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Twenty20 World Cup 2009

Whatever happened to the ICL players?

Kamran Abbasi



Pakistan have announced their T20 World Cup squad. Much of the squad picks itself, a couple are new and unexpected, one at least is a surprise omission (Iftikhar Rao, a regular in Pakistan's squad over the last two years), while at least another is lucky to be included on reputation (Shoaib Akhtar). Indeed, a typical Pakistani selection.

I am surprised and disappointed, however, that no escapees from the ICL have been included. Anybody who saw Imran Nazir's brutal innings in last year's ICL final will wonder how he missed selection? Other players, such as Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Yousuf, will have hoped for a recall to national duty.

Now you might well argue that none of these ICL ex-cons has a decent case for selection. You might also argue that they chose to line their pockets instead of lining up for their country. Nonetheless, the PCB had an opportunity to resurrect an international career or two, and it missed it. This failure of nerve is especially unwelcome as the PCB has been threatening defiance on behalf of its ICL cricketers, exciting players who might now never return to international cricket.

PS Well done to all you eagle-eyed readers who spotted that Sohail Tanvir is in the squad. Thanks--and what a relief. Well done Mr Qadir.

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Posted by Blue on (December 23, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

You put the lime in the coconut and drink the ariltce up.

Posted by hamza usmani on (June 16, 2009, 13:10 GMT)

at last pakistan qualify for semis congrats to all pakistani team members plz work hard and win cup for us we will pray for your success GOD bless u

Posted by Humayun on (June 16, 2009, 12:22 GMT)

Dear Mr. Amanzeb Khan, We all are different and we can have our own views about different players. But if a person can't see Abdul Razzaq's effectiveness in any team then Am very sorry to say that he has no idea of what the international cricket is, and i am so surprised that there are cricket lovers who think PCB was right to do all this. Pakistanis eat, drink and sleep cricket and cricket is one platform which brings us all together and bcaz of our board we've lost so many talented cricketers. Nasim Ashraf has murdered our national cricket, first by removing Waqar Younis from coaching and then removing stars from the team. If joining the ICL is that big of a sin, our Board is responsible for that too.

Posted by Humayun on (June 16, 2009, 12:21 GMT)

Dear Mr. Amanzeb Khan, We all are different and we can have our own views about different players. But if a person can't see Abdul Razzaq's effectiveness in any team then Am very sorry to say that he has no idea of what the international cricket is, and i am so surprised that there are cricket lovers who think PCB was right to do all this. Pakistanis eat, drink and sleep cricket and cricket is one platform which brings us all together and bcaz of our board we've lost so many talented cricketers. Nasim Ashraf has murdered our national cricket, first by removing Waqar Younis from coaching and then removing stars from the team. If joining the ICL is that big of a sin, our Board is responsible for that too.

Posted by Abdur Rahman on (June 15, 2009, 12:16 GMT)

HI! A.Rahman from Sri Lanka. I like to advice to my favorite cricket bord(THE PCB). Now the team is good to play against all country. But they have to change a player from our team. That is Fawad Alam. What is he doing, when he is playing. Is he bowling, batting or fielding? Can he hit a six? Or can he take a important wicket for our team. Please KEEP a very good allrounder insist of him. He is an allrounder. But not good. All the Sri Lankan FANS are waiting for that. So Please do IT NOW! THAT IS ORDER FROM PAKISTANI FANS FROM SRI LANKA. NOT REQUEST.

Posted by Abdur Rahman on (June 15, 2009, 12:06 GMT)

HI! A.Rahman from Sri Lanka. I like to advice to my favorite cricket bord(THE PCB). Now the team is good to play against all country. But they have to change a player from our team. That is Fawad Alam. What is he doing, when he is playing. Is he bowling, batting or fielding? Can he hit a six? Or can he take a important wicket for our team. Please KEEP a very good allrounder insist of him. He is an allrounder. But not good. All the Sri Lankan FANS are waiting for that. So Please do IT NOW! THAT IS ORDER FROM PAKISTANI FANS FROM SRI LANKA. NOT REQUEST.

Posted by roomi on (May 30, 2009, 20:08 GMT)

Imran Nazir played the best 20-20 ininings ever played in the ICL final and pundits raved about his talent and how he could walk into any team in the world. PCB mishandled him from the time he opened the innings with saeed anwar at the age of 18. But in 20-20 cricket he is a lethal match winner. Also to leave RANA and Razzak out at the height of their powers is mindless. These three players have more 20-20 experience than all the chosen players and are proven match winners. Just seems vindictive and petty minded selection that defies logic to leave these talented players out.

Posted by Qasim on (May 8, 2009, 13:50 GMT)

Rao is just an average bowler, he won't do well in T20 cricket. I would like to see Nasir Jamshed open in T20 & ODI's. He is a much more aggressive player then Shehzad who seems to be suited more for Test Matches. However, Shehzad does seem to have a good technique so he should be given chances.

We need Tanvir & Akhtar in from if we are to trouble the batsmen, also it was a smart decision to include Ajmal who seems to be a class spinner unlike Malik/Hafees/Abdur Rao & Arshad combo.

Batting will be a major problem on seeming pitches however we have Gul & Tanvir :D so hopefully they won't need to chase big targets anyway!

Posted by Hussain Khan on (May 7, 2009, 8:05 GMT)

Mr Abbasi, which planet do you live in?? Have not been following the outcomes of ICC meetings and other discussions? There has been an agreement that for the returning ICL players there will be a 'cooling off' period of six months before they can be selected for national duties. Please check your facts before you put pen to paper.

Posted by sami on (May 7, 2009, 1:46 GMT)

We dont understand why PCB after not getting any support for Worldcup from BCCI, is still trying to make them happy by treating ICL players like this.. People who have seen so many Pak 20/20 games, is there any opener who can perform better than Nazir..Abdur Razzak definitely deserve a place because if you compare him with Yasir Arafat,you know who to select..Yousuf's class dont need any performance to be selected..

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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