World Cup 2007 December 15, 2006

Ten reasons for bafflement

The Multan one-day international was a baffling experience
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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.

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

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  • 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 ^^

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Rashid Ali on December 21, 2006, 14:39 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • waqar on December 20, 2006, 17:07 GMT

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

  • 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.

    MERIT, MERIT, MERIT

    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.

    Dawar

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 pairs...it 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

  • 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 ^^

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Rashid Ali on December 21, 2006, 14:39 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • waqar on December 20, 2006, 17:07 GMT

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

  • 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.

    MERIT, MERIT, MERIT

    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.

    Dawar

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 pairs...it 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

  • mansha nazir butt on December 20, 2006, 7:57 GMT

    i think pakistan should get rid from exeriences and select the team for the world cup.two alrownders should play in the world cup out of four shoaib malik , abdur razak,afridi, hafees.A other players should spacialist in one fields.abdul rehman should play regularly in one squad.

  • raja on December 20, 2006, 5:08 GMT

    The main key of pakistan is Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi. Pakistan should give opportunity to shahid afridi to open the game In south africa so he will train for world cup.

  • Najib ul Rehman Malik on December 20, 2006, 3:55 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should have been sent on down the order. Razzak was not a good choice to lead. He made some crucial mistakes such as not giving chance to Rana to bowl his full quota. Rao Iftikhar was not a good option. A Rehman was a better choice as he is a different kind of bowler and plus he can bat with confidence.

  • Old Bristolian on December 20, 2006, 2:33 GMT

    I would talk about Faisal Iqbal and I think it is Asim Kamal who should have been in the team instead of F Iqbal as he has been more consistant and plus he is left handed too. Does it make any difference to a cricketer that he is from Karachi? To me it does. It is a hinderance for the selection.

  • feo on December 19, 2006, 13:13 GMT

    Those of you that think the answer to all our problems is the return of Akhtar and Asif are in for a rude awakening. Can you say "over-rated"??

  • zulfiqar ali on December 19, 2006, 10:31 GMT

    rotation policy is not easly diguestable in pakistan cricket. Just distrub the equation and see the result. what we need at the moment is fit inzi. without him we have little chance.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on December 16, 2006, 16:42 GMT

    Only two points. 1. Selectors mind-boggling team selection. 2. Abdul Razzak's captaincy. How can a player cannot learn the game after playing 200 games. God help Pakistan Cricket. I dont see anybody fitting into Inzi's shoe after he departs.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on December 16, 2006, 2:15 GMT

    To say AFRIDI should play as a middle order batsman is absolutely wrong. He is an opening batsman and he must play as an opening batsman. May be with Kamran Akmal as his opening partner. It is foolish to compare him with Rahman. The later has played only two games and took a couple of wickets on home ground and people start praising him like he is already a star. I don't give him or Kaneria any place in the ODI team, may be Arshad Khan but not them.

    Afridi needs to be given some confidence, he was definitely under pressure and not just him every single player who played in Multan was under immense pressure. They all played below par.

    Farhat, just because he is a lefty does not assure him a spot in the team. He keeps playing those risky shots and getting out in the same fashion, the only time he posted fifty plus scores is due to the courtesy of WI fielders who dropped him and he went on to score fifty plus. He drops vital catches at the most crucial points. Wonder why they make him stand in the slips?

    Malik, played 12 balls to score a ZERO, and he gave two near chances before getting out on zero. That means still a zero effort from him. But, he is a class player I won't leave him behind for the SA tour.

    Hameed played a nervous innings but some how managed to stay there and scored the highest runs in the team at his favourite ground. But, that doesn't give him a carte blanch to go to SA. His weakness in tackling deliveries close to his body could be exploited by Ntini, Nel and Pollock. So, I won't pick him for SA.

    Faisal Iqbal played well to score 30 odd runs and may be considered as a promising middle order batsman, he plays with confidence and middles the ball well, he is definitely better than Razzaq anyway!

    Razzaq's batting, bowling and captaincy is a joke, he needs to be dropped from the SA tour.

    Gul should have played and not Rao. With Shoaib and Asif back and Sami bowling well, Rana should stay back and relax.

    As a selector, Wasim Bari should take a hike and Amir Sohail should not even be mentioned as a player, selector or a commentator. He is a very arrogant bloke and he has the audacity and the cheekiness to pass comments on everyone about humility and technique? No one has forgotten his Bangalore humility and the price he paid for it.

  • Qasim Saeed on December 15, 2006, 21:19 GMT

    With all of Imran Farhat's faults, I still personally think that he will do quite well. He has to stop giving the gung ho or dancing down the track from time to time (leave that to Afridi) and play proper cricketing shots most of which he can play.

    I would keep him in the team and preferably get him an opening partner who can also bowl.

  • Fareed Nasir on December 15, 2006, 21:07 GMT

    I think the selectors tried to rest some players and give others a chance. It seems reasonable enough thing to do but not to this scale in a single match. Every international match is important and should be treated as such, not like an exhibition one. Razzaq will never be a good captain, I think he will be lucky to hold onto his position in team over coming months. The new Gilchrist (AKA Kamran Akmal) has been totally out of sorts for months, although its too late now to make a major change before world cup. Some of us are unlucky some normal, some are lucky and some have god working personally for them. Faisal falls in first category, Yasir falls in second (he did have a few chances, Shahid Afridi and Hafeez in 3rd category (they have played a few good innings despite their lack of technique etc) Imran Farhat on the other hand belongs to the last elite class. What has this guy done to deserve so many chances when anyone can see he is not going to succeed in most settings least of all in SA. Does anyone here think that Imran Farhat has a technique that makes him an opener. Why did he choose to do thid to himself and us. But lets not stop bickering too much. Team has done well despite the shocks of drug bans, injury scares and performed well enough despite being underpowered to win the series. With the bowlers coming back and a good middle order with Yusuf in sublime form, I will ask SA not to start putting coal in the barbecue as yet.

  • Salman on December 15, 2006, 20:14 GMT

    I cannot believe all these comments in support of Yasir Hameed. Shaun Pollock will eat him alive in South Africa, just like he did the last time these two teams played a series. I still remember vividly one over in which Hameed just kept on repeating exactly the same stroke (wafting outside off stump) playing and missing, streakily egding, and then at the end of the over he plays the same stroke again and is caught behind. Remember Imran Nazir... brilliant timer of the ball, but no technique for test cricket. Yasir Hameed is no test opener!

    What has happened to Samiullah Niazi? And someone please put Kamran Akmal out of his misery... where has the wonderful wktkeeper batsman of 2005 disappered to?

  • Amyn Habib on December 15, 2006, 19:12 GMT

    Yasir Hameed’s eternity away is probably because he is not sufficiently well connected. There seems to be almost a unanimous agreement that he has talent which should be recognized in a merit based selection system. But the system is not merit based. Also, the fact is that the top order spots in Pakistani cricket are really competitive, and a short sighted selection policy has meant that you don’t get sufficient opportunity to prove yourself in these positions.

    Perhaps Hameed should learn from Afridi. Afridi’s Sugardaddy (Wasim Bari) has ensured that the compeletely worthless Afridi has a virtual lifetime spot in the team, regardless of performance. Sure, he gets dropped once in a while after a particularly horrific run, but is always back in quickly. The only time Afridi’s been absent from the team for a sustained period was when Sohail became the chief selector—and promptly booted Afridi out. Malik’s poor form is worrisome. I really like him and think he has character and talent, but he too must be judged by his recent performance.

  • Abdul Baseer on December 15, 2006, 18:06 GMT

    What the heck happened to the selection of the team? Absence of star batsmen should have been an opportunity for those who are considered as genuine back up players for the world cup preparation. But I think there was some thing wrong with Razzaq's decision making even before the match started. Ofcourse Pakistani cricket is full of dramas!

  • nasir on December 15, 2006, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan needs to make the following things clear to certain players;

    1. Hafeez and Malik are primarily in the team as batsmen. If they fail to score runs, out they go.

    2. Afridi, Razzaq are in the team primarily as bowlers. If they don't bowl well, out they go too.

    Once they lines are clearly drawn everyhting will fall in place. Right now theese 'allrounders" don't exactly know what is required of them and the board does not know what to expect from them.

  • atif on December 15, 2006, 17:04 GMT

    We are not going to be successful in world cup if we do not have a consistent lineup. Since bob woolmer became our coach, our lineup has been consistently changed. Look at australia, they play with one team most of the time and that is why they are so dominant. They also do not have any politics involved in cricket unlike us, Mr musharraf is deeply involved in decision making in our team. Shouldn't he be worried more about the country than cricket. Plus, we have players who have higher contacts through which they make it to the team ala sami. Sami has been known to have a strong support from Imran khan and who knows he might have a support from musharraf too and that could be a reason he keeps getting selected to the team. We have got to keep a team that we think we will take to the world cup or else we will always be searching for answers for years to come. One last point, can we please get a decent wicket keeper and let Kamran Akmal go, this guy flat out sucks in keeping and batting. It's time for us to find a better and younger wicket keeper.

    thanks.

  • Hussian Uiop on December 15, 2006, 16:56 GMT

    LOL, so funny but so true, they reminded me of england in that match, (after a big victory in the ashes, they became inconsistant)

  • Kamran on December 15, 2006, 14:28 GMT

    How shall I put it oh yes !!!! Why are we not playing Sami and Shahid Nazir again .. Oh yes !! Mr Iftikhar Anjum !!! I can score 21 runs a bowler like him.. FOR GOD SAKE .. Take him out and put someone with merit !!!

  • Murshid on December 15, 2006, 14:18 GMT

    hello;i agree with most of the points raised but i would like to add a bit; i am afraid about my pakistan future as the players like Rao Iftikhar are presenting in the national side. its horrible. our standards made are much higher than him and i think we have enough back up better than Rao. well, second; everyone is happy with Imran Farhat and Hafeez. i would say, if you observed the match palyed at Lahore even Farhat made 60 odds but was a gloomy effort. no real balance in any short. Salman butt is much much better palyer than him. kindly bring him back. we cant win world cup with openers with averages 17.00 Regards

  • Fareed Nasir on December 15, 2006, 13:08 GMT

    I think the selectors tried to rest some players and give others a chance. It seems reasonable enough thing to do but not to this scale in a single match. Every international match is important and should be treated as such, not like an exhibition one. Razzaq will never be a good captain, I think he will be lucky to hold onto his position in team over coming months. The new Gilchrist (AKA Kamran Akmal) has been totally out of sorts for months, although its too late now to make a major change before world cup. Some of us are unlucky some normal, some are lucky and some have god working personally for them. Faisal falls in first category, Yasir falls in second (he did have a few chances, Shahid Afridi and Hafeez in 3rd category (they have played a few good innings despite their lack of technique etc) Imran Farhat on the other hand belongs to the last elite class. What has this guy done to deserve so many chances when anyone can see he is not going to succeed in most settings least of all in SA. Does anyone here think that Imran Farhat has a technique that makes him an opener. Why did he choose to do thid to himself and us. But lets not stop bickering too much. Team has done well despite the shocks of drug bans, injury scares and performed well enough despite being underpowered to win the series. With the bowlers coming back and a good middle order with Yusuf in sublime form, I will ask SA not start putting coal in the barbecue as yet.

  • Qasim on December 15, 2006, 13:06 GMT

    Hi all,

    I think Pakistan needs a balanced team with:-

    Two specialist openers with a sound technique. 1. Hameed 2. Imran Nazir/Taufeeq Umar

    Three Specialist Batsmen for the Middle order. Yousuf Inzi and either Faisal Iqbal/Younis Khan/Shahid Yousuf.

    Malik Issue

    I think he has showed in the past that he can be a very good no.3 for Pakistan. It would be unfair to judge him with a few poor innings. He has the talent and only needs to adjust his technique a little. Pakistan had finally found a worthy number 3 batsman who was only getting better with each innings (he was the second highest run scorer for Pakistan after Inzi) and PCB wasted him so just that Younis could play at 3 who is pathetic!!!! People go on about how bad in a form Malik is at the moment but Younis Khan has never been in a form in ODI's on the first place!!!! It would be unwise to waste Malik... I think he only needs time in the nets and some domestic match practise. He's still playing the ball well and seems to me that the problem lies within his mind... He looks to casual these days or maybe is under pressure because of Hafees's inclusion in the squad. Say wotever you want to but he has the potential to be a very decent if not a great batsman!!!

    One other allrounder along with Malik should be the total allrounders in the team. Razzak/Afridi/Hafees/Arafat.

    Kamran Akmal needs competition.

    Bowlers should be:- Akhtar, Asif, Gull and Rehman.

    Shabir Ahmed and Shahid Nazir are very decent back ups.

    Rana Naveed is coming good but considering his age, he is not a long term prospect. Sami needs two or three years in the domestic before he deserves a chance again and Anjum seems to have a very fine line and lenght but he lacks a cricket brain like Asif and Gul...

    Conclusion... PCB needs to Stop waisting talent like Hameed, Taufeeq Umar, Faisal Iqbal, Malik, Hasan Raza and Shahid Yousuf just to accomodate the likes of Younis Khan (ODI), Afridi and Imran Farhat in the team!!!!!!

  • Zahid on December 15, 2006, 12:56 GMT

    you really have to question the capabilities of super coach Bob Woolmer, 3 years in the post and he still hasn't selected a decent opening pair or even coached them to leave the ball outside off rather than wafting at it. then to compound it all when we have lost our middle order engine room he not only brings in new players but shuffles the order around AND 'rests' our most successful bowlers. Incredible. When england sack Fletcher after losing the Ashes they are welcome to take Woolmer.

  • Ibrahim on December 15, 2006, 12:34 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, the performance at Multan was disappointing but you're going overboard as usual. Here's the view on the ten points: 1.At the moment Afridi should not be in the team; this is one poor performance too many. There's all this fuss about him being under pressure to please the crowd, but he's been playing cricket for about 10 years now and should know better. If he is in the team, it should be for his bowling, and they should let him bat at the death. 2. This is an irrelevant question. The real question is why Farhat is opening the batting in the first place. Everyone knows he can't bat to save his life. 3. Shoaib Malik is having two or three poor matches, but there's no need to kick him out because he's a fairly reliable operator. Personally I think he should bowl more because he's economical and takes wickets occasionally. 4.Rao Iftikhar has bowled decently until this match. By the way, it's odd how none of the commentators mentions that his batting average is 85. He never gets out! 5.I agree with you there. 6.Faisal Iqbal's not the most accomplished batsman in the world but he's a decent player. As usual some of the Pakistan fans have stupid bias; first it was Sajid Mahmood they were after as a "traitor" and now it's Iqbal getting the stick. 7.Completely agree. Yasir Hameed is the most reliable opener Pakistan have had since Anwar and it's baffling why he hasn't played for so long. 8. Akmal is having bad form all right especially with the glove. Maybe they should give his younger brother a chance, I hear he's good. 9. I agree Abdul Razzaq should have brought Rana in but all captains make mistakes. 10. OK now you're just looking for a scapegoat Mr. Abbasi. Being given a depleted and young side and captaining for the first time, Abdul Razzaq did fairly well. The thing with you, Mr. Abbasi, is that you go shooting your mouth off about corruption and whatnot in the board, but you're made of the same stuff as them, throwing random blame around when all you know is that you don't know a thing about cricket. Few captains are outstanding in their first match, give Abdul Razzaq a break.

  • Haider Mahmud, Rawalpindi, Pakistan on December 15, 2006, 12:29 GMT

    Just because Pakistan lost heavily does not mean that we should criticize each and every tactic. Now the team was missing 3 main players. With the team ahead at 2-0 in the series, it was time to do some experimenting. Given the stability in current lineup, it is otherwise very tough to try new players or combinations. Sending Afridi to open was a good ploy because given the placid nature of the track, he might have struck form at top of the order. we all know what a benefit that could have been in similar pitches of Carribean.

  • Shoaib Afridi on December 15, 2006, 12:28 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Kamran. I couldn't believe it when i saw Shahid afridi as an opening batsman. I have been thinking to find any reason why Razzaq would have done this but I can not find any. Why on earth would you disturb the opening combination which have started to work for us after so long.

    second most baffling for me was to 'rest' Umar Gul and Rehman. Again i can not find any reason to support this decision as our middle order was allready without our most succesful triad and you decide to rest your strike bowlers. EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU THINKING? All the best for tomorrow

  • Mythsmoke on December 15, 2006, 12:08 GMT

    Yasir Hameed, till he is gauranteed a place in the Pakistan team, will play the way he has played in this match. Selfish, turning down singles, playing test match style in the one-day game. You cant really blame him, looking to cement his place in these one-off appearances. Its too bad he has yet to learn how to play the incoming delivery. I can already visualize how the South African tour will go, by the time Pakistan has lost the second match, the noble ideas of 'unchaged side" will go out the window. Expect to see Yasir Hameed coming in for the third test match, score a meaningless 50, and then to be forgotten from Pakistan's world cup plans. On Afridi, I sincerely feel he should opt out of the South African tour, play on the flat pitches at home as opener in preparation for the lifeless Carribean pitches.

  • aamir akhund on December 15, 2006, 11:51 GMT

    i agree with all of the above reasons due to which we saw a disaster at multan. the only thing is i disagree is faisal iqbal. That boy has had enough of the free rides because of being a miandad. he would not have even made to the A team of major test playing nations

  • akbar on December 15, 2006, 11:44 GMT

    We need stability, why do we chop and change so much is a mystery. I strongly believe that the playing 11 for the odi have not been properly thoughout, instead it is a team which has been designed to incorporate players as opposed to playing the best eleven. If I were the selector then I would pick the following 11: - Hafeez, Akmal, Malik, Yousuf,Inzi(C), Younis, Afridi, Razzaq, Rana, Asif, Akhtar. With this team I believe Pakistan have a good chance of winning. ONLY if they dont act pig headed. Firstly imran farhat is a complete waste of time a real loose cannon, is he trying to act like afirdi with the same care free attitude or what?

    Akmal should open because he has done a half resonable job there before. Malik as we all know bats mest at three and if younis cant stomach that then he nows where to jump. If he really is a "team man" then he should be like the then Bevan or the now Hussey a finsiher. He should look to occupy one end complete looking and pushing his partner for singles which is very important whilst the two beasts Razzaq and Afridi kick as* at the other. the third seamer I picked as Rana but if he is off key then replace with Gul immediately. A. Rehman should be used in steady of Afridi if ever need becuase he is a geniuene spinner not a bits and pieces cricketer.

  • Omar Ansari on December 15, 2006, 11:37 GMT

    Haha yea thats true, who made Razaq captain anyway? He doesn't look like a figure that can lead from the front, and why the hell was Yasir Hameed out from the international scenario for such a long time? It makes no sense at all, everyone knows Hameed is more talented than Hafeez could ever be, yet he never gets the chance to open or even play regularly for the team!!

    Mark my words right now, Afridi and Hafeez won't survive in South Africa, Pakistan would be better off replacing Yasir Hameed with Hafeez and bringing Faisal Iqbal into the middle order if anyone gets injured....

  • David Furrows on December 15, 2006, 11:26 GMT

    I really don't understand why you're so baffled Kamran.

    We saw what we already know: that Pakistan has 3 reliable batsmen (Yousuf, Younis and the shortly to retire Inzamam), that there are several bits and pieces players who can bat a bit (Razzaq, Shoaib, Afridi, Kamran) and that the openers are going to be exposed on bouncy pitches in South Africa.

    We also saw what we all knew deep down: that Rao is going to get taken to the cleaners by the likes of Symonds if he goes to the World Cup.

    There were three positives for me: Yasir Hameed proved what he was proving until Woolmer was appointed, namely that after the big three he is the next best Pakistani batsman. Rana and Sami also showed why, for all their shortcomings, they should be automatic selections in every Pakistan Test and ODI squad, if not starting eleven.

    The Indian batting is struggling today in South Africa.

  • MAK on December 15, 2006, 11:03 GMT

    Agree with the commints of max ppl, near me:

    1) PK team should enter the ground with 4 geniune fast bowlers (Fast bowling is always our strenth) with a spinner (Prefered Abdul Rehman or Dani) with 5 geniune batsmen, and a wkt keeper (Yes should try an other keeper as well) or try Younas Khan with the gloves and enter a geniune middle ordered batsmen in the linup. 2) What is the need of 4 all rounders in the 11's team? 3) Shoaib Malik should rest and play domestic cricket to show his abilities again! 4) There should be a big question mark around Afridi officially! 5) Think seriously about the future middle ordered as well, Inzi is with the team till WC 2007, Youni and Yousi'll stay couple of years more with the team, we should give confidence to the youngster like Faisal Iqbal, Yasir Hameed, Misba Ul Haq, Bazeed Khan a couple of more which names are not in my mind right now.

  • ALI on December 15, 2006, 11:03 GMT

    there are so many problems with pakistan at the moment where do you begin - no future captain (younis' stats suggest he shouldnt be in the odi team let alone captain - al those matches and just 2 centuries to show for it), still problems with openers, without the 2 legends the middle order is weak, weak wicketkeeper, too many all rounders living off reputations and not delivering regularly enough, persisting with sami as a bowler...the guy has no consistency.

    i think pakistan should bring back asim kamal (possibly as wicket keeper batsman), drop imran farhat...hes not good enough and bring in IMRAN NAZIR who has been in majestic form as an opener this year, Salman Butt should be in the squad, yasir arafat should also be given a proper chance - he didnt play badly in icc tournament when the rest of the team crumbled....shoiab and asif will strengthen the bowling but what are we going to do about getting runs on the board...batting is a major concern

  • Najam on December 15, 2006, 11:01 GMT

    half agree with you Kamran... I think the main reason is the absence of our big 3's. As far as Shahid Afridi is concern, I think he does not deserve to be in the team (at any position). Yasir should open with hafeez as Imran farhat's same mistake deserve his inclusion (so he can concentrate his mistakes) and yes please please Same is not a great bowler. 90 miles or 100 miles is not the criteri (Macgra is not 90 miles bowler) his avg in test is over 50 and in ODI over 28 shows he is below avg bowler. Why Abdur Rehmaan was not in the team this i could not understand. Captaincy of Razzak was very very poor. He was not even showing the guts and attitude like a captain. Rao should play with under 14 first (Even i think they can play easily to Rao) Akmal should replace as we need a very strong wicket keeper batsman and not batsman wicket keeper. and he failed in both areas. We should give chance to some one else.

  • Ali Faisal on December 15, 2006, 10:45 GMT

    Experimentation virus is contagious, Pakistan catching up with it, and we all know what a disaster it has been for the neighbours.

  • USMAN on December 15, 2006, 10:32 GMT

    i agree with what you have said kamran and i dnt think pakistan can win the world cup because they dnt have a balanced side. the main problem we have is ALLROUNDERS....we have too many - hafeez, malik, razzaq, afridi & akmal. and the we have a stupid idea of selecting all of them. they are all the same... so why do we need all of them in the team? look at the australians...they have two symonds & gilchrist. and that is why they beat every other team...they have specialist bowlers & batsmen. personally on form only hafeez & razzaq should be in the team!

  • Shehzad Ghani on December 15, 2006, 10:14 GMT

    All 10 points are correct. Couldn't have put them better Sir. I feel sorry for Yasir Hameed. He came in as number 3, they wasted him by trying him as an opener since Younis Khan has reserved it. Yasir Hameed is actually a number 3/middle order batsman, why waste him. I also agree about F. Iqbal. Why can't people appreciate that he has always delivered when given an opportunity, something most pakistani batsmen fail to do.

  • Raza on December 15, 2006, 10:12 GMT

    Why is it, that one of the largest sport organizations in Pakistan just fails to make 'Commonsense' decisions? I think the coach has to take a whole load of responsibility for this, the coach is the person who makes the game plan, and when after all this time; players are still being randomnly placed in different order, than there sure is a huge flaw in the system.

  • Waz on December 15, 2006, 9:59 GMT

    I think winning the World Cup is more important than wining this ODI series. That's why the Selectors were righ to try out a lot of our second string players. I only hope we give them another chance in the next ODI.

    I think the trip to SA will be the key in deciding who will be the key players for us in the World Cup as I beleive most of our players are weak against raw pace and agressive bowling and SA will be a good test.

    I also feel that SHAHID AFRIDI, YASIR HAMEED and SALMAN BUTT need to be given a chance as they can be key contributors in the World Cup and we desperately need a YOUNG INZI or Shaid Afridi to burst on to the scene before the World Cup although I suspect that is unlikey to happen.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad from New Delhi on December 15, 2006, 9:52 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi,

    I really do not agree with your 10 points for the failure at Multan ODI, but I do so.

    We have no reason whatsoever why Umar Gul was dropped and Rao Iftikhar Ajum played that match. It is ridiculous that inform player are rested or dropped, it gives a wrong indication and also it does affect the form of the player. Australia never drops their inform player and that is why they have winning habit. Mcgrath never wants to be dropped as long he is playing or in the team. It is only the habit in the sub continent team like Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Unless we sort out this kind of attitude we will not be able to win the world cup.

    For me to win the world cup, the combination of team is very essential and strike the balance between balling and batting.

    Besides we can not be a giant killer unless our fielding is improved.

  • Jamal on December 15, 2006, 9:39 GMT

    From the comments i read here, some people have been saying that Umer Gul was rested. How can you rest your leading fast bowler during a series that you haven't clinched yet? I would understand it if it was the 5th ODI and Pakistan were up 3-0, but to do it at this stage of the series is outrageous. Now WI can even up the series by winning the last one dayer and continue Pakistans bad form in one dayers which started from the 4-1 drubbing by India.

  • Shahzad Arif on December 15, 2006, 8:37 GMT

    I totally agree with almost all of the reasons Kamran has stated earlier. To start with why did Woolmer and Co decide to send Afridi as an opener and Hafeez at one down? Secondly when Younis was in the team (a specialist number 3 for Pakistan) they were testing waters with Kamran Akmal and when Younis wasn't there they decided to bring Kamran down the order. What was the most shocking aspect for me was Razzaq's decision not to call Rana for his second spell even though Rana bowled his heart out in the first spell. What I really don't understand is why Pakistan is playing 4 so called all-rounders in the team? I think having 2 bits and pieces players in the team is more than enough but 4 is just mind boggling.

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on December 15, 2006, 7:40 GMT

    The match how thin and inadequate reserves we have. Definitely the people mostly out of the frame for the Pakistani team i.e Faisal Iqbal and Yasir hameed showed any desire and hunger to get back while others are simply refusing to earn their professional match fees respectfully.

    What has happened to Shoaib Malik is a million $ question... so often in our part of the world, a batsman not scoring has reasons other than technical its bits... internal skirmishes , mood swings en all... whatver it is.. something needs to be done with him before the selectors patience dries out..

    Muhammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat really still are not the opening pair solution for Pkaistan.. they are unreliable... unconsistent... and too often unimposing..

    Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi should be given a chance considering the surfaces in West Indies would suit their batting prowess...

    As for the bowling dept.... the number of chances Muhammad Sami has got perhaps if i would hve got, i would hve taken more wickets.. wats wrong with all those people still persisting with him... its time to shun the repute game and rely on actual deeds on the field... for Heavens sake...give somebody else from the domestic scene a chance....

    Overall our selections methods and judgements are as embroiled with conspiracy theories and aberrant flaws as ever..

    only GOD can help US !!

  • Farhan on December 15, 2006, 7:39 GMT

    Kamran you might be over-analyzing this team selection. We need these experiements to keep an eye on the future and I think you need to compose another list, one of the revelations from this match:

    1. Yasser Hameed and Faisal Iqbal as the future middle order of Pakistan, potentially more reliable than the current one.

    2. Faisal Iqbal's impressive composure in face of this pressure, he was still playing his shots while Yasser kept his array of strokes hidden.

    3. Sami and Rao are still useless

    4. Rana is still a match winner

    5. Pakistan selectors continue to amaze - why persist with Sami while Yasser, who averages 39 in both forms, is kept out for a whole year.

  • Mustafa Moiz on December 15, 2006, 7:36 GMT

    I agree with number 7 of Hameed being away and Akmal just isn't a good keeper but you are completely wrong about Abdul Razzaq's captaincy. It was his first match as captain and he wasn't vice-captain anyway. You are just finding a scape-goat for the loss. Razzaq did well for a first try especially after the way his batsmen played. Until today Rao had been playing well. You want scape-goats.

  • Armughan on December 15, 2006, 7:35 GMT

    Well some intersting points. I think Afridi should have come lower in the order, atleast a no3 not an opener. Shoaib Malik's form is a big issue, he isnt scoring runs or taking wickets. Also Abdul Razzaq's being captain was no where near the mark. I think Rao's selection was very justified, he plays well and one bad day doesn't make him a bad bowler. Rana should have bowled more and I think, in the end, many things went wrong. Abdul Razzaq never seemed to be a captain to me, following his cricket since debut, I can say that. After Yousaf and Younas, Rana and Kamran Akmal are the strongest candidates of leasdership. Best of luck with Karachi ODI!

  • Shahid Mahmood on December 15, 2006, 7:28 GMT

    The match was already lost before the start of the play by selectors. Otherwise how is it possible that when we are unable to field our best batsmen, we also withdraw our best bowlers (Umer Gul and Abdul Rehman). Also giving chance to afridi, Mohammad Sami when the team is already weak is beyond comprehension. Pakistan has a habbit of throwing away the match when they have saved the serious. They did same against England in Pakistan. Finally Wasim Bari as chief selector never made sense to me.

  • Usman Tahir Khan on December 15, 2006, 7:12 GMT

    Kamran, your "boom boom" tirade is once again proven beyond doubt childish & without any base. Mr. Afridi is only fit for street cricket and even that at places where there is no chance of deviation of the deck. Pakistan already has enough allrounders and there is no place for a once in a blue moon "hero".

  • ali on December 15, 2006, 7:08 GMT

    kamran the cricket fan u are u wud remember that brad hodge was dropped after scoring a double hundred on debut. reason hard hands. have u watched farhat and hafeez bat. they stink. farhat gets beaten on dead wickets in pakistan. hafeez edges half the deliveries he plays. these guys are just not good enough. yasir hameed's return was welcome. he and butt have class. they are inconsistent no doubt. hameed didnt look good but managed 70 odd. farhat and hafeez always look like they are abt to get out. faisal iqbal is a good batsman. he looked confident. all the batsman came out to save their spots rather than play.iqbal is a confident cricketer like someone else we know.rao is steady and he shud be kept around he is what i call a specialist first change. neither sami or rana are first change. esp. rana. if he plays ahead of gul he needs to be given the new ball ahead of shoaib. -malik has fallen into a situation where i think he feels he is a given in the team maybe a wake up call. -rehman needs to play we dont have bowlers in the middle overs to get wickets. -akmal needs to be the other opener. they have to go back to where they had success. play akmal as opener because he cant get set at no.8. its to hard. he needs to open hes better than hafeez or farhat. play a regular opener with him so you can play the extra spinner.

  • Asif Malik on December 15, 2006, 7:06 GMT

    I agree to all of your reasons and would like to add another one i.e Muhammad Sami's Selection. I think he has been given enough opportunities to prove himeself. You just can not select a bowler who bowls two boundary balls in an over. The only positives from the match were Yasir Hameed and Faisal Iqbal. These two should remain in first 14.

  • Azeem Dada on December 15, 2006, 7:04 GMT

    The Multan game proved one thing. Abdul Razzaq should never ever be allowed to captain Pakistan again. As it is he barely makes it into the team.

  • burhan on December 15, 2006, 7:00 GMT

    yes , u have hit the the bulls eye with these ten points and i totally agree with you. It was astonishing to see afridi open against the swinging ball . Moreover which team rests a guy who has just played two odi's , he should have played all 4 .Shoaib Malik's problems against pace are becoming all too clear ans it is time for either asim kamal or faisal iqbal .Imran Farhat for me even if he makes runs or not doesnt deserve a spot in the team it should be salman butt or yasir hameed and hafeez should be more consistent .Plus God help us if razzaq becomes Pak capt anytime in the future , that waz some atrocious piece of captaincy which probably cost us the match .The team is pretty settled now and with shoaib and asif back we should start beating teams like australia regularly at least in the one day format.

  • Awais Kazi on December 15, 2006, 6:58 GMT

    I wasnt able to watch the game, as being in the US and having finals coming up made it impossible, but like I always do, I did check the score card and wasnt really surprized finding out that Pakistan had eventually lost. I attributed the loss to not having our 3 musketeers there for the game. They have held the Pakistan team core for quite some time now and without them the ever fragile Pakistan batting line up looks in more shambles than the ever sagging political scenario of the country. After reading this post of yours Mr. Abbasi I do agree with you on Umar Gul's absence from the game and Shahid coming up the order quite baffling along. Whatever the reasons for Gul's absence and Shahid's constantly changing batting order like unwanted popups on the web were, it was never explained. I was just hoping that in the absence of Inzi and the two Ys the batsmen playing the 4th one day would rise up to the occasion and make their presence count. Yasir Hameed did just that. He still got some chances that went in his favor initially but fortune favors the brave and he ended up making a solid contribution of 70 valuable runs. The sad part of it is though, that it was a lone fight. Does any one feel like may be we shouldve given Asim Kamal a thought perhaps?

  • Farrukh Salim on December 15, 2006, 6:56 GMT

    I agree with kamran that Shoaib Malik's form has been aweful along with kamran akmals. Also we see the justice the pakistani cricket establishment does with talent, Yasir Hameed is a very good batsmen as he showed under pressure in that game. About Razzaqs captaincy, well the less said on this one the better!

  • Rizwan on December 15, 2006, 6:45 GMT

    Well i had something in mind from the very begining, that either we will 4-0 or we will draw it 2-2............I hope to see this wrong, but the attitude of Pakistani Team on 3rd said it all

  • Dayem on December 15, 2006, 6:39 GMT

    and no. 11-Pakistan were 2 up, and as had been happening in the past, pakistan has a tendency to take things easy when they lead.

  • Daniyal on December 15, 2006, 6:34 GMT

    I would like to place the blame squarely on Afridi's inclusion in the squad I think there should no longer be any doubt as to his ability or inability with the bat. He is a misfit regardless of the position he plays at. Once again one good weekend with the bat does not deserve a recall into the national team and I think Afridi proved that Asim Kamal or Salman Butt would've been much more deserving infact all Afridi managed to do was take Abdur Rehman's spot which no doubt now who is more deserving.

    Bob, don't mess with a good thing. Farhat and Hafeez have been doing well at the top STICK WITH THEM. Yasir Hameed at no.3 was a good choice though one wonders why Akmal was not sent at that position and Hameed held back for the no.4 slot. I think Shoaib Malik no longer deserves his spot in the line up he should be made to watch from the dressing room or the stand even till he gets his head back on.

    The Sami experiment once again failed time for us to cut our losses and come to peace with the fact that he will always remain, in our memories, as a devastatingly fast bowler who could never cope under the pressure and demands of international cricket.

    As far as Razzaq's captaincy is concerned it was his first match under such conditions and I think he deserves a little encouragement. The pressure on him was clear, his batting suffered and I guess so did his bowling. Not easy being captain when your regular middle order is missing.

  • Bruce G Charlton on December 15, 2006, 6:31 GMT

    This may be relevant?: from my blog

    Corruption in cricket In all the discussions of international cricket policy I have never seen due recognition of the fact that test-playing nations vary widely in their degree of bureacratic corruption.

    According to authoritative surveys by Transparency International over many years, the cricketing nations include the most corrupt in the world (Bangladesh, equal worst with Chad), middling ones (eg. South Africa), and some of the least corrupt (eg. New Zealand - joint second best after Iceland).

    [Reference: Integrity and corruption, Oct 20 2005 www.economist.com]

    Since corruption is defined as 'abuse of public office for private gain', it would be surprising if cricket administrators were exempt from their societal norms.

    Note: This is the most recent corruption perceptions index 2006 - from http://www.transparency.org. I list the main international cricket playing nations.

    Least corrupt nation is 1 (jointly Finland, Iceland and New Zealand), most corrupt is 163 (Haiti).

    1. New Zealand 9. Australia 11. UK 24. Barbados 51. South Africa 61. Jamaica 70. India 79. Trinidad and Tobago 84. Sri Lanka 130. Zimbabwe 142. Kenya & 142. Pakistan 156. Bangladesh

  • Azad Ahmad on December 15, 2006, 6:31 GMT

    1.Wherever you will put Afridi he is going to fail any way he,s past it(if he ever had it),stop making excuses for him If he had failed down the order you might have said why did,nt they opened with him. 2.Basically i,m not in favour of both these so called openers for even playing in the side at first place, Hafeez just averages 17 in ODI,s which is pathetic, Farhat even more so even if gets some runs never looks assuring.Probably Yassir and Taufiq or but might make a better pair. 3.Malik will come good soon,but he certainly needs to work on his technic which looks clueless against moving deliveries. 4.Rao,s selection in always mindboggling . He is Inzi and Bob,s Favourite, i guess. 5.They wanted to play Greats like Afridi and Sami in the side so someone had to miss out,be it Gul and rehman. 6.Faisal Iqbal is talented but there are more talented batsmen than him sitting out some of them for a long time now. 7.Yasir Hammeed, although he is a good player but has not been able to become a impact player for Pakistan.Last ODI in which he played against England last year he scored a 50 even then ,but Pakistan lost that match too. 8.Kamran Akmal maybe needs some help or coaching from someone like Rashid,he should be alright. 9.What else did you expected from Razzaq, fact of the matter remains that basically Pakistani cricketers lack real cricketing sense,they only rely on their natural talent. They need to be Educated and groomed about Every aspect of the game at a very Young age.Once they become International players it,s too late then.It looks like that they develope a too big ego to learn any thing.

  • atif hussey on December 15, 2006, 6:21 GMT

    salaam, well i just wana ask what in da hell has faisal ever done, i mean why do people dont appreciate what he does he is a solid player i like da way he bats no that i like him but the way he bats and yah yasir ,,, first thing first he shouldnt have been droped after his last tour,,, afridi realy was the most wrong decision in this game which created problem with the balance of the team whith hafeez down the order anyway gud luk to them for the next game AtIf huSSey Hong Kong

  • Abrar on December 15, 2006, 6:06 GMT

    There is only one reason behind all these 10 reasonos. POOR PCB MANAGEMENT. Chairman, managers and coach are hard headed and have no cricket sense.

  • Tasawar Hussain on December 15, 2006, 6:06 GMT

    Going with only three regular batsman and plenty of all rounders was also a contributing factor. Promoting Afridi to open, sending Malik before Faisal and like previous games Kamran should have been promoted up the order.

  • Salman Javed on December 15, 2006, 5:39 GMT

    I don’t know what to say here. Teams don’t rest their key player until they have secured the series. Now, I am pretty sure that Windes will level this series. In the forth ODI Pakistan should have come with the full strength.

    Resting Umer Gul & Rehman seems the most stupid idea. I can understand the problem with Inzi, Yousaf & Younis. But to rest the bowlers without any reason gives me jerk.

    I don’t understand Rao. Why the hell he is always in ODI team? He doesn’t deserve to be any where near Pakistani Team. It is really good to see Sami back. He is the real fast bowler he can be very handy on South African pitches.

    If Afridi one of the biggest entertainer can be dropped than why not Shoaib Mailk. He is unable to make any mark in international cricket in more than a year. Kamran Akmal seriously needs a break. He doesn’t perform with bat or gloves in his hands. To see Yasir & Faisal was good…

    It is really disappointed to see your team losing like this. When Shoaib & Asif will be back to play for Pakistan than competition for bowling will become really tight for Rana, Sami & Umer Gul. Coz one of them will play…

  • Manzar Masud on December 15, 2006, 5:36 GMT

    I think you missed (11) Not asking West indies to bat first.

    I think you are being to hard on Abdul Razzaq given the weak team, he did not have much to work with.

  • Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi. From Atlanta, GA on December 15, 2006, 5:35 GMT

    I would agree with Kamran Abbasi's views, but would further add that the Multan loss didn't come as a surprise to me because without the "Big Three" and main fast bowlers Pakistan Team is a toothless tiger. Sami's lean patch seems endless, though Yasir Hameed and Faisal Iqbal played well and should be given more chances. But what a team we can have against South Africa if Inzamam, Younis and Yousuf are back to strengthen the batting line and Shoaib Akhtar, Asif and Shabbir are back to add fire to the bowling line. I'm sincerely praying for this to happen.

  • Zeyd Sheikh on December 15, 2006, 5:35 GMT

    The most baffling scene was witnessing poor Gul running and diving around in the outfield. I thought the spearhead was being rested and I was quite happy with that decision considering how much bowling he has done since June, but outright dropping him for Sami was ridiculous. I can’t even begin to justify that decision, but I’ll try: Rotation policy? Experimentation? Foolishness? Yes, that’s the one.

    I tried to put the match behind me but you’ve brought it up again Mr. Abbasi and I’d have to agree with all 10 bafflements, though I feel Akmal is being moved around too much and is unsure of his role in 1-day cricket. Inevitably, as a Pakistani fan, I’m still left baffled and shaking my head all the time. All I can hope is that the mindless tinkering remains in 1-day cricket and does not adulterate test cricket. I fear it may already be too late…

  • Muhammad Idris on December 15, 2006, 5:17 GMT

    In my opion there is no place for Shahid Afridi in the team if ther much better spinner available Abdur Reham, he should have been given chance, if then you much select Afridi then you should dropped Rao and select Abdur Rehman. People were pretty sure that West Indies will win because we do not three man batsman, Yousuf, Younis & Inzi.

  • arun on December 15, 2006, 5:10 GMT

    1. Everybody else except Pak thinktank knows that Afridi is not an opener. 2. Hafeez/Farhat combination is not the answer for Pak's opening woes. 3. Shoaib Malik - Technically challenged 4. Rao's dayts are numbered with imminent return of Akhtar, Asif, Shabbir. Shahid Nazir should have been included in ODIs. 5. This was not the time to rest best bowlers of the series so far in the absence of the Big 3. 6. & 7. Why not try Faisal Iqbal and Yasir Hamid as openers. 8. Akmal's batting is affected by his bad glove work. He needs to separate the two. 9. & 10. Razzaq is not captaincy material.He is lethargic in the field. He does not have cricketing brains. Case in point his batting in the 1st innings of the 2nd test.

  • Samir on December 15, 2006, 5:10 GMT

    1. 4 centuries in 234 matches with an average of 22. LOL... geoff boycott must have kept him in mind when he said his mom can bat better.

    2&7. yasir hameed should have opened the batting in the first place. thats the only long term spot present for him. he should go to south africa as a specialist opener.

    3. form? the guy is out of sorts since a few series now. considering that hafeez will have to give up his position to hameed... razzak, shoiab, hafeez will have to fight for number 6 position.

    4&5. common, he has been a good resource for pakistan over the last year. if others can survive 10 years without performing (like afridi), he deserves a couple of more one dayers. we need a steady bowler in our ranks somewhere. however, he shall be sacrificed with return of asif and shoaib who shall be supported by rehman and gul

    6. hes not as pretty as afridi

    8. we should lower expectations from him.

    9&10. he is too submissive to be a leader

  • imtiaz shaikh on December 15, 2006, 5:01 GMT

    great observation.openers were seperated for no obvious reasons.where would we rate shoaib malik?can anybody take a review of his performance during 2006?same is about about kamran akmal.count no of catches dropped & byes allowed by him.too many allrounders(mediocre)in the side.why gul and rehman left out when team was already depeleted.

  • Imran Mir on December 15, 2006, 4:47 GMT

    I was baffled by Yasir Hameed's inability to play ONE convincing shot on the off-side.

  • Nuruddin Lakhani on December 15, 2006, 4:37 GMT

    I agree with most of the reasons you mentioned, but above all, I think its was the absence of BIG 3 (Inzi, MoYo and MYK) that baffled the team in general. I am not a big fan of Mohammad Hafeez and we will probably find that out on the South Africa tour, but I think Yasir Hameed deserves a chance in the big form of cricket. Faisal Iqbal is a very talented player, and someone needs to tell him that he is a potential replacment for Big Inzi once he exits and that he needs to build his temprament to play longer innings. Razzaq's captaincy was sure a factor - as we all know that WI is good in chasing even the scores in excess of 300, so batting first after winning the toss was probably the crucial factor in determining the defeat in the particular game.

  • Salman Khan on December 15, 2006, 4:36 GMT

    It was a big disoppointment. Why Umar gul didn't play? Why Afridi opened the innings? everything seemed stupid.

  • Rafay Omar on December 15, 2006, 4:16 GMT

    RE:Faisal Iqbal.

    You are wwrite about faisal not being appreciated...he's very calm and collected when hes at the crease, and hes usually gotten starts in whatever conditions.sure he hasnt converted many, but then he hasnt been given the proper run required, in my view.Pakistan needs his presence in the middle order right now.

  • zeeshan tirmizi on December 15, 2006, 4:15 GMT

    I agree with some baffling reasons that you mentioned.Rao Iftikhar and Sami's selection ahead of Umar Gul and Abdur Rehman probably was the most surprising for me.If Gul was supposed to be rested then what was he doing in the field? Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are two players who have been taking their inclusion in the team for granted.They should be warned and given a timeline to improve themselves.Afterall you can get in form if you don't try to. Futhermore both Hafeez and Malik can probably bowl a few overs to contain but they can't be trusted to bowl full 10 overs.They are very much predictable and since Malik has lost his Doosra,he has lost his bite as a bowler also. I would rather agree with Afridi opening the batting but it should have been with Hafeez. we cant afford to open with 2 afridi-like players. well I wont argue against Razzaq's captaincy.If he was given a choonchoon ka murabba team to play with. I dont think he could have done better. Lastly, it showed up just how good we are without our Star batting middle order.Yasir Hameed played well but he could have done better. it wasn't just a chance to prove himself.After coming so close to a century and knowing that he was the settled player,giving his wicket away like that wasn't very mature.Atleast he could have tried to complete his century and Pak could have got closer to 250. Faisal Iqbal played well but he was guilty of same mistake:not trying to stay when it could have made more difference. In General, a disappointing and Unprofessional Performance.Will we ever learn?

  • zam on December 15, 2006, 4:14 GMT

    true said. the other thing is that operns usually have the command at their game. here our opener on docile wickets playing for survival and yet failed. so the whole scenirio of opening should be changed. no farhat, no afridi, no hafeez. may be hameed,and butt would be a better run. and instead of malik play afridi down the order.

  • mohammed akram khan on December 15, 2006, 4:13 GMT

    i think your ten reason are good. but more than that the important reason that was not mentioned was the absence of Inzamam. Yousuf, and Younis Khan. I think it was a match were Pakistan team just experimented with the other members of the team.

  • anwar..los angeles on December 15, 2006, 4:11 GMT

    dear kamran bhai and friends assalam alaikum..it was stunning and unexplainable move by PCB ,inzamam and selection clowns..to send poor SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI...to open the one day at multan....the only reason i can see behind this wise move , was to kill AFRIDI'S confidence ...and find a reason to drop him for world cup and south african trip....i feel so terrible by this action of selection clowns....there were three regular openers in the team and ...yet they send AFRIDI...for opening...and they intentionaly send him for bowling ,when second power play was in progress...knowing very well that a leg spiner could be expensive at that stage of the game....there are some unknown people or forces working behind theses decisions to ruin AFRIDI'S confidance.....but i can asure you kamran bhai...and mark my words...that AFRIDI (if selected )will win us a world cup.. INSHA ALLAH...if they let him play his game .

  • Hassan Abbas on December 15, 2006, 4:07 GMT

    I agree to all the points but you forgot one, "batting first after winning the toss". I think it was most mind boggling of Pakistan to bat first on this pitch because the only time when the ball was really doing something it was in the morning. Opening with Shahid Afridi was anther mind bending one, and then they say that afridi is useless. lol

  • FUO on December 15, 2006, 3:50 GMT

    Some of your points I agree with, some I don't. Gul needed the rest so I was glad he was not playing--last thing we need is an injury to the one quality bowler who has shown honest toil while everything around him went haywire. Watching the game it really hit me how bare the cupboard is when you take the engine room out of this side. South Africa will be really tough. Also we really need to get rid of this captaincy by seniority nonsense.

  • Muneeb on December 15, 2006, 3:46 GMT

    I think you pretty much summed it up. Woolmer or whoever's making these decisions has officially lost his mind. It was like somebody threw everyone's name in a bucket and randomly picked out players for the team as well as the batting/bowling order.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on December 15, 2006, 3:37 GMT

    I would rate reason number 5 at the top.

  • Rehan Qureshi on December 15, 2006, 3:21 GMT

    It was shocking to watch the other day that Pakistan having three specialist openers in team (Farhat, Hafeez & Hameed) and two other part time openers (Akmal and Malik) it was Afridi who was opening. It seemd as if Pakistani management panicked with the absence of regular middle order. Three middle order batsmen should have been replaced by atleast two middle order batsmen ... may be someone like Asim Kamal. Instead only Faisal Iqbal was there. And can anyone please tell me when did Shoaib Malik became such a good player to go at number 5 or 6?

  • Salman Riaz on December 15, 2006, 3:19 GMT

    I believe a hundred more reasons could be pointed out in addition to these 10 but I strongly belive the reason for loosing for most pakistani teams is lack of prrofessionalism and single mindedness. regardless who plays and who dont teams shouldnot loose plan but pakistanis get harassed by having not the big names around. Professionalism tells you that this is your job and livelihood so you have to do it really well to stay in the game rather than just baffle and it shouldnot matter how anybody else plays. Having said that It in no way means selfishness as Professionalism separate from team spirit is just nothing. We have some of the best talent in the world the reason for them not becoming true champions is lack of training in terms of professionalism and development of mental strength.

    Salman

  • Mateen on December 15, 2006, 2:59 GMT

    Good reason from Kamran. What about the very wide boundary line (75 yards). A regular size boundary circle would have saved Yasir and Faisal. Most of the Pakistani batsmen are not the mega hitters.

  • afzaal on December 15, 2006, 2:57 GMT

    I agree with most of your points. But I beg to differ on team selection. This was a rare chance for selectors to know how the young players do without all the power. I would say more important that winning the one day series would be to let the same team pay karachi ODI. This way after 2 chances selectors will have clear idea that which players to choose for South Africa.

  • Shamshad on December 15, 2006, 2:55 GMT

    The biggest reason was Afridis selection in general. He is not a reliable batsman, Abdur Rehman has bowled miles better than him and every time he gets out early in the top order, he puts tons of pressure on rest of the batting and pressure was the last thing our young middle order needed. Time to go for more specialists like Rehman instead of part timers like Afridi.

  • Matthew on December 15, 2006, 2:51 GMT

    Here is my take on the ten reasons. Razzaq's position is not solid in Pak team. With that background in mind, it is reasonable to assume that he would not want any of the other all rounders succeeding. Hence the promotion in order for Afridi and demotion for Hafeez. Malik's form is OK. He is probably suitable, when the team has a good score. Anjum selection was a joke. Hameed deserves chances like farhat. Razzaq has probably no faith in Rana. Else why underuse him.

    Reflectly largely on Razzaq's captaincy. In my opinion, he should not have been captain. Akmal might be a better option.

    Cheers

  • Jibran on December 15, 2006, 2:44 GMT

    Well, you said it right sir. But I think that the biggest of the mishaps was the batting order and that is where we lost the game. Faisal is a good batsman, and if one pays attention, he was one of the only two specialist batsmen in the team (Imran Farhat is not even a batsman in my book, hence specialist is a far-fetched word to attach with him); therefore, he should've been batting at number 4, right behind Hameed to back him up. Farhat and Afridi both bat with their eyes shut and bat swinging. Hence, it is not a good idea to just send them up the order together. However, one has to give credit to Powell as he bowled a very good delivery to a vulnerable Shahid Afrid; though if he had been opening for the last few matches, he was good enough to keep it out but that is just a though. Hafeez should have been send up the order and told that he would have to share the burden and play with responsibility; in fact play through the innings. He has a good temperament and he would have obeyed. About Yasir Hameed, I knew that he will score doesn't matter what, Pakistani selectors like to waste talent and I guess they have it in abundance to do so. I believe among the batsmen available for selection, he is the 4th best batsman of Pakistan. If you just look back at his last four five innings in both tests and Odis, he hasn't let down. It is frustating to see the likes of Farhats being given chances in abundance when talents like Hameed are being wasted. If that is not politics and favoritism than what is it? Lastly I just can't imagine why would one drop off Abdur Rehman, I understand that Sami deserved a game before this series was over but I didn't think it was suppose to be at the expense of Rehman. Every thing said and done I just hope Inzy keeps both Faisal and Yasir in the team for the next match if incase Yousuf and Younis are not playing. If that means dropping Shoaib Malik than be it, if you can drop Afridi for poor form, than Malik is still haven't done enough to survive on past performances. He should go back and play domestic matches and find his form back before South Africa. But he is Bob woolmer's golden boy and may not be dropped; which will be a mistake.

  • Nicholas Lovett on December 15, 2006, 2:43 GMT

    I doubt Rao will ever evolve into the kind of match winning bowler that everyone wants. As such it seems foolish to select him when Pakistan seems to have so much depth and youth to select from. Rehman or Gul would have been a much better decision. The only thing I can think of is injury fear regarding Umar Gul. That may be well founded. I don't quite understand why Razzaq didn't bowl Rana more he seemed to be by far the most effective bowling option. I think people are too hard on Akmal he usually bats pretty far down the order in the late stages of the match and usually puts up a pretty good strike rate. On the flip side I agree that alot of people seem totally uninterested in anything Faisal Iqbal has done it seems to me he may have a bright future. At the moment it looks to be about the same as Imran Farhat's chances. I wonder if anyone has given any thought to bringing back Salman Butt. He was woefully out of form when he was dropped, but prior to that he showed great promise as a potential match winner and an opener. Plus its nice to have a righty-lefty opening combination. If he shows signs of a return to form I think he should be given a recall. I don't quite know what to make of Yasir Hameed's performance, it was gutsy, but selecting the batsmen is already quite dicey. Whats everybody else think?

  • Mawali on December 15, 2006, 2:41 GMT

    Abbasi sahid you are on the money about Faisal. Out of all the young batsmen Faisal shows the most technique and with experience under his belt he can become a solid middle order batsman. Also, its about time pakistan paid due attention to Assim Kamal and Yasir Arafat. I am still reeling from the decision not to let Rana bowl his entire 10 overs. I can just see the South African's getting the BBQ pits ready for some Pakistani Tikka. Its going to hurt. Ouch!

  • Sabbath on December 15, 2006, 2:40 GMT

    I think that SHoaib Malik would have proved to be a better captain than Razzaq. This bafflement is kinda unfound actually, because none of the playing eleven, (Razzaq included) would be a sure shot pick for each and every game. There are some pitches on which I'd never pick Afridi(bouncy tracks), there are pitches on which Razzaq dosent merit a game(flat tracks like India's), Kamran Akmal is one of the biggest disappointments of the season, Shoaib Malik was becoming so consistently good at number three that the administration HAD to change his batting spot (please detect the sarcasm), Yasir Hameed is NOT performing well at the opener position ( the only one for grabs) though any person who can hold a bat is a better option than Farhat, Rana Naved wasnt bowled more because we Pakistanis NEVER go out there with a plan ( like Razzaq and Younis), and if we do, we get bogged down into pure stupidity(Inzi the great's one-track strategies). There actually is no forceful and strong leader in the Pakistan camp. Younis is one, but has any critic of Afridi noted that Younis isnt performing much better with the bat? Apart from Inzi, Yousuf, Gul and Asif at this point in time, we only have talented scrap-players. Part-timers, half-batsmen and pseudo-bowlers, with largely faulty techniques. We play on luck. One of our infinite amount of Scrap-players might fire on one day or the other. We need technical superiority and specialists.

    Multan needed specialists, be it batsmen, bowlers or captains.

  • tj on December 15, 2006, 2:36 GMT

    I wish, if PCB were to think like Mr. Asim Kamal, but I could't agree with Shahid Afridi's oppening was wrong decision. I personally think he shouldn't be in the team at all. This person definitly don't fit in the "modern game of cricket. Another change Pakistan team probably should think about is replacing Yasir Hameed for Kamran Akmal. let's face it, he is not the greatest wicket keeper pakistan had. We saw him missing simple catches or stumping. In batting department, he hasn't really contributed a lot. In modern cricket it is really important to have a good wicket keeper batsman. Yasir could be a great middle order batsman, he is also a keeper. Shoib Malik could be the next Mohammed Yousuf. We should give him some time to find his form. Besides he is a part time bowler too.

  • imran on December 15, 2006, 2:33 GMT

    I agree with most of your points Mr. Abbasi. When Nazir was playing so well why was Rao given a chance? He is a pretty mediocre bowler and I have never seen him bat either. Not sure what happened with Faisal Iqbal but if the crowd starts discriminating against their own players it sad, since it surely affects the confidence of the player!

  • Ammar Karim on December 15, 2006, 2:26 GMT

    I have been unable to figure out why Yasir Hameed has always been out of the playing 11 when his average in both forms of the game is touching 40. Pakistan still persisting with Hafeez marely because he bowls 4 or 5 overs in a match and occasionally takes a wicket. One should think logically that Hafeez is primarily selected as a batsman. His selection is questionable if he does no do justice with his primary task.

  • Sarem Hassan on December 15, 2006, 2:16 GMT

    could not agree more with you Kamran. I was quite upset that abdur rehman was not selected. Although I dont think Razzaq should get too much blame though, it was only his first game and the bowlers did gift the opposition with wides aplenty.

  • murtz on December 15, 2006, 2:06 GMT

    i agree this was a good time for pakistan to experiment with the positions but it was wrong to open with farhat and afridi, i think it would have been better to have hafeez and hameed opening or even open with farhat and hafeez with hameed at number 3, even tho i think that slot should have been given to Shoaib Malik bcause thats his best position. i think they rested umar gul for rao iftikar i cant see why else they would have not palyed him.does anybody knw about any better wicketkeepers than kamran akmal who can bat? mayb his younger bro or haroon farhat? jus to give k.akmal some competition.

    i think they shoaib malik would have been a far better choice to captain that razzaq.

  • Omar on December 15, 2006, 2:00 GMT

    "10 Abdul Razzaq's captaincy in general."

    Haha.

  • Talal on December 15, 2006, 1:35 GMT

    in complete agreement

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  • Talal on December 15, 2006, 1:35 GMT

    in complete agreement

  • Omar on December 15, 2006, 2:00 GMT

    "10 Abdul Razzaq's captaincy in general."

    Haha.

  • murtz on December 15, 2006, 2:06 GMT

    i agree this was a good time for pakistan to experiment with the positions but it was wrong to open with farhat and afridi, i think it would have been better to have hafeez and hameed opening or even open with farhat and hafeez with hameed at number 3, even tho i think that slot should have been given to Shoaib Malik bcause thats his best position. i think they rested umar gul for rao iftikar i cant see why else they would have not palyed him.does anybody knw about any better wicketkeepers than kamran akmal who can bat? mayb his younger bro or haroon farhat? jus to give k.akmal some competition.

    i think they shoaib malik would have been a far better choice to captain that razzaq.

  • Sarem Hassan on December 15, 2006, 2:16 GMT

    could not agree more with you Kamran. I was quite upset that abdur rehman was not selected. Although I dont think Razzaq should get too much blame though, it was only his first game and the bowlers did gift the opposition with wides aplenty.

  • Ammar Karim on December 15, 2006, 2:26 GMT

    I have been unable to figure out why Yasir Hameed has always been out of the playing 11 when his average in both forms of the game is touching 40. Pakistan still persisting with Hafeez marely because he bowls 4 or 5 overs in a match and occasionally takes a wicket. One should think logically that Hafeez is primarily selected as a batsman. His selection is questionable if he does no do justice with his primary task.

  • imran on December 15, 2006, 2:33 GMT

    I agree with most of your points Mr. Abbasi. When Nazir was playing so well why was Rao given a chance? He is a pretty mediocre bowler and I have never seen him bat either. Not sure what happened with Faisal Iqbal but if the crowd starts discriminating against their own players it sad, since it surely affects the confidence of the player!

  • tj on December 15, 2006, 2:36 GMT

    I wish, if PCB were to think like Mr. Asim Kamal, but I could't agree with Shahid Afridi's oppening was wrong decision. I personally think he shouldn't be in the team at all. This person definitly don't fit in the "modern game of cricket. Another change Pakistan team probably should think about is replacing Yasir Hameed for Kamran Akmal. let's face it, he is not the greatest wicket keeper pakistan had. We saw him missing simple catches or stumping. In batting department, he hasn't really contributed a lot. In modern cricket it is really important to have a good wicket keeper batsman. Yasir could be a great middle order batsman, he is also a keeper. Shoib Malik could be the next Mohammed Yousuf. We should give him some time to find his form. Besides he is a part time bowler too.

  • Sabbath on December 15, 2006, 2:40 GMT

    I think that SHoaib Malik would have proved to be a better captain than Razzaq. This bafflement is kinda unfound actually, because none of the playing eleven, (Razzaq included) would be a sure shot pick for each and every game. There are some pitches on which I'd never pick Afridi(bouncy tracks), there are pitches on which Razzaq dosent merit a game(flat tracks like India's), Kamran Akmal is one of the biggest disappointments of the season, Shoaib Malik was becoming so consistently good at number three that the administration HAD to change his batting spot (please detect the sarcasm), Yasir Hameed is NOT performing well at the opener position ( the only one for grabs) though any person who can hold a bat is a better option than Farhat, Rana Naved wasnt bowled more because we Pakistanis NEVER go out there with a plan ( like Razzaq and Younis), and if we do, we get bogged down into pure stupidity(Inzi the great's one-track strategies). There actually is no forceful and strong leader in the Pakistan camp. Younis is one, but has any critic of Afridi noted that Younis isnt performing much better with the bat? Apart from Inzi, Yousuf, Gul and Asif at this point in time, we only have talented scrap-players. Part-timers, half-batsmen and pseudo-bowlers, with largely faulty techniques. We play on luck. One of our infinite amount of Scrap-players might fire on one day or the other. We need technical superiority and specialists.

    Multan needed specialists, be it batsmen, bowlers or captains.

  • Mawali on December 15, 2006, 2:41 GMT

    Abbasi sahid you are on the money about Faisal. Out of all the young batsmen Faisal shows the most technique and with experience under his belt he can become a solid middle order batsman. Also, its about time pakistan paid due attention to Assim Kamal and Yasir Arafat. I am still reeling from the decision not to let Rana bowl his entire 10 overs. I can just see the South African's getting the BBQ pits ready for some Pakistani Tikka. Its going to hurt. Ouch!

  • Nicholas Lovett on December 15, 2006, 2:43 GMT

    I doubt Rao will ever evolve into the kind of match winning bowler that everyone wants. As such it seems foolish to select him when Pakistan seems to have so much depth and youth to select from. Rehman or Gul would have been a much better decision. The only thing I can think of is injury fear regarding Umar Gul. That may be well founded. I don't quite understand why Razzaq didn't bowl Rana more he seemed to be by far the most effective bowling option. I think people are too hard on Akmal he usually bats pretty far down the order in the late stages of the match and usually puts up a pretty good strike rate. On the flip side I agree that alot of people seem totally uninterested in anything Faisal Iqbal has done it seems to me he may have a bright future. At the moment it looks to be about the same as Imran Farhat's chances. I wonder if anyone has given any thought to bringing back Salman Butt. He was woefully out of form when he was dropped, but prior to that he showed great promise as a potential match winner and an opener. Plus its nice to have a righty-lefty opening combination. If he shows signs of a return to form I think he should be given a recall. I don't quite know what to make of Yasir Hameed's performance, it was gutsy, but selecting the batsmen is already quite dicey. Whats everybody else think?