Saad Shafqat May 11, 2010

Umar and Razzaq hold the key

The good news for Pakistan is that when Umar and Razzaq click, it creates a winning impact
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"The anchor role has fallen to Umar Akmal by default" © Getty Images

Batting continues to be Pakistan's weakest department. Even in the match against South Africa that Pakistan won, the batting was off to a nightmarish start, at one point being 18 for 3 after five overs. In the match against New Zealand that Pakistan lost on the final ball, its bowlers had restricted the opposition to a modest 133, but the batsmen made heavy weather of the chase; the one exception was Salman Butt, who carried his bat, but even he failed to close the deal.

In the absence of middle-order stalwarts like Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, and with repeated disappointments from Misbah-ul-Haq, the anchor role has fallen to Umar Akmal by default. Further, in the absence of Shoaib Malik and with Shahid Afridi not firing, the role of the batting allrounder has to be assumed by Abdul Razzaq. Kamran Akmal is an important presence up the order but being a wicketkeeper-batsman, he cannot be considered the mainstay. And while Butt is in excellent nick, he alone is not enough, as was painfully manifested in the match against New Zealand.

Meanwhile other batting options, such as Khalid Latif or Fawad Alam, have been hopeless. Uncapped Hammad Azam, who was instrumental in taking Pakistan to the final of the Under 19 World Cup this January, is also available as a batting allrounder but is obviously too much of a risk in a crucial tie.

If you look at the top 10 run scorers for Pakistan in Twenty20 cricket, most of them have a more or less similar batting average regardless of whether Pakistan wins or loses. Two names, however, stand out as exceptions: Umar Akmal and Razzaq.

Umar's overall Twenty20 average of 28.66 jumps up to 44.00 in matches won, while for Razzaq the increment is even higher, as his overall average of 33.57 shoots up to 81.50 in matches where his team is victorious.

The differences between overall average and average in matches won are highest for Razzaq (47.93) and Umar (15.34), and are in contrast to corresponding figures for the other batsmen in the top-ten list (in descending order of career Twenty20 runs): Shoaib Malik (4.25), Kamran Akmal (5.96), Misbahul Haq (7.79), Shahid Afridi (5.39), Salman Butt (-2.67), Younis Khan (0.34), Imran Nazir (7.63), and Mohammad Hafeez (2.62).

Razzaq's average of 81.50 in matches won seems an anomaly, but is explained by a large proportion of not-outs. On the 10 occasions that Razzaq has batted in a Twenty20 match won by Pakistan, he has remained not out 8 times. In comparison, he has never returned not-out in a match that Pakistan lost.

These figures suggest that Pakistan's chances of victory in the semi-final contest against Australia will increase significantly if Umar and Razzaq can get among the runs. Moreover, if Razzaq can manage to remain not-out, then based at least on this prediction model, victory for Pakistan will almost be assured.

Granted, one can only go so far with facts and figures. After all, Australia's professionalism is so ruthless, that they could well bulldoze Pakistan despite Umar and Razzaq doing well. Conversely, strong performances from any of the other Pakistani batsmen will lift the team even if Umar and Razzaq fail. Nevertheless, these statistics do point to a pivotal status for Umar and Abdul Razzaq in what is really a threadbare Pakistan batting cupboard with slim pickings.

The good news for Pakistan is that when Umar and Razzaq click, it creates a winning impact. If these two can manage a decent outing at the crease on Friday, the odds will tilt substantially in Pakistan's favour.

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 16, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    pls forward all these mails to PCB for kind consideration of high ups sitting there. They must realize as to what is the demand of the nation as regards to the cricket.

  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    We cant give blame to our batsmen. They scored heavily in the semi final. 191 is not a meager score. But I feel no hesitation in telling that only the caption Shahid Khan Afridi is solely responsible for this defeat, as he could not visualise the situation and need of the last moments.He is not yet matured enough to be given that much tough job.He may be kept to make people to enjoy cricket. But pls dont expect from him to do the miricals.We need young and fresh blood to b introduced.

  • mujtaba on May 14, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Commenta bout Fawwad is ridiculous, he is dropped without given any chance at the right position.. Same is true for Latif who has only played 1 game..Why not blaming Hafeez, who is playing every game witout making any progress.

  • Umer Siddiq on May 14, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Spin attack will play a crucial role against Aussies.Because our spinners are potentially more sound than our other departments.So they have to bowl first and restricted aussies to a less total e.g 120 or 135 and they should push a tail under on top of the order to play freely maybe he will click and we can win the match and best option will be Aamir as he already proved in the match against newzealand where he scored 73 good runs.

  • Aftab Gul on May 14, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Salam - We should keep the same team as we had against South Africa, atleast together they will have some confident. But I am not sure about Misbah???? I think he should be dropped and Hammad/Fawad should replace him...

  • JAVED BUTT on May 14, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Let the tigers out from their cages.Forget which player we do not have give your 110 % & leave the rest upon him.

  • Suleman Piracha on May 14, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I agree with posters who suggested Razzaq should be moved up in the batting order and that he had performed very well together with good batsmen. Also, Misbah should be dropped. He was not making any effort to do runs in the match against SA. Razzaq had to go and talk to him. Then he hit half-heartedly and got caught. The Pakistan total should have been 160 in that match. Remember, Misbah was the man responsible for loosing against India in SA. I guess Umar and Razzaq partnership could be crucial in the match against Australia- Good Luck Pakistan! Suleman

  • Syed Nadeem Farooq on May 14, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Just tell me how many times Fawad Alam sent top of the order? If you sent someone on # 7 or #8 then how you can expect him to make 50 runs in T20? I must say that either your comment about Fawad is totally bias or you have no knowledge of cricket.

  • Imtiaz Sheikh on May 14, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I would play with one extra pace bowler rather than a specialist batsman batting at #8...my two cents..

  • dr.mak on May 14, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    now only hopes r left for pakistan team! god bless them............

  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 16, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    pls forward all these mails to PCB for kind consideration of high ups sitting there. They must realize as to what is the demand of the nation as regards to the cricket.

  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    We cant give blame to our batsmen. They scored heavily in the semi final. 191 is not a meager score. But I feel no hesitation in telling that only the caption Shahid Khan Afridi is solely responsible for this defeat, as he could not visualise the situation and need of the last moments.He is not yet matured enough to be given that much tough job.He may be kept to make people to enjoy cricket. But pls dont expect from him to do the miricals.We need young and fresh blood to b introduced.

  • mujtaba on May 14, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Commenta bout Fawwad is ridiculous, he is dropped without given any chance at the right position.. Same is true for Latif who has only played 1 game..Why not blaming Hafeez, who is playing every game witout making any progress.

  • Umer Siddiq on May 14, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Spin attack will play a crucial role against Aussies.Because our spinners are potentially more sound than our other departments.So they have to bowl first and restricted aussies to a less total e.g 120 or 135 and they should push a tail under on top of the order to play freely maybe he will click and we can win the match and best option will be Aamir as he already proved in the match against newzealand where he scored 73 good runs.

  • Aftab Gul on May 14, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Salam - We should keep the same team as we had against South Africa, atleast together they will have some confident. But I am not sure about Misbah???? I think he should be dropped and Hammad/Fawad should replace him...

  • JAVED BUTT on May 14, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Let the tigers out from their cages.Forget which player we do not have give your 110 % & leave the rest upon him.

  • Suleman Piracha on May 14, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I agree with posters who suggested Razzaq should be moved up in the batting order and that he had performed very well together with good batsmen. Also, Misbah should be dropped. He was not making any effort to do runs in the match against SA. Razzaq had to go and talk to him. Then he hit half-heartedly and got caught. The Pakistan total should have been 160 in that match. Remember, Misbah was the man responsible for loosing against India in SA. I guess Umar and Razzaq partnership could be crucial in the match against Australia- Good Luck Pakistan! Suleman

  • Syed Nadeem Farooq on May 14, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Just tell me how many times Fawad Alam sent top of the order? If you sent someone on # 7 or #8 then how you can expect him to make 50 runs in T20? I must say that either your comment about Fawad is totally bias or you have no knowledge of cricket.

  • Imtiaz Sheikh on May 14, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I would play with one extra pace bowler rather than a specialist batsman batting at #8...my two cents..

  • dr.mak on May 14, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    now only hopes r left for pakistan team! god bless them............

  • ashfaq on May 14, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    i thnk pakistan is unpredicable team,,so no need to worrry ,on there day they can beat any team in world..so lets hope for the best to come,,plz dont paly with mohd hafeez in fianl 11..if u want to win..............

  • Nadeem on May 14, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I think it is really a bad news for Pakistan if Umar Akmal is not playing semi final. Chances of victory will be slim.

  • MNIK on May 14, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    All eyes on T20 Semifinal today. I pray that Pakistan's youngsters do not disappoint with a batting collapse. Atleast half a billion people from 4 continents will be supporting and watching for Pakistan's win although Australians are far better and disciplined team, for so many years. Still Pakistan won T20 in 2009. Today, we need a captains knock from Afridi and this will become a memorable on his career. Having said that, I will touch the point for other Cricinfo readers that because of PCB's stupid and childish acts, over last one year, today Shahid is left out with no senior players like Younis, Yousuf, Shoaib to support him on the field for any disparate advise. I wish Afridi and the young team gets Sharukh Khan (of 'Chak De' fame) to bug up 90 minute of Pakistan's batting. Lets bug the team with a song 'Chak De Pakistan' and 'Jeevay ...Jeevay... Jeevay Pakistan at St.lucia'

  • Faisal on May 14, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well, interesting article. I wonder how long we can win without performing well. This is a time for Pakistani cricket management to wake up. I am ashamed when I have heard news about Pakistani players in past that they are not showing teamwork. Look why we lost in Australia and now we are out of key players like younas, Yusuf and malik for wrong or right reasons especially upcoming tuff test serious against Australia and England in England. I think we need ex test crickers to clear the mess created by Pakistan cricket board. I still wonder why Abdul Razak is not use by Mr. Afridi in pervious t20 matches. M.azam should replaced by hafiz and Abdul razzak need to bat up .Best of luck..Pakistan today.

  • sham on May 14, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Shafqat. Khalid Latif and Fawad Alam are total disappointment and so is M. Hafeez. I know many will not agree to this statement but let's face the reality. How many more chances do they need to prove themselves? This is just an excuse that Fawad comes late in the batting order. Truth is he has failed to click, not once but numerous times. Khalid Latif, I seriously dont understand why is he in the team. He is just a burden on the team. M. Hafeez is a big disappointment and so is Mishab-ul-Haq. Misbah failed to deliver in the last T20 world cup and he has done nothing in this tournament also. What does all this suggest? That Pakistan is running out of good players. There is no Younis, Yousaf and Malik to support the middle order. Malik is a good player but unfortunately the antics that he's been doing in the team did more harm to the team than good. Honestly speaking, I am not very confident Pak will win today's match. If they win today, it will be a miracle.

  • Kashif on May 14, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    When you play against Aussies, its all about your nerves, They got to be strong at it.Afridi needs to think like Imran, play fearlessly. Aggressive attitude(but Sensible)is going to work. Also cut Fawad figure from the team. I have never seen his hit going out of ground, He need some nourishig diet.I think this new quy Azam should be given a chance, will b a gamble but we need to

  • Shayan on May 14, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I dont know why fawad alam is in the squad.how can a player of his caliber be in the side.Abdul razzaq is one the best all rounders any country can ever have but he we are wasting him.He is a senior player and he should be given more respect,more confidence.he can win games for us.I dont know why there is no one to help.At the moment there are alot of senseless decisions being made by either by coaches or by afridi.hafeez playing at one down position.no fix order for any batsman.Abdul razzaq is the most unrated player.look at australia how ponting has made shane watson.he is a key player now in the australian team.

  • karthick on May 14, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    While i will also be happy if an asian member like Pak reaches final, but let's accept the fact, Shahid did not captain well against Australia in the league matches. He just wasn't shrewd and making right bowling changes. I think Aus will win unless Umar Akmal chase or set target with his class. Pak bowling is actually weak in this tournament due to absence of Umar Gul. Ajmal and Rehman may not be very threatening in such a early morning match.

  • krirshna on May 14, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    imran khan and miandad should play the semis.

  • Salman on May 14, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    no matter what, Pakistan has hit that form which they were in 1992 semi final and in 2009 t20 worldcup, I think its time for pakistan to avenge that 1999 wc final, by winning against them. I have a feeling that pakistan will win, besides people talk about aussie's dominance in this format, had umar gul been playing than pakistan are a better side than them in this format of the game. Pakistan is getting better game by game. N i feel that InshaAllah pakistan z gonna be the winner today

  • fazrul gaffoor on May 14, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    i am sri lankan one of the pakistan's great cricket fan. i would like to say the coach and captain of pakistan is please.drop Misbah and bring Hammad azam and send Razzaq at no 3. i wish all the best 4 pakistan.

  • ASSAM on May 14, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    i think pak should play da same team just replace hamaad azam with khalid latif

  • harmaa on May 14, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    team should be Butt, Kamran, Umar, Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq, Alam/Misbah, Aamer, Ajmal, Asif, Sami

    number 7 should depend on choice. alam is more tough, but misbah has more experience. to beat australia, pak have to use maybe 14 overs of spin, only 6 seam overs.

  • Ali Shah on May 14, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments that Razzaq should come up the order. My batting order would be: Butt Razzaq Kamran Afridi Umar Hafeez Hammad Rahman Sami Amir Ajmal

    I don't think we should go either with Khalid or Fawad. Khalid is very good test and oneday player perhaps not suited for T20 while Fawad should only be picked for test matches. For one dayers and T20 we need fluent and attacking players and I am afraid fawad is not that kind of player. Misbah should be only playing domestic cricket now. For my next T20 i would want to go with:

    Nazir Razzaq Shahzaib/Butt Afridi Umar Kamran Sohail Hammad Gul Amir Ajmal

    i think this woudl be great T20 Squad. But let's pray for todays match first

  • Shakeel on May 14, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    In this whole series Misbah is not playing well and also failed in the Australian Tour. I am not understand why he always selected in a Pakistan XI. I think this is the time to think for Team Selector or Management to give chance for Some young talented players. like Hammad Azam, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam

  • Naeem Khan on May 14, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Fast, fast and even more fast bowling...but do remember, PAK talented bowling may be slow but it is capable of doing the same damage to the batsman as the fast delivery. Correct, it gets them out and it puts the batsmen in spin.

    Fast will hit the chin while PAK spin will hit the stumps, which is worse for the batsman.

    The wise people say... The faster it comes the faster it goes.

  • ayub adam on May 14, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    We are there to criticize when we loose, but when we win everything is ok. Let Pakistan play their game and you will see the result.Pakistan is like that when they click they can beat any team in the world. Wish them good luck.

  • suman on May 14, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Hi. Most of all are Pakistan's fan here, i am also but i feel that today we have very little chance against Australia. Obviously they are not unbeatable. If our batters perform well those who r not in good then we can beat Australia. And most important for today is our team selection. I think hammad azam should play in place of Hafeez/Misba

  • mifaz on May 14, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    By looking at the trend,it does seem that pakistanis are the favourites but still they mustn't be carried away by it.I firmly believe that toss is going to be the bottomline in this match.If pakistan are to bat first they need to ensure themselves that the batting department do well,specially if kamran and butt can shine for the first 8 overs,I'm dead sure that the whole team can put on a min of 170 given the fact that umar and afridi play their part.On the otherside if they are bowl.they need to affirm that shanewatson and warner step out of the ground as quickly as possible.Moreover pakistanis have the competitive advantage over australians with twin spinners of afridi and ajmal.Anyway lets pray from Allah and hope for the best.

  • Muhammad Rizwan Abid on May 14, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    same team who played last match,just need 1 change Hammad replace Misbah. Kamran,Razaq and K Latif will be the key bat for PAK and Razzaq and Ajmal in Bowl. PAK will win if they Bat 1st.

  • Raja Salman Khalid on May 14, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    In my opinion the team for semi final against OZ's should be....... Salman Butt Shahid Afridi Umar Akmal Abdul RAzzaq Kamran Akmal Misbah Ul Haq Hammad Azam Fawad Alam Abdul Rehman Muhammah amir Saeed Ajmal....

  • Naveed on May 14, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Umar and Razzaq are definitely the trunk card for Pakis but I have something to say about Hammad. If team management has not enough faith in him to be part of the playing eleven then why he was picked. Misbah has shown his incapability to deliver at this level so why not Hammad replace him. The other player who has under performed is Hafeez but the team management always include him in playing eleven. But for me, if you are new comer in Pak team, no matter how good you are, no body would prefer to make you a part of playing eleven. Hammad and Khalid Latif exclusion in recent matches is the prime example in this case

  • Haroon Pahad on May 14, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Pakistan were winners of last T20 World Cup. Pakistan were finalists in the first T20 World Cup. Pakistan are again semi-finalist in this T20 World Cup. PAKISTAN WILL AGAIN WIN!!!!

  • noman asad on May 14, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    my opinion razzaq should start the innings with butt why they left out imran nazir he is a very good player and a good feilder in T20 he is the best option over cricket board very selfish i cannot understand every pakistani very upset about imran nazir

  • Shoaib Abbasi on May 14, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    MARLO you have good sense of cricket.... :)

  • Hazrat Ali on May 14, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    I think, Mohammad Hafiz and Faud Alam are not fit for T20 cricket. Imran Nazir is important cricketer especially T20 who could be replacement for above two. Pakistan team has elected based on nepotism and its true.

  • Adeel Qayyum on May 14, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Shahid Afridi Give Chance to these Players in Semi Final. Ask them to Play Normal Cricket will full Motivation and Concentration. Don't be paingue and every player have to perform. Don't Waste Deliveries, Keep on rotating strike until they give you loose deliveries. The yorkers of Aamir can be helpful and give chance to hamad instead of hafeez because hafeez is techniqually week batsman.

  • faiz on May 14, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    No matter of the current form. The most talented and capable T20 team for Pakistan is : 1. Imran Nazir 2. Salman Butt 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah/Hammad Azam 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Abdul Razzak 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Umar Gul. 9. Mohammad Aamer. 10. Shoaib Akhtar/ M. Asif 11. Saeed Ajmal These player should always have been in 15 player squad. Even a single player out makes difference. Missing Umar Gul a lot at this time. Any ways best of luck for semis and finals..

  • BILAL on May 14, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I thiNK The BAtting LINe Up SHould B LIKe thIS SaLman Butt KAmRAn aKMAl HAfeeZ UmEr Akmal AfrIDi HammAD Azam RaZZaq RehmAn Saeed AJmal AmiR AsiF

  • anwarullah on May 14, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    absolutely Umer Akmal and razzaq are the key batsman from pakistani side, but don't ignore the other players like kamran akmal and butt. because u know butt is in a good form in this T20, unfortunately pakistan lose newzealand in his presence but i think he is a main player in the team. u know opening is the key issue of pakistani team, but both these players perform very well especially in this tour. we pray for our team that they play final against england and they win! Inshaallah

  • danyal on May 14, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    in my opinion! Pak should go with this line up

    1Kamran 2Salman 3Razzaq 4 Umar 5 Khalid latif 6 Hafeez 7 Fawad Alam 8 Rehman 9 AMir 10 Ajmal 11 Sami

  • shafiq on May 14, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Play fawad for Khalid Latif and hamad/Sami for Hafeez.

    My team to beat Australia

    S Butt K Akmal A Razzaq U Akmal Fawad Afridi Misbah/K Latif Hammad/Sami A Rahman Aamir Ajmal

  • vaclet on May 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    razzaq has been pretty average player in the tournament there is nothing special abt him .... i dont think razzaq matters tht much ... although he should play

    i think they need to play fawad alam up the order in place of this khalif latif tht will be a good option ... and also needs to play misbah ... if u leave misbah out what is left in this pakistan team which is minus younis,yousuf and malik at this stage?

  • mehboob on May 14, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Fielding is the key. Pakistan must field well and not drop any catches. In this format teams usually win with a margin of 10 to 25 runs. If a catches are dropped and Pakistan misfield we don't have a chance. Batsmen and bowlers can do very little if fielding is poor. However Pakistan is an unpredictable team and could surprise any team in the world. They also play better in pressure matches. Not selectiong Imran Nazeer was a big mistake. He is a match winner. Good luck to Pakisan

  • Muhammad Usman Sh on May 14, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    The selection of Pakistani team against Aussies should very dificult if Umar Akmal still injured, Hammad Azam must be utilized in repalcement of him and Fawad Alam must be rested. My team and selection is as under, if today Pakistan played Sami then its decision for Pakistan

    Salman Butt Hafeez Abdul Razzaq Kamran Akmal Misbah Hamamd Azam Afridi Rehman Aamir Asif Ajmal

  • Noan Waheed on May 14, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    This semi fina is going to be Clash Of The Titans". Most of you will not agree with you for calling the Pakistanis The Titans but they are for sure and they proved it yet again for qualifying for the sems. My money is on Pakistan,not because I am a Pakistani myself,but my confidence on the spin bowling and hard hitters like Akmal brothers and Afridi who can rise to the occason when needed. If Pakistan post something aound the 150runs,They have a air chance to win, with their quality spin bowling. Aussies like bowl to come to the bat and on the slow St.Lucia track they will struggle for sure. My key players will be akmals,Misbah(his permormance is due,Hafeez in batting and in bowling (Ajmal, Rehman and afridi). Lets start crossing our fingers now before it too late. Go pakitan Go....

  • Khawar on May 14, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Nice pakistan in Semi final with Australia. Pakistan changed its strategy in bowling against South Africa (Good), but in batting still need to revise its strategy. I think batting order should be as following, 1- Hafeez 2- Salman 3- Kamran 4- Abdul Razzaq 5- Afridi 6- Fawad 7- Hammad 8- Misbah 9- Aamer 10- Abdul Rehman 11- Ajmal In last matches Abdul Razzaq not utilized. He should bring up in batting order.

  • Sajid on May 14, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Australia is champion team and Pakistan must install some professionalism if they were to beat them in the Semis. They must go with regular openers as Kamran Akmal seems vulnerable against the bouncers. I would recommend that we go for the kill in bowling be it first or second. As far as team combination is concerned I would propose the following: 1) Salman Butt 2) Muhammad Hafeez 3) Khalid Latif 4) Umer Akmal 5) Kamran Akmal 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Muhammad Sami 9) Muhammad Aamir 10)Abudur Rahman 11)Saeed Ajmal

  • Hamza on May 14, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    well, so far we have seen the dark side of our team. they lack in fielding, batting. eventhough they have one of the best batting line up, still there is something wrong that dont let them perform, perhaps the batting order! they certainly need to bring Razzaq up the order, just above Afridi, and push hafeez down to number 7. if pakistan are looking forward to getting a positive result in this game of death, they need to kick Misbah out!!! why is misbah in the team anyways? He is as useless as a broken glass! Hammad Azam should be given a chance, he has proved himself in under 19 world cup. And honestly, this guy has a bright future ahead! Pakistan has adopted the indian stradegy of keeping a full batting line up! didnt work for india in this competition, but can work for pakistanis, since they got more experience and power in their batting line up! Lastly, i would like to wish the best of luck to Pakistanis, and hope Pakistan continue their heroic and eliminate aussies..!!!!

  • Pervez Khan on May 14, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Please add new player instead of Misbah. Hope we'll won this matach and the tournament.. Best of luck!!!

  • Akbar on May 14, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    So far everything has gone according to the script for Pak. In big matches it is immaterial what the statitics are. It is the performance & motivation on that particular day. Aus definitely is a mentally tough team but the mercurial nature of Pak team cannot be negated. So let,s wait & see.

  • AYAZ on May 14, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Razzaq should be come up the order rather than afridi. he can slog with the long handle very impressively. Umar Akmal should keep the strike rotate. Hammad Azam is not confident in practice matches. so, misbah should be in playing XI. i hope misbah will come up with straight bat and his perfect shot selection. PLZ PLZ kamran akmal , saeed ajmal and salman butt dont drop the catches. if you, then you drop the T20. PLz JAGooooooo

  • Waheed Ahmad on May 14, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    In 2007 T20 inaugural world cup, we were 46-4 in chase of 165, at that moment Misbah and Shoaib Malik scored fifties and led Pakistan to win.

    What I want to say that Pak has got same weaknesses that were in 2007 and Oz were stronger side than now in presence of Gilchrist, Ponting, Lee and Symonds, but still we were able to win impressivley. So minimum, two of the key batsmen i.e. Umar, Razzaq, Afridi, Misbah or Butt has to click at every cost. InshAllah we will win.

  • Sajid Askari on May 14, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    It is better to bring Hammad in replacing Misbah. I don't understand why Fawad Alam is not bowling, what is his actual position in the team? Although, he is not impressive in any field but give him a chance to bat high in the order. If Pakistan have to win today's match or any other matches, they have to improve their fielding a lot. Pakistan have good bowlers and batting line is good too, but fielding is worst. We wish Pakistan all the best in the remaining matches, hopefully Pakistan retains the title again although their recent performances are not upto any international standards........

  • Shami Mughal on May 14, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    My batting order would be: Afridi Kamran Umar Akmal Razzaq Khalid Hammad Misbah Asif Amer Rahman Ajmal

    We should restict the australia round about 110 / 125. not more

  • Sultan Hameed on May 14, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    I think there is no time to shuffle the players at this stage of the game. Let the team to play the order they have playing for last 5 matches. They only need to focus on their batting yet they need a lot to improve. Offcourse Shahid and Razzaq are key players along with Akmal brothers. Donot expect from other players. We are missing here Imran Nazir. Would have been good if comes with the toor.

  • zulfiqar Ali on May 14, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Some people are committed to make Fawad Alam part of every game Pakistan plays even if that particular format does not suit his style. So is the case with Muhammad Hafeez. Both may have been very good at domestic laves with solid technique and defense etc etc but T20 is a different gameplay, has that not been case AUSIES would not have struggled in first two tournaments. Misery for AFRIDI that he has no choice but these Dull player (at least for this format) Imran Nazir & Imran Farat could been adjusted in the teem with little rearrangement of batting order. But Favoritism is all-time captain of Paki Cricket. Talent is not a legacy rather a blessing. Being kin of a cricketer does not make you cricketer.

  • Umair on May 14, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    I have a feeling that Australia are going to target Pakistan with short pitch bowling. Given the fact that Pakistan batsmen in the lights of Butt, Hafeez, Misbah are vulnerable to pitch deliveries and all of them are pretty low on confidence. I would agree with going for Hammad Azam in place of Hafeez for a number of reason. Firstly, Hafeez has been a useless selection for this tournament. He gets selected again and again for each tournament but hasn't been able to deliver. So we should move on from the tried and tested option. Also if Hafeez has not performed in the last 5 macthes, very little chance for him to do so here. Secondly with Hafeez, Afridi is tempted to bowl with him thus taking away the overs from the main strike bowlers and giving to a part timer. With Hammad, he is new and Australians won't know much about him. Plus young and raw talent, not too much pressure to perform unlike in the case of Hafeez where he would have a lot of pressure to perform.

  • sonu on May 14, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    aus win one side no chance pak bless allha pak came at sami final no allah help against aus.kangroooooooooooooooooooo is best

  • Nabeel Ahmed on May 14, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    So far Abdur Razzaq has not been used properly , the class which he possess can provide Pakistan batting and bowling a jumping pad.

  • Naveed on May 14, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Everyone is concentrating on batting line up. If we dent the Ausies in first six overs, we have a very good chance. Warner is in terrific form and he plays fast bowlers very well. Why not open the bowling with Amer and Afridi and see the first six overs through.

  • cricketer on May 14, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Assalam O Alaikum. i would like to add some thing in favour of Misbah ul Haq. remember the first t20 world cup.... y not remember the times he has played well.... he does not deserve to be so criticised .ok that he is not playing well......so what drop him from the playing eleven but why take him as a no body... Abdul Razzaq should open along with Kamran, where as Salman but should bat at 3. put Hammad Azam in atleast give a chanc......

  • Muhammad Toqeer on May 14, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Pakistan has a great chance once again, Team unit is good not much wrong with it, In terms of All rounders if one is not doing good with bat then he doing good with ball, Like Hafeez, Yes its good to give a chance to new talent like Hammad Azam, but it is too late now we are in semis, he has no experience of this level. Better to stay with Hafeez or Fawad. Misbah has done wonder full in First T20 World cup, He most senior player, why most of peoples wants him to out of team, He played great when most are failed. To have a such guy in team is good. Abdul Razzaq batting order is fine, as Pakistan used to fire in last part of the game. Afridi can switch his order bit early but Umar also doing good at #3/4. InshaAllah Palistan will win this world cup again. Batting Order Like: Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Khalid Latif Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Misbah ul Haq Abdul Razzaq Muhammad Hafeez Abdur Rehman Muhammad Aamir Saeed Ajmal

  • Ali Sajid on May 14, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Fawad can not be called hopeless. He hasnt been given much chances to bat. coming in at number 7 or 8 and striking right away is a problem for him so he should be moved up the order to 4 or 5 where he can get the singles and rotate the strike. He has role of a support player and a very good one in fact. Look back to the match against england in february. He stuck with rassaq and they won the match. Get his place right in the line up and i believe he can deliver.

  • ali shehzad on May 14, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    actually misbah is not in good form but he has played will against australia in previous 2009 t20 tournament so he should be given a chance.

  • Amer on May 14, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    I think the batting order suggested by Faisal Akhtar No.3 post from the top is really good. Hammad Azam needs to get into the team. He can be the X-factor in the game. Also, Razzaq needs to bat up the order to be able to have enough deliveries to play that match-winning innings.

  • Pranab on May 14, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    I think pak batting is got to do wudd not the proper and suitable batting line up the best one I can suggest now to win the tournament wud be 1.butt 2.hafez 3. Umar 4.Misbah 5.afridi 6. Kamran 7. Razzaq 8. Amer 9. Rehman 10 ajmal 11 Sami....wudd da exception tht afridi and razzaq floate up and down....I think u need good finishers which we have best wudd razzaq nd kamran.....the balance is right wudd 3 quicks and four spinners....Hope they win again...

  • M.SHAYAN SHAFIQUE on May 14, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    TODAYS FINAL ELEVEN SALMAN KAMRAN RAZZAQ AFRIDI UMAR/ASIF KHALID LATIF MISBAH AAMER AJMAL HAFEEZ REHMAN

  • Sanaullah khan on May 14, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Well I think batting line should be as Butt Kamran Misbah umar Fawwad Shahid Razzaq Aamer AbdurRehman Ajmal Asif

  • Sameer on May 14, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    I want to know where is Imran Nazir??? Anyways, from what we got this is what my team would be:

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Shahid Afridi Umer Akmal Abdul Razzaq Fawad Alam Hammad Azam Mohammad Sami Saeed Ajmal Mohammad Asif Mohammad Aamer

    You have 7 Batsmen & 7 Bowling options!!!

  • unknown on May 14, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Afridi should bring back Mohammed Asif into the bowling attack, trust me they need it, Mohammed aamer is not sufficient and also give Hammad Azzam a chance, Hafeez has done nothing with the bat nor ball this tournament.

  • Bablur Rahman on May 14, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    At least Razzak & Afridi should be in fire role at middle order not in the late.Bowlers should be tactfull in this match.

  • melissa on May 14, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    For any statistics to make sense, it is imperative to have consistency. To predict, we must have predictability. With this Pakistani squad we have none. Actually, when have we ever had it? That is why even the devil fears Pakistan, because you just never know. On any given day, on any pitch, on any ground in the world, it is impossible to predict what any of these explosive batsmen can do. Akmal brothers, Razzak, Afridi and Butt could all come out firing. Putting on 200 in the 20 overs is not beyond them. Just as easily, they could all implode, and we could be 24 for 5 in 8 overs. The bowling is just as unpredictable. Amir could once again bowl a 5 wicket maiden in his first 2 over spell, Afridi could be on a hatrick in his first over, or they could both be blasted out of the park. The only thing going for Afridi's boys is fearlessness. If they click, God help the Aussies, if they don't, God help the Pakistanis.

  • Mohsan Ali on May 14, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    @Mangla.....Why the hell will Umar be sitting out? If Azam is to come in, he should come in for Hafeez.@ALL... And Misbah can be more reliable when it comes to semi-finals.

  • Amir Farid Baig on May 14, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    I am sure if we give Hafeez a chance to open with Salman Butt.He will stay do better. And for No. 3 Razzaq is the best option. 4 & 5 Umar/Afridi following by 6 & 7 Misbah/Akmal. 8 Hammad or Fawad (preferably Fawad because of the experience) 9 Rehman 10 Amir 11 Ajmal.

    In bowling we will have Amir/Razzaq to open followed by Rehman/Hafeez and Afridi/Ajamal.

    The only concerned is fielding. But I hope in this crucial match all the players will do thier best as they did against S. Africa.

  • Mangla on May 14, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Well, usually you asses a team, add all the runs divide them by the performance of all in-form players and you can guess who's going to win or loose. Unfortunately, when it comes Pakistan, you have to multiply the entire equation by -1. They perform when they're least expected. They loose easy matches. Pakistan is expect to loose to Australia, so they might Pakistan. Razzaq and Hafeez are due to perform. I think Azam should play this match. If Umar is sitting out, Azam should come in. I don't want to be negative, so I'll wish them good luck. If they don't win, I won't be disappointed.

  • Waqar on May 14, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    in my opinion we should get rid of Misbah as soon as possible. Just bring in Hammad for Misbah. Misbah is a failure.

  • SabirShah on May 14, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    ICC T20 world cup is fixed??? First Edition India Pakistan Finalists!!! of course any match between India and Pakistan is worth more than 'Ashes', Indo-Pak series is far more famous than ASHES though.India won(of course there is a large population of cricket audience) Second ICC T20 World Cup, SriLanka Pakistan finalists. International Cricket in Pakistan was on the stake after SriLankan team attacked in Pakistan by terrorists. So i guess the best selling would be put two VICTIMiZED teams in finals and guess what Pakistan and SriLanka were in the finals!!! Pakistan won to gather sympathies(Co incidence). Third T20 Edition, 2nd Semi Final is not played yet, but look at the 'body language' of everyone. This Final is going to be between 'ASHES'. As we saw England won yesterday , a final between Pakistan and England won't be a very good selling. but England and Australia in finals, ASHES!!! makes sense,,,so i put my money on Australia to win today coz its all planned...Good luck Afraidi

  • AutosPak on May 14, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    East or West Pakistan is the best

  • Irum on May 14, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    We have Afridi, who will once again lead Pakistan to spectacular win. AutosPak.com

  • Mohammed Atta on May 14, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    I think that we hav gt the battin order all wrong, razzaq shud come up the order, fawad alam shud always be playin wiv the players the pcb have sent, hafeez shud be dropped, khalid latif, shud be dropped, asif shud play, my line up

    Salman Butt Kamran Akmal(wk) Fawad Alam Umar Akmal Abdul Razzaq Misbah ul Haq Shahid Afridi (c) Abdur Rehman Mohammed Aamer Saeed Ajmal Mohammed Asif

    We shud have a chance to win wiv this line up in this order, or alike,

    Comon Pakistan Insha Allah we will win

  • sunny on May 14, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Is Hammad playing? I wish he does, he plays like razzaq and afridi. He brought the u 19 team to to the finals. and lost just because he got out for a duck. Afridi should let him play. He says hes risky. But fawad, hafeez,misbah sucked the whole tournment

  • Rahman on May 14, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    I think you never write again- Saying Fawad is hopeless is sin to me. Everything to him is same like we done to Asim kamal before even both of them are perfomr well but due to they are from karachi they dont like anyone in team. they need someone to anchor innings and that one is fawad. He is good to play at 4 or 5.

  • Dr. Khan on May 14, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Salaam to everyone,

    In my humble opinion AFRIDI himself should come at # 3, this would give him some time to adjust before going for the big shots. UMAR looks good at # 4 followed by A. RAZZAQ at # 5. FAWAD should come at # 6 as we might need a batsman to stuck around in case of a batting collapse. For # 7 anyone among LATIF / MISBAH / HAMMAD / HAFIZ, I would go with LATIF as HAMMAD is too immature for such a big game and other two a total failure. For the remaining AAMIR, AJMAL, REHMAN are a must with another bowler ASIF / SAMI (preferably ASIF). Moreover, AAMIR can be promoted down the order as per the conditions as he can certainly bat better than MISBAH / HAFIZ.

  • Moin Madraswala on May 14, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    The only team that can beat Australia is Pakistan, if Butt would not have not dropped Hussey's sitter in the first match, things would have been different. Also waist high no ball on Afridi was not called and he got out the next ball looking at umpires and losing concentration. Anyway if Pakistan can't beat Australia it will be fun to see England get spanked by Australia in the finals and listen to Nasir Hussain crying and yelling at his team when he prasing the team right now. GO Pakistan, just play and have fun. Like last year Pakistan had no chance against SA I hope they play their best play and beat Australia (Just pray people, we need them!!!!)

  • Ali AKram on May 14, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Afridi should come and open the batting, go hard at them. He is the only man capable of going hard apart from razzaq who has no experience of opening. You cant defend against australia you have to attack them.

    P.s i really hope they dont use the same tactic as they did against SA scored 18 in first 6 overs to preserve wickets, it worked then but is very dangerous. Just go attack Pakistan, you have nothing to loose.

  • M. Shahab on May 13, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Misbah & Khalid Latif should be out while Fawad & Hammad should be in. Razzaq should be promoted higher while Hafeez brought down the batting order. Boy how sorely Pakistan is missing the services of Shoeb Malik. Pakistan will lose this match by a big margin.

  • M. Shahab on May 13, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    Khalid Latif & Misbah are useless. There is no harm in trying Hammad Azam & Fawad Alam. Also, why Hafeez is sent at #3, why not send Abdul Razzaq instead. Boy oh boy how sorely we are missing Shoeb Malik, if any one is to be banned for one year it should be Ajaz Butt & waseem Bari.

  • Farhan on May 13, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    The 11 Should be :

    1. Kamran 2. Salman 3. Umar 4. Fawad 5. Afridi 6. Misbah 7. Razzaq 8. Aamer 9. Rehman 10.Ajmal 11.Asif

  • dr. mak on May 13, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    i don't think that pakistan is able to face aussies who r in great touch. they have promising fast bowlers and hard hitters to snatch away the match from pakistan. what we can hope for pakistan is MIRACLE.... and i m surprised y asif is not given chance 2 play here? he is such a great player. nd for batting order afridi should open with kamran. V'll wait for any miracle. oll d best to both teams!

  • muhammad safdar on May 13, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    hi and salamz to everyone. i think only few changings in the pak batting order are required. i think afridi should give responsibility to Misbah by ordering him at one down. he is senior player and he always click in the pressure game. he is the player who take 1 or 2 overs to settle by taking single or double. at number 5 or 6 he came and try to hit but the ball dont come to bat properly. at this situation he tried to sweep, reverse sweep which he can play well.But due to unsettlment,he cant do this. he waste the powerplay overs in this position also. if we give him responsibility at one down, then he will play with mind and after some time he can hit easily. and he has also ability to hit hard when he is settled. i think misbah or khalid latif will be one of the key players of today match against australia. but please dont waste misbah, give him responsibilty. according to me batting order: K.akmal/k.latif salman misbah U.akmal K.akmal/k.latif afridi razzaq hafeez rehman amir s.ajmal

  • Moiz on May 13, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi you are totally wrong about Fawad Alam.He is player who perform a role of achor sheet in the tough situation and he also have the ability to develop partneship. He does not threw his wicket by playing not necessary shot.when he set on the pitch he can also play a big shots but team management does not give him fair chances to him. if team management sent him up the order after one down or two down he play his natural game and show his ability in right manner. I also want to say please anyone of them (Hafeez,Khalid,Misbah) and include him in the team and sent him up the order then see difference in Pakistan's batting because if he play well then senior play er also play well to cementing their position and their position in the team.

  • sohail on May 13, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    umer akmal hurt his back he is not playin tomm....very sad news for pakistan...

  • tehmina on May 13, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    i just wish tht we attack from the first ball and win:D

  • Hameed Malik on May 13, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I am writting again, bring Hamad Azam and leave Misbah out. Also whosoever tries a reverse sweep or steps back and leaves all wickets open just to hit a shot should not be allowed to be included in semi final or they should be told strictly told not to even try it. All runs out are to be avoided and a stretegy should be adapted.

  • Saad Qureshi on May 13, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I agree with who ever made this team inshallah this team will be the best to take on the aussies:

    kamran butt fawad umar afridi misbah razzaq amir ajmal rehman asif

  • Hameed Malik on May 13, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    I think Hamad mustbe included,He is main future of Pakistan, on the other hand Misbah and Fawad should be replaced by new blood. Pakistan will never loose the way I have suggested. Razzaq should hold one side and do not hit wildly until last 17th overs.He should be given green light Here is the best order: Kamran Butt Razzaq Umar Akmal Hamad Afridi Blank Need new player Shazeb ETC Hafeez Amir Rehman Ajmal

  • Kamran ahmed on May 13, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Dear mr saad, I fully agree with your opinion, but I think trying azam wouldn't be a bad idea instead of sticking with misbah when we have already witnessed his weaknesses against fast bowling. I don't think he has any role to play in national side anymore . If I were captain I would have opened with butt and razzak and then the akmal bros in the middle order. If Pakistan has to put up a good show they will have to play out of their skins. After all world knows the difference in the two sides over the paper and in the ground so far, so afridi have to take bold decisions if he has to achieve somthing like Imran khan in 1992. May Allah listen our prayers. Good luck Pakistan .

  • a on May 13, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    number 4 slot should be given to umar followed by afirdi at 5. i dnt knw y but i think it may make sense to send in latif at 6. as he wont have to face a new swinging ball, and as his record and followers suggest he smash the ball quiet handsomely. number 7 should be given to hammad, mishbah has had a very poor outing, and to be fair i cant see hammad doing are worse, i think its a risk and a gamble but i think it will be worth it. number 8 should be shahzaib aggressive batsman, will take no prisoners, will defo preform better then hafeez, who i think is totally out of his dept. the bowlers pick them selves amer rehman and ajmal. this to me is our perfect squad, we woould match australia all the way as we would have six hitters throughout the line up and thats what we have been missing. if u look at the aussies and the english, each of their batsman are aggressive, and thats what the pakistanies need aggression. anyone who disagree with myn team selection please do tell me why.

  • Hassan Siddiqui on May 13, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Mohammad Hafeez Shahid Afridi Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Abdul Razzaq Abdur Rehman Mohammad Aamer Mohammad Sami Saeed Ajmal

  • dentman on May 13, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    what pakistan lacks is professionalism. if we made the effort to not be so slap-dash and irresponsible at both crucial and not-so crucial times, then the success rate would be much higher. I hope the players take pride in their game rather than use a defeatist mentality. The players have it within them to show that famous "cornered tiger" mentality and I hope it shines through against the aussies.

  • SHARIQ on May 13, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    KAMRAN AKMAL S.BUTT U.AKMAL A RAZZAK S.AFRIDI M.UL.HAQ M.HAFFEZ H.AZAM M.AMIR S.AJMAL A.REHMAN ... BEST TEAM T 20

  • asif on May 13, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    ok people so i have read all ur comments, i see all of u offering advice and think to myself to any of you watch cricket, lets start with those of you who wish to include sami or asif, are you people off ur trketing terms trolley? sami has been smashed in to orbit and back, the man has no confidence sprays it short and wide in cricketing terms hit me balls, the wickets he has taken were not due to him bowling good deliveries, but were due to poor shot selection from batsmen. he has not bowled one delivery that you can say actually deserves a wicket. hence rip sami. asif is not a 20 20 bowler. the aussie opers will tear him apart as the opers are brutal, will walk down thetrack and hit out the ground, no pace no intimidation, no room for asif. batting: for all of you wanting to open with razzak and akmal..... common people what are u people on about, ur dislodging our most consistent batsmen in butt, makes no sense. however i do agree with razzak coming in one down. no place for hafeez

  • syed zohair fahmee on May 13, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    i think we just cant predict our team's performance with any statistics. every model designed for prediction seems to fail when it comes to pakistan. looking back at the history we were underdogs whenever we won the world cups and lost bitterly when were almost sure by all means we are going to win. so lets not predict , just pray for the win , hope for the best and be patient if we lose.

  • Abid Shah on May 13, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    While my heart wants Pakistan to win, but it will be very unfair to a professional team of Australia, which out shine every one else in all departments (Batting, Bowling and Fielding) of the game.

    It is not just the fast bowlers or spin bowlers of Australia that cause trouble for oppositions, rather it is their fielding which convert chances into wickets and some time good shots into wickets for their bowlers, and even sixes get converted into catches. While their fielders changes threes into twos and ones, and their batsmen changes ones into twos and twos into threes.

    On other hand, Pakistani running between the wicket for most batsmen, especially Razzaq are pathetic, and fielding we all know.

    Against SA, Pakistan took two great catches of Gibbs and Kallis, and we saw the results. Lets hope Pakistan raise its fielding standard to compete Aussies.

  • Raheel on May 13, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be selected and Misbah should be dropped simply because he is not performing.. we need runs more than the name.. Fawad has done it for Pakistan before he just need to be promoted... he is active on the field.. how often do you see him wasting balls or poor fielding.. HE DESERVE BETTER

  • Usman iqbal on May 13, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Every one is saying play this player and that player etc!by tomorrow team tactics will be cleared. Good luck pakistan.hopefully you'll do well and if not God forbids even then there won't be any harsh feelings for you as we all aware how vulnerable you can turn on your off days :)

  • naeem hashmi on May 13, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    BATTING ORDER AND WAQAR YOUNIS HOLDS THE KEY FOR SUCCESS IN T20 SEMIFINAL:

    The Pakistanis have to think out of the box. They will give good fight if they survive the first 4-5 overs. I think Pakistan should open with Khalid Latif and Muhammad Hafiz, and give them the task to stay on the wicket to take the shine off the ball with reasonable score of 30-40 runs. Then Kamran Akamal and Salaman Butt should follow. Salman will do better when the ball has been used for few overs, and it would aclimatize him better. Salman usually needs some initial confidence that is why he is better one or two down. Then Umar Akmal and Afridi should follow, followed by Abdu-Razzaq, Misbah/Hammad Azam/Fawad Alam, and then the rest. My gut feeling is that Hammad Azam will do great instead of Misbah. Misbah has the advantage of experience, arm strength and fielding. His height is also an advantage to face the short balls and catching in the field. The Pakistanis have to show impecable fielding and going after the difficult catches.

    Good luck to Pakistan. They are in good momentum and emotionally on fire.

  • A. Ranjha on May 13, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Just enjoy the damn game tomorrow! Predicting who will win is like predicting what the weather will be like in two weeks - hard fought contest is what it's all about.

  • saif ahmed on May 13, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    I am not sure if the blogger follows the games keenly enough. I completely disagree with your harsh verdict about both Khalid Lateef and Fawad Alam, especially the one against Fawad. Fawad has been under utilised from day one. None of the captains has been able to judge him as a player. This guy has immense capabilites when it come to batting, he is not a pinch hitter but a innings builder. He needs to come at the top of the order. If you really want to be fair, then do away with Misbah/Hafeez. Both of them have been tried and failed miserably. Fawad needs to be in the side, not only he is good batsman but an excellent fielder too.

  • Only I Know on May 13, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Pakistan... you can win this! You must work as a team... you must fight until the end. I wish Afridi read these comments and put Razzaq, himself, and Umar at the top. No pressure + Afridi = BOOM BOOM! = Pakistan win the semi-final! Pakistan will win... Insha'allah!

  • Darvesh on May 13, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Afridi will be the key on Friday against Aussies. Afridi should open with Kamran Akmal with Butt at number 3. If afridi explodes with the bat, then its all over for Aussies.

    PAKISTAN - Go Fight WIN - Insha Allah

  • Behjat on May 13, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    No need of Hafeez, One hitter should come earlier to destroy Australian attack, Razzaq is better option as he can play pace bowlers well and will get better chance of hitting in first 6 overs but as far as captaincy is concerned in a big game, Shahid Afridi should lead from the front as we had seen in the world cup final of 1992 that there were three main batsmen Javed Miandad, Inzamam ul Haq and Salim Malik were available in that inning after first wicket but Imran Khan himself came at position 3 and beard the pressure and played marvelous innings. In bowling Pakistan will depend on spinners but fielding side should co-operate with bowlers. All the best to team Pakistan.

  • Fawad on May 13, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    So much for Umar Akmal now (He's out with injury) Irregardless of what players gets selected for tomorrow, GO PAKISTAN!!

  • Bilal Khan on May 13, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Misbah should be given rest, inspite other youngester should have been given with chance. because we have to come up with challenges, does'nt matter if it is semi-final, we have to give opportunities on merit.

  • ararar on May 13, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Misbah was the top scorer against australia in the round match. He made 41 in 31 balls. He should be inlcuded.

  • Nisar on May 13, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Hi i think pakistan needs to make some bold changes in thier side youngsters are more strong mentaly then our so called experienced players.my team would looklike this.

    Salman Butt Kamran Akaml Fawad Alam Muhammad Hafeez Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq Hamad Azam Abrul Rehman Mohammad Amir Saeed Ajmal

    Youngsters will put more effort into the field and will support the captin all the time. Common pakistan lets show the world what we got......

  • JAVED BUTT on May 13, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Forget whatever has happened before Its a new day new game & over in the one hour. Afridi should lift the team moral & let the tigers out from their cages. Relax do not waste energy in what we do not have just take it as your regular game & give your 110 % in fielding batting & bowling then only leave the result up to him. Whatever happen you have given us enough already considering the internationl comm. boycot of pakistan soil & IPL ban of pakistani players.

    Wish you all the best agaist aussi.Just think how many heart beats will be praying for you. Afridi boys do it for the people of pakistan .

  • Kamran on May 13, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Pakistan has nothing to loose, Australia are huge favourites, we need to upset the rhythm of their quicks in the first 6 overs, be brave, go for a few shots. Akmal destroyed their attack in the recent T20 in Australia (we still lost), he will be the key with the bat.

    England are in the final, so if we loose I hope England beat Australia.

  • Shehzad Ghani on May 13, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Fortunately, your blog is much more readable and sensible than some of the other Pakistani bloggers here.

    Good Misbah should be kicked out and Fawad should be given a longer run at a specific position.

  • Saiful Ansari on May 13, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    The opportunity for Pak to play the Semi-Finals is a gift from other teams who played poor Cricket. Pak is definitely an under dog and will need to bring their A game to dismantle the aggression of the Aussies. This Summer the Aussies have tormented Pak with excellent cricket in all formats of the game and its time for Pak to get one back. The selectors need to replace Misbah & Hafeez with Hammad & Fawad. Experts predict Aussies to roll over Pak. Win or lose Pak should fight with what they have got, put a decent score, show up in the field and bowl some tidy spells. Aussies look better with 3 pace bowlers. Amer, Sami & Asif look out of sorts & have little to show in this world cup. The onus is on Ajmal, Afridi & Rehman. If the Aussies get them away they win. If Amer can get wickets & unsettle the inform Aussies it will be a bonus. It will be hard to win unless Akmals, Butt, Afridi & Razzak can fire up & post a big score. So boys forget who you are playing. Play hard & you can win.

  • nasir raza dar on May 13, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Get rid of Misbah enough is enough & bring Hamad Azam & you will see the difference, Hafeez is also not performing but he gives you an extra bowling option.

  • Ammad Fazal on May 13, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Lets enjoy the cricket! A match between the giants of cricket australia and the most enigmatic team of cricketing world, pakistan. Stats, figures, averages doesn't matter much in this short format. It's just how you perform on the given day, and although australia are clearly the favourites, but never under estimate pakistan. On their day, they can beat any team in the world, it's just a matter of how giving their 100% and not worrying about the outcome. May the best team win!

  • Rizwan on May 13, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    i think pakistani slectors should DROP MISBAH-UL-HAQ. & dont bring SAMI. AFRIDI should play with SENCE. RAZZAQ is always best.

  • BraveHeart on May 13, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    If they were not going to play Hammad Azam, then it was better 2 give me the chance to sit and clap in da dug out and warming the bench as well, aor lemme play instead of Mohammad Hafeez coz i hope i will also make 2 or 3 runs in 6 to 7 balls, ... Well ...from the bottom of my heart all is the support and best wishes for Pakistan asusual, but they must have to get rid of the confusion that which player should be in da team and whom should'nt... In da end, having all the problems n confusion, Pakistnan gonna win the WORLD CUP InshAllah ... afterall its our style... to rise n shine like stars in the darkness , when other think its night all over there.

    Best Of Luck Pakistan .. :D

  • Faraz (the very first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on May 13, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Saad: with all due respect, and the statistical basis for your thoery, the inference that they are exception to some norm is flawed. The exception holds true if the inference is modified to say: "that when they (Umar and Abdul Razzaq) fire, the winning percentage for Pakistan is really high...or something of the sort..." not the other way around. Even after your the admission of your theory, the real cog behind Pakistan's success is the entity known as "Boom Boom" or simply Afridi, who lead with his mind, bat, ball, fielding and last but not the least, his capability of rallying his troops...this was quite evident from the SA game, his 30 odd runs and the above qualities is what the team needs to succeed against nemisis Australia. Abdul Razzaq amd Umar are only pieces of a larger puzzle....having said that the whole is greater than the sum of all parts.

    Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Pa-indabad!

  • Atique on May 13, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    I think Afridi and Razzaq both are the key..as they are the most experienced players..and also both are the best batsman pakistan have now who have performed very well against autralia in the past...and they very well know how to stop the auusie charge....and also having experience of Waqar younis and Ijaz Ahmed who have seen a lot of australia...i guess it shudnt be a tough thing for pakistan to overcome the aussies....I would want to see a Pakistan England Repeat of 1992...rather than watch Ashes....

  • Farhan on May 13, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Misbah will win us the match tomorrow!

  • Anonymous on May 13, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Hi and salam. I think Hafeez shuold be replaced by Fawad, If they want to hold this tournament

  • Ace on May 13, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Pretty much everyone here has the sense to understand Misbah and Hafeez definitely should make way for others. I say add in a fast bowler, maybe Sami, he's taken wickets in every single game he's played and hence we can hope for some consistency from him, provided he does something about not leaking too many runs. And nah, sending Razzaq one down is too big a risk,cuz not only he's a genuine slogger but he likes pace on the bat, and better not send him around the time spinners are operating. Umar Akmal one down for me, followed by Afridi, and then Razzaq. If we win the toss and put 150+ on the board, then it'd be an ideal start which could give us a decent chance, Inshallah.

  • Hasan Jawaid on May 13, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Considering Fawad Alam’s stats, it’s unfair to call him hopeless. He is a good middle order batsman with great potential and variety of shot selection in all forms of cricket. However, being new to the international cricket he needs mentoring and help to overcome his shuffling habit. Its quite unfortunate that captaincy in our country is based mostly on seniority. Vision, strategic/tactical thinking, mental strength and integrity crucial to team’s performance and morale don’t mean anything to PCB. Australia hasn’t dominated the world cricket for well over a decade by fluke or brute force. It was captains such as Steve Waugh and his successors who took the team to higher levels with conviction and powerful leadership I just hope Aridi picks Fawad and Hammad in place of Misbah and Hafeez. Here is something for PCB and Afridi respectively to ponder. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” Alvin Toffler

    “A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him” Gen Douglas MacArthur

  • Irshad Shirazi on May 13, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Pakistan have to think out of the box if they are to make a match of the semi-final against Australia. Umar Akmal is their best batting hope and must therefore come in at no. 3. Hammad Azam must be drafted in too. At worst, he will fail, but Khalid Latif and Misbah ul Haq have not done any better either. For lack of better alternatives, I would continue to play Mohammad Hafeez as he offers a bowling option to the team. Mohammad Asif must be brought back as it is suicidal to keep the best bowler out of the team. Since he is not nursing an injury, it is probably a personality clash with Shahid Afridi. Being one of the best fast bowlers the country has produced, Waqar Younis must put his foot down in favour of Asif's inclusion. Win or lose, we would at least be giving ourselves a better chance. I hope and pray to God that sanity will prevail.

  • Riaz on May 13, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Against Australia, first pakistan has to remove the fear factor. Then they have to do everything well. I think they finally are getting into a rythm and hopefully they improve upon that. Here is what i think Pakistan need to win:

    2. Rotate strike will relieve pressure buildup 3. good fielding 4. batsmen should chose right balls to strike. 5. should not give free gifts by losing wickets on improper shot selection and have enough firepower in the last 5 overs 6. make ones into twos by running hard 7. bowlers should not give width to the aussie batsmen, bowl wicket to wicket. Best scenario is umar akmal clicks kamran akmal clicks shahid afridi clicks bowlers bowl well then pakistan has a chance

  • Riaz on May 13, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    I think the key batsmen are umar, kamran, shahid afridi, razzaq. It is crucial Afridi clicks in both bowling and batting. I don't see good signs in his batting style. He moves away from the crease and tries to hit this is a weakness the bowlers will exploit. Keep the bowler guessing, thats a better strategy.

    aussies will try to use maximum shortpitched deliveries against pakistan and make it hard for them to score freely. Good running between wickets is crucial to keep runs moving.

  • naeem hashmi on May 13, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    ONLY WAQAR YOUNIS HOLDS THE KEY: This is how: The Pakistanis needs to think out of the box. They need to change their batting order. They should open with Khalid Latif and Muhammad Hafiz, and give them the job to take the shine off the ball, and stay on the wicket for 4-5 overs with reasonable score. Then Kamran Akmal should be brought in followed by either umar akmal or salman butt followed by afridi, razzaq and misbah/hammad azam. They should variation in their bowling. Every player should be given a task. Unfortunately, I do not have a way to communicate with Waqar Younis. If somebody has his e-mail, please forward this message to him or send me his e-mail or phone number. Thanks.

  • Hammad on May 13, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Replace Misbah with Hammad - what is their to lose - if he doesn't work; what would have been the difference - we know Misbah is not going to work anyways. Bump Razzaq over Afridi - and PRAY that we Win! even though in all our minds we know what's going to happen tomorrow! but our hearts would like to see something different...

  • Malik on May 13, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    @Jawed, Karachi i luv your Commnt and 100% agree

  • jamal khan on May 13, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I think the writer has little knowldge abt game of cricket just as afridi and coach are missing. They are trying hafeez and latif to play as anchor but they have fawad alam as the best anchor. He is a stroke player not a hitter with the best temprament. I hv never seen him going out to bat when Pakistan was in good condition. He was sent as opener when he is not an opener and scored 166 in his first test. In Newzealand he was sent one down b/cos Bond was playing that game and others did not want to face Bond. He was unlucky to get snorters fm bond which could have taken wickets of batsman. When was recalled fm Pakistan for the last 3 one dayers he came out everytime and gave the best of ability without losing his calm and everytime under pressure. The best runner btwn wickets, the best fielder, and the only one who don,t lose his mind even under the most difficult conditions. He can be the man for the team to bplay around and get decent total. Nice thing is that he don't play dot ball

  • faisal on May 13, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    please afradi give Abdul Razzaq a chance of one down.then you seen what,s happen. inshallah. he will distroy the Australia.

  • Maneel on May 13, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I think Misbah is a good player, and can be a good anchor. He is just a little short of confidence right now. But, I agree with lots of good posting given above. My line up against australia would be like: 1. Kamran 2. Butt 3. Umar 4. Afridi 5. Razzaq 6. Misbah 7. Hafeez 8. Aamir 9. Rahman 10.Ajmal 11. Asif

    They should never replace a batsman with a bowler. They will always need to front line bowlers. Asif had a bad day, and they replaced with sami, and back and forth. Asif has to be given more chance. So, it looks a good team. Butt and Misbah to anchor. Afridi, Razzaq to power the innings. Akmal brothers to play aggresively in the middle. There is Hafeez and 7 if there is any collapse. So, with that we don't have to depend on Razzaq to bowl 4 overs, we have good quality 4 bowlers in Aamer, asif, afridi and aajmal. Rahman and razzaq can contribute more on slow pitches.

  • Iftikhar on May 13, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Good luck, Pakistan. May Allah, Allmighty help you. Stay cool and enjoy the game. Win or no win, enjoy the game.

  • Tariq Javed on May 13, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    You are grossly unfair to call Fawad Alam hopeless. He should be given a chance to bat at #3or 4 in at least 3 matches. I am sure he will do better than Hafeez, Khalid or misbah and all the other jokers we have been trying.

  • Wasim Rao on May 13, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I think if we look over all Pakistan team history in T20 world cup,this is the worse performance. This da time 2 pick up ur moral,up ur head. In ma view we have only two match winners. Abdul Razak and Umer Akmal in batting in bowling we nomber of match winners. So we need to work out batting side. But i think this is not a team who compete with Australia. As a Pakistani all ma vl wishes wd Pakistan. Wish them best of luck. We got to be very careful.

  • Shoaib Akthar on May 13, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    pak batting line up shud be butt afridi fawad umar kamran razzaq hammad amir ajmal rehman sami

  • Najeeb Hamayun on May 13, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Aslam-u-Alaikum. First of all Insha-Allah pakistani team will win whatever and however they will win because they are not playing but DUAs of nation behind them. Secondly I would like to say that if some one is not giving performance then there is no point to keep him, So, being Pakistani I would like to request to our Captain that it is better to give chance to young blood HAMMAD AZAM who performed well in U19. T20 is game for those who have spark inside them. So it is not a big deal to give chance to an energetic young man instead of those who are not in form.

  • israr khan on May 13, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    plz give this team a chance kamran but umer hafeez afride hamad azam razzaq ameer ajmel and asif

  • Md. Ibrahim Hossain on May 13, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    I thik opener batsman k.akmal and salman but. very well. but not 1 down batsman not choice pls change 1 down batsman. then on down batsman Adbul Razzak is best i think coz if u can set then he will complet this T20 match and win Inshawall. i want razzak 1 down batsman the u win. I want captain afridi 2 down and 2/3 overs seriously take care then u succcess. inshallah and umar and misbah 3 ro 4. i think razzak at first opener bolower then u success. then 2 or three ammer and afridi i think. fawad alam u r most important batsman. pls selected fawad coz he will great slower bolower, batsman and filder, i think he will great.

    Thanks All pakistan team and coach

    Ibrahi, Bangladesh pakistan fan...

  • Naveed Ahmed on May 13, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Razzaq is under utilized and will be played with same role until he will be removed from the team , because Afridi dont want him to be in the Team , If he will be in the team and perform well then might be a chance of repelacment of Mr.Afridi is Razzaq . I think Afridi should think for Pakistan & should utilize him with all of his capabilities , According to me Razzaq must be batted on either 3-4 number or from 11th over of each inning .

  • haris on May 13, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    in my openion Razzaq should bat before Khalide Laif or else, and the same team should play the SEMI i am afraid if Captain takes FAWAD Alam who is good for nothing, its batter to take HAmmad

  • Shane Watson on May 13, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    pakistan r gna lose.. No point tlking about changes and team selection.. Australia are untochable

  • usman pathan on May 13, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Fawad ko match mein agyye lanny valoon ki maah ki choot. ko mara salla comments mein boll raha hi k fawad ko khalyya jye.. kamnii k batchyy oss mara laan khallana atta hi.oss ky bound marvanny k din hii. oss cricket nahi khallni chyee

  • faisal on May 13, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    The fact that we've got to the semi-finals isn't luck. It's by the will of Allaah.And if He wills, we will win no matter who we play.Pakistan Zindabaad.

  • Muhammad Ali Khan on May 13, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    I don't agree that Fawad Alam is hopeless. He is being mismanaged and hopeless players like Hafeez who are stars in domestics only) and Khalid Latif (who is not mature enough to handle international pressure) are being tried.

    Fawad Alam should come at No. 4 to stabilize team after early wickets. He takes singles and plays at run a ball. Fawad in for Hafeez.

    Shehzad Hassan was ruthless last World Cup. He should come in instead of Khalid Latif, he can be destructive during powerplays.

    Current Pak team needs these two changes, then you win or lose, it doesn't matter, as long as you play bravely.

  • saqib on May 13, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Ajmal should be dropped for bad fielding. Miabah has some pwerful political source so he could not be eliminated. they are ruining Fawad's career. Pakistan will be defeated by huge margin (at least 60 runs)

  • Ateeq on May 13, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    fawad alam is hopeless? you are not serious! and i hate ignorant people criticizing! so please stop writing articles.

  • MOED IJAZ on May 13, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    PAK TEAM 4 SEMI-FINAL Kamran Akmal Sulman butt Shahid Afridi Umar Akmal Misbah Razzaq Hammad Azam M.Amir Abdur-rehman Saeed Ajmal M.Asif

  • All on May 13, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    To Noman's comments, Why Fawad Alam is not selected is because he is not from Punjab. Check all others and see how many times they have been given chances. I don't know why Misbah is selected? on which grounds? Whenever he plays Pakistan looses - check history - its better he is given a permanent rest and Fawad Alam is provided chance. Atleast fielding looks well then.

  • HAMZA YUSUF on May 13, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    HI FRIENDS WE KNOW AUSTRLIA IS A STRONG TEAM BUT PAKISTAN IS THE BEST. MISBAH IS A TEST PLAYER NOT A T20 PLAYER PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE TO FAWAD ALAM. ARIDI & KAMRAN AKMAL IS THE BEST OPENERS PLZ TRY TO OPEN THE MATCH FROM THESE PLYERS.PLZ PRY FOR PAKISTANI TEAM.GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN.

  • Muhammad Mohsin on May 13, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I dont think batsmen got to do anything with the order,Great men dont care for such things rather the should be trained for any situation though Misbah and Hafeez could be eliminated from this list as they dont have anything to do with batting as they are here cos of senseless selection commtee,Misbah has never won a game for pakistan nor hafeez did rather they are negative points of pakistan.So its the time to give chance to yougster like Hammad Azam.

    Salute to Mohsin khan who sent misbah and hafeez along with T20 squard as they have failed to perform in even tests and to escort them for 20,20 is jus not understandable

  • Qasim Zaidi on May 13, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    One thing that really beats logic is why the hell do they not give mibah some much needed (permanent) rest. Just because he played superbly in the first edition of T20 does not in anyway follow that he will always be in the same form. He has become a liability now even then the team management is persistent in playing the old coot when some good young batsmen in the likes of fawad alam and hammad azam are present there.

    I just dont understand why Hammad hasnt been given any chance to show his talent, yet we see that 36 years old misbah making a test match out of every match in this tournament.

    It sometimes makes me wonder even if guys in the team management are sincere to the country. Perhaps they are only sincere to their old cricketer friends who would always make it to the playing XI despite their pathetic form.

    If they decide to give misbah another chance in the semi-final, trust me pakistan will only be playing with 10 guys and australia with 12 with misbah being on their side.

  • Dr. Zulfiqar Hussain on May 13, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    get rid of khalid latif and hafeez from the team which defeated s africa. fawad alam is good as fielder, but dont expect him to score, while playing against australia, he may be a success against medium pacers or spinners. he has to change his batting technique if he wants to be successful in future. I want razzak to be at no 4 or 5 so that he has got enough time to settle down and play big shots.

  • sajjad sahi on May 13, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    In my point of view Afredi should open against Assie.

  • md.Rafikul islam on May 13, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Why Afridi playing Misbah? Misbah out and add pls Alam.Because he was loosing Batsman. Already he playing previous two games but was poor performance.Iwant to that he m/b drop by selector commette.My choice battin line-up Batt Kamran Alam Razak Umer Akaml Afridi Hafiz Amer Adur Rehaman Asif Syed Ajamal

  • abbai on May 13, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    I think hammad is good choice to replace misbah or khalid because astralian dontknow much about hammad.

  • masood on May 13, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    as per my think first of all iff pak win the toss they should bat first because in chase they r realy weak and the second thing they shoud go according to this batting line up kamran razaq butt umar afradi misbah hafeez khalid ammer rehman ajmal i will add some more here because some times we ferstrated because of out team performance pls play for country and as a team best wishes from me to my team i hope they will win againest austrila

  • Ali on May 13, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Hi All, I'm agree with Saad on Fawad but not on Khalid Latif, Fawad got enough chances to show his abilities VS Eng, Aus and in this world cup again but he cud not contribute much, ragarding his position @ 6 7 or 8 shud not be consider as less time he got cus he is now selected for an int'l event n he shud prove it in within the chances he got no excuses should be there. I'm not a big fan of Rana Naveed but he did well than Fawad in the past with the bat when he got chance no matter what position and how many balls were left when he reached the pitch but he did well. My key concerns are Hafeez and Misbah, their performance been critically and consistantly poor both got enough time but failed. Razzaq should be used at early position against australia cus he is very gud player of medium and fast bowling as australia got. AFRIDI IS MY MAN N KEY 4 PAKISTAN!!! not only 4 his massive hitting and fast dosra's bt also as the man wid strongest nerves n gud leader, encourager n utilizer...

  • Haseeb Ahmed on May 13, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    I think that Hammad must be given a chance because he knows how to play in pressure and his bowling action may confuse the aussies.The pitch will suite pakistan and Insha-Allah we will rock

  • Muhammad Saqib on May 13, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    The whole issue is with batting order and failure of middle order batsman like misbah who is getting out foolishly in every match try to reverse sweep only shot he knows. I think Fawad alam should be given chance in middle order and afridi should open with salman butt. one another thing is that afridi is not utilizing A.Razzaq skill to the full extent, he is a good finisher he should be sent to play five to six over atleast if pakistan wants good total.

  • the man on May 13, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    attack the aussies only way to win...tbh.... Akmals need to attak the short stuff(only ones that can).

  • Javed Shaikh on May 13, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Pakistan Cap Shahid Afridi should give a chance to Hammad Azzam as he is a allrounder. He must be useful with his bat or ball. He perform so well in the u19 t20 World cup & till now we have not given him a single chance to perform. If Khalid Latif is not doing well by giving a chance. Misbah is a great t20 player & he is not been in a great click till now. Mohammed Hafeez is not in a good form giving so many runs in the overs so why playing every match. Why does'nt give a chance to Hammad as he is a new player & willing to perform for the International side & try to send Abdul Razzaq as early as possible because he is a clean hitter of the ball. He takes few ball to going. And if start going then it will be very good for Pakistan to get a big score. Try to give a chance to Hamad Azzam in the big semi final against Australia. Insha Allah we will do it again to defend our title. Play with full enthusiasm. Our Allah is with us. Go Pakistan. Today is Friday it is a Good day for all Muslim.

  • Akmal on May 13, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    There is no consistency and comittment amoung pakistani players. they are free from resposibility. they donot respect each other and donot love his country as well. single word them is arrogant. althoug i like pakistan success at their semi. good luck to mr. arrogantees

  • Anwar Zubairi on May 13, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    We are gonna WIN this game "INSHALLAH"Its gonna be known as SUPER FRIDAY.Fauad Alam should be included in this match if he fails Hammad can be used in the final.Trust in ALLAH our players gonna give a great performence.

  • Imran Ahmed on May 13, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    My batting order:

    1) Salman Butt 2) Mohammad Hafeez 3) Abdul Razzak 4) Fawad Alam 5) Umar Akmal 6) Khalid Latif 7) Shahid Afridi (rotational player) 8) Kamran Akmal (rotational player) 9) Abdul Rahman 10) Mohammad Amir 11) Saeed Ajmal

    The bowling line-up played against South Africa was perfect, it should not be tinkered with.

    Fawad Alam and Khalid Latif need to be given a consistent chance in the team, like Salman Butt was given (that's the difference b/w Pakistan and Australian cricket). They are very talented batsmen. Fawad Alam is a type of player that can play the anchor role. Hammad Azam is not yet ready to step into international cricket (Under-19 cricket is not the same as international cricket). Plus, if he fails a couple of times, that can ruin his career as our people make very quick and unreasonable judgments if a new player fails.

  • Atiq on May 13, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    A pure statistical based article but the author categorically failed to analyse the potential strengths of the team against the pace battery of Australia. I believe we have a slight edge against Aussies compared to other teams in the tournament as we showed this by making highest total against them in the first round. We have relatively better batsmen to reply to the short pitch deliveries in Kamran, Hafeez and Umar who all can play horizontal bat shots. I totally disagree with the comments on Fawad and Khalid, on contrary, Misbah has failed drastically and yet not received any comments from the writter. Public writing is a responsibility and should be done honestly to avoid any undue damage / favour to individuals.

    I look forward to a close contest and hopefully a victory for Pakistan as it has become due now. Let's support our team. Pakistan Zindabad

  • TAFSEER on May 13, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Assalamu Alykum, dear brothers i think we should promote RAZZAQ after Umer also instead taking out of Misbah it will be better for couch and captain to ask him at least take single instead of wasting whole over. Also this match is very crucial we cannot take risk for Hamad because Australia is strong team and we need experience person.

  • aamir on May 13, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Hi A.A. I really can't understand one thing that why these players who r playing 4 so many years cannot think what we can think as the spectators only.They played Asif instead of Sami on the bouncy track of Barbados where Sami could have got more bounce being more lively.Another thing is that Watson is punishing Pak in every match hitting through midwicket and squire leg.Why dont our captain put fine leg and 3rd man in the circle and place fielders at deep midwicket and deep squireleg and bowl him more slow deliveries.I would be mighty disappointed if Watson give us a beating again.Secondly.we need to be more aggresive.Put an extra fielder in the ring and invite them to go over the top against spinners.Strategy in the field will play an important role in the semi final.what do you all friends think.Thanks for bearing me.

  • Saquib Jawad Khan on May 13, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    As I have said earlier in my comment to the match between Pak and S.Africa that Afridi should bat at # 3. If he gets going inshallah Pak will walk into the final. And Pak.should play this match like a champion and why not Pak. is a champion till today. Good luck to Pak.

  • Asif Noor on May 13, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Salaam,

    Everybody in the team should take his responsibility seriously because it is sheer do or die match.

    Aggression + Common Sense will be the key factors.

    Salman, Kamran, Umar, Afridi & A. Razzaq will have to resist the temptation of throwing wickets after reaching thirties and forties. Let’s pray Misbah & M. Hafeez / Fawad Alam compensate for their failures.

    In power play, Afridi should deploy best fielders on mid-on, mid-off & extra cover areas.

    I sincerely hope that Team Pakistan will repeat their performances of semifinal & final of last T20 world cup, Insha Allah.

  • salim taj on May 13, 2010, 5:22 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.

  • S. M. Hussain on May 13, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I agree with the article, except that somehow we are calling the players inthe Pakistan team "batsmen". I think that they can be called immature, unreliable, selfcentered (bigger egos than substance), unethical (selling mathces for money), mostly uneducated, totally uncoachable, etc. None of the players have any kind of an average to boast. The only player here of any substance is Razzak (the reason is that he still believes that the game is bigger than him). I think we have fallen in love with the team again (eventhough this team only has 1 victory and 3 losses of the four matches it has played (the Bangladeshi match count for nothing). We have waited for atleast 10 years for our beloved players to mature(like that is ever going to happen) such as Afradi, Hafeez, Misbah (batting), Kamran Akmal(keeping) Sami, Sohail, Yasir. All r not in the team but r part of the equation. I think that we r so smart that we think Boom Boom is a complement. Our board is a joke team needs mental maturity

  • Abaid Ullah on May 13, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    AoA, firt of all we pray 4 Pakistan cricket teram, we have a chance to win the 2nd time t20 world cup-2010. In my openion sent abdul Razzaq one Down ahead of even Afridi as in last overs always yorkers which are almost unplayble. Plan to attck in first Six overs and in the middle overs.Razzaq is great player of any format of cricket in all over the world. I think 1 Salman Butt, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Abdul Razzaq, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Muhammad Hafeez, 6 Misbah-Ul-Haq, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Muhammad Aamir, 10 Muhammad Sami 11-12 Both Abdur Rehman & Muhamma Asif. Inshallah we will won the world t20, 2010.

  • Saqib on May 13, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Misbah should be given long rest. Trust me it wont be risky to try Hammad in semi, although trying a super flop batsman can be risky. A repeated mistake and lack of boldness.

    Gut feeling Afridi will fire, Insha Allah.

    Fielding is key!

  • Gary on May 13, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Pakistan will lose no matter what.

  • Muhammad Hassan on May 13, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    i think we can win against any team in the world only if we beleive in catches win matches and do not relie on the next player down the order. In my opinion Hammad should be added in the Squad reason being latif did not click for us in the last game, so dropping him off will not hurt us much infact Hammad is a medium pacer who could be used as part time bowler too. Secondly Having Fawad back is considerable as compared to hafeez although hafeez can bowl however he has been out of touch. Fawad adds more batting to the squad and best fielding options to us. so Salman Butt,K Akmal, Misbha,Umer Akmal, Hammad, Afridi,Razzaq, Fawad, Rehman, Amir, Ajmal.... Options 3 Spinners..... 2 medium Pacers.... 1 streamline bowler...4 Pinch hitters(Afridi, Akmal Bros, Razzaq)... Stablizer (Misbha if he finds it~)...Flying Start and hopes for Good batting total SALMAN BUTT..... moreover razzaq, afridi, hammad can bucket up as all rounders.... I hope to see this in the semis....

  • Washaq on May 13, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    i think Pakistan miss Imran Nazier he is one who can bat aggressively thn any other in the top order.

    there is no place of Misbha,fawad and khalid in Pakistan T20 team. i don't now why pk selector ignore imran ???????

  • KM on May 13, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Just one thing: CATCHES WINS MATCHES. Australians will give catches. We have to hold all and even half chances.

  • Ray on May 13, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    I disagree that Fawad Alam is hopeless. He has done his best and tried. Unfortunately, he is not strong enough to lead an attack, which is a necessity in T20. He is smart, hangs around etc. but its of little value in T20's. I am surprised that Hafeez was not mentioned above? And even more surprised when Pk play him at no.3 - one of the most crucial positions in the batting. Maybe he's good at domestic level, but at this level, his technique is not good. Ever notice, the bat he plays with seems very heavy and hence he cannot lift it to play against the quicks. Its all good on slow, low Pk pitches, where one has time, but not here. You have to have time to play shots. So, I'd try Hammad Azam in this lineup and drop Hafeez.

  • zubair sheikh on May 13, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Hi, I agree with people who say that fawad is an under-utilized player. He is a middle order batsman who has been sent at wrong positions to bat. Also, if we just go with your figures then consider this: Fawad's overall T20 career: Batting Average = 20.62 and Wikets taken = 8. Fawad's contribution in matches won: Batting Average = 55.00 and Wikets taken = 7.

    Now if we purely consider the players contribution in the matches won then Fawad's average shoots up from 22.62 to 55.00 and wikets taken when pakistan won is 7 compared to the wikets taken when pakistan lost, which is 1.... This means he can contribute with ball if utilized properly, but he deserves a place on his batting ability alone...Send him at No. 4 or 5 if there are good number of overs remaining and he will be a key member. Also umar needs to go at No. 3 position. Razaak should go ahead of afridi.

  • tahir hassan on May 13, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    I would bring in fawad instead of misbah since fawad is a better batsman and fielder. I'm not sure we can replace hafeez since he a can bowl 1-2 overs with razzaq. So final team would be like

    Kamran Butt Hafeez Khalid Lateef Umar Fawad Afridi Razzaq Ammer Rehman Ajmal

    Afridi and Razzaq can both come in early or late depending on the fall or wickets and needfor accelration

    But our best chance to defeat the aussies is quality bowling and good feelding not batting

  • umair on May 12, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    You have got it wrong, the most hopeless player in the team is Salman Butt, who only plays for himself, who cant win any matches,he has been brutally exposed against the good teams on numerous occasions, he capitalizes against poor bowling attacks.Salman Butt is the real reason that Pakistan has been losing so badly in the tournament. He is good for nothing.

  • Wajahat Mohiuddin on May 12, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    I would say keep the same squad tht played against SA but keep Misbah and Hafeez out and bring in Fawad and Hammad. Inshallah Pakistan will win!!! All we can do is pray and make Dua for them!!!

  • n sharif on May 12, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Hafeez and Misbah must be replaced by Fawad and Hamad. Both Hafeez and Misbah have been given plenty of chances. Why Fawad is so underestimated is mind boggling. He played some fighting innings in Australia when everyone else was failing. Even in this tournament he played well at the time he came in. Also he is a brilliant fielder and gives a slow bowling option. He must be given a chance.

  • mohammed tariq on May 12, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    hey there i am Pakistani fan and i am very disappointed why imran nazir was not picked or even imran tufeeeq they are natrual one day players. the pcb need to get selction right. y is fahad alam playing

  • Arfan Ahmad on May 12, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    In my life time, I would just like to see Pakistan win a tournament based on their performance instead of math and probablity. What I mean is if Team A beats Teams B and Team C loses to Team D by so many runs, Pakistan qualifies.

    What a Pity!!!

  • Salim on May 12, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Pakistan should bring in some Australian players in the team to win matches... Afridi is a big loser, Misbah is a big waste, Kamran Akmal & Saeed Ajmal should install super glue to their hands to take catches.

  • Sam on May 12, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Yes give Hammad azam a chance he deserves it,we saw his hitting abilities in the under 19 WC, If someone thinks he is inexperienced then what the experience people of the team are doing,( misbah,Hafeez etc)give him a chance youngs guns can deliver big on big occassions. look at lankas youg brigade they came to the party and pulled something extraordinary.

  • Noman on May 12, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    i think m. hafeez and khaled latif should be dropped against Aussie. Hammad azam, Fawad alam or Asif should in. Kamran Akmal Salman Butt Shahid Afridi Umar Akmal Abdul razzaq Fawad Alam/ Hammad azam Misbah Rehman Aamir Ajmal Asif

  • Ali Arman on May 12, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Pakistan will win or lose the match in first six overs of Australian bowling. If they weather the storm of Nannes and Tait in first six overs and don't lose many wickets then they can attack likes of Johnson and Watson later on a pitch which is not as quick and bouncy as Barbados. Pakistan should play waiting game with Aussies. Australians gets nervous if their opponent does not show nerves.

  • Ali Majaz on May 12, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    What is wrong with everyone , be sensible , MISBAH scored the highest score of 41 against Australia , I think They should Go Along with him , may be all of you over here have forgotten the innings MISBAH is capable of , He can be switched on at any Time ! Inshallah MISBAH UL HAQ will fire this time ! AMEEN !

  • shahidnauman on May 12, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    How wrong are the people who says Pakistan does not deserve in the semis.Let me ask them, which team deserves to be in the semis than Pakistan? Newzealand, Bangladesh, India, West Indies or South Africa? Pakistan was the second best team in the its group of super 8,so it deserved to be here. Secondly Pakistan has most enterprising players of all the participating teams including Australia, yes Australia.

  • freddie.ee on May 12, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    bring asif,hammad azam in place of khalid latif and hafeez and see the difference. pak has to attack in ist 6 overs if they have to pose 170+ against Aus

  • uqba on May 12, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    well i think shahid afridi is the key , he is big match player and if pakistan has to win then afridi has to strike , reason being he is the captain and his captaincy is largely dependent on his own performance ,his leadership is bob down when he underperperforms ,so to keep the spirits of team high he has to fire.i would also suggest to replace khalid latif with hammad, reason for that is hammad is unknown to australian, he can both bat n bowl n a good feilder,he can surprise the aussies

  • waqas on May 12, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    i go through all argument n i came to analysis tht if want to win need to replace misbah with Hammad as he can do what misbah is doing n can give some help in part time bowling in case hit hard by warner or watson

  • Zain Adeeb on May 12, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Replace Misbah with Fawad Alam! Pleaseeeeeeeee! :(

  • Ali on May 12, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All said and done. I'll always be supporting Pakistan come what may but we have to look at the reality. The reality is that Pakistan is bereft of any good pace bowling attack. Spinners are always vulnerable to hard hitting. The less said about the batting the better. Even though Salman Butt has been a prolific run maker for Pakistan in the tournament, I don't think he has the ability to tackle the Aussie pace attack. Same applies to Hafeez and Misbah. So, Australia is the clear winner here. I'm sorry but Pakistan should get prepared to be massacred on Friday and take the first flight home that evening.

  • zaymran on May 12, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    We should try khalid latif one more time for Misbah because he is a good against short stuff from bowlers and u know , ausses will use it a lot against us even in St Lucia.

  • MADHAR SAHIB on May 12, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    RAZZAK is not being used till now . he always needs time to settle and when he does then he is very dangerous . he will be at his best when is playing the pacers rather than the spinners . let him play at no 3 followed by umer , afridi , and others..

  • Girl Cricket Fan on May 12, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    I completely agree with Khalid Gauhar..this present side is proving to be rather unreliable.Its such a shame that the legacy of Pakistan being one of the best sides in the world, who are unbeatable is just withering away. I REALLY do not see what the role of Hafeez is in this 20/20. Hes an expensive bowler and he cant bat! What a waste of space and cause of demoralisation for the remaining batsmen in the lineup. I really wish Afridi would be aware of his role as Captain and show some consistency and set a proper example to the team! But if they reshuffle the order and play how they did against South Africa, in the field and with the ball, then there may be a chance!

  • Mohammad Imran Ali on May 12, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    In my point of view the Pakistan batting is capable of doing good things( we should not forget the game against Australia where team made round about 160) actually the formula is not right. combination is good but the formula is not right. Seniors Players are hiding behind the Junior Players . Razzak shuld be given a responsbility in upper orde at number 3 .Umer Akmal and Afridi should be at number 5 and 6.Khalid latif at Number 4 and at number 6 Hafeez.

  • Mohammad Asad on May 12, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    In this format no one is favourite. 50 / 50 chance...... Pak has to play Total Cricket.....good fielding / good batting / good bowling & high morale.... In the batting department - Pak players have to cope properly with Bouching Deliveries..... I guess Pak should get rid of Mesbah....he should be replaced by Fawad. Butt, Akmal brothers, Afridi and Razzak are the main pillars in batting department -- they are capable & confident and they CAN do..Yeah they CAN make it.... Guys.... don't worry about AUS.... Their top order was damaged by us I mean Bangladesh and Lower order by you guys......... Go ahead with confidence and keep your morale high.... Good Luck guys...........

    Mohammad Asad from USA.

  • saif khan on May 12, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    This article is a horrible insight. Only umar and razzak doing well isnt going to win them the game. They need performances from the top order. Butt and kamran are good but they dont create partnerships often enough. Apart from the bangladesh game, one of them does well and the other gets out. The key will be for both of them to fire. To be honest i think misbah has lost his touch, he can hit sixes at will if he wants but he always tries the stupid flick shot. Fawad is a good batsmen but cant hit the sixes needed. He should replace hafeez, as he can bowl just as well. I am fearful that hafeez will get smashed if he bowls, he is good when the batsmen is under pressure but is too easy to hit. They shouldnt bowl him. The key player for me is going to be Aamer. He bowls so well at the start but doesnt pick up wickets, if he can get the openers out early then the spinners can wreck havock. Fawad should bat at 3, umar at 4, afridi at 5, razzak at 6, and i guess misbah at 7 (no other options)

  • waheed mirza on May 12, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    razzaq for all money shud bat either at no.3 or 4....u got to gv him sum tym in d middle then he can go gaga in slog overs d way onle he can..pakistan shud play aggresive brand of cricket wdout devaiting 4m commonsense approach.Afridi hz fire as an allrounder...kamran n salman r d key to thwart aussei pace attack....spinners have come up with anodr prfrmance.very imprsed wd ajmal n rehamn gud luck pak.......

  • Md. Nayeemuddin (Kohir, Hyd, India) on May 12, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Promote Umar Akmal as an opener simply because he is not only the best batsman in the Pakistan squad, but also the best batsman in the World now. Pakistan cricket board especially does not encourage talent the way India does. Where on earth has Nasser Jamsheed disappeared. If Umar Akmal lasts the 20 overs, he can be the difference between success and failure. Razzak should be promoted in the order. Misbah should bat down the order as he can control the game towards the end with his big hitting abilities and without worrying much about lasting long. Pakistan should have had Sohail Tanvir in the squad as well who was not only a better T20 bowlder than a Sami or Asif, but a better batsman down the order. There should not be too many changes in the team for the two final games except for dropping Khalid Latif and bringing Sami or Hammad Azam instead and the rest of the team should remain the same as it was against SA. Aamer can be used as pinch hitter up the order as well.

  • Nisar on May 12, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Good statistical view of the current pakistani team. BUT, we have to ask ourselves....do we deserve to be in the semi final at first place..? Of course Pakistan played really well against South Africa in order to win that match but, after that we needed to pray in order to reach the semi final. What good is our T20 championship title if we need to hope, pray and depend on other team´s win to progress to the next level (semi-final)? If we are the defending champions it doesn´t mean that we should play defensive. Unfortunately, thats exactly what our team has been doing since the tournament started, apart from the last match against south africa. Moreover, there are always talks about our batting not being consistent enough.. Why cant we just stick to the players who are performing at their highest best? Why do we have to change the batting line up all the time? BY THE WAY, where is UMAR GUL gone? He was the best bowler of the last T20 World Cup. Plz don´t hope but perform.

  • A.Ali on May 12, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Umar and Misbah should play at number 3 and 4, because they are not pinch hitters. Afridi and Razzaq should play at number 6 and 7. Number 5 can be another accumulater like Fawad or Hafeez.

  • Hur on May 12, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Pak aint gona win the semi thts for sure Aus are in real good form and they play like a team thts what matter. If Pak wants to win this game they have to play like a team and enjoy there game it seems like something is bothering them all the time whatever tht is they have to get rid of it and enjoy their game and play by their strengths

  • rao on May 12, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Salam & congratulations to all cricket lovers of Pakistan for the qulification of semi's. The talk is on about the batting order i think if Razzaq play up to te order infact 2nd down then he will give you a solid innings becouse he has not to much bowls to play down the order & precurrer is also on at the end so if he have some bowls to seetel down then he will give you much better rescult i.e.(watson,Australia). Secondly why Fawwad is not in the playing 11 I think he is also a good support at the end for the bating order. Any ways WE have to Pray of Pakistan to bring the Cup Home again. Hopefully Pakistan will Play Good in next matches & bring cup again for Pakistanies AMEEN

  • Rizwan Qureshi on May 12, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I think match between Pak & Auz will be the decider of the tounament,whoever win this match will win the world cup.Hope Pak will win...Inshallah.

  • furqan sabir on May 12, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    its razzaq who can do a magic for pakistan ,i agree with faisal akhtar that razzaq should come up in the order ,because he is such kind of player who takes some time to get used to the sitaution ,so i think he should come at two down postion so that he got enough time to show off his worth, pakistan will lift the trohpy i bet

  • furqan sabir on May 12, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    its razzaq who can do a magic for pakistan ,i agree with faisal akhtar that razzaq should come up in the order ,because he is such kind of player who takes some time to get used to the sitaution ,so i think he should come at two down postion so that he got enough time to show off his worth, pakistan will lift the trohpy i bet

  • Usman on May 12, 2010, 14:15 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. :-)

  • kashif on May 12, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    all the people are talking about razzaq and fawad no body talks about muhammad asif why he is given chance. before this tournament he was the main bowler of pakistan, suddenly what happened to him, i cannot believe this what is happening in pakistan cricket team.

  • kazi mohammad Atikur Rahaman on May 12, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    i think md. hafiz is totally failed to show his performance. he would be dropped or even if he play come later part of the innings. lossinf wicket at initial stage put more pressure on team. even afridi has some shortage of experience. he doesn't do well in bowling change condition. when a bowler give many runs in over he doesn;t change(example hafiz against austrilia at group stage), so he need to improve. even feilding change is not go well, against england when ajmal miss several catch in same place, he didn;t change ajmal in another side. if he changed, it would give some psychological advantage. it;s all about me, go pakistan go.................

  • Abdur Rauf Farooqi on May 12, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think Pakistan should win the semi final with a commanding position

  • Abdur Rauf Farooqi on May 12, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    I think Pakistan should win the semi final with a commanding position

  • furqan sabir on May 12, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    its razzaq who can do a magic for pakistan ,i agree with faisal akhtar that razzaq should come up in the order ,because he is such kind of player who takes some time to get used to the sitaution ,so i think he should come at two down postion so that he got enough time to show off his worth, pakistan will lift the trohpy i bet

  • Hameed Malik on May 12, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    If you do not drop out of form Misbah Pakistan will definitely loose to every time write it down. If you do not drop out Fawad Alam then Pakistan will lose wiith inning defeat in this 20/20 world cup. Every one from Pakistan is their to protect the honour for Pakistan and he prays to Allah to play with cool head then no one can win against Pakistan. Always remeber you are playing for Pakistan so every one of you is their to protect the honor of the country and must be Ghazi not Shaheed.

  • Mashood Mufti on May 12, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Pakistan's FUTURE TWENTY TEAM SHOULD BE

    IMRAN NAZIR SHAHZEB HASAN KAMRAN AKMAL SALMAN BUTT UMAR AKMAL ABDUL RAZZAK SHAHID AFRIDI UMAR GUL MOHAMMAD AMIR SAEED AJMAL SHOAIB AKHTAR

  • chaudry on May 12, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    sallam brothers i agree misbah ul haq should be dropped he is not good enough give fawad alam a chance . He is a good fielder and he could bat better then misbah come on pakistan we will inshallah beat australia then go on to beat srilanka again.

  • Jibran Baig on May 12, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    A lot has already been said about Fawad Alam's credentials; hence, I won't repeat it. However, what I need to ask you Mr. Shafqat, do you actually watch matches? Or writing a blog is just a hobby for you? Because, I am really getting tired of this pseudo journalism, where you guys continue to bash a talented young kid like Fawad Alam. Because if you just watch the kid play you will realize how much character that kid has, he is mentally very tough, but this raw treatment is only destroying his confidence. The reason why Pakistan's batting is never stable is because they continue to play garbage player like Mohammad Hafeez and he is only a half decent bowler. Given a chance Fawad can even bowl better than Hafeez, he has done it quite well in domestic matches. Afridi should remember he was the captain of the team that Fawad help win the domestic championship.

  • Muhammad Ahsan on May 12, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    I think most consistent lin up is Kamran Butt Umar Afridi Razzaq Fawad Hafeez Misbah Ammer Rehman Ajmal

    In bowling we should go with 1 Ammer 2 Razzaq 3 Ammer 4 Razzaq 5 Ajmal 6 rehman 7 Afridi 8 rehman 9 afridi 10 Rehman 11 Ajmal 12 Afridi 13 Ajmal 14 Afridi 15 Ajmal 16 Rehman 17 Hafeez 18 Ammer 19 Rehman 20 Ammer

  • Kumail Zaidi on May 12, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Just 1 question - what is Misbah doing in the team?

  • Rehan on May 12, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    If Pakistan will win the toss they will have 50% chance of winning the game if they will lose the toss 100% chance they will be humiliated by Mighty Australians

  • Ejaz Siddiqui on May 12, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Please replace Misbah with Hammad, he could be riskier choice but not guaranteed failure.

    [Off the topic] CricInfo should rename its "blog" to article. As I have never seen authors replying readers feedback.

  • jahangir akhtar on May 12, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    My batting order is Salman butt Khalid latif Abdul razzaq Umar akmal kamran akmal Shahid afridi Misbah ul haq M.Amir M.Sami Abdul Rehman Saeed ajmal i think that is the better combination of semi final against Austrailia

  • Zia on May 12, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    science apart, gut says PAK will win that's why they came back in tournament even after ordinary performance. If involve brain then 'Yes' PAK have 50% chances to win considering their bowling lineup and Odd but firing batting lineup.

  • shahid ahmed on May 12, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    it is not fair for player like Alam & Latif that they are hopeless without getting any proper chance only they need right occasion and step up in the batting order.australians are very strong side but remember they cannot slept well at thursday night due to pakistan un predictable behaviour and i hope pakistan could win the game & meet srilanka in the final.

  • nadir sher on May 12, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Pakistan is unpredictable, we can loose but we can win as well, All due to Afridi, if he played sensibly even for an hour and did good batting we will win. Ausie are big brand strong team but we have surprises for every one. we have heroes , only needs performance and nerves. Ausie will definitly target tactically shahid Afridi --if he survive the first over then pakistan has a chance to win.

  • Kaleem on May 12, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Can any one tell me the role of Misbah in Pak Team. I think he is just waste of valueable spot in the PAkistan side. I would pick another all rounder instead of him. Since 2007 cup Misbah has not done any thing for the team. Look at the statistics if you do not beleive me.

  • ateeq on May 12, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is key in pakistan's batiing line up. Mr Afridi plzzz leave controversies and don't under utilize Abdul Razzaq. He has been winning matches for Pakistan and hope he will do so this time as well. thanks Mr Abbasi for writing my favorite.

  • imran Khan Lodhi on May 12, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Until razzaq is fit and available Hammad is not required as they both do the same job. Spin is the kay here lads. That is the one advantaqge we have over the Aussies and the way they are playing we need to make the most of our strength which without the likes of Gul and an in form Asif is our main weapon. I think this will be a great experience for Hammad but his bowling is not at the level it needs to be at present and we already have too many batters fighting for a decent spot in the order. I feel we shoul persist with Misbah at 6 because he does having big hitting ability and Razzaq is our only finisher and i would not want anybody else doing that role so i believe putting his in early against the new ball can seriously hinder our chances. I do believe however that Afridi at 4 will give us urgency required in the first 10 overs and keep him and Razzaq seperated in the order to add that balance. My team as follows:

    Butt Kamran Umar Afridi Alam Misbah Razzaq Hafeez Rehman

  • imran Khan Lodhi on May 12, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Until razzaq is fit and available Hammad is not required as they both do the same job. Spin is the kay here lads. That is the one advantaqge we have over the Aussies and the way they are playing we need to make the most of our strength which without the likes of Gul and an in form Asif is our main weapon. I think this will be a great experience for Hammad but his bowling is not at the level it needs to be at present and we already have too many batters fighting for a decent spot in the order. I feel we shoul persist with Misbah at 6 because he does having big hitting ability and Razzaq is our only finisher and i would not want anybody else doing that role so i believe putting his in early against the new ball can seriously hinder our chances. I do believe however that Afridi at 4 will give us urgency required in the first 10 overs and keep him and Razzaq seperated in the order to add that balance. My team as follows:

    Butt Kamran Umar Afridi Alam Misbah Razzaq Hafeez Rehman

  • Feroz on May 12, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    i really love to watch Razzak batting,he is gifted with variety of strokes which is rarely seen in 2days cricket....he should play up the order and should be given more responsibilities.in bowling department he never disappoints compared to other bowler like sami,then why he is not been given the bowling on every match

  • nabeel riaz on May 12, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    salam to all my friends i just want to say that pakistan is one of the best teams of t20 cricket and now they get their rythem back after beat south africa one of the favourites of this cup inshallah pakistan can beat australia easily and win world cup again for their country .

  • Rehan Ahmad on May 12, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I think Hammad Azam should be given a chance in place of Misbah. We should show some confidence to our young players by including them in critical matches. No worries even if he fails as Misbah has also been failing for last few matches. Afridi should come one-down.

  • Owais on May 12, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Very unfair to say Fawad and Khalid are hopeless. If you say that then how would you decribe Misbah ? wasting balls and then getting out cheaply. And this had pretty much been the case through last year. I would say, play Fawad and Hamad, drop Misbah and Khalid Latif. Also see if we can find a better opener than Kamran Akmal, maybe Abdul Razzaq or anyone else. Kamran is like a ripe low hanging fruit for any quality fast bowler.

  • Ali on May 12, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Here is my suggested batting order: Butt Akmal Fawad Umer Afradi Razzaq Hammad Amir Rehan Ajmal Asif

  • Khurram Ijaz on May 12, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Pakistan should so Something about Australia's light weight and slim bats where the ball hits the toe end of the bat and still goes for six. As ICC does nothing in Australia's case Pakistan should themselves get similar bats.

  • JANJUA on May 12, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Hi. Pakistan has a much better chance to beat aussiesif they play with no fear like they did against south africa. Listen, batting order. Kamran Salman Afridi Umar Razaak Hammad/Fawad- Hafeez Khalid Abdur REHMAN Amir Ajmal

    Always put top your firing /best batsmen, Imran khan said it, make sens.

    Pakistan should play and enjoy their game with no fear and put rest on ALLAH,

    Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • SohaibQazi on May 12, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Salam Thanks to Almighty Allah that we are in Semifinal. I think Razzaq should play @ num 3. He played as an opener in ICL why cant we bring him up??? And we should get rid of Misbah and Hafeez. Its better to play with Fawad and Hammad. We can put pressure on Aus if we will play according to the plan coz they have raise the standard of this Worldcup in a new Fashion. They are just playing attacking cricket in WestIndies. What we have to do??? Just go and play like a champion. Dont worry about the result , whatever it is? Do fight.... Gud luck Pakistan for Semi Final

  • Mian Waheed on May 12, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I dont know why are we persisting with Misbah-He should be debarred permanently for his urge for the reverse sweep shot-if for nothing else.Also give Hammad a chance

  • ameer hamza on May 12, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    hi and salam to everyone no doubt australia is in great touch and have set the standard but still pakistan have a chance to win fawad alam is a great player no doubt hammad is a good one but we can not neglect misbah in this particular match because 2 years back he was the one who saved us from aussies. if aussies have the pace attack we ve got the best spin for this format and we can tackle their batsman i dont know why afridi is so much confident on hafeez. he is not bowling good nor batting any ways we should pray for pakistan and mr ashfaq hussain we should not forget that we are former champions and we are capable to be a champs again one should show love for their country according to me the team for this match must be as folow kamran butt fawad umar afridi misbah razzaq amir ajmal rehman asif

  • Irfan on May 12, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Fawad Alam has the potential and its totally unfair to label him as hopeless, what can he do if he is sent in the last 2-3 overs where his game is made for the middle overs, If he is given as much batting time as Hafeez or Misbah I am sure he ll do much better than these two, specially Misbah has been absolutely pathetic, he is not even going in double digits and scoring at a less then 100 scoring rate which is not good enough in this format. I agree with the comments here that Razzak should be coming up the order, may be at one down or two down position.

  • mazher on May 12, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Bring Hammad Azzam, Fawad Alam and Sami in place of Hafeez, Kahlid and Misbah than see the difference in this team.

  • Imran Khan Lodhi on May 12, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Fawad Alam has been grossly mistreated. He averages 56 in first class cricket and 45 in domestic one day cricket. He is a quality player and jus the sort of accumilator Pakistan need at no.5 to play alongside Umar. He is also a fantastic fielder and a hard worker with a great attitude. Afridi should bat at 4 and Umar deserves to bat at number 3 and utilize as many overs as possible as he is our best batsmen. I believe Khalid Latif should be dropped on the basis that Hafeez can bowl and both should bat low down the order anyway. Misbah 6, Razzaq 7 and contiue to play the spinners as Sami is not reliable in big games and Razzaq is experienced enough to open the bowling.

  • Javaid M. Malik on May 12, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    These are mathematical permutation & combination. Our team is in semi final now. How? I won't discuss it because everyone knows. Australia' s approach to T20 game is to attack from the word 'PLAY'. Pakistan,s approach should also be counter attack. In order to optimum use of first six overs we must change current 50 overs format. Accordingly following is suggested: K.Akmal,Razzak,U.Akmal,Afridi,Butt,Fawad,Hafeez, Rehman,Hammad,Amer & Ajmal. Everyone is shocked. I have a valid logic to prove my point of view. No body has any doubt on Australia's professionalism. They enter the field with a solid plan to tame opponents. The above team/batting order will severly effect their plan which will narrow the gap between the two teams. Since Pakistan has nothing to loose so they should take full advantage of the sitation & attack from the word 'GO'. Pakistan is due to win against Australia which is ONLY possible with positive frame of mind. Everyone must give 100% & rest leave it to your fate.

  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 12, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I unable to understand that if Hammad Azam was not tried, why had he been selected for this tour. Had he been given a chance he might have proved to b another substitute for the old guys .The main reason for their continous failure is their physique and lack of stamina. They cant match the Australian in any department of the game.Bowlers have no control on their line and length.Abdus Sami is an example and his average can show his ability. Afridi, inspite of the fact that he has played more than 250 ODIs, but still he is not dependable batsman. In order to correct his batting technique, he may b shown the videos of Batsmen like Hyden,Gilchrist and Jaisuria so that he may b able to try a perfect sixer. He still needs coaching by some senior batsman like Miandad. Fielding is the weakest department of our team. They drop the catches very often and no body improves.Their body language in the filed tells about their lack of concentration. I dont have any hope with this present team.

  • MARLO, Copenhagen on May 12, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    RAZZAQ MUST BAT AT 3 OR 4. Because he is a better player of fast bowlling than Hafiz and Khaled. Because by not loosing quick wickets of Hafiz and Khaled pressure on remaining batsmen will not be so heavy. Because he needs 12-15 balls without playing a big shot to settle and if he does he can be more destructive than Morgan.

    DON'T ONLY TARGET THEIR LEG SPINNER. He is getting a lot of wickets only because being unable to score on fasties, every one goes heavy on him and there by loses wicket.

    PLAY INSIDE OUT (COVER) TO TAIT. He tends to inswing the ball late even on new ball. Thats how Kamran Akmal lost his wicket to inside edge and that what I have been observing through whole the tournament.

    FAWAD IN - KHALED OUT. I see no chance of Khaled or hafiz scoring against Aussies when they cant against medium pacers. Fawad is a much much better option than Khaled. His only problem is same as Razaqs, they come in to bat when a few balls are left.

    MIND SHORT BALL. leave them

  • Captain Usman on May 12, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Dr. Saad. I wish u could write in Urdu as well, so the message could have reached our players.

  • Abdul Razzaq on May 12, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Sent abdul Razzaq one Down ahead of even Afridi as in last overs always yorkers which are almost unplayble. Plan to attck in first Six overs and in the middle overs.

  • mirza imran on May 12, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    my question is why Afridi not giving ball to Fawad alam when he play the game because he is a slow bowler as well

  • Ahmed Afzal on May 12, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    I would personally request Shahid Afridi to concentrate a little more while batting and not to think hitting all delivery for 4 or 6 . Please Shahid dont be carried away. Inshallah we will win.

  • Omar on May 12, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    There is no use to play with Mohd Hafeez what he did in last 5 matches with his bat coming in # 3 and getting out its making much pressure on the meddle order be and Fawad Alam should give chance in # 3 if he failed will not make different because already Khalil and Hafeez been failed in this number Afridi be brave and take this step We will when Inshallah

  • Isahaq on May 12, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Lets make one thing clear...Fawad Alam has not had a proper chance. If anything Fawad Alam should come in on number three. He is technically sound and a very good between the wickets..he should be promoted...he could be the new younis khan

  • Hashim Abdullah on May 12, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Australia looks pretty strong but there are few advantages Pakistan has. 1- Pakistan has scored most runs in an innings by any team against australia in this tournament i.e. 157. 2- The respetive pitch is a bit slow and the bounce is not quick. So Ausi pace attack is not as dangerous as it was we played with them last time. 3- Pakistan has best spinners in his format of the game. With the help of big ground australia can be contained. No dount australia is in good form and Pakistan has to give 100% in order to be successful.

  • Tahir on May 12, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    In my point of view,Pakistan reached at this stage due its luck instead of efforts.The selection of the team is unjustified specially Misbah,Khalid Latif,Asif & Fawad.Hammad should give chance to prove it will be better option then Khalid.I think Imran Nazir & Shazeb Hassan should be the part of the squad n also one fast bowler short.Anyway my prayer r with PAKISTAN TEAM.

  • MIAN SHAYAN on May 12, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    my suggestion to Pakistan is to take 1st two batsman Abdul Razzaq and Umar Akmal

  • klobania on May 12, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    i think sticking on statistics simply not give right equation it is the performance on a given day that matters the most. i donot agree that fawad alam is useless how can someone is useless until and unless he is used properly. i agree he is not slogger but he can stay at crease and should either be sent up order or not to be playing eleven given inconsistency in our middle order. i also believe misbah should be given another chance as he can play major role against ozs like he did in 2007 world cup

  • kaleem Mahmood on May 12, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    salam, if pakis should win the sumifanal they will have to bring Razzak at number three, this will give him enough time to set ,as we know he is a fear less big hitters of fast bowling thts why i think the prospect of being sucessful against australia are high coz they have only one spinner and 4 fast bowlers.

  • KHALID GAUHAR on May 12, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I dont know why Hammad Azam has been selected if he was not to be given a chance. In my opinion he would have been tried in the early matches. The problem No.1 with Pakistan is this, that its players dont have that much height as compared to Australian, due to which they r unable to handle opposition when bat and also when they use to bowl other side. Fielding is the important department in which our players r lacking far behind the other teams. It looks quite strange when they drop catches and offer the match to the others easily. Fighting spirit after Imran Khan is yet to be seen in Pakistan team. Their body language always suggesst that they r not playing for the win.Afridi has played more than 250 ODIs,but still needs to be educated as far batting is concerned.His technique may be got corrected by some senior player like Javed Miandad. He may also be shownk videos of Hyden and Jaisuriya as to how sixer is tried.All in all am not satisfied with the present Pakistan Cricket team

  • nawaz on May 12, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Afridi will be the key in semi final, if he explode with the bat, then pak will win.

  • Uneb on May 12, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    I am also in favor of picking fawwad in place of misbah. He and umar will make a good combination in the middle. I think they both complement each other with their game. Another guy who is missing out is Hafeez, he also has to be replaced with Hammad Azam. He has played very well in the U19 world cup and should be given atleast one chance as he is picked for the final 15 of the world cup. But he should be basically playing at no. 5 or 6 where he has done wonders for U19 team and either Umar or Fawwad should be promoted or even Razzak may be. Whatever is the combination we wish Pakistan to win against Aussies, which is now due for a long time.

  • Anonymous on May 12, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Hi, many comments are against Misbah. But in my opinnion, we can not get chance to introduce Hammad in the place of Misbah at this stage (semi-final match). I am sure, if Hammad will fail then all people will shout why Misbah was not playing etc.. My concern is only, two fast/medium pace bowlers. In my opinnion, we should add one bowler like Sami/ asif/ any other fast or medium bowler.

  • Haroon on May 12, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Replace Hafeez with Fawad, who can bat, bowl and field well. Also replace Misbah with Khalid Latif to have a go at the end. Not much tinkering required.

  • Asim Qureshi on May 12, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Umar & Razzaq do hold the key against Australia. But one thing to notify is the fact that Razzaq is underutilized. How can you expect a guy to get you going while batting at 7 or 8. He is much better when he gets in early, which he has on numerous occassions demonstrated while batting 1 or 2 down. Umar should also batt 2 or 3 down. Basic problem with us is that our best players come in to bat when the side is under pressure either of fralling wickets or a very slow run rate. Formula shoud be simple, get your best players in early & give them the chance to destroy Australia. Thumbs up to Pakistan

  • Syed Suhail on May 12, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Misbah has been a total disappointment. Try hammad instead and promote Razzak up the order. Afrirdi needs to learn a thing or two in capitancy tricks.....REST ASSURED WE WILL DEFEND THE TITLE INSHALLAH....

  • Gal on May 12, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    I don't know anything about cricket technicalities. All i know is I will make Duas and I hope Pak sets their standards high and goes beyond everyone's expectations. Hope for a quality performance. Especially from Afridi Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, and Abdul Razzaq. And no misfielding and no silly mistakes!!!!!!!!

  • rashed on May 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    I think Razzak could bat at the opening stand with Butt. Kamran could bat well in he lower order. and instead of Hafeez give Hammad Azam a chance. he has the spirit of youth and also the experienceo under 19 world cup. My best eleven is Butt, Razzaq, hammad Azam, Umer Akmal, Afridi, Misbah, Kamran akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohd AAmeer, Md Asif

  • ZZQ on May 12, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Well for one thing, we certainly do lack having any recognized batsman in our side. We dont have a single player that can stand in the league of Watson, Peiterson, Gibbs, Kallis, Sachin, etc. In our team, players fairing on averages b/w 20-30 have started claiming themselves batsmen. Hence v have to digest as poor a keeper as Akmal.

    in ODI and Only Salman Butt has shown some semblance of an opener.

    And Saad, u r simply not doing fair when u give a verdict "... Khalid Latif or Fawad Alam, have been hopeless".

    Fawad is a promising batsman. The stats given by Noman are enuf to prove this. Only thing he isn't so far utilized at the right position. He has got stability and can rotate the strike pretty well and can also hit shots as displayed in several matches. He's definitely a better choice over Misbah and Hafeez.

    Likewise, we should also consider Hammad Azam as he will add to the strength.

    Best of Luck Pakistan. If you play as a team, nothing can stop you.

  • rao on May 12, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Pakistan 'll win........... Inshallah

  • Fahad on May 12, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    I think Fawad in place of Misbah makes sense. He has shown in past to be an anchorish type of player but batting down at #8 really doesn't give him any chance to do anything. It is quite harsh to judge him based on performance for batting when he comes at #8.

  • Ashfaq Hussain on May 12, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Pakistan has been lucky enough to reach to semis...however they dont deserve it...However let me tell u..they will get humilated in first semi-finals against Aussies...There is no comparison..Pls stop watching it as Aussies have set very high standards in this format aswell and it will take teams quite a while to reach to that standard...

  • Muazzum Shah on May 12, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Asalam o Alikom! first of all ALLAH BLESS our team. i requset to Shahid khan Afridi plz one down plying to razzrq.

  • Faisal on May 12, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    I think these numbers are pretty useless in a game of 11 players. Although Razzaq and Umar are exciting in this format, I think everyone will have to click more or less to make a wining combination.

  • Farhan on May 12, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Isn't it time they promoted Razzak up the order? Give him time to settle and some balls to play with and he can wreck havoc with any bowling attack.

    Also which would you prefer: a risky Hammad Azam or a guaranteed failure (Hafeez/Misbah/Alam)??

  • abdu on May 12, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    drop misbah and hafeez. Bring Razzaq one down.

  • waterbuffalo on May 12, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    It will be a repeat of the last final, Pakistan vs S. Lanka, Pakistan has nothing to lose against Australia, Oz are huge favourites, so just go for it and don't panic. Also Pak is due for a win against the Aussies.

  • mislam on May 12, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    We can do all statistical data treatment but the fact remains is that Pakistan has weak batting line up along with records of important catch drops at crucial time. The bowling department, specially with the fast bowlers is not at par with australia. So the chance for Pakistan is very little. But they have a history of playing good as they go up in the tournament. Couple of changes are definitely needed and everyone has to lift his game for any competition with the ruthless australia. A final without a subcontinent team looks more likely but Srilanka can have the last laugh. Paper tiger India is out by super quality Srilanka. They are the only subcontinent team to match australia's power.

  • Asif on May 12, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    I do not agree with you on this.Actually most of the time pak wins if Afridi clicks.Afridi being an allrounder has a big impact on the result of a match.Whenever Afridi fails pak looses.So I think if Afridi clicks as he did in the previous World cup than pak has a good chance of winning this time also.Even in the group match against aussies he did scared them for a brief moment.My suggestion to afridi is that he should bat @ 3 or 4 so that there will be no pressure on the batsman to follow as the run rate will go up.Even if he gets out early than u have razzak for the slog overs.

  • Syed Jamal on May 11, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Hi Saad: Great statistical insight. Yet, you fail to ask for Misbah to be replaced by Hammad Azam. What are we going to lose anyway? Hammad might still do some spin bowling. Also, play Sami in place of Khalid Latif and send Razzak earlier. Another pace bowler, if used intelligently can take a wicket or two. If Pakistan play with confidence at St. Lucia, they will win, Insha Allah. Syed

  • Rafi on May 11, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    You are spot on when it comes to Razzaq and Umar. But i think you are harsh on Fawad. He is being utilised in a wrong position. He should move up the order. One down or two down. Let him work with Umar, they can accumulate runs. rotate strike. Misbah is the biggest disappointment. Afridi is slowly getting his form back, and he did perform well in the last game with both bat and ball.

    I believe we have the right combination going finally. One final tweak, and we might just make it this time! :D

  • Sajjad Ahmad on May 11, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Abdul Razzaq, I believe he is one of the best in this short form of game and any given day he riase showed at many occasions international/ICL or others. On the other hand Umer Akmal is young and not muture enough but he showed at number of occasion some maturety but very good prospect for Pakistan. Good article with some intersting stats.

  • Adeel on May 11, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    These figures might suggest a thing or too but it is unfair to call fawad and latif 'hopeless'. How many chances have they been given? One to Latif and 2 to Fawad. I would request the author to do justice to the strength of words by giving the two the benefit of doubt given the scarce opportunities they have been offered. I am still positive that Fawad Alam can do well if he is sent up the order, as for Khalid Latif, he was probably told to up the run rate by taking a few risks in the only match he played and if he played to the plan, it atleast shows that he is unselfish; a rare quality in our conspiracy gripped team.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 11, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Mr. Shafqat, kindly refrain from painting “false scenario”. “ITS NOT ABOUT UMAR AND/OR RAZZAQ” !. Averages do not make exceptions for ‘docile-low bounce’ continental pitches from minefields like WACA/MCG/CapeTown!

    Crux of the matter is – on Friday, IT’S ALL ABOUT : 1) Mental toughness. 2) Breaking the “Aussie-spirit”. 3) Ability of Pakistani batsmen to tackle the “BOUNCING” deliveries (chin-music).

    Good news is that the Aussie batting is not “bomb-proof” ( evident from recent performances of top-order against B/Desh, S/Lanka + lower order against Pakistan - Last over fiasco). Now that the Pakistan is hitting the top-gear, Pak-Bowling have the fire-power to expose the Batting(OZ) chinks and break the trade mark “Aussie-spirit”.

    **Early blows/punches/exchanges will have a direct bearing on the out come.

    No rocket-science - Akmal bros. play pivotal role in Pakistan Batting (others are bonus only).

    Gut feeling : men from down under will be hit by “PAKI-THUNDER”!

    Jawed, Karachi

  • desihungama on May 11, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Thw whole batting fiasco is more to do selection criteria. Wrong people have been picked for wrong formats. For instance, if a lad does well in a T20 match, he is instantly picked for a ODI or a Test. Likewise, if a lad does not do well in a given Test or a ODi but is a specialist T20 player, he is ignored. This has got to change. You can;t keep on picking/dropping players like this.

  • Faisal Akhtar on May 11, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    I always felt that Razzaq has been under-utilized. In a T-20 game, there are not enough balls for him to play at the end, therefore I think he should come ahead of Afridi. My batting order would be: Butt Kamran Umar Akmal Razzaq Afridi Hammad Misbah Hafeez Amer Rahman Ajmal

    I think Spin would be a better option against Australia. Due to the big grounds it will always be difficult to lift a spinner out of the park.

  • Noman on May 11, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    I still don't understand the following statement (and the article author is not alone in saying that)

    "Meanwhile other batting options, such as Khalid Latif or Fawad Alam, have been hopeless."

    Why is Fawad Alam hopeless? He iscoming in at number eight with nothing much left in the game. Even then he was more than decent against Australia. Why can't he play the batting anchor role in the middle order? I mean, for someone to be considered hopeless, shouldn't he be given a chance to do something first.

    Fawad's average in 20 T20 games is 20, with strike rate of 128. His last four T20 innings, where he got chance to bat were 23 (23 deliveries) #6 vs Eng 28 (20 deliveries) #6 vs Eng 16 (11 deliveries) #8 vs Aus 1 (3 deliveries) #8 vs Eng

    I fail to understand why Fawad Alam is not given more show of confidence. Same thing happened in NZL, where he was dropped after one failure in test matches (and that's when just the test before he hit 100 in SL) He was even sent back to Pak. Amazing.

  • Umar on May 11, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    DR Saad, It is simple Pakistan have to play like cornered Tigers, Not go after the short ball, catch their catches and back each other and have fun

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  • Umar on May 11, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    DR Saad, It is simple Pakistan have to play like cornered Tigers, Not go after the short ball, catch their catches and back each other and have fun

  • Noman on May 11, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    I still don't understand the following statement (and the article author is not alone in saying that)

    "Meanwhile other batting options, such as Khalid Latif or Fawad Alam, have been hopeless."

    Why is Fawad Alam hopeless? He iscoming in at number eight with nothing much left in the game. Even then he was more than decent against Australia. Why can't he play the batting anchor role in the middle order? I mean, for someone to be considered hopeless, shouldn't he be given a chance to do something first.

    Fawad's average in 20 T20 games is 20, with strike rate of 128. His last four T20 innings, where he got chance to bat were 23 (23 deliveries) #6 vs Eng 28 (20 deliveries) #6 vs Eng 16 (11 deliveries) #8 vs Aus 1 (3 deliveries) #8 vs Eng

    I fail to understand why Fawad Alam is not given more show of confidence. Same thing happened in NZL, where he was dropped after one failure in test matches (and that's when just the test before he hit 100 in SL) He was even sent back to Pak. Amazing.

  • Faisal Akhtar on May 11, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    I always felt that Razzaq has been under-utilized. In a T-20 game, there are not enough balls for him to play at the end, therefore I think he should come ahead of Afridi. My batting order would be: Butt Kamran Umar Akmal Razzaq Afridi Hammad Misbah Hafeez Amer Rahman Ajmal

    I think Spin would be a better option against Australia. Due to the big grounds it will always be difficult to lift a spinner out of the park.

  • desihungama on May 11, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Thw whole batting fiasco is more to do selection criteria. Wrong people have been picked for wrong formats. For instance, if a lad does well in a T20 match, he is instantly picked for a ODI or a Test. Likewise, if a lad does not do well in a given Test or a ODi but is a specialist T20 player, he is ignored. This has got to change. You can;t keep on picking/dropping players like this.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 11, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Mr. Shafqat, kindly refrain from painting “false scenario”. “ITS NOT ABOUT UMAR AND/OR RAZZAQ” !. Averages do not make exceptions for ‘docile-low bounce’ continental pitches from minefields like WACA/MCG/CapeTown!

    Crux of the matter is – on Friday, IT’S ALL ABOUT : 1) Mental toughness. 2) Breaking the “Aussie-spirit”. 3) Ability of Pakistani batsmen to tackle the “BOUNCING” deliveries (chin-music).

    Good news is that the Aussie batting is not “bomb-proof” ( evident from recent performances of top-order against B/Desh, S/Lanka + lower order against Pakistan - Last over fiasco). Now that the Pakistan is hitting the top-gear, Pak-Bowling have the fire-power to expose the Batting(OZ) chinks and break the trade mark “Aussie-spirit”.

    **Early blows/punches/exchanges will have a direct bearing on the out come.

    No rocket-science - Akmal bros. play pivotal role in Pakistan Batting (others are bonus only).

    Gut feeling : men from down under will be hit by “PAKI-THUNDER”!

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Adeel on May 11, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    These figures might suggest a thing or too but it is unfair to call fawad and latif 'hopeless'. How many chances have they been given? One to Latif and 2 to Fawad. I would request the author to do justice to the strength of words by giving the two the benefit of doubt given the scarce opportunities they have been offered. I am still positive that Fawad Alam can do well if he is sent up the order, as for Khalid Latif, he was probably told to up the run rate by taking a few risks in the only match he played and if he played to the plan, it atleast shows that he is unselfish; a rare quality in our conspiracy gripped team.

  • Sajjad Ahmad on May 11, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Abdul Razzaq, I believe he is one of the best in this short form of game and any given day he riase showed at many occasions international/ICL or others. On the other hand Umer Akmal is young and not muture enough but he showed at number of occasion some maturety but very good prospect for Pakistan. Good article with some intersting stats.

  • Rafi on May 11, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    You are spot on when it comes to Razzaq and Umar. But i think you are harsh on Fawad. He is being utilised in a wrong position. He should move up the order. One down or two down. Let him work with Umar, they can accumulate runs. rotate strike. Misbah is the biggest disappointment. Afridi is slowly getting his form back, and he did perform well in the last game with both bat and ball.

    I believe we have the right combination going finally. One final tweak, and we might just make it this time! :D

  • Syed Jamal on May 11, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Hi Saad: Great statistical insight. Yet, you fail to ask for Misbah to be replaced by Hammad Azam. What are we going to lose anyway? Hammad might still do some spin bowling. Also, play Sami in place of Khalid Latif and send Razzak earlier. Another pace bowler, if used intelligently can take a wicket or two. If Pakistan play with confidence at St. Lucia, they will win, Insha Allah. Syed

  • Asif on May 12, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    I do not agree with you on this.Actually most of the time pak wins if Afridi clicks.Afridi being an allrounder has a big impact on the result of a match.Whenever Afridi fails pak looses.So I think if Afridi clicks as he did in the previous World cup than pak has a good chance of winning this time also.Even in the group match against aussies he did scared them for a brief moment.My suggestion to afridi is that he should bat @ 3 or 4 so that there will be no pressure on the batsman to follow as the run rate will go up.Even if he gets out early than u have razzak for the slog overs.