Twenty20 World Cup 2010 May 10, 2010

Brave or bonkers? Afridi revives Pakistan

It would be daft to pretend that Pakistan deserve to be semi-finalists
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"Afridi has generally gone with his heart - a more natural method for his captaincy" © AFP

Pakistan might not win this World Cup but this day in May will become legend in the history of Pakistan cricket. Improbable odds of qualification for the semi-finals were lengthened when Shahid Afridi announced his team. Khalid Latif in, Mohammad Sami out. A batsman for a bowler, leaving one genuine pace bowler in the starting XI. Brave or bonkers? It was a gamble that convulsed Pakistan fans. It turned out to be a stroke of genius.

When Latif played a lame stroke to end his innings, Pakistan's innings was a mess, South Africa were rampant. Contests between Pakistan and South Africa are always visually fascinating. In the flesh, the South Africans are gigantic, each man several times thicker in stature than his Pakistani opponent. Yet for the second World Cup running, the wiry frames of Pakistan's players were controlled by cooler nerves.

The revival by the Akmal brothers and Pakistan's captain was thrilling enough. But the bowling performance, supported by another efficient fielding display, was exceptional. Saeed Ajmal and Afridi rejoined their compelling Twenty20 partnership, with Ajmal possibly producing the spell of the tournament. In the field, Afridi was passionate, encouraging, and foul-mouthed. An ideal combination for a Pakistan captain.

Nonetheless, it would be daft to pretend that Pakistan deserve to be semi-finalists. Afridi's team have been generally awful, struggling to find the right balance and any kind of strategy. But after such a desperate tour of Australia and the destructive infighting of recent months, players and fans were due some better fortune.

Encouragingly, Pakistan's bowling has returned to form in the last two games. The fielding has become helpful. Afridi has generally gone with his heart, his impulses; a more natural method for his captaincy. He has found form, a vital pillar of credibility for any leader. Passage to the semi-final should help settle him further. Pakistan have got off death row and go into the final rounds exhilarated.

But they could not have done it without England, every Pakistani's second favourite team. When Pakistan required England to win, not once but twice, England delivered. Now Pakistan's route to the semi final echoes the 1992 World Cup. Indeed, England's helping hand could come back to haunt them as it did then.

Pakistan will probably have to overcome a formidable Australian team. Afridi's men will be clear underdogs but that means they have nothing to lose. Moreover, Pakistan's batsmen will prefer to tackle Australia's lightning attack on the Lahori wicket of St Lucia. Pakistan now have momentum and anything is possible in Twenty20.

A semi-final berth was as much as Pakistan fans realistically hoped for. The title defence continues. Whatever the turmoil and conspiracies in the background, fans will always support their team, especially if they battle as they have done in the last two matches. But it is the sudden twists in fortune that make Pakistan compelling viewing. Doubly so when they come on the back of an utterly surprising team selection.

Brave and bonkers is the Afridi method. The rollercoaster just got steeper and deeper.

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  • Adnan Alavi on May 14, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    It was Australia (not England) who defeated WI in the crucial tie in 1992, famous Brain Lara run out made sure that Pakistan faces NZ in the semis.

  • keep_right on May 14, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    The only 1st class team that Pakistan defeated is South Africa which India also defeated. Otherwise, their performance has been as dismal as expected. I think, Pakistan will take a flight back home tonight!

  • zaheer Kazmi on May 14, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    If Pak want to go with the winning Combination then, Pak 11 in the semi Final should be: Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Khalid Latif Abdul Razzaq Omer Akmal Shahid Afridi Misbah Ul Haq Muhammad Hafiz Abdul Rehman Muhammad Amir Saeed Ajmal

  • zahoor Ahmed Butt on May 14, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    ASL! Inshallah we will beat Australia. Because this format suits most to Pak Team, we learn to play in these situations in streets, all life. We hve more than 6 players which r match winners and just need to click them. St Lucia suit our spinners most and if we win toss its an added advantage. Afridi shall take more responsibility and bring himself or Abdul Razzaq at one down just like Imran Khan did in 1992, its better to sent Abdul Razzaq coz he can handle faster bowlers quite easily. On top of everything believe in yourself that you can do it. Pray 2 rakatain and ask Allah for help. I believe Pakistan and PCB has loads of problems, but I also believe based on history that Pakistanis have made history in many fields, and Pak team always won in the curcial stages. I believe very much that we can do it once again. Our team just need to play sensibly and send right player at right time. Pakistan, zindaa baad.

  • Taz on May 13, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Pakistan will beat the aussies, no doubt about it. Then we will overpower england in the final and retain the cup. Inshallah.

    And then all those so-called experts who wrote pakistan off will be forced to eat their words - just like last year.

  • Saiful Ansari,Leesburg , USA on May 13, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Aussies look unbeatable in this tournament & the experts predict, will roll over Pak. Amer, Sami & Asif can't compare to Nannes, Tait & Johnson. Pak Batting is fragile & inconsistent, fielding is listed on a day to day basis & the team may be banking on spin from Ajmal, Rehman & Afridi. Good spin bowling can change the game in favor of Pak on any given day, if the batsmen post a decent total. Pakistan's weakness against Aussies all summer has been in their batting department. Openers need to fire up early and atleast two in the middle order need to score for the lower order to come up firing on all cylinders. Hammad is a good choice to replace Hafeez even if he fails. Misbah should sit & either Fawad or Khalid & come in. Only an all out attacking game plan executed to perfection will help Pak to get past the Aussies who are favorites, having tormented us all summer. We got to believe that we can best the Aussies and beat them. Go Pakistan! you can do it. If you falter go out blazing.

  • Dr.Mubashir Hanif on May 13, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Assalamoalikm! Inshallah we will beat Aussies, why? Because this format suits us the most, we learn to play in these situations in streets, all life. We just need one batsman to click out of at least 5 match winners. St Lucia and our spinners will strangle OOOOZ and if we win toss its an added advantage. Afridi shall take more responsibility and bring himself or Abdul Razzaq at one down just like Imran Khan did in 1992. On top of everything believe in yourself that you can do it. Pray 2 rakatain and ask Allah for help. C´mon cornered tigers, its time for the kill. I believe Pakistan and PCB has loads of problems, but I also believe based on history that Pakistanis have made history in many fields. I believe very much that we can do it once again. Could you please, Mr Waqar Younis tap the shoulders of the team and just tell them, yes you can do it, Inshallah. Pakistanis have something that oooooz dont. Lets hope we dont get biased commentators on air. Pakistan, zindaa baad.peace

  • Irfan on May 13, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    The way it stands right now. Pakistan can't go in with one fast bowler only. True, that the surface will be slower but Sami has enough pace to stifle batsmen with his quickness. If their fast bowling trio can work so can Pak's pace bowlers. They just have to be smart. Now who is going to make way for Sami I think it should be Misbah as his days as batman only in a T20 should be numbered. With Hafeez we will be losing a spinner and a batsman which is not a good idea. I think four spinners and two fast bowlers should be able to provide Pak a good net to capture their wickets.

  • Syed- Dublin Ireland on May 13, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Well in fairness Australia deserve to win the wc, as they throughly outclassed the teams the have faced till now, being a pakistani i'd love to c them winning but to be honest how many times do they have to rely on our prayers rather than their own performances. FROM (A TRUE CRICKET LOVER)

  • Yasir on May 13, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Batting Line up: Butt Kamran Fawad or Misbah Umar Razzak Afridi Azam or Hafeez Amir Ajmal Asif

  • Adnan Alavi on May 14, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    It was Australia (not England) who defeated WI in the crucial tie in 1992, famous Brain Lara run out made sure that Pakistan faces NZ in the semis.

  • keep_right on May 14, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    The only 1st class team that Pakistan defeated is South Africa which India also defeated. Otherwise, their performance has been as dismal as expected. I think, Pakistan will take a flight back home tonight!

  • zaheer Kazmi on May 14, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    If Pak want to go with the winning Combination then, Pak 11 in the semi Final should be: Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Khalid Latif Abdul Razzaq Omer Akmal Shahid Afridi Misbah Ul Haq Muhammad Hafiz Abdul Rehman Muhammad Amir Saeed Ajmal

  • zahoor Ahmed Butt on May 14, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    ASL! Inshallah we will beat Australia. Because this format suits most to Pak Team, we learn to play in these situations in streets, all life. We hve more than 6 players which r match winners and just need to click them. St Lucia suit our spinners most and if we win toss its an added advantage. Afridi shall take more responsibility and bring himself or Abdul Razzaq at one down just like Imran Khan did in 1992, its better to sent Abdul Razzaq coz he can handle faster bowlers quite easily. On top of everything believe in yourself that you can do it. Pray 2 rakatain and ask Allah for help. I believe Pakistan and PCB has loads of problems, but I also believe based on history that Pakistanis have made history in many fields, and Pak team always won in the curcial stages. I believe very much that we can do it once again. Our team just need to play sensibly and send right player at right time. Pakistan, zindaa baad.

  • Taz on May 13, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Pakistan will beat the aussies, no doubt about it. Then we will overpower england in the final and retain the cup. Inshallah.

    And then all those so-called experts who wrote pakistan off will be forced to eat their words - just like last year.

  • Saiful Ansari,Leesburg , USA on May 13, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Aussies look unbeatable in this tournament & the experts predict, will roll over Pak. Amer, Sami & Asif can't compare to Nannes, Tait & Johnson. Pak Batting is fragile & inconsistent, fielding is listed on a day to day basis & the team may be banking on spin from Ajmal, Rehman & Afridi. Good spin bowling can change the game in favor of Pak on any given day, if the batsmen post a decent total. Pakistan's weakness against Aussies all summer has been in their batting department. Openers need to fire up early and atleast two in the middle order need to score for the lower order to come up firing on all cylinders. Hammad is a good choice to replace Hafeez even if he fails. Misbah should sit & either Fawad or Khalid & come in. Only an all out attacking game plan executed to perfection will help Pak to get past the Aussies who are favorites, having tormented us all summer. We got to believe that we can best the Aussies and beat them. Go Pakistan! you can do it. If you falter go out blazing.

  • Dr.Mubashir Hanif on May 13, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Assalamoalikm! Inshallah we will beat Aussies, why? Because this format suits us the most, we learn to play in these situations in streets, all life. We just need one batsman to click out of at least 5 match winners. St Lucia and our spinners will strangle OOOOZ and if we win toss its an added advantage. Afridi shall take more responsibility and bring himself or Abdul Razzaq at one down just like Imran Khan did in 1992. On top of everything believe in yourself that you can do it. Pray 2 rakatain and ask Allah for help. C´mon cornered tigers, its time for the kill. I believe Pakistan and PCB has loads of problems, but I also believe based on history that Pakistanis have made history in many fields. I believe very much that we can do it once again. Could you please, Mr Waqar Younis tap the shoulders of the team and just tell them, yes you can do it, Inshallah. Pakistanis have something that oooooz dont. Lets hope we dont get biased commentators on air. Pakistan, zindaa baad.peace

  • Irfan on May 13, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    The way it stands right now. Pakistan can't go in with one fast bowler only. True, that the surface will be slower but Sami has enough pace to stifle batsmen with his quickness. If their fast bowling trio can work so can Pak's pace bowlers. They just have to be smart. Now who is going to make way for Sami I think it should be Misbah as his days as batman only in a T20 should be numbered. With Hafeez we will be losing a spinner and a batsman which is not a good idea. I think four spinners and two fast bowlers should be able to provide Pak a good net to capture their wickets.

  • Syed- Dublin Ireland on May 13, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Well in fairness Australia deserve to win the wc, as they throughly outclassed the teams the have faced till now, being a pakistani i'd love to c them winning but to be honest how many times do they have to rely on our prayers rather than their own performances. FROM (A TRUE CRICKET LOVER)

  • Yasir on May 13, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Batting Line up: Butt Kamran Fawad or Misbah Umar Razzak Afridi Azam or Hafeez Amir Ajmal Asif

  • noman on May 13, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    it is kindly request to u that plz selsect shazeb hassan in the semi final game place of misbah ul haq bcoz he is not able to play big shoots even not in good form.

  • tahir almas on May 13, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Our batting order is not correct , in T20 there are limited overs / balls and every new batsman waste at least 3 to 5 balls before starting his natural strike so whenever wiket fall , a ball is wasted on which batsman got out and more 3 to 5 balls are wasted for new batsman adjustment, it means playing our top players at number 7 or 8 we accept five wickets down meaning 6 overs wasted which is huge loss in 20 over cricket .

    in my opinion we should place and send our top scoring batsman on top five positions like

    kamran akmal salman butt umar akmal shahid khan afridi abdul razakk hamad azam khalid latif muhammad sami abdul rehman muhammad aamir saeed ajmal

    abdul razaq

  • Muhammad Saad Khalid on May 13, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    the best team package 4 pakistan wud b: Salman butt kamran akmal fawad alam umar akmal shahid afridi khalid latif/sami (if pitch is supportive 4 pace) abdul razzaq Hammad azam Abdul rehman Muhammad Aamir Saeed Ajmal

  • imtiaz on May 13, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I request the entire pakistan nation to support afridi. Pakistan has given birth to a talented hero, gigantic. The name Boom Boom, threatens every players, when Afridi comes to bat. Afridi has a lot of cricket in him. No doubt he can be reckless, but can be a blast as well. Motivate afridi, pakistan will always threthen the world. Afridi & team Best of luck. Imran won in the same fashion and sytle. Afridi you can repeat history come on................ Boom Boom !

  • shahnawaz khan on May 13, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    salam to all i think we have take risk razzak should be given chance to play one 1 down 1-kamran 2-khalid latif 3-razzak 4-afridi 5-umar 6-hammad 7-ajmal 8-aamir 9-sami 10-misbah

    this should be the side and i dnt know for wht buut is in team. pakistan dnt need any parchi player like him he is here on big parchi if fawad given a chance he will play better than him.

  • Rab Nepal on May 13, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Afridi is the best captain for Pakistan...He needs to do well with bat and ball this time. If he get his genuine form Aussies are nothing!! Good luck Afridi...U de Hero and Legend!!

  • muneeb on May 13, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    1.Its allways been the same way for pakistan in major events 2 wins out of games n we are in semis ,its kind of deja vu n again it has happened.We are lucky to be in there but we have to perform n looking at the history of pakistan cricket we will perform. 2.Facing autrailia is not a big problem but it is the mental toughness of our team which will be the key factor other then individual brilliance.If the players can believe in there talent n skill naturally gifted to them facing australia wont be aproblem.They should forget the drastic tour of australiaand should come out as attackintg unit.Pensive mind set can harm the team esp pakistani players who are not that mentally tough. 3.Most important thing isthat few ofthe players should rise to the occassion espcially Haffez and Misbah because it is the back end of the tournament. 5.A lot wiull depend on Afridi as a captain,one might say he is an experienced player but one must remember that its a firts pressure match for him

  • salim taj on May 13, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    For me Pakistan biggest problem is bowling not batting, as some experts think, we are getting regular scores around i.e 140 -- 160, however bowling is weaker link, specially fast bowling is very weak , as it holds no threat for opposition, Pakistan would have done well by including some young fresh fast bowling talent for the tournament, all said and done, out of selected players, we should put our faith in spinners, as we have no other choice, same winning team against South Africa is best choice, hope tour selectors stick to winning combination, making changes in semi final is not advise able, as we have a good chance to win another T-20 title.

  • Syed Zaheer Hussain on May 13, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    In the semi final pakistan must make one choice replace Khalid with Hammad, Coz he is an alrounder, he can bowl a superb yorkers in the last overs and can bat up in the order. This change is must required, after this pak have v strong bowling line up with 3 pacers and 4 spiners. Our prayers r with Pak team, InShALLAH Pak team won the world cup. Ameen.

  • imran khan on May 13, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    This team will make australia sweat 1) Salman butt 2) kamran akmal 3) Khalid Latif (replace with hafeez, latif performed well against australia in recent series) 4) umar akmal (played well against australia) 5) fawad alam (this number is very important to stable the ining replace with misbah ul haq he has to stay till end of the game he's capable of doing that impressed everyone in australia with his consistency,Fawad no. 8 is a waste) 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Abdul razaq 8) Hamad Azam ( he can make some big shots and extra bowler) 9) m amir 10) abdur rehman 11)ajmal

    Misbah and hafeez are not inform batsmen, they needed to give a rest. And above team and order of batsman will bring you the world cup. No need for sami or asif at the moment..razaq done a good job replacing their bowling in the last game.

  • Zamina on May 13, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Well done Pak to reach the semis. Just play your type of game and the title would be yours. All the best for the next two matches. I know Pak can win.

  • ali on May 13, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    it will be very interesting if afridi opens with kamran...

  • Mehdi on May 13, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Razzak should be the first person to come after 10 overs. We are wasting his hitting by hiding him behind Misbah.

    Here is my plan: Overs 1-10 (Target 80 runs): Salman, Kamran, Umar, Latif.

    Overs 11-20 (Target 100 runs): Afridi, Razzak, Misbah, Hafeez.

  • sharaz on May 12, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    In all my time watching pakistan play what i hav realised thy hav to keep kool n tnk strait, if u luk at each player they r the bes in ther own ways compared to any other international cricket player. The problem with the pakistan team is thy dnt knw most of the time hw the opponent thy are bowling to or batting against is gna eithar bowl or bat and this is becus our back room staff r not doin ther jobs properly. The overall structure of pakistan cricket is not very well organised, until we dnt get our foundation right we r always gna struggle in any format of international games. As for ths twenty20 world cup pakistan hav been given antha life line so all i jus gta say is the boyz shud go out enjoy the game play the way they are capable to play n we shud easily beat austrlia. As for team selection bein at st lucia ground stick to the same team as the game against south africa.. gud luck to our boyz

  • aftab on May 12, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    In describing Pakistani team's 'Brownian' movement to the semi's we conveniently forget that this team has stood up to the Ausies better than other teams in this tournament. Ausies entered the last over 191-5 and ended it with 191-10. Also, Pakistan's defeat against NZ was really an equal - all this helped them to have a high point margin. So, lucky yes, but lucky because Cricket is like that. Against Ausies Pak is not really an underdog, they are even in T20 so far (2-2) and could score high if one of some 7 batsmen clicks.

  • waqas on May 12, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    How Did England helped us in 1992 world cup?

  • M KHAN on May 12, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    The way aussies r running through teams single handedly, PAK was gonna meet them either in semi or in the final. And it's better they r facing them in semi's cause the St. Lucia pitch will be ore suitable for PAK than the Barbados where the final is played which will suit aussies more cause of more pace and bounce there.So advantage PAK already. Other advantage off course is that it will be more of a pressure match for aussies than PAK cause to date they have not played in 'do or die' mode like the PAK team. Pak must apply pressure and spin dept here will be crucial casue that's their strong point. Batting has to be attacking yet sensible. One problem is the 2nd pace bowler, not much support for M Amer so far unlike last cup where we had Gul.Couple of players must perform cause to dat they just haven't i.e misbah, hafeez and even razzaq in batting. It's about time they should fire. Best of luck for PAK - if they win this, they win the cup definitely. http://youronlinecashempire.com

  • Inside Man on May 12, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    I have some inside news .... Pak will bat if the the toss is won... Razzaq will open with akmal .. Hafeez will play and so does misbah and latif. Alam and Azam sit out. now the surprise bit ..... Sami will play in place of abdur rehman (injury). 165 likely to be winning score. PS: maqsood bhai pls note-bettersunited offering 18/1 for Sami playing.

  • Nawab on May 12, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Again, we need to get Sami back instead of Hafeez. He has pathetic strike rate and average as a bowler.

    Bowler Mat Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR Saeed Ajmal 5 10 4/26 12.30 6.64 11.1 Mohammad Sami 3 6 3/29 18.00 9.81 11.0 Mohammad Aamer 5 5 3/23 23.40 6.15 22.8 Abdur Rehman 2 4 2/19 13.50 7.71 10.5 Shahid Afridi 5 3 2/29 49.33 7.40 40.0 Abdul Razzaq 5 2 1/16 30.50 7.62 24.0 Mohammad Hafeez 5 2 1/28 51.50 8.58 36.0

  • Nawab on May 12, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    We need to kick out Feeja (aka Hafeez). He has scored 39 runs in 5 matches at a pathetic average of 9.75.

    Salman Butt 191 73 47.75 Kamran Akmal 130 73 26.00 Umar Akmal 99 51 24.75 Shahid Afridi 83 33 16.60 Misbah-ul-Haq 68 41 17.00 Abdul Razzaq 57 29 19.00 Hafeez 39 18 9.75

  • Waqas Ali on May 12, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Change batting line up:

    Butt K Akmal Razzaq Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Fawad Alam Misbah Ul Haq ..... the rest is upto yall

  • Hena Gul on May 12, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Pakistan is through to the semis now, not purely on their performance though & we should now pray that we beat aussies as well to get into the final. My main concern is the dismal performance of our batsmen who are not really world class to be honest. The entire batting line up lacks consistency, planning & the will to stay on the wicket. Hafeez, Misbah have failed miserably yet thay have played every match, Hafeez though has a reason to be there apart from his batting but persisting with Misbah is mind bogling. We need to replace him by Fawad Alam who shud be asked to come in at Nbr 3 as he has the ability of crafting out singles and rotate the strike. We need to change tha batting order completly & I suggest the following; Kamran Salman Fawad Umar Khalid Shahid Hafeez Razzak M. Amir A. Rahman Ajmal. Our bowling is doing fine, inclusion of Rahman has given it more bite & I am confidant that they wil not let the ausies repeat of their previous performance against us.

  • M. Alam on May 12, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    I totally agree with you. Fortune favors the bold. Best of luck Pakistan.

  • ALI on May 12, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    i think razzak shud bat at no 3 and hafeez shud be batting at his position

  • adil on May 12, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    i think that they should open with shahid afridi because on the otherhand against australia we have to surprised them who knows the gamble mau pay off

  • ahsan on May 12, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    INSHALLAH PAKISTAN jethe ga do nt worry about australia just out their opener early

  • kale on May 12, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Afridi: Congratulation to you as you are in semis...good job keep it up. My advice is that for this tournament as Nazir is not with you so promote Razzaq or himself to open the inning with Kamran and take Butt to lower the order, this would help team to score some quick run in first six over. Your current opener can not do this things, either open you or with Razzaq and keep yourself or Razzaq at no.3 or 4. Play with heart against Aus, you had just beaten him in last meating..so it is not a tough task..you have got the license to kill any team including Aus. You can win either by batting or bowling first it won't make any difference. In last matches also if Salman had taken that catch the score would have been 20-30 run short...and the result would be different.....keep it up and start opening after this tournament in Oneday and T20 ...you would be more effective and can only break 200 Run Record...and bring back Imran Nazir, Shoaib Akhtar in all form of game...

  • Mohammad Asad on May 12, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA......

    Well said Mr. Abed.....1992 again !!!! Control your nerve ...my friend..... Like to see H. Azam in place of Misbah.....You never know......... may remind us Inzi of 1992... Good Luck.....

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • usman saleem on May 12, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    like i think Pakistan has a great chance of beating aus and with the shadow of a doubt we came the closest of beating aus like pakistan scored 157 most by any team against aus in this world cup like Afridi is a born leader like who bowls a spinner in the final over he did misbah should bat 3 or 5 if no then he doesnt have any role.aamir should bowl 2 overs early and then the 13th and 19th over.afridi should bat him self in the opening slot and salman could come at 4 with and razzaq to follow n umer one down and misbah at five as a pinch hitter khalid at 6 or hammad followed by bolwers and no sami.afridi should bowl himself with aamir atleast one over to threaten the opposition with his faster ones as he could bowl faster than razzaq ajmal could bowl the 12th over the role that was with umer gul like david hussey n michael struggles with his doosras

  • ShariqKhan on May 12, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Are you kidding me guys this is the batting line up it should be:

    1) Salman Butt 2)Kamran Akmal 3)Umar Akmal 4)Abdul Razzaq 5)Hafeez 6)Shahid Afridi

    and after that they can do whatever they want depending who plays. But Honestly I think Razzaq needs to come after Umar give him time to settle becuase if he stays on the crease for 3 or 4 overs pakistan can easily produce 200 runs any given day.

  • Shoaib Abbasi on May 12, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    I think the issue is with Pakistan Cricket Board and high authorities who are poking their nose in final selection and team selection, Misbah's, Hafeez's selection over Imran Nazir and Ahmad Shahzad or Shoaib Malik is something like personal matter of Cricket board now... not selecting Muhammad Irfan is also mistake... Shoaib Akhtar is now in full form and ignoring him is also board's personall issue... afridi has no choice there... he knows better what hammad azam is in international cricket if he replace Misbah... he has high hopes on Misbah for final matches... because he has no choice left... he only have SPIN choice which can cause AUS in tourble on wicket of St.Lucia... lucky ws with Paksitan but at this stage... but i always said Pakistan is more dangerous when they are unsettled... now they luk like more danger as unit... because they have seen alot in these past two weeks... beware KANGAROOS and PAKSITANI HATERAS.

  • SAEED AHMED on May 12, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistani players wait for the fortune and although it does work but we are waiting from them to perform with zeal of par excellence. Senior Players should either perform or left for the better ones.T20 is a game of 100 percent fit players. Players should have to control nerves when it does required very much. We should have the right replacement of any players like Australia & England. They have very strong back ups of players & placed them on right moment when it does required. Team reaches into Semis not with their pride performance but with the bad luck for two teams. However they turned the gears when they badly & deadly do required. Now they should forget the past & look forward to two big matches. Only they required united team spirit & aggressiveness because they have very much to lose as compared to win. They should does like "DO OR DIE","NOW OR NEVER".COMMON GO AHEAD WHOLE NATION WILL BACKUP YOU WITH THEIR PRAYERS. MAY ALLAH GIVE YOU ALL HIS BLESSINGS-AAMEEN. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. Saeedn34@hotmail.com

  • SHAFQAT KHAN MARWAT on May 12, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I think IMRAN NAZIR and IMRAN FARHAT are so good,if they replace MISBAH and HAFEEZ...PAK team will be so strong

  • Umer Farooq-Canada on May 12, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I truely don't understand the role of Misbah as well, Afridi should bring Hamad Azam in and let Misbah go, he has been given enough chances.I also agree that Omar Akmal should play before Latif or Hafiz.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - S. Arabia on May 12, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    To be honest I never expected our team to be there beyond the super eight round, but they have done it. My worry is our batting and not the form but the quality of the batting line up. The other issue is Misbah, God knows why he is there in the first place and then again why he is included in all the playing XI. Kamran is another issue, he is good but keeps loosing his wicket at crucial times, it does not auger well for the upper order, he has to learn to stick there after he has played himself in. Hafeez is also a big question mark, I dont understand why he is being persisted as one down despite not performing. My choice would be Fawad Alam at # 3 for he is a nudger and can rotate the strike well. Misbah should be dropped and replaced by Khalid and Hafeez should be asked to bat lower down, this might make the batting look a bit better. The batting order that I have in mind is Salman, Kamran, Fawad, Umar, Khalid/Shahid, Shahid/Khalid, Hafeez/Razzak, Razzak/Hafeez, Amer, Rahman & Ajmal.

  • ATHER on May 12, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    need to make three changes, sami for rehman(ajmal/afridi are enough fawad for misbah(useless fielder and poor batting form.hammad for hafeez (alray tried for 4 times utter rubbish. AGAINST AUSSIZ NEED TO PLAY AGRESSIVE CRICKET BY OPENING WITH RAZZAK/OR AFRIDI ATLEAST.MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF 6 OVERS.

  • Catalan on May 12, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    I still fail to understand why Misbah is still in the team. For the last 2 years he has done nothing to justify his place. Pakistan team would have been better serve by some one like Imran Nazir who out of 5 matches could have won u 2 matches single handedly and also he is one of the best fielder in our team. Anyway since he is not here, I reckon Hammad should be given a chance as the OZ r notoriously slow in sorting out a new player. I reckon the best chance for Pak will be to bat 1st n post a decent enough total around 160 as the bowling has the ability to restrict the OZ in a high pressure game like they did in the last WC. On a slow pitch at St. Lucia it will be a 50-50 bet on both the team n I hope that our team give their 100%.

  • sabih on May 12, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    sending Razaq at 7 is foolish. If sent up the order, he can create wonders for the team...

  • Shahzad Shigri on May 12, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Match fixing is still there... Players are more interested in invidual performances rather than playing for country... Our media should expose these criminals who are within our team. They should not only be banned for life, but also should serve imprisonment. They way they have reached the semis, its obvious that the games were lost delibrately just to take the rates high on the betting scene. They dont deserve to win and a proper inquiry should take place. Either they win the world cup or not, this needs to be done so that we dont get to see fixed matches in future.

  • Ibaad on May 12, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Muhammad Asif should be included in place of muhammad Hafeez!!! We need proper opening pair to open the bowling for Pakistan! Razzaq is a decent bowler as a first but cant be played as a regular opening bowler in them. Hafeez has completely failed as a batsman in this tournament and since we already have 3 spinners in the team (the excellent Ajmal, afridi and Rehman), v don't need his spin. Khalid Latif can be tried in Misbah's place since he has performed poorly throughout the tournament.

    Butt Kamran Umer Khalid Latif Afridi Razzaq Rehman Aamir Asif Ajmal

  • Kamran on May 12, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Weldone our tigers.Play like champions in the semis.Won or lose is secondary. God Save pakistan from the IPL satta league.We are continuously qualifying for semis or finals in last four big tournaments.[3 T20's and last champions trophy]

  • Usman on May 12, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    aoa.......

    Team should be the same except one change Hammad azam should be given chance in place of khalid, This will also increase a bowling option and who knows his batting do the trick.

    InshALLAH Pakistan will b Champion this time again. :-)

  • andy on May 12, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan cricket time have a very good and very brave captain i believe that they win world cup again pakistan cricket board need to give captaincy to afridi to one days and test matches

  • Riyaz Jabri on May 12, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Here is my Pakistan Winning Strategy, They have to suprise australia with something new

    Razzak should open the bat as bat as pinch hitter with salman butt and blast away. Ajmal should open the bowling with aamir Should play with more spinners than pace bowlers Bowling Lineup Ajmal,Aamir,Asif,Afridi,Rehman

    Play to Win Attitude and keep nerves cool.

    Insallah Pak will win...

  • Farrukh Humayun on May 12, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Aggression VS Skill (Pakistan VS Australia). Pakistan must win to console the recent defeats by Australia. Afridi should pick Hammad Azam and send him only at the pressure moment because as a young player, he'll not feel pressure (same tactics as of Imran Khan in 1992). We all wish Pakistan to clinch the victory and Pray to Al Mighty Allah to forgive our sins and reward us victory in every arena of life.Amin. Farrukh

  • Rizwan on May 12, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Afridi should include, Hammad Azam,Fawad Alam instead Hafeez,Khalid latif & Misbah bcz they are not performing very well more over misbah is now 35 yrs old & does not have the strength to hit the ball over the rope. I feel Fawad Alam can bat better then Hafiz & should give a chance to Hammad Azam. Team needs excellent start & a gud middle order performance. Bowlers are doing an excellent job but pakistan cant rely always on bowling. Afridi needs to chage the batting order also if he dont include Hammad Azam & Fawad Alam.Letz Hope for the best. Pakistan Management made a blunder mistake for not bringing in Imran Nazir & now they are realising their mistake. If i was the management i would have surely selected Imran Nazir & Imran Farhat..

  • Amer Malik on May 12, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Wow. We have made it to our third straight T-20 WC final. That is a great achievement in itself. Now, lets not focus on whatever has happened so far in the tournament but rather what Pakistan's strategy should be against the Australians. Needless to point out but there is absolutely no room for Sami in this squad (for that matter any Pakistani team. He belongs in domestic cricket. Pakistan has always relied on unknowns to rise up and deliver in big matches/trnamnts (remember how Afridi came on the intrntionl scene. Misbah in 2007 WC. M. Amir in last WC) and we need that X factor to win it all from here on. Hammad Azam is the perfect candidate to be that X factor. (Youngster, who has talent and has done well recently). He should replace Misbah in the team. Rest of the team looks good and balanced but the batting order needs to change. Pakistan needs a big hitter for the powerplay and Razzaq should come in at one down, which will also give him time to play that match-winning innings.

  • Lukman on May 12, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    i think pakistan should get rid of Misbah because there is specific role for him and he is just fillin up the numbers... i think the final 11 line up should be:

    s butt k akmal u akmal m hafeez s afridi a razzaq k latif m aamir a rehman s ajmal m asif

    please comment on my line up thanx

  • Hashir Computers Shewa Adda(SWABI) on May 12, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Pakistan has qualified for the semis from nowhere.Thanks to Allah Almighty.But this tournment left a good thought for the management and president of Pakistan,who is the patron in chief of PCB.For the upcoming world cup 2011,the whole management including chairman PCB should b removed from their respective chairs.the chairmanship has been given as a political bribe to the relative of defence minister,who is above 70 and who has understanding cricket affair.young blood like yasir shah,who is a leg break n good batsman n also a good fielder and junaid khan who is good quick bowler should b prepared for the upcoming world cup.we should also banned on those former players,who made various pressure groups for their survival n destruction of pakistan cricket.lets promise that we all will emancipate pakistan cricket from these selfish players.n once more c the pakistan cricket on its top.

  • ALI SAIFUDDIN on May 12, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    pakistan into the semis !!!!!!! my god this team is really unpredictable ....... who would have thought after 1 run loss over new zealand that this team would even get closs to getting into the semis but the fact is they have and the cup is still with pakistan .. however pakistan still has 1 or 2 changes that should be made here is the xi for me in semis

    1)kamran akmal 2)salman butt 3)abdul razzak 4)umar akmal 5)misbah 6)afridi 7)hammaad aazam 8) fawad alam 9)abdul rehman 10)mohammed aamer 11)ajmal

    well hafeez has been a complete failure so i think that instead they should give chance to some one like hammaad aazam who is also an alrounder

  • Javaid M. Malik on May 12, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Team management is well aware of Aussie player's skills, committment & professionalism. In addition they come out with a plan based on strength/weakness of opponent players. It is therefore, vital to make a plan that could bridge the gap between two sides. A simple approach is suggested to the team management to select a team/batting order which Aussies could not thought in order to make their plan null & wide. I therefore, suggest following team/batting order: 1)Kamran 2)Razzak 3)Umer 4)Afridi 5)Fawad 6)Butt 7)Rehman 8)Hafeez 9)Hammad 10)Aamir 11)Ajmal. Best use first 6 overs in batting & score highest runs. Middle order Butt, Rehman & Hafeez will be useful & at end Hammad & Aamir can provide some hitting. Rotate bowlers after each over so that variation could be offered to the batsmen. Bowlers must be advised to avoid No Balls & Wides bcaz not only it gives extra runs but also extra deliveries. Generally it is noticed that a good over gets spoiled on 5th or 6th loose deliveries.

  • Zeshan on May 12, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    It is nice to see that pakistan moves to semis but still two matches are there to win the cup. I would say that if we want to move forward we have to replace atleast one or two players in the team. First of all Misbah, there is no more space for him. He should be replaced with any younster like Azam and the second replace if we see can be latif because hafeez is doing well with ball so latif should be replace with one bowler.

  • fazal elahi on May 12, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    confidence in self and attacking strategy is the need to shatter the aussies plan.i think asif should be in the team against australia.hafeez should be out for rest of the tournment.afridi is performing his best as captain.

  • Usman Bajwa on May 12, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    KA (this is for you to bring home to the coach, captain and players)....

    FORGOT TO MENTION THAT ALL PLAYERS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES PERTAINING TO OOPSE (One Over Per Side Eliminator).....one never know when it may become the deciding factor between a winning team or the loosing one.

  • Khalid Ismail on May 12, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Inclusion of Khalid Latif into squad is totally unjustifiable,for, he can't cope with the pressure; and, he doesn't have such an aggressive batting style to survive in twenty20 format. he should be replaced with Fawad Alam. On the other hand, Fawad is a good bowling option even better than Hafeez. And, no doubt, Razzaq's impressive spell in crucial game against well balanced side proved that he had been neglected during previous games. Anyhow, now we look forward our team to win this event as they have acquired the momentum they needed. InshaAllah we are going to defend the title.

  • Tahir Rafiq on May 12, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    I like Afridi very much. Afridi is the best all rounder in the world. He is very intelligent that is why he dropped Sami. He is also very islamic, Pakistan qualified for the semifinals because of his prayers. He didn't sleep all night and prayed for Pakistan.

  • syedmabid on May 12, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    a very timed comeback by Pakistan for sure.. well thats the way Pakistan operates in most of the tournaments.. they are always the slow starters, but they win when it matters the most..i guess thats the beauty of Pak cricket.. i hope pakis defend their title and bring back the glory to the nation... Pakistan Zindabad

  • Muhammad Ibrahim on May 12, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Yes Definitely We all were waiting for this event of cricket 2010 T20 world cup. Eventhough the Pakistani team hasn't shown good performance in their previous match except the last one. We hope Afridi will not make any descision that can led Pakistan to loose the upcomming matches, crucial stage of the world cup. Afridi and Co should make good strategy for the next comming matches, particularly the match against Austalia. He should decide a very good stratigy particularly for batting that which player should be sent in which order, keeping in view the different situations they may face during the match. In Last I hope they will win this Event Insha Allah.

  • Shahzad Rafique on May 12, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Well, All Pakiz very happy to be in Semi, but to be very honest Pakistan team not deserve for Cup, due to his bad performance in the field, body language shows no match planning. Such a big event they have to show something extra to be called winning team like favourte for this tournament Australia. Anyway All best wishes with paksitan.

  • rizwan on May 12, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Hi all! I think Imran Nazir should have been included in the team, as we are all can see now whats is the status of the team without the T20 speacilist like imran nazir and imran farhat.

  • Yasir S Hussain on May 12, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    My starting line-up would be 1 Kamran Akmal 2 Salman Butt 3 Abdul Razzak(1,3,14) 4 Umar Akmal 5 Shahid Afridi(8,10,12) 6 Hafeez (11) 7 Hammad Azam 8 Abdur rahman(4,7) 9 M ammir(2,5,16,19) 10 Saeed Ajmal(6,9,18,20) 11 M sami(13,15,17)

  • MARLO, Copenhagen on May 12, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    FAWAD in Khaled out. Fawad is a better batsman and better fielder

    RAZZAQ at no. 3 or 4.

  • Lahoria on May 12, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Well, there were still a few flaws in Afridi´s captaincy. I was wondering myself why Afridi sent Khalid Latif at 3 and Hafeez at 4. We were queite lucky to accelerate that brutally, cuz at one stage the projected score looked like soemthing of 120!!!!

    Great Captains lead from the front. Instead of sending young/inexperienced/out of form batsman at such crucial position Afridi schould actually come at 3. The way in which he easily scores the one´s(at start of the innings) is just great.

    The Aussies will definately block the singles of Pakistani batsman and force them to play rash shots. It is very important to get the singles regurlarly, so that pressure doesn´t rise to them and force them to play silly shots. Fawad Alam would therefore be the ideal batsman for one down.

    1. Butt 2. Akmal 3. Fawad Alam 4. Afridi 5. Umar Akmal 6. Razzaq 7. Hafeez (need him for spin) 8. Misbah / Hammad Azam 9. Rehman 10. Aameer 11. Ajmal

    Please put the in-form batsman up the order!!!!

  • NAVEED ALAM on May 12, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    i think batting order should be changed against australia.... salman butt abdul razzaq kamran akmal shahid afridi umar akmal misbah mohammad hafeez hamad azam mohammad amir mohammad asif saeed ajmal Abdul razzaq is very good against fast bowlers so let razzq open the innings.. in case of upper batting collapse misbah, hafeez and hamad azam can handle the situation....i think it will be the best combination....MAY ALLAH BLESS PAKISTAN......PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Adnan on May 12, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    My team and batting order for Semi's is as follows:

    Salman Hafeez Razaq Umar Afridi Kamran Hammad Aamir Rehman sami Saeed

    Hafeez to open as he is at his best at that place, by sending Razaq up the order helps in steading the ship and later on he can blast, to send kamran at 6 is to get use of last overs which we are lacking, Hamad will help him in this course as well. inclusion of sami give message that we are in positive farme of mind and will do the job with limited batting as well. comments pls.

  • abdul jabbar on May 12, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    we are the champions and we should behave like a champions.

  • ahsan on May 12, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    @Faraz , you nuts man. Going in field with 10 players. ahah.. lol

  • Sharjeel on May 12, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    I agree with almost all the comments in here. But, Pakistan’s Cricket Team has a secret weapon in their arsenal, which is “hope & uncertainty”. No one can make an educated guess on the team’s performance for any future matches. (As Mr. Abbasi said, “Brave or Bonkers”)

    This scares every opposing team and is the main reason why Pakistan has won so many matches in the past.

    I wish the best of luck to Pakistani Cricket Team and its players. I hope and pray that Pakistan wins the World Cup again. Ameen!

  • sangeen khan on May 12, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    pak will win and afridi will do best

  • Nadir Ali Khan on May 12, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    In the last match against the aussies opening the bowling with a spinner badly misfired. Why cant Pakistan go in with 2 specialist fast bowlers in Asif and Aamir. Both are smart bowlers and use their head while bowling. Sami I am afraid did not bowl well against the aussies and was the stick quite early in the attack. Playing 11 I think should be.

    Salman Kamran Umer Afridi Razzaq Hafeez Misbah Rehman Saeed Ajmal Asif Aamir

    In the last match against the South Africans Razzaq and Misbah didnt look like they were playing with their hearts into the game. Please play with all your hearts and spirits in the semi final because the nation will love to see another 20.20 world cup land in Pakistan. Drop all your personal vandettas and infighting for the sake of the country and all your fans. And ofcourse CATCHES WIN MATCHES. Keep up the great fielding as you did against South Africa. Pakistan Zindabad. Inshallah Allah willing we will win another world cup.

  • Johri on May 12, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    I don't understand Misbah, is in the squad. He should be replace either by Hammad or Mohd. Sami

  • farrukh on May 12, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    I admire English cricketers.Instead of fixing the match to let a white cricketing nation(NZ)get a semi-final spot, they played honestly.I wish our pakistani crickters learn from them.Good luck Pakistan.even if pakistan goes down after giving a good fight it shall be good for the team.

  • Usman Bajwa on May 12, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    This is not the time for festivity and enjoyment for the Pakistani team. They have barely managed to get their feet in the door with a big help from England. Afridi, as a captain, should ensure that this win does not make the team complacent in any way as much more is needed in the next few days. TWO MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT THE TEAM NEEDS TO WORK ON, in my humble opinion are: 1. The team should come up with a strategy on how to handle the expected plethora of bouncers to be hurled at the Pakistani batsmen and that too at the blistering pace of the likes of Nannes, Taits and Johnsons. 2. Work on the fielding/fitness and ensure that we perform to our best while fielding and catching (as displayed on the match against South Africa the other day). For me, the struggle and desire would need to gell seamlessly for each member of the team in order for Pakistan to proudly hold that coveted World Cup Trophy once again. I am certain the players are capable of doing it, and doing it right....!

  • Waqas on May 12, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    I dont see any reason for which Misbah should be dropped.The only change i see in the final XI against australia is that hafeez should be dropped and HAMMAD AZAM be brought in. Dont forget 2007 wc when misbah single handedly helped us reachn finals

  • Mirza Arifain Ali on May 12, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    My Top Elevin is as follow

    Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Misbah -ul- Haq Salman Butt Umar Akmal Mohammad Hafiz Khalid Latif Abdur Razzaq Abdur Rehman Mohammad Aamer Saeed Ajmal

    I think we need to change the order just to disturb Ausies as they are pure relying on stragidy and if Afridi click on Top we surely have the uppper hand right from the start . and Misbah , we should use him properly . His playing style suggest that he should come one down , just to give stability in a middle order followed by Salman Butt and then big hitters.

  • Muhammad Ikram Ul Haq on May 12, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    I will not recommend to change the opening pair of Kamran Akmal & Salman Butt. In this current team we only have to replace Misbah Ul Haq with Hammad Azam. Misbah unfortunately is not upto his very best. Hamad Azam can be a surprising factor which Aussies did not faced earlier & can not plan in advance.

    Against Aussies we have to bat deep. Bowling combination will held itself as Pak pace & spin combination is balanced & one of our strengths since 90s.

    In my opinion, the best combination against Aussies would be

    1. Salman Butt 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Khalid Latif 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Abdul Razzak 7. Hafeez 8. Hammad Azam 9. Abdur Rehman 10. Amir 11. Ajmal

    After the opening pair, Khalid Latif has an ability to handle the pace & short deliveries. Umar Akmal is in form & has to proof himself again as a most promising & reliable batsman in our ranks. Afridi and Razzak can hit hard in the end. Hafeez & Hammad can later on also contribute.

    I hope Pak will win the WorldCup again

  • Syed Rameez Yasir Kazmi on May 12, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I am very excited to see Pak n Aussies in the semi final. I think the team play better on the day will be the winner. It is the confidence we need to have which we utilized in the last world T20, when we won against South Africa and Sri Lanka inspite of the fact that we lost to both teams in warm up and super 8.

  • Muhammad Ikram Ul Haq on May 12, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I will not recommend to change the opening pair of Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt. In this current team we only have to replace Misbah Ul Haq with Hammad Azam. Misbah unfortunately is not upto his best. Hamad Azam can be a surprising factor which Aussies did not faced and can not plan in advance.

    Ag

    In my opinion, the best combination against Aussies would be

    1. Salman Butt 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Khalid Latif 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Razzak 7. Hafeez 8. Hammad Azam 9. Rehman 10. Amir 11. Ajmal

    HAfeez or Misbah, they dont deserve to play but still one of them can play in next match. I wont go for Fawad as he is not a good player for this format. But Hammad can surprise everyone. He must get a chance in next match. Rest is ok. Inshallah, if we play united no one can beat us. Pakistan will win Worldcup!!!! Ameen

  • abbas on May 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    thank you England for defeating the Kiwis, otherwise it was end for us..............

  • Michael on May 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Umm, why was this a masterstroke? To replace a bowler with a batsman who got out cheaply? Seems like Pakistan had a good win regardless of this decision, rather than because of it...

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on May 12, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    "here there be ullo-kay-pathay" Waqar Younis is playing percentages in Khalid Latif and short stuff !! South Africans made a mockery out of the "bonafide" short delivery specialist Latif.

    Waqar!!! or rather Wicki bhouy!! listen up, you need to find your marbles quick or be ready to face the wrath of Pakistan cricket fans - why in the hell r u experimenting with Latif, plus why do u persist with a failure that is Hafeez. Need to have the following players against Australia and InshaAllah in Semi Final (with batting order)..Butt AND Kamran OPEN, Fawad playing @ #3, Afridi @ #4, Umer @#5, Hammad OR Misbah @#6, Razzaq @#7, Sami @#8 , Ajmal @#9 and Aamer@ #10 (the fool thinks he is a batting allrounder..)

    So take a pick b/w Misbah and Hammad and stick to the batting order if you wish to have fans waiting with rose garlands and not jutaaay-kay-haar

    Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Pa-in-dabad!!

  • aqeel Ahmed on May 12, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    I think pakistan should replace Misbah or Hafeez with Hammad Azam.because misbah and hafeez both defencecive in power play overs

  • Mansoor khalid on May 12, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    my starting line-up would be Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Khalid latif Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdur Razzaq Hafeez Abdur rahman M ammir Saeed Ajmal M sami

  • luqman on May 12, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    It's true that we should be thankful for England's victory, but Pakistan has played good enough to be in semi-finals. Remember they lost to England with 3 balls left (and Peterson was dropped earlier) and they also had bad luck with New Zealand and some stupidity by Abdur Rahman. Go Pak Go.

  • Aryan-khan on May 12, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Kamran bhai good artical. and congrats to pak nation and pak team for being in semies.dontworry guys inshallah we will win this t20 again i just feel that Afridi should give chance to hammad azam may be he will be the hero for pakistan team inshallah.goodluck pak team

  • khalid sheikh USA on May 12, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Congratulates to all fan of PAK Team. Suggesion is that, now is a right time to bring Hammad in team, like imcran did by introducing inzy back 1992 WC. sure he will be a surprise to Auses.

  • khalid sheikh USA on May 12, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Congratulates to all fan of PAK Team. Suggesion is that, now is a right time to bring Hammad in team, like imcran did by introducing inzy back 1992 WC. sure he will be a surprise to Auses.

  • Sohail Khalid on May 12, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Alhamdulillah We Are in Semi FinaL...! Allah Pak Hum Ko Kamyab Karay, Jo Bhi 11 Players Khailain, Hamari Duayein Un K Saath Hon Gi.

  • SAMI on May 12, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    do people expect Fawad Alam to come in at no 8 and score a half century in the last 3 overs of the game? he is the only guy in the team who plays for the country and you can tell by his body languague that he gives hundred percent.

  • Tahir on May 12, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    I think Pakistan have to do three changes in their team azam for hafeez alam for misbah and khalid for sami or asif and afridi should have to step-up in batting either one down or open the innings Pakistan can only win from ausies if they take risks and utalised becouse from every angle ausies are better better then pakistan only one way take risks and utalised them

  • Aasim on May 12, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    I think Afridi should include one more player for the semi-final match. Coz we need a batsman which can give us a good start during the initial overs of power play. So i think Imran Nazir would b an ideal choice for this purpose. <> <<>

  • desihungama on May 12, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Freakin' idiot PCB for taking M. Asif to weed paradise.

    St. Lucia track - Go with Ajmal/Rehman. If qualify for Barbados - Go for the kill with Aamer, Asif and any other crackpot available.

  • Ibrahim on May 12, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    M. Merajuddin Khan--I see ur point but isn't Allah's name Al-Razzaq? Meanign that Abdur Razzaq is just translated as "slave of Alrazzaq". I dunno, but I do prefer it when people use the full name Abdul Razzaq.

    Same way Al-Azeez is a name of Allah, but "abdul azeez" means "slave of Al-azeez". I'm not sure but I think using names like Azeem, Hafeez, Azeez, Razzaq and Wahhab is OK as long as u don't attach the "al" May Allah grant Pakistan, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and all of us all success in this life and the next, ameen

    As regards the selection, it's amazing the short memories fans have. Misbah has been our most reliable twenty20 batsman after Shoaib Malik yet people are consistently bagging both of them. 1 or 2 failures doesn't mean they have to be kicked out

  • Misba on May 12, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    no way man he is noooo good, he can not bat or bowl why do we even have him?

  • talal on May 12, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    asslaam alaykum well its hig time !! the prob our team had was the fielding.. extremely poor fielding not only cost us the 2 crucial matches but also shattered our teams confidence and that was evident in the batting and bowling departments. we've improved dramatically in the last match and the result is infront of us. so no worries weve lifted our fielding and that has boosted our morals nad aussies definitely remember that dropd catch of d.hussey off the bowling of sami after that he belted him for 26 runs and that was the margin pak lost with. so against aussies it was our fielding that cost us .. prayers for pakistan

  • SabirShah on May 12, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    We shouldn't forget the last world cup, When Sri Lanka came up with the same type of performance like this year Australia is performing. But who put harnesses on Sri Lanka? Pakistan! Always expect the unexpected. Ausies are 'video learners' they show players videos again n again and learn their shortcomings and flaws and bowl or bat accordingly. I think Aamir,Asif and Razzaq should bargage the 'bouncers' against Ausies the way they did to India. But keeping in mind the last match b/w AUstralia and Pakistan. They were very clever against Ajmal,Afridi and Aamer, They only scored to SAMI(newcomer to t20) and one of the spinners and made 101 runs from their overs. at that time, Afridi should change the bowler immidiately. Thats what australia does normally.a bowler punished, quickly change(in t2o format).

    we can easily restrict Australia below 150(assuming the wicket is slow). and batting line up..we can't say anything, our batting line up is till Aamer..one match!! put harnesses on Aus

  • ShahSabir on May 12, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran Abbasi, its a very intriguing article you wrote about Shahid Afridi. This article actually brings a lot of hopes and joy to Pakistani spectators. You know its very easy to play with the emotions of our Nation. But I'd say there are a few things which needed to be added about Shahid Afridi. First thing he's no match to Younas Khan. Younas khan gave Pakistan T20 Worldcup and the way team played at their best. Because he was known as the smiling captain. But when the 'smile' on his face was gone, younas khan was a gonner too(Oath on Quran) Afridi did the same thing. He couldn't get the team of (his) choice play as a unit and was very lenient captain although not as smiley as Younas. But in last match against SA he was a bit 'harsh' to fielders and bowlers. Which won't bring good to him as he hasn't won anything as being a captain. And without winning anything why should he be harsh to the players of our team. They would take another OATH on QURAN against him.

  • Iftakhar Ahmed on May 12, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Every one is making his/her dream team over here? I would only say that what is the use of a third opener(Hafeez)? Its quite clear that he is in the side because the Afridi is afraid of exposing middle order batsmen when the new ball is on. So in order to create a cushion third and even fourth opener (Khalid Lateef) have been introduced into the side. Which is a pathetic idea. Moreover, when Misbah is not able to fire(at all) then why is he still in the side? Only because of his 2007 World cup performance? We were clearly one seamer short as well during the last game against South Africa.

  • Payaami on May 12, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Well done boys. InshaÁLLAH we will do very well in the semis too. Yes Misbah hasn't been in the best of the form but as they say class is permanent. He is a great team man. His catch of Gibs made a lot of difference. He is always trying. Misbah ul haq must play the semi and that might turn out to be his day. Our prayers are with him.

  • Aziz Shariff on May 11, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    For me, Abdul Razzaq needs to come at #3 like '99 world cup. He requires a few balls to settle in unlike Afridi. Secondly, you need Fawad Aalam as your insurance policy for late. Latif, without any footwork is going to prove to be a lame duck against the Aussies.

    Therefore, my XI is in the following order:

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Umar Akmal Misbah ul-Haq Shahid Afridi Mohd. Hafeez Fawad Alam Abdul Rehman Mohd. Aamer Saeed Ajmal

  • Irfan on May 11, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Perhaps move Salman Butt one down and open with Razzaq to make full use of fielding restrictions. Remember the 1996 worldcup when Jaysuriya and Kaluwitarana use to do the same in first 15 overs. I haven't seen teams doing this in this worldcup. I think its time to give it a shot. Razzaq will do good. If all he has to do is hit hard during first 6 overs.

  • Aziz Shariff on May 11, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    For me, Abdul Razzaq needs to come at #3 like '99 world cup. He requires a few balls to settle in unlike Afridi. Secondly, you need Fawad Aalam as your insurance policy for late. Latif, without any footwork is going to prove to be a lame duck against the Aussies.

    Therefore, my XI is in the following order:

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Abdul Razzaq Umar Akmal Misbah ul-Haq Shahid Afridi Mohd. Hafeez Fawad Alam Abdul Rehman Mohd. Aamer Saeed Ajmal

  • M.A. Chaudhry on May 11, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    This is a golden oppurtunity for Afridi Tigers to go out and play their natural game. They can beat any team on their day. Good Luck...

  • Atique Siddiqi on May 11, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    I had actually been voting for no sami or asif, since the group match against australia. I think with Afridi,Ajmal,Amir & Rehman we have four front line bowlers with both hafeez & razzaq chipping with a couple of overs each. For me picking rehman was an inspired selection. He gives a new dimension to the team.Khalid & Misbah should not be in the team,i dont see them adding any value to the side. Hammad Azam would again be a gamble,that might or might not pay off, but i would assume it'll be at least as bad as misbah. And thats a gamble that could be worth the risk(If any at all). But what to do with mr.khalid? Just for his fielding, i would select fawad alam over khalid. My line-up for the semi-final would be: K Akmal S Butt U Akmal S Afridi(bowl over 8,10,12,14) A Razzaq(bowl over 1,3) M Hafeez(bowl over 11,13) H Azam(bowl over 3,15) F Alam M Amir(Bowl over 2,4,17,19) A Rehman(Bowl over 5,7,9) S Ajmal(Bowl over 6,16,18,20) GO PAKISTAN!!!

  • mak on May 11, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Momentum is on our side and will make us a dangerous opponent. I liked the way Afridi captained the side by varying the bowlers constantly - unpredictability and constant change confused the SA batsmen and were never allowed to get easy runs. My playing XI is:

    1. Butt 2. Kamran 3. Razzaq 4. Umar 5. Hafeez 6. Afridi 7. Hammad 8. Asif/Sami 9. Rehman 10. Amir 11. Ajmal

    I have Razzaq at no.3 because he can be explosive during the fielding restrictions and keep the RR healthy. He has experience playing in this position before and can be game changer. Umar Kamal at no.4 will be ideal for a counter attack and keep the innings together. Hammad Azam should be given a chance - is an X factor for our opponents. Fawad Alam is energetic in the field and can be handy when it comes to playing a supporting role as he did in Australia. Asif or Sami need to be back in the team. My bet is that Australia will go after Razzaq and may disturb our bowling strategy therefore a genuine pacer is reqd. GLUCK

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 11, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    it is fielding and Positive approach . if we field well and play positive we shall win. My suggestion seasoned campaigners Misbah or Razzaq should come at No.3. Sami is a very good fielder ,who brings energy to the field. With his speed He should bowl more yorkers ,close to stamps with varying pace.

  • Mudassar Rana on May 11, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    inshallah this cup is going back to pakistan - for this is no ordinary country - let the plotters plot and plan - the growl of this tiger is getting louder.

  • Syed Ali Naqi on May 11, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    I think pakistan should replace Misbah or Hafeez with Hammad Azam. Because he is young and strong for big hits also he covers a third pacer of the side

  • Syed J Ahmed on May 11, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    best wishs to pakistan against australia

  • tahir on May 11, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    inshala pakistan will win the this world cup.shahid afridi is a good captain and pakistan will perfarm better

  • sid on May 11, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    i think hafeez should be replaced by hammad azam and khalid latif should be replaced by fawad alam. Razzak should be promoted to no 3 as was done by wasim akram in 99 world cup. the bowling combination is perfect with respect to the st lucia wicket where pakistan will be playing the semi final. its just like lahore wicket. Is there anybody in the camp who can replace misbahwho is complletely useless. kindly forward this to the pakistani management

  • sherry on May 11, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I hate stupid people who have no knowledge about cricket. Dumb people should know that younis is retire every jerk thinks he knows wats the best team. Why dont we make them chief selectors. pak have to play with these un matured players either do it to loose it but u cant back off. Bring fawad alam for hafeez and hamad azam for joker Latif.

  • faisal on May 11, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    ecstatic at our escape disappointed that it will extend the cheating dimwit's captaincy

  • Fayez on May 11, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Yes, Afridi led well, but really, aren't we exaggerating his role a bit? 30 runs, no wickets. It was the Akmals' batting and Saeed Ajmal's bowling that won us this game. Those guys regularly outbat and outbowl Afridi, respectively. Let's give credit where it is due, Dr. sahab :).

  • desihungama on May 11, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    I am not surprised at all at this predicament though I was stunned to see how all chips fell in place for Pakistan to be really a true team of destiny. Apart from Australia, Pakistan is the only consistent team so far in the tourney. Sure, we had those 2 losses but if you really look closely at all 4 games we had played we were into right down to the wire in all 4 contests. Winnig and losing is part of the proccess but to give it all matters. And it did reward us in the end in the form of better run rate. Truely lived up to Cornered Tigers reputation. I can't describe what Aussies must be feeling right now.

  • Badar on May 11, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Afridi,

    Just get Hammad Azam in, Hafeez? is he a batsmen? oh thats right he's and allround waste of space. Misbah doesnt do much but more than Hafeez. The simple fact is Mr Ijazz Butt and his cronies are a complete bunch idiots they upset our team and our nation. Hammad deserves a chance, why? because Hafeez has done nothing, he may have bowled 2 good overs in two games but that doesnt make up for the 8 overs he was smashed in, in there previous games. Hafeez OUT, Azam IN.

  • fahad on May 11, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Loved the bit about his foul mouth. Afridi does know how to give his erring boys a rocket ! Thats the only way to make them catch and field well. Thank god for the stump mikes.

  • saif saleem on May 11, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistan you got your last and final chance to prove that you are the real champions or not.i would like to say something that selection of the number three and four batsmen is completely waste especially hafeez he was so good in the leagues and how can we forget misbah he is one useless fellow he does not field well and not even bat well i don't know why is he playing he is useless Pakistan zindabad go out there and win it best of luck

  • nasir raza dar on May 11, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Get rid of MOTHER OF ALL EVILS " IJAZ BUTT " everything will fell in line. Moreover enough is enough is there any justification of playing Misbah again & again, although there is a question mark also on Hafeez but he give you a bowling option. Get rid of Misbah & give chance to Hamad instad far sure he will be better than Misbah.

  • Syed on May 11, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Give Hammad Azam a chance replacing useless haq he cant do anything as far as i concerned and rest of them alright and our team good to go for aussies

  • Noman on May 11, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Pakistan is definitely lucky to reach the semi-final, but are not undeserving of that spot, as the article suggested.

    They are lucky in the sense that even after somewhat poor showing, there were other teams with worse showing. Pakistan goes to semi-finals because they ended up as second best in the group. NZL, RSA and Pak all won one game each in super-eight, and NZL/RSA defeats were with bigger margin. In fact, Pakistan's match against NZL could have gone either way.

    So please stop with that undeserving argument. Had this format been as idiotic as WC96 (or the WC 2011), and Pakistan had qualified for quarterfinals after coming fourth in the group, only beating minnows, I'd understand the argument. But this was a single-league group of four good teams, and Pakistan came second qualifying for the semis. Why is this spot not deserved?

  • M. Imran on May 11, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I think Khalid Latif and Misbah got talent, but now khalid need to replace misbah this time. bcos he geneally stroke player and he works well. misbah all time trying to sweaps , reverse shot.....he dont play his role.

    great come back pakistan. now pakistan has to believe on their own not on other team. bcoz this stage semis is knock out, you dont have any time....

  • Hasan Hasni on May 11, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    wow it amazing, Pakistan qualify fr semi final i request to BOOM BOOM afridi plz play ...with ur natural style dont need to hesitate if u try do divese ur style u always fails as i observe.........v hope for better ahead

  • Syed Safiul Alam on May 11, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    yes... they are unpredictable and that makes Pakistan so watchable... IshaAllah! we will win this time also.

  • umair on May 11, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Slow down guyz take it easy...Be more reasonable, Pakistan can only beat Australia with the help of the divine intervention, otherwise they dont stand any chance against Australia. Australians are playing like a true champion they really are, only Pakistani spinners can do something, apart from them there is no chance that Pakistan could win this match. Pakistan is nothing as compared to Australians.

  • Abrar Akhtar on May 11, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Great Game of Cricket.Pakistan really played well.after this kind of Passion, aggressive bating,bowling and Fielding they deserve to win.Pakistan is unpredictable time which make him very dangerous and specially when they realize that now they can win they really change every thing in very little time.Now Pakistan has a very good chance to win the final once again.The thing tank should have to make some brave decisions specially about Misbah Who is on Picnic there.Abdul Razzaq Must bat at no 3 and bring Hammad Azam in place of Misbah at no 4 and Kamran Akmal Should bat at no 7. My Bating line up is 1- Butt 2- Khalid Latif 3- Abdul Razzaq 4- Hammad Azam 5- Umer Akmal 6- Shahid Afridi 7- Kamran Akmal 8- Hafeez 9- Rehman 10-Ajmal 11-Amir

  • Kaiser on May 11, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    I think Afridi is Bonkers and playing negative cricket..you cannot win matches without your main bowlers.. he is not doing the basic's right..to me he is making the same mistakes, waqar did in 2003 world cup by playing with an extra batsman..i think afridi is a hopeless captain. he donno where to use his players.. if kamran is not playin well he shud have use Razzaq as open ..simply hopeless captaincy and team selection.. team shub be as

    BUTT,RAZZAQ,HAFEZ,AFRIDI,UMAR,MISBAH,KAMRAN,REHMAN,AMER,ASIF,AJMAL

  • ANILA, Copenhagen on May 11, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I think Khalid Latif and hafeez be sacked and replaced by Waqar Younis and Ijaz Ahmad

  • Arslan on May 11, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I think that kamran akmal and abdul razzak should open. If these guys stay in the match, there's bound to be a high score against australia and any other side.

  • ME me me on May 11, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    DONT CHOKE LIKE SOUTH AFRICA, PAKISTAN! keep going strong------win after win after win.... whatever happens never drop a catch...never get run out ----never let down your team!

    make the best of what u have even if ur missing some of the top players, make up for that---go beyond expectations, focus, DONT FEAR AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN BEAT THEM. we always make the best of what we have as a nation, now do better than that, and win! our duas are with you, destroy the other teams---plan ahead----support each other---WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! if every person performs to their best, u can get the Cup!! Don't lose hope. InshaAllah!! WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU and IF GOD WILLS..YOU CAN WIN THIS!!

  • Hamid Mushtaq on May 11, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    It is really nice to see Pakistan through but I think the format of the tournament is wrong as Pakistan made it through by only winning 2. In my opinion, the 12 teams should had been divided into 3 groups with 2 top teams from each group going into the Super Six, where each team plays with another team except the one it played in the group matches and therefore also carried the points from the group match with the qualifying team. The 4 among best in the super six should then had progressed to the semis. In that case a team would only reach semis after it had won quite a few matches!

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I don't understand y pakistan played khalid latif over hammad azam. i've hardly seen latif make more than 30 plus he can't bowl. pakistan's batting order shud be this: 1. Salman Butt 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Mohammed Hafeez (even though this spot belongs to Shoib malik) 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Abdul Razzaq 7. Hammad Azam 8. Misbah/ Fawad Alam 9. Abdur Rehman 10. Mohammed Aamir 11. Saeed Ajmal

    this team is a very strong batting + bowling team.

  • Shahbaz on May 11, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Hi, well written article. v sure have great luck going on with us rite now. But, luck part is over now, with Australia against us in Semi Final, our team has put up another same show as they did against South Africa. Misbah is useless at no 6, must bring Hammad, he can surely bat and bowl too. He can hit well too. Umer Akmal should be playing one down so that he can have more time to play a longer innings. So wishing Pakistan team best of luck for the semi Final, i hope v make it through the toughest challenge yet in the tournament for us. And lastly, keep praying because prayers always count. Thanks!

  • rao on May 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I think Razzaq have to play up to the order becouse he is the player how gives you alot if he had 10 or 15 bowls to setteld down (like shane watson,Australia) but neverthenless its butifull allround performence from team Pakistan against South Africa lat night.Hopefully Pakistan will continue it in the future.May ALLAH help Pakistan to recpeat the histroy of 2009. and team Pakistan give us a chance again to "Stand Up For The Champions" when they return to homeland. Team Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan Paindaabad

  • Imran Butt on May 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I agree with Mubeen lets look at our facts and try to plan a little please if anybody is reading this that can make a change do listen to the cricket fanatics. We do have an idea have a little re-shuffle we have to surprise the Aussies by doing something different. Lets get in there and fight like we can. Have fun but play to win!!

  • SQ on May 11, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    The Pakistani cricket team is as far as I know the only team in the World that starts by thanking Allah, whenever they speak to the media.

    It makes me very pleased and proud when the captain starts in the name of Allah.

    If the Pakistani team play’s in order to glorify the name of Allah on the world stage, Then Allah will help. If however they play for their own selves - Then the better team will win.

    The Pakistani team should be proud of being Muslims, and not be shy/timid/apologetic/unsure/overawed/scared etc... Play their natural game with confidence, with the intention of pleasing Allah. And then thank Allah in front of the millions watching.

    Victory and defeat is all from Allah, one should do their best and put their trust in Allah.

    May Allah give Pakistan Victory in this World Cup, and give the Pakistani team and management peace within their ranks.

  • Ayaz Noor on May 11, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    on what grounds the author said that England is EVERY Pakistani's second favorite team?

  • ks on May 11, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I dont care how Pakistan got there, we are in the semis now and will play the Aussies, three things that will help us win, aggression, aggression, aggression, that is the only way to beat the Aussies, and I mean Foreman aggression not Ali even though Ali was the greatest ever. Keep punching till you can no longer feel the Aussie pulse, otherwise they will recover and beat you! Kick out Misbah and Hafeez. Bring in Asif and another batsman. Hopefully we will win the toss, bat first and get a decent start before getting the big guns firing, for that we need to bat sensibly first, lastly everybody out there knows that if there is one team that can stop the Aussies, it is Pakistan, that is why you have a "few" nervous Australians. Go Pakistan and hit where it hurts!

  • Umar Ali on May 11, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    hi hugs. i dont understand why pakistan has slected fawad alam in any format. im a better cricketer then him

  • Aditya Mookerjee on May 11, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Pakistan have one flaw, a noticeable one. They cannot play really top flight pace bowling, nor genuinely good spin bowling, really well. If the wicket is not doing very much, then the Pakistani batsmen apply themselves. Otherwise, they face really good bowlers as if the bowlers have the upper hand, on bowler friendly wickets.

  • M. Merajuddin Khan on May 11, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I have been an ardent supporter of Pakistan cricket and cricketers in spite of their short comings that of course deserve to be taken care of. My comment today has more to do with a serious religious blunder that no one in Pakistan's religious circle seems to point out. Razzaq is an attribute of Allah the Almighty and no one is supposed to be called Razzaq, instead Abdul Razzaq or Abdur Razzaq is the proper way to name a human being. I can even see Razzaq printed on Abdur Razzaq's shirt which absolutely wrong. I request every one responsible to correct this blunder. Thanks, M. Meraj Khan

  • Rakesh J on May 11, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    I know luck has favored Pak to be in the semis but I also think the only that truly deserves to win the WC is Pakistan. They have the fighting spirit second to none they simply do not give up. The are the most resilient team in the world with super charged captain and highly motivated players. Perhaps India should learn a lesson or two from these Pakistani boys instead of playing IPL like clowns to make money and get endorsements. Shame on IPL for ruining the state of cricket in India which was never great but still had some sort of a standing in the world. Now India is at the rock bottom in this format while Pakistan is on its way to winning the World Cup for the second time in a row. I am an Indian and I am fully behind Pakistani team.

    - Peace RJ

  • Imad Khan on May 11, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    If Pakistan loose in the next two matches,it is going to be because of Hafeez,u write this down people. There are more than a few things wrong with the selection and make-up of the team.Hafeez,even when he is in form, can only be categorized as a "decent" player.He is no match winner.A number 3 batsman should be a match winner. Also, i have seen enough of khalid latif.his technique is awful and good bowling attacks will never let him survive for long. Apart from this,Fawad alam is a huge waste at number 8.he should either be playing at no.3 or not at all.and if afridi doesnt want to take the risk then let razzaq bat at no.3 and play an extra bowler. There is a case for sami playing as wel coz he is a good death bowler.he can be given the umar gul role.To start his spell from the 12th over and bowl till the end and hit the toes of the batsmen as many times he can. Acc. to me this should be the team. Salman Kamran Fawad Umar Misbah Afridi Razzaq Sami Amir Rehman Ajmal Good Luck Pakistan

  • Rakesh J on May 11, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    I know luck has favored Pak to be in the semis but I also think the only that truly deserves to win the WC is Pakistan. They have the fighting spirit second to none they simply do not give up. The are the most resilient team in the world with super charged captain and highly motivated players. Perhaps India should learn a lesson or two from these Pakistani boys instead of playing IPL like clowns to make money and get endorsements. Shame on IPL for ruining the state of cricket in India which was never great but still had some sort of a standing in the world. Now India is at the rock bottom in this format while Pakistan is on its way to winning the World Cup for the second time in a row. I am an Indian and I am fully behind Pakistani team.

    - Peace RJ

  • sameer on May 11, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    don't forget we are pakistanis. The most dangerous and unpredictable team in the world. We are not afraid of Aus or Eng. We will kill them in the semi final and final (InshaAllah). Just have faith in Allah and fight bravley. Fortune favours the brave.

  • Syed Zaryab Hussain on May 11, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Nice Article. I can sense few nervous Australians here lol that is obvious here though as every one know when the Pakistan team is the most dangerous. I agree with everyone that luck favored Pakistan but you can not deny the fact that Pakistan played really well against south Africa. Someone said here that they are chockers, I agree but you can not deny the fact that Pakistan played as well. Just imagine those catches Pakistan took? Misbah, Umer Akmal and the last stump kamran akmal did. If they did not hang onto them (like they have been doing) , South Africa would have definitely defeated Pakistan. Pakistan is a wounded tiger right now and the world knows it how we hit back. ROCK ON PAKISTAN.

  • hassan on May 11, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    hafeez did excellent in the t20s in the rbs cup and even he scored half centuries in the warm up games .....though in the internationals i thnk he is short of confidnce as he was hit badly in the aus game and on that day he was given first chance in the batting......i still got a feeling that he will perform and will make everybody's mouth shut as salman butt did it in his first match .....slogging isnt the only way to score in t20 !

  • Arfath Kakde on May 11, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Hello frnds i think pakistan now will stretch themselves to defend the tittle bow thhey have to replace khalid latif iwth ahmed azzam we have seen him good batsmen as well a decent bowler

  • tahir ahmad on May 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    My 2 cents

    k Akmal butt U Akmal F Alam Misbah Afridi Razzak Asif Amir Ajmal A Rahman

  • Mubeen on May 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    I've gone thru so many post and saw tht no one realised the importance of Abdul Razzaq to bat before afridi ... if u guyz remember the inning against england in dubai .. he came to bat when pakis had around 8 or so overs to bat .. and it was a one man show ... razzaq and afridi are 2 diffrent kind of hitters .. afridi has ability to come and start hitting right from the 1st ball but razzaq need atleast 2 overs to settle himself and after tht when he starts going onto the bowlers is unstopable ... so razzaq should come up and bat with akmal brothers .. i think 4th or 5th number is better for him .. and hafeez dont deserve to be in the team but hes inn just bcoz of hes a spinner .. but fawad alam also is a spinner and can bat as well .. why fawad is out ... abdul rehman can bat .. so i think hafeez will not play in semi's and hammad cud be inn and razzaq can bat at hafeez's place and hammad wud be an advantage in late orders !!!!! so many options we have ... now lets see

  • T on May 11, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    My team would be Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Fawad Alam Umar Akmal Misbah Afridi Razaq Amir Rehman Ajmal Asif

  • CricketLover on May 11, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    If the Pakistani Team really want to be the World's Champtions again this year then they immediately need to say sorry to Mohammed Yousuf and bring him back in all format of cricket. Otherwise, very sorry and they can't be Champions this time.

  • najam on May 11, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    I think Pakistan should use Razzaq at number 3 and Afridi should open the batting with salman butt.

  • shahmeer on May 11, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    a win against australia in the semi, and pakistan will be forgiven for their loss in australia

  • muhammed on May 11, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    why is muhammed hafeez in this squad?how many oppurtunities are we still gonna afford him?ijazz butt should be removed with immediate effect, making way for a younger and more compatible person..why wasnt shazaib and imraan nazir and muhammed irfaan selected?they would have given a better balance to the squad...our batting is looking weak..can we win this tournament?

  • Ali Awan on May 11, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    This combination should work:

    Salman Kamran Umar Fawad Afridi Razzaq Hammad Misbah Amir Rehman Ajmal

  • janaid maqsood on May 11, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    my team for the semi final. 1)k.Akmal 2)S.Butt 3)A.Razzak (2overs) 4)U.Akmal 5)Misbah ul Haq 6)S.Afridi (4overs) 7)M.Hafeez (1over) 8)H.Azam (2overs) 9)M.Amir (4overs) 10)A.Rahman (3overs) 11)Ajmal (4overs)

  • Ali Ch. on May 11, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    A lot of guys are making comments like Salman Butt is not a match winner and shouldn't be given a chance. I think a lot of you haven't been following the world cup closely enough. Pakistan made the cut to the semis because of it superior runrate and that would not have been possible if salman Butt wouldn't have made those runs. So guys lets not be critical at every opportunity we get but pray that we lift the title again this year and also show the IPL that it cannot have class without the best T20 players in the world!!

  • Md. Nayeemuddin (Kohir, Hyd, India) on May 11, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal should open the innings for Pakistan in T20 and one dayers and he should bat at #4 in tests. If Umar Akmal is promoted as an opener he will be more successful than Sachin Tendulkar and change the face of Pakistan cricket. I cannot understand as to when Pakistan cricket management can realize the full potential of their cricketers. Umar Akmal is as talented as a Brian Lara.

    Team and batting order for T20

    1. Umar Akmal 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Salman Butt 4. Mohammad Hafeez (as an all rounder) 5. Hammad Azam (He is a very good finisher) 6. Shahid Afridi. 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Misbah-ul-Haq (He can be very vital towards the end with Abdul Razzaq) 9. Mohammad Aamer. 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Rehman or Mohammad Samid for Hammad Azam)

    Where is Nasser Jamsheed. Whatever the oppurtunities Nasser Jamsheed got, he showed flashes of Saeed Anwar. Behind the prodigious Umar Akmal, I think Nasser Jamsheed is the most promising young batsman. Pak board, please wake up.

  • T.Khan on May 11, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Salam Kamran bhai,i don't understand why you never publish my comments.ppl like "pabitra" are allowed to Spam and some guys just post a list of 11 players... Anyhow India also have the same amount of chance like Pakistan, but they can't reach semi finals...Cause they re not Pakistan. Best of luck Pakistan and Kamran Bhai i love your articles.

  • najam on May 11, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    doesn't matter what team Pakistan choose, they stand no chance against Australia in the semi final. they have a strange psychological fear of Aussies & nothing can be done about that.

  • Wasim Bhatti on May 11, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Very Happy to see that Pak Team luckily sneak into the semi-finals despite a very poor showing in this world cup. Now they have a very good chance to defend their T20 World’s Champions title… but they just need to show some character here. There is no doubt that Salman Butt, Khalid Latif and Abdul Rehman are not fit for T20 format. Therefore, they should try this combination: 1-Hafeez 2-Kamran Akmal 3-Misba-ul-Haq 4-Umar Akmal 5-Fawad Alam 6-Shahid Afridi 7- Abdul Razzaq 8- Hammad Azam 9- Mohammed Aamer 10- Mohammed Sami 11- Ajmal They are “Shartiya Mittha” as per this batting order otherwise, very sorry… Wasim Bhatti from Bahrain.

  • tamaaz khan on May 11, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    "England, every Pakistani's second favorite team"????

    You've got to be kidding me.

    Maybe for the match in question, but Little Britain. Hell No!

  • Syed Wajahat Bukhari on May 11, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    I think this is a time for diversion+surprise for the oppenent teams. This is the key for a team like pakistan we should bring Atleast 1 talented player in, which is unseen by the rest of the teams. Please some one tell me where is Imran Nazir??? he would be a great support for the team. Now to Mr Pabitra, Who is deserving then? India? the team for which i have 1 sentence. "With all the subtelties Indian team do not have any GUTTS". Indian team has all the money and support in the world plus 20% of world's population still in 60 years this team did'nt produeced single fast bowler who is worth watching. Now see Pakistan, with all the unfortunate happnings with the country and continious denail from india to enter any paki player in IPL which is undaubtedly is a very good learning experience for the players, but still we managed to win the last world cup unbeaten and we are here in the semis again for cosegitive third time. TELL ME NOW WHO IS DESERVING????

  • arsalan on May 11, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    plz stop saying that we were lucky enough to make it to semi. any other team from this group, if qualified, instead of us was going to be any better? 3 teams with 2 points. means they were equally pathetic? i love my nation, if on better net run rate other team qualifies they deserved and if we qualified we are lucky haha. how easily Engaland chased almost identical score against Newzealand. it shows the class and energy of our team. luckily we have started working out things and when you start doing so element of chance is replaced by assurance.InshaAllah we will work it out further and will make it to final.

  • Irfan on May 11, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Kamran, my name sake (above) made you out to be the management's man. How do you feel about that? Huh?

    If they had wanted to make a change i.e. replacing Misbah and Hafeez they should have done that while playing against SA. Instead skipper opted to bring in a batsman. In the semis I think it will be fool hardy to make a major change like that. Although I could be talked into replacing Misbah with Hammad but not Hafeez due to his all round skill. Also Umar needs a cover to feel a tad more comfortable so Khalid should come in after him. Nice to see Razzaq doing well as I feel he has yet a part to play in the coming matches. He is an unsung hero no doubt. Butt should have been slapped for the folly he committed against Newzeland. Very reluctantly I'll put my money on Pakistan.

  • Vaqas Hussain on May 11, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    I cannot understand all the people complaining about pak sneaking through. We did not sneak through but were better than SA and NZ. Even before the last game with 0 point out netrate was better than that of SA/NZ. We had the best chances to go through if 2 results went our way. Win against SA and Eng beating NZ. Other teams such as SA also needed some results going their way inorder to qualify. I think we will improve for the semi's and inshallah final. Only team that can beat Aus is Pak, as they will fear the unpredictability of pak team. All other teams incl. Eng will be stream rolled by aus, who have figured out how to play the game.

    So let's pray that we can hold our catches and the rest (wins) will follow.

    :Vaqas:

  • mazher on May 11, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Congrat's to Afridi and his boy's for managing some how to reach the semis. In my opinion if Boom Boom want's to gave a tough fight to Auzzies, the changes he should go with is bring in Fawad in place of Hafeez and Hamad Azam for Khalid Latif and if he want to have a pacer he should bring Sami in place of Misbah Ul Haq.

  • Owais on May 11, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Yes we have been lucky and yes its more likely that we will be taken out in semi final but remember in the second round, Pakistan indeed was the second best team. The margin of our defeat against England and NZ was pretty small. Infact the way we played against Aussies batting wise was not down right pathetic, though our field was !!! If Pakistan can take all the catches that come there way and batsmen can at least bat the way they did against Aussies, we do have some chance. As for Aussies, there has to be a one bad day in the field, if we are lucky, that day might be the semi final. One last thing though Aussies even on their bad day can beat Pakistan if they drop catches and bat like they did against NZ.

  • nak on May 11, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    let the young azam play---period !!!!! pak selectors or commedians he is next allrounder to take world by surprise

  • Tas on May 11, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Of course, Akmal brothers fought back to give us a reasonable total of 150...... but plz dont forget its Razzaq whose bowling won us Match, if he didnt open the bowling and get Gibbs out and restrict them, we cant imagine to win,

    its just because of Afridi immaturity we lost previous matches, it could be immaturity or sense of creditials as an all-rounder, if later is the case, that is very bad and Afridi must remember it was Razzaq who helped Pakistan clinched last Cup, it was not taking more wickets or having more runs, its the decisive role or turning point tht is important, wish u gooood luck guys

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on May 11, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Kamran: for the first time, I revelled in joy while reading posts of my fellow countrymen here...it was a great feeling. Now, lets get this selection matter resolved once and for all. We can only ask for a replacement from reserve if Hafeez is forced to play injured!! I hope Afridi reads this! As far as substituting from within the current contingent, Hafeez (specifically the spot he occupies) should be replaced by Fawad.

    Misbah- I know all the readers here disagree with his spot (including me) but in the preliminary game against Aussies, he scored runs! so I say in the semi-final, we should keep him- but if we drop Misbah, it has to be Hammad - use him as a surprise weapon. like one post noted, he cannot be worse off than Hafeez.

    Now, there is no need for Khalid Latif in the team! Sami needs to come back for the semi-final and since Asif is out of form, he should be sent back and replaced with the 7' tall Arshad or batting bolstered with Shahzaib Hasan Khan.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Junaid on May 11, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Awesome performance by Akmal brothers and Ajmal. Pakistan needs an allrounder like Hammad Azam in place of Khalid Latif. If wicket suits fast bowlers than Sami/Asif should play in place of Hafiz/Rehman. On papers we are not looking favourites but if we play to our full potential than defending the title will not be impossible. Like it or not but we will be missing a cool head like Shoaib Malik in big games when it comes to run chase..

  • Ismail Husayne on May 11, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Good to see that Pakistan have managed to sneak in thru the back door to the semis. I am a trifle baffled as to why does Afridi bat so fat down the order. I feel that he has always done better when he opens. There is a lot of proof behind the statement. i agree with all those who say that Misbah is just extra baggage right now. He is out of form and needs to be sidelined. And can someone please tell me what the hell are Ijaz Butt and the Sports Minister of Pakistan doing there??? Are they there for the ride and vacation paid by the tax-payers of Pakistan. Please Ijaz get your butt out of the there (Pun intended).

  • ZICAY on May 11, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Very lucky so far. We indeed a mountain of thanks to the English team. In Pakistan's case, please bring in Hammad Azam for Misbah and Fawad Alam for Khalid Latif. We should keep both Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal in the spin department. Asif and Sami won't do much in St. Lucia. Good Luck to the PAK team against Aussies.

  • Ismail Husayne on May 11, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Good to see that Pakistan have managed to sneak in thru the back door to the semis. I am a trifle baffled as to why does Afridi bat so fat down the order. I feel that he has always done better when he opens. There is a lot of proof behind the statement. i agree with all those who say that Misbah is just extra baggage right now. He is out of form and needs to be sidelined. And can someone please tell me what the hell are Ijaz Butt and the Sports Minister of Pakistan doing there??? Are they there for the ride and vacation paid by the tax-payers of Pakistan. Please Ijaz get your butt out of the there (Pun intended).

  • DANII from Pak (Khi) on May 11, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    hmm... Welll well.. No one is talking about Mohammad Amir..he is the one who is bowling so well through out the whole tournament. his Economy in T20 is 6, that is quite an amazing achievment..he is the one who stop the runs from the start.. and in the death overs his yorkers are lethal for any batsman.. what i think is he is the star and a bright prospect for Pakistan cricket..quite capable of batting low down the order too. if Amir was sent instead of Abdur Rahman we wud had won.. Against Australia he will hold the key.. Waqar younis shud tell him how to bowl to Shane watson and warner & Co. if he will get swing then he will be unplayable.. Inshallah

  • Zakir Khan on May 11, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    congratulations Pakistan on limping to the semi finals without doing much in this tournament. want to add few quote of wisdom here for the PCB authorities(if they are listening)which is probably in every Pakistan supporter mind right now. 1. select any random Pakistani supporter cheering for Pak team in the stands instead of that guy Hafeez.I can assure u that that Pak fan will definetly make 1 or 2 runs for the team instead of that guy who is a complete waste of time and it baffles me big time why is he constantly pick in the team to our dismay for the last 7-8 years.get rid of him immediatly. 2.why is PCB selectors hell bent on destroying the peace of mind of that old 'Pensioner' Misbah-ul-Haq who is well over retirement age by repeatedly selecting him for the team.believe me i can play better than him.give me a chance & i am confident i will score those 2 runs,which he usually score,in quick time than him.

  • GREEN AND GOLD GREG on May 11, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistan for making the semi finals. You are truly a passionate nation, good for you. Your country has been hit hard with terrorist attacks and your team shows remarkable resilience having to play alll your matches away from home. However, the bad news for you, is there will be no success in this T20 tournament. Cricket is played on ability, not because of religious beliefs. You will get belted by Australia if you play them in the semi's. Your side has only a couple of half decent players, the rest are quite ordinary. For your dream to come true, rain will have to intervene, The Duckworth/Lewis formula is ridiculous for T20. To fix your problems, there needs to be a complete overhaul of Pakistani cricket. You have talent in your country, but, because of poor leadership, lack of professionalism and a failure to support overseas coaches, you have hit rock bottom. Time to move on. Anyway to all of you cricket tragics, good luck and god bless!

  • Salaar on May 11, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    It's not easy to change a winning eleven. Misbah will not be dropped because he's a senior member in the team, thats the sad reality of it. However, at St.Lucia where it's slower, a skiddy bowler like Asif could do the trick. The Latif experiment failed, Latif and Hafeez out. Asif and Hammad in. The batting lineup might get thinner but then again Hafeez and Latif didn't really do anything against SA, did they?

  • We will win this year again on May 11, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Misbah is aweful, he is not a 20/20 player and needs to be replaced in the semis. This guy has done nothing for pakistan in a long time and should be axed for good. Please bring in hammad as he has shown how good he is with the bat and the ball in under 19 WC

  • jahangir on May 11, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    razzak should open with akmal or butt and umer come on four

  • MARLO, Copenhagen on May 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    MR. AFRIDI

    Mistakes are ignored or stay hidden when outcome is favourable. But I still think that

    1) RAZAQ is a better player to encounter pace and he is a better player if he gets time to settle down. He will be a much better choice to come at no. 3 then having Hafeez and Khalid loosing wickets to bring whole the team under pressure.

    2) FAWAD ALAM is a much better choice than Khaled Latif. Khaled has never ever performed and no one expects him to do that against Aussies.

    3)Umar and Kamran should mind their shots while playing rising balls. they better leave them and play shots to good length balls. 4) Only spin can win this match for Pakistan

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Razzaq Umar Hafiz Misbah Afridi Khaled Latif/Fawad Alam Aamer Rahman Said Ajmal

    LET THE NON PERFORMING BATSMEN PLAY AN OLDER BALL BETTER PLAYERS HIGHER UP WILL REDUCE PRESSURE BY NOT LOOSING WICKETS.

    YOU CHANGE ROLES WITH RAZZAQ AS HE IS NOT SUCCESFULL IN HITTING OUT AT THE END

  • Imran Butt on May 11, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    I agree with a couple of comments above we must change the weakest performers Misbah Ul Haq and Mohammed Hafeez must be dropped they have had there chance and failed. They should be bold and brave and go with some new young blood they will perform better then the 2 mentioned above please guys lets make some sensible decisions for the team. Personally i think we have had the scare as we do in every tournament and now we play to win "Pakistan retain the World 20/20 Cup" Inshallah

  • junaid on May 11, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    I don't know if any of the Pak team will read this article and the comments but I can only shout; "Where is Hammad Azam?"... It might seem injustice but I do pray Misbah gets injured if that is what it takes for Afridi & Co. to select Hammad...:)

  • Rafi Bagngash on May 11, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Nothing else but they need our support... Our Backing

  • Shahiq Ahmed on May 11, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    We have always been saying that general people in the subcontinent are too sentimental about the game, but when well known respected journalists write like this, what should we expect ? One match and Afridi leads the revival ???? i havent even thought of reading the article .. Every third of his move as a captain annoys me ... No ASIF ????? Why the hell is he batting so down the order ??? And why is he bowling so quick (above 100 kph) ???? And I think with Rehman & ajmal, they can very well manage without the off spin of Hafeez .... I just hope he gets the composition right, otherwise Pak will be heading back home with just two wins .. And I seriously pray he's not made the test captain !!!! Anyways, the team I propose is -

    Butt K.Akmal U.Akmal S.Afridi F.Alam M.Haq A.Razzaq Rehman Aamer Ajmal Asif

    Alam & Misbah can be shuffled along their positions ..

  • arsalan on May 11, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, you said''....But they could not have done it without England, every Pakistani's second favourite team. When Pakistan required England to win, not once but twice, England delivered....'' in 1992 w/c as far as i remember australia won against westindies which helped us to qualify for semis not england...???

  • mahmoud on May 11, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    our boys deserve every bit of praise for their performances despite what has been going on in our country. it is truly a miracle that they have achieved all tis despite massive handicaps of war, natural distaters, nepotism and interferences from the politicians. i think they reflect the true spirit of a pakistanis. we will not be beaten. pakistan zindabad.

  • Rubina (from South Africa) on May 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Kamran sahab, England didn't do us any favours. England came here to play and they won for their own country not us. We are in the Semis becuase we were better than South Africa and New Zealand. We haven't cheated or taken anyone's place.

    All those out there spreading that we don't deserve to be in the Semi Final, pls. read the article called "What Luck?" by Ahmad Goheer on The Pakistan Camp (pakcamp.com) and you'll know.

    He rightly says ... if we don't deserver, then who does??

    Thank you!

  • Niaz on May 11, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    There was hell of a luck involved, alongwith prayers by Pakistanis that Afridi team sneaked into semi-finals. Let us now hope they can win next two matches-although i have my doubts!First replace misbah and hafeez with Hammad Azam and Asif (where is he anyway? mentally with Veena still!)

  • Ash on May 11, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Will Waqar Younis please point out to the young pacer Muhammad Aamer that he needs to think a little bit about each ball he bowls and especially that he needs to vary it a bit at the tail end of the opposition's innings? Just running in and bowling at the same furious pace will not cut it when the batsman is out to hammer each ball come what may as the innings draws to a close. Case in point that the Pakistan coach can use is of Jacques Kallis who, of course, is exceptionally talented and has loads of experience. Every ball that Kallis bowled in the SA vs Pak match was designed to keep the batsman guessing (e.g. slow bouncers, yorkers, variations in pace). On the other hand, Aamer in the 19th over was predictable (although he did cause Albie Morkel some grief with a full toss that must have really hurt but kudos to Morkel for not flinching--grace under pressure in the real sense). He could certainly have gone for a lot more so some counseling from the coach is definitely in order.

  • Zahid on May 11, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    I think that Pakistan can win this tournament if they play the way they have done yesterday. Need to make a few changes.. Replace Misbah with Sami..

  • Amar on May 11, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Drop Mohammed Hafeez for Fawad Alam and Khalid Latif for Mohammed Sami. The pitches have suited pace bowlers who bang the ball in the pitch, no room for skiddy bowlers like sami, he was blasted in the previous game against the aussies and the same goes for Hafeez who has the added bonus of being useless with the bat! Keep Misbah in it's a risk but he was the best performer with the bat against the aussies in the previous game, best of a bad bunch lol

    1.Kamran Akmal 2.Salman Butt 3.Umar Akmal 4.Shahid Afridi 5.Misbah Ul Haq 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Fawad Alam 8.Mohammed Amer 9.Abdul Rehman 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Mohammed Asif

    Same openers, Umar in at 3 can play both spin and pace, Afridi at 4 the spinners should be on by then, Misbah at 5 needs time to get going, Razzaq at 6 seems more like a Misbah these days who needs time.

  • Zahid on May 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I think that Pakistan can win this tournament if they play the way they have done yesterday. Need to make a few changes.. Replace Misbah with Sami..

  • Danish on May 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I dont believe any "one" combination works for Pakistan. They are an unpredictable team so it doesn't matter who they play on any given day. Its quite evident from the last playing combo how a lack-lustered playing 11 produced an outstanding performance so i truly believe the issue with Pakistan is infighting and self-belief.

  • suman on May 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Thanks all of you for being a wonderful Pakistan cricket supporter.Hope our dream come true again this year also. I want to say one thing that Hafeez should be replaced by Hammad Azam. May be he would be the next Inzamam-ul-haq (remember 92 world cup semi final) for Pakistan team.

  • Muhammad Zahid on May 11, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    if i had a chance to pick up final 11 for finals... i would list them like that.....

    1. SALMAN BUTT 2. KAMRAN AKMAL 3. MISBAH 4. UMER AKMAL 5. AFRIDI 6. RAZZAQ 7. HAMMAD 8. M.AMIR 9. A.REHMAN 10. M.ASIF 11. AJMAL

    I KNOW MISBAH IS OUT OF FORM BUT HE HAS THE EXPERIENCE JUST LIKE MIKE HUSSY IN AUS, HE CAN BE USEFUL ON HIS DAY, COZ WE CANT TAKE A CHANCE, NEW MAN HAMMAD SHOULD BE GIVEN CHANCE LIKE INZZI GOT IN 92 WORLD CUP. MAY BE HE CAN DO SOME GOOD THINGS FOR PAK.

    HAFEEZ IS ALSO DOUBTFULL BUT WE DNT HV THE REPLACEMENT FOR HIM.

    EM SURE THESE PLAYERS WILL DO IT FOR PAK,

    RAZZAQ, AKMAL BROTHERS, AFRIDI, AMIR, & AJMAL.

    THE OTHER PLAYERS CAN HELP THEM.

    BEST OF LUCK " TEAM PAKISTAN "

  • Zia Akhtar on May 11, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    This Misbah fellow should be garbaged! He has had 4 outings and has performed pathetically. Fuad Alam has also played no role. Why is he in the team?

  • fahad on May 11, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    how long pakistan will bear the burden of fawad alam,m.hafeez.They are good fielders but certainly not capable of playing at the top level of cricket.how these are selected instead of genius t-20 talents like shahzaib hasan,imran nazir?pakistan cricket is in a mess because of their inept selectors and officials.

  • Ketan Mayecha on May 11, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Misbah-ul- Haq should opt to be the 12th man considering his present batting form and the superb catch he took of Gibbs !!!

  • Mohammad Imran Ali on May 11, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Every body is talking about Hammad Azam. I must remind every one that he has not played a single internationa match yet. and to induct him in such a big match against a very Good team (in semi most probably Pakistan would face Australia) will not be a wise move and it may become his last match. As it was heard Afridi was not happy with his selection. So in my point of view he will be having his time but this is not the proper time

  • Ketan Mayecha on May 11, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Anyone even remotely following this tournament will agreee that they way Pakistan has played they do not deserve to be in the semis. I feel the ICC should rectify the table system. I fail to understand how the bottom most team in the group can catapult itself by playing just one game to its normal potential. How can a team winning just one match in the super eight (pakistan) qualify for a spot in the semis. ICC really needs to address this table system. It has a bug....Though I am a die hard indian fan - i would still say India also does not deserve to be in the semis by just beating Sri Lanka by 20 odds runs and hoping Australia beat windies...Period..

  • wahaj on May 11, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Can some body tell me what the hell Misbah doing in team, he is playing test match in T20, Kick him off and replace with hammad, give young fellow a chnace to spark, put razzaq at upper no where he can have some chance to settle him up and open fire up, fielding need to be above par in semi, listen guys it Ausies in full form,

    best of luck fellows,

  • Maqbool on May 11, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Better luck Pakistan. For the rest of two matches (inshallah) please do replace Misbah and should bring back a pacer (preferably Sami becoz Asif not in great form). The most important change in batting order if God forbid Pak lose openers then Abdul Razaq should bat one down and if he play for 7-10 overs Pakistan can easily post a big total. Hafeez is not good choice for one down position.

    Please keep on praying for the rest of Pakistan share in T20 WC.

  • quqnuss on May 11, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    whenever I see the name "Hafeez", I have to _LOL_ !! Misbah has been doing nothing, accepted .. but he did something in the past. What did Hafeez in recent or in remote past ? Hafeez has got some real kind of "pawwaa", otherwise this kind of player are not acceptable in even local cricket. I apologize if I hurt anyone's feeling but this is not only my opinion, just check recent result and don't forget to look also his performance in India's tour (in 2003, or may be 2005?, i've forgotten :-)

  • Abdul Basit on May 11, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I told before Pakistan ( Green shirts ) will win the 20 / 20 WC. its there hard luck not win in the first edition in south africa.PAK zindabad, Ejaz butt murdabad.

  • Umair on May 11, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Good job with Pakistan qualifying for the Semi's. I think alot of credit goes to Afridi and Co. for putting up a show with looli langhri team. But despite that a good effort from the team and lots of prayers of Pakistani nation has sougth them a semi final spot. But the bad point of it is that PCB management once again gets a let off which means Ijaz Butt gets another license to spread his senseless nonesense. Kamran sb would appreciate if you could have a poll on the competence of PCB board management or something like whether Ijaz Butt should be fired or not.

  • Raj Thapa (From Nepal) on May 11, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    They are Pakistani playing 11 from T20 World Cup 1. Kamran 2. Butt 3. Umar 4. Misbah 5. Afridi 6. Hafeez/Latif 7. Razzak 8. Aamer 9. Sami 10. Rehman 11. Ajmal Thank U.

  • Muhammad Aslam on May 11, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Nice article. But believe me the only hope for pakistanis to unsettle aussies in the semi final is to send razzaq up the order in place of hafeez and drop hafeez for hammad azam. bowl first 6 overs with 3 from aamer and razzaq+azam. Pakistan needs to be creative with what they have otherwise going with the same plan waht they use against NZ and SA wouldnot work with aussies as their top order is much better than NZ and SA.

  • Zain Adeeb on May 11, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Go Pak! Even if we lose to Aus, great job on getting this far anyway, and Aus has been destroying teams.

    I am confused though why so many people still want Misbah on this team, he has done absolutely nothing, and worst of all, his strike rate is brutal (last game 3 runs from 7 balls in the death with the field totally spread out), he needs to be cut and replaced by Fawad Alam for sure. If nothing else, Fawad Alam is our best fielder.

    But why all the love for Hamad as well? Is this Pakistani fans just been hopeful? Are you all serious? He is a kid & has not played at all. Thanks but no thanks, I would rather take my chances with Hafeez bowling at Australia then unlease Hamad on Australia. Australia could easily destroy him for 25+ runs and he may never recover. Lets not ruin the kid by putting him in a tough spot. Anybody could produce a miracle, but the odds would be heavily stacked against him.

    Play it safe, get rid of Misbah, bring in Fawad Alam. Everything else is ok.

  • Ahsan Chaudhry on May 11, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Hammad Azam in place of Misbah in semi final

  • Bilal Saeed on May 11, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Many would consider the introuduction of khalid lateef as a bold move but in my opinion it was just a show of desperation by a confused captain and a worried locker room. Trying and testing not 1 but 4 different players in the space of a couple of games is illogical, even a good player will struggle to find form this quickly (M.Asif i feel for you bro). Anyway, i would play another specialist quick against the aussies and pray for a long over due performance by our middle order. Bowling has never been a problem but they could be immensely helped if the fielding had been good. It is heart breaking to see catches being dropped time and again. On many occasions our fielding has let a match slip away from us. One can only hope it will InshAllah all come together now for us.

  • j.ahmed on May 11, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    What is Misbah doing in the team??????? PlEASE someone convince me this guy can play as he is at the moment definitely favourig opposite teams by playing dot balls all the time. We might aswell play with 10 men if this guy is in the team and the opposition have 12. FAWAD ALAM for misbah.

  • adeel sajid on May 11, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    the only reason why england won was because they the support and prays from the pakistani public. however the task will be difficuylt but i tell you one thing pak will thrash the kangaroos even if it means killing IJAZZ BUTT. the DAY ZARDRI AND BUTT DIE IS THE DAY THAT PAK WILL BE FREE FROM COURRUPTION AND FRAUD

  • ZAHID on May 11, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    really now no body stop to pak and i request to board give da chance for imran nazir place of misbul realy if imaran nazir in farm he can do any think he is a very good filder also but no body giveing a support please give the chance .

  • zaid_sl on May 11, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    azam should replace hafeez,and asif should replace misbah.ausies are gud with quickis so they will target razzak.asif is the right guy for ausies

  • Kamil on May 11, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan made to the semi final thanks to England's victory over New Zealand.Pakistan had played miserably but the most important thing is that they have made it to the semi final. Pakistan have to think forward and strategize their tactics against the "mighty" Australia. Pakistan have to be very sharp in all departments, batting, bowling and fielding. It would be a 50-50 match against Aussies and it does not matter how Pakistan play so long that they win.

  • saikat on May 11, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    pakistan is best team in world for t20 side.

  • Shaukat Ali on May 11, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    pakistan must play semi final with my team.

    k Akmal butt U Akmal Hamad Azam Afridi Razzak F Alam Amir Ajmal A Rahman Hafeez

    And Good luck in Semi final

  • pabitra on May 11, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Pak is lucky to be there semi. They dont deserve it.

  • S Shah on May 11, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    What is the role of Hafeez? He may be good in domestic but he always failed Pakistan at international level. I still wonder why people are criticizing inclusion of Khalid Lateef. Does Khalid had those number of chances at international level which were and still given to Hafeez? I suggest that Fawad to be tried inplace of Hafeez and Hammad inplace of Misbah ul Haq to add some real flavor against aussies. It will be a difficult match but my hopes and prays are always for my team.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Sarosh on May 11, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    I read the first line of your article and I stopped reading. Why would you begin the article by stating this game was more important than winning the cup? Are we supposed to be happy that Pakistan made the semi-finals and not go on to win the world cup? They are lucky they got in, so from a fans point of view if they dont convert this opportunity into a finals appearance, than its a failiure. And you have funny hair.

  • raslan on May 11, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    y pak needs misbah. He is a waste fellow & has been playing for last fiver years but dosent know the shot selection. bring hamad for misbah & asif for latif.

  • shaikh on May 11, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    where is imran nazir??? why hafeez is in team???\better than hafeez was sohail tanveer.... tanveer can score tht much wht hafeez is scorin in quicker time than him.... also a very gud bowler... hafiz is not even 50 50 player... wht is misbah's role in t20 team.. he is also a test batsman.... this current team does not deserve to go ahead in the tournament

  • pabitra on May 11, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Pak is lucky to be there semi. They dont deserve it.

  • SHAMIM on May 11, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Very good performance by the pakistanis, but i will suggest MISBAH to rectify his short while sweep to spinner or faster.this r the sort pak lost india in final of 2007- and this sort will expoile ur life, so take care and play confidential short.one more u try to take pakistan to final and hope sure pak will champ.

    shamim (INDIA).

  • FKhan on May 11, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    People say we have been lucky, but SA and NZ only won a single game in the Super Eights. Our superior net run rate indicates how competitive our games were. Yes we have been a shambles, particularly against Australia (dropped catches cost us the game, but again Australia have stream rolled other teams far more convincingly.

  • drowsy indian on May 11, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    hehe only team that can really beat Aus good luck Pak, they are down right unfair what the heck man 155Kph yorkers!! tat too three of them doing that...

  • ati on May 11, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    kamran akmal salman butt abdul razzak umar akmal misbah ul haq shahid afridi mohd hafeez/hammad azam abdur rehman mohd aamer mohd asif saeed ajmal

  • ashraf j on May 11, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Please Kamran get the word across to Pak board/ coach/selectors that a new team needs selecting, taught how to conduct themselves. Where are your batsmen. Let a new team take another 2 years to learn and grow. There is no other way, let the proccess start right after 16 May. Present team is useless and a big joke.

  • ISHRAT on May 11, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    only replace misbah with hammad,he can do no worse,misbah is good for tests but not for one day cricket

  • Omair Zahid on May 11, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    the precise reason why selection should be done by professionals and not the fans. Hammad Azam has been scoring in U19 matches where the quality is way different from International. Keeping him in the team will groom him but if you throw him into the fire in such a crucial game with so high expectations it might shatter his confidence for life. We have destroyed a lot of batting talent by exposing them too early. I think he must first play with Pakistan A team before graduating for the senior team.

  • arsalan riaz on May 11, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    congrats to paksitan . i had bet over it, while no one else did in my group, so i won 10 lak rupee , yeehawwwwwwww , secondly as pakistani, i need revival of pakistani domestic cricket through advice from imran khan, and the probable team playing ODI should be: salman butt yasir hameed shahid yousaf younis khan hasan raza kamran akmal shahid afridi abdul razaq shoaib akhtar Omer gull saeed ajmal

  • Ahmed on May 11, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    A typical knee-jerk reaction from the fans. Afridi and his wiry framed players are brilliant today, but the knives will be out as soon as they lose.

  • Tameem Ansari on May 11, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    It is absolutely surprising to see pakistan getting in the last four by just winning one match. This shows the incredible nature of T20 cricket where anything is possible. Hats off to Afridi and his men in green for holding their nerves at such a crucial juncture and upholding the South African's record of being a chockers. At the same time they should thank England for answering to their prayers when it was badly needed. Now focus on the next target of overhauling the Aussies and you are just one game away from holding back the cup. Pakistan have qualified for the 3rd successive time to the last four stage which might come in handy in terms of experience. Let us hope everything falls in place as soon as possible and their batsmen regain their consistency.

  • YASSER on May 11, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    I Think team combination is still not perfect.y iz misbah still there..and hammad azam sitting out.

    salman kamran hafeez umar afridi hammad razzaq fawad rehman amir ajmal

    best possible...

  • chowdary on May 11, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Where is Hammad Azam and Why has he not played yet? this question just keeps coming over and over in my mind. Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Sami etc, He could easily replace any of these three and would do no worse than them either. I undertsand rightly, he was the match winner for Under 19 team. He appears to have evrything to make a good cricker, ability, confidence and arraogance. So,I hope they play with him in semis.

  • Qasim on May 11, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Says much about a format where a team winning two out of five matches qualifies for a Semi Final. Definitely needs to be extended to more games at the preliminary stage.

    But Alhamdulillah we're through and I hope we can carry over the fielding/bowling form on to the semifinal and inshaAllah the Final. As for the batting, I've said it before and I'll say it again, Misbah (though he took a splendid catch yesterday) has to be dropped. He just can not play fast bowling. Hammad Azam (never seen him play) should be tried instead. They need to bat bravely and not to confuse it with batting stupidly.

    Finally, will someone please tell our batsmen that they don't need to back away everytime to play attacking strokes.

  • Mohammad Toufiq on May 11, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Well, Pakistan is lucky to sneak in to third year in a row to semi-final berth. They are like injured horse and I am sure they will do much better than before. Hopefully they overcome to Australia in Semi and final with England and win the Cup Insa Allah. All the best and good wishes

  • Zain Raza on May 11, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Miracle. Dammit, it was a miracle. Can't believe we are in the semifinals. Well done boys!

  • Khalid Ahmed Siddiqui on May 11, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Every one happy like me but we need to focus on semi final now. Since Australia has best attack we need to plan accordingly. First we need to Save Akmal wicket by shifting him to One down position and bring Hafeez to open the Innings. Hafeez has performed well as an opener. Also we need a medium fast bowler also. We can include hammad Azam by replacing Khalid Latif. The most important thing what Afridi still missing is AbdurRazzak bating utilization. As you all know Razzak can help Pakistan to build a large total. We need to send at no. 4 or 5 to allow him to play maximum of overs.

  • Ankit on May 11, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Ajmal is one of the finest spinners in todays era but yet he is not in the spotlight and this is the main advantage for him with his universe of variation in the bowling.Now,if pak wants to win the worldcup again,they need to revise their plans,needs to get their combinations right.Get their top batsmen like razzaq,afridi in the upper order.Its a very great and fortunate chance for them and they should not miss it.

  • Faheem Habib on May 11, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    I think, Hamad Azam should get a chance.. he remain notout in more than 5 mathces during worldcup and come up as good finisher........Pakistan required him at this time....Pakistan should left out hafeez or Misbah to make space for him.

  • Srikanth on May 11, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I have only one word to describe Pakistani cricket : UNPREDICTABLE. If a school teacher were to teach the meaning of unpredictable, the nature of Pakistani cricket immediately springs to mind. This is what lends the team an aura and makes them a feared opponent. I am of the view that the opening combination should be juggled and that A Razzaq should don the role of an opener, go hell for leather and try playing a cameo. There will be batsmen down the order. Misbah shoould walk in ahead of Latif. In Aamer, Ajmal, Afridi they have a potent attack. Latif should be replaced by Fawad Alam. Hope Pak do it this time round. The Pakistanis deserve some consolation, given the state of affairs back home. Though not deserving a place in the final four, they have now got a chance their way to prove that they are not defending champions by fluke/luck. Last shot at pride and redemption.

  • Yasir Zeb on May 11, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Well, Bravery of Younas' captaincy is missing. I don't see any place for Fawad Alam in any of the format. I just can't understand What is his role in the team that he's included every now and then...?Why T20 specialist Imran Nazir is dropped? And Misbah needs "complete" rest now...Previous zeal and enthusiasm is missing... Any how any thing can happen when it comes to Pakistan...So, don't take us for granted Aussies,WE CAN KNOCK OVER EVERYONE ON OUR DAY...

  • Bilal N Z Baig on May 11, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    I hope Pakistan wins provided they 1. Run fast between the wickets. 2. Dive for the ball not for showup. 3. Hammad/Fawad to be added in place of Misbah/Latif 4. Take Single/double also and punish the bad ball 5. work on their body balance at the time of catching/hitting the ball 6. Study opponent team players weaknesses for a plan. one may use Players history. 7. Don't give up and our prayers/efforts will bring back the trophy. Insha Allah. Hopefully Pakistan plays to its full potential from this point onwards.

  • ateeq on May 11, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    congrats to Pakistanis.i just want to say make use of Abdul Razzaq in better way he is key in this format, mr Afridi plzzzzzz forget controversies for two matches.

  • Gulab on May 11, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    All fellows Say Thanks to Allah and pray for semis and say all the time PAKISTAN ZINDABAD because it is our recognition

  • Mohammad Imran Ali on May 11, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    yes another brilliant stuff by Pakistan team.They have seen the exit way, but by the brilliant 11 runs Victory and also agreat match between the newzealand and england which ended in the favour of England as well as pakistan this door was shutdown till the next match most probabily with Australia. in my last blogs i wrote that the pakistan is a well balanced team just Senior players has to take responsbility Misbah should have given a roll of sheet anchor on 3rd. 1.Kamran 2.Salman 3.Misbah/Razzak 4.Khalid Latif 5.Umer akmal 6.Shahid afridi 7.Razzak/Hafeez 8.A.Rahman 9.Amir 10.Saeed Ajmal

    Now we have to adjust the proper place for Misbah Razzak and Hafeez as these are senior playrs and should be having more responsbilities. After all Pakistan Zindabad,,,,,,,

  • Zeeshan Ali on May 11, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    No matter who Pakistan play in semi-finals, Abdul Razzaq needs to bat at number 3. Better replace Hafeez with Hammad Azam.

  • Ali Naseer on May 11, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Very well written Article Kamran... I believe Pakistan really played well in all matches except Eng. I think its hard work and luck both brought Pakistan in to finals. Pakistan worked hard to keep their run rate best our of 3.

    I strongly believe the Hamad Azam should be includen in eleven replacing Misbha because no doubt poor Misbha is out of form but Hamad Azam is young, energetic and very good player... at age of 19 he will give his best as he also need a permanent place in Pak team.

    We have nothing to lose, so go with your youngest side and rock the ground...

    Ausis can be beaten by Pak because if Pak get their top two and David Hussy out early then Australia will not reach to 150 or more.

    my Team is

    Butt Kamran Umar Hafiz Afridi Khalid Latif Razzaq Hammad Azam Abdur Rehman Muhammad Amir Saed Ajmal

  • Faisal on May 11, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    I hope Afridi and PCB Management get this message. Please drop Misbah and bring in Hammad Azam. I am sure that Hammad can do better than 3 runs of 7 balls and 68 odd runs in 5 matches. Moreover, play Fawad Alam at number 3 instead of Hafeez. Fawad can go at number 3 and hold the innings. He won't throw up his wicket like Hafeez. We need somebody in the middle to keep the partnership going and umar akmal / afridi can attack from the other end. Sami shouldn't play now and Afridi should stick with Abdulrehman for his wicket taking option. Sami leaks too many runs from the other end. Go Pakistan Go!!! Show the world that it is not a co-incidence that there is a team who can reach to finals of such an unpredictable format of the game thrice in row, it is the unpredictable Pakistan. One and only!!!

  • Nain Tara on May 11, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    OH cumon dun write ny more articles...last time u said "WEAK PAKISTAN FACE EXIT" so I thought they r nt nymore dere...y r u writing bout dem.???? dey r gone now..ACCORDING to u.

  • Yasser(Canada) on May 11, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Thanks to mighty Allah that we made it to the semi finals. I think this team can still defend the title provided they play fearlessly and with full conviction.They need to make some changes in the team for the semi final. Misbah is experienced, but has failed badly this time around he should be replaced with the wild card Hammad Azam. This young lad is known as a good finisher for his batting and can bowl a bit also. So we can get an extra bowler if we add him into the side. The pitch will be on the slower side so spinners would play an important role. Anyways our prayers our with the Pakistani Team and Inshalllah we can bring the cup home again. Good Luck!!!!!

  • Ali on May 11, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    If Pakistan win this thing (long shot I know) it will be, again, in spite of the administrators. The farce of suspending guys like Malik and Rana (2 T20 specialists) is ridiculous.

    I'd contend that those two would get into most teams in the world. How much better would this side be with the stabilising influence in the batting of Malik (not to mention his ability to chip in with the ball and being one of the better fielders) and the mastery with the ball in limited over cricket of Rana (and his ability to play the long handle when needed.

    Wouldn't be Pakistan if it was straightforward though would it?

  • Zain on May 11, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Gr8 win by Pak !!...I still can't believe they have won :-)....I really thought Pak will not qualify I had given up on them after loss to New Zealand...

    I agree totally with Afridi the selection could have been better....Many out of form players were picked...How can u left shahzaib out who is in such a gr8 nick ??? Also on Barbados wicket M. Irfan would have been really useful...I think he would have extracted the Maximum bounce out of Barbados wicket...

    Now Pak will most probably face Aus but this is a completely change wicket...Aussie quicks won't be as lethal as they were in Barbados...Best of Luck Pakistan :-)

  • Faizur on May 11, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    masha allah we r in semis nw,, thnk god n thnks 2 eng;and as well.. now we can c the confident n momentum in our team.. its betta 2 make sm chnges in final 11 .. in my point of view givin hammad a chance is good we saw him in U19 WC he was impressive.its better 2 replace him instead of misbah/hafeez thy did nthng in ths tournament..

  • Hem on May 11, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Being a Pakistan cricket fan must be emotionally volatile. From despair (and hair loss) of losing to NZ by one run to joy of reaching Semis by just winning one game (thanks to Eng). I think Pakistan cricket deserves the luck. Though I am happy I am not a Pak cricket fan ..our guys (Indian team)lose by big margins and will not reach the semis.. .that is the emotional stability I like..

  • Safdar Ali on May 11, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    It is very nice to see Pakistan in Semi-final. Now it is the time to work more hard, hard and with concentration. I think Pakistan team is playing well after complete destruction in foreign tours and mentally disturbance from own institutions.Players are also away from cricket since long time. I just want to say one thing to Misbah Ul Haq & Razzaq. No doubt both are match winning players but not in action as they are by their nature and which we are expecting from them. Come on! just need little consideration and no one stop them on their way to winning the title. I think Misbah ul Haq must be in the squad even repeated unsuccessful innings. Win or lose is the part of game and enter in the ground with positive approach and think this is your day. We can only pray for you and we are doing this all the time.

  • ThKhan on May 11, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    come on who can justify the place of Hafeez. I must say Fawad n even new commer Hammad r more brilliant players than Hafeez. He got all his chances but done just crappp both with bat n with ball too. my pakistan 11 would be for semi with their order of batting 1.Kamran 2.Butt 3.Umar 4.Hammad / Fawad 5.Afridi / Razzaq 6.Razzaq / Afridi 7. Misbah 8. A.Rehman 9. Ajmal 10. Aamer 11. Asif

  • Sajid Bangash on May 11, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Best luck for Pakistan in next two Matches....

  • KHIZer sheikh on May 11, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Want my baby cup back tou home =) the mens in green Ready to hOld the tropHy again =)

  • Syed Danish Saif on May 11, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    AssalamoAlaikum.. Thankfully Afridi came in form at the perfect time.. he is the match winner and Inshallah against Australia will see that and in final too.. what i think is we shud drop Khalid latif and give chance to Hammad Azam who was the star in U-19 W/C. he can bat and bowl too.. If Afridi, Umar, Kamran and Razzaq fires we dont need any more in batting Deppt.. and Salman too... INSHALLAH Pakistan will win the Final...

  • Hashim on May 11, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Hammad Azam instead of Hafeez. The team will be more balanced .

  • Mudassar on May 11, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Unfortunately, Pakistan could not figure out their best combination. They are still experimenting. Lack of Umar Gull has cost them dearly. The wisest move has been made by dropping Fawad Alam. What a waste by playing him such an important number, he can not even clear the boundary. Now, they should make another move by dropping Misbah, he is playing such a selfish and coward game. No place for such a player in T20. Bring in Hammad Azam, he can do no worse. Rest of the combination is fine.

    1- Salmab Butt 2- Kamran Akmal 3- Khalid Latif 4- Umar Akmal 5- Shahid Afridi 6- M Hafeez 7- Hammad Azam 8- Abdur Razak 9- Abdur Rehman 10- M Amir 11- Saeed Ajmal

  • Asrar on May 11, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Alright thanks to Allah and then england that pakistan has reached the semifinals, If they really wanna win first of all they need to play out of their skins to beat Australia, Razzaq isnt performing with the bat either if he comes good against Australia then definetly Pak wins. Here is my team in batting order for the semifinals and finals. 1)Salman Butt 2)Shahid Afridi(He Must open and bat with field Restrictions on) 3)Kamran Akmal 4)Umar Akmal 5)Misbah ul-Haq 6)Abdul Razzaq 7)Hammad Azam 8)Mohammed Hafeez 9)Mohammed Aamer 10)Abdul Rehman(rehman in semifinals and sami in finals because finals is in barbados with pace) 11)Saeed Ajmal

  • avc on May 11, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    "Nothing succeeds like success. Failures need not explain." Fits the two teams played yesterday. Enjoy the game. Don't kill it by putting too much of emotions or analytics. Remember... loosers help winners to be proud (and complacent sometimes)...and... winners help loosers to perform better next time (and feel inferior sometimes)!

  • Moazzam Ali on May 11, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    I Think Pakistan done well against SA and some how they balled well against Kiwi's . probably we expected more than that . but we have to realise it . Pakistan teams doesn't have Quality palyer in batting .. they are bellow average . how-ever we have gud spinner which makes our balling just above average.

    but if they play with tactics and analyize aussies attack they can beat them as well because they are only one in the tournament who touched 160 gaianst aussies .. no one else.

    if you analyize Shuan tait and nanes , they both ball fast in just first 4 overs after tat they become no more lethal and jhonson is unfit a little. so he he is balling in 70's or hight 80's.. they can attack him and next leg spinner he is a kid if any one like afridi stays on crease for him ..let me tell u he can destroy him .... so they need to be little smart agianst aussie other wise Aussies got every thing to demolish Pakis...

  • Ashfaq Hussain on May 11, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I am not happy with the way Pakistan has performed in this tournament...They could beat Bangladesh and South Africa which were the two weakest teams and lost to England/Newzealand & Australia...No major victory as yet..Even if Pakistan has reached to Semifinals (Thanks to England) they will loose to Australia anyways...I am not sure why are we celebrating...If u do a minute analysis this is the weakest ever team with only couple of players who are their due worth...Amer/Ajmal/Akmal brothers....Nobody else...We are surely going to loose next match guys...keep watching...Insha-Allah

  • mohammed arif on May 11, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    salam to all my team for semifinal,pls inform selection panel.

    kamran akmal slman butt umar akmal misbah ul haque hammad azam afridi a/raheman m.aamir m.sami ajmal

    inshaallah pak will win w/cup.

  • Usman Bukhari on May 11, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    No doubt, Pakistatni team was blessed yesterday with fortune, it seemed that day belong to pakistan, whatever we needed it went in same manner,but now they shoud not depend on Luck anymore, they have to put their best and should play, the way champion plays,The focus must remain only on tomorrow’s match and we need to stick to our basics by bowling, batting and fielding well in order to win to next match. With the way we blended as a team and won matche against Siuth Africa speaks volumes of the talent we have and I am confident we will do very well in next match!

  • Kashif Khan on May 11, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I can't understand why people say, Pakistan team qualified for semi final just bcoz of luck. We have better run rate than NZ. We played better than NZ. So we got our place in semi.

  • Haris Jamil on May 11, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Tahir I am not agree with u we are not the weekest we have good side and we can beat any side including Ausies, Eng beat Newzeland and South Africa Easily but he face tough time against Pakistan and if Pakistan didnt drop chances so Pak on the Top of the group.. and now this lucky break through will bring lot of happiness Inshallah

  • Karim on May 11, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I think Afridi should come at no.3. If he goes down you still got Umar and Misbah. And for final over Razzaq.

    And if he isn't out till 6-10 overs, then may Allah help the opposition.

  • Fawadr on May 11, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Pakistan will lose and will lose bad. Nothing we can do, its just Pakistan so dont hope on a win as we all know Pakistan came this far the third time they did this good enough and we should settle down now.

  • Muhammad ali on May 11, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    i want to say just one thing FORGODSAKE,REMOVE HAFEEZ......HE WILL DESTROY US

  • umer on May 11, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    i dont know why they keep kicking sami out.. he is a great fast bowler should keep him in instead of rehman and apart they only got 1 fast bowler.. and he perfomerd very well against aussies in syyndey test match......

  • kamran on May 11, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Cricket is by chance,No one can predict about the winner, initially pakistan was stumbling but suddenly have gone to the Semi's isnt it less than a miracle. But in any case wishing a pakistan team besttttttt of luck untill they dont have a worldcup in their hands.

  • Taimur Malik - Dubai on May 11, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Misbah can be best used at No.3, if sudden and early fall of opener will help both Pak and Misbah, he is out of touch clearly. he needs few over top of the inning to settle and we all know what he is capable of. I hope Afridi reads it, he is not answering my calls these days!!!!

  • Shahzeb Rauf on May 11, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Afridi needs to come up in the order. There is no way he can make contribution coming in 15/16th over. He has to come one down to get maximum. Further, I think Pakistan has to rethink the strategy to play ausies quick, maybe put youngster Azam to open alongside with Butt. Muhammad Azam Salman Butt Afridi Kamran Akmal Umar Akmal Hafeez Abdur Razaaq Misbah/Latif Abdur Rehman Amir Ajmal

  • Kashif Amin on May 11, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    This performance shows that a good management at helm of PCB coupled with these gutsy players would surely turn Pakistan into a top 3 teams in all formats very soon.

    Besides, please get rid of Misbah , Hafeez in Semis and bring on Azam, Sami

  • hAK on May 11, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    lets be positive like last year,enjoy semi as a festive. This positive energy will help our team triumph over aussies. lets not get into who should play and who should not, the ones there on the camp can decide better :) let them be as natural & instinctive in their decision making as they can. Hope for the best cheers!

  • Hashir on May 11, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    i completely agree that Pakistan has started to perform at the right stage...but dropping Misbah would be a huge mistake...u can rely on pak bowling but u never know how they are gonna perform with the bat.In my opinion hafeez should be dropped now.he hasn't performed in a single game of the tournament with the bat.Hammad Azam should get a go.i don't expect him to make a century but i am pretty much sure he will do a lot better than hafeez.hafeez is a complete waste of No.3 spot as far as his bowling is concerned he gets wickets by the mistake of batsmen not by his ability to take wickets.one more thing Razzaq should be sent up the order where he can settle a bit and then hit the ball....even yesterday he remained not out.he couldn't hit out because almost all the balls were in the block hole.that is how most of the teams bowl the last overs.at that time teams are looking for dot balls not the wickets. Misbah should bat at no 8(as a finisher)...rest i wish Pakistan team a huge success.

  • Rija Zaidi on May 11, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    I fully agree with you Kamran that it would be daft to pretend that Pakistan deserve to be semi-finalists, yet you should look at the other contenders too for SF spot....were they deserving enough to move into SF?

    England for sure is the best from this group. South Afriac always choke in big matches hence dont deserve at all, NZ made a big mess of their games, they hardly managed to topple Pakistan.

    On the other hand, Pak performance is improving match by match. Against NZ, they just lost by 1 run, against SA their bowling and fielding was just superb. Who knows may be this team is getting to the peak just at the right time????

    Hence, I think Pakistan is to some extent deserving team from their group to advance to SF. The other two teams (NZ & SA) were more pathetic than Pakistan.

  • Babar on May 11, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    with the team we have rite now its just a risk u dont know who to depend on if its salman its not akmal n if its akmal then its not afridi its just all out of order the team is in need of attention this is how i think there line up should be for the next t20 world cup n i hope there is sum member of pcb who is reading this

    1.imran nazir 2.salman butt 3.shahid afridi 4.umar akmal 5.shoiab malik 6.younis khan 7.kamran akmal 8.abdul razzaq 9.mohammed aamir 10.shoiab akhter 11.saeed ajmal

  • Riaz Azhar on May 11, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    They should axe Misbah. Pakistan should stay possitive play their natural game and have stong belief in Allah they would sucseed

  • Balouch on May 11, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    shahid bhai please drop the misbah from the team and offer two nowafils.

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on May 11, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    By looking at the manner Mohammad Sami got whacked, it will be a good option to play two spinners. I would like to drop either Khalid Latif or Mohammad Hafeez to make way for Hammad Azam.

    I would give Misbah one last go solely due to his experience and Australian pace attack.

    1. S.Butt 2. K.Akmal 3. Hafeez/Khalid 4. U.Akmal 5. S.Afridi 6. M.Haq 7. A.Razzaq 8. H.Azam 9. A.Rehman 10. M.Amir 11. S.Ajmal

    We should expect the smell of leather! The bext option is to around S.Butt while maintaining a run rate of 7/7.5 in the first 8 over and then going bezerk! Lastly, Tait should be targetted!!

  • Kashif Sehgal on May 11, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    I think, Hammad Azam should be given a chance, I would rather leave hafeez out, though his bowling has been allright in the past two games, but batting has been baddddddd.. Even he didnot do well in Pak A tour, with the resources that we have Misbah still needs to be included, but give Azam a chance, who knows he might turn out to be the unlikely hero..

  • Shahid on May 11, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Pakistan should start thinking sensibly now as they are in semifinals from no where and get the team combination right. By now Afridi and team management must know that who is the player who can deliver after years of trail and testing with some of the old horses like Misbah and Hafeez. Besides these two Khalid Latif has not been able to impress at all and does not seem to have any potential either to play a good innings. hammad Azam shuld be played as along with the experience we also need to have players who are mentally strong to win big matches. Misbah is a highly negative minded player and is not even able to take singles at will of late and have rarely come to Pakistans rescue when needed. Bring in Hammad and get rid of failures if we want to succeed.

  • Rehman on May 11, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I agree with most of the people here who urged to remove hafeez and khalid latif. We haven't seen them in form of hitting in the recent times what so ever, whereas misbah has done well against australia in the previous encounter between these two teams. So we can expect him to re-play the moments, no doubt he CAN hit the bowl very very hard. On the other hand we have a bowling issue, Sami stands absolutely NO chance of getting in the 11 man squad as he was completely destroyed by aussies in the previous game. Razzaq, ajmal, Rehman, Aamer, they all are bowling pretty well, and it'd be if they get a hand from another seamer, YES, I'm talking about Mohammed Asif. He should be coming in for khalid Latif. 4 good overs from him can be really favourable for pakistan. Pakistan NEEDS to have their best of best players in the semis and then in the finals as It's NOW or NEXT YEAR (LOL) One small silly mistake can cause them the game and there's NO going back after that. So Shahid bhai, GOOD LUCK

  • qaiser on May 11, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Well done Pakistan,congratulations to Pakistan cricket team and supporters.pakistan is playing against Australia on friday and i think we need two changes in the team ,Misbah and Khalid Latif should go and if we do the basics right we can beat Australia.Pkistan team should think positivly and forget about what happend in Australia. Good luck to Pakistan cricket team for friday,s Semi final against Australia. Chak do patte Pakistan.

  • Arif Mustafa on May 11, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    How can u say that selection of latif was a genius stroke, what did he do in batting. Actually sami should have played and hafeez should have been replaced by hammad azam. I don't know how afridi is using his bowling resources. One day he open the bowling with razzak and the other day he does'nt need his bowling and on the other hand he is relying on that waste hafeez. Hafeez is not an international player, the players like him are bits n pieces players who can't be relied upon. According to me the batting order should be: Kamran Salman Khalid Umar Afridi Razzak Misbah Hammad Rehman Aamir Ajmal

  • shahzad on May 11, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    it wont be easy to beat Aus but we have to wait and see the way things are going on seems like Allah has made a perfect script for Pak to win ... Tait. nannes.. johson .. very difficult to get away .. then their batting warner.. watson.. hussey.. white .. wohooo ... Aus are favorites but the situation forces me to say " their might be an upset and pak will go on to defend the wc"

  • imran on May 11, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    now that we r in the semi against aussies there should be no defensive mode an all out attack and make them ovewhelm, we almost got the combination near perfect aginst S.A., we need to get rid of misbah bring hammad and may be one more seamer. Pakistan team marching on make way aussies

  • Md. Fahmuddin Hasan on May 11, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Well, I think Pakistan could do with better team selection next time. Might as well get in Hammad Azam in place of Hafeez, he might score more than both Hafeez and Latif combined and won't go for as many runs as Hafeez does, and they should get in Mohammad Asif in place of Latif. He is too good a bowler to be sitting in the dugout. I hope the team for the last two games is as follows:

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Misbah -ul- Haq Hammad Azam Abdur Razzaq Abdur Rehman Mohammad Aamer Saeed Ajmal Mohammad Asif

    With this team they'll bat down to no. 7-8 and have a strong bowling attack with seven options :)

  • Emm on May 11, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Well, Prayer do work. It certainly wasnt anything fantastic from PAK players... Belief in the almighty, will move mountains. Well done PAK anyway. ps Tahir Rashid if you are "dismayed" at PAK getting to semi's pls stop watching them!!!!

  • Muhammad Usman on May 11, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Great news for Pak. and Inshallah they Will Do there best. i just want to add my team for Semi And inshallah Final.

    1, Salman Butt 2, Kamran Akmal 3, Fawad Alam 4, Umar Akmal 5, Muhammad Hafeez 6, Shahid Afridi 7, Hammad Azam 8, Abudul Razaq 9, Muhammad Amir 10,Abdul Rehman 11,Saeed Ajmal

    I believe it Will be good to try young Hammad as a surprise package.

  • M@qk on May 11, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    WhatEver, Congrats to the National Team in making to the Semis - this is the typical PAKI way to reach SEMIS and PAKISTAn has a HIDTORY in such away lolz

    Congrats again to the whole nation, we are brave no doubt

  • Asif Noor on May 11, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Salaam,

    Thanks to Almighty that we qualified to the semifinal.

    I think the team needs following charges:

    Replace Khalid Latif by Hammad (Hammad can bat & bowl) Replace Misbah by Fawad Alam (Fawad can bat & field well) Replace M. Hafeez by M. Sami (M. Sami can bowl & field well)

    Also, the team should recognize the fact that top five/six batmen will have to perform.

    The batting order should be: 1. Salman 2. Kamran 3. Omar 4. Afridi 5. Fawad 6. A. Razzaq 7. Hammad 8. M. Amir 9. M. Sami 10. A. Rehman 11. Ajmal

    Best of luck Team Pakistan

  • Gugu on May 11, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    We all know you love Afridi and have been vyeing for him to become captain. Not to say that he is a bad captain, but please don't go over board, we could easily have been returning home at this point. He really needs to push up his captaincy many nothces further!

  • AR on May 11, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    As always I think supernatural force has come to rescue Pakistan team, and I am hopeful they will go through to lift the cup.

  • Naveed on May 11, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Bring Hammad in... and missing Shoib Malik on...

  • fadooo on May 11, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I never lose hpe frm pakistani team even if they r out of the tournament dey cme bk v hrd n the tournament r n d match I love afridi inshallah we will tk d wrld cup inshallah .hun se hai ye zaman ! One chng to b made khalid latif shud sit and hammad shud gt chance he z v talentd he will do d job lik umar akmal he needs one to touch to shw hez talent inshallah we will rock agn

  • Adeel on May 11, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I think we have all been too hard on Pakistan by calling them undeserving and stupid-lucky to have gotten a semi-final spot.Unlike South Africa(read Morkel) n New Zealand, our team effort generally has not been weak. We have had contributions coming from many and not a few players.First it was kamran n Salman who fired against Bangladesh, then a good bit of resistance was shown by nearly all against Australia. England were not allowed a stamping victory despite the poor fielding display against them. New Zealand won more due to our poor planning than their own brilliance. The bottom line is that sans Misbah and Hafeez, everybody from the team has made some contribution in the overall effectiveness of the team. Hence they should be dropped for the next match and Sami; who has probably been a major strike bowler, and Fawad Alam should be given a chance. But irresepective of what team is selected, our prayers will remain with Pakistan and InshaAllah we will bring back the Worldcup home!

  • Syed Ashfaq Ali(karnal sher killi(swabi) on May 11, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Pakistan has qualified for the semis.it is the moment of great joy for this tormented nation to come into the semis from no where.According to ian chappel it is the formers players,who don,t want to see strong pakistan cricket team.they r quarreling to get various posts in the PCB n then make various groups.it is started from imran khan n zaheer abbas.this mafia is still working n various forms.the recent progress made by inzemam who is also looking a pious muslim n doing his tableegh.he had sworn six pakistani players against the captaincy of younis khan accordingto aaqib javed .he opened his lips now when he is no more asst coach of pakistani team.i think these former players should b punished severely.f we c australia on the present spot.it is just decipline n no power player that have won the present no 1 spot in the world.they sacrified player like andrew symonds,then y we cannot punish r bann the former players who played only for thier fifties instead of the country.

  • Arslan on May 11, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Fahad Alam should play at Khalid Latifs spot. Thats where he belongs.

  • Fraz Kamran on May 11, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    From the beginning I had a feeling that Pakistan will at least qualify for the semis , and they did. I am really proud of there performance. No comments on the team selection as only the captain knows whats best. Congratulations to Afridi and his men. And best of luck for the semis..

  • Tanvir Rahman on May 11, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    pak sud go wid 1 change, Fawad in for Khalid. umer n afridi should bat up da order, they hav the right Technique to face the fast Australian bowlers. n can keep the momentum. they can both keep up with the run rate.. Butt Kamran Umar Akmal Afridi Misbah Hafeez Fawad Razzaq Abdur Rahman Amir Ajmal they can change the order if needed. Afridi will b the key in both the department cz he is the big match player.

  • Taz on May 11, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Definitely right that Pak don't deserve to be in the Semi-Finals, but they are there now. Moving on to team selection Khalid Latif should definitely be dropped for Sami and they need to find room for Asif in the same line up, yes he had a bad game against the Aussies, but he is a class bowler and will come good. I would consider dropping Hafeez/Misbah as the other player, both are having a shocking tournament.

    My Starting Eleven would be

    Butt , K.Akmal, Hafeez/Misbah, U.Akmal, Afridi, Razzaqq, Rehman, Amer, Sami, Asif, Ajmal

    It will mean though that the batsmen and all rounders need to take more responsibility.

  • Fraz Kamran on May 11, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    From the beginning I had a feeling that Pakistan will atleast qualify for the semis , and they did. I am really proud of there performance. No comments on the team selection as only the captain knows whats best. Conratulations to Fridi and his men. And best of luck for the semis..

  • shabbir on May 11, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    go boom boom go

  • Md Quais on May 11, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    pls get some batsmen like umar akmal and make the batting line up more dangerous to the opponent. Pakistan can make it again,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on May 11, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! I love my Pakistan, I love my Pakistan. Would some one go out there and tell Mr. chappel who are the semi finalists? Sorry sir your predictioons went to the khoo (well) last year and this year too., May eb its your wishes not coming true? Did you hear the commentators? were they neutral?What lies ahead is just two wins like lst year like the world cup 1992. If I was defending the tiel with this team I would not waste Abdul razzaq down the order, use him up front in first 6 overs and see the result. Play out of yours kins and the T20 cup will fall in your Jholi (laps).Keep it simple, dont exoeriment,Australia has 2-3 match winners and Paksitan has mroe than 5 match winners, abck them up and lift the cup inshallah. Pakistan zinda baad The Jealous souls murda baad peace

  • Naeem Butt on May 11, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Shahid Afridi´s field settings for Aamer in the 19th over were amateurish. South Africa needed 4´s and 6´s, and Afridi had both fine leg and 3rd man positions totally wrong, which resulted in 8 runs gifted to SA. The chase was too steep and Saeed Ajmal was at his best, which saved the day for Pakistan. Shahid Afridi must chill down, and start using his brains more, if Pak is survive against Aust. in the semi-finals.

  • Khan on May 11, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Most likely it will be Pakistan vs Australia in the semi-finals and ff Pakistan has any hope of beatig Australia, remove Hafeez and please do not keep Fawad Alam in the squad. Wasim Akram said it himself that there is no place for him. Replace with other batsmen or bowler(seamer).

  • Pakistani on May 11, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Salman Butt, M.Hafeez needs to go out of the 20-20 squad !!!

    The way Salman Butt was behaving in yesterday's match (PAK V SA) clearly shows his frustration and attitude. He also made the most dumbest decision of taking a single and giving strike to Rahman when he was more capable off striking the ball then his partner.

    Most importantly, I haven't seen him play a match winning innings and neither he has the creativity to counter attack the bowling if it is different then what he is used to.

    He is not bad but he needs to get better by playing more and deciding less!!!

    God Help Pakistan ! Butt and hafeez - NO for 20-20, can be trialed for One-days.

    AH

  • aloo on May 11, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will win the semifinal against Australia.Odds have been already pointed out so nothing more to say.May GOD help us clinch this title.

  • majid malik on May 11, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    by the blessing of Almighty we have qualify for the semi`s but pakistan have to win next 2 matches to have title once again in their hand. in semi`s paksitan need to change a bit in team , bring Hammad Azam instead of Misbah , because misbah since 2007 lsot his touch , he scared from the ball and unable to play big shots. against Australia paksitan has to play with intensity and aggression ans show them paksitan is well capable of beating them , if we take a little pressure than australia will be very dangerous side. play natural without fear and show them we have skill not only luck. God bless and nations prayers are with the team. Insha Allah we will bring the cup back.

  • khan on May 11, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    butt, kamran afridi misbah hamad razzaq rehman aamir ajmal

    umarakmal

  • aloo on May 11, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will win the semifinal against Australia.Odds have been already pointed out so nothing more to say.May GOD help us clinch this title.

  • Fahad Hafeez on May 11, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    I would prefer to have the likes of Hafeez go out but I guess his off spin MAY be required as back up. Instead I wonder if Misbah is needed in the team. Might as well have Fawad Alam back. He can do off spin and plus we have another quick and talented fielder on the field. We need to take more catches taken like the ones U Akmal has taken or even the way the S African or Kiwis took yesterday.

    Anyhows, I think the team against S Africa was praise worthy and selection was good keeping in mind the pitch.

    Inshallah we will go all the way...

  • overseas_observer on May 11, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Go in with 10 batsmen/all rounders. One specialist bowler(amir) is fine. T20 is all about big scores and then choking the opposition.Dropping sami was good , this is not test cricket that you need 4 specialist bowlers.England is winning because they can all bat.

  • Aziz South Africa on May 11, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    In checking the run rate in NZ/SA matches, Mohammed Hafeez made a valuable contribution.Most of you dont seem to notice the value add he brings to the team in the bowling department. Who knows he may come good in the batting when it would really matter. I sure hope he does. He has always been a team player

  • Farhan on May 11, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Why not bring Razzak up the order? He's in good touch, and can keep the scoreboard ticking before launching into an all-out assault. Would be good to give him a chance with more overs and less pressure - the middle order is quite crap anyway.

  • Tahir on May 11, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Why our crickters are not playing with professionalism, we are pakistanis and when we start playing cricket or any sports our coaches teaching us the professionalism and fighting sprit and so many things we learn when we r in clubs and playing domestic, why when the same players are playing for international level then dnt know about the patriotism about the country they have no love for the land, they know only one thing that what the politics and how to kick others . We won the matches but there is no strategy , what the plan nothing, only one thing is showing from the boys if they want to win then they can if they dnt want they will not play, we have the coach, WAQAR YUNUS, to much capable and to much varities he has still but no one is using or no one is going to understand his ideas , or because he is a local coach, but when this guy is in Australia or UK except Pakistan everyone love to get his ideas, why Mushtaq Ahmed is the bowling coach of England team, coz he is capable.

  • Syed Ashfaq Ali (karnal sher killi)swabi on May 11, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    It is a matter of great joy for Pakistani nation to get a berth in the semis from no where.khalid latif was included in place of sami.it was a bold step,though khalid was not succeeded but his shot showed at least that he was playing for the cause of the team.in the semis another bold step should b taken n that is to replace misbah n hafeez with hammad azam n fawad alam/sami.it will b a good floy against aussies.by the replacement of these 2 feilding will also b better.n these replacements r better than the 2 oldies.fresh blood will do more good to the team cause.after the tournment PCB needs major surgery.n they should bring those six players who revolted against younis khan n the leadership of ex-captain inzemam n inzemam,s home.deciplinary action should also b taken aaqib javed,who is saying now about this matter,y he was not speaking 8 that occasion.he opened his lips when the pak cricket was almost destroyed.any way best luck to the pakistan team in the semis against the assuises

  • Mian Waheed on May 11, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I think Ijaz Butt should be sacked immediately since he is the man responsible for all the problems of Pakistan cricket

  • Wasim A on May 11, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    This is not much different from the last WC, when Pakistan lost practice games against India and WI. The only worthy team they beat on their way to semifinal was New Zealand (other two wins came against The Neatherlands and Ireland) and they lost to England and Sri Lanka. Not much different this time, the only difference is that they got to semis with a record of 2-3 (the only worthy team they beat was South Africa).

    Beating Australia will need fielding and bowling like the last two games and some good strategic moves. The two moves the Captain can make are bringing in Sami for Latif and Fawad Alam for Hafeez. line up is:

    Kamran Salman Misbah Umar Afridi Razzaq Fawad Aamir Sami Rahman Ajmal

    You will have 7 genune batsmen (with the last 4 can bat if needed) and 7 bowling options. The key will be fielding and Akmal's keeping. One positive going for Pakistan is that they have got nothing to loose and Australia is the favourite (Though Aussies rarely feel pressures).

  • Aziz South Africa on May 11, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Hafeez has bowled really well. 1 over 5 runs vs SA and 3 overs 11 runs vs NZ. Why do you guys keep bashing him? Misbah has been dissapointing. Takes his time scoring runs at a time when most would be scoring at more than a run a ball. Keep Hafeez. He scores faster than Misbah and is a more than useful bowler.

  • Gohar on May 11, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Well, Men in Green in the Semi's Again, if people is comparing their performace with Last World cup, they forget that Pakistan Reach Semi's in Last worldcup by Defeating Netherlands, Ireland and Newzeland, that was their fortune that they faced weaker Teams, but this time even they lose they have fought well.

  • SAMEEN on May 11, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    I do not understand why we hate our team so much , if you look at the games pakistan have played we performed bad only in one game and that was the game against england , and if we hold our chances we could have done it against them as well . When pakistan lose to Aus every one was bashing , now look at aus, not only us but the so called best team (india/ Sri lanka ) have lost as well with bigger margin, we lost the match with some grace. it was only the one over from Sami which cost us the match otherwise it would have been different story. My onlt concern is the form of Hafeez , he got so many chances over the year but unfortunatly he never perform at international level , Reminds me of Mansoor Akhtar ? I guess we need to give a chance to hamad azeem as he could be a better option . For misbha i think its better if he takes a retirment after this world cup he has passed his prime and will not get better .

  • Adeel on May 11, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    i do not get that why are people saying pakistan did not deserve to be in the semis. IN the super 8s they played better than southAfrica and had a close finish to NZ and England. Bowlers have been exceptional. Remember south africa and Nz did not qualify and there is a reason. if they had qualified they wouldnt be call lucky. why ? come on people believe in your team. ITs the same team that has played two t 20 finals in row and won one of the cup home. Dont forget that and support your team no matter what :D ... GO pakistan.

  • kamran on May 11, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Great show that from Pakistan. Yes we went in the semiz with the help of English team but hey we beat SA witha brilliant performance. Lala as he does comes to form in BIG matches. Akmal brothers are always dangerous. Slow starters we r but we r getin it al togetha at the right time. Hammad is an incredable player from my city ive seen him play played agaist him. No doubt Misbah is a class act so stop sayin hez useless its just hez outa touch so instead of him get in Hammad. Rest of the team is good n competative for st lucia wicket which is slow n good for spinners.

    Like every Pakistani I am very happy and excited n LAHORI71 good on ya mate but jst say INSHALLAH.

    Hope to see the boys coming back with the trophy crowned champz.

  • M. ILYAS Abbotabad, Pakistan on May 11, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Catches win matches, They had excellant game against New Zealand & won against S.A purely as the catching was good. Loss to England and Austrial were purely due to bad fielding & some negative tactics. Pakistan will play 3rd time in a row T20 final provided they dont drop catches. It's not predections but a "REALITY"

  • Haider chamkani on May 11, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Afridi should be reminded of his first selection in international cricket. Brought in from under 19 team and thrown in to the thick of things. It worked perfectly for him. He should take the same chance with Hammad Azam. After all our cricket is full of such fairy tales.. Go greens go..

  • Muhammad Faisal on May 11, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH Pakistan will win by DUA.......

  • Abdul Samee on May 11, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Hurrahhhh!!!!, i am sure with all prays of our country and whereever Pakistanis are, we are in semis. Now, we have to proof what we couldnt in Australia. It is time for revenge and we have those who can do it. In my opinion, playing eleven will be 1. Butt 2. Kamran 3. Umar 4. Afridi 5. Khalid 6. Hammad 7. Razzak 8. Hafeez/Misbah 9. Rehman 10. Amir 11. Ajmal

    HAfeez or Misbah, they dont deserve to play but still one of them can play in next match. I wont go for Fawad as he is not a good player for this format. But Hammad can surprise everyone. He must get a chance in next match. Rest is ok. Inshallah, if we play united no one can beat us. Pakistan will win Worldcup!!!! Ameen

  • imtiaz on May 11, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Well done pakistan. Afridi is a good leader, i would prefer if the following batting line up would be installed for pakistan to win, irrespective of the situation

    1 karan 2 umer akmal 3 butt 4 razak 5 afridi 6 latif 7 hafiz 8 misbah 9 amir 10 asif 11 ajmal

    This will be the format , in bat and i bet pakistan will win

  • Wajid on May 11, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    ASsalaam O' ALikum, Dear All, nice to see Pakistan in Semi Final, it is all from Allah, we just won 2 matches and reached to Semi Final, this is because of Pakistani nation prayers, now our team must prove them selves as a Champions, for this, all our heroes should perform 100% to beat Australia, Insha Allah.

  • Muhammad Zubair on May 11, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Assalaamo Alykum wa rahmat ullahe wabrakatuh I am thrilled by the Pakistan remarkable victory against Proteas. Pakistan controlled Kallis and Boucher very well and removed them early. Umar Akmal did the recovery act admirably. Saeed Ajmal bowled brilliantly. Misbah and Hafeez are mere liabilities. Against Australia, we have to field better than we did in Group match. Also, Batting order should be according to situation. Abdul Rahman was wrongly sent ahead of Aamer and Sami or even Saeed Ajmal in NZ match. Abdul Rehman should come at No. 11. Ironic it may be, but Ijaz Butt was on verge of removal if Pakistan had not qualified for semis.

    Best of luck

  • Tanha T. on May 11, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I've been wondering, why Mohammad Asif isn't playing and Why Imran Nazir isn't in the Team? Nazir played awesome in last T20 and he's badly needed!

  • Imran from Australia on May 11, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Please KICK misbah & hafeez out of this team..They don't belong here...Bring Hammad Azam & Fawad Alam...We need the young guns, not the old farts like Misbah....He screwed up NZ match by wasting 13 delivers for his 3 runs...again he made 3 & wasn't willing to hit any ball until Razzaq told him off..PLEASE GET RID OF HIM, its a pain to see him bat...

  • salman on May 11, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    where is Kamran Nazir in all this? why is he always left when he is the perfect palyer for such a setting?

  • Muhammad Zubair on May 11, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Without giving much credit to the Pakistan team, thier qualification for the semi is a slap on the face of BCCI, ACB etc who have been trying thier level best to push Pakistan cricket into a corner..... God bless Pakistan

  • Nadeem Aziz on May 11, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Hammad Azam in for Misbah . Rest the same . Pakistan is clicking finally and Hammad will add to the captains option in bowling

  • Meesam on May 11, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    But where izzz Hammad Azam?

  • Pak on May 11, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • shaghab on May 11, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Hammad Azam should be given chance inplace of Hafeez.. and Fawad Alam should come in-place of Misbah.. and if wicket is not spinner friendly then Sami should come in place of Rehman

  • Faisal Jaan on May 11, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    I would say that the semi final is in st lucia which is a bit of advantage. Aussies pacers will not be able to bounce out Pakistan batsman as they could do in Barbados. The pitch is suitable for Pakistani spinners (We saw how successful were Yardy, Swanni and Vettori too). I see every chance of Pakistan making it to the Final. Goodluck TEAM-PAKISTAN.

  • khalil on May 11, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Uncertainity is the name of cricket but Pak team is more unpredictable than the game itself. They can give you heart attack by performing too good or vice versa. It is a sweet surprise to be in the last 4. If Pak advances to the final & wins it,it will be the greatest upset in the history of cricket. As every thing went according to the script for Pak till now, there is nothing wrong, to hope that Pak can go to final as well. Let,s hope so.

  • Tahir Rashid on May 11, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Well, Pakistan sneaks in to yet another semi-final berth much to my dismay. No harm in saying we are the weakest team in the last four on current performance. I have been the biggest critic of Pak team due to many reasons. However, now is the time to cheer for Pak and not to critise them. Bring on the Aussies in the semi-final!

  • Dar on May 11, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    We ask before and still saying get in Hammad Azam instead of Hafeez or K.Latif in palying eleven.

  • addas Khan on May 11, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Yes, 1st time i have to agree with ya, might not win the tournament, but our lot really do give us a rollercoaster of a ride! Bring it Australia!

  • zaid_sl on May 11, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH i think azam shoul replace hafeez.1 down should go to either to umar or misbah.i dont think razzak can be a good bowler against ausi,we need asif in the team

  • TARIQ GUL on May 11, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Thanks Allah that our team qualified for semi final But Pakistan has to work very hard as they might face australia in semi final. Our team still make a mistake by dropping Sami for Khalid Latif.Sami should be picked,he is fast bowler and his performance in tournament so far is pretty good. Misbah,hafeez are good for nothing.I really dont understand why they are in team.Anyways its good to see that Ajmal and Afridi are performing well with the ball but Afridi should play a captain knock.I hope he will peform in semi final with the bat and ball So lets all hope and pray that Pakistan will win semi and will qualify for FINAL.Inshallah

  • israr on May 11, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    i think it was a brave decision to play Khalid Lateef, even though he not played well but still he is much better than Misbah, who Made 6 Runs from 20 Ball in last Two innings.So i think Better to Play Hamad Azam in place of Misbah, because Misbah Cant Bat,Bowl or even field.Pakistan have enough bowling option with aamir,razzaq,saeed,afridi,abdur rahman and mohammed Hafees aand also if hamad is in, he also can bowl.

  • Shaheed Faiz on May 11, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Well said; its WC 92' all over again.

  • Salman on May 11, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Cornered tigers have roared once again. Congrats to Pakistan. Kamran i disagree that pakistan did not deserve to be in the semifinal. Look at the points table. Three teams with equal number of points. Pak,Newzland and Saf have almost bowled equal number of overs. Pak conceded least runs. Pak scored more then what the conceded. They were not defeated heavily in any super 8 match. Each match went down the wire. vs England 19.3 and vs newzland till last ball. Soem of you may have not noticed it in intial call for heads to roll. But in each super 8 match bowlers fought hard. And thats is where we scored. SAF lost heavily to england. Newzland lost heavily to saf. That is what cost them. For the semis we have a fair chance. But batting must fire and fielding must be adequeate like it was today.Instead of hafeez we need asif or sami. I would like to see khaild against tait and co. Kahlid is a decent player of short bowling. Once again go cornered tigers go.

  • Ahsan on May 11, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Now that Pakistan have fallen ass-backwards into the semis, they should make the most of it. I thought Afridi's selection today was brilliant. By dropping Sami, Afridi had no room for experiments and was forced to make the most of his top 5 bowlers (plus Hafeez, unfortunately).

    That being said, they'll have to make at least one more change if they want to beef up the batting. Misbah serves no purpose at all. Replacing him with Hammad Azam might just be the catalyst Pakistan need to top Australia.

  • Rashid on May 11, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    We need Asif back craziness cannot always survive in order to win consistently and do not dump Razzak I am afraid... For the Test we need Yousuf and Younus back. Shoib Malik should be out forever.

  • Sharjil K on May 11, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    It feels like a dream making it into the semis. I don't expect Pakistan to do wonders(i lie), but i just want them to fight. Like they did in NZ game, and the way they fought today. We're going to need each and every fiber in the Pakistani players bodies to fight against the Aussies in the upcoming game. Just give it your all! Play as a team, rely on eachother. We can get through them! I actually wanted Hafeez/Latif to open the batting for us in the tournament, after watching them play in the RBS cup. I thought they were pretty good, although Shahzaib Hasan would've been an excellent choice as well. But who gives a damn really? I'd let Afridi go with his gut feeling, since he's the out there. I shouldn't be saying this, but i actually welcome swearing on the field! lol I think it shows our passion, it pumps up the players(if done in the proper way). Lets them know, and us, that all this is for real. And we're so close! LEts get it together guys!SAVE EVERY RUn!

  • Abed on May 11, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    1992 again? My nerves are shattered at the thought!

  • Hammad on May 11, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    Absolutely incredible day that will most certainly be remembered by all Pakistan cricket fans. Yes, perhaps we haven't been the best side of the tournament so far and are very lucky to have gone through, but today's spirited performance made me extremely proud. No one should be able to say that Pakistan's team loses hope. They are ever optimistic, and to be honest, I love that Pakistan is seen as the 'cinderella' team in these T20 tournaments. Even when they knew they'd require an England win (which was, I may add, a fantastic batting performance by that team) to get through, they kept their nerves and stuck it to a strong South African outfit. Coming back from 18-3 to score 148 was incredible, and then completely stifling the South African batting deserves praise. Maybe we've found our rhythm just at the right time, and add a bit of luck, it could turn out to be a great title defense. Either way though, incredibly proud of the team given recent events. Well done Pakistan!

  • Lahoria71 on May 11, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Kamran, I always read your articles with a little disdain. Like most Pakistani fans, you lay into the team when they lose but heap generous praise when they win. That's what's wrong with as a nation but we need to be a bit more even keel. I'm extremely proud of my boys for achieving what they have & try to be a bit more optimistic. I don't know if most people remember, but we beat 2 undefeated teams last year to win this thing & can certainly do that again. England show 1 loss but really they would have won against the Windies. As a nation we need to stop cursing the unpredicability & start celebrating it. We will beat the Aussies & the English on our way to back to back wins. You can print that!!

  • John Gill from Sydney Australia on May 11, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Mr Abbasi I would not call it revival.I would say" Pakistan has limped into semis with help of crutches from Elder brother(England) Thanks God we have 12th man(Mushy)in English camp as a Bowling Coach. In selection ,I could not see any stroke of genius as claimed by you. I think pure luck or pure renowned choking by South africa. Lets hope Pakistan can limp bit further. Trust me it is not easy to stay all night as the matches start 11:30pm and finish 6:30am in the morning and we still have to go to work at 8:00. It is all worth it if we can defend the T20WC.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 11, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Time to balance the books, settle the scores !

    Mr. Abbasi, superb article encompassing all aspects ! Totally agree with your point reg. team selection esp. that of Khalid Latif. It was a ‘bizarre choice’ in crunch match ! Lala & co. must be praised for their efforts against a “weired / demoralized” S. African side.

    Awesome Aussies will definitely be a different cattle of fish. But they (OZs) are not “impregnable” ! There are chinks in their Batting armour ( evident during Australian summer and in their matches against B/Desh and S/Lanka ). Pakistan have the Bowling fire-power to expose these chinks and break the trade mark “Aussie-spirit”.

    *** Expected rains on 14th. may also complicate matters for Australians.

    Can’t wait for “cracking show-down” on 14th.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Gal on May 11, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    What's wrong with you? Why do you constantly insult Afridi even though: 1) we would not have won last yr without him. no1 can deny this.

    2) everyone knows the current team was not selected by him and most of his input was rejected. not to mention, a coach was found LAST MINUTE in the form of Waqar Younis..before that, pak was staggering without a coach, even though all the other teams had one.

    3) he proved his worth as a captain and player today

    4)all the blame of team demoralisation and destroying the batting order rests on ijaz butt's shoulders, NOT afridi's.

    5) every T20 game captained by Afridi in 2009 ended in a WIN for Pak.. maybe with the exception of one game? perhaps not even that.

  • Mohammed Amdani on May 11, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Don't you think Pakistan should try playing Hammad Azam in place of Misbah. Misbah is not in form at all and Hammad played very well in the under 19 world cup both with the bat as well as the ball.

  • Omair on May 11, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    a very timed comeback by Pakistan for sure.. well thats the way Pakistan operates in most of the tournaments.. they are always the slow starters, but they win when it matters the most..i guess thats the beauty of Pak cricket.. i hope pakis defend their title and bring back the glory to the nation... Pakistan Zindabad

  • hammad on May 11, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    pakistan winning the last match is very good for team spirit, but it was kamran/umer akmal all the way that started to save the tem from going down.

    i think, afridi has flaw in his tactics and its working anyway, like he should open first with kemran akmal, salman butt should either be dropped or placed for a later innings. opening should be brilliant agianst side like australia. some players like khalid latif, misbah and hafeez should be replaced.

    in bowling asif and aamir/razzaq should open. followed by afridi, ajmal, rehman and razzaq

    batting is a major challange for pak players. i bet if pak players outclass aussies in batting, it will be the deciding fator that which team wins, just like proteas in the previous semis, pak can outclass aussies this time. and its a good thing that finally they have some what picked their rethym by good fielding and bowling, but batting still needs to be improved.

  • Zain on May 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Can someone please explain what the hell Misbah -ul-Haq is doing in the Pakistan team?

    This guy is completely useless. He cannot slog. He cannot accumulate runs. He cannot score in any position, in any format, agaisnt any opposition on any pitch in any match!!

    He just wastes a spot and balls and time.

    Yet he manages to continually find a spot in all formats!!!

    Ridiculous.

    For the next match pakistan have to get their team selection, balance and batting order perfect.

    Pakistan need one more fast bowler in the line up. Replace Misbah with Sami. Repalce Khalid Latif with Fawad Alam. Fawad should come 2 down.

    Butt Kamran Hafeez Fawad Umar Akmal Afridi Razzaq Abdur Rahman Amir Sami Ajmal

  • Irfan on May 10, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    We've been lucky to sneak into the semi-finals despite a very poor showing in the world up up until the last game against South Africa. If we are to progress further, atleast two out of form players must be replaced - Misbah and Hafeez serve absolutely no purpose in the team and are instead dead weight the team must carry. Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!

    Kamran, please get the word across to the management!

  • MOHSIN ALI HASSAN on May 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    LOT of positives from this game.Afridi's form with bat and bowl is back,akmal bros looking dangerous,spin options are doing great job,Ajmal is revelation in this T20, the only spin bowler who bowls his full quota at death part of the innings,and i m very amazed that he was not picked in Ian Chapel's dream team.he went with harbjan singh who has been disaster in this event.Same with Umer Gul as well, he too was not selected.

  • SYED AHMED Fremont, CA on May 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    I am thrilled and excited to see Paki in Semi Final...Inshaullah we will win this time too..Just one 2 match away from title. Yes, Pakistan played badly against Aus, England and England but they were competative. they lost with a narrow margin...They didn't play like champions..But, they have an opportunity to redemp themselves...Pak need to do one more change in Final eleven...eplace Hafeez with another specialist bowler or batsman..Hafeez got his chance. He need to sit out..Glad to see AFRIDI back in form with both bat and bowl...GO PAKISTAN..GET IT..It is Urs...

  • Choudhry on May 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Fortune favours the brave! Go Afridi Go! It would be fun to watch the Indian Media tonight. They would be going "If Pakistan can do it, What can't Dhoni' men do it?"

  • Irfan on May 10, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    We've been lucky to sneak into the semi-finals despite a very poor showing in the world up up until the last game against South Africa. If we are to progress further, atleast two out of form players must be replaced - Misbah and Hafeez serve absolutely no purpose in the team and are instead dead weight the team must carry. Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!

    Kamran, please get the word across to the management!

  • zaheer on May 10, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    i said {PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD AND SHAID AFRIDI ZINDA BAD}IJAZ BUTT MURDA BAD

  • Bash on May 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Right on...but I really feel they need to make one more brave move and bring in Hammad Azam. He is an unknown, he is probably not going to do any worse in bowling or batting than Hafeez. Or better yet, bring him in for Misbah, for sure Azam can be a better closer?! He can be the Malik of this World Cup and play innings of substance like he did in U19WC and like Malik did in last year's semi and final.

  • shahid on May 10, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Yes But i still dont understand the role of misbah and why they all are trying sweeps of fast bowlers and reverse in Misbah case when they can hit the ball staright and covers and mid wicket,I feel Khalid latif needs to bat behind umar as you need to give him more time as his normal cricket can be faster than run a ball with out taking excessive risk. 1 Salman 2 Akmal 3 Umar 4 Khalid 5 Shahid/Misbah 6 Misbah/Shahid 7 Razaq 8 hafeez 9 rehman 10 aamir 11 ajmal

    sending hafeez and latif before umar will add to the pressure as loosing early wickets can be pressure straight away and having them for later on in case of collapse can ensure that we have a modest total in any case.Mike hussy is late in order when every thing has collapsed , Learning along the way from Good teams can benefit hughely for their semis as its Now or Never for afridi and his Green Tigers

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  • shahid on May 10, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Yes But i still dont understand the role of misbah and why they all are trying sweeps of fast bowlers and reverse in Misbah case when they can hit the ball staright and covers and mid wicket,I feel Khalid latif needs to bat behind umar as you need to give him more time as his normal cricket can be faster than run a ball with out taking excessive risk. 1 Salman 2 Akmal 3 Umar 4 Khalid 5 Shahid/Misbah 6 Misbah/Shahid 7 Razaq 8 hafeez 9 rehman 10 aamir 11 ajmal

    sending hafeez and latif before umar will add to the pressure as loosing early wickets can be pressure straight away and having them for later on in case of collapse can ensure that we have a modest total in any case.Mike hussy is late in order when every thing has collapsed , Learning along the way from Good teams can benefit hughely for their semis as its Now or Never for afridi and his Green Tigers

  • Bash on May 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Right on...but I really feel they need to make one more brave move and bring in Hammad Azam. He is an unknown, he is probably not going to do any worse in bowling or batting than Hafeez. Or better yet, bring him in for Misbah, for sure Azam can be a better closer?! He can be the Malik of this World Cup and play innings of substance like he did in U19WC and like Malik did in last year's semi and final.

  • zaheer on May 10, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    i said {PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD AND SHAID AFRIDI ZINDA BAD}IJAZ BUTT MURDA BAD

  • Irfan on May 10, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    We've been lucky to sneak into the semi-finals despite a very poor showing in the world up up until the last game against South Africa. If we are to progress further, atleast two out of form players must be replaced - Misbah and Hafeez serve absolutely no purpose in the team and are instead dead weight the team must carry. Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!

    Kamran, please get the word across to the management!

  • Choudhry on May 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Fortune favours the brave! Go Afridi Go! It would be fun to watch the Indian Media tonight. They would be going "If Pakistan can do it, What can't Dhoni' men do it?"

  • SYED AHMED Fremont, CA on May 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    I am thrilled and excited to see Paki in Semi Final...Inshaullah we will win this time too..Just one 2 match away from title. Yes, Pakistan played badly against Aus, England and England but they were competative. they lost with a narrow margin...They didn't play like champions..But, they have an opportunity to redemp themselves...Pak need to do one more change in Final eleven...eplace Hafeez with another specialist bowler or batsman..Hafeez got his chance. He need to sit out..Glad to see AFRIDI back in form with both bat and bowl...GO PAKISTAN..GET IT..It is Urs...

  • MOHSIN ALI HASSAN on May 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    LOT of positives from this game.Afridi's form with bat and bowl is back,akmal bros looking dangerous,spin options are doing great job,Ajmal is revelation in this T20, the only spin bowler who bowls his full quota at death part of the innings,and i m very amazed that he was not picked in Ian Chapel's dream team.he went with harbjan singh who has been disaster in this event.Same with Umer Gul as well, he too was not selected.

  • Irfan on May 10, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    We've been lucky to sneak into the semi-finals despite a very poor showing in the world up up until the last game against South Africa. If we are to progress further, atleast two out of form players must be replaced - Misbah and Hafeez serve absolutely no purpose in the team and are instead dead weight the team must carry. Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!

    Kamran, please get the word across to the management!

  • Zain on May 10, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Can someone please explain what the hell Misbah -ul-Haq is doing in the Pakistan team?

    This guy is completely useless. He cannot slog. He cannot accumulate runs. He cannot score in any position, in any format, agaisnt any opposition on any pitch in any match!!

    He just wastes a spot and balls and time.

    Yet he manages to continually find a spot in all formats!!!

    Ridiculous.

    For the next match pakistan have to get their team selection, balance and batting order perfect.

    Pakistan need one more fast bowler in the line up. Replace Misbah with Sami. Repalce Khalid Latif with Fawad Alam. Fawad should come 2 down.

    Butt Kamran Hafeez Fawad Umar Akmal Afridi Razzaq Abdur Rahman Amir Sami Ajmal

  • hammad on May 11, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    pakistan winning the last match is very good for team spirit, but it was kamran/umer akmal all the way that started to save the tem from going down.

    i think, afridi has flaw in his tactics and its working anyway, like he should open first with kemran akmal, salman butt should either be dropped or placed for a later innings. opening should be brilliant agianst side like australia. some players like khalid latif, misbah and hafeez should be replaced.

    in bowling asif and aamir/razzaq should open. followed by afridi, ajmal, rehman and razzaq

    batting is a major challange for pak players. i bet if pak players outclass aussies in batting, it will be the deciding fator that which team wins, just like proteas in the previous semis, pak can outclass aussies this time. and its a good thing that finally they have some what picked their rethym by good fielding and bowling, but batting still needs to be improved.