World Cup 2011 March 10, 2011

A cringe at the death

Pakistan's serene progress to the World Cup quarter finals suddenly became a shambles in the final ten overs of the New Zealand innings
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Pakistan's serene progress to the World Cup quarter finals suddenly became a shambles in the final ten overs of the New Zealand innings. The Kiwi batsmen were powerful and clinical but Pakistan's death bowling was dreadful, probably the worst I've ever seen from an attack renowned for excelling in this period of an innings. Waqar Younis, who was a master at the death, must have been cringing.

Despite Pakistan's control for the first 40 overs, there were signs of trouble. The fielding was sloppier than it has been in this tournament, and Kamran Akmal set the tone with a resounding return to dreadful form. By missing at least three chances, two of them sitters, he presented Ross Taylor with welcome birthday gifts and Pakistan fans with an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days.

Paradoxically, Taylor may have helped Pakistan by exposing the current weaknesses in their strategy, which have been happily glossed over by three early victories. Apart from focusing attention on Kamran Akmal's wicket keeping, Taylor strengthened arguments that Pakistan are a bowler light in their selection, and this is where the loss of Mohammad Aamer is being felt.

The next game against Zimbabwe is an ideal opportunity to try a new combination. Bringing in Wahab Riaz to replace one of the top three batsmen would give Afridi more options in the death overs and a better opening partner for Shoaib Akhtar. Saeed Ajmal is a wicket taker and a skilled operator in the final overs, a better option for me than Abdul Rehman.

Much of Pakistan's selection appears to be based on bolstering the batting but eight batsmen have rarely been able to achieve what seven batsmen couldn't. Pakistan must rely on their players to take responsibility. Gul is a more than capable number eight and Wahab a useful clubber at nine. Razzaq must be itching for a return to the top end of the batting order on these benign tracks.

Pakistan have the ingredients to mount a challenge for the trophy but they need to be positive in selection as well as in performance. Whoever Pakistan select, as long as they bowl as they did in the final ten overs of the New Zealand innings and Kamran Akmal continues his woeful form, they will venture no further than the quarter finals of this increasingly open tournament.

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

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  • kazi salman jalali on March 17, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Let Umer Ukmal Keep wickets against Australia, I am Positive he will Bat very well agaist Australia. Also let us drop younus for a change. Give last chance for young shehzad. Pakistan will have a chance to end the streak of Australia. With good fielding, Excellent opening stand will bring fruitful result in pakistans favour. Good luck

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on March 15, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    One must give credit to the boys for sailing and getting a berth in the Quarters. The loss to New Zealand was like a wake up call. The innings from Asad Shafiq showed maturity beyond his experience and is a good sign for Pakistan. Afridi has struggled with his batting. Runs are due from him and what better time to score than in the game against Australia. Kamran Akmal is under pressure. Kamran should put NZ game behind&concentrate to boost his confidence.Hafeez needs to play responsibly. They can drop Shehzad for the Aussie game and open with Kamran. Our pace attack has shown signs of weakness due to inaccuracy. Gul is the only bowler on target. Shoaib Akhtar has been erratic. Wahab needs to bowl wicket to wicket. Time to get in the younger pacer (Khan) & try him against the Aussies. Pakistan must bat well and field out of their skins to beat the Aussies. Waqar is right: a win against the Aussies will send the confidence of the team to another level.

  • Karim on March 15, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Good piece as always but have to disagree that Pak have the ingredients to mount a challenge. They still don't do the basic rudiments right such as feilding and running between the wickets and are profligate with extras (was it ever thus!). The bowling is weak and the batting weaker still (no batsman has managed to hit a 100 even against the 'minnows'). and as for tactics, team selection and so forth, they were pathetic in Pallekele and are still clueless in Karachi....

  • Umair Muzaffar on March 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Both Younis Khan and Umar Akmal can keep better that Kamran. If we can get either Younis or Umar to Keep then we can open a slot for a bowler - either Ajmal, Junaid or Wahab can take Kamran's place. Shehzad should be rested also and Shafeeq should open with Hafeez.

    best possible XI:-

    Hafeez, Shafeeq, Younis, Misbah, Razzaq, Umar, Afridi, Gul, Wahab/Ajmal, Rahman/Ajmal, Akhtar

  • 27march pak in dubai on March 14, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    PAK ARRIVES IN DUBAI ON 27TH MARCH,today march 15 assuming aussy defeat canada n pak they will haf 11 points, n between sri lanka n NZ,if lanka looses will haf 7 or if NZ looses 8,just as pak,but NZ haf too better runrate then pak,hence pak will end either A3 or A4, if pak doesnt defeat aussys or on 25th march q/f in mirpur n 26th march in colombo,pak will loose against INDIA OR SOUTH AFRICA if pak doesnt defeat aussys in last match without saeed ajmal d debatable best spinner in d world, or wayward wahab riaz,instead of SHOEB AKHTAR whose name itself still fears batsman pak will arrive in dubai on 27th march either from colombo or bangladesh n hide in dubai for atleast a month

  • mohidin gundroo on March 13, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Pakistan has problems in all areas, batting,bowling,fielding, wicket keeping and rock bottom confidance with inability to score more than 240 runs.With such a low confidance i doubt if they will be able to chase more than 210.Pakistan has always done well if they get a good opening stand which is not expected with openers in poor form and lack of confidance.Dont be surprised to see them lose against Zim and beat Aussies. isnt that typical of Pakistan?Kenya has shown today, ausie attack is not invincible nor is Australia.Pakistan will still qualify for 4th place to face tough SA in QF-Not bad, always some hope there. Better than facing mighty Indian batting line up in QF and be ousted. I would rather face them in finals-anybodies game.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on March 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    This shameful defeat is not only because of wicket keeper.See what strong bowers have done at the end.Let Afridi open with Hafeez and one down A.razzak and then Younis.and Omar akmal then Misbah and keep on according to situation. Bring Asad in place of shezad and Riaz to replace Akhtar who must be given rest to come back in Quarter final.You must change the combination for GOD sake.We upto to the end praying for victory but of no use. Any how again best luck pakistan team and PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • aftab on March 13, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Is Afridi trying to become a cornered tiger? With 8 batsmen, it's cornered mouse. Won't help much.

  • farrukh on March 12, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal is faking injury so that the team can have his brother Kamran selected again as wicket keeper and at the last moment Umar would become fit. Fit to catch, fit to bat, fit to run but not fit to be wicket keeper so that brother can be selected. Umar did something like this in Australia

  • Shouldas- Wouldas- Couldas on March 11, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Awfull Akmal puts Pakis. Under the COSH !

    Mr. Abbasi, Agree with you – WE NEED TO BOLSTER/BEEF-UP THE BOWLING !

    Kamran Akmal was dreadfull behind the wickets and presumably will be replaced by Umar onwards. Kamran Akmal’s affected the whole Team’s performance & morale. To sort out the bowling, Junaid MUST be allowed to strut his stuff against Zimgabwe and Ajmal is far more experienced than Rehman. Heat, Humudity & Age has taken a heavy toll on Akthar and Wahab Riaz should be entrusted. Ahmad Shahzad should also be replaced with Asad Shafeeq, and YES open with either AFRIDI or RAZZACK.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • kazi salman jalali on March 17, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Let Umer Ukmal Keep wickets against Australia, I am Positive he will Bat very well agaist Australia. Also let us drop younus for a change. Give last chance for young shehzad. Pakistan will have a chance to end the streak of Australia. With good fielding, Excellent opening stand will bring fruitful result in pakistans favour. Good luck

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on March 15, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    One must give credit to the boys for sailing and getting a berth in the Quarters. The loss to New Zealand was like a wake up call. The innings from Asad Shafiq showed maturity beyond his experience and is a good sign for Pakistan. Afridi has struggled with his batting. Runs are due from him and what better time to score than in the game against Australia. Kamran Akmal is under pressure. Kamran should put NZ game behind&concentrate to boost his confidence.Hafeez needs to play responsibly. They can drop Shehzad for the Aussie game and open with Kamran. Our pace attack has shown signs of weakness due to inaccuracy. Gul is the only bowler on target. Shoaib Akhtar has been erratic. Wahab needs to bowl wicket to wicket. Time to get in the younger pacer (Khan) & try him against the Aussies. Pakistan must bat well and field out of their skins to beat the Aussies. Waqar is right: a win against the Aussies will send the confidence of the team to another level.

  • Karim on March 15, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Good piece as always but have to disagree that Pak have the ingredients to mount a challenge. They still don't do the basic rudiments right such as feilding and running between the wickets and are profligate with extras (was it ever thus!). The bowling is weak and the batting weaker still (no batsman has managed to hit a 100 even against the 'minnows'). and as for tactics, team selection and so forth, they were pathetic in Pallekele and are still clueless in Karachi....

  • Umair Muzaffar on March 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Both Younis Khan and Umar Akmal can keep better that Kamran. If we can get either Younis or Umar to Keep then we can open a slot for a bowler - either Ajmal, Junaid or Wahab can take Kamran's place. Shehzad should be rested also and Shafeeq should open with Hafeez.

    best possible XI:-

    Hafeez, Shafeeq, Younis, Misbah, Razzaq, Umar, Afridi, Gul, Wahab/Ajmal, Rahman/Ajmal, Akhtar

  • 27march pak in dubai on March 14, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    PAK ARRIVES IN DUBAI ON 27TH MARCH,today march 15 assuming aussy defeat canada n pak they will haf 11 points, n between sri lanka n NZ,if lanka looses will haf 7 or if NZ looses 8,just as pak,but NZ haf too better runrate then pak,hence pak will end either A3 or A4, if pak doesnt defeat aussys or on 25th march q/f in mirpur n 26th march in colombo,pak will loose against INDIA OR SOUTH AFRICA if pak doesnt defeat aussys in last match without saeed ajmal d debatable best spinner in d world, or wayward wahab riaz,instead of SHOEB AKHTAR whose name itself still fears batsman pak will arrive in dubai on 27th march either from colombo or bangladesh n hide in dubai for atleast a month

  • mohidin gundroo on March 13, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Pakistan has problems in all areas, batting,bowling,fielding, wicket keeping and rock bottom confidance with inability to score more than 240 runs.With such a low confidance i doubt if they will be able to chase more than 210.Pakistan has always done well if they get a good opening stand which is not expected with openers in poor form and lack of confidance.Dont be surprised to see them lose against Zim and beat Aussies. isnt that typical of Pakistan?Kenya has shown today, ausie attack is not invincible nor is Australia.Pakistan will still qualify for 4th place to face tough SA in QF-Not bad, always some hope there. Better than facing mighty Indian batting line up in QF and be ousted. I would rather face them in finals-anybodies game.

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait. on March 13, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    This shameful defeat is not only because of wicket keeper.See what strong bowers have done at the end.Let Afridi open with Hafeez and one down A.razzak and then Younis.and Omar akmal then Misbah and keep on according to situation. Bring Asad in place of shezad and Riaz to replace Akhtar who must be given rest to come back in Quarter final.You must change the combination for GOD sake.We upto to the end praying for victory but of no use. Any how again best luck pakistan team and PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • aftab on March 13, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Is Afridi trying to become a cornered tiger? With 8 batsmen, it's cornered mouse. Won't help much.

  • farrukh on March 12, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal is faking injury so that the team can have his brother Kamran selected again as wicket keeper and at the last moment Umar would become fit. Fit to catch, fit to bat, fit to run but not fit to be wicket keeper so that brother can be selected. Umar did something like this in Australia

  • Shouldas- Wouldas- Couldas on March 11, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Awfull Akmal puts Pakis. Under the COSH !

    Mr. Abbasi, Agree with you – WE NEED TO BOLSTER/BEEF-UP THE BOWLING !

    Kamran Akmal was dreadfull behind the wickets and presumably will be replaced by Umar onwards. Kamran Akmal’s affected the whole Team’s performance & morale. To sort out the bowling, Junaid MUST be allowed to strut his stuff against Zimgabwe and Ajmal is far more experienced than Rehman. Heat, Humudity & Age has taken a heavy toll on Akthar and Wahab Riaz should be entrusted. Ahmad Shahzad should also be replaced with Asad Shafeeq, and YES open with either AFRIDI or RAZZACK.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • kamran on March 11, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    I might be wrong but please Look at the situation. After injuring his finger in pre match training, team management/coaches/captain has to perceive the hint that has come from Umar Akmal . We are in the middle of world cup, but this injury needs to be noticed and inquired properly. After what had happened to our Ace bowlers(Aamir and Asif), Pakistan team responded very well. Players played like a team/unit and results show that. Team comes first and PCB has to also make clear that no one INDISPENSABLE. If Kamran Akmal doesn't has a place in team he should be OUT and also any other team member who tries to establish another alliance with in the team.

  • riyuuu on March 11, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    DOOM DOOM PAKISTAN TEAM

    If pak finish fourth, and india stay top....does that mean a quaterfinal murder for pak? GOOD!

    The only way to expose the stupidity of the selectors and management is for the team to get another mauling and exit another world cup early.

    Kamran overstayed his welcome 2 years ago.

    Shoaib is a waste of space in the team, why he is in this world cup is a mystery bigger than Umar's timely finger injury.

    Afridi is doing ok, no one else can captain the side, but he has set himself up for failure by predicting a semi's berth.

    DOOM DOOM PAKISTAN TEAM

  • Faisal Ahmed on March 11, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Kamran also did cost at least 100 wickets to Kaneria in last few years. This man is a dead horse, no one can understand how long PCB will keep on dragging this dead horse?? He has flaws in basic technique in wicket keeping (nothing to do with ''qismat'' as per Afridi). He is not a wicket keeper, he is just a ''BALL STOPPER''Keep on trying him and he will keep on dropping catches again and again and Pakistan will keep on loosing matches again and again.He again dropped 3 catches against NZ which allowed Taylor to play match winning inning.Obviously Shoaib and Razzaq didn't bowel well in the last overs but it is also obvious that had Kamran taken those catches NZ could got out under 200 runs. There are certain other changes needed in the team from now onwards. For GOD sake drop ''MR CATCH DROP SPECIALIST '' and Umer Akmal can do better keeping then him. Bring Asad, Wahab and Ajmal in place of Shahzad, Kamran and Rehman. Promote Razzaq to number 3 or 4.

  • fs on March 11, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan need left arm fast bowler in the side. Team Management, please bring Riaz/Junaid in the side. In 92, it was Akram. In last 3 T20s, it was Tanveer and Amir. I just dont understand why Riaz has been sidelined since game 6th against NZ in NZ when he was taking wickets and team was wining. Left arm fast bowlers are always good in the death overs!

  • fhs on March 11, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Pakistan need 5th bowler and plan to take wickets all the time. No more defensive approach please.

    On bowling: Akhtar and Riaz should open the bowling. Gul should be the change bowler alongwith Afridi. (Pakistan need left arm fast and it hurts to him Riaz and Junaid Khan sitting on the bench). Ajmal (who must replace Rehman) should be the 5th bowler. Hafeez should be the 6th bowler and must be used effectively. No need for Akhtar for the 3rd spell (after 35 overs). He is simply not good.

    On batting: Use Razzak at #3 when needed esp. on high scoring chase. Stop following the script which says Razzak will bat at #8 no matter what. Bring Umer Akaml at bat #3. He is a class and can change the game. It is waste to see him batting at #6.

    Kamran Akmal must be out from the side -- which is in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. I wish this was done long time ago.

  • Kokli on March 11, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Akmal have cost SHOAIB for at least 100+ wicket and a lots of Test and One day in his career till now and he is still in the team....Afridi should open the innings as Razzaq is enough at last.....otherwise both are getting out due to lack of overs in the end...PLEASE OPEN WITH AFRIDI....and get benifit of power play....every pinch hitter is opeining for there side..and AFRIDI NOT....how lack of skill is in PAK team management...they are just going reverese....what Afridi and Razzaq can do in 3 over...can they hit 18 ball to six....no way...on the other hand they are getting out...in hurry.....PLEASE LET AFRIDI OPEN...SHOIAB IS THE BEST!!!!

  • asher on March 11, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    i really dont understand why cant they find a better keeper from such a big cricketing nation. i was wicket keeper in my times and dont remember dropping catches and played for the university too. if he cant (kamran akmal) do it atleast i can do it at an age of 37 i am pretty sure i will be better than this 3rd class wicket keeper and i dont know why people really like younis khan when was the last time he scored some runs under pressure and played a match winning innings he is out in single figure in the last 3 games and 0000 in the last game and if he and i mean if he gets to 50 (ifffffffff)i am hundred percent sure that he will be out very soon thats what he does. if he gets to 50s he gets out thinking he has played his role purely no sense of responsibility. kick out akmal replace ahmed shehzad with azad, shoaib a useless investment (i am always of this opinion always) should have invested on someother bowler with much better results. replace younis with Muhammad yousaf.

  • sohail on March 11, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    GOOD NEWS -- Kamran Akmal won't be playing for Pakistan in the next World Cup.

  • mahmoood on March 11, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    I think you are absolutely correct about kamran akmal... but some how it is impossible to accept that the pakistani top order failed...The pakistani top order consists of top class batsmen and these batsmen have performed match winning performances.. I think shahzad should be replaced by a one down batsman... and razzaq should be batting up the order while a specialist fast bowler should be included in the team. Pakistan should be playing with 3 fast bowlers. Saeed ajmal should replace rehman....

  • Zeeshan on March 11, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Answers is simple. There is no place for Kamran Akmal in the side.

  • wasim on March 11, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    PLEASE OPEN WITH AFRIDI....there is no point of having two pinch hitter at the end for 18 balls. They can't hit every ball beyond the boundary. AKMAL has dropped at least 100 wicket for SHOAIB AKHTAR in his career...and still he is in the team what can I say about this ...there is complete lack of strategy in team selection and management. IMRAN NAZIR should have been given chance once agian as he is great in opening... 1. what these opener doing -> replace with Imran Nazir (can't be in WC) 2.AFRIDI SHOULD open, every team is opening with Pinch hitter and what is Pakistan doing 3. Please throw out this Khatmal out of the team COMON AFRIDI OPEN FOR THE TEAM AND FAN...JUST STAY SOME TIME ON CREASE AND MAKE RUNS....

  • Ammy on March 10, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    its unbelievable that a unit lead by two of the most attacking players, one with the bat and the other with the ball; Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis, are so defensive in their strategies. Younis Khan would even be a better choice than Kamran Akmal as a keeper and if you cherish his batting so much, why not play him as an opener and make way for a middle order batsman such as Asad Shafique in place of Shehzad? With swing missing from our arsenal that even Wahab Riaz seemed unable to extract, Junaid Khan should be given atleast one chance even if Abdul Razzaq has to be kept out!

  • kashif imran on March 10, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    please save pakistan cricket kamran Akmal sharam karoooooooo

  • ali_a on March 10, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    If I were Pak team I be really weary now- other teams will be watching the NZ batting and already planning their next move. How can experience players like aktar and razaq go so wrong? A common person will change their line, length, speed or direction of the ball- OR like Waqar, Wasim and now most of Indian bowlers ball a yorker. But not Pak team. Does not seem like except reverse swing Pak team learning anything from Waqar? All the teams are either balling in the stumps or moving ball, but Pak bowlers (except Gul) are bowling full tosses, wides, short pitched delivery but hardly any yorkers. I don't think they can go further with this type of bowling. I agree they need to add another specialist bowler with the aim: Our batting can only do 250 runs, so we need to get our oppositions out under 250. They should include more bowlers than batsmen. Ajmal, Wahab and Junaid can also score double figures like our batsmen: K akaml, Shehzad, Hafeez, Younis and Afridi. Afridi step up your batting

  • ali_a on March 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Kamran you're still hopefule? I think its hi time to bring in all 4 bench players and rest aktar, k akmal, shehzad and razaq- so they have time to go over their mistakes- not sure if they can rectify? They need to try U akmal or Younis behind stumps as next game is not that critical. Razaq only batted to keep his spot, otherwise he's been miserable with the ball. Now Pak is missing Yosuf big time- and possibly Adnan Akmal or Sarfraz (anyone better than K akmal). I don't think Afridi can blame K akmal's luck for those mischances. His technique is flawed, he looks scared off the ball. My advice to K akmal: Wear a mask like baseball keeper and stand back 1 foot further from stump against spin- forget stumping just hold the damn catch. If you notice aganist spin when batsman moves to hit in either direction (L or R), K akmal is moving in the opposite direction and bending down to protect his face. How can he catch a ball or do a stumping in that position? When will coaching catch this err?

  • Aslam on March 10, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I hope Kamran Akmal plays in the next couple of games and repeats this same performance in quarter final or semi final or possibly final. In this way we will not win the world cup but at least will get rid of Kamran Akmal permanently. I agree with the idea of letting Wahab in the team.

  • Faisal Ahmed on March 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    CAN ANY ONE EXPALIN WHY THIS MAN KAMRAN AKMAL IS STILL IN PAKISTAN TEAM?So much has been said about poor wicket keeping of this man in last 3 to 4 years but he still keep on getting selected in Pakistan team again and again.He is easily the worst wicket keeper in the world on the international level.I am sure even teams like Holland, Kenya etc would not select him. He always drops catches and misses stumping but some how he always gets into the team.This is undeniable fact the when your wicket keeper drop catches in every match no team can win the match, even if he makes 50 in each match that can't make up for droping catches in the same match. Does any one remember when was the last time he had a match without droping any catch or missing stumping in last 3 to 4 years?.Sarfraz Ahmed is much better wicket keeper and must now be given a permenant place in the team. Razzaq should be promoted at number 4 with Younis at number 3, drop Shahzad bring Asad, replace Kamran with Wahab.

  • NK on March 10, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Agreed, last 10 overs, disaster to say the least, however it seems everyone is having a go at the bowling and to include another bowler in the side etc, however it is quite clear that the batting will be the deciding factor on how far we progress in the tournament!. We have a descent varied bowling attack, which can and will perform if the batting can put up fighting totals. Pak think tank are concerned going with a batsman short, especially with the top 3 being so vulnerable, I would like to see Ajmal in place of Rehman as more of an attacking option, as for Kamran, i am no fan of his keeping and certainly cost us the game v NZ, however we will have to persist with him and let him open and bring Shafiq for Shezad, my team/batting order would be as follows- 1- Hafeez 2- Kamran 3- Younis - 4- Misbah 5- Shafiq 6- Umar 7- Razzaq - Afridi 9- Gul 10 - Ajmal 11- Shoaib

  • MK on March 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    You are rite kamran but idk why they dont listen to US what we all thinking , anyways GAME ON HAY :) Wish you GOOD Luck Pakistan team please play ++++++ not ------- :) I request all ppl please support them ll find out after WC hope everything going good for US ( inshalla )

  • Inty on March 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    In Kamran Akmal's case it's not just a matter of returning to dreadful form. The man has no class or wicketkeeping ability at this level!

  • Asim Naveed on March 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Excellent analysis.

  • Atif on March 10, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Perhaps you didn't hear that stubborn coach of ours. You can go bang your head in the wall, he doesn't think Pakisan are short of one bowler. And why not give Junaid Khan a chance, the kid is there to bowl.Who knows what he is capable of.

    Kill kamran Akaml at first though.

  • Faraz Bhatti on March 10, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    In my opinion Asad Shafeeq should be in instead of Shehzad, Asad and younger Akmal knows keeping well then Elder Akmal. Ajmal for Rahman. Drop Kamran and bring some bowler in... Junaid or Wahab... Then Pakistan have chances for semis...

  • Nadeem Khan on March 10, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Another nice piece!!! Kamran's confidence is really down. Before he puts more catches down, he should take some "rest" now. Even, Shoaib Akhtar can be rested due to his lack of fitness. This will save some space for an extra bowler to come in this side. In the current situation, my ideal team (in precise batting order) will be as follows

    Ahmad Shahzad, Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Gul, Ajmal, and Junaid Khan.

    Even this combination is not very balanced, but we don't have enough resources and bench strength.

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  • Nadeem Khan on March 10, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Another nice piece!!! Kamran's confidence is really down. Before he puts more catches down, he should take some "rest" now. Even, Shoaib Akhtar can be rested due to his lack of fitness. This will save some space for an extra bowler to come in this side. In the current situation, my ideal team (in precise batting order) will be as follows

    Ahmad Shahzad, Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Gul, Ajmal, and Junaid Khan.

    Even this combination is not very balanced, but we don't have enough resources and bench strength.

  • Faraz Bhatti on March 10, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    In my opinion Asad Shafeeq should be in instead of Shehzad, Asad and younger Akmal knows keeping well then Elder Akmal. Ajmal for Rahman. Drop Kamran and bring some bowler in... Junaid or Wahab... Then Pakistan have chances for semis...

  • Atif on March 10, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Perhaps you didn't hear that stubborn coach of ours. You can go bang your head in the wall, he doesn't think Pakisan are short of one bowler. And why not give Junaid Khan a chance, the kid is there to bowl.Who knows what he is capable of.

    Kill kamran Akaml at first though.

  • Asim Naveed on March 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Excellent analysis.

  • Inty on March 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    In Kamran Akmal's case it's not just a matter of returning to dreadful form. The man has no class or wicketkeeping ability at this level!

  • MK on March 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    You are rite kamran but idk why they dont listen to US what we all thinking , anyways GAME ON HAY :) Wish you GOOD Luck Pakistan team please play ++++++ not ------- :) I request all ppl please support them ll find out after WC hope everything going good for US ( inshalla )

  • NK on March 10, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Agreed, last 10 overs, disaster to say the least, however it seems everyone is having a go at the bowling and to include another bowler in the side etc, however it is quite clear that the batting will be the deciding factor on how far we progress in the tournament!. We have a descent varied bowling attack, which can and will perform if the batting can put up fighting totals. Pak think tank are concerned going with a batsman short, especially with the top 3 being so vulnerable, I would like to see Ajmal in place of Rehman as more of an attacking option, as for Kamran, i am no fan of his keeping and certainly cost us the game v NZ, however we will have to persist with him and let him open and bring Shafiq for Shezad, my team/batting order would be as follows- 1- Hafeez 2- Kamran 3- Younis - 4- Misbah 5- Shafiq 6- Umar 7- Razzaq - Afridi 9- Gul 10 - Ajmal 11- Shoaib

  • Faisal Ahmed on March 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    CAN ANY ONE EXPALIN WHY THIS MAN KAMRAN AKMAL IS STILL IN PAKISTAN TEAM?So much has been said about poor wicket keeping of this man in last 3 to 4 years but he still keep on getting selected in Pakistan team again and again.He is easily the worst wicket keeper in the world on the international level.I am sure even teams like Holland, Kenya etc would not select him. He always drops catches and misses stumping but some how he always gets into the team.This is undeniable fact the when your wicket keeper drop catches in every match no team can win the match, even if he makes 50 in each match that can't make up for droping catches in the same match. Does any one remember when was the last time he had a match without droping any catch or missing stumping in last 3 to 4 years?.Sarfraz Ahmed is much better wicket keeper and must now be given a permenant place in the team. Razzaq should be promoted at number 4 with Younis at number 3, drop Shahzad bring Asad, replace Kamran with Wahab.

  • Aslam on March 10, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I hope Kamran Akmal plays in the next couple of games and repeats this same performance in quarter final or semi final or possibly final. In this way we will not win the world cup but at least will get rid of Kamran Akmal permanently. I agree with the idea of letting Wahab in the team.

  • ali_a on March 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Kamran you're still hopefule? I think its hi time to bring in all 4 bench players and rest aktar, k akmal, shehzad and razaq- so they have time to go over their mistakes- not sure if they can rectify? They need to try U akmal or Younis behind stumps as next game is not that critical. Razaq only batted to keep his spot, otherwise he's been miserable with the ball. Now Pak is missing Yosuf big time- and possibly Adnan Akmal or Sarfraz (anyone better than K akmal). I don't think Afridi can blame K akmal's luck for those mischances. His technique is flawed, he looks scared off the ball. My advice to K akmal: Wear a mask like baseball keeper and stand back 1 foot further from stump against spin- forget stumping just hold the damn catch. If you notice aganist spin when batsman moves to hit in either direction (L or R), K akmal is moving in the opposite direction and bending down to protect his face. How can he catch a ball or do a stumping in that position? When will coaching catch this err?