Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 December 24, 2010

Dark clouds over Pakistan's New Zealand tour

Pakistan approach the tour of New Zealand with two major worries oppressing them. The spot-fixing crisis inquiry is expected to a reach preliminary conclusion in January
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Pakistan approach this year's tour of New Zealand with two major worries oppressing them. The spot-fixing crisis inquiry is expected to a reach preliminary conclusion in January now that Salman Butt's request to postpone the proceedings has been rejected. The result will strike like lightning in the middle of Pakistan's tour, and could trigger a further descent into chaos.

The accused players appear unlikely to quietly accept a lengthy ban or suspension. If that happens, expect the circus to move to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, especially as defence lawyers are already making noises about the ICC process and conflicts of interest.

Uncertainty over three of Pakistan's leading players in addition to the PCB's reluctance to clear Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, and Danish Kaneria for selection has left Pakistan's World Cup plans in disarray. Five of those cricketers would probably have walked straight into the World Cup squad. Their absence has an effect on Pakistan's batting but a greater one on the bowling.

Pakistan must assume the worst about Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, and use the New Zealand tour to identify the bowlers who will lead the attack in the World Cup. A South Asian World Cup makes it difficult for any pace bowler to have an impact but a high-class and confident performer is less likely to be slaughtered on batsmen-friendly wickets.

This particular World Cup has unusual poignancy for Pakistan, who were stripped of the right to co-host the tournament because of the prevailing security environment. The PCB has been licking its wounds ever since, sidelined in the great cricket game of South Asia.

Pakistan's hopes rest on Umar Gul finding a method in 50-overs cricket that proves as effective as his Twenty20 approach, and upon the bounding pace of Wahab Riaz. There is a distinct lack of quality in the support cast unless Shoaib Akhtar discovers some more stamina and better economy.

The batting is similarly troubled with the form of Umar Akmal being one of Pakistan's major worries. Umar's temperament has been a bitter disappointment for Pakistan fans, another talent on the brink of banishment to the wilderness. Pakistan's one-day batting formula, just like its bowling equivalent, is experimental and unformed.

Yet despite these quandaries Pakistan managed to push South Africa close in the United Arab Emirates, a demonstration of spirit if nothing else. New Zealand will prove to be a very different environment despite the Kiwis' recent poor form. But if Pakistan are to gather any momentum for the World Cup, they will certainly need to avoid defeat in New Zealand in both ODIs and Test cricket, as well as develop a settled team.

Either way, this will be the first time since 1983 when Pakistan supporters will approach a World Cup without considering their team as a genuine contender.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Mahiuddin Khan on January 13, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I think @ request to selection board of Pakistan, Waquar Younis should go with this bellow mentioned team. Which will be

    "spiritual Team of Pakistan"

    1. Mohammed Hafeez/Imran Nazir (Opening) 2. Shahid Afridi (Opening) 3. Younis Khan 4. Misbah Ul Haque/Asad Shafiq 5. Mohammed Yousuf 6. Umar Akmol (WK) 7. Abdur Razzaq 8. Sayeed Ajmol 9. Umer Gul 10.Mohammed Aamir/ Shohel Tanvir. 11.Wahab Riaz/Tanvir Ahmed/Shoaib Akhter.

    Then Committee will be decide who will perfect for a different match.

  • pak cricket fan on January 10, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    i think Pak should go with below team if they really want to have a shot at world cup.

    1.N.Jamshed 2.A.Shehzad 3.Y.Khan 4.A.Shafiq 5.Misbah (c) 6.U.Akmal(keeper) 7.A.Razzak 8.W.Riaz/S.Tanveer 9.U.Gul 10.S.Ajmal/A.Rehman 11.T.Ahmad/S Akhtar

  • mohammad zubair hassan on January 9, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    weldone team pakistan for wining test match after so many months keeep it up improve your perfomance inshallah pakistan will win this test series (amin)

  • waterbuffalo on January 8, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I don't know what's the big deal about Mohd Hafeez, he hardly bowls, his off spin is mediocre, and he has a low average as opener, does anyone really think Mohd Hafeez is more useful to the side than Mohd Yousuf? But yet Hafeez is opening in NZ and Yousuf is nowhere to be found.

  • G.RAMU on January 4, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    pakistan team may qualify to semis.From there it depends on their team work.In my opinion team should have following players and in following order 1.M.Hafeez 2.K.akmal 3.younis khan 4.shoiab malik 5.umar akmal 6.shahid afridi 7.abdul razzaq 8.S.akthar 9.S.ajmal 10.Abdul rehmann 11.umar gul

  • vineet srivastava on January 1, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    It is sad that when all teams are gearing for the world cup, Pakistan is still fighting its woes marring its preparations for the ULTIMATE FRONTIER....All said and done ,i think it is high time that PCB announce its final set of 30 players....I would rather suggest that they select the final 15/16 that they need to select/play and let these player synergies,gel with each other and know what exactly are their roles and how they go about in the tournament....If i were the selector,i would select the following 16 for the tournament (given that aamir,asif,butt are not cleared)

    1.M.Hafeez 2.A.Shehzad 3.K.Akmal(wk) 4.A.Shafiq 5.Y.Khan 6.S.Malik 7.U.Akmal(can also be a keeper) 8.Misbah 9.S.Afridi(c) 10.A.Razzak 11.W.Riaz 12.U.Gul 13.S.Akhtar 14.S.Ajmal 15.T.Ahmad/S.Tanveer 16.A.Rehman

  • Qasim on January 1, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Guys, it is Pakistan Cricket, so do not expect the PAK players to be back as they all will get lenghty bans, as the World Mafia is out there with ful force, an Indian or Australian player can get away with 6-12 months, anyways we can still win the WC, do not write us off, my team is; Hafeez Malik Younis Umar Asad Misbah Afridi Razzaq Wahab Shoaib Rehman

  • ASIF on December 31, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Once again Razzaq and Afridi prooved that they r the real stars of pak cricket who always bring laurels to pak.The so called former greats like zaheer,sarfraz,amir sohail and other detractors of afridi always try to undermine afridi instead of giving proper advice and encourage him.Zaheer's comment on afridi as an angry bull should be condemned and i would like to remind zaheer abbas when he failed miserably in 1979 series in india and was batting like a scary cat & eventually dropped for the last test.Sarfraz'S statement for the sacking of afridi is sheer non sense.Vettori lost 12 consecutive matches but is still the captain.Ponting,clarke and other captains continue to lead without any hue and cry so why not Afridi.

  • ASIF on December 30, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Asak,As usual some ex-greats like zaheer abbas and other detractors of afridi have started blaming afridi eventhough he bowled brilliantly and took a very good catch and he batted decently in the 1st match.The fact of the matter is pak were given a very explosive start by afridi and hafeez in both the matches but younus,shafiq,akmal,fawad failed miserably and also omar gul supposed to be the best fast bowler in this format failed to perform.Any other captain also would have definitely given the ball to gul as usually he is unplayable in his 2nd spell but it was just a very day for gul.I still feel afridi is the best choice as captain.I think pak will definitely beat newzealand in the one dayers and will do good in the world cup.

  • qas on December 29, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I think Shoiab Aktar shouldnt play for pakistan no more give some other player a chance

  • Mahiuddin Khan on January 13, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    I think @ request to selection board of Pakistan, Waquar Younis should go with this bellow mentioned team. Which will be

    "spiritual Team of Pakistan"

    1. Mohammed Hafeez/Imran Nazir (Opening) 2. Shahid Afridi (Opening) 3. Younis Khan 4. Misbah Ul Haque/Asad Shafiq 5. Mohammed Yousuf 6. Umar Akmol (WK) 7. Abdur Razzaq 8. Sayeed Ajmol 9. Umer Gul 10.Mohammed Aamir/ Shohel Tanvir. 11.Wahab Riaz/Tanvir Ahmed/Shoaib Akhter.

    Then Committee will be decide who will perfect for a different match.

  • pak cricket fan on January 10, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    i think Pak should go with below team if they really want to have a shot at world cup.

    1.N.Jamshed 2.A.Shehzad 3.Y.Khan 4.A.Shafiq 5.Misbah (c) 6.U.Akmal(keeper) 7.A.Razzak 8.W.Riaz/S.Tanveer 9.U.Gul 10.S.Ajmal/A.Rehman 11.T.Ahmad/S Akhtar

  • mohammad zubair hassan on January 9, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    weldone team pakistan for wining test match after so many months keeep it up improve your perfomance inshallah pakistan will win this test series (amin)

  • waterbuffalo on January 8, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    I don't know what's the big deal about Mohd Hafeez, he hardly bowls, his off spin is mediocre, and he has a low average as opener, does anyone really think Mohd Hafeez is more useful to the side than Mohd Yousuf? But yet Hafeez is opening in NZ and Yousuf is nowhere to be found.

  • G.RAMU on January 4, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    pakistan team may qualify to semis.From there it depends on their team work.In my opinion team should have following players and in following order 1.M.Hafeez 2.K.akmal 3.younis khan 4.shoiab malik 5.umar akmal 6.shahid afridi 7.abdul razzaq 8.S.akthar 9.S.ajmal 10.Abdul rehmann 11.umar gul

  • vineet srivastava on January 1, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    It is sad that when all teams are gearing for the world cup, Pakistan is still fighting its woes marring its preparations for the ULTIMATE FRONTIER....All said and done ,i think it is high time that PCB announce its final set of 30 players....I would rather suggest that they select the final 15/16 that they need to select/play and let these player synergies,gel with each other and know what exactly are their roles and how they go about in the tournament....If i were the selector,i would select the following 16 for the tournament (given that aamir,asif,butt are not cleared)

    1.M.Hafeez 2.A.Shehzad 3.K.Akmal(wk) 4.A.Shafiq 5.Y.Khan 6.S.Malik 7.U.Akmal(can also be a keeper) 8.Misbah 9.S.Afridi(c) 10.A.Razzak 11.W.Riaz 12.U.Gul 13.S.Akhtar 14.S.Ajmal 15.T.Ahmad/S.Tanveer 16.A.Rehman

  • Qasim on January 1, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Guys, it is Pakistan Cricket, so do not expect the PAK players to be back as they all will get lenghty bans, as the World Mafia is out there with ful force, an Indian or Australian player can get away with 6-12 months, anyways we can still win the WC, do not write us off, my team is; Hafeez Malik Younis Umar Asad Misbah Afridi Razzaq Wahab Shoaib Rehman

  • ASIF on December 31, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Once again Razzaq and Afridi prooved that they r the real stars of pak cricket who always bring laurels to pak.The so called former greats like zaheer,sarfraz,amir sohail and other detractors of afridi always try to undermine afridi instead of giving proper advice and encourage him.Zaheer's comment on afridi as an angry bull should be condemned and i would like to remind zaheer abbas when he failed miserably in 1979 series in india and was batting like a scary cat & eventually dropped for the last test.Sarfraz'S statement for the sacking of afridi is sheer non sense.Vettori lost 12 consecutive matches but is still the captain.Ponting,clarke and other captains continue to lead without any hue and cry so why not Afridi.

  • ASIF on December 30, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Asak,As usual some ex-greats like zaheer abbas and other detractors of afridi have started blaming afridi eventhough he bowled brilliantly and took a very good catch and he batted decently in the 1st match.The fact of the matter is pak were given a very explosive start by afridi and hafeez in both the matches but younus,shafiq,akmal,fawad failed miserably and also omar gul supposed to be the best fast bowler in this format failed to perform.Any other captain also would have definitely given the ball to gul as usually he is unplayable in his 2nd spell but it was just a very day for gul.I still feel afridi is the best choice as captain.I think pak will definitely beat newzealand in the one dayers and will do good in the world cup.

  • qas on December 29, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I think Shoiab Aktar shouldnt play for pakistan no more give some other player a chance

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on December 29, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, Afridi is stubborn & arrogant player. He will never learn the severe mistakes from the past lost matches. If he were matured player, he would have taken at least four specialist spinners[ should have been included Abdur Rehman] against New-Zealand as the Kiwis had been thrashed & collapsed poorly by Bangladeshi spinners. And very important to notify to the Pakistan Cricket Selection Board that the World Cup'2011 will be held on Asian Spin effected grounds next year which is nearly to happen the cool excitement matches. What is the real actual game plan, who can deserve with his decent ability to play in first eleven for Pakistan Team--- the Pak selection Board does not know properly as they have been acting like un-educated & inexperienced mannered persons for many years. In which day, Pakistan Cricket selection Board & Afridi will become properly educated, matured & experienced character.

  • ZUBAIR on December 29, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    I just could'nt understand the logic of selecting 4 bowlers and 3 all rounders for a T 20. Why afridi not using Hafeez in bowling. Afridi should give 4 overs to each of shoaib, saeed ajmal, gul and himself. 16 overs done.. remaining four overs can be bowled by Hafeez and Razzaq. Now can anybody tell me the logic of selecting wahab.. (Just an extra bolwer). if gul not performing then Tnaveer should be used in place of him.

  • Salman Ilyas on December 29, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    PCB has never got a plan for this worldcup so they stick to same old selfish players like Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat and Muhammad Samisame...for this worldcup they should include Rana Naved & Hassan Raza...We have talented players in the domestic circuit bring them in after worldcup.. Hammad Azam, Azeem Ghuman specially and others etc

  • Javed on December 29, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Anyone have information on Wasim's bowling figure... whether he has hitted six in any kind of internationals.......

    I heard that he was never hitted six in his bowling career in one dayer..or test or any other international......

    If anyone have information, please share this about this bowling legend.

  • Alam on December 29, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    first PCB should realize that Afridi is not a wining captain. if u just analze the past of T20s Afridi lost 7 T20 in a row. PAkistan have won WC t20 in the leadership of Younis khan who is playing as a team player now. the weakest part of Afridi leader ship is the field placing. He doesnt know when u have check the singles and when u have to prevent bounderies. PCB has to take bold step for WC, bring back Younis as captain (He is the winning captain) and then afridi can perform as his best

  • Moron on December 29, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    I am agreed with you & many others, however the only point is this ….wait untill the verdict, support them till the decision ( not ICC decision coz i am sure it will be against our players), decision of Court of Arbitration for sports (CAS, Switzerland), once they proven guilty there, than they should be sent to jail or whatever. Plz zoom out and you will see how India (controling ICC) destroying our cricket, its financial influance manuplating almost all the boards. As per punjab police they have solid evidenc that RAW involved in Sri Lankan attack (however as usuala Mr. Rahman malik denied ), so no cricket in Pakistan, they humilated our cricketers in IPL even no entries this time, due to India no Pakistani team in T20 Champions League which held in South Africa, Even Bangladesh refuesed to play in Pak due to Indian influence, No complete series between Pak vs India in ICC future program (due to indian influance), baised statments of Mr. Haroon Logart (Indian origin, settled in south africa), there are countless incidents which are clear indicators that indians are working against our cricket / players. Therefore i request journalist like Nomani, Osman sameeudin, Mirza iqbal baig and others use their platforms couragesly and write/ speak against above mentioned parties who are destroying our cricket.

  • Maan ki Duaa on December 29, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    I am a die hard Pakistani Cricket fan. I am glade that we are not wining recent T20 and ODI, this will allow Pakistani Team to stay under radar. They can surprise any team on any given day. Currently they are all confused and distracted because of Spot fixing issues. My pick for the WC2011 is 1)Mohd Hafeez 2)Shahzaib Hasan 3)Younus Khan 4)Asad Shafiq/Umar Akmal 5)Fawad Alam 6)Shahid Afridi 7)Abdul Razaq 8)Suhail Tanvir 9)Wahab Riaz 10)Shoaib Akhter 11)Saeed Ajmal.

    Good Luck Pakistan

  • Sajid on December 28, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Seems like Pakistan is still not learning from their mistakes and continuing to experiment with the World Cup approaching shortly. The recent shift in trying out Afridi as an opener could've been avoided having a specialist T20 opener in the form of Ahmed Shehzad. The T20 and even one day squad could've been in the following order that seems well-balanced and promising: 1) Muhammad Hafeez 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Younus Khan 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Shahid Afridi 6) Umer Akmal (wk) 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Umer Gul/Tanveer Ahmed 10)Shoaib Akhter 11)Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rahman 12)Fawad Alam

  • Analytics on December 27, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Team building:top 11/12 ;Batting purview: 1.Hafeez:An asset in slow pitches.Playing consistently for some time. 2.Malik:without kamran.He is the only stable option as an opener,unless afridi comes at the top. 3.Younis: 4.Yousuf: 5.Umar(wk):Can play long innings.Should be given more time to build up his innings. 6.Misbah:Only good at playing slog overs.Can lead the team till end.Don't promote him in batting order.He is good at playing the last 20 overs,so let him play those only. 7.Afridi: 8.Razzak:The trio of misbah , afridi, razzak can thrash the ball in the end overs, if they play sanely.So, for the last 10-15 overs pak has players who can clear the ropes. 9.Wahab:Wily cricketer.Good bowler and a reliable lower order batsman. 10.Gul: 11.Akhtar/tanvir/spinner So with two sensible openers , 3 wonderful middle order batsman, bang-bang trio alongwith 2 reliableble tailenders their batting strength looks gud for wc.

  • Analytics on December 27, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    If we analyse the following , then we can come up with the perfect team for the coveted event.

    1.As the 3 asian countries will try to take the most of the advantage,they will definitely come up with the pitches/outfield which suits them. Srilanka:spinning/sporting pitch(moderate bounce) with slow/moderate outfield. Bangladesh:slow track with slow outfield. India:flat pitch with fast outfield or slow track with fast outfield. 2.Since, pak has to play majority of matches in SL so they should keep in mind that climate in that part of world is unpredictable.And can ruin their easiest of their matches.So, they need to be cautious in this regard. 3.Things in their favor: i.They will be the guys who will not be carried away by the IPL auction(pity).This wud be blessing in disguise for them. ii.They have players who can win the wc. 4.Things not in their favour: i.Loss of salman butt who is bully in subcontinent pitches(esp against India). iicrazy PCB. 5.Team building in next post....

  • Analytics on December 27, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Pakistan should seek some help from psychologist,who helped them in their t20 & CT campaign.As we are witnessing many close matches in which pak ending as second best.This shows that effort is there from the players, but what they really missing is their self confidence somewhere in between.

    It is also important for them to retain Malik ,Misbah,Yousuf & Kamran in their wc team as these players can play long innings in the sub-continent pitches.Moreover, team can continue with umar as wicketkeeping option.This move can accomodate one more specialist.

    They should focus more on strenghthening batting because in indian pitches any world class bowler gets thrashed,so instead of playing with one more bowler,they shud give place to an allrounder.With good batting line-up backed up by no of spin options will give them results. My team: hafeez,malik,younis,yousuf,umar,misbah,afridi,razzaq,wahab,gul,akhtar/tanvir.

    If i am not wrong,pak can now bat till no.10. and has 7 gud bowling options.

  • Mudassar on December 27, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Forget about Trio, ICC/Indian will not allow them to participate in this world cup and they will find JUSTICE for CAS (Switzerland), so talk about avilable players.

    Pakistani will qualify for atleast semi's fo World Cup, ONLY if they make attacking stretgy and write team and COMBINATION: My Winning Combination is as under: 1. Muhammad Hafeez, 2.Kamran Akmal, 3. Ahmad Shehzad/or Asad Shafiq , 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Yousf/or Yonis, 6.Shahid Afridi, 7. Abdul Razzaq/or Sohaib Malik, 8. Saeed Ajmal, 9. Shoiab Akhtar, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Sohail Tenwir

    Reserve: Wahab Riza, Anwar, Asad Shafiq, Yonis Khan, Abdul Razzaq

  • amin on December 27, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Shoib akhtar to me is bowling really different from what he used to bowl which makes me wonder if he is good for the team. he lacks all that energy and sharpness. i hope the old shoib comes back since its his last worldcup.

  • Wasim on December 26, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    We need to pick more young pace men in the hope of finding another Amir

    What we have right now will not win us the world cup

  • Aamir Chaudhry on December 26, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    rightly so.....and they wouldn`t had deserved to win it. If i look at batting styl of especially the top order, can`t underastand why they don`t even remember the basics. Some one needs to teach them to play with straight bat. Pak needs definitely specialist batting coach but not miandad or inzamam, they need some one from australia to come around and teach them just few batting basics. their is enough talent in pak but not enough specialists who can polish them. so pcb shud offer lucrative pay and bring some one to country for sake of cricket.

  • Ansar mehmood on December 26, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    try for aamir because aamir can make presaure for all batsmen.know we have only one fast bowler shoaib akhtar.

  • Ashok Sridharan on December 26, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    For all the talk of spot-fixing and the shambles Pakistan is in, I would be the last to write them off. But I really think Pakistan need a level-headed batsman like Younus Khan in their side...and yes, Kamran Akmal + Shoaib Malik need to go. Those two are both deadweights.

  • ilyas abasi on December 26, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    As far as international cricket is concerned, Pakistan players are lacking the basic script of cricket & coach is unable to deliver for what he should do. Pakistan can be a lethal team but under present circumstances & players capability they can't do what they should do. Muhammad Hafeez , Fawad Alam & Umar Akmal aren't the players of international calibre but they put under trial by transparent "SELECTION MAFIA".

  • Cric_fanatic on December 26, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    I completely endorse the views of waterbuffalo. Salman Butt has been nothing but a bad apple in the Pakistan side of late - & with the way evidence has been shown - for quite some time now. I was so impressed with the way he handled his captaincy initially - calm head, well prepared for media, no fanatical or religious remarks, well educated, good opening batsman. Yet, he seemed too stupid and selfish to realise his true potential. Not only has he destroyed his career, but has taken away Amir from pakistan cricket too. I wont shed a tear for Asif. He really isnt an angel of a sportsman himself (refer to a drug related issue in Dubai). Amir was no doubt the next Wasim Akram. Will we be fortunate to see him in action again? Only time will tell.

  • ali on December 26, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    hmm very dark cloud on pak team.shahid afridi is a gud player but not a gud captain he dont know how to utilize his bowlers in tense situtaion.i m worying about world cup.. will pakistan win his first round in worl cup or no? pakistan mising salman butt asif ans amir they are best... i hope pakistan will come back and win series in newzeland go pak gooooooooooooo desperate to see the wining series

  • faiz on December 26, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    pakistan cricket have no more future and we all cricket lovers expecting something good from them but they ruined all dreams of their lovers and all nation. Bangla desh beat 4-0 NZ India beat 2-0 & 5-0 test& ODI but paki's are ready to give them boost for world cup and they did it today.it is happening since this govt started and will contineu till then they are in ruling.we are as nation must ask question to them so, they realise that people knows evrything then may b thy sincer in their game.

  • Srini on December 26, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Thoughtful assessment of Pk chances for WC. The team looks in disarray both with cricket and outside matters. Bowling, which has been the stronger suite of late, is laid low due to absence of Aamir, Asif while Gil and Akthar are surely declining. Younis, who just came back into the team, is still fining his bearings after a significant gap from international cricket. As for the rest of batting, the less said, the better. I thing Pak needs to bring in the surprise element to have any chance in WC.

  • Meety on December 26, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Pakistan will be in the mix for this WC. I excpect them to lose a game or 2 they should win & win a game they aren't suppose to win. That's the Paki way. They key will be whether the Akmal brothers & Younis Khan perform. The bowlers will do well.

  • Ahmed on December 25, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    The World Cup 1st 11 should be: Hafeez, K Akmal, Younis, Yousuf, U Akmal, Sarfraz(wk), Razzaq, Afridi (c), Ajmal, Gul and Akhtar.

    For limited overs this is a devastating team with everything covered (even the keeper!) and would have as a good a chance as any to go all the way...

  • pak selector on December 25, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    1.M Hafeez 2.K Akmal 3.S Malik 4.Y Khan 5.U Akmal 6.S Afridi 7.A Razzaq 8.W Riaz 9.U Gul 10.S Akhtar 11.S Ajmal

    Good reserve options would be S Tanvir, A Rehman, S Hasan and A Shafiq. We must assume Butt and Amir will not be available, I wouldnt pick M Asif for ODI in sub-continent as his type of bowling would be easy to hit at top of innings and he doesnt bowl very good at the death compared to Akhtar, Gul and Riaz. I think W Riaz could be a star his bowling has a lot of variation and pace backed up with some serious bouncers and yorkers and he looks to be a fearless lower order batsmen ideal at number 8 or 9 to lengthen the batting line up.

    Pak is not going to win a game let alone a world cup if Fawad Alam plays. Worst ODI player in the history of Pak team.

  • Gohar on December 25, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Well as die hard Pakistani Cricket Fan! I think we gelled up as a good unit! Just look at our last stints Asia Cup England ODI Series and Against SAF. Though we'd only won 5 out of 13 but we played 6 competitive games, and four of them were last over nail bitter! so atleast we showing some fight and this is a good sign. Credit to Afridi n Co! Remember we need batsmen who can score fast not players like Alam, I think giving chance to Shahzaib n Imran Nazir wouldn't be A bad Idea, considering our bowling could Easily defend score of 300+. If we go with this approach than at-least semi-final berth is not Far!!

  • harvinder singh on December 25, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    i am die hard fan of pakistan cricket team. they have gr8 potentail in their players. they just need to be focused on cricket forget abt spot fixing scandle...on their day they can beat any team of the world...they shold include following players in their quest for the upcoming world cup. 1.kamran akmal 2.M Hafiz 3.Yonus Khan 4.mohd.yuosaf/misbah-ul-haq 5.shoab malik 6.Umar Akmal 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Abdul Razak 8.wahab raiz 9.Shoab Akhtar 10.Umar gul 11.saed ajmal

  • Ather Aziz on December 25, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I would have to disagree with the bowling bieng experimental in newzealand becasue i thnk if nythng our bowling is alot more sttled than our batting and even tough alot of people are worrying about our batting so much i still think that our recent performance in the uae specially form a batting point of view was excellent, we had four batsmen averaging over 60 in the two tests and if we can build on that and also have mohammad yousuf back for the world cup i think our chances in the 2011 wc wouldnt be as bad as mr.abbasi thinks

  • asif khan Dubai on December 25, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    hay guys, everybody is right, i would like to say one thing lets the wc begun everone will see what pakistan team is doing, some will laugh some will surpries and some will cry. so relax guys,

  • Rae C on December 25, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    They should Ve Umar akmal as wicket keeper, or Shahid Uosuf who did some wicket keeping in this arson of domestic season as he is doing more than 40runs avg plus , sohail Tanveer should b part of world cup while using him as pinch hitter as one down , and if they have to win World cup the pcb should n must include IMRAN NAZIR in team , he can b one player who by himself soley can win a game for u , he is most destructive openner in given history , pcb is not utlising this marvelous hittter talent Wd best fielder , you can't go wrong, the world cup team should be include , 1,Imran Nazir 2,Shazaib Hassan/M Hafiz 3,Abdul Razak 4, Yonus Khan5,Misbah ul Haq 6, Umar Akmal/Shahid Yosuf (wkt keeper)7,Shahid Afridi 8,Sohail Tanvir 9,Shoib Akhtar 10,Umar gul11,Ajmal or Batsmen ... U can't beat this team Period..not Sure y it's to tough for selectors to have best combination!!!

  • Dauntless on December 25, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Very well said Mehmood. But the root of all evils is Pakistan cricket borad backed by our Corrupt president Zardari who would want Akmal brothers in. PCB has not finalized the list of squad just because they wish to include Kamran Akmal and Malik. Withese 2 in the squad, pakistan CANNOT even dream of winning. The NZ trip will not yield anything as the final say comes not from the coaches or selectors, it comes from Babar Awan and Zardari who engineer /try to engineer the outcome of every match pakistan plays/will play. Its sad but its true. We must just face it.

  • Mamraiz khan on December 25, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    From my point of view pakistan is still a talented side they have the abilty to win wc 2011 but they will have to play positive cricket without any pressure.pakistan need to focus on the current available player and select a good team for wc 2011.in our bowling department umar/shoaib/wahab/razzaq/ajamal is not bad as we think.in our batting department younis/yousuf/afridi/hafeez/umar is good as other team as good player.

  • Kamil on December 25, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    If Pakistan Will Play the following playing eleven, i m dam sure that they can beat any side in world. M. Hafeez, K. Akmal, Younis, Yousif, S. Malik, U. Akmal, S. Afiridi, A. Razzaq, Abdul Rahman / S. Ajmal, Wahab Riaz / U. Gul, Shoiab Akhter.

  • murthza on December 25, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    pakistan will never win world cup unless they drop all the rejects like akmal brothers,2 shoiabs,younis,yousef,afridi,hafeez etc and their managers and pcb chairman.pick under 16,17,18,19 team players of 15 i will guarentee u they will win world cup inshallah.

  • muhammed on December 25, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    ifpakistan have been underdogs for many tournaments now but have suprised many...think of the wc we won in uk last yr...everyone wrote us off but we suprised them coz our team was galvanized with a good captain yk...all we need is good team spirit and even with average players we will inshallah win the tournament...we will need one solid opener together with a big hitter for subcontinent...shazaib must play and mayb hafeez not bad choice...mohammed yousuf n misbah must also play...pakistan always bring in new comers to big tournament..think of mohammed aameer...im sure we can make a bold move and unearth another talent for big tournament...even 1992 mustaq ahmed was imraans weapon and relatively newcomer to squad..pakistan need no negativety anymore...

  • MOHOMMED FAZRUL GAFOOR on December 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THE BEST W.C SQUAD FOR PAKISTAN IS. KAMRAN,HAFEEZ,YOUNUS,MALIK,UMER,YOUSUF,AFRIDI*RAZZAQ,AMEER,GUL,AJMAL/RAHMAN(WAHAB,AKTHAR,MISBAH,ALAM)IT'S WONDER WHY ONLY PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD ALLWAYS TREAT ON SUCH A BAD WAY WITH THEIR GREAT PLAYERS? BY THE I AM SRI LAKNAN AND PROUD TO SAY I AM THE BEST EVER PAKISTAN CRICKET FAN IN THE WORLD.

  • Pushkar kumar on December 25, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Pakistan is not going to qualify for the quater finals. Forget about that. Indian is going to win this time. Sachin rocks.

  • Mahmood on December 25, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Asif has never been a great oneday bowler. we have sohail, talha, anwar ali etc. its the selectors and coaches were we have a problem not players. if you keep on playing people like sami, akmal brothers, shoaib malik Pakistan is not going to win anything.

  • Syed J Ahmed on December 25, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    A true pakistani fan can never count their team out of the world cup. We all know this, anyone that is not new to cricket knows that. If pakistan are in it, they are in to win it, doesn't matter what team, what players or what adminstration. We should all believe in our team, it is ours, good or bad we have to own up to it and give them our full support. All pakistani's should be behind this team that is the only way, let's hope for the best.

  • MTARIQ on December 24, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I am not saying that pakistan is a firm favourite for the WC but think logically....

    WC is going to be played in INDIA / SL / BAN.... Pakistan will play all group games in SL.... DO you need 3-4 fast bowlers there no ... Hafeez / Afridi / Ajmal /Abdur-rehman will be more than handy... they can rotate wahab / GUL / Shoaib and Razzaq is going to be a back up bowler so bowling is never a worry and has never been in pakistan cricket history (dont forget they had Aqib /Wasim / Mushtaq and Imran with part time bowlers in 1992!!!)

    Now batting.... Yes they not as strong on paper as some other teams are .... but all they need to beat is ZIM / Kenya and Canada to qualify for Quarter finals and there on is a matter of 3 good days... consider YUSUF/ YUNIS / MISBAH / UMAR / RAZZAQ / AFRIDI / HAFEEZ.... not that bad of a line up

    MY POINT IS .... YES Pakistan are not favourites but they still stand a chance and you can not write them off...

  • moon on December 24, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    In my opinion, pakistan selection board should let new faces like Abdul Haq and Anwar Ali play. These new bowlers can be destructive and unpredictable for any side. To replace Aamer and Asif is as hard as one could think, but we need a strong bowling attack and with the current bowlers, the chances of getting the trophy is slim. In the batting department,we need a stable opening pair in the 50 overs format.

  • Naseem on December 24, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Ihave seen the match between Auckland n Pakistan played on dec 23rd 2010 at Colin Maiden Auckland found the fitness level of our players are not up to international sport standard even the Auckland players Fitness level was above them.The fitness drill was of school level. Please put emphysis on fitness of players as in NZ the rugby players hve very hard fitness drill.Thats why even NZ have 5 million population they are good in many international sports due to great fitness culture

  • Desihungama on December 24, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Pakistan coaches have to improvise in their strategy after what's happened with their front line bowling attack and that is to introduce a new bowler in every key match. We all know there are plenty of good bowlers around and traditionally debutants have always performed well.

  • Syed Hashim Nishat on December 24, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Pakistan is still very much talented side.They won the T20 WC without their key player before as well so why not 2011 ODI WC

  • Mohammad Asad on December 24, 2010, 17:36 GMT

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

    Forget Salman, Aamir & Asif for the time being !!!! Pak need to focus on the current available players and should be a plan for the 3 formats. From WC point of view - 6 ODI's is a great opportunity to experiment, set and to pick best 15 squad from the current availabilities. Pak have talents - discover, polish & bring to stage.......... All the best !!!!!!!! By the way - I am Bangladeshi and a fan of Pak Cricket .......

  • waterbuffalo on December 24, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Salman Butt has not only destroyed his own career, but also the careers of Aamer and Asif, 2 bowlers who could have bowled out any side in the world, he has not only betrayed his team, he has deprived Pakistan of seeing Mohd Aamer develop, which is a shame because Aamer was one of the two best fast bowlers (the other being Akhtar) I have seen since Waqar/Wasim. His spell of bowling from around the wicket at the Aussies, with every ball of an over registering 150 KMH, will always be seared in my memory. Well done, Salman, I hope you are proud of what you have done.

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  • waterbuffalo on December 24, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Salman Butt has not only destroyed his own career, but also the careers of Aamer and Asif, 2 bowlers who could have bowled out any side in the world, he has not only betrayed his team, he has deprived Pakistan of seeing Mohd Aamer develop, which is a shame because Aamer was one of the two best fast bowlers (the other being Akhtar) I have seen since Waqar/Wasim. His spell of bowling from around the wicket at the Aussies, with every ball of an over registering 150 KMH, will always be seared in my memory. Well done, Salman, I hope you are proud of what you have done.

  • Mohammad Asad on December 24, 2010, 17:36 GMT

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

    Forget Salman, Aamir & Asif for the time being !!!! Pak need to focus on the current available players and should be a plan for the 3 formats. From WC point of view - 6 ODI's is a great opportunity to experiment, set and to pick best 15 squad from the current availabilities. Pak have talents - discover, polish & bring to stage.......... All the best !!!!!!!! By the way - I am Bangladeshi and a fan of Pak Cricket .......

  • Syed Hashim Nishat on December 24, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Pakistan is still very much talented side.They won the T20 WC without their key player before as well so why not 2011 ODI WC

  • Desihungama on December 24, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Pakistan coaches have to improvise in their strategy after what's happened with their front line bowling attack and that is to introduce a new bowler in every key match. We all know there are plenty of good bowlers around and traditionally debutants have always performed well.

  • Naseem on December 24, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Ihave seen the match between Auckland n Pakistan played on dec 23rd 2010 at Colin Maiden Auckland found the fitness level of our players are not up to international sport standard even the Auckland players Fitness level was above them.The fitness drill was of school level. Please put emphysis on fitness of players as in NZ the rugby players hve very hard fitness drill.Thats why even NZ have 5 million population they are good in many international sports due to great fitness culture

  • moon on December 24, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    In my opinion, pakistan selection board should let new faces like Abdul Haq and Anwar Ali play. These new bowlers can be destructive and unpredictable for any side. To replace Aamer and Asif is as hard as one could think, but we need a strong bowling attack and with the current bowlers, the chances of getting the trophy is slim. In the batting department,we need a stable opening pair in the 50 overs format.

  • MTARIQ on December 24, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I am not saying that pakistan is a firm favourite for the WC but think logically....

    WC is going to be played in INDIA / SL / BAN.... Pakistan will play all group games in SL.... DO you need 3-4 fast bowlers there no ... Hafeez / Afridi / Ajmal /Abdur-rehman will be more than handy... they can rotate wahab / GUL / Shoaib and Razzaq is going to be a back up bowler so bowling is never a worry and has never been in pakistan cricket history (dont forget they had Aqib /Wasim / Mushtaq and Imran with part time bowlers in 1992!!!)

    Now batting.... Yes they not as strong on paper as some other teams are .... but all they need to beat is ZIM / Kenya and Canada to qualify for Quarter finals and there on is a matter of 3 good days... consider YUSUF/ YUNIS / MISBAH / UMAR / RAZZAQ / AFRIDI / HAFEEZ.... not that bad of a line up

    MY POINT IS .... YES Pakistan are not favourites but they still stand a chance and you can not write them off...

  • Syed J Ahmed on December 25, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    A true pakistani fan can never count their team out of the world cup. We all know this, anyone that is not new to cricket knows that. If pakistan are in it, they are in to win it, doesn't matter what team, what players or what adminstration. We should all believe in our team, it is ours, good or bad we have to own up to it and give them our full support. All pakistani's should be behind this team that is the only way, let's hope for the best.

  • Mahmood on December 25, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Asif has never been a great oneday bowler. we have sohail, talha, anwar ali etc. its the selectors and coaches were we have a problem not players. if you keep on playing people like sami, akmal brothers, shoaib malik Pakistan is not going to win anything.

  • Pushkar kumar on December 25, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Pakistan is not going to qualify for the quater finals. Forget about that. Indian is going to win this time. Sachin rocks.