Twenty20 World Cup 2009 May 5, 2009

Whatever happened to the ICL players?

Pakistan have announced their T20 World Cup squad
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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.

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

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  • Blue on December 23, 2011, 7:34 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • Blue on December 23, 2011, 7:34 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • khalil on May 6, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    Yes, there are some surprises in the team announced.Firstly,it may be the last opportinity for old campaigners like Shoaib Akhter and Afridi and secondly PCB had to prove its point by not selecting the ICL rebels because it had warned them not to join the illegal version of cricket.So it will take some time before PCB accepts them.Regarding Sohail Tanveer, he was part of the IPL & not ICL.

  • safy7243 on May 6, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    the icl players should have been in contention. nazir yousaf should DEFINETLY B IN DA SQUAD but without the rest of the icl players not a chance. all the pakistanis can do is hope 4 da best. wot is the APL? I heard datz where inzy is playin all these icl players followed him n now hes gone america? plz dont say dis is da future 4 pakistani cricket. america...... oh no!

  • Rauf on May 6, 2009, 11:53 GMT

    Whatever happened to the ICL players?

    Kamran unless you have been living on Mars for the last few years you would have noticed PCB's shameless kowtowing of BCCI.

    ICL players won't be selected anywhere until slimey cricket gods at BCCI fogive their past sins.

  • kashif on May 6, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    The PCB is unprofessional and makes unprofessional decisions.

    Are there any professional people in Pakistan to run the PCB? if No, we should employ outsiders to do a better job.

  • Awais on May 6, 2009, 11:42 GMT

    They will miss Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq dearly!! best of luck though, wat else v can do other than hoping for the best!! By the way, who is Shahzaib?? hopefully surprises the opponent!!

  • Noman Aziz on May 6, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    I am personally disappointed not to see my favorite player Abdul Razzaq back in the squad. Nazir is always a difficult one, he performs well in other competitions but doesnt do too much in an international contest. With Shoaib i am sure the board is looking for one last justification for not including him in anymore cricket and this time it will be the final one. Hes too old and to fragile to casue any harm. A guy not fit enough for 5 overs straight shouldnt be in the national team. Its time shoaib must give in and seek a more befitting career - bollywood gangster movies.

  • Adeel Azhar on May 6, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    They got what they deserved. they cant just leave and join the team at will. i think they should be considered for series against Aus and NZ but participation for T20 WC would be too lenient for them, even if that comes at the expense of our performance. we did pretty well against them in the previous edition as well.

  • saghir on May 6, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    indeed pakistan will miss these stars from icl imagine pakistani team having players like imran nazir razzak yousuf rana naveed with current set of players boy it will be some team to watch

  • Amanzeb Khan on May 6, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    Please dont judge the ICL players performance on their performance in the rebel league. It was not as competitive as IPL with a lot of retired and rejected players. Most of the players were tried and tested in the international arena and found wanting. Abdul Razzaq had long lost his effectiveness in bowling and the occasional destructive innings did not merit selection in the national squad. Imran Nazir despite all his talent was inconsistent and erratic. Sami who showed promise early in his career ended up being a proven failure. Inzi's career is already over. Rana Naved became a wayward bowler with no control over his line or length. The only player of true class is Yousuf who we could use in the team any time. However, even his T-20 credentials are questionable. Therefore,I would much rather have some youngsters blooded in than players with questionable track record both on and off the field.

  • Md. Towhid on May 6, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    This is beyond comprehension why ICL players are not allowed to play for the national Team. This is a servile attitude of PCB to please... On the other hand what they (BCCI) have done to help PCB or Pakistan cricket in this hard time of severe crisis in Pakistan. This unauthorized or authorized cricket sounds so ludicrous. This is against international labor law, or more precisely against human rights charter. The ICL people are not involved in crimes. Everybody understands that but not PCB or their best friend BCCI.

  • Faisal Jaan on May 6, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    Dear Kamran! You can't imagine the despair that I felt when I saw PCB didn't include ICL players. I was almost sure that ICL players will play the WC, but once again PCB chose indolence rather than showing some steadfast stuff with ICC to ensure a strong candidancy for winning T20 WC. With Imran Nazir, Rana and Razzaq, Pak had every chance of putting up a strong show in June. Even I expected Mohammad Hafeez (Instead of Ajmal) to make it as he is useful with ball and bat for shorter version. Anyways this time, Pakistan team has no comparison with Indian team in the WC. Lets see...

  • jekuter on May 6, 2009, 9:19 GMT

    Too early to comment on what will happenn in T20 although every pakistani player, i must say, is suited to the shortest format of the game. I always thought pakistanis were blind on how to handle ICL players. They supported India and look what they got in return. Hope they learned their lessons. How shoaib keeps being selected in the team is beyond me though. Perhaps he offers half his contract fee or match fee to selectors for selecting him... lol

  • EssKay on May 6, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    That shows that PCB is run by confused and inefficient bunch of muppet heads. How can you leave players like Rana, Razak n Nazir out of World T20. All those who have watched ICL will fail to understand this. And as far, Mo Yo case is concern, its just his absence in middle order which cost Pakistan a series which sounds more humiliating when you think that Australia did not send a full strength side. PCB is doing nothing but torturing the already suffering nation further. Shame!

  • Shuvro (Dhaka) on May 6, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Apart from MY (That too not in T20), I don’t think ICL cost PAK team much. Slogging against old retires on a flat-belter, (for 55 meters @ best) is different from Int.Cricket. ICL was to establish Zee TV as a cricket broadcaster, for telecast bidding successfully. People having short memories forgot 2 years back the performances of these ICL superstars in Int.Cricket. Apart from Bond, how many of ICL SS were regular choice?

    Surprised by the short slightness of Paki players (No wonder, they are managed by PCB, when it comes to good advice, exp. WADA rulings). When, most other internationals, waited for IPL draft, these stupid Paki players bolted the horse too early & now crying at the bleak future of ICL. Explanations they gave for revolting were jokes & I am sure if ICL again starts strongly, many of them will default. T20 WC team is near perfect (Only U.Amin or Jamshed 4 Butt, a mismatch @ T20, badly exposed @ last WC), Akhter’s 1st 4 overs will always b effective & Alam must play

  • srivathsan on May 6, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    It is a blunder not to take Rao in the squad. I remember You had once written about him highlighting his performance without any noise. I am surprised that a match winner is omitted.what is the point in taking an injured shoiab akhtar who has lost his punch ?Rao is a cool customer & silently performs & does not show off .Pak. team will miss him.

  • Adeel from South Africa on May 6, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Everytime somebody gets appointed at PCB we the supporters start believing that this is the person who can fix it but at the end of the day We all remain disappointed.

    I think Gen Tauqir Zia was a better administrator who had the skill to deal with problems and issues and now this new generation of clowns is ruining the only sport and entertainment left to follow for pakistanies.

    Razzaq and Nazir deserve to be selected.

    Someone please please please do something.

  • Mustafa Pasha on May 6, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    While it is indeed despicable that some players chose the ICL over their very lucrative contracts with the country, it is time we realized that people and cricketers respond to incentives not sentimentals appeals to their patriotism. While the non inclusion of the ICL players is understandable given the administrative incompetence of the PCB, what is astounding is the lack of batting depth in the squad. Salman Butt and Ahmed Shehzad have no business (on the back of recent performances) to be opening in a T20 match. Compare them to other likely opening pairs in the World cup: Sehwag/Gambhir, Haddin/Watson, Smith/Gibbs, and it is clear that we don't stand a chance! The bowling looks strong, i dont think the selection of Shoaib should be criticized, the man is a walking injury and is perfectly suited for the shorter format. With Gul and Tanvir, we should cause a lot of problems in the swing/seam conditions of England. God help the batsmen though, they are in for a tough time.

  • arshad on May 6, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    The PCB is right not to pick the palyers, as it would have caused outrage in the ICC (AKA BCCI), thus the PCB would then retact the players one day later.

    Outrage why? because there is no clarification yet of whether the resignations have actually happened or not, the last thing we want to do is play them and then they are caught between ICL and PCB again.

    The other things is who really cares about 20/20 cricket, apart from people with short attention spans who are not genuine cricket lovers anyway.

    20/20 is a total waste of time that has evened the world game out so that a team like Afghanistan and namibia can actually beat Australia or Sth Africa on any given day. it cant happen in test cricket, because thats where you have to be a quality player.

    20/20 is fun dont get me wrong but leave it to the amatuer and first class clubs. dont let test players play 20/20 ahead of international duty. REDICULOUS!

  • Jonny on May 6, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Kamran, i think you need to look at the squad again, Sohail Tanvir IS included!

  • H.Malik on May 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran,What you are moaning about the so called "missed opportunity" or" lining their own pockets rather then the Nation!" Both your assertions in my humble opinion are as IF YOURSELF is some one from outside LOOKING INTO these so called scum of the earth as individuals or as a nation !Who Does not line his or her own pocket in this land of pures !Who Does not or did not do it when got a chance ! Who cared for the nation in his or her moment of trial & got his or her own pockets filled !Who does not or did not miss the opportunity of the moment to set a right course for his followers or the nation !Put your hand on your heart and say it with conviction DID YOU DO or DID YOU NOT DO when you got the moment in front of you to grab it with both hands & gave two hoots for the rest,you are pointing accusing finger at now . The cricketers did what was best for them to put a decent future for themselves and for thier families whats is wrong in it.Kindly be subjective in your views ..

  • Kannan Sankaran on May 6, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    It is really a sad state of affairs that guys like Imran Nazir, Razack and Rana Naved are not in contention. Again, you can never undermine the wily fox Saqlain, who was a real force in last year's ICL. According to me, he stood between victory and defeat in most of the matches with his clever bowling. I believe he is still a force to reckon with.

  • Haider Mahmud on May 6, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    ICL players have themselves to blame. They knew well that they were moving into un-chartered territory. At that time all of them had grievances with selectors and some with the captain of that time Shoaib Malik. But the fact is that while some of them were not automatic choices in all formats (Yousuf, Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Naveed), the rest were simply not good enough anymore for Pakistani team. So for the lust of money they ditched mainstream cricket with Pakistan for ICL giving lame excuses of them being ignored or victimized. It is also a shame that barring Shane Bond, Justin Kemp and Andre Adams, no other cricketers competitive enough opted for ICL not even from India. Now that ICL has started winding up these players are knocking at PCB's door with no remorse, PCB has all the right not to trust them on face value. There must be a cooling period where PCB can check that they do not return to ICL or any other such leagues and that they perform in domestic to merit a recall.

  • salman rai frm GIKI on May 6, 2009, 6:04 GMT

    well i did see sohail tanvir's name in the squad ..now plz dont tell me that he is dropped as i am very frustrated n upset on the omission of imran nazir's,abdul razaq's and rana's ommission......man what is PECB up to???? nw when the BCCI has given the green signal to icl players and NZC has decided not to impose the 'cooling period' then y is PECB resisiting in inclusion of such talanted players.........i now clearly doubt that this pakistan team even wins a single match.luk at ur batting....its so rusty....salman butt, younis khan .......cm n they r nt the 20 20 stuff...they struggle to get things goin n at this moment we need imran at the top who can take the bowling apart........

    i hope sm day PECB wud leave its revenge policy..... pity on u MR IJAZ Butt

  • Ammar Wasif on May 6, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    AOA Like me, many would be concerned for Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan desperately needs Muhammad Yousaf and Imran Nazir in their international line-up. Intikhab Alam was a good Cricketer But he is STUPID in the field of management. i have no regrets calling him STUPID cuz it is the way he is. but he can change his reputation by atleast including the above mentioned players and giving the opprtunity to the others also. I request you Mr. Osman Samiuddin that u take this matter to the higher national level to help Pakistan rebuild its Reputation. In the recent series Pakistan lacked the services of a consistent middle order, Younas Khan dearly needed Mohammad Yousaf. Pakistan would have won had Mohammad Yousaf been there in Pakistan Line-up. Long Live Pakistan. Regards A PATRIOT

  • Malik on May 6, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    The PCB has no good policies. They are not sincere with cricket. They are are many best player who are out form cricket like Sqlain Mustaq. who is the best spin blower in the in these days. Muhammad Yousaf is the best player, Abdul Razaq is the best all rounder, Imran Nazir and Farhat are best openers especially T20. we don't know why PCB doing with Pakistan Cricket.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on May 6, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    You will probably be inundated with this one. But Sohail Tanvir is in the the squad. As usual cricinfo is inaccurate in with the squad they have shown on the World Cup site although they have included his name in the press release of the squad. It is also available in the official release on the PCB Website.

    But I take your point, the ICL players should have been considered.

  • azam siddiq on May 6, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    Thats what PCB is about, they are Pathetic Cricket Board who have no respect for themselves. All this time they blamed the ICL players but as you can see the players did the right thing. PCB has a history of not giving respect to its former greats. They are just wagging their tail behind BCCI who has done nothing but stab them with world cup and other things. BCCI is a pain in cricket world but PCB is worst ! Seriously Screw PCB , they are truly Pathetic Cricket Board.

  • Aamir Akhund on May 6, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    Squad: Younis Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Fawad Alam, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Shahzaib Hasan

    hey Kamran this is the squad i got of this website. please clarify what you have said about the ommision of Tanvir.

  • Shuaib on May 6, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    I guess you missed a name in the squad while reading it. Sohail Tanvir is in the T20 squad. In my opinion, ICL players might have some complexities in their ICL contracts causing hindrance in their playing International Cricket otherwise there's no reason to ignore Imran, Razzaq and Rana. Let's hope that this damning ICL matter gets shut soon and we get to see these players playing for our country.

  • Saptarshi on May 6, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    from what I have read youhana is back in contention for selection. So its now whether he gets picked up. Mind you he is no spring chicken as he was before and is not a 20/20 pro by any means. No disrespect, he is a wonderful test player. Abdul Razzak is also 36 so as to whether he will be picked is also doubtful. What is most annoying is omission of Tanvir and selection of actor. Imran Nazir is a difficult case and one ICl innings is not enough to justify a spot.

  • GBK on May 6, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    Kamran, Sohail Tanvir is in the squad.. He didn't miss out.. I also believe that Twenty20 is the only form of cricket that Shoaib Akhtar can really play.. Its just four overs.. He might just play an important role.. If he stays fit.. Its our batting that needs help.. Imran Nazir is good but he shouldn't be our saviour.. Our batting is literally running on fumes and we need good back ups ready to take over when the current lot bows out.. Forget people not coming to Pakistan, I fear that if we don't improve our ranks soon, we just might become the whipping boys in cricket.. As a die hard fan I will never turn my back on the team come what may.. I just hope they deserve our love and support..

  • Zuhair on May 6, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    I don't know where did you read that Tanvir has been dropped. He is there in the squad. Please check it out again.

    And yes, rightly pointed out, PCB doesnot seem interested in bringing theL players back. Now that the BCCI has also turned its back towards PCB, it was high time that PCB replied. But not to be.

  • Ayem Gilani on May 6, 2009, 3:42 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is not a god bowler, he shouldnt have been in the team in the first place, Akhtar atleast bowled ome hostile spells against Australia, I agree Razzaq and Nazir should be in the team

  • Mohsin on May 6, 2009, 2:02 GMT

    ICL defected players took on the might and in a sense questioned the authority of ICC. They also chose money over nation ,becasue they were aware of the implications because ICC and BCCI had clearly labelled ICL as rebel tournament. Now thats akin to commiting crime. Then can one commit crime and expect pardon and get back into mainstream life just like that. Point to note is ICL was forced to stop on its own and so they are now abandoning ICL itself.

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  • Mohsin on May 6, 2009, 2:02 GMT

    ICL defected players took on the might and in a sense questioned the authority of ICC. They also chose money over nation ,becasue they were aware of the implications because ICC and BCCI had clearly labelled ICL as rebel tournament. Now thats akin to commiting crime. Then can one commit crime and expect pardon and get back into mainstream life just like that. Point to note is ICL was forced to stop on its own and so they are now abandoning ICL itself.

  • Ayem Gilani on May 6, 2009, 3:42 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is not a god bowler, he shouldnt have been in the team in the first place, Akhtar atleast bowled ome hostile spells against Australia, I agree Razzaq and Nazir should be in the team

  • Zuhair on May 6, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    I don't know where did you read that Tanvir has been dropped. He is there in the squad. Please check it out again.

    And yes, rightly pointed out, PCB doesnot seem interested in bringing theL players back. Now that the BCCI has also turned its back towards PCB, it was high time that PCB replied. But not to be.

  • GBK on May 6, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    Kamran, Sohail Tanvir is in the squad.. He didn't miss out.. I also believe that Twenty20 is the only form of cricket that Shoaib Akhtar can really play.. Its just four overs.. He might just play an important role.. If he stays fit.. Its our batting that needs help.. Imran Nazir is good but he shouldn't be our saviour.. Our batting is literally running on fumes and we need good back ups ready to take over when the current lot bows out.. Forget people not coming to Pakistan, I fear that if we don't improve our ranks soon, we just might become the whipping boys in cricket.. As a die hard fan I will never turn my back on the team come what may.. I just hope they deserve our love and support..

  • Saptarshi on May 6, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    from what I have read youhana is back in contention for selection. So its now whether he gets picked up. Mind you he is no spring chicken as he was before and is not a 20/20 pro by any means. No disrespect, he is a wonderful test player. Abdul Razzak is also 36 so as to whether he will be picked is also doubtful. What is most annoying is omission of Tanvir and selection of actor. Imran Nazir is a difficult case and one ICl innings is not enough to justify a spot.

  • Shuaib on May 6, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    I guess you missed a name in the squad while reading it. Sohail Tanvir is in the T20 squad. In my opinion, ICL players might have some complexities in their ICL contracts causing hindrance in their playing International Cricket otherwise there's no reason to ignore Imran, Razzaq and Rana. Let's hope that this damning ICL matter gets shut soon and we get to see these players playing for our country.

  • Aamir Akhund on May 6, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    Squad: Younis Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Fawad Alam, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Shahzaib Hasan

    hey Kamran this is the squad i got of this website. please clarify what you have said about the ommision of Tanvir.

  • azam siddiq on May 6, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    Thats what PCB is about, they are Pathetic Cricket Board who have no respect for themselves. All this time they blamed the ICL players but as you can see the players did the right thing. PCB has a history of not giving respect to its former greats. They are just wagging their tail behind BCCI who has done nothing but stab them with world cup and other things. BCCI is a pain in cricket world but PCB is worst ! Seriously Screw PCB , they are truly Pathetic Cricket Board.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on May 6, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    You will probably be inundated with this one. But Sohail Tanvir is in the the squad. As usual cricinfo is inaccurate in with the squad they have shown on the World Cup site although they have included his name in the press release of the squad. It is also available in the official release on the PCB Website.

    But I take your point, the ICL players should have been considered.

  • Malik on May 6, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    The PCB has no good policies. They are not sincere with cricket. They are are many best player who are out form cricket like Sqlain Mustaq. who is the best spin blower in the in these days. Muhammad Yousaf is the best player, Abdul Razaq is the best all rounder, Imran Nazir and Farhat are best openers especially T20. we don't know why PCB doing with Pakistan Cricket.