November 25, 2010

Azhar shines in new middle order

The value of the ICC's Test rankings might be debatable but a quick glance makes one immediate impression: the world of Test cricket is two divisions in one
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The value of the ICC's Test rankings might be debatable but a quick glance makes one immediate impression: the world of Test cricket is two divisions in one. Pakistan are in the second tier, an unhealthy distance adrift of Australia who prop up the top teams. That Pakistan haven't hit the bottom of the pile, however, is a wonder in itself. Even in the severest adversity, mostly self-afflicted, Pakistan have been able to pull off a surprise win or commendable draw.

The South Africa series is a case in point. Despite the loss of leading players, the one-day series was a thriller right up to the moment that Zulqarnain Haider fled to England. The deciding match was a disappointment but Pakistan's nerves were clearly frazzled by the sudden controversy. In that context, and compounded by injuries to Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan looked set for an absolute battering in the Test series.

Typically, expectation and reality were distant cousins. Much to everybody's surprise Pakistan batted with grit, sound technique, and occasional aggression. It was a method that hadn't been exhibited by Pakistan for quite some time. What prompted it is unclear? But a drawn series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was a minor triumph for Pakistan cricket, although both teams were more defensive in the Test series than they needed to be.

The shining star for Pakistan was Azhar Ali, who added to the concentration and technique that he had demonstrated in England this summer with some positive strokeplay. Whereas Azhar had looked somewhat limited in England, he flourished in the United Arab Emirates. A player of solid temperament and technique has been a rare commodity in Pakistan cricket, and Azhar needs to build on this encouraging start to his Test career.

Further encouragement came in the shape of Asad Shafiq's debut half-century. Asad is composed and well organised at the crease, another throwback to the art of proper batsmanship. While Umar Akmal might be more talented than both Azhar and Asad, Pakistan's wastrel has something to learn from his junior colleagues in the way that they applied themselves. If he can do that, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul Haq--who both confirmed that they still have miles in the tank--will have the opportunity to oversee the development of a new middle-order for Pakistan.

Clearly the batsmen had it easy here but pressure can undo a batsman on the easiest of tracks--and Pakistan's batsmen were invariably under pressure. A sterner test will follow in New Zealand but it is a pleasant surprise to be discussing some postives from Pakistan's batting performances.

But just as we see some green shots among the batsmen, Pakistan's bowling is in dire trouble especially in Test cricket. New Zealand will be a fairer examination of the bowlers too but without Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif Pakistan's bowling carries little guile or penetration.

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  • mohammad zubair hassan on January 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    i never ever beileives that there are dark clouds on pakistan cricket, pakistan has lot of talent and have players for each poistion of playing eleven if this current team not play i am very hope ful for the test series against newzealand arrival of younis khan in test and ODI's make our team more strong i will apprecaite the youngster like asad shafiq and azhar ali perfomance in recent team well i say asad shafiq is player like great inzi

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg USA on December 16, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Today at Centurian, the South African pace attack of Morne Morkel & Dale Steyn proved: why they are widely regarded as the best pacemen among all the teams. They dismantled the run scoring veteran batting line up of India and proved that Indians are only good on slow tracks. Under those conditions, if Pakistan was playing today instead of India, they would have been bundled for less than 50. It says a lot for the teams of the sub-continent, who are also known to be bullies of the slow tracks. Unless the pitch plays the same tomorrow, the high powered in form South Africa batting will will post a huge score and India will taste their first defeat of the tour. Indian pace attack can't compare to that of South Africa, and even if the conditions of today were to prevail tomorrow, South Africans used to playing on bouncy & seaming wickets will take a big lead. The ICC has to alter the rating system for the Test sides. It should be based on 50% matches to be played at home and 50% on tour.

  • Anwar Husain on December 13, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Pakistan Team should be If Butt/Asif/Amir/Kamran is not available in WC

    1 Hafeez 2 Ahmad shahzad 3 Razzaq 4 younas khan 5 Asad shafiq 6 Umar Akmal (Only for W/c) 7 Malik 8 Shahid Afridi (Cap) 9 Umar Gul 10 Shoab Akhtar 11 Wahab riaz 12 Shoail Tanvir 13 Raza Hassan/ ssaeed ajmal 15 Fawad Alam (For Feilding) 16 Imran nazir/ Shazib Hasan

    Because all you need in WC is :- 1 Very Strong Batting Line 2 All Rouinders(Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq, Malik) 3 Good Feilders(Hafeez, Afridi, Fawad, Malik,Umar, Asad) 4 Power Hitters (Razzaq, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shazib Hasan, Imran nazir) 5 Team Player 6 Variation in bowling (Fast-Shoaib Akhtar, Contrrolled- Tanveer & Tanvir,, Death Bowler-Gul, Good Spinner- Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeex, Raza Hasan and Malik and more importantly partnership Breaker-Razzaq)

    Please Players like Mohd Yousf, Misbah, Azhar, Umar Amin, Tafuq, Farhat should not be included

  • mohammed adnan on December 13, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    hi every one. pakistan did well against south africa but the bollowing was weak with out mohammed amir and asif my one day / t20 team

    imran nazir mohammed hafeez younis khan or shoib malik asad shafiq umar akmal kamran akmal shahid afridi abdur razzaq umar gul wahab raiz or amir sohail tanveer or asif

    test team

    taufeeq umar mohammed hafeez azhar ali mohammed yousof younis khan asad shafiq kamran or umar akmal wk abdul razzaq or afridi umar gul or asif wahab raiz or amir hasan raza or saeed adjmal

    people you need a good all rounder at number 7

  • aftab on December 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Doc, you saw all bowling attacks in a space of few days. Any comments on their ranking, esp where does Pak stands? ('Cause ultimately it's the bowlers who put you in higher ranks)

  • ali on December 4, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    one day team The most desrtutive one day team in the world will be : Imran Nazir Shahzaib Hassan Ahmad Shehzad Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal Afridi Razzaq M.Amir ( if not cleared than Umar Gu Ab. Rehman Shoaib Akhtar M. Asif ( if not cleared than Wahab Riaz)

  • mohammed Adnan on December 4, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    my test team will be my one day and t20 team will be

    taufeeq umar / salman butt mohammed hafeez mohammed hafeez imran nazir azhar ali kamran akmal wk younis khan umar akmal mohammed yousof shoib malik misbah ul haq Captain shahid afridi umar akmal wk abdur razzaq afridi / razzaq / malik younis khan wahab riaz / mohammed asif umar gul umar gul / mohammed amair wahab riaz / amir saeed adjmal shoib akhtar / asif

    i belive you need a all rounder in test at number 7 and u dont need a spinner in odi and t20 as you got three good spinning allrounders u rather play a extra batsman and younis or yousof could play at 3 in odi and imran nazir is a must u need attacking openers in the 1st powerplay.

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on December 1, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    The series in the UAE ended on a positive note for pakistan cricket. Firstly, Misbah, passed the first test of performing under pressure, and captaincy did not affect his batting. How good a captain is he, only time can tell, and how well the team performs... The debutants and the recall of Taufiq Umar and Hafeez, steadied the rocking ship of Pakistan cricket. Rehman bowled fairly well under the conditions. The early wicket denied on a benign pitch, did not help his cause. Nothing special about Sami, but he too was undone by bad decisions. Asad Shafiq batted well for his debut innings. The policy of playing Just four bowlers is not good for the future of our cricket. An additional batsman, in the past did not help the cause, and our team made headlines when they scored over three hundred runs in an innings. Five bowlers is what the team needs. We need to have bowlers who can bowl a side out twice in a match, on any wicket, if the emphasis is on winning and not on drawing test matches.

  • Nadeem Khan on November 29, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It is all about developing a bunch of players around Younis-Misbah-Yousaf-Afridi-Razzaq-Kamran. Lets hope Amir is back, then we have every chance to win the world cup in 2011.

  • Farrukh on November 29, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    i Can't understand why people are taking Fawad Alam name in the team. Even he don't have good technique, he can't hit the ball when required. and one match we lost just bcoz of him in south africa series. i think now selectors should think about him and don't take his and Kaneria name in the team. Kaneria who always give 200 runs and take 5 wkts wats the use of bowler like him????

  • mohammad zubair hassan on January 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    i never ever beileives that there are dark clouds on pakistan cricket, pakistan has lot of talent and have players for each poistion of playing eleven if this current team not play i am very hope ful for the test series against newzealand arrival of younis khan in test and ODI's make our team more strong i will apprecaite the youngster like asad shafiq and azhar ali perfomance in recent team well i say asad shafiq is player like great inzi

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg USA on December 16, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Today at Centurian, the South African pace attack of Morne Morkel & Dale Steyn proved: why they are widely regarded as the best pacemen among all the teams. They dismantled the run scoring veteran batting line up of India and proved that Indians are only good on slow tracks. Under those conditions, if Pakistan was playing today instead of India, they would have been bundled for less than 50. It says a lot for the teams of the sub-continent, who are also known to be bullies of the slow tracks. Unless the pitch plays the same tomorrow, the high powered in form South Africa batting will will post a huge score and India will taste their first defeat of the tour. Indian pace attack can't compare to that of South Africa, and even if the conditions of today were to prevail tomorrow, South Africans used to playing on bouncy & seaming wickets will take a big lead. The ICC has to alter the rating system for the Test sides. It should be based on 50% matches to be played at home and 50% on tour.

  • Anwar Husain on December 13, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Pakistan Team should be If Butt/Asif/Amir/Kamran is not available in WC

    1 Hafeez 2 Ahmad shahzad 3 Razzaq 4 younas khan 5 Asad shafiq 6 Umar Akmal (Only for W/c) 7 Malik 8 Shahid Afridi (Cap) 9 Umar Gul 10 Shoab Akhtar 11 Wahab riaz 12 Shoail Tanvir 13 Raza Hassan/ ssaeed ajmal 15 Fawad Alam (For Feilding) 16 Imran nazir/ Shazib Hasan

    Because all you need in WC is :- 1 Very Strong Batting Line 2 All Rouinders(Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq, Malik) 3 Good Feilders(Hafeez, Afridi, Fawad, Malik,Umar, Asad) 4 Power Hitters (Razzaq, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shazib Hasan, Imran nazir) 5 Team Player 6 Variation in bowling (Fast-Shoaib Akhtar, Contrrolled- Tanveer & Tanvir,, Death Bowler-Gul, Good Spinner- Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeex, Raza Hasan and Malik and more importantly partnership Breaker-Razzaq)

    Please Players like Mohd Yousf, Misbah, Azhar, Umar Amin, Tafuq, Farhat should not be included

  • mohammed adnan on December 13, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    hi every one. pakistan did well against south africa but the bollowing was weak with out mohammed amir and asif my one day / t20 team

    imran nazir mohammed hafeez younis khan or shoib malik asad shafiq umar akmal kamran akmal shahid afridi abdur razzaq umar gul wahab raiz or amir sohail tanveer or asif

    test team

    taufeeq umar mohammed hafeez azhar ali mohammed yousof younis khan asad shafiq kamran or umar akmal wk abdul razzaq or afridi umar gul or asif wahab raiz or amir hasan raza or saeed adjmal

    people you need a good all rounder at number 7

  • aftab on December 7, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Doc, you saw all bowling attacks in a space of few days. Any comments on their ranking, esp where does Pak stands? ('Cause ultimately it's the bowlers who put you in higher ranks)

  • ali on December 4, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    one day team The most desrtutive one day team in the world will be : Imran Nazir Shahzaib Hassan Ahmad Shehzad Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal Afridi Razzaq M.Amir ( if not cleared than Umar Gu Ab. Rehman Shoaib Akhtar M. Asif ( if not cleared than Wahab Riaz)

  • mohammed Adnan on December 4, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    my test team will be my one day and t20 team will be

    taufeeq umar / salman butt mohammed hafeez mohammed hafeez imran nazir azhar ali kamran akmal wk younis khan umar akmal mohammed yousof shoib malik misbah ul haq Captain shahid afridi umar akmal wk abdur razzaq afridi / razzaq / malik younis khan wahab riaz / mohammed asif umar gul umar gul / mohammed amair wahab riaz / amir saeed adjmal shoib akhtar / asif

    i belive you need a all rounder in test at number 7 and u dont need a spinner in odi and t20 as you got three good spinning allrounders u rather play a extra batsman and younis or yousof could play at 3 in odi and imran nazir is a must u need attacking openers in the 1st powerplay.

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on December 1, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    The series in the UAE ended on a positive note for pakistan cricket. Firstly, Misbah, passed the first test of performing under pressure, and captaincy did not affect his batting. How good a captain is he, only time can tell, and how well the team performs... The debutants and the recall of Taufiq Umar and Hafeez, steadied the rocking ship of Pakistan cricket. Rehman bowled fairly well under the conditions. The early wicket denied on a benign pitch, did not help his cause. Nothing special about Sami, but he too was undone by bad decisions. Asad Shafiq batted well for his debut innings. The policy of playing Just four bowlers is not good for the future of our cricket. An additional batsman, in the past did not help the cause, and our team made headlines when they scored over three hundred runs in an innings. Five bowlers is what the team needs. We need to have bowlers who can bowl a side out twice in a match, on any wicket, if the emphasis is on winning and not on drawing test matches.

  • Nadeem Khan on November 29, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It is all about developing a bunch of players around Younis-Misbah-Yousaf-Afridi-Razzaq-Kamran. Lets hope Amir is back, then we have every chance to win the world cup in 2011.

  • Farrukh on November 29, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    i Can't understand why people are taking Fawad Alam name in the team. Even he don't have good technique, he can't hit the ball when required. and one match we lost just bcoz of him in south africa series. i think now selectors should think about him and don't take his and Kaneria name in the team. Kaneria who always give 200 runs and take 5 wkts wats the use of bowler like him????

  • faiz on November 29, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    hell all we also wish n pray tht all three tainted player (butt, asif, aamir)should clear (INSHALLAH)and back bfor world cup but the way ICC handling and showing all their agression against them it seems to b very difficult tht thy could come back bfor WC.

  • Nomi on November 28, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Australia are not what they used to be. Looking at Dubai series, Pakistan surely can beat SA. India vs Pakistan is anybodys game. So watch out for England. Otherwise Pakistan has equal chances to go long way in this WC. Pakistan should persist with the team, which played ODi against SA. The only addition needed is Kamran Akmal but only if he plays clean. Other Option is to play Umar Akmal as keeper. Here is my team:

    Hafeez Shahzaib Younis Asad Yousef Misbah Umar Akmal (wk) Afridi Razaq Wahab/sohail Tanvir Gul/shoaib Saeed Ajmal/Rahman It gives 6 bowlers (3 medium fast 3 spinners) and a very long batting line which accelerates as soon as Umar comes in. Umar,Afridi, Razaq, Wahab are good for 100 in last 10 overs. If Kamran comes in than Shahzaib has to sit out.

  • afraz on November 28, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    pak world cup team imran razzak hafeez younis yousuf kamran afridi sohail tanvir gul ajmal akhtar

  • Nini on November 28, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Sachin is All time best for INDIA. Yousuf, Younis and other Pak batsmen doesnt even come close to THE GREAT SACHIN..

  • sarwar on November 28, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    the advent of azhar is a definite high for test cricket as far as pak is concerned.but with the wc just a few walks away,it wont be a bad idea to include him in the odi x11 looking into the fragile and brittle middle order.and seriously if they have to reach the last four,you have to spare a thought for someone more experienced in the bowling department like a kaneria or a sohail tanvir to support akhtar and gul.along with razzak and afridi this would enhance their wc prospects.u cant win a wc with wahab,sami and rehman.and as far as the batting goes i would again bet for experience giving priority to younis,yousuf,misbah,malik,kamran(needs huge improvement with gloves and the willow) and so on.and a couple of suggestions for afridi the captain,persist with your part timers if they r doing better than the frontline bowlers and keep a deep third man or a deep fine leg when the batting powerplay is in progress

  • Effy on November 28, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Miandad as batting coach, and waqar as bowling coach and Zaheer Abbas as head of PCB, sounds really great.

  • Syed on November 28, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    The article is good but a bit ambitious. Azhar Ali is good player like wise Asad Shafiq has showed lot of promise but it will be seen after 3 series that how well they are under different pitch conditions and bowling attack. No doubt they are better than Umar Akmal who has no temperament and he did not seems to improve just like Afridi. Our opener Taufiq is good for test but I dont think Hafeez is good test batsman because he lacks stamina and concentration for long inning. Tanveer and Wahab at the moment looks like replacement for Aamir and Asif but lets wait for another year or so.We must avoid Kamran Akmal in test because he is the worst keeper in the history of Pakistan, example his WK performance in Australia last year, against England this year and against England under Inzamam captaincy when we lost series 3-0 (actually 2-0), Same is true of Adnan Akmal. Sarfraz Ahmed should be in the side for Test while Kamran play ODIs.

  • Asad Khan on November 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Hello everybody,

    Can anyone tell me if there is a chance that Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif can be selected for the World Cup if they are cleared of spot-fixing?

    Thanks

  • faiz on November 28, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    thank to pcb think about batting consultant now pakistan's batting problems wl b sort out n m agree about seprate teams for test & limites over games team for world cup squad should b Hafeez Ahmad shahzad younas khan Mohammad yousaf Misbah ul Haq Asad shafiq Umar Akmal (W/c for ODI & T20 like ab de villier) Shahid Afridi (Cap) Abdul Razzak Rehman Umar Gul Wahab riaz shoib akhter saeed ajmal Mohammad Irfan (7 ft height fast bowler)

  • Ali on November 28, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    News are that Miandad is being offered the role of batting consultant.If happens that would certainly nourish the hidden talents of the youngsters like Hafeez, Azhar and Asad. I still believe that despite of all his recent failures, Umar akmal has a lot to offer even in Test cricket. That guy is hugely talented but his recklessness doesn't bode well with the calm, the serenity the test cricket demands from a good middle order batsman. Lets hope Miandad will work on that aspect too. Asa far as bowling is concerned, well honestly this looks like the weakest of all the Pakistani bowling line ups ever since I started watching cricket. I would bite myself here and would not want to talk about that Little precious jewel known as Aamir Pakistan recently lost.

  • m.nazar.khan on November 28, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    it is my prediction that pakistan can not reserve his position for semifinal upcoming world cup,with out Asif and Ammer. Only one think can we do to strenthen ou batting and add some extraoridary paly to make a chance in the world cup we have to take risk,eg include Imran nazir. i red an articlae from indian manager where he he wrote that could not understand why pakistan lost gauy like Imran khan.

  • Sherif on November 28, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Kamran, I think your comments about ICC rankings are not fair. I think most of us doesn't like this because India is No.1 Tests and No.2 in ODIs, simple as that.

    Also about the comments about keeping 2 separate sides for tests and ODI, am not sure how does it work in Pak. Foreg. if Azhar Ali temparamentally stonger, we should not penalize him by not including in the one day squad. How you will compensate a good player when there are hardly 5-6 tests played in an year, he feel disapponited when lesser talented players making more money out ODIs and 20:20s. In India, there are lot of options for players like IPL, ADVT revenue etc, but here we have nothing much to offer these days !!

  • Inayat on November 28, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I think it was a big win for Pakistan ... They concluded one full test series without a controversy. Second, they also did not lose any test and did not even follow on to the massive score in the second test put by S Africa in first innings. The criticism of bowling department is unfair i guess. The wicket at both venues eased out after first three days as was evident in the Tests. How does one explain Steyn and Morkel, touted to be best new ball combination in the world today, failed to rattle pakistan bastmen in second innings of both tests. The fact remains that Pakistan and S Africa both managed to bowl out the opposition only once in both the matches, hence the draws. In fact, Pakistani bowlers took one one wicket more than their counterparts from second ranked team in the world. I think the Pak team is settled for now with both Yousuf and Azhar playing together ... injuries have been a big worry and that needs to be sorted out by the team management ... how to avoid it.

  • P Subramani on November 28, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    I agree with Mr Abbassi that Pakistan have a solid middle order batsman in Azhar Ali. Not flamboyant and raved about by the media, Azhar has done well in England against England and Australia. To me he seems like a Javed Miandad if one were to forget Javed's aggressive traits. I am sure Azhar will do well for some years because he is young and now has the confidence arising from the knowledge that he has played well against some good bowlers even if the Abu Dhabi wickets were dead and not really testing.

  • Misbah on November 28, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    all the very best Azhar, but be concentrate on game only don't involve any other thing please.. we are still waiting to play aamir and asif together before world cup.

  • Aziz ur Rehman on November 28, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Its a pity that we have the current cricket administration ... Believe me it's not difficult at all to find quality bowlers in Pakistan . .I dont get the logic of including the tried and failed Sami or an over age Tanvir when we have hords of hords of bowling talent available throughout pakistan .....I dont buy it that we dont have a bowler in pakistan who is better than Sami....

  • mkhan on November 28, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    I think the following should be one day and t/20 team: Imran Nazir Mohammad Hafeez Fawad Alam Younis Khan Azhar Ali Shahid Afridi (Cap) Abdul Razzaq Kamran Akmal(WK) Saeed Ajmal Shoaib Akhter Umar Gul Substitute: Taveer Ahmed, Taufeeq Umar, Adnan Akmal, Wahab Riaz (As he can bat n bowl)

    Test Team: Yasir Hameed Mohammad Hafeez Azhar Ali Younis Khan Mohd. Yousaf Misbah UL Haq (Cap) Umar Akmal(WK) Umar Gul Mohammad Sami Wahab Riaz Abdul Rehman Sub: Sohail Tanveer, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Asim Kamal, Sohail Khan

  • Riaz Khan on November 28, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Yes i also agree that Pakistan should have separate teams for Test & ODI's & T20's. Also Mudassar Nazar should be appointed as the coach of the team. Mudassar Nazar has rich experience not only as a former Test & ODI cricketer but also as an experienced trainer of the game.

  • adnan khan on November 27, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    well done abasi for the keen observing article, i will just add one thing which you might know. Guys f u see difrnce b/w previous and this series, somethng special happend which changes the body language of all the players. Wot i observed is simple bt arises many queries. First is the change of team manager yawar saeed, second is inclusion of younus khan and 3rd is kamran+salman+malik exclusn. Guys there lies a big story behind these changes and all the three matters r interconnectd. F u remember a video on geo where yousaf blame yawar saeed (in his presence) for oath against yonus. And among those six players kamran+malik+salman were the key players. So now i think you should know the main spot fixer, which is no one bt yawar saeed. And why he was behind those six players? jus bcz yonus was fair and dnt want to obey him for match fixing. I think instead of investigatng players, icc shud catch this man, they wil realy get the whole network. Wot u think abt my observatns guys...?

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA 20176 on November 27, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    I concur with some of you & feel that players like Umar Akmal should be a part of the limited over squad. The case for Fawad Alam to play for ODI Team is flawed. His batting style is better suited to test cricket. Fawad is not a big hitter of the cricket ball. Both Azher Ali & Asad Shafiq are technically superior to Fawad. It won't be easy for Fawad to get a place in the test side after Yousuf is back. Hafeez & Taufiq should be continued as Test openers. In this department, Pak will continue to struggle. Umar Gul is not a Test Class bowlers. He is good & should be used for limited over cricket. If Wahab & Tanveer are fit, they should be selected for the test team touring Newzealand. They will need another quick bowler to partner them for test matches. Sami has nothing to offer except runs. He should'nt be picked for the test side. Pakistan should take a young quick bowler. Asif & Amir can't be counted upon. ICC will find them guilty of spot fixing.

  • Nomi on November 27, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    @Sirini, yousef and younes are not far behind Sachin or Rahul. Laxman on the other hand is far behind axcept while playing at home against australia. Indian greats have had very long careers thus many more runs and centuries but batting averages for all four above mentioned greats remain within 50-55. Pakistan bowling attacks have though always compensated for any differences in both sides batting lines. Its Pakistans bowling which kept Sachin in check and he only has a batting average of 42 and 39 in tests and ODI respectively against pakistan. figures for Rahul are 53/36 and for Laxman only 43/23. In responce to that Younis averages 88 and 41 against India and Yousef stands at 50/38. Said all this, I respect indian great batsmen and do consider Sachin to be the best of this time (but not the greates indian batsman of all times as that status remains with Gavesker).

  • FUAD NEHAL USMANI on November 27, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    i think pak shud go for the players who r gud in both test and odi ...pak failed to find the right winning combination cuz of too many diffrnt players ......players who r gud in both the formats shud b given preferance....Pak must go for specialzed openeing pair in orde to rE-produce Saaed anwar & Aamir sohail ..kamran akmal & afridi can bat at any number ...

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on November 27, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    The Fans were treated to some fine cricket both in the ODI's & Tests by Pakistan. The boys realized their bowling strength was at best sketchy & the likes of Younis, Misbah, Azher & Asad Shafiq stepped in to fill the gap. It was relief to see the team come from behind & fight against the 2nd best Test side in the world. The pitches were batsmen friendly, but for a team that struggled to score 300 in 2010, it was a remarkable improvement to show grit & stamina to draw the two tests. It will be a sterner test to beat Newzealand at home. Even Yousuf & Younis will find it hard to get going on bouncy wickets. It remains to be seen how the younger batsmen fare in those conditions. Both Wahab Riaz & Tanveer are good medium pacers. Only time will prove, if the two can fill the gap left by Asif & Amir. The two could face a life ban in January, 2011.

  • saroj bhatta on November 27, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    i m a fan of pakistan cricket n its because of the players like inzi, yousuf , younis, afridi, sohaib, razzaq n few others. pakistan should have separate teams for odi n test. in test midlle order should have the players like yousuf, younis, azar n misbab. for world cup my suad would be hafeez kamran younis yousuf shoaib malik umar akmal afridi razzaq gul akhtar ajmal (3 bowlers n 4 allrounders n 4 batsman) experince is important so the seniors should bear their responsibility

  • mudasir on November 27, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    PAK Team for Worldcup .

    Kamran Akmal Mohd Hafeez Younis Khan Misbah Haq Mohd Yousuf Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razack Umer gul Wahab Raiz Tanvir Ali Imran nazir Shoaib Akther Shoaib Malik Saeed Ajmal

  • Deepak on November 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I think pak need captain who is great player himself & one who can bully all the team. team should be afraid of him due to respect like imran or should respect him due to fear like inzy. About talent there is so much of talent. & they should kick kamran just like they did with malik.

  • Gohar on November 27, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Veru well said Kamran!! but our main test of bowling will be in World cup, because Newzeland is comparatively bowling friendly, I think shoaib should jump up in Tests as well. but definetly we don't want him to get injured before WOrld Cup!! So just rely on the current team!!

  • Srini on November 27, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    @Iyer: Thanks for ur comments. The situation between India and Pak teams is much different. Pak has been in constant struggle and in one controversy or another past 2 yrs or so. Younis, Yousuf and Misbah (and several others like, Shoib, Aamir, Asif, Butt, etc..) were associated with those things. Hence, I have been saying in several other posts from Kamran bhai also that the team needs to move on from these players even though they might provide a short term stability/solution. The team needs to be completely revamped to build future.

    Also, while the 3 I mentioned are good, they are no match to say, Sachin, Rahul or Laxman and the Ind team has many other decent players as well. Hence, comparing these two teams at this point adds no value to the discussion.

    Being Indian or not is not the moot point. My comments were only in the context of Pak team.

  • Mir Ishfaq on November 27, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    spot on from kamran....The most visible change was the temprament of the batsmen including the two openers.Pak batsmen usually lack application which wasnt the case in this series...sure, pleasantly surprised me....

  • ali rao on November 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    There is no need to fix a team for all time 11. select n make changes with the time on the base of performance like australia. also should give chances to the newcomers..yousuf n shoaib akhter should replace by other talented youngsters like tanveer n umar akmal.

  • mazhar on November 27, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Well i wonder what imran nazir has done.always after some time i heard on different channels and other medium the request to bring him back. when he comes back he does nothing and again is dropped. no doub't he is talented but his performance till now has been very average.what do imran nazir fan thinks about his performance?

  • sohail on November 27, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Test team oneday twenty 20

    toufeeq kamran kamran hafeez hafeez imran nazir younis younis shahid afridi yousuf shoaib malik shoaib malik azher umar umar akmal misbah afridi razzaq kamran razzaq sohail tanvir wahab wahab wahab umar gul gul gul sami shoaib shoaib saeed/kaneria saeed saeed

  • khan on November 27, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    my one day team for worldcup:kamran akmal..shazaib...yousaf...youmas..umar...shoaib..afridi...razzaq...ajmal...umar...akhtar

  • Shahjehan on November 27, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    I think Azar is New Miandad of Pakistan He do good job. My test team is Hafeez Salman but < if clear> Azar ali Younas Khan Shafiq < Yousaf> Misbah Kamran Akmal Asif and Amer If clear and gul and Ajmal

  • Deepak on November 27, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    People who missed amir-asif, i think pitches were so dead they could have fail to look at stayn-morkel, amir-asif bowled well in eng which every seamer did in that serise but stayn bowled well in india in match where every other seamer failed, he without doubt best bowler in world right now.

  • Malik on November 26, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    First of all, good article abbasi sahab, keep writing on Pak cricket as it needs people like you to scrutinize the current state of the game in Pakistan. I would say that overall the team played well in UAE. It looked as if players had something in their mind to perform. The body language and the implementation clearly showed that players and coach, not quite sure about the administration, had finally come to the point that enough is enough and its time to raise the standard of the game in the country. Apart from that, in the UAE series I think bowling was below par. The sport fixing controversy was a huge blow to Pak cricket because two of our main bowlers are sitting outside and this is not healthy for the team which always relies on its bowling to win games. Nonetheless, it is quite clear that team is giving its 100% as seen in England ODI series as well as UAE series. I pray that capable players come forward and perform for the country. Long Live Pak Cricket!!

  • furqan on November 26, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    imran nazir recall and razzq play test

  • Iyer on November 26, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    @ Srini : Its not a great idea to look beyond Yousuf and co, the seniors. Did we (assuming you to be an Indian by your name) India do it? So its better they play as long as necessary. @ Ali : The side you posted for WC ll definitely not win more than 2 matches. They ll be knocked out of League stage if team is as you said. This is pressure cooker tournament and you need Experience. YK and Mo Yo are necessary surely.

  • mazhar on November 26, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Well after some times Pakistan has found a batsman who seems to play session by session not ball by ball cricket. he is a good find . should be groomed well and good luck to him

  • Rauf on November 26, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    To all those in favour of two sets of teams....

    Please wake up and smell the coffee. PCB can't even handle one set of players let alone two separate teams. These are the guys who can't walk and chew gum at the same time so better to know your limitations before tripping over. Furthermore, Australia has overlapping players between ODI and Tests... Watson is prime example. ODI players can play Tests. They just need to build some temprament which Pakistan is seriously lacking for the last few years. Umar Akmal is not a cricket batsman (I am sorry to flash this news to you) unless you count goolie danda in it. We need players like Hafeez who can switch gears depending on the format they are playing.

  • Mohammad Asad on November 26, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ........

    Yeah Abbasi - I do agree with you............................... Azhar did really well and is very good for Test. Shafiq did well too in his test debut. Tanvir has done very good !!!!!!!!! Pak management should think about seperate team for Test and ODI/T20 ......................................................... WC is not too far away !!!! Focus on it and set a squad .....

  • Adeel on November 26, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    I think umar akmal should be allowed to play his natural game sehwag gayle play fast even in test

  • Umair Dar on November 26, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    I am all for seperate test and limited overs teams, some players though are good enough for all formats.

    My test team:

    1 Taufeeq Umar 2 Hafeez 3 Azhar Ali 4 Younis Khan 5 Asad Shafiq / Mohammad Yousaf 6. Misbah (captain, he has done well vs. SA and deserves a run) 7 Umar Akmal (wicket keeper - I believe he is a great keeper and 8 Wahab Riaz (needs to develop his batting to add depth) 9 Umar Gul (needs to continue to work on test bowling) 10 Tanvir Ahmed 11 Raza Hassan / Ajmal / Abdur Rehman

    ODI team / T20: 1. Hafeez 2. Kamran Akmal (if cleared of corruption, otherwise Shahzaib) 3. Umar Akmal 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Fawad Alam 6. Afridi 7. Razzaq 8. Wahab 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Shoaib Akhter

  • EAMiran on November 26, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Azhar, definitely looks like a one to persevere with. Although Lets not forget the pitch was dead. Similarily Asad Shafiq looked good too. I still feel Umar Akmal needs to be in the line up just to inject a little dynamism. The middle order, while firing, looks too one paced. The problem is one cannot drop anyone as everyone performed admirably at some point or another. New Zealand pitches may be a tester, although their bowling is relatively non-threatening. Then again with our batting anything can happen. Lets wait and see. No Malik and Kamran Akmal - PLEASE!

    The bowling looks pedestrian. Gul is average. Didn't get to see Tanvir bowl so will hold my comments for now. The less said about Sami the better. Abdur Rahman is also an average bowler. An all round below average bowling unit (Sami lowered the average). Sami needs to be dropped from all formats while Gul needs to stick to ODI's and T20. Surely there are better pacers in Pakistan that can play Test cricket.

  • MOHAMED on November 26, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Where is imran nazir.He is one of the talented in the pak t2o team.2010 is fake for pak t20 team.

  • Srini on November 26, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    SA basically battered Pak bowling. In the absence of Aamir and Asif, Umar Gul was an utter disappointment in the bowling dept. They need couple of out and out fast bowlers to be effective in Tests as their spin bowling also seems to have lost edge.

    Batting wise, Pak did OK for survival rather than harbor any thoughts of a win. Younis was inconsistent, save for his century in 2nd Test. The team should move away from Misbah, Younis and Yousuf even though they might be still good for a yr or two from now on and invest in younger players for future.

  • Effy on November 26, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Ali bhai and Bhutto bhai, thanks for liking my comment, but i would like to add here that Abassi Bhai should convey to the selectors about the 2 separate teams for pak and also tell them to include under 19 players who performed so well, like

    Hammad Azam, (talented all-rounder) Sheriyar Ghani (keeper) Raza Hasan (left arm ortodox, right now the best pak spinner) Usman (leg spinner like sharne warne) Anwar Ali ( Best swing bowler in Pak )

    Please check out these talented playes.

  • Bhutto on November 26, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Well said Effy: two separate teams for one-days and tests My teams for test will be :

    M. Hafeeez Taufeeq Umar Yunis Khan(cap) Azar Ali Asad Shafiq M. Yousuf Kamran Akmal Wahab Raiz Umar Gul Ab. Rehman Tanveer Ahmad. what do you say guys ?

  • ali on November 26, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    @ Effy I totally agree with Effy also. Salute to you Effy you seem to have a nice cricketing brain. Pak need 2 different teams for one-day/T20 and Tests. My team for world cup which will be played in Sub-continent of flat tracks : Shahzaib Hasan Ahmad Shehzad Umar Akmal (w/k) Asad Shafiq Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq Hammad Azam Wahab Raiz Umar Gul Syed Ajmal Shoaib Akhtar This team can beat any team on the sub continent tracks. What do you say Kamran Bhai ?

  • Fahad Khan on November 26, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Kamran i dont know if you follow domestic cricket much, but we have so many seamers that we are wasting. Please write about them. Youngsters like junaid khan, mohammad ramiz, asad ali...their first class records are much better than wahab riaz or tanvir ahmed, even umar gul and definately sami. I mean first class cricket is not the correct indicator perhaps for batsman, but if a seamer can average 20 with the ball at an average of 5 wickets a match on those dead pitches, he has to be able to make it big on the international stage.

  • Omar Hussain on November 26, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    What a tonic for Pakistani fans this concluded series!There is no doubt Pakistan has good talented resources and that is encouraging for the future!I am very surprised at the grit shown by our batsmen!Just hope to Allah they keep this up.Taufeeq and Hafeez made a solid opening pair and Azhar and Shafiq are shaping fine in the footsteps of Younis and Yousaf.Umar akmal should be regeleted to the one-day squad he just don't have the temperment for Tests.Wahab Riaz and Tanvir look good and when we add the other Tanvir,Sohail,it may be we will not be missing Asif and Amir before long.Younis and Misbah's calming influence is evident here also and they deserve credit for obivously guiding the youngsters along.Azhar's temperment sends memories back to Hanif Mohammad and his son!Well done!

  • ishrat on November 26, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    It was also good to see the openers getting more than single digit scores and perhaps there were two or three fifty run partnerships. We should keep our faith in these two openers and teach them the virtues of building up a large personal score once the hard work has been done of seeing off the new ball

  • Faysal Malik on November 26, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I m also one of the supporter like to have separate ODI & TEST squads. In past i have seen in test matches that most of the batsmen are lacking temperament which is great essence of 5 days game. Players like Toufiq, Azhar Ali and Misbah only restricted to Test Team, by keeping separate players of each format we can expect good results in future.

  • faisal abbas on November 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    azher is good invent..........middle order order has become strong with assad shafiq..........it should be keep for future

  • Ghazanfar Mehmood on November 26, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Aslamoaulikum; pakistan has much talented players but we can not use them rightly. Every player wanted to become a captain. So , they all players don't play their natural game for failing their captain. all such players have to send their home for permanantly who play for personal motive not for country. Allah Hafiz

  • Harshvardhan on November 26, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Infact azhar,misbah,younis is the type of batsman pak should look up to only is cricketing skill though nothing else unlike razzaq,afridi,and even umar akmal these days who have talent but no STEEL i think thisis the world which pak is lack who had inzi miandad pak are not looking up to those sort of guys

  • Inty on November 25, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    A 0-0 draw against the number 2 ranked team in the world is more than a minor triumph! One has to look back at the wretched year that has been 2010 for Pak cricket!

    The narrowing of the gap between test teams is great for cricket!

    Where is Zulqarnain these days?

  • Hussain Khan on November 25, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Pakistan of late has become somewhat 'consistant'. But at some stage in the game either the batsman or the bowlers fail. It is rare to see Pakistan doing well in both departments. What is required from the captain, coach and cricket administrators is to shake off the tag 'Pakistan team can beat anyone on their day'. Then and only then will pakistan team will be worth anything in major competitions.

  • Syed Ahmed on November 25, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Azhar really has looked good in tests and the coachs and team management has to really look after him. Also I have to point out how shoiab malik and kamran akmal have been playing in the domestic tournament, Malik averaging 115 and akmal averaging 88.

  • jabran on November 25, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Pakistan over the years have produced good batsmen but rarely with brains, nice to the youngester with a good head. Was also happy to see Taufeeq Umar come in over Imran Farhatwho undeservedly had a long run in the side over Umar

  • Ahmed on November 25, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    First we must add Tanvir also in the list along with Asad and Azhar. Secondly some of your readers still want Kamran Akmal in the team, along with Sami and Gul ? I think it's about time Gul (who I like for his honesty and modesty) along with Kamran and Umar Akmal should only be considered for limited overs team. In test team, we should bring back Sarfraz Ahmed as keeper since Adnan Akmal was no good. Keep Tanvir, who is poor man's Mohammad Asif. We have a couple of other fast bowlers in the circuit try them out. Although I like Sami and though he is very unlucky to have Kamran Akmal to have his wicket keeper, his averages proves that he is not really belong to international level. Also what happened in case of Kaneria, dont we have the right to know why ?

  • rauf on November 25, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Good point made on the dubious ranking system. I believe not only the test stats seem biased but the ODI's too. Apparently one team seems favourite and favoured.. I read some comments before commenting myself. I would avoid making/building dream teams at the moment. Pak is not a big occasion team. We have no real chance in the World cup looking at what has followed in the past 1 year. Last two world cup's tell a sad and sorry story. PCB/players need to think outside the box !

  • Abdullah on November 25, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    @ Effy I agree with Effy. Pakistan can follow India's way. Keep the test batsman away from ODI/T20 format. This will help to groom better side in both the format. Can also try Asim Kamal in test. Wt ur say Mr. Abbasi....

  • farhan on November 25, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Well written mr kamran azhar continue the great work from england too hafez n taufeq also done gud job but after setleng they throw there wicket bt gv them chance for another 5 test they can form gd left rght cmbinatn younis and misbh playd there part well asad shafiq also shw there gud frm one day in test too pak play gud all around bt plz pcb dnt do anythng stupid again with them.

    Fawad alam also has great temprament and can be gud for test he also deserve chance like asad if there is some place in team. He make big century (168)on opening pos against south africa in captaincy of younis and he then droped sudenly after that i dnt knw why ? He is using as an 20-20 specilist bestman on 6 pos knowing the fact that he cnt clear ropes regularly when the boundary is needed on every ball. He is gud in working the ball for singles doubles and holding one end and he is also a trick left arm off spiner he is quite gud for one dayrs and test not for 20-20.

    One thng i point out that misbh dnt use hafez wel he is a gud bowler danish kaneria should be pickd in team he n hafez can form a gud off n leg spiner pair. Sami also done hard work bt unfortunate abt the result he should also be given some rum to get his line n form bck. Sami gul and wahab can for decant pace attck

    Pcb should have seperate teams for test n one days. My test team for pak is

    Tausef Hafez Azhar Younis Yousuf Misbah Kamran Wahab Sami Gul Kaneria

  • Saiful on November 25, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan batsmen played well.But this type of dead pitch will ruin test cricket.

  • Sajid Mahmood Awan, Valley Soon Sakesar, Khushab on November 25, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Kamran Sb. Well written blog. What are you thoughts about Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz? The latter has shown improvement in the ODIs against South Africa. He can bat too. Lets hope they do well in New Zealand. Does he fit in the Pakistan eleven for the World Cup in the absence of Mohammad Aamer?

  • Desihungama on November 25, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    "without Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif Pakistan's bowling carries little guile or penetration." Fixers can't be choosers.

    Here is what I think: If IPL had snubbed players other than from Pakistan, the batsmen would have tried to perform at a higher level to show the IPL injustice. But in case of Pakistan players. What did they do? Since they couldnt get those huge IP contracts so they revived all their match fixing links to make a buck. Players going against Younis Khan and having him to forfiet captainship was all part of this sorry state of affairs in order to fix matches. He wasnt going to allow it. So get rid of him.

  • Mohammad on November 25, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Please write a good article that has a hidden message to excuse Amir. I dont like him for what he did. But Pakistan team need him.

  • Effy on November 25, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Dont you guys feel Pak should have two separate teams for one dayers and tests. Look at Azhar Ali he is successful in tests because he is not used to one day or T20, put him in T20 and he will ruin his career, please PCB use players like Afridi, Razzaq, Omar Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan only for one dayers and T20's and find a few more tempramentally correct players like Azhar Ali and make them play only tests. Look at India Gr8 players like Dravid and Laxman are not part of one day squad even Tendulkar sometimes, and Yuvraj is not a part of tests. This my sincere advice if pak wants to save their cricket. What do you guys say ?

  • Numan Zahoor on November 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I would totally agree with you Mr. Abbasi, Azhar could be a vital asset to Pakistan but again depending how PCB handles him, along with Azhar ali i would like to highlight player like M. Hafeez and Tanveer the way the settled into the given roles were amazing.

    Al tough I'm not a big fan of Misha but, against all the odds my man did play a good mature cricket for his team.

  • Alexa on November 25, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    the second tier have played well this winter new zealand drew 2 tests, west indies dominated the first test and pakistan drew against south africa the gap could be closing

  • Ahmed Siddiqui on November 25, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Pakistan team mercurial as it once again sought to prove that tag which undoubtably has worried many a teams that on their day they can counter any opposition.Many, almost everyone including their fans had written them off even before the tests had started and professionals like Keppler Wessels had gone far enough to say that it would be a one sidded affair and that Pakistan did not have the acumen nor the talent to last in the longer vesion of the game. What Mr. wessels had failed to ascertain was that the one day series was a close one where all the games went down to the wire... this suited Pakistan as no expectations of a win were with them. So the bar was set lower and this showed in their approach which lacked aggresion at times but what was also confounding was the fact that South Africa also lacked aggresion especially on the fourth day of the second test where the run rate was a mere 2 point something in the last 20 overs. so a drawn series turned out to be a win for Pakistan

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  • Ahmed Siddiqui on November 25, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Pakistan team mercurial as it once again sought to prove that tag which undoubtably has worried many a teams that on their day they can counter any opposition.Many, almost everyone including their fans had written them off even before the tests had started and professionals like Keppler Wessels had gone far enough to say that it would be a one sidded affair and that Pakistan did not have the acumen nor the talent to last in the longer vesion of the game. What Mr. wessels had failed to ascertain was that the one day series was a close one where all the games went down to the wire... this suited Pakistan as no expectations of a win were with them. So the bar was set lower and this showed in their approach which lacked aggresion at times but what was also confounding was the fact that South Africa also lacked aggresion especially on the fourth day of the second test where the run rate was a mere 2 point something in the last 20 overs. so a drawn series turned out to be a win for Pakistan

  • Alexa on November 25, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    the second tier have played well this winter new zealand drew 2 tests, west indies dominated the first test and pakistan drew against south africa the gap could be closing

  • Numan Zahoor on November 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I would totally agree with you Mr. Abbasi, Azhar could be a vital asset to Pakistan but again depending how PCB handles him, along with Azhar ali i would like to highlight player like M. Hafeez and Tanveer the way the settled into the given roles were amazing.

    Al tough I'm not a big fan of Misha but, against all the odds my man did play a good mature cricket for his team.

  • Effy on November 25, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Dont you guys feel Pak should have two separate teams for one dayers and tests. Look at Azhar Ali he is successful in tests because he is not used to one day or T20, put him in T20 and he will ruin his career, please PCB use players like Afridi, Razzaq, Omar Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan only for one dayers and T20's and find a few more tempramentally correct players like Azhar Ali and make them play only tests. Look at India Gr8 players like Dravid and Laxman are not part of one day squad even Tendulkar sometimes, and Yuvraj is not a part of tests. This my sincere advice if pak wants to save their cricket. What do you guys say ?

  • Mohammad on November 25, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Please write a good article that has a hidden message to excuse Amir. I dont like him for what he did. But Pakistan team need him.

  • Desihungama on November 25, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    "without Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif Pakistan's bowling carries little guile or penetration." Fixers can't be choosers.

    Here is what I think: If IPL had snubbed players other than from Pakistan, the batsmen would have tried to perform at a higher level to show the IPL injustice. But in case of Pakistan players. What did they do? Since they couldnt get those huge IP contracts so they revived all their match fixing links to make a buck. Players going against Younis Khan and having him to forfiet captainship was all part of this sorry state of affairs in order to fix matches. He wasnt going to allow it. So get rid of him.

  • Sajid Mahmood Awan, Valley Soon Sakesar, Khushab on November 25, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Kamran Sb. Well written blog. What are you thoughts about Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz? The latter has shown improvement in the ODIs against South Africa. He can bat too. Lets hope they do well in New Zealand. Does he fit in the Pakistan eleven for the World Cup in the absence of Mohammad Aamer?

  • Saiful on November 25, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan batsmen played well.But this type of dead pitch will ruin test cricket.

  • farhan on November 25, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Well written mr kamran azhar continue the great work from england too hafez n taufeq also done gud job but after setleng they throw there wicket bt gv them chance for another 5 test they can form gd left rght cmbinatn younis and misbh playd there part well asad shafiq also shw there gud frm one day in test too pak play gud all around bt plz pcb dnt do anythng stupid again with them.

    Fawad alam also has great temprament and can be gud for test he also deserve chance like asad if there is some place in team. He make big century (168)on opening pos against south africa in captaincy of younis and he then droped sudenly after that i dnt knw why ? He is using as an 20-20 specilist bestman on 6 pos knowing the fact that he cnt clear ropes regularly when the boundary is needed on every ball. He is gud in working the ball for singles doubles and holding one end and he is also a trick left arm off spiner he is quite gud for one dayrs and test not for 20-20.

    One thng i point out that misbh dnt use hafez wel he is a gud bowler danish kaneria should be pickd in team he n hafez can form a gud off n leg spiner pair. Sami also done hard work bt unfortunate abt the result he should also be given some rum to get his line n form bck. Sami gul and wahab can for decant pace attck

    Pcb should have seperate teams for test n one days. My test team for pak is

    Tausef Hafez Azhar Younis Yousuf Misbah Kamran Wahab Sami Gul Kaneria

  • Abdullah on November 25, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    @ Effy I agree with Effy. Pakistan can follow India's way. Keep the test batsman away from ODI/T20 format. This will help to groom better side in both the format. Can also try Asim Kamal in test. Wt ur say Mr. Abbasi....