Age of Khan November 2, 2009

Revenge is a dish best served hot

 
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Pakistan should dominate the one-day series in UAE © Associated Press
 

Pakistan embark on their busiest period of international cricket for several years. This is a relief for Pakistan cricket fans who have been deprived of seeing their team play regularly and further deprived of a team that is able to develop. It will be a tough antipodean summer of cricket for Pakistan, who traditionally struggle on these tours -- and that's with a settled and confident team.

As ever, the current squad has potential but this one looks light in the fast bowling department. Provided the first rank of bowlers stay fit, Pakistan should dominate the one-day series in UAE. The dormant tracks will ease the pressure on Pakistan's brittle batting order, which accomodates a curious return for Imran Farhat. It seems the Pakistan selectors are never sure who their best batsmen are. The omissions of Fawad Alam and Imran Nazir are baffling.

On a brighter note, Younis Khan has made an expected return to the captaincy after his recent show of brinkmanship. Younis must now avoid future distractions and focus on building a team that can seriously challenge for the 2011 World Cup and become a force in Test cricket. He has been promised a two-year window to forge his team. That is time enough as the next 12 months will be a serious test of his vision, strategy, decision-making, and strength of character.

Pakistan's reinforced captain has stated that the upcoming series is not about revenge for the Champions Trophy, but the heat of the UAE will be Pakistan's closest stab at home advantage over the next months against a team that they can beat. A false start here will be an ominous omen for the challenges to come. Pakistan need a strong start to their international labours, and if revenge is a motivation then so be it.

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

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  • jack hosnard on November 11, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    Looks like the dish that was to be served hot....backfired ( chuckles)

  • Syed Jaffery on November 10, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    Watching the two One day series in India and in Abu Dhabi I am convinced that there has to be two groups in this game as well similar to football or Davis cup. On one hand India-Australlia series is very exciting, evenly contested and fun to watch while on the other hand we have Pakistan-Newzealand series where first two matches are real boring and the third one is an example of the true unpredictibility of these two weak teams. They should be placed along with West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwae in a group-2 and they should be allowed to fight it out among themselves to qualify for the elite group-1. Currently these teams just cannot match the quality and talent of Australlia, South Africa, India, Sri lanka and England. They can win a few games here and there but in a longer series they just cannot sustain their effort. This is the only way to improve the standard in One-day cricket and Test cricket as well.

  • Rauf on November 10, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    First of, credit must go to NZ for winning the series. Congratulations. Only Pak can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as witnessed in 3rd ODI.

    There is no consistency in Pak team which basically reflects the PCB. Dumb question to ask the geniuses in PCB is why leave out Umar Akmal and Yousaf in 2nd and 3rd ODI both of which were lost by Pak in first 25 overs. 3rd ODI required a Ponting kind of an innings, no heroics just basic cricket with singles and twos which Yousaf would have been able to deliver. I would have sacrificed Butt without hesitation and what happened to Imran Nazir?

    My suggestion to PCB after watching the 3rd ODI. Find 10 more 17 year old left arm fast bowlers before WC2011 and you would also resolve your batting issues.

  • S. Sheikh on November 10, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Correction Nov.09/2009. 2:12pm It was M. Yousuf and not Highly overrated Younis captiancy is going through his had.

    Another remarkable partnership between Amer and Saeed just like the smifinal one they had with Newzeland almost snatching the match alas our fantastic selection committee still did not get the message. Look now inistead of picking Asim Kamal who is far far more talented player than Fisal Iqbal the poor left hander is out for the test team & Faisal gets the nodd; when these people are going to learn looks not in our life time or may be never.

  • Muhammad Noman on November 10, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Just another series of disappointment.

    Goods: 1. At last we opt for specialist opening batsmen. 2. Aamir is improving day by day and last of all, showing talent with the bat. 3. Spinners doing their job well.

    Bads or worses:

    1. Middle order failing again and again while chasing. 2. Poor team management and selection. 3. Captain playing for captaincy rather than for the team. 4. Umer Gul is finding it difficult to penetrate. 5. Abdul Razzak is virtually over.

  • khurram on November 10, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    i love to see pak losing the game..this isnt a team but a political party.we atleast need 5,6 new players to join the likes of ajmal,aamir,umer akmal etc....the pesent bunch of politicians cant win matches. just look at the shots of afridi, malick, kamran..you will guess whats the reason for such disgusting performance.

  • syed shah on November 10, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    syed jaffery - the reason i think m yousaf was dropped is cos he is a rubbish fielder - just look at his tummy..lol. i think the selectors should sit down & decide whether yousaf should play in the next world cup as he will be 37!! if not then they should drop him from the team & find a young replacement.

  • shah on November 10, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    to all of you who (zia matloob) want nasir jamshed in the team - just look at this season's stats.. 208 runs scored in 8 innings(5 matches) average 26!! that is rubbish - the reason salman butt was recalled to the team is he has scored 209 run in 5 innings (3 matches) average 52!! the selectors job is to see who is performing & as you can see nasir jamshed is clearly not this season..

  • Khurram on November 10, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    I really liked muddasir Siddiq's comments her. Good to see someone else also knowing what is the problem with Pak cricket team. The answer to the million dollar question is their mentality to start slow, continuing playing deliberately slow and accelerate in last ten years. This works in 1-2 out of 10 one days (like against India in CT) but most of the time this plan fails. No other teams play like that. Pakistan manages to bat below their potential due to this strategy. Slow players with that mindset like Butt, Younis and Misbah should not be in the team at any cost.

    Pakistan seems to stuck with the history and the old age method of playing rather than changing with the world.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 10, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Kami bhai, where is the blog? revenge? what revenge?Like I wrote above, Younis has no place in the team, Afridi is much better than him to lead and perform. Younis should ahve resigned from all formats. A class of Yousuf sits out, I dont know what to write. he is the only fluent batsman int he current Pakistani team. I know you dont liek him much, but please tell me, how could you make him rest at the cost of sloggers and young guns?Experience is experience. babaiy babaiy hondaiy nay.These idiots dont understand that once you make a performing player sit out, its too hard to come back and perform right away. Look in one game Umar Akmal out and what he did now in 2 games?Now you rested Yousuf to shake him. I think younas khans end is getting closer with every game. In Pakistan when you want to get rid of someone you make him a captain.It seems he has become more of a dictator than believing in Shoora (taking advice from all). Just wait and see. peace

  • jack hosnard on November 11, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    Looks like the dish that was to be served hot....backfired ( chuckles)

  • Syed Jaffery on November 10, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    Watching the two One day series in India and in Abu Dhabi I am convinced that there has to be two groups in this game as well similar to football or Davis cup. On one hand India-Australlia series is very exciting, evenly contested and fun to watch while on the other hand we have Pakistan-Newzealand series where first two matches are real boring and the third one is an example of the true unpredictibility of these two weak teams. They should be placed along with West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwae in a group-2 and they should be allowed to fight it out among themselves to qualify for the elite group-1. Currently these teams just cannot match the quality and talent of Australlia, South Africa, India, Sri lanka and England. They can win a few games here and there but in a longer series they just cannot sustain their effort. This is the only way to improve the standard in One-day cricket and Test cricket as well.

  • Rauf on November 10, 2009, 14:26 GMT

    First of, credit must go to NZ for winning the series. Congratulations. Only Pak can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as witnessed in 3rd ODI.

    There is no consistency in Pak team which basically reflects the PCB. Dumb question to ask the geniuses in PCB is why leave out Umar Akmal and Yousaf in 2nd and 3rd ODI both of which were lost by Pak in first 25 overs. 3rd ODI required a Ponting kind of an innings, no heroics just basic cricket with singles and twos which Yousaf would have been able to deliver. I would have sacrificed Butt without hesitation and what happened to Imran Nazir?

    My suggestion to PCB after watching the 3rd ODI. Find 10 more 17 year old left arm fast bowlers before WC2011 and you would also resolve your batting issues.

  • S. Sheikh on November 10, 2009, 13:01 GMT

    Correction Nov.09/2009. 2:12pm It was M. Yousuf and not Highly overrated Younis captiancy is going through his had.

    Another remarkable partnership between Amer and Saeed just like the smifinal one they had with Newzeland almost snatching the match alas our fantastic selection committee still did not get the message. Look now inistead of picking Asim Kamal who is far far more talented player than Fisal Iqbal the poor left hander is out for the test team & Faisal gets the nodd; when these people are going to learn looks not in our life time or may be never.

  • Muhammad Noman on November 10, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    Just another series of disappointment.

    Goods: 1. At last we opt for specialist opening batsmen. 2. Aamir is improving day by day and last of all, showing talent with the bat. 3. Spinners doing their job well.

    Bads or worses:

    1. Middle order failing again and again while chasing. 2. Poor team management and selection. 3. Captain playing for captaincy rather than for the team. 4. Umer Gul is finding it difficult to penetrate. 5. Abdul Razzak is virtually over.

  • khurram on November 10, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    i love to see pak losing the game..this isnt a team but a political party.we atleast need 5,6 new players to join the likes of ajmal,aamir,umer akmal etc....the pesent bunch of politicians cant win matches. just look at the shots of afridi, malick, kamran..you will guess whats the reason for such disgusting performance.

  • syed shah on November 10, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    syed jaffery - the reason i think m yousaf was dropped is cos he is a rubbish fielder - just look at his tummy..lol. i think the selectors should sit down & decide whether yousaf should play in the next world cup as he will be 37!! if not then they should drop him from the team & find a young replacement.

  • shah on November 10, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    to all of you who (zia matloob) want nasir jamshed in the team - just look at this season's stats.. 208 runs scored in 8 innings(5 matches) average 26!! that is rubbish - the reason salman butt was recalled to the team is he has scored 209 run in 5 innings (3 matches) average 52!! the selectors job is to see who is performing & as you can see nasir jamshed is clearly not this season..

  • Khurram on November 10, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    I really liked muddasir Siddiq's comments her. Good to see someone else also knowing what is the problem with Pak cricket team. The answer to the million dollar question is their mentality to start slow, continuing playing deliberately slow and accelerate in last ten years. This works in 1-2 out of 10 one days (like against India in CT) but most of the time this plan fails. No other teams play like that. Pakistan manages to bat below their potential due to this strategy. Slow players with that mindset like Butt, Younis and Misbah should not be in the team at any cost.

    Pakistan seems to stuck with the history and the old age method of playing rather than changing with the world.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 10, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! Kami bhai, where is the blog? revenge? what revenge?Like I wrote above, Younis has no place in the team, Afridi is much better than him to lead and perform. Younis should ahve resigned from all formats. A class of Yousuf sits out, I dont know what to write. he is the only fluent batsman int he current Pakistani team. I know you dont liek him much, but please tell me, how could you make him rest at the cost of sloggers and young guns?Experience is experience. babaiy babaiy hondaiy nay.These idiots dont understand that once you make a performing player sit out, its too hard to come back and perform right away. Look in one game Umar Akmal out and what he did now in 2 games?Now you rested Yousuf to shake him. I think younas khans end is getting closer with every game. In Pakistan when you want to get rid of someone you make him a captain.It seems he has become more of a dictator than believing in Shoora (taking advice from all). Just wait and see. peace

  • waterbuffalo on November 10, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    I wonder who had the bright idea of dropping yousuf? Younis Khan is the worst number three in top class cricket, he should retire and let afridi captain the ODI side. He can still lead the Test side, because anyone is better than Shoaib Malik. Typical Pakistan, win the first game and them lose the series, happens all the time.

  • mqi on November 10, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    After this 3rd one day against NZ, the following should be done: 1. Younus Khan must leave the one day team, he should play test only. 2. Afridi should not be allowed to captain the team. Horribly inconsistent in bat, but a good bowler 3. A good young allrounder should replace both Razzaque and Navid, even if he is new. Those two do not deserve a place in the team

    4. Must build a team with younger players.

    5, Do not experiment with Yousuf and Akmal. They must be in the team with any combination. May consider bringing Mesbah and Fuad Alam back. 6. Need a good selection committee, the current one has failed. 7. Give contract to players based on performance, not like the one given to YK till world cup. No EID bonus this time. 8. management should take lesson from India, your rival, see how to build a team and chase 350 against australia.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on November 10, 2009, 3:37 GMT

    It has been proved yet again that Pakistan has tremendous talent available both in bowling and batting. Look at Saeed Ajmal and Amer`s performance. And also it has been proved yet again that all that Pakistan lacks is captaincy. It is such a pity we have such a foolish captain to lead our team. He absolutely chocked the proceedings the moment he entered the arena. Go Younis Go.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on November 10, 2009, 3:06 GMT

    Remove Younus Khan as a captain as early as possible and also Younus should retire from International Cricket FOREVER.Salman, Khalid, Muhammad Yousuf not fit for the One-dayers, they are definitely fitted for Test-cricket.Please Pakistan Cricket Board and selection committee, hand over the captaincy to Shahid Afridi from Younus and also replace Shoaib Malik as a Test captian. Please Pakistan Cricket Board--- SAVE YOUR CRICKET REPUTATION WHICH WAS SHOWN IN PAST TIMES.....

  • Salman Qureshi on November 10, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    Is it just me or does anyone else also find it incredible that our so called "recongnised batsmen" get out cheaply time and again such as in the third ODI against New Zealand and a seventeen year old bowler who bats at Number 10 was able to score more than all of them put together. These useless pieces of crap senior players need to be fired immediately.

  • Gerrystackle on November 10, 2009, 2:35 GMT

    H'mmmm....NZ 2 Pakistan 1. Who would have picked it eh? We are not a flash side, but we worked hard. Very pleasing to beat such a talented Pakistan team. Well played.

  • Amer Khan on November 10, 2009, 1:23 GMT

    Time to take out the old and bring in the new. I'd rather have young, unheard of guys like Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam, etc., go out there and collapse but develop, rather than having Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, etc. come in and collapse for no reason. Besides, we need to get ready for the 2011 WC. Can you imagine this batting side play vs. Sri Lanka and NZ in Sri Lanka? That would be a disaster!

  • Zia Matloob on November 9, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    Great job selectors and players... can't see the logic in changing batting order or dropping Yousuf or Umar Akmal the two consistent performers. As we see currently the worst performer in the middle order is Younus. On the other hand there is no logic in playing Salman Butt. When Shoaib Malik agreed to open and has performed why are we picking him as middle order batsman at the expense of Yousuf or Umar Akmal. If we look at the numbers even during the last yr, Yousuf and Umar has out performed Younis and Shoaib ... yet selecters keeping them in and out of the team??? Fawad Alam and Nasir Jamshid are also out of picture despite good performance and run rate. In test team we are seeing Faisal Iqbal again and Asim Kamal is dropped having much better performance... I think we need a selection committee who can select the sectors based on their performance.

  • wolffie on November 9, 2009, 20:50 GMT

    congratulations new zealand on winning the ODI series. not bad for a little country. you have done yourself proud.may the cricket be allowed back in pakistan sooner than later.

  • Suhail on November 9, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Revenges are for lion hearts... not for the yellow belled YK, the politician. This is not a team, with the best individual records, they have shown the worst possible performance. YK should retire from captancy and focus on getting back in form. Hats off for Aamer and Ajmal who showed the PK mice how you fight for a win.

  • Faisal Wahab on November 9, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    The Batting collapse of Pak Team in the 3rd ODI reminded me of their past batting collapses when the bowlers gave them the match on the platter, and they floundered those chances at will e.g Leeds 1971, Sydney 1973, Calcutta 1980, Lahore 1984 vs Eng, Sharjah Oneday vs India 1985 when Imran Khan had match figures of 6-14, but we were still on the losing side. This phenomena is going to continue till our first Class Structure is changed altogether, pitches should not suit the batsman, but they should be 50-50 both for bowlers and batsman. Looking Afridi getting out was horrible to say the least, he has no footwork at all, he simply can't play the swinging delivery, has no technique to leave it either. Younis Khan is horribly out of touch, i think captaincy has entered his mind much more than playing at one down position. We should look for a better one down player for the future matches. He needsimprove his batting. whenever he comes to the crease the scoring rate comes down immediately

  • Syed Jaffery on November 9, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    I just failed to understand the selection policy of Pakistan team.How can you justify dropping of Mohammad Yousuf in favor of Salman Butt, Latif, Shoib and above all Mr. Younis Khan. Their luck is with them rightnow as they are playing against a weaker opposition on their own favourite surface and some of the players are in good form. But still the manner they lost the second One day shows their true talent and when they vist Australlia they will surely find out themselves too. I still wish Goodluck to Pakistan team but this stupid captain with a very minimal talent is leading them to nowhere but disaster.

  • S. Sheikh on November 9, 2009, 14:12 GMT

    If anyone should be dropped for the 3rd ODI it should be Butt & Younis both are finished as one dayers. I would pick younis 100 times over on both this players. Selection committee is totally screwed up kick their butts. Even if pkistan wins the third ODI it is not because of these two disregarded players and incompetent selection committee. Best of luck Pakistan.

  • Raza.A on November 8, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    The Series cums at a tie when the kiwis outstood Pakis in the 2nd encounter..Yuni shud hav continued wid the same batting order yousuf malik shahid akmal

    But whats next..The final Encounter..Sorry to Say but umar akmal and shoaib malik..both deserve to be in the side..which means yousuf shud be rested..khalid latif is a fine opener..having scored 100 above in both matches..better than any other paki..the team 4 final match shud be Khalid Latif Salman Butt Younis Khan Shoaib Malik Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Abdur Razzaq M.Aamir Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

    ALL THE BeST paKISTANI side..may the Best Team win.. In the End..I am HAppy..as AussiEs won THe Series..Khuda Hafiz...

  • Faisal Wahab on November 7, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    The Results of 2nd ODI has now cleared the minds of the tour selection committee that performance is required in the opening slot. there are so many things to say but my final lineup for the 3rd ODI is like this: 1. Imran Farhat 2. Umar Akmal 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Younis Khan 5. Muhammad Yousuf 6. Abdul Razaq 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Aamer 11. Saeed Ajmal

    Good luck to the Pakistan Side. Winning the toss & batting first is what is required in the 3rd ODI. I have one request for Younis Khan, Please bowl out Mohammad Aamer before the 42nd over, or bring him in the 48th,49th or 50th over.

  • Jab on November 7, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    Yunis khan has once again failed to justify his place in ODIs. The exclusion of promising Umar Akmal who is averaging a remarkable 60 in ODIs is highly questionable. Umar's Strike Rate is also excellent and much better than the likes of Salman Butt who make comeback through backdoor politics (read Purchee of Ijaz BUTT).

    When Yunis khan and Salman BOTH were occupying the crease (we knew it was a disastrous combination for Pakistan) the required run rate was around 6 and when they left it was already above 8!! Salman made 0 in his first ODI and made 59 on 81 balls in the second match at a strike rate of 70 which was not helpful at all for the batsmen that were to come. It may be noted that Salman made a surprise comeback against kiwis in Abu Dhabi and it looks to be a well thought career saving effort by someone influential in the board.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on November 7, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Pakistan won the 1st match b`coz Salman Butt and Younis got out very early. This is no joke. By the time Younis got out in the 2nd match, the game was all over. Afridi and Akmal did a wise thing to let go. I do not expect Pakistan to become a consistant team ever as long as the theory of KEEPING THE WICKETS IN HAND NO MATTER WHAT THE REQUIRED RUN RATE IS is there. This theory is somewhat OK whilst batting first in case of Pakistan since they are mentally very weak to chase targets.

    My only hopes lies when I see a permanent exits of people like Younis, Butt and Misbah.

  • Dar on November 5, 2009, 12:11 GMT

    Kamran ask Pakistani public to enjoy the Pakistan cricket team playing nether criticism, why he is playing he should be in playing eleven.. It good to see pak cricket team in ground, since last one year our team cannot play enough cricket like other country (India and Australia) We are not sure how long our cricket team stay away from there home country grounds. Let enjoy the Pakistan cricket team sucess..

  • xsohel on November 5, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    dont ya think Yunas is getting big headed according to him he has the total pakistan population behind him well im not i think go back to rembrin the humble beginin and dont forget give out respect as u would like to recv it its appalin hw he is treatin Amaer gr8 who is jus pumped at the mo its normal he maybe no Waseem but yunas is def no Imran. What u guys think??

    fb xsohel

  • Tamil on November 5, 2009, 1:55 GMT

    Kaushik, Dan, Jack Honsard

    We could see fears in your faces of PAK is going to lift one more cup now and Worldcup2011.

    Rauf was correct, PAK was denied by many countries to become a force not visiting PAK, etc. but still PAK is emerging as one of the best teams and surely will lift WC2011, see the team combination now and many good players are not able to find a place in playing 11, this show how this team is strong....

    AUS, IND, SA, NZ, ENG will be THRASHED in their home very soon...they are not cricket players whereas cricket enemies where wanted to stop PAK from Cricket...you losers....

  • Rauf on November 4, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    @Kaushik Your hopes are dashed as Pak won the 1st match. Keep dreaming.

    @Dan @Jack Honsard

    Pak may be a mediocre team to people like you but it's the same team that won the T20 and went on to semis of CT2009 by almsot beating the Aussies. Mediocre teams don't make Ponting chew half his hand off.

    With all what's going on in Pakistan these days (I am sure you read the newspapers) and since last 18 months or so, it's amazing that Pak team managed to go this far. How would other teams do at the pressure of ICC tournaments when everyone refuses to tour and play in their country? When there is hardly any international cricket in two years?

    I am proud of Pak team for hanging in there and proving people like you wrong, again and again and again. Wait for WC2011.

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 4, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    Muhid Zakaria: "Trust me Kamran, Pakistan will not be able to 'dominate'. Take my word for it, it will lose the first ODI"

    You would do better as a weatherman, they always predict the opposite. LOL.

  • Syed Jaffery on November 4, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    Younis khan needs to show that he is not a burden to the team. A good Captain should also be a good player or otherwise he loose respect and confidance of the team. This One Day series against Newzealand and the Test series there after will determine his credibility as a player. Inclusion of Imran Farhat and Salman Butt is surprising as Fawad Alam and Imran Farhat are better performers in limited overs game specially on these tracks.Similarlly Razzaq can't be trusted as a fifth bowler anymore as he looks to be very ordinary and against good opposition like Australlia he'll struggle to complete even four five overs. In order to built a side for the future, as is the slogan of the Captain and the selectors, they should adopt a standard selection policy. With these kind of selection it looks as if they are building a side for the Past( 2007) not World Cup 2011.

  • Faisal Wahab on November 4, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    Pakistan Team Played well to win the match. Salman Butt & Younis Khan have to score in the next matches so that the lower order is not tested time & again, Younis is not having a great time with the bat in ODI's. Khalid Latif batted well but he needs matches to improve his overall batting performance. Shoaib Malik should have played in this match.Razzaq's inclusion was right, he should be the part of oneday squad, as Rana Naveed's performance is erratic in the previous matches. Imran Farhat Should be given a chance in the 2nd or 3rd match. Bowling deptt is strong. Injuries should be avoided. Batting order for the 2nd ODI should be like this 1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Farhat/Khalid Latif 3. Umar Akmal 4. Younis Khan 5. Muhammad Yousaf 6. Shahid Afridi 7. A. Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Muhammad Aamer

  • Jack Honsard on November 4, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    Here we go again....One win and Pakistan fans make noise as if it was 3 consecutive world cup wins

  • Ahmed Sehban Farooqui on November 4, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    I agree younis has not scored recently, but apart from that all the decisions he has taken on the field have been top notch. He has consistently given chances to youngsters, which shoaib Malik in his tenure did not do. He is a fine ODI batsmen who is just having a poor year with the bat, but if you see last year he had two match winnings hundreds at more than 100 strike rate in pressure situations against india ( Kitply cup final and the Asia cup). He has had a poor time of it with the bat, but it is only a matter of time his form comes back because form is temporary class is permanent. People who raised the subject of Misbah, that dropping him was a mistake, sorry but i totally disagree. I was one of his strongest supporters but since last year he has annoyed the hell out of me. He plays too slowly which he didnt use to but i think so the age is catching up to him. His ability to hit big shots has totally deserted him and he is totally inept againstgood pace bowling and rotating strik

  • Asif on November 4, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    @Posted by: mqi at November 3, 2009 6:40 PM

    Younis khan tried to secure his place till 2012. Did he honestly think that his performance justifies his place in the team? Why does this honorable, proud man wants to become a burden on our team? And then u have a PURCHEEE Salman Butt... good for nothing.

  • Javed on November 4, 2009, 9:45 GMT

    I have read the comments and only agreed with the guys asking Younis to at least take a break also. His stats in ODI and T20 is not impressive and infect little less than Malik who got dropped yesterday. He is not that senior compare to Malik as only played 10 ODI more than him and don't have better average than him. Malik is far better fielder and yes he is a bowler. I am not a great supporter of Malik but there should be justice to every one including captain and if Misbah can be rested then why not Younis as he himself was asking for rest but only came to UAE after all of the issues. In yesterday match he was no where; if someone have really noticed he was just absent there even he was captain. Mostly focus was on to Afridi so better to give him captaincy of ODI as well. An for Pak cricket sake don't include this Butt again in the team; enough of the talk of regular opener. He can only score 1 century in domestic and then our hounorable selector again impressed with him.

  • Dar on November 4, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    Kamran ask our public to enjoy the Pakistan cricket team playing nether criticism, why is playing that should be in playing eleven.. It good to see packing cricket team in ground, since last one year our cannot play enough cricket like other country (India and Australia) We are not how long our cricket team stay away from there home country grounds. Rgds, Dar

  • Munawwar Ahmed on November 4, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    Well, I am too happy as Pakistan team fight back In the game and crash the Kiwis in a better way, about younis Khan I would like to Encourage him and his quality of Fitness and batting, fielding, Pls do not get under pressure and come on top of your great form, Make Pakistan Team On top the cricketing world. Take care of your self and your men.

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on November 4, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    Assalmaolikum! kami bhaii, there are going to be mroe surprises, dont think that every thing is OK. I guess Younis knew exactly how he could get what he wanted. BUT, he has to back himself with some matchwinning performances, or one series loss and he is gone. I smell something fishy for not choosing Shoaib Malik or Fawad Alam. From a list of openers that we have in hand, only suleman butt seems to be less messy, so why experiment in each match?If you want to try why not try Fawad alam or Shoaib Malik up the order instaed of Latifs and Farhats. If you want to have a slogger up the order, nazir is the man. Not being selected brings un-stability, then even a great batsman would need a lot to come back, its not easy. But I guess its Pakistan and yet the ruling elite (a cocktil of idiots)has to do something. peace

  • ASIF on November 4, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    The brilliant performance from afridi is another reminder to younus & the selectors that he is better than most of the players in the team even for the tests.Afridi's decision of not to consider him for the tests was in frustration as he was ignored again for the tests.It is very surprising that younus,intikhab & the selectors did not even ask afridi to reconsider his decision.The pcb should immediately include afridi in the tests also & i can bet afridi will be very happy to join the team for the test matches.What is the use of taking the same players who have failed umpteen times instead of a great allrounder like afridi who can win a test for pak on his own.I think without afridi pak will be humiliated in both newzealand & australia in the tests.One thing is for sure with afridi in the team & if he clicks pak will atleast not loose.Plus afridi is never a burden on the team & he never fails as he is a three dimensional player who can bat,bowl & field brilliantly.

  • Taufique Ahmed on November 4, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    To Kaushik

    There is no need to be petulent and mean spirited. Cricket is only a sport and on its day any team can win against even the best in that sport. If your hatred is based on India's loss to Pakistan recently, try to forget it and be gracious and charitable. This is a bit of advice from an Indian who now lives in Australia.P.S. your hope will now be never fulfilled even if Pakistan loses the rest of the two games.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on November 4, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan cricket team for victory. But, what is the ideal idea to bowl by only regular five bowlers ? It is very wrong & poor immature decision taken by team management & the miserable smiling man Younus Khan.Pakistan cricket needs another specialist, economical, aggressive and very on the line maintained leg spinner for rest of the remaining matches. Younus should give chance to other players to bowl occasionally. Younus Khan is not too much aggressive,talented,mature person to decide in when or which situation a bowler should be taken as real chargers to defend the low/high scoring match.Younus is also indisciplined to place the fields man at crucial moments in effective fielding areas.He should himself be dropped down next two matches to hand over the captaincy to Shahid Afridi. Overall, all the Pakistani players should become more disciplined, serious and get rid of disgusted laziness activities appearance showing in the field.

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 4, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    Amazingly I didn't even notice that Shoaib Malik is not playing the 1st ODI...seriously, this is how important he is for the team.

  • Panga Khan on November 4, 2009, 0:52 GMT

    Hi Kamran - It was served hot. Let us hope we can keep it warm now.

  • Bilal on November 3, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    @ Kaushak: Dream On...1 down, two more matches to win for Pakistan...and Yes it will be a clean sweep..but not for NZ. If Indians had any influences on Pakistan wins/loses, Pakistan had never won a single match. So narrow minded people you are. Well Team Pakistan has dissapointed you, that they didn´t lose to NZ. I hope they dissapoint you 2 more times in coming days. Amen

  • Mustafa Moiz on November 3, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    Yasser, it has nothing to do with pride. For a loing time, for no reason, captains have stupidly been moving Malik around the order, from lower order or middle order to opener. What would Younis say if someone wanted him to bat at Number 10? People have been meddling with Fawad Alam and Shoaib Malik's game for too long, he is completely right to have said no. And I don't know why Malik was dropped today-such a fine all-rounder. Why doesn't Yasir Hameed come back?

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 3, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Our honarable captain Younis Khan should be rested for the rest of the ODI in UAE. Otherwise to cover up his pathetic form/performance he will throw another fit on his return to Pakistan.

  • mqi on November 3, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Afridi's post match comment after the one day match today is like a leader. Yunis once again failed to mention Razzaq's contribution. I think Yousuf is the person who stopped the slide. All the good performers should be recognized by the captain. I hope to see Malik back in place of Butt in the next match. Then you will have a fine group. Can younis take a break and see how Afridi leads a 50 over match. He is eventually going to take over, no matter what Yunis and the Pak media and old players say.

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 3, 2009, 17:10 GMT

    Salman Butt again proved that his selection was a mistake. This is a mistake selectors do again and again and never learn. With Shoaib Malik's absense, Pakistan was short of one reliable batsman and one reliable bowler at the same time.

  • Aamir Akhund on November 3, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Prediction----- clean sweep by pakistan.

  • Zaki on November 3, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    Watching the match and some how wondering how did we manage to pick the most boring team ever possible. Butt as opener lol

    please get some aggressive young lads who want to score quickly and better if that some one bats left handed. Tired of one dimensional team. This bowling line up is poor poor poor. Get rana in place of butt. Open with akmal.

  • Yasser on November 3, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    I can see some of the posters on this blog are having trouble understanding what I actually wrote. Go read my post again, I never said he was better than Gary Sobers. I only mentioned that he has a first class average which better than all the fashionable names of cricket we except the 'Don'~! Now dont tell me that counts for nothing. How would you feel if you were a first class cricketer cranking century after century season after season?? And I would understand if Pakistan had a batting order like Australia where the likes of Hussey had to wait till they were 30 odd. We have the most brittle batting order. Most of our batsmen are really showmen, none of them gets going when it gets tough. A guy like Fawad is the ideal foil in this scenario. If Shoaib Malik is too proud to open the batting, throw him out. #5 should be Umar Akmal and #6 Fawad. Give the guy a season. He deserves is it. On a sidenote, did anyone else watched that interview Imran farhat gave to Geo after signing for ICL??

  • mqi on November 3, 2009, 11:38 GMT

    I hope everyone now understand that Pakistan Team management and selection committee should be sacked for not being able to find an opening pair in years and a captain who can lead from the front. You need a good and professional management to improve the system. May be they can take a lesson from India as to how you can have two captains for the two types of games, test vs one day match. I wish Ejaz Butt would ask his Indian counterpart, how did they build a solid team and why he is unable to do that. That might solve the problem partly. I am happy to see Razzaque back in action. Few more changes are yet to come.

  • Shahid on November 3, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    Now Abbasi Ji, this is what we have been saying all along. As long as Butt falls for a duck, Younis makes it 0/2. Opners problem is multiplied with younis and whole the team goes down the drain. Out of form? no abbasi bhai, its been this story for 14 months now. He got worse after being made captain. How do he ask for support. There are so many new boys performing, who need a chance.

  • Naveed on November 3, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    I would like to see Afridi/Malik appointed as Captain, Younis a good captain maybe but on his performance alone the PCB have to have a serious thought of dropping him and my preferred replacement would have to be Mishbah. Kamran Akmal should also be dropped to go back to domestic cricket and prove a point or two. Imran Nazir should be given a good run-in in 50 over matches but someone seriously needs to sit down with the chap and explain to him that he has 50 over’s not 20 to score runs... and Imran Farat to open the innings along with Nazir. I would also like to see more medium/fast pace bowlers given opportunities and as with what the Australians do, Pakistan should apply a break procedure for players and not over kill them as they tend to do. Pakistan also requires a genuine all rounder. Razzaq & Rana maybe good short term options but long term, Pakistan really needs to start searching.

  • The Intelligent Man on November 3, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    Disappointed to see you Mr. Abbasi back in action.... you serve no purpose and you always fail to protect the interest of Pakistan and its cricket as a journalist especially against Indian propaganda.

    Anyway, good to see pak team in action again.

  • Abdullah Naqi on November 3, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    well butt in team stupid decision he already let us down thousand of time still getting a chance give a chance to fawad alam as a opener like test matches he will perform these opening pairs like imran farhat imran nazir tafeeq umer butt hafeez yasir hameed if they perform in domestic well still dont give a chance bc they got chance lots of time and same result its better to give a new cap younis as a captain he deserved it captaincy he is good leader the prob is that our people dont accept lose win and lose is a part of game we won 20-20 world cup younis good captain we lost champions trophy he is bad captain was that !! how many players was happy in shoiab malik captaincy i think none but most of players are happy younis khan captaincy. imran nazir only good for twenty twenty not for odi or test he can only play max 15 shots not more than that !!!

  • ibrar on November 3, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    I think Pakistan has so much talent that they could easily put out 3 international teams and honestly they have potential to win the best teams in the world. Fawad Alam is indeed a loss but I'm sure he'll be back. What baffles me is that Nasir Jamshed is ignored again! Afridi should be honed as future ODI captain and and Razzaq should be brought back as well as Sami who is being wasted. When will the PCB see sense and make the correct selections. Hold your breath boyz!

  • waqas on November 3, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    I disagreed with all those who are in favour of Fawad,because international cricket is not same like Pakistani Domestic cricket if he scored some runs in domestic level it doesnt mean that he is able to playing international level.Do u forget one over bowled by Fawad in T20 WC,and also in batting what he did in his carier up till now there is no place for him in team right now.Younas himself is a huge burden on Pakistan cricket and team also its better that PCB take step and say bye bye to Younas & give capitancy to Afridi or Malik, if PCB managment want to do some thin for Pak nothing is better for them accept that.I pray for Pakistan & team both & Inshallah we will win.

  • Asif Majeed on November 3, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    @Nadeem Mirza @desihungama @Marlo @Salman Butt @Abdul Qayyum Qadri could not agree more. Younus does not deserve to be in ODI side. @Yasser: plz don't be so narrow minded. Mr. Kamran Abbasi: is writing columns your hobby?

  • Zaki on November 3, 2009, 9:02 GMT

    I have read the best ever comment post related to this blog and that is the comment of Bilqees Begum. Out of this world :) bad teeth the reason of all of Pakistans cricket turmoil. Still unable to refrain from laughing

  • haider on November 3, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    Well yasser i wont agree with you, the thing is fawad alam is a talented player but he didn't proved as a match winning bowler or batsman. And that is wrong that he only carry out drinks other players also do most of the time to convey message to batsman while playing, that doesn't mean that they are Pepsi guyzzz they are part of our team and when higher authorities will fell they will give a chance to prove their talent.

  • AHMAD KHAN on November 3, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    Butt is not capable to do opening job.he made fifty in ususally 70 to 80.BCB should give more and more chances to imran nazir as an opener becoz of this he can build his confidence.when a player like imran nazir have fear that if he will not perform two or three he should be drop.so this is so strange decesion from PCB.why we do same mistake again and again.PCB shold rethink on it.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on November 3, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistan team should not play for the revenge.Win or Lose is part of the all games.Pak team should play for the sake of country and to become the NO.1 team in the world so that all playing teams should come in Pakistan to play creicket.I do not understand for Farhat to bring in the side as in the domestic Qaide Azam trouphy he did not do much.Yes Imran nazir should have included.Mohammad Yousuf must be included in the first ODI.Opening must be done with Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir.And why Salma Butt is again brought in coz he got big backing.Kamran Akmal has been doing very well in the last T20 and ODIs.If they have brought some Young crickers they must get chance not like Fowad Alam to sit and watch matches that they can do in their home.PCB should start looking/including young blood for the team for the coming T20 and World Cup. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN TEAM .........And have trust on ALLAH S.W.T.and pray five times a day to get,not only in games,and pray for all type of helps from ALLAH

  • ismail on November 3, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    Good to see fawad is not selected for NZ series, fawad is neither good bowler nor a batsman, in short a guy without talent was given chance time and again and he could not prove himself. Omission of Imran Nazir is a setback to with unmatched talent and abilities, he should have been coached in much better way to utilize his ultimate potential. But overall its a good thing that Pakistan fans would get to see their team in action finally.

  • salman zafar on November 3, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    history shows us that pakistan cricket team has always relied on individual brilliance and not a team effort mostly. look at new zealnad and australia's current team-not too many heroes yet they gel together as excellent teams, with every member doing his bit and their success is infornt of every one. I believe pakistan team also needs to bond and gel together and every one shall perform his role. we don't need individual heroes, we need a good successful heroe team that can bring glory to the country.

  • habib on November 3, 2009, 6:40 GMT

    I think younis is great captain, but he is almost useless in any other part of the ODI. I think Afridi is a better oneday player in in all area of the game and a decent captain too. Pakistan should make afridi the onedayy captain and younis the test captain. and also i believe that its a waste of afridis talent to bat that down the order i think he is a decent middle order player

  • azhar hameed on November 3, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    Traditionally we are slow starters but if Pakistan can get their act together then I wouldnt be surprised if they make a clean sweep. The team is fairly balanced and I hope Younis is able to redeem himself as a batsman and contribute his 2 cents towards the batting line-up. I dont think its a case of revenge or avenge...Pakistan has to play to its potential to assure itself that they are a settled team capable of beating good sides!! Playing good & tough cricket itself is a motivation.....the results would automatically follow.

  • Hussain Khan on November 3, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    What the Pakis lack is consistant performance. I think the kiwis will win 2-1.

  • sagar on November 3, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    pakistan coach and batsmen r not at all thinking aggressively.they can try umar akmal as opener r for 1 down posiion. they r not doing any changes in batting order and sticking to same old order with younis and yousuf.they should learnt out of box thinking.they have to go extra mile.they r not doing it.

  • Sabir Shah on November 3, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    This 'captaincy' thing is going to cost 'younis' a lot. He committed two mistakes,1-Resigning from captaincy(emotional),2-Taking the decision back(greed).ON top of that now he's offering to be a captain of T-20 as well which he's being turned down nicely and politely. Afridi will be in 'natural rift' with him. Afridi captained just one game last time against SriLanka and the bodylanguage of Pakistani Team was totally different, very aggressive. I guess end of this series will give us 'ONE COMBINE CAPTAIN" for all formats. Will be 'Younis' if team wins in ODIs but LOSES in T-20. Willbe 'Afridi" If teams LOSES ODIs and WINS T-20s. Any other result would continue the fight of captaincy in Pakistan Team. Thanks

  • Bilqees Begum on November 3, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    It is very sad to see Pakistan playing on nuetral venues. I don't think security is the main reason for this, but infact, the reason is Ijaz Butt's teeth. Have you seen them? I think that's why he couldn't convince any team to tour Pakistan. Can you imagine trying to talk to other cricket boards when you have teeth as bad as his? I'm sure that's why all the meetings broke down. If the PCB had a chairman who had better dental hygeine, I'm sure Pakistan would be playing this series at home. Ijaz Butt: please visit a dentist.

  • Abdul Qayyum Qadri on November 3, 2009, 2:22 GMT

    Kamran, I stopped reading your blog since you opinioned that Abdul Qadir was a better spinner than Shane Warne. Now that I've read this one, I am certain that I made the correct choice. Pakistan cricket will do just fine without you.

  • Sorcerer on November 3, 2009, 2:20 GMT

    Yasser..please cut out this Punjab / sind rant....it is baseless as much as it's shameful. You talk about Salman being a perennial failure yet you would also be aware that this kid was the one largely instrumental in downing England in Pak hot on the heels of the English Ashes triumph! Yet he was dropped soon thereafter....I did not see anyone take on this rant at that time, eh?

    Incredible that you are clearly insinuating that Fawad is better than Miandad, Lara and Ponting...this is the height of it!

    You talk about Vinod Kambli....do you even know his hobbies and what what he looked like when he was dropped....so much partying and weight problems, he left the selectors with no choice.

  • Dan on November 3, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    Hahaha! How could you say Pakistan is the best team in the world?!?! That's ridiculous. Australia, India, Sri Lanka, South Sfrica are all much better than this average Pakistan team. And as for umpiring decisions? What a load of rubbish! New Zealand THRASHED Pakistan at the Champions Trophy regardless of any unlucky calls. What game of cricket doesn't have a dicey call? Younis Khan is terrible too it was his dropped catch that cost Pakistan the match, not umpiring.

  • Weed Killer on November 3, 2009, 0:27 GMT

    Hey Yasser...Fawad Alam is better than Gary Sobers? What are you smoking, I want some of that.

  • Nadir on November 2, 2009, 23:24 GMT

    Nice post. You are absolutely correct. I dont see how they dropped both Nazir and Alam. However Alam's dropping can be explained by Umar Akmal since Umar is in devastating form they will not drop him but Nazir's dropping is ridiculous. Now if Imran Farhat doesnt perform this series they will drop him and retain Nazir and the cycle will go on. How does Farhat get a recall anyway? He hasnt played international cricket in like 3 years, playing in the ICL is a joke. Whatever happens they have to find specialist openers, playing Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik as openers in ODI's should not be an option anymore, when will they realise this? Anyway Alam has a very bright future and Younis seems to be a big fan

  • Awan on November 2, 2009, 22:49 GMT

    I agree with you Mr.Abbasi, Fawad and Nazir should have been retained.It just boils my blood to see players like Butt and Farhat in the team opening for Pakistan. Butt has been given numerous chances and he has failed to capitalise on any. Nazir atleast has more strokes than Butt and on top he is an excellent fielder who will save atleast 10-15 runs an innings plus he may pluck a blinder of a catch as well come the chance. On the other hand we know how owefull a fielder Butt is. Haven't seen Farhat batting for a while except for an ICL match. With Faisal I am not too sure he has though score runs when required, though has difficiency countering fast bowling specially bouncers. With Younis, I think he has to change his attitude if he wants to become Imran Khan. Imran became 'Imran' because of hard work plus he had the support from a power ful family. I've seen Younis to be an a..hole at times with fans as well as Junior players. Good luck Pakistan.

  • Shane on November 2, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    Well I think PCB is doing very ordinary decesions. There picking is wrong. I have seen lots of time that on swing and fast tracks and countries which favour the swing bowling our selectors pick Imran Nazir like openers and those countries where tracks suits to hit through the line they always drop players like Imran Nazir so thats why he is unable to gain his confidence. He just need confidence that he will not be drop in next match regardless to performance. I think its a time to groom new young team and younas and yousaf should be replaced player like Fawad, and bring on Imran nazir so with the ommission of these two we can play with two special openers and then Umar akmal, Shoaib Malik, Fawad Alam, Afridi, Kamram Akmal and four bowlers or one alrounder and three bowlers according to the conditions. Because I always believe regardless to win or loss we should play aggressive and compatitive cricket like australia, south africa and now a days india.

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 2, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    You probably do not know that the phrase "Revenge is a dish best served cold" is a very very old Pashtun saying that was introduced to the English literature by writers of Afghani Pashtun descend.

    Being a Pashtun, I hope Younis remembers his ancestorial sayings and keeps his calm when it comes to revenge.

  • Imran Gulzar on November 2, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Poor to drop such a daimond from one day sqaud who is the best batting allrounder of the country,much better one day player than Imran Farhat,Imran Nazir,Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik etc.age 24 average 60 in 1st class should be prefered to Malik.and lets now talk abt misbah ulhaq He is one of the best batsmans available in Pakistan,Should be in all formats of cricket.Selectors droped him and ignoring that he got his form back,He is brave batsman much better than your captain ,You can drop player s from your final 11 but the player of Misba's talent can't be droped from squds this is i...s a bulshit desision poor form does not mean you can drop such great batsman even from 16 man's squad.If u see records ofd these 2 batsmen their record in domestic is better than ay 1 in the team infact misba's is even better than muhammad yousaf now you ppl deciede is it fair to drop fawad and misbah.for me it's a crime towards pakistan the selectors along with younis should b punished 4 this.fire

  • Niraj Kumar on November 2, 2009, 21:54 GMT

    Very true Yasser. It is 'Curious case of Fawad Alam'. He is one of the great find of Pakistan cricket along with Amer and I hope he does not become another 'Vinod Kambli'. Mohinder Amarnath once said 'Bunch of clown' to Indian selectors and he paid the price by loosing his place in the team. Slectors from Indian subcontinent suffer from same disease. They ask for professionalism from their players but they are a bunch of most unprofessional creatures on the earth. Pakistan cricket can not afford to loose this talented young man. It was revelation to see the kind of maturity and temperament he showed in his brief international career. As a cricket fan I want to see many more exciting performance from Fawad Alam. May sanity prevails among Pakistan Cricket selectors. Niraj, India

  • Munna on November 2, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Misbah fit for test.. Salman butt only for ODI.. Rana naved n imran nazir for T20..

  • Imran Gulzar on November 2, 2009, 21:49 GMT

    fawad best bating allrounder in country averrage almost 60 in 1st class 3rd highest run scorer in 1st class averaging over 40 in limited over and t20 game very exelent strike rate he is droped with out giving proper chance one he will be of 35 like Misbah and then people will ... Read Moresay he has been wasted so please don't let him b another misbah he is greatest of batsman in our domestic and a handy bowler as well ,For me he is better than any batsman in our team as I watched him playing in domestic matches.better than Farhat,Nazir,Malik and ur younis khan,he is a player of sachin and hyden's caliber just need a contineous run and proper batting number 4 or 5 not 8 or 9 as done with him in past ,I feel some people in our team don't want him to come in the team as he will replace them,yeh nahi to koi aur aa jai ga per pakistan k sath itni bari ziadti na karo younis khan wagaira

  • Syed Ali on November 2, 2009, 21:45 GMT

    I am really happy to see Pakistan team back in action. I hope the two Imrans will try to solve this Opening issue of Pakistan team and also to prove thier selection for the team. Also more hopes from Akmal's Brothers. Best Luck Pakistan

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 2, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Wow, Mr. Kamran, no Mohammad Yousuf bashing???

  • Rizwan on November 2, 2009, 21:28 GMT

    Here is what I feel the Pakistani team will be for the ODI's in New Zealand.

    1.Salman Butt, 2.Kamran Akmal, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Mohammad Yousuf, 5.Shoaib Malik, 6.Umar Akmal 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Abdul Razzaq, 9.Mohammad Aamer 10.Umar Gul, 11.Saeed Ajmal, 12. Rana Naved

    I do feel strongly about this selection. Omissions such as Imran Nazir (who began intl' cricket a WHOPPING 10 years ago and one of my fav's) are understandable because he gives no respect to his talent with this Wham-Bham-Thank you Mam approach. Fawad Alam is a bit unlucky because he hasn't had an extended run, and could possibly fit somewhere in the order due to injury (I mean this guy has phenominal domestic numbers). Salman Butt is our best proven opener and I will tell you why. Knowing that most of his hundreds have come against India, he has a higher Century per match ratio than anyone opening in international cricket right now. He just had a bad patch, but I'm sure he will pull through. May God give us Victory

  • Black Cap Paul on November 2, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    Ah, what pride in Pakistani cricket that's emanating from this column, great...but it should be measured! I sense, most feel this tournament to go down 3-0 in favour of Pakistan, yet NZ won in the last encounter. My point: when you have a 3 game series it is very hard to predict with confidence a whitewash, the result is most likely to be a 2-1 victory to one team or the other. My prediction is a measured one, pride aside, there is a strong possibility NZ will come out on top 2-1. Pakistan is not the only team going into this series with quality spin, I'm sure nothing needs to be mentioned about Vettori's skill but what may surprise many of you is N. McCullum. Then, if we look at the fast men Mills and Bond rate 1st and 5th respectively in the ODI ICC ratings, mmm... Vettori 3rd and Afridi 10th. Perhaps, Pakistan is stronger in the batting, for NZ forget B.McCullum, watch for Guptil,Taylor and again that man Vettori (he was the highest scorer for NZ at the Champions Trophy). Gd luck

  • Faisal Khan on November 2, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Pakistan and India looks different in sub-continent and UAE pitches, specially the batsmans.I beleived all Pakistani players will scores runs, including Younus Khan. Vettori, Ajmal and Afridi will be the key of this series. I say "Pakistan is favorite".

  • Marlo on November 2, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    YOUNIS for God sake take you retirement from ODI and play only tests. You are a misfit in the team. A low averaged (33) doesnt suit at one down spot and specially when our opners are in the same league. Mind your averages against Australia in all matches (15) against south africa (26) against england and WI(28)and your average in last 12 months is 25. We would like to retain you for subcontinent where you have better averages but then who doesn't on these tracks.

  • gm on November 2, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    My problems is , what the hell Kamran Akmal good for? His performance as batsman is the WORSE than any wicket keep of the international team. I think they should replace him with some some real batsman/keeper. Like Dhoni.

  • Khan on November 2, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    All the best to the Kiwis... I hope they defeat the Pakistani team who have never been a consistent team.

  • Shahid on November 2, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    Shame on Iqbal Qasim for dropping Fawad Alam and selecting those two with reference cards in hands. If we have to build something for future then Fawad Alam should be in the team and Umar Akmal should be given 4th spot in batting line. You can't keep new comming talent down the lader to destroy themselves in slog overs. Actually Younis is a burdon as he has never been a good ODI player. He should only play tests and be honest with himself and Pakistani team. Yousef is a much better performer than Younis and I see only a single spot for these two. I dont see any troubles in bowling dept. and looking forward to see mohammad irfan in greens.

  • mudassar gill sialkot on November 2, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    pak nz cricket pakistani new teem is the best of the worlad my teem imran farhat.salmann butt,younis khan,shoaib malik, umar akmal kamran akmal .abdul razzaq,shahid afridi,umar gul.saeed ajmal.and mohamad amier this teem is the best teem

  • Naeem on November 2, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    What on earth is Salman Butt doing in the side. Imran Nazir has not been given enough time to settle back in the side. He has looked in good form in the ICC champions trophy. He was unlucky he got out the way he did but given continuous run in the team I am sure his shot selection would improve. Imran is a destructive batsman which is more than can be said for Salman But.

  • Yasser on November 2, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    I really feel sad for Fawad Alam. We see perennial failures like Imran Nazir, Saleem Elahi, Imran Farhat, Salman Butt etc. from Punjab getting chance after but this poor boy has to carry drinks most of the time and hardly ever gets to bat or bowl even if he's played in the team. He is the finest talent in batting Pakistan has produced since Younis and Yousuf. His first class average is better than, Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Sachin Tendulkar, Jave Miandad, Ricky Ponting (http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284199.html). I only hope he doesn't loose his passion for cricket seeing the treatment being meted out to him by selectors. I do not want to sound like a cynic, but it looks like this is what the Pakistani selectors actually want. In a way he reminds be of another brilliant talent from India, Vinod Kambli. He was destroyed by the Indian selectors.

  • arslan on November 2, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    this series may be billed as a revenge series, but winning here will not make up for being knocked out of the champions trophy...those were much higher stakes...pakistan must view this as a time to start building a team for the future... lets hope pakistan give their openers a fair run this time and can find a stable opening partnership

  • desihungama on November 2, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    I do not think it will come to this for me to say but I say DROP YOUNIS KHAN as he is going to very much hurt Pakistan cricket in future.

    7-8 players walked up to Management to lodge their complaints against Younis. I can understand Misbah, Shoab going to Management for reasons best known to them but among those 7-8 players are Aamer, Umer Akmal and our spin maestro. Younis has a problem with Amers in terms of Aamer's excesive celebrations. Younis at one point told Aamer no to celebrate as he is no Wasim Akram? To heck with Younis. Aamer never said he is Wasim and he has his OWN style to jubilate. Who the heck is Younis to tell him to tone down. When asked by reporters that Pakistan has a match winning bowler like Aamer. Daniel Vettori said they are cautious of Aamer. When asked Younis the response by Vettori; He instead of acknowledging that we have such a class act match winner he said we have other match winners besides Aamer. Hech we do!. But he is in class of his won.

  • khanji on November 2, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    u r right the omission of Imran nazir on true pitches in UAE is strange

  • Umair on November 2, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    Why did they leave Fawad Alam and what basis? He did not even get a game in Champions Trophy.

    On the other hand what is the logic of picking Salman Butt so early after being dropped bcoz of poor performance t20 world cup.

    What is going here? Beyond Comprehension!!

  • captain on November 2, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    yes i agree.because pakistan is in better form,and is the best team in world.

  • amar on November 2, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Sure Pak selectors are bunch of clowns. How in the world you can drop Fawad Alam? He is one of the best produsers at domestic level. Upon given chance, he has delivered most of times. And for some unknown reasons, he does not even given chances. Pak can have one of the best teams at int. level.

  • Faisal Akhtar on November 2, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    It is indeed baffling to see Imran Nazir and Fawad Alam being left out. Let's hope Razzaq gets a chance to play as well. Frankly, I can't wait for Pakistan to start back up and playing cricket. We have been cricket starved for a while. Younus needs to quit his shenanigans and focus on the team chemistry.

  • RAJA on November 2, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    Yes Abbasi you are right the omission of Imran Nazir & Fawad Alam may cost the team I think Pakistan should send Imran Farhat & Butt on open Younis one down is as ever, Umar Akmal should be send at No.4 as captain has to groom Akmal to bat at this position & motivate him to score more & more runs at this position, Yousuf would be automatic choice at No.5, Malik as likes to play safe in the middle deserves No.6 then came pinch hitters Kami No.7 Afridi No.8, Razzaq No.9 Aamir No.10 & Ajmal No.11 Gull should be rested at 12 th man as he bowled ordinarily during Srilanka tour & and Champions Trophy

  • Syed Aziz Shah on November 2, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    well i think pakistan will win this series 2-1.i am totally against the omission of imran nazir and inclusion of imran farhat.because facts say imran nazir and imran farhat can only make 20 to 30 runs at the top of the order.but imran nazir takes fewer balls.changes wont make solve pakistan opening problem nor this problem will be solved for years and years.

  • Mustafa Moiz on November 2, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    Nobody said revenge was the motivation. That didn't have anything to do with it.

  • S Ahmad on November 2, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    Spot on Kamran, We must not however get carried away. Opening is always been a problem and by selecting Imran Farhat PC has once again shown signs of confusion. For heavens sake. They should make up their minds and give Imran Nazir a fair go. By changing the openers for every series they dont do any good to players as this must be extremely frustrating and demorolising for the guys. Apart from that good selection. And yes one last bit. Umer Gul will have to get his act together. You cant simply be a part of the team on the basis of T/20 success...

  • Shahriar on November 2, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Agree with you. Fwad & Nazir should be retained. The tracks would suit Nazir, why drop him now? Fwad is one of the future players for the country and should be played now and then. The main loss for me is the absence of Asif. In the match against AUS at the Champions T. Asif showed that you cannot replace TALENT! Retaining Younis is one of of the few better things that PCB has done in many years. PAK is more talented than NZ and I expect PAK to win the series; unless they become the victim of umpiring once again. I don't know if I will ever be able to see a PAK ODI team with this bowling line up: ASIF-AKHTAR-AMER-GUL and for SPIN it would be AFRIDI-AJMAL.

  • Muhid Zakaria on November 2, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    Trust me Kamran, Pakistan will not be able to 'dominate'. Take my word for it, it will lose the first ODI.

  • Muzammil Saeed on November 2, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    There are some of the players that have not been very compelling in their related fields like imran nazir and fawad alam.I really dont know about Imran Nazir whether he is attacking or what.He just comes, plays a couple of strokes and GONE.Similarly i dont understand Fawad Alam...may be my failure, whether he is batting all rounder or bowling all rounder.No special outcome from him in recent tours.

  • Waseem sarwar on November 2, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    well, as the name of blogs also suggests, it will be pakistani spin like saeed ajmal, afridi and few overs from malik that will be test for kiwis but Mr Kamran said right" it is important for pakistan to have a good start for a long cricket ahead them"

  • Salman on November 2, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    I think they should do a better experiment than getting some body like Imran Farhat Back. Imran Farhat has a poor technique but likely he abd Faisal Iqbal are in the team due to reasons best known to people. Had both of them not related top some influential Ex-Cricketers they would have been no where. Pakistan should Utilise Misbah at the Top of the order as an opener with Salman Butt/ Taufeeq. Misbah is a wonderful player and technically very correct and I am sure he can adapt his game atleast in The ODI and Pakistan will be able to have all their best players in the side rather then having an incompetent opener it is better to have a competent playeropne the batting and not sit outside for some Slogger or a technically poor player who has failed time and again. Lastly I would like to see Shabbir Ahmed back to Pakistani Fold as well since he was forced out just because of Umpiring Bias against him.

    Salman

  • Shahzad on November 2, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    I have only one concern about Pakistan team, presence of Younis Khan as a one-day team member and very unfortunately the captain. This happened may be because of stupidity of a parlimetarian who wrongly suspected Younis' honesty which made him unaccountable for what he was really. His average in last 12 months just 25 runs and over all average just 33 in one-day justifies his replacement with young talented Fawad Alam and Afridi as Captain.

  • abdullah on November 2, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    good to c pak in action again tomorrow .. i will say pak must bring back nasir jamshid instead bring butt again.and give as much as can give nazir a free hand in opening,, in odi and 20twenty.good luck pak in the future series

  • Kaushik on November 2, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I hope the Kiwis make a clean sweep :)

  • Ahmed Raza Shah on November 2, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan has to win this ODI series. To let the world know that It is a good ODI side. I heard alot of people say ' How and Why did Pakistan make it to the semifinal of champions trophy'. This series will let them know that they can beat any world class team in succession matches

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  • Ahmed Raza Shah on November 2, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Pakistan has to win this ODI series. To let the world know that It is a good ODI side. I heard alot of people say ' How and Why did Pakistan make it to the semifinal of champions trophy'. This series will let them know that they can beat any world class team in succession matches

  • Kaushik on November 2, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I hope the Kiwis make a clean sweep :)

  • abdullah on November 2, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    good to c pak in action again tomorrow .. i will say pak must bring back nasir jamshid instead bring butt again.and give as much as can give nazir a free hand in opening,, in odi and 20twenty.good luck pak in the future series

  • Shahzad on November 2, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    I have only one concern about Pakistan team, presence of Younis Khan as a one-day team member and very unfortunately the captain. This happened may be because of stupidity of a parlimetarian who wrongly suspected Younis' honesty which made him unaccountable for what he was really. His average in last 12 months just 25 runs and over all average just 33 in one-day justifies his replacement with young talented Fawad Alam and Afridi as Captain.

  • Salman on November 2, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    I think they should do a better experiment than getting some body like Imran Farhat Back. Imran Farhat has a poor technique but likely he abd Faisal Iqbal are in the team due to reasons best known to people. Had both of them not related top some influential Ex-Cricketers they would have been no where. Pakistan should Utilise Misbah at the Top of the order as an opener with Salman Butt/ Taufeeq. Misbah is a wonderful player and technically very correct and I am sure he can adapt his game atleast in The ODI and Pakistan will be able to have all their best players in the side rather then having an incompetent opener it is better to have a competent playeropne the batting and not sit outside for some Slogger or a technically poor player who has failed time and again. Lastly I would like to see Shabbir Ahmed back to Pakistani Fold as well since he was forced out just because of Umpiring Bias against him.

    Salman

  • Waseem sarwar on November 2, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    well, as the name of blogs also suggests, it will be pakistani spin like saeed ajmal, afridi and few overs from malik that will be test for kiwis but Mr Kamran said right" it is important for pakistan to have a good start for a long cricket ahead them"

  • Muzammil Saeed on November 2, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    There are some of the players that have not been very compelling in their related fields like imran nazir and fawad alam.I really dont know about Imran Nazir whether he is attacking or what.He just comes, plays a couple of strokes and GONE.Similarly i dont understand Fawad Alam...may be my failure, whether he is batting all rounder or bowling all rounder.No special outcome from him in recent tours.

  • Muhid Zakaria on November 2, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    Trust me Kamran, Pakistan will not be able to 'dominate'. Take my word for it, it will lose the first ODI.

  • Shahriar on November 2, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Agree with you. Fwad & Nazir should be retained. The tracks would suit Nazir, why drop him now? Fwad is one of the future players for the country and should be played now and then. The main loss for me is the absence of Asif. In the match against AUS at the Champions T. Asif showed that you cannot replace TALENT! Retaining Younis is one of of the few better things that PCB has done in many years. PAK is more talented than NZ and I expect PAK to win the series; unless they become the victim of umpiring once again. I don't know if I will ever be able to see a PAK ODI team with this bowling line up: ASIF-AKHTAR-AMER-GUL and for SPIN it would be AFRIDI-AJMAL.

  • S Ahmad on November 2, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    Spot on Kamran, We must not however get carried away. Opening is always been a problem and by selecting Imran Farhat PC has once again shown signs of confusion. For heavens sake. They should make up their minds and give Imran Nazir a fair go. By changing the openers for every series they dont do any good to players as this must be extremely frustrating and demorolising for the guys. Apart from that good selection. And yes one last bit. Umer Gul will have to get his act together. You cant simply be a part of the team on the basis of T/20 success...