belongs to the ‘Cricketelly fertile’ land of Karachi which has produced excellent cricketers in all ages. He emerged with his Test debut in 2001 against New Zealand where his 42 and 52* was a highlight of the match. He has scored 1124 runs in 26 Tests. Despite a prolific and fair display in Domestic and First-class scene, his selection, form and performance in International cricket is still a question mark. We asked Faisal Iqbal to answer.

GB: Why are you still not a part of the national team?

Faisal Iqbal: Ask selectors. Consistent selection matters, I’m never selected on a regular-basis which affects my performance. I’m a middle-order batsman but they make me play on number 3 which is not genuinely my ideal position. They include me for one match as middleorder batsman and then in next match I’m the 12th man. I think the management imposes 3rd position on me so I could not perform and cement my place in the team.

GB: Which format are you comfortable playing in – Test, ODI or T20?

Faisal Iqbal: I can play in all the formats, just need the confidence to play as other players (including senior players) are given. I’m sure I’ll perform b

etter than others Inshallah.

GB: Who you think is the best batsman and bowler of all times?

Faisal Iqbal: Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram.

GB: Has T20 anyhow influenced cricket?

Faisal Iqbal: Yes, T20 has changed the game. It should remain as an entertainment but shouldn’t be the selection criteria for other formats. A player performing well in T20 should be considered for T20 only. For Test match selection, the 4-day first-class game should be the criteria.

GB: In the current team, who you think is playing good cricket?

Faisal Iqbal: I think that’s Mohammad Hafeez. He is consistently scoring runs.

GB: Is Karachi ignored when it comes to team selection?

Faisal Iqbal: Yes, and its nothing new, since 30 years. I cannot name anyone but there are lots of talented boys in Karachi who deserve team selection.

GB: What was the reason of the team’s defeat against India in the World Cup semi-final?

Faisal Iqbal: The main reason was the pressure that the players could not sustain in the semi.

GB: How much of your cricket is left?

Faisal Iqbal: I’m 29 right now and have whole career ahead. I’m experienced and more mature cricketer now. PCB has invested in grooming me and now it’s time to utilize me for the country.

GB: Are you hopeful?

Faisal Iqbal: Yes, I am. If treated fairly on merit, I hope to make a strong come back Inshallah.

GB: What are your expectations with the ongoing National T20 Cup?

Faisal Iqbal: Karachi Zebras is performing well. Lets see!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pakistan need to revise bowling line-up

The Test win against Zimbabwe has raised the morale of Pakistani cricketers. It was surprising to see a totally unexperienced bowling squad featuring Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan and Sohail Khan. The bowlers Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez played an important part in the victory but PCB management should reconsider bowling line up.

The conspiratorial elimination of mainstream bowlers like Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer has led Pakistan to a tough time and Pakistan has lost the front pacer pair. PCB's decision to give Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz rest seems illogical. How could they give rest to the mainstream pacers and replace them with newbies? On the other hand Pakistan is also missing an expert spinner like Shahid Afridi to accompany Saeed Ajmal. Mohammad Hafeez is not the

ir category. Sohail Tanvir, much experienced, is surprising taken but not included in final 11 yet. Sohail Khan should be immediately replaced by Left armer Sohail Tanvir for ODIs and T20s. Experienced Leg spinner Danesh Kaneria is also a better option for Test matches to accompany Saeed Ajmal. He can replace one pacer as as effective tool.

PCB should not consider Zimbabwe a minnow team and make the best available squad. I hope theres a better bowling line up in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and then England.

Misfortune follows Indian Cricket Team

Indian Cricket Team's tour of England seems the toughest time for it. The 4-0 White wash against England was a big shock for the number 1 Test team of ICC ranking.

The bad luck followed the team India even after the test series when the first ODI, where India seemed in a winning position, was stopped due to the rain.

Not only this, the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is now ruled out of the series due to an injury. He will be unfortunate not able to complete in this series his century of 100s. He joins the already injured squad of Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Praveen Kumar. Hard luck India.

Monday, April 4, 2011

World Cup Final Fixed - Proved!

I posted before that the WC Final has been fixed and India will win the match. it has been proved.

Though Sachin's century was not done but other factors are full proved.

1. It was said that if Sri Lanka bats first, it will score 280, it scored 274.

2. It was said that Sachin tendulkar will lift the cup, and yes, you can see the picture below in the main group photo where captain is supposed to lift the cup.

3. India was written to be the winner and so it won despite losing 2 early and critical wickets.

The final and semi-final were fully fixed.

IPL, the world's most expensive cricket, is just about to startand India's world cup victory will promote IPL to the best extent, specially financially. This is the money game!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

World Cup 2011 Final has been fixed

The WC 2011 Final played in Mumbai has been fixed, same as Pakistan-India semi-final was fixed where Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan, Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi played an important role.

The score has been set. Sri Lanka was supposed to score 274 and they did. Now watch Tendulkar's century and how he smashes Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga.

Sachin Tendulkar will also receive the cup instead of captain MS Dhoni.

Watch India winning...!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

India scrap their way into World Cup final

In the end, India's 260 for 9 was enough as their bowlers did a fine job, but had Pakistan helped themselves, the target could have been so much more gettable. Sachin Tendulkar was dropped four times in his 85, MS Dhoni was put down once and while Wahab Riaz was extremely impressive in collecting five wickets, Umar Gul had one of his most forgettable days, wilting under the pressure of a World Cup semi-final.

By contrast, India's display in the field was much more professional, and that was the difference in a match that lived up to the extreme pre-match hype. The decision to leave R Ashwin out to make room for Ashish Nehra was an odd choice on a pitch offering plenty of spin, but Nehra and his bowling colleagues built the pressure and gave Pakistan's batsmen little to attack after they made a promising start and reached 70 for 1.

The Indians didn't give away an extra until the 37th over of the innings, and the way they put together strings of dot balls and tight overs was key to their success. Munaf Patel picked up two victims and Yuvraj Singh made up for his golden duck with a pair of wickets, but the most important breakthrough came when Harbhajan Singh bowled Umar Akmal for 29.

Akmal had struck a pair of sixes off Yuvraj, driving him over the sight screen and pulling him over midwicket, and anything was possible while he was at the crease. But Dhoni called on Harbhajan to replace Yuvraj, and with the first ball of his spell he came around the wicket and pushed one across Akmal, taking the off stump when the batsman played for the spin.

Shahid Afridi also fell to Harbhajan when he skied a catch off a full toss, and the obdurate Misbah-ul-Haq was left to steer the chase. He found it difficult to lift his tempo and was the last man out, caught on the boundary for 56 in the final over, but he ate up 76 deliveries and had he shown some more intent earlier, Pakistan might have had a chance.

It was a disappointing end for Pakistan after their top order gave them hope. Mohammad Hafeez made an encouraging 43 before a string of eight dot balls from Munaf brought a brain-fade as Hafeez tried a premeditated paddle sweep from outside off stump and edged behind to Dhoni.

Soon after, the loss of Asad Shafiq brought the Mohali crowd to life, when he tried to cut a Yuvraj delivery that was much too full and straight, and the middle stump was knocked back. Shafiq had made 30 and had displayed a cool temperament until that point, but the required run-rate started to balloon, and Pakistan never recovered.

But while India have booked a place in the final, they must hope they haven't used all their good fortune too soon. Tendulkar might be the finest batsman of his generation, but today he was the luckiest, dropped on 27, 45, 70 and 81. It seemed as though he was going to bring up his 100th international century with one of his least convincing innings.

Misbah at midwicket was the first to put him down, before Younis Khan spilled a regulation chance at cover, both off the bowling of Afridi. The third opportunity came when Kamran Akmal didn't move his hands quickly enough to a thick edge, again off Afridi, and while that was a tough opportunity, a pull to Umar at mid-on from the offspin of Hafeez should have been taken.

Before he had any of those lives, Tendulkar had survived two very tight calls on 23: an lbw decision that was given out by Ian Gould but on review proved to be spinning down leg, and a near-stumping the next delivery when he just got his back foot down in time after losing his balance reaching outside off. When Tendulkar was finally taken at cover by Afridi off the bowling of Ajmal, Pakistan's relief was evident.

Soon after, a scratchy Dhoni, who was also dropped by Kamran, made the mistake of challenging Simon Taufel on an lbw decision. Dhoni had 25 when he missed a Riaz delivery that pitched just in line and was hitting the stumps. It was the second outstanding call by Taufel, who had given Virender Sehwag lbw in a similar fashion earlier, even though the left-armer's angle meant pitching outside leg was a possibility.

Riaz was the man who Afridi had to thank for keeping Pakistan in the contest after India made a strong start and reached 114 for 1 off their first 18 overs. After Gautam Gambhir was stumped wandering down the pitch against Hafeez, Riaz grabbed two wickets in two balls - Virat Kohli caught at backward point and Yuvraj bowled by a low full toss for a golden duck.

Nobody looked as fluent as the crease as Sehwag, who took 21 off Gul (0 for 69) from the third over of the innings. What looked like a 300-plus total in those early overs became 260 when Suresh Raina helped them recover from their middle-order failures.

It was enough, but India's batsmen will need to improve if they want to lift the trophy on Saturday. For now, they can dream of their first World Cup in 28 years. Criinfo

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

India, Pakistan heading closer to Cup collision

Bitter rivals India and Pakistan are on a World Cup collision course, but the two neighbors still have quarter-final hurdles to overcome as the marathon tournament enters its sixth week.

India take on defending champions Australia in Ahmedabad on Thursday while a resurgent Pakistan face an inconsistent West Indies in Dhaka to kick-start the last eight stage on Wednesday.

Victory for both Asian giants will set-up a semi-final blockbuster in Mohali on March 30.

But Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi insisted he was not even thinking about the semi-finals.

"Our focus is on the quarter-finals, we have to win that to reach the semi-final, so we are not thinking that far. First we have a must-win match against a dangerous opponent," Afridi told AFP.

New Zealand and South Africa meet in Dhaka on Friday before Sri Lanka and England clash in Colombo on Saturday as the World Cup, which staged its opening ceremony on February 17, comes down to the world's eight top-ranked sides.

Despite criticism of the length of the tournament and the succession of one-sided matches, International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar claimed on Monday it is potentially the greatest ever.

"We have surely been treated to a real feast of 50-over cricket with some outstanding games," said Pawar, as the World Cup enjoyed its first rest day.

"The standard has been impressive and there's no doubt that 50-over cricket has a real attraction and an amazing appeal for players, spectators in the grounds and the hundreds of millions watching around the world."

India's 80-run win over the West Indies on Sunday handed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men a quarter-final against Ricky Ponting's Australians.

India have lost to Australia in nine out of 15 matches played on home soil in the last five years.

"Australia are a very strong side and very expressive on the field," said Dhoni.

"But it's about how we prepare. Preparation is very important and we are just thinking about that particular day and match rather than thinking about the result."

Pakistan, meanwhile, topped their qualifying group with 10 points.

They will be overwhelming favourites to defeat West Indies who squeezed into the quarter-finals by virtue only of a superior run-rate over Bangladesh.

Afridi said that his team's win over Australia at the weekend, where they ended the champions' 34-match unbeaten World Cup run, had restored his country's image after a series of bodyblows.

"We knew that beating Australia would be very important for us and this win has enhanced our image, sending a good signal to the cricket world that we can win despite our difficult situation," Afridi told AFP.

The West Indies are enduring a roller-coaster tournament.

They were on the brink of victory against England in Chennai when, chasing a modest target of 244, they were comfortably placed at 222-6 before losing their last four wickets for three runs.

Against India on Sunday, they caved in again as eight wickets fell for 34 runs after they were 154-2 and lost by 80 runs.

The West Indies, who have now lost 18 successive matches against the leading nations, will be returning to Dhaka where their bus was stoned earlier this month.

But Dhaka police commissioner Benazir Ahmed told AFP the West Indies would be provided with the "highest security" possible.

"The West Indies are our valued guests and we will ensure the highest state-level security to them, he said.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mike Hussey comes back!

Australian striker Mike Hussey, who was dropped a few days before World Cup, now returns to the Australian squad. Hussey had an injury which resulted his exit from the team. Now, Mike Hussey is declared fit and will replace Douge Bollinger who is also injured.

Australia will meet Pakistan at Columbo in its last important pool match. Pakistan has bitter memories associated with Mike Hussey in the semi-final of T20 World Cup 2010 where he turned into a nightmare for Green Shirts and snatched the semi-final out of their hands.

Eyes rolling at Hussey!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Save Andy Flower! ;)

World Cup 2007: Ireland made an upset, defeated Pakistan. Pakistani Coach Bob Woolmer found dead in his hotel next day.

World Cup 2011: Ireland had upset win against England, thought about English Coach Andy Flower? Tera kya hoga kaalia? :)

Ireland breaks in with another World Cup upset...!!!

ICC World Cup 2007 was a nightmare for Pakistan. The Green Shirts not only lost the cup in earlier rounds but also an upset game against minnow Ireland. History repeated itself and this time its England. The English team which has world-class cricketers like Strauss, Collingwood, Swann and Anderson has been defeated by the Irish.

The match was the game of world records. Ireland's Kevin O`Brian emerged as the master blaster of the match. He scored the fastest hundred of World Cup history (50 balls) and ended up with 113 on just 63 balls, also hitting the biggest six of the tournament. Ireland ultimately succeeded to chase the biggest target of World Cup history (328) losing 7 wickets. English men couldn't stop them, what a performance!

The historic break through by an associate team like Ireland was very unexpected. Critics are now expecting much more from this team.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Butt seeks inquiry into Warne's 'tie' prediction of India-England WC match

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has called for a strict inquiry into Australian spin legend Shane Warne's prediction of tie about the India-England World Cup match.

India and England set alight the 2011 World Cup on Sunday after a record-breaking run-feast ended in a dramatic tie on the last ball of the match played at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Warne had predicted the result via Twitter before the match began. "Looking forward to the game between India and England, today should be a cracker. My prediction [is] a tie!" he wrote on Twitter.

After the match was over, Warne wrote: "Can't believe my prediction 7/8 hours ago was right ... didn't think it would happen but hey, not bad."

Butt urged the matter to be taken up in an ICC meeting to be held in Mumbai, Geo News reported.

Expressing anger over the prediction, he said the matter should be strictly dealt with, and that Pakistan would discuss this issue in the upcoming ICC meeting.

Butt spoke positive about the fate of the Pakistan cricket team in the ongoing World Cup. Pakistan, though going great, still needs improvement in the fielding and bowling sections, he added. (ANI)

Monday, February 28, 2011


Jab hum jawan hon GAY - England wicket keeper speaks about his gender

LONDON: England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has announced he is gay, saying it was a "massive relief" to speak openly about his sexuality.

Davies told the Daily Telegraph he had told his international colleagues about his sexuality after being called up for the Ashes Tour to Australia starting last year.

"I'm comfortable with who I am and happy to say who I am in public," said Davies, who did not make England's World Cup squad.

He added: "This is the right time for me ... I feel it is right to be out in the open about my sexuality. If more people do it, the more acceptable it will become. That must be a good thing.
"To speak out is a massive relief for me, but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that's all I care about."

Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas is one of the few leading professional sportsmen who is openly gay after coming out in 2009.

Davies said he had received full support from England skipper Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior, who was preferred to him for the World Cup squad. AGENCIES


Sunday, February 27, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 Wallpaper


Great start Pakistan. Still room for improvement?

Pakistan has made a fabulous start of ICC World Cup 2011 conquering the battles against Kenya and Sri Lanka. . Although Sri Lanka was too tough to win against but there are very tough matches ahead specially after Quarter Finals where a mistake has no compensation and Knock-out is the destiny.The Green Shirts seem to be in great form and everyone praises the team spirit but there are a few changes that are immediately needed to be made to the Cup-grab.

1. Include Saeed Ajmal instead of Abdur Rehman:
Abdur Rehman hasn't been good with the spin in both the matches (0-18 in 7 overs against Kenya and 0-63 in 10 overs against Sri Lanka). Although economical against Kenya but in the situation where we already have economical bowlers like Umar Gul and Mohammad Hafeez, a hardcore wicket-taker is needed and Saeed Ajmal is the perfect choice who can bowl different varities of spin including Off-sppin, Doosra and Arm-ball. Moreover, Saeed Ajmal is also a fine batsman.

Comparing the ODI statistics:

Abdur Rehman: 13 wickets in 17 matches (Average: 49.00)
Saeed Ajmal: 44 wickets in 35 matches (Average: 30.52)

I wonder why still Abdur Rehman remains the ultimate choice of selectors?

2. Middle-order should maintain 100.00+ strike rate: Pakistan's middle-order, specially Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan, is known for a slow and steady game. The middle order has played an important role in many victories but in the time of T20 where the teams are scoring 300+ in ODIs, Pakistani middle-order should maintain a sustainable strike rate so that they pass on a strong situation to the lower-order strikers and ultimately Pakistan achieves a strong total.

3. If Shoaib fails, give Wahab a chance: Shoaib Akhter has taken two important wickets of Sri Lanka but on the other hand he seems unfit to bowl 10 overs, plus he couldn't even dismiss the openers of Kenya bowling with the new ball. Wahab Riaz could be smart choice who bowls with perfect line and length and also good with the bat. Shoaib seemed good in the last match but selectors please keep an eye!

4. Improve fielding and wicket-keeping: No explanation required.

Good luck Pakistan, we pray for your success.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ICC gives Ponting the License to Break Rules

International Cricket Council has again proved itself a biased administration. In a recent, Australian captain Rickey Ponting has angrily smahed a TV screen at the dressing room after his run-out against Zimbabwe. Moreover, Ponting also admitted that he has violated ICC Code of Conduct. Gujrat Cricket Association reported this to ICC.
This act of him is a severe violation of discipline and ICC was highly expected to take some solid action against the Kangroo captain.

On this sever violation, ICC has just warned and reprimanded him instead of charging him strictly. Match Referee Roshan Mahanama, former Sri Lankan batsman, justifies the case and defends Ponting by saying that the act was totally accidental, Ponting has applogized.Ponting's non-sportsman angry-old-man act has offended the Cricket fans worldwide.

Question Mark. Is such an offensive act really meant to be ignored? What happened If an Asian cricket had done that? Surely a ban or fine on Asians if they did that. ICC which bans 3 Pakistani Cricketers ,on just a third-class tabloid report, lets Ponting do anything and severely break the rules.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

World Cup will be led by 'Rickshaw drivers'

The Cricket Mega event's thrill has now reached to extreme as its just a day ahead. The stage has been set and the teams are ready to battle. The shining WC trophy is a dream to be fulfilled by every captain but they will start the chase driving Rickshaws.

The return of mega event to the sub-continent after 15 years will be celebrated through a MEGA opening ceremony at Dhaka. All the captains will enter the ground driving rickshaws, a popular public transport means in Bangladesh. Interesting?

On the other hand, the great pop sensation Bryan Adams will rock the audience. Indian musician trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, who have also made the WC OST, will perform and renowned singer Sonu Nigam is also set to blast the crowd.

I locked my wife in closet on final`s eve: Saqlain recalls World Cup '99 memories

Playing as a youngster in the 1999 World Cup I had nothing to do with the decisions made or strategies followed by the seniors or team management at the time, but I believe that we shouldn’t have batted first after winning the toss in the final against Australia at Lord’s where the ball is known to swing during the first innings.

Still, having no say in such matters, I just concentrated on enjoying my game and doing my best for my country. The atmosphere in the Pakistan dressing room, too, was very friendly and the team played with unity and the belief of being able to beat any side.

I took five wickets against Bangladesh while giving away just 35 runs at Northhampton along with three for 51 against Australia at Leeds and three for 16 against Zimbabwe in the Super Sixes at The Oval, which became some of my best ODI figures.

But the 1999 World Cup also brings to mind other happy memories for me as I had only recently gotten married then. My wife Sana is from London so I was glad to be allowed time with her in between matches and net practice. But things changed in the last 10 days of the tournament when all the players were requested to send back their better halves home so that we could concentrate on the important matches in the Super Sixes.

Since I was not prepared to part company with my wife at the time, I came up with a great idea and decided to hand her the list of hotels where our team was scheduled to stay during the matches so that she could reach there and check herself in ahead of our arrival.

However, the night before the final when I was sitting in my room with her, our manager Dr Zafar Altaf and assistant manager Chishty sahab knocked at the door.

Actually, both the team officials were checking on all the players to ensure that we were all in our rooms and resting before the big match. I quickly asked my wife to hide in the cupboard before ushering them in. As soon as they left, our coach Richard Pybus arrived in my room and stayed till 10.30pm. When he finally bade goodnight, I got two new visitors in Mohammad Yousuf and Azhar Mahmood.

Feeling guilty by this time about the poor girl hiding in the closet, I finally asked my wife to come out which obviously took both my teammates by surprise. However, they really enjoyed the whole thing upon learning the truth.