World Cup 2007 December 16, 2006

You could pick the squad now

Pakistan must ensure that their confidence is not eroded by the seamer friendly wickets of South Africa
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Pakistan dealt West Indies an important psychological blow before the teams meet again to launch next year's World Cup. Between now and then awaits South Africa and a very different series to the one just concluded or the crucial tournament that will follow. Pakistan must ensure that the confidence that they have recaptured is not eroded by the seamer-friendly wickets of South Africa.

The machinations of this year have left Pakistan with a far stronger pool of bowlers to choose from and some clearer possibilities around the opening slot, their weakest area. These factors combined with Bob Woolmer's local knowledge should give Pakistan a good chance of being competitive in South Africa and perhaps even overturning their poor record in that country.

But before that can happen it is imperative that the PCB confirms that both Inzamam and Woolmer will lead these two upcoming campaigns. Pakistan have a real opportunity to win the biggest one-day prize and any dithering now will be detrimental to their challenge.

Despite WADA's posturing, both Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will be available next year and that leaves Pakistan with an unimagined selection problem. Umar Gul, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, and Mohammad Sami--yes the bowler who couldn't bowl two balls on the same spot--have all made indisputable cases for selection. As has Abdur Rehman, who has been nothing short of sensational in this series. At Karachi, on a wicket that favoured batsmen, he bowled an intelligent line, even keeping Brian Lara in check. That fills six places.

Among the batsmen, Yasir Hameed has shown enough to earn a place along with Mohammad Hafeez. Follow those with the inevitable selections of Pakistan's middle-order trio of Inzamam, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yousuf and you have five more places with people's names on them.

Among the allrounders, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, and Kamran Akmal--providing he continues to rebuild his confidence in South Africa--are virtual certainties, which builds the squad to 14.

That only leaves one place, and you can see why Woolmer is claiming that the squad selection is becoming clearer, although this final spot might prove controversial. Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, and Danish Kaneria, to name but a few, will be saying their prayers. Who will win a trip to the Caribbean? It could be any of those three but it might be a wild card, and Pakistan has no wilder card than Shahid Afridi. He'd win my vote--as you all know--and I suspect he might even win the vote of the selectors.

Much can happen, of course, between this December speculation and the reality of next March but barring major upheavals I wouldn't bet on Pakistan's World Cup squad being much different to this. It is a squad of experience but also enough youth to hunger for success. The bowling riches are the team's strength and the batting should not be found wanting on the Asian wickets of the West Indies. The rest is all mind games. Over to you Bob and Inzi.

I don't usually post comments that include team XIs or squads but since that is what this article is about then feel free to speculate.

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

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  • Khurram Jamali on March 15, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    It is interesting how we have not come a long way from the team for the last world cup. Maybe it was a good idea by the PCB to clean house after all. It might give some new blood a chance.

  • Faran Tahir on January 14, 2007, 9:26 GMT

    I Will Select these players for World Cup 2007: 1.M.Hafeez(Opener) 2.K.Akmal(W.K) 3.S.Butt(Opener) 4.Y.Khan(V.C)(Middle Order) 5.M.Yousuf(Middle Order) 6.I.Haq(C)(Middle Order) 7.A.Razzaq(M.B) 8.S.Nazir(L.B) 9.M.Sami(L.B) 10.M.Asif(O.B) 11.R.Naveed(O.B) 12.U.Gul(Sub) 13.S.Akhtar(Sub) 14.Y.Hameed(Sub) 15.I.Farhat(Sub) 16.D.Kaneria(R) 17.S.Ahmed(R) 18.I.Nazir(R)

  • Moiz on January 11, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    I would wish to see thses players playing for Pakistan in the year 2007 1. M. Hafeez 2. S. Butt 3. I. Farhat 4. S. Malik 5. Y. Khan 6. I. Haq 7. M. Yousuf 8. S. Afridi 9. A. Razzaq 10. K. Akmal 11. Z. Haider (Reserve) 12. S. Nazir 13. R. Naveed 14. S. Akhtar 15. M. Asif 16. D. Kaneria (Reserve) 17. U. Gul (Reserve) 18. F. Iqbal (Reserve)

  • Mueez Arshad on January 11, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    I Will definitely Like that the Squad of South African Tour and World Cup 2007 Should be Same Excluding Some Non Performed Palyers. My Squad Of Team Pakistan For 2007 Is: 1. S. Afridi 2. s. Butt 3. S. Malik 4. Y. Khan 5. I. Haq 6. A. Razzaq 7. K. Akmal 8. F. Iqbal 9. M. Asif 10. S. Akhtar 11. M. Sami 12. S. Nazir 13. U. Gul 14. S. Ahmed 15. D. Kaneria 16. R. Naveed

  • sahayog on January 6, 2007, 12:35 GMT

    Afridi should open the innings if he is in case brought in the side. He can make a difference when the field is up. No point sending him 6th or even 7th down after Razzaq. Hey what about Imran Nazir ..any bells ringing?

  • hamza hussain on December 30, 2006, 18:24 GMT

    pakistan need to find back up players so when a good bowler or batsmen leaves you can have trained back up players in stead of bringing not trained old players, PAKISTAN BEST 11 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.y.khan 4.m.yousuf 5.inzy 6.s.malik 7.razzaq 8.S.afridi 9.k.akmal 10.S.akhtar 11.M.asif

  • Rogue on December 30, 2006, 10:26 GMT

    Hey,

    I'm an Australian, and it looks like you guys should have a decent team for the World Cup. However, I guess fans from many cricketing nations are thinking the same thing - Australia, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka etc.

    How do you think you line up against the reigning champs? Here are some possible match-ups:

    Yasir Hameed / Mohammad Hafeez vs Phil Jacques(?) Mohammad Yousuf vs Ricky Ponting Inzamam vs Michael Hussey Younis Khan vs Michael Clarke

    Kamran Akmal vs Adam Gilchrist

    Shoaib Malik vs Andrew Symonds Abdul Razzaq vs Shane Watson

    Shoaib Akhtar / Mohammad Asif vs Brett Lee Umar Gul vs Stuart Clark / Glenn McGrath Rana Naved-ul-Hasan vs Nathan Bracken Abdur Rehman/Afridi vs Brad Hogg(?)/Cameron White

  • Cricket Mania on December 22, 2006, 1:24 GMT

    Yasir Hammeed M. Hafeez Younis Khan M. Yousuf Inji S.Malik A.Razzaq K.Akmal S.Akhter M.Asif Shabbir Ahmed/Umar Gul/Rana Naveed

    Please learn from Past Afridi has never won any game in WC in past. In lat 18 ODI he scored only 114 runs. On what basis we should include him in WC squad. We can never become World beater like Australia becoz we do not evaluate the performace but we evaluate our emotions. Just calculate Afridi performace I don't even think he can play for Karachi Gymkhana. He is the greatest loser ODI cricket has ever seen. Everytime he has played for Pakistan, he has put tremendous amout of pressure on the rest of the team. We should move on. There is much more talent in Pakistan then Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Tauseef Umar, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi. These all have major Flaws in their batting. M.Sami should be discarded for the rest of his career, he is another failure in Pakistan cricket. We have so much raw talent in Pakistan, who are far better hitter then Afridi, far better opener then all of the name I mentioned above.

  • Farooq Siddiqui on December 21, 2006, 18:15 GMT

    We can't win Tests with all-rounders in SA. We need different squads for Tests, 1-day, and then world cup.

    SA TEST: 1. Hafeez / Salman Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Yunus Khan 4. M. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Faisal Iqbal / Asim Kamal 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shoaib Akhter / M. Sami 9. M. Asif 10. Rana / Gul 11. Dinesh Kaneria

    SA 1-day: 1. Hafeez 2. K. Akmal 3. Yunus Khan 4. M. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Shoaib Malik / Faisal Iqbal 7. Abdul Razzaq / Shabbir Ahmed 8. Shoaib Akhter / M. Sami 9. M. Asif 10. Rana / Gul 11. Abdul Rehman

    World Cup: 1. M. Hafeez / Yasir Hameed 2. K. Akmal 3. Yunus Khan 4. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Afridi / Rehman 9. Shoaib Akhter / Sami 10. M. Asif 11. Rana / Gul

  • imran nawaz on December 21, 2006, 14:39 GMT

    I think that wellwisher 4m india is mad because how can you leave the FASTEST bowler in the world out of your team!! Didn't you see what he has done over the years and over the series in England. SHOAIB AKHRAR is our only hope in SA.

  • Khurram Jamali on March 15, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    It is interesting how we have not come a long way from the team for the last world cup. Maybe it was a good idea by the PCB to clean house after all. It might give some new blood a chance.

  • Faran Tahir on January 14, 2007, 9:26 GMT

    I Will Select these players for World Cup 2007: 1.M.Hafeez(Opener) 2.K.Akmal(W.K) 3.S.Butt(Opener) 4.Y.Khan(V.C)(Middle Order) 5.M.Yousuf(Middle Order) 6.I.Haq(C)(Middle Order) 7.A.Razzaq(M.B) 8.S.Nazir(L.B) 9.M.Sami(L.B) 10.M.Asif(O.B) 11.R.Naveed(O.B) 12.U.Gul(Sub) 13.S.Akhtar(Sub) 14.Y.Hameed(Sub) 15.I.Farhat(Sub) 16.D.Kaneria(R) 17.S.Ahmed(R) 18.I.Nazir(R)

  • Moiz on January 11, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    I would wish to see thses players playing for Pakistan in the year 2007 1. M. Hafeez 2. S. Butt 3. I. Farhat 4. S. Malik 5. Y. Khan 6. I. Haq 7. M. Yousuf 8. S. Afridi 9. A. Razzaq 10. K. Akmal 11. Z. Haider (Reserve) 12. S. Nazir 13. R. Naveed 14. S. Akhtar 15. M. Asif 16. D. Kaneria (Reserve) 17. U. Gul (Reserve) 18. F. Iqbal (Reserve)

  • Mueez Arshad on January 11, 2007, 8:22 GMT

    I Will definitely Like that the Squad of South African Tour and World Cup 2007 Should be Same Excluding Some Non Performed Palyers. My Squad Of Team Pakistan For 2007 Is: 1. S. Afridi 2. s. Butt 3. S. Malik 4. Y. Khan 5. I. Haq 6. A. Razzaq 7. K. Akmal 8. F. Iqbal 9. M. Asif 10. S. Akhtar 11. M. Sami 12. S. Nazir 13. U. Gul 14. S. Ahmed 15. D. Kaneria 16. R. Naveed

  • sahayog on January 6, 2007, 12:35 GMT

    Afridi should open the innings if he is in case brought in the side. He can make a difference when the field is up. No point sending him 6th or even 7th down after Razzaq. Hey what about Imran Nazir ..any bells ringing?

  • hamza hussain on December 30, 2006, 18:24 GMT

    pakistan need to find back up players so when a good bowler or batsmen leaves you can have trained back up players in stead of bringing not trained old players, PAKISTAN BEST 11 1.hafeez 2.farhat 3.y.khan 4.m.yousuf 5.inzy 6.s.malik 7.razzaq 8.S.afridi 9.k.akmal 10.S.akhtar 11.M.asif

  • Rogue on December 30, 2006, 10:26 GMT

    Hey,

    I'm an Australian, and it looks like you guys should have a decent team for the World Cup. However, I guess fans from many cricketing nations are thinking the same thing - Australia, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka etc.

    How do you think you line up against the reigning champs? Here are some possible match-ups:

    Yasir Hameed / Mohammad Hafeez vs Phil Jacques(?) Mohammad Yousuf vs Ricky Ponting Inzamam vs Michael Hussey Younis Khan vs Michael Clarke

    Kamran Akmal vs Adam Gilchrist

    Shoaib Malik vs Andrew Symonds Abdul Razzaq vs Shane Watson

    Shoaib Akhtar / Mohammad Asif vs Brett Lee Umar Gul vs Stuart Clark / Glenn McGrath Rana Naved-ul-Hasan vs Nathan Bracken Abdur Rehman/Afridi vs Brad Hogg(?)/Cameron White

  • Cricket Mania on December 22, 2006, 1:24 GMT

    Yasir Hammeed M. Hafeez Younis Khan M. Yousuf Inji S.Malik A.Razzaq K.Akmal S.Akhter M.Asif Shabbir Ahmed/Umar Gul/Rana Naveed

    Please learn from Past Afridi has never won any game in WC in past. In lat 18 ODI he scored only 114 runs. On what basis we should include him in WC squad. We can never become World beater like Australia becoz we do not evaluate the performace but we evaluate our emotions. Just calculate Afridi performace I don't even think he can play for Karachi Gymkhana. He is the greatest loser ODI cricket has ever seen. Everytime he has played for Pakistan, he has put tremendous amout of pressure on the rest of the team. We should move on. There is much more talent in Pakistan then Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Tauseef Umar, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi. These all have major Flaws in their batting. M.Sami should be discarded for the rest of his career, he is another failure in Pakistan cricket. We have so much raw talent in Pakistan, who are far better hitter then Afridi, far better opener then all of the name I mentioned above.

  • Farooq Siddiqui on December 21, 2006, 18:15 GMT

    We can't win Tests with all-rounders in SA. We need different squads for Tests, 1-day, and then world cup.

    SA TEST: 1. Hafeez / Salman Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Yunus Khan 4. M. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Faisal Iqbal / Asim Kamal 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shoaib Akhter / M. Sami 9. M. Asif 10. Rana / Gul 11. Dinesh Kaneria

    SA 1-day: 1. Hafeez 2. K. Akmal 3. Yunus Khan 4. M. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Shoaib Malik / Faisal Iqbal 7. Abdul Razzaq / Shabbir Ahmed 8. Shoaib Akhter / M. Sami 9. M. Asif 10. Rana / Gul 11. Abdul Rehman

    World Cup: 1. M. Hafeez / Yasir Hameed 2. K. Akmal 3. Yunus Khan 4. Yusuf 5. Inzi 6. Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Afridi / Rehman 9. Shoaib Akhter / Sami 10. M. Asif 11. Rana / Gul

  • imran nawaz on December 21, 2006, 14:39 GMT

    I think that wellwisher 4m india is mad because how can you leave the FASTEST bowler in the world out of your team!! Didn't you see what he has done over the years and over the series in England. SHOAIB AKHRAR is our only hope in SA.

  • faisal on December 20, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    every body is disscussing about afridi and a lot of people came up with different ideas some says he single handedly can win a game. i think in perfect ODI team we need 4 perfect battsman, 3 reall fast bowler, 1 spiner, 1 Wicket keeper and 2 allrounder to fullfill the veriaty of one day game so we have A.Razaq, Shoiab Malik and Afridi in allrounder department now you can see who is better, who is more CONSISTANT the choice is simple we don't have any choice other than Shoiab and Razzaq and additionaly it's proven that only a collective efforts of team goes toward success. teams can't win by a performace of single person if a single person can do anything than Tendulkar and lara's team would have been a lot wins in their pocket but they didn't coz a win needs the whole team's performace

  • Badar on December 20, 2006, 15:45 GMT

    I think the right squad for south africa would be: 1.M.Hafiz 2.K.Akmal 3.Y.Hameed 4.M.Yousef 5.Y.Khan 6.Inzi 7.S.Malik 8.A.Razzaq 9.A.Rehman 10.R.Naved 11.S.Akthar

    12-S.Afridi 13-S.Ahmed 14-M.Asif

    I dont know much about Shabbir Ahmed iv never really enjoyed watching him bowl, But he has had a long ban and should be given a chance. I seriously do believe Shahid Afridi would need to be selected for a deffinate, all he needs is a bit of help from the veterans, and i think his batting spot should be around 1-3, you need to let him play his own game. Pakistani selectors have made a disaster of selecting players, its about time they agreed with each other and used theirs brains abit more. I have also been wondering if anyone knows of what happened to opener Imran Nazir?. Azhar Mahmood he could replace Abdul Razzaq for a while? But then agains its just my opinion.

  • Salman on December 20, 2006, 14:41 GMT

    Well, you have to pick Afridi not for his performance off late but for the fact that none of the youngsters have made a strong case for a place in the team. But then again, you do not know where you are going to play Afridi. He doesn't want to open anymore and no.6 & 7 is too late for him to change the course of the game. Your batsmen in no.3,4 & 5 spots are immovable so are you selecting Afridi for his fielding and leggies? I think the choice is between Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi while the other remaining spot should be filled with a back up openner. Imran Farhat, Salman Butt or Taufeeq Umer just take a pick. They have all been equally inconsistent and technically challenged. Hats off to our domestic cricket structure.

  • Asif on December 20, 2006, 14:28 GMT

    1. Akmal 2. Hafeez 3. Younis 4. Inzimam 5. Yousuf 6. Afridi 7. Razzaq 8. Rehman 9. Akhtar 10.Rana 11.Asif

    Absolutely Unstoppable. Especially with the backup being provided by the lies of

    Shabbir Gul Farhat Hameed Mushtaq Ahmed????????????

  • ZAHIR on December 20, 2006, 12:11 GMT

    FROM ZAHIR

    MR ALI TALIB you are a big fan of afridis batting and especially his hitting Can you then tell me then off the top of your head when was the last time the batsman supreme made a half century in odi s? Anybody??? Well it was in MAY 2005-ONE AND A HALF YEARS AGO!!!

    Everything MR TALIB has been ages ago.

    I couldn't figure it out so i had to look this up. Many may say he contributes with his all round skills ie his bowling. Well lets compare his stats with the other two all rounders in our team over the last 50 odis.

    Batting Avge Bowling Avge Diff

    AFRIDI 20.90 33.48 -12.58

    RAZZQ 30.50 37.46 -6.96

    Malik 37.35 35.42 +1.93

    So his bowling is slightly better than the rest but his batting is abysmally behind!!! His allround skills are well and truly last behind our other two all rounders.

    AFRIDI Man of the mtch Ratio 234 MTCHS 17 13.76

    RAZZAQ 224 20 11.2

    MALIK 129 14 9.21

    Afridi averages a man of the match AWARD every 14 matches compared to 11 for razzaq and 9 for malik.

    SO YOU CAN SEE FOLKS HOW GOOD HE REALLY IS!!!!!!!

    AND MR TALIB ''BOOM BOOM'' IS ONLY GOOD FOR ONE THING -sitting and watching cricket NOT PLAYING IT!!!

  • Bassim on December 20, 2006, 9:36 GMT

    My team for South African tour and for World Cup:

    1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Mohammad Yousuf 4. Inzamam Ul Haq 5. Younis Khan 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Abdur Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Abdur Rehman / Rana Naved 10. Shoaib Akhtar/ Umar Gul 11. Mohammad Asif

    13. Imran Farhat

    This Team I would suggest only for One Dayers.

    Shoaib Akhtar's inclusion is sometime suspicious cause of Injury , so Umar gul should be prioritise, If the pitch doesnt support spin as in SOuth Africa and some carribean pitches, so Rana Naved should be in Place of Abdur rahman as already 2 part time spinners playing. i.e. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. This is a full 14 players list . Extra opener should be available any time. Younis khan should play down the order cause he should know how to cope up with the pressure first. As we saw in Champions trophy that he could lead on the field but while batting he cant match Inzamam at any point. Thats why Inzamam should bat up the order cause due to any early blows he should have Younis and others to give him company. Afridi's form doesnt favour his inclusion. On fast Pitches May be Yasir hameed be replaced with Imran Farhat or should Shoaib malik come up the order and yasir down.

  • Zeeshan Bhayani on December 20, 2006, 5:16 GMT

    I believe Pakistan has a good chance of making an impression at the World Cup in West Indies next year. For that, two things need to be kept in check: 1. Select the 16 finalists now only and make sure thay play all 5 ODIs in SA to gel well. 2. Don't experiment at all in SA and play the team Pakistan would like to field in the World Cup. Having said that I think the ideal 14 players would be:

    1. M. Hafeez 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. M. Yousuf 5. Inzamam 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Rana Naved 10. Umar Gul 11. M. Asif The 3 reserve players should be Abdur Rehman, Imran Farhat and Danish Kaneria. Sami has floundered all chances given to him and is very erratic. SHoaib Akhtar is as uselss as a recycle bin on your desktop. When he is playing, Pakistan not only suffer on the field but off the field as well due to his shenanigans. He should be totally dispensed with. Reason I would want to go with 2 spinners is because the pitches in WI are slow, low bounce and if improvised can turn into our strengths. Shahid Afridi again is not in good form at the moment and should miss out.

  • Wajahat Rehman on December 20, 2006, 5:14 GMT

    Afridi seems to have lost his confidence and is looking jaded. The next best hitter is Imran Nazir. He can play cut & pull shots much better than Afridi. He scored a century during the recent match with Indian domestic champions. My vote would go to him. Both Afridi and Imran Nazir would be in my dream team with Imran Farhat getting the chop.

  • shahid on December 20, 2006, 4:41 GMT

    did u guys forget that naved ul hassan is really important to our team? i know he was out of form but how well did he come back? Getting Chris Gayle out(who played amazingly well against some of the best teams in champions trophy) so many times...and he can bat!!!

    here is my south africa tour and world cup team that doesn't involve the tests cuz thats not our main focus right now

    1. Hafeez(has played so well since his return) 2. Hameed(let him keep wickets!!!) 3. Younis(Really feel for him...so much goin on) 4. Yousuf(Do i need to say anything?) 5. Inzi(hmm...performer when needed) 6. Afridi(Boom Boom will be back) 7. Malik(he can do so many things on the field) 8. Razzaq(always useful) 9. Naved(he can bat as well) 10.Akhtar(its all about the flight takin off) 11.Asif(disastrous the least)

    12. Rehman(I am impressed..maybe could play if malik sits a few games...rotate according to opposition? 13. Butt(bring him against india..he will find form) 14. Gul(you need to rest some players for a more important game...good back up)

    There are talks of bringing Sami and Shabbir which is absolutely killin me...tests maybe but not in ODIs

    this is the strongest team on paper...i hope and pray they dont disappoint inshallah

  • Saqib on December 20, 2006, 4:35 GMT

    I select the following 15 team members for the tour of South Africa Yasser Hameed M Hafeez Imran Farhat Younis Khan M Yousaf Inzamam Afridi Malik Akmal Rana Naveed ul hasan Shoaib Sami Asif Abdur Rehman Sameeullah Ziazi

    I picked one left hand pacer Sameeullah Niazi becuase we need variety too in fast bowling

  • zaid on December 20, 2006, 2:07 GMT

    I think afridi should get a chance to play in all the tests and odis in SA series, and if he doesnt perform i personally as a fan and friend of afridi will think that he has no part in the WC, but untill then afridi should be included in the playing 11 for at least odis if not tests

  • pakistanfan on December 20, 2006, 1:56 GMT

    inzy should open with danis kaneria. Here is my team. 1. Inzamam 2. Kaneria 3. faisal iqbal 4. soheb malik 5. sami 6. akmal 7. asif 8. rahman 9. Unis khan 10. sahid afradi 11. mujitulla rahman

    (Mohammd Yusuf should be dropped because he became very ugly with is long beard)

  • ali talib on December 20, 2006, 0:03 GMT

    Dear Zahir,

    definitly you re rite abt afridi's current slump of form but before,during and even after the worldcup 2003 aint inzi was totally out of form not even scoring 20's and wat happened afterwards is right infront of u.. de huge pressure to perform in a game when u re sure that u wont get a second chance can take even de game gr8's and dats wat happened when afridi played against de vulnerable windies... if he is a choker then temme onething he is nearing 200 ODI wickets and 5k runs which only few all rounders in de world hav achieved doesnt dat make sense... doesnt he bring dat fire in de team wid him..and dont u talk abt de few critics of him.. can u bet me on dis one..i can put my fingure on him n say.. get afridi on to de field and any other paki player and de crowd response wud b huge for BOOM BOOOM afridi..r all doz ppl blind or dumb???.. wat hav team pakistan achieved wid non performing afridi or no afridi in recent times..?? a mere series win against de windies on home soil...dats it... n wat they achieved last yr was .. wins when they were rated under dogs and it took em too de top 3 sides... cricket gr8's during dat tym predicted dat pak r ONE of de favourites for de cup...my dear frnd dont start making team decisions on a single series triumph.. hav no afridi in ur side during de south african tour and both of US will see de results...hav ya forgot wat he did to de best in de business during the VB series at doz bouncy pitches??..mcgrath ,gillespie n lee were smacked all around de park.... but i dont get de point when u say team pakistan doesnt need AFRIDI in it

  • Arshad jamal on December 19, 2006, 22:09 GMT

    In my openion PCB and selection committee has blown away a last chance to test some available tentlents for the WC team selection. Pakistan has abundance of talent in all departments which are being wasted due to the policies of this selection committee who is not prepared to give a chance to new raw talent. This selection committee does not even possess the capibility to recognize any telent. To find exeptional players you have to take bold steps like Imran Khan has given so many world beaters to the Pakistani team.

    From the current pool they would do a great favour to the whole nation if they leave out Imran Farhat. Salman Butt had the same flaws as the former and had been given enough chances but he has refused to learn so he does not deserve a selection either. Yasir Hameed has been included in the team surrounded by lot of unjustified hype and played two useless innings. His flawed technique and indequacy have been totally revealed. He was too slow and playing for himself rather then the team and did not have any good stroke. Younis Khan has never had merit to be in the ODI team and he has been tested and failed the Captaincy test as well. Now there are two very telented and deserving batsmen, Faisal Iqbal and Asim Kamal who have been kept on sides mostely by the authorities for the reasons unknown. Faisal Iqbal has an edge over AK with a far more superior tachnique, capability to play more strokes and younger age. He is armed with the best technique among all the young batsmen and is very confident but misterously have been ignored by the selectors. But at present he is only one to fit into the big shoes of Inzimam. To all those who are constantely grumbling about having too many all-rounders, Shoib Malik and Mohammad Hafiz are not all-rounders but the batsmen who can bowl. Having all-rounders in the team is a blessing anyway rather then a problem. Teams having them consider themselves fortunate. We really have big competion between all-rounders and bowlers. Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat are all good players. Reluctantely though, but I would still have to agree to those who claim that Afridi is a match winner and should be selected. But its a gamble and which way it goes only time will tell. I have never seen Yasif Arafat playing so I cannot make any comment. Abdul Razzaq seems to be off colour these days but at his best he is as big an asset for the team as Afridi and cannot be left out. Abdul Rehman is a good find and should be used carefully whenever its suited. Rao Iftikar Ali should be sent back to playing on the streets rather then taking space of a deserving fast bowler. Rana has shocked his critics once again by his excellent performace which he has given credit to Waqar's coching. If he continue bowling the same then he cannot be left out. Sadly a very fine fast bowler in Shahid Nazir and spinner in Keneria would have to sit out as having superior competition.

    1- Inzamam 2- Yousuf 3- Malik 4- Akmal 5- Shoib 6- Asif 7- Rana 8- Afridi 9- Mohammad Hafeez 10- Abdul Razzaq 11- Abdul Rehman 12- Faisal 13- Shabbir Ahmad 14- Gul 15- Either Asim Kamal or Yasir Arafat

    Playing 11:

    #1 Mohammad Hafiz #2 either Afridi or Akmal depending on the situation and opponents #3 Shoib Malik #4 Yousuf #5 Inzimam #6 Afridi or Akmal #7 Abdul Razzaq #8 Shoib #9 Rana/Gul #10 Abdul Rehman/Gul #11 Asif

    Reservs: Faisal Iqbal, Shabbir Ahmad, Asim Kamal or Yasif Arafat

  • Aali on December 19, 2006, 21:54 GMT

    For all of Afridi's critics, I believe Afridi was born to play the one day format of the game. However, his utilization in the team has not been consistent. One day game requires an opener to be aggressive, abbrassive and ruthless. Having the first 20 overs with fielding restrictions and if he gets to bat through those 20 overs, can cause scarring effects on most oppositions. I think openers should be clean hitters of the ball and should do it really quick with a very aggressive mindset. Unfortunately the current lot of openers that we have been trying since the departure of the great Saeed Anwar, we have yet to find a proper opener who can score consistently. So I say lets worry about getting proper openers later and have our team start with the only two clean aggressive hitters we know in the game, here is my lineup:

    1. Abdul Razzak 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Inzimam ul Haq 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shoaib Akhtar 9. Abdul Rehman 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Umar Gul 12. Rana Naveed 13. Faisal Iqbal 14. Shabbir Ahmad 15. Yasir Hameed

    Having Razzak and Afridi open and told to bat whatever way they want can give them the confidence that they are lacking. They hit cleanly and hit really hard. HAving them open also gives you the option to play another specialist bowler. I think Pakistan can very easily come back with the cup with the above team.

  • Haroon on December 19, 2006, 19:40 GMT

    just wanna ask everybody one question tell me a player in pakistan cricket team who can perform in all three departments that is bowling/batting/feilding other than shoiab malik and afridi shoiab malik dont bowl that much anyways soo i think afiridi is da man who can do good in all three departments if he dont bat well which he often do he will atleast get thorugh some overs cheaply and can get u a important wicket aswell and most important which i think is that pakistan is not a good feilding side and we need to have good feilders in our team so i think afridi is a assest dont make him a liability soo tell me why he should not be in da team mr abbassi if can convey this msg to da selectors i will be greatfull

  • Umair Muzaffar on December 19, 2006, 18:05 GMT

    Abdur Rahman is still untested --- yes he did well against a depleted West Indies but I would always take Shahid Afridi over any spinner or any spinning all-rounder. Shahid Afridi has possibly two spots in the batting order i.e. #1 or #2. If he fires early one then the other team looses the game in the first 5 overs, but if he fails then we still have our middle order to bring some balance to madness. He does not offer much in the late middle order. Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have had some successful innings but I have yet to see a match winning knock from the two and they certainly lack technique – their runs have mostly come through edges through the slips or fine leg (inside edges). I would select Farhat and Faisal Iqbal over the two. Farhat is increasingly improving with every outing and Faisal needs to be trained for the middle order as Inzamam reaches his retirement. Yassir Hameed needs some finesse but he is the one to take the beating at the hands of Shoaib Malik or Mohammad Hafeez.

    I have seen Mohammad Sami in full fledged flow against a depleted New Zealand – and he was unplayable then – later he restricted the Indians from one end while Kaneria worked his way through the Indian batting order – so being a romantic I will always take him over Rao and Nazir or even Shabbir (if his action is absolutely clean then Shabbir has an edge, but I doubt that his action is clean). I would still put Sami behind Akhtar, Asif and Gul. Sami in my view is at par with Rana.

    My perfect XI against any side:

    1. Farhat 2. Afridi 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Inzamam 6. Malik 7. Razzak 8. Akmal 9. Akhtar 10. Gul 11. Asif

    Others in the 15 men quad:-

    1. Hafeez 2. Sami 3. Faisal 4. Shabbir / Rana

  • mohammad shoaib(from AMU India) on December 19, 2006, 17:32 GMT

    i want shoaib akhtar,mohammad asif,and shahid afridi must be selected for SA tour and WC 2007. XI best team 1-yasir h 2-afridi 3-Y khan 4-M yousuf 5-Inzi 6-Razzaq 7-Ka 8-sa 9-ma 10-rn 11-ar

  • Zahir on December 19, 2006, 16:34 GMT

    RE: Mr ali talibs comments

    U seem to think afridi should be a must in our odi team b'cos of his purple patch nearly a yr ago!!! Does present form count for nothing??? No player is a guaranteed a spot- you must earn it and am afraid afridi just doesn't cut it. In the last yr or so he has averaged a pathetic 8 with the bat. In your eyes this may guarantee a permanent spot but not in million of other fans. He was given an opportunity against the ''unpredictable'' westindies and wot did he produce with bat or ball? It would ve been better if we had tried some one else.

    If and when he starts producing then he must be considered, NOT on name only!!!!

  • Aamir Masood on December 19, 2006, 16:03 GMT

    15 man squad for the World Cup:

    Farhat Akmal (Hafeez isnt as good) Khan Yousuf Inzi Malik Razzaq Rana Naved Rehman Akhtar Asif

    ----------------------

    1. Hafeez 2. Hameed 3. Gul saab 4. Afridi/Sami (i cant decide)

    Its a long tail, which is slightly worrying but we've been winning games with Afridi failing in just about all of them, so i think we can afford it. On non turning pitches we can play Hameed instead of Rehman anyway, or move Hafeez to open if Akmal isnt working. Either way, we've got cover.

  • Faisal Sid on December 19, 2006, 16:03 GMT

    GANG GREEN! GANG GREEN! GANG GREEN! Watch out world - Australia - we are ready to color all green! No matter who we field it will definatly be a strong team.

  • alitalib on December 19, 2006, 15:55 GMT

    secondly we are talking about yasir hameed in the squad..guyz gimme a break does any 2 of his innings were stylish no way he played just to earn a place in the team his 41 runs inning had one four when others were goin freely...

    my squad wud be

    1)hafeez 2)afridi 3)malik 4)yousuf 5)inzi 6)younis 7)afridi 8)razzaq 9)rana 10)asif 11)akhtar

    with rehman,farhat and shabbir ready as the replacements and even salman butt..

  • Ali Talib on December 19, 2006, 15:27 GMT

    Well kamran your comments regarding inclusion of afridi are fair enuff as he For Sure deserve a permanent spot in this pakistani outfit. WHY thats simple all those afridi critics who are talking about the poor form of afridi should first analyse what have pakistan cricket been through in the last year or so.. during the VB series then tour of india ,srilanka, westindies and england tour to pakistan we won because afridi was performing in both forms..lets go back to pak tour to india..afridi scored a quick fire half century in pak second inning and then 3 main wickets of laxman,ganguly anf tendulkar won the test match and level the series..he flunked in the initial 2 ODI's and we lost badly n then we all know wat he did to that indian bowling attack..then tour to west indies..man of the series in ODI's and a TOn plus two respective scores in 40s in de second test to help pakistan level the series..test series against england and that quick fire 92 then suspended ...test series against india and doz 2 blistering hundreds and a 60 to make de same paki team win against de indians which lost against em in pakistan when they toured last tym..then the slump of form started for afridi and pak lost 4-1 to india in ODI's and then losing cause was found in england too coz afridi was continously failing and wat hav we got after his slump in form..just a test and ODI series win against a rather unpredictable windies team??? though we won against the windies but i dont think i can find any of doz positive comments which were lyk getting normal when pakistan n afridi were continously performing.. people had started to believe that pakistan are no more that unpredictable team who can win any time or lose any time..afridi critics i think dont even hav a cricketing sense because what made him selected into the ICC eleven..that was his sole performance..and i can fairly say that pakistan do stand a fair good chance with afridi in the squad ..he brings fire,aggression and energy into pakistan cricket..if crowd use to come to cricket ground to watch sachin tendulkar bat..the only modern pakistani players who had dat falir in em are shoaib and afridi..please PCB dont make a stupid decision in leaving out afridi from de SQUAD..he is a must..

  • Asim Ghaffar on December 19, 2006, 14:59 GMT

    Shoab Malik Vs Younis Khan

    Matches: 129 vs 143 Bat Avg: 32.77 vs 31.63 Bat Avg (last 3 years): 35.13 vs 31.41 100s: 5 vs 2 50s: 19 vs 25

    Younis has higher average against: Bangladesh, England, Hong Kong, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Scotland, Zimbabwe

    Shoaib has higher average against: Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies

    Shoaib has higher average on home and neutral venue.. While Younis has better average on away.

  • Khawaja Attique Ullah from Jeddah on December 19, 2006, 14:32 GMT

    If the selectors are wise enough they should play the following 11 in the ODIs & should persist with it during SA tour. Let them give one full tough series ahead of the World Cup to form a winning combination. If the following 11 players play together upto their ability no wonder we can achieve our lost glory. 1)Yasir Hameed 2)Muhammad Hafeez 3)Younis Khan 4)Muhammad Yousaf 5)Inzimam (Captain) 6)Shahid Afridi 7)Abdul Razzak 8) Kamran Akmal 9) Shoaib Akhtar 10) Shabir Ahmad 11) Muhammad Asif.

    ------------------- Remaining 4 players as standbys. Shoaib Malik Rana Naveed Abdur Rehman Umer Gul

  • Khalid Ahmed on December 19, 2006, 13:24 GMT

    The problem with having shoaib and Asif in the squad is that if win or even do very well people will scream foul and things will could turn bitter quite fast. If they are not in, our chances of doing well are diminished.

    What is more impotent to us? I say we leave them out and start building for the 2011 WC.

  • Rehan Ashraf on December 19, 2006, 13:17 GMT

    In my opinion Hafeez and Malik are two very similar players in terms of capability and should not be in the team together. Similarly, I dont think Shoaib has a role in ODI format unless we expect mathces to be played on fast and bouncy tracks. In my team Imran Farhat earns the opening slot only because he is a left hander and we have no other left handers in the team.

    My team would be as follows: 1.Imran farhat 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Younis Khan 4.Mohammad Yousuf 5.Inzamam 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Abul Razzak 8.Abdul Rahman 9.Shabbir Ahmed 10.Umar Gul 11.Mohammad Asif ____________________

    12. Faisal Iqbal 13. Mohammed Hafeez 14. Rana Naved 15. Mohammad Sami

  • mohidin gundroo on December 19, 2006, 13:15 GMT

    Afridi will do well in worldcup but he not suited to SA conditions while Azhar Mahmood is suittable for both. Surprised he is not even in squard of 25. Those of us who have monitered his performance for last two seasons with Surrey are convinced,he is a match winner both with bat as well ball.

  • ziasherwani on December 19, 2006, 13:03 GMT

    i want afridi in the team and also a suggestion for cap. and coach that they should use afridi as a opener if u are chasing a total and if u bat first then send him for bat on No.7 or 8 spot .. if u make this change for afridi i think he will find his BOOM BOOM.. every one loves him..PAKISTAN KABHI NA BHOOLO

  • Suhail on December 19, 2006, 12:27 GMT

    My team wouldnt inlude afridi but he'd be in my squad. Id open with akmal and hameed. Akmals best results have been at the top with the field in and hammed is solid and reliable. Uve got the big three in the middle order who are certains with good reasons, id include 2 all rounders malek and razzaq down the orders-they would give 10 overs between them and solid hitting power. Akhter would provide the pace, rana the swing and asif the line and length and seam movement. Rehman would be the spinner.

    That is a balanced and versatile team. Afridi would upset this and frankly is not good enough-just look at his record. Cant believe people dont want rana in the team!! Hes got a phenomenal odi strike rate- 4th on the all time list and can bat a bit!!!

    Gul is better at tests his odi record is average but id take him with hafeez, afridi and iqbal as the back ups.

    We shoud concentrate on specialists more rather than bits and pieces

  • Rahim Hajiani on December 19, 2006, 12:18 GMT

    In my view this is the best team Pak should play with in WC'07:

    1.Yasir Hameed 2.Kamran Akmal(Wk) 3.Younis Khan 4.Muhammed Yousuf 5.Inzamamul Haq 6.Shoaib Mailk 7.Abdul Razzak 8.Rana Navedul Hassan 9.shoaib Akhtar 10.Umar Gul 11.Muhammed Asif ----------------- 12.Abdul Rehman 13.Shahid Afridi 14.Muhammed Hafeez 15.Shabir Ahmed 16.Salman Butt

    All the best to Pakistan team and i hope selectors pick up the right combination.

  • Shehryar on December 19, 2006, 11:32 GMT

    I believe Afridi is finished and on the pacy and bouncy wickets of South Africa he would be a disaster. I also feel M. Hafeez will struggle on these wickets and I am surprised why Imran Farhat was suddenly dropped from the ODI side when is has been performing well. I also feel that Shoaib Malik is highly over-rated and is being included in the side at the cost of far more talented players like Imran Nazir Faisal Iqbal and Yasir Hameed. As an All-rounder Malik is finished since his suspect bowling action was changed and he is hardly bowled nowadays. As a pure batsmen Faisal Iqbal and Yasir Hameed are far far better players. We must also not make the same mistake as in the past of players too many "bits and pieces" palyers as this is a "failed" strategy. We must have an aggressive approach and play 4 specialist bowlers (3 pacers + 1 spinner), keeper, 1 all-rounder (Razzaq), and 6 batsmen (including 2 specialist openers in Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat). My ODI side for the World Cup would be:

    1.Yasir Hameed 2.Imran Farhat 3.Younis Khan 4. M. Yousef 5. Inzimam 6. Akmal 7. Razzaq 8. Shoaib Akhtar (if fit?????????) 9. Abdul Rehman 10 Umar Gul 11. M. Asif 12. Rana Naveed

  • Zahir on December 19, 2006, 10:54 GMT

    Afridi must be a big NO-NO for the world cup. Wot has he done to deserve a place?? He s been given numerous chances and he has thrown them all straight up in the air!. He has been abysmal!! We have enough bits and pieces cricketers in the team without adding one that doesn't perform. There are more deserving candidates who must be chosen ahead of him. A quick 10-15 runs and a six here and there are not good enough and he had made a career out of this?? The mind boggles. Am sure he ll be picked anyway which will be a travesty cos he is a favourite. We also need to find spots in the starting 11 for naved and rehman cos they are genuine match winners.

  • Imtiaz Khan on December 19, 2006, 10:15 GMT

    with world cup within a stone throwing distance, who cares about test cricket with SA. The team for ODI should be as follows 1) Hameed 2) Kamran Akmal( no choice there wk and can be a devastating opener 3) Younis khan 4) Mo yo 5) Inzi 6) Shoaib Malik ( excellent fielder, allrounder 7)Razzaq ( alrounder big hitter) 8) Afridi (allrounder alltime big hitter and excellent fielder) 9) Rana 10) Shoaib Akhter 11)Mo Asif

    With this team we have the best hitter in the game today, excellent middle order to hold there wicket till the end so razzaq,Malik and afridi can launch last 15 overs, Excellent fielders very imp for one day game Hameed, Afridi, Malik and Younis. and 3 wicket taking bowler and four run containing bowlers. It was a big toss up to choose a regular batsman who can become on of the gret in the future ( hameed) or an allrounder .. Hafeez.. since we don't need seven bowler. and hameed is a better batsman my vote goes to him rest of them id pretty much a core team that is my opinion a team for SA and Worldcup

  • Mustafa Moiz on December 19, 2006, 7:02 GMT

    Inzamam Yousuf Younis Khan Abdul Razzaq Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal (he is necessary or he wouldn't be here) Mohammad Sami Shoaib Akhtar Rana Yasir Hameed Mohammad Hafeez Butt Mohammad Khalil Gul Asif

    There is no Afridi.

  • Hamza Hasan Kamal on December 19, 2006, 2:09 GMT

    My team for world cup (in the following order):

    Mohammad Hafeez Imran Farhat Kamran Akmal Mohammad Yousuf Inzimam ul Haq Shoaib Malik Abdur Razzaq Abdur Rehman Rana Naved Mohammad Asif Shoaib Akhtar and Reserves: Yasir Hameed Umar Gul Shabbir Ahmed Mohammad Sami..

  • Hamaad Ravda on December 18, 2006, 22:26 GMT

    You gotta be kidding me Kamran. That is probably the most unbalanced side that you can possibly come up with - particularly for a tour to the West Indies - why on earth would you need 6 medium pacers there (Razzaq included) beats me. Particularly when you know that the places of 3 are as good as sealed (Akhtar, Asif, and Razzaq). None of the batsmen apart from Inzi and Yousuf have made a strong case for them to be permanent members in the squad. What Pakistan needs to do, and what the selectors failed to do in this series was to blood some new batting talent, or at least figure out who their options are in the lower middle order. I'd say that for the tour of South Africa, Pakistan should really load up their squad with all the batting prospects that they have, and pray to god, that someone can rises to the challenge. Yes, take Hameed, Hafiz, Younis, Yousuf, Inzi - but along with them, people like Shahid Yousuf, Bazid Khan, Salman Butt or even Fawad Alam need to go. The World Cup is a stage where the real men perform. Hameed simply does not have the bottle, and neither do Farhat, Imran Nazir, Sami etc. have it in them to stand up in the face of pressure. My criteria for my batsmen - I'd take mental toughness over ability anyday. Salman Butt might be having a bat time generally with the bat, but he is the one opener Pakistan has, who is mentally stable, and has a stomach for a battle. As for technique, haha, none of the Pakistani batsmen apart from Inzi and Yousuf have it, so who are we kidding. The one thing I am in agreement with is Shahid Afridi - he might frustrate you time and again, might be a maverick, but boy does he have a stomach for a fight. I'd have him in the squad, even if he only has to field as a substitute.

  • Khan Akram on December 18, 2006, 21:07 GMT

    Have to agree 100% with the "Afridi Cult" post. Excellent observation by the poster.

  • Waqar (from Holland) on December 18, 2006, 20:48 GMT

    I think I have got the best argument to select Afridi.

    Afridi is a must in the squad and not only in the squad, he must be a certainty to play. Even at nr. 9. There will still be enough runs in the middle order with the three Giants, Shoaib Malik in form, Razzaq can perform in every situation and Kamran Akmal can be useful too.

    BUT.... when the situation asks for big and quick runs, like chasing a total of more than 300, there is no better option to gamble on than Shahid Afridi on these pitches. If it works you'll have fireworks and if it doesn't there will still be plenty of batting. He shouln't open though, he should get a flexible batting order, no fixed number. Just after twenty overs, when the ball is in the right condition and with some good wickets behing to rely on to have maximum benefits.

    I hope I was able to put in words the cricket spaghetti's in my mind.

  • Arshad jamal on December 18, 2006, 20:31 GMT

    To "pb", who did not have the courage to show his name: which branch of BIAS you belong to?

  • nasir on December 18, 2006, 20:01 GMT

    I think kamran you are thinking too far ahead. With all the upheaval our team has gone through I don't think the next few months will be so smooth and the personnel could undergo a few changes before the World Cup begins. Remember the tour of South Africa still beckons and we could still see some of our itsy bitsy crickers humbled there.

    Therefore I will pick the one-day squad for the tour based on performances:

    1. Inzamam ul Haq 2. Younis khan 3. Mohammed Yousuf 4. Yasir Hameed 5. Kamran Akmal 6. Imran Farhat

    6. Mohammed Hafeez 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Shoiab Malik

    9. Naved Ul Hasan 10. Umar Gul 11. Abdul Rahman 12. Shoiab Akhter 13. Mohammed Asif 14. Mohammad Sami

  • Awais on December 18, 2006, 19:41 GMT

    spot on kamran! but maybe your forgot the impending return of a certain lanky shabir ahmed. he would be able to extract good bounce, but let's see how he does; we don't want to do an england by bringing back a player who hasn't played in a year, and sami i feel is still a bit dodgy.

  • Gary Niblock on December 18, 2006, 15:46 GMT

    At the end of the day, the PCB dont have the footballs to drop Afridi for the World Cup, in the same way Sven didn't to drop Mr Beckham. The sooner cricket is the criteria and not glamour, the better the chances for Pakistan to win the World Cup. You can play aggressive, attacking cricket as well as playing proper sensible cricket - look at the Aussies. No wrecklessness in their side and every man gets in on the basis of either his batting or bowling. Pakistan must strive to achieve this. Imran Nazir? Gimme a break!

    Kamran - how about a cricinfo audio programme on this and other world cup squads nearer to the time, with perhaps an audience and emails answered - could be done live. One to consider! (abdul qadir 236 from pakpassion)

  • Tariq Mehmood on December 18, 2006, 13:46 GMT

    I can't understand why so many still think that Afridi should be in the squad. His current form is very poor and as he has shown in the past he is a flat track bully against substandard bowling, whenever the pressure is on he never performs, therefore if they take him it will be on the basis of a part time bowler, what a waste of a position. On the other hand Shoaib Malik's form is pretty poor as well and he hardly seems to bowl these days, as Imran has said in the past you need specialists not bits and part cricketers, as we don't have any real all rounders lets stick to specialists.

  • Ghalib Taimur on December 18, 2006, 10:50 GMT

    Jumz you have got to be joking!!

  • Amer Hussain on December 18, 2006, 10:23 GMT

    A note of caution - I fell into this trap after we stuffed Sri Lanka earlier this year - Pakistan at Home are BULLIES - no doubt they can beat anyone. They just don't travel well, their technical deficiencies when the ball does anything - especially seam and swing is their downfall - look at what happened in England this year. I like all would love to see a World Cup 2007 with Pak all the way - however there are teams who can make us self-destruct - Australia, South Africa and even India - so lets see how they do in South Africa, and then the group stages of the World Cup - if they play to potential, I will be unfurling my big Green and White in the midlle of middle England and annoying my neighbours with chants of Pakistan Zindabad with the rest of you!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on December 18, 2006, 8:19 GMT

    With Inzamam and Woolmer retained till World Cup and Wasim Bari being the Chief Selector and Dr. Nasim Ashraf the PCB CEO showing a lot of faith in Hafeez and he also scored a gritty 90 plus..... THERE is no hope for SHAHID AFRIDI in the SA tour.

  • Azhar on December 18, 2006, 7:21 GMT

    My Team - Only Specialists

    Mohd Hafeez Yaseer Hameed Younis Khan Mohd Yousuf Inzi Razzaq/Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal Rehman/Afridi Shoaib Akhtar Mohd Asif Umar Gul

    All these players should b in the squad for SA..and reserves in bowling would be Rana Naved and a batting reserve would be Faisal Iqbal!!!

    Note :

    Players should be selected on fORM/fitness and dedication no matter which player it is... Recently we havent seen anything much from our all rounders.. Also Specialist batsmen/bowlers shud b conistent to make a winning team 2 beat Australia in the final......

  • Qasim Saeed on December 18, 2006, 7:03 GMT

    The pitches in West Indies will not be half as difficult as compared to South Africa. I hope the selectors have the good sense,

    - not to include Abdur Razzaq in the test matches in SA. - not to ruin the careers of players like Yasser Hameed by using them as openers. We are very keen to have non openers open the batting without realizing that the opening slot is a very specialized position and only regular openers should open the batting especially in tests. I would vouch for Salman and Imran. - Not to persist with Muhammad Hafeez. His batting is most unimpressive.

    The playing eleven in the Test matches should be

    Imran, Salman, Younis, Yousaf, Inzamam, Malik/Afridi, Kamran, Umar, Asif, Shoaib, Kaneria

    With Asim Kamal, Rana Naveed and Yasser on the bench.

    There is a temptation to include Asim Kamal but the number 6 spot has to go to the all rounder to give the side an additional bowling option. In 2006 Afridi avgd. 40+ with the bat (S.R. 113.58) in tests and his cameos have often lead to creating winning situations out of seemingly dreary draws.

  • Zuhair on December 18, 2006, 5:30 GMT

    One has to agree that Pakistan were never in a tougher situation before!!! its going to be a hell of a task to select players. and one fears that a couple of selections will purely be based on personal biases!!!

    we certainly now have to think differently for both forms of the game. we have to have a different squad in test matches and one day internationals. we just cant play the same team in both formats. For test matches, the ideal one should go like this 1. Yasir Hameed (More accomplished than farhat or hafeez) 2. Taufeeq Umer (probably one batsman with the safest technique in test format and a far better fielder and a catcher when compared to farhat, also fulfils the ned to have one left hander. Moreover, he has a nice decent record against SA) 3. Younis (No comments) 4. Yousuf 5. Inzi 6. Abdul Razzaq (ahead of Afridi , Hafeez or Malik, as he absorbs the pressure better than the other three, though the technique of all three is fishy. However, he gives an extra bowling option, as he is expected to be sharper in South Africa. Kaneria is enough for the spin department.) 7. Kamran Akmal (Unfortunately, we have to play him) 8. Akhtar 9. Asif 10. Gul 11. Kaneria Reserves, which can be played on rotation basis 12. Malik for Razzaq 13. Shabbir for Gul 14. Hafeez for Razzaq 15. Rehman for Kaneria But, remember, we must swap an all rounder with an all rounder and specialists with a specialist.We don’t need Farhat or Rana for test matches. And NOOO Sami.

    For one dayers.

    1. Hafeez 2. Yasir 3. Malik 4. Yousuf 5. Inzi 6. Afridi 7. Razzaq 8. Rehman 9. Akhtar 10. Asif 11. Rana This for me is the most balanced one day side!!

  • Sabir Waheed on December 18, 2006, 4:46 GMT

    We should try different players for different versions of the game. Even the best side in the world, Australia, practice this.They brought Langer and Hayden specially for the test matches. When you have all-rounders like Hafeez, Malik, and Shahid Afridi you don't need any specialist spin bowler like Abdur Rehman or Danish Kaneria for the one day matches. Imran Farhat in any capacity is a problem for Pakistan. His average is 34.56 in Tests and 30.43 in One Day Games. His drop catches actually hurts Pakistan more than what he does thru his batting. Afridi averages 37.40 in tests and only 23.28 in ODI but with his bowling and fielding he can be lot more valuable to Pakistan. The other thinh we should remember is that he was the 2nd most successful batsman, after Inzimam, when Pakistan visited West Indies last time. Danish Kaneria should not be part of any one day teams for Pakistan. His average is 49.16 in ODI. Probably the worst by any main spin bowler in any team. You can keep him for test matches only. On the same token Sami's average in Test matches is 48.36. He should not be a part of the Test Squad. Shabbir Ahmed deserves a chance. I think, in Test Matches, Pakistan should open with Hafeez and Salman Butt, keeep the middle order trio (Inzimam, Yousuf, and Younus), keep Akaml as keeper, Shoaib, Asif,Shabbir, Gul, and Kaneria as bowlers and two all-rounders or specialized batman(From: Hameed, Afridi, Faisal Iqbal, and Asim Kamal). In ODI Hameed can open with Hafeez. Same middle order trio,Possibly use Younus as keeper. In middle order Afridi, Razzaq, malik and Sami, Rana, Asif, and Gul in the bowling department.

  • ali on December 18, 2006, 1:36 GMT

    1.salman butt he has one more matches than of the other pak openers. enough said. yasir hameed can open and bat at no.3. butts problem is not technique its irfan pathan and i dont think that will be a problem anymore. 2.kamran akmal no.8 does not do justice to his talent. 3.younis khan and hameed 4.mohammad yousuf 5.shoaib malik. he is young and can play a long innings. time for him to really step up. 6.inzi. still the best player but we need him more to be michael hussey than dravid. i think he needs to be pakistans finisher and adapt his game to the needs of the team. younis and yousuf and malik have the temperament to endsure pak plays fifty overs and razzaq is just no good enough to be counted on to win matches while chasing inzi is like he showed in west indies and against eng. 7.razzaq plays accoring to the situation 8.rehman. how can u keep afridi out of the main xi. he can be horrible and then out of nowhere can win the semifinal for u. but rehman brings something that pakistan have lacked since saqlain left the seen. a bowler that can get wickets in the middle. lets face it malik, razzaq, and afridi contribute to the batsman getting set. 9.akhtar in case hes injured we samis pace. 10.gul more consistent than rana. rana plays if shoaib is willing to reliquish the new ball.rana is great with the new ball. but he cant bowl at first change.plus akhtar can come in at first change and do what he did in champions trophy 04. 11. asif reserves. hameed rana sami afridi talk abt balance and firepower. hafeez too shaky for me. even when he scored 92 i though kamran akmal played better.hafeez is a fighter but hes not good enough he doesnt exude class.

  • Imran Zia on December 17, 2006, 20:51 GMT

    I think balance is the key to success in one day and four bowlers, an allrounder and six batsman including the keeper is the ideal formula. Pakistan is lucky to have many allrounders but playing them all together reduces the bowling quality. It would be ideal for Pakistan if Abdul Razzak could bowl his ten overs with a decent economy which has not been the case recently. Shoaib Malik has been playing more as a specialist batsman than a bowler. We cannot also forget Rana Naved’s ability wit the bat. My fourteen should be selected in the following pattern

    1. Hafeez 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Younis / 4. Hameed 5. Yousaf 6. Inzimam 7. Malik 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Rana Naved 10. Shoaib Akhtar / 11. Mohd Sami 12. Umar Gul 13. Abdul Rehman / 14. Shahid Afridi

  • Imran Siddiqui on December 17, 2006, 19:58 GMT

    In a recent interview Afridi said that he prefers batting 5th or 6th. This was also the reason for a brawl in the last WE tour. Yasir Hameed is best at one down and not at opening. We also need to stay consistent with openers because it will not be fair to anyone. Akmal can open but that will compromise his keeping due to the increased pressure. Lets go with five bowlers and six batsmen and no all rounders because Pakistan have no true all rounders. A. Razzaq can get wickets in Pakistan but he can't to do the same on tours with consistency. Malik can bat but his bowling doesn't qulify him as an all rounder. We need to look at players who have performed well on tours as oppose to players who have performed well on dead Asian wickets. 1. Farhat (If fails in SA then Akmal, Hameed) 2. Hafeez (he can bowl few) 3. Younis (He is the V capt) 4. Yousuf 5. Inzamam 6. Akmal 7. Rana (If fails then Nazir, A. Rahman) 8. Gul 9. Sami 10. Asif 11. Akhtar (If fails then Nazir, A. Rahman)Reserves: 1. Hameed (For one down, opener or mid order) 2. A. Razzaq (For mid order) 3. A. Rahman (bowler) 4. Afridi (WILD CARD) 5. Shahid Nazir (bowler)

  • Qasim Saeed on December 17, 2006, 16:49 GMT

    I'm actually surprised that most teams are without a specialist opener including Abbassi sb's. Imran Farhat or Salman Butt should be included in this squad. A left/right opening partnership is very effective. Salman is a bright prospect and maybe even captaincy material and IMO should get another chance. If Shoaib, Asif, Rana and Umar Gul are available and firing with Abdur Razzaq also available, do we want another fast bowler in the attack. Can anyone remind me Sami's last "useful" performance or even the number of "useful" performances in his career. My team would read,

    Salman (or)Imran Kamran Yasser (I prefer him over Younis Khan in ODIs) Yousaf Inzamam Afridi Abdur Razzaq Rana Umar Asif Shoaib End of first choice playing eleven Malik Rehman Younis (I know he can't b left out) Hafeez (don't think he'll b successful in SA but maybe on some tracks in the West Indies) BTW where is Imran Nazir now? I heard he was player of the tournament at the Hong Kong Super Sixes.

  • Pindi Express on December 17, 2006, 16:43 GMT

    Pakistani squads in years gone by have always had that X-factor. The Woolmer and Inzi era has built a team with a stable core, the middle order and the strength in depth in the fast bowling department are testament to this. The opening partnership however remains an unsolved conundrum and whilst the consensus of opinion is that Hafeez has done just about enough to warrant a place, a 15 man squad can justify an element of the X-factor despite its apparent unstability.....therefore my vote resoundingly goes to Shahid Khan Afridi.

  • Avais Khalid on December 17, 2006, 15:22 GMT

    I am not into speculation myself Kamran, however as you can everyone agrees mostly with the names in your list. My best 15 would be:

    1. Hafeez 2. Hamid 3. Farhat 4. Younis 5. Yousuf 6. Inzi 7. Razzaq 8. Malik 9. Asif 10. Akhtar 11. Rehman 12. Kaneria 13. Afridi 14. Rana 15. Akmal

    I am not sure if the Sami's performance in the recent matches justifies his selection. I am not entirely convinced about Faisal either considering his records overseas. As I said in one of my previous messages all these players are very talented but we are playing against probably the best side in the world and we need all the match winners we can get. Best of Luck to Team Pakistan!

  • paki lover on December 17, 2006, 15:20 GMT

    1.M.Hafeez/Shoib Malik 2.yasir Hameed 3.Y.Khan 4.Inzamam ul Haq 5.M.Yousuf 6.S.Afridi 7.A.Razzaq 8.K.Akmal 9.S.Akhtar 10.Mohammad Asif 11.Umar Gul/Rana Naved

    This team is argubly the bestt pakistan can chose as it is cool like a fish in a pool. here are 2 good partime spinners. 4 seamers,4 quality batsmen, 4 allrounders(including kamran Akmal) and the best part of it all 2 of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball in thr game-Razzak and Afridi.

  • Mawali on December 17, 2006, 13:01 GMT

    Abbasi Sahib, w/out getting into name dropping. I do believe Shahid Afridi should be playing a role in some form of the game. Also in no particular preference Sami over Shabbir, Faisal and Butt should also be part of the overall equation. I am quite encouraged to see India doing some Butt (no pun intended)kicking to the S.African's. BTW, a big shout out to Dada for a comeback into the Indian side. Pulling for India and Sri lanka to do some rear end kicking and taking names.

  • Ali on December 17, 2006, 12:59 GMT

    Here's my squad..

    Feeza Kami Yonis Mo yo Inzi Malik Razler Afridi/rehman Gul/Rana Shoiab Asif

    Meeda and faisal iqal can be 14 and 15

  • Syed..........USA on December 17, 2006, 6:50 GMT

    Here is my proposed squad only for SA tour, performances of few players there will further give us a better idea for WC team. SA TEST TEAM. Openers. Hafeez/Hameed.(2) Middle order. Younis/Yousuf/Inzi/Faisal Iqbal.(4) Akmal(WK)(1) Fast Bowlers. Shoaib/Asif/Umar/Rana/Sami.(5) Spinners. Rehman/Kaneria.(2) 15th spot if available .Shoaib Malik NO NEED for 3 alrounders in test team. Ideally i would've liked to have one additional good opener(no Farhat)and a reserve keeper as well.But 17 players may not be possible in a foreign tour squad. Sorry no place for Razzaq and Afridi in test team. ODI. Same team except 2 replacements. Razzaq in/Kaneria out. Afridi in/Sami out. Remember u must have4 genuine bowlers in test team,no bits & pieces allrounders. Thanks, Syed .....USA.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on December 17, 2006, 6:00 GMT

    Here's my squad... 1. M. Hafeez 2. Kamran Akmal 3.Younis Khan 4. M. Yousuf 5. Inzi 6.Shoaib Malik 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Rana Naved 9. Shoaib Akhtar 10. M Asif 11.Umar Gul 12. Shahid Afridi 13.Yasir Hameed 14. Abdul Rehman 15. Asim Kamal

    I wouldnt pick Imran farhat if they paid me a million bucks for it.

  • zulfiqar ali on December 17, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    i do second your comments. afridi and sami both should be in the side . rest of the players are automatic slection. however i would like to add that tour to s.a. will play a significant role in team slection for the world cup.

  • Taimur Huk on December 17, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    i hope the PCB selectors pick the right team in time for the world cup. and i think imran farhat should be dropped because he is going to be unreliable on the pitches in west indies and plus, he is careless and his shot selection is poor. i think putting shahid afridi in the opening slot wont be such a bad idea because he is the type of guy that will get us off to a fast start and the opposition will start worrying and play badly. or he can be the last batsman in the lineup; that is infact a unique idea. when all the other batsmen are gone, shahid afridi-if he plays well-will bail us out and the opposing team's bowlers will not be able to bowl us out. the bowling is good, but the fielding definetly needs to improve. i have seen pakistan take a lot of catches but they have been easy catches. pakistani players need to learn how to field properly. if u want to win against a team like australia, you better learn how to run after the ball before it crosses the boundary or prevent batsmen from taking singles.

  • Zeeshan tirmizi on December 17, 2006, 5:47 GMT

    Kamran can you please write a blog on the Off spinners please. We had a genius of the trade in Saqlain Mushtaq but we wasted him.He introduced DOOSRA to the world and brought in so many variations which were never seen before him in the cricket history.He showed how an offspinner could be a match-winner in modern ODI game.Murli has proved the point beyond any doubts.We havent managed to produce anybody like him since then.Why can't we get the guy to train a few so that we can have someone for future?

  • zeeshan tirmizi on December 17, 2006, 5:36 GMT

    Most of the guys seem to agree upon 11 players.The debate is mainly over Afridi vs Farhat,Sami vs Shabbir,Rehman vs Kaneria and whether to include Faisal Iqbal or not. For the first question,I think if we do a referendum, we'll get Afridi as an answer.Even without that, Afridi is the choice because of his very improved leg-spin and fielding and his explosive batting doesnt need anything to prove. Sami brings in pace which is lacking in our bowling apart from Shoaib.We have only got on 90 mph bowler and if he gets unfit,noone else to back him up.Sami though seems to have dropped his pace by about 5-10 mph.But his inconsistency is the biggest worry.Shabbir can extract bounce which noone else in the team can do better than him.So it's a difficult decision to make. In case of Kaneria and Rehman.Rehman should get the nod as he is a good ODI bowler who can only get better.Kaneria might be considered for tests in SA.Faisal Iqbal could be included for tests but in ODI,he'll have to be included at the expanse of one of our Golden Middle order trio. I dont seem him in world up lineup. I would like to see Imran Nazir back in team as well though not on an urgent basis.Both Hafeez and Hameed lack that attacking opener attitude which is so vital for the modern day ODI opener and Nazir has tremendous potential.He has a bad temperament though.Still he deserves a chance back again.

  • Asad on December 17, 2006, 4:20 GMT

    Afridi! Pakis just dont get it - to win consistently you need solid and professional players. To put Afridi anywhere in the top order is to beg for a collapse and we all know when Pakistan collapses they collapse like no other team in the world. We dont need the operatic highs and lows that make us an erratic team.

    In my view, Afridi should be given a couple of chances to come good in RSA - and if he doesn't he should be left home in Pakistan to watch the world cup on tv. He has scored less than 10 runs each time in something like 13 out of his last 15 innings. We cant afford to have solid players like Malik or Razzak give up their spot for a 2 in 15 chance of a few great chackay! Also Malik and Razzak are both better bowlers than Afridi.

    Fast / seam bowling choices between Shoaib, Asif, Rana and Gul should be enough with possibly Shabbir for back up. Pakistan should also include one specialist spinner in the line up of 15 and use him judiciously as some Windies wickets are know to spin.

    My team: 1. Hameed/Akmal 2. Hafeez 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Inzi 6. Malik 7. Razzak 8. Asif 9. Shoaib 10. Naveed 11. Umar Gul / Abdul Rehman 14. Faisal Iqbal 15. Shabbir Ahmed

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on December 17, 2006, 3:57 GMT

    My squad of 14 for WC 2006 :

    Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed Younis Khan, Inzamam ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik,Rana Naveed, Shoaib Akhtar, Moh'd Asif, Umer Gul,Abdur Rahman,Kamran Akmal

    My ideal ODI team :

    1. Hameed 2. Hafeez 3. Khan 4. Yousuf 5. Inzamam 6. Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Akmal 9. Naveed/Rahmaan (As per conditions) 10. Akhtar 11. Asif

    Note: Afridi can only be picked as a fielder and a moral booster, similar to Ijaz Ahmed in 1992! My 15th man would certainly be Afridi!

  • ABBAS on December 17, 2006, 2:08 GMT

    Hi, i think afridi is useless and we shud not consider him,Tell me when did he last time scored a 50??? Do You think he stil deserves a chance after playing 223 ODIs? Well i was just thinking as you have better knowldge about the game and players could You tell us where is saqlain mushtaq now a days ? has he stoped playing cricket or is he unfit or What? i remember him winning alot of matches for pakistan

  • Jith R on December 17, 2006, 1:46 GMT

    Ive been reading all comments about picking a team for SA and i think you'll should know that SA is fast bowlers paradice and spinners have no scope on MOST of the wickets as you can see with the Indian series at the moment. So i dont think spin options are vital and you need batsmen who can handle the extra bounce as teams such as Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka have struggled with the extra bounce...so as a result the squad to SA shud consist of fast bowlers and batsmen hu have a sound backfoot game

  • faisal on December 17, 2006, 1:14 GMT

    i am really surpirzed that everyboy drops imran farhat including Kamran Abbasi. But actually he's been performing well since he joined the team again. i think Imran and Hafeez are doing reall great job.Both are inform right now. if selector drops one of them. it will be surprizing coz i think after a long time giving chances to so many players finally we get a right opening pair so it wouldn't be a good decision to drop any of them coz they are going really well and than one down Younis khan is really appropriate for this spot. Inzi and Yousaf no dout about them. Some of you included Danish Kaneria but i think looking at his past performace in ODI's he should be dropped and remaing team(15 men squad) for the ODI's in SA and World cup (coz World cup is an ODI compitetion) should be like this which is great combination and i mentioned below (6 batsman, 6 bowler, 2allrounder, 1 w.keeper)

    1.Imran Farhat 2.M. Hafeez 3.Younis Khan 4.M. Yousaf 5.Inzi-ul-Haq 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Kamran Akmal 8.Abdul Razzaq 9. M. Asif 10.Rana Naveed 11.Shoaib Akathar 12.Yasir Hameed 13.Umar Gull 14.Shabir Ahmed 15.Abdul Rahman

  • Ali Ahmed on December 17, 2006, 1:07 GMT

    My criteria for team selection is simple - natural talent and mental toughness. You need to have both ability as weell as confidence. With this in mind, hafeez, hameed, and farhat are not up to scratch.

    My starting 11 for the world cup would be:

    Malik, Akmal, Younis, Yousuf, Inzamam, Afridi, Razzaq, Rana, Akhtar, Asif, Rehman.

    Reserves: Gul, Faisal, Imran Nazir and Shabbir or Sami.

    I feel strongly that the Pakistan team has to play with an attcking midset and have people who can dominate in their various disciplines.

    I do not know why Imran Nazir comes up so seldom in discussions these days.

  • zeeshaan on December 17, 2006, 1:05 GMT

    I agree with the above, the squad for South Africa should resemble what Pakistan will take to West Indies. I think what most people have neglected to mention is veteran experience. I think we can all agree, that at the world cup, this will be critical.

    Definitely in NO QUESTION Younis Khan ranked 44rth in batting Inzamam ul-huq ranked 15th w/ bat Mohammad Yousuf ranked 13th w/ bat Shoaib Malik ranked 32nd w/ bat, 42nd in bowling Abdul Razzaq 39th w/ bat & 38th with bowling Kamran Akmal 61rst w/ bat

    As for bowling Rana Naved ul Hasan 19th Shoaib Akhtar 34th Mohammad Asif 37th

    That leaves 2 spots for batting, between Mohammed Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Shahid Afridi

    I think going into Africa, Yasir Hameed is a favourite as he was present at the last world cup and has been playing well of late despite being left out for a year. And everybody forgets that he produces an average of almost 40 runs a game. The last battle seems to be over Hafeez & Afridi. Here is my logic. Afridi ranks 31rst in bolwling. I know, why would I pick this spot based for batting based on bowling. It simple, everybody forgets that Pakistan has accustomed to bringing at least 6 guys to bowl every game. Have a look, I don't think you will find on instance of a 50 over game where this hasn’t occurred. So Hafeez is out. This is not the only reason. You guys are looking at Hafeez's near century performance, but you’re forgetting it’s against the West Indies (Hardly a world cup favourite). Also Hafeez has averaged well below 20 runs a game. Which is not a good average for any team. And he isn't a proven all rounder yet, as he hasn’t produced outstanding bowling numbers. He's 75th in bowling in the world, there are 9 bolwers from Pakistan ranked higher, and don’t forget, Shabbir Ahmed is off that list, he hasn’t played in the longest time. Afridi being ranked 31rst is the second best bowling ranking for any Pakistani. I’m not hating on Hafeez, but Afridi is a veteran on the team for about 10 years now. I know his head is not 100% in the right place, but he is still only 26 after all and has played an outstanding 234 games. That will come in handy in the world cup. He is having a terrible year, but so is most of Pakistan's team based on batting.

    So After adding Afridi,and then giving one spot on the bench to Mohammed Hafeez that leaves two spots on the team. Which will go to between Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammed Sami and Abdur Rehman. I think Abdur Rehman will be in as the spin bowler as long as he continues to produce. The last decision is tough but I would lean towards Umar Gul. As he is inexpensive in terms of runs and can get wickets. But to tell you the truth, it will be tough for Pakistan to pass up Shabbir Ahmed. But in the end they will, as he has sat out too long. Why would they test him out in ODI’s now. He has been great in test performance, but hes been average in the 32 ODI’s he has played.

    Final Squad 1) Yasir Hameed 2) Shoaib Malik*** 3) Younis Khan 4) Inzamam ul-huq 5) Mohammad Yousuf 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Kamran Akmal*** 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Rana Naved 10) Shoaib Akhtar 11) Mohammad Asif 12) Umar Gul 13) Abdur Rehman 14) Mohammed Hafeez 15) Imran Farhat (FOR WORL CUP) ***Of course Pakistan will tweak the batting order based on the team they play.

  • Sameer Abbasi on December 17, 2006, 0:33 GMT

    First of all congratulations to All Pakistani team and cricket fans on winning the series.According to me Afridi would have played todays match.Anyways Pakistan won thats enough.I think Shahid Afridi should get chance for South Africa's tour.He should be the part of team before Worldcup 2007.He didnt play 1st three matches then he played one match and again he's dropped from team,I think thats the main reason of his bad performance.There are so many players in the world who are not showing performances but still part of their team.And I think Shahid Afridi should be the part of Pakistan team aswell atleast till worldcup 2007. My Team for South Africa's tour and worldcup 2007 is:

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Muhammad Yousaf 5. Inzimam ul Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Shohaib Malik 8. Abdul Razaq 9. Kamran Akmal 10.Shohaib Akhtar 11.Muhammad Asif 12.Abdul Rehman 13.Imran Farhat 14.Dinesh Kaneria 15.Rana Naveed ul Hassan

  • Adil Sheikh on December 17, 2006, 0:29 GMT

    As far as one day cricket is concerned I would always play Afridi ahead of the trio mentioned by Kamran, provided their form doesn’t change much from now. For the World Cup Afridi would be the wildest wild card among all the teams. On his day he can take the match away from you in a matter of minutes. However this doesn’t mean you slot him rite at the top of the order; that's not his place. Rather play him right after Inzi at 6. If the teams gets a good start he could be the difference between a competitive total and a winning one!

  • SAMA AKRAM on December 17, 2006, 0:28 GMT

    I think Afridi shoul hav a break from cricket for at least 1 month. u can basically tell he needs tha rest

  • Umar Riaz on December 17, 2006, 0:19 GMT

    After this series It's difficult to select the Pak XI. Because almost every player is inform. Afridi perform well in national level but it's international, everybody knows what he did in 4th ODI, asusual he out under 10 runs. aposition is in under pressure if he's in team, but he is gamble for Pakistan. I just pray Inshallah Pakistan win the series & WC & our players try there level best.

  • Sheikh on December 17, 2006, 0:14 GMT

    If I had to pick a team for Pakistan,it would be Mohammad Hafeez Yasir Hamid/Faisal Iqbal Younis Khan Inzamam Ul Haq Mohammad yousuf Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzak/Shahid Afridi Rana Naved Umar Gul/Abdul Rahman Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Asif

  • Magesh Nandakumar on December 17, 2006, 0:14 GMT

    Mohd Asif and Shoaib Akhtar should not be selected as they consumed drugs. Cricket is a gentleman's game and there should be no place for cheaters. So ideally, the team that played 5th ODI against WI should be played for SA tour and world cup.

    Cheers,

  • ahtesham qureshi on December 17, 2006, 0:10 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has an average of about 10 runs in the eleven matches of the previous world cup with three wickets at an average of more than eighty runs. I thinl he is the perfect candidate for the world cup squad.

  • Imran on December 17, 2006, 0:09 GMT

    Leave Afridi out. He's too much of a distraction. Yes he's a fan favorite and everyone falls in love with him when he hits a couple of 6's, but we need more stability in our openers. I would put Imran Farhat in there instead of Afridi. He's not them most exciting player, but he doesn't play out of control like Afridi either. I think Pakistani cricket as a whole needs to move on from Afridi. He's not half the player he was.

  • Shahzad on December 16, 2006, 23:58 GMT

    Yasir Afridi Younis Yousuf Inzi Malik Razzaq Akmal Rana Akhtar Asif E: Gul Shabbir Butt.

    This way we have six bowlers and eight batsmen. Would like to put Rehman but I don't think he is better than Shoaib, Asif or Rana and the other bowlers are all rounders. Plus we don't want three spinners in the side. I hate Razzaq's fielding, but he can win you a match with the bat, and get 10 overs in decently. Afridi is risky, but don't forget how many matches he won us in the past.

  • shabbir maken on December 16, 2006, 23:52 GMT

    next assignment of our team is five day version of game and would prefer to have Shabbir (in place of Razzak) Faisal (in place of Hafeez) and Danish (in place of Rehman)

  • Jibran on December 16, 2006, 23:46 GMT

    well as long as you are dropping Imran Farhat, I am good with it.

  • Amyn Habib on December 16, 2006, 23:45 GMT

    Afridi is not a wild card. He is completely predictable. He goes to the crease, starts to fling his bat wildly around, scores a few runs, and gets out quickly. Unless by wild card, you mean the joker—a clown.

    Afridi fans are like a cult. No matter how bad his performance, regardless of all the evidence of his past failures—led by the two high priests of this cult, Kamran Abbasi and Osman Samiuddin-- they keep chanting the mantra, “he is a match winner” “he must be included”. As if repeating it over and over again is going to make it true.

    Well you need not worry. His Sugardaddy Wasim Bari is going to ensure that he is included.

    There are big problems with selecting a balanced team from this pool of players. You need four strike bowlers to really compete. If you do this, your batting—very weak already- becomes even weaker, and you have a really long tail. I suspect that the team will take the easy route of playing two all rounders –unfortunately, the bowling skills of all the “allrounders” are pedestrian.

  • shahzad on December 16, 2006, 23:34 GMT

    as ive already stated my world cup squad which included afridi , but if i make a point here.. which some ppl wud find it STRANGE .. BUT think abt it .. why younis khan cannot be replaced, if he doesnt performs .. YES HE IS EXPRENICED... YES HE IS GOOD AT TIMES, but i personally think I wud give prefernce over these young guns over him ( mmuhammad hafeez -yasir hammed ).. i dont think so this wud ever happen dropping younis khan , but look at his carrer record, look at his statistics ,, he is a fighter he is a very good captain but i wud still play yasir hammed and imran farhat and hafeez and DROP HIM ... W A T D O Y O U G U Y S THINK ?

  • Imran Ahmed Butt on December 16, 2006, 23:22 GMT

    Well i agree with your team but i have a few differences . First of all what is the need to have an all-rounder Seamer like Abdul Razzak when we have five infact six Specialist Fast/Medium Bowlers Sami , Shoiab , Asif , Gul , Rana and Shabbir(hopefully) . Yasir and Hafeez should go as openners and Farhat should be dropped(his technique isnt very sound like throwing the bat blindly at any thing pitched outside off-stump). We should include Faisal Iqbal in middle order (atleast in tests) along with our three giants inzi , MoYo and Younis . For Spin a specialist sppiner Abdur Rehman and an allrounder spinner Shoaib Malik . Kaneria should play in tests only and we can bring Abdul Razzak for Onedayers only . Sorry no Shahid Afridi .Hafeez already provides us with an extra spinning option .

    So this should be our Test Squad

    1 Mohammad Hafeez 2 Yasir Hameed 3 Younis Khan 4 Mohammad Yousuf 5 Faisal Iqbal 6 Inzamam-ul-Haq 7 Shoiab Malik 8 Kamaran Akmal 9 Abdur Rehman 10 Danesh Kaneria 11 Mohammad Sami 12 Mohammad Asif 13 Shoaib Akhtar 14 Rana Naved 15 Shabbir Ahmed

    16 Bob Woolmer

    For Onedayers replace Danish with Abur razzak .

    A notice for PCB : START LOOKING FOR SOME SPECIALIST MIDDLE ORDER BATSMEN .

  • Shamsuddin Ali on December 16, 2006, 23:08 GMT

    No AFRIDI NO SAMI Others should get a chance

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on December 16, 2006, 23:02 GMT

    World cup comes every four years, so the best and most experienced of all available should play. If i were to select, my mind will go for the following in exactly the same order

    1. Shahid Afridi (Bat(and hits big ), bowls ) 2. Shoaib Malik (Bat, Bowl (Off spin) 3. Younis Khan Bat 4. Mohammad Yousuf Bat 5. Inzamam-ul-Haq Bat 6. Abdul Razzak (Bat & hits big) 7. Kamran Akmal Bat 8.Shoaib Akhtar Bowls (Extreme pace) 9. Mohammad Asif Bowls (Height & Swing & Pace) 10. Shabbir Ahmed Bowls (Height & Swing & Pace) 11. Danish Kaneria Leg spinner (most batsman will not read him)

    Well, this year this should be the team, next world cup probably the openers mohammad hafeez, imran farhat, yasir hameed will still be there, and so will be umar gul, rana may not get a chance though and so will sami.

    Remember, if the bowling resource is rich, low score will be also defendable.

  • Adil Karamat on December 16, 2006, 22:55 GMT

    One-day is all about All-Rounders. I dont think Afridi will do much with his batting in the world cup but I think he should be included just because its Afridi. If he is not included then the team looks weak if he is then nothing can be accpected 99% of the time from him. But that 1%, and I hope that 1% is in the Final Inshallah, can make the diffrence. Shoaib will have a point to prove. I never liked him as a bowler. Frankly I dont like people who dont live their lives to the fullest potential, but I think he will have a point to prove in this world cup. His last and after all the bans and all. Similar to what he did during the Pk-England Test series. And that is when he is playing to his potential and thats what we need.

  • Anam on December 16, 2006, 22:46 GMT

    I think it's not a good idea to select Afridi for the SA tour i cant really say much about the World Cup 07 now but SA as we all know have seamer friendly pitches and it is better not to risk Afridi over there...i believe we should select Faisal Iqbal or Salman Butt...Afridi needs to sit and chill for a while

  • haris on December 16, 2006, 22:36 GMT

    i am not too big a supporter of afridi but considering other choices (i-e imran farhat, kaneria and faisal iqbal ) i would go with afridi and by already having three spinners in the side we should skip out rehman. i would hate to do so but i guess i'll rather pick shabbir and sami both for south africa and then decide which one of those three should play in world cup.I guess its fair enough to give shabbir ahmad a chance. and if they both do well in south africa then i guess rehman will unfortunatlly be eliminated. so here is my pick. 1. yasir hameed 2.muhammad hafeez 3.younis khan 4.muhammad yousaf 5. inzimam ul haq 6.kamran akmal 7.abdul razzak 8.shoaib malik 9.rana naveed 10.shabbir ahmad 11.mohammad asif 12.umar gul 13.shoaib akhtar 14.mohammad sami 15.shahid afridi.

  • Khizar on December 16, 2006, 22:35 GMT

    I think afridi is an excellent tallent but he is not reliable although he is a match winner. But i will not risk him i think pakistan have all the batsmen and bowlers they need now for south africa and the world cup. Whoever plays in south africa those are the same players who should play in the world cup as the team is then actually glued together as a teama nd know each other. There is no time to trial anyone in the world cup only a few adjustments should be made for pakistan. But definetly need a spinner and Abdur rehman the new comer is the MAN for me.

  • Noman Yousuf on December 16, 2006, 22:33 GMT

    Gotta 100% agree with your team. Though we shouldn't overlook Shabbir Ahmed, he has had been impressive in the West Indies in the past. As far as Afridi's critics are concerned, let's not forget the kind of form he displayed after his last comeback. He absolutely tore apart Aussies batting in the lower middle-order. If we are willing to give the likes of Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik (who to me are not automatic selections in the final XI) extended chances then why not Afridi. And where are all the people we always shouted that a player should not be thrown out of a team just after one failure? Afridi just needs our support and he'll be back with a bang; I gurantee you. Additionally, it is nice to actually face a problem over selection, not because there ain't many good players around but because there are too many of them. Ask the Indian team, whoes one day form has been awful recently and they've a completely opposite situation as fas as selection goes; so Good Luck Pakistan.

  • Mohsin Khan on December 16, 2006, 22:25 GMT

    TEST SQUAD(SOUTH AFRICA) 1. Yasir Hameed 2. Mohd. Hafeez 3. Younis khan 4. Mohd. Yousaf 5. Inzamam 6. Asim Kamal 7. Kamran Akaml 8. Shobiab Akhtar 9. Umar Gul 10. Shabbir Ahmed 11. MOhd Asif 12. Danish Kaneria 13. Imran Farhat 14. Shahid Nazir 15. Shahid Yousaf ONE-DAY SQUAD( SOUTH AFRICA) Yasir Hameed 2. Mohd. Hafeez 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Mohd. Yousaf 5. Inzamam 6. Abdur Razzaq 7. Kamran Akaml 8. Shoaib Akhtar 9. Rana Naveed 10.Abdur Rahman 11. MOhd Asif 12. Shahid Afridi 13. Salman Butt 14. Shabbir Ahmed 15. Younus khan 16. Umar Gul 17. Rao Iftikhar

    These are the balanced teams for test and one-days. There is no use of Afridi or Raqqaq in tests considering S.A's conditions. Shabbir's form has been excellent in domestic cricket so he deserves a chance in both squads.

    Farhat should play in tests and Butt in one-days so you can judge both.

    Younis Khan doesn't deserve a place in one-days at least not in first eleven considering his performnace in this form of the game. Malik and Younus can be played alternately in one-days.

    Afridi is failing to make the first eleven but deserves a place in the squad.

  • Saqib on December 16, 2006, 22:22 GMT

    Here is my playing 11. None of the openers have impressed much by dint of their performances. So Kamran Akmal as a make-shift opener is the best bet. Afridi could have been an option, but I guess batting lower down, or as a pinch hitter (esp in the 3rd power play) after a productive opening stand, is the best way ti use him. Younis Khan is a weak link. I would have loved to have a batsman comparable to Inzi or MoYo in his place. But I guess, in a decent batting performance Pakistan would skip him and send in the heavy artillery. His utility would be in pacing the innings if wickets get lost or during chases etc. (Runnig the singles and doubles that Inzi won't be bothered to) Rana or Abdur Rehman was a dilemma. But I guess having Hafeez, Afridi, and Malik give enough spin options. Also, with another seamer, note that Inzi can do without bowling Razzaq! The one thing I like about thia 11, is that it is with the exception of Inzi, MoYo and Razzaq, a pretty decent feidling side

    1. Kamran Akmal 2. Mohammed Hafeez 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Yousuf Youhana 5. Inzamam-ul-Haq 6. Younis Khan 7. Abdur-Razzaq 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan 10. Shoaib Akhtar 11. Mohammed Asif

  • Hunain Butt on December 16, 2006, 22:11 GMT

    afridi is finishedd noww hes had so many chances and failedd younis khan's place will never be under threat hes 1 of out best batsmens younis v hameed no contest and you all know that so stop saying that his place is under threat younis khan at no3 simplee it seems to me that farhats brain just explodess he plays sum inapropriate shots dis would be my XI FOR THE WORLD CUP 2007

    1.Mohammad Hafeez 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Younis Khan 4.Mohammad Yousuf 5.Inzamam Ul Haq 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Abdul Razzaq 8.Rana Naved 9.Shoaib Akthar 10.Abdul Rehman 11.Mohammad Asif

    Umar Gul is a very good bowler i rate him so muchh but in odi's hes gd but rana is better in my opinion for SA it would probably be the same there might be sum changes akmal down the order hameed could open

  • Jith R on December 16, 2006, 22:10 GMT

    hi im Jith from NZ but i support the Pak team alot of the time and i think Sami shud b in the side...all he needs is confidence and he can destroy any batting line up...pple have forgotten what hez capable of....hes got a mean yorker, he can swing the ball at high speeds and i think if the pple in pakistan have more faith in him then he will b able to gain more confidence in himself. Afridi should also be given ONE more chance...hez a bit of a gamble cauz hez either a waste or very useful. I dont think Shabbir should be selected Yet because he needs more match practice. After being suspended for a year, u cant expect sum1 to perform after no cricket for a year

  • sheraz on December 16, 2006, 22:08 GMT

    test squad for the SouthAfrica should be

    1)Mohammad Hafeez 2)salman butt 3)yasir hameed 4)younus khan 5)Mohammad yousaf 6)inzi 7)kamran Akmal 8)Rana/Danish kaneria 9)S.Akhtar/sami 10)mohammad Asif 11)umer Gul / shabir

    and for ODI squad

    1)Mohammad Hafeez/yasir hameed 2)Imran farhat 3)younus khan 4)Mohammad yousaf 5)inzi 6)shoaib Malik/shahid Afridi 7)kamran Akmal 8)Abdul razzaq 9)S.Akhtar/sami 10)mohammad Asif 11)umer Gul / shabir/Rana

  • imran khalid on December 16, 2006, 22:05 GMT

    My team would be

    1.Y.Hameed 2.K.Akmal 3.Y.Khan 4.M.Yousuf 5.Inzammam 6.S.Malik 7.A.Razaak 8.A.Rehman 9.Rana Naveed 10.S.Akhtar 11.M.Asif 12.S.Afridi 13.S.Butt 14.Shabbir Ahmed 15.U.Gul

    I guess,we should never forget Shabbir Ahmed.If he is fully fit & has corrected his action then he should be in the world cup squad.He's got the advantage of his height & gets extra height.Has proved quite useful in the past.M.Hafeez averages just 19 in ODI's & can't have an opener having such inconsistency.One thing is for sure that our bowling attack seems extremely superb in the presence of Shoaib,Asif,Rana,Gul,Shabbir.

  • Omer Altaf on December 16, 2006, 22:00 GMT

    Squad should be:

    1. Imran Farhat 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Shoaib Malik/ 4. Muhammad Yousuf 5. Inzamam-ul-Haq 6. Younis Khan 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Abdul Rehman 10.Shoaib Akhtar 11.Muhammad Asif/ 12. Umar Gul 13. Rana Naveed 14. Salman Butt/ Shabir Ahmed 15. Mohammad Hafeez

    Furthermore, it makes no sense to play Shoaib Malik, Abdul Rehman and Muhammad Hafeez in the same game, as they bowl quite the same sort of stuff. Shabir should only be included if he is match-fit, though ICC still has not reached a decision about his future. Faisal Iqbal does not fits in because the middle-order is pretty solid in likes of Inzamam, Yousuf and Younis. Furthermore, a pool of fast bowlers is a very good sign. It would allow them to be rested and swapped to utilize them to their optimum. Shahid Afridi experimentation is going to get you nowhere.

  • Waz on December 16, 2006, 21:58 GMT

    I think SAMI should get the nod ahead of SHABIR AHMED especially given his problems with his action and whatever he gives RANA GUL and ASIF can give as well

    BUTT needs to get in the squad somehow. He must be given a chance to go to SA to show what he can give PAK in the World Cup.

    My WC playing XI

    1.SALMAN BUTT 2.MOHD HAFEEZ 3.YASIR HAMEED 4.MOHD YOUSUF 5.INZI 6.ABDUL RAZAQ 7.KAMRAN AKMAL 8.SHOAIB AKHTAR 9.MOHD ASIF 10.RANA NAVEED 11.ABDUL REHMAN

    Note no YOUNIS KHAN in the first XI. We need to give our youngsters a chance. I think HAMEED can do anything YOUNIS KHAN can do.

    AFRIDI and SHOAIB MALIK has to be in the squad for the WC as well.

  • S. Sadiq Naqvi on December 16, 2006, 21:52 GMT

    Thanks for the opportunity Kamran and I apologize in advance if I hurt anyone’s feeling!

    As we all know, Pakistan's team is well known for its inconsistent performances. We won 92 world cup even after playing bad in side games. We lost 99 world cup final so cheaply after playing well in side games. We play one good series and then lose miserably in next.

    Now that the team performed well on flat tracks, true test will be South African tour. Some of Pakistani players get so many chances (Afridi, Farhat, Razzaq, Rana, Sami, Malik to name a few) they play bad in 3-4 out of 5 games and still get selected over and over again. I will wait till after SA tour before I bet on team selection. I hope team perform consistently well in SA!

    Pakistan team must improve fielding as "catches win matches" and also improve their English language skills. It is so embarrassing when our players who have been playing international cricket for many years but still can't speak English that makes sense.

  • rrr on December 16, 2006, 21:48 GMT

    my team hafeez,farhat,younis, yousuf,inzi,kamran,razzak,rana,gul,asif,rehman

  • R U CRAZY on December 16, 2006, 21:24 GMT

    Hey commmon. we should realize that the westindies team did'nt have enough pace attack and batsman inform to bat. eventhough they gave tough time to Pakistan in getting convencing win. Karachi wicket is paradise for batsman and thats how Hafeez utilized the situation. The problems are still there, since bob has taken over he has not been able to find the opening pair, we saw in england and champions trophy when it comes to foot work how bad our middle order is to adjust to difficult situations and even with shoaib plus asif our pace attack seems way ward, also fielding hasnot improved a bit.

  • Abdul Halim on December 16, 2006, 21:22 GMT

    I think that Imran Farhat is playing well. He is showing consistency So selector should not drop Imran Farhat in the future series. Afridi can play a major role in World Cup because pitches in West Indies are slow. Shoaib & Asif will be the key in Sa. Team for SA & World Cup should be

    1) Yasir Hameed 2) Imran Farhat 3) Younis Khan 4) Muhammad Yousuf 5) Inzamam 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Shoaib Akhtar 10) Muhammad Asif 11) Umer Gul 12) Shahid Afridi 13) Muhammad Hafeez 14) Abdul Rehman 15) Rana Naveed

    **Best of Luck for Paki Team in SA & World Cup**

  • Zohaib on December 16, 2006, 21:18 GMT

    i believe the squad should be inzy younis khan mo yousaf hameed hafeez malik afridi razzaq akmal akhtar asif rana gul shabbir imran nazir if that dont win you a world cup what can?

  • Usman on December 16, 2006, 21:17 GMT

    in my opinion there is plenty of aggression in the teams allrounders. there is no need to have afridi in the squad for the world cup. its too big a risk. we have razzaq, malik who hit the ball just as far.i may be tempted to pik afridi for SA to see how his form is. definintly not drop him for SA then pik him for world cup leaving him with no cricket till then is too big a risk. the biggest problem with pak selectors is the poor squads selections.

  • Qutbuddin Haidery from Dubai. on December 16, 2006, 21:09 GMT

    I am sorry but I dont find Afridi anywhere in my WC team. His has become too much predictable a batsman and almost all the teams have studied his playing ethics so much that they have all the plans ready to get rid of him the moment he enters the field. Expectations are always high from him but probably his prime is over. Our remaining available squad has all the class batsmen we need. Each one of them are capable of changing their tempo according to the need of the moment, which shahid is not. Also one wud keep searching for the tail which probably starts at no. eleven, as abdur rehman is also a valuable bat. Hope the selectors pick the best from the lot available. Best of wishes to Pakistan team for the world cup...

  • Yousaf on December 16, 2006, 21:07 GMT

    Muhammad hafeez Kamran Akmal Yasir hameed Muhammad Yousaf Inzamamul Haq Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Abdul Rehman Shoaib Akhtar Muhammad Asif Rana naveed

  • Mohammed Yousuf on December 16, 2006, 21:01 GMT

    Slam Bro just continue on the topic of the team Selection then i belive that mohammed sami should be going to the tour of SA because i paistan drop him now then this will be major set bach 4 him. in the last 2 one days he has shown that he can preform on this levle of cricket. he been hurt mently more than anything if he can sort him selve out mently than pakistan has a very good bowler.

    Shahid Aridi well what do we do about him. we you need him 2 preform he never does i belive that droping him would be a good move just befor the sa tour would be good for pak and as the world cup cums near bring him back that way he will belive that he has a point to prove to every1.

    i am not sure that brining back shoaib ahktar would be a good choice the guya attuide stinks and the guy is setting the a influnce on M asif.

    1 last thing well done to M yousuf the man is a fantasic player he's been my favourite palyer 4 years and now the man has chance to become a living legend if prefoms in SA.

    And oh i could't belive my ears when i heard that inzy got an award 4 best feilder i belive that this is a way to try and improvepak feilding by giving an award.

    COMEBOYS A GOOD PERFOMENCE IN SA!

    COME ON YOUSUF

  • Ayaz on December 16, 2006, 20:58 GMT

    considering the conditions of southafrica many players are vulnerable in terms of their technique and they should not be given chance in Test Matches.they Mohammad Hafeez,Shoaib Malik,Abdur Razzaq but all of these three should play in one dayers both is S.Africa and World cup

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on December 16, 2006, 20:53 GMT

    I wouldn't pick a World Cup Squad until after the South Africa tour. Imran Farhat needs to prove himself there before the World Cup Squad is decided.

  • Ghalib Taimur on December 16, 2006, 20:49 GMT

    I feel the time has come also in cricket where teams can not be consistent in the sense that the same sides can not be selected for each game.Especially in the case of Pakistan where we have some limited batting talent technically.I very strongly feel that the team that plays in South Africa could be a totally different one in West Indies.

    Talking on Afridi i think Afridi should only play in the subcontinent and in the West Indies where the wickets are extremely flat.He is worth the risk as he will get you runs quicker than anyone on a flat track and apply pressure on the opposition.On his bowling he is alright i would say depending on the pitch and his day.

    AbdulRehman i think should definitely be a regular fixture in the team.Todays performance on a flat track was absolutely brilliant.He provides the perfect foil after our faster bowlers apply the pressure on the opposition.

    The only thing now Pakistan has to worry about is the opening pair and which all-rounder to play.On opening pairs i think Akmal and Hafeez could be successful as both have good techniques and can be aggressive in certain situations.The other options are Butt and Hameed.Playing Akmal as opener also allows him to play up the order which i think is the most suitable position for him as he has the capability of playing a long inning.

    My 11: Hafeez Akmal Younis/Hameed Yousuf Inzi Malik/Afridi Razzaq/extra batsmen(Faisal Iqbal) Abdulrehman Shoaib Asif Rana/Gul Reserve opener Butt not Farhat.

  • Wajahat on December 16, 2006, 20:45 GMT

    Test Team 1.Hafeez 2.Hamead 3.Khan 4.Yousuf 5.Inzi 6.Afridi 7.Akmal 8.AKhatar 9.Gul 10Kanaeria 11.Asif

  • Faraz on December 16, 2006, 20:45 GMT

    My team will be pretty much the same as yours, but for me Hafeez hasn't done enough to convince me to justify a place in the squad. I would still put someone else in that place. I thought Faisal Iqbal performed well in the last game and he could be a real possibility in the middle order. As it is now we have way too many options for the opening positions with Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Hameed and Shahid Afridi all potentially suitable candidates, so no real need to add another. I also think in the current scenario one player's position must be questioned which is of Abdul Razzaq. I think he doesn't bring much (in his current form) to either batting or balling department to justify a spot. I would rather like to see another specialist batsman in this role. Your bowling line up is pretty much spot on.

  • Baber on December 16, 2006, 20:41 GMT

    affi has to be there.. regardless of what anyone says, you have to take a perfomer who can single-handedly win a match... look what gilchrist just did to eng...he's hit poor form, but taking someone like imran farhat instead is just retarded...

    my 15:

    haffi affi ykhan moyo inzi malik razzi akki akhtar asif gul shabbir rana hameed rehman

  • Hunain Bin Jabbar on December 16, 2006, 20:41 GMT

    I really like the way you summarize the selection of Pakistani team for the southafrican tour and the world cup but i would like to comment something abt the only defect in pakistani team and that is the same since last 3 years, the openers!! Its now for sure that every one including salman ,taufeeq,yasir,hafeez,farhat has been given fair chance in last three years for the opening slot especially in the one-dayers (only salman has scored more than one century)every one has scored runs but in how many matches? were they consistent? the answer is no. what is the solution? go the srilankans way!!like in 1996 world cup they opened with their two explosive players Jayasuria and the wicket keeper Kaluwitharana considering the carribean conditions are pretty much like sub-continent,batting friendly. so go with Afridi and Kamran Akmal Reason: 1.About Afridi:tell me one signafacant knock he has played in onedayers batting at No. 6 or 7?None he also likes to open as he has admitted it?he was given the chance in multan but then taken out of the side in other game.its not fair,considering that he adds alot to the bowling and fielding department.Oneday team without afridi is not a team that any pakistani would like to see. 2.About Kamran Akmal:beleive me he's another Gilchrist.the reason is now tell me one pakistani opener who has scored 3 centuries in one-dayers in last 2 years and both home and away.no one except Kamran who has scored a century against westindies in australia in vb series.he also scored 2 centuries against england in the home series and all of them were as openers and to be added yesterday he played a blistering knock of 50 odd runs.he has all the shots and the heart.he is a perfect no.2 with afridi in one dayers and no.6 in test matches like the way gilchrist does.because he also has 3 hundreds in test matches and those were played at mohali where he saved the match,karachi where he played a match winning innings and against england in dec 2005 he scored 155 in Lahore. and this makes him the only pakistani wicketkeeper who has scored centuries in both form of the game.

  • Furqan on December 16, 2006, 20:33 GMT

    Yes Kamrann i totally agree with you. But i doubt that both fast bowlers asif and shoib will be able to play world cup. Bcoz the nandrolene might still be in their blood and it is sure that if they are in world cup squad than they would be selected for random test. i beleive afridi must be selected in the squad. this i say so bcoz he is better than both shoib malik and abdul razzaq, atleast with ball and in feilding, and today we have seen the feilding of both and bowling of razzaq.

  • Jumz on December 16, 2006, 20:33 GMT

    my final 12 will be and reasons y i chose this team. on paper our 2003 WC team was the best ever team that pakistan can produce. On field they lost miserably.

    1. imran nazir (best pakistani fielder) 2. wajahat wasti (best known timer of the ball) 3. asim kamal (nam hi kafi hay) 4. hassan raza (youngest test cricketer) 5. younis khan (captain, tends to laugh at the presentation even after the most humiliating defeats) 6. humayon farhat(wicket keeper, best keeper available) 7. muhammad sami (excellent swing control) 8. mushtaq ahmad (great slider) 9. shabbir ahmed (tall lanky fast bowler) 10. danish kaneria (unplayable googly) 11. shahid afridi (u win the crowd u win ur freedom) 12. shoaib akhtar (water boy)

  • Kami Kahn on December 16, 2006, 20:26 GMT

    my team goes here..

    Yasir Hameed Mohd. Hafeez Younis Khan Mohd. Yousaf Inzamam ul Haq Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzak Kamran Akmal Rana Naveed Shoaib Akhter Umar Gul

  • Momin on December 16, 2006, 20:23 GMT

    I hope Kamran you post this! I think you need to start another blog, and find the reasons of the so many people insisting on the selection of Shoaib Malik. His performances dont merit selection or if they do, on what basis? I think the Afridi debate is getting a little tedious. To me it is a simple equation, if Afridi booms in the Twenty-20 he is on board else he is not. But can we actually bank on Shoaib Malik? He is an average batsman whose technique, to put it mildly, is flawed. Are they not better batsmen for no. 6? Are they no better hitters then Malik? It will be a very unfair and partial decision if he is picked. I am not a fan of Imran Farhat but Farhat's performances have been better then Malik's, have they not? Even if he gets runs luckily, Malik has failed to do that even that recently. Not that I am placing a case for Imran, but I do not think Shoaib, and Imran, should be on the plane to the Carribean ....

  • Mohammed Makba on December 16, 2006, 20:21 GMT

    Probably my squad will be different than everyone,and i will give you a reason for my every selection. Mohammed Hafeez Kamran Akmal Yasir Hameed Younus Khan Mohammed Yousuf Inzimamulhaq Shoaib Malik Abdul Rahman Shoaib Akhtar Mohammed Asif Rana Naveed ul Hasan for backup

    Umar Gul Faisal Iqbal Shabir

    We can start with Hafeez & Kamran and in case of loss of early wicket Yasir can hold the fort with Younus Yousuf Inzi & Shoaim Malik to pile up runs and ofcouse aone speciality spinner and three seamers will make a strong team

    I dont see any place for Abdul Razak, Shahid Afridi or Sami, in fact we should focus on Yaser Arafat for future training

  • Fazal on December 16, 2006, 20:15 GMT

    Kamran I have ethical issues with the selection of Shoib and Asif. There simply is no excuse for androgenic steroid abuse. Every wicket they take from here onwards, i.e without serving any penalty whatsoever, will be meaningless.

    I am a great fan of our Pakistani team, but with these guys in there .... its not my team anymore.

  • Zeeshan on December 16, 2006, 20:13 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Kamran that we have many options available to us in all positions which has happened very less for Pakistan in the past, but I would like to emphasize that when the time comes the one thing that matters most is mental strength and ability to sustain the pressure of the big day and come from down under. Its the coherence and fighting spirit that matters most. We had excellent squads in 1996, 1999 and 2003. But we failed. On the contrary in 1992 we had greats like Imran, Javed and Wasim, and not to forget juveniles like Inzimam, Mushtaq, Moin and Aqib. The rest were not from the top of the world at that time, but we still won the WC coming as underdogs. If this team or any other team can sustain the pressure on the day when it matters, they will surely have a greater chance of winning. Teams like Australia and South Africa, have this strength which makes them better than the rest of the world. While teams like Pakistan and India tend to succumb under pressure. This is what happened in 1999 and 2003 WC Finals to Pakistan and India respectively. We need to work on the physical, technical as well as mental fitness of the players, and that’s the job of the Captain and Coach. I hope they realize it as well.

    As far as Afridi is concerned, keeping in view his performance on the West Indian tracks I believe he should certainly be there but his spot in the batting order should be managed carefully, unlike the 2003 WC, when they played him against teams like England, Australia on the top of the order, but when it came to Category B teams they did not even played him. That would be sinful. Against teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe he should be at the top of the order while against teams like Aus, Eng and SA, they should play him down the order. But in any case, he should play. We all know that players like Afridi, Gibbs, Gilchrist, and Sehwag [in alphabetical order] may not be as consistent as other openers, but on there day, not even the best of the bowlers in the world can stop them. You never know there day may be WC Final.

  • Kasim Mahmood on December 16, 2006, 20:13 GMT

    I think picking Rana in the XI and Yasir Hameed in the 15 will be a big blunder. These are two very ordinary players who can only perform against average teams under no pressure situations. In my ODI team, Shahid Afridi always gets a spot no matter what. Another important spot that Pakistani selectors haven't paid much attention to is the wicket keeping. This ODI series was a perfect time to try a new wicket keeper. We keep forgetting that there could be a better keeper batsman around the corner who just needs to be given a chance. Akmal's keeping has either become worse or stayed low quality for ever. Younis Khan is another player who just barely fits into our ODI team. In more than 100 ODI, he has hardly ever played a match winning role. My XI or rather 12 would be Imran Farhat Shahid Afridi Mohammed Hafeez Inzamam Ul Haq Mohammad Yousuf Yonis Khan or Sohaib Malik Abdul Razzak Kamran Akmal Umar Gul Sohaib Akhter Mohammed Asif

    The remaining 3 spots should NOT include Yasir Hameed. Willing to give Rana a chance if they keep him on the side lines for most of the matches. Believe me it's good for him if he doesn't play againt good teams. At least he'll be able to keep good memories of this series. The other two spots for Salman Butt and Abdur Rehman.

  • ali on December 16, 2006, 20:08 GMT

    Muhammad hafeez . Kamran Akmal or Yasir hameed . Younis Khan . Muhammad Yousaf . Inzamamul Haq . Shoaib Malik . Abdul Razzaq . Shahid Afridi or Abdul Rehman . Shoaib Akhtar . Muhammad Asif . Rana naveed Or Umar Gul

  • Kumayl Qureshi on December 16, 2006, 20:05 GMT

    I reckon we should take a more batsman and omit one of the seamers. Farhat should be taken instead of Sami. I reckon this will be our squad for the world cup 1. Yasir Hameed 2. Mohammad Hafeez 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Inzamam Ul Haq 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul Razzq 9. Shoaib Akhtar 10. Rana Naved 11. Mohammad Asif 12. Abdur Rehman 13. Imran Farhat 14. Shahid Afridi 15. Umar Gul

  • Abdul Basit on December 16, 2006, 20:02 GMT

    I think Afridi should be included even as a bowler. The wickets in W.I resemble with Asian ones i.e. batsmen friendly so there is no harm if Afridi is slotted along with 3 seamers. If we take his runs as bonus and utilize his services as bowler and fielder then we all will be relieved from the extra prressure of Afridi failure and that mindset can work wonders with Afridi and consequently with Pak team. Just to remind that Afridi has been voted as the most destructive batsmen after Gilchrist so the opposition is always afraid of his brutal assault, dont ask any one but India...

  • Farhan Makhani on December 16, 2006, 19:52 GMT

    i think you have completed the work for selectors but what i have noticed in Hafeez and Imran that they both gives catches to slip quite reguarly something like they are giving catch partice to our competetor and Nitni and Pollock will really give them hard time. i m still not happy with our openers or may be we are not going to find opner like Saeed Anwar anymore and which will really stuck Pakistan to claim they victory specially against team like Australia & South Africa. i m talking on issue which is quite old now but this issue didnt solve yet.

  • Irfan on December 16, 2006, 19:46 GMT

    My team would be 1. Yasir Hameed 2. Mohammad Hafeez 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Inzi 6. Younus Khan 7. Razzak 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Shoaib Akhter 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Umar Gul or Rana

  • Salman Latif on December 16, 2006, 19:45 GMT

    I am kind of agree on Afridi but it all depends on his attitude. During the Champions trophy his attitude was so obnoxious. For me it's time to look for performances rather then anything. If shoaib is upto the mark and so is Asif, We should go with Asif, Shoaib Akhter, Gul, Rana and Rao. Rao has been excellent in Aurstralia and his line is been awesome and so his economy. Then we will have Razzaq, Malik, Hafeez and Akmal. With that we will have Inzamam, Yousuf, Younus and Yasir. Now if you look into this side, you don't need any more spinner...You might go for a batsman which should be Iqbal but I will prefer Afridi over Iqbal bcoz of his additonal bowling and fielding capabilities. Again it all depends on his attitude. I don't look any reason to include Sami becaus he is simply wayward in the slog overs and he already got chaces which were more then enough. That is my team.

  • Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 19:39 GMT

    For God Sake people now let Afridi Go to the DumpYard forever! he is not what we need, never infact or get ready for another Andrew Symonds like on slaught which hammered us in the first match of 2003 World Cup.I would like to see Imran Farhat or Faisal iqbal in the team. We need full batting openers. we dont Kamran or Afridi in the opening pair, this puts too much pressure on middle order. I would like either one of Malik or Razak and four Attacking Wicket Taking Bowlers. i know many people will raise their eye brows. But this must be the way to victory. We rely on bowling not batting out opposition.and i want the same team for South Africa and for the world cup with no changes to let guys sattle in their boots for atleast two big tours.Selectors please get rid of Afridi..Pls.

  • MUSTAFA MIR Canada on December 16, 2006, 19:39 GMT

    i think we can gamble on shahid afridi ,its worth giving him the chance for the world cup,kamran akmal and hafeez can open the inning, i think along with australia and south africa,pakistan has the best chance to win the world cup,for some reasons, i think, inzimam is gonna lift the trophy.Eventhough,inzimam is a sort of a captain who waits for things to happen on the field rather than making things happen but sometimes you got be lucky enough on that particular day to win the world cup.Nevertheless if someone's disagree, well... what would you say about the south africans.

  • Abid Hussain on December 16, 2006, 19:35 GMT

    Kamran, this happens to be my first comment on all the PAK SPIN Blog entries u have posted till now, and the reason i felt obliged to make one was simply because i wanted to applaud and appreciate your insistence over picking up Shahid Afridi. The mercurial Pathan has over the years confounded his critics and fans alike and you never know what game he ll bring once on field, but I, self confessed his biggest fan ever since last ten years, would love nothing more than his bubbly presence on field and frankly speaking - if Afridi finds his mojo of 2004 and 2005 season - i will go on and declare that his desctructive game, if ( and its a HUUUGGGEE IF ) it is on, no single batsman in contemporary cricket can match his power hitting prowess, and by that mean NO ONE. Its open to debate and i am sure i ll have alot of detractors for saying this but bottom the line is, AFRIDI IS A MUST SELECTION FOR WORLD CUP 2007.

  • Junaid Siddiqui on December 16, 2006, 19:35 GMT

    The squad looks perfect, keeping in mind that Carribean pitches dont offer much bounce and extravagant swing-apart from a couple of venues like St. Lucia and St.Kitts & Nevis Although Imran Farhat scored in this series, its not all about runs. He never looked like staying out there. Plus, his habit of throwing away his wicket was getting stronger! My 15th player would be a batsman, since we only have 5 genuine batsmen in the above mentioned squad. An injury might cost us a bit too harshly. So maybe Asim Kamal or Faisal Iqbal can be given a chance. But they should be given an opportunity in SA before drafting either player into the WC squad!

  • Kashif Malik on December 16, 2006, 19:29 GMT

    Although I have immense respect for Razzak, Malik & Afridi's talents in odi & test cricket in the Asian Subcontinant; they are not suited to TEST Cricket on Seamer friendly tracks. They were exposed in England and like it or not they were embarassed. Their positions for the test squad for SA should go to specialists.

    All three should now exclusivley concentrate on the ODIs leading up to the WC.

    I am NOT a Farhat fan, however, it will be ridiculous if he is now dropped after the selectors have invested so much time & effort in him. He has spent time in English conditions and should now take the experience to SA. Hafeez has done just about enough to warrant a plane ticket to SA for the second opening berth. Hameed is a good option if the openers do not fire. Salman Butt is a another option, and in fact, he is the only opener in recent times to score on bouncy and seaming tracks against a full strength Aussie attack.

    Finally, Rehman has done well in ODI cricket. Is he a test bowler who is likely to trouble good test batsmen? Kaneria is the first choice spinner-he has done well against the best (well except against Lara in Multan).

    Those who prefer Shabbir to Sami; I want to know why. Shabbir has played no cricket for 12m.

  • Dr Basit on December 16, 2006, 19:28 GMT

    I agree with kamran,i think Afridi should be in the team for South Africa and worldcup.I will leave Hafeez out because he only perform in last match of the series to keep his place.I would like to see Yasir to open the inning with Farhat or Afridi and then two y's and inzi and then allrounders.In Bowlers i would like to see Gul in test matches with Akhtar and Asif and in one days i think Rana will be more effective .Other spot will between Shabir and sami .If you see the record Shabir has a upper hand .But I am sure with all these players available selector and team managment willhave pleasent headache .Good luck Inzi & Woolmer .

  • shahzad on December 16, 2006, 19:27 GMT

    yeah i agree with you kamran. i also think that shahid should get the position in team becoz he is phycological pressure for other teams as well as dangerous hitter no body knows when he will produce a match winning knock both with bat and bowl. He also did well on last west indies tour with bat and also with bowl.he is also a exciting cricketer and best fielder of pakistan team best of luck to him ........!!

  • omar on December 16, 2006, 19:25 GMT

    last time yasir hameed went to west indies every inning he played ended with an edge to slip or gully , yes every single inning. look back and check if you dont believe it. scoring runs in pakistan is and should be no criteria for selection

  • MT Khan on December 16, 2006, 19:23 GMT

    I would say that based on the recent performance from the team, selection for SA tour should be pretty straight forward. It becomes even more easier after seeing India's current tour. I would say Afridi worth including. Team has been winning without any batting contribution from him but his bowling and fielding are strong reasons for his inclusion. Shabir is a good choice. Sami who?

  • Faraz on December 16, 2006, 19:22 GMT

    All Valueable Contributors:

    Ajmal: do you not see the current mess PCB has at its hands with the doping drama...We dont need a branded chucker to take the spot of a hard working genuine fast bowler like Sami... Now what does it mean to have your action cleared after a 1 year ban...pathetic! Maybe you are from the same region as Shabbir, but he only brought embarrassment to Pakistan cricket--As far as I am concerned that chucker's career is over!

  • Irfan Mayani on December 16, 2006, 19:20 GMT

    I ll pick A batsman instead of Sami, as i think in the presence of 4 quicks +razzaq in the squad , sending another one will be a waste. cuz in anycase i think only 2 or 3 of the 4 specialist quicks will be in the playing eleven, and in case of an injury too the fourth one will be available in the squad. Replace Sami with Faisal Iqbal , in case any of the middle order bats get injured then we can opt for him. And i ll have Afridi as the 15th Man in the squad too . Agree on the rest of the selection by kamran.

  • talal on December 16, 2006, 19:19 GMT

    OMG you have included sami. He is not good enough to be in the squad. Your squad has no left handed batsman. I think pakistan need to have at least one left handed batsman to give the team an extra dimension. Salman Butt is a decent player he should be in the squad. I agree kaneria and iqbal are out. I am not convinced by afridi. I don';t think pak really need him. But i think he or even azhar mahmood will be picked. I think azhar should be given a chance in SA where he has an impressive record

  • ahmar on December 16, 2006, 19:14 GMT

    there are lots of good things about pakistan cricket team.But they always disappoint you when you want them to win the most. so if i it was up to me to pick a team it would be more for stability than ability. so my choices are: MALIK AKMAL YOUNIS YOUSUF INZI AFRIDI(JUST FOR WHAT IF) RAZZAQ NAVED SHOAIB ASIF REHMAN reserve:farhat,kaneria,hafeez

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on December 16, 2006, 19:13 GMT

    I will still stick to my point that Afridi must open for Pakistan in ODI's along with Kamran Akmal. I wrote this yesterday before the start of the 5th ODI. I knew like everyone else that Afridi will not be given a second chance.

    But, somehow they thought of using Akmal as an opener with Hafeez and it worked.

    Sanjay Manjrekar said twice that on a pitch like this Afridi would have played well on Karachi wicket. And a senior player like him should not be dumped just like that after one performance. However, he did not ask this question with Dr. Naseem Ashraf and I wonder why?

    Anyways, my team for ODI is:

    Afridi Akmal Younis Yousuf Inzi Shoaib Malik Faisal Iqbal Razzaq Asif Shoaib Sami

    Reserves: Gul, Rana, Hafeez, Rahman And Kaneria for Test in place of Faisal Iqbal and Gul to replace Sami or Shoaib whoever under performs.

    Rana took wickets of Gayle and Lara during this series. He bowls one over exceptionally well and one over he is thrashed all over the ground. Over all he is an expensive bowler. His expensive overs at the crucial moments allows the opposition to get off the hook and demoralize the team and creates a negative impact. So, is Shoaib Akhtar is at times, which is to be seen after this comeback.

  • Nasir Ulhaq on December 16, 2006, 19:13 GMT

    I do not suggest to leave behind Imran Farhat. Our opening stand has improved with Imran and Hafeez, we must not disturb this at all. I am a great fan of Shahid Afridi but right now he is not in the best of his forms. This is not the time for experiments and taking chances, now is the time for concentrating on what we have and developing understanding / cohesion between the players as a team. Rehman is a good matured find and must be considered (the ball that stumped Samuel was simply unplayable).

  • saad on December 16, 2006, 19:12 GMT

    start off by saying that Imran Farhat was the only batsman who was successfully converted his figures in the third ODI. You never know when a player has the confidence of playing big shots. with the likes of shoaib akhtar and mohammad asif returning to the squad, the selectors have now got to sacrifice there sleeps in order to pick the best squad for the tour to South Africa. Considering we had players coming from injuries and bad form who've had a successful series like Rana,Hameed and Sami, pakistan players now show the potential thats in them and how they can be in the spotlight and battle the pressure given to them by the West Indies. It's hard to choose the squad now that we have too many options, but if I had my say--(Test Squad)--> Mohammad Hafeez Imran Farhat Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Inzamam-ul-Haq Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal Rana naved-ul-Hasan Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Asif Danish Kaneria --(One-Day Squad)--> Mohammad Hafeez Imran Farhat Yasir Hameed Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Inzamam-ul-Haq Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Asif Abdur Rehman

  • Faraz on December 16, 2006, 19:11 GMT

    Thanks Kamran for letting me post a team selection. So without further ado, or drumroll...let me jump right into it:

    Openers:(gameday pick of 2 from 3) 1.Yasir Hameed 2.Mohammad Hafeez 3.Kamran Akmal(also 1 of possible 2 wicket keeper)

    One-down: The one and only spot for the one and only: Shahid Afridi (also 1 of possible three all-rounders)

    Middle Order: (game day pick of 4 from 7) 1.Faisal Iqbal 2.Younis Khan 3.Mohammad Yousuf 4.Inzamam-ul-Haq 5.Asim Kamal(2nd of possible 2 wicket keepers) 6.Abdul Razzaq(2nd of possible 3 all-rounders) 7.Shoaib Malik(least preferred of the three all-rounders)

    Bowlers:(4 of options) 1.Shaoib Akhtar (a must select) 2.Mohammad Asif (a must select) 3.Mohammad Sami (a must select) 4.Umar Gul (contender for the last fast bowling spot) 5.Rana (contender for the last fast bowling spot)

    5a.Abdul Rehman(possible replacement if 3 fastbowler and one specialist spinner combo used)

    The above squad gives us a real chance of winning the world cup again.

  • Aina Maria Waseem on December 16, 2006, 19:11 GMT

    What I cannot comprehend is why Pakistanis still call Afridi a cricketer. He has proven that he is as committed to the cause of Pakistan's World Cup victory as Brian Charles Lara, to mention one name. As for the opening problems, we should have stuck to a pair back in 2003/04 even if they seemed to perform dismally. Imran Farhat is way too impetuous to be trusted with the World Cup cause. Kamran Akmal is a good opener, true but he is needed elsewhere. Surely the Mohali draw is enough to convince us that he thrives in bad situations. He seems to play with the tailenders better than anyone else and has the required confidence. I surely hope we see the rarely seen frontline attack of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami seconded by players as good as Muhammad Asif and Umar Gul. If Abdurrehman continues this golden form, I see the Pakistani team to be as strong as any other even on paper which I couldnt say earlier. I back Pakistan to win, Australia or no Australia

  • S. N. Naqvi on December 16, 2006, 19:10 GMT

    The great Pakistani players who make tons of runs on the feathery wickets under normal match conditions have been time and again seen crumbling like nine (rather eleven) pins in important big-match games. Games pandits make lot of claims about the strength of our players. But, unfortunately, when our great players (both big-name bowlers and batsmen)fail, as usually it is, the same guys are the first in showering curses. So, when our team goes out on a foreign tours, I would always want my thoughts reserved to myself. Let me also add, it would be an injustice with Fiasal Iqbal now to give preference to Shoaib Malik over him with the long string of failures of Malik.

  • sharoz on December 16, 2006, 19:02 GMT

    Afridi's an awesome cricketer i knw his records been really dissappointing but he deserves to be in the squad in case we need another allrounder(though we got plentiful) farhat should be retained and as far as danish kaneria is concerned for the odi's i dont thnk she should play because in odi's you need to be able atleast be good in 2 aspects in the game.and neithar his fielding nor his batting are up to the mark.if farhat misses out he would be considered unlucky since he has been able to perform in this series(west indies) (but then again the sort of pitches we have..wel....)

  • arun srinivasan on December 16, 2006, 19:01 GMT

    Hmmmm...I have to agree with most of your selections,Kamran.Sami...hmmmm..hope for his own sake n Pakistan's...he finally comes through.And with Afridi...well..I'll giv you my view...which I reckon most of Indian supporters will agree with..U can make your conclusions....well I'll be truly pleased if the Paki selectors dont bite the bullet n pick him.Enough said.Cheers.

  • Obaid Ilyas on December 16, 2006, 19:01 GMT

    The rest of the squad is fine but for the life of me I don't understand this continued fascination with Shahid Afridi when there is not one statistic or one recent performance that would even suggest that he deserves to be on the team. I would really like to know who you would take out from the playing 11 to put Afridi in. The only place where he could theoretically come in is as opener but you are against that (and I won't argue with you on that for a second). He is not about to take a place from Younis, Yousuf, Inzamam, Malik, Razzaq or Akmal. Thats 8 out of 11 places right there. And taking him as a sub also does not make any sense in a squad already loaded with all rounders.

    What we need is a third opener given thats our weakest link. Under the current circumstances the only one who fits the bill is Imran Farhat.

  • Haider on December 16, 2006, 19:00 GMT

    world cup team is it 14 or 15 any wayz here is my 15, pretty similar to urs 1.Inzi 2.YK 3.MoYo 4.Hafeez 5.Malik 6.Afridi 7.Razzaq 8.Akmal 9.Farhat 10.Yasir Hammed 11.Abdul Rehman 12.Akhtar 13.Asif 14.Rana 15.Gul

    Please no Sami, and if Shabbir is bowling well (domestically,which i think he is) then drop Farhat and get Shabz in. We anwayz have 5 possible openers in there. (Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Akmal and Yasir Hammed). South Africa series will be tough for our batsmen but the team should more or less stay the same. Pitches in WI are going to be similar to the ones in Pak. and tell WADA to go ........

  • Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 18:57 GMT

    I agree with your selection. How about Imran Nazir for the last place in the squad. An opener is needed and he can do well on flat tracks. He has even got a test century in the Carribean. Hafeez and Yasir both are very slow in scoring and u need one opener who can blast the opposition.

  • Navid Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 18:51 GMT

    I am in total agreement with you Mr Abbasi, i think the team is perfect and afridi should get the final place as he is very important to our ODI structure. The pressure he puts on the bowler just by being there is immense and for no doubt what so ever on his day hes a match winner on his own. what we Pakistan do need to do is stick with Mohammed Hafeez, hes mature and is progressing very well in that opening slot, it should be Hafeez and Akmal opening, Younis at 3, Yousaf at 4, Inzamam at 5, Malik at 6, Afridi at 7, Rehman at 8 (i think he can be a very good all rounder), Naved at 9, Akhter at 10 and Asif at 11 . We know our strength is our bowling so we need to go in with 3 fast bowlers and a spinner remaining 10 overs should behared between Afridi, Malik and Hafeez. Razzaq has no place in my team for World Cup although hes awesome in ODIs for Pakistan. If we win the ODI series in South Africa then we are 95% certain of winning the World Cup. Hameed, Gul, Faisal and Shabbir are the remaining squad. Although Hameed could come in for Malik as a specialist batsman. Glory to Pakistan.

    Navid Ahmed

    Cambridgeshire

  • Ahmar on December 16, 2006, 18:51 GMT

    I think this final spot is only for Salman Butt or Abdur Rehman.Both are talanted.And they have every reason to be in final XI.And PCB have to must think about this type of natural talent....

  • Muhammed on December 16, 2006, 18:50 GMT

    This is how the world cup squad of pakistan should...be

    1-Mohd Hafeez 2-Imran Farhat 3-Inzamam-ul-Haq 4-Younis Khan 5-Mohd Yousuf 6-Shahid Afridi 7-Abdul Razzaq 8-Kamran Akmal 9-Shoaib Malik 10-Mohd Asif 11-Shoaib Akhtar 12-Naved-ul-Hasan 13-Umar Gul 14-Yasir Hameed

  • Rahman on December 16, 2006, 18:47 GMT

    I think pakistan can with 4 fast bowlers -- Shoib Akhter, Muhammad Asif, Umer gul, Rana Naveed,(Sami, Shabbir and Rao standby for akhter and asif if they not in), 2 spinner-- Abdul Rehman/afridi (Danish Kanaeria on stand by), 1 wicket keeper kamran Akmal, 3 allrounders Abdul Razzak,Shoib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, 5 batsman -- Yasir Hameed, Younis khan, Muhammad Yousulf, Inzamam, Faisal Iqbal) I we have to select 14 we have to cut one spinner.

    take care

  • Momin on December 16, 2006, 18:46 GMT

    I would, humbly, dissent with you Kamran on the point of Shoaib Malik's selection. I hav my most sincerest doubts about the man. Ever since he has been called for an illegal action while delivering the DOOSRA, he has lost it in his batting. Enlighten me of what he has done of note in his last 8 ODI's {the ones in England and Pakistan}. I see nothing, or am I not seeing the entire picture? I just think he is in the team because of a bias and nothing more. I am sure there are better batsman available in Pakistan than Malik, and it is a reality that now he only plays as a batsman for Pakistan ... but least assured, there are much superior players then Malik. But before reaching out to those players, there comes to my mind the name of one Shahid Afridi, and I would not hesitate one wee bit, just like you would not, and pick him up because he is Shahid Afridi - feared by the cream of the cricket world. And if picked, he will be a star in the World Cup. And as regards the last place, it should go to the forgotten Salman Butt whose ability is unparalleled. I am sure not many of the current lot have scored centuries against India in India and in Pakistan.

  • Hamza Sohail on December 16, 2006, 18:46 GMT

    Drop Sami, bring Shabbir. Imran Farhat comes in the squad because he's a left hander. There needs to be somebody who bats left handed at the top of the order to pose the opposition bowlers some sort of problem in making adjustments to their line. If bob and inzi aren't satisfied with him, then butt should be given another chance. The inclusion of a left hander is imperative otherwise your batting becomes a bit one dimensional.

  • Awais on December 16, 2006, 18:42 GMT

    Well Mr. Kamran, Of course the bowling is shaping up pretty nice but what matter is the performance on that day. What Pakistan Cricket team needs is reliable performers in the playing XI.No doubt Afridi brings certain energy and excitement in the game, but that usually lasts for five to six over at best. If your already playing players which have a possibility of failing to deliver then that is inviting trouble. Abdur Rehman has been most impressive, we should keep him in the south Africa tour to see how he performs on fast track, having already proven his metal on slow batting tracks at home. Gul is being ignored considering he is seamer and that is already provided by the likes of Asif, I disagree because we can play even five bowlers as seamers as each bowler brings something different to the table. The next series is crucial and I expect that the playing South Africa XI should be the World Cup XI for Pakistan. Best of Luck to Pakistan Cricket Team in days to come.

  • Umair on December 16, 2006, 18:35 GMT

    No doubt that the squad wud b of the abv mentioned players. But i'll go wid Danish rather then Faisal Iqbal...coz we have quite a more presentable and reliable Batting Order right now and it wud b better if we go wid the spinner coz as per my knowledge the carribbean wickets have something for the spinners.Lets hope for the best.May GOD bestow HIS Blessings on us.

  • tahir saeed on December 16, 2006, 18:32 GMT

    i think we should be positive and should play attacking cricket,my team for ODI 1-S.BUTT 2-K-AKMAL 3-Y KHAN 4-M-YOUSAF 5-I-HAQ 6-A-KAMAL 7-S.MALIK 8-S.AKHTAR 9-U-GULL 10-M-ASIF 11-D-KENERIA IN THIS TEAM WE VE QUILTY 6 BATS MAN +ONE WICKET KEEPER AND ONE ALL ROUNDER WE VE 3 BEST WORLD WICKET TAKING FAST BOWLERS + WORLD BEST LEG SPINNER,IF WE CANT MAKE 300 RUNS THEN WITH THIS BOWELING WE CAN WIN MATCHES WITH OUR BOWELING,ANY THOUGHTS?

  • REHAN on December 16, 2006, 18:32 GMT

    i think we must pick faisal iqbal as the boy has the potential & right technique to succeed the likes of inzamam & m yousuf. i have a bad feeling that both these players will retire after the world cup for various reasons that will leave our middle order very inexperience & very vunrelable. we must invest in our youth now & faisal definately has all the credentials. all he needs is the confidence & experience to play along our big guns. i think the pakistan think tank also have a lot of faith in him but they must act now or face the consequences!

  • Sundhar Ram on December 16, 2006, 18:30 GMT

    Pakistan team seems settled and nice. They have a very solid middle order which selects itself and Hafeez has settled nicely into the opening slot. The last spot, I think, should go to Kaneria. An attacking spinner could do wonders in the middle overs.

  • Sarmad Munir on December 16, 2006, 18:28 GMT

    Well i think ur missing somone.......Shabbir ahmed!!!! i think he has been out from the scene since long..but he surely deserves one place ahead of sami..

    the final slot is of course afridi

  • Danyal on December 16, 2006, 18:21 GMT

    hey guys this is the first time in years I have seen pakistan actully rest their team. Yes mostly it was due to injury but it was good to see. Now here is my take I dont like sami and I think he should be dropped I would pick Farhat over Hameed. Hameed looks more like a test player at times. He is good dont get me wrong but I just dont see us dropping farhat. I also dont like sami so I think he should be dropped. Now the afridi factor. I think he is a bum who has been used wrongly time and again. In my opnion he should never open he should always come down in 6-7 positions and to increase the run rate. As for malik come on the guy as 5 centuries and 19 half centuries and you are putting him down at 6 and 7 please he needs to go at no3 he has proved that. I would not want afridi to play but as nabeel said he is a force and on his days a tsunami. So he should be given one or two chances in SA and depending on how he plays there he should be judged. Bowling: Gul Asif Rana Shoaib-Abdur Rehman(again see how he does in SA. I know I am going to get heat on this but how many fast bowlers do we need) Batsmen: Kamran Akmal Hafeez Farhat Younis Yousaf Inzi Malik Razzaq

    I listed the ones that should start not in the order they should bat...

  • Rashid Ali on December 16, 2006, 18:20 GMT

    I Agree with U, Afridi should be given the final spot. My world cup squad is 1-Yashir Hameed 2-Kamran Akmal 3-Yunus Khan 4-Mohd Yousuf 5-Inzmam ul Haq 6-Shoaib Malik 7- Abdul Razzaq 8-Abdur Rehman 9-Rana Naveed 10-Shoaib Akhtar 11- Mohd Asif

    12-Shahid Afridi 13-Omar Gul 14-Mohd Hafeez 15- Faisal Iqbal

  • Bilal M Awan on December 16, 2006, 18:20 GMT

    Mr. Kamran u have picked a good combination but i would like share few points, 1stly we must know that how many allrounders we are looking for? as i believe instead of picking 6 regular bowlers another regular batsman should be selected. Sami doesnt deserve the selection. Afridi must be part of the squad and, even he dosnt convince me by his recent performance but his talent no doubt is wonderfull. Shabir should be given chance in south african tour.

  • Rashid Ali on December 16, 2006, 18:20 GMT

    I Agree with U 2 that Afridi should be given the final spot. My world cup squad is 1-Yashir Hameed 2-Kamran Akmal 3-Yunus Khan 4-Mohd Yousuf 5-Inzmam ul Haq 6-Shoaib Malik 7- Abdul Razzaq 8-Abdur Rehman 9-Rana Naveed 10-Shoaib Akhtar 11- Mohd Asif

    12-Shahid Afridi 13-Omar Gul 14-Mohd Hafeez 15- Faisal Iqbal

  • khan on December 16, 2006, 18:19 GMT

    afridi needs to be sidelined more so that he can learn an important lesson. you cant kick that guy out of one series and expect him to regain his form. i think kaneria is a waste in ODI's. the next person in contention is faisal iqbal. he has potential but i would choose asim kamal before him. kamal has not been given enough chances to prove his worth. i believe he is currently the best batsman in the country after inzamam, yousuf and younis. so kamal gets my vote to bolster the batting in the caribbean, which might be even more logical since i am 90% sure that the openers will keep failing. hafeez, farhat and akmal really don't know how to play outside of the subcontinent.

  • Umar on December 16, 2006, 18:19 GMT

    I think Afridi should be in the squad as the wild card and lets pray he hits form early in the tournament. His bowling and fielding are useful and his batting is literally hit or miss. I've never been a fan of Imran Farhat because of his flashing outside the off. I still think Taufeeq Umar should never have been dropped in the 1st place. (something like 1000 test runs in 10 tests). Depending on what happens in South Africa I think Shabbir should definately be in contention with Sami.

  • Euceph Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 18:18 GMT

    There you go again, Kamran. Spoiled an otherwise good blog by slipping in your case for Afridi. As for Akhtar and Asif, I can't imagine how they can play with steroids still in their system. You wish you could give them a (big fat) enema and get rid of the problem once and for all, but that can't happen, can it? And if it were left up to WADA for random checks duing the world cup guess who they're going to pick "randomly"?

    Anyways, here's my team for South Africa:

    1- Hafeez 2- Hameed 3- Younus 4- Yousuf 5- Inzamam 6- Malik / Asim Kamal 7- Akmal 8- Rana 9- Gul 10- Shabbir / Sami 11- Rehman / Kaneria / Afridi

    Afridi fits in only as the third choice no. 11, but for ODIs he can play a floating position without any guarantees for a fixed spot. Malik should play purely as a batsman. If I were the chief selector I'd give this combination an extended run without disclosing it to individual players.

    Oh, and by the way, what has Bazid Khan done to win a central contract? This guy doesn't have the fattest of a chance of making it to the squad. Is he just getting a stipend for being Majid's son?

  • turab on December 16, 2006, 18:17 GMT

    Openers: Hafeez, Hameed Middle Order: Inzi, Yousaf, Younis Wk: Akmal Allrounders: Razzaq, Afridi, Shoaib Malik Bowlers: S.Akthar, Shabbir Ahmed, Umer Gul, Rana, Asif, Rehman

    If anyone should be dropped, it should be Rehman in place of another batsman, NOT Imran Farhat!

  • Faisal on December 16, 2006, 18:17 GMT

    In my opinion Afridi must be there. I am not sure about Rehman, to me he has a suspect action and sooner or later he will be reported.

  • ahad on December 16, 2006, 18:15 GMT

    I think the real boost for our team will be when they win the upcoming series in south africa . But this series has now shown to us that we have depth in all departments and can have a squad for worldcup which could well be a winning squad! Best of luck!

  • muhammad fahad masud on December 16, 2006, 18:14 GMT

    well i think that 10 out of 11 team members who played at karachi should be selected.The 11th player sami should be dropped as he has been given many many many chances to prove his worth specially in test matches.the remaining 5 players should be asif,shoiab (both obvious), imran farhat, afridi and as a 15th member a fifth fast bowler shabbir,who is bowling really well at domestic and bcz of his can be effective at bouncy tracks or add another batsman fiasal iqbal or asim kamal(technically most sound player after inzi and yousaf). for the test matches just say good bye to afridi and call kaneria.this will be perfect recipe for the pakistanis.3 openers yasir,hafeez and farhat(he should be as a backup bcz of his technique),3 outstanding middle order batsman, 3 allrounders razzaq,shoiab malik and afridi,a keeper-batsman and 5 geniune fast bowlers.only thing which inzi and woolmer should understand that pick one of the two malik and hafeez because both are of same calliber no differnce and no variety.

  • John Beamish on December 16, 2006, 18:13 GMT

    Here's your team courtesy of your English selector for the tour of (R)SA:

    1. Hameed 2. Hafeez 3. Khan 4. Yousuf 5. ulhaq 6. Afridi 7. Akmal 8. ulhasan 9. Ahktar 10. Gul 11. Sami 12. Rehman 13. Kaneria 14. Malik

    I could possibly be convinced to leave Malik or Razzaq behind in favor of specialist batsman.

    But knowing your selectors I fully expect to find Farhat, Iftikhar & co in the squad.

  • Ali on December 16, 2006, 18:12 GMT

    I would replace Sami with Shabbir Ahmad and Afridi as the 14th member of the squad. Rest is fine. The playing 11 could possibly be Mohammad Hafeez Yasir Hameed Younis Khan Mohammad Yousuf Inzamam-ul-Haq Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Shoaib Akhtar Umar Gul Rana Naved Mohammad Asif In SA, we can replace one bowler with Abdul Rehman in ODIs.

  • ZAHID MIANDAD on December 16, 2006, 18:10 GMT

    yet another two brillient performances by YASIR HAMEED with marvelous 71 and fantastic 41 holding average of 39.--, still not back up with some words from coach and captain and even the selectors.

  • Masuud on December 16, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    well, to go by your selections, i would differ with you on Mohammad Sami. Personally, i believe the pacer hasnt done enough. enough to cast shadows of faith over people that he can be anything close to a force we would need for supporting Shoaib and Asif n being the 3rd seamer in any of those crunch matches. So, better to have Kaneria in place of him, since the wickets would be Asian-type, or maybe even have a back-up wicket-keeper, with Akmal suffering from a continual injury. For Afridi issue, sure be him! Give him the last shot of the many shots, and it wouldnt be much of a surprise if he sets the stage alight finally!

  • ashar on December 16, 2006, 18:07 GMT

    those who have some knowledge of the game called cricket and bit of brain can easily tell you tht shahid's "fluke" time has gone..though i know for a fact tht neither him ,nor our nation is ready for that as we have never drunk the kind of water which can make our brains realise the bitter realities as clearly as the good 1s ...i think we all desperately need a sip outta damien martin's "half empty" glass;)

  • Faheem on December 16, 2006, 18:05 GMT

    id vote for afridi too, theres something special about him, perhaps he needs a couple slaps round the head, but by definition what is a match winner...simply a player who cwill win matches for you, what i like about him is his bowling n fielding are usually decent or good, and if his batting fires What A BONUS!! lol, keep posting articles....rab rakha

  • SHahzad on December 16, 2006, 18:03 GMT

    lemme tell u 1 thing . AFRIDI IS a senior player now .. he will definatly be in 14 worldcup squad, though he hasnt performed and others shud get chance.. AGREED, but ppl will see afridi playing in world cup, and i doubt sami playing or being selected even, cuz shoaib and asif have a fix spot in 11 . my personal 14 squad wud be

    imran farhat yasir hameed muhammed hafeez inzi younis yousaf kamran akmal razzaq afirdi shoaib malik shoaib akhter asif Adul rehman OR UMER GUL rana naveed

  • Raza Zaidi on December 16, 2006, 18:03 GMT

    I agree that most of the squad picks itself. However, I see three problem selections in Sami, Rehman, and Afridi... in order of high to low severity. First up, Sami...the bowler who couldn't get Botham's mother out. It drives me nuts to see that he is back in contention. I will be pulling my hair out if he makes the team when Pak has Shoaib, Asif, Gul, Rana, and Shabbir (hopefully) fit for selection. Even if Shabbir could not make the cut, overlooking Yasir Arafat (who has much superior 1st class and List-A bowling averages) to give yet another nod to the chronically erratic Sami would be nothing short of atrocious. Second, Rehman...I'm not sure if two good international showings are good enough to be granted a guaranteed world cup selection. Though he did show talent and promise. But heck, so did Sami in the very beginning. Is it beginner's luck? We certainly don't want to find out in the midst of the WC that Rehman's promise is as fragile as Sami's. So, let's wait until the end of SAf tour to make any speculations about Rehman's selection. Third, Afridi... I had said in my previous post on his subject that we need to get away from the culture of "stardom," and performance MUST be the sole criteria for selection. He was given another chance in this ODI series but he yet again blew it in the wind. Past glory can only carry you so far. And for him, even that is not much to boast about... an ODI average of 22 after 234 ODIs is paltry to say the least. Yes, he has won Pak a few games here and there with his "gulli-danda" style hitting. But in the long run, the law of averages has caught up on him...and his record correctly tells us that he in fact IS a below-par batsman, who gets lucky once in a while. Yes, it is spectacular when he does. But relying on luck is hardly a winning strategy. If a suicidal hitter must be selected, I say we opt for Imran Farhat instead. He gets it right more often than Afridi.

  • Rashid Shabbir on December 16, 2006, 18:00 GMT

    Hi I m a great fan of cricket and especially of my Paki team, but I feel there r some weaknesses in my home team. Basically Paki team is attacking in nature, but they haven't been using their attcking attitude as they should. If I choose a team then in my opinion it would be a squad in which Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi would open for team and in the middle order Yousaf and Inzamam would join the party and in the end Shoaib Malik and Abdur Razzaq would enjoy their feast. In the bowling department Paki team is also attacking like Shoaib Akhter and Muhammad Asif r a danger fo any batsmen of the world as our batsmen r fo the bowlers of the world. In this squad fielding also improves. So I think this should b the main squad fo the world cup feast.

  • Qasim Owais on December 16, 2006, 18:00 GMT

    iam the greatest fan of pakistan from times , but regret to say that why pakistan board trying to form frequent changes in the team,positions etc ;i just dnt wann disscuss all.rather doing that concentrate on a squad that suits the different conditions to them regardless of weather,team or grounds . a player is the one who perform, not the one who form excuses either you are captain or great player before you are playing in present so you have to perform to keep your place safe dont see your books that will be forever your records or performances of past is really respectable ;but every game/series is a new task for you ;you have to do home work concentrate on your mistakes which you did before with that think about tactice to get out of it and put the pressure on oposition; after lot of confusion i think changes in team shouls be either razzak/afridi,sami/shoaib,asif/shabbir,rana/rehman,hafeez/hameed;kamran should be there but inzi you have to do somthing u did b4 but u have to safe ur place last bt not least i think sorry if iam crossing my limits malik/younus ur target is ntini,nel and dippeaner/gibbs hope i did well but if iam wrong plz anyone explain why and which players shouls be there then slmkm

  • wellwisher 4m india on December 16, 2006, 17:59 GMT

    my name is naveed.. a well wisher of pak 4m india my squad of 14 would go like dis.. imran farhat, mohammad hafeez, yaseer hamid,(open) younis khan, mohammad yousaf, inzamam (mid) shoib malik, abdul razzak, afridi, (all rounder) kamran akmal (wkt) mohammad asif, shabbir ahmed, naveed ul hassan, abdur rehman, umar gul. no ned of shoib akhtar and sami i jus hate their pace..

  • Yusuf on December 16, 2006, 17:58 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I enjoy your comments and am glad there's a specific blog on cricinfo discussing the Pakistan team. Well done.

    As for the squad, for me it's quite clear. This should be the 15 for the Caribbean:

    1. Hafeez 2. Kamran 3. Younis 4. Yousuf 5. Inzy 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. Razzaq 9. Rana 10. Shoaib 11. Asif

    12. Farhat 13. Hameed 14. Gul 15. Rehman

    (If a seamer gets injured, the next man in should be Shabbir, who is performing well in domestic cricket. So he gets the no. '16' spot.)

    Afridi must play. It's undeniable he's had a disappointing year with the bat, but because of this people have overlooked his bowling, which is vastly improved. He used to bowl at least one guaranteed 'four ball' per over. This is no longer the case. He should bat at no.7 and be given licence as a 'wild card'. You say he should be the wild card of the squad; in terms of batting, he should be the wild card of the team (20 off 12 balls would be perfectly acceptable). Razzaq would then come in at 8. We need to bat till 8. Rana is decent, but more of a good no.9 than a genuine no.8. In test cricket this isn't so relevant (hence I don't accept England's 'Giles over Monty' reasoning) but in ODIs a team needs flexibility and depth.

    Rehman should be in the squad as an option, but his batting isn't good enough for no.8. Afridi's bowling, in my opinion, IS good enough to fill the primary spinner's slot (with Hafeez and Malik as support).

    The four reserve positions should be split: two specialist batsmen (one opener, one middle order) and two bowlers (one pacer, one spinner). This will provide sufficient cover.

    That's all. Thanks. Yusuf.

  • seeko on December 16, 2006, 17:57 GMT

    Your ideas are reasonable. I still think Pakistan doesn't have a composed opening pair yet and that will lead to their downfall. Just imagine if the openers can add atleast 50-60 runs every game, then this middle-order of world class players will take the score to a 250 easily. However, like mentioned before, we still do NOT have a reliable opening pair and that will be the biggest hurdle in West Indies.

  • anees on December 16, 2006, 17:54 GMT

    we need someone with pace apart from shoaib akhtar and i think sami should be taken, we lost the home series to india because our atatck was too 1 dimensioanla nd all our bowlers were medium pacers, sami added some spice to it at the end of the series, i would also include afridi and faisal iqbal although im not sure if we will take 15 or 16 members

  • Shahid on December 16, 2006, 17:53 GMT

    You forgot Shabbir. I cannot see Sami over Shabbir. Afridi is a wild one, on a good day he can be amatch winner.

  • Rizwan on December 16, 2006, 17:53 GMT

    i agree with your squad kamran. but the problem is that afridi hasn't been playing with the team, and it would not be a wise choice to play him in seamer friendly wickets in South africa, but i would still like to see him in the squad cause we never know; it might very well b another 450 wicket in centurion. this is where we need afridi to launch the innings.

    i would like to see afridi in the team in place of hameed in easy batting conditions since having hafeez/hameed/younis at the same time will not help the run rate.

  • Syed CAPUA on December 16, 2006, 17:52 GMT

    1. Selecting Afridi for the bouncy and moving pitch of SA would be something like diving into an empty swimming pool.

    2. Both M. Hafeez and I. Farhat should continue openning.

    3. It is a winning combination, as far as bowling is concerned. The selectors may be a shot for Asif only.

    4. Nothing should be done which could upset the current unity and discipline of the team.

  • Adam on December 16, 2006, 17:50 GMT

    I personally think other players like Faisal iqbal should be given priority over players like Afridi & others who were short of the expectations. This the oppourutnity for Faisal to prove to the selectors that he can out perform Afridi in batting since bowling department is overcrowded therefore Afridi missin out on the upcoming tour wont be a blow 2 Pak team. Over to yall

  • KJ on December 16, 2006, 17:50 GMT

    To win the World Cup, the winning team has to be consistent over five to six games. I find it hard to imagine Pakistan could do that, especially if you start including players such as Afridi, Rana Naved and Sami. But Pakistan does have a chance, I agree. About the opening pair, Hafeez should be in as he can also bowl a tidy spell but there is no one else who has shown the ability to partner him outside Pakistan. I would take a chance with Faisal Iqbal opening the batting with Hafeez. At least he seems to have a modicum of technique outside the off stump which neither Hameed, Farhat or Butt have. Pakistan should try him out in the one dayers in South Africa. The bowlers should be Akhtar, Asif, Gul and Shabbir with Rehman as the spinner. I wouldn't consider Kaneria because he is too excitable which can unsettle a team under pressure and because he is a poor fielder.

  • Toseef Nawaz on December 16, 2006, 17:49 GMT

    Everyone will have a different choice when choosing a team but pakistan if they play the same team that just won the last one day against west indies against south africa at home then i think they will come undone. There team selection on a flat track yes is fine but on a fast track with a bit of side movement they need to think twice. Personally i think if all players are available pakistan for the one day should play something like. 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Inzamam ul haq 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Rana Naved ul hasan 10. Shoaib Akhtar 11. Mohammad Asif

  • Faisal Jatoi on December 16, 2006, 17:49 GMT

    My team for World Cup would be:Inzamam ul Haq,Mohammad Yousef,Younis Khan,Mohammad Hafeez,Salman Butt,Shahid Afridi,Shoaib Malik,Kamran Akmal,Shoaib Akhter,Abdul Razzaq,Mohammad Asif,Mohammad Sami,Umar Gul,Rana Naveed. Afridi has to be in the team and Rehman or Kaneria would not fit into the team especially when Asif and Shoaib are there so Afridi should be selected because he can bat and bowl. Salman Butt is a better ODI opener than Yasir Hameed, Yasir should be played in tests only.Our final team should be Butt,Hafeez,Younis,Yousef,Inzy,Malik,Razzaq,Akmal,Akhter,Gul,Asif. Afridi can come in place of either Hafeez or Malik if either of those two fail.Our bowling attack will be Asif and Akhter with Gul and Razzaq and then Malik and Hafeez or Afridi.Inshallah we can win the WC with this team!

  • Ahmer on December 16, 2006, 17:48 GMT

    I have a little disappointed that Butt hasn't had the look in he deserves eapecially with Farhat playin as badly as he has (even when he does score big!). But I pretty much agree with your sqaud. Providin akmal opens, we will prob have the strongest bowling line up, if he comes down and hameed opens we will have a very long batting line. I agree on your afridi point of view. Afridi isn't a form player, thats why he should be in the squad at least. and on flat WI pitches, he could fire up. I really hope he is used. I'm long past the notion of getting frustrated with him, its the player he is so put him in the team and he's likely to make at least one match winning contribution. You can't ask for more

  • jamil on December 16, 2006, 17:47 GMT

    well finally a direct talk - I appreciate your openness in this regard- I have posted my comments with similar thoughts before - and I agree to most of your suggestions except for Shoaib Malik and Afridi. We might be a little too late to get rid of Malik so close to the world cup but I believe you have one of the two positions in the 10 of the team - or three if you are exceptionally good - 11th is the wicket-keeper - the two positions are well defined - either you are a batsman or a bowler - or an exceptionally good all-rounder e.g. Razzaq, Kallis, Flintoff (well he a captain too). There is no team around where a player is inducted in one role and then made to do a second role on a permanent basis (permanent is the keyword). If Malik and Afridi are the last two players left for a choice, I will still pick Afridi. However, here is my choice of 16:

    Imran Farhat, Hafeez (openers), trio of Younis, Yousuf and Inzi, bowlers of Shoaib, Asif, Gul - then choice of Rana, Kaneria, Rehman (depending on the wicket) - this leaves us with Kamran Akmal - these are 12 players - final two should be Razzaq and one of Butt or Kamal. This forms the squad of 14 players. We might swap Shabbir and Kaneria. Butt should be tried at another position.

    It's time we start using specialist players for our team. The only reason a team tries all-rounders are when you have a weaker or vulnerable batting side. We are good on batting and bowling. So let's act like a mature team. However, we must try Asim Kamal et al for batting and keep Kaneria. He is too good a leg-spinner to let go. We have already let a great off-spinner go by choosing Malik (I mean he is no way close to being Saqlain).

    My bet now is on Australia and Pakistan as finalists in the world cup. but we should be ready to make team selection appropriate based on the conditions.

    here comes the world cup people ...

  • muhammad shahzad on December 16, 2006, 17:46 GMT

    you are right kamran abbasi.if all go well in the next couple of months then pakistan should be able to challange south africa and australia in the world cup.i personally think that afridi should be included in the squad but i m also thinking about shabir ahmad, who will be available for selection after 19 of this month and we all know that he is a very good bowler for the ristrictive purpose so he should also be included in the squad. and in my opinion sami does not deserve a spot becaz now we have much better bowlers than him who are waiting to be the part of national team. so hope for the best.

  • vaseemkhan on December 16, 2006, 17:46 GMT

    without afridi you can not win the world cup, afridi is invalueble but all pakistan doesn't understand if afrid had given the cahnce to play at karachi he would have done the great innings it is not dream but what was the pitch the ball was coming on the bat easily and afridi would have 6 to 6 ......... but captain and coach and the media has created hype and afridi low in confidence who score 100 in each match, who Gilcrist, Jayasurya, Kallis,Sehwag,Lara,Ponting , you you are the coach, captain , and bore critic, who brought afridi low in confidence, but he will win over this, pakistan show down would be the same of 2003, if afridi is not given the chance to open, what a sameless, open with farhat(sulggish)with hafeez(new comer) one down younis(the test player)then yousuf(ok)inzi(hero of 2003 loss of worldcup, he has won 1992 but had lost1999& 2003)then malik (zero in variable condition) akmal he make run 1 out of 10and then razzaq (like afridi but can not win mathc on single handedly my valuble suggestion if pak has to win the world cup, frist say to afridi you will play each match open with it rest he would win 3 out of 10 singlehandedly rest 4 can win akhter and other so pak will win 7 out of 10 and would be a world cup champ

  • BOB on December 16, 2006, 17:45 GMT

    Afridi is my choice

  • Mansoor Huda on December 16, 2006, 17:42 GMT

    Shahid Afridi must be included - He bowls to take wickets. Increases our overate. And bats to hit sixes, and increases our runrate. THATS Positive Cricket for you!

    Rest of the squad, with the Abdur Razaq Problem, everything seems good:

    Best XI: 01.Mohammad Hafeez 02.Yasir Hameed 03.Younis Khan 04.Mohammad Yousuf 05.Inzamam-ul-Haq* 06.Shoiab Malik 07.Abdur Razzaq 08.Kamran Akmal 09.Shoiab Akhtar 10.Abdur Rehman 11. Mohammad Asif

    12.Shahid Afridi 13.Rana Naveed-ul-Hassan 14.Asim Kamal 15.Umar Gul

    Naveed will need to replace Rehman or Razzaq at times. Umar Gul must be in as a replacement. Asim Kamal, well, we need a left hander who is better than Farhat and especially more solid. And if Akmal Opens the innings. Afirid would make a good last 10 over party along with Malik, Razzak and Rana & Akhtar. But we would have to replace Rehman for him.

    So we got options. Now lets see if we have the discipline and the temprament.

    Good Luck Pakistan!

  • Imran Iqbal on December 16, 2006, 17:42 GMT

    it's a sweet dilemma, but Pakistan must not play too many all rounders and Shabir Ahmed must be given chance in South Africa for assessment...

  • Omar on December 16, 2006, 17:41 GMT

    Afridi is unpredictable, but a match winner and therefore he must be included.

  • Talha on December 16, 2006, 17:41 GMT

    Yes, I agree with U Kamran, The Final Place should go to Afridi, but we need a spinner and that is Danish Kaneria i think its very difficult fkor selectors to choose Afridi or Kaneria.

  • Omar Asif on December 16, 2006, 17:39 GMT

    I also agree on Afridi; afterall it was a little over a year ago when he was at his destructive best in India and with wickets in West Indies being probably the same, he could be very very valuable. He must be a regular member of the squad from now on so that he could recover his confidence. We have also had enough of Iman Farhatas well; even though he managed to score a few his knocks have been far from fluent, besides he never bats responsibly enough and almost always throws it away after doing the basic work and thats definitely not the way a top order batsman should play. On Sami i don't agree however; a couple of good performances can't cover months of average goings. Kaneria or another batsman might be a better option; four fast bowlers plus an Abdur Razzaq are enough. Other than that we just need the ruthlessness in intent and we could be unbeatable!

  • Omar Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 17:39 GMT

    i really beleive that you have simplified the squad selection a great deal.however it is to be noted that in WI the pitches are slow and offer assistance to slower bowlers who can make the batsman play early.the turn is there but its slow.therefore i feel both kaneria and rahman might be needed.also there is no need to have 5 pacers in the squad as at any time no more than 3 would play in a match apart from razzak.it would be hard for any of rana or gul to sit out so either sami or shabbir might have to make way for a specialist batsman. i feel that the pakistan lacks specialist batsmen in its squad apart from the well know trio they only have yasir hameed.so its important to have faisal iaqbal instead of the 5th fast bowler in the squad.afridi cannot be overlooked easily because of his mutlidimensional abilities but his selection should be made after a lot of scrutiny for form as he can be disastrous for both opponents and pakistan if he misifires.he is like an allround version of sami.

  • Thomas on December 16, 2006, 17:35 GMT

    Sometimes we do things not because we want to but because we have to...and that is we have to bite the nail and say Afredi has proven his worth as no ordinary player buut a match winner with bat, ball and fielding...and no class player like that can stay out of form too long. His time is just around the corner. Big mistake if Pakistan leaves him out of the tour of the World Cup.

  • Fahad mansoor on December 16, 2006, 17:34 GMT

    I assume that we are discussing here the squad of one days only because test squad for southafrica could be a little diferent from this. Keeping worldcup in mind, I would say Afridi is certain to get selected and we dont need five specialist fast bowlers along with razzaq. So i think sami would find it difficult to make it and we can have faisal iqbal as a backup batsman incase one of our big three middle order batsmen gets injured. Also i would still go with imran farhat instead of yasir hameed as farhat has been quite consistent recently.

  • Aftab Qureshi on December 16, 2006, 17:32 GMT

    Thank you, Kamran, for helping out the selectors, if I may describe it as such. I entirely agree with you that the 14 named by you literally pick themselves. For the 15th spot, I would leave out Kaneria and Faisal Iqbal. Abdur Rehman on curent form is definitely the man for the specialist spinner's place in the team. If I hear the captain and the coach clearly, both would prefer him over Kaneria. So, the choice narrows down to elther Afridi or Imran Frhat. Leaving out Imran is not an easy decision but I would take it because Afridi is a very good wild card, besides being a versatile all rounder who, on his day, can turn a match around.

  • Zubair on December 16, 2006, 17:30 GMT

    We need to see the Pakistan weak areas, which are opening inconsistency and few sharp fielders, now Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed prove to be most difficult selection, Imran has shown some good battin o in the recent series, Hafeez justifies his slot bcuz of his bowling, Shahid Afridi deserve the selection but only in Squad of 14, not in playing 11, for Shoaib if he proves more than 100 % fitness, then we should pick him. otherwise sorry for him, A Rahman also deserve a place

  • Arif Rashid on December 16, 2006, 17:29 GMT

    Oh yeah, Ajmal is right. You completely overlooked Shabbir Ahmed. I haven't been watching the current series, but I can imagine that Shabbir is still better than Sami.

  • Arif Rashid on December 16, 2006, 17:27 GMT

    I agree with Nabeel. He should make the squad though. I am hoping that he performs in SA. I am almost tempted to say that he should make the squad over razzaq. I dunno, these selections are just too difficult. If Afridi finds good form before the world cup, he needs to be automatically in the squad.

  • Imran Akram on December 16, 2006, 17:27 GMT

    world Cup Squad

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Muhammad Yousaf 5. Inzamam ul Haq 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Shahid afridi 10. Shoaib Akhter 11. Muhammad Asif 12. Rana Naveed 13. Umar Gul/ Shabbir Ahmad 14. Abdul rehman

  • Abu Faissal on December 16, 2006, 17:27 GMT

    It is graet to win the series against West Indies, but there has been too much shuffling on the top order. You may find logic for doing so, but Pak ha stried far too many combinations than necessary. Including any one player (opener) on the basis of one good inning or droping him fo rteh lack of it does not make any sense. It takes away the self confidence from the axed batsman.

    Shahid Afridi is no doubt a match winner, and without much ado , the empty slot must go to him. His one off inning in Multan had a lack of match practice written all over it, and evn his fielding was very poor. I think once he is assured of his place in the final selection of the team, he will be a different player. Those against him must look at Inzi and younus's performances during the series against WI. We did not see the real Inzi in the whole series except the 2nd. ODI where there was a glimpse of his batting prowess, but will you drop him for poor form during this series while selecting the final team? There is no substitute for experience, and class. Where form is a temporary thing, class and experience are permanenet, and it will need only one fine knock by Afridi on the South African tour to get his form back. Afridi is a match winner and an eyesore for many a oponent. you need him to keep everybody on his toes. Bob and Inzi must back him up and give the much needed confidence for the sake of the team.

  • Khurram on December 16, 2006, 17:26 GMT

    Well, like i v already mentioned in one of my earlier comments; Hafeez, Razzak, Shoaib Malik and Afridi are too many an all round option. Two of the spots in the playing eleven must b reserved for them. The new power play rule makes it mandatory that a team plays withn three strike pacers and use them in the power plays and the death overs. Unless one merges powerplays and death overs, which I feel that no captain has opted for yet! So three pacers, one spinner two all round options and one keeper. Hameed looks good for the number 3 position! 5 pacers (Akhter, Asif, Sami, Gul, Rana/Shabbir), 6 batsmen (Younis, Yousuf, Inzi, Hameed, Salman Butt, Imran Farhat), Kamran Akmal accounts for twelve positions. Razzaq, Malik and Hafeez are my 15.

  • Yasser on December 16, 2006, 17:24 GMT

    I think Shahid Afridi should be selected, even though he is very inconsistent, he is a game changing batsmen. This could be a great tool for Pakistan in the world cup. Other then that, the bowling attack looks awesome right now, if they can remain healthy I don't see how they can't bowl out any team in the world.

  • Danish Zaidi on December 16, 2006, 17:23 GMT

    I don't agree with Ajmal when he says that Shabbir Ahmed should be given a place in the side. This bowler has always struggled with no balls and wides and has no match practice. I think Pakistan would be taking a risk with Shabbir. Afridi for the SA tour: I don't think he is the right choice for SA because of his past record. He has never done well against them and that too on their home ground where the wickets are bowling friendly. I think Afridi would be a miserable FLOP. Maybe rest him for the SA tour and get him to play local league matches so he can be ready for the World Cup. I think Pakistan is going to win matches with their fast bowling and discipline more than anything else. Batsmen are going to have an uphill task so I think Batsmen with technique should be given more preference. eg. Yasir Hameed comes to mind. Razzaq needs to be told what is role is in the team and needs to stick to a game plan. I think that will be vital. Pakistan's past record here suggests that their middle-lower order have to fire like how Azhar Mehmood did with those 100s batting with the tail...in 97/98 if they can replicate that then who knows...

  • Yousuf Sheikh on December 16, 2006, 17:21 GMT

    I think the final spot should go to the left hand opener Imran Farhat. Shahid has been provided lots of opportunities (200+ games)but has shown no improvement in his temperament and batting skills. Besides we have a very fine left hand leg spinner in Abdul Rehman who has an excellent performance in the recently concluded series with Windies.So this completes the squad for the world cup.

  • Mohammad A. Ahmed on December 16, 2006, 17:20 GMT

    Yes, the bowling dept seems to be well packed with some delightful resources. But for the batting, I believedropping Farhat would be a mistake. Why drop a batsman who's been performing well for us? Are we saving him as a specialist Test opener?

    Granted his stroke play is a bit streaky in the ODI's, but so was Saeed Anwar. People (especially Pakistani's) have always loved a player who lives on the edge of a sword. Which is why we love Afridi as well. On the "Asian pitches" of the Caribbean, Farhat might become as big a trump card as Afridi himself - and a bit more consistent!

    I'm not saying pick Farhat over Afridi. Both these players are "trump cards" in my book. But I wouldn't pick Hameed over Farhat just because of a couple of good home performances.

    Its a difficult selection delima. But I think the SA tour will answer a lot more questions (and make things a lot clearer) for the WC team selection.

  • Abid on December 16, 2006, 17:19 GMT

    Totally agree with the selection and it shouldn't be a big task to pick Afridi ahead of others for the last spot, because of the fact that he will bring variety as an only leg spinner in the squad, fire power that could change the dynamic of the game in 2-3 overs, energy to the legargic field department with likes of Razzaq, Yousaf and Inzi, and above all he can provide some crucial break through.

  • Azar on December 16, 2006, 17:18 GMT

    Your absolutly right, drop Farhat cos he is a flasher, i mean the guy does not no where his off stump is. bring someone with a solid technique. Saleem Elahi should definetly be given another chance. where has he disappeared too?

  • Imran Haider, Sargodha on December 16, 2006, 17:17 GMT

    I want Afridi in both South Africa and World Cup Squad.

  • yasir jamali on December 16, 2006, 17:17 GMT

    yar how much ,how much and finally how much chances does afridi needs? from 1996 he has played a large number of odi games and i think afer inzmam he is the senior player in the squad but how much he made total score in odi,s just below 3000 runs shame man!

  • Gulzeb on December 16, 2006, 17:14 GMT

    There is absolutely no way Afridi should be on the squad. Though not known for his consistency, he has been very consistent in performing poorly in the last year. Yet his place has been virtually unquestioned until this series. This just shows the selectors bias for him because he can pull crowds. With Abdur Rehman performing so well and Hafeez also doing good, we have enough spinners to not need Afridi as a bowler and his batting has been woeful enough to not even get him on a Zimbabwe team, let alone a Pakistan team.

  • Sohaib on December 16, 2006, 17:14 GMT

    We have to hope and pray (really really hard) that these players stay in form, unlike those of other teams. They have to keep the momentum gong. It is at once a good and bad predicament to be in - you choose 3 bowlers from any of the 5 available (rotate depending on match cruciality, pitch conditions etc). What an awesome situation to be in! You have the trio in yousuf, Younis and Inzamam, and ofcourse Kamran Akmal. You can choose to open with two from Yasir, Hafeez and Farhat. Then you choose two from Afridi, Razzaq, Rehman and Malik. Oh man - suddenly, Inzamam leaving does not seem to be leaving THAT BIG a gap!

  • Faraz Ishaq on December 16, 2006, 17:13 GMT

    100% Agreed with your selection. Afridi is the most hungry and the true talent who can easily improve pakistan chances of winning. Cricket has a bit depedency on psyche. The way Lara was celebrating Afridi's wicket in Multan, I am sure Afridi has its own scare around the world. Afridi and Shoaib and Y DUO in the middle order will be the key to success. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN..

  • Waliullah Shah on December 16, 2006, 17:13 GMT

    I totally agree Afridi should be in the squad because of his all round abilities, mental toughness and high level of commitment.And for those who will be left out becuase of this, I can only say that it is not a matter of fairness to the individual player, which has to be looked at but rather the good of the Pakistan team. Teams interest should held supreme, and selection should be based entirely based on this factor and nothing more. Fairness or unfairness is of no consequence in these matters.

  • taemoor on December 16, 2006, 17:11 GMT

    i think the following squad would be ideal for pakistan: Op: Akmal (WK) Hafeez (HANDY ALL ROUNDER) MID: Inzi,Yousuf Younus (THREE BIGGIES) and Hameed (RECENT SCORES IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MATCHES) LOW: Malik,(BRILLIANT FIELDER) Razzaq and Afridi (HITTING ABILITIES) Bowling: Abdul-Rehman, Asif, Akhtar, Gul and rana

  • HARPRET BHINDER on December 16, 2006, 17:09 GMT

    sahid afridi ofcours he is no 1 hit or miss but i like him thats why i watched all matches if he is not select i am not that is only reason all player play in same way why we watch them but he always i know he is not making run now but touch up series vs WI in 2005 he is the hero WC coimg soon if afridi is not there sorry i am going to miss

  • Wasim Nawab on December 16, 2006, 17:08 GMT

    My squad for the world cup would be as follows:

    Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Inzamam, Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Rana, Gul, Asif, Shoaib, Sami and Kaneria.

    I cant understand why ppl have forgotten aboy Salman Butt just recall his century in Australia, and a couple of hundreds under pressure and youll realise how good a player he really is.

    Basically i would agree with most of Kamran's teasm but would take out Hafeez and put in butt. Hafeez has done nothing memomarable and his records both in first class cricket and international are mediocre at best. Imran Farhat is a totally useless batsman - poor technique, pathetic shot selection, irresponsible, poor timing and a very average record.

    Although i have to give abdul rehman credit for how he has bowled he is still raw and someone to go to the worlde cup with only handful of ODI matches is a risk - Kaneria a much better option as he is a matchwinning leg spinner - just hasn't been given enough oppurtunities to shine in ODI's.

    I think Shabbir shud go to South Africa to see wot his made of but hell need something remarkable to sneek in the squad. The next in line after these 15 that i have picked who could make the squad with injuries to others or poor form etc would be Shabbir, Yasir Arafat(he is equivalent to Wasim Akram as a number 8 batsman) Azhar Mahmood and Saqlain Mushtaq. However the latter two are unrealistic given pcb has messed their careers up.

  • Shahnawaz on December 16, 2006, 17:07 GMT

    I really dont agree with you on this one. I agree that you can pick most of it, but to say that only one spot is up for grabs is false. How can you think that Abdur Rehman and Yasir Hameed are sure picks? Abdur Rehman has had one good series, and Yasir had two decent innings! We are talking about the world cup here. I need more proof that these guys are up for the task. Also, the opening problem is far from sorted. Granted Hafeez has played well, btu the other spot is wide open. Farhat? Butt? Akmal? Afridi? The squad is far from clear.

  • Ahsan on December 16, 2006, 17:06 GMT

    given the above team and the dropping of imran farhat also suggest that pakistan would go into the worldcup with no left handed specialist batsman with the lone abdur rehman in the tail.Left hand ..Right hand combinations have proved to break the bowler's rhythm .but then again hafeez and hameed are much more reliable than farhat and afridi should be in the team

  • amir cheema on December 16, 2006, 17:03 GMT

    There is no room for SAMI and FARHAT and AFRRIDI. Shabir and Rahman shold be in the squad. Hafeez is working very hard and i strongly belive if they let him play for a while he will become a good solid opener.In my mind i think ASIF RANA SHOAIB and SHABIR and then RAZAAQ with RAHMAN is very strong attack. MALIK and HAFEEZ can open and also provide bowlling support. what you think

  • Khurram Jamali on December 16, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    I agree with practically all your selections barring one. I think Mohammaad Sami should not be in the squad. Sami has repeatedly been given opportunities and failed on the bigger stage, only to reattract our interest with relatively good performances. But the fact of the matter is the pakistan team would play Shoaib, Asif, Rana as well as Umar Gul ahead of him. And if we need to replace another bowler, I would suggest Shabbir Ahmed; with his height, Shabbir manages to extract bounce that Sami would not be able to. Of course Shabbir will have to convince selectors that he will not be no-balled. I also think Pakistan should employ a rotation policy in the earlier round (prior to the super-eight,) in order to give all their players a chance to acclimatize. This will also keep our stalwarts liek Shoaib fresh and raring to go when the going really gets tough; after all, do we really need the likes of Shoaib, Asif and Yousuf to prove themselves? We know they will come good, so let's prepare the others incase the worse case scenario transpires; we lose one of our strike bowlers or batsmen to injury.

    The Pakistan team looks in good shape, but they must be careful against complacency. Only five months ago the Indian team seemed like a scary prospect, but a combinatino of complacency and injuries has mipacted them deeply enough to greatly injure their chances at the world cup. Let's not let the same thing happen to our boys.

    Jia You!

  • Tayyeb Tahir on December 16, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    I think our selectors are in a pickle.

    First elven Hafeez, Kamran, Younis, Yousaf, Inzi, Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Rana, Asif, Rahman.

    Reserves: Shoiab Akhtar, Umar gul, Farhat, Afridi

    Provided they hold their catches and remain fit. Good luck Team Pakistan

  • Yasir Faruqi on December 16, 2006, 16:59 GMT

    I agree with most of your selection there Kamran. However, I would definately find a place for Salman Butt in my World Cup squad. One - because he's a good young opener and secondly, because he is a left hander and we need a left hander in our line up. My World Cup Squad would be, Inzamam, Yousef, Younis, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Abdur Razzaq,Shoaib Akhter,Mohammad Sami,Umar Gul,Rana Naveed,Danish Kaneria. I would pick Kaneria over Rehman simply because I think Rehman has been flattered by a poor West Indies batting display over the last few games,and will struggle against top sides like Australia. Kaneria is a proven commodity against top teams and should therefore get the nod ahead of Rehman for the World Cup. Although I doubt whether we will be playing any specialist spinner in our 11 during the world cup. Hafeez and Malik are likely to be in the final 11 and they do a good enough job between them so I dont really think we're going to sacrifice a batter to play Kaneria or Rehman. Finally, a word about Imran Farhat - bye bye Imran. Have fun in domestic cricket and continue giving catching practice to the keeper and the boys in the slips.

  • Gary Niblock on December 16, 2006, 16:59 GMT

    I feel they should take 15 to South Africa and keep with that squad for the World Cup barring injury. I am not convinced about likes of Hafeez though and Farhat - surely Butt is the man to deliver abroad. And Kaneria is the best spinner and would be one of the first names on my team sheet - one day cricket or not.

    Butt, Younis, Yousuf, Inzamam, Malik, Razzaq, Akmal, Rana, Shoaib, Asif, Kaneria, Gul, Rehman, Hafeez, Arafat

  • pb on December 16, 2006, 16:59 GMT

    I am digruntled with the following comments by Kamran " Despite WADA'S posturing......". Let me ask you this.. As a man of science and medicene, do you think it is ethical for shoaib and asif to go scot free? Should they be in the team? Osman samiudin doesnt think so. Read his articles DR. ABBASI!

  • rauf on December 16, 2006, 16:58 GMT

    AA You have picked the squad - almost. Drop A. Razzaq. D. Kaneria has no room. I.Farhat stays home. I'd include S.Butt. S.Akhtar and Asif are to play. R. Naved-ul-Hasan and U.Gul belong in any team. With all this potential and a convincing win in the last ODI we still cant let the guard down. Its different terrain in Africa. Good luck.

  • awais yasin on December 16, 2006, 16:57 GMT

    I also agree with you kamran. i think the last spot should go to shahid afridi. He hasn't been in the best of form but he is such a destructive player that you have to have him in your squad. If Pakistan do play him I think they should let him open because in that psoition he can play freely and be most effective. If he scores quick runs then Pakistan can put up big totals. The last spot for a fast bowler should go to either Rana or Gul in my opinion. If Shabbir bowls well in South Africa then it will be a tough decision.

  • Ahsan on December 16, 2006, 16:57 GMT

    nice selection kamran..i just wish that the selectors read the above article before making the selection for the worldcup..it would indeed make their job relatively easier.Shahid Afridi is actually the "sizzling ingredient" for pakistan's success at the World Cup.The rest chose themselves..especially with the "find of the series" abdur rehman..danish kaneria can buy himself a LCD TV to watch the world cup at home.I am very happy with the return of Rana and Sami.Both were serving pakistan team well until last year and went thru a lot of criticism but hav managed to prove their worth.Rana,sami,shoaib,asif and gul should be taken to South Africa to give them a chance and futher bolster their confidence before the BIG TRIP

  • Faiz Khilji on December 16, 2006, 16:56 GMT

    I almost agree with you to have Afridi in. Farhat was more lucky in scoring runs here. But as Ajmal says, Shabbir should be there in place of Sami. Rest assured Team Pakistan will do well, Inshallah. Good Luck Pakistan, we are all with you...

  • Arsalan Ghouri on December 16, 2006, 16:55 GMT

    These all thinkings and talks will be remain here. Because these all performances and skills remains here when Our Heros make fly to SA.

  • Khurram on December 16, 2006, 16:54 GMT

    the playing 11 for me would be :1- Mohammed Hafeez,2-Shahid Afridi,3-younus khan,4-Mohammed Yousuf,5-Inzamam ul Haq,6-Shoaib Malik,7-Abdul Razzaq,8-Kamran Akmal,9-Rana Naved,10-Shoaib Akhtar,11-Mohammad Asif.the 5 reserve should be Yasir Hameed,Abdul Rehman,Umar Gul,Shabbir Ahmed OR Faisal Iqbal. since the carribean picthes are not quite like austrailians or southafrican picthes i think Afridi should Thrive,also he did pretty well on the last tour to the carribean.Abdul Razzaq is known for "not coming forward" i think south africa should suit him cuz of the bounce and the backfoot player he is .

  • Chris on December 16, 2006, 16:53 GMT

    This Pakistan team, on paper looks unbeatable. But, cricket isn't played on papaer. As for Afridi getting the all rounders slot, he's got to show his worth. It's no good making a quickfire 30, he needs 50's and 100's. Asif, Akhtar and Gul should be our main bowlers, with Rana offering swing. Rehman should be the spinner, while Sami and Shabbir can be good backups. As for the openers, Hafeez has one good innings in a blue moon, while Akmal isn't a opener. I think Hammed deserves a go, and Farhat is getting better.

  • Ahson on December 16, 2006, 16:53 GMT

    There is no need to have sami, gul, rana, shoaib and asif! never going to play 5 seemers. Razzaq and Malik - can't be dropped. My team would be: Hafeez/Hameed, Akmal, Khan, Yousaf, Inzi, Malik, Razaq, Rehman/Afridi, Rana, Shoaib, Asif. Other two places in squad go to Gul and Arafat .....

  • Amir on December 16, 2006, 16:51 GMT

    Well I disagree with you Kamran. I think we shouldn't forget Afridi & Shabbir contribution in the past for the Pakistan. Unfortunately, Afridi is not in a good touch due to lot of up & downs in the no. As far Shabbir is concern he is the best choice under 14 final players for World Cup.

  • jamil ahmed on December 16, 2006, 16:49 GMT

    I think Shaid Afridi shall be part of South Africa squad as well as for Worldcup.I hope that he will regain his form in upcming tour.

  • Zohair Mokarim on December 16, 2006, 16:43 GMT

    We need to give Salman Butt and Imran Nazir another chance. They have been performing consistently at the domestic level. These are two players with tremendous talent and i think are the solution to our opening problem for the World Cup and beyond !!!

  • rahel on December 16, 2006, 16:42 GMT

    i hope and pray that they do not leave out shahid afridi. on those asiatic-like windies wickets he could win matches single handedly with bat and ball.

    it is time to get rid of faisal iqbal, imran farhat.

    And finally i hope that bob woolmer, inzamam and the selectors see the sense that shoaib and asif are indespensible match winners.

  • ayub hussain ali khan on December 16, 2006, 16:42 GMT

    my squad for one day side is inzamam,younis,yousef,afridi,yasir hameed,hafeez,razzaq,shoaib malik,umar gul,shaoib akhtar,mohd.asif,rana naved,abdul rahman,shahid yousef ,kamran akmal ok .......and for test team is inzamam,younis,yousef,imran farhat ,yasir hameed,hafeez,razzaq,shoaib malik,umar gul,shoaib akhtar,mohd.asif,shahid nazir,asim kamal,faisal iqbal,shabbir ahmed.....and also pass ur comment on my section sami n iftikar rao dropped due to bad bowling with west indies n england okk

  • Raza on December 16, 2006, 16:41 GMT

    Yeah, I will also go with Afridi as well, because without him i dont enjoying watching Cricket that much, but anywhy Kamran your comment about Sami and co-bowllers was very funny. "the bowler who couldn't bowl two balls on the same spot--have all made indisputable cases for selection"..

  • Eba on December 16, 2006, 16:40 GMT

    Definitively an enviable position Pakistan finds itself in. I’m not sure what Sami has done to earn a trip to the Caribbean though (averaging 30 with 6 wickets in 06)? With Malik, Razzaq and everyone’s sentimental favorite Afridi in the fold, Pakistan would have enough all-rounder support to back up the bowling effort (I’m not suggesting Pakistan play all three in the same game). With Afridi in, Sami out, the final spot would be left for Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat to fight over. My vote would be with Iqbal, because with Afridi in the team, you don’t need another batsman than plays on a wing and prayer.

  • Imran on December 16, 2006, 16:40 GMT

    Pakistan have some fantastic options for next year, Shabbir also will become available soon. I feel that Afridi is a useful man to have in the squad. His flexibility in the ODIs is handy, and his experience in this competition is also an advantage to an exciting squad.

  • Fareed Nasir on December 16, 2006, 16:39 GMT

    With Rana bagging man of series, Shoaib and asif coming back, Umar Gul being the best bowler of season and Razzaq being an almost certainty to Be included in squad we have five pace bowlers which does not leave a slot for Sami. I agree he has bowled ok in last matches but I dont think he has done enough to warrant a place in side, as yet. Despite recent poor form leaving Afridi out of squad will be foolish. If Farhat can get so many chances and Akmal being selected despite his poor run due to his allround potential, Why drop Afridi. Bob Woolmer likes Afridi and Shoaib Malik and they will find themselves on the plane and very rightly so. Yusuf, Younis and Inzi pick themselves. This builds the squad to 12. 4 more places one should go to Abdul rehman. We will need a spinner in West Indies. Hafeez after todays performance will and should be selected. Yasir and probably Faisal. So my squad is not vastly different from yours. Hwoever the best thing is that both squads are strong and very well balanced, bring on australia on neutral soil.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on December 16, 2006, 16:38 GMT

    I think the team for the SA tour (only for Onedayers) & WC should be the same. Allowing them to settled before the WC. My team goes:

    1. Mohammed Hafeez 2. Yasser Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammed Yousuf 5. Inzamam Ul Haque 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Kamran Akmal 10. Abdur Rehman 11.Rana Naved 12. Umar Gul 13. Mohammed Asif 14. Shoaib Akhter

    I believe that no matter how poor Afridi's form is, he should be included in the One-day team. Becoz, if we look at the team there is not a single player who is a big hitter of the ball except Abdul Razzak, who I thinks has lost his touch both in bowling & batting he don't deserve a place in the team but, I am sure Inzi wants him.

    Afridi should be played at no. 5 or 6.

  • Muhammad usman aslam on December 16, 2006, 16:37 GMT

    Absolutely slam dunk observation !!

    Imran Farhat should be dropped, Here is the squad from my side ...

    . Muhammad hafeez . Kamran Akmal or Yasir hameed . Younis Khan . Muhammad Yousaf . Inzamamul Haq . Shoaib Malik . Abdul Razzaq . Shahid Afridi or Abdul Rehman . Shoaib Akhtar . Muhammad Asif . Rana naveed Or Umar Gul

    wow.. the squad looks special on paper...

    what's really required is how they actually play on the field...

    i really feel Shoaib is not to be ignored or cast aside.. he's a real gem and a match winner provided he keeps his emotions in the right direction.

    Fingers crossed... but cheering the Green and White to go all the way !!!

  • Sidra on December 16, 2006, 16:34 GMT

    This is going to be a test for Selectors and they should use their senses properly according to conditions of SA.Also its good they can have backup bowlers because southafrica is a place where bowlers are vulerable to injuries.

  • Nads on December 16, 2006, 16:29 GMT

    the final spot in your squad should go to Faisal Iqbal, no need for two specialist spinners so a no to kaneria and with regards to that man Afridi please we have simply had enough of waiting for him to produce something and it upsets the balance of the team as he is only really useful as an opening batsman. In addition his commitment has been questionable of late and therefore the place should go to a younger, hungrier Faisal Iqbal. By the way great to see Yasir Hameed back in the fold !!

  • KS on December 16, 2006, 16:26 GMT

    Team should not play Shahid Afridi along with Hafeez,Shoiab malik and abdul razzaq because then team becomes too vulnerable to falter with all these four allrounders none specialized to perform in a given department (bowling/batting). Would then be better to either pick a specialist bowler/batsman for the last spot.

  • Mian Waheed on December 16, 2006, 16:26 GMT

    My team for World cup 1)Yasir Hameed 2)Hafeez 3)Yunis 4)Yusaf 5)Imzimam 6)Shaib Malik 7)Razaq 8)Kamran akmal9)Shoiab Akhtar 10)Asif 11)Rana Naveed 12)Umar Gul 13)Shabir14)Abdur Rehman 15)Shahid Afridi--SAME TEAM FOR SOUTH AFRICA

  • Sheraz Soofi on December 16, 2006, 16:25 GMT

    Well, there is no doubt that Abdur Rehman is a sensation and he really earned his spot in the team. He is a brilliant bowler, gives our team more depth in bowling which makes us a formidable bowling line-up and most importantly he is specialist. And debating on the last spot, i believe that even though Afridi failed in his last appearance, he shoudl be in the team its just a matter of time when he can get back in his groove. I would pick Shahid Afridi over Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, and Danish Kaneria. Because he is one of our main player.

  • Ossamah on December 16, 2006, 15:55 GMT

    Gotta agree with you Kamran. I think its about time we DROP Imran Farhat. I am impressed with Rahman and I just dont understand that if he was so good back in the 1999 why the heck we picked Kaneria over him!!!! I hope our selectors start taking some good pills now.

  • nabeel on December 16, 2006, 15:52 GMT

    i have my doubts about shahid afridi . he was provided with an oppurtunity but hasn't performed well so i think it will be injustice not to give the other players a chance which they deserve .

  • Ajmal on December 16, 2006, 15:40 GMT

    I to think that the final spot should go to afridi, because he is valuble in the field to a side that has been known to lack in that department, he's fast leg breaks and variations could also prove to be vital on the westindies pitches and on his day there is no doubting that he is the most destructive batman the world of cricket has ever produced. But i disagree with you, Kamran, when you say that sami should get a spot in the squad because you are forgetting one bowler whos suspenssion is comming to an end, Shabir Ahmed, I think shabir should be offered the last bowlers spot, and i also think he should be picked for the tour of south africa.

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  • Ajmal on December 16, 2006, 15:40 GMT

    I to think that the final spot should go to afridi, because he is valuble in the field to a side that has been known to lack in that department, he's fast leg breaks and variations could also prove to be vital on the westindies pitches and on his day there is no doubting that he is the most destructive batman the world of cricket has ever produced. But i disagree with you, Kamran, when you say that sami should get a spot in the squad because you are forgetting one bowler whos suspenssion is comming to an end, Shabir Ahmed, I think shabir should be offered the last bowlers spot, and i also think he should be picked for the tour of south africa.

  • nabeel on December 16, 2006, 15:52 GMT

    i have my doubts about shahid afridi . he was provided with an oppurtunity but hasn't performed well so i think it will be injustice not to give the other players a chance which they deserve .

  • Ossamah on December 16, 2006, 15:55 GMT

    Gotta agree with you Kamran. I think its about time we DROP Imran Farhat. I am impressed with Rahman and I just dont understand that if he was so good back in the 1999 why the heck we picked Kaneria over him!!!! I hope our selectors start taking some good pills now.

  • Sheraz Soofi on December 16, 2006, 16:25 GMT

    Well, there is no doubt that Abdur Rehman is a sensation and he really earned his spot in the team. He is a brilliant bowler, gives our team more depth in bowling which makes us a formidable bowling line-up and most importantly he is specialist. And debating on the last spot, i believe that even though Afridi failed in his last appearance, he shoudl be in the team its just a matter of time when he can get back in his groove. I would pick Shahid Afridi over Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, and Danish Kaneria. Because he is one of our main player.

  • Mian Waheed on December 16, 2006, 16:26 GMT

    My team for World cup 1)Yasir Hameed 2)Hafeez 3)Yunis 4)Yusaf 5)Imzimam 6)Shaib Malik 7)Razaq 8)Kamran akmal9)Shoiab Akhtar 10)Asif 11)Rana Naveed 12)Umar Gul 13)Shabir14)Abdur Rehman 15)Shahid Afridi--SAME TEAM FOR SOUTH AFRICA

  • KS on December 16, 2006, 16:26 GMT

    Team should not play Shahid Afridi along with Hafeez,Shoiab malik and abdul razzaq because then team becomes too vulnerable to falter with all these four allrounders none specialized to perform in a given department (bowling/batting). Would then be better to either pick a specialist bowler/batsman for the last spot.

  • Nads on December 16, 2006, 16:29 GMT

    the final spot in your squad should go to Faisal Iqbal, no need for two specialist spinners so a no to kaneria and with regards to that man Afridi please we have simply had enough of waiting for him to produce something and it upsets the balance of the team as he is only really useful as an opening batsman. In addition his commitment has been questionable of late and therefore the place should go to a younger, hungrier Faisal Iqbal. By the way great to see Yasir Hameed back in the fold !!

  • Sidra on December 16, 2006, 16:34 GMT

    This is going to be a test for Selectors and they should use their senses properly according to conditions of SA.Also its good they can have backup bowlers because southafrica is a place where bowlers are vulerable to injuries.

  • Muhammad usman aslam on December 16, 2006, 16:37 GMT

    Absolutely slam dunk observation !!

    Imran Farhat should be dropped, Here is the squad from my side ...

    . Muhammad hafeez . Kamran Akmal or Yasir hameed . Younis Khan . Muhammad Yousaf . Inzamamul Haq . Shoaib Malik . Abdul Razzaq . Shahid Afridi or Abdul Rehman . Shoaib Akhtar . Muhammad Asif . Rana naveed Or Umar Gul

    wow.. the squad looks special on paper...

    what's really required is how they actually play on the field...

    i really feel Shoaib is not to be ignored or cast aside.. he's a real gem and a match winner provided he keeps his emotions in the right direction.

    Fingers crossed... but cheering the Green and White to go all the way !!!

  • Shahbaz Faheem on December 16, 2006, 16:38 GMT

    I think the team for the SA tour (only for Onedayers) & WC should be the same. Allowing them to settled before the WC. My team goes:

    1. Mohammed Hafeez 2. Yasser Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammed Yousuf 5. Inzamam Ul Haque 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Kamran Akmal 10. Abdur Rehman 11.Rana Naved 12. Umar Gul 13. Mohammed Asif 14. Shoaib Akhter

    I believe that no matter how poor Afridi's form is, he should be included in the One-day team. Becoz, if we look at the team there is not a single player who is a big hitter of the ball except Abdul Razzak, who I thinks has lost his touch both in bowling & batting he don't deserve a place in the team but, I am sure Inzi wants him.

    Afridi should be played at no. 5 or 6.