New Zealand 2009 December 9, 2009

Is this Pakistan's best?

Have Pakistan wasted an opportunity with the selection of their touring party
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Why wasn't Shahid Afridi made the one-day captain? © AFP
 

Like Dr Who in a few weeks time, Ricky Ponting's team is regenerating. Unfortunately for Australians the regeneration process to the next all-conquering form is taking longer than the few seconds that the Time Lord requires and much longer than previous cricketing regenerations. You might even begin to regard it as a decline.

Inevitably Australia will bounce back but until that happens there is a window of opportunity to defeat the best cricketing nation of the last two decades. Australia are now third in the Test rankings, a drop that isn’t caused simply by a freak defeat. Moreover, Australia are struggling to despatch an experimental West Indian team. In their pomp the result would have been a 3-0 whitewash.

Have Pakistan wasted an opportunity with the selection of their touring party? Here are ten questions for the PCB. You might want to add some of your own.

1 What’s happened to the PCB’s relationship with Younis Khan? What an outcome that within six months of delivering a World Cup for his country, Younis does not even have a relationship to speak of with his cricket board. “We haven’t heard from him so we aren’t selecting him,” is the hapless verdict of the PCB. These are the symptoms of a shattered relationship, the two parties aren’t even speaking. While the PCB will blame Younis, it’s hard to imagine that the Australian, English, Indian, or South African cricket boards would have allowed such a situation to arise however truculent their captain.

2 What’s happened to Younis Khan? Are we really supposed to believe that the Pakistan captain has gone underground and nobody knows his whereabouts?

3 What is the logic in selecting Mohammad Yousuf as captain of the one-day team? It was an ideal opportunity to further test Shahid Afridi’s leadership skills.

4 Why haven’t Pakistan drafted in a senior batsman to replace Younis Khan? Younis is experienced in Australian conditions and has succeeded there. He has a Test average of over 50, acquired in a decade of international cricket. Without him, Yousuf is Pakistan’s only established top-level batsman. That’s too much pressure on Yousuf, and too much pressure on Umar Akmal in his first year of international cricket.

5 What’s being done about Pakistan’s top order problems? It’s hard to imagine that Khurram Manzoor and Imran Farhat are likely to flourish in Australia. If many thousands of fans can see it why can’t Pakistan’s selectors? These are not fine judgments, are they?

6 Can Yousuf be persuaded to bat number 3? It’s the key batting position. His country needs him. To his credit, he played it well in Wellington. Will he do it in Australia?

7 What is Intikhab Alam’s role? Is the coach doing his job? Is the coach doing anything? Two Pakistan captains, both great players, have said that they liked to have Inti as coach because they could do exactly as they wished in training. In other words, Inti doesn’t do any coaching in the modern sense. He umpires the practice sessions but little more. Is this the way to make Pakistan compete with the best? Pakistan have many young players with limited experience of cricket of any kind. They need guidance. Waqar Younis' appointment is welcome but what is Inti's role?

8 What’s the purpose of Shoaib Malik? He began life as an off-spinner, a Saqlain Mushtaq clone. He was also an incredible fielder. He now bowls little after problems with his action, and his catching was depressing at Wellington. Shoaib made himself into an international batsman but he isn’t a natural batsman and will never be world class. Pakistan cricket has invested a great deal of its ambitions in Shoaib but where is the return on that investment?

9 How long can Pakistan’s excellent bowling be expected to save the team from humiliation? The pressure does eventually tell on all cricketers. And if one of the frontline pace bowlers is injured or loses form are we really expecting Abdur Rauf to step up to the mark?

10 Is this a squad that properly represents the best talents of Pakistan? Some fans will instinctively and patriotically jump to the defence of the cricket board and the current squad. But we should be asking ourselves whether or not this is acceptable management of Pakistan cricket?

Soon Pakistan will enter the fray with a superior bowling attack to the West Indies but worse fielding. Like Pakistan, West Indies depend on a few key batsmen to carry less accomplished Test performers. But Australia’s team looks beatable after many years and this opportunity may not return in a hurry, not even as soon as next summer.

The victory at Wellington was a joy, and won mainly by the bowlers. But the danger was that it would create a façade that all is well with the current selection strategy. That danger has materialised. The facts are that Pakistan bowled excellently in Wellington, as they have done all tour. They fielded abysmally, as they have done all tour. And the batting was mostly poor, as it has been all tour, with the exception of the vigour of the Akmals and some application by Yousuf.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have generally been poor, with the exception of Shane Bond and some heroics from Ian O’Brien. Their batting has been even worse than Pakistan’s. Ian Smith advocated at least 5 changes in the batting line up after the dismal performance of his countrymen in Wellington.

Australia, of course, will never be so generous. They will punish Pakistan for any fielding lapses, and particularly exploit any top order flakiness. They will also target Pakistan’s best bowlers to shatter their confidence. New Zealand, by comparison, is a carefree stroll.

Is the PCB really serious about the development of Pakistan as a major cricketing force?

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  • Kalie on September 8, 2012, 8:10 GMT

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  • shakir1177 on December 11, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    I would go with Afridi captaining the side in all formats of the game. He has a decent record in all formats and many tend to overlook the fact that his test record in batting is the best of all his batting statistics. Also if a player is good enough to captain your side in the shorter format he should be able to captain it in the longer format as well. Not only does he bowl quality spin but he also can win a match with the bat single handedly, is a good fielder and very vocal too. He should be an ideal no 8 batsman, similiar to the role of that of Shaun Pollock just that he adds that fear factor when coming out to bat. He has taken a 5fer against Australia before albeit not in OZ but still should be a definite for the test squad going to Oz. He averages 37.40 in tests and has 5 100's to go with that at a strike rate of 86.13 and that has been scored in 46 inns with only 1 not out.

  • P.Satish on December 11, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    I agree with what Kevin has said. The senior batsmen have to step up to take control of the situation and if they are too sissy to do it then they better stay at home. It was amazing to see Umar Akmal come in at No.3 in the second test while any one of Yousuf, Malik or Misbah should have been there. It is imperative they take charge of the situation.

  • Hibs on December 11, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Never mind Australia how this team has batted against the kiwis in the first innings of the third test in Napier is the answer to your question. Its not the first time that the pakistan batting line up has crumbled so miserably,its norms now.I can not believe this is the best Pakistan can offer.Even in 1950s and 1960s we had better batting than todays disgrace.It all boils down to a very poor cricketing infrastructure and an inept PCB.Certain countries have been trying their best to discredit Pakistan as a cricketing nation, well we are not helping our cause either,are we?

  • Khurram on December 11, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    In addition to above, another thing most fans forget is that the middle order Pakistani Batsmen like Yousaf, Malik, Misbah etc are too afraid to open the innings when there is maximum danger of getting out early in swinging ball conditions. That's one reason why their averages are better than the guys tried in opening slot. If players liek Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir are given chance at middle order, they would definitely do better than Shoaib Malik and Misbah Ul Haq - who's the hero of Pakistani fans despite doing nothing substantial in his test, ODI and domestic career.

  • Khurram on December 11, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    It's funny to see so many illogical fans criticizing Imran Farhat, some of them betting he can't even get a 50. That's the main problem with Pakistani fans, they are too emotional, and hence subjective & biased. If you look at records Farhat average is better than the likes of Butt, Yasir Hameed, etc. A reason for his low average is that he has played tests against stronger teams on foreign pitches whereas some of the other openers, Butt, Taufiq Umar, Nasir Jamshed that have been tried in the past scored against weak teams in Pakistani pitches.

    Sadlyt very few fans here are real cricket fans thats the reason they don't follow domestic cricket at all. Farhat domestic record is just great with many double hundreds and triple hundred as well. He has been one of the consistent scorer in domestic cricket, unlike other openers. His performances in ICL also speaks of his ability to score runs at fast pace.

  • Zia-ul-haq on December 11, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    I would like to share some statistics here :- Our best batsmen - Inzy/Yousuf & Younis Khan..All of them hardly have scored many runs outside sub-continent..Inzy averaged low 30s against S.Africa and Australia which were two good bowling sides during this era...Younis has no century against Australia and S.Africa and only 3 Centuries outside subcontinent...Same is the case with Yousuf..Only one century in Australia...The point i am driving here is that there is a time to build a new team...drop oldies...enough opptns have been given to them. We need to find more Umar Akmals and Amirs...Now answering the questions raised by Abbasi :- 1. PCB had never a great relationship with Younis Khan or anybody...Younis has always been creating this TAMASHA like a prostitute.. 2. Younis is a moody guy...Cannt be a leader..has gone underground for sure. 3. Md Yousuf is the only choice we hv...Afridi is good for T20 not for ODIs 4.pt.4,5,8,9,10- Get yng plyrs and give them Exp. On Pt.7 -Waqar

  • Omeir on December 11, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    4. Shoaib Malik has been shifted, under Younis Captaincy (and even before that), from opener to lower middle order through out - until he put his foot down and decided to be a lower middle order player. He is one of the best player in the spin department and one of the few finisher in the team. 5. Shoaib Malik provides an option of off spin to the team which helps to balance the side and chose a bowling attack with 3 seamers and one leg spinner. If the captain don't want to use him that isn't his fault 6. For a team horrible in fielding especially catching, you really don't want to lose your safest catcher in the team. Team catch everyone is referring to (2nd Test), he didnt even get a hand to it, and for all the "Cricket Experts", there are specialist slip catchers althu they might not be the best fielders in the team (Inzamam, Shane Warne, Mark Taylor, Fleming). Fingers should be pointed out at the management for need training those specialist

  • Kalie on September 8, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Taking the ovveriew, this post hits the spot

  • Roulette System on January 12, 2010, 22:11 GMT

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  • trips&tricks roulette on January 12, 2010, 19:21 GMT

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  • shakir1177 on December 11, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    I would go with Afridi captaining the side in all formats of the game. He has a decent record in all formats and many tend to overlook the fact that his test record in batting is the best of all his batting statistics. Also if a player is good enough to captain your side in the shorter format he should be able to captain it in the longer format as well. Not only does he bowl quality spin but he also can win a match with the bat single handedly, is a good fielder and very vocal too. He should be an ideal no 8 batsman, similiar to the role of that of Shaun Pollock just that he adds that fear factor when coming out to bat. He has taken a 5fer against Australia before albeit not in OZ but still should be a definite for the test squad going to Oz. He averages 37.40 in tests and has 5 100's to go with that at a strike rate of 86.13 and that has been scored in 46 inns with only 1 not out.

  • P.Satish on December 11, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    I agree with what Kevin has said. The senior batsmen have to step up to take control of the situation and if they are too sissy to do it then they better stay at home. It was amazing to see Umar Akmal come in at No.3 in the second test while any one of Yousuf, Malik or Misbah should have been there. It is imperative they take charge of the situation.

  • Hibs on December 11, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Never mind Australia how this team has batted against the kiwis in the first innings of the third test in Napier is the answer to your question. Its not the first time that the pakistan batting line up has crumbled so miserably,its norms now.I can not believe this is the best Pakistan can offer.Even in 1950s and 1960s we had better batting than todays disgrace.It all boils down to a very poor cricketing infrastructure and an inept PCB.Certain countries have been trying their best to discredit Pakistan as a cricketing nation, well we are not helping our cause either,are we?

  • Khurram on December 11, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    In addition to above, another thing most fans forget is that the middle order Pakistani Batsmen like Yousaf, Malik, Misbah etc are too afraid to open the innings when there is maximum danger of getting out early in swinging ball conditions. That's one reason why their averages are better than the guys tried in opening slot. If players liek Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir are given chance at middle order, they would definitely do better than Shoaib Malik and Misbah Ul Haq - who's the hero of Pakistani fans despite doing nothing substantial in his test, ODI and domestic career.

  • Khurram on December 11, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    It's funny to see so many illogical fans criticizing Imran Farhat, some of them betting he can't even get a 50. That's the main problem with Pakistani fans, they are too emotional, and hence subjective & biased. If you look at records Farhat average is better than the likes of Butt, Yasir Hameed, etc. A reason for his low average is that he has played tests against stronger teams on foreign pitches whereas some of the other openers, Butt, Taufiq Umar, Nasir Jamshed that have been tried in the past scored against weak teams in Pakistani pitches.

    Sadlyt very few fans here are real cricket fans thats the reason they don't follow domestic cricket at all. Farhat domestic record is just great with many double hundreds and triple hundred as well. He has been one of the consistent scorer in domestic cricket, unlike other openers. His performances in ICL also speaks of his ability to score runs at fast pace.

  • Zia-ul-haq on December 11, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    I would like to share some statistics here :- Our best batsmen - Inzy/Yousuf & Younis Khan..All of them hardly have scored many runs outside sub-continent..Inzy averaged low 30s against S.Africa and Australia which were two good bowling sides during this era...Younis has no century against Australia and S.Africa and only 3 Centuries outside subcontinent...Same is the case with Yousuf..Only one century in Australia...The point i am driving here is that there is a time to build a new team...drop oldies...enough opptns have been given to them. We need to find more Umar Akmals and Amirs...Now answering the questions raised by Abbasi :- 1. PCB had never a great relationship with Younis Khan or anybody...Younis has always been creating this TAMASHA like a prostitute.. 2. Younis is a moody guy...Cannt be a leader..has gone underground for sure. 3. Md Yousuf is the only choice we hv...Afridi is good for T20 not for ODIs 4.pt.4,5,8,9,10- Get yng plyrs and give them Exp. On Pt.7 -Waqar

  • Omeir on December 11, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    4. Shoaib Malik has been shifted, under Younis Captaincy (and even before that), from opener to lower middle order through out - until he put his foot down and decided to be a lower middle order player. He is one of the best player in the spin department and one of the few finisher in the team. 5. Shoaib Malik provides an option of off spin to the team which helps to balance the side and chose a bowling attack with 3 seamers and one leg spinner. If the captain don't want to use him that isn't his fault 6. For a team horrible in fielding especially catching, you really don't want to lose your safest catcher in the team. Team catch everyone is referring to (2nd Test), he didnt even get a hand to it, and for all the "Cricket Experts", there are specialist slip catchers althu they might not be the best fielders in the team (Inzamam, Shane Warne, Mark Taylor, Fleming). Fingers should be pointed out at the management for need training those specialist

  • Omeir on December 11, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Its quite strange how Shoaib Malik is being singled out. Lets analyze his position. 1. In the last 5 one day innings he is one of the few players in the team who has scored a century (Champions Trophy vs. India), that too a match winning one considering the situation the team 2. In the first one day vs New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, he was not played for God knows what reason. In the second One day he only came when the match was all but over, and the only option he had was play a big shots from ball one to match the climbing run rate. In the 3rd one day we all know why it was a M. Aamir special because the entire team disappointed 3. It beats any logic to kick out an experienced player in such a mentally tough assignment as Down Under, especially when Younis is having his now usual normal behavior break down(don't know why even consider an erratic person for captaincy) Yes, his technique lacks for the bouncy seaming wickets, but putting a youngster is only playing into Aussies hands

  • younas khan fan on December 11, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    hay guys look at paksitan bating today 5 batsaman went for 50 runs.unbelivable when they cant bat against so weak team and without shan bond. how can they bat against aussies.they have taken big risk by not included younas khan in the team.

  • Zia Matloob on December 11, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    After this performance I think we should give more chances to Fawad Alam to explore his full potential. Also I don't understand why Asim Kamal is completely forgotten? He has played only 12 tests in which he scroed 8 fities in 20 innings i.e. 40% of the time he scored 50, at an average of almost 38 runs. I think under the circumstance Pakistan should give him another chance which he deserves.

  • Imran on December 11, 2009, 0:58 GMT

    Its time for our legends to speak out and put the corrupt PCB and other baffoons in their place.Sack everyone in the PCB,selectors & Inti.Next Farhat,Misbah,Malik,F Iqbal,Arafat.Play Kamran as batsman only in tests. Any trouble makers given warning to play 100% and cut out politics,groupings,scheming & throwing matches or lifetime bans.Blood Fawad lower down & let him get experience & adjust to Test cricket,its a big step up & not easy when people chuck you in at no 3,when the seniors are too cowardly themselves to come in before you.He has technical issues but many top players had them too,how many times did Asif bowl Laxman thru the gate,did he get dropped for his technical flaw.Fawad needs time at top level to adjust to green seeming wickets,he's gutsy & i'm sure he'll give it a good bash & succeed.He doesn't have negative body language like Malik,Razzaq & co. Please Younis come back. We the public need to harass the PCB & put them under pressure until they operate professionally.

  • Zahid on December 11, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    Here we go again.. while the current Pak vs NZ is not part of this blog, why the frigg cant PCB see what they are doing by selecting non back foot players for the tour down this way!!! Again the top order collapses, even the not out Imran Farhat is struggling, playing everything of the front foot.. Named players are not needed here, we need players who move their feet and can play off the back foot. Come on PCB, you couldnt find 3 guys in the entire domestic setup who do that to bat as openers and no.3 for Pakistan. And if the batsman has a somewhat weak technique, then atleast have a batsman who can compensate by his aggresiveness, i.e. using feet to the spinners, using the crease fully to play off the backfoot etc.. not just sloggers, thing is Pakistan have these players, will the dumb PCB ever give these guys a go?? Until then ill watch their useless top order suffer, on tv.. no point wasting my money to go n watch live,PCB's dumbass choices making a mess of their chances to win..

  • zafi sb on December 10, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    my oneday team is imran farhat imran nazir umar akmal mohammed yusuf misbah ul haq shahid afridi kamran akmal mohammed amir umar gul mohammed asif saeed ajmal

  • Amyn Habib on December 10, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    Ah! The Beloved Afridi! Never far from the thoughts of Pakistan’s cricket Expert and fans! Shahid Afridi was not made the one day captain for a very simple reason. He is a clown. Afridi has a long career in one day cricket and his record is there for all to see. He has consistently had one of the most pathetic batting records in modern history, for a player of his longevity and pretensions to being an "allrounder". When was the last time this guy scored a century? He is an average bowler and really does not merit even a place in the team. But in some ways this question reflects the problem of Pakistan Cricket. The longevity of Afridi's career in Pakistan cricket in the face of almost continuous pathetic underperformance is the ultimate triumph of hype over substance. This would be like taking the village idiot and making him the King. A fine recommendation.

  • Mushmoom on December 10, 2009, 21:53 GMT

    It seems to me that you lot have no brain Younis dont know jack about how to captin a side I would not have in my team when was the last time he actually score any run Younis dose not have a place in my team you dont know jack about cricket just becouse you can write dont mean that you know best keep your opinon to yourself as they say opinon are like asshole everyone got one but no one wants to see yours

  • ihsan on December 10, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    i think khurram manzoor is not in the squad. Shoab malik should have been dropped for the new zealand tour too. he does not deserve any place in the team.

  • Kamran on December 10, 2009, 21:46 GMT

    Unless and until we remove nepotism and favouritism in selection. It should be merit once for all. How about the two guys in domestic (unsure about their names) for trial in one dayers or I would have given them a chance in the last match or bring them to australia as total surprise package for Aussies

  • Danial Mian on December 10, 2009, 21:46 GMT

    I think some people are thinking that the team announces is for ODI's too which is not correct..This team is for Tests only thats why there is no afridi and some other ODI players are not included in the final 16..I think Afridi should be included in tests too..He is still young and has 35 plus test average and can make a huge impact on the game..Shohaib malik should be dropped till he regains his form/footwork and improve his bowling to fit as an allrounder in the team..He is a good long term prospect considering his age..Openers seem to have settled in ..we just need to get consitent with them unless we find someone with better technique..We have ample fast bowling talent..Abdur Rauf bowled really well in the 1st practice game in NZ and we can always draft in sohail tanvir if something happens..I think we should believe in the team and let them gel in difficult conditions..As long as they give their best and concentrate i am happy..

  • naseem soherwardy on December 10, 2009, 21:35 GMT

    iwas one of 05 supporter of the team in dunedin test.as their are no pakistani permenatly living their. we flown from Auckland taking 02 hrs flight for Dunidin.I foung poor net practice the catching practice was less then 30 minuters.Manager Abdul raquib was sitting ideal. Intikhab Alam was unfit ntooold to do any type of practice only Aquib Jawed was working hard but the players have no coordination players seems to be in groups. Waqar yonus look to be makan bas.to get some post in the team management it was poor state. my hearts realy weeps to see yhe team not working hard like practice even though nz team talent wise was not that standard but hteir players were working very hard n very feiendly with public even though we were supporting pakistan they frankly talk to us while pakistani players were lord they dont have moral value to say thank u to us only 05 supporters out of 6000 nz people

  • abid mushtaq on December 10, 2009, 21:30 GMT

    they dont know even the abc of selection.imran nazeer and shahid should be the part of this team and also parmanent,pakistani are the best but need right derection like good caption like afridi in all type of game test odi and t20..abdulrazaq also in all kind of matches,hope selecteter see our reqest,and do 4 country not 4 there ego..

  • Osama on December 10, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    For how long we all have been asking these questions! The only way out NOW is to Go there and perform the squad has been selected lets just pray things work out for us and as far as later assignments are concerened i think bringing back younis would definitely be morale-boosting and I believe to become the best the first and foremost thing is consistency and if players can't be consistent then atleast the board should! I mean to say persist with the team give your openers belief every opener plays like knowing its his last innings forPakistan! For God's sake let them stay in middle for 20 odd innings atleast!:(

  • mohamed on December 10, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    I am cricket fan, i think if we should include to Pakistan Test Squad Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq it will be best for bcs they are allrounders have more experiance. they can bowl and bat.

  • Tamil on December 10, 2009, 18:50 GMT

    A. Inconsistency of Batsmen confused PCB/Selector to try too many combinations, hence only blaming PCB will not find a solution. Whoever plays they need to give 100%

    2. Fielding is never looked good while worsening now

    3. AFRIDI has to be convinced to play TESTs and made captain for all after the Australia tour expect if Yousuf wins NZ and AUS tours

    4. Don't keep change too many players in openers, 3rd, etc. because it brings more pressure to players than concentrating on the match pressures

    5. If this trend continues players/PCB, many fans will die in heart attach

    6. They had to be advised strictly to behave properly in dressing room, field even at home because PAK Cricket is at worst time denial of home series, world cup matches, form/rank, etc.

    Can someone initiate some steps to take these messages to PCB.

    Simple mantraS AFRIDI, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, IN ALL FORMS GIVE CAPTAINCY TO AFRIDI WHO WISHES TO SACRIFICE FOR PAK CRICKET AND HE WILL IMPROVED MUCH

  • Younis Khan on December 10, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    Thanks guys!

    Appreciate all the support. Obviously, I'm resting at the moment but will be back when the current crop of nutters implodes!

    Any suggestions for some place nice for a long sabbatical?

  • Shaheed Faiz on December 10, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    It's all about 'PLAYERS POWER'. One thing PCB needs to understand is that the board doesn't belong to Mr. butt and bunch of others; it belongs to the PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN. They gotta listen to the public before they throw them out. They cry and protest when their busses are stoned by angry fans; but why make them angry at first place? Public has NEVER shown their anger if team loses after giving a fight. It only happens when losers are in the team and play to 'THEIR' pathetic standards. If they got a place in the team with a 'PARCHI' they got to be ready to face the truth and disaapointment from the public. I really feel bad and disgusted by the way this board is conducting business; being run by people who, seems like, have never played cricket outside of their own backyards.

    Younis got to come back, and EVERYONE who caused him to leave needs to be BOOTEED OUT. There is no place for politics in the game we love so much.

  • zaid_sl on December 10, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    well said sir.but when in the world will pakistan have an honest cricket board.YOUNIS is the right man for the job.if we dont have consistant captain we cant think of winning the world cup.why ASIM KAMAL find a place in the side

  • Abdul on December 10, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    How could you leave out a talent like fawad alam in the second test and have the nerve to keep on trying people like Misbah and Shoaib and Imran farhat and Mr Butt.A young talent ( Fawaf alam ) who if I am correct was the best palyer in 20/20 and 50 over in the domestic season few seasons ago doesnot even get to represent his country in one day internationals.He is brought to play in 20/20 at a position where his talent is totally wasted.I guess he doesnot have any maamoon or chaacha in PCB to stand up for him.Players like him will make our future .Let us not waste them. Misbah could not even make it to the 15 man squad and was flown in and played the test match.What were all those bench warmers for, who flew in with the team.

  • Ghaus on December 10, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    One of the worst team selected specially when the team consists of Misbah and Imran Farhat in it. They would be a total failure on Australian wickets. They should have definately selected ASIM KAMAL for Australia.

  • omar hussain on December 10, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    Your blog has made visible issues the PCB never pays attention to.There is no mystery i think about Younis; he is not recalled because either he's refused or the PCB don't want him.Intikhab has always been favoured but he should be pensioned off and a younger ex-player brought in.As i have mentioned before we need 3 different squads for the Test,ODI and 20/20.Shaid Afridi is right for the ODI captainacy but like Michael Clarke of Australia he should be in the Test team also.He is far better than Malik and his bowling would be a extra bonus.It is strange that he doesn't want to play in Tests where the real players are sorted out.Our bowlers have been magnificent but if we keep dropping catches Australians are not going to give us another chance like the medicore New Zealanders.Pakistan use to have a healthy youth policy but aside from Umar akmal and Mohd.Aamar the selectors are ignoring our vast talent and preferring club-standard players like Farhat and Faisal Iqbal.

  • S. Sheikh on December 10, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Younis is the victam of his own wrong doings, he should rest do some domestic cricket practice and than come back hoping if there is still place for him.

    Fawad Alam should be included in place of Shoaib Malik good for #6 spot no place for discarded Fasil Iqbal. I would have prefered Asim Kamal he is a left hander with good techniques and proven solid batsmen which knuckle had PCB selectors does not recognise.

    Afridi should be included in the test side and especially for Australia he performed in all aspect of games in the last tour. In the words of non other than Ricky Pointing how can this guy hits with such consistancy just amazing dug up and you will find this article published in daily "Dawn" none other than Late Omar Quershi the finest comantator pakistan have ever produced; he use to write for "Dawn" in his later days.

    Mohd Yousf will be filling in the #3 spot he did an excellant job in the second test and will 'Inshallah' be doing in the future. Best way to shut critics

  • Mohammad Rafique on December 10, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    ODI Players --------------------------------- 1>s.butt 2>Imran Farhat 3>Muhammed yousuf 4>Umar Akmal 5>Shahid Afridi(capt) 6>Kamral Akmal 7>Muhammed Asif 8>Muhammed Amir 9>Umer gul 10>Saeed Ajmal 11>m.b-huq 12>a.razzaq 13>rana.n 14>s.ahmed 15>s.milk 16>new player

  • Mohammad Rafique on December 10, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    My 16 Test Player

    1>s.butt 2>imran.f 3>yaser.h 4>m.yousuf(capt) 5>m.b-ul 6>asim.k 7>u.akmal 8>k.akmal 9>m.asif 10>d.Kaneria 11>umer.gul 12>s.ajmal 13>a.razzaq 14>m.amir 15>rana.n 16>s.ahmed

  • aftab on December 10, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    Younis needs to talk to Pakistani Cricket fans. He is doing any service by remaining silent.

  • shoaib on December 10, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    I think Yousaf is a better choice for One day Captaincy. we cannot judge Afridi from only last 5 one days. He is very inconsistant. Probably He makes a fifty in one match. and for the next 9 games, he always has an argument, i am a bowler. I think we should give our guys some chances. we give an opener 1 or 2 chances and then we demand performance. If we compare this trend with Australlia, you can easily judge how many matches shane Watson or Marsh took to settle down. they give their player chances. and we ask our players to perform from first day.

  • CuteKw1 on December 10, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    First of all we have to finish politics as it is distroying us and our country... People in high ranks just sitting and earning money from every where as much as they can. Back in old days our player were playing for Pakistan but now our players are playing for money, Wallah if we will play for Pakistan then no one can beat us otherwise we will be worst then Bangladesh. I still remember my 1st mega event 92 world cup, how our country fellows were praying for our team and the way the played in 92 it was superb... We have the most talented players in the world in Pakistan but we are loosing them in a shitty way! Our players were,are and will be the top players of in the world but they need to pay more attention in sport not in the money... Jiyo To Ese... like a CHAMP!!!

  • M Mahboob Hossain on December 10, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    Actually I was thinking a team of 16 for this tough tour. How about the following team (With few options to choose from) S Butt Azhai Ali Y Hamid Y Khan (Cp) M Yousuf U Akmal M Huq Adnan Raza/Naved Yasin/F Alam K Akmal (WK/Vcp) D Kaneria S Ajmal U Gul M Asif M Aamer W Riaz Sohail Khan/Junaid Khan Bowling Coach: W Younas Fielding Coach: Izaj Ahmed (He can be a handy batting consultant against & in Australia as well)

    Pakistan's strength is in raw uncomplicated natural talent, which has to be unfolded at the early age, so that it could be nourished & harnessed under demanding conditions. See PAK team of 71 lost 3-0, but young team surprised everyone in 92 WC & especially in 97 WSC. I do believe this team will do better than the Team selected. What R UR thoughts?

    Just to add some fun, the team also having

    Practice Umpire: Intekhab Alam Relationship Managers: Imran Ferhat & Faisal Iqbal Media, Protocol & Press Manager: Shohaib Akhter Ball Boy: Shoaib Mali

  • irfan on December 10, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    My team would be... Imran Farhat Salman Butt Muhammad Yousaf Umar Akmal Misbh ul Haq Faisal Iqbal Kamran Akmal Muhammad Aamir Umar Gul Muhammad Asif Danish Kaneria

    Saeed Ajmal Fawad Alam

  • shahzad ali on December 10, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    where is shaiob akthar can we done well without genioun fast boller like shaiob, we need pase to out australia in test.asif is not express,amir is yong and gul is off colour. and remeber australian are great against fast bowlers.we need akthr not he himself, but like akther

  • drmjalamgir on December 10, 2009, 14:38 GMT

    Well done Mr Abbasi. A wonderful blog,I was going through comments posted by Pak crick fans,i came across a very important coment;I hope the selecters read it; I wish it touch thei brain, heart and soul. They take pity on Pak cricket and take sesable actions. Pls add question no 11 to your post, Why a reserve wicket keeper(batsman) send home and retained a proven flop, technicaly disastrous batsman(no need to mention name the whole cricketing world knows),Sh.Malik. The reader can read Sh. as they whish. Captiency will matter alot, the main issue is the selection of squad.

  • Arbab Gondal on December 10, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    it definitely is not the best of Pak.....this team is gonna lose 3-0 in test series without Younus and a solid opening pair. Moreover, their fielding is really pathetic...one can't afford to give a chance to Ponting or Clarke like they have been doing to Vettori and Taylor...Shame on PCB for picking Butt, Farhat and Malik for tests...

  • Kool Kat on December 10, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    YK needs to see a psychiatrist. What is wrong with him? This is Pakistan's best chance to beat Australia in Australia. MY needs to bat at #3. The best batsman needs to come there. Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting bat at #3.

  • gw on December 10, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    you just asked 2-3 questions in different ways 10 times

  • Tariq Saleem on December 10, 2009, 14:12 GMT

    Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Khurram Manzoor should immediately be dropped forever. There is hell a lot of talent in the country. PCB should open their eyes and select the best playing young guys. The worst ever fielding seen in the Newzealand must not be repeated. Tariq Saleem, Hamza Tariq Ali, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia

  • maqsood jamal on December 10, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    Well,It will be unfair to yousuf if Afridi named as captain for oneday.because it is very difficult to play as captain in one format and as a player in other format..there is no space for intikhab alam in the presence of great waqar younis.Waqar needs to be appointed as full coach.he know how to control and trained players. younis khan needs to change his attitude.He is behaving like a eigth years child.I appreciate board Decision about younis khan.if a man is not welling to play so it will be unfair to force him for playing.Board advised him to play domestic cricket he did not even bother to contact his domestic team.i think its enough.the power of players already damaged pakistan cricket.now there is no room for player's power.

  • Shaaik on December 10, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    A Giant Leap towards Perturbation..... Who is to be blamed -the PCB or the Exile of International cricket from Pakistan.If, I m not mistaken the ongoing Pak-Nz series was supposed to be played in Pakistan and had it been played in Pakistan Kamran Abassi wd nvr hv been able to craft such an Emphasizing Article wht so evr coz th current Incapable pakistani team wd hv WHITE WASHED Nz hands down. Since, we r talking abt th team selection for DOWN-UNDER n I wd like to talk a bit abt th relentless opening combination of Pakistan I think now is th tym we shd honest to the. hapless Mr.Imran( farhat)n show him his exact place which is out of th team. The guy isn't equipped with a technique , an opener shd hv to combat pace, seam movement n swing.Instead , lets call one r two of our bygone openers ( Yasir n Hafeez) back n give them a substantial run to prove their worth if its for th sake of last tym. Who i m sure hv far far better technique thn Imran- th Farhat... God bless Paks Team ......

  • chakday on December 10, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    For God sake now some one teach two fast bowlers (umar,amir ) to behave , and dont make a fun of themselves and country.We had enough for such things.

  • Tahir on December 10, 2009, 11:47 GMT

    Unfortunately we are a nation that never opted the way to glory, instead the path to destruction and cricket is no different. we send here a cricket team that is reperesenting the once mighty PAKIS. Come on guys my Club team can field better than what they have shown in NewZealand. Now the BIG Q is who is going to take the blame? The COACH (So Called) PCB (Shameless Characters) or at the end of the Australian tour they will blame the poor players for not performing. Is this the best they have come up with? where is the Talent? No one cananswer these Q's And Qamar you are rite. If they will not make atleast 5 changes in the team as New Zealanders does then Winning in Australia after seven years will remain a dream. the changes are Drop Shoaib Malik, Khurram Manzoor. Bring back Younis Khan. Shahid Afridi for ODI captain and the biggest change is to drop INTY as a coach. He is jus a waste of time.

  • TaZ on December 10, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    continued...

    Instead Imran Farhat - the biggest muppet ever is back. *He has done nothing domestically to deserve a recall but his uncle is a selector. *We have Faisal Iqbal who averages 26 who is always in the squad yet has no technique against pace or movement and is now being played

    and dont get me started on the way YK has been treated 6 months after winning us the World T20..

  • TaZ on December 10, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    Brilliant summary. There's loads of new blood around but we are recycling the same old crap in the batting. Fawad Alam has a domestic average of over 50 and he has hit triple tons at number 5/6. He cant get in the team because of crap like Malik and Faisal and to an extent Misbah. So they play him as an opener (!?) against SL and the guy hits 168 on debut against murali and co. Next he's batting at 3 in NZ and gets out cheaply (no worse than any other bat) and is dropped ! He's a number 6 bat so play him as a number 6 !

    Look at the young talent that has come through if they are given a decent chance. Umar Akmal. Hits 100 on test debut against NZ in NZ where every other batsman failed and we were 50-5. Followed up by 75 in the next innings and 50 in the next. The talent is there so lets pick it!! Look at Mohammad Aamer - he's 17 and one of the hottest talents in the game. Saeed Ajmal - one of the bright talents in spin. Dropped for Kaneria after one solid but unexciting game v NZ

  • jayaprakash Desai on December 10, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has become butt of jokes in the world of cricket. Main reason is lack of proper education of these players. They look and behave like a bunch of illiterates and they are. Good article.

  • Moin on December 10, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    Kamran...I think it will be better to take positives from the things...Pakistan is playing many tests and playing against Aussies after a long time.

    Better be optimistic rather than being critical everytime

  • Nadeem Shaikh on December 10, 2009, 10:37 GMT

    I think Afridi will be the rt choice for the capt. as u can see in the first test against NZ they were 208 for 6 but yousuf was not able to capitelize and NZ ends up with over 450 run which i immagine was the turning point in the match in cricket u always need a bold leader

  • Umair on December 10, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Ans 1: Valid point but Younis's is to blame as well. Younis has showed time and time again, he is a bloke who reacts to criticism, not the one who takes it on his chin. Thats what he should have done, take on chin and move on.

    Ans 2: Keeping his antics in mind.Yes I can believe he has gone underground.

    Ans 3: So Younis can come back, as Afridi is the future captain and they didnt want to upset him my making him captain n then re-instating Younis when he comes back.

    Ans 4: Senior batting options Yasis Hameed Asim Kamal both capable but not proven given enough chances already.

    Ans 5: Salman Butt and Imran Farhat are the best possible options.

    Ans 6: He should if he wants to gain any respect as captain from team and public.

    Ans 7: Absoloutely

    Ans 8: Shoaib is still amongst our best odi/t20 batsmen, he is amongst top 3 t20 players and his century against india was priceless in champions trophy.

    Ans 9: till the end of time.

    Ans 10: No but this was expected.

  • Zahid on December 10, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    I always look foward to the asian teams coming out here to australia. Partly because of their uniqueness, and the fact that im of asian descend. I see a weak Australia still winning comfortably 2 - 0. I think a draw is likely in Sydney. While its all well to have good bowlers in the team as Pakistan have, the fact is this, they have to score runs to win matches, Pakistan on paper and on form only have 2 batsman worth mentioning and bluntly it won't be enough. PCB can continue to embarass itself and its national team by selecting players who just don't have the proper technique to play in NZ and Australia. Whats even more disappointing is those that do have or can improvise to suit match conditions here will be sitting and watching from Pakistan during the test matches. Cue, Yasir Hamid , Shahid Afridi. I have seen these 2 players play here in Aust. and adapt, pity the PCB hasn't. Worst part is, in 6 weeks time i will be proven right regarding the scoreline I predict. Pity Pakistan..

  • sharaf katawazi on December 10, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    first of all kamran sab thank you very much for supporting younas khan.younas is a legend.he has won alot of matches for pakistan with the bat.what hapened when he is not in form.this happens with every batsman.he is not performing from last two series.look at shoaib malik and misbah they r not performing from last year or so.and they r still given a chance i cant understand.and second he is a best fielder in the pakistan team.he is a good slip fielder.how can u not select him for australia tour.pcb is doing politics.but younas will come back in style as he has done before.once again thanks kamran sab.

  • jaazil ahamed on December 10, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    S.Afridi is the suitable captain for the one days and t20s for pakistan. he showed in t20 and a oneday matchs played recently which he captained all are 100% sucess. so PCB should think about to appoint S.Afridi as a captain.

  • Amjad Mughal on December 10, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Well said dear sir, I am more than 100% agree with you. Specailly I would aslo like to see Afridi as a One day captain. From my point of view he also deserve the place in test squad. He brings lots of variety in the side. He alway lifts the team up and a wonderful fielder as well. I think he better replaced with Shoaib Malik and Where is Yasir Hameed? He can be a very good opener and Taufeeq Umar?

  • nain tara on December 10, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Really good article plus valid 10 questions.No one to answer it cuz therez no basic system in this country and no accounyability system. Rite now i think Pakistan really need younus khan in austrailia cuz he is the real odi and test captain. As far as Mohammad yousuf is concerned dont forget he won cuz of the bowlers and specialy by the comeback of asif , asif ,s luxury wasnt provided to younus before nd so he can make even much better use of him.Its just a lame excuse from the pcb that younus did not contact , i remind he z on a central contract n you dun ask dem dat are u dere r nt he just wanted nz series rest nt austrailia ... the rest was actually for aus series , he said it himself.Next choice u hav is afridi make him da captain r bring y khan back.You will see how badly pak will lose under yousuf.

  • PakiFan on December 10, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    And where O where is Shahzeb Hassan? In case you've forgotten, PCB, it's the lad who hit that stupendous cut over third man for a six in his first match in the 2020WC, and seldom failed to impress. Just the way he is built and plays his strokes is enough reason for someone with reasonable intelligence to list him in the test squad, wouldn't that be better than then trying the tried and tested, emaciated, jittery, and mediocre folks like Farhat, Iqbal and Manzoor, eh? Who is Faisal Iqbal to Miandad again?, and Farhat to Mr. Ilyas? The squad sticks of the the ever too familiar Nepotism: with this batting, let's be realistic, we will lose in Australia.

  • arun on December 10, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    It is quite clear now that shoaib malik was the main instigator behind younis khan's ouster with the main supporters being Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran.

  • Tariq on December 10, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    Imran Farhat's inclusion after being tried, tested and discarded a long time ago is only due to his father-in-law Mohammed Ilyas who seems to be finding favors for reasons that defy belief with the PCB top management. Shoaib Malik should be dumped ASAP and replaced with Shahid Afridi who will provide far superior bowling and fielding and batting. Why has Ahmed Shahzad who was deemed as an outstanding prospect no longer finding a place in the selected sides? One needs to Also look back and question the reason for giving Yasar Arafat a joyride for doing nothing?

  • Emran on December 10, 2009, 6:54 GMT

    I agree with you Shoaib is not good enough to be selected in Pakistan team as a batsman only. But as far as Younis is concerned I differ as he has been out of form for a long time and has not played a worthwhile innings for some time now. As such he cannot lead from the front being a captain of the team. He should play first class cricket get back in form and then regain his spot in Pakistan team. Also other than Shoaib there are many players who have been tried many times but have hardly performed at international level. Salman Butt and Fawad Alam are two examples of such players. They dont deserve a place in Pakistan team and should be dropped and new talent should be given a chance. I am sure there are many other Umer Akmals out there who have not been given a chance. Also the PCB has been unfair in not selecting players like Abdul Razaq, Azhar mehmood and Imran Nazir regularly especially in one days and T20 matches. Selectors please give us the best team possible on merit ONLY.

  • ASIF on December 10, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    They should have made afridi captain for both odi & 20/20 & vc for tests.Once again pcb,ex-players & the media including you are silently watching & the the naturally gifted talent of afridi is being wasted.The pcb should have convinced afridi to play tests also.But the reality is they do not want afridi in tests as he tries to dominate the opposition with his aggressive style.The old heads in pak cricket think that the only way to play tests is to play defensively like salman,farhat,malik & others.Why don't they look at akmal brothers who are very successful with their aggressive approach.As far as afridi he can be easily included in the test team as an allrounder in place of any of these regular failures malik,salman,faisal,manzoor & farhat.Pcb should remember that afridi performed brilliantly with both bat & ball during his last visit to australia in the one days & scored 47 runs in the only test he was allowed to play.Ejaz butt should immediately ask afridi to join the test team.

  • nickless on December 10, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    i think afridi should really resume playin tests...team desperately needs him at the top of the order as well as in the bowling dept in case one of the frontline bowlers turns out to be havin a bad day...cmon afridi rethink ur decision about retiring from test cricket...

  • Kaiser on December 10, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    Regarding the selection of players,some players dont have the capacity to cope with international demands.Players like imran farhat,shoaib malik,iftikhar anjum have been tried again n again.one sparrow doesnt make a summer so one innings or one good spell against weak opponent or placid pitch doesnt make great cricketer bt PCB believes so...which is absolutely wrong.They should be able to spot the right talent then only Pakistan cricket n cricketers will be able to propsper n get the respect and recognition of the world.When it comes to talent no one can show a candle to pakistan cricketers bt then why its always looked down so pathetically is because of the administrators.so it is as important to look for the right administrators as its important in looking for the right talent in the cricketers.You cant make a great team with handful of individual performers.

  • Imtiaz on December 10, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    I kind of remember when Abdul Qadir quit PCB, he said that Shoaib Malik should not be in the team at all along with some other players. Everyone ridiculed him. How right he was! All we need to do to make PCB come to senses is stop watching cricket. Which means stop being Pakistani........Something that no Pakistani can do. Untill some sense prevails in PCB, we will be a laughing stock for the cricketing world.

    Imtiaz

  • Kaiser on December 10, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    I fully agree with Kamran.It has always been this way tht PCB (Pakistan commotion board) has tried to undo whtever their team achieved on the cricket field.They are a bunch of short-sighted,un-imaginative,illogical and irresponsible individuals who have conspired n ruined the great careers of wonderful cricketers due to their egos.Wake up PCB n give the best talents a chance so tht Pakistan cricket could take the right spot in world cricket which is right at the TOP.

  • cricketfan on December 10, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    hi, I totally agree this is not the best possible team.Pakistan have huge talent but unfortunately selectors don't select best possible teams for unknown reasons.

    I wonder how will these players survive as most of them are touring first time to Australia.They could select the players having experience in Australian conditions such as Mohammad Wasim due to his performance along with bowlers we won the only tri-nation series in Australia.

    Along with mohd.wasim PCB wasted Asim Kamal he was also genuine fighter and can play in pressure.

    i bet if any of these can score a fifty in Australian conditions.Imran Farhat, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam.Shame on PCB.

  • Arshad Hussain on December 10, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    I fully agree what u have said but u have only pointed out the problems without any solutions.I also feel that Intikhab is not doing any thing to improve the batting techniques but the main point is that who ever the coach, the batsman have to deliver on the pitch if he gets out playing a bad shot coach can only critisized.As far as younis is concerned, he has to blame himself, nobody asked for his resignation.Team is in the process of rebuilding and this wasn't the first ODI home series loss to Pakistan.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque & Nafis on December 10, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    Sorry, please never mind, is Khurram Manzoor related with PCB ?! I have no idea how did Khurram get chance again to get selected of Australian upcoming tour ! Is Khurram really classied opener at all ?! Actually how much abilities do the real Pakistani players someone like Imran Nazir, Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved need to make the opportunities to become the regular first eleven ? Well, they have no proper influence over PCB. PCB chairman has been thinking that Khurram Manzoor would be new sensation someone like specialist opener Batsman the legendary Saied Anwar ! Very, very Funny ! Pakistan is approaching to be whitewashed by the professional Aussie in test 3-0 and in ODI series 4-1. Who will save present Pakistan cricket team ? Who knows this Pakistan may be the another Zimbabwe in near future !

  • PakFan on December 10, 2009, 4:22 GMT

    To make matters more interesting, Waqar Younis is back as bowling/fielding coach. They already have Aaqib Javed. Can't they see that bowling is going okay, its the batting / shot selection that is losing us matches.

    Cricket by chance = Pakistan by fluke !

  • Salman Riaz on December 10, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    Congratulations Mr Abbasi for writing another ordinary article.None of these points apart from one or two actually address the issue. Most important issue is not Younis Khan or M Yousuf. It is to instill professionalism in the players and Management. It doesnot make a difference to Australia who is playing and who is not because all of them know that this is there job and in order to stay employed they have to do better than the last guy and thats how ppl improve. Yousuf is doing fine and shouldnot be disturbed. He is no less than anyone, he is the most gifted batsman in today's cricket and should be allowed to function. For your information Mr Younis Khan Injured his delicate feet while fishing and hence can't play.He usually does fishing most of the time while is playing as well - MAY BE NOT STILL GOOD AT IT, NEEDS PRACTICE. Taufeeq Umer should be in this team as he has some reasonable technique.Pakistan needs to get an Australian Coach Like Lawson.Waqar should be retained.

  • Imran on December 10, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    Youniss absence is unfortunate but we need to have better backup players. with the amount of cricket being played these days you can always lose 1 or 2 players through injury and of course form. This is where we lag behind, just look at India Gambhir pulled out of the 3rd test and they had a back up batsman like M.vijay.

    With Younis khan not available for selection among our batsmen on current form I dont think any one except U.Akmal and Yousuf deserve to be in the test side. Besides these 2 no other specialist batsman has managed a score of 40, in last 2 tests. Someone may cash in in the 3rd test as the pitch in Napier is batting friendly, but when they play in more testing conditions they will be back to square one.

    Truth be told the problem is with our Fclass cricket. Misbah scored 284 in a Fclass match recently and yet when he played the 2nd test he looked mediocre Recently Rifatullah and Aamer Sajad had a partnership of 580 but wont be able to replicate this at the top level

  • absar on December 10, 2009, 2:51 GMT

    very well said kamran bhye ..its the best chance for pakistan to give afridi a chance for captancy in australia i think afridi has good quality of leadership and as a captain he performs well in al l t20 ...i dont understand of taking khuram munzoor and imran farhat .. i think they had better option of lateef..why they droped fawad alam he is good talented player but playing in first test in dundin and at the third spot is very difficult and he has been droped for rest of the test series he is a better option then shoiab malik..no place for shoaib malik razzak was the better option he perform well in newzeland in the last tour ..i guess the bowling attack is best but like that batting attack i am woory about series lost ..

  • Imran on December 10, 2009, 2:48 GMT

    Pakistan used to get some good batsmen from Karachi but unfortunately that has stopped. After Saeed Anwar we have not seen a world class Batsman from Karachi. I think this is 1 major reason behind our decline in test cricket. Pakistan cricket has invested in Shoaib Malik and he has not established himself as a test player but is he the only one? No players like Yasir hamid, Hassan Raza, Faisal Iqbal,Butt, Misbah, Imran farhat, etc have all failed to do so. Shoaib Malik has at least established himself at the ODI level with 5000+ runs an average of almost 35 and a strike rate of almost 80. Add his 130 Odi wkts. 16 man of the match awards and some match winning performances and i fail to understand why he gets all the bash. With both misbah and Yousuf over 35, younis khan over 32, shoaib Malik should be a lock in our odi side for years to come,if we are to judge our player on the basis of how well they have performed in Australia just check Inzis record in Australia.

  • atif munawar mir on December 10, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    Mr Kamran, please offer alternatives as well not just criticisms. And I don't understand why so many people are crazy about Younis Khan particularly when his mood swings have become notorious. As a captain, Younis' defensive field placing when the other teams were under pressure and constant shuffling of batting order was mind boggling. I also believe that he contributed to Misbah's decline of form by regularly sending him in lower order in the last overs. He should play as a batsman. Not captain. However, I do agree with you that Shahid Afridi should have been the capitain of OD team.

  • KREEZY on December 10, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    half of pakistan team player are playing bcoz of Y KHAN.he bring them back from ICL.who left the country intrest for money.YOUSAF is one of them.every body knows the polatics and the player power.every body knows how PAKISTAN lost the third odi agnist NZ.shoaib,kamran,afridi they all palyed raish shorts.no body talk abt them everybody blamed Y KHAN.he did nothing last year bt still the leading runs scorer in 2009.u r all fucked up pakis.i know there is no place of an HONEST man in PAKISTAN like Y KHAN.thats y ur leaders fucked u every time and ran away.WAKE UP PAKISTAN THIS IS THE TIME.NOBODY IS BATTER THAN AS CAPTION THAN Y KHAN.IT IS TIME TO SPOURT HIM.WAKE UP U FUCKING PAKIS.

  • Junaid on December 10, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    A quick answer to your blog title is " Yes this is Pakistan's best". Best available bowlers are selected, best wicket keeper batsman is selected, some of the most promising young talents are in the team and as far as openers are concerned you can pick anyone from domestic and they are all the same. All of them are flat track bullies and they will struggle in Austrailian conditions. Pakistan can only win if bowlers can perform really well and batsmen for a change put some runs on the board. Lastly YK is not in the team because he has not played any domestic cricket to prove his form and he has not contacted PCB to show his willingness to go on the tour. It will not a make huge difference in any case as with his present form and negative mindset YK will hardly make any runs and dressing room will always be tense in his presence. Best of luck Mohd Yousaf and team for NZ 3rd test and Aus.

  • rasheed on December 10, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    Thanks Kamran appreciate this article.Pakistan selection board should read yours article and as a result if they improve let them take the credit but will have our dignity.

  • Imran on December 10, 2009, 2:10 GMT

    Some valid points but no solution who else should they pick? Shoaib Malik may not be a natural test batsman but his Odi record compares favorably against any Pakistani batsman except Muhammad Yosuf. Even his test record is marginally better than faisal iqbal, manzoor, butt and farhat. singling him out just because he had 2 poor tests is not fair. Butt, farhat, fawad manzoor and misbah were also unimpressive. Malik made 134 and 45 in his last test before this tour and a match winning 128 in Champions trophy against India. He doesnot bowl much now but his bowling is always an option. Plus this is where the team managements role begins they should ask him to concentrate on his bowling. Even if we agree that Malik should not be in the test squad what do we make of Faisal and manzoor Faisal averages 26 in 23 tests with just one 100. yet he always finds a place in our test squad just because he is the Nephew of Javed? May be we can replace Faisal and Manzoor with Y.hamid and Asim Kamal

  • John Fischer on December 10, 2009, 2:10 GMT

    The root cause of not finding a good opening pair for Pakistan does not lie outside but inside. I agree with Kevin, If senior players don't take the responsibility to move up the order and open and instead rely on youngsters who are under immense pressure to perform this problem with never change. It is very lucky that Umar Akmal started his career by playing down the order. If this guy was put on opening spot--I can bet that his carrer would have been over before getting even started. HOW DOES INDIA PRODUCE GREAT BATSMAN? Answer. The seniors keep on moving up the order and they give chance for the new commers to develop thier confidence and Talent and then move up. Yuvraj , Gambhir, Suresh Rina never started thier carrer by opening for India... and Look at where they are today. We need to give Youngester a fair chance and People like Younis, Malik, Misbah who favors a specific spot to bat on should be kicked out of the team. Shame on them!!

  • THE CHIEF JUSTICE on December 10, 2009, 1:55 GMT

    Administration should have known one fact, that Pakistan is not WI. We have a very little difference between those batsmen who are in playing 11 and those who sit out. We can come up with 4 batting sides of equal capability as all of them are bits and pieces players on turning wickets. We the fans are now used to see our team get beaten but we could have accepted it easily if some young talent was included. SO verdict is, fire Shoaib bring in Younis as captain and fire any individuel who stands in way, be it yousef, kamran or any one else. I would have choosen the following 16. I keep the option to replace Kamran and Yousef if they stay trouble makers.

    Taufiq Umar Azhar Ali Salman Butt Younis Khan Mohamad Yousef OR Naved Yasin Umar Akmal Misbah Fawad Alam Kamran Akmal OR Sarfraz Afridi Asif Aamer Gul Kaneria Saeed Ajmal Wahab

    My playing 11 were. Taufiq Umar Salman Butt Younis Khan* Mohammad Yousef Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal Afridi Mohammad Aamer Umar Gul Mohamad Asif Kaneria

  • Kevin Ross on December 10, 2009, 1:51 GMT

    Kamran - With all due respect, you need to stop beating the drum about Younis and get over him for christ sake. Younis record speaks for himself. His below average statistics and lack of leadership skills don't help your cause. He has turned the captiancy down the 4th or 5th time during his career.(He is Surav Ganguly of Pakistan-- However Surav Ganguly had a way better average) We need a major transformation in the team; we have to letgo Vetrans that are runing the team 80's style(Intikab Alam, Ijaz Butt)Suddenly we have alot of Chiefs but not enough Indians. Get a foriegn coach,an English Instructor to teach english a good Physcologist. Bring Shoaib Akhter back and bet more on allrounders then just specalist batsman like in days of Bob Wolmer.Misbah,Younis,Malik are all liability and are doing more harm then good to Pakistan Cricket. If senior players cant open and will rely on new commers to do the job-- Pakistan will never solve the opening problems they continue to face.

  • THE CHIEF JUSTICE on December 10, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    Younis tried to be a different captain than Inzi and Shoaib. He was inspired by Imran, and nothing wrong with that.But there was no way that Shoaib and his buddy Kamran were going to accept that. Shoaib knew that he was done with captaincy so he and others on his side persuaded Yousef to get ready for the post. Younis was even more unlucky than that, he was under a lot of pressure and lost his form too. Younis is a good guy in all this and now doesnt know how to fix in that atmosphare as its not a game where you share time for one or two days. its matter of day in day out. Yousef and Kamran are keeping their budy Shoib in the team for noncricket reasons only. The administration is very weak and does what ever is demanded by the players. They should have fired Shoaib and if necessary Kamran too. Younis should have been given a young team with a few players from A-team that toured Australia and some others like Naved Yasin, Taufiq Umar and Mohd Wasim. Then Kamran had to abide by. cont..

  • Panga Khan on December 10, 2009, 1:08 GMT

    I have ten more questions?

    1. Whay does Yousuf insist for Malik after all he was stabbed in the back by Malik? 2. Is it because of Yousuf's religious beliefs - forgive and forget? 3. If 2. what has Malik done to honour Yousuf? 4. What is Salman Nutt doing in the team who can't bat, can't catch and can't run between the wickets? 5. What is Imran Farhat doing in the team who can't bat, can't bowl and certainly can't catch? 6. Waqar as fielding coach - since when has Waqar become a fielder of any sort? Only last week he admitted on live TV it was not his job as a bowler to dive, in order to save runs. 7. Where is Shahzaib Hassan? 8. Aussies will score 800 runs each innings if the butter fingers like Salman and Imran are in the team. Do Pakistan selector's really think they will get Australia out twice? 9. Do the selectors have any knowledge of cricket? 10. Should I not bother at all?

  • Panga khan on December 10, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    I have ten more questions?

    1. Whay does Yousuf insist for Malik after all he was stabbed in the back by Malik? 2. Is it because of Yousuf's religious beliefs - forgive and forget? 3. If 2. what has Malik done to honour Yousuf? 4. What is Salman Nutt doing in the team who can't bat, can't catch and can't run between the wickets? 5. What is Imran Farhat doing in the team who can't bat, can't bowl and certainly can't catch? 6. Waqar as fielding coach - since when has Waqar become a fielder of any sort? Only last week he admitted on live TV it was not his job as a bowler to dive, in order to save runs. 7. Where is Shahzaib Hassan? 8. Aussies will score 800 runs each innings if the butter fingers like Salman and Imran are in the team. Do Pakistan selector's really think they will get Australia out twice? 9. Do the selectors have any knowledge of cricket? 10. Should I not bother at all?

  • Shayan on December 10, 2009, 0:36 GMT

    Both Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi are not interested in playing test cricket so I don't understand why they are even being discussed?!

    Who is an experienced to replace Younis? There is no one... who would you bring in? Asim Kamal?

    Unfortunately, with the crop of batsman Pakistan has produced this is probably the best we could do anyway. Lets try and support what we have, our openers gave us a reasonable start in the last test. 20 runs each from both of them is better than nothing.

  • noor janjua on December 10, 2009, 0:15 GMT

    mr abbasi unfortunately always speak against PCB.fact of the matter is how on earth any cricket board can select a player against his wish.youis khan has step down many times before.he did not play in the domestic cricket.so if he is not willing,how any PCB can force him.it is not even wise to talk.he must made himself available.we never put up with all time great minadad.why with younis.

  • redneck on December 9, 2009, 23:48 GMT

    cant wait to see the pakistanis out here in oz!!! i like the look of their bowlers, espechally asif and amar. in one year they have pushed gul from attack leader to third seamer and is now the most likely to be dropped for a second spinner. however india and south africa both beat australia through their batsman putting together long partnerships, making the aussie bowlers go over a session withouth a wicket and hence making them tiered and they drop their heads. this is the big if for pakistan. they have a bowling attack good enough to bowl the aussies out but can their batsmen bat out 1.5 - 2 days of test cricket???? i guess we'll soon see?

  • Imran Khan Lodhi on December 9, 2009, 23:45 GMT

    I'm really dissapointed with those who doubt Shoaib Malik. He is good enough to play in every format. He probably has the best technique of all the Pakistani batsmen as he does not shuffle across his stumps being a BIG LBW candidate. I believe he should be given an extended run as an opener as he has proved in the past in both ODI and Test cricket that he can do a good job for the team. He was also a very consistant no.3 in ODI's under inzi and mixed attack with defence really well proving he reads the game well and has a good head on his shoulders. Fawad Alam is a good cricketer and should be a permanent fixture in all formats as a no.6 batsmen as again he is a responsible and intelligent player who fields well and seems enthusiastic. I feel its infair to open with him as he quite clearly isn't an opener but the guy averages over 50 in domestic cricket&he deserves his chance. It's time Pakistan pick an opener who has a sound technique and persist with him. Khalid Latif&Malik for me!

  • Ahmed Bajwa on December 9, 2009, 23:40 GMT

    As a former pupil of Inti's coaching academy in Muridke, I'd like to speak honestly about his coaching capabilities. You are right that he has a somewhat relaxed approach, but his methods are sound. He expects the players to be motivated themselves and he is great at fine tuning natural ability, as well as, administering physical fitness training. I don't think he is a leader, but isn't that the direction that most coaches are taking these days? I disagree with you and feel that he does have a role, but Pakistan needs to have a stronger captaincy figure (the real problem)

    I completely agree with you on your other points and am eagerly waiting for s malik to be discarded from the test team (honestly faisal iqbal, fawad alam and azhar ali are much better selections), although I would still like to see him at no.3 in ODIs & T20.

  • Wasim on December 9, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    Forget about Younis Khan's test average, given his batting performance in the last year can anybody honestly say that his inclusion in the team would have made any difference. Why are we missing him as a captain or as a batsman? what did he accomplished in the last year? What was his personal contribution in the T20 WC victory? None. So why we give him all the credit for that, if he was that good of a leader then why we lost every single series played under him. If he is not making himself available to play then the blame should entirely go to him. He is only behaving like an arrogant prick if he had any honesty or integrity he would have improved his form and had made a strong comeback in the team nobody could have stopped him. Now I do agree with you that Malik should have been dropped from the team but I think the openers did a fine job in the second test. People should realize the difference in conditions, India with all it's batting might always struggle in NZ. So be realistic.

  • Imran on December 9, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    cont'd. If the punjabi crew and the other cliques still operate then they must be banned for good.We all saw the way everyone turned against Younis, i don't care how much you hate the captain,you don't deliberately lose a test series and throw your wickets away.Those guys,Yousuf,Misbah,Malik,Akmal made us lose test series in Sri Lanka and they should be banned just for that. The PCB and coach should take responsibility for mutiny against captain, not the captain if everyone is ignoring him and backstabbing him.If you make someone captain he should have the power and the respect as long as he is proffesional and fair.Even when Pieterson misbehaved he was punished by PCB. Look at Yousuf,ICL saga and his lack of support for Younis,all that money spent to bring him back after his greed & double dealing & now he's old and past it,resorting to dirty games,plus S Malik the one who pushed him away from team.Its the jerks who need to be sorted out in team,PCB & in government,not Younis.

  • MYthsmoke on December 9, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    Five years later...nothing learned. I have to suffer watching the ever disgraceful Imran Farhat in Australia again. It is difficult to address the question raised by the author in an environment where a no-hoper like Imran Farhat is selected because of his father-in-law. There is romanticized talk of the clueless-on-the-front foot Yasir Hameed being in the squad on the basis of two random half centuries in a lost cause on the last aus tour. Its a pity that no one was watching our annual mauling against South Africa in SA in 2003. One batsman stood out while the the heavy weights failed. Taufeeq Umar with an average of 40 and 60 against SA sits in Pakistan while we send abominations like Farhat to tour Aus.

  • Imran on December 9, 2009, 22:55 GMT

    cont'd. Younis's recent test record has been excellent and he's even had county and and domestic Australian contracts, i don't think that would happen if he wasn't a great test player, and he's in top ten rankings for tests,so you his critics get your facts correct.He's not arrogant,smug,slimy like some of our cricketers,even the phony ones who grow beards but don't change their nasty personal habits. Stop calling for Razzaq he is a naff bat/bowler in Tests and ODI he gets spanked.Shoaib actor can't lose weight,had liposuction & was advised 5 months rest.He's a waste of space,we have Anwar Ali,when is he going to get a chance. Watch clips of yasir Hameed, he can definitly bat in tests,compare his technique to malik & co,see big difference in his defence,but he's test player only.Umar gul is slipping and needs to be put under pressure by reserves,we need a genuine quickie in squad.Fawad should be played lower down,and coward Yousuf should come in at 3,if he really is our top bat.

  • imran on December 9, 2009, 22:47 GMT

    I think the reason Younis has dissapeared is becos he's been trying his best for country and the team have been undermining him and deliberately losing and he is not being allowed to select sincere talented players,and is stuck with rubbish like Misbah,Malik,Butt & co.He promoted youngsters and gave them a chance unlike Inzi,Yousuf & Malik. The guy is sincere to Pak cricket unlike all the other jokers who undermine him becos of jealousy,factionalism,i'm a punjabi but i'll have a 11 pathans or sindhi's in the team anyday as long as they are truly the best 11,doesn't matter about which region someone comes from.Malik,Misbah,Farhat,Butt must go. And K Akmal if he can't stop his dirty politics,we need a keeeper who doesn't drop vital chances.Bring Afridi in as allrounder in Tests,as a must,he instills fear into opposition and is a winner,But we must end dirty politics within team,and anyone doing it must be banned. Razzaq can't bat/bowl so leave him out of tests,same with Arafat.

  • Naveed on December 9, 2009, 22:36 GMT

    Well Fawad has been good as an opener even when he is suppose to be a allrounder. He is a good feilder too. Yes Razzak instead of Malik. All the openners should go. Imran Nazir the only opener needed, can be used with Fawad or Kamran. If kamran is used as an openner then Sarfraz kan do the keeping, he is not so bad as a bat. Moh. Talha should be given a chance so does Anwar Ali.

  • desihungama on December 9, 2009, 22:19 GMT

    Kamran - Just so you can sleep at night. What happened to the PCB’s relationship with Younis Khan? - PCB could not digest his success. What happened to Younis Khan? - He's broken after witnessing how players deliberately lost the Semi Final. What is the logic in selecting Yousuf as captain of the ODI team? - Just incase relations with Younis improve and he may retain the ODI captainship. Why haven’t Pakistan drafted in a senior batsman to replace Younis Khan? - Misbah What’s being done about top order problems? - Um. nothing as usual. Can Yousuf be persuaded to bat number 3? - He can be persuaded to convert. What is Intikhab Alam’s role? - He is a Manager hired to be a coach. What’s the purpose of Shoaib Malik? - That you have to ask Kamran Akmal and Youhana since they refused to take the field if Shoaib is not there. How long can Pakistan’s excellent bowling be expected to save the team? - For as long as the Paki cricket exists. And NO to the last question. Now, go to SLEEP

  • Mohammed Padela on December 9, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    hi all, SHAME ON OUR SELECTORS. Younis Khan who got the world cup 6 months back is dropped from the squad. Pakistan have such good players like Razzak, Yasir Hammeed who are dropped. Malik and Fawad Alam are in Every squad just because of SOURCE. This is because Pakistan cricket has suffered. GOD HELP US!!

  • Wasim on December 9, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Well said sir,

    I'm shocked with the selection process hasn’t the selection committee been watch the pathetic batting and fielding displays of are team in the first two tests in New Zealand?

    The current Pakistan openers won’t last 10 minutes in Australian conditions

    Why this persistence with Shoaib Malik? What does he have to offer? Surely if we can produce players like Umar Akmal then we have genuine quality middle order batsmen in the country, don’t we?

    Quick comment on Umar Akmal – What a talent, I am so excited by this guy, Ive stayed up till 4:00am (watching from the UK) in the morning during Pakistan’s innings just to watch this guy bat. The kid could become on of the best batsmen in the world – or am I getting ahead of my self here?

    With regard to Inti – we need a genuine coach and someone who can really push the boys to improve there fielding.

    Boom Boom should be ODI captain – he brings aggression and passion which we have been missing for some time.

    All the best teams in the world are outstanding fielding sides with world class to six batsmen

  • Syed Sultan Ali on December 9, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    I think this is the best test team of Pakistan Fawad Alam Batsman + nice spienar Bouler He has to to Proved the vs New Z Land if you Remember he has to proved in Pak T20 Best Bouler Best Batsman also man of the Tournamint And Afridi is nice Bouler or very gud Batsman Farhat,Kamran,Younas , Yousaf,umar,Alam,Afridi,Amir,Gul,Asif,Kynaria

  • Tahir on December 9, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    its really frustrating to see Current pakistani team .. onestly and its sooo frustrating to see they are playing with only 4 bowlers ,.... they need a geunien allrounder there like of Abdul razzaq. or at least bring back Shoaib Akhtar. i know no body gona agree with shoaib akhtar but with him and razzaq in the team pak team look alot more stronger and thts a psychological advantage of having Shoaib Akhtar. and he had proven in Australian condition that he is reli usefull there with his extra pace.

  • Vineet Srivastava on December 9, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    According to me following should have been the composition of pakistan cricket team for the tour of australia Test Squad: ODI T20 Taufeeq Umar Kamran Akmal Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Imran Nazir Imran Nazir Mohd.Yousuf(c) Umar Akmal Umar Akmal Misbah-ul-Haq Mohd.Yousuf S.Afridi(c) Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik Shoaib Malik Fawad Alam Misbah-ul-Haq Misbah Kamran Akmal S.Afridi(c) A.Razzak M.Aamir M.Aamir M.Aamir M.Asif M.Asif M.Asif U.Gul U.Gul U.Gul D.Kaneria S.Ajmal S.Ajmal

  • adnan on December 9, 2009, 21:31 GMT

    Didnt ask the most important question. FAISAL IQBAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! r u kidding me y this guy keeps coming in the team? the guy is averaging 26 in 23 test matches and then i heard yesterday that he will be playing in the decicding test match against the kiwis in place of malik. malik doesnt dsesrve a spot in the team either but i wud take him over faisal iqbal anytime.

  • Vineet Srivastava on December 9, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    hello all...it is so damn frustrating to see pakistan batting in such disarray something which is not knew to pakistan cricket..i mean they have been having this problem ever since anwar and sohail left the scene yet pcb couldnt find a solution to this problem that is plaguing the pakistan cricket for atleast last eight years or so...i have been a big fan of pakistan cricket team and i have watched them play from the time when one legend(Imran Khan) was about to leave the scene but not before he gave to the world two of the most thratening bowling duos(Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis)..that was an example of perfect successional planning on part of Imran Khan in such a way that pakistan cricket never really missed him...it is today when we or rather pakistan cricket misses him...we need a person like Imran to address this issue properly and help find a permanent solution rather than adjusting to makeshift arrangement that pcb has been doing for the last 8 yearswith pakistan cricket

  • Kaisar on December 9, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    Why not recall the other Shoaib too?

    I hope we win this week, but have been dreading the 2nd string Aussies all through this NZ stroll.

    Your questions will only be answered here Mr. Abbasi - we all know that. Sadly, we have left it too late to 'form' a squad again. With great regret, I predict a 3-0 defeat in the main event, a close but losing ODI series (3-2) and a Aussie walloping, 6 of the best by us for the 20:20. Standard fare nowadays...

  • Saqib on December 9, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Kamran, what is your deal with Younis? I think it has been established he is an idiot and shouldnt be allowed near a cricket stadium; I say good riddance. Also what is your quarrel with Yousef's captaincy? You are willing to give time to Younis, and other players why not give Yousef time and see how that works out.

    As far a coaching in cricket we need a coach that players can get along with... there is not much coaching to be done in cricket its not basket ball or base ball.

    Shahid Afridi, he should be kept as Vice Captain in all forms in my opinion... for now let Yousef develop.

    Young players from Pakistan have always done great things because they have something to prove, its part of our culture, so I don't think we need an experienced middle order batsman Umar and others will do... besides we don't have an experienced batsman who has done exceptionally well in Australia ( and no Younis does not count )

  • Uetian31 on December 9, 2009, 19:40 GMT

    Well if younus khan was really a good cricketer and sportsman, he should have apperaed in domestic cricket and proved his form, that is the only way some one can be picked for the side, in my view younus wants to dictate things on his own terms which can not and should not be happend, we need a captian who can score (if batsman) or bowl (if bowler), we do not need anyone who has nothing to offer!! Younus khan is just waiting to see yousaf and whole pakistan team fial, so that he can prove the poit that he is valuable to the team, i have one question to younus, what if pakistan team beat AUS, what is your futue then??? iam very much disappointed on the selction of shoab malik, he does not fitt for test cricket and even his apperance in ODI is questioanble, i wounder what he is going to offer in AUS.

  • Faisal on December 9, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    Kamran you are the voice of majority of young pakistani fans. But can we only comment on what PCB is doing and do nothing else to stop it? I'm not sure if the news of Yousaf and Kamran siding to keep shoab in team is authentic or not. But if it is the case! doesn't it show what kind of state our cricket managment is rite now that a out of form and uselss player in a team can easily be rescued by fellow players! Instead of selecting someone else on merit. Is this what we have come to now? May god help us. Ameen!

  • Javed G on December 9, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Well said, but the only problem here is that the blog is in English. Can someone please translate this blog in Urdu for PCB.

  • mirza mahmood on December 9, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    Gentlemen Wat we have now is a mil-baant team and not Pk team. These are mainlya bunch of oldies who have gotten together to save their jobs and livelihood.They got together to rid off younus who have the future(youth) and pakistan in mind. He was hardworking and a fighter himself wanted the same from others. You hav misbah shoab ajmal etc there because they were key players in this campaigne. Then you have farhat, faisal who are relatives of ilyas and miandad of PCB. There must be others that we know. Some are defintely there cuz of performance. What of opener asad shafiq and middle order naved yasin hwo are by far leading scorers. Yasin has scored 5 hundreds so early in the season. Wat abt mohd waseem,yasser hameed. What abt opener ahmed shahzad who was leading scorer in both Odis and tests in srilanka A team tour. Wat azhar ali the opener who generally batted for at least 20 overs in all tests in australia of A team and scored a couple of big 50s. Wat abt shehryar ghani who was leading scorer in odis in that tour.what abt wahab riaz who was best bowler on both of those tours. talah who followed. WAT ABT PAK.WAT ABt US. PK cricket os abt two buddies ijaz and intikhab , some golf buddies(may be gulli danda) and a bunch of selfish senior players. It must be difficult for younus to be part of this shit. Cheers

  • khurram on December 9, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    i think its time to have faith. even in malik farhat misbah and others. they have came so far for a reason. and i can not possibly think that anyone of them is not performing on purpose. i have enough hope that one of them or may be all of them rise as heroes in australia. just five years back people were calling YK a sifarishi. even then i had faith in him n now i have faith in these guys. so just pray n hope for the best guys.

  • atul on December 9, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    Atul from Canada here. Paksitan's decline is unbelievable. It seems like Pakistan's situation is the same as what West Indies have suffered in the last decade or so. I except to see Pak at the bottom of the Test and ODI ranks in the next few yrs unless a new PCB is appointed from scratch.

    Aussies will demolish Pak in their backyard. It's funny to see arch-rivals India and Pakistan's development in cricket. India is reaching the top of the ladder while Pak is still stuck middle and lower. Gives me a warm satisfaction to see Pak suffer ;)

  • MO on December 9, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    MR. Gilani, look at this rotten egg organisation too. Ijaz Butt is not even qualified to be lower level clerck in a privat organisation. Iqbal Qasim is one of them who depend his post wholely on polishing the balls of his boss. But what should we say when whole the nation is run by those who suck poor nations blood and store it in foriegn banks.

  • Goher on December 9, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Blindness of High Intensity I agree to the fact that this was golden chance to beat Australia in Australia because of following reasons: 1) Australia at the moment are comparatively weaker side and in rebuilding phase. 2) Look at the bowling depth of Pakistan M.Asif and M.Amir supported by U.Gul. Then two Good Spinners in Danish and Ajmal. 3) Good keeper in Akmal 4) Pakistan only needed think about batting a little bit.

    I believe there is no place in tests for Khurram and Shaoib Malik. The team should look like below : 1) Salman Butt 2) Yasir Hameed 3) MisBah / Younis Khan 4) Yousuf 5) Umar Akmal 6)Faisal Iqbal 7)Kamran Akmal 8)M.Amir 9)Gul 10) Asif 11) Danish

    I see reason in giving captaincy to Yousuf in ODI's, I think they want and are expecting to Give it back to Younis.

    I also agree that Younis should have been treated and supported in a better Way ...He gave pakistan Only second world cup.

  • Fiaz Ali on December 9, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Article is pretty good. ODI captaincy is debatable, there are certain points in favour of yousuf and certain are in favour of afridi. I think if the test captain is playing one day cricket then he should be prefered for one day captaincy. Fielding and top order batting concerns are very serious.

    In the end I like to apeal you that kindly don't advocate younis khan, he is the mostly responsible for the situation he and pakistan cricket is in. Younis Khan has no persistency, comittment. Stop favouring him. Why is he not playing domestic cricket to prove his worth and get back by domestic performance on his back.

  • haroon on December 9, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    i cannot believe the squad they've selected for the tour of Australia. If PCB really think they can beat the aussies with this squad they dont know anyhtin about cricket. If the team doesn't want Younus as captain atleast select him as a player Pakistan would definitely miss him as a player.

    They should be a outcry against the selection of IMRAN FARHAT AND SHOAIB MALIK HOW ON EARTH THEY QUALIFY TO BE SELECTED. IF WAQAR has ben selected as th coach both INTIKHAB and AAQIB should be shown the door.. PCB ARE OUT OF THEIR MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Muzammil Mohsin Shaikh on December 9, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    Don't know y people keep talking positive about Younis Khan. He has an attitude problem and a man with such attitude doesn't deserves to captain Pakistan. So I request Kamran Bhai to stop taking his side. All the other points seem valid. Don't understand how can selectors keep giving Mr. Shoaib Malik chance after chance. Without doing a thing on this tour he has again been able to find a place in the squad to tour Australia. Also I can't see from where Pakistan can find good openers. Except for the bowling the batting looks very weak even on paper. Tough luck. Any ways best wishes for the last test match against the Kiwis. Hope we can win that match and hence the series.

  • Ali SAYED on December 9, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Has Waqar replaced Aqib Javed as Bowling Coach? I cannot believe we are wasting a plane ticket on Khurram Manzoor to fly to Australia and embarrass us even further, Will the real Asim Kamal please stand up? Please stand up? He is a classy lefty, middle order batsmen with a solid defence. Will the PCB please take note.

  • Rashid on December 9, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Well said Kamran. I wonder we always use terms like "rebuilding phase" and "nourishing young talent". Why is this done for Cricket team alone? Why not for the PCB? Do we need 70+ years old Chairman, Coach and management staff? We don't we try young management staff for PCB. I don't think being an ex cricketer alone qualifies you for any post in PCB management. Is Lalit Modi a renowned cricketer? NO! He's just good at management and marketing whereas these pathetic(to say the least) managers of PCB don't know a word about leadership, marketing and management. They can't even do proper man management. See what they made of Shoaib Akhtar and many others. Somebody please free Pakistan Cricket from these old administrators who have lost the ability to think and make right decisions.

  • khalil on December 9, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    It is a misperception that Pak has done well in wellington.They were shaky in their victory even. Sudden slump in batting after good position can not be explained.The turning piont was the first innings 99 by NZ,otherwise the match could have gone either way.Butt is eager to gain publicity by going public on YK saga. It seems that PCB is party to,what has happened to him.By making Yousaf captain,they will lose an other world class batsman in testing conditions because Aus is not a weak team. Afridi could have been a good choice as an ODI leader.Instead they could have included him in the test side as well in place of Malik if they have to play an all rounder.

  • Imran Ali on December 9, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    You are spot on Kamran except first two points about Younis. I think Younis should be done & dusted by now, this guy has a psychology problem he needs treatment not cricket. I fully agree with you on other points. In my opinion Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat & Khurram Manzoor do not deserve to be in the team.

    Can somebody tell me what Yasir Arafat is doing in Test team. He should have been included in One-day & 20-20 team and groomed as future alrounder but amazingly he is picked for tests even though all his life he played One-day & 20-20, there is something fishy with the selection process.

  • Junaid on December 9, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    Dr, You are again wrong on Younis Khan. YK should explain what he is upto and don't just blame PCB that they can't handle a confused and immature character. Other than that good questions but I would also expect you to give some real solutions. Pakistan has always won matches based on their bowling brilliance (Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and now Asif). When did Pakistan won matches in Austrailia due to batting brilliance from our past heroes? There is no bradman left home who can make a real difference. Amir Sohail has rightly pointed out that we should have selected a player like Mohd Wasim to repalce YK but still it will not make a big difference. All Pakistani players struggles on bouncy picthes so all we can hope is that these selected ones give their 100% to put some decent score on the board. BTW we should all be looking towards a series win again NZ before worrying about Aus series.

  • aqeel on December 9, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    hi all, kamran has said what every cricket fan in pakistan is thinking. PCB is a bunch of incompotent semi literate fools. the sooner they are gotten rid of, the better! now about shoab malik , i have nothing personel against the guy but in the interest of pakistan team he needs to be shown the door, he looks unhappy and miserable on the field and he just doesnt bring enough to the team to merit his inclusion in any form of the game. i think just like umar has been a revalation, a new youngster should be given a chance, in the last few months umer and amir have shown the amount of sheer talent there is in pakistan. PCB WAKE UP!

  • Zarif on December 9, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Just when good things started happening to pakistan cricket with the winning of the t20 world cup, everything had to break down. Is this just a coincidence!! I think the PCB officials are too casual or unaware that they are being exploited.

  • Usman Bashir on December 9, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    Absolutely agree with you on all points and i am quite worried how they will play against them. We need a batting and fielding to improve and i dont see any reason of keeping these failed players again and again. Actually i was reading Aamir Sohail's interview and he is of the view that we should have Yasir Hameed or Mohd Waseem in the team. I totally agree with you there is no place for Manzor, Rauf or Shoaib in the team

  • Irfan Rizvi on December 9, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    IMO, Pakistan doest not have quality openers at all, and there is no one in the domestic circuit to actually promote, there fore my teams for the tour would have been

    Test Team:

    Khalid Latif, Salman Butt, Yousuf, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Karman Akmal, Aamer, Gul, Asif, Kaneria.

    ODI Team :

    Khalid Latif, Kamran Akmal, Yousuf,Umar Akmal, Misbah, Fawad Alam, Afridi, Razzak, Tanvir/Asif, Gul, Ajmal

    Malik has a very -ve influence in the team and should be kicked out, It was no surprise when Selectors wanted to drop him but his mate Kamran Akmal came to his rescue and made sure that the full lobby remains in the team and they can get away with whatever they want

  • Ehsan Khan on December 9, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    I totally agree with above points. but y the PCB officials are not observing these pblms as 16 coror Pak Cricket fans are observing. I think we need to send more solid & technically correct batsmans to australia not dashers. Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik & misbah ul haq thses pple dont have shots in their armory. they just want & love to hit the ball in the air & it is not test cricket. This could be the best chance pakistan can ever get to beat australia in australia but dumb PCB which we have will ruin this opportunity.

  • Jehanzeb on December 9, 2009, 15:22 GMT

    The selectors should have considered players like taufeeq umar, asim kamal and yasir hameed in place of khurram manzur, shoaib malik and faisal iqbal. This batting lineup looks the weakest in the last many years.

  • Rashid on December 9, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Now we need charity match to survive.If you play honestly with proper selection people will watch or want to play with us.Otherwise will be tagged as a bagger.Shoaib Malik will score more zero's.He is nothing but a trouble.We need good fielding and new players.Anything is better then a zero or 7 run avg against a good team in a good pitch.

  • tariq on December 9, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Shame on PCB,What the hell are they doing ? I am completely shocked and surprised that PCB had selected same team which they are playing in NewZeland. I was atleast expecting few changes that they will drop Shoaib Malik,Fawad Alam and Khurram, Manzoor.I really dont understand that why they are still giving chance to shoaib malik.He is good for nothing,also Fawad alam and khurram are not test players,they are only fit into T20 Squad. We have a good talent in Pakistan.Its really harsh that they are not giving chance to Asim Kamal,who is very fine Performer in Test Cricket.He always performed well and Even in Australia previuos tour he played and performed very well,but PCB always igonres him.He should replace Shoaib Malik and Faisal Iqbal should be given chance in place of khurram manzoor. I was also little surprised about Appointing Mohammed Yousuf ODI captain,but i think the only reason which come to my mind is that they made this decision only because he is more experienced.

  • Raman on December 9, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    No need to despair. If Pakistani fielders can take all the catches that comes thru, they can win. Asif and Aamer can be a handful to Australians. Ponting is declining and is not able to string the large hundreds that he is known and Aussies are missing the solidity in the middle order. Though the pakistani batters need to put a bit to help their bowlers.

  • Hassan Abbas on December 9, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    I used to comment a lot on your blogs but for the last 2 years or so I have become so disheartened with the PCB and the selection committee and the young (sifarishi) blood in the squad (read Imran farhat) and the conspirating senior players (read Shoaib Malik and Mibah), that I dont comment here anymore. As always, most of your points are valid, I disagree only with the first 2 cuz I myself am in favor of Afridi as captain or all forms of cricket.

    I just want to beg you and Osman Samiuddin and other professional cricket writers to do something about this farce. Sling as much mud on the PCB as you possibly can, media has great power and authority in this country and I am sure that you guys are more than capable of bringing up a revolution with your writing.

    It is so straight forward, yet our selectors do not want to do it. Bring in Afridi as captain (Play him as a regular leg spin bowler in place of Kaneria), and kick out Malik, Farhat and Misbah (atleast). Chao.

  • Jawad on December 9, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    @Kamran you said, "Younis is experienced in Australian conditions and has succeeded there.... averaging 50+"

    Could you please quote us his stats against Australia??

    ANSWER= His Average against Aussies is merely 31.83 !

    Though i agree that he should have been in the side for having an otherwise decent record. And I guess Shoaib Malik needs to be axed asap.

  • rabbani on December 9, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    are PCB really serious about the prospect of cricket in the country? Is there any authority who could ask them about their deeds?

    The selectors wanted to axe, Mr. Useless ( Shoib Malik)but Yousuf and Akmal insisted on his inclusion,I do not know why ?? maybe Yousuf wants to kill Malik with kindness contrary To what

    m

    Malik has done to Yousuf.

  • Fizul on December 9, 2009, 14:21 GMT

    It is unfair to let Younis Khan fall so badly. If you look at the guy before he took the break, it was the pressure his team mates were putting on him that cause his failure, he wasn't even concentrating on the game itself.This is when Pakistan board should come forward and help out. This guy didn't make a 50's average over a 10 year period by fluke, he is just a good batter and an excellent fieldsman.Did we forget all those wonderful runs he made, along with those huge partnerships with Yousuf, to win some beautiful games for Pakistan.I am most dissappointed with the Pakistan cricket board to let one of the architect of long test innings go.I hate to think it, but if favourism is at work at the board level then Pakistan cricket is in crisis and we may never see the best of Pakistan talented cricketers.

  • Amanzeb Khan on December 9, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    I think Afridi needs a second innings as a test player. His bowling has improved tremendously since the last time he played a test. I think he can be a handful and should play as our top spin option. This may also enable us to fill the captaincy vacuum more long term as Afridi has displayed the energy of Younis combined with the friendliness of Inzi. The ineptness in the field just goes to show the frame of mind of the players. The team needs to be lifted and energised. No better person to do that than Afridi.

  • Muzammil Saeed on December 9, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    From a 1975-2009, both have played a total of 80 ODIs against each other and Pakistan have won only 29 and lost 47 matches witch also include 1 tied and 3 not result. These record are even worst in terms of TEST cricket, that they have not won even one-third of their test matches played against aussies and off-course lost tooooo many.Similar but wid slightly better performances against South Africa,Englan,West Indies. Alas these results were not reversed by the champions like Wasim,Waqar,Saeed Anwar,Inzi,Ijaz Ahmad,Moin,Javed Miandad,Amir Sohail,Shoib Akhtar,Wajahat-ullah-wasti,Imran Khanand co.These records must be reversed otherwise we can never be called TRUE champions.

  • Milano_cricket on December 9, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    Well, it is well done from your part kamran but i think it is PCB who os responsible for all the worst situation like what we have now. Why cant PCB take the responsibility to encourage a broken heart person Ex-Captaion. i am not a die hard fan for Younis but he was nominated Captain by board and now treating him like a piece of shit. It is really amazing what we do with our role models. Australia is professinal side will not give an opportunity to touch them. I cant understand why Shoaib Milak is with team. I am a tax payers to Country i pay money to run Pakistan and when politicition and players like fighting and enjoying extra benifits it really hurts me. If we need to keep giving chances to Milak why not try someone new to invest for future. I am not optimistic in Australia let see what will be final score whitewash or 2-0.

  • Shahid on December 9, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    What ever ZARDARI is doing to Pakistan, his men are doing to the 5 organisations run by Pakistani government. On Business side Railways, PIA, Steelmills, WAPDA.. On Cultural side PCB. ALL of these 5 organisations are destroyed to hell. CHEIF JUSTUS WILL BE SOON ASKED TO SELECT CRICKET TEAM TOO.lol

  • Waqas on December 9, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    We know we can't do much about it now so how about supporting the team which has been selected? :)

    I used to be a big supporter of Younis Khan Dr. Sahib - and no doubt, he was an excellent batsman - but I've finally come to the conclusion that the guy doesn't have what it takes to be captain of the Pakistan team. Just count how many times he has played around with the captaincy and the PCB...surely the PCB can't be expected to bend down to him once again...

    I agree with you on Shoaib Malik. Retaining him makes no sense at all. He's the one change I would like to see in the current team - Faisal Iqbal in place of Shoaib Malik. I was harsh on Imran Farhat but let him be there for the sake of continuity if nothing else. Maybe Salman/Imran turn out to be the solution we have been looking for all this time...InshaAllah...

  • SHAHID on December 9, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    (1) Who is the fifth bowler in playing eleven. Or you are going with only 4. Why not bring in Afridi or Razaq as fifth batsman bowler. (2) Why did you prefer Imran Farhat and Khurram over Taufiq Umar. Only that Taufiq has better average, more 50+ scores ratio, and experience of south african and English wickets. WHY? Just tell me one reason. (3) If you had a little feelings for Pakistan cricket and us the fans, you had found younis, you could even find his dead father alive. But its your dirty politics. Younis didn't need any domestic game to prove as he played NZ not many days ago. (4) SHAME ON IJAZ BUTT AND CHAMCHA IQBAL QASIM (5) How you explain that value added by Shoaib to the playing 11 is more than Afridi's while you operate with only 4 bowlers and its only spin who undoes present australia. (5) Let me count your own kids in the team, Imran Farhat, Khurram, Faisal Iqbal, Rauf, Shoaib. Are they the best in their trade in Pakistan. Shameeeee

  • sharaf katawazi on December 9, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    without younas this bating is flop.younas should have been in the team.alot of people says that he is out of form.but even he is out of form he can do more well then misbah shoiab malik .pakistan cricket is going to be ruined.

  • Waqas on December 9, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    We know we can't do much about it now so how about supporting the team which has been selected? :)

    I used to be a big supporter of Younis Khan Dr. Sahib - and no doubt, he was an excellent batsman - but I've finally come to the conclusion that the guy doesn't have what it takes to be captain of the Pakistan team. Just count how many times he has played around with the captaincy and the PCB...surely the PCB can't be expected to bend down to him once again...

    I agree with you on Shoaib Malik. Retaining him makes no sense at all. He's the one change I would like to see in the current team - Faisal Iqbal in place of Shoaib Malik. I was harsh on Imran Farhat but let him be there for the sake of continuity if nothing else. Maybe Salman/Imran turn out to be the solution we have been looking for all this time...InshaAllah...

  • Marlo on December 9, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    Hi PCB.... just remember our heart is bleeding as you destroy Pakistan cricket. NRO doesn't exist any more and nothing will save you when the time comes. I can only say, Either you are blind, or stupid or just cheaters. You cant find Younis hahaha, You cant see that Khurams wont last a minut on turning wickets with his technique shame shame, You keep both proven losers for only to do a favour to uncle and father-in-law shame again, You can't see Shoaib's non performance and lack of capacity on batting wickets but you expect miracles from him on Australian wickets, shame again. You are blind that you cant see Taufiq umar or young talent of Naved Yasin.

  • Mud B on December 9, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    Mehtab Ul Hasan?? Farhat and Kaneria in the 1 day squad. Mate, its selections like yours, that have wrecked the pakistan team. Far(h)t should be nowhere near an international squad. He is the worst batsmen Pakistan have ever produced. And Kaneria is a test bowler. I can't understand why you would play 3 frontline spinners in a twenty 20/1 day international. Classic example of why nobody in Pakistan knows what to do with their cricket team.

  • Eastasia on December 9, 2009, 13:02 GMT

    Salam Kamran, I share your analysis particularly shocked to learn that Yousuf will lead the One day squad as well, his leadership in the last test was not put to real test since our bowlers were right on the money and batting did slightly better than the 1st test. His fielding placement was horrific to say the least i.e. Umar Gul fielding at point. The biggest surprise for me surely is Shoaib Malik, he does not deserve to be in the test squad particularly after his consistent failures. I think PCB has signed a sort of contract with him to keep him in every squad regardless. This is nothing other than politics. I would tend to disagree with your comments on openers, we have not heard any emerging player lately so not sure who will replace Imran (Though he is a big safarshia). I don’t also know if we have any other senior batsman performing in the domestic cricket who could have been considered in the middle order. Overall, it is the same old PCB mgmt which lacks vision and dedication.

  • sAm on December 9, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    I agree 100% with u Mr. Kamran. PCB is managing cricket team like it is playing 4 their family rather than country. It's not only sad 2 see "Parchee" players like S.Malik & I.Farhat in team wasting golden moments in careers of many bright young PK players (like U.Akmal) who can be asset if they play 4 PK team instead of these non-playing,catch dropping,political players. As 4 those who oppose Y.khan's selection.Please 1st read statistics of Y.Khan on cricinfo against Australia (in Australia) then tell honestly if he was a better choice than S.Malik or not. I agree with u that we r trying out best 2 lose a good cricketing opportunity ourself by selecting a handicapped team full of losers & bad fielders. Their is a limit 2 what Bowlers & Akmal Brothers can do 4 PK team. What rest of 5 guys in the team are doing is a great mystery. Once PK team will face Aussies who have done their homework against PK bowlers & Akmal Bro, then PCB will know how shallow ws their attempt to select team.

  • Salman on December 9, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    I think yousaf is a best avaliable choice for selectors.Because Afridi is contraversial.Afridi,s grouping in Team already damage the Pakistan team very badly.So Afridi need to consentrat on your batting.I beleive that Pakistan,s team need a sensilble captain and Afridi is how much sensible we all know?We sould support to Yousaf for good outcomes.But we all are pakistani we always criticize others.So we all are stop this Habits.My well wishes for Yousaf And my beloved Pakistan.Pakistan Zindabad.

  • irfanmayani on December 9, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    I love the idea of having Waqar as the bowling coach. but then why is Aqib and Inti There. Both of them have been good bowlers in the past. So why do we need a specialist coach now in the presence of two coaches who are bowlers. The Selection ,I think under the present situation they dint have other options. I would have liked to have Yasir Hameed , as he has a better record than Imran , Khurram and co. And once Hameed was looked at as s very bright prospect.

    Why can't we have Kamran Akmal as the Opener even in Tests, I think among the top 7 in the order, he has the best technique to counter the new ball and he also gives you an attacking option upfront. Having him at the top with one regular opener, we can make the other new guys like Fawad Alam or Any other new comer , bat down the order. I think if We can have a batting order of Butt, KAmran , Yusuf, Misbah, Umer, Faisal , Malik / Fawad and then the 4 bowlers then it will serve us better .Wish I could have Afridi at 7 in tests

  • Hasan on December 9, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    spot on Dr. If Pakistan manage to win this test series not only will the whole team take the credit but also our Cricket Board Officials, who will go on telling everyone how everything is well tuned, which will be anything but truth. Imran Farhat should give way to Fawad Alam, who not only recently scored a hundred but also is a better fielder.

  • Mehtab Ul Hasan on December 9, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    I agree on most of your points. I don't see any seriousness in PCB. I am cricket lover and played wonderful cricket throughout my life. Kamran i can even tell who should play who should now then why PCB is not doing the proper selection job. There is no doubt that Pakistan has got a shining talent and can beat any team at any venue but the should be a proper execution and plan to do so. Look what have done in 1st test against Newzealand. I was shocked with the loss. My Best One day / 20-20 team: Imran Nazir Imran Farhat Muhammed yousuf Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Kamral Akmal Muhammed Asif Danish Kaneria Muhammed Amir Umer gul Saeed Ajmal

    Your analysis is quite appreciating and hoping some miracle in PCB management.

    Mehtab Ul Hasan Manager Marketing DL NASH TEXTILES Pvt. Ltd Karachi

  • Mudassar Rana on December 9, 2009, 12:14 GMT

    We have to see that there is a general crisis in honourable leadership in the pcb as well as the government.

    a lot of positions depend on patronization from above - hence talent is secondry - thank god the akmals have the right contacts.

    why shoaib malik is in the team for the last year only god knows.

    why imran farhat is in the team only his father in law knows!

    why yousuf is odi captain - only tariq jamil knows!

    pakistan needs a cull in all these pretend leaders and responsiblity for decisions need to be given to a few honourable focused and knowledgable people, and this applies to the government as well!

  • Adeel on December 9, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    I agree fully with your comments. In mu opinion no Pakistani knows how to govern nor to manage. Things are always done in selfinterest or other shady motives. No one thinks for the country or the people. A total and utter farce! How can Pakistan even think of competing with only three batsman worth mentioning. Why isn't Afridi in the testsquad. He was an integral part of the team which do so well under Inzamam. I fear for the worse and my hope is dwindling with each catastrophic decision made my the PCB.

  • Ali on December 9, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    Kamran,

    Most of your questions make sense. Only question 1 and 2 are the ones that Younis should be answering.

    I know you favor Younis a lot but you have to be balanced as this guy (Younis) is a proven jerk.

  • KAMRAN KHAN on December 9, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    I HOPE SOMEONE FROM PCB READS THIS,AND THINK AGAIN WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO OUR CRICKET TEAM. AND YEAH I ALSO THINK AFRIDI SHOULD PLAY TEST MATCHES TOO, PAKISTAN REALLY NEED HIM, HE HAS GOOD BATTING AVG, AND 47 WICKETS. AND THE WAY HE IS BOWLING RECENTLY HE WILL BE A GREAT HELP. CONSIDERING THE FACT WHAT OUR OPENERS ARE DOING, TRYING AFRIDI WON'T BE A MISTAKE. OR IF NOT ITS FUNNY BUT I GOTTA SAY THAT THE WAY OUR OPENERS ARE PLAYING, THEY SHOULD LET AAMER OPEN WITH ONE OF THE SINIORS. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFULL POST.

  • Dr. MS Belgami on December 9, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    There has been something seriously wrong with the PCB's vision and policy. They seem to be myopic every inch. We saw what 's been happening in New Zealand, they could have been easily 2-0 up had it not been for sloppy fielding and inept batting. 1. How can you insisit on opening with Khurram and farhat, where both have feet of clay. whatever, is said and done, Salman Butt is a better choice. Don't forget his performance against Australia when they toured last. I don't see the logic of leaving out Afridi in Tasts,Even thoughh he gets out early, he could imensely benwefit the team with his fielding and bowling. In hind sight he could have ontributed more than Manzoor, farhat and Malik had he been in the team. Imagine how he led the team in T20 matchesd. I am a big fan of Afridi, I feel he should have been given captaincy of all the versions of cricket. Hw brings a natural aggression with him. Pakistan board and players are know for self-destruction. They should learn soon.

  • Amin on December 9, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    I dont think this is the best squad pakistan has selected...There are desperately some changes required and build a new and young team..The process has to begin now..How long do we need to continue with Salman Butt/Shoiab malik/Imran Farhat/Misbah...enough chances have been given to them...We have young talent available in Pakistan and this is the team we should be trying out them...Amir/Umar Akmal/Ajmal they are all young guys who were given a chance and are performing brilliantly...Also Shahid Afridi should have been made captain of ODIs and T20s as it would have given him a great experience and exposure and also at the same time would have tested his as a captain...I dont think Younis Khan deserved a chance since he has not played any domestic cricket and was out of form anyway....This is a building phase of Pakistani Cricket team and they should use this opptn to create a young team which in next two years time can emerge as world top team like India....

  • DeVil on December 9, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Nice Blog Kamran these question are all valid unfortunately no one to answer and we have to blame once again after the series to selector and our batsmen, dont expect much from young players as they did there best already and will do so where are all senior whenwill they learn onwhat parameters we say they are seniors just cause they have played? why shoiab malik and misbah when u have faisal iqbal, mohammad wasim, asim kamal, yasir hameed, and hasan raza where are they

  • Inty on December 9, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    Well said Kamran. 10 very valid points! BTW What's the latest on the PCB's constitution issue? Are they still in the process of drafting it?

  • tauseef on December 9, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    well said sir, the fielding have been pathetic, i dont know what inthikab alam coach, dropping younis is a crime i believe what is the point making mohammad yousuf odi captain when u have captain in a making (afridi)

  • Pakistani in Australia on December 9, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    When will professional business managers be allowed to run the business side of things? Why wasn't Shahid Afridi asked to replace Younis for the test matches. He is no worse than Shoaib malik in battinga the moment and at least he can bowl, which is his primary role (not forgetting his fielding and enthusism on the field). What happened to the opener who played the final of the T20 World Cup? Why weren't Hassan Raza, Taufiq Umer, Muhammad Wasim persisted with? Why can't Pakistan have good sporting wickets to help out batsmen develop their skills? I could go on but I am getting tired :)

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  • Pakistani in Australia on December 9, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    When will professional business managers be allowed to run the business side of things? Why wasn't Shahid Afridi asked to replace Younis for the test matches. He is no worse than Shoaib malik in battinga the moment and at least he can bowl, which is his primary role (not forgetting his fielding and enthusism on the field). What happened to the opener who played the final of the T20 World Cup? Why weren't Hassan Raza, Taufiq Umer, Muhammad Wasim persisted with? Why can't Pakistan have good sporting wickets to help out batsmen develop their skills? I could go on but I am getting tired :)

  • tauseef on December 9, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    well said sir, the fielding have been pathetic, i dont know what inthikab alam coach, dropping younis is a crime i believe what is the point making mohammad yousuf odi captain when u have captain in a making (afridi)

  • Inty on December 9, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    Well said Kamran. 10 very valid points! BTW What's the latest on the PCB's constitution issue? Are they still in the process of drafting it?

  • DeVil on December 9, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Nice Blog Kamran these question are all valid unfortunately no one to answer and we have to blame once again after the series to selector and our batsmen, dont expect much from young players as they did there best already and will do so where are all senior whenwill they learn onwhat parameters we say they are seniors just cause they have played? why shoiab malik and misbah when u have faisal iqbal, mohammad wasim, asim kamal, yasir hameed, and hasan raza where are they

  • Amin on December 9, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    I dont think this is the best squad pakistan has selected...There are desperately some changes required and build a new and young team..The process has to begin now..How long do we need to continue with Salman Butt/Shoiab malik/Imran Farhat/Misbah...enough chances have been given to them...We have young talent available in Pakistan and this is the team we should be trying out them...Amir/Umar Akmal/Ajmal they are all young guys who were given a chance and are performing brilliantly...Also Shahid Afridi should have been made captain of ODIs and T20s as it would have given him a great experience and exposure and also at the same time would have tested his as a captain...I dont think Younis Khan deserved a chance since he has not played any domestic cricket and was out of form anyway....This is a building phase of Pakistani Cricket team and they should use this opptn to create a young team which in next two years time can emerge as world top team like India....

  • Dr. MS Belgami on December 9, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    There has been something seriously wrong with the PCB's vision and policy. They seem to be myopic every inch. We saw what 's been happening in New Zealand, they could have been easily 2-0 up had it not been for sloppy fielding and inept batting. 1. How can you insisit on opening with Khurram and farhat, where both have feet of clay. whatever, is said and done, Salman Butt is a better choice. Don't forget his performance against Australia when they toured last. I don't see the logic of leaving out Afridi in Tasts,Even thoughh he gets out early, he could imensely benwefit the team with his fielding and bowling. In hind sight he could have ontributed more than Manzoor, farhat and Malik had he been in the team. Imagine how he led the team in T20 matchesd. I am a big fan of Afridi, I feel he should have been given captaincy of all the versions of cricket. Hw brings a natural aggression with him. Pakistan board and players are know for self-destruction. They should learn soon.

  • KAMRAN KHAN on December 9, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    I HOPE SOMEONE FROM PCB READS THIS,AND THINK AGAIN WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO OUR CRICKET TEAM. AND YEAH I ALSO THINK AFRIDI SHOULD PLAY TEST MATCHES TOO, PAKISTAN REALLY NEED HIM, HE HAS GOOD BATTING AVG, AND 47 WICKETS. AND THE WAY HE IS BOWLING RECENTLY HE WILL BE A GREAT HELP. CONSIDERING THE FACT WHAT OUR OPENERS ARE DOING, TRYING AFRIDI WON'T BE A MISTAKE. OR IF NOT ITS FUNNY BUT I GOTTA SAY THAT THE WAY OUR OPENERS ARE PLAYING, THEY SHOULD LET AAMER OPEN WITH ONE OF THE SINIORS. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFULL POST.

  • Ali on December 9, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    Kamran,

    Most of your questions make sense. Only question 1 and 2 are the ones that Younis should be answering.

    I know you favor Younis a lot but you have to be balanced as this guy (Younis) is a proven jerk.

  • Adeel on December 9, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    I agree fully with your comments. In mu opinion no Pakistani knows how to govern nor to manage. Things are always done in selfinterest or other shady motives. No one thinks for the country or the people. A total and utter farce! How can Pakistan even think of competing with only three batsman worth mentioning. Why isn't Afridi in the testsquad. He was an integral part of the team which do so well under Inzamam. I fear for the worse and my hope is dwindling with each catastrophic decision made my the PCB.

  • Mudassar Rana on December 9, 2009, 12:14 GMT

    We have to see that there is a general crisis in honourable leadership in the pcb as well as the government.

    a lot of positions depend on patronization from above - hence talent is secondry - thank god the akmals have the right contacts.

    why shoaib malik is in the team for the last year only god knows.

    why imran farhat is in the team only his father in law knows!

    why yousuf is odi captain - only tariq jamil knows!

    pakistan needs a cull in all these pretend leaders and responsiblity for decisions need to be given to a few honourable focused and knowledgable people, and this applies to the government as well!