Asia Cup 2012 March 3, 2012

Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed in Pakistan squad

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Pakistan have dropped Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Adnan Akmal from the squad that lost the ODIs 4-0 to England, and picked opener Nasir Jamshed and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Fast bowler Junaid Khan was not considered for selection because he was sidelined with a knee injury.

The 15-man squad was the first selection by the committee headed by Iqbal Qasim, who replaced Mohammad Ilyas as chief selector. The selectors had met with Pakistan's new coach Dav Whatmore, whose first assignment will be the Asia Cup, in Lahore on March 2 to pick the team.

"We have selected the best possible squad for the Asia Cup in the shortest time available, and since Malik was an additional member for the England series we couldn't find a place for him in the 15-man squad," Qasim said. "We did consult Misbah and he agreed to the selection.

"We had to maintain the balance keeping view of the pitches in Bangladesh. But now we have to compete with quality teams, especially Sri Lanka, who returned to form, and India will obviously come hard after the Australia tour."

Jamshed has played 12 ODIs for Pakistan, the last of which was in August 2009. He has just been in Bangladesh, where he played for the Chittagong Kings in the BPL. Before going to Bangladesh, Jamshed had scored 320 runs at 53.33 in four matches for Punjab in the Pentangular Cup, a first-class competition in Pakistan. Sarfraz replaced Adnan Akmal as the specialist wicketkeeper in the squad; he played for Pakistan as recently as December 2011, during the tour of Bangladesh.

"Jamshed earned his recall only after he has done well in the domestic circuit as an opener," Qasim said. "There was an added pressure on Umar [Akmal] and this is why he might not giving his best with the bat. He always was selected as a designated batsman, we wanted a batting wicketkeeper who can bat effectively in ODIs to score quick runs."

Qasim said that the Asia Cup would be Sarfraz's last chance to seal his place in the Pakistan team. "It's our inability that we don't have a batting wicketkeeper but this would be the last chance for [Sarfraz Ahmed] to step up and do well with the bat. Otherwise, after the series, we are starting the talent hunt for an all-round wicketkeeper."

While Junaid's absence from the squad may have been forced, the other three - Malik, Farhat and Adnan Akmal did not perform impressively against England in the UAE. Malik, who was not in Pakistan's original ODI and Twenty20 squads against England but included later at the request of the captain Misbah-ul-Haq, averaged 15 in two one-dayers. Farhat scored 66 runs in three matches, while Adnan Akmal played only two ODIs; his brother Umar kept in the matches that Adnan was not selected for.

Edited by George Binoy

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  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    why not Imran Nazir. he is the star of T20's.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    My Pakistani Cricket Team...with this selcetionin Asia cup.....1 Mohammad Hafeez,2 Asad Shafiq, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq,5 Umar Akmal,6 Shahid Afridi,7Hammad Azam,8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk),9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Umar Gul,11 Wahab Riaz.

  • hani on March 6, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    My Pakistani Cricket Team " T20 " 1.Imran Nazir 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3..Nasir Jamshed 4.kamran akmal5. Umar Akmal6. Mohammad Hafeez 7. Shahid Afrid 8.Hammad Azam 9.sohail tanvir10.Umar Gul11.Saeed Ajmal

  • Cricket on March 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @ short_cover on (March 05 2012, 20:49 PM GMT) :- You said that Sarfraz should be given a chance in Test Cricket. But I say that because of his First Class stats He should have been the one to play in the Tests ahead of Adnan, Salman. The question that people should be asking is that why and how did Adnan & Salman get all the opportunities before Sarfraaz in Test matches.

  • Sheikh on March 6, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    How can we keep 3 slow , less than run a ball players, in the Pakistani One day squad. Younis Khan should be dropped man. Mishbah & Younis, two logs on one day teams shoulders - adding Azhar Ali will just screw our chances. This is the age of 300 plus scores in one days. You cant expect 250 from this kind of side.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 1:29 GMT


  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    The ideal team for one day / T20 is: 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Younis Khan 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afrid 7. Abdil Razzaq 8. Sarfaraz Ahmed 9. Sohail Tanveer 10. Wahab Riaz/ Umar Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal/ Abdul Rehman. Extras: Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed , Sohail Khan, Azhar Ali

    The Ideal Test team: 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Taufeeq Umar 3. Azhar Ali 4.Younis Khan 5. Misbah Ul Haq 6. Asad Shafique 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed 8. Abdul Rehman 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Sami Extras: Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Adnan Akmal, Aizaz Cheema

    Shahid Afridi (Captain T/20 and one day) Misbah Captain (Test)

    Dave Whatmore (Coach) Mohsin Khan (Manager)

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2012, 22:06 GMT


    1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Ahmed Shahzad 3.Muhammad Hafeez (Vice Captain) 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Umar Akmal 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shahid Afridi (Captain) 8.Sarfraz Ahmed 9.Umar Gul 10.Muhammad Sami 11.Saeed Ajmal

    (Extras) 12.Wahab Riaz,13.Hammad Azam,14.Imran Nazir,15.Abdur Rehman.


    1.Muhammad Hafeez (Vice Captain) 2.Asad Shafiq 3.Younis Khan 4.Azhar Ali 5.Misbah ul Haq (Captain) 6.Sarfraz Ahmed 7.Abdur Rehman 8.Umar Gul 9.Tanvir Ahmed 10.Muhammad Sami 11.Saeed Ajmal

    (Extras) 12.Wahab Riaz,13.Umar Akmal,14.Taufeeq Umar,15.Muhammad Talha.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    My Pakistani Cricket Team " T20 " 1.Ahmed Shahzad 2.Imran Nazir 3.Muhammad Hafeez (Vice Captain) 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi (Captain) 7.Abdul Razzaq 8.Sarfraz Ahmed 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Umar Gul 11.Muhammad Sami

    (Extras) 12.Nasir Jamshed,13.Hammad Azam,14.Wahab Riaz,15.Awais Zia.

  • Irfan on March 5, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Sarfaraz should be given chance to keep in Test as well. Adnan is fine, but not as aggresive as Sarfaraz. They should have tried Imran Nazir in place of Hafeez. We lacked aggresion against England and Imran Nazir is the right kind of opener and a fantastic fielder as well. Putting Hafeez in the team as top order batsmen only because he can be a backup bowler is a bad strategy. We have 2 of the best spinners in the business and then Afridi. Umar Akmal should be continued with, we need some aggression. If his head is in the right place, he can make a decent contribution. Misbah's place is also questionable with his style of batting but ... cant drop the captain right? Younis and Asad can play the less aggressive but still 'run-a-ball' role to keep things tidy. Hammad looked decent so should get continued opportunity as all-rounder.

    We are hurting really bad in the pace attack. Is PCB doing anythign to expedite the return of Mohammed Amir ??????????????

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