December 15, 2006

World Cup 2007

Ten reasons for bafflement

Kamran Abbasi

The Multan one-day international was a baffling experience. Here are ten reasons for bafflement:

1 Shahid Afridi opening the batting instead of coming in down the order. 2 Mohammad Hafeez not opening the batting with Imran Farhat. 3 Shoaib Malik's form. 4 Rao Iftikhar's selection. 5 Umar Gul's absence and Abdur Rehman's absence. 6 Some Pakistan fans being unable to appreciate anything Faisal Iqbal ever does. 7 Yasir Hameed's eternity away from the international scene. 8 Kamran Akmal's inability to find some form. 9 Abdul Razzaq's decision not to bowl Rana more. 10 Abdul Razzaq's captaincy in general.


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Posted by Ashleigh on (November 10, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

Afridi will not run out of magic bowling beans. He bowls for The Pose . He even gave up the baitntg for his bowling. Although we did not get to see if he *really* promoted Razzaq up the order, thanks to the incapable Windies. Perhaps after the semis we will know more. It’s even possible that in his head he’s already won this tournament and we just don’t know it. This. And not only he, but entire Pakistan as well ^^

Posted by Dawar on (January 20, 2007, 6:10 GMT)

Once again Kamaran Akmal drop three catches. He dropped more catches than his total number of matches.

Posted by rahman on (December 21, 2006, 21:42 GMT)

In reply to khansahab, i think dawar is absolutely right in his views , shoib malik despite not in form for over 8 months now was played again and again, younis khan how much he scored in his last 10 one days, Razzak not even us even the expert saying that he should only play in one day that too as a utility player not an allrounder because he dont have any thing specilization like other allrounders. Kamran akmal despite a very poor run of form since srilanka tour was given chance again and again. this is faisal credit that when ever he was given chance he scored somehow if he fails once he definitely out of the team (just like asim kamal,bazid khan)and how much chance faisal given all know and how it given that also know 1 or some time 2 test in a series. I am not saying that shoib(only play one day) , younis( only test) or akmal not good player but on form they should not in the team just on perception time comes and they perform someday.

the team should be selected on merit and inform batsman and according to nature of cricket type (test or one day). Symonds is a very good player and allrounder too but they now selecting him team and that too not confirm place till shane watson fit. Michael Beaven above 50 average in one day a good backup bowler , how much test he played this is australian cricket and thats y they are on top.

Posted by Dr. Rashid Ali on (December 21, 2006, 14:39 GMT)

welw well well !! Razzak cant captain himself, let also 10 other blokes!!!!.....

Posted by khansahab on (December 21, 2006, 12:19 GMT)

i would like to write about this issue of players from karachi getting neglected, as some individuals on this blog have asserted.

first of all, someone said asim kamal got neglected because of being a karachiite. faisal iqbal/danish kaneria/mohammad sami are regular members of the squad but they are also karachiites! i agree that asim kamal has been neglected, but i think that is more to do with the fact that he is a proper batsman who takes time to score. we already have 3 batsmen like that (younis/inzi/yousuf) so obviously that obstructs kamal's selection since you need to have variety in the team. i also think that kamal's sources aren't as strong as some other players (for eg imran farhat) which obviously has an effect in pakistan.

i am a karachiite myself, but i know that when there are domestic tournaments, usually teams from sialkot/lahore/faisalabad come on top, not karachi, or peshawar or interior sindh. i think that is a sound indicator of where the talent lies in our country. perhaps we should stop being paranoid about why certain individuals are not selected. kamal is a good player but recently there have been better batters than him in domestic cricket and obviously that will make them a more plausible selection that kamal. having said that, i do hope that kamal (instead of faisal iqbal) is part of the playing XI after inzi's departure because of his consistency.

Posted by waqar on (December 20, 2006, 17:07 GMT)

the Afridi Must be Included because his name is Sufficent for Pak

Posted by Dawar on (December 20, 2006, 16:07 GMT)

The current form of Kamran Akmal (drop catches or stump in every second match) , Shoaib Malik & Abdul Razzak is not justifiying thier selection.

Specially when we ignore some deserving cricketers.

If they can always with Inzi's team.

Why not Asim Kamal (Scored 8 fifties out of his short 12 test career, Inzi never gave him chance to play one day), Faisla Iqbal (very good performance against India & England, good technical player), Hasan Raza (Technically best young player), Yasir Hamid (Now he is with the team, why was he out???), Shahid Afridi (In out effecting his performance, he owned three world records.


This is real difference btw us and Australian team. When Steve Waugh (who won world cups for them) not performed well he was out.

Unfortunately most of the players were neglected by PCB belongs to Karachi or Sind.


Posted by Dawar on (December 20, 2006, 15:54 GMT)

we got very good openers. Mohd. Hafeez, Imran Farhat & Yasir Hamid.

I request to the PCB or selection committie/Captain do not bring any one for this position. If Yasir got the chances the way we gave to Salman Butt he could managed to score 1000 runs in calendar year.

Look at his average. Not telling you he is better than salman butt.

Congratualtions to Salman Butt for his marriage. This is the place you should be ever. I think you need a long honey moon it will help you to brings back your form.

Good luck.

Dawar LA, USA

Posted by Danial on (December 20, 2006, 14:01 GMT)

i think pakistan have potential matchwinners throughout the whole line up. this is why i think they will win the world cup. This is my lineup: Hafeez Afridi Younis Inzamam Yousaf Akmal Azhar Mahmood Razzaq Akhtar Asif Danish Kaneria. Everybody in this team has huge potential, no debating.

Posted by farooq on (December 20, 2006, 12:12 GMT)

reading a poster in the multan one-dayers,someone suggested the diagnosis for pakistan's opening dilemma is having salman butt and imran nazir tried out as opening is true that salman butt had some bad innings in foriegn tours, he is a good player on home soil and should have been tried.he is only young and will mature soon. as for imran nazir, i have never seen an enthusiastic fielder in a pakistani side which is never known for good fielding..... with the world cup round the corner, it is never too late to give both of them a chance to open,especially in the tour against south africa. one hope the selectors have a change of heart and give these bright players a chance

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and Kamran is the international editor of the British Medical Journal. @KamranAbbasi

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