Twenty20 World Cup 2009 June 12, 2009

It's the batting, stupid

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Pakistan thew away a golden opportunity to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup. A target of 151 was better than Pakistan could have imagined once the Sri Lankan Frying Pan and Battering Ram were laying into their opening bowlers.

The recovery from Pakistan's bowlers proved that their mix of speed and spin is capable of helping them succeed in this tournament. And, today, even the fielders managed a decent performance.

Pakistan might worry about the number of extras conceded but it was their batting that lost them this match. Younis Khan is shoring up his team's batting effort and requires more consistent support from his senior colleagues. Misbah-ul Haq, in particular, has failed to live up to his magical Twenty20 reputation, while the rest are too inconsistent in their hitting ability.

All of this could mean that the New Zealand game is ideal to recall Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan require more power hitting, something that Razzaq specialises in. Salman Butt could be the man to lose out since Fawad Alam deserves more of an opportunity and Sohail Tanvir requires more overs to return to match-winning form.

It is a straight knock-out for Pakistan from this point onwards, and the batsmen cannot afford to panic in the way that they did today against an efficient if unspectacular Sri Lankan bowling effort.

Razzaq might be capable of giving the batting the boost that the performance of the bowlers deserves.

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

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  • Abdullah Kaluma on June 13, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    For Razzak to be playing is totally wrong and great damage has been done as far as Pakistani cricket is concerned in the long run for the sake of a few victories in a game which many established cricketers regard as FUN CRICKET. Razzak was out of form and subsequently dropped in the last Twenty20 World cup, that instead of going back to the nets and find his lost form to squeeze his way back in the squad, he preferred to cross the border & join the unrecognized ICL league. What about the hundreds of local cricketers who patiently waited for a chance to don the green & yellow blazers & rejected to be lured by the ICL’s juicy contracts? What impact will Razzak’s inclusion in the squad have as far as general discipline is concerned in the team? What if Andrew Symonds was Pakistani, so he would have had a license to do what he pleased & wait for a change of guard in the cricket establishment………………………..Its a long way to go for Pakistani cricket which has tremendously lost direction.

  • Jude on June 13, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    Dear Sir, COuld you please tell me why you didn't post my comment I wrote this morning?

  • Junaid on June 13, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Relax guys. We have to admit that we don't have superstars like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc anymore so it will take some time before Pakistan will win big tournaments. I mean if you see players at domestic level than do you feel a superstar is left out by selectors? Now Salman is not performing so everyone is asking to replace him with other average players and when they will not perform than we will demand their replacements. What is the choice right now? What is the big deal with this Fawad Alam guy? He is an average bowler, at his best he will score run a ball 20-30 and that is not good enough to win 20/20 games. Right now our only chance is if bowlers (spinners) can perform well to restrict other sides below 150 and than lets pray that for a change batsmen can hit a few four and sixes to come close to that target.

  • Elliot on June 13, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    I was listening to Nick Knight earlier, "former England cricketer" and even him, an expert and cricketer believes that Shahid Afridi has to open, its common sense, apart from in the Warmup match, Afridi has only been out once out of three times on the boundary, and if he was in in the first 6 overs he would have been not out and he would have picked up runs. So wake up Younis, Pakistan, everybody he can still hit the ball, maybe not for sixes much atm, but he can still hit it. Pakistan have to throw caution to the wind now,so if you do go out, go out trying. Get Razzaq up there aswell, and keep Akmal there, get rid of Butt maybe have Shehzad somewhere but just try. Before this series, anyone who saw the ODI series in the UAE vs Australia. Shahid Afridi hit some runs there, so for goodness sake, try Pakistan, I'm not a Pakistani as you can see by my name, but I want them to do well, because there is ability.

  • Mudassar on June 13, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Well, i have a problem with our middle 3 guys, malik younis and misbah, they come in and ruin each game for us,i do not understand there strategy of playing for singles. This simply tells me they are play for their own stats. Please get rid of Misbah, he's the biggest liability on the team, Yes he had that good tournament last year, he has not done anything, has not won anything for pakistan, they guy simply plays too slow..so frustrating to watch!. The bowling has been awsome, but batting equally miserable. I'd like imarn nazir, imran farhat to return as our openeres, no place for butt! Please for god sake move afridi up to in order, the guy can not play a shot down the ground so why on earth is he batting with fielding spread out?

    The couching is equally terrible very old schooled, every country has realized that first 6 overs are to get runs, whereas we're still in 1992 era. This has always happened to pakistan, never gone into a tournament with proper players!

  • Mohammed on June 13, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    This is not just power hitting and tight bowling. whatever happened to paki tradition of wasim waqar imran of killing the opponent off.. who made intikhab alam coach and younis khan captain, seems like an indian is running pcb not a pakistani. now thats vs England and Sri Lanka pakistan have been shameful if u cant make 150 then go home please. And what the hell is the point of afridi at 7, does he average much more down there? thats retarded he should be opening with Akmal and younis and misbah 2 sensible players are enough is shoaib malik trying to be a senior playing like them? after sohail tanvir bowls a 10 ball over younis khan decides to give him another over..dude u just have 20 overs to bowl so please use some brain. if ur gonna give 60-70 runs in 1st 6 overs and ur batting is struggling to make 140 just leave seriosly and to be honest younis khan or his coach have absolutley no excuses nor does the stupid PCB.

  • abdul ghaffar on June 13, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    after restricting lankas to only 150 .pakistan have a great chance to win and go to semis but then miss out , i think pak miss the trick to place afridi in lower order.selection of salman butt is look stupid for t20.i only wish he can play for team in any coming mathces ,he is such a selfish player ,with only one shot the cover drive,sohail tanveer also deserve to drop from the remaining matches ,he show no will wat so ever .

  • sanjeev on June 13, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    I am an Indian well India is not playing well but I am hopeful both India and Pakistan can will reach semis..I was a supporter of Afridi..well it is close to 2 years and he has failed with the bat notably in the 2007 wc final and then against SL..hmm he is a good bowler may be Pakistan can choose an extra batter and Younis Khan, Misbhah should move up the order..best batters should get maximum balls to face..any comments on Afridi folks??

  • Shahid on June 13, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    This is so stupid that player like Fawad Alam has been wasted for last 2 years, if you look his first class/domestic record, he always play in the top batting order and his average is 56+. Afridi should open because he can't play spinners. I think the following order should be worth trying -Kamran -Afridi -Fawad -Younis -Malik -Misbah -Razzak -Umar Gull -Tanvir -Aamir -Ajmal

  • moazam on June 13, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    I think yesterdays match was lost becoz of three reasons 1.salman BUtt 2.sohail tanvir and the 3rd reason is the sudden pressure on the players. if i was the captain wid this squad my batting order would be 1.kamran akmel 2.abdur razzaq 3.mibah ul haq 4.younis khan 5.shoaib malik 6.shahid afridi 7.fawad alam 8.sohail tanvir 9.umar gul 10.saeed ajmel 11.amir afridi can open but we need his bowling so we cant blame him of anything xcept y does he closes his eyes while playing a shot. i hope pak beats new zealand tonite and then the ireland next time srilanka shud beat new zealand aswell MAY ALLAH HELP THE PAKISTANI TEAM IN THE GROUND.

  • Abdullah Kaluma on June 13, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    For Razzak to be playing is totally wrong and great damage has been done as far as Pakistani cricket is concerned in the long run for the sake of a few victories in a game which many established cricketers regard as FUN CRICKET. Razzak was out of form and subsequently dropped in the last Twenty20 World cup, that instead of going back to the nets and find his lost form to squeeze his way back in the squad, he preferred to cross the border & join the unrecognized ICL league. What about the hundreds of local cricketers who patiently waited for a chance to don the green & yellow blazers & rejected to be lured by the ICL’s juicy contracts? What impact will Razzak’s inclusion in the squad have as far as general discipline is concerned in the team? What if Andrew Symonds was Pakistani, so he would have had a license to do what he pleased & wait for a change of guard in the cricket establishment………………………..Its a long way to go for Pakistani cricket which has tremendously lost direction.

  • Jude on June 13, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    Dear Sir, COuld you please tell me why you didn't post my comment I wrote this morning?

  • Junaid on June 13, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Relax guys. We have to admit that we don't have superstars like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc anymore so it will take some time before Pakistan will win big tournaments. I mean if you see players at domestic level than do you feel a superstar is left out by selectors? Now Salman is not performing so everyone is asking to replace him with other average players and when they will not perform than we will demand their replacements. What is the choice right now? What is the big deal with this Fawad Alam guy? He is an average bowler, at his best he will score run a ball 20-30 and that is not good enough to win 20/20 games. Right now our only chance is if bowlers (spinners) can perform well to restrict other sides below 150 and than lets pray that for a change batsmen can hit a few four and sixes to come close to that target.

  • Elliot on June 13, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    I was listening to Nick Knight earlier, "former England cricketer" and even him, an expert and cricketer believes that Shahid Afridi has to open, its common sense, apart from in the Warmup match, Afridi has only been out once out of three times on the boundary, and if he was in in the first 6 overs he would have been not out and he would have picked up runs. So wake up Younis, Pakistan, everybody he can still hit the ball, maybe not for sixes much atm, but he can still hit it. Pakistan have to throw caution to the wind now,so if you do go out, go out trying. Get Razzaq up there aswell, and keep Akmal there, get rid of Butt maybe have Shehzad somewhere but just try. Before this series, anyone who saw the ODI series in the UAE vs Australia. Shahid Afridi hit some runs there, so for goodness sake, try Pakistan, I'm not a Pakistani as you can see by my name, but I want them to do well, because there is ability.

  • Mudassar on June 13, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Well, i have a problem with our middle 3 guys, malik younis and misbah, they come in and ruin each game for us,i do not understand there strategy of playing for singles. This simply tells me they are play for their own stats. Please get rid of Misbah, he's the biggest liability on the team, Yes he had that good tournament last year, he has not done anything, has not won anything for pakistan, they guy simply plays too slow..so frustrating to watch!. The bowling has been awsome, but batting equally miserable. I'd like imarn nazir, imran farhat to return as our openeres, no place for butt! Please for god sake move afridi up to in order, the guy can not play a shot down the ground so why on earth is he batting with fielding spread out?

    The couching is equally terrible very old schooled, every country has realized that first 6 overs are to get runs, whereas we're still in 1992 era. This has always happened to pakistan, never gone into a tournament with proper players!

  • Mohammed on June 13, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    This is not just power hitting and tight bowling. whatever happened to paki tradition of wasim waqar imran of killing the opponent off.. who made intikhab alam coach and younis khan captain, seems like an indian is running pcb not a pakistani. now thats vs England and Sri Lanka pakistan have been shameful if u cant make 150 then go home please. And what the hell is the point of afridi at 7, does he average much more down there? thats retarded he should be opening with Akmal and younis and misbah 2 sensible players are enough is shoaib malik trying to be a senior playing like them? after sohail tanvir bowls a 10 ball over younis khan decides to give him another over..dude u just have 20 overs to bowl so please use some brain. if ur gonna give 60-70 runs in 1st 6 overs and ur batting is struggling to make 140 just leave seriosly and to be honest younis khan or his coach have absolutley no excuses nor does the stupid PCB.

  • abdul ghaffar on June 13, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    after restricting lankas to only 150 .pakistan have a great chance to win and go to semis but then miss out , i think pak miss the trick to place afridi in lower order.selection of salman butt is look stupid for t20.i only wish he can play for team in any coming mathces ,he is such a selfish player ,with only one shot the cover drive,sohail tanveer also deserve to drop from the remaining matches ,he show no will wat so ever .

  • sanjeev on June 13, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    I am an Indian well India is not playing well but I am hopeful both India and Pakistan can will reach semis..I was a supporter of Afridi..well it is close to 2 years and he has failed with the bat notably in the 2007 wc final and then against SL..hmm he is a good bowler may be Pakistan can choose an extra batter and Younis Khan, Misbhah should move up the order..best batters should get maximum balls to face..any comments on Afridi folks??

  • Shahid on June 13, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    This is so stupid that player like Fawad Alam has been wasted for last 2 years, if you look his first class/domestic record, he always play in the top batting order and his average is 56+. Afridi should open because he can't play spinners. I think the following order should be worth trying -Kamran -Afridi -Fawad -Younis -Malik -Misbah -Razzak -Umar Gull -Tanvir -Aamir -Ajmal

  • moazam on June 13, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    I think yesterdays match was lost becoz of three reasons 1.salman BUtt 2.sohail tanvir and the 3rd reason is the sudden pressure on the players. if i was the captain wid this squad my batting order would be 1.kamran akmel 2.abdur razzaq 3.mibah ul haq 4.younis khan 5.shoaib malik 6.shahid afridi 7.fawad alam 8.sohail tanvir 9.umar gul 10.saeed ajmel 11.amir afridi can open but we need his bowling so we cant blame him of anything xcept y does he closes his eyes while playing a shot. i hope pak beats new zealand tonite and then the ireland next time srilanka shud beat new zealand aswell MAY ALLAH HELP THE PAKISTANI TEAM IN THE GROUND.

  • Harry Akkers on June 13, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    The Pakistan management and coach setup is absolutely rubbish. How can they allow that Afridi guy to go out there and play village shots in every match. Man this is embarrasing. We play junior cricket here and we tell our kids to play proper shots and do the 'correct' thing when batting, bowling or fielding. If they get out or make get hit for 4, we say 'good effort' and encourage them to do well next time. However if they go out there and do silly things like Afridi then they get a lecture from us. I cannot for one moment think that Afridi is being coached by anyone. If anyone is coaching him in batting then they seriously need a replacement. Remember this is not village cricket - they are representing Pakistan at international level. If they cannot win, then at least play with dignity and earn some respect. And the Pakistan coach - what a dim character. Have you ever seen him in dugout? He is always hiding somewhere.You always see that big guy - whats he doing there? Comedy or errors

  • swati on June 13, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Pak batting order should be like 1-A Shezad 2-Kamran Akmal 3-Afridi 4-S Malik 5-AB Razzaq 6-Younis 7-Misbah 8-Fawad/Butt 9-Gul 10-Amir 11-Ajmal

  • Misbah Masood-ul-Hasan on June 13, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    "The stronger the basics, the more clinical our cricketers be and the more consistent Pakistan cricket team will be. The weaker the basics, the more will be the production of ordinary cricketers and the less success for Pakistan crciekt team be."

    Take some time out to compare the techniques of our batsmen with other international batsmen. For e.g. Salman Butt vs. Gautham Gambhir - depicts the whole story.

    This also applies to our bowlers. Just a hint will support my comment. South Africa's Wayne Parnell vs. Pakistan's Mohammed Amir - both are left-arm seamers; but a significant difference in their way of playing (or rather approach for) cricket.

    I can provide many technical examples, that may help our Pakistan team to turn around the tables.

    Common Pakistani supporters, wake up and concentrate on the techniques in order to produce quality cricketers (what we are looking for) instead of getting emotional, criticising and blaming individuals.

  • Miraj Swati on June 13, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    I thinks it is good that we have AB Razzaq I think Pak has to give a chance to Ahmed Shehzad and let Afridi to open with Shehzad ,,take But to 5th down position today Ahmed should be in for Fawad and Razzaq in place of Tanweer.....Afridi shoulf open or at least One down ,,,,

  • Ghulam Abbas on June 13, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Pakistan lost matches with SA, SL, England etc but why we forgot atleast we won a game with Ireland Club level team. So it is high time that Pakistan should stop playing international cricket & start playing with club levels.

  • madhar sahib on June 13, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    pakistan is missin the big hitting of oldies lik ijaz,inzy,moin,akram,. why dont they bring well built players to t he team.

  • khurram on June 13, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    Pakistani team is only winning and progressing in tournaments only on LUCK!

    They are mightily lucky.

    I have a feeling, NZ will have an off day today and pakistan will beat them and progress to semis.

    That would be so unfair.

    Look at the trend, here in this campaign...

    Pakistan has lost to South Africa Pakistan has lost to India Pakistan has lost to England Pakistan has lost to Srilanka

    Now they win from a lowly team NewZealand and lo, they are in Semis!!

    what kind of format is that? totally unfair

  • Hassan Khan on June 13, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    I am agree with Mr. Amjad, why Younis is not thinking to open the innings with Afridi. We dont need at all Salman Butt in T20. Why we are expecting alwasy from Afridi that he will hit sixes. He will in when the required rate will be 15 or above and huge pressure on him. We should give him chance to play his complete inning. Salute to Misbah and his chiky singles.wake up guys we have to change the playing style. For todays match. Afidi should open the innings. Sohail Tanvir should be out and Rao should come in. and Razzaq should be at 5.

  • khurram on June 13, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    We real genuine fans of Pakistani cricket deserve performances like this in order to open our brains because only then we will realize the truth. Here in the comments section, there still are many blind fans saying Misbah should be promoted up. But what he really does every game? he plays so slowly just waiting for last 2-3 overs to come at which time he starts flashing his bat. It's hero or zero strategy. But by that time he already have wasted a lot of balls to put the team in no win situation. Why PCB, team and the fans can't understand that you have to be fearless to win in T20... this Pakistan team is full of cowards...can;t manage more than 1 six even when they are chasing over 180.

    I bet this team CANNOT ever make 180 runs in a match, because they are still living in past and the tried and failed strategy of wasting balls and then striking wildly at every ball in the end.

    If ANY team score more than 170 against them...this Pak team cannot score it, simple.

  • Faisal Mughal on June 13, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    There is no place for Salman Butt and Sohail Tanvir in this current team we need strong hitters like Imran Nazir and good all rounder like Rana, Misbah should also have to think about himself that what is he doing in the whole tournament even he didn't cross 20's in his all 5 games and we think that he is the specialist batsman of T20 in the world. the batting order with new zeland should be like this Shahzeb hassan Kamran Akmal Abdul raqaz Fawad aalam Malik Younus Misbah Afridi Gul Ajmal AAmer at the end Best ov luck Pakistan Team win this game and make us proud.

  • Adnan on June 13, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    With FAWAD ALAM you have 4 sinners or 16 overs. In all the matches we lost, we were unable to get some early wickets and couldn't stop run flow. If you give away 70 odd runs in first 8 overs without taking a wicket in every match against bigger cricket nations, then the captain has to reconsider his strategy and do some unsusual stuff. Bring in afridi in powerplay to slow down the pace and use more of Alam in middle. I will use Gul and afridi to start with and bring in Aamer after 2 to replace afridi in 4th and seed ajmal for 5th. Only that they are afridi and ajmal will psychologically restrain batsmen to check their shots and be comperitively carefull. I will bowl all my 4 spiners if Shoaib and Fawad are not extraodinary beaten in there first overs. I will rest Tanvir and Butt and let afridi slog hit at top and wont care if he looses his wicket first ball. I will ask Misbah to play freely even if he risks his wicket.I have to be ready for, that Younis cant be scoring in every match.

  • Naveed Ahmed on June 13, 2009, 11:01 GMT

    Intikhab Alam = We don't his services. He is useless and not even motivate players and can't find loop holes in fielding ,batting and bowling.He can only blame "weather condition"

    Chairman Ijaz Butt= He has no managment capabilities , personality and a bit biased. Afridi = We want him as an all rounder not just bowler. We need some hard hitting batsman who can clear the boundry rope.

    Even Bangladesh, Ireland players can field better than our team .

  • abbas on June 13, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    i dont think that afridi be a gud opener as well.. as he himself shy away from batting and has no confidence to do anything as an opener.. he is also a senior player and atleast he should have now understand that some runs has to be scored if he even comes at 6 or 7 down the order.

    and if pakistani team removes politics.. then sulman butt should be replaced .. he has played 15 odd games of T20 and has scored only one half century...

    man u see openers like sehwag, jasuriya, dilshan, smith.. we need gud openers who can bat for 6 to 7 overs and going at 8 runs/over so that we can score around 170 plus..

  • Irfan on June 13, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    Iftikhar Alam needs to listen to the overwhelming majority of fans who have been following pak cricket for years. This is Pakistans TWENTY20 winning team in batting order: 1. Kamran Akmal 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Imran Nazir 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Addul Razzaq 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Naved Hassan (a true twenty20 star on england soil) 9. Umer Gul 10. Sohail Tanvir or Mo. Aamir (depending on form) 11. Ajmal

    Be bold mr Alam and do what is needed for Pak twenty20 cricket, we know you think its a bit of fun but whats wrong with winning?

  • Aziz on June 13, 2009, 10:50 GMT

    Posted by: AZ at June 12, 2009 5:31 PM

    We don't deserve place in semi's we have lost to SA, India, England and SL. No team end up winning tournament or in top 4 by keep losin to big names. We can't defend 160 and can't chase 150. It's Intikhab Alam's aged long approach what is causing problem for us, keep the wickets in hand and go for big shots at end.

    i totally agree with you mate.i wish Pakistan lose the match today so that we can enjoy the rest of the tournament.

  • Adnan on June 13, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    Some people suggested here that Afridi should open. I do not feel the same way. The thing is that if he is sent to open there will be pressure on him to hit every single ball and past year or so he has failed to do so. Send him at 1 or 2 down (after first 6 overs). Give him some time to get adjusted to the situation. Once he manages to get 20 to 25 runs in his kitty then ask him to get cut loose. Also I do not see any reason to keep Butt in the squad. He has never been an aggressive batsman. Also Ameer (the new kid) should not have been given chance in this tournament. You do not just introduce a new player in such vital competition. For God sake it is T20 world cup. You have to have your most strongest team. Why do people forget that Sohail Tanveer was the best bowler of last year's IPL. Obviously you cannot expect that he will change things in his very first match. You need to give him some time. Whats really hurting Pakistan Team is PCB's stupid ego.

  • Rehan on June 13, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    I think if we get to Semis, that wud be a miracle.I don't think this current team has what it takes to even compete,nor do they have the desire to fight till death.They just seem to throw in the towel.Aaaahhhh they are so frustrating to watch at times.This team needs a complete overhaul: Nazir,Farhat,YK,Misbah OR Yusuf,Afridi,Akmal,Razaaq,Rana,Gul,Ajmal,Asif;pls forgive him OLT.Now on paper,this team is unbeatable in my opinion.But the big question is, are they (selectors)actually thinking???? What the hell is Salman Butt still doing in this team? Is he related to Ijaz Butt or something? Or is he being favoured because they (Ijaz & Salman) both have same surnames. I mean Salman Butt is a total idiot. Get him the hell out of here!!!! Look at the team above mentioned.The 2 Imran's can't go wrong.Even if one fails the other gets going. They can certainly cause damage early with bat.YK,Misbah/&Yusuf can control innings,& fire power with Afridi,Akmal,Razaaq,Rana & even Gul. BEST PROSPECT

  • Yasir Al-Qureshi on June 13, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi, please send a message to PCB that do not play with the career of Shahid Afridi. He is good bowler now-a-days. He is such a great confidence. He is very good batsman of first 60 to 90 deliveries of a match. Please send him as an opener, whcih is his original position. In the match against Sri Lanka, how he is out; if he comes an opener that is 4 runs because of power play overs.

  • zain ahmed on June 13, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    I am a huge pakistan fan and i believe when they r chasing a big target they should open with shahid afridi and kamran akmal.. they should get abdul razzaq in for salman butt and maybe open with him or afridi. they r both known for thr talent of hitting the ball. and we have seen abdul razzaq open in the ICL where he was quite successful. fawad alam is a gud player and i have nth against him but him comin at no. 8 and not bowling at all is pointless. he is not that bad of a bowler when the fast bowlers r getting thrashed he can be brought in just lyk yousuf pathan 4 india. and if he is thr as a batsman i think its pointless. ahmed shezad can be deadly and he can be his replacement if there is no plan of fawad bowling that's what shud be done. misbah can come at no. 3 and malik ar 4. and also i think younis is a gud captain but since shoaib malik is the 1 who got them 2 the finals maybe he shud be the captain for 2020 cricket only.tanvir shud b tstd in da nets & if he isnt gud then rao.

  • Waqas on June 13, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    what on earth is Butt doing in the team. Pakistan have to risk afridi and open to stand any chance. He would have more chance of scoring in the first 6 overs than the last 6 overs. I hope Razzaqs inclusion can fire up the pakistan batting line up. We used to be the most feared team in the world. . . . now no team is scared of us. Bringing back the imrans,rana and yusuf would help bring that fear for the opposition back.

  • Rizwan on June 13, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    For the first time they looked like winning against any major team which is the only positive i see. They are getting better and only lacks match practice lets not expect too much, give them the full support and hope for a good game ahead.

  • zain ahmed on June 13, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    I am a huge pakistan fan and i believe when they r chasing a big target they should open with shahid afridi and kamran akmal.. they should get abdul razzaq in for salman butt and maybe open with him or afridi. they r both known for thr talent of hitting the ball. and we have seen abdul razzaq open in the ICL where he was quite successful. fawad alam is a gud player and i have nth against him but him comin at no. 8 and not bowling at all is pointless. he is not that bad of a bowler when the fast bowlers r getting thrashed he can be brought in just lyk yousuf pathan 4 india. and if he is thr as a batsman i think its pointless. ahmed shezad can be deadly and he can be his replacement if there is no plan of fawad bowling that's what shud be done. misbah can come at no. 3 and malik ar 4. and also i think younis is a gud captain but since shoaib malik is the 1 who got them 2 the finals maybe he shud be the captain for 2020 cricket only. tanvir shud b tstd in da nets & if he isnt gud then rao

  • Basit Ali on June 13, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    Woah!!! I thought I was the only one who thought Afridi should open the innings :P... If he wasn't a good bowler the ideal choice would be to drop him off but since this is not the case it might be a great idea making him open the innings. And since the first few overs are of PowerPlay, Afridi's power can be matched by none in this tournament :D...

  • Abdul Ghaffar Ansari on June 13, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    Team Selection is the problem! When we are having players like Mohmammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir and Yaseer Hameed AND if they are not in the playing side thats what happen with team. This Pakistani Team looks not better then even Bangladesh team at this point. PC board is responsible for everything AND they dont KNOW; how to manage and develop cricket in Pakistan. THEY SHOULD BE FIRED ASAP

  • BILAL Tariq on June 13, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    Its a Pity that as Pakistanis we never accept defeats. We must rememeber that that we have been knocked out by Srilankans who had recently thrown Australian out. Sirlankans have a wonderful outfit. There is no need to panic by dropping and chooping Players . We must reinforce our bowling, put one more bowler Perhaps Rao Iftikharar in Place of Shoaib Malik. Remember Srilankans are unbeaten because of there bowling. Younus should open with Kamran Akmal with Fawad Alam at No 3 and BUTT Coming at No4

  • Asad on June 13, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    If younis can play shots then y cant Misbah, Misbah is only playing for his AVG. he has become selfish player, who really dont want to go after the bowlers. Shoaib malik is pathetic, cant even score runs and wasted first 3 overs. After seeing Pakistan batting performance here is my line up. 1. Afridi 2. Kamran 3. Younis 4. Razzaq I dont want to put Misbah and shoaib malik in the line up cause they SUCK. 5. Fawad 6.Salman Butt 7.Ahmed Shezad 8.Sohail Tanvir 9.Umar Gul 10. Aamir 11. Saeed Ajmal

    This will be a better side to play, now we dont have to see selfish batting by Misbah and Malik. Both of them are the main colpurits.

  • Abdul Ghaffar Ansari on June 13, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    Team Selection is the problem! When we are having players like Mohmammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir and Yaseer Hameed AND if they are not in the playing side thats what happen with team. This Pakistani Team looks not better then even Bangladesh team at this point. PC board is responsible for everything AND they dont KNOW; how to manage and develop cricket in Pakistan. THEY SHOULD BE FIRED ASAP

  • atiullah on June 13, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    t20 quiz for yunus,intikhab and others....

    1.is salman butt really worth opening in t20 2.why fawad alam is playing at no.8 and not given the bowl. 3.why shahid afridi not tried to open /bat up the order 4.why are there so many defensive batsmen in playing 11. 5.when will they start fielding like an international side

    a better playing order for pak

    fawad alam shahid afridi misbah ul haq yunus khan shoib malik kamran akmal abdul razzak sohail tanvir umar gul saeed ajmal mohd aamer

  • EHSAN MUHAMMAD KHAN on June 13, 2009, 10:08 GMT

    Fawwad alam deserve a chance up in the order, the way he middled the ball shows that he is in gud touch. he plays at no. 3 for karachi. he can be helpful.......

  • Ashutosh,Mumbai,India on June 13, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Well i think pakistan is wasting Afridi by sending him downorder.He is a player like a Sehwag. Unpredictible. Let send him to open the inning and take benifit of first six over. If he plays only in powerplay still Pakistan get a sound start. In this Pakistani team , I think he is the ony person to hit tha ball above Midoff - Midon.Another thing is Pakistan is missing some quality spinner. Pakistan is a country who gave worldclass spinners like Abdul Kadir, Iqbal Qasim, Saqlen Mushtaq, Mushtaq Mohammed.And current senario of T20 spineer done a quite better job than a seamer. Just check IPL

  • bradman on June 13, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    it wasn't the batting - it was the tanvir, stupid.

  • mr pakistan on June 13, 2009, 9:48 GMT

    hello all the people here. its not the middle order batmen failing it is the openers. in the power paly the cannot hit runs and get out so the other batsmen have a lot of trouble

  • Jude on June 13, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    You Afridi fans, I don't understand why you keep on hoping him to be better as an openener. I watch the match and I am afraid to say that despite Akmal's and Butt's early wickets, Misbah and Younis did the recovery perfectly. To my point of view, the match was still in control when Misbah fell. And the turning point of the match was Afridi's wicket. Come on, you can come at n°6 and behave the way he did. I am sorry but Afridi has just proved he doesn't bat for the flag, nor for the victory, he just cares for his style. Facing Murali (who is one the best spinner in the world) for your first ball and being cold, you just don't go for the shot he played. He really gave the impression he was playing in a barbecue game among some friends... Afridi should play at n°9 or 10...His place in the squad is only due to his bowling. And for those who fantasize proposing him as an opener..well what can I say..times have changed and you're just out of it.

  • saleem on June 13, 2009, 9:37 GMT

    we all talk about that butt shudnt be playin, which is a right thing to do... what is afridi still doing in the team? he is a bowler or a batsman?? and does Younis khan know any other shot than sweep or reverse sweep? and why they always send umar gull in the end in the batting order ?? hes a good hitter alot better than suhail tanvir and out spinners... The last chance for Afridi, send him as an opener with Kamran and bring Umar Gul three steps up in the order... and oh yea tell that Misbah that warm up games are over we are in super eights now...

  • Rafat on June 13, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    This is obviously a bad performance by pakistan. as always. i think the name UNPREDICTABLE PAKISTAN is here to stay. salman butt should be kicked out of the team. He doesnt have any variety of shots. Only off side is his favourite area and he has gotten out playing shots to the off side. Where is Mohammad Yousuf? Where is Imran Nazir? Where is Mohammad Sami? Where is Abdul Razzaq? Where is Mohammad Asif? Where is Shoaib Akhtar? You expect pakistan to win with 17 year olds playing. Youngsters playing on the streets of Karachi can play better than them!

  • Usman on June 13, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Well its the confidence that is missing.You would have watched nervous sohail and butt. there is very little to cheer for the team lately and once they get some charisma, we have the best sloggers and turners in the team.

    And who is going to bring that back to the team?

  • Rauf on June 13, 2009, 9:13 GMT

    20/20 is a lot like goolie danda which requires power. Most 20/20 matches are won inside of first 6 to 8 overs and Pakistan does not have a Jayasuriya, Gayle, McCallum, Yuvraj, Peiterson etc to hit the ball over the top right from ball 1. You don't have the luxury to judge a bowler for an over or two. There is a method to this madness so one cannot just swing the bat and hope to connect like what Afridi has been doing but Afridi is needed for his bowling. Imran Nazir would have helped but he is a casualty of guilt by association to ICL.

    We can reach 150+ against a weaker team like Holland but against stronger teams, we are 120 at best and that is not going to win anything.

    Better prepare for the next 20/20 world cup.

  • abdul hadi on June 13, 2009, 9:13 GMT

    ahmad shehzad open the innings with kamran and young lefthanded batsman fawad alam has good talent he will bat no 3. out of form player misbah could be play after umer gul becoz umer gul also hitting hard. may team and bating orde. 1.kamran akmal 2.shehzad 3.fawad alam 4.abdul razzak 5.younis khan 6.shoib malik 7.shahid afridi 8.umar gul 9.misbha ul haque 10.ajmal 11.amir

  • waqar on June 13, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    pakistan can't win untill and unless senior pro's waon't do any thing...they don't have good understanding with each other as they had in previous T20 ...malik and misbah has to support younis khan in any way...that's the only way to claim the victory from NEWZEALAND.....hope pakistan win this one....

  • Nazir on June 13, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    lets get rid of Butt and open with Afridi and Akmal becuase Afridi is never successful at 6 or 7 anyway.

    Oh yes bring Razzaq in instead of Mohammed Amir it will make the batting line stronger and i think Misbah should play one down as Malik is finding it difficult with his stroke play.

  • Marlo on June 13, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    Those who want to push younis down the order are as good as afridi is in his bating. Younis may have mistakes as skipper but as batsman his strike rate is 150% thats more than Dilshan. Only because he doesn't hit a lot of sixes and because he can score without you notice, is not the way to judge. he is the best player of spin in the tournament. He is second highest scorer in the series.

  • Muhammad Rehan Tasleem on June 13, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    Well u can call this a Nightmare for a team, willing to win but cannot manage it properly. All that was witnessable was a good captaincy from Srilankan captain. How he was utilizing his bowlers and engaging players was a treat to watch. But from Pakistani perspective we can call that they lost the initiative as the team started to tumble down, not utilizing the 1st Power play and the rest of players didn’t come to expectations. I don’t understand that these are the players who play valiantly in domestic T20 and score and for whom Conditioning camps are arranged but why they aren’t able to prove their skills. Their skills have become quite rusty. In the match against Srilanka the facial expressions of the players were worth watching. It appeared as if they had some fear. If Sohail Tanvir was not match fit then why he was selected in the playing XI. Rao Iftikhar must have been given a chance instead of Sohail for his accuracy. Thank you.

  • Shahid on June 13, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    and just to add, those who are commenting with wishes to have Imran Nazir and asking why he is not in the team. Are waisting there time as they should know that he could not be included legally at the time when team was announced as he was not finished with ICL. Now that he is cleared, he can only replace if a batsman is injured. So dont waist your time or blame slectors for that.

  • Shahid on June 13, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    I wouldn't discard Sohail Tanvir, he is a proven T20 bowler and can anytime rediscover his length. He needs to be given confidence and be included. We may be lucky enough to reach semifinals and we may be lucky enough that sohail rediscovers it until then. Butt goes out and afridi opens with Akmal followed by Razzaq. Fawads left arm spin should be used and fielding has to save some 10 runs which they normally woudn't. YOUNIS got to use spin in first 6 overs if wickets don't fall. Umar Gul must be bowled up front as early wickets are key. I just have a feeling that coming match is Sohail Tanvirs match..as enough is enough for him too. KAMRAM bhai kan you comment, what is hounerable Intekhabs job and where did he make any positive difference. It looks as a coach is just a post which has to be filled without noticing any outcome. What is his strategy for team and what does he want to add to the product. I will also like to see Aqibs contributions with Sohail Tanvir.

  • Shoaib on June 13, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    Hello guys, I have strong opinion believe that fawad alam doesnt deserve to be in team at all.He wasnt able to put ball at all and forget about hitting boundaries when they are needed most down the order at end overs.Pakistan doesn't have any hard hitting batsman to play down the order.Please dont tell me Afridi is there.Well i have few points, let me know if you agree with me. 1. Afridi is not able to bat down the order, so make him open.It may click for u 2.Fawad Alam should be out of team and Razaq in for him. 3. Shazaib Hasan or Ahmad Shazad should play to strengthen batting at up the order.This will inturn make Middle and lower order strong.

    4. We dont have Imran Nazir in team so lets not discuss that, though he deserves a spot at anybodys cost.

    5. Sohail Tanveer is out of form,if Razaq plays we dont need him at the moment.

    Any team would have made 50 of 30 ballsz with 5 wickets in hannd.But Pakistna having Fawad and Tanvir to play those balls made it impossible.

  • Sherdil Khan on June 13, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    Well I believe Afridi has to open. He is the best choice for Pakistan if we are to make use of the first six overs

  • Azlan Khan on June 13, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    Younis Khan doesn't get it. Batting order : 1.Shahid Afridi 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Shoaib Malik 4.Younis Khan [ Depends on the situation ] 5.Misbah Ul Haq 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Fawad Alam 8.Umer Gul 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Mohammed Aamir 11.His choice to choose either a batsman and a bowler ... =].

  • G.faruque on June 13, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    PCB is responsible for this situation of their team. Because they have not select correct player for their team. why they band on ICL player like I.Nazi, R.Naved. Is india is gving them any benifit when they loosing game to opposit team? all other country they allowing their player in their national team who played ICL. pakistan loosing their match because of opening pair of bating.why don't your management not giving chance to Afridi to open the innigs.He may then feel comfortable instead middle of the innigs. This is also very poor decision of team management.He has to gain his confident during fielding restriction. I will say it is pakistan team management indciplin system. I wish next two game Afridi should open batting. Middle innigs he faced 1 or 2 ball and try to go big and get out with 0 or 5/6 runs. it is putting pakistan in deep trouble. Try to open him he may change when you going to chase the run.wish advice will help you pls bring Nazi Naved in team. Faruk/Dhaka

  • khurram on June 13, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    i just cant understand why afridi is not being promoted to opening position ,salman butt is by no mean a t/20 player therefore he along with sohail tanveer should be left out and fawad alam and abdul razzak should be brought back ,also in the power play younis should take a chance by giving spinners few overs to bowl ,thats exactly what martin crowe did in 92 world cup and was a successful experience , and last but not least fielding standard should be up to acceptible level ,so far in the tournament pakistani fielding has been worst ,even team like bangladesh and netherland have done much better .

  • Muzammil Mohsin on June 13, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    I think since Afridi is not succeeding at batting down the order and Salman Butt is not a fit at any position in a T20 game, Younis Khan should give it a go and make Afridi open the innings. As the new bowl is hard and the fielding restriction apply in the first 6 overs, that could well turn out 2 b a master stroke from Younis Khan. In any case, Afridi is not performing down the order and now we have the services of Razzaq also available so he must go for this option against New Zealand. I think the biggest problem with the Pakistan team is the old school of thought of their Old coach Intikhab Alam. Also a team cannot afford to miss a talent like Imran Nazir who also did well in the last T20 world cup in South Africa and won us the Semi-final against New Zealand and gave a quick start to the chase against India in the final. PCB please bring him back for the sake of Pakistani cricket and its fans who all want to c this talented player back in the side.

  • Roamer on June 13, 2009, 8:42 GMT

    Hi Kamran, appreciate after IPL if you write a blog on Fawad Alam, requesting the team management to utilize his potential and use him in the team, there is no place available in our middle order in the tests and onedayers (specially after the return of Yousuf) so why not utilize Fawad as an opening batsmen. There is a slot available and let him adjust and fight it out. He is a good enough player to sitout for that long, his record in longer version of the game speaks volumes.

    Appreciate if you can highlight this to the team management ..... also do note players like sehwag, laxman, chose to open the innings when they didnt get a spot in the middle order.

  • Roamer on June 13, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    I think Younis to my suprise should be given a credit that he has played much better then any other batsman in the Pakistan team. I think Pakistan really need to shuffle their batting order and they need to drop Salman Butt and bring Shahzaib instead so that they can attack teh first 6 overs and replace Fawad with Razzaq for Power hitting at the end. If this is not possible then atleast drop butt and let afridi open and have razzaq in the end for Power hitting.

  • Kashif on June 13, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    I think we need to consider Cricket like a corporation where rewards are tied to the individuals' performance. All the salaries and bonuses of our management as well as players should be linked with the matches they win. Each dropped catch or scoring less should be counted which means -ve marking. Every misfit player should be revoked from the entitlements unless the injury was not his fault. Until and unless strict measures are taken, our cricket cant be improved.

  • syed nayl on June 13, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    WE Pakistani rule but thres a big problem why arent they opening with afridi and RAZZAQ AT THE 3rd position misbah at the 4th kamran 5. younis 6.fawad 7.aamir 8.gul 9.ifthkar 10.ajmal 11.akthar they will win take butt out for 1 match

  • badar on June 13, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    My recommended team Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Younis Khan Shoaib Malik Misbah ul Haq Abdur Razzaq Fawad Alam Shahid Afridi Umar Gul M Amir/Sohail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal

  • Sheheryar on June 13, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    I just want to say one thing here. People keep insisting that we should open with Afridi. I think it's high time we accept that Afridi has lost it completely as a batsman. He should not bat higher than no.9 in the order till he can score some useful 10s and 15s again! Also, I think Salman Butt has been given enough chances. Shahzaib Hasan who has better stats than both Salman and Ahmed Shehzad should be tried. Fawad Alam needs to bat higher in the order too.

  • n0m@n on June 13, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    I am fail to understand when people at PCB will learn that this is not the same old game where you keep wickets in hand and score at the end. This is impossible to do now. Pakistan should kick Intikhab Alam and Yawar Saeed. We need a professional Coach and a Manager who is a manager and who should not think he is the master of game. The chairman should be ashamed of his comments about Imran Nazir, his comments are too small for his office. I think he still does not believe that he has been made the chairman of PCB the single most profitable organization in Pakistan. He does not deserve to be chairman of PCB. He lacks vision and clear direction. Only acted after Ahsan Mani advised to take ICC to court.

    As for the team selection why Hafeed was not in the 15 man is difficult to understand. Now every other team is considering who is capable adjusting to the conditions where game is to be played? Hafeed did well in SA means he can play on bouncy tracks.

  • Toseef Ahmed Khan on June 13, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    Our defeats are the result of poor thoughts of keeping wickets in hand and scoring in last overs and thus neglecting the required run rate. Younas khan, who was not expected to do this has played really well and is second highest scoring player in the tournament but no one has backed him really. If kamran akmal palys then we win the match.its obvious from previous four to five matches that pakistan have won. I wonder why Salman Butt is still in team. I can only wish taht somebody take him out from the team for ever.

  • Asim on June 13, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    I believe Pakistan do not gel as a team. May be due to politics ( b/w Malik and Younis), or may be due to formation of silent groups within the team. Team Management has to look into this matter and they must sack the player(s) involved even if he is a star performer. We need to build a new team from the scratch. Favoritism,SAFARISH, Player power were the main factors which were the cause of downfall of IMRAN KHAN's Squad (1992).

    We d onot have a sensible captain!! no one in the current team is capable of being t he captain.

    Team management is also non-functional.

    IT REALLY HURTS, MAN IT REALLY DOES HURT.

  • n0m@n on June 13, 2009, 7:52 GMT

    If India can still make it to the Semi's then Pakistan should as well. There is nothing bigger than these two sides playing in a decider!

    Did anyone of you recall any match where Salman Butt has done good for Pakistan. He puts 3 conditions to the bowler for every delivery 1 Bowl only on the offside 2 Do not bowl fast or close to stumps 3 Do not keep a fielder on the offside

    I still cannot understand how can you keep a player on national team who can just play one short and who is SO much awe with that GOLDEN gloves of his from KKR that he was more interested in his gloves in both matches against England and SriLanka.

    He only got his place in the team because Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat opted for ICL. Mohd. Hafeez atleast plays with the Straight bat which is a plus for any player in the world.

    Theres a better strategy for teams playing against Pakistan. Never try to take Salman's wicket and he will make it impossible for Pakistan to win the match by making run rate to high to get.

  • raaj malhotra on June 13, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    Only after Shoaib Malik became captain afridi was dropped down and is still going down he must open the innings with cool head. Someone must advice him and his captain to do so.

  • Nouman on June 13, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    I think They must give a Chance To Afridi to Open the innings as we Know that he is not doing well but he is a hard hitter of the bowl

  • Omar on June 13, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Afridi Should play Opening position why coach and captain destroy Afridi's carrer with Pakistan team we dont understand Afridi must be opening my choice 11 is 1. Shahid Afridi 2. Ahmed Shezad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Abdul Razzaq 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Misbah 7. Yonus Khan 8. Fawad Alam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. M Aamer

  • Ameen on June 13, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Afridi must be opening & my choice 1. Shahid Afridi 2. Ahmed Shezad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Abdul Razzaq 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Misbah 7. Yonus Khan 8. Fawad Alam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. M Aamer

  • Salman Anis on June 13, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    Razzaq for Tanvir. Shehzad for Butt. But wat we should do is send Razzaq to open And Shehzad one down. Razzaq used to open for the Hyderabad Heros in ICL. And believe me he played some excellent shots. He has the aerial ability. I think Pakistan has to take this gamble!

  • sultan on June 13, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    mr jahan fawad alam is a good t20 allrounder. but he is not also efficiently being used . BUTT should be taken out and afridi to open with akmal this is the best option they have now to get runs in the 1st 6 overs and then misbah, younis and malik come into play and then razak to come

  • MesSy on June 13, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    why younis Khan Still captain?? why Imran Nazir not in da team instead Of Butt?

  • WASEEM SAJID on June 13, 2009, 6:54 GMT

    1. Why you people are saying frequently that injure some player and include Imran Nazir. Is it not a stupid coment. Are we injuring our players because we are losing and wants some new faces. Please dont say like that. 2. Yes we had some problems in our team but we cant talk any thing about their loyalty as they are also Pakistani and they had love for this country as we have. Our team is going in some bad patch but they need support. 3. Therefore as opening matter i should say that give some else chance at the top. Now we have seen that Kamran is fit in his opening role. The other one should be Ahmad Shahzad or Shahzaib Hasan as they are good energatic batsmen and fielders as wel. We cant take risk of Afridi's open yet but if we won this one and Srilanka will neat NZ than we can try him against Irland. Best of Luck for Pakistani Team. I will support you in all stages never mind you lose or win. But i also like to see u winning.

  • Zeeshan Bhayani on June 13, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    Yesterday's match was really sad. Pakistan made a good comeback in bowling by restricting SL to 150. But God help the batting. Salman Butt has been ought for nough in the first over of the match numerous times. this immediately puts the rest of the batting under pressure. and what can i say abt shahid afridi. every time he walks out we pray that he can manage atleast 15-20 runs. but everytime he goes first ball. move afridi up the order, discard salman butt and get razzak in. i m hoping against hope that pakistan get to the semis but it looks highly unlikely given their lack of application.

  • sultan on June 13, 2009, 6:47 GMT

    the major reason loses are takin place becz the 1st 6overs no score is beingmade .it is 30 or 40 in 6 overs which is costin the pakistan team, they shouldnt put butt at the top,he cant play shots like pullshots whch other left handers play beter and get huge hits.i totaly agree with ppl who are sayin this fomat.they should open with afridi s that he is relaxed with the fielding resttriction and can hit out of the field. if they had scord 50or60 runs n the 1st6 overs they would have won. all teams are geting a good start in the 1st 6 overs.but i dont agree with sohail tnveer should b taken out. he is a match wining bowler, he should be playd against srlanka and razak should also be brought. PCB should have cleared with ICC before the tournmaent the issue of imran nazir. Afrdi Akmal Misbah Youns Malik Razaq Alam Tanvir Amir Ajmal Gul

    this is the best combination. i belve yasir arfat injury is myth, he should have been aloowed to play in place of tanvir & used after 6over

  • Omar on June 13, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    Afridi Should play Opening position why coach and captain destroy Afridi's carrer with Pakistan team we dont understand Afridi must be opening my choice 11 is 1. Shahid Afridi 2. Ahmed Shezad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Abdul Razzaq 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Misbah 7. Yonus Khan 8. Fawad Alam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. M Aamer

  • aurangzeb on June 13, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    Shahid afridi and Saeed Ajmal, will fail in Newzealand match. In Dubai, Australians lost in first one day match because of these spinners but within 24 hours, they were able to read both spinners. Remember how Andrew Symonds was not even thrashing both spinners but also pointing to them after each shot, how easily he can read them upfront. So in New zealand match my hopes for win lies with Umar and razaaq bowling and some descent batting. For Ireland, Afridi and Saeed Ajmal might prove useful. Pakistan , reaching semis now depend more on some major slackness done by Newzealand and Ireland, rather than Pakistan;s own abilty to propel itself to semis. Pakistan was in an easier group to reach supereight but put itself in difficult situation. In supereight, Pak is an easier group, Srilanka match Pak lost again because of its own stupidity and again has put itself in a tight corner.

  • Jahan Zada Buneri on June 13, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Please replace Alam by Abdul Razzaq then our team is in better form. He will prove as an addition in batting and also in bowling too. Our team can improve after his inclusion. Opener plus Akmal at 1 and 2 position Younis, Misbah, Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Afridi and then Tanvir and others. Bowling should start by Gul and Aamir after four to six overs then introduce Sohail with Afridi and then Razzaq with Ajmal. Seventh option of bowling is Malik as well. New Zealand always have a problem with spin bowling and there are three spinners with us. Just try to trap them by spin bowling. No there are four spinner what about Tanvir, he is also spin bowler as well with medium fast bowling. First our captain should know how many players of them have a problem with spinners and which type of spinners. Place your bowlers according to their weakness. In this way, he can make bowling plan too. I think hope sustains life and we will win.

  • Vinod on June 13, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    yes, there is no way anyone can disagree about inclusion of Abdul Razzak who is a fierce performer, brilliant and dedicated to any form of cricket. I have seen him mercilessly snatching away matches from the mouth of tough opponents, all with a smile. The best thing about Razzak is that he enjoys being there in the middle. He is very good in playing mind games. I consider him as one of the greatest all rounders ever played for the Asian continent. And not to get bogged down by Sohail Tanvir's performance against S/L. He just needs a few more overs to get back into the groove of things, its always worth to take him in the team. and t20 is just a plum on the cake for him. Afridi, a liability? Syed Imran, you better watch his bowling efforts...and then crack a few more jokes!!!! I wish them all the best because i cant wait any longer to beat them again.

  • Shahrukh on June 13, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    No doubts there. the players that were just mentioned are needed to an easy world cup victory but we dont have them. Salman must be dropped and the most suitable replacement would be Razzak.

    Afridi should bat as an opener alongside Kamran Akmal. Razzak should take Afridis place. the team needs to be more creative.

    Afridi only tries the big shots and opening would help as they are only 2 fielders out of the ring.

  • Raashid Shunthoo on June 13, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    I really don,t understand why they are playing at all.First of all Younis when asked, replied this is fun and he does not attach much importance to it.There seems no motivation at all.If they cannot chase 150 who do they expect to move forward.Replace Sohail Tanveer with Razzaq and for God,s sake Salman Butt has to go at all costs. There is question mark for Shoaib Malik as well, unless he pulls his socks up.Wasim Akram made a recent comment that Afridi plays with his eyes closed which is absolutely a fact that no one can deny.Why not to try him at top with Kamran Akmal and see if it works, anyway these days he is just a formality with bat.The last thing which they have forgot is how to play basic cricket,beleive me it is not all about getting sixes, even in T20.There is nothing as "Unpredictable" with Team Pakistan now.One wonders when they will be known for what they were best at.Till then, may God have mercy on them.

  • What the heck??????? on June 13, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    C'mon! I thought Pakistan would have won after restricting Sri Lanka to only 150. We really need Razzaq and where is Muhammad Hafeez! Afridi really needs to stay in and hit big but he has failed to perform in this tournament. Pakistan's bowling is excellent all they need is a strong batting order. My team against New Zealand would be:

    1. Ahmed Shahzad 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Yunus Khan 5. Kamran Akmal 6. Misbah ul Haq 7. Abdul Razzak 8.Fawad Alam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammed Aamer

  • Farhan Akhter on June 13, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Drop Salman Butt and Pick Razzaq. Shoiab Malikh Should open. And afridi will come after umer gul. Teak battting order will settled. Blowing become more stronger after razzaq. Tanvir can be match winner back him

  • Shahab Khan on June 13, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    I can't just make up my mind why Afridi is down the order ? Its doesn't makes any sense that that Afridi is playing at # 7.In powerplay's not even me each & every veiwer suggest Afridi.INTIKHAB & YOUNAS SHOULD THINK ABOUT THIS.Salman Butt is failed several times in T20 even then he is our opener.CAN YOU ANSWER WHY ?

  • Farhan on June 13, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    We can still win the tournament. Pakistan always played like this, Nothing new. The team can come back any time. And they will InshAllah

  • basit on June 13, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    Can somebody please justify having Salman Butt in the team. Its absolutely absurd. This kid has been given so many chances and now its time to just throw him out. I don't find any reason for his selection. Millions of people play cricket in this country, its pathetic we can't find a single descent opener since years now. And its not even like that Butt sahab has an extra-ordinary techique, absolutely rubbish. Shame on the selectors and the PCB. Batting looks absolutely miserable and clueless. How can we not have Abdur Razzaq and Imran Nazir in your team from the start? Does not make sense to me. Final request to the Pakistan team "Please show some positive body language on the field". I don't mind if you guys lose as long as you put up a fight and show pride in representing your country, which apparently you guys are not.

  • zafar on June 13, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    batsman lose yesterday match, can anybody tell me salman butt wat is doing in the t20 team,i want to tell all that he have big blessing, pak afford to lose match but cant drop him, that is truth we face in pak team. i want to give u team imran nazir,kamran akmal,shoaib m, misbah,shahid afridi,abdul razzaq,saeed ajmal,umar gul,sohail tanveer,rana naveed, azhar mahmood

  • Imran on June 13, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    Old school mentality has to change, pakistani players need to play attacking cricket if they want to do succeed. Other successful teams have played attacking cricket and have won, coach doesn't seem to have a plan, captain can't do anything alone or with misbah, everyone has to perform. I am surprised why hafeez wasn't picked. Malik,Butt and sohail should sit out, something is going on with these 3 guys if qadir is right which I think he's, they should sit out or serve a cool down period

  • Jamal on June 13, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    And if Pakistan wins the next game, i better not see anyone of you praising the team. Stop acting like kids, players are trying. Its very easy to sit here and type on the keyboard. Get a life and show some respect to our heros. They are better than you guys. They are atleast doing something for our country. Not like you guys who are sitting here accusing the country. Peace

  • Syed Imran Mehdi on June 13, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Salam, The point I want communicate today is that Pakteam is performing best to that of the capability they current posses, which as unit is average. Another thing that is confusing is whether to treat Afridi as an Asset to PAK or a Liability !! Sorry Mr. Kamran, i was expecting your "Kind" viwes in this regard today but the matter was even overlooked by you.

  • Moazzam on June 13, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    I think Pakistan is continuously doing the same mistake for last 20 or more matches with some exceptions, “Try to have wickets in hand”. In the matter of fact there is not even a single player who is capable of Hard Hitting except AFRIDI and we all are very well aware of AFRIDI's performance as a batsman.

  • Imran on June 13, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    It's out battings,we don't have fire power to score quick50-60 runs in first 5-6 overs and we don't have finishers who can hit ball over the boundary. Misbah is playing great, he didn't had any choice in the past games, when he comes team is messed up he can't afford to throw his wicket away he tries to build partnerships to bring team close to the target and atleast giving them a chance. Nasir jamshed and Imran should open, replace amir with rana, fawad with yousuf, sohail with azhar mahmood, it will give us a lot of depth and variety.

  • Mohamed Feroj on June 13, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    Once again as usual Pakistan team proved that its team nickname UNPREDICTABLE suits them very much..What a shame!cant chase 151 in a world T20 match.The Pak.team batsmen did a big unjustice to their bowlers,who did an excellent job by restricting the strong SL batting line-up for that score. I dont understand the Pak.team's strategy for all d matches they played sofar.They seemed a confused lot while they were batting.They lacked T20 approach,running between d wickets & so on. The simply known factor is in a T20 match is,try to score as much as possible in d first 6 overs.But what this pak.openers doing? its also a big mistake & waste of talent by keeping Afridi low down d order.Afridi is made for hitting & he should be allowed to do that in a free way in d first 6 overs.By opening with Afridi gives him all d freedom to hit without much responsibility. Also d chances are that even if he mistimes d shots still he may get boundries. Also d current Pak.team lacks power hitters low down

  • Shoaib on June 13, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    Why are we discussing issues not pertaining to the tournament itself. Its true that if the team doesn't perform, it should be blamed on the board. Now, with respect to this tournament, I still believe, despite not having our best available T20 talent in the country, this team can deliver. What we need is proper planning and more importantly precise execution of these plans. Most important of all, someone should kick Salman Butt on his back, and get him out of all forms of the game. He has been given multiple chances, and we did try to convert him into a class batsman, that unfortunately, he is not. Why can't we try the other opener in the team? Batting has always been a worry for our team, we need Batsman like Yousuf in team any way.

    Last but not the least, please get rid of Mr. Alam as our manager.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on June 13, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    Dear Saim 93, your sequence is 1)Shahzaib hasan 2)Shahid Afridi 3)Kamran Akmal 4)Shoaib Malkik 5)Abdul Razzaq 6)Younus khan 7)Misbah ul haq 8)Fawad Alam 9)Mohammed Amer 10)Umar Gul 11)Saeed ajmal If we will go in this sequence, we lost the match easily because record of Afridi is not good in England in batting, Akmal is not regular opener even he cannot play at no. 3, Malik has poor record in England in batting. You placed Khan at no. 6 and Misbah at no. 7 the main batsmen if come at these places it means we will loose match easily. First two positions for regular opener, Captain should come at no. 3 and Misbah at no. 4 and Malik at no. 5, Akmal at no. 6, Afridi at no. 7 and Tanvir at no. 8. I do not know what is going on, captain should take responsibilty and take the example from Imran Khan that is lead from the front. If he is coming at no. 4, things are going out of control because Butt is out of form, Akmal is not regular and Malik has poor record of batting in England.

  • desihungama on June 13, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Whichever blogger pointed out the fact is true there is mutiny against Younis formed by these gung ho's Shoiab, Afridi and Misbah. Final outcome of Twenty20 - lose semifinals.

  • Aspraso on June 13, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Keep it simple -- retain Afridi for his bowling, send him to open the batting, start with 0-1. Stop smiling in the field after those mis fields, dropped catches and missed run outs -- you are no longer in the kindergarten playground.

  • Rashid Munawar on June 13, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    Put Afrid to open with kamran akmal, salman butt must have to depart,replaced with Abdur razzak, put muhammad aamir and gul to attack the tanvir in rotation with spinners, field anormously stay at the wickets score over the tops. if umer gul can hit why not the foolish batsman salman misbah, malik and fawad i think there is some problem with dressing rooms environment

  • Abid on June 13, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    probably I would be wrong but Pakistan must think on Afridi,Salmat Butt. What does Afridi mean? 0 on First or second ball? With a experience of nearly 13 years? Really surprising!

  • awais on June 13, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    pakistan need to send afridi as an opener.....he might clear the feilders with his lifters ,,,,,,,but i dont think he stand a chance at the lower order when the game is at its crucial stage...........we need afridi on top.....and he should bat with akmal and then misbah..

  • Ghayoor Abbas on June 13, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    Yesterday again our team collapsed against a formidable opponent, after miracoulously restricting Sri Lankan batting to a reasonable target despite a brisk opening by them. But, as per routine our batting collapsed again and I dont know why our "Professional" batters can not find the gaps to take single run or two in order to keep the score board ticking when the going is tough instead they keep blocking and in the mean time asking rate gets doubled and the more disaster follows when we have wickets in hand (only in numeric terms) but there is not a single genuine hitter to achieve that high run rate. I dont know why Razzaq was not included in the team despite recalling him. Why Afridi is not sent on top of the order to use first six overs there may be chance that his miscued shots may clear the inner circle and he may get some kind of confidence. Overall as team there needs lot of improvement in discipline, I love to see Pakistan win, on present form we do not deserve semi final spot.

  • khurram on June 13, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    what a mess, after every five year or so intikhab become pakistan team coach and what use of aaqib javed he was very commutive in front of fakhre alam geo super program by tossing cricket ball with both of his hands that he just went out and bowled the delivery which our bowler can,t bowled that very day. bring razzak kick butt out, and for afridi we request him for the sake of his own confidence he should open the inning as newzealanders still wary of him and in power play he may restore his honour (confidence) as per bench strength i only request this, i also request younis that misbah should come ahead of him and further if he continues captaining pakistan cricket team he should bring in future course some geniune batsman in the middle order in place of shoaib malik because he is only one player who play for his survivel to remain in the side.....

  • Umer jilani on June 13, 2009, 4:05 GMT

    We all know that Afridi has been comfortable batting down the order.But thats not working for him as wel as his team.They should have called back Imran Nazir with Abdur Razzaq, and send Afridi and Imran as openers.It would be a risky chance but it would be a nightmare for any team if they stayed on the increase for 3 to 4 overs together and just played their own game.OKAY....not in a one-day match, but we can give it a try in T-20.

  • Muhammad Ammad Javed on June 13, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    I wish afridi to open the batting today and i will like to see ahmed shahzad back in the side in place of BUTT and i think Razaq will replace Tanveer Afridi should be a given a role at the start of innings bec with only two fielders outside circle he got more chances to hit over the top freely 30-40 quick runs from afridi could do thousands of good to pakistan and as Fawad Alam is playing as a batsman so i will silply like him to stay in dressing room and give shahzaib a chance at the top of innings or may be in middle order Nasir Jamshed is also vvery good when it comes to agression and hitting so BUTT inclusion over him was a horrible decision Anywz if Pakistan has to win it today they do really need thier batsman to score freely BEST OF PAKSTAN All the prayers as always are wid them................................

  • Moz Rauf on June 13, 2009, 3:52 GMT

    There is indeed no place in the team for Yonas Khan, Malilk and Butt. Pakistan should reconstruct the team.

  • John on June 13, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    Favouritism in the selection of team, manager and coach etc is a never ending Game in cricket for Pakistan! Next chairman comes in bring back his era of people. Time have changed, you cannot have Intikhab as coach, with the older mentality! Need player retired recently for this format! 20/20 is my opinion a reversal of Batting approach. Right from Ball one, you must go after the bowling, to unsettle bowlers, which somehow pakistans always fails to do! The only match Openers fired, the team won! They have salman Butt, a test player as opener, while wasting the flamboyat Afridi at the back to play 1 0r 2 overs!He himself wasts to bat open! I think the batting order should be Afrid,Akmal,Younis,Razzak,ALam,Shahzad,Misbah,Tanvir,Umar gul, ajmal,Amir. This wil give an explosive start! and if in case any bowler misfires, an standby present! It is time to drop Malik for good!And maybe Misbah after the tournament!

  • Umar on June 13, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    There re few things to notice. 1. I will agree with first post, Pak dont deserve to be in semi's.Sorry guys but thats ultimate truth. 2. Salman Butt has got to look after one thing in every match, and that is Pavilion. 3. Malik and Misbah are nonserious in their batting and that might have something to do with YOunis Captaincy(they are playing politics) . Its crystal clear now. 4. Afridi has bowled really well, no doubt, he has lost his hitting ability, no doubt. SO if he's to score 0 or 10 , 20 . PLay him as an opener. 5. Umar gul seems to me the big goat that escapes everything, one might not have notice, but there is a difference in his bowling in Last world cup and now.Yorkers are there but the hit the deck hard short pitch deliveries and slower balls ( two or three in this tournament) are missing.

  • sonubhai on June 13, 2009, 3:06 GMT

    Man all i see is let afridi open let afridi open. if he cant bat at no 6 how do you except him to open hit a 6 and get out the next ball if he hasnt learned anything yet in his 10 years with the team he probably not going to . yes he is in great form with the ball but we didnt send him in the t20 for his bowling but for his batting. there are plenty of other players that can bowl decently. t20 you dont need bowlers that have goldy locks hairs or a fancy runup just need someone that can bowl a tight line and length and can hit it out of the park. Coach and Manager a old school ppl who are at the moment destroying everything Bob wolmer and Geff lawson did with the boys. younus need to fix his attitude and be a agressive captain that was thought to be. we had enough calmness during inzi. we need a captain like imran or wasim.

  • Suleman on June 13, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    can some tell Intikhab Alam that pakistan players dont need a psychologist before the T20 rather a good batting coach. - bring back imran nazir espac for T20 or even Nasir Jamshed - move up misbah to no 3 ... younus 4...malik 5 .. if pakistan to win one day ,test or even T20, we need mohammed youssef and shoaib akhtar( even if he's not been in the best of form. :S

  • Kamran Hashmi on June 13, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Its really disappointing to see Pakistan losing the golden chance. So we see Pakistan facing another DO or DIE. In fact its not the great players who make you win the matches, its the attitude and Pakistan's attitude and approach was evident with the sight of Butt in the playing eleven in the first place. You can't win matches when you are overcautious and not able to drop a total flop. Remember we ran into Final of the last world cup because we had to drop Butt after a couple of matches :) and I am sure Razzler won't be of much help if their main approach doesn't change.

    And about the keep wickets intact approach, thats rubbish as far as T20 is concerned. T20 can't be won by slogging at the end only. Remember, players like Gayle, Sehwag, Imran Nazir, McCullum almost always provide a start of 50 of 5 and the rest of the batting gets the launch pad.

    Younis or Malik should open with Afridi and Akmal and Razzaq should be there at the lower middle order to finish off the job.

  • Farooq on June 13, 2009, 2:45 GMT

    The few people that are criticizing Fawad Alam have probably never seen the guy bat in any version of the game. Maybe taking a look at his averages in ALL versions will shed some light. Granted he wasn't able to perform the Miracle that was needed today. But you could hardly blame him for the loss. For those that think he can't hit, may I remind them the Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka played in Canada not too long ago? He scored 23 not out on eight deliveries, hitting 3 sixes to get the victory out of certain defeat. He is not being utilized properly by the captain.

  • Reza on June 13, 2009, 2:38 GMT

    Pakistan by far is the worst fielding team(or should I say "group") in the world, yes even worse than the WI. More than anything they seem never to have the energy and eagerness to their fielding. Its quite evident when you notice the feilders not taking the steps forward when the bowler is on his run up. The likes of Shahid,Shohib,Younis and misba have the potential to be good feilders, but they are never consistent - like their batting and bowling receptively. They dont deserve to be in the super 8. The dutch would have provided better entertainment with quality cricket. Its the BATTING, BOWLING AND FIELDING stupid.

  • SRI LANKA Rocks on June 13, 2009, 2:37 GMT

    Pakistan cricket coach & management should put Afridi to bat on top of the order. his firepower haven't been used for last couple of years by the pakistan team by always put him at no 7 or 8. if pakistan needs to get better of him they should move afridi to bat as an opener.

  • pardesi on June 13, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    This whole Pak side is suspect.Razzak alone can not deliver the trophy.Nazir,Rana,et.al are not in the tournament so those who keep bringing up their names is "besides the point".Only thing that can help this team at this juncture is tweeking the batting order.Why the hell Afridi is coming in in the 15th over?Why is he not at #1?20 ovrs r not enuf for any side to get a decent team out in so why r our players playing like its 50/50 instead.R they worried about their stats? This team will be back in Pak by Tuesday, write it down. Pathetic bunch and I blame the selectors and the PCB for their sorry performance.The players are performing according to the talent they have acquired in Pak domestic matches which by no means are world class any more.Good teams also falter once in a while, bad teams falter all the while and thus become the laughing stock. Our team has no discipline, no courage, no spine, no plan and very little talent to perform on world stage.

  • Malik on June 13, 2009, 2:11 GMT

    No, not again guys!!! Its just too predictive now about Pakistan cricket. We have good T20 record till the world cup started and all of a sudden we lost our way. Salman's failure at the top of the order and Afridi's insane hitting at the end are doing us in. One just wonders what is the role of Fawad in the team? Kick Butt's butt and get in Ahmad to open with Afridi (Its better to loose Afridi in the first over than to pin hopes on him in the death overs). Replace Sohail who does not seeem to be in good nick with Razzak. Hope we are back on our winning ways against diplated Kiwis who have already been hit by a fair share of injury worries. Commom Younus, Lets Rock!!

  • Farhan Arooj on June 13, 2009, 2:07 GMT

    I think the strategy used by Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq during the mid overs was excellent. The only mistake they did, was to keep on waiting for the very last overs to get the required run-rate down. On the other hand, SangaKara was good enough to save his best bowler's (Malinga and Muralli)) overs at the end. We lost the match on the moment before Muralih's last over, when Misbah didn't score on two simple balls by Sirilanka's non-regular bowler. The thinking needs to be modified, that there are very seldom chance to win the match by hitting boundary on the last bowl of the match. In his whole career, Miandad only did this once. We lost many matches due to his strategy to miss the balls and wait for last overs to recover.

  • Omar on June 13, 2009, 2:02 GMT

    Our fielding definitely needs to improve and the PCB needs to back Younis Khan in grooming this team. He is trying his best while its clear that some seniors such as Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi take the honor of playing International Cricket for granted. I have always believed that Akhtar and Afridi are selfish cancerous acts for this team. Afridi now claims that he is a bowler first batsman! When did this happen? You do what your role asks and not compromise your team over and over again in such a major tournament. How does your psyche tell you to hit the second ball for six when your team needs you to steady ship for a little bit. Some might say thats the way he plays but I am sorry to say that his play has worn out his welcome just like Akhtar due to his selfish attitude. Keep the hardworkers in the team and stop giving second chances to indisciplined fools like Akhtar, Asif and Afridi. Build a newer, hungrier and more athletic side. Bring back Yousuf, Nazir!

  • Dr.Faisel on June 13, 2009, 1:48 GMT

    When you hire a coach who never played One days and urges to use the 1992 World cup technique of "HITTING IN LAST OVERS", Well Mr.Alam its outdated now.Learn from W.Indies how to chase...

  • ammar ahmad on June 13, 2009, 1:01 GMT

    Why in the world Sohail Tanvir was played when he was out of form! He gave away 18 runs off the 1st over and then he batted like a 'tape-ball' player from Karachi getto!!!

    Fawad Alam should have been sent before Afridi to bat and he might have given Pakistan a chance to win. Salman Butt has been given way too many chances to prove and I don't think he is capable of handling 20/20. We miss Imran Nazir!!!

  • fhs on June 13, 2009, 0:51 GMT

    Kick Butt out plz! Akmal, Afridi, Razzak and Misbah- this should be the top 4 batting order for Pakistan against NZ. They MUST do something different agianst NZ - it is a must win game. The goal is make 80 in 8-9 overs!!!! I hate the batting of YK and Malik - there runs are always meaningless.

  • Attiq ur-Rehman on June 13, 2009, 0:49 GMT

    Younus should voluntarily appoint Misbah as captin for NZ game.If captin is not serious for the game, how can he unite the whole team for a big match. Looks everyone is playing for his personal records, not for the team

  • Mizbiz on June 13, 2009, 0:18 GMT

    Can anyone tell me the value of Fawad Alam as an allrounder? Is he filling in only bec Yasir's out? I would have played Shahzeb (even if they did not want to drop Butt) as we already have spin options covered so it's a question..can he strike better than Shazeb? I know Razzle will take his place tonight.

  • Saud on June 13, 2009, 0:11 GMT

    I think Afridi does not want to open, so lets not put it all on YK.(Why he doesn't want to open God knows better he isn't doing jack lower down and might benefit from power play ) - Shoaib/YK/Misbah .. its gets little slow

  • sunny on June 12, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    Guys, I think Pak team needs pupils support as they haven't been playing quality cricket for long time. Players are bit rusty. They weren't in the IPL as well. Look at all the hard hitters like Gayle, Yuvraj, Bravo, Smith, Kallis, AB Dev. etc have all performed well recently in IPL. I am not giving any excuse not to perform but we have to be patient. Also historically we don't do well unless our back is against the wall...for eg. 1992 world cup..So I hope they'll do their best against kiwis!

  • ali_a on June 12, 2009, 23:39 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan is the grudjes in the team for captaincy. When Shoaib was there, Afridi never played seriously since he despised his captaincy. Now is Shoaib Malik's turn and he's been proving it - just score 20-30s to keep the place in the side, but never perform well, so younis looks bad as a captain. I don't know about Afridi, this person has gotten more chances than some of the deserving people, he should be given a clear signal - either improve with the bat or get out. If Sohahil Tanvir is not 100%, why not play Iftikhar Anjum, is he not part of the team? Younis- wake up its not 50 over match or test cricket, you and other 300k IPL players have played this game for last two years. I cannot believe the way he batted against England, he did not even try to get close to their total and gave up 4-5 overs before. All the commentators were saying its time now to score boundaries and not singles etc. For God sake, he cannot pull the short deliveries - 10 yrs + exp? Shame!!

  • HAROON on June 12, 2009, 23:26 GMT

    i think pakistan should drop salman butt coz he is not doin well.Most of the players are not performing good enough, maybe coz they didnt play in the ipl and thats y they dnt have confidence. on the other hand their coach Intikhab alam, he is not the right coach to be in the mordern cricket, geoff lawson was a good coach for pakistan. pcb should realise that they need important players in the squad like "imran nazir, rana naveed, mohammed sami ECT, basicly players who play for the lahore badshahs, and can come bak to the national side. my worry is that pakistan dnt have good line up in the batting order, i think misbah should be 1 down because he is a cool player that can play some excellant shots even if they are under pressure,,, inshallah they will beat new zealand tomoz n then ireland. the pakistan team have got a bit stronger coz of razzaq comin bak.

  • Raheel on June 12, 2009, 23:26 GMT

    EVERYONE is saying the same thing!

    OPEN WITH AFRIDI, SALMAN BUTT OUT!

    IMRAN NAZIR, ABDUL RAZZAQ IN!

    and thats that. maybe rana naved as sub bowler too. and you have a stron pak team.

    we need fire when we bat in the first few overs, we need afridi.

    and i think misbah will click soon.

    i hope PCB takes notice.

  • Ahad on June 12, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    I don't understand what they are doing.. First 6 overs, attack. I'd rather be 55 for 2/3 after 6 overs then 35 for 1.

    They build a foundation from which Younis and Misbah can nudge around and hit their boundaries up until the 15th/ 16th over. Getting us to around 125/135. From there get our strikers like Abdul Razzaq and Misbah to hit out, get 30-40+ runs in the last 3-4 overs. On these pitches, 175+ should be par and chasing 150 should be done within 17 overs..

    If we lose early wickets, fine, play yourself in, but don't take ages playing yourself in, an then getting out after only hitting one or two boundaries... costing the team plenty.

    Afridi needs some serious batting practice... as much as he likes to bowl, he should understand that it's his batting that can really change a game. I'm sure batting him opener and some solid net sessions will do. His timing at the lower order is poor.

    My team at this point:

    Afridi Akmal Misbah Younis Malik Razzaq Alam Tanvir Amir Ajmal Gul

  • dashy114 on June 12, 2009, 23:13 GMT

    Basically what Pakistan needs is someone in the top order to score a run a ball 50 and the rest of the hitters to play around him. Maybe Younis Khan should move himself up the order to ensure that we don't lose both our openers quickly.My batting order would be: Younis Khan Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Shoaib Malik Misbah-ul-Haq Fawad Alam Umar Gul Sohail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Muhammad Amir I highly doubt that Younis Khan will play Salman Butt in the next game. Afridi would be worth a gamble because the Kiwis don't really have a genuine fast bowler in their lineup. So send him upfront, let him slog and if it doesn't work send in Akmal. If that doesn't work send in someone to consolidate for a few overs(like Misbah) and then unleash Abdul Razzaq. Very few teams in world cricket have this sort of talent at their disposal. If only they could start performing....

  • Safeer Ahmad on June 12, 2009, 23:08 GMT

    Can tell how much hurt I am but these guys don't feel it..they think its just a FUN huh.... I am not going to question players like Kamran Akmal, Shoiab Malik, Salman Butt and Misbah here because they have proved themselves earlier I know at the moment they are not clicking but what FAWAD ALAM is doing in the team. He is batting at no. 7 but cant hit sixes or even fours and everybody knows about his bowling and we really no need for his bowling as we already have 6 of them but nobody is questioning his place in the team....why??? Secondly why Afridi is not opening everybody knows there is more chance for him to score runs when he bats in power plays. There are so many things here which can be questioned but the saddest thing is that nobody is going to listen us...nothing is going changed...this is what we are capable of and this is what we deserve..

  • Mamoon Dasti on June 12, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    Even though Tanvir had a bad spell. We lost because of batting line-up. Butt gots to go, can't field can't bat, Afridi needs to open, and Razzaq should replace Tanvir.

  • Aamir Khan on June 12, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    I don't understand Y Pakistani Management keep giving opportunities to Salman Butt???he is terrible in Fielding then in Batting he is Lazy then wats special about him that he always IN in Pakistani Team. I think we should give opportunity to Abdul Razzaq instead Salman Butt. I bag to Pakistan Management Plzz plzzz plzzz plzzz give sum one else chance in Opening slot.its time to say GOOD BYE to BUTT.he is not useful player for Pakistan. If Pakistan wants to Qualify for Semi and wants to beat NZ then they should keep Salman Butt out from tomorrow Game and Razzaq IN. also keep Extras in control. I think 20runs win the match for Srilanka because they scored only 130. Mr. Tanvir Gifted most of the Extras to SL otherwise Pakistan win that match.work on Extras.

  • Sami Syed on June 12, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    IN addition to my comment above ... this would be my line up:

    1. Shahid Afridi - advantage powerplay 2. Abdul Razzaq - opener in ICL and should the two click... you'll have a 100 runs in 6 to 7 overs. 3. Kamran Akmal - good spot for him. 4. Younis Khan - to provide stability. 5. Ahmad Shehzad - just cause there should be a hitter with Younis, not singles or doubles... 6. Shoaib Malik - he can hit a little... 7. Umar Gul - He can hit the ball hard... whats the harm it's 20/20. 8. Fawad Alam - he can BAT!!! Just needs to settle in.. 9. Misbah-Ul-Haq - Maybe he prolly won't bat 10. Sohail Tanvir 11. Mohammad AAMIR

    Anyway... that would be great... I know these cricketers read this website... SO READ!

    Sami

  • Javed Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 22:56 GMT

    Ideal Eleven Shahid Afridi Imran Nazir Shoaib Malik Yunus Khan Misbah ul Haq Abdur Razzaq Asif Sarfraz Ahmed Saed Ajmal Umar Gul Mohammad Amir

  • Sami Syed on June 12, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    Firstly, AFRIDI is the best player in the team right now. The only reason we even had a chance against Sri Lanka was Afridi. He was never a batsman, never! He was picked as bowler on his debut but ended up hitting the fastest century. It's like Gillispie hitting the 200 and exepecting him to do it everytime. He is on-record saying he is a bowler.

    Afridi, when he is able to bat is a BONUS!!! His true skill is his bowling, which has been phenomenal and praiseworthy to say the least.

    As far as why we are losing??? Captaincy and batting line up. Attack int he first 6 overs! Why is Salman Butt even in the line-up? Misbah is way under-performing and no one is consistent. Secondly, poor fielding. Bowling is the only positive!

    Razzaq is a good move!!! He should play. More than him, Butt should be declared injured and IMRAN NAZIR should have been in the squad from the get-go. WIth him in the lineup we would be easy favs for semis. Solid fielder as well. Bring Imran Nazir!!!!

  • javed Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    Pakistan needs Muhammed Asif desperately. Sohail Tanveer has lost the plot all together. Afridi need some lessons on being patient. Please Pathans try to be patient and sensible and behave like Irfan and Yousaf Pathans. After all Shoaib Akhtar could have done it better compared with any one else. Bring him back. Intikhab Alam should not be coach as when he was a captain he drew most tests compared with any other test captain. He should let a younger person take over.

  • Qadeer on June 12, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    I think Pakistan need to Kick BUTT out of the team and Bring in extra batsman. Also Put Afridi at the top. When Afridi opens even if he scores 20 runs they will be bonus for Pakistan. I want to See Tanvir out of the side. Hes worst than M.Sami LOL

  • adeel akram on June 12, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    changing players every game we play is not the answer. khan captained the side brilliantly today. His advice to tanvir in how to grip the ball when he was wyward showed good skills and courage. He pegged lankans back to a good target for pak by good use of field plans with bowlers acordingly. afridi,ajmal etc. His batting showed that he ledfrom the front. unfortunateley it was the batsmen around him who had failed him. Pakistan feel that the way to get the big runs is to hit the ball as hard as you can. NO NO NO!. iTS All about timing. Dwayne Bravo was a perfect example of how to bat today. get forward on the front forward use your feet and look to attack the ball rather than playing from the back foot deep in the crease and try to heave the ball. we didnt place the ball in the gaps and manipulate the fielders. salman butt could play t20 if he jus played himself in. Afridi needs to play as spinner n bring in a batsman as we are deluded to think that he will be our saviour every game

  • Atif on June 12, 2009, 22:38 GMT

    The line up for Pakistani team should be: Imran Nazir Imran Farhat Rana Naved Ul Hasan Younis Khan Misbah Ul Haq Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

  • haji gulzar babu luli on June 12, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    they all not good. they need 2 chill out n go 2 beach mayb blackpool? i have free coach if u guys want lift and pakistan's winning days r over.

  • Mansoor on June 12, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    To think Mo Yousuf is not good enough to make the 2007 and 2009 team but Salman Butt is??

  • Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    i think they shud change couple of players,first they need to change the captain,younus is not capable of handling tough situations as a captain they need to get misbah as a captain becz he got cool mind and disipline in his life so he can select the better team then younus khan,if selection will b right then players will get thr confidence back,they shud get imran nazir back plus nasir jamshed instead of salman butt.

  • Arshi on June 12, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    Younus Khan captaincy is questionable, I don’t know if he ever use brain to take decisions. WI was in the same situation like Pak but the comfortably won the match bcoz Bravo didn’t take pressure on his nerves but with Pak, younus khas couldn’t handle the pressure and got out. I think we need fresh blood and should kick out these rusty fellows:(

  • Nasir on June 12, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    This is high time to bring new talent going by the press conference of ex.chief selector? If there is factionism within Team, they are not going to deliver no matter how many ex. ICL you include. In my opinion there is no place for Butt, Sohail, Malik in team because of there performance and other reasons.

  • faisal ukani on June 12, 2009, 22:17 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan just wants to try winning without a plan. Either both batsman are attacking or neither one. Simple cricket should be one batter takes chances other one rotates the strike. I think all pakistani players are excellent in any situation but they are off color because of lack of plan and direction. I am afraid that says a lot about the poor coach, management and captaincy.

  • ali yousaf on June 12, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    I think lahore badshah could have perform better then this pakistan team,basically it's not the team it's the board who chose the wrong team selectors should change there approach for this format.I think in t20 imran nazir and imran farhat should open the batting and they need to bring shoaib malik younis khan and misbah in 3,4 and 5 respectivly then kamran akmal abdul razzaq and shahid afridi at 6,7 and 8. Then umer gul asif and aamir. from 12 to 15 they should add mohd hafeez, rana naveed fawad alam and sohail tanvir.... Beleive me this team will be hard to beat in t20 if i can think this then what's wrong with the selictors and board and if they r not behaving means not disciplined enough then these issues should be infront of the people of pakistan this is the only bloody sports which is left in the heart of people, why this board is not listening properly intekhab alam is old he never played t20 in his entire life for god sack bring moin khan or rashid latif to coach the team.

  • Ali Jay on June 12, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Butt is the worst T20 player i have seen so far wat is he doing on the team we want the captain to place shahid afridi as an opener becoz all of his major runs were as opener kick butt out he cant do nothing and why didnt they play razzaq in this game......... any way we want batting order Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Shoaib Malik Yunus Khan Misbah ul Haq Abdur Razzaq Fawad Alam Sohail Tanvir(even though his bowling disastrous but he can hit) Saed Ajmal Umar Gul Mohammad Amir

    i think this wud be a perfect batting order with the players available i mean imran nazir is not on the squad plus mo yusuf and rana i think this will be the best with wat they have

  • ALI on June 12, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    kick salman out and bring back yasir hameed or imran nazir...

  • tahseen on June 12, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    I think Salman butt is relative of Ejaj Butt and so he is playing. What is he doing in pakistan squad. He has only performed with minnows. It is the board that has ruined afridi as a batsman.He was good and effective as an opener. He will do better than salman butt and waste less deliveries.

  • Adil Shah on June 12, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    I was glad to hear yesterday that Abdul Razzaq was recalled but the shocker came this morning when he wasn't included in playing eleven, not to my surprise though Salman Butt was still there @ opening position. u don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out who's capable of playing T20, but there u go that's management for u. People blame Afridi, I blame management. He's doing his job as a premium bowler which he claims he is. so fair enough. but how do u use someone like Afridi who I think is unique in his capabilities. I think he's a hand grenade, once the game starts the pins out you either throw him towards the opposition or he'll explode in ur hands. The only was to make him usefull with the bat is if you play him as an opener when chasing and play him down when batting first that pressure is always on opposition even if he doesn't fire with the bat, but to actually make him bat @ number 6 & expect him to chase anything for u, he can't do it. he's proved it a gazillion times.

  • Mamoon Dasti on June 12, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    Even though Tanvir had a bad spell. We lost because of batting line-up. Butt gots to go, can't field can't bat, Afridi needs to open, and Razzaq should replace Tanvir.

  • Riz on June 12, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Imran Nazir is badly being missed at the top of the order as he provides that fire pwoer and hard hitting that pakistan dont seem to possess anymore. He should be opening with Afridi in T20's and even in ODI's. Abdul Razzaq at number 3 and Salman Butt at 4. Then the others. I know for sure, that Yasir Arafat is no good for Pakistan cricket and should not be given a game, he is the all rounder but does nothing whatsoever. Not with the bat, nor the ball and is fielding is horrible as well. Mohammad Yousuf needs to be brought back to replace Shoaib Malik or Misbah. Sohail Tanvir needs to go as well. Another all rounder who does nothing in the team. Surely Pakistan are missing, Rana Naveed, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf and Imran Nazir. These are all key players for Pakistan in the shorter version of the game. It seems like Pakistan team has no bowlers right now, except Ajmal, Afridi and Gul. Hopefully Abdul Razzaq will come good with his all round show with bat and ball.

  • Riz on June 12, 2009, 21:46 GMT

    First off, Pakistan needs a new captain in the face of Shahid Afridi.. he is aggressive and thats what our team needs in a captain. Look at MS Dhoni for example, he leads from the front by his aggression. Afridi has long deserved the captaincy in T20 and ODI's since he has been performing with the ball atleast. The batting order needs to be changed. Afridi is being wasted down in the order, he needs to be sent up and open since the fielders are inside the ring during the first 6 overs and he could prve quite handy to get Pakistan off to a start with his quickfire 20-30 runs. That could prove to be a real setback for teams as it disrupts their plans and gives Pakistan an aggressive and quick start. The middle order can then play around it. Its worth the gamble, atleast try it for a few games since he isnt doing anything down the order anyway. Salman butt needs to go or come at 2 down position.

  • Tahir Jatt on June 12, 2009, 21:42 GMT

    We need strong openers in batting order and players like Abdul Razzak and Imran Naseer

  • Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 21:40 GMT

    Can some1 tell Mr.Salman Butt this is modern cricket no 1 will feed u on off. He is just a waste of space i cant even remember when was the last time he performed together with his butter fingers. The team lacks passion or willing to win. But sadly it has been our history talented players are wasted and people who cant clear the pitch are given chances again and again.

    Winning and losing is part of game but the way our players give up is beyound immagination. Lets see what Razzaq does.. Too much pressure of that poor chap.

  • tahir on June 12, 2009, 21:38 GMT

    Pakistan need to set their batting order and they need very strong openers to hit few boundries in the powerplay,and need good bowling start. I think Ahmed Shehzad should come back and we need a strong player from ICK Imran Neseer.

  • Karim Shaban on June 12, 2009, 21:38 GMT

    Good point about the batting! But, let's not forget the team selection. The genious think-tanks of the Pakistan team went with 4 specialist bowlers (Aamir, Tanvir, Gul, Ajmal), two bowling all-rounders (Aalam, Afridi) and a SEVENTH bowling option in Malik. Of course, Afridi for all pratical purposes is a specialist bowler these days.

    Why in God's name would you take SEVEN bowling options. You could have picked 11 names out of a hat and ended up with a more balanced side. Who on earth makes these decisions?

  • Azmat Siddiqui on June 12, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    Dump Salman Butt. Open the innings with Afridi and Kamran Akmal. Tell Afridi keep his eyes open when he bats. Drop Tanvir and bring in Rao Razaq's allrounder capabilities can win matches against New Zealand and Ireland.

    Intekhab should never be made coach. He has no idea how the modern cricket is played.

  • Umair Huda on June 12, 2009, 21:36 GMT

    Such a nonsense desplay by Pakistan,,They have been playing and watching T20 cricket for last 30 years in Pakistan. Seems couch and captaion won't understand the chemistry of T20 cricket. They should change entire batting order. Let Afridi open the innings and they should permote Fawad Aalam. In next match Razzaq will be there and I hope Pakistan will put a good display and reach to the semi final. All the best Pakistan.

  • Khan Afaq on June 12, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    I m wondering that old man Intikhab Alam what is going to prove? He is telling our players that its a 20 overs test match. 3 matches in the tournament & we haven't hit even 3 sixes. Please kick the Butt out of the side & give clear caution to Afridi, u have to perform as an opener along side ur bowling. We just can't afford such a long tail. If we want to win the games, we have to get 70+ runs in first 6 overs. Our history tells us that whenever we have got a flying start, 90% games r in pocket. Ahmad Shahzad is very capable of joining Afridi at the top, so plz give them chance. Pakistani fans badly hoping 4 Imran Nazir back. While the other old man Ijaz Butt says, " We don't need players like Imran Nazir". God help Pakistan. Throw these oldies out of the PCB, they just have destroyed our remaining cricket.

  • maqbool on June 12, 2009, 21:30 GMT

    Razzaq should open with afridi or akmal n i think alam should have a chance up the order.They really have to change the batting order in T20 format not a test match .T20 is diffrent cricket.

  • MZ on June 12, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    How dense is Afridi? For me he lost the game for us today. He had his captain, who was scoring freely on the opposite end, he is going through a torrid time with the bat, even an amateur knows that you must rotate the strike and let the in form batsman get more strike while preserving your wicket. It was a gettable target even at that stage, but with a sorry shot selection like that he sealed the fate of this match. How can one not learn after more than 10 years doing the same thing? Incorrigable cam noone get through to this guy?

  • shahid anwar on June 12, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    Pakistan has never lived up to the expectation, if they bat well by any chance they fail with the ball and if they ball well their batting failure comes in their way. Problem is that they do n ot have the mental strength and the management has highly over rated the present team. Misbah is a spent force at 35 and does not know that he is playing only a 20 over match and the target needs to be achieved within that. He often brings the game to a standstill while Shoaib Malik does not know how to take his innings beyond 30 run mark. Playing Butt is just like wasting a slot. Yousuf even today is the best batsmen in all of them and in every form of the game, if West Indies can play Chaderpaul and like wise Srilanka Jaywardena then why he is not fit to play T20 for Pakistan. Its high time to test new players like Ahmed Shahzad as if they dont do very well they won;t either do bad on avergae if compared with the senior couterparts. Mohammad Amir is the clear example today.

  • Usman Zia on June 12, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    I think this game was lost in three defining moments for Pakistan. First when sohail tanvir gave away 18 runs, then misbah got out just when it was acheivable and third was kamran akmal's run out. I think team will do better in the next game. They need to get rid of salman butt. Open with afridi and razzaq. Keep akmal for the bottom. Fawad alam should come after misbah. Younis khan should come one down. Misbah lost the plot when he was trying to sneak singles in the over before he got out. He should have hit those two deliveries rather than nudging them as it is not his game. He is not a good single getter. It was a great partner ship only if we had a finisher (old afridi). All we needed was 3 sixes from him and that wouldve been it. But i have not lost hope. I think we will do much better in the next game. Go Team Pakistan !

  • Owais Nasir on June 12, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    If what Abdul Qadir is saying is true, then perhaps Shoaib/Misbah and whoever else is in their club try to do just enough to keep their place in the side but not for team to win. That could be a dangerous thing if that is the case. I hope its not true.

  • omair on June 12, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    for once i though pakistan can win against a good side make up proud.but NO,they let us down again... i dont expect much from Razzaq even if he joins the team,as he is getting use 2 conditions.but if he does,best for pakistan.but he being in the side might give some confidence to other players & give the m a reason to attack the bowlers first six overs.afridi in the side is fine coz he is very imp from bowling point of view and fielding as well.as he is not doin well with the bat down the order,let him open the innings.butt can stay out for a while as things are not in his favour.fawad alam should get enough chance to score.i dont see him bowling nor does he get up the order batting,as he is capable of hitting. for tomorrows match,i would select playing XI.. batting order. afridi akmal razzaq younus fawad misbah malik tanvir umar ajmal amir i feel this order would give a better depth and a bowling options as well. but whatever order it be they should stop giving extra's

  • Fayyaz Qadir, MD. on June 12, 2009, 21:19 GMT

    I had said before and will repeat again. The thinking " Shahid cannot bat later in the inings so definetly he cannot open teh inings" . Actually Shahid would never have been able to bat later in the inings.The only few good inings he has played are hwen he has had an over to look at teh ball then start with a little improvisation and go on. Well whatever the thought the only logical thing is to make him open the inings in T20. Even if he gets out first ball Pakistan ahs not lost a thing,But lets say he starts playing well Pakistan will win a lottery. Its not a gamble. The only other possible outcome is Afridi can never go beyong 10 at the end of an inings. Pakistan`s think tank needs some sense put into them.

  • kashif ansari on June 12, 2009, 21:16 GMT

    I donot understand that when are we going to use our "common sense" Salam butt, Yasir arafat, shehzad, and many others are not T20 players, think what made Lahore Badshah clinch ICL Title?, it was the genius of Moin khan, and the right combination of youth and experience, we dropped Imran nazir, who happens to be the best ICL player, and took Shehzad, we dropped Rana Naveed and took sohail tanvir(who is now become a liability, more then an asset, we dropped razzaq and took Iftakhar anjum. Butt has not scored any decent score in a while and we still insist to open with him, due to the lack of middle order depth Misbah and somewhat Younis has to play with extra caution and that is why when we are chasing you dont see them firing at all and therefore the target eventually becomes impossible. Have Moin Khan s a coach, and consider afridi as one day, T20 captain, who is aggressive, innovative and passionate, rather then Younis who us cool, calm and forgiving!

    Kashif ansari

  • cricpolitics on June 12, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    It seems like the Pak team is trying to play the 20 over match with a 50 over match strategy e.g. trying to save wickets till the end. This strategy is certainly not working since towards the end the required run rate goes out the roof. They have done it twice now. At least Pak team is alot more consistent on something :-)

  • Richard on June 12, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    Te Pakistani team is seriously weak without it's major players.Having watched Shoaib bowl in Dubai, i felt that he was getting his rythm back. Shoaib can still play one days for another year or so. Looking into the future, the Pakistani lineup for the Champions Trophy should be: Imran Nazir,Khurram Manzoor/Nasir jamshed,Younis Khan, Yousuf(bad fielder),Fawad Alam,Gul,Asif,Akthar,Mohd Ammer( 4 pacers),Afridi as solely a bowler and Abdur Razzaq,Kamran Akmal. I have yet to see Shaezaib play so i cannot comment but definitely,Salman Butt(test only),Misbah and Shoaib Malik,Rao ifthikar(very average player)need to given the BUtt. i am quite confident that this combination can win Pak the Champions Trophy.Gul,akthar and Asif are yet to play a match together...Curious to know what other pakistani player think of the ideal selection for the Champions trophy!

  • Arman Hashmi on June 12, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    I Think that Pakistan should not have played BUTT!!! at all and should not have risked Sohail Tanvir either. I think that if Pakistan is to salvage any pride; then they must try Shahzaib Hasan/Ahmed Shehzad at the top with Akmal. Moreover, Razzaq would replace Sohail Tanvir, open the bowling with Gul and Aamir. Lastly they must get rid of Intikhab Alam above all.

  • rewi on June 12, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    If New Zealand can get back Lou Vincent, Daryll Tuffy, Shane Bond and Craig McMillan, its a deal: it would make for a much better game of cricket tomorrow too.

  • Fasiha on June 12, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    Whats the point in saving the wickets? I'm not sure what we're trying to achieve by employing an ages old "coach" who probably has no innovation whatsoever and has left the marks of cowardliness on the whole team. The team looks terrified, afraid of losing and that's the reason they lose. T20 is about being unorthodox, innovative and productive. Its not a game where openers will hang around to catch some form, but they'd rather go and have a blast straight away. Its as simple as street cricket. And finally, Younis! you can't create a charm by showing the spark of your teeth but by showing the spark in your eyes.

  • imdad on June 12, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    The team needs an explosive opener who can change the shape of the match in few minutes being at the crease.Afridi would do this job as he is not performing with the bat at the lower order & the openers tried so far are not getting the start thats required.get Afridi to open the innings with Salman Butt playing the role of an anchor.the team requires Afridi to open & get quick start, which is missing - only by getting good start they can win matches.

  • Zeeshan Durrani on June 12, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq will be the key for tomorrow's match,middle order should put their head down and play sensibly. Try to open with Fawad Alam with Kamran,may be it will bring out sometihng special from this young lad from Karachi.

    Hope for the best for tomorrow's match. We are proud PAKISTANIS and will be for the rest of our lives.

  • Atif Ahmad on June 12, 2009, 21:03 GMT

    Intikhab Alam and Younis Khan fail to understand that when someone like Afridi fails down the order consistently he needs to come into bat with Kamran Akmal as an opener to regain his magical pinch hitting. In the must win game v/s NZ Pakistan must play this batting lineup one down Fawad Alam, 4. Younis, 5. Abdul Razzaq, 6. Shoaib Malik and then Misbah to finish things off. Rao Iftikhar must replace Tanvir.

  • Mehfooz on June 12, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    I think they must give chance to Ahmad Shahzad insted of Suleman Butt,and other option is Razaq can open with Akmal against Newzeland, it is very disapointing that our player are not very good hitter and they are not confident.

  • ZK on June 12, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, two players who have not performed their tasks are Salman Butt and Afridi. Although, I agree that Afridi has contributed in the last couple of games, he hasn't lived up to his reputation. Bowlers who once used to freak out facing him have a different attitude altogether. And one of the most irritating thing about Afridi is that he lacks the reason that should preceed his shot selection. Finally, I believe that Younis needs to be taught some leadership and strategy skills. If T20 World cup to him is fun, then he should bow out of cricket and maybe choose a more viable career, that would at least not put the reputations of millions of Pakistani Cricket Lovers to shame...

    Cheers

  • Adnan J Iqbal on June 12, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    Guys we should not panic with this defeat . remember its the same team who played wonderful against netherland..:)i am totally agreed with the ajmal sheikh comment that we should through out salman butt and kick his butt out of the tournament and bring afridi on top. Also our batsman should spread their arms. Remember for newzealand match we should bat first if we want to win this match.i ask pakistani team to just watch how SIMMONS and BRAVO played against India. i will again list the squad in batting order

    Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzak Shoaib Malik Younis Khan Misbah Fawad Alam Sohail Tanvir Umar Gul Mohammad Aamir Saeed Ajmal

    now the match against newzealand is the last chance. I pray and hope for next match.

    Best of Luck for Pakis.

  • Hello on June 12, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    This team is not international team... rather looks like an ordinary domestic team... they should all be thrown out

  • Usman on June 12, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    PCB Administration... what is that??

    I hope Razzaq is playing next game

  • HaMmy on June 12, 2009, 20:56 GMT

    salam, i think this match was the worst nightmare for pakistanis today, some may even had nervous break down, pace bowlers again giving off too many runs and the poor batting performance. But i thing over all the team didnt follow a good strategy. first of all i would blame team management to select butt for the match as his performance was so poor in the previous matches and a good performing batsman ahmed shahzaad was dropped off, which i dont know why???

    we still had the game when because of salman butt the team had to suffer the trauma of first wicket lose with no runs made. as usual we pakistanis saw a couple wicket lose before 50 runs and again.

    what i think should have saved pakistan from damage was to send fawad alam as an opener or malik perhaps but certainly not salman butt, as fawad alam performed really superb in the domestic cricket T20 but sadly he wasnt given chance.

    also the unfit tanvir was selected in the sqad, if we had rao iftekhar, we would have a better match.

  • Faisal on June 12, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    Salman Butt is a major problem. His fielding is pathetic and he cannot slog in this format. Kick him out!! Misbah has lost his form and needs to be shown the door.He has not played a single innings of note since the last 20/20. I cannot understand why Fawad Alam is never given a real chance!!! For all the Razzaq lovers!! He is a mediocre player at best. I would like to remind everyone that he is a selfish player who still has the ability to bowl at around 140km but because he thinks he will gets injured, he bowls at 130 odd. Razzaq has no technique against spin either and he is a terrible fielder. He should only be considered for 20/20 if at all. Imran Nazir is incredibly talented but besides his hook and pull short he wants to be Afridishk and throws his wicket away. He forward defense strokes always angle to the off side, so his technique is bizarre. He is however a much better option than Salman Butt! Amir is a great find and he generates pace and swing.our combination is wrong!!!

  • Ali Butt on June 12, 2009, 20:53 GMT

    I agree, our batting lineup is not clicking. Our openers fall in first over which put pressure on the middle order which crumbles under pressure. Sit Butt out for the next game, bring Razzaq and open with Afridi. Afridi is not doing anything anyway (batting wise) so why not take a chance, we lose first wicket in the first over anyway why not take a risk and see if that pays off.

  • Ramiz Amin on June 12, 2009, 20:52 GMT

    I don't know what to say.. i was surprised to see the magic spell of afridi and ajmal.. Spinners really helped the paki team.. Captain should think sensibly.. Salman is'nt a t20 player man why PCB are'nt mature enough to make wise decisions.. Even Razzaq may provide pakistan a boost in the batting side but it is too late now.. Pakistan today proved that they are no more capable of fighting back in this form of cricket as 150 can be chased easily.. but Poor Pakistani team management, coach and even the captain who performed well but i must say all of them are senseless who can't think wisely.. Salman butt should have been kicked out of the team when he remains unimpressive in this format.. Now a miracle can only help pakis to qualify for semis..

  • Naveed on June 12, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    'Pakistan' is now a dying breed of cricketers. Gone are days where bowlers feared Ejaz, Inzamam, Aamir Sohail, Anwar, Azhar Mehmood and the rest. It looks as if Pakistan has failed to produce good quality players in this decade and if yes has either lost them either through mysterious diseases or through contract breaches!! Can someone explain me why Younis Khan who is a specialist Test player not even fit for a place in the ODI team is captaining the Team?? I agree Shaoib Malik was poor but why PCB didn't give a chance to Misbah? His track record shows he is a better captain than Younis! Also the recent T20 they won against Australia in Dubai was under Misbah!. Secondly I would like to understand why Salman Butt is still longing in the team?? When there are players like Razzaq sitting and rocking the bench?? I must agree that Pakistan is a star studded side and if it finds a good captain and a handful of determined cricketers it can taste success very soon or else its good bye for ever

  • asif zia on June 12, 2009, 20:50 GMT

    Same old story, no plan a or b just going through the motions and supporters of the green flag are hurting badly. Why is pakistan always the team bowling front foot no balls and wides ? Is this substandard coaching or more likely player brain damage ! lets face it they are meant to be professional cricketers who eat, drink and sleep cricket ! shahid afridi batting like a headless chicken was the last straw- at least play out a couple of balls first and then slog or better still rotate strike to the set batsman. when i look at the bench i feel even more pessimistic, Mr Alam struggling to hold back his "paratha" pot belly, aqib javed has forgotten how to smile ! All other international teams are developing and going forward with their fitness, fielding, strategy on field except pakistan who seem to be stuck in a time zone. We can all see batting is the real issue at the moment it is better to play another batsman when afridi has clearly decided he is a bowler first ! also no team spirit

  • Faisal Javed Siddiqui on June 12, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    I think there is no point crying over spilt milk. We now must look forward which is the must win game agaist NZ. Pakistan has to get Afridi up the order with Akmal with RAZZAQ at 3 with salman butt sitting out and rao coming in for tanvir. I tell u if there is no infighting in the team and they decide to play like cornered tigers again pakistan can beat NZ. Remember they have a few major players not 100% fit so ur team has a chance provided the first 6 overs of both innings go well for our team. As for Younus I think he needs to be given a long run. Shoaib Malik was given a run of 1.5 yrs we shud give Younus time. Let our team play consistently under younus for a seasona n then see. Right now team hasnt played much we cant judge. A captain grows under his job so he needs to be given a run. Senior batsmen like misbah and malik I must say must stop thinking abt the captaincy for themselves and start performing like responsible senior members of the side or else tomorrow we may get knocke

  • roomi on June 12, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Questions should be asked about the non inclusion of Razzak Imran Nazir and Rana. Pakistan 's batting strategy seems to defensive. With the above mentioned players they would have been a far more aggressive n exciting outfit by far not to mention the fact that Imran Nazir is one of the few World class fielders in the country.

  • Haroon on June 12, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Can somebody tell me if Malik is a batsman or all rounder? If batsman then why does not he score? if bowler then why doesn't he bowel 4 overs. Same way if Fawad Alam is a bowler, why is he not given any over, if batsman then why does he come at no. 7? If Sohail Tanveer was bad in very first over, why did captain give him 2nd over. I think Younis khan will keep Salman Butt and Sohail Tanveer in team IX until pakistan is out of world cup. Compare pakistan's batting with West Indies& India. India came back after disastrous start in batting. West Indies put one boundary in almost every over, but Pakistani batsmen has a habbit of taking the easy match very very difficult, and then lose at the end. Let us hope Abdul Razzaq will take Pakistan out of this crisis in next match. He is a very intelligent player, I think he should be pakistan's captain in oneday and Twenty20 instead of Shahid Afridi who Abdul Qadir is proposing. Afridi should play as a boweler and come to bat after Omer Gul.

  • Anjum on June 12, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    mr Karmran Abbasi.. you have been writing and all the comments from readers as well, but I don't know anybody from Pakistan team or managment read this. If we can understand sitting outside and watching, why can't Pak team understand?? Simple is that If Afridi is not batting well lower order, why not try him at top, fields in if he can play 3 to four overs, that would help. Remaining team I think OK, needs more effort from fielding and bowling.... commitment... Razaq should come in place of Salman butt..

  • Mohsin Khan Pakpassion on June 12, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Why not open with Afridi? His highest score came when he opened, Why score a zero lower down the order when you can do it up the order with a chance of giving pakistan a boost as well?

    Butt needs to go,

    Younis's stats also present a prettier picture then the truth. The guy slows the run rate down whenever he comes on and completely takes away all momentum from Pakistan.

  • Mohd zaid on June 12, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    What r u doing YK plz open wid afridi nd kamran akmal both r d big hitters nd 2 open wid afridi is d solution of afridi's batting he always caught at boundaries so first 6 over both can stand gud score,..I m wid u pakistan plz play 2 d lart ball of d game

  • roomi on June 12, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir cost us the match. with his 11 ball 19 run opening over and also missing 5 balls off Malinga when 30 were needed off two overs. Younis Khan never allowed the lower middle order in any of the matches much practice. Fawad alam n Afridi seem wasted as batsmen. They should have been allowed in one of the games to come early and bat without the prseeure of hitting every ball. Shoib n Yunis probably batted the most and took their time. From the teams's perspective it seemed flawed strategy.

  • muzz on June 12, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    there is no cricket brain in pakistan camp. they don't know how to use there players. AFRIDI SHOULD OPEN IF THEY WANT TO WIN!

  • suraj nair on June 12, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    guys.all i have 2 say is let them play their natusal game. natural

  • shiraz on June 12, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Its been over 20 years now and we have the same tactics when batting. That is, keep wickets till the end and let the run rate rise. Well we dont have the batsmen anymore to rescue us in the final overs. So why not maintain a decent run rate from the beginning. Play Afridi as opener and take advantage of the first 6 overs. We are our own worst enemies.

  • Naeem on June 12, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    The dilemma of 6th over, this was 3rd time in the tournament that Pakistan lost crucial wickets in the 6th over when they feel under pressure to hit more runs. The batsmen have to hold their nerve there. Also I think Tanvir should be dropped instead of Butt. We lost the game because of his hopeless start on a seam friendly wicket. People who say Afridi should open the innings are MAD. Razaq should bat at no 3 if there are couple of power play overs left otherwise he should come in last 5 overs. Also he should open the bowling with Aamir and Yunus should consider bowling spin in the first 6 overs against Kiwis.

  • imasud on June 12, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Afridi should open or go if we lose an earlier wicket. He is only going to be leathel if the fields are in side the circle.

  • numaan on June 12, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    Pakistan need to get rid of the current management and failed players of the last 10 years.

    afridi, regardless of his bowling performance has not produced with the bat as he is expected to do so a supposed all rounder and as such must be booted out for good along with ..... misbah, butt and akmal.

    Pakistan need to stop their stupidity and bring in wasim akram

  • Aditya Mookerjee on June 12, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    T20 cricket is a game, where a batsman needs no time to think. I feel Salman Butt fits the bill perfectly. He is an instinct player, and he is very nervous when he plays Test and One Day International cricket. I would make him play for Pakistan in T20 cricket. Pakistan has a vital advantage, in that her players have not played in the I P L league, and so her players are fresh. I was very disappointed in India's fielding, against the West Indies. I believe India to be the best fielding side in the tournament. The only reason for the bad fielding performance, which comes to mind, is that India have played too much cricket. I would have saved the Indian stars for the World Cup. But, even a jaded India are more than a handful, to win the T20 cup. All the players all around the world, except the Pakistani players, have played a hectic schedule of cricket.

  • Touqir Awan on June 12, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    well well well, once again...the only solution i have in mind is to kick Mr Ijaz butt as PCB Chairman,Favourtisim is the only thing hurting pakistan,just because of there personal interests they are hurting feelings of 16 Million People!!!shame on PCB nd Management!! Salman butt failed once again!!! I Wish Best of Luck to Team Pakistan..INSHALLAH we will win this cup

  • Ehtisham on June 12, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    I will use nonsense instead of stupirfity for pak's batting performance today. This is no doubt we dont have power hitters likes of Razzaq and Imran Nazir. I will use the word skills for hitting sixes and fours and no body in this c urrent pak team is having this skill. we can improve this by propoer planning and by shuffling of our batting order a little as per situation.

  • Ferhan on June 12, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    this is all the pcb fault for not selecting top class players of pakistan like imran nazir,adbul razzaq,rana,shoaib and mohammed asif.the board is ruining our cricketing chances

  • Ahsan on June 12, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    Wat a shameful performence by pakis.. wot misbah is doin was terrible.. how can we win a match in chasing by not hittin any six.. i think they shud replace misbah with razak

  • Zia Matloob on June 12, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    I see a lot of things disucssed here but Imran, Rana, and Razzak are weren't consistent performer. What is surprising is our board is trying make Salman Butt into something he is not a world class batsman. On the other hand they keep insisting on not play Yousuf who is proven world class batsman. If you look at Yousuf's record his strike rate is 1 run every two ball in test and 2 run on every 3 ball in ODIs. Only T20 he played, he scored 20 on 19 balls. So you do the math. Is salman Butt more reliable and has the ability to play faster? How about Malik? Misbash was short burst and there was a reason why he could make it to Pakistan side long time after give multiple chance. Younus Khan who is a sucess story of Pakistani Batting line has the same strike rate as Yousuf. No matter what format of criket one is playing if you don't have the technique and skill performing consistently would be difficult. I think its to bring the back bone of Pakistan's batting "Yousuf" in this form of game.

  • Shad Khan (ATL, GA) on June 12, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    The problem with our team management is that they do not learn anything from their mistakes. The game is played differently from a Test match. You need power hitters and tight bowlers. End of story! 1. Imran Nazir 2. Abdul Razzaq 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Fawad Alam 5. Yunus Khan 6. Muhammed Yusuf 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shoaib Malik 9. Rana Naved 10. Sohail Tanvir 11. Umar Gul

    This combination allows a supreme batting lineup and a very balanced bowling attack comprised of 2 pacers, 2 medium-pacers, and 3 spinners. I guarantee that this lineup will prove more successful in this and other similar future tournaments.

  • Nadeem Kureshi on June 12, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    They went to bat with absolutely no plan to chase 151; the "inshallah" model of doing things. Its about time we bring in some sense, give these guys some extra-cricket trainings which builds their character, gives them the sanity required to handle pressure situations and makes up for the (many many) lost school years. The administration of PCB makes things worse. The chairman, Ijaz Butt (he's got a real fat one), has taken it personally with Imran Nazir and publicly swears against him. (The other day, he called him "badtameez" on TV). Mr. Alam, our coach, should be washing dishes somewhere, or may be skinning a goat in his ancestral meat shop; he is just not fit for this shop. All we can hope is that some individual talents fire on Saturday against NZL to let our hopes of a semi-final spot remain alive. :(

  • ssz on June 12, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    The first thing PCB should have done was to fire Younis Khan after they lost to England in prelimimaries for uttering such non-sense (T20 is playing for fun, WTF?). Don't these guys have a central contract with PCB to play professionally? If T20 is fun, go f----ing play in the domestic cricket, that's for fun. "CAN" these stupid players.

  • dk on June 12, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    over the last year or so your blog has really slipped. i realize that pakistan has played little cricket in this time but when they ARE playing a series or two, there is no excuse for these one or two paragraph efforts. i'm sure as a writer for cricinfo, you are being paid for your efforts. by writing such brief, lifeless notes, you are taking the regular readers of your blog for granted.

  • Daniyal on June 12, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    I still feel PCB should have sent Imran Nazir along with Razzaq. Salman Butt has been pathetic the amount of faith which has been put in him in this format and how he effortlessly continues to disappoint. I feel the batting order needs to be changed and something like : Malik, Kamran,Younis,Misbah,Afridi,Razaq,Alam, Tanvir,Amir Gul and Saeed. Malik is 1down right now and Butt gets out first over - why not make him open? Fawad deserves a chance. Tanvir needs to come out with his purple hat (IPL)

  • Abbas Naqvi on June 12, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    Bottom line, Pakistan should quit cricket and organize a suicide bombing tournament, they'll win that for sure.

  • Ibrahim on June 12, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    No tone can accept such a humiliating defeat aganist Srilanka that also a acheivebale total. Why Afridi can not open the innings with Akmal. Razaq can also open with Afridi, if we want to get benefit from Afridi.

  • Mo Raza on June 12, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Misbah did not throw his wicket away but he should have hit that ball for 4 or 6. Afridi should not be relied on at number 6 he may aswell open as he cant clear the boundaries but can get it over the infield. I think we need 1 more reliable batsmen like Younis Khan or Misbah. Number 6 and 7 should be able to score runs (Alam and Afridi dont match this role)

  • Abdul Ahad Jawaid on June 12, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    Now it is very common to see Pakistan gifting away the matches and it only happens in the most important matches of big tournaments. Lack of commitment from seniors, lazy fielding and defensive bowling is now something which represents Pakistani team. The only thing Pakistan was good at was batting which is becoming worse now. A team with such a dull performance do not deserve to be in Super 8s. Don't expect more from this team nor in future.

  • Abdul on June 12, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    what i dont get is alams position in the team, doesnt bowl, bats number 8, whats the idea there, make use of the player, it seems they are uncertain of a playing 11, i agree yusuf, razzak, rana and imran nazir would have made a difference, but then again theres choosing a playing 11...

    too much to handle for pakistan

  • Umar Khan on June 12, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    I dont even get upset anymore. We have the weakest looking batting order when compared to the rest of the good teams. Our fielding sucks and so does our captain. We are bound to lose!!!

  • Anjum Shafique on June 12, 2009, 20:12 GMT

    Salman Butt should have been dropped six years ago when Irfan Pathan shattered his confidence, its not his poor form, its his ability to play top level cricket that has suffered. Pakistan needs gutsy batsmen like Imran Nazir and Tahir Moughal who can rise to the occasion. I dont know its the right time to point out butt Lasith Malinga's action is questionable as it has changed a lot. Its more round arm and parallel to the ground then ever before. I was watching a match from 2003 World cup between SL vs Kenya and he was more of 45 or 50 degrees angular from the ground not like present time where he is almost 0 degrees. Round should only be allowed to slow bowlers and that too if there is some born biological problem. Just a food for thought.

  • Adnan Iqbal on June 12, 2009, 20:12 GMT

    Please guys, why can't we have Afridi batting at number 8. Why do my countrymen like him in the opening position so much. When he can't even middle the ball, do u really think he is gonna score 20-30 quick runs in the first overs... Just see the way he bats and he only deserves a position at number 8. He is as good as may be umer gul. Opening slot is a very important position and so is number 6 position. If Afridi is not performing well as is clear in this tournament, don't put him in crucial positions. We need a good start and since we have gone with butt and akmal for a few matches, better is to continue with the same. Its ironic how Afridi lives on his reputation even though he can't even middle the ball. I have seen him bat in this tournament and it will be a big loss if we put him as an opener. The tournament is not the place to try and test so please stick with the same openers and hope for the best. Don't shuffle the batting anymore as it will never work.

  • Molood on June 12, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    I have lost words.may Allah help our team and team management.aameen. Fielders are afraid of getting hurt and batsmen are not hurting the ball at all.they should be told that many balls are available and they will stage next match with brand new ball. I can a power tussle going on in the locker room.

  • Khal on June 12, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    No hope for Pakistan, the women are putting up a better fight than this lot. Maybe they shoulld play instead tomorrow against New Zealand.

  • Wajahat Khan on June 12, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    Continue from last comments. You have seen how West Indians had played against world champions. How was the strategy of them, brought bravo up and he done it. Chanderpaul who is the totally test batsman, everyone had seen that how he had played. What a win from carrabions. It is called “CHASE”. But here, now one play big hits and just satisfy with singles & doubles and require rates brings up. We cant say about ICL Players bcoz we don’t have them. But who r available you can use them as follows: 1. S Malik/Shahzeb/Shehzad 2. S Afridi 3. A Razzak 4. M Haq 5. Y Khan 6. K Akmal 7. F Alam 8. U Gul 9. S Tanvir 10. M Aamir 11. A Ajmal Then you can fight and could do something instead of blushing lost. Would, anyone can give brain of our captain and coach.

  • Faheem Khalid on June 12, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    Well i think little fine tuning is needed, and i accpect to bring in Razzak for tancir, and i am a bit confused about fawal alam i mean if he is not going bowl then put a proper batcman like shahzeb hassan or even Ahmed shehzad, and also i questiion the performance of Salman butt i am a fan of his and i know it will be difficuilt to make thses 2 many changes but well pakistan need to do it quickly and do it i an efficint manner. tommorow otherwise it will just add to the worsenign condition of Pakistani people's moral.

  • Shehzad Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    I think Pakistan is replying too much on bowlers and all rounders in game really dependent on batsmen. If we see the line there were only 3 specialist batsmen Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq. I am not sure what slectors are thinking but we need atleast one more bats man. Specially since Kamran and Shoaib Malik are erratic and Afridi is no more a batsman so we should consider him as a bowler only. In last game we play with 4 Bolwers, 3 bowling alrounders, I keeping allrounder, and 3 batsmen. Why do we need 7 bowling options? I think if we play 3 bowling alrounders then we should use 3 bowlers and add a batsman, better yet bring Razzaq in place of bowler, depending on options available. We don't have experienced or reliable batsman in our squad but Pakistani team live with one less bowler and one more batsman for sure.

  • Farhan shakeel on June 12, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    I believe its only fielding and extras that cost pakistan this crucial match. teams like new zealand and south africa convert good looking shots into runouts. If their bowlers fail to deliver their fielding gives them the break through needed. Its not test cricket you will bowl no balls and all that. Its 20-20. A single run can make out a difference at the end of the day. There are fielding icons in other teams like Gibbs, AB, ROHIT SHARMA, DILSHAN, YUVRAJ, MCULLUM, etc but we dont have such thing in our team. Our fielding is just like we are playing gully cricket. Comeon PCB wake up change the standard of fielding. Defeat margin was 19 we gave 20 extra with 11 more delivery including 3 free hits.

  • Cricket Fan on June 12, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    Politics in Pakistani Cricket is as green as ever. Some of our friends, who commented above, about Mizbah, Shoaib, and Afridi's performance are valid. It puts more weight on after Abdul Qadir's remarks about Shoaib whom he saw conspiring again Younus in Dubai. It seems that Salman Butt has a very strong PURCHEE and therefore can not be taken out from the team. The standard of our cricket and the mentality of our cricket board can be seen by board's suggestion in the past to make this PURCHEE man the skipper simply because he can speak English. What a pathetic attitude. This guy is as bad in the field now as he ever was. He is very weak on the leg with limited capability to slog. We ended up ruining Afridi's batting by moving him down. Openning is his ideal position in this form of cricket where he can get by with slogging and not clearing the field becuase the fielders are in the circle. He is one of those players who play with timing and reflexes.

  • Mirza Karamat Baig on June 12, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    We need to adjus our batting, give the new guys chance to open and sure they will be better performers. The team against NZ should read Ahmed Shahzad, Shahzaib Hasan, Razzak, Younus Khan, Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik/ Fawad Alam, Afridi, Gul, Amir, Ajmal, probably they will get some good result.

  • Sohaib Khan on June 12, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Come on Guys !!! It's time to support our team. They can win match against NZ and IRE. Remind you all guys that Pakistan Team doesn't win every game in any tournament. They win only must-win matches. So, Pray for them. And, Good Luck for Team Pakistan.

  • Shad Khan (ATL, GA) on June 12, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    The problem with our team management is that they do not learn anything from their mistakes. The game is played differently from a Test match. You need power hitters and tight bowlers. End of story! 1. Imran Nazir 2. Abdul Razzaq 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Fawad Alam 5. Yunus Khan 6. Muhammed Yusuf 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shoaib Malik 9. Rana Naved 10. Sohail Tanvir 11. Umar Gul

    This combination allows a supreme batting lineup and a very balanced bowling attack comprised of 2 pacers, 2 medium-pacers, and 3 spinners. I guarantee that this lineup will prove more successful in this and other similar future tournaments.

  • I. Rizvi on June 12, 2009, 20:06 GMT

    I dont think we have produced a decent batsman in almost a decade and i fail to understand why! I dont think any of our current batsmen (apart from Younis, possibly) deserve to be in the team. I seriously think the selectors should choose 7-8 batsmen with potential from the U-19 side and nurture them as best as possible. Moreover,I dont think Younis is a T20 batsman - He slows down the scoring in the middle overs where you need atleast a boundary every over. I say we pick a completely separate team for ODIs and T20. I can sense that its hard for our batsmen to adjust to the two formats.

    For tomorrows game, I suggest we drop sohail tanvir and bring in Abdur Razzaq (and bat him at no. 3). And rub some glue on everyones hands before taking the field.

  • Rija Zaidi on June 12, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    In this T20 WC, everytime Afridi got out was mainly thru top edge or caught in the deep. All these shots would be safe if he is batting up in the order. What is the logic sending him no. 6 when field is all spread. Send him as an opener so that at least he can play his shots.

    The three genious - 72 years old Intikhab Alam, 75 years old Ijaz Butt and 69 year old Yawar Saeed - have got no imagination whatsoever!!!!

  • Jamshaid Hussain on June 12, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    Very poor batting show!!! Again pakistan's power had been its bowling, it was brilliant they way they restricted them. pakistan lost the game with in 1st 6 overs..its time to kick out Butt, the team cant go anywhere with such players. Afridi and Akmal should open, followed by Malik, younis and Misbah. Razzaq will provide depth in batting. Young Fawad Alam deserves place instead of Butt. Its silly idea to keep the wickets and slog in the final overs..what happened today? they had lot of wickets at the end but failed badly!!! where is Mr Younis Khan who floated this great idea after the game with England. Its the 1st 6 overs which determine the shape and fate of the game..we need hitters there!! Even if 1st wicket is down quickly Fawad Alam or Razaq should be promoted in the batting order to benefit from those overs..

  • Saltin on June 12, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Afridi's batting sucks. But our loss is as big as our poor fielding and the extras added to SL. There is only one way that afridi might contribute a little in score is by batting at the top. Why Fawad Alams bowling is never given a chance when the worst spinner is doing better than what our fast men do. Some adjustments are needed in captaincy and the batting order. But more than that if i was the coach, I will make them to give 100% in the field and learn them to dive for saving a passing by balls. English womens team do better fielding then these guyes.

  • Dr Mubashir Hanif on June 12, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Assalamolaikum!Absolutely, excellent job by bowlers and a good back up by fielders, restricting an inform batting side to 150 odd is good enough. If I have Afridi in my playing eleven, I would rather gamble for him in the opening slot, why?See if he plays 5 matches and clicks in one, that one click will take the match away from the opponents. Look at windies, one innings from Gayles and they are on the top. We need a power hitter at the top, some one who can set the tone of the innings right from the first ball. Mostly the start in 20/20 decides the match. Butt saab had 2 dot balls and third one through. Yar use your steps instead of gluing yourselves to the crease. In the current batting order, we will have problems again. Use Abdul Razzaq or afridi up front, set the tone and then you can doo it with ease. You tend to be more coward with age, bravery is something more natural for youngsters.peace

  • Zeeshan Ali on June 12, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    Nonsense Batting performance from Butt, Malik & Misbah. I mean in the current line up no one is capable of hitting sixes. Poor Umar Gul has to do this job, may be he should be sent up in the order. Pakistan team for tomorrow match should be, in batting order: Akmal Afridi Shahzeb Razzaq Younus Misbah Malik Fawad Gul Ajmal Amir

    Tanvir seems to be unfit & should be sent back. We need hard-hitting openers like Khurram Manzoor & Nasir Jamshed. My advise to Pak-selectors that 20/20 is not normal cricket & you need to select players who are full of skills & speed.

  • imran iqbal on June 12, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    I can see fans are pinning too much hope with a player (Razzaq) who flew to England just a night ago. As much as I want him to perform and rescue Pakistan, he alone may not be enough. Whole team has to raise its standards in fielding, bowling & batting. In last 20 cup I heard Pakistani batsmen were very innovative in hitting boundaries. Well this time around it seems they have no guts and cannot hit a boundary other than sweep. They appear more scared than rusty probably ongoing team and board politics....blah blah blah....

  • taneer on June 12, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    pakistan beating is estupid pleas chang en this tiem need imran nazir ,rana naveed,razaq,i out go sulmas but fawad alam i misba thankyou

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    I think the only blemish in our bowling side was Sohail Tanvir. Pakistan did great to recover from that.

    But I seriously dont think that the senior batsmen are to blame today. The younger guys have to step up. You can keep switching Butt and Shahzad but none of them has really done anything. Younis, Akmal, Malik and Misbah are really trying hard. Afridi has been like this for a long tims, guess he has to come below Gul or something. But loved his bowling so he must be in the team. Sohail Tanvir proved to be help our cause as much as his bowling did. I say Razzaq for Tanvir... and may be just leave Butt out and play with 10 men. :)

  • khalil on June 12, 2009, 20:00 GMT

    It,s for sure that all is not well in our cricketing circles.The ill-timed actions against Miandad/Inti & resignation of Qadir points to this effect.It takes its toll on the players/team.Today Qadir went public against some of these incompatibile actions.It seems no one in the PCB is bothered by the game called "cricket" at all. YK,s explanation for calling T20 a"fun" is as bizarre as his previous statement. He must understand the relevance between Losing a game & laughing or smiling.

  • Dr Dona on June 12, 2009, 20:00 GMT

    Pakistan must add these two players for next matches... Replace salman butt shehzaib khan otherwise what was the reason to take him with the team??? Fawad Alam with Razzaq... fawad is good for long version of game.. but he is not the product of 20/20 at all.. he has no ability to hit six at all. he can only take singles and doubles..

    And Misbah is playing like real in this tournament throughout.

  • Jeffrey Miller on June 12, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Apart from their poor fielding and indisciplined opening bowling, their biggest problem is lack of big hitters since Afridi is not boom boom anymore with the bat. The likes of Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Younus, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam are the sorts who can score run-a-ball or better but they cant manage the big hits and score a quick 30-40 in 15-20 balls. Thats the key for T20. Razzaq and Imran Nazir are the kinds who can produce such innings but perhaps its too late now.

  • Omer on June 12, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Well guys calm down inshALlah our team ill perform well against Kiwis.Pray for them they didnt play IPL and thats the big diffrence.Look at Dilshan,Jayasuriya,Rohit shrama n others they all played IPL.....Allah ill help us inshAllah.

  • Armaan on June 12, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    It is a very disappointment that pakistani team is losing match like this. right now pakistani team is not look like they are playing game to win, today's game also while chasing, there is a only one over where pakistani team is look they are chasing for win a match beside that other 19 over they are not in a frame.

    Something is going terrible inside team I never saw Pakistani team play like this which they are doing in this tournament. Every game which is played with big team they are playing like a collage boys this is not suppose to be national team. This team needs big changes if they want to do better in future. I am sure if this team will continue to wc2011 then once again they will came back from league stage.

    Guy's like S.Butt. S Afridi, Mshab, S.Mailk has to dump from the team because they are the people's who are responsible losing game regularly. Younis Khan hasn't any captaincy skill at all, after first horrible over why Y.K. has give Tanvir next over right away.

  • Shani on June 12, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    What a waste of time! Such a shameless attitude after appalling performance. Ji bhar gayaa!

    What was Fawad Alam doing in the team? He wasn't given the ball and he surely can't bat. His fielding isn't any better than the others'. Heck, if they really needed a filler to complete the 11, one of those pigeons would have looked a lot more graceful.

    Salman Butt.. Oh boy! An opening batsman with a strike rate of 90 in T20's? Another pathetic performance. He hasn't got the power to clear the inner circle. Not to forget that he's one of the worst fielders in the international cricket right now.

    Misbah's gotta unleash and play positively. What's he doing in the team? He's barely noticeable on the pitch or in the field. Can't he get over the fact that Younus Khas has been handed the captaincy? Tsk boy!

    Sohail Tanvir.. Oh. Nightmare. He couldn't even bowl against Netherland. Why play when you're not fit?

    *sigh* dil toR diyaa! :-(

  • Shakib Ahmed on June 12, 2009, 19:54 GMT

    1. kick Butt out 2. make Afridi open with Akmal 3. give Razzak Afridi's place. 4. Do sensible batting. 5. plsssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Muhammad Ismail on June 12, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Easiest way to solve the problem: Injure Salman Butt; call in Imran Nazir

    Line up: Shahid Afridi Imran Nazir Abdul Razzaq Shoaib Malik Younis Khan Misbah-ul-haq Kamran Akmal Fawad Alam Muhammad Aameer Umar Gul Saeed Anwar;

    Also, find a way to bring back Muhammad Asif.

  • Bring back the druggies on June 12, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar - yeah stuff Wada - we need 'em back!

  • Nash on June 12, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    I think too much is expected of Razzaq. Keep in mind that he has played no International cricket since 2 years and the ICL that he had been a part of only had second choice players (apart from Lahore Badshahs probably). Razzaq is a great player but everyone is assuming he will come in and turn the teams fortunes. Even if he plays a one-man show in kiwi game, the basic problem still remains ... The batting of the entire team is pathetic and the mind behind using the best batsmen at the optimal time is non-existent.

  • Marlo on June 12, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Razzaq is not going to make hell of a difference, its the whole team, the captain and the coach. What has Intekhab changed in a team where players are afraid to dive for saving a four. What has he done to think differently. I want mr. AFRIDI to read this. He is a worse bat in our team at the moment. He is not out of form because you can be out of form for 6 months not two years. Why he thinks every ball has to fly out of his bat. Why cant he start with a one a two or a four along the ground. Its like he doesn't know how to play a single shot along the grass. Cant he see that he may be helping on one way through his bowling but also loosing so many matches because of his approach where before he comes everybody knows there is 1/100 chance that he will play more than 10 balls. YOUNIS should learn to use his best bowler at the top, specially when opposition is flying out of hand, and why not bring in afridi earlier if no wicket falls. MISBAH you disappoint.

  • Pakistan Cricket Team PLEASE READ! on June 12, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    KICK OUT SALMAN BUTT and put Afridi in his place. Replace Abdul Razzaq for Sohail Tanvir. SORTED!

  • Sonubhai on June 12, 2009, 19:43 GMT

    I would like to add something to this long list. people keep talking about sending afridi to open but have forgotten while opening he only has a handful of really good day otherwise most of the time he has been medicore. people talk about shoaib akther he is all hype and no game he is very unfit for a fast bowler wil a runup is almost as long as the tezgam train. i acknowledge that he has one matches in the past before for pakistan but has he ever played a series when he actually finished one instead of getting unfit when it matters. yeh imran nazir, razzaqq and rana are in fine t20 form but even that was almost 6 months ago. and saying that if they were with the team we would have won the cup it bogus. there is a big different between an international side and a ICL t20 side. Salman Butt is a test and 50 over opener and cant clear the field in t20 and ahmed shahzad will surely be forgotten after this series and many others. So folks the situation right now might just be hopeless.

  • saim93 on June 12, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    1)Shahzaib hasan 2)Shahid Afridi 3)Kamran Akmal 4)Shoaib Malkik 5)Abdul Razzaq 6)Younus khan 7)Misbah ul haq 8)Fawad Alam 9)Mohammed Amer 10)Umar Gul 11)Saeed ajmal

    This is a good line up for next match!

  • Shabbir Sheriff on June 12, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Heart is all broken, eyes are all red with tears, hope tomorrow's match with Newzealand can bring some joy and make our week end wurth while. We are one big group of fans of Pakistan's cricket in Totronto and would like to see our country go all the way. Rumors are Butt is not well and PCB is considering to replace him with great Nazir immediately, hope this is true. Good Luck for tomorro'w match.

  • BORN2WIN CRICKT on June 12, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    Very disappointment!, Please kick Salman Butt out. We can't accept his inclusion any more.I would request to go with the following order, please!!!. Kamran Fawad Younis Misbah Malik Razzak Umar Gull Tanvir Afrdi Aamir Ajmal come 'n guys keep moral high, keep posting only positive ideas forget about the past look for future bring up more ideas. Still light can be seen in the tunnel. INSHALLAH PAKI WILL BE BACK WITH MORE POWERS AND GIVE REPLY TO AUSSIES AND INDIA WHO TRIES TO IGNORE PAKIS. keep pray for wining, GOD will listen oneday.

  • Idrees on June 12, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    Does anyone understand the importance of a captain? our Mr YK - the Gladiator / posemaster, arrives always at a very crucial stage and leaves after making sure that the game is lost totally. A game before yk and Misbah took almost 21 singles in a stretch. Today too it was the same prototype behavior of both. Can anyone imagine at a stage both of them there at 88 / 3 and yet they could not manage to boost the game . hell with such impotant behavior and weak nerves. Mr YK is always interested in completing his 50 or hundreds. the sooner it is done he stupidly throws away the wicket. oR if he cant play in a certain situation on a certain day ..... he will run himself out!!!!! What a player in this country!!!Bravo Hats OFF to you Mr Catano.

  • fahad on June 12, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    i think salman butt hasn't got the natural talent like viru and gilli.he should not be in the on merit. the hitting ability of our team is diminishing.it is shame for us that we could not able produce a great opening batsmen like anwar after ten years of his retirement.now inclusion of razzaq in team is a must.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on June 12, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    So many mistakes from our captain. He is not ready to come at no. 3, I told in my previous comments that please change Misbah to no. 4. Today what happened, Butt is not in form, Akmal is not regular opener but our captain decided to give him chance as an opener. Shoaib has very poor batting record in England. We lost three wickets because of lack of captaincy. He does not know these weak points. Actually our captain is not ready to take responsibility. When he is in full form, he should come at no. 3. Shoaib batting average is only 8.16 in England in one day and our captain has assigned him the responsibility to play at no. 3 without knowing the facts. Please find below my sequence. Salman and Ahmed or Shahzaib at no. 1 and 2, Captain at no. 3, Misbah at no. 4 then at no. 5 Shoaib then Akmal, Afridi, Sohail and then others. Give chance to Nazir instead of Butt , if poss., I think it is in our favor. We can replace Shoaib by Abdul Razzaq as he can perform better than him.

  • kashif on June 12, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    Pakistan team is very strong and dangerous for the likes of Holland, Ireland, Scotland etc. Pakistan has fallen well behind the rest test playing nations which are much more aggressive, smarter, intelligent and fitter than Pakistan. Pakistan cricket has followed the same steps as the Pakistan government, i.e. its run by inadequate, unprofessional and selfish people…very sad state of affairs indeed.

  • tariq on June 12, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    can somebody please fire Ijaz butt and all the management and all the players.PCB should always tell players that its their last match...thats how pakistani team performs

  • Iqbal Sikandar on June 12, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    The Pakistani batsmen really let everybody down today with their pathetically disappointing performance today. The bowling and the fielding had set up a gimme for Pakistan. A target of 151 is nothing compared to what they will have to face against New Zealand. Pakistani batsmen dropped an easy golden egg today against Sri Lanka. Losing by just 17 runs is sad and heads must roll for the awfully woeful performance today and all other performances except the one against Netherlands that Pakistan have so far put up in this tournament. Apart from the performance against Netherlands, Pakistani batsmen have so far played liked they belong in the Pansies and Sissies XI.

  • Shahid on June 12, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    No its not only batting Kamran. Its captaincy in my opinion more than batting and bowling. Younis is batting wonderfully but why is he afraid to use spiners in first 6 overs, specially when he has a spiner like afridi who is a thing between fast and spin and does'nt heavily rely on turn. Why he does want to try afridi at the top, when he already is worth nothing in batting. Why doesnt he use his best bowler Gul in start.

  • Faizan Abbasi on June 12, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    Mr. Kamran Abbasi looks mentally sick person and writes beyond all ethics. Using the words like "stupid" is not any one's birth right, instead should be used with high accountability.

    Winning or loosing is part of the game, I just enjoy the game. At now India is being beaten by West Indies, still I respect all players and won't expect anydusing any word like "stupid".

  • Wajahat Khan on June 12, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    Again poor performance from Pakistan Side, they are playing with 16 billions peoples hearts, because they are doing mistakes again & again, everyone saying many times that Salman Butt (PARCHI) is not a t20 batsman even ODI’s and Test’s but they are giving him chances again & again and he is not blushing, I was shocked to see today as opener, hows foolish & rubbish selection from poor captain and oldest coach, pls out to butt and bring afridi as opener bcoz afridi is not giving their performance in low order however you are not bring him up, he must to out from 1st or 2nd ball than why you can not use him up may he would give you some fast runs? They should to serious bcoz chance is still there to go in semis. I don’t understand that you can won against NZ, now u hav Razzak and Akmal now, so Akmal can good play in low order and Afridi and Razzak can good play on Top Order. Once they would not have made 150 then how much target they want? The chance is gone, shame on Pakistan team, so s

  • husnain on June 12, 2009, 19:10 GMT

    Not "again". Yet again, Pakistan consistency being inconsistence winner have become legend. Their variation of loosing a rather easy game shouldn't come a surprise for the fans of cricket. Current Pakistani side probably the best team to use as an example of do's and don'ts in T20 form of play. Just a note for those who think that certain player can change the game towards Pakistan "Players don't win the game, Team does."

  • ALI KHAN on June 12, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    There was no need to panic chasing 151.Pakistani team just is not confident in their approach to batting in this tournament. Some players are not suitable for T20 at all.we need Razzaq(thankfully back) , Nazir and Rana in.Players like Butt should only play tests and one-dayers.

  • Muhammedh on June 12, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Afridi must open, Razack must play

  • mindian on June 12, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Why not bring back Imran Khan also?

  • Salman on June 12, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    Razzaq's inclusion is a must, I'm not too sure about his bowling or his commitment but for for that issue must be put to the side.

    Salman Butt has to be a certainty to go, his contribution in this tournament has definitely been in the negative. Malik at three is bold and I would stick to it, Afridi though is desperately out of form and I would have Fawad Alam above him.

    Question is where would Razzaq come out to bat? How about gambling and putting him in as a opener or number 3?

  • usman iqbal on June 12, 2009, 19:05 GMT

    i think butt and tanvir both need rest...opening should be with akmal and shoaib and its high time for shoaib and misbah esp to take some serious ressponsibility and start playing sensibly. Also pakistan need to work alot on bowling dept. sohail tanvir really spoiled the 1st over and from there he never came back into his colors completely..... Anyways tomorrow once again do and die situation for pakistan against the black caps...hopefully pakistan will play better and stays in the tournament

  • kashan on June 12, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    iam so disappointed by this team and its selection that i am willing to play cricket 2007 video game and want to win 20 over game by my self and for my self only

  • usman on June 12, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    Salman Butt needs to be axed asap!, his performances have been nothing short of diabolical, and that includes his fielding. 20 extras in such a short format is a crime, take those out and they might have come close!!!

  • Imran Ahmad Khan on June 12, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Can anybody explain why Butt and Malik are in the team..........

  • ehtisham butt on June 12, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    pak was in a good position to win the match...but look at younis after playing such a nice innings...he played an irresoponsible...stupid shot to get out...!that shows his captaincy ...and not to forget the excellent shot selection by afridi bhai as well...!go on pakistan.....and do the same ...as u have been doing for past 3..4 years...!

  • Aziz on June 12, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    Against NZ, open Afridi and Akmal. Tonk the ball around for 6 overs. Follw up with sensible Younis and Misbah and leave pinch hitting for Razzak and Shoaib Malik. Gul and Alam can provide a couple of sixes to end it all. That is it stupid. This is T20 stupid. Play like it.

  • Osama Khan, Washington DC on June 12, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    You are spot on. I also think Pakistan need to strengthen their batting but Sohail is not improving at all. I think Sohail and Salman butt should sit out the remaining games. I would include Shahzad and Abdul Razzaq. At least Shahzad was making 20-30 runs. I would also like Afridi to open the innings for Pakistan and if he gets out early-Shahzad should be sent in next. Misbah is out of touch and clearly lacks stamina. Its a must win game against kiwis and i hope our team would do well.

  • omar hussain on June 12, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    I was happy Razzaq was recalled but why he didn't play is a mystery.From the beginning i thought the Sri Lankans were sure to reach 200 at least but our spinners are bowling extremely well and 151 was not beyond Pakistan. Younis has batted well but the rest are for unexplainable reasons getting out recklessly.A Pak. fan has even started at call Afridi *DOOM DOOM* which is unfair as he has bowled excellently but it is evident he is not the batsman he was..i just hope the batsmen try to be more selective in the remaining games but i realise this team has limited talent and am hoping against hope..Personally i think South Africa is the strongest team in the competition with India close behind.

  • Hasnain Malik on June 12, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    Totally Agree about Razzaq. Also Misbah should be sent one down, followed by Captain and then Razzaq should follow if he will be playing. Shoaib Malik if not in touch should be put lower in order. Butt should definitely go out of team if he is not performing. Fawad should be promoted before Afridi as well.

  • zaki on June 12, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    well pakistan really needs to work on their batting.. they should see the match where west indies was chasing a target of 195 against srilanka. if sarwan could have got few boundries, the mat could have been in west indies hands, espeacially the way they maintained their run rate. but for some reason pakistan lacks that. they get nervous very quickly. if misbah did hit few boundries, then there would it could have been easier for the low-middle and middle order to perform.

  • aurangzaib on June 12, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    He needs to use his bating effectively! Afridi needs to open with no fear of geting crticised, shoaib malik should come later after yunis and misbah only when they dont need hiting. Umer gull should bowl with new ball as he is accurate compared to sohail tanveer.

  • Imtiaz on June 12, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    I would keep Salman and also get Ahmed and Razzaq, while getting rid of Fawad alam and Sohail Tanvir. This will ensure 4 main bowlers ie Aamir,Gul,Saeed and Afridi and 2 part timers ie Malik and Razzaq. this will ensure you have regular openers and Akmal as one down, followed by Younis,Misbah and Malik and then Razzaq and Afridi. you do not need 7 bowlers when you cannot even use all of them.

  • Qasim Ali on June 12, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    You already know Mr. Abbasi that Batting is the oldest weakness of Pakistan. They always lose just due to nervous batting. But I hope they'll do work on their batting for the next game and specially Razzaq is the greatest addition in batting lineup.

    But now as I know, Pakistan must have to win tomarrow's match against New Zealand, otherwise there is no more chance to go to the semis.

    I don't know what Intikhab Alam and Aaqib Javed are doing as coaches. They need to work more and more on their teams' weaknesses. But I couldn't see until now that they are working. It's pretty much disappointed. They should prepare their Batsmen mentaly strong. Intikhab is the good experience of coaching and He did great job in 1992 WC but 2009 WC is looking its reciprocal.

    But in the end I am with Pakistan Team and I hope they'll win against New Zealand.

  • Imran on June 12, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    The other day I read a column by an Indian titled "Pakistan played like retards" now yours saying "Stupid". Why trying to get attention by degrading?

  • shifan on June 12, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    pakistan need razzak and imran nazeer for next two games if not pakistan cannt go to semifinals.and pakistan need a batsman like chris gayle

  • smith on June 12, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    pakistan can not win this series even if they really want it.. cause they simply are not deserving it.. i think south africa or INDIA is going to make it

  • AR on June 12, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    Non of you is getting the point. Ahmed Shezad who performed pretty well in the warm up match against India was left behind with no real reason! Butt who has been unfit for the last months, why give him chance on chance?! It high time to exchange him!

  • Qasim on June 12, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    Why didn't razzak play? he has the talent and the xperience. Plus he has been playing a lot of ICL lately so he is very fimilar to the game. Fawad alam should go! We cant experiment at this stage of the tournament when saturdays game is a must win game!!Alam didn't hit when we needed him to. Afridi needs to get back in form and play sensibly. We have realised that he is bowler first but he cant get out on a duck every match and go'i am a bowler'. We need a team effort to him. Salman and Akmal need to give us a quick start. They need to stay in for the powerplay and score fast. misbah needs to hit some big ones as well. Younis has played well and should keep playing like that. Our bowling needs to tighten up as well. we cant give away 20 extras and then rely on our spinners. All together it was a shocking performance from pakistan and to win.....well..........a lot needs to be improved!

  • Gulab on June 12, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    They realy missed a sitter. The batting is responsible especially kamran, shahid and butt. But we should think about tommrow. Where we definitly need victory to survive. I hope instead of Butt Razaq will be best choice. Although we missed a chance today but we should forget it until the end of 13th june where we must have to win. If every one take the responsibility in the field and all are capable so why not we will win. Thanks

  • Hasnain Malik on June 12, 2009, 18:34 GMT

    Totally Agree about Razzaq. Also Misbah should be sent one down, followed by Captain and then Razzaq should follow if he will be playing. Shoaib Malik if not in touch should be put lower in order. Butt should definitely go out of team if he is not performing. Fawad should be promoted before Afridi as well.

  • EYE OPENER on June 12, 2009, 18:33 GMT

    Putting it in simple words, I think it was Mibah. It is his history that take 30 balls for 15-20 runs and then accelerate. Once can pick his batting record from 2007 T-20 world cup, first half of his batting always worked like this and after that he used to score; it worked then. But someone should tell him that it does not work every time. If he would score at the rate of 75 in a crucial time and then get out, it will be over for other batsmen. That is what he did today; he wasted time in the crucial period and then got out, throwing the whole team in the hell. Pakistan lost by 19 runs.

  • mislam on June 12, 2009, 18:32 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is full of mess like the country itself(sorry). The selection of team can be done much better by a layman. Fire all the board and related personnel and bring some non-cricketers to run the administration and selection. Cut salaries of those cricketers who do not perform. Finally, take a lesson form indian cricket, who are at least doing much better now. All teams go througha bad time but Pakistan cricket is in worst time, although they have produced more exciting crickters than any team. Replace both openers before the next game. Good luck for the semifinal.

  • Waseem on June 12, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    I agree it was batting which was poor and ridiculous but I dont agree with couple of points that you are suggesting. I think sohail tanveer should not be given chance any more and as far as fawad is concerned I dont think he proved anything interesting role today. So, I suggest pakistan team as follows; Afridi, Shahzad, Razak, Akmal, Malik, Younis, Shahzaib, Misbah, Gul, Amer, Ajmal. Here, Afridi is useless if he doesnt come up the order because his position down the order has been total failure. Instead of playing fawad alam Pakistan needs a specialist batsman like shahzaib because they have almost six bowlers(gul,amer,razak,afridi,ajmal,malik). There can be some adjustments in the batting order depending upon the situation. At the end, I think this is the list which can bring them to the finals and I dont see any other alternative.

  • NFP on June 12, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    A cliche, but true: Absolutely no planing regarding the batting.

    Gut-feel, but also true: Pakistan batted as if they had no clue what a 20-20 game is all about.

    Thus, an alternative title for this piece: It's 20-20, stupid (and not Test Cricket).

    Solution: Get rid of Butt. Bring in Razzaq. Ask Malik to open with Akmal. Blah.

  • Ali on June 12, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    I agreed it's the batting which must click now or that's it. Salman had enough chances. They should bring back the other opener Ahmed Shehzad to open with Akmal. Anjum should replace Tanvir and Razzak can replace Alam. Afridi should come either too early or too late. In the middle he just comes and goes. Pakistan must win the next two games and should plan a head. Usually they plan after loosing the game. Good luck to Pak team.

  • Aayush on June 12, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    I was expecting Razzaq to play.He was awesome in the ICL.Believe that the low confidence in the present pakistani setup has definatly put their tails back. Having said that,the team has some good players with decent credentials.Sure they will be looking to upset the Kiwis on Friday

  • Mansoor Huda on June 12, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    I agree. I cannot believe they couldn't see it coming. They had to score runs earlier, to take the pressure off the non-existent lower middle order. Afridi batted like batting is not part of his job. Salman Butt was as useless as he can be. Misbah played sensibly but didn't realize there was no one after him. Atleast have 6 batsman in the team not including Kamran Akmal or Shahid Afridi. Razzaq needs to come in, and maybe Ahmed Shahzad?

  • Kaiser Mukhtar from Hong Kong on June 12, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Once again i'm amused to watch the same stupid opening combination and spectacular collapse of batting against the S.Lankans. They are not the world beaters any way. The total was not by any means an imposing one. Bowling of Tanvir looks in disarray. if he needed more practice or overs it was the warm up matches that could be used for practice but we learn by experimenting on a bigger stage. whereas learning process starts in the academies in the actual world of practical people. Fawad Alam could make an ideal opener since he is a brilliant talent which is being wasted by sending him in the final few overs. s.Butt could make way for him. Shoaib malik also needs a break since he ruining the bigger stage games by just being mediocre. Anwar Ali could have been in the side since he an all rounder, a swinger of the ball with great control. Common this is T20 realize the importance of it. Its become a phenomenon. world cup is being played but we at our stupid best as Mr. Abbasi put it aptly.

  • AH on June 12, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    Kamran I couldn't agree more. Salman Butt has to go and maybe even Shoaib Malik be shown the door as well. Sohail Tanvir seems either injured or out of sorts therefore Pakistan should try Ifthikhar Anjum who is a better bowler in this format than Test Match or One Day.

  • Osama Khan, Washington DC on June 12, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    You are spot on. I also think Pakistan need to strengthen their batting but Sohail is not improving at all. I think Sohail and Salman butt should sit out the remaining games. I would include Shahzad and Abdul Razzaq. At least Shahzad was making 20-30 runs. I would also like Afridi to open the innings for Pakistan and if he gets out early-Shahzad should be sent in next. Misbah is out of touch and clearly lacks stamina. Its a must win game against kiwis and i hope our team would do well.

  • Ali Zaidi on June 12, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    The only competency about the Pakista Cricket team is there incompetence to consistently loose a match. they clamour on beating minnion Dutch but fizzle out competing to a competent team. Afridi an overrated and underperforming player; cannot seem to figure out where his bat is in relation to the ball. Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq seem to take a non-chalant approach of a Test Match, instead of T20. Oh yes i forgot Younis statement "T20 is not a sport!!!".

    WAKE UP read the manual there are only 20 overs in this game. Then Sohail Tanvir prouds himself on averaging 10+ runs an over.

    The total by Lankans is defendable target. SHAME on the team on this lethargic performance.

    I figure their purpose in England is for a nice site seeing holiday; as playing serious cricket never seems to be on their mind.

    So boys enjoy your stay; do visit madame Toussads and check out the statue of Sachin. Yes your statue would never be placed there as you are a bunch of incompetent apes.

  • Shehryar on June 12, 2009, 18:26 GMT

    Yes, Abbasi is 110% right. It wa sour batting that did not win this match. It was a golden oppertunity for Pakistan. And yes, Salman Butt is the main culprit.....he must be sent back home. Another surprising thing is..why dont we try Afridin in Power Play...If luck goes in his favor..Afridi can give a firing and winning start to Pakistan...today he was sensational in Bowling. It was him who contained the Sri Lanka's blistering start...Younis played well..and Tanveer need to concentrate more on line n length.

  • Naseem Abbas on June 12, 2009, 18:25 GMT

    well our team is now at the stage of knock out. I really dont understand the role of Fawad Alam in our team.He doesnt ball nor does he is up in batting order as a batsman.Why we PCB doesnt realize this when we have better replacement like Razaq.They called him back all the way to London to be a water boy!!!! what a shame. One can clearly see the politics involved regarding Fawad Alam.We dont need him plz take him out as he got nothing to do in team. Razaq is an all rounder, can hit can bowl . Fawad Alam should not be playing 20 20 as he doesnt fit in any criteria.We dont need just a fielder but a super class all rounder. If you think i am wrong regarding fawad alam please tell me how many overs till now he bowled and how many times he scored!!!!? Sulman Butt well is a good batsman may be not in form but thats the coach and captains fault.They should make him practice more in nets. Please get rid of Fawad Alam.Give him oppourtunity in test or oneday as a batsman but not in 20 20.

  • Aziz on June 12, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    Fully agree with the assessment of Misbah's effort today. He was slow and shuffled around way too much. For 20/20 this was a poor effort and terrible strike rate from a quality batsman. Tanvir has no discipline in line and gives too many runs off the extra balls. Tanvir and Misbah lost Pakistan this game.

  • Yassar on June 12, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    Does the Pakistani think tank actually know what they are doing. It is an absoloute no brainer that Shahid Afridi should be opening the innings. He is not effective lower down the order. As we have seen so far when he bats lower down the order it is way too late for him and for Pakistan as the field is spread. Whereas if he opens the innings the field is in and the way he plays he will always go over the top which is suited in the first 6 overs.

    Our so called regular openers are going early and cheaply so what is the harm in giving Afridi the license to go out and do what he will anyway.

    WAKE UP YOUNIS..OPEN WITH AFRIDI.

    Any chance we can get this across to him before the next game ;-)

  • Ayaz Hyder on June 12, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    Are you suggesting dropping Butt for Razzaq and moving Afridi up the order? Razzaq definitely needs to come in. Let Afridi open. Let him go out there and try and take advantage of the powerplay.

  • Umar Riaz on June 12, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    For the NZ match team should be

    1. Kamran Akmal 2. Shahzaib Hasan 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Younus Khan 5. Misbah 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Fawad Alam 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Umar Gul 10.Muhammad Aamer 11.Saeed Ajmal

    Give Shahzaib Hasan a chance although this place is only for Imran Nasir in future tournaments. I suggest injure Salman Butt and call him as a replacement. Butt dont deserve a spot in any team.

    8.

  • muzy on June 12, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    bunch of useless/individulas with no pride in themselves/sports/team or nation/the eraly they exit the better for the sports it is agonising to see how they waste the chances in every department of the game bye

  • a.samad on June 12, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    kick off salman butt from the team who dont deserve to be an oppener and bring Pakistan team in pressure from the start

  • EYE OPENER on June 12, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    Ideal Chance , lost. Now who can assure that Pakistan bowling will also do good aginst NZ.

  • eddy on June 12, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    YOu are little harsh on Misbah - he supported YK in batting today, if he got out early, it would have been a disaster. Unfortunately, his hit was caught. Butt should definetly be replaced. Sohail tanvir should definetly practise more his bowling, another chance may work for him. Too much is been counted on Razzaq, the guy is coming in a little late, however, I am glad he is in - Paksitan were beaten by a better side today. Its really the slogging part were Pak failed, could happen to any team, luck and fielding play a vital part in T20. Pak were just not lucky in hitting out today, even when YK and Mishbah had set Pak up for a victory

  • Nadeem on June 12, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    I think we are waisting Afridi keeping down in betting order. Afridi sould come and open the inning so he can be benifited in first 6 overs.

  • Mohammed on June 12, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with the team selection you've suggested. Pakistan are one of the few teams which struggle to pile on runs in the powerplay. Razzaq isn't the solution for this, a promotion for Malik to open with Akmal is. The middle order is decent it just needs to apply itself properly. 4 overs today Younis hit a boundary off the first ball, Misbah the selfish player that he was today, didn't kill that over to make it's the 13/14 run over that would have brought the rate down substantially.

    I'm afraid without Imran Nazir and Razzaq through the start of this tournament, Pakistan have lacked power in their batting, a critical element in 20 over cricket.

    How bowlers can bowl no balls is beyond me. They have 1.5 metres give or take, why do they have to push so close to the bowling crease.

  • Imran Sabir on June 12, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    It has been opposite spinners going runs and seamers difficult to put away. Why butt has been choosen for this team, It could be better to ask Malik to open the batting straight away. I dont know Why horribly out of form batsmen ask the team management to give them mattch rest. Younis was keeping the run rate and for some reason Misbah was the one who was wasting the balls. Kamran is good timer but he does not have sensible head on his shoulders. School Kid mistak, hitting the ball and watching it. Now just pray NZ lost to sril lanka and Pakistan has to win every match to avoid run rates, especially when NZ defeated SL with big margin.

  • kamran on June 12, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    Pakistan is a good team they just need to get together and perform. The positive for me is younus, the rest need to follow him. Its good.

    Luv to c razzaq in the next game and need to do something with butt (please).

  • Raza Khan on June 12, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    I usually agree with your columns Mr. Abbasi, but why mention Misbah-ul Haq "in particular" in your article when only four batsmen including Misbah reached double figures and Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi who courted ducks have batted abysmally throughout the tournament. Ten runs each from these rapid-fire batsmen would have won Pakistan the match! What's disturbing is that one could interpret that it is Misbah who should be replaced by Razzaq when clearly it is Salman Butt who needs to go as Afridi has proven himself a dominant bowler in the 20/20 format

  • willy on June 12, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    Pakistanis batting sucks..the whole team looks miserable...by watching todays game with srilanka, not even a handfull of pakistani crowd came to see the match...that tells the fans have been upset with the team performance....

  • Asif on June 12, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Kamran. I would bring in Razzaq to replace Salman. Salman Butt has been disappointing in this tournament. He has fielded poorly and he has been awful with the bat. His body language is totally negative which I bet has an impact on the moral of other players. Younis played a captain's knock but I would still send in Misbah before Younis, possibly at one down. Misbah can anchor the Pakistani innings and could provide the launching pad for latter overs. Pakistan cannot afford to lose 3 or 4 wickets in the first 6 overs and then expect Younis and Misbah to rescue. Its too much to ask for. Afridi should be demoted in the batting order and Fawad should go up. I have my fingers crossed for tomorrow's game against NZ. Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

  • Sameer on June 12, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    Pakistan look lackluster and inconsistent, overly dependent on Younis Khan. Afridi is bowling well, but whatever happened to his Boom Boom batting?

    My sense is that South Africa and India are the two best teams on display and one of them will win the World Cup.

  • Ahsan Raja on June 12, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    Agree! they also need Imran nazir at the top.

  • iDurrani on June 12, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    still missing Imran Nazir!

  • Ranawaya on June 12, 2009, 18:08 GMT

    Really Paki batting failed completely in this tournament... I think team management should drop salman butt for next game....my team for match against new zealand is:

    1 Shahid Afridi 2 kamran akmal 3 yunus khan 4 shoaib malik 5 misbah 6 razzaq 7 fawad alam 8 sohail tanvir 9 umar gul 10 saeed ajmal 11 M amer

  • tariq on June 12, 2009, 18:08 GMT

    Pakistan are out of T20. Even if they do qualify that will just be a waste. I think a better team should get a chance. If pakistan makes it to semis that will just be unfair with Kiwis and Srilanka and the fans. Because the fans didnt come there to see a team which shatters on day and shines on other. Thats not what fans pay to watch. They pay to watch their side atleast puts up some show. I think its time ICC should ban pakistan from all form of cricket so that the managment and players start to take some responsibility. Iam a pakistani but i will fully support pakistan to be banned from all cricket. They are just bunch of rusty, uncommitted players, who never show up to the task when needed. Or atleast fire Ijaz butt please,please,please....bring Ramiz or wasim akram as coach and managers and selectors......please fire intikhab alam too....he is just a waste of resources.

  • Haneef Mohamed on June 12, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    I do not agree with you. The pitch helped the bowlers in this match. I think the from the first over Pak bowled they lost the match. Send Afridi up the order and get some quick runs on the board with the new ball. in this ground 135 is a dependable total.

  • hamid on June 12, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    The batting is definitely worst of pakistan. Salman seems like is on a picnic, his fielding is pathetic, batting he has no clue. Razaq will be a welcome addition. I think in the long term if they can get back the ICL players there will be enough competition to get into the side which will raise the performance. So hoping for the best.

  • sohail on June 12, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    pakistan dont deserve to be in Super 8 Time and again they have miserably failed in chasing even if it is a modest total

  • Bring Back The ICL Players on June 12, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    If Salman Butt was dropped and instead Abdul Razzaq was playing against Sri Lanka, Pakistan would probably have coasted to victory

    And if Imran Nazir, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved, Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar were allowed to play, Pakistan would probably ease to World Cup victory

    :'(

  • Rahim on June 12, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    It felt as if Pakistan batsmen were playing in a timeless test as opposed to a 20 over game. Where were the big hits instead of scrambling singles which continually saw the run rate creep up. Poor batting effort I agree and a lot more work is required by the senior members of the squad. Bring back Imran Nazir

  • Amyn Habib on June 12, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    You are right about the batting being the problem. It is terrible. But then look at the line up. Butt and Shoaib Malik are mediocre, incapable of doing much. The other openers are too new. Who is left? Younis is the only decent batsman in this team. The team is really unbalanced. The team and the selection committee seem to be in some sort of denial, pretending that Kamran Akmal and Afridi are batsmen. Kamran Akmal is too erratic, and Afridi's batting is just a total embarassment. Afridi should come in at number 11. I disagree with you that Razzak may help. It is unlikely. Razzak has a long history of mediocre and under performance and there is no reason to think that it will be any different now. They should have recalled Yousuf. I have no doubt that Yousuf would bat a lot better than the clowns now populating the side.

  • Junaid on June 12, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Its the same old story for Pakistan, bad run chase.Our batting lineup can't handle the situation, when the captain is playing for fun,(even though he make 50), but his captaincy is questionable?If BUTT can't play big shots then why not to use him after powerplay, and in this way he might get his confidence and form back into this sort of game.Look at the strategy of srilankans, they send their major hitting players at the top,even if they fails they always have classic sangakara and jaywardene,but they don't change the combination after every match. what's wrong with the combination of afridi and akmal, both of them are explosive and can play big shots, if they can click, its good, otherwise as u see they haven't done anything special at the bottom too. In my opinion yk don't have thinking brain,at this stage he must be unpredictable, but he is damn predictable like english weather.Instead of blaming the players,do some homework and see your captaincy mistakes to learn from them

  • Yahya on June 12, 2009, 17:58 GMT

    Yes! But you can't forget Tanvir's horrible spell.

  • Farid Amin on June 12, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    I am very disappointed to see this. Akmal's wicket was wasted. Afridi ... well nothing new there. I thought 151 was very gettable. The bowlers were brilliant. I really think the selectors need to think logically. Afridi gets out on the boundary most of the time and gets nothing. Risk him ... put him to open and chances are he may get 20-30 in no time at the top and that is all what is needed. Butt has to go. Please perform!!!!

  • Kashif on June 12, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan has lost to all major sides in the tournament except for NewZealand and WestIndies. Batting has always been the problem for Pakistan. Salman Butt's inclusion in the team is questionable and we have to ask why he was picked in playing eleven. Same goes for Sohail Tanvir whos fiest over was a like flight from Karachi to Hethrow .. Misbah is surely our of sorts and no one is taking the risk to hit as Dilshan did in early overs. It seemed Pakistan had no strategy of chasing down the total. Shahid Afridi's poor slump which has been going on for now over 2 years is shocking. It seems he doesn't know how to hold the bat anymore. Pakistan is short of good batsmen and form and by the end of this T20 they will loose to every major side and this maybe WWF for younis but it is not for the fans where they always return home with anger and disappointment.

  • Waqas on June 12, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Pakistan had to deliver in the first 6 six overs, a posative start could mean they had better opportunity to handle Malinga & Mendis.But the "consistency" of Butt cost a lot. Razzaq would certainly be a better choice as Pakistan require lot more at the top order.

  • Uzma on June 12, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    Can anyone explain what Salman Butt is doing in the team?!? They still do not seem to have any desire to win or fight back. It is quite pathetic. Am watching India bat at the moment and even though they lost very early wickets their batsmen have still come out to fight with their bat. Get your batting back or get out of the team!

  • Arif on June 12, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    judging by the way Misbah, Afridi and Malik threw away their wickets, i think there is something wrong within the camp. Are some of the players against the new captain?? Misbah has not performed well in any of the matches. Is he doing it on purpose?? Malik gets good starts but he just throws it away. Afridi is playing his shots with his eyes closed. If Younis who i believe is not a 20-20 player can play his shots then why cant these specialist play theirs?? I hope my theory is wrong coz our cricket cannot take any more shocks.

  • Faisal on June 12, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    This T20 would be lost so I have no issues with that because with Pakistan it has become a norm. Th biggest Pak Cricket problem lies in the PCB administration and not the players. This T20 team shoul dhave included power hitters like Imran Nazir and Razzaq from the word get-go and the T20 bowler Rana Naved. I bet you, if Pakistan had fielded Lahore Badshah then this team, we would have nmore chances of winning than losing this Cup. PCB realized that too late and have now recalled Razzaq. This team doe snot have power hitters as other teams have, the ones we have are not firing at all cylinders, Shahid Afridi is a spent force in batting, although he is making up with his bowling but still we can notjust afford to have him as a bowling specialist. For T20, you need two people in one and the teams that do have more of those are more likely to win.

  • Waz on June 12, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    Once again in this tournament batsmen has utterly disregarded their bowlers efforts. What was Misbah trying to do with the singles, frustrating everyone to death I suppose ...

  • ali on June 12, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    This is terrible !! . The lack of quality batting is hurting Pakistan badly . Razzaq might be the rescuer and instill some of the much needed fire power in the batting line up .

  • Azfar on June 12, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    What can you say I mean absolutely no words to describe or point out or be a wise guy and come up with ussgestion, it is only Get ulcer Watch Pakistan Cricket! Never a good story, but then again...

  • Curious_Cancerian on June 12, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    Really no place for salman and sohail.

  • Muhammad Ammad Javed on June 12, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    I think the person who is mainly responsible for our continuous defeats is our respected coach. He belongs to old school of thoughts ko keep wickets in hand without scoring.In modern game of cricket you have to score quick runs in power plays if you do really want to dominate the opposition. So Mr.Intakhab Alam is proving disastrous for our cricket. Steps should be taken now because we love our cricket and we want to see our team winning.Cricket is passion in Pakistan and I do hope after such performances

  • dashy114 on June 12, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    It is so sad that three of the best 20-20 players in Pakistan, Imran Nazir, Razzaq and Rana Naveed have not played this world cup so far. Thankfully sanity prevailed and Razzaq was recalled. Today's match would have been a walkover if Pakistan had Razzaq's hitting prowess in the end. The top order would have been able to relax and play themselves in instead of hitting out. This is where Pakistan is losing these games, the last 5-6 overs with the bat. We need the miracle-worker Razzaq to come in and once again provide that strike power that has deserted Pakistan's lower order ever since he left. Tommorrow's match is the real deal. This is the real Pakistan team finally taking the field. Watch out for the Razzler!

  • Muhammad Ammad Javed on June 12, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Well Pakistani fans be patient. We should expect little from our team that’s the only way we can keep ourselves cool even after such a bad defeat. The problem is there is nobody in our team who can hit the over the top of fielders in the first 6 overs which is very important. If we do look at the scorecard of teams wining most of their matches in this T20 they do get a lot of runs in first six overs when there are fielding retrictions. The problem is our batsman are always afraid of hitting over the top in first 6 overs and due to this thing the asking rate kept on increasing all the time which always results in the defeat of our team. So if they do want to win matches they really has to take players in the side Who can hit big shots Otherwise I don’t think they got any chances of wining if they kept on playing like that

  • Amjad Shaikh on June 12, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    They never understand the science. Why not shuffle batting order a bit. Kick Butt, get Afridi to open with Akmal and thats it.

  • AZ on June 12, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    We don't deserve place in semi's we have lost to SA, India, England and SL. No team end up winning tournament or in top 4 by keep losin to big names. We can't defend 160 and can't chase 150. It's Intikhab Alam's aged long approach what is causing problem for us, keep the wickets in hand and go for big shots at end.

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  • AZ on June 12, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    We don't deserve place in semi's we have lost to SA, India, England and SL. No team end up winning tournament or in top 4 by keep losin to big names. We can't defend 160 and can't chase 150. It's Intikhab Alam's aged long approach what is causing problem for us, keep the wickets in hand and go for big shots at end.

  • Amjad Shaikh on June 12, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    They never understand the science. Why not shuffle batting order a bit. Kick Butt, get Afridi to open with Akmal and thats it.

  • Muhammad Ammad Javed on June 12, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Well Pakistani fans be patient. We should expect little from our team that’s the only way we can keep ourselves cool even after such a bad defeat. The problem is there is nobody in our team who can hit the over the top of fielders in the first 6 overs which is very important. If we do look at the scorecard of teams wining most of their matches in this T20 they do get a lot of runs in first six overs when there are fielding retrictions. The problem is our batsman are always afraid of hitting over the top in first 6 overs and due to this thing the asking rate kept on increasing all the time which always results in the defeat of our team. So if they do want to win matches they really has to take players in the side Who can hit big shots Otherwise I don’t think they got any chances of wining if they kept on playing like that

  • dashy114 on June 12, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    It is so sad that three of the best 20-20 players in Pakistan, Imran Nazir, Razzaq and Rana Naveed have not played this world cup so far. Thankfully sanity prevailed and Razzaq was recalled. Today's match would have been a walkover if Pakistan had Razzaq's hitting prowess in the end. The top order would have been able to relax and play themselves in instead of hitting out. This is where Pakistan is losing these games, the last 5-6 overs with the bat. We need the miracle-worker Razzaq to come in and once again provide that strike power that has deserted Pakistan's lower order ever since he left. Tommorrow's match is the real deal. This is the real Pakistan team finally taking the field. Watch out for the Razzler!

  • Muhammad Ammad Javed on June 12, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    I think the person who is mainly responsible for our continuous defeats is our respected coach. He belongs to old school of thoughts ko keep wickets in hand without scoring.In modern game of cricket you have to score quick runs in power plays if you do really want to dominate the opposition. So Mr.Intakhab Alam is proving disastrous for our cricket. Steps should be taken now because we love our cricket and we want to see our team winning.Cricket is passion in Pakistan and I do hope after such performances

  • Curious_Cancerian on June 12, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    Really no place for salman and sohail.

  • Azfar on June 12, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    What can you say I mean absolutely no words to describe or point out or be a wise guy and come up with ussgestion, it is only Get ulcer Watch Pakistan Cricket! Never a good story, but then again...

  • ali on June 12, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    This is terrible !! . The lack of quality batting is hurting Pakistan badly . Razzaq might be the rescuer and instill some of the much needed fire power in the batting line up .

  • Waz on June 12, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    Once again in this tournament batsmen has utterly disregarded their bowlers efforts. What was Misbah trying to do with the singles, frustrating everyone to death I suppose ...

  • Faisal on June 12, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    This T20 would be lost so I have no issues with that because with Pakistan it has become a norm. Th biggest Pak Cricket problem lies in the PCB administration and not the players. This T20 team shoul dhave included power hitters like Imran Nazir and Razzaq from the word get-go and the T20 bowler Rana Naved. I bet you, if Pakistan had fielded Lahore Badshah then this team, we would have nmore chances of winning than losing this Cup. PCB realized that too late and have now recalled Razzaq. This team doe snot have power hitters as other teams have, the ones we have are not firing at all cylinders, Shahid Afridi is a spent force in batting, although he is making up with his bowling but still we can notjust afford to have him as a bowling specialist. For T20, you need two people in one and the teams that do have more of those are more likely to win.