New Zealand 2009 December 16, 2009

Three reasons unknown

Why has Sami been recalled
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What was the thinking behind recalling Mohammad Sami? © Cricinfo Ltd
 

Pakistan escaped with a drawn Test and drawn series. When rain intervened in Napier, Mohammad Yousuf's side were looking ragged, their captain nervous. The bowling line of attack and the field placings didn't inspire confidence. Yousuf and his team weren't responding well to the pressure of defending a lowish total on a placid wicket. For me, this was the most fascinating and revealing passage of play in a rivetingTest series. Pity then that New Zealand fans stayed away, an extraordinary failure of marketing or sporting culture.

Indeed, the whole contest was tightly fought and utterly enthralling, in large part thanks to the inconsistencies and poor performances exhibited by both teams. But there was also heroism, from Bond, O'Brien, and Vettori for New Zealand. While Pakistan were grateful to their 'A' list: the Akmals, Asif, and Aamer. Danish Kaneria promised better days too, but he had a rather poor final day like all of Pakistan's bowlers.

Importantly, Yousuf displayed a new determination to struggle and grind out an innings when in the past he would have wafted his wicket away. His captaincy and tactics, though, did raise some concerns. Generally, Yousuf was a defensive captain, risk averse, safety first. His bowling changes seemed sensible but the field placings seldom did. In his defence, although it is a lame one, Yousuf is an inexperienced captain and with Pakistan's recent record a drawn series is a small triumph.

Australia, of course, will be a much tougher challenge, despite their own rebuilding process. Nonetheless, Pakistan's ambitions will be built on their bowling attack, which is good enough to surprise Australia. But whichever way you look at it, the batting line-up is threadbare. When your batting mostly relies on a nineteen-year-old in his first Test series, you know you have cracks too deep to paper over.

Pakistan supporters will stay loyal to their team and will continue to enjoy watching their progress but the bafflement with Pakistan's decision-makers grows on a daily basis. What happens in Pakistan cricket happens for reasons unknown, without logic or consistency, and here are three examples:

1 The return of Mohammad Sami. In the wilderness, out of sight out of mind, no recent international preparation to speak of, Pakistan's once-great hope returns for another chance to ride into the Test arena. Why has Sami been recalled? On what basis? What happened to the pace bowlers on the fringe of international selection in recent months? All discarded at a stroke, a selection strategy abandoned. Good luck to Sami but the logic applied for his recall could easily be applied to include Yasir Hameed, for example, to strengthen the batting.

2 The absence of Younis Khan. The story goes that Younis has gone underground. Rather than hiding out in an underground tunnel in Waziristan or on a fishing boat in the Indian Ocean, Younis emerges at a cricket coaching course in Lahore. It's obvious to most sentient beings that Pakistan's batting is too fragile and lacks experience. Why so quickly rule out an experienced and successful Test player, who also happens to be your current national captain? The rush to exclude Younis was indecent and a direct contradiction to what Mr Butt and Younis were both insisting on only days before.

3 The lottery of selection. I saw a television interview with Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's occasionally successful spin bowler and now chairman of selectors. Qasim was asked why he wasn't attending the Test series as he was supposed to do. His reply was that he was only part-time and that watching a full five days on his own wasn't a good use of his time. The selection system was revamped to attract professionals. It seems to attract people who have better things to do. How hard can it be to find a former senior Pakistan cricketer willing to do everything they can do to get the selection right, including even watching a match?

Why this angst? This is a chance to beat Australia if destiny's kind, yet Pakistan appear reluctant to take it--for reasons unknown.

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  • Kamil on December 27, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Umar Gul is excluded fromt the first 11. He is fit and he is a wicket-taking bowler, hence he deserves to be part of the first eleven.

  • A.R.Zaidi on December 27, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    Look at the game after 2nd day's play at MCG and the main culprit once again is Mohammad Yousaf. He got out in the last over when he should have carefully dispose it off. I agree a thousand times with u that he is a very defensive captain. Why did he enter the match with only 4 regular bowlers and what were the credentials of Abdul Raoof? WHY DID HE DROP DANISH kANERIA AND WHY OMAR GUL WAS EXCLUDED? This was poor selection by all standards. He is a great batsman but not a great leader so Pakistan by the end of day 2 is looking for ways to save the test match. May be Yousaf would be looking to the skies because there were lots of rains in Melbourne before the test match. Now everything is depending on Omar and Kamran Akmal as in my view, Misbah is once again a very bad choice for selection in a test match being played in Australia. If Pakistan loses the game, sole responsibility will be on captain and captain only.

  • najeeb on December 27, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    Reason why younis is not playing...Well I got a chance to travel with him from dubai to manchester a month back, and my friend and I were talking to him while we were waiting for the boarding passes and he told us that 4 players do not want to play under him :( Although he is keen to play, but if FOUR players are just not happy with the captain and not part of the team, then whats the point having them in the team?? Pakistan never ben short of talent! we have problems in finding a captain rather than finding players! reason is this kachra politics.

  • AKBAR BAADSHAH on December 27, 2009, 0:11 GMT

    Why isn't shahid afridi playing in the tests against australia. he can be chosen just for his bowling!!! he is better than imran farhat.

  • Gulab on December 26, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    Yes yours comments to bring Sami is very important. A month before one of my freiend told me about his observation that there is lobby working in Pakistan to remove Pashtun from top position in beaurocracy or govt. Being a pakistani I was not beleiving. But due to exclusion of Umar Gul I realised the same. I think removal of Younas and now Umar Gul seems to be the steps to avoid Pashtun although they have many scrifieses for Pakistan. I could not understand the exclusion of Gul and this is the reason I am thinking like my friend. It seems that NWFP and Balochistan are not acceptable to the rest of Pakistan.

  • Anu on December 22, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    As long as the players do not take catches, the chances of winning will be quite dismal. And I think Misbah is still out of form, so Fawad Alam should take his place- he is the best fielder in the side and a useful all-rounder as well. But not as an opener, but as a middle-order batsman as this is his right position. And please, NO Shoaib Malik now, he is past his prime.

  • TS on December 22, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    You sir, are a champion. Your knowledge in unsurpassed, your insight is always correct. Only the enlightened know that what true pakistani cricket fans want to hear is another pakistani giving his lounge room pessimistic oppinions of pakistani cricket. There have been lesser people in the past who tried to maybe offer support to their nation, their team, but they like I said were lesser men.

    Only the brave go out and consistently degrade their team. Those people, like yourself are champions.

    With God's will, we shall all one day become like the great man you are.

  • majid yaseen on December 21, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    Very brief. I would like to include these players in Pakistan Cricket team to get better result; 1. Imran Farhat 2. Salman Butt 3. Younus Khan/Yasir Hameed 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain) 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohd Amer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria 12. Abdul Rauf 13. Abdul Razzaq 14. Tanveer ahmed

    Bowling Coach: Waqar Younus Fielding and Batting Coach: Ijaz Ahmad

    if PCB can give rest to Intikhab Alam, that would be great.

  • Nauman Rupani on December 21, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    It will be really if Sami gets selected ahead of Rauf.However,with a long tour & more fixtures lined up next year,I think the pace trio will need breaks(through fatigue or injuries).Sami,on any given day is better team member than Akhtar.Younis Khan should only be allowed to WIN his place back in the side.Jury should be outon him,Misbah & Malik after every series,YK is just too fragile emotionally and the latter 2 are past their prime.If we can afford to risk & fail,we should experiment with youngsters who can stick for a 8-10 yrs.Fawad Alam must get a long run,just axe Faisal Iqbal.The batting should be: -2 openers(any Pakistani qualifies) -Yousuf -Akmal -Fawad(both can switch b/w 4th & 5th based on their comfort), -Experiments (Misbah/Malik/youngsters/Afridi) Yousuf must bat one-down. All teams have their top batsman bat early: Ponting,KP,Sachin,Dhoni, Gayle all take the challenge, come early and impose their authority.

  • mohsin ali on December 21, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    droping younis from team is good for pakistani team because he is not a match winning batsan.we can,t rely on him.salman butt shoula also be dropped and yasir hameed should be given chance. misbah should be given chance for this series only.there is no need of fawad he can even hit the ball.

  • Kamil on December 27, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me why Umar Gul is excluded fromt the first 11. He is fit and he is a wicket-taking bowler, hence he deserves to be part of the first eleven.

  • A.R.Zaidi on December 27, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    Look at the game after 2nd day's play at MCG and the main culprit once again is Mohammad Yousaf. He got out in the last over when he should have carefully dispose it off. I agree a thousand times with u that he is a very defensive captain. Why did he enter the match with only 4 regular bowlers and what were the credentials of Abdul Raoof? WHY DID HE DROP DANISH kANERIA AND WHY OMAR GUL WAS EXCLUDED? This was poor selection by all standards. He is a great batsman but not a great leader so Pakistan by the end of day 2 is looking for ways to save the test match. May be Yousaf would be looking to the skies because there were lots of rains in Melbourne before the test match. Now everything is depending on Omar and Kamran Akmal as in my view, Misbah is once again a very bad choice for selection in a test match being played in Australia. If Pakistan loses the game, sole responsibility will be on captain and captain only.

  • najeeb on December 27, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    Reason why younis is not playing...Well I got a chance to travel with him from dubai to manchester a month back, and my friend and I were talking to him while we were waiting for the boarding passes and he told us that 4 players do not want to play under him :( Although he is keen to play, but if FOUR players are just not happy with the captain and not part of the team, then whats the point having them in the team?? Pakistan never ben short of talent! we have problems in finding a captain rather than finding players! reason is this kachra politics.

  • AKBAR BAADSHAH on December 27, 2009, 0:11 GMT

    Why isn't shahid afridi playing in the tests against australia. he can be chosen just for his bowling!!! he is better than imran farhat.

  • Gulab on December 26, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    Yes yours comments to bring Sami is very important. A month before one of my freiend told me about his observation that there is lobby working in Pakistan to remove Pashtun from top position in beaurocracy or govt. Being a pakistani I was not beleiving. But due to exclusion of Umar Gul I realised the same. I think removal of Younas and now Umar Gul seems to be the steps to avoid Pashtun although they have many scrifieses for Pakistan. I could not understand the exclusion of Gul and this is the reason I am thinking like my friend. It seems that NWFP and Balochistan are not acceptable to the rest of Pakistan.

  • Anu on December 22, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    As long as the players do not take catches, the chances of winning will be quite dismal. And I think Misbah is still out of form, so Fawad Alam should take his place- he is the best fielder in the side and a useful all-rounder as well. But not as an opener, but as a middle-order batsman as this is his right position. And please, NO Shoaib Malik now, he is past his prime.

  • TS on December 22, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    You sir, are a champion. Your knowledge in unsurpassed, your insight is always correct. Only the enlightened know that what true pakistani cricket fans want to hear is another pakistani giving his lounge room pessimistic oppinions of pakistani cricket. There have been lesser people in the past who tried to maybe offer support to their nation, their team, but they like I said were lesser men.

    Only the brave go out and consistently degrade their team. Those people, like yourself are champions.

    With God's will, we shall all one day become like the great man you are.

  • majid yaseen on December 21, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    Very brief. I would like to include these players in Pakistan Cricket team to get better result; 1. Imran Farhat 2. Salman Butt 3. Younus Khan/Yasir Hameed 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain) 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohd Amer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria 12. Abdul Rauf 13. Abdul Razzaq 14. Tanveer ahmed

    Bowling Coach: Waqar Younus Fielding and Batting Coach: Ijaz Ahmad

    if PCB can give rest to Intikhab Alam, that would be great.

  • Nauman Rupani on December 21, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    It will be really if Sami gets selected ahead of Rauf.However,with a long tour & more fixtures lined up next year,I think the pace trio will need breaks(through fatigue or injuries).Sami,on any given day is better team member than Akhtar.Younis Khan should only be allowed to WIN his place back in the side.Jury should be outon him,Misbah & Malik after every series,YK is just too fragile emotionally and the latter 2 are past their prime.If we can afford to risk & fail,we should experiment with youngsters who can stick for a 8-10 yrs.Fawad Alam must get a long run,just axe Faisal Iqbal.The batting should be: -2 openers(any Pakistani qualifies) -Yousuf -Akmal -Fawad(both can switch b/w 4th & 5th based on their comfort), -Experiments (Misbah/Malik/youngsters/Afridi) Yousuf must bat one-down. All teams have their top batsman bat early: Ponting,KP,Sachin,Dhoni, Gayle all take the challenge, come early and impose their authority.

  • mohsin ali on December 21, 2009, 19:02 GMT

    droping younis from team is good for pakistani team because he is not a match winning batsan.we can,t rely on him.salman butt shoula also be dropped and yasir hameed should be given chance. misbah should be given chance for this series only.there is no need of fawad he can even hit the ball.

  • Nasser Ahmad on December 21, 2009, 3:19 GMT

    I think it is now time to drop Misbah and give Fawad Alam a sustained run at number 6. That's where he belongs and we have to take this opportunity to give him some valuable experience of Aussie conditions. Plus he is a handy bowler and I think we will need another spinner to bowl a few overs in both Melbourne and Sydney. And he is a better fielder. Seems like a simple decision to me. Does Yousuf have the guts to make that decision? The "experience" argument does not hold water because Misbah, despite his age, does not have a lot of experience of Aussie conditions either.

  • sohaib on December 21, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    pace and pace works in Australia abut shoaib aktkhar is not fit so PCb call sami. Sami is the best after shoaib akthar adn brett lee its sami. he has hatrick in Both in odi and test matches. he is gud blower. Every player goes out of form it doesnt mean u kick him of the best. we need pace. Asif is gud blower but lacks but and umar gul lacks pace 2 and aamir has some. sami has da most pace. he Should play he first test and open da blowing. When asif debuted against Australia at Sydney in January 2005 in first inning asif blowed 16 overs and went for 72 runs at the economy rate of 4:50 which is 4 odi not test matches and second inning asif blowed 2 overs went for 16 runs at the Economy rate of 8:00 so every blower has a bad and good time. gud luck 2 sami. insallah we will pick up wickets and pakistan will win the series

  • sohaib on December 21, 2009, 2:16 GMT

    we need pace and sami got da pace we need. no doubt that asif is good blower but he don't have pace. when asif came new he play in Australia against and he went for many runs. in Australia the wickets are fast and wee need pace. when sami made his debut against NEw zeal and he took 8 wickets and then he was in big form. sami is a good blower. he need help of kamral akamal 2 do well. akamal need 2 take those big catches AND MISS THEM. gud luck sami

  • Asfandyar on December 19, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    Pace Pace and Pace :) guys Pakistan will be playing on australian pitches which are pacy and bouncy ...i cant see any one except sami from the avaiable LOT bowling above 150kmh bouncers and yorkers : u need agression there in australia and sami has that ... BEST Of LUCK Sami !!!!

  • Junaid on December 19, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    1) Reason for selecting Sami: According to selectors reasons are as follows: a) Coach and Captain requested for an extra bowler. b) According to Iqbal Qasim: Sami is most experienced in the options available and was in good form in recent matches. For me it makes no difference as Sami has always played in a support role so if he is able to provide some good support to Asif than fine. Only concern about him is that he gives too many runs at times and Aussies can score fast man.

    2) Younis Khan ufffffffff. Doc sb why don't you get this? YK himself refused to play for Pakistan when Pakistan needed him most. He as always acted as a loser and timid guy who prefers to hide rather than facing the challenges. Now his highness YK has announced his return to domestic crikcet and he will be selected for one dayers so please wait for a month before you see your beloved YK in action. 3) For a change I agree with you on Iqbal Qasim. We should have a better professional as chief selector.

  • Irfan on December 19, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Salman Butt seems to be doing well, got a century in Tasmania! There should be an unwritten rule here on this blog that we can agree to disagree. You can oppose all the selections and policies but once the battle is under way lets all root for the men on the ground. All the upper middle order is among runs of some kind. Not bad. Hope they continue with the momentum. My prayers with Fawad to make a significant contribution. Inclusion of Rauf is a good sign. Let's hope he puts the Aussie batsman under his spell.

  • mqi on December 19, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    FINAL NOTICE TO PCB, SELECTORS,COACHES FROM THE AUDIENCE AND CRICKET FANS. Bring Afridi and younus back to the test side, otherwise, you will be remembered as the worst decision makers in the history of Pakistan cricket. You must know how to respect people who keep the game alive. The game is not for the selectors, but for the people.

  • sajjad mohd on December 19, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    it is not a good decision

  • Mian Muhammad Shah on December 19, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    cont,,, he (big Saif) would be saying the cup should have been made of some other material than the one it is made like.... On captaincy issue I would say to keep great Younus as test captain and ODIs to agressive Afridi for at least one year and I think he has the potential to be one of the consistant captain plus this will incorporate more sense of responsibility in his character.Respected M Yousaf should only be selected for tests and as responsible batsman rather than captain; which is I feel beyond his scope. Asif, Amer and Gul are emerging as good fast bowling line up with preferrably Kaneria as spinner. Faisal Iqbal should be given fair chance once you select him for the national team. Asim Kamal must be discouraged with the bias selection so far.... In the end I would pray and hope for some thing positive happen to my beloved Pak cricket. People like Great Imran Khan must be included at any level and capacity for the desired results other wise thing will remain the same........

  • Mian Muhammad Shah on December 19, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    Salam, going through entire comments above,which I respect, I would request the authorities to please save Pak cricket and come up with positive and courages decisions. There is no harm in loosing while taking corrective measures rather than loosing as routine business. I would recommend to change the chairman and his allays, major support staff of National team, Fawad Alam, shoaib malik and misbah bcz of their techniques and form. Sami has to be ensured that this is the last chance at the twilight of his International career and must cash it by overcoming his few major flaws. Great younus must be part of at least test side and one days inclusion must be subjected to outstanding form, I think he is far better captain than the existing one. Pak nation must be patient and give full support to the new emerging opening pair for I think a couple of series before starting media war through guys like sarfaraz nawaz who only know how to critisize any situation; even if we win the World cup, he

  • Sunil Juckes on December 19, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    I am not all that surprised by the selectors. This happens all the time in Pakistan. As an Indian, I have always admired the battle between the two subcontinental giants. It is sad we do not play each other now.

    Coming back to the selectors in Pakistan, they need to focus more on the young domestic players. Younus Khan must have been fed up, so must have been Afridi. Shoaib Malik has lost his confidence. Misbah's worried about the damocles sword. I would say give your bowlers the confidence, i.e., play them for 3 series. Pakistan's strength has been its bowling. They can rip out any team in the world....but....they need confidence........ Are you listening Iqbal Qasim.

  • Farrukh on December 19, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    Oh boy, I think we rather have only the captain select the team. At least he will be happy and be responsible if they perform for fail. Why keep bringing fired shots back? And please can you ask the selectors not to smoke pot when they are on duty, if they are ever. Have two pace men and one full time spinner. Have seven full time batsmen. Then one could have some one like Rana or Razaq to help in both bowling and bating. It doesn’t have to be those two but there few of them in first class. In bating have 4 seniors and 3 fresh guys so we could have experience and talent exposed. Malik Must bowl 10-15 overs in test, more a batsman plays more chance of him getting out.

    Here is what it would look like in batting order.

    Test: One can rotate the bowlers and openers,

    1. Butt/Farhat/Fawad 2. Malik 3. Yousaf 4. Umar 5. Misbah/Younas 6. Misbah/Younas 7. Akmal 8. Rana/Razaq or another stable all rounder 9. Aamer/Gul 10. Asif 11. Kaneria/Ajaml

    ODI/T20: Malik should bowl few overs to get the change in.

    1. Butt/Imran/Farhat 2. Akmal 3. Malik 4. Yousaf 5. Younas/Misbah 6. Umar 7. Afridi 8. Razaq/Rana or other fit one 9. Gul/Amer 10. Asif 11. Ajmal

  • Talha Naeem on December 19, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    I fail to understand why people select 5 bowlers in their teams. I feel if 4 cant do the job then 5 will also not do. If u see the last 30 years of test cricket the 2 teams that has dominated world cricket (aus and windies) both played with 4 specialist bowlers, a wicketkeeper and 6 specialist batsmen. If this combination has dominated world cricket for so long then pak should also stick with this. Afridi should play as a specialist spinner but he should bat at 8. I think he is a better spinner than kaneria and ajmal and will be beneficial with his bat at number 8. Had he been there in the first test against NZL, pak could have chased the total. My final 11 will be, Salman Butt Khurram Manzoor Younis Khan (captain) Mohammed Yousuf Umar Akmal Fawad Alam (can bowl as well) Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi Mohammed Amir Umar Gul Mohammed Asif

  • Dr. Syed Talha Naeem on December 19, 2009, 4:30 GMT

    Sami has been a huge failure in the past, he has played test matches in almost every country but has never performed. i fail to understand why sohail khan is not selected, u just played him in one test match at khi in which more than 1400 runs were scored in 2 innings, and there were also catches dropped of his bowling. If pace is the selection criteria for selectin sami then i think sohail khan also has that.

  • kamal on December 18, 2009, 22:16 GMT

    Why Sami is in the team? Only God knows as He can understand human mind. Common people do not understand Pak selection committe-they are truly uncommon in modern cricket, only God can understand them. Why Yunus is not in the team? He is also a uncommon cricketer, sometime plays good, sometime does not, but likes to talk big. But he is much better than many jokers who have found place in the team plus a no 3 position player, Pak do not have now. Why everyone wants Afridi? Because he brings energy and hope for the team, just see the public reaction when he comes to bat and he is a match winner Also he is a much better fielder and bowler, so you get one in three. Why selectors do not understand all these simple rational?

    Because Afganistan produce too much afim ( heroin) and that country is close to Pakistan.

  • Muhammad Asif Khan on December 18, 2009, 21:53 GMT

    I guess Sami has been selected purley because he has raw pace and he has experience of bowling in Australia. It's safe a choice as compared to trying a new talent. Waqar Younis might have had a say in his selection. May be he has a plan in mind, who knows? I hope that selectors wake up and select Younis for the second test at least.

  • Tee on December 18, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    I don't know why there is such big out cry to bring Abdul-Razzaq back? He is down the hill and can't play in the longer version. Fasial lacks confidence becuase he has been in and out but never had a solid run with the team. Remember his 85 against Aus in Abu Dabi and his century against India in Karachi. I think that this kid is hungry to prove himself. Give this him a run and see what he is made off. Sami is not accurate, but he does bring fire. Who knows it can inspire Pak pace battery. I like Qasim the player, but not Qasim the selector. If he has other important things to do, well then let him do other important things. A selector should be a honest but mad man. See if Qadir or Aamer Sohail can be "convinced" to take up these positions again.

  • Danish on December 18, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Kamran you missed another point. The decision to make waqar fielding coach. in this series waqar himself said "Not me. I would have never done that. It's not my job." upon seeing umar gul diving to save a boundry. straigth after that test waqar was appointed fielding coach. Nice One PCB.

    I am sure there are a million better candidates availble for this job, Pakistans fielding will only get worse now in my opinion.

  • Fahad Mumtaz on December 18, 2009, 17:55 GMT

    Well i think that the inclusion of sami is really based on what we call in Pakistan "PARCHEEor PAWWA" which means connections or resources ,,,how can the selectors forget that he is the same guy who has bowled the longest over in cricketing history , how will he cope with the extras,, and people who r in favour of sami just give a a simple answer what can sami,s pace do when ur fielders have butter hands not even fingers! ,, and WHY WHY should shoaib akhtar come back in the team for what to get injured again!!! or create some new scandals to get famous the guy is in an attention gainer he should be in movies or tv soaps rather than in any form of cricket he is a big ,, huge waste of talent for Pakistan,,, for the openers i wud just say that WE DONT HAVE OPTIONS,, so v really have to stick with butt nd farhat give them time u cannot experiment with new openers for a tour of australia, and yes i will agree that afridi should be brought back to tests he is in a purple patch of his form.

  • Irfan on December 18, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    It is very interesting to see people recommending playing eleven! It's kinda childish. Do they not know that Pakistan already have a team in Australia that couldn't be changed on a wishy washy! Do they really think that some Pakistani selector will look at their team and go OH what a winning combination, we couldn't think of it! Let's adopt this! Some of the names included in these teams are so outrageously ridiculous that Sami's inclusion at the face of them seems like a shoo in! A number of players included are not even on the ground and they put them in their elevens. Some of them have a preamble like "Test matches we can win by scoring runs which our team is not doing they have to bat well, our bowling attack is good we have to see bating line. our team should be as follow" Their assertions often carry admonishing tones rather then a statement. I can't comment on the composition of their eleven as it is a point of view and anybody can have a p.o.v. But, keep it real guys!

  • desihungama on December 18, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    Ahem Mohammad Yousaf...The heavens in Australia are Christian.

  • Aoun Hassan on December 18, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    I usually don’t agree with most of your articles but this time I have to say you are 100 % right. How on God's earth they have recalled Mr Sami?. When you already have about 17 players on tour then why are you calling more. It means that our captain, coach and management doesn’t trust the abilities of selected players they have with them on tour. If they do trust them then what’s the point of selecting them for a tour and not making them play. That’s exactly what they did when they recalled Misbah when they already had Fiasal available. It must have hurt Faisal and Misbah didn’t do much anyway. I think the preference should be the player who is touring. If you are not giving a touring guy a chance and making players fly from Pakistan at the last moment, Not only you are damaging the confidence of the on tour player but also the guy who is joining the team at the last moment is also under tremendous pressure. Not fair. Not fair at all.

  • Taha on December 18, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    We want sami in ODIs not in test matches..

  • taha on December 18, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    pakistan can try leaving out salman butt.... he is in a terrible state... faisal iqbal shall open with imran farhat.. if misbah plays he should be 1 down.. he may work at that posistion.. he has been a failure at no 4... umar akmal and kamran akmal are an enormous source of runs... amir can get a bit of rest... sami can be tried... ajmal, abdur rauf and kaneria.. this is my perfect xi for pakistan !! and i wanna know why m. yousuf doesn't make fawad alam bowl... he is a great part time bowler... he can get a wicket or two... hw has a nice bowling average in list and first class cricket... fawad alam should play 1st test... if other batsmen make mistakes... they are still in the playing xi.. but when fawad alam makes mistakes... he is kicked out !! why does this happen to karachi boys ??? i think AFRIDI should be included in the squad... as he was in great bowling and batting form... this is the time for him to improve his test career...

  • Abbas on December 18, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    I suugest Pakistan quit Test Cricket - respectfully!! With this sort of selection, we stand no chance

  • sajjad mohd on December 18, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    it is better to play with 10 player rather then going in with sami becuase it gives great edge to the opposite team n they beleive that having sami in opponent bowling attact they will easily make 500+ . this is the worst ever selection in the history of cricket .i am that whole team management is stupi.

  • Syedhuz on December 18, 2009, 14:00 GMT

    Asim kamal is perhaps the most unappreciated player. he has been dropped for some unknown reasons and amazingly no media person dares to unravel this mystery

  • S. Sheikh on December 18, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    Why is it late for Younis and not for Sami? In the present state younis is in; though he is a good test player it is better for him to stay away for this series and no more one day for him period he is not a one day player anymore. Slection squad headed by Iqbal Qasim sucks immediately be replaced. Though it is not good at least Bari, Sikander and Salahuddin stil can do a better job than this present bunch. If Indian board can be run by Chandu Borde a 73 plus old guy why not get back Zafar Altaf, Haseeb Ahsan or even Majid Khan backinsted of this character Butt.

  • jamil on December 18, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    i think team will play in australia is taufeeq umer, yasir hameed, shoaib malik younis, yousuf, 2akmal, asif, kaneria, aamer, shoaib akhtar,abdul razzaq,imran nazir, asim kamal, faisal iqbal, afridi about captaincy younis is not there and afridi is not palying test then u have only 1 choice to make yosuf captain and you should gave him a chance to prove himself as a good captain otherwise this time now one will deserve captaincy and the reason sami is back that is why he has a experince. 1 think i can't understand why gul is playing test he is not a test player

  • aamir on December 18, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    dear K.Abass , i think u should select some best comments to ur blogs .. which will make readers more forthcoming and thoughtful when it comes to posting comments .. please give it a thought

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

    I think that Pakistan's batting lineup especially in the middle order is very weak, and the inclusion of a strong number 3 batsman is very important. Younis Khan was the ideal option but since he is not available ( which i completely fail to understand the reason for) we need a batsman in the team istead of sending a fast bowler to enhance the already macho bowling linup. Pakistan team really requires a strong middle order batsman and we should look for more young blood i bet there are many more umar akmals out there who can fill the gap for the erratic Younis Khan. Sami is a good bowler i have to say anyone who has pace is going to perform in australia but im afraid this chap has failed to produce results in the test level. But then agan its the PCB, and thats enough to legitimise these stupid decisions.

  • papa india on December 18, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    for indian fans

    things are very hunky for you , but wait for some time. pak would give it back to you in equal kind. hope sri would pulvarize you in next 4 matches.

  • Wajih on December 18, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    Rather than selectors, Sami's inclusion has more do with Yousuf (or rather Inzmama ul Haq - your phantom selector as long as his apostle Yousuf is in charge). Inzimam and Yousuf have already beautifully played their cards by not axing Malik against selectors' wish, which in turn, grabbed headlines about how Yousuf stood for a player who dropped him from 20-20 cricket. Now Inzimam wants Yousuf to be surrounded by players of his liking and more importantly by ones who were deprived of national selection in the era of Malik and Younis, making sure that these players support Yousuf blindly, hence Sami's inclusion. In my view, Malik should be axed - the guy has been sulking for quite a while now and doesn't seem to recover from the way captaincy was taken away from him. Instead of Sami, selectors should have stood firm for bowlers like Sohail Khan, Whahab Riaz and others who have been in the mix for some time now.

  • arun on December 18, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    Re: Abdul Shakoor, why pak hired Waqar as bowling coach and not send miandad as batting coach? Because Pak batting is hopeless, no matter who they hire as batting coach, even bradman will not able to improve their batting. so why waste on a lost cause. but since with waqar as bowling coach, they know that the fielders will drop catches, so he is there to teach them to get wickets without the fielders' help i.e. bowled or lbw like he and wasim used to do.take the bad fielding out of the equation. so pak's winning formula for the aussie tour is don't worry about batting, take the horrible fielding out of the equation and win by bowling alone.

  • Khalid on December 18, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Is Pakistan really interested in playing Cricket I think PCB and the selectors have taking the saying of 'Change is the only Constant' very very seriously. Too much of chopping and changing will kill this game in Pakistan

  • aamir on December 18, 2009, 7:43 GMT

    and ya i want to complete my comment .. i believe afridi and razak have place in test team . either of them should be in tests .. afridi i can see has started being responsible for his approach and wants pakistan cricket to be held in high regard and to achieve that goal he has started to bat now . and razak can bat at any order .. and if either of them plays .. pakistan have a good allround option and cover for regular bowlers .. yusuf captaincy has improved abit .. but he is nowhere near a typical pak cricketer . someone who prefers icl over pakistan team shoulnt be there . ya same should be held against razak . which makes me favor afridis selection .. though razak had a solid reason after being let down by selection . i think he has suffered enough.batting u guys are right there are guys yasir hameed ,, hasn raza , asim kamal.. and i have been watching score carda of domestic cricket and see one azeem ghumam scoring almost always just havent seen him bat.so cant be sure abouthim

  • aamir on December 18, 2009, 7:32 GMT

    well as we all know sami can score a few runs .. so may be selectors are going to play him as a new no. 3 for pakistan .. that ia all what i can conclude from this news .. or may be he has done something what is very normal in pakistan ,, ensure his selection somehow .. remember khurram manzoor ,, embarassing to watch .. if he can be part of national cricket team .. why not sami.. by saying all this i dont mean to say i am supporting sami .. it all tells us how pakistan cricket is run ..some very disinterested people .. and ya yunus khan issue .. i would say i was a staunch supporter of him as leader of pak team in all forms .. but he seems top be mentally very fragile and unstable who just cant fight it out .. he wants things all well all the time .. and seems to blame himself for all the failures .. he is a very honest person on the face of it .. but he should command rather than think he has lost command .. even if it asked for dropping anyone anybody anytime they creat some fuss

  • srivathsan on December 18, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    I agree with what you say on selection.why recall a person who has not played intl. cricket for quite sometime when you have fringe players ,with performance,waiting for their chance. as regards yunis khan, I fully agree with you.You cannot afford to ignore a player of his calibre.His sudden announcement of quitting the captaincy is some what look like stage managed perhaps at the behest of chairman.Nevertheless how can you ignore him & the reason given that he has to play domestic matches & prove fitness is ridiculous.Then yaseer hamid.A player who has scored two centuries on debut & performed well later also has to be very good.He is not even in the rador.He might have failed in a seson or two,then who is not ? Even sachin tendulkar, dravid,ponting ,kallis & waugh brothers have gone thro lean patches & if pcb formula is applied, they should have quit long back.Yasir is a solid bat & should be persisted with. Kanaria is a class bowler & dont be harsh on him.

  • manju on December 18, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    I am not a Paki. But I have always watched pak cricket with intrigue. Pak is lucky to have been blessed with the amount of talent but PCB applied neither logic nor brains behind their cricketing decisions. The same goes for the players - people like Sami who are immensely talented but lack application. The entire thing runs on hope rather than solid cricketing sense. If you have read the entire comments most people are asking wats the problem in bringing Sami back? He is 150 plus bowler and he "MAY BE" Successful. May be? May be???? Somebody who has been in the field for these many years never even looked like delivering - and still people are expecting miracles from him. His domestic form is crap. Has no international match practice and still people hope he will do the magic. Australia may be down but to crack open their armour, you need better arsenel than a blunt spearhead. If Asif/Aamer has a bad day, will Samy pull u back into the match? Based on past evidences I wont bet...

  • Abdul Shakoor on December 18, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    Ofcourse, I agree that there was no need to send Sami to Australia bcz the Pakistan's pace battery is already charged & all bowlers are doing their job in a good way. But, we should think about batting as well as fielding. Yes, we need Asim Kamal or may be Yasir Hamid so that we can be able to place a good total for defending. I couldnt understand the selection criteria or their mind that what they want to do? Asif, Aamir, Kaneria, Ajmal, Raoof & all bowlers are performing their best so there is no need to include an average bowler, Sami. Same like this, there is no need to hire a bowling coach but ofcourse, there is need to send a batting coach like Miandad so that Pakistani batsmen can score a big total & can stay on wicket which is necessary for test crickter.

  • waseem on December 18, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    On third reason,I am agree with you as some of members in team doesn't deserve place in the team likes of Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik,Faisal Iqbal they could have replacd by Shahid Afridi,Abdul Razzaq in test side.

  • waseem on December 18, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    Why are you people are against Muhammad Sami.I agree that he hasn't best record yet.As he played When couple of times Indians toured Pakistan and then we followed by touring them.The Tracks were batting friendly and had less help to bowlers.He is very committed cricketer and always give more than 100 percent.These days we don't have same pitches as those were in past so I can say that Pakistani batsmen will do good this time and bowlers will fail altogether.

    In Australia we need bowlers with pace.We may have doubt in his ability to be in test side but he is automatic choice in one days if he bowls yorkers at 150km/hr.On younus exclusion this is the right move as he is most overrated player if we see his records excluding Srilanka and India he is just an ordinary player.Yousaf,Lara,Inzi,Sachin are all elegant to watch when they play any stroke and Younis his one foot in the air sometimes so doesn't have technique or elegance.

  • arun on December 18, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    Heres the prediction for the Aussie Tour:

    1. Average 1st innings score of Pak - 200 2. Average 1st innings score of Aus - 500. Yes, Pak have the best attack in the world at the moment, but because of their poor catching, we can assume that average of 5 catches will be dropped per innings, the bowlers will create chances, but the Aussie batsman will get life after life, and after few dropped catches, the ultra defensive captain Yousuf will go on defensive quite early, reducing the chance of getting wickets. The Aussies will score at the healthy rate (4.5 to 5 an over)also. 3. Pak will score around 150 to 250 in 2nd innings

    4. Heavy defeats in all 3 matches

    P.S.: I'll still take out of form, without match practice Younus Khan over Misbah, Malik and other jokers all put together.

  • M, Iqbal Ahmed on December 18, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    Pakistan need Shahid Afridi to bat in the middle order in TEST matches as you want a true all rounder in that spot, My playing elevin for TEST matches will be 1Imran Farhat 2,Imran Nazir 3 Ysir hameed 4 Muhammad Yousuf 5 Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamaran Akmal 8. Mohammad Aamir 9 Muhammad Asif 10 Muhammad Sami/Gul 11 Danish Kineria. This will give enough power to the batting with equally effective bowling, so watch out Aussie....... The other problem with our captain is he needs to have modern day approach to test cricket. He should see how Shewag and Gayle are batting, it sometimes appear they are playing one day match instead of the test.And this approach will help our team as they are natural stroke players. So YOUSUF pls don't tell your guys not to attack because it is counter productive,

  • Azeem on December 18, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    It seems that the selectorsd and the team are going around in circles. why arnt we giving those promising youngsters playing their heart out in domestic cricket a go. names have been popping up for some years now and have never been given a decent run. Mohammad Sami's inclusion is just one example. lets try someone new at this point im looking at 3-0 in Australia with atleast one innings defeat. Yes i know the bowling should hold its own but the batting isnt upto standard.

  • Syed SS on December 18, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    So many people are forgetting that Shahid Afridi has retired form test cricket. Second of all, the only reason Salman Butt is there, is because he has done quiet well against Australia in the past, and the New Zealand tour that he was in, was just a warm up; an attempt to bring him back in form. Misbah is unfortunately the only other batsman Pakistan has that is both experienced and has the potentiality to be a threat to the opponents in the test format of the game. Otherwise he should be retired as well. I'm not sure Pakistan will put up a decent fight against Australia, considering their best batsman 'Yousuf' can't play in over bouncy pitch conditions - well at least when he is not in form, which he is (out of form) at the moment. Pakistan's best hopes lie within their balling line up, and with the Akmal brothers. Maybe if they let Fawad Alam play in the tests against New Zealand, he could have been a potential threat to the Aussies as well - as he did well in the Pakistan A tour.

  • Moohammed haider on December 18, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    i agree i dont get the reason behind sami's inclusion for the tour of australia im so dissappointed with selectors they keep ignoring the likes of mohammed rameez and mohammed talha and the list goes on especially mohammed rammeez he has played only 21 1st class matches and 116 wickets at an average of onlu 19 selectors should keep faith in young blood!!!!

  • PakFan on December 18, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    Get ready folks, we'll see a repeat of Sami's most balls in an over record overhauled - by the man himself. I think was it as 15 ball over with 30 runs and it was record of its sorts with the most No Balls in an over.

    Sami wasted his talent trying to cope with Shoaib Akhtar while generally he is a good bowler. But i agree, bring on new blood eg Talha, Anwar Ali etc...but these guys will get a chance when they are above 30 years eg Misbah came to international scene when he was i think 32.

  • dboy0189 on December 18, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    The team we have announced for Australia is not even strong on papers we are missing performers both in batting and bowling Yassir, Afridi,Imran Nazir,Razzaq,even SHOAIB AKHTER should be the part of team for such a important tour we are doing every thing on a temporary basis opners are temporary captain is temporary selection commety is temporary even all the team members are temporary and worst their batting oder is temporary and we are looking to win against a team who have best records and not only record but also strong domestic structure so i request strongly plz send a balance team we have good players all we need is pick a team without nepotism and favouritism we have best bowlers best allrounders best battsman all we need is a captain who can lead with a plain and use his strength with littl wisdom and AFRIDI or SHOAIB AKHTER both are good, we need to give some relief and confidence to our players so they can perform at their bestperformer would keep place in PAKISTAN TEAM

  • Sameer on December 18, 2009, 2:15 GMT

    Kamran, What are your thoughts on Waqar Younis being appointed bowling coach? Is this an interim position to keep him busy at home (Sydney) because its convenient? This is also part of the recent unknown and unjustified decisions. Isnt the PCB chief being removed, these commonly occuring issues arise due to older/politically appointed, personnel being assigned powers. Cant we adopt Cricket Australia's model and appoint a CEO.

  • Nadeem on December 18, 2009, 1:08 GMT

    my best team is,

    1. i.farhat 2. i.nazir 3. y.khan 4. m.yousuf 5. u.akmal 6. s.afridi / a.razzaq / (s.malik has to be 5th bowler, or ef him) 7. k.akmal 8. m.aamir 9. u.gul 10.d.keneria 11. m.asif

    By having attacking openers they can score runs quick like gambhir and sehwag do, and they hv to hv a 5th bowler on even being close to draw a test match v Aussies

  • Bilal on December 18, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    This is mind boggling!!!! I mean, seriously I cant think straight right now.why in the world they called up M.Sami???I remember,Imran khan once said that he will be a world class bowler and I know he said it because he had some serious talent with the ball. Being even close to "World Class", you gotta have a temperament and a strong character, coz talent would not do alone.Afridi needs to be in the team RIGHT away and bring in Asim Kamal coz he has been a genuine test batsman for what i've seen.He deserves a recall.Drop Malik,Alam and Misbah coz Malik and misbah are in their worst forms and Alam is not a test match batsman. Younis should and should come back after the the Australian series, as a batsman and captain. He is the best available captain we have and Yousuf, though he is trying his best but we all know that not every good player can be a good captain.There are different skills required altogether!Sami is gonna be expensive (as usual) in Australia. Anyways, hope for the best!!

  • Jibran Sial on December 18, 2009, 0:43 GMT

    Sami is the only frontline bowler in Test History with a bowling average of 51.37 and he has a strike rate of 86.2 with Two 5fors in 33 Tests.That tells you HOW BAD he is. He holds the record for worst bowling in Test Cricket History and Pakistani Selectors think he will give Ricky Ponting a tough time. One other record he holds is of bowling the the longest over in ODI History. If I remember correctly it was against Bandgladesh in an ODI where he bowled about 20 deliveries in total including wides and no-balls.. Well done Paki Selectors!

  • YJ Basu on December 18, 2009, 0:30 GMT

    Sami's selection might have been inspired from Sreesanth's :- Like the latter, Sami has lot of misdirected talent and inconsistent. Who knows, he may succeed like Sreesanth did.

  • mk49 on December 17, 2009, 23:59 GMT

    Pak selectors have their heads up the bottoms. Sami incuded, Younis and Tanvir dropped. I was hoping that Pak would do well in Oz. Not likely.

  • janaid on December 17, 2009, 23:53 GMT

    pakistan vs Australia I seriously reccomend the following side:

    1. Yaser Hameed 2. Imran Nazir 3. Younis Khan (cap) / asim kamal 4. Mohammed Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi v.c / s.malik 7.Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammed Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammed Asif 11.Danish Kaneria

    what do u lot think of my team?

  • janaid on December 17, 2009, 23:42 GMT

    pakistan vs Australia I seriously reccomend the following side:

    1. Yaser Hameed 2. Imran Nazir 3. Younis Khan (cap) / asim kamal 4. Mohammed Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi v.c / s.malik 7.Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammed Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammed Asif 11.Danish Kaneria

    what do u lot think of my team?

  • umair on December 17, 2009, 23:23 GMT

    I am rather more worried about the selection of Salman Butt, he has been given countless opportunities at the international level,and yet he has failed miserably over and over against quality bowling attacks of team like SA and AUS even he struggled against medium pacers of NZ,this guy is the best example of injustice and nepotism in the Pakistani Team.Iam sure even MCgrath would have learned to bat better than Salman, had he been given same number of opportunities as Salman ever has.

    As for Sami, i think he is better choice than anyother domestic bowler, and he has got selected because has performed well in recent domestic Matches. Why dont you ever say anything about the selection of Salman But?

  • khan on December 17, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    well yousuf doesn't have the capability to fight as a captain and especially when you are touring australia you need to be mentally prepared to be agressive and i can't see yousuf has this ability to be agressive and vibrant he can give his 100% against weak teams like bangladesh, zimbabwe but he never proved as good as inzamam or younis well sami is a good choice cos he has pace and experience wht you need when you are touring australia and we are lacking quality batsmen which is a worry for me

  • Imran Khalid on December 17, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    Pathetic decision.Get a list of all the bowlers,all rounders who have taken more than 50 test wickets.Amongst them,M.Sami has the worst bowling average(~51). I am talking about 130 years of test cricket.The guy who has worst ever average can't be even termed as "average" player. Where are Sohail Khan,Wahab Riaz,Anwar Ali,M.Talha??????

  • Saddam Rasool on December 17, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    I agree with all the points that are raised. Sami is a good bowler but he cant just come back into national side without good performances in domestic. Yes he has a reasonable season but there are bowler who has taken double the wickets he has in the current season. Younis, along with Yousaf, are the one only recognized batsmen in the side with a batting average touching 50 and some good outings in Austrailia and yet we ignore him for reasons unknown and batsman like Misbah and Shoaib are kept in the team without showing any signs of improvements in their batting frailities. I also want to raise a point of Afridi's inclusion in test side. He has made himself available for test.With a batting average better than both Misbah and shoaib and bowling as good as ever he can be a very good choice at number 6. Not only he can provide a demolarizing effect on other teams with bat,he can also get some quick wickets especially of the tailenders which off late we are struggling to get.

  • SMA on December 17, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    Test matches we can win by scoring runs which our team is not doing they have to bat well, our bowling attack is good we have to see bating line. our team should be as follow : 1. Yaser Hameed 2. Imran Nazir 3. Mohamed Yousaf 4. Asim Kamal 5. Umar Akmal 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Abdul Razak 8. Mohamed Aamir 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Mohamed Asif 11. Danish Kaneria

    Misbah,Malik,Butt,Farhat should be out.

  • shoaib Nursumar on December 17, 2009, 22:31 GMT

    The problem of neglecting good players in the domestic circuit will not end until Pakistan has a good domestic circuit. I remember when I was really young and starting to follow cricket, watching Wasim Akram playing for PIA and all big guns of Pakistan participating in intense domestic competitions aswell. The situation has worsened since. Our domestic cricket has completely died down, no crowd, dead pitches, Pathetic comentators (forced to talk in English) and the list goes on....Every country that has a significant impact in cricket has a good domestic set up. The followers of cricket do know which players are for the future, as they have seen them play and build fanship from domestic cricket itself, therefore it is hard to neglect any talented player or someone who has performed, not to get a chance. In Pakistan, all we say is based on hearing from others, looking @ stats on cricinfo and basing our decisions of that. If domestic cricket can create fan following,selection willbe fair

  • jamil on December 17, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    if u see openers shoaib malik have a batter average rather than others and when rauf is there then no need to sami i think shoaib akhtar will be back in the team The politics going in our team doesnt want akhtar back.the big problem is pak players can't play on bouncy surface no one specially in perth.in 2005 they all out in 50 so change pitches in domestic level then you can produce gud batsman

  • Zach on December 17, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    I love reading the comments on Pak Spin. Its amazing that so many people are so passionaite about whetever a player should go on tour with his buddies and have a good time serving drinks and yet the Pakistani Taliban/CIA/ISI are knocking on Islamabad's door barring a few mountains in between. Anyway Pakistan sport lacks superstar quailty. We need a new Wasim or Waq. Shoaib RIP brother. Was and Waq were respected by opposing side cos they knew they were up for the fight. We are not gonna win every match but we have to have the will to win every match dudes were feared because cos they were competative and the current crop arent. Tell me the most improved player in the pakistan team that has developed his skills in the international arena? Asif? huh! And how do you get that? By being competative. If you watch our players body language on the pitch they cant be bothered. I dont think the comments on this blog have changed since the 2003 world cup

  • rajat on December 17, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, i am an ardent fan of pakistan cricket since more than a decade. the problems which u have pointed out have been there for ages in pakistan cricket. i have been hearing and reading about them since i have followed pakistan cricket. my question is what is the solution to these perennial problems. every 2 years the pcb chairman is changed and the new guy is worse than his predecessor. can u suggest any solutions then please do in ur next article. i cant understand why has been younus khan sidelined, coz he dropped grant elliot in the champions trophy semis (at a crucial juncture)? then i guess, the way indian team is dropping catches in the current sri lankan series,they will short of players for selection. for gods sake guys, younus is the best guy to captain pakistan at this point and he has delivered in the past. get him back and win the aussie series. windies have already removed ponting for the boxing day test. go on then..

    Pakistan crickets most ardent Indian fan!!

  • Ali Ansari on December 17, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    We have been discussing tertiary issues which wont help our chronic batting failures. The core problem is that we dont have world class pitches in Pakistan. Our batsman are comfortable on flat dead rubbers rather than bouncy tracks. We need to introduce green bouncy pitches in QEA trophy and keep implementing it in our domestic arenas as well. We need to rely on techniques and proficiency more than talents. We need to get GREEN.

  • Muzammil Mohsin Shaikh on December 17, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    ASIM KAMAL FOR CAPTAIN :)

  • Masood Muqtadir on December 17, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    Let’s not be so critical of Sami. I think, our pace attack of Asif, Amir and Gul is prefect. Sami can serve as a backup in case of any bowler gets injured. According to Imran Khan, Sami bowls 90 mph plus, he should be in the team. The problem of Sami is that he doesn’t use his brain that much. He has to improve and learn from Waqar, who is now the bowling coach. I am sure Waqar can make a big difference and can revive Sami’s career. I have seen Mohammad Talha and Sohail Khan bowling, they seem pretty ordinary. Sohail Khan was so nervous playing against Sri Lanka in Pakistan. You might expect batsmen to be nervous, but you seldom see a nervous bowler.

  • Ali Ullah on December 17, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    now onto one day matches.. salman butt is probably the best odi opener we've ever had!! him and kamran akmal anyway... now we can try to have imran nazir play one day matches and he might get really good at it.. umer akmal is deffinately one of our secret weapons later in the lineup... mohammad yousaf is also decent and can be included...as for bowling.. we deff need aamir,gul,asif,afridi and ajmal for our bowling lineup.. for backup we can have riaz and razzaq... so heres what i propose for one day lineups: 1.Salman Butt 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Mohd Yousaf 4.Umer Akmal 5.Shahid Afridi(captain) 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Mohammad Aamir 8.Wahab Riaz 9. Umer Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif with these lineups we will deff be better off.we dont need malik in t20 or in odi.we dont need misbah either.what we need is to bring in more newcomers and give them there chances... wasim akran has stated and i quote "the future of the pakistani bowling lies in Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Talha"

  • idnan on December 17, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    well prsonally i thnk they should bring inzamam out of retire-ment lik sri lanka did with sanath jaysuriya and hopefully we will then win in australia no one has won there in the last 10 years or so if any one can do it itll b us pakistanis and asif is bowling great 1. salman but 2. kamran akmal 3.younis khan 4. m.yousaf 5.umar akmal 6.misbah 7.shoib malik 8.amir 9.gul 10.asif 11. danish kanaria i think this would be our best line up if we r 2 have a chance agains the aussssies

  • Ali on December 17, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    now as to mohammad yousaf.. hes a good test cricketer as well.. he does fairly decent in odis but horrible in t20s... umer gul is excelent in t20 nd in odis but isnt much of a test cricketer.. in his place wahab riaz would be a much better choice... why bring in mohammad sami when u have abdul razzaq who is a handy batsmen as well?? he may not be reliable in test but hes a beast in odis nd t20s.. u could do much better with him than with sami... in my opinion.. this should be our test lineup:1. Imran Farhat 2.Salman Butt 3.Younus Khan 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Fawad Alam 7. Kamran Akmal 8.Mohd Amer 9.Wahab Riaz 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria/Saeed Ajmal/ 12. Umer Gul 13. Abdul Razzaq 14. Sahid Afridi- for spiner backup for t20 lineup:1.Imran Nazir 2.Salman Butt 3.Kamran Akmal 4.Shahid Afridi(Captain) 5.Umer Akmal 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Mohd Amir 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Umer Gul 10.Mohammad Asif 11.Saeed Ajmal 12.Imran Farhat(for opener backup)13.Danish Kaneria(Ajmal replacement)

  • Madi on December 17, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Adding a bowler is not a smart move by PCB. It clearly shows from Newz/Pak test series. Our batting is struggling not bowling. They should have strengthened the batting line-up by adding Yasir Hameed or Asim Kamal. We need to get rid-off Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik. They both should be only kept for India series. Since, they always make runs against them! Cricket has changed a lot. It won't hurt for PCB to try Imran Nazir or Nasir Jamshed in test format. They both are great hitter of the ball and always been successful at bouncy pitches. Let them play their own game just like Chris Gayle did with Aussie's. It felt like if he was playing a one-day match. Also PCB needs to stop begging for Indian support. Yes at the moment due to IPL they have the money. It’s PCB fault that they didn’t cash the idea of 20/20 format. Initially 20/20 cricket was started in Karachi in late 90s. I think it was a wrong move of PCB to ask BCCI to host Pakistan’s home games in India. PCB should be more orga

  • Ali on December 17, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    i think its a horrible idea to bring back mohammad sami into test cricket let alone the team itself... he is deff no longer in his prime nd has nothign leftto offer... a whole lot of iu ppl are saying that he is the only ''pacer'' we have left... ummm hello??? we have plenty of ppl left.. we have another mohammad ameer in wahab riaz.. he was the top wicket taker in the sri lanka and the the australian a team tour... isnt that sopmething to look at?? his record in australia alone is worth putting him in instead of abdur rauf.. as for opur openers.. we should give them a chance... they need to get in synch with each other before they can do some damage.. let them become comfortable with each other and they'll be as destructive as gilchrist nd hayden.. or even aamir sohail nd saeed anwar! i believe that younis khan is a good batsmen FOR TEST ONLY! u cant call him a bad batsmen when he is one of the few ppl who have triple centuries in test cricket..

  • raj k on December 17, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    I agree with mislam about two committees .I had a hearty laugh but it is possible so that more people will get paid for doing nothing. Leaving out Afridi out of test teams is not a good idea. You need 11 guys with proper body language but the current captain though an outstanding batsman ,cannot be considered as a proactive soul. no offense to Yousaf . He is a gentle guy who does his job and nothing more. Pakistan needs guys like miandad and afridi ,who can needle the opposition . Anyway all the best for the aussie tour . This team can still surprise everybody.

  • Humayun Haq on December 17, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    Asim Kamal, Saeed Bin Nasir, Shahid Yousuf, Naved Yasin. So many batsmen who have been doing well and have good technique yet not selected. To get selected, I think its who you know, like all circles in Pakistan.

  • Kashif on December 17, 2009, 17:37 GMT

    Different coach and chairman for PCB is needed who are more smart when dealing with other countires and when making games plan. Intikhab Alim is just a lucky guy for pakistani team so only add him in big tournaments as a symbol of luck. NEW YOUNG PLAYERS ARE NEEDED FOR SURE. Top 6 scorers and top 6 bowlers from QaidiAzum's tophy should be taken and see them on bouncy and turning pitches like how they play. Make them practise more and more and then choose from them whoever is playing good. No more Misbah, shoib malik, salman butt, faisal iqbal, ( only bring them back to team when they play good continuously not for 1 or 2 matches.

  • mazhar on December 17, 2009, 16:52 GMT

    what is the point of having domestic season if you don't select player like Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS 100 50 Naved Yasin 10 16 1 1055 154 6 2 (Multan) Asad Shafiq 10* 17 3 981 147* 4 3 (Karachi Blues) Mohammad Ayub 10* 15 3 951 179* 4 4 (Sialkot) Umair Khan 10* 19 1 941 194 2 5 (Islamabad) Please DROP Misbah and Malik, Misbah,Imran Farhat....

  • Gabar Of Cricket on December 17, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    @younis........he want the selectors to beg him, he want ppl to beg him. His fault that he is out so be it. @Sami...... he screwed up his own career, now a second chance lets c if he is mature enough or more screwed up. @SELECTORS..........useless morons, y sami when u can get razzaq or afridi, ALL ROUNDERS DUDES ALL ROUNDERS, we need batsmen not more bowlers, GUL has worked his butt of, so did Aamer. out batsmen are useless to a point where UAE wount even take them for scrap.

    LOVE PAK N ITS CRICKET.........sadly its ppl like us who have more sence of selection then the selectors them selves. ALLAH KE BAHROSE PAR

  • nasir raza dar on December 17, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    There is a lot of difference in leading in a T20 & a test match however there is no harm to give Afridi a chance because he will be better leader than the current captain, moreover he will not afraid to bat at any position nor he will afraid to gamble because some time you should have courage to take risk to get favorable result & this boldness & ability to take risk which he inherits & is lacking in Yousaf. However u can`t minus Younis from the team as he is the only batsman available for #3 position.In the end everybody wish to have a PARCHI like Shoaib have. Picnic party on others expense without performing. good luck to a captain who himself said in his post match conference that we are lucky to be saved by rain. If there was Younis or Afridi their comments will be, "although we are not in a good position however I have confidence in my bowling attack that they would have delivered if rain did`nt come, but what to say about this captain who himself looking towards heavens to help.

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 17, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    Our honorable ex-captain Younis Khan is sitting out the most critical times that Pakistan cricket is going through. Not sure what is going through his mind since he is keeping it to himself. Though he is still harping that country comes first. Seems like he is expecting that Pak cricket can't survive without him. He also knew he would not be able to handle the conditions and pressure of a real tests in NZ and Aus, given his current form. So conveniently he decided to rest, and automatically when the team will fail on these crucial series, PCB will go beg him again as they previously did twice. Then he will come back on his conditions again and will fail miserably again. Then another tantrum will follow and this cycle will continue till his retirement. The only way to put an end to this vicious cycle is show him the door. He is under contract with PCB and is paid by Pak people. How could he choose when to play and when not to. Some professionalism that has put Mr. Akhtar to shame.

  • mislam on December 17, 2009, 16:14 GMT

    How about making two selection committees just like two teams for one day and test cricket. For the matches against Zimbabew, Banglades, canada and singapore the present selection committee and PCB sounds OK, if not good. For playing against Aus, South africa, India, Srilanka and England there should be a committee with Imran Khan, Miandad, Wasim and Ramiz. I guarantee they will pick a team which will be very competitive. They may fight little as they are Pakistanis, but that is OK. Old funny looking guys and a C grade spinner are unfit to pick a modern team. They will not take responsibility for their failures and leave, so let them stay with a lower grade committee. Cheers.

  • desihungama on December 17, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Sami's inclusion is due to his quickness as it will be handy on Aussie fast tracks but Kamran has to be on his toes if they are to materialize. We should continue with Farhat for this tour as it is not that easy to adjust to international level given 3 years break. If we are to compete with Aussies we have to up the ante in scoring as they like to score over 4 per over. This is where Akmal brothers can come to age and deliver laurels. Younis will be badly missed. Keep in mind Aussies will die hardly study our bowlers/bats therefore Talha and Ajmal would have been a far better choices.

  • oops on December 17, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    dr. sahib:

    you want pak fielding to be revolutionized overninght?

    make AFRIDI captain for all forms (even though he believes test cricket is like defensive batting practice at the nets).

    want to have a lethal bowling attack in ozziistan?

    add AFRIDI to the bowling lineup. as clarke and boycott have both said: AFRIDI is the best spin bowler in the world today. period.

    want to have a batter who can win matches?

    have AFRIDI come one for two down (when he is not too pressured after a batting collapse) and he will click at least 25% of the time, and when he clicks, no team in the world can beat us. period.

  • Babur Sohail on December 17, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    This really not on. When there are such new talent is coming there is no use of such old used bowlers trying again. Also he had fair chance to prove but he could not in the past 3 to 4 years.

  • desihungama on December 17, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    Two words...

    Asim Kamal Please.

    Sorry thats 3.

  • oops on December 17, 2009, 14:56 GMT

    Dr Abbasi, in the interest of cricket's future in Pakistan, do a patriotic act: lay aside your yk obsession for long enough to give due credit to yousuf and kaneria. don't look down your nose at youssef for being a 'simpleton.' he is a paatriot first and foremost. danish too, gives it his all. i salute him. and, if you were a patriot, you would too. GET REAL. GROW UP. yk can play as a batter once he is selectable based on his form. right now he is not. as to your hanging your hat on yk's ability to revolutionize pak cricket, you were dead wrong. ADMIT IT and MOVE ON. he means well but has fundamental character flaws. on the other hand, look at afridi. has made a herculean effort to evolve. what a character!

    dear kamran, thanks for your support on afridi. in any other country, he would be considered an incomparable treasure. plus, he truly WANTS to be captain because he believes he has the will to win which is lacking in others. and, he couldn't be more right. Dr. sahib FORGET YK!!!!

  • Usman Bashir on December 17, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    All in all good analysis, Looking at the current lot , if we can even draw the test series, i think it would be a win :) Unless we have selection procedure which is applied in an organizational manner, we keep seeing such incidents.

  • nasir raza dar on December 17, 2009, 14:17 GMT

    Until Pakistan have IF & BUTS like people at the helm of cricket board you can expect anything like recalling of Sami on the pretext of experience of international cricket & ignoring of Younis. I can`t understand the logic behind the touring management`s request that your bowler`s are performing extra ordinary minus last day of the final test, the weak link is your bating which fails throughout the series & instead of asking for experience batsman like younis to fill crucial #3 position where experience captain afraid to bat they ask for a bowler. Once again I will say that until we have PARCHI WALEY if & buts at the helm of cricket affairs you will see these episodes now & then. We can only pray for Pakistan cricket which we are doing since long.Once again good luck in Australia.

  • pak fan on December 17, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    Great analysis but what bothers me most is the exclusion of younis.it's simply illogical

  • ahmed on December 17, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    I agree with rahil ejaz Shoaib malik is venom for Pakistani team. As long as he is around,Pakistan will never, ever prosper.He is pathetic in batting but like always he will score just more then some other players or will somehow get injured and exert all his energy in back door politics to get his captaincy back.KICK HIM OUT ASAP

  • ghaus on December 17, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I think at present Khuram Manzoor should allowed to bat at number 6 position in place of Misbah. He will do very well. Misbah should be sent back to Lahoor where in needed right now to fill domestic places. He is very good on Pakistan pitches.

  • EAMiran on December 17, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    ODE TO PAK CRICKET Umar Gul, Couldn’t pitch full, So in came Sami, That bygone dummy, Wickets became rare, But Yusuf didn’t care, With Allah on his side, He would turn the tide, O Captain of our sinking ship, Why dost thou continue with Farhat at 1st slip? Danish toiled for 1 more scalp, But figures of 5 for 160 really don’t help, Finally! Pakistan at bat, Yet another dressing room spat, Out strides Butt, Gone 1st ball! Flaying with eyes wide shut, In at Number three, Is X, Y, and Zee, Yusuf and Junior at 4 and 5, Keep Pakistan’s hopes alive, Alas Yusuf feints a run and fails to shout, “NO!”- And Junior is run out, Under pressure Misbah crumbles, Malik next as wickets tumble, Yunus may have had a say, But he’s off catching Manta Ray, Just when all is lost, rain stops play, Pakistan lives to fight another day, Flashing white teeth through blackest beard, After all, his prayers have truly been heard.

  • Ghaus on December 17, 2009, 12:11 GMT

    Where is ASIM KAMAL. Why he is not selected in place of Misbah. Misbah should be discared he is no good and he will be a total failure in Australia.

  • akram on December 17, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Pakistan selection is the most funny of all.they don't give chance to youngsters rather than that they give chance to proven failures like sami,misbah,shoib malik,e.t.c

  • Ghaus on December 17, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    I cannot beleive that Misbah and Shuaib Malik are selected to play in Australia. They shoulb discarded and more young players should be chosen to play.

  • nouman on December 17, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    i wounder if there is a system where we can ask these question to selection committe.how can they make such a rediculas decision to send sami. by the way what hapen to abur rauf he was sent with the team and never played a match.i dont think if ammer has shown a real performance in test so far. i think abdur rauf shuld play in australia.

  • Khushnood Zia on December 17, 2009, 10:58 GMT

    Sami or no Sami, no matter how bad or good was yousuf as captain or whatever is the reason for failure of Batting, a simple fact is if Pakistan had fielded batter they would have won the series against New Zealand. I persoanally feel flaw lies in the coaching and attitude. Good to know Waqar is with team as bowling coach but problem against Austraia will be batting and fielding. Has some one ever tired to pay attension on that??

  • Shahid on December 17, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    Please DROP Misbah and Malik, Misbah is extremely a negative player and seems to have no short in his book, he can only block even loose deliveries. On the other hand , Malik is not a test batsman, he is not even a one day batsman, bring in new blood or try the players who habe not been treated fairly but have lot of potential. i am sure thre woudl be few more players out there like Omar Akmal but are not being given the chance, Stop gambling on the lost horses, even a general cricket lover would also suggest changes as given above, but our selectors only cannot see. Instead of building a team they keep on truing senior citizens, and please stop saying Inexperienced Team, we have been using this excuse since last 8 years when we lost the world cup and waqar and wasim and some others were axed. Dear Selectors, please start using your brains and identify the potential instead of trying old and failed players again and again.

  • bob on December 17, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    WHERE IS SHAHID AFRIDI!, THE ANSWER TO OUR NO.6 PROBLEM AND AN AMAZING BOWLER. HE SHOULD BE CAPTAIN ASWELL AS YOUSUF SHOULD STICK TO JUST BEING A BATSMAN.

  • nickless on December 17, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    why arent they calling afridi when he has announced that he is avaialable for tests as well???we were already strong in the bowling dept but need strength n mental fitness in batting and afridi has both...

    link to afridi's news: http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/newsdetails.php?newsId=2043_1260945420

  • Kareem on December 17, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    "Posted by: Wasim Ahmed at December 16, 2009 5:07 PM

    OK analysis but I think you are being little harsh on Sami. A fast bowler specially a geniune fast bowler like Sami needs a quality wicket keeper. I am afraid to say that as long as Kamran Akmal is keeping the wicket for us, Sami is destined to fail again. Bring in a decent (not even a good one and forget about a great one) and we will see Sami succeed, mark my word. Kamran would have never kept wicket for Paksitan had any of the captains had the guts like our great Imran Khan. These should be the changes: Play Kamran as batsman ONLY(give credit where it is due) Sarfaraz WicketKeeper. Khalid Latif one of the openner. Kick out Imran Farhat/Salman Butt PLEASE. Never ever bring Shoaib Malik near our team (again PLEASE). Bring in Shahid Afridi (also in test). Please retire Misbah-ul-Haq. Please keep Fawad Alam @ # 7 or 8 for now. "

    Aim kamal wont be a bad idea..somone lsn to this guy and only if PCB cud read this....

  • Memon on December 17, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    WHAT IS PAKISTAN DOING!!!! Sami getting another chance?? I think our bowling is just fine without him, infact its exceptional, and probably the best bowling line-up in the world atm...except i believe saeed ajmal deserves a spot over danish kaneria. Other than that, Fawad Alam shud be in the side, without doubt, and misbah shud be dropped, malik shud be kept out of the side, imran/ salman kept as openers for the whole aus tour, and find another batsmen to replace misbah, one that deserves it and has performed recently in pakistan.

  • MAZHAR DAR on December 17, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    what is the point of having domestic season if you don't select player like M Rameez,Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Anwar Ali, & some others keep performing at domestic level & our idiot selctors keep ignoring them at the expense of useless plyaers like Sami. They learn from this Aussie tour and can paly next tour. Please think again for Pakistan cricket

    Dar from HK

  • sanjeev on December 17, 2009, 7:55 GMT

    Hello Friends, well pakistan did well in Nz, though rain saved them but then NZ did not had the services of 2 key personnel Shane bond and Jesse Ryder anyways 1-1 fair enough. Coming back to Pakistan batting I guess many will agree only 3 seems to have the batting technique, The akmal brothers and mohd yousuf I guess they should have strengtened the batting line up, bring back decent players who can play the pace and counter the swing, Aus are better dan NZ, sami's inclusion is i mean amazing when pakistan have 3 good opening bowlers and wen tanveer is there i guess no point in bringing back sami moreover i read in these articles quite a few promising bowlers are there for eg sohail if am right, bring him on but most imp part is concentrate on the batting defencies..all the best

  • Sudhir on December 17, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    Unless Pakistan can produce another Imran or an Akram, their cricket will be the same as it is today. The players are selfish and to make matters worse, not talented at all. How can you expect to win with such bunch of jokers constituting the national team?

  • abdul haseeb on December 17, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    As an indian i would be really happy if pakis now know that Yousuf is the rite captain. yeah he is inexperienced but every captain when given captaincy is inexperienced. It will take time to get to know about yousufs captaincy.. anyways performing so well and at last drawing the series is tough in NZ that too with all inexperienced players. credit shld go to Yousuf because the sort of player he is the other team members will surely be induced to give their best. after such a crisis of Younis khans captaincy performing so well in a NZ away series is real awesome. hope people understand this and dont keep on blaming Yousuf.

  • Fritz on December 17, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    Guys, remember one thing. You are all considered idiots and your opinions therefore don't matter. The PCB has a history of shooting themselves in the Head however unfortunately the management still survives because in Pakistan there is nobody who can be trusted to do the right thing. At the moment, everybody is scrambling to cover their deeds of corruption and nobody gives a damn whether you send a Sami or Shoaib Akhtar or another "has been" to Australia. The problem stems from the fact that Sami has never ever been a "Has Been". He does not even qualify under that category. What I would like to know is under what pretext/reasoning, has he been selected for Australia.....Can somebody please convince me. This Iqbal Qasim is a village idiot and under no circumstances justifies the position he is in. Unfortunately, there is no "Sharam or Hayar" as these people are all "BaGhairats". What kind of message are these people sending to all the young and promising fast bowlers of tomorrow !!!

  • khalil on December 17, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    Pak should have sent their 'A' or 'B' team to Aus.The likes of Malik,Misbah,Faisal,Butt,Kaneria will not provide any remedy for the ills in our cricket.Induct fresh blood,it has worked most of the time.Aamir,Akmal,Alam are examples.The present team players should join politics rather than playing cricket. We need cricket players.PCB too seems to be a political party.The people there, are more than willing to go public,for publicity,on issues not concerning to them.Look at Butt on YK issue & Shoaib Akhtar.You will find many many examples of wrong people,speaking at the wrong place & wrong time. Why is all this mess ? If someone is not doing his job properly,he should leave or else be removed. Who is going to do this ???????

  • Sorcerer on December 17, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    The rationale for selecting Sami is simple, yet stark: It's quite common knowledge in the rank and file at NCA that Sami has aggressive backing and intimidation clout of a certain violent political party from Karachi.

  • Said Chaudhry on December 17, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    Do the selectors realise that fans in Pakistan are able to see all the scores and statistics from Quaid E Azam Trophy on CricInfo? Im sure they do not know of this, otherwise they would know better than to over look the brilliant performances from bowlers like Junaid Khan, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sohail Khan and the lot. When will the PCB realise that the fans are sick and tired of this BS? Sami has no place in this team, or any other teams. He has been a fail bowler, his stats speak for themselves, so why go backwards in time when youre building a team for the future? Why not blood new talent? Some things will never change, I've lost all respect for Iqbal Qasim.

  • KJ on December 17, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    I think the selection of Sami is inspirational. True, he may fail yet again, but he has so much latent talent that to discard him for ever would be folly. He could be a star bowler for Pakistan with a bit of luck going his way.

  • addie on December 17, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    where the hell is ASIM KAMAAL>....He was a genuine middle order batsman with a temperament and talent and patience....the qualities for a test batsman...n he was dependable....but i guess not having A SIFARISH forces talented people to suck lolly pops here

  • Kamran on December 17, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    I agree with oops regarding Afridi. He brings energy, experience and enthusiasm to the dressing room. Our players need inspiration as it seems like Yousuf is unable to provide that. Although we need YK as well, if we are to have any chance of competing with the Aussies.

  • Kamran on December 17, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    Please bring back younis khan. we need his batting and experience in AUS.

  • Die hard paki fan on December 17, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Answer 2 da coment of iftikhar who says cricket is all bout rythem dear iftikhar misbah came 2 NZ wit 250+ score and scored under 70 runs in 6 inings and if we believe cricket is bout rythem dan y not junaid naadir or sohail khan wahab or anwar ali bt sami cum on bro open ur brain not eyes its very simple des poor guys didnt play in ICL n dats y dey dnt have anthng 2 offer our selectors dnt b surpriced if u get shabir ahmed or taufiq umar included its all bout money bro otherwis in current batting line up no1 besides yousuf n umar akmal shud b in a team at all rest r all muppets

  • Nadeem Mirza on December 17, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: Yousuf was certainly nervous. Any captain would be with this fragile batting and fielding. At least he didn't loose his head and ran with the tail between his legs like his predecessor.

    As for tour to the Aussies, our batting will fall like a house of cards. Don't get your hopes too high with the bowling either. Fielding is already pathetic. Pak will definitely be competitive with the shorter version(s) though.

    As for your three unknown reasons:

    1- Agreed with the questionable inclusion of Sami. We needed Afridi on the tour for tests also. He even raised the flag now. Anybody paying attention?

    2- Stop moaning for Younis Khan. Instead of coaching course, he needs counseling, maybe you two need therapies also. The guy is not even speaking. Why are you blaming others. Again, move on.

    3- Selection is/will always be a problem with the unqualified selectors and rotating team captain.

  • Tariq on December 17, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    I seriously reccomend the following side:

    1. Salman Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Younis Khan 4. Mohammed Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Mohammed Aamer 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammed Asif 11. Sohail Tanveer

    Resrves

    Saeed Ajmal Imran Farhat Mohammed Sami Danish Kaneria Faisal Iqbal

    I seriously back this team to do well all around the world as test players. Pakistan players lack to keep motivated most of times they need to over come that and they will succeed

  • mohsan on December 17, 2009, 3:48 GMT

    There is a bowler named Mohammed Rameez, averages 19 in about 20 domestic games with over 100 wickets and is only 19. He is another find like Amir. He would have been better choice than Sami. Amir, Asif, and Rameez bowling with danish would be perfect.Also misbah has to go. failed yet again and afridi should come back to test cricket.

  • mislam on December 17, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    I fully agree with Mukhtar Ali (above) for the team, except making Afridi the captain but he should be in the team as all rounder. Razzaque could be the alternative.

    Pakistan did not have democracy, so no institution practice democracy there, rather dictatorial. The team selection is always poor and controversial, that is my 40 years of experience as a former pakistani national. Sami has been tried time and again and is a failure. Why have you selected Rouf if you do not let him play? Why can't you include a young player with better records in domestic cricket, even though Yousuf has asked for someone. Yousuf is not an efficient captain probably. Ego and sectarianism has destroyed half the country, now cricket is going to be destroyed by some inefficient, thick skin corrupt people in charge. Does Intikhab look like a cricket coach ? To me he looks like a ex-boxing player, now a boxing coach. 3-0 white wash by australian, for the selection committee.

  • pkfever on December 17, 2009, 3:32 GMT

    pakistan could have included abdur razzaq in the squad to sr=-trength the batting as well as bowling ..i cant understand what the reason for calling mohmmad sami as there was quality bowler like abdur rauf sitting at the back.you havent gave him in a chance in nzland which pk need to gave him to show his performance ...i think they can selct sami why cant they select shoaib akhter ..

  • Umar on December 17, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Absolute Joke! Team is looking more like the Lahore Badshah's ex-hasbeens that refuse to go into retirement. Bring ICL back!!! That was a blessing for Pakistan cricket..........

  • PUNKAJ on December 17, 2009, 2:57 GMT

    Abbasi ji.

    ***** (five Star) TRY MY TEAM FOR AUSTRALIA, KEEP IN MIND THAT SPIN CAN SURPRISE CURRENT AUSTRALIAN TEAM. SAEED AJMAL IS A POSSIBILITY TO REPLACE AFRIDI IF YOU CAN TRUST UR BATTING. I HAVE 2 OPNERS, 3 WORLD CLASS BATSMEN, 3 WORLD CLASS ALLROUNDERS, 3 WORLD CLASS BOWLERS. RAZAQ WON'T DO WORSE THAN GUL WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH. AFRIDI IS MUCH BETTER BOWLER,FIELDER AND BATSMAN THAN MISBAH. AND YOUNIS REPLACES MR.NOTHING(FAISAL).

    ANY ONE WHO LIKES THIS TEAM, REMEBER TO THROW A STONE ON YOUR CHIEF SELECTOR IQBAL KASIM. TAUFIQ UMAR IMRAN FARHAT YOUNIS KHAN MOHAMAD YOUSEF UMAR AKMAL+ KAMRAN AKMAL AFRIDI* ABDUL RAZAQ MOHAMAD AAMER MOHAMAD ASIF KANERIA

    Now would you people support me to take over Iqbal Kasims Job.

  • Atif Butt on December 17, 2009, 2:27 GMT

    Sami record, 33 Test, 81 wickets, 51.47 average, economy around 4. Selectors FOR GOD SAKE, when you will do your act together.

  • Rashid_rom_USA on December 17, 2009, 2:25 GMT

    This is the first time I disgree with you Mr. Abbasi. I think Danish is a far better bowler than Qadir. Leave younis alone, it was his choice of not playing. Sami shouldn't be recalled instead Tanvir should be sent there. As a matter of fact Pak needs a better batsman. Their batting is worse than Bangladesh's batting.

  • Bilal on December 17, 2009, 2:22 GMT

    Guys, i know we are very passionate about the Paki team, but sitting in Australia, and having played at first-class levels here, i can tell you half of our team doesnt have the technical abilities to be good test batsmen, and the rest dont have mental strength...apart from that, our newest re-called captain may be one of the best batsmen in world cricket, but that doesnt make him a great thinker, hence is appaling captainy, i love yousuf's batting to bits, but he is not a leader, you need players like Younis who can be captain and also perform, but not only that have natural leading instincts, yousuf has played enough cricket in his life to know when decisions on the field should be made, but really, I cant see anyone seeing him as an ideal captain. Butt and Farhat will retire after Australi are through with them, they simply cannot handle the quality that they will face. I dont care about sami, he wont be picked to play, so he is an extra on the tour, but would love to see afridi!!!

  • Amin-ur Rehman on December 17, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    Well Kamran Abbasi is a wonderful thinker but on the other side is a full team of absolute ghoofs bent upon destroying Pakistani cricket and none can beat them. They dont see,hear or think anything.Why are we holding a useless first class tournament like Quaid e Azam Trophy? Can some one guess? Why we are asking departments and associations to play a useless,unseen,non-ranking tournament for nothing. Muhammad Sami is 27th in the list of successful bowlers of Trophy with 30 wickets but he played with Moulana Sahib in ICL and thats his qualification # 1. He has also played two tests in Australia. There is a fast bowler named Tanveer Ahmed who has 72 wickets in 10 matches(Sami has 30 in 9 matches)There are 7 bowlers with over 50 wickets but useless. If you analyze Omar Gul's performance in Test Cricket for last 6 tests what has he performed? Similarly in batting Naved Yasin from Multan has 1005 runs with 6 hundreds in current season but useless.We sent Misbah who is not among top 50 even.

  • ahmed on December 17, 2009, 1:27 GMT

    There are many batters and bowlers who do very well at domestic level but their technique is exposed at international level. If these players are good enough they will establish themselves in the national team and nobody can force them unless they do some stupid things. Take the example of Mohammmed Asif, he is too good to be left out. Consider Salman Butt, he was given many chances and still could not establish himself in the team. The bottom line is that there are not many playes with sound technique in Pakistan to compete at international level. I think PCB should also concentrate at improving the game in Pakistan. As Aamer Sohail pointed somebody should check what all these coaches at different levels in Pakistan are doing.

  • Raza on December 17, 2009, 1:20 GMT

    It is absolutely mind boggling that Pakistan could even consider ignoring one of only two batsmen they have in the top 10 (top 30 in fact) of the Test Cricket rankings. And against Australia. But then this is after all the PCB! And the less said about the Pakistan selectors the better!

  • Salman Mahmood on December 17, 2009, 1:00 GMT

    You mentioned about Danish's poor performance in 4th innings. I just want to point out that his poor performance had a lot to do with wet ball. It was just not possible to effectively ball in those conditions. Umpires took a long time to stop the play even though it had been drizzling and raining for a while. Did you see how unhappy Yousaf looked? He was quite mad and he was right.

  • Shahid on December 17, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    BUT Why do they need a fast bowler, and not an allrounder as a fifth to share the burden. Are they gonna play with 5+1+5. Why not bring in afridi as an allrounder, keeping in mind that its more likely to penetrate current Australian batting with a spiner than a fast one. Regarding Sami, I will say his selection is exactly as the selection policy is at the moment. They do bring in all those who are failed tens of times and already have enjoyed more than enough chances, and the biggest example is Faisal who has an average of 26 and even on a batting track like nepier, he struggeled to hell in making that 50 even when he came in when the ball was old and opners had taken all the pressure off him. If Faisal is eligible to be in the team than you, me, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Butt Sami and Farhat, all are good enough to be there. He has been served so many chances and been kept as reserve for so long time that now even Miandad should also be ashamed of it. This team can't score 300 in Aus.

  • Wasim on December 16, 2009, 23:41 GMT

    Pakistan were defending a small total so you can't expect Yousaf to place an aggressive field.

    Talha and Sohail Khan are quite fast but they are also completely flat, Sami's domestic performance is much better than Sohail Khan and close to that of Talha,not only that he is more experienced but he is also a better bowler than both Talha and Sohail Khan. He is only being inducted as a back up fast bowler. Khurram and Fawad should be replaced by Afridi and Younis Khan.

  • sierra on December 16, 2009, 23:25 GMT

    Good article. But the fact is that, selectors are giving too many chances for Malik. I don't think he is capable of facing genuine fast bowling in Austraila. This is the right time for the selectors to pick a new talent from the domestic cricket. They also have to include one allrounder at no.7 position otherwise therez over burden for the young fast bowler like amer.

  • Faisal Khan on December 16, 2009, 23:18 GMT

    The Pakistani cricket team will continue to struggle, specially against the Aussies. It is not the bowling but rather batting that needs to be worked on. Looking back 10 years Pakistan must have tried at least 10-15 opening pairs & all of them unsuccessful. Nothing will change until new faces are brought in who know how to bat sensibly. Butt, Mallick, Farhat, and Misbah are par below batsmen. Perhaps good for A team, but not for the national side. Alas, PCB will continue to use them & team will continue to perform bad & offcourse continue to loose games. Not only these batsmen are below average, but their fielding is also bad. I remeber reading somewhere "catches win matches". I cannot believe that PCB cannot find better batsmen than mentioned above. But who knows whose patronage is in works. Change is required from management to players or else Pakistan cricket will continue to suffer. Why is Bari back, when he was failure in the past? That just tells you the whole story.

  • mohammad on December 16, 2009, 23:17 GMT

    i hope he will get Pakistan a lead for very match

  • Panga Khan on December 16, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    Kamran - when are you going to give Kaneria his due recognition that he deserves. Have you compared the figures of Kaneria & Qadir. Kaneria has played less number of tests than Qadir yet he has more wickets even after taking out Bangladeshi wickets. Also, do not forget the number of catches and stumpings missed by Kamran Akmal of Kaneria - you only have to look at one test series - the last England series. Cricket is a game of numbers - please do not talk fashion just because you like Qadir. I think you have a bias against Qadir - so called "high profile". Please remember history will only remember who took more wickets - just like Murali not Warne. You owe a serious apology to Kaneria for your bias against him.

  • Amer Ahmed on December 16, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    Pace!Pace!Pace!Pace is the only reason for Sami's inclusion.And who is responsible for it?Not Yousuf but Waqar Yonus,who is the biggest advocate of Pace in Pakistan.Imran wanted Pace from Waqar without fear of having too many NO-Balls or Wides and thus Waqar follows the same phillosophy.Sami improved a lot when Waqar was the coach in previous administration and then he was ignored when Waqar quit.Yasar Hameed should replace Khurram Manzoor, Razzaq can be an asset in Shoaib Malik's place.Iqbal Qasim was a world class spinner,ignored at peak of his career because Imran liked Qadir or a leg spinner in the team.Folks,have you forgotten that in Australia you might have to play 4 fast bowlers,the domestic performers are young and raw talent,you can't throw them in front of Aussies to be butchered,hence Sami's inclusion is justified. Asif bowls at 120s,Gul at 130s & Aamer can bowl at 140's but not consistantly.Sami's presence will not go unnoticed with the bounce he can produce at his Pace.

  • rimtu on December 16, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    Sami 30+ matches 80 some wickets, at 50+ average. What a great blower he is. I mean really, only way he can be reselected is by blowing really well, probably better than he'd blown while he was being selected regularly for those 30+ tests while he managed to keep Rauf out of the team. I can see clearly now, Sami will have one good spell, while he'll hurry the batsmen but give away runs in edges and fail to take wickets. And that one session of failure but not without potential will allow him to play the entire series and maybe beyond. That's Sami's history with the Pakistan team thus far. Speaking of Sami where is Shoaib these days? Has he retired yet? Haven't heard of the most glamorous of Pakistani cricketers.

  • ahmed usman on December 16, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    WOW! to much talent for pakistan and they dont know how to handle. Now PCB is trying to cut off contracts for domestic players. which will ruined pakistani cricket. i hope this will not happen with pakistan cricket. coz by doing this quality and talent will not comeout from domestic cricket. like it affected NZ cricket as well.

  • Panga Khan on December 16, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    What is wrong with Mohammad Rameez. Has any body been following his progress in the current QA Trophy? Pakistan selectors give me a break please.

  • ashique on December 16, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    hi all

    this gets from bad to worse . sami is a lost cause we would be better off with waqar making a comeback he also has "experence" of the aussi wickets. somebody please tell the pcb to quit before the fustrated paki fans plot their ouster.

  • MANZOOR AHMED on December 16, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    dear kamran please stopt this. you always point finger to players.yousuf is better then younis he will learn quickly.

  • Hibs on December 16, 2009, 22:16 GMT

    I agree with Kamran Abbasi its all crazy. To be honest I was shocked to learn about Sami's inclusion. We need FRESH BLOOD now. Also its our batting which is in tatters. Whats the point of appointing Waqar Yunus and calling Sami, when we need a batting coach and a couple of emerging talented batsmen. This batting line up has been failing over and over again and will fail again,but what can we do? Its shame Pakistan will go even lower in world rankings, no doubt.

  • Faisal Jaan on December 16, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    SAMI: 33 tests 81 wickets at 51 average.

    It says it all. No need to say anything else to the supporters of Sami.

  • m shahzad alam on December 16, 2009, 21:31 GMT

    Selection of Sami,Farhat, Misbah, Salman Butt by pakistani selctors can be summed up- a step forward and two step backwards. I pity are there no replacements for these tried, tested and failed test cricketers. How many chance they deserve??Performance in Local Matches has no weightage??Selectors are not willing to give chances to youngestors even in Twent 20 matches. It seems these players are selected on rotational basis; get failed go back in que-but no chance to performers of Local Matches. Pakistan needs dynamic Captain and dynamic Selectors-sorry no one in sight.

  • pak110 on December 16, 2009, 21:09 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has made himself available for the australia series!!! should def send him!

  • Nome on December 16, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    I agree esp. with the fact that Yasir Hameed should be recalled. He has the temperament, the technique we need at the top, he deserves a chance definitely.

  • great pcb on December 16, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    they call for experienced players who actually are experienced failures. And everybody knows that who are these experienced failures (malik, misbah, sami, & the list goes on). It is just ridiculous that why these idiots get chance after chance;ur experienced players win u matches when the going get tougher and these idiots are a proven failures in that aspect. Just revisit ur memory in some of the latest matches that pak played;1st test match of SL series, 1st test match of NZ series, last ODI of NZ series, 3rd ODI of aus series etc. And pak is chasing very meagre total & these idiots failed. As a result whole complexion of those series changed which pak could easily have win.

  • Irfan on December 16, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    Mind boggling! Captain asked and got Sami! What the hell these selectors were doing and thinking! And think of the mindset of this captain who asked for a subpar entity. Captain is so dependent on experience that he would resurrect unwanted players from the dead to beef up his war chest. I don't even know how much of a war chest it is, as it looks more of of a toy chest with every passing day.

  • Ehsan Khan on December 16, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Can any body ask this question to PCB that if they have to give chance to SAMI whose bowling average is 51 after 33 test and strike rate of 86 then why youngster like Talha, Sohail & Wahab are performing domestic cricket & even Tanveer who has taken highest number of wickets this season so far ........ just ask PCB what should be the criteria for selection PERFORMANCE or REQUEST FROM THE CAPTAIN ????????

  • Muzammil Saeed on December 16, 2009, 19:37 GMT

    I wish Shoib, Sami, Asif, Amir and Umar Gul, all could reside in one camp. Shoib is out and no latest news on his return which most probably seem to be his exit from international cricket, sami in and out, umar occasionally exceptional. Amir is new comer. Only asif seems to be bit in rythem. I love SAMI but he doest not perform well, actualy never.It will be a shame if Shoib doest not complete, atleast, his 350 ODI wickets. I would love to see all these bowlers play and play well for our country.As usual long debates on our batting line up are going on.

  • Ruchit on December 16, 2009, 19:27 GMT

    Sami's inclusion is indeed baffling. I don't see Aussies having any serious trouble with his pace. What bothers them is swing but of course at decent pace. As an Indian I would recall our Peth victory in 2008.All the quicker bowlers were meduim pacers. Gul,Amir and Asif are quicker and swing/seam the ball as well. However that is it. Australia's greatest strength is their ability to perform better than their talent. They are very tough mentally. Just see how a half strength Aussie team defeat a near full strength Indian team in their own backyard. Of couse skill wise they are next to none. Pakieastani team lags far behind on the mental strength factor and because of that I say Aussie batsmen would come up on tops against Pakistani pace attack. And when you consider the vice versa case we all know how strong the Pakistani batting line up. Why on earth would Pakistani selectors not pick Younis Khan and Asim Kamal. They may not get big hundreds but still give some totals for the bowlers.

  • Uetian31 on December 16, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    not coaching skilsss.....I really feel some time tht all the cricketing strcuture including players and PCB are walking in wounderland....i hope seranity prevails and some on stood up and do the right things.... about this team, i am prety sure there will be WHITEWASH in aussies..thy might b downslpo roght now but thy have something b/w their ears called BRAIN, thy will kill paki batsmans for sure...iam wating for BOXING DAY Humiliation!!!

  • Uetian31 on December 16, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    @Mukhtar ali...hello brother last time i saw the map, chitral belongs to "Pakistan" not "Afghanistan" well to the coment about Kamran, well my only guess about sami being included is the fact that pakistan 3 pace attack seemed very tired and lost the penetration which is needed to take 20 Aussi wickets, so i beleive pakistan will b playing 5 bowlers and 5 sepc batsman in comming series,i think it is a wise call, one ROTTON EGG batsman is not going to make a bigg diffenrce( see Misbah in last test), Also its beeen long debated about YOUNUS KHAN the great of all times worled has ever seen!!! if i would be the quen of England i would have given him the NIGHTHOOD the moment he was born!!! commmm onnnnnnnnnnn guysssssssss he is a JURKKKKKK, he is just a pthatic cricketer, cricket is a game of gentleman, and any gentleman wont "GIVEUP" the way he do, i was really puuling my hairs whn i saw news tht he is joining COACHING COURSE, plzzzz for god sake some one tell him to improvee his form..

  • Adnan on December 16, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    I agree with Kamran's analysis. This is the greatest chance of beating Australia at their home which we unfortunately never did. To me, Yousuf cannot become a captain. Give him 100 tests as captain and he'll remain a shy, defensive, risk averse poor leader. In my humble opinion Younis Khan is the best player to lead the side at the moment but make no mistake, give him full confidence and power to select the bunch of players he's comfortable with or U can say who are comfortable with him. This is the same thing Pakistan used to do with Imran Khan as their Cricket Captain. Sami should have never selected but I agree with one comment that Aala Hazrat Maulana Inzimam ul Haq (Madd Zillahu) the God Father of Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Yousaf has earned him a one more recall at test cricket where he's an average of around 50 per wicket. Alas, we can never be serious in winning cricket matches.

  • Assad on December 16, 2009, 19:14 GMT

    The problem with your articles, Kamran is that they always have a negative ring to them. You always criticized Yousuf's batting in the second innings, often devoting long articles to criticize him. Here was your chance to appreciate a truly courageous and gutsy innings from the Pakistani captain. Instead you rushed over this fact in two lines and decided to castigate him over his poor captaincy. Please remember that great captains become great after an extended period at the top. As success comes their way and they become more comfortable taking decisions, they then start to become more gutsy and adventurous in their captaincy. Don't expect Yousuf to become a Mike Brearley overnight..it takes time Also it would be nice if you could show some appreciation to the Pakistani team for batting two days to save the test match. This admittedly brittle batting line-up actually delivered when the chips were down. However as usual the Pakistanis will always find a reason to complain.

  • Adeel Anjum on December 16, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Two possible reasons I can think of for including Sami: 1. Waqar Younis becoming new bowling coach 2. Umar Gul's relative ineffectiveness during the recently concluded series Two reasons for Younis's exclusion: 1. He has poor batting form and then doesn't play domestic cricket. 2. Younis is only aggressive off the field. On the field he is as defensive as Inzy or Yousuf. He pretends to act like Imran but apart from one innings, he has never led from the front. Then he calls for ouster of Misbah (his deputy), when Misbah has performed better than him in recent months.

  • rahil ejaz on December 16, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    What? Holy shit, sami is included in pak team to re-enforce the bowling line up, you must be kidding kami. I love that giant 6 ft 10" bowler tanvir, he would be a king kong to face on Perth pitch, anyways coming to a serious note, Shoaib malik is as legendary as wajahat-ul-lah wasti, the great veteran pakistani opener in 99 world cup. Kick him out pls. Fawad Alam , Misbah-ul-haq, Khurram manzoor what are they doing in national team, if they are here to earn money they can do it better by just dancing in front of crowd before the match, after all that is what they are doing in the matches. If u need to strengthen team, plz follow my suggestions 1. Salman Butt 2. Imran farhat 3. Yousuf 4. Umar Akmal 5. Proper Batsman ( Younis/Asim Kamal/New Talent except Fawad Alam-loser) 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Afridi ( where is he/ is he a DON, that he decided when to play and when not, GOD SAKE we need him in the team) 8.Aamer 9. Kaneria/Ajmal 10. Asif 11. Gul/Akhtar/New Talent.

    Thanks

  • khawaja mahmood on December 16, 2009, 18:55 GMT

    I think we need to strengthen the batting instead of sending a bowler. We need an aggressive stroke player like Imran Nazir who can dominate the bowling attack. If he can survive 10 overs he can tear apart any bowling attack and make the life of middle order batsman much easier. He is definitely much better batsman than Butt who has been give too many chances.

  • umar firdaus on December 16, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    thumbs up @ASHWATH comments, i just love it. PCB is nothing more than an indian seat, where they flush out quality talent. Sami has benefited from PCB-NRO, chaudhry sahab please take some action. Jaj sahab mujhe insaaf chahye !

  • adnan on December 16, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    y is FAISAL IQBAL in the team!!!!!!!!!!! maybe bec he is related to javed miandad he doesnt even deserve to play domestic cricket ave of 26 in 24 test mathes as a batsman amazing how he gets selected miandad is doing a great job for his nephew.

  • Hassan Farooqi on December 16, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    As usual, it is very difficult to agree with Mr. Abbasi. Sami was one of the best bowlers that was mishandled by the board. They made a god out of Shoaib Akhter for his speed, and totally unappreciative of Sami's achievements and potential. As a result, young Sami focused more on speed than accuracy, ending up being worse than Shoaib Akhter.

    With Shoaib no more there, and Asif being there instead, Sami would hopefully focus on accuracy than speed because he can now see what Asif achieved vs what Shoaib achieved.

  • Imran A. on December 16, 2009, 18:37 GMT

    The logic behind bringing Sami back is simple...PACE... Pakistan bowlers will need to compete with Aussie bowlers, most of whom consistenly bowl over 140k's... Plus, Australian tracks will offer bounce to the pacers, and Mohammad Sami, like Aamer is capable of bowling very sharp bouncers. Plus, Sami is the only current fast bowler in good form in the domestic circuit.

  • Umar Riaz on December 16, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    I totally agree with Kiran Muzammil. Khurram, Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam dont have the technique or ability to play against quality fast bowling on bouncy tracks. Problem with Pakistani selection committee is that they dont select players on the basis of their ability to play under certain conditions. i agree that Umar Gul is out of form and look tired in the recent days. He must be given some rest for a series or two but I doubt that Shoaib Akther will be fit again. Give a chance to Talha or any other young lad. I think Shahid Afridi or Razzaq should be in the test team also as a fifth bowling option.

  • Noor Choudry on December 16, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    what about wahab riaz? that guy deserves a genuine chance esp. that he bowled very well in australia with the "A" team. what a stupid decision? why don't we get some new blood rather than trying the same old horses... that's why mohammad yousuf is a fail as a captain in my book. I still cannot believe it. seriously.

  • Mohsan Ali on December 16, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    Well all I know is that the way Pakistan played in New Zealand, it will not be the same case when they face the Aussies.As a matter of fact, we're going to lose if we go with the same players unless some changes are done. I fail to understand why Abdul Razzaq is always left out. I mean he is basically an all rounder that can bowl fantastically and can do some decent damage with the bat.As for Sami, I think someone dropped a coconut on their head and have completely lost it. How dare you pick him when their are better pace bowlers than him? Oh well, I guess we'll find out sooner how well he does when we face the Aussies.

  • Shariq on December 16, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    When will Afridi realize that he is a senior player in whom the country has invested a LOT? Winners NEVER back out when the team needs them!

  • haris shaukat on December 16, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    SALAM TO EVERY 1 Dear Kamran Bhai really great work, I m really inspired by your commitmen & hard work towards crickeT

    It was really good reading the above comments, Mohammad Sami, to him I would say good luck, Welcome back he is an experienced played & can add much to Pakistan cricket,Its true he was truely called back on MOHAMMAD Yousufs recommendation which raises the question that our Captain don't trust our domesic cricket structure. Inclusion of Mohammad Sami against Australia means exclusion of Umar Gul, I would really prefer Abdur Rauf.

    Younis Khan

    Salute to great great captain, Good Luck to him, He is a kind of only player I have seen without any greed, I can see some senior players are against him eg Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq & many more, but I m sure he will fight back

    I think Faisal Iqbal should be given an opportunity instead of Shoaib Malik

  • aftab on December 16, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    Looks to me that Sami is in on Yousef's request for an experienced addition. We do have very good alternatives, but the team needs a critical mass of maturity. Younis is a funny guy. He might as well get his own Late Night Show. Someone tell him couching requires more leadership than being a skipper.

  • Mukhtar Ali on December 16, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Very brief. I would like to include these players in Pakistan Cricket team to get better result; 1. Imran Farhat 2. Salman Butt 3. Younus Khan/Yasir Hameed 4. Mohammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi(Captain) 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohd Amer/Tanveer Ahmad 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Asif 11. Danish Kaneria 12. Abdul Rauf 13. Abdul Razzaq 14. Shoib Khan

    Bowling Coach: Waqar Younus Fielding and Batting Coach: Ijaz Ahmad

    if PCB can give rest to Intikhab Alab, that would be great.

    Mukhtar Ali Chitral NWFP Afghanistan

  • FT on December 16, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    we need a alrounder like rana or razzaq or shahid afridi........ we need an allrounder .. just with four bowlers y r we taking risk of injury??? of our ace attack

  • Asad on December 16, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    Bowling department is ok; for the 5th bowler and to get some batting support I guess Abdur Razzak would be a good choice. I do not find any logic for the inclusion of Sami. Khurram, Malik, Alam should go home and Yasir, Afridi should be called to fill the gap.Farhat and Butt may be given couple of tours to prove themselves. Pak selectors are requested to go through these comments and statistics of players before taking any decision. Guys.. don't be nervous...play confidently, boldly....you CAN do it..you CAN make it. Good Luck.............

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • CricIQ=Zero on December 16, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    Iqbal Qasim has something better to do than to watch test matches on the country's dime. Wow, that is a new one!!!

  • Umar Riaz on December 16, 2009, 17:17 GMT

    Sami has the worst career bowling average in the history of test cricket for any body who has taken more than 50 wickets. He has taken just 81 wickets in 33 maches with an avg of 51.37. He is no doubt quick and one of the fittest and most athletic in the team. People say nobody seems to be entirely sure where the problem lies either. Problem with him is that he has no control over his line and length. He just runs and tries to bowl quick but he as no idea where he is pithing the ball. Just look at M Asif who just keeps good line and length with medium pace and you can see the differance.

  • oops on December 16, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    dr. sahib, i'm wondering if its even worth responding to you at all as you're as obstinate as an ass with regard to oohing and aahing and cold sighing about that crybaby called yk. forget him for a while. he'll grow up. and you should too.

    if pakistan needs a world class batter, i would go for inzi to come back out of retirement for this one tour to australia. "the best batsmen against pace in the world," according to imran.

    also, be kinder to yousuf and danish. they give their 120%. that's the very best we can expect.

    also, lets recall the real world class aggressive cricketer in pakistan--afridi. that will change the nature of the dressing room and the body language on the pitch.

    enough said.

  • asadak on December 16, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    good luck to yousuf team not Pakistan team, another defensive captain like iinzi who has no clue how to set the field and totally rely on players individual performances rather then using his own brain. We as Pakistanis are stuck with these mullah players and there politics. Pakistan cricket can never go forward untill we change the whole cricket system.

  • Aditya on December 16, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan's batting in this decade has mostly been inconsistent, and it is partly because not too many of these guys have played much in foreign conditions -- like county cricket in England. So when it comes to wickets that have a little more bounce in them, their techniques are found wanting -- you can watch it when they play...their stance is too low, their head position is all wrong, etc. It's great for Twenty20 and ODI cricket, but Test cricket is a much bigger examination.

  • Wasim Ahmed on December 16, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    OK analysis but I think you are being little harsh on Sami. A fast bowler specially a geniune fast bowler like Sami needs a quality wicket keeper. I am afraid to say that as long as Kamran Akmal is keeping the wicket for us, Sami is destined to fail again. Bring in a decent (not even a good one and forget about a great one) and we will see Sami succeed, mark my word. Kamran would have never kept wicket for Paksitan had any of the captains had the guts like our great Imran Khan. These should be the changes: Play Kamran as batsman ONLY(give credit where it is due) Sarfaraz WicketKeeper. Khalid Latif one of the openner. Kick out Imran Farhat/Salman Butt PLEASE. Never ever bring Shoaib Malik near our team (again PLEASE). Bring in Shahid Afridi (also in test). Please retire Misbah-ul-Haq. Please keep Fawad Alam @ # 7 or 8 for now.

  • Zulfiqar on December 16, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    You call Iqbal qasim Pakistan's"occasionally successful spin bowler" Do you even know He had a bowling average 5 runs better than your favourite "good for nothing" Abdul qadir. Who failed on every barometer of being even a good spin bowler,let alone a great one 1.He was a big failure away from home 2.He was abysmal against India 3.He struggled against lefthanders It seems like every one in Pakistan has an agenda,Even you,like biging up your favorite players even at the cost of belittling others.

    Your'just good enough for a test cap'Bowler averages 31 outside subcontinent against your "world class" who averaged 46! It was always mind boggling to see Imran preferring Qadir ahead of him,And that only proves he was no angel either. Remember Mansoor Akhter,Another favorite of Imran,He was Faisal Iqbal and Sami of 80s,Always got the nod ahead of much more deserving domestic players,despite not scoring even a fifty at international level. Guess some things never change in land of pure.

  • Sadi on December 16, 2009, 17:06 GMT

    Salaam how the selector select M. Sami to Australia Tour and they over passed the great Bowlers, who is bowling so nice in the current Quiad-E-Azam Trophy. In the statistics M Sami is on 28 in the current best bowler list and he took only 30 wickets in 9 matches he played, whereas the following guys did well in the bowling and they were not selected, if they will be selecting the old bowler, then why you are making this poor guys to keep on playing domestic cricket when the selector will not select them on their performance. The Bowler who deserve to be selected for Australia is as follows; Match Runs Wicket Ave SR Tanvir Ahmed 10 1244 72 17.27 26.9 Zulfiqar Babar 10 1045 68 15.36 34.3 Junaid Khan 10 1506 68 22.14 40.1 M Rameez 10 1198 65 18.43 36.9

    I need answer of this question.

    Sadi

  • Muhammed south africa on December 16, 2009, 17:00 GMT

    Think mhd yousuf will mature alot more as captain in the upcoming series against aus..pak have a habbit of picking tried n tested players who have failed.if anybody deserves a decent chance then it has to be my dear friend yassir hameed.the man has a decent technique n can also shift gear n score at a decent rate which cud put pak in a good position of winning a game rather then us always chasing a game.in pakistan money tawks soo it seems

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on December 16, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    Just to underline the cluelessness of the PCB... out of all the players who have over 50 Test wickets... SAMI HAS THE WORST BOWLING AVERAGE OF 51.37 ... He has played 33 test matches even then... Bringing him back is not just stupidity... it's CRIMINAL !

  • Salman Latif on December 16, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    You are right on the money. Sami in any given condition, shouldn't be playing for national side again. The chances he got and the pathetic record he has, are sufficient enough for him to stay out for rest of his career from national side. This Selection committee just fulfil the referrals. I am definite, Sami is in because some one has referred him to Selection Committee. What a Joke...Batting is the problem Guys...Batting...Your team scored only 1700 runs in 6 innings which averages less then 275. Come on! This is absurd and ridiculous.We need Asim Kamal or Younis Khan or might be Yasir Hameed but we don't need a dead horse like Sami...Please for God Sake, don't play with Pakistani Cricket...This is a dream of a nation, Please...

  • razaullah khan on December 16, 2009, 16:49 GMT

    dear abbasi sb we should support sami not pulling legs of him. if he can serve pakistan better than umar, asif, amir why not give him a chance. newcomers need guidance from senior players.

  • MR dott on December 16, 2009, 16:48 GMT

    me also shocked on the decision of PCB selectrs ,...i mean this is out of my mind why are they selecting a man who has a failure in the past and has been tried for 31 test matches ,...is there any shortage of good players ,...???i bet you guys that even bangladesh team would not let sami play if he was a natinal of bangladesh ,...n some thing which is out of my mind what the bullshit is yk doing ,...????and where is fawad Alam is one of the best player who should be batting at number 5 position and hameed at 3 ,...than cheack out the team pakistan ,....my dream team ,....imaran farhat ,salman butt ,yasir hameed ,yousaf,u akmal ,fawad ALAM ,k akamal,kaneria ,u gul,m ameer ,M asif ......plz do comment on my dream team ,...do you guys agrees ,...???

  • Raaz on December 16, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    I do agree with you regarding the selection of Sami, I guess Inzi still has lot of say in the selection. We have to get rid of all Inzi's buddies the cahirman and the selection committe , if Pak cricket has to be better then Bangladesh , What is the president of Pakistan Mr Zardari doing , is he on somethimg and cant see what his buddy is doing to the cricket of Pakistan , the team sucks

  • Fizul on December 16, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    Reading your article from way off in Guyana[West Indies], I was shock to hear you, Kamran, of all people printing an article like this. First to begin with I'm as surprise as you are with all that you have mentioned, but if a man like you can't explain it then I guess no one else could. I guess the unrest in the country is making it no easier, but the adminstration has to have some respect for the players and cricket as a whole. The world is surprise as to what is going on with Pakistan cricket, we all want the best out of Pakistan but we also know this is not the best Pakistan can do. Please for Pakistan and crickets sake, administrators, bring back Younis. Younis has done a lot for Pakistan cricket and that's not a way to send him off.I'm a West Indian and I know Pakistan from the days of Asif Iqbal & Mustaq Mohammad, they have alway been fighters even when we were on top Pakistan always give us a fight.We want to see Pakistan like the sides that play in the 78&88 series in the WI.

  • kamran fashi on December 16, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    dear abbasi those who are preforming in domestic level stil waiting for their chances. bring back wahab riaz, sohail khan,anwar ali,talha. 33 tests for sami is enough. younis is hiding? or playing chupan chupai with butt. one batting coach is required for team. and after inzi who is mr dependable.

  • sharaf khan on December 16, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    salam sir it is all players power.what sami has acheived.nothing when moihamad yousaf said that i need samithan the selector says yes.what the hell abdul rahuf is doing there.than why have u selected him.if mohamaud yousaf is doing this for the team than bring younus back to strenghten the bating.but i dont think yousaf and selectors or board wants the good of pakistan team.this is unbeleivable crciket board.when u can send misbah who has done nothing why u cant bring younas.sir this board is bitch.if u all want the batter of paksitan cricket remove shoaib malik who is the root of all this.pakistan were united.they won the world cup they did not want younas khan to progress.younas is not doing this for himself he is doing for the team.and also remove misbah

  • Moin on December 16, 2009, 16:34 GMT

    Sending in sami for Australian tour is ridiculous...there is no reason at all...better if they had sent a young bowler or atleast a better batsman...

    Half the reason for pakistan's downfall in cricket it its board and selection committee

  • Inty on December 16, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Welcome back cannon fodder! Is this return on the basis of the quota system? Karachi/ Lahore balancing act?

    The Aussies will love this! His stats say it all. 33 matches, 81 wickets with an average of 51.37!

  • Ray on December 16, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    Not sure if bringing back Sami is the best idea, but I hope he delivers on the promise he has held over the years. It may be a good choice since the other pacers are young and inexperienced, but we will have to wait and see. With Umar Gul being so mediocre in the series, maybe Sami can provide a good backup. And please accept that Kaneria is better than Abdul Qadir, more wickets in lesser matches. AQ had 168 wkts at home and just 68 abroad, just 68! Kaneria is half and half almost! AQ had 6 wickets in India and Kaneria has over 30! What does he need to do?? He's clumsy, so was AQ.

  • khawaja mahmood on December 16, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    We need an attacking opener who is good against genuine fast bowling on bouncy tracks of Australia and I think we should give Imran Nazir a chance to open for Pakistan in test cricket. He is the only genuine stroke player in the current lot of openers and if he can stay for ten plus overs can easily tear apart any bowling attack. We need a stroke player who can dominate the bowlers and not somebody like Butt who cannot face even medium pacers.If Nazir was given as much chances as Butt he would have established by now. Sohail Tanvir is much better bowler than sami and should have been sent to Australia. We should send Misbah back home by the first available flight.

  • Fawad Ahmad on December 16, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is so unpredictable, nothing the officials do surprises me any more. Sami's inclusion might be justified with a recent domestic form. Qasim's interview and Younus's exclusion from the team is just baffling.

  • Irfan on December 16, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    While it is suprising to see Mohammad Sami given a chance again, I do wish him best of luck. But I was disappointed that PCB did not considered Tanvir Ahmed, who is leading wicket taker in the ongoing QeA Trophy, and other such bowlers and batsmen.

    Just wondering!!! what will happen if PCB give mandatory international caps (lets say 5-10 matches) for the players who are top performers in domestic tournament. Will this be bad for Pakistan cricket in anyway???

  • Iftikhar on December 16, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Sami was recalled because of the lack of backup pace options in the team and his current level of match practice and form. This same reasoning is behind the non-selection of Younis Khan, lack of match practice. Cricket is a rythm sport, Kamran, if Ricky Ponting goes on a sabbatical from cricket and returns without any match practice his form will be as woefull as Misbah's is currently. These were cricketing decisions, something you wouldv'e understood if you played cricket of any consequence ever. I do not understand why this person with an obviously poor understanding of cricket (as evidenced from most of your previous posts) writes the "Pak-Spin" blog on cricinfo.

  • Kiran Muzammil on December 16, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    The selection is mind boggling. Actually the entire batting side selected for Australia is a joke. Please explain to me why Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik and Fawad Alam are in the team when neither of them have the technique or ability to play against quality fast bowling on bouncy tracks or seaming tracks? If there were to be changes in the team, instead of recalling a club cricketer like Sami, they should have sent Manzoor, Malik and Alam home, and brought in Yasir Hameed, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Wasim. Yasir would be an excellent choice at the number 3 positon, followed by Yousef at 4, Umar at 5, and either Faisal or Mohammad Wasim at 6 followed by Kamaran and the bowlers. Also, while the pace attack of Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif is a good one, Umar Gul needs to be dropped from the test side. He has never looked like taking wickets in test matches for a long time. He needs to be dropped and Shoaib Akhter needs to return to partner Aamir Asif and Kaneria, Gul needs to sit out.

  • Shakir on December 16, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    M.Sami inclusion is a shocker and is beyound logic. This proves that the PCB and its selectors are THEEEEE MOST UNPROFESSIONAL group of people who are running Pakistan's cricket. They should have gived new players some chance to prove rather than including club class criketers like Sami & Butt in the team as time and again they have proved that they are useless.

  • Irfan on December 16, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    Shame on PCB & our slection comittee, they have taken a worst dicision by selecting tried & tested faliure like Sami. After playing 33 test matches Sami has got only 81 wicket @ an expensive average of 51.37 & with a strike rate of 86.20, this is the worst bowling average & strike rate by any bowler who has played that many matches. The guys like, Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Anwar Ali,& some others keep performing at domestic level & our idiot selctors keep ignoring them at the expense of useless plyaers like Sami. The same policy was applied in batting, Misbah, Malik, F.Iqbal, all r rubbish at test level but always in the team, while good performers at demestic level are always out of the team. I am just thinking what will be the feelings of , Talha, Wahab, & Sohail after performing so well but still not able to select in the team. PCB is just destroying our cricket by taking such rubbish decisions of selecting non performing palyers. All in all,pathetic decision.

  • Faz Abbas on December 16, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    I agree with all you say, in all the years I have followed Pk cricket, the batting is almost a disgrace. We seem the revert back to the tries and failed individuals e.g. Faisal Iqbal, how many times can we revert back to him, it may be me, but he always fails when I watch. Do we need Sami back, Gul, Ameer, Asif + 1 spinner should be enough for most teams. Butt opening is ok on a flat track, he has no temperament...surely there are better in Pk. Wher Pk cricket goes wrong, as is the case with the rest of the country, is a level of maturity and intelligence. We will not improve batting until players learn techniques. can apply them and be of strong character. Pk batting with the exception of a couple appears to always look like a bunch of college kids. Sorry, but it's my belief. Regards selectors, they change so often, there is never a logical strategy that seems in place long enough to deliver.

  • Ashar Hameed on December 16, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Kamran bhai it is a serious concern that our selectors are getting away with 'murder', literally of our cricket. Sami promised bucket loads of success and only gave us a 50+ average albeit in bowling and NOT in batting. He proved to be our most expensive bowler in terms of runs given per over and in terms of runs given per wicket and with absolute failures behind him the move to include him in the National side is not only ridiculous it is similar to NRO being offered to our politicians for all their corruption! Is anybody accountable at all? I wonder why even Malik is consistently in the team.

  • Irfan on December 16, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Why can't we shout out that Pakistan is a bottom rung team. This sense of political correctness should be erased from the written or verbal expression. The last sentence of your article is worth mentioning here "Why this angst? This is a chance to beat Australia if destiny's kind, yet Pakistan appear reluctant to take it..." Cricket may be a game of chance but you can't beat Australia by chance. With this batting you couldn't even beat a team which sits below Pak in ranking and you are aspiring to beat the champions. Stop dreaming and wake up. And there you go defending Younis again! The guy obviously doesn't want to have anything to do with the current situation. Let him be. Ground is not about to cave if he doesn't play. Yousuf thanked god that he sent rain to reprieve him and his bunch of no gooders. At least something is working for him. I don't think Sami is a batsman. There is nothing wrong with our bowling it's the batting you fool that needs fixing. Fix it!

  • Ibad on December 16, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    I totally agree with ur views on the selection of sami when we have bowlers like Mohammad Talha, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rameez and Junaid Khan all og them average around 19 and 20 n bowl consistently b/w 145 n 150 clicks in the domestic arena .., but yasir hameed is not performing in the domestic arena, there is this batsman who is the top scorer in that competition plus he have scored 5 centuries in 6 first class matches..

  • Ashwath on December 16, 2009, 15:36 GMT

    Mohammed Sami is the worst bowler in the history of the game. He is a bowler with raw pace but who bowls without a plan in mind. He could have become an all time great bowler with the his skiddiness off the pitch swing and semi-decent seam position. But looks like god blessed him only in the talent department and not between the ears.

  • Ayaz on December 16, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    The reasons for recalling Sami arn't very dificult to understand. All four of the seam bowlers you mentioned above are some how or other same. The thing they lacked in the bowling attack on the last day was PACE; REAL PACE. Something in the region of 150k's. Muhammad Sami did touched that mark in the past and its hard to see other bowlers who are on "the fringe of international selection" can touch that mark either. So Sami is only called for his PACE which none of present or future prospect bowlers match. The reason forYounis's exclusion is also simple. He is out because his return will bring the politics back. His recent form is of no secret to anyone and his presence in dressing room could creat problems for Yousuf.(he should still be included though for the good of pakistan as "FORM IS TEMPORARY AND CLASS IS PERMANENT" Selection commettee and other attractive posts in PCB are just ways to oblige FAVOURITES. No one knows the kriteria for SELECTION COMMETTEE'S SELECTION. LOL

  • Faisal Sami Qadir on December 16, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    Cant agree more wid u... Including sami is just another ridiculous decision.. I still love him, but I guess better options are available... at worst, Sohail tanvir could have been sent as he's the prospect for the future and hope is still placed in him... I heard that even malik was dropped but yousuf insisted in retaining him and even ijaz butt couldnt convince yousuf... Kamran, Plz help me justify Misbah's place in this, except for he's the best slip feilder, but that isnt enuf and even younis taking his place could perform better in both departments Ideal Batting Line available 1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Farhat 3. Younis Khan 4. Muhammad Yousuf 5. Umar Akmal 6. Faisal Iqbal/ Fawad Alam provide this line a full chance of 8-10 test matches at their proper positions.. and then if the player dont perform, scrap them for a while and ask them to do sumthing xtraordinary to ge back their spot..

  • Muhammedh on December 16, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    We all know now whats the root cause of the decade over failures of PAK team, purely nonsense selectors. 1. I would rather prefer Abdul Razack than Mohd Sami 2. If I really love the country and cricket, I would convince Afridi and send him immediately to Australia like Misbah was sent to NZ 3. Whats role in choosing such players of Yousuf lets not doubt it 4. Misbah (though didnt play well) has to be played in all test matches hereon till Eng tour to give him enough confidence and time this time around 5. Salman and Farhat combination never to be disturbed till the end of Eng tour whether they fail or succeed since no assurance of new opening pairs will succeed but we can expect from these two with clear instruction, definitely these two can score or ask them to stay long even without scoring much 6. Bowlers have to be neatly handled, I see the need of 5th bowler not necessarily Sami probably Razack/Afridi/Talha.

  • Rehan on December 16, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I do like your blog and agree with the 3 points you raised, but I also think you're a bit harsh on Danish Kaneria. In your previous post you said (commenting on his achievement of overtaking Abdul Qadir's wickets tally) that he was 'just good enough for a test cap' (paraphrase). No one's sugesting he's 'better' than Qadir, but still, he did get his wickets in fewer games (albeit at a slightly higher average) which is a pretty mean achievement. I also feel that he has been misused by some of our previous Test captains, especially Inzamam, who often used him as a stock bowler instead of giving him the license to attack. Coming on to the current Test, I thought his effort in the first innings was pretty inspiring given the placid nature of the pitch. And in the second innings he only bowled 5 overs, and was clearly struggling to grip the ball with all the wetness around. Not to mention Watling played him really well. So do give Danish a break, and some due credit!

  • Gokul on December 16, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Younis Khan's absence is his own doing. The selectors cannot force him to play. Not sure why you blame that on the selectors.

  • Amin - Canada on December 16, 2009, 15:10 GMT

    In Pakistan performance does not matter, people are taking wickets and scoring runs in Quide trophy but getting ignored, Players are being selected based on their relationship rather then performances, Sami's inclusion does not surprise me because he was a part of Lahore Badshah in ICL under the leadership of Inzi who is Yousuf's Godfather, sitting behind the scene he is still very influential Sami took only 30 wickets in 9 matches, for selectors that is enough, he is ranked 30 in bowling, how about Tanvir Ahmed topping the table with 70 wickets, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ramiz and others playing great but unable to get selector's attention

    Why on the earth they needed another fast bowler while they still got Rauf

    Pakistan can never beat Aussies. When players like Sami/Malik/Misbah/Butt/Farhat represent Pakistan, then what is the point of having domestic season.

  • IQ_TO on December 16, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    This is proof that in order to select in a team you have some connections (as Sami case, he was a ex-ICL player and included at the request of Yousuf). First of all you don't need a bowler as you already have Rauf sitting on a bench, but some reason you need to send one then atleast see the domestic record. Sami has 30 wickets in 10 matches (currently sitting at # 30 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy championship) as compared to Tanvir Ahmed 72 wickets in 10 matches, Junaid Khan 70 wickets, Zulfiqar Badar 69 wickets including 10 wickets in an inning and list goes on. As you rightly said that selectors are not competent and keep ignoring good players from our domestic structure (thought players are not great in their foodwork etc.), but I rather give chance to new blood than sorry Malik/Misbah/Butt/Farhat.

  • Muhammad Zaheer on December 16, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    All in all good analysis of Pakistani team and its management. To me, Pakistan team is not ready even mentally to give it a fight set aside being physically prepared to give a tough time to Australia in Australia. If team management and YK would have put everything aside to just lift the spirit of the game and specially Cricket's future in Pakistan, Australia's tour could have been a great opportunity to reunite and conqure. Well, good luck to the current team and Captain. Hopefully, they will pull something out of no where as always the case with Pakistan.

    Muhammad Zaheer from Toronto, Canada

  • Adeel Siddiqie on December 16, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    I agree to an extend about the inclusion of Sami. He has the quality to be an international bowler, but luck has eluded him and Kamran Akmal has also contrived against him by dropping every single nick Sami induced. As for the absence of Younis, it is totally bonkers, but most things Pakistani are nowadays. The batting should have been strengthened by including, why not, Yasir Hameed. He is far more deserving then a Imran Farhat. Whatever happened to Asim Kamal? He was technically sound and a earnest trier. The selection committee and selectors are still a farce! Again, I hope for the best, but foresee the worst.

  • tahir on December 16, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    may be from this series he will be back on the track and will prove an asset for the pakistani pace attack.He is still young can play a big role in the future for the Pakistani cricket.

  • Kamran on December 16, 2009, 14:57 GMT

    Why are you so against Sami when you have given chances to oh let me see, endless tries on salman butt, imran farhat, razaq, rana naveed.. I am sure you will propose bringing in shoaib akhtar. As many other so called Journalist of your era you go with the flow and say whats popular then what is right.

  • aekay47 on December 16, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    Welcome to the circus which never says bye.

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  • aekay47 on December 16, 2009, 13:57 GMT

    Welcome to the circus which never says bye.

  • Kamran on December 16, 2009, 14:57 GMT

    Why are you so against Sami when you have given chances to oh let me see, endless tries on salman butt, imran farhat, razaq, rana naveed.. I am sure you will propose bringing in shoaib akhtar. As many other so called Journalist of your era you go with the flow and say whats popular then what is right.

  • tahir on December 16, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    may be from this series he will be back on the track and will prove an asset for the pakistani pace attack.He is still young can play a big role in the future for the Pakistani cricket.

  • Adeel Siddiqie on December 16, 2009, 15:02 GMT

    I agree to an extend about the inclusion of Sami. He has the quality to be an international bowler, but luck has eluded him and Kamran Akmal has also contrived against him by dropping every single nick Sami induced. As for the absence of Younis, it is totally bonkers, but most things Pakistani are nowadays. The batting should have been strengthened by including, why not, Yasir Hameed. He is far more deserving then a Imran Farhat. Whatever happened to Asim Kamal? He was technically sound and a earnest trier. The selection committee and selectors are still a farce! Again, I hope for the best, but foresee the worst.

  • Muhammad Zaheer on December 16, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    All in all good analysis of Pakistani team and its management. To me, Pakistan team is not ready even mentally to give it a fight set aside being physically prepared to give a tough time to Australia in Australia. If team management and YK would have put everything aside to just lift the spirit of the game and specially Cricket's future in Pakistan, Australia's tour could have been a great opportunity to reunite and conqure. Well, good luck to the current team and Captain. Hopefully, they will pull something out of no where as always the case with Pakistan.

    Muhammad Zaheer from Toronto, Canada

  • IQ_TO on December 16, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    This is proof that in order to select in a team you have some connections (as Sami case, he was a ex-ICL player and included at the request of Yousuf). First of all you don't need a bowler as you already have Rauf sitting on a bench, but some reason you need to send one then atleast see the domestic record. Sami has 30 wickets in 10 matches (currently sitting at # 30 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy championship) as compared to Tanvir Ahmed 72 wickets in 10 matches, Junaid Khan 70 wickets, Zulfiqar Badar 69 wickets including 10 wickets in an inning and list goes on. As you rightly said that selectors are not competent and keep ignoring good players from our domestic structure (thought players are not great in their foodwork etc.), but I rather give chance to new blood than sorry Malik/Misbah/Butt/Farhat.

  • Amin - Canada on December 16, 2009, 15:10 GMT

    In Pakistan performance does not matter, people are taking wickets and scoring runs in Quide trophy but getting ignored, Players are being selected based on their relationship rather then performances, Sami's inclusion does not surprise me because he was a part of Lahore Badshah in ICL under the leadership of Inzi who is Yousuf's Godfather, sitting behind the scene he is still very influential Sami took only 30 wickets in 9 matches, for selectors that is enough, he is ranked 30 in bowling, how about Tanvir Ahmed topping the table with 70 wickets, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ramiz and others playing great but unable to get selector's attention

    Why on the earth they needed another fast bowler while they still got Rauf

    Pakistan can never beat Aussies. When players like Sami/Malik/Misbah/Butt/Farhat represent Pakistan, then what is the point of having domestic season.

  • Gokul on December 16, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Younis Khan's absence is his own doing. The selectors cannot force him to play. Not sure why you blame that on the selectors.

  • Rehan on December 16, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I do like your blog and agree with the 3 points you raised, but I also think you're a bit harsh on Danish Kaneria. In your previous post you said (commenting on his achievement of overtaking Abdul Qadir's wickets tally) that he was 'just good enough for a test cap' (paraphrase). No one's sugesting he's 'better' than Qadir, but still, he did get his wickets in fewer games (albeit at a slightly higher average) which is a pretty mean achievement. I also feel that he has been misused by some of our previous Test captains, especially Inzamam, who often used him as a stock bowler instead of giving him the license to attack. Coming on to the current Test, I thought his effort in the first innings was pretty inspiring given the placid nature of the pitch. And in the second innings he only bowled 5 overs, and was clearly struggling to grip the ball with all the wetness around. Not to mention Watling played him really well. So do give Danish a break, and some due credit!

  • Muhammedh on December 16, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    We all know now whats the root cause of the decade over failures of PAK team, purely nonsense selectors. 1. I would rather prefer Abdul Razack than Mohd Sami 2. If I really love the country and cricket, I would convince Afridi and send him immediately to Australia like Misbah was sent to NZ 3. Whats role in choosing such players of Yousuf lets not doubt it 4. Misbah (though didnt play well) has to be played in all test matches hereon till Eng tour to give him enough confidence and time this time around 5. Salman and Farhat combination never to be disturbed till the end of Eng tour whether they fail or succeed since no assurance of new opening pairs will succeed but we can expect from these two with clear instruction, definitely these two can score or ask them to stay long even without scoring much 6. Bowlers have to be neatly handled, I see the need of 5th bowler not necessarily Sami probably Razack/Afridi/Talha.