Pace attack October 21, 2006

Is it Yasir time?

I think it might be Yasir Arafat's time
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As good as Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka was we mustn't delude ourselves that the current bowling attack is one that any country will fear. Indeed, without Shoaib and Asif the pace bowling can be highly competent at best.

What to do? In calling for Yasir Arafat the Pakistan think tank has sent out two clear signals. The first is no suprise and is sent to Mohammad Sami. The message says: "You've blown it mate. You have been too wayward and too expensive in Pakistan colours. Barring a stunning turnaround in domestic cricket your international career is toast. PS We don't care what Imran Khan thinks about you."

The second message is more bothersome. This message says that when it comes to back up in the pace bowling department Pakistan does not possess someone of sufficient quality and speed to replace Shoaib Akhtar.

I find this troubling. Pakistan cricket has made its reputation over the last 25 years or so on the quality of its fast bowlers. When Imran Khan retired, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were world class. When the two Ws waned, the Rawalpinidi Express was hurtling at full speed. You might say that Asif was set to replace Shoaib as the linchpin of the attack but that isn't the lineage I'm talking about. I'm talking about the lineage of pace and pace is something Asif can't boast. We keep hearing of tearaway pacemen on the fringes of selection. To dominate world cricket, pace is an essential requirement. Once again Pakistan have failed to turn potential into results. This is a situation that must be put right quickly.

In the meantime, Yasir Arafat surprised everybody this summer with his form in county cricket. He ran in like Waqar, tried to bowl a similar length, and all he lacked was extra pace. Even so he is regularly in the 85-90mph category. Importantly, he is more than handy with the bat and I think that attribute combined with his ability to keep it full at the death makes him an attractive option. And he could yet get faster.

I think it might be Yasir time. At least let's see his temperament at international level. Pakistan will need a pace bowling hero to win the World Cup. Even if Shoaib and Asif return in the nick of time for the World Cup, Yasir looks to be an allrounder of genuine potential.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • shahbaz on October 24, 2006, 6:09 GMT

    well, sami deserves no more chance in pakistan cricket team. we should introduce new fast bowlers, anwer ali from under 19 pakistan cricket team. that guy has ability to swing the ball. including yasir arafat to the ICC champions trophy is a good descion.

  • Basil Latif on October 24, 2006, 1:06 GMT

    I think we all have forgotten Mohammad Irshad he is in the domestic circuit and very fast. Why do people forget about him.

  • Ali on October 23, 2006, 21:15 GMT

    I surely agree with the writer- Sami is a spent force and he can still change, but noy by this world cup. Rana since coming back from hsi injry has been in erratic form and his attitude leaves a lot to desire. Yasir on other hand has been coming fine in county and dometic cricket and i still remmeber him taking 9 wickets in England vs pak A match for practise. What impressed me was most of his victimes were Bowled. Its time we give yasir a chnace so he can get a feel of international cricket and be ready for the WC07

  • Bilal Ahmad on October 23, 2006, 18:56 GMT

    well i agree with the posted comments. finally the board is sending right signals to sami. Sami was an excellent bowler---just that he gets smack around a little too often and does not take many wickets!!! regarding the absence of a real speedster-- i believe its genuine. another side effect of too much tape-tennis cricket. being a bowler myself i know the practical difficulty in adjusting between the two modes of game. the lighter tape ball goes pretty quicker without letting ur muscles develop which is required in generating the same pace as in hard ball yasir and co belong to the same category---i dont mean to undermine his utility but lets admit it he is not express!!

  • Burhan Naseem on October 23, 2006, 16:45 GMT

    Firstly,i think Yasir is a great choice as a first change bowler but I have not seen his batting that much to say that he is a dependable batsman .My views on Sami are that he has suffered becoz of Shoaib mainly as he had to cut down on his run up and therefore lost his pace and his rhythmn. This is becoz the team needed to improve their over rate and as a result Sami suffered. Moreover, I think Mohammad Irshad was part of the A team in Abu Dhabi and he barely bowled over 85 mph so i dontknow wht u guyz r talking abt.In addition , i think Rana will get his act together if he gets a chance to bowl at right handers for a sustained period becoz i think he struggles against left handers . Finally , i dont know but i have a gut feeling that shoaib and asif are in a lot of trouble and will be penalised .

  • Muazzam Gulzar on October 23, 2006, 16:15 GMT

    Well, I agree with Kamran. Sami has been given plenty of chances, infact more than he deserves.In my view PCB selection committee should hav taken this decision in 2004-5. As for as Yasir is concerned, I always appreciate induction of fresh blood. Because it raises the healthy competetion among players and lift the team spirit. In current circumstances he must be given chance in place of Rana Naveed who is totally out of touch. I m sure Yasir ll not let ppl down. Moreover Pakistan has missed a trick. In last season we had quite a few players who were fit enough to be the part of national team. PCB should have made Pakistan A regular team and should have given these young lads plenty of international exposure. This would have been help to prepare back up of senior players in big competetions like ICC champions trophy n World cup. Because u cannt put a youngster suddenly into a big show. It is nothing more than an effort to spoil these youngsters.

  • Amir on October 23, 2006, 14:43 GMT

    Yes I do believe as well that this is a time to change. As far as Yasir is concern he is good replacement for RANA but not for Shoib and Asif. I would say we always need back up for guys like shoib and Asif.Teams like Australia always back up players like Johnson and Shaun Tait. Rana's success in One day cricket was due to surprise bouncers or short pitch but now teams has worked on him. He is really very expensive now a days. Sami has a good potential but he is not consistant like Pakistan team. One more thing I am still not satisfied with our openers like Imran, Hafeez & Shoib. Try Imran Nazir one more time he may be mature enough to control his nerves.

    Amir from Toronto

  • Atta-ul Quddoos on October 23, 2006, 13:10 GMT

    In my openion, there are 4 examples(Macgrath,Pollock,Vass and now Asif) which shows that for a successfull one day bowler, only speed is nothing but swing and accuracy. Yasir Arafat does not have speed of Shoaib or brett nor he posses the accuracy of 4 mention above. His plus point is his bating. Im my openion he may be the best replacement for Abdul Razzak but only when he is injured or not playing. If you want to have a geniune fast bowler then you have to choose between Najaf Shah and Mohammad Irshad

  • Naeem on October 23, 2006, 12:02 GMT

    I think Sami should always be in the ODI squad, as this best performances have come when playing in ODIs. Even for him a spell of 5-6 overs is not too long! Secondly, he's quite agile in the field and can bat. If the ban for doping rises too 1 year, then Sami needs to be in the squad for the WC.

    Trying Yasir is not a bad ploy and actually is required if you look at Rana's performances for the last 12 months. Rao is an unfancied kind of bowler but rarely falls apart like Rana.

    With regards too Imran, the father of Pak cricket if he were in charge maybe Sami could fulfill his potential....

    My team: Hafeez, Farhat, Younis, Yusuf, Shoaib, Kamran, Afridi, Razzaq, Yasir, Rao, Gul.

  • Zed Fazel on October 23, 2006, 10:52 GMT

    In fact I am surprised that Yassir did not play against England. I have watched him for Sussex. He comes across as one working hard and improving on regular basis. The present form of Rana Naved is put simply; awful - being hit over the park. Yassif is not only a better bowler but a much better fielder and batsman than Rana Naved. The other player Pakistan should give warning signals to is Shahid Afridi...over the last 6 months, he is thriving only in name and past glories. As for Sami, Pakistan should delete that name from their list. Surely, better commited youths must be there waiting in the wing. Give them a chance and see what stuff they are made of. May be another Akram, Waqar or Asif is waiting to be unearthed.

  • shahbaz on October 24, 2006, 6:09 GMT

    well, sami deserves no more chance in pakistan cricket team. we should introduce new fast bowlers, anwer ali from under 19 pakistan cricket team. that guy has ability to swing the ball. including yasir arafat to the ICC champions trophy is a good descion.

  • Basil Latif on October 24, 2006, 1:06 GMT

    I think we all have forgotten Mohammad Irshad he is in the domestic circuit and very fast. Why do people forget about him.

  • Ali on October 23, 2006, 21:15 GMT

    I surely agree with the writer- Sami is a spent force and he can still change, but noy by this world cup. Rana since coming back from hsi injry has been in erratic form and his attitude leaves a lot to desire. Yasir on other hand has been coming fine in county and dometic cricket and i still remmeber him taking 9 wickets in England vs pak A match for practise. What impressed me was most of his victimes were Bowled. Its time we give yasir a chnace so he can get a feel of international cricket and be ready for the WC07

  • Bilal Ahmad on October 23, 2006, 18:56 GMT

    well i agree with the posted comments. finally the board is sending right signals to sami. Sami was an excellent bowler---just that he gets smack around a little too often and does not take many wickets!!! regarding the absence of a real speedster-- i believe its genuine. another side effect of too much tape-tennis cricket. being a bowler myself i know the practical difficulty in adjusting between the two modes of game. the lighter tape ball goes pretty quicker without letting ur muscles develop which is required in generating the same pace as in hard ball yasir and co belong to the same category---i dont mean to undermine his utility but lets admit it he is not express!!

  • Burhan Naseem on October 23, 2006, 16:45 GMT

    Firstly,i think Yasir is a great choice as a first change bowler but I have not seen his batting that much to say that he is a dependable batsman .My views on Sami are that he has suffered becoz of Shoaib mainly as he had to cut down on his run up and therefore lost his pace and his rhythmn. This is becoz the team needed to improve their over rate and as a result Sami suffered. Moreover, I think Mohammad Irshad was part of the A team in Abu Dhabi and he barely bowled over 85 mph so i dontknow wht u guyz r talking abt.In addition , i think Rana will get his act together if he gets a chance to bowl at right handers for a sustained period becoz i think he struggles against left handers . Finally , i dont know but i have a gut feeling that shoaib and asif are in a lot of trouble and will be penalised .

  • Muazzam Gulzar on October 23, 2006, 16:15 GMT

    Well, I agree with Kamran. Sami has been given plenty of chances, infact more than he deserves.In my view PCB selection committee should hav taken this decision in 2004-5. As for as Yasir is concerned, I always appreciate induction of fresh blood. Because it raises the healthy competetion among players and lift the team spirit. In current circumstances he must be given chance in place of Rana Naveed who is totally out of touch. I m sure Yasir ll not let ppl down. Moreover Pakistan has missed a trick. In last season we had quite a few players who were fit enough to be the part of national team. PCB should have made Pakistan A regular team and should have given these young lads plenty of international exposure. This would have been help to prepare back up of senior players in big competetions like ICC champions trophy n World cup. Because u cannt put a youngster suddenly into a big show. It is nothing more than an effort to spoil these youngsters.

  • Amir on October 23, 2006, 14:43 GMT

    Yes I do believe as well that this is a time to change. As far as Yasir is concern he is good replacement for RANA but not for Shoib and Asif. I would say we always need back up for guys like shoib and Asif.Teams like Australia always back up players like Johnson and Shaun Tait. Rana's success in One day cricket was due to surprise bouncers or short pitch but now teams has worked on him. He is really very expensive now a days. Sami has a good potential but he is not consistant like Pakistan team. One more thing I am still not satisfied with our openers like Imran, Hafeez & Shoib. Try Imran Nazir one more time he may be mature enough to control his nerves.

    Amir from Toronto

  • Atta-ul Quddoos on October 23, 2006, 13:10 GMT

    In my openion, there are 4 examples(Macgrath,Pollock,Vass and now Asif) which shows that for a successfull one day bowler, only speed is nothing but swing and accuracy. Yasir Arafat does not have speed of Shoaib or brett nor he posses the accuracy of 4 mention above. His plus point is his bating. Im my openion he may be the best replacement for Abdul Razzak but only when he is injured or not playing. If you want to have a geniune fast bowler then you have to choose between Najaf Shah and Mohammad Irshad

  • Naeem on October 23, 2006, 12:02 GMT

    I think Sami should always be in the ODI squad, as this best performances have come when playing in ODIs. Even for him a spell of 5-6 overs is not too long! Secondly, he's quite agile in the field and can bat. If the ban for doping rises too 1 year, then Sami needs to be in the squad for the WC.

    Trying Yasir is not a bad ploy and actually is required if you look at Rana's performances for the last 12 months. Rao is an unfancied kind of bowler but rarely falls apart like Rana.

    With regards too Imran, the father of Pak cricket if he were in charge maybe Sami could fulfill his potential....

    My team: Hafeez, Farhat, Younis, Yusuf, Shoaib, Kamran, Afridi, Razzaq, Yasir, Rao, Gul.

  • Zed Fazel on October 23, 2006, 10:52 GMT

    In fact I am surprised that Yassir did not play against England. I have watched him for Sussex. He comes across as one working hard and improving on regular basis. The present form of Rana Naved is put simply; awful - being hit over the park. Yassif is not only a better bowler but a much better fielder and batsman than Rana Naved. The other player Pakistan should give warning signals to is Shahid Afridi...over the last 6 months, he is thriving only in name and past glories. As for Sami, Pakistan should delete that name from their list. Surely, better commited youths must be there waiting in the wing. Give them a chance and see what stuff they are made of. May be another Akram, Waqar or Asif is waiting to be unearthed.

  • Hasan on October 23, 2006, 10:10 GMT

    Theres no use being disappointed about failed potential in the express pace department. Quality pacemen come when they come; no amount of discussion or protests can help - ask England or India if there are any doubts on this. Yes, we have been lucky since 1980 but that is all the more reason to prepare ourselves for a dearth of some years at least. After all, there is such a thing as the law of averages, isnt it? Besides, its not that tragic either: Australia has been dominating world cricket without a super fast bowler for a while - its pretty recently that Brett Lee evolved as a permanent member of the Aussie outfit. Lets make teh best of what we have instead of useless lamentatations.

  • Amir on October 23, 2006, 9:52 GMT

    I believe that Rana should be replaced because he has been terrible in the all the previous series.Yasir is a good choice but we should keep in mind that would he be able to tackle the pressure of an international match because we have seen many players who perform really well in domestic games but fail in international matches.

  • Jawad Tahir on October 23, 2006, 9:45 GMT

    Absolutely no doubt about sami's ommission from replacement bowler list and yasir's inclusion. i think guy has enormous talent and this is the high time for him to make a permanent place in the side cos after good performance in county cricket, confidence is on his side. Its not necessary that what imran khan says is always right, be it politics or cricket. Recently we had been hearing alot about pace of M Irshad but he is nowhere to be seen. wonder where is that guy now?? Above all RRana Naveed sb really needs a break as what his recent performances suggest. Really looking forward to a good solid opening spell from yasir. Best of luck buddy.

  • Abdur Razzak on October 23, 2006, 7:39 GMT

    I think Yasir is the future for Pakistan.Every team needs atleast two class all rounders who can bat & bowl.South Africans are lucky to have the services of Pollock & Kallis.I think pakistan have the luxury of players who are born talents.Unfortunately they are not looked after by the board.If pak introduce a Academy system like the Aussies, they will be the hardest team to beat in the world.

  • Humayun Mirza on October 23, 2006, 7:18 GMT

    Hello Doc. Congratulations on starting the Pakblog. I think there are two points to always keep in mind; the long term interest of the team as well as any immediate gains that can be tapped into. For the first purpose if a player has shown potential then an investment must be made into him with every effort to realize that potential in the national interest. I think Sami falls into that category and so may Irshad or Anwar Ali or anyone else with an immense promise. As for the second objective any player in form at a particular time and demonstrating brilliant performances must be inducted to the advantage of the team and given excellent support to help him perform to his potential. Yasir may fall into this category. The history of Pakistan cricket is replete with instances where both these principles have been ignored resulting in wasted talent at national expense. Perhaps Hasan Raza, Aaqib Jawed and the prolific opener from Hyderabad (his name slips my mind) fall into this category of wasted talent.

  • pervez on October 23, 2006, 5:04 GMT

    I think sami needs a coach who can teach him how to move the ball in both or atleast one direction. He does get swing once in a while . His biggest fault is the hesitation just before releasing the ball. This gives batsman extra time even with his pace. He has to learn how to bowl good lenght rather then over pitch. Also he got to learn to calm down and stop staring at batsman every time he bowls a bouncer or batsman plays and misses. He does not have enough to scare any batsman even no 10. He is not very tall so may be its not a bad idea for him to giveup pace for swing and cutters. He should try it beside what he got to lose except his place in team, which he has lost anyways.

  • Shankar on October 23, 2006, 3:38 GMT

    I am really amazed at the selection process in Pakistan. Partly because it resembles the Indian mayhem and partly because the continuing ignorance of the embarassment of riches. Why does not Azhar Mehmood get a mention? He will be an automatic "walk in" selection in any team with a fixed tenure. In the prevailng times, he is probably the best pro going around.

  • Awais on October 23, 2006, 3:01 GMT

    Brilliant Post!

    Yes it may well be Yasir time, especially with those two druggies facing a possible ban of maybe even 2 years. For the team's sake, I hope that Rana is dropped and Yasir is played.

    One last thing I would like to say is that I've noticed a few people talk about bringing in the U-19s and a few other new players. I think the PCB is looking at it, but will only bring them in after the World Cup; you try to bring in new players a year before the world cup, any later, and they may just not have enough experience. The only reason Yasirs been brought back is its been enforced with the druggies facing a possible ban.

  • Irfan Ahmad from Canada on October 23, 2006, 2:56 GMT

    I think Azhar Mahmood deserves a chance. His performance for Surrey has been superb in the recent season. He has the ability to take wickets and is a handy batsman.

    Aside from that, Anwar Ali should be groomed at the early stage. Most pakistani young players have the raw talent but they lack the discipline and fittness which is so crucial at the international level. Dope testing should be done at the domestic level as well.

  • mohammed akram khan on October 23, 2006, 1:58 GMT

    its right that sami has been given enough chances to prove his worth in the team. bowling fast is not the criteria to be in the team. its the picking of the wickets when the team requires and also not providing runs to the opposition should be the criteria. the PCB has also suggested that there is not enough of fast talent in the country.

  • turab on October 23, 2006, 0:08 GMT

    what about the others like iftikhar rao and rana naved and shahid nazir? I don't support them whole heartedly but i think yasir arfat should replace afridi that is if arfat is above average all rounder. Afridi has no batting ability left in him and no brains whatsoever.

  • Ali on October 22, 2006, 23:44 GMT

    Not giving Sami another chance on the international level before the World Cup would be a huge blunder on the part of the Pakistani selectors. Not to say that Arafat's selection as a replacement isn't the right one, but to take such agressive means in an apparent exclusion-of-Sami-forever concept is not the right way to go. Sami has what is the most deadly and ironically the most easy to forget quality in World cricket today. Raw talent. Akhtar was bashed by many when he wasnt performing, and many others (Afridi) were too. Look at them now though (barring Akhtar's 'offense' of course). Raw talent produces matchwinners, and to just forget the talent that is there based on some previous match failures suggests that nobody cares to coach these players, and would rather replace them. Pakistan need a frontline pace bowler to open with Umar Gul in the World Cup, and Sami, without a doubt, will need to take that role if Pakistan want to taste success.

  • Avais Khalid on October 22, 2006, 23:16 GMT

    It is good that Yasir Arafat has been given the opportunity ahead of Sami as Sami is perhaps one of the two bowlers who have got worse with time and experience. He has shown little improvement. We have seen how the introduction of youngsters has done wonders for the Pakistan team in recent times. I also think its time we started grooming the three bowlers who brought home the under 19 worldcup. Jamshed Ahmed (the left armer), Anwar Ali Khan (the banana swing bolwer) and Akhtar Ayub. All these bowlers bowled 80-90 MPH and with age and experience they will probably gain more pace and skill. I agree that express pace is crucial but how many teams have express bowlers? The pipeline is full of talented bowlers and given the opportunity they will shine!!!

  • Masood on October 22, 2006, 23:03 GMT

    I agree Kamran to an extent, Yasir deserves his inclusion but I think we also need to consider azhar mahmood in the team. The result of this would leave a pakistan team that can bat all the way down to number 11! (a first!!) I also think this would be an ideal attack that would suit t he slow wickets of india provided that the bowlers just concentrated on line and length! What do you think? My team would be: Hafeez Farhat Malik Khan (Y) Yousaf Afridi Razzaq Arafat Mahmood Naved ul Hassan Akmal

  • sameer Johar on October 22, 2006, 22:41 GMT

    What i dont understand is why are pakistan wasting their young players. Sure i agree Yasir should come back to pakistani colours but what about the other bowlers for example Riaz Afridi i saw him in one test match and he didn't do so badly. Pakistan over the years have been known for a good pace attack but when one or two bowlers fall away due to whatever reson they struggle. The pakistan board should help these players to come through and be the next generation of Pakistani pacw bowlers.

  • Ali Faisal on October 22, 2006, 22:08 GMT

    I won't read too much in to Yasir's success in the county games. English conditions are there for bolwlers like Yasir to excel. International games and that too in India could prove too much for him, but I agree that he deserves a chance.

    Irrespective of how Sami has performed in the past, he is a potential asset to Pakistan cricket. Someone who could run in from a few yards and bowl above 90 mph got to be good. Knowing that he has performed relatively better in Inida (Bangalore test) and with Waqar as the bowling coach, Sami might not have been a bad choice. At some point I would love to see him in action, not because of what Imran says about him, just because the guy has loads of potential and needs a bit of luck and direction.

  • ali on October 22, 2006, 22:03 GMT

    i think yasir arafat is a solid player and needs to be tried. he is a good fielder as well. i would replace him with the struggling rana for the next match. the player that shud watch out is shahid afridi. if he keeps stinking it up than arafat can take his place. hafeez and malik are capable spinners as well. also give some props to umar gul who looks like the 3rd best bowler in pak after asif and shoaib. he needs to play every match.

  • Faraz on October 22, 2006, 21:43 GMT

    Mr Abbasi: Its been of late since you made a valuable contribution to the annuls of Pakistan Cricket Literature. You are the only one who has so eloquently put many matters relating to the harmful effects of political turmoil cook pot that has encapsulated the PCB selection like a bad stinking fart. Write to PCB, make a point out of it and speak out that axing Sami is not only political but suicidal in a tournament this huge and sendin a friggin no go ordinary spinner, when Sami could have easily won the call. Its your responsibility and you own the matter to the extent that you shed light on the controversies that have marred Pakistani Cricket. Sami has been forced to bowl in the low 80 mph range by whom ? why was he made to bowl like a medium pacer in the recent series in England ? Who advised him that save your career do what we say bowl like an 80 mph seamer ? You need to bring these matters to the forefront Mr. Abbasi!

  • Khalid Mirza on October 22, 2006, 16:23 GMT

    Hey Kamran Great article/commentary piece. I agree with the others on Yasir Arafat. Although, I do believe the PCB need to further organize their thoughts on the Pak pace stocks. The PCB need to invest time and resources and get these players ready for 2007 and beyond. The following are people, that I beleive, the PCB need to follow up and invest time/energy through Waqar & company by coaching and passing on skills/tips to reach their potential:

    Najaf Shah: huge potential, need to give him opportunities Azhar Mehmood: great and consistent all rounder in UK, need to give him a chance again, has international experience. Abdur Rauf: need to be groomed under PCB bowling coach M. Irshad & M. Shafiq: where are they? toted as the next great pace hope. Jamshed Ahmed, Akhtar Ayub & Anwar Ali: again the PCB hierarchy need to give them specialized training to get them to the next level and give them playing time Shabbir Ahmed: whats the latest on this guy with his remodelling action? Samiullah Khan Niazi: again need to be given chances to prove his worth. U. Gul & Rao Iftikhar Anjum: good prospects, need to be persevered.

    M. Sami: need to categorically realize that he is still a good bowler but for ODIs only. Should have gone to India, however do need some motivational counselling and develop his tactical acumen in the bowling arena, ie. think batsmen out which should be not as hard with his pace. Rana Naveed: need to be dropped for now, send him back to domestic cricket to get his rhythm and confidence back.

    so to recap, besides Shoaib and Asif, here is who PCB need to invest and provide opportunities for:

    Yasir Arafat Azhar Mehmood Najaf Shah Samiullah Khan Niazi Shabbir Ahmed M. Sami Abdur Rauf Tanveer (from Waziristan) M. Irshad & M. Shafiq Jamshed Ahmed & Anwar Ali

    Kamran, write up a piece on the openers dilemma and I'm sure we can all manage to throw some good ideas to the PCB, if they take 10mins of their time to read your blogs. thanks for your time. KM

  • Hammad Khan on October 22, 2006, 15:51 GMT

    I personally think that PCB has spent an awful amount of money on Shoaib Akthar and we have not seen any results yet. I wish PCB had spent money elsewhere, maybe on bowlers like Yasir Arafat. I think it is time for change and Yasir Arafat will be a good replacement for Shoaib Akthar, since this is the trend anyways. I think it is really important to include him, even in this current tournament, so he gets a chance to play at the international level before the World cup starts.

  • Imran Ahmad Khan on October 22, 2006, 15:02 GMT

    Well firstly about Sami; everyone over here has conveniently forgotten that Sami has been dropped because of his poor test record. And even if someone points this out to me that his economy rate in odis is rather high, I can justify backing Sami. See what Sami can bring to this attack is SPEED! Nothing else terrorises a batsman! Pick up his odi record and tell me if its bad! He was brought back in the Multan odi against India and he picked up 3 wickets. And I wouldnt take anything away from Yasir Arafat here. I think he is a wonderful prospect. Who can forget the wonderball in Karachi that got rid of Flintoff? I just think this tournament is going to be too big for him. And in all the probability, he is not going to play a game save any injuries to Gul, Rana or Rao. I would certainly have put my bet on Sami.

  • Asif Lodhi on October 22, 2006, 14:53 GMT

    Yasir Aradat is definately a great prospect. I have witnessed his commitment and performance in England for Surrey and in Abu Dhabi for Pakistan A. He will prove to be a good choice for future. Where on the other hand; Kamran Abbasi remains one of the biggest loser in the cricket editting world and hence should be smacked so hard that he started using his brains for some sensible comments. VERY VERY often he is just writing as he is no less than any idiot. Cricinfo is losing its credibility of selecting right people for this task.

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on October 22, 2006, 14:11 GMT

    Bringing in Yasir Arafat is a sensible move for he has shown his worth recently and deserves to be given such a chance. As for Muham Sami, any one given so many opporutnities should have grabbed it BUT perhaps he needs to realize that HE has lost his touch.. how to rekindle the flame would be an interesting sjourn for him.

    Pace has been Our panache in the bowling domain but as things stand now, Shoaib has shot himself in the foot by his consistent skulduggery and shenanigans. He has missed the sane number of matches as much as he played. Injuries or no injuries, HIS attitude has been the biggest scar on the cricketing face. All those youngsters who could hve idolised him wont take much out of his book now.

  • AJ on October 22, 2006, 13:57 GMT

    Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are legends of the game - completely special players who grace the elite sport once every 50 years.

    Whilst PCB should endeavour to unearth similar "special" players but it isn't as easy and simple as that.

    Look at our sub-continental neighbours - India and Sri Lanka. They have NEVER EVER had ONE bowler (no offence intended) of the same quality, pace, variation and ability as either of the three and you can look back at the whole of the past century. Indians will no doubt (argue and) put forward Kapil Dev, who was clearly exceptional, but never a devastating bowler. Nevermind, they have had Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid whilst the Sri Lankans have Murlitharan.

    Pakistan was very lucky and privileged to have the trio playing for them together in one team and they should celebrate and cherish that thought and the memories they provided. Clearly, the Pakistanis have been spoilt by such exceptional talent representing them in their team.

    Therefore, the expectations are so high in unearthing similarly talented individuals. I suspect (and repeat) that this not going to be easy.

  • areeb on October 22, 2006, 13:39 GMT

    i just have a question where is azhar mahmood hes performed brilliantly in english county, and i always thought that he was a brilliant swing bowler. he is also a fine batsman capable of big hits he should desreve a place in the team. i also agree that yasir should play.

  • Jamil Siddique on October 22, 2006, 13:12 GMT

    Sami is good record in ODI. Why not use him as ODI player, until he gets his act right for tests..

    Just look at his ODI record, it is as good as any player in the team

  • Mustafa Moiz on October 22, 2006, 12:58 GMT

    It's not Yasir time at all. If there is a Yasir that should be used it's Yasir Hameed. Mohammad Sami is, in my opinion, better than Shoaib and especially better than Asif. He should be kept in the side, especially for ODIs. Someone like Asif has no pace and can't bat at all. Sami has pace and can bat decently. He should be in the team. Mohammad Sami has shown more potential and it looks like Wasim Akram or someone of his sort, with a quick-arm action and reverse swing, should coach him, not Waqar, though he is good for the other bowlers. Sami should be kept in the team and not Asif.

  • mo on October 22, 2006, 11:46 GMT

    The bowler who seemed to have geniune potential to b a quick bowler from the u19 team was Akhtar Ayub, built like the proverbial brick .... house, he seemd to hit he pitch hard and really ruffed up the batsman. His action was similiar to that of Big Mac from South Africa. Must be brought in to the squad asap.

  • Rehan Dar on October 21, 2006, 21:02 GMT

    I 100% agree! In the match versus Srilanka i was rather surpirsed to see Rao Ifthikhar bowling instead of yasi Arafat. Given his performances in county cricket and his ability to feild (as seen in Pak A matches), he should have been an obvious inclusion to the team in the absense of Akhtar and Asif. Also looking at the performance of Rana Naveed since Janurary, i am again surprised to see Pakistan still presisting with him. He is definately a handful but it must be made clear to him that it has been a year since he has been to erratic and if he doesnt improve soon, he might be replaced.

    Therefore i believe that a talent such as Yasir Arafat should be permanently included in the team. Its high time that he is groomed for the future.

  • mobly on October 21, 2006, 21:01 GMT

    I agree, it sure is Yasir Arafat time. He earned this place with all the hard work he has put in over the years. He bowled hard in the domestic and also did a remarkable job on first county season ever. I think he has played enough domestic cricket and now with some of the county cricket experience under his belt i think he deserves to be in the national team.

    Sami had his chance, infect more than he should have gotten and one of the reasons was the continuous backing of the likes of Imran Khan.

  • Abbas on October 21, 2006, 20:57 GMT

    Good News for yasir, Now he is the officially # 1 back up Pakistani fast bowler. The whole Asif Saga gives him another oppertunity to get a chance in test matches VS Westindies. There is alot more learning one can experience when he is involved in a test atch than an ODI, so i am sure he will be alot better player after the Test Series with WI.

  • Alex on October 21, 2006, 20:54 GMT

    I agree. Yasir has looked very promising on the county circuit. Let's hope he doesn't develop the arrogance and 'star status' mentality which seems to be inherent in the Pakistani team ultimately resulting in a downward spiral of fortunes. The lack of a genuine speedster is worrying although Mohammed Irshad needs to be given a chance.

  • tariq javed on October 21, 2006, 20:53 GMT

    Well it may or may not be Yasir time but certainly it is not Sami time. The guy has blown literally dozens of chances that he has had to establish himself in the last decade but he just keeps bombing out. It is time to try some new guns who may deliver the goods.

  • Waqas Parwez on October 21, 2006, 20:52 GMT

    I think Pakistan should try Sami one last time before quitting him. After all his hard work he is a class bowler who change the course of a match. I also think Anwar Ali should be tried as well of his awesome performance in the lately u-19 matches against India. Yasir could be tricky, but doesnt have much match practice to play in ICC trophy, Up to PCB to decide now.

  • Faisal Rao on October 21, 2006, 20:49 GMT

    I agree. Yasir has been always been close to finding a spot on the team since he was 18. I think his performance with Sussex this season was great and he deserves another chance along with the other Yasir, Yasir Hameed.

  • shahzad on October 21, 2006, 20:38 GMT

    Congratulations Kamran on your blog, I have been ab admirer of your articles and insight for a long time. What i fail to understand is why was yasir not selected ahead of Rao and company, he's got pace, he is pretty accurate and can bat at 8 in test matches. Still bravos to the new management of PCB for making a correct decision, I really hope and wish that he performs well and helps pakistan cricket team to give some happiness to its supporters after the recent grim days.

  • Sameer Manazir on October 21, 2006, 20:37 GMT

    i seen yasir play once or twice, and i liked what i saw. i was really impressed with his ability to bowl yorkers at will. that would really come in handy in th ODI's. As for Mohammad Sami, i think he's done for. He has been given so many changes but failed to deliver. He showed all the attributes of making a great fast bowler but completly lost it in the last few seasons.

  • Atique Siddiqi on October 21, 2006, 20:32 GMT

    I have not seen much of Yasir but he has a reputation of being pretty decent both with bat and ball. The Onday game is all about all rounders, the more the merrier.

    What is troubling and Kamran has rightly pointed out, is the fact that Pakistan has not yet developed a decent fast bowling bench. Rao is average and Gul is very sporadic. The only other player who has been mentioned is Samiullah Niazi. Any views on him??

  • Ali Usman on October 21, 2006, 20:23 GMT

    Yasir Arfat Is the Best All Rounder Pakistan Have After Abdul Razzaq And Shoaib Malik. He did well In Sussex this Year and surely He will do more than Best in Pakistan colours. Shoaib Akhter is a good Bowler but whats the point of him having in the team when he cant play a full series and often ends up in getiing injured. Yasir Arafat is more capable with the bat and he can Bowl with a new ball as well as any other Pakistani current bowlers. He is the best Choice for me. With him coming at lower down the order Pakistan will have more stability in the battin Department. I will say Pakistan will have now 4 big hitters in the team in form of Afridi, Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and yasir Arafat.

  • Nauman Ahmed on October 21, 2006, 20:11 GMT

    I agree with your point but still you are talking about pace!! dont you think you are going a bit overboard? Yes pace is absolutely vital but shoaib akhtar and bret lee havent reached what glenn mcgrath and shaun pollock reached long long ago. The simple fact is that anyone who has reasonable pace and has good line and length and can swing the bowl is going to be really hard to play. As far as Yasir Arafat is concerned it certainly is time to make him a member of this team he has been waiting since 2003 and he has shown that he deserves it.

  • Wajid Jawaid on October 21, 2006, 20:05 GMT

    Yes I think Yasir should play in place of rana naveed-ul-hasan. Rana has been failing for three series now and Yasir has been performing well.

  • Abrar R. on October 21, 2006, 19:54 GMT

    I somewhat agree. However, i think the main problem in Pakistan cricket is that we lack the grooming other countries have. Who are our sports psychologist? How effective have they been? Why is it that our domestic game is producing fast bowlers but we are unable to groom them for the international stage? This is something that must be fixed if we are to become the number one team. As far as Sami is concerned, the talent is obviously there but he lacks the cricketing mind. Not all bowlers will be born with it, it is something you can develop and integrate in your game from experience and good coaching.

  • Fahad Kamal on October 21, 2006, 19:52 GMT

    I don't agree with the raw pace part of what you say, in fact, I believe with the amount of ODI's being played, its rather a liability. Look at at the Aust/Eng scorecard, Lee has no wickets (though great figures). The point is that I would rather have a line-length seamer like Asif rather than a Bond/Akhtar/Lee in my team anyday. Though its less exciting, it will win me more matches, and be more reliable in terms of injury than the raw pacers. I love seeing these guys hurtling in, but I love seeing scenes of the Pak team hugging and lifting each other more. Thus, Yasir, I am ready to give you a shot at claiming your pakistani bowling crown-- just like Naved, Asif, Shabbir, and others did in the recent past. Plus he bats.

  • Aatif Irshad on October 21, 2006, 19:48 GMT

    I also belive it is time we brought Yasir Arafat in to the reckoning.With Shoaib and Asif in hot waters and Rana Naveed continuing to deteriorate it is about time we checked some one as promising and exciting as yasir.The guy is more than an able batsman too.He is by no means a medium pace,bowls at a fairly lively place.I think thumbs up for Yasir Arafat.

  • Tahsin on October 21, 2006, 19:48 GMT

    I also think Yasir is best Choice.And He is better than Umor Gul.

  • ashaq on October 21, 2006, 19:23 GMT

    I think its great that yasir arafat has been given an opportunity.He has proven himself too be a match winner and certainly earned his chance.One thing pakistan do have is a great line off all rounders.Hopefully mansoor amjad will emerge as world class in the future.I think azhar mahmood also deserves an oppurtunity against the west indies.With the abundance off talent not even in the squad.Certainly pakistan can emerge as a force too be reckoned with in the next 2 years.

  • Hamza on October 21, 2006, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan should have tried Yasir Arafat back in the summer in the test matches against England. They made a mistake with persisting with Sami, who I believe is not a bowler of international standards. There was another guy Sami Ullah Niazi who I never saw but he was with the side in England. Where is he?

  • Ali on October 21, 2006, 19:01 GMT

    Nice saying, It is right that yasir will take part in WC. Because he is finest talent of pakistan. I know him very well as being a domestic cricketer, he is hardworker and good spirit person.

  • Sajid Manzoor on October 21, 2006, 19:01 GMT

    I think its definately Yasir time. He's done well in England, he's young, he can bowl and can bat. He should replace the wayward Rana Naveed. What really bugged me about Rana besides his poor bowling against Sri Lanka, was also his attitude. He was smiling and laughing all the way back to his mark while he was getting smashed all over the park. That was ridiculous. Its definately time to bring Yasir in, if he comes in place of Rana Naveed, that will not only strengthen the bowling but also the batting too, and help balance the side.

  • Bilal Choudry on October 21, 2006, 18:59 GMT

    I dont agree with Kamran on this one. I dont think Sami should be sidelined as he has been effective whenever he has been on his own. Also without him the attack is one dimensional.

  • Anwar Khan on October 21, 2006, 18:56 GMT

    I don't agree with your (Kamran's) assesment on Sami. Infact I don't even agree with the Pakistan selector in so far as Sami's selection is concerned. Sami is NOT a test match bowler. His stats and performances proof that. On the other hand he is a top notch one-day bowler and again his stats will proof that. His skiddish bowling style can (or would have)done wonders in the slow, sticky October wickets in India. Doc, you got it wrong on Sami - as did the selectors. The kid has potential - we haven't still figured out where or how to use it.

  • Omer Khan on October 21, 2006, 18:56 GMT

    True..It was time to send a clear transparent message towards M. Sami. He would have been smacked around in indian conditions anyways. Yasir Arafat has much to prove, and what better time when our prime two bowlers are under fire for doping. Yasir seems to have potential, i woudl give him a go agasint new zealand

  • SAK on October 21, 2006, 18:56 GMT

    Quite frankly it is yasir time it should have happened in the last series. But I totally, hate on the pot shot at Imrans thinking is really simple, a player he believes supports during the bad and good times. Shoaib akhtar, younis khan wasim akram all these players are prime examples. Maybe if our board learned to support our players so vehemently we would get some where but you mr. abbasi fail to see that.

    AS regard to yasir time, it truly is his time he would have to replace rana though.

  • humzaa yasin on October 21, 2006, 18:50 GMT

    what about this certain mohammed irshad?? hasnt he been clocking bowling speeds in the excess of 95mph?

  • saif on October 21, 2006, 18:47 GMT

    I just wanna know, where are those two fast bowlers who won the u19 world cup for Pakistan, dont u think its high time to test their potential and get rid of this continous pain and humiliation in the form of Shoaib akhter....sorry shoaib, but its enough

  • Atif Khan on October 21, 2006, 18:45 GMT

    I completly agree with you. He is a player with having rich qualities in batting and bowling. He would definetly be one of pakistan great all rounder. I wish him all the best.

  • Rana on October 21, 2006, 18:36 GMT

    Yasir Arafat is a very under estimated bowler, 1st he can bowl with the new ball at a great length, what we call the corridor of uncertainty! He is real good with the older ball, and one of the very few young bowlers who can reverse the ball, and what more he is a handy batsman as well, He must be utilised on long term basis.

    Rana Moderator OCC (Orkut Cricket Community)

  • Zahid Irfan on October 21, 2006, 18:23 GMT

    Yeah, its Yasir time.. But what about the long lost and forgotten yasir .. I am talking about Yasir Hameed... He seems to have been replaced by the likes of Imran Farhat, Hafeez but still I believe he always showed immense talent whenever given the oppurtunity... Like his fifties at Australia and India... I believe he should be given a big run in the middle order where we are missing him..

  • Hadi Imdad on October 21, 2006, 18:15 GMT

    I concur with your views on the Yasir time. There has been many a times that Pakistan has been proficient in passing on talent, much to the likes of Imran Nazir. A very prolific openning batsman who was, in my view the next Ricky of Pakistan.

    Yasir Arafat has the ability to rock any of the three sticks no matter who is infront to defend them. I have heard a lot of floating rumors of new employees who are to make Death from Leather but never see them come about.

    Morale of the story: Get your people out of this mess that has become of them in this short time. Compose the board itself of sane humans and watch the relics of Pakistan success hurtling back.

  • haseeb on October 21, 2006, 18:14 GMT

    I completely agree with you. Yasir has looked a good prospect for quite some time. The trouble was with Shoaib and sami then, and razzaq a permanent, there weren't much opportunities. Well, i guess he gets the chance now to show his strenght atleast as an odi player, if not in tests. I still believe Umar gul should be in the picture. As for Sami, pace alone is no passport to the world of international cricket, where 11 players go out to represent the best cricketers we have, not the flashest or the fastest.

  • mawali on October 21, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    On the money for Yasir. The current situation obviates his selection. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, long name but short on performance. He is heading in the direction of the reckless M. Sami. It does not take a genius to fugure out that line and lenght are to bowling what truth and sincerity are to love. No secret that the slow pitches in India are more suited to less pace and more accuracy. Yasir, is tailor made for the current Pakistan dillemma. Keeping the thought in mind dare I say that, I miss Mohammad Asif more than Shoaib Akhtar under the present scenario.

  • Farhan on October 21, 2006, 18:01 GMT

    Yasir Arafat has everything to be in the team, rana hasn't really showed his form. pakistan gave him enough days in the international cricket match but got nothin but runs. yasir in the other hand has bowled beatifully in the county matches and also can bat. Pakistan should give him a chance and see what happens, but yasir would def. do better than rana.

  • Auwais Ahmed on October 21, 2006, 18:00 GMT

    I dont agree on Muhammad Sami matter. Sami although has failed in the tests but he has an average of 28 in the ODIs with 109 wickets in 76 matches.I think that record is good enough for him to get selected in the team and it is better then any other player in the present Pakistani ODI team. Ironically the selectors played him in tests the format he does not relish while not giving him much chance in the ODIs.

  • RASHID HAFEEZ on October 21, 2006, 17:42 GMT

    If Yasir's selection signals anything to Sami, it is quite timely. A bowler with an average in mid-forties, in the thity odd tests he has played, can be no good to team, even if greatImran Khan champions his cause.

  • Nader on October 21, 2006, 17:31 GMT

    Isn't Shabbir Ahmed expected back in time for the World Cup from his one year ban? Or have Pakistan selectors shelved him as well. Shabbir's 50 test wickets in 10 test matches appears promising - as long as he can reign in that "effort" ball which causes trouble for him.

  • Imran Zia on October 21, 2006, 17:23 GMT

    Yasir Arafat may be a utility player but i dont think he will give nightmares to the opposition. As the current bowlers including the spinners, with the exception of Abdul Razzak all struggle to dismiss lefthanders, Samiullah Niazi would have been a better option and would have given the attack some variety. In the absence of Asif And Shoaib this is something which was proven in England that Strauss, Cook and Trescothick were a handful for them never mind Lara, Hussey, Yuvrag Gilchrist to come.

  • Arshad Hussain, Luton, UK on October 21, 2006, 17:04 GMT

    We need someone with raw pace as you rightly say. I think Riaz Afridi deserves a chance plus players like Najaf Shah and Anwar Ali whom i have heard alot about especially Najaf Shah. I dont understand what that guy has to do to earn a Test or ODI cap. He is a good left arm fast bowler who has a great average in regards to wicket taking plus a good strike rate also.

  • Asad Ashraf on October 21, 2006, 16:48 GMT

    I totally agree. Its time Arafat got a full go in ODI international level. And what better time than now. Although it was a good win against Sri Lanka the other day. None of the seam/fast bowlers excelled except Razzaq in his second spell. Rana Naved needs to up his game and lead from the front, he is the most senior bowler there.

  • Momin on October 21, 2006, 16:48 GMT

    Indeed ... Yasir Arafat is a very talented cricketer and there can be no two opinions on that. I still remember that beautiful yorker he bowled in a ODI against England last year ... and yeah I am glad there has been no recall for Mohammad Sami. Frequently, we have been made to believe that one Mohammad Irshad is pretty quick ... but at the time of need, we have not reverted to him. Is it just a gimmick or is there some truth to what looks more like a fallacy about someone's pace which never was or will be!

  • Arshad jamal on October 21, 2006, 16:47 GMT

    I agree with you fully. Yasir Arafat is the choice of the day. Pakistan Under-19 has won the World Cup mainly on the young shoulders of two fast bowlers, regratably we never heard about them since and I've forgotten their names but one was left armer and the other was right armer. They were compared with the fearsome two W's and indeed it was said that the left armer had the qualities of wasim Akram and the right armer was fast and had fearsome Waqar Younus like in siwingers which none of the batsmen managed to play. Where are those two fast bowlers? Can someone bring them out from the darkeness now since its about the time. The fast bowlers like Mohammad Zahid and Mohammad Akram have already been wasted.

  • Shahid on October 21, 2006, 16:33 GMT

    Agreed. It will be a good place to check out the youngster who did very well in the english county. It appears that the Indian pitches have been tailored made for the spinners and the pace bowlers have toiled so far. The other replacement should not be Sami, but a spinner. The team already have too many allrounders who may or may not perform either with the bat or the ball. Need specialist bowlers. Hope the selectors will take that into account.

  • ashfaq khan on October 21, 2006, 16:00 GMT

    shoaib lately has been bowling just around 90 mph.he rarely goes over 90 and up to 92,93 mph.so i think yasir having just yard less in speed does not make him any lesser bowler.the thing is if he is able to swing the ball at that speed and if he has the ablity to bowl those deadly yorkers which shoaib has been doing.i think razaq has good pace if he wants to.i remember him bowling very very fast.But i would have love to see some one from under 19 world cup winning team to go to india ie. jamshaid ahmed, anwar ali khan or akhtar saeed

  • ali on October 21, 2006, 15:56 GMT

    Hey, what about the other guy, Mahmood, he's done great for his county, a fellow pakistani alrounder who's been neglected for I don't know what reason. I think it's time to start thinking beyond , this incident and start building a world cup team of alrounders.

  • Faisal Cheema on October 21, 2006, 15:48 GMT

    Yasir seems like a typical Pakistani bowler and might do well in the future but for now i won't tamper with the winning combination but i think we should try Yasir in the series against the WI.

  • Mahmood Akhtar on October 21, 2006, 15:38 GMT

    I like Yasir Arafat's all round abilities, he can put a quick fire 20 to 30 runs at # 7 or 8 but as a bowler he is not very economical and at times conceed too many runs. If he can be coached to work on his line and lenght he could be a good addition in Pakistan's playing eleven.

  • Arsalan Khan on October 21, 2006, 15:33 GMT

    Mohammed Sami's been wasted by the board. His appereances have always fluctuated. Used like a spare wheel, he's always been taken for granted.

    Shoaib's injured - Sami's in. Shoaib's fit - Sami's out. Asif's banned - Sami in. Asif cleared - Sami's out.

    Such activity reaps out all of a player's motivation and incentive to perform.

    If people back home dealed with players professionally; Sami could have been one great prospect, otherwise.

  • Aftab Qureshi on October 21, 2006, 15:30 GMT

    I absolutely agree that Yasir Arafat deserves a place in the team, and I have no problem if it is at the expense of Rao Iftikhar, or even Rana Naved if he fails to wake up from his prolonged slumber. But we need to replace not one but two pace bowlers. Replacing speed with speed means we have to get Sami back, and help Sami get his confidence back. I would, in PCB President's position, would do anything it takes to rehabilitate Sami's career. He represents too much of good potential to waste in the absence of Shoaib abd Asif.

  • Aftab Qureshi on October 21, 2006, 15:23 GMT

    I feel truely sorry for two men of Pakistan cricket, two fast bowlers of immense quality and potential: Aaqib Javed and Mohammad Sami. To me, they are a wasted resource. What hurts more, because it hurts the present and immediate future of Pakistan's cricket, is that Sami has been trashed at a time when he is needed most. I hold the Board, the bowling coach and Woolmer the coach, the captain and the vice captain, and the selctors all responsible for failing to give him the support that he rightly deserved. They can still do it. There is still time for it before the World cup. The Board should get the bowling coach to help him get his confidence back, get the team psychologist to have a few sessions with him, and get the coach and the physio to help him get into good shape. Inzamam and Younis Khan should play their part too. If this is not a matter wher the new PCB chief can show some leadership and initiative, what is?

  • Faisal Memon on October 21, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    On your main point. Yasir can replace Naved in current form. Since his return Naved has struggled with the bowl, so i feel that Yasir can be given a chance ahead of him in the next few games. Allow Gul and Rao to have the new ball, and bring in Yasir and Abdur Razzaq as first and second change. Yasir is also very good with the bat, so you have a stronger number 9 batsman, than it Naved (although he is a good batter, but i feel Yasir is better).

  • Pakistani Fan on October 21, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    I agree totally. Sami showed glimpses of the "akhtar attribute" but let his ability fade away during time. Asif has the role of somebody like Mcgrath, Pakistan need to start from the beginning and find a young fast bowler that they can form into the worlds best. Akhtar is still brilliant but time is not on his side and niether is his fitness. There must be a fast bowler with a huge amount of potential somewhere in Pakistan, however the PCB want to keep the team limited, why? They should try new faces, this could be the solution to the pace factor which is currently lacking in the pakistani team.

  • Faisal Memon on October 21, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    On your first point. Sami hasn't been completely take out of the setup, he has been included in the Future Players camp, so the board do realize his "potentail", now its up to him to develop more consistency to go with his pace. And who knows if in the next 2-3 years we'll see a new all out pace bowler; don't forget pace bowling is a major part of our cricketing culture, and that's the prefered bowling style of our youngsters, and just as Asif came out of the blue in the India series, we could see a 93+ mph bowler in a series a year from now. Shoaib was a product watching Waqar bowl in the early 90s, we have yet to see those who are a product of Shoaib's bowling. Lets see what those are like before we judge Pakistan's future bowling prospects.

  • Rehan on October 21, 2006, 15:10 GMT

    With Waqar as the bowling coach, Yasir can only improve from here on. He's already impressive. With him in the team,Pak will have the strongest batting and bowling line up, if shoaib and/or asif manage to come back by the start if the world cup.

  • Daniel Ashford on October 21, 2006, 15:06 GMT

    I tend to agree. Based on the fact he has over 400 first class wickets to his name (ave 22.58, SR 39.42) and is only 24 an been in the first-class arena almost 10 years suggests he would be capable of standing up to the pressure of international cricket. Also he didnt feature in the 25-man Future Players squad announced yesterday which would also suggest he is in the mix for regular senior selection in the short term. With age on his side he could be a long term option and surely seems a better one than Mohammad Sami who has just blown too many chances in my opinion, chances young players like Samiullah Khan couldve taken. Surely a bloke with 140 first-class wickets in his first 30 odd matches is worth even a look-in? I also agree that the side needs a good fast bowler to replace Akhtar, which has limited the chances of players like Mohammad Khalil.

  • Rameez on October 21, 2006, 14:34 GMT

    yasir is not that slow, ask flintoff who got the 90 mph yorker!! :)

  • Syed J. Qamer on October 21, 2006, 14:26 GMT

    Yasir should have been selected a long time ago. His performance in English County cricket was good. He has been knocking on the doors of International cricket for quite some time. I also believe Pakistan needs a batsman amongst the tail enders and Yasir fits the bill.

  • Yasin on October 21, 2006, 13:39 GMT

    There was a wazeeristan guy named Tanveer, discovered just before England tour this year bowling @ 95+mph. Have not heard of him after that. Waqar and Inzi saw him and acknoledge his pace. Idont know where he stands now. I think he can be good backup for shoaib who looks already away due to obvious ban.

  • AzMaj on October 21, 2006, 13:39 GMT

    I have been an advocate of Yasir's for a while. In the past, the argument was that both he and Razzaq are similar bowlers and there is not enough room for both in the same team.

    I disagree with that as both are different kind of bowlers and Yasir's domestic record in both Pakistan and England has suggested that he can fulfil the role of the strike bowler. Razzaq has always been a stock bowler and, with the absence of Asif and Shoaib, Yasir's time has arrived. In fact, with Rana decline in form its turning into a given that they play him for a period of time.

  • ABDUL MOIZ SAFDAR on October 21, 2006, 13:36 GMT

    Yes i totally agree that Mohammad Sami was given much much more chances than he actually deserved.His performance and bowling averages are worst than a part timer,moreover whenever he played he helped other opposite batsman to settle in with his wavered length and line.As for IMRAN Khan's impression about him, he is another Mansoor Akhtar.Enough is enough give any bowler a chance he will perform better than him.

  • rahel on October 21, 2006, 13:24 GMT

    It is eveident that current crop of bowlers are just not upto the task. It is time to skip a generation and introduce the talented U19 duo of Anwar Ali Khan and the left arm pacemen Jamshed and start blooding them.

    p.s It is shame about Sami; he has all the ingredients for a good paceman alas lack the dicipline to be a class act.

  • irfan on October 21, 2006, 13:18 GMT

    Yes i think this the right time to call Yasir Arafat in the team, i think has the potentiel to stay in the team for a long period of time.

  • Nauman Hassan on October 21, 2006, 13:14 GMT

    Pakistan has a wealth of talent, its only a question of making it to the international level and avail the opportunity. The Pakistan Cricket Board is known to dump, chop and change! Ali Naqvi and Asim Kamal are prime examples of this fashion. I think PCB believes on big impact players. Yasir Arafat has been in and out for quite some time now and I believe with Abdul Razzaq around, he has to prove his worth! He certainly cannot replace the likes of Shoaib or Sami but can definately compete with will and determination!

  • h.a.khan on October 21, 2006, 13:13 GMT

    I tootly agree with writer regarding Yasir Arafat performance Abroad as well in Domestic cricket, When Pakistan in its last tour of England and we were cripled with injured player, it was the time Yasir Cuuld be included in the team, rather calling replacement from Pakistan, I am afraid the young laid may be still sit in the reserve banch. evrery body knows that Rana Nawaid is too old and I am in dought he is still not recovered from groing ingury. Yasir Arafart, Omar Gul are the future for Pakistan fast bolwers.

  • samrat ahuja on October 21, 2006, 13:12 GMT

    I have not followed Arafat's County performances but i do remember him playing in one day series vs india when india toured pakistan this year! And to be honest, i was not impressed with his one dimensionsal type of fast bowling and batting at internation level is all together different. Accordin to me Umar Gul is a very good bowler who should be looked after as he had shown his ability by taking important wickets at important time!

  • Omer on October 21, 2006, 13:11 GMT

    There are other fast vowlers like SHahid Nazir and youngster Mohammad Irshad ...they should be given a chance before the world cup.

  • Sheraz Waris on October 21, 2006, 13:10 GMT

    This really emphasises the role of the national academy, to turn the 85-90 mphs into 90-100 mph at international level. The fact that so many good allrounders are emerging in the national side is itself an irony on the system.....we lack techniclly sound openers, so far we dont have a replacement for Inzamam in the middle order, and now there seems to be a lack of good genuine fast bowler. Players like Yasir, no matter how good they are, would always be bits and pieces, "lolly pops" like Jeoffery Boycott calls them. I wish him good luck and really hope that he comes out and put up a good solid display atleast with the ball.

  • Sikander on October 21, 2006, 13:04 GMT

    I believe we already have enough all rounders and the depth in the batting line up. Pakistan needs to find a new genuine fast bowler, not an all rounder. In addition, Arafat has never kept his nerve on the international level. Not to say he won't in future, but still, I believe PCB needs to find fast bowlers for now.

  • Khalid on October 21, 2006, 12:58 GMT

    totally agree, yasir arafat has that bit of spark about him, which you just dont see in someone like iftikhar rao, who was in the team against the Lankan boys.

  • BILAL on October 21, 2006, 12:51 GMT

    A fine Post by kamran abbasi, let's hope yasir is the answer to our questions of the next pace sensation.

  • Ovais on October 21, 2006, 12:48 GMT

    I believe Yasir should have been given a chance long time ago, there was no use of wasting time on Mohammed Sami, sure he was great athlete but he was a work horse with no purpose. Yasir should have been brought in while Shoaib was injured in much needed time ago.

  • Atif on October 21, 2006, 12:38 GMT

    Yasir need to get a exposure,if you want to use him for world cup, specially when the fate of dua is on stake and seem to be that they will be fried due to the stupidity of PCB. Yasir is a good choice, the only issue is that whether he will get the support and encourgement required by a youngester.

  • SHAHID on October 21, 2006, 12:37 GMT

    Agreed with ur comments but pakistan needs person with genuine ability as bowler, we are too much depending on allrounders. This is an age of specilist and the truth is Yasir is not specialist bowler.

  • Rehan Siddiquee on October 21, 2006, 12:23 GMT

    This lack of quality fast bowling is not a phenomenon seen just in Pakistan but globally. Although I'm from India, there is always a sense of expectancy to see who the next fast bowling messiah from Pakistan will be. But the last great Pakistani pace bowlers were the two Ws, Shoaib has blown hot and blown cold and lacks the consistency, attitude or discipline to become one of the all-time greats. His performances can best be described as "irregularly irregular flashes in the pan"

  • Shabir on October 21, 2006, 12:08 GMT

    It probably is Yassir time. However, fast bowlers of Imran Waqar and Wasim quality dont grow in abundance. Pakistan were just blessed to have these when they did. There was a time when it appeared the Windies were overflowing with quality fast bowlers, and people like Collis King, who could have walked in to any other test team, did not stand a chance in the presence of the likes of Marshall, Holding, Garner, etc, etc. But look at them now. The hope is that as Imran inspired the Ws to follow him, we hope the Ws will have inspired more than the R Express to follow them. We wait in anticipation.

  • tanny ali on October 21, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    I belive he has got real class, he showed it with Sussex and can now prove it at the biggest stage. He's very skiddy and fast and has a very good yorker, bouncer and a special slower ball. Very useful big Hitter can help Razzak down the order as afridi would be promoted to open or 3. Also has shown to be very good athlete in the field. All looks good for his future and hopefully he will play against New Zealand in replace of Roa Iftikhar or Gul.

  • Rizwan Ahmed on October 21, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    Indeed surely Yasir has the potential to become a better bowler.He is fast and in ODI has the ability to bowl good lethal inswinging yorkers.Another bonus is that he can bat so the trend of explosive Pakistani All-rounders is awesome.Adding already to Abdur Razzad,Afridi,Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.

  • shahid virk on October 21, 2006, 11:53 GMT

    I'd say that PCB made a mistake by sending Yasir Arafat instead of Sami. Sami is more experienced and mature than Yasir Arafat. They should have gone for Muhammad Sami regardless of his performance in domestic cricket. He is a strike bowler and can strike any time. He can bowl beautiful Yorkers and good length balls to put in trouble any top class batsman of the world.

  • gollumbird on October 21, 2006, 11:48 GMT

    I think it is Pakistan who blew it by not sending for Mohammad Sami. You need to put your best foot forward (from the resources available) and Sami would have done well in India.

    The main problem with Sami (and Akmal) is lack of confidence in his ability to perform. This can be best resolved by regular counseling. The best solution for Sami is regular psychological counseling to sort out personal issues.

    The second problem with Sami is lack of coaching specific to his needs. This can be provided by none other than Imran Khan. PCB needs to get in touch with Imran Khan and ask him (nay beg him) to coach Sami on a regular basis and bring out the potential he sees in him.

  • Noman on October 21, 2006, 11:47 GMT

    It's true that Pakistan has not been able to churn out too many quality fast bowlers. The list is long, don't get me wrong. But none had the staying power that the bowlers mentioned had. We have had quite a few bowlers who were on the brink of greatness... Aaqib Javed had skill. They said Ataur Rehman had Wasim like potential... well we know how that story ended. Shabbir Ahmed was on the verge of making his mark but the bowling action took care of him. So now... with the circumstances being what they are we may have to look at a bowling line up consisting of medium pacers and fast medium at best. I have always felt pride at the fast bowling exploits of the Pakistani team... I hope they recriut some guy capable of bowling in the late nineties. We need a real fast bowler and soon... !!!

  • jabran on October 21, 2006, 11:43 GMT

    Yasir Arafat is a good selection, Although i do like Sami mainly because his got a good attitude, but he simply got no brains and consistentl balls bad line and length. Speaking of fast bowlers I remember hearing about a guy i think called Mohammed Irshad who supposed to mega quick, if so i would like to see him play in the near future. But overall i beleive Yasir is a good selection

  • Usman on October 21, 2006, 11:36 GMT

    Absloutely right!

    Mohammad Sami got more chances than he deserved to prove himself and failed miserably. He lacks bowling intelligence and just can not put the bowl in right areas. He just has above average speed which you can find bowlers bowling with in every street of pakistan. As for Mr. Khan's views about Mohammad Sami, may be he got a divine revelation!

  • saleem on October 21, 2006, 11:13 GMT

    i absoluty agree, he should have played against england at Manchester (2nd test match) in place of Sami after his terribel performance at Lords. Its high time for Rana to stand up as well.

  • Omar Ansari on October 21, 2006, 11:06 GMT

    Not picking Sami for the test matches makes a LOT of sense but how come he is dropped from odi cricket as well? Especially at a time like this when we have no pace bowlers to back us up!

    And how come a leg spinner who no one has ever heard of got picked for a major tournament like this one? Did PCB forget about a more talented and experience spinner in the form of Danish Kaneria?

    Yasir Arafat is a good choice though, I have always liked his bowling... just hope he doesn't turn out to be like Azhar Mahmood...

  • Abdul Waheed on October 21, 2006, 11:02 GMT

    I totally agree with you! It is a pity that no one seems to be a near tearaway. While I doubt, the pace attack without Shoib and Asif would pose any serious threats to the opponents on a continuous basis, Pakistan has to learn to win without A&S factor at least for the near future. However, I was very impressed when Sussex picked Yasir in the absence of Rana Naved to complement Mushtaq. That seemed and later proved to be a master stroke in winning the Championship for them. As Yasir Picked up with ball and bat right where Naved left off. Over the past couple of years Rana has delivered more than adequately as far as ODI are concerned. However, after returning from injury his performance has been sluggish at best resulting in giving away too many runs intially and that mostly without taking any wicket. I am wondering if it is just a bad patch or Rana just running out of gas? Maybe it is Yasir time, at least for now.

  • aimel on October 21, 2006, 10:45 GMT

    I think yasir is a proper choice compared to sami or anyone else keeping in view the type of bowler he is as well it can contribute something to the batting depth. while watching all the matches of ICC one can guess that the type of pitches available are not good for fast bowler u can see the performance of Lee and Shane bond they were just struggling where as seam and medium pace bowler showed something so its wise view to consider yasir

  • Shiraz from Houston on October 21, 2006, 10:38 GMT

    thats is right...Pakistan doesn't seem to have a replacement for Shoaib in the short run. and the future is relying heavily in the hands of Asif (provided he returns back in time) Gul and Arafat. As far as Sami is concerned, he has been given enough chances and he didn't deliver. even Rana is struggling and if these guys can't deliver in places like Champions Trophy. kick them back to domestic cricket

  • Abdul Rashid on October 21, 2006, 10:36 GMT

    Continuty should be given to yassir, he is the best bowler in the line.

  • Harris Mustafa on October 21, 2006, 10:33 GMT

    Hi, Kamran. Great topic to bring up. I think its high time Yasir gets a chance, he has never been given a proper opportunity at international level. I also feel he should work very closely with Waqar to harness his skills. Alsolooking at his county form and batting abilities its worth giving him a shot to test his temprament and skill at international level. I feel sorry for Sami because he had genuine talent and pace but for some reason its gone to waste. I still feel he has a future in intl cricket if he pulls up his socks and has a good home series against West Indies( if he is picked). But coming back to the main point I think Yasir Arafat could be just the boost in the pace department that Pakistan needs with Asif and Shoaib out and Rana struggling. Bring on Yasir and lets test him. For the sake of Pakistan cricket and Yasir himself we need to give him a chance.

  • Ahsan on October 21, 2006, 10:33 GMT

    I agree that it is probably time for Yasir to cement his plcae in the team, but he is not the answer. We need to look at how we managed to find so many fast bowlers in the past. The answer is a talent hunt along the lines of what Imran did when he was captain. Domestic cricket and clubs are just not producing players. Without top players playing in domestic games the standard is to low for the greats of the past to be nurtured. We must go to the villages and small towns, in search of young batsmen and fast bowlers. If we don't do this soon after the world cup, the future for Pakistan cricket looks bleak.

  • Nadeem Muninr on October 21, 2006, 10:31 GMT

    I personally just dont think it is jsut yasir time, but a time to find skill from the hearts of Pakistan, there is soo much talent on the streets of Pakistan, they should be given a chance to show what they got.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on October 21, 2006, 10:29 GMT

    I agree with you. Yasir Arafat is a good allrounder, he should get enough matches to prove his talent. What surprises me is where are the bowlers who won Pakistan Under-19 world cup Anwer Ali & Jamshed. where is samiullah khan. Why Pakistan is persisting with Rana who is aging and lost his touch. Get young blood in the team. I think PCB should start looking for Shoaib's replacement before its too late.

  • Saqib Ali on October 21, 2006, 10:29 GMT

    Pakistan made a correct decision by now sending Sami, he had proved to be a dead investment, in last 3 years he never improved his bowling after 2 those hatricks.

    Regarding pace, yes it seems like pakistan doesnt have any pacer after Shoaib, but in my opinion Pakistan has not tested Mohammed Irshad yet, he is a genuine fast bowler, i guess Pakistan should try him now to replace Shoib pace.

    I am a big fan of Yasir Arfat specialy his wicket taking ability, specialy on yorkers, and i wish him all the best in this series if given a chance.

    Time is running out for Rana Naveed, he should improve now other wise he is prooving to be another Sami.

  • Nabeel Adeel on October 21, 2006, 10:14 GMT

    Dear Kamran I have not seen much of Yasir only saw him long time ago in a game against Sri lanka.I do agree though that if he is bowling around that 85 to 90 mph range he should be given a chance as a bolwer and obviously his batting could come in handy.One thing that i want to add is that Asif might not have pace but has got immense ability in swinging the ball and more often than not you see good batsmen getting beaten or getting out to prodigious swing than hostile pace.In any case we should give Yasir can chance also beacause he has been performing well in domestic season for quite sometime now.If the management does not want to take the risk in big matches than if we win against new zeland he could be given a go against South Africa.Hope the combination the selectors choose comes good and the team performs well in the Champions trophy. From Philadelphia Nabeel Adeel

  • farooq on October 21, 2006, 10:11 GMT

    I think Sami can make a come back, and that the PCB should give him another chance.He has pace, and early on in his carear he did pick up alot of wickets. He is young, and the potential bowler is more than worth taking another chance on him. Plus Imran Khan, supports him, and he supported great players like Inzimam, Wasim Akram, who early on were not thought of as good players. I think they should take out Rana. But this doesn't really matter, because Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will be cleared by the tribunal, and they will once again a great opeaning bowling pair.

  • Ali Akbar on October 21, 2006, 9:50 GMT

    "We don't care what Imran Khan thinks about you." Brilliantly said. Its high time we stop listening to ex cricketers who say things just to remind us they are still around. Yes he recognised a lot of raw potential, Waqar & Waseem. But then there is no guarantee either, Imran Nazeer & Muhammad Sami. So again keep giving your thoughts ex stars but let common sense prevail in the selection.

  • Arbab on October 21, 2006, 9:47 GMT

    Agreed whole heartedly sire. What happend to the pace bowlers selected in pace bowling hunt conducted by the PCB before the England's tour to Pakistan? Or it was just to call them to the nets to bowl at pakistani bastmen for practise? Furthermore, groom up the bowlers from under-19 team. In my openion Anwer Ali the under-19 pacer is a far much and better bowler then all the ones we have for the international cricket. The has pace and swings the ball so much with a great control that I was stunned. I mean look at this guy bowling...

  • Khalid Latif on October 21, 2006, 9:39 GMT

    Agreed with Kamran Abbasi, by selecting Yasir Arafat, PCB has given clear signal to Sami and all the players of Pakistan Cricket team that fitness and performance is the only criteria to remain with the team. At the same time it is very practical approach to test and groom at least one new player in every series/tournament.

  • Arafat Ahmad on October 21, 2006, 9:20 GMT

    I think Yasir deserves a chance and soon. I have been following his progress since he made his debut and very recently he has showed great progress. He has got some very unique first class records and importnat point about his bowling I have noticed is that he takes a lot of "bowled" wickets (remember Flintoff). This is something which should not be ignored. I believe he can be a great player for Pakistan.

  • Armughan on October 21, 2006, 9:01 GMT

    Yasir Arafat has plenty of talent, loves bowling yourkers and is one of the tree guys to take 5 wickets in six balls, so he is not a bad choice at all. Muhammad Sami has no one to blame but himself. He lost his touch after the first test he played against the Kiwis in 2001. He has shown flashes of brilliance but neither his record nor his performance were good enough to maintain his spot in the team, even for as lonf as he has had. Id he wants to be back in international arena, he better start showing performance, for longer periods then just one season. He may have driven the final nail in his international careers coffin in the three tests in England, may be for now atleast.

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  • Armughan on October 21, 2006, 9:01 GMT

    Yasir Arafat has plenty of talent, loves bowling yourkers and is one of the tree guys to take 5 wickets in six balls, so he is not a bad choice at all. Muhammad Sami has no one to blame but himself. He lost his touch after the first test he played against the Kiwis in 2001. He has shown flashes of brilliance but neither his record nor his performance were good enough to maintain his spot in the team, even for as lonf as he has had. Id he wants to be back in international arena, he better start showing performance, for longer periods then just one season. He may have driven the final nail in his international careers coffin in the three tests in England, may be for now atleast.

  • Arafat Ahmad on October 21, 2006, 9:20 GMT

    I think Yasir deserves a chance and soon. I have been following his progress since he made his debut and very recently he has showed great progress. He has got some very unique first class records and importnat point about his bowling I have noticed is that he takes a lot of "bowled" wickets (remember Flintoff). This is something which should not be ignored. I believe he can be a great player for Pakistan.

  • Khalid Latif on October 21, 2006, 9:39 GMT

    Agreed with Kamran Abbasi, by selecting Yasir Arafat, PCB has given clear signal to Sami and all the players of Pakistan Cricket team that fitness and performance is the only criteria to remain with the team. At the same time it is very practical approach to test and groom at least one new player in every series/tournament.

  • Arbab on October 21, 2006, 9:47 GMT

    Agreed whole heartedly sire. What happend to the pace bowlers selected in pace bowling hunt conducted by the PCB before the England's tour to Pakistan? Or it was just to call them to the nets to bowl at pakistani bastmen for practise? Furthermore, groom up the bowlers from under-19 team. In my openion Anwer Ali the under-19 pacer is a far much and better bowler then all the ones we have for the international cricket. The has pace and swings the ball so much with a great control that I was stunned. I mean look at this guy bowling...

  • Ali Akbar on October 21, 2006, 9:50 GMT

    "We don't care what Imran Khan thinks about you." Brilliantly said. Its high time we stop listening to ex cricketers who say things just to remind us they are still around. Yes he recognised a lot of raw potential, Waqar & Waseem. But then there is no guarantee either, Imran Nazeer & Muhammad Sami. So again keep giving your thoughts ex stars but let common sense prevail in the selection.

  • farooq on October 21, 2006, 10:11 GMT

    I think Sami can make a come back, and that the PCB should give him another chance.He has pace, and early on in his carear he did pick up alot of wickets. He is young, and the potential bowler is more than worth taking another chance on him. Plus Imran Khan, supports him, and he supported great players like Inzimam, Wasim Akram, who early on were not thought of as good players. I think they should take out Rana. But this doesn't really matter, because Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will be cleared by the tribunal, and they will once again a great opeaning bowling pair.

  • Nabeel Adeel on October 21, 2006, 10:14 GMT

    Dear Kamran I have not seen much of Yasir only saw him long time ago in a game against Sri lanka.I do agree though that if he is bowling around that 85 to 90 mph range he should be given a chance as a bolwer and obviously his batting could come in handy.One thing that i want to add is that Asif might not have pace but has got immense ability in swinging the ball and more often than not you see good batsmen getting beaten or getting out to prodigious swing than hostile pace.In any case we should give Yasir can chance also beacause he has been performing well in domestic season for quite sometime now.If the management does not want to take the risk in big matches than if we win against new zeland he could be given a go against South Africa.Hope the combination the selectors choose comes good and the team performs well in the Champions trophy. From Philadelphia Nabeel Adeel

  • Saqib Ali on October 21, 2006, 10:29 GMT

    Pakistan made a correct decision by now sending Sami, he had proved to be a dead investment, in last 3 years he never improved his bowling after 2 those hatricks.

    Regarding pace, yes it seems like pakistan doesnt have any pacer after Shoaib, but in my opinion Pakistan has not tested Mohammed Irshad yet, he is a genuine fast bowler, i guess Pakistan should try him now to replace Shoib pace.

    I am a big fan of Yasir Arfat specialy his wicket taking ability, specialy on yorkers, and i wish him all the best in this series if given a chance.

    Time is running out for Rana Naveed, he should improve now other wise he is prooving to be another Sami.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on October 21, 2006, 10:29 GMT

    I agree with you. Yasir Arafat is a good allrounder, he should get enough matches to prove his talent. What surprises me is where are the bowlers who won Pakistan Under-19 world cup Anwer Ali & Jamshed. where is samiullah khan. Why Pakistan is persisting with Rana who is aging and lost his touch. Get young blood in the team. I think PCB should start looking for Shoaib's replacement before its too late.

  • Nadeem Muninr on October 21, 2006, 10:31 GMT

    I personally just dont think it is jsut yasir time, but a time to find skill from the hearts of Pakistan, there is soo much talent on the streets of Pakistan, they should be given a chance to show what they got.